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Elite IV soon on (C)PC, PS3 and Xbox360 !

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After some announces in 2006 and 2007, this time it's for real, the PS3 information site thesixthaxis has confirmed that David Braben officially announced Elite IV for PC, PS3 and Xbox360, but sadly not for CPC. No date is given though.

screenshot of Elite by Ian Bell and David Braben



GrafX v2 final version (graphical bitmap editor)

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PulkoMandy has released GrafX v2 final.

It's a bitmap paint program that allows to draw in more than 60 video resolutions (from 320x200, including most of the standard Amiga resolutions, provided your videocard knows how to handle them). It was written originally for DOS, but has been modified to use SDL and modern operating systems.

Its layout is not very different from Deluxe Paint or Brilliance, so it will be quite easy to handle it if you know at least one of these programs.



Amstrad CPC cross-development kit by Grim

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If you are still programming on Amstrad CPC, you are maybe using WinAPE. But its assembler has limitations. For example, if you want to create a .DSK, a .SNA, compile something, compact something BEFORE or AFTER assembling, it's not possible in 1 pass and 1 key press. But it's now possible with some additional software (freeware).

For more informations go to Grimaware, and for the direct link in (english, check end of page for the update) about the Amstrad CPC cross-development kit, it's there.




Boulder Dash on Iphone and Itouch

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For the 25th anniversary of Boulder dash 1, First Star Software has released Boulder Dash vol. 1, a remake on Iphone and Itouch with updated graphics or the old school graphics.

The game costs 3,99€ for the 80 original levels plus 4 bonus levels, check Boulder Dash vol. 1 on Youtube.







Amstrad Expo and Klassentreffen 2009 pictures

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You will find pictures of the 2 meetings Amstrad Expo and Klassentreffen 2009 on CPCscene.




Knight Lore remake for MSX2

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There is a nice remake of Knight Lore for MSX2 created by Manuel Pazos (Guillian) and Daniel Celemín (LordFred). This remake features :

  • Different palettes for day and night
  • In game map that shows the player location, visited rooms and objects location
  • Improved music (adding some reverb)
  • Torch animation (can be disabled by pressing ESC while booting the game)
  • Bug fixing of the original game
  • Intro scroll showing the 'Mist tunes'
  • On turbo R, the R800 is enabled to prevent slowdowns

Go on the RetroWorks website to get this remake and more :

  • The game ROM (48K)
  • A full game map using screenshots of this new version
  • A user manual in PDF format
  • Packing designs (cartridge label and box)

You can see a video of this Knight Lore remake on Youtube.




Joyce v2.2.1 by John Elliott, an Amstrad PCW emulator

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Last version of Joyce (v2.2.1) by John Elliott is still fresh (January 2009), it emulates an Amstrad PCW (including the PCW16) for Unix, Windows and MacOS X.



CPCDiskXP v2.0, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

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A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP, version 2.0 is from January 2009.

CPCDiskXP for windows XP