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This issue is dated October 1991 and cost £2.95

Cover DisksEdit

Power Play - 4 pages (7-10)

NewsEdit

Amstrad goes for games: Amstrad release first dedicated leisure PC with F-15 Strike Eagle II, Links and Prince of Persia included - (13)

Portable PC: The ACL-386SX. 20 mhz speed and a price tag of £4,000 released by Amstrad - (13)

Sega's PC/Console Hybrid: Sega release the Teradrive in Japan. A PC with built in Megadrive - (13)

Screen Debut: Channel 4 commissions computer and video games show called GamesMaster - (14)

Child's Play: Storm Software launch educational title Adventure Playground. - (14)

PC Format Bursts into Life: Introducing the essential guide to leisure on the PC - (14)

Thumbs Up: Logitech launch TrackMan Portable, a thumb operated track ball for PC users on the move - (15)

Showing Out: "World of Commodore" show at Earls Court in November - (15)

PC Game Sales Rocket: PC game sales up 400% in the past year - (16)

Monitor Price Crash: Citizen ProCM14i half price - (16)

Working Nightmare: Less leisure time with PC's? - (16)

Portables Poised: Sales of portables predicted to outstrip desktops - (16)

Game News: The PC Software Explosion

FeaturesEdit

Contents - 2 pages (4-5)

Never Mind the Beeps - Here are the Soundcards - 5 pages (21-25)

The chips are alive with the sound of music - and bangs, bleeps, whistles and whoops - as John Minson seeks a harmonious solution as to which of the many PC soundcards out there deserve your hard-earned notes.
  • Software for Adlib Soundcards:-
  • Music Championship #1 (9/10)
  • Instrument Maker (8/10)
  • Software for SoundBlaster Soundcards:-
  • SB Spellbox (7/10)
  • FM Pop-up Music (2/10)
  • Voice Editor (8/10)
  • Hardware
  • Ad-Lib, LAPC-1, Media Music, SoundBlaster, Sound Master II
  • Feature also includes interview with Rob Hubbard.

A Graphic Account - 4 pages (47-50)

Creating works of art on a PC is an exciting way of stretching the machine's capabilities and your creativity, so start to get arty as PC Format puts you in the picture.

Public Domain: Bargain Power - 1½ pages (71-72)

Let us go now, you and I, to see the software you can buy without need for a sedative. Yes, you can put the loan application away as Jason Saunders tells of public domain software that costs not a lot.

Public Domain: Top Ten - 2 pages (72-74)

Public domain guru Phil South names the top ten titles that will get your collection up and running in style and at a minimal outlay.

Q&A - Edward Sheldon - 2 pages (80-81)

Opinion: Productivity - The Man with Two Brains - 3 pages (84-86)

If juggling can give you the synapses of a super-achiever, then gaming really motivates the grey matter, argues John Minson.

Screenplay Stardom - Company Profile: Dynamix - 5 pages (96-100)

Film-making techniques are bringing a taste of Hollywood to computer games as developers take on real actors to breathe extra realism into their wares. Paul Rigby goes on location with American developer Dynamix and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the PC path to the stars.
Includes feature on The Adventures of Willy Beamish - 1⅓ pages (98-99)

The 50 Best Games Ever! - 3 pages (109-111)

There's a wealth of great games available for the PC and here is the PC Format guide to the cream of the crop. Be it strategy, combat or adventure, there's a game here for your tastes.

Next Month: Work in Progress - 1 page (114)

ReviewsEdit

GamesEdit

Game Title Publisher Reviewer Pages Pg No(s) Score (%)
Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe Lucasfilm / US Gold Richard Longhurst 4 30-33 88
Gunship 2000 MicroProse Mark Ramshaw 4 35-38 88
Mario Andretti's Racing Challenge Electronic Arts Richard Longhurst 4 42-45 65
F-117A Stealth Fighter MicroProse Sean Masterson 4 53-56 87
Speedball II Image Works Jason Saunders 3 60-62 73
Rules of Engagement Electronic Arts Tim Smith 4 89-92 55

Public DomainEdit

Reviews by Jason Saunders

Software Title Publisher Genre Page Score
Ground War Enque Software Game 75,77 7/10
Commander Keen Scott Miller Game 77 5/10
Word Fugue Fugue Software Word Processor 77 8/10
Hugo's House of Horror David P. Gray Game 77-78 7/10
Picture Puzzle Daniel Linton Jr. Game 78 8/10
PC Canary Compas / New England Virus Checker 78 6/10

OtherEdit

Game Title Publisher Reviewer Pages Pg No(s) Score (%)
Tipster Professional Sidmouth Software John Minson 2 58-59 70
Visions Lifestyle Software Group John Minson 2 102-103 70

TipsEdit

The Secret of Monkey Island - 3 pages (65,67-68)

JetFighter II - Richard Longhurst - 1 page (69)

AdvertsEdit

Public Domain Issue 1 - 1 page (83)

New Computer Express - 1 page (108)

Other CreditsEdit

Consultant Editor

John Minson

Production Editor

Karl Foster

Staff Writers

Richard Longhurst, Jason Saunders

Contributors

Phil South, Mark Ramshaw, Paul Rigby, Paul Perkins, Gary Penn, Edward Sheldon, Tim Smith, Sean Masterson, PG Mostyn

Art Editor

Wayne Allen

Graphic Designer

Kevin Hibbert

Publisher

Greg Ingham

Issue IndexEdit

PC Format Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Xmas
1991 123
1992 45678 910111213 1415
1993 161718192021222324252627
1994 282930313233343536373839
1995 404142434445464748495051
1996 52535455565758596061626364
1997 65666768697071727374757677
1998 78798081828384858687888990
1999 919293949596979899100101102103
2000 104105106107108109110111112113/114115116117
2001 118119120121122123124125126127128129130
2002 131132133134135136137138139140141142143
2003 144145146147148149150151152153154155156
2004 157158159160161162163164165166167168169
2005 170171172173174175176177178179180181182
2006 183184185186187188189190191192193194195
2007 196197198199200201202203204205206207208
2008 209210211212213214215216217218219220221
2009 222223224225226227228229230231232233234
2010 235236237238239240241242243244245246247
2011 248249250251252253254255256257258259260
2012 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273
2013 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281          

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