THEC64 What are the Preloaded Games? as Reviewed by Zzap!64

THEC64 What are the Preloaded Games? as Reviewed by Zzap!64


It’s official December the 5th 2019 the
Commodore 64 is reborn 37 years after its initial release in 1982! So who are
these masterminds behind this rebirth of the biggest-selling computer of all time
Retro Games Limited. So how good though is the machine that they’re producing?
How good are the games they’ve pre-loaded on THEC64? Let’s see what we
know so far by analyzing THEC64 promo video and use the Commodore 64 Bible of the 1980s Zzap!64 Magazine to see if these
pre-installed games are any good. So let’s get started!
Welcome to the bravest man on earth, this must be big news if you’re willing
to record over your wedding tape. Dead man walking. The home computing scene in 2019
looks pretty bleak compared to the 1980s we had in a vast array of
interesting home computers like Sord, Apricot, Peanut, Spectrum from Dragon, Acorn,
Tandy, Microbee, Amstrad and of course Commodore 64 the biggest-selling home
computer of all time. This legend is now reborn revitalized and maybe even better!
This looks like a genuine Commodore 64 look at those keys look at
the rainbow design on THEC64. The biggest selling point about THEC64 is
the keyboard unlike the MINI this has a fully functioning keyboard and that’s
awesome. You can attach your THEC64 to a modern TV via HDMI you can program in
C64 and also VIC-20 modes, the joystick has been upgraded with micro switches,
you have 64 games pre-installed in a carousel format and these are pretty
good games which we’ll look at more details in a few minutes and we’ll also
look at how much it’s going to cost in each country and also what you get in
the box as well and will confirm that release date. What we’ve been told is
there in a sense we’re gaining a VIC-20 we’re getting a Commodore 64 but also
we’re getting a game carousel. So it’s almost like three computer systems
in one! Don’t forget to subscribe to see future videos from the Bread Box.
What about the joystick? It was criticized a little bit with the C64
mini, has the joystick been improved? Well, yes it has. Now it has micro switches
so it gives a real feel from the 1980s when you’re playing games, it’s going to feel heavier it’s going to feel stronger, it has a metal shaft in the joystick but also
has spring control, but what about the games? What games are going to be on THEC64 pre-loaded? Let’s have a look right now…. but before we do… make sure you
subscribe because our next video is the BIGGEST Commodore Computers unboxing video in YouTube history you don’t want to miss it! Alley Kat, game number one is a
vertical racer set in the future and Alley Kat is the sport of choice. In
Alley Kat you race your swing-wing race craft across eight official courses. It
ends when you can no longer afford to continue racing. This game is difficult
and challenging and it should take a number of times to be able to master it
properly. It rated very well in Zzap!64 magazine with 89% overall rate.
Anarchy: in Anarchy you control an ace MKII Interceptor tank as you enter
a massive warehouse to destroy weapon caches of insurgents. This is like a
maze, puzzle, seek and destroy type game. Avenger: I owned this game back in the
1980s I loved at this game. Alot of people say this is a Gauntlet clone but
it is far more than that because in this game you actually go from room to
room you collect Keys and… oh, okay it does sound like Gauntlet. But it’s way more than
that, you’re a ninja and you go through this huge fortress, it’s a it’s a great game
and it’s has hours of game play It scored 86% with Zzap!64 magazine.
Battle Valley: This is the free world’s worst nightmare terrorists have captured
two nukes and in the slick parallax scroller you command a tank or a
helicopter and you have to save the world what a classic game. It rated 91% in Zzap!64 magazine Bounder: This is an interesting game from
Gremlin Graphics, you actually navigate a tennis ball of all things on tiles highly
suspended in the air. I’ve only just started playing this game this year and
it’s a great game, it’s really hard but once you’re used to it, it’s great amount
of fun ZZap!64 magazine gave this game a gold middle that’s 97% rating well worth playing California Games: This is one of my most
favorite games of all time it comes from the kings of sports games, that is Epyx!
It’s a sports compilation game and in my opinion is probably the best sports
compilation game of all time as well! Right from the title music and through
to all the challenges and all the events it’s a brilliant game. The events are
surfing, Frisbee or flying disc, skateboarding half-pipe, roller skating
and my favorite BMX bike racing, Hacki sack or footbag, and each of these events
have their own challenges but the most difficult in my opinion is
the halfpipe (the skateboarding) that’s really hard but well worth playing. An
overall rating of 97% from Zzap!64 magazine. Chips Challenge: You are Chip
McCullen and he wants to join the exclusive “Bit Busters Computer Club” but
to do so he has to pass 144 mind-bending puzzles, this is a huge game and rated
86%. Next is Confuzion: This was one of those simple games that are so addictive
the end are playing until 3 a.m. in the morning. In Confuzion you control a spark
along tiles to reach bombs so you can defuse them and this gets more stressful
and more challenging as time gets shorter. 89%
Cosmic Causeway: This is a very worthy sequel to the iconic Trailblazer game
from Gremlin Graphics. 24 levels divided into six sections, a time limit
you have to get credits & you’ve got to avoid obstacles this all makes Cosmic
Causeway a superb game. Next we have Cyberdyne Warrior: This is the future
where bad robots are put into orbiting prisons around three different planets,
but now they’ve escape to the planet surfaces below. So who you gonna call?
Well Cyberdyne Warrior! This rated 90% in Zzap!64 magazine. Next we have a
classic game, Cybernoid II, I’ve spent many weeks playing this game as a kid and
I’ve just started playing it again recently and I’ve lost so many lives
just trying to leave screen number one so it takes a little while to get used
to again but when you persevere it’s a very rewarding game it’s a very
rewarding sequel. The screens are tight the action is plenty and is all done
with really nice graphics and it’s a real nice package that’s rated 91%. Next we
have Deflector: this is another puzzle game on THEC64, this time you have to
generate an unbroken laser beam and bounce it off mirrors from one side of
the screen to the other, it’s quite an unusual game rated 81% in Zzap!64.
Destroyer: Is a nautical simulator and you’re the captain of a fully armed to
Fletcher Challenger Class American Destroyer and you have to complete seven
missions either in the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean these
missions include hunting down u-boat wolf packs or defending merchant
ships from attack. If you’d like simulators this could be a worthy game for
you to play. It takes a little while to get used to but as a good game…85%
Everyone’s a Wally: this is the sequel to Pjamarama, it’s a multi
character control game though where are able to control five different
characters over about 40 different screens and to progress to each screen
you’ve got to use the objects within the screen to unlock it, to move on to the
next. This is really brain challenging and is definitely harder than Pajamarama
and this rated quite well with Zzap!64 magazine with 82%.
Next we have FireLord: this is where you are Sir Galahad a brave knight doing what
Knights do… saving the day this is another Hewson game. This is a maze
arcade game it rated low with Zzap!64 magazine but definitely give it a go
68%, Griblee’s Day Out: He’s out! Luckily he is, for the eighth baby gribblets
because he has to rescue them. You are Gribbly Grobbly a huge eye’d & even
bigger footed cute character that travels across 16 screens or 16 levels
containing unique looking very trippy acidy looking landscapes. The controls
are very easy to master but the game itself is really hard to beat this rated
quite well with Zzap!64 magazine with 90% Herobotix: is an interesting puzzle
shoot-’em-up game where you’re a hero bot and you have to retrieve information
about a stolen x-ray no I think it was a z-ray particle weapon rated 87%
Highway Encounter: this is where aliens are trying to colonize
earth and you’re armed with five droids and a lasertron you have to detonate
there’s lasertron within the alien mothership and you travel along a long
highway to get to the mothership this rated 79%. Hey and don’t forget to check
out my other videos we are doing unboxing’s of museum donations and stock for the BreadBox Museum here in New Zealand, please don’t forget also to subscribe and click the notification bell as well Impossible Mission: this is a world of
espionage deadly robots and a mad man bent on destruction. This game is a classic
game & I’ve never managed to finish it all the years I’ve tried. I think is one
of the hardest games ever made on the Commodore 64 I could be wrong, but it is
definitely a brilliant game. You are agent 4125 you start off in the elevator
shaft in an underground silo and of course the rest is history!
This rated overall 95% in Zzap!64 magazine. Impossible Mission II: this is
set two years after when Elvin Atom Bender from the previous mission failed
to destroy the world and again your agent 4125 and youre back in business
and so is Elvin Atombender and he’s armed with a missile
And he intends to blow up the world with it. This is a
sequel that doesn’t disappoint it’s a bit like Empire Strikes Back if you know
what I mean. This rated 96% in Zzap!64 magazine. Next we have IO
was a eyeoh I’m not too sure, now this one’s quite interesting it’s got
incredible graphics this is where you are the Top Gun of the space fleet, you
know you’re here to save the world there’s an invading mothership of aliens
and you have to travel through four different amazing levels of real nice
graphics, at the end of each level as a boss or a giant Guardian that you need
to defeat this got 98% for graphics and overall 80% The next game
is quite interesting one Iridis Alpha: I’m not going to talk about the
game but I’m going to talk about the two minigames ‘within this game’. it’s got
amazing graphics and sound effects but there are 2 pause mode games “Made in
France” and if you pause “Made in France” it has a pause game in that game
called DNA. This rated very well with Zzap!64 magazine with 95%
overall. Mega Apocalypse: this is a fast shoot-’em-up game it’s one of those
chaotic action playing games probably the most chaotic one you ever play on THEC64 and
if you loved playing Crazy Comets in the 1980s this is Crazy Comets on steroids
and it features a really nice soundtrack from Robert Hubbard the legend himself
Zzap!64 magazine rated there’s 90% Next game Mission AD: you are Rick Oshley not Rick Ashley… you’re an assassin of assassins and your mission is to protect eight
different bunkers from assassins this got great graphics and a little good
soundtrack this rated at 80%. This is a classic game Monty on the Run: this is
the sequel to Monty the Mole. This time you’ve escaped from the clink or prison
and now you’re on the run from the boys in blue I never knew this was the story
of Monty on the Run but that makes sense now. Again this has an amazing soundtrack
from the Robert Hubbard the legend it’s also a very challenging game it’s very hard to complete. It rated
90%. Next game, Nebulus: In Nebulus you are most likely the cutest
demolition expert in history of computing this little character who has
to travel between towers they’ve been built illegally under the sea and you
travel between these towers in this cute little submarine…Then you
have a time limit to destroy each of these towers sound easy yeah it’s not as
easy as it sounds this read very well 97 percent. Don’t forget to check out my 82
kg Commodore 64 Epic Unboxing video excuse my goofy look on this picture. And
next we have Nether World: this is where you’re stranded in a spaceship on another planet in another dimension and in another time, so how could things get worst? Luckily for you well there is a way back home and all you need to do is
collect gems within a time limit to advance the next stage now this game is
very addictive it sounds a bit like Boulderdash in space in a spacecraft.
This is definitely worthwhile checking out, Zzap!64 gave it 87%. In Nodes of Yarsold I think its pronounced that way, you are Charlemagne Fothingham Grunes… a
mouthful… your mission is to investigate strange happenings on the
moon this game was huge it has 256 screens to explore this is going to keep
you going for weeks or maybe overnight at least, Zzap!64 magazine rated this
95 percent the next game Paranoid: this game is huge in Zzap!64 magazine
in November 1985 they dedicated four pages to this game. I never
knew what this game was about when i played it all those years but what it is,
you are in control of an influence device droid which has beamed across to a robot
freighter spaceship there’s full of psycho robots, they’ve got rid of all the
humans. This is a truly a great classic puzzle game it’s pretty intense because
you have to eradicate all the bad robots or take over control of them as
new hosts to clean up the ship. You transfer control in a minigame as such
and you have to choose from one of two circuit and basically have to dominate
your potential host and thats pretty tense when the time is starting to run
out and you get pretty stressed as you don’t know if you’re going to successfully
do it. This game is really good 97 percent in Zzap!64
PitStop II – is the of course the sequel to Pitstop this is a very early example
of a split-screen racing something that we take for granted today but it was
quite unique back in 1985 this has got great racing action and you race
against 8 different computer cars and the thing is they don’t have to make pit
stops but you do, so it takes real practice to try to catch up to them
again. This is a great classic game 89% Ranarama
this is a game that you could probably say that if Gauthlet and Paradroid had a
baby it would be Ranarama. It’s a very similar style game to both those, it’s an
eight level dungeon you have no idea what’s in each room until you walk
through the door like Paradriod and Gauntlet It’s has very addictive gameplay Zzap!64
magazine rated at 87 percent. Robin of the Wood
Norman’s, Saxons, the sheriff, the forest, Robin… excellent! As Robin you need to
find a Silver Arrow the symbol of freedom for the Saxons, hunting for you
though is he’s oppressive Norman knights that have been sent by the ghastly Sheriff. Classic Robin Hood isn’t it This Robin of the Woods is a huge
challenge that Zzap!64 magazine rated it very well with a 92%. Skate Crazy: of all the skateboarding games on the Commodore 64 this is the most cartoony graphics like one of the lot. It has a Ben Daglish title track parallax
scrolling 8 wheels on your feet excellent 86%. Speed Ball II – 180 seconds
of pure adrenaline sports action. The year is 2100 and it’s the free-for-all ball throwing brawl is the number one sport of the time. It’s a ramped up game of rugby with
no holds barred or maybe its ice hockey with even more
smashes either way it’s a great game. Speed Ball II makes several changes over
the original Speed Ball, instead of having five players on the field at one
time there’s nine and there’s targets on the floor and the walls so you can get
bonus points if you hit them as well. Speedball II rated really well in ZZap!64
with 90% Spindizzy: I love this game, I think
everyone probably has played this game in the past. You’re this
little inverted pyramid looking device you control him through these puzzles.
Did you know that your little Spindizzy device has a name it’s Gerald which
means Gyroscopic Environmental Reconnaissance and Land-mapping Device, there you go, an interesting bit of information. This also rated very well
in Zzap!64 98%. Steel: if you loved Black Hole the movie, when you play this
game you’ll feel like you’re actually on the movie set and you’ll see what I mean
when you play this game. It’s a huge game it has really smart graphics and Zzap!64
rated at 82%. Street Sports Baseball: if remember as a kid playing non-stop
cricket or baseball in your street’s cul-de-sac this game’s abit like that… old-school street sports. Right from the choosing of the team’s – that’s
great law option – to the tatty fields this is a great little street baseball
game, if you don’t like baseball then this is in the wrong ballpark for you. Great game with 82%. Summer Games 2 unlike Combat School which has really
hard on the joystick, actually very hard on the joystick
Summer Games 2 – is pretty kind on the joystick it’s not frantic like the other
game. Each of the eight events have specific controls for them events
like triple jump, rowing, javelin equestrian, high jump
fencing, cycling and kayak Actually for memory I think cycling was
pretty tough on the ol’ arm and the joystick. Apparently there’s also an Easter
Egg hidden in this game if you press F3 Delete and also Cursor
Down at the Title screen you get an alternative title screen, I haven’t tried
it before but it’s worthwhile giving it a go Summer Games 2 is a worthy sequel to
Summer Games 1 and rated very well in Zzap!64 at 97%. Supercycle: this is another
offering from Epyx, it seems to be quite a few on THEC64, it may be one the better
motorbike racing games on the Commodore 64 …obviously that’s a personal opinion but in this game here – like most
motorcycle racing games you race against the clock and against the computer and
you avoid oil spills, cacti and ice. Highly addictive game and rated pretty well
with Zzap!64 95% . The Temple of Asphai Trilogy: this is an interesting game
because as you travel through a dungeon you only see what you can see through
the field of vision you can’t see beyond that on the map. So the further you
travel the more the map you uncover and the more you obviously explore you need
to survive this adventure Zzap!64 we’re good fans of this game and rated 90%. The
Ark of Yasod, this is a sequel to the Nodes of Yasod, still you’re Charlemagne
Fotheringham Grunes it’s a mouthful
either way and he continues with his work with ICUPS. ICUPS, the
international commission for universal problem solving, it has great graphics it
has music very similar to Robin of the Wood, great game though, and rated 91
percent in Zzap!64 magazine. The thing Bounces Back: actually I must admit I
never knew the Thing on the Spring had a sequel so I look forward to playing this
game if it’s anything like the first game it’s going to be excellent to play. It
rated 86 percent. And this is the original Thing on a Spring: this is an
ultra cute little thing who’s on a … spring and he solves puzzles through 16
different rooms in a factory that’s been closed
Touching nasties will help you lose oil so you don’t want to do that,
it also starts making you rust. You can reverse this procedure by
collecting oil cans. This is great little puzzle game hours of fun here
Zzap!64 rated this game 86% Trailblazer: this is a great game most of us
have probably played it at one stage in our lives this is a three-dimensional
racing game you race your craft which looks like a soccer ball $ which sticks to
the tracks pretty well at high speed you need to make sure you get through
the track within a time limit these tiles that you’re running across some
have special abilities or will give you special abilities but the idea is simple
get to the end before the time limit runs out. Uridium: now I keep on saying
the word “classic” but yes another classic Commodore 64 game and maybe one the best shoot-’em-up games ever made. You fly your agile Mantis class space
fighter across 15 different dreadnoughts to blow them up and you do this by
disrupting their power units. It’s got smooth scrolling
it’s got great music and good sound effects as well this course rated very
well with Zzap!64 with 94% Who Dare Wins – in this vertical
scroller you’re a lone wolf and you need to capture eight enemy outposts.
sounds easy it’s not as easy it sounds it is a real
challenge and it’s a good-looking challenge as well. Zzap!64 called the land-scapes “incredible” and the game “fantastic” so must be a pretty good game
this rated 90% in Zzap!64 magazine Winter Games: this is a follow up from
Summer Games from Epyx these are guys are really are the champions of sports
compilation games but unlike the Summer Games where you had eight events Winter
Games only has seven events but this doesn’t make it any worse. It has hot dog
aerials, figure skating, ski jump, free skating, spate speed skating Biathlon
bobsled. Apparently during the ice skating or the figure skating competition if you
fall down on every flag yes she can get perfect six now of course I wouldn’t
recommend this if you’re honorable person but interesting with while trying.
This rated 94%. World Games and another Epyx game and luckily these compilation
games the sports compilation games are great fun they offer hours of gameplay
and also can play against your friends as well, so it’s awesome that there’s so
many on THEC64. In this one you have eight events. We have
different events from different parts of the world we have weightlifting from
Russia slalom skiing from France log rolling from Canada cliff jumping from
Mexico, caber toss from Scotland,bull riding from USA, barrel jumping from
Germany & sumo wrestling from Japan. Zzap!64 loved this game and maybe it’s the
best of the sports compilations of all time they’re rated 98%! Zynaps, acutually i never knew how to pronounce this game properly but I’m assuming that’s the way to
pronounce it. This is a personal favorite of mine from the 1980s I used to love playing
this on my Commodore 64. 12 levels of shoot-’em-up action using your scorpion
fighter to destroy as many invading aliens as he can
great game and I still have not managed to finish this game! So I look forward to playing this on THEC64. Zzap!64 magazine rated this 90% …but wait there’s more there’s other
games that I couldn’t find in Zzap!64 Boulderdash one of my personal favorites
Attack of the Mutant Camels and that’s a classic Bear Bover, Galencia which is
a modern modern game, Gateway to Asphai, Gridrunner, Hover bovver
Jumpman, Street Sports basketball and Heartland just to name a few and that
rounds off 64 games there are pre-loaded on THEC64 did you notice that most of
those games averaged about 80%+ in Zzap!64 magazine reviews. So are you going to buy
Retro Games THEC64? If you answered no please check your pulse because you must
be dead! this is going to be a quality product you get three computer systems
and one the VIC-20 the Commodore 64 and the game carousel you get a working keyboard HDMI
connection to modern TVs new improved joystick with micro switches 64 inbuilt
games and the ability to upload more games on USB stick that gives you an
library of potentially 10,000 different games and programs that you can use on
THEC64. But what comes in the box? what do you get with this package? Lets have a
look right now! You get THEC64 computer of course you get the micro switch
joystick you get a 1.2 meter HDMI cable 1.2 meter USB power cable you get a 2
amp USB AC charger, the quick guide and of course the 64 games pre-installed on
THEC64… oh yeah you also get a VIC-20 with all that as well that’s pretty
amazing value but how much is all this going to cost?
well here’s the initial pricing for different countries just get an example
for New Zealand in 1982 , well actually early 1983 when they officially released in New
Zealand the Commodore 64. The Commodore 64 was $1,295 in 1982/3. That’s equivalent today to five
thousand and twenty two dollars and sixty five cents so $239 for THEC64 in New
Zealand that’s an amazing value and that’s
across the board for each country that’s going to be released in. So get out there in
pre-book your THEC64 right now

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