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Sam's Journey Awarded Gold Medal in Zzap!

Sam's Journey Zzap! Gold Medal

We are very proud to report that our C64 platformer Sam's Journey has been awarded the Zzap! Gold Medal with a final rating of unbelievable 98 percent!

This is just awesome! Thank you very much, Chris Wilkens and the entire staff!


Sam On The Zzap! 64 Annual 2019

Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books dropped the ban, so we can eventually announce: Sam made the cover of the recently released Zzap! 64 Annual 2019!

Sam on the Zzap! 64 Annual 2019

That was quite a surprise, and it took us a second look to actually see it! A big thanks to Oliver Frey for his awesome rendition of our cute C64 platformer Sam's Journey!


Playing Sam's Journey On The C64 After The Release

Playing Sam's Journey

Finally playing our own C64 platformer Sam's Journey as a game rather than a project.


Sam's Journey: 1250 Units Sold!

From its release on Christmas Eve 2017 until the end of March 2018, our C64 platformer Sam's Journey has sold an incredible 1250 units!

Sam's Journey C64 1250 Sales

That is absolutely amazing and we thank you all for your faith in our game and your great support!

Given those figures, we might consider creating another C64 title in the future...


Sam Is Out!

Sam's Journey for the Commodore 64 has just been released!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Release Trailer
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Sam's Journey: Box Content Revealed!

You have already seen the beautifully decorated cardboard box of Sam's Journey from the outside - and now you'll get to know what precious items it contains!

Sam's Journey "Cartridge Edition" (C64, PAL)

Sam's Journey C64 Box Content Cart Edition
Sam's Journey "Cartridge Edition" as distributed by Protovision

When you obtain the cartridge edition of Sam's Journey from Protovision, the game itself won't be the only thing for you to expect. Here's what you get:

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  • a beautyfully decorated cardboard box,
  • a Sam's Journey game cartridge,
  • a printed map of Sam's world,
  • a set of cards with the seven shades of Sam,
  • a treasure chest like those you find in the game,
  • a set of diamonds like those you find in the game!

Also in the box, but not on the picture:

  • a printed game manual,
  • a holographic sticker of authenticity,
  • inserts made of quality flocked foam material!

Sam's Journey "Disk Edition" (C64, PAL/NTSC¹)

¹ NTSC users need a REU or REU-compatible device in order to play Sam's Journey on their C64. [ More Info ]

Sam's Journey C64 Box Content Disk Edition
Sam's Journey "Disk Edition" as distributed by Protovision

The disk edition of Sam's Journey by Protovision is no less awesome. You'll get:

  • a beautyfully decorated cardboard box,
  • two Sam's Journey game disks,
  • a printed map of Sam's world,
  • a set of cards with the seven shades of Sam,
  • a treasure chest like those you find in the game,
  • a set of diamonds like those you find in the game!

Also in the box, but not on the picture:

  • a printed game manual,
  • a holographic sticker of authenticity,
  • inserts made of quality flocked foam material!

Pre-Order Now!

Both editions of Sam's Journey can be pre-ordered at the Protovision online store as of now! Shipping is expected to start in December.

Okay, take me to the store!


First Glimpse At Sam's Journey Cardboard Box

Protovision have just released the first pictures of their cardboard box for Sam's Journey - and it looks awesome!

Sam's Journey C64 Cardboard Box
The Front Of The Cardboard Box For Sam's Journey.
Curious What's Inside? Stay Tuned!

Our friends at Protovision just received the first batch of decorated cardboard boxes for Sam's Journey from the manufactory. Every single box is a unique piece of handcraft. Two high-quality printed sheets are wrapped around the front and the back part of the box. What a result!

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Sam's Journey C64 Cardboard Boxes
The First Batch Of Boxes - And We Need A Lot More!

As Sam's Journey is going to be a new full-price title for the C64, we would like its physical distribution to be a value package like in the heyday of this great machine. We think this box makes a good start. Curious what's inside? Stay tuned!


Evolution Of A Title Picture

See the stages of Sam's Journey's title picture from an all black-and-white drawing to a fully colorized picture!

Step 1: The Outlines

Sam's Journey C64 Title Picture State 1

The cover art for Sam's Journey began as a highly detailed black-and-white drawing. It was made with a Wacom graphics tablet using Krita under Linux.

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Step 2: The Colorization

Sam's Journey C64 Title Picture State 2

The black-and-white drawing has been fully colorized, lighted and shaded. The result is the base for all of Sam's Journey's promotional images as well as the game's title picture.

Step 3: The Conversion

Sam's Journey C64 Title Picture State 3

The colorful high-resolution cover art of Sam's Journey had a really tough time when it was squeezed into a draft picture with 320x200 pixels and 16 colors, the native graphics format of the Commodore 64.

Step 4: Pixel Voodoo

Sam's Journey C64 Title Picture State 4

Many hours of manual pixeling work later, we finally got a great result: The C64 version of the original Sam's Journey color art work!


The World Of Sam - Now With Enemies!

While the levels of Sam's Journey are now undergoing a review process by our testers, we're continuing our work on the last missing parts of the game: the title, the bosses, and the ending.

There's certainly much more done than left to do!

As a little New Year present and to shorten the remaining waiting time, we're now releasing the first two-minute gameplay trailer!

Watch Sam as he masters some situations in the castle, under the sea and in the desert - now with enemies!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Gameplay Trailer #1 · Things Got A Bit More Tricky
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Sam will be starring in Sam's Journey, a scrolling platform game for the C64 with huge levels to be explored, hidden items to be found and secret passages to be discovered.


REU Enables Sam's Journey On NTSC Systems

Good news for NTSC users: With the help of a REU or REU-compatible device, Sam can start his journey on your NTSC C64, too.

Turbo Chameleon 64 by individual Computers
Turbo Chameleon 64 by individual Computers
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Sam's Journey has originally been designed to run on PAL C64 computers only. However, with the growing public interest in our game, it was only a matter of time for the question about NTSC compatibility to arise.

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So we evaluated several options and came to the conclusion that we would have to sacrifice too many visual aspects and gameplay features to make the game run on stock NTSC machines.

But...

We created a special disk edition of Sam's Journey that uses a REU or REU-compatible device as a hardware helper to enable Sam's Journey on your NTSC systems!

The following three hardware expansions are known to work perfectly:

So if you can get hold of one of those items, you are on-board!


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