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Playing a winning hand with Vingt et Un

By Chris Williams. Published: 21st Oct 2002, 14:42:07 | Permalink | Printable

<hype> So there is a 32bit BASIC interpreter </hype>

We don't normally cover games releases as we prefer to leave such news in the terribly capable hands of acornarcade. However, when Ian Macfarlane took the trouble to email drobe.co.uk today with his software release news, it was a double surprise for us. We're pretty sure we can drag this article out a bit more, just you wait.

Vingt et Un is Ian's card game for RISC OS, which you can purchase copies of on a CD from him or download a free version from his website. After a round of testing, Vingt et Un is now at version 1.50. You heard it here first.
"This [Vingt et Un] is a WIMP version of the well known card game (also known as Pontoon and Twenty One), and is playable on RISC OS versions above 3.5", explains Ian. "A sample version which was made available a year ago is still available from this site. The full version has many more features. The recent major amendment has added the ability to output spoken game messages if Jonathan Duddington's Speak application is available."

Vingt et Un is a very colourful and entertaining game and apparently had favourable reviews in RISC OS magazine, Archive. "Although I rarely play games, I found Vingt et Un to be quite addictive”, writes Archive's reviewer Richard Watkinson. An addictive card game, who would have thought.

Finally, roll the drums, Ian tells us,
"I have spoken to Castle's Jack Lillingston earlier today and he has told me that, since RISC OS 5 will contain a 32bit BASIC interpreter, there is no reason why Vingt et Un will not function on the Iyonix without modification. However I will submit a CD to Castle for verification."

Most people, ie: not us, have assumed that the 32bit RISC OS in Castle's mysteriously pre-announced 32bit machine will have a 32bit BASIC interpreter module, enabling us to run our favourite BASIC V software on the new hardware. That's one assumption confirmed then. 32bit coverage on drobe.co.uk


Vingt et Un 1.50

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However, NB only 'pure' BASIC applications without hand-coded assembler inside will work; 'mixed' ones will have the same trouble. Just like with the BBC->A3010 transfer I did 10 years ago ;o). -- Andrew Hill

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 24/10/02 12:45AM
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