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VideoGames & Computer Entertainment Issue 1

ISSUE: 1Content


  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Sega Master System
  • Atari XE Game System
  • Atari 2600 (news coverage)
  • Atari 7800 (news coverage)
  • Macintosh (512, II, SE)
  • Apple (II, IIGS)
  • Amiga
  • Commodore 64
  • Atari ST


VIDEO-GAMES FEATURES (contents page excerpts; bullet lists and (notes) added)

An Introduction to the Game Systems by Lee H. Pappas and David Plotkin
A quick look at the "big three." ('Introduction'; one page; NES, SMS, Atari XE)

The 1989 VideoGames Buyer's Guide
The game guide for Nintendo, Sega and Atari owners. Special preview of the 1989 games too. ('1989 Buyer's Guide'; approx. 37 pages; games sorted by company, then genre; capsule previews; some games rated on 1-5 scale criteria; most 1/6th page each with screenshot; typos and working titles purposefully retained:)

Nintendo (NES; approx. 22 pages:)

  • Bases Loaded
  • Blades of Steel
  • Double Dribble
  • Excitebike
  • Golf
  • John Elway's Quarterback
  • Ice Hockey
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Racket Attack
  • Super Team Games
  • 10-Yard Fight
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field II
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out
  • Winter Games
  • World Class Track Meet
  • Air Fortress
  • Arkanoid
  • Bayou Billy
  • Breakthru
  • Burger Time
  • City Connection
  • Cobra Command
  • Commando
  • Contra
  • Defender II
  • Donkey Kong Classics
  • Double Dragon
  • Duck Hunt
  • Elevator Action
  • Freedom Force
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghosts and Goblins (Ghosts n Goblins)
  • Golgo 13
  • Gradius
  • Gun Smoke (Gun.Smoke)
  • Hogan's Alley
  • Hudson's Adventure Island
  • Jackel
  • Joust
  • Karnov
  • Kid Niki Radical Ninja
  • Kung Fu
  • The Legend of Kage
  • Legendary Wings
  • Lifeforce
  • Lode Runner
  • Mega Man
  • Metal Gear
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • Millipede
  • Ninja Taro
  • Pinball
  • Platoon
  • Predator
  • Rad Racer
  • Raid on Bungeling Bay
  • Rambo
  • Rampage
  • R.C. Pro-Am
  • Renegade
  • Robocop
  • Roller Ball
  • Section-Z
  • Solomon's Key
  • Spelunker
  • Spy Hunter
  • Starforce
  • Super Mario Brothers (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Pitfall
  • Tetris
  • The 3-D Battles of Worldrunner (3-D Worldrunner)
  • Tiger-Heli
  • Top Gun
  • Trojan
  • Vegas Dreams
  • Wizards & Warriors
  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Blaster Master
  • Deadly Towers
  • Gauntlet
  • Kid Icarus
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Rygar
  • Simon's Quest (Castlevania II: Simon's Quest)
  • Xenophobe
  • Zelda II - The Adventure of Link
  • Dance Aerobics
  • Sesame Street 123 (Sesame Street 1-2-3)
  • Bad Dudes
  • Heavy Barrel
  • Marble Madness
  • Bump 'n' Jump
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Sesame Street ABC... (Sesame Street A-B-C)
  • California Games
  • Milon's Secret Castle
  • World Games
Index of Manufacturers (one page)

Sega (SMS; approx. eight pages:)

  • Great Basketball
  • Great Volleyball
  • Great Ice Hockey
  • Sports Pad Football
  • Aztec Adventure
  • Enduro Racer
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon
  • Fantasy Zone II
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghost House
  • Global Defense
  • Hang On and Safari Hunt
  • Kenseiden
  • Kung Fu Kid
  • Marksman and Trap Shooting
  • My Hero
  • The Ninja
  • Penguin Land
  • Quartet
  • Rambo First Blood Part II
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Teddy Boy
  • Thunder Blade
  • Wonder Boy
  • Zaxxon 3-D
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Lord of the Sword
  • Monopoly
  • Shanghai
  • After Burner (Afterburner)
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone: The Maze
  • Missile Defense 3-D
  • Outrun
  • Poseiden Wars 3-D
  • Space Harrier 3-D

Atari (approx. four pages:)

  • Fight Night
  • Hardball!
  • One on One
  • Archon
  • Ballblazer
  • Barnyard Blaster
  • Battlezone
  • Blue Max
  • Bug Hunt
  • David's Midnight Magic
  • Flight Simulator II
  • Food Fight
  • Gato
  • Lode Runner
  • Necromancer
  • Rescue on Fractalus
  • Star Raiders II

Video-Game Reviews:

Barnyard Blaster by Howard Wen.
A look at one of the most popular Atari games. (Atari XE; one page)

Contra reviewed by Andy Eddy.
Konami is known for great games. How does this one stack up? (NES; one page)

Strategy-Playing Guide:

Blaster Master tips and hints by Lee H. Pappas.
This game is hot - and tough! Here are some hints on making it all the way through. ('Nintendo Strategy Guide Blaster Master'; NES; three pages)

Archon tips and hints by Howard Wen.
Here's a little help on this complex, but classic cartridge. ('Archon Strategies and Tips'; Atari XE; one page)


Football! by Bill Kunkel and Arnie Katz.
Video and computer gridiron action. Football games come in every shape and form. ('The Digital Gridiron - A History of Electronic Football Simulations'; six pages)

An Interview With Brian Fargo by Arnie Katz
Meet Fargo, the author of The Bard's Tale, Mindshadow and Borrowed Time. ('Meet Brian Fargo - A video gamer's rise to software company president'; 2.5 pages)

Computer Reviews: (one page each)

  • The Three Stooges (Amiga,C64,PC)
  • Blockbuster (Amiga,ST,C64,PC)
  • Road Runner (ST,C64)
  • Superstar Ice Hockey (Apple II,IIGS,Amiga,ST,C64,PC)
  • Tetris (Amiga,Apple II,IIGS,C64,PC,Macintosh 512,SE,II)
  • Rommel: Battles for North America (Apple II,C64)
  • Bubble Ghost (Amiga,Apple IIGS,ST,C64,PC)
  • Stellar Crusade (ST,PC)
  • The Last Ninja (Apple IIGS,C64,PC)


Publisher's Letter (editorial by Lee H. Pappas; one page)

News Bits (news section; five pages; complied by Joyce Worley; news stories:)

  • Freedom Stick Frees up Game Play (The Freedom Stick wireless controller (NES,SMS,Atari,Commodore))
  • Atari to Release 45 New Video Games (for 2600,7800,XE; mentioned:)
    • Gato (XE)
    • Ace of Aces (XE)
    • Into the Eagles Nest (XE)
    • Commando (XE)
    • Karateka (XE)
    • Food Fight (XE)
    • Necromancer (XE)
    • Dark Chambers (7800)
    • Desert Falcon (7800)
    • Impossible Mission (7800)
    • Winter Games (7800)
    • Summer Games (7800)
    • Hat Trick (7800)
    • Super Baseball (7800)
    • Crossbow (2600)
    • Sprintmaster (2600)
  • Japan Comes To America (Koei games (Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Nobunaga's Ambition) planned for the states, Sierra On-line licenses Silpheed from Game Arts)
  • Broderbund and Nippon Companies Launch Kyodai (California based Japanese game import label)
  • Game Biz Boom (SPA sales figures)
  • Tynesoft Turns to American Designs (games mentioned:)
    • Circus Games
    • Mayday Squad
    • First Person Pinball
    • I Was Kidnapped By A Flying Saucer
  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (games mentioned:)
    • Pool of Radiance (C64,PC,Apple II)
    • Heroes of the Lance (Amiga,Commodore,Atari ST,MS-DOS)
    • Dungeon Masters Assistant, Vol. I: Encounters
  • Mindscape Is out for Blood (Captain Blood)
  • Pete Rose Has Pennant Fever (Pete Rose Pennant Fever (MS-DOS,C64))
  • Sega Spotlights 3-D (SegaScope 3-D System SMS hardware bundle)
  • Activision Adds Two to 2600 Catalog (Commando, Kung Fu Master)
  • SPA Goes to Japan (importing games to Japan)
  • Let's Zork Again Like We Did Last Summer (Zork Zero: The Revenge of Megaboz (Mac,Apple II,IIGS,MS-DOS,Atari ST,Amiga,C64))
  • No Detente on the Compu-Seas (Harpoon (PC,Mac,Amiga))
  • Nolan Goes Home (Nolan Bushnell's Axlon to develop games for 2600,7800)
  • Sports Headline Nintendo Action (NES games; Ice Hockey, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!)
  • Big Bucks for Biz (game business financing; Epyx, Mindscape, Acclaim)
  • Nintendo Named ('Vendor of the Year' award)
  • First Row Honeymoons in the Twilight Zone (Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners (Amiga), The Twilight Zone (Amiga,MS-DOS,Commodore))
  • Spectrum Holobyte Takes Cards off Table (Solitaire Royale (Mac,Mac II,MS-DOS,Amiga,Apple))
  • Activision Takes New Name (Mediagenic)
  • SPA Names Certifications (includes list of games achieving sales levels: Platinum (250,000+ copies sold), Gold (100,000+), Silver (50,000+), Diamond (500,000+))
  • Software Mfg. Gambles for Profit (California Dreams releasing casino-style computer games; Vegas Craps, Vegas Gambler, Club Backgammon (all for Commodore, Apple II, Atari ST, MS-DOS, IIGS, Amiga))

Questions and Answers ('Question & Answer - The Game Doctor Answers Your Questions:'; by The Game Doctor; two pages)

COVER (TOC excerpt:)

Jason and MetalAttacker from Suncom's new smash hit, Blaster Master. Cover art by Allen Hunter.

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    Title: VideoGames & Computer Entertainment Issue 1
    Month: December
    Year: 1988
    Publisher: Larry Flynt Publications
    Editor: Clayton Walnum
    Pages: 100
    Price: 2.95 USA, CANADA $3.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 18

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