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).
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 +
Amstrad CPC 464 (CRTC-0)
Amstrad CPC 664 (CRTC-0)
Amstrad CPC 6128 (CRTC-0)
Possibility of opening several machines in parallel
Support TAP,TZX,PZX,CSW,CDT in playback or recording.
You are currently working on your latest production and need a way to compose music for it? Then the Arkos Tracker might be a good choice for you. In the latest version, Targhan, the author of it, completely rewrote it, so it is available for your favourite operating system now. Besides the obvious support for the Amstrad CPC it also supports the Atari ST, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Oric, Apple 2, Vectrex and the Sharp MZ-700 and of course you can also import various chiptune tracker formats (e.g. from Soundtrakker, Arkos Tracker 1, Starkos Tracker, Wyz Tracker, etc.) but also MIDI or MOD files for easy music conversion. Let’s not forget that it also supports extra hardware that adds multiple soundchips to your system (like the PlayCity on the Amstrad CPC).
This is an example tune playing in the Arkos Tracker 2:
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