Thanks to Fabrizio for highlighting this one for us. This is an entry for the long lost Atarisoft conversion of Joust on the C64.
The game made it across a variety of platforms, as did other Atari based games on the C64 via the Atarisoft label, but Joust is still elusive to the machine.
According to this website source, the game was believed to have been started on the C64 by Atarisoft, so we are likely to be hunting a non-vapourware title.
Many of us will know of the game Jouste which was written by Joe Hellesen. It was rumoured for many years that this game was in fact the Atarisoft game that was canned for reasons unknown. However, thanks to Kurt Woloch – it seems that Jouste was nothing to do with Atarisoft, and they had a completely different version in production.
Kurt spotted on a website of Steven J Szymanski which shows a photo of a demonstration of the C64 game running at a computer show in the early 80’s. It seems that it was based on his very own Atari 800 version of the game, but not done by himself.
So who was behind this conversion for Atarisoft?…. Was it any of the potential names we have in our coder list? Can you help confirm? We believe it could well have been Tom Griner, as the style looks familiar to Robotron.
Early days yet, but if for now you want to see a Joust like game on the C64 check out the Jouste entry at Gamebase 64… it’s not 100% accurate, but its not too bad.
Contributions: Fabrizio Bartoloni, Kurt Woloch
Steve talks about seeing the Atarisoft conversion of his Atari game…
“OK, so this was my implementation of Joust running on a Commodore 64 computer. I know that because there were subtle details of the implementation I knew which didn’t match the original game perfectly because of limitations in the hardware. Problem was, neither I nor GCC did a version for the Commodore 64, and we certainly hadn’t been paid for it. Atari later apologized (and more important paid us).”