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Conan: The Cimmerian

Author: Manu - Published: 28 February 2022, 9:15 am

Conan: The Cimmerian is an action-adventure with RPG elements created by Synergistic Software for PC and Amiga and released in 1991 by Virgin Games.

The game is officially based on the character Conan the Barbarian created by Robert E. Howard. At first sight, you might think that Synergistic made a sword and sorcery beat 'em-up, like Golden Axe or - even better - Sword of Sodan, but the truth is Conan is a much more complex game. There's a plot, first of all, not as trivial as you might think. The RPG aspects are well developed, with different ways to solve the quests. The graphics are fantastic, really hi quality pixel art. Maybe the perspective during city exploration is strange. Still, some screens are gorgeous, probably because this is a game where all the 5-bit / 32 colors of the Amiga have been used, unlike many Atari ST titles ported to Amiga, where colors were limited to 16.

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Roadwar Europa

Roadwar Europa

Author: Manu - Published: 20 February 2022, 10:57 am

Roadwar Europa is a futuristic turn-based strategy game designed by Jeff Johnson and initially developed for the Apple II and Commodore 64 in 1986, published by Strategic Simulations Inc. The game was then ported to Amiga and Atari ST by Westwood Associates and released in 1987.

The game was the sequel to Roadwar 2000, a post-apocalyptic strategy game inspired by the film Mad Max. As in the predecessor, you have to assemble an army of warriors and vehicles, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles. You will have to fight other gangs, mutants, and terrorists. Finding food, medicines, weapons, and supplies will be fundamental. As you can imagine, Roadwar Europe is set in the old continent, and your task is to locate and disarm five nuclear bombs hidden by the terrorists.

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Damage: The Sadistic Butchering of Humanity

Author: Manu - Published: 19 February 2022, 9:25 pm

Damage: The Sadistic Butchering of Humanity is a violent action game/beat 'em up created by Suomi-Peli for the Commodore Amiga in 1996.

The game's goal is simple: explore the city and kill all the people you can find. You start with a baseball bat, but you can collect additional weapons as long as you advance. Some drugs will improve your character strength and skills.

Damage is a game for adults - blood and gore are high. There is no plot or predefined path. You can consider it a sort of sandbox game, like Grand Theft Auto, but with a 2D side view. Levels are made of fixed, carefully designed screens with small people and objects.

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Steel Empire

Author: Manu - Published: 7 February 2022, 9:48 am

Steel Empire is an action-strategy game created by Silicon Knights for the Amiga, Atari ST, and MS-DOS, released in 1992.

Denis Dyack and Rick Goertz designed this title. It's the precursor of the more famous Fantasy Empires, and it shows all the elements that made this series so loved by the players: you can manage your territories on the map (in a way similar to Risk), invade and occupy other lands, build fortifications, and grow your armies. But, when it's time to go to battle, you will be on the front line.

While Fantasy Empires was set in the fantasy universe of Dungeons & Dragons, with elves and dwarves, Steel Empire is set in a science-fiction world, and your army will be made of different types of droids. Before every battle, you will have to choose the right mix, choosing between small and fast robots or slow and powerful ones. Once the action starts, you will be on the planet, controlling your robot with the joystick or mouse, trying to make the difference.

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B.A.T.

Author: Manu - Published: 2 February 2022, 9:01 pm

B.A.T. is a mix of sci-fi adventure and RPG created by Ubi Soft and released initially for the Atari S.T. in 1989. More versions were released the following year, including Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS.

In this game, you are an agent of the Bureau Of Astral Troubleshooters (B.A.T.). You will have to complete several missions to fight corruption and crime inside the Confederation of Galaxies. Exploration, NPCs, dialogues, and puzzles are very similar to the ones you can find in a typical adventure game. The interface is well made and entirely mouse-driven, with contextual menus. On the other hand, combat and character advancements, with many stats and several cybernetic improvements available, make the game more similar to an RPG.

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Enemy: Tempest of Violence

Author: Manu - Published: 3 January 2022, 9:10 am

Enemy: Tempest Of Violence is a platformer action-adventure created by Anachronia for the Amiga and published originally in 1997.

The developer released an improved version, called the "easyplay version", in 2011, and declared the game freeware.

This title, designed and programmed by André Wüthrich, is inspired by classic 2D action adventures like Prince of Persia - you might also add Impossible Mission or Castlevania. But this is a much richer and complete game.

In 2029, human scientists are taken prisoners on three alien vessels orbiting around Mars. As a space marine, your task is to explore the vast starships, divided into 34 levels, and save the scientists. Each level will give you a certain amount of time to solve it.

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