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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, Frodo, Turbo Chameleon 64 (the disk versions)
Vice 3.1+ (all versions)

Note:
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


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

Gallery:

Map Water Forest Flower

Features:

· 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 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: http://www.micro64.de/

 

 

 

 



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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Sam’s Journey & sd2iec
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Sam’s Journey works from sd2iec devices now,
thanks to the latest firmware update from Unseen!

Firmware Download: https://www.sd2iec.de
Technical background: https://www.sd2iec.de

Simply export all files from the D64 images into a folder.
Skip files with the same name (these are identical).

Finally, remove the PRG extension from the exported files!

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Sam’s Journey now available on itch.io
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The new C64 platformer Sam’s Journey is now also available on itch.io.
In the Protovision shop, the downloads section is only available for customers from Germany or from outside the EU.

So if you are an EU citizen and want to buy Sam digitally, itch.io is your friend.
https://protovision.itch.io/sams-journey



Live shots from Sam’s Journey
Written by Protovision on

We have seen the first Sam’s Journey boxes at our customers‘!
Also dozens of unboxing and play videos can be found in the net.

Thank you so much… after the long time we have invested into Sam, it is wonderful to now see it through the eyes of our customers.

A selection:

https://twitter.com/cassyan64/status/955726188688879616

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