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In this section, you will find a collection of software specifically arranged for use on RetroGames' TheC64 and TheC64Mini consoles. I have also provided links to other related information that I have created and posted elsewhere on my blog. To use these programs/games on your C64Mini or TheC64, just unpack the zip files on to your USB storage device and you're good to go!

Here's a link to my initial review of TheC64Mini, when I first got mine back in 2018 (with a few updates done more recently): I Join The Mini Revolution

I hope you find this information useful and helps make your experience with these charming consoles more enjoyable.

Blank Disks

If you are looking for blank disk images, with which you can use to store your own programs that you write with TheC64 or TheC64Mini, here are three disk images you can use. The .D64 is a standard disk-type that is used with a 1541 or 1541-II model disk drives. The .D71 is the disk type that is used with a model 1571 disk drive, which is typically used with a C128. And then there's a .D81 disk that is used with the model 1581 disk drive, which uses 3½“ floppy disks.

empty1541.d64 (664 BLOCKS FREE)
empty1571.d71 (1328 BLOCKS FREE)
empty1581.d81 (3160 BLOCKS FREE)

Disk Packages

Productivity Software

These software titles have been specifically chosen for use on the full size TheC64 console. However, they can be used just as well on TheC64Mini, but it is strongly recommended that you have a USB keyboard plugged in to the unit to work efficiently.

Name File Detail Information
64GameLogger 64GameLogger.zip Record your video gaming accomplishments and hi-scores. A more detailed review of 64GameLogger is available, HERE.
Calc Calc.zip More about Calc can be found on my blog, HERE. The disk comes with many spreadsheets to experiment with.
Christmas Cantata Christmas_Cantata.zip Turn your C64Mini into a jukebox containing over twenty minutes of classic Christmas music and a festive 8-bit slideshow. The joystick has been configured as follows: Up=P (change picture), Right=M (change music), Left=W (show words), Down=Q (quit).
Digital Clock digital clock.zip Here is a simple program to turn TheC64 into a digital alarm clock. For TheC64Mini, the joystick is configured as follows: Left Fire=RETURN, TL=<, TR=>.
File Cabinet File Cabinet.zip More about File Cabinet can be found on my blog, HERE. There are two disk images in this Zip file. Begin by loading the disk in the “program” folder. Do a save state via TheC64 joystick, then exit and load the disk image in the “data” folder. Restore the save state you just made and continue with the program. You will not need to “initialize” a new data disk, as I've already done this for you. Just begin creating your databases. I've included one in the data disk, called GAMES, to start you off.
GEOS 64 geos64.zip GEOS64, configured to run on TheC64Mini. Instructions on how to set these files up on your system can be found, here.
Music Shop Musicshop.zip A really well done music editor and player, with lots of controls and settings for making your music sound great!
Secure Diary Secure Diary.zip This is a password protected daily diary, which you can use to record just about anything. To unlock the diary, use the password ZENYATTA. Once unlocked, you can change the password to what ever you wish. F1 returns you to the Main Menu, F3 blanks the screen (for privacy), F5 and F7 moves you forward and back between pages.
SIDPlay64 sidplay64.zip A SID player with an assortment of SID files for you to enjoy, on TheC64.
TurboCalc64 Turbocalc.zip More about TurboCalc can be found on my blog, HERE. I've included a spreadsheet named H.BUDGET to get you started.
BASIC Add-ons The Basics.d64 If you decide to “get your hands dirty” and use TheC64/Mini to learn some programming in BASIC, you may find this collection of BASIC enhancements useful. You can use these tools to make Commodore BASIC 2.0 a little more robust and easier to code. Link to Article

Games

These games have been configured specifically for use on the TheC64Mini. Multi-disk games have been arranged in a folder structure that allows you to swap disks when required. They also have been configured to work with TheC64 Joystick; refer to the table below for the button assigned layout. And don't forget to check out my archive of NTSC-specific and PRG games!

Name File Detail Information
A.C.E. ace.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, TL=M, TR=F1, BUTTON A=Commodore Key, BUTTON B=Space Bar, BUTTON C=U. You can find out what these controls do by visiting my game instructions page HERE.
Addams Family Addams_Family.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, TL=Space Bar, TR=RETURN, BUTTON A=Y, BUTTON B=N
Aliens The Computer Game aliens.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, FIRE RIGHT=F1, TL=Run/Stop, TR=Restore, BUTTON A=F3, BUTTON B=F5, BUTTON C=F7
Crossfire crossfire.zip Joystick configured as follows: Joystick Port 2, TL=Run/Stop, TR=F7, BUTTON A=F1, BUTTON B=F3, BUTTON C=F5
Deliverance / Stormlord II Deliverance.zip Deliverance / Stormlord II arranged for playing on TheC64Mini.
Frogger frogger.zip Joystick configured as follows: UP=I, DOWN=M, LEFT=J, RIGHT=K, TL=Run/Stop, TR=Space Bar, BUTTON A=Run/Stop, BUTTON B=F1, BUTTON C=F7. When the game starts it will ask you to define your keys; just press the corresponding direction on your joystick and the proper keys will be mapped.
Night Mission Pinball Nightmissionmini.zip Night Mission Pinball, with joystick mapping for playing on TheC64Mini. Follow these instructions
Not the Giana Sisters Not the giana sisters.zip A platformer game that's not The Great Giana Sisters.
Pegasis Pegasis.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, FIRE RIGHT=FIRE, TL=Space Bar, TR=RETURN, BUTTON A=F1, BUTTON B=1, BUTTON C=2.
Project Space Station projecspace station.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, FIRE RIGHT=Space Bar, TL=F1, TR=F7, BUTTON A=C, BUTTON B=R, BUTTON C=S. You can find out what these controls mean by visiting my game instructions page HERE.
Rescue on Fractalus Rescue on fractalus.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT=FIRE, FIRE RIGHT=B, TL=Period Key, TR=Comma Key, BUTTON A=L, BUTTON B=S, BUTTON C=A. You can find out what these controls mean by visiting my game instructions page HERE.
Trogue64: Drain of Doom Trogue64.zip Joystick configured as follows: UP=W, DOWN=S, LEFT=A, RIGHT=D, TL=Space Bar, TR=R, BUTTON A=F1, BUTTON B=F3, BUTTON C=F5.
Turbo Charge Turbo_Charge.zip Turbo Charge arranged for playing on TheC64Mini. Joystick configured as follows: TL=Space Bar, TR=Commodore Key.
Turbo Outrun Turbo_Outrun.zip Turbo Outrun arranged for playing on TheC64Mini. The Accurate Disk flag is used, so loading times are a bit slow.
Turbo the Tortoise Turbo Tortoise.zip Joystick configured as follows: FIRE LEFT/RIGHT=FIRE, TL=Up, TR=Space Bar, BUTTON A=Y, BUTTON B=N, BUTTON C=Left Arrow. This allows you to either use UP or the TL button to jump.
Wasteland Wasteland_mini.zip Wasteland arranged for playing on TheC64Mini. Follow these instructions

CJM Files

Here's a collection of over 70 CJM files that I've put together for certain games, to help make them more playable on TheC64Mini. Use these files in combination with corresponding disk images, found elsewhere on the Internet. If the disk image of the game has a different file name, just change the CJM file to match (both disk image and CJM file need to have matching file names in order to work).

I have also created this chart to identify the assigned function of TheC64 Joystick buttons for each individual game. I hope you find this useful.

Using CJM Flags With Your Files

Below is a list of all the available flags to use when configuring specific games to work properly on TheC64 and TheC64Mini. To use these, simply add the appropriate flag to the end of the file name, before the extension (example: FranticFreddie_AD.d64):

  • _J1 This sets the primary joystick port as port 1. With a second Joystick connected, it automatically uses port 2. For VIC 20 programs (THEC64 only), this is the default and any port 2 settings are ignored.
  • _J2 This sets the primary joystick port as port 2. With a second Joystick connected, it automatically uses port 1. Note that port 2 is the default for C64 computers, so it doesn’t have to be specified by this flag.

Note

As of Firmware update 1.5.2, you can now swap joystick ports on the fly by pressing the C64 Joystick's Menu button Ξ and the A button for Port 1 or B for Port 2 during game-play.
  • _AD This flag turns ‘accurate disk drive’ mode on (for original slower but more accurate disk loading) and turns off the fast disk access mode, which is on by default.
  • _RO This makes the disk file read-only (which prevents THEC64 device writing back to the disk file)
  • _NI This flag disables the drive icon from appearing on-screen during disk loading
  • _TN This runs the program on an NTSC computer. It doesn’t affect the HDMI output
  • _TP This runs the program on a PAL computer. It doesn’t affect the HDMI output
  • _FH This forces the entire display – including top and bottom borders – into the 720p output image, sacrificing the accurate display but showing everything (Firmware 1.3.1+)
  • _NS This disables audio scaling, which automatically compensates for the adjustments in pitch of generated (rather than sampled) audio when running a computer at different refresh rates (Firmware 1.3.1+)

TheC64 Specific

  • _CD This tells THEC64 that this disk is part of a multi-disk set, but not the first disk in the set.
  • _R5 = 512K REU enabled
  • _R2 = 2MB REU enabled
  • _RM = 16MB REU enabled
  • _M6 This instructs THEC64 to emulate the C64 computer
  • _MV This instructs THEC64 to emulate the VIC 20 computer

TheVIC20 Specific

  • _B0, _B1, _B2, _B3, _B5 Enables 3k banks of extended RAM.

Swapping Disks on TheC64Mini

Note

As of Feb 2nd, 2021, TheC64Mini's firmware has been updated to support easier “on the fly” swapping of disk images. So, if you've updated your Mini to firmware version 1.5.2, the process to swap disks is now much easier. Refer to the User Manual on how to swap disk via the on-screen menu. However, the old process outlined here still works.

First, the disks need to be configured in a certain way. Each disk needs to be stored in their own folder, while the disk files themselves all need to have the same file name. Here's an example:

 FLOPPY DISK SIDE 1
    |- GAME.D64
 FLOPPY DISK SIDE 2
    |- GAME.D64

To start the game, navigate to the SIDE 1 folder and launch the GAME.D64. When the game prompts you to flip the disk (or insert side 2), use TheC64 Joystick to do a Save Game, then quit the game.

Now, navigate into the SIDE 2 folder and launch the GAME.D64 you find there. You will most likely get an error message, from the C64, telling you that you've entered the wrong side of the disk. This is okay. Using TheC64 Joystick, restore the Save Game you made above and simply continue on with the game.

Every time the game asks you to change disks, do a Save Game, quit, then navigate to the appropriate disk folder, launch or start the disk image you find there, then immediately restore the Saved Game you just did with the previous “side”. That's all there is to it.

Using USB Peripherals

TheC64Mini has two USB expansion ports, which you can use to plug in TheC64 Joystick and a USB storage device to play extra games. But what if you want to use a keyboard as well? You can expand the device's capabilities with the use of a USB hub.

The C64 Joystick (or compatible third-party joystick/game pad) must always be plugged in to the console, in order for it to run properly. Therefore, in the second USB port, plug in a USB hub, which will allow you to use a keyboard and storage device at the same time. Like this:

TheC64 Mini with USB hub

As of firmware version 1.2.0, you can use the numeric keypad on your USB keyboard as a virtual joystick for two player games. You can get all of the details regarding the keyboard virtual joystick in TheC64 manual.

User Manual

You can download the User Manual for TheC64, C64Mini, and TheVIC20 from RetroGames website, Here. But if you hate using Google Drive as much as I do, I have a copy of it available right HERE!


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thec64.txt · Last modified: 2024/02/27 11:12 by David