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The Games Machine Issue 2

ISSUE: 2Content


  • Violence in Software
    Mel Croucher accuses the industry
  • Graphic Matters
    Robin Candy paints with Degas Elite (ST)
  • Not a Penny More
    An adventure story to get you in the mood, specially written for THE GAMES MACHINE by Robin Waterfield
  • Heavens Above
    Getting into Satellite TV with Mel Croucher
  • Licensed to Kill
    John Gilbert looks at licences, how they got them, do them and how they turn out
  • The Advertising Game
    There's more to games than playing, as Ocean's Steve Blower explains


  • News
    What's been happening lately
  • Readerpage
    The first of THE GAMES MACHINE's reader's letters
  • Previews
    Ocean's Christmas bundle, plus all the important games for tomorrow
  • Reviews
    An incredible 38 pages of latest games across the formats rated - sorry, we couldn't fit all of them in!
  • Getting Adventurous
    With Rob Steel and two from Infocom among others
  • Fantasy Games
    John Woods rounds up some of the best role-playing games, and explains how the system works
  • Music Matters
    Jon Bates starts a series on the 'tapeless music studio' by going to the top - the Fairlight CMI
  • Endpiece
    Mel's infinitely trivial quiz, and details of the next issues contents


  • Win a Sports Outfit
    Gremlin Graphics have a massive collection of clothes and equipment suitable for Alternative World Games (which you can win as well
  • Win Yogi Beart Shirt 'N' Shorts
    No need to be bear - look smarter than the average in Piranha's natty boxer shorts and T-shirts; and ther are copies of the game too
  • Re-Shades
    Re-run of the Micronet Shades competition from last issue due to the error made in the copy. Two modems and free subs plus free time on Shades
  • Win a Joystick
    Courtesy of Britannia, we have 20 super new hand-held joysticks to give away

Lead Reviews:

  • Driller
    Incentive has been working on the Driller project for over 14 months and now it comes alive on Spectrum and Amstrad CPC - and it's big!
  • Dark Sceptre
    From Firebird comes another magnificent creation by Mike Singleton, creator of Lords of Midnight, Doomdark's Revenge and Throne of Fire. An ingenious combination of strategy and action makes Dark Sceptre one of the most involved games seen on the Spectrum.
  • Barbarian
    This has been available for a while now, but the magical, graphical 16-bit arcade-adventure from Psygnosis with its novel control method and horrors that would make your granny scream, deserves more attention that it has received.
  • Through the Trapdoor
    Piranha deal goods again with this sequel to their biggest seller, Trapdoor. Again, starring Berk and Drutt the, sequel brings more action with the same endearing Don Priestly graphics

Review Summary:
Commodore 64/128:

  • Buggy Boy
  • Chuck Yeager's AFS
  • Flash Point
  • Freddy Hardest
  • Indiana Jones
  • Jack the Nipper II
  • Lurking Horror
  • Mad Balls
  • Maniac Mansion
  • MASK
  • Meanstreak
  • Nebulus
  • Nord & Bert
  • Passengers on the Wind II
  • Renegade
  • Quedex
  • Thundercats
  • Yogi Bear

Spectrum 48/128:

  • 720°
  • Dark Sceptre
  • Driller
  • Freddy Hardest
  • Indiana Jones
  • Jack The Nipper II
  • Nebulus
  • Phantom Club
  • Red LED
  • Through the Trap Door
  • Thundercats


  • Basket Master
  • Driller
  • Freddy Hardest
  • Jack the Nipper II
  • Lurking Horror
  • Nord & Bert
  • Passengers on the Wind II
  • Red LED
  • Thundercats
  • Werewolves of London
  • Barbarian The Ultimate Warriror
  • Battleships
  • Bubble Ghost
  • Diablo
  • Impact
  • Indiana Jones
  • Lurking Horror
  • Nord & Beart
  • Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
  • Passengers on the Wind II
  • Rana Rama
  • Saplens
  • Skull-Diggery
  • 3-D Galax


  • Barbarian
  • Battleships
  • Diablo
  • Impact

Atari ST:

  • Addictaball
  • Airball
  • Barbarian
  • Lurking Horror
  • Nord & Bert
  • Space Quest


  • Chuck Yeager's AFS
  • Sapiens
  • Tau Ceti


  • Metal Gear
  • Vampire Killer


  • Excite Bike
  • Super Mario Bros


  • Zarch

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    Title: The Games Machine Issue 2
    Month: December
    Year: 1987
    Editor: Oliver Frey
    Country: United Kingdom
    Language: English
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