The U64 Inn

Last update: 2021-11-12

In the warm summer of '21 I finally took the plunge and started streaming semi-regularly. I try to get in a few hours every week, real-life permitting.

The overarching purpose of the stream is to play — unintendedly badly — games from 1983 and up, year by year. You see, apart from the usual turbo-tape classics, there are tons of obscure games that I never got the chance to play back in the 20th century when I was young and adorable.

That's no way to have lived.

So, what better way to improve existence than to enjoy some light-hearted retro-gaming among like-minded friends?

I also feature SIDs, demos, musicdisks, requests, newer games or other C64 related content. Mostly on an Ultimate 64 Elite sporting authentic 6581AR4 and 8580R5 SIDs, both from my peak year of 1987.

No gimmicks. No bits, rewards, chat games or similar. The only exception is Pick-a-Tron™, an A.I. (cough) that randomly selects games, and assists my spotty memory by keeping track of games played.

You're welcome to join in. Participate in the chat like an adult, or simply lurk — Your choice. I still hope you'll find some entertainment, however you choose.

Follow to be notified when live, at twitch.tv/dmx87

Schedule: Still settling in, but so far it looks like Wednesday or Thursday starting 20:30 CEST is most plausible. I also like to come on some Fridays and Saturdays, all depending on how much beer I had.

Gems

There are gems to be found in the rubble. I'll make an effort to regularly feature the games here. So if you happen to like the kind of games I like, then maybe you'll find something interesting here, too. The list is kept newest to oldest.

Gnome Gnome
1984 Ing. W. Hofacker GmbH
This strange game first appeared to be another impossibly hard, buggy mess. But layer after layer of depth came to the surface, making it a hidden jewel well worth playing. Hint: Moving about is actually in 3D! And, oh, dust off that German dictionary. Rumour has it that this will get an update, somehow...

Revisits

Some games are worth a revisit, and may even be promoted to Gems at a later time. Note that obvious classics are not present.

Countdown to Meltdown Countdown to Meltdown
1984 Creative Sparks
Quite complex adventure with a good atmosphere. Utilizing up to eight androids, can you stop the nuclear meltdown in time?
Bozo's Night Out Bozo's Night Out
1984 Taskset
Help Bozo home from the pub, but watch out! Gameplay requires some hand-eye coordination, so I recommend to down a few beers before you have a go at this.
Below the Root Below the Root
1984 Spinnaker
Arcade adventure sporting a a big world, NPCs and mysterious quests. Appears to have depth, and could be an intriguing play for the adventurous.
Chiller Chiller
1984 Mastertronic
The Darlings are back with this budget classic. Tough platforming, as usual, but with seemingly more variety than usual. And great music!
Captain Starlight Captain Starlight
1984 Data Media
An above-average jet-pack game with some interesting mechanics and a sense of exploration.
Black Belt Black Belt
1984 Earthware
I'm a sucker for martial arts games. Animations in this game are not too shabby, but gameplay is a little on the slow side.
Zig-Zag Zig-Zag
1984 DK Tronic
Surprisingly fast and responsive "3D" maze game having you hunt down and eliminate aw, too cute monsters.
Ghost Chaser Ghost Chaser
1984 Advantage
Frank Cohen is back in his recognizable style. It's rather Chased by Ghosts, and as usual an interesting challenge.
Toy Bizarre Toy Bizarre
1984 Activision
Initially complex arcade action, but when you get it, you'll have quite some fun!
Mancopter Mancopter
1984 Datasoft
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Flappy Bird? No, it's the copter of a Man!
House of Usher House of Usher
1984 Kingsoft
A spooky multi-room challenge. Do you dare enter?
Henry's House Henry's House
1984 English Software
Henry is trying to make his way through a commoner's house. Nice gameplay and fun mechanics.
Micro Power Micro Power
1984 Ghouls
I have a sweet spot for hard platformers with simple and clean graphics. Just like Ghouls.
TYMAC Software TYMAC Software
1984 Gandalf the Sorcerer
Gandalf is struggling to defend his castle in this shooter with nice graphics and sound.
Doriath Doriath
1984 Virgin Games
Keys, chalices, secrets will mystify in this arcade adventure.
The Dark Tower The Dark Tower
1984 Melbourne House
Tough as nails platforming exploration.
Cuthbert in the Tombs Cuthbert in the Tombs
1984 Microdeal
A classic top-down/side-view arcade adventure that we all like so much.
Conan Conan
1984 Datasoft
Strange colours, wonky gameplay and flickering sprites still leaves a desire to see what's beyond the next screen. And it was programmed by Ron J. Fortier of Bruce Lee fame!
Tales of the Arabian Nights Tales of the Arabian Nights
1984 Interceptor
Spell the word in order and unlock the next screen.
Spelunker Spelunker
1984 Bröderbund
It's a classic, and there's a reason for it. A journey deep into mysterious caves!
Black Knight Black Knight
1984 Interdisc
Nice music, good graphics. Funny horse. A bit buggy, but it tickles the urge to see what's next.
Swoop Swoop
1984 Micro Power
A smooth and playable Invader shooter.
Mystic Mansion Mystic Mansion
1984 US Gold
The simple graphics hides a challenging puzzle journey through the vast mansion.
Mr. Dig Mr. Dig
1984 Microdeal
A Mr. Do! inspired game that plays very well.
Hot Pop Hot Pop
1984 Melbourne House
An entertaining little Japanese style puzzle platformer with screen editor. Surprisingly modern gameplay.
WitchSwitch WitchSwitch
1984 English Software
Fun little children's (?) game that has you morphing from one animal to the next.
Whistler's Brother Whistler's Brother
1984 Brøderbund
Whistle your busy Doctor-brother to his destination. Interesting platformer puzzle concept, challenging mechanics.
Smuggler Smuggler
1984 Abbex Software
Frustrating but intriguing puzzle-platformer. How many "sheets" could there be?
Caverns of Khafka Caverns of Khafka
1984 Cosmi
Paul Norman strikes again with more great music in a very mysterious and alluring game. Is this even finishable?
Front Runner Front Runner
1984 Storm Warrior
Don't remember why this was tagged, but there's something to it.
Access Software Access Software
1984 Ollie's Follies
Another Frank Cohen game that has a recognizable style and some good mechanics.
Mind Control Mind Control
1984 Mastertronic
Tough platforming by the Darlings. It's one of those potentially rage-quitting games that you just have to have another go at.
Jury's still out on this one, but once one gets the mechanics, it grows on you. What on earth hides in the centre of the Earth?
Crazy Conveyors Crazy Conveyors
1983 Bytes and Bits
Floors & ladders game with level editor and stuff happening. Hard foes ruin some of the fun, but still interesting.
Artillery Duel Artillery Duel
1983 Action Graphics / Xonox
Early Scorched Earth game.
Blagger Blagger
1983 Alligata Software
A Crowther (what's a crowther?) makes things difficult for thieves in this classic, tough, multi-room platformer.
Cohen's Towers Cohen's Towers
1983 Fanda / Datamost, Inc.
Can the newly hired mail-room boy make his way up the ranks? Or will he be demoted by poodles or falling potty plants.
Crazy Caveman Crazy Caveman
1983 Merlin Software
Cavemen and dinosaurs, they used to live together in harmony. Until now.
Fire Ant Fire Ant
1983 Mogul / Victory Software
Mike Wacker! Simple and effective graphics, and some puzzling to be had.
Hard Hat Mack Hard Hat Mack
1983 Electronic Arts
If we can hack that annoying guy on the right away, it could actually be playable.
Hideous Bill and the Gi-Giants Hideous Bill and the Gi-Giants
1983 Virgin Games
Lady Tut Lady Tut
1983 Spinnaker Software
Mabel's Mansion Mabel's Mansion
1983 Datamost, Inc.
Mountain King Mountain King
1983 Beyond
Who is the Mountain King, and how to we get there? We have to find out!
Sammy Lightfoot Sammy Lightfoot
1983 Sierra Online, Inc.
Sammy makes his way through levels of loads-of-stuff happening, which I love. Now, if I can get past level 1...

2 player hotseat

I thought I'd also keep a list of two player hotseat games, to be played by two humans in the same room. Any streamers out there with friends? Anyone?

Real of Impossibility Real of Impossibility
1984 Electronic Arts
Interesting action RPG'ish Zombie exploration.
Stock Car Stock Car
1984 Micro Power
Overhead bumpy ride. Watch out for oil slicks.
I prefer the original Decathlon, but this can still be fun against a friend.
Warriors of Zypar Warriors of Zypar
1984 Synapse
Once you get grip on the ruleset, this looks like it could be a quite fun 2-player arena game.
Mario Bros Mario Bros
1984 Atarisoft
Bump those turtles with a friend. Most probably knows the Ocean version, but this one is also fun.
Save New York Save New York
1983 Creative Software
Defend the big apple from aliens, and duke it out in the subway. My friends and I used to play this every time we turbo-taped it.