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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.
10.01.2023 - Protovision Shop: 'PS/2 mouse adapter Micromys V5'
PS/2 mouse adapter Micromys V5Looking for an easier way to play e.g. Eye of the Beholder with a mouse on your real C64? Then the Protovsion Shop has you covered. They have restocked their supply of the PS/2 mouse adapter Micromys V5. This handy adapter allows you to use a more modern mouse device to emulate a 1351 mouse. As an added bonus, the Micromys V5 is also compatible with the Amiga, VIC-20, 8 bit Atari and Atari ST machines.
31.12.2022 - Commodore-Inspired Vinyl Records and Compact Discs - Video from '8-Bit Show And Tell'
Video by 8-Bit Show And Tell - YouTube screenshotLet's take a look at some of my collection of vinyl records and CDs that are somehow inspired by or connected to Commodore computers. One Intelligent Dance Music album is VIC-20 themed and even includes a type-in program that we try! Another is named after the Commodore PET, or my favourite Commodore magazine. Another has a Commodore 64 program hidden on it that promises the greatest Telespeil ever on the next album! Another is a synth record about Kayak Championships published by Commodore that borrows from Phil Collins in a very strange way. Or another song is about using your Commodore 64 for free long distance calls and getting busted by the Feds. Much variety, but all of it is somehow Commodore-connected.
24.12.2022 - Japanese Commodore VIC-20 and VIC-20 Trivia - video from 'Commodore Computer Museum'
Video by Commodore Computer Museum - YouTube screenshotCommodore Computers released the VIC-20 in 1981, but in 1980 they released it exclusively in Japan with Japanese characters/text. Let's have a look inside and see how it is typing in Japanese and other VIC-20 models and trivia.
23.12.2022 - Long lost C64 title 'Lordsfire' preserved and available for download
LordsfireLordsfire is a title by Jeremy Walker, who had previously produced Envahi on the VIC-20 for Virgin Games in 1983 and then ported to C64. In the game, you were to control a young Lord of the castle-in-the-sky, where you have inherited a mighty winged steed and a powerful fire-staff, but more importantly the hand of a beautiful princess in marriage. Virgin Games sadly reject the game. Rotting away on a disk for 38 years, Jeremy managed to find a copy of his game and kindly sent it over to Games That Weren't 64 (GTW64) to fully preserve after Simon Birrell put them in touch. So now for the first time in almost 40 years, you can play this multi-part game from 1984 that never was
18.12.2022 - 'Snake Games are the Best Games' released for VIC-20
Snake Games are the Best GamesYou are a hungry snake. Eat all the food, which includes cherries, grapes, blueberries and bugs, to grow longer. Some food leaves a nasty yellow mushroom. Don't eat mushrooms! Get the right combination of food and you will be rewarded with a Green Jelly bonus, the most excellent of all the Jellies. You can get the game as digital download for free. However, you can also purchase the game on tape, to load into a real VIC-20, from The Future Was 8Bit for little money.
17.12.2022 - What's Next from Retrogames Ltd? My 2023 Prediction, and Why - video from 'Commodore Computer Museum'
Video by Commodore Computer Museum - YouTube screenshotWhat will be the next Retrogames Ltd release after TheC64 Mini, TheC64, TheVIC20, TheA500 Mini?
11.12.2022 - 'Cross Verbix V1.0' - new game for C64, Plus/4 and VIC-20 released
Cross Verbix V1.0Cross Verbix is a word game somehow similar to Scrabble and to a much lesser extent similar to Tetris: you must construct correct English words by rotating columns of letters or by rotating the bottom row before the letters reach the top level. You can get extra points if you complete the level earlier by lowering the stack of letters below the second row. The game is free for download. The link above is for the C64 version, the Plus/4 binary can be obtained here, and the VIC-20 here.
01.11.2022 - C64 game 'Superchase Remix' released and free for download
Superchase Remix (C64)Superchase Remix is a maze game for the C64 where you try to collect as much treasure as possible, while the Monster of Dungeons tries to stop you! It's also hungry! The game is called Superchase Remix because it is remixed from three different versions of the same game that got published in Compute! magazines and books in the early '80s (the original Vic-20 version was published on October 1982, so exactly 40 years ago).
29.10.2022 - 'Castle Attack' - a game for the unexpanded Commodore VIC-20 / C16 / C116 / Plus4.
Castle Attack'Castle Attack' is a little arcade game in the style of 'Orc Attack', created by Rainer Kappler (Masterware Entertainment), which you can download for free. After a long battle, your castle is about to be conquered. Defend your castle by throwing stones at the attacking knights, who want to use ladders to reach the battlements of it.
21.10.2022 - Commodore VIC-20 Games Round Up 2022 - new video from 'RetroGamerNation'
Video by RetroGamerNation - YouTube screenshotThis is an overview of some of the best new games for the Commodore VIC-20 computer released in 2022.
09.10.2022 - 'H.E.R.O.' for the VIC-20 released and free for download
H.E.R.O.Back in 1984, Activision released the game H.E.R.O. by John van Ryzin for the Atari 2600. Later it was ported to several 8-Bit systems. But it took until In February 2022, until someone started porting it to the VIC-20. And it was managed to achieve the task. Now the game is available and ready to be played on a 32 KB expanded VIC-20. And the best thing: You can get it as digital download for free.
14.09.2022 - Multi format text adventure 'Silk Dust - Collector's Edition' is ready for pre-order
Silk Dust - Collector's Edition is ready for pre-orderSilk Dust - the latest text adventure by Davide Bucci is now available for pre-order as a physical release. 'Silk Dust' is the third chapter of the adventures of Emilia Vittorini, after 'Two Days to the Race' and 'The Queen's Footsteps'. Silk Dust is available for the following computers: C64, VIC20+32K, C128, Plus/4, PET models with at least 32K of RAM, Amiga,CPC 664 or CPC6128, MSX, ZX Spectrum 48K, MS-DOS, Macintosh 68k, CP/M, Olivetti M20, RC2014, Atari 800, Apple II, Atari ST.
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