Fresh Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200 and PDA600 news






CPCEC, an Amstrad CPC emulator for windows by CNGSoft, 11th release

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CPCEC (windows) is a new Amstrad CPC emulator by CNGSOFT released in 2019, which replaces CPCE (dos/windows).

A 9th release is available since the 31th July, the news are :

  • 20190731 -- eleventh public release. Added a new UI-based debugger (typing commands is no longer needed) and support for ZIP archive reading based on PUFF.C from the ZLIB project, upgraded GCC to 5.1.0 and removed all `inline` tags (they did more harm than good), and generally reworked all internals to make them OS-independent. Several details improved as well: the file selector fixes a bug in Win10, "browse tape" dialog shows the file name, Spectrum +3 automatically becomes +2A to load tapes, `auto rewind` shows up in Edit menu and fixes bugs in CSW files, and sound emulation has improved, for example "Terminus" on CPC plays sound and "Agent X II" on Spectrum is no longer noisy.

There is a graphical menu since the third release.



Interview of Tim Gilberts, author of the Quill

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Tim Gilberts is the author of the utility The Quill which allows to write adventure games without any programmation skill. He is also talking about his company Gilsoft and the place of adventure games in gaming.

The interview is on Audioboomand Youtube with RetroManCave and BackOfficeShow.



Remake of the game Head over Heels on Steam

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Head over Heels is a classic game released in 1987 by Ocean Software and written by Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond. A remake was written in 2003 by Tomaz Kac and freely available on Retrospec.

This remake is also on Steam. Below a longplay of this remake on Youtube.




Interview with Mevlut DINC, programmer of Enduro Racer on Amstrad CPC

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An interview with Mevlut DINC on retrogamesmaster who is the programmer of Enduro Racer on Amstrad CPC (made in 2016). See a longplay video on youtube by Xyphoe.





Demo of Amstrad CPC+ sprites by Arnaud for CPCTelera, and about WinCpctelera

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Arnaud Bouche is the author of Bitume inspired of Asphalt and Deeper Warrens inspired of the classic gauntlet with some RPG elements.

He is also the author of the WinCpctelera utility which lets you program quickly under windows a program using the CPCTelera framework which will compile also on Amstrad CPC with this CPCTelera library.

And it's with CPCTelera that he programmed a demo of Amstrad CPC+ sprites.



Richard Aplin's games longplay by Xyphoe with an interview

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A night with Xyphoe playing all the games by Richard Aplin (Fly Spy, Shinobi, Double Dragon I and II 128k versions, Final Fight) including a longplay of Fly Spy), with an interview withj Richard Aplin himself.




Z80 BBC Basic by R.T. Russell is now open source

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David Given who is the author of CP/Mish (CP/M for Notepad NC200 using disk drive) did obtain from Richard Russel author of the Z80 BBC Basic that this version becames open source (Zlib license) and so available on CP/MIsh's github.

You can read the history of the BBC Basic on Richard Russell's web site.



Euclides XXI by ESP Soft, following of Arquimedes XXI (2011)

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After a first release in spanish, ESP Soft just released the english version of Euclides XXI, the following of the adventure game Arquimedes XXI (released in 2011).



Amstrad Mega PC - Restoration and Repair by RetroManCave

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A new video by RetroManCave about restoration and repair of the suprising Amstrad Mega PC, an hybrid of PC and Mega Drive game console :




CP/M on Amstrad Notepad NC200, ZCN or CP/Mish by David Given ?

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To use the CP/M operating system on an Amstrad notepad NC200, you needed before ZCN by Russell Marks with a SRAM card.

But now it is also possible to use a rewrite of CP/M without any original Digital Research's code by starting from a disk with CP/Mish by David Given (see a youtube video).

All CP/MIsh sources are on Github for Linux.

The available memory is 60 Kb by using all the memory available (128 Kb) but please check the NC200 readme for more informations especially the warnings about files in RAM (lost after notepad is off), the disk cache (chance disk only at CP/M prompt, and switch off the notepad only at prompt or you may loose write disk accesses).