How to Access Hidden Games on Mac

All Macs come pre-installed with Emacs — a highly customisable text-editor mostly known for being an interpreter for Emacs Lisp (programming language). What is lesser known about is that Emacs also has a number of games that can be played right from the terminal with just a line of command!

To find available games

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Use the following key combination.
    Command + Shift + G
  3. Paste the following path in the window and hit go.
    /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play

    Navigate to directory
    Navigate to directory
  4. This will take you to the list of games available to you.

    List of games
    List of games

How to play

  1. Open Terminal. (You can also go to Shell -> New Window -> Homebrew for a better background)

    Opening Terminal
    Opening Terminal
  2. Type the below command in terminal and hit enter.
    emacs
    Loading Emacs
    Loading Emacs

    Emacs interface
    Emacs interface
  3. Now, use the following combination to issue commands to emacs. You’ll see M-x at the bottom of the window which implies you can now issue commands to emacs.
    Esc + X

    Esc + X
    Esc + X
  4. Type the name of the game, for example dunnet to run it. You can also try tetris.
    Running dunnet
    Running dunnet

    Dunnet
    Dunnet

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