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Issue 57 was dated January 1990 and priced at £1.50.

Regulars[]

Contents - 1 page (5)

Zzap Rrap - 4 pages (22-23,25-26)

Competitions - 2 pages (33,40)

Scorelord - 1 page (48)

Zzuperstore - 2 pages (64-65)

The Word[]

News Headlines - 2 pages (19-20)

Features[]

80's: The Best Games of the Decade - 3 pages (28-30)

Looking back over the Eighties, the first decade of mass market home computer games, and trying to pick the best is no easy task. But after much head-scratching, and flicking over back issues of ZZAP!, here's the personal charts of all three reviewers - As for the best game ... no amount of argument could settle one, and in fact all the charts are only in rough order of preference. No doubt many excellent games are missing, and a lively debate seems likely in the Rrap.

Cale Bros' System for Success - 2 pages (34-35)

The Cale brothers have pretty much dominated beat-'em-up arcade adventures ever since The Last Ninja, released in mid-1987. The success of their games, particularly in America, means the System 3 car park is blessed with a pair of Ferraris. To follow up the sizzling Tusker and Myth, Mark Cale is watching over the completion of a Ninja-style arcade adventure without ninjas — Vendetta. The marketing blitz for which is being handled by Adrian Cale. But programming is by a relative newcomer at the company, STAN SCHEMBRI, who took some time out to talk with ROBIN HOGG.

Previews[]

The Previews - 2 pages (80-81)

Featuring Starflight and Nebulus 2

Reviews[]

Main Reviews[]

Key for table:- Pre: Presentation, Gra: Graphics, Sou: Sound, Hoo: Hookability, Las: Lastability, Ove: Overall

Game Title Publisher Format Reviewers Pgs Pg. No(s) Pre (%) Gra (%) Sou (%) Hoo (%) Las (%) Ove (%)
Snare Thalamus C64 SW, RH 1 7 92 86 74 84 92 88
Retrograde Thalamus C64 SW, RH, PK 2 8-9 94 95 95 94 95 94
Moonwalker US Gold C64 SW, RH 1 10 64 73 62 54 65 60
Moonwalker US Gold Amiga SW, RH 1 10 80 61 72 61 60 61
Operation Thunderbolt Ocean C64 SW, RH, PK 2 14-15 84 90 79 94 92 92
Operation Thunderbolt Ocean Amiga SW, RH, PK 2 14-15 96 98 94 96 94 97
Ghouls 'n Ghosts US Gold C64 SW, RH, PK 2 16-17 94 94 98 96 97 96
Double Dragon II Virgin C64 SW, RH 1 18 76 69 58 70 75 72
Double Dragon II Virgin Amiga SW, RH 1 18 76 71 62 74 62 67
Ninja Warriors, The Virgin C64 SW, RH 1 67 60 80 79 82 73 79
Ninja Warriors, The Virgin Amiga SW, RH 1 67 80 86 86 85 80 82
F29 Retaliator Ocean Amiga SW, RH, PK 2 68-69 92 96 94 94 98 97
Dragon Spirit Domark C64 SW, PK 1 70 30 26 30 26 22 24
Dragon Spirit Domark Amiga SW, PK 1 70 52 72 63 65 72 70
Pictionary Domark C64 SW, PK 0.5 71 66 62 8 70 62 68
Pictionary Domark Amiga SW, PK 0.5 71 68 74 12 80 68 75
Power Drift Activision Amiga RH, PK 0.5 71 81 75 70 68 62 65
Wicked Electric Dreams C64 SW, PK 0.5 74 86 82 85 81 80 82
Strider US Gold C64 RH, PK 0.5 74 50 56 63 51 38 42
Eye of Horus Logotron C64 SW, RH 1 75 74 83 67 69 77 75
Eye of Horus Logotron Amiga SW, RH 1 75 71 80 70 72 82 80
Twin World Ubisoft Amiga SW, PK 0.5 76 70 74 82 80 84 78
Ghostbusters II Activision Amiga SW, PK 0.5 76 73 75 80 66 55 60
Turbo OutRun US Gold Amiga RH, PK 1 77 81 85 73 80 78 80
SimCity Infogrames Amiga SW, RH, PK 2 78-79 96 85 57 97 96 96
Game Title Format Ove (%) Summary
Snare C64 88 A fascinating and extremely addictive arcade/puzzle game.
Retrograde C64 94 An utterly awesome shoot-em'-up.
Moonwalker C64 60 Better than the movie!
Moonwalker Amiga 61 Acceptable yesteryear gameplay for Jacko fans.
Operation Thunderbolt C64 92 A difficult coin-op to convert but one that's emerged as well presented, highly playable, and great fun.
Operation Thunderbolt Amiga 97 We're not talking an Amiga conversion of the coin-op here; we're talking the coin-op in an Amiga!!
Ghouls 'n Ghosts C64 96 An incredibly well-designed game gets the superbrill Software Creations C64 treatment.
Double Dragon II C64 72 An enjoyable conversion of yet another beat-'em-up coin-op.
Double Dragon II Amiga 67 A very classy conversion of a mediocre coin-op.
Ninja Warriors, The C64 79 One of the better ninja games around, although not overly original.
Ninja Warriors, The Amiga 82 A top-notch conversion of a somewhat unoriginal coin-op.
F29 Retaliator Amiga 97 Ocean's first flight sim is the best out, and an incredibly fun game!
Dragon Spirit C64 24 Oh dear!
Dragon Spirit Amiga 70 A good conversion of an uninspiring coin-op.
Pictionary C64 68 Good family fun.
Pictionary Amiga 75 Lots of fun with friends.
Power Drift Amiga 65 Nowhere near as playable as the C64 version.
Wicked C64 82 An original, and extremely playable arcade game.
Strider C64 42 A pallid shadow of the real thing.
Eye of Horus C64 75 A well presented adventure/shoot-'em-up hybrid.
Eye of Horus Amiga 80 An intriguing arcade-adventure.
Twin World Amiga 78 Initially primitive looking but surprisingly playable
Ghostbusters II Amiga 60 16-bit presentation for a very 8-bit game.
Turbo OutRun Amiga 80 Another extremely playable US Gold coin-op conversion.
SimCity Amiga 96 An utterly compelling game no Amiga owner should be without.

Cor Blimey!: The Budget Bit![]

Game Title Publisher Pg. No(s) Ove (%) Comment
Hyper Sports Hit Squad 49 90 This is the sports sim which even people who hate this type of game will love. An essential purchase
Barbarian Kixx 49 83 At a mere three quid it deserves a place in your software collection.
Auf Wiedersehen Monty Kixx 49 58 Overly difficult and dated as it is, this might still deserve a look if you feel nostalgic.

The Lab Report (Adventures)[]

Key for table:- Atm: Atmosphere, Puzz: Puzzle Factor, Int: Interaction, Last: Lastability, Ove: Overall

Game Title Publisher Format Pgs Pg. No(s) Atm (%) Puzz (%) Inter (%) Last (%) Ove (%)
Indy: The Graphic Adventure Lucasfilm/US Gold Amiga 0.75 37-38 91 79 84 85 86
Game Title Ove (%) Comment
Indy: The Graphic Adventure 86 The game is great fun to play, with some good puzzles, although obviously not quite the depth of an Infocom game.

Intro - ½ page (37)

Clever Contacts - ½ page (39)

Pig in a Poke (Tips)[]

Cheats

Pokes

Tips

Maps

The Def Guide to New Zealand Story - 1 page (62)

Music Hacks and Cartridge Corner - 1 page (63)

Adverts[]

Games

Magazines

Others

  • Mills Computer Products Ltd - Page 11
  • Gordon Harwood Computers - Pages 12-13
  • New Era Publications - Page 20
  • Premier Mail Order - Page 21
  • Logic Computer Stores - Page 31
  • ASA Ltd; Hardware Distribution; Turbosoft - Page 32
  • Datel Electronics: Action Replay Mk VI - Page 41
  • Compunet; Williams Computer Services Ltd; Dynamics Marketing Ltd - Page 44
  • Cintronics Ltd; Suncomp; Midland Computer Repair Services - Page 47
  • Euromax - Page 52
  • Bitcon Devices Ltd - Page 57
  • Evesham Micros - Page 58
  • ELSPA - Page 66

Classifieds - 2 pages (45-46)

Analysis[]

Type Pages %
Features 5 6.0
Reviews 21.75 25.9
Previews 2 2.4
Competitions 2 2.4
Other Editorial (Contents, Surveys, etc..) 8 9.5
Tips 8.25 9.8
Letters 4 4.8
Advert: Games 15.25 18.2
Advert: Magazines 1 1.2
Advert: Other 16.75 21.4
Total Editorial 51 60.7
Total Adverts 33 39.3

Other Credits[]

Sub-Editor

Phil King

Staff Writers

Robin Hogg, Lloyd Mangram

Contributor

Andrew Roberts

Designer and Illustrator

Mark Kendrick

Editorial Director

Oliver Frey

External Links[]

You can find this magazine over at The Def Guide to Zzap!64

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