Nov 062019

We all love to use our old joysticks like the Competition PRO with our retro hardware, but to be honest, sometimes we wish to use a more modern input device like an XboX controller, don’t we? Impossible? No! Duke, also author of the great M4 WiFi interface for the Amstrad CPC, has designed a device, called Imperium Solo, that allows you to connect your modern game controller to the Amstrad CPC and play your games with it. It already supports a variety of USB input devices (like the already mentioned XboX controller or a USB NES gamepad), but the firmware is constantly improved by Duke to support even more input devices.
You can get more information and the latest firmware on Dukes Imperium Solo web page and discuss and order it in the CPC Wiki forums.

Nov 012019

NoRecess, who is well-known for his demos, tools and also interviews in with CPC sceners, released a work in progress video of his game for the Amstrad Plus / GX4000 computers. It is called SonicGX and obviously it is a Sonic the Hedgehog game and features a framerate of 50Hz and around 40 colours on screen. He plans to show other previews during the development and wants to release the game at the end of 2020. So keep your fingers crossed that we will have a cool jump and run game at the end of next year :-). Until then: subscribe his Youtube channel to get informed about his next previews and enjoy the preview…

Oct 272019

8BP (= 8bits of power) is a set of RSX commands (commands that are directly integrated into BASIC) that helps you to create games in Locomotive BASIC for the Amstrad CPC. It features new commands for sprite handling, animation, scrolling, music (based on the WYZTracker), etc. With only 8kb of code, it is very small and leaves 24kb to be used by your BASIC program. You can download the latest version from GitHub, read the (spanish) development blog or participate on the technical discussions in the CPCWiki forums.

Eridu – an example for a game written with 8BP

Main features

  • 32 sprites with clipping, overwrite, ordering (4 order types) and collision detection (mode 0 and mode 1)
  • 4 modes of sprites sorting, based on Ymax or Ymin, partial or complete
  • sprite/image flipping (mode 0 and mode 1)
  • animation sequences, and macro-sequences. Any sprite can change automatically its animation sequence depending on its parameters Vy,Vx
  • multi-directional scroll (based in command MAP2SP)
  • allows in-game music based on WYZtracker tool (commands MUSIC and MUSICOFF)
  • layout ( which is a kind of “tile map”), with collision detection
  • only takes 8 KB, leaving 24 KB for BASIC programs. 8BP reserves 8KB for sprites and 1.4KB for music, but your BASIC program can have up to 24 KB length
  • STARS command for sand effects, rain, snow and stars planes
  • commands for move N sprites at the same time (such as MOVERALL, AUTOALL, ROUTEALL…)
  • routing sprites through user-defined routes, simplifying game logic. These routes can be loopings, jumps, complex trajectories or whatever
  • inks animation command (RINK) for racing cars games, bricks. etc
    complete sprite editor included (SPEDIT)
  • customizable mini character set for printing in mode 0 (using command PRINTAT)
  • Pseudo 3D capability for “pole position” style games (racing games, tanks, etc)
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 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.