retrobasic - A BASIC interpreter written in Rust
retrobasic is a BASIC interpreter written in Rust. It is based on the original BASIC '64 implementation, and modified as needed to make it more compatible with some of the classic BASIC games.
- Supports running local BASIC programs
- Supports fetching and running classic BASIC games from the Internet
The programs that retrobasic can fetch are located at the Vintage Basic web site. Thanks to Lyle Kopnicky for the scanning and hosting these classic programs.
% retrobasic play hammurabi HAMURABI CREATIVE COMPUTING MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY TRY YOUR HAND AT GOVERNING ANCIENT SUMERIA FOR A TEN-YEAR TERM OF OFFICE. HAMURABI: I BEG TO REPORT TO YOU, IN YEAR 1 , 0 PEOPLE STARVED, 5 CAME TO THE CITY, POPULATION IS NOW 100 THE CITY NOW OWNS 1000 ACRES. YOU HARVESTED 3 BUSHELS PER ACRE. THE RATS ATE 200 BUSHELS. YOU NOW HAVE 2800 BUSHELS IN STORE. LAND IS TRADING AT 21 BUSHELS PER ACRE. HOW MANY ACRES DO YOU WISH TO BUY?
You can see a full list of the known games by issuing the
retrobasic list command.
- You need to have Rust installed - see the Rust Web Site for latest info on installing Rust.
Included unit tests can be run with:
The basic usage and options are outlined below (also available with the --help flag).
USAGE: retrobasic [SUBCOMMAND] FLAGS: -h, --help Prints help information -V, --version Prints version information SUBCOMMANDS: help Prints this message or the help of the given subcommand(s) list List of known classic BASIC programs play Play a known classic BASIC program run Run a BASIC program from a specified file
Some reference documentation:
Source code is released under the Apache 2.0 license as follows:
Copyright 2017 Salim Alam
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