Shackpets | Available on iOS and Google Play Store

The 64, an unofficial Commodore 64 remake in computer and handheld formats, seeks funding on Indiego

Touted as a "re-imagining" of the Commodore 64, The 64 will include a joystick and curated selection of classic games.

7

Retro Games Ltd. has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000 in funding for The 64, an old-meets-new take on Commodore's best-selling Commodore 64 computer.

"Developed using the latest (old) technology, the highly passionate team behind The 64 is excited to bring you not only a classic desktop version of The 64 but also a brand new handheld version meaning classic gaming, on the go," according to the Indiegogo page.

Assuming it hits its funding goal, The 64 will ship with a joystick, a bundle of classic C64 games, and exclusive content. Technically, The 64 will exist as two consoles: the computer, and the handheld. Funding tiers let you choose whether you want to receive one or both, as well as add games to your bundle.

The project is helmed by Darren Melbourne, an engineer responsible for designing and building Retro's C64DTV retro console as well as other related projects.

Retro anticipates a quick turnaround: according to its crowdfunding page, it expects to deliver consoles this December, just in time for the holidays.

Long Reads Editor

David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

Filed Under
From The Chatty
    • reply
      April 19, 2016 5:03 PM

      I'm soooo tempted to back this.

    • reply
      April 19, 2016 5:23 PM

      Is this in any way tied to the Coleco Chameleon guys?

      • reply
        April 19, 2016 6:30 PM

        Good question! If it isn't I'll probably back this. I fondly remember playing games in my C128 and typing in programs from RUN magazine.

        • reply
          April 19, 2016 7:28 PM

          Run eh? We were a Loadstar house.

      • reply
        April 20, 2016 3:45 AM

        [deleted]

    • Ziz legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
      reply
      April 19, 2016 7:05 PM

      Will it let you breath underwater?

    • reply
      April 19, 2016 7:21 PM

      It wants to scratch the constant nostalgia itch, but at $150 for the actual product, and you'll get charged upfront, I think I'll wait until there's a real product. And, at least one legit review saying it doesn't suck. I assume there'll be some way to network it so I can drop my collection of SID files on it.

      Also, really wishing I hadn't thrown out all those floppies back in the day. Although, who knows if they'd still be readable now or not.

    • reply
      April 19, 2016 8:07 PM

      At first blush, it was tempting. But *they* don't even know (or won't say) what form this will take. Is it an FPGA recreation of the C64? An Arduino or Raspberry Pi running an emulator? No clue. And they're supposed to have this ready by December?

      • reply
        April 20, 2016 5:17 AM

        Exactly. There's no worry about them not making their goal so I'll just wait and see. Also, a C64 handheld, while looks pretty sweet, doesn't make sense over something with a keyboard.

      • reply
        April 20, 2016 5:22 AM

        Yeah not to be Debbie Downer but every few years some company comes along and says "we're gonna resurrect the C64!" either in the form of a machine that emulates it or a modern PC that just looks like it or in this case both. Sometimes they even claim they get to call it the C64 because whoever it is that owns the Commodore name has seen fit to license it to everything from PC clones to USB sticks and film cameras. And they never fucking make it to market. But at least the ones I'm thinking of never made it to the "now can we have your money?" phase, this one is doing it from the get go.

        We'll see. I'd love for this one to be true but companies have been chasing this dragon for a while.

        • reply
          April 20, 2016 5:33 AM

          Yeah, no need to resurrect. Mine still works just fine.

    • reply
      April 20, 2016 1:03 AM

      I wouldn't touch anything on Indiego that doesn't have a working prototype and features "flexible funding" meaning that even if the main funding goal isn't reached, they get to keep whatever money was pledged.
      Kickstarter requires working prototypes.

    • reply
      April 20, 2016 3:43 AM

      [deleted]

    • reply
      April 20, 2016 4:07 AM

      [deleted]

    • reply
      April 20, 2016 6:12 AM

      [deleted]

    • reply
      April 20, 2016 10:40 AM

      The last attempt to resurrect the C64 failed. See : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_USA. Why try again?

Hello, Meet Lola