Thursday 3 January 2013

Telengard (Commodore PET, 1981), Preserved.

During my Christmas break I had been looking around for copy of Telengard for PET but after few days of researches I realized that nothing was available on the web. When I was losing hope, for curiosity I reopened my Telengard boxed set and well, the PET version of Telengard was sitting on the same tape of the C64 one. It was just there, beside me. 

After few days of attempts yesterday night I've managed to dump a fully working copy of Telengard for PET usable on all the more common emulators like Vice; and, if you able it, you can transfer it on a support to make it working on your PET (good luck with that anyway). 

The game itself has the same structure and look & feel of the original one, apart from the fact that all the sprites are represented by basic symbols and lines. All colours, obviously, have been translated for the typical monochromatic and fascinating PET palette.

Main Screen

Name selection screen

Entering the Dungeon

Help Screen

The dumped copy is available for download here. If you experience any problem or glitch just let me know, I will try to sort it out.

Thanks to Ian Gledhill and his Ubercassette for the help.


  1. Cool about UberCassette and that you made this version available. There are not many great PET archives.

    Myself, I have four boxed versions of Telengard. One with the C-64 version by itself. One with the relatively most rare version, Heath/Zenith Z-90 H/Z-100. One with the PET, TRS-90 I/III, Atari 8-bit, and C-64. And one with the TRS-80 and Apple II. I'm sure there are quite a few other variations as well. Pretty crazy, actually.

  2. Great work of preservation. Keep doing it !!!

  3. @Bill: Yes, you are right, there are many versions around. The problem was just the availability of the PET dumped copy. Telengard, in fact, is not a rare piece itself, is quite easy to find on the market: the real difficulty is always to find someone able to preserve minor versions like the PET or Heath/Zenith one.

    @Bieno: Thanks, and enjoy playing it.

  4. Thank you so much for keeping this piece of history alive. Telengard was originally written on the CBM pet. I remember meeting Daniel at one of the early GenCons at UW Parkside and him showing me the game on a CBM Pet. I have an old working CBM Pet I am going to set it up on.

    1. I'm glad you can enjoy it on the real machine and that's really when the real pleasure comes.