Welcome to GTW64!

Games That Werent 64 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 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

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


Unknown space shooter

Unknown space shooter

5 updates added

Italian pirated games, Monster Maths, Quark, Quark IX, Traffico

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Games That Weren’t Christmas update 2017

It’s that time of the year again, when we dig out some more findings to present for a large Christmas update. Apologies for the slowness of updates this year, but another project has taken priority of late. I hope this makes up for things. Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2018!

Q*Bert’s Qubes conversion found!

A shock recovery, thanks to Scott Stilphen, who obtained a rare late preview of the long lost C64 conversion of Q*Bert’s Qubes. It’s here ready for you to check out!

Q*Bert’s Qubes

New Zealand Story V1 preview found!

A very early preview of Choice Software’s C64 conversion of New Zealand Story has been recovered and added to the GTW archives.

New Zealand Story V1

Big Top – Full game recovered

A great little 1984 educational title has been preserved thanks to Scott Stilphen and Robin Ballweg with some lovely music.

Big Top

Outrun 2 – an abandoned pitch demo added

Video images were attempting to pitch for a new Outrun 2 game, before Outrun Turbo or Europe came about. Check out their preview and mockup screens.

Outrun 2

Three new full games from Francesco Milioni added!

Thanks to Francesco Milioni, we have three new unreleased games for you which were meant for release on an Italian compilation tape, but was cancelled due to the dwindling C64 market.

Flock, Traffico, Memo

Take Em Out – early preview found

A very early, but neat looking Operation Wolf clone has been recovered thanks to Dean Hickingbottom.

Take Em Out

Garfield – Early build found

A very early build of Garfield by The Edge has been found on Mat Sneap’s workdisk, as well as the game’s map designer.

Garfield V1

Runner – Mat Sneap assets found

Unknown art assets by Mat Sneap for a game called Runner has been recovered. Who was the coder and was it started?


Molecale more graphics recovered

Some additional hi-res mockups have been recovered of this intriguing Video Images game that never was.


Egy kis kiruccanás – adventure preview recovered

Thanks to Csaba Virág, Hungarian text adventure preview Egy kis kiruccanás (A Little Fling) has been recovered and added to the archive.

Egy kis kiruccanás

Spellcast pre-Zzap preview added

A preview of Spellcast, used to send round to companies for interest, has been added to the archives. Only very slight differences present.


Competition Karate

Thanks to the wonderful preservation efforts of Jerry Kurtz, an additional bonus is the complete preservation of an obscure 1984 karate game called Competition Karate. As it is a released game, we haven’t created a GTW entry for it, so here are both the download and scans. Enjoy!

Unpreserved demos and cracks

Whilst sifting through some developer disks of Dean Hickingbottom and Cory Kin, we found a number of demos (a lot of Compunet demos), tunes and cracks which don’t seem to be preserved at present. We may have missed a few, but here is an extra bonus anyway:

Bonus unpreserved demos + cracks

Then finally, a digest of updates and new entries since our last site update:

21 new entries added

Alien GardenAlpha Runner, American Dream, Avant-Garde titlesCommando 88, Drive, Italian pirated games, KukulcanLearning and Training Systems software, MicroLeague Sports titles, Monster Maths, Playful Professor – Word Factory, Pontoon, Pop Quiz 85, Secrets of the Magi, Sherwood Forest, Squire, Sword of Sodan, Tangram, The Elysian Fields, Unknown football game

53 updates added

3 2 1 quiz game (confirmation of existence), Ace Attacker (scans added), All Terrain Gardener (added alternative name),  Alloyrun (sfx credit), Alvin & The Chipmunks (competition scan added), Arcane Quest (full game preserved), Black Bandit (details from author added), Bubbles (notes added from author), Chelsea of the South Sea (spelling fix), Coven (scan added), Crossfire Canyon (added photos), Delphian (coder confirmation + article link), Edward Randy (scan added), Enterprise (credit + more details added), Escape from London (author resurface news), F-86 Sabre Strike (added notes), Formula 1 Simulator (new scans added), Gi Hero (sfx credit), Hit and Run (game preserved!), Illusions (download added), IndeflataBall (additional builds added), Into The Nature (confirmed released), It came from the desert (scan added), Isolation (confirmed released),  Judge Death (more scans added), Karnov V1 (rare screenshots added), Katakis (scans added), Last Ninja 4 (additional development notes), Legend Of Kyril (info added from Joerg Droege), Lock On (scans added), Mega Games (more scans added), Miami Vice (scans added), Milk Tray Game (credits fix), Minder (review + screenshot added), Nighthunter (sfx credit), Obliterator (new screenshots), Orel Hershiser’s Strike Zone (new scans), Play and Learn series (new scans), Savage Platforms (tidied up review), Ski Run (game preserved), Sophisticated games (few titles preserved), Squad One (found and confirmed released), Star Fighter (advert added), Super League Manager (scans added), T-Wrecks (scans added), The Future Zone (scan added), The Micro Zone (scan added), Trojan (reverse engineer details), Twice Shy (screenshots added + scans), Tyger Tyger (details added by Gary Liddon), Warlord (confirmation of existence + credits), Who Dares Wins (update about game release), Zynon (sfx credit)

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IndeflataBall full game found and released!

Sorry for the lack of updates recently everyone – i’ve been really swamped on another project recently, but we have been preparing for our annual Christmas update, where we have a few bits and pieces for you as well as a digest of updates that have been happening in the background.

As an early Christmas present, we thought we’d share a recently recovered full version of Silverbird’s IndeflataBall with you, thanks to Cory Kin finding a last batch of disks which contained the final edition.


Next update will be the Christmas update itself with some more unreleased games and previews, along with some recovered CNET demos which may not have been preserved yet.


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Rare edition of The Quill + Illustrator preserved

Not quite unreleased news, but an improved A06 version of The Quill and Illustrator for the Commodore 64 has recently been preserved, after it being realised that it hadn’t yet been done. Version A05 has been around for a long time, but it had only just been noticed that the last version with an improved word parser wasn’t available.

More details can be read here:

With the files and downloads from here:

Thanks to Crispin for the news!

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Another quick February update

Had another few more bits and pieces come through over the past week or so – so here is another digest of recent updates – including two new full games (Equinox + Soda Shop) that were recovered by Peepo, Tom Roger Skauen and Triad, thanks to Rich Hinton for providing the disks.

Also – check out Streethawk for two of the most detailed screenshots we’ve seen yet of the game.   Discovered on the Spanish release cover for the Amstrad version of all places!

If you think the font looks familiar, then you’d be right – the same font was used eventually in Top Gun.  So something of the game did surface! 😉

5 new entries added

Equinox, Maze Patrol, Soda Shop, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Liquidator

5 updates added

C64GS cartridge titles, Chelsea of the South Sea, Lauren of the 25th Century, Pyramid, Streethawk

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Two new previews and more added

Second update of the year with two new previews added to the site:

Escape from London remains added

An adventure game due for release for 2013 has now been added in what could be its final state.   Full story about the game included, and sketches + artwork by John Henderson

Escape from London

New preview of Moonstone added

Author Michelangelo Carbonara kindly digs out another preview of Moonstone to add to the archive:


Plus …  5 new entries added

American GI, Fire Breath, Kung Fury: Street Rage, Renegade V1, Uropa

And ….  6 updates added

B.A.D, Fight Run, Lethal XcessPlanets Of Death, Tour De Force, Twister

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Alligata Masters and Maniacs SFX bits

Just a quick post to put back up the Alligata Master disks and Maniacs of Noise SFX files that we had on the old site.  It seemed a shame they were tucked away out of sight – so here they are again below.  Some basic details follow for each.

Way back in 2005, James Grayson contacted GTW and informed us that he some years back bought a box full of Alligata labelled floppies at a boot fair in Sheffield. A quick photo of some of the disks showed that there was possibly about 5 GTW’s there waiting to be archived. James kindly loaned GTW all of the disks to try and archive what it could in the hope of finding more GTW titles. Disks were sadly in such poor condition from their previous owner, that they would not read properly and required a week’s worth of careful cleaning and restoration to get reading again. Here are all of what we found below in the zip archive.  Scans follow in the gallery.

With the Maniacs of SFX files – these were found thanks to disk copying by Pete (Myth) Baron. Due to his work with the Maniacs Of Noise with Myth, they MoN had sent Pete a disk load of music and SFX previews. Unknown to Pete, on this disk were a number of SFX demos never heard before. This included rare SFX for 2400AD and Nighthunter, but also some unused SFX in a selection of released titles like Myth and Outrun Europe. Disk image below:




Alligata disk scans

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New year GTW64 update

First update of 2017, and a few new goodies for you to check out already.  More to come soon we hope.

Two unreleased games found

Two more final findings on Ashley Routledge’s C64 disks, this time on the Compunet download disks.  Firstly a preview of an unknown side scroller game, and then a full Quill adventure game.

Unknown game , Search for Sex

Another GTW64 update which includes:

10 new entries added

Atlantian, Club JR’s, Downfall, Dungeons of Doom, Ironclad Bastards, Jack O’ Roses games, Mission Survival, Priceless Scrolls, Space Max, The Creator Series

14 updates added

Beavers, C64GS cartridge titles, Captain Planet, Chuck Rock, Dandy The Comic, Exodus, Heavy On The Magick, Paperboy 2, Paranoid PeteStargate, The Brainies, Who Dares Wins, Wolf, Yogi’s Big Clean Up

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GTW64 Christmas update + 2000th entry

Our 2000th GTW64 entry added!

Many thanks to you all for your support and contributions over the years.  Thanks to you, we have reached a milestone today with our 2000th GTW64 entry into the archive.  To celebrate we are proud to present the full game – Yogi Bear – The Big Clean Up by Hi-Tec Software.

This has been carefully reconstructed from source, with a lot of code developed from scratch to be able to bring you a complete and playable game, thanks to Martin Pugh.  The special development also features new loading screen and end screen artwork by Steven Day, and a specially composed ending tune by Joachim Wijnhoven.  Full story and download can be found below:

Yogi Bear – The Big Clean Up

Early version of Alloyrun recovered

From Ashley Routledge’s work disks, we have recovered an early version of Alloyrun, when it was originally named Antaeus and was intended for Firebird.

A fixed up version of Alloyrun has also been added to the entry:

Antaeus + Alloyrun

Tronscii preview + sources added

Thanks to Damian Caynes, we are pleased to add a new preview called Tronscii, which is a cool ASCII themed Tron clone for two players.

Incomplete, Damian is hopeful that someone may wish to pick up the project, and the full source code has been kindly included.  Read more below.


Various early Ash and Dave variants added

As a bonus, we have added three additional early editions of released Ash and Dave games, with mostly just title/logo differences.  Some interesting curiosities to check out:

FX (Full game), Kinetix (Full game), Poseidon – Planet Eleven (Early preview)

Alternative Software games – postponed!

In case you didn’t see the preview news post, we were hoping to bring you two exclusive and complete unreleased Alternative Software games to download and play, as an extra bonus.

Unfortunately, there are some remaining issues that need ironing out before we can make them available.  We will continue to discuss releasing them onto the site, and will hopefully see them made available in 2017.

Also – 11 new entries added

As well as the above, we have added the following new entries, which led up to the 2000th entry.

Bigfoot V1, Bubbles, Buggy Ranger, Championship Golf at Pebbles Beach, Diskovery titles, Katia, Little People Software games, Number Jotto, Space Wars, Tunes n Trivia, The Brainies

And finally – 35 updates added

And we also carried out 35 entry updates.  Check each entry for full details of the update made.   Most will be minor, with new scans added in places.

Apprentice, Bible Baseball, Bounch!, Brides Of Dracula, C64GS cartridge titles, Caveman Ninja, Champions, Dandy The Comic, Davka Software, Dungeons, Alchemists And Everything, Edward Randy, Forbidden Planet, Gauntlet 3, Giana 2 – Arthur And Martha In Future World, Jimmy’s Grandprix, Jupple Dust, Maelstrom, Orbyte Software titles, Orel Hershiser’s Strike Zone, Play and Learn series, Player Manager, Salvage 1 and 2, Scooby Doo V1, Silver Surfer, Sleepwalker, Sonic The Hedgehog, Sturmtruppen, Sungem Educational Adventures, Suzuka GP, The Last Stuntman, Tour De Force, Transmuter, Trazers, Wizards Dominion, Wizerior 2

And so another year closes.  I am hoping to announce a new project sometime next year, so watch this space.  For now, thank you all for your support and all the best for 2017!


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Coming soon!

Games That Weren’t has been running for almost 20 years now, with its first on-line presence appearing way back in early 1999. After years of research and preservation work done in our spare time, we are now about to mark to our 2000th archive entry. To celebrate the milestone, we have a special full game for you which will launch for our Christmas update coming soon. No, it is not ‘Murder’ before you ask!

UPDATE FOR BELOW (20-12-16) – The Alternative games will not be included as part of the Christmas update, and will hopefully be added to the archive in the new year.  There are one or two final details that need ironing out before we can proceed with permission.  Apologies for this, but we will have some new games for you to check out still.  Update looking good still for before Christmas! 🙂

That is not all, but recently we have preserved a number of disks which contained two full Alternative Software games that didn’t quite make it, due to the dwindling 8-bit market. The disks were heavily decayed (a familiar story these days), and the data was only just recovered. No doubt, if it had been any longer – both games could have been lost forever.

Alternative Software are still going very strong today, and have recently celebrated 31 years in the industry – a remarkable achievement. It only feels like yesterday when I used to regularly purchase their C64 games from my local sweet shop and Boots. Their most recent release is Rugby Union Team Manager 2017, and you can also check out their other titles via the link above.

We contacted Roger Hulley at Alternative Software, and he has very kindly given permission for us to add both games to the digital archive. So we will be pleased to be adding both mystery games as part of our Christmas update and as part of our milestone celebration. Both games are (c) 2016 Alternative Software.

Barring any hiccups, we should hopefully launch our update just before Christmas. So watch this space!

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