Amiga Power Play Arcade
|Amiga Power Play Arcade
different Power Play Arcade compilations were planned
The Power Play Arcade series of carts would have been the
game industry’s first attempt at making licensed
multi-carts. Had the series been release Amiga would have
put out five different albums, each containing several games
licensed from various 3rd party companies or from Amiga
themselves. The secret to the Power Play Arcade carts was
a special proprietary ROM chip which would have allowed for up
to 32K of games to be stored on each album. This may not
sound like a lot, but considering most games of the time were
only 4K to 8K, this would have allowed for a fairly decent sized
multi-cart. The albums would have retailed for $30-$40
each. Unfortunately, the Power Play Arcade
series never got past the prototype stage due to the collapsing
market and Amiga’s financial difficulties.
Power Play Arcade Cartridge #1
This cartridge would have contained the three 3-D games that
Amiga was developing at the time: 3-D Ghost Attack, 3-D Havoc,
and 3-D Genesis. Unlike the other two Amiga Power Play
Arcade prototypes, this cartridge appears to actually be
functional. Sadly while the current known prototype does
indeed contain all three games, it was not dumped properly, so
only 3-D Ghost Attack remains in the current rom.
Power Play Arcade Cartridge #2
This cartridge was aimed at younger players and would have
contained the four U.S. Games titles and one Amiga title:
Scavenger Hunt, Eggomania, Gopher, Word Zapper, and Galleon’s
Gold. Scavenger Hunt was an original game by Amiga, while
Galleon’s Gold is simply Name This Game. It is unknown if
this was the official winner title for the contest or if Amiga
picked it themselves. The menu for this cart has not
turned up yet.
Power Play Arcade Cartridge #3
This cartridge would have contained a number of Imagic and
Telesys games: Demon Attack, Fast Food, and Star Voyager.
The menu for this cart has not yet been found.
Power Play Arcade Cartridge #4
This cartridge would have contained the other Imagic games:
Atlantis and Cosmic Ark. Originally it was planned that
this cartridge would have also included Demon Attack, but that
was moved to cartridge #3 for some reason.
Power Play Arcade Cartridge #5
This cartridge would have contained four of Amiga’s own games:
Mogul Maniac, Surf’s Up, Off Your Rocker, and S.A.C.
Alert. Individual roms for each of these games exist.
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