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This issue is dated October 1991 and cost £2.95

ContentsEdit

Cover DisksEdit

Power Play - 4 pages (7-10)

  • MiG-29M Super Fulcrum (Demo) - (7-9)
  • Speedball 2 (Demo) - (9-10)
  • Sparks (Screensaver) - (10)
  • Nocurs (Utility) - (10)
  • LHA (Archiver) - (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

  • Sierra: Leisure Suit Larry V, Police Quest III and King's Quest V - (13)
  • Mindscape: Wing Commander II and Strike Commander - (13-14)
  • US Gold: Shadow Sorcerer, Cruise for a Corpse, The Godfather, Might and Magic III and Cybercon III - (14-15)
  • Mirrorsoft: Falcon 3.0, Bill Elliott's NASCAR Challenge and TV Sports Boxing - (15)
  • ...and there's more: F-15 II Desert Storm, Team Suzuki, Federation of Free Traders, Robin Hood, Strike 2, Eye of the Storm, The Blues Brothers, Floor 13, Super Space Invaders and Thunderhawk AH-73M. - (16)

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.
  • In Flight: JetFighter II, Flight Simulator 4.0, F-19 Stealth Fighter, F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Strike Eagle II, Falcon A.T., Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Knights of the Sky, Their Finest Hour: Battle of Britain, Battlehawks 1942, F-16 Combat Pilot, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Red Baron
  • In Space: Elite Plus, Wing Commander
  • In Tanks: M1 Tank Platoon
  • Shoot-'em-Ups: Xenon, Xenon 2
  • Role Playing: Eye of the Beholder, The Ultima Series (Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness, Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress, Exodus: Ultima III, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, Ultima VI: The False Prophet, Worlds of Ultima: Savage Empire, Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams), Might and Magic 2, Captive
  • Driving: Indianapolis 500, Test Drive, Stunt Car Racer, OutRun, 4D Sports Driving
  • Adventures: The Infocom Range (Zork I, Zork II, Zork III, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Wishbringer, Enchanter, Sorcerer, Deadline, Planetfall), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, The Secret of Monkey Island, Wonderland, It Came From the Desert, Heart of China, Leisure Suit Larry 1-3 (Leisure Suit Larry, Leisure Suit Larry 2, Leisure Suit Larry 3), Carmen Sandiego Series (Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Europe is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?), Rise of the Dragon
  • Sport: 3D Pool, PGA Tour Golf, Links, Chessmaster 2100, Zany Golf, John Madden Football
  • Strategy: Carrier Command, Populous, Railroad Tycoon, Supremacy, SimCity, Global Dilemma: Guns or Butter
  • War: UMS II: Nations at War
  • Submarines: Silent Service II
  • Puzzles: E-Motion, Helter Skelter, Lemmings, The Sentinel, Tetris, Loopz, Sarakon, Computer Scrabble
  • Arcade: Golden Axe, Prince of Persia, Rick Dangerous 2, Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Super Off Road

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: Brutal Deluxe 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                   PC Format Issue 1
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PC Format Issue 2
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PC Format Issue 3
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1992 PC Format Issue 4
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PC Format Issue 5
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PC Format Issue 6
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2010 PC Format Issue 235
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PC Format Issue 242
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PC Format Issue 245
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PC Format Issue 246
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PC Format Issue 247
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2011 PC Format Issue 248
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PC Format Issue 249
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PC Format Issue 250
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PC Format Issue 251
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PC Format Issue 252
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PC Format Issue 253
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PC Format Issue 254
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PC Format Issue 255
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PC Format Issue 259
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PC Format Issue 275
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