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

Gold Maze, an Amstrad CPC game in basic 1.1 and 1.0 by VynZ-prog


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Released at the end of 2023, Gold Maze by VynZ-prog is a puzzle/adventure amstrad CPC game written in pure basic v1.1, you can see Gold Maze in a Youtube video. A version in basic 1.0 for Amstrad CPC 464 was released in January 2024.

On the left you can see the three treasures that you can recover with four marbles indicating when they will disappear. It's better to collect treasure as soon as possible. Below the three treasures is the player's box that you will have to position on the map in the first round. Then each turn you must rotate a box (or a row ?) and move your character.

And you can now play it directly below (original version in basic 1.1), sadly without the basic loader which includes a loading screen :

Memoir of Jordan Mechner, already in french and now in english


Replay : Mémoires d'une famille is the history of Jordan Mechner, hist family and the programming of the mythic game Prince of Persia on Apple 2 as a comic.

I was able to buy it directly from Jordan Mechner and I did read voraciously, and I did loan to my mother and other people, all loved it. It's a dive into the history of 20th century in Europe with the Mechner family. The first reading can be difficult because the reading is not linear in time, you jump from one era to another but you really have to hang on because it is simply an extraordinary reading, 320 pages of pure joy, I wished there were more. I rediscovered historical facts through reading it, in addition to discovering the genesis of the Prince of Persia game. And I'll read it again as soon as I get it back from the last person I lent it to.

It is now available in english : Replay, memoir of an uprooted family. Buy it, read it !

RetroVirtualMachine v2.1.11 and the Apple Vision Pro


RetroVirtualMachine v2.1.11 by Juan Carlos González Amestoy is available since a moment. It's an Amstrad CPC emulator for MacOS, Windows and Linux.

His author is showing us the use on an Apple Vision Pro which is very very interesting, I need one !

Mod Master XT v1.01 for your PC XT (player of musical modules files) on Github


The version 1.01 of Mod Master XT by FreddyV is available as source code on github.

This msdos utility lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC even a PC XT (CGA), for example an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC 512/640...

Waves and gulls with CPCBasicTS Unchained v0.1.1 byMarco Vieth


In 2019, Marco Vieth the author of the first Amstrad CPC forr msdos (now maintained by Rainer Lortiz) did release CPCBasic unchained which is converting a Locomotive Basic program of an Amstrad CPC in javascript to use it on a web site.

This version only receive bugs fixes, it's now CPCBasicTS unchained (TS for TypeScript) which is developped, and a new version 0.1.1 was released two weeks ago.

At least I have installed CPCBasicTS and the first exeample will be one of the best Locomotive basic program which will feel you good : sound of waves and gulls by D. CARDON which came from a french magazine. Modify the number at the end of line 30 if you want to hear less gulls, and click on the Run button to launch the program.

Exernal Gotek for Amstrad CPC 664 and 6128 by Amstrad Retro Geek


Amstrad Retro Geek is presenting an Exernal Gotek for Amstrad CPC 664 and 6128 with personalize USB key, 2 colors LCD screen, activity LED, rottary button to choose an image, buzzer for the drive sound, choice of drive A or B in a 3D printed box by Benemerit (Madrid, Espagne). The video is well done with integrated subtitles in french and english.

Crack'n Rom Nostalgie's web site is online (since a moment...)


Always in advance being late, the Crack'n Rom Nostalgie's web site is online since a moment already, but also on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

It features about fanzines Crack'n Rom, le Canard déchainé and Cpc Fanz Bzh, and more.

Source code of the adventure game : On the Queen's footsteps by Davide Bucci


Davide Bucci is the author of adventure games, including On the Queen's footsteps for several platforms. On the 3rd February 2024, he has released the source code of his game on Github.

His game is written with The Adventure Writing System (AWS) by Aristide Torrelli and his own utility aws2c which translates AWS ascii files directly in C code. As his utility uses Z88DK to create the ZX Spectrum version, it was easy for him to write an Amstrad CPC version.

Here is the introduction of the game : today is August 27th, 1904. Nine months ago, you, Emilia Vittorini, joined the Italian Archeological Expedition in Egypt led by Ernesto Schiaparelli, the director of the Egyptian Museum of Turin. You are now back in Genova, Italy: your steam ferry arrived three days ago with 25 wooden boxes containing Queen Nefertari Meritmut's grave goods, a real treasure! They left Genova by train, heading towards Turin, yesterday evening. While they were in transit, you were invited to a sumptuous reception organised by a wealthy art lover, Eugenio Collovati, count of Raligotto, but it would be hard to say that you appreciated the evening. But the reception was yesterday: now, you must catch the train to Turin and check that the treasure arrived safely. I will be your eyes and ears. Good luck.

After the loading screen, press the Return Key to get the start of the game (see second screen below).

On the Queen's Footsteps par Davide Bucci, loading screen On the Queen's Footsteps par Davide Bucci, start of the game

New version of the ACE-DL emulator by Roudoudou (30th January)


New 30th January 2024 version by Roudoudou of his ACE-DL Amstrad CPC emulator.

After downloading the emulator, you can also get a SymbOS disk image or OPL3 music to be used with the Willy OPL3 plugin.

This new version features mostly FDC ameliorations.

Tenth Amstrad CPC score contest on 2048 organized by Border 0


Border 0 organizes his tenth score contest on the game 2048 (reflexion by Crackers Velus for CPCRetroDev 2014) till the 29th February 2024. See the site for the rules, you will have to use the WinAPE Amstrad CPC emulator to record a SNR file.