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The Games Machine Issue 5

ISSUE: 5Content


  • Hype, Hype Hooray!
    Mel Croucher's regular rant asks, are the charts charlatans? And software luminaries reply
  • On Being an Elitist
    Roger Kean finds out what's happening in Aldridge as Elite Systems goes into phase three . . .
  • All's Fair in Toys & War
    John Gilbert went to the toy fair and played Captain Power and rumble of robots
  • The Games Machine's Spring Sale!
    16 money-off coupons to cut out to give you huge savings on top games in this special features
  • National Computer Games Championships
    Newsfield is organising the first ever such event for Spectrum and Commodore games players. Read all about it - and enter!
  • Toys for the Boys
    Mel Croucher reckons Yuppie techno-gadgets can be dangerous - and even before we got to press, he's proved right!


  • Readerpage
    THE GAMES MACHINE readership hits back!
  • News
    Brief roundup of the latest happenings
  • Reviews
    Packed pages of the latest games for all popular formats
  • INFG Desk
    Start of a new page of useful hints and tips - watch it grow!
  • Getting Adventurous
    Rob Steel stops being a Lounge Lizard and goes Beyond Zork with Wolfman
  • Board Games
    Players with Spycatcher and computer-moderated Tankattack
  • Fantasy Games
    The advent of Griffin Island gives John Woods a chance to relive the RuneQuest RPG
  • Previews
    We look forward to The Three Stooges and Rocket Ranger from Cinemaware, while Electronic Arts blasts off with Interceptor
  • Mercy Dash
    Has she recovered from last month's lost artwork?
  • Music Matters
    Jon Bates breaks his promise, but comes up with some great drum effects
  • Endpiece
    Trivia or pure drivel? Plus the all-important what's on next month next month . . .


  • An Amiga and Colour Monitor
    The second in our series of three great prizes
  • A Load of Stoogestuff
    Collectors' items all from Mirrorsoft, plus 16-bit copies of The Three Stooges
  • Bob Wakelin's Painting . . .
    of Firefly from Ocean, and copies of the latest 8-bit hit
  • Spycatcher - The Boardgame
    20 copies of Paul Lamond's latest board thriller
  • A Personal CD Player
    From Inrogrames, plus copies of the adventure, Captain Blood

Lead Reviews:

  • Dungeon Master
    The Americans have been working wonders with the Atari ST recently. As we saw last month, the highest rating in this issue goes to a US software house; FTL's the name, and the name of the game's Dungeon Master - the ultimate in computer role-playing. It grabs a 94% rating.
  • Ferrari Formula One
    For Amiga owners we have reviewed the most elite of racing simulations, a fascinatingly detailed experience both on and off the world's leading circuits. Ferrari Formula One comes from Electronic Arts and features everything you could want from such a game.
  • Firefly
    The highest rated 8-bit game this issue is from Special Effects/Ocean. Firefly is a great shoot-'em-up, packed with excitement and adrenaline-pumping action that should do any Spectrum or Commodore 64/128 owner's collection a power of good.
  • Beyond Zork
    The Zork trilogy has sold nearly one million copies - and now adventurers can go Beyond Zork with Infocom's latest addition to the range. A bit of a change in style, too, both in presentation and in the inclusion of role-playing elements.
  • Xenon
    Arcade-perfect! came the cry from the drooling mouths of our reviewers. Melbourne House's straight downloaded from the Arcadia coin-up ends up superbly on the Amiga and ST, proving itself as the best 16-bit blaster so far.

Reviews Summary:
Commodore 64/128:

  • Championship Sprint
  • Firefly
  • Frightmare
  • Magnetron
  • Predator
  • Task III
  • Wolfman


  • Championship Sprint
  • Cybernoid
  • Firefly
  • Predator
  • Revenge of Doh


  • Championship Sprint
  • Get Dexter II
  • Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix
  • Predator

Atari ST:

  • Beyond Zork
  • Dungeon Master
  • Gunship
  • Leisure Suit Larry
  • Midi Maze
  • Oids
  • Slaygon
  • Xenon


  • Ferrari Formula One
  • Golden Path
  • King Of Chicago
  • Mercenary
  • Star Wars
  • Xenon
  • XR35 Fighter Mission


  • Charmonix Challenge
  • Falcon
  • Soko-Ban
  • Universal Military Simulator


  • Global Defence
  • Zillion II

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    Title: The Games Machine Issue 5
    Month: March
    Year: 1988
    Editor: Oliver Frey
    Country: United Kingdom
    Language: English
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