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Amstrad CPC Emulation

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:33 am
by Bub&Bob
So, thought I would have a crack at CPC emulation. The 2 which seem to be most popular are Caprice & WinApe. However, it appears that its not possible to just open the rom and load the game.

So, are there any other CPC emu's which allow you to just open the rom and the game will load automaticaly?

Being a bit sad, I like to use Gamebase to create a database for each emu - but I can't get gamebase to launch the game in these.

Suggestions for other emu's would be good or some advice on getting these to work with gamebase would also be nice!

Ta!

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:34 am
by DJevAL
Hi dude,

WinApe has the ability to auto-run the game ... when you download the ZIP (best place TACGR site) press Ctrl + F1 or open from the File menu, there's a tick box below the filename field to auto-run the game. This works pretty much 99% of the time.


Note - WinApe's a Amstrad Plus machine emulator, there are maybe a small handful of games that couldn't run on a Plus machine. I forget which, but none that are of any real importance.

There is a massive gamebase ZIP to download from somewhere that was posted by a French guy on the CPCZone forums, think its in the General forum but I haven't used it yet, don't really have to with over 2000 games downloaded from TACGR!

www.cpcgamereviews.com is good site to get started with as it has quick reviews, screenshots and a link to directly download the games, good for a beginner for CPC emulation.

If you want any recommendation of games, feel free to ask.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:36 am
by DJevAL
Alternatively in any emulator if the disk is open and loaded...

type CAT to see disk contents

then RUN"<mainfile>" to start

ie RUN"DISK.BAS"

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:41 am
by JetSetWilly
so which, in your opinion, is the best CPC emu as i want to start trying those games out?

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:50 am
by DJevAL
JetSetWilly wrote:so which, in your opinion, is the best CPC emu as i want to start trying those games out?
WinApe by a mile, personally for me. Will take you all of 10mins to get used to it, but for me its one of the best emulators I've seen for any system. Very easy to use.

Especially when you discover how you can do pokes (found on CPCZone gamebase), rip graphics, save music to WAV, record games both in several codecs and for replay in tournaments, etc. Essential for anyone wanting to dig about in game code with its excellent debugger.

Also its regularly updated with new features and bugs patched, other CPC emulators seem to be forgotten or not updated as much.

I found Caprice to crash a lot on various machines.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:54 am
by batman877
My personal favourite CPC emulator is WinApe. For me it provides the best accuracy.

Also when running games, you don't need to add the extension:

e.g RUN"DISK rather than RUN"DISK.BAS

both work though!

Also, if when you type CAT to bring up the directory you may find there is no directory. In these rare cases, type |CPM to load (Gauntlet II is a good example of needing to do this)

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:00 am
by DJevAL
batman877 wrote: Also, if when you type CAT to bring up the directory you may find there is no directory. In these rare cases, type |CPM to load (Gauntlet II is a good example of needing to do this)
Good call, forgot about that! Although again, very few games use this.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:18 am
by Bub&Bob
DJevAL wrote:WinApe has the ability to auto-run the game ... when you download the ZIP (best place TACGR site) press Ctrl + F1 or open from the File menu, there's a tick box below the filename field to auto-run the game. This works pretty much 99% of the time.
Thanks for this!
DJevAL wrote:Alternatively in any emulator if the disk is open and loaded...
type CAT to see disk contents
then RUN"<mainfile>" to start
ie RUN"DISK.BAS"
Which is what I am trying to avoid!!

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:58 am
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
Ooh, WinApe is splendid. Cheers for the tip, and bye-bye CapRiCe.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:11 am
by woody.cool
In my opinion, there's only one CPC emulator and that's WinApe - I've been using it for years now.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:42 am
by Antiriad2097
Fine for Windows - what of other platforms? (e.g. PSP, DS or even Mac (there must be someone with one)).

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:51 am
by Bub&Bob
Rev. Stuart Campbell wrote:Ooh, WinApe is splendid. Cheers for the tip, and bye-bye CapRiCe.
Had a quick look and it is indeed splendid - many hours on cpcgamereviews.com ahead (for research purposes only)

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:20 am
by MikeHaggar
Antiriad2097 wrote:Fine for Windows - what of other platforms? (e.g. PSP, DS or even Mac (there must be someone with one)).
PSP:
http://zx81.zx81.free.fr/serendipity/in ... /3-Amstrad

DS:
http://deadketchup.kyuran.be/2007/11/09/crocods-20-2/

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:31 am
by The Master

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:39 am
by woody.cool