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Port of the Amstrad CPC emulator Caprice32 by Colin Pitrat on Github

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Colin Pitrat is the author of a port of the Amstrad CPC emulator Caprice32 initially programmed by par Ulrich Doewich.

Caprice32 features :

  • Complete emulation of CPC464, CPC664 and CPC6128
  • Mostly working support of Plus Range: CPC464+/CPC6128+/GX4000 (missing vectored & DMA interrupts, analog joysticks and 8 bit printer)
  • Joystick support - it can be fully used with joystick only, thanks to an integrated virtual keyboard.
  • Joystick emulation - joystick-only games can be played using the keyboard
  • English, French or Spanish keyboards
  • DSK and IPF files for disks - VOC and CDT files for tapes - CPR files for cartridge
  • Snapshots (SNA files)
  • Direct load of ZIP files (all formats except IPF)
  • Custom disk formats
  • Printer support
  • Memory tool to inspect and modify memory (peek and poke)
  • Experimental support of Multiface 2 (you should prefer using memory tool)
  • Text mode graphics (using aalib or libcaca)


CSW2CDT by César Nicolas Gonzales, a windows utility to transfer Amstrad CPC tapes

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The CSW2CDT tool suite is a set of three programs whose main purpose is the encoding of computer tapes used in the Sinclair ZX and the Amstrad CPC families during the Golden Age of European videogames (1982-1994), when tapes were the most popular distribution method of commercial software :

  • CSW0 is a command-line program that reads WAV audio sample files and writes CSW V1 packed samples
  • CSW2CDT is a command-line program that reads CSW1 V1 packed samples and writes CDT/TZX tape images
  • CSW2CDT-UI is a dialog-driven program whose graphical user interface simplifies the usage of the first two tools.

The general procedure is divided in several steps :

  • The tape must be sampled as an uncompressed WAV audio file whose quality should be at least 22050 Hz. Mono and 8 bits are preferred over stereo and 16 bits
  • The resulting WAV file must be fed to CSW0, that will measure all the square waves and produce a CSW V1 file. Optional flags can be used to perform band-pass filtering on the signal
  • This CSW V1 file will be handed to CSW2CDT, whose task is to scan the data blocks within and build a CDT/TZX image. Again, optional flags allow for increasingly complex processing of the contents
  • The CDT/TZX image ultimately needs to be tested then in an emulator that can play tape files back, such as CPCE and WinAPE for Amstrad CPC titles or FUSE and UnrealSpeccy for ZX Spectrum softwares

CSW2CDT-UI eases the procedure because its graphical user interface is more comfortable (although less flexible) than the command line : choosing the sample, generating the CSW V1 file, and encoding the CDT/TZX file can be performed by pushing buttons and choosing options. It also allows for the reverse procedure of playing back CDT/TZX images into CSW V1 files and WAV audio files with some few mouse clicks.

Dlfrsilver, loyal alphatester and main inspiration, wrote the French and English handbooks.



Omeyad by Ubi Soft in 1989, an Amtrad CPC adventure game played by JB le Daron on Youtube

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The last Youtube video by JB le Daron is about an Amstrad CPC adventure game with graphics by Ubi Soft : Omeyad released in 1989.

The description given by JB le Daron and the test of the game on CPC Game Reviews should make you playing the game (well if you understand french of course). The story takes place in medieval Arabia in the city of Omeyad. You will have to meet several of people of the town who will give you missions to complete. Of course you will have to use objets to do that. The town and its people are reacting to what you do, which is rare in games!



The Legend of Anubis by Core Studio, an Amstrad CPC game (CPCRetroDev 2016)

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I didnt write yet about all Amstrad games released for the CPCRetroDev 2016 contest.

The Legend of Anubis by Core Studio is one of these games (arcade). It was written by Adrian Gonzalez Herrera, Mateo Bernal Montoya and Jose Roberto Martinez Gras.

You enter an old pyramide facing many dangers and traps with one goal in mind, to get an ancient relic : the mask of Anubis, the god with a chacal head, governing the land of death.



W.I.P. Baba's Palace for Amstrad CPC by Rafael Castillo

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Another WIP game, Rafael Castillo started one month ago to write Baba's Palace announced on Twitter. Graphics are realy nice.



W.I.P. Red Planet 2 for Amstrad CPC by Salvador Cantero using CPCTelera

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Using CPCTelera Salvador Cantero is working on Red Planet 2 for Amstrad CPC. Red Planet 1 was for another platform.







How to avoid anti-aliasing in pictures taken in WinApe (Amstrad CPC emulator)

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There is a simple solution to avoid anti-aliasing in screenshots taken in the Amstrad CPC emulator WinApe. You have to disable the option Pal Emulation.

The solution was given by Roudoudou.



The 30 best arcade conversions on Amstrad CPC by Edward on Youtube

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Edward is a french youtubber whose speciality is the history of video games. His last video is about the 30 best arcade conversions on Amstrad CPC.

Well, as some games are not that good, the best 30 arcade conversions are not the 30 best games...

The 30 arcade conversions are from the bottom to the best : Final Fight, Altered Beast, Street Fighter, Outrun, le Retour du Jedi, Gemini Wing, Ghots'n'Goblins, S.T.U.N. Runner, Cabal, Gunsmoke, R-Type (no mention of the Easter Egg R-Type), Super Hang-On, Paper Boy, Double Dragon, Ghouls'n Ghosts, Chase H.Q., Bubble Bobble (without talking of BB4CPC), Xybots, Gauntlet, Operation Wolf, Commando, Arkanoid, Kung Fu Master, Prohibition (Empire City on arcade), Space Harrier, After Burner, Smash T.V., Shinobi, Ikari Warriors and Renegade.



Top 11 of Amstrad CPC games in 2016 by Novabug on Youtube

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Novabug presents his personal top 11 of Amstrad CPC games created in 2016 in a video on Youtube, over more than 75 games created this year.

So, his personal top is the following :

  • Outlaws
  • Dragon Attack
  • Out of this world
  • Defense
  • Coolbox
  • Imperial Mahjong
  • Jewel Warehouse
  • Hair Boy
  • Nibiru (using 8BP)
  • Magica
  • Chibi Akumas (Episode 1 : Invasion!)

Personnaly the best game for 2016 is Magica, but they are other very good games too for sure.

You can also see his Top 11 of Amstrad CPC games in 2015.