A downloadable board & video game

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Version 1.4 is out, now multiplayer!

This is the land of eternal night!

The sun has died and dense darkness has flooded the realms, laden with frightening creatures. Merely the mythic Fortified Citadel is a safe heaven in this cursed land. Unfortunately, few are welcomed within its holy walls: only the first who reaches it will find the gates wide open; the others will have to wander in darkness, forever...

THE NIGHTLAND is a text-based "board & video" game for COMMODORE 64 and PLUS/4 inspired by the works of William Hope Hodgson and Otto Wlazlo's dungeon-synth album released by Heimat der Katastrophe. You'll need a 6-sided die and pawns to play. The pawns start from outside the board and advance rolling the die. You control your character while the CPU brings to life your opponent and the desolate land with all its strange creatures. Experience the events on the board and discover new threats hidden within the 8-bit code!

The download features the game in disk format (D64) both for Commodore 64 and Plus/4, a "print-to-play" board (PDF) and a fancy README file with all the instructions.


Game code by Alessio Scanderebech.
"THE NIGHTLAND" music album by Otto Wlazlo & Heimat der Katastrophe.
Loader picture by Raffox.
Ozmoo spell by Johan Berntsson & Fredrik Ramsberg.
Polaris font by Damien Guard.
Special thanks to Stiopa, Fredrik, Richard, Martijn, Luca & Łukasz.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorAlessio Scanderebech
GenreAdventure, Interactive Fiction
TagsBoard Game, Commodore 64, Dice, Fantasy, Retro, Tabletop, Text based, Turn-based
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 3


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

The_Nightland_README.txt 3 kB
The_Nightland_BOARD.pdf 852 kB
The_Nightland_C64_v14.d64 170 kB

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I grew up using a C64 in the UK and I absolutely LOVED text adventures. Mixing a text adventure with a board game idea was a stroke of genius. This entire family has fallen in love with this game, we have shared it with our friends and family and since then when they come over they ALL request a round of The Nightland. I am so impressed with this title, and I started my career making Eye of the Beholder for the Amiga and PC! I love this game, love the idea, and hope to possibly help Alessio make an expanded version or an amazing sequel! Trust me, grab a copy and have an amazing time!

Thank you so much!

I wonder if anyone already thought about enhancing the gameplay by adding real dungeon tiles and a dice tower. Unfortunately, I don't have that many tiles prepared to rebuild the map.. however, I like the idea. ;-)


How about adding translations of the game for at least French and German?

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Hello and thank you so much for your kind feedback! As a Warhammer Fantasy player (and Frostgrave, and Oathmark) I can only approve your awesome idea... in next future I may include some kind of "vertical expansion" to the game! Unfortunately translation is more complex than it seems because texts are hardcoded in the source (for this reason I have given up an Italian version).

Understandable #translation. I played the game with my six year old daughter yesterday. She operated the Commodore and moved her character. I moved the opponent and translated the text. She had a lot of fun! ^^

Any chance you get a digital version if you buy the physical?

Hello and thank you!

This digital release is not directly related to the tape release and we do not have a tool to connect physical releases to itch. Please, reach out to the Publisher after the box is shipped to you and I believe they will find a way to share a file, so you can experience the game in your favorite way. 😉

I believe it will be possible, but not before the tapes are shipped :)

Sounds good. Thank you!

Molto interessante! è prevista per caso una versione in cui si può scegliere il numero di giocatori, per giocare in più persone?

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Ciao e grazie mille per il tuo feedback! 
L'edizione fisica consentirà di giocare in due (sempre con eventi controllati dalla CPU), maggiori informazioni puoi trovarle qui: 

Ciao Gabriel, la versione multigiocatore è ora disponibile anche qui su itch ;)

This is actually fantastic, gives me "Warlock from Firetop Mountain" vibes from my childhood.

Another gem not published on CSDB, thanks

Thank you so much! Warlock of the Firetop Mountain, Lone Wolf, Talisman and Zork were a great inspiration for the game! 

This looks really cool, can't wait to play it.

Thank you so much! Great news are on the way... ;)