- Control Zone
- Sonic the Hedgehog - The Sentinel
- Review Zone
- Streets of Rage - Skates' Story: Part 5
- News Zone
- Tails - The Morbidden Hunt: Part 2
- Graphic Zone
- Q Zone
- Pirate S.T.C.: Part 2
- Next Issue
- Pirate S.T.C. pin-up
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Sentinel is a complete story by Nigel Kitching, Ferran Rodriguez and Ellie de Ville. In Kintobor's Laboratory, Sonic has been informed by the Kintobor Computer that something weird has surfaced in the Aquatic Ruin Zone. Since all of his friends are busy, Sonic goes alone. He spots the "king-size Badnik" but first has to contend with smaller Whisps. He soon frees them, but is sent plunging into the ocean by an arrow trap. A pillar falls on him, rendering him unable to reach the air bubbles. However, he's rescued by the giant Sentinel, who was left behind by the Zone's former inhabitants. With nobody left to protect, the Sentinel quickly breaks into pieces and ends his life.
Streets of Rage
Skates' Story is a 6-part story written by Mark Millar, drawn by Peter Richardson and lettered by Tom Frame. Having learned of a bomb on the Princess Grace, Skates heads to East River Wharf to do something about it. The three vigilantes corner Mr X and demand to know the whereabouts of the explosive. Fortunately, Skates finds one and has it detonate on Mr X's helicopter, but he hasn't found the second one...
The Morbidden Hunt is a 4-part Tails story written by Mark Eyles, with contributions from Casanovas, John M Burns and Elitta Fell. Tails is forced into a battle with a gryphon and narrowly manages to kill it. Centaurs Ginny and Neddy witness the heroics and take Tails to Portstable where they present him with a flying boat. Tails takes this to rescue Jimmy and Jilly, but is himself captured by Prince Catalus.
Pirate S.T.C. is a 6-part story by Stephen Bliss and Steve Potter. The five heroes have been sucked into their own television and aren't too happy about it. After taking down names, Fezhead throws them straight into a game, half of them into the cuddly realm of Granee 8 Ball, the others into a fighting tournament with Vangar the Spatula Constructor.
The Control Zone opens with thanks to Kellogg's for the competition to win Sega Multi-Megas this issue. Megadroid also teases the arrival of the Mutant League series and that Sonic the Summer Special and Sonic the Poster Mag 5 are still on sale. There are also three new Sega Bus dates. The Sega Charts are largely unchanged, with FIFA International Soccer, Ground Zero Texas and OutRun Europa still topping their respective charts. In a week where everything has moved around on the Game Gear chart, Aladdin has risen to the top.
All three Mega Drive games in this issue's Review Zone will eventually become Sega Superstars strips; Vincent Low covers Streets of Rage 3 (85%) and Shining Force 2 (75%), while Nick Protz gives Marko's Magic Football 79% despite its unpredictable ball control. Garry Penn helms this issue's News Zone, with a large preview of Urban Strike, mention of Sonic Spinball coming to the Game Gear, a teaser for Mario Andretti Racing and a couple of forthcoming Master System games. Short Bursts briefly covers the MCD version of FIFA International Soccer, Mortal Kombat, NFL Quarterback Club, Monster Trucks, WWF Raw, and Bubsy 2.
The Graphic Zone is in football fever thanks to the World Cup, with pictures of Sonic and Tails in football kits winning Boomers a Sonic 2 Badge. Q Zone is a general one this week, with tips for 8-bit Jungle Book, FIFA Soccer, Lotus 2, Sonic the Hedgehog CD, Shinobi 2 and Aladdin. There are also Game Genie codes for Batman and Bart vs the Space Mutants.
Speedlines features letters from a greedy Boomer wanting every Sega console, someone's intense dislike of Ed Hillyer, a questioning of Doctor Robotnik's logic to kill his subjects and a recommendation to visit the Sega Bus. All published letters and pictures won a Tomy Sonic the Hedgehog Water Fun Game. Finally, there is a Pirate S.T.C. pin-up by Bliss, although it features two Skulls, for some reason.
- Richard Burton - editor
- Deborah Tate - assistant editor
- Gary Knight - designer
- Carl Flint - cover art
- Stephen Bliss - back cover
- Steve MacManus - managing editor
- Audrey Wong - special thanks
- Chris Power - publisher
- Teresa Magnowska - production
- Tom Glenister - advertising