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Madness and the Minotaur for Linux


Does this phrase seem hauntingly familiar? How long has it been since you’ve seen it? 10 years? 20? 30? Here’s an even better question – did you ever beat it? If you’re like most people who played the game, the answer is no. Has it bothered you all these years that you never were able to win? Do you wish you still has your trusty old CoCo so you could play Minotaur? Well today is your lucky day – Madness and the Minotaur has just been ported to Linux by yours truly! And just in time for the Holidays! Now you can drive yourself crazy re-living past memories playing Madness (the name I have given to Minotaur on Linux) on your favorite Linux box – without the aggravation of cassette tape!

Though Madness is stable and playable, by no means do I claim it is bug-free. There are certainly quirks to be worked out and bugs to be fixed, which is one reason for this blog. Despite any potential bugs, you can move around the labyrinth, collect objects, cast spells, kill monsters, save/restore your game and, yes, even win!

So without further ado, here is the link to get yourself up and running with Madness:

From there, you can download the Madness binary, view the sources or clone the Madness repository so you can build the binary yourself.

And for those of you have never played Madness, prepare for what’s sure to be the hardest game you’ve ever played. Despite its age and simplistic two-word interface, Madness is bound to be one of the toughest games you’ve ever played. See if you can beat it without cheating!

As the game says: