Shadow Hunter


Screenshot of Shadow Hunter
Mananuk has released the Amstrad CPC version of Shadow Hunter. You play Jack Slimer, and your mission is to clear a sweet factory of ghosts that have made it their home. The factory consists of 32 rooms spread over four floors, and you have to clear each room one at a time using your proton blaster. It’s strongly inspired by the Ghostbusters franchise and it’s a nice little platform game in the style of most of Mananuk’s previous releases. You can download Shadow Hunter from itch.io.

Bomb Jack remake


For those of you who frequent the CPCWiki forums, this is old news by now, but if you’re not aware of it, then it’s quite exciting. A man from New Zealand called Anthony Flack has been working on a remake of Bomb Jack for the Amstrad CPC, and it looks utterly amazing. The original release from Elite is pretty good, but this remake is something else altogether. For me, the most impressive aspects are the Mode 1 graphics, which use dithering to excellent effect to give an illusion of additional colours, and the large number of sprites on the screen, moving against a background, at 50 frames per second. It has to be seen to be believed!

Anthony has uploaded a video to YouTube showing the game in progress; jump to 1:53 to see the game in action on a real CTM644 monitor!

I have reviewed three games:

Ramiro el Vampiro en el Misterio del Papiro


Screenshot of Ramiro el Vampiro en el Misterio del Papiro
The Mojon Twins have just released the latest game to feature Ramiro the vampire, titled Ramiro el Vampiro en el Misterio del Papiro. It’s the fourth game in the series, although it’s only the second one to be released for the Amstrad CPC. Ramiro was drinking with Ramón the Pharaoh, who told him about a papyrus scroll that is hidden within the pyramid of Ejemplo. The scroll was broken up into four pieces that were scattered around the pyramid, but it contains a spell that can control the movement of the Sun! If Ramiro could retrieve all the pieces of the scroll, he could become the most feared vampire in the province of Badajoz.

The game uses a similar gameplay mechanic to Ramiro el Vampiro III, in that Ramiro must avoid the gaze of the Egyptian eyes located in certain rooms. If an eye is open and Ramiro is in its field of vision, his energy will be drained. (A word of warning for people with epilepsy – the border flashes rapidly when this happens.) Ramiro el Vampiro en el Misterio del Papiro can be downloaded from itch.io.

Paleto Jones II


Screenshot of Paleto Jones II
Mananuk has released Paleto Jones II. After rescuing his uncle Ramón from captivity in the jungle, Paleto Jones sets out on a mission to retrieve Bartolo’s Flute – a musical instrument with magical powers. The game was previously given away with issue 5 of AmtixCPC Micro Action (which can be purchased from Fusion Retro Books), but you can now download it from itch.io.

Mananuk is due to release another game soon called Shadow Hunter for the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, although I don’t have any other information about it at the moment.

I have reviewed five games, three of which were released recently:


As this will be my last update before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone who visits this site a merry Christmas! 🎅

Darkula64


Screenshot of Darkula64
Iván Ávila has released another game – his third one this year for the Amstrad CPC. This one is called Darkula64, and it’s a conversion, or a demake, of a platform game that was released for Windows in 2019. The story goes that a group of monsters set up a theme park named Deviland Park, but they’ve spent so long living underneath the bright lights that they’ve forgotten what darkness looks like. Enter Darkula, who must jump from platform to platform, extinguish all the lightbulbs on each level and avoid contact with the other monsters. You can download Darkula64 from itch.io.

Hyperdrive


Screenshot of Hyperdrive
Hyperdrive has now been released and can be downloaded from usebox.net. As previously mentioned, it is only available as a GX4000 cartridge file or a Dandanator ROM file, so if you want to play it on an emulator, you will need to use an emulator that supports one of these formats. WinAPE supports GX4000 cartridges, Retro Virtual Machine supports the Dandanator, while CPCEC supports both formats.

Tenebra


Screenshot of Tenebra
Haplo has converted his game Tenebra from the Commodore 64 to the Amstrad CPC. Tenebra is a puzzle game consisting of 31 single-screen dungeons. You have to guide your character to the exit, but the dungeons are dark and lit only by braziers and torches, and your character is afraid of the dark and won’t wander into areas that are unlit. The puzzle element comes from picking up torches and using them to light your way around each dungeon, but you can’t take them everywhere! You can download Tenebra from itch.io.

New reviews


Robert Small has reviewed two games:

Robert Small has reviewed Jaws by Screen 7. Unusually, there are two versions of this game, both by the same developer (Intelligent Design), and the second version only seems to have been released on a compilation from Ubi Soft called Top 25. Robert’s review is for the original release.

Hyperdrive


Hyperdrive title screen
Juan José Martínez has tweeted that he will release his latest game, Hyperdrive, this Friday 9th December. Hyperdrive is a vertically scrolling space shoot-’em-up that, in a departure from Juan’s previous releases, will only be available as a GX4000 cartridge file or a Dandanator ROM file, rather than a cassette or disc image. There is more information about Hyperdrive on Juan’s web site.

Sente Mini Golf


Screenshot of Sente Mini Golf
Copper France has released two videos of a new game he is developing called Sente Mini Golf. It’s an unofficial conversion of Bally Sente’s coin-op arcade game of the same name from 1985, and as the name suggests, you play a round of miniature golf, with a wide variety of unusual designs. Your ability to progress depends on how well you play on each hole.

You can watch videos of the normal CPC version and the Plus version on YouTube. There are more screenshots on CPC-POWER, although there’s no indication yet of when it will be released.

I have reviewed the top six games from the recent #CPCRetroDev 2022 contest: