News about Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200, PDA600 and also Amstrad PC






UniDOS v1.50 by Offset, and plugin updates for the ACE emulator

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These last years several expansions allows you to use mass storage (USB or sd...) on Amstrad CPC, each needing a ROM to use it correctly.

And if you use two of these expansions, you will need to load two ROMs, so less RAM for your Amstrad CPC.

So Offset did write UniDOS and drivers to be able to use another expansion, needing only one ROM with features being the same whatever the expansion. Unidos can manage actually :

Offset also wrote UniDOS Cartridge Creator (v1.4) which is an utility to create Amstrad Plus cartridges equipped with a patched firmware which allows to add UniDOS and its DOS nodes. You can furthermore configure up to 30 additional tool ROMs (such as Utopia, Maxam, Protext..) in the cartridges (compatible with ParaDOS and Burnin' Rubber) without requiring a real ROM board. The tool also let you automatically download the latest UniDOS ROMs from the official web site.

Unidos v1.50 is a major release with a lot of visible and invisible modifications. All DOS nodes were also updated. For the end user, the most notable update is the full time and date support as well as new RSX. For the developers, new BIOS and node API came up.

Also, since the release of the ACE Amstrad CPC emulator in v1.25, several plugins were upgraded : DK'Tronics speech synthesizer, Techni-Musique and SSA-1 speech, Willy, Nova, Amdrum, Mirage Image, MultiPlay and the PlayCity, Albireo.



Dire Dare for Amstrad CPC by CNGSoft for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Dire Dare by CNGSoft is a 3D isometric game for Amstrad CPC, following his game Hire Hare released for the CPCRetroDev 2017 where he won the third place. The game is available for download as tape or disk.





Penguin Attack for Amstrad CPC by Pat Morita Team for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Penguin Attack by Pat Morita Team (who whon the CPCRetroDev 2021) is a vertical shooter game, first I thought about a Penguin Adventure remake but no. Graphics are kawai. The game is available for download as tape and disk.

A longer video is available here.




Abyssal for Amstrad CPC by Cabbage_corp for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Abyssal by Cabbage_corp is a horizontal shooter, enter your bathyscaph and enter into the pacific ocean to battle its creatures. The game is already available for download as tape, disk and snapshot.




Be Witched or be Dead for Amstrad CPC by Hinamam for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Be Witched or be Dead by Hinamam is a two player game inside platforms where you must use spells to weaken your opponent and the beat him. But magic is sometimes capricious and all what you want could not happen like you wish. The game is already available for download as tape, disk and snapshot.




The Wormhole for Amstrad CPC by Zilog Games for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest

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Zilog Games is working on their Amstrad CPC game The Wormhole for the CPCRetroDev 2022 contest.

It's a platform game. Don't hesitate to go check their Twitter account or their blog on Itch.IO, notably for their nice introduction of the game.



ST-NICCC 2000 DOS Port by Scali and FreddyV

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The STNICCC2000 demo by Oxygene is a classic on Atari ST, which was ported on many other machines. In 2022 it now works on any PC with msdos, even on a 8088/8086, but a 80286 is preferred for a reasonable speed.

You can see the demo running on an Amstrad PC 3086 (video by FreddyV, see below) or the official video of the Revision 2022.




The 20 Best Amstrad Games Released After The Amstrad demise by Old Style Gaming

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Here is a video by Old Style Gaming in coopération with Xyphoe on the 20 best Amstrad CPC games released after the CPC demise.






Future Knight DX, a remake by John32b for windows

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Seen on AUA, Future Knight DX by John32B is of course a remake of Future Knight, a platform game released in 1986 by Gremlin Graphics Software.

This version is an adaptation from the Amstrad CPC game, and is different than his first remake which design level was done from scratch.




CPCEC GTK by NoRecess, a linux Amstrad CPC(+) emulator

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CPCEC GTK by NoRecess is an Amstrad CPC(+) emulator under linux, a fork of CPCEC by CNGSoft. Its features are turned especially for people who develop Amstrad CPC software under linux.



Another ISA board for the Amstrad PPC by Enide, video by Retro Erik

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There is already an ISA interface for Amstrad PPC done by Retro Theory. Retro Erik let us discover in a video another ISA interface for Amstrad PPC by Enide. You can buy this card in his Tindie shop (assembled or not), the stock is 0 at the moment so join the waitlist to let Enide you want one. More informations on Enide's web site.

As explained in the video, Enide's interface doesn't have a power input like the one by Retro Theory, but the PPC has enough power for a possible hard disk (on a few PPC sold only) and two 3,5 disks drives, so it should be able to provide power to up to 3 ISA boards without a problem. Retro Erik recommends to check the video by Gouldfish on Games where the card has been installed inside the Amstrad PPC. But if one day you replace the internal screen by a new LCD screen, you should check if there is enough power with the ISA interface used.

I was lucky to be able to buy the card by Retro Theory on System.CFG's forum.




Ramiro el Vampiro 3, an Amstrad CPC game by the Mojon Twins

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Ramiro el Vampiro was at the start a platform game for ZX Spectrum par The Mojon Twins, released in 2013, with an upgraded version in 2016.

The Mojon Twins were working since 2021 on Ramiro el Vampiro 3 for Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum, it's now done for your gaming pleasure.

The exist as a tape image or a snapshot, in spanish or in english.