Almost everything I have made for the TI-99/4A requires a RAM expansion. It's boring to always do the same, so I wanted to try something else.
Here is a preview of a smooth scrolling game that runs on an unexpanded TI-99/4A from an 8K ROM cartridge - no 32K RAM or disk drive required.
The game is currently 6.2K and has 4 levels of 256x20 characters, 2 of which are shown in the video. The reason that is possible is due to lz4 data compressiom, thanks to Tursi and others. The cool thing is that it's running at 60Hz despite storing the map in VDP RAM, and for now it's actually only using 2/5 of the CPU.
I might decide to add another ROM bank of 8K for the full game, but the essential thing is that this could have been produced and sold in 1982, which is not true for a game like Flying Shark that requires a 512K ROM + 32K RAM.
Edited by Asmusr, Fri Feb 8, 2019 6:25 PM.