The Retro Guide To Commodore 64
It may not have been designed as a games machine, but games dominated the C64 and turned it into a fertile breeding ground for modern developers. Here, we revisit some of its greatest releases
We look back over some of the fantastic releases on this groundbreaking home computer that set many on the path to becoming gamers
Commodore’s 8-bit Home computer made a huge impact when it landed in 1982. the company was no stranger to the 8-bit market, having already released systems like the Commodore Pet and VIC-20, but Commodore’s owner, Jack tramiel, wanted to dominate the market, and he aggressively marketed the C64, cutting its price by $200 a few months after its release, as well as using a casing that was extremely similar to the C64’s predecessor, the Commodore VIC-20.
the C64 may have looked extremely similar to the humble VIC20, but there were huge differences beneath the bread bin-like exterior. For starters, it featured a whopping 64 Kb of ram with an additional 20 Kb of rom, better resolution and incredible sound thanks to the sid (sound interface device) chip, which allowed talented musicians like rob Hubbard and ben daglish to create incredible tunes.
the Commodore would eventually go on to shift over 30 million units, making it the bestselling home micro of its time. It might not have been designed as a pure games machine, but that’s what it’s arguably best remembered for. so here are some of the finest games the C64 has to offer. If you’ve ever considered collecting for it then these titles are the perfect place to start.