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Check out my ZX81 rendition of the US Flag
Although July nears its end, patriotism remains. From the frantic happiness of the 4th, to general love of country, July is about fireworks and Summer heat. Digging into my archives, I found a US Flag to commemorate the month. Interesting but boring.The flag is, well, a flag…
Posted Jul 26 by Steven 2 min read

You Can Copy Your Screen with This Simple ZX81 Demo
Not all programs need to be games. And, in the case of Screen Copy, it is a demo program that ultimately became a utility. Most of us take the idea of making a screen shot for granted. Yet, back in the early í80s, the idea was uncommon. That didnít deter me. Not quite an iPhone…
Posted Jun 26 by Steven 4 min read

Shoot the UFOs in This Simple ZX81 Game
Taking a minor departure this Memorial Weekend, my ZX81 program is actually from my childhood best friend. Neighbors during our time in Italy, Jeremy and I spent a lot of time together playing with our LEGO bricks, D&D, and on our computers. U.F…
Posted May 26 by Steven 4 min read

The World Was Doomed And This Is The Result
The eighties were a turbulent time. Political turmoil grew out of the Cold War, which wasnít loss on this teenage programmer. The vocal leaders of the US and the USSR bubbled up often in the pop culture of the era and the esclation of war…
Posted Apr 29 by Steven 4 min read

Hit Is a Fun and Simple ZX81 Game of Blackjack
In my youth, I often looked to real games for inspiration. Card games were one such source and one I drew from often. Some attempts, like Stud, were simple high and low games. For Marchís program, Hit tackles the more complex Blackjack, eschewing graphics to focus on gameplay. No cards needed…
Posted Mar 25 by Steven 5 min read

Itís 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 6 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 3 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 by Steven 5 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 5 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 by Steven 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 by Steven 6 min read

How to Make Digital Rain on Your ZX81
Iíve been wanting to create my own version of digital rain for some time. The effect is well known from the Matrix movies, which used florescent green characters. Inspired by that version, I decided to go retro and generate a black and white stream of characters using the ZX81…
Posted Feb 20, 2018 by Steven 6 min read

Fight Your Way to Victory with This ZX81 Space Shooter
Nothing starts the year out better than a space shooter. The top of the printout was quite faded, so I wasn’t sure about ZTSXXSTZ when I started to type it in. But, once I got the first few bits working I realized I had something worth sharing. Playing it for the first time…
Posted Jan 20, 2018 by Steven 4 min read

What Can You Do with a Simple ZX81 Animation?
Although may of my early programs were games, I spent a fair amount of time experimenting. Decemberís program, Slow Down, is one of my animation experiments. It is a straight forward sprite animation, with a twist. I used the ZX81 against itself to slow it down. If youíre ready, letís dig deeper. T…
Posted Dec 26, 2017 by Steven 4 min read

Star Fight Is a Simple ZX81 Shoot íEm up Game
Back in 1983, Star Wars imagery flooded my life. With the release of Return of the Jedi that year, it only fueled the inspiration of my young teenage self. So, it shouldnít come as a surprise that I would create games with that look and feel. Star Fight, this monthís program, is one such game. Slow…
Posted Nov 26, 2017 by Steven 5 min read

Windmill Is a Quick and Dirty ZX81 Animation
There are a ton of windmills in Idaho. Mostly big ones for power, but you see a few smaller ones used for irrigation and wells. But, when I wrote this monthís program, I couldnít remember any being around where I lived in Indiana. No matter…
Posted Oct 30, 2017 by Steven 5 min read

Tabular Is My Simple and Easy ZX81 Word Processor
To date, most of my programs have been games and animations. It may come as a surprise that I also wrote a word processing program. Using a custom printer command, I designed a font that would allow you to use lowercase letters. Letís explore Septemberís program of the month to see how that worked…
Posted Sep 25, 2017 by Steven 6 min read

Quickly Avoid the Spiders in the ZX81 Game Tarantula
Tarantula, Augustís program of the month, was part of a pair of games that made me think I was a game developer. At the age of fourteen, I didnít let problems like the lack of a distribution channel tarnish my dreams…
Posted Aug 30, 2017 by Steven 6 min read

How Long Can You Last against the Attack
Wanting something interesting, I struggled to find a ZX81 program to share. Plus, it was getting close to the end of the month. Digging into my old notebook, I stumbled upon Missile Defense. Although short, I expanded it into a something worth playing. Letís dig deeper. Signs of the times…
Posted Jul 27, 2017 by Steven 5 min read