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ISSUE 26 • N OV E M B E R
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CHALLENGE
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The poet, the present, and the future of
games technology...
If your copy of The ACE Challenge is missing
when you purchase the magazine, ask your
newsagent for a replacement.
Plus...the latest games, including
Vette and The Untouchables;
David Braben
on Elite 2; and
a maniac's
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SPECIALS
THE SECRET'S OUT
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While NEC dither, Konix delay, Sega stall, and Nintendo
daily, a small British company has produced a proper PAL
version of the infa-
mous NEC PC Engine
Its unauthorised,
unofficial, but avail-
able - and it works a
lot better than any
other unit we've seen
to date, thanks to
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TEST
INDEX
Vette is this month's star game, accom-
panied by Batman, Day of the Viper,
Altered Beast, Shinobi, and a host of
other contenders for autumn gold.
ALTERED BEAST Activision
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RED HOT TAPE
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Who is Ludwig Von Drake? And why is so much attention
being lavished by games technologists on the humble
VC ? John Cook reveals the secrets of System X interac-
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tive video and explains how new developments could get
Walt Disney and Cinemaware taped up.
BATMAN Ocean
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DYNAMITE DUX Ocean
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GEMINI WING Virgin/Mastertronic
LAPTOP CHESS Mindscape 7 3
PROMISED LANDS Electronic Arts 77
PICTIONARY Domark
RAINBOW WARRIOR Microprose
80
Steve Cooke
Re v i e w s E di t or
THE MANIAC'S GUIDE
8 9
SHINOBI Virgin
THE UNTOUCHABLES Ocean
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Eugene Lacey
S t a f f Wr i t e r
Which 16-bit racing game takes pole position? And how
does Continental Circus, just released, fare against the
competition? Tony Dillon, who was born on the back seat
of a Corvette with a joystick in his mouth, re p o rts
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THE DAY OF THE VIPER Accol ade 52
VETTE Mirrorsott
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Laurence Scottord
De s i gn E di t or
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Jim Willis
Cont r i but or s
Andy Wilton
Ciaran Brennan
Tony Dillon
Kati Hamza
John Minson
John Cook
Pete Connor
Tony Ruben
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Conti ne nta l Ci r cus: l oa di ng t ho poc k ?
Richard Slater
Phil Hendy
Adv e r t i s e m e nt
Ma na ge r
ALL THIS AND ELITE TWO 4 1
David Braben, author of Elite and Larch, and Britain's
most respected programmer, grants a rare interview to
Eugene Lacey. New technology, new directions.. and
Elite Two.
Gary Williams
De put y Adv e r t i s i ng
Ma na ge r
IN SEQUENCE
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Jerry Hall
Adv e r t i s i ng P r o d u c t i o n
Sue Lee
Jon Bates checks out Music X and Virtuoso and discov-
ers ever more powerful ways of getting your songs into
silicon.
Have you ever wondered which game really tops the reviewers' charts?
P ubl i s he r
Terry Pratt
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G A M E P L AY
SCREEN TEST
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Find out what happens when the team that programmed
Falcon power up a Corvette and burn across San Francis-
co in full vector-graphic glory: the result is Vette and a
926 ACE Rating. And don t miss Day of the Viper, Bat-
man, and the Popu/ous Promised Lands disk either
ARCADE ACE
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Two 68000 chips help Sega's CP System board launch UN
Squadron and Ghouls'n'Ghosts, Plus the first instalment of
our guide to sounding like an arcade professional - don t
gawp, go AWP and clean up on the SWP.
UPDATES
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F.I6 Combat Not powers onto the Amiga, and PC own-
ers can drool over Baal, Menace, and Microprose Soc-
cer.
T RICKS 'N
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T A C T
NINT ENDO UPDATE 1 1 7
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REGULARS
PREVIEWS
1
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Old Groper meets someone as weird as himself: Wacko
Jacko, now living into silicon with Moonwalker.
NEWS
9
Will the SAM Coupe revive the fortunes of 8-bit technolo
gy? Plus all the latest snippets from the world of comput-
er entertainment...
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LETTERS
ADVENT URES
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