How to Make Simple TI-83 Snake Games

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How to Make Simple TI-83 Snake Games
The TI-83 is capable of doing more than just math equations. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

While most use the TI-83 for rigorous math problems, some opt to have fun with it instead. Besides calculations, the TI-83 is capable of loading custom designed games. Games can be created with programming languages, which are languages that a computer understands and converts into usable code to execute software. If you know the BASIC programming language, you can make simple games for the TI-83, such as variations of the popular game Snake.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • TI-83 Graphing Calculator Link
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open up Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Express, and select "New Project" to open a new file.

  2. 2

    Enter BASIC code, utilise the rules that apply to Snake games, such as levels, lives and scoring rules.

  3. 3

    Click "Start Debugging" at the top of your screen to test your code for errors.

  4. 4

    Select "File" from the top menu and "Save As." Name and save your compiled game to your desktop.

  5. 5

    Upload your created game to your calculator, by connecting it with the TI-83 Graphing Calculator Link and following the upload instructions.

Tips and warnings

  • BASIC is a simple programming language but the software it creates tends to run slow. Keep this in mind when creating your games.
  • Designing malicious software can cause permanent damage to your TI-83 calculator.

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