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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Issue 9

ISSUE: 9Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari computers - 400 - 800
  • Apple II
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Magnavox Odyssey2
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Timex Sinclair 1000
  • Mattel Aquarius
  • IBM PC
  • arcade


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

Special Reports

Hot Fun In The Summertime - Here come the newest arcade hits by William Michael Brown

The surf may be up but you'll be laying your quarters down this summer. (arcade games)

Stepping Out With the Promqueen by David Thomas

It may not look great in an evening gown but no one can burn an EPROM on a VIC-20 the way this baby can. (chip writer)

All Systems Logo - A basic course in turtle graphics by Martin Bass

Even if you've never been particularly fond of reptiles, you'll love this turtle. It draws pictures and you don't have to clean its cage.

The All-Purpose VCS - Eight ways to soup-up that old Atari 2600 by Mark Trost

Wait! Stop! don't turn that out-of-date VCS into a planter! Turn it into a computer instead. How? With one of these step-up devices. (commentary discussing the following (all shown))

  • Entex 2000 keyboard add-on
  • Compro Electronics Videoplexer game switch add-on
  • Atari 2600 Computer add-on
  • Amiga Power Module add-on
  • SunCom Lefty joystick adaptor
  • Spectravideo Compumate 2600 keyboard add-on
  • Starpath Supercharger add-on
  • Unitoys Expander add-on

The Complete Gamer's Guide... for all Timex and IBM PC computer users - the biggest Who's Who of computer games

A complete gamer's guide to all the companies making software. (software publisher capsule overviews)

Regular Features

The Whole Gamer's Catalog by Randi Hacker

Sure you can roll Zaxxon a million times but do you do it wearing a pair of joystick high heels? And how have you survived this long without designer floppy disks? (humor)

Phil Wiswell's Gamemakers: A Game To Beat The Band - J. Ray Dettling's Journey Escape Game

You can call him J. and you can call him Ray but whatever you call him, J. Ray Dettling, the man behind Journey Escape, is not your run of the mill video game designer. (interview)

First Screening

You've read the magazine now play the game... Electronic Fun by Barry Boyd for the Atari 400/800. (reader submitted winning game program; includes program code)

Equipment Reviews

Game Workout: This way out - Making it through the maze game maze by the Editors

If you're in a daze about mazes, this article may be just the thing you're looking for. We analyze and evaluate 19 maze games for home video game systems.

Computer Workout: The Age Of Aquarius - Mattel's under-$200 personal computer by Jules Gilder

It is the dawning of the age of the under-$200 computer and Mattel hopes Aquarius will be one of the stars.

Game Reviews

('Thar's gold in them thar trails;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale and "promo" screenshot; some reviews include "pro-tip.")

  • Happy Trails (Int)
  • No Escape (VCS)
  • Kangaroo (5200)
  • Killer Bees (Ody)
  • Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes (VCS)
  • Nova Blast (Int)
  • Killer Satellites (VCS)
  • Countermeasure (5200)
  • Space Fury (Col)
  • Mines of Minos (VCS)
  • Flash Gordon (VCS)
  • Solar Sailer (Int)
  • Seaquest (VCS)
  • Swords & Serpents (Int)
  • Centipede (VCS)
  • Truckin' (Int)
  • Star Strike (VCS)
  • Space Panic (Col)
  • Demolition Herby (VCS)
  • The Arcade Machine (Apple II)
  • Zork I, II, III (400,800)
  • Picnic Paranoia (400,800)
  • Thrax Lair (400,800)
  • Marauder (400,800)
  • Armour Assault (400,800)
  • Chopper Rescue (400,800)
  • Mazogs (TS1000)



A word from our editors. ('Laser in the lair' by The Editors)

Letters to the Editors

We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

New Products

The latest in equipment. ('Sibling rivalry and altered states of the art')

  • Microstand Touch Top II (Apple II joystick add-on)
  • SCW Consumer Products VideoPro Home Video Game Center (home console arcade cabinet)
  • Nintendo Game Watch (Mario Bros. Game & Watch)
  • Newport Controls Prostick III (ColecoVision joystick)
  • Spectravideo SV-603 Game Adaptor (ColecoVision controller adapter for SV-318 computer)
  • Wico Three-Way Deluxe Joystick (Model 50-2010)


Got a question? We've got the answer. ('Drop me a line, on-line;' Q&A)


Michael Blanchet's arcade strategy tips. ('Food Fight & Sinistar: Throwing your just desserts;' arcade game strategies:)

  • Food Fight
  • Sinistar

E.F.G. Times

You read it here first. (news section)

  • Mid-East Crisis Solved By Gamer (Charles Compton, winner, Riddle of the Sphinx contest)
  • Cartridge Calendar (upcoming games from Activision, Atari, CBS, Coleco, Fox Games, Imagic, Parker Bros., Telesys, Tiger)
  • Monthly Contest (Galaxian contest)
  • Setting It Straight (corrections)
  • ColecoVision Carts Are Coming! (upcoming games from CBS Electronics, Fox, Imagic, Microlab, Parker Bros, Starpath)
  • Quote of the Month


An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('The King and IBM; computer marriage')

  • Memory Blank
  • Five-Alarm Diaper
  • Calories in a Single Byte
  • The Computer She Loved
  • Games Al Fresco

Readers' Tips

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

  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Atlantis
  • Tombstone City
  • Space Armada
  • Super Zaxxon
  • Vanguard
  • Pitfal!
  • Zaxxon

Top Ten (Home and Arcade top lists)

The most popular home and arcade 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 9
    Month: July
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: George Kopp
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 2

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