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The first thing that catches the eye after buying the equipment is a huge box – so there is no doubt that it is some funny mini version (which are now very popular), but a full-size computer. The climate is also built by a transparent dust cover, which is covered with a computer packed in a box.

The set is quite standard and completely sufficient to enjoy the product immediately after removing it from the box. In addition to the computer, we get a joystick with a fairly long cable, an HDMI cable to connect the equipment to the screen and a USB power cable with a power supply – a big plus, although of course you can also use your own charger. In addition, there is a user manual in the box – so classic that the tear of memories revolves around the eye.

Unfortunately, I do not have an original computer at home (#teamatari), but the device is similar to the equipment we used to set up in the rooms several decades ago. Great workmanship, great attention to detail. In fact, being a replica is revealed by slightly different colors and the lack of original logos to which the company has no rights. However, I think that if you want to make a joke to someone who has a weaker memory – you can easily convince him that this is a well-preserved original version of the computer. Just don't show the side and back, because there are solutions from the "future" – HDMI port and four USB connectors for controllers.

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The biggest difference from the reduced C64 Mini (except for the size of course) is the full-size, fully functional keyboard. In addition, we managed to create a very similar keystroke with the same specific click. As an Atarian, those big, bulky, high keys always amused me with friends from the second camp. You get them here as well, so I'm more than sure that nostalgic you will sit and knock on them for the first evening after purchase.

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Intuitive interface, a lot of classics

TheC64 offers up to 64 games embedded in the computer's memory. You will find here a lot of classics, with which you used to play night ago, although of course at least a few cult titles are missing. The list is as follows:

Alleykat, Anarchy, Attack of the Mutant Camels, Avenger, Battle Valley, Bear Bovver, Boulder Dash, Bounder, California Games, Chips Challenge, Confuzion, Cosmic Causeway, Cyberdyne Warrior, Cybernoid II, Deflektor, Destroyer, Everyone's a Wally, Firelord, Galencia, Gateway to Apshai, Gribbly's Day Out, Gridrunner (VIC 20), Heartland, Herobotix, Highway Encounter, Hover Bovver, Impossible Mission, Impossible Mission II, IO, Iridis Alpha, Jumpman, Mega Apocalypse, Mission AD, Monty Mole, Monty on the Run, Nebulus, Netherworld, Nodes of Yesod, Paradroid, Pitstop II, Planet of Death, Psychedelia (VIC 20), Ranarama, Robin of the Wood, Silicon Warrior, Skate Crazy, Speedball 2, Spindizzy, Steel, Street Sports Baseball , Street Sports Basketball, Summer Games II (includes Summer Games events), Super Cycle, Sword of Fargoal, Temple of Apshai Trilogy, The Arc of Yesod, Thing Bounces Back, Thing on a Spring, Trailblazer, Uridium, Who Dares Wins II, Winter Games, World Games, Zynaps.

The interface is clear and intuitive to use. Games are selected from the horizontal list by moving the controller left or right. Each production received both a screen and a short description – along with information about the year of production.

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How to play? Of course, everything depends on the production, but the difference in feelings about classic emulators is huge. Much of this is due to the well-designed, responsive and quite classic in the so-called "feeling" of the controller from the set. It's nice that the plastic from which it was made looks solid – the joystick responds well to commands, it also has additional buttons. It is a pity that there are no suckers, this lack basically eliminates the possibility of putting it on the table – it will then slide, so you have to hold it in your hands.

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The animation was taken care of during loading, so despite connecting the device to slightly more modern screens, it is possible to build the right atmosphere. The games work flawlessly, so nothing should spoil the pleasure of remembering iconic titles.

A very important function is the ability to run external games and programs, which we put on a USB stick connected to the computer. Of course, not everything you find on the network can be turned on (for example, stage intros), but in general the possibility of expanding the equipment with games downloaded from the Internet basically outclasses revisions of other equipment from the past.

In addition, the computer supports the BASIC programming language, so if you want to remember how years ago you entered the code hoping that something interesting will appear on the screen – you will be delighted.

TheC64 can work in both PAL and NTSC modes. Additionally, it offers several screen settings, including emulating CRT TVs, interlaced mode. You probably won't use it, but it's a very nice little thing.

Is it worth buying TheC64 (C64 Maxi)?

Unlike other revisions of old computers or consoles, TheC64 seems to be a complete device. Full-size housing, fully functional keyboard, very well-functioning controller. Plus a nice set of games, trouble-free operation and the ability to run games and programs downloaded from the internet. What more could you want from a retro computer? I am very positively surprised and if I had not belonged to Atari users years ago, I would gladly buy this TheC64 And so I will sit quietly and dreamed that someday the same successful search of my beloved Atari 65 XE will appear on the market.

TheC64 is available in Polish distribution and costs about 450-460 PLN (depending on the store – although you can also find offers with the note Maxi. Relax, it's the same equipment).

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