Creating a Game for the CoCo

Retro is in the air today as [John] has tipped us off about a new game he has written for the Tandy Color Computer (CoCo), The game, inspired by the homebrew game DOWNFALL for the Atari Jaguar, features what looks like snappy game play, lots of bright colorful animation and has just entered the Alpha stages. The blog page above sheds some insight on what it takes to make a game for these old 8 bit wonders, cause no matter how easy it sounds, you do have to do some dancing to get even the simplest of things working correctly on such limited resources.

The game was part of this years Retrochallenge which is typically held in January, which we recommend checking out if you want your fill of random projects for old computers. From building an Apple I replica kit, to making a soccer game for a SGI system, getting a 5160 XT online or just noodling with a KIM, there is plenty of interesting projects to keep you occupied during the afternoon.

Join us after the break for a quick video of Fahrfall, the fun looking CoCo Game.

Comments

  1. CrashSerious says:

    Awesome!!!! I simply will HAVE to try this on my port of xRoar (a CoCo/Dragon emulator) for the Sony PS3. (named PS3Roar if you want to google it)

  2. Nightstar says:

    Not bad for a Coco2! Esp when you realize that it has no Sprite hardware… ^_^

    If he did not do calls into the basic. It should work ok on a Dragon.

    Still remember the days writing for that series of computers…

  3. vonskippy says:

    Can’t wait for HAD to start publishing the backlog of wicked cool butter churn hacks they’ve been collecting.

  4. cgimark says:

    coco, still remember reading rainbow magazine. Too bad tandy screwed up the promotion and support so bad that it didn’t get the following it deserved.

  5. sarsface says:

    Creating a game for Conan O’Brien.

  6. lizardb0y says:

    The Retrochallenge is held twice a year – the Winter Warmup in January and the Summer Challenge in June. Any retro project qualifies for entry, the only requirement being that you blog progress regularly.

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