November sees the release of Retro Gamer load 57 containing a fair amount of Atari ST related content.
Richard Burton sets the flux capacitor on his DeLorean to April 1991 in his Back To The Nineties feature, covering news items from the magazines of that month. Snippets include completed but never released Snow Bros. disappearance; the launch of Mirror Image, Mirrorsoft’s new budget label, the last issue of The One before its split into separate mags for each platform, and ACE’s excellent April Fool’s feature: the Actual Reality Sensory Environment (anyone care to acronise that one?). The April 1991 ST chart has Speedball sitting pretty at the top, but the singles chart leaves a little to be desired (Chesney bleedin’ Hawkes with his one and only big hit, the turd)
Elsewhere in the magazine, there’s a nice feature on Level 9, the developers of countless (actually, I count nineteen) text adventures on the Atari ST in the late eighties. The piece prominently features the Lords Of Magick trilogy and also recommends Ingrid’s Back and Scape Ghost.
Also tieing in to the halloween feel of this issue is a feature called The History Of Videogame Nasties which has little mini reviews of Fright Night, Gremlins 2: The New Batch and Ghostbusters 2 – which are all a little pap, to be honest and not a good advert for horror games on the ST. My personal favourite halloween related game on the ST would be Maniac Mansion – hillarious and not exactly a ‘Videogame Nasty’ but much more worthy of your playing time.
Another developer lookback profiles Microprose, and in this, the first part of two, charts the inception of the company by Sid Meier and Bill Steaky and follows their meteoric rise through to 1989 covering great ST games along the way: F15 Strike Eagle, Microprose Soccer, Pirates! and Stunt Car Racer are covered among others.
Last but not least is Bolda’s Retro Revival of Kick Off 2: a loving tribute that maybe features a little too much Sensi bashing for my tastes, but well written and entertaining nonetheless. Shame they used an Amiga screenshot. Really. It just highlights the extra graphical touches that we missed out on. Gits. You can read the piece on the Retro Gamer website here (with an ST screenshot, nice one Bolda).