Super Gran: Just Another Weird Commodore 64 Game, Really

Super Gran on the Commodore 64
Super!

From the great minds of Adventure International, here’s one of those Commodore 64 games that (as usual) defies belief and common sense.

As with other C64 titles like Dancing Monster (1983), this one is weird.

Frankly, we’ve been delving further into the C64 games and we’re going to have to buy a Commodore 64 Mini soon (like the SNES Classic Mini) and find out about this stuff.

As titles like Super Gran are just far too ridiculous for us to ignore any further.

The History of Super Gran on the C64

Okay, so this game is actually based on the TV show about a grandmother with magical powers. These were also a series of books.

The TV show ran from 1985 to 1987. Gudrun Ure starred as the lead character, a Scottish actress who’s still with us at the mighty age of 95.

The last active role we could find for her was in 2010 when she had a stint on BBC Radio 4 in a police drama. Maximum respect to this lady!

Just to note as well, but Scottish comedian Billy Connolly performed the show’s theme tune. Good, huh? Here it is.

That thing actually reached #32 in the UK singles chart back in March 1985.

For the game, it also launched on the Amstrad CPC, Commodore 16, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, and Acorn Electron. There’s also another version called Super Gran – The Adventure which is a text adventure game.

Anyway, there really isn’t much information available about the video game.

As far as we can tell, it launched in 1985. It’s generally considered to be appallingly bad and some have said it’s one of the worst games ever. Hurray!

Quite what you do is a bit random, as you seem to just play the game and fly up into the air on a bike, and then hit other things to defeat them. Behold!

It’s a one player game and yes, there’s a lot of strange things going on with it.

We’ll cover this in a full C64 review later, but we can summarise the situation thus. Back in the early 1980s, the games industry was a bit unclear.

Developers didn’t really know what a standard “video game” was and so we had all sorts of weird projects such as this.

You can tell from Super Gran’s berserk title screen that developers were just a bit unsure how to do this whole gaming lark.

Super Gran game title screen

We mean, is that a hat? Or is it Olympus Mons with a dramatic sunset in the distance? As this game does feel otherworldly.

Super Gran could also do with getting some sunlight, that’s a pallid tone she’s sporting.

So, yes, other than the game’s reputation as a terrible video game, there’s not much else to comment about here.

If you’re desperate to play the game, there are free roms available of it online.

For us, this thing is just a random curiosity from the past. Bizarre and, yes, good fun as a result. So, thanks to the C64 for all of this.

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