Last week we reported that, thanks to Apple recently relaxing its iOS SDK agreement, Manomio submitted a major 2.0 update of Commodore 64, their C64 emulator / game system, to the App Store with BASIC reenabled (and fingers crossed). We're happy to report that the app has been approved and is now available for download [link].

I had a chat with developer Stuart Carnie yesterday, shortly after he received word from Apple that Commodore 64 v2.0 was approved, during which he shared further details concerning this notable update.

With BASIC back, so too is the full C64 keyboard. Carnie is excited about the prospect of users having full and complete access to every game presented, which, in some games, can only happen when a full keyboard is available. And, while it's here in v2.0, the keyboard hasn't gotten any attention since it was removed back in November and, as such, a near-term update will address the absence of a few missing keys (semi-colon, colon) as well as a lock mode for the RUNSTOP, C=, and SHIFT keys, to use in conjunction with others.

A bit further out will come cycle-exact emulation on newer hardware (ARMv7), to resolve digital sound issues with Space Taxi and enable a few free games from Beam Software, such as Exploding Fist.

We've seen a lot of anticipation from readers for an iPad version of C64, and Carnie tells us that it's big on the roadmap. Thanks to Apple allowing BASIC, he really wants to create a great experience for iPad users wanting to experiment with the language, including a finely tuned keyboard and even Bluetooth support. "Think 'full' C64 experience," says Carnie. Due to Manomio's work on the upcoming Amiga classic titles, these more significant upgrades are slated for release next year -- and we can't wait.

As for additional games on the horizon, Carnie was able to reveal that they're in the progress of bringing several more Thalamus titles on-board: Creatures I and II and Retrograde. Also on the way is MYTH: History in the Making from System 3, which requires emulated 1541 floppy drive support and a disk-swapping user interface (which is already in the system).

Thanks to Apple for their relaxed stance on the SDK agreement and thanks to the folks at Manomio for giving retro fans like myself so much sweet candy to enjoy.

  • Anonymous

    So what do I need to do to start playing Jumpman? :)

  • E_Domina

    sounds sweet.

  • Anonymous

    So what do I need to do to start playing Jumpman? :)

  • E_Domina

    sounds sweet.

  • Chris

    Yeah, I want to play Jumpman and Blue Max pronto, how do I do that?

    • Keslus

      Back when this app was first announced, there was a screenshot of Jumpman up and running. It could be they don't have the rights yet. Who knows where Epyx was sold to throughout the years? I only know the original came out on the wii in Europe..

      • BiggerJ

        System 3 own it now. Found it out on Wikipedia in a couple of seconds. Does that make me a hotshot copyright lawyer?

  • Chris

    Yeah, I want to play Jumpman and Blue Max pronto, how do I do that?

    • Keslus

      Back when this app was first announced, there was a screenshot of Jumpman up and running. It could be they don't have the rights yet. Who knows where Epyx was sold to throughout the years? I only know the original came out on the wii in Europe..

      • BiggerJ

        System 3 own it now. Found it out on Wikipedia in a couple of seconds. Does that make me a hotshot copyright lawyer?

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=46196 NightHawk64345

    Here's the BIG question: is it going to get Lemmings?

    • Dragon

      No, because sony own it, and the chance of them agreeing to it being released on any platform but theirs now is nil.

  • http://forums.toucharcade.com/member.php?u=46196 NightHawk64345

    Here's the BIG question: is it going to get Lemmings?

    • Dragon

      No, because sony own it, and the chance of them agreeing to it being released on any platform but theirs now is nil.

  • Marco

    Creatures!! That's my favorite. Really enjoyed that game!!

  • Marco

    Creatures!! That's my favorite. Really enjoyed that game!!

  • Karma32

    If this went universal, I'd buy it in a heart beat.

  • Karma32

    If this went universal, I'd buy it in a heart beat.

  • frosty

    newbie question alert!
    what are the chances of games like Chuckie Egg,
    Roland In The Caves, and other C64 / Amstrad Games coming due to the change in app store rules....?

  • frosty

    newbie question alert!
    what are the chances of games like Chuckie Egg,
    Roland In The Caves, and other C64 / Amstrad Games coming due to the change in app store rules....?

  • Emmbee

    Can't wait for the Amiga EMU! Blood Money by Psygnosis. Please! Please!

  • Emmbee

    Can't wait for the Amiga EMU! Blood Money by Psygnosis. Please! Please!

  • http://digitalblasphemy.com/ Ryan

    Bring on the Bard's Tale!

  • http://digitalblasphemy.com/ Ryan

    Bring on the Bard's Tale!

  • Jaden

    So it this going to be a universal app once the iPad version is out? I want to buy this for my iPad, but I'm thinking I should wait, just in case it isn't a universal app.

    • hanerlend

      Agreed. If i knew it would be universal, I'd probably get it today. As I don't know, I'll have to wait until next year when C64 gets iPad native.

  • Jaden

    So it this going to be a universal app once the iPad version is out? I want to buy this for my iPad, but I'm thinking I should wait, just in case it isn't a universal app.

    • hanerlend

      Agreed. If i knew it would be universal, I'd probably get it today. As I don't know, I'll have to wait until next year when C64 gets iPad native.

  • Anonymous

    The more I think about it, the less I think this emulator approach will succeed. Who really wants to pay for each retro C64/Amiga DLC with the understanding you can't really give it away for free without compensating the original developers? I think a better approach is to port the successful C64/Amiga games to the iPod Touch/iPhone with the same gameplay, but with updated graphics and sound/music or features. More importantly, advertise the available updated retro C64/Amiga games via ads on these apps (yes, i hate ads, but that's the function of ads). Kinda like what Amazon.com does with it's "customers who bought this item also bought ______".

    One example: Sword of Fargoal.

  • Anonymous

    The more I think about it, the less I think this emulator approach will succeed. Who really wants to pay for each retro C64/Amiga DLC with the understanding you can't really give it away for free without compensating the original developers? I think a better approach is to port the successful C64/Amiga games to the iPod Touch/iPhone with the same gameplay, but with updated graphics and sound/music or features. More importantly, advertise the available updated retro C64/Amiga games via ads on these apps (yes, i hate ads, but that's the function of ads). Kinda like what Amazon.com does with it's "customers who bought this item also bought ______".

    One example: Sword of Fargoal.

  • rob

    Finally Creatures,i cant w8 to play diz amazing game like years ago when i play it on c64

  • rob

    Finally Creatures,i cant w8 to play diz amazing game like years ago when i play it on c64

  • Phreakuency

    Defender of the Crown would be my #1 choice.

    Would still love a proper iPhone remake of that and Ultima 4 and 5 :)

  • Phreakuency

    Defender of the Crown would be my #1 choice.

    Would still love a proper iPhone remake of that and Ultima 4 and 5 :)

  • darwiniandude

    Universal? Pfft. I have an iPad, but seriously, the C64 is like 320x200 at most from memory. Pixel doubling doesn't matter IMO...

    Anyway, it has basic, whoo hooo... but Does it support external bluetooth keyboards? (as you can pair with iOS 4) I'm not typing a basic adventuresome on an on screen keyboard :)

    • Adams Immersive

      More importantly, can you save/load your work? (I’m not expecting on online marketplace, just a personal storage space for your programs maybe? A fake 1541 and blank diskettes you label yourself?)

      As for Universal—I do want that, not for resolution but for size: pixel-doubled apps don’t fill the whole iPad, they leave a black border unused.

  • darwiniandude

    Universal? Pfft. I have an iPad, but seriously, the C64 is like 320x200 at most from memory. Pixel doubling doesn't matter IMO...

    Anyway, it has basic, whoo hooo... but Does it support external bluetooth keyboards? (as you can pair with iOS 4) I'm not typing a basic adventuresome on an on screen keyboard :)

    • Adams Immersive

      More importantly, can you save/load your work? (I’m not expecting on online marketplace, just a personal storage space for your programs maybe? A fake 1541 and blank diskettes you label yourself?)

      As for Universal—I do want that, not for resolution but for size: pixel-doubled apps don’t fill the whole iPad, they leave a black border unused.

  • http://www.oyunwin.com Mehmet

    Very Good. Thx u Share.

  • http://www.oyunwin.com Mehmet

    Very Good. Thx u Share.

  • Steve

    I can't seem to get it to use the save command :(

  • Steve

    I can't seem to get it to use the save command :(

  • Kasimir

    Where is "SORCERY" ???????????????

  • Kasimir

    Where is "SORCERY" ???????????????

  • A-etze

    I'd like Microprose Soccer !!!!

  • Eight bit

    Any plans for an Android App?

  • Eight bit

    Any plans for an Android App?