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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Island of Secrets QBasic port

When I was a kid, my brother had these books with code listings in them, that once typed into the ol' TRS-80, yielded an adventure game. The one that stuck in my mind most is Island of Secrets published by Usborne. This is a basic text adventure game in a fantasy world filled with danger.

I did play the game a few times when I was a kid, but I was too young to get the hang of it and make any real progress.

I recently remembered the book and found a few copies of it for sale. Not wanting to type in the source code, I also found some very old archives containing the complete listing.

I didn't really want to run a TRS-80 emulator or any other just to play one game, so I thought I would see if there was anything linux that would work with this old BASIC code. The best advice I could find after searching was to use QBasic under dosbox, which kinda violated my no-emulators goal, but I already had dosbox installed so it was a go.

QBasic didn't like the code as-is, so I patched it to come into line with newer methods of programming.


I'll make the patch available next time I am with the code.