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
CPCRetroDev2018_all_games_.zip
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Jul 242017
 

Roudoudou released a new version of his Zilog Z80 cross-assembler called Rasm. Of course it supports all the undocumented opcodes, but beside of that, you can use conditional macros, a floating point engine and several mathmatical functions. A special feature is the possibility to create a cartridge for the Amstrad Plus or the Amstrad GX4000 directly by assembling your source code and you can automatically add an AMSDOS header to your binaries. It also supports crunched sections (the coded will be loaded and crunched on the fly) for LZ48, LZ49, LZ4, ZX7, and Exomizer. It has also a compatibility option to support the widely in the Amstrad CPC used MAXAM syntax. You can download and discuss it at the CPCWiki forums and at the end of this news.

Changes in v0.57

  • more flexible preprocessor with macro parameters
  • new label prefix tag {BANK} to get the bank where is located a label

 

Mar 202017
 

Roudoudou released a brand new Zilog Z80 cross-assembler that targets the Amstrad CPC. Of course it supports all the undocumented opcodes, but beside of that, you can use conditional macros, a floating point engine and several mathmatical functions. A special feature is the possibility to create a cartridge for the Amstrad Plus or the Amstrad GX4000 directly by assembling your source code and you can automatically add an AMSDOS header to your binaries. However, it currently does not support the Maxam assembly syntax.
The latest version contains a lot of bugfixes (local labels, macro, label tree, alias, …) and a documentation in french and english. You can download and discuss it at the CPCWiki forums and at the end of this news.

Update 21.03.2017
Roudoudou released a new version v0.42 with the following changes:

  • allow old style label declaration with a starting dot
  • allow useless A, register form with ADC, ADD, SBC, SUB
  • extended syntax for 8bits index registers
  • documentation FR/EN updated

Update 31.03.2017 – Rasm v0.48

  • bugfix of label calculations when placed after a LZ48/LZ49 block (there is a buf left with more than one LZ section in the same ORG)
  • directives SWITCH/CASE/DEFAULT/ENDSWITCH added
Rasm - Z80 assembler
Rasm - Z80 assembler
rasm_v040.zip
Version: v0.40
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Rasm v0.42 - Z80 assembler
Rasm v0.42 - Z80 assembler
rasm_v042.zip
Version: v0.42
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143 Downloads
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Mar 022017
 

Did you ever asked yourself how the Amstrad CPC was developed back in the 1980s? What was the intention of its design? Why did they change the main CPU from an MOS 6502 to a Zilog Z80 during the development? Why did they chose Locomotive BASIC instead of an other BASIC dialect? …
Nostalgia Nerd uploaded two great videos to Youtube where he had a closer look at Amstrad and the CPC development. Enjoy them!

 

Aug 232016
 

Madram, Drill and Hicks have released a new version of ORGAMS – an assembler for Z80 assembly language, which runs on the Amstrad CPC. It is a ROM based assembler, so you should use it with a ROM expansion like the X-MEM board by TotO or the Amstrad WiFi. It also features a very detailed english and a french user guide. You can download the latest version from the CPCWiki forums.

ORGAMS assembler

New features

  • Trace: Source visualization while debugging (imperfect, Orgams can be lost with conditional or repeated blocs)
  • Trace: Memory visualization while debugging
  • Trace: CONTROL UP/DOWN for faster navigation
  • Monitor: Binary display with ‘?’ command
  • Monitor: Display restored zone when returning to BASIC
  • Assembler: Can assemble up to #BF80, and in #C000-#FFFF page
  • Editor: Free cursor
  • Editor: TAB to repeat previous search (text or label)
  • Editor: ESC to stop current search (only works with CONTROL F)
  • Editor: CONTROL-ESPACE put/remove BRK
  • Editor: CONTROL-C to display CATalogue
  • Editor: Can join lines (DEL at first column). Corollary : ‘DEL’ after ‘RETURN’ cancels an unexpected split
  • Editor: Use ‘&’ for hexa, like in BASIC and MAXAM.
  • Editor: Allow (IX) as shortcut for (IX+0)
  • General: Use RAM from very last bank (&FF) to alleviate conflict with 256k RAM-DISC.
  • General: Extension and Monogams ROMs can be burned everywhere (i.e. ROM 1 to 127)
  • General: Allow |o,”source” (no need to write “.o”)

Bugfixes

  • Bloc repetition was corrupted when corresponding source was overlapping 2 banks
  • Division with MSB set in divisor (e.g. &240/&C0) was corrupted
  • Sign was lost with sub-expression (e.g. -1/[1/1] or -1 mod [4 mod 5])
  • Negative values for FILL, ORG and repetitions raise error.
  • Bad expression for repetitions (e.g. undefined label) raise error.
  • Proper binary save from 9800-HIMEM zone
  • Returning to basic won’t reset 9800-HIMEM zone anymore
  • ‘ORG &100’ now correctly parsed (not as ‘OR G AND 100’)
  • Assembling in RSX workzone (e.g. A6FC+) won’t corrupt firmware (Orgams-wise) anymore
  • Reset CRTC in RESTORE
  • Mute AY in BRK/RESTORE
  • At first invocation of BRK/Monogams, select RAM by default (lower & upper)
  • Robuster memory detection
  • Fix stack going down at each assemble / editor access.
  • Numeric pad is active when invoking |m
  • Block markers properly corrected when importing file
  • LD B,(IX) doesn’t crash anymore
  • LD H,IXH doesn’t crash anymore
  • Miscellaneous search bugs (CONTROL F) corrected.

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