Spectral Associates

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Spectral Associates
FateDefunct
Founded1980 [1]
DefunctLate 1980s [2]
Headquarters3418 South 90th Street, Tacoma, WA 98049[3] and 4633 South 348th Street, Auburn WA 98001[4]
ProductsComputer Games

Spectral Associates was an American maker of computer games for the TRS-80 Color Computer. It was founded in 1980 and was defunct as sometime in the late 1980s.[2] Spectral Associates sold their software through Radio Shack and via direct sales. It was a very prolific game company for the TRS-80 Color Computer I and II in its heyday.[5]

Software Publications[edit]

Computer Games[edit]

  • Cave Walker (1986, via Tandy Corporation) [6]
  • Color Meteoroids 1.6 (1981)[7][8]
  • Color Space Invaders 1.4 (1981)[7][8]
  • Color Space War (cassette)
  • Cubix [9]
  • Decathlon [9]
  • Froggie [9]
  • Galagon [9]
  • Ghost Gobbler (cassette/disk)[7][7]
  • Ice Castles [10]
  • Interbank Incident (1985–1987)[2]
  • Lancer (1983, cassette/disk)[7][8]
  • Lunar Rover 1 [9]
  • Lunar Rover Patrol (1983, cassette/disk)[7][8]
  • Keys of the Wizard (cassette)[11]
  • Madness and the Minotaur (1982, cassette)[7]
  • Maze Escape (32K and above, cassette)
  • Module Man [9]
  • Ms. Gobbler (cassette/disk)[7]
  • Pegasus and the Phantom Riders (1985–1987)[2]
  • Pengon (cassette)[7]
  • Piggy (cassette)[7]
  • Planet Invasion (cassette)[7]
  • Qix [9]
  • Realm of Nauga (cassette)[12]
  • Roller Controller [9]
  • Space Sentry (cassette/disk)[7]
  • Springster (1985–1987)[2]
  • Storm Arrows (cassette/disk)[7]
  • Treasury Pack 1 (disk)[7] - these treasuries included (not necessarily an all-inclusive list): Keys of the Wizard, Lunar Rover Patrol, Cubix, Module Man, Qix, Roller Controller, Pengon, Decathlon, Lancer, Froggie, Galagon, and Lunar Rover 1[9]
  • Treasury Pack 2 (disk)[7]
  • Whirlybird Run (1982, cassette/disk)[7][8]

Computer Games (Educational)[edit]

  • Alpha Search (educational, cassette/disk)[7]

Applications/Utilities[edit]

  • Clone 80cc (cassette)[7]
  • RGB Patch (disk)[13]
  • Holiday Demonstration Program (1986, Radio Shack store demo)

Miscellaneous Publications[edit]

July 1980 - June 1981[edit]

  • Introduced a 16K upgrade, ($75.00) an editor/assembler, plus several other utilities and one of the first games: SPACE INVADERS. They were also in the process of developing MAGIC BOX which would enable Model I & III tapes to be loaded into the Color Computer.[1]

July 1981 - June 1982[edit]

  • Color Computer technical manual (book)[1]

July 1983 - June 1984[edit]

  • Color Basic Unravelled II (book)[1][14]
  • Disk Basic Unravelled II (book)[1][14]
  • Extended Basic Unravelled II (book)[1][14]
  • Super Extended Basic Unravelled II (book)[1][14]

Other[edit]

  • The Facts for the TRS-80 Color Computer (book, Copyright (c) 1983, First printing: Nov 1981, Fifth Printing: Jul 1983)[3]
  • CoCo 3 Secrets Revealed[7]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Coco Chronicles". www.cs.unc.edu. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e [Coco] Spectral Associates Wikipedia entry
  3. ^ a b "Dan Connolly Software Releases". www.w3.org. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ http://textfiles.tonytee.nl/messages/ALANWESTON/1994/DLPH03_22.txt
  5. ^ "Colorout". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. ^ Cave Walker
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s http://coco.clubltdstudios.com/reference/cocopricelist.txt
  8. ^ a b c d e "TRS-80 Cassette Software Page". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "The CoCo Collector January 2006". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  10. ^ Kinns, Graham E. "Dragon Software Directory by Publisher". dragon32.info. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe - Vault - Keys of the Wizard". yois.if-legends.org. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  12. ^ L. Curtis Boyle (2007) http://five.pairlist.net/pipermail/coco/2007-October/032607.html
  13. ^ "The Tandy Color Computer SuperSite". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d "Ira Goldklang's TRS-80 Revived Site: Documentation - Books". www.trs-80.com. Retrieved 31 October 2017.