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Sherlock Holmes in Under the Boardwalk

1985 Bantam Software

Platforms: Apple II, PCjr and potentially Commodore 64 (TBC)

Planned as a sequel to Sherlock Holmes: Another Bow, which was released by Bantam Software in 1984 on a variety of 8-bit platforms. Sadly it was never to be.

In an interview with Scott Stilphen, artist Michael Becker revealed that the sequel was using the same engine as the original game, and featured Al Capone, Babe Ruth, and the mob as Sherlock visited Atlantic City in the 1930s and solved some crimes whilst in his 70s.

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Mark Hardisty spoke with Peter Golden in issue 11 of Classic Adventurer, where Peter recalled having completed his work on the title, though Bantam would leave the market before it could be fully released to the world. Continue reading

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GTW64 April 2023 updates

A much larger update this month, as there was a lot of corrections and fixes done to some old posts, but we also have 7 completely new entries too to further increase the size of the C64 archive. Won’t be long until we hit 3000!


New entries include details of a City Connection conversion, a great looking and recent Ghostbusters tribute, a cool looking wresting game, an abandoned graphic text adventure, two missing games that could well be out there and a post on an early Pac-Man clone by Andrew Trott. Enjoy!

7 new entries added

City ConnectionCode 3Ghostbusters 2021Nedime – The Caliph’s DaughterTerragonThe Boring HourUnnamed Pac-Man clone

50 updates added

64 Tape Computing – Issue 14BabylonBallisationBird Mother V1Black Gold 2Bobby Charlton SoccerBombzoneBuffalo Roundup V1Butch – Hard GuyCDU Games DisksDanger! High VoltageDimension XDrugbirdDynaboysEgy kis kiruccanásEnforcer 2Evil GardenFire & ForgetFlight Deck 2Furry Knibble Girls 2GargantuanGo Ape!Hard FireImmensityImperiumItalian pirated gamesJumpy64La Venganza del ToroMortal Kombat 2MythosPanic ButtonProximaQuarkQuark IXRex HardSabian IslandSankara StoneSingle Extreme FreedomSquad OneStar of AfricaSunburst Communications titlesSuper CTank Battle SimulatorThe BrainiesThe Seven Gates Of JambalaThe Sixth SenseThe War of the DragonToi Acid GameVietnam GunboatXenodrome

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1984 Christopher Hester

Platform: ZX Spectrum 48k

Can you help Harry complete the five screens and escape? He must clear up the potions whilst avoiding the nasties, in order to gather strength for the next screen and to be able to survive long enough to get to the door out.

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Well, that was the introduction set out by creator Chris Hester back in 1984, when building up ideas for a new game in his ideas book for the ZX Spectrum. Heavily inspired by Manic Miner, Chris set to work putting together his design, printing off screens using his thermal printer. Continue reading

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Jumbly 2

1984 DK’Tronics

Platform: ZX Spectrum 48k

Don Priestley created some of the most memorable 8-bit games of all time, thanks to his trademark large cartoon graphics within games. I lost many hours playing the likes of The Trap Door on the C64, which felt like I was controlling an actual cartoon.

One of Don’s early titles was a puzzler called Jumbly, a picture puzzle game, where you had to shuffle blocks into the correct order. It is very similar in many ways to Split Personalities by Domark which came out a little while later. Continue reading

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Hexuma 2: Dawn of the Cave World

1993 Software 2000

Platform: Commodore Amiga

A short entry for a graphic text adventure sequel for the Commodore Amiga, and due for release by Software 2000 in 1993.

Hexuma: Das Auge Des Kal was released to some positive reviews, and already by the time of its release – a sequel was already in the works according to the press – with Harald Evers busy working on it.

According to Aktueller Software Markt, the game was being developed in secrecy, though was revealed to be set within a subterranean world so big that you can fly around it on a dragon’s back. Continue reading

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GTW64 March 2023 updates

By complete fluke, we’ve matched last month’s tally of updates, with 1 new entry and 20 updates for the C64 GTW archive. This includes a rare screenshot from the C64 edition of D-Day and also an original TAP image preserved for Money Minefield.

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Thanks to all our contributors for their help this month and see you again next month! Enjoy the updates!

1 new entry added

The Sexual Edge

20 updates added

2PacBlockieBugs Bunny: Private EyeD-DayLemmings V1Mad Crash RacingMoebius StripMoney MinefieldMurder!Necromancer 2NefariousNeiwNew ClownsNew PasquaOn TablePanic ButtonParallaxTelekommando 2The Attack of the Blue BomberZuid

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adidas Championship Football -recovered

Only a few copies were ever sold of adidas Championship Football in France by Ocean Software. A handful of copies were known to exist, but were yet to be preserved. This changed on the 22nd March thanks to Galahad, with yet another great preservation effort.


Over at the English Amiga Board, Galahad revealed that the game was secured via Paul Badham (@MrBads_Games) who brought the game on Ebay with the hope that it was the Amiga edition (but thinking it probably wasn’t). Continue reading

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