Propaganda 17 ch02
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THE OFFICIAL d=b RELEASE CHARTS d=b 'o' RELEASE CHARTS 'o' /_\ PROPAGANDA #17 /_\ 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 -1.O NO or BAD trainer(s) -1.O INCOMPLETE or BAD 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 as well as TEXT ADVENTURES! ________________________________________ 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 a ware which normally doesn't deserve any points! ________________________________________ ** PROPAGANDA ** \/ PROPAGANDA \/ ________________________________________ We just want to point out again that all games have to be in English. Graphics in a different language don't have to be changed to get the first-release. But you can either earn extra points by doing it as well as getting a point reduction for not doing it. It just doesn't matter for the first-release but for the points! ________________________________________ ** PROPAGANDA ** \/ PROPAGANDA \/ 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 DEAD ZONE - XXXXXXXXXXXX Please note: ____________ 1. Dream Park got a new number! 2. Dead Zone entered the list of major boards which automatically means that we don't have any '2nd class' boards anymore. ACCEPT -28.O points ACCEPT ________________________________________ Last issue we gave them O.1 point for as as good as nothing but this time they've to get punished like nobody else before! They set up a new record by uploading 3 re-releases. Infact the first game put out by them was a RE-RE-RELEASE. They re-released LATENT FUSION from AVT which Palace already re-released before. This deserves -14 points instead of -7 pts. Now they re-released SPOOK which already got released by Hardcore and Glory way before. Last but not least they managed to put out the Pal only re-release of SLATERMAN which already got released by F4CG before. Thumbs up, dudes! You can't get worse!? ALPHA FLIGHT ALPHA FLIGHT 25.3 points ________________________________________ They started their flight with the fixed version of PAYDAY (4.O points) copyright by CP-Verlag. Please note that TRC+SCS released this game way before but their version was Pal only. Finally Ignorance managed to do a proper version of ORBITS from Taboo Productions/CP-Verlag. Not that they only managed to make a crack out of the original... Peacemaker also fixed it (5.O points). Next they came up with the fixed version of PACBALL from Paradize Software, a German budget game. Too bad for TRSI that they didn't manage to get their version fixed as they put it out Pal only way before (6.5 points). Now AFL shocked everybody with the Pal & Ntsc version of COMPLEX but unfortunate- ly their fix turned out not to be 1OO%. Later on they release a fix-file (-1 p). All in all they still get 4.O points for their brill version of COMPLEX. Their next release was a coop release along with M8: MEMOLOGIE from Cherry Software that already got released Pal only by F4CG way before. Points will be shared between both AFL and M8 (2.O pts). Now the AFL plane crashed by re-releasing KLEPKOMANIA preview (Pal/Ntsc). They thought it would be the complete game but infact it turned out to be exactly the same preview put out by F4CG way before. Even the fact that they Ntsc fixed this preview won't allow me not to punish them with -7 points. Now they came up with a FAST version of ROLL OVER copyright by CP-Verlag. Nobody knows why but this game didn't need a Ntsc fix. Due to the fact that they made a mistake on the unlimited time trainer (choose yes and the time won't count down any- more which means that you will never be able to leave this specific level) we'll give -1 for this cracking bug. Still they get 3 points for ROLL OVER. Now they came up with a nice-looking preview called PRO-DOES from HIS-Team (O.5 pts). It got rumours that this only might be a demo-part of a soon coming trackmo but nothing has been proven. Last but not least they released 2 games which didn't need a Ntsc-fix: DARK STAR from Magna Media (3.7 points) and CYBERBALL (1OO%) from APS/CP-Verlag (3.6 points). TRC+SCS released this game way before but their version wasn't 1OO%. AVANTGARDE 6O.8 points AVANTGARDE ________________________________________ They started with 3 Polish games copy- right by Marex: ARMY DAYS (3.3 points), GANGSTER (3.4 pts) and GHOSTTOWN (4.6). ARMY DAYS and GANGSTER didn't need a Ntsc fix whilst GHOSTTOWN got fixed by EMPIRE. Now just another Polish game had to bite the dust: ASHIDO (Pal/Ntsc) from Inflexion Development @ by Tim Soft. AVT gets 1 extra point added to the normal score as they did not only translate the game from Polish to English but also changed the Polish gfx to English gfx. All in all they get 5.1 pts for ASHIDO. Next they came up with a text-adventure (no points) from Commodore Format called DARKEST ROAD followed by a preview (also distributed by Commodore Format) from Scruffy Bits titled ARTRIS (O.6 points). Now they uploaded yet another Polish game which didn't need a Ntsc-fix called TIME TRAVELLER @ by Marex (3.3 points). Finally they released their first German game called MINESWEEPER from Patience @ by CP-Verlag which got fixed by Peace- maker of Alpha Flight (4.5 points). Next they released the Pal/Ntsc version of an English budget game named DEADLINE @ by Visualize (6.7 points). Motiv8 released this game a few days before but due to the fact that they released it Pal only, points will be given to AVT instead. Now AVT stroke back with yet another Polish ware called TRISS (Pal/Ntsc) copyright by L.K. Avalon. They put out 2 versions of this game. The first one was still in Polish and the second one was finally in English which means that AVT gets -1 pt. for a 2nd version. Still they get 3.5 points (4.5 - 1.O = 3.5). Their next target was the long awaited Pal/Ntsc version of a budget game MEAN CAR @ by Cherry Software. AVT include a text-page infront of their intro saying that they got the original from F4CG and therefore want to share the points with F4CG. This causes some trouble as F4CG already got all Pal points for their earlier version in the last issue of Propaganda. Anyway, half the points + 1 point for the fix will be handed over to AVT (3.6 points) but F4CG won't get points again! Now AVT provided us with the Pal/Ntsc version of the Electric Boys Entertainment Software cracking-compo game called CHICKEN. AVT declared their fix as a 99.99 % fix but still we will give the Pal and Ntsc points. Why? Let me quote the USA#1 game tester, Ultimate Hacker... "THE FLICKER (WHICH HARDLY EVER HAPPENS) IS BARELY NOTICEABLE AND DOESN'T AFFECT THE GAME PLAY. THE MAIN POINT IS - IT'S NOT WORTH RECODING THE WHOLE THING TO GET IT TO WORK 1OO%. IF YOU LOOK VERY HARD, ANY FIXES WITH SOME COPLEXITY ARE NORMALLY 99% ONLY ANYWAY. IF AVT WOULD HAVE CALLED IT A 1OO% FIX - NOBODY WOULD HAVE NOTICED ANYWAY!" So in this special case points (6.5 pts/budget) will be given. Now AVT came up with 3 tools (no points) called CENIMATE (Pal/Ntsc) copyright by CP-Verlag (coded by Bob of Censor) and CONTACT HOLDER and CONNTACT CONVERTOR (both done by Intruder/AVT). After that they managed to release the one and only Magna Media game this month called GEOMETRIC 2 (3.8/Pal) followed by a ware that caused some trouble (again): BOMBI from Marex/Vermes (Pal/Ntsc). It had rumours that the AVT version only might be a 2nd preview (F4CG released a prv. aswell before!) but then MORRIS showed everybody the final version of BOMBI at X-95 and infact the AVT version was the 1OO% version. Therefore points will be given (5.6 points). One bonus point has been given as Avantgarde also changed the Polish graphics to English graphics (see rules!!). Next AVT provided us with an advanced preview of KOSHIMO from Direct Designs (O.5) followed by another English game called SQUARE SCAPE 2 from Commodore Format/M+P (4.6 points/Pal and Ntsc). Last but not least they came up with 2 unplayable previews... THE HOUSE (O.2 pts/English) and ZONE OF DARKNESS from Taboo Productions, a killer of a preview (1.O points). CHROMANCE CHROMANCE 2.3 points ________________________________________ Again a rather slow period for <C> but still they managed to release a brill preview of LONG LIFE (1.O points) from 576 KByte. Next they followed the new fashion and re-released JABCOJADA which already got released by TROEP & GARBAGE way before (-7.O points). Even TRC+SCS helped them out by fixing a ware for them... NUTS -IN THE WORLD OF FANTASY @ by Byte Fighters. TRC+SCS gets the fix- point only whilst Chromance gets 4.O points. Next the Hungarian posse came up with RISK @ by Artgame which didn't need a Ntsc-fix (3.O points). Unfortuna- tely they put out their 2nd re-release named STARS AND RINGS which already got released by RIFF RAFFS way before (-7!). Finally they stroke back with two more regular releases (both fixed) called MEMORY 2 (4.3 points) and FIFTH BALL from Therapy (4.O points). DYTEC O.O points DYTEC ________________________________________ Dytec had their premiere release after the coop with HANSEAT @ by CP-Verlag. But as their version is Pal only and as it is still in German we simply can't even give 1 extra point. F CG F4CG 4.1 points ________________________________________ F4CG slowed down their activities a lot but still they managed to put out this and that. They started with a preview called WORM from Genetic Display (O.3) followed by a strange game called JUMP- BALL (Pal) @ by Biuro Informatyczno Wydawnicze (3.O points). Remarkable is that Antitrack did something again! Now even F4CG started to fix their own wares and put out MINEFIELD from Assasin Soft. Please note that F4CG released this game Pal only before and therefore will get the fix-point only. Last but not least they came up with 2 previews... HYPER CARS from Treshold Productions (O.3) and KLEPKOMANIA from Vermes (O.5 points). They also released a Pal/Ntsc version of MINEFIELD from Biuro Informatyczna Wydawnicze but somehow forgot that this game already got fixed for them by Empire some time ago. Therefore we won't count this release at all. Neither plus points nor minus points will be given as you simply can't re-release your own games. MOTIV MOTIV8 7.5 points ________________________________________ They started off with ROTATION CRAZE @ by Loadstar. As this game is partly in Basic and partly in m/l it didn't need fix at all (3.O points). The next game they first-released was DYSTOPIA (Ntsc & Pal) from Visualize (6.O). Now they came up with DOUBLE COPY from CP-Verlag but no points will be given as this is only a tool. Once more they released a Load- star game called S'WORDS (3.O). This ware didn't need a Pal-fix aswell. Now they came up with COMPARE 2 from Markt und Technik (?), fixed by AFL. After having a closer look at that game we at Propaganda found out that it's just the same game like KONCEPT'92 from Twice Effect @ by CP-Verlag. Propaganda even spoke to Leo Burkert at Markt & Technik and he has never seen or heared of a game called COMPARE. Leo didn't even know the names of the supposed makers of Comapre 1 and 2. This leads to one conclusion... Both Compare 1 and 2 are fake games as the game originally got coded by Twice Effect. Twice Effect told Propaganda that they will even go to court along with CP-Verlag if they ever find out who is responsible for ripping their game. Let's get back to the release charts... COMPARE 2 will be ignored, so no points will be given at all. Now M8 released their 3rd Loadstar game (already working Pal/Ntsc) called ACES UP. As this game is a Basic game no points will be given. Then M8 and AFL provided us with their 2nd coop release: MEMOLOGIE from Keen Acid @ by Cherry Software. This game got released by F4CG way before (Pal only) but unfortunately they didn't get it Ntsc fixed in time. Points will be shared between M8 and AFL (2.O points). Whilst all members of M8 try hard to compete in the world of releases and points M8's latest member named Mizar came along and re-released BESIEGED. He upped the M8 version to THE EVIL ISLAND whilst the Onslaught version was already online and well spread on the majority of the US boards (-7 pts). Last but not least they came up with two more previews called AVOID'EM from Dee- Lite/Dynamic Arts (O.2 points) and OOPS from Abort Software (O.3 points). ONSLAUGHT HARDCORE 23.7 points ONSLAUGHT+HARDCORE ________________________________________ Onslaught released a LOT of wares and a LOT of those wares unfortunately don't deserve any points at all. They started off with TELNYR I - THE STONE OF TELNYR (c) by Brunswick Publications. This game won't get any points as it's a Basic game. Next they upped TRIO (c) by Load- star. As this is a text adventure no points will be given. Now they came up with 2 more Basic games which won't get any points aswell... BESIEGED and FROG FANNY both (c) by Softdisc Publishing. Next they put out another Loadstar game which finally deserves some points... MORTROX which didn't need a Pal fix gets 3.O points. For a change they released an updated version of good old DMC... DMC V4.0 PRO (no points). Now they released 2 previews from Wildstyle Productions... BOLO 2 (O.2 points) and TWIN TERRORS (O.3 pts). All of a sudden they surprised everybody with their 1OO% release of an Hungarian full-price game called LONG LIFE (Pal/Ntsc) copyright by by 576 KByte (9.O pts). The last thang released by them was TOOL COLLECTION #1 (tools = no points!). Please note that both CAPTAIN CACTUS and CRYPTIES PV were fake [O] releases. [O] ain't responsible for those 2 releases! At least that's what they say! Nearly forgot: Their version of FLUMMI'S WORLD won't get any points as it's not 1OO% on Ntsc AND Pal! Now Onslaught went into coop with Hard- core and they started with a well-known ware called MEGA THRUSTERBALL @ by Load- star. This game already got released by Legend (fixed by TSM) nearly half a year ago but [O] stated that this version is the sales version which also includes some small improvements done by Bacchus of Fairlight (3.5 points). Next the new coop released just another Loadstar game which looks like a game from 1985: FIREBUG (3.O points) followed by THE HOUSE (Pal/Ntsc) from Expression @ by CP-Verlag (4.7 points). TRC SCS 16.3 points TRC+SCS ________________________________________ A rather slow period for TRC+SCS mainly caused by the organising of X-95!! The ruling cooperation started with a small preview of LOGIC from Villains (O.3 pts) followed by a very nice Polish game called FRUITMANIA copyright by CP-Verlag (Pal/Ntsc). We'll give TRC+SCS minus one point as they had to put out a 2nd version due to a bug in the trainer menu. Still they get 3.8 points for FRUITMANIA. Now they came up with three previews in a row... EROTICA (O.8 pts), VISION (O.8 points) from Intergrity Productions and SONNY (O.9 points). Now they released an utility (no pts) called TASM V5.5, a turbo assembler with Xmem support followed by BLACK QUIZ (Pal and Ntsc) from APS @ CP-Verlag (4.4 points). Next they released MAGAZINE @ CP-Verlag which got fixed by DEMONIX (4.5 points). Last but not least they came up with 2 previews called BASE ATTACK (O.6 pts.) and WATCH IT (O.2 points). TRISTAR RED SECTOR INC TRISTAR/RED SECTOR INC. O.7 points ________________________________________ They only mmanaged to release a fine preview called NO NAME. NO NAME is a name given to this preview by TRSI as the game itself even doesn't have a name yet! XENON O.4 points XENON ________________________________________ And once again Xenon provided us with a bunch of previews... DANGER BALL from Jer/Panic/No Name (O.2 points), RAZ from Freeline Intercore (O.1 points) and LOST MAZE from Virtual Factor (O.1 points). At least they came up with their 4th preview called ALIEN WAR. This preview doesn't even deserve O.1 points. Somehow Xenon should try to get their hands on some quality wares. Make sure not to miss the "Game Ower" at the end of Danger Ball! _ THE OFFICIAL Top RELEASE CHARTS Top --- RELEASE CHARTS --- 1 0 APRIL 1995 1 0 ________________________________________ Rank Group Points ____ _____ ______ ** 01. AVANTGARDE 60.8 \/ 02. ALPHA FLIGHT 25.3 \03. ONS+HARDCORE 23.7 O4. TRC+SCS 16.3 O5. Motiv8 7.5 O6. F4CG 4.1 O7. Chromance 2.3 O8. TRSI O.7 O9. Xenon O.4 .. --. Dytec O.O >< --. Accept -28.O THE OFFICIAL! Top FIXING CHARTS Top --- FIXING CHARTS --- 1 0 APRIL 1995! 1 0 ________________________________________ Rank Group Releases ____ _____ ________ 01. ALPHA FLIGHT 7 AVANTGARDE 7 03. TRC+SCS 3 O4. Chromance 2 O5. Demonix 1 Empire 1 F4CG 1 Motiv8 1 Onslaught+HC 1 If you feel offended or discriminated in any way, feel free to complain by leaving e-mail to DEFF of AVANTGARDE on DREAM PARK (id:27)! Or just mail your complaints to: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Thanks to: JACK ALIEN/AVANTGARDE MARC/ALPHA FLIGHT NIGHTSHADE/SUCCESS ULTIMATE HACKER for their support/help!