Nov 212016
 

Some time ago the Mojon Twins released their Amstrad CPC port of their game Sir Ababol 2 (you can download Sir Ababol here). In Sir Ababol 2 you have to guide the main character, Sir Ababol, to the top of the six towers of Freezia. Of course you have to fight against several enemies which you will meet on your way.

Sir Ababol 2 by the Mojon Twins

You can download Sir Ababol 2 from the Mojon Twins homepage or at the end of this posting. The source code for the game can be found there, too.

Sir Ababol 2 by the Mojon Twins - in game graphics

The game was developed with the Z88dk cross-compiler by using the PSG player by Wyz, the CPCRSlib by Artaburu and uses the Exomizer 2 compression library by MetalBrain.

Sir Ababol 2
Sir Ababol 2
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Sir Ababol 2 source code
Sir Ababol 2 source code
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Nov 182016
 

SymbOS 3.0 RC1

Prodatron released a release candidate of his SymbOS system for the Amstrad CPC. After the network support, which was introduced in the last WIP version of SymbOS, the new version contains some bugfixes and support for widgets, which are little applications that can be placed directly inside the SymbOS desktop area. Like widgets for mobile phones they e.g. may show the time and date or the actual weather information. In the RC1, Prodatron currently provides a clock and CPU meter widget and a preview version of a weather widget.
The SymbOS ZIP archive also contains pre-installation files for the M4Board (Amstrad WiFi) and SYMBiFACE II compatible IDE interfaces now, so you can just copy them to the respective device and use SymbOS out of the box.

You can download and discuss the SymbOS 3.0 RC1 on the CPCWiki forums.

Changelog

  • fixed bug in the widget management of the extended desktop; the widget feature can now fully used as well
  • no FDC access during the startup phase; increased booting speed
Nov 142016
 

The Batman Group, well known for their great Batman Forever demo for the Amstrad CPC, is currently working on a port of the Digital Illusions (today DICE, known for the Battlefield series) game Pinball Dreams. Pinball Dreams is a pinball simulator, which was released for the Commodore Amiga, Commodore C64, Nintendo Game Boy, DOS and much more systems – excluding the Amstrad CPC. Some days ago, they released a playable preview version of the game and while it is not complete yet and you can only play one table but it shows its potential with awesome scrolling, perfect usage of the Amstrad CPCs colour palette and great graphics. Be sure to download the preview and play it on a real Amstrad CPC with monitor, if possible!!! The game needs 128kb RAM, so be sure to run it with a RAM expansion on a 464 or 664.
You can download the preview from Pouet (don’t forget to vote) and at the end of this news.

Pinball Dreams Preview
Pinball Dreams Preview
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Nov 102016
 

Finally here they are: the files of the competition entries of the CPCRetroDev 2016. It is awesome to see so many entries which also seem to be higher in quality again this year. I guess you have already read the news about the winners in the different categories, so here are the results of all games. To download the game, click on the title.
Hopefully, the games will be available on cassette in the future on the CPCRetroDev homepage, too.

PositionImageGameGroupResult
1thumb_outlaws_retrobytesOutlawsRetroBytes(9.05) PRO Winner, Dinamic Mention, Gominolas Mention, Jon Ritman Nominee
2thumb_hirehare_cngsoftHire HareCNGSoft(8.98) PRO Second, Jon Ritman Mention, Dinamic Nominee
3thumb_virusdog_cpc-powerVirus DogCPC-Power(8.40) PRO Third
4thumb_dragonattack_bitplanetechnomantesDragon AttackBitplane Technomates(7.26) Cátedra Santander-UA Innovative Game Development Mention, PRO Nominee, Gominolas Nominee
5thumb_hair-boy_carlossevilaHair-BoyCarlos Sevila (7.09) PRO Nominee, Cátedra Santander-UA Engaging Gameplay
6thumb_thegrenadesconquest_subxplosionThe Grenades ConquestSub Xplosion(7.01) PRO Nominee
7thumb_ice-slider_egotripIce-SliderEgoTrip(6.82) Gominolas Nominee
8thumb_pingusoccer_panzPingu SoccerPanZ(6.77)
9thumb_amsthrees_glasnostcorpAmsthreesGlasnost Corp(6.72)
10thumb_mazeadventure_piterayoMaze Adventurepiterayo(6.56)
11thumb_elreinodelcolor_antoniocorpasEl Reino Del ColorAntonio Corpas(6.12) BASIC Winner
12thumb_retroboom_retroboomRetroboomRetroBoom(5.81)
13thumb_theleyendofanubis_corestudioThe Leyend Of AnubisCore Studio(5.68)
14thumb_tradworld_marTrad WorldMAR(5.35)
15thumb_firewallwars_navyxickenFirewall WarsNavy Xicken(5.33) Dinamic Nominee
16thumb_haciendocampanya_cocoteamHaciendo CampanyaCoco Team(5.29)
17thumb_ringringwarrior_aberrantesRing Ring WarriorAberrantes(5.15)
18thumb_killfield_paradoxKillfieldParadox(5.06)
19thumb_robobitgame_robobitRobobitgameRobobit(4.83)
20thumb_thegreatbattlesofmagistar_sn9495The Great Battle Of Magistarsn9495(4.78)
21thumb_elliot_approxbitElliotApproxbit(4.77)
22thumb_bananas-recovery_boomaBananas-RecoveryBOOMA(4.74)
23thumb_harrierrevenge_independienteHarrier RevengeIndependiente(4.54)
24thumb_proyectox_poisonousdepartmentProyecto XPoisonous Department(4.48)
25thumb_464crusader_ispira464crusaderISPIRA(4.45)
26thumb_fitzroy-and-the-power-wells_awerghFitzroy And The Power Wellsawergh(4.41) Jon Ritman Nominee
27thumb_nexttrack_asyncteamNext TrackAsync Team(4.33)
28thumb_cannibalator_trabitboyCannibalatortrabitboy(4.26)
29thumb_sidegun_radicalpandaSidegunRadical Panda(4.25)
30thumb_heromagic_irondevsHero MagicIron Devs(4.22)
31thumb_thelastfighter_patatasasadasThe Last FighterPatatas Asadas(4.06)
32thumb_gene_losrodriguezGeNeLos Rodriguez(3.92)
33thumb_deadwarrior_aberracionunoDead WarriorAberracion Uno(3.87)
34thumb_spacewar_equipobucleSpace WarEquipo Bucle(3.52)

 

Nov 072016
 

While we are still waiting for the download of the CPCRetroDev 2016 competition, we already know the winners of the different categories. I have added the Youtube videos from the ByteRealms channel, which show the different games, so you can already have a look at what you are waiting for :-).

PRO category

  1. Outlaws / Retrobytes Productions
  2. Hire Hare / CNGSoft
  3. Virus Dog / CPC-Power

BASIC category

  • El Reino del Color / Antonio Corpas

Gominolas: best music

  • Outlaws / Retrobytes Productions

Jon Ritman: technical development

  • Hire Hare / CNGSoft

Dinamic: innovative playability

  • Outlaws / Retrobytes Productions

Catedra Santander-UA special awards

  • Hair Boy / Carlos Sevila (gameplay, entertainment)
  • Dragon Attack / Bitplane Technomantes (innovative development)

Again a big thank you to all participants, who made this competiton great again. I still cannot wait to get my hands on the games and play them on the real machine.

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