Welcome to Games That Weren't (Also known as GTW), 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/incomplete/cancelled 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

First update of 2020

In hoping to bring back more regular updates now the book nears conclusion and publication in a few months, here is the first GTW update of 2020, including a new Vic 20 section. This update includes a bunch of new entries highlighted by Peter Weighill, which I had stupidly missed for the Christmas update.

12 new entries added

Advanced Arcadeware 4 Pack, Anteater, Cargo run, Creepy Corridors, Double Dragon V1, Geister, Monkeybuilder, Phoenix Lair, Sphinx, Typo, Wheeler Dealers, ​Stratos

12 updates added

Adam Caveman, Albedo, Amazon Tales, Capitaly, Escape From Colditz, Guardians Of Time, Hangman, Joust, Megatree, Mumbles – Superspy, Super Scramble, Unnamed helecopter game

New Commodore Vic 20 page

Something i’ve wanted to do for a while, and got prompted again after a discussion with Mat Allen and seeing news that a Hungry Horace game existed for the Vic 20. Something that will hopefully grow into more in the future:

Vic 20 Games That Weren’t

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Games That Weren’t Christmas update 2019

Well, another year has passed and when preparing for this update, I realised that it had been almost 12 months since the last full update. Sorry about that! Hopefully reasons are now a lot clearer as to why that was! 🙂

Once the dust settles a bit, then we will be back in full trying to recover and preserve more lost C64 titles and make up for lost time. We are also starting to create and add videos to some of the entries as something a bit extra.

Many thanks to all our contributors for this update, including in particular Fabrizio Bartoloni, Csaba Virag, Hedning/GP and Jazzcat who contributed a lot to this update and for Vinny Mainolfi for all his support. All the best for 2020 and hope you enjoy the update!

Dungeons of Doom recovered and released

With kind thanks to the developer and publisher of the game, Brian Harvey, Dungeons of Doom has been recovered and fully preserved. An obscure title that only seemed to have a handful of sales, now can finally be enjoyed:

Dungeons of Doom

2 early previews recovered

Thanks to Csaba Virag, two new previews have been recovered and added to the archives, including the long lost Novatrade Tetris development:

Tili-Toli and Tetris (Novatrade)

‘Bath Time’ prototype recovered

Thanks again to Csaba Virag, an interesting prototype of Bath Time under the name of ‘Swan and Fish’ has been added to the archive:

Swan and Fish

Then as per usual…

18 new entries added

More new entries added to the archive:

2Pac, 8-Bit Fighters, Catacombs, Drone Processor, Forestland, Frixxion, Graffiti, Helecopter Game, Knights of Legend Expansion Packs, Muhtar, Penetrator, Race Through Space, SEJD, The Critters Company, The Jewel of the Nile, VVVVVV, Warball, Zyflex

63 updates added

Followed up by a large number of updates, including credits, scans and other details (See updates segment in each for what has changed):

19 Boot Camp Part 2, Adam Caveman, Allo Allo, Am-Cup, Arcane Quest, Arsenal FC, Aztec – Hunt For The Sun-God, B-Ball, Brides Of Dracula, Bryan Robson’s Super League, Bubbles, Captain Dynamo 2, Daffy Duck, Dukes of Hazzard V1, Evolution Cryser, Final Eclipse, Flik Flak, Galago, Gotcha Maths, Gyrofalcon, Habitat, Horror Atoll, I Of The Mask, Infer, Joe Blade 3, Ladders To Learning, Le Fantome Vert, Leopard Lord, Lord Of The Rings, Lost Caves, Lunar Rescue, Mattie Goes Mining, Mission Jupiter, Monster Maths and Fun To Learn, Mood, Outrun Europe, Pengwyn, Phantom Rider, Picnic Adventure, Pluff, Rent-a-cop Reloaded, Return Of The Lions, Savage Platforms, Scooter, Scramble 2010, Secrets of the Magi, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Spellcast, Spooky, Squelc, Sword Of Twilight, Terror From The Deep, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Roundsby Incident, The Sentinel 2, The Swamp, Turbo Tiger Software Titles, Tyger Tyger, Typhoon Thompson, Wildfire, Xanagrams, Your Computer Software Exchange

Bonus content – Derrick Boorman disks

Just a little extra, but recently we recovered some disks from a secondhand shop (Level Up Games – Canterbury) and found some hacked demos on a work disk. Here they are just as a curiosity:

Derrick Boorman disks

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Derick Boorman disks

Just a very short post to host some demo/hack disks that I found in Level Up games in Canterbury on some old C64 disks.

They seem to be credited to a Derick Boorman who lived in Kent and hacked around a bit with some old C64 demos, changing scrolltexts etc.

Please note, these were probably done when the author was very young – so the credit changes to themselves can be ignored. I did similar lame things when I was probably around their same age!

In case you want to see something a bit different, here are the disk images for posterity:

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Eddie’s Puzzle Time (Nintendo Game Boy) released

Thanks to Ross Sillifant for the heads up, this is a new and previously unseen Game Boy game that was due for release back in 1994 and was recently recovered and released by AIR Entertainment.

It is a pretty neat puzzle game that is around 99% complete, just missing some final polish. It’s unsure at present why the game never saw release, but check here for more details about the game and download below:

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The Games That Weren’t book – coming soon!

After 5 years of work (give or take), we’re pleased to announce The Games That Weren’t book coming soon in May 2020 from Bitmap Books, covering unreleased games since the dawn of the industry.

More details coming soon, but very excited to finally share the news after keeping quiet for so long.

Official details from Bitmap Books: https://mailchi.mp/6f0f8bd57e2e/bitmap-books-crpg-1703525?fbclid=IwAR2MjfMZqmIE0GP1Ea6nygOryTX3fDT0UawaoK2VLqF5No9xM_kxeLDWEmU

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Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends assets (Sony PlayStation)

A short entry for what was to be an educational based title created for the Sony PlayStation by Runecraft around 1999 time, based on the famous childrens series.

Thanks to lead artist David Tolley, we are able to show you a brief glimpse of some of the game assets (and quick photos of the design document) that David recovered recently from an old hard-drive.

The characters and backgrounds were modelled from the children’s books, but according to David, the game never got very far at all. Just a few test demos were made showing the graphics moving about – one of the screens we’re about to show is of the test engine.

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Power Crystal assets (3DO M2)

Thanks to David Tolley and Ross Sillifant, here are some assets which were intended for use in the unreleased and incomplete Power Crystal for the 3DO M2 platform.

Within the gallery below are a number of assets showing game option screens, game icons, map tiles and sprite billboards. File: 4_ICONS1 in particular show trade items, with the rest being various different weapons,armour and power ups that may or may not have been implemented in the game.

Over time it is hoped that more will be uncovered and added to the archive.

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Knight Orc (BBC Micro) found!

Dave Moore (Aka Arcadian) has informed Games That Weren’t that the long lost BBC Micro version of Knight Orc has been found. In almost a one in a million discovery, the game was located at the Centre of Computer History within their archives – stuffed within an 8-bit Atari copy of the game.

Members of stardot.org.uk successfully archived and preserved the game at a weekend ABug meetup in Cambridge and have now made the game available for all to check out for the first time in over 30 years.

For more details about how it was recovered and to download the game, please go to: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=17952

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Daley Thompson’s Decathlon early version

A short post thanks to contributor Daniel Meléndez, who spotted Daley Thompson playing a slightly different looking Daley Thompson’s Decathlon game on the Commodore 64:

Not massive differences it has to be said, apart from the panel boards and the score display section. Here is the released version as a comparison (Screenshot taken from Lemon64)

Often early builds would change their panels/layouts slightly over time. Would be interesting to know if there were any other major differences between what Daley was playing above and what we got to see in the end.

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Basic Tools, Creators Revenge and Math Flash preserved

Thanks to Allan Pinkerton, who has very kindly preserved missing copies of Basic Tools, Creators Revenge (Already out there as Metamorphosis III – The Creators Revenge), Math Pack and Math Flash.

They are not strictly ‘Games That Weren’t’, but we want to try and share any preservation work where possible for titles that had been missing – so here we go:

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