Volker Becker compilation

Volker Becker compilation

by hamlet on 09-07-2020, 18:57
Topic: Software

Volker Becker was one of Germans top programmer in the mid 80's homebrew scene. Games like Miraculus, Exodus and Moon Race has been published in magazines back in the days and brought some arcade like action on printed listings to your living room.

In our download section you now will find a compilation of his games which he send us to share with you.
It contains:

  • Alien Attack (7 KB)
    Start: RUN "alien.bas"
    Fight against angry aliens.
  • Break Out (4 KB)
    Start: RUN "breakout.bas"
    Break Out Classsic.
  • Enemy Trap (5 KB)
    Start:BLOAD "enemy",R
    Trap your enemies.
  • Exodus (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "exodus.bas"
    Good old "Cosmic Arch" conversion.
  • Frogger (5 KB)
    Start: RUN "frogger.bas"
    Street, river, repeat.
  • Super Memory (7 KB)
    Start: RUN "memory.bas"
    I forgot...
  • Miraculus (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "miracul.bas"
    Arcade Centipede classic.
  • Monkey (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "monkey.bas"
    Monkey throw nuts. watch ou!
  • Moon Race (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "moonrace.bas"
    Parallax scrolling on moon's surface.
  • Pac Man (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "pacman.bas"
    Lives in dark caverns and eats pills. reminds me on my first techno party.
  • Pipeline (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "pipeline.bas"
    Connect the pipelines.
  • Pongo (8 KB)
    Start: BLOAD "pongo",R
    This time the ape is a bear.
  • Rabbit Walk (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "rabbit.bas"
    Chase Rudi Rabbit.
  • Flying Rescue (9 KB)
    Start: RUN "rescue.bas"
    Well done, Hero!
  • Solaris (8 KB)
    Start: RUN "solaris.bas"
    Remember Buck? Sleeping a hundred years only to wake up and fight?
  • Star Fight (7 KB)
    Start: RUN "star.bas"
    Volkers first MSX attempt in 3D.
  • Wheels (7 KB)
    Start: RUN "wheels.bas"
    Racing simulation in 3D.
  • Zirkus (6 KB)
    Start: RUN "zirkus.bas"
    Save the Clowns!

Relevant link:
Download the compilation from MRCs DDB.

Comments (10)

By Briqunullus

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09-07-2020, 19:31

Nice. I immediately recognized one of the games: Monkey. I remember typing this listing over from a few loose pages my father got me. No idea where he got them, no idea where those are now. I will definitely check out others!

By tfh

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09-07-2020, 19:41

Hmmm, no pacman in the archive? Smile

By hamlet

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09-07-2020, 20:01

I attached a collection with the games in single folders which contains PM, too.

By tfh

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09-07-2020, 20:28

hamlet wrote:

I attached a collection with the games in single folders which contains PM, too.

Well I just re-downloaded the archive, but this is what I see:

Aha... You have attached another file in the mean time :)

By ray2day

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09-07-2020, 23:49

Really cool Cool Volker Becker’s games -especially for those days- are a big example to me how MSX BASIC have to be made. Super! -> LOTS OF RESPECT!!

By defdanny

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10-07-2020, 08:53

Very nice move, hamlet!
The name "Volker Becker" rang a bell... after a quick googling, I knew why:
The game Miraculus (or a previous version?) was printed as a listing in the MSX Revue, and in hours of work I had typed it up. I can still remember the large number of "DATA" lines, probably because the game partly contained assembler routines... For a "typing" game it was outstandingly good (and fast) anyway! :D
Fun Fact: He created a game with the name of "Alien Attack", the same name my 2020 game project has... well, not a unique name of course.
Sad Fact: In the 80s Volker lived in the same city as me, Oberursel, only a few streets away. Unfortunately I never got to know him personally. Even though I was looking for other MSX users so much, among all the Commodore heads around me!

So, lets start playing some Assembler powered BASIC games!

By Manuel

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11-07-2020, 00:04

Wow, Volker Becker. I also once typed in the Miraculus game. He must be the most famous German MSX game programmer from the 80s!

And defdanny: that is indeed sad! But fun to read now though Smile

By gdx

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11-07-2020, 11:31

Nice games!

Not long ago I reported other nice Basic programs that have been adapted for MSX by MSX Tensei Kobo.


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13-07-2020, 05:11

Thanks to Volker Becker. His games are really cool and a good opportunity to learn some tricks on game development, specially the game Monkey, which has nice graphics and animation.

By hamlet

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16-07-2020, 20:14

Some time ago I asked Volker Becker for permission to add his programs here in our database. He was surprised that there are still people who are interested in his programs and that there is still a scene around the MSX. I used the opportunity to give him some loose sticking out. In this Thread you can read his response.