GTW (Games that Weren’t) is always one of our favourite C64 websites, with pristine work recovering information about games that never got released, and making all the effort to make them see the light of the day. Sometimes, long years of research pay out. They just recently announced that ‘Daffy Duck – And The Great Paint Caper’ is now available to download for free!, after being recovered in PDS Source and reconstructed over the past month.
The game, developed by a company called Hi-Tec was first seen in a review on August 1992 issue of Zzap 64. The magazine review the game with a 94% score, which for sure got the readers excited and looking forward to buy the game. The game never hit the shelves, due to the fact that Hi-Tec went out of business before the game reached the mastering stage.
GTW’s ‘Daffy Duck’ dedicated page tells the epic journey that started 18 years ago.
“Since GTW started life as a magazine article in Commodore Zone back in 1997 – one of the very first titles that became top of the search list was Daffy Duck. “
The article explains that finally in 2014, the person responsible for the game’s graphics, Ashley Routledge was contacted again for a new article that was being written for GTW. During the conversation he mentioned that he still had all the C64 disks. GTW then offered to digitally preserve their contents, and they believe that they had a good chance to see at least the graphics assets or a demo of the game among the files buried in the old disks. After going to meet Ashley in person, GTW crew found a set of disks containing the complete PDS source code for Daffy Duck! I can only imagine the hype and excitement that they felt that day!
To resume the story (which you should read in full on GTW’s website), since August the game has been reconstructed by the Onslaught crew from the source code and it is finally available for your enjoyment. If you are far from your C64 or emulator, watch the video below for a teaser!