We’ve been treated to some great recoveries of late by Black Beard, and in August 2021 – we have got to see even more findings.
This time was a title that was originally released on the PET and VIC 20 in the early 1980s by Commodore. However, this strange C64 edition was found on a disk by Black Beard and preserved for release.
The game is a sort of Space Invaders clone with a twist. The invaders are not invading, but are trying to rescue their criminal friends locked up in a prison at the centre of the screen, and you must prevent them from doing so. Thanks to contributor Alan B, we have learnt that it was originally based on the 1979 coin-op Cosmic Guerilla by Universal.
What isn’t known just yet is where this particular conversion come from and if it was official or not. Was it potentially just a home conversion of the PET original?
Richard Bayliss picked up another copy of the game within a corrupt D64 image, and after tidying up and decompressing the files – he found that the source had 1984 as a possible year of development and “Cosmic Jailbreak, Author: DJH”.
The finding makes this even stranger – as if the game was developed in 1984, Commodore certainly wouldn’t have touched it. Perhaps it was just the author converting their old game to get familiar with the C64?
Early days, but in this case – you can play something of the conversion in its final and full form.
Contributions: Optic Freeze / Army of Darkness, Black Beard, David Becker, Richard Bayliss, Alan B