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list of programming games

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I'm working on a list of programming games, and was wondering if anyone knew of some I might be missing. Here's what I have so far.

A list of programming games.

''Carnage Heart - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnage_Heart ''
A robot battle game for ps1. You program your bots to do battle using modules. There is also a psp version.

''Robot Odyssey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Odyssey ''
Program a robot to navigate through a maze. Released for the Apple II, TRS-80 Color Computer, and DOS.

''MindRover - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MindRover''
For PC, Windows and Linux. The game revolves around the assembly of miniature robots from a library of stock parts, then programming them for various events using a special graphical programming interface (referred to in the game as "wiring"). Has 3d graphics!

''RoboWar - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoboWar http://robowar.sourceforge.net/ ''
RoboWar is an open source video game in which the player programs onscreen icon-like robots to battle each other with animation and sound effects. The syntax of the language in which the robots are programmed is a relatively simple stack-based one, based largely on IF, THEN, and simply-defined variables.

''ChipWits - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChipWits http://www.chipwits.com/ ''
Game for the Apple Macintosh. The player uses an iconic programming language to teach a virtual robot how to navigate various mazes. The gameplay straddled the line between entertainment and programming education. The game was later ported to the Apple II and C-64.

''Core War - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_war http://corewar.co.uk/ ''
Core War (or Core Wars) is a programming game in which two or more battle programs (called "warriors") compete for the control of the "Memory Array Redcode Simulator" virtual computer ("MARS"). These battle programs are written in an abstract assembly language called Redcode. The object of the game is to cause all processes of the opposing program(s) to terminate, leaving your program in sole possession of the machine.

''NERO - http://www.nerogame.org/ ''
In NERO the player needs to train robots to battle other robots, in order to colonize a defended but uninhabited planet.

''Metabots. Medabots: Metabee Version - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medabots ''
Not sure if this is a programming game. Will test it out tonight if I get a chance.
added on the 2009-07-30 22:40:32 by xteraco xteraco
Buddy 'o mine made Kodu: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/kodu/
added on the 2009-07-30 23:05:24 by GbND GbND
When i was in uni, a CS student (whose name i forgot) invented a corewar like program, but with multiprocessing, called P// war IIRC.
The field was composed of a 16*16 processors machine, and the aim was to control every processor. I doubt it's available on internet sadly. I have a .zip somewhere i think and could provide it.
added on the 2009-07-30 23:13:34 by baah baah
IIRC B.A.T. 1 and 2 had programming as a part of the game
added on the 2009-07-30 23:46:06 by すすれ すすれ
"Robocode is an Open Source educational game started by Mathew Nelson (originally provided by IBM). Currently contributions are being made by various people; officially Flemming N. Larsen and Pavel Šavara are working on Robocode to keep it current and fix the bugs. The game is designed to help people learn to program in Java and enjoy the experience. It is very easy to start - a simple robot can be written in just a few minutes - but perfecting a bot can take months or more."

Lists and Lists, an introductory course in the Scheme programming language.
added on the 2009-07-31 01:41:04 by K-man K-man
"Dr Brain Loses his mind" is a game with various puzzles to solve. One of them features a robot you need to program to travel in a maze, collect brains and avoid bugs. Instructions are forward, backward, turn left, turn right, pause, and catch (for brains). There are 8 instruction max in the program IIRC, but you have two subprograms available. So you need to factorize your code.
PulkoMandy: it's called "The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain"

"The Island of Dr.Brain" also had a nice robot-programming sub-game in it, was quite funny :)
added on the 2009-07-31 10:39:36 by xTr1m xTr1m
C++: it's a game!
added on the 2009-07-31 10:40:19 by trc_wm trc_wm


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