Gremlin Graphics is back in business. Managing director turned founder Ian Stewart has announced that he’s bringing the brand back and will be releasing new takes on its old-school Commodore 64 games over the App Store. The studio’s first game will be a re-imagining of Bounder. Stewarts’ Urbanscan is set to publish.

Bounder first saw the light of day in 1985. It had players controlling a bouncing tennis ball across a variety of courses laced with obstacles like walls and enemies. Power-ups and little extras like 1-Ups were distributed in the grid-like world. The new iOS version will feature updated visuals, a new soundtrack, and even some new levels. In a statement, Steward also revealed that it’ll “take full advantage” of the platform, so motion controls are being added.

Interestingly, Urbanscan will continue to push out ancient titles in newer forms on iOS, though that remains to be seen. Fingers crossed for Wanted: Monty Mole!

One of the coolest things about this platform is that it gives old-school game makers one more shot at dropping the titles they love. In part, this is because budgets don’t need to be huge, but also it’s because team sizes can be kept to one-to-two dudes, just like the old days. Wake your grandaddy up to hear him talk about how they used to make ‘em.

[Via Gamasutra]

  • psj3809

    Cant wait for this.  Bounder should work very well on iOS, should work a lot like Air Penguin.  But Bounder was FAR better on the ZX Spectrum than the C64.

    Hope this first game goes well , look forward to a new revamped Monty Mole game

    • Bateman

      Are you being serious?

      There were so many issues with ZX Spectrum (sprite collision detection) that a game like Bounder would've been almost unplayable!

      The C=64 was by far the better games machine regardless of the relative complications of coding for the thing!!

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    Damn, I was hoping everyone had forgotten about this game so that I could.. uh.. reinvent it ;)

    Excellent news. I clearly remember buying it; I was despondent about getting back from holiday too late and the shops would be shut, before remembering that Spain is one hour ahead of the UK. I rushed to town and grabbed the Speccy version just before Microbyte (that later grew into the developers Team 17) closed.

  • Acidbottle

    am pleased they are complete remakes rather than a rom wrapped around an emulator (well covered there now on the appstore).

    monty mole, jack the nipper, deathwish 3 and footballer of the year were all well played on my rubbery keyed machine.

    good luck with the project gremlin!

  • sbtrct

    Man, I played this one a lot, back in the day. Along with Elite, Sorcery, Paradroid, Uridium, and Knight Lore. I wrote to all these companies/developers at the time (Ocean, Ultimate Play the Game, Hewson) asking for posters of their games - most of them wrote back with a bunch of stuff. Meant a lot. Looking forward to Bounder. At least it won't be loading on a cassette tape...

  • qrczaq

    I am very curious what the final result will be. A few good JUMP-ing remakes have been done. It's good to check out :)

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