The Game - Platformer of fun appears on the Amiga
It seems as if with all the C64 and ZX Spectrum games that have appeared over the recent months by homebrew developers, we'd never see anything worth while on the highly regarded Amiga platform. But after the recent release of Puzcat, Jay Miner was set to dust off and release an AMOS Pro game that he has worked on a couple of years ago, but felt now was the best time. Titled 'The Game' and heavily inspired by You Have to Win the Game, this is a pretty decent arcade platformer that is currently at version 0.9 and may or may not see any further development.
In 'The Game' you play as a little green man, who must go around the map, jumping on platforms, avoiding baddies and traps, while collecting stars and special power ups such as Boots of Speed. Although the developer has stated it's inspiration by another game, I felt it was very much like Jet Set Willy, with many of the enemies having an up down or side to side path that must be time jumped or run under or it's instant death.
For what's it's worth even at this stage of release with just a bit of polish that is needed, 'The Game' is a very enjoyable Amiga homebrew. The graphics suit the Amiga platform very well, with easy controls and challenging game play. It also has a lovely soundtrack, that changes upon your location, above ground or under. As such it's really nice to see that the Amiga is finally getting some worthy titles that gamers of all ages can pick up and play.
The downside to the game apart from no in game sound effects such as jumping sounds, is I haven't played the game on a real Amiga 500 or an Amiga 1200. But the developer has stated that it does run a bit slow on a 68000 machine, and has tried to keep the system requirements down since he wanted it to run on a A500 but unfortunately it runs a bit slow in most rooms.
Thankfully 'The Game' is available to download for free as an Amiga hard drive package or an ISO for your Amiga CD32