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Brian the Lion

Author: Manu - Published: 12 August 2020, 2:38 pm

Brian the Lion is a platform game developed by Reflections and published by Psygnosis in 1994 originally for the Amiga CD32 console, but released also for Amiga, including an AGA version.

Designed by Philip Baxter and produced by Martin Edmondson - creator of Shadow of the Beast and Driver - Brian the Lion is a cute platformer with all the bells and whistles you can expect from a title like this. Colorful, cartoon-style graphics, gorgeous backgrounds, a character that runs, jumps, fights enemies by jumping on them or by hitting them with the claw. Using the space bar, the game will pause and you can activate Brian’s special powers: the “jinormous” jump, the “splendid” speed, and the “rajar” roar, a powerful roar that will stun or wipe out the enemies.

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Emerald Mine

Author: Manu - Published: 9 August 2020, 7:52 am

Emerald Mine is a Boulder Dash clone created by Kingsoft in 1987 for the Amiga and later ported to Commodore 64.

The mechanics are well known: you have to collect the emeralds digging the mine, trying to avoid the rocks that will fall when you dig below them: simple, 8-bit style, graphics, but great gameplay. The best part is the possibility to play in 2, with 20 exclusive levels.

Emerald Mine was one of the most appreciated games during the early years of the Amiga, and it still has an active group of fans that continue creating custom levels. Perfect for a quick match with a friend.

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Lupo Alberto: The VideoGame

Author: Manu - Published: 8 August 2020, 10:01 am

Lupo Alberto: The VideoGame is a platformer based on the Italian comics Lupo Alberto (Alberto the Wolf), created by Digiteam and Idea Software in 1990 for Amiga and Commodore 64. The Atari ST version was started but never completed.

In the comics, the blue wolf Alberto loves a hen called Marta, but the sheepdog Moses always tries to stop them.

The game supports two simultaneous players, and you can choose between Marta, the hen, and, of course, the wolf Lupo Alberto. They two characters have different skills: Marta, for example, jumps higher. The goal is to allow Marta and Lupo Alberto to be finally together... and alone. The original game included some comics strips, with the final scene missing. Only completing the levels, the players were able to see the missing piece on the screen.

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MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat

Author: Manu - Published: 7 August 2020, 9:51 am

MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat is a 3D vehicle combat sim game created by Activision and released in 1995 for MS-DOS. It was ported later to Windows and Mac, in addition to the console versions released in 1997.

The game is the sequel to MechWarrior, released in 1989. MechWarrior was, in fact, the second videogame of the Battletech franchise, based on a pen-and-paper game. The first game, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception was released in 1988, but while this entry was an RPG with a 2D top-down view, Mechwarrior introduced a 3D first-person perspective. Players were finally able to pilot giant robots, watching a realistic 3D world from the cockpit.

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BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception

Author: Manu - Published: 6 August 2020, 9:05 am

BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception is a sci-fi RPG created by Westwood Associates and published by Infocom initially for MS-DOS in 1988, then ported to Atari ST, Apple II, Commodore 64, and Amiga (in 1989).

It's based on the pen and paper game BattleTech, a kind of D&D set in the thirty-first century, in a science fiction universe where players control giant robots, called BattleMech.

This futuristic militarized universe is also the setting of the MechWarriors videogames, but those games are 3D combat sims, while Battletech is a 2D top-down view RPG. More faithful to the original formula, if you want.

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Hexen II: Mission Pack - Portal of Praevus

Author: Gustavo - Published: 5 August 2020, 12:14 pm

Hexen II Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus is an expansion pack of Hexen II developed by Raven Software and published by Activision in 1998 for Windows.

Raven Software, the American company from Wisconsin, is responsible for developing great games such as Black Crypt, the Call of Duty saga, and even the Heretic saga, among others. This last one is composed of four titles, where you can find Heretic, Hexen: Beyond Heretic, Hexen II, and Heretic II.

This expansion of Hexen 2 takes up the story of the original game. After the defeat of Eidolon, the last and most potent of the three Serpent Rider brothers who had enslaved the Thyrion world, a new threat appears. An evil wizard named Praevus was aware of the fall of the tyrants, and with this event, he tried to revive them to take their power and enslave them. Thus, the heroes who put an end to the threat of the serpent riders must take down this diabolical being.

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