Dedicated to our “Father of the Amiga”
The Late Great Jay Miner
(31st May 1932 – 20th June 1994)
Aged 62 Years Old
Welcome to The Amiga Boing Blog, Born on 11th November 2020, which started with the Review of Cave Runner
This Blog aims to preserve Classic and even some Modern Games specifically on the Commodore Amiga, I am now on my way to creating the BIGGEST EVER Public Domain and Shareware Collection the Amiga has seen, even bigger than The Assassins Collection (and that was HUGE at 260+ Disks)
My main aim is to bring the Amiga to the masses, by creating an easy to use Click ‘N’ Load Games Collection (as in Select a Game from a Menu and it loads), for both WinUAE and Amiga Forever, and you can even copy the Games over to Real Amiga Hardware, If you have a PCMCIA Adapter for the Amiga
I work pretty hard behind the scenes, I have to source the Games from various sources, such as Public Domain, Shareware, and Freeware Game Collections, Magazine Coverdisks, The Assassins Collection and many other Collections which were made for the Amiga back in the day
Then I need to find and copy all the required files that they need to run, such as Library files and Fonts which can even be specific to each Game, as well as making “Assign”ments to hard drive folders, and in some cases, I also need to change where the Game itself looks for its own files, since looking at DF0: is completely useless on a large Games Collection such as the one I am building here
The Games Collection is fully loaded with Classic Public Domain, Shareware and Freeware Games, which are all playable under one roof, bundled with the WinUAE Emulator, This is now distributed in Files Format (in the AmigaBoingHDF folder), this now allows Real Amiga Owners to Copy the Files to a SD Card and insert a PCMCIA Adapter into the Amiga and copy over the Games individually for Click ‘N’ Run on the Amiga-side, Please check the “PLAY” file in each folder for ASSIGN’ments and Libraries and/or Game Fonts are usually located inside the Game Folder itself (and are ASSIGN’ed on Game Load automatically)
I update the Games Collection Downloads Monthly, Just as if you were getting a New Magazine from the Shop, with a minimum of 4 PD/SW Games included in the Update, sometimes I will do 2 or more reviews a week, in which case all the Games I review within a month will be included in the Next Months Update
For those who own Amiga Forever I also create RP9 Files of all the Games I have reviewed so far, so you can easily copy them into Amiga Forever and play them instantly without even requiring any additional files as these are simply compressed ZIP files which mainly contains the Games on a HDF (Hard Disc) Image (which loads much faster than ADF images) and has several screenshots, and even Game Documentation, if available, and Links to the websites where you can find out more about the Game itself, There are still a few contained on ADF Images, usually because they hard lock to DF0: or refuse to load from a HDF Image
The Amiga shaped the landscape of the 80’s and 90’s and is still today a very well loved machine, and still used by thousands of dedicated fans all around the world, There were many different models released
I will remain heavily focused on Amiga-based Games and Commercial Demos which was written or made available on the Amiga Platform
The Games I review are not always Classics either, For example, I have recently reviewed Metal Gear (2021) and Crazy Columns (2021) which are now available for download in the Games Collection and Amiga Forever RP9 Files, as long as it is an Amiga game, it will be Reviewed and added to the Games Collection
The Amiga for me, was a huge part of my life growing up, I used to get Games from a local store which no longer exists *sigh* and disk swap with friends, and yes, we all used X-Copy in those days to create backups of games, except my friend “Charlie” (not his real name to avoid his blushes) whos parents bought him an Atari ST *OH THE HORROR* so he could never Disk Swap with me and my friends, awwww….
My late Mother loved playing Mouth-Man, Deluxe Pacman and Flag Catcher and was always playing them when I came home from School, oh yes, Those were the days, when Games were not 3 billion pixels and needed a High End PC to run them, yes we had to wait while the Good ‘ol Amiga spinned up his Floppy Drive (remember those? – maybe not if you are under 30 heh) and you even had to Disk Swap in games such as Cannon Fodder if you only had 1 drive
I truly love the Amiga, and now many more can also enjoy it today, with emulators like WinUAE (Windows), UAE (Linux), and even Raspberry PI ports of them, making the Amiga so portable, You can take it to a friends house, and play in Full HD on a Raspberry PI – Now thats Progress!
The all time games I personally love are Cannon Fodder, Flag Catcher, Amoeba Invaders, Mine Runner, Deluxe Pacman, Kari Pacman (mainly for its lovely music, and 2-player simultaneous gameplay) – of course I love ALL Amiga Games, But those above are the ones I tend to play the most, as they are so addictive to me
On 29th April 1994, Commodore International and Commodore Electronics Ltd declared bankruptcy before the Bahamian Supreme Court, thus ending the companies 40 year history as a leader in consumer products, electronics and one of the pioneers of personal computers, one of which is known as enjoyed as the Amiga.
The Amiga was designed by a small independant team of innovative people in Los Gatos, California, for which we own gratitude to Jay “Padre” Miner, R.J.Mical, Dale Luck and many others both before and after Commodore’s acquisition of the Amiga.
(The Above Text is from “The Game” which was written in Palace Software’s 1989 Shoot Em Up Construction Kit)