Chronology of the Commodore 64 Computer

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1989

January
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Devon Aire in "The Hidden Diamond Caper" game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6] [1174.14] [2004.28]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Skate Wars game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Undersea Commando game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6] [1174.14]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Axe of Rage game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [920.6] [1174.14] [2004.22]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Trails of Honor game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Curse Buster game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6] [1174.14]
  • At the Winter CES, Mindscape introduces the Hostage game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Mindscape introduces the Aussie Games game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Mindscape introduces the Combat Course for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6] [2004.30]
  • At the Winter CES, Mindscape introduces the 720 Degrees game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Mindscape introduces the International Team Sports game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.6]
  • At the Winter CES, Software Simulations releases the 1988 Tournament disk for the Pure Stat College Basketball game for the Commodore 64. [920.8]
  • At the Winter CES, Taito Software introduces the Operation Wolf game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [920.8]
  • At the Winter CES, Intracorp introduces the Search for the Titanic game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. The game was written by Capstone Software. [920.8] [2005.62] [1174.15]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Last Ninja 2 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [920.8] [2004.28]
  • At the Winter CES, New World Computing introduces the Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [920.8] [817.46] [1176.70]
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  • At the Winter CES, New World Computing introduces the Magic Candle fantasy role-playing game for the Commodore 64. [817.46] [1175.11] [2004.30]
  • At the Winter CES, Rainbird introduces the Savage game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.8] [1174.14]
  • At the Winter CES, Rainbird introduces the Elite game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [920.8]
(month unknown)
  • Epyx releases the Battleship game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is based on the Milton Bradley game. [1114.18]
  • Mindscape releases the Alien Syndrome game for ethe Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Sega. [1114.19]
  • Broderbund Software releases the Star Wars game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [920.10] [1174.14]
  • Broderbund Software releases the Arcade Game Construction Kit for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.14]
  • Mediagenic releases the Corruption adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was written by Rainbird. [1114.20]
  • Mediagenic releases the F-18 Hornet combat flight simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. The game was written by Absolute Entertainment. [1114.58]
  • Accolade releases the TKO boxing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.19]
  • Mindscape releases the Aussie Joker Poker game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Joker Software. [1114.16]
  • Mindscape releases the Captain Blood game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.16]
February
  • Mediagenic releases the F-14 Tomcat flight simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was written by Activision Entertainment. [243.72] [1114.58] (March [243.36])
(month unknown)
  • Epyx releases the Home Video Producer software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$49.95. [817.18]
  • Electronic Arts releases the John Elway's Quarterback football game for the Commodore 64. It was written by Melbourne House. Price is US$29.99. [1174.25]
  • Epyx releases the Technocop game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1174.24]
  • Sir-Tech Software releases the DeepSpace space game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [817.20]
  • BOBCO releases the World Geography game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [817.23]
  • Spectrum HoloByte announces the Falcon F-16 flight simulator game for the Commodore 64. [1114.12]
  • Activision releases the Chop 'n Drop martial arts game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is a sequel to the World Karate Championship game by Epyx. [817.21]
  • Mindscape introduces the Sgt. Slaughter's Mat Wars wrestling game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.12]
  • Mindscape introduces the International Team Sports game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.12]
  • Mindscape introduces the After Burner F-14 flight simulator game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.12]
  • Mindscape introduces the Shinobi ninja game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. The arcade-based game was written by Sega. [1114.12] [1176.74]
  • MicroProse introduces the Traveller 1: The Zhodani Conspiracy game for the Commodore 64. [1114.12]
  • MicroProse introduces the SpiderMan and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.12] [1175.10] [1176.64]
  • Hi Tech Expressions introduces The Muppet Print Kit for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1114.12]
  • Hi Tech Expressions introduces The Sesame Street Writing Kit for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1114.12]
  • Hi Tech Expressions introduces the PrintPower Plus software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1114.13]
  • Titus Software releases the Titan game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.13] [2004.24]
  • Accolade releases the Grand Prix Circuit game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1174.20]
  • Discovery Software releases the Zoom! game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1174.22]
  • Britannica Software releases the Designasaurus game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1174.22]
  • Titus Software releases the Galactic Conqueror game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.13]
  • Epyx introduces the Skate Wars game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.13]
  • Data East USA introduces the Bad Dudes street fighting game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1114.13]
  • Data East USA introduces the Guerrilla War combat action adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.13]
  • Datasoft introduces the Annals of Rome military strategy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [243.22] [1174.24]
  • Origin releases The Ultima Trilogy game pack for the Commodore 64. Price is US$59.95. It includes the previously released games Ultima I, Ultima II, and Ultima III. [243.9] [1114.13]
  • Origin releases the Tangled Tales: The Misadventures of a Wizard's Apprentice game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1114.13]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Artura game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1114.13]
March 9
  • In the TV show Days of Our Lives, a Commodore 64 computer is shown. [1710.70]
March
  • Epyx releases the Mind-Roll game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [243.35] [817.7] [1175.11,20]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Project Firestart science-fiction role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [243.35] [817.9]
  • Datasoft releases the Time and Magik text/graphics adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [243.35]
(month unknown)
  • Timeworks releases the Word Writer 4 word processor for the Commodore 64. It includes 8 fonts, and 85,000 word spell checker. Price is US$39.95. [1174.15]
  • Rainbird releases the Fish! game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1174.14]
  • HiTech Expressions announces the Remote Control software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.95. [1174.14]
  • HiTech Expressions announces the Muppet Adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.95. [1174.14]
  • HiTech Expressions announces the Fun House game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.95. [1174.14]
  • Broderbund introduces the Hydlide software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1174.14]
  • Broderbund introduces the Sim City game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game was written by Maxis Software. [1174.14] [1175.18]
  • Magnetic Scrolls releases the FISH graphics adventure game for the Commodore 64. [243.43]
  • Sega of America introduces the Out Run car race game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [243.16]
  • Alien Productions introduces the Alf's First Adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$15. [243.19]
  • Hi Tech Expressions introduces the Win, Lose or Draw game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$12.95. [243.23]
  • Data East USA releases the Robocop game for the Commodore 64. It is based on the movie and arcade game. Price is US$34.95. [817.6]
  • Elan Design releases the Total Eclipse adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [817.6] (Spotlight Software [1175.11])
  • Data East USA releases the Batman, The Caped Crusader game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [817.7]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Powerplay Hockey: USA vs. USSR game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1175.18]
  • Epyx releases the Space Station Oblivion game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [1175.16]
  • Mindscape releases the Uninvited graphics/text adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1175.20]
  • DigiTek releases the Hole-in-One Miniature Golf game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [243.6]
  • Cinemaware releases the Dark Side space game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [243.7] [1175.11] [1176.70]
  • Publishing International releases the Hometown, U.S.A software for the Commodore 64. The program can print sides of buildings to HO railroad scale. Price is US$39.95. [1175.15]
  • Epson America releases the LX-800 9-pin 80-column dot-matrix printer for the Commodore-64/128. Price is US$299. [1175.10]
  • MicroProse introduces the Destroyer Escort game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1175.11]
  • Spotlight Software announces the DeathBringer fantasy role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1175.11]
  • Publishing International introduces the Pharaoh's Revenge game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1175.11]
April-June
  • Commodore 64 software sales for the past three months: US$15 million, according to the Software Publishers Association. [1176.30]
(month unknown)
  • Accolade releases the Shoot 'Em Up Construction Kit for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1176.65]
  • Origin releases the Omega game for the Amiga and Commodore 64. [1176.67]
  • Accolade releases the Mental Blocks game for the Commodore 64. [1176.68]
  • Cinemaware releases the Speedball game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Spotlight Software. Price is US$29.95. [1176.68] [2004.22]
  • Mindscape releases the Gauntlet II game for the Commodore 64. [1176.69]
  • Taito releases the Arkanoid II game for the Commodore 64. [1176.69]
  • Epyx releases the Revenge of Defender game for the Commodore 64. [1176.70]
  • Electronic Arts releases the AD&D Curse of the Azure Bonds game for the Commodore 64. This sequel to Pool of Radiance was written by Strategic Simulations. [1176.71]
  • Medalist releases the Eliminator game for the Commodore 64. [1176.72]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by Lucasfilm. [1176.72]
  • The Software Toolworks releases The Chessmaster 2100 chess game for the Commodore 64. [1176.73]
  • Epyx releases the Snow Strike game for the Commodore 64. [1176.73]
  • SportTime releases the Omni-Play Basketball game for the Commodore 64. [1176.75]
  • Activision releases the Apache Strike game for the Commodore 64. [1176.74]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Kings of the Beach: Professional Beach Volleyball game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2004.14] [1176.73]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Fire King game game for the Commodore 64. The game was written by SSG. [1176.75]
  • Taito releases the Rambo III game for the Commodore 64. [1176.72]
  • Accolade releases the Muscle Cars disk for the game The Duel: Test Drive II. Price for the Commodore 64 is US$14.95. [1176.38]
  • Accolade releases the European Challenge disk for the game The Duel: Test Drive II. Price for the Commodore 64 is US$14.95. [1176.38]
  • Mindscape announces it is dropping disk-based copy protection for all future game releases. [1176.32]
September 22
  • In Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the second annual World of Commodore trade show is held, over three days. [1175.53]
(month unknown)
  • Strategic Simulations releaes the Storm Across Europe World War II strategy game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [2004.14]
  • Britannica Software releases the Eye of Horus game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2004.14]
  • Origin Systems releases the Tangled Tales game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2004.24]
  • GameTek releases the Double Dare game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. The game is based on the TV series of the same name. [2004.26]
  • Virgin Mastertronic releases the California Pro Golf game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [2004.26]
  • Addison-Wesley Publishing Company releases The Crack of Doom game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. The game is based on the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. [2004.30]
November 30
  • In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the World of Commodore trade show is held, over five days. [449.8]

1990

  • Mediagenic releases the FaceOff! game for the Commodore 64. It was written by Gamestar. Price is US$29.95. [2005.62]
  • Data East releases the Batman: The Movie game for the Commodore 64. price is US$29.95. [2005.63]
  • Virgin Mastertronic releases the Mega Pack game package for the Commodore 64/128. It contains ten games previously only available in Europe, made by Gremlin Graphics: Bulldog, Cosmic Causeway, Future Knight, Jack the Nipper II, Krackout, Monty on the Run, North Star, Rebounder, The Thing Bounces Back, and Trailblazer. Price is US$34.99. [2005.2]
  • Broderbund Software releases the Curse of Babylon role-playing game for the Commodore 64. It was created by Kyodai Software. Price is US$24.95. [2005.3]
  • John Dvorak quote: "I think Windows 3.0 will get a lot of attention; people will check it out, and before long they'll all drift back to raw DOS. Once in a while they'll boot Windows for some specific purpose, but many will put it in the closet with the Commodore 64.". [648.20]
  • Creative Micro Designs releases three hard drives for the Commodore 64/128: 20 MB for US$599.95, 40 MB for US$799.95, and 100 MB for US$1299.95. [1118.22]
  • Commodore International introduces the 64 Games System, in Europe. It is a Commodore 64 minus keyboard, with the cartridge slot on top. [808.G-18]

1991

  • Walt Disney Computer Software releases Duck Tales: The Quest for Gold, for the Commodore 64/128. [808.G-12]

1994

April 29
  • Commodore International and Commodore Electronics (two of the many international components of Commodore Business Machines) file for voluntary liquidation. [476.6] [491.52] [600.19] [1473.11] [1516.30] [1762.168] [2605.13] [2611.22] [2634.142]

2000

November 5
  • The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US.
    • A robot in the year 3000 has the name Tandy, and wears a t-shirt saying "Euro TRaSh-80", a reference to the Tandy TRS-80 computer.
    • A portrait painting on the wall of a castle has the name "COMMODORE LXIV", a reference to the Commodore 64 computer.
    • A scared character runs down a hall chased by the ghosts of a winged toaster and the Windows logo.
    • A book "Curse of the Were-Car" says it is for Windows 98.
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2003

  • Ironstone Partners licenses the Commodore 64 brand. [2006.6]

2004

December 29
  • Tulip Computers of the Netherlands agrees to sell its Commodore International company to Yeahronimo Media Ventures for about US$32.7 million. [1559]

2009

February 23
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases the film Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder on DVD in the United Kingdom. A character says in his speech "It seems only fit that I, Commodore 64 Zap Brannigan...". [2606]

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