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Games That Werent 64 (GTW64) is a digital preservation project and archive of unreleased/incomplete/cancelled games and prototypes for the Commodore 64 computer. Currently featuring many review entries with scans, screenshots, downloads,videos,  interviews and more.  If you’re not sure what to look for, then use the AZ index and also click on publishers, dates and other metadata to carry out further searches.

Please note – we are a non-profit digitization project, aiming to digitally preserve unreleased/cancelled or prototype Commodore 64 software which would otherwise be lost.  If for any reason there is an item of software that you do not wish to be on the website, please contact us for removal.

Latest GTW64 news

Lemmings early screens (C64)

Flicking through the last issue of Zzap!64 back in late 1992, I rediscovered an early screenshot and the first to be shown of the Commodore 64 version of Lemmings. It would be a year until the final game saw release.

Scan courtesy of Stephen (Mort) Stuttard  (Click for full size)

Looking at the constructed screenshot, it seems this was a test level, as I think there are more lemmings on the screen than the C64 version eventually allowed, plus usually you only get the floater icon on this level. Also at this stage the shading is quite simple, and the graphics may have been quickly wired at this stage from the Amiga.  Or is it even just a quick mock up?

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GTW64 update for March

Another month and another update at GTW64, with a number of new entries and updates that we’ve been adding since the last. Hope everyone is well, and keep safe in these strange times.

8 new entries added

Bugs in buggyland, Civilization, Elevator, King Of The Air, Labyrinth, Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Sagan om ringen, Warcraft 64

29 updates added

3 Days In Carpathia, Andromeda 3, Anteater, Beavers, Bomber Clot, Cargo run, Catch 23, Chelsea of the South Sea, Club Jr’s, Dr Who and the Warlord, Dragonstone 2, Dune Buggy, Gauntlet 3, Ground Zero, Hard Drivin’ V1, Lauren of the 25th Century, Old Scores, Pony Express, Populous, Quest for Eternity, Snow Bros, Super Scramble, The Greedy Dwarf, The Search For Sharla, The Tripods, Toby’s Rescue, White Feather Cloak, Worms

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Games That Weren’t book sneak peak + update

Our publisher Bitmap Books have just released a bit more detail in their latest newsletter about the upcoming Games That Weren’t book, including a sneak peak at how its shaping up, so here is a bit of a preview for you:

Giving an illustrated snapshot of a wide range of unreleased games from 1975 to 2015, The Games That Weren’t includes titles across a variety of arcade, home computer, console, handheld and mobile platforms spread across 644 pages. Many games are expanded upon in detail, with those involved sharing their untold stories and recollections, as well as attempting to solve some mysteries along the way. Assets and screenshots are shown for most titles, some never seen until now. In the case of games that don’t have anything to show, there are specially created artist’s impressions, giving a unique visual interpretation of what could have been.

For more updates, you can subscribe to Bitmap Books’ newsletter here.

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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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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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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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GTW Xmas update (ish!)

Well, 2018 went far too quick!  It’s been almost a year since our last update, which wasn’t really the intention and isn’t the norm.  I had planned to take a few months break and then continue as usual, but unfortunately various personal challenges got in the way and also there has been the completion/continuation of a project I have been working on for almost 5 years.   All will hopefully be revealed on that soon in 2019!

As a result, I have not taken in any donations for hosting costs this year, as I haven’t really offered you anything in return this year.

Overall, our yearly Christmas update this year is not quite the same as previous years.  For a start, I have no new findings to offer for the first time in a long time because i’ve not been working on the project.  I have been determined to do *something* though,  so I have created a number of new entries and made some updates for you.  I hope the wonderful influx of new C64 releases this year will have counteracted the lack of input from my side, and I hope to be fully functioning again next year.   There is still plenty of work to be done!

Merry Christmas to all and all the best for 2019, as we kick off our update:

26 new entries added

4 Games, Abandon Ship S.O.S., Angry Birds Style, Any Craps 64, Babies of the Dirt, Bimz, Cybex Escape, Dynaboys, Flyboy, Galaxy Patrol, Heartlight64, Le Fantome Vert, Lumberjack Deluxe, Magic, Mekka and Symposium 2000 missing 32k games, Murdlok, Pinball Dreams, Push It, R.I.O.T, Roll-Out, Scramble 2010, The Official Everton F.C. Intelligensia, Top 20, Transforming Overland Robot, Zulp, triFACTa

35 updates added

Academy, Am-Cup, American GI, Breaker, Buggy Ranger, Cave Wizard, Champions, Crossfire Canyon, Dark Sceptre, Dominator V1, European SuperLeague, Eye Of The Moon, International Soccer Challenge, Italian pirated games, Katia, Last Ninja V1, Megatanio, Meurtre À Grande Vitesse, Murder!, Opera House and The Pay Off, Outpost, PT-109, Pet Person, Prometheous, Proteus, Rex Hard, Rhyme Land, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Test Drive 3, Tour De Force, Toyota Rally, Traffico, Turbo Cup Challenge, Unknown shooter by Kernal, Victory Road (UK version)

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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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