Turrican 3

Published by Renegade Software Developed by Factor 5 GmbH Released 1993 Review by James Whelan Overview Turrican’s final outing on the Amiga in Turrican 3 (making Turrican 2’s sub-title, The Final Fight, less than accurate) is something of a mixed bag. Judged on its own merits it’s a perfectly serviceable and entertaining shoot-‘em-up, once again showcasing the Amiga’s strengths as the premier games platform of its time. But coming after the near flawless Turrican 2 and the ground-breaking original Turrican, the swansong of the trilogy always had a lot to live up to,…

Read More

Turrican II

Review by James Whelan Published by Rainbow Arts Software GmbH Developed by Factor 5 GmbH Released 1991   In 1990, German developers Rainbow Arts turned the Amiga gaming world on its head with the release of Turrican, a sprawling run-and-gun shoot-‘em-up which not only pushed the Amiga’s hardware to the limit but proved that beautiful looking games could actually be playable too. Critics heaped superlatives on Turrican which received numerous honors at various award shows. The bar had been set pretty high and it would take Rainbow Arts themselves, along…

Read More

Turrican

Review by James Whelan PROLOGUE A story of times long gone by, tells us of the three-headed Morgul, who lives a secluded life in his kingdom. This Morgul is the cause of all the fears and nightmares of mankind. It is furthermore said, that in ancient times he was banished to an unknown dimension by the hero Devolon. Fear and sleepless nights disappeared out of the people’s lives. For some time now people have again been tormented by nightmares and suffer from a serious state of dread and fear. Hardly…

Read More

Menace

Published by Psygnosis Limited Developed by DMA Design Limited Released 1988 Also For Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS Menace Remember Blood Money? Sure you do! We all remember Blood Money; the frustration, the broken joysticks, the swearing… Menace, while not a direct prequel to Blood Money, is something of a spiritual forerunner, though mercifully much much easier. Developed by the same team who brought you that torture-fest (in fact, Blood Money’s intro features a voice sample, intoning “First, there was Menace…”), Menace was Scottish developer DMA Design’s first Amiga release.…

Read More

F/A-18 Interceptor

Published by Electronic Arts Ltd. Developed by Intellisoft, Inc. Released 1988 Platform Amiga F/A-18 Interceptor It’s hard to believe F/A-18 Interceptor is going on 30 years old. Developed by Bob Dinnerman and released by Electronic Arts (a company which had strongly supported the Amiga since its release in 1985), Interceptor retains a special place in the memories of Amiga owners from the late 1980s. Dinnerman had worked at the legendary Bally/Midway in the early ’80s, writing several arcade games including Discs of Tron. While attending SIGGRAPH, the annual computer graphics…

Read More

Blood Money Amiga

Published by Psygnosis Limited Developed by DMA Design Limited Released 1989 Blood Money Have two words ever struck more terror into the heart of Amiga gamers? Released in 1989 by Psygnosis and developed by DMA Design, Blood Money is a colorful, addictive shooter which rapidly became known as one of the toughest games on the Amiga. We’re betting many a joystick has been broken in sheer frustration while trying to complete its tortuous levels. But more on that in a while. Let’s dive in at the beginning… DMA Design was…

Read More

Batman the Movie (1989)

Published by Data East USA, Inc. Developed by Ocean Software Ltd. Released 1989 The summer of 1989 was the summer of the Bat. Tim Burton’s dark, brooding Batman saw the Dark Knight return to his gothic roots, smashing box-office records worldwide and it was inevitable that a home computer game would follow. Ocean Software clinched the deal. The Manchester publisher had already proven itself in the field of movie licenses with many high-profile titles such as Highlander, Platoon and Short Circuit. For such an important and lucrative license, development was…

Read More

Rainbow Islands

Bub and Bob, the heroes from Bubble Bobble, are back! This time negotiating the hazards of the Rainbow Islands. Myriad creatures conspire to impede your progress at every fun-filled level until you face the “Guardian”, the ultimate test of advancement….Good Luck The seven “Rainbow Islands” and their inhabitants. • Insect Island – caterpillars, spiders, crows • Combat Island – tanks, planes, helicopters • Monster Island – bats, werewolves, ghosts • Toy Island – water-pistols, deadly disks, teddy bears • Doh’s Island – balls, spheres, capsules • Robot Island – spanners,…

Read More

North and South

Overview With the famous comic strip heroes from ‘LES TUNIQUES BLEUES’ (The Blue Jackets), imagined by LAMBIL, designed by CAUVIN and published by EDITIONS DUPUIS, re-live the American Civil War with a little bit of historical realism and a lot of humour! Your objective is ensure victory for your side (North or South) by eliminating all the enemy armies. You will be controlling armies across all the combat zones of the Civil War. You may respect history or not, as you like. 1. SELECTING 1 OR 2 PLAYERS =========================== Click…

Read More

Moonstone: A Hard Day’s Knight

Published by: Mindscape Developed by: Rob Anderson Released: 1991 Also for: MS-DOS Knights, dragons and druids you say? Sounds like a good old-fashioned medieval fantasy adventure game. Fun for all the family, right? In 1991, before the days of Mortal Kombat video games weren’t particularly bloodthirsty. This was partly due to Nintendo’s aversion to any form of violence in their games and the rise of Sonic, Mario and the many similarly cartoonish franchises that followed. Unlike consoles, games made for home computers didn’t have their content restricted by the hardware vendor…

Read More