Chiller V1


Status: Full Game, Findability: 5/5

You may be screaming at me for putting this game in the archives, but this is no normal version of Chiller.

The game basically was originally withdrawn due to the connection to Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video at the time of the game’s release.

The game originally featured a neat rendition of Thriller by David Dunn, but Mastertronic decided that they could face possible legal action because of the music and asked for the music to be changed immediately.

The problem was, that a few copies of the game sneaked out with the original music, before Mastertronic canned the first version, which are extremely hard to find. You basically will have to buy every copy of Chiller to ever find an original with the original Thriller music… I have now 8 copies of the game, and originally had no luck.

However, recently Gareth Dolloway noticed this review and offered his own copy of Chiller, which is infact Version 1. So now thanks to Gareth, GTW can now bring you a .TAP image of the original version 1.

The game itself is familiar to all, created by the Darling brothers before they established Codemasters. The new music made and put in the game they eventually sold on large scale, never suited the game properly.

Site vistor, Carl Speed, had the following to say about the game:

“I just wanted to say that there is a difference on the front covers that I’ve noticed. The V1 seems to have no mention of Burner Loading System on the top right red triangle section. Only the newer version does. I’m not sure if this is absolute, but I’m sure it probably is. Thought I’d pass on the discovery, in case people are looking for the version.”

Well, I checked and I think he’s right!…. Basically it seems that if you have a copy which doesn’t have the “Burner Loading System” mentioned, you could have an earlier edition with the original music in. Time to start checking!

Additionally we found this early screenshot in an early issue of Your Commodore – which must have been dropped from the final game… what was it to be used for?…

Thanks to someone who got hold of a copy of version 1, you can now download the game how it should have been… or sounded at least!


Contributions: Warren Pilkington, Gareth Dolloway, Carl Speed

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Update history

18/02/16 – Added unknown screenshot thanks to ebay auction of Jerellis1

8 Responses to Chiller V1

  1. Alright. I have four copies of this game, all without the “fastload” print in the upper right corner of the inlay front. Two of the cassettes have a black Mastertronic Chiller paper lable glued onto one side of the cassette. Both these have the altered in-game music, i.e. version 2. The other two cassettes are white with no glued-on paper lable. Instead Mastertronic Chiller is printed in black letters directly onto the plastic cassette, on both sides. Both these cassettes have the original “Thriller”-inspired in-game music, i.e. version 1.

    • That’s really interesting! Makes sense that you’ll get some copies with the original music without the “Fastloader” label, especially if they had old tapes already mastered and just bundled them together. Would be good to find a “Fastloader” tagged one with the second music :)

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