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Kickstarter – Unknown Realm – 8-bit fantasy RPG for PC and C64

Unknown Realm

A promising fantasy role playing game, Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous, has hit Kickstarter. Developed for the Commodore 64 and PC (Windows and Mac), the game harks back to the 1980s era of classic RPGs such as Ultima, Wasteland, and SSI’s Gold Box series. With a good dose of rewards on offer, the project has got off to a great start, hitting the $26,000 mark already–at time of writing.

Fittingly, the game’s story takes place in the 1980s where the main character has uncovered a mystery regarding his Uncle’s disappearance. Searching for clues in his cabin, the main character is suddenly teleported to a strange fantasy world. With only a wooden sword as a weapon, the player must begin his quest to solve the mystery from within this ‘Unknown Realm’.

The developer Stirring Dragon Games have many features planned for the game, including an open world with many hidden locations to discover, changing landscape depending on the player’s actions, fast-paced, fun-focused combat, interesting NPCs, event-triggered cut scenes, in-game journal, automapping, skill based character creation, and more.

The Commodore 64 version will be cartridge based, with the developer’s claiming that the game will be the “world’s largest 8-bit RPG on cartridge”. This will give gamers the advantage of fast loading times, with no tape or disk loading needed. The game will also be NTSC and PAL compatible, meaning the game will be playable on real Commodore hardware (C64, C64C, C128) in any part of the world.

The Windows/Mac version will feature full control of the gaming experience with the ability to swap from 8-bit ‘color palettes’, soundtracks, and display modes such as CRT filters. These versions will not require any heavy duty hardware to run either, with the Windows game requiring Windows XP or better, while the Mac version will require OSX 10.5 or higher.

With the game being developed for the Commodore 64, Windows, and Mac platforms, Unknown Realm should be within reach of many gamers–there is also a rumor that an upcoming stretch goal could be an Amiga version. Further details can be found on the Unknown Realm Kickstarter page.

Neil Reive

An avid retrogamer who has worked on various projects, magazines, and fanzines. He started his videogaming journey with the Amstrad CPC464 computer before moving onto a Commodore 64, then the Sega Mega Drive, followed by a multitude of PCs.

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