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Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Volume 1 Number 4

ISSUE: 4Content


  • Atari VCS - 2600 - Supercharger
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Coleco ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Magnavox Odyssey2
  • Bally Astrocade
  • Radio Shack TRS-80
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Northstar
  • Apple II
  • arcade
  • stand-alones


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

(Despite being listed in the TOC, this issue doesn't include the regular 'A Show of Handhelds' department.)

Special Report

Coming Attractions by Randi Hacker, Suzan Prince and Mark Trost

A sneak preview of this year's hottest arcade and home games as seen at two of the industry's biggest shows. Also: Q-Bert, Time Pilot, Quantum, Pole Position and Buck Rogers: EF predicts the arcade winners and losers for the year to come.

  • What's New in the arcades - A sneak peek at the year's top games
  • On the home front: hot home games of 1983 - The year's games revealed!

Future Fantasy Future Fact - Holography by Josh Martin

We've got a hologram for... you! Holograms are 3-D photographs and can be used in games. In fact, Gunsmoke, a holographic game, is already available. Are holograms the picture of what's coming in games? The first in a series on the future.

Feature Articles

Ripoff's Believe It Or Not! by Randi Hacker

Obscure untruths and little known fallacies about video games. For example: Who is Calvin Louie and why does he say "Ping" and "Ka-pow?"

The Name Game by Ed Hulse

It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you name the game. A little history on how some of your favorite games got their titles and what, if anything, their names were before.

Parlez-vous BASIC? - Computers as a second language by Randi Hacker

Out or non? After reading this article you'll be well on your way to speaking computer like a native. In this chapter you'll learn to make your computer talk back to you. The first in a series.

Continuing Series

Game Makers: My Life Among the Communist Mutants by Dan Gutman

EF speaks with Steve Landrum about his red hot Starpath game. (interview)

First Screening: Battleship

Full steam ahead with Greg Gilfeather's computerized version of Battleship. (winning reader-submitted game; for Northstar computer; includes game program code)

Equipment Reviews

Voice Vs. Voice by Howard Polskin

First movies talked and now games do. Should video games be seen and not heard? Read the Great Debate between Intellivoice and Odyssey's The Voice and decide.

The Big Apple II - Should the first computer be your first? by Jules Gilder

Computers are becoming as American as Apple II. Read all about the Apple II and decide whether the first computer should be your first computer?

Game Reviews

('The first rock video game;' game reviews with 1-5 joystick rating scale and "promo" screenshot; some reviews include "pro-tip.")

  • Journey Escape (VCS)
  • Spiderman (VCS) (Spider-Man)
  • Cosmic Ark (VCS)
  • Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (Int)
  • Venture (Col)
  • Berzerk (VCS)
  • The Incredible Wizard (Astro)
  • Type & Tell (Ody)
  • Planet Patrol (VCS)
  • Amok (VIC20)
  • Air Strike (400,800)
  • Cosmic fighter (TRS80)
  • Kid Grid (400,800)



A word from the editors. ('Tomorrow... it's only a game away' by The Editors)

Letters to the Editors

We welcome your feedback. (reader mail)

New Products

The latest in equipment. ('Buttons, slides and the shirt on your back')

  • The Athletic Supporter (video game themed t-shirts, jerseys)
  • Lebo/Peerless Carry Case (VCS system & games carry case)
  • Visual Horizons Computer Slides (capture computer images to 35mm color slides)
  • Vestron Video How To Beat Home Video Games (VHS series)
  • Coleco Driving Module (ColecoVision accessory)
  • KY Enterprises Fingertip Controller


Got a question? We've got the answer. ('Does 400+800 equal 5200?;' Q&A)

Top Ten

The most popular in arcade and home. (home and arcade top 10 lists)

Reader's Tips

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

  • Space Invaders
  • Q-Bert
  • Adventure
  • Missile Command
  • Nexar
  • Breakout
  • Centipede
  • Defender
  • Tempest
  • Night Driver
  • Galaxian
  • Frogger
  • Robotron


Michael Blanchet's strategy tips. ('Jousting with galactic ostriches;' Joust arcade game strategies)

E.F.G. Times

You read it here first. (news section)

  • Spiderman Arrives From Parker (Spider-Man game for VCS)
  • Monthly Contest (ColecoVision Zaxxon high-score contest)
  • Q-Bert Too! (Q*bert licensed by Parker Brothers)
  • 10-year old Wins Pick Axe Pete Championship (Tony Scardigno wins Pick Axe Pete Pick-Off)
  • Rock Video Games - The Next Trend? (Journey Escape)
  • Imagic Holds $1,000 Contest (Riddle of the Sphinx contest)
  • Can You Spare $1.35? (average teenager coin-op spending per week)
  • Imagic finds Atlantis in Bermuda (Andy Levine wins Atlantis high-score contest)
  • Name That Game Contest (EF contest results)
  • Jets and Giants Play Frogger (NFL players play Frogger, The Empire Strikes Back)
  • The New Pac-Kard? (Pac-Man themed car)
  • Young Doctors in Love With Computer Games (Bugs and Drugs game)
  • Quote of the Month


An irreverent gazette of gaming news. ('A comical catch-all of odds and ends')

  • Look in the Book
  • Twenty Grade A Cartridges
  • The World Disk Encyclopedia
  • B-52 Bummer
  • Future Shlock
  • Where Were You on the Night of...

The E-A-T Report

Jens von der Heide on games. ('Play now, pay later;' game rentals)

Top Secret

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

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    Title: Electronic Fun with Computers and Games Volume 1 Number 4
    Month: February
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Fun & Games Publishing Inc.
    Editor: Richard Ekstract
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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