Game... "Flying Fingers"?

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Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:55 am

Hello! I was reflecting on some games I remember playing at school back in the late 1980s on the Beeb, and one that comes to mind was a typing game called "Flying Fingers". It had a vertical laser beam on the far right of the screen and then words would 'fly' from the left side of the screen towards the laser. You had to type the words accurately before they hit the laser to win points (and there was a limit on how many words could get obliterated by the laser before you lost the game). The more words you typed correctly, the faster they would fly, so it was a great way to improve typing speed. I hold it responsible for my fast typing abilities today!

I have checked the Complete BBC Micro Games Archive and also this forum, but I can find no reference to this game. I am now wondering if perhaps it was something our teacher coded up themselves! Does anyone else remember this game?

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by billcarr2005 » Thu Dec 19, 2019 11:56 am

Everygamegoing says it's from The Micro User Vol.4 No.11 from January 1987, but I can't find it anywhere :(
http://www.everygamegoing.com/egg/landi ... ype/games/

It's missing on 8BS

http://8bs.com/catalogue.htm#The%20Micro%20User

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Post by leenew » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:30 pm

It's on the disc here:
The Micro User 047 Vol 4 No 11 Jan 87.ssd
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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:33 pm

Thank you Bill and Lee, that's so helpful! This forum always comes through :D

I'm off to practice my typing... :lol:

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Post by streaks » Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:00 pm

Woa I forgot all about that game
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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:17 pm

It took a while, but after your help in tracking down this game I've now included it (at #57) in my BBC Micro game video series! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/M4PIwOE1ZuY

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Post by lurkio » Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:31 pm

colinhoad wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:17 pm
It took a while, but after your help in tracking down this game I've now included it (at #57) in my BBC Micro game video series! You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/M4PIwOE1ZuY
Nice! The video and your commentary were fun to watch and listen to respectively.

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:21 pm

lurkio wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:31 pm
Nice! The video and your commentary were fun to watch and listen to respectively.
I see what you did there :lol:

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by lurkio » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:44 am

Btw, here's a quick fix for the glitch where the game gets stuck on the word "respectively":

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1090w1=level*10+J%+RND(30):IFw1>100w1=70+RND(30)

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:42 am

lurkio wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:44 am
Btw, here's a quick fix for the glitch where the game gets stuck on the word "respectively":

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1090w1=level*10+J%+RND(30):IFw1>100w1=70+RND(30)
Superb! Did you disassemble the game code? I might try my hand at disassembling and reassembling to create a patched version of Flying Fingers... :idea:

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by lurkio » Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:43 am

colinhoad wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:42 am
Superb! Did you disassemble the game code?
Well, it's BASIC (with some inline assembler), so I just LOADed it and LISTed it.

You can replace line 1090 in the original program with my revised version of the line in my previous post.

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:01 pm

lurkio wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:43 am
Well, it's BASIC (with some inline assembler), so I just LOADed it and LISTed it.

You can replace line 1090 in the original program with my revised version of the line in my previous post.

:idea:
Perfect, I will give that a go! Thanks :D

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by Andrew_Waite » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:52 pm

Great to see the return of this series, Colin. I am hooked.

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by colinhoad » Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:14 am

Andrew_Waite wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:52 pm
Great to see the return of this series, Colin. I am hooked.
Thank you, Andrew! :)

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Re: Game... "Flying Fingers"?

Post by sbadger » Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:15 pm

Great game! and another good vid. Think i'll get this kids on this one :twisted:
So many projects, so little time...

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