Download digitally archived Bally Arcade tape programs
that will load with AstroBASIC (the BASIC with the built-in tape-interface).
2-Letter Music Maker.
By Ken Lill.
Arcadian 4, no. 10 (Aug. 06, 1982): 99.
2-Letter Music Maker is another demonstration-type program. This one illustrates the various functions of the music/noise generation system that can be controlled using the two-letter controls of "AstroBASIC." This program is only AB, of course.
Arcadian program found in Bob Fabris collection. This version includes text title screen.
By Ed Larkin.
Arcadian 2, no. 5 (Mar. 24, 1980): 38, 42-43. (Listing)
BEST OF Arcadian 1980 (Tape)
2000 AD is a two-player shoot-em-up between an alien invader ship on a ground
station. Use the knob to aim, the trigger to fire, and the joystick to move
about. After five points use TR(1) to restart.
The 3D background screen graphics used in the game are from a demonstration
program by Timothy Hays included in Sebree's Computing's XY Tutorial. There
is an ad (with a screenshot of the background) for the XY Tutorial in Arcadian
2, no. 3 (Jan. 15, 1980): 26.
By Dieter Heinerman.
Arcadian 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49.
3D Corners is a video art program.
By Rusty Blommaert and Dale Smith (Modified by Jim Wilcher).
Original: Arcadian 4, no. 1 (November 10, 1981): 5.
Reprint: Arcadian 6, no. 11 (Oct. 31, 1984): 126.
4D2 displays graphic art with machine language for four color panels along with some hidden messages and sound effects. The original programmers concealed the messages so that they would be a surprise to anyone who typed the program into BASIC.
- 4D2 - Comments
||Acme Driving Test.
By Henry Sopko.
Arcadian 6, no. 9 (Jul. 27, 1984): 87.
Acme Driving Test requires you to drive your car along the road, keeping away
from the curb. You must enter each stop by lining up with it, then pushing the
joystick in the right direction. The computer will put you back on the road,
ready to go onward. Each new screen (change in color) cuts the time factor
downward, making it more and more difficult to complete the test.
By Gary Green.
Arcadian 4, no. 4 (Jan. 22, 1982): 40.
The instructions for Alien were not included in the Arcadian. The Winter 1982 Sourcebook describes the game as, "Shoot the alien when he crosses the screen and see how many points you can score in 100 seconds."
By Henry Sopko.
Arcadian 6, no. 8 (Jun. 30, 1984): 74-75.
Here are the brief instructions from the Arcadian: "This is a shoot-em-up game where the Alien cruises across the sky above the City, and you must try to get some good hits on him before he drops bombs. Has some cute graphics."
This was the $100 contest winner for June 1984.
aMAZEd in SPACE.
By Aquila and Richard Houser (possibly modified by others).
Arcadian 1, no. 8 (Jul. 20, 1979): 58,60-61.
aMAZEd in Space is a rocketship-thru-the-maze challenge with a number of levels of difficulty.
Maneuver spaceship thru maze without crashing into walls. Direction is controlled by joystick 1. Path size, maze height, maze width and degree of difficulty, are selected by keyboard input. Score is based on these inputs and time taken to complete maze. It takes quite awhile to complete maze interior, so start small.
||Analog (Non-Digital) Clock.
By George Moses.
Bally BASIC Manual ("AstroBASIC" Version), Pg. 87.
Arcadian 3, no. 10 (Aug. 12, 1981): 105.
Arcadian 5, no. 4 (Feb. 18, 1983): 71. (Reprint)
Here are the brief instructions from the Arcadian:
"After the clock face appears on the screen, the computer will take a few seconds to figure out the coordinates for the minute dots and store them in array locations 0 thru 119. Then, in the upper-left corner of the screen you will be asked to INPUT "H", hours, "M", minutes and "S", seconds. When you press GO you'll see the three clock hands, including a moving sweep second hand keeping accurate time. If clock speed needs adjusting change the value or R in line 230. A smaller number will speed up the clock, and a larger number will slow it down."
By Klaus F. Grismayer and Mike White.
Arcadian 2, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1979): 6-7. (Bally BASIC version)
The game was converted from Bally BASIC to "AstroBASIC" by Mike White. The Arcadian includes Klaus Grismayer's complete instructions, including a breakdown of how the program works. Here are are the instructions:
"Arcade Dice is played with the hand controls. First menu selection allows up to four players to play in rotation, just enter the number of players, then press go. Number of rolls is selected by knob on hand control, pulling the trigger will begin the rolling. After the combination is displayed, control shifts to the next hand control. After everyone has their turn, the winner is immediately selected. The second menu selection allow player to place bet with knob and trigger, then number of rolls is selected as above. Score is automatically indicated. To return to menu, press Zero (0) on keypad. This can only be done during selection stages of rolls or bet, which reset automatically.
"This program can be modified using the separate sections in other combinations, or modifying the size and location of the dice. Electronic dice can replace regular dice in board games, by keeping track of whose turn it is (everyone gets their own control, but cannot move out of turn). I hope this will give someone certain possibilities."
By Guy McLimore.
Arcadian 2, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1979): 3.
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Logo shown at the head of page one is based on an idea by Guy McLimore, and embellished by myself. If you'd like to see it in action (literally) and in living color, the program is included."
|Arcadian Sampler Programs
||Arcadian Sampler Programs
By Various Authors.
The Arcadian Sampler Programs was a document that was created "to help [the user] enjoy [the] Arcade-Plus game unit.] This would put the release of the document at about 1981.
A link to the "Arcadian Sampler Programs" document
Here are all of the programs included in the archive:
Note that these programs were archived from the original master tape, but the master tape did have some program errors. Paul Thacker, the person that archived this tape, used the document to correct those errors.
- Bagels (Program #1) - Carl Morimoto
- Bingo (Program #3)- Ernie Sams
- Connect Four (Program #2) - Larry Camnitz
- Fifteen (Program #5) - Bob Wiseman
- Horserace (Program #4) - Paul Slezak
- Logo (Program #6) - Guy McLimore
- Microtrek (Program 7) - Bil Andrus
- Nichomachus (Program #8) - Hank Chiuppi
- Reverse (Program #9) - Brett Bilbrey and Mike Toth
- Spirals II (Program #10) - Matt Giwer
By John Perkins.
Arcadian 2, no. 7 (May 19, 1980): 58-59. (Original Printing for Bally BASIC)
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape)
"Bally BASIC Handbook," Pages 95-96. (Referred to as the "AstroBASIC" Manual)
Arcadian 4, no. 4 (Jan. 22, 1982): 36. ("AstroBASIC" Manual, 1'st ed. Correction)
Arcadian 4, no. 5 (Mar. 05, 1982): 46. (Best of Arcadian - 1980 Announcement)
Arcadian 5, no. 4 (Feb. 18, 1983): 56. ("AstroBASIC" Manual, 2'nd ed. Correction)
Arcadian 5, no. 5 (Mar. 14, 1983): 77. (Correction to page 56 correction)
Artillery Duel, originally printed in the Arcadian newsletter in 1980, is such an outstanding game that Astrocade, Inc. reprinted it in the "AstroBASIC" manual (this is the manual that comes with the BASIC cartridge that includes the build-in interface). Both editions of the AstroBASIC manual's re-printing had errors which were corrected in the Arcadian newsletter.
Instructions from the "AstroBASIC" manual"
"Artillery Duel is an intriguing game submitted courtesy of The Arcadian, a monthly newsletter serving the Bally BASIC programming hobbyist and published by Bob Fabris. This program sets up a random mountain scene and adds two gun emplacements. As each player's turn is taken, he adjusts the knob for barrel elevation, moves the joystick to add or reduce the number of gunpowder bags (by whole bags sideways; by tenths back and forth). Then when ready, pull the trigger. There is gravity and a random wind. The gun recoils and fires the shell. There is an explosion when it lands. A gun is destroyed when less than half a gun remains (the repair crew can replace a gun barrel). The program uses all available space, so don't enter lines 3 and 4. Be sure to exercise the joystick to see how the variables work."
Archive notes: We're not sure if there is any differences between the different versions that are included in the archive.
||Astro Black Box (With Title Screen).
By Steve Walters (General Video).
Astro-Bugs Club Tape #1.
Arcadian 3, no. 10 (Aug. 12, 1981): 103-105. (Free BASIC Listing and Instructions)
Arcadian 3, no. 11 (Sep. 11, 1981): 111, 118. (More Instructions)
Arcadian 6, no. 11 (Oct. 31, 1984): 99-128. (Reprint)
This version of Black Box was written by Steve Walters who sold it on a 300-baud tape for Bally Basic (Ad: Arcadian, 3, no. 3 (January 9, 1981) :40). In the ad, the game is described as:
"Black Box: Find five balls hidden in the box by sending probes into the box and seeing where they come out. Like the Parker Brothers game but with full hand-control operation and screen feed-back (no notes to keep while playing). Scoring, 1 to 4 players, and sound effects."
For more details about Astro Black Box, see the original Bally BASIC version of the game
Bally Black Box - Original version of the game, which includes links to additional information on how to play this program.
By Klaus Doerge.
Arcadian 5, no. 2 (Dec. 3, 1982): 34-35.
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "This is somewhat like Bots - you have to keep walls between yourself and the ever-oncoming attackers. Use JX and JY to maneuver. TR is you want to stand fast.
By Carl Morimoto.
Arcadian 2, no. 3 (Jan. 15, 1980): 24-25.
Arcadian Sampler Programs (Reprint)
Bagels is a game in which a player, using logical deduction, predicts a given number. In this version, the number is a random 3 digits with no duplicating digits. After each guess the program displays one of six responses that gives the player a hint on the correct order of the numbers. The Arcadian printed complete instructions for this game. They have been OCRed and included in this archive.
The original program submission letter and a commented version of Bagels is available here:
- Bagels - Bagels submission letter and commented BASIC listing.
||Bally Christmas "Card."
By Ed Grobe (Edge Software).
Arcadian 5, no. 2 (Dec. 3, 1982): 29.
This program very slowly draws a Christmas tree with shimmering lights. This is a pretty good use of multiple colors for an "AstroBASIC" program. The program doesn't use a machine language routine to get extra colors, but it does make heavy use of the POKE command.
On December 26, 2002, Lance Squire archived this program. In post #1096 on the Bally Alley Yahoo group, he said, "'Christmas Card' is a type in program, that I enjoyed when it first came out. As a gift, I have archived it for all to enjoy. It's small and has
no music, but it's the thought that counts. :)"
By Ernie Sams.
Arcadian 1, no. 7 (Jun 15, 1979): 47-49. (Bally BASIC version
Arcadian 6, no. 7 (May 25, 1984): 64-65. (Reprint for "AstroBASIC")
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Bangman game program included this month is by Ernie Sams. It has a good scheme for entering characters without their appearing on the screen, and a search routine can locate and account for multi-usage of a letter. I am also including Ernie's sheet of documentation that will be a help to a lot of us.
Game Instructions from reprint in Arcadian:
Bangman is a take-off on the classic Hangman word spelling game. It has two novel features - letters being entered are hidden from view of the opposing player - and the penalty for losing is not a hanging...
One person keys in a word to 10 letters; another tries to guess it with no more than 9 wrong guesses using the knob and trigger.
Archive Note: This version of the game was made to work for "AstroBASIC" by Dave Carson, but it doesn't work properly on my Astrovision-era Astrocade system (which has a 3159 ROM). The game has difficulty printing strings. When you guess the correct letter, it isn't displayed in the right place--indeed, it's quite hard to tell when you guessed a letter correct, except that no body part is drawn on the screen. The original Bally BASIC version of this program does not have this issue on my Astrocade.
By Dave Martin
Arcadian 4, no. 12 (Oct. 07, 1982): 118-119.
Arcadian 6, no. 10 (Aug. 24, 1984): 90
This documentation from the August 1984 Arcadian:
A 2-player, 9-inning game. Player 1 is visitor and bats first. Player 2 is
home and pitches first. Pitcher uses either trigger or joystick to start each
pitch. At the top of the screen, an arrow will move quickly under a series of
letters plus asterisks. The batter, using his trigger, tries to stop the arrow
under a letter (single, double, triple, and home run), because stopping under
an asterisk yields an out. If the arrow goes all the way without stopping, it
is a strike. A hit may be caught by the computer. All runners advance on
hits, but will not tag up on fly balls. Extra innings will be played if the
score is tied after nine innings.
Note: Slightly different instructions were included with the original
publication of this program.
Baseball - Arcadian program submission letter for Baseball and the original handwritten BASIC listing.
By Ron McCoy
Arcadian, 2, no. 10 (September 1980): 88-89.
This is a machine language utility for BASIC. This program converts from one number system to another. Input is in either binary, decimal, hexadecimal or octal format and then is converted into the three other number systems.
By Dick Klein.
Arcadian 5, no. 9 (July 22, 1983): 135, 138. (Program and Instructions)
Arcadian 5, no. 10 (Aug 16, 1983): 149. (Corrections)
Batting Average calculates the current and cumulative statistics for a Little League player. Enter today's statistics - times at bat and the results - and allows for error correction. You will have to re-enter all the values if you make a mistake. When you are through, :PRINT the program to tape. Then when you :INPUT the program the next, all the before-after statistics will show up, ready for the new inputs.
- Batting Average - Instructions
By Bill Mead.
Arcadian 4, no. 9 (Jul. 06, 1982): 92-93. (Original Printing)
Arcadian 6, no. 11 (Oct. 31, 1984): 127. (Reprint)
This game is based on the Battleship board game.
Start the game with the regular version (0) of Battleship. Start play with player #1 placing (hiding) his fleet of ships (don't let the enemy watch!). The joystick controls where each ship is to be placed, the trigger puts it in. All ships must be placed in a straight line, either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. All ships of the same type must touch each other. Ships not of the same type may, but do not have to, touch each other.
Each player starts with the same compliment of ships as follows:
5 - Aircraft Carriers (A)
4 - Battleships (B)
4 - Destroyers (D)
3 - Cruisers (C)
2 - Subs (S)
After both players have placed their fleets, they may shoot their 3 shot salvos, using the joystick to locate and the trigger to fire each shot. Hits are not shown until after all 3 shots are fired. All hits are displayed by ship type. Note that the Advanced Version (1) shows only a "+" for hits, making it more difficult to analyze the board.
"Best of Arcadian 1980 Logo."
By Guy McLimore and (probably) Bob Fabris.
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape).
This program is from the tape compilation called Best of Arcadian - 1980. This logo is based on the Arcadian Logo by Guy McLimore. Since Bob Fabris released this tape through the Arcadian, I presume that he is the one who made this slight change to the logo.
By Ernie Sams.
Arcadian 2, no. 4 (Feb. 25, 1980): 33, 34.
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Player card (human) is green. Drawn numbers appear on the screen. Use KNob (1) to indicate Yes or No. Pull the trigger to register. Computer also checks the card."
Biorhythms: Fact or Fiction.
By Collins Computer Company (Cathy Collins).
1982 (Tape Release).
Arcadian 5, no. 10 (Aug. 16, 1983): 154. (Free BASIC Listing)
Educational; one player. In Astrovision BASIC only, written by Cathy Collins for Science Fair. Leap years are accounted for and plot sine curves for physical, emotional, and intellectual cycle, with day in cycle identified.
By Dick Harris.
Arcadian, 5, no. 6 (April 4, 1983): 98-99.
Arcadian, 5, no. 7 (May 6, 1983): 106. (Corrections)
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Player's cards at top. Joystick Right = Hit, Joystick Left = Stand, Pays double for Blackjack, or 5 and under."
By Ron Picardi.
Arcadian 2, no. 6 (Apr. 25, 1980): 50. (BASIC Listing)
Arcadian 2, no. 7 (May 19, 1980): 65. (Brief Instructions)
Arcadian 2, no. 8 (Jun. 23, 1980): 73. (Incorrect Modification by Jerry Winn)
Arcadian 2, no. 9 (Jul. 28, 1980): 77-86. (Ron's Comments on Jerry's Mod)
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the May 1980 Arcadian: "The object of the game is to achieve orbit around the mystery ship with the X and Y thruster control that you have. You should be at the same speed and distance from the Black Hole as the mystery ship."
Here is additional information from the July 1980 Arcadian: "Ron has made some comments about the modification to his Black Hole program by Jerry Winn, last issue. Ron originally created a "window", or location which would "win" the game. Actually, there are three windows, depending on whether the game is easy, moderate, or hard. These windows are: X=+14 to +16, Y=+10 to -10; X=+15,Y=+5 to -5; and X=+15,Y=0, respectively. Along with all these is the requirement that C=5 (speed). Jerry's modification opened the windows too much; they encompass the Black Hole and are inside the Cygnus' orbit. To learn more about the program, Ron suggests a GOTO 500 instead of RUN."
By Ron McCoy.
Arcadian 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 90-91. (Bally BASIC Listing)
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape).
Bots is a modified version of Robots by William Lappen, which was written for the Radio Shack TRS-80 and appeared in the June 1979 issue of Personal Computing magazine. You can read the original article for Robots here:
Here are the Bots instructions from the September 1980 Arcadian: "This 1-player program is a challenge. It sets up a 9x19 grid on the screen. Fifteen "walls" are randomly placed in the squares, and the 15 "bots"(*) are also randomly placed. Then your position is similarly located.
- Personal Computing 3, no. 6 (June 1979): 60-62, 64, 66.
"Hand controller 1 is used to move the target (you) in any of the eight available directions, or stand still, and the trigger makes it happen. (The knob is used to turn a little indicator to the desired direction.) After you make your move, all the bots start to advance upon you, one square at a time, each. If they hit a wall, they disappear. The object is to wipe them out, but it is a difficult job. You have to maneuver yourself so that the bots keep hitting walls. I kept saying 'next time I'll get than', to no avail."
Here are the Bots instructions from the Best of Arcadian - 1980: "A 10x20 grid is set up, and a number of 'walls' are setup randomly, and then a number of 'BOTS' (*) are randomly located. Your position (+) is then taken. Your first choice is whether to 'shoot' an adjacent BOT, and the second choice is which way to move. Either of these directions requires the use of the Knob to turn the little pointer in the desired direction, or turn until it disappears if you wish to stand still. Pull the trigger to effect the decision. Then all the BOTS will move towards you, one box at a time. If a BOT hits a wall, or another BOT, it will be destroyed."
||Bots II (With Title Screen).
By Ron McCoy and Steve Walters (General Video).
Arcadian 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 90-91. (Original Bots Listing)
Arcadian 6, no. 7 (May 25, 1984): 61-61. (Bots II "AstroBASIC" Listing)
Here are the Bots II instructions from the May 1984 Arcadian:
Bots II is a reworked game originally submitted by Ron McCoy. The 9x19 playing field is sprinkled with walls (I) and Bots (*). Each time you pull the trigger, the Bots all move toward you. If you they hit each other or a wall, they disappear. Bots II operates with Hand Control #1.
Knob controls the pointer as in the original version, for eight possible directions of movement, or staying where you are if the pointer is not visible (far right or left of the knob). A sound was added for audible feedback when the pointer is moved.
Trigger fires the raygun if shots are left (shown at the bottom of the screen) and a BOT is within one square. Since it has a BOT sensor built in, it cannot accidentally be fired when they are out of range. The raygun sound effect is fun as the Bot vaporizes right before your eyes!
Joystick (Forward or Backward) moves you one square in the direction of the pointer, or ends your turn if you want to stay where you are.
As in the original version, after you move one square (or stay put), all Bots move one square toward you. If they hit a wall or another Bot, they are destroyed. If they reach you, you're dead! It still gets hairy once your raygun is out of power!
By Bob Hensel.
Arcadian 2, no. 6 (Apr. 25, 1980): 51-52.
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape).
Here are the Bowl-a-Rama instructions from the April 1980 Arcadian:
Bowl-a-Rama is a two player game. The computer displays the pins and keeps score. the ball is invisible at the bottom of the screen moving between the two gutters. Whtn the player UP pulls his trigger, the ball appears and stars rolling down the alley. The player controls the curve on the ball by moving his joystick left or right. The frame number is shown in the center box at the bottom of the screen."
By Dieter Heinerman.
Arcadian 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49.
Boxes is a video art program. On the program submission tape, this program was called RND Boxes.
By Thadd*Pro (aka Kevin O'Neill).
Niagara B.U.G. Bulletin, 1.7 (September 6, 1983): 8-10.
Arcadian, 6, no. 10 (Aug. 24, 1984): 95.
Caterpillar is a game of luck and skill. You control the direction of travel of
your caterpillar and try to eat the floppy disks that appear on the screen. Be careful-- if you touch any walls or the trail that you leave, your head gets crushed and you die. You also die if the timer at the bottom of the screen runs out. There are ? different screens and each one gets harder. Scoring works by the more time you have left the more points you score.
By Thadd*Pro (aka Kevin O'Neill) and Klaus Doerge.
Arcadian, 7.4 (Aug. 15, 1986): 84-85.
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the August 1986 Arcadian:
"Caterpillar is a solo game of skill and luck, originated by Kevin O'Neill,
published in the Arcadian on August 24, 1984 in volume 6, #10, page 95, and now
greatly enhanced for virtually limitless play with scoring precisely tailored
to the player's performance.
"The Astrocade's accumulation limit of 32,767 has been bypassed and this rather
addicting game could easily become one of those we Arcadians will play
competitively for highest score. The score limit on this game is 32,789,999."
Klaus put a lot of effort into the documentation for this game. For the complete details about this revised version of Caterpillar, read the game's full-page of documentation in the August 1986 Arcadian.
By John Collins.
Arcadian 1, no. 6 (May 4, 1979): 41-42 (Checkers BASIC Listing)
Arcadian 2, no. 2 (Dec. 22, 1979): 10, 12. (Checkers II BASIC Listing)
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape).
There were at least three versions of Checkers released by John Collins. Checkers originally appeared as a BASIC listing in Volume 1 of the Arcadian in the May 1979 issue. It took at least four issues (until November 1979)) to clear-out all the bugs from the original version of Checkers. Checkers II is an improvement on Checkers, plus it is the last version of the game that was released as a free BASIC listing. Checkers III was only available on tape from the Collins Computer Company, beginning with a small classified ad in the December 1982 issue of the Arcadian. I think that I once read that Checkers III has some bugs in it, so Checkers II is probably the most stable version of this classic board game.
The instructions for Checkers are still applicable to Checkers II. Here they are, as they appeared in the May 1979 Arcadian:
There is an amazing amount of activity in this game, that is comparable to the $75 "Checker Challenger." Before the machine makes a move, it goes through some steps, and numbers appear to tell you where it is. The code for the steps is:
To indicate a double jump, enter the two numbers (of the square you go through and the landing square) as if it were a single jump only.
- The computer has found that it can jump one of your men.
- Checking to see it you can jump it.
- Is a corner open?
- Is there an open move?
- Have the computer's men moving either to get kinged or toward the player's man left
- Any move an unkinged computer's piece can make
- Any move
Here is a brief overview of Checkers II from the December 1979 Arcadian
Checkers II is an upgraded version of the previous game by John Collins and I think we have it bug-free this time. It includes some enhancements suggested by subscribers in comments to version I, and it operates somewhat faster than before. Bill Templeton checked it out for me, and suggested the following color addition- FC=107;&(9)=17;&(0)=7;&(1)=7;&(2)=8;&(3)=8
Here are the instructions for Checkers II from the Best of Arcadian - 1980:
This is an updated version of the previous game by John Collins. 1 Player. All the moves of the board game, including double jumps. Use the keypad to indicate the row and column that you wish to move FROM, and then the row and column you wish to move TO. Press GO after each figure. When the computer is up, it will go through five calculations in deciding where to move, and you will see the figures 1-5 as it does so. Every so often it will redraw the playing board.
By Mike Skala
CHRDIS I. Arcadian 5, no. 1 (Nov. 5, 1982): 14-15.
CHRDIS II. Arcadian 5, no. 2 (Dec. 3, 1982): 37.
CHRDIS III. Arcadian 5, no. 4 (Feb. 18, 1983): 72.
The three-part CHRDIS article describes how to use the Bally Arcade's built-in Character Display routine from within Bally BASIC. The programs included in the article are "AstroBASIC"-only, but the general principles talked about in the article should apply to Bally BASIC too. The program, as archived here, seems to gather together several of the programs in the tutorial into one BASIC program.
"I've seen quite a bit of software lately utilizing the Graphic Character Maker, a machine code routine that Arcadian has published in the past year. This allowed us to use a display routine from the on-board ROM and put complex graphics on the screen instantly, rather than a slow series of BOX and LINE commands. The major drawback here was when moving the graphics, erasing and redrawing: it left us with considerable flashing or blinking. If you have been with us for a while, you know that we are continually evolving and improving; the following tutorial is our new generation of screen animation for the Astrocade!"
By Dave Martin.
Arcadian 4, no. 11 (Sep. 06, 1982): 112.
Here are the instructions of for this game from the September 1982 Arcadian:
"You are stationed in the middle of a large fort. There are four entrances to the fort, one on a side. The object is to keep the kamikaze invaders from destroying you. Move joystick to fire. To start the game, move knob to select number of players, or select demo to watch the computer play (by no means an expert). Press trigger to begin. Each player uses a different hand controller.
"By the way, your shots are only enough to stun them. You must force them out of the fort or they will keep coming. Another one will eventually come in its place. You can only hope to hold them off as long as possible. Each hit accumulates 25 points."
Archive Note: The sound is all wrong using the given "AstroBASIC" changes in newsletter.
By Ed Grobe (Edge Software).
Arcadian 4, no. 1 (November 10, 1981): 6, 8.
Here are the instructions of for this game from the November 1981 Arcadian:
"Code-Decode is a 'utility' program that is used for a specific purpose. The
program will automatically encrypt a message using some special rules. Only
another Arcade with the same program will be able to decrypt the message. Note
that this is not a substitution type of coda, but real encryption, where a
single letter does not always have the same meaning."
By Jim Winn.
Arcadian 3, no. 3 (Jan. 09, 1981): 35. (Original BASIC Listing).
Arcadian 6, no. 6 (Apr. 20, 1984): 59. (Reprint).
Here are the instructions of for this game from the January 1981 Arcadian:
"Once you have this utility program on your tapes, you will be able to make a good assessment as to the colors to be used in a particular program you are developing. It starts out by asking for a general color area, and then it will step through the hues (using the joystick). When you find one you like, moving the joystick to the left will cause the screen to split, and you can make your second choice on the left side. In this way you can easily see how the colors will look. And as you do this, the color numbers appear to identify them."
Here are the instructions of for this game from the April 1984 Arcadian:
"This program is a utility to help you select colors for a program. A menu first
appears asking for a choice of 7 major colors. Once this has been picked, you
can make a fine adjustment by the joystick, forward or back. Once you see one
you like, move the joystick to the left, and you can make a selection for the
second color. Pull the trigger to see how the colors interact, Start again by
pushing the joystick right. Code numbers for each color also appear for future
By Klaus Doerge.
Arcadian 4, no. 12 (Oct. 07, 1982): 115, 121.
Here is an overview of Color Selector from the October 1982 Arcadian:
A utility program for the game maker. Use the Trigger and Knob controls to vary the colors and identify the numbers. Both hand controllers are used, with all functions of each. In general, the KNobs will revise the &(9) and BF/FC variables, JX and JY also vary BC and FC, and the TR are used to set values. The entire palette can be displayed and BC compared with FC, side by side. The program contains most of the instructions internally.
Here are Color Selector's in-program instructions:
JX (1) = BC or &(0)+&(1)
JX (2) = FC or &(2)+&(3)
JX (1) = BC-Intensity
JX (2) = FC-Intensity
KN(1)<0 = BC/FC Control
KN(1)>0 = &(0-3) Control
KN(2) = Horizontal Boundary
TR(1) = Instruction Recall
TR(2) = To Fix Boundary
By Robert Leake.
Cursor 2, no. 1 (August 1980): 51-54. (Original BASIC Listing)
Arcadian 6, no. 9 (Jul. 27, 1984): 79-81. (Reprint of Cursor program)
Here is an overview of Connect Four from the July 1984 Arcadian:
"Connect Four was originally published in the August 1980 issue of Cursor newsletter. We do not have Mr. Leake's current address, and no one has been able to locate the Cursor's publisher since early 1982. We may publish other programs of quality that have appeared in the Cursor (later called BASIC Express) newsletter.
"The object of this game is to get four of your playing pieces in a row without any of your opponent's pieces in-between, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, before the computer or your human opponent does. Pieces drop vertically in the selected column to the lowest unoccupied position. To select a column, move the joystick left or right and pull trigger when indicator is over desired column. Joystick 1 always goes first."
Archive Notes: This game is the same for "AstroBASIC" as it is for Bally BASIC, but the loading and saving instructions are different. For example, just look at the huge differences between how Connect Four is typed-in from Cursor compared to the Arcadian version. Previously Connect Four was archived as "(Two Player)," but this program actually does supply a computer opponent.
||Connect Four Enlarged.
By Harry L. Hanson.
Arcadian 6, no. 9 (Jul. 27, 1984): 79-81. (Reprint of Connect Four from Cursor)
Arcadian 6, no. 11 (Oct. 31, 1984): 110. (Connect Four Enlarged Listing)
The enlarged version of Connect Four is a modification of Robert Leake's program (originally printed in the August 1980 Cursor), which appeared as a reprint in the July 1984 Arcadian. This version of the game fills the whole screen, but otherwise plays the same.
||Connect Four II.
By Bob Wiseman.
Arcadian 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 94-95. (Bally BASIC Listing)
Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape). (First Appearance of "AstroBASIC" version)
The Bally BASIC version of Connect Four was published in the Arcadian without any instructions. Some brief instructions were created for the "AstroBASIC" version of the game when released on the Best of Arcadian - 1980 compilation tape. Here are the instructions:
"A grid is placed on the screen. Use your Joystick to move the marker over the column that you wish to enter. Press the Trigger and the piece will go down the column as far as it can. Getting four of your pieces in a row before the computer does so will win the game. Move the Joystick back and forth to register the win."
Archive Notes: Connect Four II is the "AstroBASIC" version of the Bob Wiseman's original Bally BASIC game Connect Four that was published in the September 1980 Arcadian. Connect Four II never made an appearance in the Arcadian newsletter as a printed listing. There are random sound effects played as the computer "thinks," these sounds can be quite grating on the ear.
By Larry L. Camnitz.
Arcadian 2, no. 4 (Feb. 25, 1980): 35.
This is a two-player only version of Connect Four. Player 1 (black) uses hand controller 1. Player 2 (white) uses hand controller 2.
The Arcadian has no comments or instructions for Larry L. Camnitz's version of Connect Four, nor could I find any mention of this game in the Bob Fabris Collection.
Archive Notes: This is the earliest version of Connect Four published for Bally BASIC. When I played as player 1 (black), the computer did not "see" that I had won the game on a diagonal. The computer only acknowledged the white's horizontal win. See the picture for details of this "double win." I'm not sure if this is an original logic error in the program, a typo caused when the program was entered into BASIC, or if this version of Connect Four simply wasn't designed to "see" diagonal wins.
||Control 30: Space Mission.
By Dale Low (Astrogames).
Arcadian 5, no. 9 (Jul. 22, 1983): 136-137, 140. (BASIC Listing)
Arcadian 5, no. 11 (Sep. 28, 1983): 170. (Program Correction)
Here are the instructions for Control 30: Space Mission from the July 1983 Arcadian:
"Control 30 is a challenging game that makes you the captain of the starship Venture, which has run off its course into a strange galaxy with vicious aliens. Guide the aliens into your missile sights and fire away. But beware! The aliens shoot at you. If they hit your ship, it will become severely damaged. Your ship can only absorb 3 hits before disintegrating. Once the warning "Enemy in range" appears, quit toying around with the controls: quickly shoot it before it destroys you. You must destroy all aliens of one set of 3 before continuing... that means all aliens even ones that leaves your view-port must be tracked down and destroyed.
"After one set of 3 have been destroyed a galactic chart will appear looking [like a rectangle with four different quadrants.] The large blip is the alien's new position. The small blip in the center of the screen is your ship's position. Move the small blip into the center of the large blip and pull the trigger. Voila! The new aliens are now ready to commence battle. Each set of aliens is harder to kill than the last because each new set has better accuracy with its laser. Destroy another set and the chart returns. After each set your shield is recharged and you start the next battle with a fresh 'ship' (Any shots that your ship may have absorbed previously are forgotten.)
"Point values are as follows:
Dynamo: 250 - 300 pts
Fargon: 75 - 175 pts
Demon: 150 - 450 pts
"(Point values vary with each set.)"
The original Control 30 instructions submitted to the Arcadian are available here:
- Control 30: Space Mission - Instructions in pdf format.
||Convert Hex to Decimal.
By Ernie Sams.
Arcadian, 1, no. 5 (March 1979): 36
The Arcadian didn't include any instructions for this program, but this is how the program works:
Convert Hex to Decimal. accepts a two-byte hex number such as $D5FF and converts it to a decimal number that can be input into BASIC (in this case $D5FF is -43 decimal). This program is useful since a POKE command in Bally BASIC inputs two bytes at a time in decimal. Because of the unusual method that Bally BASIC stores the data, the hex bytes must be reversed on input into this program to get the correct output. So, $D5FF would be input as $FFD5. This program only accepts one digit at a time.
There are two archived programs in this archive. The program Convert Hex to Decimal is exactly as it appears in the Arcadian newsletter. The program Convert Hex to Decimal - Modified has some simple instructions built in. The modified version of the program was used for the screenshot. Also, it doesn't take up so much room on the screen; both the hex number and decimal are on the same line. Finally, if there is an error, then the entire hex pair must be entered again (not just part of it). The modification of the original program was made on May 6, 2007 by Adam Trionfo.
The modified version works in the same way but it has brief instructions: Here is a same program run of the modified version:
ENTER HEX PAIR IN REVERSE
ORDER (IE $FF00 = $00FF)
FOR CONVERSION TO BALLY
BASIC DECIMAL EQUIVALENT.
HEX #: $FFD5 = -43
HEX #: $
It is recommended that the modified version of the program be used since
the user saves screen room and is able to fit far more conversions on the
screen at once.
||Crown of Zeus, The.
By Todd Johnson.
Arcadian 5, no. 1 (Nov. 5, 1982): 7-10. (AstroBASIC Listing)
Arcadian 5, no. 3 (Jan. 14, 1983): 45. (Correction for maps 3 and 4)
Arcadian 5, no. 7 (May 6, 1983): 106. (Player Map Request)
Archived from the Mike White Collection.
This program, for "AstroBASIC" only, takes you to a dark decaying castle in the evil land of Sorom. You've been asked, as the best warrior in the land of Beekum, to retrieve the Crown of Zeus which the Scromites have stolen. The crown, when worn, gives the wearer the awesome ability to cause anything he or she wishes to vanish. Apparently the Scromites have not yet discovered the crown's powers. But as you hid in the forest outside the castle, you saw a troop of orcs from the warring land of Machor slip in through the front gate. They surely know the power of the crown and will have to be dealt with...
According to an ads in Arcadian 5, no. 1 (Nov. 5, 1982): 9. and Arcadian 4, no. 10 (Aug. 06, 1982): 103., The Crown of Zeus is the first in a series of four programs that take place on the planet Gibeleous. The other three games in the series are available only on tape and are called:
Regular and Expert versions of this game are included. I'm not sure what the difference between the two programs is.
- "The Rescue of Catherine"
- "Escape from Rantanam IV"
- "The Tower of Machor"
Six issues after The Crown of Zeus was published, the Arcadian newsletter printed this small note about user maps: "Crown of Zeus castle floor plan - Have you determined what the castle looks like? We have one idea here and would like to get other opinions, so send in your version." (Arcadian 5, no. 7 (May 6, 1983): 106.)
Two people sent The Crown of Zeus maps to Bob Fabris, but they were never published in the Arcadian. You can view them here:
- The Crown of Zeus Maps, Set 1 - Castle Map by Edward Mahoney (April 20, 1983)
- The Crown of Zeus Maps, Set 2 - Floor Plans by Kent Brenden (July 9, 1983)
By Ken Springsteen (Modified by Robert DeHaye).
Arcadian 4, no. 4 (Jan. 22, 1982): 42. (Original Crypt-O-Grams BASIC Listing)
Arcadian 4, no. 6 (Apr. 09, 1982): 55. (Program Mods by Ken Springsteen)
Arcadian 4, no. 7 (May 07, 1982): 69. (Fix for Program Mods)
Arcadian 6, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1983): 3. (Crypt-O-Grams (Modified) BASIC Listing)
There were no instructions for the original printing of Crypt-O-Grams. Here are the brief instructions for Crypt-O-Grams from the November 1983 Arcadian:
"Crypt-O-Grams was originally submitted by Ken Springsteen. In this version ("AstroBASIC" only), the down arrow allows you to enter the letters without their appearing on the screen."
Although no instructions were printed in the Arcadian, as was often the case, Ken Springsteen did provide instructions for the game. The following documentation was found in the Bob Fabris Collection, along with the original program submission letter:
"Seasons greetings fellow Arcadians!
"Cryptologic is the name of a game that I was introduced to, by my nephew's Odyssey 2, a couple of months ago.
"Crypt-O-Grams is the translation I have just completed of this game to Bally BASIC, (with variations and improvements). This is a two player game that can also be played by teams, rotating turns at guessing. When the screen asks, enter the number of letters in your word(s). (No less than 6... no more than 20) Spaces also count as one. While your opponent(s) face away from the TV, you enter your word(s) using the keypad. If you make an error you must HALT the program and press WORDS RUN GO.
"After you enter your word(s), check for errors. If everything is spelled correctly press GO. Your word(s) will be erased and the computer will GOSUB to one of the two randomly selected "scramble" subroutines (this way no one can ever memorize a pattern). Your Word(s) will be scrambled and printed on the screen.
"Now it is your opponent's job to put the letters and spaces in order with the least number of extra guesses."
By Bob Weber (W&W Software Sales)
Arcadian, Vol 4, Pg. 36 and 37
By Dorothy Neff.
Source: Arcadian 6, no. 4 (Feb. 23, 1984): 36.
As the name suggests, this game was inspired by the Rubic's Cube. To play, select cube face by rotating knob - center of cube flashes. Use joystick right to rotate selected face clockwise. Use joystick left to rotate selected face counter-clockwise. Use trigger to reset all faces solid.
By Mario DeLaura.
Arcadian 4, no. 3 (December 24, 1981): 30-31.
The instructions for D&D Speedway were not included in the Arcadian. The Winter 1982 Sourcebook describes the game as, "A speedway race in which you steer the car around race tracks of various difficulties."
By Al Roginsky
Arcadian, 4, no. 10 (August 1982): 102.
This game is graphically impressive for an AstroBASIC game that doesn't even use machine language graphics. It's amazing how much like a dart these characters look like: "-=<" Nice effects and worth a look for a simple game. This game runs circles around the other AstroBASIC game also called "Darts" by Bill Mead.
In 1983, Joe Peoples made some changes to "Darts." He sent the modifications to the "Arcadian," but the changes, while laid out for publication, were never actually published. The changes include:
The required changes for Darts (mod) are here:
- Use joystick to move dart up and down while in flight.
- Change scoring.
- If dart hits exact center, then it plays the "Frogger" music from the "New 2 Voice Music" article by Mike Peace in Arcadian 5, no. 4 (Feb. 18, 1983): 55-74.
- Darts (mod) - (Type-In Modifications by Joe Peoples)
By Dave Mei
Arcadian, Vol. 5, Pg. 110 and 111
By Dieter Heinerman.
Arcadian 3, no. 5 (March 7, 1981): 58.
Arcadian 3, no. 8 (June 8, 1981): 88. (Bug Fixes)
"DEFUSE is a three-dimensional guessing game where you have to locate a point in the center using "hot-cold" type clues."
This game was originally published in More BASIC Computer Games, by Creative Computing, Edited by David H. Ahl. 1979: 48.
The instructions from More BASIC Computer Games are:
"In this game, you are in an experimental building with one million rooms in it. The building is one hundred rooms long, one hundred rooms wide, and one hundred rooms high.
"You have just received a telephone call from a mad bomber who tells you he has planted a bomb someplace in the building. Fortunately you are armed with a bomb detector that registers a stronger and stronger signal as you get closer to the
bomb. You start at the bottom right-hand door of the building, at the room 0,0,0. In response to the signals from your detector, every ten seconds you may try a new room to search for the bomb. You have two hundred seconds or twenty trials to find it.
"It's fairly easy to find the bomb once you get the knack of how your detector works. However, we're not going to spoil it for you and tell the secret."
- Defuse - pdf of Defuse from More BASIC Computer Games
By Dieter Heinerman.
Arcadian 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49.
Denominator is based on an article called Extended Precision Computation by Stephen Rogowski that explains "how to compute to a practically unlimited number of places with just the memory your micro has on board." The original article appeared in Creative Computing 6, no. 3 (March 1980): 94-95.
- Extended Precision Computation by Stephen Rogowski - pdf of original article
By Bob Weber (based on a program by David Tunbo).
Arcadian 3, no. 5 (Mar. 07, 1981): 51-52.
Archived from tape in the Richard Houser Collection.
The Digital Couch program was rewritten for the Bally from a program by David
Tunbo. Originally presented in [the January 1981] Creative Computing, and
written for the Ohio Scientific Challenger II.
Digital Couch turns your computer into a psychiatrist. It draws a picture not unlike an inkblot and gives three choices as to what the picture looks like. The program keeps score and rates the player when the "tests" are over. This program is not to be taken seriously, and would probably be best put to use at parties, etc. The choices given, and conclusions reached, are random.
Here is the original art for this program from Creative Computing:
By Dieter Heinerman.
Arcadian 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49.
Electronic Blanked is a video art program.
By Video Wizards (Ken Springsteen)
Arcadian. Vol 4, Pg. 111
Arcadian listing has Bally BASIC code left in line 3.
By Stanley Kendall
Aradian, Vol. 5, Pg. 17
By Michael Montauck
Arcadian, Vol. 5, Pg. 116 and 120
By Kevin O'Neill.
Arcadian 6, no. 2 (Dec. 22, 1983): 11, 13.
Niagara BUG. Bulletin 2, no 4 (1984): 18.
In this one-player game of skill, you become the pilot of a WWI biplane. After returning from a dangerous mission, you try to land at your home airstrip, only to find that it is being repaired. You receive points for the amount of time you manage to spend on the runway, but watch out! When you see a box of repair supplies ahead, pull up quick or you will collide with it and have 30 points taken from your score. Once you pass 20 boxes, the game will end. A squeeze of the trigger will show you the high score of the day. More squeezes will bring simple instructions, & the game. Have fun with this one!
By Mike Skala.
Arcadian 6, no. 2 (Dec. 22, 1983): 12,16.
Frogway is a game for one to four players where you try to help the little frogs across a busy six lane highway into the ponds at the top of the screen. Use the joysticks to make the frog hop, and please, one frog per pond. There is one more problems: chuckholes!! The faster you get across, the more flies (points) you are awarded. Final scores will be posted, and TR(1) will start a new game.
Written in "AstroBASIC" with machine language subroutines.
|1. Frog Leap (With Title Screen)
2. Frog Leap (v1-5)
By Ben and David Ibach (General Video)
Astro-Bugs Club Tape #1, Arcadian, Vol. 5, Pg. 138 and 146, Niagara Bugs Bulleten, Vol. I, Pg 17 and 19
July 1983 $100 contest winner. Lance notes (and I'm not sure why) that the "standalone file works better." These exact programs are also in the "Dave Ibach section."
By Ken Lill (Gambits)
Arcadian 6, no. 8 (Jun. 30, 1984): 72.
This is a one player game. The object is to get all of the keys in each room
without getting hit by any of the randomly firing Laser Cannons. To move, use
the joystick (the trigger and knob have no effect). To get a key, all you have to do is touch it with the Blinking Box (your piece).
This archive has many prototypes, including an early version of the same game called "Laser Fortress."
|Game of War, The
||"Game of War, The"
By Edward Mahoney
Arcadian 6, no. 11/12 (October 31, 1984): 113.
It is the classic game of war where each
player tries to take the other players card with a larger card. If the cards
match each other, then a "war" condition exists and the next cards are selected
to see who wins the war. Points are awarded based on the number of cards won.
- The Game Of War - Instructions
|'Game Over' Routine
||"'Game Over' Routine"
By Tom Wood
Arcadian, 1, no. 4 (February 1979): 25
Machine Language Utiltiy for BASIC. This very short AstroBASIC machine language routine has been modified from its original Bally BASIC form to displays the words "GAME OVER" from the Bally ROM.
|1) Ghost Fleet (v1)
2) Ghost Fleet (v2)
By Ken Lill (Gambits)
Arcadian, Vol. 5, Pg. 107, 111, 144, 145, 181 and 182
Ghost Fleet (1) has the common error that affects sound (NT=0). Ghost Fleet (2) has been corrected by Lance Squire (NT=-1).
By Bob Wiseman and Dave Carson
Arcadian, Vol. 3, Pg. 125
Colors by Dave Carson.
By Bob Hensel
Arcadian, Vol. 3, Pg. 46, 47 and 51
By James Wilkinson.
Arcadian 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 103-104.
From the "Arcadian:"
Halloween Ghost is a self-running program that is topical. The author sets up a TV at a window near his front door, and the program, a "talking" skull, makes snide remarks about the people going by. It re-cycles, and uses random statements on the screen, shifting colors as well.
When the program is run it says: "HORRIBLE HARRY THE INSULTING TV GHOST MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS HERE EVERY HALLOWEEN" The nine insults that "Harry" will throw at those passing by are:
Archive Notes: This program is also known as 'Horrible Harry.' Alternate version 2 has sound that works correctly with AstroBASIC. I'm not sure if there is any difference between the versions.
- WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?
- YOU LOOK TERRIBLE!!!
- THAT CAN'T BE -YOUR FACE
- YIPES!!-YOU SURE ARE UGLY
- YOUR WORMS ARE SHOWING
- WHO DUG YOU UP?
- HOW COME YOU HAVE 3 EYES?
- YOU LOOK LIKE THE -DEVIL-
- I'D HATE TO BE YOUR MUMMY
A modified version of this program, called "New Ghost," by Ron Picardi is also
included with the archive. Ron's mod is an unpublished submission to the
Arcadian newsletter. Ron comments on his modified version of HALLOWEEN GHOST:
"Here is a revision to Horrible Harry. He pops in and out of the TV. Then he
insults you with his ghostly laughter." This versions BASIC listing is VERY
different from the original version of the program.
By Dick Houser
Best of Arcadian - 1980 [Tape], Arcadian, Vol. 2, 32 and 33
By Al Rathmell
Arcadian, 3, no. 7 (May 1981): 78
Machine Language Utiltiy for BASIC. This program inputs hexadecimal numbers into memory. There is no need to swap hexadecimal pairs because the program does it for you.
By Brian Hildebrand, Inspired by Pete Murray
Arcadian, 6, no. 11/12 (Oct. 31, 1984): 115.
This game was published with no instructions. Brief documentation was included
with the program's submission to the "Arcadian," but it was not published. It
has been OCRed from the Bob Fabris Collection:
Hockey is a two player game. Controller #1 guards the left goal and shoots for
the fight goal. Controller #2 guards the right goal and shoots for the left
goal, your men are controlled by the knob. Turning the knob moves the men up or
down. If the puck hits the edge of your men the puck will glance off at an
angle. I noticed one flaw that I couldn't correct. At the start of the game, if
both controls are equal player #2's men won't appear until controller #1 moves.
To reset the game just pull either trigger. All values are reset.
- Hockey (BASIC LISTing and Docs)
By Paul Slezak.
Arcadian 3, no. 2 (Dec. 05, 1980): 26-27. (Original Listing)
Arcadian Sampler Programs (1980): 6. (Reprint)
No instructions or comments were included in the original printing of Horserace, but when the program was reprinted in Arcadian Sampler Programs in 1980, very brief instructions were added:
"Eight horses are available to bet upon, using the keypad to enter your horse (B) and the value you bet (C). The computer then randomly moves the horses across the screen and calculates the winnings."
Paul Slezak gives a few details on his game in his original program submission letter, "It took me about 50 hours to create. I was debating on whether to have it published or put up for sale, but since it is my first attempt (not at programming- I'm a programmer/analyst) and the Arcadian has given me so much, I thought I owe it at least one program."