This spectacular Spectrum game is programmed in BASIC: this is how ‘Loxley’ exploits a language "less"

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The 8-bit scene is alive and kicking, as evidenced by the generous participation in programming contests of all fur. And the creators of new games for the microcomputers of the eighties found ways to hone skills and tricks to go far beyond what the programmers of the titles of that time could, as evidenced by the vast catalog of remakes and improvements of classic games.

Another good sign that new programmers seem to find no limit to their ingenuity is in the surprising results of contests that pose very severe limitations, as is the case of the recent Bytemaniacos Basic 2022 contest, only for programs in the very limited and educational BASIC. In its Pure Basic section (that is, the use of Assembler routines is not allowed, except for those that come with the ZX Spectrum ROM itself), has slipped a jewel of great caliber.

Robin Hood in BASIC

‘Loxley’ is a work of World XXI Soft that is incredible that it is programmed in pure BASIC. The notes attached by the programmer show it, but the result is almost magical, even allowing an introduction with texts and illustrations Inspired by the Kevin Costner movie ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’. Games for the NES and Game Boy were based on this movie, but completely different and with a top-down perspective.

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This ‘Loxley’ take advantage of the possibilities of the 128k Spectrum and offer different scenarios where we can move with a map. It features digitized voices, use of the character’s iconic bow, sword fighting, and exquisite graphics in sleek black and white throughout most of its development. One more proof that the scenes del Spectrum is far from extinct.

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This spectacular Spectrum game is programmed in BASIC: this is how ‘Loxley’ exploits a “minor” language

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The 8-bit scene is alive and kicking, as evidenced by the generous participation in programming contests of all fur. And…

The 8-bit scene is alive and kicking, as evidenced by the generous participation in programming contests of all fur. And…

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