Commodore Arcade

Welcome to the New Commodore.ca Arcade

These games are loading a Commodore 64 emulator in your browser and then loading the real D64 ROM.  This will take upto 60 seconds to complete and in todays world that feels like a very long time… just wait, it will work.  If you have problems just press F5 to reload.

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To give you a feel for the earliest graphical home computer games, we have intentionally selected many of the games that work on the C64 but would  likely work on the Commodore PET with minor code modifications.  Space Invaders is an excellent example of what was possible with some skill and imagination working with a limited graphics set.   These are all impressive games in one way or another.

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SPACE INVADERS – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

Commodore 64 Space Invaders

CONTROLS:   FULL SCREEN = F11     LEFT = Up Arrow     RIGHT = Right Arrow    SPACE = Shoot

STORY: Space Invaders needs no introduction.  If was the developed in 1978 by Taito Japan as an arcade game and became an instant commercial success.   It is estimated that Space Invaders has made about $15 Billion (in 2020 adjusted dollars).   This iconic game was first released for the Commodore PET in 1980 and then for the Commodore 64 in December of 1983.

 

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GORF – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

Commodore 64 GORFCONTROLS:    FULL SCREEN = F11     LEFT = Tab     RIGHT = 2     UP = 1     SPACE = Shoot

STORY:  The Gorfian Empire poses a great threat for the Instellar Union.  The task is to destroy the flagship’s fleet.  The Gorf fleet consists of androids, laser ships, attack ships, the space warp fighter squadron, flagships and of course the Gorf themselves.  Each flagship sends four attack waves corresponding to four different levels.   During each battle you need to fight attackers and the flagship behind each force.

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NIGHT DRIVE – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

Commodore 64 Night DriveCONTROLS:    FULL SCREEN = F11     LEFT = w     RIGHT =e2     UP = equals sign

This basic game is still alot of fun.  It is based on the 1976 Atari vector game Night Driver which was the first ever driving game played in the first person, from the persepective of the driver.  Go as fast as you can while avoiding the roads edges.  I

 

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BATTLESHIP – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

Commodore 64 BattleshipCONTROLS:    Follow prompts on screen

This game can take several minutes to actually start after it is loaded… be patient… back in the day we did not have a choice 🙂

This game was released for the Commodore 64 in 1987 but is based on the Hasbro board game of the same name released in 1984.   Battleship is a war-themed board game for two players in which the opponents guess the location of their opponent’s warships to sink them.

 

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LABYRINTH – Click HERE to PLACommodore 64 LabyrinthY NOW

CONTROLS:    FULL SCREEN = F11     LEFT = L     RIGHT = R     FORWARD = F

Released in 1983 this amazing first person maze game consumed dozens of hours in my youth.  I remember trying to write my own version of it using machine language because BASIC was just too slow to render the screens.  In the end I could not even figure out how to get the PET to create the maze in a way that guaranteed an exit path!  Eventually, I gave up and just played this very game on my Commodore PET 4016, without the colour graphics of course.

 

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Commodore 3D Pinball 1985

PINBALL 3D – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

CONTROLS:    FULL SCREEN = F11     LEFT = CNTL     RIGHT = RIGHT ARROW     BALL LAUNCH = F7       START GAME = F1
Note starting this game with F1 may cause your browser to launch help tab; just close it
Note lauching the ball with F7 may cause your broswer to ask you about CAROT BROWSING, just click NO or ignore it

This is a fine example of early 3D effects ,made possible by Commodore sprites.  It is less complex than other pinball games but looks great and is fun to play

 

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Commodore PokerPOKER – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

CONTROLS:    FULL SCREEN = F11     ANTE = 2, 3, 4, 5    DRAW = D      HOLD = H

This is a classic card game that is easy to play with the keyboard.

 

 

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PoliceAcademyPOLICE ACADEMY – Click HERE to PLAY NOW

CONTROLS:    None – This “game” is a fake  

This is a clever early example of companies trying to protect their intellectual property in the 1980’s.  After the game loads, it runs through several pages from  “Hall of the things” and then prompts for a password.  The catch is there is no password and there is no game.

There is a austrospeed88 compiled part and then memory filled with stuff from another game.  These are the lines that asks for a password

8784 fort=1to80
8790 next
8791 print”{clr}{down}let’s begin !!”
8810 print”{clr}{down}enter your police-security-password{down}{down}”
8852 poke56325,34
8861 open1,0
8865 print”———–”
8879 print”{up}{up}{up}”
8884 input#1,a$
8888 t=1
8889 fort=1to1500
8896 next
8897 close1
8899 goto8810
8902 end

It’s a fake input, result is not even checked and goes in loop asking another.

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We still have our old Adobe Flash based arcade up and functional, if your browser will still use Flash.  Click HERE for Asteroids, Simon, Donkey Kong and more.

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This new arcade with built largely through the work of a very helpful young contractor on Fiverr that goes by the tag kappa8i in January 2020.  If you need some JS, Phython or CSS work, we are confident you will not be disappointed.

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19 Comments on Commodore Arcade

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this was a great game for my class to play and learn the games that people had to play back in the day?

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this is a great website for kids to lurn about all the games that people played back in the day like what my class is doing

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Yes! Thanks for this blast from the past. These are still the best games ever created.

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cool place, I don’t know how I found this site. I was on my zeropc.com and in the games folder there was pacman and another game and that’s how I found this website.

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Thanks for sharing these video games but there is a problem with Donkey Kong controls

    Ian Matthews

    Yes, I am aware the some browsers have some problems with DK. Unfortunately I did not write them and can not update them 🙁

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I bought a VIC20 in 1981. Later replaced that with a C-16 and then a Plus/4.

I learnt to program in BASIC and machine code. Shame that commodore failed. They were ahead of Apple and others in innovation.

Thanks for the memories.

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<3 love that commodore 128 i had
i used to play with a programe named word
funny thing the os was so simply
load "thegame"
loading please wait….load complete.
Run
and joystick
what the h@ck happend to this planet???Q@ack
!emo@rea.irc.gr

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My very first computer was a Vic 20. Besides playing the cassette games posted here, I use to type in basic code from Compute! Gazette for other games and edit them to modify how they looked and played. Great stuff, thanks.

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Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon everyday.
It will always be interesting to read through content from other authors and use something from their websites.

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I can remember going to the bowling ally and playing most of these games for two to three hours dropping in quarters till I ran out of money and then watched other people lose their money.
It was a great way to enjoy myself but I wasn’t really losing much weight just standing there having fun.

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Would love to see Midway Campaign, Nuke war or Beyond Castle Wolfenstein. Great site though.

        Ian Matthews

        This is a good question which I cannot answer. I did not write the game but I had noticed it myself.

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This site is great! I loved playing these games! Thanks!

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What a great site
I use to love playing all these games
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to play them all again for free

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