Is there a website where I can find the old games that where pre-installed in the Apple IIc ROM? When I could not get an OS disk, I could still have some fun with my Apple IIc by playing those arcade games from the ROM (space-invaders, …) and there was a shortcut that gave me access to the source code, too. Also, is there any corresponding emulator for modern PC/Mac computers?

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    Are you sure there were pre-installed arcade games in the original ROM? I just checked both the official ROM listing and a dump of v4, and couldn't find anything (and no source code, either). Maybe you had some special hardware? – dirkt Jul 4 '16 at 8:37
  • Well, yes I am sure, things like the old space invaders, and many others. I highly doubt that it was some customized hardware.... – alainlompo Jul 6 '16 at 1:09
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    If you actually find a ROM image with these, please post a link, I'd be very curious to see that. – dirkt Jul 6 '16 at 6:10
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    There are no games in the Apple //c ROM. Memory is a funny thing - but not that memory! Possibly the machine you used had a hard drive. – Nick Westgate Jul 7 '16 at 3:22
  • @NickWestgate: I vaguely recollection the //c ROM containing something game-ish. ROM chips come in power-of-two sizes, but the total amount of ROM required in the //c is not a power of two. By the time it came out, the prices of different size ROM chips were such that manufacturing a machine with more ROM (though possibly not using it all) would likely have been cheaper than manufacturing one with exactly the required amount. – supercat Oct 30 '16 at 15:56
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I don't remember any embedded games, but I would highly recommend Virtual II (http://www.virtualii.com/) for Apple II emulation. Its free if used in a limited fashion, otherwise you need to buy a license, but it does just about everything you could possibly think of.

As far as a short-cut for access to the 'source code', the only thing I can think of is that you are asking for how to access the ROM monitor. From the command prompt:

]CALL -151

This will drop you into the monitor, where you can query RAM address and disassemble whatever is in memory (RAM/ROM). For example, after entering the ROM monitor you will get a * prompt. You can type a memory address followed by the letter L (with no spaces) to list (disassemble) memory, like this:

*FF69L

More information regarding using the monitor can be found here: http://www.classiccmp.org/cini/pdf/Apple/Apple%20II%20(Redbook)%20Reference%20Manual%2030th%20Anniversary.pdf starting around page 68 or so.

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    What about AppleWin? It's free and open source (Github), and emulates an Apple ][ e. – wizzwizz4 Jul 4 '16 at 16:09
  • and MAME, while we're at it. – peter ferrie Feb 12 '17 at 3:17

I feel like you're remembering the Apple At Play disk that came with the Apple //c. It had Lemonade Stand, Quick Quiz, and Space Quarks (more of a Galaxian clone than Space Invaders, but I didn't know Galaxian when I was young, so I compared it to Space Invaders, too).

Space Quarks Lemonade Stand

On Windows 10, I use AppleWin, which is really a //e emulator, but it has all the nostalgia of the //c I loved as a child. I used it to capture the screenshots above. I've never used a Mac, so I can't help you there.

And there used to be an online repository of all things Apple // called asimov.net. There are still mirrors floating around the web. I don't know how well they can be trusted, so I can't specifically recommend any site, but I did use an asimov mirror in order to obtain the pic of Space Quarks.

Also, archive.org lets you play ancient emulated games directly in the browser.

  • Right: that's the one!!! (+1). Any links, resources, emulators? – alainlompo Nov 16 '17 at 21:25
  • @alainlompo I added some links to resources I use, and one piece of information I can't recommend, but it's there for you to explore. – Quasi_Stomach Nov 17 '17 at 17:29

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