A downloadable Commodore 64 game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

An unknown militarized terrorist unit, known as the X-Force, has occupied the peaceful city of Suburbia. As the top pilot in the world's anti-terrorist squad the job of defeating the terrorists falls to you!

Flying your state of the art attack helicopter you are sent into what seems to be a straight forward seek-and-destroy mission - but as the story unfolds it will become apparent that the X-Force's goal is more sinister than anyone could have imagined...

Grab your joystick, save the world, and see if you can get that all-time high score!

The initial version of AVIATOR ARCADE was released last year as a three-level, 16KB cartridge game for the RGCD annual C64 game development competition (2014). This currently in-development sequel is a direct response to the feedback received after the first game was released, and this preview version of AVIATOR ARCADE II features:

  • High paced 50/60 FPS SHMUP action!
  • The first three of ten planned levels!
  • All new background and sprite graphics!
  • Bosses at the end of each level!
  • Weapon and armour power-ups!
  • Three difficulty levels, auto-fire and more options!
  • Upgraded sound and bomb effects!
  • High score list and options saved to disk!
  • Full PAL/NTSC compatibility!

The full version of AVIATOR ARCADE II is shaping up to be one of the best vertical shoot-em-up games available for the Commodore 64, offering players a console quality arcade experience on the humble 8-Bit home computer!

The game is now complete (with many significant changes and upgrades in comparison to the preview) and is going though final testing in preparation for a cartridge and disk release via RGCD and Psytronik in 2018.

Playing AVIATOR ARCADE II on Windows, Mac or Linux

Please note that the downloadable Commodore 64 version available here is primarily for use with emulators, but can also be run on a real C64 via hardware such as the 1541 Ultimate II or Turbo Chameleon. For emulator users, we recommend VICE, as it works on a variety of operating systems and is very user friendly. In fact, we've even included a pre-configured Windows, Mac and Linux version of the emulator with the download as well as some simple user instructions (we're nice like that).

Install instructions

C64 Compatibility Notes

AVIATOR ARCADE II has been tested on both PAL and NTSC machines, and works on the C64 and C128.

VICE Emulator Notes

As mentioned above, we've thoughtfully packaged the game download with VICE for Windows, Mac and Linux.

To start the game within the emulator, simply unzip the archive and hit that RUN ME file.

Joystick in port two has been mapped to the cursor keys and left-control (ctrl).

To toggle full screen, press ALT and ENTER together.

For full instructions on using VICE, read the docs supplied in the VICE directory. A full manual for the game, in English and German, is also provided (as a text file and pdf).

For more info, read the provided READ ME 1ST.TXT  file :)


Aviator Arcade II Preview (C64 Binaries and VICE) 41 MB
Aviator Arcade II Preview (C64 Binaries Only) 54 kB

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