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An unofficial The Smiths game has been released for Commodore 64

29 September 2023, 11:02 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

"The Smiths Are Dead" is a text adventure game in which you're able to put yourself in the skin of Morrissey who is about to embark on his solo career following his split with The Smiths.

Covering the period between the separation of The Smiths and the release of Viva Hate, the game sees users play as Morrissey who is trying to recover the sheet music of "Suedehead" which was lost by his manager Gail Colson.

In order to record his first single, he must find all of the pieces by gathering clues from the likes of Geoff Travis, owner of Rough Trade, producer Stephen Street, and Andrew Paressi – the multi-functional artist who accompanied Morrissey at the start of his solo career.

A statement for the game reads: "My name is Morrissey and I am the former lead singer of The Smiths. I formed the group in 1984 with Johnny Marr and later Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke joined us. On our backs we have experienced 6 albums and countless singles intensely and lately we have had internal problems that, together with the distance between us, the gossip musical and sensationalist press and our little ability to solve internal problems, put an end to this stage in our lives. In this year 1987 the group dissolves and each one must follow their own path, with no intention of ever playing together again.

With The Smiths the bar has been set high and now, having to focus on my solo career, I will have to work hard to live up to it and not disappoint anyone. I have to move and the first thing will be to talk to Gail Colson, my new manager. We are about to start recording my first solo album and we need to catch up."

The game was developed by Bieno, Narcisound, Karmic, Chema Enguita, DOM, Team Kali, Stephen Wright and Elweezo. The launch of the game, coincided with the 35th anniversary of the single, "Suedehead" which is the focus track of the adventure.

To download and play the game, visit commodore-plus.itch. For collectors, there is a cartridge edition of the game on AMIGASTORE.

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