Commodore 64 emulator hits iPhone
Apple okays pre-Amiga gaming
A Commodore 64 emulator - complete with 64 retro titles - has gone on sale for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
And it's official. Well, as official as its gets when it comes to Commodore these days - the original company went bust in 1994, and it exists as little more than a brandname today.
C64: old school 8-bit gaming on your iPhone
The iPhone emulator was developed by Manomio, published by Kiloo and licensed by Commodore Gaming - the latter a Dutch firm founded in 2005 to sell gaming PCs with the Commodore logo on the front.
The app, which operates in both landscape and portrait orientations, has a full-screen mode and includes sounds straight from the C64 Rom. It comes with five games - Dragon's Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck and Jack Attack - but you'll be able to buy more in due course.
Joysticks included... virtually
The emulator, called simply C64, costs £2.99/$4.99 to download.
Interestingly, C64 was submitted to the iTunes App Store some months ago, but Apple rejected it since it has a policy of not supporting emulators because of the risk of contributory copyright infringement. This despite C64 being an official offering.
Basic coding coming soon
The emulator was authorised after the developer removed the app's Basic interpreter, though screen shots suggest Manonio plans to put it back in through a software update. ®
In the screenshot it says "DON'T DESPEAR". Do they mean "DON'T DESPAIR"?
(I suppose we should be grateful that they got the apostrophe right!)
Yeah, but I wasn't talking about World of Spectrum -- a better retrogaming resource you will never find. 100% legal and the work of a very dedicated, hard-working bunch of people. Sadly I never did find anything from the MIA list in my cupboard, but it was fun looking!
WoS, we salute you!
it may be the case that the sega games run thru emulation. I suspect that if this was given the same publicity and the fact that you can just download megadrive bin's and load them, then perhaps this will be pulled as well.
Apple may be after getting money, but it's the developers who get the bulk of the monies from appstore, much more than most delivery systems.