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  • The VersaBusiness Series (Commodore 64)


    Source: Commodore MicroComputer – Issue 40 – March April 1986

    The Commodore 64 had a reputation for being a games machine and thus was often not taken very seriously but for at least the first several years of its life there were a number of productivity titles and even professional business software available.

    This particular ad is from the March/April 1986 issue of Commodore MicroComputer and is for the VersaBusiness Series. This includes VersaReceivables, VersaPayables, VeraPayroll, VersaInventory, and VersaLedger II. I can’t claim to know anything about this software or what the difference was between the different versions for different machines but it was available for a lot of them including Apple II, DOS, CP/M, Macintosh, TRS-80, and of course the Commodore 64. It wasn’t cheap, $550 if you wanted it all, but they were running a special 50% discount for the Commodore version in this ad so you could have had them all for the low, low prices of $225.

  • Spaceward Ho!

    Spaceward Ho! (Macintosh, Windows, 1995)


    Spaceward Ho! is a 4X turn based sci-fi strategy game published by Delta Tao Software. The first version was released in 1990 but several versions were released subsequently. This particular ad is for version 4 which was available on the Macintosh and Windows, released in 1994 and distributed by New World Computing. One or more versions were also available for the Amiga, Palm OS, iOS and Android.

    The main claim to fame that this particular game has over other similar games is simplicity. Games are relatively fast paced and can often be completed in ten minutes to an hour. Depending on the version, it supports multi-player locally, via LAN or via the. However, it also makes a good single player vs. the computer game.

    This was one of the original games in the genre and has been very influential. Some may prefer more complicated games but many have enjoyed the elegant simplicity of this one. The latest computer version is 5.05 and was released July 8, 2003 on the Macintosh (Classic and OS X before 10.7). For Windows the latest version is 4 and for the Amiga it is version 2. Mobile versions for iOS and Android were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

  • MacAddict – Issue Number 8 – April 1997


    Source: MacAddict – Issue Number 8 – April 1997