Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Retro Games reimagines the Commodore VIC-20



Retro Games, the company behind The C64 (affiliate link) and The C64 Mini (affiliate link), is expanding its successful 8-bit home computer line to include the Commodore VIC-20, which was the predecessor to the Commodore 64 and sold over one million units.

"We are really excited to bring you even more of the most loved retro games ever on two of the most iconic home computers of all time, combined in this latest incarnation of The C64 range - this time with full working keyboard and a classic VIC-20 style," said Retro Games' managing director, Paul Andrews.

William Shatner, best known for his role as Star Trek's Captain Kirk, featured in a memorable television commercial introducing the 'wonder computer' of the 1980s.



Whilst I didn't own a VIC-20, opting for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K and then Commodore 64, a few school friends did and we would play popular video games such as Gridrunner and Laser Zone, 8-bit classics by Jeff Minter of Llamasoft fame.

The VIC-20 (affiliate link) includes 64 built-in games from the VIC-20 and Commodore 64 back catalogue and is released 23rd October for £109.99. Koch Media is distributing and I hope to bring you a review in the future.

What are your memories of the VIC-20? Please let me know in the comments below.

2 comments:

  1. This was my first computer and, although I really wanted a ZX Spectrum, I was fond of my VIC 20 - all 3.5K of it! Many an evening I spent typing in the BASIC programmes from C&VG magazine. If I close my eyes, I can feel and hear the action of that lovely chunky keyboard. A solid, happy introduction to home computing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your VIC-20 memory.

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