FLASHFLOPPY - First alpha release of new FREE and OPEN Gotek firmware!

The Commodore Amiga Facebook community is one of the best places on the internet whereby users around the world can come together and share anything and everything they want related to the Amiga and have fun doing so. But as is the case with this group, there's always one such member who stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to helpful advice or software to push the Amiga community forward. And so this week Keir Fraser has announced the first alpha release of the new FREE and OPEN Gotek firmware, which will read and write ADF and HFE images!

Chibi Akumas Episode 2: Confrontation! - Amstrad bullet hell shooter gets a sequel tease

At the tail end of last year, a new homebrew took to the stage and was a bullet hell shooter known as ' Chibi Akuma(s) ' developed by Keith56 for the Amstrad CPC. It was a crazy in your face shooter with bullets appearing at you from all sides through 5 levels of extreme fire power and deadly end level bosses as you played as Chibiko in her unholy battle against an invasion. That game which drove most of us insane, has once again reappeared in our news feeds but this time as a sequel called Chibi Akumas Episode 2: Confrontation!

ZX-Dev Conversions - Create new ZX Spectrum games in this latest Spectrum compo!

It's a time to rejoice ZX Spectrum gamers as we've just been told by Ivan of ZX Dev15, that the latest ZX Spectrum competition called ZX-DEV conversions has been launched and ready for your entries. This competition which had its first edition in 2015 with some pretty cool games such as Steel Balls, Rabbit in Nightmareland and even Fist-Ro Fighter, is once again set to take centre stage where the contestants will have to submit conversions from other games from other platforms, from movies,cartoons, books and even comics!

Crash 2018 Annual - Kickstarter revival of the classic ZX Spectrum Crash magazine is launched!

From the same person who gave us some of the best retro gaming books we've seen for a good few years such as The Story of the Commodore 64 in Pixels, The Story of the Oliver Twins and The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels, who we know as Chris Wilkens, has launched possibly the best kickstarter yet! The Crash 2018 Annual; A revival of the classic ZX Spectrum Crash magazine, wrapped up in the guise of a Christmas annual, with a brand new Oliver Frey Christmas cover!

The Legend of Sinbad - Superior Software's 1986 C64 game gets a new crack and trainer!

Hokuto Force have created a new cracked version with inclusive trainer of Superior Software's 1986 The Legend of Sinbad for the C64. New features include a brand new "cracktro", and training modes which allow infinite lives, infinite time, removal of collisions from the green doors on level 1 and a much easier dragon boss level.

Kingdoms and Castles - A charming city builder is now available via GOG/Steam!

When I was a youngster one of my most favourite pass times was to build mighty castles, look after my peasants with food and housing, and defend them from attacking foes. This is probably why I was so hooked on games such as Castles and even The Settlers. So to find a game that is very similar but with dragons and vikings, in a world of charming detail I just had to give it a mention. This is Kingdoms and Castles, a brand new city builder developed by Lion Shield, that is now available to buy on both GOG and Steam!

Bacillus Preview 2 - Interesting In development platform game for C64 hits version 2!

Once again the C64 is going to be mentioned as Thorsten Jordan has made available the next preview update of his work in progress game ' Bacillus ', which is now at version 2. This game which we have spoken about before, although we couldn't find much about the game other than a few trainer releases, seems to be related in some way to a bacteria and a member of the phylum Firmicutes ( Yes I did look that up ).

Galaxy Rebel Force - Multi-directional arcade shooter with retro inspirations

We get a lot of messages from developers showing us their indie games and asking us to write about them, well to be honest although most of them do appear on our site, I always like to go back to the little guy and give them as much support as I can. One such developer that certainly has my backing is Hijong Park with his latest game Galaxy Rebel Force. Classed as a multi-directional arcade shooter, this game is inspired by asteroids and sinistar and will challenge you back and forth as you blast away lots of enemies on screen, with only your shield and charge shots to keep you safe

Mario Demo Test - Batman Group shows us impressive scrolling on the Amstrad CPC

While many of us are eagerly waiting Batman Group's Amstrad CPC port of the classic Amiga game ' Pinball Dreams ' by Digital Illusions CE, Batman Group has once again shocked us with just how good the Amstrad CPC could've been, if games were done correctly in the past rather than many of the shoddy ports released all those years ago ( Yes you R-Type! ). As an impressive showing, a member by the name of Rhino has released a demo disk, which has some elements to simulate a Mario style game with pixel precise scroll with a new routine pixel to pixel, 50 fps overscan on the Amstrad CPC!

Pentagram V1.30 - Knightlore sequel as a port to the C64/C128 enhanced even further!

Last year we mentioned Rod & Emu's C64 port of the ZX Spectrum classic ' Pentagram ', which originally was released by 'Ulimate Play the Game' in 1986 as the fourth game in the Sabreman series, following on from his adventures in Sabre Wulf, Underwurlde and Knight Lore and was played in an isometric viewpoint. Well after a number of write ups especially by Hayesmaker in 2016, the game has now received a v1.30 update with a number of enhancements such as the incredible STE loading pic above.