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I have a confession to make: most of the programs you might want to run on this emulator were written before I was born. But if you're the kind of seasoned geek who really did watch the original Star Wars in theaters (and watched it in Europe), you might just remember having an Amstrad brand computer in your basement. Developer Kokak (who we've featured before) has released Droid-CPC, a full emulator for the Amstrad line of PCs. If you've got program files, the emulator should be able to run them on most Android hardware.

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Droid-CPC is particularly tuned for games, with a virtual keyboard and joystick, support for customized external gamepads, and an engine that should keep frame rates high (but not too high). The game Sorcery+ is included with the app, but you'll need to supply your own files and place them in the "/sdcard/Kokak/droidcpc/Disks" directory for other games. Launching games and changing options isn't as easy as using some emulators, but anyone who remembers the days before GUIs became the standard should be able to navigate the interface just fine.

Other options include Mode 2 support, digital and analog virtual controls, and output in both full screen and original aspect ratio. Droid-CPC is a reasonable $2.36 USD, and compatible with Android 2.3 and later. Be sure to read the app description for detailed instructions on how to get your games running, and the developer also has a few suggestions on where to find working game disk images.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Jason Bailey

    I actually had one of there, showing my age now lol And that sorcery plus was a great game in its day. The thing with retro gaming though is you always remember it better than it was. You fire it up and after 30sec think f-this :-)

    Slightly off topic If you want a touch of retro gaming I recommend the N64 emulator N64oid and some high res texture packs, that brings some of the older games nicely up to date.

  • Craig M

    I was a bright eyed 7 year old when I watched the debut of Star Wars at the Century Dome theatre in Sacramento Ca. 1977

    My aunt, uncle and cousins got up and walked out after 10 minutes into the movie.

  • GigiAUT

    Wow, if only I can remember what games I used to play on these. The Junior School I attended had the Schneider CPC6128. At 6 years I was pretty impressed with a built in "Stiffy" drive compared to the C64C I had at home. Nostalgia man!

  • Alex Stansfield

    My first computer was the Amstrad CPC 6128.

    If I remember correctly in Barbarian at the start of the first round you could press away and fire and chop the guy's head off with your first stroke. Then the troll comes in to drag the body away and kicks the head off the screen.

  • Mario Miniaci

    Is there an azimuth screw app with this? My faves were Bloodwych, Target Renegade, Bards Tale and Elite. I had the CPC464 with the naff green screen.
    I agree with Jason though, there are so many good games now that you're better off playing them. I tried Amiga emulation and it ruined my golden memories.