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Amiga

Brian the Lion

Brian the Lion
GenreArcade Platform
DeveloperReflections
PublisherPsygnosis
Released1994
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Brian The Lion is one of the best all-round platform games released for the Amiga AGA and the OCS chipset hardware in 1994.
 
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Brian the LionSTORY / GAMEPLAY
You play the role of a little jungle feline named "Brian the Lion" and your main task is to rescue your dear friend "Chris the Crystal" who was kidnapped by the evil "Geeza the Dragon". You start your quest with a couple of simple abilities like running, jumping, stomping on enemies and slashing. The level design is great, with many obstacles to watch for and secrets to discover. You pretty much always exploring, dodging enemies or collecting some nice bonuses. The game is not dull at all! On the contrary, Brian the Lion is so much fun! The controls are fairly straightforward, though you may often "brainlessly" run towards enemies by accident. This is a classic action platform game that will keep you playing a lot! It's not a unique game but Psygnosis rarely made bad games. Brian the Lion is recommended for any Amiga owner and it's a decent game either on the original OCS chipset or on the most advanced AGA.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
The graphics are really good and offer some nicely detailed backdrops and landscapes, with parallax scrolling and funny, cartoonish, characters. The Amiga OCS version is pretty colorful, with more than 100 colors on screen and the game's animation is fast and smooth. So, we have a visually very decent game for the OCS Amigas. The main difference between both Amiga versions (the OCS and the AGA) is that the latter shows more details on the backdrops (as it was expected) and more colors on screen (remember Zool?) The sound is also great, featuring an amusing in-game music and many digitized sound effects.
 
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Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
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Comparable platforms



216 colors
Commodore Amiga AGA



109 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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