New York City (video game)

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New York City
Developer(s) Synapse Software
Publisher(s) Synapse Software
Platform(s) C64, Atari 400/800/XL
Release date(s) 1984

N.Y.C. The Big Apple (also known as New York City) is a 1984 game released by Synapse Software for the Commodore 64 and the Atari 8-bit computers.


The gameplay involved visiting tourist destinations of New York City such as Grants Tomb and the U.N. building, as well as less important locations such as the automat and bank. Each location consisted of a mini-game, accessed by walking, driving or taking the subway in a stylised rendition of Manhattan island.

The game begins in a parking lot somewhere inside a randomly generated city. The player is given a car to drive along the city streets and avoid the other traffic as long as they have gas to spare. If they run out of gas or crash, a tow truck will deliver the vehicle back to the parking lot, and the player must walk from then on. If the player gets run over by a vehicle they are transported to the hospital. Minigames include the subway, where a token must be collected before boarding the train; the Central Park Zoo, where animals must be rounded up; and the automat, where food must be collected before other dinners. A clock prompts the player when to search for food and when go on with the next mission. The clock runs from 9am to 5pm, and the goal is to survive New York City for seven days.