We are indeed living the golden era of retro computing and retro gaming. The retro gaming enthusiast has already access to great brand-new titles through the likes of RGCD and Psytronik, to mention only a couple of well-established publishers.
Now, the Portuguese and Brazilian markets have also an option to buy locally produced content – Bitnamic Software, a joint-venture of Marcus Garrett (Brazil) and Felipe Veiga (Portugal) aims to release software for the ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Apple II, TRS-80 I/III. CoCo, Amiga and MSX. The catalogue will include both brand-new games and re-releases of old games.
The first release is Em busca dos Tesouros (literally, In search of the treasure), ZX-81 title created by the programmer Tadeu Curinga da Silva in 1985 when he was only 16 years old. At the time, Micro Sistemas magazine sold the game by in cassette tape or a printed listing, but due to limited resources, the game never had the sales it deserved.
The game, similar to the other ZX-81 commercial titles, shows blocky but charming graphics and the Pitfall-like mechanics promise hours of fun. The cassette will contain the original version ready to run on any ZX-81 with 16Kb of RAM and also an improved version with background music and sound effects, requiring an expanded machine, with AY audio chip and more RAM, like what the hardware upgrade ZXpand offers.
Bitnamic re-releasing the game, but now with a much better presentation, including a very well-made box, a game manual in colour and cassette tape professionally produced. The 24-pages illustrated manual will contain character descriptions, back story and tips, always full of humour and clever puns for the character and location’s names.
The publisher is planning to release many other games, new and re-releases, next year. All titles will follow the first title trend, with box, manuals and other perks that should please any game collector.
To give the venture a remarkable start, there will be an event in Sao Paulo where the game will be presented and a competition with prizes will take place. Bitnamic is working to bring the author as well, but that’s not confirmed.
As mentioned before, Bitnamic will also commercialize brand-new games and the first title in that category, still being developed, is Hallowitch, a horror illustrated text-adventure game for the ZX Spectrum set to be released in the first semester of 2020.
I want to sell my game, too!
Marcus also mentions that he’s open to hearing from any developer that has a game and want to see it for sale. Although the publisher is primarily targetting the Portuguese-speaking market, it is not restricted to that so games from any part of the world are welcome.
You can use the Bitnamic Facebook page linked below to contact Marcus about published games or to pitch your own.
Link: Bitnamic on Facebook