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New Retro Games for 2019 – Rikki & Vikki, Farming Simulator, and Portal

November 7, 2019


Hello, and welcome back to another episode. So, as you know, once or twice a year I like
to do a review of brand new games designed for retro systems. And, in this particular episode, I’ve got
4 new games I want to show you and all of these were designed in the last few months,
or at least released within the last few months. So, granted, 3 of these games are for the
good ole’ Commodore 64, but the first one I want to show you is actually for the Atari
7800. A while back I did a modification to my Atari
7800 to give it composite video output. However, since then I have primarily used
it just to play 2600 games since it is backwards compatible with those. In fact, I don’t even own a 7800 controller
since I’ve typically been playing 2600 games, so I just use a regular 1 button controller. The sad reason for this is that this is all
of the 7800 games I currently own and most of these are still sealed in original shrink-wrap
so I’ve been hesitant to open them. However, now I have this new game, Rikky and
Vikky. This game was just released this month and
dang.. the box looks exactly like standard 7800 software of the era. I mean, other than the Atari logo, it is spot
on accurate. So, let’s see what we get inside. OK, here’s the cartridge. I like the translucent case. There is also a little sticker of one of the
characters. And two complementary tickets to misery land. You even get a warranty card, with a serial
number and packing date. The manual is a fold-out manual so you’ll
need some space to open it all the way up. But it is nicely made. In order to play this, I’m also going to
need this. It’s a NES controller adapter that uses
a little micro controller to interpret the signals from the NES controller into something
the Atari knows how to use. I need this since I don’t have a proper
7800 controller, which has two buttons. One problem is the control ports are angled
somewhat down, so this means the console would be putting a lot of force on this adapter,
so to remedy that, I’ll use the nostalgia nerd’s book here to prop up the console. And, I thought I’d just go ahead and test
the controller on a game I already know how to play. And, it does work. OK, let’s insert the Rikky and Vikky cartridge
and see if it works. OK, that’s a promising sign. OK, everything seems okay, but there is one
problem, the music volume is too low, especially compared to the sound effects. And I’m going to show you how to fix that. This isn’t exactly the fault of the game. You see, I modded my Atari 7800 for composite
video and that meant making some mods to the sound too. You see, some 7800 cartridges had their own
sound chip, and that sound is mixed with the internal sound of the 7800. Rikky and Vikky does the same thing. So, now that I’ve got the board out, let
me show you what everything does on here. This first chip is a 512K flash chip, this
contains the actual game code, graphics, and all that. This next chip is a 32K SRAM, which is used
for temporary storage during gameplay. This chip here is a CPLD, or complex programmable
logic device, which is used to help map the memory around. You might compare it to a PLA chip in a C64. This chip here is an Arm based micro controller,
which is actually what generates the music. The irony is this chip is probably more powerful
than the whole game console. And then this is the thing we need, it’s
a volume control for the sound chip. You’ll see it shows loud on this side, so
I’m going to rotate it that direction some. The manual also says you can move the left
difficulty switch here to adjust the volume of the sound effects. OK, let’s try the game now. Much better, I can hear the music now. And believe me, this music is much more pleasant
than anything the 7800 could possibly do with its internal sound chip. This is a neat intro, and it’s actually
worth paying attention to because this little square box they are throwing around is a key
element to the game. And it shows all the ways you can use it. Next you get this menu and you can play two
player, or just play one of the characters separately. Since I don’t have anyone with me at the
moment, I’ll just play Rikky. Then you get this series of intro graphics. Long story short, the misery dragon wants
to take you to a place called misery land. OK, so here we are. The idea is to collect all the keys. But doing so will require some thought. One thing that isn’t immediately obvious
is that falling through that hole won’t actually kill you. It’s a really unusual style in that regard,
as you’ll just fall through to the top. So, in many cases you’ll have to do this
on purpose. You can press down with the button to fall
through ledges. And there we go, first level completed. Trust me, it does get harder. OK, so here’s where these little boxes come
into play. So, you can pick these up with the B button. So, think Super Mario Brothers 2 here. You can put them down or actually throw them
at walls where they will stick. And then you can jump on them to reach higher
ground. Eventually, you’ll get to some levels with
misery land workers walking around. You’ll need to avoid them such as jumping
over them, and in many cases kill them. The way you do that is by throwing one of
those magical boxes at them. And levels continue to have more critters
and interesting puzzles to solve. I love how you can fall into an infinite loop. I feel like this game is sort of like a cross
between sokoban and super Mario 2. There are hundreds of levels to play and some
of them are very challenging. Of course, the game is equally fun with two
players, if not perhaps even more fun. Overall, I’m really impressed with this
game and it’s about time a new game came out for the 7800. It’s a console that certainly deserves some
more new games. The next game I want to show you is for the
Commodore 64. It’s called Digiloi, by Dr. Terrorz. At least, I think that’s how you pronounce
it. This game has a very unique look to it. And I want you to see if you can spot what
it is. So, in case you haven’t figured it out,
this game doesn’t use any graphics modes or sprites. Commodore systems have little character graphics,
which are printed on the keys, and this dates all the way back to the PET. In fact, the PET had no graphics modes at
all, so this was the only way you could create graphics on those systems. Well, the C64 has the same character set,
but also has 16 colors to go along with it. And with this, it’s possible to create some
really interesting looking graphics. I’ve always had a fondness for artwork designed
entirely in PETSCII graphics as it takes a very special talent to be able to do this. And so, this game was designed to operate
entirely with this sort of graphics. As a result, the various characters are rather
large, this allows for them to have a bit more detail. The animation is great, as is the music. I would imagine a lot of people would be asking,
why would you do such a thing? Well, there isn’t any really good reason
other than just to prove that you can, and that you can make a fun game with it. And Dr.Terrorz did an excellent job here. So, yeah.. that’s Digiloi. And, I believe this game is free as I was
able to download it straight from CSDB. Next up, I want to show you a game called
Farming Simulator, C64 edition. The box design is similar to the one I used
for Planet X2 and X3. The manual is extremely minimalistic. You can literally read the whole thing in
like a minute or two. Which, I guess, means there is no excuse not
to read it. Then you get what appears to be a floppy disk. But it isn’t. Actually, it’s a cleverly disguised CD sleeve. The CD contains a disk image of the C64 game,
among other things. And here is the actual game, which comes on
a cartridge. OK, so let’s plug in the cartridge to my
good ole C64 and see what happens. OK, neat intro. And it comes up with this screen showing both
keyboard and joystick controls, which is cool. No need for a joystick if you don’t want
to use one. Alright, the game menu is very nice, love
the music. It’s got me excited to try this. OK, let’s start the game. And that folks, is all it does for me. I tried a dozen times on several different
computers. So I think my cartridge is defective. Alright, so I copied the disk image that they
provided on the CD over to an SD card. And the idea is, I’m going to stick this
in my SD to IEC and now we’ll find out if that works. And loading from the SD card pretty much gives
me, this. Again, no luck. I suspect it uses some sort of fast load routines
that require a real 1541 disk drive. OK, so one more thing to try. I have a PAL version of the C64 that somebody
donated to me. Since this game was designed in the UK, maybe
they didn’t check that it runs on NTSC machines. Now, unfortunately my TV won’t display PAL
properly, but I should at least be able to tell if the game works. As I suspected, my TV is out of sync and there’s
no color, but it is just good enough I can tell if the game runs. So let me stick the cartridge in there. OK, so far so good. Next screen. OK, and let’s start the game. OK, it’s not locking up. I can actually move the stuff around. OK, so it looks like I’ll be using the emulator
to show you the rest of the game. OK, so you can drive your tractors around,
and you can use the 4 function keys on the side of the C64 to change between a red tractor
with a plow, a green tractor with a seeder, a blue tractor with a trailer, and a green
harvester. However, apparently only two tractors will
ever appear on screen at any given time. I suspect this is due to sprite limitations
as they appear to be using multiple sprites for each tractor. So, the first thing you need to do is use
your red tractor to plow the land. This takes quite some time, so I’ll skip
ahead for you. Once you’ve plowed some land, then you’ll
use the green tractor and seed the land. This also takes some time. So, again, skipping ahead a bit, you’ll
see some vegetation growing. I’m not sure what sort of crops these are
and I don’t think the manual even says what it is. Anyway, eventually, you’ll move to your
harvester and collect whatever it is you’ve managed to grow. So, let’s be honest here. This game doesn’t have a lot of action. And it doesn’t build to any sort of big
climax either. This is sort of the kind of game that appeals
to people who just like to make themselves busy doing something. There are many hobbies like that, such as
cross-stitching, or knitting, or putting puzzles together, or even real-life gardening I suppose. And there’s nothing really wrong with that. For example, I’m a fan of the game SimCity
which essentially plays on that same principle. But for some reason, Farming Simulator just
doesn’t give me enough variety to really enjoy it. With SimCity, I could experiment with all
sorts of ways to build a city and see the outcome. This, on the other hand just feels like work
to me. Anyway, once you have your harvester filled
up, you can drive your trailer over to the harvester and watch the little percent number
at the bottom until it fills up. Then you have to drive the tractor over to
the grain silo and sell what you have harvested. The little tractor is actually more difficult
to steer than you’d think. And that little trailer is always getting
jackknifed when trying to backup. But eventually, I did make it over to the
silo and drive up on the little pad there, which is where you sell. At some point or another, by the way, you’ll
have to take all of your tractors over to that same area to refuel. And you accomplish that the same way by driving
onto the pad in front of the gas pumps.Anyway, so that’s about it for farming simulator. OK, so here’s one more little treat for
you. This is Portal for the c64. Yes, this actually exists and it just came
out. As you can see this appears to be a fan production,
and not an official game from Valve. It can be mouse controlled or joystick controlled
for the portal gun, but the keyboard controls your character by using A and D for left and
right, W jumps, and E is used to interact with things. And much like the standard version, you have
Glados there to taunt you, but occasionally give you hints. And here we are. The levels start off kind of simple, and there’s
a puzzle to solve with each one. This one is pretty easy, you just jump over
the water. Now, whenever you see one of these contraptions,
if you walk up to it and press E, it will drop one of those little boxes. And you can pick it up, and use it for example
to set on top of this switch to hold the door open for you. So, I haven’t even had to use the portal
gun yet. This will be the first time. So by moving the joystick, you can see the
little circle move around on the screen. So I can position it on anything that is light
gray colored to open a portal. And there we go. Notice the player is always facing wherever
the portal gun is aiming. Anyway, the SID music is amazing on this game. And despite the character being really small,
the animation on it is great. This is really an amazing piece of work, and
another C64 game that would have probably been a giant hit had it existed back int he
80s. So, I highly recommend you download this,
especially since it is free! Alright, and that about wraps it up for this
episode. So, I definitely have nothing but praise for
Rikki and Vikki. And I really thought Digiloi was cool, and
Portal was absolutely awesome. Farming Simulator, you know, I’m sure there’s
some people out there that would like this. Personally, I just didn’t. But, I wanted to show it anyway. And I want to thank them for sending me a
review copy. And that about wraps it up. So, see you next time.

80 Comments

  • Reply DracIsBack February 18, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Rikki and Vikki now available to be ordered:

    http://www.penguinet.net/Games/Rikki_Vikki/Purchase/index.php#Atari_7800

  • Reply Herb Schaltegger February 19, 2019 at 2:09 am

    To add another comment re RIKKI & VIKKI – one of the developers posted around mid-day that they had already shot past 100 orders of the 500 or so they have made and ready to sell immediately. They’ll be packing up and shipping about 25 per day to keep the task manageable. I’ve got my copy on-order and hopefully it’ll be shipped out in the next day or two.

  • Reply Social Media Meham February 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Something is.going.on with.youtube as, when I searched.for.yoir.channel it said, no downloads.

  • Reply Onlystolen February 19, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Wolfenstein 64 looks like it stars bender and fry from futurama = D

  • Reply Joshua Bernal February 20, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Ricky and friend looks more fun then most recent tech games

  • Reply balford February 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Do they have competitive farming?

  • Reply Blutwind February 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Saying you don't like farming simulator is strangly enought a dangerous thing. Here in Germany its kind of mandatory to own atleast one copy of any version or you are viewed as a heretic…. jokes aside i know more people that have at least one farmingsimulator then people that have none(of my gaming friends)

  • Reply migero February 21, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    im sure there are still farming people that still own a c64 and not a pc …

  • Reply Joel Miltenberger February 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Kudos, I love the music that you use in the background of your videos.

  • Reply ` February 25, 2019 at 1:10 am

    why not make fan games of other valve games

  • Reply Joe Bowman February 25, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Farming simulator is way different on mordern PC

  • Reply CheapSushi February 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Clearly growing Tiberium.

  • Reply Daniel Luna February 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I like PORTAL!

  • Reply Delmar Alvarado February 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Great content 8bitguy, please look into Micro Mages coming out for the NES, looks awesome and devs did a making of video on how they managed to pull that off. Look forward to your video of it when it releases.

  • Reply jeremyjw February 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    back in the day
    if somebody was clever enough
    could they have created these games
    given the technology at the time ?

  • Reply Jason Larson February 27, 2019 at 12:48 am

    WOw so cool

  • Reply Yskar Zweil February 28, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Sadly there's no NES version of Rikki and Vikki, i would love to have this game.

  • Reply qallincha February 28, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    That portal looks like the Flash version.

  • Reply Randy March 2, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Hell no those graphics are from atari console

  • Reply LegoWormNoah101 March 4, 2019 at 1:04 am

    David David David.. You should compare SimCity to modern Farming Simulator.

  • Reply Robert Weatherholt March 4, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Where did you get the NES Controller Adapters for Atari 7800 from? Do you have a link I can go to?

  • Reply Orhan Avan March 4, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Portal looks awesome

  • Reply CxR2262 March 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    These are my favorite vids on this channel

  • Reply LaffeeTaffeeGG March 7, 2019 at 1:57 am

    You called the companion cube a box… you have no heart.

  • Reply lurkerrekrul March 9, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    The C64 version of Portal reminds me of a Flash version that's floating around the net. That version got pretty difficult in the later stages. Not in figuring out what to do, just getting the timing right.

    Also, I love the title screen to Farming Simulator. It's not that I have a thing for farms or anything, I just find the coloring on it to be quite nice.

  • Reply fdask2007 March 10, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    lol farming simulator.

  • Reply only257 March 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Cool☃

  • Reply chimeforest March 12, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Wait… so that wasn't Farming Simulator 19? The mechanics were so similar I could hardly tell the difference xD

  • Reply Jeffy March 13, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Does anyone know how to get joust ?

  • Reply Tom Index2 March 15, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    2 minutes in and he cracks open the console ha.

  • Reply jerrica benton March 15, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    open the 7800 games!! what are you doing with your life?

    Open them on youtube! And livestream it!

    if you open them, i will subscribe to your channel

  • Reply JakeDaSpud March 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Oooh at 4:30 the waterfall wraps around to the top to tell you what happens

  • Reply Martin Horner March 16, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Stop playing Space Invaders.

  • Reply superstar64 March 17, 2019 at 12:57 am

    You know, speaking for Farming Simulator for a bit, I personally think the game is just something better suited for a modern computer because you can better tell what you’re doing. Yeah most of the game is still work, but you’re given more options in the newer version. I still think it’s impressive you could get that game on a computer with 64 kilobytes of RAM.

  • Reply Camerin Witte March 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Where did you get that NES to Atari 7800 controller adapter from to play Rikki & Vikki?

  • Reply Luuk Peters March 19, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    4:09 pewdiepie's tuber simulator

  • Reply Robert Fierce March 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    WTF do you mean the game was JUST RELEASED!!!?!?!?!?!?
    Do they still make these kind of games today?
    edit*- OMG Dude! Rikki & Vikki looks way awesome! Is there any way to play these games on PC instead?
    This is coming from someone who just finished playing Devil May Cry 5 in 4k with Ultra settings at 60FPS earlier today LOL

  • Reply AudiGamer March 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Vvvvvv is a game with retro atyle but not for retro devices

  • Reply Adal Arambula April 2, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Nice game of portal 😀

  • Reply Stefan Gies April 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    World's largest collection of videogames! – Guinness World Records:
    https://youtu.be/211QyEsPuyM

  • Reply Gaming Dragon April 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    i wonder where i could find these tho aaa

  • Reply BluePixelStarz OLD April 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    well, farming simulator c64 is nothing like the real pc version, it just looks boring.

  • Reply Shawn April 10, 2019 at 12:01 am

    It's like watching Euro Truck Simulator. I've watched hours of let's play videos and I still don't understand the appeal.

  • Reply Ray Hart April 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Where can someone buy that 7800 -> NES gamepad adapter?

  • Reply Turai12 April 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I'd like that rikki and vikky game on my switch, looks fun.

  • Reply Kieron Wray April 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    love the portal port

  • Reply Bill A April 19, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    That Farm Simulator at 9:48 is like watching grass grow… lol… sort of boring, but hey it's a Farm Simulator! 😀

  • Reply Dave April 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    @The 8-Bit Guy , did you know about dustie games ? https://www.instagram.com/dusty_games_/ the guy have an ''amazon type'' warehouse of sealed retro games with tons of copies of the rarests and selling them

  • Reply Ken Mason April 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Doesn't farming simulator have the occasional tornado? Bug infestation and crop spraying? Equipment breakdowns? no? Growing hemp there, huh?

  • Reply NotOrdinaryInGames April 22, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    PAL mentioned!

  • Reply Ryan Frazier May 7, 2019 at 12:39 am

    How could I find out if the game works with my Atari 7800

  • Reply gimmetheacoountplix May 8, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I think it is just amazing that new games are coming out to these old consoles, and also that there are all kinds of "gadgets" to connect even a NES controller to a Atari 7800.

  • Reply funny death momo May 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Portal dude 🙏🖤😵🖤🖤🖤👍👍👍👍👍

  • Reply SamsAnoob June 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I NEED to buy that portal game for the C64.

  • Reply VJ FRANZ K June 12, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Interesting, it's an Atari game which sounds like a NES. ; – ) And that 1st C64 title looks great.

  • Reply luk3Z June 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    10:06 – it's a tiberium

  • Reply Corporate Culture June 22, 2019 at 9:27 am

    8 bit guy PLOWS and SEEDS

  • Reply iDroidTeck June 24, 2019 at 1:42 am

    i just now realized he change the theme intro to his episodes lol

  • Reply Thegrandman June 29, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    The 8-bit guy the real farming simulator on cd actually has a ton of action

  • Reply Kevin Guerrero July 16, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    The box is actually called the aperture science waited Storage cube

  • Reply Zac’s Rc July 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Farming simulator 64 was a joke from giants it’s a limited edition thing you could buy a cartridge or get the fs19 collectors edition

  • Reply Aledownload July 23, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Who else read The Nostalgia Nerd's book?

  • Reply Eric Leblanc July 28, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    🎶Rikki don't lose that number…🎶

  • Reply oberguga July 30, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    What do you think about this project for zx spectrum https://youtu.be/uOf6WQBJarM ? And where promised video about this computer?))

  • Reply SynthRose July 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Have you checked out Micro Mages? It's an NES game that came out this year.

  • Reply Spotted Bullet August 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I hate games that make me feel like I'm working. I have a job, I'm not interested in grinding.

  • Reply Bjørnen August 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Aw, you forgot to mention that Farming Simulator for the C64 is a real commercial publishing. Released for the PC, Playstation 4 (?) and Commodore 64. Now, when has that ever happened? Totally awesome, dude.

  • Reply esa062 August 18, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Farming simulator is really for modern heavyweight gaming PC's. That C64 version was probably a "let's see if we can". And yeah, they could. It's just not the machine that can make this type of game very interesting.

  • Reply DJ Dedeco August 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

    UAU! Nice Graphics! Bad sound, chip sound Atari 2600…

  • Reply Gabriel A August 30, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Excellent video I appreciate the time you take to make each one. Thank you

  • Reply The himister king Rainbowpizza warrior September 2, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Man I do love that intro

  • Reply Ashley Williams September 5, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I never understand why a game would care if the system is PAL or NTSC. You would think the video chip would be the only difference.

  • Reply MishapTrap September 9, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    thank you for showing me rikki and vikki! It's really good, dare I say, a masterpiece

  • Reply Joyoustye September 11, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I gotta play Rikki & Vikki now!!

  • Reply Nova Void September 25, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    The most amazing thing to me is that the Portal game has an animated ponytail on the character.

  • Reply Propcouti Studios September 27, 2019 at 4:26 am

    "This just feels like work to me."
    Welcome to simulators.

  • Reply Evangelos Killer mike September 29, 2019 at 4:17 am

    That portal game is the poor man version of the real portal games,old games & the Commodore 64 sucks,what idiot makes games for a system that nobody plays anymore?they obviously hate money🙄😑🤦‍♂️These are facts.

  • Reply christo930 October 8, 2019 at 1:55 am

    There are quite a number of new games for the 7800.

  • Reply JustWasted3HoursHere October 25, 2019 at 2:31 am

    The Digiloid game reminds me of an old Popeye (not the arcade version) game for the C64 in 1986 that also used character graphics. https://youtu.be/oxAI5lP5Zgc

  • Reply The Store October 29, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Where do u get the adapter???

  • Reply Nick Armitt November 5, 2019 at 12:07 am

    That first game is just terrible… The name, the design, everything. Ewww.

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