The Best of Creative Computing Volume 1 (published 1976)

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Schmoo (BASIC computer game, splat the Schmoo, slinging mud, two-dimensional grid)

```PROGRAM LISTING
100 PRINT\PRINT "REVERSE -- A GAME OF SKILL"\PRINT
120 RANDOMIZE
130 DIM A(20)
140 REM *** N=NUMBER OF NUMBERS
150 N=9
160 INPUT "DO YOU WANT THE RULES (YES OR NO)";A\$
180 IF A\$="N0" TNEN 210
190 GOSUB 710
200 REM *** MAKE A RANDOM LIST A(1) TO A(N)
210 A(1)=INT((N-1)*RND)+2
220 FOR K=2 TO N
230 A(K)=INT(N*RND)+1
240 FOR J=1 T0 K-1
250 IF A(K)=A(J) THEN 230
260 NEXT J\NEXT K
280 REM *** PRINT ORIGNIRL LIST AND START GAME
290 PRINT\PRINT "HERE HE G0 ... THE LIST IS:"

310 T=0
320 GOSUB 610
330 INPUT "HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE";R
350 IF R=0 THEN 520
360 IF R<=N THEN 390
370 PRINT "OOPS! TOO MANY - I CAN REVERSE AT MOST"N\GOTO 330
390 T=T+1
400 REM *** REVERSE R NUMBERS AND PRINT NEW LIST
410 FOR K=1 T0 INT(R/2)
420 Z=A(K)
430 A(K)=A(R-K+1)
440 A(R-K+1)=Z
450 NEXT K
460 GOSUB 610
470 REM *** CHECK FOR A WIN
480 FOR K=1 T0 N
490 IF A(K)<>K THEN 330
500 NEXT K
510 PRINT "YOU WON IT IN"T"MOVES !!!"\PRINT
530 INPUT "TRY AGAIN (YES OR NO)";A\$
550 IF A\$="YES" THEN 210
560 PRINT\PRINT "O.K.  HOPE YOU HAD FUN!!"\GOTO 999
600 REM *** SUBROUTINE TO PRINT LIST
610 PRINT\FOR K=1 TO N\PRINT A(K);\NEXT K
650 PRINT\PRINT\RETURN
700 REM *** SUBROUTINE TO PRINT THE RULES
710 PRINT\FRINT "THIS IS THE GAME OF 'REVERSE'. T0 WIN, ALL YOU HAVE"

720 PRINT "TO DO IS ARRANGE A LIST OF NUMBERS (1 THROUGH"N")"

730 PRINT "IN NUMERICAL ORDER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. TO MOVE, YOU"

740 PRINT "TELL ME HOW MANY NUMBERS (COUNTING FROM THE LEFT) TO"

750 PRINT "REVERSE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE CURRENT LIST IS:"

760 PRINT\PRINT "2 3 4 5 1 6 7 8 9"

770 PRINT\PRINT "AND YOU REVERSE 4, THE RESULT WILL BE:"

780 PRINT\PRINT "5 4 3 2 1 6 7 8 9"

790 PRINT\PRINT "NOW, IF YOU REVERSE 5, YOU WIN!"

800 PRINT\PRINT "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9"\PRINT
810 PRINT "NO DOUBT YOU WILL LIKE THIS GAME OF SKILL, BUT"

820 PRINT "IF YOU WANT TO QUIT. REVERSE 0 (ZERO)."\PRINT\RETURN
999 END

***
SAMPLE RUN

REVERSE -- A GAME OF SKILL

D0 YOU WANT THE RULES (YES OR N0)? YES

THIS IS THE GAME OF 'REVERSE'. TO WIN, ALL YOU HAVE
TO DO IS ARRANGE A LIST OF NUMBERS (1 THROUGH 9 )
IN NUMERICAL ORDER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. TO MOVE, YOU
TELL ME HOW MANY NUMBERS (COUNTING FROM THE LEFT) TO
REVERSE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF THE CURRENT LIST IS:

2 3 4 5 1 6 7 8 9

AND YOU REVERSE 4, THE RESULT WILL BE:

5 4 3 2 1 6 7 8 9

NOW, IF YOU REVERSE 5, YOU WIN!

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

NO DOUBT YOU WILL LIKE THIS GAME OF SKILL, BUT
IF YOU WANT TO QUIT, REVERSE 0 (ZERO).

HERE WE GO... THE LIST IS:

9 8 6 1 7 3 2 4 5

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 9

5 4 2 3 7 1 6 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 4

3 2 4 5 7 1 6 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 2

2 3 4 5 7 1 6 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 6

1 7 5 4 3 2 6 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 2

7 1 5 4 3 2 6 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 6

2 3 4 5 1 7 6 8 9
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HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 7

6 7 1 5 4 3 2 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 2

7 6 1 5 4 3 2 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 7

2 3 4 5 1 6 7 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 4

5 4 3 2 1 6 7 8 9

HOW MANY SHALL I REVERSE? 5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

YOU HAVE WON IT IN 11 MOVES !!!

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Another new game from Creative Computing....

SCHMOO
by Frederick H. Bell
University of Pittsburgh
Computers, Coordinates, and Schmoos
This Module is a computer-based educational (and fun) game with instructions for
its use. It is written in elementary BASIC and is compatible with nearly all
BASIC interpreters.

Before teaching this lesson load SPLAT2 into your computer system, debug it, and
save it for future access.

Things to Know
You need to know a little bit about grids and angles. Like, (2,-3) means right 2
and down 3, and 237° is in the fourth (Whoops! That's third.) quadrant. Also,
you should remember that the distance something travels through the air depends
upon the angle at which it is thrown.

Review the Basics
Can you answer these questions? If not, hit the math books!

1. In each of the four quadrants, what are the signs of the x- and Y-
coordinates?

2. If 0° is the angle coinciding with the positive x- axis, what are the
measures of angles whose terminal sides fail in Quadrant I? Quadrant II?

Lines 5 to 70 explain how to play SPLAT2. This is a fun game to play in groups
of two or three. If you're pretty good you can "splat the schmoo" in about eight
tries; but don't cheat and use the formula. And don't expect me to tell you
where it's hidden in the program!

More Things to Do
You might want to make a three dimensional game, SPLAT3 - with flying schmoos.
The program shouldn't be too hard and it would be a really neat game. If you
want to try something easier, fix SPLAT2 so that it requires initial velocities
as well as angles. You could even make a low gravity, moon version of SPLAT2.

[image]Program Listing Sample Output
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REMark Statements

REMember to REMind yourself when writing BASIC REMark statements to REMain
imaginative. If you are not REMiss in this, you can REModel your programs into
REMarkable masterpieces with no REMainder of your REMote past before you applied
this REMedy and REMoved those old, dull REMark statements. REMit to this
REMedial advice and you'll have no REMorse. Before long, you can be REMiniscent

10 REMARKABLE REMARKS BY DHA
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