Many people are familiar with the awesome Ocean loaders from the 8-bit days.

For those that are not, "loaders" are small programs that were usually artwork and music (sometimes games) that were displayed while the actual game loaded from tape or disk.

Ocean (a games publishing company) was famous for creating 5 (IIRC) loaders that they used in many of their games.

Were there any others that achieve nearly (or greater?) success and popularity as the Ocean loaders?

I'm mostly interested in the ones for Commodore 64 but any other retro platform would be great.


I should have mentioned that "famous" doesn't always mean "legit". :-) So, if the loader was famous/well-known but belonged to a cracking group, that is also OK.

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    What are the Ocean loaders? I don't know about them. You could edit your question to explain if you wanted. As for the Commodore 64, many people made custom loaders to speed the disk drives up. I don't know if that's the sort of thing you mean. – Wilson Jan 25 '17 at 20:22
  • Good point. I edited my answer to explain what they are. – cbmeeks Jan 25 '17 at 20:28
  • I remember Ocean loaders; I can't think of any equivalent, unless you look into the cracked games world and there were quite a few loaders we saw over and over on many games; but the Ocean one is the only 'non pirate' one I remember. – Thomas Jan 25 '17 at 20:45
  • @Thomas good point. I updated and mentioned cracks too. While they may not be "legit", they certainly were famous. – cbmeeks Jan 25 '17 at 20:53
  • csdb.dk – JAL Jan 25 '17 at 21:32
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I remember Invade-a-Load quite fondly (mostly for the music though you could play a fairly difficult game of Space Invaders whilst your game was loading).

Invade-a-Load on Wikipedia

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