Capture the Flag (video game)

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Capture the Flag

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MS-DOS - Screenshot - Original release.

Developer Carr Software
Publisher Carr Software
Published 1992-08-??
Platforms DOS
Genres Strategy, Turn-based strategy
Themes Childhood
Multiplayer Alternating versus
Distribution Commercial, Shareware

Capture the Flag is a turn-based strategy video game based on capture the flag. It was developed and published by Carr Software for MS-DOS in August 1992, and updated multiple times over the years until the final version was released in 1996. The game is written in C and uses Genus graphics libraries. The game can be played by two players in a hot seat fashion, or by one player against an AI.

In the game, each player controls a team of children trying to capture a flag hidden in their opponent's territory. Players take turns moving their characters around the map which is filled with paths, cornfields, woods, orchards, streams, and the like. Each team starts with all of their own territory visible, but their opponent's territory is covered by fog of war and can only be revealed through exploration. Each character has their own set of attributes like agility, speed, and vision. Moving through open terrain is easier, but it also makes the character more visible to opponents. If a player is caught by an opponent, they get into a tussle and, if a character loses while in their opponent's territory, they are sent to jail for several turns. The first team to find their opponent's flag wins.


Won?Yes. I beat the AI at normal difficulty on multiple maps.
FinishedMid 1990s.

This game was on my cousin Brian's CD of 600+ shareware games. We only played it a couple times, and, I'm pretty sure I won the map the game came with. When I was 43 years old, I was reminded of the game and found the registered version online and played a couple different maps and beat them too, all on normal difficulty.


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Best Version: MS-DOS


  • The game has a fantastic graphical user interface.
  • There is built-in popup help for new users which teaches you everything you need to know about the game.
  • The artwork, though a bit amateur, fits the game perfectly and is quite charming.
  • The registered version comes with 30 maps, each with its own quirks, as well as a mapmaker to customize your own.
  • There are a lot of customizable options for the game like team size, visibility conditions, and so forth.


  • While there are sound effects, the game lacks proper music.
  • The game only features easy and normal difficulty for the AI, both of which I found easy to defeat. A harder AI would be nice.
  • While the map maker is a nice addition, it is quite difficult to use.


  • Despite all the polish of the game, there still isn't that much to do. After your first play-through you'll have done nearly everything the game has to offer. After that, you can try the other maps, and play around with the options, but they're just slight variations. The game needs some significantly different play modes to keep it fresh for longer. A terrain editor would also have helped give the game more life.





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Strong female character?PassAlthough their icons don't change, around half of the playable characters are girls.
Bechdel test?FailThe game lacks dialogue.
Strong person of color character?FailEvery character is white.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.


This is all of the shareware versions of Capture the Flag I could find. You can still buy the game from the author.


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