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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

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:





Availability of Sam’s Journey
Written by Protovision on 27.02.2018

The sheer unbelievable amount of Sam orders from the first weeks after the release still keeps us busy!

Even though Jakob shipped out *more than 1000* packages since End of December, we still have a backlog of about 200 open orders. Please hang on, the quality of the games will make up for the waiting time!

We decided to make Sam available again in the shop, however with a 1-4 months delivery time just to be sure we’ll be able to keep that promise this time.

Sam’s Journey *and* Galencia are Games of the Year!
Written by Protovision on 26.01.2018

We are very proud that BOTH games that we have published in 2017 have been selected as ‚Game of the Year‘ by different juries.

The C64 platformer Sam’s Journey was crowned GOTY by the (very informative!) portal Indieretronews and the C64 action shooter Galencia got first in the poll of the Reset magazine, with Planet Golf and Sam’s Journey right behind.

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