Mechanicus (C64)

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Mechanicus
Game On 11-91 - C64 - Germany.jpg
Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1991
Developer: Hitech Studio Designs

Mechanicus is a pinball game with 3 tables for the Commodore 64. Every 100000 points, an exit to the next table opens; on the last table, it leads back to the first table. During the game, you can win "time": As soon as your last ball appears on the plunger, the timer starts to run down, and every time you lose that last ball, 3 minutes are deducted. If you still have time left then, you get another ball.

C64 gamers consider it the best pinball game for their platform. The game and sound driver were programmed by Andras Molnar (under an English translation of his Hungarian name) of Tyrian (DOS) fame.

Screenshots

Mechanicus - C64 - Title.png

The title screen.

Mechanicus - C64 - Credits.png

The main menu.

Mechanicus - C64 - Get Ready.png

Where do you want to go?

Mechanicus - C64 - Exit.png

Whoa! At last!

Mechanicus - C64 - Bonus.png

Don't be tricked by the sweetness!

Mechanicus - C64 - Highscores.png

One day...

Music

The two looping songs sound like composed for and, despite the slightly chippy sound, even performed by a real rock band. The guitar is played by two modulated pulse waves and distorted by a band-pass filter, which, on the downside, sounds different on every SID chip.

The game itself is quiet for a pinball table, and the sound is not spread over the 3 hardware channels as well as it could, but the sound effects themselves are atmospheric and the few jingles work well.

Recording

All songs were recorded from the game in VICE 3.2 with the model 6581 (ReSID) and a filter bias of 375, although it is unconfirmed how close it is to what the arranger heard.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Main Menu Markus Müller 3:13
Download
02 Get Ready Markus Müller 0:01
Download
03 Bonus Markus Müller 0:03
Download
04 Exit Markus Müller 0:04
Download
05 Game Over Markus Müller 0:03
Download
06 Highscores Markus Müller 1:11
Download

Credits

(Source for Sidbusters. Source for Markus Müller: HVSC.)

Game Rip

Format

Download

SID.png

Download

(Info)


Audio Devices

This game uses the computer's built-in SID chip.

Releases

The first two releases are a demo with the first level fully playable and the songs Highscores and Game Over unused.

  Germany.svg   Germany
Game On 10-91 - C64 - Germany.jpg
Title: Game On 10/91
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1991-09-??
Publisher: CP Verlag GmbH
  Germany.svg   Germany
Magic Disk 64 10-91 - C64 - Germany.jpg
Title: Magic Disk 64 10/91
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1991-10-0?
Publisher: CP Verlag GmbH
  Germany.svg   Germany
Game On 11-91 - C64 - Germany.jpg
Title: Game On 11/91
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1991-10-??
Publisher: CP Verlag GmbH

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