Archives for the month August 2022 of Genesis8 Amstrad Page

New loading screen for the Tank game by Alexandre Nauguet


After Eric Cubizolle (Titan) who made several superb new loading screens for Amstrad CPC game, it's the turn for Alexandre Nauguet who made this beautiful loading screen for the game Tank by Choice Software in 1987 (edited by Ocean Software), the original screen is the following :

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Tank by Choice Software

And here is the new one which keeps the original informations :

new loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Tank by Alexandre Nauguet

ùCPM issue 1, a new french Amstrad CPC paper zine by Titi


You can download the first issue of the Amstrad CPC ùCPM fanzine for your reading pleasure while you appreciate the end of the day with a lower temperature.

It was created with an Amstrad CPC 6128 with colour screen and gotek drive, with the Micro Design+ software. Illustrations were done with the VIDI digitalizer.

Next issue should be released this fall.

Two Amstrad CPC games by Antero Martinez


Two new recent Amstrad CPC games written by Antero Martinez :

Amspirit v0.677b, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Dmanu78


A new version of Amspirit, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Dmanu78 is available on the System.CFG forum for windows. There is a 32 and 64bit version. Reading all the thread is a good idea if you didnt read it already as it's a complete genesis of this emulator.

The thread on CPCWiki is here.

Version v22 of the CH375 driver by FreddyV (USB mass storage on PC XT/AT)


FreddyV is still working on the drive of the CH375 which permits to use USB mass storage on any PC XT and AT. The last version of the driver is v22, which was released the 30th June 2022 for PC XT. There is also a version for PC AT (286 and plus).

Retro Erik has done a video on the use of this USB-ISA card (see the Lo-Tech web page).

Retro Tech Chris has made a 3D model of a bracket for this ISA card.

See the thread on Vogons.

CPCemu v2.5, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Rainer Loritz is available


Rainer has released CPCemu v2.5. It's available for MacOS, Android, iOS, Linux (x86_64 and ARM, included Raspberry Pi) and Windows.

This new version is available on the author's web site or on the Google Play store for the Android version.

This new version features :

  • Floppy LED (visible only with virtual keyboard)
  • Virtual keyboard : adjustable (position, size, transparency), persistent (saves position, size, transparency automatically, separately for portrait and landscape on Android and iOS), visual and acoustic (switchable) feedback
  • Virtual joystick in two different sizes
  • Virtual mouse (selectable instead of joystick): AMX, Reisware/Gerdes or Symbiface II (PS/2)
  • Original sounds of disk drive, cassette relay and keyboard (can be switched on and off)
  • Zoom function (display without border), alternating with and without full screen; persistent (separately for portrait and landscape on Android and iOS)
  • Audio emulation deeply revised; output quality significantly improved (you can select from 4 output frequencies)
  • Vortex memory extension SP64-SP512
  • Jarek memory extension 576-4096 Kb
  • Bank-switching speed dramatically improved; correct emulation of C3 mode
  • IPv6-enabled web server similar to M4 board (upload and download into/from the emulator via web interface)
  • Autostart behaviour improved (automatic file selection and deactivation)
  • Minimal audio latency on Android (Oboe)
  • User interface improved on Android/iOS
  • Setup settings are saved immediately
  • First preparations for new user interface
  • Adjusted to SDL version 2.0.22 (which needs to be installed manually on Linux)
  • Fixed bugs: background-foreground-changing behaviour on Android, real-time speed, video output speed (in particular on Android, iOS and MacOS, I think also on the Raspberry Pi), memory leaks, M4 sockets, file access on Android and iOS

W.I.P. Picogus by Ian Scott, give a G.U.S. sound card to your PC XT/AT


If there is a Twitter account you should follow, it's Ian Scott who is working on a clone of the mythic sound card Gravis Ultra Sound with a Pico of the Raspberry foundation. Give some love to your Amstrad PC XT/AT ! Otherwise you can try to buy a real one, but you will have to sell your house first. For more informations you can go to Vogons.

Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium v1.2 by Longshot


Longshot has released version 1.2 of the Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium (July 2022) which is a documentation about the CRTC 6845 (and some others circuits). Note that the CRTC is a generic component used in several computers including the IBM PC.

This version has 226 pages, whereas v1.1 has only 173.

Debris, an Amstrad CPC demo by Pulpo Corrosivo


Pulpo Corrosivo has released Debris for the Amstrad CPC, a 4 Kb demo for the anniversary of Hicks. The code was written by Toms, music by Targhan and graphics by Barjack.

Unhallowed (2019), an adventure game for Amstrad CPC by Blerkotron


I am just 3 years late to announce this graphical adventure game by Blerkotron : Unhallowed which has a good note in the issue 56 of CAAD (spanish zine about adventure games).

It’s Halloween and you’re on your way home from work, tired and hungry and wanting nothing more than to put your feet up in front of the TV. But something dark and evil lurks within your home, waiting for you to return...

Unhallowed is a classic text-adventure game with a few twists to make it more palatable for modern players.

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