Load-'n-Play (C64)

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Load-'n-Play
Kromazone - C64.jpg
Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1987
Developer: Mastertronic Limited

Load-'n-Play is the predecessor of Invade-a-load (C64).

You are a little white triangular shuttle fixed on the border of the screen. Moving slowly along the same border are up to 8 yellow buglike enemies (crawlers). If you move into one of them, it kills you (but not if you stand still).

By steering the joystick right or left, you quickly move clockwise or counter-clockwise respectively. While holding the fire button, you can shoot up to 32 pulses. Pulses shot from the top or bottom will hit the other side of the border and vanish there. Pulses shot from the side gravitate inertially towards the centre of the screen, forming spheres and vanishing after 2 seconds. If a crawler is hit, it reappears on the top left and you get 10 points. If a crawler comes near, you can lay up to 4 yellow-flashing bouncers (eleky-reflxas) for 5 seconds.

Load-'n-Play feels altogether glitchy. On July 2, 2003, Aplin commented:

I seem to remember it was crap and I wrote invade-a-load a couple of weeks later.

Screenshots

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Title V1.png

The original mute title screen.

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Title V2.png

The more common title screen.

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Start.png

Game start.

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Angle.png

Shooting an intertial pulse sphere.

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Block.png

Bouncing crawlers off with an eleky-reflxa.

Load-'n-Play - C64 - Game Over.png

Flown into a crawler. Game over.

Music

After around one minute of blank screens, a title screen appears. The first game to use Load-'n-Play is completely mute, but others feature a ripped Rob Hubbard song. There are no sound effects.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Phantoms of the Asteroid Rob Hubbard 4:17
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Credits

(Sources: Title screen, comparison with Phantoms of the Asteroid (C64).)

Game Rip

Format

Download

SID.png

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(Info)


Audio Devices

This game uses the computer's built-in SID chip and sounds the same on every one of them. An official NTSC release is not known, and not very likely, as disk drives were more affordable in America.

Releases

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Kromazone - C64.jpg
Title: Kromazone
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1987-10-??
Publisher: Mastertronic Added Dimension

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