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Compute!'s VIC Games for Kids (US)
Clark & Kathy H Kidd
Compute! Books, 1983

Download all programs from this book on two disks:


Compute Kids1.d64

Compute Kids2.d64

30 programs (100% complete)

Level 1: Games for Preschoolers

Program Author Requirements Files Info
A-Maze-Ing

Pages 3-6.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded a-maze-ing.prg
Screenshot
Maze game. Collect all the apples from the orchard.
Controls:
Joystick.
Count the Spots

Pages 7-9.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded count the spots.prg
Screenshot
Maths game. The computer rolls two dice, and you must add up the total number of spots shown. How many can you get right?
Controls:
Type the answer to each question.
Counting Game

Pages 10-12.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded counting game.prg
Screenshot
Counting game that teaches children to recognise written numbers. A written number is shown on the screen together with the corresponding number of objects. You must type the number represented.
Controls:
Type the answer to each question.
Get the Treasure

Pages 13-15.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded get treasure.prg
Screenshot
You move the asterisk (*) and must collect ten treasures in the correct order.
Controls:
Joystick.
Hidden Picture

Pages 16-20.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded hidden picture.prg
Screenshot
A secret picture is hidden behind the screen's background colour. Move the cursor to erase the background and reveal the picture. There are four pictures to uncover.
Controls:
Joystick.

Level 2: Games for Early Readers

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Matchmaker

Pages 23-26.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded matchmaker.prg
Screenshot
Concentration-style game for 1-8 players. Try to find the matching pairs that are hidden within the grid.
Controls:
Joystick.
Notecrafter

Pages 27-30.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded notecrafter.prg
Screenshot
Two musical notes are played, and you must raise or lower the pitch of the second note so that it matches the first note.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Personal Story

Pages 31-35.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded personal story.prg
Screenshot
Displays a personalized story about a child. Enter the required personal details by modifying the DATA statements in lines 10000+.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Spelling Bee

Pages 36-39.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded spelling bee.prg
Screenshot
Hangman-style game. You must guess a word by entering one letter at at time. Every incorrect guess will make part of the spelling bee disappear.
Controls:
Type a letter (A-Z).
Spend Your Allowance

Pages 40-46.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion spend allow 8k.prg
Screenshot
Your parents give you a monthly allowance, and each month you must make four decisions regarding what to buy. How you spend your money will affect whether your parents raise or lower your allowance, and you may also face other unexpected situations.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Word Scramble

Pages 47-50.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded word scramble.prg
Screenshot
A word is displayed with the letters jumbled up. Can you unscramble the word? There are three difficulty levels.
Controls:
Type your guess for each word.

Level 3: Intermediate Games

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Alphabet Soup

Pages 53-57.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded alphabet soup.prg
Screenshot
Word game. 16 letters are displayed with their values. Use them to make as many words as you can.
Controls:
Type each word.
Lawn Mower

Pages 58-61.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded lawn mower.prg
Screenshot
Business simulation. Dad lends you $15 to start a lawn mowing business over the summer. He lets you use his mower, but you need to pay for gas, oil, bags and sharpening. Will you make a profit?
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Plan a Menu

Pages 62-68.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion plan a menu 8k.prg
Screenshot
Select the foods you typically eat, and you will be told how nutritional it is and if you will gain/lose weight by following that diet.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Stargazer

Pages 69-75.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion stargazer 8k.prg
Screenshot
Astronomy quiz. Try to recognise each constellation from its shape.
Controls:
Type the name of each constellation. Press Return for a clue. Type END to quit.
State of the Union

Pages 76-86.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 16K expansion state union 16k.prg
Screenshot
Quiz. Try to identify the American states from their descriptions. You will be given up to four clues for each one.
Controls:
Type the name of each state. Type END to quit.
Wise Shopper

Pages 87-89.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded wise shopper.prg
Screenshot
Mental arithmetic game. You need to buy ten items from the shop. For each item, choose the brand that offers the best value for money.
Controls:
A/B (select brand).

Level 4: Advanced Games

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Element Man

Pages 90-97.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 3K expansion element man 3k.prg
Screenshot
Hangman-style game. The computer selects the name of a chemical element. Try to identify the word before the dreaded Element Man appears.
Controls:
Type your guess one letter at a time.
Four by Four

Pages 98-101.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded four by four.prg
Screenshot
General knowledge quiz. You are given four categories (e.g. famous authors) and four letters (e.g. W, J, S, P). In each category, you must give a correct answer that begins with each of the four letters. * is a wildcard letter, and you have a time limit of 4 minutes.
Controls:
Type each answer. Press Return to skip an answer and go back later. Type QUIT to end early and view your score.
Heavenly Bodies

Pages 102-108.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion heaven bods 8k.prg
Screenshot
Astronomy quiz. Identify planets of the solar system from the clue given. There are 100 questions to answer.
Controls:
Press M (Mercury), V (Venus), E (Earth), etc.
Mother Earth

Pages 109-135.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 16K expansion m-earth 16k.t64
Screenshot
Geography quiz. Identify nations from the clue given, with the following categories: Europe, N. Africa/Mid East, Africa, Asia/The Pacific, Western Hemisphere. Part 1 covers major countries, and part 2 covers less prominant countries.
Controls:
Type the answer. Type END to quit.
Mr President

Pages 136-144.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion mr president 8k.prg
Screenshot
Political quiz. Identify American presidents from the clue given.
Controls:
Type the answer. Type END to quit.
Movers and Shakers

Pages 145-158.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 16K expansion mover shake 16k.prg
Screenshot
Quiz. Identify notable public figures from the clue given, with the following categories: world leaders, artists & thinkers, famous women, American heroes, villains & outlaws, scientists, modern religious leaders, random selections.
Controls:
Type the answer. Type END to quit.
Skeleton

Pages 159-162.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded skeleton.prg
Screenshot
Hangman-style game. The computer selects the name of an anatomical part e.g. a bone or nerve. Try to identify the word before the skeleton appears in your closet.
Controls:
Type your guess one letter at a time.
Unicorn

Pages 163-172.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion unicorn 8k.prg
Screenshot
Quiz. Identify mythological figures from their descriptions.
Controls:
Type the answer. Type END to quit.

Just for Fun When the Homework's Done

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Asteroid Blast

Pages 175-178.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded asteroid blast.prg
Screenshot
Your space station (*) is surrounded by asteroids. Missiles automatically launch from the left-side of the screen. You must direct the missiles to destroy all the asteroids without hitting your space station.
Controls:
Joystick or W (up), Z (down).
Black Hole

Pages 179-181.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded black hole.prg
Screenshot
Navigate your fleet of ships from the left side of the screen to the right without hitting any black holes.
Controls:
Joystick or W (up), Z (down).
Earthworms

Pages 182-184.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded earthworms.prg
Screenshot
Snake-style game. Eat all the algae while avoiding the sharp rocks. Do not touch the sides of the screen or the tunnel that you leave behind you.
Controls:
Joystick.
Ladybug

Pages 185-188.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd Unexpanded ladybug.prg
Screenshot
The ladybug moves around the edge of the screen. You must eat all the tomato leaves by jumping when you see a leaf above you. If you hit a shard of glass then you may end up bouncing around the screen.
Controls:
Space (jump).

Build a Quiz

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Build a Quiz

Pages 191-195.
Clark & Kathy H Kidd 8K expansion build quiz 8k.prg
Screenshot
Make your own quiz, and save the data file onto tape.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.

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