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Brands of Gold

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In new media as in old, it’s the brand names that rule. LucasArts’ latest Star Wars — derived computer game, the floppy disc-based TIE Fighter, zooms into the No. 1 spot on the PC games chart, even as the company’s previous release, Rebel Assault, lost a little ground to become No. 5 in the CD-ROM top 20. Meanwhile, Xiphias’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, from the popular children’s TV program, debuts as the seventh-best-selling CD-ROM.

Down at No. 12, Sierra On-Line’s Police Quest 4 benefits from a different kind of brand name: Former LAPD chief Daryl Gates served as a consultant for this latest installment of the shoot-first-ask-questions-later game. For those wondering why we all can’t get along, take heart: The gentle Myst has regained the No. 1 CD-ROM spot.

LAST TOP-20 CD-ROMS LAST WEEK MONTH 1 Myst Br derbund Software, PC and Mac 2 2 5 FT. 10 PAK Sirius, PC 1 3 Outpost Sierra On-Line, PC 7 4 The 7th Guest Virgin Interactive, PC and Mac 3 5 Rebel Assault LucasArts, PC 4 6 Microsoft Encarta Microsoft, PC and Mac 5 7 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Xiphias, PC and Mac – 8 Microsoft Bookshelf Microsoft, PC and Mac 6 9 Corel gallery Corel, PC and Mac 10 10 X-Com UFO defense MicroProse, PC 20 11 Print Shop Deluxe CD Ensemble Br derbund Software, PC 8 12 Police Quest 4 Sierra On-Line, PC and Mac – 13 Megarace Software Toolworks, PC 11 14 70 Million Households Phone Book American Business Information, PC – 15 Street Atlas USA DeLorme Mapping, PC and Mac 14 16 Sam & Max Hit the Road LucasArts, PC 16 17 Microsoft Golf Microsoft, PC 17 18 Betrayal At Krondor Sierra On-Line, PC 9 19 Falcon Gold Spectrum HoloByte, PC – 20 Dark Legions Strategic Simulations, PC –

TOP 5 PC GAMES

1 Tie Fighter LucasArts – 2 5 ft. 10 Pak Sirius 1 3 Myst Br derbund Software 2 4 Outpost Sierra On-Line – 5 Simcity 2000 Maxis 3

TOP 5 MACINTOSH GAMES

1 Myst Br derbund Software 1 2 Simcity 2000 Maxis 2 3 Castles: Siege & Conquest MacPlay – 4 Jump Raven Paramount Interactive Imprints – 5 The Chessmaster 3000 Software Toolworks –

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