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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 11

ISSUE: 11Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 400 - 800 - 1200
  • Atari 600XL - 800XL - 1450XLD - 1400XL (news coverage)
  • Apple
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Video Technology VZ200
  • Timex Sinclair
  • Texas Instruments TI 99/4A
  • arcade
  • Add-on coverage:
  • Coleco ADAM
  • Mattel Entertainment Computer System
  • Vectrex
  • Tomy Tutor
  • Atari Graduate Computer


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents. Bullets lists and (notes) added for clarity.)

Special Reports

Fasten Your Seat Belts: Flight simulation - the ultimate video game by Suzan Prince

Up, up and... stay in one place. It may sound like a contradiction in terms but with flight simulators you can get gamer's high without leaving the ground.

Atari, Mattel, Coleco... How the add-ons add up by the EF Staff

At last, the long-awaited keyboards to the kingdom are here. This month's special Game Workout gives you a first look at the computer modules. (commentary discussing the following add-ons and accessories (most shown), as well as arcade ports and software utilizing voice recognition tech:)

  • Coleco ADAM
  • Mattel Entertainment Computer System (Intellivision add-ons)
  • The Atari Graduate Computer (VCS add-on)
  • Vectrex (Light Pen, 3-D Imager accessories)
  • Tomy Tutor computer

Command Console - An incredible controller you can build yourself by Charles Johnson

Playing games more and enjoying it less becasue of inadequate controllers? Charles Johnson's custom console is probably what you've been looking for. Learn how to build it yourself. (DIY arcade stick)

Computer Tutor - No more pencils, no more books... by Marc Berman

These days the Board of Education is being replaced by the Keyboard of Education. Educational software can get you from Kindergarten through graduate school with no pep rallies or detention.

The Complete Gamer's Guide... for all the TI 99/4A computer users

All the companies making software for the computer from the Lone Star State. (capsule software publisher profiles)

Regular Features

Gamemakers: Designing Women - Meet Carol "Happy Trails" Shaw, Activision's leading lady by Randi Hacker

Yes, Helen Gurley Brown, a single woman can become a top game designer. EF talks to Activision's Carol Shaw about River Raid and Happy Trails. (interview)

First Screening: 3-D Tunnels of Terror

Up against the wall with Steve Bender's maze game for the Apple. (reader submitted winning game program; includes program code)

Equipment Reviews

Computer Workout: VZ Does It - Video Technology's VZ200 computer by Jules Gilder

At under $100, it may be VZ to buy but how good is this new computer from Video Technology? The new inexpensive computers are making it easier for people to join the technology revolution, but making it harder for software companies to keep pace.

Game Reviews

('Mission X marks the spot;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale, most with "promo" screenshot; some reviews include "pro-tip.")

  • Mission X (Int)
  • Robot Tank (VCS)
  • Jungle Hunt (5200)
  • Buzz Bombers (Int)
  • Sub Scan (VCS)
  • Polaris (VCS)
  • White Water (Int)
  • Crazy Climber (VCS)
  • Reactor (VCS)
  • Hard Hat Hack (Apple)
  • Scorpion (VIC20)
  • Thief (Apple)
  • Stickybear Bop (Apple)
  • Necromancer (400,800,1200)
  • Blade of Blackpoole (800,1200)
  • Boulders and Bombs (400,800)
  • Crossfire (400,800,1200)
  • Night Gunner (TS (16K))
  • Crime Wave (Apple)
  • Collision Course (400,800)
  • Worms? (400,800,1200)
  • Mouskattack (PC)
  • Starcross (400,800)
  • Spy's Demise (400,800,1200)



A word from our editors. ('Shock of the new' by The Editors)

Letters to the Editors

We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

New Products

The latest in equipment. ('More power-(and other) sticks to you')

  • JF Home Assoc. The Obelisk (combination joystick/sitting stand)
  • Amiga ColecoVision Power-Stick
  • Ritam Monty Plays Scrabble (electronic stand-alone)
  • Suncom Starfighter Apple Joystick
  • Discwasher Computer Cassette Drive Care Set (cassette player head cleaner)


Got a question? We've got the answer. ('Now you see it, now you don't;' Q&A)


Michael Blanchet's arcade strategy tips. ('Bubbles and Bagman: Even the kitchen sink;' arcade game strategies:)

  • Bubbles
  • Bagman

E.F.G. Times

You read it here first. (news section)

  • April Fool Contest Winners
  • Divertimento for Lasers (inspirational background music for gamers)
  • Atari Unveils New Computers (600XL, 800XL, 1450XLD, 1400XL)
  • Monthly Contest (Happy Trails contest)
  • Quote of the Month


An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('Compucroon; games are people, too')

  • With A Song In My CPU
  • Body By K-Tel
  • These Are Your Lives
  • Sultan of Wing
  • Cardboard Keyboard

Readers' Tips

Your hints for higher scores. (reader submitted tips and strategies)

  • Space Invaders
  • Pitfall!
  • Pole Position
  • Zaxxon
  • NFL Football
  • Defender
  • Venture
  • Tempest

Top Ten (Home and Arcade top lists)

The most popular home and arcade games.


By Randi Hacker. ('Off The Beaten Trakball: The Russians are playing! - An exclusive peek behind the Iron Curtain')

Top Secret

The latest in gaming gossip. (rumors & speculation by The Fly)

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    Title: Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 11
    Month: September
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: George Kopp
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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