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Digital Eclipse’s next interactive documentary is Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story


The second game in Digital Eclipse’s critically acclaimed Gold Master Series is based on one of the most influential British game designers, Jeff Minter.

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story tells the story of Minter’s career in the 20th century, from his early days of development right up to the release of Tempest 2000 on the Atari Jaguar.

Similar to its previous releases Atari 50 and The Making of Karateka, Digital Eclipse will be using its interactive timeline feature, which lets players progress through Minter’s story in chronological order.

As they make their way through the timeline and learn about Minter’s career, players will see photos, design documents, new video interviews and other historical artifacts.

As the timeline reaches specific games, players will then be able to play them (or can simply choose from them in a separate menu).

In all, 42 games from Minter’s back catalogue will be available to play, including an unreleased demo game for the Konix Multisystem, the mythical never-released UK console.

The full list of playable Jeff Minter games will be as follows:

  • Sinclair ZX81:
  • Commodore VIC-20:
    • Abductor
    • Andes Attack
    • Deflex V
    • Gridrunner
    • Hellgate
    • Laser Zone
    • Matrix: Gridrunner 2
    • Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time
    • Ratman
  • Commodore 64:
    • Ancipital
    • Attack of the Mutant Camels
    • Batalyx
    • Gridrunner
    • Hellgate
    • Hover Bovver
    • Iridis Alpha
    • Laser Zone
    • Mama Llama
    • Matrix: Gridrunner 2
    • Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time
    • Psychedelia
    • Revenge of the Mutant Camels
    • Revenge of the Mutant Camels II
    • Rox 64
    • Sheep In Space
    • Voidrunner
  • Sinclair Spectrum:
    • City Bomb
    • Headbangers Heaven
    • Rox III
    • Superdeflex
  • Atari 8-bit:
    • Attack of the Mutant Camels
    • Colourspace
    • Gridrunner
    • Hover Bovver
    • Turboflex
  • Konix Multi-System:
    • Attack of the Mutant Camels ’89
  • Atari ST:
    • Llamatron: 2112
    • Revenge of the Mutant Camels
    • Super Gridrunner
  • Atari Jaguar:
  • Reimagined:

The first game in the Gold Master Series was The Making of Karateka, which focused on the history of designer Jordan Mechner’s early career and his first big title, before he went on to make Prince of Persia.

VGC’s The Making of Karateka review called it “a superbly curated interactive documentary”, calling it “a powerful statement of intent for what promises to be a superb series of interactive documentaries”.

“As the first entry in what will hopefully be a lengthy series, The Making of Karateka is a fascinating way to present the story of a single game,” we wrote. “At $20 the price is right, too, making it a difficult proposition for anyone interested in the history of the medium to turn down.”