English Invaders

Comm*Data

Status: Full Game, Findability: 1/5

Also known as: Invaders English

Updates made

  • 08/09/14 – Game preserved thanks to Allan Pinkerton
  • 28/08/14 – Brandon Campbell confirms the C64 version is the same as Vic 20 version.
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A quick entry, but this educational game was advertised early in 1984 in a few magazines as a list of games coming soon from Comm*Data / Channel Software.

Click here for the advert

With this game, we know very little at present. What happened to it?… Is it just very obscure that a copy has not been found yet?… Some Channel 8 games are very hard to find, so maybe this is another?

Is it even the same game that Rabbit software released on the Vic 20?… but a C64 conversion? (Rabbit released a few Comm*Data games back in the day)

Contributor Brandon Campbell confirms that he had the C64 game and it was indeed the same as the Vic 20 title, where you would see a word fly down and press V for Verb, N for Noun etc.  A bit later, contributor Allan Pinkerton very kindly passed on a copy which he produced from a tape back up.  Here it is fully preserved!

We hope to get the tape added soon, but it confirms that the title was indeed released, so its case closed!

Contributions: Peter Weighill, Brandon Campbell, Allan Pinkerton

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  • 9 Responses to English Invaders

    1. David Marchese says:

      I see a website selling the game. The website is called Retrogames.co.uk.com. I saw it there back in the year 2008. I confirmed with the owner 6 months ago that it’s still in stock.

      [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

    2. Brandon Campbell says:

      Awesome, thanks for finding it!

    3. Allan Pinkerton says:

      Frank I sent the game to your Facebook Page in a message so hope you find it!
      This contains the Compilation. I sent this message in case you got on here first!.
      Have a Great week!

      Allan

    4. Brandon Campbell says:

      Yes, that was one of the games! Another one had two halves of a word coming towards each other and you were supposed to tell it if they were an actual word or not. There were 4 games in all, English Invaders, Grammar Smash, Wordspot, and I forget the other name. It included both a disk and two cassettes. My mom still has a lot of our old Commodore 64, Amiga, and TRS-80 stuff buried somewhere in her apartment, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was among it. She’s in Texas and I’m in California so I don’t know when I’ll get to visit next, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.

      • fgasking says:

        Thanks for confirming Brandon! Updated the page accordingly. Would be great to find the game and preserve it some day, so we hold out hope 🙂

    5. Brandon Campbell says:

      I had this! My mom bought it in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, it was the first program we got with our 64. She chose it because it didn’t require a joystick. There were 4 different little educational-type games based on English grammar, the graphics weren’t too fancy even by 1984 standards but for this 8 year old at the time it was fun.

      • fgasking says:

        Hi Brandon – that is good to hear confirmation that the game exists somewhere. Was it a game where you had English verbs and nouns flying down, and had to press a key to shoot the word? (N for Noun, V for Verb?). Also – do you still have it? 🙂

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