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The Amstrad CPC (short for Color Personal Computer) is a series of home computers produced by the British company Amstrad between 1984 and 1990. The CPC series was targeted at the home and small business market and was a direct competitor to other home computers of the time such as the Commodore 64 and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The CPC range consisted of several models, starting with the CPC 464 which featured 64KB of RAM and a built-in cassette tape drive for data storage. The CPC 664 and CPC 6128 models were later released, which featured a floppy disk drive and more memory. The CPC series was notable for its built-in keyboard, which was not a common feature on early home computers. It also featured a Zilog Z80 microprocessor and was capable of displaying up to 16 colors. The CPC was also known for its high-quality sound capabilities. The CPC had a wide range of software available, including games, educational programs, and productivity tools. It was also popular in the European market, and had a large library of games and software that were developed specifically for the European market. The Amstrad CPC was well-received and sold well, but it was eventually discontinued in 1990 due to the changing market conditions and the rise of more advanced home computers like the Commodore Amiga and the Atari ST. Despite its discontinuation, the CPC had a dedicated fanbase, and it's still remembered for its good sound capabilities, and a large library of games and software. There were a variety of games released for the Amstrad CPC during its lifespan. Some popular games for the CPC include: Elite: A space trading and combat simulation game, it was one of the most popular and influential games for the CPC. Rick Dangerous: A platform game where players control the eponymous character in a variety of settings, from the Amazon jungle to a Nazi fortress. Dizzy series: A series of platform games featuring an egg-shaped character named Dizzy, it was one of the most popular game series for the CPC. Head over Heels: A platform game where players control two characters, Head and Heels, who must work together to solve puzzles and complete the game. Lemmings: A puzzle game where players must guide a group of lemmings to safety by giving them different abilities. Shadow of the Beast: A side-scrolling action game featuring a fantasy setting and smooth scrolling. The Great Giana Sisters: A platform game similar to Super Mario Bros, it was initially removed from the market due to copyright issues but later it became available again. These are just a few examples, but there were many other games released for the Amstrad CPC, including sports games, RPG's and many other genres of games. The CPC had a diverse library of games, with a lot of them being developed specifically for the European market, it also had a significant number of conversions from other platforms like Commodore 64, Atari ST and others.