Author Archives: Ponder

About Ponder

I'm a train driver from Cardiff, have been married a long time and have 4 wonderful kids. Warning: I tend to feel pretty low lately in Winter and especially poor weather!

C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 17

Just a little update. I added code to the music routine that allows for multiple songs and replaced the squealing sound effect for increased difficulty with a short tune that Fatboy Slim fans will have no trouble recognising. Links: Download … Continue reading

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C64 Restoration Project – Part 4

So I haven’t been happy with the display on our LCD TVs from the C64C so I ordered a LumaFix64, which is supposed to reduce the problems.I had fun removing the VIC II chip. It was quite firm in the … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 16

Last week I got to work transposing the music from the Gameboy game Choplifter II (Level 1) to 3 voices suitable for coding to the SID chip. That done I had 7 days at work in a row with very … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 15

More updates today, mainly aesthetic. I changed the text to mixed case, but this left me without a heart character for the lives. I had considered using the tick character, but instead I copied the character data into RAM and … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 14

I’ve been featured as a stand alone video on NiftyRetroGamer’s YouTube channel! 😀 Thanks to his feedback I’ve added “next move prediction” that makes player movement more fluid. I’ve also changed the sound effect when difficulty is increased. Latest update … Continue reading

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C64 Restoration Project – Part 3

New PSU built, tested and fully working 😀 I also have an SD2IEC device that partially emulated a 1571 floppy drive so I can use SD cards as storage, and a joystick, which is essential for most C64 games. Fastload … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 13

Who said 13 was unlucky? 😉 The bonus score is now added and so I’ve finished the core to this game! I still have further plans for it: tweaking from any feedback I may get, customising the character set to … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 12

A small sound effects routine has been added. Just the 2 effects so far: the siren during gameplay and the “difficulty up” interval message. Just the bonus score to add and I’ll consider the game at Version 1.0. I don’t … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 11

An aesthetic update today. I’ve added the introduction / instructions screen at the start of the game. Tomorrow I plan to add a small sound effects routine to have a siren while the game is being played and a difficulty … Continue reading

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C64 Cruising on Broadway Development – Part 10

Today I added lives! Start with 3 and an extra life every level cleared, up to 6 max. High Score added. Game over routine added. Each difficulty consists of the full loop of 4 levels. Starts with a single Chaser … Continue reading

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