Cinemaware's Anthology of classic games gives you a fascinating collection of some of the highest-regarded, most successful games from legendary game developer Cinemaware!
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Mixed (34 reviews) - 67% of the 34 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 14, 2014

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Cinemaware's Anthology of classic games gives you a fascinating collection of some of the highest-regarded, most successful games from legendary game developer Cinemaware! Relive that awesome, golden-era of videogames-feeling: rescue a princess in medieval England, become the boss of Chicago's Mafia, wipe out terrorizing killer-ants or fight against enemy invaders with your jetpack and raygun in the 1940s!

Choose to play the original Amiga version or the PC MS-DOS version (where available). All games will run on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The "Cinemaware nthology: 1986-1991" includes the following titles:

  • Defender of the Crown
  • SDI
  • The King of Chicago
  • Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon
  • Lords of the Rising Sun
  • Rocket Ranger*
  • It Came From the Desert
  • It Came From the Desert II: Antheads
  • Wings!
  • TV Sports: Football
  • TV Sports: Basketball
  • TV Sports: Baseball
  • TV Sports: Boxing

*German version only available for purchases made in Germany

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 hardware compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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74 of 89 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Ehh. It's okay. The games are definitely colored a lot by nostalgia. The controls are kind of crap, the speed and timing are decidedly "off" on a modern machine, and the graphics aren't quite as good as I remember them being. That said, I'm reminded of how much I enjoyed these games in the past, and I'll definitely sink a bit of time into each one. It's a good chance to play all of these in the Amiga versions as well, which I never have done for all of them, for whatever reason.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these without either the nostalgia factor or a keen interest in playing classic games. They're not the remakes - these are the originals. They were great at the time, but a lot of the interface improvements and so forth that you're used to seeing just aren't there; these games are 20+ years old, after all. Even so, it's a nice trip into history.

I used to work for a company that was an offshoot of Cinemaware, for whatever it's worth; I've worked with several people who you'll see in the credits of these games. It may bias me one way or the other. I'm giving it a thumbs-up, but take that with a smallish grain of salt.
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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Brought this mainly for "It came from the desert" and Wings. Both run well and were easy to set up to work on a 360 controller.

Sound is authentic to Amiga versions.

Great way to play some of my favorite Amiga classics.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Only recommended for those who played these back in the day, I really don't think they would hold much appeal to anybody younger. The controls can be spongy, the gameplay objectives can be obtuse and a few of them just weren't very good games even in their day. I purchased this primarily with the following five titles in mind: Rocket Ranger and Defender of the Crown (which I originally played on the C64) and TV Sports Basketball, Wings and It Came From The Desert (which I played on the Amiga). Wings and It Came From The Desert still hold up respectably well. I've found that DoC and RR are a bit too frustrating thanks to the squishy controls. TVS Basketball was a fun way to waste an hour, ahh the memories of that darn Cinemaware team shooting 70% from the field every game... but it's not something with any real staying power.

So I would give this a tepid recommendation to old school C64/Amiga owners who enjoyed some of these back in the day. Even if I'll likely not spend much more time with this collection, I've done worse for $8.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2015
At the time these games came out there were three types of games: Old fashioned strategy games based on boards games, story games that involved a lot of reading with little possible action and the old standard side scrolling-style action fare. Cinemaware brought about the greatest change in gaming to date with these games. Games that blended, as seamlessly as was possible in the days of CGA graphics, the story with action.

It is going to be dated for sure but they are still to this day good stories with a hint of action and/or strategy. King of Chicago was one of my favorites back then. It has a nice bit of randomness to it with a touch of sappy humor. ANd that is the attention to replayability they put into these games. Of course it is still a bit tedious sometimes but that is because of the age of programming.

Well look, final verdict... If you are nostalgic for the old days then this is worth it for sure. If you want to learn about the olden days for a school project wait for a sale and if you still are looking forward to being a seniopr... walk away.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
I also covered this game on my retro YouTube show.

If you're an old school Amiga fan, you probably know the catalogue of Cinemaware, a publisher who released a series of unique games that were technical showpieces for the platform. This is a compilation of some of their greatest hits, with both Amiga and DOS versions of the games available. The DOS versions are a nice added value I suppose but they don't look or sound nearly as good as the Amiga versions. The wrapper on the collection is also decent and offers a few options including save states. It's basic but does the job.

One thing to note is that most of these games have not aged well at all. If you have fondness for them from back in the day, you'll probably still enjoy them. However, if you're a gamer who didn't grow up with the Amiga, you'll likely find these incredibly frustrating to play, even if their level of visual and audio fidelity doesn't bother you. This is a collection for old school Amiga/Cinemaware fans and those with a genuine curiosity for what these historical games were about. If you aren't those things, you'll probably use this for a few minutes and give up.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
LOVE IT .. no three stooges though.. cant really speak for the Dos games but the amiga one are extreamely close to the old sounds .. strange that f12 is to leave a game and take a screen shot. but yes a good buy ...
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
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A pack of old school goodies with both the Amiga and PC versions, thank you Cinemaware for releasing these classics in original format. Playing It Came From the Desert again made me feel like I was back in high school with a opened Jaw expression due to the top end graphics and game play back then - this was one of the best games of my youth.

If you are an old school gamer like me then just buy this now and be done with it :) A true trip down memory lane to be had here.

For those PC lovers out there who questioned us Amiga 500 gamers back in the day take a look at the difference in versions of these games and tell me you wouldn't have gone Amiga for personal home computer during this era of games.

My only hope is that Cinemaware releases updated versions of these as they did with Wings recently, if this does happen I can die a hapy man.

Old Schoolers Enjoy!
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Wings finaly can play wing with out draging the old Amiga 500 conecting it to my new tv and wait wait til game is loaded
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
old style,some really great games,they all look so dated but you get the old days feel for retro gaming back,,defender of the crown theres a great wee game on its own......
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
If you want to get this for Defender of the Crown, STAY FAR AWAY. The game is bugged and not how you remember it. Your home castle isn't even in the same location! The music is of lower quality as well.. More tinny. I suggest searching for "Amiga Forever" and spend $10 for the Value Edition of their Amiga Emulator. Then you can play Defender of the Crown just as you remembered it (and you get a working Amiga emulator to boot).
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2.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
Perhaps to due licensing issues "The Three Stooges" is missing from otherwise almost complete compilation and definitively a must have!

For the asking price, I expected inclusion of 'gallery of game memorabilia' such as 'orginal box cover art', 'manual' and 'extra goodies'. GOG do offer a bit more than just the core game at considerably more cost being sold individually that ought to be included here. Example of compilation done properly was 2001's "Atari: Anniversary Edition".

Amiga versions are vastly superior sound and graphically to PC offerings which could've been left out.

Owning the originals of quite a few of these games on both platforms, authenticity has been lost as a result of some weird decisions made by the developer. Most annoyingly stripping out mouse support in some games that originally supported them notably "It Came From the Desert" series reverting to keyboard control for both Amiga and PC versions. The same game on PC uses tweaked Beeper (Speaker) for digitised sound effects (not music) which is supiciously absent whereas it runs fine from my original in DOSBox with mouse support, music and digitised sound effects.

Only buy it on discount otherwise you may feel cheated.
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32.8 hrs
Posted: September 6
I lost all my old classic cinemaware box-ware stuff in a flood
So ~ this Pc/Amiga collection is awesome
Hope the old package-ware was included like atari did w/ their anthology
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1.6 hrs
Posted: August 9
Wow, I remember thinking these games were great when I was growing up. I am much older and wiser today. However, I am not wise enough to stay away from this one even at at a $1.49 sale price.

Seriously, all kidding aside, in my opinion these games as they are presented in this bundle are not very much fun or very playable. There is no sound and no joystick control in the PC versions (DOSBox). The Amiga emulation, while offering sounds and joystick control, are a tad sluggish. There is not much, if any, documentation for the games. I am sure one can find ways to tweak and tune DOSBox and the Amiga emulator to make these more enjoyable as well as finding documentation for the games on the interweb, but I think I am just going to move on to something else.

The nostalgia is great but it kind of ends there.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: July 29
Very happy to find this bundle worth it for it came from the desert alone plus i can play with a 360 control.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
Terrible, clunky, slow, but almost playable. If it hadn't been $1.49 on sale, I'd request a refund.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: April 10
I used to play a handful of these games back in my Amiga days. After I bought my Amiga 1000 the first game I got was Defender of the Crown. Back then the graphics blew me away. Especially coming from the graphically ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Commodore 64 I had before that. (and the C64 was a great computer too.)

Several years later after I upgraded to an Amiga 500 I played classics like It Came From the Desert and Wings and more.

Today I don't think to many kids would buy this anthology. It doesn't have the appropriate amount of bling-mapping kids these days require and, to be honest, the controls do feel a bit "off".

No, this collection of games are for those who played them back in their youth and enjoy the nostalgia kick you might get from replaying them. Or, it's for the individual who might play a retro classic much like a film buff might go back and watch an Orson Wells film and appreciate the film/game for what it was and the technical ability to make such a classic.

But that's not everybody.

Anyway, it's unfair to judge any retro game by modern sensibilities. That is graphics, gameplay, sound and etc. so I will not apply a score. These are simply games that defined a great part of my youth and Iook at them for that and I replay them to relive that.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: March 30
This is a complete waste of money. Very few of these games work at all. The ones that do respond have two active buttons. This is Stone Age crap. I feel like I've been robbed.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: February 3
Some people say "dated" here but these games look better than Undertale, youngsters of today sure won't mind.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: January 27
Bought it for old time's sakes. Controls are weird. Games run exactly how SNE games run on NeoRage.

8/10 - 2 Titles were missing.
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