Sep 192019
 

The Batman Group, well known for their great demo Batman Forever, showed one of their latest game projects in a small teaser on Youtube. As you can see, it is an arcade racer similar to Outrun, but features absolutly awesome graphics on the Amstrad CPC. I cannot wait to see this one released…

Vespertino teaser by Batman Group
Sep 172019
 

We waited a long time for it and nearly all of the CPC users can’t wait to play it on their CPC – I am very sure about it. Well, we talk about… hmm… it might be a game that already have a demo version out, but wait for 10/01/2019 and you will see more about it. I am sure you will find more about the release on their homepage – when it is time for it (at the moment it is under construction).
So enjoy the Batman Groups release announcment until then:

Release Announcment by the Batman Group
Sep 072019
 

You might have already noticed it – there are currently not that many updates on my page as you might have been used to. After a lot of different changes (where I do not want to bore you with details ;-)) I needed a time out from all that retro stuff. However, I am still around and visited at least the Revision in Saarbrücken, the Evoke in Cologne and the XzentriX in Seeshaupt. We also won the second price in the fast music compo at the Revision… I also recorded live videos of the CPC demos that were shown during the Revision and some of you are still waiting that I publish them, but they were too “shaky” and dark so that deshaking was not possible and I did not want to upload them in the current condition.

If you had an eye on the technical stuff of my pages, you might have noticed that I worked a little bit under the hood and installed Let’s encrypt certificates on my pages. I also moved this page one directory down, so that the main pages is now sitting on https://www.octoate.de instead of https://www.octoate.de/wp. Hopefully the rewrite rules are redirecting you, if you have still links to the content of my page, but please check the RSS feed integration (if you are using it). I also plan to get rid of the development blog and move it back to my weblog… anyway, that is not CPC related and both are german blogs :-).

Well, during the next time I will try to catch up with the news that was laying around for a long time. But my time is still limited and I am not able to read all the CPC forums where there might be news around. So if you have any news about the CPC or CPC related topics, do not hesitate and contact me via the contact page or just drop a mail to news@octoate.de.

Let’s bring our hobby to the next century :-)!

Aug 182019
 

Shining / TGS just released a new Amstrad Plus demo on the Evoke 2019 demoscene party in Cologne / Germany. Download and vote for the production on Pouet.net.

Nov 102018
 

Wow… what a great game development competition – again! And the best of all: I was allowed to be in the jury which was a great honor for me. But let’s talk about the games… I guess that this competition has rised the bar of the quality of the entries again and the students used ASM instead of C. Finally the games Operation Alexandria by 4MHz (1st), Jarlac by Retrobytes Productions (2nd) and Legend of Steel by TOD Studios (3rd) won the competition. And they really, really, really deserve it, but download them (download link below) and you can see it by yourself.

My personal 2nd place (I had to vote for the playability), the game Taulellets by Vicente Jimenez, was finally ranked 17 – anyway, I still like it very much and I will play it from time to time for sure. It made me come back during the test of the other games to play a short round to get past the next level :-).

If you want to participate on the CPCRetroDev next year, be sure to download the games and have a look at the documentations in the games folder. All the developers wrote a small “Making Of” and all games contain the source code. So this is obviously a great learning resource for everyone who wants to code for the Amstrad CPC.

But enough from me… here are the results of the CPCRetroDev 2018 game development competition:

PositionImageGameGroupResult
1Operation Alexandra4MHz(393) Best Game, Carlos Abril Mention, Gominolas Mention, Relevo Mention
2JarlacRetrobytes Productions(380) 2nd Best Game, Pablo Ariza Mention
3Legend of SteelTOD Studios(283) 3rd Best Game
4The Adventures of Timothy GunnCNGSoft(278) 4th Best Game
5OPQA vs. QAOP: The Final BattleManuel Sagra(261)
677 AttemptsUnknown Design(202) Best Student Game
7Foosball F3Quique Miquel(180)
8Deeper WarrensArnoud Bouche(162)
9The Rookie ThiefCPZenon Games(145) 2nd Best Student Game
10Crimson Knight AdventuresNibble Games(134)
11Harvest DayPixel Productions(129)
12RedseaGameroid(114)
13Earth DefenderCarlos Perezgrin(113) Best Opera Prima Additional Mention
14Snake BubbleThe Bubble Club(106)
15The Last DebtRetrojam Games(105)
16KimoHiyokoSarayCow(103)
17TaulelletsVicente Jimenez(99)
18The Spirit Of HalloweenLab16Devs(98)
19The CryptRetroGamma(97)
20Cannon DuelsDavid Asta(96)
21Space CowboyVoxelTower(94)
22IndigoIndigo(87)
23BringRGBackDead Pixel(74)
24OverheapBastaCPC(70)
25Turtle SlamTurtleSlam(68)
26Space BallAltered Vision(67)
27Elfo Saves ChristmasNinja Pointer(66)
28Two Finger Death NowSpherp08(62)
29Cat PangLady Cats(61)
30Cuchara VoladoraCucharaVoladora(60)
31Fitzroy And The Infestationawergh(60)
32BankACReturns(53)
33HacktankRetroleto Games(50)
34LunaticLunatic(45)
35Invade SpaceProyecto Red(41)
36TankARDAD(41)
37DisassemblerMachine Gun(40)
38Killing MachinePizzarT(40)
39Penalty KicksSakis Kaffesakis(40)
40CrockerMerienda(20)
4118th Century InvadersLYSGames(3)

You can download the games in one package directly down below or from the download section of this site. More information about the game development competition can be found on the CPCRetroDev homepage.

 

CPCRetroDev2018 All Games
CPCRetroDev2018 All Games

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