Tag Archives: Homebrew

The Hobbit, ZX Spectrum

Written by Philip Mitchell and Veronika Megler, The Hobbit is a legendary text adventure, with graphics, that was published by Melbourne House in 1982.

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Castle Master, Commodore 16/Plus4

A 1992 homebrew conversion of the fourth Freescape game, Castle Master, coded by Tanacs Attila (aka “TGMS”), with additional graphics by P. István (aka “abcug”).

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Total Eclipse, Commodore 16/Plus4

A 1990 homebrew conversion of the classic Freescape game, Total Eclipse, by the Hungarian coder Soós Ferenc (aka “SF”). It requires 64K of RAM to run.

And Total Eclipse an excellent conversion – pretty much identical to its Commodore 64 parent (from which it was converted).

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Dark Side, Commodore 16/Plus4

There are currently two different homebrew conversions of Dark Side available for the Commodore 16/Plus4 – one by Tarzan, and one by Csory. Both are shown here.

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Driller, Commodore 16/Plus4

A 1990 homebrew conversion by Pygmy that requires 64K of RAM (which technically makes it a Plus 4 release). Driller is an impressive achievement on the 6502, even if it does run slowly.

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Prince of Persia, ZX Spectrum

Since I’ve included one ‘unofficial’ port in our Prince of Persia Special (the Commodore 64 version), I’ve also got to include this 1996 ZX Spectrum conversion by Nicodim (because it’s so good).

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Prince of Persia, Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 version of Prince of Persia is not an official release, but a 2011 ‘homebrew’ game created by Nostalgia (not the perfume – the team). And it is quite astounding!

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Boulder Dash, Atari ST

A conversion of the classic Atari 8-bit/Commodore 64 puzzle game, Boulder Dash, although this one dispenses with the original levels and introduces new ones.

In my opinion, it fails because of that.

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Frogger Arcade, Commodore 64

This superb homebrew (unofficial) Frogger, by Hokuto Force, was published (for free of course) around Christmas 2015 for the Commodore 64.

It’s basically a playable beta – a demo really, but it’s a damn good piece of coding, and echos the classic arcade game remarkably well. Certainly better than any Frogger I’ve ever seen on the C64 before!

It’s fantastic to see people still coding decent games for this great machine.

Bruce Lee 2, PC

Bruce Lee 2 is an unofficial ‘homebrew’ sequel to Ron J. Fortier‘s classic Bruce Lee, released free by Bruno R. Marcos in 2013. And it is a marvellous game in its own right!

Not only do the graphics and gameplay follow on brilliantly from the original, but you can also play the game in a number of different screen modes, meaning: you can make it look like an actual C64 game, or even an Amstrad CPC game.

Brilliant to play, not easy to grab, and well worth downloading and playing now.