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  • Personal Computer Games (August 1984)

    Source: Personal Computer Games – Issue Number 9

    Personal Computer Games is a computer gaming magazine published in the U.K. in the 1980s. It covered popular 8-bit platforms like the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum among others. The August 1984 issue includes:


    • Help! 200,000 men are after you in our Game-of-the-Month
    • Check out Sabre Wulf and PCG’s exclusive map
    • Pages of reviews plus a PCG hit from the Age of the Train
    • Q-Burt – Here’s a listing that’ll really keep you on the hop

    Commodore 64

    • Encounter – state-of-the-art shoot-out that’ll leave you speechless
    • Games galore – seven pages of new releases
    • Last month’s Game-of-the-Month programmer lists his latest game

    VIC 20 / Dragon / Oric/Atmos

    • The good, the bad, and the ugly – scores of games played, reviewed and rated
    • War Games – We look at the best of the battle simulations
    • Valhalla Competition – make us laugh and win a free copy of the Game-of-the-Year
    • Speech Games – Games with a lot to shout about – but can you hear what they’re saying?
    • Star Raiders – Jeff Minter pays homage to this Screen Classic on the Atari


    • Noticeboard – August – is this Games Month of 1984?
    • Buzz – New Commodore machines get the thumbs down, plus the latest news, charts, and gossip.
    • Byte-Back – Sappy letters, and some hot tips on how to increase your scores.
    • Screen Test – Page after page of reviews that really put you in the picture.
    • Program Library – Exclusive Commodore 64 hit listing, plus a great Spectrum game.
    • Adventure-World – The White Wizard presents a great competition, and nearly gets deep-fried in a nuclear shelter.
    • Challenge Chamber – Two top gamesters battle it out, plus latest hi-scores and a loony letter.
    • PCG Hotline – Commander Chance picks up the phone. Are you on the other end?
    • The Final Conflict – See how your votes have changed the course of history.
    • Good Buy – Over 70 games get the PCG seal of approval, plus Jeff Minter goes Star Raiding.
    • Entry Forms – Dare the Challenge Chamber, enter the Final Conflict, and try your luck in our competition.

    …and more!

  • Mountain King (Commodore 64)


    Mountain King is a game that was released by CBS Electronics in 1983. The basic goal is to descend into a diamond mine, retrieve a crown and bring it back out again. Obviously, it isn’t quite so simple and there are certain challenges that must be overcome. First, you have to collect 1,000 points worth of diamonds. You then must find the flame spirit. The flame spirit is necessary to gain entry to the temple the crown is in which also must be found. Assuming you accomplish all of this, you must make it back out of the mine before time runs out. Be careful as there is a spider guarding the depths of the mine and bats bats will try to steal the crown from you. Once you complete your task, you begin again but with less time.

    This game got pretty good reviews when it was released. However, I don’t think it has held up as well as some other classic games. The graphics are pretty weak for this type of game regardless of what version you are playing. Sound and music are put to pretty good use though you may found the music repetitive as it consists of two musical pieces by Edvard Grieg, including ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ from which the name of the game is derived.

    This game was released for a variety of systems, including the VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit computers, and ColecoVision. Graphically, the 8-bit computer versions are not as much of an upgrade as you would expect over the Atari 2600 version. This game has not been re-released as far as I know so you will have to track down an original or use emulation to play it. It isn’t the best game but it is a fairly unique little platform game that’s probably worth adding to your collection for whichever of the above systems is your favorite if you can find it cheap (which you probably can).

    Screen shots above are from the Commodore 64 version of the game.