The annual Amstrad CPC game development contest called #CPCRETRODEV, held by the University of Alicante, located in Spain, has only weeks left before entries into the competition can be accepted.
Now in its fourth year, the contest is open to all ages and anyone who can code and produce a game on a working Amstrad CPC 464 machine.
Entrants to the competition can use any Amstrad BASIC or other coding language CPC development tools, I have included the web page from the CPC wiki with a list of programming tools available http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Programming_software.
However, one Amstrad CPC coding tool not listed at the site, called CPC telera seems to be the most popular choice of past entries.
There are some rules governing the competition which should be read before entering and they can be viewed on the #CPCRETRODEV2016 website http://cpcretrodev.byterealms.com/contest-en/cpcretrodev-2016/
Each year the game entries get better and better and this year’s competition has attracted retro game coder royalty to be on the judging and jury panel.
Coder, Jon Ritman will be on the judging and jury panel. Jon, renowned still to this day for his classic isometric Amstrad CPC games of the 1980’s such as Head Over Heels and Batman as well as the most popular football game at its release date Matchday 1 & 2, by Ocean Software.
Also on the judging and jury panel will be Iconic developers the Oliver Twins.
The Oliver’s started coding when they were school students in 1983, coding games for companies such as BBC Soft, Firebird, Interceptor, Players and Codemasters.
They personally created 25 Amstrad games, with another 9 conversions or sequels of their games on the CPC computer (14 were UK #1 bestsellers).
Amongst their best known titles include the Dizzy series, the Codemasters’ Simulator series such as Grand Prix Sim 1 & 2 and the Ghostbusters 2 movie tie in for Activision software.
Their achievements made them one of the most prolific developers if not the most prolific by sales volume & number of games released on Amstrad CPCs.
The popularity of CPCRETRODEV has seen the prize money up for grabs increase substantially.
This years entries can achieve over 1050 Euros in prize money across three game categories – basic games, pro games and special awards.
The categories and prizes are as follows:
• Special awards
• 125 € – Gominolas to the best music
• 125 € – Jon Ritman to technical development
• 125 € – Dinamic to innovative playability
• PRO Category
• 300 € – Best game
• 150 € – Second best game
• 75 € – Third best game
• BASIC Category
• 100 € – Best BASIC game
• 50 € – Second best BASIC game
Thinking of getting your entry into the CPCRETRODEV 2016 ? Then act quickly as the competition closes October, 26th, 2016, 23:59h (CEST Timezone)
and don’t forget to check out the #cpcretrodev or #cpcretrodev2016 on twitter as you can see people’s posts and screenshots on the games they are developing for the contest.