Newsfield Publications

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Newsfield Publications Ltd
Founded 1983
Closed 1991
Headquarters Ludlow, Shropshire, England

Newsfield Publications was an English publisher of computer game magazines:

  • CRASH (monthly 1984–1991): ZX Spectrum reviews, interviews, and occasionally games on tape.
  • ZZAP! 64 (monthly 1985–1991): Commodore 64 reviews, interviews, occasionally games on tape, and since 1988, Amiga reviews.
  • AMTIX! (monthly 1985–1987): Amstrad CPC reviews.
  • The Games Machine (monthly 1987–1990): reviews and interviews for several platforms.

Some of these magazines were continued by other publishers in England and Italy.


Many games were previews of commercial games. A few were made specifically for ZZAP!.

Audio Personnel

In the April 1986 issue, ZZAP! reported on a game called Mindsmear; the next issue, they revealed making an April Fools' joke. Although Mindsmear was never real, ZZAP! did turn it into a music competition for hobbyists, held from June 12 to July 10. The judges were Rachel Davis of Melbourne House, Richard Joseph of Palace Software, ZZAP! editor Gary Penn, and contestants included teenagers Anthony Lees, Barry Leitch, Jonathan Dunn and Neil Baldwin. Leitch stated in 1997 that all judges preferred his submissions, but let Lees win for submitting around 20 songs (at least three of which he released). ZZAP! writer Julian Rignall put Lees' name around, and System 3 founder Mark Cale commissioned Lees for The Last Ninja (C64).

Martin Walker scored Dominion (C64).