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A collection of BASIC programs from the 70s and 80s era of microcomputing. All items include working source code and in-browser emulation when possible.



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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Feb 1, 1984 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,...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Feb 1, 1984 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Feb 1, 1984 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Feb 1, 1984 Dave Vinnedge
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(From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) WHODUNIT?   by Dave Vinnedge Whodunit is a multi-player mystery game, requiring 32K Extended Basic. Enter the program, save it to tape, and Run it.  The game instructions are presented prior to the game, and screen prompts lead the user through required player entries.  See page 102.
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Feb 1, 1984 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
Feb 1, 1984 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
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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.) ...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED EGGS For Parents and Teachers... In the last chapter your children counted goose eggs along with the computer.  But did you notice that the computer always counted the eggs *in order*? In this chapter the computer scrambles the goose eggs.  It has the option of drawing anywhere from zero goose eggs to 24 goose eggs on the TV screen.  The children have to count the eggs and type in the correct answer.  Then the computer erases the old eggs and draws a bunch of new ones.
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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SPELLING BEE For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter the words into the computer, and then the computer quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... The computer first asks you for 10 words you would like to know how to spell.  Maybe they are the 10 words that will be appearing on your spelling test tomorrow morning. You type in the 10...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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FAT CAT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn phonetic symbols and phonetic sounds. The computer displays the phonetic symbols on the TV screen.  Then it flashes a word on the screen.  The child says the word aloud and tries to guess which phonetic sound is hidden inside the word.  An arrow points to the first phonetic symbol.  To move the arrow to a new symbol, the child presses the SPACE bar.  To select a symbol the child presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Did you...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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MUSICAL WORDS For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn important words and numbers, such as their name, phone number, address, etc.  The child types in a word (or number) and the computer sets it to music and plays it like a song. The computer accepts only the correct letters or numbers.  All other keys on the computer keyboard are "asleep." For Kids... Pretend that you have a magic horn.  When you blow it, out pops a pretty sound.  But something else comes out,...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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
1984 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
1984 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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....
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ARITHMETIC GAME For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For Kids... When I was a child, I used to work on an arithmetic problem and then get frustrated because I didn't know if my answer was right or wrong. I wanted to know the answer right away.  But I had to wait until the teacher graded my homework paper or my test.  Sometimes that took days or even weeks.  By the time I got my paper back, the problem was no...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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HOW FAST ARE YOU? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children develop hand-eye coordination and concentration. The computer draws a line from left to right across the screen.  As soon as the child sees the line appear on the lefthand side of the screen, he or she presses the SPACE bar.  When the SPACE bar or any other key is pressed, the line stops.  The faster the child reacts, the better the score. For Kids... How fast are you? To find out, step right up and have a duel with the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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
1984 Melissa Perdue
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WHERE DO YOU LIVE? For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn their address, including their street, apartment, city, state, and zip code.  It teaches them how to format their address on an envelope. For Kids... This game helps you learn your address and how to write your address on an envelope when you send a letter. The computer asks you for your first name.  Next it asks for your last name.  Then it prints out your name and address, just the way you would write them on an...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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SLEDS For Parents and Teachers... This game is similar to The Roller Coaster game.  It helps children learn about trigonometric functions.  The computer draws one function -- the cosecant function -- on the TV screen.  Children can experiment with the game and make all sorts of different shapes. For Kids... In the last chapter we created a roller coaster.  In this chapter we look at just how you go about using a derived function to create new pictures.  By making only a couple of...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
1984 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
1984 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
1984 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
1984 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...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ROLLER COASTER For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn about the sine function in trigonometry.  It draws colorful sine curves on the TV screen.  With modifications, the program can draw curves of the other trigonometric functions. For Kids... How would you like to become a video artist?  You can make interesting, beautiful pictures by using a few simple recipes.  The recipes you use are mathematical formulas. If you didn't use the formulas, you would have to tell the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
1984 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
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Dec 1, 1983 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
Dec 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Dec 1, 1983 Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Dec 1, 1983 Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Nov 1, 1983 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
Nov 1, 1983 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
Nov 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Nov 1, 1983 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
Oct 1, 1983 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,...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Oct 1, 1983 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
Oct 1, 1983 Tom Goodrich
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) ORBIT!   We've all wanted to fly one of those speedy little rocket numbers   that are in all the Sci-fi movies.  Here's your chance to captain a   space ship.   by Tom Goodrich Simulating complex engineering problems is a neat thing to do on a honne computer; it's possible to learn something interesting while having fun.  Of course, it's also easy to get bogged down in too many details.  I intended Orbit to be more of a game than an...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Sep 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Sep 1, 1983 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "64 Witches" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "Now, apprentices," the Sorcerer cautioned.  "You'll both try this test before bed, but now for the second story.  It's called..." GORDIAN KNOT Uldabro, the Exalted Vile of Gordius, gave a sneer that barely passed for a smile as his guards shoved Captain Sam "Lucky"...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Sep 1, 1983 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
Sep 1, 1983 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
Aug 1, 1983 Robert Toscani
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   Submarines, depth charges and excitement abound in this 4K game. Some months ago I saw a game called Sub Destroy in another computer magazine.  It required 16K and Color Basic, and was a conversion from a Model I game.  There were a number of things I didn't like about it, and, I thought it could fit into 4K.  So, without further ado, here is 4K Sub Destroy. There are three subs that move from left to right on your screen, and your white...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Aug 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Aug 1, 1983 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
Aug 1, 1983 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
Jul 1, 1983 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Turnabout" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The letters A-X and an empty square are displayed in a five-by-five grid.  The object is to put these 24 letters in alphabetical order, reading left to right in descending rows.  Press the four arrow keys to maneuver letters.  A legal move is one that slides a letter in the direction indicated by the arrow key...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Jul 1, 1983 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
Jul 1, 1983 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Abecedarian" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) There will be a large color square on the screen.  The object is to make the top half blue, the bottom half orange.  The program recognizes a winning situation.  As the program begins, the winning state is shown, then the two colors exchange.  After that there is a series of exchanges of parts between the two...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
May 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
May 1, 1983 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
Apr 1, 1983 Larry Konecky
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PLAY THIS TUNE   CoCo Says Repeat This Tune   by Larry Konecky   Director, CAI in Music, Alcorn State University  Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) is receiving much attention in all areas of education, particularly in subject areas where drill and practice exercises are necessary for student learning.  In music education, ear training is an area in which much practice is necessary by many students for sufficient development to occur.  Also, even though students may be in the same music...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Apr 1, 1983 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles.  See "Red Rover" and "Firecracker" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, April 1983.) After a long and perilous journey across the Darklands the girl named Sunflower and the boy named Poke climbed the mountain and stood at the castle's massive door behgind which lived the Sorceror. "You knock," said Poke. "No, you knock," said Sunflower.  "I chased the dragons away.  That's enough...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Apr 1, 1983 Rob Becker; Courtney Noe
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HORSE RACING   The Horses are Nearing the Starting Gate... Now that springtime has gotten a good foothold around and about, the thoughts of some young innocents have turned to that traditional befuddler of mind and body chemistry called love.  But the stars in the eyes of many another older (but not wiser) head are there in anticipation of the season's parimutuel betting which will be taking place on the grounds of this nation's many venerable ovals. Particularly, on the first Saturday of...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
Apr 1, 1983 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
Apr 1, 1983 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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine