Personal Computer Games

Personal Computer Games was a multi-format UK computer games magazine of the early/mid-1980s published by VNU.

February 1985 issue


Personal Computer Games was launched in Summer 1983.[1]

The magazine was part of VNU and had its headquarters in London.[1] It was first published quarterly, then bi-monthly and then monthly.[1]

Computer coverage at the time were mainly consisted of the Spectrum, C64 and the BBC Micro, although there were others featured such as Atari 8-bit, Electron, Vic 20 and the newly released Amstrad CPC.

The February 1985 issue was the last of the magazine.[1] Chris Anderson and Bob Wade went on to launch the Commodore 64 magazine Zzap!64.[2]

Screen TestEdit

One of the sections of the magazine was the 'Screen Test' pages where the latest games were reviewed. The PCG Panel, who voiced their opinions on the games reviews, consisted of the PCG staff plus several contributions from readers. The review was laid out with an explanation of the gameplay and then three opinions from the reviewers were given in boxouts at the end. PCG Ratings were out of ten, with a score giving to the graphics, sound, originality, lasting interest and the overall score.

Game of the MonthEdit

The highest accolade awarded by Personal Computer Games was the "Game of the Month" (First introduced in issue 3), issue 1 did not have a Game of the Month. Issue 2's Game of the month was actually called the "Screen Star" award.

Cover mountsEdit

In February 1984 PCG gave away a cover-mounted FlexiDisc containing game data that could be transferred to cassette. These included free programs for the Vic 20, Spectrum, BBC and Dragon 32/64 computers.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "List of all general computer magazines". BBC Micro. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. ^ "out-of-print archive • Retro Future". Out of print archive. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Game of the Month : Scuba Dive" (JPG). Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Game of the Month : Forbidden Forest" (PDF). Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Game of the Month : Loco" (PDF). Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Personal Computer Games issue 03". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

External linksEdit

Archived Personal Computer Games Magazines on the Internet Archive