If you have been itching for some old school gaming action and have got a working Amiga system in your home, then you just found the perfect scratch for that gaming itch. The Amiga, despite being a long defunct home computer system, was originally one of the biggest competitors to the PC and Macinstosh back in the day. And while lack of third party support and inadequate marketing eventually ended the system's run, it still managed to snag a few game worthy titles to call its own. So for those of you wondering what games are worth booting up on the Amiga, here is a quick list of our favorites.
Yep, Cannon Fodder, one of the best games ever on DOS is available on both the Amiga A-series and the CD32. As one would expect, the CD 32 version is the superior version (though the initial load times are horrendous). Anyway, what makes Cannon Fodder so great is that it starts out as a very simple game that lets get into the finer details of the controls real quick. Then it suddenly whips the challenge level to nutty as it forces you to start losing your troops (either as sacrifices, or through your own mistakes). The fact that players permanently lose troops (though there is an infinite supply of them) makes all the losses have more impact. Luckily enough the old school version of Cannon Fodder is now available in a compatible Windows format at Gog.
Lucasarts may no longer exist as a game company (having been dissolved after Disney purchased Skywalker Ranch and everything connected to it), but their games are still some of the most well recognized classics. Maniac Mansion is not only everything that a point and click adventure should be, but it also adds in plenty of great humor, slapstick comedy, semi-surreal puzzles, and the most ingenious uses for some random items you never thought you would be picking up inside a house full of crazy people. The graphics are also surprisingly great considering that the game was made during the old floppy diskette era of personal computers (the original was in black and white, but Amiga gets the newer colored release with good audio).
Out of This World
This platformer-exploration adventure game is a classic sci fi story delivered in wonderful chromatic visuals. You move around an unknown world dealing with strange creatures and trying to figure out a way to . Released as “Another World” in certain regions, this game is one of the most often mentioned titles when it comes to well designed games, and the reasons why are astounding. Aside from the already impressive stylized visuals that the game presents itself with, there is also the way that the enemies and puzzles were constructed and placed. The flow of the game (where you go, what you interact with, and when) is far more than just clever design, it was made with plenty of care and attention to detail -which is exactly the kind of gaming experience that makes it worth bringing out your Amiga system out of storage.
While the basic controls and game types of Flashback and Out of This World are quite similar, every else is not. The visuals for Flashback are more reminiscent of old school 16-bit graphics with plenty of pixel shading. More importantly, the gameplay focus of the two is quite different. Where Out of This World was more focused on exploration and discovery, Flashback is more of point-A to point-B while gunning down every enemy on the way kind of game. The heavy emphasis on action (as well as in interesting hide-and-shoot mechanics) sets it apart from a lot of other games. One thing that the two titles doe share in common is the fact that both are well written -in the way that hardcore science fiction fans would be proud. Flashback has been recently ported to iOS for all those looking for a nostalgic return to the game.
Tactical squad action and turn based combat? Syndicate has it, and this is the game we truly recommend to the hard core number crunchers. RPGs are indeed a battle of numbers, and min-maxing stats is something that fans practice with much fervor and joy -especially once you see the results in action. Syndicate plays heavily to this, and also in the player's ability to assess a battlefield in order to determine the best course of action. The graphics are unbelievably old (making it feel as it you were having a shootout in a random alley in someone else's oldschool SimCity game; still, the actual gameplay itself far more than makes up for the dated visuals, find more on Syndicate here ,a href="http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php?id=1031">http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/details.php?id=1031.
Ballistic cartoon violence with a healthy dose of physics and humor, this is everything that Worms is about and the experience is complete in the Amiga system. You will AGA for the Director's Cut version of the game (which offers updated visuals and better control response). As expected, the PC version of the game is indeed superior to the Amiga version which can be found here, but if you do not have access to that, then this is a pretty good alternative experience. The only thing truly lacking is the ability to tweak around with the data files and the sound clips -but you really should not be looking to a weekend of Amiga gaming if that how you roll.
UFO: Enemy Unknown
Another game that needs the AGA system to run (or the CD32 if you have it on disc), but this one is a must-play of a classic. Now, if you have never ever played a single UFO game, this is as good of a start as any. Microprose's classic game series is famous for many reasons (innovative gameplay, maximizing the use of the 3/4 perspective, and of course, the fact that you really have to be careful about the stuff you blow up). But we are not going to get into those details, instead, we will just bring up the one thing that made us fans of the series in the first place -the gameplay is just so satisfyingly addictive. Setting off an organized attack is sweetest when everything goes without a hitch, and getting to the results screen to self-gloat about how well you did is a well-earned reward. Like some of the above titles this is another that players can happily reminisce with by grabbing a $4.99 copy of it at Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/7760/.