All Terrain Gardener


Status: Full Game, Findability: 5/5

Also known as: Sue’s Garden

Updates made

  • 20/07/17 – Added alternative name thanks to Gary Liddon.
  • 28/09/14 – Added CZ portion of an interview with Ubik, talking about ATG.
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Apart from the odd clip in a few of the Commodore magazines, nothing was much seen or heard about this little game. It wasn’t until Commodore Format ran a feature, Where are they now, when they mentioned Ubik (David Korn) and a few of his games.

All Terrain Gardener was one of these, and again thoughts were about the existance of the game. The game involves is to save a garden of flowers from a flood of water which gradually increases, by digging up the flowers and putting them to safety. Featuring cool overlaid sprites and graphics by Paul Docherty (Dokk), and a good rendition of “Flight Of The Bumblebee” by Tonal Teapot, the game had the makings of a winner.

ATG was the last game that Ubik wrote. The game was fully completed, but unfortunatly at the time of completion, British Telecom who owned Firebird, decided that Firebird was not making enough money and closed it down. Therefore ATG remained unpublished.

Ubik told C-Zone in an interview that Gary Liddon badgered him to dust the game down and tidy it up, which they did. Removing bugs, glitches and tweaking the game, Ubik offered it to Codemasters, whom never replied. And so ATG gathered dust once more.

There was talk of the game being converted to the Colour Gameboy, from Gary Liddon, but this never happened.

In recent years, Commodore Zone magazine got in contact with Ubik for an interview, where Ubik then gave a full copy of ATG for their covermount, along with permission to use his other programs.

A neat little game *finally* released.

Contributions: Ubik, Dokk and Commodore Zone, Gary Liddon

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  • 2 Responses to All Terrain Gardener

    1. Gaz Liddon says:

      Ha! I don’t remember any of that 😀

      I do remember that the game was originally called Sue’s Garden but Firebird marketing outright rejected it just before signing the contract because it didn’t sound exciting enough. Colin (firebird’s dev guy) resubmitted it as All Terrain Gardener and it went through though was sadly canned before completion.

      rubbishy bit of trivia – I wrote the sprite editor used to make the dancing flower sprites

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