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Electronic Games Issue 30

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  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari computers - 800XL
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • ColecoVision
  • Apple - Apple II
  • PC - IBM PCjr
  • Coleco Adam
  • stand-alones
  • pinball (news coverage)
  • arcade


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

Switch On! - Confessions of a Glitch Buster (editorial by Arnie Katz)

Hotline (news section)

  • Consumer Beat (Sierra to co-develop games with Disney; Scarborough Systems dual-packs; Infocom's Four-In-One Sampler; NEC donates computer equipment to universities; Searchmart Corp's free-access online Software Library; Huttonline online service offers stock quote service)
  • Coin-Op Beat (Gaplus; Star Light; Hyper Sports)
  • Hardware Beat (IBM PC AT;Coleco Adam Digital Data Drive; Flexidraw light pen; Okidata's Okimate 10 Color Printer; K-Tel floppy disks)
  • Calendar Of Events
  • The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! (Mastertronic upcoming games, including Chiller, Candidate, Duck Shoot)
  • Junior Gets A New Set Of Keys (IBM PCjr enhancements; new keyboard, memory expansion)
  • Most Large Companies Now Use Computers
  • Museum Seeks Computer Artists (Bronx Museum of the Arts exhibit seeking submissions)
  • Adam, ColecoVision Buyers Get Free Scholarships, Cabbage Patch Kids
  • A Dozen Compu-Wizards Win Programming Contest (Edgame Challenge contest winners)
  • What's Hot (trivia games; Trivia Fever, Trivia Mania, PQ - The Party Quiz Game, Factactics, Master Trivia, Flash Facts Trivia, The Trivia Arcade)
  • Pride Electronics Buys Amiga Power-Sticks
  • Timeworks Gives Disks For Cassettes (cassette-to-disk mailorder exchange program)
  • Color Printers Will Be Big Biz In 10 Years
  • Sweet Smell Of Software (Peachtree scented ads)
  • Software Beat (Break Street, Planetmaster, Marathon, Danger - High Surf, Lode Runner, Sargon III)
  • Teen Wins Dino Eggs Sweepstakes (Bill Braun, contest winner)
  • Hayes Gets New Name (Hayes Products now CH Products; joysticks)
  • Rock-ola Donates Eyes (donates Eyes coin-op to Mount Sinai Hospital)
  • Bits & Bytes Scaled To Suit Compukiddies (Bits & Bytes computer convention for kids)
  • Boot Me Up To The Ballgame (ITTXtra computer used to compare Shea Stadium baseball game statistics)
  • Entertainment Beat (entertainment software and hardware; Activision Pencil; Plantin' Pal; Peanuts Maze Marathon; Smurf Paint & Play Workshop)
  • Atari To Design New Computers
  • Bradley, Hasbro Merge (Milton Bradley, Hasbro now Hasbro Bradley Inc.)
  • Muddy Monitor? Time For Housecleaning! (Statiglass Anti-Static Cleaner)
  • Entech Listens To The Public: Enhances Studio 64 (upgrade available for Studio 64 software)
  • EG Readers Pick Their Favorite Games (top lists)

Readers Replay (letters column)

Gifts For Gamers

From chocolate computers to robots - something for everyone on your list. ('Goodies, Gizmos And Gadgets To Please Every Gamer')

Entertainment: A New Way To Play ('Games Aren't the Only Way to Have Fun' by Joyce Worley and Arnie Katz; non-game entertainment software commentary)



Action Arena (computer game reviews)

  • Raid On Bungeling Bay (C64 disk)
  • Moonbeam Arcade (Atari computers disk)
  • Caverns Of Khafka (Atari computers disk)
  • Pengo (Atari computers cart)
  • Tennis (Atari computers cart)
  • Satan's Hollow (C64 disk)
  • King's Ransom (VIC20 cassette)
  • Rescue On Fractalus (Atari computers cart)
  • Pixie Pete (C64 disk)
  • Star Wars (C64 cart)

Translations (port reviews)

  • Pac-Man (VIC20 cart)
  • Oil's Well (PCjr disk)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Atari computers cart)
  • One-On-One (Atari computers disk)
  • Archon (C64 disk)
  • Spare Change (Atari computers disk)

Passport To Adventure (computer game reviews)

  • King's Quest (PC disk)
  • Death In The Caribbean (Apple,Atari,C64 disk)
  • Bounty Hunter (Adam)

Think Tank (computer game reviews)

  • Market Mogul (PC disk)
  • Fax (Apple II disk)
  • In the Chips (VIC20 cart)

Playing It Smart (edutainment reviews)

  • Tonk In The Land Of Buddy-Bots (Atari disk)
  • U.S. Adventure (C64 disk)
  • Dinosaur Dig (Apple disk)

Entertainments (entertainment software reviews)

  • The Print Shop (Apple disk)
  • Pic. Builder (Atari disk)
  • Grandma's House (Atari disk)

Articles Of War (Objective: Kursk (Apple II,Atari disk) overview/strategy/review)


Game Of The Month

A close-up look at Montezuma's Revenge and designer Robert Jaeger. ('Danger Lurks Beneath The Pyramid')

Players Guide To Microcomputers (sections:)

  • The Microcomputers Cometh!
    • A New Era Dawns
    • Computer Games Take Over
    • The Computer Game Difference
    • The Game Explosion
    • Software Compatibility
  • Meet The Major Microcomputers For Gamers

    • A Consumer Update On Today's Leading Brands
    • Apple: A Hardy Perennial
    • Atari 800XL: The Path Of A Legend
    • Commodore 64: A Star Is Born
    • Can IBM Save It?
    • The Big Bundle (Coleco Adam)
  • Shopping For The Right Home Computer

    • How Much Computer Do You Need?
    • Picking The Right Micro
    • Will My Computer Become Obsolete?

Test Lab

An evaluation of Atari-compatible disk drives. ('Evaluating Atari-Compatible Disk Drives' by Henry B. Cohen; includes 'Drive Comparison At A Glance' comparison chart)

Electronic Gaming And The Handicapped ('Game Controllers for the Handicapped: More Than Just Toys' by Diane Yankelevitz)

The Archonomicon

A strategist's guide to Archon. ('Mastering Electronic Arts' Strategy Game' by Bill Kunkel)

Insert Coin Here ('The 3 Stooges In Coin-Opville' by Bill Kunkel; The Three Stooges (in "Brides is Brides") arcade game review)

Arcade America ('There's Magic in Them Thar Mountains!' by David Lustig)

Programmable Parade ('The First Releases for the 7800;' console videogame reviews)

  • Joust (7800)
  • Centipede (7800)
  • Wing War (Col)
  • The Heist (Col)
  • Gateway To Apshai (Col)
  • Frogger II: Threedeep (5200)

Inside Gaming

EG talks with Stuart Smith, designer of Return of Heracles. ('Stuart Smith: Master of Mythology' by Tracie Forman; developer profile)

Q&A ('The Questions Gamers Ask and Ask and Ask and...' by The Game Doctor)

Stand Alone Scene ('Stand-Alones Are Stars For Holiday Giving' by Joyce Worley; stand-alone reviews each with 'How It Plays' control section)

  • Snoopy (Nintendo; tabletop)
  • Handysound HS-501 Keyboard (Yamaha; electronic keyboard)
  • Soccer (Gakken; handheld)

Reader Poll

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    Title: Electronic Games Issue 30
    Month: December
    Year: 1984
    Publisher: Reese Publications
    Editor: Arnie Katz
    Pages: 100
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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