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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE PIED PIPER For Parents... This is a memory and concentration game.  The computer creates a chain of colors and musical tones.  The colors and tones are represented by the keys 1 to 4 on the computer keyboard.  First the colors are displayed and the tones play, and then the child presses the keys. The keys have to be in the same sequence as the colors and tones.  If the child can remember the exact sequence of colors and tones, the chain grows one link at a time.  You can adjust how...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by R. F. Miller
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(From Color Computer Magazine, May 1983.)   Musical Flash Cards   Throw away the dog-ears cardboard flashcards, power-up your   computer, and learn musical notes by sight and sound.   by R. F. Miller Computers can turn an unpleasant lesson into an enjoyable game.  When my 8-year old started piano lessons, his teacher gave him a pack of flash cards with various notes on them.  We were to drill him with the cards every day.  He didn't like it and neither did we.  I decided this was a job...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by JARB Software
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PSYCHIC APTITUDE TEST Are you psychotic... ur, uh... psychic? The following program (PAT) is brought to you courtesy of JARB Sofrware.  It is a Psychic Aptitude Test in format, and is a lot of fun to see how psychic you might be. Note that by comparison to QUIZ, the program itself Is pretty short -- from lines 10 to 290, and a great deal of that is instruction. You should also note that this one is more gee-whiz than is QUIZ.  It employs the use of sounds and colors to a greater degree than...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "Gordian Knot" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "It's getting late," said Sorcerer Goldberg.  "And now for the tale of..." 64 WITCHES The annual witches' convention on Bald Mountain was thrown into disarray when 64 witches showed up for a meeting in a hall containing 64 chairs in an eight-by-eight grid. "I don't...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles.  See "Color Stones" and "Red Rover" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, April 1984.) "Your final test for the night is Firecracker.  It is in the Red Room."  Bob jerked a calloused thumb behind him.  Again a glow, red this time, oozed through cracks and spaces in the walls and door. "Failing this test might cost you a finger," Bob said smiling.  "The Sorcerer doesn't like loud...
Topics: coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Joseph Earl Bennett; Harry David Stow
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JARBCODE Want to Keep It a Secret?  Here's a Way to Do It! If you are into secrets.. .or just want to do some experimenting with code, JARBCODE from JARB Software is a great way to go. This program comes to readers of the RAINBOW courtesy of Joe Bennett of JARB Software.  While offered for sale by JARB, it is reproduced here with permission of the owners.  You are authorized to make copies necessary for your own use, but you may not make copies for anyone else. A full manual, 27 pages in...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Stevens
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   Learning Games by David Stevens The three games which draw the most attention in my third grade classroom are Hangman, Unscramble, and Flash.  My students even stay in from recess to play them.  I thought you readers might enjoy all three games written into one package.  It is a rather long listing, but provides three good, educational games to improve your child's (or your) own spelling. To use the spelling programs, once you have typed in the...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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MAGIC SWORDS   Slay Your Turkey with These "Duel" Programs    by Bill Nolan (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmasier in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the president of Prickly-Pear Software.) Happy Thanksgiving, fantasy gamers!  This month you once again get two programs.  However, they combine to do one job: they create intelligent weapons for use in your game. Why two programs?  Well, we wanted to illustrate a method you can use to fit a larger...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Robert Toscani
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(From Color Computer Magazine, April 1984.)     MUSICAL TALES: If you and your computer could collaborate to write     a story and then put your collective words to music, you would     have quite a party game wouldn't you?  Well now you do.     by Robert Toscani This program, Musical Tales, gives you a series of incomplete sentences.  After filling in your responses, the program plays back the complete story to musical accompaniment.  You can choose from three pre-programmed songs,...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UNO! DOS! TRES! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in Spanish. 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 Spanish:       5      CINCO  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 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. ...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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 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 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 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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 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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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Fred D'Ignazio
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NEWS BULLETIN! For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game. Children pretend the computer is a giant marquee in a big city.  They get to think up any message they want to put on that marquee. This game will encourage children to compose unusual sentences and messages.  It will help them develop their writing and typing skills. For Kids... How would you like to see your name on TV?  Or in the movies?  How would it feel to go to a theater and see your name up there in lights along...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Dale Haggerty
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WILD, WILD WEB Watch Out for the Wild, Wild Web If you don’t like spiders, don’t play WILD, WILD WEB, because in it you are a spider and your object is to get a good, wholesome lunch. While there are many differing opinions about what a good, wholesome lunch might consist of among us humans, there is little debate among spiders.  They like ants.  (We are told they like moths for dinner.) This game, brought to you by the IMB dynamic duo of Fred Scerbo and Dale Haggerty (a.k.a. Snail), will...
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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 IV.  See "Jump Away Solitaire", "Flat Cubes", and "Logicolor" for Parts 2, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) SORCERER'S PUZZLES IV   Oh no!  The Sorcerer has been kidnapped by Questigians!  Quick --   solve these puzzles!   by Richard Ramella "Sorcerer Goldberg has been kidnapped by the Questigians," announced Bob, the twisted major domo who runs the Sorcerer's castie....
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Gregory Clark
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Randolf of the Moors   by Gregory Clark  In the year 974 AD was born a male child.  The parents, being very poor even for peasants, indentured the child to their local lord. The boy grew up within the castle walls, never seeing the outside world except through the tales of the knights, overheard while he fought with the castle dogs for scraps of food under the banquet tables. Never having been given a proper name, he thought of himself as Sir Randolph of the Moors.  All of his waking...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, adventure, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles V.  See "Bone Race", "Questigian Torture", and "Circles and Discs" for Parts 1, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) ALLEY OOPS! Four connected alleys (Color Basic 4K) are drawn.  The three vertical alleys have three numbers in each, and the horizontal alley has an orange cursor that can be moved through the network by tapping arrow keys.  You score points by covering a number with the...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Flat Cubes", and "Logicolor" for Parts 1, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) JUMP AWAY SOLITAIRE Forty-eight orange checkers are drawn within a white square.  The checker at top left seems to have double length, but by tapping N for north, S for south, W for west and E for east, the player will see the checker is actually a cursor which can be moved to any of the 64...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Melissa Perdue
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WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? For Parents and Teachers... This game will help younger children learn their telephone number. For Kids... The computer is going to help you learn your phone number. When you type RUN, the phone game begins.  The computer asks you for your name and your phone number.  Your mom or dad can write it down on a piece of paper.  Then you can type the number on the computer's typewriter.  Then hide the paper -- and don't peek. The computer will ask you for the number again. ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Laurence D. Preble
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OUTPOST FIVE   Stayin' Alive at Outpost Five By Dr. Laurence D. Preble  What do you do on a frosty winter's evening?  Well, assuming the wife isn't nearby for some quiet time by the fireside, I like to write programs.  Is that so strange? A 1981 winter's-eve programming effort consisted of my first attempt at learning Extended Color Basic.  With all those neat graphics to try out, I couldn't help myself; a game program was inevitable. Imagine yourself the field commander of five Federation...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE NUMBER RACE For Parents and Teachers... This program helps children learn numerals and number sequence.  It also helps them learn the location of the numerals on the computer keyboard. For Kids... How fast can you find a number?  Can you beat the computer? In this game, the computer flashes a number on the picture screen. The number is between and 9.  As soon as the number appears, the computer begins counting. If you can punch the number button on the keyboard before the computer is...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Norman Latner
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OPTICAL 2   by Norman Latner  Optical illusions are always fascinating.  First you see it one way and then another, or your eye is led to a seemingly impossible situation.  Both of these effects appear in this graphics program which I call Optical 2.  I'm sure you’ll enjoy looking at them and listening to the Mozart selection which accompanies the First illusion.  P Mode 4 graphics are used to give smooth diagonals, while the black/white color set with red/blue "fringing" add...
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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...
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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 Wolfgang Hryzak
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PING-PONG   Ping-Pong International Game for People and 80C    by Wolfgang Hryzak  Ping-Pong has been a game of international interest for a number of years, so I thought I would submit a Ping-Pong game to the RAINBOW to share this international spirit with the Color Computer. The game, while in BASIC and a bit slow, is a variation of the PONG game which has been so popular.  It requires two players, each with their own joystick and they can move their paddles up and down in this way. The...
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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 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 Robert L. Crooks
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FRACTION   A Common Denominator for Math Study and Ease    by Robert L. Crooks Fraction was written after spending several hours on several different days checking my daughter's math homework.  She had just started fractions in school, and even though I'm at home with numbers, it was still a large time sink.  While in the process of devising a routine for simple checking of simple fractions, it was but a short step (in concept anyway) to the attached routine. This routine will check...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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GOOSE EGGS For Parents and Teachers... This game helps younger children learn how to count.  It also teaches them where to find the number keys on the computer keyboard. For Kids... Pretend you live on a farm.  You go out to the goose coop.  You find 1 goose egg in the goose nest. The mama goose gets on the nest and lays a new egg. That's 2 goose eggs. Then the mama goose gets on the nest and lays another egg. That's 3 goose eggs. The mama goose keeps laying new eggs.  You keep counting....
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Howard Boggess
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PEPPERONI, PLEASE! For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children practice their division and fractions. The computer draws a pizza pie on the TV screen.  It divides the pie into anywhere from two to eight slices.  Then it draws a random number of people on the screen.  For example, the computer might ask: If there are three people trying to eat six slices of pizza, how many slices does each person get? When the child has correctly answered the question (or answers the question...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lynn Davis
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) Have you ever run a program that drew curves or spirals and then listed the program to see how it worked?  Were you then discouraged by a confusing array of sines, cosines, and other trigonometric functions? If you can answer "yes" to the above, this article can relieve the confusion by teaching you to graph polar coordinates. All you'll need is a color Computer with Extended Color Basic, some time to read the explanations, and a little...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) I wrote Tick Talk, an Extended Color Basic program, to help my children learn to tell time the old-fashioned way -- on a round clock with hands.  The program displays a moving graphic of a clock face. Random times are shown, the learner types in the time, and the program tells you whether the answer is right or wrong. Tick Talk is not Robbie the Robot.  You can't just chain the child to the computer and expect him to come away able to tell time. ...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Chris Reid
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UAMMALU   Uammalu Provide Lovely Graphics Patterns for 80C   by Chris Reid These excruciatingly beautiful patterns were discovered by the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam. A "cellular automaton" is PSET at center screen.  In the  second generation, new automata appear in every cell that  has exactly one automaton as an orthogonal neighbor (up or  down, left or right):       7     7 6 7       7  In the third generation, automata of color 8 appear, and then the first...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Stevens
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   Learning Games by David Stevens This year I'm asking my third grade class to learn the United States states and capitals, one group at a time.  I wrote this program so that non-Extended Basic machines could use it as well.  I don't know if it will fit on a 4K machine, as I don't have one to try it on. When you run the States and Capitals quiz, the computer will randomly put the capital of a state or a state name on the screen.  The user has to...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo
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STARTRENCH WARFARE   Now: Get a 3-D View of Space    by Fred Scerbo  Most arcaders are looking for rapid-fire action and colorful, hi-res graphics.  Add to this the latest revival of the 3-D craze and you have "Startrench Warfare" 1.0 from Illustrated Memory Banks. The following program is offered as an exclusive to readers of the Rainbow.  You will find that it is a very short program (only 27 lines) which will just fit in 16K.  While you don’t need a pair of 3-D glasses to...
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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 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 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...
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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 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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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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.
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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 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground