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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 13

ISSUE: 13Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 400 - 800 - 1200
  • Apple - Apple II
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • GCE Vectrex
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • Texas Instruments 99/4A
  • Spectravideo SV-318
  • IBM PC
  • arcade


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

Special Reports

Star Wars and Dragon's Lair: The laser and the laser disc by Michael Blanchet

Destroy the Deathstar and or let sleeping Dragon's Lair. Michael Blanchet's hot tops on how to beat the hottest new arcade games.

Joystick City by Ken Uston

So many joysticks... so little time. If that's how you feel about the joystick replacements currently on the market, you need help. Specifically, video game expert Ken Uston's help. Ken plays with and evaluates 28 popular joystick models in this exclusive EF report.

The Unknown Arcader: The Arcades of New York City by "UA"

Our Mystery Arcader braves the wilds of Time Square and boogies with a dancing chicken as his quest for the ultimate arcade takes him to the Big Apple. If he can make it here, he'll make it anywhere.

Regular Features

Computer Workout: The SV-318 by Jules Gilder

Spectravideo's new low-priced computer has built-in Microsoft BASIC, 32K of RAM and 32K of ROM. It may also be one of the first computers to help standardize the industry.

Game Workout: Of Beasts and Butlers by Michael Blanchet

Adventure on the high keys - computer keys that is. EF's comprehensive roundup of games involving dragons, mysterious hidden jewels, pirates, detectives, and other imaginary characters. Your only limit is your imagination... and the computer's vocabulary.

Gamemakers: The Freefall Factor interview by Phil Wiswell

Jon Freeman and Anne Westfall are not your typical, middle-class young married couple. They're the authors of such hot games as Archon and Murder on the Zinderneuf. Phil Wiswell talks to them about what it's like to be married to each other and married to their work.

Off The Beaten Trakball: Dictionary Of Overextended Basic by Randi Hacker

A quick perusal of BASIC commands will tell you that several useful ones have somehow been left out. And what good is a language unless it grows to meet the needs of its speakers or, in this case, typists? Hence this dictionary which adds such useful commands as STROLL, PEEKABOO and COMEIN to the vocabulary and also lets you tell your computer where to GOTO (and we don't mean line 1060 either). (humor)

First Screening: Pearl Harbor

This month's winner is 20-year-old Jerry Hunter, a draftsman in Rogers, AR. He's written Pearl Harbor for the TI 99/4A with the Extended Basic module. (reader submitted game design contest winner; includes program code; this feature is not listed in this issue's TOC)

Game Reviews

('Q*Bert's 20,000 point pyramid;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale, most with "promo" screenshot; some reviews include "pro-tip.")

  • Q*Bert (VCS)
  • Moonsweeper (VCS)
  • The Dreadnaught Factor (Int)
  • Ms. Pac-Man (5200)
  • Fortress of Narzod (Vec)
  • Wall Ball (VCS)
  • Blueprint (VCS)
  • Halloween (VCS)
  • Spike (Vec)
  • Lady Bug (Int)
  • Frogger (Int)
  • Star Castle (Vec)
  • Suspended (400,800)
  • High Rise (Apple)
  • Call To Arms (PC)
  • The Bilestoad (Apple II)
  • Rat Hotel (VIC20)
  • Thunderbombs (Apple)
  • Kickman (C64)
  • Super Novatron (PC)
  • Monty Plays Scrabble (Apple)
  • Lode Runner (Apple)
  • Buzzard Bait (Apple)
  • Lemans (C64)
  • Pharoah's Curse (400,800,1200)
  • Anti-Sub Patrol (400,800,1200)
  • Spider City (400,800,1200)



A word from our editors. ('Jumping for joysticks' by George Kopp)

Letters to the Editors

We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

New Products

The latest in equipment. ('Put a mouse in your house')

  • Newport Controls Prostick 2002
  • Zircon Track-Ball
  • Questar Blaster! (auto-fire add-on accessory)
  • Wico Mice (Apple II, IBM)
  • Elcomp Hackerbook I


Got a question? We've got the answer. ('The case of the missing Zorks;' Q&A)

E.F.G. Times

You read it here first. (news section)

  • Vidmax's Latest Murder By Disc (Many Roads To Murder videodisc)
  • Fire, Theft, Syntax Error Coverage (computer insurance)
  • Quote of the Month
  • Take Me In To The Ball Game (Steve Garvey plays Sega's Champion Baseball)
  • Department of Corrections
  • Busman's Holiday for Race Ace (Don Devendorf plays VCS Enduro)
  • Monthly Contest (Pepper II contest)

Readers Tips (reader submitted tips & tricks)

  • Smurf Race
  • Joust
  • Defender
  • Riddle of the Sphinx
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Looping
  • Tutankham
  • Munchman
  • Tron


An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('Space Grannies; patchwork PC')

  • A Good Old Quilting K
  • Shuttlebutt
  • Airplane III - The Game
  • The Kid That Ate Pac-Man
  • The Sundance Robot

Top Ten (Home, Arcade, Computer top lists)

The most popular home, arcade and computer games.

Top Secret

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

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    Title: Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 13
    Month: November
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: George Kopp
    Pages: 108
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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