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We are an Unreleased and Cancelled Video games archive with prototypes, developer history and assets for many computers and consoles of all ages. A non-profit large archive dedicated to preserving games that were never released to the public. Sharing history and stories from the developers, assets and more before it is too late. GTW has been preserving video game history since 1999.

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Matchmaker: Grammar disk preserved

A quick post thanks to Bertrand / Atari Frog, to highlight the recent recovery of an unpreserved educational title for the C64 called Matchmaker: Grammar. Released in 1983 by American Educational Computer.


The disk was preserved by SoulBuster on the AtariAge forums, who has prolifically been preserving many a Atari 400/800 title. With Matchmaker, there was an Atari version one side, and C64 the other. The download can be found below.


Matchmaker Grammar (1983)(American Educational Computer)(US)[disk]

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Santa Monica FC European Challenge

2000 Frey United Software

Platform: Amiga 1200

Following on from last week’s post on Euro Round-Up: Czech Republic, another recovery has been made from the archives of Frey United Software with another football manager game due out for the Commodore Amiga 1200 in 2001/2001. The game was being created by the Barczyński brothers, and was written in AMOS.

euro challenge 11

Santa Monica FC European Challenge utilized a very similar engine/process to Euro Round-Up: Czech Republic and may have been part of the same series. We’ll add more details as we learn more over time. Continue reading

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1992-2008 Bitmap Brothers

Platforms: PC Engine and Nintendo DS

The PC Engine/TurboGrax-16 is a wonderful platform with a wide range of titles, including my favourite – Parasol Stars. As the platform started to get a little bit of traction, we began to see a large number or promised titles – Gods would be one of many which were promised, but would never see the light of day.

pcengine gods scaled
Was this really a PC engine screenshot? Perhaps not?

Gods was a stunning looking platform/puzzler that would see conversions to a number of platforms over the years. It was PC Engine Fan magazine in June 1992 which posted a preview of the game and mentioned it as coming soon for that particular platform. Continue reading

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Euro Round-Up: Czech Republic

2000 Frey United Software

Platform: Amiga 1200

Another recovery and release in 2024, this time with a football manager game which was due out for the Commodore Amiga 1200 in 2001/2001. The game was being created by the Barczyński brothers, and was written in AMOS.

czman 13

Euro Round-Up: Czech Republic was the first of several management games planned by Frey United Software, which would simulate European football – all games would utilize the same interface and style. This particular development would focus on Czech Republic and its teams. Continue reading

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The King’s Ransom

1993 ReadySoft Incorporated

Platforms: Commodore Amiga and PC

Following on from Wrath of the Demon was a new title from ReadySoft called The King’s Ransom, with the same level of detailed animations, but a bit more in the way of interactions and inventory. The game was due for release on both the Commodore Amiga and PC back in 1993. The story would go as follows:

Long ago, a circle of the most powerful wizards in the land bound the myriad forces of evil into several small crystals and hid them within a distant mountain. This was not enough to contain them, however, and the evil festered and grew. Your king has asked you, the bravest warrior in the land, to seek out and destroy the crystals before the evil can consume the entire kingdom.


The game was a mix of arcade and graphic adventure – where you would build your character’s attributes and arm them with a variety of weapons and armour to battle over 40 creatures across 150 locations. Continue reading

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Astrology – Atari prototype recovered

Atari Mania are on it again, with a Atari 400/800 prototype recovered by John Hardie. This time an Astrology program which was developed in 1982.


This is what Atari Mania posted about it on AtariAge’s forums:

“It seems Astrology was only listed in a single Atari catalog in late 1980 before being canned, although the author appears to have continued tweaking it until early 1982. Rather surprisingly, this title was written by John Dunn of VCS Superman fame and looks complete. If you want to play around with the program, you’ll find some easy-to-follow instructions written by John Hardie with the .atr file.”

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GTW64 January 2024 update

A new year, and to hit the ground running we have had a large amount of updates to the Commodore 64 archive this month. Here goes:

3 games recovered – Metal Piramid, The Spirit and Jump People

In case you missed it, this month thanks to Csaba Virag, we added two lost full games and a preview, one of which is a neat little platformer.

Metal PiramidJump PeopleThe Spirit

Further Adventures of Alice in Videoland

A bit of a strange one, where this odd sequel to Alice in Videoland was released by Bug Byte on budget, but was incomplete. A game where there is much more to find!

Further Adventures of Alice in Videoland

6 other new entries added

As well as the above, we have 6 other new entries added – some of which might be titles that are out there and just need preserving.

Chemistry TutorialGlobal ConquestGumbyHeckle and JeckleIstar Crossword Jr.Morgol

17 further entries updated

Then almost last but not least, we have 17 entry updates, with new information, scans and more – including a number of missing titles that have been preserved under the likes of the Dynacomp catalog, Orbyte Software titles and Sunburst Communications thanks to Allan Pinkerton!

19 Boot Camp – Part 22400 A.D.BombCar GameDerek Bell’s Le MansDynacomp catalog titlesGrubzInfectionJacemanLaser Disc to C64 interfaceMad PlanetsMurder!Orbyte Software titlesPeople from SiriusSunburst Communications titlesThe RoninUndead

Chevy Tech 1987 disk preservation

And finally we have preservation of a vehicle advertisement/catalogue disk from Allan Pinkerton which we have shared on the site.

Chevy Tech page

Enjoy and see you next month!

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Educational and bible titles preserved

Contributor Allan Pinkerton is on fire at the moment with his preservation work, and he has preserved a large bundle of educational titles from Kidware and also Bible research files for the Commodore 64.


There is also a Quiz Minder title which Allan has tried to dump, but has been having issues with so far. We’ve added what Allan has preserved so far.

We haven’t created GTW entries, as these titles were actually released – but we are sharing the preservation work that Allan has done, so here you go and please feel free to add to any digital archives:

In March 2024, Marco Das then preserved some more Kidware titles, which you can find links to below:

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Battle Bowls

1996 Frontier Software

Platforms: Atari ST, Atari Falcon, Commodore Amiga and PC

Our next entry in the archives is a puzzler that was due for release on Commodore Amiga and Atari ST platforms, then later Atari Falcon and PC. The game was due for a late release for back in 1996 when the ST/Amiga platforms were practically gone commercially.

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A screenshot from the PC DOS version of the game. Check out a download link below!

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The Magician’s Castle

1994 Psygnosis

Platforms: Commodore Amiga and PC

We’ve covered a few Miracle Games titles over the years, including later incarnations of Dick Special and also Bouncy Bat game. In 1994, another title from the studio was due for release via Psygnosis in the form of The Magician’s Castle.


The game was to be an adventure/puzzle game where two brother magicians (each jealous of each other’s skills) are at war. Brother A has cast a spell over Brother B (yourself!), who is now a prisoner in his own castle, drained of all magical abilities. Fortunately before this happened, he was able to activate his hat, gloves, shoes and cane into a magical assistant. This assistant is your only hope of gaining freedom. The story is much darker, as you will find out further on. Continue reading

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