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Electronic Games Issue 29

ISSUE: 29Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari computers - 800 - 800XL
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • ColecoVision
  • Apple - Apple II
  • PC - IBM PCjr
  • stand-alones
  • arcade


(TOC excerpts follow, with (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity)

Switch On! - Arnie the Iconoclast (editorial by Arnie Katz)

Hotline (news section)

  • Games Are His 'Guiding Light' (Guiding Light actor Damion Scheller)
  • Game Inspires Book (Shadowkeep inspires Alan Dean Foster book)
  • Home Subliminal Suggestion (Stimutech's ExpandoVision interface; computer programs with subliminal messages)
  • One In Four Homes Has Computer-User
  • International Exchange (export markets; MSX delayed for USA market; MSX games; computer popularity stats; Acorn Computer Corp. opens US headquarters, distribution deals)
  • 1983 Was Record-Breaking Year (sales figures)
  • The Names Change, But The Faces Stay The Same (Sierra On-Line becomes Sierra; Children's Computer Workshop becomes CTW Software; Counterpoint Software becomes Springboard Software; Dynatech Microsoftware becomes CodeWriter Corporation)
  • Iowa Femme Wins Kraft Video Game Contest (winners Paula Boge, Michele Barr)
  • Anniversary (3rd annivesary of EG)
  • Pitfall Harry Comes Home ('Programming Pitfall Harry' pamphlet by David Crane available from Activision Commodore Club)
  • Scarborough Sends Software To Schools (buy a Scarborough program, Scarborough will donate a program to a school)
  • The Three Stooges Get Own Coin-Op
  • Star-Byte To Distribute Victory Software
  • Software Beat (Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior for Coleco Adam; Trivia Mania; Robert A. Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke upcoming adventure games, Michael Crichton's Amazon)
  • Typing Tutor Sets Sales Record (Mastertype named best-selling educational game)
  • Laser Game Uses Live Actors (Us vs. Them conversion kit for M.A.C.H. 3)
  • Coin-Op Beat (Two Tigers; Cobra Command; Treasure Cove; Konami in the UK)
  • Codewriter Contest Offers Prizes For Adventure, Arcade Games
  • What's Hot (boxing games; Computer Boxing, Ringside Seat, Computer Title Bout)
  • Britain's Gamelords Invade The Colonies (Quicksilva computer games)
  • Hardware Beat (The SpeeDemon upgrade for Apple II; Okimate 10 color printer; GIM Electronics' RF modulator for Apple, connect computer to TV; McPen light pen; Electra Guard 3 surge protector; Floppiclene disk drive cleaner)
  • Stay Neat And Stow The Clutter (Stor-A-Bit desk organizer)
  • Discwasher Bites Apple (Apple IIc carrying case)
  • China Exports (Cullinet Software to sell software in China)
  • AT&T Launches Computer (PC 6300 IBM-compatible PC)
  • EG Readers Pick Their Favorite Games (top lists)

Readers Replay (letters column)

The Great Game Designer Hunt

How software companies find - and keep - designers. ('How Software Publishers Woo, Win and Keep the Top Talent' by Bill Kunkel and the EG Editorial Staff; includes 'The Changing Role of the Designer,' 'Subsidiary Rights: The Next Battle?,' and 'Bridging The Quality Gap' sidebars)

What's New In Educational Games?

A look at the latest in learning fun. ('Here's the Latest in Learning Fun' by Joyce Worley; edutainment commentary)


EG's annual look at electronic football. ('Touchdown! - EG's Annual Guide to Electronic Football Games' by Michael Meyers)



Action Arena (computer game reviews)

  • Arcade Boot Camp (Apple II disk)
  • Zombies (Atari computers disk)
  • Zeppelin (Atari computers disk)
  • Sargon II (C64 disk)
  • Super Bunny (Apple II disk)
  • Frogger II: Threedeep (C64 cart)
  • Jungle Hunt (Apple II disk)
  • IFR Flight Simulator (C64 disk)
  • Pinball Wizard (VIC20 cassette)
  • Cosmic Tunnels (Atari computers)
  • Crazy Caveman (C64 disk)
  • O'Riley's Mine (Atari computers disk,cassette)
  • Blue Moon (C64 disk)

Passport To Adventure (computer game reviews)

  • Questron (Apple II disk)
  • The Hulk (Apple II disk)

Think Tank (computer game reviews)

  • Tycoon (Apple II disk)
  • Rails West (Apple II disk)

Articles Of War (Under Southern Skies (Apple II disk) overview/strategy/review)

Electronic Pressbox (sports game reviews)

  • Championship Boxing (PCjr disk)
  • Football (Atari computers cart)
  • Summer Games (C64 disk)

Playing It Smart (edutainment reviews)

  • Aegean Voyage (C64 cart)
  • Wiztype (C64,PC disk,cart)
  • Qwerty's Alphabet Adventure (Apple disk)
  • Ernie's Magic Shapes (Atari,C64 disk)
  • Paint Magic (C64 disk)
  • Studio 64 (C64 disk)
  • Storytree (Apple disk)

Translations (ports)

  • Seven Cities Of Gold (C64 disk)
  • Robotron: 2084 (VIC20 cart)


Strategy Session ('Shoot Now and Ask Questions Later' by Frank Tetro, Jr.; game strategies for the following:)

  • Time Pilot (Col)
  • Popeye (800)
  • Burgertime (PC,PCjr)

All Aboard

How computers keep railroads on the right track. ('All Aboard! - Railroad Simulator Keeps Engineers on the Track' by David Lustig)

Insert Coin Here ('Punch-Out Scores A Coin-Op KO!' by Bill Kunkel; Punch-Out arcade game review)

Arcade America ('Welcome to Arnie's Place' by Steve Madwed)

Players Guide To Programmable Video Game Systems (sections:)

  • Atari 2600: Strength In Numbers
  • Master Of Modularity (ColecoVision)
  • The Supersystem Bows Out (5200)
  • Introducing The 7800
  • Videogaming Outlook

Inside Gaming

Tracie Forman talks to Dan Bunten of Ozark Softscape ('Software King Of The Ozarks' by Tracie Forman; developer profile)

Programmable Parade ('Don't Go Near The Water: Gremlins On Parade;' console videogame reviews:)

  • Gremlins (5200)
  • Gremlins (2600)
  • Quick Step (2600)
  • Pitstop (Col)
  • Nova Blast (Col)
  • Robotron: 2084 (5200)

All-Star Quirks ('Find the Glitches, Easter Eggs and Bugs in Your Favorite Programs' by Tracie Forman; reader submitted easter eggs and glitches; includes 'What's A Glitch?' sidebar)

Sub Hunt ('The Game World Meets the Real World' by David Lustig)

Game Of The Month ('Bruce Lee: Enter the Joystick!' by Bill Kunkel; Bruce Lee (Apple,Atari,C64 disk) review; includes developer commentary with Ron Fortier and Kelly Day)

Test Lab ('The Atari 800XL: A Lot Of Computer For The Price' by Henry B. Cohen; includes 'Some Things Lost In Translation' sidebar)

Q&A ('Welcome to the Computer Clinic!' by The Game Doctor)

Stand Alone Scene ('Moving Color On A LCD Screen!' by Joyce Worley; stand-alone reviews, each with 'How It Plays' control section:)

  • Spitball Sparky (Nintendo; handheld (shown))
  • Runaway (Gakken; handheld (shown))
  • Snow White (Inventa)

Reader Poll

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    Title: Electronic Games Issue 29
    Month: November
    Year: 1984
    Publisher: Reese Publications
    Editor: Arnie Katz
    Pages: 92
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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