1. Allan Border's Cricket
Allan Border's Cricket is a licensed sports title released back in 1993. Developed and published by Audiogenic Software Ltd., this is one of the few titles which focuses on the game of cricket. As such, being able to recreate the license of famous cricketers is a big treat for enthusiasts of the sport.
There are three difficulty levels to choose from. Those who are new to the game can play Amateur level matches while veteran players can set theirs to either Professional or World Class. Players are given the chance to pick their team of choice from international sides. There are 1 or 2 innings for each team with the option for text matches and limited overs (also known as one-day cricket).
The controls are intuitive. Bowling is done by positioning the cursor in order to set the bowl and then determining its spin and speed. Timing is the key to batting and fielding is automated for the most part. It is possible to toggle the leg before wicket dismissal on or off to make it simpler to understand the rules.
2. Battle for the Ashes
Developed by Audiogenic Software Ltd., Battle for the Ashes is a 3rd-Person perspective sports title. In cricket, the Ashes is a series of Test matches which are played between the United Kingdom and Australia. These celebrated tours are held about every year and a half. Battle for the Ashes lets players experience the fabled rivalries at a budget price. It features 5-day matches between the two cricket titans as a condensed version of Audiogenic's main cricket game.
As it is with Allan Border's Cricket, this is a licensed title. The game play remains the same with batting type being based on timing and choice of stroke while bowling involves setting the spot to pitch the ball then waggling to determine the spin or speed.
Enthusiasts can expect accurate representations of their favorite cricketers. Skill levels are kept up to date at the time of the game's release. This makes for bowling, batting and fielding averages which are comparable to the cricketer's actual performance. The graphics are absolutely stunning, with realistic character motions as well as weather changes.
Battle for the Ashes offers both one-player and two-player challenges with test matches as well as limited over matches. Players may compete against a friend, the AI or even pit the computer against itself to see how stats compare.
3. Graham Gooch World Class Cricket
Endorsed by former cricketer Graham Gooch himself, Graham Gooch World Class Cricket is a sequel to Audiogenic's Graham Gooch's Test Match. This classic allows players to enjoy test matches as well as One Day Internationals. It features manual and automatic fielding as well as three bowling types: swing, speed and fast. Players can opt to go for the Amateur skill setting or challenge themselves with either Professional or World Class modes.
Players are allowed to form their own team and even alter the player data. It is also possible to choose which dismissals are to be used in a match. For instance, turning off the option for a leg before wicket dismissal makes the game play much easier to grasp.
With realistic details such as shadows changing direction depending on the sun's movement, the title's attention to detail is plain to see. Graham Gooch World Class Cricket makes use of pseudo-3D graphics and includes all international test sides for the year. There's even an option to play as a World XI team. Additionally, statistics such as batting averages are included for available cricketers.
In terms of variety, there is a wealth of games to be found for the Amiga. Many of today's popular videogame companies got their first big break on the system. That being said, virtual cricketers across the globe need not any look further to keep themselves entertained. Even though cricket games are a rarity in general, the Amiga has enough options to hold the attention of true enthusiasts.
For those who are simply curious, these titles are no harder to learn than those in more familiar genres such as soccer or basketball. Toggling options, such as the types of dismissals to be used in a test match, make the games even more accessible to the casual fan. For games a couple of decades old, it is undoubtedly a feat to remain comparable to modern-day titles in terms of game play. So long as their time of release is taken into consideration, these trio of games are bound to impress even the most critical cricket fan.