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Video Games Issue 18

ISSUE: 18Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE

  • Atari VCS - Atari 2600
  • VCS - 2600 Starpath Supercharger
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari computers
  • ColecoVision
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore 64
  • Apple
  • Texas Instruments 99/4A
  • Timex/Sinclair computers
  • arcade
  • pinball

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

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FEATURES

Video Games' First Annual Players' Choice Awards
The ballots are counted and here are the winners. (by 'The Editors')

A Double Play Combination
Will Xonox video games be K-Tel's "greatest hits"? (by Jim Gorzelany; interview with Mickey Elfenbein (K-Tel Executive Vice President) and Donald M. Thompson (Director, Product Development, Consumer Electronics Division); includes two-page 'Xonox Video Games: Twice the Bang and Then Some' "sidebar," with previews of the following 2600 games:)

  • Spike's Peak/Ghost Manor
  • Chuck Norris, Superkicks/Artillery Duel
  • Thundarr the Barbarian

VideoGames Interview
Epyx's Michael Katz: Making it through marketing (by Mary Claire Blakeman; 'Michael Katz: Epyx - Making It Through Marketing')

Another look at Astrocade
Is it "extended play" for this company? (by Mark Brownstein; 'Astrocade's Extended Play')

Rock Music's Journey
Ros Valory talks about their video game hit (by Charley Crespo; 'Take A Sentimental Journey: Rock's Video Wiz Ros Valory Talks About The Game;' Ros Valory (Journey bassist) interview)

SPECIAL SECTION

Athletic Feats
Going for The Gold with Centuri/Konami's Track & Field (by Roger C. Sharpe; 'Athletic Feats: Going For The Gold With Track & Field')

Follow The Leader
Spin-offs jump to the Q*bert challenge. (commentary and game reviews by Mark Brownstein;)

  • Q*bert (VCS)
  • Boing (VCS)
  • Frostbite (VCS)
  • Rabbit Transit (VCS Starpath Supercharger)
  • Q*bert (Int)
  • Q*bert (CV)
  • Q*bert (5200)
  • Juice (C64 disk)
  • Mr. Cool (C64 cart)
  • Pharoah's Pyramid (C64)

Beating The Coin-Ops
Tips and strategies for the latest arcade games. (by Steve Harris and Edward M. Petti; 'Arcade Games: Playing Tips and Strategies;' in-depth strategy guide for Dragon's Lair)

DEPARTMENTS

HYPERSPACE (editorial)
Insights into the issue at hand.

BLIPS (news section)
Automan, amazin' case, camping out, lessons in learning, star struck.

  • Automan: Solving Crimes From Another Dimension (Automan TV show)
  • Camping Out (computer camps)
  • Amazin' Case (video/computer system traveling case)
  • Buying Spree (Bally to acquire Williams)
  • All Aboard (RAM upgrade for Atari 800)
  • Lessons in Learning (Flip-Trak Learning Systems; audio-cassette computer tutorials)
  • Star Struck (The Last Starfighter movie)
  • Honorable Mention (award-winning Zaxxon)
  • The Sente Solution: Snakepits and "SAC's" (Sente Arcade Computer)

DOUBLE SPEAK (letters column; not mentioned in this issue's TOC)

COIN-OP SHOP
Contenders and Pretenders for '84: Track & Field, Professor Pac-Man, Astron Belt, Bega's Battle, Dinosaurs. (arcade game reviews and commentary by Jim Gorzelany and Steve Harris; 'Contenders and Pretenders of '84;' two reviews are included for Track & Field)

GAME EFFORTS
Coleco's Super Action Baseball and Super Action Boxing. (by Mark Brownstein and Mike Sittnick; 'Coleco's Super Action Controllers For Super Action Games;' includes two reviews for each game)

  • Super Action Baseball
  • Rocky Super Action Boxing

COMPUTER CORNER
Setting sights on sensational software: Squeeze, Gruds in Space, Gateway to Apshai, A.E. and more.

  • Setting Sights on Sensational Software (commentary and game reviews by Mark Brownstein, Dan Persons, and Donald Richardson)
    • Squeeze (VIC20 tape)
    • Gruds in Space (Apple disk)
    • Gateway to Apshai (Atari cart)
    • Moonbeam Express (994A)
    • Final Orbit/Bumper Bash (VIC20 cart)
    • Learning With Leeper (Atart cart)
    • Bandits (VIC20 cart)
    • Candy Bandit (C64 disk)
    • Cavern Quest (994A tape or disk)
    • Garbage Belly (994A)
  • VisiOn's Windows On The World (VisiCorp's VisiOn, a windows based applications environment for computers) [*]Extended Play (Microcomputer Games software overview)

BOOK BEAT
Reading up on the Timex/Sinclair computer. (by Richard Goodwin; book reviews:)

  • Time Lost
  • 30 Games for the Timex/Sinclair Computer
  • Timex/Sinclair Interfacing

SOFT SPOTS
Home carts spring into action: Dreadnaught Factor, Treasure of Tarmin, Congo Bongo, Time Pilot, Frogger and more. (commentary and home game reviews by Dan Persons, Mike Sittnick, Ted Salamone and Mark Brownstein; 'Home Carts Spring Into Action;' includes 'Commentary on a Dead Issue' sidebar discussing violence in Speed Racer (C64))

  • Dreadnaught Factor (Int)
  • Treasure of Tarmin (Int)
  • Congo Bongo (5200)
  • Time Pilot (2600)
  • Frogger (2600 Starpath Supercharger; two reviews)
  • Video Pinball (Int; two reviews)
  • Fathom (2600)

STATS (high scores and Top lists)

Cover Illustration Courtesy of Centuri/Konami



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    Title: Video Games Issue 18
    Month: March
    Year: 1984
    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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