Welcome to my ZX81 Computer Site! I'm continuing to celebrate ZX81 programming by showcasing each month an original program
from the eighties.
Back in 1983, Star Wars imagery flooded my life. With the release of Return of the Jedi that year, it only fueled the inspiration of my young teenage self . So, it shouldnt come as a surprise that I would create games with that look and feel. Star Fight, this months program, is one such game.
There are a ton of windmills in Idaho. Mostly big ones for power, but you see a few smaller ones used for irrigation and wells. But, when I wrote this months programs I dont remember any around where I lived in Indiana. No matter. I still wrote a simple windmill animation, and today is the day to share it.
To date, most of my programs have been games and animations. It may come as a surprise that I also wrote a word processing program. Using a custom printer command, I designed a font that would allow you to use lowercase letters. Lets explore Septembers program of the month to see how that worked.
Tarantula, Augusts program of the month, was part of a pair of games that made me think I was a game developer. At the age of fourteen, I didnt let problems like the lack of a distribution channel tarnish my dreams. Although I didnt make it into gaming, its still fun to look back on what could have been.
Wanting something interesting, I struggled to find a ZX81 program to share. Plus, it was getting close to the end of the month. Digging into my old notebook, I stumbled upon Missile Defense. Although short, I expanded it into a something worth playing. Lets dig deeper.