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Commander (US)

Commander was an American magazine dedicated to Commodore computers, published by Micro Systems Specialities. It covered a wide range of topics including comms, technical issues, programming tutorials and games. At least 18 issues were produced. The editors were Alicia A. Linden (issues 1-7), Linda L Linden (issues 8-13), Donald Elman (issues 14-16), Dorinda Anderson (issues 17-18).

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Commander.d64

Note: The game Crazy Scaler (83-08) is not included on this disk because it currently only loads from cassette tape.

30 programs

Program Author Requirements Files Info
Enterprise

Vol 1 No 1 (Dec 1982),
Pages 29-30.
Vol 1 No 2 (Jan 1983),
Pages 23-28.
Tim Parker 3K expansion enterprise 3k.prg
Screenshot
Star Trek game. You are the captain of the Enterprise (E). Explore all 9 quadrants of space and destroy all the Klingons (K). If you are running low on energy or shields then transfer power from the impulse engines. Dock with the starbase (B) to restore your settings to their maximum values.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Gobble!

Vol 1 No 2 (Jan 1983),
Pages 32-35.
Vol 1 No 3 (Feb 1983),
Pages 19-22.
Tim Parker Unexpanded gobble.prg
Screenshot
Pac-Man game. Eat as many dots as you can while avoiding your nemesis, then escape using the exit at the bottom of the maze. You lose points for every dot eaten by your nemesis.
Controls:
I (up), M (down), J (left), K (right).
DOSPLUS

Vol 1 No 3 (Feb 1983),
Pages 10-13, 64.
Eric Giguere Unexpanded dosplus.d64
Screenshot
Disk utility. Send DOS commands to the disk drive without using the OPEN and PRINT# commands.
Controls:
Press the right square bracket key (Shift + Semicolon) followed by the desired command, e.g. use ]I0: to initialise the drive. Type ]E to view the drive's error status, and ]K to disable the program.
Solitaire Four

Vol 1 No 4/5 (Mar/Apr 1983),
Pages 29-34.
Edwin Sund 8K expansion solitaire4 8k.prg
Screenshot
Card game. The replacement pile is dealt by dealing 11 cards face down and turning the top card face up. 4 playing stacks are dealt in a row next to the replacement pile. 1 more card is dealt in the win row, above the playing stacks. The remaining 36 cards are placed face down in the draw pile. The objective is to build 4 stacks of cards of the same suite in ascenting order. Cards are taken 3 at a time from the draw pile. The top card can be put on any play stack in alternating colours and descending order, and the top card from the replacement stack can also be played the same way. The top card of any stack can be put on the win stack of that suite in ascending order.
Controls:
Play a card by entering its number (2-9, A, T, J, Q, K) and a suite (Shift+A, S, Z, X). Press N to draw the next 3 cards, and B to go back one draw. E restarts the game.
Array Assignment Sort

Vol 1 No 6 (May 1983),
Pages 40-41.
David Steffes & Art Dudley Unexpanded array sort.prg
Screenshot
Short and fast sorting routine. It fills an array with random numbers then sorts them into ascending order.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Parachute Landing

Vol 1 No 6 (May 1983),
Pages 58-60.
Tom Adkins Unexpanded parachute land.prg
Screenshot
You parachute into the middle of the forest, and you must escape without stepping on any of the 15 invisible landmines. Longer routes achieve higher scores. Note: Your character (*) does not appear until you press one of the movement keys.
Controls:
Y (up), B (down), G (left), H (right).
Arithmetic at Nursery School
(Addition and Subtraction Facts)

Vol 1 No 7 (Jun 1983),
Pages 26-30.
Dennis G Smith Unexpanded add sub facts.prg
Screenshot
Mental arithmetic game for young children. You must correctly solve 10 addition or subtraction problems without making any mistakes.
Controls:
Type the correct answer.
Pie Graph

Vol 1 No 7 (Jun 1983),
Pages 46-49.
Eric Giguere Super Expander+3K pie graph se3k.t64
Screenshot
Two programs for drawing hi-res pie charts. The demo program displays a pie chart for a random percentage. The main program asks you to enter a percentage, then makes a graph using that figure.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Crazy Scaler
(Crazy Climber)

Vol 1 No 9 (Aug 1983),
Pages 146-152.
Vol 1 No 11 (Oct 1983),
Pages 82-84.
Jun Yukawa & Daniel Stoner Unexpanded crazy climber.t64
Screenshot
Crazy Climber game. Climb up the side of the building avoiding falling objects and open windows. There are five levels to complete. Note: this game only loads from tape. It crashes with an 'out of memory' error when loaded from disk.
Controls:
I (up), J (left), L (right).
An Introduction to Finances

Vol 1 No 9 (Aug 1983),
Pages 154-159.
Howard Rotenberg Unexpanded intro finances.t64
Screenshot
Seven programs to perform various financial calculations. Calculate discounts, effective interest rates, the yield from a rate of interest, etc.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
The VIC Clock

Vol 1 No 10 (Sep 1983),
Pages 92-97.
Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Page 111.
Arthur J Dudley Super Expander+3K vic clock se3k.prg
Screenshot
Learn how to read an analogue clock. The menu has six modes: (1) Type a time (hh:mm) to display it on the clock face. (2) Press any key to advance the time by 5 minutes. (3-6) You must type the time shown on the clock face.
Controls:
Type the time. If the hours are single digit (1-9) press space for the first character. Press X to display your score and return to the menu.
Knight Roller

Vol 1 No 11 (Oct 1983),
Pages 47-52.
Colin F Thompson Unexpanded knight roller.prg
Screenshot
Generate new characters for the board game Dungeons & Dragons, without all the dice rolling to determine their characteristics such as strength & wisdom etc. It uses the 3d6 method, i.e. three six-sided die to produce a random number from 3-18 for each characteristic.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Evaders 1.2

Vol 1 No 11 (Oct 1983),
Pages 54-60.
Eric Giguere Unexpanded evaders12.prg
Screenshot
Shoot as many aliens as you can in one minute. The invaders will try to evade your shots.
Controls:
Joystick or L (left), ; (right), A (fire).
That Troublesome Times Table

Vol 1 No 12 (Nov 1983),
Pages 12-19.
Dennis G Smith Unexpanded times table.t64
Screenshot
Mental arithmetic game comprising two programs. Electro Flash 9 is for children to practice their multiplication skills. Mult Facts Quiz helps teachers work out which pupils need more help.
Controls:
Type the correct answer to each problem.
Boxed In

Vol 1 No 12 (Nov 1983),
Pages 91-92.
Tom Adkins Unexpanded boxed in.t64
Screenshot
Run around the boxes waiting for an opening to appear, then dash inside to grab the money. Openings only appear if you keep moving. If you get trapped inside then press fire to restart the level, but this does not reset the clock. You have three minutes to collect all the money.
Controls:
Joystick.
Xmas-Card

Vol 2 No 1 (Dec 1983/Jan 1984),
Pages 35-36.
Donald Elman Unexpanded xmas-card.prg
Screenshot
Displays a festive message while playing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". The Christmas poem in the magazine was written by Ian & Linda Adam.
Controls:
None.
BASIC Education: Programming for Learning
(Times Tables)

Vol 2 No 1 (Dec 1983/Jan 1984),
Pages 44, 49, 108-112.
Andy Van Duyne Unexpanded times tables.prg
Screenshot
Educational program. Practice your mental arithmetic by solving 100 multiplication problems.
Controls:
Type the correct answer for each problem.
Road Race

Vol 2 No 1 (Dec 1983/Jan 1984),
Pages 104-107.
Vol 2 No 3 (Mar 1984),
Page 124.
Cal Overhulser Unexpanded road race.prg
Screenshot
Drive down a forest road to reach the finish line in the shortest possible time. Avoid the edge markers, oil slicks and oncoming vehicles.
Controls:
Joystick. Note: The joystick controls do not seem to work in WinVICE.
BASICMON

Vol 2 No 1 (Dec 1983/Jan 1984),
Pages 132-140.
Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Page 111.
Eric Giguere 3K expansion basicmon 3k.prg
Screenshot
Machine language monitor, written in BASIC.
Controls:
Use the following commands:
:1234 aa bb cc (store hex values in memory)
M ssss ffff (list the memory contents for those locations)
R (show registers)
G xxxx (execute program)
L "filename",dv (load file)
S "filename",dv,ssss,ffff (save file)
C (show directory)
D command (send command to drive)
D E (show drive status)
X (exit)
BASIC Education II: The Quiz
(Quizzer)

Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Pages 37-43.
Andy Van Duyne Unexpanded quizzer.t64
Screenshot
Two programs that create multiple choice quiz tests. Quiz Writer is used to enter the questions and save them onto tape. Quizzer reads the file and asks the questions.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Deathstar

Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Pages 73-77.
Alan L Keyser Unexpanded deathstar.prg
Screenshot
Fly down the narrow channel on the surface of the Deathstar, shooting enemy ships and avoiding debris.
Controls:
Joystick.
Portable Screen Control Symbols

Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Pages 83-85.
Noel Nyman Unexpanded format.t64
Screenshot
Programming template. The first program sets up strings that can be used instead of control characters (e.g. cu$ for "cursor up") to make listings easier to read. The second program demonstrates this within a program.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Invasion

Vol 2 No 2 (Feb 1984),
Pages 86, 112-114.
Gene Buckle Unexpanded invasion.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the invaders, and avoid their bombs. You get five lives.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), B (fire).
BASIC Education III: Simulations
(Series Resistance)

Vol 2 No 3 (Mar 1984),
Pages 58-66.
Andy Van Duyne Unexpanded series resist.prg
Screenshot
Electronics utility to simulate a circuit with 1-3 resistors connected in series. Enter the value of each resistor to calculate the voltage drop and power dissipation.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Mancala

Vol 2 No 3 (Mar 1984),
Pages 82-88.
Arthur J Dudley Unexpanded mancala.prg
Screenshot
Board game for 2 players. Capture your opponent's pieces and place them in your scoring pit. Move the marker to select which counters you want to move. Deposit the counters anti-clockwise, you must deposit at least one counter in your opponent's section. To score, you must deposit your last counter in your opponent's space that contains no more than one counter. You will then acquire all the counters in that space, plus any counters going backwards on your opponent's side until you encounter a space with three or more counters. The game ends when a player can no longer reach his opponent's side. It does not have an "end of game" message, so you must press Run/Stop to end.
Controls:
Press F1 & F3 to move the marker, and F5 to pick up your counters. Then press F3 to deposit your counters one at a time.
Super Speed Joystick

Vol 2 No 3 (Mar 1984),
Pages 92-98.
Cal Overhulser Unexpanded super joystick.t64
Screenshot
Machine code & BASIC routines for reading the joystick. Both programs let you draw simple pictures on the screen.
Controls:
Joystick.
Cyrillic Screen Letters

Vol 2 No 3 (Mar 1984),
Pages 102-103.
Thom Robertson Unexpanded cyrillic chars.prg
Screenshot
Custom character set that simulates Old English script.
Controls:
None.
BASIC Education IV: Getting into Inputs
(Ears)

Vol 2 No 4 (Apr 1984),
Pages 21-30.
Andy Van Duyne Unexpanded ears.prg
Screenshot
Musical program. A short melody is played, and you must enter the scale degree/notes in the proper sequence.
Controls:
1-8 (enter notes), Return (accept answer), T (play tune).
Rescue

Vol 2 No 4 (Apr 1984),
Pages 88-91.
Mike Scharland Unexpanded rescue.t64
Screenshot
You are an angel. Rescue the people trapped on the ledges. Do not touch the skull creatures, hit your head on the underside of a ledge, or fall into the sea. A warning alarm sounds when you are running out of time.
Controls:
Joystick.
Apple Pick'n

Vol 2 No 6 (Jun 1984),
Pages 20-23, 93.
Robert L Bloomer Unexpanded apple pickn.t64
Screenshot
Collect the magic apples from the underground maze, while avoiding the rocks and Fuzz monsters. There is a time limit of 58secs.
Controls:
Joystick. When the game begins, move the joystick down to leave the mountain.

Notes

  1. Invasion (84-02) appears to be a modified version of Tank-v-Ufo (Personal Computing on the VIC-20).

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