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POP POLL by Richard Karsmakers

  The  most  distinctive  change in this  time's  pop  poll  will 
probably be the new number one:  A game that wasn't even  present 
in last issue's pop poll!  "Flightsimulator II" is still  holding 
on to a 12th place,  and has managed not to go down for the first 
time since about half a year!  Have the people already laid their 
hands on the European scenery disks,  that make the game more fun 
again? Nobody knows. "Goldrunner" has (finally) vanished from the 
ranks,  where it has almost constantly been since its launch. Due 
to the high offering of other games,  its sequel "Goldrunner  II" 
will probably not put down this remarkable achievement.
  Another notable thing is that Ocean's "Arkanoid" will  probably 
be  in  the list this time for the last time  (let's  not  become 
emotional  -  snif).  Further,  "Carrier Command" has  climbed  a 
little, whereas "Dungeon Master" seems unremovable from the lower 
ranks.  I  wonder  what this latter one will do in  the  ST  NEWS  
Software  Top 100 - to be published in the last 1988 issue of  ST 

Ranking:  Title:                                  Company:
 1 ( -)   The Great Giana Sisters                 Micro Partner
 2 ( 1)   Bubble Bobble                           Firebird
 3 ( 4)   Warhawk                                 Silverbird
 4 ( 6)   Leatherneck                             Microdeal
 5 ( 3)   Supersprint                             Electric Dreams
 6 ( 5)   Impact                                  ASL
 7 ( 2)   Return to Genesis                       Firebird
 8 ( -)   Out Run                                 U.S. Gold
 9 ( 7)   Mission Genocide                        Silverbird
10 (14)   Goldrunner II                           Microdeal
11 ( -)   Sidewinder                              Mastertronic
12 (12)   Flightsimulator II                      SubLOGIC
13 ( -)   Vixen                                   Martech
14 ( 9)   Backlash                                Novagen
15 ( -)   Bionic Commando                         U.S. Gold
16 ( -)   Maniax                                  Kingsoft
17 (20)   Carrier Command                         Rainbird
18 (18)   Dungeon Master                          FTL
19 (10)   Buggy Boy                               Elite
20 (16)   Arkanoid                                Ocean

  See you all in the next issue of ST NEWS,  after  the  summer's 

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