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ESP Soft has released Red Sunset today for Amstrad CPC. It's a shoot them up, inspired by 1942.
Simulant is selling articles for Amstrad CPC, including the WIFI232 which you connect on any computer with a serial port to emulate a Hayes modem where in fact you are using wifi, for connecting to a BBS for example.
But today where is interesting us is their Kickstarter project about Retro Computer inspired USB PC Keyboards and mice including the Amstrad CPC. For the moment, Simulant has the official permission by Acorn, for the Amstrad CPC it is WIP, see their kickstarter page for more informations.
An Amstrad PPC640 computer with only a beeper is not good at all for sound, except if you use a parrallel adaptator such as the Covox4 or the OPL3LPT. I will test it later when Mod Master XT par FreddyV will support it.
But there is still a possibility to have the best sound possible for a msdos computer by using the DB25 serial port (with a DB9 adaptator) and a DB9 to Mini-DIN 8 pins cable (DBK-103 by Hosa Technology) connected to a Roland expander such as the SC-55st (presented by LGR onr Youtube.
In this video the sound only starts at 35 seconds so click on this link to avoid the start of the video which only shows me launching the msdos gsplay utility.
Target Renegade is a beat them all game written in 1988 by Mike LAMB (code), Dawn DRAKE (graphics), Gary BIASILLO (music) and a cover illustration by Bob WAKELIN. It was edited by Ocean Software under the label Imagine Software.
On OursoN Retrogames's youtube channel, Galamoth is showing a speedun in 6 minutes and 30seconds on Predator.
The first issue of 2020 of the Kilobyte Magazine is available for download.It's about 8bit computers, without Amstrad CPC specific content, but still interesting.
Space moves is an Amstrad CPC game written by Toni RAMIREZ and John McKlain for the music, edited by Retrobytes Productions for the 2015 contest. There is now a physical edition sold by Matra for 21,45 euros.
8-Bit Keys has made an interesting video showing the structure of the music played during the high score table of Commando, which he is playing on a Yamaha PSR-32 keyboard (1987).
John Ward is working on a version of Atic Atac for Amstrad CPC (CPCWiki).
Kenshiro is a demo for the Amstrad GX4000 console or the Amstrad CPC+ computer by Cyrille GOURET about the manga Ken the survivor. There is a screen by Eric Cubizolle (2019) and two unknown songs (more later maybe for their name). The Kenshiro demo is available on Youtube.
The bug was found by Velus on CPCRulez. In a basic program, type the following ligne : 10 rem |era,"toto.txt" (on a french 464 the | is replace by ù). Next RUN the program or edit the ligne (EDIT 10) and validate with return. Last look at the progam with the LIST command, the character after the | (or ù) has been removed.