Random Commodore 64 Disks

Floppies

If you’ve owned a Commodore 64, or any 8-bit computer, in the 80’s, and you’ve engaged in disk-swapping, it’s likely you had a collection of floppies with random content.

That’s the case here, with two cases full of five-and-a-quarters. Many I’ve had for several decades. Others were obtained as part of hardware purchases. While the contents of most are obvious, many are hiding random type-in programs, demos, curious tools and other goodies.

Watch the video below to see the software I found, as well as a few oddballs I decided to revisit.

Disk Images

As promised, below you will find the disk images from those featured in the above video. Keep in mind, I can’t share items I believe to still be under copyright (namely: Moon Patrol and possible Snokie), but you shouldn’t have trouble finding them on your own.

PLEASE NOTE: These have been tested and should work in your emulators, C64 Mini’s and (with the proper hook-ups) original hardware. However, I cannot provide assistance setting these items up nor do I offer any sort of guarantee on these. Use at your own risk.

TO DOWNLOAD – RIGHT CLICK AND CHOOSE “SAVE AS”

  • TOP SECRET ENCODER/DECODER
    A weird program from some Scholastic magazine. Send secret messages to your friends! I included both files if you enjoy troubleshooting, but the one that works is titled T.S.E.D.
    DOWNLOAD (right click, save as)
  • MAD LIBS
    Mad Libs used to come in those little books you’d play on long car rides when your portable electronic video game’s batteries died out. I attempted to recreate the whimsy in a simple BASIC program, with mixed-to-poor results. Feel free to spruce it up and/or fix the spelling errors.
    DOWNLOAD (right click, save as)
  • MASTER TRIVIA
    A budget title from BCI software, but yet, a competent (if simple) game of trivia. As you saw in the episode, the stand-alone “Entertainment Trivia” disk no longer works. No matter, it was probably long outdated.
    I was unable to locate any sort of standing copyright on this so I will assume “abandonware” unless I’m told otherwise.
    DOWNLOAD (right click, save as)
  • GAMES II
    The title is a bit misleading. Not only is there not a “Games I”, but most of these programs are barely games. But still, it’s full of interesting items (many type-in type programs) that should keep the average Commodore explorer busy for a few minutes.
    DOWNLOAD (right click, save as)
  • MUMMY’S TOMB (bonus download)
    We didn’t load this one up in the video but I’m including it as well. It’s a simple treasure-hunt, maze game that uses several real songs (“Baby Elephant Walk”, “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Light My Fire”) as part of the soundtrack. Simple, but surprisingly charming.
    As with “Master Trivia” above, it is published by BCI. I am assuming the same “abandonware” status unless told otherwise.
    DOWNLOAD (right click, save as)

New C64 Peripherals!

It’s amazing the amount of new gadgets, hardware and even software coming out for the early 80’s computer. Many of them breath new life into the old breadbin. Below is a list of items I used in the making of this video. I have included links. None of these are paid promotions, but rather, a starting point for those looking to breath new life into their C64.

  • POWER SUPPLY
    The original C64 power supplies are not aging gracefully. As they’ve gotten older, many have begun to emit more power than is healthy for the computer’s insides. Many of a computer has been fried by too much power. Get a new power supply and keep your Commodore safe.
    c64psu.com
  • RETROTINK 2X PRO
    Nothing beats an original CRT, but space limitations means making sacrifices. Luckily, the RetroTINK 2X Pro accepts composite, component and S-Video inputs, outputting to modern HDMI connections with the promise of zero additional lag. Most models even include filters to clean up the picture or give it a retro look.
    retrotink.com
  • EPYX FASTLOAD RELOADED
    With the slow disk drive, a fast load cartridge was a necessity. However, these old cartridges do not often work with modern SD2IEC devices (that loads files of SD cards.) With the Fastload Reloaded however, not only do you get several handy features for streamlining disk commands and speeding up data transfer, but it also works well with modern SD card readers.
    thefuturewas8bit.com
  • ZOOM FLOPPY
    There are several ways to transfer disk images to real floppies and vice versa. But with this device, you can hook up your 1541 drive to your PC, and use the original disk drive with emulators. Be forewarned: there is a bit of a learning curve, especially if you’re not comfortable working in command line. But once you get it working, it works quite well.
    http://store.go4retro.com/zoomfloppy/

If you have any more modern C64 peripheral hardware suggestions, or maybe fresh games ‘new old’ users of the Commodore 64 should try out, leave a comment below!

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