64 games in a replica of the best-selling computer in history
In the 1980s, a home computer came on the market that became the best-selling computer in the world.
Not Apple. Not IBM. Not Dell.
The Guinness Book of Records lists the Commodore C64 as the best-selling single computer model of all time. Sales were conservatively estimated at around 12.5 million between 1982 and 1993.
It was a game machine: games could be loaded from cassettes, floppy disks or cassettes. (We’re talking old days, kids.) But there were also programs that the Commodore could use to run spreadsheets, word processors, and other business-oriented programs. One of the features that made it attractive: it could be plugged into a regular television; no expensive computer monitor required.
The games, while primitive by today’s standards, had far better graphics than other competing consoles. They were easy to learn, difficult to master, and had decent audio tracks too.
But to keep track of things, computers have to evolve. And in the mid-1990s, Commodore was overtaken by the aforementioned big names of today.
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Today’s young gamers can experience the nostalgia of their parents with the C64 Mini. It is a smaller replica of the original C64 keyboard (with non-working keys). It’s about half the length and width of the original C64, the same beige color, and comes pre-installed with 64 of the computer’s best-selling games.
To touch a few: Boulder Dash; Jumpman; california games; Pit stop II; Speedball II; Street sports baseball; Summer games; Winter Games and Temple of the Apshai Trilogy.
The Mini is available on Amazon for $ 50 and potentially in brick and mortar stores that specialize in electronic games.
Like the old computer, this is connected to the television, but via an HDMI cable (supplied). It also includes a joystick. Power is supplied via a micro USB cable. The cable is included in the scope of delivery, but the adapter that is plugged into the wall is not – the small smartphone charger made of bricks fills easily.
A new feature that old Commodore players will appreciate: There is a possibility to stop and save running games.
Although 64 games are included, there are no game instructions. This can leave some users wondering how to start or how to progress, but this usually involves trial and error.
In addition to the power input and the HDMI port, there are two USB ports on the console. One is for the joystick connection; the other can be used to connect a regular keyboard or connect a flash drive to allow other games not originally included to be used.
It is not easy to run these additional games on the computer. There are plenty of YouTube videos available to tell you where to find them and how to make them compatible with the C64 Mini.
Bottom line: The C64 Mini is a great way to remember where today’s gaming began. The handheld controller is a bit cumbersome, but it responds like the older model. The lack of instructions could put some players off.
As more than one review has shown, will interest still be there when nostalgia subsides? The C64 Mini is a successful look back at gaming history.
Lonnie Brown can be reached at [email protected]