Long before Chris Abbott was busy creating some of the biggest C64 music events in history with stars such as Ben Daglish, Rob Hubbard, Martin Galway, David Whittaker and many many other big names – Chris was busy trying to break into the C64 industry by creating game music.
Chess was one such title that Chris had offered to him to compose the music. All of this he did, with slight variations which can be found in HVSC and also here.
For reasons currently unknown, the game got cancelled and was never seen or heard of again. What was strange was that there was a 1984 Superior Software Chess game, which seems like it was unrelated.
We did speak to Superior Software many moons ago, and they didn’t recall there being an updated version of the Chess game. However, Martin/Stadium64 has highlighted a very good point that Alligata Software had released Cyrus II in 1987 – but just a year later had sold up and the name/back catalogue was sold to Superior Software.
Could it be that Superior Software then decided to do an update of Cyrus II (i.e. Cyrus III)? The time lines match and it seems like a good suggestion so far – certainly more than what we have to go on at the moment.
In July 2023, Triad preserved the Superior Software 1984 edition of the game (which was yet to be preserved until now), though the version with Chris’ music is still very much at large. We’ve added the 1984 edition for the time being.
If you know anything more, then please do get in touch! Who was the coder of Cyrus II for instance?
Contributions: Chris Abbott, David Hill, Sean O'Neill, Martin/Stadium64, Jazzcat, Triad, David Hill