Writing about basic

2021

The Basic 10 Liner contest has been running for 11 years. This year (2021) the 10th competition, and the first time I've heard of it, thanks to Dean Belfield.

The competition is simple: write a game in some BASIC language in 10 lines of code. Like the arcade games for …

The Basic 10 Liner contest has been running for 11 years. This year (2021) the 10th competition, and the first time I've heard of it, thanks to Dean Belfield.

The competition is simple: write a game in some BASIC language in 10 lines of code. Like the arcade games for …

1995

Blastamac is an asteroids clone I wrote using SCADS on the Sam Coupe. In place of asteroids it uses the heads of people from the SAM scene -- with photos taken from the previous SAM & Spectrum show in Gloucester. The name Blastamac is because one of the heads is Colin MacDonald …

This is a simple upwards scroller written in SAM BASIC and included on FRED 59. There had been an upward scroller demo in a previous magazine, but I couldn't figure out how it worked so implemented my own. It generates double-height, double thickness characters scrolling up the screen.

Upscroller appeared in Bits & Bobs, Fred 59 Upscroller appeared …

UFO Alien Massacre is a little SCADS game I wrote, which appeared on Fred 53. It's a little shooter, where you control a UFO over a planet and must destroy the other UFOs without hitting the ground bases.

You can only drop bombs, while other UFOs can fire missiles sideways …

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