Tempest, on Fri Aug 3, 2012 7:18 AM, said:
doctorclu, on Fri Aug 3, 2012 6:48 AM, said:
Let's see, the Model 2.. which could generally run games of the 3 and 4 if I remember correctly.
Not as far as I know. They were completely different systems. Didn't the model 2 use 8" floppies?
The only games for the model 2 were those that ran in CP/M which means mostly text adventure games.
I don't think any games were actually released commercially for the Model II. I've read that maybe Zork or some of the Scott Adams games were, but I've never found any evidence to support that (which isn't to say it doesn't exist, only that I haven't found it
). A lot of the Model I/III games and semigraphics stuff fall well within the capabilities of the Model II, but they would have to be ported from the ground up. Consider also that the Model II runs the odd-duck TRSDOS-II, so even if you had a Model II somehow equipped with a 5.25" drive, Model I/III software running under TRSDOS would still be incompatible.
As Matt said, the best bet for games on a Model II is CP/M, but good luck finding any in the 8" format. It's interesting to learn there was a flight simulator for it though.
But regardless, this thread is about the Color Computer!
And for what it's worth, I've never seen Color Computer stuff in the wild here in the States, either, barring the ratty boxed copy of Galactic Attack I got a church rummage sale 15 years ago. All my Color Computer stuff I got either from fellow classic gamers or eBay. It's a shame they've gotten so tough to find (which is strange because they really aren't rare or anything, these were relatively popular systems) because the Color Computer really is a cool little machine.
If you've got a cassette cable, you can play the audio files of cassette games straight from the headphone jack on your computer. It's the same thing as loading a tape, if you don't mind going that route. It's putzy and finicky getting the volume levels right, but once you know what you're doing, you should be able to play shit-tons of games, and for free. Most of the cartridge games have been converted to a cassette file now, too. You'll need a Cas2Wav program to convert the .cas files into .wavs to run on your CoCo, though.
See here for a whole pile of Color Computer games in cassette format:
As long as you've got the Color Computer, a set of cassette cords, a joystick or two, and a way to convert .cas files to .wav files, this should take care of the rest, games-wise.
(Note that some games require 32K and/or Extended Color BASIC. A few will only run on a Color Computer 3. The attached index in the above link should tell you which are which.)
Edited by BassGuitari, Thu Aug 9, 2012 1:14 PM.