DIY

THIRTEEN MAY BE UNLUCKY FOR SOME

But there’s going to be lots and lots of winners in our Christmas competitions this year. Can you afford [to miss] the chance to pick up so many free goodies?

SWORDS AND SWORCERY

Well, Swords and Sorcery really. Win a Dragon’s Lair laser disk video machine

THE OCEAN EXTRAVAGANZA

Ocean Goodiebags and bags of games up for grabs

WIN A SYNTHESISER

In Micro Musical’s MIDI competition

WIN THE COMPLETE WORKS — TWO CHANCES

Melbourne House sponsor a couple of caption comps for Rock’n’Wrestle and Fighting Warrior

YABBA DABBA DOO

A colour telly and three VTX5000s up for grabs in the Fred Flintstone comp

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Or a diary for your dates. 50 Letts computer diaries to be won, with educational software as top prize

EEK! A SCARY ONE

Fifty T Shirts for fifty runners up and a weekend in London for the winner in Domark’s Friday the 13th Comp

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING MACHINE

You’ve got to design it in Martech’s Zoid Challenge

BALLBLAZER CASSETTES TO BE WON

Apart from the VTX5000s, that is

CREAM OF THE CROP

US Gold have a couple of Microdrive and Interface 1 packs up for grabs. 50 Impossible Missions, too

ONE FOR THE OLIFANS

Your comp minion secures an Oli Original to give away. And the winner can collect it from Ludlow and have a day out at CRASH Towers

THE SINCLAIR STORY

Duckworths, the publishers, are giving away copies of their biography of Sir Clive Sinclair

HEWSON’S EXTRAVAGANZA

Play Programmers’ Photofit and win Hewson’s goodiebags. Worth lots of money, they are

FEATURES

LOOKBACK

Lloyd Mangram peers into his backward-looking Crystal Ball and revisits the games of 1985

GOING GA-GARGOYLE

A trip to the Dudley lair of Gargoyle games reveals the secrets behind the men who brought you TIR NA NOG, DUN DARACH and MARSPORT

THE HUMAN TOUCH

A Little Christmas Diversion — a short story by Wilf Prigmore

THE CRASH READERS’ AWARDS

Your chance to have your say about what went on in 1985

AT THE CONSULTANTS

Hewson Consultants, that is. Roger Kean (for it is he) learns a few secrets of the future

ON THE COVER

Another treat. Lots and lots of background on Oli Frey, our very own Airbrush Maestro

REGULARS

CRASH FORUM

Once again Lloyd picks over your letters. For the festive seasons, he’s arranged a Bug Box Special

CANDYRAMA — PLAYING TIPS PART ONE

A veritable compendium of POKEs, lots of tips and a map of Starquake

CRASH HOTLINE AND ADVENTURE CHART

PLAYING TIPS PART TWO

Is there no stopping the lad?

LLOYD MANGRAM’S HALL OF SLIME

Christmas Creepy Crawly High Score types air their egos

RESULTS

A selection of lucky winners get their names in print and prizes in the post

ADVENTURE TRAIL

Derek Brewster’s thrown into a dungeon in Swords and Sorcery, and visits a whole host of strange places

SIGNPOST

Including Signstumps, tips for adventurers in difficulties as well as another Superhero and letters

FRONTLINE

Mr Masterson’s Strategy Shop

The 23rd January is the first date in 1986 not to miss. February CRASH is in the shops, that’s why!

Publishing Executive Roger Kean
Editor Graeme Kidd
Technical Editor Franco Frey
Art Editor Oliver Frey
Production Designer David Western
Production Assistants Gordon Druce, Matthew Uffindell
Software Editor Jeremy Spencer
Adventure Editor Derek Brewster
Sub Editor Sean Masterson
Staff Writer Lloyd Mangram
Contributing Writers Chris Passey, Robin Candy, Ben Stone, John Minson, Mark Hamer, Gary Liddon, Julian Rignall, Gary Penn
Client Liaison John Edwards
Subscription Manager Denise Roberts
Mail Order Carol Kinsey

REVIEWS

See all reviews for this issue at zxspectrumreviews.co.uk

  • Austerlitz Lothlorien
  • Beach Head II US Gold
  • Chimera Firebird
  • Commando Elite
  • Endurance CRL
  • The Evil Crown Mind Games (Argus)
  • Geoff Capes Strongman Martech
  • Gladiator Domark
  • International Karate System 3
  • Ludoids Bug Byte
  • Panzadrome Ariola
  • Quest for the Holy Grail Mastertronic
  • Robin of the Wood Odin
  • Robot Messiah Alphabatim
  • Rockman Mastertronic
  • Roller Coaster Elite
  • Saboteur Durell
  • Screenplay MacMillan
  • Seas of Blood Fighting Fantasy
  • Shadow of the Unicorn Mikro-Gen
  • Souls of Darkon Taskset
  • Spellbound Mastertronic
  • Swords and Sorcery PSS
  • Vectron Insight