In 1986 a Finnish programmer was closing in on the development of his latest Commodore 64 game, Little Knight Arthur. Having sent the game off to a number of different publishers - all of which rejected the title - Pasi Hytönen’s creation remained lost to time and unpublished. Three decades on, however, Little Knight Arthur has finally seen the light of day through a free download.
Taking to his blog Hytönen has detailed at length the full story behind Little Knight Arthur and what he describes as the ‘Golden Age of Game Publishing’. According to Hytönen his creation was sent to Electronic Arts, Brøderbund, Sierra On-Line, and Amersoft, although one by one his self-labelled cassette tapes were returned one by one. Although disappointing, many of the letters were apparently friendly and polite, along with Electronic Arts discussing their philosophy of what makes a good game.
Elsewhere on the blog Hytönen has made available for free a .d64 image of the game which can either be enjoyed through a Commodore 64 emulator, or on the original hardware using devices such as the SD2IEC. So while several publishers may have refused the game, it’s finally our chance to decide whether or not their judgement was right.
Little Knight Arthur (Commodore 64) Gameplay
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