Welcome to STOS Coders

This website is dedicated to supporting the greatest BASIC programming language released on the Atari ST – STOS “The Game Creator”.

STOS is a dialect of BASIC (Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) which includes specialist commands for game creation and multimedia applications. In it’s heyday it was far in advance of any other BASIC languages around at the time, and allowed anyone to write near commercial quality games without having to have knowledge of the inner workings of the Atari ST or low level languages such as assembly. Games could be written in just a few simple lines of code, and great achievements could be made with a little extra polish.

One of the cool features of STOS is the ability to add new commands through the use of extensions. The Missing Link and Misty extensions are two extensions that really changed the way STOS programs were created, and many great things were done with them.

During the 1990’s there was a large community of STOS users across the globe. The STOSSER Diskzine was a great resource, with STOS users writing articles, sharing ideas, and helping each other by providing code, sprites, extensions, and more!

The future

Fran├žois Lionet, the main programmer behind STOS, has returned with AOZ Studio. With 30 years more experience behind him, we know that AOZ Studio is going to be something very special. It is our goal, not only to relive the special times we had, but to get together and support a large community of AOZ Studio programmers. Programming will be fun as well as easy with AOZ Studio. Please support Francois as he builds AOZ Studio by visiting his Patreon Page and sign up to a plan.

Visit the official AOZ Studio website for more information, along with the beta version for testing. There is also a forum for further help and support during the creation of this new exciting language.

Come and join us

Join us on our Facebook Group for lots of STOS related discussions & idea sharing, and check out our YouTube Channel for tutorials and footage of STOS programs old and new. We’d love to have you join us!

Should you wish to contribute to the running of this site, you can do so by getting in touch with any reviews, articles, games, demos or source code or you can also make a donation to the running costs of the site. Eventually we will have a login section so you can contribute directly. Check the site regularly for updates.

Happy Coding!

Neil, Michael & Deano