Earlier this month, we detailed an update for the Commodore 64 iPhone app that developer Manomio had been busy working on for the past several months. This update would bring some much needed control optimizations both to the overall functionality of games and added flexibility for specific titles that would need more than a standard control stick and button setup. And of course, a nice selection of new downloadable titles would be included in this update as well.

As of earlier today, the update has gone live in the App Store. Here is the list of features from the App Store description:

  • NEW - Lots of new games, including Last Ninja series, International Karate, Armalyte and Druid
  • IMPROVED - Upgraded to OpenFeint 2.5
  • IMPROVED - Reimplementation of control layout system, to support the complex controls scenarios for games like The Last Ninja
  • IMPROVED - Display OF notifications at top rather than bottom
  • IMPROVED - Removed bottom bar in full-screen landscape to prevent obscuring screen in games like Wizball
  • NEW - Fixed-mode joystick in landscape mode, automatically selected for specific games
  • NEW - Option to force fixed-mode joystick in landscape mode for all games
  • FIX - Borders correctly drawn in landscape (Wizball)
  • FIX - Corrected dead zone area at side of screen in landscape, rendering controls unresponsive
  • NEW - Added grouping to In App Store to separate downloaded / purchases
  • IMPROVED - Hi-res icons added for retina and iPad displays
  • NEW - Option to adjust dead zone / sensitivity of joystick
  • IMPROVED - Shop now separates downloaded games

I've given the update a spin and can really tell the improvement in controls across all of the games that I tried. I'm especially fond of being able to adjust the dead zone of the control stick, as that has been a point of frustration for me when playing certain games before. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, not every new game is available in the in-game store. Apparently the problem lies on Apple's end at the moment, and developer Stuart Carnie has stated in our forums that he contacted Apple to correct the situation, and is hoping to have the games become available in the next few days.

Until then, definitely make sure to update your C64 for iPhone app to take advantage of the revamped controls, as well as the other tweaks and optimizations contained within.

  • http://www.lepthien.eu James

    Yes! This update is awesome! I have been able to help beta testing this release and we are very happy that the controls work so well now! I always loved playing Microprose Soccer and now I can really enjoy this game. Stu did an awesome job here!

  • http://www.lepthien.eu James

    Yes! This update is awesome! I have been able to help beta testing this release and we are very happy that the controls work so well now! I always loved playing Microprose Soccer and now I can really enjoy this game. Stu did an awesome job here!

  • http://z3olyte.com/blog Cindy

    I love the game interface :) I will give this app a try

  • http://z3olyte.com/blog Cindy

    I love the game interface :) I will give this app a try

  • Klaus

    Controls are much better, but far away from perfect! I think the ways from one end to the other are to long, it is still not possible to move the "stick" precisely! I don't understand that, there are thousand of games out there where it works perfect! The C64 was my second and my favourite homecomputer, I was so happy as I heared about this emulation, and when I got it I was so disappointed. I mean the emulation of the games are so amazing on an device like an iPodTouch/iPhone, but still it is far away from being playable. They should offer demos for free, so that I could look at them and get back that feeling that I had in those days, but playing games on this emulator is a mess!

  • Klaus

    Controls are much better, but far away from perfect! I think the ways from one end to the other are to long, it is still not possible to move the "stick" precisely! I don't understand that, there are thousand of games out there where it works perfect! The C64 was my second and my favourite homecomputer, I was so happy as I heared about this emulation, and when I got it I was so disappointed. I mean the emulation of the games are so amazing on an device like an iPodTouch/iPhone, but still it is far away from being playable. They should offer demos for free, so that I could look at them and get back that feeling that I had in those days, but playing games on this emulator is a mess!

  • Veritas

    Get a Dingoo for playing old school games - much better gaming experience with a dpad than touch controls.

    • Klaus

      I think it is not a problem of touch controls, cause there are so many games out there where it works perfectly. In the beginning of game development on the iPodTouch/iPhone I was very sceptical if a touch control would work on that device and in the end I was surprised how good it worked on a lot of games.

  • Veritas

    Get a Dingoo for playing old school games - much better gaming experience with a dpad than touch controls.

    • Klaus

      I think it is not a problem of touch controls, cause there are so many games out there where it works perfectly. In the beginning of game development on the iPodTouch/iPhone I was very sceptical if a touch control would work on that device and in the end I was surprised how good it worked on a lot of games.

  • Klaus

    I tried it once again, I like to give more information what I mean.
    I used on my C64 an Competion Pro Joystick, which had very short ways. The emulation feels like using an old, beat-up Commodore Joystick, the controls are "swimming". The only way it is possible for me to play a game is in lanscape mode with the icon on the bottom side and there I have to touch it like using Coursorkey. The problem is I allways have to look at it that I touch them right, so I find not into the game and I'm not able to react fast. Perhaps there could be a way to give the user more settings for control, so that I can adjust them to fit right for me! Belive me, the emulation is great and I adore the work of the developers, but the controls still feel not right for me!

    • Stuart Carnie

      Klaus,

      If you go to the Settings tab, you can adjust the 'dead zone' to a lower value, which improves the sensitivity of the virtual stick. Let us know I that helps you.

      Cheers,

      Stu

      • Klaus

        Stu, yes I have tried these options before, but it won't help!

      • Klaus

        Is it possible that the controls are better in portrait mode, or makes this no sense? I feel so!

  • Klaus

    I tried it once again, I like to give more information what I mean.
    I used on my C64 an Competion Pro Joystick, which had very short ways. The emulation feels like using an old, beat-up Commodore Joystick, the controls are "swimming". The only way it is possible for me to play a game is in lanscape mode with the icon on the bottom side and there I have to touch it like using Coursorkey. The problem is I allways have to look at it that I touch them right, so I find not into the game and I'm not able to react fast. Perhaps there could be a way to give the user more settings for control, so that I can adjust them to fit right for me! Belive me, the emulation is great and I adore the work of the developers, but the controls still feel not right for me!

    • Stuart Carnie

      Klaus,

      If you go to the Settings tab, you can adjust the 'dead zone' to a lower value, which improves the sensitivity of the virtual stick. Let us know I that helps you.

      Cheers,

      Stu

      • Klaus

        Stu, yes I have tried these options before, but it won't help!

      • Klaus

        Is it possible that the controls are better in portrait mode, or makes this no sense? I feel so!

  • http://uselessbits.wordpress.com Francesco

    Nobody noticed the "cracked by" notice on Bozo's Night Out title screen? http://wp.me/pLQG4-v

    • Stuart Carnie

      No, we have been through this before - our licensors often do not have the original games, and we must source them from the web, on their advice. Believe me, they are all letigitemately licensed.

    • DnP

      From the beginning the app uses cracked games ...lol... and you have to pay for them.

  • http://uselessbits.wordpress.com Francesco

    Nobody noticed the "cracked by" notice on Bozo's Night Out title screen? http://wp.me/pLQG4-v

    • Stuart Carnie

      No, we have been through this before - our licensors often do not have the original games, and we must source them from the web, on their advice. Believe me, they are all letigitemately licensed.

    • DnP

      From the beginning the app uses cracked games ...lol... and you have to pay for them.

  • El Capetinha

    It's about time...

  • El Capetinha

    It's about time...

  • amroc

    Awesome update. Citadel please!!

  • amroc

    Awesome update. Citadel please!!

  • Ter

    I've updated but still can't see Last Ninja. Any advice?

    • Ter

      I'm UK

      • http://www.kiloo.com JeppeKiloo

        As mentioned in the post, we are having some trouble with the store at the moment. The problem is at Apples end, but we'll work on getting them to fix asap. We'll keep you posted!

      • Ter

        @JeppeKiloo ... no trouble buddy, can't wait!

    • Abbas

      I bought Druid, but now it's disappeared...

  • Ter

    I've updated but still can't see Last Ninja. Any advice?

    • Ter

      I'm UK

      • http://www.kiloo.com JeppeKiloo

        As mentioned in the post, we are having some trouble with the store at the moment. The problem is at Apples end, but we'll work on getting them to fix asap. We'll keep you posted!

      • Ter

        @JeppeKiloo ... no trouble buddy, can't wait!

    • Abbas

      I bought Druid, but now it's disappeared...

  • Daniel

    High Res icon for iphone 4 and iPad...."wow". How about making the whole App HD? That would be more fun. Maybe next time..

  • Daniel

    High Res icon for iphone 4 and iPad...."wow". How about making the whole App HD? That would be more fun. Maybe next time..

  • DnP

    There is no last ninja... maybe it was the real last... no more :)

  • DnP

    There is no last ninja... maybe it was the real last... no more :)

  • Zonko

    Updated and grabbed Armalyte. I agree with the guy above who commented on the controls. They're still not right. Even using the fixed joystick option and with dead zone set as low as it will go, they still feel really laggy and unresponsive.

    I urge the developer of this otherwise great app to download Dark Void Zero and study the virtual D-Pad in that title, as it's the best I've seen and works very well.

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      We'll take a look, thanks for the info,

  • Zonko

    Updated and grabbed Armalyte. I agree with the guy above who commented on the controls. They're still not right. Even using the fixed joystick option and with dead zone set as low as it will go, they still feel really laggy and unresponsive.

    I urge the developer of this otherwise great app to download Dark Void Zero and study the virtual D-Pad in that title, as it's the best I've seen and works very well.

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      We'll take a look, thanks for the info,

  • Justin

    Hmm, I am updating now but maybe I will hold off on buying Druid until these store issues are solved. Sadness.

  • Justin

    Hmm, I am updating now but maybe I will hold off on buying Druid until these store issues are solved. Sadness.

  • mgabrys

    Glad to see that instead of giving us a bigger picture to see / play with - we have that critical Commodore 64 fake bezel instead.

    Whew - don't want to see any of my 3.5 inch display going to waste! That would be terrible.

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      You can go full screen in landscape and portrait by tapping the buttons at the top-centre (in portrait) and bottom-centre (landscape) to eliminate the bezels completely.

      Cheers,

      Stuart

  • mgabrys

    Glad to see that instead of giving us a bigger picture to see / play with - we have that critical Commodore 64 fake bezel instead.

    Whew - don't want to see any of my 3.5 inch display going to waste! That would be terrible.

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      You can go full screen in landscape and portrait by tapping the buttons at the top-centre (in portrait) and bottom-centre (landscape) to eliminate the bezels completely.

      Cheers,

      Stuart

  • Blades

    About bloody time! ;-)

    The controls are a BIG improvement. And I'm happy about the game selections and the Sorting in the Buy Store screen.

    And of course not everyone is happy(and you can't make everyone happy). But how many games are on the apple store that just takes your money and run without an update.

    I'm pretty happy with this. Now if they would just get rid of the stupid fake "Screen Glare" in Portrait mode. Yes, I realize it goes away in landscape mode. But it's still there in portrait mode. Don't like it. It can go away. ;-)

    Other than that, keep up the good work....

    ;

  • Blades

    About bloody time! ;-)

    The controls are a BIG improvement. And I'm happy about the game selections and the Sorting in the Buy Store screen.

    And of course not everyone is happy(and you can't make everyone happy). But how many games are on the apple store that just takes your money and run without an update.

    I'm pretty happy with this. Now if they would just get rid of the stupid fake "Screen Glare" in Portrait mode. Yes, I realize it goes away in landscape mode. But it's still there in portrait mode. Don't like it. It can go away. ;-)

    Other than that, keep up the good work....

    ;

  • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

    All pending games are now live! Please restart C64 on iOS 4 specific hardware by killing the task and reloading.

    @Blades, you can remove the screen glare in portrait by tapping the little button at the top-centre of the screen. It also removes all the tabs, to avoid accidentally tapping.

    Cheers and thanks for all the support,

    Stuart

    • Blades

      Cool, thanks!!

      Having lots of fun with it. Although it's not as easy as snapping your fingers. Keep the games a coming. It's been very fun to re-live the classics.

      Thanks again guys!!

      l

  • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

    All pending games are now live! Please restart C64 on iOS 4 specific hardware by killing the task and reloading.

    @Blades, you can remove the screen glare in portrait by tapping the little button at the top-centre of the screen. It also removes all the tabs, to avoid accidentally tapping.

    Cheers and thanks for all the support,

    Stuart

    • Blades

      Cool, thanks!!

      Having lots of fun with it. Although it's not as easy as snapping your fingers. Keep the games a coming. It's been very fun to re-live the classics.

      Thanks again guys!!

      l

  • BOB1

    So how about unlimited lives in the ninja games?

    • David

      Click the trainer button, before launching the game.

      • bob1

        thanks. Just wanted to know before buying the games instead of using ssh

  • BOB1

    So how about unlimited lives in the ninja games?

    • David

      Click the trainer button, before launching the game.

      • bob1

        thanks. Just wanted to know before buying the games instead of using ssh

  • Angrybird

    I noticed some free games I have already are not longer in the store. If I delete the app, how do I retrieve them?

  • Angrybird

    I noticed some free games I have already are not longer in the store. If I delete the app, how do I retrieve them?

  • David

    Awesome app, and love the titles!!
    Have a small issue regarding the controls however. In The Last Ninja I remember you could press F3 (...I think...) to choose what the player should be holding when not holding a weapon. Can´t find a button for it. Any tips?

    • http://moepi.net Moepi

      I have the same problem and some posts below another one has the same problem with TLN2. I think the developers forgot that TLN isn't controllable via joystick only. We need at least access to the F3 button to select the item the character is currently holding. Otherwise the game is not playable.
      I'm personally stucked at the beginning of level 2 in TLN1 because I need to select claws to climb up a cliff. :(((

      Really pity because the control was improved so much. I don't miss the joystick in that game, but the F3 button!

      • http://moepi.net Moepi

        Ok, I figured out how to solve the problem. We have to add a line to the gameInfo.plist of TLN. However, it requires SSH access and therefore a jailbroken iPhone to do it. If you know what your'e doing:
        1) Find in /var/mobile/Applications/ the TLN installation
        2) Go to the subfolder Documents/games/com.manomio.C64.theLastNinja1/
        3) Copy the gameInfo.plist to your desktop and add the following line near the botton directly over the other green fire button line:
        {"action" : "add", "type" : "KeyButton", "options" : { "image" : "green-fire-button", "key" : "F3", "size" : "{80, 80}", "pos" : "{10, 75}", "alpha" : 0.3 } },
        4) Copy the gameInfo.plist back to your iPhone
        5) Restart C64 by killing it via the task menu.

        Then you have a third button on the right hand side in landscape mode which is associated with F3. Hf!

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      We submitted an update on the 18th to resolve the issue - it was a terrible omission on our part, but your games will auto-update when you download the update.

      Cheers,

      Stu

      • DnP

        Is it possible to put in 4/8 buttons instead of the joystick? I hate them. I think pushing some well definied spot in the screen is easier then trying to manipulate a virtual stick.

  • David

    Awesome app, and love the titles!!
    Have a small issue regarding the controls however. In The Last Ninja I remember you could press F3 (...I think...) to choose what the player should be holding when not holding a weapon. Can´t find a button for it. Any tips?

    • http://moepi.net Moepi

      I have the same problem and some posts below another one has the same problem with TLN2. I think the developers forgot that TLN isn't controllable via joystick only. We need at least access to the F3 button to select the item the character is currently holding. Otherwise the game is not playable.
      I'm personally stucked at the beginning of level 2 in TLN1 because I need to select claws to climb up a cliff. :(((

      Really pity because the control was improved so much. I don't miss the joystick in that game, but the F3 button!

      • http://moepi.net Moepi

        Ok, I figured out how to solve the problem. We have to add a line to the gameInfo.plist of TLN. However, it requires SSH access and therefore a jailbroken iPhone to do it. If you know what your'e doing:
        1) Find in /var/mobile/Applications/ the TLN installation
        2) Go to the subfolder Documents/games/com.manomio.C64.theLastNinja1/
        3) Copy the gameInfo.plist to your desktop and add the following line near the botton directly over the other green fire button line:
        {"action" : "add", "type" : "KeyButton", "options" : { "image" : "green-fire-button", "key" : "F3", "size" : "{80, 80}", "pos" : "{10, 75}", "alpha" : 0.3 } },
        4) Copy the gameInfo.plist back to your iPhone
        5) Restart C64 by killing it via the task menu.

        Then you have a third button on the right hand side in landscape mode which is associated with F3. Hf!

    • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

      We submitted an update on the 18th to resolve the issue - it was a terrible omission on our part, but your games will auto-update when you download the update.

      Cheers,

      Stu

      • DnP

        Is it possible to put in 4/8 buttons instead of the joystick? I hate them. I think pushing some well definied spot in the screen is easier then trying to manipulate a virtual stick.

  • Klaus

    Bought Hunters Moon right now, but how can I go to the psychedelic Pause Mode? Don't remember how it was on the C64 (pressing space for a long time or something else)? Is it possible to go into the psychedelic Pause Mode? Please help, I bought it cause I liked to see it again!

    • Klaus

      Allright, in orignal game on the C64 you have to go into pause mode (run/stop), then move the joystick to go to main menu,t here are several options:
      -Engines
      -Respray
      -Shields
      -Offduty (this is the mode i meant above)

      is there a possibility to go to this menu????????? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Also I miss the marvelous title pic from Robin Levy, please add it. I think all games should come with title pic (if there was one)

      • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

        Will do - easy with our new controls system :)

      • Klaus

        I have updated, but still doesn't work! Under "controls" is only "Press Fire..."

  • Klaus

    Bought Hunters Moon right now, but how can I go to the psychedelic Pause Mode? Don't remember how it was on the C64 (pressing space for a long time or something else)? Is it possible to go into the psychedelic Pause Mode? Please help, I bought it cause I liked to see it again!

    • Klaus

      Allright, in orignal game on the C64 you have to go into pause mode (run/stop), then move the joystick to go to main menu,t here are several options:
      -Engines
      -Respray
      -Shields
      -Offduty (this is the mode i meant above)

      is there a possibility to go to this menu????????? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Also I miss the marvelous title pic from Robin Levy, please add it. I think all games should come with title pic (if there was one)

      • http://manomio.com Stuart Carnie

        Will do - easy with our new controls system :)

      • Klaus

        I have updated, but still doesn't work! Under "controls" is only "Press Fire..."

  • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

    Last Ninja 2 is incredible. Can't figure out how to activate my 'HOLDING' items. I need to unlock that gate in Central Park!

    • http://moepi.net Moepi

      See my post above, should work for you, too.

      • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

        I can't see any other post under Moepi

      • Ter

        Ah ok. Still no

  • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

    Last Ninja 2 is incredible. Can't figure out how to activate my 'HOLDING' items. I need to unlock that gate in Central Park!

    • http://moepi.net Moepi

      See my post above, should work for you, too.

      • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

        I can't see any other post under Moepi

      • Ter

        Ah ok. Still no

  • Sickboy4000

    Hi there. Still cannot use any of the items after the update. Any ideas anyone?

    • MrsNesbitt

      Update has not hit the app store yet, patience....

  • Sickboy4000

    Hi there. Still cannot use any of the items after the update. Any ideas anyone?

    • MrsNesbitt

      Update has not hit the app store yet, patience....

  • MrsNesbitt

    1.8 update now available!

  • MrsNesbitt

    1.8 update now available!

  • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

    Yeah 1.8 did the trick. Awesome support from Stu.

  • http://www.woldindusties.co.uk Ter

    Yeah 1.8 did the trick. Awesome support from Stu.

  • Amonkeyshead

    how do i select the power ups in wizball after picking the green globes.
    used to be space bar on the c64.
    game is useless without it.