Greetings, travellers, and welcome to my shop! My name is Thelion, and I'm very glad to see you. Take a look around, and feel free to help yourself to anything you need.
My star attraction is:
Do you or your kids want to learn to type? Right hand, left hand, both hands?
Unicorn Quest is a typing tutor game for DOS. It also works under Windows 95, Windows NT, and Windows XP (just go to the DOS Prompt). Unicorn Quest was originally written for an eight-year-old one-handed girl who wanted to learn to type. Unicorn Quest makes learning to type into a game. While on a quest for a missing unicorn, the player practices typing letters, typing words, and finally typing sentences. The player can choose any of three levels of difficulty. At the end of each exercise, there is a different ASCII animal picture as a reward.
Unicorn Quest is shareware, and can be used with right hand only, left hand only, or both hands. On special request, the typing tutor can also be easily customized for any missing fingers. If you are interested in a special version, write to me and explain your needs.
Unicorn Quest is a DOS program that was written a long time ago (1995). It runs on DOS, 16-bit Windows, and 32-bit Windows. I haven't found any machine too old for it to run on, so it's too bad the new machines no longer support DOS or 32-bit Windows. Unfortunately, 64-bit Windows has broken that compatibility.
The simplest solution is to find an older computer to run it on. Many secondhand computers run Windows XP, which works fine.
One of my customers writes that he got Unicorn Quest to work on 64-bit Windows by downloading DOSbox, a DOS emulator, from:
I haven't had a chance to test this solution yet, but if I find that it works for me, I'll post instructions here.
Download a copy of version 3.1 of Unicorn Quest! (zipped file 170K, expands to 648K including the zip file).
An old version of Unicorn Quest for Mac is available. If you have an older Mac and are willing to put up with some glitches, you can download a copy of the Mac version.
When Unicorn Quest has been downloaded to your machine:
You can have Unicorn Quest take up the whole screen by pressing Alt-Enter. (Press Alt-Enter again to get the other icons back.)
We can create custom versions of Unicorn Quest for special needs.
You can also download the unicorn icon (uni.ico) for Windows. It was created by Lakaya M. Peeples and inspired by an origami unicorn by Peter Vu Anh Le. Lakaya updated it in May 2003 to make a Windows XP version.
Or go and pick up the Estonian version of Unicorn Quest. I'm still looking for programmers who are interested in helping us translate it to other languages.
Read our tips about using Unicorn Quest.
Read some of our mail about Unicorn Quest.
Rob did most of the programming for Unicorn Quest. Ann did the story and put together the graphics.
If you have ideas for other needed programs like this, please write
Having trouble converting between DOS and Unix files, or DOS and Mac files? I can help.
I sell some handy tools written by the developers here. They are DOS tools (but they work in a DOS box under Windows as well). If you are interested in other tools, visit my toolshop for free downloads and information about:
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