Netrek

In my second year at St Andrews (1990-1991) our college got its first PC classroom; actually it was a Mac classroom.

This was in the days before the World Wide Web, and none of us had email addresses, but the computers were networked, which for us meant two things:

  1. All ten Macs could be connected to one laser printer
  2. We could play a networked Star Trek-inspired computer game against one another

For years I couldn’t remember the name of the game. Until I chanced upon an article in a PC magazine just now.

The game was Netrek, and it’s still available. Fantastic!

N

N version 1
N version 1

This game is doing my head in! It is so addictive!

You play the part of a ninja — hence the name of the game: N — whose task is to escape from each screen. Sounds simple, huh?

The best bit about the game, other than when you punch your hand in the air having completed a level, is the dramatic and physical way your ninja hero dies when you fall off too high a ledge, or step on a mine, or are blown apart by a variety of hostile robots.

Download it now for Windows, Mac or Linux.