Documenting unreleased, cancelled and prototype games.
Covering unreleased and cancelled games and prototypes on both consoles and computers. We are a 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.
A non-profit digitisation project, aiming to digitally preserve software and history which would otherwise be lost for good. If for any reason there is anything that you do not wish to be on the website, please contact us for removal.
Great news, but thanks to the games author Simon Phillips, we have managed to preserve possibly one of the only copies and packages of the obscure Gamma Strike game set on the Commodore 64.
What is particularly interesting about this finding is the use of the two guns which shoot plastic pellets, and of which probably caused the downfall of the package and its very limited release.
Now, it is pretty hard to fully preserve this title because of the hardware packaged with it, but by time of the Christmas update we should have a semi-playable download version of the 3 games that you can check out. Also with this will be various high quality photos/scans of the hardware, box and technical details of how the target and gun worked (So maybe you could rebuild the thing! ) to completely preserve this wonderful obscurity.
After some digging around and very careful tape backing up, Jeff Minter has discovered and released a whole range of unseen Llamasoft games on the Vic 20 platform (and one on the Commodore PET). In maybe a weekend of preservation fever, some of these games may have just been saved in time before Jeffs work tapes decayed for good.
Theres some nice titles discovered here, not on the scale of “Hellgate” or “AMC”, but very nice none-the-less and definately worth checking out
The guys at World of Spectrum have just worked with Dean Hickingbottom to recover remains of a rather neat little game called Ninja Grannies which was developed by Clockwise Developments. Well, its a one on one beat-em-up which isnt Street Fighter 2, but its quite a comical little game.
Unfortunately no publishers wanted the game, and so it remained unpublished. Spectrum and CPC versions were developed in parallel, and its believed a C64 version was also in development (Of which an entry exists on GTW64). Hopefully other versions will follow through in the future.
Catalypse was a pretty nifty C64 sideways shooter which challenged the likes of Armalyte and Delta towards the end of the C64s lifetime. Sadly Zzap 64 were strangely critical of the game and gave it a low mark, although the game is quite awesome from its intros, the game and the end sequence.
Recently the guys at ready64.org interviewed Andrea Pompili and managed to get an unreleased version of Catalypse which features a number of bug fixes, some including a level 2 loading screen, fixes to the bosses of 1st and 2nd level, etc.
Thanks to Peter Weighill for highlighting, but the World of Spectrum have recently recovered another unreleased game, this time an early version of Basket Master called Fernando Martin Basket Master
Now, this particular version was in development with support by Dinamic, but the owners decided that deadlines were being missed and the game was reassigned to another programmer. The game used the graphics that were already created, but the new programmer did the game code itself from scratch. Apart from a mention in Micro Hobby magazine in 1986, the original BETA version has never surfaced until now.
It begs the question now if a similar fate happened to C64 and Amstrad conversions, with the C64 version being done I think in-house by Gari Biasillo.
But for Spectrum owners, check out the findings and read more details over at the WoS entry here:
Thanks to Fabrizio Bartoloni for the heads up on these 3 Atari ST games which never saw the light of day, including the recently recovered Highway Encounter game (Which is believed to be pretty much complete, though lacking on music).
Included in the list are Artic Moves and Laser Squad 2. Visit the AtariMania website link below for more details:
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