[vcf-midatlantic] New Commodore PET games

Douglas Crawford touchetek at gmail.com
Fri Feb 19 19:45:11 UTC 2021

On 2/19/2021 2:02 AM, Ethan Dicks via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 9:06 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic
> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> By the way can someone point me to some 8K PET games that I can load into
>> the museum's Original Chiclet PET computer?
> The trick with them is not so much the size but that they know about
> the reversed character set (compared to every Commodore computer that
> came after).
> There is a version of Space Invaders for the original PET.  It does
> run in 8K and plays sound, just like it does on all the other models.
> I would not recommend letting people play on the original keyboard
> (game use wears the printing off the letter and does wear out the 3
> keys - I had to replace the keyboard PCB on my 2001N because we
> literally wore the gold off the pads).  I built an "arcade interface"
> with 3 buttons that tapped into the row and column lines
THAT'S  A GREAT IDEA. I have brought my 4016 to science events and it 
has had a ton of use too.
I think I'll do the same if I take it out again!
> I have original tapes from 1979 from Instant Software with several
> games.  The label does say "PET 8K" but I don't remember if the games
> are smart enough to know about the char set differences.
> "Chimera" contains  Reflex, Dragon, Dungeon, Dragon Hunt, Dropoff,
> Reflex 8K, and Batter-up
> "Hooptedoodle" contains Maze Chase, Missile, Bombs Away, Worm Turns,
> 31/Klinker, Land Mine, Deflection, and Slot Machine
> I also have an original tape from Creative Computing of
> "Conversational Games".  No indication of what's on there, but I do
> remember playing Eliza from it.
> It's also possible to connect an Atari joystick to the User Port.
> Some games did support that.
> -ethan

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