Due to the amount of mail I have received, I am unable to respond to
every item personally. Therefore, I have prepared a list of answers
to frequently asked questions (FAQs). Thank you for writing, and
please send more letters if you have other questions, or ideas you'd
like to see in future versions of Scorch.
The current version of Scorched Earth is 1.5. Scorch requires an
IBM-compatible PC running MS-DOS, and equipped with a VGA monitor. At
the end of the FAQ is a list of many of the features which have been
added between versions.
Scorched Earth 1.5 is distributed under the "pay before you play" or
"what you play is what you get" (WYPIWYG) principle. This means that
the shareware version contains most of the features of the registered
Registered users get a downloadable zip with the registered version of Scorch -
this enables the triple-turreted tanks for users, and adds 25 new scanned
register Scorch if you feel that the game is worth $20 (which it
probably is if you play it more than 20 hours/day). In addition,
registration supports my efforts in developing shareware, so if you
would like to see new versions of Scorch, and other games, registering
is the best way to make sure that happens!
Scorch was written using Borland C++ and Turbo Assembler. The deluxe
version of the manual was prepared using Microsoft Word for Windows
and Microsoft Paint, and the ASCII version was automatically generated
using a custom RTF-to-Scorch-Manual filter.
The most common problem is that you have selected 640x480 graphics
mode, and this mode is not compatible with your computer. To test
this type "scorch 320x200" from the DOS command line when you start
scorch. This will force Scorch to use a low resolution graphics mode
which is compatible with all VGAs. If you are using a Tandy, you will
need to set the "Bios keyboard" option. You can do this by editing
the file "scorch.cfg" and changing the line "BIOS_KEYBOARD=off" to
read "BIOS_KEYBOARD=on". Finally, If you have version 1.23 or lower, get
version 1.5. This will fix many problems.