With Loaf building his Amiga and two Amiga Wing Commanders to be going on with, I figured one of those had to be the next one to try out. Before that, I thought I should have a look at the demo. Loaf posted a link to this in the wcnews forums saving any searching on my part. It allegedly didn’t work on emulators but I found that hard to believe given the healthy state of Amiga emulation so I thought I’d give it a go anyway.
My knowledge of Amigas is non-existent. It’s the machine I should have owned instead of a CGA PC back in the late 80’s but I’ve never had one in my possession to this day. As such I have no idea how I’m supposed to get AmigaDOS up and running properly but I’ve managed to learn enough to get the job done. The demo was launched via what appears to be the Amiga equivalent of a batch file with each small section having its own executable launched from in there.
After some googling, I found a list of basic DOS commands of which I only appeared to have a small subset available to me in the emulator, presumably because I need to use a boot disk I don’t have to get the full OS. One of the missing commands was the one that executes script files. However, I managed to run the demo by manually launching each stage from the command line. I’ve edited out all of that at and put the final result on Youtube:-
There is no sound or gameplay but there is a little original spiel and some of the cutscenes. The only changes I noticed on here were that the pilots are a lot more friendly when running for their ships,the cockpit visor slides in from a jaunty angle and the landing screen showing the ship damage has a very different colour scheme.
I would imagine that this was an extremely early preview long before the game was playable. Ultimately, the decision was made to drop to 16 colours so that it would run on A500’s whereas this demo makes use of a larger palette and looks all the better for it.