norbert_kehrer

Tailgunner from 1979 in JavaScript

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Hi,

I made an exact port of the 40 year old classic arcade game "Tailgunner", which I did together with Graham Toal.

Tailgunner is a vector game programmed by Dan Sunday of the company Vectorbeam in 1979. The game is very simple, because it is so old, but this JavaScript conversion of the game is somehow special, as it is not a reprogramming or achieved by a conventional CPU emulator, but it is based on so-called static binary translation. Back in 2004, Graham Toal wrote a really cool program, with which he automatically translated the original game code from the arcade game's machine language to C. With Graham's help I ported his generated C code to JavaScript and added a graphical HTML5/JavaScript environment. 

You can try it here: http://members.aon.at/nkehrer/tailgunner/tailgunner.html


Here is also  is a screenshot to give you an impression of the game:

tailgunner_screenshot.png

 

Bye.

Norbert

 

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Greetings! Play tested using Chrome on MacOS Mojave.

That was one of the coolest experiences I've had today. Very good work porting such an arcade classic to the browser.

There's no way to criticize such an authentic port; I have nothing but compliments for this one.

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