A downloadable game

[Currently under development]


The New Dimension, in collaboration with Saul Cross, is very proud to present Cruiser-X 79. A fast paced vertical scrolling shoot 'em up inspired by many top down classics. This game is currently under development, but it is hoped to get finished some time in 2021 or perhaps later. But on the positive side of things, there is a an old playable demo for you to enjoy. The full game hopes to consist of the following features (unless featured otherwise):

- Plenty of levels of pure blasting action
- Varied alien attack patterns
- Intro
- Hi Score table list
- Power ups
- Additional in game music for each level
- Multi-load system that supports SDIEC devices
- PAL/NTSC Compatible
- Complete instruction manual
- Free downloadable full game

The Story so far ...

It is the year 2072. Just before a giant asteroid collided into Earth. A successful mission, where all good people were transported to Mars. The planet was only a temporary settlement until a new planet was discovered EarthX. It contained water, oxygen, gas, and was similar to Earth. This was discovered by Drone.

Unfortunately one big challenge awaits. A few people tried to travel to EarthX, but they failed.  They accidentally flew into an alien war zone. The Aliens had captured their unarmed ships and destroyed everyone on board. We need transport to move the remaining people to the planet. Behold the Cruiser-X 79a powerful super-charged battle cruiser, which can wipe out anything on sight.  

You fly out of Mars and attempt to take your people towards EarthX. You are near some alien bases, but as you tried to pull away from them in order to head to EarthX. A magnetic pulse drags you to the alien base. Where your ship gets captured, and sealed inside a prison base. You use the supercomputer on your ship and you manage to break free from the base. Now, you must face the ultimate fate.... War!

Playing the game

Your mission is to help guide your Cruiser-X 79 escape from being captured by the aliens and reach safely to EarthX. Unfortunately your mission will not be all that easy. You have entered a war zone. The aliens accept nothing, unless you are destroyed.

Fly through 16 levels, of alien territory, and fight the aliens. Warning... aliens will fight back by dropping lasers downwards. Be very careful not to hit the aliens, or high buildings on each base. It will cost you destruction. After the ship gets destroyed, it will be repaired and working once again. If destroyed too many times, then you will be doomed forever.

During your fight, there's cargo which you can steal, that will help you slightly through your battle. The cargo awards you different power ups. These are as follows:

B = Smart bomb. If you carry one of those, the bomb icon will appear on screen. Using SPACEBAR will activate it. 

L = Extra life. If you pick up one of these, you will gain extra lives

M = Master blaster - Powers up your fire power

S = Shield - Gives you protection against the aliens for a temporary time

You can also attack the enemy bases by shooting at some of the buildings, which will destroy them.

Can you save your people, by attacking all 16 alien bases and winning the war against the aliens. Or will you face death?

Good luck. You will need it!

This game is PAL+NTSC Compatible


Programming: Richard Bayliss
Graphics and design: Saul Cross
Tape Turbo Loader source:  Martin Piper
Exomizer source: Magnus Lind
Sound Effects and Music: Richard Bayliss

(C)2021 The New Dimension

This project has restarted

Due to a lot of problems I had on my development system on 19th January 2021. The files have been wiped off the HDD. I completely lost everything. - even the backup files, apart from the 2017 source and build of the project. Rather than giving up, I decided to restart the game project last weekend. The progress of the project is hoping to be more quicker this time round. Despite this, I am feeling more ambitious to get this game finished this year.

Install instructions

Download the files like normal, and then copy them to your specified directory and load the games up in VICE, CCS64, theC64 MINI, Ultimate 64, 1541 Ultimate or where equivalent. You can easily restart the files by triggering an AUTO-RUN. Otherwise, if using a stock C64. Use

Type in:
LOAD "*",8

Press SHIFT+RUN/STOP, press play and you're ready to go.

On the TND intro, for the playable demos, just press SPACEBAR and the main program will decrunch and run.


Cruiser-X 79 Preview.d64 170 kB
Cruiser-X 79 Preview-TAPE.tap 348 kB


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Lot of fun😎😎great sid also

Awesome preview !!! When the final work?? Thanks a lot.

It has been slow, and there was bad news with it earlier on this year (A blog post will be coming shortly) but I am aiming to get this game finished later on this year. Despite losing all of my data about 4 weeks ago, I managed to pick up the pieces and put the jigsaw together.

Thanks Richard for your sincere response and above all for all your efforts for the whole Commodore Community.