24th April 2016 One other item of interest from the recent Amstrad Eterno event in
Barcelona was an 80-page special edition of
RetroManiac magazine which was available for purchase exclusively at the event. However, if you weren't there, you can download it from their site; click on the link
entitled "Páginas sueltas...". Be aware that the entire magazine is
written in Spanish!
The special edition is dedicated to the #CPCRetroDev contest
that was held last year. There are reviews of all 36 games, an interview with
Fran Gallego (the organiser of the contest as well as the developer behind the
CPCTelera library), and
"making of" articles for some of the highest-ranking games in the contest
(Space Moves, Frogalot, Top Top, Regreso al CPC and
What intrigued me the most were the advertisements included
in the magazine: Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1, Galactic
Tomb, and... Sir Ababol II: The Ice Palace (see the image on the
right). My limited knowledge of Spanish prevents me from confirming if this is
just a spoof advertisement, but is it really possible that we may see a return
of the Mojon Twins to the CPC after a hiatus of five years?
Video preview of Galactic Tomb on YouTube
23rd April 2016 The first Amstrad Eterno event took place in Barcelona last weekend.
Unfortunately I wasn't there, but there was plenty of news of new games that
were released or are currently in development.
The most impressive game that I learnt
about is Galactic Tomb from
It's a shoot-'em-up with beautiful
graphics, multi-directional scrolling and end-of-level bosses. A playable demo
of the first level was available at Amstrad Eterno, and a
YouTube video is also
available, which you can also watch right here on CPC Game Reviews. Based on
what I've seen in the video, this could be one of the best-looking and most
ambitious games to be released for the CPC for several years!
The second game from ESP Soft is
Linaje Real – a platform game with a mediaeval theme which is being
programmed by GG.
According to ESP Soft,
the game has "scrolling so smooth that you'll have to see it to believe it".
ESP Soft uploaded a YouTube video
several months ago, so you can judge this claim for yourself, although the video
doesn't have any sound.
Adiós a la Casta: Episode 1
Shortly before Christmas 2015, a beta
version of Adiós a la Casta was released by
4MHz. Now they've released version 1.00, which
download from their web site.
It's a platform game in which you play a character called Pablender (inspired by
the Spanish politician Pablo Iglesias) who must collect as many opposition votes
and the votes of undecided people as possible, with the votes being represented
by icons. The more votes collected, the easier it will be for Pablender to
defeat the final boss Rodrigo Rata. I don't know anything about Spanish
politics, but this is a very playable platform game with nice graphics and
music which plays fairly similarly to most of the Mojon Twins' games.
Zombi Terror Reloaded
The final game to be announced is
Zombi Terror Reloaded from a new development team called
Bitzarro Games. It's a
reworking of Kabuto Factory's game Zombi Terror which was released for
several different formats. The game is a text adventure in the style of
the Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks that were popular in the 1980s, although
you'll need to understand Spanish to be able to play it properly. You can
Zombi Terror Reloaded from Bitzarro Games' site.
27th March 2016 EgoTrip released a new CPC game called A Prelude to Chaos a few days
ago. It's the latest in a series of games starring a girl called Amy. EgoTrip
also released a ZX Spectrum game with the same name in early 2015, but the CPC
version is much bigger.
The game seems to be inspired by the Legend of Zelda series of games for
Nintendo's NES console, and the aim is to collect 40 jewels scattered around a
maze of screens. You can
it from the CPCWiki forum.
A new contributor, Jorge Giner Cordero, has reviewed
Akalabeth. (Yes, there is an unofficial CPC version of this
Screenshot of Out of This World
8th March 2016 Another Enterprise game has been converted to the CPC by Geco. This one is
called Out of This World and it is completely unrelated to
Reaktör's game of the
same name. This new release is a clone of the classic 8-bit
game Trailblazer, in which you manoeuvre a ball that rolls and bounces
along a colourful 3D scrolling landscape and try to avoid falling into holes.
The original version of Out of This World was programmed by Andrew
Richards in 1987 and is also known as Magic Ball. Information about the
game is quite sparse, but it appears to have been released exclusively for the
Enterprise, and you can see some screenshots
of the Enterprise version at Mobygames. It certainly demonstrates what the
Enterprise was capable of!
24th February 2016 A playable demo of Ghouls'n Goblins has been released. You can
it from the CPCWiki forum. It's getting quite a lot of attention on the
forum! Remember that it's a cartridge game so you'll need a Plus-compatible
emulator such as WinAPE to play it.
Screenshot of Heroes Rescue
Video preview of Ghouls'n Goblins on YouTube
21st February 2016
Jonathan Cauldwell's Arcade Game Designer utility has proved quite
popular on the ZX Spectrum for creating new games, but it's received relatively
little attention on the CPC, which is a bit of a shame. However, Javy
Fernández recently announced that he is developing a new platform game
called Heroes Rescue using Arcade Game Designer. So far, he has
released a playable demo with six levels, which you can
from Defecto Digital Studio's site. You can
follow its progress
on the CPCWiki forum.
I also recently came across a video on YouTube showing a
work in progress of a conversion of Ghosts'n Goblins to the GX4000 console by Nemo Kantio.
It's been in development for a long time but it's only come to my attention in
the last couple of weeks. There's no indication of when it will be released (if
ever), but nonetheless it's an interesting video to watch. It seems to make good
use of the extra graphical features of the GX4000, and the graphics are
definitely far superior to the
official CPC release of Ghosts'n Goblins!
The only strange thing is that the new game is entitled Ghouls'n Goblins;
is this a mistake, or is it intentional?
6th February 2016 I may have reduced my CPC activities (and thanks very much to those of you
who have e-mailed me with messages of support for everything I've done over the
years), but I'm still checking the CPCWiki forum
regularly, and there are still plenty of new releases and games being developed!
Trewdbal Productions is developing a
conversion of Sid Meier's game Railroad Tycoon for the CPC, provisionally
entitled Railways. The aim of Railroad Tycoon is to earn money by
building a rail transportation network that transports passengers and goods from
one place to another.
A preview version of Railways is available, and
although you can't buy any trains, you can explore the map and lay tracks and
build stations, which will give you a feel of how the game should eventually
look as development progresses.
I have spent countless hours playing Transport Tycoon
Deluxe (a fairly similar game to Railroad Tycoon) and its open source
successor OpenTTD, so it was a real surprise to hear about an attempt to
convert this style of game to the CPC! You can
follow its progress on the CPCWiki forum.
A Hungarian fan of the Enterprise
computer has converted a Breakout clone to the CPC. The original version
was called Enterball, and it was also converted to the Videoton TV
computer – a computer I had never heard of until now. I don't know what
the specifications of this computer are, but the CPC conversion by Geco,
entitled TVBALL, looks very Spectrum-like and there are some issues with
the speed of the bat and ball. You can
download TVBALL from the CPCWiki forum,
but make sure you scroll down to get the latest version of the game!
Screenshot of Skool Daze
Screenshot of Jumping Jack Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator
Screenshot of Elf
31st January 2016 Three new CPC games have been released recently, two of which are
conversions of ZX Spectrum games.
The first one is Skool Daze, which is
widely (and in my opinion rightly) regarded as an all-time classic; I have fond
memories of playing it, and its sequel Back to Skool, on a Spectrum. It
was actually released at the end of 2015, although as usual, I've only got round
to writing about it now! You play a boy named Eric, and you must retrieve your
school report from the headmaster's office by finding the four-letter
combination to the safe. However, you also have to attend lessons and avoid
getting lines from the teachers; get 10,000 lines and you're expelled!
The Spectrum version has been completely disassembled and
meticulously documented, and Spanish CPC user Joseman took up the challenge
of converting it to the CPC. Naturally, it lacks the colour of the Spectrum
version, and the default colour scheme is hideous, but thankfully there is the
option to change the colours to something easier on the eye. You can
download the CPC version of Skool Daze
from NVG. Now, does anyone want to try
converting Back to Skool to the CPC?
The second game is from 40Crisis, who
has already emulated several Spectrum games on the CPC, like
His latest conversion is Jumping Jack, which was originally released in
1983 for the ZX Spectrum 16K by Imagine Software and was featured in a 'making
of' article in issue 146 of Retro
Gamer magazine a few months ago. It's a very simple platform game in
which you must jump up through moving holes in the platforms to reach the top of
the screen, while dodging enemies that move from left to right. It's initially
quite addictive but it soon becomes very frustrating indeed.
Jumping Jack can be downloaded from the
However, this download doesn't actually include the game itself; instead, it
contains a program to generate the CPC version of the game from the ZX Spectrum
version. Therefore, you will also need to download a TAP or TZX file of the
Spectrum version, which can easily be found on
World of Spectrum.
The third game is a Spanish text
adventure called Elf. It's an unofficial adaptation of an Amiga and
MS-DOS arcade game that was released by Ocean Software in 1991. Yes, I thought
it sounded a bit odd that an arcade game could be adapted as a text adventure,
but there you go. It contains lots of digitised pictures and looks quite
impressive, but obviously you'll need to understand Spanish to be able to play
it properly. However, the author Javy Fernández has stated that an
English version is to follow. You can
Sadly, the Push'n'pop website, which
was a focus for the CPC demoscene community and also hosted an interview with
the organiser of the #CPCRetroDev competition that I linked to just two months
ago, has disappeared from the Internet. The articles that were
on the site have been donated to CPC-POWER
for their archives, which will be a great relief to many CPC users out there,
but I can't find the aforementioned interview on CPC-POWER yet.
I have decided that I am going to
curtail my Amstrad CPC activities significantly this year. I've realised over
the last few years that I have spent far too much time with the CPC, mostly
maintaining the NVG archive, trying to keep it as tidy as possible, and
uploading new versions of games – and it's still nowhere near as tidy as I
would like it to be!
I will definitely not be abandoning the CPC scene completely
– I've been part of it for 20 years – but it's become too
much of an obsession and it was increasingly taking over my life. I will
not be taking down NVG and CPC Game Reviews, but don't expect to see
these sites being updated frequently any more (not that I was reviewing many
games for CPC Game Reviews anyway, admittedly).
26th December 2015 CPC4eva is back and he has reviewed fourteen games:
28th November 2015 Following on from writing Space Pest Control as part of the 2015
#CPCRetroRev Game Creation Contest, Juan J. Martínez has converted his
Spectrum game The Return of Traxtor to the CPC. It's a puzzle game in
which you must match three or more coloured blocks to make them disappear.
Blocks are constantly appearing at the top of the screen and pushing the other
blocks downwards. You can download The Return of Traxtor from Juan's