Caren and the Tangled Tentacles

A point-and-click Adventure game for the Commodore 64 (C64)

get version 1.1 here.

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- Won the 'Interactive' category of the cross-plattform Meteoriks Scene Award 2016.
- Won the 4Players Best Szene-Game Award 2015.
- Won the Forum64 Game Competition 2015.
- A special edition is distributed along with the Kickstarter-campain 'Commodore 64 - a visual commpendium, 2nd edition'
(A limited number of 100 boxed editions as well as > 2000 times as Emulator image)
- Entry on a german
c64-wiki

Release: October 2015



Programming and scripting: Dr. Martin Wendt
Graphics and animation: Oliver Lindau
Music and sound effects: Kamil Wolnikowski (recent interview)

Specs summary:

- Fully handwritten 6502 Assembler multitasking adventure engine, 50Hz, 32 Threads
- Own scripting language which is compiled directly into 6502-Assembler
- Pathfinding, pixel-exact masking of main character
- Handpixeled graphics in MulticolorCharset Mode of the C64
(in short: 4 colors per 4x8 square, three global out of 16, one unique out of 8)
(or: two colors in 8x8, one global, one out of 8 / maximum of 256 such squares)
- SFXs can use all three voices of the SID, alternatively: 3 channel music, no compromises
(some sfx are strictly based on this research)

- fully developed on ARM architectures (and 6510 of course). Final build on Aarch64 (dragonboard410c) *g*

Controls:

Joystick in Port 2, only the pointer is being controlled.

Hover above objects and press joystick button:
1x - walk there
2x - look_at, talk_to, exit (on Exit symbol)
keep button pressed - toggle into item panel at the bottom:
left - use
top - look_at
right - use with inventory (release button on selected item)

In game keys:
F3 to select language (English, German)
F5 to select Textspeed (Defaults is set to 5)
RETURN to toggle panel-selection speed
F1 to LOAD a saved game
F7 to SAVE a game

Downloads:

Final version 1.1 on CSDb.dk

Competition version 1.0 on CSDb.dk (deprecated now!)

Videos:

Version 1.1 running of an Easyflash cartridge (unreleased)

Short walk around in version 1.1 on Youtube

First preview on Youtube

Second preview on Youtube (GAMESCOM 2015)

Coverage:

Extensive review, 'Reset RIPPER' (9/10) in RESET #8

On frgcb.blogspot.de

Making of Lindwendture (working title) covered in RETURN issues 21 and 22.

At commodore.ninja

On indieretronews.com

On Pouet.net

Noted by The Irish Times

Images:

Some impressions from the game
Shots from the game.

Ron Gilbert at GAMESCOM2015
Ron Gilbert not hating our game at GAMESCOM (next to Oliver Lindau).

Caren on a small raytube TV
Photograph from small tube tv.

Links:

http://robertmegone.com: Robert Megone helped with translation, proof-reading and testing. Thanks alot!

SLOW Javascript webbrowser C64 emulator running the game (WARNING: broken sound!) (link)