The Best of Electronic Arts
Pinball Construction Set & Hard Hat Mack
The Best of Electronic Arts is the second ADAM software title in the planned "The Best of" series... the first being the commercially released The Best of Broderbund (Choplifter and A.E.). However, The Best of E.A. was never officially released, so full instructions detailing different play elements are not available and you will have test what different keypresses will do although it is a lot more straight forward than others. Other planned titles in the "The Best of" series that were never released/produced include The Best of Sierra On-Line (Troll's Tale and Jawbreaker II), The Best of Sirius (Grud's in Space, Type Attack and Capture the Flag) and The Best of Synapse (Necromancer and Rainbow Walker).
The Best of E.A. for the ADAM Computer is in fact a finshed product which was copyrighted 1984, but for whatever reason (probably completed just prior to Coleco's announcement in Jan. '85 that they were abandoning the ColecoVision and ADAM), Coleco decided not to release it commercially. Even after this announcement by Coleco, they still had plans to release software that was finished or close to it during the 1985 calendar year, but later decided against it. They instead made it available to ADAM Users Groups circa 1985/1986 to share with the ADAM Community with the requirement that all copyright information would be removed from the program. Because of this requirement by Coleco, you will see multiple versions of The Best of E.A. available for download that have been hacked to change the title screens.
As was mentioned, instructions are not available for either game but H.H.M. is pretty self-explanatory and we used to supply a copy of the P.C.S. manual from the Apple or C=64 version since the versions were nearly identical with the exception of the inclusion of SmartKEY choices. Note that in order to make a self-booting P.C.S. compilation, you have to format/initialize the Data Pack or Disk in P.C.S. with the "Logic" option.
I have experienced some issues in running The Best of E.A. in Virtual ADAM, but it does work properly when using M.E.S.S. ADAM emulation... I didn't have time to re-test thru vanilla ADAMem.
I have also included a 2-disk self-booting set of pinball games named Wizard's Pinball Arcade that was made by my programming partner back in the day, Greg McDaniel, and released under our label... Wizard's Lair Software. There are a large number of ready made pinball tables to play that will demonstrate the capabilities of P.C.S. Note that each disk image is self-booting.
Hard Hat Mack Easter Egg
As soon as you are able to move your man, press the " # " on controller #1. You will have an endless supply of men. On Level 3, after dropping the last block do not follow it through the hole as you will get stuck on the level and have to reset the system.