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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Carl Shell
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SUB HUNT   Rise Through the Ranks with Sub Hunt   by Carl Shell "Two points abaft the starboard beam, mates! She steams at forty fathoms! All hands on deck."  Bleeep... bleeep... bleeep... Sub Hunt is a very easy game to learn, but hard enough to master so you won't get bored.  I loaded it into a CoCo at a local Radio Shack store a few weeks ago, and the kids were still playing it several hours later when I returned.  (Kids?  The store manager was right in there with them!)...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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SLEDS For Parents and Teachers... This game is similar to The Roller Coaster game.  It helps children learn about trigonometric functions.  The computer draws one function -- the cosecant function -- on the TV screen.  Children can experiment with the game and make all sorts of different shapes. For Kids... In the last chapter we created a roller coaster.  In this chapter we look at just how you go about using a derived function to create new pictures.  By making only a couple of...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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.] NO ESCAPE Is There Any Escape from NO ESCAPE? Now, from the world of outer space, comes NO ESCAPE.  where you try to navigate through a meteor field that bars your way from the planet Saturn. You can never make it to the lamed ringed planet Saturn, actually.  It just takes too long and there are far too many meteors between Mars and Saturn.  They...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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NAME THAT COLOR! For Teachers and Parents... This game helps children learn colors and the color names.  The computer flashes a color on the picture screen.  It also displays a color name on the middle of the screen.  If the color name does not match the color, the child presses the SPACE bar and a new color name appears.  The child asks the computer for new color names until he finds the color name that matches the color.  Then he presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Pretend that you are...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Geoff Wells
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VECTORS   If You Went Sailin'... Now Try a Bit of Rowing   by Geoff Wells  If you liked the Sailin' program in last month's issue of the Rainbow, you might be one of those people who likes to try their hand on the water. But sailing is hard.  There are currents, winds, rudders and so forth. Rowing is easier, there are just a couple of oars and they are pretty easy to handle. That is if it wasn't for the currents.  And, while winds and the rudder are absent here, there is a current.  In...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Timothy J. O'Donnell
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WORD SEARCH   Word Search Generates Learning as Well as Fun    by Timothy J. O'Donnell   Spelling, as an exercise in rote learning, was never a lot of fun, if I correctly remember my childhood conclusion on the subject.  I enjoyed reading, but vocabulary study seemed nearly as dry a process as spelling.  Except, of course, when Miss Watkins taught us our words in the fifth grade.  We boys would have gladly done anything for Miss Watkins -- even study our spelling words!  Unfortunately,...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Scott L. Bain
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3D MAZE An A-mazing Game for Your Fun! Welcome to the world of three dimensional mazes. The following program, 3D MAZE, is designed to put you right in the action, searching through a labyrinth for a way out. Type in the program and run it.  It will display a message and have you wait a short time while it creates a maze.  Every time you run 3D MAZE, the maze will be re-drawn.  It is never the same twice. Next, you will have to choose between fast and slow screens.  3D MAZE is written in...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Bill Nolan
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CHARACTER CREATOR   Create Character Files with This 'Finished' Program    by Bill Nolan Welcome to the March column.  I wish I could say that I finally did this early, but the fact is that as I sit here at my computer, word-processing away in an effort to spruce up this final draft, the people at Federal Express are only two hours away.  Yes, the editor of this most respected magazine said "it absolutely, positively had to be there overnight."  That's what I get for waiting...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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THE FORTUNE TELLER For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  The computer plays the part of a fortune teller and pretends it can see into the child's future.  This program will motivate children to develop their writing and typing skills. For Kids... Imagine that it's late at night and you are asleep. A crash of thunder wakes you.  You hear eerie music coming up the stairs.  You sneak downstairs to see what is making the music. It's the computer.  Strange messages appear on...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Mack McGhee
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THE HAMBURGER CONTEST For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice multiplication. The computer draws from one to nine hamburgers and from one to nine people.  It asks, for example, if four people eat three hamburgers each, how many hamburgers are eaten? For Kids... Do you like hamburgers?  I hope so, because you've been elected by your school to go to the first national KIDS' HAMBURGER EATING CONTEST. You go to Washington, D.C.  You and eight other children sit down at a...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Aaron Franksen
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J/K DRAW   From Way Up and Way Over Here's J/K Draw   by Aaron Franksen As you might expect, when we get mail from Cleveland, we don't rush to the road atlas to see if it's the largest city in Ohio.  On the other hand, when we get a cute little program sent to us from Revelstokc, British Columbia, it's reach for the World Book time. Aaron Fransen lives in this westernmost province of Canada and we like to think he uses his CoCo in the seclusion of a small cabin in the Monashee Mountains near...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Glenn B. Knight
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(From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   Talk to bureaucrats, technocrats and pseudocats in their own   language.      by Glenn B. Knight The often-maligned government bureaucrat deserves some respect.  He or she is the reigning champion of the artform called "gobbledygook" -- that incomprehensible language that most of us would rather see die off. It is the bureaucrat who writes regulations and reports in which phrases such as "integrated monitored...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- J. E. Bennett; C. E. Laidlaw
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PARACHUTE JUMP   From Out of the Blue Comes This Dexterity Test   by J.E. Bennett and C.E. Laidlaw Parachute Jump is a one-player game which will test your manual dexterity with the right joystick on a 16K extended basic machine. The program uses just over 7K of memory. The object of this game from JARB Software is to land on the landing pad, or as close to it you can, while avoiding the bombs dropped by an invisible mad bomber.  You must allow for the wind in making your descent. The score...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Jorge Mir
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ADVENTURE MAKER Now, Make Your Own Adventure with ADVMAKER We hope you enjoyed playing RAINBOW ADVENTURE last month.  We know the listing was pretty long, but it does take some amount of code to be able to create an Adventure game. As we said last month, we are now going to dissect the RAINBOW Adventure and show you how to create one of your own. For one thing, you'll notice that we had a great number of REMark statements in last month's program.  That was to guide you in making your own...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Gregory Ricketts
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[Note: I have not been successful in getting the "ADVENTUR" module to  run on a disk-based system due to memory constraints.] DUNGEON ADVENTURE   Playing the Great Dungeon Adventure   by Gregory Ricketts Entering the Dungeon If you’re ready to engage these dire grounds, to face a motley mob of menacing monsters and peregrinate the perilous pathways of this labyrinth laden with liability, please CLOAD and ENTER. First, load the dungeon-making program entitled...
Topics: coco, color computer, adventure, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Joseph Kohn
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COLOR POKER   A Colorful Game of Draw -- That's Color Poker   by Joseph Kohn Color Poker duplicates the electronic draw poker games prevalent in Vegas, and requires 16K, Extended BASIC.  Playing is quite simple. The machine deals you five cards.  You have the option of keeping all of them or discarding up to lour to improve your hand.  How much you win, if you are lucky, is based on the built-in odds for each winning hand.  I use the same odds as Las Vegas, except that I don't require...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- George Aftamonow
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   by George Aftamonow Friends gathering at my house for a party or informal get-together are invariably drawn to my computer, looking for entertainment.  Most computer games, however, can be played by only one, or at the most, two users at one time.  Looking on during a game soon loses its entertainment value for the rest of the gathering. I decided that a game for a group was needed, and set out to develop one.  CLICHE was the result.  It isn't...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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BACKWORDS For Parents and Teachers... This game is mostly for fun.  But it teaches children to look at words in a playful, original way.  It shows them that words aren't fixed and frozen.  They can be flipped over and turned around.  The result is amusing and often surprising. For Kids... Did you ever wonder what your name looks like spelled backwards?  I did.  So I tried this computer game. When the computer typed "FRONTWORDS?"  I typed my name -- FRED. A message flashed on...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- John Fraysse
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SAILOR   Go Sailing With The Sailor    by John Fraysse As a sailboat cruiser and club racer on Chesapeake Bay I am often told, "Gee, this (sailing) is neat!  How does it work?  Will you teach me?" Since most interested folks are generally of technical backgrounds, a few hours with pen and paper and a good reference book will usually lay the groundwork.  However, there still seems to be a gap between the "book sense" of sailing and actual application. Sailor was written...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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
- Bill Nolan
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MONSTERS   Make Monsters from Silicon... And Use Them Here   by Bill Nolan  (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmasier in a popular fantasy rote playing game on a weekly basis, is the president of Prickly-Pear Software.) Just like we promised, there are two programs this month.  One is a disk menu program that can be used on any disk; the other will create monsters out of silicon. First, though, I want to talk a little about random numbers and, particularly, some of the things that happen...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Larry Konecky
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PLAY THIS TUNE   CoCo Says Repeat This Tune   by Larry Konecky   Director, CAI in Music, Alcorn State University  Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) is receiving much attention in all areas of education, particularly in subject areas where drill and practice exercises are necessary for student learning.  In music education, ear training is an area in which much practice is necessary by many students for sufficient development to occur.  Also, even though students may be in the same music...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- JARB Software
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LASER STAR Get Ready to Do Battle Near Laser Star Get out those joysticks and see whether you can become a Space Fleet Commander while battling at the LASER STAR. This Program is brought to you through the good offices of JARB Software.  And, for anyone who doesn't want to type it in himself, you can send $14.95 to JARB (1169 Florida St., Imperial Beach, CA, 92032) for a cassette copy.  Add $1 for postage and you will get this tape, plus another game, Helo Battle.  Helo Battle will appear in...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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SPELLING BEE For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter the words into the computer, and then the computer quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... The computer first asks you for 10 words you would like to know how to spell.  Maybe they are the 10 words that will be appearing on your spelling test tomorrow morning. You type in the 10...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Joni Burdette; Beth Ann Hostutler
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THE RICH KING For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice addition.  It helps them sharpen their concentration and memory. A rich king goes from room to room in his castle, counting his diamonds.  The children follow the king through the different-colored rooms.  They count the diamonds in each of the rooms.  At the end they add up the diamonds in all the rooms. For Kids... Once upon a time, there was a country named Cybernia.  The king of Cybernia was a fat, little...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED EGGS For Parents and Teachers... In the last chapter your children counted goose eggs along with the computer.  But did you notice that the computer always counted the eggs *in order*? In this chapter the computer scrambles the goose eggs.  It has the option of drawing anywhere from zero goose eggs to 24 goose eggs on the TV screen.  The children have to count the eggs and type in the correct answer.  Then the computer erases the old eggs and draws a bunch of new ones.
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles.  See "Red Rover" and "Firecracker" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, April 1983.) After a long and perilous journey across the Darklands the girl named Sunflower and the boy named Poke climbed the mountain and stood at the castle's massive door behgind which lived the Sorceror. "You knock," said Poke. "No, you knock," said Sunflower.  "I chased the dragons away.  That's enough...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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THE SKYWRITER For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  The computer asks children for any sequence of letters or numbers.  Then it displays the letters or numbers, over and over, all across the TV screen.  This is a good game for teaching children how to spell their own names or the names of their pets and other members of their family. For Kids... Have you ever seen a skywriter?  A skywriter is an airplane that flies high up in the sky and leaves a white smokey trail. ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- David A. Stewart
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CAN YOU STOP IT?   Can You Deactivate the Bomb?   by David A. Stewart This is a game of chance.  You must guess the correct code in order to deactivate the Atomic Bomb and keep everyone from being blown up. Since the computer is generating the number on a random basis, you can never memorize the winning numbers. It's a simple game that my children love to play.  I think other Color Computer users will enjoy it, too. Line Description:  Lines 95-135 print the instructions and set the mood...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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THE COMPUTER CRAYON For Parents and Teachers... This game turns the computer into an electronic crayon and the TV screen into a sketchpad.  This game appeals to all ages.  Yet even a younger child can use the game to develop his or her artistic abilities.  And it's a great imagination game.  The TV screen is empty, and the child can fill it with whatever he or she dreams up. For Kids... Load the Crayon program and type RUN. The Crayon color selection menu appears on the screen.  It can be...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Turnabout" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The letters A-X and an empty square are displayed in a five-by-five grid.  The object is to put these 24 letters in alphabetical order, reading left to right in descending rows.  Press the four arrow keys to maneuver letters.  A legal move is one that slides a letter in the direction indicated by the arrow key...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles V.  See "Alley Oops!", "Questigian Torture", and "Circles and Discs" for Parts 2, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) SORCERER'S PUZZLES V   Enjoy this set of puzzles or -- or -- or else!   by Richard Ramella Sunflower hauled Poke to the top of a rocky escarpment on a sheer line of cliffs high in the blue mountains west of the castle.  "Now that we've overcome the Questigians' traps,...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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ALPHABET AL For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the letters of the alphabet.  The letters appear on the screen, and the children have to find them on the computer keyboard. For Kids...  Remember Johnny Appleseed?  Johnny went all over America planting seeds.  The seeds sprouted and grew into apple trees with bright red, juicy apples. But what would have happened if Johnny had planted "letter" seeds instead of apple seeds?  Then letters would have sprouted...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- T. Delbourgo; R. Delbourgo
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CONSEQUENCES   A Disjointed Tale for Assorted Wags    by T. & R. Delbourgo Remember that old party game some of us called "Consequences?"  Each of a number (greater than two) of people, seated round a table is provided with a slip of paper on which s/he must write a short story; for example:   (1) Napoleon met (2) Josephine on (3) the Isle of Elba.   (4) It was a desolate scene.   (5) He said: It is lonely here.   (6) She said: Don’t despair!   (7) The consequence was:...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Bill Nolan
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DEMON AID   Demons in the Dungeon?  Let's See 'Em All!   by Bill Nolan   Rainbow FRP Columnist (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmaster in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the President of Prickly-Pear Software.) As I pointed out last month, in my own campaigns I find that whenever I mention the possibility of demons in the area, there is a general tendency for the players to have their characters leave town in the other direction.  This may well represent wisdom...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Dave Hooper
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MATHPAL   Keying Learning to Fun -- That's Mathpal's Answer    by Dave Hooper  Mathpal is a program designed for children in grades one through five. This program brings color, sound, high resolution graphics, and fun into the art of learning mathematics.  The numerals used are bright yellow on a blue background, making the visual appearance of the problem itself much more attractive than the age-old black-on-green style we are used to seeing in this type of program.  To break the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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MAKE UP A SONG For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children learn how to create musical notes and tunes.  It will teach them how different notes can be combined in beautiful, harmonious, or unusual ways. For Kids... Pretend that your computer is an electronic guitar.  You pick notes on a guitar.  You combine the notes into songs.  Now you can do that on your computer, too. When you RUN the Notes program, it will first play all the notes between middle C and high C (including the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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GUESS MY NUMBER For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn numbers and number sequence.  It helps them become familiar with and adept at manipulating the "greater-than" and "less-than" relationship among numbers.  It helps them learn efficient techniques for searching through a group of numbers. For Kids... In this game, the computer "thinks up" a number between 1 and 20.  It asks you your name.  (Let's say your name is Hatty.) ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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UP-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn directions: up, down, left, and right. It also helps them recognize the direction words. For Kids... Look for the arrow keys on the keyboard.  Do you see them?  Now, you're ready. The computer asks you: "WHICH DIRECTION?" On the screen you see an arrow and a word.  What arrow do you see? It's the up arrow.  The arrow is pointing to the word "UP."  Say the word out loud.  Shout it out! Can you...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Falsoft
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QUIZ Make Your Kids Like the Quiz Kids The "QUIZ" program listed below was written by FALSOFT for use in preparing schoolchildren for tests.  Its primary aim was to make it easy to enter questions and answers. One of the main advantages of this program is that it automatically counts the number of data statements, thus eliminating the need to set any parameters.  This is primarily true in line 400, which insures that the student cannot memorize the order of the answers, because the...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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GREATER THAN WHAT? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the size relationships between numbers. It shows them two numbers, and then asks them if the first number is greater than the second, less than the second, greater than or equal to the second, or less than or equal to the second. The game helps children learn the number comparison symbols: > (greater than), < (less than), >= (greater than or equal to), and = 14 This means that X is *greater than or equal to*...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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HOW FAST ARE YOU? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children develop hand-eye coordination and concentration. The computer draws a line from left to right across the screen.  As soon as the child sees the line appear on the lefthand side of the screen, he or she presses the SPACE bar.  When the SPACE bar or any other key is pressed, the line stops.  The faster the child reacts, the better the score. For Kids... How fast are you? To find out, step right up and have a duel with the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Scott Norman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) FIELD OF HONOR occupies 11.4K RAM, including six graphics pages and requires 32K and Extended Basic.  I have also included changes to run Field of Honor on 16K machines.  The game is simple enough, but the structure of the game is a little convoluted due to subroutines used for frequently-used operations.  To reserve enough graphics memory for the game, enter a PCLEAR 6 from the command mode.  An on-screen prompt reminds you in case you give the...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "64 Witches" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "Now, apprentices," the Sorcerer cautioned.  "You'll both try this test before bed, but now for the second story.  It's called..." GORDIAN KNOT Uldabro, the Exalted Vile of Gordius, gave a sneer that barely passed for a smile as his guards shoved Captain Sam "Lucky"...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- John Fernald
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HEALTH   How Healthy Are You?  This Program Tells You    by John Fernald  Personal health is a subject that comes more and more into the center-stage of interest each year.  A number of national publications have featured articles on health in recent months and there are more books showing up every day on how to look, and feel, more healthy. The August 10, 1982 issue of Family Circle magazine published an extensive self-test on health and I undertook to adapt it for use with the 80C. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Robert A. Kelley
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TOWERS OF HANOI   Towers of Hanoi is a Game for You Thinkers    by Robert A. Kelley Towers of Hanoi is a classic puzzle involving the transfer of progressively larger disks from one peg to another, using a third peg as a temporary holding place.  Instructions are simple and can be found in the program listing. Some of you might be interested in its name.  Towers of Hanoi is called that because it is believed it was first developed by the ancient elders of Indochina as a study in logic. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ARITHMETIC GAME For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For Kids... When I was a child, I used to work on an arithmetic problem and then get frustrated because I didn't know if my answer was right or wrong. I wanted to know the answer right away.  But I had to wait until the teacher graded my homework paper or my test.  Sometimes that took days or even weeks.  By the time I got my paper back, the problem was no...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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: Color Computer
- Fred Scerbo
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ALPINE ALIENS Will the ALPINE ALIENS Win... Or Will You? Now, let us journey to the Alps of a distant moon and see whether we will be able to survive an attack by aliens trying to get to our base. This game, ALPINE ALIENS, is brought to you from Illustrated Memory Banks.  It pits you, as a defender, against the aliens attacking from the skies. We remind you that ALPINE ALIENS is copyrighted by IMB.  You are allowed to use the game for your own enjoyment, but may neither make copies for others...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ABC SONG For Parents and Teachers... This game helps younger children learn the alphabet.  It displays the letters of the alphabet while it plays the "Alphabet Song." If your child isn't quick-tongued now, he or she will be after singing along with this program. The program plays the ABC Song very slowly the first time.  As it plays, it flashes the appropriate letter of the alphabet on the TV screen. Your child will sing along and be proud that he or she can sing faster than the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Lane P. Lester
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CHEMBOND   Lecture Graphics: Chemical Bonding Simulation    by Lane P. Lester  While of professional use to few of our readers, the following article and listing is both an interesting glimpse into atomic structures and chemical bonding, and an excellent example of the use of computer programming as a graphics aid for instructional purposes in general. The bold graphics of the Color Computer offer the teacher a tool in computer-aided instruction that has not yet been fully explored; namely,...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Melissa Perdue
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WHERE DO YOU LIVE? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn their address, including their street, apartment, city, state, and zip code.  It teaches them how to format their address on an envelope. For Kids... This game helps you learn your address and how to write your address on an envelope when you send a letter. The computer asks you for your first name.  Next it asks for your last name.  Then it prints out your name and address, just the way you would write them on an...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Abecedarian" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) There will be a large color square on the screen.  The object is to make the top half blue, the bottom half orange.  The program recognizes a winning situation.  As the program begins, the winning state is shown, then the two colors exchange.  After that there is a series of exchanges of parts between the two...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred Scerbo
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ZELDA'S BAT BOTTLE Zelda and Her Bats What does a witch need more than anything else?  Other than her broomstick, its got to be a bat.  And there are a lot of them in this program from Illustrated Memory Banks. ZELDA'S BAT BOTTLE is brought to you courtesy of Fred Scerbo of IMB and we think you'll find it a lot of fun to play. As most of you undoubtedly know, witches need all kinds of special things to make their sagic potions.  Bats happen to be one of them and, in the instant situation,...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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SECRET AGENT For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  It takes words and sentences and turns them into secret codes for children to pass around and try to figure out.  This game might act as an incentive to encourage your children to practice writing and typing on the computer. For Kids... Pretend you are agent Triple-Nine.  You have a secret message that you have to deliver to the president of a small country nestled in the Andes Mountains in South America.  The message...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Robert Dobbert; Dale Haggerty
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SWAMP WARS Swamp Wars Can Win Your Croix de Lillypad If you always wanted to be a frog (some of them change into handsome prices, you know), there is your chance. This color game from IMB, Illustrated Memory Banks, is a rapid color high-res graphic offering called SNANP NARS. This game was designed with the joint contribution of Drury High School students (North Adams, MA), Robert Dobbert (SKY-EYE) and Dale (SNAIL INVADERS, WILD WEB) Haggerty.  This game utilizes some very fancy tricks on the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Chuck Faessler
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STATES AND CAPITALS   Pop Quiz: Name the 50 Capitals   by Chuck Faessler States and Capitals is a short program which may be helpful with your children's homework.  It is a question and answer drill to aid in the learning of all 50 states and capitals.  It also can be easily modified to be used with other question-answer drills. After the basic program is loaded with CLOAD, type RUN.  The instructions are then displayed along with the first question.  If the answer is correct, another...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- 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
- Bill Nolan
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PAINT A DUNGEON   Pressed for Time? Paint a Dungeon!    by Bill Nolan  (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmaster in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the president of Prickly-Pear Software.) This month I will tell you how to use the graphics ability of the 80C to speed up the actual play of a fantasy game.  One facet common to all of these games is the exploration of some ruin or underground dungeon complex by the players, and a great deal of time is spent by the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred Scerbo
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OH, GOB! Get That Gobbler! From those wonderful people at Illustrated Memory Banks who brought you so much fun with ZELDA'S BAT BOTTLE lust a short month ago now comes... OH, GOB! If you're sick and tired of leftover turkey by this time of the year, here's a chance to help out a friendly turkey and yourself. OH, GOB! lets you help the turkey by moving it through a field while a bunch of pilgrims shoot at it.  Use your joystick.  Every time the turkey makes it safe, you score a turkey. If the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- John Waclo
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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.] NFL REPORT The NFL Report Can Choose This Fall's Winners  Put down that Fourth of July firecracker.  Did you know the National Football League pre-season action starts next month?  There is still time to get your 80C into the NFL if you start following this series. Last month in Part I, we talked about some overall League statistics that were...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED BEES For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter ten words into the computer.  The computer arranges the words in a random order and then quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... In this chapter we create a "scrambled" spelling bee.  The computer juggles the words around.  Then it gives you the spelling bee with the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Robert Toscani
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   Submarines, depth charges and excitement abound in this 4K game. Some months ago I saw a game called Sub Destroy in another computer magazine.  It required 16K and Color Basic, and was a conversion from a Model I game.  There were a number of things I didn't like about it, and, I thought it could fit into 4K.  So, without further ado, here is 4K Sub Destroy. There are three subs that move from left to right on your screen, and your white...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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DO-RE-MI For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the names of the notes of the C-major scale in the octave from middle C to high C.  It also helps them learn the pitch of each note. For Kids... Pretend yon are sitting outside, on the grass, on a warm summer evening.  You look up at the stars and the moon, and you hear music. Actually, what you hear is a single note floating somewhere, invisible, high in the air. You have your flashlight with you. You turn on the light and...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Harold Schneider
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) DREIDEL   A Hanukkah top game can be lots of fun during the entire year!   by Harold Schneider Dreidel is an ancient game you can easily modernize and use to entertain and educate even your youngest child.  Dreidel (pronounced "dray'-dl") is traditionally played during the eight nights of Hanukkah.  It can be enjoyed any time of year, however, and children don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this simple game of put and take.  As a fun...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Abecedarian" and "Turnabout" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The story of the boy and girl, Poke and Sunflower, began in the April issue when they arrived at the Sorcerer's castle hoping to become apprentices.  During the three months since their arrival at the castle, the twisted, malicious, and generally unpleasant keeper of the castle, Bob, has put them through several...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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FIND THE CAPITAL LETTER! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the capital letters in the alphabet. It also teaches them the location of the letter keys on the computer keyboard. For Kids... It's a race!  The race is between you and the computer.  The computer flashes a letter on the TV screen.  You have only a few seconds to find that letter on the keyboard and punch it in. If you find the letter in time, the computer smiles, whistles, and says, "RIGHT!" If...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- Fred D'Ignazio
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FAT CAT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn phonetic symbols and phonetic sounds. The computer displays the phonetic symbols on the TV screen.  Then it flashes a word on the screen.  The child says the word aloud and tries to guess which phonetic sound is hidden inside the word.  An arrow points to the first phonetic symbol.  To move the arrow to a new symbol, the child presses the SPACE bar.  To select a symbol the child presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Did you...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- John W. Fraysse, Jr.
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[Note: This game does not appear to work properly on a disk-based system.] CADET TRAINER   Homing in on a Guided Missile System   by John W. Fraysse, Jr. FEATURES * High resolution four color graphics with random scenes * Five levels of difficulty (three with maneuvering targets) * Action graphics with joystick control * Self explaining instructions * All BASIC programming Caddet Trainer is an attempt (I hope a successful one) to simulate the two phases of a command guided weapon system. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
- John Waclo
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NFL SCHEDULES 80C Picks the National Football League It’s time for NFL FOOTBALL!  Is it really?  Well if you're a football nut and you enjoy using your Color Computer, it's time to get ready for the 1982 NFL season. Starting with this issue, I begin a three-part series on the NFL. Last year we spent the entire NFL season using our 80C to watch the teams.  During the next three months we'll tell you what we learned and provide the program listings so you can try it yourself. At one point...
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