Johan Forslöf

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Our next GTW title can only be described as stunning. Though it is with sadness that we are placing it into the archives on the request of the author Johan Forslöf.

We have spoken to Johan over the past few years about the title, and each time we’ve encouraged him to continue and try to pick up the drive to finish the extemely promising title. We have resisted adding the title to the archive given that there was still a chance it could be finished. The game was started around 7-8 years ago and has been come back to on numerous occasions.

This year was different, and Johan has told us to just go ahead and put the final preview into the archives. The game shows a very ‘Braid’ looking main character, who with his hi-res overlay, looks amazing and animates very well. The backgrounds I thought were done with extended background mode, but they are actually standard multi-colour hi-res (though Johan planned to do ECM at a later stage).  They are wonderfully atmospheric, with a few enemies that you can shoot.

There is not a huge amount to do just yet, apart from explore the multi-directional scrolling areas of the castle environment at this stage, but it is a great indication of what a fantastic game this really could be. The problem is that Johan has kept losing motivation with the game, and has never been fully sure what the full direction of the game should be.

The good news is that Johan is still open for the game to be continued, but needs someone to help give motivation and ideas to further progress the game. So rather than a graveyard entry, we want this potentially to be an advert for something that could be more. Possibly code and artistic assistance to take the game forward. If anyone is interested, please contact me and I can forward your details to Johan.

It would be a shame to see this one die.   Can it be saved?

Contributions: Johan Forslöf, iAN CooG

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    1. Andy says:

      These are really some of the best looking and animated sprites i have ever seen on the C64. Background-graphics and the whole steering of the player-sprite is also very good. Could have been a top-game when it would have been finished and released. Maybe the programer will come back to his preview and finish it, now as long as the retro-wave rolls. Especially on C64 programers can sell more games now again than in the last 20 years before. We saw that on “Sams Journey” where over 2000 games was sold.

    2. Zimeon says:

      Considering Psytronik software are still publishing C64 games, there seems to be enough programmers that can actually take up this. Maybe a Kickstarter will be in place?

    3. Ironfist says:

      This does look very nice, maybe send it to some of the current devs making C64 games and see if they would like to continue it. GFX are amazing.

    4. Arthur says:

      Knights of bytes have shown amazing talent with sam’s journey.

      Perhaps they would be willing to take up the reins?

    5. Lorenzo says:

      Ciao per me è un gioco assolutamente fantastico molto di atmosfera e semplice a me piacciono molto questi giochi la grafica e incredibile per un c 64 non sembra neanche un gioco compatibile per c 64 , per me è una idea molto valida , io sono il primo che vorrebbe comprare e portare avanti un gioco cosi purtroppo non ho ne le conoscenze ne il tempo per farlo inoltre ho gia acquistato diversi giochi nuovi per commodore 64 (sam’s journey per esempio della protoviosion) quindi immagino che a questo punto sia solo una questione economica (credo) e sicuramente credo che non mancheranno i fornitori di credito per portare alla fine un discorso del genere , comunque fatemi sapere le evoluzioni io sono sicuramente interessato all’acquisto di una versione totale e completa grazie ottimo lavoro attendo notizie

      Hello for me it is a game absolutely fantastic atmosphere and very simple I like these games very graphic and incredible for a 64 c does not even seem a compatible game for 64, for me it is a very good idea, I am the first that would like to buy and carry on a game so unfortunately I have neither the knowledge nor the time to do so I have already bought several new games for commodore 64 (sam’s journey for example of protoviosion) so I guess at this point is just an economic issue (I think ) and I certainly believe that there will be no credit providers to eventually bring such a speech, however let me know the developments I am definitely interested in buying a complete and complete version thanks excellent work I await news

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