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Old 23 June 2016, 13:43   #1
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Biggest Ever SINGLE DISK Amiga game? / Smallest Commercial Amiga game

I misread the other thread as 'biggest' instead of 'best' but i still thought it would make an interesting read.

Obviously the data on a 880K disk would have to be compressed, so does anyone know what game compressed the most amount of data onto a single 880K disk and how much was it?

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My other question is basically what was the smallest commercial boxed Amiga game released, and how small was it?

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Old 23 June 2016, 13:52   #2
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I think the smallest games are these which are common on compilations like Rick Dangerous, International Karate+, Virus, Carrier Command.
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Old 23 June 2016, 13:58   #3
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My other question is basically what was the smallest commercial boxed Amiga game released, and how small was it?

IK+ is about ~100kb and Battle Chess ~85kb But I guess there are even smaller games than that.
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Yeah i was thinking it was probably a C64 or Speccy conversion...then again a small puzzle game or single screen platformer?
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Old 23 June 2016, 14:56   #5
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does anyone know what game compressed the most amount of data onto a single 880K disk and how much was it?
Well, it could be Dungeon Master.

Here is a short excerpt taken from Retro Gamer magazine with Doug Bell on the making of Dungeon Master.
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Once you were sucked into the game it didn't take much to scare you. Anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of playing the game alone in a darkened room will agree. This level of immersion was so cherished by Bell and his team that they didn't want anything to shatter it. "We were targetting the Atari 520 ST on an SS 360K floppy disk. We didn't want to have to interrupt the gameplay with disk swaps. A lot of the technology in Dungeon Master was spent on compression/decompression algorithms. When fully expanded, the game that fitted onto a single floppy disk was about 1.6MB. There was a sophisticated memory manager that kept the graphics compressed in memory so that we could fit more." Bell is justifiably proud of his team's achievement in this regard: "I think it's safe to say that no game ever got as much onto a 360K floppy disk or into the Atari 520ST's memory as Dungeon Master."
The Amiga version required 1MB and obviously used a double density disk but still, 1.6 Meg is a lot of data to compress onto an Amiga floppy.
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Frontier has the whole galaxy on a floppy and dungeon master is only 14 dungeons. No comparison in terms of which is biggest
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The Frontier universe may be huge but its all code. There aren't any external graphics to load as its all contained in one relatively small executable file. The opening post is about the most amount of game data compressed onto a single disk. Unless anyone can prove otherwise I think Dungeon Master is winning so far.
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The Frontier universe may be huge but its all code. There aren't any external graphics to load as its all contained in one relatively small executable file. The opening post is about the most amount of game data compressed onto a single disk. Unless anyone can prove otherwise I think Dungeon Master is winning so far.
It was intended as humour as biggest is a very ambiguous term. You'll have to forgive my coder humour

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there is a rare amiga game called " war head" is only 1 disk and the amount of data and gfx it contains is incredible
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Come on, in one game there are 20,000 Leagues stored on a disk
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Old 26 June 2016, 23:35   #11
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Tough question really, without looking into the data on the disks, its hard to workout for the non tech-minded user.

A lot of crackers/hackers modded disks down to 1 disk using compression. However, I wonder what kind of compression tools were common in the commercial industry?
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