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By Ward F. Shrake and Paul A. Le Brasse
Version 1.9m, released June 6, 1998
Explanation of codes used. (Some may differ from what you're used to.)
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S Super-Common Reserved for a few carts that seem to show up
everywhere, always. No shortage of these! These
could be great on gameplay, so don't be harsh...
C Common Generally a semi easy-to-find Vic20 cartridge...
but Vic20's might be harder to find than carts
for other classic systems, at least at present.
U Uncommon This means average/middle difficulty in finding.
R Rare Takes a bit of hard work to locate one of these.
You'll probably end up searching the Inet for it
unless you get really lucky on a thrifting trip.
ER Extremely Rare Nearly impossible to find. May be frustrating!
We reserved this category for carts we've only
seen 1 or 2 of total, everywhere we've looked.
More could show up in time, as more people start
to collect for the Vic20. For now, its difficult.
PR Prototype only This category is new, as of version 1.8 of this
list. It describes carts that, so far as we can
tell, were never released as a production item
but that do definitely exist in prototype form.
Needless to say, these carts are incredibly rare.
NR Never Released We used to use this category when we had seen or
heard of a cart that *might* exist. Please note
that we handle them differently now. We first put
them in the separate "vaporware" section until
someone out there finds one, at which time we
move it up to "confirmed but unarchived" on a
verbal confirmation. They climb up to the upper
section of this list only when we have digitally
archived the cart's ROM image for posterity. (In
other words, if it is in the upper part of this
list, you can likely find a ROM image for it on
the Internet, no matter how rare or unique a cart
may be. And yes, there are Vic20 emulators, too.)
| Game Year
Company Cartridge name Part# play made
Academy IFR (Flight Simulator) 8k B R 1983
Atarisoft Pac-Man [RX8501] 8k C+ C 1983
Atarisoft Centipede [RX8504] 16k C S 1983
Atarisoft Defender [RX8507] 16k A- C 1983
Atarisoft Dig Dug [RX8510] 16k B C 1983
Atarisoft Donkey Kong [RX8513] 16k B C 1983
Atarisoft Robotron: 2084 [RX8520] 12k B- C 1983
Atarisoft Jungle Hunt [RX8529] 16k B- C 1984
Atarisoft Moon Patrol [RX8532] 16k B- C 1983
Atarisoft Pole Position [RX8535] 16k B+ C 1983
Atarisoft Galaxian [RX8541] 8k C+ ER 1984
Atarisoft Ms. Pac-Man [RX8544] 16k C+ C 1983
Atarisoft Battlezone [RX8547] 16k B- U 1983
Beyond Mountain King 16k A+ R 1983
Boone Cyclon 8k A PR 1983
Broderbund A.E. [Viccart-___]16k B R 1982
Broderbund Lode Runner [Viccart-___]16k B+ U 1983
Broderbund MasterType [Viccart-221]16k B- R 1983
Broderbund SeaFox [Viccart-___]16k B ER 1983
Broderbund Skyblazer [Viccart-___]16k A ER 1983
CBS Soft. K-Razy Antiks  12k B+ C 1982
CBS Soft. K-Star Patrol  16k B+ C 1982
Commodore Avenger (Vic Avenger) [Vic-1901] 8k C+ S 1981
Commodore Star Battle [Vic-1902] 8k B+ R 1981
Commodore Slot (Super Slot) [Vic-1904] 8k C C 1981
Commodore Jelly Monsters [Vic-1905] 8k A R 1981?
Commodore Alien (Super Alien) [Vic-1906] 8k C C 1981
Commodore Jupiter Lander [Vic-1907] 8k B C 1981?
Commodore Poker (Draw Poker) [Vic-1908] 8k C C 1981
Commodore Midnight Drive (Road Race) [Vic-1909] 8k C- C 1981
Commodore Radar Rat Race [Vic-1910] 8k B+ C 1981
Commodore The Sky is Falling [Vic-1911] 8k B- C 1981
Commodore Mole Attack [Vic-1912] 8k C C 1981
Commodore Raid on Fort Knox (Bank Robber) [Vic-1913] 8k C C 1982
Commodore Adventure Land Adventure [Vic-1914] 16k B- C 1981
Commodore Pirate's Cove Adventure [Vic-1915] 16k B- C 1981
Commodore Mission Impossible Adventure [Vic-1916] 16k B- C 1981
Commodore The Count Adventure [Vic-1917] 16k B- C 1981
Commodore Voodoo Castle Adventure [Vic-1918] 16k B- C 1981
Commodore Sargon II Chess [Vic-1919] 8k C C 1982?
Commodore Pinball (or ...Spectacular) [Vic-1920] 16k C+ C 1982
Commodore Super Smash [Vic-1921] 8k C C 1982
Commodore Cosmic Cruncher [Vic-1922] 8k B S 1982
Commodore Gorf [Vic-1923] 8k B- S 1982
Commodore Omega Race [Vic-1924] 8k A- S 1982
Commodore Money Wars [Vic-1925] 8k C+ C 1982
Commodore Menagerie [Vic-1926] 8k C- C 1982?
Commodore Cosmic Jailbreak [Vic-1927] 8k C C 1982
Commodore Home Babysitter [Vic-1928] 8k C- C 1982
Commodore Personal Finance (utility cart) [Vic-1929] 8k NA U 1982
Commodore Visible Solar System [Vic-1930] 8k C C 1982
Commodore Clowns [Vic-1931] 8k C+ C 1982
Commodore Garden Wars [Vic-1932] 8k C C 1982
Commodore Speed Math & Bingo Math [Vic-1933] 8k C- C 1982
Commodore Commodore Artist [Vic-1935] 4k C U 1982
Commodore Sea Wolf [Vic-1937] 8k B- U 1982
Commodore Tooth Invaders [Vic-1938] 8k C+ U 1983
Commodore Star Post [Vic-1939] 8k C U 1982?
Commodore Number Nabber, Shape Grabber [Vic-1941] 8k NA U 1982
Creative Apple Panic [VI AP C] 12k C C 1982
Creative Astroblitz [VI AB C] 4k B- C 1982
Creative Black Hole [VI BH C] 4k B U 1982
Creative Choplifter [VI CL C] 8k A C 1982
Creative Household Finance [VI HF C] 8k NA U 1983
Creative In the Chips [VI CH C] 16k C R 1983
Creative Pipes [VI PI C] 8k C R 1983
Creative Rat Hotel [VI RH C]? 8k B- U 1982
Creative Serpentine [VI __ C] 8k B C 1982
Creative Spills and Fills [VI SF C] 8k C R 1983
Creative TerraGuard [VI TG C] 4k C+ C 1982
Creative Trashman [VI TM C] 8k B+ C 1982
Creative Videomania [VI VM C] 4k C C 1982
Daedalus Baldor's Castle 12k C+ ER 1983
Epyx Fun with Music 8k B ER 1983
Epyx Monster Maze 8k C+ U 1982
Handic A World at War 8k C- ER 198_
Handic Space Snake 8k D ER 1982
HES Vic FORTH (utility cart) [C301] 8k NA C 1982
HES HesMon (utility cart) [C302] 8k NA C 1982
HES Turtle Graphics [C303] 8k NA C 1982
HES HesWriter (utility cart) [C304] 8k NA U 1982
HES Aggressor [C305] 8k C U 1982
HES Synthesound (utility cart) [C306] 8k NA U 1982
HES Shamus [C307] 8k A U 1983
HES Protector [C308] 8k B- R 1983
HES Robot Panic [C310] 8k B R 1982
HES Gridrunner [C312] 4k B+ C 1982
HES Predator [C316] 8k B+ R 1982
HES Attack of the Mutant Camels [C318] 8k A R 1983
HES Pharaoh's Curse [C321] 16k A R 1983
HES Kindercomp [C322] 16k NA R 1983
HES Story Machine [C323] 12k NA ER 1983
HES Facemaker [C324] 8k NA R 1983
HES Kids on Keys [C325] 8k NA R 1983
HES Alphabet Zoo [C326] 16k NA R 1982
HES Lazer Zone [C3__] 8k A R 1983
HES Maze [C3__] 8k C+ R 1983
HES Mosquito Infestation [C3__] 4k B- R 1982
HES Satellite Patrol [C3__] 4k B- R 1982
Imagic Demon Attack [720050-1A] 4k A C 1983
Imagic Atlantis [720051-1A] 4k A C 1983
Imagic Dragonfire [720052-1A] 8k B+ U 1983
Koala Tech. Dancing Bear 16k C+ ER 1983
Mach. Lang. Amazing Maze 4k ER 198_
Mach. Lang. Dot Gobbler 4k A- ER 198_
MSD Mobile Attack 8k C+ ER 198_
OEM Alien Sidestep 4k C- ER 1983
OEM Bug Crusher 4k ER 1983
Parker Frogger [PB1410] 8k D S 1983
Parker Q*Bert [PB1420] 4k C C 1983
Parker Tutankham [PB1430] 8k A U 1983
Reston Miner 2049'er 8k A+ R 1983
Romox Princess & Frog 8k C ER 1983
Romox Topper 8k B ER 1983
Romox Typo 8k C+ ER 1983
Sega Star Trek (S.O.S.) [004-04] 8k B+ C 1983
Sega Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom [005-04] 16k B- C 1983
Sega Congo Bongo [006-04] 8k C C 1983
Sierra Crossfire [CFL-401] 4k B+ U 1981
Sierra Lunar Leeper [LLL-401] 12k A R 1981
Sierra Threshold [THL-401] 8k A R 1981
Sierra Cannonball Blitz [CBL-401] 12k B- R 1982
Sierra Jawbreaker II [JBL-401] 8k C+ U 1982
Sierra Creepy Corridors [CCL-401] 8k B+ R 1983
Sirius Deadly Duck [220__] 4k B R 1982
Sirius Fast Eddie [220__] 8k C R 1982
Sirius Snake Byte  4k C R 1982
Sirius Turmoil  8k B U 1982
Sirius Type Attack  8k B R 1982
Sirius Bandits [220__] 8k B+ U 1983
Sirius Capture the Flag [220__] 8k B+ R 1983
Sirius Final Orbit/Bumper Bash (2 on 1)[220__] 8k C/B+ R 1983
Sirius Spider City  4k B+ R 1983
Spectra. Ape Escape [SC-215] 8k C+ R 1982
Spectra. Cave-in [SC-207] 8k C- R 1982
Supersoft Tank Atak 8k C ER 1982
Thorn EMI River Rescue [THC 22001] 8k C- C 1982
Thorn EMI Vic Music Composer [THC 22002] 8k NA U 1982
Thorn EMI Submarine Commander [THC 22003] 12k C C 1982
Thorn EMI Mutant Herd [THC 22004] 8k C- C 1982
Thorn EMI Fourth Encounter [THC 22005] 8k D+ U 1983
Thorn EMI Computer War [THC 22006] 8k C R 1983
Thorn EMI Medieval Joust [THC 22007] 8k C ER 1983
Thorn EMI Mine Madness [THC 22008] 8k C- ER 1983
Tigervision Polaris [_-00_-20] 8k B ER 1983
Tigervision Springer [7-006-20] 16k C ER 1983
Tronix Deadly Skies 4k B+ R 1983
Tronix Gold Fever 4k C+ R 1983
Tronix Scorpion 8k B R 1983
UMI Alien Blitz  4k B- R 1981
UMI Amok  4k C R 1981
UMI Outworld  16k B+ R 1981
UMI Arachnoid [16__] 12k B R 1982
UMI Cloudburst  4k C R 1982
UMI Meteor Run  8k D+ R 1982
UMI Renaissance  12k C- R 1982
UMI Skibbereen  4k C+ R 1982
UMI Satellites and Meteorites  8k A- R 1982
UMI Sub Chase [16__] 4k C ER 1982
UMI Video Vermin  8k A R 1982
UMI Spiders of Mars  16k B+ R 198_
UMI Super Amok  8k A R 198_
Xonox Spike's Peak (GM=2)  8k C+ R 1983
Xonox Ghost Manor (SP=1)  8k D R 1983
Xonox Robin Hood (SL=2)  8k D R 1983
Xonox Sir Lancelot (RH=1)  8k C+ R 1983
Xonox Chuck Norris Superkicks (AD=2)  8k C R 1983
Xonox Artillery Duel (CNS=1)  8k B R 1983
Xonox Tomarc the Barbarian [____] 8k D+ ER 198_
(Note that Xonox carts sometimes came two-per-case, as "double-enders".
The initials shown above show what cart was paired with what other cart.
Part numbers shown above are for the double-ender versions. Cliff Gregory
positively confirmed all but Tomarc and Sir Lancelot as single-enders; he
and I both assume they were made as singles. Tomarc must have been, as it
has no other cart to pair it with, unless there is another double combo?)
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OEM Blackjack Confirmed by: Charles Bremer
OEM Space Ric-O-Shay Confirmed by: Michael J. Novak jr.
Spectra... Number Crunch (SC208) Confirmed by: ?? via Paul LeBrasse
Unknown Baseball (MG-305) Confirmed by: Jerry Greiner
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20 Century Flash Gordon Summer 83 Power Play; press release only. It
may have come out as Spider City by Sirius.
Atarisoft Joust Name listed in later ads, not in others, so
this title was probably one of the last of
the planned releases. There are four part
numbers missing from the series, with three
of those coming towards the end, so this
makes sense. There is some confusion in the
RX85__ series, but it looks like these holes
are 16 or 17, 22 or 23, 25 or 26, and RX8538.
Atarisoft Mario Bros. Jimmy Huey said this was once in development.
No idea what part number it would have been,
aside from it being one of the latter ones,
as Stargate apparently is the earliest one.
Atarisoft Stargate Name listed in early ads, not in later ads. I
am guessing from the part number series that
this was intended to be RX8516 or RX8517, as
a Robotron (#20) box said Stargate was out
already, and the other carts the box listed
were shown in perfect "part number" order.
Atarisoft Typo Attack Tape? Seen on pg. 31, Sep84 "Compute!" Again,
no idea what part number it would have been,
but four holes exist, 3 of them later ones.
Boone Crater Raider Tape? Seen in full page ad, Oct & Nov 83
Compute's Gazette, along with Cyclons (Which
was later released as a tape by SoftSmith.)
Broderbund Martian Raider Tape? Seen in ad, 7/83 Compute's Gazette
Broderbund Multi-Sound Sythesizer Seen in ad, 7/83 Compute's Gazette
Broderbund Shark Trap Tape? Seen in ad, 7/83 Compute's Gazette
Commodore [Vic-1903] Name needed. Anyone know what it was gonna be?
Commodore [Vic-1934] Name needed. Probably an older Bally/Midway.
Commodore [Vic-1936] Name needed. Planned as a Commodore original?
Commodore [Vic-1940] Name needed. Probably an older Bally/Midway.
These four Commodore titles above seem to be
really elusive. Some possible titles include
Wizard of Wor, Space Vultures, Speed Type,
and Electronic Calendar. (These are all names
taken from the backs of original Vic20 boxes,
but the names don't match any software title
as yet known to have been made by Commodore.)
I've also been told a BASIC 4.0 cart was once
in existence; BASIC 2.0 is what is inside the
Vic20's internal ROMs. Commodore also said in
early 1984 that a cart called Jack Attack was
soon coming out for the C64 and the Vic20.
Commodore [Vic-2011] VIC-Stat cartridge, per Jim Brain "CBM list".
Commodore [Vic-2012] VIC-Graph cartridge, per Jim Brain "CBM list".
Commodore [ViC-2013] VIC-Forth cartridge, per Jim Brain "CBM list".
Creative Save New York Press release only, in Jan 85 Computer Games.
Most likely only came out for the C64, but...
Datamost Round About Unconfirmed, but on other collector's lists.
Epyx Alien Garden May 1983 Electronic Games advertisement.
Epyx PlatterMania May 1983 Electronic Games advertisement.
First Star Panic Button Full review seen in May 84 "Compute!" mag
HES Fort Apocyalpse Seen: Ad page 79, Nov83 Compute's Gazette
HES Necromancer Seen: 1-line ad, pg111 Dec83 Compute's Gazette
HES Slime 1-line ad @ $13, pg111 Dec83 Computes Gazette
Jini Micro Mini Jini Seen in 1/2 page (99) ad in July 83 Gazette
Oceans Int Blockbuster Seen in press release, pg 40, Aug83 Gazette
Oceans Int Close Encounters Seen in press release, pg 40, Aug83 Gazette
Oceans Int Frogman Seen in press release, pg 40, Aug83 Gazette
Oceans Int Tank Wars Seen in press release, pg 40, Aug83 Gazette
Note that some of the confirmed carts listed
in the section above were once listed as
being available from Oceans International.
The confirmed copies are either from some
other (or simply an unknown) manufacturer.
Amazing Maze, Blackjack, Dot Gobbler and
Space-Ric-O-Shay were once this way.
Microware (five titles) See Tymac company below. Bought them out?
Microware Key Quest 2-page review seen in Dec83 Compute's Gazette
Parker Super Cobra Cliff Gregory saw this listed in a catalog of
Parker Brothers games, saying it was going to
come out in the fall of 1983, for the Vic20
and for other systems. Unconfirmed otherwise.
Protecto Atari VCS Adapter Seen in various ads, unconfirmed otherwise.
The ads were fancy and expensive looking, but
never actually showed pictures of the item.
Quick Brown QuickFinger Tape? 7/83 1-pg ad, Compute Gazette, pg. 79
Quick Brown QuickMail Tape? 7/83 1-pg ad, Compute Gazette, pg. 79
Quick Brown QuickSpell Tape? 7/83 1-pg ad, Compute Gazette, pg. 79
Romox Anteater Seen in Oct83 Compute!, page 45. Full page ad
Showcase Astro Patrol Tape for sure. Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette...
Showcase Chicken Tape? Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette, box art only
Showcase Doughboy Tape? Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette, box art only
Showcase Glub Club Tape? Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette, box art only
Showcase Pussyfootin' Tape? Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette, box art only
Showcase Salmon run Tape for sure. Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette...
Showcase Squeeze Tape for sure. Ad pg 91 Dec83 C.Gazette...
Sierra Sammy Lightfoot Mentioned in Oct 83 Gazette ad, but not in ad
for December. Did it only come out on C64?
Sierra Tronsworld Unconfirmed, but on other collector's lists.
Sirius Fantastic Voyage Seen: summer 83 Power Play
Sirius Repton Seen: $25, 1-line ad, pg79, Nov83 C. Gazette
Sirius Squish'Em Seen: 1/85 Computer Games
Spinnaker Story Machine Seen: 6/84 Power Play ad. (Licensed to HES?)
Spinnaker Alphabet Zoo Was this released as a HES cart only? Both? A
fair amount of Spinnaker stuff was released
by HesWare, and it can get a bit confusing.
Synapse Harrier "Available soon" ad, pg 29, 8/83 C. Gazette
TG Software Droids Tape? Seen in Oct83 Compute!, page 69.
TG Software Nightstrike Seen: 1/85 Computer Games
Tymac Bomber word Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81. (MW?)
Tymac D'fuse Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81.
Tymac Dot-a-lot Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81. (MW?)
Tymac Key Quest Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81. (MW?)
Tymac Res Q Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81.
Tymac Space Bats Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81.
Tymac Tic Attack Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81. (MW?)
Tymac Zap Seen: 1/84 Compute's Gazette, page 81. (MW?)
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Hardware section. Please note that many of the items found below
are pure hardware, or are at least more firmware than software.
Some of them are just plain hard to categorize. Because Jim
Brain already maintains a huge list of every single thing that
Commodore ever put out, I see no reason to try to duplicate
those existing efforts here. This is Vic20 cartridge-port-only
stuff. (Note that even then, there are grey areas to consider.)
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Arbutus Total Promqueen EPROM programming hardware.
(This plugs into the Vic's user
port, not the cartridge port.)
Cardco Write Now! word processor
Century Moses 65C02 assembler, 27 new opcodes
Century Moses w/ 8K RAM 65C02 assembler, 27 new opcodes
Commodore Machine Language Monitor [Vic-1213] (_k ROM)
Commodore Programmer's Aid Cartridge [Vic-1212] (4k ROM)
Commodore Super Expander with 3K RAM [Vic-1211A] (4k ROM)
Commodore Victerm 40 [Vic-1610] (4k ROM)
Commodore See game list for titles. To keep the 19xx number series
as intact as possible, a few
non-game items were listed in
the first section of this list.
Data 20 Display Manager 40/80 column display device
Data 20 Video Pak 40/80 column display device
Eastern Vic Rabbit datasette accelerator cart
HES See game list for titles. To keep the HES cart numbering
system as intact as possible, a
few non-game items are listed in
the first section of this list.
Jason-Ranheim Promenade EPROM programming hardware.
(Plugs into the Vic's user port.
A C64 version was also made.)
Kantronics Radiotap Amateur radio interface item.
Quick Brown Fox Quick Brown Fox word processor (8k ROM)
Skyles Arrow datasette accelerator cart
UMI Wordcraft 20 [16__] (16k ROM)
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Notes: I'll just briefly say that this
section really needs a lot of work, and
leave it at that. Any added info welcome!
Abaris, Inc. Ram cartridge, 16k with battery backup
APS RAM module, 64k
Assembly Tech. RAM cartridge, 16k
Cardco "Cardram 16", 16K Two banks of 8k. One 8-section dip
switch selects where each 8k goes;
four slot choices per each 8k bank.
Century RAM Cartridge, 8k
Century RAM Cartridge, 16k
Century RAM Cartridge, 64k
Commodore RAM cartridge, 3k [Vic-1211]
Commodore RAM cartridge, 8k [Vic-1110] Internally, the PC board
seems to be ready to accept another
8k of memory. Could solder more in.
Commodore RAM cartridge, 16k [Vic-1111]
Compuscope RAM cartridge, 8k
Compuscope RAM cartridge, 16k
MSD, Inc. RAM cartridge, 8k
Personal... RAM cartridge, 8k ...Peripheral Products
RAM electronics RAM cartridge, 32k Configurable. Marko's was set up to
be a switchable 3k, 0k, 24k set-up.
Stonechip Elec. "Vixen" cart, 16k
UMI RAM cartridge, 3k
UMI RAM cartridge, 8k
Xetec RAM cartridge, 32k Each 8k bank has an on/off dip switch.
- - - = ( Expansion chassis or "motherboards" ) = - - -
(Please note that we are just now beginning to list any features
that may have been on these items. More may exist on each item.)
Apropos Tech. RAMAX 2-slots, with 27k
Apropos Tech. RAMAX Jr. 2-slots, with 19k
APS Select-A-Ram 2-slots, with 64k
Cardco Cardboard 3 3-slots,
Cardco Cardboard 6 6-slots,
Compuscope Expander 4-slots,
Compuscope Supermother 8-slots, pause...
Computer Place CP Vic-20 Expander 4-slots,
Data Toolbox Quad-slot 4-slots, reset, fuse
HES HesCard 20 5-slots, 5 select buttons, reset.
High Tech Ent. Busmaster 6-slots,
High Tech Ent. Busmaster II 6-slots, soft enable
High Tech Ent. Minibus 3-slots,
Voice World 24K Golden RAM 4-slots,