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C64 iPhone emulator released

C64 iPhone emulator released

The long-awaited Commodore 64 iPhone emulator has finally been released, complete with five games.

The long-awaited Commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone has finally been approved by Apple and released to the AppStore today, complete with five included games.

Developed by Manomio, the emulator app is completely legit and licensed but ran into approval problems when it was submitted to Apple a few months ago. A small controversy then broke out as Manomio alleged it had previously consulted with Apple about whether there would be any issues with the emulator and, upon being told there would not, began buying licenses and developing the app in good faith.

Finally though, the emulator has finally been released with just a few changes and tweaks, such as removing the ability to run BASIC - which was the main feature that Apple had problems with.

The emulator app comes with five different games from Ye Olde Dayes Of Gaminge, namely Dragons Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck and Jack Attack.

Extra games will be added to the emulator in the future as downloadable content, apparently getting released in themed packs. The iPhone app description hints that coming titles include Bristle and Astro Cheese.

Astro Cheese. They sure don't make 'em like they used to.

Share your nostalgia and impressions in the forums.

UPDATE:
Aaaand now the emulator has been taken offline again, as it emerged that the BASIC interpreter was still in the version on the AppStore, just hidden. A new, BASIC-less version is said to be pending for approval. Again.

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wuyanxu 8th September 2009, 15:17 Quote
and now it's taken off according to Engadget.
CardJoe 8th September 2009, 15:36 Quote
This news story has been updated.

Also, you two get rep for pointing that out so quickly.
rembo666 8th September 2009, 15:56 Quote
What's wrong with BASIC? It might make an iPhone user think? It's not like you're likely to hack the phone with a program written for a C64 VM in BASIC. Another reason I will never own an Apple product...
wuyanxu 8th September 2009, 16:31 Quote
yay for being geeky :P

having BASIC breaks SDK's agreement. this is why i jailbreak my iphone.
l3v1ck 8th September 2009, 17:05 Quote
Five games eh? I'd like to see:
1) Frogger
2) Space Taxi
3) Rick Dangerous
4) Skool Dayz
5) Manic Minor.
AshT 8th September 2009, 17:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
having BASIC breaks SDK's agreement. this is why i jailbreak my iphone.

Out of interest, when you've jailbroken the phone can you still connect to the AppStore and buy apps?
CardJoe 8th September 2009, 17:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
Five games eh? I'd like to see:
1) Frogger
2) Space Taxi
3) Rick Dangerous
4) Skool Dayz
5) Manic Minor.

Frogger and Rick Dangerous are already available as their own apps.
FaSMaN 8th September 2009, 18:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshT
Out of interest, when you've jailbroken the phone can you still connect to the AppStore and buy apps?

Yes you can, App store still works a 100%, you can even spoof the firmware version to run newer apps if you don't actually have that firmware installed.

I personally don't see any reason why not to jailbreak a iphone.
wuyanxu 8th September 2009, 19:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshT
Out of interest, when you've jailbroken the phone can you still connect to the AppStore and buy apps?
of course, you can do everything official iphone does, plus lots more
AshT 8th September 2009, 22:42 Quote
So I could jailbreak my phone, link it to Vodafone (o2 seriously lacks reception where I am) and still be able to access the app store with no issues whatsoever?
wuyanxu 8th September 2009, 23:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by AshT
So I could jailbreak my phone, link it to Vodafone (o2 seriously lacks reception where I am) and still be able to access the app store with no issues whatsoever?
for me:
jailbreak: check
vodafone: check
app store: check
jailbroken download centre (aka Cydia): check
problems: none.

;)
nitrous9200 9th September 2009, 04:49 Quote
you'd have to unlock your phone to use it on a different network, jailbreaking won't do that.
docodine 9th September 2009, 07:18 Quote
By itself, no.. You need to jailbreak the phone, then run unlocking software.
l3v1ck 9th September 2009, 09:27 Quote
???
Even if it's jailbroken, how can you switch networks if you can't change the sim card?
wuyanxu 9th September 2009, 10:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by l3v1ck
???
Even if it's jailbroken, how can you switch networks if you can't change the sim card?
the sim slot is at the top of the phone, push a paper clip into that hole and you'll see.

i forgot, you will need to run yellowsn0w to unlock 3G's.
airchie 9th September 2009, 11:27 Quote
Its all this restrictions applied by Apple that makes me not want to own one.
I don't want to have to jailbreak my phone if I want to use it to its full potential.

This article was good for me though as I just realised I can get some awesome emulators now for the G1.
Genesis and Snes emulators, SCUMM VM etc are all available now!
Was playing desert strike the other day, amazing! :)
[USRF]Obiwan 10th September 2009, 12:41 Quote
aaah! rick dangerous. that brings back memories!
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