Friday, 10 March 2017

The 464 Project 128K Expansion... Another Tribute to the Amstrad CPC464

18 months ago to mark to 31st anniversary of the Amstrad CPC464, I took the time to create a tribute film showcasing four hundred and sixty four games in just under 1 hour. It's been a long time coming, but my popular demand I bring you a further 128 games on the CPC464. This blog page is to assist the video; a full list of all the games shown in order, as well as the soundtrack listing.

All games used are playable on the CPC464, but some may require additional ram expansion or disk drive. However, no Plus or GX4000 games have been included. The footage is captured from either emulation or actual hardware.

Full List of Games in Order.

1. Octoplex
2. Aaargh!
3. BMX Ninja
4. Gazza's Super Soccer
5. Joe Blade
6. Pro Tennis Simulator
7. Black Tiger
8. Beverly Hills Cop
9. Game Over
10. Gary Lineker's Hot-Shot!
11. Jack the Nipper 2
12. Jocky Wilson's Darts Challenge
13. Parabola
14. Sub Hunter
15. Strike
16. Strider 2
17. The Addams Family
18. Booty
19. Ghostbusters
20. Jonny Quest
21. Rally 2
22. Summer Games
23. Outlaws
24. Bruce Lee
25. G-Loc R360
26. Raster Runner
27. Super Sprint
28. Rod-Land
29. Karatian
30. Graham Gooch's Test Cricket
31. Castle Master
32. Aftermath
33. Afterburner
34. Advanced Pinball Simulator
35. Chibi Akumas Episode 1
36. Room Ten
37. Killapede
38. Gremlins 2 The New Batch
39. Terra Cognita
40. The Living Daylights
41. Run CPC
42. Lawn Tennis
43. Gyroscope
44. Contraption
45. After The War
46. The Masters of Space
47. Rygar
48. Let's Go!
49. Hammer Boy
50. Dan Dare 3
51. After The War 2
52. Airwolf 2
53. Dandy
54. Herobotix
55. Beach Buggy Simulator
56. Leviathan
57. SAS Combat Simulator
58. Steve McQueen's Westphaser
59. Army Moves
60. Alex Higgins World Snooker
61. Deathscape
62. Life Expectancy Zero 
63. Scooby & Scappy Doo
64. Seesaw
65. Magical Drop CPC
66. Homerunner
67. Alien
68. Desert Fox
69. Hong Kong Phooey
70. MGT - Magnetik Tank
71. Shadow Dancer
72. The Amazing Spiderman & Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge
73. Space Moves
74. Aliens
75. Altair
76. Hydrofool
77. Hudson Hawk
78. Sidearms
79. Dragon Attack
80. Animated Strip Poker
81. Megablasters - Escape From the Castle in the Clouds
82. The Sacred Armour of Antiriad
83. Hyperbowl
85. Aquad
86. Formula 1 Simulator
87. Ice Breaker
88. Micro Ball
89. Marauder
90. Human Killing Machine
91. Jungle Warriors
92. Speed King
93. Arcade Fruit Machine
94. Imperial Mahjong
95. Mobile Man
96. Spindizzy
97. Forgotten Worlds
98. Impossible Mission
99. Space Harrier 2
100. Monty Python's Flying Circus
101. Star Avenger
102. Assault Course
103. Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
104. Frank Bruno's Boxing
105. Motocross Simulator
106. Starboy
107. Astro Marine Corps
108. Froggy
109. Super Stock Car
110. Infernal Runner
111. Myth
112. Stardust
113. The A-Team
114. Future Knight
115. Starstrike 2
116. International Ninja Rabbits
117. Defence
118. Avenger
119. Galachip
120. Invasion of the Zombie Monsters
121. Outboard
122. Galactic Games
123. It's a Knockout
124. Street Gang
125. Warlock
126. Vector Vaults
127. Pinball Dreams
128. Edge Grinder

Soundtrack Listing

Octoplex Theme
Sub Hunter Menu Theme
Advanced Pinball Simulator Theme
After the War Theme
Beach Buggy Simulator Theme
Space Moves In-Game Theme
Marauder Theme
Super Stock Car Theme
Defence Theme

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Britain Leaving the EU - The Only Realistic Choice

I'll come clean here. I voted for the Conservative party in the last UK general election, and the reason? Because they promised a referendum on the European Union, and to my slight surprise they have actually delivered. However, they have loaded their argument to stay in the EU with endless scare tactics, fear factors to worry the voting public and basically, lies. I have been intent of leaving the EU for many years as it has done nothing for us on the grand scale, and this kind of manipulative behavior demonstrated by the government and the large political parties confirms my fears. Behind the happy face of 27 countries united for the 'good and liberal' cause, it is nothing more than an anti-democratic, closed bureaucracy of un-elected officials scratching each others backs, propping up the failing big business's and blindly ignoring the real problems that European citizens face on a daily basis, and it is dragging us down with it kicking and screaming.

So, I urge you for the sake of Britain's future and the other European countries to Vote Leave on the 23rd of June 2016. This is likely to be the most important vote the British public will ever make. If we make a statement to the EU, then hopefully other countries will follow suit and end this awful parasitic dictatorship that is eating away at European culture, wealth and future.

If you feel you are on the fence on this matter, or been intimidated by the remain campaign's tales of doom and gloom, I have put together a selection of videos here to inform you of the facts and the knowledge of what the EU gets up to, what effects it's having on Britain, and why leaving is the only sensible option if you believe in a free, democratic and fair society. 

Finally, a look at what you change if we left...

I wish you all well, and hopefully look forward to a bright future on the 24th. Vote Leave.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

CPC Vs GX4000 - Cartridge Game Comparisons

Finally, the debate over the Amstrad GX4000's CPC ported games can be settled!

15 of the official 26 titles released on cartridge for the GX4000 were ports of existing Amstrad CPC games. It is commonly said that these ports are identical to the CPC versions and therefore not worth the higher price tag, and majorly contributed to ultimate failure of the infamous British system.

This video series makes direct side-by-side comparisons as I discuss and examine the differences (if any), of both versions and choose which one is better.

Extensive research and playtesting, as well as 25 years of personal experience have gone into the finding of this video series. If you feel I have overlooked something, or made a mistake please give me feedback. Hopefully however, I have given the final word on this issue.

Batman the Movie - New title screen. Menu re-ordered. Shatter sound effect missing. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Music slow-down more common.

Barbarian 2:The Dungeon of Drax - Title screen missing. Menu re-ordered.

Operation Thunderbolt - Title screen missing. Menu screen re-designed using Plus features. Plus palette colour changes in-game. HUD re-designed.

Klax - New title screen. Screen transitional fading. Backgrounds alter per wave and clacking sound effect in-game (Like CPC128k version). Plus palette colour changes in-game. Sprites smoothed. Slightly slower. More detail on drop meter and runway.

Mystical - Sound effects in-game. (128k CPC version MAY have this also)

Super Pinball Magic - New title screen with Plus features used. Re-designed using Mode 0. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Layouts Altered. HUD re-designed. Added music and added sound effects. Pinball is hardware sprite. Game almost entirely re-coded.

No Exit Different title screen numerous demo effects and Plus features used throughout game. Different menu screen. Secondary title screen with demo effects and Plus features. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Fading effects instead of roll effect. Sprites smoothed Hardware sprites bat, energy bars and icons. Slightly more glitchy. Name entry and high score table different.

Panza Kick Boxing - Different title screen using Plus features. Other title screens absent. Futura logo hardware sprite. Plus Palette colour changes in-game with raster effects. Menu screen re-drawn in mode 0 and re-arranged. Game screen much larger and layout altered. Animation slightly smoother.

Wild Streets - Title screen re-coloured with Plus palette. Sprites all hardware generated. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Music slower and broken up by sound effects. Level interim images  missing. HUD re-coloured and re-drawn.

Crazy Cars 2 - Title screen re-drawn with Plus palette. Additional Titus menu screen. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Between level pictures missing. In game map included. HUD re-coloured.

Fire & Forget 2 - Full screen title scan image. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Intro music slower. In-game music not broken by sound effects. Additional sound effects. Road has center lines. HUD colour changes. Level interim screens re-drawn.

Pro Tennis Tour - Different title screen. Menu text different. Wider screen and play area. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Hardware sprites. More graphic detail and additional sound effects. Spinning ball icon on different scoreboard.

Switchblade - Pre-title screen. Hardware sprite Gremlin logo on title screen. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Hardware sprites used as decoration. Raster interrupt used. 

Tin Tin on the Moon - Addtional title screen.

Dick Tracy - Different title screen. Plus palette colour changes in-game. Hardware scroll. Hardware sprites. Better animation. Re-drawn HUD with colour changes. 

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