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                 (0-19)/100 = In a nutshell, it sucked!
                (20-39)/100 = Still crap but slightly better.
                (40-49)/100 = Possibly worth downloading.
                (50-69)/100 = Pretty decent game. Might want to check it out.
                (70-79)/100 = Worth the download if you like that type.
                (80-89)/100 = Very good, 9 outta 10 its worth the download.
                (90-99)/100 = Excellent game, a MUST download.
                    100/100 = HOLY SHIT I'VE NEVER SEEN A BETTER GAME!

RATINGS are based on the game idea, graphics, sound, playability, ingenuity,
versatility, and a lot of other words ending in `ity'.  These games are based
on what happens on MY COMPUTER ONLY, unless stated otherwise.  I always first
follow .nfo directions, and if those don't work or are not available, I then
try other ways.  So just b/c it doesn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't
work for you.
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I couldn't agree more with the Razor.nfo when they say: "Can I say Master of
Orion 2 clone? YES! Only smaller..."  This is just like MOO2, except it is
a lot better, has music, better graphics and a lot cooler all around.  Only
for those who seem to enjoy building up cities and conquering the world and
the galaxy...so only download it if you have futures in those areas ;).  The
music in this game is pretty damn good.  For those of you who don't know what
MOO2 is, well simply put, it's a sim city like game, but it takes place in the
galaxy and run an entire planet rather than a city.
                                RATING: 68/100

Battle Gear (C) CHING CHONG LONG DONG [o4/o4]
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Another chink game, but 98% playable since most of it is in English.  This is
a mechwarrior-like game, but it's not as detailed.  It runs nice and smooth
and the game is simple, but it's like impossible to get any action in the
game.  I couldn't fucking find any enemies to blow up, but it is beta, and
maybe it doesn't have any.  You set up your ship and listen to the briefing
(the one part in chinese) and then launch and your out there in the wet rain
shooting two kinds of missles using the mouse.  Graphics are pretty grainy
and the lightning gets to be annoying.  You will see two little other fags
following you around the entire time, I have no clue what they do, but they
like your ass.
                                RATING: 49/100

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     [■] DESiGN released today [■]
   SKAT FOR WINDOWS 3.1 / WINDOWS 95
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Hemiech Rachu Weinner.  Uhhhhh, yeah ok, great, stupid dipshits, coulda told
us that your game was 100% NOT IN ENGLISH.  Some lame card game in some lang-
uage, looks like German.  Lot's of .wav sfx and music.  The game looks conf-
using, but maybe it's b/c I had NO FUCKING IDEA what it was saying.  All I
could figure out was it had something to do with the suits of the cards.  Next
time tell us your game is not in English fools.
                            RATING: FOREIGNESE/100

MUZZLE VELOCITY (Docs Included)   [XX/19]
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-Filenames: CLSMUZ??.ZIP
Both Pathos and I were not able to get this to work, but it does work.  So I
got someone else to review it, and here's what he had to say:

"This is a real time strategy game, released by a small time company,
featuring so-so graphics, and the usual "Move my pieces over there press 
attack" kind of gameplay.  Of course you can make buildings, built transpor-
tation all of that stuff we have seen before.  What we haven't seen is that 
during any battle, you can jump into any of your units, and command the battle
from within the unit, as well as control the unit itself.. That gives you a
perspective as seen in NecroDome.  Well, I must say fairly that the graphics
are WAY better in warcraft 2 and Red Alert (Win95 mode).  Although this game
runs well on even a pathetic 486 (Good news for the lame losers who have those
old pieces of crap :)  Well, the plot is also kind of "Been there, done it,
got the T-shirt."  it's WW2, and you pick between Germanny or USA (Kind of
funny, since Russia was who led the main battles against germany, shows how
much game developers know or want to admit).  The units include infantry,
APC's, artillery, anti tank guns, fighters, bombers, ambulances (yes you can
pick up semi-dead men bleeding from their anus and rush them to the nearest
gay bar for all to enjoy).  Do not get me wrong, if you like games which let
you decide how history went, and let you re-live wonderful realtime WW2
battles, get this game.  If not go out and buy Diablo, and play a fucking good
game for once in your life.  The sound is average, nothing special.  Back-
ground music is totaly out of place imho.
                                RATING: 75/100
Editor's note:  Outsiders' reviews do not come with a TGR guarantee.




CRICKET '97  (c) Electronic Arts  [XX/09]
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Well someone must like Cricket, cuz they are still making these games.  This
is in the usual tradition of EA style sport games.  Very well put together
and great quality.  However w/ the lack of sound, the game seems a little
dull.  You'll definitely need at least a p/90 to play this sucker, or else
the guys move slow.  If you don't know how to play cricket, then don't bother
with it, but if you like the game of cricket <for whatever strange reasons>,
then I'm sure you'll enjoy this.  Just blast some music or you might go crazy
from having no sound.  Overall, great quality, small size, I just wanna know
where those little insect crickets were? <J/K>
                                RATING: 60/100

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=[     CRAZY DRAKE (c) NEUROTECH GAMES     ]=
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 =Pain Is Temporary, But Pride Is Forever!=
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Here's an upbeat, cartoonish looking Jump and Run game.  The graphics are
cartoonish and not too detailed.  It's a really simple game, the music is
very good, and the sfx are pretty good too.  There's 6 different settings or
levels you can choose.  They range from forests where you can shoot the shit 
out of happy plants and butterflies to haunted houses where you can shoot bats
and zombies.  You're armed with a gun, and you can pick up superbombs.  The
game is somewhat like EWJ in the aspect that during levels, you will come
across little "tricks" or special parts that require doing something other
than running and jumping.  The game seemed to get boring quick though.
For a list of cheat codes, see the closing section.                                
                                RATING: 52/100

ALIEN RAMPAGE                     [XX/08]
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I played the demo of this already.  It's your classic run, jump, shoot game.
The graphics aren't that great, and sound is average.  It gets boring REAL
quick.  In fact it get's boring so quick. *How quick?*  It get's boring so
quick, it makes Mike Tyson fights look long.  Unless you have to play every
run and jump game out, don't bother.
                                RATING: 44/100

DAWN PATROL 2: FLYING CORPS       [XX/33]
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I was having some problems with video card with this one, so I'll try to get
it done for next time.  Extremely sorry!
                                RATING: NA-YET/100

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                     ---     Testers System info     ---
Hardware: p-90, 16M ram, 512k cache, Diamond 64 2m Dram, Awe32, 17" ADI, EIDE
^- Massive upgrading soon (MMX200mhz, ScsiUW, 4M 3d video, buttload of ram)
Software: Windows 95 Oem Service Release 2 (with directX3.a, and stuph)
Configuration : 800x600 @ 16bit color, fat32, and all the latest drivers.

                    ---     Ratings/Points System     ---
                100-90= LEECH IT OR DIE!       89-70= Check it
                 69-50= Ehh maybe              49-30= Prolly not
                  29-1= Shitzville!!               0= Don't Work
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MOTO EXTREME (Docs Included)      [XX/50]
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File Names: CLSMEX??.ZIP
Release Date: 15 JAN 1997

* Here's what the nfo said you needed to play: Pentium 60, 8 Megs RAM, 108 HD

* Here's what pAth0s *really* needed to play:

 Directory of C:\WINDOWS

WIN386   SWP     144,786,496  01-17-97 12:31a WIN386.SWP
         1 file(s)      144,786,496 bytes
         0 dir(s)       7,408,000 bytes free

Overall, it's an ok game. But as you can see, it's one memory leakin bastahd.
I imagine it would be ok if you only played for 20 minutes at a time, but I
played for about an hour and it got really swappy and laggy. Checked the swap
file, and to my dismay, that's what I found.

The game itself really aint all that bad. You race a dirtbike over about 8 
different tracks, the last one being a special track on the moon in 
microgravity (means you pull air for what seems to be miles). You can punch 
and kick to try to knock people off thier bikes too. There's nifty tricks you 
can do in the air and you'll get bonus points for em.

Joystick setup was kind of a bitch. You have to go into the config menu and
click on each movement thing (lean forward, lean backward, etc..) and then
click on the keyboard equivelant, and hit disconnect. Then you click on what
you wanna do again, and hit connect, then the joystick checkbox, then the
joystick movement to do it with. It's just a pain cuz you gotta do it for all
of the movements and it's setup for keyboard. Also, it told me that some of my
joystick movements conflicted with others, but it'll say that for stuff like
right/left turn where they both use the x axis.. Same for lean forward/back.

There's support for 2 player mode as well as multiplayer network (untested).
Hey, for 2 player, would you need 288M of swap space?

**POINTS: 59 -Hard to call, but it is 50 disks, and leaks memory bad...
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   HOVER RACE (c) GROKKSOFT        [o2/o2]
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BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA*BETA

File Names: TRDHOVR?.ZIP
Release Date: 15 JAN 1997

I normally don't review betas, but I do play most of em that get released,
just to kinda see what's up ya know.. This little 2 disker is pretty fucken
cool :) This is a netgame, and although you can play this by yourself, it
sucks, cuz you're all alone. Fans of subspace will probably like this. It's
not really anything like subspace itself, but it's free and was actually kind
of fun to play by myself. Check out www.grokksoft.com for the latest updates
of this Inetgame. BTW, I couldn't find any kind of joystick setting, so it
looks to be keyboard only :( Leave enuff bitch mail to the author at that url
and tell him "THE WAREZ COMMUNITY WANTS JOYSTICK SUPPORT, YA LAMUR!!"
Enuff said.

POINTS: Nada.. Zilch.. Empty handed. Nothing. Beta & Free
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Sega Rally Championship (c) Sega     [01/08]
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File Names: RZRSRC?.zip
Release Date: 16 JAN 1997

Pretty cool game.. Too bad there was only like 3 tracks. Other than that
really nothing to bitch about. The car seemed a little hard to control, but I
think it was designed that way. Supposed to simulate high speed on dirt/gravel
or mud. The grafix were decent.. It's pretty much exactly like Network-Q rally
was, with the co-pilot telling you which way the next turn is and shit. So
this one really ain't nothing too special.. I couldn't find anymore than 3
tracks, so if anyone else does, lemme know how you got em. Really the only
thing that saved this release was that it was only 8 disks. So I gotta give it
a few points for that.

POINTS: 75 -Decent grafix, easy to play, easy to leech, and easy to beat :(
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COREL SUPER PUTT                  [XX/40]
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File Names: CLSSUP??.ZIP
Release Date: 16 JAN 1997

Word of warning.. The .rar's blow up to quite a few megs.. Almost 200 to be
exact. It's cuz of the .bmp's the game uses. The cool news though, is that the
game supports 800x600@16bit. I enjoyed playing this for some dumb reason,
prolly because the grafix were really kick ass. Everything in the game was
3d rendered. Title screen, course views, and playing area.. Everything. Some
halfway decent music in here too.

The guts of the game is pretty simple. Put the ball in the hole. There's 3
different courses, each with 9 different holes and different hazards for each
green. I did run into one small bug though, the ball went into a part of the
screen it wasn't supposed to. Good thing there's a shot limit (defaults to 6)
or else I woulda been stuck there. It just skipped to the next hole after 6
shots. I dunno, I can't really give it a great score, cuz I played all the
holes in about 20 minutes, but the grafix were great.

Says it'll do 4 player network, but I didnt test it.

POINTS: 67 -Good grafix, but 40 disks and only 20 mins of play time.
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 =Pain Is Temporary, But Pride Is Forever!=

File Names: RLXBRG??.ZIP
Release Date: 16 JAN 1997

Fuckie fuckie, it suckie. No workie, resource.win file not inside!

Tried many different ways young grasshoppah. This ware will neevah learn the
true nature of it's poh-ten-shul.

POINTS: Division by zero is only comparable to /dev/null, wherein split
        infinity lurks.
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  Cyberdome 3DFX (c) Microleague   [o1/o3]
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File Names: TRDCD3D?.ZIP
Release Date: 17 JAN 1997

Yulp.. I couldn't tell the difference between this version and the first
version, but then again, I don't have a 3d card (yet).. Pretty boring, pretty
simple, and well, unless you're extremely bored, and wanna leech 3 disks to
mess with, forget it.

POINTS: 41 -Not really my idea of fun.
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I think the nfo for Alien Rampage (CLASS Release) said it best with:

  "tearing up the scene, considering January is consider a slow month for
   games."

Ok, maybe not, but it was a good try nonetheless. :)

Greetz: Best of luck to all people in all 12 step programs everywhere.
Remember: Vote Libertarian!! They wish the govt to be out of your life.
SeiYah!


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                         <*>THE GAME OF THE WEEK<*>
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Well, it's a tough one this week, but GOTW will go to RAZOR for their release
of INTO THE VOID.  A nice MOO2 ripoff, but much better.  Nothing much else to
add to it.

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                            <*>OTHER RELEASES<*>
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Trials of Battle for OS/2 [X/1] [13 megs]
     .-..-..--..----..--..--.-..---.
    /  Wh  \ _ \ .__/    \  |  \ .__\
   /  \\//  \   \-. \  |  |     \ .--\
   \__/  \__/|__/___/___\_\_____/____/
    A Group About Friendship & Respect
-Filenames: MSQ-TOB.ZIP
 
 Trials of Battle for OS/2 [X/1] [8 megs]
           **Video Add On**
     .-..-..--..----..--..--.-..---.
    /  Wh  \ _ \ .__/    \  |  \ .__\
   /  \\//  \   \-. \  |  |     \ .--\
   \__/  \__/|__/___/___\_\_____/____/
    A Group About Friendship & Respect
-Filenames: MSQTOBA.ZIP

-Note: Woah, you mean there are people who actually still run OS/2?  Well, I
       couldn't find any who do to review this.

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Strike Forces Red Alert Scenarios
 -Ripkord-            [x/1]  
=================================
-Filenames: SFORCES1.ZIP
-Note: Goody goody gum drops!  More RA addons.

    dIMENTED sOUL pRESENTS:
The Golden Need For Speed- SPEED PACK
=[Extra Tracks and bonuses for TNFS]=
            [XX/17]
-Filenames: GTNFS??.ZIP
-Note: For those who still have it, some extra tracks for NFS.

===============================                 REVIEW COURTESY OF
Diablo Full Commercial/Store CD                 ARCHVILE, THANKS!
===============================
From time to time, we here at TGR will bring you reviews like this of releases
that simply couldn't make it in the scene.  Here's an outside review:

It has been long since i have played an RPG Game. The last game remotely
related to role playing that I have enjoyed, was Lands of Lore 1 from West-
wood, which I loved because it was relatively easy to understand, and was alot
of fun, even on my 386sx at the time.  2 weeks ago, I got my copy of Diablo,
and will not be afraid to admit that it is now one of my most favorite 5 games
of all time (Civilization, Dune2, Quake, and Warcraft 2).  The game can be
played in single player mode, as well as multiplayer.  You play via a charac-
ter you pick in the beginning.  Your choices are a warrior, a rouge, and a
sorcerer.  Your character starts the game at level 1, with relatively low
attributes for strength and magic.  As you proceed your way down the labyrint
of Diablo, you kill enemies in all forms (Skeletons, animals, winged creat-
ures, girls with big tits that you can zoom into on ('z' key) once you kill
them and see nipples that would make Pamela Anderson jealous :P.  All sorts 
of demons, sorcerers, zombies, butchers, and other creatures found in your
typical every day hell atmosphere.  As you go on killing them, you receive
experience points, which lead you to higher levels.  Every level you go up in,
you can raise your attributes in strength, magic, dextermity, and so on.  The
more you kill, the cooler weapons you obviously get.  For example you start
playing with the warrior with a wood stick with a spike in it, which is
perfectly fine for killing skeletons in level 1, but later you find all types
of swords, bows, daggers that have the ability to destruct 30x more.  There
are many other items affecting your game, like what kinds of rings you wear
(Rings can make you stronger, magic higher, kill enemies faster, have more
armor), what kind of armor you carry on your body (You start with a peasant
suit, and by the time you are at hell levels, you will have plates that are
nearly impossible to penetrate).  Also of course you have a shield, which can
be as good as a regular buckler and go up to a plutonium covered kings shield
which does not let anyone even hurt you.  Most of the best items are rather
hard to find, but considering other people have found them already, some of
them might be quite willing to sell theirs, or to trade it for something else.
You get my point, you are interacting with every other owner of Diablo, you
can play with them, against them, or be totaly unrelated to them but still
being in the same game. The sounds in this game are VERY related to the theme,
the enemies make JUST the right noises all the time, and the background music
fits every level perfectly.  Ok, I could write more about certain strategies,
and how to cheat, but its all been discovered already and is located on the
plethora of Diablo WWW pages that are on the net.

This is simply a game so unbelievable, and has so little flaws, that even
though i rated uhmm 2 games so far (Gender Wars, and Muzzle Velocity) I will
simply give this a 98% because it deserves it.  The net play is smooth on 28.8
(not many games have that to say for themselves) and just the SIZE and the
amount of options and stuff to find in this game, is so enormous, that the
replay value is 100%.  That is you can go on playing this forever even if you
kill Diablo himself more than once.

A bit about the rip: The stupid thing has no sounds, and no movies.  Who cares
about that. Buy the CD, or if you are so cheap, at least get it burnt for
$15-20 bucks since this game is like totally worth it.
                                RATING: 98/100
Editor's note:  Outsiders' reviews do not come with a TGR guarantee.

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                         <*>UPCOMING RELEASE DATES<*>
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-All projected dates are as of JANUARY 3RD 1997, 9:25am (EST) and based on
STORE release dates.  The info. in this section is updated WHEN AVAILABLE.
                       
                       Key to system types:

DCD   = DOS CD           WCD = Windows CD      HCD = Windows/Mac. CD
W5C   = Win 95 CD        W3  = Windows Disk
W53   = Win 95 Disk      D3  = DOS Disk

YY/MM/DD | System | Name of Game | OS |             Manufacturer
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96/12/31   DCD     JEOPARDY MOVIE DCD         GRAPHICS ZONE
96/12/31   DCD     JEOPARDY SPORT DCD         GRAPHICS ZONE
97/01/08   DCD     FLYING CORP DCD            ENTERACTIVE INTERNATIONAL
97/01/13   DCD     ROAD MOSCOW DCD            ENCORE SOFTWARE INC
97/01/13   DCD     ARK OF TIME DCD            KOEI
97/01/13   DCD     ECSTATICA BNDL DCD         PSYGNOSIS
97/01/27   DCD     M1A2 ABRAMS DCD            INTERACTIVE MAGIC
97/01/27   DCD     BIRTHRIGHT DCD             SIERRA-ON-LINE INC
97/02/01   DCD     XWING VS TIE DCD           LUCAS ARTS
97/02/01   DCD     LVL MSTR:C&C DCD           SIMON & SCHUSTER
97/02/01   DCD     DEADLY SKIES DCD           JVC COMPANY OF AMERICA
97/02/01   DCD     COMANCHE 3.0 DCD           ELECTRONIC ARTS
97/02/01   DCD     HIST WORLD DCD             AVALON HILL
97/02/01   DCD     MAGIC GATHER DCD           SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE
97/02/01   DCD     LVL MSTR:DUKE DCD          SIMON & SCHUSTER
97/02/04   DCD     SCREAMER 2 DCD             VIRGIN GAMES
97/02/04   DCD     LANDS OF LORE2 DCD         VIRGIN GAMES
97/02/10   DCD     IMPER GALACTCA DCD         GT SOFTWARE
97/02/15   DCD     DUNGON KEEPR DCD           ELECTRONIC ARTS
97/02/15   DCD     XS DCD                     GT SOFTWARE
97/02/19   DCD     LVL MSTR:QUAKE DCD         SIMON & SCHUSTER
97/02/21   DCD     ARMOR FIST 2.0 DCD         ELECTRONIC ARTS
97/02/25   DCD     IRON & BLOOD DCD           ACCLAIM
97/03/01   DCD     VR BASEBALL DCD            INTERPLAY PRODUCTIONS
97/03/01   DCD     TSTDRV:OFFROAD DCD         WEA VIDEO
97/03/04   DCD     SHADOWS/RIVA DCD           SIR TECH
97/03/15   DCD     INTO THE VOID DCD          PLAYMATES INTERACTIVE ENT
97/08/07   DCD     NFL LEGENDS 97 DCD         WEA VIDEO
                  
96/09/12   HCD     LIAM IMO BND HCD           DAVIDSON
96/09/12   HCD     CUBS & BABYAGA WCD         DAVIDSON
97/01/20   HCD     GOLDEN GATE HCD            PANASONIC
                  
97/01/02   W5C     VIRT SQUADRON W5C          MICROSTAR
97/01/02   W5C     OFFPRO BK 97 U W5C         MICROSOFT
97/01/02   W5C     OFF ST 97 U W5C            MICROSOFT
97/01/02   W5C     OFFPR 97MSE U W5C          MICROSOFT
97/01/02   W5C     FRNT PG 97U W5C            MICROSOFT
97/01/03   W5C     MS PLUS KIDS W5C           MICROSOFT
97/01/06   W5C     THE SLAMMER W5C            AZTECH LABS
97/01/06   W5C     MAGIC:BTTLMAGE W5C         ACCLAIM
97/01/06   W5C     G-NOME W5C                 7TH LEVEL
97/01/06   W5C     OBSIDIAN W5C               SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/01/06   W5C     OUTLOOK 97 W5C             MICROSOFT
97/01/10   W5C     ACCESS 97 FLVS W5C         MICROSOFT
97/01/10   W5C     OFFICE97 UPG W5C           MICROSOFT
97/01/10   W5C     OFFICE 97 FVS W5C          MICROSOFT
97/01/13   W5C     VAMPIRE DIARY W5C          AMERICAN LASER GAMES
97/01/13   W5C     HM ESNTL 97 U W5C          MICROSOFT
97/01/14   W5C     PS PRES WRITR W5C          BRODERBUND
97/01/14   W5C     LVPX PS DXIII+WCD          BRODERBUND
97/01/14   W5C     THREE/DWARVES W5C          SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/01/15   W5C     FPS: GOLF W5C              SIERRA-ON-LINE INC
97/01/15   W5C     STARS W5C                  ENTERACTIVE INTERNATIONAL
97/01/16   W5C     MSWORD 97 UPG W5C          MICROSOFT
97/01/16   W5C     EXCEL 97 U W5C             MICROSOFT
97/01/16   W5C     ACCESS 97 UPG W5C          MICROSOFT
97/01/16   W5C     PWRPT 97 UP W5C            MICROSOFT
97/01/21   W5C     VIRTUAL POOL W5C           INTERPLAY PRODUCTIONS
97/01/21   W5C     DIE HARD TRL W5C           FOX VIDEO
97/01/28   W5C     THE CROW W5C               ACCLAIM
97/01/28   W5C     CREATURES W5C              WEA VIDEO
97/01/31   W5C     BETRAY ANTARA W5C          SIERRA-ON-LINE INC
97/02/01   W5C     OPEN ICE HOCK W5C          GT SOFTWARE
97/02/01   W5C     DEATHTRP DNG W5C           U.S. GOLD INC.
97/02/01   W5C     STR TRK GEN W5C            SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE
97/02/01   W5C     METALWERKS W5C             SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/02/04   W5C     NBA JAM EXTREM W5C         ACCLAIM
97/02/04   W5C     COMMAND/CONQR W5C          VIRGIN GAMES
97/02/04   W5C     GALACTIC MRAGE W5C         VIRGIN GAMES
97/02/04   W5C     THE DIVIDE W5C             VIACOM
97/02/04   W5C     ELEVENTH HOUR W5C          VIRGIN GAMES
97/02/04   W5C     BB:SCRNWRCKRS W5C          VIACOM 
97/02/04   W5C     GARFIELD W5C               SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/02/10   W5C     AIR WARRIOR 2 W5C          INTERACTIVE MAGIC
97/02/11   W5C     PSD DLX 3+ W5C             BRODERBUND
97/02/11   W5C     PDS ENSMB 3+ W5C           BRODERBUND
97/02/15   W5C     DOMINION W5C               7TH LEVEL
97/02/17   W5C     SEGA RALLY W5C             SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/03/01   W5C     HEXEN W5C                  GT SOFTWARE
97/03/01   W5C     MORTIFICATOR W5C           PLAYMATES INTERACTIVE ENT
97/03/01   W5C     INTERSTATE 76 W5C          ACTIVISION
97/03/01   W5C     TERRACIDE W5C              U.S. GOLD INC.
97/04/01   W5C     WORLD SERIES W5C           SEGA OF AMERICA INC.
97/04/01   W5C     GRAND SLAM 97 W5C          VIRGIN GAMES 
                  
97/01/03   WCD     ART EXP II WCD             NOVA DEVELOPMENT
97/02/01   WCD     COLLEGE FTBL WCD           DISNEY SOFTWARE
                  
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                            <*>CORRECTIONS<*>
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-In City of The Lost Children, I mistakenly believed that there were all of
the movies.  Only some of the movies are still intact.  Due to this error, 3
points are knocked off the score to give it a final rating of 68/100.  It
still was GOTW.

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OTHER ILLEGAL MEANS OF OBTAINING SOFTWARE.  I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR
YOUR ACTIONS AS A RESULT OF READING THIS MAGAZINE, NOR HAVE I DONE ANYTHING
ILLEGAL TO OBTAIN THE REVIEWED GAMES.  IF YOU LIKE HOW THE REVIEW OF A GAME
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ANY AND ALL MAGAZINE GROUPS HAVE PERMISSION TO USE THIS IN THEIR MAGAZINE, AS
LONG AS IT HAS NOT BEEN EDITED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, AND YOU HAVE
OBTAINED MY WRITTEN EMAIL PERMISSION.

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                              <*>CLOSINGS<*>
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-Here's the list of cheat codes for Crazy Drake (Taken from RLXCODES.ZIP).
ENTERSANDMAN = God Mode
NEUROTECH = Free Life
DRAKENUKEM = Refills Time
PLUGANDPRAY = Free Smart Bomb
RADIOHEAD = Finishes Level
ONEREALITY = Refills Life

-That's it for this week, hope it was of help.

                                                 -Ionizer (The Game Reviewer)
Comments/Complaints send to ionizer@ns2.clever.net (NO GAME REQUESTS)

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