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 Nicholas Campbell

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Novabug's Quest for Tapes

Yellow Belly is in the process of developing a platform game called Novabug's Quest for Tapes, and it's getting close to completion. It's based around Novabug's YouTube livestreams where he tests and plays a few cassettes from his collection of Amstrad CPC games every Saturday evening. In Yellow Belly's game, you control Novabug and you have to collect as many tapes on each screen as you can.

Once the game is completed, the plan is that Xyphoe will play and attempt to complete it on one of his YouTube livestreams every Friday evening, and if you would like to purchase a physical copy of Novabug's Quest for Tapes, Novabug will be auctioning twenty copies on one of his livestreams, and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. In the meantime, a few screenshots of the game are shown below.

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Incidentally, the British astronaut Major Tim Peake stated in an interview in The Guardian newspaper that Tomahawk on the Amstrad CPC is his favourite computer game. Cool!

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have rewritten my review of One Man and His Droid and given it a higher rating. It was originally one of the first reviews I wrote for this site, and at the time I didn't really understand how to play it! Now that I do, I can appreciate it better and give it a fairer rating.

John Lobo has released a new game called Dr. Roland. It's a clone of the Nintendo classic Dr. Mario that was originally submitted to the 2020 #CPCRetroDev Game Creation Contest. However John's entry was disqualified, probably due to the organisers of the contest being worried about potential ligitation from Nintendo. If you've never played Dr. Mario before, it's quite similar to Tetris or Columns; you have to manoeuvre falling capsules and destroy viruses by aligning them so that there are four elements of the same colour in a row or column. Dr. Roland can be downloaded from itch.io for free.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Aeon

Another new game has been released! This one is called Aeon and it has been developed by VincentGR and Kukulcan, who is better known as the maintainer of CPC-POWER – a site that I'm sure all Amstrad CPC fans will be familiar with. The game has been developed using Multi-Platform Arcade Game Designer and consists of four parts, and it features several marvellous tunes that have been converted by Jonah Ship from the ZX Spectrum, and cutscenes before each part with Mode 1 screens that use a lot more than four colours, thanks to some clever technical trickery.

If you want to see what the game is like, you can watch a YouTube video of Xyphoe playing all four parts, and you can download the game from CPC-POWER. I have also written a review (continue reading below for the link).

Xyphoe's playthrough of Aeon on YouTube

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Roudoudou has released Open Tower Defense. As the name suggests, it's a tower defence strategy game where waves of enemies come from the left-hand side of the screen, and you have to place fortifications to prevent them from reaching the right-hand side. The enemies become increasingly powerful, which means that you continually need to buy and build more fortifications and spend credits upgrading existing fortifications.

The tower defence genre isn't totally new to the CPC – Shining released Defence in 2016, which received a 10 out of 10 rating on this site – but Open Tower Defense is a pretty decent version. You can download the game from the CPCWiki forum.

I have reviewed three games, including a new one that was released a week or so ago and which I forgot to mention in my last update – oops!

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The Sword of Ianna has been available on the CPC for nearly a year, and if you're not already aware, it only works on the Dandanator hardware device. To the best of my knowledge, Retro Virtual Machine and CPCEC are the only emulators that currently support emulation of this device. If you haven't played it before, I think it is well worth the effort of trying to get the game to work in one of these emulators!

Hibernated 1: This Place Is Death (Director's Cut)

Back in 2018, Stefan Vogt released the text adventure Hibernated 1: This Place Is Death, and it was very highly praised (including an 8 out of 10 rating on this site). Since then, he has spent many months rewriting and greatly expanding it, and now he has released Hibernated 1 (Director's Cut). This new version has been developed using the PunyInform engine, which generates code that is compatible with Infocom's Z-machine. In short, you can create much larger and more complex adventures with PunyInform than you can with DAAD or PAW (two engines that were used in the development of the previous, 'classic' version of the game). In Stefan's words, "If Infocom had been asked to recreate the classic Hibernated, the Director's Cut would have been the outcome."

Stefan also plans to collaborate with poly.play to produce a physical release of the Hibernated 1 (Director's Cut) that will come in a grey box, similar to Infocom's own "grey box" releases, some of which were released for the Amstrad CPC and PCW. In the meantime, you can download the digital release of Hibernated 1 (Director's Cut) for the CPC and PCW (and around 20 other formats!) from itch.io.

The Sean McManus Software Collection

Following my announcement earlier this month about being able to play some Amstrad CPC games online at Amstrad CPC Games, Sean McManus has updated his site so that you can play some of his type-in listings online using the same online emulator. A number of Sean's type-ins were published in Amstrad Action and Amstrad Computer User in the early 1990s.

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Play Amstrad CPC games online!

A new site, simply titled Amstrad CPC Games, has recently been launched. If you visit it, you can play around 30 great Amstrad CPC games, such as Arkanoid, Bomb Jack, Commando, Gryzor and Ikari Warriors, in your web browser – no need to download or launch an emulator! All of this is possible thanks to Andre Weissflog's hugely impressive Tiny Emulators set.

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Also, after watching Xyphoe play Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge on one of his live streams recently, I have reduced the rating on my review to 9 out of 10 (it was previously 10 out of 10). I still think it's a great racing game but it doesn't deserve full marks.

XeNoMoRPH's YouTube channel added

I've added links to videos on XeNoMoRPH's YouTube channel on my site. This channel is run by Joseph Antony and it features short gameplay videos of modern Amstrad CPC games and some of the less well known releases from the CPC's golden era.

Red Sunset

Bitmap Soft will be releasing a limited edition physical version of ESP Soft's wonderful shoot-'em-up Red Sunset, and you can order a copy now. You'd better be quick, though; the first batch of 25 copies sold out within a day, and the second batch of 25 copies will be the final batch! The box (see the image on the right) will include an A4 poster, an A5 manual, stickers, and a copy of the game on 3″ disc. The cost is £25.00, excluding shipping.

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Piero Serra has reviewed Meltdown.

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I have reviewed three games:

Crazy Blaster and Rodmän are two relatively new games from Mika Keränen, and both games have also been released for several other 8-bit machines. You can buy physical copies from The Future Was 8 Bit for £4.99 each (excluding shipping costs), or you can download them digitally from itch.io and pay whatever you want.

Piero Serra has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed Marsport.

Piero Serra has reviewed two games:

It's amazing to think that until now, no one had written a review of Get Dexter 2 – one of the classics that really shows what the Amstrad CPC can do – for this site! Still, better late than never...

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Piero Serra has reviewed four games:

Piero Serra has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Piero Serra has reviewed three games:

Piero Serra has reviewed three games:

The Enchanted Stones of Cameronne

Ingo Werstler has released his first Amstrad CPC game. It's called The Enchanted Stones of Cameronne and it's based on a puzzle game from 1990 called Ishido: The Way of Stones. There are 72 tiles with different colours and symbols, and you must place them on the board so that neighbouring tiles have either the same colour or symbol. For the highest scores you'll need to get a "four-way match", where two neighbouring tiles have the same colour and another two have the same symbol.

This isn't the first time Ishido has been converted to the Amstrad CPC, but this version is a good effort and it looks very nice and has some atmospheric background music courtesy of Roald Strauss (Mr Lou). You can download The Enchanted Stones of Cameronne from the CPCWiki forum.

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Following a recent stream by Xyphoe, I have also rewritten my review of Psycho Pigs UXB and given it a higher rating.

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Novabug's Macmillan Cancer Support fundraiser

Last Saturday, Novabug held a charity fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer Support on YouTube. Normally each Saturday he tests five or six cassettes from his extensive collection of Amstrad CPC games, while people watching the stream will chat about the games being loaded and played, and other things as well. However, last Saturday, he tested 20 (yes, twenty) copies of Bridge-It in his collection and auctioned all of them off for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bridge-It is widely regarded as one of the worst games to be released for the Amstrad CPC (scoring 0 out of 10 on this site – it really is that bad). It is incredibly easy to find on auction sites like eBay (there are nearly 25 copies of the game on sale on the site as I write this!), and because of this, and the fact that its reputation is so poor, it's worth very little, if anything.

I wasn't expecting much from Novabug's fundraiser, but thanks to the amazing generosity of CPC fans, his initial target of £464 was smashed and all twenty copies of Bridge-It were sold and a staggering £1,130.35 was raised! Congratulations to Novabug and thanks to everyone who donated to such a worthwhile cause. (I was one of the people who bought a cassette, for the normally ludicrous sum of £20.50 – but it's for charity, of course.) You can watch a replay of the YouTube stream below, and you can still make a donation via JustGiving.

Novabug's Bridge-It for Macmillan fundraiser on YouTube

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A new contributor, Piero Serra, has reviewed Special Operations.

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