The Commodore Amiga CD32 was short-lived and forgotten by many, but had a lot of very good games released for it during its very short lifespan. Admittedly, there were a lot of basic ports over from the Commodore Amiga computers, with barely any enhancements, such as the otherwise classic Frontier: Elite 2. However, the system actually hosted a lot of hidden gems. And some great games like Lost Eden could have made it if Commodore had it’s last chance. Launched a year earlier then the Sony Playstation and Commodore’s last line of defense against bankruptcy, sadly enough a silly patent killed this mean looking machine and legendary computer giant Commodore. Anyway here are the 7 great games for Amiga CD32 that used the system’s capabilities.
Guardian is the very best game for the Amiga CD32, Guardian was a fantastic 3D shooter that was like playing Starfox with total freedom. You zoomed around an impressive 3D world, dogfighting in an update of Defender and flying inside a massive mothership at the end of each stage. It was smooth, fast and addictive, with some of the best music in any game at the time.
Disposable Hero is beautiful shoot ’em up was as hard as nails with a unique shop based power up system. Completely underrated at the time, this is one of the best horizontal shooters ever, with some great levels and it was at its best on Amiga CD32, with the joypad, AGA chipset and CD audio combining to improve the experience over the Amiga original.
Gunship 2000, this port of a full helicopter flight simulator played brilliantly on the Amiga CD32, with Microprose doing a stellar job of getting all those controls crammed onto a joypad, and the 3D visuals were smooth enough to be nicely playable. Extremely addictive, and with plenty of enhancements for Amiga CD32, as well as the weird double CD box it came in, Gunship 2000 is ace.
Banshee a superlative vertically scrolling shooter was one of the best looking 2D games on the Amiga CD32, with massive, gorgeous sprites that put most games on the SNES and Megadrive to shame. There is always so much going on, and it is the kind of game that you can go through from start to finish time and time again.
Beneath a Steel Sky is the best graphic adventure for Amiga CD32, despite strong competition from Universe and Simon the Sorcerer, and the Amiga CD32 version has full speech throughout. This adds a whole ton of character to an already intriguing adventure. The artwork is lovely, the puzzles never too obtuse, and the whole game is a credit to developer Revolution.
Gloom, this Doom clone was the best FPS game on Amiga CD32, and ran a lot better than Alien Breed 3D, thanks to its use of the Akiko chip, an underused part of the Amiga CD32. The game was fast, fun, gory and wonderfully blocky. It may not have been able to give Doom a run for its money, but it was an impressive feat on the humble 14Mhz Amiga CD32.
Super Stardust, you may know this from the recent PS3, PSP and Vita games, but this was a massively updated version of the Amiga game for Amiga CD32. With a simply stunning new tunnel sequence, redrawn levels, enemies and improved ray tracing, this asteroids-with-steroids was still way too difficult yet compelling enough to keep you coming back for more.