Like most famous systems, when people move on to other platform or don't have access to the original hardware, but they still want to get there Amiga fix, or might like to have access to Amiga vast library on another platform. Emulation has been a successful way to achieve this and thanks to years of development Amiga community is lucky enough to have a really well built emulation in form of UAE (universal amiga emulation), this basic layer has formed to be the frame work for many different type of emulations, this page will look at the most popular ones.
Developed by Cloanto, its the only officially sold Amiga emulation that also includes all the Amiga original Roms / Kickstart chipsets that are necessary to emulate most Amiga systems. Largely targets the PC market but does also have Mac emulator and Kickstart rom set available for purchase on the Google Play store for Android market. The PC package is largely based on WinUAE, buts adds a number of extra features, one being the Retro Platform, which is designed to help identify the Amiga systems/setting you require for the program your trying to run. Plus version comes with a range of pre-setup Amiga systems and programs. available in both download or CD/DVD form.
Full Version Cost: £29.95 / Aimed: PC Emulators
Most likely the best emulator developed for any computer, the amount of work gone in to not only support and emulate the systems but third party addons is nuts. By the name you should be able to tell its been designed for Windows systems. You can emulate the first Amiga A1000, with just 7mhz and original chip set graphics all the way up to PPC, Graphics Card Equipped Amiga. The emulator comes with Amos Kickstart that can run some Amiga Games and Apps but it recommended to the get the above Amiga Forever package to have a complete Amiga experience.
Cost: Free / Aimed: PC
Online / Browser Scripted Amiga Emulation (SAE)
There are many other Emulators for the Amiga
E-UAE, FS-UAE, WinFellow, just to name a few, this page may expand to cover them at a later date.
A General Overview to Emulating the Commodore Amiga - Caffeinated Pixel Great Blog post on WinUAE and general Amiga emulation tips.
For finding games:
- WHDownLoad – a repository of pre-installed WHDLoad games
- Turran’s WHDLoad Pack Downloader — this is a tool for downloading pre-installed WHDLoad games from the English Amiga Board’s FTP site. These often have more up-to-date slave files than the games available on the WHDownLoad.
- WHDLoad – official WHDLoad site, which also contains a repository of game installers (note that these are not pre-installed like above and you need the ADFs to install the game to your hard drive)
- Vintage Is The New Old (formerly Commodore is Awesome) – general retrogaming resource with a heavy focus on all things Commodore; includes some downloadable Amiga games
- Amiga TOSEC – a free downloadable 37GB (yes 37GB!!!) archive containing multiple sources of nearly every Amiga game, demo, programme and cover disk ever made (excludes Workbench disks and Kickstart ROMs)
- EmuParadise – huge catalogue of classic games, including downloadable Amiga ADFs and CD32 disk images
- Planet Emulation – a French site hosting a large number of Amiga games
- Lemon Amiga – general Amiga resource, includes a database of games and links to where you can download
- Hall of Light – Amiga game database
- English Amiga Board – English-language Amiga forums
- Amiga.org – Amiga portal, news site and forums
- aminet – Amiga software repository
Understanding Amiga display characteristics/modes:
- Amiga screen modes – a useful guide by the Amiga Graphics Archive
- Display Sizes, Offsets, and Clipping – an informative Retroplatform discussion on Amiga overscan and how CRT TVs work
- Effect of Display Overscan on the Viewing Area – from the AmigaOS 3.5 developer docs
- Correct Amiga Aspect Ratio – an article on configuring CRT displays for Amigas