Games That Weren’t is an unreleased and cancelled video games archive with prototypes, developer history and assets for an array of computers and consoles. Our GTW64 area covers unreleased and cancelled games and prototypes specifically for the Commodore 64 computer. 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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GTW64 finds and more

Thanks to the brilliant preservation work of Paladin of Genesis Project, and kindly passing his work over – we are proud to present a large list of educational game recoveries and preservations.

Some titles are listed within our GTW64 archives as missing, and others were not on anyone’s radar. Here is the complete list:

  • Alphabet Zoo (Floppy Disk Version)(Spinnaker) – Paladin found the floppy disk version which includes 2 other games not available on any other versions found online, including the version on GB64 (because those versions are cartridge dumps).
  • Dragon Games (Daybreak)
  • Math Baseball (Daybreak)
  • Keyboard Crazy (Waveform Corporation) – This one seems to require the Colortone keyboard or a keyboard overlay
  • Mastertype Training Grounds – The version on GB64 isn’t cracked and is a g64 so Genesis Project have cracked this one for the site.
  • Puzzle Mania (Readers Digest)
  • The Factory (Sunburst) – Differs from the HESWARE version on GB64 and has been listed on our wanted list.

The full archive can be downloaded below, and we will quickly update the relevant entries to point to this post. A huge thank you to Paladin of Genesis Project for recovering these titles and allowing them to be crossed off the preservation list.

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Preserved educational games

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GTW64 January 2023 update

Just missed posting in January I know, but we’ve been busy the past month or so just tidying up some of our pages and adding a few quick updates along the way. No new entries, but plenty of updates instead and hopefully highlighting some titles that you may not have read about before. Enjoy!

Rare C64 Screenshots added for The Black Onyx

The Black Onyx

44 other updates added

ArenaArmalyte V1Billy BoulderBod Squad 2, TheCar GameChainsaw WarriorCombat 2004DelphianDungeons Of DeathForce Of The VulcanGamma StrikeGotcha MathsHalloweenInternational Soccer ChallengeItalian pirated gamesKid SaviourKobayashi Naru 1994Light Cycles 2004Make My DayManhatten DealersMutant ZoneNimitzParanoid PetePegasusPopulousPrimary Maths TutorProject SparkkQuarkShard of Inovar 1994SpellcastStar MazeStar of AfricaStarglider 2The GodfatherThe Seven Gates Of JambalaToddler TutorTour De ForceToyota RallyTrailrunnerViaje Al CentroVideo Images gameWar Of The WorldsWorronZorakk

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The Legend of Billy Boulder

1990 U.S. Gold

Platform: C64, Atari 400/800, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST and PC

Our next entry into the archives was thought to have been both a C64 and Atari 800/400 development for Databyte back in the 1980s. Billy Boulder was flagged up to us by developer Ron Rosen in late 2022, a game that was in fact seemingly due for release on Amiga, ST and PC – but in a bizarre twist, it was indeed also an 8-bit title too after all.

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The game was known in full as The Legend of Billy Boulder, and had artwork created by Art Huff, who worked on a number of Atari 8-bit and C64 titles during the 1980s. Previously, Art had worked on a game called Adam Caveman, which was also never released. Continue reading

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GTW64 Christmas update 2022

Time has come round quickly once more, with our yearly Christmas update – and as always, we have something for you in the shape of a previously unseen and unreleased C64 game (lost for 38 years), some recovered C128 titles and important new information on some key GTW entries.

Lordsfire – full game recovered after 38 years

Intended for release by Virgin Games, Jeremy Walker’s fully complete multi-part title has been recovered and released today by Games That Weren’t.

Lordsfire – entry and download

Ron Rosen confirms as developer of two long mysterious titles + a new one

Developer Ron Rosen has significantly confirmed his (and Art Huff’s) involvement on both Adam Caveman and Mumbles – Super Spy, as well as yet another title not known about until now: 

Adam CavemanBilly BoulderMumbles – Super Spy

Mike Lyons sheds light on more important GTWs

We finally speak to the developer of Total Recall V1 about what happened + chances of recovery, along with input on a number of other titles he worked on. Two surprises as you will notice: 

19 Boot Camp – Part 2Total Recall V1WhirligigWreckers

2 C128 titles digitally preserved

Thanks to Csaba Virag, here are two German C128 titles that have been digitally preserved. 

B-1 Bomber and Spukschloss – page and download

9 brand new entries added

A number of other new entries have also been added to the site:

Aerial ArithmeticAsteroidsCampaigns of NapoleonCommando V1, Garden Wars, Spider SnareSyntax tapeThe Battle of the BulgeZany Golf

33 other entries also updated

Then finally a whole raft of other existing entries in the archive have been updated. Details of each update can be found in the “History” tab for each page.

4 Games48 Hours64 Tape Computing – Issue 14Abandon Ship S.O.S.ArcadianCosmaxDiskovery titlesDouble Dragon V1Dungeons Of DeathEye Of The BeholderFlyspyFuzzy WuzzyGamma StrikeGem-X 2Greenhouse (MAX edition)HeartbreakerLost Robot 2M45MagicNuclear NickOutrun EuropeProteusRace Drivin’ScooterStratosSturmtruppenSword Of The SamuraiTerminus 2The Magic RoundaboutUndeadXaneXermaidXoanon

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and wish you all the best into 2023!

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GTW64 September 2022 update

As the summer draws to a close, we present 4 new entries, and 17 updates overall to various titles. We’ve added a new entry for Visualize’s Kung-Fu Warrior, which oddly we haven’t added until now. A strange C64 conversion of a C16 classic that had limited release in Spain and a number of tidy ups for many titles.

4 new entries added

Amphora of the Star GodExorcistKung-Fu WarriorPepe’s Garden

17 updates added

Absolute BeginningAndy Rixon GameAquablastAutoguardBrainBreakIce AgeLethal XcessLiberationLittle BeauLiverpool V1Nigel Mansell’s Grand PrixQuo VadisQuondamRastan V1, The Magic Roundabout, Tunes n TriviaXybots

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