Amstrad CPC emulation

How to run the original Magnetic Scrolls releases for the Amstrad CPC


There are numerous CPC emulators available, many of them for different platforms and with different capabilities. A sophisticated emulator is Java CPC. As the name indicates it is written in Java, easy to set up and does a good job with the Magnetic Scrolls games.

Disk transfer:

Like most other emulators, JavaCPC uses images files containing the contents of the original game disks or tapes. Since the CPC floppy drive used the rather uncommon 3" disks, it is probably difficult to transfer the disk contents without a real CPC. It is quite hard to find such a drive and they are very expensive. There are several large archives on the net carrying the image files of CPC disks, so perhaps you want to chose this way (e.g. the NVG CPC archive is a place to start) and if you own original game copies this should be fine.

System ROM:

In 1999 Amstrad has allowed the free usage and distribution of the Amstrad CPC system roms and most current emulators have the roms onboard. If your selected emulator is missing the roms for some reason, it should be easy to find them.

Setting up the emulator:

If you have all the files available, setting up the emulator is easy:
First download the zipped jar archive from the project site (e.g. and extract the archive to a folder on your harddisk. Now you can start the emulator by doubleclicking the JavaCPC.jar file on Linux/OSX or by JavaCPC.exe/Javacpc64.exe on Windows (you need a Java runtime for this):

Next load the first game disk using the menu "File/Drives/DF0:/Insert" and select the appropriate file. The Magnetic Scrolls games came on two disks, so you need two files with the extension .dsk for each game. When the disk is inserted, you can try to boot the selected disk by choosing the menu command "File/Drives/DF0:/Try to boot". If this is successfull the game should start loading. If it doesn't work, type the command "cat" to get a catalog of the disk contents:

Within the disk catalog finds a file with the extension ".bas". Thias is the game executable. To load the game type the command "run" followed by the name of the executable set in quotation marks, e.g. run "pawn"

When prompted use the above menu command to insert the second disk of the set and...

...after a short waiting time you're ready to play: