Squash (Pica) Review | A&B Computing - Everygamegoing

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By Pica
BBC Model B

Published in A&B Computing 2.01

Now this is a strange-looking program, that can only be described as a rather specialist utility. Its purpose is to reduce the amount of space taken up by text messages, of the kind that you get in adventure games and, as such, it is only likely to be of interest to those developing such programs.

It claims to be able to reduce text to 45% of its original size but one of the main benefits of adventure writers, in my eyes, is that the coding prevents the text from being read by those who want to cheat.

All that is required is for you to type in your text messages in the numerical order that you want to recall them and then, after saving a copy in case of disasters, tell the program to do its stuff. There follows quite a delay while the processing takes place but after completion you can *SAVE both the data and its decoding routines for reloading anywhere in memory that you want. To get a particular message on screen, all that you need to do is poke the message number into zero page and then call up this routine and it appears as if by magic.

Whilst there are some drawbacks, length of line and method of input, this is likely to be a useful package for those wanting to get a quart into a pint pot in their adventure programs.

Dave Carlos

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