Other Magazines (released February 1990)
So looking at the previous time I did this I cocked up and got different months for The One and Zero. Oops!
The One – Issue 18 (March 1990)
The cover is a bit of a mess, with bits of E-Motion, Sudden Impact, TV Sports Basketball and Pipe Mania. They really needed to pin it down a bit. We have a preview for Cinemaware’s Reach For The Sky – te problem is that while the screenshots look great, Cinemaware games just absolutely suck. No depth, shitty minigames, great graphics. That’s them in a nutshell. There’s a preview for Impossamole which I’m pretty sure I never saw a review for, and another short one for the magnificent Speedball 2. Inject it into my veins baby. We have a reveal for Chase HQ 2, Microprose making coin-ops out of F19 Stealth Fighter. March releases will see Gun Boat from Accolade, then the game that sucked days, weeks, months of my life, Player Manager (think Kick Off with a management game tacked on), Rock Star Ate My Hamster, Ski Or Die, Space Harrier 2, Rainbow Islands, Football Manager World Cup Edition, Pinball Magic, Dan Dare 3, etc – all these get passing mentions. We get an in-depth look at Infestation, a work in progress, and at Barbarian 2. More exciting is an article on Cadaver – I find it interesting how quite a few of these simply have the sprite sheets from games as well as actual screenshots. Cadaver was hugely impressive.
The reviews see E-Motion (92%) and Warhead (93%) review well though frankly neither interest me. The Colonel’s Bequest (80%) on the other hand does – I don’t think ST Format ever covered it so I’ve made a note to get to it when we reach its place in the timeline. The PC version is reviewed here, with no promise of ST/Amiga versions. Conquest (Virus/Zarch with tanks) gets 80% – hopefully there’s an actual game there. Pipemania gets a well-deserved 89%, Stryx gets 68% for what looks like formulaic fare, Crackdown gets 88%, and TV Sports Basketball, with its lovely presentation in cut-scenes (though crude in-match graphics) gets 93%.
Zero – Issue 5 (March 1990)
Zero covers always looked classier than The One and this is no exception, with this one focusing on The Lost Patrol, a game of astounding graphical prowess. In the news we see that for the ST/Amiga versions of F-19 Stealth Fighter the US coding team was binned and a British team started from scratch. If that is the case that was an impressively fast turn-around given it was reviewed in July’s ST Format (spoiler – 96% and one of the games I spent sooooooo much time on).
We get an extensive preview of Manchester United, a football game that doesn’t look too exciting. More interesting are previews of BSS Jane Seymour and Castle Master. We have a bit of a group test on racing games, where Hard Drivin continues to pull the wool over the eyes of reviewers. At least the review for Indianapolis 500 was about right.
Lost Patrol gets 89%, the graphics are astounding. Pipemania gets 92%, it’s still a classic. Midwinter gets 94% which is well deserved. Space Harrier 2 gets 85% – I think it got savaged in ST Format. Hex strategy Full Metal Planete gets 88%, Conqueror gets 75%, the fascinating Dragon’s Breath gets 78%. Some classics in there no doubt.