Retro consoles have become really popular in the last few years, so it was only a matter of time before we got a retro version of the gaming system that ruled them all.
The Commodore 64.
I remember when we got our C64 with the tape drive and a copy of Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror (we had lots of other games, but on tape that is the one I remember most vividly).
It was the console that we all started to learn the basic coding on whether it was creating a bouncing ball or just the standard load”*”,8,1 that became second nature to kids who had never previously used a computer before and now suddenly had one in their own home.
Now comes the C64 mini that is pumping out those super low res games in pretty high definition. It doesn’t however include the classic Doctor Who game, but it does have 64 others.
Impossible Mission 2 (who remembers “stay a while, staaaay foreveeeerrrr”?)
or California Games (with footbag, surfing and rollerskating)
There is a stack of other games as well and for the full list check out their official site: https://thec64.com/
The specs of the system are impressive as well:
- High Definition output at 720p via HDMI
- Pixel Perfect graphics at 4:3 ratio, with full width, CRT filter and US/Europe display mode options
- Save game function
- 2 USB ports: plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer with C64 BASIC, or add a second joystick for 2-player games
- Supports software updates via USB flash drive
Note: The keyboard keys are non-functional
Probably the only real downside is the cost. In Australia its going to be around $169. That is a fair wack to play old games that after a few weeks will be a cool desk ornament or at the very least something you get nostalgic about for 10 minutes when your old gaming mates pop over.