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It's no secret that the iPhone has a lot to offer retro gaming fans out there. One example is Manomio's C64 for iPhone [App Store], which lets gamers have some serious 8-bit fun on the go. But, while such games offer a great deal of white-knuckle action, they lack the online competitive aspect of modern XBLA and PSN titles.

Manomio is in the process of rectifying the situation.

Many of us remember playing C64 games, vying for the high score and undoubtedly reveling with our friends when we grabbed the top score in Uridium, Paradroid or whatever happened to be hot at the time. Perhaps you were the best at your school, club or even town....but, are you the best in the world? Now's your chance with Open Feint integration for select games.

In the forthcoming v1.4 update to C64 for iPhone, Manomio has begun integrating online leaderboards and achievements for the classic, C64 titles the emulator supports. To start, they're delivering the following enhancements to C64 favorites by way of OpenFeint integration:

Arctic Shipwreck

  • Leaderboard for high scores

Lemans

  • Leaderboard for high scores
  • Achievements
    • Lemans Bronze Medal (5 OF points): Scores 10000+
    • Lemans Silver Medal (8 OF points): Scores 25000+
    • Lemans Gold Medal (10 OF points): Scores 50000+
    • Lemans Elite Driver (20 OF points): Scores 100000+

Jupiter Lander

  • Leaderboard for high scores
  • Achievements
    • Jupiter Lander Trainee (5 OF points); Scores 10000+
    • Jupiter Lander Astronaut (10 OF points): Scores 75000+

Nebulus

  • Leaderboards for high scores
  • Planning to support achievements as you complete each tower (future update)

Uridium

  • Leaderboards for high scores

Paradroid

  • Leaderboards for high scores
  • Achievements
    • Command Cyborg 999 - Pwnd!
      Achieved when you transfer / take control of the 999 unit, most powerful droid on the ship.

These enhancements really take these classic games well beyond their original incarnations. What's more, Manomio CTO Stuart Carnie assures us that, for the iPhone 3GS and 3G iPod touch, all games will run at a "buttery smooth" 50fps.

This really is a superb turn of events for retro gamers, and we're anxious to see what other enhancements to the these classics the studio will bring down the road.

App Store Link: C64 for iPhone, $4.99

  • Aaron

    Awesome

  • Aaron

    Awesome

  • Stan Winstone

    Arg- this is such a pretty emulator. Too bad the games it comes with so far are such duds...

  • Stan Winstone

    Arg- this is such a pretty emulator. Too bad the games it comes with so far are such duds...

  • Kas2008

    But ... WHERE IS BRUCE LEE ??????????

    I do not find it, Bruce Lee was FREE ?????

  • Kas2008

    But ... WHERE IS BRUCE LEE ??????????

    I do not find it, Bruce Lee was FREE ?????

  • James

    Yes, Bruce Lee has vanished. An manomio is not answering this question. Also they promise great geames and only lame and boring stuff appears! Where are the real classics? World Games, California Games, Kane, Green Beret, Combat School, Katakis....just to name a few. I am not counting on manomio anymore and I am thinking about jailbreaking my phone, so that I can use my own c64 games...

    Lame, manomio, just lame....

  • James

    Yes, Bruce Lee has vanished. An manomio is not answering this question. Also they promise great geames and only lame and boring stuff appears! Where are the real classics? World Games, California Games, Kane, Green Beret, Combat School, Katakis....just to name a few. I am not counting on manomio anymore and I am thinking about jailbreaking my phone, so that I can use my own c64 games...

    Lame, manomio, just lame....

  • Blades

    Don't worry about Bruce lee. As kick-arse as the game is on other emulators and the real thing. It was frustrating to control on the iphone/itouch. At least I found it frustrating to control. The joystick at times had a hard time deciphering the difference between up and diagonal or sideways and diagonal. Also the framerate would slow way down when you entered another room, then it would speed back up. I kind of had high hopes for this emulator and as other have pointed out, where is Winter,Summer,SummerII,World and California games. Those were awesome back in the day and still are. Even Paperboy on the C64 was fun (I enjoyed the C64 version better then the arcade version).

    I hope that they have a 60hz/50hz switch. As they played 60hz here in the US and is how I rememberd the games playing. 50hz was Europe would make the games/music a little bit slower.

    ;

  • Blades

    Don't worry about Bruce lee. As kick-arse as the game is on other emulators and the real thing. It was frustrating to control on the iphone/itouch. At least I found it frustrating to control. The joystick at times had a hard time deciphering the difference between up and diagonal or sideways and diagonal. Also the framerate would slow way down when you entered another room, then it would speed back up. I kind of had high hopes for this emulator and as other have pointed out, where is Winter,Summer,SummerII,World and California games. Those were awesome back in the day and still are. Even Paperboy on the C64 was fun (I enjoyed the C64 version better then the arcade version).

    I hope that they have a 60hz/50hz switch. As they played 60hz here in the US and is how I rememberd the games playing. 50hz was Europe would make the games/music a little bit slower.

    ;

  • TKO

    @Stan Winstone ..duds? Paradroid? Bruce Lee? (Yes, it will be back) Nebulus? Laser Squad? Uridium? Cybernoid? These are all brilliant. Kickstart, International Soccer, and International Basketball are still a lot of fun too, despite their age.

    They're working on adding more games. There should be another batch coming out this week, and they're working to bring Bruce Lee back @James. The real problem is that Apple would pull the emulator from the store if anyone were to complain about pirated software available within this emulator, regardless of how old they are. They're working on getting these in *officially*, and with the co-operation of the copyright holders. Given time there will be a good library of stuff. There will even be some of the great Jeff Minter's games. Yay! (His stuff is dope.) ;)

    @Blades Yup, this emulator is being developed by European guys so, naturally, they're going for the 50Hz machine. Maybe they'll do 60Hz support in the future. I dunno. I the mean time, they're prefect for me coz I'm used to 50Hz too. :D And the speed isn't necessarily different.. Many games were re-coded to work on NTSC C64's. (Often necessary due to the smaller area for border sprites and less raster-time available.)

    Control isn't perfect, but that's more to do with the lack of a physical d-pad. It's as good as I've seen on the iPhone yet. There's a fixed stick in portrait mode, relative stick in landscape mode, and it can be switched between left and right-handed sticks.

    Not sure where your frame-rate issues came from Blades. I haven't seen those. I have an iPhone 3G. What do you have? Anyway, next version an improved frame rate is promised - a solid 50Hz (zero dropped frames) on 3GS devices.

    IMHO it's the best 8bit emulator I've seen on the phone yet (jailbroken or not.) Stop yer whining girls. There's good games now, and more to come ..but slowly, coz they have to do this the legitimate way.

    • Blades

      I have a Itouch 64 meg 3rd Gen. Like I said when you go from one screen to the next, it frame skip for just a bit.

      Anyway to get rid of the (virtual) screen glare. I know it goes away in landscape mode, but I find it annoying as hell in standard mode. Maybe a toggle switch to turn it off and on?

      But yes, over all not a bad emu.

      ;

    • James

      Well. And if they bring these cool games then they will charge again. That is lame. I already bought lots of this stuff years ago so I do not wanna pay again!

      • James

        Also, I mean what kind of work do they have to do in order for the disk images to be imported? Can't be that much...

    • TKO

      @Blades Hmmm.. I looked for the frame-skip when going between levels. I'm on an iPhone 3G. Nothing I could notice. {shrugs} Really not sure what's going on there. I'll have to try it on my brothers iPod touch. Overall, considering we're stuck with no physical joystick, Bruce Lee is really quite playable. Is nice not to have to drag my GP2x everywhere just to have a C64 on the go. :)

      @James Well whether they charge is, as far as I'm aware, decided by the copyright holder. They will be releasing some Jeff Minter stuff soon, and that will be entirely free. But, at just $1.00 each for most of the other games ..that's hardly gonna backrupt you, is it?

      As for whatever work they have to do to allow importing disk images ..as soon as Apple discover the existence of that, the App would be pulled from the store. They did it when the BASIC was still there but hidden http://bit.ly/FwGy6 ..they'd certainly do it for the ability to load disk-images. ..This is the reason Frotz wasn't updated on the store for so long - Apple were insisting the author remove the ability to download Inform games to the app.

      Your best bet is to insert the disk-images into the emulator on a jailbroken iDevice. That's the only route open to you that keeps the C64 authors safe from their app being pulled again. They really have no choice but to keep it a closed app.

      • James

        Yep, I know that. 1$ is not that much, but since I bought lots of games years ago I do not want to pay for that again. And when the real classics arrive (if they do - I still do not believe they will) then it will be easily more then ten to twenty games which are cool. And paying 20$ for old stuff simply isn't a good value if you already bought that. And that is lame...

      • TKO

        True .. but the Apple model for apps/games is damn restrictive. I don't see them bending for the niche that is retro-gaming. {shrugs} ..might I suggest you pick up a second-hand GP2x (linux handheld) and put Vice64 on it and load it with games? It works for me. Lotsa fun. :D

  • TKO

    @Stan Winstone ..duds? Paradroid? Bruce Lee? (Yes, it will be back) Nebulus? Laser Squad? Uridium? Cybernoid? These are all brilliant. Kickstart, International Soccer, and International Basketball are still a lot of fun too, despite their age.

    They're working on adding more games. There should be another batch coming out this week, and they're working to bring Bruce Lee back @James. The real problem is that Apple would pull the emulator from the store if anyone were to complain about pirated software available within this emulator, regardless of how old they are. They're working on getting these in *officially*, and with the co-operation of the copyright holders. Given time there will be a good library of stuff. There will even be some of the great Jeff Minter's games. Yay! (His stuff is dope.) ;)

    @Blades Yup, this emulator is being developed by European guys so, naturally, they're going for the 50Hz machine. Maybe they'll do 60Hz support in the future. I dunno. I the mean time, they're prefect for me coz I'm used to 50Hz too. :D And the speed isn't necessarily different.. Many games were re-coded to work on NTSC C64's. (Often necessary due to the smaller area for border sprites and less raster-time available.)

    Control isn't perfect, but that's more to do with the lack of a physical d-pad. It's as good as I've seen on the iPhone yet. There's a fixed stick in portrait mode, relative stick in landscape mode, and it can be switched between left and right-handed sticks.

    Not sure where your frame-rate issues came from Blades. I haven't seen those. I have an iPhone 3G. What do you have? Anyway, next version an improved frame rate is promised - a solid 50Hz (zero dropped frames) on 3GS devices.

    IMHO it's the best 8bit emulator I've seen on the phone yet (jailbroken or not.) Stop yer whining girls. There's good games now, and more to come ..but slowly, coz they have to do this the legitimate way.

    • Blades

      I have a Itouch 64 meg 3rd Gen. Like I said when you go from one screen to the next, it frame skip for just a bit.

      Anyway to get rid of the (virtual) screen glare. I know it goes away in landscape mode, but I find it annoying as hell in standard mode. Maybe a toggle switch to turn it off and on?

      But yes, over all not a bad emu.

      ;

    • James

      Well. And if they bring these cool games then they will charge again. That is lame. I already bought lots of this stuff years ago so I do not wanna pay again!

      • James

        Also, I mean what kind of work do they have to do in order for the disk images to be imported? Can't be that much...

    • TKO

      @Blades Hmmm.. I looked for the frame-skip when going between levels. I'm on an iPhone 3G. Nothing I could notice. {shrugs} Really not sure what's going on there. I'll have to try it on my brothers iPod touch. Overall, considering we're stuck with no physical joystick, Bruce Lee is really quite playable. Is nice not to have to drag my GP2x everywhere just to have a C64 on the go. :)

      @James Well whether they charge is, as far as I'm aware, decided by the copyright holder. They will be releasing some Jeff Minter stuff soon, and that will be entirely free. But, at just $1.00 each for most of the other games ..that's hardly gonna backrupt you, is it?

      As for whatever work they have to do to allow importing disk images ..as soon as Apple discover the existence of that, the App would be pulled from the store. They did it when the BASIC was still there but hidden http://bit.ly/FwGy6 ..they'd certainly do it for the ability to load disk-images. ..This is the reason Frotz wasn't updated on the store for so long - Apple were insisting the author remove the ability to download Inform games to the app.

      Your best bet is to insert the disk-images into the emulator on a jailbroken iDevice. That's the only route open to you that keeps the C64 authors safe from their app being pulled again. They really have no choice but to keep it a closed app.

      • James

        Yep, I know that. 1$ is not that much, but since I bought lots of games years ago I do not want to pay for that again. And when the real classics arrive (if they do - I still do not believe they will) then it will be easily more then ten to twenty games which are cool. And paying 20$ for old stuff simply isn't a good value if you already bought that. And that is lame...

      • TKO

        True .. but the Apple model for apps/games is damn restrictive. I don't see them bending for the niche that is retro-gaming. {shrugs} ..might I suggest you pick up a second-hand GP2x (linux handheld) and put Vice64 on it and load it with games? It works for me. Lotsa fun. :D

  • http://www.manomio.com Stuart Carnie

    @James, we are working on games and believe me there is good stuff coming (and from what you are asking, I don't expect you'll be disappointed). There are many individuals who still own the rights to the games, and licensing / paperwork takes time, and in some cases lawyers have to get involved. We are going as fast as we can - but didn't anticipate some of the delays in licensing, so we apologise for that.

    @TKO, thanks again mate for the continued support. Your answers are pretty much spot on (I'm an Aussie living in the USA, but grew up with 50Hz machine too). More games to be submitted this week.

    @blades, adding a 60Hz refresh rate as an option is a great request, so I'll get it on our list.

    • James

      Hey Stuart, hopefully you will be right. Could you be so kind and tell us where Bruce Lee went? I am a little bit afraid of when I reinstall C64 and want to restore purchases will this include the free games also? But where the heck is BL? Thanks!

      • James

        They told me now (via Twitter DM) that they are working on the issue with Bruce Lee. Still, I think they would be better of, if they tell the people in advance and in public.

    • TKO

      Ah, an Oz in the US huh? Well, this kiwi can forgive you your heritage. :p hehe. Anyway, love the advances you guys have made for emulation under such a restrictive store model and with no physical controls. Not an easy thing to do!

      So .. time to work on iPad enhancements? :D hehe.

  • http://www.manomio.com Stuart Carnie

    @James, we are working on games and believe me there is good stuff coming (and from what you are asking, I don't expect you'll be disappointed). There are many individuals who still own the rights to the games, and licensing / paperwork takes time, and in some cases lawyers have to get involved. We are going as fast as we can - but didn't anticipate some of the delays in licensing, so we apologise for that.

    @TKO, thanks again mate for the continued support. Your answers are pretty much spot on (I'm an Aussie living in the USA, but grew up with 50Hz machine too). More games to be submitted this week.

    @blades, adding a 60Hz refresh rate as an option is a great request, so I'll get it on our list.

    • James

      Hey Stuart, hopefully you will be right. Could you be so kind and tell us where Bruce Lee went? I am a little bit afraid of when I reinstall C64 and want to restore purchases will this include the free games also? But where the heck is BL? Thanks!

      • James

        They told me now (via Twitter DM) that they are working on the issue with Bruce Lee. Still, I think they would be better of, if they tell the people in advance and in public.

    • TKO

      Ah, an Oz in the US huh? Well, this kiwi can forgive you your heritage. :p hehe. Anyway, love the advances you guys have made for emulation under such a restrictive store model and with no physical controls. Not an easy thing to do!

      So .. time to work on iPad enhancements? :D hehe.

  • Jim

    I believe in you, Stuart! It's the most beautiful emulator I have ever seen. SEGA should call you for some pointers. The joystick sensitivity needs a bit of TLC but you are almost there.

    P.S. I have a game request: Raid on Fort Knox. I know, it's a VIC-20 game but here's hoping.

  • Jim

    I believe in you, Stuart! It's the most beautiful emulator I have ever seen. SEGA should call you for some pointers. The joystick sensitivity needs a bit of TLC but you are almost there.

    P.S. I have a game request: Raid on Fort Knox. I know, it's a VIC-20 game but here's hoping.

  • yes please

    what would be more interesting is bluetooth connection for 2-player expierience. And some good 2player titles like archon, archon2 or survivor, speedball, hypaball and rally speedway,...

  • yes please

    what would be more interesting is bluetooth connection for 2-player expierience. And some good 2player titles like archon, archon2 or survivor, speedball, hypaball and rally speedway,...

  • TKO

    Hey, that's a thought: A Vic-20 emulator would be a (relatively) easy side-project. But damn, some of those games were so hard-core ..I dunno how playable they would be. (again, a suggestion for a 75% or 50% speed option for us old folks?) :p

    It's basically a c64 with no sprites, different (simpler) sound-chip, and half the resolution+colours. ..and people like Jeff Minter had some cool titles for it. Dunno how easy it would be tracking down the Vic-20 authors of stuff tho. *sigh*

    Anyway .. don't want to slow down any (hypothetical) Amiga project with such a thing. {ahem}

  • TKO

    Hey, that's a thought: A Vic-20 emulator would be a (relatively) easy side-project. But damn, some of those games were so hard-core ..I dunno how playable they would be. (again, a suggestion for a 75% or 50% speed option for us old folks?) :p

    It's basically a c64 with no sprites, different (simpler) sound-chip, and half the resolution+colours. ..and people like Jeff Minter had some cool titles for it. Dunno how easy it would be tracking down the Vic-20 authors of stuff tho. *sigh*

    Anyway .. don't want to slow down any (hypothetical) Amiga project with such a thing. {ahem}

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