Another new game has been released! This one is called Aeon and it has
been developed by VincentGR and Kukulcan, who is better known as the maintainer
of CPC-POWER – a site that I'm
sure all Amstrad CPC fans will be familiar with. The game has been developed
using Multi-Platform Arcade Game Designer and consists of four
parts, and it features several marvellous tunes that have been converted by
Jonah Ship from the ZX Spectrum, and cutscenes before each part with Mode 1
screens that use a lot more than four colours, thanks to some clever technical
Roudoudou has released Open Tower Defense. As the name suggests, it's
a tower defence strategy game where waves of enemies come from the left-hand
side of the screen, and you have to place fortifications to prevent them from
reaching the right-hand side. The enemies become increasingly powerful, which
means that you continually need to buy and build more fortifications and spend
credits upgrading existing fortifications.
The Sword of Ianna has been available on the CPC for nearly a year,
and if you're not already aware, it only works on the Dandanator hardware
device. To the best of my knowledge,
Retro Virtual Machine
and CPCEC are the only
emulators that currently support emulation of this device. If you haven't played
it before, I think it is well worth the effort of trying to get the game to work
in one of these emulators!
27th May 2021
Proposed box artwork of Hibernated 1: This Place Is Death (Director's Cut)
Hibernated 1: This Place Is Death (Director's Cut)
Back in 2018, Stefan Vogt released the text adventure Hibernated 1: This
Place Is Death, and it was very highly praised (including an
8 out of 10 rating on this site).
Since then, he has spent many months rewriting and greatly expanding it, and now
he has released Hibernated 1 (Director's Cut). This new version has been
developed using the PunyInform engine, which generates code that is compatible
with Infocom's Z-machine. In short, you can create much larger and more complex
adventures with PunyInform than you can with DAAD or PAW (two engines that were
used in the development of the previous, 'classic' version of the game). In
Stefan's words, "If Infocom had been asked to recreate the classic
Hibernated, the Director's Cut would have been the outcome."
Following my announcement earlier this month about being able to play some
Amstrad CPC games online at
Amstrad CPC Games,
Sean McManus has updated his site so that you can
play some of his type-in
listings online using the same online emulator. A number of Sean's type-ins
were published in Amstrad Action and Amstrad Computer User in the
A new site, simply titled
Amstrad CPC Games,
has recently been launched. If you visit it, you can play around 30 great
Amstrad CPC games, such as Arkanoid, Bomb Jack, Commando,
Gryzor and Ikari Warriors, in your web browser – no need to
download or launch an emulator! All of this is possible thanks to Andre
Weissflog's hugely impressive
Tiny Emulators set.
Also, after watching Xyphoe
play Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge on
one of his live streams recently,
I have reduced the rating on
my review to 9 out of
10 (it was previously 10 out of 10). I still think it's a great racing game but
it doesn't deserve full marks.
XeNoMoRPH's YouTube channel added
I've added links to videos on
YouTube channel on my site. This channel is run by Joseph Antony and it features
short gameplay videos of modern Amstrad CPC games and some of the less well
known releases from the CPC's golden era.
21st April 2021
Box artwork of Red Sunset
Bitmap Soft will be releasing a
limited edition physical version of ESP Soft's wonderful shoot-'em-up Red
Sunset, and you can order
a copy now. You'd better be quick, though; the first batch of 25 copies sold
out within a day, and the second batch of 25 copies will be the final batch!
The box (see the image on the right) will include an A4 poster, an A5 manual,
stickers, and a copy of the game on 3″ disc. The cost is £25.00,
Crazy Blaster and Rodmän are two relatively new games from
Mika Keränen, and both games have also been released for several other
8-bit machines. You can buy physical copies from
The Future Was
8 Bit for £4.99 each (excluding shipping costs), or you can download
them digitally from itch.io and pay
whatever you want.
Ingo Werstler has released his first Amstrad CPC game. It's called The
Enchanted Stones of Cameronne and it's based on a puzzle game from 1990
called Ishido: The Way of Stones. There are 72 tiles with different
colours and symbols, and you must place them on the board so that neighbouring
tiles have either the same colour or symbol. For the highest scores you'll need
to get a "four-way match", where two neighbouring tiles have the same colour and
another two have the same symbol.
Last Saturday, Novabug
held a charity fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support
on YouTube. Normally each Saturday he tests five or six cassettes from his
extensive collection of Amstrad CPC games, while people watching the stream will
chat about the games being loaded and played, and other things as well. However,
last Saturday, he tested 20 (yes, twenty) copies of Bridge-It in his
collection and auctioned all of them off for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Bridge-It is widely regarded as one of the worst games to be released
for the Amstrad CPC (scoring 0 out of 10
on this site – it really is that bad). It is incredibly easy to find on
auction sites like eBay (there are nearly 25 copies of the game on sale on the
site as I write this!), and because of this, and the fact that its reputation is
so poor, it's worth very little, if anything.
I wasn't expecting much from Novabug's fundraiser, but thanks to the amazing
generosity of CPC fans, his initial target of £464 was smashed and all
twenty copies of Bridge-It were sold and a staggering
£1,130.35 was raised! Congratulations to Novabug and thanks to
everyone who donated to such a worthwhile cause. (I was one of the people who
bought a cassette, for the normally ludicrous sum of £20.50 – but
it's for charity, of course.) You can watch a
replay of the YouTube stream
below, and you can still
make a donation via JustGiving.
Novabug's Bridge-It for Macmillan fundraiser on YouTube
has uploaded a video to YouTube showcasing 40 of the best 'modern' Amstrad CPC
games to be released for the machine in the last 15 years or so. If you're not
familiar with the CPC, or you haven't played CPC games for many years and want
to rediscover what this excellent machine has to offer, you can watch the video
below or on YouTube
and see if you agree or disagree with his rankings.
Amstrad CPC Top 40 New Games on YouTube
14th January 2021
Screenshot of Chaos Rising Part 2
Chaos Rising Part 2
EgoTrip has released a new game called Chaos Rising Part 2. It's
intended to be a continuation of the first Chaos Rising game and not a
sequel. Amy has awoken on an island that has been overrun by machines, and its
inhabitants want her to destroy the five Chaos Chips that control the machines.
You can download Chaos Rising Part 2
from the CPCWiki forum.
Happy New Year everyone! 2020 was a terrible year with the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic, but it was a great year for CPC releases, which helped me to pass the
time stuck at home and get through it all – and I also wrote over 50
reviews of CPC games during 2020, which is the most I have done for many years.
Thanks must also go to the other contributors – Robert Small, Shaun Neary,
neepheid and Missas – who also provided reviews during 2020.
Screenshot of Atic Atac
John Ward released Atic Atac just before the end of 2020. It's an
unofficial conversion of Ultimate Play the Game's classic ZX Spectrum game from
1983. You are locked inside a castle and must explore it to find the key to open
the door that will let you escape. You can choose one of three characters
– a wizard, a knight or a serf – and each of which has their own set
of secret passages that only they can use. It plays just like the Spectrum
version, but the graphics are much more colourful and beautiful thanks to the
work of Steven Day.
Merry Christmas to all CPC fans! There are two more new CPC releases to
announce, although one of them is a preview and not a full release.
Screenshot of Wonder Boy Remake
Wonder Boy Remake
Benjamin Yoris has been working all year on a remake of the Activision game
Wonder Boy. It's fair to say that the original CPC version of the game is
mediocre at best, and it was rated only 4 out of 10
on this site. The remake features much better and more colourful graphics,
better music and smooth scrolling. Benjamin has released a playable preview
version of the first stage, which you can
from the CPCWiki forum.
Screenshot of Ninja Carnage
A group called Resistance has released a new game called Ninja
Carnage. You are a ninja and your aim is to kill a female rival called
Nure-onna who is hiding in a temple. It plays similarly to a point-and-click
adventure, but instead of exploring and trying to solve puzzles, you move in a
linear manner throughout the game and you have to use a process of trial and
error to work out which areas of each panel you need to click in the correct
sequence. If you make a mistake, you have to restart the current panel. The
graphics are beautiful and the music is excellent, and it's a style of game that
hasn't been seen on the CPC before, to the best of my knowledge.
An early version of Ninja Carnage finished in second place in a
contest that was organised earlier this year, and you can now
download it from Resistance's site.
It has been translated into six languages – English, French, German,
Greek, Italian and Spanish – but be aware that it contains very strong
language throughout and is certainly not suitable for people who are easily
The coin-op game Slap Fight was converted to the Amstrad CPC and other
8-bit machines in 1987, but Spanish CPC user Abalore thought that, as with
Bubble Bobble and R-Type, it could be done better on the CPC. Now,
after four years of work, it has been released just in time for Christmas! You
can see how fantastic it plays and looks in the YouTube video below:
Video of Alcon 2020 on YouTube
Alcon 2020 can be downloaded from
Abalore's site. One thing to
bear in mind is that if you want to play it on an emulator, you will need an
emulator that emulates either the GX4000 console or the X-MEM memory expansion
device. WinAPE and
CPCEC are two emulators
that emulate the GX4000 console, and
Retro Virtual Machine
can emulate the X-MEM device. I advise you to download the cartridge version
(the CPR file), as it's much easier to use than the X-MEM version, which has to
be installed on the X-MEM first, which can take a while.
Personally, I'm against the idea of developing Amstrad CPC games that require
additional hardware expansion devices, as it goes against the spirit of the
CPC's "golden era" of the 1980s and early 1990s when games had to run on an
unexpanded machine – but that's just my opinion, and Alcon 2020 is
a marvellous game.
Shaun Neary is back, and as he's a big fan of Slap Fight, he wasted
little time in writing a review of Alcon 2020.