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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 wanted 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 implemented 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!

Ordering the game:
Boxed Edition
Digital download

Minimum system requirements:
C64 or C128 in C64 mode, 1541/1571 Floppy.

Also compatible with:
1541 Ultimate, THEC64 Mini, Frodo, Turbo Chameleon 64 (the disk versions)
Vice 3.1+ (all versions)

Running Sam's Journey from SD2IEC requires an up to date SD2IEC firmware. As of firmware version 1.0.0atentdead0-22-gb25de36 from 2018-01-21, Sam's Journey is supported.

Important information for NTSC users: The NTSC version of Sam is only available on disk and requires a REU (any size) or a REU emulation (e.g. 1541 Ultimate or Turbo Chameleon 64).

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 features 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:

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


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· 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:

Protopad Crowd Funding A Big Success!
Written by Protovision on 26.12.2020

Wow, what a result! The Protopad Crowd Funding campaign has now ended and we have been able to raise in excess of 15,000 Euros. This means that not only are we getting a multi-button controller and a re-configured version of Sam’s Journey but we are now also going to produce new paddles for the C64!

Thank you so much to the C64 community for all your support and trust in us to bring this quality product to market. We are going to do our utmost best to meet everyone’s expectations.

Thank you to all C64 developers who expressed their support for the Protopad and for having the vision on how this great new controller will open up game design for future C64 titles and introduce new gaming experiences on our favourite little computer.

Protopad – Goal #2 Funded!
Written by Protovision on 25.12.2020

We are overwhelmed by the support of the C64 community, and more than happy to announce that Goal #2 of our Protopad Crowdfunding Campaign has been achieved! In order to make good use of Protopad’s multiple buttons, star coder Chester Kollschen has the task to re-work the controls for our hit game Sam’s Journey now.
Meanwhile, we are heading for goal #3: new paddles for the C64! There are still a few hours left to donate – better be quick!

Protopad Crowd Funding Ends Today!
Written by Protovision on

Today is the final day of the Crowd Funding campaign for the Protopad – the ultimate controller for the C64. We’ve met our initial funding goal but we are eager to be able to produce a version of Sam’s Journey that supports multi-buttons and we need your help to achieve funding – less than 2500 Euros are missing! You can help us achieve this target by donating here.

Protopad – Goal 1 Funded!
Written by Protovision on 22.12.2020

Thanks to your massive support, our Crowd Funding campaign reached its first goal today, meaning Protopad is going to happen!
While we celebrate this great achievement, we are already looking onwards towards our second goal: A new version of Sam’s Journey! Imagine Sam with a reworked steering supporting multi-buttons – how awesome would that be?
We can still make that happen as the Protopad Crowd Funding runs until December 25!

Spanish Collector’s Bundle
Written by Protovision on 01.07.2020

Two of our most popular platformers, Sam’s Journey & It’s Magic 2, are available in Spanish – and now at a discount when you buy them together from our webshop.

Sam’s Journey sold 2500 times!
Written by Protovision on 09.04.2020

We are immensely happy to deliver some happy news during these tough times: Our beloved platformer Sam’s Journey has now crushed the next threshold: we have sold more than 2500 copies of this fantastic C64 game.

Sam’s Journey restocked
Written by Protovision on 29.02.2020

Who still has not played this groundbraking C64 platformer now has the chance: Sam’s Journey is fully restocked, all versions and additions are available again. Buy here.

Sam’s Journey runs flawlessly on MEGA65
Written by Protovision on 04.01.2020

The C65 project was cancelled by Commodore. But thanks to the MEGA65 project, this supercomputer receives a new life! We had donated a copy of Sam’s Journey to the team and the first test results are dazzling: Sam runs without any glitches or flaws on the current prototype of MEGA65! That promises a high compatibility and wakes the appetite for this upcoming megacomputer.

New category structure
Written by Protovision on 27.06.2019

We have merged our “Boxed Editions” and “Imports” sections into one!
That means that you can now find e.g. Thalamus’s Hunter’s Moon in one category alongside Sam’s Journey. To differentiate between Protovision, Poly.Play and Thalamus games, we now have an additional filter called “Manufacturer” (see picture). Checkout more here.

Sam’s Journey and Galencia available again
Written by Protovision on 10.06.2019

All editions of Sam’s Journey and Galencia are back in stock! This includes the cartridge edition of Sam’s Journey – it is now available again from our online shop.  Buy here

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