Last update of C64 Emulator for the iPhone brings… cracked games? WTF?
Aaaaah, I remember the good old times when I was a little child playing with my Commodore 64! There was no serious copyright law here in Italy, and you could go to your local newsagent and buy cassettes with 30 or more games for your beloved home computer. Their names were altered and some of them would not include all the levels, but most of them were fully playable… and it was a lot of fun. It was piracy, a bad thing, but I was a child and I didn’t know…
Manomio‘s C64 emulator for the iPhone is a nice app that brings back the memories of those days. The touch screen virtual joystick is simply not adequate for frantic games such as Uridium, but still if you have ever experienced the magic of the C64 era you won’t be disappointed. It’s based on Frodo, a popular open source emulator that runs on a plethora of different operating systems.
The app provides an in-app store for purchasing old Commodore 64 glories, as well as a bunch of games to download for free. One of them is Bozo’s Night Out, where you have to safely bring back home a drunk guy. The strange thing is that Manomio is distributing a cracked rom with his emulator, as you can read from the intro screen:
CRACKED ANNO DOMINI 1984 BY THE PHANTOMS
This is quite strange… did somebody at Apple or Manomio miss this one?
The C64 emulator for the iPhone has had a very hard time in his way to the Apple Store: it was approved, then removed due to the presence of C64 Basic, then this feature was killed and the app was put back on the store. If you like the app as I do, just hope that this cracked rom won’t bring other problems to Manomio, considering the fact that stuff like Buggy Boy, Last Ninja and International Karate will be available in the in-app store very soon.
UPDATE: Stuart Carnie of Manomio clarified the situation:
We have been through this before, often our licensors do not have access to the original games, so we must source them from the web, at their advice. You can be assured these are all legitimately licensed.
That’s it! Just imagine how many games would be lost forever without cassettes/disk/rom dumps… sometimes it’s just about preservation, rather than piracy.
Keep up the good work guys!