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ABOUT

Sinclair BASIC is a derivative of Dartmouth BASIC and to celebrate the birthday of ZX Spectrum (35), Dartmouth BASIC (53), and the birth of the new ZX Spectrum Next, we want to host a BASIC Game Jam.

So create a game in Sinclair BASIC!
Use an emulator or real ZX Spectrum 16k, 48k, 128k or ZX Spectrum Next if you have one!

You can Follow me at @Gazzapper to be updated about any rule changes or news related to this jam.

Sinclair BASIC and ZX Spectrum were responsible for kickstarting the UK Microcomputing boom of the 1980s.
The machine was used throughout all Europe in various clone forms but the core of the machine remained the same.

The very first Football Management sim was created on the ZX Spectrum in Sinclair BASIC.


SAMPLE OF SINCLAIR BASIC

10 PRINT "Hello World ";
20 GOTO 10


INFO

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_BASIC

There are plenty of resources online and books to help beginners learn :)


GAME CATEGORIES

- Arcade / Platformer
- Adventure (Text or Graphical)
- Strategy / Board


RULES

- Only BASIC - No machine code
- Aim for between 100 and 500 lines of code. Allowances made for going over 500 (Wanted to keep it achievable in time period)
- Keep to the 3 categories.
- .Tap files or .z80, .sna


TOOLS

- Real Sinclair machines or Emulators
- Some emulators: Spectaculator, Marvin, ZX Spin, FUSE (Unix)

http://www.spectaculator.com/ (Windows)

http://fuse-emulator.sourceforge.net/ (Unix)

http://torinak.com/qaop#128#reset#reset (Chrome)

http://everychildcancode.org/basin/ (Windows based IDE for Sinclair BASIC)

If you are new and want to learn more about ZX Spectrum Basic you can check out our book

ZX Spectrum Games Code Club on Amazon - Printed and Kindle versions.

(Kindle version on special £4.99)

Retro Pixel Art Sketch Pad - Drawing basic pixel art - planning art for games (blank grids)


TIP:
For better experience for new users use 128k BASIC mode.



FAQ

Q: What types of platforms or engines are allowed?
A: Whatever you use normally, Windows, Mac, Linux or a real ZX Spectrum but you must develop in BASIC generate a .tap or .sna or .z80 file.






Games submitted(24)

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A procedurally-generated space strategy game for the 48K ZX Spectrum
Strategy
ZX Spectrum BASIC game, inspired by Elite from David Braben and Ian Bell
Simulation
Trivial strategy game for the ZX Spectrum
Strategy
Play in browser
It's 1983 and the dead are rising from the grave.
Shooter
Silly little adventure game for the ZX Spectrum
Adventure
Play in browser
Entry for the #ZXSpectrumBASICjam
Action
Another Snake. Written 100% in Basic for ZX Spectrum 48k.
GIF
Fantasy strategy war game in ZX Spectrum Basic
Strategy
50 level implementation of sokoban game
Puzzle
My simple game entry to the ZX Spectrum Game Jam
A text adventure for the ZX Spectrum!
Adventure
Speccy Jam 2017 panic entry
Action
Confusing text-adventure maze game fun!
Adventure
A physics based arcade game in BASIC.
Action
Snake-like game for ZX Spectrum written in 100% Sinclair BASIC
Action
Save Jane from the evil snakes
Platformer
A minimal, but playable, Snake-a-like in ZX Spectrum BASIC
Action
Breakout clone using only the ZX Spectrum attributes area for graphics.
Action
A truly terrible, incomplete 'game' about an Octopus. Not a giant hash symbol, an Octopus. Exciting back-story though!
Action
snake game zxspectrumbasicjam