Newcomer is part classic adventure game and part roleplaying game: It contains situations and encounters like those found in adventure games and tabletop roleplaying. The game interface and controls are similar to oldschool computer "RPGs".
In Newcomer the emphasis is on interacting with a large and diverse cast of characters, exploring the game world, developing a wide range of in-game and real life skills, and solving complex puzzles and mysteries.
180+ characters you can interact with, each with his/her own portrait graphic
10+ people who may join you, to make a team of up to 6 members
...or try it on your own, in the extra challenging Solo game mode...
50+ different areas to explore, created with 30+ different graphic sets
100+ cutscenes/situational graphics in-game, that make you feel like you are there
180,000+ words of ingame text, mostly interactive conversations
No random encounters
Thousands of puzzles and situations to encounter and solve
Complex, non-linear gameplay with multiple levels of endings
Months or weeks of immersive gaming until you "complete" the game...
...but there will still be a thousand situations, resolutions and encounters you have not seen yet, and 2 more game modes to complete!
Animated intro and outro sequences
Game controls changed for more comfort for emulator users on PC/Mac keyboards
VICE fully supported, extensively tested, no virtual floppy disk swapping, works like a native PC / Mac / Linux game
Much faster disk I/O in the 1541 version, compared to classic or Enhanced Newcomer
Less floppy disk swapping needed - optimized data layout, area sorting and duplication for all multiple floppy disk versions
1541 version: 12* floppy disk sides
1581 version: 3* DD floppy disks
CMD FD2000 version: 2* HD floppy disks
CMD FD4000 version: a single ED floppy disk - zero disk swapping
IDE64 version: 2 MB installed, "instant I/O", playing from HDD / CD / DVD / CF / remote filesystem (ethernet, USB, or User Port PCLink, via ideserv - IDE DOS v0.91 or newer required for this feature) supported, different data and save devices supported
PAL and NTSC Commodore 64/64C/128/128D/128DCr systems auto-detected and supported
6581 and 8580 SID chips auto-detected and supported
C128 2MHz CPU mode auto-detected and supported - much faster unpacking for all storage devices
SuperCPU 20MHz mode auto-detected and supported - instant unpacking for all storage devices
Top 20 C64 games from the last two decades featuring Protovision (News written on 10.04.2022)
Old Style Gaming compiled a video with his personal 20 favorite games released after the C64 ceased production. We are happy to find these Protovision games among them:
We have a couple of copies of the older version “Enhanced Newcomer” available in our webshop again for those who don’t want to wait.
Please note that Enhanced Newcomer has bugs, which may prevent you from finishing the game under certain circumstances. Of course these bugs will be fixed in the Ultimate version plus it will be compatible to NTSC and multiple devices.
Ultimate Newcomer is gaining momentum again (News written on 17.11.2013)
We have received a short update notice for all those interested in Ultimate Newcomer. The project is taking longer than planned, but the primary goal is still to make this game as stable and bugfree as possible. Hoild of the Ultimate Newcomer Crew writes:
Frustration because of the huge amount of bugs inherited with the original code base made the project get stuck by late summer. Now we are gaining momentum again, I am doing research into new ways of optimization and tweaks that would let me insert the patches that until now I could not fit in because several parameters already reached their limits.
Thanks to everybody who did not lose hope in Ultimate NEWCOMER and is still interested, and for those who would like to know more details: the new issue 60 of the diskmag Vandalism News will have an article about the project.
Ultimate Newcomer goes into final test phase soon (News written on 01.06.2013)
Hoild, one of the autors of Ultimate Newcomer told us, that he is almost through with fixing all known script bugs of Ultimate Newcomer and that the next, hopefully final test phase will start in July.
Interview with the creator of Newcomer (News written on 21.02.2013)
The disk mag Scene World (issue 20) interviewed Zoltan Gonda (creator of Newcomer, amonst others) about his current and future (game) projects. They did, of course, talk about the upcoming new release of Newcomer. There’s no breaking news in it, but it is entertaining and interesting.
Download the diskimages of the English-language mag here:
We receive dozens of requests for Ultimate Newcomer every month and we apologize for it taking so long, but hey – it is meant to be Ultimate.
At the start of this year, during what we thought were final tests before releasing the game, another issue was discovered: retreating from some of the many combat situations resulted in seemingly random errors, ranging from minor story or area glitches to full game crashes. Unfortunately, to fix all occurences of this combat reatreat bug, ALL SCRIPTS for EVERY COMBAT SITUATION must be verified manually, and then retested during gameplay. As well, the game features multiple variations for most combat situations (non-hostile -> combat, already hostile -> combat, or stronger/weaker variations depending on specific factors), which further complicates the testing. By now, 269 out of 386 potential instances have been verified. With such a complex, non-linear game as Newcomer, thorough testing is difficult to say the least, and the obsession with fixing every potential bug before the release is an attitude that other game developers simply can’t afford and which makes this project truly special…
However, work is ongoing and all we can do is wait patiently, keep thumbs and express our respect to the guys in Creative Intuitive Dynamix and Soci/Singular who are making Ultimate Newcomer possible – with a tiny bit of support from Protovision.
Please understand that a hobby project, especially a huge one like Ultimate Newcomer, takes its time and cannot be hurried. Stay tuned. We will keep you updated through the Newsletter.
Vandalism News #58 – Mini-Market (News written on 16.11.2011)
RR-Net MK3 PrototypeDownload Vandalism News #58 from CSDb.
Sentry – Latest Newcomer fan art image (News written on 13.11.2011)
With Sentry, Leon released another Newcomer inspired picture. The entrance to the Monks‘ Garden, flagpole and something strange in the sky… Go play the game and you will discover what that something is…
Ultimate Newcomer entering Independent Games Festival (News written on 05.11.2011)
A Newcomer tribute of a different kind is presented to us by Vincenzo with "Newcomer (Symphonic Rework)". The Hungarian musician created an epic remix of the SID track from the Newcomer intro – originally composed by Zoltán Gonda aka Bassman aka Zoli.
This mp3 competed within the Remix Competition on the Arok Party 2011, where the votes of the event visitors catapulted it to the second place.
Recently, the title can be downloaded in high quality at remix.kwed.org for free.
Protovision mentioned by 2 diskmags in one day (News written on 29.08.2011)
The scene gives us two diskmags released on the same day:
In Scene World #17 the chapter "Game News" features some facts on Protovision’s game projects. However, due to the issue being massively delayed, the chapter’s content is around one year old. Anyway, welcome back, Scene World!
Vandalism News #57 again offers a "Mini-Market", an actually quite big chapter about new developments on C64 games and hardware. In there, Hoild explains some reasons about the delay of Ultimate Newcomer, and reveals some details about the massive amount of work that went into it.
In the Opinion Poll chapters you can read people’s thoughts about the "Gaming Renaissance" on C64.
Last but not least, some Protovision titles are in the Game Charts.
Another Newcomer Tribute Image (News written on 31.07.2011)
Yet another Newcomer themed fan artwork by Leon: Beautiful Oz Prisoner
This is how you meet Sheila in the game, only now she has less clothes than in the game 😉
The picture competed within the Mixed Graphics Competition at Arok 2011 and scored 2nd.
Newcomer Tribute Image (News written on 30.07.2011)
A fresh Newcomer inspired image called "Green, Pink, Red, Die…" has been created by Leon.
It is available at CSDb.
Newcomer Desktop Wallpaper and Tribute Image (News written on 07.07.2011)
Ultimate Newcomer Status (News written on 01.05.2011)
During the first four months of 2011, the developers took the last chance before release to see what can be further improved and expanded. This resulted in an increased game size. Ultimate Newcomer uses a compression method and disk system that made it possible to reduce the game’s size from the 14 disk sides that it was in the enhanced revision to 11 in the ultimate version. However, in the last four months the amount has grown to 12 disk sides due to the following changes:
Over 150 expansions were made to existing events/situations
More than 25 new situations and events were also added
A few game mechanics were improved at the concept/implementation level
The amount of disks for the 1581/CMD FD2000/CMD FD4000 versions did not change.
There were reliability issues with CMD FD2000 disk code, but Protovision loaned test hardware to the developers, and the disk code was successfully fixed.
The official Newcomer site www.newcomer.hu has moved to a new host and is back online.
Also, a Release Candidate version was built on the 1st of May, and testing has started for it.
Competition finalists will be selected and announced later this year for various categories (Excellence in Design, Technical Excellence, Audience Award, etc.). The winners will be revealed in March 2011.