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This issue was cover-dated May 1985 and cost 95p.

RegularsEdit

Contents - 1 page (3)

Zzap!-Ed - 3 pages (7-9)

Zzap! Rrap (Letters) - 2 pages (10-11)

Competition - 1 page (19)

Zzap! FlashEdit

Page 25

  • Mystery of the 'altered' cassette player
  • Do they know it's Soft Aid: Soft Aid launched to raise money for Ethiopia.

Page 26

  • Bigger than Quo Vadis: Almazz from The Edge, also Quo Vadis prize still not won.
  • Everyone's a Wally part 1 & 2: from Mikro-Gen
  • The PM's CBMs: 2 C64's presented to Margaret Thatcher.
  • Tramiel Attack: Jack Attack based on Jack Tramiel?
  • Gryphon, the Nonmythical Bug: Some copies of Gryphon have game-breaking bugs.

Page 27

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FeaturesEdit

64: Worlds Greatest Games Machine! - Chris Anderson - 3 pages (12-14)

Comments from:- David Tomkins (Commodore), Tim Chaney (US Gold), Ian Stewart (Gremlin Graphics), Tony Crowther, Andy Walker (Taskset)

Interview with Tony Crowther - Chris Anderson - 3 pages (60-62)

The Zzap Challenge - Julian Rignall defeats Gary Penn and Bob Wade at Impossible Mission. 3 pages (86-88)

Zzap 64 Top 64:- 3 pages (89-91)

1-Boulder Dash, 2-Impossible Mission, 3-Decathlon, 4-International Soccer, 5-Psi Warrior

Top ten tackiest top-sellers:- ½ page (92)

1-Valhalla, 2-Alice in Videoland, 3-Daley Thompson's Decathlon, 4-Kokotoni Wilf, 5-Jet Set Willy

Jeff Minter Column - 2 pages (120-121)

ReviewsEdit

Note: Zzap reviewed the Atari version of Bounty Bob Strikes Back.

Key for table:- Val: Value for Money

Game Title Publisher Reviewer(s) Pgs Pg No(s) Val (%)
Elite Firebird BW 3 16-18 95
Pastfinder Activision BW, GP, JR 2 20-21 85
Rock 'n' Bolt Activision BW, GP, JR 1 22 61
Seaside Special Taskset BW, GP, JR 1 33 61
BC's Quest for Tires Software Projects BW, GP, JR 1 34-35 57
Web Dimension Activision BW, JR 1 34-35 27
Shades Durell Software BW, GP, JR 1 36 37
Bounty Bob Strikes Back US Gold BW, GP, JR 2 38-39 89
Spy Hunter US Gold BW, GP, JR 2 40-41 87
Aqua Racer Bubble Bus BW, GP, JR 1 42 66
Software Star Addictive Games BW, GP, JR 1 43 43
Tim Love's Cricket Peaksoft BW, GP, JR 1 44 58
Super Huey US Gold BW, GP, JR 1.5 48-49 87
Penetrator Melbourne House BW, GP, JR 1 49-50 56
Pole Position US Gold BW, GP, JR 1 52 70
Airwolf Elite BW, GP, JR 2 54-55 88
Dark Tower Melbourne House BW, GP, JR 1 56-57 41
Caverns of Sillahc Interceptor Micros BW, GP, JR 1 56-57 60
Jack Attack Commodore BW, GP, JR 1 58-59 58
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom US Gold BW, GP, JR 1 58-59 38
Shadowfire Beyond BW, GP, JR 2 66-67 91
Give My Regards to Broad Street Mind Games BW, GP, JR 1 68 65
Tir Na Nog Gargoyle Games BW, GP, JR 2 80-81 87
The Lords of Midnight Beyond BW, GP, JR 3 82-84 91
Cauldron Palace Software BW, GP, JR 2 110-111 87
Frak! Statesoft BW, GP, JR 1 112 71
Battle for Normandy US Gold BW, GP, JR 1 113 74
Combat Leader US Gold BW, GP, JR 1 114 63
Mama Llama Llamasoft BW, GP, JR 1 116 59
Master of the Lamps Activision BW, GP, JR 1 124-125 58
Up 'n' Down US Gold BW, GP, JR 1 124-125 71

Other Details

Key for table:- Pre: Presentation, Ori: Originality, Gra: Graphics, Hoo: Hookability, Sou: Sound, Las: Lastabilit

Game Title Pre (%) Ori (%) Gra (%) Hoo (%) Sou (%) Las (%) Summary
Elite 94 87 91 95 52 98 Even at £14.95 it's a must.
Pastfinder 83 66 84 75 48 91 Despite Activision's price, an excellent buy.
Rock 'n' Bolt 75 76 74 81 93 67 Expensive, but almost a really good game. Not quite enough variety.
Seaside Special 72 78 75 70 61 48 Fun for a while especially if you vote Labour.
BC's Quest for Tires 71 61 71 72 40 57 US software showing its age again.
Web Dimension 75 64 54 42 81 32 Very little to offer apart from the music.
Shades 69 64 42 24 35 48 Not enough arcade or adventure to be satisfying.
Bounty Bob Strikes Back 93 42 68 91 62 93 May well be as successful as its predecessor.
Spy Hunter 61 67 66 91 73 87 Another truly addictive title from the US.
Aqua Racer 64 42 65 58 58 68 Enjoyable action for water sport fans.
Software Star 82 68 15 48 3 41 Not nearly as good as Football Manager.
Tim Love's Cricket 65 57 42 34 4 68 Higher if you really like the sport.
Super Huey 86 72 87 82 78 92 One of the cheapest flight simulators around. A great buy.
Penetrator 73 21 58 54 81 45 Basically a good, but very old game.
Pole Position 68 50 72 73 65 69 Aging idea, but still the best race game money can buy.
Airwolf 60 67 82 88 58 86 Hours of frustration and jubilation guaranteed.
Dark Tower 76 12 49 58 86 56 It's too expensive for old hat.
Caverns of Sillahc 52 21 57 49 59 63 Cheaper than Fort Apocalypse but not as good.
Jack Attack 71 75 46 55 35 71 Unfortunately expensive as it's on cartridge.
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom 68 18 48 54 51 35 Not so much the 25th century as the 15th.
Shadowfire 93 94 92 88 82 93 Stunningly impressive program - experienced gameplayers will rave over it.
Give My Regards to Broad Street 88 81 74 52 56 73 Some very nice features.
Tir Na Nog 83 87 88 79 6 91 One of the great arcade adventures.
The Lords of Midnight 96 95 83 84 0 92 Worth it if ever a game was.
Cauldron 65 74 82 83 73 87 An excellent combination of zapping, leaping and exploring.
Frak! 64 62 74 72 41 70 An excellent British release from Statesoft
Battle for Normandy 86 50 42 44 36 83 Expensive but worth it for war gamers.
Combat Leader 88 68 26 43 29 76 Expensive even for this slick package
Mama Llama 76 62 51 49 63 72 Plenty there, but we suspect even Minter fans will not take to it.
Master of the Lamps 77 55 68 67 94 55 Our reviewers disagreed strongly on this one - try before you buy!
Up 'n' Down 73 65 61 70 60 74 The upper price range but well worth it.

AdventureEdit

Reviews

Key for table:- Atm: Atmosphere, Int: Interaction, Las: Lasting Appeal, Val: Value for Money

Game Title Publisher Pages Pg No(s) Atm (%) Int (%) Las (%) Val (%)
Valkyrie 17 RamJam Corp. 1 71 80 65 75 67
Emerald Isle Level 9 0.50 72 65 55 78 85
Castle of Terror Melbourne House 0.50 72-73 83 70 68 67
Witch's Cauldron Mikro-Gen 0.25 73 50 58 72 65
The Hobbit Melbourne House 0.50 73 90 80 80 75
Ripper Eclipse Software 0.25 74 65 50 58 50
Mindshadow Activision 0.38 74 70 70 68 60
The Tracer Sanction Activision 0.38 74 55 70 65 60

News - 1 page (76)

Features

The White Wizard's Top Ten Adventures - (76-77)

Tips

Twin Kingdom Valley, Urban Upstart, Questprobe Featuring Spider-Man, Heroes of Karn & Empire of Karn - (78)

Other ReviewsEdit

Melody Makers - 3 pages (106-108)

Julian Rignall looks at six very different programs all of which can turn your 64 into a music machine.

Key for table:- Pre: Presentation, EoU: Ease of Use, Sou: Sound Potential, Val: Value for Money

Software Title Publisher Pre (%) EoU (%) Sou (%) Val (%)
Music Maker Activision 93 91 88 85
CMK49 Keyboard Seil 78 69 94 84
Multisound Synthesizer Romik 37 39 68 44
Dancing Feats Artic Computing 72 87 21 69
Ultisynth Quicksilva 76 34 71 46
Music Maker Commodore 88 86 65 72

TipsEdit

Maps for:-

Tips for:-

AdvertsEdit

Moon Cresta - 1 page (2)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Street Hawk, and Daley Thompson's Super-Test - 2 pages (4-5)

Gribbly's Day Out - 1 page (6)

Blagger Goes to Hollywood - 1 page (15)

Master of the Lamps - 1 page (23)

Cauldron - 1 page (24)

Other CreditsEdit

Deputy Editor

Bob Wade

Staff Writers

Gary Penn, Julian Rignall, Steve Cooke

Production Editor

David Western

Contributor

Jeff Minter

Publisher

Roger Kean, Franco Frey

Art Editor

Oliver Frey

External LinksEdit

You can find this magazine over at The Def Guide to Zzap!64

Issue IndexEdit

Zzap!64 Index
Date Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1985 Zzap Issue 1
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Zzap64 Issue 2
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Zzap64 Issue 3
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Zzap64 Issue 5
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1986 Zzap64 Issue 9
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1987 Zzap64 Issue 21
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Zzap64 Issue 41
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Zzap64 Issue 42
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Zzap C64 Amiga Issue 43
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Zzap C64 Amiga Issue 44
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1989 cover missing
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