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 Nicholas Campbell

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Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

As the FA Cup Final is in a few days' time, I have reviewed FA Cup Football.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed seven games:

Retrobloc

Krappygamez has released Retrobloc for the Amstrad CPC. It's a puzzle game based on an old MS-DOS and arcade game called Blockout, which is like a 3D version of Tetris. Retrobloc was originally released for the ZX Spectrum in late 2020 and it has now been converted to the CPC. If you've played Welltris on the CPC or another machine, the presentation will probably look very familiar to you, and the gameplay is also quite similar, although not identical. You can download Retrobloc from itch.io.

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I have rewritten my review of Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers and given it a higher rating. When I first reviewed it, I didn't have a clue what I was supposed to be doing, but I revisited it recently, and after watching a couple of YouTube videos, I now understand what to do.

Toki

GGP continue to tease the Amstrad CPC community with the release on YouTube of another trailer of their forthcoming conversion of Toki. The group has stated that this is the final trailer, and it looks like it is scheduled for release in October. They didn't state which year, though... The video premiere was on the 1st of April, so I hope it isn't a poisson d'avril.

We've been waiting for nearly four years now, and I'm sure we can wait for another six months (hopefully). It's looking amazing, and if you haven't tried the beta preview version yet (which admittedly is from Christmas 2019), download it now and get a taste of what to expect!

Trailer of Toki on YouTube

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Dokoban

Back in the 1990s, I was obsessed with the type-in listings that were published in Amstrad Action and Amstrad Computer User magazines. Amstrad Computer User ran a regular feature each month where they published listings that were written in just ten lines of BASIC, known as '10-Liners'. I was amazed by the ways in which some programmers managed to cram so much into ten lines – but one such 10-Liner that I came across recently is on another level.

Dokoban is a clone of the puzzle game Sokoban, in which you move blocks around the screen so they are positioned over some markers, while trying to avoid getting them, or yourself, stuck. Normally I wouldn't write an article about tiny games like this, but Dokoban has to be seen to be believed. This game includes 13 highly challenging levels and multi-coloured graphics, all in ten lines of BASIC, and with no machine code routines at all! Now, it does cheat a bit, since it's impossible to type it in manually (it contains lots of characters that aren't available on the keyboard, so you have to run a separate program that sets it up for use), but even so, it's just utterly astounding.

Dokoban is an entrant in the 11th BASIC 10 Liner Contest, which has plenty of entrants for a wide variety of 8-bit computers. You can download Dokoban from itch.io.

It seems that Mananuk just can't stop converting games from the ZX Spectrum to the Amstrad CPC, as he's released his third CPC game in less than two months! His latest game is Black Sea – an underwater exploration game in which you, as Captain Robinson, explore the depths of the Black Sea in your bathyscaphe in a search for treasure.

Black Sea features a beautiful animated title screen by Éric Cubizolle (aka Titan) and colourful graphics by Radastan. In my opinion, the graphics are better than in Mananuk's previous two games for the CPC, The Mandarin and Paleto Jones. You can download Black Sea from itch.io.

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Puzzle Bobble updated again

Crazy Piri has updated Puzzle Bobble again. Version 1.2 features faster launching of bubbles. You can download it from itch.io.

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Crazy Piri has released version 1.1 of Puzzle Bobble. Among the improvements are:

  • New graphics and animations for the bubbles
  • The addition of a hard difficulty mode that doesn't show you where the next bubble will go after it is fired
  • Cartridge and Dandanator formats that are compatible with 64K CPCs

You can download version 1.1 of Puzzle Bobble from itch.io, and version 1.0 is still available from the same link.

Mananuk has converted another of his ZX Spectrum games, Paleto Jones, to the Amstrad CPC. Like his previous game, The Mandarin, which was released last month, Paleto Jones is a platform game in which you must collect gold coins and explore a tomb where your uncle is being held.

You can download Paleto Jones from itch.io. All donations made when downloading the game will be donated to the UNHCR (the United Nations refugee agency), which is to be welcomed given the current crisis in Ukraine following the Russian invasion of that country.

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I have reviewed Wordle CPC.

Most of you will probably have heard by now of the addictive word puzzle Wordle that seems to have taken the English-speaking world by storm over the last few months, and which was recently bought by the New York Times newspaper. I've certainly been enjoying my daily Wordle fix! If you aren't familiar with it, you have six attempts to guess a five-letter word, and like Mastermind, you are told if a letter is in the correct position, or if a letter is in the word but in the wrong position.

The concept is so simple that it has already been ported to several retro computing platforms, and it was inevitable that someone would convert it to the Amstrad CPC. That someone is Arnolde, who previously developed the Bejeweled clone Gem Jam for the CPC. Dictionaries are available in four languages – English, French, German and Spanish – and you can download Wordle CPC from the CPCWiki forum. Now you will no longer have to wait for hours for the next day's puzzle to appear; you can just play as many games as you want.

Robert Small has reviewed Codename MAT.

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Xyphoe's Nightmare is a new game that is currently only available exclusively on the Antstream streaming platform. It has been developed by Yellow Belly (who was also the man behind Bug's Quest for Tapes), with the help of some other contributors. Xyphoe himself has stated that the game will be made available to play on emulators or a real CPC in due course – something that I would like to emphasise – but for now, it can only be played on Antstream. You can watch the official trailer on YouTube.

Mananuk has converted his platform game The Mandarin from the ZX Spectrum to the Amstrad CPC. The story is rather crazy – our hero Mandarino has been recruited to infiltrate an enemy base called The Dying Orange and rescue a small creature who has been kidnapped by an evil empire. You must explore the base and retrieve energy cells in order to activate an emergency walkway and flee the base after you rescue the small creature.

Xyphoe previewed The Mandarin on his YouTube livestream last Friday, and you can download the game from itch.io. Mananuk has programmed a few other games for the ZX Spectrum, and one of them, Black Sea, is in the process of being converted to the CPC, and XeNoMoRPH has posted some gameplay footage of a beta version on YouTube.

AmtixCPC Micro Action issue 3 available soon

Colin Bell, the editor of AmtixCPC Micro Action, has asked me to mention that issue 3 of the magazine is scheduled for release on 25th February 2022. Among the planned features is an interview with Juan J. Martínez (the programmer behind The Dawn of Kernel and Brick Rick, among several other games), and there are also previews of Xyphoe's Nightmare (which has unfortunately been the subject of some controversy recently) and Black Sea, and of course there will be plenty of reviews of the latest games for the Amstrad CPC.

At the time of writing, it's not available to order from Retro Fusion Books yet, but when it is available, it should cost £3.99 excluding shipping costs.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed four games:

Llum

Iván Ávila has released Llum. It's a clone of the puzzle game Lumines, which was originally released for the PlayStation Portable. 2×2 blocks of one or two colours fall from the top of the screen, and you have to align blocks of the same colour together so they form a larger group of 2×2 blocks. It's similar to Columns, except that instead of forming lines, you need to form large blocks in order to score points.

You can download Llum from itch.io, but note that it requires BASIC 1.1, so you won't be able to play it on a CPC464.

Tetris dotBAS

If you followed the 2021 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest, you may recall that one of the entrants, Wrecking Ball, was particularly impressive. It finished in sixth place overall and won an award for the best game written in BASIC, but it stood out because, despite being written in BASIC, it featured music and beautiful multi-coloured graphics, yet it was still very playable.

Now the author, Francesc Alcaucer, is working on a version of Tetris, called Tetris dotBAS, that uses the same techniques. Again, it's written entirely in BASIC, and it was a real surprise to me to discover how fast the pieces fall! The game is still under development, but in the meantime, you can download the current version from itch.io.

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Robert Small has reviewed two games, both featuring the Harrier Jump Jet:

Does anyone remember Code Masters' humorous music management simulation Rock Star Ate My Hamster? Well, SyX has released two modified, updated versions of the game – the Bizarre Edition and the Millennium Edition.

When Rock Star Ate My Hamster was originally released in 1989, the tabloid newspaper The Sun ran a competition, and ten of the runners-up received a special edition for the ZX Spectrum titled Rock Star Goes Bizarre, which featured six additional pop stars who weren't in the standard edition. This special edition wasn't preserved until mid-2016. It was then converted to the Commodore Plus/4 by the Italian team FIRE, who in turn also developed the Millennium Edition and replaced the existing pop stars with new additions such as Germana Bigga (Ariana Grande), Ketty Parry (Katy Perry), Anna Ray Barbados (Rihanna) and Dea Kosova (Dua Lipa). New loading screens have also been designed, featuring Michael Jackson on the Bizarre Edition and Daft Punk on the Millennium Edition.

Both the Bizarre Edition and the Millennium Edition can be downloaded from the Cepeceros podcast web site, and some more background information, and a full list of the artists, is available at Plus/4 World.

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The first new Amstrad CPC game of 2022 has arrived. Team Moritz has released Moritz on the Autobahn, which is the third game to be released for the Amstrad CPC that features author Sebastian Braunert's dog Moritz, who has since sadly passed away. Moritz's cousin has invited him to Portugal, but instead of flying from his home in Germany, Moritz has decided to travel all the way to Portugal in his Sinclair C5 and visit several other European countries (Belgium, France, England, Ireland and Spain) on the way.

As with the previous games in the series, Moritz on the Autobahn is a platform game in which Moritz must collect hearts (and gold once he reaches Ireland), while avoiding various creatures and enemies that move around the screen. The game features several covers of tunes by the pioneering German group Kraftwerk (including Autobahn, of course), and the game even features a stand-alone jukebox section based on the cover of Kraftwerk's album The Man-Machine. You can download Moritz on the Autobahn from itch.io and make a donation if you wish.

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Abalore is now taking orders for a physical cartridge version of Alcon 2020 – his unofficial conversion of Slap Fight that received much praise on its release (including a 9 out of 10 rating on this site). Copies will cost €34.90 (I presume this excludes shipping) and they will be sent from France. To order a copy, click this link and then click the 'Pre-order now' button to send an e-mail to Abalore with the number of copies you wish to order, along with a delivery address. You can obtain more information at the CPCWiki forum.

Although the game is in cartridge format, it is possible to play it on a standard CPC by using the Plus2CPC hardware device. If you want one of those, you'll need to contact Abalore via the CPCWiki forum. He is also developing an updated version called the Play2CPC that offers enhanced sound capabilities and the ability to write cartridges.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed Doomdark's Revenge, which is the sequel to The Lords of Midnight.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

AmtixCPC Micro Action issue 2 now available

Issue 2 of AmtixCPC Micro Action is now available from Retro Fusion Books at a price of £3.99 excluding shipping costs, featuring contributions from Novabug, Xyphoe, Zoë Kirk-Robinson and Simon Butler. Among the features in issue 2 are a review of Puzzle Bobble and an interview with its developers, Crazy Piri, a look at the top three games from the recent #CPCRetroDev 2021 contest and an interview with its organiser Fran Gallego, Simon Butler's opinions of some CPC artwork, and the usual reviews of new Amstrad CPC games and a couple of classic games.

Roland Goes Rescuing 2

Zoë Kirk-Robinson has released a new game in time for Christmas called Roland Goes Rescuing 2. It's a simple little platform game that Zoë developed on YouTube over a series of livestreams on her GameHammer Classic Gaming channel. The game was created using Arcade Game Designer by Jonathan Cauldwell, and as Roland, you have to collect as many Christmas presents as possible so Santa can deliver them to all the boys and girls around the world. You can download Roland Goes Rescuing 2 from the CPCWiki forum.

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I have reviewed Just Get 9.

Stéphane Gourichon has just released a new puzzle game called Just Get 9. If you've played 2048 already, then the concept of Just Get 9 is very similar. There is a 5×5 grid of tiles, each labelled with a number. You have to combine two or more tiles of the same number, and when you do, they disappear and produce a new tile with the following number. More tiles then appear at the top of the grid to replace those that have disappeared. The goal is to obtain a tile with the number 9. It's not as easy as it sounds; I've managed to achieve an '8' so far, but that '9' tile is proving elusive!

Although Stéphane didn't devise the concept (it's based on Veewo Games' Android game Just Get 10), he has produced an excellent and compelling game with great presentation. You can download Just Get 9 from itch.io, and look out for a review soon on this site.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed the top two games from the 2021 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

With these latest additions, CPC Game Reviews has now reviewed 2,200 games!

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