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Download digitally archived Bally Arcade tape programs that will load with AstroBASIC (the BASIC with the built-in tape-interface).

Here is a list of L&M Software from a two-page ad in the Spring 1984 Sourcebook:/


L&M Software, Program Listing:

This list links to the L&M Software that has been archived thus far. When an AstroBASIC version isn't archived, then the link will bring you to the archived Bally BASIC version, if it is available. If there is no link, then the software has not yet been archived.

Note: This list is still in progress. Only tapes 1-9 have been completed. Every program on tapes 10-18 has been archived in either "AstroBASIC" or Bally BASIC.
   Tape  1 - Claim Jumper ("AstroBASIC")    / River City Gambler ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape  2 - Cosmic Saucer Battle           / The Black Lagoon ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape  3 - Bombardier ("AstroBASIC")      / Meteoroid
   Tape  4 - Target (Bally BASIC)           / Mind Bender
   Tape  5 - Search & Destroy (Bally BASIC) / Air Raid (Bally BASIC)
   Tape  6 - Star Base 2000 (Bally BASIC)   / Space Quest 2001 ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape  7 - Phantom Star Fighters 2003 (Bally BASIC) / Space Checkers ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape  8 - Crazy Ball ("AstroBASIC") / Ayatollah Dart Board ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape  9 - The Mummy's Treasure ("AstroBASIC") / Galactic War 2002 ("AstroBASIC")
   Tape 10 - Coyote-Roadrunner Desert Race / Atom Smasher
   Tape 11 - Sink the U-Boat / Rescue Air Drop
   Tape 12 - Mission Impossible / 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
   Tape 13 - The Fox & the Hare / Space Sleuth
   Tape 14 - Alien Invasion / Claim Jumpers
   Tape 15 - Secret of Pellucitor I / Secret of Pellucitor II
   Tape 16 - Exitor's Revenge / The Mummy's Treasure
   Tape 17 - Nautilus / 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
   Tape 18 - Candy Man / River City Gambling

 Miscellaneous Software

   3D Graphic Demo ("AstroBASIC")
   Bit Mapping Demo ("AstroBASIC")
   Color Organ/Light Show Demo ("AstroBASIC," but a conversion of a Bally BASIC program.)
   Magic Jack-O-Lantern, The ("AstroBASIC")
   Video Tape Screen Utility ("AstroBASIC")
   What Zit ("AstroBASIC") (BASIC Express, May/June 1981)


3D Graphic Demo 3D Graphic Demo.
L&M Software.
Tape

3D Tic-Tac-Toe 3D Tic-Tac-Toe.
L&M Software.
Tape 17, October 1981.

3D Tic-Tac-Toe (Improved) 3D Tic-Tac-Toe (Improved)
L&M Software.
Tape, September 1987.

Alien Invasion Alien Invasion.
L&M Software.
Tape 14, April 1982.
Arcadian 4, no. 7 (May 7, 1982): 67. (Full-Page Ad)

Ayatollah Dart Board Ayatollah Dart Board.
L&M Software.
Tape 8, October 1981.

Bit-Mapping Demo Bit-Mapping Demo.
L&M Software.
Tape, 1982.

Black Lagoon, The Black Lagoon, The.
L&M Software.
Tape 2, 1981.

Bombardier Bombardier.
L&M Software.
Tape 3, October 1981.

Candy Man Candy Man.
L&M Software.
Tape 18, January 1983.

This is one of the best looking games for "AstroBASIC," and it is also one of the most fun. This archive includes a review of the game. The sequel to this game, Ms. Candyman, was released as a cartridge.

Fred Olivas scored 31,780 points on Candy Man, as reported in the Scoreboard of The Game Player, #11 in Arcadian 5, no. 11 (September 28, 1983): 165. That will be a pretty-tough score to beat.

The "AstroBASIC" version of Candy Man has a rather amusing animated loading/title screen, which is worth seeing.

The instructions for Candy Man are available here:
  1. Candy Man / River City Gambler Instructions
A review of Candy Man appear in The Game Player, #4 in Arcadian 5, no. 3 (January 14, 1983): 50. Search for "Candy Man" here:
  1. Candy Man Review
Here is a two-page advertisement for Candy Man and River City Gambler from Arcadian 5, no. 5 (Mar. 14, 1983): 51-52.
  1. Candy Man Review
Here is a picture of a sealed copy of Candy Man:
  1. Candy Man, Sealed
Claim Jumpers Claim Jumpers.
L&M Software.
Tape 1 and Tape 14.
October 1981.

This is the classic paper game where there is a grid of dots and two players draw lines between them. Simple, yet highly addictive. One or two players.

Color Organ/Light Show Demo Color Organ/Light Show Demo.
L&M Software.
September 1980.

This program was designed to work with the L&M interface Unit. According to the FAQ, "Interface Bally to any stereo amp with audio power 1 watt on up. TV displays in step with your stereo music." Even without it, it still displays various graphical effects (kind of like a screen saver). Another program simply labeled "Light Show Demo." is quite similar, but the menu has a few different effects.

From L&M's Software full-page ad in the Arcadian:

Stereo color organ, light show on your TV, Interface with Bally
Opto-Isolated / All Colors / Brilliant Display
Color Organ/Light Show: Interface Bally to any stereo amplifier with audio power of 1 watt on up. Will not affect stereo quality. TV displays in step with your stereo music. Complete interface unit with cassette demonstration program and instructions. $29.95. Add your own Favorite Art/Graphics, etc.

I examined this program's BASIC code. The program is looking for input from the knobs on the hand controllers in ports #2 and #4. It seems that knob #2 acts as the stereo's right channel and that knob #4 is the left channel. Although I've never seen the hardware or the instructions for Color Organ, I now presume that the hardware is a small box that plugs into ports 2 and 4. The volume levels that come into the box are changed to knob values between -128 to 127 (-128 is completely counterclockwise in BASIC and 127 is completely clockwise). This is just a guess, but it seems simple enough.

Archiving Notes: This is the 300-Baud Bally BASIC version of the program. It has been converted to run in "AstroBASIC" using Jay Fenton's 300 Baud to 2000 Baud Tape Conversion Program (see the "AstroBASIC" user's manual on Pages 104-107). Not one line of code from the 300-Baud version has been changed, which would normally mean that some sound effects no longer work correctly. However, this program doesn't seem to use any sound effects at all.

For additional information , there are more documents available:
  1. Full-page ad in(ARCADIAN 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 105.)
Crazy Ball Crazy Ball.
L&M Software.
Tape 8.
November 1980.

Exitor's Revenge (Demo) Exitor's Revenge (Demo).
L&M Software.
Tape

Full program on Tape 16. Created with Andy Guevara (Bit Fiddlers).

Exitor's Revenge Exitor's Revenge.
L&M Software.
Tape 16, October 1982.

Created with Andy Guevara (Bit Fiddlers).

Galactic War 2002 Galactic War 2002.
L&M Software.
Tape 9, December 1980.

This is a very bland BASIC game: it's a very early release and should not be used as an indicator of how good a BASIC program can be. It here for historical purposes, and for use as comparison with program that would come later and show a little more of what BASIC could do.

Archiving Notes: The program was released in Bally BASIC in 300 Baud format. This is a conversion to "AstroBASIC" 2000 Baud format. An "AstroBASIC" version of this game was released, but this Bally BASIC version is the only version that would digitally archive properly.

Magic Jack-O-Lantern, The Magic Jack-O-Lantern, The.
By Bill Loos of (L&M Software).
Tape (Sept 1987).

Meteoroids Meteoroids.
L&M Software.
Tape 3, January 1982.

Mission Impossible Mission Impossible.
L&M Software.
Tape, 1981.

Move left and right through a series of walls while avoiding the guards (at least, they're possibly guards; they do look a lot like dots). On the harder difficulties, it might just be impossible.

Mummy's Treasure, The Mummy's Treasure, The.
L&M Software.
Tape 16, October 1981.

Move around by selecting room numbers. Interesting setup.

Nautilus Nautilus.
L&M Software.
Tape 17, October 1982.

Sequel to Exitor's Revenge. The archive includes a review and demo.

River City Gambling River City Gambling.
L&M Software.
Tape 18, October 1981.

A dice game.

Secret of Pellucitor Secret of Pellucitor.
L&M Software.
Tape 15, September 1982.

Written by Greg Miller, with music by George Moses. The standard descriptor file contains the full text of the advertisement (which are instructions, of sorts). There is also a review included. There is a spelling peculiarity with this game. The advertisements in the Arcadian spell the name "Pellucitar," while the tape and program use "Pellucitor."

Sink the U-Boat Sink the U-Boat.
L&M Software.
Tape 11, October 1981.

Sink the U-Boat is a one-player game that pits your submarine against a German U- Boat that is controlled by the computer.

Archiving Notes: This version of Sink the U-Boat was archived by retyping the program from the hard-written program code available on BallyAlley.com. The program auto-runs because it was saved in a special way (PRINT ";RUN";:PRINT %(16384),1887).

A loading screen was created by modifying the Claim Jumper screen and then combining the screen with the program by using the Blue Ram BASIC version of Repacker.

For additional information , there are more documents available:
  1. Notes on Loading and How the 2000-Baud Version was Created
  2. Text Transcription of the Original Instructions
  3. Original 300-Baud Instructions and Type-In Program
Space Checkers Space Checkers.
L&M Software.
Tape 7, July 1981.

Archiving Notes: This is the 300-Baud Bally BASIC version of the program. It has been converted to run in "AstroBASIC" using Jay Fenton's 300 Baud to 2000 Baud Tape Conversion Program (see the "AstroBASIC" user's manual on Pages 104-107). Not one line of code from the 300-Baud version has been changed, which probably means that some sound effects no longer work correctly.

For additional information , there are more documents available:
  1. 300-Baud to 2000-Baud Conversion Information
  2. A brief review of the game by Paul Thacker
  3. Original 300-Baud Instructions and Type-In Program
  4. Text Transcription of the Original Instructions
Space Quest 2001 Space Quest 2001.
L&M Software.
Tape 6, November 1980.

Archiving Notes: The program was released in Bally BASIC in 300 Baud format. This is a conversion to "AstroBASIC" 2000 Baud format. An "AstroBASIC" version of this game was released, but this Bally BASIC version is the only version that would digitally archive properly.

Video Tape Screen Utility Video Tape Screen Utility.
L&M Software.
Tape, September 1987.

What-Zit What-Zit.
L&M Software.
The BASIC Express, 3, no. 2 (May/June 1981): 22-23.

This game is very-much like the board game Mastermind-- except you don't need a second player. he entire game can be played with the hand controller.

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