I’ve already covered the Amiga’s all-time worst value games (based on how quickly they can be completed), so to redress the balance it’s time to unveil the polar opposite award. That is the Amiga’s epic mega-games; the ones offering months of entertainment for the average player, and three or four hours worth even for the pro longplayer following many years of dedicated practice. Wondrous, super-human creatures that they are!
As stated last time round, this isn’t an exact science. I’m comparing completion times from single players in most cases because there aren’t enough longplays of each game available to make calculating an average worthwhile. Videos can be edited or even include extras such as outtakes and alternative endings. ‘How long’s a piece of string?’, springs to mind! You’ll get the gist anyway, and can check out the YouTube video descriptions for the finer details.
My arbitrary cut-off point was a minimum length of three hours, just to keep the number of entries manageable. In cases where multiple longplays of the same game are available (often replays by the same person) I decided to only include the longest video.
So then, in order of magnitude, from enormous to ‘surely a typo?’ let’s dive right in…
|43||Bill’s Tomato Game||03:00:12||RickyC|
|41||Joan of Arc||03:02:55||adalsgaard|
|40||The Faery Tale Adventure||03:05:33||Ironclaw|
|36||Litil Divil (CD32)||03:09:46||Ironclaw|
|34||Cannon Fodder 2||03:20:03||RickyC|
|33||Elvira II – The Jaws Of Cerberus||03:20:37||Lemm|
|31||Valhalla And The Lord Of Infinity||03:26:57||RickyC|
|28||Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf||03:31:45||RickyC|
|26||Rock ‘n Roll||03:32:24||Lemm|
|25||Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb||03:34:53||Ironclaw|
|24||The Colonel’s Bequest||03:35:40||The Mao|
|23||Cannon Fodder||03:42:37||Al82: Retrogaming & Computing|
|21||Chaos Strikes Back||03:43:40||CremionisD|
|20||Simon the Sorcerer (Amiga CD32)||03:47:11||Al82: Retrogaming & Computing|
|19||Oh No! More Lemmings||03:48:13||RickyC|
|17||All New World Of Lemmings||03:58:25||Lemm|
|16||Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis||04:05:16||Ironclaw|
|15||Darkmere: The Nightmare’s Begun||04:17:33||Lemm|
|12||The Legend of Robin Hood||04:24:22||Ironclaw|
|11||Simon The Sorcerer II||04:31:07||Ironclaw|
|8||Lemmings 2: The Tribes||04:47:07||RickyC|
|7||Crazy Cars III||04:54:39||Retroplay|
|5||Wing Commander (CD32)||05:38:17||Mad-Matt|
|1||Dune II: The Battle For Arrakis||09:01:43||Ironclaw|
So there we have it. Westwood Studios and Ironclaw take a bow. The winning game feels like a bit of a fraud to be honest since Ironclaw has also completed Dune II in 5 hours 47 minutes and says he could even polish it off in an hour if speed-running was the goal. Oh well, I’ve already set the rules and the law of made-up science says they can’t be fudged now without incurring a hefty prison sentence. Maybe even capital punishment.
If money’s tight, but time isn’t, these are the games you’d want to invest in. For those of you with wads of cash and no time, you might like to take a look at any of the ‘interactive movie’ games by Cinematronics. Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace for instance. You could “have a coffee with them” as Aaron would say… and watch the ending credits scroll by before it’s gone cold!*
*Coffee consumption time estimated for comic effect. Not under any circumstances to be taken as a reliable measure of completion duration. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is purely coincidental. I can’t be held liable for the dwindling numbers of Pacific walruses in The Arctic’s Bering and Chukchi Seas etc. etc.