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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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. ...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Paul French
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IOWA LEMONADE   by Paul French Shortly after I got my Color Computer, I decided to convert a few programs to run on it.  Iowa Lemonade is the most ambitious of my conversions.  The idea and logic have been around for quite a while and one of the other computer manufacturers sends (or used to send) a version out on a demo disk with their disk drives.  It was kind of cute, so I decided to develop one for the CoCo.  Since a 16K cassette system was top of the line from Radio Shack at the time...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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,...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Ray Moses
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COMPUTERIZED STAR MAP Stars Fall on 80C This neat little program from Ray Moses of Moses Engineering Mill give you a display of the sky using a variety of times of the year. The program, as it is listed below, explains what inputs have to 16K be made and how to make them.  Once those inputs are made, STARMAP Will show you the sky at the time of year that you ask it to. Some 80C’s may get slightly hung up running this program and will display a large number of lines when the star map is...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Robert Dobbert
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SKY-EYE Aye, Aye, Aye... My Sky Eye That dynamic trio -- Illustrated Memory Banks, Drury High School and the RAINBOW -- bring you another exciting game for fun and frolic this month.  Its called SKY-EYE and is the creation of Fred B. Scerbo, vice president and software author for IMB and another Drury High student, Robert Dobbert. If you recall SNAIL INVADERS from the February issue, then you will remember the saga of Dale "Snail" Haggerty, who helped Scerbo with the graphics for...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP, UP AND AWAY! For Parents and Teachers... Like the game in the last chapter, this game helps children learn directions -- up, down, left, and right -- and direction names. This game is an expanded version of the up-down game from the last chapter.  It shows what happens when you add animation and sound effects to the game. For Kids... This game is a lot like the game in the last chapter.  Only this time the arrows move and play funny music. To play this game, just search for the arrows on...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, color computer, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jack Tindle; Pegi Tindle
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[NOTE: I believe that the code for this program is complete and correct, but it is too large to run on a disk-based Coco, as the floppy controller consumes just a bit too much RAM.  I've had no luck with getting a tape-based configuration working, but I would gladly assist with any attempts or image contributions.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) JACKPOT POKER   by Jack and Pegi Tindle Jackpot Poker requires 32K Extended Color Basic.  Enter the program, save it to tape, and...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by John Plaxton
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LIGHTNING   Here's a Flashy Little Program, By Thunder   by John Plaxton The following program, Lightning, continually generates a single flash of forked lightning across a PMODE4 screen.  Each flash is different. The program is part of a father-son effort in generating an electronic window display of numerous scenes suitable for Halloween. You may be interested in trying to devise a suitable program for thunder.
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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AL'S TOUR OF THE STATES For Parents and Teachers... This game teaches children the names of all the states.  A letter appears on the screen, and the children have to guess which state begins with that letter.  If they can't think of any states or they can't spell the state name, the computer will let them peek at the state names beginning with each letter. For Kids... Here's Alphabet Al sowing "alphabet" seeds all over the country.  When Al visits a state he finds out the first...
Topics: coco, playground, game, basic, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Gordian Knot" and "64 Witches" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "There is more here than spells and potions," said Sorcerer Donald E. Goldberg as he opened the heavy tome entitled "Wizardry Made Simple".  The girl named Sunflower and the boy named Poke listened with interest.  Life had become exciting since the Sorcerer had accepted...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles V.  See "Bone Race", "Alley Oops!", and "Circles and Discs" for Parts 1, 2, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) QUESTIGIAN TORTURE An 8 by 8 grid (Extended Color Basic) is drawn.  One cell is blue and is the starting point.  Another is orange and is the ending point. All others are white.  Use arrow keys to travel to all white cells, which turn blue as you go, and enter the orange cell...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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RIDDLES   Proper Grammar Important in Educational Programs   by Steve Blyn (Mr. Blyn, who teaches both exceptional and gifted children, holds two Master's degrees in the field of education and has won an award for the design of a computer program to aid handicapped children.  He and his wife, Cheryl, own Computer Island.) The users of our programs learn many things from the programmers. Often, they learn extra, unexpected, unintentional things. This is referred to as "incidental...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Tom Goodrich
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) ORBIT!   We've all wanted to fly one of those speedy little rocket numbers   that are in all the Sci-fi movies.  Here's your chance to captain a   space ship.   by Tom Goodrich Simulating complex engineering problems is a neat thing to do on a honne computer; it's possible to learn something interesting while having fun.  Of course, it's also easy to get bogged down in too many details.  I intended Orbit to be more of a game than an...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Ronald R. Smith
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GIN For Its... Gin, Gin Gin Yes, Virginia, there are computer widows everywhere.  But Ronald R. Smith of Chicago says he thinks he's solved some of the problem in his house. Mrs. Smith, it seems, is an avid gin player.  And, while she can't stand the COLOR Computer Ron recently purchased, she'll play a hand or two of gin any time. The version of gin played by most is "Hollywood," with three games going on at once.  After each hand, the winner scores in all three games (assuming he...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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ELEMENTS   But, What Did I Get Wrong?   by Steve Blyn  You've got this great educational game going on your computer.  It asks the child some questions in a particular category and everything appears fine.  Let's check -- the questions are coming up randomly. They are not repeating.  You have appropriate reinforcers.  Your counters and scorers are giving a correct final tally or score.  What more could any kid want? He may very well want to know which questions he got wrong.  Many...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Sweet
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HOBBIT   Running from Orcs Can Be "Hobbit-Forming"   by David Sweet If you were a Hobbit, wandering through the woods on an important Hobbit errand, and suddenly found yourself surrounded by (shudder) dreaded ores, what in middle-earth would you do? Since you have in your possession the magical CoCo (a gift from Gandolf, perhaps?) you need only to strike the "N" key to be whisked to safety -- at least for the moment.  But you need to be careful, for stroking the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by JARB Software
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HELO BATTLE Helicopter Battleground for You If you enjoyed fighting around the LASER STAR last month, JARB SOFTWARE offers another sample goodie for your joysticking pleasure this month as well. This is HELO BATTLE, which pits you against a fortified castle that shoots antiaircraft rounds at your helicopter. To play, you have to fly your chopper to avoid the incoming fire while, at the same time, aiming and firing your gun. The right joystick controls the copter's flight and the left the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lynn Davis
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(From Color Computer Magazine, April 1983.)   Interface your Color Computer with your child's spelling problems   and improve grades.   by Lynn Davis I hated the weekly spelling tests in elementary school.  I could never figure out how to learn all those words. I tried writing each one 10 times.  When that didn't work I tried writing each word 100 times.  All that did was waste 10 times the paper. Later, much later (too much later), I figured out what I was doing wrong.  I wasn't...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Peter Stumpf
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CHRISTMAS SCENE   You’ll Log This Program for Holiday Merriment   by Peter Stumpf  Get ready for the holiday season with this fireplace complete with a glowing flame and stockings hung with care.  The fire flickers brightly without dangerous sparks.  And no logs to cut or ashes to clean... there is even a little music for your enjoyment!
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED NOTES For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children learn musical notes of the C-major scale in the octave from middle C to high C.  Since the notes are randomly selected by the computer, the game helps children learn to identify the different notes just by hearing them. For Kids... Take a look at the For Kids section in the last chapter. A hint: This game is tougher than the last game.  In this game the notes don't get higher one by one.  In this game, the notes are all...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Scott L. Bain; Andrea R. Chartier
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) DRAWING BOARD   Here's a program that will put you on your colorful way.   by Scott L. Bain and Andrea R. Chartier By now you have a good grasp of the fundamental graphics commands and techniques employed by the Color Computer.  Those of you who are still confused by the bevy of syntax and parameters we've covered thus far, or who are worried you may have difficulty remembering all the rules and specifications, don't worry!  Although the...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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DRAGON ROLLER   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.) Hello again, and welcome to August.  Please take note of the brand new name at the head of this column.  This was the Grand Prize winner in our "Name the Column" contest.  Like I mentioned when the contest was announced, there were no other prizes in this contest.  Just like when...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Herbert B. Ridge
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CALENDAR   Pope Gregory Would Like This Calendar   by Herbert B. Ridge On a recent vacation I saw a plaque which displayed this truism: "The Difference Between Men And Boys Is The Price Of Their Toys."  When I think of what I fondly refer to as “my computer room" I know the creator of that short saying must be a computer enthusiast. I am also sure he knows, as you do, our "toys," in addition to entertaining, quickly become essential in all our day-to-day endeavors....
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by James H. Barringer
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DOG-GONE INTERESTING   This is a Dog-Gone Interesting Program Readers of the June and August issues of the RAINBOW will recall an article on various printers and a somewhat heated (if tongue-in-cheek) reply by Dave Hooper of Hoffman Estates, Ill. In his letter, Mr. Hooper referred to a program written by James H. Barringer of Taylor, Mich., which reproduced a figure of a famous canine through the Line Printer VII.  Our editorial note attached to the letter was that we wished we could have...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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AHHA   AHHA!  Another Haunted House Adventure!   by Geoff Wells In this third and final installment of the general all purpose adventure driver (GAPAD) program, we present the changes and additions necessary to run yet another haunted house adventure.  This is the complete program for AHHA, so those of you who have already typed in GAPAD need only make a few changes and add some of the data. The mysterious old miser has been dead for many years, but the fortune, said to be hidden somewhere...
Topics: coco, color computer, adventure, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Ted Shorter
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ICE LANDER Ice Lander Can Be a Slick Run Ted Shorter writes us from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to say that he is 13 years old "and a computer freak." We’re not certain what the definition of a "computer freak" is, but if it means a promising young programmer, then Ted fills the bill. He explains this game, the listing of which follows, this way: I’d been using SET and PSET to move dots around the screen when I decided to try my hand with GET and PUT to move objects instead. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Schmidt
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HEXERCISER   Everything You Wanted to Know About Hex...   by Jim Schmidt One of the more difficult concepts in the world of computers is that old devil -- Hex!  The fact that most of us were born with only ten fingers and toes seems to make grasping the concept of another number base more difficult than it should be.  Over the years it has sometimes fallen to me to instruct novices in programming on this subject.  Most professional programmers have their share of trouble with Hex. The...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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OPPOSITES Good Reinforcement Means You Can't Frown at Me! (Mr. Blyn, who leaches both exceptional and gifted children, holds two Master's degrees in the field of education and has won an award for the design of a computer program to aid handicapped children.  He and his wife Cheryl, own Computer Island.) Reinforcement is a very important component of all teaching programs. It is a terrific feature of computers in that they can provide endless and immediate rewards for answers. The computer...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Joseph Earl Bennett; John L. Urban
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JARBIORHYTHM How's Your Day?  Need Biorhythm Help? Here's another program from JARB Software that will help you out in dealing with everyday life. Its called JARBIORHYTHM and it will generate a complete chart for you. The chart can be as short as a day, or as long as a year.  And, the chart will graphically display just how your biorhythms fluctuate over their different cycles. You do need a printer for this program.  But it comes out with a handsome display.  We've heard that programs such...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Jump Away Solitaire", and "Logicolor" for Parts 1, 2, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) FLAT CUBES Picture four cubes with various colors on each face.  Now picture each of those cubes presented with its six sides shown in vertical rows. In this manner, the rows across show the front, bottom, top, back, left and right faces of each of the four cubes. The object is to...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Dave Hooper
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VIPER ATTACK Here Come the Vipers Here's one we think you'll enjoy. Dave Hooper submits this program, called VIPER ATTACK, which is, he admits, a first effort in game programming.  I am sure most of you will agree that it certainly doesn't appear to be a first effort and that it is a lot of fun to play. There are still a few refinements coming for VIPER ATTACK.  When available, Dave plans to market this program.  Because some of the special niceties, like on-screen scoring, are not included,...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Julie Kerr
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TUNING Julie's Song... Julie Kerr, 10, of Bellevue, Wash., is as interested in music as she is in computers.  So, she wrote the following program as an example of how CoCo can be used in a musical application. The program generates a random sound for a couple of seconds, then starts at another random sound.  You can maneuver the second sound up or down the scale until you think it matches the first.  The program will tell you how close you came to a match! Julie's mother, by the way, says it...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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!)...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Dave Vinnedge
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(From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) WHODUNIT?   by Dave Vinnedge Whodunit is a multi-player mystery game, requiring 32K Extended Basic. Enter the program, save it to tape, and Run it.  The game instructions are presented prior to the game, and screen prompts lead the user through required player entries.  See page 102.
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UN! DEUX! TROIS! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in French. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in French:      5      CINQ  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer asks...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 4 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles V.  See "Bone Race", "Alley Oops!", and "Questigian Torture" for Parts 1, 2, and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) CIRCLES AND DISCS An orange circle (Extended Color Basic) is drawn.  Look closely towards the extreme west of the circle and you will see a flashing cursor; it may be moved by holding down any of the arrow keys.  Move the cursor to any position desired and tap D for draw.  A...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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BOOK REPORT For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children with their writing assignments, especially book reports.  The program asks the child for pertinent information -- the date, the child's name, the author, and the title of the book.  Then the computer asks the child "WHAT HAPPENED FIRST?" When the child enters this information, the computer asks "WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?" The child responds to the computer's questions and enters the report, sentence by...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Robert L. Garrett
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) CRYPTOGRAPHY   Want to send a secret message to your boss, your compatriots back   home, your beloved?  This program will make it easy to do.   by Robert L Garrett  Your Color Computer can be a powerful ally, coding or decoding secret messages for you automatically.  A French nobleman, Blaise de Vigenere, created a polyalphabetic cipher using more than one cipher alphabet to encrypt a given message. De Vigenere's cipher sabotages the method by...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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BEEPEROO Design Programs to Help Children Learn (Mr. Blyn, who teaches both exceptional and gifted children, holds two Master's degrees in the field of education and has won an award for the design of a computer program to aid handicapped children.  He and his wife, Cheryl, own Computer Island.) There is much discussion and confusion on exactly how children learn. Learning theory is not nearly so exact as is computer theory.  It is generally agreed, however, that different individuals have...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer