Commercial games which are now freely available
If you are looking for commercial Amstrad CPC games, you will only see a few on this page, those whose authors agreed to let them be freely available. For more commercial Amstrad CPC games, you should look to the NVG ftp site or a frontend of NVG as the Amstrad CPC Games Resource.
A7.1.1) Vortex Software
Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, one of the three persons of Vortex Software with Costa Panayi and Luke Andrews, has released the Vortex Emulation Package, all the games of the company for Amstrad CPC, but also for C64, Spectrum and ZX 81. Attention, the games are now FREEWARE, so Vortex Software retains the copyright. Please, do not alter them or make money with them. Get https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/vtx_cpc.zip and https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/vtx_txt.zip
A7.1.2) Design Design
Design Design Software have released all their CPC games as freeware.
With the permission of the author (Simon Brattel : crem at cix.compulink.co.uk) :
- Tank Busters,
- Dark Star,
- Forbidden Planet.
A7.1.3) Jon Ritman
Some almost freeware : batman, Head over Heels, Matchday I and II, I have word of Jon Ritman which is the author, that Ocean doesn't bother to see these programs to be available. Thanks to them. Don't forget that they still own the copyright, please don't modify the programs.
A7.1.4) Radical Software
Radical Software released Fluff (Plus-only game, and Smart Plus (Plus-only
art package, supports new features and overscan) to freeware :
- Smart Plus, unavailable, send me it if you have it.
A7.1.5) Transoft (France)
If you have documentation, send me it to add it to the archives, thanks.
A7.1.6) Sapiens and 'le 5e axe'
Sapiens exists also for MAC and win9x, go to Myriad Online
A7.1.7) Cobra Soft (France)
A7.1.8) Melbourne House
Some of the Melbourne House games are now freely available with the permission of Beam Software (http://www.beam.com.au) :
- fighting warrior, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/fighwarr.zip
- the hobbit, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/hobbit.zip
- lords of the rings, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/lordring.zip
- terror molinos, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/terrmoli.zip
- starion, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/starion.zip
- rock'wrestle, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/rockwres.zip
- the way of the exploding Fist, https://www.genesis8bit.fr/frontend/gamecal/wayofexp.zip
- return of the exploding fist
- mugsy's revenge
- sherlock holmes
- Mystery of arkham manor
- shadows of mordor
A7.1.9) Lankhor (France)
Lankhor gave the permission to let their old games be freely available, you can check it here. So I am looking for their games, but without any mention of cracker. For french users, go on The X web le manoir de mortevielle where you will find a lot of things about Maupiti Island and le manoir de mortvielle.
Following recent requests, I (Brian Watson) have now spoken to Peter Campbell (co-owner of Protext etc) and we are making Prowort, the German version of Protext in its AMSDOS version on disc, freeware. The program will be supplied on one 3" disc, and the manual will be supplied as text files on the other 3" disc. The text files will probably require editing to provide a properly formatted printout on the owner's printer. User support is not included. The program will not be supplied on any other disc format, but permission is given for its conversion by a user to run under an emulator on his/her computer(s) only. To get it, see Brian's address at A18.104.22.168
on the two options of terms above, that is :
1) 5 pounds enclose no discs, or
2) 1 pound, enclose two 3" discs.
Please apply using a padded envelope, enclose a return label, and please send payments as sterling cash or cheques/postal orders/IMOs payable to "BA Watson".
PLEASE NOTE: COMSOFT DOES NOT HAVE READY COPIES OF PROWORT SO CANNOT SUPPLY THE PROGRAM UNDER THIS PROCEDURE.
E-mail me at protext at spheroid.demon.co.uk for any Protext-related enquiries.
A7.2.2) Tuss and Pro-Ext by Sentinel Software
Tuss : utility to find sprites in games.
Pro-Ext : Protext enhancement providing clip art and headline facilities.
A7.2.3) Arnor ROMs
Arnor ROMs are now free for use with emulators ONLY, yes that doesn't mean you can blow these ROMs to use them on a real CPC, only with emulators.