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01/11

Apex Games Arrive

21:01 by akylas. Filed under: Games

A few weeks ago, shortly after Christmas, I ordered myself some of the best platform games made for the Commodore 64:

They finally arrived last week. Apparently the shipping delays in the United Kingdom have had far reaching effects on all shipments leaving the country.

Mayhem in Monsterland, Creatures 2, and Creatures

Unfortunately as it turns out, all the premium disks you see in the photograph above (the second row of the two) are in PAL. The seller I purchased these from, kindly gave me NTSC versions of Mayhem in Monsterland and Creatures 2, but not Creatures. I tried searching for a NTSC version of Creatures, but the three that I was able to find, none of them worked on my NTSC C64 (of course I used my XA1541 cable to transfer it). The only method I had of playing Creatures was through the VICE emulator, which unfortunately is not nearly as fun as in person. The sound does not even compare.

Left with no other option, I had to move onto Creatures 2, which I was able to play on the C64 using the included version from the seller. This game is amazing. It is even more amazing that it is able to accomplish all that it can on a Commodore 64. It’s a rather bloody game, which is pretty surprising given its otherwise tame environment (from the art and gameplay perspective). I’ve only gotten up to Stage 3 so far, since I’m not looking up how to accomplish the stages, but trying to figure them out on my own.

One final note, both the Creatures and Creatures 2 introduction screens are amazing. I only booted up Mayhem in Monsterland just to check to see if the included NTSC disk worked (up to the start of the introduction), so I haven’t actually seen its introduction yet or any gameplay.