The original Turrican was a visual treat, but this sequel really pushed the Amiga hardware to its limits, creating a run-and-gun masterpiece which even challenged what was being achieved on Japanese home consoles at the time. Accompanied by an amazing soundtrack from Markus Siebold and Chris Huelsbeck, Turrican II: The Final Fight is effortlessly one of the best action titles on the Amiga. Note: the C64 version, despite sharing the same name, was developed by Rainbow Arts and not Factor 5.
The work of the late, great Archer Maclean, Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker is a serious simulation of the sport which manages to fuse depth and complexity with a refreshingly accessible user interface. Described by some critics as being so realistic it could be used to hone a player's real-world skills, the game would be featured regularly on UK television via the show Gamesmaster.
The first James Pond game lampooned 007 with its environmentally friendly message, but this superior sequel would poke fun at RoboCop, while also taking a swing at Nintendo's peerless Super Mario World when it came to its core gameplay. While few would argue that it managed to challenge Mario's first 16-bit adventure, James Pond 2: Codename: RoboCod is still one of the finest 2D platformers on the Amiga, with loads of secrets to discover, enemies to bounce on and jokes to chuckle at.
Damien's career in the games media began back in 2007, and it has been his dream to write for a retro-focused website since, well, forever, because it means he can finally post about obscure Japanese Mega Drive imports without anyone complaining too much.