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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lynn Davis
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) Have you ever run a program that drew curves or spirals and then listed the program to see how it worked?  Were you then discouraged by a confusing array of sines, cosines, and other trigonometric functions? If you can answer "yes" to the above, this article can relieve the confusion by teaching you to graph polar coordinates. All you'll need is a color Computer with Extended Color Basic, some time to read the explanations, and a little...
Topics: color computer, coco, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Scott L. Bain
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3D MAZE An A-mazing Game for Your Fun! Welcome to the world of three dimensional mazes. The following program, 3D MAZE, is designed to put you right in the action, searching through a labyrinth for a way out. Type in the program and run it.  It will display a message and have you wait a short time while it creates a maze.  Every time you run 3D MAZE, the maze will be re-drawn.  It is never the same twice. Next, you will have to choose between fast and slow screens.  3D MAZE is written in...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "Gordian Knot" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "It's getting late," said Sorcerer Goldberg.  "And now for the tale of..." 64 WITCHES The annual witches' convention on Bald Mountain was thrown into disarray when 64 witches showed up for a meeting in a hall containing 64 chairs in an eight-by-eight grid. "I don't...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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 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...
Topics: coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jorge Mir
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ADVENTURE MAKER Now, Make Your Own Adventure with ADVMAKER We hope you enjoyed playing RAINBOW ADVENTURE last month.  We know the listing was pretty long, but it does take some amount of code to be able to create an Adventure game. As we said last month, we are now going to dissect the RAINBOW Adventure and show you how to create one of your own. For one thing, you'll notice that we had a great number of REMark statements in last month's program.  That was to guide you in making your own...
Topics: coco, rainbow, adventure, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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AL'S TOUR OF THE STATES For Parents and Teachers... This game teaches children the names of all the states.  A letter appears on the screen, and the children have to guess which state begins with that letter.  If they can't think of any states or they can't spell the state name, the computer will let them peek at the state names beginning with each letter. For Kids... Here's Alphabet Al sowing "alphabet" seeds all over the country.  When Al visits a state he finds out the first...
Topics: coco, playground, game, basic, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 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
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...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo
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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 D'Ignazio
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THE ARITHMETIC GAME For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For Kids... When I was a child, I used to work on an arithmetic problem and then get frustrated because I didn't know if my answer was right or wrong. I wanted to know the answer right away.  But I had to wait until the teacher graded my homework paper or my test.  Sometimes that took days or even weeks.  By the time I got my paper back, the problem was no...
Topics: coco, playground, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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BEEPEROO Design Programs to Help Children Learn (Mr. Blyn, who teaches both exceptional and gifted children, holds two Master's degrees in the field of education and has won an award for the design of a computer program to aid handicapped children.  He and his wife, Cheryl, own Computer Island.) There is much discussion and confusion on exactly how children learn. Learning theory is not nearly so exact as is computer theory.  It is generally agreed, however, that different individuals have...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Gordian Knot" and "64 Witches" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "There is more here than spells and potions," said Sorcerer Donald E. Goldberg as he opened the heavy tome entitled "Wizardry Made Simple".  The girl named Sunflower and the boy named Poke listened with interest.  Life had become exciting since the Sorcerer had accepted...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lynn Davis
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(From Color Computer Magazine, April 1983.)   Interface your Color Computer with your child's spelling problems   and improve grades.   by Lynn Davis I hated the weekly spelling tests in elementary school.  I could never figure out how to learn all those words. I tried writing each one 10 times.  When that didn't work I tried writing each word 100 times.  All that did was waste 10 times the paper. Later, much later (too much later), I figured out what I was doing wrong.  I wasn't...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by John W. Fraysse, Jr.
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[Note: This game does not appear to work properly on a disk-based system.] CADET TRAINER   Homing in on a Guided Missile System   by John W. Fraysse, Jr. FEATURES * High resolution four color graphics with random scenes * Five levels of difficulty (three with maneuvering targets) * Action graphics with joystick control * Self explaining instructions * All BASIC programming Caddet Trainer is an attempt (I hope a successful one) to simulate the two phases of a command guided weapon system. ...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Herbert B. Ridge
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CALENDAR   Pope Gregory Would Like This Calendar   by Herbert B. Ridge On a recent vacation I saw a plaque which displayed this truism: "The Difference Between Men And Boys Is The Price Of Their Toys."  When I think of what I fondly refer to as “my computer room" I know the creator of that short saying must be a computer enthusiast. I am also sure he knows, as you do, our "toys," in addition to entertaining, quickly become essential in all our day-to-day endeavors....
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Bill Nolan
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CHARACTER CREATOR   Create Character Files with This 'Finished' Program    by Bill Nolan Welcome to the March column.  I wish I could say that I finally did this early, but the fact is that as I sit here at my computer, word-processing away in an effort to spruce up this final draft, the people at Federal Express are only two hours away.  Yes, the editor of this most respected magazine said "it absolutely, positively had to be there overnight."  That's what I get for waiting...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lane P. Lester
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CHEMBOND   Lecture Graphics: Chemical Bonding Simulation    by Lane P. Lester  While of professional use to few of our readers, the following article and listing is both an interesting glimpse into atomic structures and chemical bonding, and an excellent example of the use of computer programming as a graphics aid for instructional purposes in general. The bold graphics of the Color Computer offer the teacher a tool in computer-aided instruction that has not yet been fully explored; namely,...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Peter Stumpf
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CHRISTMAS SCENE   You’ll Log This Program for Holiday Merriment   by Peter Stumpf  Get ready for the holiday season with this fireplace complete with a glowing flame and stockings hung with care.  The fire flickers brightly without dangerous sparks.  And no logs to cut or ashes to clean... there is even a little music for your enjoyment!
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
Topics: coco, color computer, game, basic, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 4 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles 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
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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Joseph Kohn
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COLOR POKER   A Colorful Game of Draw -- That's Color Poker   by Joseph Kohn Color Poker duplicates the electronic draw poker games prevalent in Vegas, and requires 16K, Extended BASIC.  Playing is quite simple. The machine deals you five cards.  You have the option of keeping all of them or discarding up to lour to improve your hand.  How much you win, if you are lucky, is based on the built-in odds for each winning hand.  I use the same odds as Las Vegas, except that I don't require...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
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 Ray Moses
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COMPUTERIZED STAR MAP Stars Fall on 80C This neat little program from Ray Moses of Moses Engineering Mill give you a display of the sky using a variety of times of the year. The program, as it is listed below, explains what inputs have to 16K be made and how to make them.  Once those inputs are made, STARMAP Will show you the sky at the time of year that you ask it to. Some 80C’s may get slightly hung up running this program and will display a large number of lines when the star map is...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by T. Delbourgo; R. Delbourgo
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CONSEQUENCES   A Disjointed Tale for Assorted Wags    by T. & R. Delbourgo Remember that old party game some of us called "Consequences?"  Each of a number (greater than two) of people, seated round a table is provided with a slip of paper on which s/he must write a short story; for example:   (1) Napoleon met (2) Josephine on (3) the Isle of Elba.   (4) It was a desolate scene.   (5) He said: It is lonely here.   (6) She said: Don’t despair!   (7) The consequence was:...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Abecedarian" and "Turnabout" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The story of the boy and girl, Poke and Sunflower, began in the April issue when they arrived at the Sorcerer's castle hoping to become apprentices.  During the three months since their arrival at the castle, the twisted, malicious, and generally unpleasant keeper of the castle, Bob, has put them through several...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by James H. Barringer
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DOG-GONE INTERESTING   This is a Dog-Gone Interesting Program Readers of the June and August issues of the RAINBOW will recall an article on various printers and a somewhat heated (if tongue-in-cheek) reply by Dave Hooper of Hoffman Estates, Ill. In his letter, Mr. Hooper referred to a program written by James H. Barringer of Taylor, Mich., which reproduced a figure of a famous canine through the Line Printer VII.  Our editorial note attached to the letter was that we wished we could have...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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DRAGON ROLLER   By Bill Nolan    Rainbow FRP Columnist  (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmaster in a popular fantasy-role playing game on a weekly basis, is the President of Prickly-Pear Software.) Hello again, and welcome to August.  Please take note of the brand new name at the head of this column.  This was the Grand Prize winner in our "Name the Column" contest.  Like I mentioned when the contest was announced, there were no other prizes in this contest.  Just like when...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Harold Schneider
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) DREIDEL   A Hanukkah top game can be lots of fun during the entire year!   by Harold Schneider Dreidel is an ancient game you can easily modernize and use to entertain and educate even your youngest child.  Dreidel (pronounced "dray'-dl") is traditionally played during the eight nights of Hanukkah.  It can be enjoyed any time of year, however, and children don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this simple game of put and take.  As a fun...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Gregory Ricketts
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[Note: I have not been successful in getting the "ADVENTUR" module to  run on a disk-based system due to memory constraints.] DUNGEON ADVENTURE   Playing the Great Dungeon Adventure   by Gregory Ricketts Entering the Dungeon If you’re ready to engage these dire grounds, to face a motley mob of menacing monsters and peregrinate the perilous pathways of this labyrinth laden with liability, please CLOAD and ENTER. First, load the dungeon-making program entitled...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Steve Blyn
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ELEMENTS   But, What Did I Get Wrong?   by Steve Blyn  You've got this great educational game going on your computer.  It asks the child some questions in a particular category and everything appears fine.  Let's check -- the questions are coming up randomly. They are not repeating.  You have appropriate reinforcers.  Your counters and scorers are giving a correct final tally or score.  What more could any kid want? He may very well want to know which questions he got wrong.  Many...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
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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 Scott Norman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) FIELD OF HONOR occupies 11.4K RAM, including six graphics pages and requires 32K and Extended Basic.  I have also included changes to run Field of Honor on 16K machines.  The game is simple enough, but the structure of the game is a little convoluted due to subroutines used for frequently-used operations.  To reserve enough graphics memory for the game, enter a PCLEAR 6 from the command mode.  An on-screen prompt reminds you in case you give the...
Topics: color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, coco
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Jump Away Solitaire", and "Logicolor" for Parts 1, 2, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) FLAT CUBES Picture four cubes with various colors on each face.  Now picture each of those cubes presented with its six sides shown in vertical rows. In this manner, the rows across show the front, bottom, top, back, left and right faces of each of the four cubes. The object is to...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE FORTUNE TELLER For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  The computer plays the part of a fortune teller and pretends it can see into the child's future.  This program will motivate children to develop their writing and typing skills. For Kids... Imagine that it's late at night and you are asleep. A crash of thunder wakes you.  You hear eerie music coming up the stairs.  You sneak downstairs to see what is making the music. It's the computer.  Strange messages appear on...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Robert L. Crooks
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FRACTION   A Common Denominator for Math Study and Ease    by Robert L. Crooks Fraction was written after spending several hours on several different days checking my daughter's math homework.  She had just started fractions in school, and even though I'm at home with numbers, it was still a large time sink.  While in the process of devising a routine for simple checking of simple fractions, it was but a short step (in concept anyway) to the attached routine. This routine will check...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Robert Toscani
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(From Color Computer Magazine, August 1983.)   Submarines, depth charges and excitement abound in this 4K game. Some months ago I saw a game called Sub Destroy in another computer magazine.  It required 16K and Color Basic, and was a conversion from a Model I game.  There were a number of things I didn't like about it, and, I thought it could fit into 4K.  So, without further ado, here is 4K Sub Destroy. There are three subs that move from left to right on your screen, and your white...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Ronald R. Smith
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GIN For Its... Gin, Gin Gin Yes, Virginia, there are computer widows everywhere.  But Ronald R. Smith of Chicago says he thinks he's solved some of the problem in his house. Mrs. Smith, it seems, is an avid gin player.  And, while she can't stand the COLOR Computer Ron recently purchased, she'll play a hand or two of gin any time. The version of gin played by most is "Hollywood," with three games going on at once.  After each hand, the winner scores in all three games (assuming he...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "64 Witches" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "Now, apprentices," the Sorcerer cautioned.  "You'll both try this test before bed, but now for the second story.  It's called..." GORDIAN KNOT Uldabro, the Exalted Vile of Gordius, gave a sneer that barely passed for a smile as his guards shoved Captain Sam "Lucky"...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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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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
by Mack McGhee
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THE HAMBURGER CONTEST For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice multiplication. The computer draws from one to nine hamburgers and from one to nine people.  It asks, for example, if four people eat three hamburgers each, how many hamburgers are eaten? For Kids... Do you like hamburgers?  I hope so, because you've been elected by your school to go to the first national KIDS' HAMBURGER EATING CONTEST. You go to Washington, D.C.  You and eight other children sit down at a...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by John Fernald
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HEALTH   How Healthy Are You?  This Program Tells You    by John Fernald  Personal health is a subject that comes more and more into the center-stage of interest each year.  A number of national publications have featured articles on health in recent months and there are more books showing up every day on how to look, and feel, more healthy. The August 10, 1982 issue of Family Circle magazine published an extensive self-test on health and I undertook to adapt it for use with the 80C. ...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by JARB Software
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HELO BATTLE Helicopter Battleground for You If you enjoyed fighting around the LASER STAR last month, JARB SOFTWARE offers another sample goodie for your joysticking pleasure this month as well. This is HELO BATTLE, which pits you against a fortified castle that shoots antiaircraft rounds at your helicopter. To play, you have to fly your chopper to avoid the incoming fire while, at the same time, aiming and firing your gun. The right joystick controls the copter's flight and the left the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Schmidt
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HEXERCISER   Everything You Wanted to Know About Hex...   by Jim Schmidt One of the more difficult concepts in the world of computers is that old devil -- Hex!  The fact that most of us were born with only ten fingers and toes seems to make grasping the concept of another number base more difficult than it should be.  Over the years it has sometimes fallen to me to instruct novices in programming on this subject.  Most professional programmers have their share of trouble with Hex. The...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Sweet
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HOBBIT   Running from Orcs Can Be "Hobbit-Forming"   by David Sweet If you were a Hobbit, wandering through the woods on an important Hobbit errand, and suddenly found yourself surrounded by (shudder) dreaded ores, what in middle-earth would you do? Since you have in your possession the magical CoCo (a gift from Gandolf, perhaps?) you need only to strike the "N" key to be whisked to safety -- at least for the moment.  But you need to be careful, for stroking the...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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
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 Ted Shorter
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ICE LANDER Ice Lander Can Be a Slick Run Ted Shorter writes us from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to say that he is 13 years old "and a computer freak." We’re not certain what the definition of a "computer freak" is, but if it means a promising young programmer, then Ted fills the bill. He explains this game, the listing of which follows, this way: I’d been using SET and PSET to move dots around the screen when I decided to try my hand with GET and PUT to move objects instead. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Paul French
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IOWA LEMONADE   by Paul French Shortly after I got my Color Computer, I decided to convert a few programs to run on it.  Iowa Lemonade is the most ambitious of my conversions.  The idea and logic have been around for quite a while and one of the other computer manufacturers sends (or used to send) a version out on a demo disk with their disk drives.  It was kind of cute, so I decided to develop one for the CoCo.  Since a 16K cassette system was top of the line from Radio Shack at the time...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Joseph Earl Bennett; Harry David Stow
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JARBCODE Want to Keep It a Secret?  Here's a Way to Do It! If you are into secrets.. .or just want to do some experimenting with code, JARBCODE from JARB Software is a great way to go. This program comes to readers of the RAINBOW courtesy of Joe Bennett of JARB Software.  While offered for sale by JARB, it is reproduced here with permission of the owners.  You are authorized to make copies necessary for your own use, but you may not make copies for anyone else. A full manual, 27 pages in...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Joseph Earl Bennett; John L. Urban
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JARBIORHYTHM How's Your Day?  Need Biorhythm Help? Here's another program from JARB Software that will help you out in dealing with everyday life. Its called JARBIORHYTHM and it will generate a complete chart for you. The chart can be as short as a day, or as long as a year.  And, the chart will graphically display just how your biorhythms fluctuate over their different cycles. You do need a printer for this program.  But it comes out with a handsome display.  We've heard that programs such...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
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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
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Flat Cubes", and "Logicolor" for Parts 1, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) JUMP AWAY SOLITAIRE Forty-eight orange checkers are drawn within a white square.  The checker at top left seems to have double length, but by tapping N for north, S for south, W for west and E for east, the player will see the checker is actually a cursor which can be moved to any of the 64...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine