What is game of Scotland Yard?
This is the classic board game Scotland Yard. The game uses the London map used in the original game.
The moves of Mr. X are made by the machine, and the moves of the detectives are to be made by you. This version has an improved AI for Mr. X, and also features the use of black tickets by Mr. X. You can only move on the colored routes and to the next numbered location on the route that matches the ticket you paid. The routes are;
  • the yellow line for Taxi.
  • the green line for Bus.
  • the red line for Underground.
The same rule applies for Mr X also. The trouble is that you don't have all the tickets in the world, so your moves are limited. Can you outsmart Mr. X (the computer)?

System requirements
  • Minimum JRE: 1.6.0 Build 22 GA

the game of Scotland Yard on an eComStation machine with Open JDK

Installing the game of Scotland Yard
Download sy2.4.zip. Create a folder (directory) "ScotlandYard" or "Sy". Open the zip file, you get a subdirectory "ScotlandYardv2.4". You can copy this subdirectory with everything in it to your harddrive, but the name is a little long for my taste. So you can also go in the subdirectory "ScotlandYardv2.4" and copy all contents to the new made folder (directory). Next copy the contents of subdirectory "\bin" to the root of directory "ScotlandYardv2.4". After that you can delete the empty subdirectory "\bin". That's it!

The sy.cmd file
With this file the program starts. I have made a "sy.cmd" file with the following contents;
@echo off
set path=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
set BEGINLIBPATH=[drive: java]\JAVA160\bin
[drive: ScotlandYardv2.4]
cd [drive: ScotlandYardv2.4]\ScotlandYardv2.4
java -Duser.home=[drive: ScotlandYardv2.4]\ScotlandYardv2.4 -jar sy.jar 2>sy-bugs.txt
I use 2 separate folders (directories), one for Java and one for the game of Scotland Yard with the files created by this program. The references used in the cmd file;

  • [drive: java] = drive with Java
  • [drive: ScotlandYardv2.4] = drive with game of Scotland Yard

should be replaced with real drive letters. Edit and save the file "sy.cmd" from the distribution. This file is copied to the "ScotlandYardv2.4" folder (directory). Furthermore, different paths?, adjust according to your needs. Create a new program object. Specify the path and file name: "[drive: ScotlandYardv2.4]\ScotlandYardv2.4\sy.cmd". In the tabpage Session check the boxes "OS/2 window", "Running as an icon" and "Close Window to end program". In the tabpage General you can enter the name "game of Scotland Yard". You find enclosed in the file a game of Scotland Yard OS/2 icon.

Parameters / options explained
  • The statement "-Duser.home=[drive: ScotlandYardv2.4]\ScotlandYardv2.4" will ensure that game of Scotland Yard will save all necessary files in own directory instead of saving them in the home directory.
  • The addition "2>sy-bugs.txt" ensures that errors are saved in the file "sy-bugs.txt". The 2 in "2>" is not a typo!

In the file you can find the above command file (all driveletters are set to C:) and an OS/2 the game of Scotland Yard icon: sy-ecs.zip.

revision August 13, 2016