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Electronic Games Issue 4

ISSUE: 4Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Coleco ColecoVision (news coverage)
  • Atari Super-Game (Q&A; the eventual Atari 5200)
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Apple II
  • Odyssey2
  • Astro Professional Arcade
  • stand-alones
  • arcade


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

Switch On! - A Tale of Pirates and Copycats (editorial by Arnie Katz)

Electronic Games Hotline (news section)

  • Atari Report (more Easter Eggs to come; Greg Christensen & Fernando Herrera, 400 / 800 program winners; Atari & Namco deal)
  • Disney's 'Tron' Sparks Arcade Excitement
  • Coleco Debuts New Senior Videogame System (ColecoVision (system and VCS attachment shown))
  • Atari and Activision Bury Hatchet
  • EG Goes Monthly!
  • The Tabletop Arcade (Coleco's tabletop line; Frogger shown)
  • Inside Mattel (upcoming games, including Intellivoice compatible titles; handhelds; Intellivision keyboard)
  • Famous Board Games Go Electronic (Monopoly Playmaster, Stratego (shown))
  • Atari Buys Coin-Op Quartet from Centuri (home rights for Phoenix, Vanguard, Challenger, Round-Up)
  • Electronic Game's Picked Hits (reader poll results; Most Popular Videogame Cartridges, Most Popular Computer Software Programs, Most Popular Coin-Op Videogames)

Test Lab

Our technical expert pulls the cover off the Astro Professional Arcade and spills its secrets. ('Astro Professional Arcade: Has Its Time Come?' by Henry B. Cohen)

Readers Replay (readers letter column; includes 'Introducing.... The National Arcade Scoreboard' sidebar)

Q&A (by the Game Doctor)

Joystick Jury

Readers provide cogent commentary on game controllers. (includes sidebar for submitting future 'Joystick Jury' content)

Inside Gaming

Meet Muse's man in the computer castle, Silas Warner. ('The Man in Muse's Castle' by Krist Boardman; includes 'A Glossary For Gamers')

Feature - Grand Slam!

Electronic baseball games offer a world of diamond thrills without player strikes or rain-outs!

Tips for Pac-Maniacs

Here's the lowdown on how to clear more mazes by the man who wrote the book on the world's most popular coin-op game. (by Ken Uston; includes 'Pac Trivia' sidebar)

School for Game Doctors

When an arcade machine breaks, the call goes out for one of the graduates of this college of videogame knowledge. ('Audit a Class at the College of Videogame Knowledge')

Arcade America

EG goes on a guided tour of the Disneyland Starcade! ('Disney's Arcade Wonderland' by Les Paul Robley)

Videogame Hall of Fame

Find out which games have attained arcade immortality - and help induct your personal favorites. (nominees:)

  • Pong (Atari)
  • Space Invaders (Taito / Midway / Atari)
  • Asteroids (Atari)
  • Pac-Man (Namco / Midway)
  • Quest for the Rings (Odyssey)
  • Major League Baseball (Mattel)


Now everyone can be a Conan or Luke Skywalker with electronic role-playing games!

Insert Coin Here

The newest coin-op games get the once-over from EG's expert. (by Bill Kunkel)

  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Eliminator
  • Turbo
  • Armored Car
  • Kick-man

Strategy Session

Fly through the far reaches of space, protect your planet from missile attack and save the king with these helpful hits for better play! ('Blast Off for Outer Space Gaming!' by Frank Tetro Jr.)

  • Warlords
  • Spacechase (VCS)
  • Space Battle (Int)
  • Missle Command (400,800)

Playing with Time

Here's the latest breakthrough in gaming - arcades you can strap to your wrist! (by Joyce Worley; wristwatch, calculator, pocketwatch, and Nintendo Game & Watch gaming)

New Products

  • LeStick (Atari compatible joystick controller)
  • Videogame Scoreboard Labels
  • Synsonics (electronic drums)
  • Atari 830 Acoustic Modem (400,800)
  • Diet Trac (pocket diet computer system)

Programmable Parade

Our game evaluators tell which cartridges are worth your hard-earned money. ('Can You Stop the Sky from Falling?' by Arnie Katz and Bill Kunkel)

  • Grand Prix (VCS)
  • Astrosmash (Int)
  • Pac-Man (VCS)
  • Super Breakout (VCS)

Computer Playland

No-holds-barred commentary on the latest game software for the most popular computers. ('Android Avengers Attack from All Sides')

  • K-razy Shoot-out (400,800 cart)
  • Captivity (400,800 tape)
  • Protector (800 disk,tape)
  • Country Fair (Apple II disk)
  • Ricochet (800,Apple II)

Stand-Alone Scene

Can you escape the rampaging goblins in Coleco's Pac-Man? (by Joyce Worley)

  • Pac-Man (Coleco table-top)
  • Reversi Sensory Challenger (electronic boardgame, shown)
  • Split Second (handheld)

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    Title: Electronic Games Issue 4
    Month: June
    Year: 1982
    Publisher: Reese Publications
    Editor: Arnie Katz
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 2

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