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Does anyone remember Code Masters' humorous music management simulation Rock Star Ate My Hamster? Well, SyX has released two modified, updated versions of the game – the Bizarre Edition and the Millennium Edition.

When Rock Star Ate My Hamster was originally released in 1989, the tabloid newspaper The Sun ran a competition, and ten of the runners-up received a special edition for the ZX Spectrum titled Rock Star Goes Bizarre, which featured six additional pop stars who weren't in the standard edition. This special edition wasn't preserved until mid-2016. It was then converted to the Commodore Plus/4 by the Italian team FIRE, who in turn also developed the Millennium Edition and replaced the existing pop stars with new additions such as Germana Bigga (Ariana Grande), Ketty Parry (Katy Perry), Anna Ray Barbados (Rihanna) and Dea Kosova (Dua Lipa). New loading screens have also been designed, featuring Michael Jackson on the Bizarre Edition and Daft Punk on the Millennium Edition.

Both the Bizarre Edition and the Millennium Edition can be downloaded from the Cepeceros podcast web site, and some more background information, and a full list of the artists, is available at Plus/4 World.

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The first new Amstrad CPC game of 2022 has arrived. Team Moritz has released Moritz on the Autobahn, which is the third game to be released for the Amstrad CPC that features author Sebastian Braunert's dog Moritz, who has since sadly passed away. Moritz's cousin has invited him to Portugal, but instead of flying from his home in Germany, Moritz has decided to travel all the way to Portugal in his Sinclair C5 and visit several other European countries (Belgium, France, England, Ireland and Spain) on the way.

As with the previous games in the series, Moritz on the Autobahn is a platform game in which Moritz must collect hearts (and gold once he reaches Ireland), while avoiding various creatures and enemies that move around the screen. The game features several covers of tunes by the pioneering German group Kraftwerk (including Autobahn, of course), and the game even features a stand-alone jukebox section based on the cover of Kraftwerk's album The Man-Machine. You can download Moritz on the Autobahn from itch.io and make a donation if you wish.

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Abalore is now taking orders for a physical cartridge version of Alcon 2020 – his unofficial conversion of Slap Fight that received much praise on its release (including a 9 out of 10 rating on this site). Copies will cost €34.90 (I presume this excludes shipping) and they will be sent from France. To order a copy, click this link and then click the 'Pre-order now' button to send an e-mail to Abalore with the number of copies you wish to order, along with a delivery address. You can obtain more information at the CPCWiki forum.

Although the game is in cartridge format, it is possible to play it on a standard CPC by using the Plus2CPC hardware device. If you want one of those, you'll need to contact Abalore via the CPCWiki forum. He is also developing an updated version called the Play2CPC that offers enhanced sound capabilities and the ability to write cartridges.

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I have reviewed Doomdark's Revenge, which is the sequel to The Lords of Midnight.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

AmtixCPC Micro Action issue 2 now available

Issue 2 of AmtixCPC Micro Action is now available from Retro Fusion Books at a price of £3.99 excluding shipping costs, featuring contributions from Novabug, Xyphoe, Zoë Kirk-Robinson and Simon Butler. Among the features in issue 2 are a review of Puzzle Bobble and an interview with its developers, Crazy Piri, a look at the top three games from the recent #CPCRetroDev 2021 contest and an interview with its organiser Fran Gallego, Simon Butler's opinions of some CPC artwork, and the usual reviews of new Amstrad CPC games and a couple of classic games.

Roland Goes Rescuing 2

Zoë Kirk-Robinson has released a new game in time for Christmas called Roland Goes Rescuing 2. It's a simple little platform game that Zoë developed on YouTube over a series of livestreams on her GameHammer Classic Gaming channel. The game was created using Arcade Game Designer by Jonathan Cauldwell, and as Roland, you have to collect as many Christmas presents as possible so Santa can deliver them to all the boys and girls around the world. You can download Roland Goes Rescuing 2 from the CPCWiki forum.

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I have reviewed Just Get 9.

Stéphane Gourichon has just released a new puzzle game called Just Get 9. If you've played 2048 already, then the concept of Just Get 9 is very similar. There is a 5×5 grid of tiles, each labelled with a number. You have to combine two or more tiles of the same number, and when you do, they disappear and produce a new tile with the following number. More tiles then appear at the top of the grid to replace those that have disappeared. The goal is to obtain a tile with the number 9. It's not as easy as it sounds; I've managed to achieve an '8' so far, but that '9' tile is proving elusive!

Although Stéphane didn't devise the concept (it's based on Veewo Games' Android game Just Get 10), he has produced an excellent and compelling game with great presentation. You can download Just Get 9 from itch.io, and look out for a review soon on this site.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed the top two games from the 2021 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

With these latest additions, CPC Game Reviews has now reviewed 2,200 games!

#CPCRetroDev 2021 results

The results of the 2021 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest have been announced, and they are as follows:

PRO category

UA category (for games developed by students of the University of Alicante)

Special mentions

  • Best artificial intelligence (awarded by Pablo Ariza): The Wrath of the MCPC (LambdaMikel) – €200
  • Best music (awarded by César Astudillo, aka Gominolas): Shovel Adventure – €200
  • Best product (awarded by Relevo): Shovel Adventure – €200

Sponsored awards

  • Most popular game, as chosen by public votes (awarded by AUA): Shovel Adventure – €200
  • Best arcade game (awarded by Arcade Vintage): Shovel Adventure – €100 and 5 tickets for the Arcade Vintage museum
  • Best game with multiplayer options (awarded by Gee-k.net): Castle Kid – €100
  • Most original final product (awarded by Trusiga): Survive the Week – €100
  • Best newcomer game (awarded by Ready and Play): LoopWorlds (DreamyZombies Studio) – €70
  • Best "Opera Prima" (awarded by Blast Annual): Cosmic Gatlin' (Chill Boat Studio) – €50
  • Best game made in BASIC (presented by AmstradSakis): Wrecking Ball – €60
  • 2nd best game made in BASIC (presented by Somos de Amstrad): Double Keys! (Antonio Corpas Cuenca) – €40

Shovel Adventure was the clear winner with 523 points and €1,030 in prizes, well ahead of Wireware, which obtained 430 points. I watched the livestream of the awards ceremony, and in the early stages I thought Wireware had a good chance of winning, but I'm still pleased that CNGSoft did better than in last year's competition, where he only came fifth with Fire Tyre.

All 36 games can be downloaded from itch.io, and you can watch the awards ceremony on the University of Alicante's YouTube channel.

#CPCRetroDev 2021

The deadline for submission of entries to the #CPCRetroDev 2021 contest was the 2nd of November, and 37 entries were submitted (although one of them has since been disqualified for not strictly adhering to the rules of the contest).

You can view and download all the entries for #CPCRetroDev 2021 on itch.io, and this year, members of the public can also rate the games via itch.io, and the winner of the public vote will receive a prize of €200. Voting closes on Tuesday 9th November at 23:00 GMT, so you don't have long to cast your votes! The awards ceremony is due to be held on Friday 12th November at 18:00 GMT (19:00 CET).

YouTube videos by Classic Replay

Classic Replay has asked me to publicise a couple of his YouTube videos that relate to the Amstrad CPC. Both of them are very well produced and worth watching. The first one – Classic Replay's top ten Amstrad CPC games – dates from 2015, but it includes a great choice of games, and if you're new to Amstrad CPC retro gaming, this is a good place to start.

Classic Replay's Top 10 Amstrad CPC games on YouTube

The second video – Amstrad CPC Ultimate Gaming Guide – features gameplay footage and commentary on dozens of CPC games from various genres. It's nearly 1¾ hours long, though, so you'll probably need to watch it in several sessions if you want to see all the games.

Amstrad CPC Ultimate Gaming Guide by Classic Replay on YouTube

I was away for a few days, and I have come back to find that four new games have been released!

Puzzle Bobble

As promised in a post earlier this month, Crazy Piri have now released their conversion of Puzzle Bobble for the CPC. Puzzle Bobble (also known as Bust-A-Move) is a coin-op game by Taito in which you fire coloured bubbles and match them with other bubbles of the same colour to remove them. It features Bub and Bob, the dragon twins from Bubble Bobble. Crazy Piri's conversion retains the cute graphics of the original coin-op version and features colourful backgrounds and music from various Taito games and digitised sounds - and there are 100 levels to complete!

You can download Puzzle Bobble from itch.io, and you can also make a donation to Crazy Piri to show your appreciation. The current version is 1.0, but the author, Miguel Vanhove, has stated that version 1.1 is in progress and should be released soon.

Gem Jam

A user on the CPCWiki forum called Arnolde has released Gem Jam - a clone of the tile-matching game Bejeweled, in which you swap different shapes of tiles around in order to match at least three tiles of the same type in a horizontal or vertical line. He's been working on it as a project for several months during COVID-19 lockdowns. A preview was released in May and the final version has now been released. You can download Gem Jam from the CPCWiki forum.

Jewel Warehouse II

EgoTrip has released Jewel Warehouse II. Unsurprisingly, it's a sequel to his 2016 game Jewel Warehouse, which was well received (such as an 8 out of 10 rating on this site). Jewel Warehouse II contains 50 more levels of platforming and collecting jewels, and you can download it from the CPCWiki forum.


CPC-POWER has released a puzzle game called Josh. In each of the 99 single-screen levels, Josh has to push fragments of gems around and recombine fragments of the same colour. These gems have amazing powers of healing, and Josh must find them so that people around the world can be cured of a highly infectious and deadly disease before it's too late to save them. You can download Josh from CPC-POWER.

Throne Legacy

One of the entrants in last year's #CPCRetroDev contest, Throne Legacy by Arnaud Bouche, is now available to purchase from Bitmap Soft for £10 excluding shipping costs. If you're not familiar with the game, it's a graphic adventure that sees you exploring a castle in search of three objects – a sceptre, a crown and a ring. Retrieving all of these objects will lift a curse and restore your family's right to rule the land. Throne Legacy was reviewed on this site and received a rating of 9 out of 10.

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Fumigator is a really mysterious game – so mysterious that no one seems to know what its correct name is! It was originally uploaded to the NVG FTP archive under the name The Polluting Bacteria, after a message that appears on the attract mode screen. Somewhere along the line, it also became known as Fumiga, after a filename on the disc. A few years later, a cassette version was found with an Amsoft title screen naming it Fumigator – although it's uncertain if this was a genuine Amsoft release, as no one had seen a physical copy of the game. Finally, in 2016, the ZX Spectrum version, released by Microbyte and known as Exterminator, was recovered.

The search for a physical copy of the Amstrad CPC version of this game continues, but in the meantime, CPC Game Reviews will use Fumigator as its name – mainly because calling it Exterminator could cause confusion with Audiogenic Software's game of the same name.

I have reviewed Attentat, and I have also rewritten my review of Les Pyramides d'Atlantys. I had given it a rating of only 1 out of 10, but that was largely due to the fact that I didn't understand how to play it. Someone – it may have been the game's author, Luc Thibaud – posted a link to a walkthrough of the game many years ago on my guestbook (which is long gone now) but I never got round to playing it again. Now I have finally played it again and given it a rating that it deserves.

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I have reviewed six games:

A note about CPC Soccer 22CPC-POWER combines it with the previous release, CPC Soccer, in its database, but the author, VoxelTower, treats it as a separate game on his itch.io page, and I have done likewise and kept Missas' review of the original game.

There's been so much news about new and forthcoming games recently that it's difficult to know where to begin!

Los Amores de Brunilda

Retroworks has released a new game called Los Amores de Brunilda. This graphic adventure was released for the ZX Spectrum in 2013 and the MSX2 in 2019. You control Fray Gonzalo, one of two monks who are making a pilgrimage. During their journey, they stop at a village to get some rest, but Fray Gonzalo's companion falls victim to the curse of Brunilda – the ghost of a woman who committed suicide in the house where they are staying.

Like Retroworks' most recent CPC release, The Sword of Ianna, Los Amores de Brunilda is designed to run only on the Dandanator hardware device, which enables the creation of games that use up to 512KB of ROM. Because of this, you can only play the game on a CPC that has this device, or on an emulator that supports the device, such as CPCEC or Retro Virtual Machine. It is an excellent game with cute and beautiful graphics and very atmospheric music, and you should definitely try it out if you haven't done so already. There's even a choice of seven languages, including Basque and Galician; I don't recall ever seeing any other Amstrad CPC games that support these languages! You can download Los Amores de Brunilda from Retroworks' site, or watch their trailer for the CPC version on YouTube.

Bug's Quest for Tapes

It was announced on one of Novabug's livestreams very recently that Yellow Belly's game Bug's Quest for Tapes is now available to download from CPC-POWER! As you may know if you visit CPC Game Reviews regularly, the original plan was that it wouldn't be made available to download for free until after Play Expo Blackpool, which is taking place on the 23rd and 24th October 2021. However, CPC-POWER accidentally made the cassette and disc images available for downloading – oops! Yellow Belly has said that he doesn't mind, though, so go ahead, download it and enjoy!

Bubble Quest

Édouard Bergé (Roudoudou) recently released a YouTube video of a game he has been working on for the GX4000 and Plus machines called Bubble Quest. The footage dates from 2020 and development of the game has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but it looks amazing; it's hard to believe it's running on a GX4000! The gameplay is very similar to Bubble Ghost; you have to guide a bubble around the screen while avoiding any contact with walls and other hazards. Let's hope that Roudoudou can find the time to finish developing the game. In the meantime, you can watch the footage below, or watch it on YouTube.

Video of beta version of Bubble Quest on YouTube (footage from 2020)

Puzzle Bobble

Crazy Piri has nearly finished their unofficial CPC conversion of Puzzle Bobble, and it is scheduled for release on 24th October 2021 (there's a countdown on their web site). You can watch a replay of a livestream of the game being played on YouTube.

Arctic Moves

Retrobytes Productions has released a short trailer on YouTube for Arctic Moves. After the release of Navy Moves, Arctic Moves was planned as a sequel, and while it eventually saw a release on the PC in 1995, a CPC version never happened – but it looks like Retrobytes Productions want to right that wrong! There's no gameplay footage in the trailer, but it looks like they aim to release a CPC version of Arctic Moves some time in 2022.


The Amstrad Eterno festival took place in Barcelona on the 25th September 2021 after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the games that was previewed at the event was Octopus by Cyrille Gouret. Octopus is a game for the GX4000 and Plus machines that is based on Nintendo's Game & Watch handheld game of the same name. As far as I can tell, it can emulate the LCD look of the original Game & Watch handheld, but there will also be a deluxe version with much better graphics. You can watch a preview of Octopus for the CPC on YouTube.

New reviews

As well as all that exciting news, there are also some new reviews to read. Robert Small has reviewed two games:

CPC Soccer 22

Last year, VoxelTower released CPC Soccer to much acclaim (including a 10 out of 10 rating on this site) and comparisons to Sensible Soccer, which is widely regarded as an excellent football game for 16-bit machines. Now he has released an updated version called CPC Soccer 22 with many improvements. The most obvious of these is that the action is now presented in the CPC's 16-colour Mode 0 instead of the four-colour, but higher resolution, Mode 1, so teams and players now have more appropriate colours of shirts. Other additions include five different types of pitch that affect the behaviour of the ball, cutscenes where the referee approaches a player to give him a yellow or red card, and a cursor to show where you're aiming when you're taking, for example, a goal kick or a corner. Even with all of these new features, the game still fits into 64KB of memory.

You can download CPC Soccer 22 from itch.io and offer an optional donation. A review should be coming fairly soon.

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Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

ESP Soft has released a new game called Siemb Chronicles: Arkos the Traitor. It's based on events from two previously released games – Dinamic's Game Over, and Galactic Tomb – another game from ESP Soft.

In Game Over, Arkos faithfully served the evil ruler Gremla until he decided to revolt against her increasing lust for power. Now that she has been defeated, you, the hero of Galactic Tomb, have travelled to the planet of Hypsis, where Arkos is based, in a mission to overthrow him.

Siemb Chronicles features the same excellent style of graphics and music as Galactic Tomb and is well worth downloading and playing. You can download the game from ESP Soft's site, and you can also buy a physical cassette release from Hobbyretro for €8.75 excluding shipping costs.

Video of Siemb Chronicles: Arkos the Traitor on YouTube

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Bug's Quest for Macmillan

As previously mentioned on this site, Novabug held his second charity fundraising stream for Macmillan Cancer Support on YouTube, auctioning 20 copies of Yellow Belly's new platform game Bug's Quest for Tapes, with every penny going to the charity. The target was £664, but it was easily smashed, with a total of £2,500 raised! One bidder even donated an utterly astonishing £464!

Once again, congratulations to Novabug and Yellow Belly for raising so much for a very good cause. You can watch a replay of the YouTube stream below, and you can still make a donation via JustGiving.

Novabug's Bug's Quest for Macmillan fundraiser on YouTube

Amtix! magazine relaunched

Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books has relaunched the Amstrad CPC magazine Amtix! Originally published by Newsfield Publications from 1985 to 1987, Amtix! focused on games, but it was less successful than its ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 counterparts, Crash and Zzap!64, and it only lasted for 18 issues before merging with Computing with the Amstrad. Now Chris is planning to relaunch Amtix! as a quarterly publication called AmtixCPC Micro Action, with each issue containing 60 A5-size pages.

The first issue should be available from Fusion Retro Books now, priced at £3.99 excluding shipping costs. You can also subscribe to AmtixCPC Micro Action via Patreon to show your support.

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed Dr Roland.

New reviews

Shaun Neary has reviewed two games:

Bug's Quest for Tapes

Novabug has uploaded a video to YouTube that shows what the physical copies of Yellow Belly's game Bug's Quest for Tapes will look like. All of these copies will be auctioned on a YouTube livestream that is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th August 2021 at 21:30 BST (20:30 GMT), and all the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. This is intended to be the only opportunity to purchase a physical copy of the game – once they're sold, that's it! However, images for use with emulators will be available to purchase at a later date, probably at the end of October 2021.

YouTube video showing the production of copies of Bug's Quest for Tapes

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I have reviewed four games, and given that the English football season has now started, I thought I would include a couple of football management games (even though I'm not a fan of the genre):

Yellow Belly has released a promotional video for his game Bug's Quest for Tapes, which you can watch below. It's looking very promising, although some of the sprites shown in the later part of the video are of a somewhat, er... dubious nature!

Promotional video for Bug's Quest for Tapes on YouTube

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Bug's Quest for Tapes

Yellow Belly is in the process of developing a platform game called Bug's Quest for Tapes, and it's getting close to completion. It's based around Novabug's YouTube livestreams where he tests and plays a few cassettes from his collection of Amstrad CPC games every Saturday evening. In Yellow Belly's game, you control Novabug and you have to collect as many tapes on each screen as you can.

Once the game is completed, the plan is that Xyphoe will play and attempt to complete it on one of his YouTube livestreams every Friday evening, and if you would like to purchase a physical copy of Bug's Quest for Tapes, Novabug will be auctioning twenty copies on one of his livestreams, and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. In the meantime, a few screenshots of the game are shown below.

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