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VCF East: Old Computers, New Games

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While the vintage computer festival in Wall, NJ had just about every vintage app you could imagine – multiple varities of *NIXes, pre-Zork Dungeon, BASIC interpreters of all capabilities, and just about every game ever released for 8-bit Commodore systems – there was, perhaps unsurprisingly, a distinct lack of modern programs written for these retro systems. Yes, despite there being people still curled up to keyboards and writing games for vintage systems, modern software was a strange oddity last weekend.

There were two wonderful exceptions, however. The first was Fahrfall, a game for the TRS-80 Color Computer. We’ve seen Fahrfall before when [John Linville] wrote it for the 2012 RetroChallenge Winter Warmup. The game itself is a re-imagining of Downfall for the Atari Jaguar, with the graphics scaled down immensely. The basic idea of the game is to jump down, ledge to ledge, on a vertically scrolling screen. Hit the walls or the bottom, and you’re dead. It’s a great game that probably would have sold well had it been a contemporary release.

Next up is a rather impressive port of Flappy Bird for the TI-99. The video does not do this game justice, although part of that might just be the awesome Amiga monitor used for the display. This game was brought in by [Jeff Salzman] of Vintage Volts who isn’t the author of the game. Honestly, the video doesn’t do the graphics any justice. It really is a great looking port that’s just as addictive as the Android/iDevice original.

Comments

  1. Hirudinea says:

    Nice to see some love for the old 8-bit hardware. Brings a tear to my eye.

  2. 12L14 says:

    This is atari version written for NOMAM(ten liner contest).

    Rules were:
    – 10 rows Atari Basic code
    – it has to be a game
    – free input device (Joystick, Paddle, Keyboard,…)
    – abbreviations in the code are allowed, eg. DR. for DRAWTO (for extending the max. length of the logical row)
    – loading of datas or files are not allowed
    – calling machine programs are not allowed (e.g. X=USR(1536))
    – poking for pm graphics or changing the DL are allowed, also poking for disabling break etc.

    ;)

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