name = robotfindskitten
author = Leonard Richardson
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DOS, POSIX, PalmOS, AmigaOS, QNX, Rockbox
Palm, Sega Dreamcast, Gameboy Advance, C64, Apple II, Z-machine, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Amiga, Spectrum, PSP, TI 99/4A, Rockbox, Nintendo DS, Mac Classic
language = English
genre = Game
GNU General Public License
website = http://robotfindskitten.org/
robotfindskitten is a "
Zen simulation," originally written by Leonard Richardsonfor DOS. It is a free computer gamewith an ASCIIinterface in which the user (playing the eponymous robotand represented by a pound sign "#") must find kitten (represented by a random character) on a field of other random characters. Walking up to items allows robot to identify them as either kitten, or any of a variety of whimsical, strange or simply random Non-kitten Items (NKIs). It is not possible to lose (though there is a patch which adds a 1 in 10 probability of the NKI killing robot).
The original robotfindskitten program was the sole entrant to a contest in
1997at the now-defunct webzine Nerth Pork— the object: create a depiction of "robotfindskitten". (The 'robotfindskitten' concept was originally created by Jacob Berendesbut the only submissions he received depicted kittens meeting an untimely end at the hands of malevolent robots.)
When the author rewrote the program for
Linuxin 1999it gained popularity and now has its own website and mailing lists. Since then, it has been ported to and/or implemented on over 30 platforms, including POSIX, the Sega Dreamcast, Palm OS, TI 99/4A, the Z-machineand many more. Graphical versions, such as an OpenGLversion with # emblazoned on an otherwise featureless cube, also exist.
* [http://netninja.com/files/robotfindskitten/ robotfindskitten in a Java applet]
* [http://robotfindskitten.org/aw.cgi?main=thought.rfk Fictional Back-story to the game, detailing robot's creation]
* [http://www.crummy.com/ Original author's homepage]
* [http://tigameshelf.net/tibasic.htm robotfindskitten in TI 99/4A BASIC]
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