Code Masters unveiled their fancy new CD compilations for the Spectrum and C64. The package included a computer interface to connect your regular CD player and the CD-ROM containing 30 Code Masters games. The Spectrum version was able to load games in under a minute, while the C64 utilised the stereo audio signal to encode a timing track enabling even quicker load times. C&VG marvelled at the possibilities: "Imagine a game with minutes of digitised speech or amazing digitised graphics! It could happen." Yes, indeed it could.
Welsh footie star Emlyn Hughes had leant his name to a new general knowledge/trivia quiz game, "Emlyn Hughes' Arcade Quiz".
Christmas had passed, 1990 was already a couple of months in and there was still no sign of the Konix Multisystem. Was this a cause for concern? A spokesman reassured C&VG that it was still on track for a Q1 release: "It was an ambitious project, and with ambitious projects complications tend to crop up and hence the delay." Wait, "was an ambitious project"?
There was a minor apology for getting the price wrong in last month's "Darius+" review - it was meant to be £24.99, not £19.99.
Domark was keen to keep the Bond train rolling, and with no new film due for at least a couple of years they started licensing the back catalogue. First up would be "The Spy Who Loved Me".
The C&VG writers picked their fave games of the 80's:
- Julian Rignall (in no particular order)
- Paul Rand
- Paul Glancey
- "Gazza's Super Soccer" Empire - Amiga/ST/C64/Spectrum/Amstrad
- "Ghosts 'n Goblins" Elite - Amiga/ST
- "BSS Jane Seymour" Gremlin - Amiga/ST/PC
- "Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters" Domark - Amiga/ST/PC/C64/Spectrum/Amstrad
- "Flimbo's Quest" System 3 - Amiga/C64
- "Coloris" Avesoft - Amiga
- "Wings of Fury" Broderbund/Domark - Amiga/ST/C64/PC
- "Endurance Bike Racing" Taito - PC Engine
- "Super Hang-On" Sega - Megadrive
- "USA Pro Basketball" Aicom - PC Engine
- "Bruce Lee Lives" Mindscape - Amiga/ST/PC (Unreleased?)
- "The Third Courier" Accolade - Amiga/ST
- "Die Hard" Activision - PC 80% "Featuring superb graphics as well as a challenging quest to beat the terrorists, Die Hard ranks as one of the better games on the PC." Bit of a burn on the poor old PC.
- "Pipe Mania" Empire - Amiga 94% C&VG Hit "A classic puzzle/arcade game that is so addictive it should come with a Government Health Warning."
- "Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain" Lucasfilm/US Gold - PC 80% "Superbly packaged and presented combat simulation with immense depth, let down by the slow pace of action on anything other than an extremely fast PC (at least 28 Mhz)."
- "X-Out" Rainbow Arts - Amiga 90% C&VG Hit "A very difficult shoot 'em up which holds no real surprises, X-Out still manages to be one of the best of its kind on the Amiga."
- "Drakkhen" Infogrames - Amiga/ST 83% "Playability suffers from one or two silly omissions, but otherwise Drakkhen is a super game which should satisfy the adventuring spirit in most of you."
- "Mega Man" Nintendo - NES 89% C&VG Hit "Not a game for novices. Mega Man is a tough and uncompromising, yet highly addictive platform game which requires very good gaming skills and lightning reflexes. It's not one you'll complete overnight."
- "Life Force" Konami - NES 87% "One of THE shoot 'em ups makes its Nintendo debut, and how. Classic action and great graphics put Life Force up there with the best of 'em."
- "Track & Field II" Nintendo - NES 92% C&VG Hit "Great to look at and even better to play. Combining twelve great events and brilliant visuals, this sport simulation is a winner all the way."
- "Mr Heli" Irem - PC Engine 89% C&VG Hit "Absorbing shoot and collect 'em up action as you guide the cute Mr Heli through a brilliantly converted version of his coin-op exploits. Snap it up if this is the sort of game that appeals to you."
- "Cobra Triangle" Nintendo - NES 93% C&VG Hit "A highly original and utterly superb arcade game which is simple to play, yet fiendishly addictive. Don't miss it."
- "Forgotten Worlds" Sega - Megadrive 86% C&VG Hit "A very polished shoot 'em up that offers plenty of action and some great graphics and sounds. As long as you select the 'hard' difficulty level on the options screen, it's a demanding blaster that should keep trigger happy players very happy."
- "Kujaku II" Sega - Megadrive 84% "Although we've seen it all before, Kujaku II is one of the best of the lot. Smashing graphics and sound, and some really steaming hot gameplay to boot."
- "Super Shinobi" Sega - Megadrive 93% C&VG Hit "Brill graphics, excpetional sound and uncomplicated, addictive gameplay make for excellent ninja-fighting thrills 'n' spills."