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Retro Console Gaming => Other Systems => Topic started by: zapiy on April 15, 2011, 18:55:21 PM

Title: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on April 15, 2011, 18:55:21 PM
[align=center:311nfx14](http://i940.photobucket.com/albums/ad242/zapiy/RVG/gx4000.jpg)[/align:311nfx14]

Go on tell me you had one, sadly never managed to get one of these as of yet.... Sure i will at some point.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DEADDOLL666 on April 16, 2011, 22:25:00 PM
nope never had one of them
if you want one theres one here
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AMSTRAD-GX-4000-BOXED-1-GAME-VERY-RARE-BARGAIN-L-K-/330553052856?pt=UK_VideoGames_VideoGameConsoles_VideoGameConsoles&hash=item4cf67f4eb8 (http://http)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on April 16, 2011, 22:52:33 PM
Cheers fella I like the frill of the hunt at car boot sales and so on. eBay will be my last resort. Lol
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DEADDOLL666 on April 17, 2011, 16:22:07 PM
yeah i should try and get to a car boot sometime and see if i can find some old console's
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Anonymous on April 17, 2011, 17:52:40 PM
I never had one of these either but I do love old consoles maybe I'll look for one myself. What games did this console have?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on May 05, 2011, 13:23:44 PM
I only have one game for it, Burnin Rubber. If my memory serves me right only 25 games were ever released.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Anonymous on May 05, 2011, 15:56:22 PM
I don't think I ever had one of them but I believe my older brother may of had one. I also agree car boot sales or some charity shops will be the best bet of getting one of these! There is a fair few boot sales which happen around my home-city so I shall keep an eye out :)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on February 08, 2012, 20:53:56 PM
I remember playing on this console in Dixons when I was a kid and thought it was terrible  ;D
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DreamcastRIP on February 09, 2012, 17:11:15 PM
I bought an Amstrad GX4000 via eBay a couple of years ago for some reason I've not yet being able to fathom. It came CIB including Burnin' Rubber and I've since bought the following games cart-only,

Batman
Crazy Cars II
Klax
Operation Thunderbolt
Pang
Robocop 2
World of Sports


A couple of them are passable but it's hard to enjoy playing on the console as the joypad is an abomination. In summary, the Amstrad GX4000 is by far the worst console I've ever had the misfortune to play.

P.S. This is my first post so 'Hello' to everyone! :)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: dubchaser on February 12, 2012, 18:41:36 PM
I had one some 10 years ago, then sold it.¬† Then bought another one around 1 year ago for £10 boxed.¬† Now want to collect all the games but they are a tad expensive in my opinion.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on February 12, 2012, 18:47:39 PM
Thats a great price.. Agreed with the cost of the games though.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on June 24, 2012, 16:26:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6oG7DRdBgI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6oG7DRdBgI)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: guest4277 on June 24, 2012, 16:53:41 PM
We had the CPC Plus which had a GX4000 built into it. RoboCop was pretty good but bloody hard. The best titles for me though were Switchblade and Pang. This was only gaming machine I had for a year until the arrival of my Super Famicom at the end of 1991...I don't think I touched the games on this system again!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on June 24, 2012, 16:59:26 PM
Wow! That sucks!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 10, 2012, 21:44:24 PM
2 completely different perspectives on this machine:

Firstly from an American who has never even heard of Amstrad!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlaEL5NFZsI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlaEL5NFZsI)

And now from a veteran English gamer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9S4n033hk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9S4n033hk)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on December 10, 2012, 23:03:07 PM
I bought an Amstrad GX4000 in 1991 in Dixons. It was on "sale" for £19.99, and I knew by that point the machine had commercially failed, but I just wanted to play Burnin' Rubber and maybe pick up another game or two on the cheap. Right away I noticed the AY chip from my Speccy 128, and the gameplay was basically Wec Le Mans from the year before. It stuck faithfully to the Amstrad tradition: more colour, less speed and the feeling you might have wasted your money. The Spectrum version of Le Mans actually played better; the only thing Burnin' Rubber had over it was the very attractive change from day to night made possible by the 4096 colour palette.

Most amusing for me was the picture on the side of the console box showing two children happily playing the GX4000. Closer inspection showed the cartridge in the photo had been superimposed onto the console slot, meaning  :o  the kids weren't actually playing anything!! What a surprise!

There was an Amstrad helpline contained in the box, so I phoned them the day after buying the machine and screamed "Death to Sugar!" before hanging up. Then I destroyed the console with a hammer. All in all a good laugh for twenty quid.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 10, 2012, 23:05:37 PM
Liar! I reckon you sleep with it on your pillow every night!  ;D
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on December 10, 2012, 23:06:51 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Liar! I reckon you sleep with it on your pillow every night!  ;D

You're getting me mixed up with TMR and his Commodore 64!!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 10, 2012, 23:07:57 PM
Quote from: "Spector"
Quote from: "The Laird"
Liar! I reckon you sleep with it on your pillow every night!  ;D

You're getting me mixed up with TMR and his Commodore 64!!

Or possibly DreamcastRIP and his Wii U
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Katzkatz on December 21, 2012, 20:44:19 PM
I've only really seen the game in magazines, but I did get to play on one at 'Geek Expo' in Margate.  I played 'Klax' on it.  It was okay, but rather like the Commodore 64GS it was a misfire for Amstrad.  When you have a console based on an already established computer(with a few exceptions - the CD32 did okay I believe) it doesn't seem to work. 
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DreamcastRIP on December 21, 2012, 21:29:32 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Spector"
Quote from: "The Laird"
Liar! I reckon you sleep with it on your pillow every night!  ;D

You're getting me mixed up with TMR and his Commodore 64!!

Or possibly DreamcastRIP and his Wii U

Which one? I have the white Wii U 'Basic' model and both the white and the black 'Premium' models. Gotta collect 'em all...
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: onthinice on December 22, 2012, 03:52:23 AM
Cheers to DreamcastRIP. Single handly saving Nintendo one console purchase at a time.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Tachi on December 24, 2012, 00:01:46 AM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Gotta collect 'em all...

We will make a Pokemon fan out of you yet!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on December 24, 2012, 00:04:45 AM
Quote from: "Tachi"
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Gotta collect 'em all...

We will make a Pokemon fan out of you yet!

Oh no you won't!!  :D
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: onthinice on December 24, 2012, 02:15:42 AM
LOL :)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Bobinator on December 25, 2012, 21:13:51 PM
Why is it that all our threads seem to turn to Nintendo, eventually? I swear, you guys remind of that one anime trope. The girl who's always teasing and insulting the boy she likes because she's too afraid to tell him the truth. "Oh, Nintendo, how I love you. And yet I hate you! And yet I love you. And yet I hate you! And yet I LOVE you."

...Oh, right, we were talking about the Amstrad, weren't we? Well, since this is Amstrad we're dealing with here, I guess we can all go ahead and say that it probably wasn't very good. When Ocean is your best developer, you know you've got problems right from the get go.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DreamcastRIP on December 27, 2012, 18:07:58 PM
Quote from: "Bobinator"
Well, since this is Amstrad we're dealing with here, I guess we can all go ahead and say that it probably wasn't very good.

Spot-on!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on December 27, 2012, 19:33:23 PM
I think 2013 is the year for me getting one of these.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on December 27, 2012, 21:43:11 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
I think 2013 is the year for me getting one of these.

Good luck! Let me know when you acquire one, so that I can look out for it on Ebay the following week.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on December 27, 2012, 21:53:43 PM
Lol i dont sell stuff once i get it.. Not often lol.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 27, 2012, 21:56:09 PM
First time for everything!!!  :P
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Havantgottaclue on December 27, 2012, 22:23:41 PM
I have a CPC Plus, which of course can play GX4000 cartridges. It's in perfect nick but I actually have no idea whether or not it works or not, as I don't have a monitor.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 27, 2012, 22:31:31 PM
Quote from: "Havantgottaclue"
I have a CPC Plus, which of course can play GX4000 cartridges. It's in perfect nick but I actually have no idea whether or not it works or not, as I don't have a monitor.

You can get TV adpators for them you know!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Havantgottaclue on December 27, 2012, 22:32:49 PM
Oh I know all right, it's just not a very high priority!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on December 28, 2012, 16:58:13 PM
Here is the computer version of the GX4000, the Amstrad CPC Plus:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Wmn7EY-Wk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Wmn7EY-Wk)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Sl4IC7BhI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Sl4IC7BhI)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on December 29, 2012, 00:17:52 AM
I have only gone a bid on one lol.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on April 26, 2013, 21:01:13 PM
A few GX4000 games:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtjPLaIbvrA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtjPLaIbvrA)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiL5UewBBIk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiL5UewBBIk)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arN0KALRCds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arN0KALRCds)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on May 03, 2013, 22:40:57 PM
Scans of the GX4000 and its games from C&VG console guide:

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00022_zps3ed950e4.jpg)

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00058_zps6b72ae4a.jpg)(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00059_zpsab1a4be5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Rogue Trooper on May 03, 2013, 23:19:07 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Scans of the GX4000 and its games from C&VG console guide:

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00022_zps3ed950e4.jpg)

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00058_zps6b72ae4a.jpg)(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/comgucon00059_zpsab1a4be5.jpg)


LOL Mean Machines was originally planning to cover the PC Engine, but they dropped it (at last minute) as the decision was made to cover the Amstrad GX4000 instead! ( i sh*t you not!).

Fire And Forget 2 was pretty bloody good on the humble MS, so what on earth happened with the GX4000 version?it should have been THE 8 Bit version, after all your talking of a console with more colours than a MD (4096), hardware sprites and hardware scrolling, yet we see a jerky, ugly, unresponsive version of the game here.

Looks like the title screen at least used the extra colours and a few found their way into main game.

Reviews wise, seems Amstrad Action originally scored it at 94% (Some pressure from elsewhere to get good media coverage of machine i wonder?), but that was later changed to 55%, Mean Machines scored it at 33%
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on May 04, 2013, 21:32:46 PM
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"
LOL Mean Machines was originally planning to cover the PC Engine, but they dropped it (at last minute) as the decision was made to cover the Amstrad GX4000 instead! ( i sh*t you not!).

It was supposed to cover the 7800 and Lynx too, they were even listed on the cover of all the early issues without ever appearing in the mag  >:(
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on May 05, 2013, 00:13:47 AM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Rogue Trooper"
LOL Mean Machines was originally planning to cover the PC Engine, but they dropped it (at last minute) as the decision was made to cover the Amstrad GX4000 instead! ( i sh*t you not!).

It was supposed to cover the 7800 and Lynx too, they were even listed on the cover of all the early issues without ever appearing in the mag  >:(
Where was this? I own all the mags, none of them have the 7800 or Lynx on the cover, must be getting mixed up with another mag.

The Gx4000 was removed from the cover after Issue 6.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on May 05, 2013, 00:24:13 AM
I have them all too, and I was so sure there was text along the top that said 7800 and Lynx. But now I look I can't see that on any of them so I think I might be getting mixed up with the console specials that C&VG did.  :2:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Crusto on May 05, 2013, 00:33:29 AM
I'm sure issue one had the PCE on the cover too, but no coverage inside.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on May 05, 2013, 07:21:57 AM
Quote from: "Crusto"
I'm sure issue one had the PCE on the cover too, but no coverage inside.
Nope, it had the MS, MD, GX4000, NES....

Issue 0 the publishers test Issue had 'Turbografx' along the top in words and a picture of Gunhed on the cover showing their intention to review PCE games, but as said the decision probably by the publishers rather than the reviewers to change for the GX4000.....wonder why they didnt cover the C64GS?!  :21:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on May 20, 2013, 18:34:47 PM
I got to play a few GX4000 games over the weekend at Revival, ones I hadn't played before on it like Klax and Switchblade, both games are good but this is really is a terrible console that is not helped by the atrocious joypads.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ukKuZeBkXQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ukKuZeBkXQ)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIW8P0Ex72A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIW8P0Ex72A)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on August 18, 2013, 17:12:51 PM
A scan I just came across on my hard drive from C&VG announcing the new console:

(http://i.imgur.com/pOBR5Cv.jpg?1)(http://i.imgur.com/7JTLC59.jpg?1)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DreamcastRIP on August 18, 2013, 17:22:09 PM
Sugar was hawking the tarted up CPC6128 for £329 without a monitor in 1990 when the 16-bit Atari ST could be picked up for £299? Comedy gold!

Oh, and one would never guess Rignall was a C-64 nut given his comments there about the sound chip, lol!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Rogue Trooper on August 18, 2013, 18:12:32 PM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Sugar was hawking the tarted up CPC6128 for £329 without a monitor in 1990 when the 16-bit Atari ST could be picked up for £299? Comedy gold!

Oh, and one would never guess Rignall was a C-64 nut given his comments there about the sound chip, lol!

:-) He was also quite a CPC nut it seems, he wrote some angry comments in reply to a reader, who wrote into Zzap 64 slagging the C64, think he described him as 'blinkered' and had he not seen Ping Pong, Highway Encounter, Batman etc?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: avick on August 20, 2013, 10:31:55 AM
I was really curious about this one, never having owned an Amstrad (unless we're talking late model Speccy's).  Picked one up off Ebay, plugged it in and absolutely hated it.  As has been said before, the controller is really atrocious and the whole experience didn't do anything for me.  It got packed straight back into the box, and put into the loft.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Alberto 2K on August 20, 2013, 11:14:26 AM
This is one of the worst consoles ever released IMO, there are just two or three decent games and neither of them were groundbreaking. Only for Amstrad fans.

A friend of mine bought one some months ago and also hated it immediately! :24:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: onthinice on August 21, 2013, 03:26:11 AM
EGM scan
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: DreamcastRIP on August 21, 2013, 10:00:36 AM
Gotta love that EGM article for having stated,

Quote
And game quality? At this point it is standard Amstrad stuff, which translates into a pretty lackluster level of gaming.

 ::)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Rogue Trooper on August 21, 2013, 11:19:15 AM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Gotta love that EGM article for having stated,

Quote
And game quality? At this point it is standard Amstrad stuff, which translates into a pretty lackluster level of gaming.

 ::)

EGM...ahhh are'nt they the mag that gave Aliens:Col.Marines on 360 90%?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Gorf on August 21, 2013, 23:34:54 PM
EGM

Erection Gobbling Morons!!!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on August 23, 2013, 20:19:08 PM
Operation Thunderbolt and Robocop 2 were mentioned earlier in the thread so here they are:

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Operation Thunderbolt - Longplay (Part 1 of 3) (http://http)

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Robocop 2 - Review & Longplay (100%) (http://http)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Rogue Trooper on August 23, 2013, 21:19:16 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Operation Thunderbolt and Robocop 2 were mentioned earlier in the thread so here they are:

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Operation Thunderbolt - Longplay (Part 1 of 3) (http://http)

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Robocop 2 - Review & Longplay (100%) (http://http)

Title music on Op.Thunderbolt sounds way too 'jolly' for game of this type.

In-game:Visually, lot of nice. big sprites, but purple mountains? yeuck.

Robocop 2:

Loved the title music, looks great, but...screams to me of a standard 8 Bit platformer, just with a very fast moving Robocop sprite in it.

Not personally what i'd expect or want from a Robocop game.far too little shooting for myself.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Mire Mare on August 23, 2013, 22:43:21 PM
All this GX4000 chat has lead me on a journey into the depths of the loft and I have returned with my GX4000 console!  I'm hoping to fire it up over the weekend.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on August 23, 2013, 22:48:16 PM
Quote from: "Mire Mare"
All this GX4000 chat has lead me on a journey into the depths of the loft and I have returned with my GX4000 console!  I'm hoping to fire it up over the weekend.

Make sure you wear protection.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Mire Mare on August 24, 2013, 11:46:02 AM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Mire Mare"
All this GX4000 chat has lead me on a journey into the depths of the loft and I have returned with my GX4000 console!  I'm hoping to fire it up over the weekend.

Make sure you wear protection.
My only aid, as an ageing gamer, will be spectacles.  I'll be using a Philips monitor and the sad, but true, fact is that a 14" screen means that specs are necessity.  Even with these I may still be suffering severe asthenopia come Monday and a sick day may be required!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Gorf on August 27, 2013, 00:31:21 AM
The system looks like it can generate a lot of colorful graphics for it's time. Shame...could have done a nice version
of Gorf on it.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on October 29, 2013, 16:56:23 PM
Fascinating and disturbing at the same time, this advert has the mark of Sugar all over it: like so many of his "products", it tries desperately to be something it clearly wasn't. Quite what the R2D2 rip-off droid in the picture is supposed to represent is anyone's guess since there was no Star Wars licence on the machine, but I think the Batman character with the "A" symbol is the naffest of a very naff bunch. Grim, just grim.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on November 08, 2013, 22:45:27 PM
I came across this amazing quote a while ago and just realised I had forgotten to post it!

From the mouth of Amstrad chief designer Cliff Lawson:

Quote
The GX4000, is technically, at least on a par with the SNES and the machine only faltered due to a lack of games and Amstrad not having the marketing budget to take on Nintendo and Sega properly.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on November 08, 2013, 22:48:13 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I came across this amazing quote a while ago and just realised I had forgotten to post it!

From the mouth of Amstrad chief designer Cliff Lawson:

Quote
The GX4000, is technically, at least on a par with the SNES and the machine only faltered due to a lack of games and Amstrad not having the marketing budget to take on Nintendo and Sega properly.

A breathtaking piece of bullshit, even by Amstrad's standards. Remarkable.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Tomleecee on November 09, 2013, 10:32:58 AM
I found one of these going pretty cheap on ebay yesterday so bought it...I guess I'll regret it when it turns up not working...but hey. I had an Amastrad 464 plus years ago and it had Burnin' Rubber packaged with it...it'll be good to replay that game and hear that kick ass theme tune again! Does anyone know what outputs the GX4000 has on the back?

Thanks
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: SnakeEyes on November 09, 2013, 11:09:28 AM
Quote from: "Tomleecee"
I found one of these going pretty cheap on ebay yesterday so bought it...I guess I'll regret it when it turns up not working...but hey. I had an Amastrad 464 plus years ago and it had Burnin' Rubber packaged with it...it'll be good to replay that game and hear that kick ass theme tune again! Does anyone know what outputs the GX4000 has on the back?

Thanks

One of the best features is that it actually has a Standard Scart socket on the back so you can use any standard scart to scart lead.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: SnakeEyes on November 09, 2013, 23:16:38 PM
I still own my Gx4000 with some games but i would have to say not to spend much money on the games as they are not that great and overall the machine and games are not worth the price people ask for them. Some fun to be had if you got it cheap but even the best games are bettered elsewhere for a fraction of the price.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Spector on November 11, 2013, 22:32:21 PM
One thing i thought odd about the machine was the sprite movement in some games; I think Robocop II (or III?) is a good example. It just looks unnatural somehow, like it's been taken from another game, though that could be a case of bad programming rather than a fault with the machine. The 4096 colour palette was rightly trumpeted as a reason to take it seriously, but the machine is unevenly balanced in specs, and console gaming was being played by companies far bigger than Amstrad; it never had a chance.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on November 15, 2013, 21:02:17 PM
A few more GX4000 games that I haven't posted in this thread yet:

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Burnin' Rubber (Gameplay Run-through) (http://http)

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Pro Tennis Tour (Great Courts) (Gameplay Run-through) (http://http)

[AMSTRAD GX4000] Batman (The Movie) - Speed Run (1 of 2) (http://http)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on June 26, 2014, 22:16:38 PM
Its an odd beast isnt it, I only knew 1 person with one (and he didnt seem to boast about it!).

I'd like to have one some day I think if only to avoid the load times!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on June 27, 2014, 21:23:28 PM
I remember back in the day a friend who was given a choice between one and a Mega drive for Christmas.  He went for the GX4000  :17:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TL on July 03, 2014, 17:49:34 PM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
I remember back in the day a friend who was given a choice between one and a Mega drive for Christmas.  He went for the GX4000  :24:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on September 22, 2014, 22:24:57 PM
Ok i only went and got one now..
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: avick on September 22, 2014, 22:28:15 PM
You poor soul!!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on September 22, 2014, 22:39:37 PM
Lol, i always wanted one and i could not stop myself. :113:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on September 22, 2014, 22:57:14 PM
Haha good for you! Good luck getting some games at decent prices!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on September 22, 2014, 22:58:07 PM
Why are they so expensive?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on September 22, 2014, 23:27:44 PM
Mainly because they werent released in big numbers, some a few thousand, others in the hundreds, did look a few yearsago to collect but prices too much.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on September 22, 2014, 23:29:25 PM
I will get the odd one here and there i guess... no rush to collect them all lol.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on September 22, 2014, 23:37:06 PM
Yeah at least theconsole is cheap! Look at the Commodore64GS on ebay £240-£250 each! Crazy!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on September 23, 2014, 00:40:45 AM
Yeah the GS is another grail console to me. 
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on September 23, 2014, 14:25:43 PM
I quite like both, the GS was on show at a retro event several years back and I think I played Double Dragon on it.¬† It was a neat little system but all I could think was cheeky it was they'd expect people to fork out around £40 for carts when the cassettes were a couple of quid. Same with the GX4K.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on September 23, 2014, 14:37:43 PM
Yeah, both tried to get some of the 8-bit MS/NES market which was big esp the MS in the UK which is why both launched here first (and ultimately only place!)
Had they been 2 years earlier it might have been a different story, but again you could say that about any machine  :21:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on September 23, 2014, 16:23:22 PM
I had a mate who was given one at Xmas with an Amstrad monitor and Burning Rubber.  Looked fantastic at the time and I remember going round to play it a couple of times, problem was he didn't even get pocket money so had no chance of buying more games!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on October 22, 2014, 14:43:32 PM
I have done some digging and i might have found some more games at a bargain price..
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: avick on October 22, 2014, 14:44:39 PM
Give me a shout if you get any doubles. I'm looking for some donor carts ;-)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on October 22, 2014, 14:50:55 PM
Ok pal.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Gorf on February 22, 2015, 23:39:25 PM
Don't ask me why but there is just something about the GX4000 that makes me want to code for it. It does have some nice features hardware wise...it seems however, either they really suck, the features are not real( IE done in software like sprites) or the dev teams where not worth the price of admission to Amstrad.

According to the specs I've read on this machine, it should have been a winner....well...maybe.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on February 22, 2015, 23:42:38 PM
Good to hear even if you don't actually code for it. I have yet to go on mine that i purchased..soon i will have some real opinions on it lol.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Gorf on February 24, 2015, 02:00:35 AM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Good to hear even if you don't actually code for it. I have yet to go on mine that i purchased..soon i will have some real opinions on it lol.

I did say maybe.... :4:
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on February 24, 2015, 08:50:28 AM
Quote from: "Gorf"
Don't ask me why but there is just something about the GX4000 that makes me want to code for it. It does have some nice features hardware wise...it seems however, either they really suck, the features are not real( IE done in software like sprites) or the dev teams where not worth the price of admission to Amstrad.

According to the specs I've read on this machine, it should have been a winner....well...maybe.

Could it have competed with the MD and SNES in terms of power?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on February 24, 2015, 09:36:32 AM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
Could it have competed with the MD and SNES in terms of power?

Not at all but it could have done better than it did if it had come out a year or two earlier - it came out in 1990 in the UK and the Atari 2600 was still on sale only in 1989 so there was certainly perceived interest in a low priced console at that time.

I think the issue was, over here at least, the 16 bit computers like Amiga and Atari were really dominant at that time so a console like the GX4000 just wasnt going to cut it.

Couple of interesting photos, this is the Amstrad CSD. A† machine that was in-store to demonstrate the hardware of the Amstrad plus.

(http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/6/69/Csdscreen1.jpg)

(http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/b/b7/Csdscreen2.jpg)

(http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/thumb/7/74/Csdface.jpg/800px-Csdface.jpg)

(http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/thumb/a/a3/Csddaughter.jpg/800px-Csddaughter.jpg)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on February 24, 2015, 12:36:46 PM
I'm just glad most games cost over £50. Means I won't be blowing any money on one¬† ::)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on February 24, 2015, 12:59:41 PM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
I'm just glad most games cost over £50. Means I won't be blowing any money on one† :113:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CPC_GX4 ... _Cartridge (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CPC_GX4000-Multi_EPROM_Cartridge)

(http://www.cpcwiki.eu/imgs/3/30/CPC_GX4000-Multi_EPROM_Cartridge-1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on February 24, 2015, 16:09:51 PM
Or you can make one for £15.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: WiggyDiggyPoo on February 24, 2015, 16:16:26 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
Or you can make one for £15.
Yup there are instructions on the wiki link I posted
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: SnakeEyes on February 24, 2015, 23:35:29 PM
Quote from: "Lorfarius"
I'm just glad most games cost over £50. Means I won't be blowing any money on one¬† ::)

I own 23 games. mostly loose and I got them by accident.

a lot of games can actually be got for under £20

If anyone is thinking of picking one up you get burnin rubber with it. I have a spare cart only barbarian 2 and a spare console as well somewhere.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on August 27, 2015, 08:57:24 AM
http://youtu.be/JdEG6QyAcIA (http://youtu.be/JdEG6QyAcIA)

Great resource i think.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Shadowrunner on August 27, 2015, 22:31:35 PM
A couple of those don't look too bad, but I can see why it didn't do very well. I like those cases the games came in though.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on August 28, 2015, 18:39:11 PM
I agree, its gets a hard time really but i think its a half decent system.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TrekMD on September 21, 2015, 02:18:57 AM
Just saw this posted on YouTube...

[align=center:bgk1uyn0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-jRQE2EEWA&feature=em-subs_digest[/align:bgk1uyn0]
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: IndieRetroNews on December 10, 2015, 00:25:56 AM
Still can't believe I got this for £20 un-opened last year! New PSU and C4CPC now :)

All those Amstrad games, Dizzy.... Green Beret...
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Shadowrunner on December 10, 2015, 02:16:10 AM
Looks nice, and great deal!
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on December 10, 2015, 07:40:11 AM
Cracking deal chap. I love the console personally.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on December 10, 2015, 07:51:19 AM
Nice! Wouldnt mind one t o play some CPC gaming, is there a flashcart with a proper cartridge shell out there?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: Lorfarius on December 10, 2015, 08:02:00 AM
I've been working my way through every game and doing footage on Youtube of late (just search GX4000 on the channel page for more):

http://youtu.be/CXX-s7Tc2DI (http://youtu.be/CXX-s7Tc2DI)

I've done all but 6 games so far and a system review but will be finishing off in the next week or two. I also have the flash cart which I did a vid for, makes it possible to play everything:

http://youtu.be/OnDkttMitEY (http://youtu.be/OnDkttMitEY)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: IndieRetroNews on December 10, 2015, 08:04:01 AM
Quote from: "AmigaJay"
Nice! Wouldnt mind one t o play some CPC gaming, is there a flashcart with a proper cartridge shell out there?

Cheers all :)

See here - http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/amstrad-cpc ... -one-more/ (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/amstrad-cpc-hardware/cpc-plus-cartridge-replacement-one-more/)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: TrekMD on April 15, 2016, 02:06:14 AM
Here is a nice video review of the Amstrad GX4000...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-jRQE2EEWA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-jRQE2EEWA)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on April 16, 2016, 15:52:58 PM
Cracking video, really under rated system.
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on April 09, 2018, 18:38:35 PM
Collection of old reviews and adverts i put together for this machine.

https://issuu.com/amigajay/docs/gx4000 (https://issuu.com/amigajay/docs/gx4000)
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: zapiy on April 10, 2018, 11:56:41 AM
I love this ones..

Cheers mate, are you getting many hits on them?
Title: Re: The Amstrad GX4000
Post by: AmigaJay on April 10, 2018, 17:04:40 PM
Amiga CD32 and Psygnosis getting the most hits, the latter getting the most reads.