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Computer Gaming World Issue 57

ISSUE: 57Content

Combat in Fantasy and History


  • The End of the War - SSG's Decisive Battles of the American Civil War: Volume III (Joe Sherfy reviews the last game in SSG's trilogy of Civil War strategy combat, taking us from Wilderness to Nashville)
  • Going In Harm's Way: Simulations Canada's Sequel to Long Lance (Lt. H.E. Dille salutes this naval combat sim for the IBM)
  • Scorpion's Tale: The Twilight Zone (Scorpia teases out some hints for beating this Rod Serling graphical adventure)
  • Better Than Sex! (Dr. Jay Selover thinks the Apple II version of Battles of Napoleon will keep you, uh, coming...back for more, that is...)
  • Tower Toppler: An Addictive Arcade Game From Europe (Charles Ardai wouldn't normally write about such things, but he just can't stop playing this one, dang it!)
  • Road Raider (Adam Sherwin has some very kind things to say about this action game for the Amiga)
  • Mechanized Mayhem: Heavy Metal--Access' Game of Armored Combat (Fighting is the name of the game in this C64 arcade blaster, which reviewer Ronald F. Williams loves)
  • Might & Magic II (Scorpia's on the ball with her review of this adventure for your Apple II)
  • The Goblins Are Coming! The Goblins Are Coming! (Ken St. Andre reviews Sorcerer Lord on the Amiga and IBM and finds it surprisingly average)
  • The Source of Magic: Epyx's The Legend of Blacksilver (Douglas Seacat reviews the C64 version of this RPG)
  • Combined Arms Across the Sea (Lt. H.E. Dille offers up strategies and tips for conducting anti-submarine warfare within Strike Fleet)
  • Cyberspace Rider: Interplay's Neuromancer (Douglas Seacat jacks in for a ride on this adaptation of William Gibson's novel for the C64)
  • Neanderthal Nonsense and Cro-Magnon Comedy: Electronic Arts' Caveman Ugh-lympics (David Wilson plays for sport, and giggles, when it comes to this C64 title)
  • Once Around the Block (Veteran contributor Charles Ardai climbs into the cockpit with Autocross champion Barry Werger to test drive Accolade's Grand Prix Circuit on the C64)


  • Inside the Industry
    • Court Reverses Karate Champ Decision
    • Falcon A.T. Invades Pentagon
    • Accolade Promotes Test Drive Sequel With Support Products
    • Epyx Awaiting Word On Infogrames Acquisition

    [*]Letters (Gripes about ads, gripes about reviews, praise about reviews, and unadulterated begging for more Scorpia...just your average CGW letters column)

    [*]Taking a Peek:

    • Bobo (Atari ST/Amiga)
    • Artura (Atari ST/Amiga/C64)
    • Wayne Gretzky Hockey (Amiga)
    • Star Wars (IBM/Atari ST/Amiga/C64)
    • Escape From Planet X (C64)
    • Techno Cop (C64/Apple II/IBM/Atari ST/Amiga)
    • The Magic Candle (Apple/IBM/C64)
    • Deja Va II: Lost in Las Vegas (Mac)
    • Balance of Power: The 1990 Edition (Mac/IBM)
    • 720 Degrees (C64)
    • Charon 5 (Amiga)
    • Guardians of Infinity: To Save Kennedy (IBM)
    • Cyber Cop (IBM/Apple/C64)
    • International Soccer (C64)
    • 3D Game Maker (IBM)
    • Transputor (Atari ST/Amiga)
    • The Usurper (Apple/IBM)
    • MacArthur's War (Apple)

    [*]Rumor Bag (Joke psuedonymed reporter Hari Watanaiful journeys through Disney World, encountering hearsay and rumours, and recording them all in his little notebook)

    [*]Back Issues (CGW offers a killer deal in this issue, with five out-of-print issues from their early run for $10, or eight for $14. More recent back-issues run the standard $3.50 per issue.)

    [*]CGW Hall of Fame:

    • Kampfgruppe
    • Gettysburg
    • M.U.L.E.
    • Mech Brigade
    • Chessmaster
    • War in Russia
    • Ultima IV
    • Wizardry
    • Starflight
    • Gunship
    • Ultima III
    • Might & Magic
    • The Bard's Tale

    [*]Game Ratings

Notable Stuff:

  • The reference to Psalm 9:1-2 appears on the masthead.
  • William N. Moes, winner of the scavenger hunt contest from the 50th issue, writes in to share his fame with his daughter, Christina, who helped him scavenge for clues in all the back-issues.
  • Adam Sherwin is only thirteen (not a typo, 13) years old, and has already been writing game reviews for professional publication for five years. Remember what you were doing at age 8? Yeah, he was already getting paid.
  • H.E. Dille was an active-duty lieutenant in the US Navy who drew on his own training and experience when it came to reviewing games for CGW.
  • Barry Werger's personalized license plate for his jet-black Chrysler GTS reads 'CTHULHU'. Somebody's a Lovecraft fan. :)
  • Page 50 contains a small ad for Sorcerer's Apprentice Software, offering programming jobs. Sadly it looks like they didn't get much done beyond porting Gauntlet to the Macintosh before closing their doors.
  • No new additions to the CGW hall of fame, though the entry for Chessmaster 2000 has been changed to read Chessmaster. Whether this is a mistake, or they actually swapped the games, I'm going with what the magazine says in each issue for historical sake.
  • The back cover features an ad for the first three Ultima games, available as a package deal from Origins, for $59.95. Not a bad deal for the time.

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    Title: Computer Gaming World Issue 57
    Month: March
    Year: 1989
    Publisher: Ziff Davis Media
    Editor: Russell Sipe
    Pages: 58
    Price: $3.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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