Parasol Stars (lost Commodore 64 port of arcade game; 1992)

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Advertisement of Ocean’s Parasol Stars ports, mentioning the Commodore 64 port.

Status: Lost

In 1992, Ocean Software, a European game developer, acquired the license to release Taito's 1991 PC-Engine platformer Parasol Stars (the third game in their Bubble Bobble series) for the European market. While most home computers in Europe saw a release of the game, the Commodore 64 version was never released.


The different ports of Parasol Stars were done by different people by Ocean Software for time efficiency, meaning so the ports can be released at the same time.

The Commodore 64 port of the game was handled by Colin Porch and composed by Keith Tinman. During the game's development, Colin and his wife were in a dispute in their marriage, and in a fit of drunken rage, Colin's wife destroyed his computer and his floppy disks, thus destroying all work done for the port, including backups of the game.

To keep Colin's personal life quiet, Ocean created a fake story claiming that the game was stolen in a home burglary instead. They promised that the C64 port would be remade and released. Unfortunately, Ocean realized the port would take a long time to redo and was simply unable to give Colin enough time to remake the game and were forced to quietly cancel the C64 port instead.

Since all known copies of the game were destroyed, the game is currently lost and no additional backups of the game have been found. The music that was composed by Keith Tinman is also lost as he no longer has the original master discs.


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