16th June 2014 Crackers Velus have released their third game, called Kamyzol, and
like their previous releases, it's a puzzle game. Each level contains several
rectangular blocks which, depending on their orientation, can only be moved
either horizontally or vertically, but not in both directions. There is also one
block which is coloured red and must be moved to the exit – but this is
not as easy as it sounds, because the blocks are enclosed within a confined
space! As you can see from the screenshot on the right, the graphics are very
basic, but don't let this put you off; it's quite a challenge, and Crackers
Velus themselves warn that it may make you go crazy! You can
Kamyzol from NVG.
Screenshot of Jetpac Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator
3rd May 2014 40Crisis has done it again! This time, he has emulated Ultimate Play The
Game's classic 16K ZX Spectrum game Jetpac on the Amstrad CPC.
Jetpac was one of the first games that Ultimate Play The Game released
back in 1983, and at the time, it set new standards of quality for ZX Spectrum
games. Now this classic game can be played on a CPC – but you will need to
download the original ZX Spectrum game, and as the Spectrum community is very
strict about not allowing Ultimate's games to be downloaded, you won't find it
on World of Spectrum, so you'll have to hunt for it yourself.
If you manage to find it, you can
download the emulator from NVG,
which contains a program that will convert the Spectrum version of the game to
a DSK and CDT file which you can play on an emulator or transfer to a real CPC.
Although I owned a Spectrum in the 1980s, I never played
Jetpac at the time, but this CPC conversion is a fantastic little game!
6th April 2014 Kukulcan, the administrator of the well known CPC-POWER site, recently
released a new game called Superpix. If you like Picross puzzles, then
you'll love this game. Picross games such as iLogicAll
and Pix have been released for the CPC before, but
Superpix boasts a massive 720 puzzles to solve! It also saves your
scores to disc, and if you're not familiar with Picross puzzles, then a helpful
tutorial is also provided on the disc. You can
download Superpix from NVG,
and there is more information at CPC-POWER.
A new contributor, Richard Lamond, has reviewed eight games:
By the way, I programmed the CPC versions of both of these
Screenshot of Gliece Security
Screenshot of Ant Attack Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator
5th March 2014 Crackers Velus have released another new game called Gliece Security.
It's another puzzle game in which you have to move coloured keys around a
confined space and match them with the locks of the same colour. The problem is
that all the keys move simultaneously; you can't move each key individually!
There are 60 puzzles, and you must solve them all within 22 minutes. You can
game from NVG. Missas has written a
review of Gliece Security.
Another game which emerged a few weeks ago, but which I
didn't report on at the time, is Ant Attack. This 1983 ZX Spectrum
classic has been emulated on the CPC by 40Crisis, who also released an emulated
version of another ZX Spectrum game called Maziacs on the CPC a few
months ago. You can
Ant Attack from NVG. However, if you do this, you will also need to
download the original ZX Spectrum game from
World of Spectrum,
as Sandy White, the original author of Ant Attack, hasn't officially
given permission to allow free distribution of the game – although it has
been available to download for years, and Sandy White has his own website which includes a page about
Ant Attack and a guestbook with lots of messages from visitors who fondly
remember the game. Having said that, you
can also download the game from CPCRulez or
CPC-POWER without having to download the
ZX Spectrum version as well. Missas has also
written a review of Ant Attack.
9th February 2014 ESP Soft has released the first new Amstrad CPC game of 2014. It's called
La Guerra de Gamber and it's a platform game in which you control the
ex-soldier J. T. Gamber. Gangs now rule the streets, leaving the citizens in
fear. You must single-handedly restore law and order to the city and make the
streets safe once more over three levels of platforming action. You can find
out more information about the game and download it from
Missas has reviewed Cyber Chicken. Hopefully
TFM will approve of the review this time! The review of the earlier version,
known as Cyber Huhn, has been removed. Don't forget that you can still
buy copies of Cyber Chicken! Prices
are €15 for the cassette version and €17 for the disc version,
excluding postage and packaging.
Finally, Carnivac is working on a game called RoboCop:
Prime. Although it's being developed on the PC using GameMaker: Studio, the
game will have a CPC look and feel, with 16-colour MODE 0 graphics! Carnivac has
uploaded an early preview of the game to YouTube, which you can view below. You
can follow the progress of RoboCop: Prime, and see more screenshots of
the game, on Carnivac's Tumblr site.
I have also uploaded new versions of screenshots that were
saved in the CPC's low-resolution, high-colour MODE 0, so now they look much
less blurry than before!
Screenshot of Death Sword
Screenshot of Kubmic
1st January 2014 A Happy New Year to all CPC fans! I hope you all had a merry Christmas as
Devilmarkus released a nice Christmas present on the
forums – a modified version of Palace Software's classic one-on-one
sword fighting game Barbarian. It's been renamed Death Sword
(which is also the name of the game in the USA), and it features improved
backgrounds and graphics, courtesy of MacDeath and TotO. The backgrounds also
change on each level to add a bit of variety; in the original game, you could
select a background to use, but once it was loaded into memory, it couldn't be
changed without reloading the game. However, Death Sword requires 128K of
memory in order to store all of the backgrounds in memory.
Devilmarkus has created a
website where you can download the
game. A manual is also available in PDF format, and if you're able to transfer
the game to a 3″ disc, you can also download an inlay and a disc label.
Crackers Velus have also released a new game called
Kubmic. It's a conversion of a Flash game which involves sliding coloured
tiles on a 5×5 grid to recreate a pattern. You can
Finally, César Nicolás González (aka
CNGSoft) has released the tenth version of BB4CPC with several
improvements to the gameplay. More details are available at the
BB4CPC website. (To
download the game from this site, click on the large "Bubble Bobble 4 CPC" logo
at the top of the page.)