Programming Bots

I like to program tank things. Here's the collection of links and things that I enjoyed.

I'm a self-proclaimed computer geek. As such, I like to have games where you make a strategy, program a robot to follow the strategy, and kill everyone else on the playing field.


Back when I wrote this page, I found that having a few minutes here and there really was spent well by playing Garbots on my Palm. There's a lot more information at my GarBots page.


This was my first bot programming game that I ever played. Since it is so hard to find, I have a local copy lying around. Warbots was programmed by Chris Busch in Turbo Pascal. The program runs in DOS and requires an EGA/VGA screen (everyone has these now, right?).

I wrote a bot that drove around backwards. If it found another robot, it would cream the area, move forward, turn around, and shoot four or five times in a row. Worked quite well.

I also wrote a crack some time back and I can't find it anymore. It would decrypt the .war files that were password encrypted. The encryption method used is just a simple XOR stream cipher.

  • C++Robots - Write your bot in C++, play by email, king of the hill competitions.
  • RealTimeBattle - Program your robot in whatever language you wish.