I was going through my LAN server, and ran across this little gem.
It is a game I wrote back in 1998 for Windows 95 in Windows Visual C++
I don’t remember if that was 16 bit or 32 bit in those days, but either way the amazing thing is it still works in Windows 10.
The object of the game is for the first player to remove as many circles in a single row as they wish, then the other player does the same. The object is to make the opponent take the last circle.
About a year ago I started to convert this to Linux in rust. However, I didn’t have much free time to both learn rust and convert this to rust so it fell to the wayside.
If anyone is interested, it is available for download at
Just download it and change the file from 357.djb to 357.exe
I guarantee no malware.
Thank you for this. Definitely it’s 32-bit because no 16-bit programs work on that Win-Doze, take my word for it. Pretty much only DOSBOX on Linux could run 16-bit MS-DOS and Windows programs on equipment considered “recent”.
In another day I wouldn’t play a game that says something like, “Your turn chump!” or alike. Although in a book long ago I came across a programmer who liked writing taunts into his programs when the user didn’t want to play again. “Chicken!” “Natural born quitter!” LOL.
Isn’t this a bit sophisticated for Windows of the time?
OK - I guess I’d better - no OS putdowns, no matter how deserved…(oops)
I read: “357 Games …” first …
3-5-7 is a computer version of an old carnival con game. Kind of like a more extravagant version of the shell game. The con man would use any psychological advantage they could to throw at you to get you off your game. Just like trash talking in sports, get the opponent thinking about you and your taunts instead of the game. So them calling the mark chump (or even worse) was part of their strategy.
Can you share the source code, please?
Yes, I am more than happy to share.
Unfortunately I don’t have that on media. That probably was on 3 1/2 inch floppy and they are all gone. I did find a CD labeled Archives 12/8/02. I will dig out my CD/DVD player and have a look see.
I do however have the source code printed out. I will try and scan this into a PDF file.
Did not find the 357 code, but I did find these. Winter in Colorado
In the second photo, the dark line is the pipe that is at the top of our 4 foot chain link fence.
Well off to scan.
Here is the scan. It is probably not useable, but here it is for what it is worth.
It was on tractor feed paper with mircor kerfs and still in the accordion form.
So I had to tear the pages apart & number them in the upper right corner.
357.pdf (514.5 KB)
Thanks for the effort, but it’s mostly useless, many lines are missing.
For all practical purposes, this is closed source.
only option is to de compile the .exe but that is hard and not guaranteed to work
De pdf is missing a lot of includes