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BASIC8 is an integrated Fantasy Computer for game and other program development. You can create, share and play disks in a modern BASIC dialect, with built-in tools for editing sprite, tiles, map, quantized, etc.
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About This Software


BASIC8 is an integrated Fantasy Computer for game and other program development. You can create, share and play disks in a modern BASIC dialect, with built-in tools for editing sprite, tiles, map, quantized, etc. It's been a while since we used to enjoy coding and playing straightforward after a computer bootup. The goal of BASIC8 is bringing a sense of joy back from retro/vintage computing and gaming, also being quick at getting higher level stuff done for contemporary development for everyone.

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READY

  • Handy sharing via Workshop with built-in tools
  • Disk can be made into standalone player with the Player Maker and HTML Maker
  • Disk can be saved as "*.b8" file, "*.png", or text based for sharing
  • Programmable in an easy to learn BASIC dialect with both retro and modern syntax
  • Easy to use API for graphics, input, audio, and more other facilities
  • Visualized built-in tools for editing sprite, tiles, map, quantized, etc.
  • Visualized Wave Maker for making sound effect
  • Easy to bring your own tools
  • More features coming...

SPECS

  • Display: 160x128 pixels
  • Audio: 2 music channels, 4 sound effect channels
  • Code: BASIC (structured/prototype-based/functional)
  • Graphics: up to 65535 drawing commands per cycle
  • Palette: 16 colors with transparency support
  • Sprite: up to 32x32 pixels per frame, up to 512 frames per sprite
  • Tiles: 240 cels
  • Map: up to 128x64 tiles per layer, up to 4 layers (including a layer of logic mark) per page
  • Gamepad: 6 buttons for each pad (D-Pad + A/B), up to 8 players
  • Keyboard and mouse: supported

LANG

  • Case-insensitive; but no line number in BASIC8
  • Built-in LIST and DICT
  • Structured sub routine definition with the DEF/ENDDEF statements
  • LAMBDA expression enhanced
  • Prototype-based CLASS paradigm
  • With both manually and automatically dispatched COROUTINE
  • Importing multiple source files with the IMPORT statement
  • Automatic releasing of referenced objects by GC
  • Built-in libraries for File, IO, JSON, Matrix, Network, Web, etc.
  • No limitation for file quantity (code, sprites, maps, etc.)
  • More advantages to be discovered...
Products specifications
Attribute name Attribute value
Developer Tony Wang
Publisher Tony Wang
Review Mostly Positive - 75% of the 16 user reviews for this software are positive.
Language English
MAC <div class="sys-l"><ul><strong>Minimum:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> MacOS X 10.7 or later (64bit)<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 512 MB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Intel HD</li></ul> </ul></div><div class="sys-r"><ul><strong>Recommended:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> CosmOS 1.0<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Quantum<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 38911 GB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Dark matter</li></ul> </ul></div>
Windows <div class="sys-l"><ul><strong>Minimum:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> Windows 7/8/10 (32/64bit)<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Atom 1.44GHz<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 512 MB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Intel HD</li></ul> </ul></div><div class="sys-r"><ul><strong>Recommended:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> CosmOS 1.0<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Quantum<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 38911 GB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Dark matter</li></ul> </ul></div>
Linux <div class="sys-l"><ul><strong>Minimum:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> Ubuntu (32/64bit)<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 512 MB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Intel HD</li></ul> </ul></div><div class="sys-r"><ul><strong>Recommended:</strong><br/><ul class="sys-ul"><li><strong>OS:</strong> CosmOS 1.0<br/></li><li><strong>Processor:</strong> Quantum<br/></li><li><strong>Memory:</strong> 38911 GB RAM<br/></li><li><strong>Graphics:</strong> Dark matter</li></ul> </ul></div>
Developer Web https://paladin-t.github.io/b8/
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