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Acid Runner (1993)
Commodore 64

Publisher Spotlight

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The company was formed by Mike Meek and Andrew Laurie in 1981, in order to capitalise on the growing boom of microcomputers in the home. The company had a solid reputation but became more prominent with its series of games featuring Wally Week and his family, all of which got excellent reviews in the highly respected computer magazine Crash. Later, the company invested 130,000 in producing the Mikro Plus, which shadowed the Spectrum 16K ROM with RAM, allowing 64K of data for games. However, only one title, Shadow of the Unicorn was produced. The company was brought out by Creative Sparks Distribution in 1987, which subsequently went into receivership.

Historic Game Chart

PCG Top 50, December 1984
Pos Game Title Publisher Spc C64 Bbc
1Daley Thompson's DecathlonOceanl l
2SherlockMelbourne Housel
3ZaxxonUS Gold l
4Beach HeadUS Goldl l
6EliteAcornsoft l
7Kokotoni WilfElitel l
8International SoccerCommodore l
9Wanted: Monty MoleGremlinl l
10Full ThrottleMicromegal
11Lords of MidnightBeyondl
12Sabre WulfUltimatel
13Summer GamesQuicksilva l
14DecathlonActivision l
15Jet Set WillySoftware Projectsl
16Tornado Low LevelVortexl
17Match PointPsionl
18Zim Sala BimMelbourne House l
19Arabian NightsInterceptor Micros l
20Death Star InterceptorSystem 3 l
21HavocDynavision l
22Pitfall 2Activision l
23American FootballArgus Pressl
24Football ManagerAddictivel ll
25World Cup FootballArticl
26Micro OlympicsDatabasel ll
27MugsyMelbourne Housel
28Combat LynxDurelll
30Frank N SteinPSSl
31Astro ChaseStatesoft l
32HampsteadMelbourne Housel
33Fighter PilotDigital Integrationl
34Battle for MidwayPSSl
35Quo VadisThe Edgel
37Dark StarDesign Design l
38ChillerMastertronic l
39Boulder DashStatesoft l
40Falcon Patrol 2Virgin l
41Twin Kingdom ValleyBug-Bytel
42Frak!Aardvark l
43High NoonOcean l
45Perils of Bear GeorgeCheetah Softl
46Braxx BluffMicromegal
48PsytraxxThe Edgel
49Suicide ExpressGremlin l
50Trollie WallieInterceptor Micros l


Panic! Dizzy Oliver Twins new title smashes Kickstarter goal

Panic! Dizzy - A 'new' old game by The Oliver Twins smashes Kickstarter goal!

After raising an incredible £20,780 thanks to backers, the latest Kickstarter for Panic! Dizzy; A 'new' old NES game by The Oliver Twins that has been lost and found in The Oliver Twins attic, is now a massive success.15 March 2019

New Bruce Lee title for C64

Return of Fury is a continuation of the original game Bruce Lee, developed by DataSoft Inc, in 1984.

It features all of the classic gameplay, but now in a brand new world. The improvements were made by Vidar Bang, Rune Spaans, Anders Rodahl, Kåre Johansen, Roy Widding, Andrew Fisher, Vinny Mainolfi, Chris Stanley, Tom Roger Skauen and Paul Hughes.

More details can be seen on the Megastyle website. 08 March 2019

New FPGA-based C64 Video Enhancement

A new FPGA-based modification board for the Commodore 64 computer is being developed to produce YPbPr video output.

The C64 is the most iconic device of the 8-bit computer era and there is a huge library of software and hardware modifications available. Nevertheless the video output quality is inherently poor by modern standards, even with the use of the s-video option. This is specially true with LCD flat screens that amplify the visual artifacts even more.

This clever piece of kit developed by user C0pperdragon bypasses the chrominance/luminance signal generation of the VIC-II and computes a YPbPr signal directly from the digital information available inside the computer. As it turns out, it is enough to passively listen to just about 22 pins of the VIC-II to figure out what video signal it actually intends to generate. Using the information from these pins and some logic implemented in an FPGA, a pixel-perfect replication of the video image can be generated.

For more details, head over to C0pperdragon's GitHub page.15 March 2019

Amiga classic Stunt Car Racer ported to the BBC Master

Originally written by Geoff Crammond, also known for Formula One Grand Prix, this iconic title was a huge hit on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST back in 1989.

Now The Bitshifters Collective and Kieran Connell have managed to port the game to the Acorn BBC Master!

This feat required a lot of effort to get the graphics running so super-smooth, but it really plays well! The BBC Master is a 2Mhz 6502 with 128Kb RAM, so it is really amazing to get this running on a stock 8-bit system.

Head over to the Bitshifters Collective GitHub page for more info. It's also listed on pouet.net.07 March 2019

Knight Lore Ported to the Plus/4

The Ultimate Play the Game classic, Knight Lore, has been ported to the Commodore Plus/4. The game is producted by Rod & Emu Productions, developed by Emu (code), and includes music by Saul Cross graphics by Almighty God.

The title also includes a number of built-in cheats to make it a little easier, supported both PAL and NTSC machines, as well as SID card or original TED for audio.

Click here for the Plus/4 Web page.07 March 2019

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