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.
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.
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...
Some games are worth a revisit, and may even be promoted to Gems at a later time. Note that obvious classics are not present.
Quite complex adventure with a good atmosphere. Utilizing up to eight androids, can you stop the nuclear meltdown in time?
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.
Arcade adventure sporting a a big world, NPCs and mysterious quests. Appears to have depth, and could be an intriguing play for the adventurous.
The Darlings are back with this budget classic. Tough platforming, as usual, but with seemingly more variety than usual. And great music!
An above-average jet-pack game with some interesting mechanics and a sense of exploration.
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.
Surprisingly fast and responsive "3D" maze game having you hunt down and eliminate aw, too cute monsters.
Frank Cohen is back in his recognizable style. It's rather Chased by Ghosts, and as usual an interesting challenge.
Initially complex arcade action, but when you get it, you'll have quite some fun!
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Flappy Bird? No, it's the copter of a Man!
A spooky multi-room challenge. Do you dare enter?
Henry is trying to make his way through a commoner's house. Nice gameplay and fun mechanics.
I have a sweet spot for hard platformers with simple and clean graphics. Just like Ghouls.
Gandalf is struggling to defend his castle in this shooter with nice graphics and sound.
Keys, chalices, secrets will mystify in this arcade adventure.
Tough as nails platforming exploration.
A classic top-down/side-view arcade adventure that we all like so much.
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!
Spell the word in order and unlock the next screen.
It's a classic, and there's a reason for it. A journey deep into mysterious caves!
Nice music, good graphics. Funny horse. A bit buggy, but it tickles the urge to see what's next.
A smooth and playable Invader shooter.
The simple graphics hides a challenging puzzle journey through the vast mansion.
A Mr. Do! inspired game that plays very well.
An entertaining little Japanese style puzzle platformer with screen editor. Surprisingly modern gameplay.
Fun little children's (?) game that has you morphing from one animal to the next.
Whistle your busy Doctor-brother to his destination. Interesting platformer puzzle concept, challenging mechanics.
Frustrating but intriguing puzzle-platformer. How many "sheets" could there be?
Paul Norman strikes again with more great music in a very mysterious and alluring game. Is this even finishable?
Don't remember why this was tagged, but there's something to it.
Another Frank Cohen game that has a recognizable style and some good mechanics.
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?
Floors & ladders game with level editor and stuff happening. Hard foes ruin some of the fun, but still interesting.
Early Scorched Earth game.
A Crowther (what's a crowther?) makes things difficult for thieves in this classic, tough, multi-room platformer.
Can the newly hired mail-room boy make his way up the ranks? Or will he be demoted by poodles or falling potty plants.
Cavemen and dinosaurs, they used to live together in harmony. Until now.
Mike Wacker! Simple and effective graphics, and some puzzling to be had.
If we can hack that annoying guy on the right away, it could actually be playable.
Who is the Mountain King, and how to we get there? We have to find out!
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?
Interesting action RPG'ish Zombie exploration.
Overhead bumpy ride. Watch out for oil slicks.
I prefer the original Decathlon, but this can still be fun against a friend.
Once you get grip on the ruleset, this looks like it could be a quite fun 2-player arena game.
Bump those turtles with a friend. Most probably knows the Ocean version, but this one is also fun.
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.