Another GTW entry for Kele Line games, for more on their background check out the entry for Force of the Vulcan.
Pirates of the Ocean was one of four games slated for release by Kele Line in 1987, alongside Force of the Vulcan, that never made it to release. The only two games they released in 1987 were Tiger Mission and The Vikings, which were to be their last released before going bankrupt in the same year.
The only reference to Pirates of the Ocean we have comes in issue two of Computer Action and as such we have no screenshots, code or design notes to see what the game was intended to be. An obvious guess, given the title, would be that it was a sea-faring game, with lots of, erm, pirates…and oceans. Beyond that though, we are left guessing.
The Vikings is actually one of my favourite C64 games of all time, despite it getting mixed reviews in the press at the time. As such I’d like to see these Kele Line games found more than most, and did manage to get in touch with the writer of The Vikings, Søren Grønbech, about these unreleased games.
Sadly, although he said the names seemed familiar he had no memory of them, so for now Pirates of the Ocean remains lost at sea (ho ho).
In 2022, contributor Henrik Matzen kindly provided some scans – with one showing a news release listing of upcoming games – including Pirates of the Ocean.
Contributions: Anders, Henrik Matzen, Søren Grønbech