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BASIC Interpreter is part of the category Additional System Requirements.
For games that were written in the BASIC programming language but were not compiled into a stand-alone executable program, a BASIC interpreter was required in order to run the program. While some games that were written in BASIC included the interpreter, others did not; in this case, a user would need to provide their own BASIC interpreter. In some cases, a BASIC interpreter was either bundled with the system or available in ROM while in other cases it needed to be obtained seperately.
IBM and compatible computers:
On early IBM computers such as the IBM PC and XT, Cassette BASIC was included in ROM. BASIC interpreters were also typically included with DOS; depending on the version of PC-DOS or MS-DOS being used, either Disk BASIC, Advanced BASIC, or GW-BASIC was included. On the IBM PCjr., Cartridge BASIC was typically needed to run games. Depending on the requirements of a particular game, not all versions of BASIC that were available could be used; some games utilized more advanced features that weren't found in the simpler versions such as Cassette BASIC.
On the Amiga, AmigaBASIC (which was shipped with Amiga OS versions 1.1 through 1.3) or equivalent was required.
Atari ST computers:
The version of BASIC bundled with the system by Atari, ST BASIC, or a compatible alternative is required.
TI-99/4 and TI-99/4A computers:
On the TI-99/4 or TI-99/4A, either the built in BASIC interpreter or the TI Extended BASIC module could be used.
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|IBM PCjr Cartridge BASIC|
|GW-BASIC for Tandy 1000|