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Computer Gaming World Issue 33

ISSUE: 33Content


  • Scorpion's Tale: Leather Goddesses of Phobos (Scorpia helps gamers through Infocom's first [im]mature text adventure)
  • The Year in Review (Charles Ardai looks back on computer gaming in 1986, examining both the high points and the not-so-high points)
  • Gettysburg: The Turning Point (Ed Curtis reviews this simulation of the Civil War's bloodiest battle)
  • The Shard of Spring (Scorpia's detailed, four-page review for this new RPG by SSI)
  • Designer Profile: Chris Crawford (A profile so big, one magazine couldn't contain it all! Part one of Frank Boosman's profile on the legendary Chris Crawford)
  • DragonFire II (MagicWare's new RPG faces some intense scrutiny by James V. Trunzo)


  • Taking a Peek:
    • Howard the Duck: Adventure of Volcano Island (Apple/C64/C128)
    • Transformers: Battle to Save the Earth (C64/C128)
    • Shanghai (Multiple)
    • Arazok's Tomb (Mac)
    • A.P. Partymaker (IBM)
    • Dr. Ruth's Computer Game of Good Sex (Apple/C64/C128/IBM)
    • Airheart (Apple II)
    • Tag-Team Wrestling (C64/C128)
    • Robot Rascals (Apple/C64/C128)
    • Championship Wrestling (C64/C128)
    • Destroyer (C64/C128)
    • The Movie Monster Game (C64/C128)
    • Super Cycle (C64/C128)
    • Starglider (Atari ST)
    • Comic Works (Mac)
    • High Roller (C64/C128)
    • Indoor Sports (C64/C128)
    • Sub Mission (Apple/IBM/PCjr)
    • Trodart (IBM)
    • Strategic Conquest (Mac)
    • Templates of Doom (IBM)
    • Gemstone Healer (Amiga/Apple/Atari 400-ST/C64/C128/IBM, Mac)
    • Warship (C64/C128/Atari)

    [*]Industry News (Broderbund wins a copyright claim, CompuServe has new games, some companies change addresses, and more!)

    [*]Atari Playfield (Gregg Williams loved the original Hacker, so it's only right he should give a nice overview of Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers)

    [*]Strategically Speaking (Reader-submitted hints and tips for the following games):

    • Gettysburg: The Turning Point
    • Silent Service
    • Star Fleet I
    • Computer Quarterback
    • U.S.A.A.F.
    • Breakthrough in the Ardennes
    • Mech Brigade

    [*]Commodore Key (Roy Wagner's looking for Carmen Sandiego, blasting software pirates, and playing computerized chess games in this column)

    [*]The Learning Game (Bob Proctor puts together his own 'Year in Review' for edutainment software)

    [*]Amiga Preferences (Roy Wagner pits golf games Leaderboard and Mean 18 against one another, reviews Chessmaster 2000 and Sargon III, and laments Polarware's apparent inability to develop inexpensive games for the Amiga)

    [*]Sports Scoreboard (Rick Teverbaugh is excited about his new Tandy 1000, which means he can dig into programs like 10th Frame and Radio Baseball for all you ballers out there)

    [*]Game Ratings (Rating and ranking the best software thanks to input from readers)

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • CGW offered a more adult-oriented preview of "Dr. Ruth's Computer Game of Good Sex" for readers who send in a request for it. The preview came "in a plain, unmarked envelope".
  • Infocom's releases in 1986 were Moonmist, Ballyhoo, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, and Trinity. All are phenomenal and must-plays for Interactive Fiction fans.
  • Charles Ardai's "Year in Review" is a great read for amateur gaming historians looking to understand the highs and lows of 1986.
  • No Reader Input Device this issue thanks to CGW's move to a larger office.

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 33
    Month: December
    Year: 1986
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 58
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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