5 Most iconic Westwood Studios games for the Commodore Amiga

Westwood Studios was an American video game developer founded in 1985 as Brelous Software, but later renamed to Westwood Associates and finally to Westwood Studios after being purchased by Virgin Games in 1992. In 1998, the company was bought by Electronic Arts. Westwood Studios was known for developing games in various genres including real-time strategy, adventure, and role-playing games. Its most successful game was Command & Conquer, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide and earned the company a Guinness World Records recognition.

Eye of the Beholder is a video game developed by Westwood Studios for Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI). It was released in 1991 and is based on the Dungeons & Dragons license. Eye of the Beholder is a role-playing game in which the player controls a team of adventurers hired by the lords of Waterdeep to investigate an evil coming from beneath the city. The game follows the team as they navigate through the city’s sewer system, facing various challenges and enemies, and ultimately reaching the lair of the beholder Xanathar, who they must defeat to complete their quest. The game features a real-time combat system and an overhead view, where the player controls a group of characters as they navigate through a dungeon to complete quests and defeat enemies. Eye of the Beholder was well received and helped establish Westwood Studios as a developer of quality games.

Dune II is considered a classic and influential real-time strategy game. Dune II’s Innovative gameplay established it as a landmark game in the RTS genre and served as a foundation for many other successful RTS games that followed, including Warcraft, Command & Conquer, Age of Empires, and StarCraft. In the world of Dune, Emperor Frederick IV of House Corrino offers the governorship of the planet Arrakis, which is the only source of the valuable spice melange, to whichever of the three Houses (Atreides, Harkonnen, and Ordos) can deliver the most spice to him. This leads to inter-house conflict and war as each House attempts to claim control of Arrakis and its valuable spice resources. In Dune II, the player takes on the role of a military commander from one of the three Houses, tasked with establishing a base, harvesting spice, and defeating intruders. As the conflict between the Houses intensifies, the player must capture enemy territories and eventually defeat the other two Houses and Frederick’s forces in a final showdown. The game features different mission briefings, endgame cutscenes, weaponry, and units for each House, reflecting their distinct worldviews.

The Lion King is a side-scrolling platform game that follows the events of the film and allows players to control Simba in both his child and adult forms. Simba has various abilities such as jumping, roaring, and combat moves that can be used to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. If Simba loses all his health or encounters an instant-death obstacle, he loses a life. The plot revolves around the conflict between Scar, who wants to rule the Pride Lands, and Simba, who is the rightful heir to the throne. The movie has themes of responsibility, leadership, and the consequences of one’s actions, and the audience is taken on a journey of Simba’s personal growth and the restoration of balance to the Pride Lands. The movie and the game are known for its timeless story, memorable characters, and iconic music, and remains one of Disney’s most beloved films and game releases.

In California Games you can skate in the half-pipe, juggle with the foot bag, ‘shred the tube’, roller skate, BMX race and play flying disc – better known as Frisbee. You can take them on individually, or you can submit yourself the strains of a sun drenched sexthalon. Foot bag is, surprisingly, more fun. All sorts of combinations of tricks are possible. Wonderfully exotic stunts like the Horseshoe and the half axle, which basically consists of booting the bag up in the air a couple for times with different feet. By far the best sports here are the BMX racing and the surfing. The BMX track effortlessly scrolls over a variety of different jumps and obstacles and each time you crash your rider lets out a painful little squeal – especially the time he got impaled on a cactus – and a comforting message appears like, “Chill Out” or “You Ate It!”

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert have never been officially released for the Amiga platform, but there are many ports out there for the 68K and PowerPC architecture. Tiberian Dawn is set in the late 1990s after a meteorite crashed on the Tiber River, Italy, bringing a mysterious but extremely valuable substance, Tiberium. An ancient secret society, the Brotherhood of Nod, somehow acquired the technology to exploit Tiberium’s potential ahead of the mainstream scientific community. Led by a messianic leader known only as Kane, Nod eventually came to control almost half of the world’s Tiberium. Using the immense wealth and power gained from Tiberium, the terrorist organization began to spread its influence around the globe, especially among the disenfranchised people of the Third World. In response to Nod’s growing influence and Nod terrorist attacks, the United Nations Security Council tasked a recently-formed global taskforce, the Global Defense Initiative, with destroying the Brotherhood. Command & Conquer: Red Alert takes place during an unspecified period in the 1950s of a parallel universe, which was inadvertently created by Albert Einstein in a failed attempt to prevent the horrors of World War II. The USSR proceeds by seizing lands from China and then begins invading Eastern Europe, in order to achieve Joseph Stalin’s vision of a Soviet Union stretching across the entire Eurasian landmass. In response, the nations of Europe form into the Alliance, and start a grim and desperate guerrilla war against the invading Soviet army. Over the course of the game’s story, the Allies and Soviets fight out a devastating conflict for control over the European mainland, in what has become an alternate World War II.

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