This month in... C&VG '86
Activision announced "Murder on the Missippi[sic]", which was being written by Adam Bellin. Rather oddly C&VG described Bellin as "part of the team who produced the controversial 'Ghostbusters'". I have no idea what the controversy was.
Alligata released "Who Dares Wins II".
Colin McLinton won Firebird's "Elite" competition. There were 11 finalists, all of which had achieved Elite status. Colin won by scoring 539 kills in four hours, 15 highest than his nearest rival.
Nu-Wave were to release "Tubular Bells", a "Psychedelia" Minter-esque style music light synth based on the Mike Oldfield album.
Probe had finished up "Mantronix".
The winner of the British Micro Awards Game of the Year (sponsored by the Sunday Times) was... "Jet Set Willy II". A very bizarre decision which apparently left software houses & programmers quite peeved.
Following on from the success of its MUD, Compunet was developing a new multi-user game. Federation II would revolve around galactic trading and exploring.
"Redhawk" would be a comic strip style adventure from Melbourne House.
There was a screenshot of CRL's oft-delayed "Cyborg" - the first game featuring a black player character.
Ariolasoft was to release "The Terrors of Trantoss" by Ram Jam Corportation.
Leisure Genius's home computer version of the exceptionally popular "Trivial Pursuit" had hit the shelves.
Activision had teamed up with Electric Dreams on a slew of new movie license tie ins. "Alien II", "Ghostbusters II", "Big Trouble in Little Shining[sic]" and "Howard the Duck" were all on their way. And yes, C&VG made the Shining/China mistake multiple times in the snippet.
US Gold's "Psi-5 Trading Company" made the jump to comics.
"Uridium" sold more than any other game released this year in just one week.
Interview with Rob Hubbard.
An "East meets West" piece featuring Hungary based Andromeda, who had just finished up "Golf Construction Set", and Lucasfilm.
With the World Cup taking place in Mexico, C&VG did a round up of footie games.
A big section on coin-ops.
Marhsal M Rosenthal took a look at the impressive Amiga and what Daphne, Agnes and Portia could mean for gaming. He also covered various peripherals for the ST.
Maps and tips for "Batman", along with a short interview with Jon Ritman.
- "Acrojet" Microprose
- "Quazatron" Steve Turner/Hewson - Spectrum 10/10 C&VG Hit "Quazatron is one of those games you start playing at lunchtime and still be at it at midnight! Addictive isn't the word. The combination of strategy and arcade action will have you hooked instantly."
- "Alien Highway" Vortex - Spectrum/Amstrad 9/10 C&VG Hit "Although it's pretty similar to Highway Encounter, this game is still fun and challenging to play."
- "Cauldron II" Palace Software - C64 10/10 Game of the Month "With great graphics, sensational sound and gameplay which at times borders on being frustrating - but nevertheless addictive - Pumpkin is a winner."
- "Heavy on the Magick" Gargoyle Games - Spectrum/C64/Amstrad 10/10 C&VG Hit "Heavy on the Magick is a brilliant game - but it will appeal to arcade adventurers and D&D freaks alike. And, just maybe, it will introduce arcade adventure addicts to a whole new area of games playing."
- "Golf Construction Set" Ariolasoft - C64 9/10 C&VG Hit "The odd thing about Golf Construction Set is that, although it was designed in Britain by Tigress Marketing, it was programmed in Hungary - by people who had never seen or played golf! Like Ariolasoft's other home-grown game Think?, Golf Construction Set is better than most of their American imports."
- "Green Beret" Imagine - C64/Spectrum 9/10 "Green Beret continues the warlike theme of Commando/Rambo - and if you like this style of game you'll enjoy GB. It's fast furious and terribly addictive."
- "Way of the Tiger" Gremlin - Spectrum 8/10 C&VG Hit "At £9.95 the game is hardly cheap, but bearing in mind the quality of some other products costing the same it's good value."
- "Sai Combat" Mirrorsoft - Spectrum 9/10 C&VG Hit "Sai Combat is good fun, graphically excellent and, if you've so far steered clear of all martial arts games, this could be the one to get you hooked."
- "RMS Titanic" Electric Dreams - C64 9/10 C&VG Hit "Titanic is a very playable, entertaining and stimulating game."
- "Alter Ego" Activision - C64 10/10 "The game is [an] intriguing, enthralling, funny, witty and thoroughly enjoyable game. Peter J Favaro, the man who conceived and created it deserves the highest praise."
- "Equinox" Raffaele Cecco/Mikro-Gen - Spectrum/Amstrad 10/10 C&VG Hit "The unusual combination of arcade adventure and shoot 'em up had this reviewer hooked right from the start."
- "Psi 5 Trading Company" Accolade - C64 10/10 C&VG Hit "Psi 5 Trading Company sounds a little bit like Elite. Both are space shoot 'em ups, involving trading and have elements of an adventure game. But graphically they are quite different. However, both are fiendishly difficult to play and vastly entertaining."
- "Phantom of the Asteroids" Mastertronic - C64 8/10 "Good fun, fair graphics and great music."
- "Perry Mason" Telarium - C64/Apple/PC 9/10 "Perry Mason comes on two double sided disks, and is a thoroughly entertaining program, coming as it does, with incidental music to heighten the atmosphere and drama."
- "Superbowl" Ocean - Spectrum/C64
- "Green Beret" Imagine - Spectrum
- "Way of the Tiger" Gremlin - Spectrum/Amstrad
- "Spindizzy" Electric Dreams
- "Last V8" Mastertronic
- "Way of the Tiger" Gremlin
- "Last V8" Mastertronic
- "One Man and His Droid" Mastertronic
- "Action Biker" Mastertronic
- "Commando" Elite
- "Karate Combat" Superior
- "Winter Olympics" Tynesoft