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Launch Editor

Dave Perry

Company

Paragon Publishing
Imagine Publishing

ISSN

1358-9474

First Date

November 1995

Final Date

Still Going

Total Issues

262

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

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
8
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

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 Jun 2013 100 £4.99 Luke Albiges Imagine
233 18 Jul 2013

Issue IndexEdit

Play Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Xmas
1995 12
1996 3456789101112131415
1997 161718/19202122232425262728
1998 2930/313233343536373839404142
1999 4344/454647484950515253545556
2000 5758/596061626364656667686970
2001 7172/737475767778798081828384
2002 85868788899091929394959697
2003 9899100101102103104105106107108109110
2004 111112113114115116117118119120121122123
2005 124125126127128129130131132133134135136
2006 137138139140141142143144145146147
2007 148149150151152153154155156157158159160
2008 161162163164165166167168169170171172173
2009 174175176177178179180181182183184185186
2010 187188189190191192193194195196197198199
2011 200201202203204205206207208209210211212
2012 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225
2013 226 227 228 229 230 231 232            

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