So, you want to play Doomsday Lost Echoes but you do not have an Amstrad at hand or, even worse, you don’t know how to emulate one. Don’t panic! It is very easy. Here, as an example, we are going to use Windows and the same emulator we employed to develop the game, Winape.
First of all, download the game and decompress the RAR containing the floppy disc images and the adventure manual in a folder of your choice. Then, download the emulator from the official web page and install it.
Is it already installed? Great. Run the program and you will probably see a screen letting you choose between Amstrad Basic or Burning Rubber. Just press F1 in the virtual computer (it is the 1 in your numeric pad) and you will go to Basic and observe something similar to the screen below. It is the welcome screen of an Amstrad in action! Yours may be different, but if the word Ready is there everything went well.
Now you have two options. If you want to play the adventure at normal speed, skip the following step. However, if you prefer the graphics to load a tad faster, go to Settings and tick Turbo Mode. Then press OK (not all the emulators have something like the Turbo Mode, but in most of them you can change the speed of execution or there is something similar).
The next step is to introduce the images of our floppies in the drives of the machine. Go to File/Drive A:/Insert Disc Image and click with the left button.
Now, navigate to the folder where you decompressed the game and introduce ddle_1.dsk in the Drive A by selecting it and pressing Open.
Insert now ddle_2.dsk in the Drive B of our virtual Amstrad. The steps are exactly the same.
We are almost ready to go. Just type RUN”DISC and press Enter. The game will load automatically.
You don’t need to repeat everything next time you want to play. Just load Winape, press F1 in the Amstrad if it is necessary (remember, is the 1 in your numeric keyboard) and type RUN”DISC. The emulator remembers the floppy images you introduced in the drives and the settings you chose as well. Finally, keep in mind that it is very convenient to save your games in the image introduced in the Drive B. It is the disc containing all the adventure files but there is plenty of space and you can always overwrite your saved games if you need it.
If you are using Linux or Mac you will need an emulator suitable for your operating system. In Mac Arnold works very well to play the game. Regarding Linux, we can recommend CPC++ or CPCemu. The game should run fine on them but we did not try it ourselves. In case you have a Raspberry PI, then try CapriceRPI2. Whatever emulator you choose the process is always the same: introduce ddle_1.dsk in the Drive A, ddle_2.dsk in the Drive B and then type RUN”DISC. Keep in mind that we are talking about the emulators available in 2016. If you happen to read these a few years later, check what is the status of the scene, there could be something better or newer.