Abandonware DOS title


Virus (also known as Zarch) is an abandoned shooter game designed by David Braben, , released in 1988. Virus runs on DOS but was also published for Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum. Download the game here. Virus is part of the Virus game series.

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Main executable file (run this to play the game): virus/virusega.exe

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Zarch (the original Virus name) started off as a demo called Lander which was bundled with almost all releases of the Acorn Archimedes.

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Additional info about Virus

Also known as: Zarch

Input: joystick, keyboard, mouse

Also published for: Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX Spectrum

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  • MarkTheMorose - 30/06/2018 11:45
    To clarify solleali's comment, the original version of Zarch was a demonstration released with the first Acorn Archimedes home computer, the successor to the BBC Micro in Britain. Firebird picked up the rights to publish it on other systems, and it arrived, renamed to Virus, on the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, and PC. Control can be tricky at first, but a quick guide in the popular games magazine The One helped me greatly, and it became a favourite game of mine.
  • solleali - 09/12/2015 08:15
    solle loved acorn archimedes
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