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December 1987 issue which cost £1.

NewsEdit

UMS, Stratton, 500cc Grand Prix, Octapolis - (8)

The Hunt for Red October, Knight Games 2, Roy of the Rovers, Zarch, Sky Fighter, Dr. Fruit, Leviathan, Carrier Command (9)

Pac-Land, Winter Olympiad 88 (10)

Arcade Action - After Burner, Free Kick, Rainbow Islands, Street Fighter, Road Racer, Sky Wolf, Charge, Aaargh!, Road Wars (139)

Adventures - Border Zone, The Lurking Horror (146)

Mean Machines - Missile Defense 3D (174), Salamander, Super Xevious, Highway Star,

FeaturesEdit

Game RelatedEdit

US Gold Special

OutRun - (1 page) (52)
Coin It - 720°, Side Arms, Bionic Commando, Shackled - (2 pages) (57-58)
Go! - Lazer Tag, Wizard Warz, Fast 'n Furious, Captain America - (2 pages) (60-61)
Gauntlet II - (1 page) (63)
Screenstars - Starring Charlie Chaplin - (1 page) (64)

Fast Lane - Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix - (1.5 pages) (74-75)

Hot Gossip - Tony Takoushi - (1 page) (194)

Space Ranger

OtherEdit

Star Trek: The Next Generation - TV Series - John Gilbert - (2 pages) (70-71)

Dreams Come True - Fantasy Role Playing Special - Wayne - (9 pages) (83,85,87-88,90-91,93,95-96)

Frame Up - (2 pages) (122-123)

The Big Screen - Movies - Ward R. Street - (2 pages) (126-127)

Comix - (1 page) (140)

Street Scene (Previews)Edit

Skate or Die, I-Alien, Rimrunner (180)

Jackal, Judge Death, Knightmare, Predator, Out of this World, Dick Special (181)

ReviewsEdit

Main ReviewsEdit

Game Title Publisher Format Reviewer Pages Pg No's Gra Sou Val Pla
Thundercats Elite Spectrum Tim Metcalfe 1 16-17 8 8 9 9
Thundercats Elite Amstrad CPC Tim Metcalfe 1 16-17 9 9 9 9
Thundercats Elite C64 Tim Metcalfe 1 16-17 8 9 9 9
Nebulus Hewson C64 Paul Boughton 1 16-17 10 10 9 10
Nebulus Hewson Spectrum Paul Boughton 1 16-17 9 7 9 10
Buggy Boy Elite C64 Tim Metcalfe 1 19 9 8 9 10
Captain America Go! C64 Ian Machin 1 22 8 8 8 8
Through the Trap Door Piranha Spectrum Ian Machin 1 25 8 7 8 7
Jack the Nipper II Gremlin Amstrad CPC Paul Boughton 0.5 29 9 8 9 9
Jack the Nipper II Gremlin Spectrum Paul Boughton 0.5 29 9 8 8 9
Jack the Nipper II Gremlin C64 Paul Boughton 0.5 29 9 8 9 9
Terrorpods Psygnosis Amiga David Bishop 0.5 29 10 10 9 9
Morpheus Rainbird C64 Ian Machin 1 32 8 7 8 7
Thunderceptor Go! Spectrum Tim Metcalfe 0.5 34 8 6 7 8
Rygar US Gold Spectrum Tim Metcalfe 0.5 34 6 6 7 8
Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper Go! Spectrum Tim Metcalfe 1 36 8 7 8 9
Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper Go! Amstrad CPC Tim Metcalfe 1 36 9 7 8 9
Implosion Cascade C64 Paul Boughton 0.5 39 9 8 8 7
How to be a Complete Bastard Virgin Games Spectrum Lee Paddon

0.5

39 7 5 7 8
How to be a Complete Bastard Virgin Games C64 Lee Paddon 0.5 39 7 6 7 8
How to be a Complete Bastard Virgin Games Amstrad CPC Paul Boughton 0.5 39 7 6 4 4
Shoot'em-up Construction Kit Outlaw C64 Paul Boughton 0.5 42 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Zig Zag Mirrorsoft C64 Ian Machin 0.5 42 8 7 8 7
Cruncher Factory Anco Amiga Chris Jenkins 0.5 44 7 7 10 10
Chuck Yeagar's Advanced Flight Trainer Electronic Arts C64 Steve Badsey 0.5 44 7 - 8 9
Action Force Virgin Games Spectrum Tim Metcalfe 1 45 9 7 9 10
Action Force Virgin Games C64 Tim Metcalfe 1 45 9 8 9 10

Chuck Yeagar's Advanced Flight Trainer also scored 9 for realism

Arcade ActionEdit

Operation Wolf - (1 page) (136)

Wardner - (0.5 page) (137)

Top Speed - (0.5 page) (137)

AdventuresEdit

Game Title Publisher Format Reviewer Pages Pg No's Voc Atm Per Val
Passengers on the Wind II Infogrames Atari ST, C64 Paul Boughton 1 149 N/A 8 7 7
Plundered Hearts Infocom C64, Atari ST, Amiga, Apple II, Mac, PC Keith Campbell 0.5 151 9 10 7 7
Nord and Bert couldn't make Head or Tail of It Infocom C64, Atari ST, Amiga, Apple II, Mac, PC Keith Campbell 0.5 151 6 N/A 7 7

Mean MachinesEdit

Golf - NES - (174-175)

Clu Clu Land - NES - (175)

Ideas Central (Tips)Edit

Red L.E.D., The Last Ninja (77)

Army Moves, Gunship, Tai-Pan (79)

Mean Machines - Kung-Fu Master (175)

AnalysisEdit

Type Pages %
News 5.5 3%
Features 29 15%
Reviews 18 9%
Previews 3.5 2%
Competitions 10 5%
Comic Strip 4 2%
Other Editorial (Contents, Surveys, etc..) 8 4%
Tips 3 2%
Letters 2.5 1%
Advert: Games 86.5 44%
Advert: Magazines 0 0%
Advert: Other 26 13%
Total Editorial 83.5 43%
Total Adverts 112.5 57%

CreditsEdit

Deputy Editor

Paul Boughton

Editorial Assistant

Lesley Walker

Sub Editor

Seamus St. John

Art Editor

Craig Kennedy

Adventure Writers

Keith Campbell, Steve Donoghue, Matthew Woodley

American Correspondent

Marshal M. Rosenthal

Arcades

Clare Edgeley

Software Consultant

Tony Takoushi

Pubisher

Terry Pratt

External LinksEdit

You can find this magazine at the World of Spectrum archive.

Issue IndexEdit

C+VG Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Xmas
1981 1 2
1982 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1983 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1984 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
1985 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
1986 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62
1987 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74
1988 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86
1989 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 93a 94 95 96 97
1990 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109
1991 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121
1992 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133
1993 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145
1994 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157
1995 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169
1996 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181
1997 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193
1998 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205
1999 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217
2000 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229
2001 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241
2002 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254
2003 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267
2004 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277

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