|Commands on the keys! Genius!|
Enough negativity! Programming your Spectrum was amazing, even if it just entailed you making your name flash in the middle of the screen, changing the colour of the text - throwing a BEEP command in there was taking it to another level! The pinnacle of your BASIC programming career though would always be going to your local shop which had computer set up (they used to have them in the 80's) and filling the screen with obscenities.
|Retro Hunter - Can't make it to Play Expo in person? Bring it to your home! (After typing it in, of course!)|
A lot of programmers mastered the art of BASIC programming and moved onto machine code (argh! Scary!) though for the amateurs among us, there was a frustration that you couldn't take it further and create your own game that you had created by yourself. This is where the 'ZX Spectrum Games Code Club' book comes in.
|Takeaway Ted. Five of each, please!|
The book includes twenty BASIC games for you to type-in and enjoy. After each program, the book explains in great detail, how each element of the game works. This includes explaining what each BASIC command means and how it is reflected on the screen, or indeed if it is something that works away in the background.
|Earn some Insignia in this game. Sorry, though that said Astra Invaders.|
You are also encouraged to make amendments to the games contained within the book so you can see for yourself how changes will impact the game. Excellent! (though slightly changing something and claiming it as yours, is not encouraged. Ahem!)
|Rachel Riley never looked so good.|
|Don't make the chicky angry! Too late :(|
Of course, you knew what you were doing, though I mean in a way where you weren't exactly sure which part of the program did what, and how changing something slightly may look, or indeed actually work (5: Out of Screen - ring any bells to anyone?). You really did need to someone to point out and talk through every in minute detail so really knew what was going on. This is what the book aims for and acheives. Which means, if you're anything like me, you can sit in your room on your own with no disturbances and without having to talk to anyone - bonus!
|Solar C5 Race - Sir Clive would be proud|
Of course, they can be programmed on your original Speccy or by using any number of emulators out there that are available for PC/MAC or Android/iOS devices (you can't really beat using a Speccy though).