Heartland

aka: Kimera
Moby ID: 14738
Commodore 64 Specs
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Description

Heartland's meta-referential plot involves a struggle between good and evil, as depicted in a book, the last six pages of which have become lost. As a result, you must dive into the game's world to complete the story, and ensure that evil doesn't win, by saving the white pages and destroying the black ones.

There are six levels, all with distinctly cutesy themes and colourful graphics. The level layouts are extremely complicated, and you have to make your way back to base after each one, before being transported onto the next one, all within a time limit. The levels are full of wizards who must be shot, as well as a small amount of character interaction.

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Credits (Commodore 64 version)

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Gameplay Design
Level Design
Many in-game plants
Coding
Original "Heartland" was written from scratch in
  • Z80 assembly language
The code for the original game was developed on a
  • BBC Model B computer with the Z80 sencond processor running CPM
Under "CPM" it was used the
  • M80/L80 assembler/linker combination
  • Memo text editor
Some input on the data structures
Some input on the graphics organization
Art
Background Lore
Loading screen based on the package illustration by
Loading screen by
Pixel art created in
  • Melbourne Draw
Music
Sound effects
Music player written by
Potential sources of inspiration
[ full credits ]

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Trivia

ZX Spectrum version

The Spectrum version of the game reputedly crashes when the final page is collected, so you don't get to see an end sequence - to appreciate how ironic (and perhaps intentional) this is, re-read the description.

The makers used a trick in the Spectrum's screen format to hide text in the loading screen with the credits of the game's creators, since Odin did not allow personal credits in their games:

C.GRUNES.; GAME DESIGN AND GRAPHICS C.GRUNES; GAME PLAY AND PROGRAM MAX BOUNTY COUNT; GRAFX-C.GRUNES CODE-MAX.B.COUNT.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Martin Smith.

Amstrad CPC added by Kabushi. Antstream added by lights out party.

Additional contributors: festershinetop, Patrick Bregger, S Olafsson, ZeTomes.

Game added September 12, 2004. Last modified October 17, 2023.