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Zzap! and Commodore Format Comparisons

Posted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:06 pm
by SheldonCooper
Here is a list of the top 21 games where both magazines really didn't agree.

Zzap! 30%
Format 91%

Rugby: The World Cup
Zzap! 36%
Format 90%

Soccer Rivals
Zzap! 83%
Format 31%

Dalek Attack
Zzap! 80%
Format 28%

Jetsons, The
Zzap! 90%
Format 39%

Fist Fighter
Zzap! 24%
Format 75%

Popeye 3: WrestleCrazy
Zzap! 24%
Format 74%

Trivial Pursuit
Zzap! 83%
Format 33%

3D Pool
Zzap! 85%
Format 36%

Techno Cop
Zzap! 23%
Format 70%

Hunt For Red October, The
Zzap! 40%
Format 87%

Magic Rufus
Zzap! 36%
Format 82%

Addams Family, The
Zzap! 48%
Format 93%

G-Loc R360
Zzap! 35%
Format 79%

STUN Runner
Zzap! 29%
Format 73%

Chase HQ
Zzap! 37%
Format 80%

Elvira: The Arcade Game
Zzap! 40%
Format 82%

Puffy's Saga
Zzap! 32%
Format 74%

Rolling Ronny
Zzap! 87%
Format 45%

Over the Net
Zzap! 82%
Format 41%

Zzap! 31%
Format 72%

Re: Zzap! and Commodore Format Comparisons

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:44 pm
by Iain
For the ones that I recognise, I'd have to take Zzap's side on them. What were C= Format thinking for some of them!

Re: Zzap! and Commodore Format Comparisons

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:05 am
by Professor Brian Strain
Format had exclusives on Catalypse and Rugby: The World Cup, so maybe it was hype?

Re: Zzap! and Commodore Format Comparisons

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:56 am
by Iain
They seemed to like their hype all right. Either that or brown envelopes... but I doubt companies would have been bothered for C64 games at that late stage ;-)

Re: Zzap! and Commodore Format Comparisons

Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:22 pm
by SheldonCooper
I was a Format fan near the end of Zzap!'s life and always thought that Zzap!'s scoring was wrong. :evil:

Looking at things now I realised that Format got it wrong more than Zzap!. Though we have to remember that is still someone's opinion. Also Commodore Force wasn't that bad, quite good actually. Zzap! needed a huge revamp as I stopped buying it until Force came along.

It seems that multiple reviewers on one game has more chance to get it right than the majority of other magazines who had one reviewer on a game.

One game's score I still think was dodgy and influenced by outside influences was Hawkeye. Good game but not Gold Medal good. LOL. :D