Already GTW pays host to a number of Ultimate games which never saw the light of day, and we bring yet another title which seems to have been considered for the C64 at some point.
Where we had Lunar Jetman being done by Martin Galway, we also had Atic Atac being developed by Stuart Fotheringham and possibly Marc Dawson.
Upon discovery of the Megatree disks by Retro Gamer magazine, there was found to be a rather interesting file called Atic, which turned out to be a charset of all the game’s graphics.
When questioned, Stuart recalled that they ported the graphics but could not remember anything about a conversion.
It is therefore possible that ideas were put down to convert the game to the C64, and the charset was ported down as a result. We need to find out more, but there could be some code out there. We just need to find someone who knows more than we do about this.
However, in 2020 Ste Day, Saul Cross and Tomcat/Nostalgia joined forces to create the conversion the Commodore 64 has longed for. It is a stunning conversion with a lot of enhancements to make it stand apart from its original ZX Spectrum incarnation – but with plenty of respect given to the original. We highly recommend you check it out: https://csdb.dk/release/?id=188753
As for the potential original Ultimate conversion – a lot more research needed, but check out the charset at least for now…
Contributions: Ste Day
02/06/20 – Added details of an unofficial conversion.