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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

by intric8 posted Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:04 pm

In anticipation of the upcoming magnum opus of Eye of the Beholder for the C64 by Anreas Larrsson (aka JackAsser), I knew I had to find a 1351 mouse.

And this was especially true after he said he would not only support number-pad movements on machines like the C128, but the 1351 mouse specifically for those who have one.

I have two 1350 mice, and for those that know they pretty much suck if used as a mouse. They look like a mouse and smell like a mouse, but they are joysticks wearing mouse camouflage.

Unless you're playing a game on the C64 that was written for a trackball (e.g. Marble Madness), or frankly just a joystick, you're wasting your time with the 1350. It's really a trackball-wannabe peripheral. So to the uninitiated it feels... well, it feels really weird. Woe be the sorry soul who fires up GEOS and tries to use a 1350 mouse for navigation. It's a tragic sight, if not downright hilarious.

But the 1351 is a true mouse. There's not a ton of software written for it, but there are some standouts including GEOS, Faery Tale Adventure, Operation Wolf, some application/drawing programs, and now Portal and eventually Eye of the Beholder.

So I had to find one.

And find one I did! I snagged a NOS, never opened (until now) .

I hope you enjoy this unboxing as much as I did:
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You might feel a little pinch.

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Found a little bit of old original plasticky/glue residue I'm going to want to try and remove soon.


Note: While the Commodore 1351 Mouse looks like an Amiga tank in every single design aspect except for the plug, the truth is it is not compatible.
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McTrinsic

by McTrinsic posted Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:25 am

Great find!

Indeed with new games such as Portal and the EotB conversion I do feel tempted to get one as well. However, I first need to finish my C64 project to play it on real hardware :) .

Glad you mentioned the incompatibility with the Amiga. It's sad it doesn't work to just exchange them.

It really made me smile when I saw the boxtext talking about 'how does a mouse work' and so on. Ah, those were the days...
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Dynamic_Computing

by Dynamic_Computing posted Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:32 pm

Amigakit has the PS/2 adapters back in stock that let you use a PS/2 mouse on an Amiga or 64/128. They are manufactured by Individual Computers, so you know they are good. And they emulate a 1531. They are about $30 or so. I think I need two of them...
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Mr.Toast
Roseville, CA

by Mr.Toast posted Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:44 am

Alrighty, where are these NOS units hiding on teh interwebz?
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Bulletdust

by Bulletdust posted Fri Dec 14, 2018 1:33 am

The exact 1351 I've had since I was a kid, works a treat with 'The Final Cartridge III' GUI!

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Zippy Zapp
CA, USA

by Zippy Zapp posted Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:09 pm

Holy goodness who still had a NOS mouse? That's super cool!

Fortunately I still have my original Mouse, Manual and Disk. I must have chucked the box decades ago though.

I agree with you 100% the 1350 was a wannabe. The 1351 can still function in that mode, if need be but not sure why you would want to. Maybe for old joystick only programs? I think I remember trying it out a few times back then and well it must not have been memorable.

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