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






Adding an external Gotek to your Amstrad CPC by Rodrik

-

Rodrik Studio has done two really interesting videos. The first was about adding an external gotek to your Amstrad CPC without needing to remove the three inch disk drive. And the second one is the following of the first : adding the gotek inside a 3D printed box preserving the look of the Amstrad CPC.





Mod Master XT v1.0 for your PC XT, listen to musical modules files

-

The version 1.0 of Mod Master XT by FreddyV is available on Vogons.

This msdos utility lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC even a PC XT (CGA), for example an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC 512/640...




Second book about assembly on 5 new CPUs par keith56

-

Keith56 has released a second book about assembly on 5 new CPU : ARM Thumb, 65816, 6809 PDP-11 and Risc-V CPUs. The first book was about many CPUs, including the Z80 of course.

If you buy the book on Amazon, he will give you a PDF version.



WIP Airwolf Reloaded by Cyril GOURET, TITAN and Alain le Guirec

-

Airwolf is well known to be an unplayable game as it is so difficult and also bugged !

Cyril GOURET, TITAN and Alain le Guirec are working on Airwolf Reloaded which is for the moment a hacked version of the original game : no more time limite, no more collision test, no more gravity. There is also a new supberb loading screeen by TITTAN et a new music..

And they are working on an upgrade of the graphics by TITAN, I saw some beautiful screens on facebook (link lost though) and to make a game being finally playable.




New graphic resolutions on Amstrad CPC by McArti0

-

By modifying ROMs, McArti0 was able to obtain news resolutions on Amstrad CPC : 256x256 and maybe 1024x512 in an emulator like sugarbox.

He also wrote another thread on CPCWiki : CPC joining to VGA monitor by 5 wire interface which gives 512x464 in mode 2, complete with schematic and pinout.

In fact, you can reconfigure the CRTC chip in an Amstrad CPC and OS to use all 65 Kb of the video RAM. Amstrad can show a maximum resolution of 1024x512 at 25Hz (or 1072x480).



Nebulus and Cauldron by carlc27843 on Pico-8

-

Carlc27843 has written for PICO-8 an Amstrad CPC AY-3-8910 sound chip emulator using undocumented 5512Hz 8-bit mono PCM channel, to compose or convert Amstrad CPC music by Dave Rogers.

And I just tumbled on his two other creations : a remake de Nebulus and a demo about the game Cauldron on Pico-8 of course. Hit the links so you will able to see a video of the game and the demo.



The Amstrad CPC web site of Barjack

-

Seen on CPCWiki, you can see Barjack's web site with the graphics he did, including work in progress games :

  • Bubble Quest for Amstrad CPC+ by Roudoudou, e-dredon, Toto and Barjack
  • Renegade Metro (without more informations)

This site is a good news, the bad one is that he should stop Amstrad CPC activities when Bubble Quest is done...




RetroMagazine World issue 13 (english and italian) by Francesco Fiorentini

-

Seen on Facebook, the issue 13 of RetroMagazine World by Francesco Fiorentini is released in english and italian.





Onescreen Colonies 2 by Vanity, an Amstrad CPC demo

-

Onescreen Colonies 2 by Vanity is an Amstrad CPC demo by Hicks (code), Beb (GFX) and Madram (music).

The demo is in 2 parts, the second one is a scrolltext in french with some words which some people cited could not appreciate.




Black Sea by Mananuk for Amstrad CPC is available

-

Black Sea Treasure Hunters by Mananuk is a new Amstrad CPC game released before on ZX Spectrum.

The story of the game is the following : submarine Captain Robinson goes deep into the Black Sea to search for treasures and discover all the secrets that those waters hold. The small bathyscaphe has a very limited oxygen deposit, so you will have to go to the nearby ports to recharge the cylinders. You must be careful not to disturb the inhabitants of the sea if you do not want to end up in the depths of the Black Sea.