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Launch Editor

Dave Perry

Company

Paragon Publishing
Imagine Publishing
Future Publishing

ISSN

1358-9474

First Date

November 1995

Final Date

Still Going

Total Issues

281

See here for a Gallery of front covers.

EditorsEdit

Dave Perry

Nick Roberts

Damian Butt

Ryan Butt

Graeme Nicholson

Steve Takle

Nick Jones

Keith Hennessey

Ryan King

Rick Porter

Samuel Roberts

Luke Albiges

Nick Roberts

WritersEdit

Please see here for a list of people who are credited with writing articles or reviews in Play.

StatsEdit

Circulation FiguresEdit

Year Jan-Jun Jul-Dec
1995 25,424
1996 27,678 30,338
1997 36,925 47,432
1998 71,153 91,750
1999 76,528 89,614
2000 76,535
2001 71,426
2002 58,553
2003 57,060
2004 54,109
2005 46,567 53,102
2006 29,086
2007
2008
2009 24,062
2010 21,735
2011 15,693
2012 10,065
2013 7,668

ReviewsEdit

List of Play Reviews here.

Issue Games Reviewed Average Score Highest Score Highest Scoring Game Lowest Score Lowest Scoring
1 28 77% 95% Tekken 38% Novastorm
2 18 70% 92% Lone Soldier 37% King of Bowling
3
4 14 81% 94% Actua Soccer 67% Cyberia
5 14 80% 94% Total NBA '96 65% Kileak: The Blood 2
6 16 80% 95% Adidas Power Soccer 64% Zero Divide
7 11 74% 95% Tekken 2 49% Hyper Crazy Climber
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9 11 77% 90% Fade to Black, Sampras Extreme Tennis 50% Cheesy
10 10 76% 90% Pro Pinball 56% Skeleton Warriors
197 20 75% 93% Vanquish 29% Quantum Theory
198 21 72% 94% BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 36% Saw II: Flesh & Blood
205 8 72% 95% Portal 2 42% Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive
206 12 68% 91% L.A. Noire 38% Thor: God of Thunder
207 15 65% 88% Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 20% Kung Fu Panda 2
208 16 62% 81% Puzzle Dimension 30% Call of Juarez: The Cartel
209 9 74% 92% Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 49% Rugby World Cup 2011
210 16 72% 94% Ico and the Shadow of the Colossus Collection 50% Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer
211 20 70% 94% Batman: Arkham City 35% X-Men: Destiny
212 93% The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 38% Spider-Man: Edge of Time
224 16 72% 94% XCOM: Enemy Unknown 37% Double Dragon Neon
225 18 70% 95% Need for Speed: Most Wanted 32% Silent Hill: Book of Memories
226 6 74% 88% Far Cry 3 55% Epic Mickey 2
227 11 69% 93% DmC (Devil May Cry) 18% Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified
228 4 83% 94% Persona 4 Golden 70% Dead Space 3
229 15 65% 90% Tomb Raider,
God of War: Ascension
40% Aliens: Colonial Marines,
Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires
230 9 73% 97% BioShock Infinite 55% Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
231 13 66% 92% The Walking Dead 20% The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
232 9 76% 94% The Last of Us 55% Poker Night 2
281 4 6.3 8 Toukiden 2 5 Mass Effect: Andromeda
282 9 7.1 8 Little Nightmares, Outlast 2, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Shiness: The Ligtning Kingdom, Statik 5 Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3, The Sexy Brutale

Other InfoEdit

Issue Cover Date Release Date Pages Price Editor / Deputy Ed. Publisher
1 November 1995 19 October 1995 100 £2.95 Dave Perry Paragon
2 December 1995 16 November 1995 100 £2.95 Dave Perry Paragon
3 January 1996 14 December 1995 £2.95 Dave Perry Paragon
4 February 1996 18 January 1996 100 £2.95 Dave Perry Paragon
5 March 1996 21 February 1996 100 £2.95 Nick Roberts Paragon
6 Easter 1996 28 March 1996 100 £2.95 Nick Roberts Paragon
7 May 1996 25 April 1996 100 £2.95 Nick Roberts & Damian Butt Paragon
8 June 1996 23 May 1996 Paragon
9 July 1996 June 1996 100 £2.95 Damian Butt Paragon
10 August 1996 18 July 1996 100 £2.95 Damian Butt Paragon
11 15 August 1996
205 N/A 12 May 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
206 N/A 9 June 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
207 N/A 7 July 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
208 N/A 4 August 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
209 N/A 1 September 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
210 N/A 29 September 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
211 N/A 27 October 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
212 N/A 24 November 2011 116 £4.99 Ryan King Imagine
213 N/A 22 December 2011
224 N/A 25 October 2012 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
225 N/A 22 November 2012 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
226 N/A 20 December 2012 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
227 N/A 17 January 2013 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
228 N/A 14 February 2013 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
229 N/A 14 March 2013 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
230 N/A 18 April 2013 100 £4.99 Samuel Roberts Imagine
231 N/A 23 May 2013 100 £4.99 Luke Albiges Imagine
232 N/A 20 June 2013 100 £4.99 Luke Albiges Imagine
233 N/A 18 July 2013
281 N/A 27 April 2017 70 Luke Albiges Future
282 N/A 25 May 2017 70 Luke Albiges Future

Issue IndexEdit

Play Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Xmas
1995                     Play Issue 1
1
Play Issue 2
2
 
1996 Play Issue 3
3
Play Issue 4
4
Play Issue 5
5
Play Issue 6
6
Play Issue 7
7
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Play Issue 9
9
Play Issue 10
10
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1997   Cover missing
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1998 Cover missing
29
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2000 Cover missing
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2003 Cover missing
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Play Issue 101
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Play Issue 121
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2005 Cover missing
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Play Issue 131
131
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Play Issue 133
133
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2006 Play Issue 137
137
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2007 Cover missing
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2008 Cover missing
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2009 Cover missing
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2010 Cover missing
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Play Issue 196
196
Play Issue 197
197
Play Issue 198
198
Play Issue 199
199
2011 Play Issue 200
200
Play Issue 201
201
Play Issue 202
202
Play Issue 203
203
Play Issue 204
204
Play Issue 205
205
Play Issue 206
206
Play Issue 207
207
Play Issue 208
208
Play Issue 209
209
Play Issue 210
210
Play Issue 211
211
Play Issue 212
212
2012 Play Issue 213
213
Play Issue 214
214
Play Issue 215
215
Play Issue 216
216
Play Issue 217
217
Play Issue 218
218
Play Issue 219
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Play Issue 220
220
Play Issue 221
221
Play Issue 222
222
Play Issue 223
223
Play Issue 224
224
Play Issue 225
225
2013 Play Issue 226
226
Play Issue 227
227
Play Issue 228
228
Play Issue 229
229
Play Issue 230
230
Play Issue 231
231
Play Issue 232
232
Play Issue 233
233
Play Issue 234
234
Play Issue 235
235
Play Issue 236
236
Play Issue 237
237
Play Issue 238
238
2014 Play Issue 239
239
Play Issue 240
240
Play Issue 241
241
Play Issue 242
242
Play Issue 243
243
Play Issue 244
244
Play Issue 245
245
Play Issue 246
246
Play Issue 247
247
Play Issue 248
248
Play Issue 249
249
Play Issue 250
250
Play Issue 251
251
2015 Play Issue 252
252
Play Issue 253
253
Play Issue 254
254
Play Issue 255
255
Play Issue 256
256
Play Issue 257
257
Play Issue 258
258
Play Issue 259
259
Play Issue 260
260
Play Issue 261
261
Play Issue 262
262
Play Issue 263
263
Play Issue 264
264
2016 Play Issue 265
265
Play Issue 266
266
Play Issue 267
267
Play Issue 268
268
Play Issue 269
269
Play Issue 270
270
Play Issue 271
271
Play Issue 272
272
Play Issue 273
273
Play Issue 274
274
Play Issue 275
275
Play Issue 276
276
 
2017 Play Issue 277
277
Play Issue 278
278
Play Issue 279
279
Play Issue 280
280
Play Issue 281
281
Play Issue 282
282
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283
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