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Review by  TI Freakware
Reviewed on 2013-02-17
Crunchy is a very simple shell that gives you a list view of programs that have an Ion, Mirage or Crunchy header. It will not register asm programs that don't utilize a shell. Crunchy also fails on some of the newer devices, as the LCD drivers require special code that needs run, and Crunchy doesn't contain it internally as other shells do.

Overall, good, simple shell for the 83+ line, and might work decent with some programs and games on the 84+ line, but will need the LCD driver fix before using.

Review by  Thomas Dickerson
Reviewed on 2007-05-11
While its ability to compress files or even include them in the app itself is commendable, its lack of any other feature, and lack of games makes it pale beside Mirage or DoorsCS. No lowercase, folders, icon display, or options menu of any kind, and its occasional problems with Mirage programs make it a pale second.

Review by  Patrick Connor
Reviewed on 2006-09-13
"CrunchyOS" runs all "ION", "MirageOS", "CrunchyOS", and BASIC files I put through it. However, as a constant TI-BASIC programmer, I have noticed that it runs BASIC files at a lower speed than "MirageOS". Other than that, it ran all ASM (Ion, Mirage, Crunchy) files I put through it. Its user interface is pretty straight forward. It doesn't have a few features that Mirage has, ex lowercase, etc. A worthy download, nevertheless.

Friendliness: 9/10 (it's not a GUI, but it gets the job done)
Usability: 10/10 (really straightforward; no garbage collects)
Speed: 11/10 for ION, Crunchy, and Mirage programs - 9/10 for BASIC programs.
Overall: 9.5/10 - I see great things in future releases.

Review by  scott delaney
Reviewed on 2006-03-18
“CrunchyOS” is possibly the best Ion-compatible shell out there. It produces no garbage collect messages, and has an interface similar to “Ion”. It runs both Ion and MirageOS programs. I would recommend this shell.

Usage: 9/10 easy to use, but no folders or program organization.
Size: 10/10 “CrunchyOS” is a Flash app, so it shouldn't be a problem to fit onto any calculator.
Reliability: 10/10 no garbage collects, and very stable.
Overall: 9.9/10 a very good app that also allows BASIC programs to be run from it. A much better shell than any other. You should download this now.

Review by  John C
Reviewed on 2006-02-19
“CrunchyOS” is the best shell ever for games/programs, since it can fit a lot, almost never garbage collects, is fast, easy to use, never crashes, and best of all never deletes any programs or files. With at least 23k of ram and about 10k of archive left, a calculator is utilized to its maximum potential.

Idea: 10/10
Controls: 10/10
Memory: 10/10
Usage: 10/10
User Friendly: 10/10
Stamina: 10/10
Overall: 10/10

The ratio “CrunchyOS”/Other shells = 10^googleplex.

Review by  Jonathan Martin
Reviewed on 2005-09-20
“CrunchyOS” is a great program. It is especially good if you prefer assembly games over basic games. It will run almost any assembly program without wearing out your memory. Crunchy is the only shell I have on my calculator, and it is the only one I need. The only bad thing about it is that it quits if there is an error. For all you assembly gamers, this is a must download.

Controls: 9.5/10
Memory: 10/10
Usage: 10/10
Overall: 9.9/10

Review by  Eric Conley
Reviewed on 2004-10-26
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

First off, “CrunchyOS” is great! The program compresion is quite nice. It will save you a lot of space, especially if you have a TI-83 Plus (when I say this, I am excluding the Silver Edition). This shell, in my opinion, works better than other 83 shells. One of the things I don't like about the "CrunchOS" is the fact that there isn't full "MirageOS" support yet. One reason is the fact that it can read most programs that work with other shell. I think there is also one more downside. For every program you run with the "CrunchyOS," it creates an AppVar for each program. This cuts down on the available archive space. I think would be nice is if the "CrunchOS" would show the battery status at the home screen.


Review by  David Tao
Reviewed on 2004-07-21
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

“Crunchy OS” is a fairly good shell, with advantages over both “Ion” and “MirageOS.” Since this shell is an App, it is fairly secure and invulnerable to RAM clears, which would devastate your average “Ion” user. Also, the program runs pretty much anything, from BASIC programs to “Ion” games to “MirageOS” games. It runs BASIC with few errors, and, as I have just mentioned, it can run just about any game built for a shell. Still, “CrunchyOS” has its limitations. There are no extra features like lowercase letters and password protection, featured in “MirageOS.” Also, this doesn't support certain “MirageOS” ROM calls, crippling some games such as “Gold Phoenix,” “Star Phoenix,” and “Pongz80” among others.

Overall Performance: 7/10

Review by  Brian Gordon
Reviewed on 2004-04-15
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

What to say about “CrunchyOS?” Well, first, in theory program compression is great. Smaller filesizes means that you can fit more programs. theoretically. The problem is that not many programs are actually released for “CrunchyOS” and there are no Crunchy-exclusive programs at all. After you get past the filesize change, it is just the classic “Ion vs Mirage” argument all over again. Crunchy is little more than a programming marvel, which is an accomplishment in itself.

7/10 (7 is considered an excellent score).

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