A Fantasy Microcomputer

This project is maintained by JiFish

Artemis - A Fantasy Microcomputer

Artemis Screen


Download the latest release from the Releases page. See To Start for more instructions.

What is a Fantasy Computer?

A Fantasy Computer is neither a recreation of a computer that never existed. Providing a platform to create software with the limitations of older machines. The idea is to be inspired and challenged by these constants.

Why Artemis?

Artemis is supposed to be a challenging fantasy computer. Can you create a fun game with the following limitations?

As mentioned above JiBASIC is slow. This isn’t a bug, it’s a feature (or to be more accurate not a priority.) Artemis is explicitly not designed to be friendly to developing real-time action games. Turn-based, menu-driven and text-heavy games would be ideal.

Although limited, Artemis allows you develop using some modern tools:


This project was inspired by Basic8 and Ozapell Basic, nether of which was quite what I was after.

Artemis’ specifications (and name) were inspired by the Amstrad CPC line of machines. The CPC’s unusual 3-level RGB palette was expanded to 5-level for Artemis. The character set is also inspired by Amstrad’s custom extended ASCII, using most of the same glyph positions.


Artemis is also free open-source software and should work on many platforms. Artemis / JiBASIC is made available under the GNU General Public License, version 3.0 or later (GPL-3.0-or-later).

Artemis is currently beta software. However, an important goal is to maintain forward compatibility for programs.

JiBASIC is a fork of PyBasic by richpl with many platform-dependent features added. Fixes and improvements from PyBasic will be pulled in to JiBASIC, and any fixes here will be sent back via pull-request. Much of the following documentation is also forked from PyBasic.

Currently most programs written for, or saved in, PyBasic will run in Artemis. But this may not be the case in the future.

Artemis is also powered by pygame2 and midiutil

To start…


If you select the msi, run the installation and a shortcut will be placed on the desktop.

Otherwise, unzip the download and run artemis.exe.

Other platforms

Install Python 3, then use pip to install the required libraries:

pip install pygame midiutil

Then to start…


pypresence for discord presence is an optional library. It will be used if present.

First Steps!

Try typing HELP to open the main interface documentation.

Example programs

A number of example programs are provided, you can find them on the EXAMPLES disk. Type MOUNT EXAMPLES to switch to the disk and LIST S to show the programs. Load using example using LOAD <name>, view it’s source-code with LIST and run it with RUN.

Example programs

Text files containing these examples can be found with the .bas extension in document\artemis\EXAMPLES\.

The Maze

The Maze is a very simple puzzle game serving a proof-of-concept. If you type MOUNT MAZE the game will begin automatically.

You can use CTRL-C to exit the game, then use LIST to see the program source.