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C64 retrogaming

Discussion in 'Other games and gaming' started by Tass, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Tass

    Tass Administrator

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  2. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    LOL! Okay retro ... I started with my first C64 in 1986. That was an unbelievable experiance. Especially in the former GDR.

    Good old games from LUCASARTS:

    One of my favorite games was "Heart Of Africa". You are an explorer in Africa at the end of 19th century. In the desert you may get serious problems with your joystick (even if it's a Competition Pro) if you don't drink enough. You become blind and the steering won't work anymore because of fever. You pull it right and the little man runs somewhere else and becomes slow. (I can send you the map if you are interested in.)

    Another highlight was "Impossible Mission". With a talking professor who trapped you in his labyrinth. "Welcome visitor. Stay a while. Stayyyyy for eeeever!" LOL!

    Or a really crazy jump'n'run "Boulder Dash".

    The best program I ever used at C64 was "GigaCAD+". Okay, not a game. But a full 3D-CAD. You could design 3D-objekts and animate them !!!. Shaded, not wireframe !!! Well, 16 frames with 160x100 pixels. But shaded!
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  3. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    Ah, Heart of Africa, never played that one, great. C64 Wiki is the best resource, they have the map too :)

    Boulder Dash is on the list, and Impossible Mission is done already, and of course the speech is legendary.

    Did you get to play Raid Over Moscow in GDR?

    Markt & Technik, I haven't seen that logo in a long time.

    For emulation I use WinVICE, for the C64 stuff at least. Of course I use SCUMMVM too but mostly for DOS or other versions.
  4. San


    Awesome. Oh the memories!

    Action games on the C64 I liked were most titles by Jeff Minter, i.e. Matrix, Attack of the Mutant Camels and sequel (Revenge of...), then Survivor, Fort Apocalypse, Loderunner, Zaxxon, Uridium. And of course Elite! What a long way that one has come. Some titles I don't remember, but there was a rather silly car racing game with J.S.Bach music which did more for my interest in classical music than my dad's attempts to elevate it over all the modern stuff. Also look out for the name Chris Huelsbeck who made a lot of good game soundtracks by the standard the hardware was permitting.

    Adventure games I remember fondly were The Pawn and most of all Death Gate. The latter is based on a novel series I also liked a lot, one of the authors appeared again in these circles just recently somewhere with Neverdie's projects.

    (Edit: Damn, a minute too late to rub it out, it's already out there. Death Gate was later, PC era already. My memory is failing where timelines are concerned. But I like to mention it anyway.)
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  5. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Not exactly sure about the tech of a C64 as didn't know anyone who owned one. Some of the oldies that I really liked though of the era: Commando, KnightLore, Green Beret, Ye Ar Kung Fu, Dizzy, Jet set Willy, Bombjack, Paperboy, Mikey?.

    I'm trying to remember the games my friends had on their Amstrads because those were probably on Commodore too.
  6. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    oooh it's THAT joystick!
  7. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Oh well, don't miss "Last Ninja":

    or "Saboteur":

    or "Block Out" ... one of the first 3D-Tetris-Games:

    or "Defender of The Crown" with an unbelievable number of colours. The C64 has two sreens. Each with eight colours. "Defender of The Crown" switched quickly between both of this screens and produced the impression of 16 colours. Crazy, what these coding guys did at that time!
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  8. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    I never ever liked games like "Summer Games" and "Winter Games" and such. They always killed joysticks before expected. Once I made my own joystick from wood, metal, gum and some old sensors from cracked joysticks. I had really fun this evening to rebuild this precious in my CAD:
    It worked with a gum membrane between two screwed wooden parts and was pretty smooth and stable. Way better than each other joystick I ever owned. The base was 80 x 80 x 45 mm only. Okay, it had no firebutton. But I usually didn't need such firebutton.
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  9. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    That's awesome! Did the gum get mouldy?
  10. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    I completely forgot about that game :) I'll have to grab a copy some time soon.
  11. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Nope. Never. But that would have been the smallest problem. It was made from an old bicycle tube ;-)The switches got broken. Easy to replace by others from other already destroyed industrial joysticks.
  12. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Yeh some games did seem to eat joystick's for breakfast! We never had one, as to get one would have first meant upgrading our Electron with a plus one first (which I always wanted to do but we were poor). So I didn't own a joystick till we got a PC many years later.

    My friend with the Amstrad though seemed to get through them like there was no tomorrow. Indeed it was probably those running games or something.

    Life really did improve in terms of computers. <--- understatement of the decade!
  13. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    PS, I'll just leave this here for those who are interested in such retro-ness. www.gunshipmusic.com/gate/


    PPS if you decide to enter, be warned, it isn't easy.
  14. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    Oh, well, now I got a huge to-do list, great :)

    If anyone is interested I can write a short and simple guide on how to play C64 games on emulator.

    Zaxxon and Uridium were on the list already, I'll probably do Zaxxon rather soon. And now all the others are on the list too :) I've backed one of Chris Huelsbeck's projects on Kickstarter :) Death Gate, interesting, I've read their Dragonlance series a long time ago.

    Paperboy is done already, Yie Ar Kung Fu and Commando were on the list, and the others I've added :)

    Last Ninja done already, but 2 and 3 are on the list, also Defender of the Crown, the others added :)

    Summer Games and Winter Games were ok, respectively still are, as I did them just recently :) Real killers were Decathlon, or Track & Field:

    Some of my favourites not mentioned yet:

    Raid Over Moscow
    Project Firestart
    Skool Daze
    Space Taxi
    Winter Games
    California Games
    Spy vs Spy
    Sword of Fargoal
    The Train
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  15. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Ahhhhrg! "Space Taxi" ... ofc! ... how could I forget this? "Pad two please." LOL
  16. San


    Same, oh it's all coming back piece by piece...

    Ballblazer was another one I played for a bit, pioneering a split-screen view made with interrupts. Frantic Freddie, with cool rock'n'roll music.

    The "longplay" series of classic gaming videos:
  17. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Is it you actually playing in those videos, Tass?
  18. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    All of these happen to be mine (but another guy is almost ready to contribute): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFXG3BI19O5pV-0T6Gyj6Vg66zMR3q-kH

    These days I record in original aspect ratio but with cropping empty space and then pushing them to 4k resolution :)

    And I'm doing that because most of these are showing their age :) partially they are in 240p and low-fi due to crazy compression
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  19. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Aaaaaand ... here it comes

    I will definitely buy one of original size in summer!
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  20. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Is that the one that Lidl sells? There were some articles in Dutch news about it. I'd love to get my hands on one of those. But preferably full-size ones :)

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