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Video Games Issue 11

ISSUE: 11Content


  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • VCS Starpath Supercharger
  • Atari 5200
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Odyssey
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Texas Instruments 99/4A
  • Colecovision
  • arcade
  • pinball
  • non-programmable handhelds and portables

(TOC transcription follows, with (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.)



Art Imitates Life

Hollywood's "War Games" heats up the summer's silver screen with a chillingly realistic film. (by Beau Eurell; subtitled '"War games" heats up the silver screen')

VIDEO GAMES Interview: Frank O'Connell

The president of Fox Video Games offers a vision of 20th Century progress and a look beyond. (by Beau Eurell; subtitled 'Moving Toward the 21st Century with Fox Video Games')

Television's Video Showcase

Starcade puts video games on center stage with a quiz show that test playing skills and game knowledge. (by Barry Schuler; 'Television's Video Game Showcase')

Hot Summer Fun

Tips and strategies for playing five of the season's newest and most popular coin-op games. ('Summer Fun! Tip Offs: Strategies for beating five of the season's hottest arcade games')

  • Baby Pac-Man
  • Pole Position
  • Bagman
  • Star Trek
  • Bubbles


HYPERSPACE (editorial)

Insights into the issue at hand.

DOUBLESPEAK (letters column)

Some words of advice from our readers.

BLIPS (news section)

Donkey Kong, Junior, Frogger and other video game stars invade Saturday morning television; Atari's Earthworld contest winner; a possible cure for 'video abusers'; an art gallery display puts video in the spotlight.

  • The Videoization of Saturday Morning Television (Saturday Supercade)
  • Throwing in the Towel (video game themed beach towels)
  • Crunch-a-Kong (Donkey Kong cereal)
  • The Big Show (Beamscope II; TV screen magnifier)
  • Good As Gold (Steven Bell, Swordquest Earthworld winner)
  • Vocal Arrangements (Atari & Milton Bradley plan voice recognition controller)
  • Kicking the Habit (Vidanon Video Game Addict Rehabilitation Kit)
  • Quick Change Artist (Rom-Scanner cart changer VCS add-on)
  • Give Me Shelter (Castelli Graphics art gallery's custom arcade game)


Here comes the summer games with such video effects as Mad Planets, Food Fight, Bubbles, Cosmic Chasm, Congo Bongo and others. (arcade game reviews by John Holmstrom; 'The Summer Fun Heats Up')

  • Mad Planets
  • Bubbles
  • Cosmic Chasm
  • Money Money
  • Vampire
  • Racer Rocket
  • Food Fight
  • Congo Bongo


Bally's Grand Slam (pinball) and ICE's Chexx (foosball-ish) bring arcade players a sporting chance with a difference. (by Zelmo; 'Arcades Offer a Sporting Chance')


An array of computer game reviews for the VIC-20 and the TI99/4A including shoot 'em ups, mazes and adventures in space that are guaranteed to keep you all keyed up.

  • A Soft Touch: Games, Games and More Games (by Linda Moran; running commentary discussing upcoming and current computer games, with a focus on the following:)
  • K-razy Kritters
  • K-star Patrol
  • K-razy Antiks
  • K-razy Shoot-Out
  • Boulders and Bombs
  • Mountain King
  • Time Trials
  • Cave In
  • Number Crunch
  • Reagonomics
  • River Patrol
  • Springer
  • Polaris
  • Springer
  • Hit Parade: Computer Games on Review (reviews by Mark Brownstein)
  • Video Vermin (VIC20)
  • Spiders of Mars (VIC20)
  • Super Amok (VIC20)
  • Arachnoid (VIC20)
  • Shamus (VIC20)
  • Galactic Blitz (VIC20)
  • Swarm (VIC20)
  • Blasto (994A)
  • Munch Man (994A)
  • Hunt the Wumpus (994A)
  • Tombstone City: 21st Century (994A)
  • Henhouse (994A)
  • Parsec (994A)


The summer's home carts provide some rays of hope with the likes of Looping, Qix, Shark! Shark!, Turtles, Pepper II, Frankenstein's Monster and much more. (game reviews by Perry Greenberg; 'Hot Summer Fun: Home Carts Provide Some Rays of Hope')

  • Looping (CV)
  • Qix (5200)
  • Mines of Minos (VCS)
  • Oink! (VCS)
  • Shark! Shark! (Int)
  • Rescue Terra 1 (VCS)
  • Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes (VCS)
  • Turtles (Ody)
  • Pepper II (CV)
  • Frankenstein's Monster (VCS)
  • G.I. Joe Cobra Strike (VCS)
  • Fast Food (VCS)
  • Coconuts (VCS)
  • Stargunner (VCS)
  • Escape from the Mindmaster (VCS Starpath Supercharger)


Hand-helds and table tops bring video action down to size as witnessed by Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Jaws and other potent portables. (by Ann Krueger; 'Small Wonders: The Downsizing of Video Games;' running commentary discussing/reviewing a number of non-programmable handhelds and portables:)

  • Thief In Garden
  • Space Strike-Back
  • Spider
  • Goalkeeper
  • Donkey Kong Game & Watch
  • Jaws
  • Tomtronic Thundering Turbo
  • Ms. Pac-Man (mini-arcade)
  • King Kong (mini-arcade)


The remarkable Texas Instruments 99/4A computer proves that a little can go a long way with a host of features, capabilities and peripherals. (overview and commentary by Mark Andrews; 'Texas Instruments' 99/4A: A Little Goes A Long Way')


Rawson Stovall is back with some interesting reviews and ratings of Oink! (VCS), Shootin' Gallery (VCS/Int) and Cookie Monster Munch (VCS). (reviews by Rawson Stovall; 'Home Carts That Kid Around')

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration by Ron Walotsky

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    Title: Video Games Issue 11
    Month: August
    Year: 1983
    Publisher: Pumpkin Press Inc
    Editor: Roger C. Sharpe
    Pages: 84
    Price: $2.95 USA, $3.25 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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