Welcome to Games That Weren't, a site dedicated to unreleased/incomplete/cancelled games and prototypes on both consoles and computers. As well as news, reviews and features, we have platform specific projects with downloads, photos, scans, screenshots, videos, reviews and interviews. Our main platforms consist of the C64 and Amiga, where there is a full digital archive of games being preserved for both machines.

Please note - we are a non-profit digitization project, aiming to digitally preserve history of unreleased software which would otherwise be lost for good. If for any reason there is anything that you do not wish to be on the website, please contact us for removal.

Latest news

Unreleased ‘Cloud Hopper’ ZX Spectrum game released

Happy weekend everyone! Thanks to developer Adrian Longland and Retro Gamer magazine regular Paul Drury, we are pleased to present a complete and unreleased game for the ZX Spectrum called “Cloud Hopper”, as part of an upcoming interview with Adrian in Retro Gamer issue 172, due in a few weeks time.

The game was originally intended for release in Your Sinclair magazine in the 1980s, but was unfortunately rejected due to going over memory limits set. It was a machine code game that would have been printed as a type in, and would have taken too many pages up in the magazine. Below is the original rejection letter that Adrian and Paul have kindly supplied. With some minor tweaks made recently by Adrian, you can now play the game as once intended.

Download Cloud Hopper

Adrian provides the following instructions for the game:

The keyboard controls are O = Left, P = Right, Q = Up ( when on a lift ) and A = Down ( again, on a lift ).
M = Summon lift.

The goal is to assembly the airplane by picking up the parts and assembling them in the top left corner of the screen.
To pick up a part and to drop it, you just need to walk over that part of the screen. You can only carry 1 part at a time.
It’s much like how you assemble the rocket in Jetpac.

Watch out for the sea gulls, and pay attention to the clouds which show which way, and how fast the wind is blowing.

Included in the download is a screenshot that Adrian provided with the parts numbered in the order that you need to pick them up.

Be sure to check out Adrian’s interview if you haven’t already and look out for issue 172 of Retro Gamer in shops or directly from their website.

Many thanks to Paul and Adrian for the submission. Hope you all enjoy it!

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GTW hosting costs and donations

Games That Weren’t is a freely ran project, 100% non-profitable and done in our own free time. To ensure minimum downtime, storing vast amounts of scans, downloads and information we have to pay for proper hosting.

UPDATE – All hosting costs are now covered for 2017/18, and just within a few hours!  There was just a small amount left to raise, which i’ll cover.  Thank you very much to Chris Abbott, Andreas Wanda and Christopher Gioconda for their help!

A full breakdown of our yearly costs can be found on our Donations page.

Please note that donations only cover our hosting/domain costs, so that we remain a purely non-profit project. Each year we will try and raise money to cover our costs. Once we hit our target, no more donations will be accepted.  If donations go slightly over the target amount, then remains will go to charity.

Thank you!

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Rare edition of The Quill + Illustrator preserved

Not quite unreleased news, but an improved A06 version of The Quill and Illustrator for the Commodore 64 has recently been preserved, after it being realised that it hadn’t yet been done. Version A05 has been around for a long time, but it had only just been noticed that the last version with an improved word parser wasn’t available.

More details can be read here:
http://8-bit.info/2017/04/15/tapes-from-the-crypt/

With the files and downloads from here:
http://8-bit.info/the-gilsoft-adventure-systems/

Thanks to Crispin for the news!

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Another quick February update

Had another few more bits and pieces come through over the past week or so – so here is another digest of recent updates – including two new full games (Equinox + Soda Shop) that were recovered by Peepo, Tom Roger Skauen and Triad, thanks to Rich Hinton for providing the disks.

Also – check out Streethawk for two of the most detailed screenshots we’ve seen yet of the game.   Discovered on the Spanish release cover for the Amstrad version of all places!

If you think the font looks familiar, then you’d be right – the same font was used eventually in Top Gun.  So something of the game did surface! 😉

5 new entries added

Equinox, Maze Patrol, Soda Shop, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Liquidator

5 updates added

C64GS cartridge titles, Chelsea of the South Sea, Lauren of the 25th Century, Pyramid, Streethawk

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Two new previews and more added

Second update of the year with two new previews added to the site:

Escape from London remains added

An adventure game due for release for 2013 has now been added in what could be its final state.   Full story about the game included, and sketches + artwork by John Henderson

Escape from London

New preview of Moonstone added

Author Michelangelo Carbonara kindly digs out another preview of Moonstone to add to the archive:

Moonstone

Plus …  5 new entries added

American GI, Fire Breath, Kung Fury: Street Rage, Renegade V1, Uropa

And ….  6 updates added

B.A.D, Fight Run, Lethal XcessPlanets Of Death, Tour De Force, Twister

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Alligata Masters and Maniacs SFX bits

Just a quick post to put back up the Alligata Master disks and Maniacs of Noise SFX files that we had on the old site.  It seemed a shame they were tucked away out of sight – so here they are again below.  Some basic details follow for each.

Way back in 2005, James Grayson contacted GTW and informed us that he some years back bought a box full of Alligata labelled floppies at a boot fair in Sheffield. A quick photo of some of the disks showed that there was possibly about 5 GTW’s there waiting to be archived. James kindly loaned GTW all of the disks to try and archive what it could in the hope of finding more GTW titles. Disks were sadly in such poor condition from their previous owner, that they would not read properly and required a week’s worth of careful cleaning and restoration to get reading again. Here are all of what we found below in the zip archive.  Scans follow in the gallery.

With the Maniacs of SFX files – these were found thanks to disk copying by Pete (Myth) Baron. Due to his work with the Maniacs Of Noise with Myth, they MoN had sent Pete a disk load of music and SFX previews. Unknown to Pete, on this disk were a number of SFX demos never heard before. This included rare SFX for 2400AD and Nighthunter, but also some unused SFX in a selection of released titles like Myth and Outrun Europe. Disk image below:

Downloads

Alligata-masters

SFX_Maniacs

Alligata disk scans

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New year GTW64 update

First update of 2017, and a few new goodies for you to check out already.  More to come soon we hope.

Two unreleased games found

Two more final findings on Ashley Routledge’s C64 disks, this time on the Compunet download disks.  Firstly a preview of an unknown side scroller game, and then a full Quill adventure game.

Unknown game , Search for Sex

Another GTW64 update which includes:

10 new entries added

Atlantian, Club JR’s, Downfall, Dungeons of Doom, Ironclad Bastards, Jack O’ Roses games, Mission Survival, Priceless Scrolls, Space Max, The Creator Series

14 updates added

Beavers, C64GS cartridge titles, Captain Planet, Chuck Rock, Dandy The Comic, Exodus, Heavy On The Magick, Paperboy 2, Paranoid PeteStargate, The Brainies, Who Dares Wins, Wolf, Yogi’s Big Clean Up

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GTW64 Christmas update + 2000th entry

Our 2000th GTW64 entry added!

Many thanks to you all for your support and contributions over the years.  Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone today with our 2000th GTW64 entry into the archive.  To celebrate we are proud to present the full game – Yogi Bear – The Big Clean Up by Hi-Tec Software.

This has been carefully reconstructed from source, with a lot of code developed from scratch to be able to bring you a complete and playable game, thanks to Martin Pugh.  The special development also features new loading screen and end screen artwork by Steven Day, and a specially composed ending tune by Joachim Wijnhoven.  Full story and download can be found below:

Yogi Bear – The Big Clean Up

Early version of Alloyrun recovered

From Ashley Routledge’s work disks, we have recovered an early version of Alloyrun, when it was originally named Antaeus and was intended for Firebird.

A fixed up version of Alloyrun has also been added to the entry:

Antaeus + Alloyrun

Tronscii preview + sources added

Thanks to Damian Caynes, we are pleased to add a new preview called Tronscii, which is a cool ASCII themed Tron clone for two players.

Incomplete, Damian is hopeful that someone may wish to pick up the project, and the full source code has been kindly included.  Read more below.

Tronscii

Various early Ash and Dave variants added

As a bonus, we have added three additional early editions of released Ash and Dave games, with mostly just title/logo differences.  Some interesting curiosities to check out:

FX (Full game), Kinetix (Full game), Poseidon – Planet Eleven (Early preview)

Alternative Software games – postponed!

In case you didn’t see the preview news post, we were hoping to bring you two exclusive and complete unreleased Alternative Software games to download and play, as an extra bonus.

Unfortunately, there are some remaining issues that need ironing out before we can make them available.  We will continue to discuss releasing them onto the site, and will hopefully see them made available in 2017.

Also – 11 new entries added

As well as the above, we have added the following new entries, which led up to the 2000th entry.

Bigfoot V1, Bubbles, Buggy Ranger, Championship Golf at Pebbles Beach, Diskovery titles, Katia, Little People Software games, Number Jotto, Space Wars, Tunes n Trivia, The Brainies

And finally – 35 updates added

And we also carried out 35 entry updates.  Check each entry for full details of the update made.   Most will be minor, with new scans added in places.

Apprentice, Bible Baseball, Bounch!, Brides Of Dracula, C64GS cartridge titles, Caveman Ninja, Champions, Dandy The Comic, Davka Software, Dungeons, Alchemists And Everything, Edward Randy, Forbidden Planet, Gauntlet 3, Giana 2 – Arthur And Martha In Future World, Jimmy’s Grandprix, Jupple Dust, Maelstrom, Orbyte Software titles, Orel Hershiser’s Strike Zone, Play and Learn series, Player Manager, Salvage 1 and 2, Scooby Doo V1, Silver Surfer, Sleepwalker, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sturmtruppen, Sungem Educational Adventures, Suzuka GP, The Last Stuntman, Tour De Force, Transmuter, Trazers, Wizards Dominion, Wizerior 2

And so another year closes.  I am hoping to announce a new project sometime next year, so watch this space.  For now, thank you all for your support and all the best for 2017!

 

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Coming soon!

Games That Weren’t has been running for almost 20 years now, with its first on-line presence appearing way back in early 1999. After years of research and preservation work done in our spare time, we are now about to mark to our 2000th archive entry. To celebrate the milestone, we have a special full game for you which will launch for our Christmas update coming soon. No, it is not ‘Murder’ before you ask!

UPDATE FOR BELOW (20-12-16) – The Alternative games will not be included as part of the Christmas update, and will hopefully be added to the archive in the new year.  There are one or two final details that need ironing out before we can proceed with permission.  Apologies for this, but we will have some new games for you to check out still.  Update looking good still for before Christmas! 🙂

That is not all, but recently we have preserved a number of disks which contained two full Alternative Software games that didn’t quite make it, due to the dwindling 8-bit market. The disks were heavily decayed (a familiar story these days), and the data was only just recovered. No doubt, if it had been any longer – both games could have been lost forever.

Alternative Software are still going very strong today, and have recently celebrated 31 years in the industry – a remarkable achievement. It only feels like yesterday when I used to regularly purchase their C64 games from my local sweet shop and Boots. Their most recent release is Rugby Union Team Manager 2017, and you can also check out their other titles via the link above.

We contacted Roger Hulley at Alternative Software, and he has very kindly given permission for us to add both games to the digital archive. So we will be pleased to be adding both mystery games as part of our Christmas update and as part of our milestone celebration. Both games are (c) 2016 Alternative Software.

Barring any hiccups, we should hopefully launch our update just before Christmas. So watch this space!

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Nemesis (C64) early prototype screens

It seems like Commodore User magazine were a little naughty with their Nemesis review back in the 80’s.

nem6

Featuring screenshots from what seem to be an earlier version of the game – just look at the brown/orange score panels, which were dropped for something that looked a lot better in the final release.

The released game with tidied up panel.

The released game with tidied up panel.  Screenshot thanks to Gamebase64.

At least they reviewed a working version of the game, compared to sister magazine Sinclair User, who reviewed mock up screenshots.  Seemed to be a theme at the publisher though…

Here is the review and all the screenshots, thanks to Martin/Stadium 64 for highlighting it!

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