UNCLE PIGG GETS THE CHOP
THAT HUMOROUS piggy comic, Oink has sadly been sent to
slaughter. Featured in a special CRASH supplement in Issue 42, to promote a
Spectrum game that never appeared, the comic has now ceased publication.
Apparently public interest had declined to the point where future issues would
begin losing money. To avoid this the publishers, Fleetway Publications,
decided to call it a day.
Fans needn’t be too saddened however since the comic’s porcine
spirit lives on. The Oink Editorial team are still going ahead with
the Christmas annual and yet more tasteless jokes will be appearing in a Summer
Special next year. In the meantime Oink’s freelance team are
working on a secret new project.
CODE MASTERS UNITED
THOSE LITTLE Darlings at Code Masters are all kitted up
for their very first full-price release. Called Pro Soccer Simulator
it features four football games in one package: street soccer, 11-a-side
league, 5-a-side indoor and soccer skills (sounds like a compilation to
The move into full-price software follows that of Alternative who
recently announced their new Again Again label. Meanwhile David and
Richard Darling have been gaining yet more television exposure in the
‘True Or False’ section of the penultimate edition of Network
7, where viewers had to guess whether they were really software producers
or not! (We missed the following edition, so we’re still arguing about
THE CRASH JINX?
WELL WE’RE not that superstitious here at CRASH, but it
seems that whichever company or magazine we mention has an instant curse put on
it (perhaps it’s that mysterious Samara).
After all, no sooner than Mark Caswell mentioned Oink in last
month’s comics special than the comic folded (so we dropped the piece).
Then Phil King covered French software house FIL in the Eurovision
feature (also last issue) and that’s in dire straits as well. All CRASH
staff have now been instructed to avoid walking under ladders, carry
rabbits’ feet at all times and never ever mention the number 13 (aarrrgh,
I just did!).
NEW JOB FOR PAT
QUESTION: What would you call Postman Pat if he became a dairy
farmer? Answer: Cow Pat. (Thanks. Phil — Ed.) Well don’t worry,
kiddies favourite Pat hasn’t left his day job yet (although we’re
told he staged a one man picket in Greendale during the postal dispute).
Instead, he’s decided to supplement his meagre income by appearing in his
own computer game by Alternative, which is promised to ‘appeal to
all age groups’. According to Alternative this is the first licence ever
obtained by a budget house.
A rather more controversial boast is Alternative’s claim to be the
UK’s top software house after topping the Gallup chart (for all formats)
many times in the last few months. Hoping for another smash-hit Alternative are
set to rerelease Audiogenic’s originally full-price Graham
Gooch’s Cricket (65%, Issue 25). With Gooch now England captain this
could be a shrewd move — if the team ever get to tour anywhere...
ZEPPELIN SEEK INSPIRATION
NEWLY-FORMED Digital Inspiration have signed a one-year
sales and marketing deal with Derek Brewster’s Tyneside-based Zeppelin
Games. Under the agreement, Zeppelin will rerelease a number of old
Design Design games, including Nexor (81%, Issue 33),
Forbidden Planet (86%, Issue 26) and 2112 AD (83%, 26).
Forthcoming original budget releases will include distinctly budget-sounding
titles such as Ninja Space Troopers, Scooba Warriors and
Combat Droid Simulator.
A further connection between the two concerns is that Digital Inspiration
also have a 50% stake in Zeppelin’s new full-price label, Kognito.
The move into full-price software by budget companies seems to be all the rage,
as are football management games — Digital Inspiration are currently
working on one for their lucrative Kenny Dalglish licence.
CHUFFED WITH the all-formats, UK success of its Freescape games
(Driller, Dark Side — with Total Eclipse soon
to come), Incentive now have their sights set on the lucrative American
market. To this end they’ve recently signed a deal with American software
house, Epyx. This gives Epyx exclusive rights to the distribution of the
Freescape games in the USA. And things are certainty looking promising —
Driller has already received half a million dollars worth of advance
orders in the USA.