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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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Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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: Commodore 64
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Compute!'s First Book of Commodore 64 Games
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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        ...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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: Commodore 64
- 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
- Clark Kidd; Kathy H. Kidd
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HIDDEN PICTURE Skill area: Coordination  Level: 1  Equipment required: Joystick  Modification: Yes  The Magic Show  You're a famous magician, and you've learned how to take an empty canvas and turn it into a picture without doing any work at all. Artists would like to know your secret, so they could paint pictures without messing up their living rooms with sticky paint. They ask you to tell them how to uncover hidden pictures, but the secret is not for sale. Your magic is done for free,...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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     ...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, compute, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Commodore 64 Games for Kids
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- Hal Renko; Sam Edwards
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THE SWEDISH POPSONG A "thema con variatone" is a tune that, although it is based on one that has been heard before, has its own mood and identity.  This game could be considered as a thema con variatone as it has some similarities with another game in this book, but presents its own unique challenge to the solver. You will see 16 fields filled with a random arrangement of As and Bs e.g.     B A B A     A A A B     A B A B     B B A B When you enter one of the fields (using...
Topics: commodore 64, c64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Crazy Games for Your Commodore 64
Vintage BASIC Games: Commodore 64
- 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...
Topics: c64, commodore 64, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Challenging Games for the Commodore 64