And if that short 1.5 minute teaser left you wanting more, then you’re in luck! You can also watch a 23 minute detailed walk-through version where I spend time explaining and playing each of the 6 games!
Here’s the classic Merlin commercial from 1978! If you were alive then, you will surely remember it! Good luck getting this ear-worm of a jingle out of your head!
“Merlin is a computer with personality! Plays 6 different games! Talks with 20 sounds!” I love the marketing creativity!
And here is commercial number 2 from 1980! They used the same ear-worm of a jingle with different lyrics.
If we type this simple 8 line Applesoft Basic program into my working Apple IIe computer, we will end up with a cool little text based arcade game! Watch the video below to see the game in action!
This small Applesoft Basic program was published in one of my Beagle Bros Apple Software Catalogs from 1987 (volume 0, number 10). This little program was credited as being submitted by Beagle Bros customer Tim Boehme, who received a box of Beagle Bros magnetic write protect tabs for his efforts!
Wow! Write protect tabs! Amazing! 🙂
Applesoft Basic is the programming language of all the early Apple computers and was provided in ROM (memory) to make it available to the user without the need for a startup disk or the need to load it into memory from a cassette tape.
Applesoft Basic was actually created by Microsoft for Apple. Hence the name. It is interpreted and not compiled, so it is not very fast. And it can throw syntax errors at runtime if it’s unable to interpret a line of code.
One sort of funny feature of Applesoft Basic is that variable names are only significant to 2 letters, although it allows more. So if you initialize a variable named “KURT” to a value of 10, you can PRINT the variable “KU” and also the variable “KURT” and also the variable “KUPP” and they will all three show a value of 10. They are all three pointing to the exact same memory location.
Here’s the source code:
10 REM "MUNCH THE SNAILS!"
20 TEXT: HOME: H = 20: PRINT CHR$ (21): POKE 35,22
30 K = PEEK (49152): ON K < 128 GOTO 40: H = H + (K = 149) - (K = 136)
40 POKE 49168,0: IF RND (1) * 10 < 1 THEN VTAB 20: HTAB RND (1) * 20 + 10: PRINT "@": GOTO 70
50 VTAB 22: HTAB RND (1) * 39 + 1: PRINT CHR$ (46)
60 IF PEEK (1535 + H) = 192 THEN S = S + 1: VTAB 5: HTAB H: PRINT "#"; CHR$ (7): VTAB 23: PRINT "MUNCHED: ";S: GOTO 80
70 VTAB 5: HTAB H: PRINT "V"
80 T = T + 1: IF S < 10 THEN 30
90 TEXT: VTAB 23: PRINT S;" SNAILS MUNCHED IN ";T;" SNAIL SECONDS.": END
Once it starts, just click on the floppy disk 1 icon and choose the master disk file that comes installed with the emulator. Then reboot with the Apple button and it will boot to Applesoft Basic. Or, you can download ROMs for various Apple games and programs from the Internet and boot those instead. It emulates the speed of the processor, so it’s a very realistic emulation of the Apple IIe. Including several monitor types to choose from.
I hope you found this post informative and/or entertaining! Thanks for your interest! And feel free to leave comments or questions below!
I know what the word “sans” means. I also know what the word “free” means. So what does this label mean that I saw recently on the side of this coffee mug? This coffee mug is very proudly not free of BPA?
Typically when a label repeats a word in a different language, it it a smaller or italic font or is underneath the English version. This is an odd choice, to me. Plus, I think it’s safe to say that most Americans hear the word “sans” enough to know what it means and many people who see this label will not realize that the word “sans” in there for Spanish speaking readers.
I just thought this label layout was an odd choice. Feel free to discuss below in the comments.
This watch was made in 1981, so I was probably 11 or 12 when I first got it. It’s a Space Attacker video game watch from a company called Nelsonic. I loved this watch and so did just about everyone I encountered … both kids and adults alike. This watch made the junior high version of me pretty popular! Ha! 🙂
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The game is quite addictive for as simple as it is. It’s basically a simplified version of Space Invaders. One button changes the direction of the cannon launcher and the other button fires. The invading space ships march across the screen and get closer if you don’t shoot them down. They shoot at you too.
Here is a video that someone posted of the game on their watch: