Downloadable Cassette Images


As with the TRS-80, when people first purchased their shiny System 80 it was usually as a cassette-based 16 kilobyte RAM machine. Indeed, adding disk drives and memory expansion often cost more than the base unit itself!

Consequently, a lot of software was written for this "vanilla" tape-based configuration. Below are some of my favourite cassette-based programs, originally published on that media for (unless otherwise indicated) 16k computers.

It's amazing what programmers have crammed into such a tiny memory!

These "virtual cassettes" can be run from many of the TRS-80 or System 80 emulators. If you are not familiar with how the '80 computers manage their input and output, check out the driving instructions before trying to load the files. In short..

  • Machine language programs load with the SYSTEM command.
  • BASIC programs load with the CLOAD command.

For those who wish to go a little deeper and learn more about how these machines actually work, start with the manuals.

With the TRS32 emulator, realism is taken to its full extent in that loading takes as long as it does in a real machine (i.e. ages!). It's more authentic, but if you are an impatient type, you might do better with one of the HT-1080z emulators. These load them in a flash!

Using the CAS files with a real machine

These CAS files can also be used with a real System 80 or TRS-80 Model 1. With Knut Roll-Lund's Play Cas software you can use your PC as a cassette player. The program will output audio through the sound port, which you can connect to the '80s external cassette input.

However there is one caveat. Unless you have an added switch on the System 80 that changes cassette #2 to #1, you will be unable to load machine language programs directly with a simple hook-up as described. This is because the SYSTEM command used to load these kind of programs only recognises cassette port #1. In the System 80, this is the internal cassette player not the external one. Therefore, if you want to get machine language (system) CAS files from this site into an unmodified System 80, you'll have to record the audio from the PC soundcard onto a REAL cassette (using a real cassette recorder), then load it into the machine from the built-in cassette player.

BASIC programs don't have this problem as the LOAD command can be made to specify the external cassette port (#2). TRS-80 Model 1s don't have this problem either as these machines only have one cassette port, and that is external anyway.

Enjoy!

1. Favourite Programs

Program General Information Format

Meteor Mission 2

Rescue the Astronauts.

Machine language (m/l)

Swamp Wars

Collect power units and dodge slizards

Machine language (m/l)

Mission Impossible

A Scott Adams Adventure

Machine language (m/l)

Savage Island Part 1

Another Scott Adams Adventure

Machine language (m/l)

Sea Dragon

Shoot, bomb and breath!

Machine language (m/l)

Star Trek

Simple early version of the game. Starring you as Captain Kirk!

BASIC program

Penetrator

Inspired by the climax of Star Wars. Dodge the obstacles, drop your bombs and then get the hell out of there! (manual)

Machine language (m/l). Needs at least 32k of RAM

Taipan

See how rich you get in this trading game.

BASIC program

Defense Command

Shoot to stop the stealing. Even has a voice!

Machine language (m/l)

Scarfman

Pac-man clone (manual)

Machine language (m/l)

ZChess

Chess anyone? (manual)

Machine language (m/l)

Taxi (Alien Taxi)

Would you get your license?

Machine language (m/l). Needs 48k of RAM

Robot Attack

Run, hide, shoot.

Machine language (m/l)

Scripsit 1.0

Wordprocessing in U/C and 16k!

Machine language (m/l)

2. Dick Smith Cassette Programs

Program General Information Format

Invaders

The classic Space Invaders game

Machine language (m/l)

Death Trap

Very primitive game. Memory must be protected at 32640

BASIC

Dick Smith Demo

Dick Smith's Smiling face as a screensaver

BASIC

Scurve Invaders

Space Invaders by another name. Memory must be protected at 32640

BASIC

3. EACA Cassette Demo Programs

Program General Information Format

Biorhythms

Check your mood for the next few days

BASIC

Graphics

EACA Video Genie Logo Screen Saver

BASIC

Statistics

Make a bar graph

BASIC

Cost Analysis

Just what it says

BASIC

Star War

More Star Trek-type adventures

BASIC

4. Other

Program General Information Format

Troll Crusher

A game from Simon N. Goodwin

BASIC (supplied as zip)