Contents of the README.TXT file
++ STARBASE v1.00 ++
I wrote Starbase for my son, when he was 10 years old. The game is
based on Missile Command, that runs on the Macintosh. Starbase is a
simple game that younger children (3-10) will enjoy. Even adults might
find it relaxing, occasionally. It teaches kids Windows concepts like
pull down menus and dialog boxes, and it builds eye-hand coordination.
Most importantly, though, it is fun.
Copy STARBASE.EXE and WIN87EM.EXE from the floppy disk to the Windows
directory on your hard disk.
From the MS-DOS Excecutive, double click on STARBASE.EXE to execute
Starbase. When the Starbase window appears, you are ready to play.
Along the bottom of the main window you will see a group of boxes, which
are supposed to be buildings. The three ellipses supported by legs are
"laser cannons" that protect the starbase. The score, energy level, and
number of missiles destroyed are shown below the main window. The
cursor will be a "gunsight" when it is in the main Starbase window.
Select a skill level from the "Skill" menu. Then, select "Start" from
the Game menu. Hostile aliens begin attacking with "quantam disruptor"
missiles. The missiles with vapor trails will begin to fall from the
sky. Your job is to save the starbase by destroying them before they
land and explode. You do this by positioning your gunsight over a
missile and pushing the mouse button to fire the nearest laser cannon.
Do this as fast as you can to avoid being decimated by the aliens. Good
Starbase will run by itself as an idle program if you select "Automatic"
from the "Game" menu. This is very useful to keep your computer out of
trouble when you aren't using it. You can play in automatic mode, but
Starbase won't notify you when the game is over. It just starts a new
No support is needed, offered, or available. Please feel free to MAIL
me your comments or suggestions about Starbase, though.
Starbase is copyrighted "shareware" software. Besides the many hours of
work that went into Starbase, a lot of expensive hardware and software
was required to develop it. Please copy it and distribute it to your
friends, enemies, and anyone else who might like it. You can try out
Starbase for free. If you use it more than just to try it out, you are
obligated to pay a minimal fee, $10, for it. Send payment to:
12448 83rd Ave S
Seattle WA 98178
If you can't afford $10, send what you can.
If there is enough response from Starbase version 1.00 to indicate
interest in an improved version of the game, a more challenging one will
Waid Reynolds, 11/89