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Protovision To Distribute Sam's Journey

It may not be the biggest surprise for those of you who followed our C64 history, but it's now officially confirmed: The Knights of Bytes teamed up with Protovision for the distribution of Sam's Journey!

Sam Goes Protovision
Sam Goes Protovision

As it happens, our friends at Protovision just came up with a brand-new box for their future games.

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It's a classic cardboard box which can be decorated with a printed cover. Inside the box, there will be one of two inlays that holds either some disks or a cartridge, and there's enough space left for a manual and some additional items.

So, basically, it's the perfect box for Sam's Journey!

Also, we've worked with Protovision several times in the past and we're looking forward to doing it again in order to present you a great release! :-)

Links

Protovision Website
Protovision's Sam's Journey Page


Sam's Perfect Pitch

When you encounter stinging insects in a sea of flowers and they are out of reach, the special power of the green costume comes in handy!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #9 · Sam's Perfect Pitch
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In this very last teaser video of Sam's Journey, we can see our hero discover another costume that gives him a white cap and a strong throwing arm.

Also, certain items can be most useful when moved to a different location...

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.


A Special Cartridge For Sam's Journey

Many people find that our current 8-bit platformer "Sam's Journey" for the Commodore 64 makes quite a consolesque impression. We're going to take this even further and put the game on a very special cartridge!

Sam's Journey C64 Prototype Cartridge
Sam's Journey Prototype Cartridge

A lot of great game cartridges for the Commodore 64 exist out there, but in order to create a perfect console experience, we needed a very essential feature:

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Savegames on the cartridge!

So we joined forces with our friends at individual Computers to design a special cartridge that not only contains the game itself but also keeps your progress safe!

The first prototype of this cartridge has now arrived with the following specs:

  • 4 MiBit of ROM for the game,
  • 2 KiB of storage for your savegames.

We're going to give it test-drive and report back very soon. Stay tuned!


The Secrets Of Count Sam

Sometimes, things are not what they seem to be. Behind an apparently solid wall, Sam discovers a secret passage and finds a new special item that gets him airborne!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #8 · The Secrets Of Count Sam
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In today's video, we can see Sam exploring a mysterious cave with sparkling crystals. As he skillfully avoids the crawling and flying creatures, he suddenly slips into a wall that's not as solid as it appears to be.

Sam also discovers a new special item - and this one gives him wings, literally!

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.


Timing Is Crucial, Sam!

In some situations, the key to success is to wait for the opportune moment. In other situations, however, a proper sprint is the way to go!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #7 · Timing Is Crucial, Sam!
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In today's video, Sam finds himself in an underground passage where he discovers a quite uncommon way of transportation.

Also, he stumbles upon a switch that seems to change the world. Not entirely, of course, but enough for Sam to get over those dangerous spikes.

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.


Sam's Disco Fever

On his journey through the strange world, Sam discovers another costume, and this one comes with a twist!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #6 · Sam's Disco Fever
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In the first part of today's video, you can see the beautiful world of Sam's Journey from a bird's-eye view. Very much like a map, it features different regions and a path that leads to many locations for Sam to visit.

The panel below reveals the name of Sam's current location and indicates whether or not he discovered all secret passages and found every hidden item in it.

In the second part of the video, Sam finds a purple costume on his way through the desert. This one gives him a really cool look and a new twisting move that enables him to fall with style...

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.


Sam In Black

Remember Sam's transformation into a pirate? That was certainly very cool, but there's more! Let's see what the black suit has in stock for our hero...


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #5 · Sam In Black
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In today's video, Sam will experience the powers of another special item, the black suit. Equipped with a very firm grip, our hero can perform sneak attacks and advance to formerly unreachable regions!

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.


A Pirate's Life For Sam

Never underestimate the cute and the tiny! Sam can be the common guy in one moment and a sword-swinging buccaneer in the next...


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #4 · A Pirate's Life For Sam
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In today's video, Sam demonstrates some of his new abilities. He can pick up items and carry them around. Also, he can throw them at enemies. The chest, however, reveals an item with very special powers.

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.


Play It Again, Sam!

The world of Sam's Journey is not only visually appealing. There's also music in the air!


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #3 · Play It Again, Sam!
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On his journey, Sam will find himself in lots of different places with each a very distinct mood. The soundtrack of the game is going to reflect this: every single graphical setting will be accompanied by its own special song.

How about some 8-bit chip-music? We've taken some samples from the soundtrack for you to listen to:

FOREST - a happy tune

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ICE WORLD - a melancholic tune

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CASTLE - a dramatic tune

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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.


New Basic Moves For Sam

After some days of running and jumping, Sam is now extending his skill set.

Sam can grab structures suitable for climbing such as vines that he finds in the forest. This helps him reach platforms at great heights. Also, Sam can swim, and he is even a free diver! This enables him to explore the depths of the underwater passages that he encounters on his journey.


Sam's Journey (C64) · Sneak Peek #2 · New Basic Moves For Sam!
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Sam will be starring in Sam's Journey, a scrolling platform for the C64 game with huge levels to be explored, hidden items to be found and secret passages to be discovered.


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