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Quod Init Exit (Commodore 64)


Retream/RGCD 2009-12

Reviewed by RGCD back May 2011, Quod Init Exit's simple design has stood the test of time admirably. Being fans of the game here at RGCD, when it was originally released Dr. Martin Wendt (enthusi) investigated the possibility of making a 16KB cartridge version of the game. However, the source code was unavailable and it was determined that the game was simply too big to fit on a small cartridge.

A year later, we approached Simone Bevilacqua again, this time with a 64KB cartridge in mind. Martin wrote a wrapper and cartridge boot code for the compiled game binary, learning how the previously undocumented 64KB cartridge hardware worked in the process. This is the end result of that work.

The player's goal in Quod Init Exit is simple: help Zampo the pig survive through a full day without dying of hunger or missing the toilet. You'll need to guide Zampo around the colourful screen of platforms in order to catch the yummy food that zips across horizontally, whilst simultaneously avoiding vials of unappetizing poison. However, this is not all. Stuffing your belly full isn't the key to success. In Zampo's words, "whatever goes in, comes out" - to complete each level you'll also need to catch the toilet and ride it to victory.

Quod Init Exit has been tested on both PAL and NTSC machines, and works on the C64, C128 and C64GS (there is no keyboard input required to play). Although it runs on NTSC hardware, it does play fractionally faster and will be harder as a direct result of this. As such, the game is labelled as NTSC compatible, but designed for PAL systems. Visit RGCD for more information on the game, screenshots, videos and exclusive downloads.

The standard cartridge version is packaged in a cardboard carton, whereas the deluxe version uses a modified plastic Universal Game Case.

The cover art features an illustration by iLKke and the game comes complete with a printed manual and a vinyl RGCD sticker. The 16KB PCB is housed in a clear cartridge shell illuminated internally by a colour-changing rainbow LED. The full game is also available for free download from the game's page at RGCD or over at the Commodore Scene Database (CSDB).

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