Amiga Power Play Arcade

Name:
Amiga Power Play Arcade
Company: Amiga
Model #:
N/A
Programmer:
Unknown
Year: 1984
Released?
No
Notes:
Five 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 RAM 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.  It is unknown in a prototype of the RAM chip was ever made, but some of the menus that would have been used in the carts have been found.  As these prototype cartridges do not contain the games themselves, selecting an item from the menu does nothing.

 

 

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.   Although prototypes for the individual games have been found, the menu for this cart has not yet turned up.

 

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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