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This issue was cover-dated January 1992 and released in December 1991. It cost £1.95.

RegularsEdit

Editorial / The Team - 1 page (2)

Contents - 1 page (3)

The Total! Adventure Compo - 1 page (27)

The Total! Gameplayers Championship 1992 - 2 pages (42-43)

Subscriptions - 1 page (82)

Next Month - 1 page (83)

NewsEdit

Everyone's gone Nintendo crazy: Fact - 1,300,000 people now own NES and Game Boys in the UK. - (4)

The Super NES is coming! - (5)

10 Things You Never Wanted To Know About Mario... - (5)

FeatureEdit

Become a Nintendo Expert! - 5 pages (6-10)

If you're wondering what system to buy, what add-ons to get or simply what to do with the stuff when you've bought it, you'll find all the answers here.

ReviewsEdit

Reviews Introduction - 2 pages (11,61)

Game Title Publisher Format Reviewer Pgs Pg No(s) Looks Sounds Game- play Life Span Final Rating (%)
Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo NES Steve Jarratt 4 12-15 9 9 10 9 98
Solar Jetman Nintendo NES Steve Jarratt 3 16-18 9 9 9 9 92
WWF Wrestlemania Challenge LJN Ltd NES Andy Dyer 1 19 8 6 4 1 37
Batman Sunsoft NES Andy Dyer 2 20-21 9 5 8 7 81
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants Acclaim NES Steve Jarratt 2 22-23 7 9 8 7 81
Captain Skyhawk Nintendo NES Andy Dyer 2 24-25 9 9 8 6 83
Goal! Jaleco NES Andy Dyer 1 26 4 2 3 2 39
Solstice Nintendo NES Andy Dyer 3 28-30 9 9 9 8 90
Time Lord MB NES Andy Dyer 1 31 5 5 4 3 43
Isolated Warrior Nintendo NES Andy Dyer 2 32-33 8 5 8 7 72
Digger T. Rock: The Legend of the Lost City MB NES Steve Jarratt 2 34-35 6 8 5 4 58
Top Gun: The Second Mission Konami NES Steve Jarratt 2 36-37 9 9 6 4 66
Battle of Olympus, The Nintendo NES Andy Dyer 2 38-39 8 5 9 9 92
Defender of the Crown Palcom NES Steve Jarratt 2 40-41 6 4 8 5 71
Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road Nintendo NES Andy Dyer 2 44-45 7 5 5 4 54
Snake Rattle 'n Roll Nintendo NES Steve Jarratt 2 46-47 10 9 9 7 90
Boulder Dash First Star NES Andy Dyer 2 48-49 8 8 9 9 90
Gauntlet II Mindscape NES Steve Jarratt 2 50-51 10 10 8 7 88
Skate or Die Palcom NES Andy Dyer 2 52-53 4 8 5 4 52
Bubble Bobble Taito NES Steve Jarratt 2 54-55 8 6 9 7 80
F-1 Race Nintendo Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 62 9 9 9 9 88
RoboCop Ocean Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 63 8 8 6 7 74
Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan Konami Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 64 9 9 8 8 91
R-Type Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 65 10 8 8 8 86
Side Pocket Data East Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 66 6 6 4 4 59
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle Kemco Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 67 6 4 4 4 43
Super Mario Land Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 68 9 8 9 7 94
Super R.C. Pro-Am Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 69 9 6 9 6 87
Qix Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 70 5 5 7 6 83
Revenge of the Gator HAL Laboratory Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 71 8 8 9 10 85
Solar Striker Nintendo Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 72 3 7 8 8 72
Batman Sunsoft Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 73 8 9 8 7 80
Golf Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 74 8 7 9 9 92
Tennis Nintendo Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 75 7 8 9 8 95
Kwirk Acclaim Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 76 6 8 8 8 78
Dr. Mario Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 77 6 8 6 5 64
Castlevania: The Adventure Konami Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 78 9 8 8 7 89
Nintendo World Cup Nintendo Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 79 8 5 6 6 64
King of the Zoo Nintendo Game Boy Steve Jarratt 1 80 7 8 9 8 87
The Chessmaster Software Toolworks Game Boy Andy Dyer 1 81 7 8 10 10 90

Comments

Super Mario Bros. 3 - 98%

Totally stunning! Over the last few years i've played an awful lot of games on a lot of different machines - and this beats them all. What else can I say?

Solar Jetman - 92%

Hard to fault this game, really. It's technically stunning, incredibly playable and more polished than your mom's silver. Buy and enjoy!

WWF Wrestlemania Challenge - 37%

The graphics are good and the wrestling moves are actually quite impressive. But at the end of the day, it's neither challenging, nor very exciting.

Batman - 81%

There's nothing really original about this game but who cares when it plays so well? Each level is long with some ingenious and tricky end-of-level challenges. Basically a great game!

Bart vs the Space Mutants - 81%

If it wasn't for the lack of a password system, Bart and family would have been kicking around the 90's. Still, this is a real smart game and no mistake!

Captain Skyhawk - 83%

Incredibly snazzy graphics, three different types of gameplay, fast-paced action and beautiful presentation. A spiffingly good blast 'em up.

Goal! - 39%

WAH! Flickery graphics, random player-switching and opponents with glue on their boots. Everything you never wanted from a football game.

Solstice - 90%

Apart from the lack of a save game this is brill. The graphics are unbelievable, the challenge is huge and the gameplay totally rivetting!

Time Lord - 43%

Darn it! I like the idea behind this, but the gameplay is so frustrating. Silly puzzles and poor programming have made this a real pain to play.

Isolated Warrior - 72%

Some of the levels drag on a bit, but the graphics are pretty hot (if a little flickery) and the gameplay is frantic! Yep, this is one mean blast!

Digger T. Rock - 58%

Lots of neat ideas, but Digger T. Rock is just too frustrating. I didn't really enjoy playing it that much, and I don't think you'll be thrilled either.

Top Gun: The Second Mission - 66%

This is an amazing looking game - a real stomach churner. But it's so flippin' tough your stomach will be churning for the wrong reason.

Battle of Olympus - 92%

This is a lot prettier than many adventures and there's plenty of slice 'n' dice action. Variety, good atmosphere and a quest that goes on and on!

Defender of the Crown - 71%

This classic strategy game is a bit disappointing. It's very good, but could have been even better.

Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road - 54%

No good as a one-player game - it's too easy and too dull. It's only worth a second glance if you're really into simultaneous multi-player action.

Snake Rattle 'n Roll - 90%

Another unbelievable game from Rare and Nintendo. It's challenging, plays like a dream and the two-player option is the biz!

Boulder Dash - 90%

He may be an old man, but Rockford's looking better than ever. Smart graphics, masses of levels and a challenge bigger than, er, a very big thing.

Gauntlet II - 88%

As-near-as-dammit-arcade-perfect. Technically superb and terrific fun with a group of friends. Delve into the dungeons, but don't go alone!

Skate or Die - 52%

If I had the choice between skating and dying it'd be a close-run thing. There are certainly better ways to spend your NES playing time.

Bubble Bobble - 80%

Spoiled by too many continues and passwords, but still more playable than the contents of a large jar marked 'Danger! Playable substances!'.

F-1 Race - 88%

Who'd have thought such speed was possible on the Gameboy? And it's not just an exercise in programming. The gameplay is spot-on, the graphics are brill and the four-player option is the bee's knees!

Robocop - 74%

Looks professional but the annoying gameplay will get to you. Robo is just too sluggish (unlike his enemies). It's very good but brilliant.

Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan - 91%

I'm not a massive Turtles fan but this is great. The graphics are excellent, the sound is well-funky and what's more it's playable beyond belief.

R-Type - 86%

R-Type fans won't find anything new in this version. But if you've been starved of blasting action it's a big enough meal for anybody.

Side Pocket - 59%

More of a puzzle game with pool balls than a true pool simulation. With a computer opponent and English rules it could have been great.

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle - 43%

What a waste of an opportunity. If any character was going to make a good game it was Bugs. But despite good animation, this is dull beyond belief.

Super Mario Land - 94%

Yet another wonderful Mario game (where will it end?). You must own a Game Boy, so why haven't you got Super Mario Land?

Super RC Pro-Am - 87%

Onec again, Rare manage the impossible with this stunning R.C. racer! The thrill won't last forever, but the multi-player option is a winner.

Qix - 83%

If you fancy something different, this will definately fit the bill! It's very unusual and extremely playable, but perhaps lacking variety.

Revenge of the Gator - 85%

This is as close to real pinball as you can get, and has more features than your average table! It's fine, fun and flipperin' brill!

Solar Striker - 72%

It looks a bit old fashioned but the high level of playability makes up for it. And there are enough difficult levels to keep you going for ages.

Batman - 80%

A few niggling faults in the gameplay, but Batman is still a good jaunt. Certainly no complaints in the audio-video department!

Golf - 92%

A stupendous version of the sport, with everything you could possibly want. Golf fans should buy it now!

Tennis - 95%

Stunningly simple tennis simulation, but one which plays much better than those on bigger machines. What do I think of it? Love all!

Kwirk - 78%

Standard graphics but the sound is pretty good. It's also very playable. Excellent as an occasional time-filler and should last you a long time.

Dr. Mario - 64%

Clever attempt at a Tetris-style puzzler, that doesn't quite work. You'll enjoy your first few attempts, but it soon becomes a bit of a drag.

Castlevania Adventure - 89%

If it wasn't for the annoying restart points this game might have got into the nineties. Even so, it's still a rip-roaring little game. Give it a bash!

Nintendo World Cup - 64%

This is very different to many footy sims that have been released. But despite interesting graphics and some nice features it's still flawed.

King of the Zoo - 87%

Weird, wacky and wonderful. Simple ideas are always the best and this one's as simple as Thicky! If it's fast action you're after, here it is!

The Chess Master - 90%

Snazzy speech, sampled sounds, loads of skill levels and an idiot-proof control system. It all adds up to a helluva version of a helluva game.

Total! TactixEdit

Super Mario Bros - NES - 1 page (56)

Super Mario Land - Gameboy - 1 page (57)

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles - NES - 2 pages (58-59)

Other Tips - Golf, Batman, Castlevania Adventure, Snake Rattle N Roll, Bubble Bobble, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan, Side Pocket, Tennis, The Simpsons - 1 page (60)

Other CreditsEdit

Deputy Editor

Andy Dyer

Art Editors

Wayne Allen, Julie Stuckes

Publisher

Steve Carey

Issue IndexEdit

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