Wizball live at the church

This blew me away the first time I heard it. The title tune of classic C64 game Wizball recreated by Reyn Ouwehand. You could watch the embedded movie, but for the full stereo HD experience take a look at the high quality version on Youtube. Reyn explains why he did it:

I also play this track in my C64 live-set but then I got some beats and the arpeggios coming out of Ableton Live. During the live show I couldn’t get Ableton to work and it kept on crashing on me and then Leoni challenged me to do it acoustically without the computer. And so I did….

Truth be told I never got too far in Wizball. It’s a strange shoot-em-up that has many fans and I’m strangely intrigued by it.

There’s even a remake of Wizball for the Mac and Windows. I’ve played it on the Mac and it’s brilliant. The title tune (by Infamous is spot on, graphics are stunning, and gameplay is as I remember it. Very odd and just a bit frustrating and hard.

You can read more about Wizball here or even download the original game on the Commodore 64 too.

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10 thoughts on “Wizball live at the church”

  1. Downloading it as I write!

    You’re right about the bipolar relationship many people have with it. When I picked it up originally (it was the second game I ever bought for the C64), I hated it initially until I eventually played it as a two-player Wizball/Nifta co-op with my sister. That’s when the game finally clicked for me.

  2. That’s a bit of a coincidence. For some reason I had the theme song of Yie ar Kung Fu going around in my head. Turns out it’s the same composer.

    Anyway you can get all the C64 SID songs from http://www.hvsc.c64.org/ including Martin Galway’s.

    Don’t forget to download a player for them!

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