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© 1997-2006
Gareth Knight
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Amiga Mania
First issue release date: March 1992 Final issue release date: Nov/Dec 1992
Publisher: MC Publications Coverage: Games
Country published: Great Britain No. of issues: 8
Medium: Print Status: Dead
Web Address: None

After the cancellation of Amiga Fun many suspected that this would be the last they would hear from MC Publications. This proved to be a premature conclusion when the company took a second attempt to produce an Amiga magazine. A close examination revealed that the editorial staff remained unchanged. The layout and design of the first issue demonstrated an evolution of the 'fun' formula rather than a revolution- the Tipster and rating system remained the same. However, many of these areas were developed to take into account Amiga users who had expanded their computer. The new 'Technical Data' column provided additional information on games that supported a second floppy drive, hard drive, or memory expansion. This was a unique feature among magazines of the time that distinguished Amiga Mania from other game magazines. Many of the mistakes made by Amiga Fun were also corrected with the introduction of longer, more detailed game reviews and varied features. However, it remained littered with spelling mistakes and pixellated screenshots.

The magazine began to move away from its parentage with issue 3. The new look ditched the childish images of its predecessor, to replace it with a darker digital appearance. Behind the scenes even bigger changes were underway with the sale of Buckingham-based MC Publications to COMPUTEC Publications. Over the next few months the company was integrated into the German firm. This eventually lead to a majority of the original staff leaving and production moving to Nuremberg.

The magazine came to a premature end after the release of issue 8. The magazines' closure was unexpected. While circulation was low it could have been improved with additional support from the German parent company to hire more staff, increase page count, and ensure a few exclusives.

What did AMIGA MANIA do for the UK scene?
The closure of Amiga Mania left a gaping hole in the Amiga scene. This allowed Amiga Force to gain a foothold in the market and move to a monthly publication.

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