Niche Spotlight – Comet 64

Comet 64

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Comet 64, a programming-based puzzle game by Onur Ayas and What Sorceress This.

The year is 1984, and you are a tech enthusiast with a shiny new Comet 64 home computer. Read the user manual to figure out the machine’s commands, and use its ’80s-inspired user interface to solve over 50 programming-based puzzles. Discover the machine’s hidden secrets, and compete with others in the leaderboards by streamlining your code.

You can find the launch trailer below.

Comet 64 is available on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac (all via Steam) for $14.99 USD.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

1984, february.
outside, it’s dark. -and raining.
it might have started five minutes or five days ago.
hard to tell.
I’ve been coding.
if I stare at the screen long enough
answers come to me.
that’s my super power.
outside, the city is sleeping.
but the caret is blinking at me.
and this new disk I got,
it’s brutal.

Comet 64 is a programming puzzle game. The year is 1984. All you got is a Comet
64 home computer and the operator’s manual it came with.

  • Read the documentation (exists both in-game, and as a pdf) and figure out how
    to operate this 80s computer.
  • Learn its assembly-like (but not quite) programming language.
  • Solve 50+ input – output processing puzzles.
  • Improve your solution and minimize your instruction and cycle counts to compete
    in the Leaderboards.
  • Solve bonus visual grid-based puzzles.
  • Discover secrets? of the machine.

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Image: Steam

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.