Oct 172019
 

You still love to write programs with the awesome Locomotive BASIC that was delivered directly with the Amstrad CPC? Maybe you still have a BASIC program that you want to run on a modern computer without using an emulator? Great! Then Marco Vieth, well-known for his CPC emulator CPC-Emu, has a solution for you: CPCBasic. It can run you BASIC program in a webbrowser (serverless) and sends its output to the HTML canvas.
To learn more about CPCBasic, head over to the CPCBasic GitHub page and test it by yourself.

Features:

  • Run old an new BASIC programs in a browser
  • “Wrap factor” Speed: Frame Fly and other events in real-time, calculations as fast as possible
  • CPC Basic Unchained: Less restrictions, extended by new features, breaking out of the CPC box
  • BASIC compiler and not just interpreter
  • Lots of memory, no memory full
  • Runs locally without a server (even on mobile devices, but without input)
  • HTML5 / JavaScript without external libraries
Oct 122019
 

ESP Soft released a new adventure game for the Amstrad CPC. In the game you wake up in the hospital of a space station called Euclides XXI. During the last three years, you have been working on analysation of a close temporal vortex near the space station. Try to find out what happened and how to get out of there.

The game is available in spanish and english. You can download it from the ESP Soft website (download the “ENG” version at the end of the page if you want to play it in english).

Oct 072019
 

OffseT released a new version of his emulator for the MorphOS and Haiku operating systems. 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 have a MorphOS system around.
If you are a MorphOS or Haiku user and want to use your Amstrad CPC software under those systems, don’t hesitate and download it from the ACE homepage.

Changes:

  • Added management of plugins activation from ACE icon.
  • Fixed overflow detection in CRTC editor window.
  • Fixed the last kwown emulation issue of CRTC 3 (fixes Tennis Cup 2 intro).
  • Fixed wrong timing of OUT (0),A opcode when putting data on bus.
  • Added support for up to 4096K expansion RAM (compatible with MemCard 2M and CPC4MB).
  • Added support for new snapshot chunks MX??, so that up to 4160K can be stored.
  • Added preferences save from the menu (resynchronize the icon’s tooltypes with run time settings).
  • Improved joysticks plugin to make use on the sensors.library instead of the lowlevel.library (thanks to Szilárd Biró for his code examples).
  • Fixed small issues and made internal modifications to ease code portability.
Oct 022019
 

Finally it is here: the long awaited Pinball Dreams pinball simulator by the Batman Group, well known for their Batman Forever demo, that proves that the Amstrad CPC is indeed an awesome and underestimated machine. It was years in the making and finally shows an awesome homage to the Amiga version of the game. Of course, it features all the pinball tables of the original version, but have a look by yourself:

You can download the game directly from the Batman Group website (direct link to the game).

Update 2019/10/06: Amstrad Maniaque uploaded a longplay of Pinball Dreams.

Oct 022019
 

A new version of the Retro Virtual Machine by Juan Carlos Gonzalez Amestoy was released. It is a modern multi-platform emulator for Windows, Linux and MacOS. Currently it supports the emulation of an Amstrad CPC 464, 664 and 6128 and also different Sinclair computers. Besides that it is also feature packed with for e.g. realistic CRT emulation and devices like the X-Mem, the CPC Dandanator or the AMX mouse. Hopefully more will come in the future. Needless to say that it also supports tape and floppy emulation and features extended development features like debugger and integrated assembler.

But have a look by yourself:

The Retro Virtual Machine immediatly became my favourite emulator, so if you want to test it, too, head over to the Retro Virtual Machine homepage and download it for your favourite operating system.

Features:

  • Multiplatform
    • Windows (Vista+)
    • Linux
    • MacOs (10.9+)
  • Multi System
    • ZX Spectrum
      • ZX Spectrum 16k
      • ZX Spectrum 48k (issue2/3/+/+English)
      • ZX Spectrum 128k (eng/spa)
      • ZX Spectrum +2 (eng/spa/fr)
      • ZX Spectrum +2A (4.0eng/4.0spa/4.1eng/4.1spa)
      • ZX Spectrum +3 (4.0eng/4.0spa/4.1eng/4.1spa)
      • ZX Spectrum +2E (eng/spa)
      • ZX Spectrum +3E (eng/spa)
      • Inves Spectrum +
      • ZX-Uno (v4.1/v4.2)
    • Amstrad CPC
      • Amstrad CPC 464 (CRTC-0)
      • Amstrad CPC 664 (CRTC-0)
      • Amstrad CPC 6128 (CRTC-0)
    • Multi machine
      • Possibility of opening several machines in parallel
    • Virtual Cassette
      • Support TAP,TZX,PZX,CSW,CDT in playback or recording.
    • Floppy disks
      • Low level disc (mfm)
      • New implementation of upd765
      • HFE/DSK support
    • Monitor
      • Emulation of synchronism (H-sync/V-sync)
      • New Shader
    • Joysticks / Gamepad
      • Autodetection
    • Devices
      • ZX Spectrum
      • DivMMC
      • Kempston Mouse
      • Magic-AY
      • Turbo Sound
    • Amstrad CPC
      • X-Mem
      • CPC Dandanator
      • AMX Mouse
    • Supported file systems in the integrated explorer
      • FAT 16
      • FAT 32
      • CPM
    • SD Emulation (SPI)
      • SD (max 2GB)
      • SDHC (max 32GB)
    • Development system (ALPHA)
      • Editable hexadecimal view
      • Editable disassembly view
      • Multiple monitors
      • Assembler with LUA pre-processor
      • Command terminal

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