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  • RoboCop (Commodore 64)

    ‘RoboCop’

    [C64 / PC / ST] [USA] [MAGAZINE] [1989]

    • Video Games & Computer Entertainment, April 1989 (#03)
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  • Computer Play (February 1989)

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    Source: Computer Play, Issue Number 7, February 1989

    Computer Play was briefly a competitor to Computer Gaming World (very briefly…it lasted less than a year). In 1989 there were a variety of computer formats covered, including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST and of course the DOS based PC. Contents of the February 1989 issue include:

    Reviews

    • F-14 Tomcat – Take off from the pitching deck of a carrier fully armed and looking for trouble. Engage the enemy off the coast of a hot spot, when you return to your ship, collect your medals, and take off for rest and relaxation.
    • The Civil War – A board game that didn’t quite make it as a computer game. This transposition was done too well bringing with it all the baggage of the board design.
    • Takeover – You must take over all the companies in town before the other corporate leaders beat you to it. If your company is taken over first, you’ll wind up on the streets.
    • Off Shore Warrior – Star the race armed and dangerous. Bump the other racers into the rocks and smash their dreams. Launch your deadly missiles at the remaining racers and cross the finish line first.
    • Jack Nicklaus’ Golf – Play Jack Nicklaus’ favorite eighteen holes of golf. Listen to Jacks’ advice, and come in on par. Try the driving range first though, these are some fairly difficult holes.
    • Operation Clean Streets – In the dark streets, you’re all alone. Will the next pusher put an end to your mission to clean up the neighborhood, or will the residents put an end to you with garbage? Only you “Cleanup” Harry have the power to know.
    • Kosmic Krieg – The few planets in the galaxy that can support humanoid life must be fought for. Launch the laser bolts at your enemy’s drones, but be careful, he’s busy firing at your drones.
    • Caveman Ugh-lympics – Outrun the tiger, but feed him the other competitor just for kicks. Then start the next event by clubbing the other buy in the knees and have him fall off the edge of the platform.
    • Space Cutter – You have to get the five “perfect solids” to open the timegate back to earth and 1988. The mechanical beings that have enslaved earth will try and stop you though.
    • Metrocross – Underground, you must get to the end of the tunnels before your time runs out. Use the skateboards to speed yourself up. Avoid the obstacles, and the rats, or you’ll never get there in time.
    • Virus – This isn’t a software virus. It’s Aliens, and they’re destroying plant life with biological weapons. Use your hover plane to destroy the seeder craft, but look out for alien fighters.
    • Sword of Sodan – The necromancer Zoras has killed your family; you’re mad. From the castle Craggamore, he spews his poisonous spells, and incantations plunging the kingdom of your family into darkness. You must kill this wizard, but first you have to get by his familiars.
    • Battle Front Systems – Corps level combat at the command level will give you a feel of the problems of chain of command.
    • Impossible Mission II – Well, you might as well save the world. You got nothing better to do this afternoon, and you go in for that good cause stuff. Just for the heck of it.
    • Bubble Ghost – Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, you’d better not blow your chances or it’ll burst your bubble. The ghost condemned to blow away the rest of eternity in a castle bent on blowing his chances.
    • Breach – Lead your squad of space marines on a mission of your choice. Destroy everything in sight, but that’s not enough if you want to win.
    • Balance of Power – Did you ever have one of those days that nothing goes right? A rebellion in Rome, Pakistan invaded, your top diplomat in South America assassinated, makes you mad. Send your troops in and quell the rebels, crush the invasion, win the game, but don’t touch that button.
    • Rocket Ranger – Save Professor Barnstorff and his beautiful daughter from the evil Nazis. Then find the rocket factory to get enough parts for your rocket ship. Then fly to the moon and fight the Nazi zombie women.
    • Phantasy Star – Lassic, the evil sorcerer, has killed your brother. You want to avenge his death with the help of your companions.

    Departments

    • Editor’s Page
    • Letters & Hints
    • Company Addresses
    • Scorecard
    • Coming Attractions

    Columns

    • Industry News
    • Other Ports
    • Channel Three

    …and more!


  • StereoTek 3D Glasses (Atari ST)

    StereoTek 3D Glasses (Atari ST, 1987)

    Not quite virtual reality but these StereoTek 3D glasses by LC Technologies were available for the Atari ST back in 1987. They worked via LCD shutter technology and only worked with specific software titles. They cost $149 ($99 for an extra pair of glasses).

    Titles they are compatible with include:

    • Shoot-The-Moon
    • Cyber Control
    • Genesis’ Molecular Modeling
    • Maps and Legends
    • Cyber Studio: CAD-3D 2.0 and Cybermate
    • 3D Developers Disk
    • LCS Wanderer

    The ad says “much more coming soon!” but I doubt there were ever very many more titles. The typical Atari ST monitor was only 12 or 13 inches so I’m not sure how impressive the effect would have been.

    From the ad:

    “Atari ST dealers and users: Enter the next dimension in computer graphics.

    Watch game objects fly right out of your CRT. Discover the true structure of a molecular model. Weave your way through an infinite geometric universe.

    LC Technologies’ StereoTek system adds the ultimate in depth to Atari ST computer graphics – true 3D displays in full color or high-res monochrome.

    Simply connect a pari of StereoTek glasses to an Atari ST game cartridge port and load the appropriate software (see list). You’re on your way to an entirely new visual experience, both in entertainment and education.

    The StereoTek system includes a pair of Liquid Crystal Shutter glasses, connecting cable, and an ST cartridge interface unit that supports two pairs of glasses. You also get complete documentation, the DEGAS Elite Stereo Desk Accessory, and Stereo CAD-3D by Tom Hudson.”