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  1. Back in the early days Coleco converted loads of unknown arcade games to their home console. Some like Donkey Kong would go on to be classics and widely ported, others have disappeared. One of my friends had a Coleco and one of those obscure ports was a dungeon crawler called Venture. Each level would start with a map of four rooms and you represented as a pixel. The challenge being that you had to get to a room without getting hit by a monster. Inside each room you had to get the treasure and leave without getting killed It was like a mini version of Beserk. I loved this and ended up getting this for my 2600. It was a surprisingly decent port. But then everyone forgot about it. Apart from one man Donnie Russell who has mad a port you can grab from here! https://sites.google.com/site/donnierussellii/my-c64-games It's pretty zippy and much more like the arcade/Coleco ports. Worth trying if like me you're one of the three people who remember this.
  2. The very first Star Wars game ever released was The Empire Strikes Back. I played this a lot back in the day and found it reasonably entertaining. Others were less enthusiastic with Harlan Ellison blasting it in his review. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Empire_Strikes_Back_(1982_video_game) A young Jeff Minter was inspired to write an homage to the game as one of his early C64 works Attack of the Mutant Camels. https://llamasoftarchive.org/8bitgames/attack-of-the-mutant-camels/ Anyway years later Megastyle have made a port of the 2600 original and expanded upon it! https://megastyle.itch.io/esb-by-megastyle Worth a look, for those who played the old version to death there's loads of new touches. It's not just AT-ATs you'll be facing!
  3. Another one bought to my attenion by the wonderful Indie Retro News. http://www.indieretronews.com/2018/06/bub-and-bob-return-home-to-c64-puzzle.html#more Just have a look
  4. One of the things I missed when moving from the 2600 yo the C64 was some of the fast arcade ports that would have been challenging to get working on the C64 for some reason. Top of my list was Berzerk which was a simple yet fast blaster that I was given soon after I got my 2600. A port couldn't be that hard right? Well thanks to Arlasoft there's now a C64 port that you can grab right now. https://arlagames.itch.io/berzerk?
  5. Indie Retro News highlighted this delight today. http://www.indieretronews.com/2022/02/tutankham-c64-port-of-tutankham-arcade.html#more https://lowcarb.itch.io/tutankham-c64 I would have loved this back in the day and playing it now reveals a pretty bang on port!
  6. After being disappointed with Impossible Mission "Remastered" I'm surprised by this, a Java javascript port of the C64 game. And it's really faithful. Docs and options can be found by clicking the robot in the top left corner. https://impossible-mission.krissz.hu/
  7. Columns Pillars is a surprise C64 release just before Christmas by Arlasoft. https://arlagames.itch.io/pillars-c64? This is an amazing version (almost a port) of Columns! I've just been playing it for the past hour (high score 221005) and found it as dangerously addicted as I did the original. Grab it now!
  8. Another 2600 to C64 port has arrived! http://www.indieretronews.com/2021/12/sequest-1983-atari-2600-game-arrives-on.html This is one of my favourite 2600 games and while it loses some of the vivid colour from the original (due to the different methods both machines create the screen) and feeling a little different it's about as good a port as could be done. It even keeps the little tricks like being able to halt the oxygen meter by peeking just above the surface with the sub's tower. Download here https://h4plo.itch.io/seaquest (Original below for comparison.)
  9. I made this discovery while writing a post in the Zapped to the Past thread. Back when I was a kid a friend of mine had this amazing platform game on his Colecovision. We were big Indiana Jones fans and a game about exploring pyramids for treasure and avoiding traps and creatures was our thing. It looks a little basic now but this was one of the great games at the time. Unlike Donkey Kong or Jumpman you could explore the Pyramid at will rather than having to clear screens. A C64 port was announced but I could never find it in the shops, probably because it was pirated like nothing else. Eventually I borrowed a copy and spent hours exploring the pyramids. It's basic but its fast and somewhat non-linear in the way you can approach things. https://www.usgamer.net/articles/montezumas-revenge-an-adventure-to-make-adventure-proud Jeremy Parish puts it into context here. Anyway long story short I discovered that Robert Jaeger, the original creator of Montezuma's Revenge has created a port that's available on Steam. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1421120/Montezumas_Revenge/ It contains a really good port of the original And one with remade graphics and scrolling It's going for a pretty fair price (a little more than the price of a cup of coffee) and it's worth a look for fans of the original. And for those who collect NES games
  10. According to http://www.indieretronews.com/2021/10/prince-of-persia-hot-news-as-fabulous.html#more This looks amazing!
  11. I haven't tried it yet but someone has ported Spider Fighter (2600) to the C64. Download page here https://h4plo.itch.io/spider-fighter Video of it in action
  12. This thread is for examples of fans (or software companies of dubious legality) violating the laws of nature by getting games to run on systems that WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE. I'll start us off with three recent ones. First this: And then this: And of course, Pregnancy Test Doom. (I know the device isn't really running Doom, just using the LCD screen to display the output of other hardware.)
  13. Some incoming news from http://www.indieretronews.com/2018/10/alien-8-ultimate-play-game-classic-is.html#more edit Video below from earlier attempt at a port. Cheers @Gregory Wolfe for the heads up
  14. Details here http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/06/scramble-cool-retro-shoot-em-up-gets.html It's playable in a browser and best of all has pad support and autofire for those of us with aged fingers.
  15. http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/05/marios-cement-factory-c64-port-coming.html#more From the creator More at the link but a bit of a fool's errand as the C64 doesn't have a display good enough to.... Woah. This looks really good and as close to the art of the original that you might hope to get on an 8-bit.
  16. Revealed at https://www.facebook.com/zeropagehomebrew/ Champ Games is going to release a 2600 port of Robotron 2084 with a demo going up on the forums there this weekend. Really.
  17. Reported here http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/05/classic-1980s-game-manic-miner-by.html? More details at the link above, the programmer demonstrates the port below
  18. The C64 port of Fix It Felix Jr is out and can be downloaded here https://brokenbytes.itch.io/fix-it-felix-jr Alerted by the always amazing Indie Retro News http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/04/fix-it-felix-jr-for-c64-out-now.html
  19. Another 2600 to C64 conversion that can be downloaded from here https://arlagames.itch.io/megamania-64 (Yes, this level is still bastard hard)
  20. Just when you thought these classic 2600 to C64 ports were done comes another! Read the link for more. http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/01/crackpots-last-atari-to-c64-conversion.html#more
  21. It's looking amazing so far. Full story at http://www.indieretronews.com/2020/01/virtua-racing-on-pico-8-looks-rather.html#more
  22. After many long years it's finally finished. The C64 port of Terry Cavanagh's VVVVVV! http://www.indieretronews.com/2017/04/vvvvvv-incredible-news-as-modern-indie.html#more
  23. Great story here about the post of Moon Patrol on the 2600 and a mysterious prototype put up for auction decades later https://medium.com/@atarispot/the-zorfon-mystery-6d1f58544254 Full story at the link.
  24. A port of Toki is coming to Amstrad. More at http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/12/exclusive-toki-ggp-on-amstrad-cpc.html#more
  25. SO according to Indie Retro News someone is taking on the massive project of porting Eye of the Beholder to the C64. So you're probably thinking it will be some sort of Bard's Tale hack yes? Wrong. http://www.indieretronews.com/2018/05/eye-of-beholder-dungeon-crawling.html How good does that look? More (including a video) at the link.
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