The story of the Commodore 64 in pixels, is another title in a long line of retro related books from Retro Fusion mastermind Chris Wilkins, this time it’s a trip down memory lane for us C64 and retro gaming enthusiasts.
As usual the quality of the book and its binding is very good and the cover has a lovely embossed logos across the front, in all there are 260 odd pages covering games, music, interviews and so on. The book begins with a brief history of Commodore, penned by Roger Kean, including the back-story of its founder, Jack Tramiel and much more besides. What I would say is most seasoned C64 fans will know most of this information but its fascinating to read these stories from other people’s perspectives. Finally there is a few pages dedicated to the various C64 models that dotted the computing landscape back in the day, including the Commodore PET, VIC-20, and the 128 models.
The next section is all about the games, with 70 games being covered in total, each is given a two-page spread that includes screenshots, boxart, year published, publisher name, and author. Some of my favorites like Platoon from Ocean, Uridium from Hewson and Thing on a Spring from Gremlin. Most are instantly recognisable and rekindle many fond memories, what is a surprise to me is that Chris managed to include some titles I’d never seen before.
In The Memoirs, its a roundup of 8-bit legends. Andrew Hewson, The Oliver Twins, Simon Butler, Ben Daglish, Jon Hare, Gary Penn, Paul Docherty and many more. For me this is possibly the biggest reason I love these books as I do, just gives it that special individual touch many other books can’t replicate.
Another fantastically simple book for the retro mad people that we all are.
Another fantasticly simple book for the retro mad people that we all are.
Retro head and key holder of RVG.