This month in... C&VG '89
Two years after it launched in the US, Atari were bringing the 7800 ProSystem to the UK. On paper the specs weren't up to much when compared to Nintendo and Sega's offerings, but at £69.95 it looked decent value for money. Stateside the 7800 was the number 2 selling console ahead of the Master System.
Spectravideo's popular range of Quickshot joysticks (the Quickshot II Turbo was my personal fave back in the day) was being joined by their new Wizmaster gamepad. There were three varieties - one for the standard home computers, and two for the NES (one of which was wireless via infrared). The price started at £11.95.
Meanwhile, the Megablaster was Konix's new rather uninspired joystick (£8.99).
Bullfrog were to release a data disk for "Populous" that featured four new landscapes. They were quite varied and included one where the landscape looked like LEGO blocks, and a programmer themed world with printer paper land, covered with fag ends and the like, and houses made out of old computer parts.
Domark exacted some revenge on C&VG by winning the next match in their Tengen Trophy - this time the coin-op was "Xybots".
A new C64 compilation from Rainbow Arts looked interesting as it came on CD. Apparently any old CD player could be hooked up to the C64 via the supplied interface, with games loading in 30 seconds. The games included "Impossible Mission", "Loderunner", "Dropzone" and "MULE", with the price expected to be around 20 quid.
The most reported bug this month was in "Operation Wolf" for the Speccy: "On level five, when you shoot a hostage, you get a flying armoured car, and the game crashes."
NEC took out an ad in the Mean Machines section to warn people that any PC Engines bought in the UK were from unauthorised dealers and therefore completely unsupported.
- "Hammerfirst" Visual Image - Amiga/ST/PC/C64/Spectrum/Amstrad/Konix
- "Cabal" Ocean - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/Amstrad/C64
- "Paperboy" Elite - Amiga/ST
- "Chase HQ" Ocean - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/Amstrad/C64
- "Attack of the Mutant Camels" Llamasoft - Konix
- "Pictionary" Domark - Amiga/ST/C64/Spectrum/Amstrad
- "Last Ninja II" System 3 - Amiga/ST
- "Operation Thunderbolt" Ocean - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/Amstrad/C64
- "Super Wonderboy" Activision - Amiga/ST/C64/Amstrad/Spectrum
- "Hard Drivin'" Domark - Amiga
- "Ghostbusters II" Activision - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/Amstrad/C64
- "Bomber" Activision - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/C64
- "Galaxy Force" Activision - Amiga/ST/Spectrum/C64/Amstrad
- "Space MAX" Hewson - Amiga/PC (unreleased?)
- "Strider" US Gold - ST 93% Amstrad 88% C&VG Hit "The best conversion from US Gold to date, and an utterly brilliant game in its own right."
- "Tusker" System 3 - C64 83% "Last Ninja meets Indiana Jones in an adventurery beat 'em up par excellence."
- "Dynamite Dux" Activision - ST 82% "Weird and wonderful cute beat 'em up with a wonderful sense of humour, marred only by a lack of combat moves."
- "Xenon II" Bitmap Brothers/Imageworks - Amiga 96% ST 94% C&VG Hit "Using the samples from the recording, David Whittaker has transferred the whole Megablast track into the Amiga version, and the bass line backs the action throughout the game. Utterly superb."
- "Indiana Jones III The Adventure Game" Lucasfilm/US Gold - PC 91% C&VG Hit "A highly enjoyable and addictive arcade adventure in the mould of Zak McKracken which combines great graphics and sound with superb playability."
- "Space Quest III" Sierra/Activision - ST 83% "An enjoyable and addictive addition to the Space Quest series, and a good buy for adventure fans."
- "Fiendish Freddy" Mindscape - Amiga 85% C&VG Hit "A bit pricey - but the zany humour, brilliant animation and simple addictiveness make this a worthy addition to anyone's software collection."
- "Omni-Play Basketball" Mindscape - Amiga 80% C64 79% "A vast range of options and good graphics are marred by minimal sound effects and a slow loader."
- "Rainbow Islands" Andrew Braybrook/Firebird - ST 93% C&VG Hit "Not just another coin-op conversion. Put your ST out of sight and you could believe you had the arcade game in your bedroom."
- "Pacland" Namco - PC Engine 90% C&VG Hit "An utterly superb conversion: this IS the coin-op, right down to the very last detail."
- "Final Lap Twin" Namco - PC Engine 93% C&VG Hit "A classic two-player race game with excellent graphics, superb playability and massive lasting appeal."
- "Ninja Warriors" He Systems - PC Engine 82% "A tough, action-packed and addictive beat 'em up which budding ninja assassins should find very enjoyable."
- "Gunhed" Hudson - PC Engine 96% C&VG Hit "Urbleburbleburble. Utterly incredible, super-smooth, ultra-fast mega-blast that blows all other shoot 'em ups out of the water."
- "Cyber Cross" Face - PC Engine 80% "A novel twist on the beat 'em up theme with plenty of action and lots to do."
- "Thunderforce" Sega - Megadrive 80% "A great shoot 'em up. It's tough, but the appeal is a bit short lived due to the lack of live's."
- "Wonder Boy III" Sega - Master System 86% "Cute and cuddly platform adventure with piles of addiction guaranteed."