Commodore 64 3D Engine Includes Parallax Scrolling

What you see in the video below is impressive on many levels. For one, this is running on a Commodore 64. Yeah, that computer released in August 1982, doing that math that is a long time ago. While this demo may not be all that impressive when you compare it to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, it is a standout on the platform.

Glitchy but impressive

Yeah, this demo is a little glitchy but seriously, this is on a computer that was released in the early 80’s. Many gamers back then were doing good to be playing on a color television. It is also an 8-bit computer that is not known for being a powerhouse in the graphics department. That is why the parallax scrolling is impressive here. I know, other C64 games featured multiple layers in the backgrounds but they are few and far between.

This is a demo that could ultimately go nowhere

As with most demos this one can end up not going anywhere. That is just the nature of the beast. One reason I have seen developers give for dropping a demo and not fleshing it out more was lack of support. That is why I am writing this – to help drum up support for Rhys Clatworthy’s engine. The point is to show Clatworthy that fans are out there for this stuff and want to see it fleshed out to become something more.

Where this demo could go

Imagine a run and jump title or a run and gun using this engine. What about a side scrolling shooter like Gradius or Thunder Force III? The engine is showing great merit already, just add some stylized backgrounds, some enemies, and a playable character with abilities and see where it ends up.

Engines are just the beginning of great games. Clatworthy certainly has an interesting engine so most of the hard work is being tackled early. They admit there are some rough edges to work on but this being an early build, I can understand that.

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6 thoughts on “Commodore 64 3D Engine Includes Parallax Scrolling

  1. Joseph Dewey July 28, 2019 at 7:36 am

    So cool! I love the Commodore 64. I’m excited! This is a great article too. Great job explaining what makes this cool and unique.

    1. Carl Williams August 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Joseph, for the comment. It is exciting seeing what people are doing with the Commodore 64 all these years later.

  2. bjond July 28, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Which game engine? Isn’t this just a hard coded test? There is nothing being rendered real-time here but pre-selected chunks of chars, if I’m not mistaken.

    1. Carl Williams August 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Still cool effect.

  3. Bigchef July 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    It’s not a 3d engine , it’s two razsterized scrolling layers . Clueless

    1. Carl Williams August 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      My apologies for being a writer and not possessing the ability to dissect game code by looking at a video. I will make sure to work on perfecting that ability for future articles.

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