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Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
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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: 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: 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,...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
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: 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: 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: 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...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
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...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
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: 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: 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: 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: 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,...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
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...
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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: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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EARTHWORMS Skill area: Coordination Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: Joystick Modification: Yes The Algae Pit You are an earthworm, arid you love eating algae.  The best algae in the world are found in the algae pit.  Unfortunately for you, the algae pit is owned by a person who doesn't like earthworms.  In order to protect his precious supply of algae from you, he has sprinkled the pit with pebbles and encircled it with an electric fence.  You got inside the fence during a power outage, but...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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STOP IT! Although this is only a short program it gives rise to a fast and exciting game.  The screen looks like this              |   |   |   |   |              | A | B | C | D |              |   |   |   |   |     [A]-->   |   |   |   |   |              |   |   |   |   |              |   |   |   |   | The square on the left has a letter on it.  When it moves across the screen you must try and stop it, using the...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Gary Ryan
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BLOCKOUT This is a very impressive, fast moving game which will test your reactions and skill.  The game of Blockout can be played by one or two people.  The single player game can be played from the keyboard, but in the two player game one player will need a joystick which should be plugged into port number two. In the one player game you begin near the left hand side of the screen and rush off towards the opposite side of the playing area, leaving a trail behind you.  The object of the...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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MR. PRESIDENT Skill area: Social Studies Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes "Mr. President" is designed to teach facts about the United States presidents.  You are given clues and then asked to identify the president from the clues.  Points are given depending on how many clues you need to identify a president. How to Play  You will be given up to four questions that can be answered with the name of a particular president.  To begin the game, hit any key and wait...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Gordon F. Wheat; Chris Metcalf
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OIL TYCOON   by Gordon F. Wheat   64 Translation by Chris Metcalf You are P. J. Uing and you are about to make big money in the petroleum business, but drilling for oil is not as easy as it sounds. There are obstacles you must overcome in order to make a profit. There are shale formations that grind away your pipe.  You can blast through them, but your dynamite is limited.  Pockets of natural gas sometimes collect where you have previously pumped out the oil.  Hit one of these and your oil...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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STATE OF THE UNION Skill area: Social Studies Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes "State.of the Union" is a question-and-answer game designed to teach the names of the 50 states, their capitals, locations, and various facts about each state's history or economics.  The object is to see how quickly you can identify the state from the questions asked. How to Play To begin the game, hit any key.  There is about a ten-second delay between the time you hit the key and...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK This original and exciting game puts you in a helicopter high over New York, looking down on the city's streets.  At the moment they are deserted, but soon traffic will appear, and it's up to you to keep it moving.  You do this by controlling the city's traffic lights.  When a car (represented by a square) reaches a red light it will stop.  Each traffic light bears a symbol -- pressing the key bearing that symbol changes the light to green and the car will continue on its...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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GENIUS AT WORK Play this simple game to find out how good you are at thinking mathematically.  In fact, get the whole family to play, and find out which one is the genius! The computer displays seven numbers and a larger "target" number.  You must pick two of the numbers and one of the four simple mathematical functions:     addition        +      subtraction     -      multiplication  *      division        /  The computer will then perform this...
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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MINI MANCALA MINI MANCALA is based on an old Arabian game.  It is played by moving stones between cups.  There are four cups: A and B are the computer's, and C and D are yours.  At the start of the game there are two stones in each cup.          o o             o o     A (computer)    B (computer)          o o             o o       C (you)         D (you)  In turn, the players take the stones from one of their own cups and distribute them counterclockwise...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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STOCK EXCHANGE Your Commodore 64 will now give you a chance to make a fortune on the stock market.  Unfortunately if you manage to make a million dollars you will find it very difficult to spend because your computer only plays with computer dollars which can’t be spent outside the program. The good news is, of course, that if you go bankrupt playing this game the computer can’t make you pay off your debts. You begin the game with a limited amount of money and you have to manage this money...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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UNICORN Skill area: Social Studies Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Mythology "Unicorn" is a history game of people who never were.  The 37 characters whose lives are presented here lived only in the minds of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  These are the heroes and heroines of Greek and Roman mythology. YouH be asked up to 5 questions about each of 37 Greek and Roman mythological heroes.  The questions will be presented in random order, so every game of Unicorn...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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WISE SHOPPER Skill area: Mathematics Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Money Talks You had the day all planned.  You were going to spend the morning plying with the computer, and you wanted to goof around with your friends in the afternoon.  After dark, you hoped to borrow enough money from mom to go to the movies. Mom has different ideas.  She wants you to go to the grocery store. The list isn't a long one -- it's just ten items.  But going to the store isn't exactly...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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COMMODORE CHECKERS Here is a simple Checkers program which you will find is a lot of fun to play.  The game follows traditional rules except that there is no penalty for refusing to capture an opponent's piece.  However the computer will jump one of your playing pieces whenever it can. The computer's pieces are the solid circles playing down from the top of the board and your pieces are the CLUB symbols playing up from the bottom.  Kings are made automatically.  The computer's kings are...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Matt Giwer; Gregg Peele
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BLOCKHEAD   by Matt Giwer   64 Version by Gregg Peele Here is a challenging game for the whole family.  See how many balloons the blockhead can pop in the allotted time.  Requires game paddles. "Blockhead" is a colorful game similar to some of the early arcade games.  It is simple to play, and will especially appeal to young children, who will like the clever use of sound and color in the game. The program makes good use of the Commodore 64's graphic capabilities, for it utilizes...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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ASTEROID BLAST Skill area: Coordination Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: Joystick handy, but not essential Modification: No Asteroid Cluster You are commander of Space Station Omega, but your command and life are in jeopardy.  A cluster of asteroids is on the way.  As the asteroids surround the space station, the future of hundreds of people is in your hands. How to Play The computer will fire missiles from the left edge of the screen.  You can cause each missile to climb or dive by using...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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TUNNELS OF THAR Somewhere in the mysterious Tunnels of Thar lies the long lost Holy Grail.  Being a bold Crusader, good and true, you have ventured into these uncharted tunnels, braving the musty blackness with only a medieval Grail Detector to help you.  Medieval Grail Detectors weren’t very sophisticated so it may take a while to interpret the readout the detector gives you. At the start of the game the computer will give you a quick look at a plan view of the tunnel system, after this...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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AT THE MARKET Have you ever wandered through a market and been amazed at the speed with which the salesmen can add up a list of prices?  Play this game with your family and find out how good a market trader you would make. You will see pairs of numbers of increasing length which you have to add up.  You will soon find out that this isn’t as easy as it sounds. To see why, consider the sum       75856      + 37637  Normally you would add the numbers in the right hand column first, then...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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VALLEY OF THE SPIDERS Your aircraft has crashed in an isolated valley high in the Andes mountains.  The only inhabitants of the valley are large blue spiders. These spiders are very hungry and, fortunately for you, not very bright.  As they pursue you around the valley they often blunder into the numerous swamps in their hurry to catch you.  Your only hope for survival is to avoid the first rush of spiders and then lure the ones chasing you into the swamps. The screen display will show the...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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TREASURE HUNT Have you ever dreamed of going in search of hidden treasure?  Of journeying through wild and hostile countryside, living off the land and sleeping out, until you reach the remote and forbidding land where your glittering prize is hidden?  If so, this is the game for you. You will be taken high up into the Rocky Mountains and given a map which shows where the treasures you seek are hidden, and what they are worth.  To reach them you must make your way along narrow twisting paths...
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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COUNTING GAME Skill area: Mathematics  Level: 1,2  Equipment required: None  Modification: No  The Counting House  You, the king, are in the counting house.  The counting house is full of hearts, spades, triangles, and other shapes, which you've collected to decorate the kingdom.  An accurate count of each shape must be made. How to Play  This game teaches a child to recogriize the written and numeric characters from 1 to 99.  Each number picked is shown as a word and also as a number...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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KEY  Searching for a key you have lost can be an aggravating experience at the best of times, but when you have to find it as quickly as possible and, what's more, it's hidden inside a computer the whole thing becomes very exasperating, but also very challenging. The computer has stored inside it a string of 20 ones and zeroes.     1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 These figures can be shifted cyclically, that is, digits are moved from the  lefthand end to the right. This is done...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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I.T. - THE ADVENTURE OF THE CENTURY In this crazy adventure you will sink into the bowels of the earth and meet a very strange creature who lives there.  His name is, of course, I.T. which stands for Intra Terrestrial. If you have never played an adventure game before don't worry about the rules -- there aren't any!  You have to work everything out for yourself as you journey beneath the earth's surface, performing extraordinary tasks and facing terrifying dangers as you go.  If it all gets...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, adventure, game, basic, 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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MOVERS AND SHAKERS Skill area: Social Studies Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes People of the Past "Movers and Shakers" is a question-and-answer game designed to acquaint you with the heroes and villains of world history.  You will be asked up to three questions about selected men and women of history.  Points are determined by the number of questions you need to identify a particular character. How to Play This game is divided into eight categories:     A. World...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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GALACTIC MONSTERS There it is, registering on the x-y-Gz radar.  At last, you are approaching the Milky Way.  In just 2.56 protoseconds you will be safe in your home galaxy! But there is danger here, and as captain of your ship, you know very well what it is.  You keep a watchful eye on the XR6-screen.  No alert yet.  The tension is unbearable... 2.5 protoseconds... 2.0 protoseconds... 1.5 protoseconds... oh no!  There it is -- THE VAN ALLEN SQUARE STONE BELT There are a number of these...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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RABBIT TRAP  In this game the computer will try to trap you, a frightened rabbit, by placing obstacles in your path, finally boxing you in so that you can’t move.  The object of the game is to keep running for as long as possible.  Your score at the end of the game is related to how long you remained free. To move your rabbit use the "A" key to move up and the "Z" key to move down the screen.  The comma and the full stop keys move the rabbit left and right...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Mike Steed; Gregg Peele
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RATS!    by Mike Steed   64 Translation by Gregg Peele This impressive game makes you feel that you are inside a maze, not just seeing it from above.  Three-dimensional views appear as hallways, doors, and corners as you struggle to find the way out. You must find your way through a maze displayed from a rat's eye view. After you have solved the maze, the program displays the top view and traces your steps. First, you are asked what maze size you want, up to 15 by 15 (you may wish to change...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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HEAVENLY BODIES Skill area: Science Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Exploring the Solar System "Heavenly Bodies" is a question-and-answer game designed to teach the planets of the solar system.  Points are given if you correctly identify a planet from a clue given. How to Play The game consists of 100 questions, each of which pertains to one of the nine known planets or the Planet X of astronomical theory.  You indicate your answer by entering the first letter of...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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EXPLOSION Most computer versions of EXPLOSION set out the board for two or more opponents to play on.  With this program you are pitted against the computer itself.  Are you up to the challenge? EXPLOSION is played on a board of 3 x 3 or 4 x 4 squares.  The computer will ask you to enter the size of the board you want. Each square on the board has a capacity equal to the number of squares  directly adjoining it.  This means that corner squares have a capacity of 2      +-------+--    ...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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LADYBUG Skill area: Coordination Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: No Life in the Compost Heap You're a ladybug, and always hungry.  The best food in town is in Mrs. Woodstock's compost heap.  It's just full of wonderful, juicy, rotting tomato leaves.  It's your joy in life to rim around the wire fence that holds all that tasty food.  Whenever you see a particularly ripe tomato leaf, you jump for it. But Mrs. Woodstock broke a mirror last week; not thinking, she threw...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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GOLF 64 STYLE Now here is your chance to try your golfing skills on the Commodore 64's computerised golf course.  This is the perfect way to play golf, no wind or rain to spoil the play. It is a game which will require you to choose the right club (to hit the ball with not to join!), then hit the ball straight and hard at the green.  The object, of course, is to finish the game under par. The computer will tell you the distance to the green at each hole and after each stroke will give you a...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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THE WOLF AND THE FIVE LITTLE GOATS A Grimm's fairy tale?  No, an intriguing board game!  This game is played on a checkerboard displayed on the screen.  As the game begins, the goats are scattered throughout the lower half of the board and are represented by little squares containing a number.  The wolf stands at the upper left-hand corner of the board. Off we go -- you are the wolf, and the computer controls the goats. You win if you eat three goats, and the computer wins if one of the...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Sean Igo; Gregg Peele
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MINEFIELD   by Sean Igo   64 Translation by Gregg Peele In this game, you drive a truck around to gather and defuse time bombs before they explode -- all the while avoiding mines and bomb craters. Your job is to get your trucks in quickly, defuse the bombs (especially the flashing ones which are about to go off), and get out as fast as you can.  This game has four skill levels. Playing the Game You find yourself in the center of a small minefield with several bombs, represented by circles,...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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MATCHMAKER Skill area: Memory and Logic  Level: 2, 3, 4  Equipment required: Joystick  Modification: No  The Matchmaker  You're the kingdom's foremost matchmaker, and you've been hired by the king to keep him distracted from the problems he faces from day to day.  The king's favorite pastime is throwing things on the floor. Then he calls you, the matchmaker, to pick everything up. Being an eccentric king, he doesn't want to make things easy for you. He has a rule: Whatever he throws on...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Daryl Biberdorf; Patrick Parrish
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SNAKE ESCAPE   by Daryl Biberdorf   64 Translation by Patrick Parrish You'll have to watch out for poisonous mushrooms as you race against the clock towards your goal in "Snake Escape." In "Snake Escape" your goal is to move a snake out of a poisonous garden.  There are approximately 150 poisonous plants on the screen after you enter your skill level.  The snake appears in the upper-left corner after all poisonous plants have been placed.  You then attempt to get the...
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Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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BLACK BOX Armed only with a laser beam you must discover the whereabouts of a handful of atoms hidden in a vast black box. The box consists of 8 x 8 x 8 cubes.  Atoms can be hidden in any of the cubes apart from those in the outer layer.  However, there are never more than five atoms in the box.  These atoms will reflect or divert laser beams according to the following rules:   -- a beam which strikes an atom is reflected straight back in the      opposite direction        ...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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SHIP'S ATTACK First, let's describe this game as realistically as possible.  In the lower half of the screen is a shape like this:     ###    ###       ###### Little squares fall down from the top of the screen.  You must move the shape using the cursor controls and the shift key to stop the squares hitting it.  If that sounds dull what about this... You are captain of one of the finest spaceships in the universe.  As you cruise majestically through the Milky Way you can't help...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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MOTHER EARTH Skill area: Social Studies Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes Exploring the World "Mother Earth" is actually two games -- one a question-and-answer game concerning the world's major countries, and the other a similar game concerning countries that are not as prominent in world affairs.  More than 120 countries are represented in Mother Earth, but geography buffs will note that other smaller countries (many of them possessions of Great Britain) are not...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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One to Five  This exasperating game, which we saw first on a CASIO calculator, takes quite some logical reasoning to solve.  It is played on a board with nine positions set out like this:     1   2   3      4   5   6      7   8   9 A horizontal and a vertical line drawn through any one position will cross five  positions in all.  For instance lines drawn through position 4 will also cross  positions 1, 5, 6, and 7.      1   2   3      |     4---5---6     ...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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WARLOCK’S CASTLE At the beginning of this game you find yourself standing on the doorstep of a castle occupied by an evil warlock.  The warlock has cast a spell over the surrounding countryside and, being a gallant hero, your task is to enter the castle and track down the warlock. The only way to break the spell and to free the country is to kill the warlock with a magic arrow fired from your trusty bow.  The warlock is very powerful and has surrounded himself with a bodyguard of trolls, so...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Dan Goff; Patrick Parrish
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GOBLIN   by Dan Goff   64 Translation by Patrick Parrish In "Goblin," custom characters are used to create a simple yet entertaining game.  The object is to capture the scowling creatures with your goblin while avoiding the many block-shaped obstacles that lie in your path. After obstacles and sad faces have been positioned, "Goblin" begins when the main character appears at the bottom of the screen.  As the game progresses, the goblin moves continually upward and the...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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SPEND YOUR ALLOWANCE Skill area: Mathematics Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes A Monthly Income Your parents have decided to give you an allowance of $10 each month. Ten dollars sounded like a fortune at first, but the world is full of exciting things to buy.  If you spend wisely, your allowance will be increased.  What does wisely mean?  How can your parents know whether buying a hamster or going to the movies is important to you?  You'll have to spend your money...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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CAVERNS OF TERROR We now come to Caverns of Terror, a game which almost defies description.  Most adventure type games are based on logic and are cleverly planned, with many challenges for the player.  Difficulties to be overcome, puzzles to solve and usually a final goal to achieve. Caverns of Terror is nothing like that.  It is more of an ordeal than an adventure. Lines 130 to 520 print instructions on the screen, decide whether you are being attacked and if so by what.  They keep track...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Frank L. Broadnax
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LASER BOUNCE   by Frank L. Broadnax Don't let the ball get by you.  The longer you can chip away at the bricks, the higher your score. "Laser Bounce" is a game of movement and trajectory similar to some of the earlier videogames.  Using only the character set provided with the Commodore 64, it displays a spaceship, the laser balls which rebound from the ship, and the walls of energy you are trying to break through. Played with a joystick plugged into Control Port 2, the game begins...
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Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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ASTRO FIGHTER  We journey into space now so that you can become the pilot of a V-wing Astro fighter, patrolling a sector of space around your home planet. Nasty yellow alien numbers appear in various places around you.  They only remain visible for a short, and varying length of time before becoming invisible.  Your task is to catch as many of these numbers as possible, by flying your fighter over them, before the time limit runs out. The up and down movement of your craft is controlled by...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Mark Dudley; Gregg Peele
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CYLON ZAP   by Mark Dudley   64 Translation by Gregg Peele Quick reflexes are what you'll need for this fast-action game.  "Cylon Zap" is an arcade-style game.  A space station in the center of the screen, which you must defend at all costs, is attacked continually by Cylon ships.  You must shoot them before they dive (kamikaze style) into the space station. To defend against the Cylons, you have two weapons.  First, the joystick is moved up, down, right, or left to fire lasers...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Doug Hapeman; Eric Brandon
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MYSTERY SPELL   by Doug Hapeman   64 Version by Eric Brandon This spelling game features lively graphics and sprites.  It's also a clever teaching aid for parents, teachers, and students in which spelling lessons can be reviewed and then practiced. If you've ever played Hangman, you won't have any trouble learning "Mystery Spell."  Although it's similar in concept, there's a twist. Instead of a gallows, you'll see flying blackbirds, and hear cheerful music. When the game begins, a...
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Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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RAINBOW SQUARE DANCE A two-dimensional cube?  Impossible of course, but this game, played on the computer screen, is similar in many ways to Rubik's Cube. You will see 25 colored squares arranged at random on a 5 x 5 board. The rows of squares on the board are numbered like this:       +---+---+---+---+---+     1 |   |   |   |   |   |       +---+---+---+---+---+     2 |   |   |   |   |   |       +---+---+---+---+---+     3 |   |   |   |   |   |  ...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Dave Gardner; Casey Gardner; Charles Brannon
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THE VIPER   by Dave and Casey Gardner   64 Version by Charles Brannon "The Viper" is a fast-action game with 60 difficulty levels.  A joystick is required. The Viper is a fast, furious, hungry snake.  It races about, devouring its favorite food -- asterisks!  And the more it eats, the bigger it gets.  Since snakes have a hard time growing wider, the Viper simply gets longer.  Since the Viper has such sharp, venomous teeth, it must not in its haste accidentally run into its own...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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WORD SCRAMBLE Skill area: Language Arts Level: 2, 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes A Long Night and Tired Eyes It's one of those nights.  There's a super triple feature on television -- three monster movies, back-to-back.  You should do your homework, but you just have to find out if the cockroach really does eat Cincinnati. By the time the third featvire ends, your eyes are almost shut You hit the pillow and fall asleep in 43 seconds.  Two minutes later, you sit straight up...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Matthew Boek; William A. Roberts
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EARTH BASE ONE  Your duty is to defend earth from the alien invaders riding gravity beams down to the surface of our planet.  Your weapon is a laser cannon and you must hit each alien before it reaches the ground. To move your laser cannon left and right use the "L" key and the ";" key respectively.  The "A" key fires the cannon. When you hit the first alien, two more attack.  Remove these two and three begin to descend.  This continues until all of your 5...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by William A. Roberts
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SHARKFIN  You are the Captain of the nuclear submarine USS SHARKFIN on patrol in the North Atlantic. Somewhere in the waters around you is an enemy submarine.  You must find it and put it out of action with your torpedoes. To score a hit you must get as close as you can but don’t get too close, a collision with the enemy submarine will be fatal to you both. Moving your submarine and firing your torpedoes uses up your fuel supply, so play your moves carefully. Being hit by an enemy torpedo...
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Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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ALPHABET SOUP Skill area: Language Arts Level: 3, 4 Equipment required: None Modification: No Lunchtime  It's lunchtime again, and the only thing to eat in the house is alphabet soup.  Alphabet soup isn't a bad lunch -- if you like soup, that is.  But the good thing about alphabet soup isn't the taste.  The good thing is that letters float up from the bottom of the bowl and bob around on the top with the peas and the carrots.  If you don't have anything better to do, you can make all sorts...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Gary R. Lecompte; Philip I. Nelson
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Laser Gunner    by Gary R. Lecompte   64 Translation by Philip I. Nelson This arcade-style game achieves an impressive graphics animation without the use of any machine language. "Laser Gunner" is an arcade-type action game.  The player controls a laser gun which moves up and down on the left of the screen behind a force field and fires at invading enemy spaceships.  The invaders also fire lasers and attempt to open holes in the force field.  Every hit weakens the force field...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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NOTECRAFTER Skill area: Memory and Logic  Level: 2, 3, 4  Equipment required: None  Modification: No  The Notecrafter's Craft  You are a notecrafter.  If the orchestra gives a bad concert, the newspaper critic will blame the conductor, and the conductor will blame you.  It's your job to make the orchestra sound good by getting the instruments to sound just right. So that you can tune the instruments, the computer will tell just how a note should sound.  Then it's your responsibility to...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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SHARK HUNT For five days now you have been adrift in your boat searching the seven seas.  Suddenly you see a slight ripple on the mirror-like surface of the ocean -- there it is, your quarry, that terror of the deep -- the shark.  You will be told at the start of the game how to move your boat.  Your echo-sounder will tell you how close you are to the shark -- the nearer you get the higher the note it gives.  Stray too far from the shark and you are told     SORRY; YOU WENT TOO FAR  When...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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LAS VEGAS A GO GO Have you ever watched someone pumping coin after coin into a one-armed bandit, and found yourself wondering what the fascination was?  You will soon find out when this program turns your computer into a fabulous Las Vegas-style fruit machine.  All the playing instructions you need will appear on the screen.  At certain points you will be presented with a list of options, for instance     INSERT, HOLD, PLAY, OR END  Enter your choice by typing the first letter of the...
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Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Matt Giwer; Eric Brandon
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DIAMOND DROP   by Matt Giwer   64 Version by Eric Brandon Catch the falling diamonds -- if you can.  This fast-action game is easy to play. "Diamond Drop" is a game that requires good judgment and quick reflexes.  It's fast and easy to play.  To insure fast action, it is written predominantly in machine language.  BASIC is used only to print instructions, set up the display, select the skill level, and initiate the drop. The game display starts with six rows of objects at the...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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ELEMENT MAN Skill area: Science Level: 4 Equipment required: None Modification: Yes The Formidable Element Man They say everything in the world is made up of elements.  The Element Man is no exception.  Even though he's made of the same stuff as you and I, the Element Man is not very nice.  He's not exactly the kind of guy you'd invite to a party. Two things are true about the Element Man: He knows where he's not wanted; and he'll do his best to be there anyway.  But if you know your...
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Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
by Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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ALPHABETIC HIGHWAY This program again shows the power of working with sprites.  After the RUN command has been entered you will see a busy highway with many cars on it -- your task is to get across safely.  But that's not all. If you watch carefully you will see the complete alphabet appear above the highway.  It starts at A, progresses to B and so on.  You will notice that your task becomes more and more difficult... At the start of the game the computer requests a level which determines...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64