Retro overlord Stuart Carnie of Manomio contacted Touch Arcade to let us know that after months of work, the C64 for iPhone v1.7 update will shortly be arriving in the App Store. This is a major update that brings numerous enhancements as well as a nice list of additional games available through the app's integrated game store.

Control Improvements:

  • Corrected dead area at side of screen in landscape, rendering controls unresponsive for a small strip
  • New fixed-mode joystick in landscape mode, automatically selected for specific games
  • Option on the settings screen to force fixed-mode joystick in landscape mode for all games
  • File-based disk support for multi-disk games. Does not work for those games requiring true 1541 support. (No virtual swapping of disks)
  • Option to adjust dead zone / sensitivity of joystick

Updates Fixes:

  • Upgraded to OpenFeint 2.5
  • Removed bottom bar in full-screen landscape to prevent obscuring screen in games like Wizball
  • Reimplementation of control layout system, to support the complex controls scenarios for games like The Last Ninja and Druid
  • Borders are correctly drawn in landscape (Wizball looks better now)
  • Hi-res icons added for retina and iPad displays so C64 looks better on your home screen

Usability Improvements:

  • Display OpenFeint notifications at top rather than bottom
  • Added grouping to In App Store to separate downloaded / purchased titles
  • Shop now separates downloaded games

14 New Games:

Stuart indicates that, despite this major update, C64 is not the studio's only focus, by any means. Their brainteaser-style game Nerve Jangler -- a NinjaDoodle license that's been played over 22 million times -- will be complete and out the door in the next few weeks, and then it's all focus on the Amiga games. We hope to have some early ad hoc builds of a few Amiga classic nicely packaged up for the iPhone in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

  • GodSon

    Woot! Bout time...its been a very long wait and hopefully the controls will be worth the wait. Cant wait for the update to be available so I can get several of the new games as well. Last ninja series FTW!

  • GodSon

    Woot! Bout time...its been a very long wait and hopefully the controls will be worth the wait. Cant wait for the update to be available so I can get several of the new games as well. Last ninja series FTW!

  • http://www.quantum-sheep.com quantumsheep

    Great update, but was hoping for Elite...

    One day, eh? ;)

    QS :D

  • http://www.quantum-sheep.com quantumsheep

    Great update, but was hoping for Elite...

    One day, eh? ;)

    QS :D

  • Chris1975

    Oh man iv waited patiently for the new update and hoped beyond hope that The Last Ninja would be included and to see that 2 and 3 will be there also is just amazing, I seriously cannot wait and will gladly pay any price to play these truely groundbreaking and of their time games.

    Druid too lol heaven lol

  • Chris1975

    Oh man iv waited patiently for the new update and hoped beyond hope that The Last Ninja would be included and to see that 2 and 3 will be there also is just amazing, I seriously cannot wait and will gladly pay any price to play these truely groundbreaking and of their time games.

    Druid too lol heaven lol

  • Veritas

    You should consider buying a Dingoo, which has mature emulation plus 'gaming controls' - i.e. dpad plus buttons - more than a match for BS touch screen emulation. Also, checkout Wiz and Open Pandora...

  • Veritas

    You should consider buying a Dingoo, which has mature emulation plus 'gaming controls' - i.e. dpad plus buttons - more than a match for BS touch screen emulation. Also, checkout Wiz and Open Pandora...

  • cranker

    I used to love Buggy Boy, at least that's what I think it was called.

  • cranker

    I used to love Buggy Boy, at least that's what I think it was called.

  • Blades

    I hope that these controls have been updated for the good. It's just so sloppy the way it is now. Maybe a D-Pad option, for some of the games at least.

    l

  • Blades

    I hope that these controls have been updated for the good. It's just so sloppy the way it is now. Maybe a D-Pad option, for some of the games at least.

    l

  • http://www.wasabi.li mee

    Last Ninja and Armalyte were where my hours went ;-)

  • http://www.wasabi.li mee

    Last Ninja and Armalyte were where my hours went ;-)

  • Remon

    Glad to hear that they are still very alive, I almost given up on them...

  • Remon

    Glad to hear that they are still very alive, I almost given up on them...

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    Eliminator! I had that on the Atari ST, it was excellent, especially when the bug that gives you infinite lives kicked in! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    Eliminator! I had that on the Atari ST, it was excellent, especially when the bug that gives you infinite lives kicked in! ;)

  • hanerlend

    Last Ninja 2 = WIN!

    Just waiting for iPad support, and I will probably bite.

    Give me Bubble Bobble and two joysticks and this will be awesome! :)

  • hanerlend

    Last Ninja 2 = WIN!

    Just waiting for iPad support, and I will probably bite.

    Give me Bubble Bobble and two joysticks and this will be awesome! :)

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  • Fokion

    OMG, there's just NO WAY you can play Last Ninja on a virtual joystick, not with all those diagonals involved. Still, great games.

    • http://c64.manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      The fixed, virtual d-Pad makes a huge difference. I was able to use it to safely navigate over water :)

  • Fokion

    OMG, there's just NO WAY you can play Last Ninja on a virtual joystick, not with all those diagonals involved. Still, great games.

    • http://c64.manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      The fixed, virtual d-Pad makes a huge difference. I was able to use it to safely navigate over water :)

  • imajican

    Please do Elite or Frontier ASAP!!!

  • imajican

    Please do Elite or Frontier ASAP!!!

  • Chris1975

    So just d/l the update n sorry to say guys but The Last Ninja series aint in the shop BOO!!!

  • Chris1975

    So just d/l the update n sorry to say guys but The Last Ninja series aint in the shop BOO!!!

  • Chris1975

    Armalyte, heetseeker n the free games appear to be the only ones from the list to have made it in.

  • Chris1975

    Armalyte, heetseeker n the free games appear to be the only ones from the list to have made it in.

  • Chris1975

    So the rest will be added when they meet apple aporoval but when all the hoopla was made about the new update it wasnt made clear that this would be the case, we were led to believe that they would be part of the update when it came out so this is still a major disappointment for me as when your expecting to be playing a sneaky game of TLN at work and it doesnt happen you are going to be pee,d off.

  • Chris1975

    So the rest will be added when they meet apple aporoval but when all the hoopla was made about the new update it wasnt made clear that this would be the case, we were led to believe that they would be part of the update when it came out so this is still a major disappointment for me as when your expecting to be playing a sneaky game of TLN at work and it doesnt happen you are going to be pee,d off.