Janitor Joe

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Janitor Joe
Developer(s) Kevin Bales
Platform(s) MS-DOS
Release 1984
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player

Janitor Joe is a DOS game by Kevin Bales in which the player must gather keys and escape from a NASA station. Bales released the free game as a teenager via BBSs in Atlanta, and later said, "I only spent five days on the programming part. I didn't write it to sell — I was only experimenting."[1] Nonetheless, the game was widely distributed and played.[citation needed] Bales also wrote Castle Adventure.

The primary dangers are falls, mad robots, and a limited supply of oxygen. Each level features a different type of device to aid Joe in escaping:

  • Level 1 - (none)
  • Level 2 - Slides
  • Level 3 - Elevators
  • Level 4 - Invisible ladders
  • Level 5 - Moving platforms


  1. ^ Oppenheim, Joanne. KidSpeak About Computers. Ballantine Books. 1985.

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