Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amiga Forever!

PCWorld - Review: Amiga Forever makes retro gaming painless


...Cloanto carefully sized up this common problem when putting together its Amiga Forever package, and the results are impressive. We looked at the $30 Plus edition ($10 Value and $50 Premium editions also available).

Rather than reinvent the wheel, Cloanto (which also makes the C64 Forever Commodore 64 emulator) uses the excellent WinUAE as the technical engine behind its Amiga suite. The main bulk of the package is a sizable collection of legal ROM images, games, classic demoscene releases, interviews, and more. An attractively designed multi-tabbed window, which resembles a media library more than an emulation interface, presents the information. There's a ton of Amiga-related stuff at your fingertips from the moment you install. Ratings, screenshots, and descriptive texts appear for each of the dozens of entries, and full social media support means everyone on Twitter will know when you're eaten by the giant ants.


The DVD edition has a number of interviews that are must-watch for Amiga aficionados. In addition to some early promotional materials, the famous "Deathbed Vigil" is included on the disc, in which Dave Haynie (the creator of the Amiga 3000) documents the fall of Commodore on video as it happens around him. This is riveting stuff for those wondering what was going on behind the scenes at the time...


Cloanto has a winning formula here that focuses on the softer side of the emulation equation and presents a package so authentic to the original experience that even old 3.5" disk drive sounds are reproduced with sound effects. At $30, the Plus edition is reasonably priced for the software library and ROM images it provides. The $50 Premium edition, which is on DVD, is a bigger stretch, but well worth it for fans for the extra video content. Either way it’s a small price to pay for the emulator you don't need to make excuses for when you show the kids how things used to be.


I so need to buy this...Amiga Forever!  :)

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