Archives for the month February 2017 of Genesis8 Amstrad Page







Test of the Amstrad CPC game Advanced Pinball Simulator (Codemasters) by ChinnyVision

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A new video by ChinnyVision on Youtube about Advanced Pinball Simulator is available. This pinball game was out on Amstrad CPC in 1988 by Codemasters.

He also tests it on Spectrum, C64 and Atari XL/XE.

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FPGAmstrad on MiST-board revision r005.8.13e by Renaud Helias (hardware Amstrad CPC emulation)

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The MIST is a Field-programmable gate array (FGPA) board designed to implement classic 16 bit computers like the Amiga and Atari ST(E) as System-on-a-Chip using modern hardware. But it equally well supports 8 bit systems like the Atari XL, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, C64, Atari VCS, Atari 5200, Colecovision, Apple II, Sega Master System, NES, Odyssey2 and of course the Amstrad CPC.

Renaud Helias has written an Amstrad CPC 6128 core for this Mist Board. The last revision of this core can run correctly the Still Rising demo by Vanity (see the youtube video).



C4CPC and nocart, vitamin for your Amstrad CPC+ and GX4000 console

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Shame on me, I didnt have yet written about the C4CPC which is for the Amstrad CPC+ and GX4000 cartridge port what the HxC drive emulator was for the disk drive. It is created by Gerald.

BEWARE, using the C4CPC with a GX4000 console and its original alimentation will give you a nice clipboard, for the explanation, it's here.

And of course, with 3D printing, some people went for it to make a C4CPC cartridge with a better look :

Nocart v1.4 for windows will let you convert Amstrad CPC programs in a .CPR file (cartridge image) usable on the C4CPC. Beware, some programs wont work : the keyboard will not work, it means the game must be patched for CPC+ firmware.





Amstrad CPC disk labels scanned by Les Crackers velus in 600 DPI

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Les Crackers Velus scanned the labels of different brands of Amstrad CPC disks, 3 inch of course. In this pack, there should be at least one who will give you a happy flash back.

Thanks to them.



El Linaje Real, an Amstrad CPC platform game by ESP Soft in April 2017

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El Linaje Real is the next and first Amstrad CPC game for the 2017 year by ESP Soft.

It's a platform game with 5 levels which should be availabe for April 2017. The game is finished already and being tested. You will test your sword skill in this game, by foot, by horse, by boat. And there wont be only one way to end the game.



Power Drift on Amstrad CPC, longplay by Xyphoe

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Xyphoe is back with a new longplay of Power Drift on Amstrad CPC (part 1 of 2).

Power Drift is a car race game by Sega, edited on Amstrad CPC by Activision in 1989.

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A speedrun of Barbarian by JB le Daron

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JB Le Daron is a french Youtube channel I just jumped on. In this fist episode, he is talking about speedrun : finish a game as fast as possible, often seen on other 8bit computers and consoles, but rarely (or never) on Amstrad CPC to my knowing. And it's Barbarian by Palace Software in 1987 which you will see done quickly.

After having seen the video, there should be on CPC-Power that you should know some SNR files which are played games (speedrun or not) which you can read with the emulator WinAPE.

Will you be able to beat the game Barbarian in less than 6 minutes and 12 seconds, the record made by Kukulcan (CPC-Power) ? The speedrun starts at 6 minutes in the video.







FPGAmstrad on MiST-board revision r005.8.14 by Renaud Helias (hardware Amstrad CPC emulation)

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New version of the Amstrad CPC core for MiST by Renaud Helias is available.

  • IO_ACK trigger in edge, not in state (better in some scrolling...)
  • WAIT_n generator ignoring M1 while IO_ACK
  • OSD entry : "MEM_wr" mode : quick or slow. quick by default.

quick : Arkanoid II, Prehistoric II. Ecole demo. Pinball Dreams
slow : Saboteur 2. Still Rising demo.



a music remake of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur II by Geovarius on Soundcloud

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A remake of the music of Saboteur II by Geovarius on Soundcloud is available. Sometimes when you look for the words 'Amstrad CPC' on a search engine, you find things.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Saboteur 2

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Amstrad Eterno 2017, the 18th March 2017 in Barcelone (Spain)

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Amstrad Eterno 2017 es un evento de Amstrad CPC en Barcelona (España), el 18 de marzo de 2017.

Amstrad Eterno 2017 is an Amstrad CPC event in Barcelone (Spain) on the 18th March 2017.

See also the Amstrad Eterno Facebook page.

Amstrad Eterno event in Barcelone the 18th March 2017



Vasm v1.7h, a portable and retargetable assembler, can compile Z80 assembler, but not only

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Vasm v1.7h is a compilator for several platforms :

  • Unix
  • AmigaOS 68020
  • Atari MiNT 68020
  • MorphOS
  • AmigaOS4
  • PowerUp
  • Atari TOS 68000
  • WarpOS
  • Windows

And of course, it can compile Z80 assembler, but it's not the only processor it can manage.



RetroGaming Play 2017 at Meaux (77, France) on 18th and 19th FébruarY

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The RetroGaming Play 2017 will take place in France at Meaux (77) this week-end the 18th and 19th February 2017.

This event is all about video game culture, it will feature expositions, Freeplay, animations, arcade games, quizz contests, selling booth, conferences...

Will be present : Bertrand Brocard, AHL, Florent Gorges, Douglas Alves ou bien Abrial Da Costa (more guests normally expected) and also Youtubers : Keydee, AtOmium et Psychodélik.

RGP's Facebook page



Y'a pas que l'Amstrad dans la vie S2E10 : Gryzor / Contra

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Another Youtube channel : Khomenor, like ChinnyVision he tests games, but not only the Amstrad CPC version. For Contrat / Gryzor, it was written only on 8bit computers/consoles, no 16bit.



Test of the cartridge Amstrad CPC+ or GX4000 game Navy Seals (Ocean, 1990) by ChinnyVision

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A new video by ChinnyVision on Youtube about Navy Seals is available. This arcade game was out on Amstrad CPC+ and GX4000 in 1990 by Ocean.

He also tests it on Spectrum, C64, Atari ST and Amiga.

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Test of the personal assistant Amstrad PenPad PDA600 by ChinnyVision

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For once ChinnyVision doesnt test an Amstrad CPC game, but some Amstrad hardware : the Amstrad PenPad PDA600, a personal assistant which was able to recognize hand made writing with his Z180 processor.

Tomorrow, he will test an Amstrad Notepad NC100.



Pictures of the new project by 4Mhz : El Tesoro Perdido de Cuauhtemoc, a platform game

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4Mhz posted 4 pictures of El Tesoro Perdido de Cuauhtemoc on Twitter (the lost treasure of Cuauhtemoc), their latest work in progress Amstrad CPC game (platform).

screen pictures of the game el Tesoro Perdido de Cuauhtemoc




Hardware test of the Amstrad NC100 Notepad Computer by ChinnyVision

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Another hardware test by ChinnyVision about the Amstrad NC100 Notepad Computer sold in 1992, an interesting portable computer, which existed also for the french and italian market as the Notepad NC150, and a later model the Notepad NC200 with a disk drive (1993).

The Amstrad Notepad NC100 has a Zilog Z80 processor like the Amstrad CPC and PCW, 64 Kb of RAM, a RS232C serial port, printer port, PCMCIA port to add a memory card (1 Mb maximum). The LCD screen has 8 rows of 80 characters (480 x 64 pixels). Used with 4 AA cell batteries, the NC100 can run for about 20 hours. The english manual of the Notepad NC100 is available for download.

Its features are :

  • Protext word processor (already on Amstrad CPC and Amstrad PCW)
  • spreadsheet (only on NC150 and NC200)
  • diary (word processing entries with a date)
  • address book
  • time manager (configurable alarm)
  • calculator
  • BBC BASIC interpreter
  • games (only on NC150 and NC200)

The Amstrad notepad NC100 can be used with the original interface/OS or with ZCN by Mark Russel wich is a native CP/M, or with Fuzix which is an unix (system 5) by Alan Cox.

You can emulate an Amstrad NC100 (and also NC150 and NC200) with nc100em (still by Mark Russel) for linux or ms-dos and a windows (port by Stefano Bodrato). The MESS emulator also supports the 3 Amstrad notepad NC. If you dont have the original NC100 ROM, you will need the ZCN.BIN file included in ZCN v1.3.

You will find more informations about the Amstrad Notepad NC on the excellent Tim's Amstrad NC users site where you will find programs for your NC100, see also the ZCN page.

Others youttube videos about Amstrad Notepad NC computers :



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