Download my CoCo software collection (7.1MB .zip file):
These are the files I have collected from the Net and elsewere. Eventually it ay be organized better, but for now I have just put everything into this folder, so there are doubtless some duplicates and programs that may not work properly. If any of these have been posted without the appropriate permission, please let me know.

 

The Color Computer games review page

You can play many Color Computer games online right now using the amazing new Mocha CoCo emulator, which is largely the inspiration for my decision to launch this site.

Another must-see site is L. Curtis Boyle's Color Computer games list. While not a full-fledged review site, it has the most extensive listing of available games anywhere, including dozens available for downloading.

THE LATEST : 148 game reviews as of 05/07/04. I've added a bunch of games to the downloadable software collection (link is in left column) while sorting the titles and eliminating the redundant ones, so the file is smaller. Almost every game reviewed at this site can now be found in this collection. Next task: adding references to these reviews so you'll know what disk, folder, etc. in the archive they're located on.

Welcome to my page paying tribute to the computer that handled everything from my junior high programming experiments to my final college term papers. But let's not kid anybody - most of my adolescent time on this machine was spent playing games.

Thanks to the magic of emulation the chance to relive those memories on all kinds of platforms is alive and very well. And as the cliche goes, opinions are like, uh, belly buttons - everyone has one. Except among all the game review databases I've seen on the Web, none of them cover the Color Computer, although Curtis Boyle's site (see box at right) does offer some invaluable content.

So I'm exercising my right to toss these thoughts out for anyone crazy enough to be interested in reading them, along with an invitation to submit your own reviews or second opinions for posting. Anyone expecting an unabashed lovefest from me may be disappointed - the CoCo had some pretty serious shortcomings and I always felt it spent its lifespan playing second fiddle to the Ataris, Commodores, Apples and other leading machines of the 80s (yes, you can be a passionate fan of a machine and still objectively see its warts). And plenty of the games sold were flat-out awful, just like any other platform. But one of the great joys, then and now, was seeing some of the amazing things people managed to squeeze out of the machine's abilities.

The reviews are split into two long pages, A-M and N-Z (the single long page was starting to crash my Web editor, so I changed it). The reason is I prefer the "load once" option as a reader instead of having to click for every game. Those wanting more options may get their wish in the near future since my other main purpose in creating this page is to learn something about online database programming, which means I'm putting the game titles, genres, grades, etc. into a database table I hope to post once I figure out how (if I'm going to spend this much time on game-related stuff I figure I might as well do something productive at the same time to alleviate those "hey, I'm a grown-up now" guilt pangs).

Enjoy and let the flaming "you don't know what you're talking about" posts begin.