Here in this ad there is a side note from Jim Sachs claiming that the delay in the release of his next game ‘Time Crystal’ will have to be delayed because of the rampant copying in the C64 industry. They need this time to raise more capital and investigate more sophisticated protection techniques.
There was a demo/preview released of this game. See a screen shot below. But the final game was never released?
Why? I always had the feeling that the above was just a passive aggressive attack on software pirates. When they really need to buy time to get the game finished. OR was it just a publicity trick?
BUT what is the truth? Has Jim Sachs ever commented on this? Why not use RapidLok, V-Max, Vorpal, Fat Tracks, etc, some of these protection schemes had been out at this time. Or even the dreaded dongle?
Saucer Attack! got my attention and many others in 1985 because of the amazing high resolution graphics for time. Here in this ad there is a side note from Jim Sachs claiming that the delay in the release of his next game ‘Time Crystal’ will have to be delayed because of the rampant copying in the C64 industry. They need this time to raise more capital and investigate more sophisticated protection techniques.
As for their Saucer Attack game the protection was ‘checks e11 on t5. tracks 5 and 35 are all e11 (id mismatch).’ Credits to: c64preservation.com
Copy Cat C64 Disk Duplicator is another program that I can not find a copy of today. Only $20.95 for a copier that will make a copy in 4 minutes with only 3 disk swaps. Copies Most protected software (again, what does that REALLY mean?). Does anyone have a screenshot of this program I can use here?
Create your own Commodore 64 video game cartridges.
Copies your programs to a cartridge. Copies cartridge to cartridges. Backs up your cartridges to disk. Erases and reuse a cartridges. Create autostart cartridges with ease.
Advertised with something called Hi-Track. Claiming Hi-Track unlocks disk for detailed analysis. Copies unprotected disk in under one minute. An 8 second format. Scanner for errors and half-tracks. A Fat Track construction kit. Use with Diskmaster to duplicate the extra tough protection. I also could not find a copy of this for an example. Does anyone have screen shots I can use?
Disk Doctor is one program that stands out on this kit. There is also Disk exam and editors. File Compactor, Fast Disk Copy and a Fast formatter. The menu does look pretty boring. See the screen shots below.