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Launch Editor

Peter Connor & Steve Cooke

Company

Future Publishing
EMAP

ISSN

First Date

October 1987

Final Date

April 1992

Total Issues

55

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) was a multi-format computer and video game magazine first published in the United Kingdom by Future Publishing and later acquired by EMAP.

Launched in October 1987, roughly the same time as Ludlow-based publisher Newsfield's own multi-format magazine The Games Machine, the magazine consisted mainly of ex-Amstrad Action and Personal Computer Games staff, including launch co-editors Peter Connor and Steve Cooke. Andy Wilton, ex-Amstrad Action, was brought in as Reviews Editor, while Dave Packer and Andy Smith were hired as Staff Writers. Trevor Gilham, another ex-Amstrad Action member, held the position of Art Editor.

Design and content was very polished and clear. The glossy magazine had a unique, professional feel - very much a blueprint for Future's well-respected Edge magazine.

After selling the title to EMAP, Future Publishing redeployed the original ACE staff to work on their Amiga Format and ST Format titles.

Editorial contentEdit

Coverage initially included Atari ST, Amiga, C64, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, but also included newer machines as they were released. Although games features were the mainstay, other articles on graphics and computer music were featured. A cover cassette, and later a floppy disk, was included with the magazine featuring games demos.

Regular editorial features included Interface; News, Letters, The Blitter End. The Specials; features and Gameplay; Screen Test, Arcades, Tricks 'n' Tactics, Adventures.

Screen Test was the games review section. Games were rated (out of ten) on Visual effects, Audio, IQ Factor, Fun Factor and an overall rating. Games were seen by all the reviewers and the overall rating, and was notable for scoring games out of 1000 rather than the usual percentage or mark out of ten. Also introduced was the Predicted Interest Curve graph where the game was given a line graph predicting the long term interest in the game over many months.

StaffEdit

Editors

Peter Connor, Steve Cooke
Steve Cooke
Steve Cooke, Graeme Kidd
Graeme Kidd
Pete Connor, Steve Cooke
Steve Cooke
Jim Douglas

StatsEdit

ReviewsEdit

See here for a list of games reviewed in this magazine.

Issue Games Reviewed Average Score Highest Score Highest scoring game Lowest Score Lowest scoring game
1 27 753 958 Bubble Bobble (C64) 531 Last Mission (C64)
8 52 699 969 Oids (Atari ST) 285 Frightmare (C64)
9 37 693 958 Bubble Bobble (Amiga) 392 Strip Poker II+ (Amiga)
10 34 697 934 F/A-18 Interceptor (Amiga) 392 Starring Charlie Chaplin (Amstrad CPC)
11 43 613 981 Virus (Atari ST) 261 Aaargh! (Amiga)
12 50 676 940 Reach for the Stars (PC) 321 The Fury (Spectrum)
13 32 736 928 Ultima V (PC) 289 Action Force (Amstrad CPC)
14 27 651 945 Falcon A.T. (PC) 332 Street Sports Soccer (PC)
15 45 721 963 Driller (Amiga, Atari ST) 273 Elemental (Atari ST)
38 22 782 911 Welltris (PC) 510 Dr Mario (Gameboy)
39 21 791 955 Savage Empire (PC) 405 Gremlins 2 (Amiga)
40 31 803 919 Strider (Mega Drive) 598 Wings of Death (Amiga)

Other InfoEdit

Issue Cover Date Release Date Pages Price Editor Publisher
1 October 1987 September 1987 100 £1.50 Peter Connor, Steve Cooke Future
2 1 October 1987
8 May 1988 124 £1.50 Peter Connor, Steve Cooke Future
9 June 1988 124 £1.50 Peter Connor, Steve Cooke Future
10 July 1988 3 June 1988 132 £1.50 Peter Connor, Steve Cooke Future
11 August 1988 7 July 1988 132 £1.50 Peter Connor, Steve Cooke Future
12 September 1988 4 August 1988 124 £1.50 Steve Cooke Future
13 October 1988 1 September 1988 156 £1.50 Steve Cooke Future
14 November 1988 6 October 1988 148 £1.50 Steve Cooke Future
15 December 1988 3 November 1988 172 £1.50 Steve Cooke, Graeme Kidd Future

IssuesEdit

ACE Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1987                   ACE Issue 1
1
ACE Issue 2
2
ACE Issue 3
3
1988 ACE Issue 4
4
ACE Issue 5
5
ACE Issue 6
6
ACE Issue 7
7
ACE Issue 8
8
ACE Issue 9
9
ACE Issue 10
10
ACE Issue 11
11
ACE Issue 12
12
ACE Issue 13
13
ACE Issue 14
14
ACE Issue 15
15
1989 ACE Issue 16
16
ACE Issue 17
17
ACE Issue 18
18
ACE Issue 19
19
ACE Issue 20
20
ACE Issue 21
21
ACE Issue 22
22
ACE Issue 23
23
ACE Issue 24
24
ACE Issue 25
25
ACE Issue 26
26
ACE Issue 27
27
1990 ACE Issue 28
28
ACE Issue 29
29
ACE Issue 30
30
ACE Issue 31
31
ACE Issue 32
32
ACE Issue 33
33
ACE Issue 34
34
ACE Issue 35
35
ACE Issue 36
36
ACE Issue 37
37
ACE Issue 38
38
ACE Issue 39
39
1991 ACE Issue 40
40
ACE Issue 41
41
ACE Issue 42
42
ACE Issue 43
43
ACE Issue 44
44
ACE Issue 45
45
ACE Issue 46
46
ACE Issue 47
47
ACE Issue 48
48
ACE Issue 49
49
ACE Issue 50
50
ACE Issue 51
51
1992 ACE Issue 52
52
ACE Issue 53
53
ACE Issue 54
54
ACE Issue 55
55
               

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