|Trackloader For The Masses Not The Classes!|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-05-05|
|Do you wanna put up your stunning trackmo but you're tired and sick to fight against weird coding environments discouraging your efforts like hell? Now you can trackload your stuff in style and 1541 compatibility (1551 in a near future?)!|
Bubis/RSC and BSZ/NST have just ported on Plus/4 one of the most famous C64 packages to manage your trackloadable releases: Bitfire+4 is a fixed interleave loadersystem with depacker, a basic framework and an image writing tool, all in one! It comes with these main features:
- resident part: $0200-$03FF;
- zeropage: $04-$09;
- 2bit ATN double clock receiver;
- load raw, load+decomp, decomp routines;
- Basic IRQ handler for music, frame counter, partial SID detection;
- Win32 and Plus/4 binaries, ACME cross-assembler, include files and macros;
- simple code example and Win32 build script.
It's easy to use for anyone, it mixes trackloading for executables and levelpacked code with generic files and BAM editing by protecting the used sectors; it also marks up to 16 different disksides to be recognized when needed, it really does what you need. Download it here to give it a well deserved try.
|Gunfright Goes V1.10|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-05-01|
|Less than one month passed, and the converting duo Rob and emu has released a tweaked version of the ZX Spectrum isometric classic Gunfright, with an enhanced intro picture redrawn by STE'86, well known graphics pioneer in the C64 history.|
Don't miss to download Gunfright V1.10, in single SID and TED versions again or both into a D64 image. New source also included.
|Posted by Chronos on 2017-04-29|
|April ends well, or should we say that May is off to a good start? Little assassins climbed in through Chronos's chimney stack in the night and left behind a floppy disk in a bulky envelope.|
While scanning through the contents of the disc, the assassins' intention became clear: They want to tied us down in front of our good old Commodore for hours once again.
The game is called Mr. Mind, it uses the rules and of the classic mastermind game turned into a bit of an arcade in a very entertaining way. Virtually an infinite amount of time can be spent with it, be careful, it's very addictive!
The program does not require any hardware expansion.
Available on compact disk or cassette in a store near you! Have fun!
|HVTC Update April 2017|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-04-19|
|The High Voltage TED Collection, better known as HVTC, reaches 544 single files, and recover the two missing tunes composed by Degauss for Crackers' Demo 5!|
27 brand new files added and some few ones fixed/moved/renamed (and the heaven knows how much Treasure Island really needs a fix to better choose between the tunes!); some complete services like Genius (including the super hidden level 81 tune!) and Slipstream, some brand new exclusives like 5tarbuck's Woodymania, some oldie-goldies we'd incredibly missed like Hektik's jingles. Add-ups and linking to the archive will be completed in a very short time.
Don't forget to completely delete the whole previous collection (that's the way to do at any new update!), then download/unzip the new one!
This is the straight link to the ZIP file.
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|YAPE 1.1.2 Is Here...|
|Posted by Gaia on 2017-04-14|
|... with the usual bunch of bugfixes and improvements:|
Head on over to the download page for your copy!
- CPU and TED timing improvements
- some more monitor improvements
- regression bug related to cancelling the autostart dialog fixed
- AltGr got stuck in Message Queue based input mode
- failing OpenGL mode crash fixed
- speech quality regression fix
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-04-02|
|Rod and Emu writes: "Gunfright is now available for the Plus4. Mariuszw has done another excellent Z80 to 6502 conversion for the Atari 800 which this is based on. Both TED sound & SID Card sound versions are available. We hope you enjoy the conversion!"|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-03-30|
|Ten thousand programs on Plus/4 World! What a milestone!|
The last time we had an announcement like this was back in 2004, reporting 5000. That was a little over 12 years and 4512 days ago, so on average, we've added about one program per day since. What is the 10000th program you may ask? Well, it's a GTW: Lemmings - that ID has been reserved for it a long time ago. To rain on our own parade a little: the way we count things is a bit strange: we have 6 different cracks of ACE 2 lumped together as one "program", but we list Kichy's conversion of Storm +4 which has 3 versions as 3 separate entities. Well, it is what it is, not perfect, but it's still nice to step back, look at this nice round number and feel a little proud of ourselves.
With that, I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who worked on the site, sent in programs, cover scans, TAP files, information, or used our forum to keep the site alive!
|14 New Programs From Sanya|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-03-23|
|Sanya sent us a pack of Hungarian educational programs. Some of them are commercial releases, let the hunt for the covers begin!|
Here's the full list: A Légzőműködés Szabályozása, Az Emésztés Szabályozása, Elemek Képlete, Fokhálózat, Ismerkedés A Periodusos Rendszerrel, Kémiai Lexikon, Lencsék Képalkotása, Magyarország Kőzetei, Magyarország Megyéi És Megyeszékhelyei, Magyarország Megyeszékhelyei, Mozgási Energia (Tábl. 2), Oldatok, Politika Memo, Vaktérkép.
|New Bunch Of Stuff Added|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-03-23|
|Another auction has been won on eBay, another bunch of missing software comes to fix our software database.|
Today we saved both Italian's originals/cracks and early beginnings software from CBM U.S., and we added in some missing pictures like covers and cassettes. First of all Letter Sequences/Long And Short and Maze Mania with their respective manuals and accessory stuff, and Mindbenders (Italian version, and we just had the relative manual for this). Savage Collection N.2 and Al Ladro / Briscola compilations from the rare Savage Software's production, Jackson Soft Compilation 3 also comes to complete the whole series (although a better TAP would be fine in the near future), and Software Club #15 enters as another piece of the jigsaw regarding this series to better define its dualism between Italian and German versions. Star Fighter is another Playvision's resold crack, just as Star Wars (Golden Software) would have been too, being probably the very first release from Golden Software, but the tape has been found quite gone forever due the bad preservation state, and it remains a MIA... Plus, additional cassette pictures for C16 Super Games 1, C16 Super Games 2, Olimpia 1 / Evadere, Math Games And Word Problems.
Thanks to these entries, several mistakes have been fixed: now we own the official release of Android Nim, and we have a better idea about the different versions of Assedio. Unfortunately, the archive still misses a disk image for Letter Sequences/Long And Short, which may rise as soon as possible in our hopes.
EDIT: a last minute acquisition is Trivia, a quite rare Italian software indeed.
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-03-21|
|MMS has just released a new picture show for the Plus/4. It features 12 HFLI images, all about the Venice Carneval. Check it out and read the author's notes!|
|75Up From Knucklehead Collection|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-03-11|
|We've just had an initial taste of the programs which could be found into the Knucklehead's D64s collection, and once seen that, Knucklehead himself has decided to donate the whole bunch of 91 diskimages.|
Although the Knucklehead's collection is mostly composed by personal data files, classic utilities we already have and commercial games, we got success by individuating further 75 (!) programs tickling our sure interest. They appear to mostly be rare German game cracks we didn't have and German utilities. Actually, it looks to be both difficult and useless to link any of these 75 addons into the database (a facility about tracking'em could be the New Stuff page), so here come some notable ones to cite: a working copy of the very rare Ikari Warriors crack by Alvosoft; the long awaited Elomaker, a CAD editor to draw circuit boards; the real Koenig Arthus ('coz we only got "Koenig Artus", with no 'h') and the real Disk-Eddi (without final 'e'); the rare version of Hamurabi with titles and music; tape version of The Jet 2.0 with perfect depacking that doesn't affect the intro picture; several programs, cracks and prg-lists made by J.A.N. in the pre-MCB era, when he was generally know as "NDBD(G)-Soft" et similia; Indoor Sports cracked by the author of Page-Setter, and Page-Setter itself cracked by KST, whoever he was; Designer-Set, a complete suite of 4 different graphic tools; an alternative conversion of the classic VIC20 type-in Dangerous Pyramid (SPWS); despite its simplicity, Druckertool prints your hires with style; both Print and "Print-Shop"; new versions for Wurmi, several cracks from obscure crackers...and the rest is up to you!
Thank you Knucklehead, our archive has done a big leap once we crossed into your collection ;)
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|Club Info 145 Released!|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-03-10|
|The first issue of Club Info in 2017 is here. Erich/Ultd just released the two-sided diskmag, featuring German language articles, and a B-side full of recent or new demos/games/utilities. There are descriptions and documentation for most of the games on the B-side, including 1010!, Matatu GDF and many others. Check it out!|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-02-27|
|If you haven't seen it yet, check out the new game from Bauknecht: Slipstream!|
Coded by Mad, with the touches of Nero for the graphics and the music department covered by 5tarbuck and Degauss, it's a fast-paced 3D space shooter, it will take you to the stars along five different galaxies to clean from the enemy forces. Play it in the classic way with your joystick, or play it in teamwork with two joysticks: one for a pilot, one for a sniper. Presented at the German party BCC #11, it won first place...in two different categories! That's because the game was simultaneously released on C64 as well.
The game has been announced as Psytronik release as well, coming soon here, both in Premium and Budget formats, in a special double-take production including the game for both the formats!
|The freshly released 22.214.171.124 version of plus4emu fixes the preview bug in p4fliconv utility.||[ comment ]|
|Straight from Forum64.de, the user Knucklehead has given to us some lost cracks for ACE, ACE+4, Ace 2, Indoor Sports, Aliens, Emerald Mine II, and Novaload-Copy, Novaload-Turbo, Tape Wizard, Ace 64K & 16K, Escape's Loader; we added some other stuff: About Acez, File-id.diz, Microfuck!.||[ comment ]|
|New Releases From TLT!|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-24|
|Last year saw no TLT releases, but they are not yet gone as Hifi/TLT just released some new digi demos for 2017! The first one, White Horses features the running horse animation from Horse 2, and you can hear the deep remix of White Horse. The second demo, Joo Trabika samples and remixes the chorus of a Hobo Blues Band song.|
All this stuff is made without the use of any emulators, uses traditional packers - as old-school as it gets. As a bonus, you can see the packaging of the stuff as it was sent to Chronos, our number #1 zero-day supplier :-)
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|If you haven't played the already available version of Genius yet - now there's no excuse: the author says the latest release is the official one.||[ comments ]|
|Two Lost Demos From TPSH|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-21|
|New Proggys!! was recently added, and I've combed through the program list (now also online) to see what our database has and what it doesn't. In the missing list, I saw 3 programs from TPSH, so I emailed him to ask if he remembered any of those. Imagine my surprise when he sent back two :-)|
So here's a mini review of them: Face Of A Woman may look familiar, the titular picture shows up in Advertisment, First Demo (TNS) and even One Sided. The origins of this picture are currently unknown, if anyone knows, drop a line to us on the forum! The second demo, No Future - not to be confused with CSM's demo with the same name - has 3 parts, the middle part being "build-it-up" style. Pretty typical for the Plus/4 scene for 1990 :-)
Best of all, TPSH said there's more to come :-) Check them out and enjoy!
|7 More Unhearted Programs To Write History|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-01-19|
|It never ends. Doesn't matter how many times you've checked for unreleased stuff hidden in the same old disks: new programs continue to jump in from nowhere.|
Today we have the chance to write another little slice of history, adding up Spread It! into our database, an information demo which had been repeatedly released into the famous German disks of imported stuff called "CBT-news". It's actually a call for news, texts and generally materials to publish in a forthcoming 3rd issue of Insider Report diskmag, now under the Manowar label with graphics by Axxis and text by CBT and Ikari, into a core code by Degauss. Of course, nothing really existed consequently to this effort, but Degauss has found the prototype candidate of the mag's code lost into an old disk own by him: Insider Report 3 Preview! And full circle comes!
End of the story for TYG Demo too. The disk usually spreaded to almost everyone has ever shown big flaws, but nowadays we know that two versions were actually spreaded in those times, and the latter was a perfectly working one. And now the latter is the only one to show ;) On the other hand, we have no further news about Sound-Former by Apos/Charon, which basically is a screens gallery for what we currently know. No silence for Amiga-Samplez instead, 'coz its 2 disk sides of digitized instruments play loud via keyboard! To close the sound tools argument, Player 8bit is one of the most consumpting (and less used in practice) known overall. Last comes a +3 trainer for Zolyx which has never been included into the database, due to its similar name with Zolyx +++.
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|Massive Cover Update|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-16|
sent us a big pack of covers, photos and TAP files. This probably took a long time to archive, and certainly was a big effort to process, upload and add to the database. Let's see then!
First off we have added everything
(full cover scans, cassette photos and TAP files) for four Hungarian educational titles: A Helyhatározó
, A Kérdő Névmás És A Mutató Névmás
, A Határozói Igenév
. The last two are completely new in the database: we didn't know these existed. They are pretty neat, it might be fun to even if you don't speak Hungarian, as each one has a fun way of entering text that is unique. Those of us who do speak it - it's a trip back to elementary school, or something to test your kids with :-)
On to games
: we now also have all the stuff for Pattinka
, as well as an alternative cover and cassette photo for Breki
. Next is the cover for A Nyuszi Olvasni Tanít 5
. Unfortunately the cassette Lacus got no longer had the original program on it, but at least we have the cover. Judging from the back side, most likely all 6 parts had the exact same cover, with only the title replaced. Additionally, we have a new crack for all 6 parts, these include the title screen in each case.
The bonus round includes: cassette photos for Kis Professzor (also TAP file!), Music-16, Térbeli Amőba; some new programs (Bolyongás A Labirintusban, Játék POKE-ok C-16-ra, Magician's Curse 5 Hungarian.
Finally, Acrid also noticed one thing missing: the Blue Ribbon release of Cave Fighter. He sent it in, and we now have full size cover scans for it, cassette photo, and two TAP files. This is the version that contains a turbo loader. Check it out and enjoy, big thanks for these to Lacus and Acrid!
|7 More Programs From Sanya!|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-09|
|Continuing from last week, today we have 7 more programs from Sanya. Kockarutin, Az Alföld and Walesi Bárdok are smaller demos. Piramis Adventour is a Hungarian adventure. New-ROM Info is from Tiger, made with his own text-writer utility, describing his own hardware creation. The last two are pretty interesting: The Santa-Claus is a Christmas greeting from Fool and finally the Real PP Demo is a curious one: a collaboration by Coby and LTA. Check it out if you love demos!|
A few more house keeping notes: Luca found Practising Games on a D64, a collection of cheats, this is now properly in our database. Also, we've created a new category called "Demo/Information", for demos that are mostly made for giving out information or documentation (previously called "Misc/Documentation").
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-06|
|The first release of the new year comes from MMS: he's here with his new picture show called VDC Challenge. Some of you may remember this topic from the forum, or this preview picture, and this demo is now real! It's up to you to test the pictures and compare them to the C128 slideshow, then decide: who does it better? :-)|
|7 Programs From Sanya|
|Posted by Csabo on 2017-01-05|
|I'm always happy to see new demos for the Plus/4, and I feel the same whenever I discover an old, but previously unseen demo as well. So, if you're like me, you'll be happy to know that we have added 7 new programs from Sanya's archives: two Hungarian games (1 Szó Mint 100, Vegyjel-Kitalálósdi), a tape copy (Szalagmásoló), and some demos: COV29-30 Info, Fantastic Demo, Graphic Demo, The Games' Musics Demo 1+. Go on a retro-demo trip and check them out!|
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|New Year New YAPE!|
|Posted by Luca on 2017-01-03|
|It's time for an evolution: YAPE goes 1.1.0! Don't miss the brand new video features which will make your prefer 264 machines emulator shine on your monitors!|
A brief list of what you'll get follows:
- added an OpenGL video mode;
- external fragment shader support in OpenGL mode (see included sample 'crt.glsl');
- adjustable font size in the monitor;
- line breaks in the monitor;
- set any sound sampling rate between 8000 and 192000 Hz;
- optionally audible tape signal;
- added $FF as powerup pattern;
- cleaned the ACIA 6551 emulation from non-functioning legacy code;
- minor fine tuning in the measured palette hues and lumas;
- breakpoint purge deadlock fix;
- more monitor cleanup.
Check out the new OpenGL mode with CRT emulation turned on - recommended mainly with at least 3× magnification. In case the external fragment shader source file is removed from the executable folder, YAPE falls back to a built-in, simpler fragment shader. Support for external fragment (aka pixel) shaders is still somewhat experimental, but feel free to play around with the attached sample.
Download it from the usual place.
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