Zzap 64 were always a magazine to have a laff and pull your leg, and they did it in style one particular April edition of Zzap-64 with this “Amazing” game which they introduced one day… here are the Zzap articles.
Mindsmear was promised to consist of the most advanced graphics and gameplay that a C64 had ever seen, with fully moving, smooth scrolling bitmap backdrops. Greatly created by a one Bob Stevenson.
What caused a small amount of chaos, was when Zzap announced that the creators of Mindsmear needed a publisher / distributer. Many top C64 companies at the time kept ringing Zzap Headquarters to enquire about the game.
Unfortunatly, their faces fell as Zzap told them that this wonderful game was all but a April Fools joke. Bob Stevenson had joined together with Zzap Towers to create a couple of mocked up screenshots to fool people, and it worked! 🙂
Even one poor musician composed some music, in the hope that it could be used in the game. A one Barry Leitch, who’s music you can download too from here. But then also Anthony Lees did music too, as well as others. We’ve added what we believe to be a large selection of compo tunes that were meant for the game.
Zzap announced the prank to the world in the next issue, and apologised to a member of a certain company whom really fell for it 🙂
For the time being, download the demo of screenshots which were mocked up (Press A to advance through the sequence shown in Zzap). There is one screen missing with the map overlay which we hope to find soon (This may have been mocked up by Zzap themselves separately from the demo and an AR picture dump)
A series of mock shots is all what remains of a infamous C64 April Fools of the Zzap era. Case closed!
Contributions: Jason Kelk, Andrew Williams, Steve Hutton, Steven Day