Joust (C64) found!

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Great news, but collector Ken Van Mersbergen (known to many as Dutchman2000) has found and preserved the long lost AtariSoft conversion of Joust, which we have had an entry on for some time here.

Ken got in touch with GTW yesterday and informed us that the game was recovered from the archive of a retired programmer who used to work for Roklan.ย  It was found on an 8-inch CP/M disk that was labelled “Popeye” and had the full source code and hex image to be able to create a CRT image.

We learn that the game was coded by Joe Hellesen at Roklan Corporation, and Ken plans to show the game in public for the first time since 1984, at the VCFMW/ECCC show in September (if it goes ahead).ย  The CRT will be released after the show, or earlier if the show doesn’t happen and will be added to the GTW64 site.

For now, enjoy the screenshots and a massive thank you to Ken for preserving another piece of gaming history.

19 Responses to Joust (C64) found!

  1. chris says:

    Wow. I used to check games that weren’t every week or so for years. Then one day it disappeared and never came back, so I deleted the bookmark. Great to see you guys are back.

    • fgasking says:

      Thanks Chris. Yeah, I did University around 2002-2003, so things didn’t get updated for a long time ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Vince says:

    This all adds meat to the ‘story’ bone.

    Interesting!

  3. I should add that, at one point in time, the disks which I received in the mail had a spooky similarity with the games featured in Zzap’s better letter from America. Pure coincidence, I’m sure. I particularly recall Strip Poker 2 and Crystal Castles by Thundervision, which was a strange combo on my disks and an even stranger combo for the top C64 mag to feature.

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