Juiced.GS covers the state of Apple II development, with new hardware and software being released regularly. The latest product to cross our desk is Retro Fever, an action game from Brandon Bogle and Brian Picchi, the latter of whom is a familiar name to Apple II gamers. In recent years, Picchi has taught himself a variety of programming languages, applying those newfound skills to games such as Applesoft Action, Deadly Orbs, and Lamb Chops!
In the March 2014 issue of Juiced.GS, Picchi will offer a behind-the-scenes look at his ascent as a programmer and the challenges he's encountered when developing the above titles. In the meantime, Juiced.GS editor-in-chief Ken Gagne has picked up a copy of Retro Fever on 5.25" floppy disk. Just as he did last year with Zéphyr, he's shot a video of his unboxing and first play of Retro Fever:
Retro Fever can be purchased on floppy disk, downloaded as a disk image, or played in your web browser.
To learn more about Brian Picchi, listen to his interview on the Open Apple podcast.
Juiced.GS will extend its record as the world's longest-running Apple II print publication with a 19th volume of issues to be published in 2014.
"Our subscriber base has consistently grown year-over-year since 2007," says Ken Gagne, editor and publisher of Juiced.GS. "There's a powerful desire for the timeless features and in-depth analysis that are the hallmark of a traditional print publication. I'm thrilled Juiced.GS will continue to serve these needs of the Apple II community."
Retrocomputing enthusiasts can subscribe to the 2014 volume's four quarterly issues at $19 for customers in the United States, $24 in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international.
Juiced.GS's library of PDF content also grows today with the launch of three new Concentrates, bundles of thematic material originally published across years of Juiced.GS print issues:
- Getting Started collects 2011's three-part series of where and how to acquire an Apple II, how to repair it, what programs and accessories to add, and what to do with your rig once it's completed.
- Interactive Fiction examines the surprisingly active state of modern text adventures, including reviews Leadlight, Twisty Little Passages, and Get Lamp, and a comparison of the IF development environments Eamon and Inform.
- Logo is an 18-page introduction to programming in Logo and features exclusive content, including homework solutions, further reading suggestions, and code samples on Apple II disk images.
"Juiced.GS is in print, online, Facebook, email — everywhere that the modern Apple II user is," says Gagne. "With these new products, we look forward to providing readers with the information they need to enjoy their classic computers for years to come."