Home Computer Magazine – Vol. 4, No. 2

Source: Home Computer Magazine – Vol. 4, No. 2

Home Computer magazine evolved from 99er magazine which was a magazine dedicated to the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. Given that the TI-99/4A was a dying platform, they decided to expand their horizons and include other machines. The cover states that this magazine is focussing exclusively on Apple, Commodore, IBM and Texas Instruments. This isn’t all that exclusive though it does leave out one or two other platforms that were popular at the time, including the Atari 8-bit line.

Volume 4, Issue Number 2 of Home Computer Magazine from 1984 (pictured above) includes the following:


  • Sea of States – Match states and capitals while diving for sunken treasure. (Commodore 64, TI-99/4A)
  • San Francisco Tourist – A country tourist negotiates some urban curves. (VIC-20)
  • Building Your Character: A Graphics Editor for the VIC-20
  • Quick Pixel Tricks: A Graphical Editor for the C-64
  • Follow the Bouncing Ball – On the rebound with graphics fundamentals. (Apple II)
  • 3D-IIE: Apple Graphics In Three Dimensions, Part II – Create your own 3-D shapes with last month’s display program.
  • Double Your Color, Double Your Fun – Sprites try on the layered look. (Commodore 64, TI-99/4A)
  • Musical Mystery Words – No instruments necessary for this music lesson. (Apple II, PCjr)
  • Matrix Muncher – Simultaneous equations are a snap, even with numerous unknowns. (VIC-20, Commodore 64)
  • Elementary Addition and Subtraction – Basic math skills for youngsters. (VIC-20)
  • IBM Animation: Controlling the Pallet on the PCjr
  • Jr. Sounds Off – Access the Peanut’s special sound enhancements.
  • The Electronic Home Secretary – Its applications possibilities are endless. (Apple II, PCjr, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A)

LOGO Times

  • Files in LOGO (PC, PCjr, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)
  • LOGO Spans the Generation Gap: A Review of Commodore LOGO – Perspectives from a neophyte teen and a professional programmer. (Commodore 64)
  • FROGO: LOGO invades the Arcade – FROGO helps with tiles, sprites, and recursive procedures. (TI-99/4A)

Product Reviews

  • Pinball Construction Set (Commodore 64, Apple II)
  • Spritemaster 64 (Commodore 64)
  • Miner 2049’er (Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)
  • Mouser (VIC-20)
  • Computer War (VIC-20)
  • Castle Wolfenstein (Apple II, Commodore 64)
  • Zork (PC, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)
  • Donkey Kong (TI-99/4A)
  • Tag Tom and Fire (TI-99/4A)
  • Q-Bert (VIC-20, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)
  • TI-Maze (TI-99/4A)
  • Animation Creation (PCjr)
  • Adventures in Math (PC, PCjr)
  • Spellakazam (Commodore 64, Apple II, PC, PCjr)
  • Let’s Get Graphic: Reviews of Graphics Code Generator and Graphics Designer (TI-99/4A)
  • PowerPad (Apple II, VIC-20, Commodore 64, PC, PCjr)
  • A Conversation with Robert Ransom – HCM Interviews the maker of PowerPad

Gameware Buffet

  • Tablut – A 14th-century lapboard game reappears on your computer screen. (PC, PCjr, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)
  • Cannibals (PCjr, Commodore 64, TI-99/4A, Apple II)

…and more!



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