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Blue Angel 69 CPC conversion by Kevin Thacker


Kevin Thacker is finishing working on a conversion of a Magic Bytes reflexion game released in 1989 : Blue Angel 69 (C64, PC CGA and EGA) written by Winfried Stappert. The original game is turn based (vs computer or another player). The screen draws a 8x8 chessboard filled with positive or negative numbers. Each turn, the player must choose a number whichs on the same linge (or column for the other player) that the last chosen number. Once chosen the number est removed from the chessboard and added or substracted from the player score. The goal of the game is of course to have more points than your adversary at the end of the game (where you will see the sexy robot fully).

For the history, the term Sexy Robot is used to describe Hajime Sorayama's renditions of the female robot forms which is covered with silver metal, first created in 1979. Initially, Sorayama had the idea to combine robots with eroticism to create the Sexy Robots.

Blue Angel 69 intro screenshot

Blue Angel 69 menu screenshot

Blue Angel 69 game screenshot

CPCE v1.92 by César Nicolas Gonzales


César Nicolas Gonzales released for his birthay (on 17th May, happy birthday, just a month too late) a new version of his CPCE emulator.

The entire "Ecole Buissoniere" (plus the secret part) works perfectly (it stopped working on v1.90), LPTCPC doesn't forget to calculate the sector size in 1-sector tracks, file extensions are lower case by default, the new AUTOTYPE option provides a more flexible boot method, better SVGA support for DOS and DPMI, Z80 dummy DD/FD bugfix ("Skateball.cdt" by Dlfrsilver), RAR archive support, the TZX direct recording block is now operational, Simon Owen's DSK extension for unstable sectors was added, a new debugger function (bytelogger), LPTCPC is now menu-driven, LPTPC has a Windows NT/XP port, LPTPCIO, the tape motor relay pause is emulated (Opera Soft tapes need it), there's a little Easter Egg for the WIN32.IMAGE_DOUBLE=1 mode... A new corrected v1.92 version was released the 2th June.

Next version will offer CPC+ and Gunstick emulation.

RFTM ! While reading the documentation, I just discovered that CPCE let you play on internet, one person acting as a server, the second one connect to the server as a client. I will try this and let you know about it later.

SAMdisk v3.0 by Simon Owen


SAMdisk v3 by Simon Owen is out, it's a command-line disk image utility for Windows 2000 or later. The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF), and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats. Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

You can use a java GUI written by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI.

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.

Eliot's Amstrad hardware shop


Need some Amstrad CPC parts ? Well time to go on Eliot's shop !

Rules of this useful shop :

- parts are aimed to be used in the CPC community or any other 8bits friendly community,
- some parts are rare so please order only what you really need,
- please do not resell parts you got from the site.

Welcome to Coutances !


Welcome to Coutances, home of Amstrad Expo meeting, organized by the tiredless Eliot. Arrived Friday in the morning, 2 people already, myself and a distinguished member of Greece : Voxfreak.

Welcome to Coutances !

Symbos running on Eliot's computer with a symbiface and a Compact Flash card working as a hard disc.

Symbos on Eliot's computer with symbiface and Compact Flash card as a hard disk for CPC

Voxfreak (left) and Eliot (right).

Voxfreax and Eliot

GamebaseCPC stops


Bad news, GamebaseCPC will stop to share its work.

Good news, dumps of programs will still be available on CPC-POWER.

Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 3 for PC


You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 3 for PC by Targhan.

Here's the changelist :

  • AKStoYM, a command line tool to convert any AKS song into an interleaved or non-interleaved YM6 format,
  • MSX2 compatible player test thanks to WYZ.

If you don't have .Net, you can still use the command line tools (AKStoYM, STKtoAKS, AKStoYM) if you have Mono installed.

New order of the SDCard HxC floppy emulator


Another order on Ebay of the SDCard HxC floppy emulator. The price is 60 sterling pounds (add shipping cost).

You will also need a cable :

Dont forget that you need a 5 volts alimentation for the HxC.

See below for a nice integration of the HxC inside an Amstrad CPC by MUSICMAN3512 of the CPC Rulez forum :

SDCard HxC floppy emulator inside an Amstrad CPC

SDiskEmul v3 by Sundance, a 3,5" drive emulator


Version 3 of SDiskEmul by Sundance, a floppy disk emulator, is available.

SDiskEmul works with Atari XE/XL (SIO mode), Atari gamme ST, Amiga (MFM mode) and Amstrad CPC. Writing is only possible with Atari .ST disks images.

Version 3 brings :

  • installation without soldering on SCART,
  • graphic resolution : 320x240 (40x32 characters),
  • PS2 mouse port included,
  • hardware and software optimization : performances up to 50%.

You can check a video of SDiskEmul v3 on Youtube.

XNACPC, an Amstrad CPC emulator for Xbox 360 by Gavin Pugh


Gavin Pugh updated his twitter account, XNACPC is now working, an Amstrad CPC emulator for Xbox 360.

Source code will be later available, but it could take weeks or months.

Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC


You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta 2 for PC by Targhan.

Here's the changelist :

  • Complete coding of the sound generating and outputing by myself. The emulation is more accurate, and will allow the implementation of samples and Sids in the future,
  • Plug in your best MIDI Keyboard or any MIDI-In device, play and record your music with it,
  • 150hz and 300hz replay modes are now available. They are very slightly slower than on a real CPC. Nothing you should notice...
  • CPCBooster output is now very accurate,
  • Ability to save Interleaved/non-Interleaved YM6 format,
  • AKStoBin : a command line software to converts any AKS song into a binary to use on hardware (warning, you still need .Net to use it),
  • STKtoAKS : a command line software to converts any STarKos songs into an AKS song (warning, you still need .Net to use it).

Prehistorik Man on DSiWare, it's good to be american


Talking about Prehistorik 2 in the previous news, I saw on the wikipedia page that it was later ported to Game Boy and Super Nintendo Entertainment System, with a name change : Prehistorik Man. It was later ported on Game Boy Advance. There's also a DSiWare version of this game released in North America (only) on February 15, 2010.

You can see a video of Prehistorik Man for DSiWare on Youtube.

Prehistorik Man on DSiWare  Prehistorik Man on DSiWare