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An exciting new 8-bit retro role-playing game (RPG) has been announced for WIndows PC’s, Apple Macs and classic Commodore 64/128 home computers.

Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous, a fantasy-based game inspired by the classic RPGs of the 1980s, is the subject of a new Kickstarter campaign and remarkably, with just 11 days to go, has so far received pledges of $77,462 from 701 backers.

According to developers Stirring Dragon Games, “Unknown Realm: The Siege Perilous is designed in the spirit of classic RPGs such as Ultima & Bard’s Tale. Boasting a size of 16Mbits, it is the largest 8-bit RPG to be made on cartridge (Commodore 64/128 NTSC/Pal compatible) ever. Crowdfunding began on Kickstarter on 15 December 2016 and concludes on 18 January 2017.”


They describe the game as:

  • Open-world, exploration focused
  • Turn-Based, Western-style
  • Intelligent NPCs
  • Big Box RPG physical edition with cloth map, game manuals, etc
  • Largest 8-bit RPG on cartridge
  • Custom C64 cartridge
  • Custom platform for modern systems delivers a true retro experience
  • In-game hybrid soundtrack toggles between 8-bit and modern music
Unknown Realm combat animation
Unknown Realm combat animation

System requirements are:

  • Commodore 64/128 (NTSC/PAL)
  • Windows XP and above
  • MacOS X 10.5 and above

On current estimates the game is projected to be released in December 2017.

The ziplock bag edition.
The ziplock bag edition. There is also a collectors’ box edition planned.

Stirring Dragon Games is the husband-and-wife team of veteran game developer Bruce Gottlieb and his wife Laura.

They say: “We are currently making an authentic 8-bit fantasy role-playing game inspired by the classic RPGs of the 80s. Our goal is to make games that synergize classic gaming aesthetics with modern sensibilities. We are big fans of old school 80’s game companies like Infocom, Origin, and Sierra and we want to bring back that quintessential 80’s gaming experience, including all the feelies!”

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The game certainly looks like a whole lot of old-school fun, and we’d love to review it in Retro Computing News when it’s ready!

For further information including numerous rewards options and stretch goals, check out the Kickstarter campaign page and the developer’s website: http://www.stirringdragon.games/


Image note Pictures courtesy Stirring Dragon Games. This game is a work-in-progress, and the developer states that all artwork is subject to change and will be updated on their website periodically with the latest images.