Category Archives: Commodore64

News for March 2013

Here is a long overdue update on what I’m working on and whats new.

1. This site will be getting a new look (hopefully soon), and as such I have registered a new domain http://DNA64.net.

2. I’ve setup an official YouTube Channel! (Finally!), unfortunately someone took my username just before I could secure it, so here is my channel under it’s official name… https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOriginalDNA64

3. I’ve been working hard on hacking Clash of Clans and have had great success all of which will be revealed when I have exploited the hell of it ;P

4. I’ve updated Blizzard, a downloadable tutorial/zip package I wrote to help users with no Wi-Fi on their iPhone 3G/3Gs unlock using Ultrasn0w. Official Post: http://modmyi.com/forums/general/770723-cant-install-ultrasn0w-after-jailbreak-2.html#post6441554 (I’ll move this eventually..)

5. I’ve been requested by several users to update the C64 GamePacks, I am working on this, sorry for the delay!

6. Someone asked me to update my “Lemon Aid” script, I will see what I can do.

7. I have lot’s of projects in the works involving a few Raspberry Pi’s, more on that in the near future.

8. I purchased a Nintendo VS. Unisystem Cabinet long ago and haven’t found time to work on it, sad really because I had great plans for it.

9. I’m modding two iCade’s, they’ve been sitting around for months unfinished so hopefully I can get around to those soon and show them off.

10. I picked up a SNES Top Fighter Arcade stick and have a few ideas for it, I’ll probably replace the switches, and have already done the buttons which I swapped out into an iCade. Maybe I’ll make it work with iOS or perhaps stick a Raspberry Pi inside 😉

11. I picked up a Teddy Ruxpin and will be repairing his head which is not working. I may or may not make him remote/blutooth controlled.

That’s pretty much all I care to share for now. Stay tuned to Twitter and Subscribe to my YouTube for the latest updates.

Cheers!

Unlocking Hidden Games in the C64.app

JAILBREAK OPTIONAL 🙂
If your device is Jailbroken you’ll find it much easier to use my FreePlay64 Program available in Cydia from my Repo. You can also unlock and install individual games from my repo as well once I finish uploading the packages.

The following Guide will help you to install hidden games already included in the C64.app.
These games are in double zipped packages and multiple folders. We will need to extract the contents of the zips and move some files into the main folder and optionally enable the keyboard by editing the gameInfo.plist included in the package. You can enable/disable the keyboard in the settings.

This guide has been tested on a Non-Jailbroken iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s with the latest C64.app (v2.2.10) and iOS 5.0. Please report any issues if any with other iDevices, Thank you.

Unlocking Hidden Games in the C64.app
Guide by: DNA (AKA DNA64) 01/02/2012

First off, let’s make sure you have all the tools necessary to perform the preceding tasks.

iExplorer (MAC & PC) – FREE (Needed to Read/Write files to your iDevice)
iExplorer, formerly called iPhone Explorer, lets you use an iPhone or iPad in disk mode, like a flash drive. iExplorer is an iPhone browser or iPad file explorer that runs on Mac & PC that lets you browse the files and folders on your iPhone as if it were a normal USB flash drive or pen drive. You can use the easy drag-and-drop methods to add or remove files and folders from the iPhone.
http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/

7-Zip (Mac, PC & More!) – FREE (Needed to Extract .zip files)
7-Zip is a open source file archiver with a high compression ratio.
http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

 (In simple terms for those of you that think like myself, simply extract the packages and move the images into the main folder containing the rom image, then drag and drop it into: “C64C64.appgames” using iExplorer. You may need to restart before the games show up.)

To Begin:
Connect your iDevice to your system and open iExplorer.

Click on the iDevice listed that you want to connect to in order to expand the menu and then click on “Apps” and find “C64” then “C64.app”. Now scroll down the list until you find the zipped game packs. (Example: com.manomio.C64.airwolf.zip) Create a new folder on your Desktop called “games” Select all the games packs you want to install and drag them to the games folder you just created on your Desktop. Now extract these zip packages, for example extracting the Airwolf file listed just above would give you a new folder named “com.manomio.C64.airwolf“. Looking in this folder we can see two files, “airwolf.sign” and “airwolf.zip“. The *.sign file isn’t needed so you can go ahead and delete this for all the games. Now extract the “airwolf.zip” and you’ll have a new folder called “airwolf”, inside that folder are two more folders, “Airwolf” and “images”. Copy everything from within the “images” folder to the main game folder, in this case “Airwolf”. Now Drag & Drop this folder back into iExplorer in the following directory: “C64C64.appgames”. Just repeat these steps for all the games you want to install and then launch the C64.app & Enjoy! (Make sure the app isn’t running in the background, if it is, kill it, and re-open it to see the newly added games, or just reboot your iDevice.)

Fin.

For those of you that prefer a step by step guide you can use the following.

Step 1:
Connect your iDevice and launch iExplorer (Link Above)

Step 2:
Click on the iDevice listed that you want to connect to in order to expand the menu and then click on “Apps” and find “C64” then “C64.app”. Now scroll down the list until you find the zipped game packs. (Example: com.manomio.C64.airwolf.zip)

Step 3:
Create a new folder on your Desktop called “games”.

Step 4:
Select all the games packs you want to install and drag them to the games folder you just created on your Desktop.

Step 5:
Now extract these zip packages, for example extracting the Airwolf file listed above in step 2 would give you a new folder named “com.manomio.C64.airwolf“.

Step 6:
Looking in this folder we can see two files, “airwolf.sign” and “airwolf.zip“. The *.sign file isn’t needed so you can go ahead and delete this for all the games.

Step 7:
Now extract the “airwolf.zip” and you’ll have a new folder called “airwolf”, inside that folder are two more folders, “Airwolf” and “images”.

Step 8:
Copy everything from within the “images” folder to the main game folder, in this case “Airwolf”.

Step 9:
Now Drag & Drop this folder back into iExplorer in the following directory: “C64C64.appgames”.

Step 10:
Just repeat these steps for all the games you want to install and then launch the C64.app & Enjoy! (Make sure the app isn’t running in the background, if it is, kill it, and re-open it to see the newly added games, or just reboot your iDevice.)

The Games changed

UPDATE: I previously listed several games as new, they were not, my apologies. Corrections have been made.

The previous release of FreePlay64 unlocked the following hidden games (Games in bold are missing from the current release):

– Alleykat
– Armalyte
– Boulder Dash II
– Bruce Lee
– Buggy Boy
– Cybernoid
– Cybernoid II
– Druid
– Eliminator
– Bristles
– Panic Button
– Flip & Flop
– Millenium Warriors
– Hunter’s Moon
– International Karate
– KikStart
– Kik-Start II
– Microprose Soccer
– Mancopter
– Nebulus
– O’Rileys Mine
– Paradroid
– Snare
– Space Taxi
– Stormlord
– Summer Camp
– Super Pipeline
– Super Pipeline II
– The Last Ninja
– The Last Ninja 2
– The Last Ninja 3
– Trailblazer
– Uridium
– Wizball

The new 2.2.10 build of the C64.app for iOS includes the following hidden games:

  • Air Wolf
  • Alley Kat
  • Armalyte
  • Attack of the Mutant Camels
  • Bomb Jack 2
  • Boulder Dash 2
  • Bozos Night Out
  • Buggy Boy
  • Cybernoid
  • Cybernoid 2
  • Druid
  • Eliminator
  • Express Raider
  • First Star Bundle 1  (Bristles + Panic Button)
  • First Star Bundle 2 (Flip & Flop + Millennium Warriors)
  • Heatseeker
  • Hover Bovver
  • Hunter’s Moon
  • Ikari Warriors
  • International Karate
  • Iridis Alpha
  • Kikstart
  • Kikstart 2
  • Laser Squad
  • Microprose Soccer
  • Nebulus
  • Paradroid
  • Samurai Warrior
  • Snare
  • Space Taxi
  • Storm Lord
  • Summer Camp
  • Super Pipe Line
  • Super Pipe Line 2
  • The Last Ninja 1
  • The Last Ninja 2
  • The Last Ninja 3
  • Trailblazer
  • Uridium
  • Wizball

*Since the last build of FreePlay64

I’ve also noticed a few games that went MIA (Bruce Lee, O’Riley’s Mine, and Paperboy which I can’t recall if it was previously available at cost, free or at all) and in fact are subject to my investigation into a new .plist discovered (inactiveGames.plist) which lists these three games. The list is generated on first launch, and may have something to do with another plist that checks for Disabled ID’s.

C64.app ver 2.2.10

As you may have already read on my twitter posting, I have installed the latest version of the C64.app on my iPhone 4s.

After some poking around the apps filesystem I have noticed a few things that need to be checked out (Disabled ID Checks & Inactive Games), so I’ll be investigating those and getting back to you with my findings. I’ll also be updating FreePlay64 (Available from my Repo) for this latest build. For those of you without a Jailbreak, I will post a guide on how you can unlock all your games without needing to Jailbreak.

Release: FreePlay64 for iOS

I have just released “FreePlay64” on my Temporary Repository (Link Below).

FreePlay64 is an App available from my Cydia repository that will install 31 Games into the Commodore 64 App for iOS.

These games are actually already located in the C64 Directory, this utility will extract and install each game as they were originally designed to be played, unmodified. I may decided to release a modified package with full Keyboard support in the future if there’s enough interest in such.

I will release these as individual packages soon for those of you that don’t want to install all of them.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you delete and re-install the Commodore 64 App before installing this package to avoid any conflicts or errors. Once you have re-installed C64, just tap the “FreePlay64” Icon on your springboard and once it finishes the installation it will automatically close and then you may safely remove the “FreePlay64” icon from your screen if using Cydelete, or via Cydia > Manage > Packages > FreePlay64.

I have quite a few projects going at the moment so be sure to follow me on Twitter for updates when those are released. I’m working on other emulators and apps as well.

Repository IconTemporary Repository: http://cydia.myrepospace.com/DNA64/
Details: I’m doing some much needed updating and maintenance on my official Cydia repository, so until further notice the above repository will contain all future releases.

Please install it via Cydia.
You can click HERE if browsing on your iOS Device.

NO Jailbreak?
Download iPhone Explorer (PC & MAC): http://www.macroplant.com/iphoneexplorer/
(Thanks to JeFurry for pointing out that non-jailbroken users can install packages using the above software.)

Step 1.
Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your PC or Mac and launch iPhone Explorer (Download link posted above).

Step 2.
Select your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch from the list and goto Apps > C64 > C64.app
You will see a series of files ending in .zip like this “com.manomio.C64.airwolf.zip”.
Drag and Drop all of the .zip files to a location on your PC or Mac, and extract them all.

Step 3.
Inside the extracted zip files folders you will find another .zip file.
Example: “airwolf.zip” and a .sign file “airwolf.sign”. (You can delete the .sign file.)

Extract this .zip file and you will see two folders inside.
Example: Airwolf & Images
Copy all images in the images folder to the other folder (Airwolf in this example).

Step 4.
Now copy the other folder (Airwolf in this example) to the “games” folder in Apps > C64 > C64.app/.

Step 5.
Open up the C64 app and your new game will appear. Else you did something wrong or the app was running in the background (Reboot).

C64-v2.1_GAMEPACK-SAMPLER_iOS_[DNA64]

It’s been so long since I released a GamePack I didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer so here is a “Sampler” you play with until I sort out things.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Included Games:

  1. 1942
  2. Astroblitz
  3. Aztec Challenge
  4. Barbarian
  5. Fort Apocalypse
  6. Gyruss
  7. HeMan
  8. Hero
  9. Jungle Hunt
  10. One on One
  11. Pitfall
  12. Renegade
  13. Spy Hunter
  14. Spy vs Spy
  15. Transformers
  16. Wonderboy

Basic Installation Instructions:
(Tested on version 2.1 of the Commodore 64 App for iOS)

Navigate into the following Directory
“/private/var/mobile/Applications/[GUID]/C64.app/games/”
Copy the extracted folders from the downloaded zip file into the games folder at the location above on your iDevice. Open the C64.app and enjoy!

[GUID] = The Apps Unique GUID. Just browse till you find it or grab my tool from here to find it if you have a few hundred apps installed.

If they don’t show up close the C64.app and make sure to kill the running background process (or Reboot), then re-open the app.

Questions? Comments?

C64 GamePack for Version 2.1 Delayed

This is just a small update to do with the updated C64 GamePack release I’m working on for 2.1.

The delay in releasing a GamePack is due to some changes in the app and the way it handles loading the “.D64” images. Previously I mentioned you could just clear the old “.state” file reference from the GameInfo.plist, but that no longer works, and providing a false “.state” file and selecting no to “Resume previous game?” still results in the error. Even removing the “InitialState” reference from the “GameInfo.plist” has no effect.

So rather then delaying a release any further I’ll be excluding any “.D64” games from the releases until I can sort out the issue with the “.state” files. Don’t worry I have ideas, it will just take some time.

The first release will be in the form of a simple download link, you’ll have to ssh the files or use a iPhone file system browser to transfer the files to the games folder in the C64.app directory. Cydia package to follow at a later date.