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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 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 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 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 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 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 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...
Topics: coco, basic, rainbow, game, 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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SPELLING BEE For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice spelling.  You or your children enter the words into the computer, and then the computer quizzes the children on each word.  The children can take the computer quiz over and over until they have mastered all the words. For Kids... The computer first asks you for 10 words you would like to know how to spell.  Maybe they are the 10 words that will be appearing on your spelling test tomorrow morning. You type in the 10...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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 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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 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 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...
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 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. ...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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 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...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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.
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles II.  See "Disappearing Act" and "Turnabout" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, July 1983.) The letters A-X and an empty square are displayed in a five-by-five grid.  The object is to put these 24 letters in alphabetical order, reading left to right in descending rows.  Press the four arrow keys to maneuver letters.  A legal move is one that slides a letter in the direction indicated by the arrow key...
Topics: coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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MUSICAL WORDS For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn important words and numbers, such as their name, phone number, address, etc.  The child types in a word (or number) and the computer sets it to music and plays it like a song. The computer accepts only the correct letters or numbers.  All other keys on the computer keyboard are "asleep." For Kids... Pretend that you have a magic horn.  When you blow it, out pops a pretty sound.  But something else comes out,...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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FAT CAT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn phonetic symbols and phonetic sounds. The computer displays the phonetic symbols on the TV screen.  Then it flashes a word on the screen.  The child says the word aloud and tries to guess which phonetic sound is hidden inside the word.  An arrow points to the first phonetic symbol.  To move the arrow to a new symbol, the child presses the SPACE bar.  To select a symbol the child presses the ENTER button. For Kids... Did you...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Dan Mickle; Steve Lipps
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FALLOUT   Fallout -- The Silent Killer   by Dan Mickle Dan Mickle, who wrote this month's cover article, and Steve Lipps, who wrote a number of the routines used in the listings which follow, were both active in Civil Defense during the 1960s when fallout shelters seemed to have their heyday.  Dan is a self-professed survivalist, while Steve describes himself as a "hacker and science fiction buff who reads a lot of post- World War III fiction."  The two, who operate Circle City...
Topics: color computer, coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 2 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles.  See "Color Stones" and "Firecracker" for Parts 1 and 3.] (From Color Computer Magazine, April 1983.) "When, or should I say if, you complete the Color Stones, your next test awaits you in the Yellow Room."  Bob pointed one of his crooked fingers toward a door in the far corner of the room.  A yellow glow seemed to ooze through the spaces between the door and its frame.   The program draws 64 points in an...
Topics: color computer, coco, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
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...
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.] 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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 Gregory Ricketts
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[Note: I have not been successful in getting the "ADVENTUR" module to  run on a disk-based system due to memory constraints.] DUNGEON ADVENTURE   Playing the Great Dungeon Adventure   by Gregory Ricketts Entering the Dungeon If you’re ready to engage these dire grounds, to face a motley mob of menacing monsters and peregrinate the perilous pathways of this labyrinth laden with liability, please CLOAD and ENTER. First, load the dungeon-making program entitled...
Topics: coco, color computer, adventure, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Jean Plesser
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(From Color Computer Magazine, December 1983.) Color Computing for Kids   Here's a lesson on low-resolution graphics, and two holiday   programs!   by Jean Plesser December is a happy and festive month.  The holidays bring celebrations, special decorations, surprises, and fun.  In keeping with all this excitement, we're going to explore low resolution graphics -- the first step in the graphics offered by Color Basic. I hope your holidays are happy and bright.  My holiday greetings to you...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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,...
Topics: coco, color computer, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Geoff Wells
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VECTORS   If You Went Sailin'... Now Try a Bit of Rowing   by Geoff Wells  If you liked the Sailin' program in last month's issue of the Rainbow, you might be one of those people who likes to try their hand on the water. But sailing is hard.  There are currents, winds, rudders and so forth. Rowing is easier, there are just a couple of oars and they are pretty easy to handle. That is if it wasn't for the currents.  And, while winds and the rudder are absent here, there is a current.  In...
Topics: coco, basic, game, rainbow, vintage_basic_games, color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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SLEDS For Parents and Teachers... This game is similar to The Roller Coaster game.  It helps children learn about trigonometric functions.  The computer draws one function -- the cosecant function -- on the TV screen.  Children can experiment with the game and make all sorts of different shapes. For Kids... In the last chapter we created a roller coaster.  In this chapter we look at just how you go about using a derived function to create new pictures.  By making only a couple of...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
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...
Topics: coco, rainbow, basic, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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...
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 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 George Aftamonow; Ellen Aftamonow
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(From Color Computer Magazine, October 1983.) MAGIC PUMPKIN   Here's a Hallowe'en game to keep your ghosties and ghoulies busy!   by George and Ellen Aftamonow With all the witches, ghosts and goblins haunting the outdoors on Halloween, it seems appropriate to invite a few in for an enchanted brew and a game played on our Color Computer.  This is a computer version of that old favorite, the African Hand Game, with a Halloween twist. When the moon is bright and the witching hour approaches,...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Angela Bradshaw
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THE DISAPPEARING GHOSTS For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children practice subtraction. A number of ghosts appear above their tombstones.  They disappear. Then some of the ghosts reappear.  The game asks children how many of the ghosts disappeared and didn't return. For Kids... Imagine that it is late at night.  You and your best friend are late for dinner.  You take a shortcut across an old cemetery. You hear a noise.  You both turn around. You are surrounded by ghosts!  They...
Topics: coco, playground, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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...
Topics: coco, color computer, basic, game, vintage_basic_games
Source: Color Computer Magazine
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 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 Dave Hooper
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THE GREAT PUMPKIN   Here's a Halloween Graphic Program for You   by Dave Hooper Pumpkins:     (A) Smell    (B) Attract Bugs    (C) Cause Fires    (D) All Of The Above If you answer "D," you were right.  What you win is the program listed below, which will allow you to display a pumpkin in your window for Halloween that doesn't smell, attract bugs or cause fires. Load in this program, put your monitor or TV in the window and run it. You get an 80C version of a pumpkin for...
Topics: coco, basic, rainbow, game, vintage_basic_games, color computer
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 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...
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Source: color computer
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 3 of 3 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles III.  See "Bricks" and "Gordian Knot" for Parts 1 and 2.] (From Color Computer Magazine, September 1983.)   by Richard Ramella "It's getting late," said Sorcerer Goldberg.  "And now for the tale of..." 64 WITCHES The annual witches' convention on Bald Mountain was thrown into disarray when 64 witches showed up for a meeting in a hall containing 64 chairs in an eight-by-eight grid. "I don't...
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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 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 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 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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UNO! DOS! TRES! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in Spanish. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in Spanish:       5      CINCO  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UN! DEUX! TROIS! For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn how to count from zero to 10 in French. For Kids... When you RUN this program, the screen turns blank.  At the bottom, the computer asks "NUMBER (0-10)?"  You can type any number from to 10. Let's say you type a 5.  The computer puts a 5 on the screen and underneath it the word for 5 in French:      5      CINQ  When the computer prints the number, it plays a special musical tone. The computer asks...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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UP-DOWN-LEFT-RIGHT For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn directions: up, down, left, and right. It also helps them recognize the direction words. For Kids... Look for the arrow keys on the keyboard.  Do you see them?  Now, you're ready. The computer asks you: "WHICH DIRECTION?" On the screen you see an arrow and a word.  What arrow do you see? It's the up arrow.  The arrow is pointing to the word "UP."  Say the word out loud.  Shout it out! Can you...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 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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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 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 Fred D'Ignazio
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ALPHABET AL For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn the letters of the alphabet.  The letters appear on the screen, and the children have to find them on the computer keyboard. For Kids...  Remember Johnny Appleseed?  Johnny went all over America planting seeds.  The seeds sprouted and grew into apple trees with bright red, juicy apples. But what would have happened if Johnny had planted "letter" seeds instead of apple seeds?  Then letters would have sprouted...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Bill Nolan
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DEMON AID   Demons in the Dungeon?  Let's See 'Em All!   by Bill Nolan   Rainbow FRP Columnist (Mr. Nolan, an experienced Dungeonmaster in a popular fantasy role playing game on a weekly basis, is the President of Prickly-Pear Software.) As I pointed out last month, in my own campaigns I find that whenever I mention the possibility of demons in the area, there is a general tendency for the players to have their characters leave town in the other direction.  This may well represent wisdom...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by T. Delbourgo; R. Delbourgo
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CONSEQUENCES   A Disjointed Tale for Assorted Wags    by T. & R. Delbourgo Remember that old party game some of us called "Consequences?"  Each of a number (greater than two) of people, seated round a table is provided with a slip of paper on which s/he must write a short story; for example:   (1) Napoleon met (2) Josephine on (3) the Isle of Elba.   (4) It was a desolate scene.   (5) He said: It is lonely here.   (6) She said: Don’t despair!   (7) The consequence was:...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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THE COMPUTER CRAYON For Parents and Teachers... This game turns the computer into an electronic crayon and the TV screen into a sketchpad.  This game appeals to all ages.  Yet even a younger child can use the game to develop his or her artistic abilities.  And it's a great imagination game.  The TV screen is empty, and the child can fill it with whatever he or she dreams up. For Kids... Load the Crayon program and type RUN. The Crayon color selection menu appears on the screen.  It can be...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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GUESS MY NUMBER For Parents and Teachers... This game helps children learn numbers and number sequence.  It helps them become familiar with and adept at manipulating the "greater-than" and "less-than" relationship among numbers.  It helps them learn efficient techniques for searching through a group of numbers. For Kids... In this game, the computer "thinks up" a number between 1 and 20.  It asks you your name.  (Let's say your name is Hatty.) ...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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MAKE UP A SONG For Parents and Teachers... This game will help children learn how to create musical notes and tunes.  It will teach them how different notes can be combined in beautiful, harmonious, or unusual ways. For Kids... Pretend that your computer is an electronic guitar.  You pick notes on a guitar.  You combine the notes into songs.  Now you can do that on your computer, too. When you RUN the Notes program, it will first play all the notes between middle C and high C (including the...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by 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 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 John Waclo
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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.] NFL REPORT The NFL Report Can Choose This Fall's Winners  Put down that Fourth of July firecracker.  Did you know the National Football League pre-season action starts next month?  There is still time to get your 80C into the NFL if you start following this series. Last month in Part I, we talked about some overall League statistics that were...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred D'Ignazio
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NEWS BULLETIN! For Parents and Teachers... This is an imagination game. Children pretend the computer is a giant marquee in a big city.  They get to think up any message they want to put on that marquee. This game will encourage children to compose unusual sentences and messages.  It will help them develop their writing and typing skills. For Kids... How would you like to see your name on TV?  Or in the movies?  How would it feel to go to a theater and see your name up there in lights along...
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Source: The Color Computer Playground
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Fred Scerbo; Dale Haggerty
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WILD, WILD WEB Watch Out for the Wild, Wild Web If you don’t like spiders, don’t play WILD, WILD WEB, because in it you are a spider and your object is to get a good, wholesome lunch. While there are many differing opinions about what a good, wholesome lunch might consist of among us humans, there is little debate among spiders.  They like ants.  (We are told they like moths for dinner.) This game, brought to you by the IMB dynamic duo of Fred Scerbo and Dale Haggerty (a.k.a. Snail), will...
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Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
by Richard Ramella
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[This game is Part 1 of 4 of The Sorcerer's Puzzles IV.  See "Jump Away Solitaire", "Flat Cubes", and "Logicolor" for Parts 2, 3, and 4.] (From Color Computer Magazine, November 1983.) SORCERER'S PUZZLES IV   Oh no!  The Sorcerer has been kidnapped by Questigians!  Quick --   solve these puzzles!   by Richard Ramella "Sorcerer Goldberg has been kidnapped by the Questigians," announced Bob, the twisted major domo who runs the Sorcerer's castie....
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Source: Color Computer Magazine
Vintage BASIC Games: Color Computer
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...
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Source: Color Computer Magazine