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Two augmented TI-Basic games for the 84+CSE
Posted by Xavier on 20 November 2018, 22:01 GMT

Let's highlight a couple augmented TI-Basic programs for the 84+CSE made by Daniel "zeldaking" Thacker, under the Linksoft Productions group name, which are another nice showcase of xLIBC's abilities.

In 4 KB of code + an appvar twice as large (in addition to DoorsCSE 8's well-justified weight, that is), CSE Blackjack packs a good implementation of the Blackjack card game (what else did you expect?), with a few tweaks to the rules, described in the README. It has the ability to save and restore games, an AI, and the graphics are nothing to laugh at. The bets in this kind of virtual games carry less risk than real money. There's a form of "teacher keys", but needless to say, you'd better play the game outside of your classes ;)

In a different, but equally addictive style, Minesweeper CSE is a solid implementation of the popular game ported to many platforms over decades. The graphics style, board size and number of mines can be customized; the expected happy / unhappy smiley face, flag counter and timer are also available. It won't take more than 14 KB of your precious memory, which is pretty reasonable. There are no save games here, but the original game doesn't have them either :)

To date, in order to go beyond what pure TI-Basic has to offer without diving all the way to C and eZ80 ASM, the TI-eZ80 series has, for instance, the powerful ICE framework, which was previously featured here. However, as far as the writers of this article know, for reasons unknown to them, the TI-eZ80 series still doesn't have a publicly available port of xLIBC ("xLIBCE"), based on the shared community library framework, which is a shame. The screenshots in the usual half-resolution mode, as well as the backwards compatibility, looked great.

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Re: Two augmented TI-Basic games for the 84+CSE
Caleb Hansberry  Account Info
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I'm a little confused, is this for the CE or the CSE? As far as I know the CSE doesn't hav an eZ80 CPU...

Reply to this comment    22 November 2018, 05:44 GMT

Re: Re: Two augmented TI-Basic games for the 84+CSE
Stefan Bauwens  Account Info
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I think it's for the CSE only as it uses the xLIBC libraries that come with DoorsCS8, which is only for the TI-84+CSE(unless I'm mistaken). Xavier's pointing out the the CE calculators don't have the xLIBC support (yet), but they do have ICE.

Reply to this comment    22 November 2018, 08:10 GMT

Re: Re: Two augmented TI-Basic games for the 84+CSE
Jonson26 Account Info

What CPU does it have, then?
I always thought, that the ti-8x line used the z80...
[Jonson26 is confused now. The shrieker shrieks!]

Reply to this comment    25 November 2018, 17:29 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Two augmented TI-Basic games for the 84+CSE
Travis Evans  Account Info

The CSE uses the same Z80 that the 83+/84+ use. The CE uses a eZ80 instead to address the CSE's poor performance in handling the color display.

Reply to this comment    26 November 2018, 19:09 GMT

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