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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/Maxi, 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.

Demo version:

DownloadWould you like to test out Sam's Journey before you buy? Can't believe it's so good? There must be a catch? Well, now you can! Download your free Sam's Journey Demo from here and tell us what you think about Sam's Journey.

Season Special:

DownloadHo ho ho! Have you completed Sam's Journey and are searching for a very tough challenge? Then download the Sam's Journey Season Special from here - it's free! It contains a new level that can only be fully mastered if the player uses the whole palette of Sam's special moves in a skilled manner. A description of all special moves is included.

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:

Sam’s Journey NES version Pre-Orders
Written by Protovision on 10.07.2023

Have you heard the news? Sam’s Journey, the most successful commercial C64 game in the modern era, is coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Our friends over at Poly.Play will be handling the distribution of the NES version and have opened up pre-orders for both the standard and ultimate edition of Sam’s Journey. This is one game that NES enthusiasts will not want to miss!

Restocked: Sam’s Journey
Written by Protovision on 03.06.2022

The greatest game ever developed for the C64? Well, we certainly think so and if you have not added Sam’s Journey to your games collection then this is your chance to do so. We have replenished our stock of this amazing multi-directional scrolling platformer. Available on disk or cartridge, Sam’s Journey is now available from our Online Shop again.


Top 20 C64 games from the last two decades featuring Protovision
Written by Protovision 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:

No. 18: Outrage
No. 17: Newcomer
No. 14: It’s Magic II
No. 12: Soul Force
No. 1: Sam’s Journey

Thus Protovision titles take one quarter of OSG’s Top 20, including the top spot – what a pleasant result!

Full video:

Complete your Sam’s Journey Bundle with the Audio CD
Written by Protovision on 02.04.2022

Did you forget to include the option to add the soundtrack CD when you originally ordered your copy of Sam’s Journey? Or did you get into the groove in the meantime? Well, here is the chance to complete your collector’s bundle by placing an order for the Sam’s Journey Audio CD – containing all 19 awesome SID tunes found within the game.

Interview with Protovision and Knights of Bytes [German]
Written by Protovision on 20.03.2022

Jakob (Protovision) and Chester (Knights of Bytes) answered a couple of questions from the German developer magazine ByteGame for an interview recently published. Differences in game development between then and now are discussed as well as the fascination to develop for the C64.

Protovision Titles Excel in BastichB 64K Top 20 Video
Written by Protovision on 15.03.2022

The BastichB 64K YouTube channel is one of the current premier channels for modern day C64 related content. His latest video looks at the Top 20 C64 games from the past decade and we are excited to see that 4 out of the top 5 spots were filled by Protovision titles! If you want to see some of the best new C64 games around then check out this video by BastichB 64K.

Sam’s Journey physical edition restocked!
Written by Protovision on 29.01.2022

And the journey continues: The popular C64 platformer Sam’s Journey is available again on disk and cartridge now. A new package option has been added: A combo with the NTSC version on disk and the PAL version on cart.

Get Sam’s Journey Edition!

Sam’s Journey Season Special
Written by Protovision on 26.12.2021

To celebrate Christmas and its 4th birthday, the Knights of Bytes have released a special edition of Sam’s Journey for true fans of the game.

Sam’s Journey Season Special Edition is a new single level of the game with a very high difficulty setting. To complete it you need to use each and every move that Sam has available to him. Grab this free download from here or redownload Sam from your purchase through Protovision or

Sam’s Journey jumps through 3000 units!
Written by Protovision on 15.10.2021

Selling 3000 copies of a new C64 game in these days is unprecedented. But when you have a game as great as Sam’s Journey then the impossible can happen! If you have yet to experience one of the greatest games on the C64 then head over to our Online Shop now.

Sam’s Journey for NES makes public appearance
Written by Protovision on 25.09.2021

We love Sam’s Journey for the C64 and the NES port is getting closer to completion. Our friends over at recently gave visitors to the Classic Computing 2021 event a sneak preview of the port and it is looking great! If you haven’t had a chance to play Sam’s Journey on the C64, the game is still available from our Protovision Shop.

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!

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.

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

Sam’s Journey has cracked the 2000!
Written by Protovision on 06.12.2018

Wow! Unbelievable 2000 copies of Sam’s Journey have been sold already!
That’s reason enough to celebrate… Still got no copy? Here you go!



Sam’s Journey on THEC64 Mini
Written by Protovision on 04.12.2018

Sam’s Journey C64mini

The wait is finally over! There is a special version of Sam’s Journey especially for THEC64 Mini now. The additional buttons can be used to jump. This version is part of the download packages in the Protovision-Shop and on All our customers can download this new version free of charge. Get your download here!

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