April 13, 2011

Amiga, gone but not forgotten

Pixy has been playing with an Amiga emulator.

I had an Amiga. Originally I had an Amiga-1000, and later got a 2000. But with the brand dying, time came when I couldn't ignore it any longer, so I had a choice of other brands. And I switched to the majority (i.e. Win 3.1) because it was crap, but it wasn't going to die and leave me an orphan, like the Amiga did.

I've been using Windows ever since. And one sad day I took six big boxes of stuff, all the Amiga things I owned (HW and SW) and gave them to Goodwill.

Still, I remember playing games on the Amiga. One game I remember, all but the name: it was a first-person point-of-view adventure, where all kinds of times and places got mixed up. Some of the images I recall:

A western town, which included a jail cell in the Sheriff's office.

A diner, with an amazing juke box.

A hotel, in Art Deco fashion.

A road where there was a continuous rock-slide going on.

An outpost on the Moon.

A circus. In the circus was a fortune-telling machine.

A detective office, with a name something like "Slade and Barcher".

A mine, in which you found a sword in a stone.

A trolley car, with a door at one end that could not be opened.

It was really astounding for its time, and I can't tell you how much time I spent trying different things to get that door opened, before I finally concluded that it couldn't be done -- and that you didn't need to in order to win the game.

It was really amazing. And it ended with a hook for a sequel, which was never made.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 02:38 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Labyrinth of Time!

I played that for the Macintosh.  Great old game.  Totally nonsensical puzzles, but the graphics were amazing.  Very creepy and atmospheric. 

Posted by: tellu541 at April 13, 2011 02:48 PM (pJ1uW)

2

Jeeze, is there anything that isn't in Wikipedia? I just looked it up, and it said that a company called "Wyrmkeep Entertainment" has the rights and has been porting it to other platforms.

So I googled for them, and the first thing I see on their home page is that Labyrinth of Time has been ported to the iPhone.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 13, 2011 03:08 PM (+rSRq)

3 It also says that the Amiga version of the game is available now for free download. (Hey, Pixy!)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 13, 2011 03:25 PM (+rSRq)

4 Downloading now.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 13, 2011 03:48 PM (PiXy!)

5 Man, this is bringing back memories. I wrote up a solution to the game, way back when, and I found a copy of it online.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 13, 2011 04:17 PM (+rSRq)

6 Meanwhile, these crazy people have implemented an Amiga in an FPGA - including their own 68000-compatible CPU, because it's faster and more compatible than anything made by Freescale (nee Motorola's semiconductor division).

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 13, 2011 05:09 PM (PiXy!)

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