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This is the October 1990 issue and cost £1.75

RegularsEdit

Contents - 2 pages (4-5)

Let's Go! - 2 pages (8-9)

Top 10 Charts - 2 pages (50-51)

Yob's Gossip - 1 page (61)

NewsEdit

Page 10

  • RoboCop II and RoboCop Too: Ocean to release Robocop II as their first NES title and Robocop on the Gameboy
  • Exciting New Consoles Launched: Sega Mega Drive and Nintendo Gameboy shown at the CES show

Page 11

  • Domark's a Done Deal: Domark to produce Sega games.
  • Japanese Mags

Page 12

  • The Last Ninja: System 3's Last Ninja II to be converted to NES.
  • Paradroid Storms Nintendo: Paradroid to be converted to Nintendo?
  • Accolade's E-Motional Harmony: Accolade to release E-Motion as Harmony on Gameboy.
  • Consoles We Once Loved: #1 Atari VCS 2800

Page 14 (From Japan)

  • It's Nearly Super Famicom Time: Super Famicom close to launch in Japan.
  • I Bring You Hellfire: Hellfire soon to be released on Mega Drive.

Page 15 (From The USA)

  • Bots and Balls: Williams Pinbot to be released on NES.

PreviewsEdit

Mega Man II - NES - 2 pages (30-31)

Moonwalker - Mega Drive - 2 pages (72-73)

Super Monaco GP - Mega Drive - 2 pages (96-97)

ReviewsEdit

Game Title Publisher Format Reviewer Pgs Pg No(s) Ove (%)
Revenge of Shinobi, The Sega Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 16-18 94
Silent Service Konami NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 22-24 82
Impossible Mission US Gold Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 26-28 94
Life Force Konami NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 32-33 86
Wonderboy III Sega Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 40-41 95
Golden Axe Sega Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 42-44 91
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade US Gold Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 46-48 85
Super Mario Bros II Nintendo NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 52-53 89
Paperboy US Gold Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 54-56 85
Gauntlet US Gold Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 58-60 92
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Palcom NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 62-64 90
Bionic Commando Capcom NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 66-68 81
Summer Games Sega Master System Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 70-71 41
Ghouls 'n' Ghosts Sega Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 74-76 92
Double Dragon II: The Revenge Acclaim NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 78-80 80
Super Hang-On Sega Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 82-84 86
Thunder Force II Technosoft Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 3 86-88 82
Truxton Sega Mega Drive Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 92-93 82
Skate or Die Palcom NES Matt Regan & Julian Rignall 2 94-95 78

Other Details
Pr = Presentation, G = Graphics, S = Sound, Pl = Play, L = Lastability.

Game Title Pr G S Pl L Comment
The Revenge of Shinobi 95 91 94 95 90 Utterly brilliant in every way. If you don't make this your next purchase you're mad!
Silent Service 81 78 76 82 86 Although it lacks the immediate action of other games, Silent Service is an enjoyable and interesting sub-simulation.
Impossible Mission 83 91 89 97 92 An utterly superbly game that simply oozes class. Don't miss it under any circumstances.
Life Force 79 86 83 85 88 A Stunning shoot 'em up which is a must for your collection.
Wonderboy III 93 92 77 95 96 An outstanding golden oldie which deserves to be snapped up immediately.
Golden Axe 90 91 85 92 89 A flawless conversion that even improves on the arcade game! Superb!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 76 94 81 85 82 You'll believe a man can whip! A great looking game that offers plenty of fun.
Super Mario Bros II 90 89 89 94 85 A tremendous sequel to Super Mario Brothers.
Paperboy 84 89 79 89 78 It's great to see a classic game like this translated so well. Brilliant!
Gauntlet 83 86 81 94 89 Don't miss this exciting old-but-ageless classic!
Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles 89 84 88 90 87 Bodacious stuff! Definately worth shelling out for!
Bionic Commando 86 83 78 80 81 Difficult, but still an entertaining platform romp - essential for platforms 'n' ladders fiends.
Summer Games 82 49 54 43 40 Poor graphics and dull gameplay makes Summer Games a bummer game.
Ghouls 'n' Ghosts 85 89 92 94 89 A perfect conversion. Whether you're a fan of the coin-op or not, don't miss this.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge 87 79 78 86 77 If you haven't got the original game, Double Dragon II is highly recommended.
Super Hang-On 85 90 82 91 83 A very high quality racing game which is a must for speed freaks.
Thunder Force II 79 81 85 84 80 A fast and furious shoot 'em up which should appeal to blasting fanatics.
Truxton 71 82 74 85 76 A highly enjoyable blasting romp. Recommended to shoot 'em up fans.
Skate or Die 83 75 77 80 81 A tricky game to master - but has great potential if you persevere.

TipsEdit

5 Pages (35-39)

Featuring:-

NES

Kung-Fu, Mega Man, Double Dragon: The Revenge

Mega Drive

Altered Beast

Other creditsEdit

Art Editor

Oz Browne

Staff Writer

Matt Regan

Illustrator

Gary Harrod

Contributors

Paul Glancey, Richard Leadbetter, Rob Swan

Publisher

Graham Taylor

Other InfoEdit

Mean Machines Sega Issue 1 includes a feature called Lookback which re-examines some of the games reviewed in this issue.

External LinksEdit

This magazine can be found at the Out of Print Archive or on a DVD from The Zzuperstore

Issue IndexEdit

Mean Machines Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1990                   Mean Machines Issue 1
1
Mean Machines Issue 2
2
Mean Machines Issue 3
3
1991 Mean Machines Issue 4
4
Mean Machines Issue 5
5
Mean Machines Issue 6
6
Mean Machines Issue 7
7
Mean Machines Issue 8
8
Mean Machines Issue 9
9
Mean Machines Issue 10
10
Mean Machines Issue 11
11
Mean Machines Issue 12
12
Mean Machines Issue 13
13
Mean Machines Issue 14
14
Mean Machines Issue 15
15
1992 Mean Machines Issue 16
16
Mean Machines Issue 17
17
Mean Machines Issue 18
18
Mean Machines Issue 19
19
Mean Machines Issue 20
20
Mean Machines Issue 21
21
Mean Machines Issue 22
22
Mean Machines Issue 23
23
Mean Machines Issue 24
24
     

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