SideWinder (Amiga)

SideWinder Amiga Title screen


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This vertically scrolling shoot 'em up varies from the standard for this style of game, as it also features a degree of horizontal scrolling. The screen area moves across as you reach the edge of the screen and reveals a whole new range of enemies. These include lots of static turrets as well as cannon-fodder waves of enemies.

There are 6 levels and each level starts and ends with you travelling through a tunnel, and emerging on the other side faced with a new graphical setting, be it industrial, space or woodland. After clearing the last level the tunnel leads back to the first level, so there is no real ending to the game. There are no end bosses, instead each level ends with a more difficult part with a large ground structure and increased enemies and turrets. There are 3 difficulty levels to choose from, and a 2 player mode.

Interestingly, the game was not only released for Amiga and PC, but also as a coin-op machine for arcades. The arcade version is identical to the Amiga version, the arcade PCB even contains parts of the Amiga operating system.


SideWinder Amiga Title screen

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Five levels of wanton destruction Katakis | カタキス (39490) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) May, 1988 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1988 9.8 out of 12 82
Commodore User Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1988 701 out of 1000 70
Power Play May, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
Retro Gamer Apr 02, 2009 Unscored Unscored


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Martin Smith (66852) added SideWinder (Amiga) on Oct 31, 2004
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