- Awesome original covers by artist supremo Oliver Frey.
- Contained many of the best features copied by other magazines such as the Diary of a Game.
- Each review contained at least 2 opinions from different reviewers.
- Not afraid to give poor games low scores.
- Started out with reviews marked out of 100% and never deviated from them.
- Great programmer interviews.
- Very reliable cheats section.
- Massive Christmas editions.
- Combined C64/Amiga reviews were great to compare the 2 versions.
- Black and white cartoon faces of the reviewers showing how excited they were about any particular game.
- The re-design of issue 74 made the magazine look less professional.
- Dropping Amiga reviews meant the magazine was only going to be around
for a few more years.
- Issue 79 should have been released for November 1991
when Newsfield found itself in a cash-crisis and the liquidators were called
in. Roger Kean (once Zzap editor) and a Newsfield director got together with
Oliver Frey and Jonathan Rignall to raise finance through Europress.
Europress Impact was formed and Zzap was back for December 1991.
Issue 42 (October 1988)
- Introduction of full Amiga reviews.
- A new logo was introduced which added the word Amiga below C64, but this
was not obvious until issue 43 because a spaceship was
blasting the old logo!
- Amiga reviews were kept together in their own section near the back of
Issue 74 (June 1991)
- Amiga reviews dropped and Zzap becomes a C64 only magazine.
- New layout introduced but sadly looks more like a kiddie magazine.
- Oli Frey's classic black and white faces for the review comments replaced with more cartoony colour versions. Personally I liked the old ones better!