Barry The Seahorse

Crystal Software

Status: No Download, Findability: 3/5

A very short entry for now for a game that was one of many that never quite made it from Crystal Software back in the later end of the 90’s.

This game was to be a platform game about a Sea Horse called Barry.

We know little more about the game, but ex-CEO Alex de Vries of Crystal Software had the following to say which explains why all of these titles never made it:

“I used to be the CEO of Crystal Software back when it was developing and publishing games for the C64 and Amiga platforms before making the transition to PC only. The Legend of Kyril was actually an Austrian project we signed up as a last effort to see if we could sell decent volume on the C64 if the quality was there for the title. Our involvement was purely in sales and marketing and we were never involved in the creative side of things. I wish I could remember the names of the developers but it’s just too long ago.

Code exists for some but I have moved halfway across the world since those days so I don’t know whether anything survived. I don’t have a copy anymore in any case.

We packed it in after 1996 and cancelled all projects for the C64 in Q1 1997. Titles we did (re-)publish were McRat, The Zinj Complex, Target, It’s Magic, Colorzone, Riddles and Stones and a few others. Not the greatest stuff but it was fun while it lasted.”

Commodore Bi Monthly mag also had advert for Crystal Software and Electronics which said:

“A funny little game for the younger C64 owners. It will feature a cute little Sea Horse on his quest to free his family from the evil mantis and his crab minions. Expected to be available early December 1997.”

Zine 64 (Issue 9) stated about the game:

“The evil mantis and his crab accomplices have kidnapped Barrys family…. Your mission is to rescue them although it’ll be very hard going… One very agile sea horse against an army of crabs, you’ll need your wits about you.”

It has recently come to light that the game is due for release on iOS and Android devices. Full details can be found here:

Do you know any more about this game on the C64?…

Contributions: Alex de Vries

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