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The Games Machine Issue 3

ISSUE: 3Content


  • Stereotypes in Software
    Mel Croucher accuses the industry of racism
  • Coin-op Confrontation
    Robin Hogg takes a trip down arcade lane to feed some of the best, latest slots
  • Dynamic Brush Grabber
    Robin Candy finds the Amiga's Deluxe Paint II is a utility to recommend
  • TGM On-Line
    Comms facilitiy Compunet is no longer the sole preserve on CBM 64 users. Richard Eddy finds out about the 16-bit side
  • The Censor Strikes Back
    Is it time the software industry wielded the censor's scissors over computer games? asks John Gilbert
  • Weeny MIDI Mode
    Mel Croucher helps Jon Bates cut the tape by reviewing low-cost multi-track recorders


  • News
    What's been happening lately
  • Readerpage
    Simon N Goodwin answers his critic, plus some more of your letters
  • Previews
    In our midst, a British software house is one of the biggest Nintendo licensers; and some games to expect next month
  • Reviews
    32 pages of multi-format games reviews. For details, see the review contents on . . .
  • Getting Adventurous
    Rob Steel's back with reviews of new adventures on all formats
  • Fantasy Games
    John Woods becomes a paranoid psychotic for Paranoia II and The Fury of Dracula
  • Board Games
    THE GAMES MACHINE team get out dice and folding toy money for a round-up of some new products
  • Mercy Dash
    She's mad, she's bad, she's Robin Evans's industrial heroine
  • Music Matters
    As he moves closer to the 'tapeless studio', Jon Bates reviews some 16-bit utilities
  • Endpiece
    More of Mel's trivial questions, plus some astonishing news for next month . . .


  • A Portable CD/Radio/Cassette Player
    That and 50 copies of Hewson's new arcade compilation - Zynaps, Exolon, Uridium and Rana Rama - 8-bit only
  • Terramex and Home Essentials
    Copes of Grand Slam's latest hilarious game and a glut of daft-but-useful bits and bobs
  • A Porsche 911 Turbo
    Well, a couple of super radio-controlled models anyway, and copies of Test Drive from Electronic Arts

Lead Reviews:

  • Platoon
    The gamesplaying highlight has to be Ocean's film licence Platoon - a superb combination of of action and adventure scenes. Excellent packaging, and probably the best thing to merge from Ocean since Wizball.
  • UMS
    From Rainbird comes the most exciting advance in strategy software. Universal Military Simulator can create any battle, anywhere (or anywhen) with any weapons. Why it was worth 96%, highest TGM rating yet, can be discovered in the extensive review on . . .
  • Jinxter
    Magnetic Scrolls do it again with their third release through Rainbird. The story revolves around the search for pieces of a charm scattered throughout a land smitten by bad luck - fortunately you can't die, which should please a lot of people.
  • Hunter's Moon
    Fourth release from Thalamus, again only for the Commodore 64/128, takes great shoot-'em-up action into psychedelic space. Written by Martin Walker the stylish graphics and fine gameplay make it a worthy 90%.
  • Match Day II
    Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond's sequel to the highly popular Match Day, released nearly three years ago. Featuring new moves and a diamond deflection system, this is the best football game devised yet.

Reviews Summary:
Commodore 64/128:

  • Airborne Ranger
  • Bone Cruncher
  • Deja Vu
  • Flying Shark
  • Garfield
  • Guadalcanal
  • Hunter's Moon
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Out Run
  • PHM Pegasus
  • Platoon
  • Match Day II

Spectrum 48/128:

  • California Games
  • Dan Dare II
  • Flying Shark
  • Gryzor
  • Jack The Ripper
  • The Jade Stone
  • Match Day II
  • Out Run
  • Slàine
  • Terramex


  • Blue War
  • Chamonix Challenge
  • Dan Dare II
  • Gryzor
  • Match Day II
  • Slàine
  • Terramex

Atari ST:

  • Academy
  • Backlash
  • Bard's Tale
  • Blue War
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Chamonix Challenge
  • Deja Vu
  • Dr Livingstone I Presume
  • Eco
  • Jinxter
  • Moebius
  • Phoenix
  • The Hunt For Red October
  • Star Trek
  • Terramex
  • Tanglewood
  • UMS


  • BMX Simulator
  • Crazy Cars
  • Deja VU
  • Insanity Fight
  • Into the Eagle's Nest
  • Jinxter
  • Moebius
  • Test Drive


  • Academy
  • Dark Castle
  • Deja Vu
  • The Hunt For Red October


  • Action Fighter
  • Secret Command
  • Out Run

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    Title: The Games Machine Issue 3
    Month: January
    Year: 1988
    Editor: Oliver Frey
    Price: £1.25
    Country: United Kingdom
    Language: English
    Votes: 1

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