Early last month we posted our exclusive preview of Manomio's much anticipated iAmiga emulation system that will shortly be used to bring a list of old school Amiga classics to the iPhone and iPad. In the time since that post, developer and CEO Stuart Carnie has provided us with a number of new builds of the iAmiga development test system which have each brought various fixes and improvements to the environment.

I wanted to list some of the changes that we've seen in these recent builds, for readers who are waiting anxiously for iAmiga to do its thing in the App Store.

  • Basic iPad support now working (display appropriately scales to the device's screen)
  • TV-out is now supported on Retina display devices and iPad. Hot plug / unplug handed gracefully.
  • New mouse control system implemented -- greatly enhances the feel of mouse-based titles (behaves nearly identically to a trackpad, now)
  • CPU is more stable
    • Shadow of the Beast no longer crashes
    • IK+ no longer exhibits graphics glitches during intro
    • CPU tracing system implemented, able to generate gigabytes of log data for issue tracking, at need
  • Audio now pauses properly when switching between Game / Settings tab (no looping)

Carnie has also shared with us a list of near-term "to do's" that we can look forward to, shortly:

  • Finish integrating the CRT effects OpenGL ES engine (using GLSL shaders). List includes: No effect, 50% scanlines, aperture 1x2 RB and aperture 1x3 RB
  • Aspect ratio selection (full screen, 4:3, whole pixel)
  • Save / Resume support
  • Defender of the Crown cabinet shell and graphics

It's been loads of fun testing out a slew of Amiga games on the iPhone with these new builds, and I can't wait for everyone out there to get the chance to enjoy so many Amiga classics, delivered through Manomio's emulation system. We'll bring more news from the studio as iAmiga development continues.

  • Sea2stars

    For Defender of the Crown alone... sign me up.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Does TV Out work using Airplay and an Apple TV 2? Sounds pretty nice if that's the case.

    I'll certainly be picking this emu up but I hope it gets more games than Manomio's C64 emu did. That emu had such potential but only ever got a handful of titles, most of which were pretty obscure. Still, Cinemaware are apparently on board already (Rocket Ranger and It Came from the Desert please!!) which is a great start.

    • TKO

      *sigh* More of this "C64 didn't get any games" nonsense. It got a *pile* of games! I've got Wizball, Paradroid, Armalyte (freaking ARMALYTE!), Uridium, Last Ninja, Super Pipeline 2, Space Taxi, Nebulus (Tower Toppler), IK, Buggy Boy, Bruce Lee, Boulderdash.. etc. The cream of c64 gaming is in that list.

      Sure, it didn't get the whole catalogue, but that's the way it has to be to do it legally .. and that's the rules you have to play by to be in the Apple store.

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        Thanks again for your continued support, TKO. We will be bringing more great stuff, especially once we add cycle-exact support (fix Space Taxi sound). We'll also be able to add free versions of Exploding Fist, Fist+ (both of which had advanced digital effects) and many more. TV out, iPad, save support for BASIC, external controllers...

        Cheers,

        Stu

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        I'm glad you got the games you wanted, but many of my favourites never made it. I hope they do in future, as I loved my C64. A few examples of games I'd like to see added - Bionic Commando, Commando, Thing on a Spring, Thing Bounces Back, Mega Apocalypse, Dark Side, Driller, Flash Gordon, Hawkeye, Head over Heels, Impossible Mission 1 & 2, Green Beret, Monty on the Run, Rambo, Summer Games 1 & 2, Winter Games, World Games, Thrust, DELTA (my favourite C64 game of all time!)... and probably many others I missed.

        Obviously a mine field of coin-op and movie licenses in there.

      • Auscoder

        Bring on Delta and Hawkeye - Great choice in games.

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        Both of those are great. Always loved the music in Delta :) We've got some of the Thalamus games, but Delta license is elsewhere. We are going to try and track that one down.

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        Both of those are great. Always loved the music in Delta :) We've got some of the Thalamus games, but Delta license is elsewhere. We are going to try and track that one down.

      • TKO

        That would be good. Stavros Fasoulas made some cool games. Delta, Sanxion, and Quedex were all in my collection. Delta was probably the most derivative, but it was so beautiful - especially with the Pink Floyd like music running. Sanxion was a lot of fun, but the controls need to be tight to play it well.

      • TKO

        Well, naturally there are games we'd still like to see in C64. I didn't think "..a handful of titles, most of which were pretty obscure.." was giving it a fair rap though. ..and you've got a very good list there. Hopefully Delta gets added. At least the sequel, Armalyte, is already available. That is probably the most spectacular C64 game ever. (love those full-screen boss ships.)

        Thing on a Spring is great, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to do those pixel-perfect jumps on the iDevice. I never really got into the sequel. Hawkeye, Head Over Heels, and IM 1+2 would be great to have (I think they'd control well), as would Monty Mole .. would love the Monty Mole series on C64.

        The Epyx collection would work well, I think. Epyx is my top pick of the US developers. I'm not sure what the legal status is with their stuff though. They were on the C64 DTV device, but that stopped being made. I wonder if it was for legal reasons?

  • Jim

    Can't. Wait.

  • http://twitter.com/Fujibayashi Fujibayashi-Allen

    After the travesty of their C64 support (virtually no Activision / Epyx / Data East / Elite or US games?!), I have less than zero hope of this being a good release. The Cinemaware games *almost* make this worth a look, but even that is not enough in and of itself. They had a great opportunity with the C64 emulator and squandered it - the Spectrum emu team has legally released about 4x the games of the C64 emu in a fraction of the time, so Manomio cannot continue to claim "legal / licensing difficulties" as the reason for so few available games and expect those of us who got so horribly burned on the C64 release to believe it.

    • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

      Yes, but the Speccy team is releasing their own IP :)

      We have a lot more games in the works for C64, which will be enabled when cycle-exact emulation is complete. In addition, work done for the Amiga including the same GLSL effects, iPad support, TV out and more will benefit the C64. We've had to hold off on C64 whilst we get our first releases of Amiga games out.

      Cheers and hope you can stick with us! You won't be disappointed.

      Stu

    • Car1os

      I completely agree with you. Their C64 emu is a joke and still the controls have not been fixed even after all the promises. I won't be buying this since I feel it will also be unfinished, and as with the C64 emu stay unfinished.

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        If you've got specific issues with the controls, speak up. Tell us how you think they can work better, as we're always listening for ideas. We've received numerous reports of people completing games in the 2.x series with the improvements.

        Cheers,

        Stu

      • TKO

        What exactly hasn't been fixed with the controls? The deadzone has been made adjustable, and there are absolute and relative control-modes now. From my perspective the remaining problems mostly derive from it being a touch-screen with no tactile buttons.

        Once those third-party controllers appear, and if there's bluetooth keyboard support added, IMHO control will be pretty much perfect. (Is keyboard support in the works or there guys? I'm on the iPhone 3G, so have no way to test.)

  • Bedroxx96

    Price?

  • Tony_Orr

    Very excited about this coming to the iPad! Just watching the trailer takes me back to my 'yoof'. Defender Of The Crown was legendary

  • Kócsag

    Ki a faszt érdekel ez?! :D Komolyan vannak, akik ezzel játszanak?

    • EastsideStompers

      with an egg spoon ; )

    • Nop

      hülye vagy te....

      • Kócsag

        Nem hittem volna, hogy van, aki megérti :). Csak poénból írtam ki :D!

      • Nop

        :) Torzsolvaso vagyok am :) Stuart elozo cucca, a C64 emu is megvan legalban. Amint kijon ez is fent fog figyelni iPadon.

      • Kócsag

        Én is törzsolvasó vagyok :). Na minden jót! :)

  • Bretonmj

    Blood Money...it's been like 20 years. Please give us Blood Money by Psygnosis. I't better than Battle Squadron imho

    • TKO

      Dude, nothing is better than Battle Squadron. :) ..except maybe Banshee. But we'll have to wait for AGA support for that one.

  • Adam

    Please put Starglider II (space sim) as a game on it. It simulated an entire solar system that you could fly through without any pauses when going onto the planet surfaces (through the clouds) or leaving a planet to go back into space. That is one of my all time favorite games.

  • TKO

    Cool game, Starglider II. I could never work out how to do much in it though. I'd fly around, shoot a few things, then give up and load Carrier Command instead. (Didn't know how to play that one either.) :D

  • EastsideStompers

    So, are the games in the video the games we will see on launch? That would be one awesome launch!

  • blacklotus

    Wow...this brings back great memories and fun I had as a teen with my Amiga 500 - no doubt the best computer of the 80s era, imo. It took PCs with their 90s VGA quality (and Commodore's incompetence) to finally kill it.

    Hope to see Xenon and Alien Breed re-appear in this new millennium. Mmmm....

  • Anonymous

    Any chance of 3 stooges, Pirates Gold, Syndicate, Summer games?

    Also god damn the Amiga had great graphics.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Here's a thought, for some the Amiga was important and treasured not just for games, but also for demos. How about including a free demo store in the Amiga iOS app? I guess most (all?) of the famous Amiga demo scene stuff is public domain. They would certainly test the accuracy of the emu too, as those things pushed the Amiga to it's limits.

    As for games, here are a few I'd like to see in the emu - Agony, Another World, Brian the Lion, Awesome, Ant Heads, Flashback, It Came from the Desert, Defender of the Crown, Chuck Rock 1 & 2, King of Chicago, James Pond 1, 2 & 3, Lords of the Rising Sun, Rocket Ranger (my fav Amiga game of all time), Shadow of the Beast 1, 2 & 3, Turrican 1, 2 & 3, Xenon 1 & 2, Stunt Car Racer, and Leander.

    The entire Cinemaware catalogue alone though would keep me happy for weeks.

    • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

      Manomio has the Cinemaware catalog. You'll be seeing Rocket Ranger.

      • Hans

        any chance we'll see north & south? thanks

  • Anonymous

    Small point, but in almost every emulator I've used... I found 25% scanlines to be the best filter. Noticeable but not intrusive.

  • Greyfox

    can't really see how multi-directional controls are gonna work properly with this, IK+ being an example, he had no real control over his character in the video here, some games may work flawlessly etc. but I think allot of high control driven games and also games which use keyboards may have to be reverse engineered for this emulator, Secondly, what games are gonna be on this, as Liecening fees and copyright holdings have to be optained from the original devlopers, plus Battle squadron is coming out as it's own app. allot of questions not anwsered

    • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

      I've progressed many belts in IK+ on both iAmiga and C64. It's a new type of control to learn, but it does work well.

      We're also going to have native support for the 22moo GameBone

      Cheers,

      Stu

      • EastsideStompers

        Any idea when/if this Gamebone will actually hit the market?

      • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

        I don't know specific dates, but I know the project is progressing very well.

  • Pepsy

    please somone make datastorm for this. awwesome game, used to play that with a crashhelmet and toy blue police visor, tv up loud, lights out, two player, two joysticks. that was awesome.

  • Elite2fan

    I want an Asp Explorer in my pocket so I can do the Lave to Leesti run while I'm waiting for the train. Frontier! Frontier! Frontier!

  • PCKid

    Please bring us Carrier Command. One of the bests real time strategy games on any system at the time. It had so many good elements going for it. It was difficult to beat but not insurmountable

  • yeti

    Super Skidmarks and i'm sold

  • zilog

    I cannot share in the enthusiasm here. The lack of proper joystick/mouse/keyboard controls are going to make virtually every game a 5 minute novelty. If you want to play these games, get an old Amiga or emulate them. Obviously people can do what they like with their own time, but surely it would be better spent creating new and innovative iOS games rather than trying to shoehorn classics into totally inappropriate hardware?!

    • http://twitter.com/stuartcarnie Stuart Carnie

      Would you be interested in a fully licensed, App Store compatible game controller? GameBone from 22moo.com.au is going to be awesome.

  • http://www.curtain-tie-backs.org/ steve

    omg been wanting this for ages, convert the amiga version of revenge of the mutant camels and Im happy...oh and starglider..and elite

    • zilog

      Get real... Elite (and Frontier) will be unplayable on an iPhone.
      As for ROTMC - just play Minotaur Rescue (i.e. a game that was made for the platform).

      • TKO

        Revenge of the Mutant Camels (on iAmiga) should actually play pretty well. As should Llamatron. Minotaur Rescue is a wholly different game, in terms of gameplay. So, though it would please Minter fans, how is it going to help those of us who want to control a 90 foot neutronium-shielded, laser-spitting camel. :p

  • Damien

    Hmm you should be able to add all Cinemaware-Games for free? Cinemaware itself offers the ADF files to download through their own old homepage, so i guess you can use them for free?

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  • Lance

    Someone please add Telengard to this list...that had to be one of the greatest games of all time. :)

  • Jeff

    Please give us Syndicate, please...

  • Gonzo

    The iAmiga needs to support the GameBone!!!

    Where I can I find info on games that are licensed or will be (Official forum or site)? We need Turrican 1 and 2, Kickoff 2, Chaos Engine, Exile....

  • Alex

    Hi
    im sure ppl are waiting on:CADAVER CHAOS ENGINE MAGIC POCKET BLACK CRYPT EYE OF THE BEHOLDER I AND II ETC any chance for this games on iamiga?

  • Maldrum

    I really, really cannot wait for this!

    Of course I've loved the SNES, the playstations, the Xbox and now the iPhone and iPad but the amiga will always hold a special place in my heart, I still have my A500 set up in my parents house with a couple of disk boxes full of games, the idea of playing some of those classics right here on my iPad is amazing, can't wait!

  • Spaffy

    This is going to be epic ! Maybe some sort of adf reader where you can sync adf files to the iphone/pad would make it amazing ?
    As for titles you realy need to get sensible software, team 17 and psygnosis onboard.
    Would love to have sensible soccer, cannon fodder, lemmings, agony, superfrog aswel as the chaos engine in my pocket

  • Anonymous

    Would love to play Psygnosis' 'Nitro' top-down apocalyptic racing game again.

  • Geoff_is_here

    This has got to be a good thing. I still play on my Amiga`s so having them on my Ipad would be great, only need to ask...
    :-When is it out:-will it come with a few games
    :-what price with it be
    :-did I ask when is it out........;-)

  • Alexandre R

    iamiga rdy for this year lol?