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VIC Innovative Computing (GB)
Clifford Ramshaw
Melbourne House Publishers, 1982

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VIC Innovative Computing.d64

30 programs (100% complete)

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Space Fight

Pages 5-8.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded space fight.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the invaders as they emerge from the mother ship to attack you.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Hi-Speed Maze

Pages 9-11.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded high speed maze.prg
Screenshot
Starting in the bottom-right corner, race through the maze to reach the star in the top-left corner as quickly as possible. If you touch the walls then you'll be sent back to the start.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (new maze, if this one can't be solved).
High-Res Draw


Pages 13-15.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded hi-res draw.prg
Screenshot
Simple hi-res drawing program.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), Q,E,Z,C (diagonals), O (turn on drawing), R (turn on erase), 1-8 (set colour), S (quit).
Warlock

Pages 17-21.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded warlock.prg
Screenshot
Text-based adventure, explore the caverns and gather as much treasure as you can.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Dragon's Lair

Pages 23-27.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded dragons lair.prg
Screenshot
Text adventure, slay the monsters and collect the treasure.
Controls:
Commands include: go left, go right, go forwards, pick-up 'object', examine 'object', drop 'object', recover treasure, slay monster, spell monster, gaze-into palantir.
Synthesiser

Pages 28-32.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded synthesiser.prg
Screenshot
Turn your computer into a musical keyboard.
Controls:
A-Z (play note), F1 (set duration), F3 (set volume), F5 (repeat off), F7 (repeat), Crsr-Right (alter envelope), Crsr-Down (envelope off), + (organ mode), - (normal mode), Space (silence) LeftArrow (quit).
Ganymede

Pages 33-37.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded ganymede.prg
Screenshot
Text-based strategy game. Set up mines on Jupiter and collect valuable ore, but don't forget to buy oxygen too.
Controls:
1 (import oxygen), 2 (build ships to shuttle to Jupiter), 3 (load ships prior to building mines), 4 (set up mines), 5 (recover mined ore), 6 (sell recovered ore).
Hoppy

Pages 39-43.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded hoppy.prg
Screenshot
Frogger-style game, try to get all of your frogs to the other side of the road.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), Q,E,Z,C (diagonals).
Bomber

Pages 45-48.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded city bomber.prg
Screenshot
Blitz-style game. Your plane has run out of fuel, drop bombs to clear the buildings so you can land safely. Unusually, this version allows you to drop more than one bomb at a time.
Controls:
S (drop bomb), 1-5 (adjust speed of plane).
Battleship

Pages 49-52.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded battleships.prg
Screenshot
Classic strategy game. Find the hidden locations of the enemy ships before your ships are discovered.
Controls:
Type the co-ordinates for each shot in the format X,Y (a letter and a number separated by a comma).
Maths

Pages 53-56.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded maths.prg
Screenshot
Test your mental arithmetic by solving addition and subtraction sums.
Controls:
Type each answer and press Return.
Duck Shoot

Pages 57-60.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded duck shoot.prg
Screenshot
Shoot as many ducks as you can before you run out of arrows. You must hit the blue part of their body.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Grand Prix

Pages 61-64.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded grand prix.prg
Screenshot
Complete 5 laps in the shortest possible time, but don't lose control of your car.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down).
Rat Trap

Pages 65-68.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded rat trap.prg
Screenshot
Return home by negotiating through a maze filled with killer rats.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down).
Earth Attack

Pages 69-73.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded earth attack.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the alien invaders as they emerge from the two impregnable mother ships.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Bomber Attack

Pages 75-78.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded bomber attack.prg
Screenshot
Destroy the enemy base by dropping your diagonal bombs. Avoid the blimp and missiles.
Controls:
A (stop), D (accelerate), W (up), X (down), S (drop bomb).
Blackjack

Pages 79-83.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded blackjack.prg
Screenshot
Card game, the player closest to 21 wins.
Controls:
T (twist), S (stick).
Squash

Pages 85-88.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded squash.prg
Screenshot
Tennis game, keep the ball in play for as long as possible.
Controls:
Z (left), M (right).
Save the Shuttle

Pages 89-92.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded save shuttle.prg
Screenshot
Can you put the heat-resistant tiles back on the shuttle before it re-enters the atmosphere? To pick up a tile, move your grabber below it. To release, put the tile below the position where you want to put it.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (grab tile), Space (release tile).
Hangman

Pages 93-96.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded hangman.prg
Screenshot
Guess the word before your man is hanged. Either enter your own word or let the computer choose one.
Controls:
Type your guess for each letter.
Alien Overun

Pages 97-100.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded alien overun.prg
Screenshot
Your ship has been invaded by aliens. Move around stealthily to gain points without being destroyed.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down).
Invasion

Pages 101-105.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded invasion.prg
Screenshot
Defender-style game. Protect the humans from the blue aliens.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Dumper

Pages 107-110.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded dumper.prg
Screenshot
Aliens are attacking the city barricade. You must stop them from breaking through by using your dumper truck to repair the holes from their bombs.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (drop brick).
Seige

Pages 111-115.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded seige.prg
Screenshot
Destroy your enemy before he can kill you and capture your castle.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Snakes & Ladders

Pages 117-120.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded snakes ladders.prg
Screenshot
Board game for 1 or 2 players. Throw a dice to work your way across the board, climbing the ladders but sliding down the slippery snakes.
Controls:
Space (throw dice).
Dungeon

Pages 121-125.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded dungeon.prg
Screenshot
Explore the maze of rooms and battle evil monsters.
Controls:
L (turn left), R (turn right), 1-9 (move forward selected number of spaces), T (thrust sword).
Golf

Pages 127-131.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded golf.prg
Screenshot
9-hole golf game. To make a shot, position the club behind the ball and rotate it so that it is square to the desired direction of travel.
Controls:
1-9 (choose club), S,M,H (soft, medium or hard shot), A,D,W,X (move left, right, up, down), <,> (change angle of club), Space (strike ball).
Nuclear Attack

Pages 133-136.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded nuclear attack.prg
Screenshot
Missile Command-style game. Defend your cities by aiming your laser sight on the incoming nuclear missiles.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Chess

Pages 137-141.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded chess.prg
Screenshot
Board game. White always goes first.
Controls:
Type the from & to co-ordinates for each move in the format X,Y (two numbers separated by a comma).
Assassin

Pages 143-147.
Clifford Ramshaw Unexpanded assasin.prg
Screenshot
You are a lone sniper and must kill at least 8 people or suffer the consequences.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).

Notes

  1. Some of these programs were also published on cassette by Melbourne House: Innovative Cassette 1 (City Bomber, Dumper, Nuclear Attack, Ganymede, Space Fight, Battleship, Duck Shoot), Innovative Cassette 2 (Alien Overun, Rat Trap, Grand Prix, Warlock, Bomber Attack, Hangman, Seige), Innovative Cassette 3 (Hoppy, Save the Shuttle, Invasion, Dragons Lair, Dungeon, Blackjack, Squash). Some of the cassette versions differ slightly from the listings printed in the book.
  2. A modified version of Space Fight (p. 5-8) appears to have been published as Astro Wars (Home Computing Weekly, 84-11-06).
  3. A modified version of Dragon's Lair (p. 23-27) appears to have been published as Hell House (Computer Gamer, 85-09).
  4. A modified version of Blackjack (p. 79-83) appears to have been published as VicJack (Commodore User, 83-11).
  5. Modified versions of Invasion (p. 101-105) appear to have been published as Defender (Home Computing Weekly, 84-06-05) and Planet Electro (Big K, 84-08).
  6. A slightly different version of Dungeon (p. 121-125) was published as Adven4 of The Wizard & The Princess by Melbourne House.
  7. Slightly different versions of Golf (p. 127-131) have been published as Golf (VIC Games) and Golf (Commodore Computing International, 83-07).
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