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Computer Gaming World Issue 37

ISSUE: 37Content

World War II Issue


  • Kilobyte Was Here! - An Annotated Bibliography of World War II Simulations (M. Evan Brooks lists and rates a colossal number of wargames broken down by skill level, from After Pearl to Warship)
  • Computer Wargaming 1988-1992: A Prospective Perspective (M. Evan Brooks prognosticates on what the next five years holds for computer wargames with help from designers Ed Bever, Chuck Kroegel, Steve Newburg, Bill Peschel, T.J. Petro, and Jay Selover)
  • Killed Until Dead (Roy Wagner reviews this unique 'stop a murder' game from Accolade)
  • Scorpion's Tale: Realms of Darkness (Scorpia and your eight-character party are gonna help you squash this RPG like a tiny little bug)
  • Stalingrad Campaign (M. Evan Brooks defends the Southern Russian Front in this review)
  • Fiery Ambush: A Survey of World War II Tactical Infantry Systems (Jay Selover provides the world's first breakdown and comparison of Computer Ambush, Field of Fire, and Under Fire)
  • Full Count Baseball (Lew Fisher and Eric Faust review this new stat-based baseball sim)
  • Titans of the Computer Gaming World, Part II of V: Ardai on Electronic Arts (Why and how did EA get so successful so quickly? Charles Ardai's got your answer right here, pal...)
  • Wrath of Denethenor (Scorpia takes time to review Sierra On-Line's new Ultima-like graphical RPG)
  • Portal (It's not a game, it's not a book, it's the world's first computer novel. Roy Wagner explains why you should play/read it)
  • Tokyo Express (Bob Proctor has some new scenario designs for SSI's Warship if you find yourself in the mood for something new)
  • Die Kriegsmarine (Got Warship? Don't got Battlecruiser? Want to simulate Atlantic naval encounters? Joseph F. McMaster's got what you need right here)
  • Confuser Gaming Whirl (It's an April Fools the May issue? Hey, why not!)
  • Designer Profile: Dave Anderson (Johnny Wilson's feature continues with a look at this Infocom implementor extraordinaire)


  • Taking a Peek:
    • World Class Leader Board (C64/C128)
    • Accolade's Comics (Apple/C64/C128)
    • Power (C64/C128)
    • Sign of the Wolf (C64/C128)
    • Saracen (C64/C128)
    • Poker Night (Apple)
    • Murphy's Crossing (IBM)
    • Surveys Unlimited (Apple)
    • Uridium (C64/C128)
    • Wordmaze (Apple/C64/C128)
    • Disk Technician (IBM)
    • Kursk Campaign (Apple/IBM)
    • Battlecruiser (Apple/Atari/C64/C128)
    • Phantasie III: Wrath of Nikademus (Apple/C64/C128)
    • Power-Play Hockey (C64/C128)
    • Specialist (IBM)

    [*]Letters From Paradise

    [*]Industry News (Profits are all over the place, new games are coming, and owners of 'abandoned' computers can still find plenty of public domain software!)

    [*]Strategically Speaking (reader-submitted strategies for the following games):

    • Star Fleet I
    • Mech Brigade

    [*]Reader Input Device

    [*]Game Ratings

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • Another feature-heavy issue, with none of the regular columns save for Scorpion's Tale appearing.
  • Why was the page number of page 35 in issue 35 printed upside down? It was just a joke, guys, gosh...
  • So, why does a reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appear on the masthead of every issue? As a subtle way to remind themselves (and all their Judeo-Christian readers) to live one's life in thankfulness without overtly pushing religious dogma in their articles.
  • M. Evan Brooks wrote his tail off for this issue, with two massive features and one in-depth review.
  • Portal is technically the first visual novel ever written. Did writer Rob Swigart have any idea that he'd spawn a new genre with this game?
  • "Confusing Gamer Whirl" is a nice idea, but not very funny overall. It's not until Martin Alessi starts mucking around with Photoshop in the pages of EGM that we see the gaming mag April fools jokes come into their own.
  • One of the ads is for a new Play-by-Mail (PBM) game called It's a Crime! Surprisingly enough, this PBM is still around for those interested in taking the plunge into turn-based, slower-paced gaming. Just visit

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 37
    Month: May
    Year: 1987
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 58
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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