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1988

June
  • At the Summer CES, GEOS 2.0 is introduced, for Commodore 64 computers. [804.19]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Monopoly game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Virgin Games. [241.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts announces the Scruples game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Virgin Games. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts announces the RISK game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Virgin Games. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Rainbird Software introduces The Universal Military Simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.12]
  • At the Summer CES, Rainbird Software introduces the Carrier Command naval warfare simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.12] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Rainbird Software introduces the Starglider II game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [2002.12] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Rainbird Software introduces the Enlightenment game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [892.12] [2002.12] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Rainbird Software introduces the Black Lamp game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [892.12] [2002.12] [1148.27]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Tiger Road game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Stocker game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Sarge game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Black Tiger game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, First Row Software introduces The Twilight Zone game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.12] [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, First Row Software introduces the Prime Time game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12]
  • At the Summer CES, First Row Software introduces Moses: The Old Testament #1 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12]
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  • At the Summer CES, Konami announces the Contra game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the Nintendo game. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Konami announces the Rush 'n' Attack game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the Nintendo game. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Konami announces the Jackal game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the Nintendo game. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Konami announces the Boot Camp game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the Nintendo game. [1148.28]
  • At the Sumemr CES, Logical Design Works releases the Club Backgammon game for the Commodore 64. [1148.11] (California Dreams [1148.28])
  • At the Summer CES, Spectrum Holobyte announces the Dondra: A New Beginning game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Scorpion announces the Alien Destructionm Set game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Scorpion announces the Mandroid game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Scorpion announces the Masterpiece paint program for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Scorpion announces the Super Tanks game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Scorpion announces the Terror game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mastertronic announces the John Elway's Quarterback football game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Melbourne House, and is based on the arcade game Quarterback. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Accolade introduces the Fast Break basketball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [668.8] [1114.12] [2002.12] [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, Accolade introduces the Serve & Volley tennis game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [243.14] [1114.19] [2002.12] [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, Accolade introduces the Rack 'Em pool table game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12] [1148.29] [1174.24]
  • At the Summer CES, Accolade introduces the T.K.O boxing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12] [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, Accolade introduces the Jet Boys game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [2002.12] [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Blue Lion Software announces the Ticket to Hollywood adventure game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, MBI Software announces the Matt Blair's Fantasy Football League game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, MBI Software announces the Matt Blair's Fantasy Basketball League game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, MBI Software announces the Matt Blair's Fantasy Hockey League game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, MBI Software announces the Matt Blair's Fantasy Baseball League game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Intracorp announces the Murder on the Atlantic game for the Commodore 64 and Amiga. [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Alcon game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Gladiator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Arkanoid game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Bubble Bobble game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Renegade game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software announces the QIX game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Operation Wolf game for the Commodore 64. The game is based on the arcade video-game. Price is US$39.95. [2002.12] [1148.28] [1175.16]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Rastan game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.12] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Taito Software introduces the Sky Shark World War II air battle game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.14] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mediagenic releases the Pete Rose Pennant Fever baseball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. It was written by Gamestar. [2002.14] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Mediagenic releases the Main Event boxing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The program was written by Gamestar. [2002.14] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Hi Tech Expressions releases the Win, Lose or Draw game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.99. [2002.14]
  • At the Summer CES, Paragon Software introduces the Wizard Wars game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$44.95. [2002.14]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Harrier Combat Simulator game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Road Runner game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Captain Blood game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Summer Challenge game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Nam game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Fortress game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Battalion Commander game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Geopolitique 1990 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mindscape announces the Super Pac-Man game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1148.28]
  • At the CES, Mindscape announces the Clubhouse Sports game for the Commodore 64. It includes shooting gallery, pinball, skeeball, foosball, bumper pool, and billiards. Price is US$29.95. [668.16] [1114.20] [1148.12,28]
  • At the Summer CES, Paragon Software introduces the Master Ninja: Shadow Warrior of Death game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.14] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts announces the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing program for the Commodore 64. The game was written by The Software Toolworks. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Twilight's Ransom game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Paragon Software. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Avalon Hill announces the Combots robot design and battle simulator game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Avalon Hill announces the M1 tank game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, California Dreams announces the Mancala African board game for the Commodore 64. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, California Dreams announces the TrianGO game for the Commodore 64, based on the Chinese GO board game. [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Paragon Software introduces the Alien Fires - 2199 AD game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.14]
  • At the Summer CES, Three-Sixty Pacific releases the Warlock game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.14] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Strategic Simulations introduces the Pool of Radiance game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.14] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Strategic Simulations introduces the Heroes of the Lance game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.14] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Battles of Napoleon game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. The game was created by Strategic Simulations. [892.14] [2002.15] [1175.20]
  • At the Summer CES, Blue Lion Software releases the Ticket to Hollywood game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Baudville introduces the AwardMaker Plus desktop publishing software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, LucasFilm Games releases the Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases Rockford: The Arcade Game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game is the sequel to the Boulder Dash game, and was developed by Arcadia, based on the arcade game. [2002.15] [817.30] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Roadwars game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Arcadia. Price is US$29.99. [243.17] [2002.15] [1114.26] [817.30] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Alternate Reality: The City game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Tomahawk flight/combat simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Datasoft. [241.23] [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Cosmic Relief: Professor Renegade to the Rescue game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. The game was written by Data Soft. [241.9] [2002.15] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the third edition of the Reach for the Stars space colonization and conquest game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was written by Strategic Studies Group. [2002.15] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Rommel Battles for North Africa strategy war game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.15] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts releases the Risk game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game is based on the Parker Bros. board game. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Broderbund Software introduces the Star Wars game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game is based on the movie and the coin-op video game. [2002.15]
  • At the Summer CES, Broderbund Software releases the Downhill Challenge ski race game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Cinemaware introduces the Lords of the Rising Sun game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Cinemaware introduces the TV Sports: Football game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Mastertronic International introduces the Barbarian game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Psygnosis. [2002.17] [1148.28]
  • At the Summer CES, Mastertronic International introduces the War in Middle Earth game for the Commodore 64. The game is based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. Price is US$39.99. [2002.17] [1148.28] [1176.66] [2004.30]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces The Legend of Black Silver game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Street Sports Football game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [243.18] [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Sports-a-Roni game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Bionic Commando game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the 1943 game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Consumer Electronics Show, Capcom announces the Street Fighter game for the Commodore 64. [1148.29]
  • At the Summer CES, Absolute Entertainment announces the F-18 Hornet air combat simulator for the Commodore 64. [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts announces the Wasteland (Hot - Mean - Radioactive) game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Interplay. [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Lucasfilm announces the Zack McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders game for the Commodore 64. The game is the sequel to Maniac Mansion. [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Absolute Entertainment announces the Space 64-planet space trevelogue software for the Commodore 64. [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Absolute Entertainment introduces the Crossbow game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. It is based on the arcade game by Exidy. [1114.14] [1148.27]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Tower Toppler game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Technocop game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Battleship game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the MIind-Roll game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Final Assault game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Trials of Honor game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces the Ice Thrashers game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Epyx introduces The Games - Summer Edition game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2002.17]
  • At the Summer CES, Electronic Arts introduces the Napoleon in Russia - Borodino 1812 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. The game was created by DataSoft. [892.14] [1148.27]
April-June
  • Commodore 64 software sales for the past three months: US$20 million, according to the Software Publishers Association. [1176.30]
(month unknown)
  • Spinnaker releases the Betterworking Word Publisher software for GEOS for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1148.41]
  • Sales of the Commodore 64 to date: 8 million. [1148.36]
  • Accolade releases the Appollo 18 space simulation game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [241.20]
  • Avalon Hill Game Company releases the NBA basketball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [241.22]
  • Strategic Simulations receives a license to produce computer fantasy role-playing games under the AD&D logo. [1175.56]
  • Microillusions re-releases the Sky Travel planetatium program for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. [1114.30] [1148.27]
  • MicroProse releases the Project: Stealth Fighter flight simulator for the Commodore 64. [1068.8]
  • MicroProse releases the Airborne Ranger flight simulator for the Commodore 64. [1068.8]
July 19
  • Infocom announces the BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [241.14]
July
  • Accolade introduces the Bubble Ghost game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [892.12,76] [1115.20]
July (month)
  • Top selling Commodore 64 computer game in the UK for the month: Steve Davis Snooker. [2608.19]
(month unknown)
  • New World Computing releases the Might and Magic game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [892.22]
  • Epyx introduces the 4x4 Off-Road Racing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [892.26]
  • Epyx releases the Impossible Mission II game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.22]
  • Baudville releases the Award Maker Plus software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.24]
  • Mindscape releases the Blockbuster game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.28]
  • Spinnaker Software introduces the BetterWorking Word Publisher software for GEOS for the Commodore 64. It includes a 100,000 word spell checker. Price is US$39.95. [892.28]
  • Datasoft introduces the Bismarck strategy wargame/arcade game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$30. [892.36] [1114.14]
  • Epyx introduces the Metrocross game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1114.14]
  • Sir-Tech Software introduces the Wizardry II role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Subtitle is "The Knight of Diamonds" Price is US$39.95. [241.12]
  • Commodore International and Berkeley Softworks announce an agreement to bundle GEOS deskTop v1.5 free with the Commodore 1541 disk drive. Also, geoWrite and geoPaint will no longer be distributed with the Commodore 64. [241.9] [1114.14]
  • MicroIllusions released the Main Frame game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [241.9]
  • Epyx releases the Dive Bomber World War II flight/combat simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [241.9]
  • Sir-Tech Software releases the Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.22]
  • Epyx releases the L.A. Crackdown game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [241.9]
  • Epyx releases the Street Sports Soccer game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.24]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Tobruk World War II combat simulator for the Commodore 64. [1114.30]
  • DigiTek releases the Vampire's Empire game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.26]
  • Electronic Arts introduces the Paperclip Publisher desktop publishing software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. [1068.28]
  • Electronic Arts introduces the Dragon's Lair game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.99. The game was written for the Commodore 64 by Software Projects. [1068.30]
  • Datasoft introduces the Force 7 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.99. [1068.22]
  • Digiscape Software releases the Digital Landscape software for the Commodore 64. With it one can view 3-D topography of the continental United States. Price is US$46.95. [1114.16]
  • Electronic Arts introduces The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.16]
  • MicroProse introduces the Covert Action game for the Commodore 64. [1114.16]
  • Artworx introduces the Daily Double Horse Racing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1114.17]
  • Star Micronics introduces the NX-1000C Rainbow seven-color dot matrix printer. It features four fonts, four-color ribbon, Commodore serial interface, and 4 KB buffer. Performance is 36 CPS NLQ, 144 CPS draft. Price is US$299. [892.8]
  • Broderbund introduces the Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego? game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [892.8] [1176.71]
  • Electronic Arts introduces the Computer Scrabble game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The program was written by Virgin Games. [892.12]
September
  • Spectrum Holobyte releases the PT-109 patrol boat simulation game for the Commodore 64. [1068.116] [1114.12]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Dan Bunten's Modem Wars military strategy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [892.77] [817.22]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Deathlord fantasy role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [892.77] [817.16] [1175.56]
(month unknown)
  • Buena Vista Software releases the Who Framed Roger Rabbit game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1068.10]
  • MicroProse releases the Red Storm Rising game for the Commodore 64. The game is based on the book by Tom Clancy. [1068.8]
  • Epyx releases the Sporting News Baseball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [668.24]
  • Strategic Simulations releases the Questron II game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [668.22]
  • Taito Software releases the Renegade street fighting game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [668.20] [1114.20]
  • In the film Deep Obsessions, a Commodore 64 computer is shown. [1709.32]
  • In the film The Princess Bride, a Commodore 64 computer is shown playing Accolade's Hardball game. [1709.32]
October
  • Electronic Arts releases the Jordan vs. Bird: One-On-One basketball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [892.77] [1175.21] [1176.75]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Typhoon of Steel second world war battle simulation game for the Commodore 64. It is a sequel to the Panzer Strike! game. Price is US$49.95. The game ws written by Strategic Simulations. [1068.117] [1114.18]
  • Mediagenic releases the Neuromancer role-playing game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the novel by William Gibson. The game was written by Interplay Productions. [1068.113] [1114.14]
  • Data East releases the Victory Road game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is a sequel to Ikari Warriors. [1068.94] [668.10]
  • Activision releases the Rampage game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the arcade game. Price is US$34.95. [1068.92] [920.10] [1115.22] [1148.27] [1174.18]
(month unknown)
  • Schnedler Systems introduces the Turbo Master CPU, a 4.09 MHz replacement CPU for the Commodore 64. It plugs into the expansion port, and include 5X disk load/save functions. Price is US$179. [668.10]
  • Taxaid Software releases the Taxaid, 1988 edition software for the Commodore 64, Commodore 128, and Plus/4. Price is US$49.95. [668.8]
November 3
  • In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the World of Commodore trade show is held, over four days. It is the first time in the United States for this event. [892.65] [241.23] [1148.37] [1709.80]
November
  • Activision releases the Predator game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the movie. [1068.92] [1148.27]
(month unknown)
  • Accolade releases the Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1068.10]
Year
  • Total software sales for the Commodore 64 in the US: US$84.4 million. [1710.69]

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