Sunday, 28 June 2015

Instant CD32 for Windows

I'm going to be away in Europe for the next three weeks, so there's not likely to be any updates in that time period. (Incidentally, if there's someone in the UK who can let me crash on their couch for a night or two between the 6th and 9th of July, that'd be hugely appreciated)

But I've got one last treat to share, I'm aware that a lot of people struggle with Amiga emulation so I decided to slap together a copy of FS-UAE (A gamer friendly fork of WinUAE) with a couple of batch scripts for making it super simple to play a CD32 game on Windows.
  • As outlined below, just drag the ISO, CUE or ZIP files (such as those from the site) on to the batch scripts.
  • You still need to source your own Kickstart Roms (from Amiga Forever or the like)
  • In theory it should be Pen Drive friendly.
  • Although you can play with a keyboard, Xbox 360 controller or similar is recommended and automatically detected by FS-UAE.
If you intend to do a lot of CD32 gaming on Windows, I strongly recommend doing a full blown install of FS-UAE with the launcher and arcade programs. They're a fantastic way to set up media-center like emulation environment.

  1. Copy CD32 Kickstart Roms from Amiga Forever into FS-UAE/kickstarts
  2. Drag ISO, CUE or BIN of the game you want to run on to either:
cd32.bat <- Stock CD32 configuration, recommended for most 2D games
cd32 turbo.bat <- Fast CD32 configuration, recommended for most 3D games (most unofficial ports using WHDLoad will not work with this)

(Alternatively, if you don't drag a file on to the folder, it'll boot the standard CD32 menu for Language and Storage configuration)

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Guest Release: Big Red Adventure + Nippon Safes, Inc

Dynabyte / Ludomedia
Cover, backing and label: Cobe
ISO Master: Cobe

The complete adventures of international thieves Doug Nuts, Dino Fagioli and Donna Fatale on one disc.

Two editions of Big Red Adventure are included - a modified one for stock CD32 owners (some backgrounds have been simplified and the music isn't included, this ensures the whole game can be played through without crashing) and the unmodified, original version for owners of Fast RAM equipped CD32s. Both support saving to NVRam, instructions are included on the disc itself.

Nippon Safes, Inc unfortunately does not saving - however numerous save files are included for your convenience. The two games are fully playable on a regular joypad.


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Turrican Anthology

Factor 5 / Rainbow Arts
Uses: WHDLoad by Wepl, slaves: T2, T3, Super Obliteration, T1 Demo, T2 Demo, T3 Demo
Cover and select screen: Steve (artwork by Mr Dream)
CDXL Intro: Derived from the Turrican 3D Trailer and Motion Reel, using Charles-Henri Avelange's Heavy Metal remix of the Turrican 1 Title.
ISO Master: Earok

Even in the middle of the rebuild, I couldn't resist getting this one finished. Testament to the the enduring popularity of the series, this was one of our most requested releases even though RGCD already released a Turrican Trilogy for CD32 years ago.

The key difference between the two releases is we've used the CDTV versions of the first two Turrican games. The grenades in the first game can be launched by pressing RED+BLUE simultaneously, and the high score screens in both games are fully joypad compatible.

Unfortunately since there was no CD version of Turrican 3, we've had to stick with the floppy version there. The gameplay is fully joypad compatible but the high score screen is not. Fortunately, you can press PLAY at any time during the game and it'll reload the game - I know it's not perfect but it's the best we can do for the moment.

We've packed this one with bonuses too - music (Hippo Player's installed with music from all three games), demo versions of all three games are included, as well as the PD Turrican/Pang mashup, "Super Obliteration". And to top it all off - an intro exclusive to this release (Utilising videos from the cancelled Turrican 3D project with a fan made remix as the backing track, more details are on the YouTube video below)

Select screen

Exclusive intro

DOWNLOAD (10th June 2015)