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Issue 33 was dated January 1988 and priced at £1.95. This issue featured a double-sided Combat School / Oliver Frey calender.

RegularsEdit

Contents  - 1 page (5)

Editorial - 1 page (7)

Mel Croucher's Under the Baud Walk - 1 page (8)

Zzap Rrap (Letters) - 2¾ pages (37-39)

Readers Charts - 2 pages (98-99)

Postmark with Brendon Kavanagh - 2 pages (121-122)

Scorelord - 2 pages (154-155)

FeaturesEdit

The Sensible Guide to Construction - (2 pages) (54-55)

Sensible Software's Jonathan 'Jops' Hare is here to explain how to get to grips with the program (Shoot 'em Up Construction Kit), and have fun with a little Slap 'n' Tickle in the process.

Picture This - (7 pages) (101-107)

With the increase and effective saturation of the computer industry with quality software, the need for similarly high quality advertising has arisen. The content of most computer games; alien species, intergalactic battles, underwater explorations and the like, give rise for the need of a graphic representation by means other than photographic, simply because it's impossible to capture the actual subject matter on film. To this end, the artist has played an important role in the conception, look, and eventual growth of the home software industry. Steve Jarratt provides a brief insight into the lives of four top artists (Bob Wakelin, Tony Roberts, Steinar Lund, David Rowe)

A He-Man in the Making - (2 pages) (110-111)

The Masters Of The Universe characters have gone from strength to strength in recent years. Originally devised in 1982 by Mattel as a set of toy dolls, they sold so successfully that they were turned into a TV animation series which has since been syndicated around the world. This in turn proved a highly lucrative move, and there are now over 1,000 licensed Masters Of The Universe products currently available. The Cannon Group is about to release a $20 million full length 'live action' film. Julian Rignall reports.  (Features preview of Masters of the Universe: The Movie)

That Was The Year That Was - (11 pages) (126-131,134-138)

A year in the software industry is a long, long time, and the past twelve months have certainly been embroiled in a tumult of confusion. ZZAP! dons its rose-tinted spectacles and takes a retrospective view of past events and events passed.

A Musical Interlude - (4 pages) (143-146)

Are you interested in music and computers? Jon Bates, part-time Crash music reviewer and occasional pop artiste casts a critical eye over the music programs currently available for the Commodore 64, and gives his advice on how to wisely invest your Christmas pennies.

100 All-Time Computer Greats: Part One - (2 pages) (156-157)

Mel Croucher's historic encyclopaedia of the people and events that changed the world of computing. Cartoons by Robin Evans.

PreviewsEdit

Gremlin - Deflektor (191)

Infogrames - Sidewalk (191)

Electronic Arts - Test Drive (191)

US Gold - OutRun (192)

English Software - Knight Games 2 (192,194)

Ocean - Gryzor (194)

The Edge - Inside Outing (194)

ReviewsEdit

Main ReviewsEdit

Key for table:- Pre: Presentation, Gra: Graphics, Sou: Sound, Hoo: Hookability, Las: Lastability, Ove: Overall

Game Title Publisher Reviewers Pgs Pg. No(s) Pre (%) Gra (%) Sou (%) Hoo (%) Las (%) Ove (%)
Combat School Ocean DG, JR 1 11 84 88 91 90 81 91
Driller Incentive DG, JR, SJ 2 12-13 98 97 92 89 93 96
Bobsleigh Digital Integration DG, SJ 0.5 14 88 46 48 53 46 58
Track & Field Konami DG, JR 0.5 14 88 55 62 79 76 61
Superstar Ice Hockey Databyte DG, JR, SJ 1 19 87 62 28 83 79 85
Jack the Nipper II Gremlin JR, SJ, PS 0.75 20-21 57 66 55 78 73 72
MASK Gremlin DG, SJ 0.75 20-21 64 66 56 69 63 63
Thunderchopper Actionsoft JR, SJ 0.5 21 88 82 55 80 82 83
Western Games Ariolasoft DG, JR, SJ 1 22 75 88 67 53 61 68
PHM Pegasus Electronic Arts DG, JR, SJ 1 27 88 63 37 72 57 71
Octapolis English Software DG, JR, SJ 1.5 28-29 78 90 71 87 80 86
Madballs Ocean DG, SJ 0.5 29 67 61 61 53 39 40
Tetris Mirrorsoft DG, JR, SJ 1 30 79 67 98 97 93 94
Xor Logotron DG, SJ 0.5 33 52 62 54 72 70 61
Gunboat Piranha DG, SJ 0.5 33 62 31 42 29 17 20
Chuck Yeagar's Advanced Flight Trainer Electronic Arts DG, JR, SJ 2 34-35 95 90 48 88 97 95
Cosmic Causeway Gremlin JR, SJ 1 159 88 95 85 94 85 93
Skate or Die Electronic Arts DG, JR, SJ 2 160-161 90 98 97 92 88 92
Inspector Gadget and the Circus of Fear Melbourne House DG, SJ 0.5 163 29 31 63 23 9 9
Sky Twice American Action JR, SJ 0.5 163 41 34 47 15 8 7
Basil The Great Mouse Detective Gremlin DG, JR, SJ 0.75 164-165 77 83 62 68 73 77
Airborne Ranger MicroProse DG, JR 0.75 164-165 95 72 52 76 81 73
Mean Streak Mirrorsoft SJ, PS 0.5 165 82 72 74 77 57 71
Alternative World Games Gremlin DG, JR, SJ 1 166 84 93 77 80 79 86
Rampage Activision DG, JR, SJ 1 180 82 65 63 67 41 62
Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper Go! DG, JR, PS 0.75 182-183 82 65 48 75 41 55
Star Wars Domark DG, JR, SJ 0.75 182-183 83 68 43 69 55 70
Rygar US Gold JR, SJ 0.5 183 78 52 68 63 48 57
R.I.S.K. The Edge DG, JR, SJ 2 184-185 93 94 86 89 82 90
Game Title Ove (%) Summary
Combat School 91 A very faithful conversion that offers exceptional playability.
Driller 96 A unique 3D experience to be savoured at length.
Bobsleigh 58 A missed opportunity for a spectacular sports simulation.
Track & Field 61 Playable, but far, far too expensive for what's on offer.
Superstar Ice Hockey 85 An extensive and enjoyable simulation, managing to emulate an unusual sport with style.
Jack the Nipper II 72 Fans of Jack the Nipper, mappers and explorers alike should enjoy Jack's latest tropical antics.
MASK 63 An average toy conversion, with just enough gameplay to make it worthwhile.
Thunderchopper 83 A polished, technically impressive flight simulator. Perhaps not as ostentatious as others, but just as effective.
Western Games 68 An unusual and sometimes over-complicated multi-event game with limited appeal.
PHM Pegasus 71 An enjoyable, although occasionally sporadic, strategy shoot-'em-up.
Octapolis 86 A highly polished and competent arcade blaster, intelligently combined with a challenging platform game.
Madballs 40 An uninspired and unappealing toy conversion.
Tetris 94 Addictive, original and simply brilliant.
Xor 61 A little crude for the 64, but a good puzzle game nevertheless.
Gunboat 20 A poor strategy/shoot 'em up, that fails to appeal at any level.
Chuck Yeagar's Advanced Flight Trainer 95 Fast, exhilerating and extremely polished - simply the most enjoyable flight simulator available for the 64.
Cosmic Causeway 93 A technically superb game that's both visually impressive and fun to play.
Skate or Die 92 Without a doubt a brilliant sports simulation, falling short of a higher accolade due solely to the annoyingly slow loading system.
Inspector Gadget and the Circus of Fear 9 A feeble attempt at a potentially interesting licence.
Sky Twice 7 A loathsome and ridiculously overpriced game.
Basil The Great Mouse Detective 77 A very good platform game, which is possiblt too difficult for its designated market.
Airborne Ranger 73 Lots of action and some real-time strategy - but ludicrously over-priced.
Mean Streak 71 A competent race game, with some unusual ideas.
Alternative World Games 86 A high quality, well thought out game that gently pokes fun at the whole multi-event genre.
Rampage 62 A reasonable conversion that offers multi-player fun, but is ultimately tedious in single player mode.
Trantor: The Last Stormtrooper 55 An average arcade adventure with limited challenge.
Star Wars 70 Star Wars has all the coin-op's features, but is let down by slow speed.
Rygar 57 Not the greatest of conversions, but it does hold a challenge.
R.I.S.K. 90 A superbly presented shoot 'em up, with enough intellectual challenge to keep the entertainment going.

Another Day at the Arcades IIEdit

Reviews by Julian Rignall and Daniel Gilbert

Game Title Publisher Pg. No(s) Comment
Leader Board Arcadia 60 It's certainly an unusual and very entertaining arcade game - go for a round.
World Darts Arcadia 60 World Darts isn't the sort of game you'd expect to find in an arcade, but it's surprisingly addictive and well worth trying out.
SportTime Bowling Arcadia 60 SportTime Bowling is a very weak bowling simulation based on the dire Strike budget game. It doesn't play well and lacks the 'feel' so vital to capture the thrills of bowling.
SportTime Table Hockey Arcadia 60 The fast action is enjoyable at first, but it doesn't take long to lose its appeal.
Pool Arcadia 60 Pool is definitely one of the best games of its type, and should be checked out.
Ninja Mission Arcadia 61 It shouldn't take beat 'em up experts too long to complete the mission, but proves highly enjoyable nonetheless.
Blastaball Arcadia 61 The graphics are colourful, but the gameplay just isn't addictive enough to spend more than a few ten pences on.
Xenon Arcadia 61 Xenon is a very enjoyable and extremely addictive shoot 'em up and is well worth checking out.
Rockford Arcadia 63 Boulderdash fans will doubtless find Rockford fun to play, but those unfamiliar with the computer version may find the action much too tough and unrewarding to be worth persevering with.
Road Wars Arcadia 63 The action is very simplistic, and there's little to do other than dodge or blast approaching objects. It doesn't take long for it to lose its appeal.
Aaargh! Arcadia 63 The destructive gameplay is straightforward, but extremely absorbing, and the highly detailed graphics and superb sound effects enhance the action immensely.
After Burner Sega 64 The game may be very impressive to look at, but it's not very enjoyable to play.
Street Fighter Capcom 65 The action is certainly gratifying, with great feedback from the buttons, but once the novelty of hitting the machine wears off, there's very little in the gameplay to draw you back.
Exzisus Taito 65 Although Exzisus is a very straightforward no-frills blaster, it's extremely playable and keeps you feeling for loose change.
Black Tiger Capcom 66 Black Tiger is tough and challenging, but hasn't anything new to offer. Try it out if you're a Ghosts 'n Goblins fan...
Devil World Konami 66 Devil World is easy to get into, and the violent blasting action is very satisfying indeed.
Fast Lane Konami 67 Fast Lane is a very appealing game, mostly due to its simplicity, and is worth trying out.

Cheap and CheerfulEdit

Reviews by Steve Jarratt

Game Title Publisher Pg. No(s) Ove (%) Comment
Rainbow Dragon Firebird Silver 178 41 Although well presented and smart looking, Rainbow Dragon is slow, cumbersome, has very obscure puzzles and unrewarding gameplay.
Spore Bulldog 178 97 The gameplay is original enough to warrant a higher price tag than it has here, and the inclusion of a screen designer and a superb shoot-'em-up loader game makes it an essential purchase.
Radius Players 179 49 The ship is very slow-moving, and the speed at which the alien waves appear make Radius a difficult and annoying game to play.
Kromazone M.A.D. 179 72 Kromazone presents some stunning graphics, and the gameplay is fast and furious. It possibly lacks lasting appeal, since the attack waves do not vary on subsequent plays, but Kromazone offers a good blast.
Trivial Fruit Pirate 179 88 As with its more famous predecessor, Trivial Fruit is tremendous fun when played in a crowd, and the package is surprisingly comprehensive.
Survivors Atlantis 179 79 The gameplay is taxing both mentally and dexterously, and Boulderdash fans suffering from withdrawal symptoms should enjoy Survivors quite a lot.

CompilationsEdit

Reviews by Julian Rignall

Game Title Publisher Pg. No(s) Ove (%) Comment
Broderbund US Gold 90 67 An entertaining package of four games in their autumn years.
Lode Runner Collection US Gold 90 63 Plenty for a traditional platform addict to get his teeth into - but it all tastes the same.
5 Computer Hits Beau Jolly 90 54 Five dying games have their final fling before being put out to pasture.
Epyx Epics US Gold 90 94 Three timeless classics, and an amusing Breakdance game thrown in for good measure.
Lucasfilm Prestige Activision 91 96 A collection of the four greatest 3D computer experiences - a captivating package which is well worth buying.
Five Star Games II Beau Jolly 91 76 An odd mixture of cabbages and kings, with Dandy being the prizewinning vegetable.
Coin-op Classics US Gold 91 42 The coin-ops might have been classics, but these aren't.
Classix 1 The Edge 91 45 Apart from Bobby Bearing, a weak and dated collection of not so golden oldies.
Summer Gold US Gold 92 85 A tasty pot-pourrie of genres, providing a wide variety of game styles and plenty of long-term entertainment.
Solid Gold US Gold 92 93 A varied package which offers a consistently high standard of playable and compelling programs.
6-Pak Vol. 2 Elite 92 90 A neat mixture of excellent games, with only Batty lacking lasting appeal.
Game, Set and Match Ocean 93 75 A wide variety of sports games which range from the excellent to the forgettable.
4 Action Hits American Action 93 30 A startlingly poor quartet.
Live Ammo Ocean 93 67 An interesting package that has more low points than high ones.
Power Plays Power House 94 41 A collection of eight £1.99 games, some of which are grotty to the extreme. It would be better to buy the three good games separately, and save the change.
Four Smash Hits from Hewson Hewson 94 88 Four very high quality shoot 'em ups - well worth checking out.
Magnificent Seven Ocean 94 91 More like a 'Very Competent 8'. Five greats and three not-so-greats, but still deserving of a place in the software collection.
10 Computer Hits 4 Beau Jolly 94 92 Incredible value for money, despite a couple of pitfalls.
Ten Great Games Gremlin 95 93 A very varied compilation with plenty to keep a gamer happy for days on end. None of the games are poor, and all offer plenty of playability. Well worth considering.
Best of Elite Elite 95 62 Plenty of variety, but unfortunately many of the games offer limited enjoyment. It's also rather pricey.
Five Star Games III Beau Jolly 95 80 Another varied package offering good range of games, but no outstanding titles.

AdventuresEdit

Key for table:- Atm: Atmosphere, Int: Interaction, Cha: Challenge, Ove: Overall

Game Title Publisher Pgs Pg. No(s) Atm (%) Inter (%) Chall (%) Ove (%)
Knight Orc Level 9 0.3 77 79 84 81 81
Plundered Hearts Infocom 0.5 78-79 94 91 81 90
Nord and Bert couldn't make Head or Tail of It Infocom 0.3 79 53 62 53 57
Game Title Ove (%) Comment
Knight Orc 81 Level 9 once again prove themselves to be masters of the single-load adventure.
Plundered Hearts 90 Hence the believability of the game, its accuracy and its attention to detail. This is Amy's first adventure for Infocom, let us hope there are many more to follow.
Nord and Bert couldn't make Head or Tail of It 57 Nord is not funny, not clever, not inspirational and very easy to switch off.

ManoeuvresEdit

Reviews by Philippa Irving

Key for table:- Pre = Presentation, Gra = Graphics, Rul = Rules, Aut = Authenticity, Pla = Playability, Ove = Overall

Game Title Publisher Pgs Pg. No(s) Pre (%) Gra (%) Rul (%) Aut (%) Pla (%) Ove (%)
Battles in Normandy SSG 1 116 95 60 96 90 86 90
Ogre MicroProse/Origin 1 117 70 51 87 60 85 86
Annals of Rome PSS 1 118 49 60 65 80 64 68
Game Title Ove (%) Comment
Battles in Normandy 90 Another sizzler for SSG, and a game entirley worthy of purchase.
Ogre 86 Well worth investigating.
Annals of Rome 68 An interesting idea and a good game, rather disappointing in its Commodore incarnation.

PeripheralsEdit

Joystick Reviews - (4 pages) (71-74)

  • Suncom TAC-5 68%
  • Terminator 55%
  • Cruiser 90%
  • Euromax Micro-Handler Multi-Function Joystick 73%
  • Cheetah 125 Special 67%
  • Competition Pro 5000 94%

TipsEdit

Cheats

Gerry the Germ Goes Body Poppin', Anarchy (45)
Freddy Hardest (47)

Pokes

Swamp Fever, Hades Nebula, Cataball, Deliverance, Solomon's Key, Delta, International Karate (45)
Joe Blade, Mountie Mick's Deathride, Red L.E.D., Mega-Apocalypse, Challenge of the Gobots, Arcade Classics, Starfox (47)
Wiz, Uridium+, Last Mission, Hybrid, Shao-Lin's Road, Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior (48)
Space Harrier, Re-Bounder, Doomdark's Revenge, Donkey Kong (49)
Back to Reality, Cosmonut (52)

Tips

Bubble Bobble, IK+ (49)
Quedex (52)

Maps

Re-Bounder (46)
Yogi Bear (50-51)
Joe Blade (52)

AdvertsEdit

Games

Deflektor, Basil The Great Mouse Detective, MASK II, Tour de Force (2-3)
Rastan (4)
Flying Shark (6)
M.A.C.H. (10)
Live Ammo (15)
OutRun (16-17)
Andy Capp (18)
Star Wars (24-25)
Ultima I, Ultima III, Ultima IV, Ultima V, Moebius, Auto Duel, Ogre (32), (132)
Twin Tornado (36)
Premier II, European II, World Champions, Cricket Master (39)
19: Part One: Boot Camp, ACE 2, Implosion, Traz (40-41)
Bobsleigh, ATF: Advanced Tactical Fighter (42)
Pirates (44)
Psycho Soldier (53)
Super Hang-On (56-57)
Knight Games 2, Leviathan, Q Ball (58)
Bone Cruncher (62)
Yogi Bear, Through the Trap Door, Flunky, Roy of the Rovers, Judge Death, Gunboat (68-69)
Gunship (83)
Apollo 18, Test Drive (84-85)
Masters of the Universe: The Movie (88)
Predator (96-97)
Tankattack, Wulfpack (100)
Rygar, Gauntlet II, 720°, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (112-113)
Airborne Ranger (114)
Up Periscope (124-125)
Cosmic Causeway (139)
Rampage (148-149)
Defender of the Crown (158)
Side Arms (162)
Hunter's Moon (167)
California Games, Street Sports Basketball, Sub Battle Simulator, Epyx Epics, Street Sports Baseball (168-169)
The Double (171)
Gary Lineker's Superstar Soccer (175)
A Question of Scruples (181)
Ultima V (186)
Match Day II (190)
Basket Master (195)
Magnificent Seven (196)

Magazines

The Games Machine Issue 2 (176-177)

AnalysisEdit

Type Pages %
Features 43 22%
Reviews 41 21%
Previews 3 2%
Competitions 13 7%
Other Editorial (Contents, Surveys, etc..) 21 11%
Tips 8.5 4%
Letters 3.25 2%
Advert: Games 51 26%
Advert: Magazines 2 1%
Advert: Other 10.25 5%
Total Editorial 132.75 68%
Total Adverts 63.25 32%

Other CreditsEdit

Assistant Editor

Steve Jarratt

Staff Writers

Daniel Gilbert, Lloyd Mangram, Paul Sumner

Contributing Writers

Mark Caswell, Nik Wild, Mel Croucher, Philippa Irving, Brendon Kavanagh, Jon Bates

Editorial Assistant

Glenys Powell

Production Controller

David Western

Art Director

Oliver Frey

Assistant Art Director

Mark Kendrick

External LinksEdit

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

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