The Pearl of Dawn (C64)

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The Pearl of Dawn
Game On 6-92 - 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.


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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

Gate guardian? Giant gerbil? Gruff gnome?

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Where does this lead to?

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This picture is worth 10 words.


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. There are no sound effects other than those in the music itself. Green Forest and Blue Forest share a rhythmic 4-bar pattern towards their end.

The driver is an optimized version of the one in Soundmonitor. Green Forest uses the instruments of one of its example tunes, Holiday Morning, and the other outdoors songs use two of its bass instruments. All other instruments are unique creations.

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


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
02 Green Forest Jens Hansen 2:43
03 Red Forest Jens Hansen 3:34
04 Blue Forest Jens Hansen 2:58
05 Castle Jens Hansen 8:04
06 Dungeon Jens Hansen 2:53
07 Game Over (Outdoors) Jens Hansen 0:10
08 Game Over (Indoors) Jens Hansen 0:09
09 Ending Jens Hansen 2:12



Game Rip






The driver and the game include a rip protection, clearly made by the game programmer, which is Ulrich Scholz.

Audio Devices

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


  Germany.svg   Germany
Game On 6-92 - C64 - Germany.jpg
Title: Game On 6/92
Platform: Commodore 64
Released: 1992-05-15
Publisher: CP Verlag GmbH