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28th November 2015
Following on from writing Space Pest Control as part of the 2015 #CPCRetroRev Game Creation Contest, Juan J. Marínez 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 site, usebox.net.

3rd November 2015
The Push'n'pop site has a fascinating interview with the organiser of #CPCRetroDev about the origins of the contest, which is well worth reading.

2nd November 2015
All 35 entries – and one other entry that was disqualified – are now available to download from the #CPCRetroDev site in both CDT and DSK format.

1st November 2015
The results of the 2015 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest were announced yesterday. This is the third year that it has been running, and thanks to the increased publicity the 2015 contest received within the wider CPC community, a record 35 games were submitted to the competition! A total of €900 of prizes was offered, and there were two main categories (BASIC, for games written entirely in BASIC, and PRO, for all other games), as well as two 'special mentions'. The verdicts of the jury are:

BASIC category

  • 1st: Regreso al CPC (Antonio Corpas) – €100 prize
  • 2nd: Junior! (MiguelSky) – €50

PRO category

  • 1st: Space Moves (Toni Ramírez) – €300
  • 2nd: Frogalot (CNGSoft) – €150
  • 3rd: Top Top (Rantan Games) – €75

Special mentions

  • Technical achievement: Frogalot (CNGSoft) – €125
  • Originality: Mas to the Past (Antrax CPC) – €100

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Only a few of the entries have been released so far, and my understanding is that the organisers will release and publicise each entry individually over the coming weeks. However, some authors have decided not to wait and have already made their entries available for downloading (click on the names of each game below to download them):

In the meantime, you can find more details (in Spanish) of the nominations and results, as well as screenshots of all 35 entries, at RetroManiac.

In other news, Eric Safar has released a few screenshots of his forthcoming adventure Athanor 2: La Légende des Hommes-Oiseaux, the sequel to Athanor which was released last year. So far, the game looks very impressive! You can keep up to date with its progress by visiting Safar Games.

As it was Hallowe'en very recently, I had hoped to review a few horror-themed text adventures, but in the end, I only had time to look at one of them:

Finally, Missas has reviewed two games:

2nd October 2015
Morri has released a new CPC game called Let's Go! It's a clone of the mobile platform game Relic Rush which has been written using CPC Basic 3 and a variety of other tools. It's a very simple game; a pink blob wanders left and right and climbs and descends ladders, but the only way you can control it and stop it moving is to hold down the SPACE bar or the Fire button on the joystick. You can download Let's Go! from NVG.

A video showing an early preview of a version of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. for the CPC has been uploaded to YouTube. Gianpaolo Ingegneri is the person behind the preview, and there's a brief interview in both English and Spanish on the RetroManiac blog. The preview currently only shows the very first level scrolling endlessly, but it looks promising – although I suspect that Nintendo won't be happy if they find out about it!

Spanish CPC users may also be interested to learn of a new text adventure called Elf which is being developed by Defecto Digital Studios for both the CPC and the PC. It's based on the platform game released by Ocean Software in 1991. Visit Defecto Digital Studio's site for screenshots and a YouTube video. Of course, the game is in Spanish, but it looks very nicely presented, and there are digitised graphics for each location.

I have reviewed seven games:

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