This month in... Zzap!64 '87
Ciaran Brennan had only just taken over the helm at ZZap! but he was already moving onto pastures new. This ushered in Julian Rignall as editor.
US Gold acquired the rights to the "Rolling Thunder" and "Roadblasters" coin ops. Meanwhile, the publisher dropped the price of all of their C64 disk games from £14.99 to £11.99 (thanks to economies of scale).
Telecomsoft scored a bit of a coup, signing Graftgold away from Hewson. Not only that, but Graftgold had taken Dominic Robinson and John Cumming with them.
Firebird's "Druid" had proved so popular that it was making its way to the NES.
The tenth Personal Computer World Show had taken place and there were tons of games on show, far too many to mention here.
Zzap! previewed the movie "Predator" and the computer game based on it, and even chatted to Arnie himself.
There was a Judge Dredd comic included as a pull out.
A big 16bit special took a look at the Amiga and ST. Zzap! talked to a bunch of programmers (including Andy Onions and Ian Oliver from Realtime, and Andrew Braybrook) about how the machines stacked up. Unsurprisingly, there was overwhelming agreement about the superiority of the Amiga, but the price difference would be a big factor.
- "Sidearms" US Gold
- "720º" US Gold
- "Wizard Warz" Go!
- "Judge Dredd" Pirahna
- "Rimrunner" Palace
- "Skate or Die" Electronic Arts
- "Octapolis" English Software
- "Maniac Mansion" Lucasfilm/Activision - 93% Sizzler "An innovative and polished arcade adventure which shouldn't be missed."
- "Street Hassle" Melbourne House - 80% "I'm sure that if the Monty Python team were asked to write a computer game, they'd come up with something like this."
- "Buggy Boy" Elite - 97% Gold Medal "Buggy Boy proves that the racing format is very much alive and kicking. It's rare that a computer game manages to give a real feeling of thrill and exhileration, but Buggy Boy manages it!"
- "Shoot'em Up Construction Kit" Sensible Software/Outlaw - Gold Medal (no rating was given) "This has to be one of the greatest packages ever released on the 64. The games that come with it would be worth the money alone, but this gives you the ability to make your own."
- "Gnome Ranger" Level 9 - 87% "Gnome Ranger is a very professional, highly interactive adventure. The pretty pictures ad to the already adequate ambience created by the text, and the parser is intelligent enough to deal with most inputs."
- "Russia" SSG - 91% Sizzler "One of the best traditional wargames I've seen - thoroughly recommended."
- "Lords of Conquest" Electronic Arts - 86% "Don't expect a sophisticated wargame, but as a strategy game for relaxation it's addictive."
- "Zig Zag" Mirrorsoft - 92% Sizzler "An unusual, but highly polished shooting and exploring game."
- "Bangkok Knights" System 3 - 90% Sizzler "A competent and playable beat 'em up, which has enough variety and innovation to make it a worthwhile purchase."
- "Computer Scrabble De Luxe" Leisure Genius - Sizzler (no rating) "Aesthetic niggles apart, Scrabble De Luxe is about as good as one can expect from home computer [sic]."
- "Nebulus" Hewson - 97% Gold Medal "One of the most innovative games ever, and one which adds a whole new dimension to the platform game game format."