The 1980s saw an array of amazing titles such as Dropzone, Impossible Mission, Elite, Mercenary, Uridium, The Last Ninja… the C64 played host to an incredible array of genres, from shoot ’em ups to puzzlers, racing games to arcade adventures to games that still defy categorisation (The Sentinel, anyone?).
By the time the 1990s rolled around, talented coders were making the machine do things the original hardware designers didn’t think were possible: games like Turrican, Creatures and Lemmings showed that there was life left in the old CPU yet.
And even when Commodore went bust and the computer was no longer being manufactured, the games still kept coming. So the book pays homage to the developers that kept the system alive, featuring games that were completed and released a decade after the last boxed C64 left the high street.
Commodore 64: a visual Commpendium features well over 100 titles, represented by beautiful in-game shots or loading screens, plus a gallery of artwork by legendary ZZAP!64 artist Oliver Frey. Also included are a series of features, including profiles of key Britsoft developers, interviews with famous C64 artists, a look back at the demo scene, plus a showcase of unreleased titles and the new games being released more than 20 years after the last machine rolled off Commodore’s production line.
Presented in full colour throughout, printed on high quality paper and complete with a spot-varnished protective dust cover, this unique title is a treat for anyone who grew up playing games or learning their craft on this most ubiquitous of home computers.
476 pages, 170mm x 230mm, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket.
Full contributor list
Mat Allen, Pete Baron, Andrew Braybrook, Steve Brown, Stoo Cambridge, Gary Carr, David Crane, Stephen Crow, Andrew Davie, Ivan Davies, Karen Davies-Downey, Steven Day, Mevlut Dinc, Paul Docherty, Andy Dyer, Andreas Escher, Brian Fargo, Simon Forrester, Oliver Frey, Kevin Furry, Ron Gilbert, Dave Golder, Michael Haire, Jon Hare, Andrew Hewson, Robin Hogg, Paul Hughes, Andy Hutchinson, Robert Jaeger, Steve Jarratt, Mark Jones, Roger Kean, Mark W.J. Kelly, Kevin Kieller, Phil King, Paul Koller, John F. Kutcher, Ned Langman, James Leach, Robin Levy, Peter Liepa, Oliver Lindau, Richard Löwenstein, Steinar Lund, Archer MacLean, Sean Masterson, Jordan Mechner, Alan Miller, Jeff Minter, Andrew Morris, Paul Norman, Michal Okowicki, Philip Oliver, The Oliver Twins, Gary Penn, Jason Perkins, Simon Phipps, Jacco Van’t Riet, Julian ‘Jaz’ Rignall, Hugh Riley, Andy Roberts, Stephen Robertson, John Rowlands, Stephen Ruddy, Chris Shrigley, Steve Snake, Mat Sneap, Chuck Sommerville, Audun Sorlie, Bob Stevenson, Trevor Storey, Jonathan Smyth Temples, Stephen Ian Thomson, Mikael Tillander, Bob Wakelin, Martin Walker, Trenton Webb, Matt Wilsher, Gary Winnick and Stuart Wynne.