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Sam's Journey
Sam's JourneySam's Journey by Knights of Bytes is a brand-new original scrolling platform game developed for the Commodore 64 home computer. It's about a cute little hero called Sam who finds himself on an unexpected journey in a strange world.

Knights of Bytes want Sam's Journey to be as great as our favorite platform games on the Nintendo Entertainment System or the Sega Master System. To achieve this, they're implementing a combination of features that is quite uncommon for a game on the Commodore 64.

Although Sam is quite small, he can run very fast and jump even higher. That's why the camera has to hurry up and keep track, no matter where he's going!

Sam has a variety of basic moves. While running and jumping are obvious skills, his ability to climb makes him able to reach new heights. And with his free diving skill, he can explore the underwater passages of the deep sea.

The world of Sam's Journey is not only a visual one. Every scenery that Sam traverses on his journey comes with its own unique song that emphasizes the location's atmosphere.

Some songs are happy, some are melancholic, some are dramatic... And of course there are sound effects, too!

The full soundtrack will feature a wide variety of individual tunes that use all three voices of the Commodore 64's SID chip. You can listen to some samples here.

Development status:
Status: In development


Credits:
Produced by: Knights of Bytes
Distribution: Protovision
Coder: Chester Kollschen
Graphics: Stefan Gutsch
Sound&SFX: Alex Ney

Gallery:

Map Water Forest Flower

Features:

· Classic 8-Bit Platform Action ·
· Colorful Graphics ·
· Fast Free-Directional Scrolling ·
· Many Basic Moves Plus Climbing And Swimming ·
· 6 Special Costumes With Additional Skills ·
· 3 Overworld Maps ·
· 27 Huge Levels With Multiple Sections ·
· 2000 Screens To Be Explored ·
· 14 Different Graphical Settings ·
· 19 Beautiful Tunes ·
· Sound Effects ·
· Hidden Items To Be Found ·
· Secret Passages To Be Discovered ·
· Checkpoint System ·
· Savegame Option ·

Status updates:

Want to save postage? Now you can!
Written by JTR on 16.11.2017


For those who have ordered a physical release of Sam’s Journey, we have implemented an option into our shop to save postage.

You can chose to receive your new order together with Sam and pay only the difference between the postage of the combined order and the postage already paid.

Just order as you usually do and chose „Add to Sam order“ as the shipping method (this option only appears if you have previously ordered and paid Sam.)



NEWS FROM THE C64 SCENE: RESET Magazine #10 released
Written by JTR on 06.11.2017

The RESET Magazine has released another stunning issue!
The cover feature is an Interview with Chester Kollschen of Knights of Bytes on the making of Sam’s Journey.



Order Sam’s Journey TODAY!
Written by JTR on 01.10.2017

The time has come: Sam’s Journey can be
ordered from the Protovision Shop!

Sam will NOT be shipped right away, though.

We are currently finalizing the game and are collecting funds to produce all Sams needed.
Sam’s Journey will be shipped in December (exact date is not yet defined).

The download versions of Sam will be made available at the same time as the physical versions ship out.

Everyone who orders a physical release of Sam also receives the digital versions.

Please understand that due to the high amount of orders, shipping out all Sams will take weeks.

Those who pre-registered Sam will be treated with priority and will receive an additional email with information on how to complete the order.



Sam’s Journey: Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
Written by JTR on 12.09.2017

After carefully considering all feedback that we received about the planned Sam’s Journey auction, we have decided to dismiss the auction idea and instead allow for payed orders of the upcoming C64 game Sam’s Journey right away.

That means: Sam can be ordered starting in October and will be shipped in December!

Also on the 1st of October, the full contents of the Sam box package will be revealed.

Thank you to all who have offered to send us their payment in advance! You are all our heroes as this helps us very much to produce enough Sams so we can deliver quickly to everyone in December.

At the time of delivery, also the download version of Sam will be made available (all physical editions of Sam include also the digital distribution).
If you have a pre-registration of Sam, we will send you a dedicated email in October with instructions on completing your order.

Here you are with the revised timeline for the release of Sam’s Journey:

  • 30 September 2017: pre-registration phase ends
  • 1 October 2017: Sam can be ordered in the Protovision shop
  • December 2017 (exact date to be announced): Sam will be shipped out / Downloads will be made available

Please bear in mind that shipment will take a while with the exceptional high number of orders.
Those who have a pre-registration of Sam’s Journey will be handled with priority when it comes to shipping out Sam.



Timeline for the release of Sam’s Journey for C64
Written by JTR on 09.09.2017

Sam is getting closer to a release.
However we have to master a few more challenges before we can ship it out.

One of these challenges is producing and financing about 700 Sams upfront – because that costs far more than 10.000 Euros!

 

Protovision doesn’t have that money… this is one of the reasons why we have decided to release Sam in multiple phases:

  • the current pre-registration phase ends end of September
  • from 1st of October to end of October we’ll run an auction for the lowest serial numbers of Sam (more on that in a separate post)
  • from 1st of November we’ll open a possibility to preorder Sam in the shop – this time including payment.
  • in December (we don’t have an exact date yet) we will ship Sam. Auction winners and users with a pre-registration will be handled with priority.

Please understand that the shipping of Sam’s Journey will take weeks given the high order numbers.



October is the month of the Sam Auction!
Written by JTR on

UPDATE 12.09.2017 Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
https://www.facebook.com/protovision64/photos/a.484713141625371.1073741825.261894837240537/1418907181539291/

Multiple Sam’s Journey enthusiasts have contacted us and asked if it were possible to get a Sam with a low serial number.

Actually, we did not intend to attach serial numbers to Sam at all, but now we will give the first 64 Sams a serial number and auction them to the highest bidders.

This way, everyone has the same chances for obtaining a Sam with a low serial number – or you can stay out of it entirely and buy a regular Sam without any serial number.



Sam’s Journey Production Update
Written by JTR on 25.07.2017

We are thrilled now that we have received the first load of Sam boxes fresh from the factory!

The boxes turned out even better than we hoped. The surface is quite durable
and relatively water resistent. The boxes are robust… and finally they are real
cardboard boxes like we always wanted them to be! Like in the 80s, only cooler!

The boxes (and a lot of other things in the final distribution of Sam) are hand made.
They are also not ready as such, because we don’t want any cartridges or disks to
fly around in the box. Therefore, we put so-called inlays into these boxes that hold
what’s inside. The design of the inlays (they need custom made implements to
make them fit) is ready and along with the boxes we have also received the
first couple of hundred inlays.

And that means the next step in the production is beginning for us now:
we have to glue the inlays into the boxes! We were testing out numerous
glues until we found one that suits Sam, however we are good to go now!

In the end, every piece of Sam’s Journey will be a unique labour of love.



News around Sam
Written by JTR on 01.07.2017

As the release is slowly approaching, we are now accepting preregistrations for Sam’s Journey on our in development site!

Chester Kollschen, the coder of Sam’s Journey, was interviewed in February by Commodore Plus.

Sam is, by the way, still happily jumping, striking and throwing around items. We had issues with the first cardboard boxes printed (the printing house had zoomed our input files), but they are resolved now. We will soon disclose pictures of the box and some of the feelies.

 



Progress of Sam’s Journey
Written by JTR on 10.01.2017

Sam’s Journey has reached an important milestone: Knights of Bytes have created 60 level segments that will make up Sam’s world, and populated them all with enemies and items now. A total of 4332 (!) objects have been placed into the maps.

While the levels are now going to be reviewed by testers, Knights of Bytes are moving on to the next todo on the list: boss fights!

On the production front, the bonus items to be included into Sam boxes have been decided upon and custom box inlays are currently being designed to „host“ all items adequately.



Sneak Peak: Sam’s Editions
Written by JTR on 07.10.2016

Knights of Bytes and Protovision are happy to announce three editions of Sam’s Journey that will be available through the Protovision shop when the time has come:

– Boxed Disk Edition 45.00 Euros
– Boxed Cartridge Edition 55.00 Euros
– Download Edition 19.99 Euros

Sam’s Journey will be the first game to feature our new fully printed cardboard boxes. Within the box you’ll find a colored manual (almost the same size as the box), an equally sized world map and further goodies to be revealed later on. The only difference between the Disk and Cart versions will be that the cartridge version saves automatically while in the disk version saving is triggered through a menu.

A new version of the C64 emulator Vice is currently being worked on that will support GMod2 (That’s the cartridge Sam uses) so emulator users will be able to play the cartridge version.

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