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Beauty and the Beast – TRS8Bit Newsletter announces its 2022 programming contest for the TRS-80 family of computers [Vintage is the new old] [[source]]


Wordle is everywhere, except on TRS-80’s. The TRS8BIT 2022 competition aims to change that.

It has two tracks called Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty entrants will make their own version of Wordle for the TRS-80. They’ll be judged on how fun and pretty they are. It doesn’t need to support the full dictionary so you can concentrate on looks. Use whatever language you like for the job: BASIC, assembly, C, COBOL, etc.

Beast entrants will tackle the problem of squeezing all 12960 5-letter words of the dictionary into a TRS-80. This is for assembly language programmers only. The smallest blob of program and data will win. Download the contest.zip file for the full details (available from the downloads page at www.trs-80.org.uk). It has the word lists and specific requirements for “Beast” entries, details on how Wordle works for Beauty entries and even a bare-bones example program in Z-80 assembly to get you started!

The organizers say they will be tickled pink if they get a Beast so small it’ll work on a 16K machine! Are you up for the challenge?

Fire up the Model 1, 3 or 4. Bring forth the awesome power of a Model II, 12 or 16. Dazzle us with CoCo 1, 2 or 3 graphics. Make it portable on a Model 100 or affordable on an MC-10. Heck, if you write it for a Model 2000 they’ll figure out how to run it. All entries will be judged by the hosts of the TrashTalk Podcast, and should be sent to Mav at ianm@trs-80.com.

The deadline for submissions is 21:00 hrs GMT, on November 24th, 2022.

Source: TRS8bit newsletter – June 2022 issue
Link: https://trs-80.org.uk

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Bufonada - This upcoming ZX Spectrum game by Roolandoo looks a ton of fun! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


Over the years we've featured a number of enjoyable games from Roolandoo, with games being mentioned such as S.O.L.O, Lareliquia and even La Reliquia. Well here we are with another game announcement from Roolandoo, as at some point very soon he is going to release a brand new ZX Spectrum game called 'Bufonada'; A rather atmospheric game that seems to be about a Jester and his goat! To coincide

Cacorm – A new action game for the Commodore Plus/4 [Vintage is the new old] [[source]]


Cacorm is one of those games that surprises me in a good way. At a glance, it seems like “one more of those” types of games, but when you start playing it, you see how clever and enjoyable it is!

The gameplay is very simple. You control your hero around the screen and your objective is to retrieve the stars while dodging the monster that is after you. However, instead of walking over the stars to get them, you have to use the trail you leave behind when you walk. The trail has different uses. For one, you need to “lace” (walk around closing a loop) the star to retrieve it. Another use of the trail is to block the monster’s path as much as possible so you have time to walk around freely. The secret is planning your path because when you close a loop, around the star or whenever the trail will disappear and it will start over, meaning that the monster will also have a free path toward you.

Developed by Inufuto, the 32Kb game is freely available at Plus/4 World. If you are playing on a real machine, you might like to know that the game supports PAL and NTSC automatically. Now, if you don’t have a real machine, it is always recommended to use the YAPE emulator for better results!

Link: Cacorm

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2005 Mobile game 'Doom RPG' has been port reversed to the PC and it looks pretty damn cool! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


I've always had a soft spot for mobile phone games, certainly Redshift's 'The Quest' was appealing with its Dungeon Crawling aesthetics fighting disgusting creatures and finding lost treasures. Well here we are with another special announcement, as if any of you remember the 2005 mobile phone game of 'Doom RPG'; a game developed by Fountainhead Entertainment and published by JAMDAT Mobile

Dread - WIP Doom clone on the Amiga 500 & Atari ST gets a BIG Map remake via Tsak! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


We've been featuring the upcoming Doom clone of 'Dread' for some time now, as with every new update, the Amiga 500 and Atari ST version just keeps on getting better and better. Well if you're looking for some more Amiga news on this upcoming game, then we have just been contacted by Saberman via Facebook, that he has told us that the in-development project by KK/Altair has been teased with a

Bomb Jack - A brilliant version of a classic developed by ManuFerHi for the N-GO and ZX Spectrum Next [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


I can still remember in the late 80's on my Amstrad CPC 464 playing the brilliant Arcade port ' Bomb Jack '. It is a game that required you the player to high jump and float about getting rid of all the bombs on the screen before they are used to blow up historic places of interest, which is made more difficult by the enemies on screen. Thankfully if you too remember this game and have a ZX

Flying Shark 2022 - A Flying Shark remake for the Commodore Amiga gets another test build! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


It was only just the other day that we gave you the heads up that the 1987 Arcade game of 'Flying Shark' was being remade for the Amiga by none other than Magnus T together with JMD. Well if you were hoping for more news on this Arcade like version of the game, which was originally developed by Toaplan and released on the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, FM Towns, MS-DOS, Nintendo

Return to Monkey Island - The long-awaited follow-up to a classic Adventure series gets new gameplay footage! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


The Secret of Monkey Island developed by Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) was originally released in 1990 and created by now industry legends Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer, and Dave Grossman. It was a game that has lived on the hearts of many with its fantastic pirate charm, brilliant characters, challenging yet enjoyable puzzles, and a story set in a fictional version of the Caribbean during the age

The CONK game engine - Another Amiga game engine appears but this one was never released! [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


We've featured many game engine updates throughout the years, from the C64 with SEUCK, to a constant array of updates for the Amiga with either Backbone, Redpill or our personal favorite from Earok called The Scorpion Engine. Well here we are with another game engine news story, as thanks to Earok contacting us early this morning, he has told us of an unreleased yet interesting game engine for

GhoSte's Grunge - Help GhoSte find his lost music in this enjoyable ZX Spectrum game [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


Another retro gaming news story has hit our inbox, as looking through Twitter we have just found out that if you're looking for an enjoyable game to play on your ZX Spectrum then make sure to check out Buck's latest release of 'GhoSte's Grunge'. A game that is getting feedback such as "the sprites are cute, backgrounds varied and interesting, happy music and gameplay that manages to be

Operation Neptune - A Dinamic Software game by Narciso that never was, gets a C64 preview [Indie Retro News] [[source]]


Year after year we usually go on about the latest C64 games and unreleased titles seeing the light of day for the very first time, well here are with another unreleased game for you to "play test" , as thanks to our good friends GamesThatWeren't announcing it on Twitter, you too can try out a preview download of the unreleased game of 'Operation Neptune'. A game that was not only produced by