The Octalyzer is a cloud-connected retro-inspired platform for exploring computing history, learning to code, and — most of all — having fun with friends and family! With a huge library of classic games and applications to play, open, modify and be inspired by, users can create, engage and share with others, making the learning experience as fulfilling as it is productive, and ensuring that their newfound knowledge will stay with them throughout their lives.
The Octalyzer improves upon the notoriously difficult 8-bit interface in a number of ways that emulators do not — built-in editors, mouse support, modern command-line improvements (such as history), an integrated cloud-based file-system and much more. We’ve added modern features such as 3D graphics, camera movement and digital sound, which can be applied to old games to create fresh, new ones. It also provides an integrated 80s-inspired on-line service called Octa-Link, through which users can ask questions, explore a library of hundreds of educational books, chat, play networked games and, most importantly of all, grow their creativity and knowledge.
Finally, The Octalyzer will contain an integrated, narrative-based learning tutorial wherein users will learn to code in order to battle an evil entity bent upon destroying the modern technological world. This tutorial will strive to engage even the most non-technical of users through interactive storylines and an enthralling plot.
Initially, The Octalyzer will support the Apple II-based computing languages including BASIC (Integer and AppleSoft), LOGO, and 6502 assembler. We believe that these three languages provide a balanced introduction to computer programming, and the lessons learned will translate well to a later education in modern software development. The available computers and languages will expand over the life of The Octalyzer platform, including to the Commodore 64, the BBC Micro and the Sinclair Spectrum, amongst many others.
We aim to be the #1 platform for not just learning how to retro-code and having a shared retro-experience, but to understand the basics of coding and computer architecture important for any computing language, classic or modern, providing our users with a solid foundation for life in an increasingly technological world.
The Octalyzer — learning how computers work, the 80s way!