First of all I’d like to thank the Retro Game Team for letting me be a guest-blogger on their site. I’m excited about this and hope we can do something similar in the future. Some of you may know me from Old School Game Blog. On that blog I write a lot about my Amiga stuff, as well as related news, rumours, games and so forth. I occassionally write about other platforms, but not often. I guess I am an “Amigaholic” and I’m not afraid to admit it.
AN AMIGA THAT NEVER SAW THE LIGHT OF DAY
Today I’d like to write about a special Amiga that never got released. It was known as the Walker (also Mind Walker) and it looked like a vacuum-cleaner, a sexy one that is.
[Filename Walker – Taken from Amiga University]
When Commodore went bankrupt back in 1994 (20 years ago – how time flies!), there was a race between various companies to buy up the rights to make and distribute Amiga computers. Escom won the bid in 1995 and quickly went ahead to get Amiga 1200’s and 4000’s back in the shops and to mail order companies. It did not stop there though, the German company also had plans for new models. Enter the Walker.
The design was made by Frog Design in 1995. According to Amiga University, it has been compared to a Darth Vadar helmet, a hoover and a robot dog called K9 from Doctor Who.
Personally I like the looks of it and I think it is a shame that it never got released due to Escom going bankrupt.
Now, what was hidden under the hood of this beast? Let us have a quick peek at the specs:
CPU: 68030 40MHz with room for an FPU
RAM: 2MB Chip-RAM and 4MB Fast-RAM + 1 SIMM-slot expandable to 128 MB.
ROM: Kickstart 3.2
Storage: Internal HD, 4x IDE CD-ROM
Expansion: Room for accelerator, possibly graphics card. PCMCIA port in prototype.
The specifications might not seem impressive today, but back then it was quite OK. I remember reading about it in a magazine and dreamed of having this computer on my desk. Would have been a great Amiga and definitely a worthy follow-up to the Amiga 1200. The Amiga 1200 came with only 2 MB of RAM as standard and a slower CPU (68020), so the Walker was definitely faster and more expandable.
Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post. Thanks again to the Retro Game Team for letting me publish this on their blog.
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