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Socoder -> Retro Stuff -> Amiga Forever

Posted : Saturday, 17 March 2018, 11:58

Amiga Forever

Since I started working on the Fire Power remake I though it would be a good time to buy legal Amiga Roms. There are several Amiga forever packages and I bought the most expensive downloadable version. This one cost me 30 euro.

I am suprised how good this emulator is. There are not many games included but the way the emulator works is prettty solid and featureful. The zipped msi package was almost 650mb. There are a couple of bugs though. Winuae is included also I think, but I have not tried that one yet.

There are a lot of settings that can be set and there is also a save state function. It looks also like changes you make are put inside special files. Every amiga rom ever (afaik) is included.

There are also modern amiga packages included. Walker/Amigasys/Aros that seem to have lots pre installed. Also the original workbench variations are present. I tried Amiga Basic and this one brought back memories(it was bad!) In several workbenches there are a number of emulators.(nintendo/c64 etc)

I spend the yesterday evening downloading magazine disks and various other amiga disks and experimenting. I found the disk magazine which contained blitz basic 1.60 and it seems to work allright. The Amos files that the original programmer made available seems not to work that well. I only got easy amos running. I probably need to spend more time re-learning how everything works.

As for games. I connected my joypad and it worked after selecting it. I played a couple of games of Fire Power to see if I could get a global idea on how to remake it.

I am not disappointed with the Amiga Forever software. I wil probably use this instead of winuae.
Posted : Saturday, 17 March 2018, 12:17
Last time I saw Amiga Forever, it WAS Winuae, but wrapped in an extra layer of GUI.

Has it changed?

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Posted : Saturday, 17 March 2018, 13:26
I think it's just the same.
Posted : Friday, 27 April 2018, 12:31
The emulator is still winuae. The rest should be from Cloanto.

The new version of winuae is being developed, if you like to make suggestions/bug reports, visit their forum at eab.abime.net
p.s. (eh. i meant suggestions for the emulator, not for the Cloanto's gui/wrapper/whatever parts.)

The emulator works fine without the additions, which, i think, brings you only the comfort of not needing to remember which game needs which kickstart/chipset configuration.
Posted : Friday, 27 April 2018, 14:02
The thing I don't like about Amiga emu, is that it's far more complicated than simply owning an Amiga. It seems a bit complex to have to set all of the different possible hardware combinations manually just to get a game to work at all. When with hardware you have A1200 or A500 and almost everything just works

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Posted : Friday, 27 April 2018, 18:10
I'm with spinal on this one, Amiga emulation should be at least as easy as WinAPE or something similar.
Posted : Friday, 27 April 2018, 19:54
Thing is with all the copyright and abandonware unknowns I think no company or group wants to create a library with everything just working straight away.

I do see references to libraries with every amiga rom ever pre-configured to work straight away.

The forever emulator remembers the settings for the next time you run it so you only need to press the start button.