Horses for Windows is a horse racing strategy game written for Win16. Depending on the health and happiness of the player's and computer's horses, one horse wins a race while the other loses, though ties are possible. Between races, the player and the computer buy horse supplies from a shared store, giving priority to the player and leaving the computer with the leftovers. The objective of the game is thus to earn enough money through race betting to buy most or all supplies in the store on every round, leaving the computer's horse unhealthy and unhappy.
Horses was inspired by a horse racing program that Robert "Bobby" Zoller, a friend in high school, wrote on a TI-81 graphing calculator. That game used dots to represent the horses as they moved across the screen. Horses for Windows applied that same concept with graphics and added the shared store to make it a strategy game.
- Download Horses for Windows
- Download Horses for Windows, Prom Edition, which is a variant that I wrote for the prom while in high school
- Download CatSetup's required DLL files, if needed. Older versions of CatSetup required bwcc.dll, and the latest version requires ctl3dv2.dll. These go into the windows\system folder, not windows\system32. Windows computers typically already have ctl3dv2.dll installed, which is a Microsoft library, and Wine has a built-in implementation
To facilitate easy cheating, I wrote a saved game editor that enables users to adjust the attributes of their horse as well as the computer's horse, the supply levels at the shared shop, and the odds of winning the next race.