Chronology of the Commodore 64 Computer

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1988

January
  • To date, over 7 million Commodore 64 and 128 computers have been sold. [806.12]
(month unknown)
  • At the Winter CES, Accolade releases the Power at Sea naval combat game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2003.16]
  • At the Winter CES, Accolade releases The Train: Escape to Normandy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2003.16]
  • At the Winter CES, Accolade introduces the Card Sharks game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [892.32] [2003.16] [1177.30]
  • At the Winter CES, Accolade releases the Plasmatron game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [2003.16]
  • At the Winter CES, Intellicreations introduces The Hunt for Red October game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game is based on the book by Tom Clancy. [2003.16]
  • At the Winter CES, Intellicreations introduces the BattleDroidz game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Intellicreations introduces the Global Commander game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Intellicreations introduces The Rubicon Alliance game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [2003.18]
  • Epyx introduces The Games: Winter Edition game for the Commodore 64. It is the first computer game to be licensed by the US Olympic Committee. Games included are the Luge, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Ski Jump, Slalom, Speed Skating, and Downhill Skiing. Price is US$39.95. [1068.12] [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Death Sword game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Street Sports Soccer game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the 4x4 Off-Road Racing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [892.26] [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Impossible Mission 2 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1068.26] [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Sporting News Baseball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the L.A. Crackdown game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2003.18]
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  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Home Video Producer software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Star Rank Boxing II game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Land of Legends game for the Commodore 64. Price is about US$40. The game was created by MicroIllusions. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Ebonstar game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was created by MicroIllusions. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Galactic Invasion game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. The game was created by MicroIllusions. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces The Faery Tale Adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. The game was written by MicroIllusions. [668.10] [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Fire Power tank battle game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. The game was written by MicroIllusions. [1114.13] [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Black Jack Academy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was created by MicroIllusions. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Romantic Encounters at The Dome game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was created by MicroIllusions. [2003.18]
  • At the Winter CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Skyfox II: The Cygnus Conflict game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1115.20]
  • At the Winter CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Dan Bunten's Sport of War game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1115.20]
  • At the Winter CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Strike Fleet game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by LucasFilm Games. [1115.20]
  • Cinemaware releases the Rocket Ranger game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.20] [1115.20]
  • Infocom introduces the Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels game for the Commodore 64. Price ios US$34.95. [1115.22]
  • Sharedata introduces the Wheel of Fortune II game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.99. [1115.22]
  • Sharedata introduces the Jeopardy! Jr. game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.99. [1115.22]
  • Sharedata introduces the Deathscape/Dogfight game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.99. [1115.22]
  • Sharedata introduces the Skate Rock game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.99. [1115.22]
  • Sharedata introduces The Orion game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.99. [1115.22]
  • Avalon Hill Game Company introduces the Wooden Ships & Iron Men game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$35. [1115.22]
  • Sir-Tech Software introduces the Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [243.20] [1115.22]
  • Cinemaware releases The Three Stooges game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1115.20]
  • Broderbund Software releases the Magnetron game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1115.20]
  • Bodylog releases the HeartLab heart-monitoring system for the Commodore 64. Price is US$59.95. [1115.20]
  • Epyx releases the California Games game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [705.18]
  • Epyx releases the Sub Battle Simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [705.20]
  • Strategic Simulations releases The Eternal Dagger game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game is the sequel to the Wizard's Crown game. [705.26]
  • Mindscape releases the Superstar Soccer game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [705.28]
  • Abacus Software introduces the BeckerBASIC software for GEOS for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. [705.61]
May 6
  • In Richmond, Virginia, the 1988 SID fest is held, over three days, for SID music composers on the Commodore 64. [1148.49]
May 14
  • In Santa Clara, California, an Amiga / Commodore Show is held, over two days. [1148.38]
(month unknown)
  • Microillusions releases the Mainframe game for the Commodore 64. [1148.11,27]
  • Mindscape releases the Road Runner game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [668.16] [1148.11]
  • First Row releases the Star Empire game for the Commodore 64. [1148.11]
  • Logical Design Works releases the Vegas Craps game for the Commodore 64. [1148.12]
  • Berkeley Softworks releases the Deskpack Plus software for GEOS for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The package includes geoDex, geoMerge, Graphics Grabber, Icon Editor, The Calendar, and Blackjack. [705.24]
  • Addison-Wesley Publishing releases The Shadows of Mordor game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Book IV of The Two Towers. [705.9] [1177.16]
  • Data East USA releases the Speed Buggy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is based on the arcade game. [668.28] [1177.16,29]
  • Data East USA releases the Q*Bert game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1177.24]
  • Data East USA releases the Kid Niki game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1177.26]
  • Cinemaware releases the Warp Speed cartridge for use with a 1541 floppy drive on a Commodore 64 or 128. Price is US$49.95. [1177.90]
  • Inkwell Systems releases the Flexidraw 5.5 drawing software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1148.53]
  • Brown Boxes releases the Quick Brown Box programmable cartridges for the Commodore 64 and 128. Prices are US$69 (16-KB), US$99 (32-KB), US$129 (64-KB). [1148.54]
  • Xetec releases the Supergraphix Gold graphic printer interface. Price is US$119.95. [1148.55]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Skyfox II: The Cygnus Conflict warplane simulation game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [892.14] [1177.27]
  • Spectrum Holobyte releases the Tetris game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1177.28]
  • Cosmi releases the Steve Garvey vs. Jose Canseco In Grand Slam Baseball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1177.26]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Patton vs. Rommel game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1177.16]
  • Artworx releases the Magic Madness game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1177.16]
  • Infocom releases the Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1177.22]
  • Abacus Software releases the Becker Basic programming language for GEOS for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. It adds 273 new BASIC commands. [1114.28] [1148.44]
  • Data East USA releases the Karnov action adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is based on the arcade game. [241.8] [1148.11]
  • SubLogic releases the Stealth Mission game for the Commodore 64/128. Price is US$49.95. [1177.22]
  • Mindscape releases the MISL Soccer game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1177.24]
  • Sunburst Communications releases the Bank Street School Filer software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$99. [2002.24]
  • Busy Bee Software releases The Write Stuff software package for the Commodore 64. It includes BB Writer word processor, printer customizer, file reader, menu maker, and manual maker. Price is US$19.95. An optional BB Talker speech module costs US$5. [1148.51]
  • The Comal Users Group releases Comal Power Driver for the Commodore 64, with enhanced COMAL 0.14 and compiler. Price is US$31.95. [1148.52]
  • Spectrum HoloByte releases the Zig-Zag game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [241.36] [1177.14,28]
  • The Avalon Hill Game Company releases the Underfire! World War II war simulation game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1177.14]

End of 1988 January-May. Next: 1988 June.
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