DarkBASIC

DarkBASIC

Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 61 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.13
File Size:
7.46MB
Date Added:
November 16, 2001
Price:
Free to try (See description); $70.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98
Total Downloads:
115,437
Downloads Last Week:
8
Product ranking:
#45 in IDE Software
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98

Editors' Note: The unregistered version has the following limitations. The Media menu has been disabled, you are restricted to 10,000 lines of code, context-sensitive help will not be available, the app is unable to load 3DS model files and is restricted in the number of objects, and standalone executables include a Dark Basic Logo. Additionally, the app doesn't include all of the models, bitmaps, textures, music tracks, and sound effects.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 61 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current Version:

    3.1

    out of 61 votes

    • 5 star: 30
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 26
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  • 1 stars

    "Even the full version crashes"

    November 03, 2011   |   By Lawry50

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    Plenty of tools for writing games.

    Cons

    Nearly all the software produced by TGC crashes or just won't run on some computers. The support people try but they admit they don't know why.

    Summary

    I was foolish enough to think that if I upgraded to the full package I would get reliability and support. The result was total unreliability and attempted support only.
    Truly sad that the developers are not putting in the effort to make this wonderful product more reliable.

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  • 5 stars

    "very awesome"

    May 05, 2009   |   By travisabyss

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    i've tested it it works great nothing is wrong with it no matter what anyone says they probobaly have the wrong computer

    Cons

    nothing but the scripting is a little bit hard

    Summary

    awesome

    Updated on Nov 29, 2010

    It is a very easy script editor, in my opinion there is nothing wrong with the integrated editor, Though the DarkBASIC Pro is free now this is still a great software.

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  • 2 stars

    "DarkBASIC is a crude and primitive language"

    February 06, 2009   |   By bmn_1213

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    You can create simple programs with rather elaborate, animated, 3-D models with relatively little skill or effort. Programs with these features can be very short.

    Cons

    DarkBASIC makes it difficult to represent algorithms and data structures. For example, just try writing a hash table in it.

    Summary

    The language itself makes it extremely difficult to describe elaborate program logic and data structures. It has many of the limitations that QBASIC had, and a few that QBASIC didn't have. As a result, you end up creating gobs of global variables, your data structures tend to be global parallel arrays (your functions will take indices into these arrays), and GOTO statements are unavoidable.
    The ubiquitous DO..LOOP construct is missing support for the "LOOP UNTIL condition" clause, which is supported by virtually every other BASIC out there.

    You may manage to make a game that sells commercially in DarkBASIC, but MMORPGs and open-world simulations are too complicated to be done entirely in DarkBASIC.

    There is a culture around DarkBASIC that promotes the kind of programming practices that are considered "evil" among professional programmers. These same practices were also popular among QBASIC programmers, back in the day, so perhaps the scene includes some of the same people.

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  • 2 stars

    "the best ones and very easy to use"

    December 13, 2008   |   By bretjames

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    In my opinion it is one of the best ones and very easy to use

    Cons

    I don't think there are any.

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  • 2 stars

    "Price is very high"

    December 13, 2008   |   By sandrapillar

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    Creating software but limits cde of lines.

    Cons

    price is very hhigh

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  • 5 stars

    "Great!"

    July 10, 2008   |   By hotspurs1329741

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    No matter what anybody says I think this is a great and easy language for making games. I do agree that it has problems but that is why they made DB Pro. This is a great way to begin game programming, it was how I learned and I never looked back!

    Cons

    Uses an old version of direct X (7 i think) but DB Pro uses the new version so I don't really have any complaints.

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  • 5 stars

    "GREAT!"

    September 17, 2007   |   By greenweed15

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    i use this in school, we learn how to use all of the software and learn to create everything, and as for the bugs, you need to go back and fix your entry codes or else it will suck, if you know how to use it, i would highly recomend dark basic

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  • 1 stars

    "FAILURE"

    July 11, 2007   |   By sharp_shot~()

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    The program failed to initiate and is bugged with trojan.

    Cons

    *failed to initiate, download is safe but the free service is un-eligable, i recommend you just not download this. *

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  • 5 stars

    "boring"

    June 12, 2007   |   By madhav.mohan

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

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  • 1 stars

    "don't waste your time"

    October 21, 2006   |   By janlig98

    Version: DarkBASIC 1.13

    Pros

    none

    Cons

    If you want to crash and reboot alot, use Dark Basic. This thing crashes when you are just reading the help files.

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