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LowRes Coder app review: now you can be the programmer

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Introduction

Have you got a great idea for a game but never thought you could take it past the idea stage? It's time to think again thanks to the LowRes Coder app for your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. This app provides you with the tools you need to program retro looking demos and games. This is your chance to be the designer and the developer. Once you're finished, you can use a virtual game console to run your very own program.

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LowRes Coder - Program retro games in BASIC!

Free

Taking Your Idea and Running with It

Instead of just mulling around an idea in your head this is your chance to make something tangible with it thanks to the LowRes Coder. This is the perfect, and user-friendly way to create your own demos and games that you can run on a virtual game console. Your program will be able to run with three sound generators, 8x8 pixel sprites, 16 colors, and 64x64 pixels. The app uses basic programming language so that it's easy to understand, it's the "classic" dialect that programmers used. Once your game is done, you can use your MFi game controller with it.

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This app is free to download but if you want to upgrade to the full version it's available as an in-app purchase of $2.99. Without the full version your program is limited to 24 lines. The app requires iOS 8.0 or later to use and currently has a perfect five star rating from customers. In its recent update there were a number of improvements and enhancements made making the experience smoother and easier. A variety of tools and features were added to the list of functions you can use.

Follow Others

Another aspect of the LowRes Coder app that is fun and educational is the fact you can publish your creation on your own profile page, which then is visible by the community. At the same time you'll be able to check out what other people are creating and chat with them about it. It's a great way to get ideas, inspiration, and just share a passion for programming.

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The app also comes pre-loaded with four games, which are Snake, Tennis, Racing, and Galaxy. You can take these games and then program more features into them in order to make them unique and even more challenging and fun. Even if you're new to programming this is a great way to learn and familiarize yourself with the basics.

LowRes Coder - Program retro games in BASIC!

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • This is a great way for new programmers to test their knowledge and make their own creation
  • The app comes with four pre-loaded games that you can improve upon
  • The app is user-friendly

Cons

  • The free version limits the amount of lines you can use

Final Thoughts

The LowRes Coder app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone is ideal for those newbie programmers or anyone what has wondered what would be involved in programming their own game. This one is user-friendly, allows you to be creative, and gives you tangible results.

LowRes Coder - Program retro games in BASIC!

Free
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