8th December 2013 Psytronik Software has just
released a cassette version of Paul Kooistra's excellent shoot-'em-up
Relentless. This was one of the entrants in CPCWiki's
game competition which was held earlier this year, and it was generally
regarded as the best of the four games. This should be a nice Christmas present
for any tape-based CPC owners! You can find out more information, and buy a copy
of the game, at
Meanwhile, TFM is continuing work on the expanded versions of
his competition entry Cyber Huhn. The 64K cassette version is ready for
release, but the 128K version is still in development. A
website has been set up where you can order
a copy of the game. There are some pictures of the cassette version on the site
to whet your appetite. The cassette version costs €15 and the disc version
costs €17 (excluding postage).
Video preview of Street Fighter II: CPC Edition on YouTube
24th September 2013 Augusto Ruiz has released a video which shows a preview version of
Street Fighter II running on a CPC emulator! Unfortunately, the CPC never
saw an official release of Street Fighter II, unlike the ZX Spectrum and
Commodore 64, which was a shame. Some of you may know that another CPC user,
hERMOL, released a hacked version of Street Fighter under the name of
Street Fighter II a few years ago, but it was obvious that it was
basically Street Fighter with modified graphics and it bore little
resemblance to the official console versions of Street Fighter II.
Augusto is working with DaDMaN and McKlain to produce a
version of Street Fighter II that will make much better use of the CPC's
capabilities. As you'd expect, with all those detailed backgrounds and character
animation, it will require 128K of memory. There is still a lot of work to be
done, and given the complexity of Street Fighter II, this will be an
extremely ambitious project – but another
Street Fighter II-style beat-'em-up has already been released for the
CPC, so it shouldn't be an impossible task! As usual, you can follow the
discussion about Street Fighter II on the
Screenshot of Maziacs Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator
15th September 2013 Maziacs is a maze game that was originally released for the ZX
Spectrum in 1983. I have many fond memories of playing it many years ago as a
child, but it was sadly never converted to the Amstrad CPC – until now!
A previously unknown coder (well, unknown to me) called 40Crisis has managed to
emulate the original ZX Spectrum version of the game on a CPC. The CPC version
lacks some of the colour (which is understandable), but otherwise, it plays
identically to the Spectrum version. You can find out more information, and
download and discuss the game, at the
TFM has also revealed that he is working on a new version of
Cyber Huhn, which was one of the entries in CPCWiki's recent 16KBs ROM
Game Development Competition. The new version will contain many enhancements
that wouldn't fit into the ROM version that was submitted to the competition.
TFM reckons that it will be finished by November 2013. More information is
available at the
has released an updated version of Invasion of the Zombie Monsters, which
was released earlier this year. You can download the new version from their
11th August 2013 Another new game has been released for the CPC! If you're a Spectrum fan,
you may be aware of a utility called
Arcade Game Designer,
which as its name suggests, enables you to create your own arcade games –
and so far, over a dozen Spectrum games have been written using this utility.
If you're interested in trying out Arcade Game Designer
yourself, you can visit the
Arcade Game Designer forums and download the latest version. Please
be aware that is still a work in progress and you may encounter a few bugs.
(Lab Escape has some bugs where the player's sprite can become corrupted,
so watch out!)
21st July 2013 Great news – the ultimate web site for CPC gaming fans,
CPC-POWER, is back! This means that all
the links to the CPCSOFTS section of CPC-POWER that follow each review on this
site have also reappeared.
6th July 2013 Recently, the folks at CPCWiki held
a competition to write a game that would fit in a 16K CPC ROM. The deadline for
entries closed a few days ago, and four entries were submitted before the
Cyber Huhn - a shoot-'em-up
Overkoban - a Sokoban clone
Relentless - a horizontally scrolling shoot-'em-up
Subtera Puzlo - a puzzle game
There were also a few other entries that unfortunately
weren't completed before the deadline. Visit the
Amstrad CPC 16KBs ROM Game Development Competition 2013
at CPCWiki to download the games and obtain for more information about them.
The downloads also contain DSK files, so you can play the games the 'normal'
way as well!
By now, many of you are aware that the CPC-POWER site was
hacked and the webmaster, Kukulcan, decided to close the site down. As a result,
all of the links to CPCSOFTS that used to appear below each review have now been
removed. It's very sad that these hackers ruin such a great resource for CPC
fans. I do know that Kukulcan is working on a new version of the site, but at
the moment I don't know when CPC-POWER will return.