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Saturday 1 December 2012

Get Festive With Your Amiga & Cornelius Saves Christmas

I hope you don't mind, but it's another blast from the not-so-distant past for today's blog post. Now, before you start grumbling, I'll explain.

First, it's the start of December, and I think a bit of festive fun with your trusty Amiga wouldn't go amiss, and second, here's a lovely little game that I feel hasn't received the attention it really deserves.

Going under the odd name "Cornelius Saves Christmas", this is a platform game created in Backbone, which was originally released for the First Annual Festival Amiga Game Making Competition, back in 2009.

Cornelius is a child, young enough to still be excited about Christmas and not blame his parents for giving him such a goofy name.

One day, on his way home from school, he overheard the owner of his town’s only big store saying that he wouldn’t be selling any Christmas trees or toys this Christmas.

Now, although Cornelius couldn’t understand everything the old man said, he did pick up that that an evil wizard named A. C. Countant, had forced the store manager to make the sorry decision.

Wasting no time, Cornelius decided to fight against the enchanted toys that were under the spell of the wizard and free all the trapped Christmas trees.

Cornelius Saves Christmas is similar to many platform games we used to play on the Amiga back in the day. Your task is to help Cornelius save Christmas by guiding him through 30 levels.

There are three worlds of 10 levels each, with different graphics for each world. Simply use the joystick to move him around and press fire to shoot at the enchanted toys. To complete a level and move on to the next stage, you'll need to destroy all the toys and make your way to the Christmas tree. You have 7 lives to complete the game.

As with most Backbone created titles the game has to be run from hard drive, and an Amiga 1200 with a bit of FastRam is recommended as the minimum spec, although it will work on less powerful machines.

Cornelius Saves Christmas is a fun and polished looking platform game, and shows what can be done using Backbone if the right person is behind the keyboard. If you want to see the game in action before you decide to download it, you can find a longplay of it below.

Finally, if the above has whet your appetite, you can download Cornelius Saves Christmas from the following location:

Have fun!

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