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

One final update – Spooky + unknown preview

We have one last surprise update for 2017, including a preview of an extremely promising game which could still hopefully be finished and taken out of GTW64.   The coder still open to help and suggestions for continuing – can you help?   Also, an unknown and very early shooter preview by Roy Fielding has been added and some quick updates.

All the best for 2018 everyone!

Spooky preview added

Spooky

Unknown space shooter

Unknown space shooter

5 updates added

Italian pirated games, Monster Maths, Quark, Quark IX, Traffico

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Games That Weren’t Christmas update 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when we dig out some more findings to present for a large Christmas update. Apologies for the slowness of updates this year, but another project has taken priority of late. I hope this makes up for things. Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2018!

Q*Bert’s Qubes conversion found!

A shock recovery, thanks to Scott Stilphen, who obtained a rare late preview of the long lost C64 conversion of Q*Bert’s Qubes. It’s here ready for you to check out!

Q*Bert’s Qubes

New Zealand Story V1 preview found!

A very early preview of Choice Software’s C64 conversion of New Zealand Story has been recovered and added to the GTW archives.

New Zealand Story V1

Big Top – Full game recovered

A great little 1984 educational title has been preserved thanks to Scott Stilphen and Robin Ballweg with some lovely music.

Big Top

Outrun 2 – an abandoned pitch demo added

Video images were attempting to pitch for a new Outrun 2 game, before Outrun Turbo or Europe came about. Check out their preview and mockup screens.

Outrun 2

Three new full games from Francesco Milioni added!

Thanks to Francesco Milioni, we have three new unreleased games for you which were meant for release on an Italian compilation tape, but was cancelled due to the dwindling C64 market.

Flock, Traffico, Memo

Take Em Out – early preview found

A very early, but neat looking Operation Wolf clone has been recovered thanks to Dean Hickingbottom.

Take Em Out

Garfield – Early build found

A very early build of Garfield by The Edge has been found on Mat Sneap’s workdisk, as well as the game’s map designer.

Garfield V1

Runner – Mat Sneap assets found

Unknown art assets by Mat Sneap for a game called Runner has been recovered. Who was the coder and was it started?

Runner

Molecale more graphics recovered

Some additional hi-res mockups have been recovered of this intriguing Video Images game that never was.

Molecale

Egy kis kiruccanás – adventure preview recovered

Thanks to Csaba Virág, Hungarian text adventure preview Egy kis kiruccanás (A Little Fling) has been recovered and added to the archive.

Egy kis kiruccanás

Spellcast pre-Zzap preview added

A preview of Spellcast, used to send round to companies for interest, has been added to the archives. Only very slight differences present.

Spellcast

Competition Karate

Thanks to the wonderful preservation efforts of Jerry Kurtz, an additional bonus is the complete preservation of an obscure 1984 karate game called Competition Karate. As it is a released game, we haven’t created a GTW entry for it, so here are both the download and scans. Enjoy!

Unpreserved demos and cracks

Whilst sifting through some developer disks of Dean Hickingbottom and Cory Kin, we found a number of demos (a lot of Compunet demos), tunes and cracks which don’t seem to be preserved at present. We may have missed a few, but here is an extra bonus anyway:

Bonus unpreserved demos + cracks

Then finally, a digest of updates and new entries since our last site update:

21 new entries added

Alien GardenAlpha Runner, American Dream, Avant-Garde titlesCommando 88, Drive, Italian pirated games, KukulcanLearning and Training Systems software, MicroLeague Sports titles, Monster Maths, Playful Professor – Word Factory, Pontoon, Pop Quiz 85, Secrets of the Magi, Sherwood Forest, Squire, Sword of Sodan, Tangram, The Elysian Fields, Unknown football game

53 updates added

3 2 1 quiz game (confirmation of existence), Ace Attacker (scans added), All Terrain Gardener (added alternative name),  Alloyrun (sfx credit), Alvin & The Chipmunks (competition scan added), Arcane Quest (full game preserved), Black Bandit (details from author added), Bubbles (notes added from author), Chelsea of the South Sea (spelling fix), Coven (scan added), Crossfire Canyon (added photos), Delphian (coder confirmation + article link), Edward Randy (scan added), Enterprise (credit + more details added), Escape from London (author resurface news), F-86 Sabre Strike (added notes), Formula 1 Simulator (new scans added), Gi Hero (sfx credit), Hit and Run (game preserved!), Illusions (download added), IndeflataBall (additional builds added), Into The Nature (confirmed released), It came from the desert (scan added), Isolation (confirmed released),  Judge Death (more scans added), Karnov V1 (rare screenshots added), Katakis (scans added), Last Ninja 4 (additional development notes), Legend Of Kyril (info added from Joerg Droege), Lock On (scans added), Mega Games (more scans added), Miami Vice (scans added), Milk Tray Game (credits fix), Minder (review + screenshot added), Nighthunter (sfx credit), Obliterator (new screenshots), Orel Hershiser’s Strike Zone (new scans), Play and Learn series (new scans), Savage Platforms (tidied up review), Ski Run (game preserved), Sophisticated games (few titles preserved), Squad One (found and confirmed released), Star Fighter (advert added), Super League Manager (scans added), T-Wrecks (scans added), The Future Zone (scan added), The Micro Zone (scan added), Trojan (reverse engineer details), Twice Shy (screenshots added + scans), Tyger Tyger (details added by Gary Liddon), Warlord (confirmation of existence + credits), Who Dares Wins (update about game release), Zynon (sfx credit)

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IndeflataBall full game found and released!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently everyone – i’ve been really swamped on another project recently, but we have been preparing for our annual Christmas update, where we have a few bits and pieces for you as well as a digest of updates that have been happening in the background.

As an early Christmas present, we thought we’d share a recently recovered full version of Silverbird’s IndeflataBall with you, thanks to Cory Kin finding a last batch of disks which contained the final edition.

https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/gtw64/indeflataball/

Next update will be the Christmas update itself with some more unreleased games and previews, along with some recovered CNET demos which may not have been preserved yet.

Enjoy!

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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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