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CPCEC, an Amstrad CPC emulator for windows by CNGSoft, 18th release (fix)

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CPCEC (windows) is a new Amstrad CPC emulator by CNGSOFT first released in 2019, which replaces CPCE (dos/windows). This 18th version (fixed) was released yesteray the 20th October 2020.

This new version fixes two bug, one about supporting the Dandanator, another about the CRTC letting running the Camembert demo, and also adding mouse support for GUI.



Livingstone Supongo a mode 0 arcade game, now in mode 1

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Livingstone Supongo is a mode 0 game by Opera Soft. Nan has made a conversion of this game in mode 1 which you can download a tape image. The translation of the Youtube video is the following : Here is a demo of what is the classic Livingstone I suppose from Opera Soft, but transformed to mode 1 with four colors. The process has been without artistic intervention, being carried out through a process of converting colors replaced by those available in mode 1 and patterns..



Mod Master XT beta 22 for your PC XT, listen to musical modules files

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A new version of Mod Master XT beta 22 by FreddyV is available on Vogons. It lets you hear a lot of music modules formats on any PC under msdos even a PC XT (CGA), for example an Amstrad PC 1512/1640 or a PPC 512/640...

New features are :

  • Fixed one bug for the Tandy Port config
  • Added OPL3LPT Support
  • Changed in the way the mixing buffers are managed
  • Added the support for the Tandy DAC output (DMA)
  • WARNING: Don't use Pause, it does not work.



    Two interesting videos on Mr Lurch's Things about the Amstrad PC 1640 et CPC 464

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    Two interesting videos on the Youtube channel of Mr Lurch's Things, the first one about the Amstrad PC 1640. This video did let me know that the PC-CD (Standard Color Display) monitor can of course display CGA but also low-res EGA (320x200 and 640x200 in 16 colors). The PC-ECD (Extended Color Display) monitor of course can display high-res EGA (additionnal 16 or 64 colors in 640x350). There also is a PC-MD monitor (monochrome).

    The second video is about the réparation of an Amstrad CPC 464 tape drive (but honestly I didnt see this one).



    A speedrun of Sorcery by Asthalis in 9 minutes 13 seconds on Amstrad CPC

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    Sorcery is an arcade/platform game written in 1985 by Dave CHAPMAN, Andy WILSON (programmation) and Ian MATHIAS (graphics), with an idea by Martin WHEELER. It was edited by virgin Games and published by Amsoft. The game was

    Sorcery+ is a follow up when you find once again Sorcery but with anonther world where you have to kill the evil necromancer who did emprison your fellow magicians. Beware before finishing the first part and entering the second part of the game, you must have a special item to be allowed to finish the new and second part !

    On OursoN Retrogames's youtube channel, Astthalis is showing a speedun in 9 minutes and 13 seconds on Sorcery.



    Le Mystère de Kikekankoi, a french adventure game, solution and PC remake by Kelebrindae

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    Le mystère de Kikekankoi is a french graphical adventure game written in 1985 by Laurent BENES, Didier BERCHIATTI and graphics by Roger NICOLLE. The game was released on Amstrad CPC and Oric 1. They also wrote other games : Orphée, Tony Truand, Top Secret et Sauvez Yurk.

    This adventure game has a twist : the time is limited, so you are replying to a SOS to save a woman and go behind a waterfall in a cave to save her.

    If you have difficulties to finish the game, you will find the solution of le Mystère de Kikekankoi on Dokokade.

    On Dokokade, a remake for PC of the mystère de Kikekankoi by Kelebrindae is mentionned, written in 2010.

    You can see a longplay video of Mystère de Kikekankoi by Amstrad Maniaque on Youtube.




    Turbo Rascal SE for Windows-Linux-OS X, a Pascal IDE to program for Amstrad CPC (and more)

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    Turbo Rascal SE (TRSE) is a complete suite (IDE, compiler, programming language, image sprite level resource editor) intended for developing games/demos for 8 / 16-bit line of computers, with a focus on the MOS 6502, the Motorola 68000, the (GB)Z80 and the X86. TRSE currently supports application development for the C64, C128, VIC-20, PLUS4, NES, Gameboy, PET, ZX Spectrum, TIKI 100, Amstrad CPC 464, Atari 2600, 8086AT, Amiga 500 and the Atari ST 520 (complete list here). With the benefits of a modern IDE (error messages, code completion, syntax highlighting etc) and a bunch of fast built-in tools, it has never been easier to program for your favorite obsolete system !

    TRSE runs on Windows 64-bit, Linux 64-bit and OS X. Development began on Feb 24th 2018. The TRSE framework contains a number of project examples for multiple platforms, including almost 200 runnable tutorials. TRSE also contains a real-time ray tracer that can export (compressed) data for demo and game production.

    Join TRSE on Facebook !



    Caprice Forever v2020-10, an Amstrad CPC emulator by Frédéric Coste for Windows

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    Caprice Forever v2020-10 by Frédéric Coste is a modified version of the Caprice emulator (by Ulrich Doewich) for windows (32/64 bit).

    • Add Action Replay to filter RAM memory content
    • Audio devices list review
    • Fix some keyboard issues with CTRL key
    • Fix crashes when CSW tape is inserted
    • Fix autotype issues in hardware mapping mode
    • Improve PPI emulation using Arnold PPI tests
    • Improve Input/Output decoder with PPI settings
    • Fix minor bugs



    CPCEC, an Amstrad CPC emulator for windows by CNGSoft, 18th release

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    CPCEC (windows) is a new Amstrad CPC emulator by CNGSOFT first released in 2019, which replaces CPCE (dos/windows). This 18th version was released yesteray the 10th October 2020.

    This new version brings :

    • Big changes in the CRTC logic ("Chapelle Sixteen" runs at last!),
    • new support for Dandanator cartridges (now you can play "Sword of Ianna"),
    • partial Playcity support (enough for Targhan and Toto's teasers to work!),
    • more disc protections that work,
    • new debugging functions (looking at graphics, following a timer, skipping scanlines and frames, etc),
    • improvements in the interface...


    Crazy Blaster by Misfit available on Amstrad CPC (also Rodman)

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    Crazy Blaster par Mika (Misfit) REKANEN is available and being sold by The Future was 8bit for 4,99 pounds.

    Misfit also wrote in 2018 a remake de Pac Man : Rodman (available on The Future was 8bit).

    The video below is of Rodman, not Crazy Blaster.



    The source code of Soundtrakker 128 is released by BSC

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    BSC has released the source code of Soundtrakker 128.

    He is also the author of AYAY Kaeppttn!a SID player/tracker .

    He is working on AY³ aka AYcubed, a new SID engine which emulates some parts of the SID sound like:

    • 3 independent voices
    • synthesized square and sawtooth wave forms
    • variable duty cycle on square waves Stereo!