Usborne Weird Computer Games Book | Ashens



You can download a free PDF of this book from Usborne themselves!

Way, way back in 1984 the good folk at Usborne brought out a book of source code for weird computer games. It told you how they worked so you could alter them and make your own – learning programming whilst playing weird games! But what did these example programs actually play like…?

The answer is, unsurprisingly, “not great.”

So let’s have a look at Tower of Terror, Skulls of the Pyramid, Monster Wrestling, Jaws, Flying Witches, and Micropuzzle. And try not to be too judemental because HEY THEY’RE FOR THE KIDS TO LEARN INNIT

#retrogaming #usborne80s #ashens

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  • After seeing a lot of Steam asset flip horror stories, I now wonder if anyone ever typed these games up, saved the result to a cassette, then sold them as "original games"? No effort for profit.

    ZC-Infinity June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Get ye flask

    bassclarinetl2 June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror
    The old ZX Spectrum Tower of Terror

    Otaking Mikohani June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I had one of these books. It was a horror one (different from this one). They drew you in with the artwork and descriptions but, after typing it all in, all the games looked like these (usually a maths thing or a simple word game). It didn't teach me much about basic – but it did teach me about the crushing disappointment of raised expectations. Ahhh, nostalgia.

    CrazyChiv June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Tower of Terror is basically Snakes n Ladders.

    daDonn June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • It mildly annoyed me that he didn't think to type 'in' in the text adventure.

    Kevin M June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Whenever my heartbeat increases, I just feel compelled to jump out of the nearest window. It’s extremely inconvenient.

    Ajay Dahl June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Stew, I think there isn't or i can't find any series that teaches coding and is funny. This video makes me think that you could pull this off. The down side is, it probably takes much more effort to make such content. However it may pay off really well for yourself – you'll learn coding with us. What say you? What do you mean it is a dumb idea?!

    eywhatswrong June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Terrible old games you've never heard of.

    MusicFanatical1 June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • my pulse gets up to 150 just from walking up the stairs. No skelletons needed.

    DOSRetroGamer June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I don't know how prevalent Usborne books were outside of Britain, but I'm American, and when I was very little, I had an Usborne book called The Know-How Book of Experiments. It was quite an interesting book, but I don't remember performing any of the book's experiments, sadly.

    totempolejoe June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • ashen i wonder what kinds of creatures and random weird things your couch saw😂😂😂😂

    nour kouseibati June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • 2:20 Nope. It was an interpreter, not a compiler.

    UnitSe7en June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • "pulse rate is 69, nice" – Ashens 2019

    Matt Smith June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • 12:39
    Brain Potter?

    Sakkra101 June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • NICE

    rarelycomments June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • 1,409,000 subscribers 🥳🥳🥳

    Max C Too June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • ah yes, older books or comic on computer games sadly you only got a breif story or what the gane was about and a few screens shoots normally from the box or ioutragous art work/pictures of what the game would do to you

    sirmugman June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • FACE REVEAL

    I like pizza June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • "You can't get ye thread."

    tharfagreinir June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Brilliant video. Thank you 🙂

    Izzard June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Bloody hell.. I recognised this from the illustration in the thumbnail. Nostalgia!

    Izzard June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • If I had stuff like this I'd have had an easier job getting into computing and probably would've fared better in work in the tech space. Instead of useful tools like this all I had was "How To Draw in Anime"

    Moreno James June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I had that beginners guide, I rember coding on my spectrum with it.

    Lee Tennant June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • We even had some of those in germany (in german obviously). Loved those books. The one you showed first I mean

    Faktor13 June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I learned to program from the Usborne books, I had loads of them – I loved these things.
    I was the one nerdy kid who did actually play around with the code. I had a few of them using UDG and sound on the ZX Spectrum.

    Hamish The PolarBear June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • This is pretty close to how I learned to program in the early 2000s. I downloaded a text adventure game for my graphing calculator written in the built-in "TI-BASIC" language and started tinkering around with it, then I tried writing my own.

    cometkite June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I ❤ the 'Usborne book of' … 📚. ..very educational …😊

    DoubleDeckerAnton June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • You were inside the house, you walked out going N took you back inside the house.

    Apples The Hero June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I used to love these books! Had a couple myself but luckily school library had a vast selection that i often checked out.Was something special about programming (and the always required troubleshooting) your own games.

    dunxy June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Funny thing is introductory programming still uses exercises similar to this because simple games are still games, and that makes them fun to tinker with. There's just more theory mixed in.

    Keiya June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Ok, Ashen's old buddy, what the shit is going on with your audio quality lately

    Charles Garrity June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • I had that book.Remember typing in the code only to find it didn't work because I'd mistyped something,then couldn't be bothered to try again

    graham bretman June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply
  • Tower of terror? You mean Guardians Of The Galaxy.

    Lm Pst June 28, 2020 11:54 pm Reply

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