September 6, 2012
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A new game for the Amiga has been released. It is called Sqrxz and it’s a jump and run platformer. It took part in the Demodays 2012 interactive competition and I believe it received a positive response.
Sqrxz was ported by Frank “Phx” Wille in co-operation with the Retroguru, a development team.
The requirements are not high, as you’ll only need an Amiga with Kickstart 1.2 (or higher) and 512 KB of RAM to run it.
Without further ado, here’s a video of it running on an Amiga 500. Please pay attention to the joyful chip-music.. excellent listening!
What do you think about the game? Are you going to try it? People who are interested should head over to the official website for more information.
July 14, 2012
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Today I stumbled upon some interesting news concerning a brand new accelerator for the Amiga 500, Amiga 2000 and the CDTV. The card is called Zeus68k and it the specifications looks very cool to say the least.
First of all, this is not a standard turbo-card that only provides you with a heftier CPU and more RAM. The Zeus68k will give you an IDE-controller and a Kickstart ROM-switcher to boot! This is something I believe many Amiga 500 and CDTV users will be happy to hear. As an additional bonus, an Action Replay replacement might be included as well, but time will show if that happens. Now, let’s have a quick look at the current specifications:
- 68SECooo-CPU clocked at 7 or 50 MHz
- 8 MB of RAM
- Boot menu
- 6x Kickstart ROM-switcher
- IDE-controller (Gayle Logic A600)
- Clock port
Looks very good in my opinion. The clock port will give room for more expansions and the IDE-controller will make it a breeze to install a decent hard drive. If my trusty old Amiga 500 was still alive, I would have gone for this upgrade as soon as it hits the streets.
The card is only available as a prototype at the moment, but the final version might be released some time during the upcoming winter.
Here’s a few pictures for you to enjoy:
Any Amiga 500, Amiga 2000 or CDTV owners interested in this upcoming piece of hardware? Would love to hear your thoughts on this board.
Lately I’ve been pretty busy with my Amiga 1200. I’ve fiddled around with various emulators, played games and watched a few demos. The problem is that time flies by so incredibly fast when you’re having fun.
I’m going to upload a video of the ZX Spectrum emulator in action some time this week and I’m also planning on doing some footage of the Amiga browsing the World Wide Web. Stay tuned!
Today I thought I’d share a cool demo with you. The name of the production is Boogietown and it was created by two groups, Ghostown and RNO (Rave Network Overscan). It won the old-school demo competition at the Revision 2012 demo-party in Germany this Easter.
The demo was made for the Amiga 500 with Kickstart 1.3.
If you want to check it out, please click on this link to download the demo to your computer.
You can also have a look at a video of the demo below. The recording was done live at the party place. This gives the production some extra atmosphere.
This is one of the better demos I’ve seen for quite a while. Excellent work by the authors.
What do you think of the demo? Did you like it?
February 26, 2012
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My Amiga 500 (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Some of you might remember my project to bring my Amiga 500 back from the shadows. If not, then you can find the previous posts here (part one) and here (part two).
Sadly, this project has now come to end, but not a happy one I’m afraid. When I tried hooking up my Amiga 500 today to play around with my KCS Power PC Board (hardware PC-emulator), the floppy disk drive refused to work. Keep in mind that this is a new drive bought from Vesalia and that I know it’s working properly. I opened up the machine and had a look, but couldn’t find anything indicating any problems. When I tried starting up the machine a second time, there was some weird high-frequency sounds coming from it and I became afraid that it would start to burn or something similar. I also felt some kind of strange odour omitting from it as well. Turns out the machine just died. It’s not working anymore and I can’t understand why. It’s very sad and I now how to bury my old and trusty Amiga 500, so that it can rest in peace. I won’t buy a new one, as it won’t be the same. Already got an Amiga 1200 and a CD32, so I don’t have any urgent need to replace it.
I’ve had a lot of fun with my Amiga 500 over the years. I’ve played all kinds of games on it, like Kick Off 2, Rick Dangerous, Stunt Car Racer, Chaos Engine, Pinball Dreams, Monkey Island.. you name it! Also used it to watch cool mega demos from groups like The World Federation of Mad Hackers (that’s a group-name I can like), Kefrens, Phenomena and Red Sector. Sometimes I did also fiddle around with Protracker and Deluxe Paint on it. It’s safe to say that it has done an amazing job since it was produced in 1989/90.
Goodbye my Amiga 500! Thanks for all the fun! You were brought back from the shadows and entered the light.. have a good time in Amiga heaven!