One of the great features on Arcade Punks is the ability to SUBMIT LINKS or FILES – many of you are on forums or groups and can easily share your find with us , we especially love Hyperspin related packs and such and love getting the links from you to share for all – this one has just dropped in our mailbox, and we all scratched our heads and said “what is the Jupiter Ace?”.
The breakdown of games in the above video is from YouTuber Steve Benway – this is NOT the Hyperspin pack you are downloading, this is purely demonstrating the games available…
The Jupiter Ace was a British home computer of the early 1980s. It was produced by the company Jupiter Cantab which was set up for the purpose. The Ace differed from other microcomputers of the time in that it used Forth instead of the more popular BASIC. After Jupiter Cantab ceased trading, the brand was acquired by Boldfield Computing Ltd in 1984, before eventually being sold to Andrews UK Limited in 2015 (the company owned by Paul Andrews, who also conceived the Sinclair Spectrum ZX Vega games console).
The Jupiter Ace was the first of its class to use a very fast structured language, free of spaghetti code, without the need to be loaded or even bought. The language was also the first (and only) adapted to use a cassette tape recorder (without the disk/tape drives of highly priced systems).
The down side of the language was its argument passing managed by the programmer. Additionally, not being a promoted language and the needing to later add a RAM Extension Pack, would be arguments against its offer of both power and professional programming delivered in a cheap computer.