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






Kommando Urbex by Altanerus Dog, an adventure game for Amstrad CPC

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Kommando Urbex by Altanerus Dog is an adventure game for Amstrad CPC (remember Amélie Minuit ?) in spanish and english. Urbex means urban exploration : exploring abandonned places.

You can download it on the web page of the game. There is also a new page with a Dandanator ROM of all games by Altanerus Dog. It's a great idea, maybe we will have all the games as a CPC+/GX4000 cartridge ?




Submarine Sabotage, a text adventure game by Garry Francis for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Garry Francis wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Submarine Sabotage (February 2023).

You are currently serving aboard the USS Ibis, the first of the US Navy's top-secret Puny class submarines. The Puny class is an attack submarine that packs maximum firepower into a minimum-sized hull. It relies on speed and stealth to surprise the enemy.

The USS Ibis is currently on a training exercise in the North Atlantic, just off the coast of Newfoundland. You were doing some routine maintenance at the aft end of the submarine when the sirens sounded. You thought this might have been a training exercise until you noticed a whitish-coloured gas approaching you from the aft bulkhead. Training and instinct took over. You couldn't get to a gas mask in time, so you dived into the nearby airlock and closed the air-tight hatch behind you.

You are now alone and have no idea what is happening throughout the rest of the sub. You can't leave the airlock through the inner hatch (the one you entered by), or you'll get gassed, and you can't leave through the outer hatch, or you'll drown. What can you do ?

You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Lucid Night, a text adventure game by Dee Cooke for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Dee Cooke wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Lucid Night (February 2023). You've always been a lucid dreamer, but these days your dreams never last very long. If only you could get some rest... You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



The Fantasy Dimension, a text adventure game by Johan Berntsson for Amstrad CPC et PCW

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Johan Berntsson wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : The Fantasy Dimension (February 2023). Embark on a thrilling adventure through a fantasy world, starting at an enigmatic airlock. You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Falling to Pieces, a text adventure game by Gianluca Girelli for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Gianluca Girelli wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Falling to Pieces (February 2023). It's a short and dark text adventure, you wake up in a decompression chamber with an alarm ringing in your ears, you are feeling that something is really wrong... You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack v5 for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



A Clean Gateway, a text adventure game by Michael Bub for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam Michael Bub wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : a Clean Gateway (February 2023). You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



Blorp!, a text adventure game by Shawn Sijnstra for Amstrad CPC et PCW (and more)

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Shawn Sijnstra (and Stefan Vogt) are working on VEZZA his Infocom/Inform/Z-machine interpreter for Amstrad CPC and PCW (and other computers) to play adventure games without needing a memory expansion (Inform format v1 to v8), under CP/M and not Amsdos. The program you need to dowload is different if you are using an Amstrad CPC (vezza-nb.com) or a PCW (vezza-90.com).

For the 3th PunyJam contest PunyJam he wrote with the PunyInform library a text adventure game : Blorp! (February 2023). This is a short adventure set in an underwater brewery. You left your rather expensive experiments in the hands of your friend Dave, but you know something isn't right. You better have to download the Airlock Collection pack for its Amstrad CPC/PCW disk image, the Itch page has only a Z3 and Z5 infocom file.



EndBASIC by Jmmv, Locomotive basic inspired on windows, mac, linux, RPI

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Julio Merino is the author of EndBASIC (available on github, the 2022 release isn't up to date, pull the code instead). You can test EndBASIC online at this address.

Why am I writing about EndBASIC ? Well it is an interpreter for a BASIC-like language and is inspired by Amstrad's Locomotive BASIC 1.1 and Microsoft's QuickBASIC 4.5. Like the former, EndBASIC intends to provide an interactive environment that seamlessly merges coding with immediate visual feedback. Like the latter, EndBASIC offers higher-level programming constructs and strong typing.

EndBASIC offers a simplified and restricted environment to learn the foundations of programming and focuses on features that can quickly reward the programmer. These features include things like a built-in text editor, commands to render graphics, and commands to interact with the hardware of a Raspberry Pi. Implementing this kind of features has priority over others such as performance or a much richer language.

EndBASIC is written in Rust and runs both on the web and locally on a variety of operating systems and platforms, including macOS, Windows, and Linux.



First WEC le Mans then Burning Rubber, what next ?

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WEC le Mans is first an arcade game by Konami, adapted on sur Amstrad CPC old by Ocean Software under the label Imagine Software, theprogrammation is by Jon O'BRIEN, Robert HEMPHILL, Mike LAMB and the music by Jonathan DUNN. Then here comes the l'Amstrad CPC+ with its cartridge including the basic and also Burnin' Rubber still by Ocean Software, the programmation by Jon O'BRIEN, graphics by Robert HEMPHILL and mmusic by Jonathan DUNN and Matthew CANNON. So it's not astonishing that the two games looks alike a lot.

I saw this tweet by Jonathan Thomas who is working on the spiritual son of WEC le Mans and Burnin' Rubber on ... Atari STE (50 Mhz). Since this tweet, the game zone went from 3 sections of road to 4. So if you are interested in the future release it's here.



Microweb, a web navigator in 16 colours on Amstrad PC 1512 by James Howard

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James has modified Wolfenstein 3D to work on a PC XT in CGA and also wrote a web navigator : MicroWeb for Intel 8088 or compatible CPU, CGA, EGA, VGA or Hercules compatible graphics card, network interface (it is possible to use your machine's serial port with the EtherSLIP driver), mouse is desirable but not 100% required, 640k RAM is desirable. EMS/XMS are not required. And thanks to the author of the PicoMEM, MicroWeb is now supporting the CGA 16 colours of the Amstrad PC 1512 (was monochrome before, and GIF support too), but I dont see a new release in the github, so wait a bit.