Does anyone remember this educational computer game?
December 1, 2011 12:41 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone remember this educational computer game?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I played in grade school. I think it was on the Apple II since we also played Oregon Trail and Number Munchers on the same computer.

The only details I can recall are: elevators, little robots, and math. I think there was a variety of robots to select from? That is all I can remember and I apologize!

I've googled endlessly and have come up with nothing and it's driving me craaaazy.
posted by thebots to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Was it Midnight Rescue?
posted by Cortes at 1:00 AM on December 1, 2011


Beer Run?
posted by FrereKhan at 1:36 AM on December 1, 2011


Probably not Lode Runner?
posted by FrereKhan at 1:39 AM on December 1, 2011


A long shot, but Rocky's Boots? (a personal favorite)
posted by hattifattener at 1:51 AM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Did you advance the robots by solving the math equations?
posted by Caoimhinn at 2:01 AM on December 1, 2011


Another possibiilty is Robot Odyssey.
posted by Caoimhinn at 2:07 AM on December 1, 2011


Not math, but spelling, though this is what the "elevator" made me think of: Spellevator.
posted by dhens at 3:18 AM on December 1, 2011


Math Blaster? Oh man I loved Math Blaster. (And yeah, same deal with Oregon Trail and the Word/Number Muncher games. Oh, good times)
posted by olinerd at 3:42 AM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sounds a bit like Midnight Rescue! (Wikipedia page here).
posted by incandenza at 3:55 AM on December 1, 2011


Oops, you said Apple II. Never mind.
posted by incandenza at 4:04 AM on December 1, 2011


Reminds me of Imposible Mission which I always found ridiculously hard, but not very educational.
posted by backwards guitar at 5:28 AM on December 1, 2011


OutNumbered!
posted by jschu at 5:44 AM on December 1, 2011


BTW, I'm 100% sure OutNumbered is the game you're looking for. It featured elevators (although they aren't mentioned in the wikipedia description). I used to be terrified of this game, because the tv-robot thing was evil and snuck up behind you and made you do math problems on a timer. I think you got zapped if you didn't get them right or finish fast enough. Scarred for life.

Treasure Mountain! was WAY more my speed.
posted by jschu at 6:35 AM on December 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


You can try looking here.
posted by mikepop at 6:45 AM on December 1, 2011


Midnight Rescue and OutNumbered were pretty similar. In outnumbered I think you were in a radio station and did math. In midnight rescue there were a bunch of robots and you had to take pictures. Maybe you are remembering a combination of the two?
posted by pintapicasso at 10:59 AM on December 1, 2011


Definitely OutNumbered! I loved this game as a kid! You had to make sure you beat the game by midnight, or else the evil doctor would... do something bad!
posted by Night_owl at 11:44 AM on December 1, 2011


Response by poster: Man, none of these match what I remember (judging by the available screenshots and videos). Maybe my memory has just morphed the game into something that totally didn't exist. I am remembering super tiny robots rather than the big dude on Outnumbered!

@Caoimhinn - Yeah, I believe you got robots to go up the elevators via solving the equations.

@olinerd - I do remember Math Blaster though, so great!

Thanks for the attempts though everyone! This thread is making me want to forget math and re-learn it via old games.
posted by thebots at 10:25 PM on December 1, 2011


Mod note: Final update from the OP:
A very very kind person sent me a message nearly a decade after posting this to let me know that this long lost game is called Path Tactics for the Apple II. Here's a link to the game if anyone's curious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=KluDrkEHk14
posted by Eyebrows McGee (staff) at 7:08 PM on August 9 [1 favorite]


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