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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 Howard Boggess
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PEPPERONI, PLEASE! For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children practice their division and fractions. The computer draws a pizza pie on the TV screen.  It divides the pie into anywhere from two to eight slices.  Then it draws a random number of people on the screen.  For example, the computer might ask: If there are three people trying to eat six slices of pizza, how many slices does each person get? When the child has correctly answered the question (or answers the question...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 Susan P. Davis; Gary Davis
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[Note: The name and number have been set to "JENNY 867-5309".] PHONE NUMBER   FoneHome -- E.T. Could Have Used This One!   by Susan P. Davis Certainly, most everyone knows that E.T., the Extraterrestial spent quite a bit of time trying to phone home.  But, even if some of your kids seem like they're from outer space, it's good for them to learn how to call home when they need to do so. In short, it is desirable to teach your children their own telephone number.  That's what I set...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Dale Haggerty
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WILD, WILD WEB Watch Out for the Wild, Wild Web If you don’t like spiders, don’t play WILD, WILD WEB, because in it you are a spider and your object is to get a good, wholesome lunch. While there are many differing opinions about what a good, wholesome lunch might consist of among us humans, there is little debate among spiders.  They like ants.  (We are told they like moths for dinner.) This game, brought to you by the IMB dynamic duo of Fred Scerbo and Dale Haggerty (a.k.a. Snail), will...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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 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 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 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...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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 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 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 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 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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MAKE UP A SONG For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children learn how to create musical notes and tunes.  It will teach them how different notes can be combined in beautiful, harmonious, or unusual ways. For Kids... Pretend that your computer is an electronic guitar.  You pick notes on a guitar.  You combine the notes into songs.  Now you can do that on your computer, too. When you RUN the Notes program, it will first play all the notes between middle C and high C (including the...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 Scott Rainey; Brian Francois
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QUIZ SHOW This game helps children learn some interesting facts.  The questions in this game can be easily replaced by questions focusing on a particular subject: history, geography, current events, language arts, etc.  Also, many new questions can be added. The game is self-grading.  It keeps track of the children's correct and incorrect answers.  The children's score is printed at the end of the quiz. For Kids... Pretend that you get a letter in the mail.  You have been invited to be on...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Vortex", "Flat Cubes", and "Logicolor" for Parts 1, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) JUMP AWAY SOLITAIRE Forty-eight orange checkers are drawn within a white square.  The checker at top left seems to have double length, but by tapping N for north, S for south, W for west and E for east, the player will see the checker is actually a cursor which can be moved to any of the 64...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred 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 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 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...
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...
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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 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 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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NAME THAT COLOR! For Teachers and Parents... This game helps children learn colors and the color names.  The computer flashes a color on the picture screen.  It also displays a color name on the middle of the screen.  If the color name does not match the color, the child presses the SPACE bar and a new color name appears.  The child asks the computer for new color names until he finds the color name that matches the color.  Then he presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Pretend that you are...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Timothy J. O'Donnell
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WORD SEARCH   Word Search Generates Learning as Well as Fun    by Timothy J. O'Donnell   Spelling, as an exercise in rote learning, was never a lot of fun, if I correctly remember my childhood conclusion on the subject.  I enjoyed reading, but vocabulary study seemed nearly as dry a process as spelling.  Except, of course, when Miss Watkins taught us our words in the fifth grade.  We boys would have gladly done anything for Miss Watkins -- even study our spelling words!  Unfortunately,...
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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 Aaron Franksen
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J/K DRAW   From Way Up and Way Over Here's J/K Draw   by Aaron Franksen As you might expect, when we get mail from Cleveland, we don't rush to the road atlas to see if it's the largest city in Ohio.  On the other hand, when we get a cute little program sent to us from Revelstokc, British Columbia, it's reach for the World Book time. Aaron Fransen lives in this westernmost province of Canada and we like to think he uses his CoCo in the seclusion of a small cabin in the Monashee Mountains near...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Chris Latham; John Erickson
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NUKE SIM   Micro-Meltdown: A Nuclear Reactor Simulation   by Chris Latham and John Erickson (Editor's Note: The following article and program, as well as others in this issue, are intended to acquaint Rainbow readers with the concept of computer Simulations.  NUKE SIM was especially commissioned by the Rainbow to help kick off our Simulation Contest.  In order to ensure that we had a first-rate Simulation to serve as an example, we contacted two top-flight programmers whose accomplishments...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jim Ebbert
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[Note: This program has issues with a short ML routine that does not appear to work properly on a late-model CoCo.  It has not been fully tested.] NO ESCAPE Is There Any Escape from NO ESCAPE? Now, from the world of outer space, comes NO ESCAPE.  where you try to navigate through a meteor field that bars your way from the planet Saturn. You can never make it to the lamed ringed planet Saturn, actually.  It just takes too long and there are far too many meteors between Mars and Saturn.  They...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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AL'S TOUR OF THE STATES For Parents and Teachers... This game teaches children the names of all the states.  A letter appears on the screen, and the children have to guess which state begins with that letter.  If they can't think of any states or they can't spell the state name, the computer will let them peek at the state names beginning with each letter. For Kids... Here's Alphabet Al sowing "alphabet" seeds all over the country.  When Al visits a state he finds out the first...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Gordian Knot" and "64 Witches" for Parts 2 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "There is more here than spells and potions," said Sorcerer Donald E. Goldberg as he opened the heavy tome entitled "Wizardry Made Simple".  The girl named Sunflower and the boy named Poke listened with interest.  Life had become exciting since the Sorcerer had accepted...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by R. T. Delburgo; D. Delburgo
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MOIRE FRINGES   Some Beautiful Patterns from "Down Under"   by R.T. and D. Delburgo   Hobart, Tasmania, Australia Most of you will have noticed the beautiful fringes which are produced when two net curtains are placed against one another -- a slight movement in one of the curtains causes an appreciable movement of the fringe system.  These interference fringes are called after Moire and they have important scientific applications in registering and measuring small relative...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Robert Dobbert
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SKY-EYE Aye, Aye, Aye... My Sky Eye That dynamic trio -- Illustrated Memory Banks, Drury High School and the RAINBOW -- bring you another exciting game for fun and frolic this month.  Its called SKY-EYE and is the creation of Fred B. Scerbo, vice president and software author for IMB and another Drury High student, Robert Dobbert. If you recall SNAIL INVADERS from the February issue, then you will remember the saga of Dale "Snail" Haggerty, who helped Scerbo with the graphics for...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP, UP AND AWAY! For Parents and Teachers... Like the game in the last chapter, this game helps children learn directions -- up, down, left, and right -- and direction names. This game is an expanded version of the up-down game from the last chapter.  It shows what happens when you add animation and sound effects to the game. For Kids... This game is a lot like the game in the last chapter.  Only this time the arrows move and play funny music. To play this game, just search for the arrows on...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SECRET AGENT For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game.  It takes words and sentences and turns them into secret codes for children to pass around and try to figure out.  This game might act as an incentive to encourage your children to practice writing and typing on the computer. For Kids... Pretend you are agent Triple-Nine.  You have a secret message that you have to deliver to the president of a small country nestled in the Andes Mountains in South America.  The message...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE ARITHMETIC GAME For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. For Kids... When I was a child, I used to work on an arithmetic problem and then get frustrated because I didn't know if my answer was right or wrong. I wanted to know the answer right away.  But I had to wait until the teacher graded my homework paper or my test.  Sometimes that took days or even weeks.  By the time I got my paper back, the problem was no...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Paul French
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IOWA LEMONADE   by Paul French Shortly after I got my Color Computer, I decided to convert a few programs to run on it.  Iowa Lemonade is the most ambitious of my conversions.  The idea and logic have been around for quite a while and one of the other computer manufacturers sends (or used to send) a version out on a demo disk with their disk drives.  It was kind of cute, so I decided to develop one for the CoCo.  Since a 16K cassette system was top of the line from Radio Shack at the time...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by David Harpe
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PUT AND GET DEMO PUT, GET and Random Forms Make for Unusual Graphics  The following program is another of those "pretty" graphics creations which, if you will study it, shows some very interesting ways to handle PUT, GET and random graphics. There are several different types of shapes which can be repeated on the screen with this program, with colors, backgrounds, and increments of the shapes chosen randomly.  But the main feature is the drawing of the figures at an...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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MATH PRACTICE   A Handy Math Drill Package for Your Use   by Geoff Wells Probably the first program of any consequence that most of us write is some sort of math quiz.  Unfortunately, the beginner is so concerned with just getting the program to run that little attention is given to formatting.  Having the output of the program scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen is not very interesting. In this version of a math test, there is an opening title and input of the player’s...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Joseph Earl Bennett; John L. Urban
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JARBIORHYTHM How's Your Day?  Need Biorhythm Help? Here's another program from JARB Software that will help you out in dealing with everyday life. Its called JARBIORHYTHM and it will generate a complete chart for you. The chart can be as short as a day, or as long as a year.  And, the chart will graphically display just how your biorhythms fluctuate over their different cycles. You do need a printer for this program.  But it comes out with a handsome display.  We've heard that programs such...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by James H. Barringer
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DOG-GONE INTERESTING   This is a Dog-Gone Interesting Program Readers of the June and August issues of the RAINBOW will recall an article on various printers and a somewhat heated (if tongue-in-cheek) reply by Dave Hooper of Hoffman Estates, Ill. In his letter, Mr. Hooper referred to a program written by James H. Barringer of Taylor, Mich., which reproduced a figure of a famous canine through the Line Printer VII.  Our editorial note attached to the letter was that we wished we could have...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 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 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...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UNO! DOS! TRES! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in Spanish. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in Spanish:       5      CINCO  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 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 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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THE PIED PIPER For Parents... This is a memory and concentration game.  The computer creates a chain of colors and musical tones.  The colors and tones are represented by the keys 1 to 4 on the computer keyboard.  First the colors are displayed and the tones play, and then the child presses the keys. The keys have to be in the same sequence as the colors and tones.  If the child can remember the exact sequence of colors and tones, the chain grows one link at a time.  You can adjust how...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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. ...
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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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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 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 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 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 Falsoft
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QUIZ Make Your Kids Like the Quiz Kids The "QUIZ" program listed below was written by FALSOFT for use in preparing schoolchildren for tests.  Its primary aim was to make it easy to enter questions and answers. One of the main advantages of this program is that it automatically counts the number of data statements, thus eliminating the need to set any parameters.  This is primarily true in line 400, which insures that the student cannot memorize the order of the answers, because the...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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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 Fred D'Ignazio
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UN! DEUX! TROIS! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in French. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in French:      5      CINQ  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer asks...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground