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Whether or not the CDTV sells depends partly on the success of the software, so Commodore are keen to promote the sale of the Amiga add-on CD drive which will allow A500 owners to play CDTV discs. Amiga Format has seen photographs of the prototype drive and. Though production versions have not yet appeared in this country, its arrival is now a matter of weeks. Will CDTV software be as good as we all hope? Read all about it first in next month's Amiga Format, where a special feature will look at all the software that is ready for launch with the machine. The Commodore CDTV is now a reality. Due to go on sale in the shops mid-May, it is practically assured of being available in high-street chains in the next couple of weeks. Commodore's combination of Amiga and CD player, which promises to bring a new standard of friendliness and depth to home entertainment, was The rise in VAT from 15% to 17.5% will put an average of 60p on the recommended retail price of a game. None of the prices quoted in this issue account for the new VAT rate, but new prices will be peculiar sums: £30.74 instead of £29.99. for instance. As far as we know no software houses intend to absorb the increase, though your local retailer may well do so. Amiga CD ROM drive imminent CDTV launches Deuteros, Hunter, R-Type 2 survive demise of Activision After many recent tribulations, Activision UK has been bousht out by The Disc Company in France.

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Quote of the month: "There are dreams, there is reality, and between them lie the doors of perception" Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Registered Circulation 81,234 ¦¦¦¦-. . 3D CONSTRUCTION KIT - I never knew there was so much in it! The secrets of the Fresscape 3D games creating system are put in your hands by Incentive and Domark. Play with the elements of your own 3D world.
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PIC OF THE MONTH - Self-portrait of one Mr Rubberface in fabulous panchromatic monochrome.
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Look forward to hours oG fun with this excellent DISK II Atnrtlinn playable puzzle game W W III ¦ demo from Psygnosis BALANCE OF POWER 1 990 - This is a classic, it's still selling at £24.99 a copy and we're giving it to you for just the price of a blank disk.
You are the leader of one of the two Superpowers, the Soviet Union or the United States of America, in the cold war days of the 1990s.
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US Gold have announced the CD ROM CONFERENCE VAT increase hits game prices CDTV and the technology of which it is but an offshoot will play a major part at the UK’s first big CD-ROM conference, CD- ROM Europe 91.
Which is to be held at the Novotel in Hammersmith.
London from the 21st-23rd May. Other topics covered include the Philips CD1 system, ready for a mass market launch next year, along with many seminars on standards and methods. Agcstream 0733 60535 Sheer joy for flight sim fans Voltmace's Delia 3A is a smart-looking analogue stick designed to be held comfortably in fhe hand and ideal for the armchair flight-simmer who doesn't wish for the extra degree of realism afforded by a voke. Voltmace Romantic word processing?
The new word processing program from Digita, Worduortb promises not only to bring a flavour of the romantic poets but also a touch of class borrowed from the sturdy friendliness of Macintosh software, Wordworth boasts the smart look of Workbench 2, even on a Kickstart 1.3 Amiga, and has clearly had a great deal of thought put in to make it as useable as possible. It will flow text round graphics as well as operating at a good speed, and it also features custom fonts named after such poetic greats as Keats, Byron and Shelley. All you’ll be left to do is write about daffodils and die at an early
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Expect us to be waxing lyrical on its merits next month. Digita 0395 270273.
Officially launched to the press and distributors on April 30th. Initially its distribution will be carefully controlled, selling through major retail outlets rather than through computer suppliers The price is confirmed to be the lower £599 which Commodore had been hoping to achieve.
Whether or not the CDTV sells depends partly on the success of the software, so Commodore are keen to promote the sale of the Amiga add-on CD drive which will allow A500 owners to play CDTV discs. Amiga Format has seen photographs of the prototype drive and. Though production versions have not yet appeared in this country, its arrival is now a matter of weeks.
Will CDTV software be as good as we all hope? Read all about it first in next month's Amiga Format, where a special feature will look at all the software that is ready for launch with the machine.
The Commodore CDTV is now a reality. Due to go on sale in the shops mid-May, it is practically assured of being available in high-street chains in the next couple of weeks.
Commodore's combination of Amiga and CD player, which promises to bring a new standard of friendliness and depth to home entertainment, was The rise in VAT from 15% to 17.5% will put an average of 60p on the recommended retail price of a game.
None of the prices quoted in this issue account for the new VAT rate, but new prices will be peculiar sums: £30.74 instead of £29.99. for instance. As far as we know no software houses intend to absorb the increase, though your local retailer may well do so.
Amiga CD ROM drive imminent CDTV launches Deuteros, Hunter, R-Type 2 survive demise of Activision After many recent tribulations, Activision UK has been bousht out by The Disc Company in France.
This brings the very good news that excellent recent games such as Deuteros (Format Gold in Issue 21) and Hunter (86% in Issue
20) will now definitely be released and will appear in the shops
very soon. It also ensures the survival of the games
currently under development at Activision, including arcade
classic follow-up R-Type 2.
Computer health worries?
Jfl a k«( o( letters concern* about ihc % wrecnv *o v*r thought from RoSFA* health *r* the NEC Bimurv narr Morr detail* from RoSPA people voicing of c.*mputer i might benefit HAM-E is a new mode in Amiga graphics that will give you access to the wonders of 24-bit colour at a low price.
Although not 'true colour' in the technical sense it will allow the display of over 200,000 colours on the screen and, what's more, can be run without porblems as compatible with any software The system, developed by Black Belt in America and sold exclusively through Checkmate in the UK involves a hardware add-on that is almosi uniquely compatible with almost any hordware and software.
Amiga 24-bi« colour imago, ol thi. „ p, , Q 256-colour disploy quality form a board costing C300? , , ,.L, , „ mode from a z4-bit palette, as well as a fancy new version of HAM that allows a 262,000-colour display. It also includes software such as a paint package and an image processing system of whicn we have excellent reports and is available in a highly sophisticated anti-aliased version for a little extra.
Prices? £299 for me standard model, £399 for the advanced. A mere trifle compared with 24-bit. Expect extensive coverage soon.
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HAM-E 24-bit graphics for the rest of us HYPERBOOK PRICE LOWER The price of Gold Disk's excellent Hyperbook multimedia application generator reviewed in Issue 21. Is in fact a good deal lower than we said it was then at £69 95 rather than £ 1 00 The error arose in a straight dollar- to-pound translation and we do apologise Don't let that complicated description confuse you. Either: Hyperbook is a very simple way of creating presentations and computerised books and is available from HB Marketing |07S3 686000).
Precision (081 330 7166) and Silica |081 309 till).
Geographic: cause for concern Reports in our sister magazine New Computer Etp'ess "evea ~s Geographic, responsible for the Door-to-Door route* ~oe- nave zees-* trading under highly suspicious circumstances They can nc cnge' Pe cc" tacted at their address or phone number the route planning softwa'e ~e sold to unwitting customers has proved woefully inadequate ana they sc *= appear to be shirking their legal obligation to provide refunds.
Anyone who has bought Door-to-Door and is seeking a refund s“o. contact Bradford Trading Standards Office on 0532 536111 Amiga -o a has introduced a policy of not mentioning products in its news Dages unies we know the pedigree of the product or company concerned FRANKFURT MUSIC FAIR “Li Europe's btggest music fair nearly always heralds the launch of this year's new products end is a good indicator ol the way things will be moving over the next year or so.
This year's big thing' looks like being MIDI songs Being on the ball, Amiga Format looked at these back In December but what we didn't know then was there would be a veritable tidal wave of American and German companies who are now plumbing this market. This will be further enhanced by the new General MIDI Mode standard (see below).
Dr Ts are marketing a catalogue of over 300 Tran Tracks songs Passport, one of the first to get into this, have a huge list of MtDI Records Bars and Pipes has Its own Music Ware collection of over 250 lilies: and the German software house Geerdes have over 900 titles In their brochure available In this country through Newtronic Roland UK also have their own library ot songs and there were new European companies with stands dedicated purely to selling song flies.
The next level was shown on the Passport stand with CD ROM disks wdh MIDI data on them plus audio data. You gel a sequenced MIDI backing with acoustic instruments. Piano vocals etc, played back through the normal CD audio Bet-up. Time to tune up that A500 and start singing along with your own Karaoke machine?
One of the disadvantages at present ot MIDI hies Is lhal they will be set up lor one synth and you may have another. This can lead to amusing and frustrating results: the bass line turns into a kazoo, the drum kit is played on a lull orchestra With General MIDI Mode this will no longer happen. It seems that most manufacturers have agreed on a formula for all ROM voices that puts them all in the same order The standard agreed on closely resembles the Roland set-up on the D-110 and MT 32 sound modules: already Roland are pushing another extension of this concept ( General Sound ) so that
sound variations can be standardised as well.
As you might expect. Roland have products that meet this new standard and were demonstrating the new Sound Canvas lone module with 315 sounds and 9 drum kits. At £485 It len t cheep but it is designed with the home computer music treak in mind Three new Amiga sequencing packages were shown. First was the final arrival ot Steinberg s Pro 24 tor the Amiga.
Version 1.1 will be available as you read this with 24-track recording, score display, grid and drum editing, graphic control of MIDI functions, copious overdub and cycle facilities, flexible quantize, mixdown screen and lots more. It will run on the A500 but 1 Mb is recommended and it will also run on the A3000 SMPTE and provision tor MIDI export CnMtN Control IM Soumxor b, folio [ofioaf 14 w'ltffiri.wwrin Mitt oortloo by »«et4 Sllwr ? Wfiffi &KV
• U llifcti •»w'*o4 channels are also features of this new ver
sion. A review is imminent.
Bars and Pipes Professional was having its Itrat showing anywhere. As well as sticking to the highly colourful display and graphic concept ot the original there are many new up-market features. The main page is more flexible with movable windows, it will edit and print In standard music notation, has a mix- down window, enhanced quantize functions, song construction, lots ot new tools, video cue sheet, multiple MIDI port drivers and event lisl editing. It Is aimed at the more fluent musician but at the same time has all the music generating and cross-linking properties ot the original version.
No price is tixed yet.
We have seen many versions of Dr Ts KCS t Keyboard Controlled Sequencer I over the past five years and the latest (and perhaps last) 3.5 is really a combination ol all their sequencing software Now called Omega, it combines 48 track recording and song sequencing with a quickscore print-out. Mix- down pages enhanced graphic editing - like that seen on Tiger Cub - and II is multi-tasking and Interactive with other Dr T software.
NiiuniiiiMiintii EVERY CINEMATIC ADVENTURE NEEDS BLOOD AND GUTS - CENTURION'S THE FIRST TO REQUIRE BRAINS AS WELL InutuaUd uflth ttw Jwgyptun queen, you larru in fifcxandri* ucM f.nafcj uou o»in larry m Alexandria •jr.fH finaDy you gam antranee to her bedchamber on her barge Cleopatra Is as sharp-tongued as Warm Sarcastic Up until now, so-called "cinematic adventures" have offered little more than a fair bit of action, a few pretty pictures, a couple of fairly convincing sound effects and a strategic challenge that wouldn't stretch the intellect of a gnat.
Now, from a new generation of games from "Defender of the Crown" designer, Kellyn Beck, comes "Centurion: Defender of Rome", the first movie game that allies stunning graphics with really challenging game play.
In Centurion, you must choose from an infinite number of ways to conquer the known world.
Fight, bribe and seduce your way to the top: on the battlefield, in the gladiator's arena, on the chariot racetrack, even in Cleopatra's boudoir.
Centurion: Defender of Rome, for all cinema game fans with more between their ears than just their eyes.
IBM I PC and AMIGA £24.99 If you can't find "Centurion" at your favourite store, all our Direct Sales line: 0753-49442 C 7 I? • N I C ART 5* Electronic Arts I 1 49 Station Road Langley, Berks SL3 8YN Tel: (0753) 49442 Fax: (07S3) 46672 3D ‘virtual reality’ coin-ops will reach an arcade near you soon... Virtually a reality!
Battlesphere is one of the first games to be developed for the Virtuality system and uses it to the full.
The game concerns opposing fleets of star fighters trapped within each other’s force fields. The guns are targetted with the helmet and are not slaved to the front of the simulated craft.
This encourages players to fully explore the 360 degree world created around them, as enemy fighters have to be followed around with the head, not the ship.
Virtual Reality became a reality this month when W Industries unveiled their Virtuality arcade system. Virtuality is the lirst 'production' virtual reality system m the world.
Weighing in at £20.000 a piece, these machines are now a viable and affordable option for arcade operators; so com-op fans the world over will very soon be experiencing the whole range of 'virtual' experiences.
Virtual Reality allows users to actually enter a computer gener ated three-dimensional world. The headset contains stereo LCD lenses and quadrophonic speakers, so as the head is moved, the computer system calculates what is visible to the user in that direction and angle, then updates the headset's display, giving total 360 degree vision.
The concept of Virtual Reality is not new and during the last ten years many 'custom' systems have been built. Virtuality marks an important step forward, however, as it makes the technology available to the public via arcades.
Virtuality will be a coin-operated system ready for anyone to try for the price of some spare change.
At the heart of the machine is that proven technical winner the A2000, albeit considerably modified. Using the same 'Visette' headset as the arcade machine and a 'Spaceglove', Virtuality will also be used as a walk-around system, allowing users to touch and manipulate objects as well as view them. W Industries also hope to launch a Force Feedback glove, which replicates the sensation of the pressure applied when an object is touched or lifted.
In researching our feature on 3D games (starting on Page 33) it became apparent that many of the leading 3D game programmers are interested in working with virtual reality systems. Very soon, they will be able to... and then we'll see how good 3D can be!
GOING TO THE CHAIR The Vlrluallty system comprises a huge arcade chair and a Vlsette. The Visette is a large helmet which contains LCD lenses and quadrophonic speakers and is clamped to the head. The helmet's relative position is sensed remotely while cables coming out ot the back pass all the display and sound information from the machine to the helmet. The guts ot the machine are hidden In the seat of the chair.
As the system stood on its launch day, it was both impressive and persuasive. The games were initially disorientating and the graphic display initially appeared blurred. The blur is simply because your eyes need a few seconds to adjust to LCD lenses a few inches in front of the eyes. Most folk also spend a few moments lolling their heads just looking around at the total 3D.
The 3D is solid and convincing and the VTOL Harrier game uses the system's attributes to the full, forcing players to look all around the sky for incoming enemies. There is a slight graphic lag in update if the head is jerked quickly from side to side, but there are already plans to Mtedsk. Improve crispness and speed by a v factor of four.
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TAXES SCIENCE FICTION ROLE-PLAYING LIGHT YEARS FORWARD Twenty-eight planets and satellites to explore in eight systems filled with exciting puzzles, dangerous subjects and interesting characters to encounter.
"Megatraveller 1 is one of the best science-fiction role-playing games ever for the computer" "Megatraveller 1, a game that truly wanants the highest level of praise, the attention to detail makes it exceptional" (Quotes taken acre Dragon magazine US ana Quest Busters magasne US) Anuga and ST implementaoccs by SteVeN Greer.
Heralded the American computer role-playing game of the year!
Based on Megatraveller by The - i2«S*f0j no. 1 best ' selling book has now turned Into the no. 1 best selling game Team Yankee is the definitive action simulation of modem tank warfare.
'Team Yankee. ...the critics' choice" Team Yankee is designed to test your leadership and tactical skills to the quick.
STRATEGY PLUS AMIGA FORMAT Team Yankee presents a game, in a sims clothing, which when dealing with tanks has to be the perfect approach!
This is a game and a half!
The use of four screens in one is simply brilliant - at times it's almost like playing on four computers at once!
ACE The blend of thought and reflexes required to play Team Yankee is exactly right!
I quickly found myself hooked on a genre of game which previously held no interest.
ST FORMAT Hunting the Red Bear has never been so much fun1 You won't be able to tear yourself away from Team Yankee!
AMIGA ACTION The tanks have been superbly animated, with great attention to detail1 This has to be a must for everyone!
EMPIRE SOFTWARE, 4 THE STANNETTS. LAINDON NORTH TRADE CENTRE BASILDON, ESSEX SS15 6DJ TEL 0268 541212 ¦ ¦ AVAILABLE NOW FOR 1 “- ATARI ST, COMMODORE AMIGA AND IBM PC & COMPATIBLES Itoo top-notch games our most special issue ever!
The July issue will be a totally new concept in Amiga magazines: two Coverdisks and not just one but TAX O utterly wonderful complete full-price classic games!
Two disks, two cracking games - it's the greatest Amiga magazine offer!
Once again, we've bowed to pressure from you, our readers, to give you the best deal in magazines anywhere.
After the two-disk issue at Christmas we had such an overwhelming response asking us to do it again, we had to agree.
And we've striven to get you the very best possible for the second Coverdisk - we're giving you not one, but two full-price top-class games. First Interphase, the highly-rated 3D exploration game. Now Balance of Power, widely accepted to be one of the maior classics of all time. And next? Well, there's Archipelagos: widely accepted as one of the best 3D games ever produced. And we have another complete cracker of a game on the other disk.
What does it cost? Only an extra £1. For a blank disk thaf s not a bad deal, but when you get a game worth £25 as well, you're laughing. The only trouble is this will be the last time we can give you a complete game: so get it while it’s hot!
NEXT ISSUE'S GAME ARCHIPELAGOS Archipelagos is one of the most intriguing 3D games ever released. In a world of islands scattered about an enormous ocean, you must prevent a sickness in the form of contorted trees creeping across the land and ultimately destroy the awesome obelisks of power left behind by an alien race. Ifs a huge game, featuring 10,000 progressively more difficult levels packed with action.
Issue 24, July 1991 on sale 13th June £3.95 ARCHIPELAGOS COMPLETE GAME Format Cold, ST Amiga Format May 1989 Whether you just dip in and have a bash or spend many an hour wrapped up in its complexities, you'll find this one of the most entertaining games you've played. It was released in May 1989 and ST Amiga Format (as your favourite magazine was then) gave it a great 84%, "Where the thrill really lies is In the gameplay' said Mark Higham, now editor of ST Formal, In his review.
"It's a strategy very much In the mould of Firebird's Sentinel. When the clock starts and you face a ninety- second countdown in search of the obelisk, the game gets really exciting.
"Almost 10,000 levels have been wildly designed to ensure even the seasoned gamesplayer comes back for more. You leam your own ways of tackling problems: H's this gameplay which makes Archipelagos a very original concept and worthy of a Format Gold."
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Yes, the big surprise is that Issue 24 will contain not one but TWO excellent games. Archipelagos you know about: but what's the other? Well, the deal will be agreed In literally two hours' time: but this page has to go to the printers in ten minutes! Rest assured that this will make the double-disk Issue 24 ol Amiga Formal the best value In magazines ever. Just wait!
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PIC OF THE MONTH P19 Black-and-white? What sort of computer artist doesn't use the fantastic colour abilities of the Amiga? The sort with some imagination and a little extra hardware - the many faces of John Goulding.
DRIVEIFF P18 3D driving games are all very well, but you do get bored of racing around the same courses. This one from Jonathan Harris is different - it lets you design your own courses.
HACKTRICK 60HZ P19 If you have a game which you would really like to run just that little bit faster, then why not try this program from Mark Sarul. It puts your Amiga into 60Hz mode and lets you boot your program as normal.
GETTING STARTED To play either Atomino or the 3D Construction Kit demos, all you have to do is insert the Coverdisk and turn your machine on. A question will appear - which one do you want? Press Y then Return for Atomino, or N then Return for the 3D Construction Kit.
To use the other programs, you will have to start up the machine with your Workbench disk. Then it’s usually a matter of pointing and clicking with the mouse (except for DrivelFF more details on P17).
MAKING A BACK UP??
The floor now! I'll explain in more basic language... To the right of the playing area is a test tube, into which coloured atoms fall. The cursor shows how many spare electrons the current atom has. You have to place the atom on the screen so that the spare electrons revolving round it fuse to the ones revolving around the neighbouring atoms.
Once you have created a closed pattern that has no spare electrons, it is deemed to be a complete molecule and is removed from the grid. If you play too slowly, then the test tube will fill up, ending your game.
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ATOMINO Forget about all those Open University courses and weekly, built-up-in-parts magazine lessons
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To start this physics phreak- out, simply power-up your Amiga, insert the Coverdisk, then press Y and hit Return when you are asked if you want to play Atomino. A nice picture of Albert Einstein will load, shortly followed by the game itself. To start the game, press fire on your joystick and select GAME from the menu that appears.
The concept of the game is simple. You have to place atomic particles on a grid and achieve the correct valence bonding to create stable molecular structures. It’s all right, you can pick yourself up off added complication of riveted atoms which can’t be replaced with others.
One point that you should note is that Level Five is the one of the finished game's higher and far more trickier stages - so try not to be too disheartened if you don’t complete it!
The requirements for completing a stage depend on the type of level.
Level One simply requires you to complete two molecules, while on Levels Two, Four and Six you must build a molecule that fills a predefined shape. Levels Three and Five just require you to try and clear the screen, but with the PROMISED YOU A MOLECULE Here is a typical example of a simple molecule's construction.
This is a good pseudo-3D racing game with a lew different bits to add variety. In most racing games, you can only go one way around the same standard circuits. Mostly it's a case of racing against the clock, and without a lot of extras they soon get tedious.
ATOMINO PSYGNOSIS PAL NTSC THE SCIENCE LAB This is different in that you can design your own courses with a paint program - it will load any IFF picture as a course, and let you race over It. It's best to stick with pictures that have eight colours or less, though: any extra colours are lost.
To run It (if you have more than 512K of memory) simply switch on your machine, insert the Workbench disk and wait until the drive light has gone out - you will be left with a screen containing the Workbench disk Icon and probably a RAM disk icon. Insert the Coverdisk, and double-click on its icon. Double-click on the DrivelFF drawer, and finally double-click on the DrivelFF icon itselt.
512K users have to use a different approach. Switch your machine on and insert the Coverdisk. Keep the Ctrl key (often called the Control key) held down and keep the D key pressed at the same time. Once you see the word 'Break' appear, type in this line (don't forget to press the Return key at the end): DrivelFF DriveIFF Once the program has loaded, it takes a couple ot minutes to set itselt up. It displays a message to this effect, and the timer on the left of the screen has to count up three times before the game can be played.
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U joo $ «= = 88888083 Iw 1_ 11 f I jrf. F~HV I lv 8| By pressing the Test button or selecting it from a menu, the editing features vanish and you're left with just the game itself. Move the mouse to the top of the screen and press F1 to go back to the editor.
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Walk up to the washbasin in front of you and click on the down arrow beside the eye icon. This alters your viewpoint so that you can look directly down. Try pressing the up button to turn the viewpoint upwards.
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Try clicking on the different buttons with the mouse to alter the selected object.
Surrounds the building. It you move closer, a set of coloured cubes appears in the doorway. By shooting these you will unblock the doorway.
WORKING FUNCTIONS Down to Earth Now you've got some idea of how Freescape works, move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen and press FI (that's next to the Esc key) to return to the editor proper. You can start playing around with the menus straight away (just move the mouse to the top of the screen and they drop down automatically) but it’s probably best to understand the front panel first.
Freescape works by building up a landscape from different sized and shaped objects. This demo allows you to edit the objects built into it, but you cannot create new ones.
Try clicking on the ‘Edit Object' icon. This will bring up a list of the objects that you can change - you can scroll up and down the list with the arrows at the left. Click on Building, and a seperate screen comes up to change the building.
If you look at the bottom of the screen, you will see a new set of icons - generally opposite pointing arrows with different labels. With these you can move the building, shrink or expand it in any of the three dimensions (X. Y or Z). To finish your alterations, click on "OK': you'll find this at the bottom right of the screen.
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This is one of the all-time classic computer games: it has a hell of a reputation and it's still selling in large quantities at its regular price of £24.99. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to lead one of the cold war superpowers to global domination by politics alone and without destroying the world through nuclear conflict. Good luck - but what you'll really need is good judgement... Back up the Disk!
Balance ot Power is a very sophisticated game. Because It is constantly updating the global political situation, it continually saves the new information back to the disk. It also manages to save your game automatically between each turn.
This makes it very important to back up your disk. Turn to Page 20 and read the instructions there if you don't know how to do this. When you have a copy ot the disk, make sure you use the copy and NOT the original disk when you are playing the game.
Getting Started You can either run Balance ot Power trom your Workbench or you can simply Insert the disk and switch on your Amiga, and it will load Itself.
It you put the disk In with Workbench loaded, just double-click on the disk icon then double-click on the game's icon to get going.
This options screen will now appear.
“People who play this game without reading the manual are wasting their time" H says. This is a lie: this guide contains all the information you will ever need fo become an espert.
Simply click on the circle nest to the options to change them: but for now, leavo them alone. You have a choice of playing oithar Russia or America, but the game is no aasior or harder whichever you play.
It's just that your point of view is different.
You can also opt for a two-player game, on which a couple more notes later, but it's a more intense game with one player, even H you and your mates co-operate to play.
The other choice is the level ot play. It is a good idea to master each level of play, starting with the simplest, before moving on fo the next. Otherwise you'll just flounder and not really enjoy it. For now, just click on Start Game to get going. We'll assume you're playing the USA.
There isn't a lot to Balance of Power: provided you count the political machinations of all the countries of the world as not a lot, that is! The whole game, more or less, is played on this one game screen.
All you have to do is determine the relations between your own country and others, and try to influence other countries so that they come round to you way of thinking. Your way of thinking, incidentally, basically means right-wing if you’re playing the USA and left- wing if you're boss of the USSR.
What you have to do is support insurgency in delicate countries where the government is against you. To try and install a friendly government. Ax! At the same time bolster up regimes that are fnerxty but a bit unstable by giving them military ad. Its all about trying to get them to like you.
You should start your turn by checking on the actions of the opposing superpower. You can do this by going to the 'Events' menu - remember, menus are always selected with the right mouse button - and selecting the USSR Actions option (assuming you’re playing the USA, that is). You will now be presented with news on a series of actons your opponents have taken, and pictures of four advisers, each of whom will advise you whether or not to question the Russians' actons.
Crisis politics If the advice seems positive, press the Question button to send a message to the USSR that you don’t like what they are doing. A crisis is starting! At first this will be in secret, so there's nothing at stake. If you can't come to an agreement straight away, the crisis will go public and Prestige points will be at stake.
An indicator tells you how much prestige is at stake on each round of the crisis.
Wtiere to start Main game screen The aim of the game is to win prestige, so you don’t want to back down and lose lots of it.
On the other hand, the last thing you want to do is keep up the confrontation and take the world to Defcon 1: because if that happens, the nukes fly and it's all over for everyone.
Which means you've lost BIG!
If you negotiate successfully through all the USSR actions, you should then click in the little box at the top left of the screen to move back to the main screen.
Picking a target Ending your turn Go to the 'Game' menu when you're happy with your year's work and select 'Next Turn'. This menu also features the 'Change Sides' option: this isn't for defectors, it’s for switching from Player One to Two in the two-player game.
At this point, as you end your turn, the computer saves the game back to the disk.
This can take a while, but be patient. If this is the first turn of a new game, you will then be stopped by the manual protection.
There are a number of menu options which will allow you to explore the state of the countries in the world: which superpower they get on with, how important they are, that sort of thing.
Just look in the 'Countries’ menu.
Seeing where you are If you select your own country or the opposing superpower, you can check on a number of things about your status in the world from the 'Relations' menu. What you are looking for initially is weak spots: countries to target for your diplomatic and military attentions.
Advisers The other feature of the crisis screen is your expert advisers. They're there for a bloody good reason and they know what they are talking about, so it’s a good idea to do as they advise. Occasionally you might fly in the face of their advice and get away with it: but the one big tip for this game is listen to your advisers and do what they say.
Checking world status Mastering The Beginner Level Game The Beginner level is all about insurgency and your opponent's actions... Aims The Beginner level Is straightforward: you only have two crucial questions to ask each turn. One: who’s having an internal war? Two: what are the opposition doing?
It s easy enough to get the answers... One: check out the Insurgency map from the Countries’ menu. Civil wars are of great interest: guerilla wars less so, but they still present opportunities.
Two: consult the opponent's ’Actions’ menu and consider whether you wish to take them to a crisis. It’s that simple.
Tions in the country. A strong government will not have too much trouble with terrorists, but a weak one will. Look for states that are small, poor and have little history of democracy.
Crucial Crises The main way of scoring In the Beginner level is through correct handling ot crises.
While you may only gain ten points or so turning a government your way. You could well lose 100 points backing down in front of the world. This makes crises the most important part of the game.
Know your enemy... ...and your friends. Frequent looks at the Diplomatic Relations map will help at first, but you should soon get to know the general situation.
Remeber the whole idea is to support the friendly nations and undermine the unfriendly ones.
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Ten •I In Inner MtTtTduBgr: Iasofmcy BA j |frm | jRAkef: I Principles The central principle underlying this level ol the game Is based on the Domino Theory. A superpower cannot support Insurgency in a country unless it has troops in a nearby country, so if you get a foothold somewhere it helps you on and on ... just like dominoes knocking one another down.
This makes It important to prevent the opponent from placing troops in new countries and to put your own troopsnext to unfriendly countries: remember to place them carefully. Stop the enemy from putting troops near vulnerable friendly nations.
Important insurgencies Insurgencies don’t happen by accident or at random: they are the result of condi- Use your judgement "You have to use a skill seldom required in most computer games: judgement" claims the game s author. Chris Crawford, in his manual for Balance ol Power 1990. What he means is that all actions are interlinked with one another and what causes what isn’t always clear. You have to use your own intelligent guesswork’.
Because the disk is not protected - you can make as many copies as you need for your own use - the game is made secure by ‘manual protection'. At the end of your first turn, you will be asked to enter a password from the manual. Now, obviously you don’t have the manual: so we’ve printed the complete list of passwords below in the panel entitled Those passwords in full’.
The computer now calculates all the moves for the year. If you've made any moves the opposition doesn't like, they'll confront you over it in just the same way you questioned their actions. Again, pay attenbon to the advisors.
At this point, it should be 1990.
Unfortunately in this case it won’t be: because, being churlish and refusing to back down after sending troops into Afghanistan, you’ve destroyed the world. Though you’re bound to do this a few times at the start, it’s not big or clever: and you don’t get any prizes for it.
The aim of the game Manual Protection More crises... Each turn is a year, and the aim is to survive until the year 1997 without blowing the world up. Further than this, by careful manipulation of the diplomatic confrontations and by making allies around the globe, you aim to increase your Prestige and decrease your opponent’s.
.sa If your score is greater than the other superpower’s, you've won: but if your score is less than 200 points ahead, it was a close thing. A convincing win is beating the opposi- bon by greater than 700 points.
Always remember, the world is very sensitive to the global politics of the superpowers.
The more war-like you are with the enemy, the more unpleasant the world becomes... THOSE PASSWORDS IN FULL You will be asked for a password at the end of the first turn of a new game. The reference to the correct password takes the form word number, line number and page number, and these are reproduced faithfully below. So, for instance, if you are asked for word 5, line 3. Page 8 you should come up with the word 'shade'. You may need to click the mouse pointer by the pink cursor before you can type the word in.
Page Line Word Password 25 4 2 client 50 9 6 here 70 1 1 concerns 36 1 7 attempt 51 7 9 pirated 71 2 1 notch 8 3 5 shade 37 3 1 praises 53 2 3 mouse 72 3 3 stake 13 2 7 civil 38 4 4 protect 57 15 1 ability 76 4 2 mountain 14 5 6 island 41 3 2 troops 58 12 9 bang 80 1 3 army 15 5 1 unseemly 45 1 5 over 59 1 6 fingers 81 4 1 consumers 19 1 5 three 46 1 3 generate 60 16 19 spooks 83 2 1 trivial 21 2 8 better 47 15 8 person 68 4 1 example 84 3 1 extremist 24 3 2 answer 50 8 4 word 69 5 4 capita 85 3 1 object Mastering the Intermediate Level game Introducing three new concepts: the Coup d'Etat,
Economic Aid and Destabilisation Aims Once you've mastered the Beginner level, you’re ready tor Intermediate. This Introduces a major new element to the game: the concept of overthrowing unfriendly governments using the Coup d'Etat.
Essentially, though, your goals remain the same: to topple unfriendly regimes: to use crises to prevent objectionable actions by the opposing superpower: to defend your own actions In crises.
Principles The only real difference is you now have three extra tools to do the job with. Rather than just military aid, you can now have an economic effect on countries: so in the Make Policies' menu you will find Economic Aid and Destabilistaion. And in the 'Countries' menu you can find updates on Coups d'Etat going on in the various countries.
The game is now that bit harder - the opponents will be a bit more awkward - and It will change more - so you can’t rely on having the same friends each time.
Remember that what you have done for a country In the past Is not so Important as the current state of the country.
Coups and their effects A coup basically means a change of government: normally a violent one, but changes are equally possible through an » ¦««_ election in the civilised, stable, more democratic nations.
In a coup, the insurgents become the government and the government heads for the hills to become the insurgents, so it's a pretty safe bet that an anti-you gov- ernemt will swing to become pro you: and that's the general idea. There are some exceptions. When a coup takes place. It's effect on the superpowers’ scores will also be shown.
A country is vulnerable to a coup If the economic situation is unstable and discontent increases, so the following new menu options are the key... Destabilisation if an unfriendly government is looking unstable when you check the map from the ‘Coups menu', you can push it over the edge.
Destabilisation (selected from the ‘Make Policies' menu) means causing a litle trouble, but it costs very little to do. The only snag is your opponent might well object Economic Aid If a friendly government is looking shaky, you can shore it up with a little Economic Aid, again from the 'Make Policies' menu.
This will reduce your GNP, meaning you have less money for military spending.
Use it carefully, and bear in mind that the poorer a country Is, the more the money will mean to It.
Mastering the Expert Level game Three more new ideas: Finlandization. Along with Treaties and Pressure to encourage or dissuade it... Alms When you have got completely in control ot the Intermediate game, you’re ready to become an expert. The difference now Is the concept of Finlandization, based on what happened to Finland after WW2. Because Finland had been an ally ot Nazi Germany, no-one wanted to help them stand up to the USSR: so Finland fell completely under Russian influence without the USSR ever actually having to lift a linger against it. The key to the Expert level game is
encouraging or discouraging Finlandization.
Principles The big difference now is that indirect actions become very important, if you seem to be very hostile or agressive, tor example, more countries are liable to want to be on your side, if you back up your treaties, countries will trust you. If you have a lot of troops in an area, the countries nearby will feel more secure.
Finlandization Any country that feels very threatened by a large military power close to it. And lacking sufficient military power or support, may be inclined to Finiandize. It will become friendly to the power that threatens it. Countries in Europe, caught between the Superpowers, are particularly vulnerable. When a power Finlandizes, a message appears where the country's leader praises the Superpower it has aligned with. It doesn't actually say ‘Finlandized’, but you'll know what's going down.
The Countries' menu contains maps that show the likelihood of Finlandization. But these can be misleading because they are based on information trom the previous turn.
Pressure The idea here is to exert sufficient diplomatic pressure on a country to make it paranoid about its position: it takes a number ot forms, trom subtle messages to dealings with the country's worst enemies. If you worry a country sufficiently, H should Finiandize with you to get protection. Indirect pressure is also possible: it you win a big crisis, powers may align themselves to you in fear.
Treaties Another way of stopping a country Finlandizing with your opponent, along with military and economic aid from the first two levels. These work on a very simple level, but you will be expected to back them up.
Mastering the MultiPolar level game Its no longer just the big boys: now all the countries can pursue their own policies... relations: b) a strong treaty: c) having troops stationed there: d) aid going to the government. You can escalate the crisis if they don't give In, but the crisis remains purely diplomatic and you won't lose Prestige.
Aims This is the big time: only attempt it it you’re an expert Expert. All the countries In the world, rather than just the two superpowers, now follow their own policies: if only at Beginner level, which means they can ship weapons or troops. Your aim should be to keep track of activity throughout the world and keep your allies under control.
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Minor country crises These work in a similar way to USSR and USA crises. You can challenge a policy it you have influence over a country. Influence derives trom: a) good diplomatic Minor country wars These are particularly awkward and should be avoided it possible. Two menu optiions show what’s happening in this field. The losing country always takes on the political colour of the winner.
More relations You can now check the diplomatic tendencies of any country by selecting it and going to the Relations' menu. You can check Going out' or 'Going in' to get what that country's attitude is, or how other countries teel about that country.
Trade You can now exert an even more subtle influence over different countries with the Trade option of the Make Pollcie»' menu. This has no direct economic effect,: It is simply another form of diplomacy.
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OxxiAegis WE =OCUS ON TECHNOLOGY ; 0 Scx 93309. IONG BEACH, CA 90809 0309 USA ‘eec'-cne (213)327-1227 f AX (213) 427 0971 Aegis ViaeoTmer 3D. Aegis AiKJo’ astei in ona Aegis CD Pioye' ore traaemams of Oxjd. Inc. Amiga a a naoemari o( CommoOoce-Amiga |HB Marketing: Centresoft: 0753 686000 021 625 330: Let's start off with what little I knew of 3D before I started.
All the objects in a game - ships, planes, buildings, landscape, rooms, the lot - are defined by 3D coordinates, one coord for each corner point or 'vertex' on the shape: so a cube has six points defining it. The coordinates define where the point is m three directions: x for left-right, y for up-down and z for into and out of the screen, or depth.
All 3D games have to store the three coords for all the obiects and then translate the 3D definition of an object onto a 2D screen to decide how it’s seen. And it’s the latter that's tricky. OK, over to the experts... Step 1: PolyFilla If you're programming a 3D game, where do you start?
Andy: I would have thought that everyone starts with a polygon filler.
That's the most important place to start. Even before 3D.
Adrian: You give it coordinates on the screen, you tell it how many of them there are, and it fills it.
How does it work? It's just 2D. Isn't it?
Adrian: You have to convert everything to 2D coordinates before you can draw it. You perform perspective calculations, that gives you 2D coordinates and you fill between those.
The way the screen is addressed, the only really sensible way of doing it is by splitting it all up into lots of little horizontal lines. You calculate the two ends of one scan line, you fill that, and so on down the screen.
2 Clipping Adrian: The only complication is that these 2D coordinates could well be outside the screen. So you have to deal with that.
Andy: That’s what is called clipping.
Effectively you take a polygon and clip off the bits you can't see.
3 The 3D bit So the 3D part is just a list ol 3D coordinates, X Y and Z, for the objects: just a simple 3D map?
Andy: The 2D part of the system and the 3D part of the system are very separate indeed. The 3D part just converts the 3D coordinates into 2D, then there's a separate 2D part to draw them all.
Adrian: Generally, it is very simple.
All you do is you get all your 3D coords, then multiply them by a matrix, divide by z and multiply by a Rather than relative to the absolute world, they’re relative to your eye- point. Then you just apply perspective to those points.
Constant and there you go, that’s your 2D coordinates.
So what's the matrix for?
Adrian: You define your shape with 3D coords, XYZ. Now, when you view it, it can be at any angle relative to you. So what you do is you calculate a matrix - you know what a matrix is? (yes, we remember them from 0 Level maths)
- you define a matrix which represents the rotation you have to
apply to this shape so it looks right to your eye. Now you have
new 3D coords, which are effectively 3D coords relative to
you.
It’s very simple. First of all, you’ve got XY and Z coords. The 2D x coord will be some constant times x over z, and the 2D y coord will be some constant times y over z. How it Works: Real-time 3D games We thought the best way to find out how 3D games are created was to ask the experts: so ANDY BEVERIDGE and ADRIAN STEPHENS of The Assembly Line give away their trade secrets as they tell you how it's done.
DAMIEN NOONAN does the basic interpreting... Adrian: The larger z is. Which is the distance into the screen, the smaller the numbers become.
(If you think about this, it really is very simple. The further something is away, then the greater the z num- ber will be. So when you divide your other two numbers by z, they will be much smaller and hence the whole obiect will be smaller on the screen and look further away.
Isn't maths logical?)
Adrian: Then you multiply them by a constant to make them more reasonable, you add on the centre of the screen, to make them even more reasonable, and that's it.
Time for an overview... Adrian recaps. You start with the polygon filler. After that, find some way of storing the shapes coords and some way of calculating the matrix, apply the matrix to the coords, do the perspective calculation to give your 2D coords and then fill your polygon between the coords.
Advanced Level OK, so I’m beginning to think we've got the basics of 3D sorted out here.
Then Adrian pipes up again. “If you do all that stuff, really all you can do is spinning cubes on the screen. And that's no use to anybody. That’s why the 3D demo that people generate first is always a 3D cube spinning on a screen, because that's easy".
“Where you go next is the fiddly bit" adds Andy, Oh. So what next? How do you go about getting from a spinning cube to a real game?
“First of all you have to have a number of objects" Adrian starts off.
“You need to keep a list of these objects and you need to keep a record of where they are, the angle they're at and so on. Assuming you could store all of these objects individually, like you could the single cube, you need a way of making sure you draw the ones at the back first.
We ought to describe the painter algorithm.” All right then, do it.
The Painter algorithm “This is incredibly trivial: all it says is you have to draw things that are further away from you before you draw things that are closer to you, because things that are closer to you obscure the things that are further away. You don't ever see the further away ones flicker onto the screen before the closer ones are drawn, because it doesn’t actually let you see the screen until it's finished drawing them."
“Why's it called a Painter algorithm?" I ask stupidly. “Because that’s the way a painter works: he paints things, then paints other things over the top of them" replies Adrian. Hmm.
Of course. Now let's find out why clipping is the really difficult bit of the whole thing... Advanced clipping “It's not that it's necessarily difficult to do, there are a number of ways of doing it" Adrian continues. "What a lot of people do. One of the simplest, is they find the coords of the original polygon, they feed it through something that clips off the top, then they feed it through something that clips off the bottom and in the end they come out with another polygon that could have an awful lot more edges.” "That turns out to be quite slow, which means you've got to resort to
techniques that aren't in the book.
Ours, for instance, is based entirely on clipping the y coord: it doesn't bother working out vertically.
Horizontally we just do it on a line-by- Ime basis, it’s very simple." “Can you say that?" Objects Andy. But Adrian doesn't repent.
Points of View When it comes to a game, there’s the player to think about too. “There’s another bit of 3D maths in that too" says Andy. "The player's viewpoint is an object as well, a point in space, so you have to define the orientation of that as well."
Adrian describes how the view is worked out. “The player has his matrix, which means which direction he's facing in, that sort of stuff ... so that means all that’s taken care of automatically, effectively. To calculate the viewpoint all you actually have too do is subtract that obiect from all the Modelling a plane for a flight sim... MARTIN MOTH, one of MicroProse's game-design team, reveals how a plane is modelled as a 3D object and tells us about their new flight sims... MicroPros* UK do all the programming work on Amiga versions of sims like F-19 and the new F-15 Strike Eagle, as well as
producing original games like the forthcoming Air Duel, a head-to-head air combat simulator. Martin Moth is heavily involved with the design side.
What's the first thing to think of? "There's slways a trade-off for speed: keeping the speed up is the biggest problem In a flight sim.
Anybody could make a great F-15 If they had 80 or 90 polygons, but it slows the game down. So we have to keep the shapes simple."
"You start off with the 3D world, which you can fty' the viewpoint around, putting In mountains, rivers and scenery. Once you've got that.
If you can use the mouse with basic command you can fly round and check it out. The 3D world's made up of polygons."
''Once you've got that, then you can start the game. The British programmers who did F-19 went away before F-15 Strike Eagle because they thought they could do It faster, and F-15 Strike Eagle is quite noticeably faster. Also they've done F-15 primarily for the Amiga, rather than lor the ST." After that, speed and detail then become th* two opposing factors as the game develops. The less detail, the greater the speed. "At the moment, that's Glyn's problem with Air Duel He's got skghtfy too much ground detail and It's chugging a bit With Air Duel th* whole thing is playability rather than
realism, so that needs the speed. When you're flying along without any enemy, there's just loads of details, it's great: you can see trains chuffing along, towns ... but as soon as the enemy other objects and rotate it by the inverse of its matrix and that'll give you what it can see."
"It's very nice” comments Andy: “at any time during the game we can just say a different object is now the viewpoint - there’s no further calculation involved. You can leave cameras and things lying around and actually see yourself." Which is what happens in Cybercon.
But there’s more. "We’ve been testing the anmhilator in Cybercon this way. Because he runs in the background the whole of the time, you never know what quite he’s doing. We put his viewpoint into the little screen where you view objects and things, so you can see exactly what he sees the whole time. Its quite eerie. Where’s he going now?
What's he doing?"
Reference Works What then, is the zero reference point for all this, I ask Andy. “On the whole it’s normally the player. You might define the world where everything has a position, but at some point you have to convert that to everything relative to the player.
“Then you’ve got to take the player’s orientation into account, so when the player moves, the whole world spins around the player. So you allow for the rotation of the player by taking the centrepoint of all the object
- all objects are normally defined relative to their own
centrepoint - and rotating those about by the opposite of the
player's rotation."
So there’s several layers of reference: the points on an object are defined relative to the object’s centre and the centrepoints are all defined relative to the player. “Then in a game half the objects are moving, so you have to work out where the orientation of a moving object changes as it moves" adds Andy.
Collision detection.
Andy continues. "Most games wouldn't be any use unless you could tell when things hit other things. So you've got to check the positions of everything relative to all the other things and see if they’re colliding. This is potentially quite slow, because if you've got 20 objects that's 400 tests, which would be horribly slow. So you’ve got to find ways around that to speed it up."
What's the target for speed? Is there a set number of frames per second you have to be able to reach?
“A lot depends on the game.
Something like Cybercon can get away with a much lower frame rate than a flight sim could: because you’re walking around, you don't need the same sensabon of speed.
Cybercon has places where fast action is important, like when you're fighting things, so we try to make sure that only happens during fairly simple scenes. Interphase is more of a speed thing, really."
Sorting!
Another key thing to 3D programming is sorting within an object. This is a bit like the depth sorting that the Painter does, but it works on the faces of an object.
Andy picks up the story.
"If an object is convex, then you can just plain draw all the polygons you can see. It's all very well taking all the polygons and calculating where they appear on the screen, but you only need to draw the ones you can see. If you have a cube, for instance, you can only ever see three faces of it at one time, so you don’t want to draw the other three. So you have to have some way of working out which ones you can see.
“There are several ways of doing that: the simple way is this. You define the points in your original shape going clockwise, so if you look at the front of your cube the front four points go clockwise, then after you perform your perspective calculations you have a look at the 2D points on the screen and see if they're still going clockwise. If they are, it’s still visible." If you think about this, it’s comes Into view, It all cuts out. But you don't notice because you're so Intent on the enemy."
When he’s doing a plane lor a project, Martin starts with a sketch ot an aeroplane on graph paper, which is based on a scale drawing ol the real aircraft. "I love it, it’s almost a game in itself" he says. "I’ve basically got a top-down view, side view and Iront-on view. With those, you sketch out where the polygons go. You have two problems: a) to keep the polygons as simple as possible and b) not to overlap polygons. It you overlap them, It can’t depth sort, can t tell what's in tront or behind. That's one of the main problems.
"Then you sketch that, draw it on graph paper, then you try to simplify it as much as possible while keeping the plane's distinctive shape. ' Then you work out all the y x y and z coordinates and enter them Into the computer as dots on the , screen, then start to fill In all the polygons on screen between the dots. It's basically dot-to-dot." Hopefully, after all of r that, you end up with a filled polygon model of an aircraft. If there's any _ .
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"There are more sophisticated ways of doing this” Andy otters. Are you using any of them? “We use all of them, I think. We hardly ever use the simple 2D one.” Z Clipping "There’s another level of complication" adds Adrian. “You’re going to mention z clipping, aren't you?" Andy says. Obviously. Here we go.,. "If you have an object where part of it's behind you and part of it's in front of you, like a spaceship that’s passing you, you can still see part of it. You have to be able to work out which part of it's in front of you. The thing is, the perspective calculations just go completely
haywire, so you need to work out this new 3D polygon before you work out the new 2D polygon. This technique's called z clipping and what it does is to take a plane In front of you and chop everything off there. If you do that you can't use that way of sorting we just talked about."
Andy gets back to sorting. "If an object is entirely convex, drawing the faces that are visible and not drawing the faces that aren't is enough. But if an object is concave, with bits that fold in on themselves, then trying to work out the order in which to draw the polygons for those is quite fiddly.
Or it used to be quite fiddly ...” Adrian chuckles and I suspect we will be hearing about another Assembly Line clever bit, here.
I ask another stupid question. "Do you tend to construct shapes as a single polygon?" “They have to be several polygons" answers Adrian. "A cube is six polygons. Did you mean polyhedrons? It never really comes down to polyhedrons, you just use polygons and draw them in a certain order." Oops: I've made a basic mistake. But there's a lesson, there: remember that all 3D objects are dealt with as polygons, flat shapes, not as whole 3D things.
Let's move on.
Movement How do you move an object? "You just calculate the vector and add it on to the position" says Adrian.
Remember that a vector is a simple way of describing movement in 3D coords: it might be a movement of 2 in the x axis, 5 in the y axis. It's simple enough eh?
How many polygons are there in a large game, in total? “It's a weird , question" says Andy. “In many games, there's an awful lot out- f side what you can see.
, * If you were scanning the whole world saying . 'can I draw this?' You'd be there all day drawing one frame."
Instance, in a flight sim, you’d clump together a village and say if I'm too far up, all I can see is one block for a village, then as I get closer, you might have several rough houses."
You actually define different objects for the different levels of detail."
What about deptlvcueing? "Depth cueing means making things darker as they get further away. If you want to keep the speed up, you make sure you don't draw objects until they're quite close to you. But that means that when objects first appear, they're quite big. This huge thing suddenly appears from nowhere. So it’s slightly more subtle to bring it in dark, then as it gets nearer to you its colours will get clearer. You just look at how far away it is and you use that to define the colour.'
Cybercon and Clever Clipping "Drawing order is generally more ot a problem in games than the rest ot It" says Andy Beveridge, programmer ot Cybercon III. " Where you've got things like, in Cybercon. Robots coming through a doorway, you have to draw part ot the wall, the robot, then the rest ot the wall. Things like Carrier Command you had planes coming down to the deck and then going down the lift, on object going Inside another, and it all has to be sorted properly.
That gets quite fiddly."
"To give an example ot the Painter algorithm" chips in Adrian, "It you're In a room that is looking Into another room, the Painter says what you should do is you should draw the far room, then the wall with the door cut out of It, and then the contents of this room you're in. Andy manages to get round this in Cybercon by being able to draw just Inside the door."
What he does is calculates the shape of the door, and then effectively says this Is now the id everything clips to that Instead. “ i Is much faster in that particular case" adds Andy. ”11 you watch Cybercon drawing a room in slow motion It looks very very strange because if there s e door and a window, the view through the window - and just the bit you can see through the window - appears on the screen, then the view through the door, then the wall appears around it.
There s no point at which it draws all the stuff behind the wall. It makes a big ditterence to the speed of Cybercon."
"It makes clipping polygons massively more complicated." Interjects Adrian, "because we re not just talking about clipping to a nice square screen we might be clipping to absolutely anything. That s because we re so clever!" So are they clipping even to circles? "Yeah, we have clipped to circles, there s places where we do clip to circles.
We clip to anything! But it very much depends on the game, some games have weird requirements."
N "In fact the shape of the screen In Cybercon to start with is not particularly nice" Adrian points out. "But the way a lot of people do It Is they draw to a rectangle and then stick a lot of overlapping bits on top. We don’t."
"It's something we talked about years ago. But never really had a use tor. But the Initial test runs of Cybercon were so slow, we had to llnd some way to speed it up.
Clever objects How is an obiect's colour defined?
"It's stored as part of the obiect. One thing we have in common with most people doing 3D is that when we started our obiects were just lists of points, but nowadays we have a sort of language to define the obiects. It basically says 'there is an obiect here between these points and it's green'. It looks like a piece of a high-level language, has Ifs in, and it's interpreted every time the object is drawn. Then if you want to have something like lightsource shading it's quite easy, because you simply say 'set the colour according to the angle of the face" Slipped disks Why are circles so
difficult to do?
"They're not. It's a piece of piss. Do you mean discs?" Says Adrian.
"Circles we use to represent spheres, so if you've got a sphere in the game, it looks the same from any angle” contributes Andy.
“There are well-documented ways of drawing, literally on the screen, a circle," So why is a disc so difficult?
"When it's at an angle,” Adrian begins, "a circle will look like an ellipse, even when it's at quite an oblique angle, which is quite surprising really. Working out exactly what an ellipse is, rather than a fudged method, is very involved. The other thing is that you need some way of drawing it on screen when you’ve calculated it, and that's a lot more complicated than a circle drawer.
I think other people are doing ellipses now. But we got there first because I thought of this particularly cunning way of doing it where you could more or less ignore what angle it was at. But in fact the calculations we used before were complete dogwank.
It's an awful lot simpler if you just work out the angle of the ellipse and in effect just parallel protect, which means no perspective."
The future of 3D How easy will it be to put detailed pictures onto objects?
“Well, it depends really. You can quite easily draw a surface onto a polygon, but as the angle of the shape changes the angle of the picture doesn't, and that's not what you want.
So you have to be recalculating the angle of the texture. And that’s quite a lot more complicated. You have to calculate every single point on the polygon. Normally we’re only concerned with the vertices and maybe the ends of the scanlme. But all of a sudden you'd be dealing with every pixel on the polygon."
“I don’t know how much you'll be seeing of discs in future." Opines Andy. "With virtual reality catching on and people getting more and more interested in 3D, they're going to start throwing hardware at the problem. So rather than you having to draw your polygon yourself, you'll have a chip with a polygon filler on it in a games console or a virtual reality machine. That'll be much much faster, but it's very unlikely they'll put ellipse-drawing hardware in. It's always a problem when they put hardware in. Because the chip's big advantage is. It's completely flexible."
"But it'll mean that everyone has access to incredibly fast polygon fillers. We’ll be able to do amazing things with that" says Adrian. "Nearly all the time in a game is still taken up by drawing the polygons" agrees Andy, “even though there’s a lot of complex maths going on behind.
That's the only thing holding back computers like the Amiga."
Well, we’ll see. Texture mapping, fractal scenery, faster polygon drawing, who knows what we will see next?
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Meg-Lo-Mama is a battle for the control of 27 islands. Four warlords are going at it; with 100 men they must conquer sequential island groups. These groups of three form sub-groups known as Epochs. The nine Epochs roughty mir ror history, starting as cavemen they go through Old Testament epochs, Roman, Norman Middle Ages, Victorian, World Wars. 1980s and ci*r» nate in a future zone, circa 2001.
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This sets up a tension and like the cold warriors, you become obsessed with imbalances in weaponry - here it's not so much missile gaps but stick gaps. Building stuff requires raw materials and time. Each invention requires three key elements or close substitutes. So as well as getting the necessary skills to build them you will have to dominate the areas where raw materials can be found. Compromises can be made - this is war - but the closer the elements are to the right ingredients the more potent the weapon.
The territorial side of Meg-Lo-Mama has strong board game elements. The tech' levels and lack of materials bring in the best features of games like Millennium 2.2 and put them all on an arcade footing. Meg-Lo-Mama offers this plus enemies who play a strong strategic role in a deeply loathsome way.
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These were sampled, using radio actors to heap on the characterisation. Alliances offered by the yeiow king are pure Kenneth Williams; "Can I be on your team’" After an inventing spree your own minions echo the Python's with “Zee Invention eez fin ished". This very human touch reoures no extra memory as it lives on the second disk, while the game code is loaded in one lump from the first. This leaves DF0: free to be accessed as speech is required.
Meg-LoMania. M its present stage lacks animation but the game code is finished. From these earty shots the floating lands may remind you of Popiious. But. The only real similarity is the fact that you control a number of folks not a single character Meg-Lo-Mama will be part strategy war-game, part management sim and part test of mouse speed. It starts out slow, as the tech levels orty allow conventional battles, but as these ncrease the pace hots up. Better weapons allow swift victory and development speed takes a front seat Nukes are next on the shopping list so brinkmanship and alliances
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Meg-Lo-Mama is an evolutionary game that changes character, stressing different techniques, which should help grow into a real long term test.
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PREVIEWS SIM CITY - CDTV INFOGRAMES A TALE OF TWO CITIES Sim City broke new ground as a game, it was the first environment simulator.
Acting as mayor of a real town or your own custom built conurbation you allotted cash and resources to guide the city towards a brighter future.
Later came the Terrain Editor and Architecture supplement disks, which allowed further, stranger cities to develop. You chose how the city would run, doing jobs as diverse as balancing the budget to bulldozing slums.
To say Sim City was a hit is an understatement, and a generic style was bom. If you want to get hold of a copy, the double pack of Sim City and Populous hits the streets soon. Maxis, the original designers, have begun development of an even grander project Sim Earth, which will be released by Ocean later this year.
Sim City is the game Infogrames have selected as their first CDTV product. As an accredited classic it seems only natural it should be the first game on the format. Infogrames are committed to new technology, especially CD based, and have gone for a total rewrite which can exploit the CDTV’s strong points. Any new machine needs software, and more importantly it needs good software, if it is to succeed. So Sim City not only illustrates Infogrames' faith in CD technology, but also has to show what CDTV games can do.
CDTV stunned and intrigued the world last year when Commodore announced the project.
An Amiga with a CD drive, it features no keyboard and is played via a remote-control keypad. It doubles as a games machine and CD music system. There are hopes and fears for the system, confusion over what it can and cannot do, there were even scurrilous rumours that it may never make it into production. So when Infogrames began touting a CDTV game, Format just had to take a closer look.
Launch time Starting in January the Infogrames programmers have been soldiering away to get the game ready for the official CDTV launch, though the game's launch has yet to be announced.
Infogrames development system used a CDTV slaved to a PC system, for the sake of speed.
Principally, the project was coded in C (as speed is irrelevant in Sim City) with the sub-routines written in assembler.
Already accomplished Amiga writers, Infogrames found the CDTV a challenge because of the different hardware specifics. The CDTV and Amiga share a common history, but there are obvious differences. Controlling a CD drive is different in both principal and practice to a floppy disk. The CD drive, while five times faster at ripping code from the disk, is comparatively slow at moving about it. So the information has to be ordered so that associated or sequential data is stored in close physical proximity, if the maximum benefit is to be made of the drive's potential. With a CD able to store
over 550MB however, at least space was not a problem they encountered.
Another area to have to contend with is the CDTV's control system: an infra-red remote-control handset. Just as a mouse needs a driver so to does the keypad, and Infogrames decided to write their own for Sim City. The save-game facility needed rethinking too. Because the CDTV saves to a RAM card, and not the game disk.
Researching and developing these routines add time to development now, but are necessary investments that will save time in the future.
Zoom in Sim City was never hot on effects. The game was strong, but it was lacking on the sound side and didn't look that hot. To this end Infogrames have used the re-coding time well, redrawing the 'sprites' and working on a themed tune for each of the eight preformed cities. This means that when the 'zoom' mode is used to blow up a particular section of the screen, the pictures don’t fragment into a mass of pixels. This ties the whole game tightly together and more tightly to the CDTV, as the differences between it and the Amiga version are now more glaringly and blaringly obvious.
On the playing side the major change is the inclusion of both 'Architecture disks' and Terrain Editor to create the 'complete Sim City package'. On the Amiga these were sold as supplementary disks. So as well as faster loading, better sound and vision there’s also a much greater selection of cities to control, command and corrupt. This allows you to play through from Medieval times through to futuristic Rio or a city of your own command.
Play away Playing S m City on the CDTV is initially odd.
Once you get over the remote seating hurdle, you realise it is a relaxing way to play the game.
The key pad is easy to use and can be made to mimic either a joystick or mouse. The directional pad on the left-hand side and the two fire" buttons by the right thumb. As a short cut, the various types of building you may want to use are all preset on the handset. So rather than cycling through all the options on a menu screen, you can now slap it straight on the map.
Sim City looks like an ideal CDTV game. It combines strategy, good effects and fast gaming; all bed together with the humourous side of town planning and mayoral power. It is still satisfying to build a city, balance the budget, improve the town, then saving it to RAM card before loosing Godzilla or a giant tumble-weed on the place.
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Music - Frederick Mentzen.
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Original design - Philippe Vachay.
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RENEGADE ¦ £24.99 Joystick Juno’s idea of a good laugh was to send you mad, while Eurystheus was fond of jijj sending folk on unfimshable tasks. Hercules, the world's x ¦ strongest man, is just one such victim of these Grecian Jeremy Beadles. To earn freedom from them both and achieve his rightful god status he must complete four challenges in four different zones of a magical city.
Hercules must fight through a temple, the streets, a labyrinth and eventually the underworld if he is to emerge as immortal. A myriad of mythological monsters stand in his way, but, more importantly, so do a horde of traps and tasks, jb The monsters may be killed or avoided, as may the traps, but all the tasks must be fulfilled if he is to achieve eternal life. It’s in the contract you see; small print.
Just win!
Hercules is an individual and is not forced to follow any particular route to the end of any level, or zone; getting there is good enough. Under your control, all he has to do is win through using any magic, weapons or tricks that happen to come to mind. Unfortunately, the beasts who inhabit the worlds are also free to follow their own initiative. This is a combination that makes Gods a platform challenge, the like of which even the Zeus have never seen.
The boy can move as per normal, leaping, ducking and climbing between levels. For protection he hurls out showers of daggers and axes ahead of him, which kill (eventually) any foes foolish enough to cross his path. His initial single 'shot’ can be souped- up, adding a two, or even three, way spray of flying blades, by collecting magic tokens. Extra shuriken and power bolts can be added to further beef-up the armoury. The spread is even controllable with the use of tokens, as the needs of the weaponry varies with each level.
In solution Trap-like puzzles litter the zones, increasing in complexity as the game develops. At first they are simple obstructions, which can be destroyed by a flick of the correct Hercules bust* into a room and finds another potted serpent and a teleport stone on a remote ledge. Killing the snake is easy but avoiding the small snakes In this little room could be extremely difficult.
Large gold keys are always 'world' keys but how on earth can you get it? It must have something to do with those yellow buttons. Time to go a wandering and see what items are peculiar to this level.
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To qualify as an apprentice Immortal all you hava to do is...
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3. Catch and rotaln tho Arcadian stag.
4. Destroy tho Erymanthlan Boar.
5. Cleanse the Augean atablaa.
6. Destroy tho cannibal birds of Lake Stymphalls.
7. Capture the Cretan Bull.
8. Catch tho horsoa of tho Thracian Dlomodas.
9. To possess the girdle of Hlppolyta, Queen of tho Amazons.
10. To capture tho oxon of tho monster Qeryon.
11. Obtain tha applas of tha Heeparldes.
12. Bring Cerberus from fho Infernal raglons.
... and you thought getting a high acore on a mutll-laval platform gams was toughl lever. Later however, Here' is offered a vast array of switches and any one of them could remove the problem. Pressing the wrong one however, could well summon more heat than a growing God needs. The art is working out, and remembering, which levers do what. Solving a puzzle is rarely a case of just throwing one switch.
Often the answer lies in a series of levers, working on a combination principal and finding the solution is not so much a case of trial and error, as die-all and error.
There are three main puzzle elements. First comes the switch throwing nightmare, which is only ever solved with a quick bout of flicking, Secondly come the keys.
To enter many of the more interesting rooms you'll need the correct keys. These appear after certain core monsters or traps have been destroyed, and they are never near the door they unlock.
Here you have to check the text bar to see the keys name, then find the matching lock. Stored in Here’s three pocket backpack, the keys are used automatically when he passes the relevant door.
It may still need a switch thrown though before it opens, so you’re forced to continually check the inventory, to see if keys have vanished. The final and toughest puzzle element is in the quests Here' is sent on. Each depends on you finding a number of objects (anything from gold to pieces of mosaic) and relocating them.
Good Gods?
The game mechanics maybe spiffy.
But the 64 Drachma question has to be: is Gods any good? The answer is yes, unreservedly. Gods melds the standard platform rurv and-shoot form with a strain of action puzzle game. What starts out as a blast, soon becomes a guessing game of great proDor- tions. What will that swtch do if thrown? Is this strange skull the object of your quest? Where the hell is the key to the door?
The pace never hags, ensuring that you race through as much of the game as is humanly possible before stopping to think. If you hang around the nasties will start seeping out of the walls again! Assess, plan and act, is the motto of Continued overleaf * the day. A factor which is only enhanced by the independence of the monsters, who continue to hunt even when Here' stops.
While a youth Hercules was accosted by Virtue and Pleasure and forced to choose between them.
Pleasure promised all the world's carnal delights while all Virtue had to offer was immortality. Here' chose the latter - for some obscure reason - and after a life of toil he was received amongst the gods.
Over the edge sparsity of save game points and Here's occasional insistence on standing over the edge of platforms. The wait is easily tolerated m such a quality game but the mid- Backing up the metallic sound effects is the great theme tune, which players of last month’s Coverdisk demo will already be ONE STOP SHOPPING.
A i r stance does make trying to judge the jumps harder than it really needs to be.
You are forced to edge out, risking a hefty fall, just so you get the best chance of leaping to the next platform. Such mechanisms have become traditionally accepted facets of platform games, but it is one convention the Bitmaps could well have flouted.
These minor gripes aside though, Gods looks as if it is set to join games legend. Viciously good gameplay and powerful effects have managed to make Renegade's first title an ideal debut. Trenton Webb BRAINS AND BRAWN!
? Highly challenging platform romp with real class.
? The intelligent monsters and fiendish puzzles make life enjoyably awkward.
? Well paced, Gods gets easier for poor players, tougher for veterans.
? Sounds brilliant, with a strong Nation 12 theme and crisp metallic effects.
? The menagerie of foes is vast and the end-of- level guardians are something special.
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ACES OF THE GREAT WAR Chocks away chaps! Forget the radar, forget the missiles, the elector seats and (most unfortunately) all amorous thoughts of Kelly McGillis - Aces places you not in a state-of-the-art F-16 Falcon, but in the ramshackle cockpit of a selection of eight First World War aircraft.
Journey back to the days of leap-frog in the mess, stiff upper lips and bountiful supplies of crumpet. The men (usually called ‘Ginge') were magnificent - flying machines made of balsa wood and cloth (to a standard of engineering precision even Blue Peter would be embarrassed of). No parachutes or bullet-proof glass - just you, your machine-gun and your 'kite'.
Aces attempts to recreate this era of heroes and ‘flying by the seat-of-your-pants' aerobatics by offering you a selection of game modes built around a basic bank- climb-roll flight-simulator package.
Tommy or Jerry?
Allied or Axis? Which side to enrol is the first moral decision you have to make. You remain registered until you're shot down or fail to land safely. You can enter several pilots simultaneously on either sides of the fence and fight according to how patriotic or 'Fritz you’re feeling. Next you must decide which 'kite' to fly. A nice demo sequence allows you to chose from eight different aircraft and having successfully chosen your Sopworth Camel Gb 4x4 'Popular Plus’ it’s almost bme to go up, down, flying around, loopmg- the-loop and defying the ground.
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Assuming you wish to do more than just dogfight or practice, there are three campaigns to explore, ‘Bloody April', 'Battle of Amiens’ and the 'Ludendorf Offensive'. Each comprises of missions fought over the same area. This way, you learn the landmarks - useful when you're upside down with some angry Fokkers up your exhaust port.
Missions include protecting an air base from enemy bombers, photo reconnaissance, bombing raids and balloon-bursting exercises. Complete each mission in all three campaigns and you're awarded the Blue Max or the Victoria Cross (depending on which side you're fighting for).
Simultaneous two-player action is a useful option. Fighting head-to-head or as wing-men, provides an extra dimension to the otherwise rather repetitive game scenario. Another useful inclusion is the ‘strategy game'. One or two players can plot out their manoeuvres step-by-step on a grid and then see the results played back in real time.
Perhaps the most entertaining extra is the VCR facility. Engaged when things hot up, you can record and playback your enemy’s final splutters and reflect upon the noble death of your 'brother in arms' who in peaceful times could have been a friend ... Either that or have a good gloat. More likely still, see where you went wrong as your bumt-out plane spirals downwards.
Seat of your pants Basically, Mindscape have developed a flight simulator program around which 'extra' peripheral features, replays and game-modes are bolted. Unfortunately, the whole package doesn't quite come off. If a flight simulator is to lose the missiles, radar, ground attack, in-flight refuelling, HUD and lock-on that provide the ‘hook’ for the majority of hi-tech simulator games, then there had better be a good reason.
In this case, it was the attempt to recreate the simple flying spirit* of the first world war. Nice idea - but with only mediocre graphics, it hasn't paid off.
The graphics can be quickened up - at the expense of detail and sound effects - but even the smoothest of sorties won't provide you with the 'skirt-of-your-pants' exhilaration that was intended. Still, if flight simulators are what light up your particular Christmas tree, then Aces is worth a try. Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back for breakfast... Neil West VERDICT ? Great idea let down by mediocre graphics.
? Lots of extras built around basic flight simulator program.
? Two-player mode offers extra dimension to game scenario.
? Great packaging provides background info on he pilots, planes and campaigns.
That you're just wallowing around in a very jerky sky. It’s a pity because the graphics would otherwise be acceptable. Some of the outside views are nice but occasionally hiccup, showing you disconnected polygons. Combine this with the slow speed, and the program doesn't really come up to the slick level set by most Amiga flight sims today. The lack of any particularly exciting things to do means that long-term gameplay suffers.
If you like general aviation rather than combat, and fancy trying your hand as a formation pilot, you might find AFT reaches your itch. But sadly for most, the program doesn't quite come up to scratch. James Leach ? Complex and difficult game to get into.
? A lot of aircraft and quite a few scenarios make it varied.
? The lack of combat is a let down.
? The aircraft are too sensitive and the graphics suffer as they are just too slow.
? Apart from the formatting and the Space Shuttle thrill, ifs all been done before.
Chuck Yeager is a big man among big men. The USA respects success, and no- one has been more successful at flying American aircraft than him.
From his incredible performance in World War II to pioneering the supersonic rocket series, he's sought to be the best. So there's no-one more qualified to tram you in advanced flight.
As Chuck can fly anything with wings, then so can you. The aircraft selection is huge (see below).
But the cockpit displays are standardised to prevent mind- numbing disorientation when you swap from a Spad to a Shuttle.
Each plane handles much as you'd expect, however.
Fly by night Chuck Yeager's AFT is divided up into lessons which can be tried in any order. They consist of such delights as formabon flying, landing, navigation, night flying or even zipping down a canyon at low level.
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AC wdicflh CHUCK YEAGER’S ADVANCED FLIGHT TRAINER ELECTRONIC ARTS ¦ £24.99 Joystick There are about 10 such scenarios, scientifically designed to teach you varying flight skills.
Emphasis is placed on your (hopefully developing) flying skills throughout the program. This is admirable but it means that all the planes are very sensitive and finicky to fly. They tend to lurch around drunkenly if you’re not incredibly gentle. If you're used to a game like El 9 you will either see this as a realisbc challenge or a huge annoyance.
During the game you are instructed by Chuck. His teachings consist of an audio cassette to play, and a series of laconic comments about "drilling yourself to China" being printed on screen during times of crisis. Other aids, such as targets to aim at in the sky, appear with the intention of teaching you indelible lessons.
Buy the farm There isn’t any combat involved, but if you get lonely in your cold blue heaven you can try formabori flying. This can be done at any level up to the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels, flying FI6s or FI8s respectively. It's not easy and Chuck's comments get more caustic as his patience is tested.
Unfortunatety. Wftfst the controls are sensitive and VefRe. The graphics don't update quctty. Ead- ing to the oft-putrrg mcresscr When a magazine is as successful as Viz, with its circulation topping a million copies every two months, it’s not surprising that it should have its characters licensed for use m a computer game. Viz - The Game features many of the cartoon folk found in the comic's strips, including Bertie Blunt (and his unpleasant parrot), the Pathetic Sharks and those luscious, beautiful Fat Slags.
Bacon YOUR PRESTIGIOUS COMMENTATOR... ROGER MELLIE The player has the choice of playing one of three characters - Biffa Bacon, Johnny Fartpants or Buster Gonad. The game takes place over various sites near and around the thriving metropolis of Fulchester in the guise of a charity fun run.
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Table exploits however, since each of the three characters tries to win the race using whatever methods they can muster.
Beef Along the stages, the racers will come across various obstacles, which are relevant to the current stage. For example on the country stage tree stumps and fences block the way, while in the town, potholes and parked cars must be Despite being nobbut a young 'un, Biffa is THAT hard. His special powers involve him thumping anything that gets in his way, so that he can knock a safe path through to the finish.
Initiating his superpower sends him into a lager frenzy', In other words a blinding fit that smashes anything barring his way.
Biffa collects tokens In two ways. The first is a beer-drinking race, in which he must drink pints as they are hurled along the bar to him.
The second is an exercise in timing, in which Biffa must punch, butt and kick bricks that are thrown at him.
'The boy with the musical bottom' uses his pump-prowess to pop out a fruitful burst to propel himself over obstacles.
Johnny's superpower is a high-powered mega-guff, which carries him forward and over traps at great speed.
In order to use his powers, the prince of parps gathers tokens by either inflating balloons with his gaseous behind, or bursting skyward with a high-power chuff, which is measured on a pole. The higher he manages to get, the more trump-tokens he earns.
Buster spends most of his time in the race running along holding his plums off the ground, but he can use a ball-bounce to avoid obstacles along the route. Occasionally, he can get over the problems caused by his impressive appendages by taking out a wheelbarrow and wheeling his balloons along at top speed.
Buster s tokens are earned by working in a pancake factory, where he uses his titanic testacies to flatten the pancake dough.
Another round has Buster bouncing on his mighty bollocks to get as high as he can.
Avoided. Each player must stick to their own lane as much as possible, otherwise Rodney Rix will make an appearance and hurl a piece of hefty masonry at the straying racers.
In order to qualify for the next stage, your character must cross the finish line first. Lose and you will have to run the stage again.
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11 Tp| I® Garlic-flavoured luncheon meat The initial reaction to the Viz game is one of amusement, since the characters from the comic have been translated to the computer pretty well.
The graphics capture the feel of each character, but unfortunately. Their actions don't really reflect their page-persona very well at all. The game employs some elements of each characters personality but only in a kind of superficial way, so the package as a whole isn't really that funny after five minutes.
The gameplay itself tends to be rather frustrating, especially the sub-games. For example, in one of Buster's token-grabbing exploits, the idea is to rise as high as possible with guff-power. But fall back down from a particularly lofty height and you lose all your score!
The race sections are alright, if a little mundane. All that is required is to run down to the race track dodging the odd obstacle or character. Seeing the Viz characters for the first time on new levels is a laugh for a couple of minutes, but the novelty soon wears off and it won’t be long before you return to the comic itself to get your laughs.
Maff Evans VERDICT ? Well drawn, colourful graphics provide a good rendition of the comic characters.
? The sound is a particularly annoying, twee soundtrack which will soon be turned off.
? The initial humour of the game is soon replaced by boredom.
? The main race section of the game is not anything new.
? A promising licence which unfortunately doesn't live up to its potential.
? Reading the mag is more fun and cheaper!
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HOW TO ORDER BY PHONE Simply call our head office quoting your Access Visa number on Mon-Fri 0480 403222 Sat 0480 403304 By personally calling at our St Neots Shop 6 Priory Mall, St Neots, Cambs Tel: 0480 403304 I member. If any of your shots hit him, he lets out his almighty roar and lets rip with one of his weapons. These range from Missiles and flying discs to rocket- powered capture nets. To avoid taking hits from these, you must shoot them colourful, and the sound effects back the action nicely. The weapon effects are extremely satisfying and the howl of the Predator is suitably
sinister. The strange rippling shadow of the alien hunter is pretty effective too, drawing your attention away from the action from time to time (usually at just the wrong moment). Booting up the Catch that funky dread Despite being based on a fairly derivative theme, Predator 2 is quite an entertaining romp. The graphics are bold and n yet another sequel release to sit alongside the inevitable appearance of follow-ups to Highlander and The Terminator, that ugly |ungle hunter, the Predator, is back!
The year is 1997 and a vicious drug war between rival Jamaican and Colombian gangs is ripping the city of Los Angeles apart, Detective- Lieutenant Mike Harrigan is at the head of a special LAPD task force to try and clean up the streets and put an end to the carnage the gangs are causing.
It’s a slaughter A violent incident has occurred right in the heart of the city. Two motorcycle traffic cops pulled over a suspicious-lookmg van in a routine traffic check, only to become involved in a complex drugs stakeout which subsequently turns into a vicious gun battle.
As if trying to stay alive during a fully-fledged shoot-out, while avoiding killing innocent citizens, wasn't enough, Harrigan has another problem to deal with... An unseen force is killing people on the street. Vicious attacks are being carried out on gang members of both sides as well as the police. No-one sees them, but the weapons used to annihilate the victims are most certainly not Earth weapons. The Predator has hit town!
This alien hunter is drawn by heat and violence, and the most violent time in LA’s history also coincides with the hottest summer in the city’s history. Now Harrigan has two problems. Defeat the drug barons to dismantle their operations and overcome the challenge of the Predator.
In the heat of the night You play the part of Mike Harrigan in Image Works’ conversion of the film. The game itself is a combination of Operation Wolf and Dead Angle. You are shown as a white outline at the front of the screen, armed with the currently active weapon. You must take out the members of the drug gangs while watching out for innocent people, since if you shoot too many bystanders, you are taken off duty by your captain.
As well as the odd pedestrian, annoying gangs of TV news reporters appear, blocking the street and even attempting to interview Harrigan in the middle of a gun battle!
Occasionally, the vague form of the Predator can be seen walking along the walls. Sometimes he will train his sights across the battlefield and take out the odd gang IMAGE WORKS 0000lt99000 ** ?
The end of the street and Harrigan has managed to stir up a whole nest of trouble at the drug lord’s HQ.
That’s the blighter himself, sporting the natty blue duster coat. This isn't really the time for fashion tips though, just let the mother have it!
THE GUN CLUB As the game progresses, new weapons with their own specifications appear: .45 MAGNUM AUTOMATIC A small weapon with infinite ammunition supply, but it's firing rate is the slowest of the available weapons.
RIFLE MK III A standard police-issue weapon with an average power and firing rate.
SHOTGUN MK II SiS*»«*3 r3a5l= f A reasonably powerful weapon with a fairly good rate of fire.
ASSAULT SHOTGUN MK I P ____ ¦ Despite using standard clips, the Mk I is a powerful attack rifle with a high rate of fire.
M-203 GRENADE LAUNCHER ¦S| j] m whole host of pretty average games, but Predator 2 manages to improve on the atmosphere, speed and action of all the other games in the genre, ending up to be a highly enjoyable, violent blast.
The only real problem is the long-term interest. Once you've killed about half-a-million gang members and wasted all the drug barons and aliens you can find, it may lose it’s appeal. The lack of real depth to the game will probably mean that it will soon get relegated to the top shelf and just collect dust.
On the other hand, for the odd 10 minutes of total mindless blasting it’s the perfect thing!
Maff Evans The most powerful weapon available. This is a singleshot launcher. Takes out everything in the vicinity.
Nicely presented shoot-em-up with smooth graphics and powerful sound.
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There may not be too much long-term interest, but Predator 2 is fun while it lasts.
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HILL STREET BLUES KRISALIS ¦ £24.99 Mouse Freaky licence of the year award, certainly goes to Krisalis. The hit American cops-and-robbers series may be over, but the memory kinda lingers. Hill Street Blues was one of those 'gritty' true to life programmes which appealed to the viewing public because the characters were something more than cardboard cut-outs. The problem in converting such a series into a computer game is in retaining that realism and characterisation. So have the programmers managed it?
Roll Call 6:52 am The easiest way of thinking about Hill Street Blues is as Sim City with cops and robbers. The idea of the game is to manage the Hill Street precinct. You take on the role of Captain Frank ¦Frank" Furillo and your job is to allocate your resources so that crime is kept down to an absolute minimum.
The game starts with a polished introductory sequence which familiarises you with the officers at Hill Street. The all too familiar words "Roll Call 6:52 am” then appear on screen and the game proper starts.
Your initial duty is to allocate rookie cops to certain areas of the city. This can be quite important, as if you need back-up in a rough area, you will need to know that he or she isn't going to bottle out. With these people in place the main game screen appears and AJ, the radio operator, introduces herself.
Let’s be careful out there The control of the Hill Street precinct is entirely by means of icons. Each officer can act independently of the rest of the squad, therefore it’s possible to have all your officers out at once tackling completely different crimes.
Once A.J. informs you that a crime is in progress the first job is to find out where it is. This means scanning the map screen by clicking on each block in turn, valuable minutes can be lost if you have to check the whole map. Then with the destination set, you pick an officer, send them to their car and then on to the crime's location.
While the car is en route it’s advisable to call up Furillo’s computer to see if there is a picture of the criminal on file.
When the officer arrives a new set of icons come into play.
Pedestrians can be compared with the description of the criminal. If these match then the person can be apprehended. If they try and escape you can either chase or shoot them. Should the crime have been violent then paramedics can be called, if there is more than one assailant then back-up can be called for.
Guilty as charged Against all odds, Hill Street Blues is a lot of fun. Initially it’s quite bewiF dering. There are 48 different icons to get used to and it can be frustrabng to lose your way while a criminal is doing his best impression of Ben Jonson.
The pace of the game hots up quickly. No sooner have you allocated your last officer to a crime and AJ comes over the radio to report another crime. You have to constantly check the progress of your officers, sending the right person to the right job. Get it wrong and crime will escalate, and eventually the mayor will replace you.
Graphically the game is nothing special. The icons are clear and functional. The graphic stills are adequate and the animation's fine, though slow at times. Sound is uninspiring, consisting mostly of car horns. Andy Hutchinson VERDICT ? Gameplay rapidly builds up to fever pitch even on the beginner's level.
? Very easy to become involved in the exploits of the Hill Street gang.
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6i' ye pot to Fe- ttucini Brothers Walk To Use rubber chicken Pick UP Look at minutes Talk to Turn on breath mints r -+• Giue Turn off pot fish A circus? If you thought pirating was all about swords and sea then think again, the Fettucini Brothers play a vital role in your freebooting development. To action Guy just click on the screen and he'll walk there by the shortest route. To manipulate an object just choose the action and then the item from the inventory.
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Fights are won with words, not with wounds. The combatants fire insults and retorts at each other until one of them is stuck for a witty reply.
Ye otde neon sign points to yonder strange and spooky isle, which is only accessible by ye olde telegraph cable. Remember, kids, this is dangerous: so don't try this at home! Guy is a trained professional stunt sprite - luckily!
G et ready to swash your buckle, because the next port of call is Monkey Island, kingdom of the fearsome pirate Lord LeChuck. Created by Lucasfilm out of popular myth and too many Erroll Flynn B-movie features, it’s what pirating on the Golden Main should have been like, even if it wasn’t.
Monkey Island has a deep, dark secret and the only person who stands a chance of uncovering t is Guybrush Threepwood; namely you. He is the star of an animated adventure set on the high seas a~ongst the rum types and grog or-overs of pirating legend.
He begins the game as an adventurous young lad who longs to be a pirate. Under your control he must master the necessary skills, crew a ship and set sail for Monkey Island. It’s a rollicking tale of derring-do, spiced with crush- ingly funny puns and humour that's completely hatstand.
To the point At the start Guy is just an ordinary bloke, found atop a look-out post professing his wish to learn the secret skills of sea-borne stealing.
Armed only with the ever sharp point of the mouse cursor, you must guide him through this graphic gauntlet, choosing the proper places to visit, the right replies and the correct kit to carry.
He will have to walk, talk and fight if his dream is to be fulfilled, and all controlled through a point and click mouse interface.
To bring Guybrush down from the look-out post and into the town, you simply have to click on the edge of the screen and off he walks: then keep clicking until he reaches the Scumm Bar, his first port of call. Select 'open' from the action menu, slap a click on the door and he's in. It’s that simple!
Once inside he’ll find a a crowd of carousing cut-throats many of whom it's advisable to converse with. Again, click 'talk to' out of the actions list, pick a pirate and he’s off. When the gossip about pirating begins, you're given a list of questions or responses that the young Threepwood might say. One click and it's talking time.
Ask about Loom71" Technobabble aside, frve minutes into Monkey Island and any being who can read English and has even the slightest spark of wit will be press-ganged into the game for good. Many computer games profess to have humour, but Monkey Island uses its cartoon-style presentation to bring out the slapstick.
The speech allows some potent puns and countless graphic jokes literally litter the streets. Preset graphic sequences cut in whenever specific aims are reached and all posses a self-mocking tongue in cheek edge.
Sword fights are not won by the sharpest blade but the sharpest wit, as here the pirates trade insults and not blows.
Throughout the game historical anachronisms and gratuitous plugs for Loom - the game's immediate predecessor - crop up in punning asides, reminiscent of the very best Marx Brothers moments.
Keeping the humour very much in check is a well-honed adventure I beg your pardon, I must talk to you.
My name is Guy brush Threepwood. Ive come to kill you Hi, I'm selling these fine leather jackets, cause the occasional misplaced click when sword fighting.
Lucasfilm have taken major steps to avoid repetition, though, and regularly use ‘Hours later...' messages to avoid having to trek Guy back the way he has just come.
Monkey Island is a bold statement of intent from Lucasfilm, showing where they believe computer gaming should be heading. After scouring their land of the pirates you may well be inclined to agree. It's funny, testing and far deeper than Loom. Monkey Island can completed, but will take far longer. If you've time for anything slower than a shoot-em-up, or you fancy trying your hand at an adventure but sicken at the thought of Ores and Ogres, give it bash. If you've already played Loom, Indy' Jones 3 or Zak. The fact that this is leagues ahead should be all we need to say. Trenton Webb
Multiple-choice conversations are how the lolk of Monkey Island talk. Here Guy is going heads up with the Sword Mistress, but the second choice seems a tad impolite even if it is your avowed intention. Using the other options are useful to the fun factor: and they are really rather neat jackets. Would Sir like fo try one?
F MONKEY ISLAND tale that gets progressively tougher. Lucasfilm are. After all, professionals at this sort of thing, after the Indy Jones adventures.
Zak MacKrakken and Loom First Guybrush has to find out how to become a pirate and then actually fulfil these criteria. This all takes place in the first section which is based on Melee Island - a sort of retirement home for scared pirates. Guy nips around collecting apparently useless items, robbmg not-so-innocent shopkeepers and fighting anyone witti an insult r their brain.
As the tale unfolds it becomes apparent that all is far from well among the freebootmg folk. The biggest, baddest and deadest pirate of them all, LeChuck, now stalks the sea lanes (!) Stopping all honest thievery, as his ghost ship keeps all the scurvy dogs corralled on Melee Isle. The solution to this dismal state of affairs may just lie on Monkey Island, which is where Guy will have to head once he's completed the first third of his quest. The tale is long, witty and well worthwhile waiting for... Monkey puzzles The puzzles that make Monkey Island a game and not a rolling, disk-based cartoon
movie are as vicious as the humour. As one gets you screaming in annoyance so the other comforts and caioles. But it wd still have you tearing your hair.
The buzzles vary from mad ekekng exercises in rooms, to discover what can actually be interfaced with, to choosing the best reply to an rsult or question. In both cases you are often aware of the objective, but unsure of the means. This brings an element of true role play to the scenario.
Unlike many so called RPGs, where the role play ends at character generation, here you have to understand Lucasfilm’s slightly twisted humour and Guybrush's nature to react correctly.
It is not all sweetness and light however on Minkey (Minkey?) Island
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Thanks to clear structure these are kept to a minimum. The scrolling of walk-along scenes is jerky to say the least and the slow menus can A feast of animation, with a wickedly funny streak.
Annoying amount of disk access for non- hard drive users, but it’s worth the wait.
The puzzles frustrate while the laughs reward, in just the right measure.
A total entertainment package, relaxed, funny and fresh.
Lucasfilm's best animated adventure to date, by miles (me hearties!).
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The village now lies empty, cold and abandoned. Not even a bird's song disturbs the bleak silence. It is in fact a ghost town in the truest sense.
The fate of Skara Brae has long since been used as a story to frighten children, but we older ones knew what happened.. Do the Bard Man It was a festival, a time of joy and of merriment, every Bard in the land had arrived to sing their songs and tell of deeds past. Children laughed and played in the streets, men boasted of their exploits, and women chattered and sang. It was the best of bmes ... until the darkness came.
The mad god Tarian. Diseased and twisted, his madness knew no limits. The goodness and light of Skara Brae was a thorn in his side, and it was a thorn he knew how to pluck. Creatures, more vile than words can tell, issued forth from his boiling, festering flesh.
Mindless in their violent intent, they spared no thought for women or children, and killed the innocent as readily as the guilty.
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THE BARD’S TALE III THIEF OF FATE ELECTRONIC ARTS ¦ £24.99 Mouse and keyboard Heroes for hire The game is a graphic adventure role-playing game, and it plays much like famous RPG board- games, like tXngeons and Dragon s. The ssnrfanty to this type of game is made less ocmous by the graphic presentation, and the smooth icon system of play. The heroes can be designed from the start, you only have a irmted number of options.
Once play starts, a window containing a 3D interpretation of the surrounding landscape appears. Moving the con and clicking the mouse button decides whch compass direction you and your party wish to move n. Outside the window, you can select a character and view his statistics, or make deals with other members.
Very quickly you will come across the local inhabitants, who almost without exception will try to kill you as soon as you happen across their path. Actually, this is one of the fundamental flaws in the game, very few of the people outside your team can actually be bargained or reasoned with, most must simply be killed or avoided.
The landscape is initially dull, with only the village and the nearby mine being of any possible geographical threat. This threat is removed by the automapping feature, and the nicely detailed map that is included in the instructions.
In the early stages of the game this may prove to be too helpful as it tends to encourage sightseeing and not adventuring.
Foe dear!
The map area is fairly large, but the features within that landscape is limited. The foes crop up regularly, and it would be a serious problem if they were unavoidable, but you can be selective, and only pick on the weaker monsters.
A well executed example of the genre, Bard’s Tale III lacks tension. Nice graphics, but limited and repetitive gameplay means it is only really for beginners and fans of the series. Frank O'Connor I'ii.ULnJ ? Standard RPG layout, with very little change since the previous two games in the series.
? Neat, if repetitive graphics, but nice tunes throughout.
? Very simple to play, even novices will have little trouble completing this one.
? A mediocre release with little initial or lasting appeal.
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Using the eleventh-hour analogy, it is now half-past 12 and mankind faces total extinction. This harvest is the direct result of man's international intrigues, world wars and realpoli- tik. The deadly seed was sown when one superpower entrusted its defence to a computer: Cybercon
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Vital functions For the attack you are equipped with a load lifting suit that allows you to battle the cyberhordes on equal terms. The exoskeleton Power-Assist (PA) suit not only aids movement, but has a sonic lock-pick, shields, an array of tools, sensors and a self-repair kit. These functions, combined with your combat and puzzle-solving skills, should be powerful enough to pull the Cybercon plug.
Cybercon city is u »ast underground complex of tunnels, trenches and towers. Colour-coded corridors lead off in four different directions and at the end of each lies part of a sonic key. All the locks in the Cybercon complex are major problems, but Cybercon III was a different story. To put it simply, the silicon went spacky.
Somewhere, in its twisted circuitry, a mad intelligence evolved that knew only one enemy: man. From its mountain base Cybercon III struck out and obliterated all human life. Well, almost all.
In a last ditch attack, a band of survivors have breached the mad machine's defences and entered the bunker. You are the trooper selected for the one-way trip into the heart of Cybercon III. Cause a coronary and man will rise again.
Somcally operated. Each note has a different colour symbol (which makes code breaking a visual not aural task) and at the beginning your suit's lock-pick can only bust open the more basic doors, as it only has a few notes' in memory.
As you venture deeper into the machine's maze, more 'notes' can be collected, which allow further exploration. The final rooms can only be breached when the special four part key is built. These four parts are scattered in the most dangerous parts of this computer dungeon so. Without a map, the when the energy level reaches zero you're stuffed.
Searching for the key components truly tests your understanding of the PA suit.
Robot guards have to be avoided or shot, kit must be collected, artifacts have to be scanned and jumps need to be made, while the need for shields is constant.
Each attack you make saps power from your suit so you are always being forced to kill guards just to drain their batteries. When a guardian is near destruction it throws out power cells which you can collect or drain.
The unfolding story tests each aspect of the suit, and your knowledge of it, Cybercon III lays out the initial parameters of the PA suit, but the emphasis is on you to experiment and learn the hidden benefits of using certain combination of systems, with a certain power load, at any given point.
You have to become familiar with the initially daunting array of options and know how to get them up and running fast. Real fast.
Lift off The 3D used to create this cyberdungeon is excellent. The sense of scale adds to both atmosphere and gameplay. You can look out of lifts Continued overleaf » entire complex will have to be scoured, room-by-room.
Batteries not included The PA suit is moved via the joystick, while its functions are engaged through key commands.
The suit has five batter-, sJots.
Which can be usee ether r part, or m full, to fuel your Quest Without power you are )ust a sucker n a full metal jacket and energy conservation is the primary concern The suit can be dnver, with aI its functions shut down or damaged, but THIS IS GROUND CONTROL TO CYBERCON qumu .unis .» BACKPACK NOTE SELECTION: Cycle through both of these with the • ' keys, press 'space' to select. In back-pack mode space picks up or WEAPON: Amount of drops objects. In 'Note' mode it stores note in power available deter- side menu. It is always in back-pack mode mines shot power, unless the sonic key
function is active. INFORMATION PROBE: Flash on approach of a 'probe' point, EtKRGY TRANSFER: Fuhee on approach of n power source.
SONIC LOCK PICK: Flrefies if you approach an object that can be interrogated. F 9 scans, return sends three ¦note’ sequence.
SECONDARY MENU:This is controlled via the numeric keypad. One and seven cycle vertically through the four tools on offer. Nine and three cycle GYROCOMPASS: Shows elevation of helmet.
Between the three secondary menus available. The second and third menus are concerned with remote- camera selection and guidance respectively.
HUO Controls Jnotion detectors and gyrocompasses.
MAIN POWER BANKS: The PA system has five different battery packs that can be used one at a time, or in unison for an extra boost. The first . Bank is always active, but the other four can be turned on or off with the F-keys. To utilise the other banks just find a battery and slap it in the back pack.
PRIMARY MENU: This is controlled by the cur- - sor keys. Move along with the left right keys, . H J toggle on off with the 'up' key. Each has a red | m I bar which indicates status and two lights.
The light above the status bar shows if the W JILU LI item is on or off. The lower light indicates SHIELDS: Limits whether the auto-repair has been engaged for the suit damage, this function.
SUIT: Allows better jumping I I* and running . ILRuctivated inertia makes Cunwieldy. I GYROCOMPASS: Shows rotation of the suit. Wbrjtt Activates anv
- w selecteBn secondary r| AUTO REPAIR: Repairs functions as
indicated by lower lights.
PA potential and the ability to roam the base puts a hook in. The pace and threat strike hard, digging it in further and harder than ever.
There's tension in them there polygons. Trenton Webb and windows to check out what is inside. The jump facility allows level swapping as the suit not only allows you to leap up with the power assist, but also cushions some pretty hefty falls. This true 3D movement is not only possible, but also necessary, if you are to beat Cybercon III.
The initial problem with Cybercon, though, is the control system. It works well, but to begin with both your way and temper will be lost. You can’t just rush straight into the complex and triumph, and unfortunately this limits the game's instant appeal.
The PA suit, though, needs to be complex, as the puzzles and challenges demand a high-level of interactivity. Once you have total control of the suit, then you have the toughness of the game itself to contend with. Namely the limited amount of energy available and the vast number of guardians.
Cybercon IIIs lair is huge. The gameplay is polished and the world itself would be worth exploring even without the frills. Once the suit is mastered Cybercon becomes a cracking 30 extravaganza that takes polygon adventures to new levels. The PA suit gives real freedom of mtxe- ment and action, which means the dangers can be truly spectaaiar The increasing hostity of the Cybercon horde, mprwements n VERDICT The map is huge, both in the number of locations and sheer scale.
PA Suit is difficult to control at the beginning but adds to the gameplay once you've managed to master it.
Mixes arcade-style action with a deep 3D adventure.
Incredible 30 which is flexible, fast and smooth moving.
A stunning game that starts out hard and gets tougher.
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Metal Mutant is the ultimate future battle machine, sent to the planet Kronox to search out and destroy the tyrant Arod 7. A miracle of future bio-technological science, Mutant can transform at any stage into three different robotic forms.
Mutant has a huge range of different combat moves as he fights his way across Kronox. He fights not just tooth and claw but tooth, claw, missiles, rope, shield, whip, torpedo, battle computer and remote flying droid.
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But the battle fleets of old brought a chess-like element to warfare with hundreds of ever- changing variables to consider.
Ifs this complexity that Action Stations tries to simulate. As you can imagine, you don't usually just sail up to the enemy and fire your guns. You must weigh up your relative fire-power, manoeuvre, integrate all your weapons systems and out think all of your opponents.
All this plus up to 20 different ships under your powerful command. It's the ultimate in management simulations.
Half Drake and half Nelson The game runs in three minute turns rather than realtime, which is a pity. You therefore have ample time to work out your tactics, but there's an awful lot to decide.
Act on Stations is astonishingly detailed and very complex, and if you’re not natural admiral material you'll need to ingest the large manual which, for a naval game, is remarkably dry.
A variety of scenarios, ranging from Pacific carrier battles to the hunting of the Bismarck r the Atlantic is included. You can ptay a human or the computer, and can set up random or historic positions and conditions. Then ifs up to you to rewrite history. (Using your skill and judgement place an X where you think the enemy fleet is).
You don't get any views of the action - the only grapt*cs are the battle plots. This is the most useful function you have, and ifs there that the balletic twists and tuns of the 50,000-ton battleshos are shown. Everything is mem driven, and every aspect of you sh©s can be called up and altered, indeed it isn't possible to let al you sarfors get on with the job; you must constantly supervise, assign targets and give orders. During combat, damage reports flood in (often literally) and you must take action to stop fires, encroaching water and panicking midshipmen.
Contemplate your naval The computer has eight skill levels and many of the battles are distinctly one-sided so ifs possible to indulge your appetite for winning to excess. The accuracy and detail of both the vessels and the encounters will impress many a war buff, but it would have been nice to choose the ships to pit against each other.
The big fault is that the game runs too slowly. It does seem to calculate everything from the ocean currents prevailing to the hair-loss suffered by each Captain but does it need to be so slow?
That aside, ifs a very specialised game, it's a whole evening tied up and, if you like the thrill of the hunt, ifs fascinating.
James Leach VERDICT ? At first, Action Stations is pretty impenetrable.
? But the level of authenticity is impressive.
? The game spends too long pondering.
? A bit technical - most of the excitement is left to the imagination.
METAL MASTERS INFOGRAMES ¦ £24.99 Joystick The beat-em-up has grown up. In fact it has grown into a couple of 100-feet high robots who don’t mind beating the silicon out of each other. In the sport of the future it's not people who get hurt, instead ifs robots who take the pounding.
In a cityscape arena the metal lie monsters blast, pummel and generally try to reduce their opponents to a heap of iron filings. This sport is impressive to watch, harmless to humans, and keeps the scrap-metal merchants happy.
The body shop Before any of this takes place though, the robots need to be built.
For your first fights you have the default, and weakling robot. But win a battle and you get cash for your trouble. Cash can be spent on uprating your body parts for a leaner, meaner machine.
Three basic building blocks are used to build the oversized metal men. Legs are needed to manoeuvre, arms with which to do the business, and a body unit to control and to hold the lot together.
Many types of each are available, costing more the tougher or more deadly they are.
Parts can be sold too, though they depreciate in value the more worn they are. The more battles won, the better the robot you will be able to afford. This doesn’t make things any easier though.
Let the battle commence You will be fighting tougher adversaries the more experienced, and the more powerful, your robot is.
There are two modes of combat.
From afar you can fire missiles by holding down the button and pushing in the appropriate direction; up to shoot from your head, left from your left arm and so on.
In close combat hits are scored with punching movements, allowing you to aim for different parts of the body depending on the direction the joystick is pushed in.
This is fine for straightforward body blows, but things can get a bit messy when trying for those diagonal punches.
The computer-controlled robots are dead hard. They manage to avoid what you throw at them quite well, but always seem to manage to land blows on your mechanoid.
It's a fair old struggle to win even your first fight.
Two’s company Metal Masters can be played on your lonesome, or against a buddy.
The two-player game certainly offers the most fun; there’s far more satisfaction to be gained by beating your chum three bmes in a row than in humiliating (or being humiliated by) the computer Underneath all the pretty graphics (and they are qurte pretty), Metal Masters is a favty straightforward beat-envup. In fact it is quite limited m the nunber of fighting moves when compared with other, more convenporrai.
Games of the genre There's no backward somersaJts here to get m a tactical position, nstead it’s merely a case of walking up to your opponent and bish bash bosh.
Added to that, the computer is a very tough opponent, seemingly unbeatable at first. And for these reasons it's frustrating to play and rapidly becomes boring. There’s limited enioyment to be had from playing one of your mates, but as far as long-term interest is concerned, forget it. Adam Waring ? Nicely animated graphics - the title sequence is particularly impressive.
? The simultaneous two- player mode is fun with a friend.
? The better you get the tougher the opposition, not that they're weaklings in the first place.
? Not an awful lot to it - even less to offer than the already tired beat- em-up formula.
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Only you can decide.
The game relies almost entirely on text. The graphics as and when they appear tart things up a bit, but give no clues which aren’t included in the text.
Dick and Fanny A distinct sense of humour pervades the game, although this is mostly due to the very nature of the Famous Five books. It's all tongue in cheek, and pathetic though it sounds, it’s hard to avoid chuckling when Dick and Fanny have a conversation.
The manual claims the game has "a very sophisticated parser".
This is a somewhat dubious claim.
The text often suggests actions which you cannot perform and a painful and confusing system is used to move the Five around. You cannot, for example, simply leave the house. You have to first go to the door and open it. It may be logical. But it's not very friendly. Even eating sandwiches is a chore - remember to remove the paper.
Still, that bit of paper might come in handy later... It's a reasonable adventure.
There are lots of things for the Five to do, and getting those suspicious looking gentlemen in the clink will take some doing. A little easy for the hardened adventurer, but absolutely smashing fun for Famous Five fans. Frank O’Connor gfliMhi ? Nice, but largely irrelevant graphics. They loosely describe the scene, but give no clues to the action.
? A tad too easy, especially if you have read the book.
? Large, and on the whole a well thought out scenario.
? Distinctive style, and bags of laughs.
Gosh! There's something jolly suspicious going on at Kirrin Island. There are some nasty foreigrvlooking men hanging around the village and Julian thinks that something rather peculiar is about to happen.
George is being her usual strange self. Anne is whimpering like proper girls do in times of danger and Dick has eaten absolutely heaps of fresh tomatoes and tinned peaches. Timmy barks and plays, because he knows they are about to have another absolutely smashing adventure.
Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin have invited the Famous Five down to Kirrin Cottage for the hols. The Famous Five arrive just in time because it’s a glorious summer day and just perfect for a swim.
First, though they all have to get to the house for tea, but everyone is just dying to explore the mysterious Kirrin Island.
THE FAMOUS FIVE FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND ENIGMA VARIATIONS ¦ £24.99 Keyboard The Famous Five is a text adventure, relying on graphics purely as a decorative measure. It follows the plot of the Enid Blyton book, Five on a Treasure Island and so those of you lucky enough to have read that 'classic' piece of literature will have a jolly big advantage to begin with.
The Famous Five can all be controlled independently, but generally follow each other around.
Like the books, most things can only be accomplished as a team (with the exception of Anne because she's such a silly crybaby) and each member has their own abilities and attributes.
Cry-babies and transvestites!
Julian for example is strong and brave. Dick isn't quite so strong, but he can eat like an absolute pig George dresses in mens clothes, but she is an absolutely brilliant swimmer. Anne cries a lot and wets herself in times of moderate to extreme danger. Timmy the dog is a scruffy sort of pooch, but he absolutely adores the Famous Five.
Apparently he likes chasing rabbits, but he never catches them!
What fun it is to be the Famous Five. After settling in at the cottage, they head off for a swim and what do they find? A boat) Wouldn't it be absolutely super if they could row to Kirrin Island’ After all it is a simply glorious day Ginger beer might be refreshing, but nothing beats a nice dip in the sea!
The plot, as it unfolds, reveals a sunken wreck, a treasure map These days, ifs almost a must to have your sport simulation endorsed by a popular personality. Gazza has had his name on football games, while Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo golf games are also available. The latest sports personality to have his name featured on a computer simulation isn’t quite as well known as the aforementioned stars, but his achievements, though, are in fact near-legendary.
Like a rubber ball Jahangir Khan is the world’s highest-ranking squash player, he has won all the maior squash titles as well as remained undefeated for over 500 international matches that he’s played in the last six years. Quite a feat, which is unrivalled in any other sport.
Now you can take on the role of the number one player in Krisalis’ simulation. You can either JAHANGIR KHAN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SQUASH play in a knockout championship between 32 players for the World Cup, or work your way up the club league ladder, improving your skills as you go.
Options for various rule implementations are available, including changing the serving rules, setting the total number of games and opting for the use of different grades of ball. You can practise a match at any time, or just watch the computer players battle it out to try and work out their various tactics before you go up against them.
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The game is played on an isometric 3D court, starting with the players having to choose 'rough or smooth' to elect a server. At the end of the game, the winner gets to improve his speed, fitness or touch skills, ready for the next, and arguably more difficult, opponent.
KRISALIS ¦ £24.99 Joystick There aren’t many squash simulations found on home computers, in fact the last noticeable effort was in fact Jonah Barrington's Squash which was many, many years ago. This is probably due to the complications in caicUating the physics for a ball as wel as two players bouncing around a court n three dimensions.
Krisalis have managed to come up with a fair rterpretabon of the sport, combining well drawn, colourful graphics which move around the screen smoothly with well-sampled, realistic squash court sounds to create the atmosphere of a real match.
Occasionally, the perspective is a little off putting, making you run the wrong way at the crucial moment and the timing of the shots is pretty tight, which means you will have to get a lot of practice in before you can make it through to the top of the league or into the later stages of the cup.
As a two-player game, Jahangir Khan is quite a laugh, since both players have their quirks your opponent is a a perfectly-positioned computer drone who seems to be able to reach even the trickiest of shots!
If you're a fan of the sport, this may be just the thing to work out your energy if you can’t make it to the sport centre. If you’re new to the game of squash, then try this little simulation anyway - it could start a new interest. Matt Evans ? Well drawn colourful sprites and backgrounds portray the action nicely.
? Superb sound effects bring home the atmosphere of the court.
? Occasionally odd perspective takes a little getting used to.
? A good implementation of the sport which unfortunately won't be to everyone's taste.
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Tel: +44 525 718181 Fax: +44 525 713716 Exile is odd to control. Rather than relying on joystick or mouse, the designers have made keys the optimum control method for this arcade adventure.
The Exile is trapped. The rest of his crew, have been entombed inside the planet that the ship is now orbiting. With only a jet-pack you have to organise his rescue.
Pack man The first problem is one of self-control. Gravity ain’t what it is on Earth. So every jet on the pack must be employed to keep from plummeting downwards. This, highlights the games reliance on key commands. Every option available for key users is on offer to joystick users, but still the joystick seems lacking. It doesn't enjoy the subtle touch of proper key controls lie an arrangement that allows both hands to be used). The joystick combinations requires the fire button to be held down while you move the character, which proves awkward. Once mastered the keyboard proves to be
an incredibly flexible user interface.
Exile develops a vast range of puzzles and tests. For example any object can be picked up. Put n the pocket, dropped and thrown. On top of this comes the aMity to change trajectory of any thrown object; which allows pnpont targeting instead of hurl and hope.
In Exile, unlike most games, the guy doesn't actually die When his energy levels reach zero, his suit teleports him back to the base ship. Four teleport points are available on demand. After logging them, a key press whisks hm to the chosen location. This grves hm the ability to run into trouble and teleport out, and is burt nto the game as the solution to some of the more dangerous problems.
The Exile system is packed with features that allow the world's logic to be abused to your advantage. The scroll, for instance, lags behind the hero, but you are offered the chance to lock it so it scrolls swiftly with him. When the going gets hectic this lessens confusion but when unlocked the screen scroll can be used to peek at areas you haven't yet reached.
The most convincing element to be found in Exile is the logic on which the entire world and its composite elements are built. To scare away animals, for instance, you will need portable fire, so both flames and torches have to be found and then manipulated.
To extinguish fires you'll need water; but that requires finding and filling a container. As water is a liquid and you're using a jet-pack, careless flyers can easily spill the water from the open flasks.
A to Z Exile is no classic, despite its glorious control system. While it is totally flexible, the rest of the package doesn't deliver in excitement, fascination, tension and design.
The graphics detract from the game’s sophistication, rather than providing the canvas on which this game is painted. The game doesn't develop quickly enough to grab players by their interest and drag them in. The first layer of traps are deadly enough to frustrate, but vary little from the fetch object A to use on object B thus freeing object C variety. It is also too easy to find yourself stranded after a single slip up. RAM-save and disk-save facilities are provided to help alleviate this problem but this cures the symptom and not the ailment.
Exile is a great game system, employed to drive a standard game. The logic behind the whole affair is sweet and while the control method is complex it allows such free movement it’s worth learning.
The lack of dynamism makes this a game for the connoisseur, who fancies something different.
Exile is different, brilliant in parts, poor in others it defies categorisation. If this system could be married to a more rivetting concept we would be talking maior title, without this pulling power it’s relegated to the role of delightful curiosity. Trenton Webb VERDICT ? Outrageously complex, but thorough control system.Poor graphics impair the initial impact.
? Lacks pace and a decent hook, to make learning the controls worthwhile.
? Logical, lateral and literal thinking puzzles to solve.
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£29.99 Mouse istorically, Europeans have often longed for a
place in the sun. The Portuguese, Spanish, French and British
were first off the mark as soon as it became apparent that (a)
the world was in fact round, (b) there was a large unknown blue
bit missing on all contemporary maps known as the Pacific, (c)
the lands contained masses of 'free' commodities - gold, silver
etc, - and thousands of volunteer workers, le slaves.
H This is history, but Impressions are giving us a chance to relive those days and to right the wrongs of those free-market imperialists.
In Merchant Colony you get the chance to build your own economic country, ruled in name by the king but in reality by the profit motive.
GOOD COMPANY?
Firstly you must send ships across the sea packed full of colonists who will build a base and then develop it into a growing, thriving, self-sufficient town. Once these foundations have been laid, they will start to produce surplus goods which can be shipped off and sold at an enormous profit. Or that's the plan: but as ever with the free market, things are rarely so easy.
Everything from storms to privateers stands in your path.
Ships for sail?
The drive for empire is led from two main perspectives: a map and an office. The maps range from global, for general route-olawig.
Down to detailed colony-ieve from which towns are managed The office is where your East India Company equivalent can be monitored for profitability, ships bought, colonists hired and so forth.
Vital to the running of your Merchant Colony are people.
Finding folks who want to get away from it all is easy, but getting the right mix is vital if the colony is to thrive. The eight vital skill types - soldiers, settlers, workers, explorers, teachers, engineers and storemen - all have obvious roles, but are required at different stages. The management side forces continual monitoring of, and addition to. These teams. New needs must be anticipated, because ships of this day take an absolute age to reach anywhere.
The introduction of land and sea battles with pirates allows an aggressive style of play to evolve.
Caution has to be built into any gameplan to avoid the ship being scuppered by a stroke of fate: icebergs or locust plagues.
Cursor or curser?
Merchant Colony looks good, for what essentially is a strategic management simulation. Figures only intrude where they have to, namely the accounts. The movement of goods, people and ships is icon driven.
Here Merchant Colony starts to show its flaws. When the mouse cursor is moved at speed, it jerks on update and begins to make accuracy difficult. The detailed, colony-level map window can be moved by pushing the cursor at the edge of the screen, but a jerky mouse makes accurate movement difficult, even over small distances.
Yes, Merchant Colony is a challenge. It would be unrealistic to expect it to be exciting, but strategy games should have tension - will the grand plan work’ Will the enemies attack before you have a chance to finish building up the towns garrison? - and Merchant Colony lacks this element. It is hard to build and maintain colonies that are scattered over the globe, but the level of commitment needed to sustain long-term gaming is hindered by this lack of tension.
This puts the emphasis on the subject matter to sustain interest, which means if you're a history buff you'll probably love it, but otherwise everything starts to flag once you've mastered the principles involved. Trenton Webb WlU'lliM ? Good use of pretty graphics to support a strategy' game.
? Mouse cursor moves jerkily and hinders detailed control.
? Slow switching between screens is irritating as there are few short cuts.
? A novel topic for a colonisation game: educational and not set in space!
? Lacks a tense bite and so sustained interest can quickly fade.
L ?5KI5yjr 2| Mindscape ¦ £34.99 Mouse and keyboard tougher. Das Boot is a 3D polygon war-torn world that's interspersed with 2D options and control screens. The action can be speeded up by lowering the 3D detail levels, depending on how much accuracy you take with your acton.
- boat simulations have a strange fascination. Unlike flight sims
there is little seat-of-the-pants action because the player is
captain, torpedo loader and deck gunner.
The ship slowly churns through the sea, so J there are few speed j thrills. However the claustrophobic undersea battle beckons.
Das Boot offers three different craft and five different campaigns. Each is historically accurate, but can be manipulated to make a beginner's life easier or a veteran's life control screens allow you to leap from bow to stern in seconds. The business end of the sub - deck guns, anti-aircraft cannon and torpedo aiming are conducted in a 3D environment with you doing the pointing and shooting; while the management of the vessel: navigation, depth control and radio operations are conducted through neatly animated 'flaf screens.
This equal split, forces a visit to the practice ranges before play, just to familiarise new submariners with their ship. As there is no single central command panel, knowing where to find specific controls, quickly, is vital. As captain, it's all to probable that you will have to flick between control and action screens in the heat of battle.
After setting sail, radio reports filter through from other wolf-pack members and spotter planes.
These need decoding - and the code broken if it is from allied shipping - and the correct course set to intercept. All the whke periscopes and binoculars must scan the horizon looking for victims, as the primitive detection systems means visual contact is the only sure method On yer’ marks Once in combat Das Boot shows itself to be a game of skil and ludgement. Torpedoes require U Deck head The 12 vital areas of the submarine have been isolated, and their functions streamlined, so that a single deck-hand can sail and shoot simultaneously. Accessed by a key-press or mouse click these
'marks’ to time detonation, while the right choice of torp’ (acoustic, magnetic or loop) may make up for targeting errors. They must be fired with a considerable lead - this is where the practice comes in handy - calculating where the ship will be when the torpedo reaches detonation distance.
Das Boot, though, is no turkey shoot. Allied vessels can hit back and merchant ships have escorts who try to force U-boats away using deck guns to stop a surface attack and depth charges against the submerged subs. Stay topside too long and the airforce will join you for a one-sided shoot out.
There are even battles with other subs which can be conducted from an 'outside view' in a slow, almost balletic, dog(fish) fight.
Das Boot has both realism and fast fighting. The control screens are well drawn and animated. The vector 3D battles, while far from stunning add realism to the battles.
There is an annoying lag between screens - time is frozen so it's no disadvantage - that breaks the atmosphere that the rest of the game works so hard to establish.
Das Boot's cat-and-mouse style will drag for those who seek instant thrills. Here you have to track down trouble, then attack before it gets out of hand. The hunt essentially focuses on navigation, whilst scanning the radio waves and the skyline. Planning pays off and work put into tracking a ship pays far greater dividends than blasting the first ship you sail across. Then, the long hours of tracking pay off in a few brief seconds of destructive fury! Trenton Webb ? Strong mix of 3D and flat screens.
? Gameplay relies more on stealth than strength, so there is little initial action.
? A touch pricey at £35?
? Variables add longevity to the low number of missions.
? Lag between screens disrupts the otherwise excellent realism.
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Cinemaware have created Rocket Ranger in the very best B-movie tradition, and it is quite possibly the best game they ever wrote.
SPOUTING OUT!
Budgets, of the economic kind, are a pain at the best of times.
This tii®* around they've managed to totally mess up all the software prices. Life had finally quietened down, the software houses had settled on £25 for full-price software and budgets for a tenner or less. The increase of 2.5 per cent on VAT, though, has managed to throw everything into chaos.
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The underlying worry is that this may mark a general increase in software prices, quietly being introduced over the next few months. This fear can only be reinforced when hearing Richard Steele, head of software distributors Centresoft, commenting in Computer Trade Weekly, “I think firms will revise their pricing and product prices will move up to, say, £10.99 or whatever. I don't think these unfamiliar prices will last long" There was an argument, which had finally died down, about game prices. People were happy to pay £25. But VAT hiking the price to £25.50 cannot justify slapping another
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You control an all American hero. Rocket Ranger, who flies around on a jet-pack bashing the Nazi menace. It set new standards for graphics and sound in Amiga games, that have rarely been bettered. Using an animated movie-style, the game puts you in control of the super fly guy in a number of arcade-style sub-games.
These may not be that complex, but they are tough enough to keep most folks bashing for hours. With such brilliant sound and vision, the only downer is the disk swapping and long loading time; but at this price who cares?
Mirror Image E7.99 Now, the game that launched a thousand sprites, namely Speedball, can be put to the test, as it gets a budget outing. Speedball was a mould-breaking future-sport sim where the Cyberpunk image was played to the hilt, using outrageous ‘reflective steel' backdrop graphics and digitised sound.
Two teams go headtobead m a handball ice hockey hybrid, where the loser goes home in an ambulance. For the first time a sport sim on the 16- bit machines looked like it belonged there, play was fast and the skill-development potential immense.
Since then, sport games have changed radically, there has been the Kick Off phenomenon and even Speedball II. These younger titles steal their thunder from Speedball, which is starting to show its age but remains a great competitive game.
Infogrames £24.99 In a month where Format has been examining 3D in its many guises, Alpha Waves still stands out as a truly weird 3D game. You control a polygon top which is viewed from behind.
Hanging in 3D space are coloured trampolines, which form a trail to an exit. You have to bounce the top out of the exit. With a 'fire' thrust control the entire world is rolled around by using the joystick, which behaves like a drunken camera, pivoting and then righting itself.
The only constant from which your relative position can be judged is a light sourced shadow. Very odd, very good to watch, it follows very much in the footsteps of E-Motion and Vaxxne.
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It’s fast and has a tendency to be very violent, so it should translate well to a computer format.
International Ice Hockey however is not the definitive translation.
It captures the speed of ice hockey but none of the control. The players are hard to control regardless of the options selected (turn speed is variable, when playing formations and there are a variety of choices as to which player you control) and this is vital if a speed sport sim is to work. To compound this the graphics are limited to say the least with the perspective stretched to an unseemly angle. Still, there’s a league facility and it is possible to get thrown in the sin bin!
QUADREL Loriciels £19.99 More oddness but this time from Loriciels. Quadrel is a puzzle game that is played over a grid system. Using four colours you must fill an entire grid so that no one colour is placed adjacent to itself. It is dead easy when it is in solitaire mode, you can play with friends or against the computer - when it gets much more complex.
Simplicity is often a boon in puzzle challenges but this one is rather too simple and lacks the solid depth of strategy. An amusing diversion nonetheless, for a while at least.
Another old soldier making a come back is Tetris, only this time there has been a complete reworking of the game. If you’ve been living in a bunker for 20 years and don’t know, Tetris is a shape game where falling four block segments have to arranged to form complete lines. These disappear and you earn points. Simple addictive stuff, it looks boring to watch but is monumentally addictive. Sweet as this version is, it may have missed the boat - by about three years.
In the history of games Shadow of the Beast (AF4 78%) will go down as the title that sold a legendarily number Amigas. The graphics were exquisite but the gameplay was outrageously tough, but now Psygnosis give you the chance to relive this classic along with the space-adventure epic, Infestation (AF10 89%) and the Super Sprrnt-style overhead-racer Nitro (AF19 84%).
All are constructed with all the flair Psygnosis have to offer. There may only be three games on offer in the pack, but Beast I and Infestation are almost unfimshabfy b-:g. Nitro is a pleasant diversion too.
WINNING TEAM Domark £29.99 Since Domark signed up the rights to al Tengen’s coin-ops they've brought some bravely different games to our screens. Aftnrwig team brings this batch together with Wax (AF13 88 %). APB (AF5 81%). Escape from the Planet ot the Robot Monsters (AF11 82%), Cyberball (AF11 71%) and Vindicators (ATI 81%). The games range from blasting with Vindicators, silly shooting with Escape and puzzle brilliance in Wax.
If refreshingly different corvops 3'e your Dag then check it out. None of the games alone have massive lasting rterest potential (except Wax) but for short bursts of intense play, they really come into the» own.
Warhead II So much for the peace dividend.
Last month five games directly inspired by real world-war technology made the charts; this time around it's 10! F-I 9, BOTTOMS UP It’s all very well knowing what’s gong on at the top but what about the more modest positions’ Well nere's what’s happening at the bottom of the All Price Top 200: 191 Hot Rod Activision £24.99 192 Falcon Mission Disk 2 Mirrorsoft £19.99 193 Saga Mastar Mix US Gold £24.99 19* Wrath of tha Demon Readysoft £29.99 19S Power Drome Electronic Arts £24.99 19* Magnum 4 Ocean £29.99 19? Kid Gloves Millennium £19.99 193 Manlx Millennium £24.99 199 Una of Fire US Gold £24.99
200 Locomotion Byteback £6.99 ... isn't ancient history fun!
A-JO, 'Nam, UMS II, Das Boot, MiG 29, Blue Max, Ml Tank, Advanced Destroyer and Wings all recreate some of mans less pleasant moments in history, and we're buying them in droves.
What will Mrs Whitehouse say?
Pure Gold Well we're rather chuffed. A Format BELOW It's hard to cram a quart into a pint pot, it is also extremely difficult to force about a billion different games a month into every Screenplay. Here are our multiple choice excuses as to the reason why certain games are not reviewed [delete as applicable!: Final Whistle Anco -
(a) The review copy got knacked. |b) Sagittarius is rising in
Saturn, (c) It’s a game of two halves.
Fanxa Kick Boxing US Gold -
(a) We only saw a French version, (b) Gary is a Devil,
(c) Oddball hit me!
In the Top 30. As satisfying as it may be to be a good tipster, it is far more heartening to see quality games getting the recognition they deserve. Congrats software buying peeps, you're obviously highly astute beings.
Licence to vanish?
Birds migrate north for the summer, squirrels hibernate for the winter, but where do the big licences go in the summer? This month there are only three hue licences - coin-ops or movies - showing out in the charts Turtles.
Super Monaco and Viz Interestingly however there are a number of original game seques doing well, as pseudo licences: Speeded 2.
SWIV (sequel to Silkworm’). Fnal Whistle and K.-c* 0ff 2.
Turncan 2. Bard's Tate III, UMS II. Chaos Strikes Back arc P'o Tennis Tour 2. Is the licence Sead or is it just on holiday?
THE AMIGA FULL PRICE CHART 1 (1) Lemmings Psygnosis £24 99 FG92% 2 (4) Speedbxll 2 Image Works £24.99 FG94% 3 12) SWIV Storm £24.99 FG92% 4 (5) Final Whistle Anco £12.99 S see below 5 (I PGA Tour Golf Electronic Arts £25.99 FG90% 6 (-) VI* Virgin £24.99 61% 7 I) Power Up Ocean £29.99 Compilation a (12) Kick Off 2 Anco £24.99 FG94%
o 19) Panza Kick Boxing US Gold £24.99 See Below 10 (3) Turrican
2 Rainbow Arts £24.99 80% 11 (6) F-19 Stealth Fighter Micro
Prose £29.99 FG91% 12 (7) A-10 Tank Killer Sierra On Line £34
99 7S% 13 (10) Fists of Fury II Virgin £29.99 Compilation 14
|13) Powermonger Electronic Arts £29.99 FG94% 15 (-) Bard's
Tale III Electronic Arts £25.99 69% 16 (-) 'Nam Domark £29.99
88% 17 (-) US Gold £24.99 83% 18 (8) UMS II Rainbird £29.99 77%
19 (-) Das Boot Mindscape £29.99 79% 20 (17) MIG 29 Fulcrum
Domark £34.99 FG90% 21 (-) Blue Max Mindscape £29.99 65% 22
(14) Hollywood Collection Ocean £24,99 Compilation 23 (15) Ml
Tank Platoon Micro Prose £24.99 71% 24 (-) Monster Pack Vol 1
Psygnosis £20.99 Compilation 25 (-) Advanced Destroyer
Simulator US Gold £24.99 68% 26 (25) Chaos Strikes Back Image
Works £29.99 89% 27 |28| Lotus Turbo Challenge Gremlin Graphics
£24.99 89% 28 (16) Pro Tennis Tour 2 UBI Soft £24.99 82% 29 (-)
Wings Image Works £29.99 79% 30 (20) Teenage Mutant Hero
Turtles Image Works £24.99 35% Chart compiled by Gallup Ltd ©
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DISNEY'S DUCK TALES THE QUEST FOR GOLD TITUS ¦ £24.99 Joystick Step forward Titus to the rescue, with the first in a series of games based on Disney characters aimed directly at the younger games player.
All Quacked Up The Quest for Gold is an episode based on the highly successful Duck Tales cartoon series. The player is in control of the McDuck clan in a worldwide competition to try and collect as much wealth as possible in 30 days. There are various ways of doing this: Uncle Scrooge can dive into the money bin to try and find a rare coin, invest some dosh in the stock-market or travel to far-off lands to try and search out lost treasure.
The major proportion of the game is taken up by this international treasure hunt. Various locations around the globe have their own special prize, which is hidden in one of three types of terrain: the jungle, the mountains or the caves. As well as finding treasure, the McDucks can go on a safari photography expedition to boost cash.
Once an amount of cash has been amassed if s off to the island of Macaroon, where the famous giant scales are used to judge the leader in the money race. The competitor with the most money on the scales at the end of the game is the winner and is duly named as Dime Magazine’s Duck of the Year.
Duck and Dime Duck Tales isn’t the most challenging Amiga game around, but then again it’s not really supposed to be. The game is aimed at the younger player and contains all the ingredients to keep children happy for hours. The graphics are really bright and colourful, capturing the feel of the original cartoons to a tee. The sampled speech and sound effects add to the whimsical atmosphere even more, giving the whole package the entertainment of a Disney cartoon.
Some of the sections will seem rather taxing to younger children, but with a little time and practice, even the least proficient gamers will start to make progress. The educational value of the package isn't as high as other children's games, but as a piece of wholesome entertainment for the junior members of the family it’s just the thing Maff Evans Jungle Trekking Photography Shoot VT; ? Cheerful graphics and jolly sound capture the cartoon feel well.
? Loads of variety will keep even the most fidgety of young minds occupied for hours.
? Not immensely challenging for experienced players, but pitched just right for the little uns to get stuck into.
? A fun game which will appeal to young children in a big way.
Scrooge’s nephews: Hughie, Dewey and Louie must make their way across jungle rivers and branches to reach the gold. Along the way there are snakes, panthers and mischievous monkeys who will send the poor little ducks into the water if roused. Fortunately the friendly hippos can help them across the swampy terrain at difficult times.
A far-flung continental safari trip, to take pictures of rare animals, could be just the thing for puMmg in a bit of extra cash. Webby must earn her photography merit badge and make the most of her htmWd supply of film to get the best possible pictures- Rare animats have to be caught quickly, otherwise they may not appear again!
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Ah! The joys of spring! The winter weather has departed, the suns shining and all you Philistines are indoors playing computer games! The only way to get you out into the sunshine is for IMAFF EVANS to help you finish the games so that you've got no reason to play them any more, then you'll have nothing to do except enjoy the weather. Come on it's good for you!
WINNERS BOX This Is the bit all would-be tipsters read first, I know. So without further ado, let s get on with the prize giving.
Matthew Brown is a winner, tor his tips and maps tor Prince ol Persia. James Bowman, wins a voucher tor his guide to Speedball 2 - a lot ot frustrated future sportsters will be relieved! And the third ... well it the person who forgot to tell us who he was with the Total Recall tips can get in touch, he may tind something to his advantage!
If you think that you can provide some wonderfully drawn Deluxe Paint maps, a superbly written players guide or even some tips to someone in Helping Hand, then get them sent In to GAMEBUSTERS, Amiga Format,30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
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BACK TO THE FUTURE III Follow these instructions and you will beat tbe Total Recal first level!
First, go right, collect the gun, then run to the right and junp over the first lift. Keep running to the next lift, go up three times and walk onto the lift that is waiting when you arrive. Go up. Then left and collect the gun. Now go right to the next lift and go down once Go onto the next lift, and go up as far as you can Waft right, off the lift and run right to the next lift, picking up the object on the way Go up on the lift, run right and go down on the first lift. Keep ruwig nght. Jump over the first lift and go down three times on the next one you come to.
Run left, go down on the lift and run left again to cotect the object. Run right to the first lift and go up, then get to the next trft and go up twice.
Run right and go up on the lift once, then run and ump ngrt Collect the heart, run right, drop down through the hole and nr ngft to the exit.
Ooh, I don't know! No sooner is a game in the shops than people have sussed out the cheat mode for it. What happened to good, honest, old- fashioned hard work to finish a game? Well it seems that the people wanting to cheat at this one have to admit something to themselves... To beat each level, type in the following codes while the story board is showing: Level One - ROTTEN CHEAT Level Two - LOUSY CHEAT Level Three - LOW DOWN CHEAT J Staddon, Barnhurst, Kent DUNGEON MASTER All those especially tasteful people who bought the absolutely marvellous Screenplay book (that’s enough blowing your
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Items of interest: Vorpal Blade (+4 mana) Yew Staff (+4 mana) i Place gem,bow,gold coin and mirror in alcoves to open door and get Key.
‘Pul I Iever.PLACE Item in transporter, get Key,walk into trani- porter and press button to close P 11.
3 Press buttons in order.
? Insert gold coin in hole in wall, sPress button to open wall at » ?Press button to open wall at * ’This floor button opens the wall at ••'Freeze* some skeletons on it with magic box.
• Press button to open wall.
• Press chain ring to open wall.
• •0Press button to open wall.
UPad shuts door behind you.
UCast ZO spell and step through transporters.Timing is essential.
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UUalk through wall, uTransporter to level 3.
T’Short cut to i» uThis button opens and shuts door and also the two walls down the corridor.The button in the room Just operates the door.
ToPul 1 lever to open door, step 4 left and 2 forward quickly.
C E 0 P R I Fans of the romantic, mysterious East were seduced by the superb animation of this platform adventure game, but playing the game well is another matter. Are you one of those adventurers that is having trouble getting through the levels? Well fear not, traveller! Gamebusters is here with maps and tips to the earlier levels to help you get started in your guest. That should sort out your troubles (apart from that one ... you know ... nudge, nudge).
Level One The key to completing Level One is getting the knack of jumping sussed out. The idea for most of the jumps is to get a decent run-up and push up when you are about two tiles away from the drop. This should see you safely across most of the gaps.
Another skill you need to master is sword fighting. Level One’s guards don’t pose too much of a problem though. All you need to do is stand in front of the guard (making sure your sword is drawn) and press fire just as he is about to move forward. This should keep you safe from attacks and score easy hits on your opponent. One point for you to remember is to look for loose tiles - they could lead to secret rooms with extra energy.
Pressure Pads Loose Tiles jj- - Spikes Potion - Increases energy Decreases energy Restores energy W-Razor Gates M This level is pretty straightforward apart from some tricky jumps and a few inconveniently placed guards. Most of the jumps can be managed with a good run-up, but for some stand close to the very edge of a tile and jump diagonally.
One annoying thing is the presence of spikes. Make a note of their positions on the map and move close to them so that they appear. Once you can see them, run through to safety. The more adventurous of you could just run along as normal and jump about two tiles before the spikes appear.
PERSIA F LEVELS FIVE AND SIX These are pretty easy. The only things that you have to look out for are a couple of rather tricky guards who will try and force you over the edge.
Just be careful and use your common sense and you should be able to conquer them.
LEVEL SEVEN The beginning of this level is rather hectic and needs some precise timing to beat.
As you plummet back towards the dungeon section from the paiace.
Keep hold of the fire button to grab the platform and pull yourself up onto it. Once you are up. Run along the platform and jump to the one opposite.
From here on in it’s quite simple until you come to a section which requires you to jump over a pressure pad. If you hit the pad a portcullis will close in front of you, blocking your route. Careful timing is required to leap the pad and avoid the spikes behind the barrier.
V* Next is another tricky section, which requires you to drop from platform to platform (which is more difficult than it sounds). Make your way through the razor gates until you reach the yellow potion. This slows down the action, allowing you to drop to the exit.
7 Matthew Brown, Telford, Shropshire "H J Mindscape's incredible portfolio of computer games goes from strength to strength. The accolades heaped on Captive justify its position as Overall Came of the Year 1990' and 'Adventure Came of the Year 1990 - both voted by the UK Computer Came Industry.
Captive has achieved true cult status by going on to win the Tilt D’or in France.
Amiga Format Magazine voted it Role Playing Came of the Year. Captive i Ace rated 930, classified Zzap! Slater, a Currently available on the Amiga and the ST. Captive will be released for the PC in Mndacapc International Ltd, The Coach MM tooUands Estate, Scaynes Hill, Tel: 0444 831 761.
S P E ALL An exciting biff, bang, pow, crunch sports game this may be. But for those of you having trouble blasting your way to the top of the league it's just downright frustrating. Put away your skinny shinpads and strap on this metallic body-armour of a set of tips.
Building the most powerful team is basically a matter of getting your priorities right. Firstly, you need to boost the whole team with Attack, Power then Speed. Next go for Defence, Stamina. Aggression and Intelligence.
When improving specific positions, make note of the following requirements: Defenders: Need extra Throwing and Attack skills.
Midfielders: Need extra Throwing, Attack and Defence.
Attackers : Need high Intelligence, Attack, Defence and Throwing.
When boosting specific players, it is important to give the goalie high Intelligence. Attack. Defence and Throwing, while the centre-forward is better off with Intelligence, Speed and Stamina.
In order to take on the higher teams, you will need to make sure that all your players have a healthy power rating, otherwise you will just get smashed up!
The Cup competition is extremely tricky and should therefore only be tackled by experienced players who can score a quick blitz to rack up enough points to form a cushion.
Collecting money is an absolute must, since you could meet a first division team as early as the third round and you will need to push your team stats up towards their level.
KNOCKOUT As in the Cup, you will need to collect as much money as possible in order to keep your stats up to the teams you will play. The increase isn’t so dramatic here though - the stats rise by about one level per team.
MANAGER The approach to a managerial game is very different to normal, despite the matchplay being very similar. Allocation of money, for example, alters drastically. Concentrate on Intelligence, followed by Attack and Power, to give your team the edge.
Continued overleaf I m order to pull a decent lead, it’s a good idea to go straight for the score multiplier.
However, take care when playing against intel- hgent teams, as they will try to muscle in and use the multiplier themselves. The best bet is to hur the ball through the multi- cwer anq stand by the scocc continually bunching. That way you wt knoc* cut anyone who walks close or throw the Da). Oac« * anyone tries to cancel out your multiples " n doubt GET THE BALL AWAY QUICKLY!
If you're confident with both fxs speed and aiming, go for the Eiectrobouice Tt*s rs particularly useful when you nave the rrtfxMf r yo.'
Favour. Get the bounce and fire orecty at the goal, since the ball will fty straight past re «eece- If there is a defender m the way thougn. Try to Oocge him (unless you have a multiplier, m which case the ball will tackle him anyway).
One of the best ways to a high score (particularly with higher teams) is to go for the stars. Try to complete the line whenever possible to ensure a score that can’t be cancelled - it ma be enough to sneak the lead!
Money is very important so collect as much as possible at all times. Keep going for it until the supply for that match runs out.
Then you can increase your team stats by a significant amount.
If time is tight anc a draw looks imminent, fkng the ba.1 a- the bounce domes aner- you can, this scores points rat can t be cancelled out We stars) which could swing the oa-ance ' the dymg seconds of a match Don’t move your goahe i vess it’s vital. He will be n a good position to block untt he’s closest to the ball Then ifxn- der out to meet it and throw it as hard as you can upTieW THE LEAGUE That old sports adage - It's not whether you win or lose, it’s how much you win by that counts - comes nto e*ect ne'e since league positions are not only courted by wwis. Tosses and draws, but by the
pomts scored n matches tone league point for every 10 game posnts scored. For this reason, don’t just sit bach on a comfortable lead - boost your points wherever possible THE CUP SPEEDBALL 2 HELPING HAND Star Players aren't really necessary in division two, but in the first they are crucial in any effort to reach the top of the table.
Another forum for readers having trouble with some of those lovely video-game thingies.
Incidentally, it may not seem a good prospect to be drawn against the stronger teams at the start of a competition, it's actually better to play the powerful teams first. Don't spend money on these matches, since you won't be able to improve yourself dramatically and your team members will probably be injured anyway.
Save your dosh for later, so that you can quickly build up your team and smash the weaker sides down.
GENERAL TIPS TOKENS: The best tokens to go for are: Freeze: These stop the opponents moving, thus giving you an easy scoring opportunity.
Shield: So that you can charge downfield and score without getting decked by the opposition.
Transport Ball: Saves all that clever tackling and dodging!
Boost Stats: This gives your team a nice healthy (as well as cheap) rating increase.
Unless you are very sure of your abilities, don't go for the Manic token.
This boosts both teams stats for about 10 seconds and usually works to the computer's advantage rather than your own.
One good (if a little sneaky) move is to wait until your opponent has electrified the ball, then use the Grab token to snatch possession!
STAR PLAYERS: When playing the matches yourself, buy a powerful centre-forward as soon as you can (making sure that he has a high-speed rating). He will now be able to shift the ball forward quickly. Next go for a decent midfielder and defender (preferably a goalie) to obtain a good, balanced team early on.
If you're still stuck, then jot your query down and send it into Helping Hand, Gamebusters, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW and Maff will try to help you I recently purchased Operation Stealth, but unfortunately I am stuck! Please can you tell me how to get the envelope from inside the safe without being caught, or how to get out of the ropes and get through the rocks that block the exit to the tunnel? Also, does anyone know where the cigarette case is?
Kevin Whitley, Wrexham, Clwyd As unlikely as it seems, you are supposed to get caught when you’ve got the documents from the safe! When you are, just battle through the action sequences and if all goes well you should end up on a friendly sub. When trapped in the cave (how did you get to the safe without escaping the cave?)
OPERATE the stones on the ground and USE the ropes on the metal object. You should now be free of your bonds.
OPERATE the ground to find the pickaxe and OPERATE the pickaxe four times where the fresh air is coming from (to the right).
You should then get to the swimming sequence.
You should find the cigarette case in the right baggage at the airport. Look for the name Martinez.
I have bought a number of games and would like some cheats. I need cheats for Robocop and Batman the Movie. In Robocop on Level One, a big robot comes on and kills me. Is there some cheat for infinite energy. Batman the Movie is downright frustrating. I can’t get past Level One (again)!
Is there a cheat for infinite lives on this game’ P Lavery, Muswell Hill. London Sure there are cheats! Robocop is simple - start a game, press pause and type in BEST KEPT SECRET (including spaces).
Now restart the game with infinite energy. Oh. And by the way, the big robot is called ED-
209. It's important, so remember!
You must be the only person that doesn't know the cheat for Batman! Simply type in JAM on the title screen and keep hitting M until the screen flips over. Now start the game and you'll have infinite lives.
As I have recently bought the Amiga 500 Screen Gems pack, I thought that the Screenplay book was just the thing I needed to get me started. I immediately purchased the book, but only Shadow of the Beast was covered out of the pack. Please can you give some hints for beginners?
Jean Purves, Glasgow, Scotland The cheat mode to Back to the Future II, one of the games in the pack is to pause the game and type in THE ONLY NEAT THING TO DO (including the spaces). You will now have an infinite supply of Martys. You can also skip levels by pressing Shift and I. As for Nightbreed and Days of Thunder, unfortunately we don't know of any cheats. Can anyone oblige?
There are a lot of letters coming m for hints and tips on complex games like Dungeon Master and Shadow of the Beast II. Unfortunately, we haven't got the space in Helping Hand to provide much help for such complicated games. If you want to find out how to beat Chaos m Dungeon Master, how to defeat Zelek in Beast II or even the codes and how to use them m Rainbow Islands, then the Screenplay book is for you!
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That's what makes the Amiga so special - it can all be easy. It can also be very hard if you make mistakes with the software you use, but that's where we come in... Because the Amiga is so good at graphics, there have been literally dozens of 3D modelling and rendering systems developed. A few of them are brilliant; a few were brilliant but have been overtaken by the opposition; a few are real dogs (smelly and avoided by everyone who keeps their eyes open).
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This round-up attempts to guide you through this maze and to avoid putting your foot in it. It includes full reviews of the brand new Imagine (Impulse) on Page 124, 3D Professional (Progressive Peripherals) on Page 129, and Draw 4D on Page
133. The complete guide to the rest starts on Page 142.
Know your terms Before we dive in, let’s have a look at some of the technical terms - every subject has to have some, or no-one could be an expert!
Modelling - constructing a model of the object and its environment, usually represented by a see-through outline drawing called a Wire Frame.
There are two forms of modelling... The closest Amiga graphics come to real life is the stunning accuracy of 3D modelling and rendering. Our exhaustive guide brings you reviews of three exciting new products and a complete guide to 3D software, overseen by the amazingly lifelike BRIAN LARKMAN.
Surface Modelling - constructs all objects out of flat faces or facets. A sphere is really a multi-face polyhedron, but if you use enough faces it looks round. Special shading routines can be used to make objects look really curved.
Solid modelling - constructs objects by rotating simple planes; a sphere is a rotated disc, a cylinder is a rotated rectangular plane. Because of this the curved surfaces really ARE curved.
Point Editing - the ability to zoom in and move individual points or groups of points. Solid modelling does not allow this.
Rendering - turning the wireframe representation of the object into a realistic view of the scene, complete with lighting, surface texture and... Smooth Shading - faceted surface- modelled objects can be made to look smooth by averaging the angles of the faces at each junction. The profiles still look angular, though. Phong shading is one example, named after its inventor.
Surface Mapping - tne characteristic sterile smooth plastic surfaces of computer generated otiiects can be made more inter estrg by wrapping the surfaces with textire *hs can be a bit-mapped (parted) mage or a programed texture, and can affect the surface in vanous s. Ike... Bump Mapping - for nstance. Gives the impression that We mage is embossed into the surface, an impression heightened because the bumps are illumnated correctly by the lights in the scene.
Ray Tracing - an acarate but slow method of rendering. Each pixel is projected straight into the model and takes on the colour of any object it meets. If the object is reflects the pixel (ray) is bounced at an arsgie (just like a snooker ball) and takes on the colour of the next object (unless it is transparent - when the ray is bent - or a light - when the pixel is made bright - or reflective again...). TriView - editing method where front, side and plan views of the scene are shown and you can work in all of them. Takes a bit of getting used to.
Perspective View - a single editable view of the scene from an angle. The angle can be changed freely (ideally in real time) to get different viewpoints. More natural to use but with some early software difficult to control the rotation of the scene and very slow update. Caligari changed all that!
Quad View - combination of the above but fourth view (perspective) isn’t editable. A good compromise.
Continued Overleaf* This is an interesting time for Amiga graphics. New HAM modes, SpectraColor, 24-bit boards, plus at least five new 3D modelling and rendering systems in less than a year - and now, at the top of that particular pile, Imagine1.
Most people who have used Turbo Silver, fmagine's noble but rather cantankerous elder brother, will be pleasantly surprised by the new program. It seems to have overcome all of Silver's problems, but retained its excellent rendering capabilities. The addition of a unique object-creation method, Form Editing, greatly improved modelling tools, and a really simple animation cycle editor make Imagine the most exciting 3D system available for the Amiga.
Room and Shells.
Visible on the shelf here are several objects (vase, seed- heads and flowers) created with the Forms editor and various shells created with extrusion.
This is a full high-reso- lution 24-bit render.
The only criticism is of the hard-edged shadows (these would not show so much in dithered HAM pictures). The picture on the wall (courtesy of Monty Rakusen) is itself a 24-bit RGB image that was digitised with DigiView4.
Modelling Impulse have adopted a modular approach for the interface, and have used a different screen for the various types of editing required to construct objects, place them in a scene, animate and render them. All modules have two menus in common: Project, giving access to the other screens, and Display, to control zoom, centering, grid and perspective view.
* Ihe Detail Editor is the real workshop of Imagine, the place
where most objects are created, or at least visit to have the
finishing touches of their shape added. Ihe range of attributes
is so great that almost any material can be simulated.” Imagine
In the first of our 3D software reviews BRIAN LARKMAN stretches
his imagination into three different dimensions... Four of
the five modes look quite similar to each other, using the
familiar quad-view of Front, Side, Top and Perspective.
Some people find it difficult to visualise their objects in a quad-view, so the presence of the perspective view, constantly updated, helps greatly, particularly if hidden line removal or shading are selected for its display.
This slows down the refresh greatly but Impulse have thoughtfully ensured that editing of the other views can continue while the perspective view is redrawing itself.
At first it seemed that having five modes would be extremely confusing, but the balance between their similarity - to make it easy to switch from one to another - and their differences
- to distinguish between them, is just about perfect. After just
a day’s use it was possible to flick between modes fluently, a
process helped greatly by sensible prompts to save changes.
Normally, as a project develops itself, you would work your way through each editor, starting with the Forms Editor.
Forms Editor If working with any software could be called a joyful experience, then the Imagine Forms Editor must be it.
Using this, almost any object can be constructed based on a single crosssectional shape, with different front and side views.
For example, look at the vase on the mantle-piece in the illustrations.
Because the cross section is star shaped, fluting can be seen running from top to bottom. Looking from the front or side, smoothly contoured curves define the profile of the vase.
Yet every horizontal cross-secbon is the same shape, only the size varies depending on the diameter of the vase at that point.
The cross sectional view differs from a conventional plan because it represents a section through the object at ANY point, independent of size. Only the forms editor could have constructed this object.
With imaginitive use, a huge range of objects could be modelled m this way, but if you need to work with individual vertices (points), lines or faces another editor must be used.
Detail Editor All of the standard primitive shapes - sphere, tube, plane, cone, disk and torus - plus the conventional modelling tools - extrusion to length and along a path, sweep & spin, skin, transformabon. Scale, move, rotate - are provided in the detail editor. Any object can have vertices, lines or faces added at any time. Similarly several objects or primitives can be linked together so that they become one object with a single axis (control point) and an overall set of attributes.
Any number of objects can also be grouped'. This is different from 'linking' in that it can be reversed, and each object in a group can retain its attributes and or share them with the others m the group.
As well as the 'basic' tools that one expects of any modelling system, Imagine has several sophisticated ways to construct and manipulate objects. Skin converts a series of separate cross sections into a single object, joining points on each to make a surface as if a rubber sheet were dragged over a set of hoops.
Conform to Sphere and Conform to Cylinder push any selected object into those shapes as if they were pressed into a mould. Slice allows objects of any shape to cut into other objects as 'cooky-cutters’, in effect performing Boolean operations. Thus a perfectly circular hole can be cut out of a sphere, an immensely difficult operation with any other system.
Imagine is the only surface modelling system to offer this tool (though it is common in solid modellers like Real3D which depend on Boolean operations to form anything but simple primitive forms).
The ability to edit at the point level is one of the great advantages surface modelling systems have over solid modellers. Working on points rather than whole objects, it is possible to drag groups of vertices in a really fluid way using the Magnetism tools. The 'magnetic' parameters can be varied to drag rounded, pointed or flat-topped ‘blobs’ up from the surface of objects, and by varying the radius and degree of influence, the feeling that you are modelling clay is simulated quite uncannily.
BELOW: Crystal head.
The Filter attributes only seem to work if shininess is turned off.
Other versions showed an opaque, glossy object. This head has a refractive index of f .55 (Quartz). The version bottom has an IFF mapped onto it to give a tattoo effect.
The excellent model (Omega Head) is clip art by Leo Capricorn, Fresnes, France (tel 42 37 16 44).
It’s a workshop The Detail Editor is the real workshop of Imagine, the place where most objects are created, or at least visit to have the finishing touches of their shape added. Once the final form is settled, it is also the place where the surface finish is decided, via the Attributes requester. Here, the colour, reflectivity, transparency, roughness, shininess, hardness, specularity, Phong smoothing, texture mapping (algorithmic or ‘coded' textures) and IFF brush mapping (including bump, colour and reflection) are added. These define the material that the object is made from.
The range of attributes is so great that almost any material can be simulated. The exception seems to be translucent or partially opaque materials such as blinds or lampshades with light behind them.
Impulse assure me that the latest version solves this problem.
With such a large number of parameters to be set it is not supns- ing that a Save Attributes requester is provided. Unfortunately this does not save the Texture or Brush parameters - the ones that take the most typing-in of figures. The choice of saving all the parameters or at least printing them out for reference would have been nice.
The ‘coded’ textures of Imagine are one of its main strengths. At present the list stands at checks, bricks, grid, wood, disturbed (wave patterns), angular, linear and radial colour gradients and dots. Amazingly, two or more can be applied at once.
The great advantage of these non-IFF textures is that they render at the resolution and number of colours you have selected so there are no jaggies carried over from an IFF brush. At high resolution in 24-bit mode wood or gradient colour textures are amazingly smooth.
Stage Editor Once all of the objects in a scene have been constructed they need to be assembled into a scene or ’stage’ containing camera and lights. By now object attributes and form’ are unchangable except for scale, position and rotation.
For the interior, all of the objects were created within the outline shape of the room in the Detail Editor and then saved from the relative positions they would ultimately occupy in the final scene. Usually this meant that they only needed to be loaded into the Stage Editor, though fine tuning was possible.
In the Stage Editor the Perspective View can be set to Camera View so precise positioning of camera and lights can be achieved. Unfortunately, the Camera view does not necessarily bear any real relationship to the size of the fnal mage - only by rendering the actual scene in wireframe can you tell to what degree the camera view will be cropped. This is really only a mnor nmsance.
Animation Where the Stage Editor really scores ports is m animation, for it is here that you set up movement paths, tweenng and - most importantly - access the Acton Scnpt Editor. In fact most of the actMbes that take place on the Stage can be set up more acarate . And sometimes more easly. On the action script. In ooerabon ts eas*r to use than to descnbe. But et's have a go.
Refemg to the illustrations you can see that the actors' (the camera, each object, each light source and any global parameters) have a time- kne from frame one upwards. For a single sbll image only frame one is used. Actors can be added, renamed or deleted and parameters changed.
Each actor can have up to six channels to control position, size, alignment, hinge (ability to turn), special effects (explode, ripple, grow) etc. By changing any of these parameters at different points along the timeline, objects, lights and camera can be made to transform in an astonishingly versatile and varied way; following paths, moving from place to place, rotating around hinge points, expanding or contracting, morphing from one shape or colour or surface texture to another, all controlled from a simple interactive 'dope sheet1. Perfic!
Cycle Editor One form of animation is difficult to control using this global ’script’ method is character animation. By their very nature the complex, yet repetitive movements of a bird's wing or a running woman, require many objects to be moved in unison with each other, each part depending on those of all the others. To control these various motions requires that a hierarchy is set up.
Many interlinked actions can be recreated with the Cycle Editor. The various parts are modelled first in the Forms and Detail Editors. The hierarchy that joins them is produced by creating a central 'skeleton' which can be easily moved, rotated and pivoted, to which the parts are attached.
The first frame of a cycle is set up, with the 'bones' or segments positioned at one extreme of the movement. Jumping to the middle and then to the final frames of the cycle, the segments are moved to suitable positions. Intervening frames are automatically set up with the inbe- tween or 'tween' positions of the segments, managing to save a vast amount of work.
Cycle objects produced in this way are treated on the stage as if they were normal objects and will repeat their cycle endlessly even while being moved and transformed if required. Altogether it is an extremely painless way of producing a character that is in moton.
Once the actors are prepared and the stage has been set, the scene must be photographed or rendered. This is a task for... Stage Editor.
Tri-view plus perspective (camera) view.
The pink lines represent objects that are grouped. Clicking on any of the view names opens up that window to the full screen.
The Project Editor Each new project is allocated a directory and all objects, staging instructions and images are, for preference, stored there. So that several versions of a particular project can be rendered a Rendering Subproject can be set up and this produces an automatic sub-directory within the project.
For anything but the simplest project a hard disk is essential.
Launching a new sub-project brings up a file requester to provide a name and path, then the Subproject Parameters requester appears. Here you can choose from six rendering methods (anything from wireframe to scanline and Ray-tracing), the picture and pixel size (up to 8000 by 8000 - selection is made easy by eight presets that can be defined with Imagine's comprehensive .config file), the path for still images and animations, and the file format (12 and 24-bit ILBM and RGBN plus separate R, G and B for stills, ANIM and IMAGINE for animations).
Individual or multiple frames can be selected for rendering, and can then be assembled into an animation according to a script that can be produced with just a simple Text Editor.
This allows quite complex, looping animations to be set up from relatively few frames.
The Images Obviously the real test of a renderer is the images that it produces.
Imagine produces really superb ray- traced pictures that have a subtlety few other 3D systems available on the Amiga can achieve. The bump mapping is the only thing that leaves anything to be desired, especially compared to that of Real3D.
Nevertheless, the combination of useful built-in 'coded' textures, IFF brush-maps, and comprehensive control over surfaces, allow almost any object to have a high degree of depth and 'presence'. Put simply they are just really convincing. But only God writes perfect software and there is inevitably a wisblist of features that could be implemented. Let’s just mention a few!
Displaying 24-bit files on a frame buffer m high resolution (16 million colours at 910 x 576) certainly tests the quality of an image. The first thing to notice is that the shadows look very hard edged. In reality they would become softer the further they are from the casting object. Similarly it would be nice to have smoke and mist, semi-opaque objects (Pernod with water), and depth-of-focus effects. Though remember, all of these would add hours or even days to the rendering times.
Speaking of times, what the images cannot tell you is how quickly that they rendered. In fact Imagine renders very fast - for example, those scenes with transparent objects appeared faster than similar Real3D subjects and much faster than 3DPro or Sculpt.
Conclusion The review of any piece of software as powerful and dense as Imagine must inevitably only scratch the surface of its capabilities. As we said above, the real test is in the images, and I think those displayed here speak for themselves.
To summarise: Imagine is a little dense to get into, especially when you get just past the rather limited tutorials. The manual as a whole is rather weak though it has all the basics and is well layed out. It just needs fleshing out. The interface is quite straightforward and easy to use though the concept of picking and selecting takes a bit of getting used to. Modelling is extremely powerful allowing complex organic shapes, Boolean operations, and much more.
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The screen is standard Amiga layout and looks more like a paint program than a complex 3D rendering package.
Using the icons in the tool box it is possible to rotate, stretch, duplicate, slice, delete, group, mirror and align objects. Having this tool box constantly available is very useful, but if it was moveable around the screen this would be an added bonus.
Re Views The six views of the 3D world which 3D Pro employs are all available as editable modes. A useful camera view is also included. It is possible to view three angles plus a camera view at the same time, but sadly it is not possible to edit m this mode. This is frustrating when you need to position an object accurately and you would ideally like to see at least two views as you move your obiects.
While viewing a given angle, other elements (camera and lights) are shown. Moving these is just a case of click and move. One quirk, however, is when you move the camera closer to the objects, in that the camera view does not become any closer.
Genesis Creating objects is easy, but making anything complex is difficult. 3D Pro employs 'solid modelling’. Essentially this results in the objects not being editable at the vertex level: for example, it is not possible to select half an object and use a magnet to distort it.
This means creating organic and soft objects is awkward, though engineering and man-made elements are simple. It combats this by using separate editors for particular shapes.
For example, the lathe can produce Turned' obiects such as vases and bottles. The profile editor acts like an extruding tool, but allows multiple shapes to be extruded one after the other to give more complex objects. Come allows the points on a line to be taken to one point - like a fan shape. Uses for this escape me.
Trees and Fields A modeller unique to 3D Pro is the fractal tree modeller, which allows trees of any given specification, including leaf size, branch length and gravity level, to be made as a 3D object. Complimentary to this is the land modeller which creates fractal landscapes, although the variety does not compare to the tree modeller.
Converting Amiga fonts into 3D objects is catered for, as is the conversion of an IFF picture into a 3D DEAN AGAR puts on his 3D specs to look at the second piece of 3D software under scrutiny this month.
Object. The latter, however, proved unusable on a 2 Meg Amiga 500 because of the memory limitation. A simple quarter-screen picture refused to convert because of lack of memory. The ability to wrap IFF images onto an object is not catered for.
The program also offers the ability to convert files from most 3D programs. However a Sculpt 4D scene loaded in to 3D Pro had so many vertices added that the redraw rate was into minutes and rendering became even slower than normal.
Environmental problems The environment within which the modeller works is very good, and everything is easy to use. The requesters for changing the attributes of objects, lights and the camera are well laid out and very informative. But once you have built many objects, some problems crop up.
On a standard Amiga 500 or 2000 the redraw rate, even in wire frame, of anything more than a couple of spheres becomes incredibly slow. For any kind of complex scene, waiting for the screen to redraw after you have moved an object can take up to a minute and because of this it is totally unusable.
More Troubles Other problems occur. By far the most annoying goes back to setting up a database at the beginning. If at the beginning you defined, say, a maximum of 50 objects and find that Continued overleaf I your scene requires more, you can't add them. Extending the database causes you to lose your existing scene. This means saving your scene, which can take a couple of minutes because 3D Pro, for some reason, saves every element in a different drawer - then changing the database and seeing if your scene will load into your new database.
• The six views of the 3D world which 3D Pro employs ore all
available as editable modes. A useful camera view is also
included. It is possible to view three angles plus a camera
view at the same time" Similarly this happens if you find you
need more lights than originally intended, or any ob)ect uses
more vertices than you thought they would.
On the whole the modeller is very frustrating. You can see what the programmers had in mind and the potential lurking underneath the excellent interface but tapping into it can sometimes take more effort than is really justifiable.
Rendering The rendering available to 3D Pro covers the usual options from wireframe to smoothly-shaded images.
Within the program itself wire frames can be produced along with solid faceted rendering.
STOP PRESS The manufacturers, Progressive Peripherals and Software, didn't even attempt to defend the product and readily admitted Its problems and shortcomings. They seemed more concerned to point out that a very seriously revised version 2 was 60 days from release. As well as claiming that all the faults were now corrected they claimed that many new features would be appearing. Real-time animation, 24-bit IFF mapping, vastly speeded-up rendering and redraw rates and 25 new textures were among the most realistic. Also It would seem that the price of the software will drop to below £200,
although I haven't seen any adverts to confirm this yet. Judging from the quality of other software available now I would think carefully about waning lor the upgrade.
Also directly accessible from within the program are two smooth Tenderers called Phong and Gourad.
Although not true ray-tracmg they offer a fair amount of realism and are perfectly acceptable when the results are not required to be photorealistic.
With the present revision to Version 1.1 3D Pro now includes a custom ray-tracing module which, although potentially a step above the competition, only serves to frustrate the user further. Although tests and certain parts of renders can come out very well it is difficult to know what the results are going to be like.
After eight weeks of using the program, results approaching any kind of quality were still many weeks away. The problem is speed. Using a 25 Mhz Amiga, simple scenes in low- res were taking well over an hour.
The Tracer can be used as a stand-alone or loaded together with 3D Pro. Running both programs together can cause problems. With 5 megs, Tracer refused to render a scene because of memory limitations.
Playing around with settings can solve this but, being so hit and miss, it is not entirely satisfactory.
Smooth Performer Because 3D Pro is a solid modeller its big advantage is displayed when images are ray-traced. It is immediately noticeable that even objects with few vertices do not look 'faceted' like other programs. Spheres are perfectly round and objects are smoothly rendered unless told otherwise.
Tracer contains many features that can give the same scene a completely different look. One of the unrealistic aspects of 3D rendering is that the human eye never sees any scene with everything in focus at once. In 3D Pro it is possible to focus on a particular object or point in your scene, making it more realistic.
Images can also be produced where distant objects are darker than objects nearer to the viewer, which helps to create a greater feeling of space and distance. Mist and fog effects are also possible as are specific types of light source, from a torch to a fluorescent light. Shadows, too, can be varied between sharp and black, to very soft and undefined.
More Trouble Most of the problems here are connected with the included textures of the program. Only one type of wood can be attributed to objects within a scene. For example, it is not possible to have a dark oak desk alongside a pine shelf. It is simply one or the other. When you give an object a particular texture, that texture is not fixed to the object as such. Rather, the model becomes a window into a textured universe so that as you move the object, it leaves its texture behind! Thus, animating textured objects is virtually impossible.
3D Pro offers all the expected output facilities such as raw and IFF 24-bit files at any resolution, as well as output to single-frame recorders. It also offers Postscript files for use in DTP and high-resolution output. These are available when using the tracer from within the program but are absent from the stand-alone tracer.
Animation Animation can be produced in two ways. The first and least friendly uses a script file to create movement in your scene. You tell the program, by a series of commands, to move objects, lights and the viewer around the scene. 'Real' professionals create their animations on workstations in this way, so I can only say that this is a valid, but difficult technique.
The second technique used is the popular and versatile key-framing.
This involves positioning everything in your scene and specifying it as a key frame. You then move your objects into a different position and specify this as the next key frame. The computer then creates the scenes between the first and last. Although simple m essence, complex animations can be produced this way.
This method also allows object morphing. In theory, if you change the shape of an object between key frames then it will seem to transform smoothly in the resulting animation.
On previous packages this has always proved difficult. Even changing a sphere into a cube can be a nightmare. Sadly, the use of a solid modeller makes organic transformations even more difficult, although simple re-sizmg m all directions is possible and can be quite effective.
One of the problems of key framing m the past has been objects positioned around a scene move in straight lines to their new positions.
3D Pro can draw' a smooth path through the key frames of an object.
For exampie. To have a planet rotating around a sun m most packages would require an unusable amount of key frames. 3D Pro can create this in 3 to 4 key frames.
Conversely, a limitation is that between each frame a set amount of tween frames must be used. For example if you have 5 key frames you must use the same number of tweens between each of them.
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Cooper However outrageous and complicated your final result,
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picture file.
There is, however, some doubt as to whether the quality of the IFF pictures is sufficient to create stand-alone images: clearly, the program has been tailored towards the specific needs of DTP illustration and so is, in a sense, more of a CAD illustration package than a 3D art program.
You can also save drawings out as IFF files, although goodness knows why. Perhaps as a starting point for a drawing but not as a finished product.
Animation “The program features its own D4Dfonts directory... The really clever part here is that these are 3D fonts, so the fonts don't have to be flat figures. It's possible to have letters with bevel edges which catch the light as you turn them “ The program also does animation, and can save the 3D animations out as ANIM files.
This could be good as a sort of starting place for drawn animations, where you want to get something looking good in 3D before you draw the final colours and shapes.
For a room, for example, you could create all the shapes roughly and rotate it and then draw the furniture in colour and shapes. This is a good tool for animators and even artists, as the finished 3D shapes could be printed out as line drawings on which to base your own art, meaning the same room could be rendered from different perspectives and be accurate.
As a finished animation tool, however, Draw 4D leaves much to be desired, and the colours all have a dithered look and an undesirable lack of colour resolution.
Text Handling The program features its own D4Dfonts directory containing two fonts: Block and Times. Although there are no fonts available for the program as yet, an editor is suppied to make adding your own fonts as easy as possible.
The really clever part here is that these are 3D fonts, so the fonts don't have to be flat figures. Ifs poss* ie to have letters with bevel edges whch catch the light as you turn them and other sorts of things like that. So a very flexible font system, although if you don’t like the fonts suppied you're in for a few weeks of he!
Designing your own.
Having said that the fonts are quite nice. In order to get text on the screen you type the words you want into a requester and then hit go and the word is zapped onto the grid n whatever plane you are editing at the time, x, y, or z. Text rendering is fast, and so it should be as the figures are not Med at this stage. You can trans- fam & the characters in a word, and produce some very natty logos simply by rotating a set of words!
Conclusion Tvts is a very peculiar program, and a bit of ruche market in most people's eyes. But despite all these drawbacks I realty like the effects it gives, espe- oa»y for text, which makes for really very interesting and original headings and sub-headings in your documents.
For new revisions of the program I would definitely like to see converters for different kinds of draw. 3D and animation programs, just to widen the appeal a little bit. Wider than quite narrow, that is.
Draw 4D poses some interesting questions, has some good starting pomts for you to go on from, but the onfy really polished output you can get from it is clip art. What it needs is a little lease of life by borrowing something from all the best programs. And that means talking to other formats and making your presence felt. Still, Draw 4D is very good at what it does... Some programs really seem to go out of their way to defy categorisation by critics and users alike. This can be very dangerous territory, especially in the realm of graphics programs.
Draw 4D is just such a program.
Although it is a 3D program it doesn’t do regular 3D formats like Sculpt.
Videoscape or even Turbo Silver. It is in fact more of a 3D structured drawing program which produces dips for ProDraw and ProPage. But further than this, it also does animation, and it also renders, but not to any suitable resolution. This failure to support anything but the most esoteric formats would prompt most reviewers to consign it to the bin, but I disagree.
Drawing In 3D One of the most annoying things about ProDraw is it does a lot of things but it doesn't allow you to draw in anything other than 2D and simulate a kind of rough 3D by drawing in perspective. With Draw 4D you can create an obiect and turn it around to get the best perspective on the thing, then save it out as a clip art.
Draw 4D A specialised entrant into the 3D arena promises to supply 3D for DTP work. PHIL SOUTH examines it... Inside the manual there’s a rather weighty bit of text about The philosophy of the program revolves around specialisation’, which goes on to say that this is the reason why the program does one job very well and doesn't attempt to be an all-purpose program. Although I agree with this, I would quibble that a method of using the objects created in the editor in some other format would have been of benefit.
Modeller The modelling interface of the program is actually one of the best I’ve ever seen, and it allows you a great deal of freedom as to how and where the bits of your object are created.
There is all manner of interesting tricks available to the user.
One which I thought was particularly neat was the ability to extrude a shape by clicking on the shape you wanted to extrude and then using a letter of the alphabet as the path for that extrusion. The shape is created and there you have a perfect letter, sculpted out of a sort of bar of material, the cross section of which is the shape you drew. Such things are unique to this program, and I’d like to see other modellers using this kind of simplicity.
Output Although you can't print out directly from D4D. You can save the models you make as clip art in the ProDraw clip format. Then, in order to see how It's such a good interface, it's a shame to limit it to merely producing dip arts for DTP. Why not introduce a module which converts the shapes to another format like Turbo Silver, Real 3D or even Cahgan? Caligarfs was the last 3D interface I saw that was as easy to use and Draw 4Ds simple front-end rather resembles it.
Your clips look in the flesh, you simply have to boot up the ProDraw program and paste it onto the page.
You could also just paste it into a box on a ProPage screen, but if the shape needs to be edited in any way. ProDraw is favourite.
The drawing can then be printed out on any Prefs printer, although laser printers obviously give the best results.
I found the shading a little bit too subtle on my Epson clone, and it all blocked out in grey for the most part. But on the DeskJet it looked nice, although for best results I would suggest output from an image setter to bromide, especially if you intend to pnnt from your output.
Obviously if you're going out straight to film then you won't have problems.
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FAX 0782 744292 TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE 0782 744324 CREDIT CARD ORDERS Real 3D A real contender as the easiest-to-use 3D system; a good place to start because it's so fast on a standard A500. Limited for organic' shapes; good rendering; excellent mapping, especially Bumps; good (though memory-hungry) animation. Reviewed AF18.
Real 3D is a solid modelling and animation system first reviewed in AF18 where it got a qualified rave review. Since then it has undergone a considerable upgrade.
The interface is a simple, almost spartan tri-view. The upgrade has an Icon palette containing most of the Irequently-used tools, which is a great improvement for beginners. Unlike most 30 programs, each ob|ect is named as it is created and placed in a family tree (hierarchy) that Is constantly displayed in its own window. This makes selecting objects very easy.
Making objects Structures are created either by placing primitives on screen one-by- one or by using one of the composite tools provided. A wide range of primitives is available including triangle, rectangle, circle, prism, cube, pyramid, sphere, cylinder and hyperboloid. The composite tools allow you to combine primitives in various ways automatically.
For example, a tube is constructed using spheres and cylinders of the same diameter - one sphere at each change of direction. In this way the more conventional lathe and extrude tools are simulated more or less successfully. Some of the tools allow unusual and quite unique objects to be constructed.
Another powerful tool applies Logical or Boolean operations. In effect these allow you to construct complex cutting tools to remove irregular or repetitive shapes from objects - for example a helical gearwheel is easy to construct by making a tool the shape of the gap between two teeth and using it to cut them out of a squat cylinder.
Overall the method of modelling is oriented very much to making engineered solids in the way you would make a real object - glueing.
Cutting, drilling and then punching. Organic objects can be made, as you can see in the accompanying picture, but the process Is really quite involved.
The latest version (1.3) includes a utility to convert Sculpt objects to Real objects (the wooden sun on the wall was constructed in Sculpt 3D. These objects are faceted and - being a solid modeller - Real3D has no Phong smoothing, so faceted they remain.
Other means Two other modes are available - Wireframe and Solid. Wireframe allows you to change your viewpoint on the scene interactively, rotating round the object and zooming in or out. This is one of the ways to animate the scene, flying the camera around the object, but being interactive it is rather inaccurate. Keyframe and Global (orbital path) techniques are also available which are much more precise.
Solid is in effect the rendering editor. This screen gives you a range ot global parameters that can be varied to suit the image you require. Resolution, ambient lighting, dithering et cetera can all be set here before rendering.
Rendering Rendering in Real 3D is usually very good but it takes a little experimentation to get it right. The quality of the Images is improved by the way that materials are handled.
All objects can be made out of a particular substance. The materials are set up separately in a device where the colour, surface texture, bump mapping, specular reflections and many other properties are composed so that rusty steel, glossy plastic or even embossed leather can be simulated. Bump mapping, in particular, is now very effective in Real3D.
All normal Amiga resolutions are catered for plus the 1.3 version allows 24-blt RGB data to be saved or directed to a Harlequin board.
This is how the SunRoom Illustration shown here was produced.
Overall Real 3D is a powerful but easy-to-use system. The manual is a little curious but nevertheless the package is perfect to start with and more than adequate for even professional animation and rendering, especially if you want to simulate predominantly man-made objects and environments.
As might be expected, lots of people are now producing ready-made 3D objects for you to render in your programs. Still the best is the Antic Design Disk series (Sculpt and Turbo Silverlmaglne formats) which Includes Future. Architectural. Human. Microbot and others. The objects are very well designed, though sometimes a little memory-hungry. A recent arrival is the Omega Face (Sculpt and Turbo Silver Imagine lormats) from French company Leo Capricorn, an accurately-modelled series of heads used for our cover Illustration. Several font sets are available, the most useful being Access
Technologies' Fancy 3D Fonts (Sculpt and Turbo Silver Imagine formats) . Bitmapped fonts can also be converted to 3D fonts using Intertont from Syndesis, or one of the Bitmap-to-3D converters. If you need to swap objects between different hie formats.
Syndesis also produce a range of modules in their Interchange series VideoScape. Sculpt. Silver Imagine. Forms-ln-Flight. CaHgari and several other formats are supported.
Until about the middle of last year the leader of the pack. Sculpt 3D was the package that started the ray-tracing revolution on the Amiga. Eric Graham wowed everyone first with The Juggler, a demo ray-traced animation that showed just what the Amiga was capable ot doing. He followed it up in quick succession with Ray Tracer. Sculpt 3D (the first proper commercial ray tracing package), Sculpt-Anlmate3D. And SculplAnlmaleAD (the professional version).
Sculpl uses a tri-view interlace. Each window is an extension ot the standard Amiga Workbench window with gadgets placed The Sculpt Series The best to start with; best interface; excellent manual; no IFF or texture mapping; a bit slow; good animation. Review AF5.
Comprehensive, though they have now been superceded by those contained in thelmagine package as the most usable. It is certainly rare to find that you cannot see a way to create any object.
Around the edge. For anyone familiar with the Amiga this makes Sculpt very easy to get to grips with and fast in operation.
Modelling The modelling tools in Sculpl are reasonably Ail objects can be named and a hierarchical family tree) system is employed In order that obiects can be moved either whole or in different parts. This is in fact one ot the animation systems. Key frames can also be assigned so that objects can be transtormed over a period ot time.
Its rendering seems slow nowawdays and because ot the lack of any form of mapping scenes look rather bland, though there are some tncks that can be employed.
In the illustration here Paul Cowan has maoe several surfaces slightly reflective to grve tnem a bit ot interest, and used several light sources to create complex shadows.
This image is rendered in 24-bits, however, which always tends to make objects look unnaturary smooth Tfcirbo Silver One for more advanced users; unnecessarily difficult interface; limited modelling tools; excellent rendering; first system with IFF mapping; memory hungry animation; Reviewed AF14.
The first Impulse ray-tracer has beer- around tor years but poor marketing in Europe and a dffh&Xt nterface has meant that it has been slow to make an impact. We onky discovered its advantages last year.
The Interface is based around •'ame animation; single Images are treated as single trame ammabons Each frame or cell can be edited by double-clicking it. This puts you mo the Object Editor where both objects and scenes are constructed Modelling The interface uses severa methods of aatacwng points, edges faces objects and groups and most of them use »**er*nt colours to indicate picked, selected and unseiectec AM rmher complex and confusing, but in fairness it works once you get usee to «. The tools available also seemed rather limited when it was ¦mewed but Tirbc Sever enthusiasts in the US
claim that the extrude and mod by story tools are immensely powerful.
Rendering Rendering is something else: As wen as mapping multiple IFF brushes onto objects, there is an expanding senes ot coded textures that can be applied to give brick patterns marote wood, wave patterns, colour gradients and much more. Amaongty several of these can be applied at once. Added to this the surface quality can be defined very precisely with a series of parameters like reflectivity, roughness, hardness, specularity, retractive index etc. Overall the rendered finishes have to been seen to be believed If you are a rendering enthusiast and are prepared to spend time learning a
difficult interface Turbo Silver is worth a look. The arrival ot Imagine probably means Silver will be available at a bargain price.
You may not have noticed - what, are you eading this with your eyes closed! - but many of the images used in this round-up and In the Imagine and 30 Professional reviews are ol exceptional quality. Our amazing talents as illustrators may have something to do with this (he saya modestly!), but to be honest H Is more to do with the tact that they are rendered in high resolution 24-bit colour using the Amiga Centre Scotland Harlequin Frame Buffer.
I have raved about this before, but it just has to be said again how amazing it is working in True Colour. Yes, I know, this is all very elitist as long as the boards are costing over C1500, but cheaper versions are on the way. Eventually we will all be able to have a go. If you can possibly lustily the expense, you just have to have one. The Harlequin is still the only board of its type available tor the Amiga in the UK and It Is home grown’. Support it.
Good as Ihe Harlequin is. It just has to have 24-bit RGB files to display.
These take at least twice as long to render as the usual HAM images (and (hey take millennia) so some sort of accelerator is essential.
I have used both the A and B 5000 boards trom Solid State Leisure and they are nothing short of miraculous - and so cheap! Now that both boards are using buffering, the problems some people experienced seem to be over and after months ol intensive use they now seem to be extremely stable.
At a rough guess, using a £300 A5000 with a £70 8B1 floating point chip, I have done more than a year's rendering in just a few weeks.
(Maybe now I can turn the damn Amiga off!) The new B5000 is much faster and even with a last FP chip and 4Mb ot 32-bit RAM there is change from £1000. That’s as last as an A3000. Nearly £1000 cheaper in total and I can still run 100% of Amiga software.
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BBC Emulator A simple to use Amiga titling package with smooth page or line scrolling, variable palette, user-specified timing and total control over justification, shadowing, font style and spacing of text, this package represents excellent value for money and an ideal introduction to the world of video productions £39.95 inc. VAT (1Mb needed) CAME. SET & MATCH A set of educational games designed by teachers to help young children to learn about, recognise and match colours, shapes, numbers and coin values and shapes. It also helps with arithmetic, logical thinking and reaction times.
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BR SH__ | 4 nscomiEy j Designed by teachers to teach children and adults alike about the county regions of Great Britain. Guess the names of counties, locate named counties on the map and position counties as a jigsaw to make a complete picture of the UK.
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£24.95 inc. VAT (1Mb needed) BBC EMULATOR New version including AmigaDos 2.0 compatibility and direct access to BBC and Archimedes 640k ADFS disks using the Amiga's own drive. It's multi-tasking environment even allows you to run BBC programs at the same time as your favourite Amiga utilities!
VISTA Vista is the most powerful landscape generating package available for the Amiga. The user has full control over the scenes generated, controlling target and 'camera' posilioning. Add lakes, rivers, snow, haze, stars or change the position of the sun. Animate scenes and move around the terrain you create. Vista creates landscapes in 4 resolutions and displays in 4096 colours (HAM mode).
Comes complete with 4 real landscapes £59.95 inc VAT (1Mb needed) 'The' astronomy product for the Amiga. 2,200 stars, 450 deep sky objects in an authentic and astronomically correct sky. Choose any place on earth for your observatory from 8.000B.C. to 12.000A.D. (9,100 star expansion disk available).
"...it's really beautiful, especially when the lights are off. I'm totally awed by what you have done!" Quote from Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. £44.95 inc. VAT (1Mb needed) "PRO Clips- is a sol of structured Clip Art that can be used to improve the impact of your documents. The drawings can be used in colour or black & white, and can be resized or stretched to suit your needs without loss of quality. They can be used in any Amiga software that supports structured artwork, eg Professional Page, Pagesetter 11, etc. £24.95 inc. VAT Using large characters, bright colours and
easy to use controls, Kidstype is the ideal starting point for youngsters to both gain confidence in using computers and to create their own stories. Kidstype lets your youngsters add "letter assoaated" pictures into stones. They can be encouraged to type about the pictures and. If you want to, Kidstype will speak what has been typed. £24.95 inc. VAT (512k needed) £39.95 inc. VAT (1Mb recommended) -r- K Videoscape 3D Outdated; difficult interface; complex animation; fast but average quality rendering; limiting use of colour. (Modelling and animation control improved by use of Modeller 3D and
ProMotion) The very first 3D modelling, rendering and animation system on the Amiga, Videoscape has always been one for the enthusiasts. Until recently much of the modelling had to be done by typing in lists ot coordinate points - in the correct order - and animation involved the ability to visualise 3D ob|ects and motions in your head.
The arrival ot Modeller 3D provided the system with a decent way to make objects and scenes, and Pro Motion now allows motion paths to be produced visually and interactively. (Pro Motion is included in the VideoScape package. Modeller is a separate program.)
VideoScape was designed in the early days betore anyone understood the significance ot HAM mode and this legacy has remained with it even though it can now produce HAM pictures- Only a limited number ot colours can be used and these all have a code number that must be attached in the editor Reflective and transparent objects have a similar code but there are no other surface effects available. The rendering method used is scanline rather than true ray tracing This means that rendering is very fast but shadows and reflections are not as effectrve as those in programs that do use ray
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VideoScape has now been largely superceded by other, easier to use and more powerful programs Pro Motion however has features such as Wind and Gravity that no other system otter and this may give the system a new lease of We.
Brilliant interface; limited modelling tools; only 1 6-colour rendering in High-res unless you use the four-figure professional version; the world passed it by!
Caligari Caligari was first rumoured in the January 1987 Amiga World before VideoScape or Sculpt had been heard of. Two years later it re-surfaced with an excellent interlace but little else, at least in the consumer version. A professional version with ray tracing exists but who's seen it? A great pity; waste ot a great interface.
The interface is a single view perspective affair that is very smooth-acting. The viewpoint can be moved interactively just by moving the mouse. Once the scene gets complex, all objects are converted to bounding boxes tor the duration ot the transtormation.
A tncfc Forms In Flight could have learned.
Object rotation, scaling and move is also In real hme with the mouse using a bounding box- A reasonable range ot primitive objects ¦s promoeo plus glue. Lathe and extrusion but ) tool and no point editing!
Is elementary. Only 16 or 32 be used, though with dithering number goes up to about 70.
Objects can have specular highlights. There is no ray tracing and no animation. Overall Ceiigan is only halt a program.
Forms-in- Flight 2 Slow perspective interface; awful movable menus; no HAM or ray tracing; difficult but rewarding patch1 modelling method; IFF brush mapping; phong shading; animation.
Version 2 ot this original' (for which, read peculiar) modelling program has been around for several years and is now looking very clunky. Never an easy program, it nonetheless included some wonderful ideas that really should have been developed further The interface is awful but could have been good. Top, front, end or perspective new is limited. Perspective view is mouse controlled but very slow when objects are present It only the bounding box method had been used' Pop-up menus appear wherever you press the nght button, a good Idea, but multiple level menus are too complex.
Objects in F-i-F are all surfaces. Either FSURFs Iflat surfaces) or QSURFs (quad surfaces). Quad surfaces are surface patches'; in other words they are flat surfaces with tour curves, bent like the patch on the knee ot a pair ot jeans. This method of working is very powerful because the number ol points used to make up the curve can be vaned as you work.
Rendering is limited to 32 colours so even with IFF mapping Images look dull.
Animation is rudimentary. A might-have-been.
Landscape is difficult to simulate in 3D scenes so several scene generators have become available recently. The simplest is the Turbo Silver Terrain Module from Impulse. This uses the normal polygon system of Silver to generate a reasonable landscape ol hills, mountains and valleys.
Scene Generator from Natural Graphics uses a fractal method to generate natural-looking landscapes complete with vegetation, snow and water. Images can be saved as an IFF file or as a model, but the format used is not compatible with any other 30 system.
Much more comprehensive Is Vista, now In version 2. Vista also uses a tractal method, but provides much more control over the land torm.
Actual real landscapes such as Mount SI lltlsns can be loaded in and generated as HAM renders. Animation is supported and objects can be saved in useful formats.
Animation: Apprentice Series Quirky and difficult interface; rubbish manual; weird modelling method; the Citroen 2CV of the 3D world; some useful utility programs.
Marlin Hash's Animator series has been around lor a long time.
Modelling involves creating all the parts ot an object and linking them together on a stick-figure' framework that can be manipulated tor movement, animation etc. Each part can have a HAM brush mapped onto it.
When I tried tt, the whole system seemed too clunky to use but that was partly the useless manual. There are many Hash Animation enthusiasts in the States. Rendering and animation is quite good but quirky.
As modules to go with Animator are; Multiplane, Editor, SoundTrack, Ettects, Stand, Rotoscope, Flipper, Sculpt, Titler, Quick2D and others. Most ot these are excellent utilities that should be available in the UK.
Pity they are not!
M s Anyone who has used the plain vanilla version ot VideoScape3D will have rejoiced at the arrival ot Modeller3D. It should really be sold with VideoScape and Modeller 3D Modeller only; designed for VideoScape, limited for other systems; reasonable modelling tools; no rendering; no animation; good manual.
Pro Motion as one package.
Interlace can be Quad View, though tri-view is much quicker.
The usual tools are available plus more sophisticated ones like Remap (allows objects to be distorted, sheared and twisted) and Array (multiple copies).One ot the tew systems to otter true layering like good CAD programs.
Although it does not animate, Modeller can be used to generate camera and motion tiles tor VideoScape though Pro Motion does it better. Pity Aegis Oxxi never properly merged these three programs because you really need all three.
F .l iflht Now Public domain, so cheap ncheerful; no HAM; crude animation; no mapping; simple single perspective view; solid modeller so no point editing; limited primitives; no modelling tools; what do you expect for free?
It you want to try out 3D modelling but cannot attord to buy a package this is lor you. Very simple, crude interlace with icons tor each of the objects types Gust bail, can, and cube), lights, colours, view, delete and change.
Selecting an object icon places the basic shape on screen and brings up a requester that allows the object to be scaled, squashed rotated and moved using simple sliders. A choice ot three colour gradients can be chosen tor the object, or mirror tinish. The Eye icon determines the viewer's position and the Lite provides lights. The scene is saved and loaded Into C-Lightll, the ray tracer program .
I Ml' The ray tracer allows ambient light level, colour dithering, shadows and anti-aliasing to be controlled. Selecting GO starts the render.
Thats it! Simple but effective.
At the opposite end of the spectrum trom C-Light.
Page Render allows complex arrays ot elaborate objects to be modelled and rendered. Designed tor creating images trom scripts, though icon based interlace is also used.
Single perspective view is nice with script window slid out ot sight at the bottom ot the screen until required. Icon window just above this, so positioned conveniently across bottom ot screen.
Huge range of modelling options expanded further it you use scripts.
Once an object is built it can be repeated many times in an array (as if Page Render Mathematically exact modelling, animation and rendering; CAD-like interface; no shading; wonderful range of array manipulations; animation with PageFlipper; not really for the beginner.
At the corners of a grid). This array can then be manipulated In weird and wonderful ways eg Funnel, Arch, Dome, Crevice.
Scenes can be ray traced and numerous strange light sources added. A quite different approach to 3D modelling and rendering that may appeal more to the scientifically minded. (But that doesn't mean it's not tun!)
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VISA and MASTERCARD orders welcome LIGHTWAVE 3D has to come at the top of anyone's list. Allen Hastings wrote the first commercially available 30 package tor the Amiga, VldeoScape. His latest effort is bundled with probably the most famous piece ot Amiga hardware short ot the Amiga itselt - NewTek's Video Toaster.
At the moment It looks like Toaster is at least a year away from these shores and Lightwave with it. A lull list ot features is difficult to come by (I don't know why) but it is certainly an easy-to- use. Smoothly operating perspective-view system with many extremely powerful features.
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widely in Germany. Once the manual has been translated into English we should also be able to give it a try. The brief look that I have given it showed how well it uses light sources to give very realistic effects.
And that’s by all means not all! As you may have gathered from the preceding pages it’s been quite a substantial year for the Amiga's graphics.
As well as the packages that we have used (all those featured above), there are several available that we know of but have not used, several that are not available in the UK, and several rumours. In no particular order they are: Another completely new program from one ot the originals is ANIMATION JOURNEYMAN from Marlin Hash. Again I have not used it but by all accounts it is once again a very different piece of software altogether, with Martin taking the let's be original' Citroen route again.
IGOR is designed specifically as a relatively low-cost system tor the preparation ot 3D objects and animations for rendering on top-end graphics systems like Spacewards Matisse. A Wireframe preview mode and limited rendering allow animations to be tine tuned, the operator rocking and rolling' back and forward frame by trame using the shuttle function.
Multiple cameras, hierarchical motion, squash, stretch, insert and append allow sequences to be edited, made more complex or otherwise transformed. FGOflwill probably never be made available to the average consumer; the software alone costs E3000.
The basic principle is thal ot a spline patch, something like that used by Forms-in-Flight but very much better implemented. Spline patch objects have no polygons or faces but instead use calculated curves to define surfaces. It you detorm the curve the whole surface bends smoothly to match. This is a very sophisticated principle that allows objects to be modelled almost like clay, and provides a much more accurate way to represent smooth surfaces.
When animaling. The smooth bends makes possible very much smoother and more realistic movements with objects tlexing and twisting natu- ralistically. As soon as we can get hold of Journeyman it will be reviewed in these pages.
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P016 9UW Tel: 0705 325354 UjeSerue Larger rtems delivered ¦¦ Dy Securcor Every time an Amiga is demonstrated, someone always shouts "It’s not IBM PC compatible!". To experienced Amiga-users this isn't a problem - you didn't buy a superior computer to use outdated PC software.
It would, though, be nice to have the option. If you use a PC at work or in education it's handy to be able to take your work home with you. So Commodore released Transformer, software that enabled PC software to be run, albeit at a very slow pace.
Later on Commodore released their excellent Bridgeboards. These plugged into an A2000, and together with a 5.25-inch drive could run the majority of PC software. But there People often want to run PC software on their Amigas. PAT MCDONALD checks out the latest PC emulator from the veteran German company Vortex.
Vortex Atonce PC Emulator ¦ £ 1 99 ¦ Silica 08 1 309 1 was no A500 PC emulator unti last year when the KCS Bitcon board was released. This plugs into the memory expansion port of the A500.
(Howe 80284-Emil a tor for Anij* - *er 1.10-PAL tt (01990 «fH*» He 1 tEHORY 088KJ IEN0RY 648KB mi 8178H c«i ¦B cow 82F8H Now the German company Vortex have developed an internal board for the Amiga. It appears to be a very desirable expansion indeed for those who need a powerful emulator... Enter Atonce The Atonce sits on a small board, about 8cm x 10cm. All the components are surface-mounted, and the construction quality is high - it's a well-designed board. To fit it, you unscrew the case from your machine, take out the standard processor, and plug the board in the processor slot.
A2000 or A1500 owners need to fit a special adaptor board to use the Atonce - presumably the board is the wrong shape to fit inside these.
There's also a Gary adaptor - a small widget to fit between the Gary chip and the motherboard (this is not essential but it can boost the speed of the board).
Starting up The included set-up software has to be run first to get your machine to behave like a PC This is easy enough (just bung the disk in tne drive) but you are suddenly facec wrtn a huge text file which displays automatics , This is the latest updatec documentation, and in this way it forces you to read it. You don't have to (the Atonce running procedure is pretty straightforward after this) but it makes sense to make the effort. The file contains a lot of technical information that you don't find in the manual
- see the panel on this page for selected extracts.
You can click on the icon to run Atonce straight away, this gives you an AT compatible PC with 512K of memory There is an installation program to set up the system to taste.
From this program, you can select how much memory is available to the PC. Which graphics system it win use (CGA Hercules. Olivetti or Tosrxba TS3100). You can also tell re system to look at particular floppy drives as PC drives. Atonce will cope SELECTED EXTRACTS The underlying idea behind the Atonce is that you have a PC running alongside your Amiga. Flicking between the two systems is acheived by pressing the left Amiga key and then N or M - and then you have the best of both worlds.
It's a nice idea, but do bear In mind that all the bits plugged into your Amiga have to be shared with the PC. If you just have 512K of RAM, then the PC is only going to get 256K of that or less: which is not enough tor many PC programs. Your Amiga Is going to feel positively tied up with a miniscule 100K or less.
The good news is that as your Amiga gets more powerful, so does the Atonce. If you have an AdRAM 540 or similar RAM expansion (one that provides more than 512K of RAM internally) the Atonce can happily use the extra memory. The same goes for RAM plugged in externally.
If you're Amiga has IMS of memory, then you can easily get a 512K standard PC. A 1.5 MB gives the maximum amount of standard PC memory
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No matter what sort ot memory expansion you have, the Atonce can cope. It needs to have the correct mode set though - there are 11 of these, so a bit of trial and error is needed to set It up. Unless you can understand Amiga technospeak.
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With 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch drives with no problems, but double density 1.44 MB drives are not supported yet (they are still uncommon on the Amiga).
You can also select which port the PC will expect the mouse to be connected to and which serial port the PC will use. Note that rf the PC is using the serial port, then your Amiga cannot use it. You also select which hard drive partition you want the Atonce to look at as a PC partition: more on this later.
Upon double clicking on the Atonce icon itself, the whole Amiga system reboots. You end up on a PC like text screen, where the program methodically checks all the memory allocated to it before asking you to insert an MS-DOS boot disk.
“It will let you use partitions of your hard drive as PC areas. You have to set up your hard drive with a PC- only partition greater than 5MBin size- which is a big chunk out of the average 40MB hard drive " There's just one problem: you don't get an MS-DOS system disk with the Atonce. The board we had booted quite happily from a variety of MS-DOS boot disks - Tandon, Epson and Amstrad. The real time clock on the Amiga is treated like an AT clock.
Welcome to PC land You end up with the familiar MS-DOS 'A ' prompt, and after that the machine behaved well. Setting it up for a decent 7 Mhz AT standard can be tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the Amiga.
I tried WordStar, and that loaded without any fuss. Next was LetterPertect, which has to be unpacked onto several PC disks.
After formatting a few blanks, the package went onto the disks and worked fine. After a variety of games and databases. I couldn't find one that didn't work.
DIFFERENT MODELS The on-disk documentation contains a few fixes that can speed up the Atonce. The differences in various models of the Amiga stem from the revision number, which is always clearly printed on the board.
Revision five boards are the mainstream type. There is a slightly different driver on the Atonce disk which should be used with this type to give a better performance.
The revision six boards are becoming more common now, and the Atonce is really set up to make the best use ot them. There's even a small technical note about soldering a resistor to make them work a bit faster with the Atonce, again contained in the ondisk notes.
How do you tell which board you have without dismantling the computer? You can’t, but then again you have to take the machine apart to fit the board anyway.
Norton Unities kicked up a fuss, but after changing the graphics adaptor (Vortex do supply a few PC utilities to do this) all those diagnostics beloved of PC users worked fine. You often find yourself tinkering with the graphics mode to get the best result with a particular piece of software.
The Atonce Norton speed value is about 6.1. which is nippy as Pcs go. To achieve this, though, the software has to be finely tuned to your Amiga - there are a couple of different revisions which make a difference to the speed of the Atonce.
When the system was working with more than four colours it became slow at updating the screen, because all the graphics handling is done by software, so it can't cope with rapid screen transitions.
Hard disks too The Atonce will let you use partitions of your hard drive as PC areas. You have to set up your hard drive with a PC-only partition greater than 5MB in size - which is a big chunk out of the average 40MB hard drive.
Next, you have to setup the installation program to look at the hard drive as an MS-DOS partition. Up to 24 partitions can be given in this way, from C: right through to Z:.
The Atonce can even run PC games without causing a fuss - see whaf PC owners have to put up with In terms of graphics. The colours used by the graphics system can be configured to any ot the Amiga's 409C different hues.
After that, you have to boot up your MS-DOS disk, get it to format the PC partition(s) and you're away. Existing partitions were set up as AmigaDOS areas. So expect to repartition your existing hard drive system to get it to work with the Atonce.
It's possible to set MS-DOS to boot from the hard drive, rather than inserting a floppy each time.
One point to bear in mind is that Vortex have an excellent back-up and upgrade service. The hardware board can sit in your Amiga forever, but by sending an SAE to Germany with international postage vouchers you can get the latest software updates.
In conclusion The manual for the Atonce is well illustrated, and people should have little problem in fitting the board. It's sketchier on actually using the board
- people who have a working knowledge of both the Amiga and the
PC will have few problems, but if you're a bit vague m either
area then you will flounder at first.
For instance, if you're not too sure about installing a Microsoft mouse to work with a PC, expect a few problems getting the Amiga mouse to work with PC software. It can be done but it takes a knowledge of PC mouse drivers.
The Atonce is a good emulator.
If you have a well expanded A500 then it brings that power out in PC mode. Not just a bog standard XT, but a lively AT model at that.
Is the Atonce better than the KCS Bitcon board’ It depends, if you need a standard PC and don't have much m the way of Amiga extras, like memory or a hard drive, then the Bitcon is a better, all-in-one buy.
Tf you are prepared to fit an internal board and have lots of expansions then the Atonce is a much better buy. It’s really for more serious PC applications that need speed and lots of memory - areas that the KCS board doesn't cope with very well.
VERDICT PURPOSE IBM AT PC Emulator board tor the A500 (A2000 A1500 adaptor cards available).
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ACCESSIBILITY: ••• Easy to get up and running, but needs some tinkering to get the best out ot it.
VALUE: • • • • A very cheap AT computer Indeed!
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TRADE GOVERMENT LOCAL AUTHORITY AND EDUCATIONAL ORDERS WELCOME directly. ‘ASPOOL and 'AEXEC work like the BBC BASIC equivalents but operated on Amiga devices such as PRT:, RAM: and so on. They even work on named pipes!
Sound and Graphics With TheEmulator you simply have a Beeb on a floppy, end of story.
If you want to have access to the best range of educational software on any computer, this could be the simple answer: and it's a darn sight cheaper than buying even a second-hand Beeb. Some simple educational software is provided as an example, but you will need to check that particular programs will run on TheEmulator before buying Beeb software.
There has been a considerable recode ot the graphics routines to support all the GCOL modes which are needed for animation (see bottom picture caption). Similarly, the ubiquitous ENVELOPE sound command is now supported. This was responsible for generating the mysterious bells and whistle sounds the Beeb somehow managed to achieve with only a comparatively rudimentary sound chip. Its inclusion is a welcome addition and will help no end.
There are many good reasons to own a BBC emulator, but most of them are to do with BBC educational software. MARK SMIDDY looks at the updated... TheEmulator 2 BBC Micro Emulator ¦ £39.95 Genisoft 0753 680363 Though overpriced, the BBC had a friendly BASIC and excellent expansion capabilities and it has a stronghold in schools even today, almost ten years on. In a bid to compete for the educational market, Commodore set Ariadne Software the task of creating a BBC emulator. The result, despite being incredibly fast and simulating the BBC environment well, met with suspicion in some quarters
and seemed to fade from view. Until now, that is!
The major change in the new release is TheEmulator can now read ADFS disks written on any of the BBC machines including the Archimedes However, Archie disks must be formatted to 640K, not the usual 800K Sadly there is still no support for the much older DFS or the 8271 DFS.
The ADFS support comes in two flavours: an ADFS Xmodule and TFS - the ADFS-to-AmigaDOS transfer system. Both these only work on the internal drive.
Xmodules (expansion modules) are bolt-on goodies similar to side ways ROMS in the original. In this way, anyone with programming skills in 6800 assembler or C can add extra filing systems - or whatever they please - using TheEmulator as a driving engine BBC BASIC has itself been re-coded as an Xmodule.
Operating System Support The following OS calls are all fully supported in the most recent version of TheEmulator: GSINT. GSREAD.
OSBPU1 OSBGF I USKIX.H. OSASt.l OSNEWL, OSWRCH, OSWORD. OSCLI On the DFS side of things the following calls have been implemented: OSFIND, OSGBPB, OSARGS. OSFILE.
Finally, most of the documented OSBYTE commands have been implemented - far too many to mention The 'LOAD command now allows BBC screens to be loaded directly from disk to memory. However, a small amount of re-codmg will be required for most programs because this is implemented as if a 6502 second processor were present. In practise, this takes seconds. Two new commands allow programs to read and write AmigaDOS devices A welcome addition to TheEmulator is the recoding of the graphics routines to support GCOL modes 1, 2 and
3. These calls are vital to any program doing animation - GCOL 3,
for instance, implements exclusive OR.
As an offshoot of this, the recode has taken TheEmulator outside Kickstart's graphics.library making it slightly faster.
The weird abstract art BELOW is actually a demo of the idea... TheEmulator is still the cheapest way to buy a working version of the computer that has influenced the lives of thousand of children across Britain - and created careers for people like yours truly.
The real thing, bought second hand, will probably cost £150 and then you'll have to buy disk drives and all the other paraphernalia.
TheEmulator is not perfect, but with every upgrade it gets better and is a worthy addition to any family. What would I like to see in the next version?
Support for the Concept Keyboard and other BBC specific peripherals.
We'll see if anyone listens...
• Genisoft can provide teachers and educational programmers with
special licenced re-distributable versions of TheEmulator.
They should be contacted directly for more information.
VERDICT PURPOSE To run BBC software on the Amiga SPEED: • • • • • Between two and seven times faster than the BBC - most emulators are slow.
DOCUMENTATION: • • • • Good for programmers and BBC users.
Beginners will need BBC Basic manuals ACCESSIBILITY: • • • • Does what it says, and does it well Excellent if you want a cheap BBC VALUE: • • • • • Good, given the wealth of BBC Micro based educational software.
FEATURES: • • • • Excellent, but limited by Amiga hardware Announcing PRODATA - the Arnor database Software for the 1990s Prodata is exceptionally versatile: - You can keep data tiles which are automatically sorted as you add information. The type of data can be very varied, ranging from simple names and addresses to inventories and catalogues and even invoices and records of transactions.
You can keep the data sorted in several different ways, e g. by name, number, date. Almost instantly find information using any of these sort keys.
You can design different ways of presenting the data, e.g. straight list, address labels, tabulated data.
Using Prodata is simplicity itself All facilities are accessed from a few simple to use menus. To set up a new database file you merely need to enter names for each data field - you need not concern yourself with the size of fields or the type of data to be stored or the total number of fields.
Designing a new layout OMTt vl.OO (cl (Inter-nil Printer (P14 EPSOM Directory E: MH Open: ARNOR (IGF) Rees: 3621 Sel: DLL Layout: 2 Index: 1_ lew Itr 5 B |snith CoRputrr IBM PC «T Imrrss 34 Hulbcrry Hi, Prtlnt Rp* 731?
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This is the program that our customers have been requesting for years. Prodata is an ideal companion to Protext - it uses the same key strokes and many of the same concepts, so Protext users will immediately feel comfortable. Prodata offers the same standards of ease of use and flexibility as Protext.
But you do not need Protext to use Prodata - it is a powerful database manager in its own right, ideal for all" your filing applications The program uses a simple set of menus which may be used with the keyboard or a mouse, as required.
Prodata is available now for the IBM PC and compatibles, Atari ST and Commodore Amiga computers.
Amiga owners please note that you need 1 MB to run Prodata - see below for special price for Prodata plus A501 (512K memory + clock expansion).
Variable length fields up to 300 fields per record. Fields up to 999 characters per field. (Multi- line fields have word-wrap and justification.) Data files automatically extendea as data is entered.
Extra fields may be added at any time.
Indexed files may have up to to indexes, which may use supplementary sort fields. Instantly switch indexes lo change sorting method.
Rexible layout design includes held, text and variable items, line drawing mode for boxes, layouts wider and longer than screen sizes with automatic scrolling, formatting of items (decimal places, justify, centring), printer attributes (bold, italic etc) both global and on each item, special 'attach' attributes to join items. Duplicate layout facility. Up to 100 different layouts.
Pnnting. Comprehensive set of printer drivers, full use of printer control codes, options to set all margin sizes, multi-line headers and foolers, microspacing useo lo give correct output in proportional fonts, background printing, pnnt to printer or to a disc file.
Filtering of data using any expression Filters stored with descriptions, selectable from menu.
Individual records may be de selected after filtering.
Importing and exporting ot data in different formats suitable for other software including Protext.
Selective importing allowing data to be checked and altered as H is imported.
Undo changes The most recent data changes deter, ens rnsemons are logged and may be ferried to ow you to correct mistakes easily.
Password protection 5 levels, ability to layouts to restrict access to Re management Scfeen with directory map, "wwe. Eras*, copy. Typa. Attribute alteration.
PcawrtuJ expression evaluator provides Ptte catenations. Substrings, conditional and rounding, using field contents and «r«e«s pnet running totals) The result of an can oe assigned to a field throughout . Or to another variable.
T entry verification Fields may be to be -nteger. Number or date within a or a string subject to a maximum as« Data editing aoaey lo dupUcale an existing I»en«e. Nmf. Arc aomn, mode, insert and delete One rm axo-act, mow fields up or down, map srweews. Exxven to upper or oaer case, cnenge ¦r X or non bom ape, mode, finds mdividuel I compatibility includes full use including correct sorting, to 10 different national dnwrs supplied to print special Menu driven. Simple, easy to use system oI meres and pop up windows. Keyboard or mouse may be used.
Plus macro record mode, create sub-database, beach delete facility, configuration program, example data files, on screon indication ol bold, ixiderfining. Italics, comprehensive 190 page t manual.
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If there's one database that has really made a name for itself, it's Superbase. Can the latest version steal the scene totally? PAT MCDONALD finds out.
Superbase Professional 4 Programmable Database ¦ £349 + VAT ¦ Precision 08 I 330 7 I 66 A database can be a very useful piece of software.
The ability to handle records, statistics and bookkeeping on a computer, rather than with lots of different pieces of paper, is so handy. Plus it’s more difficult to lose a computer than a piece of paper!
“The range of graphics that Superpose can include s again impress ve. Not only yourstanda'd Amiga IFFs, out also HAM, Dynamc HAM (that's 4096 colours in high resolution), PCX or CompuServe GIF* Usually you have a good idea what you want at first - maybe a name-and-address file for mail shots, or perhaps a catalogue for a collection of some sort. Set t up. Type in all the data (how tedious that is) and you’re there.
What if you want to import a database file from an IBM PC at work, though? How about adding a digitised photograph which displays on the screen alongside the text? What if you need an extra field for each record’ Or maybe you suddenly find that you’ve forgotten to include the bar code for each product in a stock control list. What do you do?
Most Amiga databases up until now have been very bad at doing anything apart from inputting data, storing it and doing a search through it. Superbase 3 was the only contender in the serious database stakes
- and now it’s been updated to Superbase 4 we have every right to
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wondering what makes a database programmable, then read on. The
DML built Into Superbase is a lot like a version of Basic
especially designed for working with databases.
If you want to set up a very Intensive database (perhaps lots of cross calculations and filtering to produce a very complicated result) then you would use DML, rather than the very impressive filter and query options built into the standard mouse and graphics' method of using the program.
In the library book example, if you wanted a list of all books by a single author, then that would be very easy to set up with the query option. What about something more complicated, though? How about all the books written by a single author during a certain time period, below a certain price and released by the same publisher. You could set this up with a query, but it would probably take you a few attempts. DML would be harder to set up (it's a programming language after all) but once you had the program you could save It.
That's a small use. DML offers a lot more than that. It can be used to run a local area network of computers, using the same system. If this was a Novell network of Pcs and Amigas. Then you could store the main database on one hard disk and use the other machines to access it and use it.
Manual overkill It’s a big package - the box can be used as a reasonable monitor stand!
Inside is a fat ring-bound manual for the database, then another manual for the form designer and the DML programming language, and in the pack of this one is another manual which gives ideas of uses and applications for Superbase. On top of that you get two disks, one with the database and the form designer programs on it, the other with lots of examples.
The protection system for Superbase is very easy. On each program disk is a serial number - you have to type this in when setting up the program, along with your name and company (or city where you live). This information is needed to decode the program, and it’s displayed every time you run the program. A far more professional system than the previous dongle attempts.
I’ll admit I tried plunging straight into Superbase, but it didn’t pay off. You get an impression of lots of power and it looks very easy - but I found I needed to go back to the manuals to start off.
Reading these is fairly easy, so long as you’ve got the time. They try to avoid largon. And explain technical ideas clearly. You don’t reed to read them all - maybe about a quarter of the whole lot to get started and make your own databases - but if you’re used to programmable databases then you’ll probably find it easier.
The mam features are listed at the front. Each one then has a section of its own with lots of detail. The first manual ends with a good tutorial on how to set up your first database
- so you can read the first section, skim the middie and start
making databases after a few hours, using the examples that are
on the disk.
Super potential I could fill up two pages just by listing all the features of Superbase! If you have an existing catabase already laid out with VisiCalc. Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 or many other systems, you can import them into Superbase and use them on an Amiga. It can also import dBase II or III files, but DATABASE hard drive very easily and Precision strongly recommend that you have one). Running this brings up something like an art program.
A form is a custom-designed screen for looking at a database file.
You can design many different forms for using the same database, and you can alter each one to taste. For instance, consider a database that contained all the financial dealings of a firm. An office temp typing in »M ces wouldn't have the same editing facilities that an office manager would have, so you would leave some f»e*cs off the form that the typist used to enter data.
Superbase has one feature that makes locking around a database very easy. It’s a set of icons at the bottom of the screen that are similar to a video recorder. You can fast for- wa-d. Pause, rewind, play forward arc backwards through the records on a database or jump to the begin- nng or end. Superbase uses a mouse anc graphics to the full and the keyboard ts well integrated with the system too - pressing return selects OK from a -ecjester box. And there are many other key shortcuts for when you get used to the system.
Another Perfect Day The Amiga has always been shortchanged as a computer for business, manly because writers of PC software would not convert it. This is a very powerful program, with bags of flexibility and features, that redresses the balance. It also includes the features that make an Amiga so special.
PAYING LESS Superbase Pro 4 costs a lot of money - E349 + Very Awful Tax. If you already have any version of Superbase though, then you can take advantage of Precision's very reasonable upgrade prices. For Instance sending the original Superbase Personal disks back would get you Superbase Pro 4 for the bargain price of £150 + VAT.
Trading In Superbase Personal 2 gets you the program for £125 + VAT, and It you have an old copy of Superbase Pro then an upgrade is only £75 + VAT. Considering the older versions have been out for a few years now, the prices are pretty good compared to some on other computer systems.
A common use in business would be cross reporting from such files. You could compare profits made In each month (directly from where they were calculated from received invoices and cheques) to the amount of advertising money spent (again, directly from the financial transaction).
This flexibility and the awesome power of Superbase, together with the graphics and sound plus the DML programming language, mean that suitably powerful Amlgas could then be networked together to do many of the Jobs that are needed in business, and all done with just one piece of software... EXTREME FLEXIBILITY VERDICT you cannot actually edit them from Superbase. You could set up a new database based on these systems and view the old data, though.
Superbase has a competent comms menu, to read data through the RS232 port from another machine.
For the record A brief explanation of a database is in order. A database is a large, organised volume of informabon - a bit like a book. Each page of the book is called a 'record'. Each record looks much the same - except that it contains different information on the whole overall subject.
For instance, a library catalogue database would contain a record on each book in the library. On each record would be the name of the book, the author, the once and the ISBN code. Each record would have exactly the same areas for this information (they're called 'fields’), but because each book is different, the information would vary from record to record. Superbase could handle 1000,000,000 million such records - though I'm not sure Commodore have made an Amiga that could cope.
Once you have the database on a disk, Superbase can get to work on it and add a unique touch of the Amiga.
For instance, you can out pictures onto a record (the front cover of the book digitised, perhaps) as well as sound samples - RAW binary or IFF.
Of course. The range of graphics that Superbase can include is again impressive: standard Amiga IFFs, HAM, Dynanic HAM (that's 4096 colours in high resolution), PCX or CompuServe GIF. The last two are common on Pcs.
If you want the graphics to appear on a database, you might need to rescale them, change the aspect ratio or turn them into a greyscale - no problem. Alternatively they could display on their own screen when a field is clicked, in their original colours and resolution.
Standard form Superbase works on many different levels. At the top you’ve got database design - working out the layout of each record, where fields go and X »: need the nane of the city, plea eld does not natch validation what they contain. Fields can be text, numeric, calculated and indexed - indexing helps a lot when getting Superbase to produce a report. You can also set the password level to either permit full editing, just add new records or only examine the data.
Below that is the form designer.
This is a separate program on the same disk (Superbase goes onto a OK, so you've made the same mistake again, but Superbsse can have custom messages for this.
Now you can understand where it was you went wrong.
PURPOSE!_ Programmable database with a graphical user Interlace - all Amlgas.
SPEED;_»H It really needs a hard disk for very large databases.
DOCUMENTATION: • • • • • Very extensive and easy to read - shows you what not to do‘ as well.
ACCESSIBILITY: • • • • Superbase can handle multi-file databases. In the library example I've given, each book has an author, which Is entered onto the record. Some authors, naturally, write more than one book though - which means the same piece of data is replicafed in a database.
To avoid wasting disk space, you could have lots of files. One just contains all the authors, the other contains all the titles of books. By using the link option, you could create a database which looked exactly the same, but was much smaller on a disk - often books have the same name as each other, so again that would save space and be more efficient.
Brilliant, but there's a lot to understand If you're upgrading it's pretty good (this Is business software, after all).
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One little point, for example: the inclusion of a second set of rollers at the back of the scanner. It may seem insignificant, but on smooth photographic paper it makes a vast difference to your ability to scan in perfectly straight lines. PanDAAL are also including a metal ruler in the package, to run your scanner along and keep in a straight line.
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The scanner has four controls on the body: the scanning button, which you hold in while scanning; the resolution setting, switchable to 100. 200, 300 or 400 dots per inch (dpi); the brightness control to alter the density of the scan; and the dither patterns. The DAATAscan also simulates more greyscales than previous scanners we've looked at: 64 in 400 or 300 dpi mode and 16 at 200 or 100 dpi.
Changing the dither patterns alters the way in which the scanner records the image: higher settings are used for finer quality images (say magazine photographs as opposed to newspaper photos).
If the delay in production of this scanner really was to rewrite the software then it was well worth the wait, as it's a fine little application There are a few basic image editing tools (including a nice full-screen pixel editor), but the programmers have confined themselves to producing a fast, easy-to-use scanning interface To use the scanner, plug the scanner and power supply (which for once is of a decent quality) into the interface and the interface into the parallel port of your Amiga. Turn on the Amiga, put in the disk and the application autoboots. It will also run from a hard
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When the application opens you are laced with three windows: a blank image window; a settings window that contains all the relevant information about image size, resolution, et cetera; and a task strip containing eight icons such as Load... Save.. Scan Zoom. Print and so on.
In practise Scanning could barely be easier. Set the scanning sizes and resolution you want m the Settings window, check you have the same settings on the scanner and click the Scan icon. The screen will go black, a message telling you what resolution you're scanning in appears and the scanner powers up. Our only mam complaint was that while scanning you have to move the scanner very slowly indeed.
Overall this is a fine scanner, with a slick, easy-to-use interface which allows even novice computer users to produce good quality scans. The extra quality is certainly worth £20 or so above more run-of-the-mill units.
VERDICT PURPOSE: scanning in line art or continuous tione photographs, especially (or DTP use.
SPEED: • • • • Good: the software is tweaked (or speed and it makes scanning easy.
DOCUMENTATION: • • • Not a vast manual, but the package is simple enough to get to grips with.
ACCESSIBILITY: ••••• Shows none of the reluctance to work that some other scanners exhibit.
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Using this device is just a 'plug in and go’ operation. Although most 2400 baud modems are intelligent to the point of ignorance, remembering stuff you’d rattier they forgot by storing it all in non-volatile RAM. This modem is smart. It never screws up, it accepts all the standard Hayes AT commands and so runs with all the software you throw at it, and it's small enough to fit under an external floppy Modems £ I 49.99 £ I 79.99 Surface UK 08 I 566 6677 disk drive, saving space on ycwr desk. The model with MNP error correction is a dream, banishing tne noise as soon as you use it. Most
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Ifs small, hard and efficient and it does the job you bought it for with an almost palpable glee.
Phil South Not only does the MNP avoid clashes with up- and dowrvtoadng protocols - a major problem with some cheesy old modems I've owned The Bodega Bay is described as ‘a modular expansion console' for the Amiga 500 - which, roughly translated, means it’s a box that gives A500 owners an opportunity to upgrade their machine to reach a similar specification to the Amiga 1500 and 2000.
As far as looks go, the Bodega Bay is very much down to personal taste: but when it comes to function, there's nothing around that allows you this degree of upward expansion while retaining the original casing of your A500.
Bodega Bay contains a 200-watt power supply which takes over that job from the sometimes less-than- robust Commodore model. The power switch turns on the Bodega Bay and the A500. And an optional cable can power the monitor too. This gives a single-switch power-up for the whole system The manual is a well-written, simple walk-through of installation and use. It isn’t patronising and the tone is evenly pitched for beginner and expert. The A500 slides sideways into the Bodega Bay connector and thafs it. Add a couple of cables and you're in business.
We tried a collection of boards in Bodega Bay’s four lOOpin Amiga expansion slots, three of which can have optional PC XT AT 98pm slots: so the choice of addons is large There are also mounting bays for a couple of 5.25-mch drives and a hard drive, though you can fit 3.5 rch drives with optional adapter plates.
All of the cards we tried worked, with the exception of a PC Fax-Modern Bodega Bay A500 expansion case ¦ £350 Amiga Centre Scotland 031 557 4242 In general, we found the Bodega Bay easy to use, the instructions are clear and concise and the procedure for installation and expansion were better than adequate. It takes acres of desk space but it does a good job - and that, after all, is what it’s there for.
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Card which wouldn’t work on some Pcs either! Boards you can run include: XT bridgeboards; AT bridge- boards; hard disk controller (HC2+); the Harlequin framebuffer; AMAX 2+; serial cards; PC Games ports; RAM expansions. Any card that follows operating system guidelines should work, but it may be tricky with PC cards that take hardware short cuts.
Keith Pomfret HARDWARE TESTS DAATAmouse £39.99 ¦ Pandaal ¦ 0234 855666 A good looker, styled more like some weird, futuristic racing car than your average mouse, it's neatly curved to sit under the palm of the hand, with two large buttons constituting nearly a third of the entire body. It also has the advantage of a 360 dpi resolution, which is easily the highest among the mechanical mice tested here. (The resolution, remember, is a way of testing how accurately you can move the pointer to a particular point on the screen and is measured in dots per inch or dpi.) The overall feel is light, and
the buttons click with reasonable certainty. It is their position that lets the mouse down. When the hand follows the the curve, the fingertips protrude beyond the buttons. So if you’re a fingertip clicker' the hand is forced into a less comfortable grip, arching over the mouse, rather than letting the palm lie flush as the look implies. Those with small hands should find this no problem, however.
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The way that the case is designed, with an overhang at the back, means that it tends to tip up under the weight of the hand. Good if you have problems with dirt sticking in your ball, but not an ideal design for an Amiga mouse.
Contriver 5-inl Mouse £29.99 ¦ Contriver ¦ 0280 822803 Named for its compatibility with many a different make of computer, this mouse is a reasonably classyJooking affair with a low profile and finished in shiny, near-white plastic. It's designed for use with Amiga. Atari ST and three different kinds of PC and so the lead with the Amiga-compatible plug is on the end of a two-way adapter, which is a little untidy. Despite its convertibility, it has the Amiga-standard two buttons, so you won't be confused by a third, and because tbe buttons are set back slightly from the front of the case, you
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Rings of Zon is sort of like an arcade adventure, where you wander around a fortress, going down stairs, picking up objects and generally being a fantasy hero.
Jo (FOE'UMkIE (FMKfl € ® The system used is easy to pick up - you simply use the numeric keypad to move your character around, and objects are automatically picked up when you walk over them.
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Did I say demons? Each screen has a horde of these little nasties. The movement system reminds me a lot of the old. Classic Daleks, where a set of monsters chases you around - you move, and then they move, you move and so on.
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Here's an excellent set of educational programs for young children (or indeed, anyone who has difficulty with reading and writing). It comes on two disks and is an AMOS port by Pollysott from the STOS original - I think.
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On the other disk are three programs. The first of these is a teaching exercise about money, prices, and how to tell the difference between different kinds of coins. Although all right in it's own way it's not quite as intuitive as the other programs - if children do not know anything about the subject it will not teach them very much. For reinforcing what a child has already learnt, though, it's quite a good program.
Seasons uses quite an original approach. You select which season you want to study, and the computer plays a series of simple animations about each of them. After they have all displayed, the set of descriptions is shown and you can select to see each one. A very good way of teaching what words mean.
To round off there's a mouse tutor program. This clearly betrays the programs origins (it's an Atari mouse - big deal) but uses a simple system to teach people the skill of using a mouse. It uses various games involving an on-screen mouse after some cheese. If it sounds simple, it isn't - It certainly put my mouse skills to the test.
Seasons uses a very subtle teaching method - displaying the action and the word description.
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717 8 Mr Food Hilarious 2 disks1 733 4 Horror Show 2 disks, good1 764 System Vidator ‘•cm Anarchy 765 Hysteress Exce em oe~c 802 Simosons demo -e-. A-us ng 8301 M Python Poce-a-s oa 2, 864 Phenomena Interspace 3- ant' 865 Beatmaster 808 state 4 tracks 900Mag fields Spaced out 2 Great1 Demos & Animations 001 Juggler 8 Walking cat 2 classics 003 Probe demo SeenonTVi 00* Vange'is demo Supero demo'" 005 Enterprise ea-es dock Great • 011 Newtonscraoe & 2more Bn"!
012 Tre Sun Anm Fao ca' cnase • 034 Coo' cougar demo Great' • 050 Walker oemo 1 Great'" 051 walker demc 2 Excellent' • 052 Cxi Fab -ay traced animl • 058Gnostpoo' S Dno Excellent' • 059 Mage an 8. Jogger Good1 • 370 Conxx cyci'rg Nee s de 380 Bra an,ms Done m Sculpt 3D1 409 Fractal flight Superb lMg • 411 Busy bee anim Brill ray traced • 492 Basketball Boing etc good •
* 93 Agatrcn anims Ft5. Star trek' 608 Dragons lair n (Timewarp)
Fab' 692 Miner Anim Good tittle Aram!"
798 Suoerwoman anim Quite good' 825 Zeus bust an m Very good" 857A.gatronl7 Two* 4 Mencn • 658 Agatron2* Kui 8 Ping pong' Slideshows 0*4 Super Ham Cars Stunning' C67 Dynamic hires Unbelievable1 0789 Agat'd- 6-8 Say traced, fab1 097 Sea' 3d vega ray tracing1 6C6 Agatron 9 latest Tocas side 710 Desen is*nd Suoe lots of pics' 774 Nik Willems no 2 Superb' 775 N W Dynamic hires .awdropper 866 Lamoourghm: Couniach Car pics' Music & Music Utils 055 Flash music Dance music disk1 060100 64 tunes 8nll disk, a must' 113Genesis land of Confusion!
L56Sounatracxer Several versions' 157,158 loads of Tracker sa-ces 2 190 Games music Creator Good' 245 Mididisk lots of synth progs' 246 Fish 323 Caso CZ editor' 248 Amiga chan III Black 8ox etc 317 Fish 300 Realtime pitch convl 322Perfectscund sampler 8 samples 428 TSR music 5 Technotronic type 483 .Music several progs 8 mid" 510 Burning moependeixe 2 Bril' 5l3DepecreModemusic Good 534 Dmob 3 Amazing clear samples 562 Dead dance thrash Metal music' 587 Amigadeus Mozan on Amiga' 589 C'assix 2 Bach. Handel etc1 599 Audio Mage All me T-ackcs- 602S"entsmusc Some Fab tracks 642 Bangi-g Raves muse 2
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* 24 5 Lin 8 play Fun for kids' 2
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555 Am.game- 2 Ckp. Cness etc 582 Caste of Doom Adv gamel 583
Fascn&er More than 200 levels!
584 Frantic Freddie Platform gamel 6'2Mcncooly8Cluedo good' 655 8"zzard Shoot cm up' 626-30 Education pack 5 disks £4 50 658 Starfeet Shoot em up1 721 Battietorce Strategy game!
800»elp! Good little game' APD 62 Arcadia Great breakout!
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LPD1 Colouring boc* pre school art LPD2 Am Angel maths Maths fun1 LPD4 Thmgamajig Jigsaw puzzles' IP05 Jungle Bungle Adventure' IPD6 Pukada 8 Sprites Good game
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Word Factory Spelling aid1 IPD11 Go Genet Good game'- IPD12
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358 Uedll Absolutely Fabulous WordPro and SpellCheck 434 AMIBASE fantastically simple 8 Held Database 495 RIM DATABASE Comprehensive Relational Dbase 496 VISICALC Powerful Spreadsheet program 589 JOURNAL Keeps records ol all your 590 CLERK Bank Clark program 591 OB AS! Another Database program 592 WORDWHIOHt AMU!ASP! LI PD WordProcessor 593 BANKIN KaapHecords all your Bank Statements OE N I R A I UTILITIES 127 178 TV GRAPHICS DISK I Fonts.Backdrops etc. 340 JA ZBI NCR New simpler workbench replacement 345 346 VIDEO APPLICATIONS l Video Utilities Fonts 334 SID DINEC TORY UTII read and change
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363 MASTER VIRUS KILLER Superb Virus Killer GET IT 6 0 A GENE Geneology program lor the Amiga 671 FRANZ MEGAUTILS DISK Font Ed and loads more MUSIC AND SEQUENCERS l IH NOISETRACKER 2.0 The Best Amiga Seqeunccr 459 JAMCRACKER Superb CHIP SAMPLE sequencer
60. 1 PROTRACKER Amiga music Sequencer with MIDI 172 ST-90 Mega
sounds I 123 ST-9T Lots more samples 604 ST-92 More Greatest
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AM FM Synth.MIDI.8 Channels ANIMS AND SLIDESHOWS 137 - 138
SILENTS FANTASY Arty Style pica 139 REAL 3D Fantastic Ray
Traced Pictures 192 THE WALKER DEMO An old Classic -
Brilliant’ 398 FRACTAL FLIGHT Incredibly last Flight anlm'
457 ENTERPRISE LEAVING DOCK Very impressive’ 453 EPIC PREVIEW
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! ’ 623 BATMAN MOVIE As reviewed. Quite tunny’ 627 DEMONS
SLIDES 3 Very good graphics slideshow 634 MINER ANIMATION
Nice skulpt animation’ 634 RELIANT ATTACKING Another Superb
TR Anim' 655 HUEY 2 Helicopter Taking oil’ Reviewed in AF20
666 STAR TREK PING PONG Fly By anim by T. Richter • 667 - 668
LIGHT CYCLES Animation trom the Him TRON ' GAMES AND PREVIEWS
296 RA GAME PREVIEW Egyptian type game 446 BIONIX Superb
Arcade ShootEmUp 446 P ACM AN The old classic game on your
Amiga 477 ED 709 Great Shoot-out with turtles Etc. 309 LEARN
AND PLAY t Education and Games 3 10 LEARN AND PLAY 2 tor 4-9
Yrs 371 TREASURE ISLAND Find that treasure We 594 MONOPOL Y
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THE EVIL DEAD GAME Splatl those Dead People 638 TETRIS 3D You
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639 MOIRA GAME Adventure tun game 669 SUBCUL TURE GAME DEMO Fast Movtn ShootEmUp 672 DRIP Brilliant painter-type game Arcade Quality MUSIC AND DEMOS 133 CRUSADERS BACTERIA One ol the best Music disks 153 PUGGS IN SPACE Classic cartoon style demo 164 SCOOPEX MENTAL HANGOVER The BEST demo ever 223 DIGITAL CONCERT 3 Mega Music re-mix 225 DIGITAL CONCERT 5 The Power. Kaos. Touch Me 227 JARRE DOCKLANDS Music trom the Keyboard King 252 - 253 BUDBRAIN MEGADEMO Great Demo.may ottend 424 SOUND OF SILENTS Incredible Music disk t 425 DIGITAL CONCERT 6 Another Housey remix 532 CRUSADERS - A FEW TUNES Very
well composed 546 FRAXION FUTURE VISIONS Space slideshow Music 599 BUDBRAIN DEMO 2 Hilarious action trom the Buds 607 IRAQ DEMO The disk they Irled to stop W 608 CRUSADERS GENESIS Very nice Genesis songs’ 611 FARTS AND BELCHES No commonI 32p £365 621 BANGING RAVES 2 Follow up to Banging Raves 628 AMIGADEUS CLASSIC MUSIC Mo art Amigatised !!
645 SYSTEM VIOLATION DEMO Wicked demo by Anarchy 646 MADNESS II BY DAN ANARCHY Its Insane !!!
647 HYSTERESIS Fabulous demo by Magnetic Fields 648 ZARCH MUSIC 3 Some more great musics 649 EQUAMANIA II Lots ol House mixes and more 650 PHENOMENA MUSIC DREAMS Unbeleivable Music t 672 - 673 SILENTS BLUES HOUSE Superb Music A Game BusinessPack Uedit Wordprocessor, Visicalc and RIM Dbase. A great set tor getting going I j U St S k iDS Learn and Play Disks I and 2 .Puggs In Space. A superb set designed lor 5-10 Yrs UTILITIES C0LlEcTI0N More Utilities, including essentials like Diskmaster.Dcopy.TcxlEd and more U1IIIIY PACK i Packed with loads ol utilities.Including the ST-Emulator.and slacks
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TV Holy Grail, a very good adventurx* Mona, a mk* playing adventure •) The Golden Fleece a text adventure (•) Colossus, another text adventure game Frantic Freddie tv PI) game good fun All new Psuedo Cop game a Shoot *m up Castle of Doom advent urn with graphics Bug . Flofnmando a ptayaMe drmo fun . Flaschhier. A boulderdash PD game Tram construction design your layout Eat Mine U. has 80 screens to play at Drip, a painter type of game, great fun Silkworm 4. Playable shoot em up (•» Murder, an adventure playable preview Back to the Ftiture. Playable preview killing (iame Show, playable
preview Plotting, a 5 level demo from Psygrxwb Wild Ftre. Another pre-release game drmo Velp. A Painter type game, multi-levels Paradmkl one ship taster, arcade action Marathon Mine III. 80 screens to tackle 781 Wendy and Ijsa. Pklures of tV pop du«» 779 Twin Peaks, pklures from tV IN show 766 Vnnle Jones, ten pictures of Mink*
758. Tabba Dabba Doo. Great cartoon pklures 741 Newteck's DlgMiew
4.0 great demo disk 667 Future Visions, more fantasy
pictures 480 Saucy postcards, naughty hut nice 474 Madonna
Slideshow, lots of pklures
472. Viz slideshow as seen In Amiga format 112 Space Bubbles,
terrifk fantasy pits
635. Total Recall. Arnold Schwarzenegger
739. Slideshow Spectacular, superb hl-rrs
814. MEDV3.0. the latest and greatest I•)
813. Startrekker V 1.2 Soundtracker done
793. Red Sector demo maker VI 0 great' (•)
735. Flexl Base, a more friendly data base 647-653. Volumes 1-7
clip art by Vndy Hughes (may be purchased separately If
required) 1640 Mobed V1.0. a movable object editor
623. C-Light. Ray tracing program very good
613. Soundtracker Professional (Protracier)
610. Master Virus killer V2 0 terTlflc" Just arrived NORTH C VI 3
(order by Name) Please note thb Is a 2 disk set tl 98 Evil
Dead demo for all you Sychos (•) AmoB Creator II demo,
official release Colour Cycling supert) effects get it' Bud
brain II a new disk from Budbram (nddfire 1990 mega drmo
with Turtles' Pussy tnnrWup good graphs and game I nreal
game demo to show off your Mniga Qtympta parallax Ktottng at
es Pest FyarUJ animauon. Super mandeibrocs •) Cool Fndge
supert) Pusma effects here Dev lib (Jiid good drmo compiUUuo
Materialized cryptobumen* supert) demo Chromium. A iffeat
new demo by Scoopex Safe Sex demo, nothing to do with sex
Danish know How from Flash Productions Purple, very large
vector routines Ftactal Flight animation, unusual drmo
(xoiam ((ales Mega demo II worth getting Mars Cop. Great
space flight sequence kefrens mega demo 7. Good all rounder
Fjvlra game drmo. See before you buy tt Dragons demo 1. Has
loveh raster effects lan & Vucks mega drmo 9 parts to this
C usadcTs does (ienrsb. Superb C» In a Silent Way. Donl mbs
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FF467 What's going on? A Fish disk with only two programs
on it? The reason is that one of these is in fact very
impressive. MultiPlot VXLNd is the latest update of a long
running program put together by Alan Baxter. Tim Mooney,
Rich Champeaux and Jim Miller.
This is one of the better produced AMOS games that I've seen. The idea is very simple - coloured balls come down tour conveyor belts towards you. And you have to put the balls into wooden barrels of the correct colours.
The tricky bit is that sometimes the balls are on the wrong belt. You then have to put an arrow in front of it with the mouse to divert the ball onto an adjacent belt. Still sounds a bit simple?
The fly in the ointment is a set of meanies who fly down the screen and drop arrows on the belts to foil your plans. Pressing the right mouse button will shoot them, but they move incredibly fast.
It doesn't sound like much, but It's really fun to play and incredibly addictive. The graphics and sound are very well executed, and it’s a fun game that's hard to put down.
Well done to Lindasoft, an Italian coding crew - more please.
What it does, in theory, is very simple - it plots graphs. However, it will attempt to plot literally any graph. It takes its data from a text file (which you set up with Notepad, for instance) and produces, from this, automatically scaled graphs.
The documentation is extremely comprehensive, and the program is powerful while being fairly easy to use. It can output graphs in IntroCAD, mCAD, IFF, Hewlett Packard Graphical Language (HPGL) and Postscript files for those lucky enough to own laser printers. It should satisfy those people who are continually asking me for a plotting program.
The other program is a small Nico Francois utility. It’s called PowerSnap. And once installed (there’s a small installabon program on the disk to take care of that) it lets you paste characters from one part of the screen into another part. Makes using the CLI a bit easier, and even works with some word processors - so long as the text isn't too big.
DEADLINE AMOS APD123 This particular demo has been written by Shadow Software using the new TOME extension to AMOS Basic. TOME is a set of 26 new commands, including a map designer to create games that are bigger than the screen and scroll around very smoothly.
The theme of Deadline is slightly novel. You take up the position up of an editor for an AMOS newsletter, unfortunately, though, a sudden gust of wind has blown all of your computer gear, as well as your disks, all over the town's landscape. It all has to be collected in order for you to complete each level.
BITS N PIECES Last month I said that Senlac were producing a set ot Licenseware Sculpt objects. Well I'm afraid I was wrong - these objects are actually commercial products. That is, the copyright of the objects belong with Senlac. But you can use them In your own animations so long as you credit Senlac. They are thinking ot bringing out a Turbo Silver version of the objects if anyone is at all interested... In Scandinavia. Teijo Kinnunen is busy working away on OctoMED.
What he is doing is rewriting his popular music editor program to use four or eight channels of sound.
It's not going to be completed for some time yet, and there are rumours that Teijo is thinking of making it a commercial product.
Although It is nowhere near completed, this picture clearly shows the eight-channel nature of the forthcoming OctoMED.
To hinder you along the way are several types of low life. Muggers patrol the parks, as do rather vicious guard dogs. You can plant stop signs in front of these (to turn them away) and there are several shovels that you can use to dig holes to trap them. Alternatively you can do what I did - run away.
The best fun is had when jumping into the car and racing around the screen. All all ifs a cute little demonstration of what wdl probably prove to be be a popular AMOS extension Most AMOS programs to date have been based around one screen at a time.
CHAOS STRIKES BACK HELP SENLAC This one is quite useful for those who need some help with the game Chaos Strikes Back or it’s prequel, Dungeon Master. The first nine levels of Chaos are mapped out - you can load the pictures into any suitable art package like the Deluxe Paint series.
There’s also a saved game for Dungeon Master, which gives you four characters of very respectable experience. The only real snag is, though, that to set up a suitable save disk is a bit tricky, and the documentation that tells you how to do this has to be either read from the CLI (or the Shell) or loaded into a word processor.
There’s quite a few other bits and pieces on the disk, for instance a spell-help screen.
The only problem is that to get the best out of this offering you really have to know how to use the CLI or Shell.
Expect this one to be a bit delayed too -1 understand that Senlac are having the maps redrawn. They're accurate enough, just a txt difficult to read. Still, you wouldn't really want to cheat too much on a game like this, now would you?
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Icon Meister VI4 THE Icon editor Disk Storage Deluxe V110 shows
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But Dad, its not the stereo. Its my Amiga, "Pull the other one, I wasn't born on the turnip truck in the last shower of rain yesterday."
But it is. Look. There are all these music and animation demos available on PD.
"My God! You’re right! Where did you find these?"
Well MAFF EVANS does a round-up in Amiga Format of the latest demos.
Anyone interested in collecting public domain demos will have heard of Eric Schwartz. Here we have some more collections of his off-beat cartoons, ranging from the near-famous Aerotoons featuring comic-book |ets in amusing antics, to more unusual amms such as Juggette II and Latemght.
Juggette continues the adventures of the sexy, robotic juggler herself, while Latemght is a sombre tale of insomnia.
MORE CLASSY ANIMATIONS 2 NBS DISK D590 "Let's have a look then."
Despondent son hangs around in background as father takes over Amiga ... again!
Just a basic collection ol demos and Intros really! Most of them are pretty run-of-the-mill, but the Motion demo consists ot some really wild Imagery and Is backed by some pretty heavy acld-dance music. Get on down!
CAVE DEMO COLLECTION AMIGANUTS UNITED DISK 1009 Yes! Here we have some more of Steve's weird animations featuring that cartoon hero: Chuck!
The clips range from Chuck taking a roll in his own version of Top Gun to a cutesy animation based on the C64 game Creatures.
I wonder if it will ever come out on the Amiga? If this animation is anything to go by it should look good anyway!
SYNTHETIX MUSIC 17 BIT DISK 886 Once you have managed to sift your way through the standard Soundtracker PD songs that are on the disk, you will come across the powerful electro-beats of ‘Astroflighf.
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AG.11 Tennis: excellent shareware sports simulation (MB) AG.14 Flascheiber; Boulderdash style game. Almost commercial quality' AG.15 Paranoid game; Arkanoid style.
Including a screen designer AG.16 Castle ol Doom; Adventure game with graphics - beginners level AG.17 ST Bash: superb Space Invaders inspired shoot-em-up where the aliens are Atari ST related spntes' AG.18 Golden Fleece; Superb Inlocom standard adventure Tram, design a railway with 2 trams' Tron. 2 player light cycle Same. Plus: Star Fleet, Kamikaze Chess, umbling Tots... AG.22 Return to Earth: Elite style space trading game with excellent graphics and digitised sound AG.24 Drip; Arcade quality game with digitised sounds and smooth sprites' Plus China Challenge, Super Gridder. Frogger.
Air Trallic Control Sim.. Mutant. Ping Pong...
G. 26 Zerg; Ultima style role play. Plus World: Inlocom type
adventure. Daleks.
Callisto. Puzz. Pontoon...
G. 27 Star Trek (USA); Space strategy game. Captain the USS
Enterprise and repel Klmgon attacks! (2D-MB-2 disks)
G. 28 Quattro; Tetris "style China Challenge; Mah Jong based
puzzle game breaker: Breakout style with screen designer. Plus
Asteroids version...
G. 29 Chess; Superb multi featured version with variable level of
play Tiles: unusual Shanghai version Battleships, great
implementation ol the classic pencil and paper game. Tetris
Two. 2 player puzzle game AH. HELP!
AH.01 Adventure Game Solutions: More than 100 including Dungeon Master. Future Wars. Ultima I to 5.
Sierra. Inlocom. Bards Tale. Zak MacKracken. Maniac Mansion.
Rainbird. Every adventure players dream! (2 disks) AU.01 Jazzbench; Workbench upgrade with many indispensable leatures!
Includes: show hidden files, show as text, show devices, alphabetise... AU.02 Uedit; Excellent file editor, a vast improvement on Ed!
AU.03 QL Emulator: plus 2 data disks packed with files. Superb1 (3 disks) AU.04 Amiga Spell; Spelling checker, compalible with most word processors.
AU.08 Various; Starchart: 600 stars 8 galaxies. TXED: editor word processor Persmait: personal file manager... AU.09 Midi Tools: Midi keyboard; five octave, mouse operated keyboard progchanged; change midi channels etc AU.10 Graphic Utilities: Fontlixer. IFF convertor, palette convertor... boot utilities: bootext. Bootup. Plus: Memcheck.
Disksalv. Dragpack AU.11 Starchart: Astronomy program giving positions and movements ol all major constellations!
AU.13 Visicalc; Superb lull leatured spreadsheet with manual on disk AU. 14 Various: Amcat, cataloguing system. Icontype: change icon type, recoverable RAMdisk. Spell checker, black book; memo pad. DX synth voice library.
Classic Cave adventure.
AU.15 Dope Intro Maker; create demos with this user friendly package AU. 17 D Copy; excellent disk copier, similar to the full priced X Copy, very effective in Nibble mode!
AU.18 North C: complete C environment for the Amiga1 Amazing value!
AU.19 SID; Workbench replacement with easy file handling, improved Dmouse window control and many more features AU.20 K.O. The Virus; virus detectors and killers! Includes; Virus x 4.1. Berserker.
BBChampion. Red Alert... AU.21 Avoiding CLI; lots of useful utilities otherwise only obtainable through CLI; FixDisk. OuickCopy. PopDir. DiskOpti... AC. CLIPART AC.01 Deluxe Paint; lots of quality pictures in low. Medium & high res.
AC.02 Pagesetter Art; Animals, food, computers, fantasy, holidays, music, people patterns... 100 s of pictures AC.04 IFF Alphabets; 30* screens of professional quality character sets plus marble and wood surfaces. Ideal for headings, logos, titling... AC.05 Animals, Anatomy. Buildings.
Christmas, Construction... AC.06 Cartoons; Comic pictures of people, animals, funny objects... AC.07 Holidays, home, flags, flowers, miscellaneous.. AC.08 Music, people, places, school, religion, symbols, weddings.. AC.09 Signs; titles, logos, headings, sports, athletics, bowling, boxing, cricket, racing, football, fishing, horses, skiing... AC.10 Teddy Bears; cute pictures - ideal for present labels, greetings cards of just for fun AC.11 Nightclub, clowns, dancing, vintage cars, bikes, boats, office, computers.
Industrial.. AC.12 Colour: occasions, transport, signs, electrical, architecture... SND.01 Soundtracker; Four versions of this favourite music creation program.
SND.02 Soundtracker 4; alternative version + instruments disx 12 disks) SND.03 Sound Monitor; 20 demo scores * instructions in this superb sound package' Extra RAM and drive useful Plus Soundtracker file converter' Plus: Instruments disk. (2 disks) SND.04 MED Music Editor; Soundtracker style music creator! Easy to use' STI.01 to STI.08 Instrument samples for Soundtracker or compatibles 8 disks packed with 100's of digitised samples' Buy any one disk or all 8 lor oniy £9 99 STS.01 Sampled sound effects to use instead of instruments' STS.02 Longer samples, many from Mms Star Wars, 2001. Raiders
AE. EDUCATIONAL AE.01 Blackboard Matos Cor-ce tration Colourpad, Cat & Mouse Ga£ci c Worm Animated Pointers, Shark (Age 5-i AE.02 Spellquiz. Wheel of Fortune '-g o Word. Flower Garden. Stepp,ng Stones Maths test, Puppypix (Age 5*1 AE.03 Fractals. Desktop Calculator.
Function plotter. Evolution iAge 11.)
AE.04 Gravitywell. Weatnerma- G-avSim Airfoil...(Age 11+) AE.05 World data bank. CIA wona map wrtn political boundaries, view from anywhere any height! Plus: 3D Plot CaienOa- Factory.
Sherlock (Age 11+) AE.06 Talking Spelling TutO' Speech Toy German Language Test. Study F,e Card System. Globe. Elements Geotr-e f9 ; utilities (2 disks) (Age 11+) AE.07 Educational graphics Tecnmca illustrations. Art Biology Geoiogy Astronomy , some animated -.e a Djnpwig heart in the Biology section Includes viewing programs. Or load nto Dei-xe Pan: etc. (Age 9+) AF. FONTS AF.01 Cosmopolitan; Rangers Peignet Avant Guard. Aldous Cemc etc AF.02 Fancy; Hollywood Park Avenue.
Broadway. Cameiot. Couner Ham AF.03 Publishers; Helvetica Akashi.
Andover. Bookman. Box,e Tmes AF.04 Various: Unusual vioeofonts arge and small fonts.. Plus: vancus font utilities etc AW. WORKBENCH UTILITIES AW.03 Icons; Music. RAM. Naughty, jet icons. Plus: utilities, colourbencn AW.04 Icon Development: design your own icons with Deluxe Paint' Example icons included. Showpic: slideshow AS. SLIDESHOWS AS.01 Boris Vallejo 1; professional quality graphics in interlaced HAM' AS.03 Forgotten Realms; 13 digitised pictures with a fantasy theme AS.05 Exodus Real 3D show; 9 very impressive ray traced pictures AS.06 Swimsuits; great pictures trom the U.S. Sports
Illustrated mag.
AS.12 M.C. Escher; Animated slideshow of Eschers paradoxical artwork... AS.17 Agatron 4; 16 ray traced pics including one of the USS Enterprise that took 38 hours to render' AD.01 Walker 1; digitised animation ol Star Wars Imperial Walker (Mb) AD.02 Walker 2; digitised animation of Walker and helicopter! (Mb) AD.04 Probe Sequence; incoming video pictures from an interstellar probe landing on an alien planet! Amazing!
AD.12 Boing Machine; it's Ray Traced, it's incredible, it's impossible... AD.13 Walking Cat; amazing revolving digitised animation of walking cat!
AD.16 Ghost Pool; stunning animation of a playerless pool game .
AD.18 Puggs in Space; extremely funny cartoon involving an alien creature landing on Earth and exploring!
AD.21" Busy Bee; amazing Sculpt 3D animation of a large flying bee! (Mb) AD.22 Democreators. Create your own demos with. Bootwriter. Bootmaker.
Bootboy Boo! Generator, etc AD.23 Ship and Sphere; super smooth Ray Traced film of space ship flying round a glass bail Masterpiece! (Mb) AD.24 NewTek Demo Reel 3; incredible demo of NewTek range featuring some of the best sampled sounds, digitised pictures and animations you will see anywhere' Stunning!!! (Mb-2 disks) AD.25 The Run; Outrun style 3D film ot a Lotus weaving through motorway traffic with police car chasing (Mb) AD.26 Starline Mega: smooth hi-res full screen scrolling pics, crystal clear hi-fi sound samples, enormous scrolling text - nighly recommended!
AD.28 Stamp Collector: amusing film involving a ghostly magnifying glass examining some naughty stamps!
AD 29 Predators Megademo; brilliant demos including some truly amazing animation and 2 games! (2 disks) AO 32 Vision Megademo IV; superb digitised music and sound effects plus arge graphics Bnlliant1 AD.35 Robert the Mercenary; amusing animation sequence including a game where you can shoot some aliens!
AD.36 Kefren s Megademo VIII; to demos including; Kill the Beast (Shadow of the Beast meets Xenon 2), Walkman.
Kill Victor. Vectormama ..(2 disks) AD.37 Gymnast Demo; Ray Traced animation of a gymnast performing a high bar routine. Recommended!
AD.39 Agatron Animations; 3D film of the USS Enterprise attacking USS Reliant. Plus walking Robot AD.40 Luxor Teenager; Variation on this classic involving 2 anglepoise lamps and a large red ball!
AD.41 RGB; Badgekiller competition winner' Produced with Director (Mb) AD.42 Comic on a Disk: whole graphic novel, page by page, on screenl AD.44 Laurel and Hardy; Digitised clips from various films! (2 disks) AD.45 Star Trek, Dry Dock demo; the highly praised Ray Trace masterpiece!
AD.46 Stealthy Manoevre II; cartoon style Stealth Fighter animation.
AD.47 Walker Demo; the incredible 2 megabyte animation (2Mb-2 disks) To order any of the above disks simply quote the required disk numbers.
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V SA NO CONVERSION Can you tell me where I can get a copy of a utility that will convert Amiga IFF files to Macintosh PICT (or any other format) files. I have Dos2Dos and access to Apple file exchange, so transferring the data between machines is no problem.
Work bench Ben Andrews. Bucks It's not easy or cheap, I regret. No Mac PD program will do this - at least I couldn't find any in a Mac PD catalogue. There are various commercial programs which convert PCX files to PICT files - but then you need to convert the IFF images to PCX first. The only program that can read straight IFFs from a PC disk on the Macintosh and is available is Adobe PhotoShop, hideously expensive at about £700.
If you want some serious answers to Amiga questions, this is the place to look. PAT McDONALD, take the stand... DRIVE ON Primarily I want to respond lo the letter from Ian Moran in AF21 and your subsequent reply. I don't know if it will be of any use. But... I am building up a collection ot printer drivers. Anybody who has some different or novel drivers can send them to me. Anybody who needs a driver should send me an SAE and a blank disk - I'll copy my whole collection onto the blank disk and send it back.
Printer drivers that I’ve got at the minute include Alphacom Alphapro 101.
Brother HR 15XL, Canon PJ-1080A. CBM MPS1000, Diablo 630. Diablo Advantage D25, Diablo C-150. Epson.
EpsonQ, EpsonXOId, EpsonX [CBM MPS-1250], Epson JX-80, Generic. Howtek Pixelmaster. HP DeskJet, HP Laserjet, HP LaserJet Plus, HP PaintJet, HP Thlnkjet, Imagewriter II. NEC Pinwrlter, Okidata 292, Okidata 2931, Okldata 92, Oklmate 20, Quadram Quadjet. Oume LetterPro 20, Toshiba P351C. Toshiba P351SX, Xerox 4020.
Nigel Streeter. 6 Old Mill Court, Chingwell Road.
London E18 1NJ I wish you every success in your particular brand ol mama.
LITERATE SHEEP PRIZE WINNER Once upon a time, not so long ago, I read in a computer magazine about this gadget that you bung in the back of the Amiga with a massive washing-line aerial. It allows you to pick up pictures from weather satellites, and being a wealthy intellectual geography- loving sheep I want one so that I know when to lie down.
Alas I lost the mag. Can you tell me any information about this?
Also, I would like an atlas for my computer - can you help there?
Flossy the Super Sheep, Snitterfield If any radio hams or RTTY enthusiasts know of a company that supplies the various bits and pieces necessary to download satellite information could they please forward the information to me here at Workbench and help the many readers who have asked about this.
MENUMASTER NO MORE I would like to know how to solve my problem Amiga Format Coverdisks 19 and 20. Every time I want to access programs other than the demo (on 19) or any of the programs at all (on 20), up comes a message saying 'Can't open MenuMaster window'. I have tried and tried to access the other programs, but so far I just have not managed to do so.
John S Deg. USA ... AND NO MORE I belong to a small group of Amiga users, with various different machines. We are all agreed to write to you about the MenuMaster program that you use on the Coverdisk. It’s OK for some of us to copy the programs and get into the disk, but for many people it’s very difficult.
Please change back to the icon form of programs, which are at least standardised. They’re easier to use for the person who knows just a little bit about Workbench.
People don't get on with it land it doesn't like NTSC North American systems one bit) it will not be used any more. Instead the disk wit be as Workbench-friendly and as automatic as possible.
American readers please note: if you want to use Coverdisks 19 or 20 then you wHI have to resort to running the programs through the Shell or CU from Workbench. Sorry tor the situation, and it won’t happen again.
Albany Park Amigans, London MenuMaster has a lot going for it
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¦II Read 1LBMIRAM documentation ¦'! ¦] Mil _ Ml "_________ ._______" MenuMaster was a program that made it fairly easy to use the Coverdisk • but due to compatibility problems it will never be on the disk again EMULATION I am a student in the final year of my A Levels, and in October I hope to be going to a university or polytechnic to take a degree in computer science. During the course I will have to write reports on homework and projects etc. All of the institutes have some sort of Pcs that students are allowed access to so that they can write on them. Since the Government has cut
budgets, there are not always enough computers for all the students to use at once.
It would be an advantage to have my own PC. I already own an A500, printer, memory expansion and external disk drive. I don’t want to sell it and buy a PC - such a step could hardly be called upgrading as the Amiga is a far superior computer. If I could use my Amiga at home and the Pcs on campus, and swap work between them on floppy disks it would be great. I have heard of PC emulators and read the report on them in AF but I am still unsure.
As I understand it there are three hardware PC emulators on the market: Commodore, KCS Bitcon board and the Vortex ATOnce. In your view which is the best one to go for, as far as price.
Continued overleaf I cost and performance go? Would I need to buy another 5.25-inch disk drive?
Andrew Manning, Manchester Is it really necessary for you to buy a PC emulator at all ? OK, so then it would be possible for you to run the PC software. If you had Messy DOS or CrossDOS then tl think you would find that would be sufficient - you could word process at university, save the files as ASC f, which can be read by any machine's word processors, bring back the disk and read it on your Amiga.
Alternatively you could write the data on your Amiga and then take it in to university to print out.
You would only need to buy a
5. 25-inch drive if that was the size of disks used by the PC -
nowadays 3.5-inch is becoming the standard sized disk.
SM2400 FACTS In AF19 in the 'advice' column, you stated that the Amstrad SM2400 modem is the one that you use. I would much appreciate it if you could answer a few questions regarding this modem:
1) Do you have any problems, no matter how big or small, when
using it?
2) Does it have MNP error correction protocol? If not, is it
really worth having?
3) How does it respond to its highest speed (2400 baud)? Is
there any garbled data creeping in?
4) Can it seek the baud rate automatically when dialling to a
bulletin board with an unknown baud rate?
5) Does this modem include an RS232 cable so that I could con
nect it to my Amiga's serial port without any difficulty?
The reason I would like to know is I am deaf and want to be able to communicate with all my deaf friends over the telephone, as they all have terminals. This would greatly improve my social life as I would be then able to keep in touch with them.
Tim Humpherson, Pwllheli 11 Occasionally we need to reset it - it dies from time to time. As It’s only a matter of pressing a button on the back, it's not really a problem.
2) No it doesn't. MNP is nice to have but not necessary unless
you are downloading vast amounts of data and you want it to be
as perfect as possible.
3) It really depends on the quality of the phone line. Mostly it
behaves fine at any speed, but sometimes it just transmits
garbage due to a bad connection.
4) Yes. No trouble
5) Usually it does - it's best to check with the company that
actually sells you the modem, and insist on a ready-made
cable as they are a pain to make or to have made for you.
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I have been thinking long and hard about buying a hard drive for my A500. I can only afford one in the £250-£350 price bracket. It would be used to put my games on and a word processor etc. Could you tell me whether it would it be capable of holding all of the games that I have on my Amiga?
Or would it just be a waste of money buying it? If you do recommend that I buy one would you please recommend the specific model that I buy and a contact as to where I can obtain it from.
Lastly I tried the tip that was given by Mr Beale to stick a two- inch piece of sticky tape across the top of the screen so that any Guru messages are invisible. It was fine up until I tried to get it off, I couldn’t.
If any readers have access to the JANET network then they can pull down lots ol PD from the National Public Domain Software Archive at Lancaster University. If anyone wants to know how to do this then please write to me with an SAE or mail me on JANET at: Robert Cole, Rugby Buying a hard drive just to put games on is not a good idea.
Unless a game tells you exactly how to copy itself onto a hard drive in the instructions, then it probably won't without a lot of specialised knowledge. It's far better to use a hard drive as a big Workbench disk - one that you can store programs on that are compatible with Workbench.
HALSTEAD_GTD@UK.AC.LANCSP.P1 I was very interested in the ElectroCAD program mentioned In AF19's PD column. I am at a polytechnic on an electronics degree, unfortunately I cannot find it listed by any of the PD suppliers so please could you tell me where to find it. What did NBS U267' mean?
Incidentally, I personally like the large number ot adverts in AF. By spending a little effort reading and comparing them, I know where to go for the best price for the latest hardware and software. The more the merrier in my book.
Gienn Halstead, 12 Holstein Street, Deepdale, Preston PR1 1UN NBS is the name of the supplier for the review copy. The U267 is their code for that particular disk, and at the end of every PD column we put a list of suppliers for programs reviewed within the column. You can contact NBS on 0983 529594.
I'm intrigued by your reference to Word processor etc', as that's probably the best way to really use a hard drive. So I myself would recommend not buying a hard drive until you use a program a lot and want to store data from it in a big way - like a paint program if you're an artist, word processor if you're a writer or a music program if you like composing. You could put two different programs of each type on a hard drive, and still have oodles of space for your creations.
As for what you can store on a hard drive, it depends on how much of the floppy disk(s) each game uses. A full disk contains 880K of information, but not all of that will need to be copied to the hard disk. Expect about 20-30 games to fit onto a 20 Mb hard drive, assuming that most of them come on only one disk.
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Increases computer memory from normal i megabyte to 1 megabyte Includes disable switch incorporates high quality silver coated pin connector 16 bit technology Fit in minutes Direct replacement of Commodore A501 expansion Includes "CHIPMEM OPTION" - Phone for details 4 12 month warranty In stock nowl Price includes VAT and post and packing | Tel: 0582 491949 Send order with payment to: WTS ELECTRONICS LTD, Chaul End Lane, Luton, Beds LU4 8EZ manual will only work tor one option but I have managed to discover a way to select two or more options. This is achieved by clicking once on the
Notepad icon and selecting Info' from the ¦Workbench menu'. At the bottom of the window that appears is a string gadget (a box containing text) called TOOL TYPES. Click on the ADD icon beside it and type: FLAGS= optionl cptior.2 For example, if you want draft and form feeds selected then you would type: FLAGS=draftI formfeed Then click on the SAVE button.
The T character is known as the pipe symbol, and Is a shifted backslash (next to the backspace key at the top right of your keyboard).
Adam Sampson, Sevenoaks Thanks for the tip. The winning entry of the mini competition to write a stand-alone Notepad script file will be on the next Cover disk, space permitting.
FONT MANIA Want some more fonts to use in Deluxe Paint? You've already got some! They are on Extras 1.3: Courier, Helvetica, Times and Adobe in a range of sizes. There are more on The Very First, you know the disk you looked at once then put away.
Here’s what you do to copy MANUAL MISPRINT In AF20 you published a letter titled No Can Print' from Mark Perkins of Poole. While you answered the question satisfactorily, I think you missed the heart of the problem which is related to a misprint In the A500 user-manual supplied with the equipment.
On Page 7-20 ot the manual It suggests using this command to redirect the output to a file: PRIZE WINNER DIR MyDiskDir OPT A The letter from Mark had the same syntax, namely: DIR DIRECTLIST OPT A These both result in an error message from the Amiga because the redirection symbol V should be located before the file name, not after It. That Is. People should use this command: DIR DIRECTLIST OPT A This would produce the directory listing In the form ot a text file which he can then either edit or print as he wishes using Ed or PrintFiles respectively.
A B Sandy' Smith, Bishopton Thanks for telling everybody about the misprint.
Them on to your Dpamt disk. Boot up with a copy of Workbench, open a shell window and type:- resider.t c:dir resident c:copy Replace the Workbench disk with your copy of Extras 1.3 and then try typing: copy all from dfOrfonts to ram:fonts Repeat this with The Very First disk. Then to copy all the fonts onto your Dpaint disk, insert that disk and type: copy all from ram:fonts to dfO:fonts dir dfO:fonts This last line will let you check that they have all copied on to the Dpaint disk. Try checking out other disks in your collection - very often they will contain more.
Fonts are always contained in a directory that is called fonts. I found Arnold Bocklin in 9, 18 and 27 sizes on the Interphase disk that came with the Christmas edition of Amiga Format.
This has highlighted one small problem with Dpaint II. The fonts menu' will only show a maximum of 15 available fonts - so you will probably end up being very selective over which fonts you load into the program.
Bill Dawson, Southampton. Hants Thanks for the info on copying the fonts onto Dpaint. If you press the right mouse button over the text icon in Dpaint. And then enter: DFO:FONTS In the box that is marked drawer, Dpaint will look for any fonts on any disk that you insert whilst in Dpaint. This should save some hassle for those people who are unfamiliar with the Shell.
EXPANDING MACHINE I would like some more memory for my Amiga but I don't know which hard disk to buy. I have an A2000 and a 40MB hard disk with a SCSI controller. If possible should I purchase extra RAM to connect via the hard dnve We on the A590) or is It simply better to purchase something kke the Cortex that has a 2MB fitted for £249? If not. Could you try ano suggest something better for under £300?
I have had experiences with various pieces of software which do not run on a 1MB A500. So wS I be likely to encounter any programs which do not Ske my expanded machine’ Also my battery backed-up clock isn't focnd any more - is it constancy charged or does the battery need replacing somebmes?
Shaun J Nicholson. Camberiey Usually it is best to fit memory m any existing slots before you expand on a separate ooard. If you can plug memory nto the hard drive card then by at means Tit it there - another card wotid be a waste, unless you can’t fit any more memory onto you hard drive that is.
EASY SETCLOCK Regarding the "Reset the Clock' letter in that you oubkshed n AF21. There is fact an easier way of correcting a corrupted clock. In Workbench 1.3 (and possibly earlier releases) there is a software fix.
If your clock has locked up or refuses to hold the correct time, boot up with Workbench, open a Shell or CLI wmdow and type the following command: setclock reset This will clear the clock register.
Then set the correct time and date, and enter the next command into the Shell or CLI window: SETCiCCK SAVE which will save the current system date and time to the registers in the clock chip.
R Jankowski, Merseyside Thanks. It works on Workbench
1. 2 as well (for a change).
SIMILAR CASE In response to the letter in AF21 from CS Knight relating to his Yamaha PSR keyboard, Sonix and Microdeal Interface not working, I would like to tell you about a similar experience that I had with my equipment.
I too have a 1MB A500, Deluxe Music, Yamaha DSR2000 with a Trilogic MIDI interface.
When originally connected up this gave no results under any test:
1) I checked all leads and connections - OK.
2) I then checked keyboard at music shop - it worked with their
MIDI setup.
3) Replaced interface but still had no results.
4) After checking what was an otherwise perfect A500 I found out
that the serial port chip was faulty. Replacing this gave me
perfect results.
The lesson I have learned from this is that even though the computer may seem perfect in every way adding new hardware peripherals, to what are previously unused Amiga cdnnectors, can reveal previously unseen Amiga hardware faults.
Take heart, the repair was relatively simple to perform and was quite inexpensive and now the wnoie system gives me hours of musical pleasure.
Herbert Riddle, Oldham How very true. I thought one Amiga was perfect until I tried fitting a sound sampler - it wouldn't work because the parallel port chip was blown. So don't trust that everything is all right with your computer until you've tested it.
DTP TRACK I recently purchased a copy of PageSetter II. What a great program it is for desktop publishing.
The only thing I couldn't find how to do in the manual was how to alter spacing between individual characters (I believe this is called the tracking).
However during one busy session I found dut how to do it. It's very simple - all you do is highlight the text (or select all from the edit menu) and then use the left- and-nght cursor keys to adjust the tracking to taste.
Neil Baker. Leicestershire And there you have it.
Continued overleaf » Workbench Silly Questions A new section in Workbench, in which we try to answer some of the simpler and more obvious points that can so easily confuse the beginner.
These or do I have to go and buy a new internal disk drive?
MINIVAC WANTED I wonder if you can you tell me where I can get hold of a product called Mini Vac? It is a very small vacuum cleaner which is used to collect the dust from inside recesses of computer keyboards. It costs about £9 but I can't find out who supplies it.
Also the eject button of my internal disk drive has broken. Although it is still usable it keeps falling out. Can you tell me who supplies Dave Hogben, Middlesex The MmiVac is made in China. The supplier, I think, is Mabbott and Griffith 10766 771398). I guess the manufacturer of the eject button is also in the Far East, so you' may have to live with it as getting spares for this sort of thing is virtually impossible.
LAZARUS MYSTERY Has anyone out there heard of a virus called Lazarus? One of my disks seems to have been afflicted with it.
The disk was a commercial game which refused to boot one day. Checking it I found the Lamer Exterminator virus which I got rid of with a virus killer. The disk still wouldn’t boot and was now not a DOS disk.
I ran DiskDoctor over the disk, which saw every track as having a hard error, and at some point the name of the disk was changed to Lazarus. The disk only showed two blocks in use, which I presume must be the bootblocks.
So now I have a very empty disk.
I cannot find any reference to a virus called Lazarus, and I have not seen Lamer do something as severe as this. Any Info would be much appreciated.
Steve Clarke, Kempston If you destroy the bootblock on a commercial game (to get rid of a virus) then the original bootblock is gone forever. The disk is trashed.
Running DiskDoctor on such a disk will cause DiskDoctor to rename the disk as Lazarus - it Continued on Page 208* A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE... I am In two minds about buying an Amiga and here are the reasons why I haven’t bought one ...
a) The joystick ports are in a poor position at the back ot the
machine.
(Couldn’t they have been put In the front or side?)
B) Sluggish, noisy, unreliable disk drive - can this be replaced
with one like the Archimedes which Is last and quiet?
C) The big (at TV modulator sticking out ot the back - couldn't
it have been built In?
D) Big noisy power supply.
E) Viruses - can't the computer detect and destroy them?
Will any ot these design faults be remedied? In comparison with the Archie the Amiga Is a shabby piece ot technical equipment.
1) What is the latest A500 version In terms ot Kickstart and
tatter Agnus?
2) Is the Amiga able to take ROM cartridges like the 64? It so,
of what memory capacity?
3) Is there an art package where you can design symbols (tor a
war- game) and transfer them into a game. It not, how would
you do this?
4) Why are there not more strategy games like, tor example, RT
Smith s Vulcan? It has super graphics, random play every
time and It’s complex.
Surely strategy games are what computers were made for!
5) Does 512K of RAM mean 512K x 8-bits (it so the Amiga only has
256K x 16-bits, does it not) or does this mean that the
machine can carry out two 8-bit Instructions at once?
6) Why Is there not a computer around that can emulate not only
the Amiga but theBBC.
64, and Spectrum?
7) Can't we have a poke to make memory restricted multi-load
games (512K) load completely on 1MB machines as this would
save on disk wear.
8) ls It possible to use Muslc-X to produce different musical
styles ... classical tor example?
J Kelly, London
a) I quite agree, the joystick ports are not easy to get at. Ot
course, redesigning the computer to put them somewhere else
would cost quite a tidy sum In retooling and updating old
machines - why not just tit a couple of extension leads.
B) The fault lies not In the drive - It's because the Amiga Is a
multitasking machine that does other things while loading.
C) True the modulator Is ugly. Domestic televisions produce an
ugly picture though. It you used a monitor you would have a
better picture and no unsightly lump hanging trom the back.
Building the modulator Into the computer Is a nice Idea but Is
totally pointless really.
D) Noisy 7 It s nothing compared with what the computer sounds
like. The latest power supply is very light as well. But I
must admit, It s ugly.
?) Yes. If you run a virus-killing program and behave In a sensible and responsible way with new disks.
It's unlikely that any of the "design faults' as you describe them will be remedied - because they are not really faults. Sure, the A500 Is not as easy to work with as an A1500 - because it was designed as a domestic home computer rather than a work station. That said, you can live with any ot these problems - believe me, you'll tind lots more to whlnge about once you actually start using It.
As for your comment about the Archie. I can say very little because I have rarely encountered an Archie. Do they really exist? Joking aside, until you actually sit down and play with a computer it's very difficult to say anything worthwhile. On to your other points.
1) Latest Agnus is the Fatter Agnus, 8372A. Latest Kickstart la
1.3 release
34. 5. Expect the latter to go up to Kickstart 2.0 when Commodore
get around to releasing an upgrade kit.
2) It Is, ot up to 8MB actually. No games cartridges are yet
available - companies generally use ROMs to set up peripherals
Ilka hard drives and games -freezer cartridges.
3) There are sundry tools tor Importing IFF pictures Into games
that you write yourself. Typically game screens are designed
in Dpalnt and then changed Into RAW binary lormat to
incorporate within games.
4) No actually, computers were Invented to process large amounts
ol digital Information very quickly. Hard to believe but
quite true.
5) No, 512 KB (how often people miss the b these days and torget
what It means) Is short for 512 Kilobytes. That Is, 512 x
8-bit If you really want to think ol It Ilka that. The way the
computer uses this is completely Independent ot the RAM set
up. 16-blt computers like the standard Amiga grab two bytes at
a time, for Instance.
?) The Amiga can emulate the PC, Mac. BBC, C64. Spectrum and (believe it or not) the Amiga.
7) No. That’s up to the programmer to incorporate Into games, and
It's quite heartening to now see games that do this as more
Amigas now have 1MB ot RAM. If you want to mess about with
your own copies ot a game to do this, fine. II you break Into
a game for anything other than your own private study then you
could be Infringing on the sales conditions ol the game.
8) Yes.
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While messing around with the CLII was given error number 212.1 can find no explanation for this in any of my Amiga manuals. Please could you enlighten me?
P C, Lancashire 'Object is not of required type'. You are attempting to do something with a file that it will not do. It's fairly rare indeed to get this from the CLI.
AMOS Is not a creator. It's a version ol the Basic programming language - unless you are pretty happy with writing Basic programs. Then don't buy It. In other words, yes you will have to type tor hours at the keyboard, as well as designing the graphics for games with the mouse and a paint program.
Having said that. AMOS does allow you to create programs and games with it. But don't expect to pick it up and use it instantly to write a best seller - it takes a long time to tind your way around.
Yes, you can incorporate AMOS programs onto separate disks, and the manual is pretty good at telling you how to do this. Don't expect to start writing things with it straight away - you have to learn to walk before you can run.
NUMBERS PLEASE I have just invested in a modem for my A500.1 have many numbers for bulletin boards which I used to use with my C64. Most of these bulletin boards have now closed down, so I don't have any relevant numbers now. Please can you print the numbers of a few bulletin boards so that I can use some of the PD software which I read about in your magazine.
Dominic Torrisi, Manchester Try 01-For-Amiga, 071 377 1358: Amiga Shack, 073 7 361178: CIX!, 081 399 5252. Or you could try Phantom 86. Which is a viewdata service on 0226 340425.
BUDDHISM OK I am in need of help! After receiving an Amiga for Christmas I have started having problems.
The type of problems that made me think there was some kind of Buddhist temple in my machine. You guessed it, the Guru had decided to meditate with me.
First the nice little man inside my machine tells me of a software error, task held, select cancel to reset debug. So I have no choice but to reset, then the Gurus come. I thought it could be a virus, so I checked out my entire collection of disks. Apart from one called Lazarus (which I tore into little pieces) they were all ok. Please tell me why my machine is doing this, it's driving me up the wall.
Gareth Davis, Harrogate I bought an A500 six months ago. I only ever play games on it, but I would like to learn how to do simple programming and how to operate the Workbench. I cannot tind any books that do not throw me in at the deep end. On my old Amstrad CPC464 I could do very simple programming but I am completely lost on the Amiga. I need a book that will start me from the very beginning.
William Woods, London Damien Noonan (Editor of AF) wrote a book to fill this need. It's called Getting the Most Out of Your Amiga', and is available through the mail order pages ot this magazine. Commodore were so impressed with it that they included it as part ot the A1500 package.
Guru Meditation Numbers are error messages that the system puts up when a program misbehaves. The first number is the actual error number, the second is the address where it occurred. Remember, when you get a Guru it's not the machine causing it - it's the software running at the time.
About all you can do is use software that rarely causes the machine to do this. Mind you, the commonest Guru number is 800000003, which simply means out of memory: that is the computer does not have enough RAM to perform a task.
If ever proof was needed that the Amiga's designers were a different set of people to the norm, the Guru Meditation is it. Shame it's going to be scrapped in Workbench 2.
WHAT’S IT MEAN?
Every time that I use Deluxe Paint III I keep getting the message come up: 'Can’t Open Not an IFF File'. What exactly does this mean and how do I get around it?
I might buy AMOS. First I would like to know whether I can create games by drawing them or whether I have to type tor hours then find I can't save anything and ending up starting over again. Also does AMOS makes its own disks up complete to order, or do I have to set up my games to autorun? Do I need separate data disks?
David Coombes, Washington How do I go about securing disks or files with a password?
Matthew Coveney, Surrey You are trying to load a file into Dpaint that is not a standard picture (generally referred to as an IFF filel. You get around it by labelling all of your pictures with .IFF on the end. It doesn't harm anything to try and load in a file that isn't a picture - so don't worry about it.
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1) When you first turn on your machine and you see a picture of a
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Courier on the other hand is a simple typewriter-like font that has some unique uses.
Taking the First Steps In the sixth part of this series, MARK SMIDDY dissects some of the extra tools supplied with Workbench 1.3. If you have not delved into the Shell before then this is your chance.
You’re probably also wondering where the fonts are kept: well at Workbench level, they never appear and that is precisely why this example is going to take you straight into the heart of AmigaDOS.
One of the cleverest things about AmigaDOS is it is possible to tell it where to look for its fonts. Fonts, not surprisingly perhaps, usually live on the boot disk’s 'Fonts’ directory, but they could be anywhere - even on a completely different disk. This is the whole key: since fonts are a little disk- hungry, you might well need a whole disk containing nothing but fonts! This stuff is a little advanced yet, but the principal can be illustrated by this simple example.
I: Make a copy of your Extras 1.3 disk - the one with AmigaBASIC on.
(Reminder: you can do this by clicking once on its icon and selecting Duplicate from the disk menu.)
2: Select the disk marked -Copy of Extras 1.3” and rename it MoreFonts.
Letter case is not important, but it is vital you do not put a space between the words. (If the disk is not present on your Workbench, then pop it in to any drive.)
3: Replace Workbench in any drive and open the Shell icon.
4: The Shell window will appear with a ’prompt’ ready for you to enter commands. (If you have used an 8-bit machine such as the BBC or the C64 you will already have used something similar.) The prompt will look something like this: However, for the sake of clarity I'll adopt a simple prompt: ’1 ’ to show you where to type something. Do not type the prompt, just what comes after it. At the end of the line press return to send the command.
5: Next we are going to write a simple AmigaDOS program - a script.
Enter the following: 1 ED SYS: Forms Plus after a short while a window will appear. This is ED - the AmigaDOS screen editor. FontsPlus is the name This is Courier This is Helvetica and this is Times... of the script program you are creating and SYS: before the name makes certain it goes in the main Workbench drawer - the root directory. If you have a word processor such as Protext you can use that - see Word Processor Users' on Page 216.
Her* arc the thra* extra, rather anazzy fonts that ara zupplied on tho Extra* disk.
6: Now type the following - exactly as it appears: ASSIGN FONTS: MoreFonts:Fonts Purists might argue letter case is not important - which is true - however, good use of both upper and lower case letters make the meaning of a program clearer.
“One of the cleverest things about AmigaDOS is it is possible to tell it where to look for its fonts, Fonts, not surprisingly perhaps, usually live on the boot disk's “Fonts' directory, but they could be anywhere- even on a completely 7: Press the key which is marked [ESC] - this is normally referred to as 'Escape' and is ED's main 'command' key. When you do this an asterisk (') will appear in the bottom left- hand of the window.
8: Press the X key once.
Notice how X appears next to the asterisk. Now press Return and the window will close, [ESC1-X or Escape-X is a way of telling ED you have finished and want to save the file just created. If you make a mistake and get confused, just press [ESC1-Q, then press Y to confirm you don’t mind losing the changes (which are called 'edits'). Now just go back to step five and try again.
9: Well done! You have just created your first AmigaDOS script program.
As it stands, this script is not very accessible in that you have to run it from the Shell, but let’s try running it that way. If the MoreFonts (old Extras disk) is still in an external drive, remove it now. You should be back at the Shell prompt so type this: 1 EXZC_TE SYS:For.CsFIus A requester will appear asking you ¦Replace volume MoreFonts in any drive" - don't! Just press cancel. You should now get an error message: ASSIGN failed returr.code 20 If the requester does not appear, go back to five and check you have entered everything correctly.
10: Repeat step nine, but this time replace the MoreFonts disk (in any drive) when the requester appears.
After a short time the requester will vanish and you will be returned to the Shell prompt. If the requester stays on screen select the cancel button, go back to step 5, and check you have entered everything correctly.
11: Assuming everything has gone according to plan, you will now have access to the Adobe fonts on the old extras disk. You can check this by entering the following command.
(Single drive users will have to swap disks here; another good reason to treat yourself to that extra drive.)
Shell’s reply is shown in bold: 1 DIR FONTS: FILES Courier.font Helvetica.font Times.font 12: Now we need a second program, to put everything back the way it was!
The technique is exactly the same - the only things that change are the command and the script name. For the sake of example, I'll call this script OldFonts, therefore at the prompt enter: 1 ED SYS:01dFoncs Continued overleaf* Uorkbench Screen (Fonts* .lem FontsPlus Printer ¦*n :»|C LESSON 19: MORE FONTS (PART TWO) - ICONX AND ICONED IconX (Icon eXecute) is a special program provided with Workbench 1.3 which allows you to run AmigaDOS programs - more accurately called 'scripts' - from the Workbench.
Experts use scripts to provide all sorts of extra features and even enhance AmigaDOS. More on those heady subjects later in the series.
This tutorial is intended to demonstrate how to use IconX to provide you with a neat way to get extra fonts at the double-click of an icon.
If you have been following this lesson in sequence, you will have just created two small script files on your Workbench disk. To use these effectively from the Workbench without the hassle of dropping into a Shell, you must give them an Icon.
Icons are created in two steps.
First the icon is designed and saved to disk, next it is attached to the program which requires it. Two tools are responsible for the creation of icons: IconEd and Icon Merge. To keep things simple(r) at this stage, I'll only describe IconEd. The program lives in the tools drawer of your Extras disk - although you use the copy renamed MoreFonts earlier.
1: Open the Preferences drawer on your Workbench disk.
2: Drag the 'Printer' icon into the RAM disk. (The reason for this will become apparent soon.)
3: Insert your Extras disk and open the Tools drawer.
4: Double click the IconEd icon to start it and press OK to get rid of the information requester. (See picture 5: Now select ‘Load data’ from the 'Disk' menu.
6: Click in the box under 'Enter Icon Name' and press Left-Amiga and the X key. This deletes the entire line.
Now enter: RAM:Printer (see picture) and click the load Icon The program looks like the following ASSIGN FONTS: SYS:Foncs Otherwise, the remainder of the instructions are more or less the same. This script will tell AmigaDOS to use the standard set of fonts (from the current boot disk).
This is all fine and nice, but it does not really address the problem of making the extra fonts easily accessible from the Workbench. That is why this tutorial is split into several small sections: the next lesson will use the scripts you have just created to do just that!
Step four le to open IconEd, at which point you'll see this screen.
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Image’ gadget. This operation should load the image for Printer Preferences into the current frame. If the icon does not appear, go back to step one and try again.
7: Now you can select 'Clear frame' from the 'Misc' menu and start drawing! IconEd is best learned by experience - most of the features are self-explanatory - apart from load and save data!
8: When you are happy with the final result, select “Save data" from the "Disk" menu. Now give the icon the following name: RAM:FontsPlus Step nine: to have a look at your newly* created icon simply move the window down until the RAM diek icon le visible, and then double-click on It to open It.
(see picture) Now click on the 'Frame and save’ gadget. This is the best selection (unless you have defined a very large icon). To frame your image, click at its top-left corner, move the mouse so a frame surrounds the complete image, then click the mouse again.
9: Move the IconEd window out of the way so you can see the RAM Disk's icon. Open the RAM disk and have a look at your icon - try clicking it to see if the effect is right. Keep experimenting until you're happy - but remember you must close and reopen the RAM disk to see the new icon (see picture).
10: To finish, click on IconEd's close box (don't forget to save the image first). Now copy your new icon by dragging it from the RAM disk onto the Workbench disk, making sure to put it in the main Workbench window and not in another drawer.
11: Open your Workbench disk and select the new icon. You may want to 'Snapshot it into position first, so see Amiga Format 21 for how to do this.
12: With the icon selected, choose Info from the Workbench's Workbench menu. Now click in the “Default tool" box - and replace: SYS: Pref s Pref erer.ces With 13: Similarly, delete the contents of the Tool Types box - these are not required for this demonstration.
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After a short time, a requester will appear asking you to insert volume MoreFonts: (assuming of course, ifs not already in one of the drives).
15: If all has gone according to plan, drag your new icon back to the RAM disk and start IconEd again.
16: Now select 'Load data' but this time use the name: RAM:FontsPlus 17: Create a new icon (this time for OldFonts) and save it with that name.
18: Follow steps 7-10 but save the icon with the name OldFonts. When you're happy, just drag the icon back to the Workbench disk. There is no need to go through the remainder of the steps (unless you want to check the Info box) because the Default tool is saved along with the icon data.
19: When you reset the machine, and start using the fonts, you will have the normal set. To use the new fonts just open the FontsPlus icon - the program will prompt you for the correct disks. Many applications (NotePad etc) read the fonts when they first start, so you should open FontsPlus first. To put everything back to normal, just open OldFonts!
LESSON 20: MORE FONTS (PART 3) The temporary method (covered above in the IconX tutorial) is fine, but the permanent solution is less hassle if you can make enough room on your Workbench disk.
Before you start, take a look in the Utilities drawer on your Workbench disk and see if there is anything you don't use very often.
CMD, ClockPtr and Clock are typical candidates for the Trashcan.
1: Open the Shell prompt.
2: Put your Workbench disk in dfO: 3: At the prompt (1 ) type the following (the Shell’s response is shown in a ruled box, Figure 1, for clarity): 1 INF0 dfO: IF YOU GET STUCK Reader* experiencing problems with any pari ot of this series should write to: Mark Smlddy C 0 Bruce Smith Books, PO Box 382 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3DZ.
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Unit Size Used Free Full Errs Status Name dfO: 880K 1560 200 89% 0 Read Write Workbench Figure 1: Shell's response to Info The number you should be looking at is the the number of blocks free - you will need at least 198. This disk has 200 blocks available which is just enough. Fonts, like any files, take up room on the disk. Because the Adobe fonts have a more professional feel to them, you might want to remove some of the standard Amiga fonts that you don't use and put these in instead! If you already have enough free space you can skip to seven.
4: For example, assume you want to get rid of the Sapphire font you enter: 1 PELETE FONTS:sapphire ail 5: It is also possible (but more difficult) to remove just certain sizes.
Every font has two entries in the FONTS: directory. A dot-font’ file (.font, eg Helvetica.font) and a font sub-directory which contains the actual definitions. You can see how this works by entering the following: Courier (dir) 11 13 15 16 24 ;ecc] NEXT MONTH: _ More about fonts, 6: The larger numbers are the files icon* and extra tools. Belonging to the bigger type faces.
Large fonts take up more room on the disk, so you might want to delete some of the larger ones: For instance, if you wanted to remove the large Diamond font - diamond 20: 1 DELETE FONTS:diamond 20 7: Adding the Adobe Fonts When you have cleared enough room on your Workbench disk, the following command will duplicate all the fonts provided on your Extras disk onto your Workbench. Note, this command line is quite complex so be sure to get all the spaces in the right places.
The quotes around the source directory (Extras 1.3:fonts) are required because the volume name ‘Extras
1. 3’ has a space in the middle.
1 CCPY "extras 1.3:fonts" to Courier.font..copied Helvetica.font..copied Times.font..copied Courier (dir) [created]
11. .copied
13. .copied
15. -copied [and so It goes on until you are finally returned to
the CLI prompt.)
Now type: 1 FIXF0NTS 1 ENDCLI You will now be returned to the Workbench and the new fonts will be ready for use. Purists will probably argue FIXFONTS is not required unless you have changed contents of one of the fonts directories. However, it only takes a few seconds to run and makes sure any changes you may have made are taken into account.
The ENDCLI command just shuts down (closes) the Shell window. You can leave it open if you want to experiment a bit more.
Thus endeth the sixth lesson.
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Thors are savaral ganertc interpretations of this particular acronym, of which the above seam to bo the moat popular. Used to describe a simple user interface' to DOS which was first envisaged by Rank Xerox. See also: DOS, OUI, Workbench Window: Part of the screen partitioned off from the rest where programs can display Information aa taxt or graph- los. Tha oonoapt Is similar to the scroona found on older machines Ilka the BBC Micro or the Spectrum. On the Amiga, though, ovary program thinks it has total control of tha window - this Is tha essence of a good WIMP environment. Windows arc
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