Friday, 6 July 2012

Redrunner/Greenrunner/Retroskoi+ Cartridge Preview (C64)

Released back in 2006 (around the same time that the first RGCD magazine was being written), Aleksi Eeben's Greenrunner was the reason I moved on from emulation and bought a real C64. With its combination of frantic single or multi-player shoot 'em up mayhem, kick ass 6581 soundtrack and amazing sampled speech, I wasted many an hour in the zone battling through the 100 waves of bugs, critters, mushrooms and explosions.

Then one year later a sequel followed, ditching the high resolution characters for tiny multicolour graphics and featuring 100 more unique levels. Redrunner was so popular in the scene that it even crossed over to some of the indie gaming news sites (a rarity at the time for C64 games), climaxing with an appearance on the front page of TIGSource in 2007. In fact, if you care to read the comments there you'll see a hyperactive exclamation from a considerably younger me. *sigh*

So, as a massive fan of the two games, you can probably imagine how honoured I am to announce that Aleksi Eeben has compiled Greenrunner, Redrunner and an enhanced copy of Retroskoi+ on a 64KB cartridge for RGCD. Both games have been fixed for NTSC and PAL machines and the illustrator Miha Rinne has provided a fantastic piece of artwork for the box that I now have proudly stuck on the wall behind my C64.

Following on from our successful collaboration on Soulless, we'll again be releasing the updated version of these two games on cartridge, disk and tape with our good friends at Psytronik Software. The L.E.D. illuminated clear cartridge version will retail at £25/26 including Europe/Worldwide shipping whereas the disk and tape versions will sold at a considerably lower price.

To sweeten the deal further, the two games will also be freely available to download from RGCD in .PRG and PC-friendly VICE-embedded emulator format. However, the enhanced Retroskoi+ synthesizer with it's collection of additional sound presets and wider keyboard range will remain exclusive to the cartridge version.

Expect the game to pop up in our shop (and Psytronik's!) in the next couple of weeks.