The top 10 Amiga games of all time

Stuart Sumner
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In the final part of our rundown of the best titles ever to appear on the feted Commodore Amiga, we reach the top ten. But which paragon of software entertainment got the top slot?

3. It Came From the Desert

 

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"The desert. Unchanged for millions of years, yet witness to a biblical prophecy come true, that one day the meek shall inherit the Earth." If nothing else, the introduction sequence to this game should be watched by everyone, everywhere.

 

For 1989, this voiced cut-scene was revolutionary and awe inspiring. And also slightly inaccurate, given that the ‘meek' in this case referred to giant ants who terrorised a small US town, cutting it off from the outside world and murdering half of its inhabitants.

Developed by Cinemaware, a group which in the ‘90s could basically do no wrong (see other entries in this list), the game was inspired by ‘50s Hollywood B movies, especially the classic ‘Them!', a 1954 film featuring huge mutant ants.

The game happens more or less in real-time. Waiting, sleeping, or getting knocked unconscious (by mutant ants, of course) and waking up in hospital, all take up time, and after 15 days you lose. To win the player must locate the ant colony and kill the queen ant, in a fun, top-down minigame.

The story has multiple endings, and various ways to succeed, or at least make the final minigame simpler.

There are also two romantic opportunities (we're talking dialogue only, don't go expecting anything X-rated here), but they're mutually exclusive. Picking one upsets the other you see, much like in real life.

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