Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Weirdest iPad app I've found so far far... possibly a Jupiter Ace simulator, which emulates the 4K (I think) FORTH programming language Jupiter Ace, a contemporary of the Sinclair ZX81 and early Spectrum which failed because FORTH is a total pain to learn, albeit very fast. It's actually quite a good simulator with all of the documentation of the original computer as a built-in help file - the main problem I've found is that (a) I suspect it was written for a slower iPad, key repeat is ridiculously fast and there's no way to slow it, and (b) I'm crap at FORTH. But it's a teeny program and seems to work well, if anyone wants to revisit the golden age of home programming it might be for you.

Or there are several Spectrum emulators around, if you really want to play Jet Pack Willy or something; One of them even offers Elite as an in-game purchase, which I might actually think about since there doesn't seem to be an iPad port of Oolite so far.

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