Profanation 2: Escape from Abu Simbel (click to enlarge)
18th November 2017
4Mhz are now
for their latest release Profanation 2: Escape from Abu Simbel, which was
awarded second place out of 29 entries in the recent
competition. The game is packaged in a small plastic clam case and includes an
A3 size poster illustrated by Lorena Azpiri, the daughter of the late Alfonso
Azpiri whose artwork adorns the inlays of many Spanish games; you can see the
packaging in the photo on the right. It costs €18.99 excluding postage,
which is €11.00 for most European countries, and the game is expected to be
sent to customers during the first half of December 2017.
12th November 2017
All 29 games that were submitted to the #CPCRetroDev 2017 competition can
now be downloaded from the #CPCRetrodev site.
Have fun, everyone!
11th November 2017
The results of the 2017 #CPCRetroDev competition were announced yesterday
evening. I thought it was exciting watching the jurors deliver their results via Skype and seeing the positions of the top games change constantly. If you
haven't seen them yet, the results are as follows:
Best music (awarded by Gominolas): Baba's Palace – €100
Most enjoyable game (awarded by Carlos Abril): Baba's Palace – €100
Best artificial intelligence (awarded by Pablo Ariza): Basket Cases – €100
So far, the top three games in the category have been made available for
downloading by their respective developers; click on the screenshots below to
be taken to the developer's web site, from where you can download the
Screenshot of Baba's Palace
Screenshot of Profanation 2: Escape from Abu Simbel
Screenshot of Basket Cases
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated
in the competition. Amstrad CPC fans now have plenty of new games to look
forward to playing!
5th November 2017
Hello again, everyone! I've been taking a break from updating this site for
a few months to focus on other things, and anyway, not much seemed to be
happening on the CPC scene in terms of new releases. However, the last few days
have seen a flurry of news, so I guess I ought to post something.
31st October 2017 was the deadline to submit entries for this year's
#CPCRetroDev contest. 29 entries were submitted, which is lower than the total
of 34 entries in 2016, but the overall quality of the entries looks a lot
better this year; many of last year's entries were incomplete and/or bugged.
The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Friday 10th November. The
organiser ByteRealms has uploaded a
featuring 20-second video clips of all 29 entries.
Screenshot of Chibi Akuma(s): Episode 2: Confrontation!
Chibi Akuma(s): Episode 2: Confrontation!
Remember the 'bullet hell' shoot-'em-up Chibi Akuma(s): Episode 1
that was released right at the end of 2016? Well, Chibiko returned just in time
for Hallowe'en in the follow-up, Chibi Akuma(s): Episode 2:
Confrontation! Keith has said that Episode 2 about twice as long as the
first one, with five levels in total, and there are many extra features such as a two-player mode,
on-screen dialogue that appears during gameplay, a two-player mode, unlockable
achievements, and enhanced end-of-level boss battles if you have 256K of
memory. Apparently this is the first Amstrad CPC game to take advantage of
having this amount of memory!
Episode 2 can be downloaded from the
Chibi Akuma website, where you
will also find full instructions, screenshots, and a guide to all the characters
who feature in the game. Just be aware that the content of the game may not be
to everyone's taste; Keith provides plenty of warning about this!
News of this Dungeon Master clone first appeared about four weeks
ago. It's being developed by a French team led by Christophe Petit, and it
looks very impressive indeed, with beautiful MODE 0 graphics. Christophe has
uploaded a video to
YouTube which shows the game in action, and you can also view some screens,
and the background story to the game, at
Video preview of The Shadows of Sergoth on YouTube
Screenshot of Kitsune's Curse
Juan José Martínez has been working on a sequel to his previous
Tail – a platform game that starred the ninja spy Kitsune. As
with his previous games, it's looking very nice, and the gameplay is very
similar to Golden Tail. You can follow the development of Kitsune's
Curse on the
CPCWiki forum and Twitter,
where Juan regularly posts videos showing the game in progress.
Physical copies of Doomsday Lost Echoes, the excellent illustrated
text adventure from Doomsday
Productions, are now available to buy at
poly.play. The cost is €20 for a
version with two 3½″ discs, or €25 for a version with one
3″ disc and one 3½″ disc, excluding shipping. You can also
buy an A3 size poster for €2.
The Mojon Twins presented a
preview of their forthcoming game Ninjajar: The Lost Levels at Retro
Zaragoza in September. The original Ninjajar game was released for the ZX
Spectrum, but this new version will also be released for the CPC, and it should
be available in a physical edition as well. Thanks to
for this news.
The Mojon Twins also revealed a lovely
mock-up of a
cover inspired by Dinamic's game Phantis (known as Game Over
II in the UK) on Twitter. Clearly it was inspired by this year's
#CPCRetroDev contest, which offered bonus points to any game that included some
sort of reference to Phantis, but I didn't see any submission from
Salvador Cantero revealed a
of a game called Robbie Strikes Back a while ago. It's based on
Ultimate Play the Game's 1983 ZX Spectrum game Pssst! and it looks very
Tom et Jerry has released another conversion of an Apple II text
adventure that was originally released by Froggy Software in 1986. The latest
one is called La Java du Privé. You can download it from
Tom et Jerry's site, and there is more
comprehensive information about the game (including plenty of very colourful
The game is entirely in French, though.
For the collectors among you, a special edition of La Aventura
Original (a Spanish translation of Crowther and Woods' Colossal Cave
Adventure) is being sold on eBay,
with the consent of one of the original authors, Andrés Samudio.
The game is lavishly packaged and features a new inlay and loading screen, a
48-page booklet about the history of the game, a postcard and an adventure
planner. At the time of writing, no copies of the game are currently available
for sale on eBay, but this listing
includes several photos to show you what is included if more copies do reappear
for sale. At €39.00 excluding shipping of €18.00 to the UK, it's too
expensive for me – although it's actually a bargain considering
the prices of most other CPC games for sale on eBay Spain!
Screenshot of El Linaje Real
21st May 2017
ESP Soft released a new platform game called El Linaje Real a few days
ago. You are Prince Ernor, and you have just been informed that your father,
King Abner, has died. However, you will only inherit his throne if you are
present at the coronation ceremony in three days' time – otherwise, your
evil brother Devilus will become King of Arngur instead!