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      Gaming News — Amiga

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Grind, Sonic GX, Prince of Persia

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Grind, Sonic GX, Prince of Persia

      We're capping off the month with some epic action pack reveals involving a few classics we know you've heard of! While the idea of a sequel does cross everyone's mind in the retro gaming sphere, getting a dedicated port, a remake, or even a fan re-imagining is great news. And this week, that's exactly what we got. All three, more or less, you'll see!

      GRIND

      Going straight to the Amiga, we're getting a fan-made retro creation. This time, we're getting another Doom-like from  John Tsakiris, who aims to bring that same gritty, ultraviolet experience to one of the best retro consoles out there. 

      Grind is a Doom-like that draws much inspiration from steampunk and Lovecraftian themes, as well as the classic game Chaos Engine. It's safe to say there's gonna be a lot of supernatural ass-kickings, just like the old game but with a different flavor. So far,  John Tsakiris has been hard at work making sure the game has all the necessary features to bring all the brutality that grind demands. This includes the game's interface, weapons, terrifying enemies, and more.

      If your idea of a good time involves portraying a hardened bloodthirsty brute past his prime, who just wants to rid the world of evil, and on the weekend, then you might wanna get on that Grind.

      SONIC GX

      Now let's look at a new fast-paced port to the Amstrad GX 4000 and Amstrad Plus. When we say fast-paced, we mean really fast. Sonic the Hedgehog was a staple in both the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master system that featured a blue speed demon that could spin, run, jump and roll around various stages collecting gold rings. It sounds simple enough, but veterans know that wasn't the case. 

      Well, the ones who remember and those who are curious can experience that speed in the modern 2020s. Thanks to Sonic GX, the development team of NoRecess are looking to recreate the classic Sonic experience on the new Amstrad consoles, and it's been a work in progress since 2019. Info says the game will feature full-screen gameplay at a full frame rate with approximately 52 colors on screen and a special stage.

      All this is set to come out in 2024, so yes, if you have a GX 4000 or Plus, it's about time to go fast yet again with Sonic GX

       

      PRINCE OF PERSIA

      Lastly, we've caught wind that the all-time classic platformer Prince of Persia may be getting a ColecoVision and MSX port, all thanks to Under4Mhz. There's no info on whether this will be a fully featured experience or just a piece of a bigger puzzle, but the mere idea of such a classic game getting a conversion for more popular retro console nowadays is great news Indeed.

      Currently, we have a simple technical demo of the first level of Prince of Persia that runs on the ColecoVision, MSX and SG 1000 consoles. It's worth noting that these consoles never got a port of the title, so the aim was to see if it was possible to implement the game for these platformers and to see if there is any interest in it. That's pretty much of a no-brainer at this point, as the game is well beloved until today.

      The demo is bare as can be and doesn't even have any enemies. So you can tell this was Under4Mhz, just testing the waters. Hopefully, more people show interest so this new port could finally get off the ground, and we can all join the Prince on yet another classic journey. 

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: The Telwynium, Hamuket, Mario Bros G&W

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: The Telwynium, Hamuket, Mario Bros G&W

      June is in full bloom, ladies and gentlemen, and since everything’s in full swing, the retro games keep coming. Of course, this means everyone can get a good helping of quality old-school games that never fail to bring fun, action or otherwise. Whether it’s a port of a classic or something brand new, best believe we got the scoop. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

      THE TELWYNIUM

       

      If you’re a fan of eighties and nineties epic adventure games like Kings Quest, then you’ll be happy to know that a new Sierra-style game is coming out and looks pretty good. The Telwynium book one, book two, and book three by Powerhoof look to bring the same classic Sierra-style adventure that everyone enjoyed in the nineties.

      The Telwynium Book one

      The game sees you as the hero, and your party of four, escaped the horrors of the shadow fell, fighting your way to safety. So far, there’s only information on book one, but since this trilogy will likely be rolled out quickly, you can expect more news to drop. Feedback on the game has been positive, especially in the visual design and story departments.

       

      The Telwynium book two

      It’s a nostalgia trip that takes you on an exciting, plot-driven journey where every decision can alter your story. If you’re an old-school Kings Quest or Quest of Lori veteran, then Telwynium looks like the next logical step.

      The Telwynium book three

      HAMULET

      There have been a lot, and I mean a whole plethora, of brand spank and new games coming out in the past few months, and June is no different. One of these new upcoming games comes in the form of an impressive-looking demo of Hamulet by Remy Veilleux for the Amiga.

      While there isn’t any definite news on when the game will come out, the demo looks pretty good. The top-down dungeon crawler elements, paired with some intense action, look a lot of fun in terms of art style and sound design, you get a nice, cutesy feel from it all, and we’re pretty sure there’s more in store for everyone as the game nears completion. So if you’re thinking retro Stardew Valley, but with more action about as much whimsy and lots of puzzles, then Hamlet might be worth the wait.

       

      MARIO BROS G&W

       

      Do you remember the Game and Watch an absolute classic? Do you remember Mario Bros for the game and watch from 1983? Well, just about 40 years later, we’re getting a demake for the ZX spectrum, and it’s every bit as cool as it is, old-school. Now, this should be a straight-up blast from the past from any G&W fans, but for anyone unfamiliar, this might not be the Mario you’ve come to know and love.

       

      Instead of the usual friendly plumbers, Mario and Luigi work at a bottling plant, prepping packages to load into a truck, and instead of a side-scrolling adventure, it’s a challenging relay of platforming as you make sure those bottles make their way up a few floors and into the truck. Funny enough, this version came out in March of 1983, 3 months before Mario rose for the Arcade.

      Now this makes the very first appearance of Luigi and also, in the retro gaming world, his latest. If you have a ZX spectrum lying around and want to relive good old game and watch days, check this one out.

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Chopper Duel, Skinvaders, Turrican

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Chopper Duel, Skinvaders, Turrican

      We're halfway through June, but not even halfway done with the games that have been coming out as of late. Now, it's no secret that action has always been the theme, and we do our best to spice things up with titles that add a bit more to the genre, a bit more adventure, sci-fi, and sometimes more horror. So if you are ready for our weekly ride, make sure to buckle up.


      CHOPPER DUEL

      First up, we have a two-player game for the Amiga that takes the action to the skies. Our good friend, Izero79 just dropped a DOS to the Commodore Amiga port for the classic game Chopper Duel. This title was originally released for DOS way back in 1993 by Addict and as an early multiplayer game. So best believe it was a lot of fun.

      After 30 years, we can finally say there's an Amiga port for good old Chopper Duel. As one would expect it runs smoothly and should work with all Amigas with 512kb RAM or more. It's also worth noting that Chopper Duel was ridden with ASM and has also been tested with various other Amiga consoles, so you don't have to worry about any helicopter crashes anytime soon.

      The game features 50 stunning battlefields, 32 color graphics, and, more importantly, joystick and keyboard controls. If you want some old-school aerial action, then check out the Amiga Port of Chopper Duel. 


      SKINVADERS

      Let's move on to yet another Amiga title that adds a bit more of a twist to the gameplay of a classic we're all familiar with. If you got a hold of 1978 Space Invaders when it first came out, well, hats off to you old timer. Now you get a chance to take that nostalgia trip but with a few modern changes. From the arcades to the Atari 2600, it's making its way to your Amiga as Skinvaders and so far, it looks promising. In terms of gameplay, which you get is identical to the original.

      The goal is not only to survive a barrage of projectiles but also to destroy wave after wave of flying enemies. The difference here is there's a bit more color and fresh new sprites. Electric Black Sheep is in charge of development and hard at work. Hopefully, we'll be able to see how skin invaders look soon enough.

      TURRICAN

      We got an action pack sides cooler for the MSX1. Well not as old as the last two. This is still definitely a Nike classic. Turrican has been mentioned through the years on a multitude of consoles, and it's finally coming to life on the MSX1. Thanks to TheGeps

      The game first came out in 1990 by Rainbow Arts, programmed by Manfred Trenz. It was a gorgeous game, especially for its time, especially with its incredible soundtrack by Chris Huelsbeck. You get intense side-scrolling, shooting action, badass weapons and smooth intuitive gameplay that still holds up today. 

      As development continues, TheGeps team added a few things with much effort. Like updates to level music, a new main sprite, collectable gems, a scoreboard panel, and a few changes to player movements. It's safe to say that this updated Turrican for the MSX1 is definitely something to get hyped for. 

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Gates to Heaven, Tiny Thor, Akumajou Dracula AGA

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Gates to Heaven, Tiny Thor, Akumajou Dracula AGA

      More games in June for everyone to enjoy. And yes, we’ll be switching things up in the following weeks, but hey, you’ll know we can’t just pass up the chance to bring you guys some awesome action, right? I mean, after all, it’s part of our overall unofficial theme.

      We all know your old-school badasses, so it’s all good. This week we’re going straight up supernatural and mythological, from castles in the sky to more familiar castles you’ve explored growing up. Best believe we’re bringing some high-octane fun that’s guaranteed to score higher on the retro action scale and, at the very least, pique your interest.

      GATES TO HEAVEN

      Now if you’re a proud Amstrad owner, it’s time to fasten your seat belts because we’re going up, and I mean up. We got a little something for all the fans of ESP Soft, previous titles like CPC Jewels and Red Sunset. A brand new game called Gates to Heaven isn’t exactly what you think it is, but it is what you’d expect.

      The game follows humanity’s saviour Ruperto González who went on to defeat the likes of Mr Gates. No relation to anyone and the insidious of Microchoft. Also, no relation to anything. Now this time, it looks like the big bad tech made a change of heart under the new name Amsoft + with different bases located among many unique museums. As Ruperto, it’s your task to ensure that  Amsoft + stays afloat as you take down a few revolutionaries looking to seize control and bring back the old ways, all the old, big, bad ways, of Microchoft.

      So if you’re into some heroism while being the standard bearer of good tech, it’s best to check out Gates to Heaven.

      TINY THOR

      Retro gaming is great on modern consoles, especially if it involves a familiar story but with a twist. It’s all about balance, right? So if we’re talking awesome, you have familiar stories; who better than a certain god of thunder but smaller and younger?
      Tiny Thor is a new title for the PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch with some very tasteful 16-bit pixel art from Henk Nieborg and a banging soundtrack by the legendary Chris Holsman. This jump-and-run title combines elements of both actions, puzzles and exploration, all with the capability to wield and throw your mighty hammer.

      As tiny Thor, you’ll use your hammer to beat up enemies, collect coins and jewels, solve puzzles, and explore a beautiful, detailed landscape with its mystery secrets. If you’re a fan of Epic Boss fights, lots of cool treasures, awesome special abilities, weapon upgrades, and massive levels, then you might wanna join Tiny Thor on his adventure.

      AKUMAJOU DRACULA AGA

      We don’t mind if you remember Castlevania Spectral Interlude by Sanchez on the ZX spectrum, you’ll be stoked to know that we have yet another Castlevania-like title called Castlevania AGA. It’s a work in progress for the AGA Amiga by Dante Retro Dev.

      You can’t deny Castlevania’s legacy and the awesome games that drew inspiration from it. Some even became spiritual sequels, which is awesome. Now thanks to Dante 3D dev, players can still get ahold of the playable prototype, featuring the whole first level with these playable sections right up to the boss.

      The basic framework for the game is good to go, so you can’t expect an awesome playable demo. Currently, progress is looking good with some new stages in development, so we might be getting a Dracula AGA a bit sooner than expected. Fingers crossed!

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      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Deathflood: Dungeon of Doom, Rastan, & Spellbound

      WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Deathflood: Dungeon of Doom, Rastan, & Spellbound

      Now, if you've been following us this past month, you've noticed how we've dialled down the action just a teensy bit. We know it's a bit unusual, but worry not because we're back, and we're going all out this week. Kicking down the door and bringing you retro action gaming at its finest. This week we're looking at a few games featuring some awesome sword-slashing, magic plastic action on this side of your old-school consoles. So stick around because things are about to get intense. 

       

      DEATHFLOOD: DUNGEON OF DOOM

      Now if you want some side-scrolling action that puts you into the boots of a badass barbarian, then you might wanna check out Windigo Productions awesome looking Commodore64 game, Deathflood: Dungeon of Doom. Take note, there's a whole lot of emphasis on the “death flood”. Deathflood: Dungeon of Doom takes place in a large vertical dungeon full of enemies, traps, and, you guessed it, a constantly rising flood.

      Your objective is to escape the dungeon by rising up while keeping your head above water, just like in real life. Of course, things aren't that simple. You also get bonus objectives, hidden secrets, and some decisions to make in advancing the story. With 3 unique worlds and 19 individual levels, there's a lot to do and quite a distance to swim.

      So if you're looking for a survival side scroller with unique graphics, challenging gameplay, and a cool soundtrack, you might wanna prep for the Deathflood: Dungeon of Doom. 

      RASTAN

      It's time to take a look at an arcade to Amiga port that's equally action-packed, and equally barbaric, but in a good way. We just caught the wind that Basementape is an Amiga Port of Rastan, a side-scrolling hack-and-slash video game released by the absolute legends and Trito for arcades in 1987. Due to its popularity and legendary status, many titles followed in its footstep. Just taking a look at it brings back good old memories. 

      Rastan brings five action-packed levels of satisfying hack-and-slash gameplay with your obligatory boss battle at the end of each. On your journey, you'll be ploughing through flying demons, chimaeras, valkyries, piranhas, undead, and many more to save a land of log graph from certain doom. However, things won't get boring as the game features a whole arsenal of badass weapons. You got axes, maces, and fire swords. Each with badass attributes like extended range or attack power.

      It's an action game with a bit of RPG, as you can deck out your character with armour and accessories to make sure the enemies go down faster. When you become the last man standing. It's true, classic, badassery retro style. So if you have a spare Amiga 500 lying around, you might wanna give Rastan a good old spin.

      SPELLBOUND

      So we're shifting from Barbarian Brawlers to knights in shining armor. While this game might not be as gritty and hardcore as the first two, it's still a nice challenge that features your classic epic action fantasy elements. I'm talking about the MSX release for Spellbound, the iconic 1980s Classic by David Jones.

      Now this classic came out in 1985 for the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC home computers, and since then, it had quite the following. Even though it was the second game in the classic Magic Night series. Spellbound never came out on the MSX system back in 1985, but thanks to Mastropiero itch.io, things were about to change.

      This MSX Port started development this year with the sole intention of bringing the entire Magic Night series to the MSX. Truly a heroic and much appreciated effort. However, this is an exclusive for itch.io with David Jones’ blessing. So if you want this classic for your MSX, make sure not to go anywhere else; otherwise, happy trails.

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