The Hunt for the Amiga CD32: Part Two

Hi folks,

As you know, I’ve been on the hunt for an Amiga CD32 for a short while now, but haven’t managed to find a decent unit yet. I’ve posted an advert on AmiBay, though, and have already received an answer from a trader. He’ll send me some pictures of a machine he has for sale on Tuesday. Can’t wait. πŸ™‚ If it looks good, we might make a deal.

Amiga CD32 advertisement (lent from http://www.retrogamingaus.com/409/video-game-ad-of-the-day-amiga-cd32)
Amiga CD32 advertisement (lent from http://www.retrogamingaus.com/409/video-game-ad-of-the-day-amiga-cd32). Please click on the picture to visit the Retring Gaming Australia Blog. Well worth checking out!

My collection of Amiga games is quite respectable, but the vast majority of titles are for floppy based machines. I only own a handful of Amiga CD32 games, like Pirates!: Gold (awesome!), The Chaos Engine and Sensible Soccer. I’ve therefore been doing some thinking about which originals I’d like to add to my Amiga CD32 collection. Already got many copies, but that just isn’t the same. Without further ado, here’s my list:

  1. Banshee (Core Design) (One of my all-time favourite shooter’s, independent of platform)
  2. Simon the Sorcerer (Adventure Soft) (I’ve got the original for the Amiga 1200, but hunger for the CD32 version with speech)
  3. Superfrog (Team 17) (Epic platform game from Team 17. It’s a shame I don’t have it on floppy.)
  4. Beneath a Steel Sky (Virgin Interactive) (Nice adventure-game with speech on the CD32)
  5. Super Stardust (Bloodhouse) (Incredible graphics! Fun gameplay! Shoot’em up with a big “S”!)
  6. Liberation (Byte Engineers) (Never played this one properly before, but looks very interesting)
  7. Alien Breed 3D (Team 17) (It is a shame I don’t have an original of this game yet.. I’ve got Fears, I’ve got Death Mask, I’ve got Gloom, but not AB3D..)
  8. Defender of the Crown II (Cinemaware) (I’ve heard that this one is a bit expensive.. anyone who knows?
  9. UFO: Enemy Unknown (Microprose) (Turn-based strategy. A classic.)

OK, that’s my list so far. I fear that it will be difficult to obtain Defender of the Crown II, but time will show. πŸ™‚ It’s always nice with a challenge anyway! πŸ˜‰

The good thing about collecting games for the CD32 is the size of the game covers. Most ordinary Amiga titles comes in huge boxes, which means that they eat up a whole lot of precious space. It is the contrary with the small CD32 CD-cases. πŸ™‚ We can therefore conclude that collecting CD32 games has a higher WAF (Wife Acceptancy Factor) than standard Amiga games.

I also have a few CD32 Gamer magazine in my possession, along with the CD’s that came with them. Might fill some holes here as well, but it is not a priority. As for Amiga magazines, I think it is much more fun to read CU Amiga, Amiga Format and Amiga Future than CD32 Gamer, even if there are some good reviews in that mag.

Any CD32 collectors out there? What are the favourite pieces of your CD32 collection?

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10 comments

  1. Greetings – yes the CD32 was a nifty little system in its day, sadly unpopular – although it did have some quality games. Liberation, D-generation and Pirates gold spring to mind.

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    • Hi there Lenz82! Thank you for stopping by my blog. πŸ™‚ I agree with you about Pirates. The CD32 version is pretty good. They even have the “Drunken Sailor” song included. I’m looking forward to test Liberation, seems like a cool game. Did you use to play it a lot?

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      • I played it enough to realise it could be quite tricky at points. Being honest, this conversation has inspired me to seek out an Amiga / CD32 and try and relive some of my past joys. Although like always I wonder if nostalgia could get in the way of appreciation.

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        • That’s nice to hear, Lenz82! πŸ™‚ It’s cool that you want to get hold of an Amiga again! πŸ™‚ I’m doing a bit of buying and selling at a website called AmiBay by the way, a retro trading site. Well worth visiting if you are in the market for some old goodies. πŸ™‚

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    • I did as well. πŸ™‚ I remember using an atlas as a companion while playing to make it easier. Did you do the same? Another thing.. Pirates really inspired me to learn more about that time in history. One can say it was educational, just like Civilization. πŸ™‚

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