About the Amstrad GX4000
Mean Machines was originally going to cover NEC's PC Engine console, but this was dropped at the last moment for the GX4000 - Amstrad's ill-fated attempt to enter the games console market. The console was released in 1990 and was based on the still-popular CPC technology. The GX4000 was actually a modified CPC6128+ computer.
The console had impressive enhanced graphics and sound, a huge colour palette of 4096 (more than the 16 bit Sega Mega Drive), hardware sprites and hardware scrolling. However, it quickly became clear that the extra colours didn't mean the games would look any better.
It retailed for a reasonable £99 and came bundled with the so-so driving game 'Burnin' Rubber'. However the lack of decent software meant the machine quickly faded at retail, and Mean Machines dropped coverage of the GX4000 after a few issues. The joypads were also designed by a sadist.
Amstrad GX4000 Reviews
|Epyx World of Games||MM - 9||Sports Game||Epyx||59%|
|Fire and Forget 2||MM - 2||Driving Game||Titus||33%|
|Gazza's Football||MM - 4||Sports Game||Empire||76%|
|Navy Seals||MM - 3||Platform Game||Ocean||76%|
|Pang||MM - 3||Platform Game||Ocean||93%|
|Robocop 2||MM - 3||Platform Game||Ocean||74%|
|Switchblade||MM - 4||Platform Game||Gremlin||91%|