Re: [stella] Telepahy, Yahtzee, Compumate....

Subject: Re: [stella] Telepahy, Yahtzee, Compumate....
From: Piero Cavina <p.cavina@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 12:57:57 +0100
At 18.49 29/12/00 -0800, Glenn Saunders wrote:

I'd love to hear more about this, especially what it did for the text. I'd be surprised if it could somehow hack any _real_ graphics capabilities into it since there is no real way to route video through the cart port. But it might have some Supercharger-like functionality in it.

I've found a boxed Compumate a couple of weeks ago.. I was thinking "now I've a thing that's not emulated yet...", well it didn't last too long :-)

The Compumate has three distinct programs in it: a low-res graphics editor (playfield graphics, two colors only), a two-voice music editor and the Basic itself. The basic console can do 12-columns text but not graphics. The language isn't comparable with the typical Basic that came with other home-computers of the time, but it isnt' too bad to be honest. A nice thing is that the unit has a tape interface (is this emulated too? :) that allows the user to save low-res art and tunes, and maybe Basic programs too.
I think that it should be possible to write a decent text-adventure kind of game, or a simple RPG.
The Compumate simply came too late, if it had been in the shops a couple of years before, it might have been a success.

Ciao, P.

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