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Hi Everybody!

 I know that nowadays you can find large compilations of Amstrad software (like cpcgames cd,ghostware collection etc), and especially when it comes to games, we are talking for THOUSANDS of them!
 Of course, some collections are bundled with very good interfaces (for example cpcgames cd) that allow easy filtering and search by name, year, genre etc, BUT the problem is that, even if there is a description or screenshots, NOTHING can tell you how GOOD a game ACTUALLY is, until you play it!
So, instead of anyone trying each game one by one ,out of these HUGE compilations, i suggest to try and create a smaller, and thus, easiest to manage and search "WORTH TO PLAY" list, based on the actual experience of playing a game that we liked it! .
I have already started such a public list some time ago, which can be updated on regular basis!
Mind also that such a list can be a VERY good solution for playing games on real Amstrad CPC equipped with a M4 board or USIfAC II or any other device, that can load games, either from files or dsk images! ;-)

So, if anyone played a game and thinks it's "classic" or worth mentioning to others to play it, please feel free to do it!

Currrent Game list:
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1942
1943
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2088
3D_STUNT
abductio
ACEOACES
ACTION_FIGHTER
AFTERSHK
AIRWOLF
ALTEREDBEAST
AMTURBO
ANTIRIAD
Apprentice, The (UK) (1986)
arkanod2
ARKANOID
ARMAGEDD
ARMYMOVE
ARTURA
asphalt
Asterix & La Potion Magique (F) (1988)
astromarines
ATF
AUFMONTY
axys
babapalc
BARBARIAN1&2
basketmaster
Batman Caped Crusader (UK) (1988)
BATTY
BEDLAM
BEYONDICEPALACE
BillyII
Black Beard (S) (1988)
BLADEWARRIOR
BLOOD_BR
BMX2
BMXSIM
Bomb Jack (UK) (1986)
Bomb Jack 2 (UK) (1987)
BOULDER1
BOUNDER
BOYRACER
BRAINSTM
BRAVSTAR
brickrik
Bruce Lee (UK) (1984)
Bubble Bobble (UK) (1987)
Bubble Bobble 2 (UK) (1988) ()
bubble4
Buggy Boy (UK) (1987)
BUGGYBOY
camelot
CATASTRO
CAULDRO2
Cauldron (UK) (1985)
CERBERUS
CHES2000
CHUBBY_GRISTLE
Chuckie Egg (UK) (1985)
COBRA
commando
COPOUT
Crystal Kingdom Dizzy (UK) (1992)
CYBER
CYBERII
Cyber_Ch
CYRUSSII
daleytho
DANDARE2
DANDARE3
dawnkern
Deliverance - Stormlord 2 (UK) (1990)
destruct
DevaDrif
Dizy_Prince of the Yolkfolk
Dizzy. Amstrad Action Special Edition
dizzy4_MAGICALAND
dogfight
DONKEY_K
EAGLNEST
elcapita
Elevator Action (UK) (1987)
elite
eridu
escape
exolon
expl_fist
Forgotten Worlds (UK) (1989)
fredyhar
fruity_f
FSHARK
GALACHIP
Galaxia (UK) (1984)
GALVAN
gauntle2
gauntlet
GENOCIDE
Ghosts 'N' Goblins (UK) (1986) ()
Ghouls 'N' Ghosts (UK) (1989)
goldtrai
goody
Goonies, The (UK) (1986)
Green Beret (UK) (1986)
Gryzor (UK) (1987)
gunfrght
GUNSHIPA
GUNSHIPB
GURIANOS
Hammer Boy I & II (UK) (1991) [f1]
HEADOVER
holdup
Hundra (S) (1987)
HuntRed
Ikari Warriors (UK) (1986)
IMPMISS1
impossam
Infernal
IRON
IZNOGOUD
jetsetwil
Jungle Warrior I & II (S) (1990) [h1]
KATTRAP
kitsune
KnightLORE
KRAKOUT
KUNGFUMASTER
LANCELOT
LASTV8
LEMMINGS
LICENSETOKILL
lightfor
LittleCP
LIVINGSTONE
LOCOMOTI
LOTUS_ES
macadam
MACH3
MAGMAX
MANICMIN
marauder
MARIO
MASK2
MATAHARI
MATCHD2
Mega Bombers (UK) (1994)
mgt
MICKEY
MILKRACE
MONTYRUN
mutmont
Myth
NEBULUS
NIGELMAN
NINJA
NORTH STAR
OBLIVION
opalexan
OPERWOLF
Orion_prime
OUTRUN_E
OUTWORLD
Pac-Mania (UK) (1988)
PACLAND
PACMAN_E
Pang (UK) (19xx)
PAPERBOY
Penguin (UK) (1992)
pinball
pingpong
Pirates
pong-lan
PREDATO2
PREHISTO
Prince_P
PROHIBIT
RAMPAGE
RANARAMA
Rebelstar
redsun
Relentls
rex
Rick Dangerous 2 (UK) (1990)
RIPPER
ROLROPES
Saboteur 2
Savage
SCOOBY
SCRAMBLE
SHARK
SHINOB1
SILKWORM
simcity
SKWEEK
SLAPFIGHT
slug
SLYSPY1
SMASHTV
Solomon's Key 3
SOLOMONS
Sorcerers
sorcery
SORCERYP
spacemov
spacemv2
stargldr
Star_sabre
STORMLORD
STRIDER
SubHunter
SUPERCAR
Switchblade
S_Edge_grinder
TANK
TARG_REN
tempest
tennis
TERRAMEX
THANATOS
Titus the Fox - To Marakesh and Back (1994)
Trailblz
TRANTOR
Tron
T_outrun
URIDIUM
Vindicator, The (UK) (1988)
wclemans
WESTBANK
westerngames
WHODAREWINSSII
WILLOW
WIZARDWILLY
WIZBALL
WLDCUP90
wonderboy
XENON
xor
XYBOTS
Xyphoes
Zynaps (UK) (1987)
Total games:241

Most games are extracted files from dsk images from here
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No Worth to Play collection would be complete without a Dizzy game so either Treasure Island Dizzy or Dizzy, Prince of the Yolkfolk.

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No Worth to Play collection would be complete without a Dizzy game so either Treasure Island Dizzy or Dizzy, Prince of the Yolkfolk.


Or Magicland, my personal favourite!
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Hello,


I would rate Rebelstar as a worth to play game on CPC, there is few tactical games on CPC and this one have a good rythm and replayability.

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ATF!


The Advanced Tactical Fighter might have looked like an insect but the gameplay was absorbing :)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_(video_game)

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Ok i've just added to the public list :
- Dizzy prince of Yolkfolk
- A.T.F.
- Rebelstar
- Magicland Dizzy

And as for all the others, you can run them on a real amstrad cpc, using a M4 or USIfAC II board.



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And some of the more recent created "stuff":

- Sub Hunter (REALLY good shoot'em up)
- Super edge grinder (also a fanstastic shoot'em up)
- Sorcerers (Very nice platform, awarded on recent retro DEV 2020)
- Orion Prime (possibly the best point'n'click adventure ever made for Amstrad CPC... :))
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Thanks for this list. Although very subjective, of course, it's nice to have a relaxed discussion and resulting 'loose' list.

Today I learned about Rebelstar, I don't think I've ever heard of it before!


https://youtu.be/lEEGdQh0dNI

(Btw it'd be nice if people added videos to their suggestions 😊)

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 Well, although the "good" or "worth to play" might be subjective, depending mainly on anyone's personal favors and tastes (mostly regarding the genre of the game ,for example, some like shoot'em'ups, other like puzzle games, others platforms, or, some might like horizontal scrolling instead of vertical scrolling games etc) ,
i believe that a REALLY good game CAN be OBJECTIVELY defined and recognized as such, by the people who like the type/genre of the particular game!
And that's what we will try to find out here!  ;)

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Another 3 games added:
- Sorcery (1985 platform)
- Sorcery+ (1986 platform)
- Brick Rick (2020 platform)
Total games so far: 163

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You could add Golden Tail (2016), a refreshing platform game with an original ninja-disappearing mechanism. It is short (15 min or so), not too difficult and really addictive.



https://youtu.be/5NP_PS4yi1Q
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Ok i just added golden trail, and also:
-Hold UP
-Goody (platform)
-Commando (Shoot'em'up)
-Camelot Warrior(arcade)
-Freddy Hardest (arcade)
-Out of this world (Shoot'em'up)
-Asphalt
-Astromarines
-Basket Master
-MYTH (very good arcade adventure!)

Mind that almost all games have cheat/trainers as i'm using disk images from here: https://www.velus.be/disk.html  ;D
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Nice try!
Comparing to my favorites games folder, i can propose to add those:.
Exolon (a must).
The island of Dr Destructo.
CyrusII (chess game).
The hunt for red october.
Wec le mans ( a must).
Nigel Mansell grand prix.
Pingpong.
Matchtennis.
Peter shilton handball Maradona (I really liked this goalkeeping game, not sure if others liked it).
Arcanoid 2.
From new games, very interesting for me are:.
 Dawn of Kernel.
Deva drifter.
Eridu. 
Dogfight.
Babas palace.

These are my proposals, you decide!
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The following games added:

-Exolon
-The island of Dr Destructo
-CyrusII (chess game)
-The hunt for red october
-Wec le mans
-Nigel Mansell grand prix
-Pingpong
-Match Point(tennis)
-Arkanoid 2
-Operation Alexandra
-Dawn of Kernel
-Deva drifter
-Eridu
-Dogfight(BASIC shoot'em up,using 8BP library!)
-Babas palace (fantastic platfrom puzzle game!)
-Relentless
-Kitsunes Curse


Total games so far: 191
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A few more games added:

- Rex
- Impossamole
- The Way Of The Exploding Fist (one of the first games i played on amstrad cpc, maybe the best 1on1 karate fight! ;) )

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Exploding Fist - wasn't into it back in the day but I appreciated it over time...

Rex - never played this one. Looks intriguing!!!

But Impossamole? Am I the only one completely indifferent to it? :D

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But Impossamole? Am I the only one completely indifferent to it? :D

I enjoyed it. Only finished it for the first time about two years ago. Incredibly tough game.
It did serve as a template for Rick Dangerous 2 however as the code is identical (being able to select any of the first four levels was also a feature that didn't exist in the first RD game) only this one had bad guys at the end of each level, and it was as equally tough as RD 2, so in my opinion, there is some historical significance there that got horribly overlooked.

But yeah, by the time 1990 rolled around when this game got released, people were sick of Monty Mole. Monty didn't age quite as well as Dizzy did.  :laugh:
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3 more suggestions:

M.G.T
really great graphics, very good gameplay - in a German games magazine (ASM) it received one of the highest scores I ever saw for a CPC game in this mag
I bought it and liked it. Only issue (imho) is that once completed the puzzles are know and there is no more motivation to play again. But for a few hours, great and addictive.

Macadam Bumper
A simple but fun pinball game. One of the few games that even my parents played - and they played for hours.

Not so sure about "Elite" - clearly a classic and I played it more than any other game to date - but I am not sure if it's still worth playing.

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Suggestion:
Could the game titles be put in the original post, that way it can be searched with a simple ctrl+f rather than wade through a bunch of dropbox folders? I'm sure I could suggest plenty but I'm not wading through nearly 200 folders ;)
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Suggestion:
Could the game titles be put in the original post, that way it can be searched with a simple ctrl+f rather than wade through a bunch of dropbox folders? I'm sure I could suggest plenty but I'm not wading through nearly 200 folders ;)
Hmmm, that might  be a good idea indeed! I'm thinking of making a small utility that will read all game folder names, and output them in a txt file, for easy search and also easy update! ;)
And i will place this txt file on 1st post of this thread and also inside the public list.
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Ok,i've done it!
- At the end of 1st post there will be an updated alphabetically ordered list of all games, for easy search of games that already exist in list!
- Added a "gamelist.txt" file inside public list
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Please add Starglider and Gunship
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Ok, 5 new games added:
Gunship
Magnetic Tank (MGT)
Elite
Starglider
Mcadam bumper
And one personal favour:
pinball dreams (by far the best pinball on amstrad cpc...)

200+ games in total!  ;D
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Where is house of usher on this list?  :P

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Where is house of usher on this list?  :P
You really think that such game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vQ4hhwUieg
Is either "Classic" or "Worth to play"?  :P
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