The Commodore 64 Is Back!
Children of the 1980s will likely remember the Commodore 64, a popular 8-bit home computer that dominated the market for over a decade. Well, this classic system will relaunch this winter in an updated package as THEC64.
Developed by Retro Games Ltd., THEC64 is a fully-licensed remake, featuring a full-size keyboard, an updated micro switch classic joystick and four USB ports. The system can connect to any modern TV via HDMI and will include a variety of C64 and VIC20 games like Boulder Dash, Paradroid, Hover Bovver, Attack of the Mutant Camels and Gridrunner – 64 preinstalled games in total. If you already happen to own a stack of ROMs, you’ll be able to load them onto the console via USB drive, giving you the freedom to play whatever classic you can get your hands on.
Retro Reimagined, THEC64 will feature 64 preinstalled titles
THEC64 will feature three modes offering different experiences. You’ll be able to boot into the original C64 BASIC mode, the VIC20 BASIC mode or the Game Carousel, which will give you the option to play the preinstalled games at either 50 or 60Hz at 720p. Optional CRT filters and screen modes will also help you achieve that retro vibe.
THEC64 will be available in stores from December 5th with an RRP of £109.99/€119.99. Pre Orders have already opened and the console will be available at different stores across Europe. Following the NES, SNES and PlayStation Classic mini consoles that have already released, THEC64 looks as though it’ll be a nice addition to fans’ collections.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
What was developer Frogwares’ first Cthulhu-inspired game?
- The Lurking Horror
- Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
- Eternal Darkness
- The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
Catan VR Launches On PSVR
After releasing on Nintendo Switch just last week, Catan is about to settle on PSVR. The VR version of the popular tabletop classic offers a fresh, modern twist on the old-school routine of sitting around a table playing a board game, placing them in a virtual reality setting where they sit around a table… uh, playing a board game.
Players can compete online against opponents from around the world, or play against Catan personalities in the single player mode. Catan VR also supports cross-play with all major VR platforms, so you shouldn’t have any trouble joining your friends for a few games.
CATAN VR launches today on PlayStation VR.
Run-And-Gun Platformer Blazing Chrome Gets A Release Date!
Developer JoyMasher has released a new trailer and confirmed the release date for their upcoming side-scrolling platformer Blazing Chrome. Heavily inspired by old favourites like Contra and Metal Slug, this high-octane pixel art shooter takes place in a time where machines have taken over, almost driving humans to total extinction.
As part of a small rebel group, players attempt to defeat the robots and save humankind. Sporting local co-op play and epic boss battles, Blazing Chrome will offer five challenging post-apocalyptic environments teeming with enemies.
Blazing Chrome is out on July 11th for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
The Lovecraft-inspired Alone in the Dark was the birth of the survival horror
This week sees the release of The Sinking City, an open-world survival horror detective game inspired by the Cthulhu mythos of HP Lovecraft, from the creators of the recent Sherlock Holmes games. But it’s not just The Sinking City that owes a debt to Lovecraft – the entire survival horror genre does.
The similarly-inspired Alone in the Dark, which arrived on PC in 1992, was the equivalent of Wolfenstein 3D or Dune 2 – the progenitor that started the whole thing, even if more-polished later games would prove more popular. In this case, 1996’s Resident Evil would be analogous to Doom or Command & Conquer – the later, better game that took everything established by Alone in the Dark and improved it.
Alone in the Dark was proudly inspired by the Cthulhu mythos – in fact it said so right on the box! It had the combat, fixed-camera perspective, puzzles, zombies, a creepy mansion, a choice between male and female characters – and it even featured Cthulhu.
The later sequels wouldn’t live up to the power of the original Alone in the Dark, with the series sinking lower and lower until it reached its nadir with the online-only and utterly awful Alone in the Dark: Illumination in 2015. Hopefully The Sinking City will carry the torch for Cthulhu-inspired survival horror adventures in 2019!
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love
Time for another giveaway from your pals at Dailybits! Are you a fan of funny point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island, Sam & Max, and the Deponia series? Well, there’s a new one out now – comedy spy thriller Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love – and we’ve got a Steam code to give out every day this week to one lucky winner on our active reader list!
“Take a look behind Irony Curtain in this satirical point-and-click inspired by the best works of LucasArts and Daedalic Entertainment! Experience the totalitarian Matryoshka through the eyes of Evan – a low-ranking, goofy journalist involuntarily pulled right into the middle of an espionage stand-off between two powers. Jump into the wacky spy adventure, uncover secrets of the bizarre communist country (and the powerful capitalist empire!), witness a story full of unpredictable twists and turns, and discover the true agenda of the mysterious Supreme Leader!”