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Chibi Akuma(s) – New ‘Bullet Hell’ Shooter Blasts onto Amstrad CPC

Chibi Akuma

This has been a fantastic year for the Amstrad CPC 8-bit computer with a long list of activity on the new games front and, just before the year ends, we get another fine addition to that list. Chibi Akuma(s): Episode 1: Invasion, which takes full advantage of an Amstrad CPC computer with 128k of memory, was coded by keith58 who describes the game as a “Spoof Gothic Horror shooter”.

The player takes on the role of Chibiko, a vampire who is not enjoying her afterlife much. Having been killed by God, banished from Hell, and resurrected as a vampire, Chibiko lives out her existence in her empty Castle all alone. However, her peace is shattered when when a bunch of noisy, obnoxious creatures start invading her land. Of course, Chibiko will not stand for this and sets out to destroy the creatures and restore peace once more to her castle.

There are four levels to get through in total, each with various enemies and a fiendish guardian to defeat. The game has a plethora of features, including furious firepower (up to 256 bullets onscreen simultaneously), two fire button support (dual shooting action), power ups (‘Curse Cubes’ to max up on evil magic), limited Smart Bombs (takes out anything onscreen). With a full 128k of memory available, the game also pushes the CPC hardware to the limit: high resolution 320×200 color palette, edge-to-edge scrolling, multiple graphics systems (Pset sprites, byte-key transparency), loading screens, cut-scenes, and the ‘Chibiko Scoring System (TM)’ (reviews and reports on the player’s gameplay). There is even a bonus for Amstrad Plus gamers with 16 color sprite enhancements and UI elements.

The author has released the game as ‘open source’ with the 128k disk image freely available to download at the Chibi Akuma(s) website. The website also contains a warning for any sensitive souls that are easily offended these days. This is due to the game’s inclusion of satire, religious references, “graphic” four-color violence, bad language, and bad behavior. This warning is presumably satire itself–following certain events on social media at the moment–as the game should not cause anyone offense.

Source: CPC Wiki forums

Neil Reive

An avid retrogamer who has worked on various projects, magazines, and fanzines. He started his videogaming journey with the Amstrad CPC464 computer before moving onto a Commodore 64, then the Sega Mega Drive, followed by a multitude of PCs.

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