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Getting a cold is never pleasant but having it in the weekend just is no fun at all. Being out of the running for doing any major stuff you have to settle for staying in bed, watching television and trying to check your e-mail. Of course you mostly you are in bed or passed out on the couch. My wife still believes this is some major scam by me to avoid having to do anything in or around the house. If so I would be one great actor. Besides trying to catch up with some Amiga news my mind for some reason started to think about the days when I was (ouch!) young and also had a cold. Of course the Amiga played a prominent role in all of this. When you got somewhat better (but still not good enough to return to school!) you went back behind the Amiga. I started to remember which 3 games I played most during that time.

1 – Kick Off II

Kick Off 2

2 – Super Cars II

Super Cars II

3 – Test Drive II (The Dual)

Test Drive 2 (The Dual)

(Pictures are taken from Hall Of Light)

Did you notice they are all sequels? I just noticed it myself. Kick Off 2 is my most played game so of course I would try to play that once I felt somewhat better. Remember those squeaking tyres when trying to make the corners with Super Cars II? I surely do. I played Test Drive on the (ouch again!) PC before I actually did on the Amiga. But I sure made up for that by playing it at least a thousand times more on the Amiga. Besides the Amiga the other so important factor in this process is of course my mother. Thee and biscuits and plenty of care for her ill son.

The next weekend has arrived and I am feeling much better. Close to 100% and I am really happy about that. Plenty of ideas have crossed my mind for a new set of articles. My main priority at the moment is the programming article I have been busy with lately. Still needs some work but I hope to release it very soon. Any day now I will start with my new office. It has become almost impossible to work at my desk as you can see from my programming environment in the below picture. The office has been taken over slowly by my wife. At the moment it is not even possible any more to set at my desk. Not to mention the polka dot desk cover.

My current office space

In the below picture you can see the design of my new office. Notice the huge amount of space for my equipment? I need several desks for all my computer equipment. At least my Amiga A1SE, Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200 should be up and running. I would love to add a Commodore 64 to the line up which is high on my bucket list.

Mock-up of my new office

I also want to have a workbench for taking apart and assembling computer equipment. A lot of wishes and a lot of work. The final layout might be (for sure if my wife has a hand in all of this) somewhat different but for now this is the design. My whiteboard is already ready to be used for new great designs in computer software.

Thursday afternoon around 3:00pm and enjoying a nice cold beer outside when the temperature is just a bit above the 35 degrees. This is a time when fast drinking is advised since this heat will make that cold beer a warm beer in just a matter of minutes so to speak. Good thing there is a bit of a breeze otherwise this heat is just killing you. Now would be a good time to compile my top 10 list of old school Amiga games. If you read my blog before you know I could never make a permanent top 10 list. It is more of a feeling at that moment when making such a list. Chances are I would make a few changes within a week anyway. Mostly I would be adding “forgotten” games or move a game somewhat up or down the list. If I would have to make the list right now it would look like the one below.

1 – Kick Off 2

2 – Shadow of the Beast

3 – License to Kill

4 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Adventure Game)

5 – Run the Gauntlet

6 – Hybris

7 – Thundercats

8 – Ikari Warriors

9 – Dogs of War

10 – Pirates

Remember this is just a snapshot of my findings at this very moment. A lot of games I surely must have forgotten which will come to me at a later stage which will influence my top 10 list. Like I said before my top 10 list (or more) is never permanent.

Kick Off 2 is number one because I played this game the most. No game got played more on my Amiga’s. I did play the first version for a bit but when version 2 came out I jumped on it and never looked back. I never really played modern soccer games but I can tell you that none of them could give me the feeling that Kick Off 2 did. Anyone remember when the game just got stuck and nothing happened anymore no matter how long you waited? If you did a substitute the game would come back to life again.

Shadow of the Beast is just one of those games you showed everyone to impress them with the capabilities of the Amiga. The music, the graphics…. The first one is still the best one of all three versions. Remember you had to press and hold the left mouse button and joystick button (cracked version) after the intro for the trainer?

From all 3 versions of James Bond games released on the Amiga License to Kill was by far the best one. What I liked about it is that it followed the movie story a bit. That came in handy when I did not know what you do after I shot the harpoon into the back of the airplane. I was stuck behind it thinking I had to do this for a while to get to the next level. After watching the movie I saw he got into the airplane. After figuring out how to get closer to the airplane I indeed got into the airplane and to the next level. This is a game I really wanted to finish and did. Not many games gave me that urge of wanting to finish it as badly as this one.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Adventure Game) is one of those games you give up on a thousand times and also try it again a thousand times. A friend of mine had the PC version and together we tried to figure out the clues and get further in the game. After giving up once again you watched the movie (I remember always around Christmas) and you gave it another try. The best adventure game on the Amiga, period.

Run the Gauntlet was a game I played a lot mainly because I was also watching the event on television. Soon they also had a Dutch version of Run the Gauntlet which made we want to play the game even more. I have some really fond memories of playing this game.

Hybris was a stunning looking game for a 1987’s game. This one I also played a lot and was really addictive. It is hard to explain having Thundercats up there but for some reason this game grew on me. I played it not so long ago to see if I was not mistaken and I started to even love it more. When I played it first it did not do much to me but this is one of those games you just start to love more and more over time. I am also really fond of Ikari Warriors. My fondest memories are the two player mode. Dogs of War is also one of those games that is in everyone’s top 10 list. To end the list I have Pirates. A game I seem to play a lot during the winter season. I have some really fond memories of snow outside and having hot coco in front of the Amiga playing Pirates.

I am really a sentimental geezer. 🙂