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Mean Machines Issue 2 - November 1990

Mean Machines Issue 2 - November 1990

Issue Summary

Robocop was the cover star on the second issue of Mean Machines. God knows why, as the Robocop games featured within looked pretty stinky. Strider was the original choice for the cover, but according to 'The Making of' feature in issue 15, the Robocop photo was deemed to be a stronger image.

This issue of unique in as much as it featured a review of one of the first games to be released simultaneously on two rival consoles - Titus' Fire and Forget II. The Master System and Amstrad GX4000 versions are both reviewed.

Talking of the GX4000, it was still hanging on for dear life in this issue. It would soon pass into the abyss of console history, never to return.

The excellent (and super-rare) Megadrive version of Taito's Rainbow Islands was given a review - it's amazing that this game wasn't given a Western release, bearing in mind how mind-blowingly successful the home computer versions were.


Free Gift

Given away free with this month's issue was an audio tape containing the 'Sega Rap'. At the time, I thought it was possibly the most awesome thing I'd ever heard, combining videogames with culture-changing beat of rap, but listening to it now I see it for what it really is. Namely, shit. Here's how it all happened and here's the complete lyrics. Am I good to you or what? I'll try and get an MP3 of the song online shortly.


Reviews Summary

Nintendo Entertainment System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
720 DegreesRead Original Review PDF for 720 DegreesSports GameMindscape80%
Bubble BobbleRead Original Review PDF for Bubble BobbleArcade ConversionTaito85%
Road BlastersRead Original Review PDF for Road BlastersDriving GameMindscape47%
Spy vs. SpyRead Original Review PDF for Spy vs. SpyPlatform GameKemco84%
Wrath of the Black MantaRead Original Review PDF for Wrath of the Black MantaPlatform GameNintendo73%
Sega Master System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
ColumnsRead Original Review PDF for ColumnsPuzzle GameSega89%
ESWATRead Original Review PDF for ESWATPlatform GameSega68%
Fire and Forget 2Read Original Review PDF for Fire and Forget 2Driving GameTitus82%
Nintendo Gameboy
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
AlleywayRead Original Review PDF for AlleywayPuzzle GameNintendo33%
Solar StrikerRead Original Review PDF for Solar StrikerShoot 'Em UpNintendo69%
Super Mario LandRead Original Review PDF for Super Mario LandPlatform GameNintendo90%
TennisRead Original Review PDF for TennisSports GameNintendo86%
Sega Megadrive
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
BudokanRead Original Review PDF for BudokanBeat 'Em UpElectronic Arts87%
Forgotten WorldsRead Original Review PDF for Forgotten WorldsShoot 'Em UpSega85%
PopulousRead Original Review PDF for PopulousSimulationElectronic Arts93%
Rainbow IslandsRead Original Review PDF for Rainbow IslandsPlatform GameTaito92%
Rambo 3Read Original Review PDF for Rambo 3Shoot 'Em UpSega86%
Space Harrier IIRead Original Review PDF for Space Harrier IIShoot 'Em UpSega77%
StriderRead Original Review PDF for StriderPlatform GameSega92%
Zany GolfRead Original Review PDF for Zany GolfSports GameElectronic Arts74%
Amstrad GX4000
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Fire and Forget 2Read Original Review PDF for Fire and Forget 2Driving GameTitus33%
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