Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:14 pm

Desemsamblador (Disassembler)

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It sounds M/C to me!!!

Now we're coming across a disassembler, useful for machine code fans, but I presume this programs gets some years late! ;)

It starts asking you the starting and ending address of the block to disassemble. Then, if you want to get a paper list via printer (y/n).

After the list is displayed, the program asks you if you want more positions to be shown. In the instructions brochure it is said that you can previously load any M/C program (LOAD "" CODE) after a CLEAR n instruction (n=starting address -1).

Too boring stuff for you? Think of the squash program and then you'll find this disassembler interesting!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:47 pm

Don Cosme by Paco Martín

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The second 'Seal of Approval' program of this issue was coded in machine code by Paco Martín, who also coded 'Tiro de Pichón' (see issue #1 thread), but also, according to ZXDB, his name appears in some very interesting Dinamic games.

Cosme is a mix of Manic Miner & Pyjamarama. He's a brickie and one night, he has a nightmare; he's in his workplace, a building, and must collect some tools to pass to the next screen (there are five).

There's a map made by @pavero:

https://maps.speccy.cz/map.php?id=DonCo ... art=4&ath=

A lovely game but a bit hard. You can use kempston or keys: O left, P right, SPACE/M jump.
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by djnzx48 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:58 pm

Hmm, probably a good idea to avoid that disassembler. It's showing the wrong instructions! 175 should be XOR A, not XOR L.

That Manic Miner clone looks interesting though.
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:09 am

Ataque de Naves (Ships Attack)

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Our city it's been attacked by 'Commodore' ships, the radar system have warned us and must get on our 'ZX' ships to repel the atack. We move a cursor with O P Q A & M to hit the enemy ships.

A very cute city drawn with some PLOT and DRAW command plus some UDGs, but obviously very slow to draw it. Hard to hit any enemy ship.
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by djnzx48 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:28 am

I recognise that game - it's UFO Attack, written by Anthony Sherwood and featured in the February 1985 issue of Sinclair Programs.

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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:45 am

djnzx48 wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:28 am
I recognise that game - it's UFO Attack, written by Anthony Sherwood and featured in the February 1985 issue of Sinclair Programs.
Errmm... that's why no author's name is included in the brochure... :roll:

Let's suppose there was a 'legal' agreement to include the program in the MH issue...
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Morkin » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:17 pm

Pretty cool that you got adventures and machine code games on these tapes.

Even nicer that they seemed to be mostly games instead of utility and educational programs.. :|
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:14 pm

G.D.U.(UDG)

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A simple and easy UDG designer. First, select the UDG letter (A-U). Then, move the cursor with 5,6,7 & 8. 1 prints a block in the 8x8 grid. 0 erases it.
Other keys are:

2 chooses another character
3 stops
4 prints

As you print dots, the corresponding decimal value is display to the right. And the designer enables you to see your character (to the left) at the same time you're printing it.

But I'm afraid there are tons of GDU designers with similar features out there...

In the pic above there's my GDU version of Daley Thompson. Cool, isn't it?
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:26 pm

Dominó (Dominoes)
By J. Alberti

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The classic Dominoes game on your Spectrum. A simple but enjoyable BASIC game. The pieces should have been bigger but their size is enough.

You (1) play against three contenders (2,3,4) controllated by the computer. First, you're asked for the reaction time of them. 0 means 'indefinite time' according to the instructions brochure. When it's your turn, select the corresponding piece marked with Z, X, C, V, B, N or M.

Press P to 'pass' when your remaining pieces can't be offered.

This game have the enough quality to get a 'Seal of Approval'. :geek:
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Re: Microhobby Cassette #2 (april 1985)

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:07 pm

Spectrum Musical

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Starting screen

This utility is about sol-fa. Making music and then listening to it, correcting, saving on tape and loading.

First, a menu offers us:

1 - Program tune
2 - Listen it
3 - Correct
4 - Save
5 - Load
6 - Repeat a block

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Programming a tune

When in option 1, you'll be asked for the number of note. Then, you select the suitable option for every note:

Redonda - whole note
Blanca - half note
Negra - crotchet
Corchea - quaver
Semicorchea - semiquaver
Fusa - demisemi quaver
Semifusa - ?
Tresillo - triplet
+ - increase/decrease octave
# sharp
b flat
. dotted

0 goes back to the menu.

Now there's no excuses for making music, my fellow Mozarts!
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