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Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Posted by Xavier on 30 November 2017, 22:18 GMT

Let's highlight a recent upload for the 89/89T, which reminds of an older piece of work for the same platform. Both are variants of Solitaire... not that calculator owners need to be really lonely to play them, of course ;-)

Another game recently found again by David Randall was rebuilt and has become available: Pyramid Solitaire 89 is a solitaire variant whose goal is to remove values of 13 at a time, either as a pair of cards whose sum of the values is 13, or as a single Kings card. There's a pile of cards to help you with that goal when you can't directly match cards, but beware: you can only rotate it a limited number of times, configurable at the beginning of the game, at most 9. Maybe David will make a 92+/V200 version of the game, like he recently did for Jumpman?

More than five years and a half ago, Andrew Vauter implemented many variants of Solitaire in a single program, publishing it a under the Solitaire Suite name. 4 Klondike, 4 Canfield, 3 Golf (+ custom parameters for each) and 1 Freecell. The rest of the game's operation, including the UI (e.g. spacing between cards), is highly customizable. There are also interesting extra features like saving / restoring the game, a virtual money system that can persist across plays, a timer which increases as you play, full-game undo buffer, etc.

Both games feature grayscale graphics, using slightly different styles. The 89/89T have enough pixels for relatively fine-grained details to be visible.

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Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Stefan Bauwens  Account Info
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Great to see more 68k work featured! Congratulations on the features guys :)

We need more 68k developers :P

Reply to this comment    1 December 2017, 08:34 GMT

Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Lionel Debroux Account Info
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It's been a decade since we needed more TI-68k developers... but well, nowadays, more than 12 years after TI released the latest OS version for the TI-68k series and more than 10 years after its closed replacement hit the market, what could *significantly* revive the community ?
The Axe language, mainly, sparked significant activity on the 83+ family, but the likes of Newprog and GFA Basic didn't have such a large effect on TI-68k development.

Reply to this comment    1 December 2017, 17:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Samuel Stearley Account Info

Good to see your name. Sadly methinks we all grew up.

What happened to the French community? I assume the ti89 is no longer a staple of the French education system? It was never part of the US system, you had to go out of your way to buy it. Nowadays, if you have to go out of your way then you might as well get an nspire cas.

-Samuel Stearley

Reply to this comment    3 December 2017, 16:36 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Lionel Debroux Account Info
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Hi Sam :)

Good to see your name as well.

People in the French community grew up as well... and the horrible mood on yAronet led people to, at best, flee away to greener pastures (e.g. ExtendeD and geogeo switched to the Nspire platform, but elsewhere), or simply leave the community.

Sadly, starting from this year, the whole TI-68k series is forbidden in the main French standardized test, because the stupid regulators decided to hamper poorer people and make a gift to manufacturers by having people buy new calculators...
Er, sorry, I mean that they decided to mandate the usage of the exam mode, with a built-in flashing LED and access to user programs and documents prevented while in exam mode, which also prevents users from raising the functionality level of cheap(er) models through programs. So much for the "Equality" (égalité) part of the country's motto.
At least, they don't forbid the usage of a CAS - yet. It's just getting hardly useful to use a CAS at all, due to the constant dumbing down of said standardized test, which has been ongoing for decades.

Reply to this comment    4 December 2017, 18:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Andrew V  Account Info

If I was a billionaire, I would buy a TI-89 for every high-school student in America. I absolutely loved that thing and took it to every class. It was what sparked my interest in programming and taught me skills I still use every day.

Reply to this comment    5 December 2017, 04:25 GMT


Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Andrew V  Account Info

Well this is a pleasant surprise! Maybe I should brush the dust off some of the old unfinished projects. I'm 80% done with a close of TIS-100 that I was really excited about until other parts of life got in the way.. Anyway, glad to see the 68Ks getting some attention :D

Reply to this comment    4 December 2017, 02:04 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Lionel Debroux Account Info
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Oh yeah, if you can find some time, you should definitely dust off some of your unfinished projects, like Dave Randall recently did, and like someone else is doing as well :)

Reply to this comment    4 December 2017, 18:39 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Ranman  Account Info
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Congrats Andrew on a well deserved feature!

Reply to this comment    5 December 2017, 02:50 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Solitaire games for your TI-68k calculators ? We've got you covered
Andrew V  Account Info

Hey, thanks!

Reply to this comment    5 December 2017, 14:20 GMT

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