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My top Commodore 64 games, 31-40

The Commodore 64 turned 40 years old in 2022, and to celebrate that achievement I am going to list my favourite 40 games on the platform. This was my first videogame platform of note, and I played a lot, both on mine and other people’s machines.

I should say up front this is my list, not an attempt at a definitive list of the best games on this device. You can find those elsewhere online. Some acknowledged classics are missing from my list, either because I didn’t play them (Wizball) or because I didn’t play them on the Commodore 64 (Commando). With that said – on with the list!

Note that the YouTube playthroughs all come from the same channel, a great resource!

31 Spy vs Spy 3 – Arctic Antics

In the days before online play, the Commodore 64 offered many games that supported two player or more in various ways. Spy vs Spy 3 takes the split screen approach, where two players each battle to reach a shared target first. Players can interact by setting traps for one another in a cartoonish way. Falling icicles, slippery ice patches, and so on. Watching your opponent’s half to the screen to see just where to set up your ambush was all part of the fun. The first spy to assemble all the necessary items get to leave on a rocket. If you don’t have a friend with you, you can play against the computer, but that is far less fun.

32 Revenge of the Mutant Camels

This was one of the first games I played on the system and it left an impression. for sure. At it’s core it’s a horizontally scrolling shooter, but one with a taste for the weird. I loved it.

33 Robocop

Most film tie-ins over the years have managed to be forgettable or else remembered only for their awfulness. Film tie-ins have died off over the years in favour of games linked to film franchises. The film and videogame production timelines do not align. This game managed to be both a reasonable interpretation of the film material (though missing Verhoeven’s wicked humour) and a fun game by itself. You play as the eponymous hero, taking on various thugs as they come at you. All good fun.

34 Kikstart 2

Remember BMX? No? You’re probably under 40 then. Kikstart 2 provided both two-player fun and creativity in one little package. The game was played on a split screen, with two riders competing over a horizontally-scrolling course. The real gem was the course creator that comes built in with the game. This allows for some truly silly antics!

35 Falcon Patrol 2

This game was a simple, enjoyable challenge. The kind of game you could play for a few minutes, which become an hour, as you try to survive for longer each time. In this game you fly a fighter jet around a ruined cityscape, fighting off enemy helicopters. You need to use one of the several landing pads periodically to refuel and rearm, a process which makes you highly vulnerable. As the game progresses, the enemies get faster, and the landing pads become unusable due to battle damage. It can only end one way.

36 Herbert’s Dummy Run

Herbert’s Dummy Run was the third in a series of 4 puzzle games featuring Wally Weeks and his family. This one is my favourite as it’s the first such game that I sat down and puzzled my way through. The puzzles could be obtuse, but most followed a form of logic. Herbert can carry two items at a time, so part of the game is remembering where you left key puzzle pieces that you will need later. Pencil and paper was very much a part of 8-bit gaming.

37 Way of the Exploding Fist 2

The original Way of the Exploding Fist was a karate fighter. This sequel tried to add some variety by giving the game an adventure feel by having you walk from one fight to the next, rather than having each opponent appear in turn. It worked, mostly.

38 Equinox

Part platormer, part shooter, part puzzle game. Equinox was an enjoyable game, and another one which appeared on both the Spectrum and Commodore 64 and was well-regarded on both. These days it’s somewhat obscure, but this is a title I enjoyed. Your little ball-shaped robot needs to navigate a hostile environment divided into a number of level, gather items, of which you can only carry one at a time, to solve the mini puzzles, and pick up the key to the next level.

39 Little Computer People

This game makes the list as it provides a degree of fascination. Like Football Manager below, it has long been replaced by more sophisticated versions, this this case, The Sims. In he 1980s, were only had 64kB to work with, and Little Computer People was the result. A curious change of pace, where the game was more an environment you observed and interacted with.

40 Football Manager

Football Manager (by Kevin Toms) manages to get on this list in the final place. While incredibly simple by today’s standards, Football Manager allowed many an eager young soccer fan the experience of building their own dream team and managing their chosen team to the top of Division 1. Player names could be edited, so you could really make this game your own experience.

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12 comments on “My top Commodore 64 games, 31-40

  1. The Solo Meeple
    January 21, 2023

    That brings back memories, thanks mate.
    Whilst I never had a 64, I had a Spectrum, I have played some of these. Spy vs Spy, Exploding Fist, and my favourite on here so far, Football manager. Such a simple game but annoyingly addictive at the time.
    Interested to see what’s further up the list😀

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  2. talaraska
    January 22, 2023

    This brings back a lot of memories. Unfortunately I only had a VIC-20, so most of my play time was devoted to the Adventure series by Scott Adams.

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    • davekay
      January 22, 2023

      That series I never played, but I remember seeing some amazing games on the VIC-20 given the limitations of the system

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  3. spalanz
    January 22, 2023

    My god, I used to love playing on my C64 back in the day! I don’t remember being very good at a lot of games, but even so! Looking forward to seeing what else is in this list!!

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    • davekay
      January 22, 2023

      Yes, it was interesting when I discovered YouTube playthroughs watching people finish games I remember spending hours and months on, in just a few minutes of play!

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  4. Faust
    January 22, 2023

    Another one who only had a Vic-20 (with no tape deck!!). A friend had a C64, so we would go over and mostly watch him play games. Unless we were lucky enough that he let us try. Ah, the good old days!

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    • Faust
      January 22, 2023

      I should have added, I’m also looking forward to seeing what other games you highlight as there are so many C64 games I never saw.

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    • davekay
      January 22, 2023

      Part of me is still amazed that PC games left 2+ player games on the same system entirely to the console market.

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      • Faust
        January 23, 2023

        Probably because PC games use keyboards and mice more and more. So it’s harder to ‘hotseat’ or play simultaneously. Whereas consoles were using joysticks heavily and then gamepads. Plus bigger TV screens are better for simultaneous play on the consoles. Still, it could have evolved much differently.

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  5. Dr hussain
    January 24, 2023

    amazing

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