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Zap! Pow! Boom! Arcade Games for the VIC 20 (GB)
Mark Ramshaw
Interface Publications, 1982

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Zap Pow Boom UK.d64

30 programs (100% complete)

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Maze Man

Pages 5-6.
? Unexpanded maze man.prg
Screenshot
Pac Man-style game, eat the dots and avoid the ghosts.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down).
Asteroids

Pages 6-7.
? Unexpanded asteroids.prg
Screenshot
Asteroids-style game, dodge & shoot the asteroids.
Controls:
Z (rotate left), C (rotate right), M (thrust), Space (fire), Return (hyperspace).
Gunfight

Pages 8-9.
? Unexpanded gunfight.prg
Screenshot
Boot Hill-style game, try to outshoot the other cowboy.
Controls:
Z (up), C (down), M (fire).
Scramble

Pages 9-11.
? Unexpanded scramble.prg
Screenshot
Scramble-style game without the sideways scrolling.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), Space (fire laser), S (drop bomb).
Space Invaders

Pages 11-12.
? Unexpanded space invaders.prg
Screenshot
Space Invaders-style game, shoot the aliens.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Airplane

Pages 13-14.
? Unexpanded airplane.prg
Screenshot
Flight simulator, land your plane on the runway. When the distance reads 0, you have reached the runway and must stop before it reads -200.
Controls:
A (tilt left), D (tilt right), W (nose up), X (nose down), 0-9 (thrust), Space (air brakes) S (lower undercarriage), Return (raise undercarriage).
Marathon

Pages 14-15.
? Unexpanded marathon.prg
Screenshot
Bet on one of three athletes and then watch the race.
Controls:
Type your bets.
Star Trek

Pages 15-18.
? Unexpanded star trek.prg
Screenshot
As captain of the Enterprise (E) you must destroy 15 Klingon ships (+) while avoiding stars (*).
Controls:
Cursor keys (move), 1 (warp to another sector), 2 (scan), 3 (photon torpedoes), 4 (phasers), 5 (shields).
Wizard

Pages 18-19.
? Unexpanded wizard.prg
Screenshot
Simon-style game, the computer flashes a number sequence that you have to remember and repeat.
Controls:
1-6.
Tail Gunner

Pages 19-21.
? Unexpanded tail gunner.prg
Screenshot
First-person space shooter.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Astro Wars

Page 21.
? Unexpanded astro wars.prg
Screenshot
Galaxians-style game, shoot the aliens.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Swarm

Page 22.
? Unexpanded swarm.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the aliens, but your ship slows down each time they collide with you.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
3-D Maze

Page 23.
? Unexpanded 3-d maze.prg
Screenshot
Find your way to cell 25 to escape from the maze.
Controls:
Crsr-Left (left), Crsr-Right (right), Return (forward).
Brands Hatch

Pages 24-25.
? Unexpanded brands hatch.prg
Screenshot
Try to overtake thirty cars on a vertically-scrolling race track.
Controls:
Z (left), M (right).
Lightning-Bolt

Pages 25-26.
? Unexpanded lightning-bolt.prg
Screenshot
Move your cursor to build a wall, and try to make the lightning bolt pass through it.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down).
Space Eggs

Pages 27-28.
? Unexpanded space eggs.prg
Screenshot
Eggs fall from the sky and hatch into large birds that feed on a valuable mineral in the clouds. Shoot the eggs/birds before all the mineral is gone.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Xyloid

Page 29.
? Unexpanded xyloid.prg
Screenshot
Displays a colourful pattern.
Controls:
None.
Adventure

Pages 29-31.
? Unexpanded adventure.prg
Solution
Map
Screenshot
Text adventure. An evil dragon has stolen the mythical arkenstone from the dwarves. It is up to you to recover it.
Controls:
When typing commands, you must press Return after each word and put a full stop after the final word. Commands: go/move, kick, listen, catch, pick, drop, skewer, swing, throw, fill, inventory, recover.
Gomoku

Pages 31-32.
? Unexpanded gomoku.prg
Screenshot
Board game, try to get five pieces in a line.
Controls:
Type your coordinates for each move using the format X,Y (two numbers separated by a comma).
Lunar Lander

Pages 33-35.
? Unexpanded lunar lander.prg
Screenshot
Jupiter Lander-style game, pilot your fragile lunar module to one of the safe landing sites.
Controls:
Z (thrust left), C (thrust right), M (thrust upwards).
Missile Command

Pages 35-37.
? Unexpanded missile command.prg
Screenshot
Missile Command-style game, destroy the incoming missiles.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Nightmare Castle

Pages 37-39.
? Unexpanded nightmre castle.prg
Screenshot
Graphic adventure, find the treasure and return it to the starting room. There are doors that open and close, and one that requires a key; there is a hidden passage that you can only find by trying to go through the wall; there is an invisble maze; and strange things happen in 'the room'.
Controls:
Crsr-Left (left), Crsr-Right (right), Crsr-Up (up), Crsr-Down (down), / (thrust, if you have the sword), Space (drop objects).
One-Armed-Bandit

Pages 39-40.
? Unexpanded one-arm-bandit.prg
Screenshot
Fruit machine game, try to win more than 995 to break the bank.
Controls:
Space (spin reels), 1,2,3 (hold reel).
Draughts

Pages 41-43.
Graham Charlton Unexpanded draughts.prg
Screenshot
Board game (aka checkers), remove your opponents pieces.
Controls:
Type the XY coordinates (two letters) for the from & to position of each move.
Dambuster

Pages 43-44.
? Unexpanded dambuster.prg
Screenshot
Destroy the enemy dam with your bouncing bombs.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire).
Breakout

Page 45.
? Unexpanded breakout.prg
Screenshot
Breakout-style game, use your bat & ball to break through the brick wall.
Controls:
Z (left), M (right).
Dogfight

Pages 46-47.
? Unexpanded dogfight.prg
Screenshot
Shoot down the enemy plane.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Night Raid

Pages 47-49.
? Unexpanded night raid.prg
Screenshot
As you fly in darkness over a city, you can only see the skyline in flashes from enemy flack. Bomb the reactor before you get hit by flack or missiles.
Controls:
A (back up), D (accelerate), W (up), X (down), S (drop bomb).
Tank Battle

Pages 49-50.
? Unexpanded tank battle.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the enemy tank & fuel drums. The winner is the first to reach 150 points.
Controls:
A (left), D (right), W (up), X (down), S (fire).
Death Star

Pages 51-52.
? Unexpanded death star.prg
Screenshot
Star Wars-style game, fly through the Death Star trench and try to fire a torpedo down the exhaust port.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), M (fire), 1-9 (speed).

Notes

  1. Many of these programs were also published in Zap! Pow! Boom! Arcade Games for the VIC 20 (US) by Tim Hartnell & Mark Ramshaw.
  2. A modified version of Asteroids (p. 6-7) appears to have been published as Asteroids (Popular Computing Weekly, 83-04-28), with different graphics.
  3. A slightly different version of Draughts (p. 41-43) was published as Draughts (Getting Started On Your Commodore VIC 20).

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