LowRes NX

Program retro games in BASIC!

Make your own retro games on a virtual game console. Program in the classic BASIC language and create sprites, tile maps, sound and music with the included tools. As a beginner you will quickly understand how to create simple text games and show your first sprite on a tile map. As an experienced programmer you can discover the full potential of retro hardware tricks!

Also available for macOS, Windows and Linux


Featured Programs

Star Scroller

Release - Timo - 2018-10-11
2 Likes, 1 Reply

Pitman

Release - Cclx33 - 2019-04-24
5 Likes, 10 Replies

Lode Runner

Release - Cclx33 - 2019-05-03
4 Likes, 3 Replies

Virtual Game Console

Imagine LowRes NX as a handheld game console with a d-pad, two action buttons and a little rubber keyboard below a slidable touchscreen. LowRes NX was inspired by real 8- and 16-bit systems and simulates chips for graphics, sound and I/O, which actually work like classic hardware. It supports hardware sprites as well as hardware parallax scrolling, and even offers vertical blank and raster interrupts to create authentic retro effects.

Code

The programming language of LowRes NX is based on second-generation, structured BASIC. It offers all the classic commands, but with labels, loops and subprograms instead of line numbers. Graphics and sound are supported by additional commands and you can even access the virtual hardware directly using PEEK and POKE. You have complete control over the program flow, there is no standard update function you have to implement.

Design

LowRes NX includes all the tools you need: The Character Designer for editing sprites, tiles and fonts, the Background Designer for tile maps and screen layouts, as well as the Sound Composer for music and sound effects. All of them are just normal BASIC programs. You can change and improve them or even create your own custom editors.

Share

Send your games directly to other users or share them via the website. All programs are open source, so you can play them, learn from them and edit them. You prefer making just art or music? Share your creations as assets and let other programmers use them in their projects.


Latest News

New landing page for this website

News - Timo - 2019-05-17
1 Like, 18 Replies