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GameBase CPC (v33) by Loïc Daneels is back

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GameBase CPC v33 is available since today.

Please download only one file at a time.



When The Alan Parsons Project meets the Amstrad CPC and the Amiga

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Fabrizio Radica has written a MOD of the well know instrumental piece of the Alan Parsons Project : Mammagamma (original on the official youtube channel). This track was out on the eye of the sky, released in June 1982 by Arista Records.

You can listen to these three versions of this MOD :

Credits : original music by The Alan Parsons Project, conversion by Fabrizio Radica, graphics by Devilmarkus, player by Prodatron, videos Amstrad CPC done with the JavaCPC emulator.





SDCC v3.9.0 (C programming for Amstrad CPC) on PC and MacOS

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A new version of the ANSI-C compiler SDCC v3.8.0 is available since the 15th April 2019 for windows, linux and MacOS.






ISS Emergency, a new adventure game for Amstrad CPC

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Seen on MO5, a new adventure game is out on Amstrad CPC : ISS Emergency, also on ZX Spectrum, Commodore Plus/4 and C64, and PC too.

ISS EMERGENCY has been originally written for the Commodore Plus/4 et C64 by John Whatson, then adaptated by Gareth Pitchford with DAAD converted by Siz for the other 8bit platforms.



The Pawn by Magnetic Scrolls, remastered From Original Source Code by Strand Games

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Strand Games has released in 2017 a remastered version of The Pawn, Guild of Thieves and Jinxter by modifying binaries. Since them source code of The Pawn has been found. So it's time for a remastered verion from this original code source which let adding ambient sounds with new adjustable volume, improved sound handling on Linux, item icons and an option to put text below graphics.

For at least 1,49 pound, you can buy the windows (32/64), linux and mac versions of The Pawn. There are also Iphone and Android versions of The Pawn.



Repairing and Servicing a 3" Floppy Disk Drive by Noel Llopis

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If you are interested by the hardware of the Amstrad CPC (and GX4000), you should go read Noel Llopis's Twitter.

His Youtube channel Noel's Retro Lab has at the moment a video about repairing and servicing a 3 inch floppy disk drive.




A new adventure game : On the Queen's footsteps by Davide Bucci on Amstrad CPC

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Seen on Twitter, Davide Bucci is the author of adventure games, including On the Queen's footsteps for several platforms.

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, thanks to him.

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



After Hibernated and Eight feet under by Stefan Vogt, the cover for Hibernated 2

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After Hibernated, Stefan Vogt wrote Eight feet under, both games are available. Hibernated 2 is WIP, but the cover of the game is now official on Twitter.




Sonic GX for the Amstrad GX-4000 by No Recess at the Alchemie 2019

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No Recess did announce a WIP Amstrad GX-4000 game, and now the information is known, it's Sonic GX.

The game is programmed by NoRecess (Condense), graphics upgraded by CeD (Condense), audio by Targhan (Arkos) and tests by TotO, Overflow and Longshot.

There is a thread about Sonix GX on CPCWiki. More informations will be revealed in the Blast Annual 2020 (WIP newspaper). The game will be released officially in 2020.

A second video of Sonix GX is on Youtube.




An Amstrad PPC 640 with a LCD color screen and a Gotek

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I did just buy an Amstrad PPC 640 (sold starting 1988) on french site le bon coin. It's a PC weighing 6 Kg, with a green monochrome screen, a real standard keyboard, 640 Kb (no EMS/XMS), a NEC V30 (8 Mhz) replacing the 8086 found in PC 1512 or 1640, two 3,5 disk drives, a 2400 bps modem (v22bis, v23), printer and serial ports, a standard MDA/CGA/EGA video port, a port to connect a PC 1512 or 1640 screen and two extension ports. It runs msdos 3.3

Amstrad PPC 640 closed, up view Amstrad PPC 640 opened, up view Amstrad PPC 640 right side, with the handle

And tonight I am reading on CPCWiki (link below) a quite nice information linking to Hackaday about a modded Amstrad PPC 640 by Retrohax.

He changed one of the two 3,5 inch disk drive with a gotek, but he especially replaced the green monochrome LCD screen with a color screen (coming from a television set) using the MCA2EVGA available on Serdashop. The MCA2EVGA isnt visible as it is now in the room where you could put 1O C size batteries to run the computer (about 1 hour of autonomy).

But even without changing the screen, the MCA2EVGA can be used to connect a VGA screen with the video port at the back of the PPC 640. Doing this you wont need to look for an Amstrad PC 1512 or an Amstrad PC 1640 whose screen can be connected to the PPC 640 for the video (dont forget to change the switches at the left of the PPC) and bring him electricity at the same time, avoiding using its own alimentation.