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A couple more games, this time in TI-Basic
Posted by Xavier on 27 November 2017, 23:28 GMT

We mainly produce news items about programs written in native code, but there is work and even some form of inventiveness in pure or extended TI-Basic programs.

The recent Descent Delivery, again by Josiah "JWinslow23" Winslow, is noteworthy in that the code of the single pure TI-Basic program is written to adapt to the whole family of (semi-)recent models, from the 83+ to the TI-eZ80 series (CE) through the 84+CSE, which is relatively infrequent: some programmers don't attempt to target both monochrome and color calculators, and others do it through multiple programs. Throughout 15 levels at present, the game's principle is to push a packaging box from its original location to the target delivery truck, through a series of segments delimited by walls, taking advantage of some items while avoiding others. There are blurbs of text at the beginning, and after solving every level... but let's not give away the story they tell ;)

In 2016, Kevin "xlibman" Ouéllet reimplemented another game from Josiah Winslow for the PC and Atari 2600 in extended TI-Basic for the TI-eZ80 series, yielding Wal-Rush! CE. As you can see in the screenshot, the game's goal is to guide the flying walrus on a fish-eating quest, while avoiding spikes and mines, and of course the clam and the cloud levels the bottom and top of screen. The older version of the game manages to use CE TextLib in creative ways to display a whole screen of non-text content - good job bending it to his will. The newer version, which uses the Sprites library by "grosged" (you need Sprites version 3.3, the latest one at the time of this writing) like the previously featured GalagACE, displays faster and more detailed graphics, shown in the screenshot below.

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Re: A couple more games, this time in TI-Basic
Josiah Winslow  Account Info

Something the article didn't mention about Descent: included is a level editor called DESCEDIT, which allows one to create their own custom levels for Descent! Check the readme for instructions ;)

Reply to this comment    28 November 2017, 00:20 GMT

Re: A couple more games, this time in TI-Basic
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Oh Thanks for the review !
I've just signed in then proposed Sprites library v3.3 in ticalc's archives ;)

Reply to this comment    30 November 2017, 19:51 GMT

Re: A couple more games, this time in TI-Basic
Shadowhunter  Account Info
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Cool, when I started learning programming languages, I didn’t succeed at all. I tried to create some minimal games, but it's very difficult. But over time, I started to get it. That's why I understand how difficult and cool it is. Looks just as cool, looking forward to new games

Reply to this comment    7 June 2022, 06:22 GMT

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