Mean Machines Issue 5 - February 1991
The Super Famicom/SNES hype machine was gathering speed by issue five, and Capcom's blockbuster arcade smash hit Final Fight was deemed worthy enough of being on the cover (thanks to Gary Harrod's pencils again). Also inside were tips on the game, which included little cartoon drawings of the characters, again by Mr Harrod. In fact he actually cheated a bit here as the drawings were printed in an earlier issue of Computer and Videogames (but only in black and white - here they were lovingly coloured in. He even kept inside the lines!).
Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion turned a few heads with its addictive gameplay and pant-wettingly gorgeous visuals. Imagine that - a Disney game that's actually good!
The NES and Gameboy were granted versions of Nintendo's take on the puzzle genre - Dr Mario. The game was good, but not quite in the same league as Tetris.
Finally the Master System had an uneventful few weeks - Sega's attempt to jazz-up their premier ninja franchise resulted in the dire Cyber Shinobi. Boo.
|Bad Dudes||Beat 'Em Up||Data East||39%|
|Dr Mario||Puzzle Game||Nintendo||88%|
|Ghostbusters 2||Platform Game||Nintendo||57%|
|Gremlins 2||Platform Game||Nintendo||87%|
|Cyber Shinobi||Platform Game||Sega||58%|
|Dick Tracy||Platform Game||Sega||77%|
|Burai Fighter||Shoot 'Em Up||Nintendo||83%|
|Dr Mario||Puzzle Game||Nintendo||87%|
|Monster Trucks||Driving Game||Nintendo||65%|
|Crack Down||Arcade Conversion||Sega||84%|
|ESWAT: City Under Siege||Platform Game||Sega||87%|
|Mickey Mouse - Castle of Illusion||Platform Game||Sega||95%|
|Sword of Sodan||Beat 'Em Up||Electronic Arts||59%|