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Heroes & Cowards for PC, Mac and C64!
Written by Volker Rust

Finally for sale everywhere: „Heroes & Cowards – The Pentagram Of Power“ as a digital download for PC, Mac and C64 – the premium edition even includes the entire mastered soundtrack complete with bonus tracks.


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Welcome back to Dartenwood!
Written by Volker Rust


After the first batch of Heroes & Cowards has sold out in no time, the game is finally available again at Protovision shop. Once more, we’re talking limited stock – visiting our shop as soon as possible is thus very much recommended to all lovers of humorous graphic adventures in elaborately designed boxes!

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Written by JTR

intro3Some of you might have noticed: the shop was temporarily closed, because we have shifted the distribution to Jakob Voos and had to ship all our stock through Germany by post.

Now the shop is up and running again!

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The original D42-Adventure System mug – now available!
Written by Volker Rust

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You’re still coming up with ideas for your first very own adventure, waiting for the adventurer’s muse to kiss you?

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Ta-dah, here you go, spicing and sweetening up your coffee!
Get your original retro D42-Adventure System mug – available now online at Protovision Shop in small amounts only.

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A brand new release for your Commodore 64: Heroes & Cowards – The Pentagram of Power
Written by Volker Rust

Finally it’s here: the Byteriders‘ Heroes & Cowards sees the light of the day on the C64! There will be two different boxed editions which will be available immediately!

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The Hero-Edition will be the more luxurious of this lost Byteriders adventure. A unique edition limited to 50 copies, the game on disk does not only come in a classy, hand-numbered steel box including an extensive handbook and a keychain but also provides you with Dartenwood’s citizenship of honor. This does include a sealed certificate, the game’s digitally mastered soundtrack album on CD with additional tracks and the precious pentagram amulet with the sorcerers‘ five magic gems.

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The more economical standard edition (the so-called Coward-Editon) comes in a classy steel box with manual, disk and keychain, too. Alas, you will have to do without Dartenwood’s citizenship of honor as well as the soundtrack album and the amulet.

The limited 50 copies of the luxurious Hero-Edition will be sold for 55 Euros, the Coward-Edition will be as cheap as 35 Euros. Due to the elaborate production, not all copies of the limited editions will be immediately available in the shop. We will keep restocking.

Ascetics who can do without haptics will have to wait another two weeks until the digital release. In return, digital money savers will have the choice between a Standard-Download including a D64 image and the handbook in PDF format and a digital Premium-Download for the first time. The latter will additionally include the mastered digital soundtrack album in MP3 format and some exclusive bonus tracks for the game with a playing time of more than 50 minutes.

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New Protovision members
Written by JTR

We are proud to say that we are growing again in terms of members – our newest members are the professional Musician Jan Harries, who has composed Music for the C64 since the „golden ages“ of the 80s‘ and David Ludwig, who is a producer of retro focussed merchandise and print products.

In case you’d like to join in, don’t hesitate and contact us!

We’re a bunch of enthusiasts and everything we do is without pay and we we do it just because we love the Commodore 64 computer.

WHAT? We don’t earn money!? We must be totally crazy!
True, true… and we would be delighted if YOU would be just as crazy and join us!!

What do we need?

Social Media Master
A social media master carries the black belt for social media communication. Whenever there is something to say, he kicks the news out hard against all kinds of social platforms.

Your profile:

  • you like to post to facebook and twitter, and maybe more (depends on you)you like to communicate on the net

Your tasks:

  • We throw news at you and you publish them to at least FB, but in the best case also twitter or any blogs or forums you like. If we write the news in a lame way, you may polish them up, and you will compile the news until we have a big enough pile for a newsletter. You always know what will be in the next newsletter, because you own it.
    You hunt down other cool sites/users with a quest to LIKE them or to ask them to crosslink with us.
    In case we have smashing news, i.e. a new cool game is out, you contact review sites or mags and inform them about the game and its features.

A translator does, well, translate!

Your profile:

  • you are fluent in English and German
  • you keep your promises

Your tasks:

  • any kind of German-English or English-German translations. We have small tasks like translating emails or news, but we also have bigger tasks like translating an entire game or manual.

C64 Graphician
A C64 graphician is a pixel artist and loves to play around with bitmaps, chars and sprites.

Your profile:

  • You know what a pixel is and you are not afraid to use it

Your tasks:

  • you make our games looks wonderful: ingame graphics are usually in charset mode, title pictures usually multicolour bitmap, and we also neeeeeeed sprites.

C64 Coder
Our coders are all busy bees working on their own projects. However, we a) want more projects and b) we have some unfinished games from people who gave them to us in the hope we might finish them up one day, but nobody has has the time to care about these fine games. Apart from game projects, we sometimes also do demos or collections or so. All this needs to be coded. By C64 coders. In case you want to distribute your game via Protovision (and in case we want that, too), we will finance all production costs and you will earn money from every copy sold. You’ll receive whatever is left when we deduct taxes, PayPal fees, production costs and 3 Euros that we take for general other costs. It’s up to you if and how you will further distribute the money within your dev team.

Your profile:

  • You know what an opcode is any you are not afraid to use it in cycles.

Your tasks:

  • game coding
  • any kind of coding

A hunter hunts heads or tails. Heads: a hunter helps us to find people who could fulfill any of the above roles. Tails: We are of course always in search for cool new C64 soft- & hardware, so you may want to help us find new C64 products that would fit in with our online store. However, quality trumps quantity. We are not interested in SEUCKs or low quality games in general, we only want to offer what we think it worth the money.

Your profile:

  • you are a hunter

Your tasks:

  • you hunt

…as you can see, there are plenty of very different tasks that are impatiently waiting for you to fulfill them! So if you WANT to help us, you can. Yes you can.


Heroes & Cowards on Gamescom
Written by JTR

The brand new adventure game from Byteriders and Out of Order Softworks will finally be released: on Gamescom!

Out of Order Softworks will have their own glorious booth and will await you in hall 10.2, so be sure to drop them a visit and be one of the first proud owners of the splendid Heroes & Cowards adventure!

Heroes & Cowards will also be available from the Protovision online shop a few weeks after Gamescom.

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Scene news: Jam It released
Written by JTR

A new and fine game for the Protovision 4 Player Interface was released recently: Jam It is a basketball simulation game in the style of epic sports games. The game features a clever basketball steering and stunning CPU players that you can compete against if you do not have 4 real players at hand.

Our musician Joachim „Yogibear“ Wijnhoven together with Roland Hermans has created the loader tune for Jam It!

Grab your copy of Jam It from here:


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Be there at the big release party of the new Byteriders adventure „Heroes & Cowards“!
Written by Volker Rust

On Friday, August 7th, 2015 we’ll celebrate the release of the new C64 graphic adventure „Heroes & Cowards“ together with the lads of Adventure Treff.
In the nice and cozy atmosphere of Poller Strandbar in Cologne we’ll read out parts of the Byteriders’ last will and testament – and then present to you the lost gem in proper style on a golden C64!
All interested aficionados of adventures and the C64 are hereby cordially invited!
We’re expecting a couple of VIPs from today’s C64 scene as well as from back in the days, such as Ron Gilbert, Chris Hülsbeck and Andreas Escher.
Needless to say, you are also granted admission without tickets for gamescom.
Doors are 5pm. Address: Alfred-Schütte-Allee 34, 51105 Köln.
We’re looking forward to your visit!

Adventure Treff Party 2015

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Metamorphosis, Part 2: Sam in Black
Written by Knights of Bytes

Remember Sam’s transformation into a pirate? That was certainly very cool, but there’s more! Let’s see what the black suit has in stock for our hero…

Sam in Black: Sneaking around on Velvet Paws
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In today’s video, Sam will experience the powers of another special item, the black suit. Equipped with a very firm grip, our hero can perform sneak attacks and advance to formerly unreachable regions!

Pirate Sam discovered a black suit      Ninja Sam having a firm grip on the wall     Jumping up the walls

Sam will be starring in Sam’s Journey, a brand-new original scrolling platform game for the Commodore 64 with huge levels to be explored, hidden items to be found and secret passages to be discovered.

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