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More text-based adventures for the TI-eZ80 series
Posted by Xavier on 25 December 2020, 20:48 GMT

With access to native code programs restored almost four months ago, it's high time I resumed featuring programs for the TI-eZ80 series: TI-83 Premium CE / 84 Plus CE and Python variants thereof :)

Let's start with another couple of "text adventures" - text output and formatted text commands input - uploaded in 2019. The popularity of the genre has faded, but well-designed adventures are usually hours of fun, sometimes temporarily frustrating when there's a roadblock, for those who attempt to discover the adventures entirely by themselves, without using walkthroughs. Taking external notes and map drawings is advised in some games, especially to help re-playing them.

Open Adventure CE is a port Colossal Cave Adventure 2.5 by "DrDnar". The programming of the original Colossal Cave Adventure game started in 1975 (!); since then, a significant number of persons have contributed to various versions of it. As in many adventure games, the player is navigating a complex maze containing treasures and monsters, solving puzzles, while of course trying to avoid dying prematurely.

A first upload in our archives for its author, ZEMU by Nicholas Mosier brings Z-Machine emulation to the TI-eZ80 series. The Z-Machine is a lightweight 16-bit virtual machine running Z-Code, created in the late 1970s for executing text adventures on a huge variety of platforms, originally used by Infocom; over time, successive versions of the spec and machine have gained capabilities, and spawned several improved derivatives allowing e.g. native support for 32-bit integers, the making of larger files, or the addition of images and sound data, for more complex and realistic games. The availability of a Z-Machine means that among other games, you can play Zork on your TI-eZ80 calculator, and therefore be eaten by a grue plenty of times before you beat the game... don't worry, that's natural, that's the hallmark of Zork ;)

We wish you a merry Christmas, and a hopefully as good as possible end of the very peculiar year 2020, hoping that 2021 will be a better one...

Article written by Lionel Debroux.

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Re: More text-based adventures for the TI-eZ80 series
Patrick Prendergast  Account Info

Yay! A program feature!

Nice work on the programs guys and thanks to ticalc staff for the article :).

Reply to this comment    31 December 2020, 03:18 GMT

Re: More text-based adventures for the TI-eZ80 series
Merthsoft  Account Info

I've always hoped we'd get a z-machine on the calcs. Great to see it!

Reply to this comment    13 January 2021, 02:05 GMT


Re: Re: More text-based adventures for the TI-eZ80 series
Ryan Boyd Account Info
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Totally agree — super satisfying to see this. Always been a big fan of Interactive Fiction as a genre, and I think that this will help open it up even more on calcs.

Nice job to the authors!

Reply to this comment    12 February 2021, 11:25 GMT

Re: More text-based adventures for the TI-eZ80 series
jlgreer  Account Info
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Very nice work!

Thank you. I am a big IF fan.

Reply to this comment    28 February 2021, 12:50 GMT

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