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Break/Space is a procedurally-generated space strategy game for the 48K ZX Spectrum, written entirely in BASIC for the 2017 ZX Spectrum BASIC Jam (

After an accident while testing an experimental warp drive, you find yourself stranded in an uncharted area of the universe. Your only chance of getting home is to recover your four warp cores (jettisoned during the accident) and then return to the wormhole that brought you here in order to get back to warp speed and back to Earth.

Unfortunately this part of the universe is inhabited by six alien races – some nice, some not-so-nice. You can barter and battle with these as you see fit, although be careful – your actions will have consequences, and beating up an easy mark can make them less likely to deal with you the next time your paths cross.

Complicating matters more is the fact that your long-range scanners are broken so you can’t see what’s ahead of you until you enter a region. Your ship is also a little underpowered and can only carry a certain amount of fuel and armaments. However, it’s possible to use the few supplies you have to earn money, which you can then use to replenish stocks or improve your ship. And out in the darkness of space, perhaps there are other opportunities awaiting you?

But don’t take too long. The wormhole will close soon, and once that happens you’ll be trapped here forever!

Updated to version 1.1 (14/06/17).


Break-Space v1.1.tap (43 kB)
Break-Space v1.1.bas (35 kB)
Break-Space v1.1.pdf (97 kB)

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Of all the games in the jam, this is the one I'd love to see redone in ZXBasic. Hopefully also with support for the actual cursor keys, or at least a prompt for people to use 5678, because only those of us who grew up with the Speccy would even think to try it, and that limits the potential audience.


Oddly enough I'm working on that right now. Hopefully won't take too long, I have a reasonable chunk of it up and running already.


Fabulous! \o/


I can't believe I finished something! \o/