Free 1980s computer games coding books from Usborne Publishing

Usborne Publishing has posted pdfs of all their original Usborne Computer Guides published in the 1980s and they're free to download for your own personal or educational use.

The programs in these books won't work on modern computers, but you may adapt any of them to modern computer languages, which I've seen some YouTubers doing for fun.

Or you can simply enjoy the books as a bit of retro computer game nostalgia. Personally, I think their art styles are pretty cool.

Did you own or read any of these books before? Have you ever programmed a game in BASIC?

Also, feel free to post your experience below in the comments if you do attempt to adapt any of these games to a modern computer language. I think it could be fun to try to turn one of them into a modern videogame version with graphics inspired by the cartoons in the books.

From Usborne Publishing:

Usborne has been publishing award-winning computer books since the 1980s, and we're happy to offer free pdfs of these books to download.

Many of today's tech professionals were inspired by the Usborne computing books they read as children. The books included program listings for such iconic computers as the ZX Spectrum, the BBC Micro and the Commodore 64, and are still used in some computer clubs today.

Their format of colourful cartoons and easy to digest layout have made them something of a cult object among the now-grown-up generation who first received them.

These pdf copies of the original Usborne Computer Guides published in the 1980s are free to download for your own personal or educational use. The books and files are the copyright of Usborne Publishing. You can provide a link to the pdfs from your website, but you may not host or distribute the original files.

These books were written for 1980s computers such as the ZX Spectrum and BBC Micro. The programs will not run on modern computers.

You may adapt any of the programs in these books to modern computer languages, and share the adaptations freely online. You may not use the adaptations for commercial purposes. Please credit the name of the Usborne book from which you adapted the program, and provide a link to this webpage. (Link Below)