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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 Al Hine
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THE TRACK   The Track Will Provide Hours of Varied Fun   by Al Hine The Track is a unique game because it allows you to create the most important part of any race game: The track itself.  You can save each of the tracks you create and you can save as many tracks as you have disks or tape to save them on. In this program, a prototype of a more detailed offering now being developed by Interaction Software, you complete against the clock and the existing lap record for the particular track. ...
Topics: coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, rainbow, color computer
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 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 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 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 Bill Nolan
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CHARACTER CREATOR   Create Character Files with This 'Finished' Program    by Bill Nolan Welcome to the March column.  I wish I could say that I finally did this early, but the fact is that as I sit here at my computer, word-processing away in an effort to spruce up this final draft, the people at Federal Express are only two hours away.  Yes, the editor of this most respected magazine said "it absolutely, positively had to be there overnight."  That's what I get for waiting...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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MAGIC SWORDS   Slay Your Turkey with These "Duel" Programs    by Bill Nolan (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmasier in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the president of Prickly-Pear Software.) Happy Thanksgiving, fantasy gamers!  This month you once again get two programs.  However, they combine to do one job: they create intelligent weapons for use in your game. Why two programs?  Well, we wanted to illustrate a method you can use to fit a larger...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Carl Shell
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SUB HUNT   Rise Through the Ranks with Sub Hunt   by Carl Shell "Two points abaft the starboard beam, mates! She steams at forty fathoms! All hands on deck."  Bleeep... bleeep... bleeep... Sub Hunt is a very easy game to learn, but hard enough to master so you won't get bored.  I loaded it into a CoCo at a local Radio Shack store a few weeks ago, and the kids were still playing it several hours later when I returned.  (Kids?  The store manager was right in there with them!)...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Chris Reid
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UAMMALU   Uammalu Provide Lovely Graphics Patterns for 80C   by Chris Reid These excruciatingly beautiful patterns were discovered by the mathematician Stanislaw Ulam. A "cellular automaton" is PSET at center screen.  In the  second generation, new automata appear in every cell that  has exactly one automaton as an orthogonal neighbor (up or  down, left or right):       7     7 6 7       7  In the third generation, automata of color 8 appear, and then the first...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Chuck Faessler
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STATES AND CAPITALS   Pop Quiz: Name the 50 Capitals   by Chuck Faessler States and Capitals is a short program which may be helpful with your children's homework.  It is a question and answer drill to aid in the learning of all 50 states and capitals.  It also can be easily modified to be used with other question-answer drills. After the basic program is loaded with CLOAD, type RUN.  The instructions are then displayed along with the first question.  If the answer is correct, another...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by D. Delbourgo; R. Delbourgo
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OPTICAL ILLUSIONS   by D. and R. Delbourgo  The eye is easily deceived.  Psychologists will tell you that our perception of shape is noticeably influenced by the geometry and character of the surroundings: nowhere is this more apparent than in the most famous optical illusions.  The listing below contains a number of such illusions (except for the checkered spirals and endless stairs) for your amusement.  The CoCo can score over the textbook demonstrations in that the shapes can be...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dan Mickle; Steve Lipps
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FALLOUT   Fallout -- The Silent Killer   by Dan Mickle Dan Mickle, who wrote this month's cover article, and Steve Lipps, who wrote a number of the routines used in the listings which follow, were both active in Civil Defense during the 1960s when fallout shelters seemed to have their heyday.  Dan is a self-professed survivalist, while Steve describes himself as a "hacker and science fiction buff who reads a lot of post- World War III fiction."  The two, who operate Circle City...
Topics: color computer, coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 Dave Hooper
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VIPER ATTACK Here Come the Vipers Here's one we think you'll enjoy. Dave Hooper submits this program, called VIPER ATTACK, which is, he admits, a first effort in game programming.  I am sure most of you will agree that it certainly doesn't appear to be a first effort and that it is a lot of fun to play. There are still a few refinements coming for VIPER ATTACK.  When available, Dave plans to market this program.  Because some of the special niceties, like on-screen scoring, are not included,...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dave Hooper
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MATHPAL   Keying Learning to Fun -- That's Mathpal's Answer    by Dave Hooper  Mathpal is a program designed for children in grades one through five. This program brings color, sound, high resolution graphics, and fun into the art of learning mathematics.  The numerals used are bright yellow on a blue background, making the visual appearance of the problem itself much more attractive than the age-old black-on-green style we are used to seeing in this type of program.  To break the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dave Vinnedge
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(From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) WHODUNIT?   by Dave Vinnedge Whodunit is a multi-player mystery game, requiring 32K Extended Basic. Enter the program, save it to tape, and Run it.  The game instructions are presented prior to the game, and screen prompts lead the user through required player entries.  See page 102.
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David A. Stewart
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CAN YOU STOP IT?   Can You Deactivate the Bomb?   by David A. Stewart This is a game of chance.  You must guess the correct code in order to deactivate the Atomic Bomb and keep everyone from being blown up. Since the computer is generating the number on a random basis, you can never memorize the winning numbers. It's a simple game that my children love to play.  I think other Color Computer users will enjoy it, too. Line Description:  Lines 95-135 print the instructions and set the mood...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 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
by David Sweet
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HOBBIT   Running from Orcs Can Be "Hobbit-Forming"   by David Sweet If you were a Hobbit, wandering through the woods on an important Hobbit errand, and suddenly found yourself surrounded by (shudder) dreaded ores, what in middle-earth would you do? Since you have in your possession the magical CoCo (a gift from Gandolf, perhaps?) you need only to strike the "N" key to be whisked to safety -- at least for the moment.  But you need to be careful, for stroking the...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Del Walrath
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MEMORY TEST   Let’s Learn How to Do a Number Picking Game   by Del Walrath  This article deals with the writing of a number memory game on one level, but will also discuss how that game came to be so that readers might get some insight into how this sort of operation works.  There are all sorts of applications which the same principles might apply. The game itself works fairly simply.  The 80C gives you a number to memorize. If you are correct, it will lengthen the number and display...
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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 Falsoft
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QUIZ Make Your Kids Like the Quiz Kids The "QUIZ" program listed below was written by FALSOFT for use in preparing schoolchildren for tests.  Its primary aim was to make it easy to enter questions and answers. One of the main advantages of this program is that it automatically counts the number of data statements, thus eliminating the need to set any parameters.  This is primarily true in line 400, which insures that the student cannot memorize the order of the answers, because the...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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FAT CAT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn phonetic symbols and phonetic sounds. The computer displays the phonetic symbols on the TV screen.  Then it flashes a word on the screen.  The child says the word aloud and tries to guess which phonetic sound is hidden inside the word.  An arrow points to the first phonetic symbol.  To move the arrow to a new symbol, the child presses the SPACE bar.  To select a symbol the child presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Did you...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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FIND THE CAPITAL LETTER! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the capital letters in the alphabet. It also teaches them the location of the letter keys on the computer keyboard. For Kids... It's a race!  The race is between you and the computer.  The computer flashes a letter on the TV screen.  You have only a few seconds to find that letter on the keyboard and punch it in. If you find the letter in time, the computer smiles, whistles, and says, "RIGHT!" If...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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DO-RE-MI For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the names of the notes of the C-major scale in the octave from middle C to high C.  It also helps them learn the pitch of each note. For Kids... Pretend yon are sitting outside, on the grass, on a warm summer evening.  You look up at the stars and the moon, and you hear music. Actually, what you hear is a single note floating somewhere, invisible, high in the air. You have your flashlight with you. You turn on the light and...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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NEWS BULLETIN! For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game. Children pretend the computer is a giant marquee in a big city.  They get to think up any message they want to put on that marquee. This game will encourage children to compose unusual sentences and messages.  It will help them develop their writing and typing skills. For Kids... How would you like to see your name on TV?  Or in the movies?  How would it feel to go to a theater and see your name up there in lights along...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred 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,...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED BEES For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter ten words into the computer.  The computer arranges the words in a random order and then quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... In this chapter we create a "scrambled" spelling bee.  The computer juggles the words around.  Then it gives you the spelling bee with the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE NUMBER RACE For Parents and Teachers... This program helps children learn numerals and number sequence.  It also helps them learn the location of the numerals on the computer keyboard. For Kids... How fast can you find a number?  Can you beat the computer? In this game, the computer flashes a number on the picture screen. The number is between and 9.  As soon as the number appears, the computer begins counting. If you can punch the number button on the keyboard before the computer is...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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BOOK REPORT For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children with their writing assignments, especially book reports.  The program asks the child for pertinent information -- the date, the child's name, the author, and the title of the book.  Then the computer asks the child "WHAT HAPPENED FIRST?" When the child enters this information, the computer asks "WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?" The child responds to the computer's questions and enters the report, sentence by...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED NOTES For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children learn musical notes of the C-major scale in the octave from middle C to high C.  Since the notes are randomly selected by the computer, the game helps children learn to identify the different notes just by hearing them. For Kids... Take a look at the For Kids section in the last chapter. A hint: This game is tougher than the last game.  In this game the notes don't get higher one by one.  In this game, the notes are all...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by 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
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP, UP AND AWAY! For Parents and Teachers... Like the game in the last chapter, this game helps children learn directions -- up, down, left, and right -- and direction names. This game is an expanded version of the up-down game from the last chapter.  It shows what happens when you add animation and sound effects to the game. For Kids... This game is a lot like the game in the last chapter.  Only this time the arrows move and play funny music. To play this game, just search for the arrows on...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 Fred D'Ignazio
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GUESS MY NUMBER For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn numbers and number sequence.  It helps them become familiar with and adept at manipulating the "greater-than" and "less-than" relationship among numbers.  It helps them learn efficient techniques for searching through a group of numbers. For Kids... In this game, the computer "thinks up" a number between 1 and 20.  It asks you your name.  (Let's say your name is Hatty.) ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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ALPHABET AL For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the letters of the alphabet.  The letters appear on the screen, and the children have to find them on the computer keyboard. For Kids...  Remember Johnny Appleseed?  Johnny went all over America planting seeds.  The seeds sprouted and grew into apple trees with bright red, juicy apples. But what would have happened if Johnny had planted "letter" seeds instead of apple seeds?  Then letters would have sprouted...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE COMPUTER CRAYON For Parents and Teachers... This game turns the computer into an electronic crayon and the TV screen into a sketchpad.  This game appeals to all ages.  Yet even a younger child can use the game to develop his or her artistic abilities.  And it's a great imagination game.  The TV screen is empty, and the child can fill it with whatever he or she dreams up. For Kids... Load the Crayon program and type RUN. The Crayon color selection menu appears on the screen.  It can be...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SCRAMBLED EGGS For Parents and Teachers... In the last chapter your children counted goose eggs along with the computer.  But did you notice that the computer always counted the eggs *in order*? In this chapter the computer scrambles the goose eggs.  It has the option of drawing anywhere from zero goose eggs to 24 goose eggs on the TV screen.  The children have to count the eggs and type in the correct answer.  Then the computer erases the old eggs and draws a bunch of new ones.
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE SKYWRITER For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  The computer asks children for any sequence of letters or numbers.  Then it displays the letters or numbers, over and over, all across the TV screen.  This is a good game for teaching children how to spell their own names or the names of their pets and other members of their family. For Kids... Have you ever seen a skywriter?  A skywriter is an airplane that flies high up in the sky and leaves a white smokey trail. ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SPELLING BEE For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter the words into the computer, and then the computer quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... The computer first asks you for 10 words you would like to know how to spell.  Maybe they are the 10 words that will be appearing on your spelling test tomorrow morning. You type in the 10...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UN! DEUX! TROIS! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in French. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in French:      5      CINQ  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer asks...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn directions: up, down, left, and right. It also helps them recognize the direction words. For Kids... Look for the arrow keys on the keyboard.  Do you see them?  Now, you're ready. The computer asks you: "WHICH DIRECTION?" On the screen you see an arrow and a word.  What arrow do you see? It's the up arrow.  The arrow is pointing to the word "UP."  Say the word out loud.  Shout it out! Can you...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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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
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 Fred D'Ignazio
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NAME THAT COLOR! For Teachers and Parents... This game helps children learn colors and the color names.  The computer flashes a color on the picture screen.  It also displays a color name on the middle of the screen.  If the color name does not match the color, the child presses the SPACE bar and a new color name appears.  The child asks the computer for new color names until he finds the color name that matches the color.  Then he presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Pretend that you are...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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BACKWORDS For Parents and Teachers... This game is mostly for fun.  But it teaches children to look at words in a playful, original way.  It shows them that words aren't fixed and frozen.  They can be flipped over and turned around.  The result is amusing and often surprising. For Kids... Did you ever wonder what your name looks like spelled backwards?  I did.  So I tried this computer game. When the computer typed "FRONTWORDS?"  I typed my name -- FRED. A message flashed on...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UNO! DOS! TRES! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in Spanish. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in Spanish:       5      CINCO  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer...
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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 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
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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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 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 Fred Scerbo
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SNAIL INVADERS Snail Invaders ia a RAINBOW exclusive, brought to you through the good offices of Illustrated Memory Banks (IMB). SNAIL INVADERS is a joint effort of Fred B. Scerbo, vice president and software author for IMB, and Dale Haggerty, a.k.a. "Snail," a 16-year-old student at Drury High School in North Adams, MA. Scerbo writes that "Dale served as the inspiration for "SNAIL INVADERS" and helped out by designing the title card and snail graphics for the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo
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STARTRENCH WARFARE   Now: Get a 3-D View of Space    by Fred Scerbo  Most arcaders are looking for rapid-fire action and colorful, hi-res graphics.  Add to this the latest revival of the 3-D craze and you have "Startrench Warfare" 1.0 from Illustrated Memory Banks. The following program is offered as an exclusive to readers of the Rainbow.  You will find that it is a very short program (only 27 lines) which will just fit in 16K.  While you don’t need a pair of 3-D glasses to...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo
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ALPINE ALIENS Will the ALPINE ALIENS Win... Or Will You? Now, let us journey to the Alps of a distant moon and see whether we will be able to survive an attack by aliens trying to get to our base. This game, ALPINE ALIENS, is brought to you from Illustrated Memory Banks.  It pits you, as a defender, against the aliens attacking from the skies. We remind you that ALPINE ALIENS is copyrighted by IMB.  You are allowed to use the game for your own enjoyment, but may neither make copies for others...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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...
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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,...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Dale Haggerty
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WILD, WILD WEB Watch Out for the Wild, Wild Web If you don’t like spiders, don’t play WILD, WILD WEB, because in it you are a spider and your object is to get a good, wholesome lunch. While there are many differing opinions about what a good, wholesome lunch might consist of among us humans, there is little debate among spiders.  They like ants.  (We are told they like moths for dinner.) This game, brought to you by the IMB dynamic duo of Fred Scerbo and Dale Haggerty (a.k.a. Snail), will...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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VECTORS   If You Went Sailin'... Now Try a Bit of Rowing   by Geoff Wells  If you liked the Sailin' program in last month's issue of the Rainbow, you might be one of those people who likes to try their hand on the water. But sailing is hard.  There are currents, winds, rudders and so forth. Rowing is easier, there are just a couple of oars and they are pretty easy to handle. That is if it wasn't for the currents.  And, while winds and the rudder are absent here, there is a current.  In...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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WORD   A New Way to Make Up Words is Here   by Geoff Wells Some of the easiest-sounding programming projects turn out to be much more complicated than first anticipated.  But, if you take on something a little beyond your programming capabilities and succeed, then you have stretched your knowledge and abilities. This was the case with the program Word below.  I wanted to produce a game similar to Scrabble™ with a bag of letters of various point values, from which I could make words. ...
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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 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 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
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