487 Bytes is All it Takes to Make This Game of Chess
Ryan Simmons / 5 years ago
Chess has long been a standard game thrown in with many operating systems. Windows and Mac have had chess apps for decades. But what if early PCs had chess? One that required a ridiculously small amount of storage space?
BootChess might just have been that, had it been around then. The game uses just 487 bytes – not megabytes or even kilobytes, just bytes. It uses ASCII characters to form its ‘graphics’ and upper- and lower-case characters to represent white and black.
Despite being so small, its development is quite a feat – the earlier record holder, 1K ZX Chess, was 1024 bytes and held the title for over 33 years.
Download it here for pretty much any OS you can think of (even DOS).