Italian pirated games

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Status: Full Game, Findability: 2/5

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  • 28/12/17 – Another game added – Star Wars
  • 27/12/17 – Some mysteries solved.
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I’ve cheated a little with this entry to save time, but I had an email from Francesco Milioni today, who helps with the site Edicola 8 bit and looks to find out the original titles for pirated games in Italy.

He highlighted a number of titles which he could not find the original game for.  Some are SEUCK efforts and are probably just the same named game.  But there are some original titles which could well have been intended as something else.

Do you know anything more about them?

The games are:

All downloads can be found here.   Let me know if you can determine the original source game! 🙂

Contributions: Francesco Milioni, James Pitcher, Gaetano Chiummo, Andrea Pachetti

19 Responses to Italian pirated games

  1. “Autopolo” is very similar to Hyperbowl (http://www.gb64.com/game.php?id=3668&d=18&h=0); maybe is simply a hack, or it could be based on a preview of the game…

  2. About “Raid Mortale”, there’s a “better” version of this game in another tape, and it’s called “Power Station” (http://specialprogramsipe.altervista.org/gioco.php?collana=nova_games&console=c64&codice=powerstation&id_rivista=3). I had a chat with other members of an italian Facebook group about C64; my first idea was that the game was published as a “type-in” in some british or german magazines in 1986; I guessed the author could be Ronald Mayer, whose games I found looked very similar to this. A member of the group, who’s a very good C64 programmer, told me that I could be wrong, because Ronald Mayer’s games in the GameBase have got a completely different programming style. I still think that magazines listings are worth being investigated (the game is very simple, it even lacks a title screen!).
    About “Rudy”, some of the sprites are ripped from games such as Ghosts’n Goblins and Park Patrol, and could be a preview or a demo of some sort. A Facebook User, who’s got a very well documented blog about retro-games, thinks that it could be a programming exercise by Alberto Frabetti, author of Vardan and Dragon’s Kingdom. I don’t know if any of the members of the group are investigating, but I think it’s worth trying, at least…
    “Tank Attack” is clearly made with the Garry Kitchen’s Game Maker, maybe by Leonardo Casubolo, one of the people involved in SIPE magazines at the time. SIPE published some other games made in Garry Kitchen’s Game Maker, which bear the signature of Leonardo Casubolo, so I guess this Tank Attack is his creation as well.

    • Francesco Milioni says:

      Thanks. About “Raid Mortale” this is the version I know:
      “Raid Mortale” on “Top Play Games” n.16 and on “Hit Parade” n.14 n.31 n.63 and n.73;
      “Laser Mission” on “Super Top 30” and “Super Game 2000” n.17;
      “Power Station” NovaGames 3.
      It’s a little and unplayable game so I agree with you: it must be published on a magazine.

      About “Rudy” it was also published on “New Special Play Games” n.4 and on “Hit Parade” n. 20 with the name “My Hero”.
      I think it was the only game made with “Ghosts’n Goblins Construction Set” ( http://www.gb64.com/game.php?id=3137 ). For this reason I don’t this is by Alberto Frabetti.

      About “Tank Attack” I think the same as you but with some doubt: not all games published by Leonardo Casubolo was original: for example “The Raid” is a pirated version of “Chopper”: a demo game on “Garry Kitchen’s GameMaker” floppy disk.

  3. I spent a lot of time searching for the real titles of these games. About “Melt”, I found that there were some bits of the original crack intro of the game still in memory (I’m not very good at programming, so I’m only guessing about it). Some clues led me to the game “Di-Art: Moebius II” (http://www.gb64.com/game.php?id=13859&d=18&h=0). I searched for “Moebius”, but nothing came out. The two games are very similar, especially in the fact that they look like a vertical scrolling version of Firebird’s “IO”. Maybe someone with a better knowledge of machine language (or someone who’s still in touch with the people involved in “Di-Art”) may help…

    • Francesco Milioni says:

      Thanks. A lot of Seuck game are similar especially space game. The ship of “Melt” is the same of “Moebius II” except the colour, but the scenary are completely different. Seuck programmers often made second version about a published game so it could be the unofficial version II of “Moebius” ( http://www.gb64.com/game.php?id=4927 )

  4. James Pitcher says:

    Saturn wars looks like ring wars, apart from that can’t help much more

  5. James Pitcher says:

    The pinball game, seems to be made with the pinball construction set by electronic arts 1983.

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