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General Category => NC100, NC200, PCW, PDA600 - the rest of the Family! => Topic started by: zzarko on 00:27, 21 January 19

Title: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 00:27, 21 January 19
After several days of digging, reading about CP/M and plain trying various things, I think I now have the most complete archive of Amstrad PCW 8256 games to date. All games have been made autoboot, for easy usage with Gotek-equipped PCWs and with PCW emulators. If you are interested, the archive can be found at:
http://8bitchip.info/commodore/Amstrad_PCW_8256_Games_Archive.tar.gz

If you have some games that aren't in the archive (I know there are more), and you are willing to share them, please contact me.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: Token on 16:23, 21 January 19
Really cool pack.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: Sebastian Blanco on 23:58, 21 January 19
Cool thanks ! :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: robcfg on 08:40, 22 January 19
Hi @zzarko (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=633) , it would be nice to include a readme file with the list of sites you got the games from.


That way, people interested in knowing more will have a list of places where to start. Also, many people spend money and time buying, dumping and scanning all that software and it feels like basic courtesy just to credit them for their efforts.


Other than that, great work! Nice pack of ready to use PCW software!
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 09:29, 22 January 19
I initially started with CPCGamesCD (http://amstrad.es/cpcgamescd/), and I informed the author of that compilation. After that it was numerous forums, small collections and ftp sites, and I really do not know from where each file originated. To my defense, most collections had exactly the same dsk files (I checked with CRC checksum), and I have no idea who originally made them. Also, for all other collections (especially FTP sites), I didn't see acknowledgments, so it didn't occur to me to track origins of every file I downloaded.

I made clear that files were collected from numerous sources and didn't took credit for them. Files that are made by me are numerous autoboot dks files for games that didn't have them (of course, I didn't write CP/M files that are the core of those, but I think that is pretty obvious).

I have also spent money on my 3" disc collection, transferred them to dsk files and found that their files are the same as in other dsk files I found around. And I spent the time to make the compilation.

PCW section for CPCGamesCD is mostly made from ftp.nvg.ntnu.no, and I checked that ftp server for updates and found almost no PCW files. Also, most sites with PCW games that I found through Google do not exist anymore. Web archive had some copies, but mostly without files. So, even if I did record from where I got each file, that information would be outdated in a year or two, as sites come and go.

So, if  you have the knowledge of origins of dsk files, please share, as I do not.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: FloppySoftware on 20:04, 23 January 19
After several days of digging, reading about CP/M and plain trying various things, I think I now have the most complete archive of Amstrad PCW 8256 games to date. All games have been made autoboot, for easy usage with Gotek-equipped PCWs and with PCW emulators. If you are interested, the archive can be found at:
http://8bitchip.info/commodore/Amstrad_PCW_8256_Games_Archive.tar.gz (http://8bitchip.info/commodore/Amstrad_PCW_8256_Games_Archive.tar.gz)

If you have some games that aren't in the archive (I know there are more), and you are willing to share them, please contact me.


Very well done, thanks!
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: mikjaer on 03:07, 23 February 19
So how do i transfer these images to a 3" Floppy? Are there a guide somewhere on how to attach a 3" Floppy to a PC or is there another way?
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 03:35, 23 February 19
So how do i transfer these images to a 3" Floppy? Are there a guide somewhere on how to attach a 3" Floppy to a PC or is there another way?
I would strongly suggest to install a Gotek into PCW. This compilation is first and foremost made for that use case, as most of the images aren't 100% full. Alternatively, make an external Gotek for CPC and use that one for PCW transfer using full disk copy (https://collection.onceuponabyte.org/Pictures/drive/Drv0018a.JPG). AFAIK, it is possible to connect 3" drive to PC, but I think that Gotek is much easier way.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: HigashiJun on 12:03, 11 February 20
Hey zzarko,

Here are Jai Alai passwords.

Cheers.

 8)
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: GeoffB17 on 15:50, 11 February 20
Hello 'mikjaer'

If you specifically want to attach a 3" drive to a PC, then this is possible (just as you can attach a 3.5" drive to a CPC/PCW).   The Dutch PCW site at http://www.fvempel.nl/index.html has a page about this.

Depending on how you're going to operate the progs on a PC, you may well be much better ot use the Gotek route.   Or you could use an emulator system (such as Joyce for PCW, or various others for CPCs) which will allow you to access the images directly from your PC drives, this will also provide the Z80 environment.

Geoff
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 17:19, 17 February 20
Here are Jai Alai passwords.
Wow, thanks! I'm preparing the updated archive as I have found more games...
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: HigashiJun on 05:55, 18 February 20
You're welcome.

I have also completed your game archive with more games and versions for 8256/8512 and 9256/9512.

Let's wait your update !

Cheers.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 15:40, 23 February 20
Here is the new archive, version 1.1:

http://8bitchip.info/oub/Amstrad%20PCW/Amstrad_PCW_8256_Games_Archive_1.1.tar.gz


History
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1.0 - Initial version

1.1 - Added many games from www.habisoft.com:
      Bridge Player 2000 With Tutor, Clock Chess 89, Draughts, Growing Pains
      of Adrian Mole, Halls of the Things, Jai Alai, Kasekastchen, Loopz,
      Mister Gas, Quatris 2.0, Sirwood and Spirits
    - Added Arnhem and World of Soccer, received by mail (thanks!)
    - Replaced Matchday 2 with another image
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: HigashiJun on 00:22, 24 February 20
Nice !
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: TynH on 01:54, 25 March 20
Haven’t found this in any PCW collections but thought I’d give it a try:


(https://i.postimg.cc/bJDWDdkT/980-C3601-2-B68-4-CE2-8236-AABA673-A2370.jpg)


Classic Super Trek for CP/M, written in M Basic ;-)
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: jevicac on 02:26, 25 March 20
Hi TynH, if you can send us the game file it would be great to preserve it. regards
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: TynH on 02:50, 25 March 20
It’s not a rare game as such:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_(1971_video_game) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_(1971_video_game))



However it’s fun to play once you understand the concept and seems to run fine. Here’s the file I’ve used:


https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZQsuMkZBg5ULGx2Ad7ak9t4nV2haLlguux7 (https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZQsuMkZBg5ULGx2Ad7ak9t4nV2haLlguux7)


http://www.dunnington.info/public/startrek/ (http://www.dunnington.info/public/startrek/)



Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: jevicac on 10:06, 25 March 20
It’s not a rare game as such:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_(1971_video_game) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_(1971_video_game))



However it’s fun to play once you understand the concept and seems to run fine. Here’s the file I’ve used:


https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZQsuMkZBg5ULGx2Ad7ak9t4nV2haLlguux7 (https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZQsuMkZBg5ULGx2Ad7ak9t4nV2haLlguux7)


http://www.dunnington.info/public/startrek/ (http://www.dunnington.info/public/startrek/)


Thank you very much, regards.
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 18:24, 25 March 20
However it’s fun to play once you understand the concept and seems to run fine. Here’s the file I’ve used: ...
Thanks!!! And here is autoboot DSK file for that game :)
Title: Re: Amstrad PCW 8256 Games Archive
Post by: zzarko on 23:54, 20 April 21
After a long time, a new version of the game archive, you can download it from:
http://8bitchip.info/oub/Amstrad%20PCW/Amstrad_PCW_8256_Games_Archive_1.2.tar.gz

Changes in 1.2 version:
Added many games from www.habisoft.com:
      Knight Lore, Bridge Player Galactica, Corruption, Blackstar, Cozumel,
      Amstra-Dames, Fish, Mission Detector, Force Quatre, Giantkiller,
      Heroes of Karn, Supernova Invaders
Star Trek, file shared by TynH from cpcwiki

As before, all added games were made to autoboot.