Robotank

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Originally authored by Bryn Phillips and converted to the BBC Micro by James Byrne

Published on the PCW Games Collection from Personal Computer World magazine.

These compilation cassettes were published by Century Communications Ltd.

The PCW book accompanying the PCW Games Collection contained the following description:

Robotank is an original strategy game for the BBC Micro, The idea is to drive your tank around a battlefield, strewn with a number of targets. You have to destroy as many of them as possible in five missions.

On starting the game the battlefield will be drawn, containing a number of targets including enemy tanks, huts and guns. Your Robotank will be placed at the bottom left of the screen.

The idea of the game is to program the tank with a series of Logo style commands in order to destroy as many targets as possible. The available commands are:

F - Forward one length
R - Turn fight 90 degrees
L - Turn left 90 degrees
S - Shoot
P - Program complete - GO
D - Delete last instruction

For example, the following simple program: FFFRSLFFS, would make the tank move forward three lengths, turn fight 90 degrees, shoot, ram left 90 degrees, move two lengths forward and shoot again.

The maximum Robotank program is 40 commands, and once the tank has been started it cannot be stopped. If the tank crashes into any obstacles, the game will end; otherwise, you have five runs in which to destroy all the targets. The points value of the targets increases with each hit, so careful planning is required to achieve high scores.

 

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TitleRobotank
Year1984
PublishersPersonal Computer World (PCW) (VNU Business Publications)
Century Communications Ltd.
AuthorsJames Byrne
Bryn Phillips
Release TypeBook
Primary genreStrategy
JoystickNot Supported
PlayersSingle Player
SaveNot Supported
CompatibilityA:✘ B:✔ Master: Untested
CompilationPCW Games Collection (BOOK)

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