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More Basic Computer Games
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84 Challenging New Games To Play On Your Personal Computer. All in BASIC and complete with program listing and sample run. Edited by David H. Ahl.

More BASIC Computer Games

This book was a sequel to BASIC Computer Games. The games were converted from other BASIC dialects, such as Dartmouth BASIC and tested to work on the most common BASIC dialect at the time - Microsoft BASIC. Dartmouth BASIC did not have the 'ELSE' keyword. Hence the abundance of GOTOs.

All games have been tested with Vintage BASIC or cbmbasic. On the same website you can also find the games from the first book.

You can download all the games as a Zip archive.

Artillery 3 (artillery3.bas)
War game for two or three players. Changes: The purpose of lines 70 to 100 is to initialize the arrays to zero. This is something that Microsoft BASIC does automatically and the lines would produce syntax errors if kept.
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Baccarat (baccarat.bas)
Card game
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Bible Quiz (biblequiz.bas)
Test your knowledge on the Bible
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Big 6 (big6.bas)
A dice wheel game in which you can bet on up to three dices
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Binary (binary.bas)
Test your skills in binary-to-decimal and decimal-to-binary conversion
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Blackbox (blackbox.bas)
Discover the positions of atoms by projecting rays. Changes: Added a DIM statement in line 50
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Bobstones (bobstones.bas)
Guess three things about the roll of a pair of dice. Corrections: PRINT statement was missing in line 430
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Bocce (bocce.bas)
Roll 4 balls and get them as close to the target as possible
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Boga II (boga2.bas)
Find the boga before it finds you
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Bombrun (bombrun.bas)
Simulation of an aircraft dropping a bomb on a very small target (This was before laser-guided bombs). Note: Several misspellings corrected.
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Bridge-It (bridge-it.bas)
Connect the board from left to right while the computer connects from top to bottom. Bugs: Line 2900 contains a GOTO to a non-existent line.
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Camel (camel.bas)
Cross the Gobi desert by camel
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Chase (chase.bas)
Avoid the interceptor robots.
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Chuck-A-Luck (chuck-a-luck.bas)
Bet on the rolls of three dice
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Close Encounters (close-encounters.bas)
Shoot down a UFO headed for you or hope it misses.
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Column (column.bas)
The computer will guess your card
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Concentration (concentration.bas)
Test your memory and observation by selecting matching pairs in a deck of cards. The game shows you the face-up values for a brief moment, then writes over the text. On current equipment this goes so fast you don't have a chance.
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Condot (condot.bas)
Carve out squares of real estate by connecting the dots.
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Convy (convoy.bas)
Naval war games played on a 10 by 10 grid.
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Corral (corral.bas)
Catch your horse in the corral.
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Countdown (countdown.bas)
Find a number between 0 and 10 in less than 4 guesses
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Cup (cup.bas)
Hit a cup with a ball by estimating the horizontal force to give
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Dealer x 5 (dealerx5.bas)
A simulation of the T.V. show, Dealer's choice
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Deepspace (deepspace.bas)
Tactical simulation of ship to ship combat in deep space.
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Defuse (defuse.bas)
Locate a bomb in 20 trys
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Dodgem (dodgem.bas)
Move all of your pieces across and off the board while your opponent does the same.
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Doors (doors.bas)
Guess which key fits in which door
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Dr. Z (dr-z.bas)
Interact with your computer in Rogerian form
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Drag (drag.bas)
Race a dragster against a dragster designed by another player or the computer.
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Eliza (eliza.bas)
A computer program designed to simulate a therapist or psychoanalyst.
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Father (father.bas)
Convince you father to go out Saturday night
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Flip (flip.bas)
Guess if the computer is thinking of 'N' or 'Y'. The computer will try to outsmart you.
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Four In A Row (fourinarow.bas)
Get four X's in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally
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Geowar (geowar.bas)
Shoot down enemy by angling your missile. Corrections: Typo in line 30.
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Grand Prix (grnprx.bas)
Complete a lap around a grand prix curcuit.
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Guess-It (guess-it.bas)
Guess an unknown number called the 'down number'.
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ICBM (icbm.bas)
Intercept an incoming ballistic missile with a surface-to-air missile
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Inkblot (inkblot.bas)
INKBLOT is a program that produces "inkblots" similar to those used in the famous Rorschach Inkblot tests. The program generates these inkblots randomly so that literally millions of different patterns can be produced.
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Joust (joust.bas)
You are a medieval knight in a jousting tournament.
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Jumping Balls (jumpingballs.bas)
Reverse the position of the balls. A ball can be moved one position or jump over another ball.
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Keno (keno.bas)
Select 8 numbers and get a payoff if the computer selects the same numbers.
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L Game (l-game.bas)
Play against the computer to prevent it from moving its L.
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Life Expectancy (life-expectancy.bas)
Make the computer estimate how long you will live based on your life-style and environment. Fixes: Typo in line 810.
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Lissajous (lissajous.bas)
Generate Lissajous patterns
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Magic Square (magic-square.bas)
Fill in numbers so the sum diagonally, vertically and horizontally is 15
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Man-Eating Rabbit (man-eating-rabbit.bas)
Avoid the rabbit for 10 moves and you're released
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Maneuvers (maneuvers.bas)
Deliver a message to four starbases. Steer by controlling the orientation of your ship.
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Masterbagels (masterbagels.bas)
A game that can play both Mastermind and Bagels
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Mastermind (mastermind.bas)
Guess a combination of six colors. The same color can be used more than once.
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Matpuzzle (matpuzzle.bas)
Fill letters into a matrix
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Maze (maze.bas)
Make the computer construct a maze and then find the way through
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Millionaire (millionaire.bas)
Make life decisions to become a millionaire
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Minotaur (minotaur.bas)
Hunt and kill the minotaur in a cave.
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Motorcycle Jump (motorcyclejump.bas)
Calculate speed and angle to jump over buses.
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Nomad (nomad.bas)
Navigate your way through the streets of Garbonzo City to Gramma's house.
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Not One (notone.bas)
Roll a pair of dice to score points. If the sum of the eyes is the same as your first roll, then you loose the turn.
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Obstacle (obstacle.bas)
Move your car and navigate through the obstacles.
Octrix (octrix.bas)
Play the highest or lowest available card against your opponents. Corrections: Typo in line 1620. Note: This game assumes output is a printer.
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Pasart (pasart.bas)
Generate artistic patterns based on Pascal's triangle
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Pasart 2 (pasart2.bas)
Generate artistic patterns based on Pascal's triangle plus a calendar. Note: In line 2640 and various other places the counter goes beyond the dimensions of the P array. Typos in lines 1810 and 3030 have been corrected.
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Pinball (pinball.bas)
Play the game of pinball by calculating which flipper to flip. Note: Line 2020 contains a syntax error that has been corrected.
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Rabbit Chase (rabbit-chase.bas)
Catch a rabbit by entering the direction to walk in.
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Roadrace (roadrace.bas)
Drive 5 miles in a roadrace with 0.5 gallons of gas: Corrections: Exclamation points removed in lines 980 and 1050.
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Rotate (rotate.bas)
Put the letters in alphabetical order. Corrections: B$ changed to B$(I) in line 90
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Safe (safe.bas)
Try to open a safe by turning or twisting a dial.
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Scales (scales.bas)
Test your knowledge of different types of music scales.
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Schmoo (schmoo.bas)
Splat imaginary creatures with mud balls.
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Seabattle (seabattle.bas)
Destroy the enemy ships with your submarine. Note: Line 5136 assumes that the output device is a printer that can do multiple strikeovers
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Seawar (seawar.bas)
Compute the angle of elevation for your guns and destroy the enemy.
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Shoot (shoot.bas)
Nuke the enemy before he nukes you.
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Smash (smash.bas)
A simulation of a car race.
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Strike 9 (strike9.bas)
Remove numbers so the sum match the dice
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TV Plot (tvplot.bas)
Devise plots for television shows. Changes: GOTO statements in lines 450 and 460.
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Tennis (tennis.bas)
Play tennis against the computer
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Tickertape (tickertapecrt.bas)
Write a text on tickertape. Changes: The original program assumes the output device is a paper tape punch. Changes have been made to run on a screen.
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Two-to-Ten (two-to-ten.bas)
Get as close to the goal number without going over.
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Twonky (twonky.bas)
Get to the objective before the twonky gets to you.
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UFO (ufo.bas)
Destroy the enemy UFO before it destroys you. Corrections: Action statement missing on line 885. "P" missing on line 970. Line 1050 was missing ")"
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Under & Over (under-or-over.bas)
Bet on the sum of two dice to be under or over 7.
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Van Gam (vangam.bas)
The one who takes away the last match wins.
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Warfish (warfish.bas)
You are the commander of an American submarine.
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Word Search Puzzle (word-search-puzzle.bas)
Generate word search puzzles containing the words of your choice.
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Wumpus 1 (wumpus.bas)
Hunt a wumpus in a squashed dodecahedron
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Wumpus 2 (wumpus2.bas)
The game of wumpus with a choice of caves. Changes: Fixed typos in lines 2630 and 2700
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