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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by jimmyjimjim » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:20 pm

[quote="JazzFunk"]Jeez, remember when CU Amiga(I think???) gave away Zombi as a covermount - being a 70s Dawn Of The Dead obsessive, it ended up being my most-played Amiga game, despite it being pretty much the same as the Speccy version![/quote]

I also picked up whichever magazine had the free copy of Zombi on it. It was a great game, but I played it late at night once, had nightmares, and wouldn't touch it again for months!

Also managed to get Atomix with another Amiga magazine. Can't remember which magazine, but remember really enjoying Atomix. The menu music was fantastic.

I'm sure there was a Spectrum magazine that had Wonder Boy (or Wonder Boy in Monsterland) as a freebie which I thought was amazing. The game turned out to be pants though.

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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by StickHead » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:29 pm

I got Starball and Llamatron free on an ST format cover disk, and those are two of the best games available for the ST. I remember Interphase too, but I think I was a little young to appreciate the subtleties of that one - my memory is telling me it was just one big escort mission!

Other ST freebies I remember:

Wipe Out (Tron but with light cycles replaced by hover boards, played in 3D)
Rampage
Red Alert (like Missile Command but with added strategy and played from above)
Skull & Crossbones (a scrolling brawler, pirate style)
Steel (side scrolling robot based adventure puzzler)
Hacker II (never played this one, but always meant to go back and play it, looks intriguing)
Robotz (cool looking robotron style game)
Super Huey (baffling helicopter sim)

There were loads, but most of them were tripe (you get what you pay for, right?)
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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by JazzFunk » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:00 pm

Dave300 wrote:I remember STAMpede magazine always gave away one or two free games each issue. It was a shame it folded after so few issues but I guess it wasn't surprising. I asked Santa for a subscription to it for Christmas and it folded that very month!
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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by PostieDoc » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:30 pm

One of the first issues of Amiga Power gave away Bombuzal.

It's such a great game that I still boot up my Amiga every now and then to play it these days.

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Post by merman » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:51 am

PostieDoc wrote:One of the first issues of Amiga Power gave away Bombuzal.

It's such a great game that I still boot up my Amiga every now and then to play it these days.
There's a feature on Bombuzal on its way to issue 121...
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Post by joefish » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:56 am

I don't remember any discussion of the industry blocking full-price game giveaways on the 16 bits, though I do remember I only ever got demos or PD games.

Llamatron was shareware - you were supposed to send off money if you liked it.

Interphase was a sort of escort mission - you flew around the virtual 'innards' of a computer whilst your partner (visible on a blueprint/map screen) tried to infiltrate a building. Your job was to disable/re-activate the security doors/cameras to help them dodge the security droids on each floor. I'm sure the magazines only gave away a couple of levels, but that was more than enough to keep me amused. Same with open-world combat sim Hunter - I never got further than what was in the demo.

A few of these demos sold me on the real thing - Leander and Magic Boy spring to mind.

I keep forgetting the name of the ST PD game I loved so much (Cybernetix; I have to look it up every time) - a horizontal-scrolling cross between Defender and Asteroids.

The one give-away I remember well was a patched extra mission for flight sim F29 Retaliator - you had to defend a base against waves of increasingly sophisticated enemy aircraft, and then attack their base. As you got near you were overwhelmed as a series of Klingon and Cylon look-alike ships from upcoming Sci-Fi game Epic took to the air and went for you.

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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by pantal00ns » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:59 am

JazzFunk wrote:
Dave300 wrote:I remember STAMpede magazine always gave away one or two free games each issue. It was a shame it folded after so few issues but I guess it wasn't surprising. I asked Santa for a subscription to it for Christmas and it folded that very month!
Ah, Stampede, that's gotta be the one, cheers! :)
Holy Sh!t thats brought back some memories, I think I had most of those at the time :( .

Quite few games were given away on Amiga covermounts. Pick up a very large job lot of amiga stuff via a freecycle site. Included About 300 Coverdisks from Amiga Format, CU Amiga etc. Will have a trawl through one day.....

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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by Scratch_Porkings » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:51 am

Robotz was freeware, and awsome! one of the best freeware games I've ever played. I'm sure Interphase was a full priced game given away for free a year or so later, I think i had the demo one mag then full game on another magazine about a year later. I've still got all my disks I should just go into the loft and check. If I can be botherd....
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Post by Scratch_Porkings » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:54 am

I just Youtubed Starball because I don't remember it, wow what a great intro. Hmm on the game though, ha!
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Post by merman » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:09 am

joefish wrote:I don't remember any discussion of the industry blocking full-price game giveaways on the 16 bits, though I do remember I only ever got demos or PD games.

Llamatron was shareware - you were supposed to send off money if you liked it.

Interphase was a sort of escort mission - you flew around the virtual 'innards' of a computer whilst your partner (visible on a blueprint/map screen) tried to infiltrate a building. Your job was to disable/re-activate the security doors/cameras to help them dodge the security droids on each floor. I'm sure the magazines only gave away a couple of levels, but that was more than enough to keep me amused. Same with open-world combat sim Hunter - I never got further than what was in the demo.

A few of these demos sold me on the real thing - Leander and Magic Boy spring to mind.

I keep forgetting the name of the ST PD game I loved so much (Cybernetix; I have to look it up every time) - a horizontal-scrolling cross between Defender and Asteroids.

The one give-away I remember well was a patched extra mission for flight sim F29 Retaliator - you had to defend a base against waves of increasingly sophisticated enemy aircraft, and then attack their base. As you got near you were overwhelmed as a series of Klingon and Cylon look-alike ships from upcoming Sci-Fi game Epic took to the air and went for you.

ELSPA - the Entertainment and Leisure Software Producers Association - was concerned that magazines were giving away too many complete games, and that it was hurting full-price sales. The 16-bit magazines were thus limited to one full game and a maximum number of demos per issue. This led to more PD/Shareware/reader games on the disks.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:24 am

joefish wrote:Interphase was a sort of escort mission - you flew around the virtual 'innards' of a computer whilst your partner (visible on a blueprint/map screen) tried to infiltrate a building. Your job was to disable/re-activate the security doors/cameras to help them dodge the security droids on each floor. I'm sure the magazines only gave away a couple of levels, but that was more than enough to keep me amused.
Nope, ST Format (iirc) gave away a full version of Interphase. Great game, always reminded me of Max Headroom with a touch of Count Zero. Still plays well too.
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Post by Scratch_Porkings » Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:27 pm

I've just downloaded Interphase into my xperia play, I have to play it now. I would have ripped my original onto my pc but I haven't had a pc with a disk drive for about 8 years! Lol
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Re: Atari ST and Amiga Free games with magazines

Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:55 pm

There were some great free games on mag covers, and the best were the 'specials' that game companies gave away and the PD that many found it dificult to otherwise obtain.

Going from memory, so I may be a little wrong here with my facts, but original games like Merv The Merciless given away free with Zero (or was it The One?) were really good, as was Zombie Apocalypse and the Orc Attack one. Amiga Power had some ace ones, with PD like Twintris (still imho the best version) and simple but very playable games like Premier Picks, Scorched Tanks, Air Taxi and more.

Sensible Software had some ace give aways, some funny, some playable but all worth loading up. Sensible Trainspotting, the Christmas Special match, and best of all Cannon Fodder troops playing with a grenade. That was a real blast (literally!). Although the game finished with one goal, you could make it last out by timing passes to reach your opponent just as the grenade went off blowing them up. Playing to kill all the opposition rather than score the goal was a fun challenge.
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