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Another Classic: Contra 83
Posted by Travis on 24 August 2010, 03:45 GMT

Contra 83 screenshotIt's not very often that pure-BASIC games are featured. Bryan Thomas's Contra 83 was one that got a lot of attention back around the time it was released. As a remake of the NES platformer Contra, it demonstrated that much more than people expect can be accomplished without the use of ASM libraries.

The game features six multi-screen levels, enemies, weapon upgrades, three difficulty levels, bosses, a high score system, and saving/loading. The speed is very impressive for TI-BASIC-only code, and each new screen loads and appears in mere seconds.

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Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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WOW! It was about time! (No offense intended)

I think this game really deserves its feature. One of the very rare BASIC game to do. I played this back in the days and it was pretty nice, except that the first boss was hard XD

I wonder if this is the first ever TI-83+ pure BASIC game to ever get featured, though? The last pure BASIC game that got featured was Final Fantasy Destination, I think, in 1999.

Reply to this comment    24 August 2010, 04:12 GMT


Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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Actually nevemind, Kerm's Civsim was featured in 2004

Reply to this comment    24 August 2010, 04:23 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
KermMartian  Account Info
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True story.

Reply to this comment    24 August 2010, 05:24 GMT

Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
builderboy2005 Account Info

An amazing game :) I'm glad it finally got the recognition it deserved. Its a great achievement in Basic and i think should be inspiring for all Basic programmers out there.

Reply to this comment    24 August 2010, 18:34 GMT

Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
schoolhacker hacker  Account Info

hmm... is this worth trying? :O

Reply to this comment    26 August 2010, 07:36 GMT


Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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If you don't like stuff with multiple files, this game is unfortunately not for you. Otherwise, I personally liked it a lot, considering no single line of ASM code was used in the game.

Reply to this comment    26 August 2010, 08:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
schoolhacker hacker  Account Info

hmm... i see. :(

Reply to this comment    26 August 2010, 18:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
tifreak8x  Account Info
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You shouldn't let that dissuade you from playing a game. If so, you are going to miss out on a lot of amazing games that are available for play.

Reply to this comment    27 August 2010, 02:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Another Classic: Contra 83
ASHBAD_ALVIN  Account Info

To tell the truth, it's a really fun game for BASIC, though the files can get kind of annoying when you try to get rid of them to clear up space. Here's what I did:

Group CINSTALL and CINSTAL2 into one group (these programs "insstall" he other files -- so keep these handy)

When you're done playing contra, delete all of the contra associated files 1 by 1 (takes a few minutes)

Ungroup the group that hold the two installing programs and the other group that holds the other file (comes already grouped) and play again.

It's fun for a little while, so just take a small peek at it.

Reply to this comment    5 September 2010, 18:01 GMT

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