Defender of the Crown was an oddity when it debuted in 1986: a highly-polished game with impressive visual presentation (for the time), but one that didn't fit into any established genre. Civilization players of today might recognize a sort of proto-strategy in the slightly fantastic Medieval England setting, where you raise an army and conquer Britain in bits and pieces. But the actual gameplay requires real player interaction with the pre-rendered background, including various forms of fighting, jousting, and management.
Now you can try Defender of the Crown out for yourself, without having to dust off the old Commodore or load up a DOS emulator.
Playing emulated games on Android is something of a "don't ask, don't tell" affair when it comes to obtaining system BIOS files and such. Cloanto, owners of the Amiga OS license, though, have decided that you no longer should have to scrounge for the appropriate pieces to get Amiga emulation up and running on your device. The company released an app today called Amiga Forever Essentials, which is not only a mouthful, but a complete package of Amiga system ROMs for your enjoyment.
AFE contains Amiga 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0, and 3.1 system ROMs, so you can easily (and legitimately) emulate iconic devices like the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200.
Alien: Colonial Marines is getting positively face-hugged in the reviews, and Alien Vs Predator: Evolution appears to be weeks or months away. So why not dig into gaming's past for a bit of unofficial space marine action? 1991 Amiga shooter Alien Breed has been re-released on Android in all its top-down, pixelated glory, for the not low at all price of $4.99.
Alien Breed is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to James Cameron's Aliens. You move through each level exterminating aliens like seven-foot cockroaches, collecting money and ammunition. You then descend to the next level down, upgrading or buying new weapons, et cetera.
Back in the day, there was this game system called Atari ST. And for this system, there were many games. More specifically, though, there was a game called Speedball. Set in the future, Speedball combined American football, hockey, brutality, speed, and ball. After its initial installment on the ST, it was ported to several other consoles, including Amiga, where it became wildly popular.
Fast forward many years, and Speedball has been remade, revamped, and re-released for many other game systems. Today, it's available for Android.
In this new Android throwback, you can choose from 336 unique players and 28 teams across four different plants, make your team as boss as possible with over 20 different power-ups, and keep the game going with 10 Season Career Mode and 10 Single Player Modes.
Mobile gaming is really great. It's just that it can be such a solitary experience as you're hunched over your device, the light casting an unattractive pallor on your face. But don't worry; the classic Amiga shooter Battle Squadron ONE from Cope-Com just landed in the Google Play Store, and it aims to make your gaming sessions a more social experience.
In Battle Squadron ONE, two players can take the fight to enemy forces in a top-down scrolling shooter. Each player sits facing the other, and uses half of the touch screen to control their craft. The game interface on each half is unique to the individual player, so there is no problem losing track of which ship is yours.
Looking for a name brand tablet that won't break the bank? Want to relive the late '80s? If you answered yes to both of those questions, brace yourself, because we've got some good news for you.
Update: It's worth noting that this is not the same Amiga from the good ol' days. It's actually another company named Amiga, Inc. which owns all of the old-school Amiga patents. It's confusing, but here's the Wikipedia excerpt that breaks it down:
The rights to the Amiga platform were successively sold to Escom and later Gateway 2000, but Escom almost immediately went bankrupt itself (due to non-Amiga related problems) and Gateway vacillated over what to do with its new acquisition.