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Operation Alexandra by 4Mhz, first place at the CPCRetroDev 2018 (download, music, trailers)

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4Mhz is the winner of the CPCretroDev 2018 competition with its game Operation Alexandra (local download). It's a beautiful platform game, you are a russian soldier patrolling outside (minus 23 celcius degrees) near the North Pole at the terra of Alexandra, and you must inspect a place where a signal was emitted. You enter what looks like an old base, without a doubt a nazi base... The rest is in your hands.

You can listen to the original music by McKlain on Soundcloud and also a synthwave mix of the music.

There are at least two trailers : the first and the third.

A gaming video by vidéo de jeu par Oldschool is Beautiful will let you discover the start of the game, lets say that it will you bring some light about the game.

Operation Alexandra, an Amstrad CPC game by 4mhz







Barbarian plus, a remake for Commodore Amiga

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Barbarian plus v1.0 by Christophe Romagnoli (graphism), Colin Vella (programmer) and Simone Bernacchia (musician) is a remake for Commodore Amiga which is just available, with 2 more characters for example.

You can see it in this video of Barbarian plus.

screenshot of Barbarian on Amstrad CPC




Fourth alpha of the soundtrakker for PC Arkos Tracker by Targhan (Arkos)

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Targhan has released Arkos Tracker v2.0.0a4 for linux, windows and mac.

Arkos Tracker V2.0.0a4 released! (01/11/18)
Finally! After 5 months of work, here is it. It includes some cool features, such as:

Breaking changes:
- The Z80 assembler target now Rasm (by Roudoudou). Minimum effort are needed to convert them to SJasmPlus though.
This was required to implement the player configuration feature (see below) in a better way.
Please check the "players" page on the website to find tricks on how to use it on any assembler.

New features:
- Copy/cut/paste in the Pattern Viewer.
- Added a contextual menu in the Pattern Viewer.
- Changes in the keyboard shortcuts in the Pattern Viewer (transpose, octave, instrument, solo, mute, etc.).
- Added an Arpeggio Generator in the Pattern Viewer. Enter notes, select them, right-click and generate an arpeggio from them!
- UI changes:
- Changed the location of the Meters, now besides the Linker. More space!
- Changed the layout of some pop-ups to make them more small-screen friendly.
- Player configuration:
- "Player configuration" source files can be created when exporting songs or sound effects.
Using such files, the players only compile what the songs require (CPU and memory gain!).
- Done for AKG and its sound effect player.
- Done for Lightweight and its sound effect player.
- Done for AKY (Z80 version only, "normal" version (accurate/stable not done)).
- Song optimizer: on export, the Songs are more optimized (will introduce "clean song" options in the UI in later releases).
- Added a Vortex Tracker 2 import (.VT2/.txt).
- Added a Chip'n'Sfx import (.CHP).
- YM Analyser tool: load and play YMs, extract sounds from them.
- YM are now exported with digidrums.
- Atari ST:
- The AKY Player has been converted to 68000 for Atari ST, by GGN. A huge thanks to him!
- Added an option in the AKY export to encode all label references relative to the beginning of the song (useful for Atari ST players).
- Sample export:
- Added a fade out option to prevent clicks, for non-looping sounds. It can go to 0 of to the middle value.
- The padding value can also be 0, or the middle value.
- Added an option to export only the necessary length.
- Source profile:
- Added a mnemonic for strings.

Bug fixes:
- Corrected a big bug when inserting/deleting an item in Speed/Event Tracks (the wrong track could be changed).
- Corrected a source compilation problem when exporting samples in AKG format (thanks Hicks).
- Corrected a bug making the "export samples" dialog disabled, if in AKG/RAW export, export samples was off.
- Corrected a bug with the "source to Orgams" Python converter (thanks Hicks).
- Improved/corrected how the Retrig in instruments is exported (AKG, Lightweight, sound effects).
- Corrected a small UI bug about the selection when collapsing tracks.
- Corrected how the PSGs are addressed on SpecNext (stereo wrongly applied) (thanks Emook).
- Limited the export binary to 4 digits (#ffff) max. Handled correctly out-of-bounds assembling.




A 32 years old bug in The Trap door, fixed by Nicholas Campbell, video by Novabug

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The fixed version by Nicholas Campbell of the Trap Door is availble on NVG. It allows to finish the game which couldnt be since 32 years, whereas you could finish it on ZX Spectrum and C64. A robot had to burn slimies in a cauldron, and it's now possible. Novabug just finished The trap Door on Youtube.






Total Eclipse (1988) is ported to Atari XL/XE

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Total Eclipse (Incentive, 1988) uses the 3D Freescape engine. This game has just been ported on Atari XL/XE.

This conversion was coded by Mariusz Wojcieszek, graphics by Adam Wachowski, music and sound effects by Micha? 'stRing' Radecki and additional graphics by Jose Pereira. The game was ported from the C64 and features much better speed due to heavy optimizations and faster CPU clock, so it is much more enjoyable on an Atari 8bit. As for the requirements, Total Eclipse requires atleast 64KB of ram to run, supporting both PAL and NTSC, and also (for the first time) NTSC-50 and PAL-60. Game will also run properly on Atari with Rapidus accelerator.




The Shoot them up Chibi Akuma v1.666 for Amstrad CPC is available since 4 days

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Released initially in 2016, Chibi Akuma (episode 1 : Invasion) v1.666 is available since 4 days, it's an Amstrad CPC(+) 6128 game, shoot them up whose character in an unhappy vampire woman.

This new version brings raster colors, 2 player support, better backgrounds and general game-engine improvements. The source code is also available.

The game is programmed by Keith56 (Twitter) who made a lot of youtube video explaining programmation on several Z80 computers.




Design Desgin productions on Simon Brattel web site

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The 8bit productions of Design Design by Simon Brattel are available on his site, mostly ZX Spectrum programs, a little bit for Amstrad CPC (including Tank Busters, a clone of the Atari VCS 2600 Battlezone game) and an Amstrad PCW game.