How about making a "CLASSIC" & "WORTH TO PLAY" collection of Amstrad Games?

Started by ikonsgr, 21:00, 07 December 20

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Devlin

Offering up 2088 and Ranarama as direct-load candidates
Both are 464-safe (and conveniently single file, too!)

On top of this, I'm starting work on going down the current list of files, and testing each one for compatibility on a stock 464+usifac2

(files attached)

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Gryzor

Quote from: ikonsgr on 22:55, 07 June 21
Added infernal runner an "old school" classic platform!

Now that's a nice looking game for 1985! Ah,  Éric Chahi, figures. I don't know if it's a classic or worth playing though?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQN7peevzwk

Devlin

Quote from: Gryzor on 09:55, 08 June 21
Now that's a nice looking game for 1985! Ah,  Éric Chahi, figures. I don't know if it's a classic or worth playing though?


it's worth playing, purely to see what Eric was doing prior to absolute non-amstrad classics like Another World and Flashback
I happen to enjoy it a fair bit, too.
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GUNHED

Cyber Chicken still missing, no game ever used more sprites at a time.  ;) :)
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Gryzor

Well then I guess this goes in the "most of something" category :D

ikonsgr

Quote from: Devlin on 00:57, 08 June 21
Offering up 2088 and Ranarama as direct-load candidates
Both are 464-safe (and conveniently single file, too!)
Ok,i've added both in the list and added the Basic loaders too.

Quote from: Devlin on 00:57, 08 June 21
On top of this, I'm starting work on going down the current list of files, and testing each one for compatibility on a stock 464+usifac2
(files attached)
That's really very nice of you! You can also give me the list to adda "CPC464 certified games.txt" file too!  ;)


Devlin

Quote from: ikonsgr on 19:35, 08 June 21
Ok,i've added both in the list and added the Basic loaders too.
That's really very nice of you! You can also give me the list to adda "CPC464 certified games.txt" file too!  ;)


Working on it. It's a pretty chunky list and i'm going through it solo right now.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dVFDK63R0wTtEo1vFLDO359uj1w7iHIatQ2Xz-6erfM/edit#gid=0
This is my progress so far. (it's read only except to me for now)


There's a dedicated channel on my amstrad discord(see my signature for details) where I'm hoping to find more folks willing to help with the tedium of testing every game..


It'd be really nice if there was some kind of menu program we could use to navigate the USB easier - that'd help speed things up. Any takers?
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ikonsgr

Quote from: Devlin on 21:20, 08 June 21
It'd be really nice if there was some kind of menu program we could use to navigate the USB easier - that'd help speed things up. Any takers?

Did you try the Basic loader creator? It creates a small basic program for each game, that includes all required rsx commands for the game,regardless of the form (direct files, dsk image, snapshot file), so you will end up with a big list of BAS files that can be easily managed using the filter argument of the |CAT command! 
That way you can easily access even 1000's of games! For example, if you want to load arkanoid, you just give a simple: |CAT,"AR" and you will get a small list of bas files starting from "AR"! And then, you just run the file you want!
I beleive this is faster and easier method even from using a menu navigator with pages where,for example, in case of 1000's of files, you will end up pressing countless times page-ups or page-downs!  :D

Devlin

At the minute, my folder structure is all over the place - I'd rather have a browsable menu - the basic loaders are inconvenient at the minute as i have the games list sorted into untested/good/bad/partial atm while I go down my list.


And having a menu browser would be super nice for when I get around to extracting my disk images on the PC to put on my usb stick - I need my creature comforts
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Mark_wllms

I'd like to suggest adding Trailblazer to the list.
XOR is a brilliant puzzle game.
I've also got a soft spot for The Island of Dr Destructo!


Thanks

Shaun M. Neary

Tempest is worth adding to the list if it hasn't been already.
Currently playing on: 2xCPC464, 1xCPC6128, 1x464Plus, 1x6128Plus, 2xGX4000. M4 board, ZMem 1MB and still forever playing Bruce Lee.
No cheats, snapshots or emulation. I play my games as they're intended to be played. What about you?

Devlin

Quote from: Shaun M. Neary on 17:57, 09 June 21Tempest is worth adding to the list if it hasn't been already.



*whistles the tune of The Queen of Sheba*



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Devlin

One criminally overlooked entry :


Jet Set Willy (attached)


464-safe
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ikonsgr

Quote from: Devlin on 22:17, 08 June 21
At the minute, my folder structure is all over the place - I'd rather have a browsable menu - the basic loaders are inconvenient at the minute as i have the games list sorted into untested/good/bad/partial atm while I go down my list.
And having a menu browser would be super nice for when I get around to extracting my disk images on the PC to put on my usb stick - I need my creature comforts
Well, maybe some people are already working on that...  ;)

Devlin

Quote from: ikonsgr on 11:09, 10 June 21Well, maybe some people are already working on that...  ;)



MARVELLOUS!

Quote from: Mark_wllms on 16:36, 09 June 21I'd like to suggest adding Trailblazer to the list. XOR is a brilliant puzzle game. I've also got a soft spot for The Island of Dr Destructo! Thanks

*whistles in more games to add to the direct load list*


In order to stop spamming this thread out and get it somewhat back on topic - I've started a new thread to track progress on usifac2 directload compatibility and allow folks to request games that they might want regardless of status - https://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/games/usifac-ii-direct-load-games/

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ikonsgr

Ok, i've added the following games in the list:
-XOR
-TEMPEST
-TRAILBLAZER
- JET SET WILLY
- CYBER CHICKEN


Dr destructo already exist in the list (name: destruct)
All games are tested on a cpc 464 and work ok, except cyber chicken who seems to need 6128 to run properly (most probable it needs 128k too) 

Btw, we reached 230 GAMES in total!  :)

tastefulmrship

I iz confused as to why "PINBALL DREAMS CPC" was suggested on PAGE 1 of this thread, but not added to the list... unless "pinball" is PINBALL DREAMS CPC!
It is the best game ever on CPC after all... so...


Might be an idea to make it a little more obvious.... there is more than ONE pinball game on CPC!

ikonsgr

Quote from: SuTeKH/Epyteor on 16:42, 11 June 21
I iz confused as to why "PINBALL DREAMS CPC" was suggested on PAGE 1 of this thread, but not added to the list... unless "pinball" is PINBALL DREAMS CPC!
It is the best game ever on CPC after all... so...
Might be an idea to make it a little more obvious.... there is more than ONE pinball game on CPC!

Exactly!  ;)

p.s. i've add "dreams" to the title to make it clear  ;D

the_pope

Hello.

First time posting here, I suggest "Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaMAUP2gtA4


Gryzor

That's a nice one indeed, and despite the small playing area I feel it's a great game on the CPC!

ajcasado

Hi,
I miss the next games in the list:

-Prince of Persia.
-Pirates.
-Simcity.
-Lemmings.
-LCP.
-Roland in the ropes.
-Manic miner.
-PAC-MAN EMULATOR.
-Scramble (the arcade remake).
-Donkey Kong.

Regards.
CPC 664

Empiezas a envejecer cuando dejas de aprender.
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Gryzor

-YES!
-YES!
-Really? Never played it on the CPC and it does look impressive but, is it playable?
-Hm I don't think I've ever played it outside the ST/Amiga!
-Haha I had forgotten there was a CPC version! (from wikipedia: In pirated copies of the game on the Atari ST (and possibly other platforms) the game would load, but the character would simply stand knocking on the screen and wagging a finger at the player disapprovingly :D )
-Ehhhh
-Ehhhh sure if you have a Speccy?
-...and all the rest!
-Ah yes
-Pretty much the best home computer version!

ajcasado

Quote from: Gryzor on 14:48, 09 July 21-Really? Never played it on the CPC and it does look impressive but, is it playable?
Simcity, yes, it's playable, just have to get used to the controls. Very close to the PC version. It needs to format a floppy in a weird format to save games, I don't know if the FDC emulation of the usifac works. With the M4 you can take snapshots.
Quote from: Gryzor on 14:48, 09 July 21-Haha I had forgotten there was a CPC version! (from wikipedia: In pirated copies of the game on the Atari ST (and possibly other platforms) the game would load, but the character would simply stand knocking on the screen and wagging a finger at the player disapprovingly :D )
LCP, very funny one. The first time I ran it I had the CPC switched on several days (poor little guy :laugh: )
Quote from: Gryzor on 14:48, 09 July 21-Ehhhh sure if you have a Speccy?
Manic Miner, yes I had a Speccy. My father gave it to me when he bought the CPC664, then he gave me the CPC664 when he bought a 386.
Quote from: Gryzor on 14:48, 09 July 21-Ehhhh
Roland on the ropes, the spanish version was Fred, I liked the amstrad and speccy versions. Was a spanish game that amsoft published as one of the Roland series (as Roland in the cave, that was La Pulga). The character Fred is the same that in the game Sir Fred. Being a game from 1983 is classic, and if you give it a try I think that is wotrh to play. Here in Spain was a great success.
Quote from: Gryzor on 14:48, 09 July 21-Pretty much the best home computer version!
Donkey Kong, yes, I agree!.
CPC 664

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ikonsgr

Quote from: ajcasado on 15:24, 09 July 21
Simcity, yes, it's playable, just have to get used to the controls. Very close to the PC version. It needs to format a floppy in a weird format to save games, I don't know if the FDC emulation of the usifac works.

Well it doesn't work, because the 765 FDC "format track" command is not implemented  ;D
I never thought that this would needed for the emulation (as you always use ready made dsk image files), but fortunately i found a rather easy way to overcome the problem:
I run game using direct file loading, and then, on 1st game screen, choose" System->save city". When it asks for data disk, i simply insert a real floppy disk, which is formatted without problem!
Save disk is tested for both saving and loading files so i suppose it works ok.  ;)
This actually can be done, because ,although Amsdos file access routines (CAS_IN_OPEN, CAS_IN_DIRECT etc) are modified, in order to access files from USB device, Amsdos Direct Disk access Routines (READ_SECTOR, FORAMT_TRACK etc) are intact, e.g. they will access good old disk drive!  ;)

I'll notify you when i upload this and the other games requested :)

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