Another brief one which was mentioned in The Games Machine’s news section. This was a budget title coming soon, but we know little more than that.
Thanks to contributor Pablo Freire, we learn that a young developer from Spain called Javier FÁ¡fula had created an isometric explorer game called Rex Hard on the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and MSX and tried to sell the game. The title was a sort of Indiana Jones exploration game, similar perhaps to Indy and the Fate of Atlantis, some years before the 1992 US Gold game.
After releasing the game in Spain in 1987, he managed to get to the UK to try to sell it there as well. Ocean were originally interested, but were no longer once they learnt the game had been sold already in Spain.
In desperate measures, Javier ended up selling the game on the cheap to Hewson, who were likely to release the game on their new Rack-It budget label. However for reasons unknown, the game never saw its UK release. Perhaps they also found out that it had already seen a Spanish release?
But it begs the question therefore if a C64 version ever existed at all? With no C64 version developed by Javier, Hewson would have had to have arranged for a conversion to have been started. It seems though that it never even got to a stage of trying to arrange anything. Maybe we are wrong, and some kind of conversion was started?
Hopefully we’ll learn more from Andrew Hewson in the future.
Contributions: Pablo Freire