If you were in the British games industry of the 1980s, you might just have been immortalised in a new comedy text adventure game, released today.
“Symphonica 64” is a prize text adventure/interactive fiction game playable online or downloadable for Windows and Linux.
Best described as “Pimania” meets “Bureaucracy” meets “Bedrooms to Billions”, it’s packed with in-jokes, satire, asides and many puns.
Storylines within the game include “The invention of Grand Theft Auto”, “Who owns Miner Willy’s Yacht now?”, “Spectrum vs C64 – the pub brawl”, and “moving Matt Smith”.
So, if there’s anyone who wanted to make amends for microwaving the hamster in Maniac Mansion, who wondered what Action Biker did on his down-time, or who wished they could take that terrible contract, smear it in dung and use it as fertiliser… this is the game for them.
The Grand Prize
The underlying goal of the game is to collect music scores and get them to the Royal Albert Hall with an expensive orchestra. A 400+ location map filled with 200 characters makes that a challenging task.
For the first player to finish, there’s also a prize: a 300 page leather-bound hand-made Commodore 64 score book from the Back in Time Symphonic Collection Kickstarter (they will get £100 if it doesn’t fund).
The game is a promotional release to support the “Back in Time Symphonic Collection” box-set Kickstarter, which launches 21st October.
Back in Time Symphonic Collection – “Video Games Live for the Commodore generation”
“It can be argued that video games have saved the symphony orchestra”, says Chris Abbott, “ but who needs more Mario and Zelda covers? Commodore 64 fans have to do it for themselves, as always, but I hope my 30-year old dream is shared by enough fans to make it work.”
The Back in Time Symphonic Collection campaign aims to raise £30,000 to create over 40 full symphonic Commodore 64 orchestral arrangements on a triple CD set, and then to have them transcribed to sheet music so they can be performed in concert halls worldwide. Music from artists such as Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish and Martin Galway will feature.
A highlight of the campaign is the top level £2,999 pledge that features a one-off, UK hand-made 1000 page B4 orchestra score book. It’s bound in imported goat-skin, and cradled in a museum quality silk-covered presentation box. It may be the most expensive retro book ever created, and is so expensive to make that even the creators of the Kickstarter can’t have one.
This is Chris’s fourth solo crowdfunding campaign , after three previous successful C64 music campaigns. He also helped veteran composer Matt Gray to a £75,000 haul for this “Reformation” Kickstarter.