Kljuc (aka “The Key” in English) we believe is more of an educational program for children done by Suzy Soft. This game though is a rather simple Manic Miner style of game, with monocrome graphics – it’s got a nice feel about it though!
Although done for Suzy Soft (A ex-Yugoslavian, Croatia based software house), the game never apparently saw a release. It did however get released for the Spectrum. The C64 version was reportedly never to surface properly as Suzy Soft’s management was changing and they ditched the computer publishing department before the game could hit the shelves. The C64 version had some examples made, but that was sadly it.
The example version of the game did luckily make its way to Tomaz to transfer to TAP format and scan the inlays. Tomaz’s original excellent preservation work can be found at at his website. You can also click the download link here to checkout for yourself. The game is not in English, but thanks to CBA a translation has been made and can now be downloaded. Secret Man and Dr Schnuggels also did separate cracks. One of which has been included in the download. Many thanks to these guys for making a workable D64 and English copy of the game!
However, one of the authors, Aleksandar Ivanisevic, got in touch to say that the game was actually sold and that the developers were even paid for the work. He also noted that the copying equipment at Suzy could not handle the turbo tape speed, so it was published in the C64’s original slow tape loader.
So it seems therefore this was never a GTW as such, so very much a case closed!
Contributions: Tomaz Kac, CBA, Secret Man, Dr.Schnuggels, Aleksandar Ivanisevic
18/10/20 – Confirmation that the game was actually released and sold.
I’m one of the authors of the C64 version. It is not correct that the C64 version was never on the shelves, I still get nostalgic inquiries about it from the people who bought it. We even got paid for it. Funny thing was that the Suzy’s copying equipment could not manage the turbo tape speed so it was published in the original C64 “slow tape”, all 60 minutes of it :)
Thanks Aleksandar! Interesting to learn that the game was actually released, so i’ve updated the page accordingly. Many thanks!