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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!

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

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

Sam does NOT run from SD2IEC.

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:

Sam’s Journey for Christmas
Written by JTR on 24.12.2017

Waiting for Sam’s Journey? We have news for you!

On December 24th at 22:00 (CET) sharp, we will replace the (currently empty) „“ download file with the real game.

You can find the download link in the order confirmation you have received when you ordered,
or you can log in to the Protovision shop, view the order history, go to the the Sam order and download from there.

Everyone will receive access to Sam at the same time, as the digital version of Sam is also included with all physical editions.

Let’s hope our servers won’t overheat! 🙂

We are also anxious to deliver the physical editions to you as soon as possible, but we have to wait for the manuals to arrive after christmas. Please be patient, as posting out 550+ orders is something we have never done before and will certainly take weeks. We apologize for this delay.

We are looking forward to photos from you with the unwrapped Sams on our Facebook / Twitter pages and kindly ask you to rate/review Sam in our shop.

See below how your Sam boxes are put together at the Protovision HQ:

Grade b games available at a discount
Written by JTR on 22.12.2017

A few of our hand crafted cardboard boxes suffered damage during transport. We are now offering these boxes to you at a reduced price. Everything is complete inside the box and the media works perfectly, only the packaging has (small) flaws, like scuffing marks for example.

Sam’s Journey and Galencia are available at a 5 Euros discount in our Games: Offers category.

(How to) Order Sam’s Journey NOW!
Written by JTR on 17.11.2017

We have sent an email to everyone who registered for Sam’s Journey explaining how to pay and finalize the order.

However many of you have not received this email, so…

here is the information:

  • simply order Sam’s Journey from our online shop
  • if you had registered Sam we will recognize this by matching the email in the shop with the email used in the registration
  • if you used a different email, please leave a comment with your order including the email address used in the registration process

Want to save postage? Now you can!
Written by JTR on 16.11.2017

For those who have ordered a physical release of Sam’s Journey, we have implemented an option into our shop to save postage.

You can chose to receive your new order together with Sam and pay only the difference between the postage of the combined order and the postage already paid.

Just order as you usually do and chose „Add to Sam order“ as the shipping method (this option only appears if you have previously ordered and paid Sam.)

NEWS FROM THE C64 SCENE: RESET Magazine #10 released
Written by JTR on 06.11.2017

The RESET Magazine has released another stunning issue!
The cover feature is an Interview with Chester Kollschen of Knights of Bytes on the making of Sam’s Journey.

Order Sam’s Journey TODAY!
Written by JTR on 01.10.2017

The time has come: Sam’s Journey can be
ordered from the Protovision Shop!

Sam will NOT be shipped right away, though.

We are currently finalizing the game and are collecting funds to produce all Sams needed.
Sam’s Journey will be shipped in December (exact date is not yet defined).

The download versions of Sam will be made available at the same time as the physical versions ship out.

Everyone who orders a physical release of Sam also receives the digital versions.

Please understand that due to the high amount of orders, shipping out all Sams will take weeks.

Those who pre-registered Sam will be treated with priority and will receive an additional email with information on how to complete the order.

Sam’s Journey: Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
Written by JTR on 12.09.2017

After carefully considering all feedback that we received about the planned Sam’s Journey auction, we have decided to dismiss the auction idea and instead allow for payed orders of the upcoming C64 game Sam’s Journey right away.

That means: Sam can be ordered starting in October and will be shipped in December!

Also on the 1st of October, the full contents of the Sam box package will be revealed.

Thank you to all who have offered to send us their payment in advance! You are all our heroes as this helps us very much to produce enough Sams so we can deliver quickly to everyone in December.

At the time of delivery, also the download version of Sam will be made available (all physical editions of Sam include also the digital distribution).
If you have a pre-registration of Sam, we will send you a dedicated email in October with instructions on completing your order.

Here you are with the revised timeline for the release of Sam’s Journey:

  • 30 September 2017: pre-registration phase ends
  • 1 October 2017: Sam can be ordered in the Protovision shop
  • December 2017 (exact date to be announced): Sam will be shipped out / Downloads will be made available

Please bear in mind that shipment will take a while with the exceptional high number of orders.
Those who have a pre-registration of Sam’s Journey will be handled with priority when it comes to shipping out Sam.

Timeline for the release of Sam’s Journey for C64
Written by JTR on 09.09.2017

Sam is getting closer to a release.
However we have to master a few more challenges before we can ship it out.

One of these challenges is producing and financing about 700 Sams upfront – because that costs far more than 10.000 Euros!


Protovision doesn’t have that money… this is one of the reasons why we have decided to release Sam in multiple phases:

  • the current pre-registration phase ends end of September
  • from 1st of October to end of October we’ll run an auction for the lowest serial numbers of Sam (more on that in a separate post)
  • from 1st of November we’ll open a possibility to preorder Sam in the shop – this time including payment.
  • in December (we don’t have an exact date yet) we will ship Sam. Auction winners and users with a pre-registration will be handled with priority.

Please understand that the shipping of Sam’s Journey will take weeks given the high order numbers.

October is the month of the Sam Auction!
Written by JTR on

UPDATE 12.09.2017 Auction dropped In favor of Early Ordering!
Read more on Facebook.

Multiple Sam’s Journey enthusiasts have contacted us and asked if it were possible to get a Sam with a low serial number.

Actually, we did not intend to attach serial numbers to Sam at all, but now we will give the first 64 Sams a serial number and auction them to the highest bidders.

This way, everyone has the same chances for obtaining a Sam with a low serial number – or you can stay out of it entirely and buy a regular Sam without any serial number.

Sam’s Journey Production Update
Written by JTR on 25.07.2017

We are thrilled now that we have received the first load of Sam boxes fresh from the factory!

The boxes turned out even better than we hoped. The surface is quite durable
and relatively water resistent. The boxes are robust… and finally they are real
cardboard boxes like we always wanted them to be! Like in the 80s, only cooler!

The boxes (and a lot of other things in the final distribution of Sam) are hand made.
They are also not ready as such, because we don’t want any cartridges or disks to
fly around in the box. Therefore, we put so-called inlays into these boxes that hold
what’s inside. The design of the inlays (they need custom made implements to
make them fit) is ready and along with the boxes we have also received the
first couple of hundred inlays.

And that means the next step in the production is beginning for us now:
we have to glue the inlays into the boxes! We were testing out numerous
glues until we found one that suits Sam, however we are good to go now!

In the end, every piece of Sam’s Journey will be a unique labour of love.

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