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Amstrad CPC

Getting started with game emulation

By Eriorg

Latest revision: 26.08.2010


- For almost all games, choose the CPC 6128 model. A few very rare early (not later than 1985) adventures don't work on that model but only on the CPC 464; when it's the case, it's usually mentioned on the web page from which you've downloaded it. For text games at least, you'll probably never need the other models (664, 464+, 6128+, GX-4000).

- Also, always choose your game files on disk, not tape, versions, as much as possible.

1. Insert the disk file (side A) in the first disk drive with the emulator.

2. There are two different ways of running a game. Again, reading the web page where you downloaded the game can usually help to know what to type exactly. But if it doesn't, here are these two ways:

a. RUN""
Most games need you to run a file by typing RUN"" then pressing RETURN. The difficulty is in knowing the relevant file name.

Type CAT then press RETURN: it should give you a list of all the filenames on the side of the disk. Usually, the relevant file is either DISC (or DISK) or something similar to the game title (e.g. PAWN.BAS for The Pawn). A few other clues:
- If there's only one file (or only one file with a name similar to the game title) with the ".BAS" extension, it's a very likely candidate. Note that you can omit the ".BAS" extension (but not other extensions!); for instance, you can type RUN"PAWN" instead of RUN"PAWN.BAS".
- If there are files with the ".COM" extension, it's quite likely that you'll need to use method b (see below).

If all else fails, of course, you can always try every file name from the catalog...

b. |CPM For some (rarer) games, you just have to type |CPM then press RETURN. (The "|" sign is a vertical bar. On AZERTY keyboards, you have to type "" instead, but anyway, I wouldn't recommend using an Amstrad emulation with an AZERTY keyboard for playing text adventures in English!)

A few even much rarer games actually must be run from CP/M. For these, you need a file with the CP/M disk: put it in the disk drive, type |CPM, then replace the disk with the game disk, then type DIR to get the list of files, then type the name of the relevant file (usually a name similar to the game title) to run it.