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Kerberos in stock – grab yours quick!
09.06.2021

The Kerberos, a popular MIDI and file transfer interface, is one of the hottest items that we stock in our shop that always sells out quickly. We have a limited number of these great devices back in stock. Don’t hesitate to place your order as the new stock will sell out fast!




Protovision Shop Now Supercharged!
06.06.2021


Our planned re-opening on June 1 experienced problems as our site server host was not able to provide us with a quality internet connection. Well, the good news is that we have changed server hosts and the Protovision Shop is now working better than ever before.
Try it out! It’s a slicker experience than ever! protovision.games/shop




The Protovision Shop is fully open again!
01.06.2021

We are excited to announce that the Protovision shop is back in action and is now completely re-opened! Our shelves are full to the brim as we have restocked almost every item we had plus added a lot of new stuff for you to explore. All physical game editions are available again including Soul Force, MW Ultra, Outrage, Sam’s Journey, Hunter’s Moon and many more! Get your copies while stocks last!




Retro Annual 2020: Four Protovision games reviewed
30.05.2021

The Retro Annual 2020 has been shipped to backers of its Kickstarter campaign. This outstanding book includes reviews of four Protovision titles. The rating scheme is graphics / audio / gameplay / staying power / overall. Ratings:

Soul Force (9.5 / 9.0 / 9.5 / 9.5 / 9.5)
Outrage (10 / 10 / 10 / 10 / 10)
Zeta Wing (9.0 / 9.0 / 9.5 / 9.5 / 9.5)
Planet X2.1 (8.0 / 8.0 / 7.5 / 8.5 / 8.0)

We are happy to see that all of our releases achieved superb ratings. Outrage even scored the unbelievable maximum rating of 10 in all categories!

Download Outrage review – with kind permission of the publisher!
Retro Annual 2020 unboxing video
Order Retro Annual 2020

All of these games can be purchased as instant digital downloads. Boxed Collectors editions can be ordered again from June 1 when our shop is fully back in action.
So hang on, we are almost there!




RETURN Magazine 45: Soul Force reviewed [German]
29.05.2021

Our shooting star Soul Force has been featured in issue 45 of the German language RETURN Magazine, which has been released recently. Among other points, the review highlighted the game’s highly advanced technical level, the excellent presentation and the wide variety across its expansive number of stages.

RETURN Issue 45 Trailer
Details and order

Soul Force is available as instant digital download. The Boxed Collectors edition can be ordered when our online shop re-opens on June 1. So make sure to mark that date in your calendar!




K&A Plus #18: Soul Force, Outrage, Zeta Wing reviewed & more!
28.05.2021

Issue #18 of K&A Plus is here. This excellent fanzine heavily features Protovision titles! Their rating scheme is graphics / sound / gameplay and we are pleased that our games received positive responses.
Soul Force reviewed (rating: 10 / 8 / 9)
Outrage reviewed (rating: 9 / 9 / 9), also Bernd Buchegger (coder) interviewed
Zeta Wing reviewed (rating: 9 / 7 / 8)
– S.P.R.E.R.O. V1.3 on cover disk (exclusive!), also in the news
Briley Witch Chronicles in the news
The magazine is available in both English and Polish and can be purchased in either print or digital format from here: #18 on the K&A Plus Website.
The reviewed games listed above are available as instant digital downloads while the Boxed Collectors editions can be ordered when our online shop re-opens on June 1. So make sure to mark that date in your calendar!




Briley Witch Chronicles – NTSC version
20.05.2021

For Briley it is about time to grab a decent book!

https://twitter.com/SarahJaneAvory/status/1395032688655060995




Pieces II – The Story continues!
19.05.2021

Great news for fans of tile matching style games like Puzznic! Pawel Krol has started working on Pieces II again and is looking to drive development through to completion.
Pawel will be looking to the C64 community to help with puzzle designs via a competition that will be run soon. With this new injection of motivation behind the project, we are confident to have more news on the game (and the competition) soon. Stay tuned!




Blast Annual 2020 Vol 2 – Physical Orders
16.05.2021

The Blast Annual 2020 is a multi-format gaming publication that celebrates all aspects of the retro community across two huge volumes – featuring lots of game and hardware reviews, along with plenty of special feature articles.

The Blast Annual Volume 2 is spanning over 200 pages and presented as a very high quality hard back cover book. This is available to pre-order at blastannual.com now. Order your copy fast, you won’t be disappointed.




RETURN TV Episode 9: Protovision – with special guest Bernd Buchegger [German]
15.05.2021

A portrait of Protovision as a publisher of new C64 games – that’s the topic of the current edition of RETURN TV!
Showcasing nine exemplary titles from almost 25 years, the two moderators illustrate the evolution of Protovision.
On the occasion of the release of Outrage, they have invited its programmer and graphic designer for a video interview. Bernd Buchegger answers questions about the extraordinary development story of this long lost run ’n‘ gun by Cosmos Designs.
Enjoy this almost one hour long video – with lots of background information and nice anecdotes!




Briley Witch Chronicles – Mixing a Potion
13.05.2021

With her latest Briley Witch Chronicles video, Sarah Jane Avory once more shows her skills in game design, but also as a story teller with a sense of humor.




Protopad Update
08.05.2021

Following the successful crowdfunding campaign for the Protopad, we have been enthusiastically working away on the project making further refinements to ensure that this controller will be the best it can be.
During this time, we found that we were not satisified with controller case that we had originally intended to use and are currently evaluating superior alternatives. This has set the scheduled release back a little.

Stay tuned for further updates this year!




RETURN Magazine 44: Wormhole reviewed [German]
30.04.2021

Issue 44 of the German language RETURN Magazine features a very positive review of our Glide and Gun title Wormhole – written by Denis Karimani aka Remute. Thanks for that, guys!




ZZap! 64 Annual 2021: Four Protovision games reviewed
02.04.2021

The ZZap! 64 Annual 2021 has started to make its way to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. This awesome book includes strong positive reviews of four Protovision titles:

This high-quality publication is available to order from Fusion Retro Books now.




Monstro Giganto featuring Lobo graphics is available!
01.04.2021


The eagerly anticipated release of Monstro Giganto is available for pre-order from our friends at RGCD. This fun arcade style beat 'em up features large well animated PETSCII graphics by Lobo/Protovision. The game package is beautifully presented with eye-popping cover art and manual illustrations – also from Lobo.

Pre-order cartridge from RGCD Shop!
Digital Download will be available soon at itch.io.




Lotek64: Zeta Wing & Soul Force reviewed [German]
31.03.2021

Lotek64 conducts a unique review of two of our award winning games – Zeta Wing and Soul Force – in order to discuss whether they bring anything new to the shoot 'em up genre. The insightful report looks back at notable shooters from the past and identifies how both Zeta Wing and Soul Force push the boundaries on the C64.
You can read this article here – Shooters on C64: Little room for improvement.




Beyond The Scanlines #53: Soul Force
30.03.2021

In episode 53 of his vlog Beyond The Scanlines hellfire64 took a closer look at our shooter Soul Force.
With creating this video review he did an excellent job! Not only he captured from a real C64. He also did well in explaining what the strengths of this game are.
Watch this episode on YouTube:




Outrage as an Example for Persistence
28.03.2021

Arnold Blueml (Arny of Cosmos Designs) posted an interesting article highlighting how persistence is one of the key ingredients to success. Using the recently completed Run and Gun Outrage – available from Protovision here – Arnold’s inspirational post is a wonderful journey of bringing a game to release after 30 years!
Read the article on LinkedIn.
 




ZZap! 64 Micro Action #1 – Soul Force & Outrage reviewed
27.03.2021

Fusion Retro Books recently published the first issue of ZZap! 64 Micro Action. This great new publication features:

  • a review of our shooting star Soul Force, scoring an overall rating of 95% (ZZap! 64 Sizzler)
  • an Outrage review, achieving a blasting overall rating of 79%
  • a cover story about our friends in Cosmos Designs, along with a timeline of all their published games

In fact, Soul Force is the first game to receive a ZZap! 64 Sizzler Award under this fine magazine.

Free 7-page Teaser (CD games timeline Sample & Outrage review): Download
Free 28-page Sampler issue: Download from Fusion Retro Books
Full magazine: Purchase from Fusion Retro Books
ZZap! 64 Micro Action subscription: Patreon




Soul Force – Pending Orders Ready For Processing
26.03.2021

Great news for all customers with pending orders of Soul Force. We have received the missing package components from our supplier and will soon start processing these orders as a priority.
We hope to have all orders shipped out over the next couple of weeks.




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