This month in... C&VG '85
Plans were afoot to build Britain's first Laser tag centre. It would be built on Wellington Pier in Great Yarmouth and promised to "take leisure and entertainment 'into the 21st century.'"
Games Workshop was about to release "Chaos" by a certain Julian Gollop who would go onto produce such genre defining games as Rebelstar and XCom. He has a remake of "Chaos" underway and you can follow his progress on his blog.
A "genuine Harrier pilot" had created Anirog's latest game "Jump Jet".
The awesome "The Way of the Exploding Fist". Initially to be available on C64 with Spectrum and Amstrad versions to come (I had the Spectrum version - complete with synthesised speech - and thought it was brilliant).
The Wally saga was to continue with "Herbert's Dummy Run", David Perry once again the author.
Pimania's golden sundial mystery continued to baffle people. Automata only promised that they would give C&VG 20 minutes notice before the prize was claimed, if the puzzle was solved. All eyes were on July 22nd (22/7 = Pi).
- C&VG's "A View to a Kill" "developer diary" wrapped up with a competition. I actually bought this game largely due to these diaries, but boy it turned out to be pretty dire.
- This month's "Letter from America" brought news of Nolan Bushnell's latest venture: a programmable robot called ANDY that could be connected to a C64 or Atari. Elsewhere, LucasFilm had signed a deal with Epyx that would see "Rescue on Fractulus" and "Ballblazer" re-released after Atari (the original publisher) ran into trouble.
- There was a look at astronomy software to aid star gazing.
- A slightly odd article described how to "create your own Max Headroom." Basically it said connect your computer to your vcr, draw some pictures on your computer, then record it....
- "International Tennis" Commodore - C64. According to the very excited previewer this looked even better than the excellent "Match Point".
- "Frank Bruno's Boxing" Elite. I absolutely loved this game.
- "Mercenary" Novagen - Speaking of excited previewers, I don't think anyone could be more excited for a game than the person that wrote this preview. "Visually this game is truly stunning - air-sick bags at the ready!", "Playing this game is so exhilarating!", "A-mazing!". All justified of course as it turned out to be brilliant.
- "Knight Lore" Ultimate - Blitz Game Amstrad 9/10 BBC 10/10. Both reviews strangely dismissive of the game, despite the high score. The Amstrad one poured some scorn on Ultimate's games in general. All rather odd, given that the original Spectrum version is one of the most significant games ever made.
- "Gribbly's Day Out" Andrew Braybrook/Hewson - C64 8/10 "But the real star is Gribbly. His large eyes, comic expressions, and bubble-blowing antics are a real treat."
- "Ghettoblaster" Virgin - C64 9/10 "I was born to love you, Ghettoblaster." For a while the James Smiths department store in Wellington had a Commodore SX-64 in one of its windows which just constantly played the attract mode of "Ghettoblaster" - I was entranced.
- "Confuzion" Paul Shirley/Incentive - Blitz Game C64/Spectrum/Amstrad/BBC 10/10 "So when you're next looking for a game to spend your cash on, don't be confused by the huge which confronts you at your local store - go for Confuzion!"
- "Rocky Horror" CRL - Blitz Game C64/Spectrum/Amstrad 10/10 "Rocky Horror looks good, sounds good and is very addictive - just like the show itself!"
- "Glass" Quicksilva - Spectrum 9/10 "Glass is an extremely well presented and playable game. But once the novelty of the neat graphics has worn off how long will the appeal of the game last?"
- "Bounty Bob" US Gold - C64 10/10 "We defy anybody not to be hooked instantly and it will be many hours before you complete the progressively harder platforms."
- "Revs" Geoff Crammond/Acornsoft - BBC 9/10 "Acornsoft is promoting Revs as the 'most advanced race simulator yet.' A bold claim but one which is probably justified."
- "Super Huey" Paul Norman/Cosmi - C64 9/10 "...rest assured that you'll be getting one of the best flight simulations around."
- "Spy Hunter" US Gold - C64/Spectrum/Amstrad 10/10 "The graphics on all versions are good and the game is totally addictive. Get it."
- "Knight Lore" Ultimate
- "Daley Thompson's Decathlon" Ocean
- "Ghostbusters" Activision