Analysis of TheC64 Mini: a dose of Commodore 64 without technical problems

In 1982, arrived at the market Commodore 64, a home computer located between the personal computer and video-game console that ended up getting a historic success. In the line of the mini consoles that are launching in the course of the last few months, we now have the opportunity to try TheC64 Mini, that clearly is left drag by the tendency to recreate the hardware of play vintage on a smaller scale, with universal connections and a lot of software installed, improvements in load times and game saves. Basically, anyone interested in the type of game that offers the reduced system can be done with many relics without the need to occupy that much space, and save yourself a fair amount of headaches, money, adapters and cables. We will discover together the wonderful works of 8 bits and gems of unquestionable value.

The scene challenge does not stop growing

The scene retro in the area of video games has several reasons, and accumulates differentiated solutions. The first and most important is the nostalgia, which fosters between the players-so-young, the chimera of pursuing those experiences to low-resolution stir up happy times of childhood. The second important value in bringing life to the movement retrogaming is the purely didactic. In this case, we are before a new version of the Commodore 64, which consummated a great deal of personal computers between 1982 and 1994, with the duality of allowing a gaming machine, and one item focused also productivity as programming system home. What we now call a PC was one of the computing devices that they shot the machine’s 8 bit Commodore, that independent of the foregoing, is a key part in the historical narrative of the industry with a catalog of over 20,000 titles.

To develop this passion there are no formulas perfect. Depending on the interests and economic possibilities, the retro game can be practiced in very different ways. For example, anyone can opt for the precision thorough and rigorous trying to recover hardware vintage original; on the contrary, if you do not can or want to invest notable sums of money in archaeology computer science you can always satisfy the craving with methods of emulation. The problem is that the level of accuracy of these substitutes varies a lot in function of the system, the program and the knowledge of the user. Midway of these two extremes has been installed TheC64 Mini, a beautiful modern incarnation of the brand, this time born at the dawn of the success of other classic proposals with the same format.

The smallest and most powerful Commodore 64

This type of platforms, classic small have a great advantage on both the emulators classics like on the original hardware, and in the case of the TheC64 Mini is still more palpable: its operation is immediate. It may seem a minute detail, but nothing could be further from the reality. The emulation of the Commodore 64 is one of the most complicated and heartbreaking that there are. Even the best emulators currently available for PC are not able to capture the incredible magic of the SID (Sound Interface Device), one of the audio chip more of the particular story. In this case, the developers of the TheC64 Mini have done a great job to provide an experience that does not require a career in information technology to be enjoyed without any kind of problem.

The first time you turn on TheC64 Mini, it produces a brutal impact. The evocative interface on an aesthetic level is dressed with a series of essential options and a selection of the games with their description in English. From sports to shooters, platforms or puzzles, there are a variety of titles that will make happy fans of retro, because the system has been pre-installed 64 games, enough to enjoy for many hours:

  • Alleykat
  • Anarchy
  • Armalyte – Competition Edition
  • Avenger
  • Battle Valley
  • Boulder Dash
  • Bounder
  • California Games
  • Chip”s Challenge
  • Confuzion
  • Cosmic Causeway
  • Creatures
  • Cyberdyne Warrior
  • Cybernoid II: The Revenge
  • Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine
  • Deflektor
  • Everyone’s a Wally
  • Firelord
  • Gribbly’s day Out
  • Hawkeye
  • Heartland
  • Herobotix
  • Highway Encounter
  • Hunter’s Moon
  • Hysteria
  • IO
  • Impossible Mission
  • Impossible Mission II
  • Jumpman
  • Mega Apocalypse
  • Mission A. D.
  • Monty Mole
  • Monty on the Run
  • Nebulus
  • Netherworld
  • Nobby the Aardvark
  • Nodes of Yesod
  • Paradroid
  • Pitstop II
  • Ranarama
  • Robin of the Wood
  • Rubicon
  • Skate Crazy
  • Skool Daze
  • Snare
  • Speedball
  • Speedball 2 – Brutal Deluxe
  • Spindizzy
  • Star Paws
  • Steel
  • Street Sports Baseball
  • Summer Games II
  • Super Cycle
  • Temple of Apshai Trilogy
  • The Arc of Yesod
  • Thing on a Spring
  • Things Bounce back
  • Trailblazer
  • Uchi Mata
  • Uridium
  • Who Dares Wins II
  • Winter Games
  • World Games
  • Zynaps

And now the question arises: is it possible to install other games without changing the console? The answer is yes, luckily, we will be able to add more titles through the use of multiple ROM.

TheC64 Mini, in addition of a game console fully operational, it is also a huge platform with a library of software just regulated that extends beyond their forms and functions, but it is also a small and wonderful embellishment. Do not get distracted, its small size allows it to get wedged in his bowels an HDMI output, two USB inputs, and a keyboard simulated. Yes, exactly, the keyboard is, but the small size of the system is not efficient to write orders or BASIC code, so you can use the virtual on-screen keyboard or take advantage of the compatibility with external keyboards through USB, for playing and programming with comfort. To boost the effect is nostalgic and maximize the classic gameplay, along with the system is accompanied by a driver inspired by the Competition Pro, a joystick iconic built again around different principles to adapt to the current demands.

Conclusions

TheC64 Mini, first of all it is a tribute, not so much the system itself of Commodore as its players and followers, that we have finally found an optimal solution for those who hope to enjoy a dose of Commodore 64 without technical problems. Does everything that has to do and does it very well, the quality of the production is undeniable, as well as its iconic beauty ochentera, that produces a large dose of nostalgia and training for the generations interested in the history of the industry, which would have never reached the heights of popularity today without these early beasts of the entertainment.

The veterans, however, know that it is very difficult to replace the heat emanating from the cathode ray tubes on a screen is old, but TheC64 Mini is currently the closest thing we can find, without forgetting that a machine is retro ideal for those who do not have space, availability or time to devote to research and configure old hardware. In any case, if you are a true lover of retro gaming, either as an act of nostalgic or didactic, there is no doubt: TheC64 Mini is an option indispensable which you can access in our country from Friday, April 13, for 79,99 euros.