Commodore’s Amiga line was an incredibly influential range of computers – chances are that even if you didn’t grow up playing one, you played games that originated on the platform. Well, here’s a fact that’ll make you feel just a tad creaky – the first Amiga machines launched 30 years ago today, as the most advanced machines on the market. Over the years the Amiga 500 would host countless classic games and see off the threat of the competing Atari ST, but follow-up ventures such as the Amiga 1200 and CD32 never achieved the same success, ultimately resulting in the bankruptcy of Commodore.
If you’re feeling a bit of nostalgia for the likes of Speedball 2, Sensible Soccer and Syndicate right now, you’re not alone. So we thought we’d get in on the celebrations too – take a look back at the glorious Amiga 500 and mull over our choice of its top 10 games. Also, whether you’re a hardened Amiga fanatic or a newcomer looking for the essentials, The Amiga Book is our one-stop guide to Commodore’s excellent machine.
We’ll leave you with a truly bizarre Amiga advert from 30 years ago: