wikiHow to Play Games in Your Mac Terminal

Six Methods:TetrisSnakeGomokuPongDoctorMore Games

The Terminal is an application inside all Macs. It might be intimidating at first, because it's not as intuitive as the usual user interface, but it offers a lot of neat features, and you can use it do a lot of things that you would otherwise do manually on your system.This article will show you how to play games on the Terminal. This means you can play games without the need to download anything, even if you don't have access to the Internet!

Steps

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    Find the Terminal. It's usually in your dock, but if it's not there, you can search for it in Spotlight. Or go to Finder, type Cmd-Shift-G and write "/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app".
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    Open the Terminal. Then type "emacs." Press Return/Enter and hold Esc+X.
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    Type the name of the game you want to play. The choices are explained in the following sections. Once you've chosen a game, simply hit Enter and play it in the Terminal.

Method 1
Tetris

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    Type "Tetris" after following the instructions written before. A window should appear, and Tetris blocks will start falling.
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    Move the blocks around with the left and right arrows. Turn them with the up and down arrows. Your score should be on the right side of your playing area, together with Rows and Shapes.
    • If you don't know how to play Tetris, see How to play Tetris.

Method 2
Snake

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    Type "Snake" after following the instructions written before. A window should appear, with a yellow snake moving.
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    Control the snake's movement with the up, left, right and down arrows. Try to collect the beads that appear on the screen.
    • The objective of Snake is to guide your snake around the screen, collecting beads as they appear. The more you eat, the more your score rises, but the snake also gets longer.
    • Hitting the side of the screen or hitting your tail will kill your snake, and you will lose.

Method 3
Gomoku

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    Type "Gomoku" after following the instructions written before. A window should appear with a screen full of dots.
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    Type y or n (y will let the computer start, n will let you start).
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    Move your selector around with the up, left, right and down arrows and select with x.
    • Gomoku is like Connect 4, only that you need 5 in a row to win. If you don't know how to play Connect 4, see How to play Connect 4.

Method 4
Pong

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    Type "Pong" after following the instructions written before. A window should appear with two bats on each side, and a red ball bouncing around.
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    Move the bat on the left with the left and right arrows, and the one on the right with the up and down arrows. The score is under the playing screen.
    • The objective of pong is to send the ball into the opponent's area. The only defense they have is the bat, which is used to re-send the ball to you.

Method 5
Doctor

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    Type "Doctor" after following the instructions written before. Some text should appear saying "I am the psychotherapist. Please, describe your problems. Each time you are finished talking, type RET twice." You are now conversing with your Mac's inner doctor!
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    Type out whatever you want to share with the doctor. Have fun with it, but beware––it will eventually get annoying.

Method 6
More Games

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    Find out what other games your computer has. To see a list, go to Finder, hold Cmd+Shift+G, and type "/usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play".
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    Explore all the options. To play a game, follow the basic instructions above, typing its name in the Terminal to play.

Tips

  • To change from a game to another, type Esc+X and write the name of the game you want to play. Then click Enter.
  • There are more games in more updated versions of the Mac Operating System.
  • To get a nicer-looking background, select Shell>New Window>Pro. This will give you a black background. Other options will give you different colors. Experiment with these themes, it won't do anything bad.
  • For the games in emacs, capitalization might matter. For example, try tetris instead of Tetris.

Warnings

  • Using the Terminal can be dangerous if you don't know what you are writing. Certain commands can destroy your whole computer or delete all your files. No commands in this article do any damage to your computer, but do be careful what you write!

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