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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 2:19 pm 
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Hello everyone.

My name is Tom and I'm looking for beta testers for a new game I have finished developing for the Commodore 64. This is a pirate themed adventure game, which is still currently untitled.

This game was written in the native commodore 64 version of BASIC and due to its 38k memory limitations for BASIC programs this game has been crammed into just over 32k of memory, leaving some room for alterations and finishing touches.

The game is limited to a simple two word parser which recognises up to 60 verbs and over 20 objects across 64 rooms.

The game is complete and I've tested it for as many bugs as I can find but I would like some testers to play at and give me feedback. All kinds of comments, feedback, bug reports, transcripts are more than welcome.

The program is a .PRG file below, which should run in any popular C64 emulator as well as on an actual Commodore 64. I would recommend VICE or CCS64.

If you are interested in playing this game then please PM me and provide an email address. I will arrange to make the file available to you.

Any questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you in advance.

Below are a few screen shots to give you a taste:

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:41 pm 
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Hey it looks really cool! Makes me wish i had a C64 to play it on!

Great work.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:56 pm 
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jkj yuio wrote:
Hey it looks really cool! Makes me wish i had a C64 to play it on!

Great work.


Thanks a lot :)

The game can be played on a Commodore 64 emulator such as Vice or CCS64 which are available for free. Any body who wants to beta test I will send the game file and links to emulators if required.

CCS64 can be grabbed here: http://www.ccs64.com/


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:05 pm 
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Sounds like fun!

I have an operational C64 with a sd disk drive set up and ready to play.

Though like new, the C64's keyboard is clunky at best, but I would enjoy putting your game through its paces.

Thank you,
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:11 pm 
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fos1 wrote:
Sounds like fun!

I have an operational C64 with a sd disk drive set up and ready to play.

Though like new, the C64's keyboard is clunky at best, but I would enjoy putting your game through its paces.

Thank you,
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Jeff

That's amazing. I don't wanna pass up on a chance for the game to be tested on some proper hardware! If you're up for it, send me a PM and we can sort out sending the game over.


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Whoa - those are character graphics. Very nicely done.


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markm wrote:
Whoa - those are character graphics. Very nicely done.

Yes they are haha. I just did the best I could with them. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:12 am 
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fos1 wrote:
Sounds like fun!

I have an operational C64 with a sd disk drive set up and ready to play.

Though like new, the C64's keyboard is clunky at best, but I would enjoy putting your game through its paces.


what 64 do you have ? a brown "breadbox" or the later cream "aerodynamic" model ? I have owned the former, heavily used for text and text-graphic adventures and programming, and I never considered "clunky" the keyboard (whose never broke, notwhistanding said very heavy usage during mid-80s...)

later for actual comments on this game !

Best regards from Italy,
dott. Piergiorgio.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:18 pm 
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Just an additional comment from me. If you want to PM can you send an email address as C64 .PRG files will not attach on the forums. Thanks.


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Hi Piergiorgio,

I have the original "breadbox" C64. I have had it since new. I had most of the extras and lots of software disks back in the day. I have moved to many destinations since the 80s and the only thing I managed to keep on the shelf was the C64 itself. I moved this game over to the C64 using an SD card based disk drive adapter. The first attempt ended up with a wiped disk. Turned out the C64 is limited to a 16 character file name. After shortening the game name to tomadvent.prg it loaded up fine. I'm looking forward to exploring the game further this weekend.

The game is incredible. The graphics and narrative are quite fun. Tom is an exceptional programmer and writer. Tom would have been a premier writer back in the Infocom days. He is great today, just in a different market.

PS. Even though my C64 is like new, the keyboard is noting like a modern keyboard. The key placement is unusual and it is certainly not conducive to modestly fast touch typing. Lots of missed key strokes. But then, that could just be me.

Jeff


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