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POP POLL by Richard Karsmakers

  YEAH!  We have seven new entries (some pretty brilliant  stuff) 
this  time,  one of which is the brand new numero uno this  time; 
the latter probably due to the fact that it has been a good three 
months since the previous 'regular' popularity poll was published 
in  ST  NEWS.  Some  of the golden oldies are  still  holding  on 
desperately  (and  successfully)  to  their  positions   ("Bubble 
Bobble" and "Super Sprint"),  and "Arkanoid II" is still high  in 
the charts.
 Let's have a look at the newcomers. "Speedball" (see ST Software 
News) is a brilliant new game from the Bitmap Brothers with  some 
great  graphics  and an original gameplay.  "To be on Top"  is  a 
German  game  by some great guys - with an  even  more   original 
gameplay! Music is what this game is all about (see the review in 
this issue of ST NEWS).  This one could,  mark my words, become a 
MEGA-HIT!  "Baal"  and  "International Karate +" are  also  quite 
brilliant  (see  elsewhere in this issue),  "Nebulus"  is  simply 
GREAT (see the previous issue of ST NEWS),  and "Eliminator" is a 
superb piece of programming craftsmanship.
 "Super Hangon",  the new number one,  is probably the best motor 
racing  game  conceivable  on  the  ST.  It's  fast,  graphically 
brilliant.....I'm running out of synonyms  here.  Anyway,  "Super 
Hangon" was also reviewed in the previous issue of ST NEWS.
 Further,  "Starglider II" has gone up considerably,  and "Elite" 
has  made  considerable  improvement  as  well.  But  nobody  was 
surprised by that.

Ranking:  Title:                                  Company:
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 1 ( -)   Super Hangon                            Electric Dreams
 2 ( 2)   Bubble Bobble                           Firebird
 3 ( 1)   Arkanoid II - Revenge of Doh            Imagine
 4 ( -)   Nebulus                                 Hewson
 5 ( 4)   Super Sprint                            Electric Dreams
 6 ( 3)   The Great Giana Sisters                 Micro Partner
 7 (15)   Starglider II                           Rainbird
 8 ( -)   Eliminator                              Hewson
 9 (12)   Elite                                   Firebird
10 ( 6)   Leatherneck                             Microdeal
11 ( 7)   Virus                                   Firebird
12 ( -)   International Karate +                  System 3
13 (11)   Space Harrier                           Elite
14 (13)   Flightsimulator II                      SubLOGIC
15 (16)   Carrier Command                         Rainbird
16 ( -)   Baal                                    Psyclapse
17 ( 5)   Typhoon Thompson                        Brøderbund
18 (18)   Dungeon Master                          FTL
19 ( -)   To be on Top                            Rainbow Arts
20 ( -)   Speedball                               Mirrorsoft
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 See you all again in 1989 (I hope)!

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