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      Gaming News — Amiga

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: International Karate RCX/RC 2023, Sly Spy, Cyberpunks 2

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: International Karate RCX/RC 2023, Sly Spy, Cyberpunks 2

      Another week, another trifecta of Action Pack games. Yes, we've had a bit of variety for the month of April. So to cap things off, we're featuring a more intense selection of titles for any retro gamer who prefers something a bit more high-octane. We got what you want, from old-school martial arts to modern spycraft, a futuristic cybernetics shooting! Let’s go!

      INTERNATIONAL KARATE RCX/RC 2023 by Homesoft

      We got a special treat for anyone who uses their bare hands to bring the action. And this time, we're looking at an Atari XL karate remake called International Karate RCX/RC 2023. A mouthful of a title by Homesoft and a game where you duke it out against the computer or another player in badass karate tournaments.

      There isn't much info on this upcoming remake, but we can expect a few changes to streamline this old-school game for more modern sensibilities. If you're unfamiliar. International karate was developed and published by System 3 for the ZX Spectrum in 1985. And then poured into various consoles over the following years.

      In the US, it was published by EPYX in 1986 as World Karate Championship, gained a following, and became a crucial part of fighting history. It was also the first European game to become a major hit in the US, selling 1.5 million copies. Given its popularity and legacy, you can say we're all hyped to see where this story goes.

      SLY SPY by Ocean 

      Now we're hopping over to the Amstrad CPC and catching wind of a new release. After quite a bit of time, It looks like we're getting an enhanced version of Ocean's Classic Game, Sly Spy, also known as Secret Agent. This remaster has a few improvements in the works, including brand-new in-game music, which is great.

      The old-school Sly Spy was a fun and challenging game for its time, bringing players across different stages and switching things up every time. From dodging enemy gunfire in the sky to battling baddies in ancient ruins, there's quite a bit of action in spite of the game's title. It's safe to say we're pretty stoked about any development that'll come our way, so stay tuned.

      CYBERPUNKS 2 by Mutation Software

      We've had our fair share of Amiga releases, and Mutation Software has been on a roll for the past few years, especially for the Amiga CD 32. We're discussing remasters of classics like Doodlebug, Tommy Gunn, Castle Kingdom, and Cyberpunks. Now speaking of the latter, Mutation Software announced an official release date for a cyberpunk sequel set to drop on May 5th, 2023. Yes, boys and girls, we're getting Cyberpunks 2

      If it's your first time hearing about this classic, Cyberpunks is a top-down isometric shooter game for the Amiga created by mutation software and published by Core Design way back in 1993. 30 years ago. However, this new game release is not only a direct sequel to Cyberpunks but also brings some cool new features.

      Get ready for some two-player fun, three playable characters, and a variety of playable levels with high-quality detail and kick-ass gameplay. You'll be battling deadly enemies and big bosses across some atmospheric retro maps, all to a kick-ass soundtrack. Honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. Cyberpunk 2 will get a big box edition and a digital download. So if this is right up your neon vaporwave alley, it's best to check it out once it launches in May.

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Breakthru, La Culotte de Zelda, Double Dragon

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Breakthru, La Culotte de Zelda, Double Dragon

      As serious as a heart attack, we have the freshest news regarding retro gaming to satisfy those retrogaming needs. And speaking of blood pressure, we intend to bring action and adventure to your console of choice, regardless of the genre. So sit tight and kick off with some hot and tasty games.

      BREAKTHRU by AcidBottle

      If you’re into Amiga titles poured straight from the arcade machine, like Flying Shark, Green Beret, and Wonderboy, then we have news for you. AcidBottle is now working on the arcade to Amiga game of Breakthru, an Action-packed 1986 side-scrolling shooter by DataEast. The premise is simple. Drive through enemy territory and rescue your PK 430 aircraft. Easy peasy.

      Well, it may not be as bombastic as most titles. It’s an easy score-attack shooter that’s a lot of fun. So far, the game has a few bugs to work out, game mechanics to refine, and a few more things to work out to make sure the port comes out nicely. Still, there is lots of work to be done, but at least progress has been swift for now.

      Players can expect many bullets and explosions to go around once the game gets released. So if you’re into big machines with a minimalist yet badass aesthetic, keep your eyes peeled for Breakthru.

      LA CULOTTE DE ZELDA by Zisquier

      We’ve had our fair share of Zelda Re-releases, clones, and modern reimagining. This time it looks like we have yet another, but with a slight twist, at least by name. This version could be a welcome addition to any Amstrad Plus collection.

      La Culotte de Zelda is brought to us by the capable hands of Zisquire with graphics by BDCIron. So while the name may be in a different language, this title looks like a faithful adaptation of the OG Legends of Zelda, which came out on the NES. But based on the current info, it also seems to reference A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening. Currently, the game is a work in progress at version 3.2 in the past six months.

      La Cullote de Zelda not only features graphics made by BDCIron with a wider spectrum of color but also smooth and fast animations with smooth gameplay. With atmospheric sound design and a soundtrack from the classic game, we can look forward to a nice modern version with a name that’s more open for interpretation for the more linguistically inclined. Muy Bien!

      DOUBLE DRAGON

      Time for an absolute arcade classic that might not be as popular as before but always brings us back to the good old butt-kicking days once it’s mentioned. We’re talking about the 1987 Classic Double Dragon.

      If you played it back in the day, especially on the ZX spectrum, you’d be stoked to know that it’s currently available for download as Double Dragon 128K. A 2023 edition with a few tweaks made specifically for the Amstrad CPC, MSX, and C64. There have been a few earlier conversions in ports of this game, but this version has a few more perks, like an intro screen with instructions and scrolling text trader options, AY music from Amstrad CPC and MSX, plus converted music from the C64.

      This version also includes an epilogue and game over screen, so you’re guaranteed a more complete experience this time around. Sweet. So if you have your trustees ZX spectrum and want to live an absolute action-packed classic, then make sure to check out a Double Dragon 128K.

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: 3D Engine for Amiga, Hibernaculum, & SNK vs Capcom

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: 3D Engine for Amiga, Hibernaculum, & SNK vs Capcom

      Midway through March, we're looking at yet another action-packed lineup of both retro classics brought back to life and brand-new titles with a more vintage feel. The variety of titles keeps growing, and we're all here for it, whether it be a street fight, a smart dragon, or a sci-fi horror. It looks like we've got you covered this week. 

      3D engine for Amiga

      Now if you're a fan of all the nineties PlayStation Classics and just so happen to have a Commodore Amiga 1200, then we have some very good news! A tech demo for Spyro The Dragon by Rst7 looks pretty good regarding awesome blasts from the past. So far, there's been a lot of positive feedback from those who've seen the engine, and this version of Spyro looks huge in the Amiga scene.

      According to the Creator, it uses a simple 3D engine that takes advantage of the 1200 stock configuration inspired by dread, and it uses high-res ham six to produce 64 colors with two bits per RGB, which is cool. As of now, with still a work in progress. But given how the community's been reacting, it looks like we have yet another modernized classic in the form of good old Spyro.

      Hibernaculum

      Dungeon crawlers that are timeless., and many modern games, especially on mobile, take a chunk of inspiration from this classic genre. This time we're looking at a new title that uses the old dungeon crawler mechanic and incorporates an old retro first-person grid perspective. We're talking about the sci-fi horror of Hibernaculum. According to developer WormWood Studios, Hibernaculum was initially inspired by pre-1990s science fiction novels.

      The idea behind the game is to revisit the dungeon-crawling experience of Eye of the Beholder and Lands of Lore while incorporating the survival horror elements of System Shock and Resident Evil. The main game features detailed character creation, leading players to explore the Hibernaculum with a unique, non-linear gameplay experience.

      You can play at your own pace through environmental storytelling and a dark brooding atmosphere as we all did in the eighties and nineties. The game is currently being developed in C++ for PC, Mac, and Linux, with immediate plans for porting to Steam Deck, iOS, and Nintendo Switch. As for when, well, we'll keep our eyes peeled, so if you're into some classic in-your-face horror, it's best to look out for Hibernaculum when it drops. 

      SNK vs Capcom

      Lastly, we have neither report nor a brand-new title. Considered both a remake and an homage to a fighting game classic. C64 gamers can rejoice as Jon Eggelton and Gianluca Alberico just dropped an ALPHA version of their much-awaited C54, a version of SNK vs Capcom, known as Retro Fighter.

      It's been a while since retro fighters have been in development, so it's nice the new 64 versus fighting engine enters the early stages of testing. With new features implemented, like a new UI and color selection for each player, we're even treated to some intro sequences before every battle, just how it should be.

      We also have flaming hits, projectiles, special moves, and different battle arenas to choose from. The game also includes music for all the stages, improve game mechanics such as guard breakers and reversal moves, and complete character storylines from intermissions and ending animations. Now, this is definitely a classic feeling fighting game worth looking out for, especially if you're a longtime fan. So whether you're an old timer or an old soul in the fighting game community, then it's best to follow Retro Fighters progress. 

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Ambermoon Advanced, Vradark's Revenge, & A Pig Quest

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Ambermoon Advanced, Vradark's Revenge, & A Pig Quest

      It’s about time we returned to some retro titles, as the list keeps getting longer, especially for February. Well, it’s not the most jam-packed time of the year for releases. We’re still looking at some major releases for our AAA siblings, so it’s safe to say we’re looking at the same for retro.

      This week we’re looking at a remake in a couple of brand-new games that are guaranteed to tickle your fancy, and no, it’s not all intense action. There’s a bit of something for everyone. Let’s go.

      AMBERMOON ADVANCED

      When it comes to old-school gaming, Ambermoon is a name that usually pops into the conversation. It’s had a fair share of rereleases, from the updated Amiga version to the open-source PC remake. It’s pure 90s’ satisfaction that many players miss and long for even today. Now, if you’re a longtime fan of the game, you are lucky because Ambermoon Advanced by Pyrdacor might scratch that couple of decades-long.

      Both episodes, one and two, have come to the PC and Amiga, which looks great. Ambermoon Advanced is in your usual remake. Aside from enhancing the original game, you’ll get some added features, like a new companion, new doors to open, new monsters, new items, and some new places to explore.

      It’s retro gaming action at its core and is out right now! So if you enjoy Dangerous Dungeons and a good story split into two episodes, then you might want to check out Ambermoon Advanced.

      VRADARK'S REVENGE

      Now we’re moving on to RPG territory, a massive franchise of different games that’s been alive and kicking since the beginning. Whether it’s tabletop or video games, you can’t deny how influential RPGs have been to gamers everywhere. That’s why a brand new game, Vradark’s Revenge, is a welcome addition to the PC and ZX spectrum next. Sanchez Crew’s latest release has players exploring dark ancient tombs to find and hopefully defeat Vradark face-to-face.

      There’s a lot of magic and mystery involved here, so if you’re into that, brace yourself. In terms of mechanics, you’re treated to a fantasy action RPPG genre with lots of demon-slaying action. As a wizard, it’s your goal to explore each level, find the boss demon, and destroy all the magic you can find while boosting your abilities.

      As the difficulty increases with each level, you’ll eventually meet Vradark, the main baddie. You’ll battle, die and upgrade your way to the end of the game in typical awesome RPG fashion. So blasting a few demons and saving the world from unspeakable terror is your idea of a great weekend; well, Vradark’s waiting for you.

      A PIG QUEST

      Lastly, we got an excellent action-packed side-scrolling platformer for the Commodore 64 and 128. A Pig Quest by Antonio Savona, Mauricet, Aldo Chiummo, and Gaetano Chiummo, is finally here, and it’s looking pretty good. Thank medieval fantasy action, but with a bit more pork in your diet. Yes, I know it sounded weird, but right now, A Pig Quests showcases a lot of action platform mechanics in its gameplay.

      It features 200 screens across 5 worlds filled with gorgeous C64 details and dynamic weather effects. Something we all can appreciate. It not only looks good but sounds great too. We get a brilliant 36 situational SID soundtrack, collectible items, and countless dangerous enemies. You’ll explore secret areas, and detailed backdrops and enjoy cinematic cut scenes fit for your sweet old Commodore.

      So if you want to pick out the action, this might be for you. Just make sure not to hog the controller.

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Pharaoh, Retroid, Maria Renard's Revenge

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Pharaoh, Retroid, Maria Renard's Revenge

      February is chock full of surprises, whether it be new retro games, updates on upcoming retro consoles, or some sweet modern ports for classics from the past. Best believe we've got you covered for all things retro. This time, we’re looking at a fan favorite finally coming back right on time. A modern handheld console with a few new bells and whistles. And lastly, a spiritual successor to a timeless franchise that keeps improving. Stick around. You’re in for a ride.

      PHARAOH

      First, we got classic city builder Pharaoh, making it surprising yet very welcome come back to the PC. This is all in line with its much-awaited remake Pharaoh: A New Era, brought to us by indie developers Triskell Interactive. Overall, we can’t expect a quality title from the people who brought us Lethis: Path of Progress and Lethis: Daring Discoveries, so get hyped.

      The original game came out on PC way back in 1998. Developers’ Impressions Games collaborated with Publishers Sierra Studios to ensure that gamers back then had a solid title that encapsulated Egyptian themes with RTS action. It’s a great nostalgia trip for anyone looking to unwind and relive the simpler times of ancient Egypt.

      Pharaoh: New Era was set for release in 2020, but we all know what happened back then. Thankfully, come February 15th, we’ll finally get that sweet title. If you want to check this out, it’s currently on pre-order for PC via Steam.

      RETROID POCKET VERTICAL

      Do you miss the Game Boy Color? Do you also wish it had a few more knobs and buttons? Well, it’s good that Go Retroid is working on a console that seems to fit that specific description. It’s almost like they were able to read your mind. Now the Retro Handheld Discord channel is always a buzz, and a certain user named Roland just dropped what looks to be some leaked images of the latest retro pocket, handheld, The Vertical. All things considered. Take this with a bit of hype and a huge grain of salt.

      The Retro Pocket Vertical shares the same overall shape as a GBC, save for a few added features. Upfront, it’s nearly identical, with a start select buttons and DPad aligned similarly. The differences come in the form of additional action buttons, two conspicuous joysticks up front, and four triggers at the back to accommodate modern titles.

      The design isn’t for everyone, but it’s an interesting concept, nonetheless. In addition to the modern GBC overhaul, we peeped a micro HDMI port one, an SD card slot, and two USB C. If this does turn out to be a legitimate go-retro console, then we’ll be seeing some interesting reviews on the horizon. Until then, keep those classic Game Boy colors handy.

      MARIA RENARD'S REVENGE

      Last but not least, for taking a trip into some vampire-slain territory. We’re getting a scorpion engine-powered Castlevania game for the Amiga, and it follows a younger Maria Renard who made her much Adultier appearance in Symphony of the Night.

      The fan-made titled Maria Renard’s Revenge just dropped some sweet new gameplay recently, and it’s something worth getting hyped about, given how much of a classic Castlevania Symphony of the Night was.

      The game is still in its early stages, so we’ve still yet to have a release date. We’re looking for charming graphics, a lovely soundtrack, smooth scrolling, multiple parallax layers, and different detailed areas that tug on our nostalgic heartstrings. The same way Simon, Trevor, and Ricktor did with a massive vampire-killing whip. The Beta is out now and runs on the Amiga 1200 with Fast Ram and the A500 Mini.

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