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A BARBIE BOOM

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While Mattel recently unveiled a new, more realistically proportioned version of Barbie to debut in 1998, girl gamers are already at work on a virtual-hairdo makeover of the 38-year-old fashion plate. Barbie Magic Hair Styler debuted at No. 4 on the CD-ROM and PC game charts. Meanwhile, the Rand brothers’ mythic Riven continued to cast its spell on the charts, giving sales of precursor Myst a boost.

TOP 20 CD-ROMS LAST MONTH 1 RIVEN: THE SEQUEL TO MYST Broderbund, PC and Mac 2 2 MYST Broderbund, PC and Mac 5 3 MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR Microsoft, PC 1 4 BARBIE MAGIC HAIR STYLER Mattel, PC — 5 LEGO ISLAND Mindscape, PC 8 6 AMERICAN GIRLS PREMIERE Learning Company, PC 14 7 QUICKEN DELUXE 98 Intuit, PC and Mac 6 8 JEDI KNIGHT: DARK FORCES II LucasArts, PC 3 9 MICROSOFT WINDOWS 95 UPGRADE Microsoft, PC 4 10 DEER HUNTER GT Interactive, PC 13 11 MICROSOFT AGE OF EMPIRES Microsoft, PC 12 12 BARBIE FASHION DESIGNER Mattel, PC and Mac — 13 TOMB RAIDER II Eidos, PC — 14 VIRUSSCAN McAfee, PC 15 15 PRINTMASTER GOLD DELUXE PUBLISHER SUITE Mindscape, PC 19 16 QUICKEN BASIC 98 Intuit, PC and Mac — 17 MONOPOLY STAR WARS Hasbro, PC — 18 TONKA SEARCH & RESCUE Hasbro, PC — 19 PRINT SHOP PREMIERE EDITION Broderbund, PC 16 20 UNINSTALLER Cybermedia, PC 10

TOP 5 PC GAMES

1 RIVEN: THE SEQUEL TO MYST Broderbund 2 2 MYST Broderbund 4 3 MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR Microsoft 1 4 BARBIE MAGIC HAIR STYLER Mattel — 5 LEGO ISLAND Mindscape 5

TOP 5 MACINTOSH GAMES

1 CIVILIZATION 2 GT Interactive 1 2 MYST Broderbund 6 3 QUAKE GT Interactive 3 4 MYTH: THE FALLEN LORDS Bungie — 5 MACCUBE Aztech New Media 2

TOP 5 REFERENCE

1 COLLIER’S ENCYCLOPEDIA 1998 CUC Software 1 2 MICROSOFT ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA Microsoft 3 3 MICROSOFT ENCARTA DELUXE ENCYCLOPEDIA Microsoft 2 4 MICROSOFT ENCARTA REFERENCE SUITE Microsoft 4 5 ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA Broderbund —

SOURCE: PC DATA

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