Covering unreleased and cancelled games and prototypes on both consoles and computers. We are a large archive dedicated to preserving games that were never released to the public. Sharing history and stories from the developers, assets and more before it is too late.

A non-profit digitisation project, aiming to digitally preserve software and history 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.

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Games That Weren’t book back in stock!

I’ve been completely blown away by the support when The Games That Weren’t book was launched late last year, and even more so when it completely sold out by the start of the new year.

After a number of queries asking if there was going to be another production run, i’m pleased to announce that there has been and the book is now available once more via http://www.gtwbook.co.uk

So if you missed out the first time and would like to grab a copy, then now’s your chance. Thanks for all your support everyone!

Frank

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Learn with Dizzy

1992 Codemasters

Platforms: Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and PC

It’s with thanks to the wonderful yolkfolk.com website and their eagle eyes that we learn of yet another Dizzy game that never was. This was no arcade or arcade adventure game this time though, with Codemasters deciding to branch into the realms of educational software.

Dizzy was clearly a very popular title with young aged gamers at the time, and Codemasters must have felt a great opportunity to push into the educational sector with their appealing character.

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To be released for the Amiga, ST and PC, the game would encourage 3-6yr olds to explore rooms in Dizzy’s house, Daisy’s house and the park. Each location would be full of different objects which, when activated would display their name, make a sound or become animated. Children may be asked to find a particular object too. Continue reading

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Huxley: The Dystopia

2010 Webzen Games Inc.

Platforms: PC and Microsoft Xbox 360

Our next title in the archive was a MMO title that was actually experienced and played by PC owners in closed and open beta releases between 2009 and 2010, but then was shut down completely and disappeared from sight.

Huxley was an ambitious title built in the Unreal 3 engine and was intended for release on both PC and Xbox 360 at the time. The 360 edition was to follow the PC edition after around 6 months, though this later was changed to being put on hold, pending PC sales. Continue reading

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Rollerbabes

1991 Cinemaware / Mirrorsoft

Platform: Commodore Amiga and PC

We’d not long been greeted by the wonderful Speedball 2, when Mirrorsoft were keen to release yet another futuristic sports game in the form of Rollerblades in late 1991.

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The game had recently been rescued, when Mirrorsoft brought the Cinemaware name and made a deal with Acme Interactive (the company that rose from the ashes of Cinemaware) to continue developing games under the label. Continue reading

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Metal Gear

1990 Ultra Games

Platform: Commodore Amiga 500

It was announced in January 2021 about an unofficial conversion of the MSX classic Metal Gear to the Amiga – very nearly complete, and should see some kind of release very soon. However, there was also an official conversion in the works way back in 1990, courtesy of Ultra Games.

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Both the PC and C64 editions of the game were in fact released. The advertised Amiga edition in RUN 73 and Amiga World Vol 6 was never to surface at all. It became the subject of much questioning over the years from Amiga fans as to what happened to it.

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Fort Apocalypse

1983 HES

Platform: Commodore Vic-20

A short entry for yet another Commodore Vic-20 title that was reported on the Vic-20 Cartridge Rarity list and may well be unreleased, or otherwise saw a very limited release.

Fort Apocalypse was a popular C64 game released by Synapse, but a Vic 20 version was mentioned in an advert in November 1983 of Compute’s Gazette in the US. Was it a printing mistake, and did they mean the C64? Or did a Vic-20 conversion really exist?

If you know anything more, please let us know.

With thanks to Fabrizio Bartoloni.

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Pussyfootin’

1983 Synapse Software

Platform: Commodore Vic-20

For our next entry, even though the game was fully advertised at the time. It seems to be completely missing, with nothing online about the title apart from being on missing lists.

The game was developed by Raymond C. Hogue back in 1983 and was his very first commercial product and seemingly for the unexpanded machine too. Raymond suggests on his old portfolio page that the game was released. Perhaps it is just obscure and is yet to be preserved?

Well, Raymond got back to us and confirmed that it was definately released, but he no longer has a copy himself. The search is now on to see if it can be found and properly preserved. Can you help us find a copy?

With thanks to Fabrizio Bartoloni for the heads up.

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