The Pearl of Dawn (C64)

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The Pearl of Dawn
The Pearl of Dawn - C64 - Germany.jpg
Platform: Commodore 64
Year: 1992
Developer: The Creative Crew

The Pearl of Dawn is an action adventure, where you guide Dolk through his quest to retrieve the pearl of dawn, which provides his home village with all its power, from the fortress of the thieving prince of darkness. On his way, Dolk has to defeat a plethora of swift enemies with only a slingshot and bring a few items to other places.

The game is not large and not widespread, but apart from its toughness, it is commented favorably on a few C64 sites and videos, especially the music.

Screenshots

The Pearl of Dawn - C64 - Title.png

The title screen. Dying to meet you.

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The quest begins and all I got is this slingshot.

The Pearl of Dawn - C64 - Herb.png

A herb? Ah!! Low flying witch!

The Pearl of Dawn - C64 - Castle.png

Can I enter that castle?

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Where does this lead to?

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This picture is worth 10 words.

Music

The title and ending songs are jolly, harmonic and while they feature many pop elements, a few flutey and warbling sounds convey a medieval theme.

The in-game music varies between dramatic and spooky and fits the pictures. There are no sound effects other than the chirping in Red Forest.

The driver is an optimized version of the one in Soundmonitor.

The titles are unofficial and based on the respective song's appearance in the game.

Recording

The music uses SID's built-in filter. Unfortunately, filters sound different on every SID chip, causing some notes to be muted or too loud if played on the wrong one. Altogether, the music sounds best in VICE 3.2 with the model 6581 (ReSID) and a filter bias of 250 and was recorded from the original game running on a such configuration, but it is unconfirmed how close it is to what the arranger heard.

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Jens Hansen 4:36
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02 Green Forest Jens Hansen 2:43
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03 Red Forest Jens Hansen 3:34
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04 Blue Forest Jens Hansen 2:58
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05 Castle Jens Hansen 8:04
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06 Dungeon Jens Hansen 2:53
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07 Game Over (Outdoors) Jens Hansen 0:10
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08 Game Over (Indoors) Jens Hansen 0:09
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09 Ending Jens Hansen 2:12
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Credits

(Source)

Game Rip

Format

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(Info)


Audio Devices

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

Releases

  Germany.svg   Germany
The Pearl of Dawn - C64 - Germany.jpg
Title: The Pearl of Dawn
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1992-05-??
Publisher: CP Verlag GmbH

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