|★ DEMOSCENE ★ PAPERMAGS ★ CPC NOW!|Amstrad Action ★|
|CPC Now!||Demoscene Papermags|
CONTENTS: It's a bit of a mini Amstrad Action, really, with a mix of everything - game reviews, interviews with CPC-related companies, cheats, listings, serious software reviews, letters, a dead useful show diary, recipes for lobster thermidor... er. scrub that last one.
DESIGN: Though not as ambitious or original as some fanzines, CPC Now? is a well-designed zinc, the best thing being that the text is very easy on the eye - there s none of that microscopic lettering and lines so close together the words merge nonsense here. It's intelligently illustrated, and the reproduction of the pictures is much better than average. Even the printing seems to have been done with a better quality potato than most other ‘zines. A sideways logo, though - I wonder where the idea for that came from?
COMMENTS: CPC Now! comes courtesy of the entrepreneurial James Hockney and is one of the most readable 'zines around It's also one of the fastest growing (in terms of page size if not readership}. It might not be as outspoken as some 'zines but its unpretentious style works in its favour producing a render friendly mag. Don't take that as meaning it must be bland, though; CPC Now! simply concentrates more on facts and info than radical opinions. And because it casts its net so wide there's pretty much something to appeal to everyone (except hardened tech-heads).
Imitation is the best form of flattery, they say, in which case we feel vory flattered. James might deny but quite a few of the sections do seom to have been 'inspired' by AA. But there's nowt wrong in that, is there?
BUY IT IF... If 12 issues of Amttrad Action a year just aint enough for you.