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Commodore Amiga: a visual compendium

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Launched in 1985, the Amiga ushered in a new age of home computing. Its powerful 16-bit Motorola CPU and custom graphics and audio chipsets made it an instant hit among both gamers looking to move on from their 8-bit systems, and artists and musicians moving into the digital realm.

Early titles like Defender of the Crown, Barbarian and Hybris demonstrated the Amiga’s graphics credentials, while arcade-perfect conversions of Marble Madness, Space Harrier and Rainbow Islands showed that it could match the power of dedicated coin-op cabinets. Over the next decade, it would play host to an extraordinary diversity of titles; games like Rocket Ranger, Populous, Cannon Fodder, Speedball and Worms ushered in new genres and helped to redefine the videogame landscape.

Over the course of some 420 pages, Commodore Amiga: a visual compendium showcases more than 140 of the biggest titles, bringing them vividly to life with a double-page screen grab or loading page. Each is accompanied by quotes and commentary from renowned Amiga artists, developers and publishers, including R.J. Mical, David Braben, Sid Meier, Ron Gilbert, Julian Eggebrecht, Tobias Richter, Dave Gibbons and many more.

Beyond the games themselves, it also covers the origins of the hardware and the vibrant demo scene, and includes interviews with artists and profiles of the most prominent games publishers. Presented in hardback, using high-quality lithographic printing on superior paper stock, this book is a wonderful celebration of the machine’s graphics prowess and a reminder of the wealth of quality games the Amiga brought to bear.

Includes contributions from:
George Allan, Jacob Anderson, Rob Anderson, Thomas Andersson, Billy Allison, Torben Bakager, Jim Bambra, Doug Barnett, Patrik Bergdahl, Chris Blackbourn, David Braben OBE, Andrew Braybrook, Allister Brimble, David Broadhurst, Andy Buchanan, Stoo Cambridge, Louis Castle, Charles Cecil, Mark Cerny, Éric Chahi , Andrew Clitheroe, Mark Coleman, Glenn Corpes, Antony Crowther, Mike Dailly, Mevlut Dinc, Dino Dini, Bob Dinnerman, Michael Diskett, Paul Docherty, Martin Edmondson, Julian Eggebrecht, Andreas Escher, Brian Fargo, Allan Finlay, Matt Furniss, Daniel Gallagher, Dave Gibbons, Ron Gilbert, Pierre Gilhodes, Jeff Godfrey, Eric Graham, Bill Harbison, Jon Hare, Thomas Hertzler, Andrew Hewson, Paul Holmes, Richard M. Holmes, Rico Holmes, Tony Horgan, Chris Huelsbeck, Francesco Iorio, Teoman Irmak, Steve Jarratt, Scott Johnston, Ned Langman, Neil Larsen, James Leach, Robin Levy, Dale Luck, Richard Löwenstein, Klaus Lyngeled, Archer MacLean, Dan Malone, Frank Matzke, Rob Mead-Green, Sid Meier, R.J. Mical, Mike Montgomery, Brian Moriarty, Andrew Morris, Dave Needle, Henk Nieborg, Phil Nixon, Markus Nyström, Mark Patterson, Gary Penn, Dave Perry, Simon Phipps, Giacinto Platania, Hugh Riley, Andy Roberts, Tobias Richter, Jim Sachs, Carl Sassenrath, Bruce Schlickbernd, Franck Sauer, Eric Schwartz, Matt Simmonds, Erik Simon, Alfredo Siragusa, Charlie Skilbeck, Tony Smith, Audun Sorlie, Chris Sorrell, Steve Stamatiadis, Howard W. Stolz, Andreas Tadic, Philip Thornton, Edvard Tóth, Michael Troughton, David Upchurch, Mario van Zeist, Edgar M. Vigdal (R.I.P.), Reichart Von Wolfsheild, Joe Walker, Mo Warden, Richard Weeks, Phillip Williams, Aric Wilmunder, Jamie Woodhouse, Simon Woodroffe and Tim Wright a.k.a. CoLD SToRAGE.

Book Specifications

420 pages. 170mm × 230mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback with double thickness cover. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot-varnished cover and dust jacket that highlight key elements against a matte background. Two coloured bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. Volumetric weight: 2.5kg

Games featured

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. / Agony / Alien Breed / Alien Breed 3D / Ambermoon / Another World / Apidya / Apocalypse / Assassin / ATR: All Terrain Racing / Ballistix / Banshee / Barbarian / Batman the Movie / Battle Chess / Battle Isle / Battle Squadron / Beneath a Steel Sky / Benefactor / Blood Money / Body Blows Galactic / Brian the Lion / Bubba ’n’ Stix / Cannon Fodder / The Chaos Engine / The Chaos Engine 2 / Civilization / Colonization / Cruise for a Corpse / Curse of Enchantia / Damocles / Darkmere / Defender of the Crown / Deluxe Galaga / Desert Strike / Disposable Hero / DreamWeb / Dune II: Battle for Arrakis / Dyna Blaster / Elfmania / Eye of the Beholder II / F/A-18 Interceptor / F17 Challenge / Fightin’ Spirit / Fire & Ice / The First Samurai / Flashback / Flight of the Amazon Queen / Football Glory / Formula One Grand Prix / Frontier: Elite 2 / Gloom / Gobliiins / Gods / The Great Giana Sisters / Guardian / Hired Guns / Hunter / Hybris / IK+ / Indiana Jones: Fate of Atlantis / Indy Heat / Infestation / Ishar 2: Messenger of Doom / It Came from the Desert / James Pond: Underwater Agent / James Pond 2: RoboCod / Jim Power in Mutant Planet / Jimmy White’s Snooker / Kick Off 2 / Leander / Lemmings / Lemmings 2: The Tribes / Liberation / Lionheart / Loom / Lords of the Rising Sun / Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 / Lure of the Temptress / Magic Pockets / Maniac Mansion / Marble Madness / Mega-lo-Mania / Micro Machines / Microcosm / The Misadventures of Flink / Monkey Island 2 / Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight / Morph / Myth: History in the Making / Nitro / Overdrive / Pang / Perihelion: The Prophecy / Pinball Fantasies / Pirates! / Populous / Project-X / Putty / Putty Squad / Qwak / Rainbow Islands / Rick Dangerous 2 / Rocket Ranger / Rod-Land / Ruff ’n’ Tumble / The Secret of Monkey Island / Sensible Golf / Sensible World of Soccer / The Settlers / Shadow of the Beast / Shadow of the Beast II / Shadow of the Beast III / Silkworm / Simon the Sorcerer / Skidmarks / Slam Tilt / Soccer Kid / Space Harrier / Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe / Street Racer / Stunt Car Racer / Super Cars / Super Cars II / Super Stardust / Superfrog / Supremacy / SWIV / Syndicate / Theme Park / Trolls / Turrican / Turrican II: The Final Fight / Turrican 3: Payment Day / UFO: Enemy Unknown / Unreal / Uridium 2 / Walker / Will Harvey’s Zany Golf / Wings / Wizkid / Worms / Xenon 2: Megablast / Z-Out / Zak McKracken / Zool: Ninja of the Nth Dimension / Zool 2


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Reprint Updates

In this latest reprint of Commodore Amiga: a visual compendium, we’ve added a handful of new game reviews, as well as including a spread for Dune. Contributor entries now include their role in the game or profession, in line with more recent visual compendiums.

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