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|Company||Cinematic Intuitive Dynamix|
|Genre||Adventure, RPG 3D|
|Gamemode||Single player |
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Newcomer is a RPG by Cinematic Intuitive Dynamix. The development time was 10 years and it is 7 disks long. Major sections of the game have lengthy animated cut scenes. The Game engine is very powerful and pushes the C64 to its limits.
Newcomer has the destinction of being the largest C64 game in terms of total disk count at the time of its release and may have had the longest development cycle of any professionally produced game.
The game is so huge that it can take weeks or even months to "beat." Even then you've only experienced one of several possible endings.
Neil is a newcomer to a prison island. Why is he here? Confusion, blurry images... jealousy! Now he remembers — he killed his unfaithful wife and her lover in a fit of rage. He is arrested for the crime. But something is wrong, as he wakes up on the island and not in a holding cell.
Original and Enhanced Edition
- PAL only.
- SpeedDOS and JiffyDOS supported.
- In the game you can meet more than 120 other characters. Each has its own portrait photo.
- Over 50 different areas with a total of 30 different graphic sets it to be explored!
- The game play is non-linar and there are no random
- Countless puzzles and problems that can be solved in several ways each!
- You can build a team of up to 6 people to muddle through this together on the island — or try it all alone.
- Over 80 great illustration images in the game capture the imagination.
- 14 disk sides, each 40-track format, with compressed data, which are extracted during the game.
- A fast and intelligent charging system ensures short recharging time and little disk change.
The Enhanced edition fixed a few glitches with the original version of the game. Nonetheless, Newcomer was beset by some compatibility issues. The most obvious was that it was entirely incompatible with a NTSC system due to timing issues. Second, the game code not only pushed the CPU and VIC — as many modern C64 games and demos do — but also pushed the SID extremely hard. While this would not damage a perfectly good SID the a partially failing SID a few burned out registers has been known to cause the game to crash. Also, modern storage options were not well supported out of the box by the game. This version of Newcomer is completely incompatible with the SuperCPU.
A re-release "Newcomer Ultimate Edition" is currently in development.
- NTSC and PAL support.
- 6581 and 8580 SID chips auto-detected and supported
- C128 in C64 mode auto-detected and 2MHz mode used to unpack data very quickly.
- SuperCPU 20MHz mode auto-detected and supported. Data unpacking is essencially instant on a Super CPU equiped system. No word on Turbo Chameleon 64 support.
- Support for modern storage solutions: CBM 1581 drives, CMD FD series drives, IDE64, SD2IEC, etc.
The Ultimate edition of Newcomer is being developed mostly to address compatibility issues with the game on NTSC machines, to auto-detect common hardware, and provide full support for modern storage and CPU solutions. Additionally, there will be a Hungarian language version of Newcomer Ultimate along side the English language version.
Newcomer is partly classic adventure and part RPG and contains situations and encounters that occur in these genres. The focus is on the interaction with a large and varied number of characters, exploring the game world, the development of a wide range of skills within the game as in real life, and solving complex puzzles and mysteries.
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- Offizielle Newcomer-Seite
- C64Games.de - Game No. 5210 Enhanced-v2 Version (incl. Manual)
- Lemon64 - Game No. 3866
- Gamebase64.com - Game No. 13182
- Video at YouTube (Intro)