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My Blog Image For 2019 Is A Playful Sea Turtle
Although I enjoyed that moon picture on my blog, itís been there far too long. In looking for something new in 2019, I decided to use a picture of a playful sea turtle. The photo, taken while I was in Mexico in January, shows the backend of the turtle as it swims away…
Posted Mar 05 1 min read

February Fun with a Sleeping Lego Caterpillar and More
As February closes, I thought it fitting to recap my renders this month. Four in total, although not quite one a week. Added to last monthís render, Iíve almost shared as many as last year. Hopefully this means a lot more LEGO fun is in store for the rest of year…
Posted Feb 25 4 min read

It's Easy Stopping the Rain of Missiles in This ZX81 Game
I dug into some older games for Februaryís program, Missler. A simple yet effective game, Missler is a great example of programs I dealt with in the eighties. In this case, you must maneuver our anti-missile artillery in an attempt to stop the incoming barrage. A little bit of fun…
Posted Feb 24 3 min read

Running This Trench Is Just Double Trouble
The start of the 2019 year is passing quickly, so I needed to get a game in quick. I found a short little program called Trench Runner, but to my surprise, it had two listings. So, I took advantage of the situation and am offering two ZX81 games for January. Version one—the typical program…
Posted Jan 30 6 min read

Time to Kick off 2019 with a Render
Itís been awhile since I rendered a LEGO model. Checking into Mecabricks, I noticed a comment that the name plate for my Sydney model had been added. Although someone had been kind enough to add it to the model, the render was now out of date. So, I got to work updating it! 21032 Sydney (2019) by S…
Posted Jan 30 2 min read

Try out This Simple and Easy ZX81 Landing Game
Over the holidays, I dug through my listings to see what was left. I still have quite a few left, but the pile is definitely smaller. I’m starting to come across games I don’t remember as much. The Monster, this month’s program, is one such game. Digging into the game…
Posted Dec 29, 2018 7 min read

Test if You Think Your Reflexes Are Good in This ZX81 Game
I’m running a bit late this month, but I’ll try to make it up by offering a larger game. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Eighties unless it was almost impossible to play. But, at least it looks good. All in the looks…
Posted Nov 30, 2018 3 min read

Happy Time for a Little Writing, Again
Although November is often thought of as ďNo ShaveĒ month. I prefer to leverage it as an opportunity to improve my writing skills in National November Writing Month. For this yearís NaNoWriMo, Iím focusing on finishing Steel Strong. I canít wait! Starting over…
Posted Nov 02, 2018 5 min read

Just a Silly Little ZX81 Landing Game
Funny enough Lander, October’s game of the month, came out after my Lander 2 game. Weird, huh? No matter, it is a fast and sometimes difficult, sometimes easy, video game. Go give it a try, then let’s dig deeper. What’s with that platform…
Posted Oct 29, 2018 5 min read

I Love This Video of My ZX81 Parachute Game
Although I’ve known about this video by “ZX81 Programs ZX81” for some time, I held off sharing it. I was hoping to convert all my old ZX81 articles over to my main site first. But, life got in the way…
Posted Oct 18, 2018 2 min read

Good Luck Dodging Walls in This ZX81 Game
September has come to a close and I’m on the edge for getting my program of the month out. So, I chose Raceway as a simple game that is both tough and satisfying. My high score is 40. Can you beat it? A quick overview.Warning, the game jumps right in when you load it…
Posted Sep 30, 2018 3 min read

Can You Shoot the Asteroids before You Die
August’s game is a somewhat deceiving. On the surface, it is a simple direction shooter. Be careful, though, as those asteroids speed up. It may start out easy, but Asteroid £ Metor will frustrate you—as it did me…
Posted Aug 26, 2018 6 min read

Enjoy 8bit Pylons? Yes, My ZX81 Game Has Plenty!
Here it is in July and I have another one of my dodging games to share. But, this one is a little bit different. You donít need to dodge all of them, or in this case go through all of them. Nevertheless, if you want the juicy bonus points, you need to grab as many of the blocks as you can…
Posted Jul 23, 2018 3 min read

Look out for the Death Maze as You Escape the Monster
I seem to like avoid the wall games. I wrote many of them over the years, inspired by other games I played like ďCavernís of Mars.Ē It isnít a surprise as the ZX81 made it pretty easy to write a vertical scroller. For Death Maze, I added a little twist. Is it enough to make the game fun to play…
Posted Jun 26, 2018 5 min read

Tower of Love Was an Ambitious Idea That Failed
I had lots of ideas as a teenager. Many of them became actual programs, while others languish in my notebooks. Others made it a bit further, becoming programs on my ZX81, but never finished. A journey abandoned is still a journey. Let’s explore one such program this month: Tower of Love. A q…
Posted May 20, 2018 5 min read

Check out This Awesome Remake of Pole Dodge
Jim notified me earlier this month that I’d missed one of his remakes of my ZX81 programs when I blogged about them earlier. Tower Dodge for the MC-10 is Jim’s version of my updated Pole Dodge 2. Not sure how I missed it as he rewrote it back in 2014…
Posted May 17, 2018 3 min read

Quick, Stop the Bomber before It Destroys You
Wait what? Another month? Another game? You betcha! April is upon us, and pretty much over. So, to pass the time I introduce Blaster, a shooter with a twist. Use Z to move left, . to move right, and M to fire…
Posted Apr 19, 2018 5 min read

How to Make a Bar Chart on Your ZX81
Taking a turn from games, March's program is a bit more useful. Although not as flexible as some modern programs, Bar Graph does the job. Add some data and print. What could be easier? Well, a lot. Making a bar graph or chart.Best have your information ready…
Posted Mar 24, 2018 6 min read