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THE OFFICIAL d=b RELEASE CHARTS d=b 'o' RELEASE CHARTS 'o' /_\ PROPAGANDA #16 /_\ PERFORMED BY THE MASTER OF LAW... DEFF ________________________________________ INTRODUCING THE POINT-SYSTEM.... Fullprice Games 7.O - 8.O Budget Games 5.O - 6.O Low Budget Games 3.O - 4.O PD/Shareware 1.O - 2.O Previews O.O - 1.O ________________________________________ ________________________________________ One bonus point can be reached by releasing the wares 1OO% (!) PAL/NTSC. If another group is involved on the PAL/NTSC version, points will be shared. Games that got released PAL ONLY have to be fixed within half a year else no points will be given. Minus points will be given for... _________________________________ Re-releases -7.O NO levelpacking -O.5 / -1.O NO trainer(s) -O.5 / -1.O NO translation -1.O / -2.O ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Unlike most other mags we won't give points for tools. Those releases will get mentioned but that's it!! ________________________________________ SEUCK GAMES,BASIC GAMES, COMPILED BASIC GAMES and such games that were done using a GAME MAKER will be ignored. ________________________________________ Whenever we think somebody did some- thing special or something outstanding we will add one point to the normal amount of points. It's also possible to get 1 extra point for something that normally doesn't deserve any points! ________________________________________ The following boards have been taken into consideration whilst creating these charts... DREAM PARK - XXXXXXXXXXXX HOLIDAY INN CAMBODIA - XXXXXXXXXXXX DOWN BY LAW - XXXXXXXXXXXX THE DUNGEON - XXXXXXXXXXXX THE EVIL ISLAND - XXXXXXXXXXXX To avoid misunderstandings the following boards will be observed aswell... DEAD ZONE - XXXXXXXXXXXX FORTRESS OF DOOM - XXXXXXXXXXXX ________________________________________ HERE WE GOOOO HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOoooo..... ACTIVE ACTIVE 4.O points ________________________________________ They entered the world of 1st releases with FUNBALL (PAL ONLY). This game is nothing else but the second game from Octabits... better known as FLASH INC. It seems like this game is unfixable as groups such as Demonix, Empire and Byronic didn't manage to Ntsc fix it. ACCEPT O.1 points ACCEPT ________________________________________ Accept's premier first-release was an unplayable preview called EARTH 3. This preview normally doesn't even deserve O.1 pts. but as it was their premier... ALPHA FLIGHT ALPHA FLIGHT 23.6 points ________________________________________ A not so brill month for AFL this time compared to their wares-rush last month! They started off with a real bummer... IKETA (Pal/Ntsc) from Tritex (c) by CP-Verlag (4.8 pts) which got released by Excess before but unfortunately they didn't get it Ntsc fixed in time. IKETA was Peacemaker's GOOD BYE fix before he joined the army! Next we had three previews named CROSSES AND CIRCLES from Upscene Productions (O.4 pts), SWIRL... THE COMETS ARE COMING from Bad Bytes and Softdisk Publishing (O.4 pts.) and TRAILRUNNER (O.O pts.) from Transmission Soft which didn't even deserve O.1 pts. SWIRL PV got released Pal/Ntsc but that doesn't count anyway! Their next target was MASTERMIND (Pal/Ntsc) from Upscene Productions @ CP-Verlag (4.3 points) followed by a small remake of Super Mario's Revenge called SUPER MARIO'S ESCAPE (Pal/Ntsc) @ by Paradize Software (6.O pts/German budget). Next they brought us a tool @ by CP-Verlag called DESTRUCTION (no points) and the Pal only version of PRA-SE from 59 Prods @ by CP-Verlag (3.6 points). Last but not least they came up with a 1OO% Pal/Ntsc version of TIM TRIS from Agony Design copyright by Tim Soft (4.1 points). TRC and SCS released this game Pal/Ntsc before AFL but unfortunately their version wasn't 1OO%. Still the AFL got one small gfx-bug in their version but as that bug is so minor (one pixel) we count the AFL version as the 1OO% Pal & Ntsc version. ATLANTIS O.4 points ATLANTIS ________________________________________ They only managed to release a small preview named BLACK HEART (O.4 pts). This preview is said to be playable but we still didn't figure it out. BLACK HEART preview contains graphics done by Megabyte of Crest. AVANTGARDE AVANTGARDE 24.O points ________________________________________ They started with an UK-budget game called BLITZ 2000 @ by Visualize. This game got released along with Talent as Count Zero Ntsc fixed the game for Avantgarde (6.6 pts.). Points won't be shared between AVT/TAL as Talent will only gain the points they deserve... the fixing points. AVT's next targets were MOTLEY TETRIS (Pal) from Cosmos Designs (3.7 pts) @ by Talentebank and TRONIC FORCE (Pal/Ntsc) from Twice Effect @ by CP-Verlag. TRONIC FORCE got Ntsc fixed by Empire which makes 4.5 pts for AVT. Now they released COLOR PACK 2 from Patience @ by CP-Verlag (no pts.) and KITRON V.2 Pal/Ntsc (2.O pts) along with Demonix. This version of Kitron needs a a small explanation: It's NOT Kitron 2, it's just a better version than the official sales version. That should explain why AVT won't get full points on this version... 1 point for the Pal/Ntsc version and one point for 'something special' (see rules!). Finally they came up with the long awaited budget game HEAVENBOUND 1OO% (6.O pts.) from Cosmos Designs @ by Talentebank. TRC and SCS already spread their version of the game before but unfortunately their version didn't include THE STORY file at all! If TRC+SCS would have released THE STORY file along with their version (even in German) points would have been given to TRC+SCS instead (minus one minus point for a missing translation tho'). Still a release has to be 1OO% and it doesn't matter if let's say the end sequence or a story file is missing. Last but not least they upped 2 previews called SPHEREBRAIN from Trance Condition (O.8 points) and BODY BLOW (O.4 points) as first to the American boards. ________________________________________ CHROMANCE 4.1 points CHROMANCE ________________________________________ A rather slow month for Chromance! They released a preview called GO from Oreal (O.1 pts) followed by 2 Griffith Design wares... SPACE BALL preview (O.6 pts) and BLACK AND WHITE (3.O pts./already working Pal/Ntsc). Please note: This is NOT the same Black & White distributed by CP-Verlag some months ago! Next the Hungarian posse released a preview named MEMORY 2 (O.3 points) and at last they released EARTH 3 PREVIEW from His-Team Design (O.1 points). The same preview got released by Accept before but the <C> version included a nice title-pic the Accept version didn't. Still they get O.1 points only. F CG F4CG 3O.O points ________________________________________ F4CG started their PAL ONLY wares-rush with ORBITS @ CP-Verlag. They just slapped an intro infront of the original and added the passwords for this game. Normally such a version wouldn't count at all... ORIGINAL + INTRO = NO CRACK (even when you add the passwords!) but as nobody else managed to release a proper version of this game points will be given to F4CG (3.O points). Next they delivered us an American game called MELEE-THE BATTLE BOARDGAME @ Mnemonic Productions, Inc. which didn't need a PAL fix. This game won't get any points at all as it's compiled basic. F4CG released a frozen version which didn't include any instructions at all. That's why Avantgarde and Burp upped their versions which were about 7O blocks shorter and included some info on the game how to play it. Finally they came up with something decent... AGENT UOP (Pal) @ by L.K.Avalon (4.O points) and FLUMMI'S WORLD preview from Substance (O.8 points). Now they released the 1st complete game from Cherry Software... a budget game called MEAN CAR (5.2 pts). First it seemed like their version did not work 1OO%. Fact is that you have to fill the memory with zeros on some computers, else e.g. the gfx in level 2 might go crazy. Whatever, next was the 1OO% Pal version of the Public Domain game DINOX from APS (1.5 pts) followed by 2 previews called LEPPARD (O.5 pts) from Miracle Designs and PACIFIC (O.4). Finally a long awaited preview of a game on a fullprice label hit the boards.... BOUNCY BALLS @ by Cherry Soft (O.9). Troep and Garbage released nearly the same preview at the same time. Still F4CG didn't collect enough points and came up with two complete games and 3 previews: MEMOLOGIE (Pal) from Cherry Soft (3.3 points), MAGIC BALL (Pal) from Biuro Informatyczno - Wydawnicze (to typo!!) which gets 3.O points but normally shouldn't deserve any points at all because of the low quality, SHAMAN preview from Static Bytes @ by Cherry Soft (O.7 pts), DOOM preview (O.6 pts) and finally DEADLINE preview from Visualize (O.2 points). DEADLINE preview gets O.2 pts only as Avantgarde already released a similar preview of this game months ago and the only difference between those two prv's is that the F4CG version features two levels instead of one level (AVT). No big difference after all. The last stuff they put out this month was a Pal only release from Cherry Soft called ARCADE PILOT (5.9 points/budget game). HARDCORE 12.9 points HARDCORE ________________________________________ They started off with 2 previews called HARRY V.2 from M.D.G. (O.7 pts.) and MIZMO TERRAN from Human Research (O.7) which later on got fixed by Demonix. Later they shocked everybody with the Pal releases of two German budget games: FLUMMI'S WORLD from Substance (6.O pts) and RIDDLERS AND STONES (5.5 points). MOTIV MOTIV8 7.8 points ________________________________________ Just in time Motiv8 is back on track for their 1 year celebration... SPEED preview from Stardesign (O.O pts.) and SYSTEM III - THE FINAL STONE (3.3) from Sebastian Garbe. M8 claimed that their version of SYSTEM 3 would be Pal/Ntsc but infact it isn't as the loader fucks up on Ntsc. Later on they released a game called SPEED BALL from Stardesign that didn't need a fix (3.O pts.) along with CYCLIA preview from Gametech Prod. (O.O pts) and COMPARE 2 preview (O.2) and FIELDRUNNER preview (O.3 points). Last but not least they released INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF SOCCER from Slotfest Software (1.O pts) which didn't need a Ntsc-fix. This release would normally not deserve any points at all as it's a Basic game but still we give them 1 extra point. I know we're too nice. ONSLAUGHT 6.8 points ONSLAUGHT ________________________________________ This new group started off with a huge preview of the game MISFORTUNE from Bad Bytes. As this new preview differs A LOT from the preview earlier released by TRC+SCS we give them O.9 points. Next they came up with CASTOR (Pal/Ntsc) from Zeut @ by CP-Verlag (4.4 points). At last they released a Public Domain game named MODEM FLAGHUNT from Loadstar and Softdisk Publishing. This game didn't need a Ntsc-fix (1.5 points). PALACE PALACE -3.5 points ________________________________________ Unfortunately the first game they put out was a re-release (-7.O pts). LATENT FUSION from Direct Designs @ by CP-Verl. got released (Pal/Ntsc) by AVT before. Palace claimed that the AVT version wasn't 1OO% as their version didn't include a dox-file. But this dox-file is not necessary at all as the official sales version of Latent Fusion didn't include a dox-file. Furthermore their version of this game wasn't 1OO% at all. In their version you simply can't enter your name on the number 1 spot in the top 5 even when you gained enough points for rank 1. Also have a look at the big thang at the end of each level, kill it and compare how it disappears in the AVT and in the Palace version. In the Palace version it gives you major flickers. Last but not least the Palace version contains graphics bugs in form of a cursor at the top of the gfx in level 1. To sum it up... Palace's version of LATENT FUSION is NOT 1OO%, it was Pal only and the dox-file didn't belong to the official sales version. Everybody could make up a dox-file like that. At least they get out one game sticking to the rules... POZITRONIC (Pal) from 59 Prods @ by CP-Verlag (3.5 points). A guy called French Hawk released a 'fixed' version but his supposed Pal/Ntsc version is not worth shit. TRC SCS 41.8 points TRC+SCS ________________________________________ The ruling cooperation started their wares rush with NOCTURNO (Pal/Ntsc) @ by L.K. Avalon (5.O pts) and RUNNING BALLS (Pal/Ntsc) from Thunders (4.O pts). Then they released GEOMETRIC 2 preview from APS (1.O pts/top score!) followed by METALLIC LEGEND (Pal only) from Turkuaz Yazilim Grubo (no typo!)... 3.4 points! Their next targets were FUSSBALL preview (O.3 pts) and SHATTERLANDS (Pal/Ntsc) from Bad Bytes @ CP-Verlag (4.6 points). Finally they managed to release COMPLEX (Pal) @ CP-Verlag (4.O pts) followed by MEGA FORCE (Pal/Ntsc) @ by Commodore Format (4.O pts), DUEL (Pal/Ntsc) from Skyle (4.O pts) and COMBINATION from The Creators (Pal/Ntsc) @ by CP-Verlag (4.1 points). Last but not least they released the Pal/Ntsc version of a game that F4CG put out before (Pal only)... COLDARIUS (4.4 pts.) from Agony Design @ by Bad Bytes and PAYDAY (Pal only) from CP-Verlag (3.O points). TALENT TALENT 4.O points ________________________________________ Finally ENERGY MANAGER 1OO% / ENGLISH found its way to the US boards. Their brilliant version also deserves an extra point for 'something special'... they Ntsc fixed the game, translated the entire game from German to English and also changed the German graphics into English graphics. Talent gets 3.O points for their Pal/Ntsc version of this Public Domain game and 1 extra point for their oustanding version which makes 4.O points all in all. TRISTAR RED SECTOR O.2 points TRISTAR/RED SECTOR ________________________________________ "The saga continues!" quote TRSI! Well, they continued their saga (?) with COLA QUEST preview from Paralyze. Too bad the saga-release deserves O.2 points only! XENON XENON 4.3 points ________________________________________ Last month they surprised (?) us with the preview, this time they released the complete game: HYSTERIA from Virtual Factor (4.O pts.). TRC+SCS Ntsc fixed the game for them and therefor points won't be shared... they will get the fixing points only. Their second and last release this month was LINGO preview (O.3 pts.) from Miracle. THE OFFICIAL Top RELEASE CHARTS Top --- RELEASE CHARTS --- 1 0 JANUARY 1995 1 0 ________________________________________ Rank Group Points ____ _____ ______ 01. TRC+SCS 41.8 02. F4CG 30.0 03. AVANTGARDE 24.0 O4. Alpha Flight 23.6 O5. Hardcore 12.9 O6. Motiv8 7.8 O7. Onslaught 6.8 O8. Xenon 4.3 O9. Active 4.O Talent 4.O 11. Atlantis O.4 12. TRSI O.2 13. Accept O.1 -- Palace -3.5 ________________________________________ THE OFFICIAL! Top FIXING CHARTS Top --- FIXING CHARTS --- 1 0 JANUARY 1995! 1 0 Rank Group Releases ________________________________________ 01. TRC+SCS (7) 02. Alpha Flight (4) 03. Talent (3) 04. Demonix (1) Empire (1) ________________________________________ If you feel offended or discriminated in any way, feel free to complain by leaving e-mail to DEFF of AVANTGARDE on one of these US-boards: DP - TD - HIC - TEI Or just mail your complaints to: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thanks to: JACK DANIELS/AVT MARC/AFL for their support/help!