Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 92 / JANUARY 1988 / PAGE 79


The Hermit

The Commodore and Apple versions of this adventure game from the November issue need additional line modifications. The Commodore changes (Program 2, p. 55) should include a line 20 and a revised line 50, as follows:

20 FOR I = 1 TO 25 : PRINT : NEXT I :
   1987 COMPUTE! PUBL., INC."
50 GET A$ : IF A$ = "" THEN 50

The Apple version (Program 4, p. 56) also requires a revision to line 50, as follows:

50 GET A$

For Tandy 1000 owners only, reader David Davis suggests that command line editing can be improved by changing line 5800 in the IBM version to read as follows:

5800 UL$ = CHR$(95): CL$ = CHR$(29) : DL$ = CHR$(8)

The article with this program neglected to mention that the Amiga version requires at least 512K of memory.

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