C64 Month: P is for PASTFINDER!on August 19, 2016 at 6:35 am
To celebrate August being C64 Month, we’re writing about a different Commodore 64 game every day! Start from the beginning here!
Three things stick out in my mind when I think about Pastfinder.
A big part of the game, for me, was the map screen. You had to chart your own path through the radiated world, and each choice led to consequences for the difficulty of the level, chances of finding artifacts, and cost to your radiation meter. Having that freedom to explore felt so liberating and it had a big impact on every game I made. I wanted that feeling of being able to take on a game on your own terms wherever possible.
Finally – I had no idea the game got reviewed in Zzap! 64 well after I got the game! I was lured in by the cover. The colourful Activision branding instilled a sense of confidence (boy, those were the days, huh?), the screenshots looked fantastic, and I loved the idea of having another cartridge game so I could play the game quickly. For some reason, the “BY LUBAR” credit on the front was especially intriguing – who was Lubar? He must be a super famous game designer because people could recognise him by one name, I figured. Like Madonna or Prince!
Pastfinder’s the very definition of an under-rated classic in my mind. Very cleverly designed and expertly executed!
And hey! Why not have a comic about Pastfinder while we’re at it?