Screenshot of Galactic Tomb
Screenshot of The Shadows of Sergoth
Screenshot of Ghosts'n Goblins (cartridge version)
Title screen of The Dawn of Kernel
Title screen of Sir Ababol: NES-OM Edition
ESP Soft released Galactic
Tomb at the RetroMadrid 2018 event last weekend. This
platformer/shoot-'em-up was first previewed in a
YouTube video back in
2016, and after watching it, we all knew it was looking like quite a spectacular
game – and ESP Soft haven't disappointed.
You play an élite commander, and you must travel to the three worlds
of Pherenos, Robota and Microbia, to find the three tombs of Siemb and retrieve
artefacts from them that will enable the evil emperor Shakar to extend his life
– and his reign of terror – further.
Galactic Tomb is a brilliantly presented game with very colourful
graphics and excellent music. You can
download the game
from ESP Soft's site (scroll down to 'Descargas' and click on 'Galactic Tomb
[128K] (dsk)'). Currently the game requires at least 128KB of memory, but a
cassette version which is compatible with 64KB machines is planned. Don't miss
The Shadows of Sergoth
Galactic Tomb wasn't the only game to be released last weekend.
CPC-POWER released a role-playing game called The Shadows of Sergoth. If
you've ever played Dungeon Master on the Atari ST or Amiga, or
Bloodwych on the CPC, The Shadows of Sergoth
should look very familiar to you. All is not well in the kingdom of Chrisandia,
and you have managed to locate the source of the evil that is threatening the
kingdom. You must explore the dungeons of the castle of Sergoth and battle with
many nefarious creatures and discover lots of secrets.
To download The Shadows of Sergoth, visit
CPC-POWER, where you can download a ZIP
file containing the game and instructions in either English, French or Spanish.
This game requires 128KB of memory, and it's also brilliantly presented and
offers many hours of exploration and combat.
Xifos has developed and released a version of Capcom's classic coin-op game
Ghosts'n Goblins for the GX4000 console and Plus machines. I think it's
fair to say that Elite's original conversion of the game could have been better,
although the music was quite good. This remake obviously has a lot more colour
and is more faithful to the original arcade game, with the addition of animated
sequences, power-ups, and the loss of your armour if you hit an enemy, causing
you to run about in just your underwear!
You can download the remake of Ghosts'n Goblins from the
CPCWiki forums, but as it's intended for the GX4000 and Plus
machines and not the normal CPC range, you'll need a suitable emulator such as
WinAPE in order to play it.
The Dawn of Kernel
Juan J. Martínez has been posting on the
and his Twitter feed about a
Cybernoid-influenced space shoot-'em-up he is developing, called The
Dawn of Kernel. Sources suggest it should be out by the end of May, and
poly.play will be releasing a physical
edition. You can watch a short video of how the game is looking on
Juan's twitter feed.
I have to say that I think the choice of colours on the title screen is very
garish and not to my liking, but that is only my opinion – but the in-game
graphics look a lot better!
Sir Ababol: NES-OM Edition
The Mojon Twins have tweeted
that a special edition of Sir Ababol on the Amstrad CPC is planned.
shows an in-game screen in MODE 0 (the
original version of the game was in MODE
1), and there may even be a physical release of the game on cassette, containing
the special edition and the sequel, Sir Ababol II: The Ice Palace, along
with ZX Spectrum versions of the first and second games. If it is released, I
hope they will fix Sir Ababol II, which is unfortunately severely bugged
on the CPC.
Hibernated 1: This Place is Death
Stefan Vogt has developed a text adventure called Hibernated 1: This Place
is Death for the Amstrad CPC. It's already available for the Commodore 64
and ZX Spectrum from Pond Software
as free downloads, and the CPC version should be available soon, according to a
Stefan. It's written using Professional Adventure Writer (PAW), so
it's text only and runs on CP/M.
ZEUSDAZ's YouTube channel added
I've added links to videos on
ZEUSDAZ's YouTube channel on
my site. Zeus' channel features videos of 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit games, nearly
all of which use unemulated footage – in other words, the games are all
played on the original machines and not an emulator.