Published on January 23rd, 2023 | by Tim Chuma

ZZAP! AMIGA Annual 2023 Review (2022)

ZZAP! AMIGA Annual 2023 Review (2022) Tim Chuma

Summary: Worth a look for fans of the Amiga or even if you have heard of this system and want to know more about it.



This annual was also a part of the Kickstarter for all the annuals that I got as part of a early pledge in one go. The previous year I had gotten the preview issue but had decided against going for the bi-monthly release as due to shipping issues from the UK it would take many months to reach me like happened in the 1990s when I was buying magazines originally.

The Amiga was pushed as one of the best gaming systems and computers back in the day but I hardly knew anyone who had one.  PCs were around then but were mainly for business and very expensive. I had wanted to get an Amiga but ended up getting a Sega Megadrive instead.

From what I remember the Amiga had a lot more adult-style games on it and they do go into it somewhat with the creative areas like the demo scene and Amiga party culture. The main focus is still on games it seems.

There are still new games being made for the machine and also they go into the recently (at the time) release of the A500 Mini as the system had always been kind of a pain to emulate and a lot of people preferred using the original hardware. Those are getting more difficult to find these days but at the time the system was not really rare.

I do like that they split up the sections like the Bullfrog interview and the reviews so it is not all the same in a big block, which would make it a slog to get through.

Hopefully in the next issue they go more into the music and demos scene as there is still a big culture around it in Europe and until a few years ago there was a chiptunes music festival in Australia.

Well worth it if you are a fan of the Amiga or want to find out more about the history of it and did not follow it at the time.


Book details:

Managing Editor: Chris Wilkins

Editor: Mark Macrae

Art & Illustration: Oliver Frey

Adventure Editor: Colin Bell

Staff Writer: Lloyd Mangram

Copy-editor: Paul Morrison

Guest ZZAP! Writers: Glenn Corpes, David Simmons, Graeme Mason, Judge Drokk, Sven Harvey

Contributing Writers: Mark Macrae (reviewer), Chris Thacker (reviewer), Simon Butler, Christian Simpson, Graeme Mason, Paul Morrison

Format: Hardcover, A5, Colour, 116 pages

Publisher: Fusion Retro Books

Published: December 2022



Features –

The Launch of Amiga Force

The ZZAP! Interview – Turbo Sprint developer Graeme Crowe

Demoscene Legends

Amiga Magazines

The Time I Visited the CD32 Launch

Steampunk Amiga and Its Creator

Bullfrog Productions

The A500 Mini

The Making of Reshoot Proxima 3

The ZZAP! Interview – Green Beret developer Dante Mendez

Amiga Force – The Facts Issues


Regular columns –

The Editorial

Cover Game Crackers (Best covers from 1986 to 1991)

Amiga Party Culture

Perifractic Retro Recipes

Art Gallery

Amiga Adventure


Sign Off


Games Reviewed:

Tiny Bobble

Turbo Sprint

Time Gal

Wiz – Quest for the Magic Lantern

Metal Gear


Green Beret



About the Author

Writer, photographer, artist and music fan from Melbourne, Australia.

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