Other ZX81 games that I have found inspiration from for creating MC-10 basic games can be found on the Steven's ZX81 classic basic programming website: http://zx81.reids4fun.com/?action=zx81. His Basic programs, for example, inspired my versions of Joust and Tower Dodge:
I really think what my MC-10 retro-computing programming hobby re-creates for me is some of the magic experienced by the people, like Steven, who were first introduced to home-computing on machines like the ZX-81 that required the user to learn a bit of programming. I have tried to pass some of this interest on to my son Charlie, and he seems to have taken it up. He has developed quite an interest in C, Java and Python programming, which he experiments with using his laptap, which he has "purified" of Microsoft products (This is something we agree to disagree about, as I quite like Bill's version of Basic). Instead, his laptop has multiple partitions containing multiple versions of Linux and GCC etc. Way to go Charlie, you are truly a "Master of the Bash!" And you've definitely helped inspire my ongoing interest in classic 8-bit Basic game programming.