Commodore MAX Machine

Commodore MAX Machine

The Commodore MAX Machine, also known as Ultimax in the United States and VC-10 in Germany, was a home computer designed and sold by Commodore International in Japan, beginning in early 1982, a predecessor to the popular Commodore 64. The Commodore...

Avenger

Avenger

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1981

Avenger is a Space Invaders variant. The player has to defend Earth from endless rows of attacking aliens. Flying saucers can be shot for extra points.

Billiards

Billiards

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Bowling

Bowling

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1983

Clowns

Clowns

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Gameplay in Clowns shares some similarities with Breakout, but this time the bricks has been replaced with balloons that you get points for popping. To reach the balloons at the top of the screen you have to move a seesaw under a jumping clown. This will launch away the clown already standing on the seesaw, hopefully towards the balloons. Balloons comes in three different: yellow, green and blue. Yellow balloons are the easiest to reach, while the blue are the hardest. Therefore you also get more points for the harder to reach balloons. If you manage to clear all balloons of a color, you'll...

Gorf

Gorf

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Gorf is a game that consists of five levels: The first level called Astro Battles has the player's ship behind a defensive shield, defending against an alien attack. The level is a top-down view, with the player's ship and shield on one side and the aliens on the other side; this level bears the most resemblance to Space Invaders. The second level called Laser Attack is made up of a formation of ships, with some that swoop down and a laser that fires at the player's ship. Bonus ships also tend to appear in this level. The third level is called Galaxians, and as the name...

Jupiter Lander

Jupiter Lander

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

You have to try to slowly land a spaceship on Jupiter. For this you have three landing platforms. If you make it to land on one of the three platforms with slow falling speed in the yellow range (meter display at the right of the screen), you get points and a refill of the tank. The game is over when the tank display shows zero. The space ship is destroyed when landing with too high speed or when touching the rock walls of the planet.

Kickman

Kickman

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

In this game, you're a clown on an unicycle who has to pop balloons that is falling down from the sky. This can be done by moving left and right to catch them all on the head. Further on, you've to form columns instead of popping them. These columns have a nasty habit by getting each time higher and will give you a lesser time to react. However, if you're close enough to the balloon you can kick the balloon and try again. Another way is to catch the 'Pac-Man' that comes down between the balloons. This will eat the balloons that falls on your head. If you miss you'll fall from your unicycle.

Le Mans

Le Mans

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

"Le Mans" is a car racing game where you need to drive as far as possible in a certain time. By overtaking other racers (which partially have a bit of an unconventional driving style, which does not make it easier) without causing a crash, points are added to your account (1000 points per 10 cars). If you reach more than 20.000 points before the time has run out, you receive further time units and you can go on driving. Next to the normal track you need to master driving on ice, in curves, at night and on motorways. If you crash you need to drive into the mobile garage (PIT), which is at the...

Mole Attack

Mole Attack

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Mole Attack is one of the earliest computerized Whac-a-Mole variants. Gameplay should be clear: Moles randomly pop out of several holes (arranged in a 3x3 grid), and you can hit them using the right keyboard key (one for each hole). The sooner you hit the mole's head, the more points you get -- but if you hit the mole's buttocks (yes, them buggers sometimes pop up that way), you lose points. After 60 seconds, the game ends and your score is shown.

Money Wars

Money Wars

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

In Money Wars the player takes the role of a robber that has to retrieve and deliver bags of money without getting shot. The game is viewed from a side perspective. The player starts at the left side and has to move across the screen to the money bag that lies on the right side and then return to his starting position. From the top deadly arrows are shot towards him and these he has to dodge or he will lose a life. To his help he has three brick barricades that he can hide behind. He can't hide too long though as the barricades take damage from the arrows and will after a while be gone. The...

Music Composer

Music Composer

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Music Machine

Music Machine

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Omega Race

Omega Race

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Omega Race is a conversion of the arcade machine with the same name. The deficit of a black and white design on the original machine was compensated by a colored overlay over the screen. It is a vector graphics game where you can - as in Asteroids - turn your spaceship or give it a thrust by activating the rocket propulsion. Instead of asteroids you need to shoot UFOs and their mines here which gives you the corresponding points. The hostile spaceships can shoot back, hostile shots and obstacles as well as collisions with the enemies destroy your ship. The game is over when all three own ships...

Pinball Spectacular

Pinball Spectacular

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

"Pinball Spectacular" is one of the first flipper simulations for the Commodore home computers. The game was delivered on cartridge. A speciality is the controls by paddle. The flipper simulation is a mixture of pinball and breakout. The square-cut ball is rolled over the pinball table with the help of a double board similar to Breakout. As pinball elements, there are -next to walls- also two bumpers (upper right and left), the Commodore logo (in the middle of the screen), the light C O M M O D O R E with the corresponding targets, two spinners, four sideways ball traps (middle and bottom)...

Radar Rat Race

Radar Rat Race

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

In Radar Rat Race the player plays the role of a blue mouse, that has to search for cheese in a labyrinth within a certain time. To make it a bit harder, you are followed by several red mice which bring you certain death when you crash into one of them. As the red mice outnumber you, you should take into account that you might get encircled by several mice. A further peril are the black cats, which lure behind some of the corners. Into those also the red mice can run, but they are only delayed by the cat and not killed. With a "Star Screen" - a trace of stars that can be left behind by the...

Road Race

Road Race

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Slalom

Slalom

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Slalom

Slalom

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1983

Speed Math and Bingo Math

Speed Math and Bingo Math

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Super Alien

Super Alien

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

Visible Solar System

Visible Solar System

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

You are the commander of a spaceship on a journey through our Solar System. The ship has a cruising range of over 1 billion miles and is packed with computerized equipment to help you bring home new and exciting discoveries.

Wizard of Wor

Wizard of Wor

Commodore MAX Machine - Released - 1982

The player fights as a knight in different dungeons with magical projectiles against the monsters living there. The first monsters ("hellhounds") are still a bit slow. Suddenly appearing monsters get faster and faster and are partially invisible (but can be seen on radar). In later levels the player has to compete against the warlock "Worluk" and finally against the "Wizard of Wor". Furthermore, you have the possibility to fight with two against each other or against the monsters.

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