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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 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!
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 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 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 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 Lane P. Lester
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CHEMBOND   Lecture Graphics: Chemical Bonding Simulation    by Lane P. Lester  While of professional use to few of our readers, the following article and listing is both an interesting glimpse into atomic structures and chemical bonding, and an excellent example of the use of computer programming as a graphics aid for instructional purposes in general. The bold graphics of the Color Computer offer the teacher a tool in computer-aided instruction that has not yet been fully explored; namely,...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Scott Norman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) FIELD OF HONOR occupies 11.4K RAM, including six graphics pages and requires 32K and Extended Basic.  I have also included changes to run Field of Honor on 16K machines.  The game is simple enough, but the structure of the game is a little convoluted due to subroutines used for frequently-used operations.  To reserve enough graphics memory for the game, enter a PCLEAR 6 from the command mode.  An on-screen prompt reminds you in case you give the...
Topics: color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, coco
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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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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 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 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 John Fernald
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HEALTH   How Healthy Are You?  This Program Tells You    by John Fernald  Personal health is a subject that comes more and more into the center-stage of interest each year.  A number of national publications have featured articles on health in recent months and there are more books showing up every day on how to look, and feel, more healthy. The August 10, 1982 issue of Family Circle magazine published an extensive self-test on health and I undertook to adapt it for use with the 80C. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "64 Witches" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "Now, apprentices," the Sorcerer cautioned.  "You'll both try this test before bed, but now for the second story.  It's called..." GORDIAN KNOT Uldabro, the Exalted Vile of Gordius, gave a sneer that barely passed for a smile as his guards shoved Captain Sam "Lucky"...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 Bill Nolan
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PAINT A DUNGEON   Pressed for Time? Paint a Dungeon!    by Bill Nolan  (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmaster in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the president of Prickly-Pear Software.) This month I will tell you how to use the graphics ability of the 80C to speed up the actual play of a fantasy game.  One facet common to all of these games is the exploration of some ruin or underground dungeon complex by the players, and a great deal of time is spent by the...
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 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. ...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 Angela Bradshaw
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THE DISAPPEARING GHOSTS For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice subtraction. A number of ghosts appear above their tombstones.  They disappear. Then some of the ghosts reappear.  The game asks children how many of the ghosts disappeared and didn't return. For Kids... Imagine that it is late at night.  You and your best friend are late for dinner.  You take a shortcut across an old cemetery. You hear a noise.  You both turn around. You are surrounded by ghosts!  They...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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,...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, color computer, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 4 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Jump Away Solitaire", and "Flat Cubes" for Parts 1, 2, and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) LOGICOLOR A hidden four-color code is generated.  The object is to guess the code within 15 tries.  Colors used in the code are yellow, blue, red, white, cyan and magenta.  The code may be of four different colors, all the same or a combination of the six. After the program flashes...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by George Aftamonow; Ellen Aftamonow
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) MAGIC PUMPKIN   Here's a Hallowe'en game to keep your ghosties and ghoulies busy!   by George and Ellen Aftamonow With all the witches, ghosts and goblins haunting the outdoors on Halloween, it seems appropriate to invite a few in for an enchanted brew and a game played on our Color Computer.  This is a computer version of that old favorite, the African Hand Game, with a Halloween twist. When the moon is bright and the witching hour approaches,...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Douglas C. L'Hommedieu
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HANGMAN   Hang Around, You'll Enjoy This   by Douglas C. L'Hommedieu  Though capital punishment might seem a severe penalty for failure to ascertain a certain quantity of deliberately withheld information, millions of otherwise normal folks seem to be dying to put their lives on the line in just such a quest.  In fact, striving to satisfy such sadistic demands has long been a favorite pasttime. Now, CoCo has joined the ranks of those diabolical inquisitors with numerous variations of this...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Carlos Rumbaut
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TRIGSHOW   A Graphic Look at Basic Trigonometry   by Carlos Rumbaut We at the Rainbow are seeing an increasing flow of educational programming of late, and view this trend with justifiable optimism. Examples, such as the recent submission listed here, are helping strengthen the color computer as a respected educational tool. The program, Trigshow, uses high-resolution graphics and animation to provide dynamic illustrations of some basic concepts in geometry and trigonometry.  Although best...
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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 Scott Rainey; Brian Francois
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QUIZ SHOW This game helps children learn some interesting facts.  The questions in this game can be easily replaced by questions focusing on a particular subject: history, geography, current events, language arts, etc.  Also, many new questions can be added. The game is self-grading.  It keeps track of the children's correct and incorrect answers.  The children's score is printed at the end of the quiz. For Kids... Pretend that you get a letter in the mail.  You have been invited to be on...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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 Jake Commander; Kerry Leichtman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, May 1983.)   Shields up, phasers locked on, fire phasers.  Space Trek combines   the excitements of arcade, adventure, and simulation games into an   unequaled galactic experience.   Program by Jake Commander   Article by Kerry Leichtman There I was, sitting with a bucket of popcorn, at the movie theater. The lights dimmed, the music began, and the audience quieted.  Star Trek II had just begun. Seconds into the opening reel, the crew of the Enterprise was...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 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 Chris Latham; John Erickson
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NUKE SIM   Micro-Meltdown: A Nuclear Reactor Simulation   by Chris Latham and John Erickson (Editor's Note: The following article and program, as well as others in this issue, are intended to acquaint Rainbow readers with the concept of computer Simulations.  NUKE SIM was especially commissioned by the Rainbow to help kick off our Simulation Contest.  In order to ensure that we had a first-rate Simulation to serve as an example, we contacted two top-flight programmers whose accomplishments...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Ebbert
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[Note: This program has issues with a short ML routine that does not appear to work properly on a late-model CoCo.  It has not been fully tested.] NO ESCAPE Is There Any Escape from NO ESCAPE? Now, from the world of outer space, comes NO ESCAPE.  where you try to navigate through a meteor field that bars your way from the planet Saturn. You can never make it to the lamed ringed planet Saturn, actually.  It just takes too long and there are far too many meteors between Mars and Saturn.  They...
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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 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 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 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 Gregory Ricketts
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[Note: I have not been successful in getting the "ADVENTUR" module to  run on a disk-based system due to memory constraints.] DUNGEON ADVENTURE   Playing the Great Dungeon Adventure   by Gregory Ricketts Entering the Dungeon If you’re ready to engage these dire grounds, to face a motley mob of menacing monsters and peregrinate the perilous pathways of this labyrinth laden with liability, please CLOAD and ENTER. First, load the dungeon-making program entitled...
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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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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 R. T. Delburgo; D. Delburgo
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MOIRE FRINGES   Some Beautiful Patterns from "Down Under"   by R.T. and D. Delburgo   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Most of you will have noticed the beautiful fringes which are produced when two net curtains are placed against one another -- a slight movement in one of the curtains causes an appreciable movement of the fringe system.  These interference fringes are called after Moire and they have important scientific applications in registering and measuring small relative...
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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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ABC SONG For Parents and Teachers... This game helps younger children learn the alphabet.  It displays the letters of the alphabet while it plays the "Alphabet Song." If your child isn't quick-tongued now, he or she will be after singing along with this program. The program plays the ABC Song very slowly the first time.  As it plays, it flashes the appropriate letter of the alphabet on the TV screen. Your child will sing along and be proud that he or she can sing faster than the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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...
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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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Harpe
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PUT AND GET DEMO PUT, GET and Random Forms Make for Unusual Graphics  The following program is another of those "pretty" graphics creations which, if you will study it, shows some very interesting ways to handle PUT, GET and random graphics. There are several different types of shapes which can be repeated on the screen with this program, with colors, backgrounds, and increments of the shapes chosen randomly.  But the main feature is the drawing of the figures at an...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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GREATER THAN WHAT? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the size relationships between numbers. It shows them two numbers, and then asks them if the first number is greater than the second, less than the second, greater than or equal to the second, or less than or equal to the second. The game helps children learn the number comparison symbols: > (greater than), < (less than), >= (greater than or equal to), and = 14 This means that X is *greater than or equal to*...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 Geoff Wells
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MATH PRACTICE   A Handy Math Drill Package for Your Use   by Geoff Wells Probably the first program of any consequence that most of us write is some sort of math quiz.  Unfortunately, the beginner is so concerned with just getting the program to run that little attention is given to formatting.  Having the output of the program scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen is not very interesting. In this version of a math test, there is an opening title and input of the player’s...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SECRET AGENT For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  It takes words and sentences and turns them into secret codes for children to pass around and try to figure out.  This game might act as an incentive to encourage your children to practice writing and typing on the computer. For Kids... Pretend you are agent Triple-Nine.  You have a secret message that you have to deliver to the president of a small country nestled in the Andes Mountains in South America.  The message...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 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 Dave Hooper
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN   Here's a Halloween Graphic Program for You   by Dave Hooper Pumpkins:     (A) Smell    (B) Attract Bugs    (C) Cause Fires    (D) All Of The Above If you answer "D," you were right.  What you win is the program listed below, which will allow you to display a pumpkin in your window for Halloween that doesn't smell, attract bugs or cause fires. Load in this program, put your monitor or TV in the window and run it. You get an 80C version of a pumpkin for...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jorge Mir
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RAINBOW ADVENTURE Let’s Go on a Simple Rainbow Adventure  We’re going to do things a little differently this month, but there is a good reason for it.  The listing which appears at the end of this program is called RAINBOW ADVENTURE and, as such, it has no real relationship to the comments I will make here. In other words, it is a complete program all to itself.  Just load it and RUN it and you’ll (I hope) have a fairly simple, but enjoyable, adventure. What I am going to talk about...
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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