Type-in Mania: An Interactive Archive of Early Basic Computer Applications

With much help from Giant List of Classic Programmers. Click on filenames to run the type-in programs listed below (WORK IN PROGRESS).

An International Selection of Some Classic Type-in Programs

AWARIAwari by Geoff Wyvill (USA 1979)
ADVENT1Adventureland by Scott Adams (USA 1978)
BANNOCHThe Bannochburn Legacy by Tim Hartnell (Australia 1983)
CORPSESExquisite Corpses by Philippe Henri (France 1984)
COUPCoup D'Etat by Computing Today (UK Dec 1982)
CROSWORDCrossword Maker Ontario Ministry of Ed. (Canada 1981)
CSSChess Game by Dieter Steinwender (Germany 1980)
DNDDungeons & Dragons by Peter Trefonas (USA 1980)
DOGSTARDogstar Adventure by Lance Micklus (USA 1979)
ENGINEEREngineer by David J. Bohlke (USA 1979)
FURTRADEFur Trader by David Ahl (USA 1978)
GARGOYLEGargoyle Castle by Kit Domenico (USA 1980)
HHOUSEHaunted House by Usborne Books (UK 1983)
JOUSTJoust by Clive Gifford (Australia 1984)
LEMONLemonade Stand by MECC (USA 1973)
LOSTGOLDLost Dutchman's Gold by Bob Liddil and Teri Li (USA 1979)
LUMPIESLumpies of Lotis IV by John and Jeff Klein (USA 1986)
LUNLANDLunar Lander David Ahl (USA 1973)
MICROBESMicrogouilles by Dominique Laroche (France 1983)
MOUNTAINThe High Mountains by Paul Braithwaite (UK 1984)
OREGONThe Oregon Trail by MECC (USA 1974)
OURANOSWeather War by Kathy Higby (USA 1980)
PARAVIASanta Paravia and Fiumaccio by George Blank (USA 1978)
PITMANPitman by Yutaka Isokawa (Japan 1985)
QUEST1Quest 1 by Brian Reynolds (USA 1981)
ROBOTR29Robot R29 by Tomasz Rogacewicz (Poland 1991)
ROCKETRocket aka LEM by Eric Peters (1978)
ROMPA Romp in the Garden by Ventzislav Tzvetkov (Bulgaria 2005)
SHOPSTUShop Steward by S. N. Goodwin (UK 1980)
STARTRADStar Traders by Dave Kaufman (USA 1974)
SWARMSSwarms by Rand K. Miller (USA 1980)
TELENGRDTelengard by Daniel Lawrence (USA 1978)
TUTSTOMBKing Tut's Tomb by Greg Hassett (USA 1978)
UBOATU-Boat Simulation by Ralph Hopkins (USA 1979)
VESPOZIAThe Vespozian Affair by Keith Campbell (UK 1984)
WIZCASTLWizard's Castle by Joseph Power (USA 1980)
WOODSIn the Woods by Ken Fujisawa (Japan 1982)

Original Basic Recodings of Classic Programs

BIGREDDon Scales Labyrinth (1980)
BATLBOTSSilas Warner's Robotwar (1981)
CAVERNCavern 2160 Takaya Arita (1980)
COLOSSALWill Crowther's Colossal Cave Adventure (1977)
DICEWARSDice Wars by Taro Ito (2006)
GAME20482048 Puzzle by Gabriele Cirulli (2014)
LIFEJohn Conway's Famous Life Simulation (1970)
MONSTERRobert Abbott's Theseus and the Minotaur Puzzle (1990)
SHOPLIFTShoplifting Boy by Hiroshi Suzuki (1979)
SOKOBANSokoban by Hiroyuki Imabayashi (1981)

Academic Societies

Software Preservation NetworkOrganization to advance software preservation
Software History CentrePreserves historical software and oral histories
Australasian Digital HeritageResearchers concerned with the heritage of the born digital

Articles About Type-in Programming

List, Jenny (2019)The Basic Issue with Retro Computers
Anderson, Nate (2018)First encounter: COMPUTE! magazine and its glorious,
tedious type-in code Ars Technica
Vintage Computing Forums (2017)Testimonies of Using Basic Back in the Day
Godwin, Simon N (2014)Writing for the early UK Home Computing mags
Simon N Goodwin reminiscences
McCracken, Harry (2014)Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language
That Made Computers Personal Time Magazine
Schofield, Jack (2014)50 years after Basic, most users still can't or won't program anything ZDNet
Szczepaniak, John (2013)Steve Wozniak discusses early Apple years and BASIC
Bangeman, Eric (2012)First encounter: Ohio Challenger 2P (and its 4KB of RAM)
Ars Technica
The Digital Antiquarian (2011)In Defense of BASIC The Digital Antiquarian BLOG
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