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A collection of BASIC programs from the 70s and 80s era of microcomputing. All items include working source code and in-browser emulation when possible.
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A collection of BASIC programs from the 70s and 80s era of microcomputing. All items include working source code and in-browser emulation when possible.
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by The People's Computer Company
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Source: People's Computer Company Games, 1974 Hunt the Wumpus We couldn't agree on what Wumpus looks like ... soooo ... +----------+ |/        \| |          | |          | |\        /| +----------+ We made a box for YOU to draw a wumpus.  Is he (she?) evil or preyed upon by hunters (arrow shooters) or is he (she) simply a creature who wants to be left alone?  What say?
Topics: pcc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, ibm pc
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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FALLOUT At the start of this simple but absorbing game you will see eight horizontal bars with gaps in them.  Above the bars are eight checkers which can fall through the gaps.  In this example      1   3 4 5 6 7 8     ###2## ### ### ##     #  ###  # ### ###     ##  ## #### ### # checker 2 has already fallen into a gap.  The object of the game is to get all eight checkers through the bars.  You can do this by moving the bars to line up the gaps for the checkers to fall...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Edwin McFall
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by David Carr; Barry J. Fishman; J. Gillo
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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LAWN MOWER Skill area: Mathematics Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: No The Summer Job  Dad's decided the time has come to teach you a little responsibility. This summer, you won't get an allowance.  You're going to enter the world of high finance instead. Your job is to mow lawns in the neighborhood.  Dad will let you use his power mower, and he'll lend you $15 to get your business started. The rest is up to you. You'll get $5 for each lawn mowed, but you're responsible for...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by T. Brown; Bill Palmer; S. Foster
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Jonathan Freidin
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Cup is a cute little game in which a cup is located thirty lines down the paper of your terminal or thirty lines down on your video display screen a random number of spaces from one to sixty to the right of the left margin.  The pull of gravity varies from one to ten lines per second per second.  You are then asked in this program what push you would like to give the ball from left to right across the paper in spaces per second.  The program then traces the path of the ball from the left...
Topics: creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, ibm pc
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Geoffrey Chase
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Calendar This program prints out a calendar for any year.  You must specify the starting day of the week of the year in Statement 130.  (Sunday (0), Monday (-1), Tuesday (-02), etc.).  You can determine this by using the program WEEKDAY.  You must also make two changes for leap years in Statements 360 and 620.  The program listing describes the necessary changes.  Running the program produces a nice 12-month calendar. The program was written by Geoffrey Chase of the Abbey, Portsmouth,...
Topics: creative computing, ibm pc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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CHESS Chess is one of the greatest challenges which can face a computer programmer.  To analyze how a human plays chess, and then to try and break that analysis into a number of ideas which can be expressed clearly enough to be written into a program, is a formidable task. It cannot be claimed that this CHESS program is a particularly successful attempt to surmount the challenge I've described.  While it plays chess on a reasonably coherent basis, it does not play well, and should prove no...
Topics: ibm pc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Unknown
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by David Ahl
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Diamond This program fills an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with diamonds (plotted on a hard-copy terminal, of course).  The program ask for an odd number to be input in the range 5 to 31.  The diamonds printed will be this number of characters high and wide.  The number of diamonds across the page will vary from 12 for 5-character wide diamonds to 1 for a diamond 31-characters wide.  You can change the content of the pattern if you wish in Statement 6. The program was written by David Ahl of...
Topics: ibm pc, creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: BASIC Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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ROULETTE ROULETTE is the king of gambling games.  This computer version, which faithfully follows the rules of roulette, will allow you to painlessly test your favorite "system." This game plays with an American wheel, which has the numbers 0 to 36, plus double zero.  The program speaks faultless French, as do all good croupiers, inviting you to place your bet with the words MESSIEURS, FAITES VOS JEUX (Gentlemen, place your bets).  Note that the difference between the European and...
Topics: ibm pc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Charles Bond; C. Regena
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of TI Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Douglas C. L'Hommedieu
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HANGMAN   Hang Around, You'll Enjoy This   by Douglas C. L'Hommedieu  Though capital punishment might seem a severe penalty for failure to ascertain a certain quantity of deliberately withheld information, millions of otherwise normal folks seem to be dying to put their lives on the line in just such a quest.  In fact, striving to satisfy such sadistic demands has long been a favorite pasttime. Now, CoCo has joined the ranks of those diabolical inquisitors with numerous variations of this...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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BLACK HOLE Skill area: Coordination Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: Joystick handy, but not essential Modification: No Space Fleet You are a star fleet captain, and you're in a tight spot.  Your ships must get to Espilon Eridani, but between the fleet and the star is a series of black holes.  Any ship that enters a black hole is lost forever.  Your assigrunent is to get as many ships as possible through the field of black holes and reach Espilon Eridani on schedule. How to Play Each ship,...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by David Ahl; Digital Equipment Corporation
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Hammurabi In this game you direct the administrator of Sumeria, Hammurabi, how to manage the city.  The city initially has 1,000 acres, 100 people, and 3,000 bushels of grain in storage. You may buy and sell land with your neighboring city-states for bushels of grain -- the price will vary between 17 and 26 bushels per acre.  You also must use grain to feed your people and as seed to plant the next year's crop. You will quickly find that a certain number of people can only tend a certain...
Topics: ibm pc, creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: BASIC Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Norman Latner
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OPTICAL 2   by Norman Latner  Optical illusions are always fascinating.  First you see it one way and then another, or your eye is led to a seemingly impossible situation.  Both of these effects appear in this graphics program which I call Optical 2.  I'm sure you’ll enjoy looking at them and listening to the Mozart selection which accompanies the First illusion.  P Mode 4 graphics are used to give smooth diagonals, while the black/white color set with red/blue "fringing" add...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dave Vinnedge
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(From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) WHODUNIT?   by Dave Vinnedge Whodunit is a multi-player mystery game, requiring 32K Extended Basic. Enter the program, save it to tape, and Run it.  The game instructions are presented prior to the game, and screen prompts lead the user through required player entries.  See page 102.
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Chris Latham; John Erickson
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NUKE SIM   Micro-Meltdown: A Nuclear Reactor Simulation   by Chris Latham and John Erickson (Editor's Note: The following article and program, as well as others in this issue, are intended to acquaint Rainbow readers with the concept of computer Simulations.  NUKE SIM was especially commissioned by the Rainbow to help kick off our Simulation Contest.  In order to ensure that we had a first-rate Simulation to serve as an example, we contacted two top-flight programmers whose accomplishments...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by R. T. Delburgo; D. Delburgo
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MOIRE FRINGES   Some Beautiful Patterns from "Down Under"   by R.T. and D. Delburgo   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Most of you will have noticed the beautiful fringes which are produced when two net curtains are placed against one another -- a slight movement in one of the curtains causes an appreciable movement of the fringe system.  These interference fringes are called after Moire and they have important scientific applications in registering and measuring small relative...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Paul French
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IOWA LEMONADE   by Paul French Shortly after I got my Color Computer, I decided to convert a few programs to run on it.  Iowa Lemonade is the most ambitious of my conversions.  The idea and logic have been around for quite a while and one of the other computer manufacturers sends (or used to send) a version out on a demo disk with their disk drives.  It was kind of cute, so I decided to develop one for the CoCo.  Since a 16K cassette system was top of the line from Radio Shack at the time...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Dennis Lunder
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Change In this program, the computer pretends it is the cashier at your friendly neighborhood candy store.  You tell it the cost of the item(s) you are buying, the amount of your payment, and it will automatically (!) determine your correct change.  Aren't machines wonderful?  Dennis Lunder of People's Computer Company wrote this program.
Topics: ibm pc, creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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ASTROLOGY This program is based on a study made by the Dutch physicist and astrologer Dr. Ir. J. Van Slooten.  He was a research worker at Philips laboratories who spent all his free time on astrology.  He developed a theory that the phase of the moon at the time of birth was a very important astrological influence on a person's character. After studying the lives of hundreds of people he concluded, "...that the moon phase forecasts the extent to which the spiritual and emotional life,...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Alan Segal; Steve North; Lawrence Neal
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Checkers This program plays checkers.  The pieces played by the computer are marked with an "X", yours are marked "O".  A move is made by specifying the coordinates of the piece to be moved (X, Y).  Home (0,0) is in the bottom left and X specifies distance to the right of home (i.e., column) and Y specifies distance above home (i.e., row). You then specify where you wish to move to. The original version of the program by Alan Segal was not able to recognize (or permit) a...
Topics: ibm pc, creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dave Hooper
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN   Here's a Halloween Graphic Program for You   by Dave Hooper Pumpkins:     (A) Smell    (B) Attract Bugs    (C) Cause Fires    (D) All Of The Above If you answer "D," you were right.  What you win is the program listed below, which will allow you to display a pumpkin in your window for Halloween that doesn't smell, attract bugs or cause fires. Load in this program, put your monitor or TV in the window and run it. You get an 80C version of a pumpkin for...
Topics: coco, basic, rainbow, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Don Crossman
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0014.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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PLAN A MENU Skill area: Science Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Making Meals "Plan a Menu" lets you pick a sample meal.  Then the computer tells you how nutritious the meal is and how much weight you would gain or lose by following such a meal-planning strategy all the time. How to Play The game begins by asking for your sex and your age.  Indicate the proper answer by typing M, F, or the numerical age.  Press the RETURN key to enter the information. Next...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Thomas C. McIntire
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Roulette Outside it is dark, the sun having gone down now some two hours.  On deck all that is heard is the frogs on the bank, and the soft lapping of the paddle wheel on the oily black waters og the Mississippi.  The year is 1850 and we are aboard a River Queen, just out of New Orleans. Inside it is warm, and the air hangs heavy with cigar smoke.  There are muted sounds of chatter and occasional laughter.  Then, above it all, "Ladies and Gentlemen, place your bets please!"...
Topics: ibm pc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The A to Z Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jake Commander; Kerry Leichtman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, May 1983.)   Shields up, phasers locked on, fire phasers.  Space Trek combines   the excitements of arcade, adventure, and simulation games into an   unequaled galactic experience.   Program by Jake Commander   Article by Kerry Leichtman There I was, sitting with a bucket of popcorn, at the movie theater. The lights dimmed, the music began, and the audience quieted.  Star Trek II had just begun. Seconds into the opening reel, the crew of the Enterprise was...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Chris Falco; Paul Calter
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Your radar station picks up an enemy ICBM heading your way, telling you its coordinates (in miles north and miles east of your location). You launch a surface-to-air missile (SAM) to intercept it. Your only control over the SAM is that you can aim it in any direction, both at launchg, and in mid-air.  Using the coordinates of the ICBM as a guide, you INPUT the direction (measured CCW from North) in which you want the SAM to travel. At the next radar scan one minute later, you are given the new...
Topics: creative computing, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, ibm pc
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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PARROT PARROT is a very simple competition game.  Play it on a rainy day with a friend (especially after your friend has had a few beers!). At the start of the game, your computer impertinently asks you:     ARE YOU READY PARROT? Yes, he is calling you a parrot!  Press any key and the computer immediately displays a letter.  You must enter the same letter as fast as you can.  Since you copy each letter, you really are a parrot!  The game is repeated for about 10 seconds, and then the...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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GET THE TREASURE Skill area: Coordination  Level: 1  Equipment required: Joystick Modification: Yes  The Treasure Chest  You have a treasure chest, but it's empty.  The genie who gave you the treasure chest said he would help you fill it, but only if his instructions are followed.  In fact, there is a whole field full of treasures you may have if they are collected in the right order. How to Play  The computer will scatter ten treasures, geometric shapes of various colors, around the...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Gregory Yob
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The Genesis of Wumpus Two years ago I happened by People's Computer Company (PCC) and saw some of their computer games -- such as Hurkle, Snark, and Mugwump. My reaction was: "EECH!!"  Each of these games was based on a 10x10 grid in Cartesian co-ordinates and three of them was too much for me. I started to think along the lines of: "There has to be a hide and seek computer game without that (exp. deleted) grid!!"  In fact, why not a topological computer game -- Imagine a...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Harpe
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PUT AND GET DEMO PUT, GET and Random Forms Make for Unusual Graphics  The following program is another of those "pretty" graphics creations which, if you will study it, shows some very interesting ways to handle PUT, GET and random graphics. There are several different types of shapes which can be repeated on the screen with this program, with colors, backgrounds, and increments of the shapes chosen randomly.  But the main feature is the drawing of the figures at an...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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MATH PRACTICE   A Handy Math Drill Package for Your Use   by Geoff Wells Probably the first program of any consequence that most of us write is some sort of math quiz.  Unfortunately, the beginner is so concerned with just getting the program to run that little attention is given to formatting.  Having the output of the program scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen is not very interesting. In this version of a math test, there is an opening title and input of the player’s...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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KENTUCKY DERBY Ladies and gentlemen, they are off!  Red Arrow is off to a good start...  Blondish Boy is giving his jockey some trouble... and there's the famous Spanish Lady, on the inside track.  This is really first class excitement, and we've only just begun!  Coming round the first bend... Mickey Finn has taken over the lead, hard-pressed by Speedy Gonzales... The Kentucky Derby is a horse-racing game.  There are not as many horses in our Kentucky Derby as there are in the real race...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by F. Smith
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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ASTEROID You are the administrator of a mining colony which has been established on a desolate piece of space rock deep inside the asteroid belt.  Your isolated community exists by mining the rare ore at the core of the asteroid and selling it to earth in order to buy the food and oxygen supplies your people need. You must manage the affairs of the colony so that it produces enough ore to survive, but you must not waste your scarce resources doing so. You will be given a computer print out...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Ebbert
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[Note: This program has issues with a short ML routine that does not appear to work properly on a late-model CoCo.  It has not been fully tested.] STARBASE ALPHA   Here is a Way to Protect Your Planet-Bound Bases   by Jim Ebbert The following program, Starbase Alpha, is a takeoff on the familiar theme of planet defense against alien attackers from space.  It is contributed by Acesoft Software for your enjoyment. The program is simple to operate and requires some pretty fast work. Although...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Unknown
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Scott Rainey; Brian Francois
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QUIZ SHOW This game helps children learn some interesting facts.  The questions in this game can be easily replaced by questions focusing on a particular subject: history, geography, current events, language arts, etc.  Also, many new questions can be added. The game is self-grading.  It keeps track of the children's correct and incorrect answers.  The children's score is printed at the end of the quiz. For Kids... Pretend that you get a letter in the mail.  You have been invited to be on...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Gil M. Schechter
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: TI-99/4A: 51 Fun and Educational Programs
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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QUI VIVE To be 'on the qui vive' means to be alert and watchful.  This game is called QUI VIVE because to play it successfully you must always be on the look out for winning situations.  The rules are very simple but the program needed to implement them is anything but.  In fact, it presents quite a challenge to a games programmer. QUI VIVE was invented by Eugene de Wolf and is played on a square 5x5 board.  Each player has five checkers and must try to arrange them into one of seven...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Leor Zolman
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This program generates the immensely popular word-search puzzles containing names of Presidents, states, types of animals, fish, and every manner of objects.  It asks you the length and width of the puzzle you wish generated and then the number of words to be hidden in the puzzle.  As the instructions note, occasionally the computer may find that it can't hide a particular word in the puzzle and will ask you if it should start over or it you want that particular word deleted.  If you start...
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Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Texas Instruments
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 0040.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Robert L. Garrett
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) CRYPTOGRAPHY   Want to send a secret message to your boss, your compatriots back   home, your beloved?  This program will make it easy to do.   by Robert L Garrett  Your Color Computer can be a powerful ally, coding or decoding secret messages for you automatically.  A French nobleman, Blaise de Vigenere, created a polyalphabetic cipher using more than one cipher alphabet to encrypt a given message. De Vigenere's cipher sabotages the method by...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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ELITE GRAMOPHONE COMPANY Your computer has the ability to set up and manage a large number of variables.  The uses of this amazing capability are only limited by your imagination.  The "Elite Gramophone Company" demonstrates just how effectively your computer can handle simulated information, manipulating it according to ground rules laid down by the programmer. This program allows you to experience the excitement and despair of running a factory in a harsh economic environment. The...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Damon Pillinger
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Games for Your TI-99/4A
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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PERSONAL STORY Skill area: Language Arts Level: 2 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes The Personal Story We all like to hear about ourselves, and children are no exception. In fact, children are especially impressed to see their names and their life stories in print.  Children's book companies have made thousands of dollars on the premise that children will learn to read faster if they read stories about themselves. "Personal Story" is programmed with this in mind, but it...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Unknown
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Disk Image 001a.dsk
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Peter Lear; Patrick Parrish
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of TI Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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BUILD A QUIZ Skill area: Any Category Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Build a Quiz This book contains many programs that will teach your kids a wide assortment of things as they play games.  However, no two kids are alike, and even one child's needs change from day to day.  "Build a Quiz" will help you keep on top of those needs. Build a Quiz comes with two options.  You can build a quiz on any subject and write it out to tape or disk, or you can give your...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Daniel Freidus
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Dice Not exactly a game, this program simulates rolling a pair of dice a large number of times and prints out the frequency distribution.  You simply input the number of rolls.  It is interesting to see how many rolls are necessary to approach the theoretical distribution:   2   1/36   2.7777...%   3   2/36   5.5555...%   4   3/36   8.3333...%     etc. Daniel Freidus wrote this program while in the seventh grade at Harrison Jr-Sr High School, Harrison, New York.
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Source: BASIC Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Gil M. Schechter
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: TI-99/4A: 51 Fun and Educational Programs
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell; Graham Charlton
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REVERSI/OTHELLO The final program in the board-games section of this book is REVERSI, which is often called OTHELLO.*  Invented in the late eighteen hundreds, it is played on an ordinary eight by eight board.  When it is played on a board, you use pieces which have different colors on each side. The game begins with four pieces placed on the center squares. From this point on, you move by placing one of your pieces next to a computer piece or pieces, with another of your pieces further on....
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Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by C. Regena
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of TI Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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SKELETON Skill area: Science Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes That Old Bag of Bones  You've heard people say their family has a "skeleton in the closet." Usually they mean Aunt Mildred is a bit peculiar, or Uncle Fred has a very strange hobby.  But there's another way to get a skeleton in your closet: lose this game, and you'll have a skeleton sitting right on your closet floor. Do you want a skeleton in your closet?  Of course not!  But if you know your bones,...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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THE BANNOCHBURN LEGACY As I pointed out at the start of this section of the book, when you write an adventure program, you are actually (if you do the job properly) constructing an alternative reality, with its own inner consistency and rules.  In an adventure program which plays by the rules, an object placed in one room will stay there until you move it, the walls in the haunted house you're exploring will not move and shift around you every time you turn your back, and streams and rivers...
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Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by James Turner
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Games for Your TI-99/4A
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Walt Koetke
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Guess In Program GUESS, the computer chooses a random integer between 0 and any limit you set.  You must then try to guess the number the computer has chosen using the clues provided by the computer. You should be able to guess the number in one less than the number of digits needed to represent the number in binary notation -- i.e., in base 2.  This ought to give you a clue as to the optimum search technique. GUESS converted from the original program in FOCAL which appeared in the book...
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Source: BASIC Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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ELIZA We'll start our investigation of artificial intelligence with a simplified version of the classic program, ELIZA, which we discussed at some length in the introduction.  As we said there, the program scans your input for words it can use, and then reflects your words back to you in a way which makes it seem as if the program is really speaking to you.  Once you've played with it a while, you'll learn how to trigger the most effective responses.
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Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Vincent Fazio
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Keno is strictly an American invention that originated in the casinos in Nevada, perhaps in Reno.  During the game, twenty numbers from one to eighty are selected at random.  Prior to each game at the casino, the player may choose from one to fifteen numbers, or "spots" he thinks will be selected during the game.  The player enters, or "marks," the desired spots and places a bet.  At the end of each game, the spots marked by the player are compared with the twenty...
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Vintage BASIC Games: TI-99/4A
by Frederick Holtz
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This game is for the TI-99/4A, which is not emulated directly on the Internet Archive.  Below are directions for using this game with JS99 (which runs in your browser) and Classic99 (which is a Windows application): TO USE JS99:   1. Save the file "ti99.dsk" from this item.   2. Go to https://js99er.net/#/   3. Click on "Load Disk" (at the bottom of the screen).   4. Select the "ti99.dsk" file.   5. Enter TI Extended BASIC (option 2 on the TI start screen)....
Topics: ti, ti99, ti-99/4a, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: TI-99/4A Game Programs
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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SHOGUN SHOGUN is based on the Japanese board game HASAMI SHOGI.  In this game, generally played on the corner of a GO board, you move in any direction (forward, backwards, or sideways) in a straight line. Diagonal moves are not allowed.  As well, you can jump over a piece (again in a straight line).  You can jump over your own pieces, or an enemy piece. The jumped piece is not removed from the board.  You capture a piece by squeezing it between two of yours.  That is, you get one piece of...
Topics: ibm pc, basic, games, vintage_basic_games
Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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WORD   A New Way to Make Up Words is Here   by Geoff Wells Some of the easiest-sounding programming projects turn out to be much more complicated than first anticipated.  But, if you take on something a little beyond your programming capabilities and succeed, then you have stretched your knowledge and abilities. This was the case with the program Word below.  I wanted to produce a game similar to Scrabble™ with a bag of letters of various point values, from which I could make words. ...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Wayne Teeter
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Chemist The ficitious chemical, kryptocyanic acid, can only be diluted by the ratio of 7 parts water to 3 parts acid.  Any other ratio causes an unstable compound which soon explodes.  Given an amount of acid, you must determine how much water to add for dilution.  If you're more than 5% off, you lose one of your nine lives.  The program continues to play until you lose all nine lives or until it is interrupted. It was originally written by Wayne Teeter of Ridgecrest, California.
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Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Steve Wentworth
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Source: More BASIC Computer Games BIBLE QUIZ is a program which administers up to 25 questions about the Bible to the user.  If the answer given to a question is correct, the program proceeds to the next question.  If an incorrect answer is given, the program gives the correct answer.  In either case, the biblical reference is given. Note that Statements 124 to 296 could serve as the basis for any type of CAI dialogue with instructions proceeding Statement 124 and the questions and answers...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UN! DEUX! TROIS! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in French. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in French:      5      CINQ  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer asks...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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SHAKESPEARIAN SHUFFLE Shakespeare, one of the world's greatest writers, and chess, the king of games, are combined in this unusual puzzle. Letters are arranged on a chessboard like this:     T O   B E   O R     N O T   T O   B     E   T H A T   I     S   T H E   Q U     E S T I O N     W I L L I A M     S H A K E S P E     A R E   1 6 0 3 A chesspiece, the knight, then moves around the board as it would in a normal game of chess.  As it jumps from one square...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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ESCHER The work of the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher (1902-1972), based as it is on symmetry and mathematical forms, appeals particularly to computer programmers. Now with the help of the computer you can produce your own patterns based on the same principles as those used by Escher. Consider the following pattern:   [image with ambiguous foreground vs. background] It is based on a mosaic in the Alhambra palace in Spain.  If you look closely you can see that all the tiles are the same...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: IBM PC
by Tim Hartnell
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FOUR IN A ROW In this game, FOUR IN A ROW, as its name suggests, the aim is to get four of your pieces (the H's) in a line in any direction, before the computer (using the C's) manages to do so. You indicate your choice of move by specifying the column in which you want to move your piece.  The piece then drops to the lowest available position within that column. The computer plays this game fairly well, and surprisingly quickly, considering the number of times it can go through those loops...
Topics: ibm pc, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Tim Hartnell's Giant Book of Computer Games