ST Format Issue 11 – Download
The World in May 1990
In the UK the new version of the Rover Metro came out. It was a shitbox.
In almost-as-bad news, inflation hit an insane 9.4%, compared to the more typical 2% of the last decade. Bobby Robson announced the coming World Cup would be his last. It would be glorious and he would go from a figure of tabloid hate to a national hero. France, always the pricks, banned British beef due to BSE fears, while John Gummer (agriculture minister) fed a hamburger to his 5-year-old daughter for a photo opportunity.
In US news the US and the Soviet Union agreed to end production of chemical weapons. More importantly, Microsoft released Windows 3.0.
Elsewhere in the world Latvia declared independence from the USSR, the WHO removed homosexuality from its list of diseases, and Burma elected Aung San Suu Kyi in a landslide but the result was nullified. The world would bang on about the injustice and then hand her the Nobel Peace Prize before she turned to the dark side as the recipients so often do.
On TV we had the debut of Vic Reeves Big Night Out and err… that’s about it.
The film charts are mixed. The Hunt For Red October is at #1, followed by Nuns On The Run with Eric Idle in drag, oh I’ll say it, it’s a shit chart.
The album chart still has the Carpenters at #1, with Phil Collins still at #2. UB40 were shit. It’s a really shit chart.
The singles chart is a relief, with the wonderful Killer by Adamski (later credited to Seal) at #1. I quite like Kylie’s Better The Devil You Know at #2 – it’s good old fashioned cheery pop music and insanely catchy – Kylie was an absolute goddess. Dirty Cash by The Adventures of Stevie V at #3 is a brilliant song. Opposites Attract with Paula Abdul and the cartoon cat is better than it should be, while Beats International round out the top 10. The singles charts saved us from terminal shitness.
Issue 11 came out in May 1990, and was another issue I didn’t purchase. I would soon get more regular. The cover feature is on the topic of piracy, which was a big problem in those days. There’s a bit of racial stereotyping which we wouldn’t get away with today (especially given most other covers feature white people).
In the news, awkwardly Atari were getting fingered for piracy in Taiwan. There was an advert of sorts for Compuserv, charging £13 an hour to dial up, no doubt in addition to standard phone charges. News was otherwise quiet.
The piracy feature details how the small ads in many magazines featured warez dealers looking to make contact with gamers to supply games they’d downloaded from BBSs. It was apparently a big problem but not one I had much experience with. It’s a worthwhile read though I’m not sure how real the interview with an ‘ex-hacker’ is.
There’s also quite a big feature on comms – I wonder if BBSs will become a big thing… Maybe if they linked them all up into one big BBS that might work. I’ll bet anyone here £5 that at least one of the featured BBSs were engaged in distributing pirated software.
The cover disk features a demo of Resolution 101 but that couldn’t possibly have influenced the review score, could it.
We have a preview for F-19 Stealth Fighter with a shockingly shit screenshot considering how good the game actually is (oops, spoiler). We also get some pretty screens from Wonderland, and a brief mention for Paradroid 90. Hewson never quite managed to make the shift to 16-bit as they never really embraced the change of gameplay styles. We get a screen from Dynasty Wars which seems a reasonably interesting beat em up, while Projectyle is a future sports game I’ve never heard of. There’s a big preview for Imperium but in truth it’s not a game that held much appeal for me.
Games reviewed this month:
Resolution 101 (3D War On Drugs – Logotron – £24.95 – 93% Format Gold)
Klax (Puzzle – Domark – £19.99 – 87%)
Theme Park Mystery (Multi-game – Mirrorsoft – £24.99 – 80%)
Starflight (Space Sim – EA – £24.95 – 70%)
Player Manager (Kick-Off with a management game attached – Anco – £19.95 – 93% Format Gold)
Italia 90 (Worst football game ever – Codemasters – £4.99 [and not even worth that] – 60%)
Soccer Glory (Football management – Tanglewood – £19.95 – 29%)
Manchester United (Football – Krisalis – £24.95 – 60%)
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer (Football – Audiogenic – £19.99 – 75%)
Fire And Brimstone (Ghouls n Ghosts clone – Microprose – £24.95 – 84%)
Frontline (War game – Cases Computer Simulations – £19.99 – 49%)
Pinball Magic (Chess – US Gold – £19.95 – 71%)
Warhead (Shit space game – Activision – £24.99 – 90% Format Gold)
Infestation (3D Rentokil In Space – Psygnosis – £24.95 – 69%)
A Dark Sky Over Paradise (Adventure – Interactive Technology – £7.95 – 63%)
Of those, the ones that interest me most are Resolution 101, Theme Park Mystery, Player Manager (which I played to death as a kid) and possibly Infestation. I’m also going to have a look at Super Cars 1 – it was never covered in ST Format but appeared in Ace around this time so it seems appropriate.
For those playing along at home, I’ll be sourcing pirated releases from my TOSEC collection. Here’s a list of releases, likely you’ll also find decent releases at AtariMania.
– Resolution 101 – Automation 293, Flames Of Finland 26, SuperGAU 341, Medway Boys 74, Pompey Pirates 39, Vectronix 848, D-Bug 186
– Theme Park Mystery – Automation 357, Flames Of Finland 22, Vectronix 544
– Player Manager – Automation 331, SuperGAU 332, Pompey Pirates 25, Vectronix 143/893
– Infestation – Automation 269, Flames of Finland 4, SuperGAU 157, Pompey Pirates 29, Vectronix 628
– Super Cars – Automation 229, Fuzion 18, SuperGAU 332, Pompey Pirates 27, Vectronix 408
Reviews This Month
Player Manager ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62 – I’m not on my usual PC and for some reason the version of Steem on this one won’t let me have a maximised window without going full screen, so screenshot sizes may vary. I’ve…
Resolution 101 ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62 – I’m not on my usual PC and for some reason the version of Steem on this one won’t let me have a maximised window without going full screen, so screenshot sizes may vary. On…
Theme Park Mystery ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62 – I’m not on my usual PC and for some reason the version of Steem on this one won’t let me have a maximised window without going full screen, so screenshot sizes may vary.…