Jan 162017
 

4Sceners and Bitfellas published their favourite demoscene productions for the year 2016 and it is great to see three Amstrad CPC productions in their list, too. Ranked on 3rd place in the category “Best Music Disc” you will find the CPC vs. Virgill music disc by Tristar and Red Sector (TRSI). The other two productions can be found in the “Best Scene Game”. The awesome Pinball Dreams preview by the Batman Group ranked on the 2nd place (hey, this is just preview – what can we expect from the final product :-)) and ranked on the 7th place you will find the game Outlaws by RetroBytes which won the CPCRetroDev 2016 competition. You can have a look the complete results on the 4Sceners website (german).
It is always great to see Amstrad CPC productions mentioned in demoscene :-).

Nov 142016
 

The Batman Group, well known for their great Batman Forever demo for the Amstrad CPC, is currently working on a port of the Digital Illusions (today DICE, known for the Battlefield series) game Pinball Dreams. Pinball Dreams is a pinball simulator, which was released for the Commodore Amiga, Commodore C64, Nintendo Game Boy, DOS and much more systems – excluding the Amstrad CPC. Some days ago, they released a playable preview version of the game and while it is not complete yet and you can only play one table but it shows its potential with awesome scrolling, perfect usage of the Amstrad CPCs colour palette and great graphics. Be sure to download the preview and play it on a real Amstrad CPC with monitor, if possible!!! The game needs 128kb RAM, so be sure to run it with a RAM expansion on a 464 or 664.
You can download the preview from Pouet (don’t forget to vote) and at the end of this news.

Pinball Dreams Preview
Pinball Dreams Preview
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Aug 042016
 

Rhino released a new graphics tool for the Amstrad CPC called Perfect Pix. Perfect Pix supports 3 different extended graphics modes with extended colours and resolutions:

  • Mode R
    • Up to 384×272 pixels and 16 freely selectable colors from a palette of 27.
  • Mode B0
    • Up to 192×272 pixels and 136 colors from a palette of 378.
  • Mode B1
    • Up to 384×272 pixels and 307 colors, divided into color 0 + up to 34 palettes of 9 colors per line.

Perfect Pix comes with an awesome documentation (english and spanish) and of course with the source code to use the pictures in your own production. If you need graphics for your next project, be sure to have a look at it. You can download the latest version from Pouet.net and the CPCWiki forums.

Perfect Pix by Rhin / Batman Group

v1.00

  • First release.

v1.01

  • Added message if upper memory is full by too many ROMs.

v1.02

  • Bug fixed in the converter exporting overscan screens.
  • More upper memory free for greater ROMs compatibility.

v1.03

  • Improved controls in Paint tool by adding CONTROL + keys to move the pointer to scroll the zoom window (similar to OCP Art Studio).
  • Added warning message in the converter when source image exceeds the image size limits managed with the Paint tool.
  • Additional upper memory free for greater ROMs compatibility.

 

Jan 282015
 

The Batman Group, best known for their great demo Batman Forever, just released a small intro, which contains a scoller and music. You can download and vote for it on Pouet.net.

Aug 042012
 

The 10th annual Scene.org awards results were published and the Batman Group won 3 prices with their great demo “Batman Forever“. It won in the categories “Best demo on an oldschool platform”, “best technical achievement” and “public choice”. But that’s not all, they also ranked 3rd in “best graphics” and “breakthrough performance”. So a big congratulation to the Batman Group, thanks for showing what is possible to do with an Amstrad CPC and for the entertaining demo.

Here is the video of the demo again (but of course, it looks better if you watch it on the real hardware):

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