Released back in 1987, the Amiga 500 was a powerful Commodore machine that offered extremely impressive sound and graphics quality at the time. The award-winning console went on to become Commodore’s best-selling system and was the home of several beloved games of the 80s and 90s including the hit classic platformer Zool. If the Amiga 500 holds a special place in your heart then professional classic console maker Retro Games has the perfect release for you.
This week, the A500 Mini hits shelves – a fun-sized version of the iconic Commodore machine loaded with 25 classic PC games playable in stunning HD.
Retro Games has included a great collection of preloaded games that include some of Amiga’s most iconic releases like the Zool we talked about, plus the dazzling Otherworldly, shooter Favorite top-down gun The Chaos Engine, classic 90s Speedball 2, Worms: The Director’s Cut and more.
Right off the bat, the A500 Mini comes with tons of Amiga games for you to explore. And while it’s been many years since these releases, a lot of these games have aged considerably, and even if you don’t have a lot of nostalgia for these games, you’ll still have fun. if you choose them first time.
One iconic series missing from the Amiga 500 Mini that we’d love to see included is the Lemmings game.
But the good news is that if there are some games that are not on the list of preloaded games that you want to play, you can get them.
Like other Retro Games classic consoles, you can load Amiga games onto a USB stick, plug it into your A500 Mini, and play them that way.
This versatility is something other classic consoles like the SNES Classic Mini and Mega Drive Mini don’t offer and is a great way to get the most out of the A500 Mini and expand its library.
Aside from the game selection, the build quality and user interface of the A500 Mini are of a good standard.
The console comes with a two-button mouse along with a controller based on the Amiga CD32, which is surprisingly comfortable to use despite its distinct and unique design.
While the user interface – very similar to the classic C64 and C64 Mini – comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a classic console.
You’ll get a home screen that offers a featured wallpaper on each game plus the ability to use save states and plenty of customization options to make sure the game looks the way you want it to.
All in all, the Amiga 500 Mini is a strong addition to the crowded classic console market that will appeal to most who have a lot of nostalgia for this iconic PC console. And the ability to add extra games is a nice little bonus that will add more life to the system.
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5