| The Jacksons Two|
In the end of this summer, here comes an unexpected Italian present from nowhere. Oh well, "nowhere" is not the right word: the present comes from a well known source of pretty juicy things!
Italy in the '80ies: so many Commodore users and a lacking law about those new media copyrights. In this environment, the newsstands became the real fulcrum of software distribution, both for big packs of hacked games and for legal original stuff. Edicola C64 (where the translated term "edicola" means "newsstand") is the site born to preserve all the material coming from those places and that era, including booklets, magazines, tapes, disks and so on. The best part is: they have a C16 section too!
A month ago, "Massi Cadenti", nick of the most prolific contributor at Edicola C64, dumped and uploaded two of the most wanted productions by Gruppo Editoriale Jackson.
The first title is Video Basic, awesome Italian BASIC course with great lessons, final tests, demos, original and legally rereleased games. It consists of 20 tapes full of stuff, especially the original games (part of them had just been published on listing magazines from the same publisher), which worth their proper single pages here at Plus/4 World. They are: Dama (Super Commodore), Sparacaratteri, Blackjack (Italian), Last Drow, Tacman, Killer, Yatzee, 3D Color Maze, U.F.O., Quindici, Pompieri, Dr. Chip, Backgammon (Super Commodore), Super-tris 3D, Bowling (Italian), Othello (Italian), Box, Torre Di Hanoi, Le Coppie, Intervallo, Tiro Alla Fune, Apple Hunt and Tank.
The other great retrieval of Massi Cadenti has been Music Master (Jackson), a fantastic collection of music stuff on a single tape, including some demos and a little tool to play on the keyboard (Sintetizzatore). No doubt the best of the whole pack is Music Editor, that allows anyone to compose TED tunes and save'em with an ML player, in order to use them into anyone's own program. The three included demos are: Natale, The Beatles and Marcia Turca, the 2nd does not have to be confused with The Beatles (Hack).
Hence, thanks again to Massi Cadenti for these precious tape dumps, and to Bubusan as the maintainer of Edicola C64, we all wish to see more in the near future.