The poll for the 3rd annual RGN Commodore 64 Gamers’ Choice 2020 Award is now open. This year’s award is open to all games (including ports & remakes) made available to the general public from 16 December 2019 to 21 December 2020.
The 20 finalists of this year’s award have been curated by RGN, however, the winner of the C64 Gamers’ Choice is to be determined by popular vote where every C64 gamer is able to select up to 5 games as part of their vote.
This year’s Award is sponsored by Rhayader Computers, your one stop shop for all your retro themed merchandise.
Voting will close on 9 January 2021 at 11:59pm (UTC) with results being announced very shortly after.
Here are the 20 finalists:
Atic Atac (Kac / Day / Cross)
A highly polished port of a classic top down arcade adventure game that exceeds the original ZX Spectrum game. Enhanced graphics and the addition of side quests all do well to make the C64 port of Atic Atac the very best it can be.
BoxyMoxy (Broken Bytes / RGCD)
An endearing slide puzzle game featuring 60 levels (expanded to 80 in version 1.1.) featuring colourful graphics, a gentle playing curve and is easy to pick up and play.
Chiller 2 (Cosine Systems)
A fun multi level single screen platform game inspired by the Masteronic game Chiller where you need to collect 20 crosses across 12 levels featuring nice hi-res graphics.
Curse of Rabenstein (Stefan Vogt / Poly Play)
Follows the path of some great Level 9 adventures, with its immersive story telling represented with modern day production and design values that better align themselves to meet today’s casual retro gamer’s expectations.
Fix-It-Felix JR (Savona / Day / Cross)
Considered to be a perfect implementation of an arcade game that never existed in the 80s, Fix-It-Felix JR appeals to anyone who has fond memories of visiting the arcade halls when they were young with its seemingly flawless execution.
Grid Pix (Carleton Handley / RGCD)
Fans of nonogram/picross puzzles are given 100 levels to immerse themselves in as you use the number clues along the side of a grid to form a picture. A really good way to spend a lazy afternoon on your C64.
Hired Sword 2 (Roy Riggs / Double Sided Games)
An Ultima style RPG game hiding underneath the school boy humour facade. Hours of entertainment on offer for fans of the genre, just don’t take it too seriously.
Disk and Digital: Double Sided Games
Isle of the Cursed Prophet (Icon 64 / Psytronik Software)
A top down ‘explore and collect’ arcade adventure with strong production values, game design and story telling that blend so well together to provide a highly engaging and rewarding exprience.
Millie & Molly (Carleton Handley / Bitmap Soft & Bobr Games)
A 100 level puzzle game where Millie & Molly need to team up to eliminate all the monsters. Intuitive control system, gorgeous music, a well balanced difficulty curve and a clever move rewind features makes this a highly accessible game.
Monster Catcher (Monte Boyd)
MW ULTRA (Covert Bitops / Protovision)
A reboot of the original Metal Warrior franchise, MW ULTRA features great production, engaging storytelling, fluid controls, objective based gameplay and lots of game world variety makes this an essential game to own and play.
Digital & Cartridge: Protovision
Neptune Lander Elite (C64 Mark / Phoenixware)
Inspired by Lunar Lander, become one with gravity as you try to master thrust controls as you navigate across 40 obstacle filled caverns.
Old Tower (Retro Souls / Bitmap Soft & Bobr Games)
An action puzzle game that sees you play as little explorers who have to dash across the screen and across walls, ceilings, and many more structures as you collect all the coins and find the way to the exit past devious hazards and traps.
Outrage (Cosmos Design / Protovision & Psytronik Software)
A game 30 years in the making, a fun but challenging run’n’gun game that will remind many of Hawkeye. Features 5 blasting packed action with great looking boss battle and that music is oh so good.
A fast paced match style game in the style of Puyo Puyo that features both a one player scenario mode and two player mode that is very well executed.
Planet X2.1 (The 8-Bit Guy / Protovision)
A graphically and sonically enhanced version of the original Planet X2 game released in 2017 that provides a satisfying RTS style game play for the C64.
Cart and Digital: Protovision
Shadow Over Hawksmill (Icon64 / Psytronik Software)
Utilising the game engine for the award winning Legend of Atlantis, this puzzle platform adventure game delivers a good H.P. Lovecraft style setting with strong game play to boot.
Physical & Digital: Psytronik Software
Synthia in the Cyber-Crypt (Elanor Burns / Bobr Games)
A submission to the Shoot em Up Construction Kit 2020 competition, which it consequently won. That’s right, this adventure platform game is based off the SEUCK platform engine and is executed quite well.
Wormhole (TRS / Protovision)
A fun platform shooter that offers a lot of action and 15 challenging levels.
Physical & Digital: Protovision
Zeta Wing (Sarah Jane Avory / Protovision)
A fun and accessible arcade shooter with addictive qualities featuring impressive technical coding all presented within a single load. Contains 7 distinct themed levels.