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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:
Status: Available

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:

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

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!

Sam’s Journey Disk & Cartridge Version
Written by Protovision on 27.11.2018

Sam’s Journey Disk & Cartridge C64

Due to high demand we now also have a disk & cartridge version for Sam’s Journey in stock! For buyers of the cartridge version: You can now order the disk set as an upgrade to your version. Check it out in our Shop!

Sam’s Journey breaking sales record
Written by Protovision on 28.06.2018

Unbelievable: We’ve sold more than 1500 copies of Sam’s Journey!
And new orders are still coming in almost every day… so it looks like we’ll hit 2000 in the end!

NEWS FROM THE C64 SCENE: kernal64 with gmod2 support
Written by Protovision on 22.06.2018

The C64 emulator kernal64 now supports our standard cartridge format, gmod2.

This means that Sam’s Journey and Galencia cartridges will now run with the emulator as well.

Galencia, Sam’s Journey, The Bear Essentials and Rescuing Orc available again
Written by Protovision on 01.05.2018

We have restocked Sam, Galencia and Bear. Also Rescuing Orc is available.

We are working on restocking Heroes & Cowards and D42-Adventure System with a multi-lingual box design (the old one was German only).

We are close to completing the long list of orders we’ve had, and shall be returning to faster delivery times soon.

ZZap! 64 Annual 2019 – Get your SIGNED copy of Sam’s Journey!
Written by Protovision on 27.04.2018

ZZap! 64 is back!
112 pages in full colour brought to you by Fusion retro books together with Future Publishing. The campaign got funded on day one already, but there’s more:

You can obtain a SIGNED COPY (cartridge edition PAL) of Sam’s Journey along with your mag through the Kickstarter campaign!

This special offer is limited to 20 copies, so better be quick. And yes, we’ll think about Sam’s Journey bed spreads now 🙂

NEWS FROM THE C64 SCENE: micro64 supports Protovision cartridges
Written by Protovision on 25.04.2018

The new cartridge format GMod2 that was introduced with Sam’s Journey is now also being supported by the emulator micro64 by Farbrausch (in addition to VICE).

More information and download is available at:





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