Home Applications and Games: for the Atari 400/800 Computer (Middle Coast Microcomputing)
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From the Publisher
A sampling of some of the 32 games and applications written in BASIC program listings in these books.
Beowulf versus Grendel
Beowulf the warrior-man meets Grendel the monster on the field of battle. You are heroic Beowulf.
Hear the trumpets blare! Grendel is the hideously ugly monster. He has been terrorizing the village, slaughtering cattle, torching homes and barns, stealing beautiful maidens, and murdering good men in cold blood. You, brave fellow that you are, have volunteered to slay this evil monster Grendel.
Grendel is the red player; you, the yellow. Use the joystick to maneuver across the field. Push the trigger button to slash out with your light saber. The first warrior to make ten hits on the other wins.
Oracle at Delphi
For thousands of years, people have been possessed with a desire to peek into the future. Even in these days of high technology, the popularity of psychics and science fiction continues.
While the Oracle at Delphi is a game, it also can be taken seriously. At university and other accredited paranormal research centers,the standard test for extra sensory perception, ESP, requires the subject to guess which card is next going to be drawn from a deck. The Oracle at Delphi, however, is no ordinary poker deck. Instead of Kings, Queens, Jacks, and Aces, there are colored stars, pyramids,and boxes . . .
Credit Card Manager
Do you like to keep track of purchases made with your credit card? It’s easy with this diskette file manager. RUN the program and choose between RECORDing a purchase, READing the file, or QUITing. Just enter a number 1, 2, or 3. No return is necessary.
For the moment, let’s assume you chose Record a Purchase, by typing the number 1. The screen will blank for a moment then ask the name under which you are storing the credit card purchase information. An example will be provided to help you. Next, a prompt will ask for the name of the item bought, how much was paid for it, and the date of the purchase. Is there more than one item to record? If so, keep plugging in the information. When you’d like to quit, at the NAME OF ITEM prompt, hit RETURN and no other key. Control will loop back to the task menu.
Dateline: Blue skies over the Rhine River valley. The world is at war. You are strapped into the cockpit of a Tomcat F-14 fighter plane. Armed with air-to-air rockets, you monitor the radar screen,watching for the blips of attacking Soviet planes.
When one appears, jockey your plane to get a clear shot at Ivan. Each attack comes at a different speed. If he gets within range,he’ll fire a missile at you. Ivan is well trained. If he fires, you have a 50-50 chance of going down.
Fly your plane with the joystick. Fire the rockets to defend yourself. One after the other, swarms of Red warplanes will come at you. Keep firing until your squadron is shot down. The score will then flash on the screen to tell how good a shot you are.
Ghost Town Vampire Girls
Diana and her vampire sister, Tiger-breath, have invited you to visit their ghostly retreat. Once at their castle, you will find a succession of double doors.
Behind one door is the very charming Lady Diana; behind the other, her demented half-sister, the vampire. On your adventure through the passageways of their ghostly retreat,you must choose from a succession of doors. Follow Diana as she lures you toward her boudoir.
But be careful. Her blood-thirsty sister is stalking you. So choose a door-and take a chance-on the lady,or the tiger. Once you’ve moved close enough to one of the doors to count as a decision, the game’s theme song will play.
At the end of the tune, you’ll know whether you’ve met your fate or are getting closer to your rendezvous with Lady Diana. you pick your way from room to room, you’ll find clues as to Diana’s presence.
Don’t pick the wrong room, or Tiger-breath will get you. If she does, and you want to try another round of castle-touring, hit any key.
Helicopter War pits a Cobra gunship against Viet Cong supply lines rumbling their way south. You are pilot and gunner. Fire the mini-gun as the supply trucks, tanks, and jeeps line up in your sights. Score a hit, and the enemy target disappears.
Be watchful. The enemy troops are armed with surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) and are deadly shots. They shoot back. When you take a hit, you’ll hear the warning buzzer scream as the Huey (helicopter) helplessly crashes and burns. Once five of your airships are shot down, the air battle is over.
To fight another helicopter war, hold the trigger button down until the lead gunship takes off.
For variety, rewrite the display. Change gunship to British, and Vietcong to Argentines. Modify the program to represent the war of the week.
Home Computer Crypto-System
Most crypto systems create lines of text, broken down into five character mystery words , that look exactly like what they are, garbled text. The scenario looks suspicious from first sight. There ‘s little doubt that there’s a secret lurking in those cipher text shadows, a dark secret the owner doesn’t want you to know.
For micro whiz kids and business spooks it creates an instant challenge.
The beauty and truth of this crypto scheme is that it creates something quite unlike other crypto-systems. If someone stumbles across a sacred file, all that’s seen is a computer program. Just program lines, GOSUBS, PRINTS, and DATA statements. But what happens if they LOAD the program and try to RUN? Simple.
The program runs , giving them a very pleasing spectacle of what kinds of colors, bells, and whistles the ATARI Home Computer can conjure up .
Microcomputers are a virtual maestro when it comes to making music. With this composer, one can easily mimic a synthesizer keyboard boasting three octaves with low C, middle C, and high C.
Moreover, each octave has its own voice. Improvise your own tunes; let your imagination be your guide. Perhaps you will be delivered to a Gothic cathedral, a cobwebbed castle, or a rock concert sound stage.
A vintage ad for the the VIC 20 microcomputer
A vintage ad for the the Atari 800 micrcomputer
A vintage ad for the the Commodore 64 microcomputer
About the Book and the Author
First published in 1983, this second edition is a faithful reproduction of the original, classic personal computer book that boasts 31 easy to use Commodore BASIC programs. Simply type in the programs and use them to manage your checkbook, or create a database file to keep an inventory of household goods. You can play graphic games, shooting down imaginary MIG fighters, battle the insidious monster Grendel, or one of the evil Ghost Town Vampire girls.
Tim has published several books on BASIC programming, served as an editor on a major computer magazine and freelanced a number of articles for different computer magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Publisher : Middle Coast Publishing, Incorporated (November 7, 2015)
Language : English
Paperback : 121 pages
ISBN-10 : 0934523061
ISBN-13 : 978-0934523066
Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.28 x 11 inches