Crap Games Competition 2018 News
First. For. News.
TODO: Add in ZX81 entry
J.D. Smith has entered a superb utility which will help unorganised people such as myself to sort out their lives. And it's our first ZX81 entry. It's called TODOS. Yikes!
RetroSteveUK has sent in a rather spiffy interactive space survival simulator which sees you crash land on a distant world. Go get it from our Entries section right now.
Email issues at the CGC Shed
We've had some email issues here so please send your entries and correspondence to retrobytespr@mail.ZX.com - remove the initials of your favourite personal computer from the email address when you contact us.
We're still awaiting our first ZX81 entry here at the CGC shed, but nonetheless we're delighted to announce Panic City, submitted by A.tomy Prez. It's also our first 128K entry. What joy! You know what to do.
What to do when the Zombie Apocalypse does happen
So what would you do when the Zombie Apocalypse does happen? Sort out the recycling? Water the plants? Go to the Winchester? Or mow the lawn?
Advanced Lawnmower Simulator Vs Zombies (AKA ALS V Zombies) deals with the latter situation with this excellent clone of Gardensoft's classic. Go get it now from our entries page.
Do you wanna be elected?
Holding high political office is the childhood dream of almost no normal person as most of us wanted to be something useful in life when we were a lad (or lass - ed). But if you want some pointers on how to political success, you could do worse than download Elector AKA Advanced Election Simulator, which is an anonymous entry broadly based on Turkey's flagship democracy. Enjoy!
We have another fine entry for your game-hungry mittens, submitted by Speccy addict djnzx48. This is a take on the classic Snake, cleverly called LD Snake which conforms to our 100% Machine Code Challenge. Good work djnzx48. We salute you!
Where's the catch?
Paul Collins has a brillo entry for you lot! Catch My Balls (oo-err missus!) is a fiendishly addictive and extremely tense ball catcher simulator written in one whole line of BASIC. As Paul himself says of this 8-bit marvel "It has sound, colour, on-screen score and instructions, and an increasing difficulty level" - what more could you want for your game-hungry mittens?
Darío Ruellan has sent in a rather spiffy little 16K game which which is a Russian Roulette simulator for one or two players, featuring great visuals and totally ace playability. You know the drill (No - ed), go download it from our Entries page.
Don't forget yer Thermals
Unsatisfactory Soft has released Thermal Ski, for the 16K Speccy, which requires an Interface 1 and the elegant toilet-roll-inspired ZX Printer or compatible. Think of it as a Horace Goes Skiing clone, without the bit where you cross the road. Or the beautiful graphics. Or excellent title music. Go get it from our entries page.
Venturing on an Inka trail
Volker Bartheld has another exciting release for you, setting off to search South America for a priceless gold Ring once held in great reverence by the ancient Inka culture. Ring of the Inka is ready to download, though you'll need an emulator capable to running micro drive images.
Scarper to Space
Kweepa is back with another top entry for any Spectrum which is one of those Gravatar type games called Space Scarper 2. Go download it now.
A Spectrum of Colour
Well we have our first BASIC One-Liner entered. Yikes! This has been sent in from thEpOpE (not, I assume, Pope Francis using a pseudonym, though I'm sure that he's a Speccy man), Colours is a challenging arcade-action-puzzle game with great use of the Spectrum's versatile pallete. Great.
Simon Pitter has entered an LCD simulator in the form of the super spiffy GO RACE, which plays like one of those pocket games from the 1980s. Go get it from our entries section. Note: This game is 100% machine code as well, so it would seem!
Inspired by Kweepa excellent Clive's Realtime Advanced Prognosticator, I decided to make a 1K Prognosticator Simulator for the ZX81 as a belated 37th birthday present to the monochrome beast.
Prognosticator in real-time!
Kweepa has his second (actually third - Ed) entry into our little Crap Game Compo in the form of Clive's Realtime Advanced Prognosticator, which is another 16K compatible release. Happy Days!
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Plumbers Don't Wear Ties!
PROSM Software is back with a remake of a Windows 3.1 game which is an interactive fiction type with a rather steamy plot line (oo-er missus) called Plumbers Don't wear ties.
Fortress (originally developed by ZX User Club Germany) has been recycled and re-factored thanks to Volker Bartheld.
This is a strategy board game-alike simulator for one or two players, which will work 16K ZX Speccy. Go get it.
As an example of what you can do in just 12 lines of the powerful ZX81 BASIC, I made Number Guesser to give all those Zeddy fans some inspiration.
If you like type-ins, see the Comp.Sys.Sinclair thread, or it is available in .P format (for emulators and ZXPand users) from here, which includes a ZX80 port that is actually 13 lines of BASIC, so wouldn't qualify for the challenge (without a small amend to it anyway).
Winter Neurobics Pentathalon update
Kweepa has updated his entry as it had something called a 'bug' which required 'fixing'.
There doesn't seem to be anything in the rules against this so a new version will be available on the 'Entries' page shortly.
First Entry from Kweepa
Kweepa has submitted Winter Neurobics Pentathalon for the ZX Spectrum.
This game neatly ties in with the 2018 Winter Olympics, and is intended for machines with 48K of RAM or more, though 16K users are still supported with a text-only version. See our entries page to get this download.
Carp Games Competition 2018 opens
The guy who
once wrote a small and insignificant amount of content for the Your Sinclair tribute issue that was free with Retro Gamer magazine has launched THIS CRAP GAMES COMPETITION. Want to make some software for your favourite Sinclair 8 bit (or compatible clone)? DO YOUR WORST!!!!!1one