CRASH Readers’ Awards 1990
And there you have it. 1990 all over and done with! But what have been the high points in Speccy gaming? There have been loads of great games throughout the year — but which ones do you reckon are tops? Here’s your chance to have your say in the 1990 CRASH Readers’ Awards! There are 11 categories for you to name the winners in and we’ve given you a few suggestions to what you could vote for. This year we’re awarding the winners our celebrated award for excellence — the Nicko! It’s a bit like an Oscar in Hollywood, except for the spikey hair!
Not only do you have a chance to vote but we have TEN stacks of CRASH goodies to give away! In the stack you’ll find a 12 month subscription to CRASH, a t-shirt and a cap! That’s about £270 worth of prizes!! Yippee! Just fill in your choices on the voting coupon and send it to: NEWSFIELD, 1990 CRASH READERS’ AWARDS. Get your voting forms in by January 20 and we’ll announce the winners of the Nicko awards and the prize winners in a few issues time (Ooooo, you can hear all the software houses holding their breath!!)!
Between them Nick, Mark and Richard have played every Speccy game released this year! Here is what they reckon is the best of 1990 and a few other suggestions. But remember, it’s your vote that counts!!
Nick ◼ Oh, ah! Dunno! Chooor, I reckon Shadow of the Beast. It’s an amazing achievement on the Speccy!
Mark ◼ NARC is definitely my favourite: action packed!
Richard ◼ Pipe Mania had me playing for ages but I reckon this month’s RoboCop 2 is definitely the game of the year!!
Nick ◼ Has to be NARC, it’s really excellent!
Mark ◼ Yes. Erm... NARC again. Technically and graphically one of the best games ever! So close to the coin-op.
Richard ◼ Midnight Resistance is an excellent conversion!
Nick ◼ Monty Python. Erm... Wild and wacky and full o’cheese.
Mark ◼ Robocop 2. I’m really enjoying that at the moment.
Richard ◼ Has to be the utterly wonderful RoboCop 2 really, doesn’t it?!
Nick ◼ Night Hunter — it’s brilliant! Lots of blood and guts!
Mark ◼ Dizzy 4. All the Dizzy games have been good and this one was excellent. One of the best things CodeMasters have done.
Richard ◼ Without a doubt it was Pipe Mania. That was easy wasn’t it?
Nick ◼ Gotta be the Multipack — Sam Strikes Out was great, t’other game was crap.
Mark ◼ Defenders of the Earth was great.
Richard ◼ Defenders of the Earth made the most of the Coupé. It’s the best of the bunch.
Nick ◼ Oooo, this is a difficult one. It’s been a crap year for sport games. Wacky Darts is a good laugh.
Mark ◼ Oriental Games, that was good. It’s the only sports game that sticks in my mind.
Richard ◼ Out of the flood of soccer games for the World Cup this year Italy 1990 was fast and playable. I enjoyed that.
Nick ◼ The Famous Five. Why? Um. It’s a jolly fine adventure! And it’s got Timmy the dog.
Mark ◼ Lords of Chaos. I liked the previous one. Hell! What was it? Oh. yeah, Laser Squad. So, I’ll go for Chaos.
Richard ◼ Oh dear. What’s everyone else said? Really?! I’ll ask adventure expert Paul Rigby (goes off to make a phone call). Apparently it’s Axe of Kolt.
Nick ◼ Shadow of the Beast. Just as well defined as the Amiga version, the only thing lacking was colour.
Mark ◼ NARC again. The Speccy graphics are just like the coin-op!
Richard ◼ The graphics in Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles are so fast, so colourful. An excellent job!
Nick ◼ Dizzy 4 — that was good. Sounded like Kylie! Swoon.
Mark ◼ Rainbow Islands had a jolly, bouncy tune. Dum de dum de...
Richard ◼ I’m useless at remembering tunes! RoboCop 2 sounds very good. Yes, Robo 2, especially the sound fx.
Nick ◼ Ocean can’t win again! Not again. Erm... CodeMasters! Quality games at pocket money prices (if you get £2.99 pocket money).
Mark ◼ CodeMasters, especially for the Dizzy stuff. He’s been in four games. Erm, no it’s more than that, (it’s six actually, counting Kwik Snax and Fast Food — Ed) but each game is fresh and lively.
Richard ◼ It’s a tough one this year. No one has been exceptionally brilliant. Oh, go on then... Ocean. Again.
Nick ◼ Dizzy 4 it’s gotta be! Even if it is only on compilation at the moment! It outshines everything for slickness!
Mark ◼ I would say Dizzy 4, I’m not sure if that counts (Nick seems to think so! — Ed). I’ll go for Kwik Snax. Very good fun.
Richard ◼ Yeah, Kwik Snax — loved that game!
Nick ◼ Egghead 2. It was fun and very playable.
Mark ◼ Talking Hedz was great for testing the brain!
Richard ◼ Easy — Egghead 2. I hope there’s going to be a part 3!
Nick ◼ Hi-tec. Um. What can I say? Really good games, good licenses. They’ve come a long way in a year and released some corking stuff.
Mark ◼ Hi-tec for the same reasons as Nick.
Richard ◼ Enigma Variations has put a lot of support into the SAM Coupé. They deserve something for that.
Nick ◼ It’s tempting to go for the last one, but MGT going down the dumper was rather sad. Nice to see the old team resurfacing at SAM Computers.
Mark ◼ I’ll go for the top one. No, really... The worst thing was having to spend £50 on dental treatment after munching through 200 Wham bars!
Richard ◼ I got really sick of all the soccer games in the summer. Bleach! Yuk, yuk, hate!