A 3D maze game for the ZX Spectrum resurrected #VintageComputing @floehopper
James Mead stumbles onto a YouTube video of a ZX Spectrum game he wrote in 1984 tweaked by James Mead:
One slight disappointment was that unlike in “3D Monster Maze” there was no “monster” in my version of the game or at least not in the version James was playing. I know that I did eventually add a Tyrannosaurus Rex to the game, but I vaguely remember having to rush for a publication deadline, so the monster might’ve have missed the cut! If I recall correctly, a friend with better artistic skills than me drew a T Rex in a series of “frames” walking towards the observer. I then traced the drawings onto graph paper and converted them into user-defined graphic characters. I do half wonder whether these might be the mystery bytes which James refers to at one point in his video. Otherwise I believe the program uses calls to the ROM, e.g. this line-drawing subroutine, to draw the walls of the maze.
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