Madram, Drill and Hicks have released a new version of ORGAMS – an assembler for Z80 assembly language, which runs on the Amstrad CPC. It is a ROM based assembler, so you should use it with a ROM expansion like the X-MEM board by TotO or the Amstrad WiFi. It also features a very detailed english and a french user guide. You can download the latest version from the CPCWiki forums.
Trace: Source visualization while debugging (imperfect, Orgams can be lost with conditional or repeated blocs)
Trace: Memory visualization while debugging
Trace: CONTROL UP/DOWN for faster navigation
Monitor: Binary display with ‘?’ command
Monitor: Display restored zone when returning to BASIC
Assembler: Can assemble up to #BF80, and in #C000-#FFFF page
Editor: Free cursor
Editor: TAB to repeat previous search (text or label)
Editor: ESC to stop current search (only works with CONTROL F)
Editor: CONTROL-ESPACE put/remove BRK
Editor: CONTROL-C to display CATalogue
Editor: Can join lines (DEL at first column). Corollary : ‘DEL’ after ‘RETURN’ cancels an unexpected split
Editor: Use ‘&’ for hexa, like in BASIC and MAXAM.
Editor: Allow (IX) as shortcut for (IX+0)
General: Use RAM from very last bank (&FF) to alleviate conflict with 256k RAM-DISC.
General: Extension and Monogams ROMs can be burned everywhere (i.e. ROM 1 to 127)
General: Allow |o,”source” (no need to write “.o”)
Bloc repetition was corrupted when corresponding source was overlapping 2 banks
Division with MSB set in divisor (e.g. &240/&C0) was corrupted
Sign was lost with sub-expression (e.g. -1/[1/1] or -1 mod [4 mod 5])
Negative values for FILL, ORG and repetitions raise error.
Bad expression for repetitions (e.g. undefined label) raise error.
Proper binary save from 9800-HIMEM zone
Returning to basic won’t reset 9800-HIMEM zone anymore
‘ORG &100’ now correctly parsed (not as ‘OR G AND 100’)
OffseT released a new version of his emulator for the MorphOS operating system. It emulates the Amstrad CPC old generation and the Amstrad Plus, too. The emulator was written from scratch, so it isn’t just a port of an existing open source Amstrad CPC emulator. Due to its very precise audio and video renderings, ACE should be your first choice to watch demos.
If you are a MorphOS user and want to use your Amstrad CPC software under MorphOS, don’t hesitate and download it from the ACE homepage
Migration from gcc 4 to gcc 5
Fixes in CRTCs emulation.
Added new APIs in the plugin interface.
Added new plugins for Kempston and AMX mice.
Added new plugin for joysticks (replaces internal emulation).
Fixed version string of the executable (it prevented Grunch from detecting ACE version).
Fixes in snapshots handling.
Fixes in tape to hard disc interface.
Automatic reconfiguration of the floppy disc drives depending on the inserted disc image.
The DD Studio released a new platformer for the Amstrad CPC called “Heroes Rescue”. In the game you play Fry from Futurama, who has to rescue other cartoon heroes from The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Marvel. Of course it is not that simple, because a lot of enemies from the same cartoon series will try to prevent your way to the top of the level. On your way to rescue the other heroes, you can collect diamonds to increase your highscore.
The game itself was developed with AGD (Arcade Game Designer) and features very nice graphics and a good playability. Unfortunately there is no ingame music and only some sound effects. Anyway, test it yourself on the real machine or in an emulator. You can download it from the DD Studios homepage or at the end of this news.
James Ford is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to finance a new quarterly Amstrad CPC fanzine called “Colour Personal Computing”. The fanzine itself will be in A5 style in black and white – just like the old fanzines of the 90s 🙂 and the best above all, the first issue is almost finished and can be shipped in September. Its main focus is on games, but there will be also articles about hardware, demos and applications, of course. To get the 1st issue, you just have to “back” it with 3 GBP / ~3.50 EUR.
According to the Kickstarter campaign, you can expect the following for the first issue:
Reviews of the latest CPC games including Jewel Warehouse, CoolBox and Let’s Go!
A feature on the upcoming game, Doomsday Lost Echoes, including an interview with its creator.
A special feature on the latest CPC hardware expansions.
A beginners guide to Floppy Disk emulators.
The first part of a new drama serial, “The (Alex) Van Damm Chronicles” and lots of other silliness.
Lots, lots more (it’s fantastic that we’re in a position where there’s so much to write about the CPC!).
Reidrac just released a new jump and run game for the Amstrad CPC. It features awesome graphics, nice music, a lot of screens to explore aaaaaand Ninja Power aka Koga Magic :-). In the game, you play the ninja spy Kitsune who needs to collect the 30 pieces of the Golden Tail, which is a talisman with great power. But you can read more details about the story in the intro of the game. Be sure to download and play it – if possible on a real machine…
You can download the game from Usebox.net and at the end of this news. The ZIP file will contain a disk image, a cassette image and the game manual.
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