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  • Blue Max / Das Boot

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    Source: PC Games – January February 1991

    Three-Sixty Pacific was known for their simulations and war games on the PC in the DOS days. Though they were only around for about nine years, they produced a number of popular and highly rated games in these genres. This ad is for two of their probably lesser known games.

    The first is Blue Max. Subtitled “The Aces of the Great War”, this isn’t the Blue Max you are probably thinking of if you owned a Commodore 64 or Atari 8-bit computer. That one was an isometric overhead shooter with a World War I theme. Though the theme is the same with this Blue Max, it is a simulator in which you get to fly various World War I era planes. Blue Max had a couple of very unique features. First, it allowed for two player split-screen play for cooperative or competitive play. This is pretty unusual for a simulator. Second, dogfights could optionally be played as turn-based strategy games. In this case a hexagonal map was shown but a frozen 3D view of the current action would also still be shown in a window.

    The second is Das Boot (literally translated “The Boat”). Also a simulator, Das Boot has you controlling a World War II German U-Boat. It was somewhat based on the novel of the same name. This was quite a realistic simulation of a Type VII German U-Boat in 1941 with the player having full control of engines, torpedoes (multiple types) and all other aspects of the submarine. It was far more complex than something like Silent Service.

    Blue Max was available for the Amiga, Atari ST and DOS based PCs. Das Boot was available for the Amiga and DOS. To play either one you’ll have to have an old computer handy or be willing to delve into something like Dosbox or an Amiga emulator.

    The above ad is from the January/February 1991 issue of PC Games magazine.


  • Computer Play (October 1988)

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    Source: Computer Play – Issue Number 3 – October 1988

    Though it seem relatively obscure today, Computer Play was once the only competition out there for Computer Gaming World. The October 1988 issue includes:

    Departments

    • Editor’s Page – Thoughts about software piracy.
    • Letters – Our readers talk back.
    • Hints & Tips – Help with your favorite games.
    • Company Addresses – Software game manufacturers.
    • Scorecard – How we review games.
    • Marketplace – Display and classified advertising.
    • Coming Attractions – Next issue’s features.
    • Advertiser Index – Reader service information.

    Columns

    • Industry News & Views – What’s new in the biz.
    • Channel Three – Nintendo and Sega news.
    • Snapshots – Brief looks at new (and old) games.
    • MacGames – Have fun with your Mac.

    Reviews

    • Unite China – Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
    • Beautiful Music – Jam Session helps you create.
    • Fencing Lessons – The challenge of Death Sword.
    • Terrorist Attacks – Skim the waves on Pegasus.
    • Rule the Skies – Hellcat Ace provides excitement.
    • Sports Special – Enter the world of sports games in a special section: John Elway’s Quarterback, Super Sunday, TV Football, Pro/NFL Challenge, GFL Football, GBA Basketball, Sporting News Baseball, Pete Rose Pennant Fever, Computerized Card Collecting, Hardball, RBI Baseball, Leader Board Golf, sports game listing.

    …and more!