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Computer Gaming World Issue 42

ISSUE: 42Content

Special Football Issue


  • Scorpion's Tale: Plundered Hearts (Scorpia takes us to the Spanish Main to drop hints for solving Plundered Hearts, Infocom's newest interactive fiction offering)
  • The Electronic Gridiron (Wyatt Lee gives a critical, in-depth look at a variety of American Football games):
    • GFL Championship Football
    • 4th & Inches
    • Gridiron
    • Football
    • Head Coach
    • Mac Pro Football
    • Super Bowl Sunday
    • 3-in-1 Football
    • Instant Replay
    • Computer Quarterback
    • NFL Challenge
    • Pro Challenge

    [*]Computer Gaming World Meets DragonCon '87 (CGW presents their Game of the Year awards in Atlanta, Georgia):

    • Adventure Game of the Year: Starflight by Electronic Arts
    • Action Game of the Year: Gunship by Microprose
    • Special Award for Artistic Achievement in a Computer Game: Defender of the Crown by Master Designer Cinemaware
    • Strategy Game of the Year: Gettysburg by SSI
    • Belated 1986 CGW Game of the Year: Ultima IV by Lord British
    • Game of the Year: Earl Weaver Baseball by Electronic Arts

    [*]Project: Stealth Fighter (M. Evan Brooks reviews Microprose's latest flight simulator featuring America's newest technological achievement)

    [*]Beyond Zork (Scorpia reviews the long-awaited conclusion to Infocom's Zork series)

    [*]Secret Agents, Man! (PolarWare has its eyes set on the Carmen Sandiego market with its The Spy's Adventures Around the World series. David M. Wilson reviews the first two games)

    [*]Victory At Sea: A Common-Sense Approach to SSI's Warship (Having trouble staying afloat? Joseph McMaster has a few hints that can give you the edge necessary to avoid a trip to Davy Jones' Locker)

    [*]Battles In Normandy (SSI delivers a new WWII Western Front combat sim, so Bob Proctor puts it through its paces)

    [*]Fire Power (Developer Microillusions has a new series of one-on-one, modem-play games in the works. Roy Wagner reviews the first, a game of tank-based combat)


  • Editorial (Where did all the system-specific columns go? Why the new logo? Why the price increase? What tools do you use to lay out your magazine? Russell Sipe answers all these questions and more in a single one-page editorial)
  • Taking a Peek:
    • Thunderchopper (Apple/C64)
    • Postcards (Apple/IBM/C64/Apple IIGS/Mac)
    • Wings of Fury (Apple II)
    • Vegas Craps (Apple II/C64/Atari ST/Amiga/Apple IIGS/IBM)
    • Vegas Gambler (Apple II/C64/Atari ST/Amiga/Apple IIGS/IBM)
    • Inside Trader (IBM)
    • Shirley Muldowney's Top Fuel Challenge (C64)
    • Bismark - The North Sea Chase (C64)
    • Dark Lord (Apple/C64)
    • Force 7 (C64)
    • Tomahawk (Atari/C64)
    • Street Sports Basketball (Apple/C64/IBM)
    • Heartland (C64)
    • Jewels Of Darkness (Atari/C64/Amiga/Atari ST/IBM)
    • Silicon Dreams (Apple/Atari/C64/Amiga/Atari ST/IBM)
    • Solar Star (Atari)
    • Plutos (Amiga)
    • Terrorpods (Atari/Amiga)
    • 3D Helicopter Simulator (IBM)
    • Thexder (IBM)
    • Connect (IBM)
    • Halls of Montezuma (Apple/C64)

    [*]Reader Input Device

    [*]Game Ratings

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • CGW changes their interior typesetting from traditional Times New Roman to the Korinna typeface starting with this issue.
  • CGW issues a rare retraction, correcting a price listed in last month's Christmas Buyers Guide for Mindscape's gift assortments. They are $24.95 per assortment, not $39.95 as CGW listed.
  • World champion drag racer Shirley Muldowney is one of the earliest female celebrities to have a video game named after her, with Shirley Muldowney's Top Fuel Challenge on the Commodore 64.
  • XOR Corporation's NFL Challenge cost $99.95 when released, the equivalent of nearly $210 in 2014 dollars. And you thought $60 was harsh for a new Madden game... :)
  • Eleven of the top twenty strategy games according to CGW readers (including the top 4 titles) are made by SSI. Wow!

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 42
    Month: December
    Year: 1987
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 66
    Price: $3.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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