The story of the Commodore Amiga in Pixels is a book that covers a subject close to my heart, if I was to choose a point in my gaming history that holds the fondest memories, I’d say its the Amiga era, I guess it’s when my friends and I really discovered multiplayer gaming, we also discovered a vibrant demo scene, it was a moment in time that we can never relive again.
The book is available in paperback and hardback form, this review is of the paperback version, my initial impressions are really good, the front cover is embossed with the Tutankhamun and I must so it really does look and feel great in the flesh. It’s a great size and weight too, and features 296 pages of content in total.
Speaking of content, its spread across three main sections, the first section covers a brief history of the Amiga, fans of the Amiga will know most of this but it’s still an excellently written piece by Andrew Fisher and Roger Kean. Up next is a section dedicated to various games released on the computer, games like Alien Breed, Another World and Stunt Car Racer are covered. The list of games chosen for the book would be your typical choices, I would have perhaps liked to have seen a few surprise additions here but overall the selection of games is fair. Then you have a section containing lots of Memoirs/Interviews with various developers who are famous for their Amiga work, people like Stoo Cambridge, Simon Butler and Barry Leitch.
Having read and reviewed all of the previous Fusion Retro Books, this follows the tried and tested formula used in more of less all of the previous books, the magazine-style works for the most part, I am a huge fan of the Amiga and perhaps felt slightly underwhelmed when reading this book, I guess I wanted it to stand above the over books in the series, having said all that, its still a little love letter to a fantastic machine and deserves a place in your retro book collection for that reason alone.
This is a great book, well worth a purchase for any Amiga fans and those looking to relive those good old days when gaming in the bedroom really was a golden era.