Cascade 50: Noughts and Crosses ?!

This is one review in a series of reviews where I step through the (50?) games on the Cascade 50 Games Cassette. This classic collection was released in 1983 - the high number of games necessitated very little tape space per game, with "hilarious results". I'm reviewing the games on the BBC B version of the tape - although it appeared on a number of other formats, including the C64 and Spectrum. A lot of the games appeared to be unique to each format.

Submitted by Ben on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 07:53

Right, so I fired up my tape drive, and up next, we seemed to be loading “NOU”. The only thing I could think of was the word “Nougat”. Had Cascade somehow contrived to create a game based on confectionery? It was one hell of a long tape load, so I was expecting greatness. Oh, Cascade how you taunt me with omens of goodness!

Well, here was what loaded up:

Noughts and Crosses?

Do you see what I have to contend with here? I can see no good reason why they couldn’t have taken Y or N as inputs. In fact with the space saved by removing the line “ANSWER YES OR NO PLEASE:” from the code, we could have added IF LEFT$(INPUT$,1) = “Y” and we all would have been happy. But no.

This is a game of noughts and crosses. With potentially reasonable AI! So, stalemate! Would I like another go, well, “Y”, I would:


Guess they couldn’t be bothered to put in another “YES OR NO PLEASE” routine.