DarkBASIC was released in 1998 by Dark Basic Software Ltd. It is the most recent in the line of BASIC programming language
s, primarily for use in the Windows O/S
. Designed to be an easy yet versatile way to create computer games (particularly 3D
computer games) it has gained a rather large following, with an ever growing community of people ever-ready to help the newbie
(in my experience).
Recently (2002) DarkBASIC Pro was released. This version included many things the original DarkBASIC did not, including particle commands (previously particle effect
s were obtained by using code to create, texture and move tiny primitive
s) and improved online commands.
- DarkBASIC and DarkBASIC Pro are also known as DB and DBP, respectively.
- DB and DBP support 3D mesh objects (textured and non-textured) in both the *.x and *.3ds format.
- DB and DBP support bitmaps in the *.bmp and *.jpg format.
- DB and DBP support *.avi movie files to be played in a specified region of the screen.
- Both 3D, 2D and text applications can be made with DB and DBP.
- The most frequented forum for DB and DBP is at www.realgametools.net/forums/
- You can learn more about DB, DBP and Dark Basic Software, as well as other products at www.darkbasic.net