Play The Most Influential Amiga Games Now

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It wasn’t till 1987 that I experienced my first (and worst) case of technolust ever. The object that inspired such raw feelings of lust, of course, was the Commodore Amiga.

As a lowly Commodore 128 owner, which was really just a glorified Commodore 64 in a beige case, I bought every issue of the Commodore magazines of the day.

Amiga
500These magazines started showing off these lush advertisements of the Commodore Amiga, boasting of its 4096 colors and 4-channel stereo sound.

I had to have it.

Looking back, I am shocked at how much my lust for the Amiga held sway over me. I purchased a copy of every Amiga magazine on the newstand, talked about it incessantly to anyone who would listen, and had vivid dreams of the Amiga’s amazing graphics capabilities.

And when I finally got my hands on it, it was every bit as good as I had hoped.

For many Amiga users at the time, the Amiga was true to its name (spanish for female friend) in that it was the closest thing to a girlfriend we had. Give me a break, I was only twelve at the time.

Like having a girlfriend, I spent countless hours with the computer, not to mention countless dollars on peripherals and upgrades. I remember hustling for tips at the local commissary in order to upgrade the beast from 512K to 1MB of ram (cost: $99).

The reason I bring this up is I came across a recent article on the Wired website entitled Top 10 Most Influential Amiga Games, which filled me with a rush of nostalgia.

I only had the pleasure to play two of the games listed, Defender of the Crown, in which catapulting castles was pure fun, and SpeedBall 2, which probably was responsible for the pile of broken joysticks I accumulated.

Defender of the Crown Catapult
Scene Speedball 2
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Personally though, I thought Lords of the Rising Sun (also made by Cinemaware) was even better than Defender of the Crown.

Lords of the Rising Sun
Screenshot Lord of the rising sun screenshot with a
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The game sequence in which you could snipe advancing siegers using a first-person bow and arrow with a little red laser point dot was exhilarating (sadly, I could not find a screenshot).

Speedball 1
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I also liked Speedball 1 (shown here) slightly better than 2 because the side scrolling in 2 always threw me off.

I still have my Amiga 500 gathering dust in a storage cabinet in the garage. I’ve been meaning to unpack it and see if it still works, but my home is small and there’s really no room to set it up. I figure there must be a better way to try out my old games.

Amiga Emulation!

Digging around, I discovered there’s an active project to create an Amiga emulator for *nix called UAE. There’s a Windows port called, not surprisingly, WinUAE (click for full size).

WinUAE
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Unfortunately, these projects cannot distribute the Amiga ROM nor its operating system due to copyright issues. However they do provide instructions on how to transfer the ROM and operating system over to your PC on their FAQ.

Amiga Forever

An even easier approach is to simply purchase Amiga Forever for around forty bucks. This is an ISO image that contains a preconfigured WinUAE with the original ROM and operating system files. Amiga Forever is sold by Cloanto who currently own certain intellectual property rights to the Amiga.

Amiga Forever comes with several games for the Amiga as well that vary with the edition purchased. The site also has a games section in which they list places to download more games.

For example, the Cinemaware site has disk images for pretty much all of their games available for free, including Lords of the Rising Sun.

Play Defender of the Crown Immediately

All this talk of Amiga emulation sounds like fun and everything, but seriously, do I need yet another time sink? If you’re jonesing for some Amiga gaming now and don’t want to be bothered with emulation, head over to the Cinemaware website and satiate your Amiga gaming kick by playing the Flash version of Defender of the Crown. Now about that time sink…

Though I owned a couple computers prior to the Amiga, the Amiga is truly the computer that fueled my fire for computing.

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  1. Avatar for Martin Lundberg
    Martin Lundberg April 15th, 2007

    Nice! I loved the Amiga however the little box you put in the top left corner which had something to do with the graphics always broke for me, I think we bought like 3 new ones.
    I looked at the wired article and noticed I'd played all games but 2 (Beast and Another World).

  2. Avatar for Robbie
    Robbie April 15th, 2007

    I miss both my Atari 800 & Amiga 2000 some days. Lemmings and Populous were my favorite Amiga games. I still remember when I spent the summer of 1991 getting through all 120 levels (when I wasn't watching Terminator 2).

  3. Avatar for Kuli
    Kuli April 15th, 2007

    You're experience of the Amiga mirrors mine in many ways! I went to a show and bought the Amiga 500, used it for an hour, and then the power brick went, I was devestated! But once I got it back, it was something else - ok I was upgrading from a Vic 20 ;)
    I loved my Amiga for teachng about programming, I remember using Devpac and AMOS a lot, and also creating plug-ins for BBS'
    You've inspired me to go dust off my Amiga too and get Speedball out again. In fact I think I have Lords of the rising sun somewhere too!!

  4. Avatar for Kasic
    Kasic April 15th, 2007

    Thank you for this...
    I had Amiga since 1990 (I am '83.), mostly for gaming :).
    It would be nice to remember of those days and those old, but great games.
    I remember the first game I played, but I cannot remember it's name though.
    It's something like Warblade and Air Strike 3D combined together, with the objects on the ground who shoot at you and those who fly by, but it's not Galaga :).
    You can play this with two players at the same time.
    I would like to play this game over the emulator.
    Great post.

  5. Avatar for Goran
    Goran April 15th, 2007

    Huh, I'm 10 out of 10 for that list! I couldn't narrow the most influential games list to just ten games. Where's Elite, Populous, Kick Off, F/A 18 interceptor, Starglider, Ports of Call, Revs,... Ah, The good old days :)

  6. Avatar for Mladen Mihajlovic
    Mladen Mihajlovic April 15th, 2007

    You can get lots of games for the emulator from http://www.lemonamiga.com/
    There is a huge following of old games for pretty much all platforms these days. Also check out http://www.abandonia.com/ and http://www.the-underdogs.info/ for lots of PC abandonware games too.

  7. Avatar for Sonu Kapoor
    Sonu Kapoor April 15th, 2007

    I used to own the Amiga 500, then later the 600 and then 2000. It was the best computer for its time. I used it a lot to play games like "Lemmings" or "North and South".
    Good ol... times..

  8. Avatar for Christopher B. [christb@MSFT]
    Christopher B. [christb@MSFT] April 15th, 2007

    +1 for describing my experiences with the Amiga. (My most memorable Christmas morning ever.) I'm going to say Populus and Adventure Construction Kit were my too favorites (oh, and Marble Madness, and Archon, ...)

  9. Avatar for Kevin Dente
    Kevin Dente April 15th, 2007

    Nice! I played both DoC and Speedball for hours at my friend's house (no Amiga for, my family was a very early PC adopter).
    But no mention of Three Stooges? ;)

  10. Avatar for The Other Steve
    The Other Steve April 15th, 2007

    A list of the most influential Amiga games which doesn't include Populous? Empire? Arkanoid? Dungeon Master? TV Sports Football? Death Sword?
    Ok, I added that last one cause it was fun to whack the guys head off and watch the little troll drag it from the screen.
    My god, Dungeon Master is the precursor to Wolfenstein 3d, the precursor to the old first person shooter. Not influential? BAH!

  11. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 15th, 2007

    Oh man, the memories! I think we need to make our own list. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:
    * Dungeon Master
    * Eye of the Beholder
    * Pirates!
    * TV Sports Football
    * Arkanoid
    * Speedball
    * F/A-18 Interceptor
    * Falcon
    * Ports of Call
    * The Bards Tale I, II, III
    * Lords of the Rising Sun
    * Defenders of the Crown
    * Marble Madness
    * Dune II
    * Wing Commander

  12. Avatar for Scott
    Scott April 15th, 2007

    "As a lowly Commodore 128 owner, which was really just a glorified Commodore 64 in a beige case"
    It is apparent that you are on crack. The question is, what KIND of crack are you on? ;)
    The C-128 had 80-col RGB output, not to mention a built in machine language monitor for debugging and ... other activities. An entire CPU dedicated to emulating the CPM and C-64. Enhanced BASIC, which meant you didn't have to peek and poke as much. I ran a BBS off of my 128 for a few years.
    Glorified C-64 indeed.
    Don't forget the MyUAE for Palm http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de...
    The most fun I've had on a commute was playing M.U.L.E. on my c-64 emulator on my Palm.

  13. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 15th, 2007

    @Scott: Hardware is crap if there's no software to run on it.
    There was hardly any good software for the 128. I used a word processor on it and that is pretty much all I can remember.
    For the most part, my 128 was constantly in 64 mode playing Commodore 64 games.
    Ahhh... BBS... I remember joining various Elite boards, but never being able to download anything because of my slow ass modem. In Guam, a strong wind would disturb your connection.

  14. Avatar for Richard LOPES
    Richard LOPES April 16th, 2007

    Hi,
    This machine and the Atari 1024STF teach me how to code. Basic then assembly. The co-processors of the Amiga were amazing. I even owned an Amiga 1200: this was the end of an era of plain fun personal computers that just worked.
    I miss these days a lot.
    Something I loved and still love is the sound produced by the Commodore C64 and the Amiga. The SID processor was brilliant. It sounded like techno well ahead of its time.
    Cheers.

  15. Avatar for Zath
    Zath June 7th, 2007

    What a lot of Amiga memories here, having had an A500 and then an A1200 (what a machine that was!)
    Speedball 2 is always a big signature game for me, along with Civilization and Powermonger - which I preferred to the more popular Populous!
    I may have to check out some of the emulation stuff now, thanks for the nostalgia!

  16. Avatar for Chris
    Chris September 9th, 2007

    I'm trying to buy the game SPEEDBALL, BARD'S TALE 2: THE DESTINY KNIGHT for the Amiga 500 and a joystick with the fire button on the top of the stick and in the front where your forefinger can easily tap it. I allready have an Amiga 500. Can someone help!! Thanks Chris
    My email is awedgyto@yahoo.com

  17. Avatar for Dan
    Dan April 1st, 2008

    Whats an Amiga 500?

  18. Avatar for Hutchi
    Hutchi April 11th, 2008

    Man! The Amiga was awsome. I'm going to have to get mine from the attic and break some more joysticks, i remember some great games, that i played for countless hours...
    * Civilization
    * Kick Off 2
    * Speedball 2
    * Supercars 2
    * Lemmings
    * Championship Manager ( played to death! )
    and probably my favourite game......
    * Moonstone ( A Hard Days Knight ) <---bloody brilliant!

  19. Avatar for COLIN BECKMAN
    COLIN BECKMAN July 11th, 2008

    How do I extract the rom files from my A1200

  20. Avatar for Matt_808STATE
    Matt_808STATE July 15th, 2008

    Some of the best drive-em-ups and table top racers known to man,
    along with many other classics. The pinball games were something else, nobody mentioned any of the great PD software or utilities like Protracker and Octamed or Cygnus editor, i really miss the dependability and lack of big blue UH-OH screen.
    *Roadkill
    *Overdrive
    *Protracker
    *Alien Breed
    *Project X
    all that Tean 17 stuff, Demos by Fairlight and the like.
    There was such a feeling of community that you just dont get with the PC crowd of the present day.

  21. Avatar for marcin szczecin poland
    marcin szczecin poland August 10th, 2008

    Do you know BERLIN 48? I love it.

  22. Avatar for J.R
    J.R November 3rd, 2008

    Hi all, does any one remenber a game were we are the comander of a train? on the game we add to go to some gold mines , small vilages, and we have to prepare the train with guns and soldiers, we attack other trains, if win we keep all the good stuf for our train, and i think we add to follow some kind of map but not sure, does any one remenber this game ? i dont know the name but would like to see the game again.
    Thanks

  23. Avatar for RedHawk
    RedHawk November 8th, 2008

    Best Amiga Games I played....
    Earl Weaver Baseball
    Ports of Call
    TV Sports Football
    TV Sports Basketball
    F/A-18 Interceptor
    Defenders of the Crown
    Paladin
    Breech
    Road War Europa

  24. Avatar for Presidente
    Presidente November 25th, 2008

    - Turrican 1+2

  25. Avatar for Edd Watson
    Edd Watson February 18th, 2010

    I know i'm writing on this after 14 months of no one else writing a comment, but how did the writer of the article only play 2 of the top 10 amiga games.... He never played Sensible Soccer?
    I thought every amiga owner ever had played that.
    Gutted for him...

  26. Avatar for Edd Watson
    Edd Watson February 18th, 2010

    And never played Cannon Fodder - How could you....

  27. Avatar for mark
    mark March 15th, 2010

    i love these old amiga games but i cant play them on pc

  28. Avatar for mario bugeja
    mario bugeja April 20th, 2010

    i want to play amiga games on the pc

  29. Avatar for kale yikma oyunu
    kale yikma oyunu August 29th, 2010

    I love old games.

  30. Avatar for emma
    emma October 3rd, 2010

    WOW.. this really takes me back.. i was actually looking for infoon Heindal.. i played that on the amiga as a kid and was talking to my cuz about it today.. There are loads of great games.. Funny cos me my bro and my sis were all left handed, joysticks were all for right handed people so we became ambidextrous .. thank you amiga 500 PLUS lmao..
    Golden Axe, Cannon Fodder, Giana Sisters which were a Mario Bros rip off hahaha... SPOT, kids gloves, kick off... Speed Ball that was one of my speciality games! GODS was EPIC.... Prince of Persia... James Pond was great fun too!!
    My dad had the Comodore 64 and i have memories as a 2-3 years old of a black screen and white outline diamond and my dad looking like a big kid... He was a total elite freak!... My brother and I followed in his God like foot prints hahahaha and still love gaming today.. my sis not so much! ..
    GOD BLESS THE AMIGA!

  31. Avatar for Slodge
    Slodge October 18th, 2010

    Is your computer still the closest thing to a girlfriend you've ever had ?

  32. Avatar for MDUnicorn
    MDUnicorn December 6th, 2010

    Oh... those days... I really miss those days...
    All of the weekends of my childhood (with my 3 brothers and one sister) was spent on my dad's Amiga 500 ...
    My favorite games are:
    * Prince of Persia
    * Cannon Fodder
    * International Karate (IK+)
    * Twintris
    * Super Frog
    * Lotus 1 and 2
    * Shadow of the Beast I, II and III
    * Shadow Dancer
    .... oh, a long list to mention...
    And I loved RedSector demos, and a demo called "Living Colors" that I could never find its ADF.

  33. Avatar for woozy
    woozy December 15th, 2010

    WHERE is LARN???

  34. Avatar for Dragan
    Dragan March 8th, 2011

    Hi J.R. and I'm looking for that game too. I think it was called "Antarctica" or something. No way I can think of.

  35. Avatar for Dragan
    Dragan March 8th, 2011

    Found it!! Its TRANSARCTICA!

  36. Avatar for Bazfan
    Bazfan April 2nd, 2011

    I had an Amiga 1200 back in 1993 i upgraded from the Atari STe.
    My fave games were
    Turrican 1 and 2
    Sensible soccer
    Flimbos quest
    Hawkeye
    Cannon fodder
    Pinball fantasies
    Traps n Treasures
    Brian the lion
    Oscar (AGA)
    Banshee (AGA)

  37. Avatar for Amiga Games
    Amiga Games June 12th, 2011

    Speedball II remains as playable today as it ever was.
    I always return to Battle Squadron, Hybris, SWIV, Robocop 3, Nitro, First Samurai....
    Great games on a great machine

  38. Avatar for Bri
    Bri September 12th, 2011

    Hey, my first computer was a Amiga 500.. A game I had and loved was about panning for gold the untamed wild west, you could buy more donkeys and start a mine in the hills etc... but I forget the name and would really love to play that game again.. anyone know the name ??

  39. Avatar for Dragoljub073
    Dragoljub073 May 2nd, 2012

    Amiga had games...
    Nobody mentioned King's Bounty(EPIC!) or Warlords(Excellent multiplayer), Harley Davidson or Weird Dream(totaly weird:)
    or WINGS, or History Line 1914...
    But FIRST TRUE REAL TIME STRATEGY WAS "NEITHER EARTH" on Spectrum 48 :)

  40. Avatar for ross
    ross October 31st, 2013

    zeewolf

  41. Avatar for ross
    ross October 31st, 2013

    The 64k computer era had it.....

    Atari had it in spades.......

    The Amiga had it last and the most (in my opinion).........

    I'm talking about character!

  42. Avatar for Comment_Cop
    Comment_Cop January 18th, 2017

    I also loved my Amiga. Some of the best games ever made were on that thing.

    The one that stood out most for me was The Settlers! They still struggle even now to make real time city builders as good as that. I had the demo disk from Amiga Format. I knew I had to have the game. So for Christmas I asked for the game and also the 1Mb ram upgrade so I could play it with all the extra sound effects. What a Christmas that was!

    How they fit all that on a few floppy disks, amazing.

  43. Avatar for Comment_Cop
    Comment_Cop January 18th, 2017

    Great games, Project X was so hard but so addictive. I still fire it up on emulator every now and then. Its really stood the test of time.

  44. Avatar for Comment_Cop
    Comment_Cop January 18th, 2017

    Sensible Soccer one of the best ever.