Archives of Genesis8 Amstrad Page from 1999 to 2024 about games





Two Dandanator models by the Rancanuo Team

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I am not up to date about all the differents models of Dandanator, but the Rancanuo Team is proposing two models which can also be used on CPC+ with an adaptator (not sure if it's included, I just asked the question) :

  • CPC Dandanator Mini Dual aka the plain model with two banks of 512 Kb internal memory, choosable with a commutator
  • New Dandanator Elite + with one 512 Kb internal memory bank plus the ability to insert its own in house cartridges which looks like 3 inch disks


The Heart of Salamanderland by Reidrac is available for Amstrad CPC(+)

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Reidrac (Juan Martinez) has released yesterday the Heart of Salamanderland v1.0, a platform game for the Amstrad CPC(+) and GX4000. Beware, if you did download this version, then get v1.01 which corrects a sync bug on CPC+ and GX4000. As usual it is recommended to read the manuel (RTFM !).

screenhot game of Heart of the Salamanderland by Reidrac





dMagnetic v0.37, a Magnetic Scrolls emulator by Dettus for various BSD and Linux distributions

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dMagnetic v0.37 by Dettus is available since May 2023 for several versions of Unix (BSD, Ubuntu, Debian, Gentoo) with ANSI drawing in a terminal. This utility lets you play adventure games by Magnetic Scrolls.

The emulator is using the original files of the games for Amstrad CPC, C64, msdos, windows (1991 compilation), .MAG et .GFX files on the magnetic scrolls memorial.



The Key, a point and click adventure game using the Paket engine available the 27th April 2024

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The Key is a point and click Amstrad CPC graphical adventure game using the Paket engine discovered in 2019 in this video of the demo game Escape the ROM created by Jordi Sureda (graphics) et Santi Ontañón (code). The game demo in spanish and english of Escape the ROM is available on their web site



PunyInform v5.4 by Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson to write text adventure games

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PunyInform v5.4 by Fredrik Ramsberg and Johan Berntsson is a library written in Inform 6 to create adventure game (pure text, no graphic support contrary to DAAD) using the Z-machine virtual machine which will run on 8bit computers (or more recent computers too). PunyInform has a parser, knowing of common verbs and a framework to write adventure games.

PunyInform is based on the Inform 6 library written by Graham Nelson. Its goal is to make easily adventure games in Inform 6, with a manual describing the differences between the official library and PunyInform..

Games using PunyInform can be compiled in z3, z5 and z8 format (z3 being the best format for 8bit computers, other formats have more features). Compared to the Inform 6 library, it means that there is no support for the Glulx virtual machine but z3 format is important as Inform 6 doesnt support it.

To compile games written with PunyInform, you should use the Inform 6 compiler maintained by David Kinder. Binaries are available on if-archive. PunyInform needs Inform v6.35 (or more).

They are tutorials to write adventure game with PunyInform (end of the page) and all the documentation including a 8 page cheat sheet (quick reference)..

To try your game after compilation, you can use WinFrotz by David Kinder, to create map easily you can use Trizbort.

And finally, to create an Amstrad CPC and PCW disk image, you will have to use the Puddle BuildTools which works under linux, windows 1x with WSL2 or MacOS with Intel processor and OrbStack.



Kommando Urbex by Altanerus Dog, an adventure game for Amstrad CPC

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Kommando Urbex by Altanerus Dog is an adventure game for Amstrad CPC (remember Amélie Minuit ?) in spanish and english. Urbex means urban exploration : exploring abandonned places.

You can download it on the web page of the game. There is also a new page with a Dandanator ROM of all games by Altanerus Dog. It's a great idea, maybe we will have all the games as a CPC+/GX4000 cartridge ?




Submarine Sabotage, a text adventure game by Garry Francis for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Garry Francis wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Submarine Sabotage (February 2023).

You are currently serving aboard the USS Ibis, the first of the US Navy's top-secret Puny class submarines. The Puny class is an attack submarine that packs maximum firepower into a minimum-sized hull. It relies on speed and stealth to surprise the enemy.

The USS Ibis is currently on a training exercise in the North Atlantic, just off the coast of Newfoundland. You were doing some routine maintenance at the aft end of the submarine when the sirens sounded. You thought this might have been a training exercise until you noticed a whitish-coloured gas approaching you from the aft bulkhead. Training and instinct took over. You couldn't get to a gas mask in time, so you dived into the nearby airlock and closed the air-tight hatch behind you.

You are now alone and have no idea what is happening throughout the rest of the sub. You can't leave the airlock through the inner hatch (the one you entered by), or you'll get gassed, and you can't leave through the outer hatch, or you'll drown. What can you do ?

You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Lucid Night, a text adventure game by Dee Cooke for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Dee Cooke wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Lucid Night (February 2023). You've always been a lucid dreamer, but these days your dreams never last very long. If only you could get some rest... You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



The Fantasy Dimension, a text adventure game by Johan Berntsson for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Johan Berntsson wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : The Fantasy Dimension (February 2023). Embark on a thrilling adventure through a fantasy world, starting at an enigmatic airlock. You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Falling to Pieces, a text adventure game by Gianluca Girelli for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Gianluca Girelli wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Falling to Pieces (February 2023). It's a short and dark text adventure, you wake up in a decompression chamber with an alarm ringing in your ears, you are feeling that something is really wrong... You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



A Clean Gateway, a text adventure game by Michael Bub for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Michael Bub wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : a Clean Gateway (February 2023). You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Blorp!, a text adventure game by Shawn Sijnstra for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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Shawn Sijnstra (and Stefan Vogt) are working on VEZZA his Infocom/Inform/Z-machine interpreter for Amstrad CPC and PCW (and other computers) to play adventure games without needing a memory expansion (Inform format v1 to v8), under CP/M and not Amsdos. The program you need to dowload is different if you are using an Amstrad CPC (vezza-nb.com) or a PCW (vezza-90.com).

For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam he wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Blorp! (February 2023). This is a short adventure set in an underwater brewery. You left your rather expensive experiments in the hands of your friend Dave, but you know something isn't right. You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



First WEC le Mans then Burning Rubber, what next ?

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WEC le Mans is first an arcade game by Konami, adapted on sur Amstrad CPC old by Ocean Software under the label Imagine Software, theprogrammation is by Jon O'BRIEN, Robert HEMPHILL, Mike LAMB and the music by Jonathan DUNN. Then here comes the l'Amstrad CPC+ with its cartridge including the basic and also Burnin' Rubber still by Ocean Software, the programmation by Jon O'BRIEN, graphics by Robert HEMPHILL and mmusic by Jonathan DUNN and Matthew CANNON. So it's not astonishing that the two games looks alike a lot.

I saw this tweet by Jonathan Thomas who is working on the spiritual son of WEC le Mans and Burnin' Rubber on ... Atari STE (50 Mhz). Since this tweet, the game zone went from 3 sections of road to 4. So if you are interested in the future release it's here.



Nibbler DX v0.9 by David Moore, an action Amstrad CPC game

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Nibbler DX v0.9 is an action Amstrad CPC game by Dave Moore, a remake of the Nibbler game, that you can see in the video by Saberman. It uses the CPCTelera library and Arkos Tracker 2. The v0.9 is bringing music by Roald Strauss.

He is also writing a remake of the great classic Wizardry 1 (originally on Apple 2).




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