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Babaliba is a game originally out on ZX Spectrum. In 2014 it was presented at the RetroMadrid in a beta version (check the video) still at the start. Then the development froze at a moment, but a message from one of the two developpers on the 10th February 2018 stated that the project is on the move once again and that news will be given as soon as possible.
A first teaser appeared on the 3th April on Twitter, and no it's not faked news. Toki is a work in progress by two frogs. It wwill be released first on Amstrad CPC 6128 (forget 64 Kb CPC without memory extension) then a bit later on CPC+.
Toki for Amstrad CPC wont use the hardware to the maximum but will have all graphics, monsters and levels. The sound part and programmation are well advanced.
Their twitter has messages in french, english and spanish !
Everybody know the M4 wifi board by Duke for our Amstrad CPC. The M7-Galaxy board is an extended version of the M4 but intented for the Amstrad GX4000 as the board will interface inside the Z80 socket and the processor will be on the board. It features :
- disk drive emulation, it emulates the DFC765 chip so all read/write accesses are redirected to a .DSK image like a Gotek or HxC without the need of a FDC chip
- Rom board
- cartridge emulation
- RAM expansion, probably 320 Kb + the original 64 Kb
- using a wireless keyboard and mouse
So you can upgrade an Amstrad GX4000 in an Amstrad CPC+ without any soldering. For more informations, see Duke's page.
The Zen80 board is similar to the galaxy board, but is used as the M4 board : externally and not internally. It will feature 8MB SDRAM (and MCU with more GPIO's), which would be hard to fit in the internal version without going BGA.
The boards will have an approximative price of 60 euros, there is no preorder at the moment.
Memory Full got a few days ago the authorization to put some content of the defunct site Push'n Pop on theirs.
It means for example interviews (No Recess, Voxfreax, Batman Forever team, Fano, Lotharek and Jeff, Wake Up! team, Ronaldo) and technical stuff (Zoom initiation, La genèse du Starkos).
Released in April 2016, iMPdraw v1.2 is the last version of this Amstrad CPC painting program by AsT.
The version 2 showed at the meeting Reset #30 with fullscreen mode and Amstrad CPC+ support, will be soon released.
Other painting program exists : GOS (CPC+ only) and Claudia (CPC and CPC+).
Caprice Forever v2018-07 by Frédéric Coste is a modified version of the Caprice emulator (by Ulrich Doewich) for windows.
- Fix Z80 instructions display
- Fix theme display at first launch
- Fix minor bugs
A new version of the desktop JavaCPC is available. It's an Amstrad CPC(+) emulator written in Java by Markus Hohmann (DevilMarkus).
TMTLOGIC gave informations in April 2018 about the developpement of the Symbiface III card (see CPCWiki source too) :
- USB mass storage device FAT32, tested with an speed of 700Kb/sec, seen as drive D
- USB wireless mouse
- 512 KB RAM
- RTC (not compatible with the SF2 RTC) and a battery
- OLED display
The final choice of the features isnt frozen, you can propose other features on CPCWiki.
The last version of RASM is v0.97 (27th July 2018). This multi platform assembler/disassembler (linux, windows, but not only like MorphOS on Amiga) let you program for Amstrad CPC.
The online documentation is available.
- bugfix conditionnal code inhibition with macro declaration
- better alias infinite recursivity detection
Ivor Spital is an engineer at Amstrad, who at the start of the eighties when the company was looking for a new sector to bring profit growth, , did propose to enter the home computer markest, so work started in 1983 to make the Amstrad CPC 464. He is also one of the persons who wrote the Amstrad CPC 6128 manual.
I let you discover what The Amstrad Times is, written of course by Ivor Spital.
A new version r005.8.16.4 of the Amstrad CPC core for MiST by Renaud Helias is available.
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