Before I say anything about what is in this issue,
I'd like to apologize to a couple of companies that were left out of
last issue's article on the "Summer Consumer Electronic Show" in
Chicago. They are MicroProse Software and Parker Brothers. Both of
these companies had fine booths and lots of new programs but, through a
disk mix up. were left out of our magazine.
First, a comment or two concerning MicroProse
Software. They have been producing first class software for over two
years, and as far as I know, have not yet had a loser. I have heard it
rumored that they now have on the drawing board a new game, which might
well be the best yet. I can attest to their popularity at the fair by
the fact that their booth was extremely busy, in spite of this, the
staff was always patient and courteous, willing to give attention to
our interests. We have known their President Mr. Bill Steely for some
time now so we should not be surprised at this display of generosity.
He is not only a first class Business Administrator, having created one
of the best Software Companies in existence, he is also a first class
person, ever ready to provide others with the opportunity to benefit
from his skills and knowledge.
MicroProse, who has brought us high quality games
like Solo Flight, Hellcat Ace, Floyd of the Jungle, and Nato Commander
have just released a brand new fighter pilot simulator called,
fittingly, "F15 Strike Eagle". This game features excellent 3-D
graphics with both arcade action and strategy combined. Another program
which impressed me was "Mig Alley Ace", a head-to-head fighter pilot
simulation. Although this program is not brand new, it was new to the
ROM staff. This game is reviewed in this issue by our own, "Jake The
Parker Brothers had quite a different type of booth.
Instead of just having programs displayed, they had people dressed up
like the characters in their programs. For example, for the game
"Frogger II" the sequel to the arcade favourite frogger, a man was
dressed in a green outfit like a frog. He would then play the game
while giving a play by play commentary. Other new programs included
versions of "Starwars" and "Gyruss", two popular arcade games. They
were very good copies, making you feel like yo u were in an arcade.
There was also a game called "James Bond 007", named after the famous
fictitious super spy. Parker Brothers who were once famous only for
their board games are now becoming popular for their computer games.
We particularly regret the omission of these
comments from our last magazine. It happened to come to our attention
only after it left the printers. We hope and trust that it is not yet
too late to give credit where it is richly due.
This issue contains a machine language game by Jack
Chung called, "Interceptor", which in my opinion, is the best game ever
to appear in a magazine. Also in this issue is a report from TARICON
'84 in Detroit, "Sky Bomber" by Tom Tran, an interview with Roberta
Williams from Sierra, Display List Interrupts Pt. III, and a whole lot
more. The title for this issue's cover is, "Atari among the Classics".
One last thing in closing, we enjoy receiving
letters from our readers. We would also like to have some suggestions
on what you would like us to do in the coming year. We want to become
your number one Atari only magazine.