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Mean Machines Issue 7 - April 1991

Mean Machines Issue 7 - April 1991

Issue Summary

This issue we were given the first taste of the new Nintendo Super Famicom (to be renamed the SNES in the West) - the awesome Actraiser. Enix's God-sim/platform hack-em-up hybrid looked fantastic, sounded fantastic and played fantastic. I remember how excited I was when I saw this review - it just looked light years ahead of anything else, even on the Megadrive. To this day the game features some of the best music I've heard in a videogame. The SNES could sure belt out some decent tunes - it made the Megadrive sounds like a spaz plaything.

Elsewhere, everything else was pretty much put in the shade by Actraiser. Golden Axe Warrior took the good name of the coin-op original and dragged it through the mud. Sega's workmanlike conversion of Capcom's Ghouls n' Ghosts helped matters, but Master System fans will have no doubt been most pleased by the 'classic' review of R-Type. On the Megadrive, sport was very much the flavour of the month with Golf, American Football and Basketball all getting their own games.


Free Gift

A Simpsons pull-out poster. Nothing to get too excited about.


Reviews Summary

Nintendo Entertainment System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Rad GravityRead Original Review PDF for Rad GravityPlatform GameNintendo82%
Turbo RacingRead Original Review PDF for Turbo RacingDriving GameNintendo80%
Sega Master System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Ghouls 'n' GhostsRead Original Review PDF for Ghouls 'n' GhostsPlatform GameSega80%
Golden Axe WarriorRead Original Review PDF for Golden Axe WarriorRole PlayingSega46%
Heavyweight BoxingRead Original Review PDF for Heavyweight BoxingSports GameSega46%
R-TypeRead Original Review PDF for R-TypeShoot 'Em UpSega92%
Nintendo Gameboy
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Balloon KidRead Original Review PDF for Balloon KidPlatform GameNintendo51%
Bomber BoyRead Original Review PDF for Bomber BoyPuzzle GameNintendo81%
KwirkRead Original Review PDF for KwirkPlatform GameNintendo85%
Revenge of the GatorRead Original Review PDF for Revenge of the GatorSimulationNintendo91%
Sega Megadrive
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Dick TracyRead Original Review PDF for Dick TracyPlatform GameSega82%
Joe Montana's FootballRead Original Review PDF for Joe Montana's FootballSports GameSega69%
PGA Tour GolfRead Original Review PDF for PGA Tour GolfSports GameElectronic Arts91%
Super Real BasketballRead Original Review PDF for Super Real BasketballSports GameSega79%
Super Nintendo
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
ActRaiserRead Original Review PDF for ActRaiserPlatform GameEnix91%
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