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Can you Karaoke on the Commodore C64?

Published 14 January 2018

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Everyone has their first time at Karaoke story that ends in laughter about how enjoyable it is. We all agree that 80s music is by far the most fun to sing along to. So we jumped at the chance to combine our favorite synthesizer SID chip with the family karaoke singalong. Switching on our Commodore C64 and loading this disk we dived into the wonderful challenge of FIST, the First International Singalong Tournament.

International Karate Karaoke combatants
First International Singalong Tournament
The Way of the Exploding Ears Edition

Who would think of such a thing?

We first learned of this game in the Fresh News section of the fantastic Komoda & Amiga Magazine that we recently reviewed. But the development story is even more interesting. The developer, TheRyk has been doing an amazing job in recent years developing a whole host of games and organizing events. TheRyk was out on a late-night karaoke tour after a scene party, found an IK+ disk in his computer the next day, so decided to write a tribute game. There is already an International Karaoke game, so TheRyk jokingly created FIST, the First International Singalong Tournament. FIST was released at Bunkerparty 2017.

Gameplay

The game opens with two Karate combatants engaged in competitive Karaoke singalong, ending with one combatant knocked out. Now that is competitive singing; Microphone Drop! From then on in, the graphics are purely utilitarian and a reminder that this is a singalong contest, not a graphics demo.

There is a menu system to select one of the 17 songs in the tournament. On first play, most people seem to start at the top and do each song in order. Then you go back and replay the best ones. The menu also has some nice melodies to keep you in the mood.

Importantly, the song selections are awesome. Instead of writing his own songs, TheRyk delved into the rich collection of SID music that already exists and appears to have picked the best of the best. Adding song lyrics to the singalong music rounds out this release. All you will need to bring is your air-microphone and a well lubricated larynx.

International Karate Karaoke combatants

You will eventually have the desire to call an early exit to a song and lung for the escape key. Only you will not find it. TheRyk says that he simply forgot to add an escape key. We think that this is a tournament and competition rules count. You can't back out of a competition midway through. It is just not the done thing. Besides, the songs are simply too entertaining to give up on.

System Requirements

A standard Commodore C64 or decent emulation is all that is needed to work. Selection of the songs is done through a joystick. We recommend playing the music through a reasonably loud stereo system. TV speakers tend to be too screechy to enjoy karaoke to.

Verdict

Overall we give this release 4 angry aliens for its playability and fun factor.

     
 


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