Saturday, 28 March 2015

Introducing the Amiga CD32 Review Project

I don't know if any of you guys remember, but I used to release pages for my upcoming Amiga book as posts here on the blog. I haven't been releasing any for quite some time now though. The reason for this is simply that Sam Dyer (aka. MrSid) got there before me and through a successful Kickstarter campaign he raised a shitload of money to do his book "Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium" (yes, he misspelled compendium, and yes it's on purpose - it's a comm-pendium because it about the Comm-odore Amiga, get it?) I worked on my Amiga book because I thought I could probably get it published once I finished it, but now that Sam is doing his excellent book, I doubt that anyone would want to get mine, so I needed a new project to work on - preferably one that involved my beloved Amiga in some way. On a side note, I did back Sam's book and I'm really looking forward to seeing it. If you didn't back it but would still like a copy you can get it here at Funstock.

Growing up I owned an Amiga 500 and later on an Amiga 600. The A500 was, and still is, the most precious piece of equiptment I have ever owned. I spent two years working and saving up all my money in order to buys a used A500, and when I finally got it it was all worth it. When the A1200 came out I of course wanted one of those, but there was no way I'd be able to afford it. So I never got an A1200 back in the day, and the CD32 eluded me as well - so many beautiful AGA games that I never got to play! Of course, that has been remedied and I now own both an A1200 and a CD32, and I really want to get into the games on offer for those platforms.

Photo by Evan Amos

After getting my Amiga CD32 I immediately fell in love with the platform. I don't know what it is exactly - I guess it's just because it's an Amiga, which I love, and it's a console, which means that games just work when you pop them in. I have therefore decided that my new project will be dedicated to the CD32 and I hereby present to you the Amiga CD32 Review Project. My goal is to play and review every single game released for the Amiga CD32 - in alphabetical order. I have already done quite a few, and I will be releasing them here on the blog once a week. I hope you guys want to be along for the ride!

The dogma for this project is simple:
1) I will play and record each game, on original hardware, for at least one hour.
2) I will spend an hour or two researching the game.
3) I will then create a 3 to 5 minute video review of the game, referencing both the recorded gameplay footage and reviews from back in the day.

The first game I have looked at is Akira - going in alphabetical order I had to start with that title, which sadly is kind of a stinker. But have a look and make up your own mind. And don't worry, the next game I will be reviewing is great :)

I hope you enjoyed the review. Next week I will be releasing my review of the excellent platformer Alfred Chicken.

Until next time... stay retro!


  1. Good start, love the format and nice editing.

    1. Thanks Trantor. The format gets better as I get more familiar with the tools I'm using. The ones I'm doing right now definitely have better production value ;-)

  2. Great review Mads.. loving the video ... I love my CD32 .. It is a great way to gain easy access to many classic Amiga games... I have quite a collection of originals.. but it is always great that the really expensive ones can still be played by simply burning a CD with it on.

    1. Thanks Paul. Yeah, I have to admit that I don't own all of these games myself, so being able to play and review a copy is a necessity. I'd like to have a complete collection though, but collecting CDs is a mess - they are often so scratched that you can't read them.