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This game is a tribute to Bagman, an arcade game released by Valadon Automation in 1982.

This version is made up of 8 completely new stages.

The game works perfectly on both PAL and NTSC models. However, for game speeds similar to the original arcade game, it is suggested using an NTSC model.

Gameplay

The objective of the game is to maneuver the bagman through various mine shafts, picking up money bags and placing them in a wheelbarrow at the surface of the mine. The player must avoid pursuing guards, moving ore carts, and descending elevators. The player can temporarily stun the guards by striking them with a pickaxe or by dropping a money bag on them when they are below the player on the same ladder, or by sliding a bag on them when they are further down the same slope. The guards can also be stunned by placing the wheelbarrow at the top of the ladder or elevator while they are going up. The pickaxes can also be used to break down walls that obstruct the passage. Keep in mind that bagman can hold the same pickaxe for a few seconds, after which it disappears. The initial duration of each pickaxe is 8 seconds, but if the player drops a pickaxe before it expires and then picks it up again, the duration resets to 4 seconds each time. Bagman can jump into an ore cart after grabbing a ceiling handle as well as he can jump off the cart by moving the joystick left/right or by moving it up/down when the cart is on a ladder.

The action button is used to perform the following tasks:

  • Pick up and drop money bags
  • Pick up and drop pickaxes
  • Grab and release a ceiling handle to avoid the ore carts or jump into them
  • Placing a money bag in the wheelbarrow
  • Pick up and drop the wheelbarrow

Points are scored for each horizontal step the player takes, for each money bag placed in the wheelbarrow, and for each guard stunned.

At 30000 points and then every 60000 points the player earns an extra life, for a maximum of 6 lives.

Controls

Joystick in port 2.

Joystick lever = Move the bagman
Fire button = Action button

While playing, press F7 to pause or F1 to stop the game and go back to the title.

While the best scores are showing, press F1 to reset the ranking.

History

Version 1.0

  • First release.

Version 1.0.1

  • Rarely, the random number generator could produce an incorrect sequence.

Version 1.0.2

  • The maximum number of extra lives expected could be exceeded.
StatusReleased
Rating
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorLC-Games
GenrePlatformer
Tags2D, Arcade, bagman, Commodore 64, maze, Pixel Art, Remake, Retro, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Joystick

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Comments

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Seems to load on a kung fu flash, but just got a black screen with an sd2iec.

Unfortunately I don't have a real C64 that I can test against.

When you load the game with an sd2iec, doesn't even show the introduction screen asking to press fire to continue?

No just black screen. It doesn't load at all.  

The game is great btw!

I really should have a real C64 to try and find out where the problem lies.

Anyway, thanks for enjoying the game!

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The best arcade conversion for the C64 I have ever seen. All the additional level you put into this classic game is awesome. I played the original games in the early 80s so again what you have done is fantastic.

I'm really happy to receive such positive reviews, thank you!

I spent an entire afternoon playing BAGMAN to go through all eight stages, discovering in spite of myself that after the eighth level, the game continues indefinitely? At the thirteenth screen, now exhausted, the reset was triggered. Although I have always hated games without a real ending since I was a child, I really enjoyed this BAGMAN, which I find divine programmed, clean, challenging but not impossible. Playing I experienced the distinct sensation of being in the arcade in the 80s, a sensation that few games are able to convey as BAGMAN does.

I'm glad you find the game positive, even if it lacks an ending. On the other hand, the arcade games of the 80s were conceived in this way. The goal was not to be able to finish them but to score as many points as possible hoping to enter the top ten.

As far as I'm concerned, if a game doesn't have an ending, I'm setting myself the goals. For example, in the case of Bagman Comes Back, the goal would be to complete 16 levels on the Hard difficulty level, after which I am satisfied and can move on to something else.

However, I will eventually take into account your observation for the next version of Bagman that... But I don't want to add more!

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excellent. bonus points for not trying to make money from it.

8.5/10

Thank you. ;)

This is quite possibly the BEST arcade port in the history of Commodore 64 ports.  I absolutely love this game, and cannot wait to see what else LC Games has in store for all of us #RetroGaming fans in 2022!  Check out my game play video and subscribe to my YouTube channel if you are so inclined! Final score 333,520 on NORMAL settings.

Thank you!

very good

I never played the original game - but this one is very very nice. Congratulations .-)

Il gioco originale ha un unico stage diviso in 3 schermate fisse (niente scrolling) mentre questa versione ha 8 stage (con scrolling) completamente nuovi. Per il resto la dinamica è pressoché identica.
Comunque grazie per i complimenti, mi fa davvero piacere!

ah - se quella dinamica non c'era in origine, un motivo in più per congratularmi con te .-)

Hi Luca, this is superb, congratulations! Just played an hour with my 16-year old son and we've had lots of fun! :-) This is an excellent conversion in every aspect and I really do hope there will be a sales-version with box etc. one day (for the collector in me) which I would buy immediately. Thanks for the great work to all involved!

Thank you very much for the compliments! I am really pleased and they are an incentive to continue on this path.

Some time ago, someone proposed me to make physical copies (with relative box) of my games, including those for Windows, but then nothing was done because of the copyright. Even though the original games are several years old, the producers still own the rights today, so an official sale of my clones is not possible, sorry.

very good

Nice game that brings the spirit of the 80s back to life. I have released a longplay from it:

I'm glad you like the game. I saw your video. Well done! You've cleared all 8 stages without even using tricks like stun the guards by dropping bags on them or placing the wheelbarrow on the ladders as they go up.

Thanks. I mainly used savestates between the levels. Only after the video footage was finished I realized that I wasn't dropping a single bag on the guards. This wasn't even intended.

OK, now I understand. :)

Thanks for your great work, its fantastic to see if any old good games are coming again! :) Bagman Comes Back

Fantastic game Luca, congratulations, really enjoying it!

very good

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Thanks to everyone for the compliments! I hope the game can give you a few hours of fun.

Dig Dug next?

The C64 version of the 1982 from Namco seems to me already well done, and I honestly don't think I could do better. However, I have other priorities at the moment, sorry.

¡Perfect conversion! ¡Great!

Very nice!

Looks sweet. Thank you very much

Sono sicuro che piacerà a tutti, ciao...

Speriamo sia così! Grazie, Stefano!!!

Perfect conversion of a great game!

Woaw !! Thank you so much !! 😀

Wow! Cool conversion!

Many thanx!