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#1 tschak909 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:32 PM

Hey guys, rounding out my collection of Atari software, am looking for the best BASIC games, thus far I have:

 

* Energy Czar

* SCRAM

* Blackjack

* Goldrush

* Oilwell

* Kingdom

 

Not counting the various games by Automated Simulations, Adventure Intl, etc..

 

-Thom



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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:41 PM

Anytime I see Energy Czar, I can't help but also think of States and Capitals.  1st two games I ever saw on the 400.  Thanks Dad - I'll never forget you.



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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:42 PM

In search of the Most Amazing Thing. I remember being surprised it was runing in BASIC when I was able to break out somehow, and list the program. Loved that game!

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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:06 PM

Crush, Crumble, and Chomp
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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:07 PM

Strip Poker? I know *I* spent a lot of time playing it...

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It DOES require BASIC.

#6 adam242 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:08 PM

Don't know if these qualify as 'the best', but I always enjoyed Time Trial and Rockslide (both for sentimental reasons - some of the first A8 games I was exposed to via friends or magazines) and Devil's Doorway. There's also a decent A8 BASIC port of Carnival (one of my favorite 2600 titles) out there.



#7 tschak909 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:52 PM

Dynacomp (well, Jerry White, actually...) made so many Atari BASIC games, just a non stop flurry from 1980 to 1984...and I'm still looking for most of them... Somehow they've fallen off of everybody's collections.

 

-Thom



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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:04 PM

The Dunjonquest games are amazingly fun for being so old. Also, Telengard.



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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:14 PM

There was an outstanding version of Othello called Reversi done in BASIC, and also Quest of the Space Beagle needed BASIC, although I suspect there might have been some machine-code routines in there somewhere too.



#10 JamesD OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:36 PM

If you are into simulations/war games, Avalon Hill produced quite a few games that were written in BASIC


Edited by JamesD, Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:36 PM.


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Posted Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:50 PM

Rear Guard was probably the most prominent commercial Basic + asm game outside of Ataris creations.

 

* takes opportunity to plug own creations - http://www.atarimani...am=1143&step=25

Except Stellar Shuttle 480i which is 100% assembly.  I did a Reversi game, though it was converted from an existing one for another computer.

 

* takes opportunity to plug co-author's creations - http://www.atarimani...am=2561&step=25

Except Road Toad which is 100% assembly.


Edited by Rybags, Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:52 PM.


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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:39 AM

I remember Floyd of the Jungle to be at least part BASIC, so maybe credit for best BASIC 4-player game ;)



#13 slx OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:42 AM

Crush, Crumble, and Chomp

Now that would really merit a re-write. A very clever game idea that AFAIK has not been taken up ever since, but a bit lame to play as it did not use the Atari's facilities to their best. I hated it when your turn was over and you had to wait for the computer to attack you. Had a look at the code once but being optimised BASIC it's quite hard to understand and it would probably be easier to rewrite it from scratch.



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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:38 AM

Hey guys, rounding out my collection of Atari software, am looking for the best BASIC games, thus far I have:

 

* Energy Czar

* SCRAM

* Blackjack

* Goldrush

* Oilwell

* Kingdom

 

Not counting the various games by Automated Simulations, Adventure Intl, etc..

 

-Thom

Here's a game I play on emulator (altirra).  It originates from an HP41 handheld text game.

I wrote it in BASIC, and compiled it with the ABC compiler.

The .BAS file will play OK, but is a little slow if I remember.

I guess it is for old people like me.  I don't do hand-eye action games.

The game is played with two seven sided dice (?).  You roll the dice and try

to accumulate points to goal you set when you begin.  If you roll one snakeye,

you lose a turn and the program plays.  If you roll two snakeyes, you go back

to zero points.  You hit the spacebar to roll another time.  You hit any other key

to stop rolling and let the computer play.  I set goal of 250 most of the time.

Lower goal is faster game.

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Edited by russg, Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:02 AM.


#15 MrFish ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:15 AM

There was an outstanding version of Othello called Reversi done in BASIC...

 

Maybe you're thinking of this one published in Analog Computing: Supereversion

 

There was also this pirate release of it by LindaSoft: Othello 3-D (Supereversion)

 

There's also a compiled BASIC version of it.


Edited by MrFish, Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:16 AM.


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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:57 AM

I remember typing in Balloonacy from C & VG magazine, it's a pretty impressive effort http://www.atarimani...oonacy_482.html



#17 a8isa1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:19 PM

Regarding Crush, Crumble and Chomp:  Why is this 1981 game asking, "Do you have an old machine?"   XLs are year or so off at this time.  Was the NTSC artifacting different between CTIA and GTIA.

 

Btw, I had, and still have my 800. It originally was an OS-A and CTIA machine but I had it upgraded around the time the 1200XL rolled out.  I also had this game on tape. I can't say I remember the question from those days.  Too long ago and my memory has always been bad.


Edited by a8isa1, Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:34 PM.

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#18 Rybags OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:34 AM

CTIA has different artifacting to NTSC GTIA.



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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:32 AM

Hammurabi.



#20 lbaeza OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:11 AM

Check out JD Casten's list of games on Atarimania:

http://www.atarimani...am_218_8_G.html

JD wrote several Basic games for Antic, like Escape from Epsilon.

Regards,

Louis BQ

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:23 AM

Jupiter Mission 1999

Quest for the Space Beagle



#22 Fres OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:36 AM

I always liked Letterman.  Oh, and Stunt Clown.

 

Also, Can't Quit is good.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Roryck Adalimumab


Edited by Fres, Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:48 AM.





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