CPC Game Reviews - by
 Nicholas Campbell

Reviews: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisements: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

ESP Soft has released a new game called Siemb Chronicles: Arkos the Traitor. It's based on events from two previously released games – Dinamic's Game Over, and Galactic Tomb – another game from ESP Soft.

In Game Over, Arkos faithfully served the evil ruler Gremla until he decided to revolt against her increasing lust for power. Now that she has been defeated, you, the hero of Galactic Tomb, have travelled to the planet of Hypsis, where Arkos is based, in a mission to overthrow him.

Siemb Chronicles features the same excellent style of graphics and music as Galactic Tomb and is well worth downloading and playing. You can download the game from ESP Soft's site, and you can also buy a physical cassette release from Hobbyretro for €8.75 excluding shipping costs.

Video of Siemb Chronicles: Arkos the Traitor on YouTube

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Bug's Quest for Macmillan

As previously mentioned on this site, Novabug held his second charity fundraising stream for Macmillan Cancer Support on YouTube, auctioning 20 copies of Yellow Belly's new platform game Bug's Quest for Tapes, with every penny going to the charity. The target was 664, but it was easily smashed, with a total of £2,500 raised! One bidder even donated an utterly astonishing 464!

Once again, congratulations to Novabug and Yellow Belly for raising so much for a very good cause. You can watch a replay of the YouTube stream below, and you can still make a donation via JustGiving.

Novabug's Bug's Quest for Macmillan fundraiser on YouTube

Amtix! magazine relaunched

Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books has relaunched the Amstrad CPC magazine Amtix! Originally published by Newsfield Publications from 1985 to 1987, Amtix! focused on games, but it was less successful than its ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 counterparts, Crash and Zzap!64, and it only lasted for 18 issues before merging with Computing with the Amstrad. Now Chris is planning to relaunch Amtix! as a quarterly publication called AmtixCPC Micro Action, with each issue containing 60 A5-size pages.

The first issue should be available from Fusion Retro Books now, priced at £3.99 excluding shipping costs. You can also subscribe to AmtixCPC Micro Action via Patreon to show your support.

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed Dr. Roland.

New reviews

Shaun Neary has reviewed two games:

Bug's Quest for Tapes

Novabug has uploaded a video to YouTube that shows what the physical copies of Yellow Belly's game Bug's Quest for Tapes will look like. All of these copies will be auctioned on a YouTube livestream that is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th August 2021 at 21:30 BST (20:30 GMT), and all the proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. This is intended to be the only opportunity to purchase a physical copy of the game – once they're sold, that's it! However, images for use with emulators will be available to purchase at a later date, probably at the end of October 2021.

YouTube video showing the production of copies of Bug's Quest for Tapes

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed four games, and given that the English football season has now started, I thought I would include a couple of football management games (even though I'm not a fan of the genre):

Yellow Belly has released a promotional video for his game Bug's Quest for Tapes, which you can watch below. It's looking very promising, although some of the sprites shown in the later part of the video are of a somewhat, er... dubious nature!

Promotional video for Bug's Quest for Tapes on YouTube

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Bug's Quest for Tapes

Yellow Belly is in the process of developing a platform game called Bug'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 Bug'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.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

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

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

I have reviewed three games:

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!

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

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 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.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

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.

New reviews

I have reviewed five games:

New reviews

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

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.

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Piero Serra has reviewed Meltdown.

I have reviewed three games:

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...

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Piero Serra has reviewed four games:

Piero Serra has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Piero Serra has reviewed three games:

E-mail: nich <AT> durge <DOT> org