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Commodore Power/Play (US)

Commodore Power/Play was an American magazine dedicated to Commodore computers, published by Commodore Business Machines. It focused on how computers are used in the home and provided programming tutorials, product announcements & reviews, game playing advice, and type-in program listings. A total of 23 issues were produced: issues 1-8 (Summer 1982 to Spring 1984) were published quarterly, and issues 9-23 (Jun/Jul 1984 to Oct/Nov 1986) were published bi-monthly. After the final issue, it merged with Commodore Microcomputers to become Commodore Magazine. The editors were Diane LeBold (issues 1-22) and Carol Minton (issue 23).

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CommPowerPlay1.d64
Issues 1-7 (1982-83)

CommPowerPlay2.d64
Issues 8-22 (1984-86)

91 programs

Program Author Requirements Files Info
VIC Music

Issue 1,
Vol 1 No 1 (Summer 1982),
Pages 18-19.
Jim Butterfield Unexpanded vic music.prg
Screenshot
Music program. Plays "Frère Jacques" using multiple voices.
Controls:
None.
VICFLIP-IV

Issue 1,
Vol 1 No 1 (Summer 1982),
Pages 32-34.
Issue 2,
Vol 1 No 2 (Fall 1982),
Page 24.
Jim Dubrouillet & Sean Smith Unexpanded vicflip-iv.t64
Screenshot
Board game. Play Othello (aka Reversi) against the computer or a 2nd player. The board can be 4, 6, 8 or 10 squares in size, and the computer player has four difficulty settings.
Controls:
Joystick or I (up), M (down), J (left), K (right), F (select square).
Terminal Software

Issue 1,
Vol 1 No 1 (Summer 1982),
Pages 36-37.
Jeff Hand Unexpanded & modem terminal soft.prg
Screenshot
Simple terminal program to connect the VIC-20 to other computers using an RS-232 modem.
Controls:
See magazine for details.
Electronic Christmas Card

Issue 2,
Vol 1 No 2 (Fall 1982),
Page 29.
Dr Bruce Downing Unexpanded christmas card.prg
Screenshot
Festive music program. Plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".
Controls:
None.
Personalized Biorhythm Charts

Issue 2,
Vol 1 No 2 (Fall 1982),
Page 34.
Rich Weissman 3K expansion biorhythms 3k.prg
Screenshot
Biorhythm calculator, display your physical, emotional and intellectual curves on a chart. In this version the charts are personalized and can be printed out.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts. Press F2 to print the chart.
VIC Rhino

Issue 2,
Vol 1 No 2 (Fall 1982),
Pages 38-40.
Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Page 97.
Tim Duncan Unexpanded rhino.prg
Screenshot
Several rhinos are hidden among the trees in the African jungle. You must guide your man (.) safely home (H), but the rhinos will appear and charge if you stray into their line of vision.
Controls:
F3 (left), F5 (right), F1 (up), F7 (down), F2/F4/F6/F8 (diagonals).
VIC Piano

Issue 3,
Vol 1 No 3 (Winter 1982),
Page 15.
? Unexpanded piano.prg
Screenshot
Simple music program. Play your own tunes on the computer.
Controls:
A-* (white piano keys), W-^ (black piano keys).
Coupon Control

Issue 3,
Vol 1 No 3 (Winter 1982),
Pages 26-29.
Doug Holub 8K expansion coupon ctrl 8k.prg
Screenshot
Database for discount coupons. The coupon details are stored in DATA statements from line 1200 onwards.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts. Press A to add a coupon or L to look through coupons, C to search by category or I to search by item name, and type other details when required
Defelection

Issue 3,
Vol 1 No 3 (Winter 1982),
Page 30.
Neil Harris Unexpanded deflection.prg
Screenshot
Deflex game. Hit all the targets by using paddles to deflect the ball as it bounces around the screen.
Controls:
N (left paddle), M (right paddle).
VIC Baseball

Issue 3,
Vol 1 No 3 (Winter 1982),
Page 42.
Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Page 97.
Mark Biggs Unexpanded baseball.prg
Screenshot
Baseball game for two players. Team #1 is the home team and team #2 are the visitors. The crowd cheers when the home team play well, and when the visiting team plays badly.
Controls:
F (fast ball), C (change-up), E (curve left), R (curve right), P (swing bat).
Wheel of Gold

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 26-28.
James Dunn Unexpanded wheel of gold.prg
Screenshot
Platform game. Collect the bags of gold from the top of the ramps. Don't get squashed by the boulders.
Controls:
Joystick.
VIC Super Piano

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 52-59.
Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Pages 124-125.
Myron Miller Unexpanded vic super piano.prg
Screenshot
Music program. Play, record and save your own tunes on the computer.
Controls:
1-8 (play note), 9 (silence), F1-F8 (select octave), M (memorize tune), R (replay tune), S (save on tape), L (load from tape), etc. See on-screen instructions for more info.
Using the Programmable Character Set Editor
(Tumbler)

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Page 73.
Michael Tomczyk Unexpanded tumbler.prg
Screenshot
Programming demo, how to create simple animations with user defined graphics. It shows a man tumbling over.
Controls:
None.
Cursor Positioning on the VIC 20

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Page 74.
Tom Ziegler Unexpanded cursor position.prg
Screenshot
Small machine code routine that moves the cursor to any location. This program uses the routine to move a red ball diagonally down the screen. It could potentially be used for moving characters in games etc.
Controls:
None.
Crazy Balloons

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 78-80.
? Unexpanded crazy balloons.prg
Screenshot
Move your unstable hot air balloon to the goal. There are three screens to complete.
Controls:
@ (up), / (down), : (left), ; (right).
Fill-in-the-Blanks

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 81-82.
Rick Cotton Unexpanded fill-the-blanks.prg
Screenshot
Enter some names, adverbs, nouns etc, and the computer will use them to fill the blanks in a short story.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Craps

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 83-85.
Larry Holler Unexpanded craps.prg
Screenshot
Dice game. Two dice are thrown; a score of 7 or 11 wins, while a score of 2, 3 or 12 loses. If you roll any other number then you must keep rolling until you either get the same number (win) or a 7 (lose).
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Phone Home

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Page 86.
Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Page 125.
Dennis McCormack Unexpanded phone home.prg
Screenshot
Number guessing game. Can you work out ET's phone number? After each guess you are shown the position of any correct digits.
Controls:
Type your guess.
VICTERM Print

Issue 4,
Vol 2 No 1 (Spring 1983),
Pages 87-92.
Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Page 94.
Joseph L Brown 8K expansion & modem victerm prt 8k.t64
Screenshot
Terminal emulator. The output can be printed or saved onto tape. It also includes a utility for printing the saved data. A revised version was published in Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983).
Controls:
See magazine for details.
Removing the Memory Expander

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Page 7.
Craig Bruce 8K expansion remove exp 8k.prg
Screenshot
Convert an expanded computer back to an unexpanded computer without removing the memory expansion cartridge.
Controls:
None.
Pio

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 21-22.
George Currie Unexpanded pio.prg
Screenshot
Vertically scrolling game. Guide your centipede through the forest without hitting the trees. Will you reach the finish line?
Controls:
Z (left), Crsr-Right (right).
The Maze

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 23-24.
George Short Unexpanded the maze.prg
Screenshot
Maze game. Guide the wizard to the top of the screen within 12 seconds. Each bottle that you collect allows the wizard to cast a spell removing the walls in front of him, to escape from dead ends. Complete five mazes to earn a bonus flash, which lets the wizard escape to the top of the screen regardless of any walls that are blocking the path.
Controls:
N (up), W (left), E (right), J (activate spell), B (activate flash).
Tone-Match

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 60-61.
Christopher Harris Unexpanded tone-match.prg
Screenshot
Music game. A tone is briefly played. You must then adjust a second tone until it matches the first one. The level determines the duration of the first tone; higher levels are easier.
Controls:
+ (increase frequency), - (decrease frequency), F1 (select tone).
Friends of the VIC Turtle
(Etch-a-Sketch)

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Page 62.
Albert Rizzoli Super Expander+3K & paddles etchsketch se3k.prg
Screenshot
Drawing program. Use paddles to draw hi-res pictures.
Controls:
Paddles. Fire buttons are used to change colour and clear the screen.
Night of Death
(Escape From Hades)

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 69-70.
Diana Kaupilla Unexpanded escape hades.prg
Screenshot
Text adventure, played by selecting multiple choice options. You kick a rock and a hole opens up in the ground... What will you do next?
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Alphamatch

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 76-80.
Barbara J Moody Super Expander+3K alphamatch se3k.prg
Screenshot
Educational game for young children, to help learn the alphabet. A letter is displayed, and the child must press that key on the keyboard. Each correct response draws an additional part of a picture.
Controls:
Type the correct letter.
Joyrite

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 81-82.
Mike & Annette Hinshaw Super Expander+3K joyrite se3k.prg
Screenshot
Drawing program. Use the joystick to draw hi-res pictures.
Controls:
Joystick. Press Space to clear the screen.
Star Position

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 86-87.
Alex Bakman Unexpanded star position.prg
Screenshot
Astronomy program. Enter the time & date, longitude & latitude, and right ascension & declination, to calculate the azimuth & altitude of a star.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
FOR... NEXT Sound Effects
(Fantasie)

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Page 88.
Jim Lockridge Unexpanded fantasie.prg
Screenshot
Sound program. Uses FOR/NEXT loops to play eight different sound effects.
Controls:
None.
Commodore Information Network File Translator

Issue 5,
Vol 2 No 2 (Summer 1983),
Pages 90-92.
Jeff Hand Unexpanded cinf translator.prg
Screenshot
Utility for use with VICTERM Print (Spring 1983). It converts downloaded files into program files without needing to type them back in.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
A Printer Routine for Subroutines

Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Page 9.
Lenton Goforth Unexpanded & printer sub printer.prg
Screenshot
Print a subroutine from your program listing.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Spider Rescue

Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Pages 19-22.
R M McDonough Unexpanded spider rescue.t64
Screenshot
You must rescue 40 hostages while avoiding the spiders.
Controls:
Joystick.
A Keyboard Overlay for Your Programmable Function Keys
(Function Key Overlay)

Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Pages 103-105.
Paul Zander Unexpanded & printer fkey overlay.prg
Screenshot
Sample printout
Utility. Print a keyboard overlay to remind you what each function key does.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Two Cartoons for the VIC 20

Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Pages 112-115.
John Stilwell Unexpanded two cartoons.t64
Screenshot
Two hi-res animations. Sheriff shows the sheriff drawing his gun. Enterprise shows Star Trek's Enterprise flying over a planet.
Controls:
Press any key to start the animation.
Hexterminator II

Issue 6,
Vol 2 No 3 (Fall 1983),
Pages 117-119.
George Currie Unexpanded hexterminator2.prg
Screenshot
Space shooter. Shoot the Hexcans before they escape past your ship. The higher your score, the greater the chance of a Hexterminator ship appearing. The Hexterminator cannot be shot, and will destroy you if it passes over your ship. However it moves two spaces at a time, so it is possible to escape it.
Controls:
Crsr-Down (left), Crsr-Right (right), Z (fire).
Learn to Read Music

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 75-80.
Alan M Larson 3K expansion learn music 3k.prg
Screenshot
Educational program to help children learn the names of the notes, lines and spaces on a musical staff.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Gone Fishing

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 86-89.
Harry Watts Unexpanded gone fishing.prg
Screenshot
Fishing game. Examine the lake size and wind direction, select the fishing depth, line weight and bait, and see if you catch anything.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
More Cartoons for the VIC 20

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 90-94.
John Stilwell Unexpanded more cartoons.t64
Screenshot
Two hi-res animations. Super Fight shows a battle between Crabman and a generic super hero. Dragon Power shows a sleeping dragon.
Controls:
For Super Fight, press any key to start the animation.
Quick Tricks for the VIC

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 95-97.
Karen Pierce Unexpanded quick tricks.t64
Screenshot
Three amusing programs. VIC Tired is a practical joke program. It displays a syntax error, but everything seems fine when you LIST the program. The next command you type triggers a joke error. Character Flip-Flip makes the font flip symmetrically. Vertigo makes the screen shake.
Controls:
For VIC Tired, follow on-screen prompts.
Sundial

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 100-101.
Paul R Machula Unexpanded sundial.prg
Screenshot
Utility to help people make their own sundials. Enter your latitude and this program will list the time values and associated hour angles, divided into five minute intervals.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Medical Age Test

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 110-113.
Jim Branberg Unexpanded medical age 3k.prg
Screenshot
Quiz. This program asks questions about your lifestyle and calculates your medical age, which may be higher or lower than your actual age.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Musical Mosaic

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 116-117.
Anne Phillips Unexpanded musical mosaic.prg
Screenshot
Kaleidoscope program, draws a constantly changing colourful pattern with accompanying sounds.
Controls:
F1 (change background colour), F3 (toggle sounds on & off), F5 (start new mosaic), F7 (pause & resume).
Two Programs for the VIC 20 and Super Expander Cartridge
(Box Pattern & Diamond Pattern)

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Page 119.
Robert Mock Super Expander+3K box diamond se3k.t64
Screenshot
Two hi-res graphic programs. One draws a box pattern, the other draws a diamond pattern.
Controls:
None.
VICTERM Print Revised

Issue 7,
Vol 2 No 4 (Winter 1983),
Pages 120-124.
Jim Gracely 16K expansion & modem victerm rev 16k.t64
Screenshot
Terminal emulator. Revised version of VICTERM Print (Spring 1983) that works with tape & disk. It also includes a utility for printing the saved data.
Controls:
See magazine for details.
SE Composer

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 56-62.
Dennis Bloomfield Super Expander+3K composer se3k.t64
Screenshot
Create and play music. Tunes are stored within the program using the Super Expander's special PRINT statements. Includes a demo that plays Sonatina #1 by Clementi. Play the tune by pressing 1 (ready to compose) followed by F1 (run music).
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Tunnel 2

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 66-68.
Matt Cisternino Unexpanded tunnel2.prg
Screenshot
Vertically scrolling space game. Fly your ship, shooting enemies and avoiding the walls. After completing two red & yellow zones, you must destroy the enemy base by shooting through the ships that protect it.
Controls:
Joystick.
Ghost Town

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 86-91.
T J Scimone Unexpanded ghost town.t64
Screenshot
Collect as much gold as you can, and either take it to the exchange or use it to buy ammunition. Do not touch the cactus or bad guys.
Controls:
Joystick.
Pig Latin

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 95-101.
Dr Petrie Curryfavor [Eddie Johnson] Unexpanded pig latin.t64
Screenshot
Two programs that translate typed text into pig latin.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Program Pizazz
(VIC Title Tricks)

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 106-108.
James R Miller Unexpanded title tricks.prg
Screenshot
Programming demo, shows three techniques for displaying text on the screen: slide the screen, scroll the text, and simulate a teletype.
Controls:
None.
Zodiac

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 108-111.
Paul R Machula Unexpanded zodiac.prg
Screenshot
Astronomy utility. Use this program with a sundial to track the Sun's path through constellations.
Controls:
See magazine for details.
More-For-22

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 112-114.
Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Page 123.
Kenneth A Parr Unexpanded more-for-22.prg
Screenshot
Subroutines to display columns of numbers more efficiently. This does not work as a standalone program, it must be incorporated into your own programs.
Controls:
See magazine for details.
Poem Writer

Issue 8,
Vol 3 No 1 (Spring 1984),
Pages 115-116.
Jim Gracely Unexpanded poem writer.prg
Screenshot
Create random computer-generated poems.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Crash

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 19-21.
David Liu Unexpanded crash.prg
Screenshot
Dodgems game. Drive around the track collecting all the dots, and do not crash into the rival car.
Controls:
S (left), D (right), F5 (up), F7 (down).
Houseplant

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 29-31.
Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Page 128.
Marilyn Sallee Unexpanded houseplant.prg
Screenshot
You must look after a houseplant, deciding where to position it, when to water it, etc. Can you make the plant grow until it blooms? Note: the first page of the listing is missing so I improvised from the C64 version published in Vol 3 No 4.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Shutter Bug

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 32, 70-71.
Issue 12,
Vol 3 No 5 (Dec 1984/Jan 1985),
Page 119.
C D Lane Unexpanded shutter bug.prg
Screenshot
3D maze game. You must photograph the giant ants that are nesting in the city sewers. You have 5 minutes or 24 frames of film, whichever runs out first.
Controls:
Joystick. Press fire to take a photo, and Space to wind the film afterwards.
Backwords!

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 78-81.
Dr Petrie Curryfavor [Eddie Johnson] Unexpanded backwords.t64
Screenshot
Two programs for writing secret messages by converting text into reverse order.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Catapult

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 82-84.
Joseph Bedard Unexpanded catapult.t64
Screenshot
Prince Valiant is fighting a fire-breathing dragon. Collect rocks from the rock bin at the left of the screen, and launch them using the catapult. On the first level you must hit the dragon once on the head, on the second level you must hit him twice, and so on. Defeat the dragon before his flames destroy the wall.
Controls:
Z (left), C (right), F1 (long throw), F3 (medium throw), F5 (short throw).
Borderline and Type Setter

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 87-92.
Richard K Stare 3K expansion & 1525 printer borderline 3k.t64
Screenshot
Two utilities for printing a graphical border on tractor feed paper. Borderline demonstrates how to print a border. Type Setter generates character data for the 1525 printer.
Controls:
Joystick. Activate commands by moving the cursor over the first letter and pressing the fire button. See the magazine for additional information.
Roman-to-Arabic and Back

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 104-107.
Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Page 128.
F H Shedd Unexpanded roman-arabic.prg
Screenshot
Educational program. Convert Roman numerals into Arabic, and vice versa.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Automatic VIC 20 Disk Starter
(VIC Menu)

Issue 9,
Vol 3 No 2 (Jun/Jul 1984),
Pages 108-111.
Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Page 128.
Stephen S Leven Unexpanded vic menu.t64
Screenshot
Menu program to help young children load programs from disk. Save 'disk starter' onto cassette, and put 'vic menu' (with a space at the start of the filename) as the first file on disk. Press Shift & Run/Stop to load the tape program, which loads the disk menu. Disk programs can then be loaded at the touch of a key.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Tic Tac Toe for Two

Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Pages 71-72.
Robert Johnson Unexpanded tic tac toe.prg
Screenshot
Noughts and crosses game for two players. Who will be the first to get three in a line?
Controls:
1-9 (location of next move).
Kodrawla

Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Pages 89-92.
Eddie Johnson Super Expander+3K & Koalapad kodrawla se3k.prg
Screenshot
Draw hi-res pictures using the Koalapad.
Controls:
D (draw), L (line), C (circle), R (colour), P (paint), B (box). Stylus determines X,Y position. Press left fire to execute draw, line or circle. Further instructions are contained in the REM statements (lines 5-28), including details of how to calibrate the program.
Obfuscode

Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Pages 99-102.
Dr Petrie Curryfavor [Eddie Johnson] Unexpanded obfuscode.t64
Screenshot
Two programs for encoding & decoding text.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts. If Obfuscode asks for a password, type "genius". In Substoot type some text and then press F1 to encode/decode it.
Finger Multiply

Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Pages 108-113.
Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Page 128.
F H Shedd Unexpanded finger multiply.t64
Screenshot
Educational program. Shows how to multiply numbers using the Roman method and finger multiplication.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Merger

Issue 10,
Vol 3 No 3 (Aug/Sep 1984),
Pages 122-123.
Neil Harris Unexpanded merger.prg
Screenshot
Disk utility, merge two programs files together.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Appointment Calendar

Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Pages 91 & 95.
Issue 12,
Vol 3 No 5 (Dec 1984/Jan 1985),
Pages 119-120.
Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Page 124.
Dennis Bloomfield Unexpanded & 1525 printer appt calendar.prg
Screenshot
Sample printout
Print a one week schedule divided into 1/2 hour slots, so that you can write your appointments in the empty boxes.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
The Computer Jukebox

Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Pages 92-94.
Donald J Eddington Unexpanded computer jukebox.prg
Screenshot
Music program, plays the following 13 tunes using multiple voices: "Just Scales", "Oh When The Saints", "Michael, Row The Boat", "Joy To The World", "Three Blind Mice", "Go Tell Aunt Rhodie", "The Marines Hymn", "Camptown Races", "Merrily We Roll", "Twinkle Little Star", "Jolly Good Fellow", "London Bridge", and a mystery tune.
Controls:
Type the number of the tune you want to hear. Enter 12 to play the mystery tune.
VIC-O-Lantern

Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Pages 96-97.
Bruce Jaeger Super Expander+3K vic-o-lant se3k.prg
Screenshot
Halloween program. Displays a hi-res animated pumpkin with sound effects.
Controls:
None.
Disk Utility

Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Pages 98-100.
Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Page 124.
C W DeLaughter Unexpanded disk utility.prg
Screenshot
Disk utility. Initialise, format and validate disks, and rename or delete files.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
In the Mood

Issue 11,
Vol 3 No 4 (Oct/Nov 1984),
Pages 101-102.
Donald J Eddington Unexpanded in the mood.prg
Screenshot
Music program, plays "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller using multiple voices.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
A VIC 20 Christmas

Issue 12,
Vol 3 No 5 (Dec 1984/Jan 1985),
Pages 42-44.
Donald J Eddington Unexpanded vic20 christmas.prg
Screenshot
Music program, plays a medley of seven Christmas songs using multiple voices.
Controls:
None.
Sound Effects Library

Issue 12,
Vol 3 No 5 (Dec 1984/Jan 1985),
Pages 48-50.
Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Page 124.
Gil Hurlbut Unexpanded sound library.prg
Screenshot
Collection of 7 sound effects. It lists the code for each sound effect while playing it.
Controls:
Choose a sound effect (1-7).
Cypherighter and Decypherighter

Issue 12,
Vol 3 No 5 (Dec 1984/Jan 1985),
Pages 52-55.
Dr Petrie Curryfavor [Eddie Johnson] Unexpanded cypherighter.t64
Screenshot
Two programs for creating and decoding secret messages.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts. Press Return after selecting a menu option (it uses the INPUT command with an invisible prompt & cursor).
1541 Directory Alphabetizer

Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Pages 44-45.
Issue 16,
Vol 4 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1985),
Page 4.
Louis F Sander Unexpanded dir alphabetizer.prg
Screenshot
Display or print a disk directory in alphabetical order.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Guitar Chord Finder

Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Pages 47-51.
Andy Gamble 16K expansion guitar chord 16k.prg
Screenshot
Chord database for guitar players. Look up how to play chords from A natural to G sharp.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
A Round with Voices/Choices

Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Pages 52-53.
Donald J Eddington Unexpanded voices-choices.prg
Screenshot
Music program, plays "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" using multiple voices. You choose the order each voice joins the song.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
In Between

Issue 13,
Vol 4 No 1 (Feb/Mar 1985),
Pages 94-97.
Issue 15,
Vol 4 No 3 (Jun/Jul 1985),
Page 120.
Bruce Jaeger Unexpanded in between.prg
Screenshot
Card game for one or more players. Two cards are dealt, and players must bet that the next card will be between the first two. Aces are always high.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Line Writer

Issue 14,
Vol 4 No 2 (Apr/May 1985),
Pages 95-96.
Stephen S Leven Unexpanded & 1525 printer line writer.prg
Screenshot
Simple word processor that turns the computer into a typewriter. A more advanced version Text Line Processor was published in Vol 4 No 3.
Controls:
Enter a line of text, pressing Inst/Del to correct any mistakes. The line will be printed when you press the Return key.
Graphing Simulator
(Graphic Analysis Simulation)

Issue 14,
Vol 4 No 2 (Apr/May 1985),
Pages 98-99.
Ian Adam Unexpanded gfx analysis sim.prg
Screenshot
Programming demo, showing how to draw bar charts. The amounts, characters and colours are chosen randomly.
Controls:
None.
States of the Union

Issue 14,
Vol 4 No 2 (Apr/May 1985),
Pages 106-108.
Bruce Jaeger 3K expansion states union 3k.prg
Screenshot
Geography quiz. The computer displays an American state, and you must enter the neighbouring states that share a border with it.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Peabody

Issue 15,
Vol 4 No 3 (Jun/Jul 1985),
Pages 59-64.
John Stilwell 16K expansion peabody 16k.prg
Screenshot
Database program. Define up to seven fields, and keep track of addresses, inventories or other information. Records can be saved on tape or disk.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Label Maker

Issue 15,
Vol 4 No 3 (Jun/Jul 1985),
Pages 94-95.
John Stilwell Unexpanded & 1515/1525 printer label maker.prg
Screenshot
Label maker. Print single column 9cm x 2.5cm labels.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Text Line Processor

Issue 15,
Vol 4 No 3 (Jun/Jul 1985),
Pages 108-110.
Stephen S Leven Unexpanded & 1525 printer text line proc.prg
Screenshot
Simple word processor that turns the computer into a typewriter. This is a more advanced version of Line Writer from Vol 4 No 2.
Controls:
Enter a line of text, pressing Inst/Del to correct any mistakes. The line will be printed when you press the Return key.
Baudleship

Issue 16,
Vol 4 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1985),
Pages 99-104.
Bruce Jaeger 8K expansion & modem baudleship 8k.t64
Screenshot
Battleships game for two players. Use a modem to play battleships with another VIC-20 or C64 owner. The C64 version of the game is also included.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Top Shooter

Issue 18,
Vol 4 No 6 (Dec 1985/Jan 1986),
Pages 62-63.
Peter & Claire Castronovo Unexpanded top shooter.prg
Screenshot
Shoot the moving objects with your static gun.
Controls:
F7 (fire).
DB's Cheapsheet

Issue 20,
Vol 5 No 2 (Apr/May 1986),
Pages 109, 128.
Dennis Bloomfield Unexpanded & 1525 printer db cheapsheet.prg
Screenshot
Sample printout
Print a blank keyboard overlay (cheatsheet), so that you can write keyboard shortcuts etc.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
On the Move
(Screen Mover)

Issue 20,
Vol 5 No 2 (Apr/May 1986),
Pages 110-111.
Ian Adam Unexpanded screen mover.prg
Screenshot
Machine code routine that moves the screen to another area of memory.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts. Memory locations are entered as page numbers, so 7680 is page 30 and 4096 is page 16.
Sorting Techniques: The Bubble Sort

Issue 20,
Vol 5 No 2 (Apr/May 1986),
Pages 112-114.
Issue 22,
Vol 5 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1986),
Pages 4-5.
Isaac Malitz Unexpanded bubblesort.t64
Screenshot
Two techniques for sorting an array of numbers: Bubblesort and Faster Sort.
Controls:
None.
Screen Banner

Issue 22,
Vol 5 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1986),
Pages 60-62.
Ian Adam Unexpanded screen banner.prg
Screenshot
Machine code routine that uses interrupts to display a scrolling message.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
The Mad Poet

Issue 22,
Vol 5 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1986),
Pages 63-64, 113.
William Barton Unexpanded the mad poet.prg
Screenshot
Displays computer generated poems.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.
Cursor Byter

Issue 22,
Vol 5 No 4 (Aug/Sep 1986),
Pages 140-141, 174.
Ian Adam Unexpanded cursor byter.t64
Screenshot
Short machine code routine to position the cursor at any desired location.
Controls:
Follow on-screen prompts.

Notes

  1. Italian versions of the following 3 programs were published in Papersoft magazine: Crash (Crash, 85-02-01), Shutter Bug (Fotoreporter, 85-02-01), Catapult (Catapulta, 85-03-01).
  2. Personalized Biorhythm Charts (Fall 1982) is a modified version of 'Biorhythm Compatibility' from Commodore's Games and Recreational Six Pack, code VT106.
  3. A slightly different version of VIC Rhino (Fall 1982) was published in VIC Computing (82-02).
  4. A slightly different version of Using the Programmable Character Set Editor (Spring 1983) was published in Commodore Microcomputers (81-12).
  5. Crazy Balloons (Spring 1983) was originally printed in Wichita Commodore Users Group Newsletter.
  6. Craps (Spring 1983) is a modified version of 'Craps' from Commodore's An Introduction to BASIC: Part 1, code VL102.
  7. Phone Home (Spring 1983) was originally printed in VIC-NIC News (Vol 2 No 1).
  8. A Printer Routine for Subroutines (Fall 1983) was also published as Subroutine Printer (Commodore User, 84-03).

With thanks to DLH's Commodore Archive and Internet Archive for scanning this magazine.

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