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Ransack! - ABBUC 2014

Posted by Xuel, 31 August 2014 · 657 views

Ransack! is a new game for the ABBUC Software Contest 2014.
Ransack! was originally written by Peter Scott for the BBC Micro in 1987.
This version was ported and enhanced for the Atari 8-bit by Jose Pereira and Lyren "Xuel" Brown.

Game Play Video


Cavern 10

Posted by Xuel, 10 April 2014 · 745 views

A stripped down re-implementation of Caverns of Mars in 10 lines of Turbo Basic:

(NTSC, no sound or animation)
Source at github .

Unfortunately I wasn't able to include weapons or much game play, so it's way too minimalist to be a real contender. Consider it a demo of lz4 compression in Turbo Basic.

High Scores for NOMAM Turbo Basic Ten-Liners

Posted by Xuel, 07 March 2014 · 518 views
NOMAM, Turbo Basic, High Score
Here are my high scores for some of the games from the NOMAM Turbo Basic Ten-Liners contest .
Jump!!! - 742
Jump!!! (NTSC) - 891
Dodge Racer - 432
Abyss 1.1 - $350776
Abyss 1.1 - $599413 (Concentrated more on missions)
Abyss 1.2 - $316037
roguelike - 21 gold
Grue Killer - 300
Flappy - 8
I used the following breakpoint in Altirra t...


Posted by Xuel, 22 February 2014 · 984 views

An entry into the NOMAM 2014 BASIC Ten-Liners Contest

Screenshots and Video


Avoid falling off the bottom of the screen or getting crushed at the top. Move left and right with the joystick. Press trigger to start.
Smooth scrolling...


Posted by Xuel, 08 September 2013 · 1,608 views

X:8 is a new side-scrolling shoot-em-up-style game for the Atari 8-bit computer made for the ABBUC Software Contest 2013. The game will only be available to ABBUC members during a voting period. Later it will be released to the general public.

- Graphics / Production: José Pereira
- Code / Music: Xuel
- Sprites: TMR / STE'86...

Amazon Opens Retro Gaming Section

Posted by Xuel, 15 March 2013 · 415 views

Article: Amazon Opens Retro Gaming Section Unfortunately, it looks like they didn't include Atari 800 XL/XE. :(

Atari Beaglebone Expansion

Posted by Xuel, 01 September 2012 · 1,384 views
atari xl beaglebone pbi
Ilmenit's RastaConverter is an image conversion tool for Atari 8-bit computers. I wrote RastaMovie to stitch RastaConverter images together to make movies. The movie frames have to be switched very quickly to achieve a frame rate of 25-30 frames per...

Modern PC in a Commodore 64 chassis

Posted by Xuel, 02 September 2010 · 398 views

I just noticed this news item on GameSpy:


Do-it-yourself A/V Cable for 800XL

Posted by Xuel, 22 August 2010 · 1,483 views

Last year, I wanted to make an A/V cable for my PAL 800XL that would support S-Video, Composite and Audio. After doing some research I found out that the DIN connector on the back of the 800XL is the same as the one commonly...


Posted by Xuel, 21 August 2010 · 634 views


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