Fresh Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200 and PDA600 news







Robin Hood was an Amstrad CPC user

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I do think that Robin Hood was using already in his time an Amstrad CPC, and that I think he would be proud of these following arrows fired today (4 x 10 et 2 x 9), especially the arrow feathers :

Better but purely accidental (last 20th November) :

3 x 10 and 2 x 9 poor arrow feather, near poor arrow feather, bis

For this I had to wait 6 years... This result due to the many and good advices from the other people in my club, thanks to them !




Sapiens v3.0 for windows/MacOS by Didier and Olivier Guillion

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It's a long time since I didnt come back to Myriad Online by the brothers Didier and Olivier Guillion. Their game Sapiens for windows (95 to 10) and MacOS (10.5 and more) has been updated last time in April 2017 with the version 3.0, which is also now a freeware (shareware before). Of course with the original music written by Gilles Soulet.

Check the older informations below about Sapiens, especially the video by Le Daron with Didier Guillion and Gilles Soulet, ainsi que les remix de la musique de Gilles.




Play Amstrad CPC games online with BZH Games (records registered)

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You can play Amstrad CPC games online on BZH Games (without sound though) thanks to the CPCBox emulator. If you are one of the best, your score will be registered.



Amstrad CPC's WEKA binders fully scanned at ACME by Frédéric BELLEC

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Amstrad CPC Mémoire écrite by Frédéric BELLEC has now the integrality of the WEKA binders with a lot of Amstrad CPC technical informations.




CrocoDS v2.1, an Amstrad CPC emulator for Nintendo DS and RGC350 by Kyuran

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The last version of the Amstrad CPC emulator CrocoDS v2.1 for the Nintendo DS went out in 2013 and is available on github. It is based on the WinCPC emulator by Ludovic Deplanque.

And now Kyuran has ported CrocoDS (RGC350) on the portable console using OpenDingux (debian) : the Retro Game Console 350, which you can find easily on Amazon.

But a Sony PSP or PS Vita will let you emulate the Amstrad CPC better on a graphinc point of view :

  • Nintendo DS : 256 × 192
  • RGC 3650 : 320x240
  • Sony PSP : 480 × 272

You can see a vidéo by Oldschool is beautiful (french) which will show you how to use emulators on Sony PSP. To do the same thing on the PS Vita, you can check the site of Wololo.



8BP v038, a RSX library to create Amstrad CPC games in Basic

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Jose Javier Garcia Aranda has released a new version of 8BP v38 (8bits de poder : 8bits of power), a RSX library to write Amstrad CPC games in basic (26 Kb max). You can download 8bp on github.

One thing about this version is the game Happy Monty (11th at CPCRetroDev 2019), you should read this article about how the game is done (spanish).



Building the Aleste 520EX, a russian clone of the Amstrad CPC/MSX

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The Aleste 520EX is a russian clone of the Amstrad CPC and the MSX. It works not with AMSDOS but with the MSX DOS (see this russian site in english). There was already a thread about the Aleste 520EX on CPCWiki, but this time Sebastian Blanco is talking about the Aleste kit he just bought. Finally he isnt the only one in the Amstrad CPC community to have one. If you are interesting it's seems to possible to buy one kit by writing to tetroid at inbox ru like Sebastian did.

You can see a youtube video of an Aleste 520EX running the Phortem demo by Condense (and MSX games at the start of the video).

A modified version of Caprice32 permits to emulate at least in part the Aleste 520EX.





iMPdraw v2 by AST/Imp4ct is released

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The draw utility by AST/Imp4act Impdraw v2 is out since the 8th November, coming also with the release of iMPdos 512 (a FAT16 ROM for your xMass, M4 or Symbiface 3, it doesnt need Amsdos so an CPC 464 can use it). Click on the source link below for download (at the end of the first message).

La précédente version (v1.2) date d'avril 2016, les améliorations sont les suivantes :

  • a huge zoom zone
  • using he 4096 palette of the Amstrad Plus
  • fullscreen support for the 3 graphical modes of the CPC (0, 1 et 2)
  • possibility of creating plugins with OrgAms or any other assembler
  • adds Undo/Redo
  • 100% compatible xMass with iMPdos, M4 wifi board and Symbiface 3 (thanks to @Kris for testing it)
  • in case of basic return or reset, you can get back your file
  • an included utility to create frames
  • Load/Save .win
  • Load .scr 17 kb files
  • integrated help

Beware, Impdraw uses more than 128 Kb, if you use WinApe please choose 4 Mb of RAM. Also a new version will be out in a few days




An interview of Stéphane F. author of an adventure game The Carnival Masks

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There is an interview of Stéphane F. on Amstrad.EU about his game the Carnival Masks which I wrote about last month.



The results of the Amstrad CPCRetroDev 2019 competition

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The results of the CPCRetroDev 2019 competition are out, see below. Congratulations too all the teams for their efforts from the last to the first. Writing a game is certainly not the easiest thing to do between programmation, gameplay, graphics and sound. Thanks to you for all your work which helps the Amstrad CPC live still.

I will try to take time to test them all in the following days. My first try will be the 31th game : Cpcrogue as I like roguelike games.

  • 01 - Miss input
  • 02 - Ludic Break the loop
  • 03 - EPIMETEO
  • 04 - Cobra
  • 05 - Bike masters
  • 06 - Super Tongue Dino
  • 07 - Hey Sailor !
  • 08 - Ratones y mazmorras
  • 09 - Woods rescue
  • 10 - ManPac
  • 11 - Happy Monty
  • 12 - Jackstrad
  • 13 - Shinobu
  • 14 - League of tanks
  • 15 - Dragon egg
  • 16 - DiscRespect
  • 17 - UFO driver
  • 18 - Shadow soul
  • 19 - Invasion a Marte
  • 20 - Fitzroy in the dark
  • 21 - Runninja
  • 22 - Jack's bubble island
  • 23 - PP space mercenary
  • 24 - Combat tendency
  • 25 - Project thing
  • 26 - Retro tennis super wave
  • 27 - Angry Kitten
  • 28 - Area51Raid
  • 29 - Mediaval brawl
  • 30 - Plant Attack
  • 31 - Cpcrogue
  • 32 - Ronin Revenge
  • 33 - Resignation Quest
  • 34 - DJD
  • 35 - CAPITAL QUIZ!




CPCEPower v1911, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Megachur (linux, windows)

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The last version of the CPCEpower Amstrad CPC emulator by Megachur is the v1911 (download link in the first message). The goal of this emulator is to emulates as best is possible the Amstrad CPC, like ACE. For linux users, you must use Wine.