Friday, 8 February 2013

Spike/MineStorm (C64) (2013)


System Requirements

* A Commodore 64/128/GS (PAL/NTSC) (8580 SID Recommended).
* A joystick/joypad.
* A VDU preferably connected to a loud sound-system.


Downloads

The retail version of the Spike/MineStorm cartridge is currently not available for free download, but if you are interested in trying the games you should check out the original PAL-only releases on CSDB.

Download Spike (PAL) in .d64 disk format HERE!
Download MineStorm (PAL) in .d64 disk format HERE!

BONUS! Check out TRSI's 'Meet Linus' music collection in C64 .prg format HERE!
BONUS! Download the Spike soundtrack by Linus HERE!
BONUS! Download the MineStorm soundtrack by Linus HERE!


Introduction

Following on from last year's authorised cartridge release of Fortress of Narzod, this compilation of frantic shooter MineStorm and oddball platformer Spike complete Peiselulli's acclaimed 'Vectrex Trilogy'. Originally developed exclusively for the Vectrex console, through negotiating with Jay Smith of Smith Engineering/Western Technologies (via his son Spencer) RGCD and TRSI are proud to present the official C64 conversions of two undisputed retro classics.


To play the games (downloaded from the links above) you will need either a real C64 (and a method of transferring the files over to it) or an emulator. For emulator users, we recommend VICE, as it works on a variety of systems and is very user friendly. Just download the emulator and drag and drop the .prg or .d64 file into the open program window (or attach the .crt image from the file menu).


Playing Spike (GCE 1983/TRSI 2010-13)

Our lovely and innocent heroine, Molly, has been kidnapped by the evil Spud! You will hear her cry "Eek! Help, Spike!" as he drags her away. Only Spike can save her from this awful fate. As soon as Spike kicks open the door to the villain Spud's hideaway shouting "Oh, no! Molly!", the game field appears. Spike enters on the bottom catwalk... and then YOU have control of him!

(Description from Vectrex version).



Upon starting the game you'll be presented by three catwalks connected by a moveable ladder. Above the top catwalk, Molly has been imprisoned inside a cell. To help Spike rescue her, you must manoeuvre him to the top catwalk with the help of the ladder. Move him to the left or right and also make him climb the ladder with the joystick.

If you want to make him jump a gap in the catwalks, press fire button while you move the joystick. Press fire and joystick down to move the ladder around and help Spike get to Molly's rescue faster!

You will also have to retrieve the key to unlock Molly's cell. It will appear in different places, so keep a sharp watch out!

Full instructions and gameplay guide are given in-game (wait at the title screen until the credits have finished), but the essential joystick and keyboard controls to get you started are listed below:

Hold fire and left - Kick left
Hold fire and right - Kick right
Hold left and fire - Jump left
Hold right and fire - Jump right

Press space - Pause game
Press run/stop - Restart game


Playing MineStorm (GCE 1982/TRSI 2010-13)

The transport lanes of intergalactic space have been seeded with mines from an alien vessel. Use your mine destroying blaster to blow up the mines before they annihilate you! You may survive the floating mines, but beware of the fireball, magnetic, and treacherous fireball-magnetic mines... 13 fields, each one more difficult, await you!

(Description from Vectrex version).



The enemy minelayer will move through your galaxy and will seed the first mine field. Your ship will come into view once he disappears. Four large mines will suddenly become activated. Manoeuvre your ship within the galaxy in an effort to destroy the mines. Use your joystick to rotate your ship and to thrust forward.

Hyperspace allows you to mysteriously move to a new location on the screen. Use it cautiously... it might put you in a more difficult predicament!

As you travel through space, use the fire button to shoot at the mines. As you destroy them, additional mines will become activated. Be careful... the minelayer may reappear to seed the field, but you can blast him as well.

Once you make that part of the galaxy safe, you immediately travel to the next mine field. There are 13 different mine fields, each one becoming increasingly more difficult.

Full instructions and gameplay guide are given in-game (wait at the title screen until the credits have scrolled past), but the essential joystick and keyboard controls to get you started are listed below:

Move left/right - Rotates mine destroying ship
Pull down - Escape (hyperspace)
Push up - Thrust
Fire button - Fire

Press space - Pause
Press restore - Restart game


Hiscore Saving

In the retail version of the games, if you have a disk drive attached to your C64 or C128, both Spike and MineStorm can be set to automatically save your game scores to disk.

To enable score saving, from the boot menu you can move the cursor at the bottom of the screen left or right with the joystick. Simply select the correct device number for your drive, and press fire to select the game you wish to load as normal.


Additional Details & NTSC Compatibility

The retail version of Spike/MineStorm has been tested on both PAL and NTSC machines, and the games work on the C64, C128 and C64GS (a keyboard is not required to play the games). Due to the use of the upper and lower borders, on NTSC systems the visible game screen is slightly reduced, but this does not affect play. SID 8580 recommended.


Promotional Trailer

Below is a gameplay video of the retail version of Spike & MineStorm running on a C64c with 8050 SID chip. The footage was recorded by Stefan Nowak, and shows the main cartridge menu, title screens, documentation and gameplay from both titles.



Credits

The following people made this project possible.

Code, Graphics
Peiselulli (Tristar & Red Sector Incorporated)

SID Music & Sound Effects
Linus (Tristar & Red Sector Incorporated)

Graphics (Game Selection Screen)
Veto (Oxyron)

Project Management, Manual & PAL Testing
James Monkman (RGCD)

NTSC Testing
Raymond Lejuez (C64 World)

Box Design
Kay Failla (BitFellas)

Cartridge Hardware
Tim Harris (Shareware Plus)

The C64 conversions of Spike and MineStorm are TRSI productions, Copyright 2010-2013. Based on original Vectrex games by GCE, Copyright 1982-1983.


Ordering The Official Cartridge

Through negotiating with Jay Smith of Smith Engineering/Western Technologies (via his son Spencer), RGCD finally have permission to sell the Commodore conversion of these classic games from our shop on physical C64 cartridge.


The game is presented in a dove grey cartridge shell complete with a printed manual and a vinyl RGCD sticker. The cartridge version is available in two packaging types, a standard card carton and a more expensive 'deluxe version' that comes in a plastic case (a Universal Game Case with a specially cut foam insert to hold the cartridge as shown below). The standard version is priced at £22, whereas the deluxe version costs £27. Shipping is £4 for UK/Europe and £5 for the rest of the world. A digital version of the game will also be sent out to all customers following receipt of payment.