Sunday, 13 August 2017

COBE001: Press Play on Pad: The Demoscene Disc


Various Authors
ISO and Cover: Cobe
Menu: Earok and Cobe

This one's a little bit different for a number of reasons!

Cobe has assembled a cracker compilation of 32 demoscene productions on a single disc - almost all AGA titles such as the remarkable Nexus-7 by Andromeda, but also a few classic OCS demoscene productions as well (notably, State of the Art by Spaceballs).

What's more, the disc will by default play demos in a random order, making it a perfect "virtual jukebox" for the CD32. If there's a specific demo you'd like to watch, all you need to do is (as the title suggests) hold down the "Play" button when the console is booted.

The complete demos list:
  1. nexus-7
  2. love
  3. friday at eight 3
  4. achallamahalla
  5. among the living
  6. arte* 
  7. extension 
  8. quite unusual
  9. interference 
  10. fullmoon
  11. cream
  12. despair
  13. state of the art* 
  14. futuristic mind
  15. hardday
  16. kid
  17. desert dream* 
  18. pee wee
  19. real 
  20. breath of the muse
  21. hardwired* 
  22. lech 
  23. gevalia 
  24. the prey
  25. wit premium
  26. enigma* 
  27. dove
  28. bosnisk metall 
  29. jammin'
  30. syndrome
  31. in a world of ascii
  32. panta rhei

                                                              *using cd32load by jotd
                                                              Arte slave by Wepl
                                                              State of the art slave by Wepl
                                                              Desert dream slave by BlackWine
                                                              Hardwired slave by Mr.Larmer & Wepl
                                                              Enigma slave by BlackWine

                                                              Content warning: The disc includes nudity as well as coarse language. Viewer discretion is advised.

                                                              Download for CD32

                                                              Sunday, 6 August 2017

                                                              004: Turrican Anthology


                                                              Factor 5 / Rainbow Arts
                                                              Uses: CD32Load by JOTD, WHDLoad by Wepl. Slaves: T1T2, T3, Super Obliteration (Easter Egg)
                                                              Cover and select screen: Steve
                                                              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 and control fixes: Earok

                                                              A complete revamp of the previous anthology release, now all three games feature seven button CD32 pad support - almost all functions are on discrete buttons, including "Jump" on the Blue/Forward buttons for the first time.

                                                              Turrican 3 in particular receives a significant gameplay boost, in that the "rope" mechanic can be activated or deactivated at will without a charge up time.

                                                              Select and control screen


                                                              Exclusive intro

                                                              Monday, 12 June 2017

                                                              003: Heart of the Alien

                                                              12th June 2017 - While Heart of the Alien for CD32 has been re-released without enhancements, there's now a WB friendly package that includes Another World/The Lost Level with WHDLoad slaves, and an HD installed Heart of the Alien - no CD music required. 


                                                              Another World / Out of this World: Eric Chahi
                                                              Heart of the Alien: Interplay (Adapted for Amiga by D.J.M)
                                                              Lost Level: Eric Chahi (Hacked on to the Amiga by Earok)
                                                              Cover: Steve
                                                              ISO Master: Earok
                                                              WHDLoad Slave: Harry and JOTD
                                                              Much appreciated assistance: Cobe

                                                              A long time coming! The legendary Another World mythos has finally made it's way to the CD32 in its entirety.

                                                              Another World (aka: Out of this World)
                                                              The original classic, with one minor tweak - Press BLUE to open the level code screen. If you want to skip through the lengthy introduction, just use the code "EDJI" after the (cracked) copy protection sequence.

                                                              The Lost Level
                                                              An entire level that was added to later editions of the game has been back-ported to Amiga and included on this disc as a standalone entry.

                                                              Heart of the Alien
                                                              The largely unknown and forgotten sequel makes it's way to the Amiga due to the incredible and much appreciated efforts of D.J.M.

                                                              Controls have been faithfully adapted from the Sega CD original.
                                                              • Action: Red
                                                              • Whip: Blue
                                                              • Jump forward: Green
                                                              • Activate Bomb: Red+Blue+Green
                                                              • Enter Code: Pause
                                                              Special thanks to Cobe for tweaking some of the Heart of the Alien audio tracks, as well as squeezing "The Lost Level" on to the selection menu.

                                                              Monday, 5 June 2017

                                                              002: Inherit the Earth

                                                              5th June 2017 - This one has been re-released more or less as it was, as there were no changes that I wanted to make. However, a zip version is included for HDD equipped Amigas.


                                                              Wyrmkeep Entertainment / Realogic / Softdisk
                                                              Cover: Steve
                                                              ISO Remaster: Earok
                                                              Thanks to anonymous for uploading the original file!

                                                              Something of a holy grail for us is the uncovered English language version of the adventure game "Inherit the Earth". This charming adventure game featuring furries anthropomorphic animals was already released for the Amiga in German but (to the best of our knowledge) the unreleased English version has never been on the Internet - until now.

                                                              This is largely the same to what appeared on an Amiga Future cover disc several years ago but with a few changes:
                                                              • Signed with a trademark file so it will boot on a stock CD32.
                                                              • The "Bonus" folder from the German release is included, which includes: mod files, animations, CDXL videos, AGA and ECS demo versions of the German release.
                                                              • Manual PDF is also included in the Bonus folder (sourced from: http://adventure.klasyka.do.pl/files/inherit.pdf).
                                                              • The startup-sequence is the same except for the addition of a doublespeed command
                                                              Given that this is an unreleased beta version, I had to give it a full playthrough with walkthrough (on a real CD32) before publishing it here. I'm happy to say that this appears to be the complete game, all of the gameplay appears to be intact and it's all in English, both text and voices from start to end.

                                                              There are some issues though - movement is often sluggish, the "use" command sometimes misfires (eg it attempts using the object on itself when you wanted to use it with something else on screen), and I had no less than two full crashes and one fatal bug (in all fairness this could just be because of misreads from my CD32 drive). Make sure you safe often!

                                                              Some other things to note:
                                                              • NVRAM saving is a feature, but you'll need around 83 blocks free (!) I'm afraid you might need to drop that Simon the Sorcerer save file.
                                                              • Mouse is not required, gamepad works just fine.
                                                              • Press Red+Blue to skip the length intro sequence (thanks to Cobe for working this out).
                                                              • During the overworld and isometric sequences, you can just hold down RED to move, this might be a little quicker than just tapping RED repeatedly
                                                              There are also two executables on the disc for playing from an HD equipped Amiga, both an AGA and ECS version. However, given that the voices file is over 200mb you're either going to need a CD-ROM or a decent hard drive!

                                                              (Edit: I've received confirmation that this works just fine on an A1200 with a compact flash "hard drive" and a Blizzard accelerator card, as well as a 4mb ECS A600 with cd rom)

                                                              (As a side note, a modern version of the game is available from Wyrmkeep, GOG and Steam. Also the game inspired a sequel web comic that's been running for ten years!)


                                                              Wednesday, 31 May 2017

                                                              001: Time Gal [ReImagine]




                                                              ReImagine (original game: Taito 1985) 
                                                              Cover: Steve (Download)

                                                              Something a little different from us! The second release in the ReImagine series of ports and hacks is the never before on Amiga LaserDisc classic Time Gal, ported from the arcade original in it's entirety.
                                                              • All Sixteen levels from the original game, along with "mirrored" versions of each level and all of the death animations (including those that were censored on the Mega CD port!)
                                                              • Six difficulty levels from Easy to Insane. Including a special "Anime Mode" for a more relaxed, cinematic experience. (Note: This mode isn't simply the cutscenes, it's still a playable experience but with absolutely minimal UI distractions)
                                                              • Five different static ending screens to discover.
                                                              System requirements:
                                                              • 68000
                                                              • OCS
                                                              • 1MB of free chipram (2MB total ram required)
                                                              • 500MB of free HDD space, OR
                                                              • 2X CD-ROM drive

                                                              The future of CD32.co.uk

                                                              Due to infringement claims on some CD32.co.uk releases, the blog's Mega account has been suspended, and as such every single release is offline. Such an outcome was disappointing but not particularly surprising due to the nature of projects like this.

                                                              I think it might be a good opportunity to start over with patched and enhanced re-releases, and maybe the occasional new one, possibly each Saturday. I don't intend to re-release every project (certainly not the ones that triggered takedown notices!) but the more popular and substantial ones will receive a re-release.

                                                              It's kind of sad but kind of exciting too - and I look forward to the future of the blog.