More recently, I discovered that the entire contents of the floppy disk containing this game (plus a bunch of other demo programs) can be downloaded from rml380z.org. Since I don’t have a 380Z to run this software, I decided to resurrect the code by porting it to C.
You can now try it out yourself via telnet. Just follow this link. If that doesn’t work, open a command line terminal and type in the following:
telnet justmyl.uk 20312
(If you’re using Windows and you need help getting telnet working, try asking Google.)
* Or “tic tac toe”, if you must.
Footnote: In 1980, a computer scientist called Oren Patashnik used 1500 hours of computer time to prove that there is a perfect winning strategy for the first player in 4×4×4 noughts and crosses. But don’t worry; the 380Z game isn’t quite that sophisticated.