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Sixty Programs for the VIC 20 (GB)
Robert Erskine, Humphrey Walwyn, Paul Stanley & Michael Bews
Pan Books, 1983

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Sixty Programs1.d64

Sixty Programs2.d64

57 programs (100% complete)

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Defend

Pages 7-12.
? 3K expansion defend 3k.prg
Screenshot
Defender-style game played on a non-scrolling screen. Protect the humans by shooting the aliens.
Controls:
A (up), Z (down), Shift (fire), Space (reverse direction).
Radiopower

Pages 13-21.
Humphrey Walwyn 16K expansion radiopower 16k.prg
Screenshot
Multi-player strategy game, with each player running a radio station. DJs with names near the beginning of the alphabet are good for talk shows, those near the end of the alphabet are good for music. Buy radio cars to cover local events, spend money on promotion to bring in advertisers.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Exocet

Pages 22-25.
Dave Ponting 3K expansion exocet 3k.prg
Screenshot
Use your missiles to sink enemy ships as they cross the horizon.
Controls:
F1 (left), F3 (right), F7 (fire).
Flying Geese

Pages 26-28.
Michael Bews Unexpanded flying geese.prg
Screenshot
See how many geese you can shoot as they fly overhead.
Controls:
F7 (fire).
Galaxians

Pages 29-32.
P A McGeever 3K expansion galaxians 3k.prg
Screenshot
Galaxians-style game, shoot the alien invaders.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), M (fire).
Wordgram

Pages 33-39.
Ron Nickson 8K expansion wordgram 8k.prg
Screenshot
Word guessing game. In 'normal' mode the word is hidden and you guess which letters are in it, similar to playing Hangman. In 'jumbled' mode the letters are shown as an anagram.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Biorhythms

Pages 40-42.
? 3K expansion biorhythms 3k.prg
Screenshot
Biorhythm program, claims to display physical, emotional and intellectual cycles on a hi-res graph.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Soccer Supremo

Pages 43-56.
S de Rosa 16K expansion soccer supr 16k.prg
Screenshot
Football manager game. Manage your team finances, play games, trade players and try to win the season.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Bulls and Cows

Pages 57-59.
Robert Erskine Unexpanded bulls and cows.prg
Screenshot
Mastermind-style game, you must guess a 4-digit number. A correct digit in the correct place gives a black bull, while a correct digit in the wrong place gives a white cow.
Controls:
Type your guess for each round.
Bricklayer

Pages 60-62.
? Unexpanded bricklayer.prg
Screenshot
A wall is being built from the bottom of the screen. Drop bombs to make holes in the wall and then drop your men through the holes, to get them to the bottom of the screen safely.
Controls:
Z (drop bomb), M (drop man).
Plot Planner

Pages 63-69.
Humphrey Walwyn 8K expansion plot planner 8k.prg
Screenshot
Utility, plan the best layout for your vegetable garden. A '+' on the plot indicates an essential gap to be kept free of weeds.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Horse Race

Pages 70-74.
Paul Stanley 16K expansion horse race 16k.prg
Screenshot
Gambling game for one or more players, place bets on which horse will win the race.
Controls:
Type each bet.
Cheshire Cat

Pages 75-81.
Phil McGeever 3K expansion cheshire cat 3k.prg
Screenshot
Asteroids-type game, shoot the strange aliens.
Controls:
1 (rotate left), 2 (rotate right), 9 (fire), 0 (disappear).
Energy Fields

Pages 82-85.
? 3K expansion energy field 3k.prg
Screenshot
You are guarding the ends of a time tunnel. Set up energy fields at the open ends of the system to stop alien ships getting through.
Controls:
Crsr-Down (right/up), Crsr-Right (right/down), Space (fire).
Holiday Expenses

Pages 86-93.
Michael Bews 16K expansion holiday exp 16k.prg
Screenshot
Utility, currency converter for estimating holiday costs.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Flying Bomb

Pages 94-98.
Michael Bews 3K expansion flying bomb 3k.t64
Screenshot
As a wartime test-pilot, you must use your new flying bomb to destroy the Nazi bunker.
Controls:
< (slow down), > (speed up), Crsr-Down (down), Crsr-Right (up), Space (fire), E (end game).
Alien

Pages 99-102.
P Killick Unexpanded alien.t64
Screenshot
Space Invaders-style game, try to hold out as long as possible against the deadly Veepods.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), M (fire).
Blitz

Pages 103-107.
? 8K expansion blitz 8k.t64
Screenshot
An enemy plane has broken through your defences, use your missile launchers to destroy it before it wipes out your bases.
Controls:
1-6 (launch selected missile), 0 (detonate missile).
Chomper

Pages 108-115.
Dave Gibson 3K expansion chomper 3k.t64
Screenshot
Pac Man-style game with three screens. Eat all the dots while avoiding the ghost. You must eat four ghosts per level otherwise you'll lose.
Controls:
L (left), : (right), P (up), . (down).
Duel

Pages 116-122.
Michael Bews 3K expansion duel 3k.t64
Screenshot
Boot Hill-style game. You are in a fight to the death against the computer - who will survive? There are two versions of this game, the first has keyboard graphics and the second uses hi-res graphics.
Controls:
A (aim higher), Z (aim lower), F7 (fire).
Grand Prix

Pages 123-127.
? 3K expansion grand prix 3k.t64
Screenshot
Top-down car race. Try to beat the computer to the finishing line.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), F1 (up), F3 (down), F5 (gear 1), F7 (gear 2).
Championship Boxing

Pages 128-130.
Dave Ponting Unexpanded champ boxing.prg
Screenshot
Boxing game, can you survive three rounds against an opponent of your choice?
Controls:
< (left), > (right), Z (up), X (down), Commodore (punch left), Shift (punch right).
Dam Eaters

Pages 131-133.
Gregory Michael Unexpanded dam eaters.prg
Screenshot
Nibblers-style game. You must defend the dam by using your three cannons to drop bombs on the attacking ships.
Controls:
1-3 (drop bomb from chosen cannon).
History Cross

Pages 134-144.
Walwyn & Buck 16K expansion history cr 16k.prg
Screenshot
Crossword-style puzzle, where each answer is the year of a historical event.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Dambusters

Pages 145-148.
Paul Stanley Unexpanded dambusters.prg
Screenshot
Use your sights to shoot the bouncing bombs before your dam is destroyed.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), P (up), L (down), Return (fire).
Wordsum

Pages 149-151.
Ron Nickson 3K expansion wordsum 3k.prg
Screenshot
Logic game where you have to solve a sum but the numbers have been replaced with letters, and the answer is the word that the numbers spell.
Controls:
Press any key to reveal the correct answer.
Moonlander

Pages 152-154.
Robert Erskine 3K expansion moonlander 3k.prg
Screenshot
Lunar Lander-style game. Land your fragile lunar lander on the purple landing pad.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), I (motor on), O (motor off).
Tanx

Pages 155-157.
Gregory Michael 3K expansion tanx 3k.prg
Screenshot
2-player Artillery Duel-style game. Two tanks face each other on opposite sides of a hillside, taking it in turns to fire shots. Who will be the first to destroy their opponent?
Controls:
Type the elevation (0-90) & velocity (2-10) for each shot.
Division One

Pages 158-166.
I Mclaughlin 16K expansion division1 16k.prg
Screenshot
Football management game, try to win as many games as you can.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Roots

Pages 167-170.
? 3K expansion roots 3k.prg
Screenshot
Utility, demonstrates rounding errors in ROM functions.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Show Sign

Pages 171-174.
Dave Gibson 3K expansion show sign 3k.prg
Screenshot
Utility, displays a horizontally scrolling message on the screen.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Tug-of-War

Pages 175-178.
Gilbert Cockton 3K expansion tug-of-war 3k.prg
Screenshot
2-player game. Take it in turns to launch a parachutist from the UFO, each time the target is hit the opposing team is pulled closer to the ravine.
Controls:
A (player 1 fire), L (player 2 fire).
Drag Racer

Pages 179-181.
G G Michael 8K expansion drag racer 8k.prg
Screenshot
Drag race simulation, time your gear changes to complete the 1/4 mile course in the shortest possible time.
Controls:
1-4 (select gear).
Xmas Eve

Pages 182-185.
Gregory Michael 3K expansion xmas eve 3k.prg
Screenshot
It's Christmas Eve and Santa is running late. Catch the presents as they are thrown down by the elves and then drop them down the chimneys.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), Shift (drop present).
Minelay

Pages 186-190.
Paul Stanley 3K expansion minelay 3k.prg
Screenshot
Maze game, collect the golden eggs while avoiding the mines & minelayer.
Controls:
I (left), P (right), Q (up), Z (down).
Countabout

Pages 191-194.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded countabout.prg
Screenshot
Counting game for children aged 2-5.
Controls:
1-9 (number of objects displayed on the screen).
Russian Roulette

Pages 195-197.
Michael Bews Unexpanded russn roulette.prg
Screenshot
A revolver loaded with one bullet is pointing at you. Spin the cylinder as many times as you like and then pull the trigger.
Controls:
A (spin cylinder), B (fire gun).
Nightfighter

Pages 198-200.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded nightfighter.prg
Screenshot
Stellar Wars-style game. Shoot the enemy planes before they get too close.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), Q,E,Z,C (diagonals), S (fire).
Pay Packets

Pages 201-204.
Humphrey Walwyn 8K expansion pay packets 8k.prg
Screenshot
Utility, calculate the individual coins needed to make up a particular sum of money.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Scuba

Pages 205-207.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded scuba.prg
Screenshot
Catch as many small fish as you can but avoid the deadly sharks, and don't forget to occasionally come up for air.
Controls:
F (left), G (right), T (up), V (down).
Stellar Run

Pages 208-210.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded stellar run.prg
Screenshot
Pilot your ship through a dangerous asteroid field, where contact with any of the objects means instant death.
Controls:
A (left), S (right), W (up), Z (down).
Heli-Bomber

Pages 211-214.
Robert Erskine Unexpanded heli-bomber.prg
Screenshot
Missile Command-style game. Shoot the bombs to stop them from destroying your city.
Controls:
N (left), M (right), A (up), Z (down), Space (fire).
Fall Guy

Pages 215-219.
? 3K expansion fall guy 3k.prg
Screenshot
2-player game. Guide your man to escape through the bottom of the maze by moving the walls to allow him to drop down through the holes, while simultaneously trying to stop your opponent from doing the same.
Controls:
Player 1: Q (left), W (right), 2 (up), A (down).
Player 2: O (left), P (right), 0 (up), L (down).
Anagrammatic

Pages 220-221.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded anagrammatic.prg
Screenshot
Utility, list all possible combinations of letters to help solve anagrams and crossword puzzles.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Omnicalendar

Pages 222-224.
Humphrey Walwyn Unexpanded omnicalendar.prg
Screenshot
Utility, display a calendar for any month from 1900-2000.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Mushroom Invasion

Pages 225-227.
Ian Hughes Unexpanded mushroom inv.prg
Screenshot
Vertically-scrolling shooter. Either shoot or dodge the mushrooms that are taking over the planet.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), Return (fire).
OXO

Pages 228-231.
Michael Bews Unexpanded noughts crosses.prg
Screenshot
Tic-tac-toe puzzle game, get three in a row before the computer.
Controls:
1-9 (position of next move).
Fives

Pages 232-234.
Dave Ponting 3K expansion fives 3k.prg
Screenshot
Logic game, guess a hidden five-digit number by asking four arithmetic questions.
Controls:
Type your four questions, then enter your guess.
Dogfight

Pages 235-237.
Robert Erskine Unexpanded dogfight.prg
Screenshot
Two planes are locked in a battle to the death - will you defeat the computer pilot?
Controls:
F1 (up), F3 (down), F7 (fire).
Space Traffic

Pages 238-241.
Gilbert Cockton 3K expansion space traffc 3k.prg
Screenshot
Vertically-scrolling space shooter. Collect the satellites but avoid the asteroids and enemy spaceships.
Controls:
Z (left), X (right), M (fire).
Evolution 1

Pages 242-247.
? 8K expansion evolution1 8k.prg
Screenshot
Game trilogy based on evolution, where only the strong survive. You start as an amoeba and must eat 5 spores to evolve into a frog. The frog needs to catch 10 flies to evolve into a beaver. Finally, the beaver has to eat 10 fish.
Controls:
Stage 1, amoeba: H (left), J (right), U (up), N (down).
Stage 2, frog: Z (left), X (right), Shift (tongue out).
Stage 3, beaver: H (left), J (right), U (up), N (down).
Evolution 2

Pages 248-252.
Gregory Michael 8K expansion evolution2 8k.prg
Screenshot
Second part of the evolution trilogy. You start as a gorilla and must eat 40 bananas to evolve into a caveman. The caveman needs to stop other cavemen from attacking his cave by surviving 30 attacks.
Controls:
Stage 4, gorilla: H (left), J (right), U (up), N (down).
Stage 5, caveman: Z (spin left), X (spin right), Shift (throw spear), Commodore (take the spear over your head).
Evolution 3

Pages 253-258.
Dave Gibson 3K expansion evolution3 3k.prg
Screenshot
Final part of the evolution trilogy. You are the Prime Minister of a nuclear power and must program your missiles to destroy the enemy cities before they destroy you.
Controls:
Stage 6, nuclear war: Use the direction keys N,S,W,E to enter a flight path for your missile, then press F to launch.
Bridges

Pages 259-266.
R Brown 8K expansion bridges 8k.prg
Screenshot
Use your bricks to build a bridge across the ravine so the train can cross safely.
Controls:
A (left), S (right), W (up), Z (down), + (place brick), - (remove brick), * (toggle between full & half bricks), UpArrow (release the train early).
Top Trainer

Pages 267-276.
? 16K expansion toptrainer 16k.prg
Screenshot
Horse racing game for 1-4 players. Each player moves around the board buying, selling and training horses. If any player lands on 'go' then you can enter your horses into a race, issue 'race instructions' to the jockey and place bets.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Sheepdog Trials

Pages 277-280.
Sandro de Rosa 3K expansion sheepdog tr 3k.prg
Screenshot
Use your dog to herd the sheep into the pen as quickly as possible.
Controls:
5 (left), 6 (down), 7 (up), 8 (right), 0 (close gate when all sheep penned).
Hangman

Pages 281-286.
Paul Stanley 3K expansion hangman 3k.prg
Screenshot
The computer chooses a word from a range of topics including animals, countries and general verbs. Can you guess the word before your man is hanged?
Controls:
Type the letter for each guess.

Notes

  1. Despite being called 'Sixty Programs' the book only contains 57 programs.
  2. There are at least two editions of this book. The program names are the same but some of the listings differ. For each program, I used the version that worked best.
  3. Exocet (p. 22-25) was also published in Your 64 (84-11).
  4. Xmas Eve (p. 182-185) was also published in Personal Computer News (84-01-04).
  5. Stellar Run (p. 208-210) was also published in Personal Computer Games (84-02).
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