Do you remember… the Commodore Amiga 500 Plus?

Do you remember… the Commodore Amiga 500 Plus?

This post is for my dad, Gary Tomlinson (despite him beating me at just about every computer game we ever played together).

 

Amiga 500 Plus

Amiga 500 Plus (Source: Wikipedia)

I was digging through some cool websites looking back on old computers and consoles when I came across the classic Commodore Amiga 500 Plus. I recall the day my Dad came home holding a box containing what would become our most prized possession (in my eyes anyway) and the cornerstone of my life during the early 1990s.

Packaged Amiga 500 Plus bl

Packaged Amiga 500 Plus (Source: eBay)

I’m going to take you on a trip down (my) memory lane looking at the technical specifications of this amazing machine as well as looking at some of my favourite games released 1991-1993.

Technical Specifications

Type: Home computer
Release date: 1991
Discontinued: 1992
Media: 880 kB floppy disks
Operating system: AmigaOS v2.04
CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 7.16 MHz (NTSC) 7.09 MHz (PAL)
Memory: 1 MB (9.5 MB maximum)
Graphics: 640 x 256, 6 bpp @ 25 fps
Sound: 4x 8-bit channels at max 28 kHz with 6-bit volume in stereo.
Predecessor: Amiga 500
Successor: Amiga 600

Below are highlights of the games that were around at the time keeping me entertained for hours upon hours (1991-1993)

In no particular order:

Another World (1991)

Turrican II: The Final Fight (1991)

Lemmings (1991)

http://youtu.be/fR1k0y3vOmw

James Pond 2: Robocod (1991)

Captain Planet (1991)

Monkey Island 2 – LeChuck’s Revenge (1991)

Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 (1991)

Road Rash (1991)

The Simpsons: Bart Vs the Space Mutants (1991)

Terminator 2 (1991)

Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior (1991)

Sensible Soccer (1992)

Zool (1992)

Pinball Dreams (1992)

Superfrog (1993)

Body Blows (1993)

http://youtu.be/Ti35CoERn-c

Cannon Fodder (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

 

There are simply too many games to go through but other highlights include:

  • Chaos Engine
  • Chuck Rock
  • Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
  • Formula One Grand Prix
  • Flashback
  • Moonstone
  • X-Com/UFO
  • Stunt Car Racer
  • Syndicate
  • Sim City
  • Dyna Blaster
  • Alien Breed: Special Edition

See below for an amazing video. Anyone who had an Amiga 500 Plus, get ready to have your memory banks kick started:

100 Amiga Games in 10mins YouTube video

 
 
They simply do not make ‘em like this anymore!

Ant
 
 
P.S. That’s me below in the background looking as cool as ever in my Nottingham Forest tracksuit using my Amiga 500 Plus (thanks for the pic Mum).

Me playing with my Amiga 500+

Me playing with my Amiga 500+

Comments (3)

  1. Wow, what a leap forward from using zx spectrum. Spoilt you were,what with the Amiga and Atari console to play with. Happy days when electric bill’s didn’t fill you with dread.

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