News about Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200, PDA600 and also Amstrad PC






PunyInform v4.3 by Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson to write text adventure games

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PunyInform v4.3 by Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson is a library written in Inform 6 to create adventure game (pure text, no graphic support contrary to DAAD) using the Z-machine virtual machine which will run on 8bit computers (or more recent computers too). PunyInform has a parser, knowing of common verbs and a framework to write adventure games.

PunyInform is based on the Inform 6 library written by Graham Nelson. Its goal is to make easily adventure games in Inform 6, with a manual describing the differences between the official library and PunyInform..

Games using PunyInform can be compiled in z3, z5 and z8 format (z3 being the best format for 8bit computers, other formats have more features). Compared to the Inform 6 library, it means that there is no support for the Glulx virtual machine but z3 format is important as Inform 6 doesnt support it.

To compile games written with PunyInform, you should use the Inform 6 compiler maintained by David Kinder. Binaries are available on if-archive. PunyInform needs Inform v6.35 (or more).

They are tutorials to write adventure game with PunyInform (end of the page) and all the documentation including a 8 page cheat sheet (quick reference)..

To try your game after compilation, you can use WinFrotz by David Kinder, to create map easily you can use Trizbort.

And finally, to create an Amstrad CPC and PCW disk image, you will have to use the Puddle BuildTools.



Aljau, the Water Dam, a new adventure game for Amstrad CPC by Antero Martinez

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Aljau the Water Dam is a new graphical adventure game for Amstrad CPC by Antero Martinez in no less than three languages : spanish, french and english.

You have been working on the newly built Aljau dam for two weeks, an unexpected heavy rain has caused power cuts to the complex. The capacity of the reservoir is increasing alarmingly, you must manage to restore electricity to be able to open the 4 locks before it exceeds its maximum capacity, about 7000 hm3. The main objective is to relieve the dammed water, otherwise the dam will collapse causing a catastrophe.






Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium v1.4 by Longshot

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Longshot has released version 1.3 of the Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium (beware, the english version isn't definitive, only the french one is actually) which is a documentation about the CRTC 6845 (and some others circuits). Note that the CRTC is a generic component used in several computers including the IBM PC.

It is possible to check if an emulator is good with the SHAKER tests by Longshot. SHAKER is a program designed to run on CPC machines produced by AMSTRAD in the 80s-90s. The objective of this program is to carry out extensive tests on the video circuits of this machine. These video circuits are the GATE ARRAY and the CRTC 6845. AMSTRAD produced several series of GATE ARRAY and used CRTC models produced by different manufacturers (HITACHI, MOTOROLA, UMC, AMSTRAD). This has been causing compatibility problems on operations that exceed the functional specifications of these circuits. The identified CRTCs are numbered from 0 to 4.



Tenebra by Haplo for Amstrad CPC in December 2022

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Tenebrae by Haplo is a reflexion/puzzle game for Amstrad CPC. You are moving in a roguelike environment with an important twist : you can only do it a lighted zone... It's an interesting game, I recommand to try it. It exists already for ZX Spectrum, Commodore and PC. You can see two video of tests :




UniDOS v1.50 by Offset, and plugin updates for the ACE emulator

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These last years several expansions allows you to use mass storage (USB or sd...) on Amstrad CPC, each needing a ROM to use it correctly.

And if you use two of these expansions, you will need to load two ROMs, so less RAM for your Amstrad CPC.

So Offset did write UniDOS and drivers to be able to use another expansion, needing only one ROM with features being the same whatever the expansion. Unidos can manage actually :

Offset also wrote UniDOS Cartridge Creator (v1.4) which is an utility to create Amstrad Plus cartridges equipped with a patched firmware which allows to add UniDOS and its DOS nodes. You can furthermore configure up to 30 additional tool ROMs (such as Utopia, Maxam, Protext..) in the cartridges (compatible with ParaDOS and Burnin' Rubber) without requiring a real ROM board. The tool also let you automatically download the latest UniDOS ROMs from the official web site.

Unidos v1.50 is a major release with a lot of visible and invisible modifications. All DOS nodes were also updated. For the end user, the most notable update is the full time and date support as well as new RSX. For the developers, new BIOS and node API came up.

Also, since the release of the ACE Amstrad CPC emulator in v1.25, several plugins were upgraded : DK'Tronics speech synthesizer, Techni-Musique and SSA-1 speech, Willy, Nova, Amdrum, Mirage Image, MultiPlay and the PlayCity, Albireo.



Dire Dare for Amstrad CPC by CNGSoft for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Dire Dare by CNGSoft is a 3D isometric game for Amstrad CPC, following his game Hire Hare released for the CPCRetroDev 2017 where he won the third place. The game is available for download as tape or disk.





Penguin Attack for Amstrad CPC by Pat Morita Team for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Penguin Attack by Pat Morita Team (who whon the CPCRetroDev 2021) is a vertical shooter game, first I thought about a Penguin Adventure remake but no. Graphics are kawai. The game is available for download as tape and disk.

A longer video is available here.




Abyssal for Amstrad CPC by Cabbage_corp for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Abyssal by Cabbage_corp is a horizontal shooter, enter your bathyscaph and enter into the pacific ocean to battle its creatures. The game is already available for download as tape, disk and snapshot.




Be Witched or be Dead for Amstrad CPC by Hinamam for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Be Witched or be Dead by Hinamam is a two player game inside platforms where you must use spells to weaken your opponent and the beat him. But magic is sometimes capricious and all what you want could not happen like you wish. The game is already available for download as tape, disk and snapshot.




The Wormhole for Amstrad CPC by Zilog Games for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Zilog Games is working on their Amstrad CPC game The Wormhole for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest.

It's a platform game. Don't hesitate to go check their Twitter account or their blog on Itch.IO, notably for their nice introduction of the game.



ST-NICCC 2000 DOS Port by Scali and FreddyV

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The STNICCC2000 demo by Oxygene is a classic on Atari ST, which was ported on many other machines. In 2022 it now works on any PC with msdos, even on a 8088/8086, but a 80286 is preferred for a reasonable speed.

You can see the demo running on an Amstrad PC 3086 (video by FreddyV, see below) or the official video of the Revision 2022.




The 20 Best Amstrad Games Released After The Amstrad demise by Old Style Gaming

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Here is a video by Old Style Gaming in coopération with Xyphoe on the 20 best Amstrad CPC games released after the CPC demise.