FREEZE64 – Issue 41 – Elvira The Arcade Game

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COVER FEATURE: ELVIRA: THE ARCADE GAME
I’m sure that many of you hard-core C64 gamers out there will wonder why we have chosen to look back at a game that only received a lacklustre score of 40% from ZZAP!64 magazine back in 1992. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, here at FREEZE64 we love to share a variety of styles in C64 gaming, as well as reveal some of the highs and lows of the C64 software market, which provides you all with a balanced approach to gaming history… And so we take a retrospective look at the sexy Elvira, Mistress of Darkness and give her the FULL FREEZE64 treatment!
OUT OF THE ‘MOULDY CUPBOARD’
Back in 1984, Solar Software was cashing in on the Commodore 64’s popularity, and releasing a variety of arcade titles such as Galaxions, Alley Cat, Robin of the Wood, Munch Man 64, and Bizy Beezzzz (see Mouldy Cupboard Issue 27). One of their more obscure releases in that same year was Jim Baguley’s BOGYMEN, which was peddled as a single screen arcade platform game for £7.95, and offered up in a black clamshell case. We revisit this strange arcade release and find out if it still belongs in the Mouldy Cupboard.
DIARY OF A GAME – THE MAKING OF BADLANDS
Well ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the final part of Steve Collins’ diary for the making of Badlands, which he wrote back in 1990. We share the final few days, hours, minutes and seconds that Steve spent on producing his game for Domark. A MASSIVE thank you to Steve for sharing his diary with our readers.
JULIAN RIGNALL’S ZZAPBACK!
Julian shares the latest instalment of ZZAPBACK, a regular monthly column in which he takes a trip back in time to look at the top games reviewed in an old edition of the classic Commodore magazine, ZZAP!64. In this issue he’s going back to early 1987 and delving into issue 23—the March edition of the publication.
SECRET SQUIRREL INVESTIGATES
Another nut-fuelled edition of our Secret Squirrel column where we find messages, secrets and other gems hidden within Commodore 64 games and code. This time round we’ve got a strange case file to share with you that’s FULL of secrets!
CODERS’ CORNER: IAN DAVISON
He’s the programmer behind our cover feature game, Elvira, and also the man behind a few other C64 titles. We chat with Ian Davison of Tynesoft and Flair Software, and find out about his life in the C64 software industry, and also about the making of Elvira: The Arcade Game. Lots of interesting chat.
HARDWARE HOARD: THE SIDPLAYER DEVICE
So here’s the thing; the last time we mini-reviewed a piece of C64 hardware was in FREEZE64 issue 32, and funnily enough, the item we featured was produced by the same one person who created this little gizmo that we’re about to share with you… We take a look at the new SIDplayer MAX portable device and share our thoughts and findings with you all.
WE DON’T DO REVIEWS!
I know we say that we don’t do reviews, but now and again we can’t help ourselves when we have something new to share… This time round we have a mini-review of Zeta Wing, which gets the FREEZE64 treatment from both Frank Gasking and Vinny.
THE MAKING OF… ELVIRA: THE ARCADE GAME WITH MARK SAMPLE
As you will have already seen, not only have we featured Elvira as our cover game, but we’ve also had a nice, long chat with its programmer Ian Davison. So what else can we chat about with regards to Elvira: The Arcade Game? Well – how about speaking with the designer of the game graphics, Mark Sample, who also produced graphics for a few other Commodore 64 titles. Mark shares his processes and techniques on producing game graphics for the Commodore 64.
NEW & EXCLUSIVE POKES ‘N’ CODES
It’s just as well we enjoy hunting down cheats and features in Commodore 64 games, because it appears that most of you are hungry for them! Seeing that we reviewed Zeta Wing in this very issue, we didn’t want to let you go without providing a bit of assistance so that you can see a little more of the game yourself…
MY C64 HEAVEN WITH JASON OAKLEY
Time for us to take a virtual trip over the wide pond to the other side of the world and chat with FREEZE64 subscriber Jason Oakley who lives in Manning Valley, Australia. Jason shares his warez for us all to see in MY C64 HEAVEN…
All this new and exclusive content wrapped up in a beautifully printed, A5, full-colour ‘zine.