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GORILLA.BAS for Intellivision ;)

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Hi all!

 

Yesterday, I was reading a great article by Benj Edwards about GORILLA.BAS at https://www.howtogeek.com/779956/gorilla.bas-how-to-play-the-secret-ms-dos-game-from-your-childhood/

 

And I felt really inspired to port it to Intellivision using IntyBASIC. I started late in the night 9:30pm, and coded till 1am, then today woke up at 7am and keep coding until it was finished by 10am.

 

I think it resulted really good!

 

Some things needed to be changed, the graphics and screen arrangement needed a complete rethinking, I could adapt the music and effects very nicely, and of course the floating-point equation for banana throwing (it depends on a lot of precision by using multiplications), so I've made it to be accumulative using fixed-point numbers with very little precision, yet it works great!

 

Find attached the source code and playable ROM for the game.

 

Enjoy it!

 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, JohnPCAE said:

Awesome! It reminds of the DOS game Scorched Earth, which had all kinds of options as well as support for tweaked VGA modes. Have you ever played that?

 

https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/scorched-earth/

I remember Scorched Earth and it's predecessor Tank Wars.  My fraternity brothers and I would play 4-8 person matches and had a great time.  We had debates as to which game was better but both were fun.

 

https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/tank-wars/

 

As for Gorillas.bas, I was wondering when someone was going to port that game.  😉

Microsoft shipped its source code with DOS to show off their QBasic engine.

 

https://classicreload.com/qbasic-gorillas.html

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10 minutes ago, Lathe26 said:

I remember Scorched Earth and it's predecessor Tank Wars.  My fraternity brothers and I would play 4-8 person matches and had a great time.  We had debates as to which game was better but both were fun.

 

https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/download/tank-wars/

 

As for Gorillas.bas, I was wondering when someone was going to port that game.  😉

Microsoft shipped its source code with DOS to show off their QBasic engine.

 

https://classicreload.com/qbasic-gorillas.html

I played it at the time when MS-DOS 5 came out. Interestingly I forgot about it, but a few years later (mid-nineties) a friend was asking me if I had the game.

 

I said him it was included with MS-DOS, but crazily I couldn't find it. In fact at this date I don't know why it disappeared from my games collection!!!

 

My deduction is that I needed more space for copying a game along the DOS, and deleted Gorilla.BAS and QBASIC.EXE, without even knowing it was my only copy! :rolling:

 

 

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I used to play Scorched Earth quite a lot. As PC's became faster, it became less and less enjoyable. I suppose artillery duel type games are quite common, and I'd like to include my port of Ouranos! into that category (though it lacks an AI opponent).

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That's really cool. I always wanted a proper artillery game with destructible environment for Intellivision, The Cannon in Mr. Basic Meets Bits 'N Bytes being the best alternative I've found.

 

I never played Gorillas as a kid but I played a couple of other games in the same turn-based artillery genre, Base Conflict for MS-DOS and Bang! Bang! for Windows 3.11, which were popular until games like Worms and Liero took over.

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55 minutes ago, CrazyChris said:

OT: What was your introduction to the Intellivision?

I was age 5, and my neighbors (two floors under our apartment) bought an Intellivision and the kids were playing Triple Action in a B&W televisor. But I wasn't allowed to touch the controllers because I just had broken two Atari joysticks. So you know, someday I had to get an Intellivision. Also at this day the reverse is true, the joysticks kill my wrist :rolling:

 

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I should make a mod to whenever you hit the sun.  You knock it down like a picture frame and 2 gorilla freeze to death like it is freezing outside my house. 

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I misread that as you're currently having two dead gorillas in front of your house, and casually just mentioned that.

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On 1/26/2022 at 1:43 PM, nanochess said:

I was age 5, and my neighbors (two floors under our apartment) bought an Intellivision and the kids were playing Triple Action in a B&W televisor. But I wasn't allowed to touch the controllers because I just had broken two Atari joysticks. So you know, someday I had to get an Intellivision. Also at this day the reverse is true, the joysticks kill my wrist :rolling:

 

They didn't happen to be Slik Stik's? I broke two of those. :)

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