A total of 13 entries were
received for the competition based on the scrolling demo in issue 9. Not
a lot but then it was a fairly difficult programming task and every
entrant is to be congratulated for having a go.
Three entries vied for the
main prize. RESCUE MISSION by Geoffrey Thompson was a great Scramble
type game entirely in machine code. FLIGHT OF THE SWAN by Christopher
Jephcott was a good original idea close to the concept of the original
program but using completely redefined characters (love the swan!) and
GRIBBIT by C.J.Mitchell was an excellent Frogger type game. As all the
games were quite different from each other, picking a winner was
difficult and in the end I decided to find another Touch Tablet (or
Compiler) and award the prize to both Geoffrey Thompson and Christopher
Jephcott. Rescue Mission gets the prize simply because it was the best
game and Flight of the Swan, which kept close to the original, was the
most original idea.
Highly commended were
Gribbit which missed out only because the idea was not as original as
Flight of The Swan and an untitled game from K.M.Casey which had a
Other entries were received
from Colin Faller, G.Anderson, Andrew Starkie, David Eaton, David Blease,
K.Vaughan and Fred Key and, whilst some of the entries did not use
scrolling(!), all were appreciated.
Finally two youngsters
submitted entries, Simon Currigan aged 10 and Warren Barnes aged 13.
Although they did not win the main prize they should be congratulated
for their entries.
There were due to be five
runners up but in fact items of software were sent to all the entrants
as thanks for their efforts. Perhaps next time YOU will enter!
We will run another
competition next year and perhaps the readers could suggest a theme for
the competition. If you have a good idea for a programming competition
please drop me a line.