|First issue release
date: November 1991
||Final issue release
date: Still Published
magazine with limited games coverage
||No. of issues:
The German magazine scene is reminiscent of the British Atari ST
market - they purchase a competing title or one that is about to
close, and incorporate it into one of the remaining publications.
In a shrinking market survival of the fittest involves transferring
readers from an extinct title to one of the remaining few. This
tactic has resulted in the gradual incorporation of four titles
into a single magazine - AMIGAplus.
As the graphic above shows, the process began in February 1993,
when 'Kickstart' was incorporated into 'AMIGAplus' magazine. This
was followed by the launch of Amiga Fever and AmigaOS in 1998. Just
a few months later, Amiga Fever was incorporated into AmigaOS,
consolidating their resources. Finally, CP Verlag sold AMIGAplus to
Falke-Verlag, resulting in the two magazines being merged under the
title, 'AMIGAplus (powered by amigaos)'. Although AMIGAplus is the
end result of this process, it is an evolution of the first issue
in name only.
AMIGAplus was launched at the peak of the Amigas success,
earning the Commodore Germany award of "most innovative Amiga
magazine" in 1992. It has since expanded its coverage to compete
with the best of the British publications. For a time the magazine
launched a spin-off CD-ROM edition - a bimonthly 12 page CD-ROM
special. In June 2000, the magazine had stabilized at 68 pages.
These were mainly focussed upon serious hardware and software
coverage, but games make a limited apppearance towards the back. It
is currently available only through subscription or mail order.
Amiga Plus is a fascinating magazine that has evolved to support
the remaining Amiga market in Germany. The magazine mixes a
retrospect of past glories with an examination of current Amiga
products. The result is a magazine that is rich in culture while
remaining relevant to the current market.
Christoph Gutjahr provides the following review of
AMIGAplus and its two spin-offs:
Over the years, several spin-offs evolved from this magazine:
Amiga Plus Sonderheft, Amiga Plus CD-ROM and Amiga Future. During a short period in 1998,
Amiga Plus and its spin-offs were the only Amiga publications still
available at news stands.
But the shrinking market had its effect on the quality of the
magazine: In an attempt to save money they started to fill more and
more pages with "cheap" content, performing stunts like using six
pages to announce a "vote for your favourite website" prize
Finally, in January 2000, ICP decided to leave the Amiga market
and sold all its publications to Falke Verlag (who were publishing
the quality-wise superior AmigaOS at that time). Falke dropped the
AmigaOS title in favour of the more prominent Amiga Plus
The new AmigaPlus (which is basically the old AmigaOS with a new
title slapped on, the coverdisk had been dropped), has become a
very important factor in the German Amiga scene, they are even
organising the German Amiga shows. Amiga Plus is mainly focussed
upon serious hardware and software coverage, but games make a
limited apppearance towards the back. In contrast to Amiga Active's
coverage, magazine features are usually a retrospect on past
glories rather than what may lie ahead. This results in a magazine
that is rich in culture while remaining relevant to the current
After selling/discontinuing all spin-offs during 2001, Falke
Verlag finally had to redraw the magazine from the news stands, it
is now available through subscription/mailorder only.
Discontinued (at the same time Falke gave up "Amiga Future"). No
original content, just a "hard paper case" (hard to describe) and a
CD-ROM with loads of freely distributable stuff and the occasional
commercial title thrown in.
Amiga Plus CD-ROM & Gamer
When Falke gave up "Amiga Future" and "Amiga Plus CD-ROM", they
invented a new publication: "Amiga Plus CD-ROM&Gamer". A
"mini" magazine (6 pages) with a CD-ROM. Very few original content
(mainly general Amiga news, most of it games related), was
discontinued in February 2001.
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