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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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Larry Konecky
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PLAY THIS TUNE   CoCo Says Repeat This Tune   by Larry Konecky   Director, CAI in Music, Alcorn State University  Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) is receiving much attention in all areas of education, particularly in subject areas where drill and practice exercises are necessary for student learning.  In music education, ear training is an area in which much practice is necessary by many students for sufficient development to occur.  Also, even though students may be in the same music...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
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 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 Jorge Mir
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RAINBOW ADVENTURE Let’s Go on a Simple Rainbow Adventure  We’re going to do things a little differently this month, but there is a good reason for it.  The listing which appears at the end of this program is called RAINBOW ADVENTURE and, as such, it has no real relationship to the comments I will make here. In other words, it is a complete program all to itself.  Just load it and RUN it and you’ll (I hope) have a fairly simple, but enjoyable, adventure. What I am going to talk about...
Topics: coco, rainbow, adventure, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Larry Konecky
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MUSIC PROCESSOR   This is Just Like Music to Your Eyes    by Larry Konecky  The Music Processor, which was written as a visual aid for music theory classes, could well become a valuable tool in the library of the musically-inclined computerist. Provisions are made in the program for saving and loading examples to and from tape storage, and a screen print program may be used for printing assignments or short music examples. The Music Processor itself is menu based, but the menu is not...
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 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 Robert Dobbert; Dale Haggerty
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SWAMP WARS Swamp Wars Can Win Your Croix de Lillypad If you always wanted to be a frog (some of them change into handsome prices, you know), there is your chance. This color game from IMB, Illustrated Memory Banks, is a rapid color high-res graphic offering called SNANP NARS. This game was designed with the joint contribution of Drury High School students (North Adams, MA), Robert Dobbert (SKY-EYE) and Dale (SNAIL INVADERS, WILD WEB) Haggerty.  This game utilizes some very fancy tricks on the...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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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THE PIED PIPER For Parents... This is a memory and concentration game.  The computer creates a chain of colors and musical tones.  The colors and tones are represented by the keys 1 to 4 on the computer keyboard.  First the colors are displayed and the tones play, and then the child presses the keys. The keys have to be in the same sequence as the colors and tones.  If the child can remember the exact sequence of colors and tones, the chain grows one link at a time.  You can adjust how...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by R. F. Miller
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(From Color Computer Magazine, May 1983.)   Musical Flash Cards   Throw away the dog-ears cardboard flashcards, power-up your   computer, and learn musical notes by sight and sound.   by R. F. Miller Computers can turn an unpleasant lesson into an enjoyable game.  When my 8-year old started piano lessons, his teacher gave him a pack of flash cards with various notes on them.  We were to drill him with the cards every day.  He didn't like it and neither did we.  I decided this was a job...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Ebbert
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[Note: This program has issues with a short ML routine that does not appear to work properly on a late-model CoCo.  It has not been fully tested.] STARBASE ALPHA   Here is a Way to Protect Your Planet-Bound Bases   by Jim Ebbert The following program, Starbase Alpha, is a takeoff on the familiar theme of planet defense against alien attackers from space.  It is contributed by Acesoft Software for your enjoyment. The program is simple to operate and requires some pretty fast work. Although...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Sara Nolan
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SONGBOOK MICRO-MAESTRO: Using CoCo’s Play Statement    by Sara Nolan  (Mrs. Nolan is a principal in Prickly-Pear Software and the author of their Big, Big, Big Songbook program.) [Tutorial omitted.] Well, this has been fun.  I hope the pointers I have tried to give you will allow you to build a collection of songs for Coco.  For your enjoyment during this holiday season, I have included a few melodies to start your collection. Just type the program (VERRRY carefully) and run it.  There...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by JARB Software
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PSYCHIC APTITUDE TEST Are you psychotic... ur, uh... psychic? The following program (PAT) is brought to you courtesy of JARB Sofrware.  It is a Psychic Aptitude Test in format, and is a lot of fun to see how psychic you might be. Note that by comparison to QUIZ, the program itself Is pretty short -- from lines 10 to 290, and a great deal of that is instruction. You should also note that this one is more gee-whiz than is QUIZ.  It employs the use of sounds and colors to a greater degree than...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UNO! DOS! TRES! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in Spanish. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in Spanish:       5      CINCO  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 JARB Software
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LASER STAR Get Ready to Do Battle Near Laser Star Get out those joysticks and see whether you can become a Space Fleet Commander while battling at the LASER STAR. This Program is brought to you through the good offices of JARB Software.  And, for anyone who doesn't want to type it in himself, you can send $14.95 to JARB (1169 Florida St., Imperial Beach, CA, 92032) for a cassette copy.  Add $1 for postage and you will get this tape, plus another game, Helo Battle.  Helo Battle will appear in...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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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 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 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:...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn directions: up, down, left, and right. It also helps them recognize the direction words. For Kids... Look for the arrow keys on the keyboard.  Do you see them?  Now, you're ready. The computer asks you: "WHICH DIRECTION?" On the screen you see an arrow and a word.  What arrow do you see? It's the up arrow.  The arrow is pointing to the word "UP."  Say the word out loud.  Shout it out! Can you...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by John Waclo
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NFL SCHEDULES 80C Picks the National Football League It’s time for NFL FOOTBALL!  Is it really?  Well if you're a football nut and you enjoy using your Color Computer, it's time to get ready for the 1982 NFL season. Starting with this issue, I begin a three-part series on the NFL. Last year we spent the entire NFL season using our 80C to watch the teams.  During the next three months we'll tell you what we learned and provide the program listings so you can try it yourself. At one point...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Gregory Clark
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Randolf of the Moors   by Gregory Clark  In the year 974 AD was born a male child.  The parents, being very poor even for peasants, indentured the child to their local lord. The boy grew up within the castle walls, never seeing the outside world except through the tales of the knights, overheard while he fought with the castle dogs for scraps of food under the banquet tables. Never having been given a proper name, he thought of himself as Sir Randolph of the Moors.  All of his waking...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, adventure, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Laurence D. Preble
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OUTPOST FIVE   Stayin' Alive at Outpost Five By Dr. Laurence D. Preble  What do you do on a frosty winter's evening?  Well, assuming the wife isn't nearby for some quiet time by the fireside, I like to write programs.  Is that so strange? A 1981 winter's-eve programming effort consisted of my first attempt at learning Extended Color Basic.  With all those neat graphics to try out, I couldn't help myself; a game program was inevitable. Imagine yourself the field commander of five Federation...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Wolfgang Hryzak
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PING-PONG   Ping-Pong International Game for People and 80C    by Wolfgang Hryzak  Ping-Pong has been a game of international interest for a number of years, so I thought I would submit a Ping-Pong game to the RAINBOW to share this international spirit with the Color Computer. The game, while in BASIC and a bit slow, is a variation of the PONG game which has been so popular.  It requires two players, each with their own joystick and they can move their paddles up and down in this way. The...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) I wrote Tick Talk, an Extended Color Basic program, to help my children learn to tell time the old-fashioned way -- on a round clock with hands.  The program displays a moving graphic of a clock face. Random times are shown, the learner types in the time, and the program tells you whether the answer is right or wrong. Tick Talk is not Robbie the Robot.  You can't just chain the child to the computer and expect him to come away able to tell time. ...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jake Commander; Kerry Leichtman
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(From Color Computer Magazine, May 1983.)   Shields up, phasers locked on, fire phasers.  Space Trek combines   the excitements of arcade, adventure, and simulation games into an   unequaled galactic experience.   Program by Jake Commander   Article by Kerry Leichtman There I was, sitting with a bucket of popcorn, at the movie theater. The lights dimmed, the music began, and the audience quieted.  Star Trek II had just begun. Seconds into the opening reel, the crew of the Enterprise was...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Lynn Davis
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(From Color Computer Magazine, March 1983.) Have you ever run a program that drew curves or spirals and then listed the program to see how it worked?  Were you then discouraged by a confusing array of sines, cosines, and other trigonometric functions? If you can answer "yes" to the above, this article can relieve the confusion by teaching you to graph polar coordinates. All you'll need is a color Computer with Extended Color Basic, some time to read the explanations, and a little...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Ebbert
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[Note: This program has issues with a short ML routine that does not appear to work properly on a late-model CoCo.  It has not been fully tested.] NO ESCAPE Is There Any Escape from NO ESCAPE? Now, from the world of outer space, comes NO ESCAPE.  where you try to navigate through a meteor field that bars your way from the planet Saturn. You can never make it to the lamed ringed planet Saturn, actually.  It just takes too long and there are far too many meteors between Mars and Saturn.  They...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 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 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 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 John Fraysse
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SAILOR   Go Sailing With The Sailor    by John Fraysse As a sailboat cruiser and club racer on Chesapeake Bay I am often told, "Gee, this (sailing) is neat!  How does it work?  Will you teach me?" Since most interested folks are generally of technical backgrounds, a few hours with pen and paper and a good reference book will usually lay the groundwork.  However, there still seems to be a gap between the "book sense" of sailing and actual application. Sailor was written...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 Tom Goodrich
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) ORBIT!   We've all wanted to fly one of those speedy little rocket numbers   that are in all the Sci-fi movies.  Here's your chance to captain a   space ship.   by Tom Goodrich Simulating complex engineering problems is a neat thing to do on a honne computer; it's possible to learn something interesting while having fun.  Of course, it's also easy to get bogged down in too many details.  I intended Orbit to be more of a game than an...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by John Plaxton
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LIGHTNING   Here's a Flashy Little Program, By Thunder   by John Plaxton The following program, Lightning, continually generates a single flash of forked lightning across a PMODE4 screen.  Each flash is different. The program is part of a father-son effort in generating an electronic window display of numerous scenes suitable for Halloween. You may be interested in trying to devise a suitable program for thunder.
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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 Robert A. Kelley
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TOWERS OF HANOI   Towers of Hanoi is a Game for You Thinkers    by Robert A. Kelley Towers of Hanoi is a classic puzzle involving the transfer of progressively larger disks from one peg to another, using a third peg as a temporary holding place.  Instructions are simple and can be found in the program listing. Some of you might be interested in its name.  Towers of Hanoi is called that because it is believed it was first developed by the ancient elders of Indochina as a study in logic. ...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Abecedarian" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) There will be a large color square on the screen.  The object is to make the top half blue, the bottom half orange.  The program recognizes a winning situation.  As the program begins, the winning state is shown, then the two colors exchange.  After that there is a series of exchanges of parts between the two...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 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 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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 4 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Jump Away Solitaire", and "Flat Cubes" for Parts 1, 2, and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) LOGICOLOR A hidden four-color code is generated.  The object is to guess the code within 15 tries.  Colors used in the code are yellow, blue, red, white, cyan and magenta.  The code may be of four different colors, all the same or a combination of the six. After the program flashes...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 Robert Toscani
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(From Color Computer Magazine, April 1984.)     MUSICAL TALES: If you and your computer could collaborate to write     a story and then put your collective words to music, you would     have quite a party game wouldn't you?  Well now you do.     by Robert Toscani This program, Musical Tales, gives you a series of incomplete sentences.  After filling in your responses, the program plays back the complete story to musical accompaniment.  You can choose from three pre-programmed songs,...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Morton Goldberg
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MARQUEE DE FIN Ever get to the end of a tough adventure game, with your heart pounding with pride from finally winning, and your ears flapping violently under your hat, only to receive nothing more for your valiant effort than a green screen with the tiny words "Want to play again? Y/N"? Well, from Morton Goldberg of Newtown, MA, here’s some medicine for that malady, a way to go out in style when the "end" comes.  If you’re a beginner, remember that the program lines...
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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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "Gordian Knot" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "It's getting late," said Sorcerer Goldberg.  "And now for the tale of..." 64 WITCHES The annual witches' convention on Bald Mountain was thrown into disarray when 64 witches showed up for a meeting in a hall containing 64 chairs in an eight-by-eight grid. "I don't...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 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 Joni Burdette; Beth Ann Hostutler
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THE RICH KING For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice addition.  It helps them sharpen their concentration and memory. A rich king goes from room to room in his castle, counting his diamonds.  The children follow the king through the different-colored rooms.  They count the diamonds in each of the rooms.  At the end they add up the diamonds in all the rooms. For Kids... Once upon a time, there was a country named Cybernia.  The king of Cybernia was a fat, little...
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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 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 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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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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Turnabout" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The letters A-X and an empty square are displayed in a five-by-five grid.  The object is to put these 24 letters in alphabetical order, reading left to right in descending rows.  Press the four arrow keys to maneuver letters.  A legal move is one that slides a letter in the direction indicated by the arrow key...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles V.  See "Alley Oops!", "Questigian Torture", and "Circles and Discs" for Parts 2, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, February 1984.) SORCERER'S PUZZLES V   Enjoy this set of puzzles or -- or -- or else!   by Richard Ramella Sunflower hauled Poke to the top of a rocky escarpment on a sheer line of cliffs high in the blue mountains west of the castle.  "Now that we've overcome the Questigians' traps,...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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ALPHABET AL For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the letters of the alphabet.  The letters appear on the screen, and the children have to find them on the computer keyboard. For Kids...  Remember Johnny Appleseed?  Johnny went all over America planting seeds.  The seeds sprouted and grew into apple trees with bright red, juicy apples. But what would have happened if Johnny had planted "letter" seeds instead of apple seeds?  Then letters would have sprouted...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground