My MSX Basic programs
Naturally, the first programming laguage I used on MSX was MSX BASIC,
It is very rich, surprisingly powerful and extremely demanding
language. Simple programs are easy to write, but to create something more
or less complex requires skill, knowledge and self discipline.
Games written in 3 lines of code
One of my MSX-related hobbies was (and, possibly, still is) writing
playable game in 3 lines of MSX basic code. Well, it all really depends
on definition of "playable" and "game". In any case it was a HUGE fun to
Definition of line of code is an MSX basic line (the one that has a number),
not a screen line. It is not as trivial as it may seem, since every line
has a limit of 255 characters (not exactly 255 characters, but this not
Here is the list in approximately chronological order. I am absolutely
sure about the order of the first 4.
*** -- I am proud of this game and/or it has some special significance.
- ALPHABET.NSG, 1987, ***
- Build the row of alphabet characters.
- KEYBOARD.NSG, 1987, *
- Learn keayboard
- SNAKE.NSG, 1987, ***
- Eat digits and grow. Avoid biting own tail or hitting the wall. Classic.
- FIFTEEN.NSG, 1987, *
- Sam Loyd's "15" game.
- ROPE.NSG, 1988, **
- Tug-of-war (for 2 people).
- RANGER.NSG, 1988, *
- Arrange digits in ascending order as fast as possible
- KYLOBYTE.NSG, 1988, *
- Set bits in byte to match given random number as fast as possible
- AMTRUCK.NSG, 1998, ***
- Ride straight ahead, avoid obstacles
- LANDING.NSG, 1988, **
- Moon landing
- OLYMP.NSG, 1989, **
- Run 100 meters as fast as you can
- LABIRINT.NSG, 1989, **
- Find a fast way through maze
- HUNTING.NSG, 1989, *
- Shoot lion berore he shoots you
- INVADOR.NSG, 1989, **
- get biggest lot in a given amount of time
- MEMORY.NSG, 1989, *
- Repeat digits that appear on the screen
- HORSE.NSG, 1989, *
- Jump over obstacles towards finish
- BLACKRED.NSG, 1990, *
- Make bets and win or loose
- NESSY.NSG, 1990, *
- Shoout terrible underwater monster
- KOLOBOK.NSG, 1991, ***
- Move get to the goal through a complex maze
- ROAD.NSG, 1991, **
- Drive ahead on a winding road, avoiding obstacles
- STARWARS.NSG, 1991, *
- Destroy approaching starships before they hit you
- WOLVES.NSG, 1991, *
- Board game: move 3 men (dogs) over chessboard to block a wolf
- LINE.NSG, 1992, *
- 1D Rubik's Cube, arrange numbers in ascending order
- BRIDGE.NSG, 1993, *
- David Gale's brige-it game
- TRITRIS.NSG, 1993, ***
- Tetris spin-off with different set of tiles
- VETKA.NSG, 1996, ***
- Vetka puzzle.
** -- Decent game with some twist in the code.
* -- Nothing special.
Those are some programs that I wrote to test an idea or to produce some
video trick or something like that.
- Makes a picture of a TV with noise (“snow”) on a screen, I wrote this
program to test an idea of creating such “snow”.
- Displays multiple independently scrollable windows in SCREEN 0.
Originally I wrote this program to start it on my computer before I
leave -- so everybdy sees that it is doing something important and does
not claim it. (The idea never worked anyway.)