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Here you will find the latest news about the VIC20, aka VIC-20, aka VC20 - the first home computer success of Commodore and predecessor of the C64. This ticker contains news about new game and hardware releases, latest video and podcast uploads, trivia and product information. All freshly fished from the web. RSS feed available!

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28.09.2023 - VIC-20 game 'Midnight Crimes' released
Midnight Crimes'Midnight Crimes' is a game for VIC-20 with 24k RAM expansion minimum. It is 1933 and prohibition is about to end. Organized crime syndicates are flooding the black market with their product and it is making them exorbitant profits one last time. At the very same moment Eliot Ness and his Untouchables find themselves in a battle of survival in the city. You are one of these untouchables and you have to get to the criminals before they get to you. You can get the game as digital download for a bargain to support the developer.
13.09.2023 - 'Super Monza Grand GP2' for Vic-20 released and free for download
Super Monza Grand GP2This is a racing game for the 32K expanded Commodore VIC 20. It expands on the the original game by adding three more circuits (Monaco, Spa and Interlagos). Race for position or race against the clock. PAL or NTSC.
15.08.2023 - VIC-20 Penultimate+2: Programming, Games, Utilities, RAM Expansion and More - video from '8-Bit Show And Tell'
Video by 8-Bit Show And Tell - YouTube screenshotAnother hour+ video packed with everything else the Penultimate+2 can do for your Commodore VIC-20. We demonstrate using the file browser and auto-detect RAM expansion capabilities to play games from an SD2IEC drive that require 0K, 3K, and 35K expansions. We demonstrate use of ALL the utilities built-in: VICMON machine language monitor, VICKIT assembler, Super Expander BASIC enhancement, BASIC 4 disk commands, CBM Command disk manager, VIC Forth, VICTERM (special appearance by Michael Doornbos of with his KIM-1 clone), diagnostic tools and even more. We wrap up with my latest thoughts on VIC-20 RAM expansion and why it came to be this way. I've also collected a huge number of links while researching this episode which can be found below.
29.07.2023 - Best Ever VIC-20 Cart? Penultimate+2 - video from '8-Bit Show And Tell'
Video by 8-Bit Show And Tell - YouTube screenshotOne Commodore VIC-20 cartridge to rule them all? Tynemouth Software and The Future Was 8-Bit have teamed up to make the Penultimate+2 cartridge which contains over 200 VIC-20 games spanning from the original games made in Japan by Hal Laboratory in 1980 to modern games made in the present day. In addition it contains useful utilities, programming languages, diagnostic tools, flexible software-controlled RAM upgrades and even more. In this first video we have a look at a fraction of the games available. We'll follow up in another video with a detailed look at all the rest of the cartridge's features.
04.07.2023 - 'Tomato Worm' game for Plus/4 and VIC-20 released - free for download
Tomato Worm'Tomato Worm' is a brand new from javierglez: Tomato Worm. It's an implementation of the puzzle game by the same name, original written by GuerraGames. Puzzle through 64 levels in this nibbler style game by guiding your ever-growing worm; make sure to eat all the tomatoes before you run out of room to move. The Plus/4 disk image for download also contains the VIC-20 version.
17.06.2023 - 10 Ways To Unlock TheC64 Maxi For Maximum Retro Computing Fun! - video from 'retroCombs'
Video by retroCombs - YouTube screenshotIn this video, join retroCombs as he shares ten lesser-known tips for TheC64 series. Driven by his exploration of the official TheC64 user's manual, he uncovers valuable tips that can enhance your experience with TheC64 Maxi, TheC64 Mini, and TheVIC20 units.
03.06.2023 - VIC-20 game 'Supa Vidya Poker - Black Lodge Edition' released - free for download
Supa Vidya Poker - Black Lodge EditionSupa Vidya Poker' for VIC-20 (+16k) is, as the name suggests, a Poker game, but with a back story: You are an agent of the F.B.I. and you have been tasked with investigating the disappearance of another agent of the bureau. After a long and winding road your search has led you to a place called the Black Lodge. You now have to play a game of video poker. Get a full house and keep the code, it could become useful later (literally for use in another game).
20.04.2023 - VIC-20 game 'Alien Marauders' released - free for download
Alien Marauders'Alien Marauders' is a Shoot-em-up game for the unexpanded VIC20. Keep going for as long as you can.
09.04.2023 - C64 game 'Snake vs Bomb 2 - Canyon Chaos' released - free for download
Snake vs Bomb 2 - Canyon Chaos (C64)The New Dimension is very proud to present to you Snake VS Bomb 2. It is a fun exciting sequel to be participated in the Retro Programmers Inside (RPI) and Phaze101 Retro Snake Jam, Snake vs Bomb 2 features the following: - Loading bitmap with loading music. - Front end presentation with credits and info screen. - Active hi score table (and saver if playing the D64 version). - Plenty of music. - Retro arcade style sound effects. - In game 3D look parallax scrolling . - Eight fast-paced levels. - Compatible with theC64 mini, theC64 and theVIC20 (In C64 mode). - PAL/NTSC compatible
06.04.2023 - 'Radar Rat Race' for Plus/4 and C16 released - free for download
Radar Rat Race'Radar Rat Race' is a modified clone of an arcade classic released in 1980 by Namco, called Rally-X. It was first developed for the VIC-20 by HAL Laboratories in Japan, but soon enough, Namco's corporate lawyers convinced Commodore that it would not be such a good idea to release any unlicensed arcade games. So Commodore's software engineers went on and transformed the cars into rats, the streets into a maze filled with stationary cats, and renamed the game 'Radar Rat Race'. The game was a launch title for the VIC-20 released as a cartridge and was later also ported to the C64 in 1982. Game journalists at the time criticized the game's controls and repetitive sound, but called it "quite exciting and amusing to play."
06.04.2023 - VIC-20 game 'Murderlize all Humans!' released - free for download
Murderlize all Humans!'Murderlize all Humans!' for VIC20 (+16k) is a game leaned on Berserk, the well known arcade game from 1980 by Stern Electronics. It was one of the first arcade games to feature synthesized speech. This was at a time when memory costs were at a premium. 'Murdelize all humans' uses Berserk! as inspiration but does not attempt to copy it.
11.03.2023 - Multi platform adventure game 'Memory Lane' released and free for download
Memory LaneThis game is a story-based text adventure made with Ozmoo, where you can explore the town and discover mysterious places. Collect multiple items and interact with other citizens. There's just one hook... they no longer seem to remember you. Supported Systems: C64, C128, Plus/4, C16,VIC-20, PET, MEGA65, Amiga and several other non-Commodore 8-Bit systems.
04.02.2023 - 'Minesweeper' for C64 and VIC-20 released and free for download
MinesweeperThis Minesweeper version for Commodore 64 and VIC-20. was developed in BASIC and Compiled for C64. The game is available as digital download together with the Basic source code .
25.01.2023 - Let's build a new Commodore VIC-20 so we can diagnose and fix another one! - video from The Retro Shack
Video by Let's build a new Commodore VIC-20 so we can diagnose and fix another one! - video from The Retro Shack - YouTube screenshotA VIC-20 has been sent but it doesn't work - sounds like an excuse to build a new one.
20.01.2023 - The Tiny Type-In Hiding In A 40-Year-Old Blank Computer Cassette - video from '8-Bit Show And Tell'
Video by 8-Bit Show And Tell - YouTube screenshotIs there a tiny type-in program listing hiding inside a Thorn EMI EMITAPE Computer Cassette? Robin tracked a brand new, unopened C20 tape down, thanks to a tip from viewer EdwardianTeaChest, and opened the early 1982-vintage cassette. There are in fact two listings, one for the Commodore VIC-20, and another for the Sinclair ZX81. Join Robin as we type these programs in on vintage hardware, and figure out what they do.
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