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Does anyone remember this Koala Joystick for the Commodore 64?

Distributed by Multicoin Amusements on the Goldcoast this impressive arcade style joystick promised it was as Australian as the Koala.


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Matt Price

Yep I had one of those. I can’t remember however how durable it was since we’re talking mid to late 80s. Most joysticks lasted twelve months at best, although I remember a session of Decathlon II on the Commodore 64 with two new Quickshot joysticks that lasted less than an hour! Decathlon required you to waggle the hell out of the joystick to increase the speed of your athlete and was the ultimate test of a new joystick. The ones I had that lastest the longest were the Boss joysticks, I still have one or two in a cupboard somewhere with my Amiga 500.

Matt


peter

Oh I remember those joysticks fondly. They were the only type that could withstand the hours of pounding they got while we played bobble bubble on the old Amiga A500. Believe me e when I say pounding. Our challenge was to get to level 100 then be the first to pop the big-boss.


Colin Caynes

This is a Star-Cursor joystick, design & manufacture Multicoin Amusements P/L, Marco engineering P/L Brisbane Qld and I have 2 and a lot of Commodore games and several different Commodore units. EA games on the gold coast used to print games made by local gamers, two of my sons made a sidescrolling space shooter which was released by EA.


Helen Stuckey

Hi Colin,

Can you provide any more detail on the side scrolling shooter that yours sons published with EA.
What was its name? What year?
Do you have a copy?

best Helen


Jen

I have a C64 emulator on my PC now lol.. still love the old games and have introduced by little boys to them as well. We went through joysticks rather quickly and ended up building our own virtually indestructible one with our dad, with big solid switches for summer and winter olympics type games


Paul

Looks like the star cursor joystick that I bought for my amiga 500. I remember the 3 year warranty and I broke it in a few minutes playing “party games”, an XXX rated game where you had to wiggle the joystick.

I also remember the loudness of the switches in that joystick. Very clicky when you moved the stick around.


Matthew Gibb

hi guys. I’ve got one of those and amazingly it still works after all these years
The best joysticks were always made by Wico in the USA


Paul

Looks like the star cursor joystick that I bought for my amiga 500. I remember the 3 year warranty and I broke it in a few minutes playing “party games”, an XXX rated game where you had to wiggle the joystick.

I also remember the loudness of the switches in that joystick. Very clicky when you moved the stick around.


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