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We think it's a bit of a stormer - so load up your Coverdisk and find out for yourself! You could even win a prize! To find out how, turn over to Page 7... On-line games feature Playing games on your own is fun, but with two it can cause a storm. Imagine what it's like to link up with a number players from anywhere in the world, and have an aerial dogfight with them! It's all possible, just by linking your Amiga to a telephone line - to find out how, turn to Welcome to Amiga Format! Hi, and welcome to another jam-packed issue. This month we welcome another new member of staff, Richard Baguley our new staff writer, who will be maintaining the same exacting standards of reviewing, writing and reporting that you've come to expect from us. In this issue we take a long hard look at the phenomenon that is multimedia. Any of you who attended the Amiga Shopper Show last year may have seen multimedia in action, because there was an interactive show guide there, powered - of course - by an Amiga. In the future you will be able to use interactive multimedia applications all the time to get the information you need when you need it, but for the present, the Amiga is the number one home multimedia machine. We explore the reasons why. On Page 38 we take a look at what's available in terms of PCMCIA memory cards, and consider what else we expect to see to fill that little slot in the coming months. We take a look at on line gamesplay- ing, and offer our modem-owning readers the chance to play for a week completely free and for gratis, so if you were considering buying a Martus Dyson' editor modem, do it before the last week of March and get yourself involved. It has been a great month on the games front, and we may not have had quantity, but we've certainly had plenty of quality. We have big reviews of The Chaos Engine, A- Train, Abandoned Places 2 and Flashback, plus a host of other worthy pieces of interesting entertainment software. The first examples of A1200 hardware have hit the streets, and we compare two accelerators, one a budget unit and one a high-end piece of kit that can make things go faster than ever. Digital Illusions If you've never seen an image processor before, you've been missing out on a major component in the Amiga revolution. This shareware program can do many of the tasks that expensive commercial programs like Art Department Professional excel at. So, if you want to bend, stretch and warp your pictures in a truly mind boggling fashion, gives this a go - you'll be impressed! MultiMedia Demo The only way to really appreciate multimedia is to try it out for yourself. So we thought it would be a good idea to give you a smallish demo of multimedia to appreciate. It's been coded up by regular Amiga Format contributor Phil South. In it, you'll see a few examples of multimedia programs on the Amiga, together with a few brief notes on their good and bad points. We reckon you'll get a much better idea of the potential of the subject than mere words on paper can ever say... Full Coverdisk instructions on next page... Hedgehogs? Ninjas? Pah! Amiga Format's got a samurai duck on its Coverdisk.

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Document sans nom Amiga Another Format first: four stunning examples of Amiga graphics Run, jump, collect M and do all the usual platformy things, through five levels The Hidden's new arcade stormer.
Digital Illusions Dither: Off Palette B An incredible shareware I image-processing I package that can even | handle 24-bit pictures.
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HarneSSThe power of your machine with our six-page guide to the Amiga’s future BIG GUNS: GVP's A1230 Accelerator, Directory Opus V4, ImageFX, AlfaPower HD BIG GAMES: Chaos Engine and Flashback - first reviews of the finished versions BIG COMPETITIONS: Win memory cards worth £1,000! Or a great sporting day out!
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Thought of the month: If Ocean and US Gold got together to make a game would it really be called Streetwalker 2?
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Registered Circulation ABC 161,256 Jan - July 1992 Screenplay_ Abandoned Places 2 ...84 Action Sport ......97 Alien 3 ..72 A-Train ..68 Bard's Tale Construction Kit ...65 Carnage 96
Creatures .....64 Crystal Kingdom Dizzy ......83 Flashback ....54 Hero Quest .97 Hudson Hawk ...98 International Tennis ...97 GameBusters 109 Solutions for Legend of Kyrandia and Hired Guns demo Reviews Image FX 122 GVP's stunning image processing
program under scrutiny A1200 Accelerators 128 GVP and Microbotics try to make your Amiga go faster Alfa Power HD 130 An A500 HD that didn't make last month's round-up CanDo 2 132 The latest version of the excellent multimedia package Directory Opus version 4 135 The best directory utility just got better... Pro Punter 136 Fancy winning some dosh on the horses?
Video HD Backup System 140 Back up your hard drive using your video recorder!
Musicolor 147 A CD-based music tutor, starting with the basics Regulars PD 159 A round-up of the new free and shareware programs Workbench 171 Technical query? Pat McDonald's your man Answerfile 180 Technical advice for those niggly little Amiga problems Letters 183 If you have anything to say, say it here Special offers 150 Amiga-related products at bargain prices Subscriptions 155 Get a year's worth of AF, and claim your free prize Competitions Win £1,000 worth of PCMCIA cards 41 Instant access and an end to disk hassles could be yours Win a sporting extravaganza 100 You could be going on
the perfect sporting day out 45 International Truck Racing .....96 Legend off Ragnarok ...61 Uonheart ....88 Prince off Persia .98 RBI 2 Baseball ...98 Robin Hood - Legend Quest ...98 Smash TV ....96 Space Crusade 2: The Voyage
Beyond ....83 The Chaos Engine .58 Transarctica 82 Vektor Storm .....61 Video Kid ....96 Mastering AMOS 105 Another tutorial to use with your AMOS Coverdisk REVIEWED ImageFX GVP move to the software field again with a new image processor.
Is it competition for AD Pro? Check out our full review. Page 122 REVIEWED GVP A1230 They're back again - you just can't keep 'em away! Yes, GVP have applied their hardware expertise to the A1200 - our EXCLUSIVE first review. Page 128 REVIEWED Alfa Power HD The one that got away... The AlfaPower hard drive for the Amiga 500 didn't arrive in time for last month's round-up - but it's here now. Page 130 REVIEWED Musicolor
* ******* w m Virgin's latest CDTV offering claims to teach you
how to play, read and compose music. A good use of multimedia
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McMillan; and on the demo front 3D Demo 2 is the flavour of the
month... ON THIS MONTH'S COVERDISK d to lei media about Don
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0) «B ce sto e' h A definitive gui Je to the subject at the end
of everyone's lips: what it is, where it's going, what it will
mean for games and M serious software, i all the terms
jargon-busted and how you can create your own piece of
multimedia... Digital Illusions An incredible shareware
image-processing package that can even handle 24-bit pictures.
Multimedia Demo A short, sweet and simple interactive demo, to give you a small taste of what Multimedia is all about.
Dong Move over Zool, here comes Dong! The samurai duck takes on the might of the evil Dick in our five- level playable demo.
We think it's a bit of a stormer - so load up your Coverdisk and find out for yourself! You could even win a prize! To find out how, turn over to Page 7... On-line games feature Playing games on your own is fun, but with two it can cause a storm. Imagine what it's like to link up with a number players from anywhere in the world, and have an aerial dogfight with them! It's all possible, just by linking your Amiga to a telephone line - to find out how, turn to Welcome to Amiga Format!
Hi, and welcome to another jam-packed issue. This month we welcome another new member of staff, Richard Baguley our new staff writer, who will be maintaining the same exacting standards of reviewing, writing and reporting that you've come to expect from us.
In this issue we take a long hard look at the phenomenon that is multimedia. Any of you who attended the Amiga Shopper Show last year may have seen multimedia in action, because there was an interactive show guide there, powered - of course - by an Amiga. In the future you will be able to use interactive multimedia applications all the time to get the information you need when you need it, but for the present, the Amiga is the number one home multimedia machine. We explore the reasons why.
On Page 38 we take a look at what's available in terms of PCMCIA memory cards, and consider what else we expect to see to fill that little slot in the coming months.
We take a look at on line gamesplay- ing, and offer our modem-owning readers the chance to play for a week completely free and for gratis, so if you were considering buying a Martus Dyson' editor modem, do it before the last week of March and get yourself involved.
It has been a great month on the games front, and we may not have had quantity, but we've certainly had plenty of quality. We have big reviews of The Chaos Engine, A- Train, Abandoned Places 2 and Flashback, plus a host of other worthy pieces of interesting entertainment software.
The first examples of A1200 hardware have hit the streets, and we compare two accelerators, one a budget unit and one a high-end piece of kit that can make things go faster than ever.
Digital Illusions If you've never seen an image processor before, you've been missing out on a major component in the Amiga revolution. This shareware program can do many of the tasks that expensive commercial programs like Art Department Professional excel at. So, if you want to bend, stretch and warp your pictures in a truly mind boggling fashion, gives this a go - you'll be impressed!
MultiMedia Demo The only way to really appreciate multimedia is to try it out for yourself. So we thought it would be a good idea to give you a smallish demo of multimedia to appreciate. It's been coded up by regular Amiga Format contributor Phil South. In it, you'll see a few examples of multimedia programs on the Amiga, together with a few brief notes on their good and bad points. We reckon you'll get a much better idea of the potential of the subject than mere words on paper can ever say... Full Coverdisk instructions on next page... Hedgehogs? Ninjas? Pah! Amiga Format's got a samurai duck
on its Coverdisk. So let McDonald Duck get quacking and tell you about: Dong Don "T l ‘l j „*‘i" jij Digital Illusions teat. T [ !
OiakMM rum | U- An incredible shareware image-processing package that can even handle 24-bit pictures.
Multimedia Demo A short, sweet and simple interactive demo, to give you a small taste of what Multimedia is all about The Hidden DMI ¦ PAL NTSC This is the screen you should get after turning on your Amiga; insert the Coverdisk and double click on the Coverdisk icon. By double clicking, I mean clicking twice rapidly with the left mouse button. Remember, the tip of the mouse pointer has to be over the icon in order for the computer to know just what you are pointing at!
GETTING STARTED APRIL1993 To run either the Dong demo, the Multimedia demo, or the Digital Illusions program. Move the mouse pointer to the relevant icon and double click. Now, on certain Amigas some of the programs will not run in this fashion (see 'Unofficially' below) but you should find this method easier than the Unofficial one.
If you are using an Amiga with only 512K of memory, none of the programs will work! I regret this disk is very much 1Mb only. Even with 1Mb, you may get a 103 "out of memory" error message. Try turning off and disconnecting any extra drives that you have.
UNOFFICIALLY The Dong demo will not run from the icon on an A500. The Multimedia demo will not run from the icon on an A600. Various other setups and systems will not run the programs from the icons... What do you do?
THE SUBTLE BITS This - when the Coverdisk has started booting (the disk drive light comes on) hold down the Ctrl and D keys. Eventually, you will see a blue screen, with a Commodore copyright message and the words 'Break - CLI’. You will also see a little prompt to type.
The Dong demo is called Dong, the Multimedia demo is called MultiMedia2 and the Digital Illusions program is called Start. Simply type any of these words, press the Return key (the one with the bent arrow on it) and the program will load. Don't worry about using capitals or lower case (big or little) letters because the Amiga doesn't care.
BASIC DONG OPTIONS AND STARTING OFF DPTIDT15 PLRYER5 ? DHE 4 ¦ OUHP ? UP i EXIT I EXIT The options screen can be used to select one or two players. Press fire to change an option and up and down to move the cursor.
You can choose whether you want the fire-button to control your jumps, or up on the joystick. I find the latter is a much easier option.
HOW TO CONTROL YOUR DUCK Hey, there's a free-to-enter competition in conjunction with DMI. You could win one of 10 copies of the finished game.
Interested?
All you have to do is find the secret room with this stick man graphic in it. Write down the word written underneath, and send it. Together with your name and address, on a postcard or the back of an envelope to; Quack Compo, Amiga Format. 30 Monmouth St Bath BA1 2BW by April 8 1993, which is the closing date.
MULTIMEDIA DEMO Phil South ¦ PAL NTSC WIN A FREE COPY OF DONG COMPETITION Rules: winners will be drawn at random. A list of them will be printed in a future edition of the magazine.
No employees of Future Publishing, DMI or The Hidden may enter, nor their close relatives or anyone owning an albino purebred Rottweiler.
Albino Alsatians or Tozers are fine. Oh yes, all owners of Cruft's Champions are right out matey, as are all their relatives down to the third degree. "Do you like dogs, Pat"? Oh yes, I like all Korean food.
SHIELD BOMB To tie in with the multimedia feature on Page 29, we arranged for Phil South to do a little demonstration of what multimedia is all about.
It's not tremendously impressive, but if you’ve never come across multimedia before, the best way to learn is to experience it.
Using it is simple. To run, either click on the icon from the cut down Workbench of the Coverdisk. Or type in the word ‘Multimedia2‘ as per the 'Unofficially' instructions opposite.
After that you'll get the title screen. To quit the demo, hold down the Ctrl and C keys.
What's it all about then? This is a small taster of the programs you can get to actually create multimedia. Sure, we could have just printed four pictures in the magazine, but the idea is to give you a small multimedia experience. We would have liked to include CanOo 2 on the list as well, but this proved impossible in the event and there's a full review of it on Page 132 if you are interested.
APRIL 1993 Anyway, just click on one of the boxes containing the names of the four programs (AmigaVision, Sca a MM200. Deluxe Video III and ShowMaker). This brings up a short description in the text display box. After that you can click with the left mouse button on the Show Pic box, to get a view of what the software costs. It takes a couple of seconds for the picture to display - dick again to get back to the menu. It takes a couple of seconds to get to the pictures, so please be patient.
The uncrunched length of the demo is about 250K. One problem with multimedia is that it takes up an awful lot of disk space.
Multimedia will only become common when CD-ROM systems, like the CDTV and A570 become the norm. Who knows, we may end up doing a Coverdisc instead of a Coverdisk!
Congratulations to Brett Mitchell, by the way, for the rather nifty ProTracker sound module.
Many businesses, museums and formal educational establishments are very interested in multimedia as a way of presenting information to those who are remote from them. Sure, looking at a CDTV title is nowhere near as much fun as actually visiting, say, the British Museum. But it would at least give you a good idea of what you wanted to check out when you really got to the place.
So, that's multimedia. Remember this is only a small teaser but it represents the form the future will take!
Digital Illusions TONNY ESPESET PAL ONLY Let's get one thing straight. Although this program can load 24-bit true colour images, it does NOT need a 24-bit display card in order to work.
Digital Illusions is an image processor, which means it can load in IFF graphic files from a paint program, and then perform alterations to the images. The idea is that you continually select different processes until you hawe achieved an effect that you like.
Sounds a bit tedious? Image processors have been popular for years on the Amiga, but unless you actually sit down and play with it, you can't see what they do. I doubt if I could do a better job of the on-disk documentation in this short space, so check it out and start messing around with the program.
Example pictures of just what Digital Illusions can do are included in the Example Illusions drawer. They will not load into Deluxe Paint or Dl, because they have been crunched with PowerPacker 4.
Dl is a hog for memory. It's use on an A500, A1000 or older A2000 is very limited, because these machines only have 512K of chip RAM. If you drag the FastMemFirst icon from the System drawer of Workbench on to a copy of your Coverdisk, and double click it before it runs, that helps matters. Dl works better on an A500 Plus, A600, A1200. Later A1500 A2000 A3000 or A4000, because these all have t or 2Mb of chip RAM.
When Dl loads a picture, the information is converted into 24 bit. What this means is that, if you load a two-colour image, say 10K in size, it will occupy over 240K of chip memory. Dl will load all of the older IFF formats including 24 bit.
It will almost certainly NOT load the new AGA formats as found on the A1200 and A4000 - 256 colour and HAM8 files are not recommended.
To get them means paying a 'shareware' fee to get the enhanced version.
The idea behind shareware is that if you regularly use a shareware program or you want the enhanced version, you send the author some cash (the amount and address are in the readme file).
You don't have to do this - but if you don't then the author won't bother with bug fixes or improvements. Plus you can suggest ideas of your own to the programmer, and make a new Amiga contact too. You know it makes sense!
COPYRIGHT All of the program files on this month's Coverdisk are freely distributable. However, the copyright of Digital Illusions remains with the author (Tonny Espeset). It's his program; don't hijack it for your own purposes. Plus he deserves some cash for his hard work.
The image and code copyright of the Dong demo remain with The Hidden, and the Multimedia Images' copyright remain with the software houses concerned. All the music copyright's remain with the musicians who wrote them. I would name them but I don't know their identities.
What am I talking about? Well, just don't go nicking stuff from the Coverdisk and passing it off as your own work. The demos and Digital Illusions can be freely copied for yourself, but not altered or butchered for your own purposes, because you will be breaking the law. Got it now?
I have done everything possible to ensure that the disk is free of any computer viruses.
But no liability for using the disk is assumed by either Future Publishing, the duplicators or the software authors. Usage is entirely at your own risk. Write-protect your Coverdisk! Move the tab so you can see through the hole!
Prot isle There are two ways of making a copy of your disk, and this is the easy one. Don't be daunted by the fact that you need to use the Shell or CLI: it's actually a lot easier than you might think.
APRIL 1993 Just follow these simple steps... 1 Load your Workbench disk. Open the disk, find the kon that says Shell or CLI and double-click on it.
2 When the Shell window appears and the drive light is out, type in (0 is zero, not the letter 0): Diskcopy from DFO: to DFO i and press the Return key.
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3. The Amiga will now ask you to insert the 'source' disk.
It means the disk you want to copy, so put the Coverdisk in the drive and press the Return key.
4. Wait for a while and it will read all the information off the
Coverdisk, telling you how far It has got. Then it will ask
you to insert the 'Destination' disk. Put the disk you want to
copy your Coverdisk on to in the drive and press the Return
key. Note that the disk does not need to be formatted olreody.
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S. Put the source disk and destination disk in a couple more
times when the Amiga asks for them. When it says "Diskcopy
Finished" just type in:
• ndcli to get out of the Shell or CLI. You may have to put the
Workbench disk in again. Now your copy is ready!
Disk not worlcinq?
We duplicate over 200,000 disks every month. Out of all those, obviously a few will be faulty. If the disk or any of the programs will not load or run properly, there may be a problem. Don't panic!
Amiga Format April Disk Disk Copy Labs Ltd Units 2&3 Omega Technical Centre Drayton Fields Daventry Northants NN11 5RT If possible, use the DiskDoctor utility on your Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. Details of DiskDoctor can be found in older manuals, but not in the A500+ A600 manuals. It is not included with Workbench 3.
However, if your Coverdisk is in fact faulty, you should send it back INCLUDING A STAMPED, ADDRESSED ENVELOPE for a free replacement within one month of the cover date to; PROBABLY "THE GREATEST" PACK IN THE WORLD fcripfresd AMIGA PC: RRP £35.99 SHUTTLE LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS DUNE AMIGA: RRP £32.99 JIMMY WHITE'S WHIRLWIND SNOOKER LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS DUNE ST: RRP £32.99 JIMMY WHITE'S WHIRLWIND SNDDKER LURE DF THE TEMPTRESS SHUTTLE mej&u dlOL.L'V Sky wars MicroProse, have announced the release of their latest simulation: The Ancient Art ol War in the Skies.
MicroProse’s Yvette Wler explains how it will differ from other releases: "It's going to combine traditional war-gaming strategy with fast-paced, arcade-style _ . , action, and will appeal to Tommy prepares to take on Jerry m o large-scale aerial war.
Both beginners and hardened war-gamers alike."
The game's due in April, and will put you in both dogfight and bombing situations, with an impressive list of enemies: Red Baron.
Kaiser Wilhelm and France's General Foch. More than 40 fictional and historical situations are simulated, and a mission design feature will enable you to create or modify campaigns. MicroProse 0666 504326.
Comic Relief Day Down in the Pork on a cold February morning, the stars of Comic Relief show extreme professionalism and stoicism in front of the country's medio.
FI.ANS FOR THIS year's Comic Relief Day were announced on a cold and dismal February morning in Ballersea Park. Joining in the cold festivities were Joanna Lumlcy (as radiant as ever, even at 10am). Lenny Henry (nice bloke, nice and tall). Right Said Fred (consummate professionals who can hold a tune). Jakki Brambles (popular with the young folk, you know) and Angus Dcayton (sharp-witted media personality).
This year Comic Relief Day is on March 12. The day after this issue of Amina Format hits the streets. If it hasn't happened yet. Be sure to watch it. But if you've missed it. It's not too late to send some money.
Also in attendance at Battersea Park were Amiga Format editor Marcus Dyson and the magazine's staff writer Andy Nuttall who were there because of Amiga Format's involvement with the Comic Relief Commodore A1200 bundle (sec story, this page).
The day highlighted, to journalists from different areas of the media, the importance of the charity, as Marcus explains: "It's important to send a donation, because on this planet there is enough wealth to feed and house every single human being. But some of the cash is in the wrong place or being spent on machines that destroy life. So it's up to us and Comic Relief to make sure it goes to those who need it. If you want to help save a life (and it's far more rewarding than completing Zoo ), watch the show, enjoy yourself, and then send some money."
Commodore launch first A12QO pack THE FIRST SOFTWARE bundle for the A1200 has been announced by Commodore at their UK head office in Maidenhead. The pack contains the A120() itself, a copy of Ocean's Sleepwalker game and a special Comic Relief edition of Amiga Format.
There will be 25.000 packs available through high street shops and independent dealers for the next few months, and £10 per pack sold will be donated to the Comic Relief charity.
The gesture is particularly generous because sales of the 1200 have been strong since its release, so if all the packs are sold. Comic Relief will be £250.000 better off.
Ocean are already making a donation of £4.32 to Comic Relief from every copy of Sleepwalker sold. To celebrate this warm and wonderful gesture, now-former Ocean PR man Ken Locklcy turned up at the Comic Relief launch at Battersea Park (see other story), dressed as Ralph the Dog from Sleepwalker.
APRIL 1993 But back to the pack. It's a good offer for anyone planning to buy an A1200. Not only do you get the machine at the normal list price of £399. But you also get the superb Sleepwalker game (it got an Format Golil rating of 91 per cent in AF44} as well as a special Comic Relief issue of AF. And what's more you help charity at the same time. Buy one now!
RACE FOR THE SKIES CyberRace is the title of the next game from Cyberdreams, the creators of the excellent HR Geiger-Illustrated adventure DarkSeed (AF44 - 72 per cent).
Continuing their policy of working with top sci-fi authors and illustrators, Cyberdreams have commissioned Syd Mead, whose design credits include such high-profile films as Blade Runner, Tron, 2010, Star Trek and Allen, to produce the in-game artwork and packaging.
The game Is based around a pair of planets at war that have their weapons confiscated and replaced by the Cyber Track. This is a futuristic racing area where they can battle to the death without harming any of the neighbouring civilisations - eco-friendliness in the future!
For further information about the release of CyberRace get in touch with Cyberdreams on 071-328 3267.
At long last, A1200 Hds
7. 0. HAVF. ANNOUNCED the release of Commodore- approved hard
drive expansions for the A1200. The units, which must be shop
fitted, will not invalidate Commodore's 12 month in-home
warranty. Although ZCL.
In the guise of their INDI Direct and Calculus stores, claim to be the only supplier of this service, we believe Silica and Gordon Harwood's will have Commodore approval too.
The drives offered are modest in size. 60 and SO Mb being the only options at present. The prices for a new A1200 with the hard drive already fitted arc: £539.99 (60 Mbl and £599.99 (80 Mb). If you want the hard drive fitted to your existing A1200 it will cost you £219.99 (60 Mb) or £279.99 (80Mb).
The deal is particularly attractive because INDI Direct and Calculus will collect an A1200 from a home anywhere in the UK for an extra charge of only £5. Format the hard drive, install Workbench, insure the hard drive and return it to your home all within a w eek. If you arc thinking of buying a hard drive for your A1200 600. Why not read our survey of the services available in next month's issue.
The A1200: ZCL'i new deal could be just the thing il you crove a 60 or 80 Mb hard drive (or your machine.
A Divil of a time The next release from Gremlin Graphics (the team behind the console-beating Zool) will be Litil Divil, due out in April. It's a bizarre, isometric 3D adventure which has been in development three years now.
It's all about a young boy who wanders into the Underworld, only to find that a curse has been placed on him which prevents him trom escaping. You must guide him to the exit via five levels, each comprising 10 different puzzles. Gremlin reckon a lot of brains and brawn are necessary to complete the puzzles. If Gremlin keep to their release schedule a full review should be in AF46.
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Absolute Power can be yours Have you ever wished you knew about every Amiga game ever released? Just imagine it - a guide to every release from 1985 right up until 1993; a directory containing over 1.000 titles, each with a review and guide to availability.
Well, in the bumper April issue of sister magazine Amiga Power magazine you'll find Absolute Power - the answer to your prayers, and the definitive guide to every Amiga game ever, ever. Ever.
Ever? It sounds improbable, but the Amiga Power team have been slaving away over the past few months to Include even the most improbable and obscure titles, as well as the big names you'd hope to find in a games guide (and some you wish had been forgotten about). They've gone right back to the dawning of Amiga games to dredge up the turkeys and classics of yesteryear, along with familiar movie and arcade tie- ins and years of original (and sometimes bizarre) titles. The result is Absolute Power - a mammoth compendium of over 1,000 games, which is destined to become a legend among Amiga gamers.
The April issue of Amiga Power is on sale now. Don't miss it!
Rumour has It that Sensible Software are to produce a sequel to their best-selling soccer game. Sensible Soccer.
The game is currently going to be called Sensible World ol Soccer, and will apparently incorporate around 1,500 teams from all over the world, including club level and international teams, plus a comprehensive management option.
Sensible have employed a football expert who has started to collate data about the world's major football teams for inclusion in the game, which is due for completion later this year.
The next game to be released from Sensible Software Is a war-game called Cannon Fodder. The game puts you In control of a bunch of 325 civvies who you must build up Into an army - so it's a bit of a branch-out for Sensible. The characters will be similar in appearance to those In Mega-Lo- Mania and Sensible Soccer. With them you will have to take on around 30 different missions including blowing up buildings and rescuing hostages.
You will also have to enter battle with a number of armies In various scenarios, including jungle, arctic, desert, moorlands and underground. The sound effects are incredibly realistic (we know, we've heard them), so It looks like one to watch out for. Cannon Fodder is due for release through Virgin Games in September. "** Sensible-styfecharacters coo be swiiihir oext goon. Cannon Fodder, released through Virgin.
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OCEAN SOFTWARE LIMITED 6 CENTRAL STREET MANCHESTER M2 5NS TELEPHONE 061 832 6633 FAX 061 834 0650 ARTDINn Big games on snow nrPESMITN DEMO THE GAMES SOFTWARE HOUSES have shown their support and commitment to the forthcoming Amiga Formal Live Show, with plans to give several new games their First public show ings at the event.
In the Amiga Power Games Arcade Virgin will be unveiling Dune 2. Goal! (Ditto Dini's follow up to the phenomenally successful Kick Off 2). Beneath the Steel Sky and Apocalypse.
Gremlin will also be there in force premiering their sequel to Hero Quest: The Legacy of Soracil and their isometric 3D adventure Litil Divil. MicroProsc will be showing BI7 and Gunsltip 2IXX). So if you've ever picked up a joystick in your life, then Wembley Exhibition Centre EXHIBITION 9 CENTRE MAY will certainly be the place to be on May 7-9.
If you arc of a more serious mindset, the Amiga Formal team will be on hand to chat with, and to answer your technical queries. Sound and Vision will be the name of an area where you can leant about the complete video production process. Whether it's soundtrack, editing, special effects or Amiga graphics and animation that are giving you problems. The necessary experts will be on hand.
Bargain hunters will be pleased to hear that a plethora of stockists of quality Amiga hard drives, accelerators, printers and a whole host of other peripherals will be there.
Plus plenty of serious software will be available for a good deal less than list price. And there'll be the odd cheap game to be found too.
Added to this will be a big inflatable plastic bag that you can go inside and shoot at one another with lasers. (Don't laugh, it's good, the Amiga Format team had to he smoked out of it using mustard gas during the Future Entertainment Show - ED). Amiga Formal Live is looking like the kind of show you wouldn't miss for all the copies of Lemmings 2 in Psygnosis' warehouses. If you haven't got your ticket yet. Call the credit card hotline on 051 -356 5085.
You wont to see Goal!, Dune 2 and Beneath a Steel Sky first, then join Amiga Formal live.
APRIL 1993 mm THE GVP A500 HD8* drive has taken a tumble in price, from £349 to £299 at Silica Systems.
This popular A500 peripheral has been lauded many times in Amiga Format, and is without doubt the best hard drive available for the A500 (apart from GVP's own A530 hard drive accelerator). The only problem with the unit is that the cost is high. The new price should see the drive succeed in the face of mounting competition.
Contact: Silica Systems on 081-3091111.
BEST PRODUCT, BEST PRICE WEMBLEY 7 Just say Yes to games WHILE THE TABLOID press have turned their wrath on computer games, and decided that they are responsible for the poor state of the nation. Liverpool drug education team, Healthwise have turned to them for help.
Drug Fax is a piece of edutainment software that is designed to keep kids both amused with computer games while being informed about the dangers of drugs at the same time.
For further information contact: Healthwise Drug Helpine on 0800 838909. All calls are free.
In last month's AF we recommended GB- Route. Unfortunately the price was wrong.
This indispensable, assuming you have a car.
Utility sells for the bargain price of £49.95. and not £79.95 as we stated.
Established and new users alike will also be interested to know of GB Route Edit, a program which allows you to add locations, edit data and personalise GB Route Plus to your own tastes. All for the price of £9.95. Contact Complex Computers on 0706 224531.
BEYOND THE BACKGROUND TypeSmith is the first commerciol outline font designer we've seen for the AMIGA.
George Thompson Services are offering a save disabled demo of the TypeSmith program, to give users a chance to savour its delights. For those of you not familiar with TypeSmith. It's a font design program. Unlike similar packages for the Amiga, it enables the user to design outline fonts, which is particularly useful for structured drawing and DTP use. If you fancy giving it a try. The demo is available from GTS on 0707 391389.
If you would like your titles to have backgrounds like these, you're in luck Canadian Frostbyte Systems have released a 10-disk set of 24-bit overscan backgrounds.
The Beyond Backgrounds Pro Set of 736 x 480 pixel images (cost $ 99.95) is intended for use by video professionals and 3D ray tracers.
Contact: Frostbyte on 0101-416-7697516.
BEYOND BACKGROUNDS Zool at the arcade Amiga owners have known for months that Zool is good enough to be an arcade machine, but now Bell Fruit Manufacturing have caught on to the fact too.
A1200 gets new Life * Summer 1993 will see the Ninja mut-ant kicking and spinning his way across many a sea front Zook the Ninjo mut-ont hero and town centre will be making his arcade arcade, as the debut this summer. Zool coin-op is launched.
Play will strongly resemble the Amiga version , but additional features will be Incorporated, including over 100 levels ot arcade action. If you've finished the computer version, start saving those 50 pence pieces.
IF IT S JUST THE TIME YOU'RE AFTER First Computer Centre in Leeds, as well as offering the same MBX 1200z unit as ZCL, have also got a standalone real-time clock lor those of you not keen to part with £200 tor a co-processor unit. The standalone clock retails at £14.99. Contact First Computer Centre on 0532 319191.
FOLLOWING ON FROM last month's report that Team 17 will produce Alien Breed 2 for the Amiga 12(H). Several other companies have followed suit with announcements of additional new games releases for the machine.
First up is SimLife from Maxis, the people who brought us Sim City and the excellent A-Train.
Reviewed on Page 68 of this issue.
According to Mindseapc's PR man James Morris.
SimLife "simulates ecosystems in great detail, w ith plants and animals interacting with each other as in real life. Six different game scenarios challenge you to solve problems from food chain management to genetic manipulation." The game is due for release in July. Mindscapc 0444 246333.
The long-aw aited A12(H) version of Civilization - the excellent god-game that got a whopping great 94 per cent Amiga Formal Cold rating in issue 38 - is virtually ready for release, so why arc MicroProse holding on? "It's because we are waiting for a standard hard-drive version of the A1200 before releasing the game, because it runs from hard drive only."
Since ZCL have now announced new 60 and 80 Mb versions of the A1200 (see Page 12) Civilization should only be a matter of months away. For more information contact MicroProse on 0666 504326.
Last, but not of course, least news reaches us of what is possibly the first A1200-only game. It comes from Vivid Software of Bournemouth, who are currently producing a game with the title Mr Gurk and His Amazing 16 Million-Coloured Quest. Subtlety is obviously one of Vivid Software's stronger points.
Apparently the strangely named Mr Gurk of the title has had his 16 million colours stolen by the 'console scourge', who only have 16 colours and are therefore consumed with envy and are jealous of Mr Gurk's, remarkably colourful personality. So he begins a quest to retrieve them.
Hmntm. Sounds, cr, interesting. The Amiga Formal team are on the case and will bring you more information about the game as it comes.
The At 200 version of MicroProse's Civilization is to be released os soon as a hard-drive 1200's available.
Free Expression Amii It you’ve ever had a question about the Amiga that you couldn't answer, then here's iust the thing tor you! The next Amiga Formal Special is a Q & A extravaganza, where the boys (and girl) trom the Specials team will answer every Amiga-related question that 'they can think of. Also, If you have a question about anything AnWge related, then send it rijjp to them and they will try to answer it in AFS O A A. Send your queries to: the editor. Amiga Formal Specials, 30 pnmguth St. Bath, Avon.
BA1 2BW. To arrive before Monday April 12.
You can meet the Specials team (along with Amiga Format) at Amiga Formal Live ’93, where the O .4 A issue wfll atoo be on sale. Staff writer, Andy Nuttall will ba one of many on hand to answer any questions that yocj m ftBVe: "Some of us may even be persuaded to go along to tne bar, where answering questions is so much more fun." Turn over four pages for further details.
HAVE YOU GOT THE LAST TRAIN TO CLARKESVILLE?
Music Librarian is a new product trom ARK designed tor those with bigger record collections than you can easily remember The purpose-written database utility Is aimed at Djs. Music librarians and record lovers everywhere 1 5Mb ot RAM. Two floppy drives and £39.95 are all you will need to get started. Oh. And a rather large record collection.
Applied Kernal Research 0983 551496 Soft Logik have wasted no time in addressing some of the points raised in our review of their Art Expression structured drawing package (AF 44 - 75 per cent), in which we spotted a small problem with constructing a line from a series of bczier curves (draw ing a line through fixed points).
Version 1.02 of the program has already been mailed out to registered users. This bug fix continues Soft Logik's commitment to free updates for registered users, and it is accompanied by a font disk, and an art bonus disk. Illustrator and DR2D support have also been improved on the 1.02 version. As has preferences printing.
Arf expression left a bit to be desired, so registered users get on improved version for free.
Lemmings take over the world Lemmings 2 hits the streets the day this magazine goes to press, so if you are expecting a full review of what looks set to be one of the biggest games of the year, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until next month. You’ll see reviews in other mags, but they have reviewed it on site. Psygnosis are not releasing copies to journalists until February 24. We know the importance of the game, and we're not prepared to give it a score until one ot our review staff has toiled over it for several sleepless nights. Watch this space (no not this exact one you dweeb, we mean
somewhere around Page 64 next month).
Please note, last month we used a picture of a Lemming In our reviews of Art Expression and PageSetter 3. This was done by kind permission of Psygnosis, who hold copyright on the Lemmings name and image.
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Crowther Captured again APRIL 1993 Coming attractions to an
Amiga near you... Spring looks like an exciting time tor Amiga
games, so here's the Amiga Format Diary ot releases, just so
that you know when and what to look out for... Gunship 2000
MicroProse March B-17 MicroProse March Super Frog Team 17 March
Chuck Rock 2 Core Design March Universal Monsters Ocean March
Arabian Nights Krisalis April Frontier - Elite 2 Konami May
Goal Kick ON 3 Virgin May Hired Guns Psygnosis May ¦
Streetfighter 2 US Gold A Premier Manager Gremlin Graphics 87%
? Sensible Soccer 92 93 Renegade Mindscape 80% ? Wing Commander
Mindscape 83% T Zool Gremlin Graphics FG95% New Nick Faldo's
Golf Grandslam FG90% T Indiana Jones - Fate of Atlantis US Gold
FG92% A Road Rash Electronic Arts 84% ? AV8B Harrier Assault
Domark 60% New Sleepwalker Ocean FG91% ? Campaign Empire 79% T
WWF European Rampage Tour Ocean 18% A Monkey Island 2 US Gold
FG95% A Civilisation MicroProse FG94% A Sim Earth Ocean 79% A
Dr Who - Dalek Attack Alternative 59% New Crystal Kingdom Dissy
CodeMasters 60% A John Madden American Football Electronic Arts
FG94% T Pinball Fantasies 21 st Century FG90% ? Formula One
Grand Prix MicroProse FG92% T Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker
Virgin Games FG91% New Rome AD92 Millennium 77% ? PGA Tour ?
(Comp) Electronic Arts Comp ? Archer MacLean's Pool Virgin
Games 89% T Putty System 3 FG9S% T Humans Mirage 72% Re
Lemmings Oh No! More Lemmings Psygnosis 80% New Trolls
Microvalue 80% ? Lotus 3: The Ultimate Challenge Gremlin
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appear in a new series ot education software for the Amiga from
Mindscape.
Under the edutainment banner (combining both education and entertainment aspects) the tirst in the series. Mario Is Missing, is an arcade game set in 19 countries throughout the world.
Mindscape are extremely pleased with the licence and hope that he'll prove as popular on Amiga as Nintendo! It’s due for release in April.
Role-playing tans are due tor a treat soon because Mindscape have announced the imminent release ot Captive 2. The sequel to Tony Crowthers best-selling Captive.
Mindscape’s James Morris expects the game to do well because "Tony has developed a completely new technology tor the game, with 4,096 randomly generated cities containing over 1.000 buildings each. You will be put In control ot tour droids, with which you must attempt to try and release the game's prisoners The game is due tor release in April, so watch out for a review In next month's Amiga Format.
Crowther is bock with the sequel to Copf vet The oudiente waits with baited breath... Total Carnage. Bally Midway's excellent sequel to Smash TV. Is to be converted to the Amiga by Stroud-based International Computer Entertainment (ICE).
The game pits two players against the military might ot several Middle-Eastern countries, and they must try to destroy various strategic sites. Stuart Bell ot ICE told Amiga Format "We're only currently In discussion with Bally on whether to include Iraqi references in the game, which are strongly hinted at in the arcade version."
ICE 0453 756993 Muscles and mayhem abound with Total Carnage, coming to your AMIGA soon courtesy of ICE.
USER PROFILE IT'S NOT REALLY grim up north, you know. It's pretty much the same as down south, only it possesses more latitude. But the north. Sheffield in fact, is where Phil Wolstenholme found himself studying Fine Art at polytechnic, during the mid-Eighties.
Specialising in photography. Phil found that creating an image could take many days' work in the darkroom. But to create the strange and interesting composite images that were his distinctive style, the hours had to be put in to each individual print. Until, that is. He discovered computer-generated artwork.
A quick study of what each computer offered, and more importantly, what each cost, saw Phil investing in an Amiga 500 and a copy of DigiVicw after leaving college in 1986. "I didn't have any computer experience until I got an Amiga. 1 just got it out of the box and plugged it in." Says Phil, disarmingly.
With money he received from the Prince's Trust and an enterprise scheme. Phil set himself up as a computer artist. It's a dream many of us probably share, but it was hard work and determination that saw Phil establish himself in the Field. Because he wanted to work in the record industry Phil set about calling every band and record company he had heard of.
Eventually The Designers Republic used Phil's work on the cover of Pop Will Eat sO itselfs This is The Hour. This is The Day. This Portrait of the artist: Phil in his Sheffield garret with some of the record W is Now album. Phil got more record sleeve sl**ves he hos t,eo,ed ,or fl,,is,s su'h 01 MC Tune‘ ond 808 Sl0'*- work, leading to a portfolio that includes covers for Cabaret Voltaire. MC Tunes. 808 State.
ZTT. Warp Records, and Strictly Rhythm.
Working mainly in Imagine and Real .11). Phil's work is mostly 3D ray-traccd. Although he is becoming interested in animation. But Phil has become bored with much of the UK computcr-graphics industry, and is tired of seeing too many copper lamps and juggling girls. "If there's anybody out their doing anything interesting, anything different, for God's sake please get in touch with me!" He pleads.
Phil is convinced his real future lies in California, where the remnants of the Sixties hippy ethic has left a computer industry awash with creativcs and visionaries. "Take Virtual Reality, it's being wasted in arcade games.
Why are people trying to re-create the real world inside (he computer? It's all for defence purposes! We should be trying to program virtual environments that don't actually exist, we should be trying to create virtual surrcality."
If Phil does go to California, and is given the budget to do something he finds "interesting, it will a loss to the UK but a gain for the computer graphics world. ® What goes on?
In the first of an occasional series in which we take a look at people from different walks of life who use their Amiga for professional work.
We meet an astounding artist from Sheffield... Phil Wolstenholme Now the successful owner of Chuck Motors, Chuck Rock has been kidnapped by his arch rival in business, Brick Jagger, the shady boss of the Datstone Car Company.
Following the arrival of the ransom slab, Ophelia cries as she reads the list of demands to secure Chuck's release. Six month old Chuck Jnr* breaks out of his playpen vowing "I'll be back-with my dad!"
Join Chuck Jnr on 6 levels of prehistoric combat as he battles through volcanoes, mountains, jungles and caves. Tackle dinosaurs, snakes, elephants, grizzly bears, monkeys, tigers and turtles on your way to the final confrontation the showdown at the Datstone Car Company to rescue the kidnapped Chuck Rock!
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revolu-* tion in computing. People are forever waffling on * about linking the power of CD-ROMs Wit f stereo * sound in order to pro- duce interfaced (hen? • comes that wordj multimedia extravp-% i ganzas So just j. if' what's it all abd What does it all r jM mean to you? ' $ ' Isn't it all rather expensive? Dave J Reeder and Tim Smith explore the longest lasting buzz-word in
• f history... n THE DICTIONARY DEFINITION: Multimedia - the use
of a combination of different media of communication (in eg
entertainment, education): simultaneous presentation of
several visual and or sound entertainments. (From Chambers
English Dictionary - 1991 edition).
Master the media Commodore's definition: 'the ability to input, create, manipulate and then output test, graphics. Audio and video on one machine, using one user interface.' Marketing copy used at the launch ofCDTV).
The person in the street's definition: "I think it's got something to do with Cds. Sound, and cr... Cds. And stuff'. (Person in the Street - 1993 edition).
The above quotes describe the basic problem in what is potentially the most important advance in computing since the invention of the floppy disk: multimedia.
No one seems to have the vaguest idea of what multimedia should be.
So let's start with the basics. To be equipped ready for a foray into multimedia your Amiga has to be equipped with a CD- ROM drive.
There's been a lot of talk in Amiga Format about CD-ROM technology. Almost every month there's a juicy quote from a major industry figure or writer that seems to suggest that CD-ROM is the only way forward. This is because it enables you to store massive amounts of data (550 Mb on a formatted CD), so it makes the lives of software pirates hell (the cost of buying a rcad-write CD mastering system is enough to pul most people off. And if you try to copy more than 550 Mb of data to floppy disks you're
• • CD-ROM is the only way forward, it talking about 1:500 worth
of disks).
Mokes the lives of software pirates hell, plus Cds are so much, much cheaper than cartridges * CD-ROM also enables high- quality sound and graphics to be stored (8-bit. 24-bit.
You name it. You can store it). And as the base requirement for multimedia, compact disc storage really does have it all.
So what else do you need. Well, if you take Microsoft's PC-orientated specifications as a starting point, after CD-ROM you need to have stereo sound reproduction and recording
- the Amiga's got that: a Graphical User Interface (GUI), the
Amiga's got that in the form of Workbench; a 32-bit processor
(in the case of the PC. This means a minimum of a
486) . The Amiga has this in the form of the A1200 and A4000.
So. Multimedia might just look like a general description of the Amiga, and there's the point... The Amiga was built exactly for multimedia. It has custom chips to take the pressure of work from the CPU (Central Processing Unit), an easily upgradeable operating system, standard hardware interfaces (though the lack of a built-in MIDI interface is a problem, as is the recent switch over to PCMCIA).
So far. The definition of multimedia appears synonymous with the description of Amiga.
However, there are various properties that distinguish multimedia use from. Say. Desktop HOW MANY CD-ROMS STYLES ARE THERE?
CD-ROM: (Compact Disc Read-Only Media, or.
Compact Disc Read-Only Memory depending on who you believe). CD-ROM Is largely a text-based storage system which is used for catalogues, newspaper back Issues, trade reports and the like.
Playable only on CD-ROM players. There is an upgrade with limited audio and graphic storage, this is called CD-ROM XA - CD-ROM Extended Architecture.
APRIL 1993 THERE'S SUCH A multiplicity of CD formats around at the moment, so here's a bit of jargon-busting. As with all Industry shorthands, these terms are often used without precision.
All CD format discs look the same (with the exception of Sony's Mini Disc: a five-inch disc containing digital Information that is played back via laser optics). Sadly, most of the formats are currently incompatible with each other, resulting in a fractured and undecided market. However, because all information can be held digitally, you can access across formats with some disks.
CDTV-compatible discs, for example, can read text files held in CD-ROM XA format, but you won't be able to run PC-specific CD-ROM applications using a CDTV. Yet it is only a combination of marketing and research and development costs that is holding back multiformat CD-ROM software and hardware. One company active in the CDTV world have already engineered multiformat discs, running graphics files from coexisting CDTV, CD-I and MPC formats.
Here, though, are today's players in the CD- ROM platform game: CD (Compact Disc): unlike the computer disk (which is short for diskette), compact discs are discs'. They are also trademarked to the Dutch- based electronic firm Philips. CD is now widespread as the premier audio storage medium - we've seen them, used them - they also make very good beer mats.
Compatible with: CD-tG - similar to audio CD in the way that data is stored but with a small graphical content only viewable via CD-ROM players. CD is also the generic term for the disc itself, in all these examples.
CDTV: (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision). It now seems to be being redefined almost daily by Commodore. Standalone or Amiga add-on, it provides a low-cost entry into massive storage, fast access and combinations of graphics, music and text, though It sadly suffers from the market's preoccupation with FSFM video. Still, it's clearly the precursor to the now-certain CD-ROM-based games market, either via a portable Amiga or an Amiga-based console.
Commodore's CDTV Multimedia pack - all you need for most multimedia applications.
CD-i: The Sony Philips multimedia (i for Interactive, and it is always a lowercase T by the way) extension of CD-ROM. Technically superior to CDTV, It’s driving hard into the PC world which ignores the user-friendliness Amiga users take for granted. Still too expensive to force its way Into consumer markets. Similar technologies exist with PhotoCD (Kodak's digital photography storage system, based on CD-ROM) and Video CD which is Nimbus's (the UK-based CD manufacturers), recently-announced alternative to video tape.
MPC: Multimedia Personal Computer. An attempt at a standard proposed by Microsoft. It centres on a CD-ROM drive stereo soundcard (with a PC you have to fork out an extra £250 in order to get stereo sound), an 80 Mb hard drive, an Intel 486-processor and Microsoft's Windows. It's less a standard and more of a wish list for a PC configuration.
Publishing, database management and the rest.
Interactivity is the key here: the ability to control the two major information providers (audio and visual) using a single machine, the Amiga, while the process of information providing is going on. Boy. That sounds pompously technical, but it simply means with a multimedia set-up. You don't simply run a program from start to finish with maybe a few key presses, a mousc-click or joystick waggle to show that you were there.
True multimedia is open-ended, and much like a dictionary or encyclopaedia there is no true beginning and no true end: you wouldn't sit down and read Chambers 20th Century from start to finish would you? You would dip into it. And an ideal dictionary or encyclopaedia would enable you to add your own entries.
Multimedia means that you get to control the way in which the program runs.
MULTIMEDIA - DO IT YOURSELF... No matter what processor you use. Running true multimedia applications can be extremely memory intensive. Here, the Amiga's true multitasking abilities make it the ideal machine: just compare your productivity with that of the PC owner who has had to upgrade to Windows (plus expensive upgrades to Windows-compatible software) in order to gain anything close to multitasking abilities.
Frankly, the PC cannot multitask, its operating system and architecture just aren't up to it: it can't run one program in one window onscreen. And then open another window- to run another program - actually running two programs contiguosuly. At the same time, together. Not even the Mac can really do this.
The basis for all of this talk of Amigas and multimedia of course is the transmission of information, or as it's become know n. data.
BLIND DATA In itself, data is worthless: it becomes valuable only when you place it in context and it becomes information. (Arsenal 2 - Bristol Rovers 4 is only relevant as information when you a) know this sentence is about football b) when you are interested in football or c) when you are not interested but know someone who is). Research suggests that you remember 20 per cent of what you see. 20 per cent of what you hear. 50 per cent of what you see and hear and 75 per cent of what you see. Hear and do.
So. When you think of the Amiga's ability to enable you to do all three its educational possibilities are incredible.
Given that a CD-sized disc can contain the same data as 640 Amiga 880K floppy disks or more than 80.000 single-spaced A4 pages, and that modem computing enables us to access data in a faster more streamlined manner, the developer of CD-ROM systems can now build more and more complex relationships between massive amounts of data.
Essentially, this means that we can build and work with software that enables us to make use of more complex paths through data.
When travelling dala-palhs in this way. We are more likely to be able to turn the raw data into useful information.
For example: a simple data-path about a Continued overleaf WHAT IS THE use of multimedia to the Amiga user?
Can you achieve anything here and now? Well yes, but you're going to need some software and hardware, and more importantly you're going to need an Idea.
What can you construct an interactive project around?
Well, what about a TV show? A piece of viciously biting. Fiction that wipes away the tedious dross you have to put up with from the tube most nights? Your first job is to think about the types of information about a hero (or heroine) you'd want to include. Shots of the main characters, certainly, plus some music, a bit of video, and some scene setting.
Firstly work out how you're going to create the more complex material, such as sound and pictures digitally. The music's easy using a program such as Octomed. Because music can be sampled (within copyright), recreated, remixed or encrypted as MIDI files it can be used on the Amiga with immense ease.
Text files, again, are easy - word processors are 10 a penny in the PD world. Maybe invest In a simple database to enable you to set up mug shots of all the characters. Perhaps the video element is too complex or expensive - genlock, digitising, video titling and the like - but you could easily import graphics from a paint animation package or make use of digitised photographs by using something cheap and cheerful like VIVI Complete Colour Solution to create your own limited animation.
Lastly, you need to consider the main character pictures - again, these can be digitised or maybe you'll even have a go with a graphics package such as Deluxe Paint IV for a real artist's impression.
Keep the options open and think what the end result should be, rather than concentrate on the way to get there. Only when you're clear about what you want multimedia to do for you. Should you decide to spend money on upgrading your kit and in which direction.
So. To aid that process, here are some quick tips for thinking clearly:
• Your major constraint is memory not processor speed - get more
RAM.
• Work from a storyboard and flowchart to ensure you know the
structure of your presentation.
• Don't get sidetracked by thinking all video images need a
genlock - If you can live without overlaying Amiga-generated
text on to video then save yourself some money.
• Don’t be tempted to break copyright - you'll only be found out
and then there'll be tears.
• Don't be over-ambitious. It's likely to be impractical to do
more than the very simplest of projects If you don't have a
hard drive - get a hard drive.
• Although you'll concentrate on those areas where you have most
talent or interest, such as music, try to put an equivalent
effort into the other parts - your project will be stronger
and you'll develop new skills.
• At the start, get a good relationship with an established PO
library for applications, instruments for sampling,
copyright-free art and much more. There Is more good material
than you could use in a lifetime out there - finding It may
take time, but think of how much money you could save.
• Look at any example of multimedia you can - how does It work?
What's wrong with It? How would you make It better? Does it
break new technical or imaginative ground? What can you
learn?
• The key to all of this is to decide what you want to do first
and go for It - if you can't afford the obvious solution, then
think about other ways.
Multimedia Is about options - take them. After all that, load up your authoring package and read the manual.
Ironically, the more time you spend thinking, planning and reading before you sit down in front of your machine, the better the end result. Of course, getting into multimedia takes time and money.
APRIL 1993 Here it's only possible to point you In the right directions, if you're a regular reader you have an advantage: check your Coverdisks for working versions of multimedia software (Octamed, CanDo and Animation Station for starters) and check the issues for full reviews of the packages that can only be touched on here.
If you think this is all out of your league, then think virtual reality'. You see. There's a school of thought that suggests that although virtual reality is an exciting concept. It's doomed to failure as long as it remains In the world of vector graphics. What it needs is real graphics mixed with audio and textual information, just like reality. And the best bet for delivering that in an effective manner lies In CD-ROM based multimedia. So why not create your own virtual reality!
Well known subjecl such as The Sex Pislols might be as follows:
a) Formed in 1977.
Bl Managed by Malcolm Maclaren.
C) Comprised: Glen Matlock. Johnny Rotten. Steve Jones. Paul Cook
(later Sid Vicious).
D) Signed to Atlantic. EMI. Virgin.
E) Broke up 1979.
As a mass of data this is only of interest in passing. Stored on floppy disk, in a traditional database, you might be able to cross-reference some of the data (record label, manager.
Johnny Rotten) but the work involved in doing so would be more than your lime was worth.
A multimedia representation of this data on the other hand would enable you to call up pictures of all the band members, snatches of the music, and cross references at the click of a mouse-button. Unlike a traditional computer system, which relies on databasing up simple paths, multimedia enables you to construct complex routes into other knowledge from simple beginnings. It makes it all the more memorable by backing up the data with pictures. Sound and additional references. In short, you are seeing, hearing and. To a limited extent, experiencing the data.
APRIL 1993 What this means is control - control over information. There is now so much information hitting you from every direction - TV.
Radio, satellite, on-line databases. Bulletin boards and newspapers. With data sources you can access yourself you can obtain data when you want it. You won't have to wait for the News at Ten or whenever - you're in control.
Imagine having an encyclopaedia databasc on-linc system that can be updated regularly with the kind of data you want and.
More importantly, that you need.
Although the picture below was created on an Amiga using an Opolvision true colour cord, the ordinary AMIGA 1200 is quite capable of displaying such images.
The arguments have been rehearsed often enough in these pages, but there is now an unstoppable force being unleashed by games manufacturers - the replacement of the floppy disk by CD-ROM. Partly to beat the pirates and partly to deliver added value, this year you'll see an explosion of original material released for the CDTV market.
Once that establishes a beachhead, watch out for serious software manufacturers releasing on the same formal - a package comprising six disks with a 200-page manual will be replaced by a single CDTV disc, containing the application, the manual, interactive help files, plus other material such as clip art files, fonts, instruments and the like. Hello OpalVision CD. Hello Wordworth CD. Hello Scala Multimedia 200 CD.
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Where Commodore may have misplayed their hand over the last two years though, was in the positioning of CDTV. Launched as an entenainment-cum-informalion provider that had nothing to do with the Amiga, it was clearly ahead of the market - and it was clearly an A500 in a black box. Without a keyboard or disk drive (and now you get these w ith the CDTV Multimedia pack). The Amiga side is beginning to receive a belated acceptance in recent pronouncements from within Commodore, who have realised they're the only manufacturer to offer both a CD-ROM based delivery system and a (in business
terms) low-cost computer desktop and networking system.
• Where Commodore may have misplaced their hand was in the
positioning of the CDTV - it was clearly ahead of the market*
Commodore are predicting a growth in the whole multimedia
market of 72 per cent a year for the next four years, they have
opened up the whole market due to their release of standalone
CD-ROM drives for the Amiga range.
Once the market wakes up to the fact that Cds can be packaged and mastered for about £1.50. there's going to be a torrent of the new titles (hopefully). As 'Industry' wakes up to the possibilities of multimedia and CDTV.
New opportunities will open up for everybody: corporate databases comprising hundreds of images or fonts held on CDTV-compatible discs will be available to non-corporate graphic artists and desktop publishers. Watch out for interactive Amiga-based presentations in shops as a telling sign of things to come.
Shop window displays using Amigas and back projection will alter the look of the High Street. Shop or mail order catalogues will arrive in the post as CD-ROMs enabling you to view your future purchases on a computer's monitor. CD-ROM telephone directories linked to modems will give you cheaper, easier phone calls - and updating will be far easier because the print runs are cut dow n saving hugely on price.
Readers expecting a how-to multimedia tutorial may well lie feeling confused by now.
Why all this talk of business, training and CD- ROMs'? It's simple really: what happens in other spheres of life has a tremendous impact on the Amiga world - what business demands from its machines, affects everyone, new music packages developed for the ST affects other formats, and the same is true for new desktop publishing software on the Mac: it's all one big chain reaction.
Multimedia is impacting (that's corporate waffle for 'is affecting') all those other areas, and opportunities are only going to be made the most of if Amiga programmers are aware of what’s happening on other formats.
If you think that the end result of CDTV technology will be being able to load instantly a mega remix version of Lemmings with CD-qualily sound, then frankly you're underestimating the capabilities that multimedia will bring. Although the basic technologies have been with us for some lime, and are widely seen as useful and exciting for the future, the possibilities available now are also stunning. But they only make sense if you understand where the market is going. Hence this overview.
AND THE FUTURE ¦S'?
Raving about the wonders of CDTV titles such as A Hun For Barney (79 per cent in Amiga Format 59) isn't going to win thousands of new followers for CDTV; it's not exactly the sort of exciting, new. Interactive title you've been waiting for. Is it? And. To be frank, most of the other software hasn't been too dazzling cither.
So. To most people it looks horribly like the wider multimedia possibilities are being sold short to Amiga CDTV owners, precisely because most Amiga commentators are deliberately unaware of what's happening in other markets - Pcs. Macs, business and the real world environment.
That's why Amiga enthusiasts can't understand w hy businessmen don't rush out and buy Amigas right now - because nobody has put the right argument forward for using Amigas in industry and commerce.
At present, the cost of incompatibility with re's (business likes to sec itself as a PC-only world, even if many of the Pcs are outdated within four months of arriving on the desk) outweighs the ease of use and productivity savings that Amigas offer. Which is why you have the crazy sight of PC owners spending more than the cost of an Amiga to upgrade a PC to the Amiga's multimedia capabilities.
The world of CD-ROM is one in which the Mac has lead, the PC is now leading and the Amiga will have to catch up with, unless somebody can break the grip of ancient so- called industry standards or unless... well, unless the Amiga can create a new market itself, just as Apple did with DTP on the Macintosh and NewTek did with video on the Amiga Video Toaster.
There is such a market for multimedia out there and it's wide open... the musician in his (or her) bedroom with their Amiga, cheap sampler. PD software and a low-budget keyboard making a dance hit is already a cliche.
Yet. For a little more outlay than it takes to simply output some vinyl, anyone could be producing their own multimedia material combining graphics (anything from PD images to video), audio and text, all held together by something like CanDo ( reviewed on Page 124 and on the Coverdisk of Amiga Formal 36).
THE MULTIMEDIA PACKAGES EXPLAINED Throw in a hard disk, some extra memory, maybe AMOS (again on an Amiga Formal Coverdisk. Issue 42) which you can use to create your own user interface, tailored to the specific program.
You could also direct your own film on a camcorder and digitise it for use within an Amiga multimedia package such as OpalVision or Scala. You can upgrade your keyboards and sampler, create graphics or animation. Master it to video tape and create more than a hit single - you can make your own personalised piece of multimedia.
Then find your local bureau (look in the back of magazines such as the Melody Maker or Future Music) and you can master your work to CD. This is an increasingly low cost process for runs of a 100 or more - and you're suddenly a self-publisher.
If you start now. The next generation of players (and low-cost CDTV) will be here by the time you finish. So what could you do?
How about giving that hit dance single an extra edge by adding a short piece of video footage of you and the band, include a pile of still photographs (you or some moody pictorial portfolio), song lyrics. MIDI files, whatever... Or maybe try your hand at a real science project with film, your text plus full supporting documentation, still-imagcs and a guaranteed top mark? Or maybe you know everything there is to know about salamanders and fancy putting together film. Text, diagrams and sound effects of the jungle and a complete salamander colouring game? Or whatever!
The point is that the technology is here now; all that's holding multimedia back is a lack of imagination and the lack of knowledge as to how to make links between the various factors. Think for a moment about how high a pile of 600 disks is. And now think about the continued overleaf SPACE PROHIBITS MORE than a quick ruah around the key multimedia software packages - check back issues or The Amiga Format Special Complete Software Guide for more details.
Software hardware falls Into four main areas: multimedia authoring packages, graphics applications, music applications and video applications. In addition, you will need to think carefully about your available memory - less than 1Mb? Think again! - and you need a hard drive. There are no real constraints across the Amiga range - except when your multimedia desires force you to consider add-on cards. SCSI interfaces, co-processors and the rest. Here. Then, are some recommended packages: AUTHORING SOFTWARE The key to multimedia is the authoring package that enables you to create the script
that will run your multimedia application. Characterised by ease of use.
There isn't a great deal to choose between:
• Scala 500 (Digital Vision) - a kind of hi-res video text system
controlling high-quality slideshows with good text overlays.
• HyperBook (Gold Disk) - a version of Apple Computer's HyperCard
system that enables you to display text and Images with ‘hot
spot' links (you come across the word Guitar and click In on It
and you are taken to a number of sub-references) between them,
but offering no support for audio, music or animation.
• CanDo (Checkmate) - sophisticated sound and graphics control
but its modular nature means lots of practice before you get
stunning results that can standalone.
• AmigaVision (Commodore) - bundled with the high level machines,
it offers great flexibility and performance: perhaps the best
place to start.
GRAPHICS SOFTWARE Any art package will be of use In preparing multimedia presentations, but the possibility of using animation This is on example image from Dpoint IV AGA for the Al200 - simitar results can be bad from the basic version.
Also limits the choice. We suggest you think strongly about Deluxe Paint IV (Electronic Arts) - for sheer power and usefulness (drawing In HAM mode, for example).
• Disney Animation Studio (Amiga Centre Scotland)
- is also a good tool. It has unmatched flexibility and
performance (plus a keen price) which more than compensates
for the package's slowness.
MUSIC SOFTWARE Here's your chance to go crazy with expensive addons (MIDI connectors, keyboards and samplers) or to exploit cheap PD-land (loads of sounds to manipulate).
Try the following:
• KCS Version 3.5 Level II (Dr Ts) - probably the best music
package on the Amiga. It uses the Amiga's internal sounds as
well as external MIDI instruments, and you can sync them all
together.
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• Octamed (Amlganuts United) - 8-track tunes are no problem with
this shareware package that outgrew MED (It's still available
from PD libraries), Cheap, a devil to use, but great software
with loads of compatible PD goodies.
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• Video DCTV (Digital Creation) - an excellent compressed video
display and digitising system giving broadcast-quality
composite video signals at a nonindustry price, that includes
the ability to view any DCTV Image in any standard Amiga
package.
• Vldi-Amiga 12 (Rombo Productions) - as we said In December last
year, 'the best value digitiser on the market'.
• Video Toaster (NewTek) - so hot It even has Its own magazine In
the States, this industry-standard video workshop Is not yet
available In PAL format.
Shame.
• C P 1 0 (Satellite & Television) - near broadcast level, RGB
to PAL encoder for composite video at a knockout price.
Finally don't forget PD libraries - there are loads of useful things, apart from just sounds, graphics and fonts.
The Video Toaster card gives American Amiga users broad- cost-quality video features - but wii there ever be a Pal version?
Size of one CD. Thai's what Almathera did.
And just look at the sales of their very useful, but hardly groundbreaking Fred Fish PD disc for CDTV. After all. That's just the beginning of the possibilities that the storage medium makes available.
If you've never been competent enough to write a demo of the sort that have made coder groups famous, there's now an even more impressive and advanced technology available that will enable you to make multimedia presentations more easily. And converging technologies means that a vast new market of people hungry for CD-ROM product is about to open up. Whether they're coming from business or graphics, video or music, information or creativity, users can sense that an exciting new world is about to unfold.
Vast quantities of data (information if you like), held or converted digitally from other sources arc suddenly going to be available to you. Amiga users have a perfect opportunity to re-order some of that data to make a real difference.
The hardest burden the creative person suffers is the difficulty of getting material published or released - if you can do it yourself with the help of multimedia, then who knows what may happen? Of course, technology is an unpredictable beast and may go off in new directions, but even these may provide the same opportunities. Cameras that store images digitally on discs could become pan of people's 'everyday technology'. Certainly, what will happen is an increasing ability to control your environment, entertainment and information digitally.
APRIL 1993 It's all going to come together at some point. It's possible to predict confidently that, within the next two years (at the very outside), everybody is going to be using CD-ROM technology. Or have it affect their daily life in some way.
Just goes to show that Amigas can be used lor almost anything - the Scots train their police force crowd control techniques using an A3000I People will be able to sit at their hi-fi systems and deliver multi-functional audio programming, enabling you to watch picture, and sound-perfect, movies stored as Cds. CD will also allow you to play games of new depth and subtlety, and enable you to distort and control digital images (photos, perhaps, or music via MIDI files) and this will make you hungry for new combinations of digital material - everything from encyclopaedias to polemics,
entertainment to politics, any of which you will be able to retain and reorder just as you wish.
As Amiga users you're perfectly placed to capitalise on these possibilities.
Who is using rr?
Try this for one of those classical paradoxes... because Amiga-based systems are not perceived as an industry standard, there is a lack of enticing stories from users that show how dramatic the possibilities are... and because there aren't many strong user stories, there's an increased perception that the Amiga isn't in fact a worthy business machine. Still, here are four examples of real-life multimedia.
Amiga-stylc.
Providing quick, accurate information of your product line is the key to marketing survival. Specialist wine merchants Heyman Brothers exhibit extensively at wine fairs and so they needed an accessible way of displaying their comprehensive list of wine imports.
The answer? An Amiga 3000 running a multimedia display of scanned wine labels, vintage and supplier information, developed using Scala and a graphics scanner. It’s ideal for the browser at a trade fair. The rest of the company's finances, DTP and stock control systems also run on Amigas.
“ It's possible to confidently predict that within two years (at the very outside) everybody is going to be using CD-ROM technology in some way in their daily routine * Then there's
- VISTRAIN - which won a Europe-wide award for the most
innovative and cost-effective multimedia application of
training technology.
It's an interactive crowd-control simulation, and it uses existing video footage of crowds at major events. The Scottish Police College uses it to train senior police officers in crowd control. At the heart of the system is an A3000 connected to an audio network for replay purposes.
Plus a network of A2000s, each representing a different view of the crowd. It creates exactly the same conditions you could expect at a real- life police crowd-control centre and. More importantly, the simulation is going to help save lives.
Aircraft simulation has long been the point at which serious game fanatics and corporate accountants meet. The search has long been on for a cheap, more reliable alternative to the huge mainframe-based flight sims used by big companies to train their people. For British Aerospace, that search led to the Amiga 2000.
BA uses more than 80 of them to create an electronic classroom in which engineering trainees can dismantle and reconstruct a Tornado. Interactive by nature, the system delivers high-quality graphics with animation, digitised sound and text.
Finally, there's the all-singing, all-dancing Medic Media service, delivering closed-circuit news and entertainment to over 60 hospitals, many of which get personalised service with specific announcements and hospital maps.
Text and graphics (courtesy of Deluxe Painl IV) are. Of course, courtesy of a whole pile of Amigas - centrally controlled from a tasty A2000 with a 50 Mb drive. 9Mb memory. 8Mb of fast RAM. 40MHz accelerator card and. Just for luck. 32-bit memory. In each hospital, an A2000 with 4Mb memory, and a 40 Mb hard drive, controls a number of remote colour monitors.
On a broader canvas, you can see some seriously interesting applications that are pushing the general acceptance of multimedia in business. Applications such as the museum guide where you can call up video footage of works of art. Walking round and approaching them while other Amiga-created windows provide information on the artist or photographs of other works plus, of course, reams of background material, maps of the museum and so on.
Or take training as a clear example of business needs dictating technological possibilities. Distance learning - interactive learning using computers and video - is currently big business.
Basically, multimedia is capable of far more than the current success stories suggest. The shift in perception and technical dedication between the first generation of CD- ROM titles, such as the important archive microfiche sets of The Times and Sunday Times, and the new generation of CD-ROM titles such as The Times Network's Changing Times - 200 years of history from 7.000 articles. Thousands of photographs, maps, hand-written letters and more - is stunning.
The word multimedia has been around for too long; and though there are some promising multimedia packages: everyone is still waiting for that gobsmacking piece of software that isn't a dictionary or encyclopaedia; something that will affect as many of your senses as possible. The wait is on... CS Pime flies!
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Let your imagination decide the tactics and strategy. The Ancient Art of War in the Skies is combat with a sense of fun. Don't miss it!
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- the flexible f APRIL 1993 a* one. Make sure you check with the
manufacturer or retailer that it’s been tested with your
machine before you buy.
The RAM disk cards contain battery- backed Static-RAM memory, and can Ire used as either system memory or pseudo disks.
Before use they must be prepared and formatted. Using Ihe PrepCard program in the Tools drawer of Workbench 2 and 3. The maximum size for this type of card is. At present. 4Mb, although Mitsubishi are predicting disks with over 10 Mb by the end of next year. For the moment, these cards are extremely expensive compared to floppy or hard disks, but they could be useful for larger files, and prices will fall dramatically as manufacturing costs drop.
Other types of cards (Electrical Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory. FLASH and One Time Programmable) are available, but these cannot (at present) be used on the Amiga, since it only supports the SRAM and DRAM types.
There are now two types of card available: fast memory and Static RAM (SRAM). The former acts as part of the Amiga's fast memory, and can be used by programs the same as any other type of memory. Just plug it into the PCMCIA slot when the Amiga is switched off, and turn on. It can't be removed while the computer is on. But otherwise, you can just forget it's there.
These arc available in sizes up to 4Mb.
SRAM: Static Random Access Memory. A type of memory which does not require the refresh signals associated with DRAM. However, It Is slower to access than DRAM. The contents of this type of memory can be retained by fitting a small battery.
So how do you use these cards? If you're using the pseudo-SRAM cards (supplied by ZCL - 4Mb for £199. Or Silica - 4Mb for £179.99). all you have to do is stick them in the slot and turn the machine on. This is because they are auto-configuring, which means that they automatically fit themselves into the Amiga's fast memory For the SRAM type (supplied by ZCL - I Mb for £179,99. Or Phoenix - 4Mb for Pseudo-SRAM: Pseudo Static Random Access Memory. This Is DRAM with the refresh circuitry built In, which can be treated as If It were SRAM.
JEIDA: Japan Electronics Industry Development Association. Earlier version of PCMCIA. If a card is compatible with JEIDA 4.01 standard and It's an appropriate type, It can be used in an Amiga PCMCIA slot.
COULD PCMCIA CARDS be Ihe next grcal leap forward in connecting peripherals to your Amiga? Well, there are plenty of good reasons why they could be just that. They are compact, easy to use and can be swapped without having to reboot the machine. And given the card and the right driver software, you could connect anything from extra memory to massive hard drives to the slot.
The PCMCIA standard is not dependant on the machine, so in theory' you could use these devices on different types of computer. Slots arc now beginning to appear on portable Pcs.
And Amstrad's latest notebook portable has two slots, so you could also use a card for exchanging files between machines.
Well, that's the theory. At Ihe moment, the only cards readily available for the Amiga are memory and pseudo disk. Numerous companies arc promising cards ranging from SCSI interfaces to fax modems, and some are nearing completion (see 'Coming soon to a slot near you '). However, it's going to be a few months yet before PCMCIA really takes off.
While many of the peripherals will be aimed at PC users, with the growing number of A600 and A1200 users with the slot, the developers should start writing suitable drivers. A quick note of caution though: because the standard is still relatively new.
There's no guarantee that all cards will work with the Amiga. If you're thinking of getting PCMCIA: Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. An organisation that was founded in 1989 to define standards for use in memory cards. All of the main electrical manufacturers are members of the PCMCIA.
The standard that the PCMCIA defined covers all aspects of the electrical connections of the card, the file formats of data held In the card and the way In which the computer talks to the card. The current version of the standard Is 2.0. DRAM: Dynamic Random Access Memory. A type of memory which requires refresh signals at regular intervals, supplied by additional circuitry.
JARGON BUSTING PCMCIA CARE FOR YOUR CARD Although PCMCIA cards are pretty tough, they do have to be treated with a degree of respect. Like all electrical equipment, they're sensitive to excess static, moisture and shocks. So don't drop, bend, wash or rub the cat down with them. Inserting the card into the slot is sometimes a bit difficult, since the slot can be stiff it It's not been used much before. Don't force the card ini A gentle side to side wiggling motion often helps, and the slot gets looser with repeated insertion and removal. There's no way of checking if the card has been
completely Inserted, and it only goes approximately two thirds of an Inch Into the slot.
Malta r gar** _!£l_ A cord being prepared at system memory In PrepCard. Quit, reboot, and loads of memory!
Reflect the status of the card. Exit the program and reboot the machine, and the amount of free memory should have increased by however many megabytes are on the card. Given that the card is now part of the Amiga's memory. It shouldn't be removed, and doing so causes the machine to reboot, consigning everything you've been working on to the great trashcan in the sky.
At the moment, using one of these cards is not a realistic option, except for a few specialised applications. The price of the cards is in no way competitive compared to other media, and the presence of only one slot could be a problem. However, the price of the cards is falling fast, and they are getting bigger and faster. It's a technology that's still in its infancy, and the future looks bright.
Remember all of that hassle with peripherals which wouldn't work on the A500 Plus or the A600? If the PCMCIA standard takes off. All that could be a thing of the past, and all the signs are that it is on its way to becoming established. Most new PC laptops have a slot and many developers are now working on either creating new PCMCIA products or adapting existing peripherals.
It's a similar situation to when the memory expansions for the A500 were in their infancy.
In the beginning the 5I2K expansion cost approximately £125. Now. You can pick one up for about £25 and £125 should get you a couple of megs.
All the signs are that PCMCIA cards will probably go the same way. They're not likely to replace floppy disks, but it'll soon become the best way to add memory or peripherals to your Amiga. Cj Workbench Screen e :* Isri Frw F«ll Errs Status Njw 3 4111 k I Read Ur itc Enpty A II can be lakcn oul. Reinserted or transferred to another machine. PrepCard sets the device name to CCO: and the disk name to Empty, but it can be renamed or re-formatted in the same way as a floppy disk. It acts just like a large floppy, although it's somewhat faster. A quick check with Sysinfo reveals that data can be
read from and w ritten to the card faster than 2Mb per second, compared to less than 100K per second for floppy disks.
Another great advantage about PCMCIA is that you can even boot from one of these cards.
Use PrepCard to set it as a pseudo disk, install Workbench on it and copy over the relevant files. Reboot, and hey presto, one Amiga with an incredibly fast system disk and a free floppy drive. This is a rather expensive way of doing this at the moment compared to buying a hard disk, but as the prices of these cards fall and the sizes grow, this could shortly become a realistic option.
Setting up the card as fast memory is also pretty simple, but you do need to reboot the machine. Just click on the appropriate button in PrepCard. And the screen should change to A PCMCIA cord in oction. It's been configured os a disk, ond os you con see, it con be treoted like any other device.
39 APRIL 1993 £199.99). a small amounl of preparation is necessary, using the program PrepCard in the Tools drawer of Workbench 2 or 3. Launch the program and then insert the card and some information about the size and type of the card should appear. From the PrepCard program, it's possible to set up the card as cither a pseudo disk or fast memory.
If you set up a card as a disk, once prepared it can be used as any other disk device.
COMING SOON TO A SLOT NEAR YOU Many companies are working on cards, and there's a general feeling that It’s a good standard which will become widespread. Mitsubishi currently have a fax modem card In preparation which will offer V22bls speed and V42bls data compression. Fax send and receive capability is also built In.
Drivers for the Amiga are being prepared for this card, so it should work with programs like GPFax and Ncomm.
ZCL also have a number of cards on the way, Including Ethernet network adapters and SCSI-2 Interfaces. They are also working on an expansion card to enable more than one PCMCIA card to be plugged in at the same time.
THE QUICK GUIDE TO PREPCARD kwkbmcn Sc run e Fr«p(*rd e |fisk-Ub fmut Format of disk: can be either pseudo disk or system memory.
Geometry of disk: how the disk is formatted into blocks and sectors.
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Type of card, access speed (In nanoseconds) and size of PCMCIA card.
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THE RULES Employees of Future Publishing and Mitsubishi are not allowed to enter (but drivers of their cars can). The editor's decision is final. No cash alternative will be offered.
Entries will be drawn from an empty beer keg after the date of closing and the first correct entry drawn will win the 2Mb card, and the next four will win 1Mb cards. No cash alternative will be offered, but we do reserve the right to offer an alternative equivalent if the prizes named are unavailable.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered, as your mind wandered away from the latest master blaster from Team 17. What the hell that slot on the left-hand side of your Amiga is meant for?
(Sorry I'm afraid we're only talking to A600 and 1200 owners here, i Well if you have pondered about this - and even if you haven't but you arc now - then this could Ik- your chance to find out, first hand! Mitsubishi are giving away, in this fabulous Amiga Format competition, a 2Mb SRAM card and four I Mb Cards (worth a massive £1.000) in this mind-numbingly easy competition. These cards can he configured to run either as extra fast memory, or as removable pseudo disks - and if that lot confused you. Turn to Pages 38-39 for a full explanation.
Simply answer the following questions and if you're lucky you could have what it lakes to fill that embarrassing hole on the left- hand side of your Amiga. O card!
APRIL 1993 Iwhat does PCMCIA stand for?
A Please Call Me Concerning Internal Architecture B Personal Computer Memory Card International Association C Patrick Can Meet Carol In Arbroath 2 What is the memory capacity of the biggest Mitsubishi SRAM card being given away?
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Computer_ AMIGA Date_ Tltlf _ Price_ _ Price _ Price Price Td: Member No: GAME REVIEWS Screenplay England's cricket team are brilliant, unemployment is falling by the day, and the Mega Drive is great... April Fool! We had you going there for a while, didn't we? Andy Nuttall is here to take you on a tour of the current releases... SO WHAT'S IN STORE THIS MONTH, THEN?
Get yourself connected Is it possible to play a game against a Texan while he's still in Texas, and you're still in your front room in Walthamstow? Yes it certainly isl It's incredible, and Amiga Format can tell you all you ever need to know about how to play on-line games. Plus, find out how you can play three of these intercontinental games for free for a whole week! Page 47 APRIL 1993 "The Chaos Engine. I bought it last week thinking it was something to do with chaos theory, and it was going to give me loads of pretty Mandelbrot sets. I was gutted."
Anpy nuttall "With fear of becoming boring. I'm going to have to say Sensible Soccer again. It's a close thing this month, though, with Flashback and The Chaos Engine tying for second place."
PAUL TYRRELL “Abandoned Maces 2 is the game for me at the mo. It rivals EOTB2 in its playability and atmosphere, but it won't let you throw things - and I like throwing things..." SARAH TANSER 'For most of the last month I've been in university trying to run an Artificial Intelligence program, but in my spare time it's been The Chaos Engine all the way."
ED RICKETTS "Legends of Valour, because it's just like real-life.
You get to wander around all day and night- doing bugger all, and not getting paid very much." (A touch of cynicism there. Ed? - Ed.)
JUST WHAT DOES MAKE SCREENPLAY SO SPECIAL?
The Amiga scene is looking healthier than ever.
Commodore have announced that sales of the A1200 have reached 44,000. And more and more software companies are promising games to support it. While the A600 is still riding high with some stupendous titles.
So what part does Amiga Format play in this maelstrom of activity? For three years running. We have been voted the magazine to listen to by software shops all around the country. That means our opinions are trusted by the people who sell you your Amiga games, so you know that they will stock up on the best titles.
Also, the Amiga Format reviews are written by the most experienced Amiga gamers you're likely to find anywhere - so you can be sure that when you read one of our reviews, you're reading the most authoritative opinion there is.
We know that £25 is a lot to pay for a game, and we're here to make sure that you don't waste your money. If we achieve that our job is done. Our rules are simple:
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So. Read on carefully, and prepare to be informed... "I've
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CHRIS BUXTON 'I’m hooked on this really abysmal game called International Cricket by some Australian company. It helps me to forget our appalling test performance." Very topical there, Chris.
THE REVIEW CREW MAFF EVANS Tv b en burning the midnight oil with Flashback. It's as fierce as Reservoir Dogs, as addictive as cheesy Wotsits, and it's far more interesting than I'll ever be." Very modest Maff.
Flashback Delphine Software, the French software house responsible for such classics as Another World and Cruise for a Corpse, are back with a vengeance.
Their new game has a similar style to Another World, but features even better animation, and is much, much bigger. Find out more about our game of the month on... Page 54 Lionheart Thalion, the German software firm responsible for No Second Prize and Amberstar, have turned their attentions to the platform genre with this venture into fantasy territory. Lionheart is a vast scrolling beat-em-up with stunning graphics, but to find out more about the game you'll need to turn to... Page 88 The Chaos Engine One of the most long-awaited games in the history of the Universe is finally here. You
may have seen reviews of The Chaos Engine in other magazines, but ours is the first review of the finished game - guaranteed! And boy, are we glad we waited - it's a stormer! Shoot-em-up fans turn to this page now... Page 58 Westwood Associates proved themselves to be the king of the Amiga RPG scene with their Eye of the Beholder games. Now ICE are attempting to steal the crown with their sequel to the excellent Abandoned Places. They claim to have improved the graphics, while retaining the solid gameplay - but have they? See for yourself on... Page 84 Abandoned Places 2 LuhJ m ’iViVilli!
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47 Who says that game- playing is purely a solitary occupation?
Richard Baguley gets connected with some fellow on-liners 're line!
Have you ever craved for communal monster-mashing sessions, mass midair battles or intcrgalactic wheeling and dealing? Well if you have, then on-line games could be the thing to add a w hole new dimension to your gameplaying. Instead of just playing computer-controlled opponents, or a friend via a null-modern link (see the feature about multi-player games in 4F40), it's possible to join in with whole groups of people.
It really is a step beyond usual computer gameplaying: it's much more like a family game of Monopoly, with a large number of players, a banker that doesn't cheat and the chance to chop up your grandma.
On-line games work by using a modem (modulalor-demodulator). This takes the digital signals from the Amiga's serial port and converts them into a horrible squeaky noise which can be sent down the telephone line. It can also convert the signals sent by the modem on the other end of the telephone line back into digital information, which the computer reads from the serial port. To play the game, you link into a central computer, which does most of the work of running the game. Most of these games are text based, with the notable exception of Air Warrior, which is much like a normal flight
simulator.
Opponent after opponent Playing an on-line game is quite similar to playing a game via a null-modern link, except there's more than one other player, and they're not sat down next to you. This doesn't mean you can't communicate with them, though.
Most of the games have a 'room' which is a meeting place, where players slouch around drinking beer ('virtually' of course), exchanging hints and tips and making the place look untidy. Many also have a noticcboard. Where players can post notes with problems or comments. And more experienced players can help.
Some of them, like Air Warrior and Discworld enable you to chat to other players in real time, while you're being shot down or chopped up.
APRIL 1993 Of course, there is the phone bill to bear in mind. It's very easy to get carried away and forget that you've been playing for several hours, leading to a huge telephone bill. Call off-peak and make sure that you're using the cheapest route.
Many of the commercial services will allow access via Dialplus. This is a service where you call a local number and you are connected over a data network to the service Continued on Page 50 I JUST WANNA DIAL 'N' GO Before you start playing on-line games, you'll need several things: The first should be no problem for most readers. For the second, more or less any modem should be suitable, but to get maximum performance it should be capable of sending data at 2.400 bits per second (V22 in comms speak).
Connecting the second to the third should achieve the required effect and launching the fourth will complete the picture. To play the games any PD comms package (such as Ncomm or Terminus) should be sufficient since they are purely text based. For Air Warrior. You will need special software supplied by On-Line. This can also be downloaded (transferred to your Amiga via the phone line) from On-Line computer system, or from the AF32 Coverdisk.
Now that you've read all about these wonderful games, you'll want to try them, right? Well, here's an opportunity to try three of the best for a whole week for free!
- line Get for The incredibly generous On-Line Entertainment com
pany, alongside Amiga Format are offering you the marvellous
opportunity to try out all three games reviewed here (Air
Warrior. Federation and Mufti User Dungeon 2) free for a whole
week! Simply call On-Line Entertainment between March 29 and
April 4, and you will not be charged a penny!
To take up this offer, all you have to do is dial 081-539 6763 (via your modem) during the above dates and set up a new account on the system. You can then play Air Warrior, Federation or Multi User Dungeon 2 over this period as much as you like without having to worry about the charges (with the exception of the phone bill, of course).
If you want to try Air Warrior, you'll need to download the software or get hold of the Coverdisk from AF32.
To download the software, connect to the on-line system and choose 'G' (for games) from the main menu , followed by 'A' for Air Warrior, 'D' (for downloads) and 'D' again to download the program, which is called AIRAMI.ZIP. This file is compressed using the PKZip method, so you may also need the PKAZIP101 program to decompress it. Decompress this software, and the sky's the limit!
Another new addition is a multimedia front end for Federation. This can also be downloaded from online, from the f for Federation area, and the required files are called MMTRM11.LHA. REQLIB.LHA, MMOD.LHA and SOUNDS.LHA. These are compressed using the LHA method, which requires the program called LHA to decompress. This can be obtained from many Bulletin boards, or from the Coverdisk of Amiga Shopper issue 23.
Federation ON-LINE OFFER - PLAY THREE GAMES FOR NOTHING FOR A WHOLE WEEK!
ON-LINE SERVICES 081-539 6763 (MODEM) 081-558 61 14 (VOICE) This is a text-based trading game. The basic idea is to cruise your way through the universe buying and selling goods, beating-up poor helpless aliens and amassing a small fortune in Galactic Groats.
You start out as a lowly Earth dweller, and after purchasing a small spaceship you start ferry ing goods from planet-to-planet for other people. Once you've generated some dosh. It's time to start buying and selling.
When you're extremely rich, it's on to setting up your own company and eventually running your own planet. Although it's text based, there is a new program available from AIR WARRIOR - THE CONTROLS APRIL 1993 Gunsight
- shows (roughly) where your bullets will end up.
Air Warrior ON-LINE SERVICES 081-539 6763 (MODEM) 081-558 61 14 (VOICE) Recreate great air battles in this multi-user flight sim. Flying a selection of World War I. II and modem planes, pilots fight to the death in a variety of scenarios. The graphics are simplistic, but the detail and resolution can be altered to suit the speed of your Amiga.
The business of flying is relatively easy - and it feels like a real plane! Apparently, the equations used to determine the behaviour of the planes originate somewhere in the depths of the Pentagon. A good selection of vehicles is available: from Sopwith Camels to FI 5s. Plus several ground-based tanks and jeeps. Also available are large bombers, these need a crew of three or more: pilot gunner and bombardier.
Playing requires the special software which can be obtained from the On-Line Bulletin board (081-539 6763), or from AF32 Coverdisk. Once you've got the software, run it and select 'Choose Terminal Mode' from the control menu.
This will drop you into a comms screen. Select ¦Dial' from the setup menu to connect to the Online system. Once connected, log on to the system with the name ‘online’.
The system will then ask for your nickname and password. If you’ve not logged on before, give the name 'New'. You will then be prompted for your details. Once logged on, you start Air Warrior from the main menu by selecting options 'G' (Games), 'A' (Air Warrior) and 'A' (Air Warrior) again. Shortly you will be told you are in the briefing room. To get airborne, select ’Choose Airfield' from the Commands menu.
And choose number 1. Select the plane you require (try a P51D Mustang), choose 'Fly1 from the Commands menu, and you'll be in your chosen plane. Press '8' and it starts the engine.
‘Shift * C' is maximum thrust, press this and you'll start moving down the runway. Once you reach 75 knots, pull back on the stick or move the mouse backwards. You should be airborne!
If you're playing at a busy time, don't be surprised if someone sneaks up and shoots you down. After all. That's what it's all about.
According to Lone Wolf (a long-time user), a new pilot can expect to be shot down around 20 times before achieving his first kill. Experienced users are helpful if asked, but don't expect any mercy if you're flying for another country.
It's also possible to play Air Warrior without being connected to On-Line. When you launch the software, it will default to practice mode, just select the plane you want, and you'll be deposited in the cockpit. There won't be any other pilots and you can't fire, but you will be able to practice manoeuvres, so you can impress everyone with your Immelman and Split S turns.
A disused pub in Multi User Dungeon 2.
Well, nearly disused.
Still enough gin for a quick drink though.
Ou are standing in the teminus exit area. The exit is to ause it’s a one wav svsten, that's the only way you can g ourist barges past, banging your ankles with his lunar cr r
- raff ply the space lanes you know!
You go and see if you can get one fron the official in the nain A bit of interstellar wheeling and dealing in Federation. Next step - find the permit office and bribe an official or two... ROBOT YOU'RE PLAYING AIR WARRIOR, BUT DON'T LET THE FOCKES SHOOT YOU DOWN... Multi User Dungeon 2 ON-UNE SERVICES 081-539 6763 (MODEM) 081-558 61 14 (VOICE) Way back in olden days, when men were men.
Women were women and ores were just downright nasty, many adventurers travelled the land seeking their fortune.
In this game, you can roam the world meeting interesting people and beating them up. All players start off in an lidwardian tearoom, which also acts as a meeting place for players: where old hands pass on the fruits of their wisdom to newcomers. If you meet them outside this room, then do he polite.
Displays of impoliteness will be dealt with severely - in other words you will be chopped up and fed picce-by-piecc to the goldfish.
From the comparative safety of the tearoom you step out into a strange world containing all manner of strange and curious beasts, not to mention the other players.
On-Line which makes il easier lo use. Because il enables you lo sel up commonly used commands as pull-down menus. Il also includes a selection of sounds which arc triggered by certain events, such as being attacked, or when another user tries to talk to you. Plus, other events can trigger animations or other images.
Customise your universe!
• exanine glass You see a drinking glass.
The drinking glass contains: 9in.
"drink am in glass Gulp gulp glug glug gulp glug SLURRRP! Down the hatch it goes!
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• get travel brochure Brochure taken.
• read brochure The brochure advertises conpetitiveIy-priced
“short break" holidays away frort it all in The Land. Most of
it is conplicated tables you can't ever hope to understand,
detailing nany and varied different prices for each quoted
holiday, depending on excursions, single-roon supplenents,
transport type and whether you want a sunptuous roon in an
expensive run-down hotel or wish to usurp the resident rodents
fron a stark, dirt-cheap run-down hotel, fifter scanning page
after page of snail, unreadable writing apparently about travel
insurance and testinonials fron satisfied custoners who live in
Coventry, you finally get to the holidays. The ones which catch
vour eye are: The Land's “sun-kissed beaches" (acconpanied by a
picture of a grey, disnal beach it looks like soneone just died
junping onto); “historic tours" (illustrated by a snapshot of
an idol, with a couple of guys in its nouth trying to heave
open a portcullis); and scenic wonders (acconpanied by an
illustration of three genuinely nagnificent nountains, the sort
they nake jigsaw puzzles of). There is also a picture of "our
confortable three-star hotel , which on closer inspection you
learn is of the “ftdniral Bonbow” inn.
• You suddenly laugh.
You are standing at the end of a road running south-west around the edge rt the spaceport. To your west is a large door with a sign saying 'NO hipyard Off ice You are standing in the Shipyard office. In a booth is a teminal on jhich you can type ORDER to start .buying .vour ship_. Groundhogs can get the Jarrow starter special by typing ORDER SHIPHRHE, where shipnane is nane you lisp to call your spaceship.
This deal is highly reconnended by the sales droid for new players!
You can leave the office by going north-west, order scwibag you need a perait before you can order a spaceship. He can’t just riff-raff ply ----- ----- it you ice block?
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Itllem Input Window erineter road inus exit APRIL 1993 New users will get used to seeing this screen. Honour has been satisfied. The Focke-Wolf plunges to the ground in a ball of flames.
1 Gl.OIIAI. WARS - RISK 2 urder Notel ” " * • Global War 061 FOR AMIGA 061-799 4922 (MODEM) Conquer Ihe world (in a purely virtual sense) and wreak war on your opponents. You are in charge of a country with finite resources and manpower, and you control exactly how these resources arc used.
Conquest is the name of the game, so attacking your opponents with a terrorising onslaught is your mission. Now. Should I buy that extra tank battalion or feed the masses?
Oh. Why not. I'll go for the tanks. Hey. Why are the proletariat revolting?
3 ANSI WARRIORS - MEDIEVAL 4 MASTERS EMPIRE - UNIVERSE 5 STELLAR WARS - UNIVERS O 6 liMilcW.irs ,:00.?
7 IIAC ER : 8 SHOGUN - BATTLE 9 YuPPV A .xrs - CAPITALIST I 1 JK. E Jlm mJL jSb JL pT-BACK C : -CONFERENCE W :-WHO ONLINE?|| -©- You encounter a KoboId* It's carryins a Sasser.
It has a Uooden Shield.
It lias IS hit points.
(_) V (A) Hill you fmht it (Y N)? Y It sets the first suing.
It hits you for IS hit points.
The KoboId killed you* It gets all your sold* APRIL 1993 Oh dear. I appear to have been killed by the weediest monster in the game. How embarrassing.
Continued from Page 47 for an hourly fee. You will find this works out quite a lot cheaper than calling long distance, but it docs need to be set up by the service that you're calling first.
Contact the service operators to check if they offer this service. II you're dialling into a commercial service, don't forget about the charges that the company running the system will add. Believe me. It's easy to run up a huge account without realising until you receive that expensive bill at the end of Ihe month.
There are many places where you can find these games. Many sites on the Internet (a vast network of interlinked computers, mainly used for academic purposes) run games, many Bulletin boards run these games alongside PLEASE DON'T EAT THE MODEMS dedicated individuals who spend their own time and money keeping the system running, so don't be abusive or disruptive.
If you’re being unnecessarily unpleasant in Air Warrior, don't be surprised if everybody (including those on your side) suddenly turns on you and starts shooting.
Logging on to one of these on-line systems is like visiting somebody's house: you wouldn't wipe your muddy Nikes on their shag-pile carpet or chunder all over their three piece suite, would you?
Please bear this in mind when you're playing an online game. The amateur Bulletin boards are run by their Email services, and some companies run these games on a commercial basis.
Starting with the cheapest, many amateur Bulletin board systems run a variety of games.
These are easy to access, because they arc run by people as a hobby and they don't usually charge for access, so they're pretty easy to get the hang of. The games they run arc usually text based, but this doesn’t mean they arc simple. Many of them are highly complex and involve large numbers of players. Games can last months or years, and countless players call several times a day.
Go global The games run on Internet systems and they can be accessed from virtually anywhere, so it's not unusual to find yourself 'chatting' to one guy from Texas and someone else from Singapore. You can get access to sites on the internet either via CIX (a commercial mail service: 081-390 8446) or via Demon Internet Services (a commercial system giving access to the Internet telephone: 081 -343 3881).
One of the main commercial providers are On-Line entertainment, based in east London. They run several games, including Air Warrior (a multi-player flight simulator).
Federation (Interstellar trading) and MUD II (dungeon adventures).
A new game called Internecine (political intrigue) has recently been added, and is currently undergoing testing. Not only arc the games run on this system, but there are also areas where you can discuss your latest kill, plan campaigns or just chat. If you want to try it out for free, sec 'Get on line for FREE' on Pages 48 and 49.
Hack 'IV' Slash Yuppie Wars and others 12:86 00:03 Metnet Triangle The games menu from the Metnet Bulletin board system. Space Invaders on the left is animated, and if you take a long time to choose, the invaders win.
METNET TRIANGLE 0482 442251 (MODEM) Metnet is an extremely colourful system, and these programs arc certainly no exception.
Hack N' Slash is a huge multi-user dungeon, fdlcd with colourful ANSI graphic screens and hideous monsters.
Gladiatorial battles, dark, dank dungeons and jousting. Highly recommended. Practically every screen has some sort of animation, or ANSI graphics. It's a very big game, where you can choose a great variety of areas, ranging from fights with Ores and Kobolds in the arena to gang wars and bounty hunting.
Yuppie Wars places you in the world of yuppicdom seeking fame and fortune. Visit Wall Street and buy. Buy, buy or go shopping for the latest in fashion accessories, the U .i 9mm machine-gun. Metnet also runs several other games, and the whole Bulletin board is filled with ANSI animations.
Discworld CIX - 081-390 1255 (MODEM) 081-390 8446 (VOICE) Based on Pratchetf s scries of Discworld novels. This game gives you the chance to wander the streets of Ankh-Morpuk and drink Morpukian Beer with Black the Wi ard and Spanish the Warrior.
As usual, the more experienced players are helpful, as long as you don't mind being hacked to bits afterwards. Although I've never read much Pratchett. I'm reliably informed most of ihe Discworld is here, and many of the characters can be found wandering around.
The game can be run from the main CIX prompt by typing 'run Discworld'. 'Zi 00 'f *
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I 7 " if * 1 It’s a flying experience you’ll never forget In the Spring of 1942 the United States 8th Air Force landed in Britain. Its task to mount the aerial offensive in German occupied Europe.
Striking in the daylight, from high altitude, at precise, strategic targets. The heavy bomber chosen to perform this task was the B-17. The Flying Fortress.
Now MicroProse brings you the simulation of the legendary aircraft. Bristling with defensive armaments and a crew of ten, your B-17 will penetrate deep into Europe, flying in Group formation escorted by P-47 Thunderbolt single-seater fighters. Ploughing through lethal flak, taking on the might of the Luftwaffe, staying in bomb run formation to deliver ten 5001b bombs on target.
Fly 25 combat missions to historically accurate locations. Perform take offs and landings using highly detailed, fully functioning cockpit controls. As commander you must take responsibility for your crew. Assess their strengths and skills, and be ready to take over as bombardier, navigator, radio operator, engineer, co-pilot or gunner.
MicroProse B-17 Flying Fortress. It's a flying experience you'll never forget.
B-17 Flying Fortress.
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This is where you come in. You take control of Conrad as he tries to regain his memory Flashback and return to Earth to warn the populace of the threat posed by the Morphs. You awake in the jungle, with just a holographic recording of yourself to remember your name, a blank credit chip and a self-loading automatic pistol.
You have to wade through seven danger- filled levels before you can gel back to Earth.
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Then you have to make your way through the jungle to reach the city, and contact Ian before your quest stands any chance of success. Unfortunately, it's not just the Morph agents in the city that you'll have to watch out for. Things get hairy long before that.
The jungle is infested with old and dangerous machinery left behind by previous civilisations. The chemicals and radiation that these machines leak have given birth to mutants who roam the jungle and arc armed with stolen laser cannons. The mutants arc intent on survival, so they shoot on sight, and the defence droids used in the past arc still buzzing back and forth across the leafy ledges
- so be ready with that gun!
Saviour of the universe On the way through levels, you will have to work out a number of puzzles, including how to trip switches, disable security devices, make your way through seemingly impassable barriers and make enough money for a trip home.
Things get even more treacherous as you go on. Taking you through some seriously cyberpunk-looking scenery and hi-tech defence 54 APRIL 1993 This is supposed to be family television entertainment. Why have these two quiz- show contestants got large handguns?
Obviously the game shows of the future have gone beyond Celebrity Squares.
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- & : ' III s RHYTHM IS A SPRITE CALLED CONRAD Conrad has a
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Conrad can just take a death-defying leap across to safety.
If anything does look slightly suspect Conrad can pull out his powerful shooter to blast anyone who gets in his way.
¦V I 1 A FLASHBACK is available from US Gold Delphine 021-625 3388 French version reviewed, English price not yet available.
APRIL 1993 I systems. Solve the puzzles and stay sharp - otherwise the Morphs will take over... The first thing that strikes you is the sheer quality of the graphics. The game starts with an animation of Conrad's escape from his captives. Followed by a chase as Conrad flees to the jungle on a stolen hovcrbike.
Hie graphical excellence doesn't stop at neat intermission sections - the game looks every bit as good as the intro. The animation as Conrad athletically makes his way through the levels is about the best and smoothest yet on the Amiga, and all the other characters move in as impressive a manner. The backgrounds are detailed, with loads of texture and atmosphere to keep the strong, futuristic feel of the game going. There are even some animated pieces lucked away in the backdrops, which stops them from looking static - they really come alive in some sections.
Extreme close-up Another nice graphical touch is every time Conrad does something which moves him a step towards completing his quest, a special 'zoom-mode' animation is displayed lo show a close-up view. The sound effects and music are damn good, varying from fast-paced action tracks to sombre Terminator-style pieces and subtle background sounds.
Anyway, enough of the audio visuals, what of the gameplay? Fortunately. Flashback brims with playability. Conrad not only moves well on screen, he's also very responsive, which makes it easy lo perform any gymnastic gyrations: run along a ledge, jump into a pit.
Roll, pull a gun and fire. Sounds like a lot to cope with, but the control method is slick enough to allow you to do all this with ease.
The size and depth of the game are extensive considering the amount of graphics data crammed in there (and it all fits on to four disks, with hardly any swapping at all).
Flashback isn't just a polished platform shoot- em-up though. True, the action is frantic enough at times to please any blasting fan. But the scarch-and-usc adventure elements keep your brain working throughout. Some of the puzzles arc extremely devious and will have you scratching your head for a while before you slap yourself and shout "Of course! Why didn't I think of that before?".
Although Another World was impressive, and the gameplay was enjoyable while il lasted, there wasn't enough depth for you lo sink your incisors into. As soon as you were in the adventure, you'd finished it.
Flashback though is large, frantic and involved enough to keep you playing for quite some time before you manage to reach the end (especially if you play on the harder difficulty settings). The graphics and sound are better than Another World's, so there's no sacrifice there either, which makes this one of the slickest. Best-looking, most wonderful-sounding, atmosphere-packed, futuristic arcade adventures ever seen. Cyber fans, adventure freaks and blast addicts get ready lo be amazed.
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The Bitmaps are back! Famous for such Amiga classics as Speedball 2 and Gods, the Brothers have spent the last year in a country hideaway, only recently emerging armed with a strange box marked 'Chaos'!
The Chaos Engine APRIL 1993 CHAOS ENGINE is available from Renegode 071-481 9214 £ £ T’ ode activated. Exit open.” A I 1 sampled voice emerges from the
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Shade-wearing star of Magic Pockets.
Which received critical acclaim and won its star an appearance on TV. After over a year in development, the next game on from Pockets brings a whole Bitmap Gang to your Amiga.
This gang is cooler than cool, but they arc not likely to show up on Saturday morning telly.
No, this group of mercenaries are more likely to be seen on the set of Bladerunner than anywhere else. The Bitmaps arc back with a vengeance, combining solid gameplay. Atmospheric sound and that distinctive graphical style that adds their touch to each game.
Let's play catch up The Chaos Engine revolves around two players. Chosen from the six available characters, which are controlled either by two players or one human and your Amiga. Each character has different abilities and armaments; for instance, the Gentleman is quick but lie can't take much damage, while the Navvic is slower, but can sustain loads of injuries.
The two chosen players run independently through the 16 levels, which scroll around so that both players are always on the screen at the same time. If you're playing two-player, then each character has to wail for the other to catch up before he can move on; but in one- player mode the computer generally follows you around anyway, only taking the initiative if there are plenty of goodies lo be had.
Actually, this is just me being cynical - the Bitmaps have done very well building intelligence into the computer players.
Although you will always he the stronger force, the automatic player is certainly a worthy addition to a team, not just another spare part to have along for the ride. The monsters' intelligence is rather impressive, too; they won't walk into your line of fire, but instead they will manoevre themselves into a position where they can shoot you without being hit.
The levels arc split into four worlds, each with a completely different graphical style, (see next page). The differences don't stop there, though, because each world throws up entirely new challenges for you to puzzle and ponder (as w'ell as loads of new' monsters for you to blow to Kingdom Come). While playing you will often find yourself at a loss, because you seem lo have done everything you can, and yet the magic words "level complete" have not been spoken.
On closer inspection of a set of gargoyles, or of one of the strange rock formations, you WHAT'S IN STORE DOWN AT THE BITMAP SHOP?
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APRIL 1993
* * Solid gameplay, atmospheric sound and distinctive style 99
CHARACTER ASSASSINATION will notice that there is something a
little strange about one of them. Maybe it is facing a
different way. Or there is a subtle carving which doesn't
appear on the others, but definitely different. This is part
of the puzzle element of the game, where you don't spot the
obvious until you’ve almost given up hope.
Then, a simple shot from your weapon or special ability will remove the strange object, uncovering a set of keys which enable you to move on. On first sight, the game scents like an out-and-out blast, and a very good one. But subtle puzzles such as this make it hcad-and- shoulders above anything in the genre.
The special ability is a specific weapon or aid given to each player, in order to help define his role in the game. The real hard- knock characters are given really mealy special abilities, such as bombs and dynamite, while the gentleman is equipped with a map.
And the preacher has a first aid kit. Although this ability is already with them, you can't actually activate it until you pick up a power- up. Cunningly titled 'special power.'
These are strewn throughout the levels. And up to six may be stored by each player.
The special powers come in useful at certain points throughout the game, but not as useful as weapon power-ups. These can sometimes be found in the game, or bought from the shop for a large amount of money, but cither way you must arm yourself well for the later levels. The first few give your fire extra power, but later power-ups actually give you more bullets, so confrontations with the more vicious monsters arc slightly less one-sided. Eventually, after parting with a few thousand credits, you'll be heavily armed, but fortunately your player doesn't slow down under the extra weight.
The money monster Money may be gathered by several means: the monsters drop one of several currencies when shot, and these may be picked up for varying amounts of credits. Sometimes lucrative stashes of loot may be uncovered by picking up a set of gold keys, and then it's a race to see which player can gather the most cash. Often, it becomes a real-life fight as well, with the two players trying to physically stop the other from being greedy - at least, it gets that way after several hours of constant play.
To make your way through the game, you must locate sets of silver keys. When these are picked up. A blocked passage will become unblocked somewhere on the landscape, enabling you to advance further into the game.
Picking up keys will almost always activate other monsters, so watch out for quick ambushes after you've stolen your booty.
The main point of the game is a no-holds- barred shoot-em-up. Where the object is to race around shooting monsters, gathering treasure and looking for the exit. But it’s not quite that simple, because the exits are actually closed until you find and shoot the right objects to open them. These objects are called nodes.
Nodes are located in varing numbers at set points in each landscape. They look a little bit like totem poles, and when activated they tum into something resembling a chess-piece with a ring moving up and down the stem. Only Continued overleaf
• g*V‘ mo: SggSP PflBTi TOTAL cmn: fiiniaep (nf q This is the
stats screen which appears after each level is complete. It
gives you (left to right): total "Coooeee! Over here!" The
monster stupidly thinks that we re waiting pick-ups available,
total pick-ups achieved and pick-ups assigned to each player,
with percentages. Above the screen - but no. We've got him...
when all the nodes from a level are activated does the exit
open. Some levels actually have more than one exit, so shooting
different combinations of the nodes opens different exits. If
you manage to shoot all the nodes on such a level, you will
find a small A or B above each exit, and you must take your
pick.
Run the Gauntlet As you may have gathered by now. The Clnms Engine is a complicated game. You can play it as a fast shoot-cm-up. But to gel full enjoyment out of it some thought must be employed to work out the patients and strategies involved. The statistical panel which appears after completion of a level tells you just how much loot, keys and nodes were available, and just how many were actually collected - including percentages. You will sometimes be surprised at how low' the percentage is.
Because you thought that you had collected everything from the level. This makes you want to play the level again and again until you manage a decent percentage.
APRIL 1993 The amount of work, playlesting and detail gone into the game is obvious from the start. All the usual stuff is there, such as the Bitmap metallic graphics and the Bitmap shop.
But also, if there is such a thing, the Bitmap atlcntion-to-dctail is as obvious here as it was WORLDS APART with Speedhall 2. The way your characters move, the way their guns recoil, the way the monsters gel knocked back when shot, it's very detailed and technically very clever.
Tehcno techno techno The music always suits the mood, and while it's mostly techno, it never gels repetitive. The sound effects arc superbly sampled: from the reassuring voice that informs you of your collections and exit status, to the satisfying 'chink' when you ptxkel some coins, they arc subtle and fit the game well. Added touches, such as the cricket samples which constantly play while you're running through forests, add much to the already tense atmosphere.
If there was one criticism, it would be the lack of momentum 011 the characters, which worked so well with Speeilhall 2. It's obvious on later levels why this wasn't included - the amount of monsters, characters and firc-powcr the programmers have crammed on screen w ith hardly any loss of pace is incredible.
Yes. It's derivative of lots of games such as Commando and Gniiiulet: but it's done so well, and includes so much detail, that all that is forgivable. On one-player mode, with just you and your Amiga against the nasties, it's a great game. Add a second joystick, w ith a mate attached to the end. And it becomes a classic.
Andy Nuttall O The Chaos Engine £25.99
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INOVAgamesB £25.991 010-4922 1875 126 Remember the classic arcade game TempestT It was one of the pioneers of arcade entertainment, from those early days when the digital universe was made up of vector lines and you really could play a decent game for only 10p. Times change though, the cost of gameplaying in an arcade has risen as economies have crumbled and Tempest has been all but forgotten. But then suddenly... along it comes again under the guise of Vektor Storm (yes, that really has been spelt with a V) and an inflated price-tag.
For £25.99 it's a revival of the age-old legend. Battle your flimsy, vee-shaped craft down a series of peculiar towers by wiping out waves of what are presumably alien craft in order to crush the motherships and render another species extinct in true humanitarian tradition. It's a great game and no mistake.
Addictive and frantic, but to be honest a second-hand Tempest arcade machine can't cost much more nowadays, can it?
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PHONE FOR FREE FITTING SERVICE DETAILS Ragnarok Mirage ¦ £34.99 ¦ 0260 299909 Ragnarok is a struggle between good and bad depicted on an eleven-by-eleven board. One player plays the good gods, whose objective is to transport the Odin piece from the centre to one of the four comers. The other plays the bad gods. Their objective is to stop Odin reaching the comer by capturing him.
The animated conflict between the pieces is entertaining and the computer opponents are reasonably good, each of them has their own characteristics, although they do seem to slip into stalemate fairly easily.
SIREN SOFTWARE, WILTON HOUSE, BURY RD, RADCLIFFE, MANCHESTER M26 9UR Tel: 061 724 7572 Fax: 061 724 4893 Two minor problems: the 3D viewpoint means it's possible to 'loose' pieces behind others. Also, the cursor, used to move pieces, has a habit of disappearing under players when there's a group, and you can't always tell which player you're pointing at.
Ragnarok is not dissimiliar to chess and although at £34.99 it's a tad expensive.
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Contrived, mais non. The full title cryptically gives aw ay the plot, bill if you can't manage to work il out here’s a brief rundown of the essentials. Cute aliens land on Earth, find nice empty island, everything hunky dory. Nasty demons arrive, kidnap all the aliens except one. You're that one alien. Clyde, and you’ve gol to rescue all your mates.
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MEEDS 1 MEG Creatures is actually a conversion ol a C6-I game and was (according to Trenton Webb. Ex-Amiga Format man and now editor of Connnotlore FormatI one of the best games of I WO on that formal. Yes. 1990. What we have here is a three-year-old platform game that's almost a straight copy of the 8-bit original. Still, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a winning formula. Let’s face it. Every English national sporting side sticks rigidly to ihe same squad until they get soundly beaten by a developing country with a population smaller than the Halifax Town FC supporters club. OK.
Maybe there can Ire some problems about slicking with winning formulas, but surely after three years Creatures is going to take advantage of the superior capabilities of the Amiga?
Bonny Clyde The basics of the game arc the same as the C64 original, and any other platformer you care to mention. Clyde has to go across a platform landscape taking out the baddies blocking his path and making it to the end of the level.
Nothing outstanding here, but there's the usual amount of fun to be had from working out how to get past the difficult parts, and from discovering a new. Nice-looking level.
Like most platformers. Creatures has its own 'novelty' bits, designed to make you think that it's a bit different. As you go through the game there are special creatures that can be picked up and exchanged in a shop at the end of each level for more powerful weapons.
Once you've finished a couple of levels, you have to rescue a fluffy chum from a torture machine. This sub game takes place on a single screen, and as long as you've bought some decent power-ups in the shop it's very easy.
So. It's an average platformer but is it any fun? The levels are pretty dull, and only the odd bit of water livens them up: you can ride on a leaf across waterfalls and go swimming underwater, a la Veit Zealand Story. But it's no! Jus! Dull. Il's slow. Clyde plods around ihe screen a! A really pedestrian pace which only emphasises the general dullness of Ihe thing.
There are other frustrating aspects to Creatures. The game is full of smooth slopes, but as soon as you try to walk Clyde up one of them, you discover that you have to treat them as though they were blocky steps and jump up.
And the collision detection's a little precise too. To make some jumps you have to be in absolutely the right place - usually with most of your character magically standing over the edge of a platform.
Even the early baddies need several hits to destroy them so you'll find yourself playing like a madman - plodding along to reach the next baddic and then pumping the firc-bulton like a maniac to take the thing out.
Few creature comforts For all its annoying faults. Creatures still hangs together enough to give a platform addict a few hours of enjoyment, but it's only got six levels and three puzzle screens, so don't expect it to last forever. Unless you’re dying for another platform fix. There’s not much in Creatures for you.
It's only an adequate conversion of the C64 game, and scents to have slowed down and lost some indefinable 'umph!' In the process. And even if you do like it. There's not enough in the game (variety or size) to keep you playing for very long. In a budget range this might have been worth a gamble but at full price it just isn't up to scratch.
Chris Buxton O Creatures £25.99 An adequate enough conversion of a cracking C64 title.
Hardl expands on the original at all.
• Torture puzzle screens are funn hut no challenge whatsoever.
Slow paced and graphicall) uninspiring.
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The Bard's Tale Construction Set Interplay ¦ £29.991 071-700 1857 Hands up who remembers The Bard's Tale? Good, now put your hands down, because a) you look stupid, and b) it was only a sort of metaphorical gambit designed to draw you into the review.
The point I'm making is that The Bard's Tale is getting on a bit. It was one of the first RPGs to reach the mainstream, but with the likes of EOTB2 and the upcoming Hired Guns, it's doubtful anyone would now want to build their own dungeons, let alone find anyone else who'd want to play with them.
Nevertheless, this is what BTCS is for. Entire new maps, monsters. Items and spells that can be created and saved out as a complete executable game. In something approaching foresightedness on Interplay's part they've seen to it that you don’t need a copy of the original game to run this one. Hooray.
The most interesting part is the Monster Editor, because here you can be the cruellest. You basically have to fill in the blanks and make sure you don't make the giant spider so dam tough it's impossible to kill it Each type of monster has a picture associated with it which can also be changed. There are about 30 preset but you can draw your own and import them if you want something more exotic, such as a Davro Troll or That Bloke From The Werther's Original Advert Skeleton.
When it's all working together fairly well (you can test the game at any time), choose the Build Game option and it's all saved out in one runnable lump. And that's all there is to it You'd have to be a pretty serious Bard head to want The Construction Set. Planning a world is a time-consuming task, and unless you've got a friend who'd want to play it there really isn't much point. Come to think of it your friend would have to be fanatical too; the graphics and gameplay are primitive by today's standards. And although there's nothing complicated about using The Set. Its presentation isn't
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As far as it is, BTCS is a good piece of software that does its job well, but you can't help feeling that an Eye of the Beholder 2 Construction Set would have been a better idea.
Ed Ricketts HI The Monster Editor: here you cen look through all the monster pictures, which provides at least two minutes of entertainment.
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So. What's it all about, then? Well, suffice to say that we're dealing with a near-god gante. Only this time you're not completely omnipotent, and you do gel pursued lor your overdraft. It's empire building time once more. But. Surprise, surprise, it's about railways. Not only that, but creating towns and cities around these railways, and recouping the investment you put into them.
"Ahalt!". I hear you cry. “a clone of Railway Tyamn'." Well, close, but not quite. It is similar. But the emphasis of the two games is completely different.
You start off w ith a large wad of dosh and a landscape just waiting to be concreted over.
You lay down a set of tracks, build a couple of stations and buy yourself a nice modem freight locomotive. Run this for a few days, and you'll build up a good stock of materials. Now comes the difficult part: what sort of buildings do you go for? Are you going to build a factory or a residential area? Or how about a ski resort? The world, as they say. Is your oyster.
Unlike Railway Tynmn. This game also involves building up the cities.
If you're planning lots of expansion, you'll need to approach the bank for a loan.
No problem, but watch out for the interest rates. Invest this dosh in expanding your empire, and if you've any left over, why not play the stock market? How about a few hundred shares in Heavy Water Chemistry PLC?
Again, feel free, but beware. As stockbrokers never tire of saying: "The value of stocks and shares can decline as well as increase."
Speculate to accumulate So your empire continues to expand. You lay new lines, buy new buildings and move into commercial wheeler dealings. But don't forget the loan you've taken out. Because in a few years time the bankers will Ik knocking on your door and politely requesting their money back, plus interest.
Assuming you're still surviving after a couple of years game time, you may want to move into even bigger things. You can build stadiums, amusement parks, golf courses and If you like the strategy or trading genre, read on. If you're into shoot-em-ups with plenty of gratuitous violence, hacking and slaying, then we suggest that you keep on turning the pages.... because this game will appeal to you about as much as being run over by an express train... hotels. But make sure that you've got a good supply of materials and a good passenger network supplying them, because this is the life blood of
your empire: people and goods moving back and forth. Owning sev eral hotels near an amusement park is all very well, but if you haven't got any passenger lines reaching them, how are people going to get to the park in order to give you their money?
And so it continues, until the face of the Earth is covered with your railway lines and your apartment block' stand on every comer.
Well, perhaps it's not quite that big.
There's no end as such to the game, but once you've got S4? Million in loose change Boating around, it's fairly safe to assume that relatively little could happen to destroy your network. Thus, the game gives you the option of giving it all up and starting again. But I wouldn't worry about that at the start.
Reaching that point will take many years of game lime and several weeks of real time, depending on the scenario you start 011. There are several included in the game, ranging from Commercial: shops and offices arc useful facilities to encourage people to live nearby.
APRIL 1993 THE TRAIN TAKE THE STRAIN $ Me: 84% tm a green field new town area, to the major restructuring of a large city network.
This is 1101 a fast game: even a small game such as the new town scenario will take several hours before you get anywhere, and some of the bigger scenarios (such as building railway lines and populating the San Francisco bay area) will take many days of play, and several years of computer time to even begin to get close lo the objectives. You'll also have to be palienl to see the fruits of your labours, so don’t build an apartment block and tear il down if it's not making a profit within a few days. Patience and long-term strategies arc the name of this game.
In-game sound effects are present, w ith all the chuffa-chuffa and clankcly-clank train- LET “ Once you've started playing this game, it's very difficult to stop * if you're running on a faster machine, you'll probably want to slow it dow n a bit.
A-TRAIN The game can be run in two modes: low is available from and hi-resolulion. The first requires I Mb chip Ocean on RAM and uses interlaced hi-resolulion graph- 061-832 6633 ics and another 5I2K of fast, and the second only I Mb of RAM. The hi-res mode shows a larger area on the screen, but at the price of Ihe usual interlace flicker. It s also painfully slow to scroll around the playing area in this mode.
The manual is well written, and contains a pretty good section on the development of railways over the world, which should be of use lo interested players. It s well written, and contains several tutorials ranging from how to lay curved tracks to how to make an amusement park pay.
Also included is a wide range of background information, including a polled history of several large and small railways. For instance, did you know that a surveyor is known as a ‘Mud Chicken’, and a railway policeman is known as a 'Cinder Dick'?
Stay on the right track Overall, it's pretty easy to control the game.
There's on-line help, and the icons are pretty obvious. The area that you can see when running in low-resolution mode is small, and it's not possible to lay long lengths of track in one go. But this is more of an inconvenience than a problem. It’s also easy to see the whole playing area via a satellite view, which shows you the positions of all the buildings, the trains and the materials.
I really do like this game. Once you've started, it's difficult lo slop. There arc plenty of possibilities, and no one 'correct' way of winning. As many successful solutions exist as there are possible palhs for the tracks.
The scenarios with the game provide a wide range of challenges in a variety of situations. And il's got plenty of lasting appeal.
Several scenarios arc extremely complex, and w ill require a great amount of thought.
So what on Earth arc you wailing for?
You've seen ihe highball, so let's ball the jack with a tail over her back. We've got a full auxiliary. So let's keep on rolling until we make that last call at that great terminal in the sky.
And anybody who jumps the birds is a pocatcllo y ardmaster.
Translation: you've seen the signal that the line's clear, so let’s make a run with this steam train, driving her so fast there's a plume of smoke over her top. We've got a full lunch basket, so lei’s keep going unlil we die. And any body w ho jumps from the train is a fool and a liar.
Richard Baguley 1
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Alien APRIL 1993 MEEDS 1 MEG ALIEN is available from Acclaim 0962 877788 HEAVY ARTILLERY The three feature films in the Alien series offers film-goers three different genres: Alien is a suspcnse-thrillcr.
Aliens is a Terminator-style shooting and explosion bonanza; w hile the third. Alien * is a kind of Ealing comedy set aboard a prison planet, where Ripley, the survivor of the first two films, crashes her spaceship. It seems like an Ealing because: I) - it's full of chirpy cockneys. 2) - there are loads of slapstick routines; and 3) - there is no real violence or suspense at all in the film. That’s not to say it isn’t good, it's just different, and full marks to the director for making it so.
In space... Anyway, this game is a lie-in with the latter of the three films. This would be a crackingly Pulse rifle: not very powerful, but does make bits of alien fly off in a satisfying manner.
Grenade launcher: incredibly powerful, makes a good noise when you fire, and you have 99 of them!
Good thing, except that it doesn’t follow the plot in any detail, apart from the fact that it stars Ripley and an abundance of aliens.
Acclaim have spumed the chance of an excellent graphical adventure, capitalising on the unexpected humour of the film, and instead produced yet another platform shoot-cm-up.
This has presumably got something to do with consoles which is a shame because the possibilities opened up with the power of the Amiga are tremendous. Also, we could mention the fact that the film didn’t involve any kind of weaponry, and yet in the game Ripley is armed with a flame-thrower, a grenade launcher, a pulse rifle, and a set of hand grenades. Hardly ill-equipped, eh? Still, let’s give Acclaim the benefit of the doubt, because shoot-em-ups arc generally a little bit dull w ithout any weapons.
Hand grenade: comes in useful in the many air shafts. Drop one of these, and it’s goodbye alien... Flame-thrower: a little bit weedier than the wide-screen version, but pretty effective anyway.
3 "Does the name Custer mean anything to you?"
The aliens attempt to teach Ripley a lesson.
The graphics are sound enough, with a good, dark use of colour on the backdrops and an excellent alien sprite, but what’s happened to Ripley? Admittedly, in the feature film she looks a bit weird, but in the Acclaim version she’s so thin looking she looks like she’s been filmed in CinemaScope. And she leans forward w hen running as if there’s a 70mph headw ind.
...no-one can hear... To the game's credit, the characters are quite well animated - Ripley runs, climbs and crawls realistically, with her legs moving in sync - but it loses a lot of credibility in the jumping and leaping stakes.
Alien J offers very little in the way of atmosphere. For a start, there’s no title music.
Acclaim have wasted the opportunity of building up a tense atmosphere before the game by omitting to include a haunting, atmospheric title track, and instead have left it silent - which is unforgivable. Even the title graphics are rather dull, so there’s nothing to hook you into the game.
In the game itself you have a choice of either terrible in-game music, or some good (but sparse! Sampled spot effects. The doors open with a nice servo noise, the grenades explode with a satisfying boom, but Ripley emits a weak masculine grunt w hen hit. W hich FOOTBALL _ TACTICIAN 2 really doesn't suit her at all.
The list continues: there's no 'blip' noise when the tracker is activated - which added an enormous amount of tension and atmosphere to the feature films. Also missing is the terrifying screech which the big-screen aliens give oul when shot - why.
So what of the game? Well, ii lakes place over 15 levels, which are very large in size, and consist of dimly lit corridors linked up by narrow air shafts where Ripley crawls along - her guns still work in here - just as well because aliens patrol the shafts.
The two basic things to do in the game arc shoot aliens, obviously, and rescue people which the aliens have imprisoned. You are given one of three combinations of these tasks, depending on the level: Rescue, where you must locate and rescue the prisoners: Mayhem, where you must kill all the aliens: and Mission, wriere you must rescue prisoners and kill the aliens.
...you scream When you have completed a level you must then attempt to locale ihe exil which is sometimes quite difficult in itself, especially since you have to try and beat Ihe clock. Yes.
There is a time limit as well, which is quite tight, but not impossible.
Killing the aliens is quite easy, when you consider the amount of firc-power at your disposal. You only have a certain amount of ammunition, though, so you have lo be fairly sparing. Your pulse rifle uses aboul len shots lo kill an average alien, bul jusl one grenade from the 99 available will take him out with a flurry of acid and alien bodily parts.
This aspect of the gamcplay is great, and this type of gratuitous violence gives you a bit of a kick. Again on the minus side, though, the aliens could do with a bit of intelligence.
Instead of homing in on you. They follow set paths, so they arc easy to dodge with a little practice: and when they run off screen they will disappear and reappear from their .
Start position - a bit of lax programming. Mcthinks. , Also, in some places there seems lo be some of the map graphics missing - on one of the levels you find that you can walk into darkness, until you eventually fall to your death. Maybe this is intentional, but I'm not completely convinced.
No. The whole game seems as though il has been rushed out to meet a tight deadline, which is a shame because with a relatively small amount of work it could have been a great shool-em-up. There is a good game in here somewhere, bul faced w ith ihe lack of variety, sound and overall atmosphere, il just won't leap oul and grab you... Alien 3 £29.99
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lightning speed - the all new Amiga 1200 has them all. Marvel
ot the ease with which the Amiga 1200 and its amazing 32-bit
processing power devours the most demanding software. At this
price the A1200 has no equol - forget the rest, it's
definitely the bestl 1200 STANDARD FEATURES
• 68020 Processor PCMCIA Slot • 2Mb Chip RAM
3. 5" Internal Floppy • AA Chipset • Built-in TV modulator •
Alpha-numeric keypad • Free 12 Months At-Home Maintenance Ill
DIRECT INDI VALUE ADDED FREE
• 3 Superb Games • International Sports Challenge
• The Cool Croc • Paradroid 90 • Zopsac and Zappo T-Shirt.
A mail order purchase from INDI is a safe and secure decision, and here's why.
OFFICIAL A1200 HD SYSTEMS. Indi are pleased to announce the availability of two Commodore approved hord drive systems. The A1200 HD 60 and HD 80 comes complete with a full 12 months on-site warranty ond support from Commodores official maintenance company, Wang UK. These two official systems are exclusively available vio moil INDI is a wholly owned subsidiary of a public company now in its tenth year of trading and specialising in the supply of computer products.
Order from Indi Direct Mail.
Beware of unofficial versionslll Phone for best price. (Systems are supplied propped, preinstalled with Workbench 3 ) ond include the official 12 month Wong on-site warranty) With a turnover approaching £30 million per annum, we have the resources and the purchasing power to offer you the best deals, deliver them next day nationwide and always be around when you need us.
RECOMMENDED PERIPHERALS & ACCESSORIES AMIGA AMIGA 1084S T COLOUR STK ¦ IO MON ITOR Commodore orsgmol 0«d b »t Mbing colour .'•'•o mo*itO* •» My compot-bl with oil AMIGA compu**f» Thi.
Lo*et* model now foo’ut*. »h n » ’Swivel'and 'Tilt'»tondfor to*ol eoteofute Without doubt the be* volue for money momtor a-o.loble INDI PRICI £189.99 If pvrchoted with A600ZAI200 INDI PRICI Cl79.99 SALES AND SUPPORT The INDI soles team have been trained to take your order with the utmost core and efficiency. All stock offered for sale and efficiency. All stock ottered tor so is held in stock, centrally at our group warehouse complex and is available high quolity upgrode .olwtion to provide o Motorolo 68881 68882 floating pomt unit and to »upi upport the m.!ollotion of up to eight megobyte.
Of 32bit wide AMIGA Fo.tR AM Speed, up FPU operotion. By o. much a. 55 time, that of th* native A1200 MBX 1200 permit, the A1200 u.er to reolne warehouse complex and Is dvdlldble for next doy delivery, direct to your home or business. If ot any time we are INDI PRICI £44.99 the full potentiol of hi. .v.tem ond .oftwore (Now o voiloble with real time dock oda C10 00 to eoch option) out of stack your money will not be bonked until the product is availabl banked until the product is available (a point worth checking should you feel tempted to purchase elsewhere).
INDI PRICI Bo..c Co Procet.or CI3S.9 4 Meg £299.99 8 Meg C399.99 3 Top qvohty JOYSTICKS recommended for v*e with General information regarding product is available from our sales team, however technical support is always on hand should you need assistance.
All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT.
I RRPC14 99 INDI PRICI £9.99 MAVRICK Arc ode *tyle m ro.witched (OyV k £12.99 AVIATOR FlgM nmex £22.99 INDI TELESALES Tel 0543 419999 Fax 0543 418079 jet printer. Whisper quiet yet prints ot an amazing 160CPS. Possibly the best value ink jei available on the market.
Especially at this priced I INDI PRICE £99.99 (A500 A500 + A600 A1200 C64 compatible) DESPATCH All orders received by 6pm Monday to Friday are despatched that day for next day delivery using our national carrier Securicor. (UK Mainland only).
Saturday deliveries are available at a small surcharge. If you are out when we deliver a card will be left at your home giving you a contact telephone number to arrange a convenient redelivery.
Delivery queries can be resolved immediately using our on-line computer.
All orders are despatched on a next working day delivery basis. Cheque orders are despatched immediately on cheque clearance, usually 10 working days from receipt. A delivery charge of £5.00 is made per item unless otherwise stated.
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TTHE WILD, THE WEIRD AND THE WICKED A600 is an ideal starter park containing a considered mix of software, making the most of the AMIGAs amazing capabilities.
COMESWITHANEXTRA512KRAM EXPANSION FREE!!!
PACK CONTAINS: • A600 Single Drive s Build-in TV Modulator • 1Mb Memory £289 ”
• 512K RAM Expansion
• Pushover: Grondprix
• Silly Putty: Deluxe Paint III I. AMIGA A600 INDI A600 ACCESSORY
RACK (Featured with WWW)
* Micro Switched Joystick e Lockable Disk Box e Disk Wallet e 10
Blank Disks • Kick Off 2 e Pipemania e Space Ace e Populous «
Zapsac Carry Case t Zappo T-Shirt.
£2622 E233 A600 EPIC PACK (20Mb HD) PACK INCLUDES: • A600 Hard Disk (20Mb) e 1Mb Memory e 512K RAM Expansion • Epic • Rome • Myth
* • Trivial Pursuit « Amiga Text e Deluxe Paint III PLUS INDI
ACCESSORY PACK AS LISTED. COMES WITH AN EXTRA S12K RAM
EXPANSION FREE!!!
£395« INDI PRICE UietpTntin, We researched the colour printer market in great depth to find a colour printer good enough to cope with Amiga's powerful graphic output, yet at an affordable price.
We found the perfect printer in the Panasonic KX-P2180+ KX-P2123 quiet printers.
We then considered that if you were going to buy o Panasonic printer, you would probably need a quality word processing package to use with it. We found that too, in 'Wordworth', yet at o retail price of £129.99 we thought that might be a little too expensive on top of your printer purchasel So together with Panasonic we decided to give a copy of 'Wordworth' free with every Panasonic printer. How's that for added value?
KX-P2180 ‘WORDWORTH COMPLETELY FREE! WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS The writers choice. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers. Wordworth is undoubtedly the ultimate word document processor for the full range of AMIGA computers. The graphical nature of WORDWORTH makes producing documents faster ond easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX P2180 and KX P2123 colour printing support), Collins spell checker ond Thesaurus, no other word processor comes close. "Without doubt this is one of the best document processors for the AMIGA, Today." (Amiga Format).
NORMAL RRP £129.99 inc. vat The new Panasonic KX-P21809 pin quiet colour printer Produces crisp clear text in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology. The new KX-P2180 is typically 15d&A quieter in operation, than the competition, e Fo.t Printinfl Speeds 192CPS Draft and 38 CPS NLQ
• Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green, yellow,
violet, magenta and black) « QuietPrinting Super quiet 45-48dBA
sound level (most matrix printers are typically in excess of
60dBA)
• 6 Resident Fonts Over 6,100 type styles using Courier Prestige,
Bold PS, Roman, Script and Sans Serif Fonts
• 3 Paper Paths Paper handling from bottom, top ond rear for
total flexibility e 1 Year Warranty for total peace of mind
rrai Panasonic LASER PRINTERS Panasonic PRICE The new nigh
performance Panasonic KX-P2123 24 pin Quiet colour printer
offers leading edge quiet printing technology at an affordable
price e Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS draft, 64 CPS LQ ond 32 CP
SLQ e Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green,
yellow, violet, magenta and black) e QuietPrinting Super quiet
43 5-46kBA sound level (most matrix printers are typically in
excess of 60dBA) e 7 Resident Fonts Over 152,000 type styles
using Super LQ, Courier Prestige, Bold PS, Roman, Script and
Sans Serif Fonts e 24 PIN Diamond Printheod High performance
ond high quality output
• 1 Yeor Warranty for total peace of mind.
KXP-4410 LASER PRINTER Once oaoin Indi hove joined together with Panasonic to offer all AMIGA owners the most outstanding Loser Printer offer ever We ore now able to offer high quality, professional loser printing at very affordable prices We are also giving away o free copy of Wordworth with everv Ponosonic Loser Printer purchased (RRP 129 99) Whether you're looking Tor a loser printer to hondle word processing, DTP, presentation or complex graphics applications - the Ponosonic range offers you the power to meet your requirements RRP £1286.00
(0. 5Mb as standard) HP Laserjet II Emulation RRP £992.00
KXP-4410
• 5 pages per minute
• 28 resident fonts
• Optional 2nd input bin (total printer capacity 2x200 sheets)
• Low running costs
• Parallel interface
• Optional memory expansion to 4.5Mb WORDWORTH COMPLETELY FRSI
WITH LASER PRINTERS KXP-4430
• Sotinprint (optimum resolution technology) *
• 5 pages per minute
• HP Laserjet III Emulation, PCI 5
• 8 scalable fonts & 28 bitmap functions
• Optional 2nd input bin (total printer capacity 2x200 sheets)
• Optional memory expansion to
5. 0Mb (1Mb as standard) Panasonic PRINTER ACCESSORIES SAVE
£££££'s ON THE FOLLOWING ACCESSORY PACKS PACK 1 PANASONIC
COLOUR RIBBON PACK Contains 6 colour ribbons for
KXP2I80 KXP2123 RRP £119 99 INDI PRICE £89.99 SAVE £30 0011!
PACK 2 PANASONIC RIBBON PACK
4) PAPER PACK 500 sheets quolity A4 paper INDI PRICE £9.99
5) PARALLEL PRINTER CABLE To be used when connecting AMIGA to
Ponosonic Printer INDI PRICE £8.99 (£5 99 if purchased with
printer)
6) PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON Colour ribbon for KXP2180 KXP2I23 INDI
PRICE £18.99 Contains 2 block and 4 colour ribbons for
KXP2180 KXP2123 RRP£99 99 INDI PRICE £69.99 SAVE £30 00!!!
PACK 3 PANASONIC DELUXE ACCESSORY PACK Contents = Automatic Sheet Feeder, 2 x block ribbons, 2xcolour ribbons, 1 x dust cover, 2 piece printer stond.
RRP £169 99 INDI PRICE £139.99 SAVE £30.00111 Add £2 50 corrioge to oil printer accessories or combinations thereof THE MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER TOTAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM AMIGA CDTV The problem with any new product is that it always takes time for everyone to realise its full potential. CDTV is no exception and in our opinion everything we have read does a pretty poor job of explaining just what CDTV can do and why it is so exciting.
THE INDI GUIDE TO CDTV IT'S A CD PLAYER - Yes, it will play all your Primal Scream, Pavarotti, Pink Floyd and any other CD you care to mention in superb high quality stereo, with remote infra red control.
IT'S AN AMIGA - Plug in the keyboard, switch on the external disk drive and the colossal range of inexpensive Amiga software can be used on your CDTV.
IT'S A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - Just imagine, stereo sound, images and text all on screen. It asks a question, you respond, it responds truly interactive! Each CD disc holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinson's Encyclopedia fits onto 1 disc. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education, Business or Leisure.
The future is herel Dl] PRICE £469 22 PACK CONTENTS AS STANDARD • Amiga CDTV Player • CDTV keyboard • CDTV 1411 3.5" Disc Drive
• CDTV Infra red remote controller • CDTV wired mouse • CDTV
Welcome Disc • Manuals • Fred Fish CDTV INDI VALUE ADDED FREE *
Lemmings CDTV (£34.99) • Blues Brothers (£12.99) • Pipemania,
Populous, Kickoff 2, Space Ace (£122.52) CDTV CONNECTS DIRECTLY
TO YOUR TV SET 1 AMIGA CDTV SOFTWARE Mind Run £29 Mud Puddle
£34 My Paint £29.
North Polar Expedition £49 Paper Bag Princess £34, Scory Poems for Rotten Kids £39 Tale of Benjamin Bunny £39.
Tale of Peter Rabbit £39.
Thomas' Snowsuit £34.
Moving Gives Me Stomoch Ache £34, Barney Bear Goes Camping £29, Asterix English for French I £34, Japan World (PAL) £49 NASA, the 25th Year £19 Froctal Universe £34.
ENTERTAINMENT Battlechess £39 Battle Storm £29 Fred Fish (CD PD1) £19.
Prices AMIGA CDTV ACCESSORIES ARTS AND LEISURE Advanced Military Systems £29.99 Women in Motion £29.99 Guinness Disc of Records £34.99 Animals in Motion £29.99 Connoisseur Fine Arts £34.99 Fruits S Vegetables £34.99 Trees & Shrubs £34.99 Garden Plants £34.99 Indoor Plants £34.99 EDUCATION Fun School - Under 5's £24.99 A Long Hard Day at the Ranch £34.99 A Bun for Borney £29.99 Cinderella £39.99 Fun School for 5 to 7 £24.99 Fun School for over 7's £24.99 Heather Hits Her First Home Run £34.99 LTV-Englishosa2ndLanguoge £34.99 .99 All Dogs to Heaven: Electric Crayon .99 Ultimate Basketball .99
Classic Board Games .99 Dinosaurs for Hire .99 Hound of the Baskervilles .99 Psycho Killer .99 Sherlock Holmes, .99 Consulting Detective .99 Sim City .99 Trivial Pursuit (PAL) .99 Wrath of the Demon .99 Team Yankee .99 Raffles .99 Prehistorik .99 Snoopy (PAL) Town with No Name 99 Lemmings .99 European Space Simulator 99 Fantastic Voyage include carriage £34.99 Global Chaos £29.99 £29.99 Turrican II £29.99 £34.99 Guy Spy £29.99 £14.99 Cover Girl Poker £24.99 £29.99 MUSIC £29.99 Music Moker £34.99 Remix £29.99 £39.99 Karaoke Fun Hits I £14.99 £29.99 Vokemaster+Microphone £39.99 £49.99 Voice FX
£19.99 £29.99 REFERENCE £34.99 American Heritage Dictionary £49.99 £34.99 Complete Works of Shakespeare £29.99 £34.99 Illustrated Holy Bible £29.99 £34.99 New Bosks Electronic Cookbook £39.99 £29.99 Timetable of Business £39.99 £34.99 Timetable of Science £39.99 £34.99 World Vista Atlas £54.99 £34.99 Dr. Wellman £54.99 B| THE BRICK-ETTE Just plug in I the Brick-ette and use any wired I Amiga compatible joystick, I mouse or trackboll device on the Commodore CDTV. The built-in 8 bit Micro Processor gives the Brick-ette big smarts in a tiny M package and mokes it eosy to use just plug into the
remote port u and it is ready to go with real time mouse or joystick movement on your CDTV. No loading of driver programs or software. No switches for mouse or joystick. Speciol settings (with mouse) ollow you to blast away with three rapid fire modes & dual fire buttons. Comes complete with Python Micro Switched Joystick.
INDI EXCLUSIVE £49.99 With two Joysticks £59.99 BLACK 1084S MONITOR At lost the CDTV Monitor you have been waiting for. The original and best selling colour stereo monitor from Commodore is now available in black to complement your CDTV.
INDI PRICE £189.99 (or £179 99 when purchased with CDTV Multi-Meaio pock) 1 - £1 09.99 'm CDTV Internal Genlock £149.99 Block 1084S Colour Stereo Monitor £189.99 (When purchased with CDTV Multi-Media Pock) £179.99 CDTV R.mol. Mous. £49.99 Scon TV Monitor Uad (inc Sioreo Phono iMd] £14.99 Megochip - 1Mb Upgrade ChipRAM Upgrade for CDTV £159.99 CDTV External 3.5' Floppy Drive £49.99 AMIGA CDTV EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE You've got the CDTV, you've got the keyboard and floppy disk drive - for a total computer solution all that's needed is an ultra-fast hard disk drive.
The CDTV-HD unit boasts a massive 65Mb of hard disk storage with lightning fast access times through its SCSI interface. The unit comes complete with Workbench 1.3 and all necessary cables.
EH EKE £269-22 HI PROFESSIONAL AMIGA The A1500 is the ultimate home computer for the whole family and is designed to cover every computing requirement.
Tc Lll INDI ore able to offer you exclusive deals on this outstanding product in various configurations and bundles.
All configurations come complete with the following software and accessories:- FEATURES:
• Fully functional keyboard with numeric pad separate from CPU
• Includes 2 x3' z" disk drives as standard with 5 Vt" Disk Boy.
• Integral memory and card expansion capabilities (most cost
effective expansion route)
• Work bench 2.00 and Kickstart2.04. CONTENTS: _• Keyboard,
mouse, reference manual, Puzznic, Toki, Elf (Games), D Paint
(Graphics Package), Home Accounts, The Works (Platinum edition:
Wordpro, Spreadsheet, Database) Joystick AMIGA A1500 FEATURED
(see photograph above) • 52 Mb SCSI Hard Disk • Pack now
includes 1084ST pin colour printer.
Uxm AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE dDisk • Pock now includes I0845T £1159 22 Monitor & Panasonic KX-P2123 24 pin colour printer.
INCLUDED FREE Amiga Vision and Wordworth Worth £229.99 All products aro guaranteed for 12 months. Some products carry a 12 month at home service repair guarantee (where indicated).
In the unlikely event that any product Other 1500 configs available at very competitive prices.
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Purchased from INDI arrives at your home faulty, we will collect from your home faulty, we will collect from your home and replace the product completely free of charge.
OPAL VISION 24 BIT GRAPHIC SYSTEM FOR THE AMIGA 1500 2000 3000 4000. If you have an Amiga (1500 2000 _ - _ . ... 3000 4000) you must have OpalVision with the ability to turn your system into a tailor-made 24 bit workstation, complete with Products advertised represent a small sample of our Instock range. A complete price list is available on request.
Genlock, Frame Grabber, Chroma Key, Flicker Fixer, Pip, True 24 Resolution e only choice for ony 24 bit all rounder who needs a system that will bit Double Buffered Display, Video Switcher, Broodcost ond of course the unique DVEs, the Opal is quite simply the onl ..... who needs i INDI HAS MOVED!
Grow with your imagination and needs. Quite simply, it's a spectacular product. Contents: Opal Board, Opal Paint - 24 bit graphic creation tool, pockoge, Opol Vision Ho al presents - powerful presentation ¦ - controls and monoges OpalVision Now located at our parent company's
H. Q., we are now able to offer even better all-round service,
stock availability, problem solving and technical support.
LOW INTEREST CREDIT Low Interest credit Is available on all orders of £250.00 and above. Subject to status. Same day response. Why not ring for a quote?
Ond AMIGA Graphics, Opol Animate - animation software pockoge. King of Karate - the world's first 24 bit graphics computer game. A VERY SPECIAL OFFER FREE IMAGINE 2.0 Software. For a limited period only, INDI direct are offering o very special OPALVISION bundle, that now includes o copy of IMAGINE 2.0 worth £299.99 absolutely free. Imagine represents the state-of-the-art in 3D image processing thot is oble to utilize the performance of the OPALVISION board ond render images in full 24-Bit colour. Now you con hove the very best 24-Bit pointing software, and the very best in 3D redering software
when you purchase OPALVISION. Hurry this is o limited promotion, while st last. INDI PRICE £699.99 Inc VAT.
COMMODORE 1960 MULTI-SYNC MONITOR A 14' high resolution monitor for use with A1500 A2000 A3000 A4000.
INDI PRICE £369.99 OR £351.99 IF PURCHASED WITH A3000 A4000.
AS PART OF OUR POLICY OF CONTINUAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND REFINEMENT, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE SPECIFICATIONS OF PRODUCTS ADVERTISED.
PLEASE CONFIRM CURRENT SPECIFICATION ATTHE TIME OF ORDERING.
AMIGA 3000 25 52Mb The Amiga 3000 features the powerful Motorola 68030 processor running at 25Mhz. Complete with 52Mb SCSI Hard Drive (Single drive with no HD available) and 2Mb system RAM (6Mb Option Available). FREE AMIGA VISION SOFTWARE.
INDI PRICE £1229.99 AMIGA 3000 - PC SYSTEM (386SX-25) The Amiga ond PC hard drive system offering high performance PC386SX-25Mhz industry standard computing ond the true multi-tosking performance of the Amiga, all in one box. Run the PC or the Amiga ond transfer feati PRICES ARE VAUD FOR MONTH OF PUBLICATION ONLY files between both operating systems. In oddition to the standord AMIGA 3000 specification, the Amiga 3000-PC system processor running at 25Mhz with 1Mb of PC memory ond DOS 5 INDI PRICE £1449.99 otures 386SX HOW TO ORDER NEWI AMIGA 4000 040 120Mb The new flagship AMIGA featuring the
new AGA (AA) Graphics chip set with ultra high resolution ......- ..... 7 '' ' •_ J' fcr • ring ZSMIiz. Complt " ...... INDI PRICE £2095.99 (246Mb HD version of above product £2259.99) and a pollette of 16.8 million colours. The heart of the AMIGA 4000 is the new Motorola 68040 (Not a breathe taking 25Mhz. Complete with 120Mb hard drive and 6Mb of 32-Bit RAM (Additionol Memory avoilal Chip) processor running ot ible).
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Note: Monitor is not included with any of these systems.
SOUND VISION ANIMATION ROMBO PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE FROM INDI MEGAMIX is a low cost, hicjh spec digital effects cartridge that plugs into the :e nger ill find high s| jrinter port of your Amiga. This allows rom almost ai for the up and coming sin printer port of your Amiga, inis allows you to sample or record stereo sound from almost any musical source. Special effects can be added in real time, perfect ia c jjer musician producer who wants that professional sound at home. You Megamix masters performance id its ease of use is unrivalled, SEND YOUR ORDER TO: INDI DIRECT MAIL 1 RINGWAY IND.
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Please send .... anc £29-99 just plug in and go... mm VIDI AMIGA 12 is the ultimate low cost colour digitiser for your Amiga. There are no filters and no separate RGB Splitter. Colour images can be captured in less than a second, mono images are grabbed in real time. No other image fic Price ...... + Delivery I enclose cheque PO for £...... or charge my Access Visa No.
Capture system offers this level of specification for the price.
'The best value full colour digitiser on the market' Amiga Format £75!2 TAKE 2 is a must for computer artists and enthusiasts of any age. It will cater for both amateur and professional applications. So get the most out of your computer and open up your imagination to Take 2. As used in Rolf Harris Cartoon Club.
Expiry date I Signature . Send to Name .. Address .... Daytime Tel...... Postcode INDI | PRICE j £37-99 TEL 0543 419999* FAX 0543 418079 MEEDS 1 MEG HARD DISK INSTALLABLE APRIL 1993 you to a newly discovered mine, where you can prospect for coal, if you’ve got the appropriate equipment.
Cities can be of four types: commercial (selling miscellaneous goodsl. Induslrial (manufacture and sale of wagons), slave markets (work il oul for yourself) and mammoth fairs.
These arc not big fun fairs with lots of candyfloss. But meetings where you can buy or sell any mammoths you may have bumped into on the way. Did I mention them? No? Oh.
Well, given the cold weather, woolly mammoths have made a comeback. They're good for heavy transport and you can use the dung as a face pack.
You meet herds of them wandering around and are given the option of rounding a lew up in true Wild West fashion. Or rather, your slaves do. Since all you get is a screen telling you how many you've captured.
TRANSARCTICA is available from Daze Marketing 071-328 2762 60% Despite rumours to the contrary, this is not a Ranulph Fiennes simulator. You are not endeavouring lo cross Ihe arctic armed only with a penknife and a short piece of siring. Instead, you arc aiming lo liberate Ihe world from a post nuclear winter and domination by a group of bad guys.
It s like this, y'scc. A mad scientist type called John Merrick had Ibis great idea lo gel rid of the greenhouse effect by blowing up a couple of nuclear bombs at each pole. It would have been a good idea, if the scientists hadn't completely nafled it up and plunged the world into a never-ending nuclear winter.
Several centuries later, and thermal underwear is still fashionable, and Ihe only transport between cities is via a huge rail network controlled by a bunch of bad guys called the Viking Union. Playing the part of a good guy who's discovered a possible way lo break the hold of the winter, and thus destroy the power of the Vikings, you manage to nick a train, and set out on a mission to discover the secrets of a cold and dangerous world...... Mammoth task I'm sure you know the sort of thing. Travel between cities, do a bit of trading, blow up a few enemies, chat lo philosophers and follow up
rumours which could lead you to your eventual destination.
To the posthumous delight of Anhur and the NUM. The only source of energy left is coal, which fuels your locomotive and acts as currency. Occasionally, a message will direct Transarctica Tracks of my tears You can arm your train with machine-guns and cannons, as well as employing troops and war mammoths in order lo heat up the opposition.
It's all very well, bul about as exciting as standing on the end of a platform taking down train's numbers as they pass you by.
The animation for the troops and mammoths is. To pul il politely, poor, and would be more at home on a ('64 than an Amiga. You can move your train back and forth on a short stretch of track and blast the opponents' wagons. Or send oul troops to plant explosives, bul you're more likely to give up in disgust.
Fonunatcly the train conflict can be turned off.
And the result decided by the computer.
You don't expect scrolling shoot-cm-up- type action from a game of this genre, bul it’s not unreasonable to expect some degree of choice and freedom.
As it is. It feels like you're following a script which won't allow you to improvise: more like an episode of Eldorado than Coronation Siren.
Richard Baguley 1) I appear to have blown the engine up. Oh dear.
Oh well, I never liked it anyway.
Occasionally, when you enter a town, a rumour (general gossip which may prove helpful I w ill be available. Don'I worry , ihcy'rc noi hard lo find. Instead of the usual trading icons, you gel the icons for receiving rumours and research, both of which reward you w ith three lines of test in something close lo. Hut not quite English. Big deal. It's usually either a fact or a hint pointing you in another direction.
Whether this makes any sense or not is another matter. You don't gel anything else, just a short hint or fact. This is where the game starts lo have problems. Apart from moving around the map. There's relatively little interactivity. You never really feel like you're quite in control of your own destiny, even when you're in pitched battle with one of the Viking battle trains.
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returns in another adventure, this time in the Crystal Kingdom.
During the four sections of the game you can walk on clouds, study light engineering, ride dolphins, get lost in mazes and parachute into enemy territory - a bit like Indiana Jones but without the sex appeal. It's fun. But having only three lives with no continues does put a damper on things.
The music is catchy, and only slightly annoying, but you can choose sound effects instead which are quite good. On the down side, loading takes a long time, and when you run out of lives the game has to reload. Having said that it's pretty big, and should last you a while, but the other Dizzy games came out for less than eight quid and there really isn’t enough here to justify an extra 12 gold coins.
Sarah Tanser Football Masters is the very latest Multi-Manager Football Simulator (or 16 bit computers. After 5 years of development we are proud to announce the release of the most comprehensive football management game ever. This is the fourth and final revision . It's waiting to test your skills right now! Features Include:-_ Multi Manager game for 1 lo 4 Players Three levels of difficulty [l Hounjis ic A abi Choose six from fifteen Tactics The player Formation routine is the most versatile ever created.
You can inspect nearly all Opponents Statistics and you can see all Pitch Sizes Match highlights minute by minute, make substitutions or team changes at any time. Live injuries, yellow red cards and named goalscorers Match Report with possession, number of shots etc. Full UK and European Cup itinerary Includes FA. League. Zenith Data. Autoglass. European. Cup Winners and UEFA Cups. All cup match rules have been made as accurate as possible. Two leg ties.
Extra time. Away goal rule. Seeded draws European Mini Leagues etc You can physical participate in any Penalty Shootout. Fully animated graphics, controlled by joystick and or mouse.
All 4 league divisions (includes Premier) with play-offs and league expulsion Real Initial, surname, league career records, height and age entered lor all players as at the start of the 92 93 Season Seven skill ratings per jilayer. Separate ones for goalkeepers Plus 15 other special attributes like Captain. Super Subs & Mobility Players Preferred Foot A lively and real-time transfer market, with an approach facility, negotiate wages and contracts, includes Foreign Transactions Plus loans, free transfers and trainees Unique and simple training system to improve player skills ST 512K version
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High quality printer facilities to list all the vital information Masses of historical statistics on past games, players and manager Realistic Gate Capacities ami Ground Improvements Quick game data load and save All screens updated quickly and displayed in a pleasant format. Which is easy to use and comfortable to read Fully mouse operated Printed instruction booklet with plenty of diagrams. An Editor is available (as an extra) to add flexibility to the new or saved games.
An options screen allows some of the above to be switched off if so desired. Others not mentioned above Include Show All Goalscorers (when possible) and Show Transfer News |S v NEW ENHANCED 92 93 VERSION Space Crusade: The Voyage Beyond Gremlin ¦ New missions £14.991 New missions + original game £29.99 Several aeons ago (AF34 - 82 per cent) we reviewed Space Crusade by Gremlin. The Voyage Beyond data disk gives you 10 new missions, but you'll need the original game to use it. You'll also need to be reasonably experienced with the the original game or you won't stand a chance when you embark on
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MEEDS 1 MEG The enhanced features include three new ranks and a variety of interesting scenarios. The Voyage Beyond expands upon a good strategy game, but maybe you should ask yourself if you'd be better off buying Shadoworlds and having all in real time.
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Abandoned Places APRIL 1993
* 77 MEEDS 1 MEG ABANDONED PLACES is available from ICE 0453
756993 The Dungeon Muster concepl was an enormous success
because il brought fantasy exploration shockingly to life, by
replacing the text-adventurc which needed to be told how [o
operate. Not surprisingly, software houses have found il hard
to expand upon this initial design. We've seen science fiction
variants and many twists on the fantasy theme, the upshot of
which is that it's becoming more and more difficult lo
approach the genre from a new angle. So. You may ask.
What's so good about Abandoned Places 2'!
Stakes through the art Abandoned Places 2 is an attractive sequel, proving that when we whined about the original's questionable artwork 04F3I - 82 per cent), the Hungarian designers were listening.
A massive arena of exploration is still at the core of the game's appeal, but the graphics have been updated lo a standard which rivals Eye of the Beholder I and 2.
A competent intro sequence introduces the bizarre storyline: apparently an evil force known as Pendugmalhe is going all out for world domination, yet remains vulnerable so long as an ancient magical shield is intact.
The shield can be destroyed by a sword called Kuhalk: the problem is that both items are hidden, so surprisingly enough, it's your job to find Kuhalk and keep it from falling into the wrong hands. After that, there's the simple chore of annihilating Pendugmalhe himself to round-off your adventure.
In fact, it would all be rather easy, if it wasn't for a veritable hoard of the living dead patrolling over 32 levels between you and your ultimate goal. If you've played the original, then Abandoned Places 2 should prove an ideal challenge from the word go.
Illusionary walls are everywhere in the first level, a classic dungeon setting, making the most efficient system of exploration a process of charging the party headlong into the stonework. Later levels vary incredibly, requiring you to trek through forests anti many other types of terrain.
Accompanying you into the depths of Kuhalk's resting place are four characters, available for selection from a parade of 25 hardened adventurers. Strangely these hirelings only come in two flavours: fighters, the loatl- bcarers who carry the group's belongings as well as cutting hostile denizens of the underworld inlo ribbons, and magic-users, who are the flame-throwers of the party, vital for the completion of certain puzzles and for healing the wounded after bloody combat.
Mighty sword of Dobber It's a pity that Abandoned Places 2 has kept this rigid class structure which made the characters so limited in Eye of the Beholder, because the ability to Icam others' skills through practice in Dungeon Master gave adventuring a lot more scope. Nevertheless, playing with attributes and a broad selection of faces add variation to the otherwise mundane procedure of character generation w ith which any role-playing game must begin.
In the game itself, the two branches of your party can he conveniently called into play thanks to some friendly icons which are quick and easy lo access. The backpacks of fighters are available when their faces are highlighted, but magic-users have a collective menu with which spells can be activated, so their support is always at hand should you want an enemy charcoal-grilled for tea.
Performing operations such as this during ihe game is very easy thanks lo an accessible control panel. Everything which needs Iasi access can Ix- operated quickly and my only real criticism of the control icons is that move- men! Is awkward because ihe directional icons arc far too small to use at speed. Movement is possible via the numeric keypad, but we haven't all cot those nowadays have we?
Deeper and deeper Dungeon-delvinc in the first game was far from straightforward because ol sub-quests and puzzles, which provided clues during each level. These proved a great occasional interlude from Ihe main quest and they have been continued in AbandonedPlaces 2.
Above ihe 32 underworld regions of ihe game, there are w ildentess areas to explore. A peculiar, bui regular occurrence on the first level are Ihe floor tiles that rapidly spin or teleport ihe parly around, often when there are nasty pools of flame or siakc-traps nearby.
The terrains have been nicely sculpted, from ihe dancing flames to ihe dragon molds which appear frequently on Ihe dungeon walls.
On lop of this accessible and interactive element of ihe game, ihere has also been a dramatic sound enhancement from the original. Whispers and footsteps echo ominously around Ihe dungeons. You can hear the enemy advancing through the darkness, although when ihe parly comes to blows, the sounds of combat are an anticlimax.
More interesting sounds lake a while to identity - Ihe pleas for food from your own party often mislead y ou into thinking someone has been attacked as they howl with hunger!
Live to tell Overall. Abandoned Places 2 compares favourably with Eye of the Beholder 2. W hich w as an outstanding sequel itself. Il's a massive improvement on the first game and another huge adventure which promises days, and days of frantic exploration.
MARCH 1993 However, there is that awkward movement system for the mouse to handle, and another major disappointment is the inability to throw objects by dragging them lo the viewing window.
But these are only tiny flaws in an otherwise excellent expansion of a worthy game.
Other members of the Dungeon Master genre should beware: Abandoned Places 2 is fast approaching Ihe lop spot.
Paul Tyrrell Abandoned Places 2 £34.99
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result m decayed dehvery or non delivery, please allow 28 days for delrvery WTS reserve the right to ammend prices, revise packs, specifications and or substitute product wihtout prior notice at any time without liability upon tsetf Console o«ner: "My Mum and Dad bought me a console lor Christmas, along with Ihe super-sexy Sonic the Porcupine and Super Mario Shopping Trolley games. The) spent a whole week's wages on them, but I reckon it w as worth it - the graphics are just sooooo good. What did you get. Then?"
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Console owner: "Aren't they dead boring? I mean, everybody rants on about how you can run serious slid! On them, but there are no games that can get any where near my Sonic cart - are there?"
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* *yfTTW' MEEDS 1 MEG Console ow ner: "Oh yeah, name one."
APRIL 1993 Amiga owner: "Lionheart. It's the new game from Thalion - you know, the ones who brought us No Second Prize and Amlterslar.
It's a scrolling beal-cm-up. With over 12 visually stunning levels. The main character and the enemies are really well animated, and the main screen is made up from over 600 different colours - and that's only by using my Amiga 600!
LIONHEART is available from Thalion 071-481 9214 The evil weed threatens another children's hero. This one actually spits its pips at you. So it’s definitely best avoided.
"Oh. And did I mention the parallax scrolling? I tried counting the number of levels of parallax but I ran out of lingers, so I used my Amiga to calculate them. Oh sorry. I forgot
- you can't do that on your console, can you?"
Console owner: "Mum. Will you buy me an Amiga for my birthday?..." Our hero stands and. Er. Has a rest from all the vicious maiming. Hang on, where’s his sword?
He's right, you know OK. That may be just a wee bit exaggerated, but if there was ever a game to match (and even better) the best console graphics, then it s Lionheart. The intro sequence almost makes your eyes pop out. With some amazingly detailed and colourful sprites mapping out Ihe story of a big guy and his Conan-esquc quest for ihe Lionheart (hence the name). That isn't all though: the music is really deep and booming. And it changes in mood depending on where you are in the game, adding a real cinema-like air to it all... Hang on. Maybe we're getting a little carried away here.
Let's not prejudge a game just on the strength of its graphics - alter all. Most console games are pretty, but that doesn't make them all good, does it? So. Looking bey ond the cosmetics of the game, how docs it actually play?
Tr. It actually plays rather nicely, to be honest. Your character. Valdyn. Is not only blessed with some ripplingly large biceps, but luckily he also possesses a rather large sword which you can use lo merrily slash your way through the game.
The nasties that you come across on your way are suitably detailed and nicely animated, and they die in a particularly satisfying manner when they are given the brunt of your Gillette- sharp sabre. It's not just fighting that your man excels in: he can also run. Jump, swing and Begone, foul sea-horse. Get back or this little beast I’m sitting on will get very nasty... climb bus of the scenery , which are conveniently set out so that you can quickly run through, collect a lew things, kill a few things, and then get the hell out.
There's not much in the way of puzzles here, by the way: this is pure beal-cm-up territory , where reflexes are all. You're given three lives, with two continue options, and then it's up lo you. You'll come across levels which move or disappear at the most inconvenient moments: plants which spit poison at you. Vegetation that mercilessly sucks you in.
And some boiling-hot lava which just doesn't like you at all.
Cohen the Barbarian It's all pretty much derivative of every other lantasy scrolling plallormcr beal-em-up. But it does it all so nicely that it's difficult to fault it.
In fact, if you find the game a little easy.
Thalion have kindly included a difficulty level known as Lionhard. Which makes the whole game nightmarishly difficult. The layout is quite different to the normal game, so it's a bit like having another game running alongside the original, l ull marks. Thalion.
Three points spring to mind which could have been made better: firstly, the way your character is animated leaves a little to be desired. It's not the smoothness of movement we're talking here, or the dynamics, or the number of available moves. No, it's the way NEW AMIGA A600 & (HD) CONSOLE UNIT Monitor console and keyboard unit • Second drive space • No hard drive restrictions • Power supply space • Keeps cables tidy • Non-mognetic aluminium • High quality texture finish • Plenty of ventilation • Installed in minutes • Designed specifically for the A600 and A600HD A REAL SPACE SAVER! -
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Your man runs - he just doesn't look macho enough. Sad to say. Bul when a gante pits a large Conan the Barbarian-slyle man against some horribly vicious enemies, you expect him to run boldly and confidently. Instead, he minces his way around the game, and it's only when he produces his sword that he begins to look like a hero.
This is only a small gripe, though, because the fighting animation is excellent, particularly the motion blur on the sword, and ihe dynamic movcmenl as he turns and slashes.
Kick the habit The second, and most important, point is the low kick. This move is necessary to make mincemeat out of the shorter nasties, but it can be a little sluggish. You need to pull diagonally downwards and press fire to kick, and although it's fine at first, if you try to follow up with a second kick there is a slight, but significant. Delay. Annoyingly, all the short enemies seem to hang around in groups of at least four, so even if you kill Ihe first one. The second can get you while you're still struggling w ith the next kick.
The last niggle is that the objects the enemies fire at you can get confused with the scenery and detailed background graphics, but Thalion have got around the problem to some extent by making the poisonous blobs shimmer as they fly towards you.
Even taking these three points into consideration. We are left with one of the best platform beat-em-ups ever - on console or computer. Switchblade 2 is its nearest Amiga rival, and graphically it knocks spots off that.
It is bettered only by the likes of First Samurai, but then that is a pretty high benchmark to be tested against. Yes. It seems Thalion have got a winner on llteir hands here, a graphical masterpiece with enough gamcplay to keep you going for weeks on end - and that's just the first level... Andy ‘She-Ra' Nuttall 2 (nib-smacking graphics, with hundreds of colours and brilliant parallax scrolling.
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APRIL 1993 061-832 6633 The gameshow is a phenomenon of our times which points out the hopelessness of society and the bleak future awaiting us.
Smash TV gives you a large weapon and a series of rooms to run through, collecting prizes.
Stopping you are a vast number of people, machines and weird aliens among others.
The game is viewed from overhead, and once you start playing you get the distinct feel of Llamatron (AF2S - 89 per cent). Each room looks the same when you enter it but before you've had time to draw, or even breathe, you’ll be inundated with the, er, things which flood through the doors, intent on killing you and providing great entertainment for the folk watching you on the telly. Your only hope is power-ups and collectables.
Spread-fire. Revolving blades, smart bombs and more can all be yours as you rush around trying to shake off the nasties. Kill enough and you get more prizes and the chance to continue into the next room.
It's brilliant - and there are no painful grieving families. The graphics aren't one of the game's strong points, nor is the sound. It's the gameplay that makes it. There's a starter of addictiveness, a main course involving that look-how-far-l've-got factor and for afters, a sumptuous scoop of double-choc have- another-go. Nutritious and delicious. Right.
Where's the coffee?
Moving swiftly and sure-foot- edly from trucks to cars, without even putting a foot on the ground, we come to Carnage. Another vertically viewed racing game. This time, you are in a car of microscopic proportions - it looks as if it’s been ported from Sim Ant.
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Controlling the vehicles is standard for this sort of game. You will nevertheless spend a fair amount of time bouncing off the walls, the other cars and finally off the screen (well, your skull will, as you get closer and closer to it trying to see what the hell is going on down there).
The game is well programmed - the cars move in the bouncy sort of Tonka way you'll have seen many a time with this sort of thing. You stand a good chance of winning as long as you don’t collide with anything.
Despite all this, the game isn't bad. But it isn’t very good either. You'll find yourself getting bored with it after a couple of circuits. And this boredom will increase until it engulfs your family, your road and finally the whole world. Can you afford to take this risk?
Actually, the game is unlikely to do this, but it is uninteresting enough to warrant having this absurd joke made about it.
Carnage Zeppelin ¦ £7 99 ¦ 091-385 7755 Video Kid GBH ¦ £7.99 ¦ 0742 753423 About this time in the late, late evening, when all the children are tucked up in bed, a nice tumbler of Scotch is sitting comfortably in front of the open fire, and the crumpets gently drip full-fat butter on to the tableclothed, nested occasional tables (Excuse me, but are you sure you're writing for the right magazine? - Ed) your mind will turn to platform games (Phew - This game was programmed entirely on Ed). Especially ones in which location at Leeds Castle - lovely innit? You have the due| functjon Qf being
able to fly as well as walk along the ground. Your quietly snoozing brain thinks of Video Kid.
Video Kid is a sort of medieval, magic-type thing. You play a chubby little character who. While looking much like an accomplished wizard, is. In fact, a bit of a git. Guided along by you, he seems fairly incapable of traversing the levels without having an inordinate amount of damage inflicted upon him.
The game contains some very professional-looking graphics and each level is packed to the very tip-top with colour, most of it in the form of lethal traps, cannons and sort of alien things which do their best to see your energy dwindle. If you want a decent challenge, try this one. It's not bad and once you get the hang of it you'll be hooked for quite a while, depending on the obsessiveness of your personality and your need to win.
International Truck Racing Zeppelin ¦ £7.99 ¦ 091-385 7755 Surely people watch large vehicles racing in order to glimpse the mighty crashes which are bound to occur? Of course, nobody wants to see people get hurt, but who could resist seeing a thunderous great Volvo tumbling like a spent match along the tarmac?
This is where Zeppelin's game fails to deliver. It provides a top-down view of lots of lorries ambling around a circuit sliding at the corners and occasionally going on to the grass when things get misjudged. There's a bit of bumping and barging to contend with, but nothing which adequately sums up the raw power of the uncrowned 'kings of the road'. You can't even make them go 'psssss' loudly when you stop, like in real life.
It's not sustaining entertainment to be honest. It's like Supercars but slower; possibly because trucks travel at less speed. There isn’t any excitement. It’s bereft of kicks. There’s a gap in the market for a great game involving large HGVs hitting each other, smacking into unyielding stationary things and ploughing through haybales like Dick Dastardly.
Sadly, there are a great many games like International Truck Racing.
Most are better, too. Aside from a few neat effects and a natty pre-menu bit where you see the trucks belting towards your helpless viewpoint' it's not very good.
(5 BUDGET REVIEWS Hero Quest GBH ¦ £7.99 ¦ 0742 753423 Under the mighty forest hidden beneath the mountain and behind the closed oaken doors of the castle, people are hiding, playing this game.
In essence, it's a sort of junior Eye of the Beholder. The idea, as always, is to vanquish a veritable coach-load of foes in combat of the most legitimate kind; with swords, axes and magic.
You can play with several characters, and as you wander around each of the dungeons (there are about 20), you must defeat ever-more threatening and numerous things, all of which are lifted straight from the board- game that made such a hit a few years ago.
There's a nice feel to Hero Quest. Ifs got a dark, dank sort of atmosphere which is exactly as it should be. The problem lies with its essential sameness. Nothing really weird ever happens, and the baddies remain pretty standard throughout the game.
This detracts slightly, but as an easily approachable role-playing game, it's got a lot going for it (an army of ores for a start).
JMjd 86% Action Sport Microids Daze ¦ £29.99 ¦ 071-328 2762 Killerball This is Rollerball from off the telly. It lacks John Houseman or Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (how's that for sad film knowledge?) But it does have the same rules and the violence.
Well, not quite the violence. Some players knock each other over, but it isn't anything like the pain and suffering inflicted during the movie.
Remember when Moonpie (who was played quite admirably by John Beck) is knocked into a coma by Yishio Kozuma? Well that's not in here either.
It's not bad, but there isn't a great deal of gameplay, and Speedball 2 shows you exactly what this sort of game should be like.
Deal to be said for it. Graphically ifs not bad. Playability-wise the same.
Hardly earth-shattering, ifs more like a light dusting of soft snow.
Gremlin had a go at a bike simulator and made it very accurate, very vector- ish and bloody difficult to play. This game isn't any of the above. You tend to slide out to the comers a lot, but at least the screen stays the right way up.
You qualify, then race on loads of circuits that are spread very thinly across the world. Much as you'd Ifs character-building, watching the expect, yours is the fastest bike, but rest of the pack stream past you. Because you're not controlled by a silicon chip, you'll find yourself having to fight for position every inch of the way.
Luckily the game boasts the best map, with the positions of the other bikes on if that exists in any racing game. Hardly worth buying it for, but then again ifs pretty fun anyway. The map is the icing on the cake, really.
APRIL 1993 International Tennis Zeppelin ¦ £7.99 ¦ 091-385 7755 Do you 'love-all' tennis games? Or do you wonder why the ’deuce' people buy them? Is there an 'advantage' in (Stop it now - Erf). Anyway, this is actually one of the better ones, especially if you think most are a bit finicky about where you place your little character on the court.
Here you've got something which has all the options you could want not a great deal of variety in the shots, and a certain amount of excitement. The problem with it lies in the fact that you can actually beat the computer with ease.
This could well be part of the game's initial appeal, because it's immensely rare to beat any computer sports game first time out. But this, true enough, is an exception.
The characters don't look terrify- Handy hint: skis double up as quite good crutches you know.
Grand Prix 500 Superski 2 A Not only downhill skiing, but bobsleigh. Slalom and a load of other things as well. You can go quickly, go slowly, crash into things and even take part in a tournament. Ifs endles fun for a short while.
Things all happen against the clock, so you've got every incentive to keep bettering your times and improving your social standing in Swiss alpine society.
Other than that, there isn't a great Advantage Tennis Dearie, dearie me. This game keeps on popping up all over the place. Ifs the one with the sad Olive Oyl characters who move incredibly realistically, but look, well, like Olive Oyl. Ifs not half as much fun as International Tennis unless you're very good at it. If you play it a lot then, naturally you'll become very good at it. So perhaps, in the long run, ifs better.
The whole thing is a bit daunting to start off with, and the colours chosen are dismal in the extreme. Still, as Wordsworth wrote. "Tennis should be played by Swedes, as any vegetable concedes." Or maybe it was Blake.
Overall. Action Sport is a varied and lightly flavoured meal. There isn't enough to fully satisfy you. But you won't walk away feeling empty, hollow and generally laughed at by the programming fraternity. Buy it for Grand Prix 500 and maybe Superski 2.
RBI 2 Baseball Hudson Hawk The Hit Squad ¦ £7.99 ¦ 061-832 6633 Baseball, or rounders as we call it here, is the sort of game you just don't think of as worthy of a computer simulation.
Well that's where you’d be making a tragic and heinous error, because RBI 2 is a rather splendid game, successfully encapsulating every major facet of this ancient and mystical sporting artform.
Thousands watch rounders in America. It's almost as big You un pitch, as that weird rugby variation they play. Bat and field, plus each team from the NBA (or whatever) is represented, so you get the best people in the league making storming home runs or throwing insane no-hitters.
Plenty of nice touches have been added. For example the electronic scoreboard is worth having a look at at least until you've seen all the animations it can do (some will make you groan, such are the puns included).
But on the down-side, the graphics aren't incredibly marvellous and there isn't quite enough to do to make this a classic. It also seems a bit arbitrary as to whether you miss the ball entirely or whack it right out of the ground. And the fielding involves moving the joystick in some very unnatural ways.
These are minor gripes, though, and overall it's a good attempt at an exciting game, and once you've started to get good (a fairly time-consuming task) you’ll be there for ages. Oh. And in case you're wondering, RBI stands for Runs Batted In. It's a statistic, apparently.
Hit Squad ¦ £7 99 ¦ 061-832 6633 Here comes a cat-bur- glary game which will remind you of the flop film of the same name (you know the one with Bruce 'wasn't he at his best in Moonlighting' Willis).
That's because it's an Ocean licence of the flop film of the same name. You must play Mr Hawk, who has to rush around the skyline of any American city, killing folk and collecting things.
There's a lot of nonsense about sculptures by da Vinci and Mirrored Crystals, which I'm sure was very important to the film, but all you need to know at this (or indeed any other) stage in the game is that Hudson Hawk is a pretty average platformer.
The graphics are bright and colourful, the difficulty is pitched about right and it's a lot of fun for those who are challenged by such things.
Unique it is not nor is it going to change your life (unless you suffer amnesia after accidentally tripping over the box and damaging your skull on the doorjamb).
There are three levels, which doesn't sound much, but these are divided into smaller sub-bits, so you can't really say that you're being diddled on the gameplay. Overall, it's nothing special, but neither is it a pile of... er, not very good. At this price it's far more appealing than at the full price, but don't you find that's always the way?
62% Robin Hood ¦ Legend Quest CodeMasters ¦ £7 99 ¦ 0926 814132 Prince of Persia APRIL 1993 Hit Squad ¦ £7 99 ¦ 061-832 6633 Night has fallen over the Middle East. It's a silky, warm night typical of Arabia.
The sort of night where passion and murder stalk the deserted dunes and duned deserts. The sort of night for a little poncy fellow with flowing hair and excellent animation to try his luck at finding the princess captured in the tower of, er, cap- But the big question is why this guy is wearing pyjamas tured princesses.
- or is it a weird sort of romper suit. Who cares? The game falls
somewhere between a platformer and a puzzler. The main
character (heralded as the best-animated sprite ever when he
first appeared a couple of years ago) must dash around, arming
himself and collecting the objects he needs to get up through
the maze-like castle. It's full of Eastern promise, as Fry’s
once said. Prince of Persia can best be described as a
late-night game, packed with atmosphere, piled high with
frustration and steeped richly with reward for those who give
it their best shot.
The trouble is. It looks rather dated. Numerous other games have cottoned on to the idea that detailed, flashy sprites with cute human characteristics are great and have done better. For historical purposes, it’s worth a look. As a big adventure, it's a bit limited but still worth a look. Perhaps through an attractive Eastern veil, just to be in keeping with the theme. Or perhaps not.
There's a free poster inside the box of this original game, but don't expect to see Kevin Costner (or Patrick Bergin film buffs). No. What in fact you get is a drawing of some smiling people in a woodland setting, which one presumes is Sherwood.
The idea is simple enough. Robin must rescue Marion, who is trapped inside Cupid, draw back your bow and shoot some git in the a platform game. The eye at extreme close range. Prince of Thieves must get through a castle to reach her, possibly enlisting the aid of the Prince of Persia who could be lost in the same castle looking for the same girl.
It's neat simple, aimed at a younger audience (or user-ship as it should be) and it's absorbing. Well, for a platform game. The point is, how many more variations on platform games can there be? Well if you like your electronic gaming fun to be based around legends of the Dark Ages, this is a game you shouldn't be without.
For the rest of us. Though, you'll find that Robin is better than many, even though it suffers a bit from jerkiness.
Perhaps it's not worth getting if you've already got a lot of platform games. It's just another one. Really.
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PC £14.99 ATARI SI £12.99 CBN AMIGA £12.99 s* C *• ' ft • Eipetience the Ihe heal ol modern naial It's not often that a truly great sports game comes along, but it's even less so that four come along at once, all in the same box for the bargain price of £29.99. (Oh!
All right then, three great ones and one not great one, but it's still the kind of bargain you don't look in the mouth). To celebrate the release of Sports Masters, Empire Software are offering four lucky readers the chance to win the sporting day out of a lifetime.
GO MOTOR RACING AT BRANDS HATCH - Winners of this prize will spend a day at Brands Hatch taking part in the Supertrial. After a briefing session and safety tips you take your seat in a sports saloon to get used to the track, before progressing on to a single-seater racing car in the afternoon. Then 12 timed laps in a Formula First car!
APRIL 1993 PLAY A ROUND AT THE BELFRY - On your day out at the Belfry you'll be able to take to the golf course with a professional, and see how good you really are. After a long, hard, but rewarding slog on the green you can join your friend at the 19th hole and recount your long drives and near misses over a relaxing drink!
The Grand Amiga Formal Win a great sportir ARE YOU THE kind of person who never leaves the house on Cup Final day? Do you stay up into the early hours when the Formula One Grand Prix circus makes its way to Melbourne? Do the names Fuzzy Zoeller and Sam Sneed mean anything to you? Do you think that John McEnroe made a more significant contribution to Twentieth century culture than Benjamin Britten? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then have we got a competition for you? Yes we havel Empire Software, in their frenzy to draw your attention to their rather fabulous, oh go on
then, extremely fabulous new package Sports Masters, are offering four superb sporting prizes. There are also five copies of Sports Masters up for grabs for the runners-up. All you have to do is answer the 10 questions on the right page here, and you and a friend |or guardian if you are one of our younger readers) could be winging your way to one of the superb sporting destinations that are detailed above.
Whether it be a day racing cars at Brands Hatch, where you'll get to participate in a Supertrial culminating in 12 timed laps in a genuine. Formula First, single-seater racing car; or a family day out at Wembley Stadium, including a visit to the Royal Box. A trip to the TV Studios, a rewind through the Stadium's history in the Wembley cinema, a chance to see the most advanced event control room in the world and more. If you choose the day at Riverside, the exclusive racquet sports club in the heart of salubrious Chiswick, or to go to the Belfry hotel and leisure resort, we re sure you will
have the sporting day out of a lifetime.
While at the Belfry or Riverside you'll have a chance to brush up on your playing technique as you are coached by a professional in a game of tennis or a round of golf.
So get those thinking caps on. And your sporting almanacs out and answer those questions.
Send your answers on a postcard to the address in the box at top right, don't forget to say which prize you would prefer to win. And best of luck.
If you don't win. You can pick up a copy of Sports Masters for the bargain price of £24.99 in our mail order section |Page 150). Then you can have your own great sporting day. Everyday O COMPETITION HOW TO ENTER Write the answers to the 10 questions below on a postcard. Or on the back ot a sealed envelope along with your name, address and telephone number and send It to: Grand Quiz April Amiga Formal 30 Monmouth Street Bath Avon BA1 2DL Please state which day out you would prefer to win.
To reach us before April 16. You can enter as many times as you like provided that each entry is posted separately.
Please don't include your entries with any other form of correspondence lo Ihe magazine, because the way we file things will lead to your entry not receiving the attention it rightly deserves.
THE NEW WEMBLEY STADIUM TOUR - A family of four will have the chance to visit, and indeed tour the most famous stadium in the country.
The TV Studio, the Royal Box, the Changing Rooms, you'll see all this and more. Plus you'll get a football signed by Gazza!
THE RULES Employees of Future Publishing and Empire Software may not enter (boo hiss!, we want to go motor racing at Brands Hatch tool). Everybody else may enter, regardless of age, creed, colour, or sex. Amiga Formal is an equal opportunities magazine.
Entries will be drawn from a hat (albeit a proverbial one) after the closing date, and winners will be notified in the June issue of Amiga Format.
There are certain risks involved with the prizes.
Entrants must be aware of such and understand that neither Future Publishing or Empire Software can be held responsible in case of accident.
Entrants for the Brands Hatch Supertrial must hold a full UK driving licence.
Entrants to the Belfry Golf part of the compo should have a handicap of 24 or less.
101 APRIL 1993 TAKE A TENNIS LESSON BY THE RIVERSIDE - With 12 indoor courts, and 14 outdoor ones. Riverside is one of the country's top racquet clubs. Stefan Edberg. Pat Cash and Jeremy Bates have all played here, and you and a friend can enjoy the facilities of this exclusive club for a day, with the winner taking a free tennis lesson!
Quiz for April g day out 1 What’s the 19th hole on a golf course? M Which tennis player was the frequent companion of Cliff Richard during the EE early Eighties?
Who was the first black man to w in Wimbledon? Who was the last English driver to w in the Formula One title before Mansell?
What nationality was Fangio? Which club did Graeme Souness manage before Liverpool?
4 Which two English Premier League clubs has Frenchman Eric Cantona played Did Bobby Moore play for West Ham or Fulham in the 1975 FA Cup Final?
For? M What is a one wood also know n as? 10 What is ihe highest position a British skier has finished in a World Cup downhill?
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EHTIXM1A Cups Off If Hmiff Hev And Mouse 2one:l Dec CHOOSE End If If House Hey ond House 2Dne:2 Inc CHOOSE End If If House Hey ond House 2one~3 Then End If CIIK'SE 29 Tl.en CHOOSER If CHMSECl Then CHOOSER Looite 1,5 : Cline : Pnnt HMESftfHOOSEJ
M. ut 28 Soto tWMOOP Peoeedur'B EHTEEIAU Shtf-ed Foe DJIWES:1 In
28 Input "Input iiu: ’ :NMSS IMflJE$ ) Next Here's the main
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clicked on. Once a Zone has been set up. It's so easy to find
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It's much friendlier than relying on the keyboard.
Listen to the Base You've programmed games with your AMOS Coverdisk, now try your hand at a serious application - a database, which will also teach you some valuable programming techniques... MANY PEOPLE WHO have been using their AMOS Coverdisk. And who have been following Ihis series, should now be able lo design games on iheir Amiga using Ihis excellent programming language. Bul a lew people may be interested in producing something a little more serious. And what could be handier than a small databank system eh? But the main point is that apart from creating a handy little database, it
will help you learn certain programming techniques. Obviously, using Ihe same techniques you could build a much larger database system, using the same mouse control and search facilities for storing and retrieving data, and even printing it out lo paper for a full report.
The program you're going to create is simple in concept and function - it can accept a series of names and phone numbers, sort them into alphabetical order and allow' you to access each entry via the mouse. It's not so much a database, where retrieval and fast access to all entries is a priority - such a program would run lo about 10 pages worth of code. This database is just the bare bones of a program, and uses 'arrays' lo store and manipulate the data (the names and numbers) that can be input at any one lime.
To sort the names and numbers use the SORT keyword. A unique addition to AMOS which will sort the contents of an array from lowest to highest: so 3. 5, 4.
2. I becomes 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 and B. E. C. . D. A becomes
A. B. C. D. E. This example generates random letters and then
sons the into alphabetical order: Screen Open
0,640,200,16,Hires Dim NS(25) Locate 0,0 For A=0 To 25 NS (A)
=ChrS (Rnd(25) .65) Print NS(A);* Next A Sort NS(0) Locate 0,5
For B=0 To 25 Print NS(B);" *; Next B This code is basically
how the son works. Son is very fast, it can sod 50 entries in
about 0.22 seconds, on an unacceleratcd A2(HX). Once your
dimension arrays, fill them with text and son them into
alphabetical order so that you can search them using the MATCH
keyword, and then print out the results of your search.
Are you DIM?
Arrays are very useful variables which can store large amounts of data which is somehow linked. Arrays are best thought of as pigeon holes at a post office. Before you can start loading data into an array, you have to dimension it. Arrays can have as many dimensions as you want them to. For example if you type: Dim N(10) you will have created an array with 10 locations ready to be filled. Imagine a row of 10 empty boxes waiting to have something put into them. If you type: Dim N 10,10) this represents a row of ten boxes, but ihis time you should try and imagine a row of boxes 10 wide and 10
deep, containing 100 locations in which you can put data. So if you type: Dim N(10,10.10) APRIL 1993 You have a 3D array with 10 wide. 10 deep and 10 long, or a huge cube. (Note: it's bit hard to imagine a pigeon-hole system which would enable you to pul anything into the boxes in the centre of the cube, but this is computing, where anything is possible!) That's 10 x 10 x 10 boxes which equals 1.000 locations into which you can put data.
In these examples you can only put numbers into these arrays, because they have no S symbol after the name. So for names and numbers you should dimension an alphanumeric (characters rather than numbers, think alphabetic) array like so: Dim NS(IO) for 10 names. Simple. The same rules for normal variables apply.
AF DataBank The little DataBank watches and calculators are great fun. And very handy if you've got Ihe memory of a goldfish. Rather than write down all your phone numbers. You can load them into these units and they are automatically sorted into alphabetical order, and you can slep through them using the back and forward keys on the front of the unit.
This month's program is a Databank simulator, which performs all the same functions of these units using AMOS. In order to create a simulation of these items, first think about how the program will look on the screen. Because no graphics screens have been loaded, create your own screen graphics using AMOS commands. The screen is created using a procedure Rem ** •* Rem** AFDataBank v 1.0 ** Rem ** *• Rem **(c)1993 Amiga Format ** Rem ** •• Reserve Zone 3 Dim NAMES$ (20) CHOOSER) _DATASCREEN _ENTERDATA MA1NLOOP: Curs Off If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=l Dec CHOOSE End If If Mouse Key and Mouse
Zone=2 Inc CHOOSE End If If Mouse Key and Mouse Zonc=3 Then End If CHOOSE 20 Then CHOOSE=20 If CHOOSEcl Then CHOOSE=l Locale 1.5 : Cline : Prim NAMESS(CHOOSE) Wail 20 Goto MAINLOOP Procedure _ENTERDATA Shared NAMESSO For ENTRIES=I To 20 Inpul "Inpul data: ";NAMES$ (ENTRIES) Next Cdown Centre "All daia banks full!"
Son NAMESS(O) Cdown Centre "All data sorted" Cdown Centre " press a key " : Wail Key : Clw End Proc Procedure _DATASCREEN Paper 8: Cis Ink 2 Prim "DataBank" Zoom 0.0.0.84.8 To 0.60.10.319,50 Locale 0.0: Cline Ink 9 Bar45.l70To90.190 Bar 135.170 To 180,190 Bar 225.170 To 270.190 Ink 2 That listing in full Box 45.170 To 90.190 Box 135.170 To 180.190 Box 225.170 To 270.190 Ink 2,9 : Text 62.I83." " Text 1S2.183," " Text 233,183."Quit" Set Zone 1.45.70 To 90.190 Set Zone 2.135.170 To 180.190 Sel Zone 3.225.170 To 270.190 Ink 9 Bar 10.60 To 309.160 Ink 2 Box 10.60 To 309.160 Paper 6 Wind Open
1.20.65.36.11 For NOISE=l To 500 Prim Chr$ (Rnd(25)+65); Next NOISE Clw : Print “ Amiga Format Databank " Cdown End Proc called .DATASCREEN. which starts like this: Procedure _DATASCREEN The procedure is opened and given a name with an underscore character at the front, so call the proc w hatever you like. Next set the paper colour to colour 8 of the default palette, which is one of the three greys (colour 7. 8 and 9) and clear the screen: APRIL 1993 Paper 8 : Cis Next set the ink colour to 2 (white) and print the title of the screen at the lop of the screen: Ink 2 Print
• Databank" This is a bit small and puny, so try and ZOOM it up
in size: Zoom 0.0,0.84,8 To 0,60,10,319,50 Locate 0,0 : Cline
The ZOOM keyword takes an area from a specified screen and
magnifies it. Placing it on another screen which you specify.
In this case miming up an area of screen 0 on to screen 0. The
first 0 is the screen being zoomed from. 0.0 is the top left
comer of the zoom area, and 84.8 is the bottom right.
This invisible box encloses the text that you typed and prepares it to zoom. The next bit of the command after the TO states that you are printing the zoomed area to screen 0. And this time the top left comer w ill be 60.10 and the bottom right 319.50. After a little experimentation you will find this will position the magnified area clear of the original text, and it will also centre it on the top of the screen.
After you've zoomed, erase the original text with a locate call to the top left comer of the screen, and a clear line or CLINE command.
Next draw the buttons. These sit at the bottom of the screen, and their positions arc worked out by dividing the width of the screen by 7 and coming up with 45.
The buttons and the spaces between them are all multiples of 45 to give you three buttons, evenly spaced. The height of the buttons is the difference between 170 and 190. The Y axis numbers on all three, which means that each button is exactly 20 pixels high.
Ink 9 Bar 45,170 To 90,190 Bar 135,170 To 180,190 Bar 225,170 To 270,190 Ink 2 Box 45,170 To 90,190 Box 135,170 To 180,190 Box 225,170 To 270.190 The buttons are first made by drawing a rectangle w ith BAR in ink 9, and then bounded by a box using BOX in ink 2. The text in the buttons is done using graphic text, rather than the usual kind, to ensure that the text can be positioned exactly in the box.
Ink 2,9 : Text 62,183.' * Text 152,183," ’ Text 233,183,"Quit* So the buttons are now graphically represented on the screen. In order for you to be able to sense the buttons w ith the mouse, you should set up zones around them with the SET ZONE command. This is simply a matter of draw ing an invisible box around the buttons so that later you can ask the program to check if they arc being 'pressed'. The zones arc easy to set as the coordinates are identical to those used to produce the buttons: Set Zone 1,45,70 To 90,190 Set Zone 2,135,170 To 180,190 Set Zone 3,225,170 To 270,190 Zone I is
the button marked . Zone 2 is the button marked and the last zone is the button called Quit.
These zones must be reserved at the beginning of the program for them to work, so you have to add a short statement: Reserve Zone 3 at the front. This allocates 3 zones for the use of the program.
Next you want to have a window in the middle of the screen. To ensure that no text spills out of the window to spoil your screen (should anything go wrong in the program) you can limit the flow of text to an area of the screen called a window . First you draw a bar and box for the window to sit on.
Ink 9 Bar 10,60 To 309,160 Ink 2 Box 10,60 To 309,160 This sits on the screen in the centre below the title and above the buttons. To limit the text to an area of the screen you open a window within the area you've just drawn on screen.
Paper 6 Wind Open 1,20,65,36,11 The paper colour is set to 6 (blue) and you open window I starting at screen coordinate 20.65. The window is set to be 36 characters long by 11 tall. (If you wanted to have more information in the window you have to SCREEN OPEN a hi-rcs screen before you start, giving you room for twice as many characters.)
The next bit is a little special effect. The screen fills with random text and then clears with the CLW command and prints up the words 'Amiga Format DataBank'.
For NOISE=l To 500 When you have input 20 different pieces of textual information, the program will put up this short message to show you that it has finished. Press any key you like to get to the actual viewing of the data. That's much more impressive.
Print Chr$ (Rnd(25)*65) ; Next NOISE Clw : Print " Amiga Format DataBank " Cdown End Proc Anil that is ihe basic screen selup. All the graphics commands were arrived at by a mixture of thoughl and planning, wilh a little bil of irial and error thrown in for good measure. Try a box on screen and see if it looks right. If it doesn't then go back to the editor and do it again adjusting the figures a little.
The other procedure in the program is the _ENTERDATA subroutine, and this simply takes the lines of data from the keyboard and stores them in an array called NAMESSt).
Procedure _ENTERDATA Shared NAMESSt) This opens the procedure and tells the proc that Ihe array NAMESSt) has actually been defined at the beginning of the program. All variables are local to various parts of the program unless you specifically tell ihe program that ihey are to be shared or global.
Next you take in the entries and store them into the array: For ENTRIES=1 To 20 Input "Input data: ";NAMESStENTRIES) Next Cdown Centre "All data banks full!"
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Prompling you lo inpul ihe data. As llic variable ENTRIES is incremented each lime ihe loop goes around, the nexl pigeonhole in ihe array is filled wilh Ihe nexl bil of data lyped in al Ihe keyboard. When ihe loop is finished, when all 20 holes arc filled, ihe com- puler should say thal all arc filled. This is done simply by priming Ihe line Ihal all data banks are full in the centre of the window. (Note ihal all screen printing and centring commands arc now referring lo ihe w indow and nol Ihe whole screen.)
So now you have a filled array. This array is then sorted using the command: Sort NAMESS(O) which sorts Ihe named array from smallest lo largest.
All your entries, names and numbers are sorted by ihe first Idler. You must be sure lo add no punclualion lo the entry or any odd characlers - jusl in case this disrupts ihe sort procedure. Every entry musl be on a single line.
All ihal remains is ihe main body of ihe program, which runs everything. Having set up ihe screen and entered ihe dala you are ready to use Ihe DataBank for accessing names.
As well as ihe reserve zone line, you also have lo dimension Ihe array NAMESS and sel a variable called 'choose' Io 0.
Dim NAMESS(20) CHOOSE=0 Follow w ilh calls Io ihe procedures you've written: _DATASCREEN _ENTERDATA ihcn you're ready for ihe main loop. Al the start of ihe main loop, you have a little series of lesls lo see which button on screen you have clicked on wilh Ihe mouse.
If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=l Dec CHOOSE End If If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=2 Inc CHOOSE End If If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=3 Then End If the left mouse button is pressed and ihe mouse pointer is in zones one or iwo. Then ihe variable CHOOSE is INCrcmcntcd (added) or DECrememed (subtracted) Io give you the nexl or previous entry in our little database. The following lines: MORE AMOS If you want to know more about AMOS. It's a good idea that you get the manual and examples disk (to go with your FREE copy of AMOS) from our mail order department on Pages 150-152. If you don't have the issue with
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There are also a number of books on the topic out at the moment, like Phil South's Mastering Amiga AMOS (Bruce Smith Books), a good basic beginner's guide. On a higher level there's the excellent Amiga Game Maker's Manual by Stephen Hill (Sigma Press 0923 53103S) and also one by Totally AMOS authors Len and Anne Tucker, called AMOS In Action (Kuma Computers 0734 844335).
If CHOOSE 20 Then CHOOSE=20 If CHOOSE 1 Then CH00SE=1 Check lo see if ihe entries you've chosen push the CHOOSE variable above 20 or below I. which arc both outside the array's range. If ihis is the case then the variable is slopped al the lowest point.
Locate 1,5 : Cline : Print NAMESS (CHOOSE) Now you come lo ihe line which prints the chosen entries on screen. Each lime ihe loop goes around Ihe cursor locates lo location 1.5. clears Ihe line and ihcn prints up the current entry. As you ’inc' and 'dec' Ihe CHOOSE variable with ihe on-screen buttons, the entry changes.
A 20 click wail is pul in the end or ihe loop goes around loo fast causing a flicker. This means you to have lo lei your mouse linger on the button before the button press gels sensed by Ihe loop, bul it’s a small price lo pay for a more controllable loop. Wail 20 is only 2 5ths of a second though, so don't worry loo much.
Wait 20 Goto MAINLOOP The Iasi line sends you back lo Ihe label MAINLOOP.
And Ihe entire process starts again. The button is sensed, and ihe CHOOSE variable is moved back and forth.
Program Enhancements 107 The program can be improved in a number of ways, which you might like lo try and do yourself as an exercise. Firstly you can use the MATCH keyword lo search for a certain lelter al Ihe beginning of ihe entry.
So you could load up all ihe entries beginning with S. for instance.
APRIL 1993 Also you could load a graphics screen wilh a more exotic design on il. You could also add more buttons for more functions, like lime and dale, and also add a loading and saving numbers feature lo save you having lo type them in all the lime. Or how about automatically loading the numbers on startup and automatically saving them (along wilh any new ones) al the end?
The loading and saving arrays is achieved by saving ihe array dala as a file lo disk, or loading il FROM disk into an array. The simplest way of doing Ihis is lo use ihe scquenlial files feature (which will be covered al a later dale). If you want lo go ahead and try il anyway. Read the bil in ihe AMOS manual about sequential files. You jusl open a channel lo ihe disk: Open Out 1,"names.seq" For A=0 To 20 Print 1,NAMESS(A) Next A Close 1 and do a for next loop lo prim the entries lo Ihe disk, nol forgetting lo close ihe channel after you've visited Ihe disk. 1) ANY QUESTIONS If you have
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Don't concentrate too hard on wrist snap - concentrate on the double-click more (wrist snap only adds 10 per cent more power).
Get used to less difficult clubs first such as the three wood with its larger strike bar.
Sleepwalker To find COMIC: C is above the shop canopy and to the left of the Nite club; O is past the bouncer; M is past the sewer water to the left" I is up and to the left past the telegraph cable above the car; and C is along the top right of the map.
Secret passage: Pick up the beard near the first C. go to the sewer exit near the traffic lights, hit the four arrows. Go through the sewer to the right.
Trolls Enter Soda pop level, but before hitting fire, push up on the joystick and hold down K while pressing the fire-button to begin the level. Release the key only when the level has started. Now press Escape to complete the level.
STREETFIGHTER 2 Select one player mode, then wait for the character selection screen.
Place the cursor on Blanka. But don't press ‘au the fire-button to select ST. him. Now type in PATIENCE, and the screen should flash. If you now start the game using any character, you can press F10 to restore your energy to full.
David Smith, Hertford APRIL 1993 Enter code: 00000 01000 MTPN8 4NPBI to give you several millions of dollars, and take you to level four; 43143 067KO 01EVD 571RQ to give you thousands of dollars, and take you to level five; or 00000 02TT1 10A2J 45TOT to give you a Ferrucci bike, and also take you to level four.
Don't try this at home. Kids. Feeling a policeman's bot* Also, there's an easy way to tom will not repeat not give you more credibility. Qualify more difficult levels.
Here's an example code: 14631 100BC AB022 47tQA The first five digits represent your placings in races, in this case that's first fourth, sixth, third and first. To progress you must finish within the first five, so the trick in creating your code is to make all the digits less than five, but make sure that your placings add up to the original total. Change the sixth to a fourth, then make one of your firsts a third, so your code should now read 14433, and hey presto! When you enter your code you will be promoted to the next level.
Thanks to James Hazell of Chepstow who wins a £25 voucher for his tips.
Game Busters "I remember the days when games were played properly, and where cheating was frowned upon, not positively encouraged!" - Sod off grandad.
Here's Andy Nuttall with some cheats and tips... ROAD RASH Here are a couple of cheat codes for Electronic Arts' bike racer, so you can beat your Mega Drive-owning friends... PREMIER MANAGER Want to know how to improve the capabilities of your football team? Cunning use of the telephone in this rather excellent football management game could bring you riches beyond belief - if you follow our guidelines direct from Gremlin... By dialling any of the following numbers into the telephone, you will be able to improve your team's capabilities. These cheats will only work on the first player in a
particular position, so if you want a strong strike force you must enter the corresponding number, move your striker out of his position, then re-enter the cheat.
The cheats will change the player's names.
Number Effect HA TK PS SH AGE 753423 Manager's name becomes Gremlin Cheat and keeper's stats change to 99 1 1 1 18 250967 Manager's name becomes Mansell Cheat and defender's stats change to 1 99 1 1 18 000123 Manager's name becomes Lotus III Cheat and defender's stats change to 1 1 99 1 18 220769 Manager's name becomes Zool Cheat and defender's stats change to 1 1 1 99 18 781560- Manager's name becomes ROF Cheat and defender's stats change to 99 99 99 99 99 ‘Also gives a bank balance of £20,000,000.
But you can use the 'change name' facility to change them back.
When starting a new game enter four names - your own, and three dummy ones. Enter the ROF Cheat on the three dummy teams, then sell your players to the dummy teams for £20,000,000 a time. Buy players from the dummy teams for the minimum asking price, then make each fictional manager hand in their resignation in front of the board. Eventually you'll have a team full of the best players, and a bank balance of over £60,000,000!
You might not be quite ready to take on the might of your AC Milan's. Barcelona's or Real Madrid's, but you'll certainly see an improvement out on the park.
A - ZANTHIA'S LABORATORY B - OUTSIDE ZANTHIA'S C - FOUNTAIN OF MAGIC D - FLAMING TREE E - SPARKLING WATERFALL F - ROYAL CHALICE G - FAUN'S HOME H - CRYSTALS OF ALCHEMY I - TROPICAL LAGOON •o •o UJ Legend of Kyrandia Last month's GameBusters covered the travels of Brandon across the first three levels of this excellent fantasy adventure. But if you're still having trouble, then here's the solution to the final two chapters, leading to the defeat of the evil Malcolm... CHAPTER FOUR - FAERIE WOOD You should now he inside Faeriewood. Wander around until you are knocked oul by a falling iree branch
- this could happen ai any poim in the woods. Zanthia the Alchemist will appear and drag you off to her laboratory and then wake you up.
Zanthia will discuss the state of your quest, and ask you to retrieve some magic water from the fountain. Go off in search of it. But make sure you take a flask with you. When you get there you will be accosted by Malcolm again. He will be unusually pleasant, and w ill only break the fountain by removing one of the crystal orbs.
To repair the fountain, you must retrieve the orb from the Flaming Tree. Freeze the Iree first by reading Darin's scroll, then pick up the orb and replace it in the Fountain. It will rejuvenate, and you will be able to fill one of the flasks you found in Zambia's laboratory.
Drinking some of the water will activate the blue gem on your amulet, and enable you to perform some minor enchantments.
When you return to the laboratory. Zanthia will tell you about your royal heritage, give you some clues about the powers of her potions, and then ask you to get her some blueberries to mix into a potion which might help you.
The blueberries can be found at the Sparkling Waterfall. When you return from there. Zanthia will be gone. The rug on the floor will be rumpled, and if you explore further you will find a trap-door that leads to an area of Faeriewood behind Zambia's home.
The main problem facing you within Faeriewood is in making potions. You can make red. Blue and yellow potions by placing specific ingredients into the cauldron. A flower and a gemstone of the same colour will usually produce a potion of that colour: so a blueberry and a blue gem will yield a blue potion, while a yellow tulip and a topaz or an emerald will make a yellow potion. The exception to this particular rule is purple - a purple rose and a purple amethyst will not yield a purple potion.
R„jL ,¦¦¦¦ El's w mm !iX T T [e’t- [» r Some of the gems can be found in Faeriewood. But you may have to retrace your previous steps to get all the potions you need. To make a red potion, explore beyond the trap-door where you will find the tropical lagoon containing red orchids.
In the woods behind Zanthia's house, you will find the Crystals of Alchemy. These crystals enable you to mix different colours of potions to produce a desired cocktail. Mixing is easy - if you put a blue potion in one slot, and a red potion in the other, a purple potion will be produced, in much the same way. Red and yellow potions may be mixed to produce a useful orange potion. Watch out, though, because green potions are poisonous... Once you have mastered the art of potion making, you must use your skills to get the Royal Chalice. This can be located hovering in the air near the fountain,
and may be released by using the blue gem from your Amulet. The chalice still isn't yours, however, because a tiny faun will scamper by and pinch it. Chase the faun to his house. Before you enter however, you w ill need to drink a purple potion so that you can fit inside his front door.
Inside the faun's home, negotiate a trade in order to get the chalice back. The faun is only interested in apples, so if you still have the apple from Kallak's treehouse in part one. You should be OK. If you were greedy and ate the apple earlier, you'll have to scout around outside the labyrinth to find a second.
What's that? You mean you ate that as well? Blimey!
Fortunately for you. There's another one lurking around somewhere in the woods behind Zanthia's - this may not be there at first, but keep wandering around and it will appear eventually.
Right, got the chalice? Then you must make your way to the castle. Before you go there, make sure that you have everything you need - the key. The Royal Chalice and a flower - because there's no way back.
To get to the castle, you need to make your way across the water near the Tropical Lagoon. Stand on the small circular platform, drink an orange potion, and before you know it you’ll be polymorphically tweened into a beautiful winged Pegasus, which automatically Hies to the castle.
Danger points: as well as the poisonous green potion, there are a couple of other dangerous situations in Facriewood to watch out for. Just outside Zambia's door there is a huge frog sitting in the swamp with only his eyes showing: get too close and he will eat you.
Also, if you try and float across the water using the will-o-wisp ability, you will be eaten by a large fish that's extremely partial to w isps.
By the way. Both of these deaths are rather amusing to see. So it's worth saving your game before they happen, and then wading in... CHAPTER FIVE - KYRANDIA After landing and changing back into your human form, you should discover the graves of your parents.
Place the flower on the grave, and the ghost of your mother will appear, telling you that you need the chalice to defeat Malcolm. (This advice is a bit silly, really, because you can't return to Facriewood to get it. This means if you don't have the chalice now. You must reload a previously saved position and start again from there. Advice such as this should be inserted at the correct position in the game, or left out altogether). Your mother will also activate the red Amulet gem. Which enables you to become invisible for a short time.
When you arrive at the castle gate, you will find it's guarded by two gargoyles who will spit acid at you A - TOR OF THE STAIRS B - MUSIC ROOM C - BRYNN'S OLD BEDROOM D - ZANTHIA'S OLD BEDROOM E - DARM'S OLD BEDROOM at the drop of a hat (see final paragraph of Chapter Four). You must use the red Amulet gem to make yourself invisible before you approach them. Use the key in the lock, then w alk in.
Once inside, ignore Malcolm's house rules, and locate the Royal Foyer at the far end of Ihe Great Hall.
You'll need to find two keys which unlock the doors: the first may be found in the catacombs, while the other is upstairs in the Music Room.
To enter the catacombs, find the library, then stand on the revolving fireplace. At the far end of the catacombs you w ill encounter a Force Field which may be removed by using the blue Amulet gem. Several rooms beyond this there is a rock on the floor, under which you will find a golden key. After using the Blue gem.
You w ill need to wait a few minutes until the effect has worn off before you can activate the will-o-wisp gem lo explore the catacombs with full illumination.
In the hallway near the music room, you will meet Herman for the second time. This time, though, he's under Malcolm's influence, and he will attempt to return the saw to you by cutting you into small pieces.
You can make Herman sleep by activating the yellow Amulet gent.
To get the second key. Play 'Do-Fa-Mi-Re' on the bells (that's bottom, top. Second-to-top and second-to- bottom). And the key will appear from behind a picture.
Gel the Sceptre from the kitchen, then go and get the Crow n from the reverse side of the revolving fireplace in the library. To expose the reverse side, you must pull out four books from the shelves in a specific order. You w ill find that four books begin w ith Ihe letters O. P. E and N - which, surprisingly, spell 'OPEN'.
Cunning, eh?
As an added bonus, it's worth your while wandering around the bedrooms and taking a look at the different things you find - none are essential lo Ihe plot, but they can be funny.
When you open the Royal Foyer, place the Sceptre, the Crown, and then the Chalice on the red cushions in the alcoves - and make sure they are in that order. This will open the door lo the Chamber of the Kyragem. Where you will again meet the cruel Malcolm. Brandon will now punch Malcolm and knock him out. Hooray!
Go into the room with the Kyragem and then position yourself in front of the mirror on the right-hand side. You must then turn yourself invisible before Malcolm enters the room and casts the 'lum-to-sione' spell. If all goes swimmingly, the spell will hit the mirror instead of you. And then rebound and hit Malcolm, turning him to stone. This is now the end for Malcolm, and so Kallak is freed, and you've just completed the Legend of Kyrandia - congratulations!
OH NO!
IT'S THE PATHETIC TIPS!
We have an extraordinary bunch of crap tips for you this month, readers. First up I must mention the flood of letters we have received containing level codes for US Gold Delphine's Flashback. Nice work. Guys, but don't you realise that the game isn't actually on sale until April? Has anyone told you that copying games isn't clever or hard? Slapped wrists all round. I think.
Right moralistic issues and preaching out of the way. Let's get on with some seriously awful hints. Here's a letter from Graham Kavenagh of Dublin: "To get the Gremlin cheat one, (the one that's on screenshots) simply phone Gremlin!
You get the equivalent of Packie Bonner! Great innit? I can't get a defence for Liverpool though!" Er, thanks Graham. But what the hell are you talking about? And what's Packie 8onner got to do with anything?
Bizarre tip of the month goes to Jon Wilcox of Ashton under Lyne, who writes: "In Shadow of the Beast 3. When the spikes are about to kill the monster, pause the game and type in the fab words 'Amiga Format Special' for unlimited energy." 100 per cent for effort, Jon, but (yes, you guessed it) it doesn't work. Strange, that.
APRIL 1993 The height-of-cheek award for April has to go to Samantha and Gareth Evans of Chessington, who sent in a sheet of tips for our perusal. Hmmm, sounds interesting. Until, that is, you find that the sheet is made up of photocopied cheats from another magazine, cut up and pasted on! Incredible! Still, it takes all sorts I suppose... That's all for this month, folks. Keep the tips a-rollin' in! The weirdest tips printed might just might win an exclusive Amiga Format enamel badge. These exclude the kind of tips which we know are contrived, much like the You've Been Framed school of video
creation. Where people set up accidents on video just to see themselves on telly. These sort of tips will not be tolerated (unless they really make us laugh, of course).
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A) STARTPOINT Characters start at the ground level at 1.1. Begin
preparing them by selecting a weapon from each of their
individual stores.
Last month's demo: what a scorcher, but if you're having problems, here's the solution.
Hired Guns
B) IHJSHABLE BLOCKS At 1.2 is a particle beam rifle. This is most
useful in the Firelight later on. Use the pushable blocks from
1.3 to bridge the gap from 1.4 to 1.5. Ammunition for this can
be found later on.
C) FIRST ENCOUNTER Go through the door at 1.6 and dow n the
stairs. Around the comer and through the door, two Skeletons
will be active with a third emerging. Kill them. With the key
at 2,1 go through the nearby door and down the stairs.
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D) LEAMDILES Move down to 4.1. At the bottom of the stairs, two
creatures called Leahdiles will be waiting. The door directly
ahead is locked so turn right. This is the main room where all
the puzzles converge.
E) CO-OPERATIVE VENTURE Take two characters through the door at
4.2 and down the stairs. This puzzle needs two characters to
co-operate. Move one character up lift onto the ledge. The
remaining character has to move the two pushable blocks one by
one onto the lift and up to be received at the top. The
character at the top will use these to fill in the gap. There
are only two blocks in that room, three will be required. Get
an extra block from the main room at 4.1. Once the gap is
filled, pick up the key.
This will allow you part access to the main turbo lift.
F) THE EGG ROOM Send an armed character through the teleport at
4.6 into the room at 4.7. Collect the Psi-amp at the end of
the room then leave by the south teleport at 4.8. If you're
quick, you won't need to fire. The Psi-amp is used lo create a
bridge in front of whoever 'casts' it.
G) BRIDGE BUILDING Use this Psi-amp to bridge the gap at 4.9 and
collect the key at 4.10, Be careful to use the Psi-Amp twice
as there is a gap of two blocks. (Experienced - or foolhardy
- users can take a short cut by not bridging the gap and
falling down instead. Also, the Psi-amp charges saved can be
used to get the ammo for the beam rifle at 1.7.) Conserving
the beam rifle ammo until later w ill give you a belter chance
of surviving.
H) TURBO LIFT At 4.3. there is the other key required for the
turbo lift at 4.4. The lift will take the characters back to
ground level but you should find some interesting items there.
Pick up all you can then head back down the lift to 4.1. 1} WATER Send two characters down the lift at 4.5. Ideally CIM should be one of them since he can't drown. Equip him with a DTS if possible. Find your way through the maze to the lift at 5.1. Send a character up the lift to pick up a key (this key will be needed later). Bring everyone back to 4.1. Take a heavily armed and armoured character up the stairs at 4.11. There are two Leahdiles at the top who shoot fireballs. Once dispatched. Collect food and medicine from 3.1 and 3.2.
J) TELEPORTERS j-Mat Head dow n the stairs at 3.3. This room has
three rows of teleports crossing it. Step on 4.12 then 4.13.
Go through any of the iwo doors. As you approach a gap in the
floor, a block will fall. Use the Bridge Psi-amp to gel across
the gap and fetch the key at 4.14, pull the block back from
the door across the bridge to reveal the door (or get another
character to push the block from behind).
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That is the question. Mrs j Car|and Hayling Island As the first lemming reaches the left of the first platform make him dig down. Let seven or eight lemmings fall after him, then stop the rest with a blocker. Dig through the rest of the platforms in an erratic path, to prevent them from falling too far.
As the first lemming falls on to the bottom level, he will begin to walk right - set him as a blocker, so the rest bump into him and walk left instead. Then set the second in the line as a blocker when he's beneath the overhang in the middle of the level - so the first lemming continues to the left. As he approaches the left-hand platforms, make him build a bridge up to the first platform.
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Godhead I'm addicted lo Populous'. Could you inform me of ihe issue in which any pas! Advice has been published, so Ihal I can move on lo anolher game!
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Ihe ihing is I am having severe amounts of trouble gelling oil ihe firsi island of Midgard. I have placed ihe diamond and mncstone on lo ihe receptacle which is hanging from ihe tree, bul whal is ihe third item ihal is required'.’ Also, how do you decipher Ihe scroll found in the chest on the island which is guarded by ihe Seamonsier? I have managed lo gel lleimdall lo a runclore of 99. Bul he is still unable lo decipher il.
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Mr P Millard Cheltenham The tender which is mentioned in this ease is legal lender, or money, so pul the silver coin into the receptacle. In return you will get the spell to kill the evil Seamonsier.
Llte scroll in the elie.sl is a red herring, which you don't need to decipher to get on in the game. If you could decipher n. you would find that il is a recipe for scones which the programmer had cooked one das.
Itchy fingers In reply lo Robert Booth's query about Core Design s excellent Premiere IAFA5 - 89 per cent). I would like lo tell you ihe secret of the Bulldog's linger movements. Watch his hand, and when he has moved his fingers lliree limes il means he will reach for his gun - so shoot as quickly as possible.
Nexl lime, he will fire al you alter moving his fingers five limes, and finally four limes. By anticipating all of his quick-draws in ihis way. You should always manage lo kill him.
Martin Keen Southampton Thanks. Martin. must admit that although I fought and heat the Bulldog, I didn't realise that this pattern existed’ Bat 'n' bald Allhough I have come very close lo finishing Eire and Ice. I slill encounter the same problem on ihe third Temple level. I oflen cannoi complete ihe key. Despite managing lo kill everything in sighi. I have even found ihe secret room, bul this doesn't help. There doesn't seem lo be any pattern between completing and nol completing the key - and soon I w ill have virtually no hair lefl!
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Yelveston Unfortunately, your i uestion is a hit vague - we need lo know the name of the pan you're stuck on. Because the third level could in reality be either the third or the fourth level. Anyway. Andy llrayhrook of Graflgohl offers you the following lip: "Assuming you're actually on the third level, purl of the key held by the bat can be uncovered hs shooting the snoweloud or the ice crystal ball You may even gel one by shooting an ice block if you're lucky I hope this helps." Thanks. Andy.
APRIL 1993 Festive gardens Could you help wilh Curse of Enchantin'! I don't know how io pass the green man - I only have a paper clip and a money bag lefl. When I press LOOK. I gel a picture of a big green foot - ihis is driving me up Ihe wall!
Mrs C Officer Hartlepool Yon should have a match and a matchbox al this point, so if you haven't, retrace your steps and get them Now hide behind the pillar, then wait for the tridl to fall asleep Kan up to his foot, stick the match into it - then strike it! Tile troll will jump oul of the way. So pick up the fire extinguisher, and wail for Mr Ben to appear.
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AGA GG PACK (GRAPHICS + GAMES) FOR A1200, 4000 ETC. VALUF RRP| Personol Point AGA • Top reviews, impressive DP IV done with additional | Features inc imoge protesting, points in ony screen mode 69.99 Your choice ol Wing (ommonder AGA or Zool AGA ot Sensible Soccer AGA 34.99 5 Hoi List gomes (AGA compatible) individually boxed 174.9S Mkroswitched Joystick 9.99 Mouse Mot» Dust Covet 9.98 10 Blank Discs * 80 copoaty lockable disc box 16.98 Virus Killer 4.99 TOTAL VALUE 321.87 WITH AMIGA CDTV 89.99 SEPARATELY 109.99 STARTER PACK MAX VALUE RRP |
• Microswilched joystick 9.99
• 80 cop lockable disc box PLUS 10 blank discs 16.98
• 4 great boxed gomes See HOT LIST 159.96 Pfione lor current
choice OR Dpoinl ID +700 dip Art Prs grophics
• Mouse Mot ond Dust Cover 9.98
• 16 Doys Free Hotel Acromodolion in UK. Ireiond ot France • you
poy only foe meok TOTAL VALUE 196.91 WITH AAUGA CDTV 19.99
SEPARATELY 29.99 IHE HOT UST CURRENT TITLES VARY - INCLUDES:
Poperboy II Hunt for Red October Colossus Chess Blinky's Scory
School (under 12) Challenge Golf Bottleships Neighbours licence
lo Kill- Bond Gome Frankenstein Silkworm Hebcoptec jeep mission
93% CU Edd the Duck (under 12) Continental Grcus - 8 Int ccxe
circuits 92% AA Master Blazer • 3D sports Xenon - C+VG Gome of
the Month Onslaught - Format G 90% Ihunderstrike - Fighter
Right Sim + LOTS MORE - AT LEAST 25 TITUS TO CHOOSE FROM!
Ja AMIGA 1200 1200 2MB SD 369 1200 2MB 80MB HD 595 1200 2MB 20MB HD 499 1200 2MB 120MB HO ...735 1200 2MB 40MB HD .549 1200 6MB 80MB HD *68881.
1200 2MB 60MB HD 569 .875 Install disc and full 12 months relutn-lo-base warranty on all HO modejs I With Zool, Striker, Pinball Dreams and Transwrite ADD £19 " I OR SEE NEW AGAGG PACK BELOW NEW CBM 1084ST WITH TIU & SWIVEL STAND + LEADS £179.99 WITH ANY COMPUTER retum-to-bose worronty 2MB VERSION ADO £39.95' ' Top quality 3rd porty drives,
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VALUE RRP Epic Pock: Trivial Pursuit, lenguoge lob. AMIGA text
29.99 Epic, Rome, Myth 77.97 Dpoinl II! With animation 79.99
700 dip art pics graphics for Dpoinl III 9.99 3 disc Home Pock
ind. W Processor, Dbose, Spteodsheel 9.99 Virus Killer 4.99
TOTAL VALUE 212.92 WITH AMIGA CDTV 29.99 SEPARATELY 39.99 THAN
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80 Prog. Hobbyte PD Greets Pock II • Indudes top gomes like Battlecors, Stor Trek, Computer Conflict, Megobalf, dozens ol arcade classics, board classics ond shootem ups', Dpaint dip orl. Utilities Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Dalobose * Desktop Publisher ond the ultimate virus killers ¦ a must lor every new AMIGA owner! 39.99 TOTAL VALUE 513.71 WITH AMIGA 49.99 SEPARATELY 69.99 SPECIAL: ALSO 10 extra 'Hot List' games ADD 2S.00 WWW EXTRA PACK VALUE RRP
25. 99
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79. 99
9. 99 AMIGA 1500inc. On-site 1 Ful UK spec, with I MB RAM, mouse,
exponsionos 2000, leods, manuob New including Kickslort 8
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203. 90 lomes, BETTER 269.82 WITH AMIGA CDTV SEPARATELY ADD
£60.00 ADD £39.90 ADD £199.00 "“9' ‘o*ii Wmi an 4: Storter
Pock
f. , TO ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS PACK 3-13 YEARS VALUE RRP Youc choice
from: Fun School 2,3 or 4 (lot 3-9 yts specify oge, 9 diff.
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gomes in eoch pockoge, with beoutitul pictures exerting
onimotion • music ihot helps lo develop numbers, word • other
skSk. Up to 6 levels ol drffieufty (onlotms with Notional
Curriculum Merlin s Moths (lot 711 yrs) from the oword winning
Fun School' stable, 6 engrossing gomes lo teach essenliol
moths skills, in o woy children will love Spelling Fob (for
7-13 yrs) oil the lun ol the Ion on 6 levels mokes learning
spelling oddictive ond (cm, Includes 6 games plus 3000 wocd
dictionary - special selection ol wotds lac needs ol dyslexic
children « parents (on create ovm dictionary ol words
requiring special attention Edd the Duck (7 yrs) OR EH (7.
Yrs) OR Round the Bend 25.99 Hobbyle Primorory (specify)
fducotionol Pock, featuring up lo 12 leorn whde you twy gomes
19.99 Hobbyle 30 Easy Childrens Gomes, 10 pock dist including
train Set ond other lop entertaining PD titles 19.99
SpritzPoinl • 700 (lip Ad pics 89.99 inc. children. Fairytale
-legend chororters, Sport, (ortoons etc. Joystick 110 blonk
discs 15.98 TOTAL VALUE 197.92 WITH AMIGA CDTV SEPARATELY
SPECIAL: Each extra title from first selection odd just 15.00
© © o 10 00 is cs K E a © A 0 I iu j morion ono souna.
I 8 magical learning games at 3 levels.
Colouring, electronic fuzzy Felt'. FREE Toy ind wobbler.
Oword going 5 or 6 wondertul onimoled gomes. 24 OR Picture 8ook: 4 colourful ond amusing gomes from ex Fun School design monager will delight young children
89. 99
19. 99
19. 99
26. 96
221. 90
59. 99
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79. 99
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39. 99
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74. 97
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429. 82
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25. 99 1
209. 94
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Master 105.99 Opal Vision 24 bit
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timedigitiser 289.99 V lob 1200 4000 324.99 Exlra 2MB lilted
to obove 62.99 A590
20MB 259.99 A570 lot 2.04 1MB 500
309.99 20MB HD 600 1200 ....149.00 60MB HO
600 1200 ....199.00 A530 1MB
40MB ...648.99 A530 1MB
80MB ...748.99 A530 IMB
120MB .848.99 A530 1MB
213MB .948.99 AS30
68882 ......218.99
78. 95 47 95 52 99 49 99 65 00
78. 99
125. 00
34. 95 GVP H08 42MB ...284.99 80MB HO 600 1200
....269.99 GVP H08 80MB .368.99 120MB
HO 600 1200 ..369.00 GVP HOB 120MB____________458.99
MrcroboticsVXl30 25MHz.2l9.99 GVP H08 213MB 568.99 Vxl 30
40MHi .....339.99 tvs Tmmpcotd 42MB HD 279.99 2MB
Bursl RAM for obove 179.99 HARD DRIVES ACCELRATORS
A1500 2000 3000 GVP HC8 II40MB 278.99 G Forte
030 50MHZ 4MB ..998.99 GVP
HC8 II80MB 318.99 G force 040 33MHZ
2MB 1398.99 GVP HC8 II120MB ..388.99 Prog Zeus
040 28MHZ 4MB 1739.99 GVP HC8 II213MB 546.99 Prog
MmryWO 28MHZ (300)11349.99 G force 030 25MHZ 1MB 478.99
Sysquest removable HO 88MB 658.99 G Force 030 40MHZ 4MB
779.99 Exlro 2MB lined lo ony obove 62.99 EXPANSION A500 512k
Rom Exp-Clock 19.90 Al 200 32 bn 2MB exp POA A500- 1MB
exp .29.99 A1200 32 bit 4MB-6888I ....279.00
A500. 2MB, exp. Lo 8M8... 149.99 Al 200 32 bit 4MB-6B882...
349.00 CBM 2.04 upgrade kit 74.99 AI200 32bil 8MB-68882
549.00 A600 IMB exp (chip) 41.99 A500 Rom Sharer
1.3 39.95 A600 I200 2MB exp (fast) 117.99 A500
Rom Sharer 2.04 .....38.95 A600 1200 4MB exp (lost)
179.99 A600 Rom Sharer - 1.3 ...49.95 Chip fitting and
board upgrade ovoiloble, by our qualified engineers or DIY
kit______________________________ ..POA r$ ggS2, Gliien
120.0_____108 99 Slot IC20---------------11699 Slot l( 1009
pin col......156 99 Citiien Swift 9' col ..163.49 Stor
LC200 col .174.99 StorlC 24
20 ..183.49 SlorlC 244 00 24 pin......17349
StorlC 24 200 209.99 SlorlC 24 200
col ..248.49 Chinn 1240 ...176 99 Epson
10100___________189 99 Gliien 5200 24" 179 99 Gliien S200 24
col’ . 194 99 Griien S240 24 col’.....25999 Gtiien S24x
cof ...296.99 Sturtro Print Pro driver util s w highly
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Stand & Driver ' with Prim Monogcr WITH STUIW Mac WITH SIUTM
MO A10M HP Deskjel 500 .334.99 HP Deskjet
col’ ......424.99 HP Oeskjet 550C 544.99 HP Desk jet
Portable .....339.99 HP PoinljeP 639.99
BJIOexBubblcjelport ...204.99 8J 20
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8J20O .329.99 BJ 330 A3
469.99
8) 300_________ 33199 Star SJ 48_______________198 99 OKI 400
loser_____________449.00 OKI 410._____________649.99 HP
Inserter IIP ..649.99 QMS Ink Jet cof A4 __4999 95
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AUTHORISED DEALER • CITIZEN DEALER PLUS ACCESSORIES A500
Deluxe control centre . 44.99 Alien Baimon T? Joystick
.10.99 A600 Control Centre 29.90 Bug
Joystick .....11.99 A520
Modulator ....29.99 CDTV
Keyboard .54.99 MODEMS Supra 2400 * 5 yeor
warranty .. FLOPPY
DRIVES Zydec 3 5 external dnve. Donythovi. On off__ lumono
CAX 354 3 5 tuecnol dme. Bem (DTK exienal 3 5 dm Mod • 10
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MOMTORS ACCESSORKS CBM 1084ST including till * swivel *2
gomes 199.95 CBM 1084SD
monitor *
leads ......189.00
Philips UK 8833 MKII mon.-leodst Turbo Challenge »on site
219.99 Tilt ? Swivel stond lot Philips 8833__________ 12.99
CBM 1960 High res
monitor_________________________________________ -364.99
KAGA 14’ Mufti Sync for
1200 4000_____________________________ 429.00 KAGA 20- Multi
Sync for
1200 4000 1549.00 Philips
7CM Hi res SVGA 28dp inc. lilt 8
swivel ....259.99 NEC 4FG Multi Sync
________________________________544.99 Microwoy Fbcker
Fiat_________________________124.99 ICD Fbder Free Video 2
A500______________ 197.90 Flee. Des Fix
..... 196.99 SCANNERS A DIGITISERS Epson
GT 6000,600dpi 24 bit
A4 ......„ ..789.00
Epson GT 8000,800dpi 24 bit A4
_ ..1192.99 Power Hond
Scanner, 400 dpi, 64 Greyscale, Powerscon sollwoce 88.99
Power Hand Scanner os obove, V3 lor
1200 4000 .....104.99 Power Colour Hond
Scanner .219.49
Sharp JX100 A6 Sconner * sconlab s w up lo 18 bit
______469.99 Sharp JX 320A6 Sconner »s w up lo 24 bit
____________________898.99 Yidi Amiga
12___________________________________________________74.99
SummoSkelch IIA4 Tablet Drgrtise A3 Toblel Digitise
.319.99 529.99 Video
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EMULATION KCS Powerboord 146.50 G Gole
386sx 25MHz ..386.99 KCS Powerboord with DOS .188.49
Ggote 486SX .689.99 KCS
adaptor .59.99 GVP 286 lor GVPII
-530.... 146.99 AT Bridgeboard for 1500 199.00 AT
Once .....214.99 386 Bridgeboard
fori 500 ...299.99 GVP 40 4 for 1500 ....945.99 DISCS
10 Blonk 0S D0 discs in box 4.99 50 Blonk DS DD
discs....._.,I7.99 10 Blonk DS HO discs 6.99 50 Blank DS HD
discs 27.99 GENLOCKS Rendale 8802 (1200 compot) 139.99
VdeoPiclv330____994.94 Rendcde 8802SVHS 529.99
Rocgei-______138.99 BetDesPolGeriock__329.99
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• Cartoon Classics Gomes lemmings OR Zool 25.99 The Simpsons
Striker 24.99 Coptoin Planet Pinball Dreom 25.99
• Deluxe Point III with animation ? 700 dip Art pits 89.99
• GoM disc Office - WP * UK guess spelling checker, spreodsheet
database, gcopjucs - desktop publishing 169.99
• Edd the Duck 29.99 OR Round the Bend OR Digito Home Accounts
• Virus Killer Disk 4.99
• 80 Prog. Hobbyle PD Greots Pock - see Hottest lot Pock 39.99
• 4 disc DP pack inc. Fonts, Cip Art and Disc Tutor 9.99
• Hobbyle Primarory (specify) or Secondary Educational Pock 19.99
• 10 Blank Discs- 80 Copocitv lockable disc box 26.98
• Mouse Mol - Dust (over ond Joystick 19.97 TOTAL VALUE 488.85
WITH AMIGA CDTV 79.99 SEPARATELY 99.99 SPECIAL: Also with
Citizen 200 24 PIN Coloer Printer and Slortec Pock WITH
AMIGA CDTV SEPARATELY Homo Genlock... from Ihe oword winning
Fun OR ADI Junior (under S's) OR 6 HOT (1ST Gomes
• Hobbyle 80 Programme PD Greats Pork ¦ See Honest lot Hobbyle
Secondary Fducotionol Pock Microswitcbed quality joystick TOTAL
VALUE
* SCHOOL PACK Zool Number I (hortbusler 25.99 Slrier 94% (U AMIGA
25.99 Pinbcll Dreoms 94% AUI 25.99 Tronswrite UK WP
-Spellchecker 49.99 ADI French. Molhs or English (1115, specify
oge) ADI the lovable exlro terrestrial gifted teacher guides
you through National Curriculum. Ideally complimenls school
work.
SOFTWARE GRAPHKS CAD IV Text Pro ..68.99 Final Copy II 64.99 Alodm 40 ....213.99 Vrdec Duectoc 106.99 KindWorcklli 34 99 Amgoitan.------44.50 Video Master 48.99 Molj ton „ |4 34 J0 DeluxePointIV 53.99 EDUCATIONAL m Deluxe Point AGA .68.99 Any fun Sthod 3 or 414.99 „ „, ..Al Essence ..34.99 Any ADI 17.50 Pagestream 2.2 143.99 Expert Ocow ......48.99 Merlin s Maths 16.99 Pogesetter II 42.49 Goflery .39.49 Paint & Create......16.99 Pen Pal 14 52.50 Imoaine v2 109.49 Spelling Foil 16.99 Pecsonol Finance Prodcow 4 AGA POA See oho softwoce pocks iinnaon PI
in 31 99 Reol 30 UTILITIES Turbo Pro I 4 . 229.50 LANGUAGES Pro Po 4 AGA POA Scolo 500 ......64.49 AAAAXII Plus 249.99 Publisher 177.95 Scolo MM200 434.99 Amos 30 .21.49 Superbose Pro 4 148.99 Scolo Pro 1.13 .173.50 Amos ibe Creator 30.95 Wordsworth V2 73.99 Sculpt Anim 40 .198.99 Amos Compiler 19.49 Works Platinum 38.99 Spectra Colour......57.99 Amos Prol ......44.50 X(AD2000 ...89.50 losyAmos .....22.49 *U,S'G . „ XCAD3000 205.99 Cross Dos v 5 ..27.75 AO 10 l2Sludio 16 VIDEO PRODUCTION Directory Opus 4 49.49 Sampler 349.95 TITLING Disk
Moster II 43.75 Audio Engineer M«°9« .-...59.49 GFA Basic 17.99 Plus 2 Sampler 149.49 39M J.0"* ......Audio Master 4 44.49 Broodcast Ouoclec bock .30.50 s„„ , j. Tiller II -.148.99 Quorler bock Took 44.99 ..... Deluxe Photolob 51.49 Xcopy Pro ...34.95 ..... Morph. 128.99 APPLICATION GyPDSS Pro Video Plus .. .137.99 Areno Acrounls 89.50 Mnfi Interfoce 19.95 TV Show Pro ...51.39 Excellence 3 ...39.99 RomboMegomix 23.99 ORDERING: TlLUAill Not (0727) 8S6005 Some day despatch l» Switch or cwtr cord orders pkxed before 5pm subtecr to amiability Ahemctively send
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• Hobbvte Primorory Fducotionol PD Pock, containing 10 lun while
you learn gomes
• Hobbyle 30 Easy Chidren s Gomes Pock 10 Bjonj iscs, Joystick,
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extra title from first selection odd just 18.99 1500 PACK EXTRA
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programmes with onimolion ond sound.
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VIU-S .....1389.99 GVPIV.VIU-a 1759.99
Horlequm 4000 24 bh cord POA 24 BIT lGEOf l Special compacting
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Aiming for the crown currently worn by Art Department Professional, Gold Disk have launched Image FX. An image processing program with a difference. Not only is it AGA savvy, but Image FX also displays a preview image on screen and shows the effects of operations on it in real time. Sound good? Check out the full review on... Page 122 The Verdict, our at-a-glance overall rating.
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Image Image processing package ¦ £.249 ¦ GVP IMAGE FX is available from Silita 081-309 1111 Water Glass Distortion - the eyes and mouth ore the more obvious evidence of a foie. If you look carefully the distortions around the edge are like locks of hair.
The eyes and mouth hove been brought through from the same image using Rub- Through mode.
122 The stunning images reproduced on these poges only show a small percentage of what ImageFX is capable of. Apart from OpalPaint, no other package on the AMIGA comes near it.
IT'S TIME TO come clean. However good, fast and effective the paint and image processing software has been for the Amiga over the last couple of years, my enthusiasm has always been a bit choked after using a program called Photoshop on the Macintosh. I hear your accusations of disloyalty, but anyone who has worked with it has to agree that the combination of its simple interface and immense power is unbeatable - so far!
Yes. OK. ASDG's ADPro is pretty powerful and fast, hut what about simple paint tools'* No chance. Feathered edges for compositing? - 'fraid not! And that grey interface
- a few hours work and even our own Johnny Majorette can look
more psychedelic.
ImageMaster from BlackBelt is pretty good too I suppose - as long as you take a map to find your way back to the main screen. And again, no real edge feathering. In the middle of all this. InuigeFX from GVP comes as a breath of fresh air. And though it still isn't PhotoShop.
It is a huge leap closer. Only one other program - OpalPaint - gets nearer, and you have to buy a 24-bit buffer to get that!
Like OpalPaint. ImageFX looks strikingly slick and professional for an Amiga program, much like all GVP's products. The packaging, manual and icons inspire you with confidence, a feeling that grows when you sec the interface and start to play with the tools. The toolbox is a rather broad strip taking up about the bottom third of the screen. This can be greatly reduced if you can use interlace mode. In any case the right mouse button can be used to toggle the whole toolbox at any time - even during a draw ing operation.
All of the available tools are here: no menus are used. Instead you use a modified version of the standard Amiga GadTools cycle gadgets. These are an acquired taste, but once acquired they work well if the list of functions is not too long.
For painting there is a row of icons complete with tried-and-tested tools, some better and some worse than the Dpaini standards.
Curve for instance is still the simple Dpaini ty pe: it's about time for a more useful Bezier type curve though. Airbrush is much belter than the usual splatter, giving true smooth blends of colour in Spray mode, plus Smudge and Finger Paint, as well as many other draw - ing fill effccls - Malle. Darken. Lighten.
Colour. Gradiem. Colori e. Hue. Saluralion.
Value. Blur. Rub-Through. Trace Through and Add. All of these can operate through an X-bit grey scale Alpha channel (using the level of grey to control transparency) and at any percentage of Blend.
These effects apply to all of the drawing and fill tools: and so does one of the most important features of ImageFX - Edge Feathering. The greatest limitation of all previous true-colour systems for the Amiga has been the lack of control of edges, which is vital if objects are to be composited together without the joins show ing like some badly fitting 'rag' on a local politician's bonce.
Some programs have anti-aliasing, and some have a degree of edge transparency. But none - until now - have had the ability to blend the edges of irregular objects into their background smoothly. InuigeFX allows you to set the number of pixels that a feathered edge will have, and even whether the leather will work in from the edge or out from il.
As you may have realised. InuigeFX has a pretty good set of painting tools; but fundamentally it is an image processing, not paint, program. Below the paint tools on the control panel are a set of 15 named buttons similar lo those of ImageMaster. Each of these gives access to a 'palette' of tools grouped intelligently according lo function.
The range of image processing tools offered is not as large as ImageMaster's. And the control is not quite as complete as ADPro"s. But the simplicity and case of use is greater than either of these programs.
For an artist or designer who w ants a particular effect, this means he or site can just get on with the job without the program getting in the way. In any case, the Hook and Arcxx programs provided make up for limitations of control or versatility. Advanced users can add their own functions or modify the ones given and. For once, novice users can apply Arcxx scripts without any knowledge of programming at all.
That's a quick overs iew of the tools, but what arc they like to use? InuigeFX does all of its work on 24-bit files internally, but like ADPro and ImageMaster it has to use a normal Amiga resolution lo display the results. Like ADPro.
InuigeFX uses a simple, fast working display, though as well as ADPro"s grey scale you can also choose from 16 colour. 16 colour dithered and HAM. Like ImageMaster. The display (Tp IMAGE PROCESSING (WomanMixTiger) Even if there were no edge feathering (but there it he yelled!), air-brushing in Rub-Through mode enables you to smooth two blended images into one. Look especially at the way that the tiger's fur shows through realistically under the woman's hair on her forehead. This could not be achieved so sensitively in any other way.
DISPERSE AND BLUR (BevelShade) A more mundane use of image processing is to combine images such as these to provide a background for text of some sort. These four pictures (courtesy of Rakusen Photographic) were scanned in and reduced using Sixe Scale. To blend them together, the area around the junctions was selected and the Disperse Effect applied.
This left a slightly coarse grain so Convolve Blur was used on the same areas. The Bevel is just a simple Darken effect using a polygon tool, and the shadow is a Colour copy of the bevelled picture pasted down in Darken mode with Feather In as an Edge effect.
¦ft; m | V - s M 1 123 APRIL 1993 ft a: is always lull screen whether ihe image is a l.(KK) x 1.000 pixel scan or just a 60 x 60 brush.
The more subtle effects are impossible to see on ihis preview' so a slower 'render' can he made at a higher Amiga resolution or to another board. Some specialist boards are catered for - HAM-E. DCTV. FircCracker.
And GVP's own IV24 - and this list w ill grow.
If you have an AGA machine, a high-rcsolu- tion HAMS render is virtually the same as a full 24-bit image - to my eye at least.
Strangely, preview mode seems lo ignore the AGA completely, using standard Amiga 16 colour and HAM resolutions. Surely the S-bil display of Ihe AGA is almost as fast as standard 16 colours, especially on a 4(KK). An X-bit preview would be an advantage since 16 colours dithered is useless, and standard HAM is a drag if you don't have lo use ill All ihis is academic for now because ImageFX still seems a little buggy on a 12(H).
Cutting a brush or selecting an area to operate on often corrupts the screen. Closing the selection or brush usually returns the screen to normal. Overall though, using the tools and image-processing functions - even on a 12(H) - is light years ahead of any previous processing or paint program other than OpalPaint.
There are plenty of other excellent features and here's a quick run dow n of them:
• Virtual memory allows very large images to be worked on by
using part of the hard disk memory as if it were RAM.
• File conversion - between 25 or more different formats
(includes Mac and PC TIFFs).
(Interface) The toolbox is a rather broad band taking up about the bottom third of the screen. This can be greatly reduced if you can use interlace mode. In any case the right mouse buHon can be used to toggle the whole toolbox at any time - even during a drawing operation. All of the available tools are here; no menus are used at all.
(StoneHead) Having Feathered edges to brushes means that objects can be placed without any seams showing. If pictures with a similar orientation and light direction are chosen, a convincing collage can be constructed. Only the guitar looks odd here because it is lit from the left, unlike everything else.
(Vase&Orange) When you first glance at this image, it looks as though it's ray-traced; but it is in fact rendered and constructed completely in fmageFX. Wow!
VASE & ORANGE On Ihe down side (here are of course a number of things about ImageFX lhal could be improved. There should be more buffers, including a whole separate set of brush buffers with an easy visual method of selecting them.
If only GVP had taken the lead from OptilPainl and Personal Paint and used a visual file selection method, or at least full- colour picture icons. With lots of files you have to have an easy way to choose them. Text handling is weak, gradient ranges should be shown (and reversible) in the fill requester, and selections should he capable of editing, saving and loading.
On balance though, this has to be the best image-processing system so far on the Amiga.
Both ASDG and BlackBcIt will have to make their systems a lot more attractive and simpler to use to beat this little baby, for sure!
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ACCELERATORS POWER. THAT'S WHAT it s all about.
Pure processing pow er. A 68020 CPU as used in the A1200 is all very well, but programs like Imagine. Real .ID. Cinemnrph. Morph Plus and Professional Page use all this power and memory like there's no tomorrow.
A special chip to handle all that heavy-duty maths business would be useful, don’t you think? Plus, a couple of megabytes of 32-bit RAM for all those greedy programs wouldn’t go amiss, would it?
And this is where these two accelerator cards come into the picture. Both of them have a slot for a special chip for carry ing out floating point maths calculations, called a Floating Point Unit (FPU).
An FPU can handle maths much faster than the 68020 CPU. Because it's designed specifically to do this and nothing else. The FPU can IS A NEW AMIGA REALLY ON THE CARDS?
Rumours are currently circulating about a new 68030-based Amiga. Although Commodore have not confirmed or denied the gossip, it does seem likely that the gap In the Amiga range between the A1200 and A4000 will be filled. Such an Amiga would probably be in the sub-£1,000 price range, and thus in competition with these cards.
Be of two types: the 68881 and 68882. They are similar, but the 68882 is a slightly improved version, and it can be run at a faster clock speed, meaning that the calculations will be carried out faster.
Neither of these cards will make your shoot-em-ups run any faster, but flight simulators. Strategy games and other programs which require a lot of CPU use. Or take up a lot of memory, will benefit from the extra power - usually in the form of faster screen updates and improved animation.
In order to test these two cards in a real-life situation, we've used three programs: Syslnfo.
MRU and I isla. The first two arc Public Domain programs which run speed tests, and we are using the accelerated version of Vista.
Because it makes extensive use of the FPU.
And uses large amounts of memory. O It you think you need the expandability of a big box' Amiga, you may want to wait. But a hard drive and A1230 equipped A1200 will probably hold its own against any planned new machine. Fully equipping an A1200 costs more than the anticipated £1000 price point. So it's best done only It you really need the AGA modes now.
GVP A1230 GVP ¦ 0Mb - £399 (no maths co-processor) 5Mb - £468 (no maths co-processor) 8Mb - £986 (with 40Mhz 68882) If you've recently purchased an Amiga 1200, you will probably be revelling in your new-found computing power. But if you're into those power-hungry applications, maybe you need more memory. Richard Baguley examines your options for beefing-up your machine... 128 APRIL 1993 PERFORMANCE OF ACCELERATOR CARDS It you’re comparing cards, people will no doubt throw terms like MIPS. Mfiops and 32-blt memory at you. All this can be. At best, confusing and at worst completely useless.
After all if you're running badly written software on an accelerator card that runs 30 times faster than a standard Amiga, it's not necessarily going to run 30 times taster.
Thus, we decided to give you more than the basic facts and figures in the table below, so that you. The user, can really judge how useful these cards could be. We carried out five tests. The tlrst two give you Information on the speed of the cards, and the last three are an Indication of the sort ot improvement in performance you're likely to see. The speed figures for an A4000 are also given, but bear in mind that this machine uses a 68040 chip, which has many further Improvements from the 68030 (as used In the GVP card) and the 68020 (as used in the A1200). It also costs a lot more.
CPU MipsfU FPUMFIopsia REAL 30(3) Ftrace(4) Flight sinv5) A1200
1. 34 N A 1258
231. 41 Jerky MBX 1200
2. 93
0. 36 729
133. 88 Improvement' A3000
4. 14
0. 66 512
94. 02 Smooth GVP 1230
7. 05
1. 14 318
58. 41 Very smooth A4000
18. 86
4. 78 Not tested Not tested Not tested
• This was probably due lo Ihe presence ol Ihe extra 4Mb ol
32-bit RAM.
1 Central Processor Unit Million instructions per second. A rough measure ol the raw speed ol the CPU.
2 Floating Point Unit Mega Floating Point Operations. A measure ol the number ol floating point operations per second Iin millions) that the accelerator is capable ol.
3 A scene generated in Real 3D. For the accelerator cards, the Turbo version ol Real 3D was used Time to complete in seconds.
4 A speed test in the AIBB test program. It uses some parts ol a ray-tracing algorithm to test the Floating point pertormance ol the system. The result is the time taken to complete the test in seconds 5 A purely subjective opinion ol the improvement in the graphics ol two llight sims (AV8 Harrier and Red Baron) A120 MicroBotics IM MicroBotics I 0Mb- £199.99 4Mb - £299.99 8Mb-£399.99 (5 ACCELERATORS Availoble from Silica 081-309 Ull The GVP offering is based around a 40Mhz 68EC030 CPU and an optional 68882 FPU which has been slightly reconfigured to GVP’s requirements. Both of these and two
SIMMs (Single In-line Memory Module) memory slots fit on to the board, which can hold up to 32 Mb of memory. In order to reach this, the board uses 16 Mb SIMMs, which are not yet widely available. According to Silica, they should be on sale within the next few months, but prices have not yet been released.
The board itself is well constructed, with relatively little space unused, and no untidy leads snaking across It. There are a selection of jumpers controlling various aspects of the board, but most of these can be controlled via the software which comes with the board, as can the various registers of the CPU.
Fitting the board In the A1200 trapdoor slot is a bit fiddly, as It's a pretty tight fit. A small bit of plastic protruding from one end of the PCB also means that It's not possible to put the cover back on, but a small bit of trimming with a scalpel soon deals with this. Stick the cover back on. Power up and you're away.
The board Is auto-configuring, which means that you don't have to add anything to your startup- sequence to use the memory that's fitted to it. There Is a program which copies the Kickstart ROM into RAM memory, giving faster access, but this isn't vital. If you haven't got much memory, or don't want to bother, then just don't run this program. Because the ROMs In the A1200 are already pretty fast, the increase in performance is relatively small.
Also included with the software Is a diagnostic program called Uemlest, which tests the memory fitted to the SIMM slots. On this subject, it's only possible to use the more expensive 32-bit SIMMs in this card. The cheaper and more common 8-bit type cannot be used.
This board Is extremely fast. When running with software that uses this extra power, the speed increase is In the region of around 600 per cent. Only the A4000 runs faster. However, It is expensive. If you need the power and have the money, then this Is well worth considering. Another factor in your choice may be the rumoured introduction of new Amigas based around the 68030 (see box bottom left).
It's also the first accelerator card for the At 200, and I would hope to see more models of this type available soon from both GVP and other manufacturers. ® GVP 1230 SPEED • • • • • Only an A4000 performs lasler (bul It costs another 1,200 quid).
DOCUMENTATION N A No documentation supplied, but GVP's standards ot documentation are usually very good.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Just plug It In and torget It's there.
FEATURES • •• • No bells and whistles, but what's there works excellently.
VALUE • • • • Expensive, but good value. Worth the money It you can afford it and need the power Increase.
M 86% I accelerators 129 APRIL 1993 1X1200 Avoiloble from Indi Direct Moil 0606 43860 The Microbotics card is a memory and FPU unit, and It does not contain a faster CPU. The review model has a
14. 3 Mhz 68881 Floating Point Unit (FPU) fitted, but it can be
fitted with a 25 or 50Mhz 68882, which would give an
extremely large increase in performance.
The board also has one SIMM slot, which can hold up to 8Mb of memory. This has to be the 32-bit type, as used in the A4000. Neither of the accelerators reviewed can take the more common 8-bit types used on Pcs and many Amiga hard disks.
This is a well constructed board, although there is more space on it than the GVP model. However, there are fewer components. Fitting Is reasonably easy, although the review model seemed to need a fair bit of force before it fitted properly in the trapdoor. Plus, the board is set up so that the components face outwards when fitted, and given the stlftness of the trapdoor slot, you inevitably end up grabbing one of these components and pushing it to get the card in.
Once fitted, the board is auto-configuring, so no extra software is required. Workbench 3 automatically detects the presence of the FPU, and includes a library which enables software to use It. Software to test both the memory and FPU Is Included, as well as the PD utility AIBB, which provides various tests to check the performance of your machine.
If you've got 8Mb of RAM fitted to this card, then you will find there's a conflict with the PCMCIA card slot. In order to run your Amiga with the card, you'll either need to limit the memory on the accelerator to 4Mb or disable the PCMCIA slot.
There is software included which does this, but this is not a good solution. With PCMCIA hopefully becoming a way of not only adding memory, but also of connecting peripherals to your Amiga, this could become a serious problem.
The card also comes with software to test the memory and FPU, as well as the software mentioned above to nobble the PCMCIA slot. Also enclosed is the PD program AIBB, which is similar to Syslnlo, but does not give information specific to the A1200.
If you're running ray tracing or DTP software on a limited budget, this card could be a godsend. It provides a considerable increase in speed, and an easy and reasonably cheap method of expanding the memory of your machine. ® MicroBotics MBX1200 SPEED • • • • Speeds up programs that use the FPU. And adds more 32-bit last memory DOCUMENTATION • • • A single sheet ot double-sided A4. The basics are there, but not much else.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • A bit ot a pain to tit. But once it’s in. Just torget it's there (unless you're using a PCMCIA card).
FEATURES • • • • The PCMCIA card problem will become more Important In the future.
VALUE • •• • Very good value tor money.
79% Mi Undecided about a hard drive for your A500 or A500 Plus? Well here's a cheap drive that missed last month's roundup, and Richard Baguley thinks it's fab... AlfaPower HD External IDE hard drive ¦ £ 199 for 40 Mb. £349 for 120 Mb ¦ Golden Image APRIL 1993 " it's nicely designed, tough ond it's pretty fast compared to a lot of other hard drives" THE PHRASE THAT springs to mind is cheap. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.
After all. This drive comes in some £I(X) cheaper than the models reviewed in last month’s round-up. Mind you. As the saying goes, ‘you gel what you pay for'. Or do you?
Ll looks pretty basic: a sheet metal case and two push buttons on the front. One acts as a game switch, disabling iltc hard disk, and the other disables the memory . The four LEDs indicate power, hard disk enabled, hard disk in use and memory enabled. It's colour co-ordinated with the Amiga case, allhough the profile doesn't quite line up.
There's also a 25-way. Plug-shaped hole in the back, which is probably a throwback to SCSI-based models. You can't connect anything to this, as there's no socket fitted. There arc ventilation slots, but no fan. However, modem hard disks don't tend lo get very hot.
Even when they are run for long periods, so that shouldn't he a problem.
You can fit either one 3.5-inch or two 2.5- inch hard disks, although the latter are more expensive and require the use of a small metal bracket to fit into the case. The review model was filted with a 120 Mb. 3.5-inch Connor drive, and this would cost £349.
The disks screw directly on to the outside ease unlike the cradle used in other models.
This leaves the screw heads protruding from the side. This shouldn't be a problem, but it does look a bit untidy.
Power is drawn from the Amiga, through the expansion slot. I'd recommend that you Il's nicely designed inside, there’s a single PCB. And this is sparsely populated. It's got slots for memory, and a few chips, and acres of empty space. There's space for up to Xmb here, using Zig Zag Inline Packaging (ZIP) RAM chips instead of Ihe SIMM modules used on mosi other drives. The ZIP chips aren't as widely available, but Golden Image sell them for £69 per 2Mb. Fitting them is really a job for a professional, because they're extremely sensitive lo static.
Golden Image will also prepare the disk and install whichever version of Workbench you require. This is just as well, since the installation procedure is complex, requiring the installation of special device drivers and the use of software which has not been translated from the Gemian version very well.
Once il's set up. You can forget all about that, because it’s auto-mounting, and runs happily without any user intervention or special devices. There arc several utilities to test the disk and memory on the accompanying diskette, although some of these have not been translated from the original program.
This model uses only IDE drives, although ihe software disk includes a device sec about obtaining an external power supply. ALPHAPOWER HD especially if you're miming other peripherals Distributed by such as floppy drives or memory expansions. Golden Image as you run the risk of overloading both the 081- 365 1102 Amiga's power supply and the components inside the Amiga which handle the power.
Driver which enables you lo prelend lhal it's an SCSI drive. This doesn't mean lhal you can add SCSI drives because il's a software thing only. Quite whal use this is I don't know, but it's there if you want it. Although IDE is slower than SCSI, it still achieves a good data transfer rale of about 635K per second, and booting the machine up with Workbench 2.0 takes about 15 seconds.
And speaking of booting up. There is a problem with this. The drive seems to lake a few seconds to speed up. And the interface takes a few seconds to look around and sec what drives are connected. While all this is going on. The disk can't be accessed by the Amiga, and this leads il to think that there's no drive present, so it tries to boot from floppy. A quick reboot after a few seconds deals with this, so it's not a huge problem.
This is a nice drive, but it's fairly obvious lhal the designers have cut comers to keep the price down. The case is fairly lough, but the screws on the outside make it look rather untidy . The hole at the back seems to indicate that this model has been put together from bits left over from previous models, but if it works (as it docs), what's the problem with that? It's not the fastest mode available, but it's pretty fast in comparison with other drives.
The buttons on the front are a nice feature, allow ing you lo sw itch off just the hard disk but keep the memory running. This could be useful if you run any games that can take advantage of the extra memory.
There is no doubt about the benefits of hard drives, but if you're not familiar with the technical aspects of them, then this model should be approached w ith some caution.
However, if you're confident about this, or know a man or woman who is, then it is highly recommended. 'Zi speed • • • Transfer rate ot 635K per second. Slower than SCSI drives, but pretty last tor IDE.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Translated from the German. Somewhat dense, and no index.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Disk Is prepared and Workbench installed by Golden image. Just plug in and go FEATURES • • • • Separate game and memory disable switches are more than you'd expect lor the price.
VALUE • • • • • Excellent Loads cheaper than other drives, but not the same build quality as a GVP model.
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the usual push-button type to active lists, or pull-down menus and you can even define hyperlinks within text.
What's more. CanDo gives you extensive control over the look of these gadgets, enabling you to create anything from a weird and wacky fronlcnd. To one that fully complies with Commodore's Workbench 2.0-style guidelines (even on a 1.3 Amigal).
APRIL 1993 CANDO 2.0 is available from Silica Systems on 081 309 1111.
IN THESE EAST-MOVING limes, fads come and go - skalcboards. Deelee boppcrs and the Rubik's cube are jusl a few of the fads lhal have fallen foul of fashion changes.
Compulcrs have fads too. Remember all the excitement that accompanied the birth of the multimedia revolution in the late Eighties?
Virtually every computer magazine under the sun gave valuable editorial space to an application that hadn't even been fully defined.
To be fair though, multimedia hasn't suffered the same fate as most fads. In fact it has matured into a genuinely useful application that is now seeing sterling service providing the computer-illiterate with training systems, point-of-information booths and a whole host of other ncxt-gcneration applications. And the Amiga is still going strong in the multimedia market thanks to products such as CDTV.
AmigaVision and INOVAtronics' CanDo. And
- for an in-depth look at multimedia see the main feature on Page
29-35.
CanDo has been around for many years during which time it has matured into a powerful multimedia authoring system. Unlike pure multimedia systems such as AmigaV'ision.
CanDo's strength lies in its adaptability.
Whereas AmigaVision is strictly an interactive presentation generator. CanDo can be used for a myriad of different tasks, including software development. If your programming skills aren't quite up to scratch, then CanDo will even enable you to create fully functional programs with ease. Now that version 2.0 has arrived, it's better than ever.
Jason Holborn enters the buzzing world of multimedia with nothing more than his Amiga and a copy of INOVAtronics' new version of CanDo... Although CanDo was revolutionary when it was first released on the Amiga in August 1991 (see AF25 - 80 per cent. An early version of was given away on the Coverdisk of AF36). Much of its design is based around HyperCard for the Apple Macintosh.
The idea behind HyperCard clones is that applications and presentations are built from a set of cards which form a deck or stack. Each card is best thought of as a single screen or requester in your application, and can have a set of gadgets and pull-down menus assigned to it so that when the user clicks on them they perform a particular operation that you define.
ODD CIR 1 GARY I KICKSTART I RAM I DATA PATH I WHAT'S NEW IN VERSION 2.0 For existing CanDo users, version 2.0 has several new features which are really worth upgrading for.
Here's a rundown of the major revised features on offer with the latest release.
BUG BASHER - Bug Basher is an enhanced version of the verify option available within Ihe script editor. Its job Is basically to search through the current script for syntax problems, inappropriate keywords and missing quotes. Although BugBasher cannot trap logic errors, it makes the task of tracking down typos and syntax errors considerably easier.
SCRIPT BOOKMARKING - Script bookmarking provides a nice simple method of accessing scripts embedded heavily within an application. Simply by clicking on the bookmark editor tool while you're working on a script, that script will be added to a list ol marked scripts. When you want to edit the script at a later date, all you have to do Is select the bookmark option again and a list of marked scripts will be displayed. Script bookmarking can make application development considerably faster because you no longer need to flick (slowly) through CanDo’s menu system.
OBJECT LAYER TOOL - The object layer tool enables the user to precisely control the order in which objects are drawn when you move on to a different card.
DOS NOTIFY - With the arrival of Workbench 2.0, AmlgaDOS now enables any application to be informed when a file or directory has been changed (a file has been deleted, for example). CanDo can now execute a script when a particular file or directory has been tampered with.
SUPER DUPER - Creating a neat screen display consisting of lots of precisely aligned buttons was previously a bit of a hit-and-miss affair on earlier versions of this program, but its new super duper tool makes life considerably easier by enabling you to duplicate objects and place them at an offset from the original. All In all this Is an extremely useful tool.
IMPROVED UTILITIES - Several of the CanDo utilities have been improved considerably with the addition of Workbench frontends. In particular, both the deckbinder and multldeckblnder (both ot which were previously CLI-only) can now be run from the Workbench.
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let this put you off though - because CanDo is primarily an
authoring system for non-programmers. Its scripting language
has been designed with simplicity in mind. That's not to say
it's limited though. Far from it. Virtually every function
offered by a modem BASIC is there, plus quite a few extra
multimedia-orientated functions. A new. Improved manual helps
to make learning the language easy too.
CanDo really lets you go to town with your applications. Not only can you display pictures and read text files from within your application. But you can also build in animated buttons using Dpainl AnimBrushes, display ANIM-format animations, and even play sound samples. Surprisingly. CanDo still doesn't support Ihe new AGA chip set which is a real shame if you want to produce presentations that draw upon 256 colour or HAM-8 images and animations.
Although INOVAtronics have tried their best lo supply a selection of Workbench 2.0- like gadgets, you're still limited to creating applications in the standard Amiga screen modes. The AGA chip set's new 256-colour screen modes are perfect for multimedia work, so this is definitely a missed opportunity. To make the situation even worse. CanDo doesn't even handle the now aging ECS screen modes such as Productivity and SuperHiRes!
ConDo R500 EXPLORER QUIT I Unless you want your CanDo application to run on the Workbench screen, the screen editor is used to define the screen resolution and the number of colours to be used by a card. Each card can have its own screen set up and you can even drop an IFF picture behind it to add a bit of extra flair to your application. The screen editor is also used to control the format of the initial window opened by the card (all cards must have a window). Unfortunately, CanDo
2. 0 still hasn't caught up with either the new AGA chip set or
even Workbench 2.0 (let alone 3.0), so you're limited to the
standard Amiga screen modes with Workbench 1.3 window gadgets.
Undoubtedly the most powerful of all the editors on offer is the script editor which is used to define the operation of each and every object within your application. Each and every object needs a script file which is essentially a BASIC-like program that defines what happens when the user selects that particular object.
Don't let the thought of having to program put you off though - CanDo’s script language is very friendly and extremely easy to use indeed. In fact you'll probably be surprised just how painless it is to program some quite powerful scripts.
MAIN MENU CanDo uses a menu structure with the main menu at the root of the system. From here all other CanDo operations are performed simply by clicking on a gadget.
The main menu is split into three sections - a browse edit menu, a cards menu and the tools menu.
By far the most used of these three menus is the tools menu that contains all the editors that are used to construct each CanDo card.
BUTTON EDITOR The button editor enables you to create all manner of gadgets that can be clicked on to perform operations within your CanDo application. Although all buttons are treated the same, CanDo provides you with a wide selection of different button styles including Workbench 2.0-like radio checkbox and rolo gadgets.
SCREEN EDITOR SCRIPT EDITOR 'i|iwti«: ‘mimr twtt: ‘tiur On a more positive note, one aspect of CanDo that cannot be praised highly enough is its ability to control (and be controlled by) other applications and devices through Arexx ports. Simply by assigning an Arexx script to a gadget. CanDo can call upon the talents of other applications extending its power immeasurably.
Once your CanDo application is complete. INOVAtronics provide a sort of mini-compiler called DcckBinder that turns CanDo decks into stand-alone applications.
What's more, once a deck has been bound, it can be distributed without having to rely on your potential users owning CanDo. Bound decks seem lo run faster too. Which is good news if you're using CanDo professionally.
CanDo deserves the recognition that it has commanded for years. But even this latest release is not without its faults. The CanDo editor is still rather slow, moving between menus is a rather tiresome affair that can eventually lead to fits of frustration. If CanDo were as fast as it is sleek, it would definitely be Amiga Formal Golil material. As it is. You just can't help having mixed feelings about it.
Even with all that power on tap.
Gripes aside though, there's no doubting that CanDo is still one hell of a package. If you need to produce training systems or multi- media applications, you'll find CanDo a very capable package indeed. Even if your needs arc somewhat less adventurous. CanDo is worth considering. In fact there's very little that CanDo can't do!
SPEED • • Although CanDo decks run at an acceptable speed, Ihe CanDo program is still slow.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • The CanDo 2.0 manual Is certainly a vast improvement over Ihe previous one.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • CanDo still Isn't the sort ol program you'll master overnight. Perseverance is the key here!
FEATURES • • • • • The lack ot AGA support is a big disappointment. But there's little else to tault VALUE • • • • You can't say fairer than £130 pounds tor a multimedia package.
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UTILITY Directory Opus 4 AmigaDOS utility ¦ £79.95 ¦
INOVAtromcs Silica if you can think of a Shell or Workbench
operation. The chances are that there's a button there
that will'do the job.
Even if you can’t find the operation you want. Opus 4 provides a host of built-in commands that can be assigned to any one of the buttons, and several commands can be linked together on a single button (a macro, if you like), enabling you to perform several operations w ith a single click of the mouse button.
Opus 4 is an improvement on the other excellent Opus releases which have received very favourable reviews in AF (89 per cent in AfiO and 92 per cent in Af'39). You may think that £80 is a lot to pay for such a utility, but once you've used it. You'll never want to touch the Shell again. I've been so impressed with it that I'm sending off for my copy from INOVAtronics now!
Jason Holborn examines a new directory utility that can help keep your disks firmly under control.
DIRECTORY UTILITIES ARE strange beasts - although they don't actually produce anything, they're possibly the most useful program you could ever buy for your Amiga.
Unless you enjoy torturing yourself with the plethora of complicated commands that must be learnt in order to master Shell, a directory utility makes your life a lot easier, and enables you to perform the same maintenance and general disk housekeeping chores that were previously only possible with Shell.
With a program such as Directory Opus 4.
You can copy, delete and rename files, view pictures, play sound samples and do much more, simply by clicking on-screen gadgets.
INOVAtronics’ Opus directory utility has been doing the rounds for a fair old while, during which time it has established itself as the number one directory utility on the Amiga.
This is certainly no mean feat when you consider that its main rivals arc Public Domain programs such as Sid 2 and ClickDOS. Which can be picked up for little more than Ihe price of a disk. What made the original Directory Opus so special was its sheer power, ease of use and logical design - something that was sadly lacking from its PD counterparts.
Not wanting to rest on their laurels.
INOVAtronics have now launched Directory Opus 4. Which boasts full support for the new AA chip set Iopus 4 will happily display both 256 colour and HAM-8 pictures) and a far more configurable frontend than before. It is without doubt the most powerful directory utility available.
Directory Opus 4 provides you with two viewports, each of which can display the contents of a different directory. At its simplest level, these viewports can be used lo navigate your way around the directory structure of any disk simply by clicking on the directory you wish to enter. This is much easier than having to type a complex pathname at the Shell prompt, simply because its a more visual method of operating.
T he program also has an extremely useful new Tree function that enables you to view the entire structure of a disk as a series of linked sub-directories. However. Directory Opus 4 really comes into its own when you start to perform operations on the files and directories on your disks. Running along the bottom of Ihe Opus screen arc a scries of buttons, each of which performs a specific operation.
By default. Opus comes equipped with all the usual functions you'd expect to enable you to copy, delete, rename and view files. Indeed.
135 APRIL 1993 DIRECTORY OPUS 4 is available from Silica Systems on 081-309 1111 CONFIGURE IT OUT One ot the most powerful aspects of Directory Opus 4 is the extent to which It can be configured by the user.
Virtually every aspect of the program can be changed in some way to suit your individual m ds and preferences. Ranging from mere cosmetic changes such as screen and gadget colours, to more powerful aspects of the program's operation.
The most useful application of this feature is that all the buttons and pull-down menus can be individually assigned with any combination of the program's extensive range of built-in commands. These commands are what make Opus 4 so powerful - because several can be grouped under a single menu or button option. For example. You can assign an entire script to just a single mouse click, giving you far more control over AmigaDOS.
For those of you lucky enough to own a machine running Workbench 2.0 (or greater). Directory Opus 4 can also be run as a Commodity, making It an ideal addition to a hard disk-based machine with memory to spare. Like most Commodities, you can assign a hotkey to Opus 4 so that it can be instantly accessed from any program. Even if you don't run Workbench 2.0, Opus 4 can still be 'Iconised' Into a tiny Workbench window - It now permanently lives on my system.
Whenever I need to access Opus, all I have to do is to press the left Amiga button and 'O’ and I have instant access. Aren't Commodities wonderful!
Directory Opus SPEED • • • • • Because all the functions are built in. Directory Opus 4 is considerably faster than AmigaDOS!
DOCUMENTATION • • • • A hefty manual documonts every aspect of tho program in graphic dotall.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • If you can use a mouse, then you can use Directory Opus 4.
FEATURES • • • • • Directory Opus 4 has more bells and whistles than a fairground organ.
VALUE • • • • A touch on tho oxpenslvo sldo, but still worth every last penny.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE an occasional flutter on famous races such as the Grand National.
They win or lose - usually the latter - and then forget the whole experience for another year.
Regular gamblers adopt a far more professional attitude, and the really serious ones probably don't bet on the National because it's such a difficult race to predict. The form book, as they say. Goes out of the window. For one thing, the Aintree racecourse is the most difficult to complete in the world. For another. 40 runners competing for the prize makes a mockery of even the best racing system.
136 APRIL 1993 Professional gamblers always have a system which works by the punter giv ing horses a rating for how fast they are over a given course. By analysing the past performances, or form, of a horse, a picture is obtained of the one most likely to win.
Needless to say. Doing all the mathematics using a pen and paper takes many hours - but thousands of people across the country use just these son of methods, in order to obtain a cutting edge of success.
Enter a program that can make life an awful lot easier. ProPunter has been evolving since 1987. And it's got that robust feeling about it of a program that has been improved upon over the years.
To be honest, the cursor-controlled menus betray its PC origins - no WIMP (Windows Icons Mouse Pointer) system here, no mouse control at all in fact. Hard disk users have to run the program from the Shell, which means it’s a bit of a pain to use.
STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH riding on it. The better the popular opinion of a horse, the poorer the odds you get from a bookie.
However, it's because many punters choose their horses because of Its name, or because its the favourite that an expert system like this Is worth buying. An expert system is the computer equivalent of a real-life human expert. You teed In all the information It needs, and it gives you the computer answer to a problem. Expert systems are the nearest thing we have to artificial people inside computers. And this is a damnably good one.
This program doesn't just look for the winning horse.
Instead, it computes a horse's value. A valuable horse is one which has a very good chance of winning a race, but with odds that make it seem unlikely to win.
Valuable horses theretore have good odds and are the best ones to bet on; whether you put your money on it to be the outright winner, to be placed (finish in the first two), or whether you go for an each way bet (the horse finishing in the tlrst three).
Usually, the odds that you are given by a bookie are simply the end product of how much money is You have to carefully enter data from one of the better papers dedicated to horse racing, such as the Racing Post or the Sporting Life.
Don't use a daily paper, because it won't provide you with enough information. While you are learning the system, you are better off entering dummy data and learning the subtle points of how it works.
Pat McDonald slips down to the bookies to give them a real fleecing, thanks to a computer program that’s first past the post when it comes to increasing your chances of picking a winner... Getting a good result is very dependant on just what you enter. One slip of the finger on the keyboard can alter the predicted results by a huge margin. Eventually though, you gel to know all the racing terms and funny data (do you really understand weight handicaps?). It's then that ProPunter starts lo shine.
Does it work? You bet it does! The makers advocate using a '50 bet bank' to increase your chances of success, but if you haven't had a win by your tenth race, you are not entering data correctly in my opinion. The manual stales that the program gets a horse in ihe top two predicted finishers 60 per cent of (he time. At first. I couldn't do this, but a close read of the manual and a bit of trial and error soon showed me where I was going wrong, ProPunter is not limited to use in the UK.
By means of the International option, you can enter course data for foreign courses and gen- crally mess about. You can also use the program for just keeping data on horses, but this option is much better for hard disk uses because the database can easily overfill floppies. It's good, but it's hungry for disk space.
Would I buy it? Well, to be honest, probably not. But that's not because it doesn't work, and not because it costs a lot. A ton is a lot of money, but even the poorest crusty with an Amiga could win the money back within a month if they enter Ihe data correctly and get that all-important stroke of luck.
ProPunter DGA Software ¦ £99.95 ¦ Expert System No. My reservation is that 1 just don't have the time to use this sort of program. Each race takes about half an hour or more to enter the data and two or three minutes to analyse.
ProPunter is a great program, but it has a lousy interface, so unless you are serious about gambling, you probably won't have the necessary staying power to get the best out of it. O PROPUNTER is available from Acumen Software 0625 873162 0-PUNTER II Nun Nenu Current Race HEIHERIY 1.31
- Uhpulsorp input styes - 1 - BASIC CONDITIONS optional input
stipes C - COLLATERAL TORN » 5 - 5-BAY TORN S - SIRE 1 BAH
HISTORY x N - MIN * PLACE HISTORY R - RACE CLASSIFICATIONS
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It tokes time ta feed all the data into ProPunter, but the
results are impressive.
SPEED • • • • You usually don't have to wall more than a couple ot minutes.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Lots ol Inlormatlon and blank pages tor your own notes as well.
ACCESSIBILITY • Very difficult to get to grips with, because ot the poor Interface.
FEATURES • • • •• The best predictor program that I have ever seen on the Amiga.
VALUE • • • • Costs quite a lot. But it is worth it if you take your gambling seriously.
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Fax: 0753 680343 E&OE * ALONG WITH THE speed and accessibility of a hard drive comes a minor nightmare: the risk of a head crash. You're guaranteed at least one sleepless night during your hard-drive owning days, unless you regularly back-up your data to a separate medium. Generally there are two ways of doing this: to a tapc- streamer (which could cost around £200 for a good one), or to a ton of floppy disks (which takes ages and could also cost a small fortune).
Surely there must be an easier way?
Perhaps there is now. Thanks to VBS. A rather unspectacular looking bit of software and hardware. Inside VBS' video cassctte- style box you will find very little to look at.
But it's what it does that counts. There's one 25-way D-type connector with two phono (CINCH) leads wired in. One standard phono (CINCH) lead, a 40-page manual and a floppy disk containing the VBS software.
Setting it up is easy, and there are diagrams to help you just in case. First, you plug the D-typc connector into the serial port of your Amiga and then connect the black phono plug to your VCR's video output. The other lead (with a red phono plug) connects to your monitor's composite input if you have one.
Although this isn't essential. Finally, the separate phono lead connects to your Amiga's composite video output and your VCR's video input. And that's it! The software can check you've done it all correctly when you run it.
The software part of VBS is equally simple to get lo grips with. It's hard drive installable but it also runs from floppy, which is useful if your hard drive version gets corrupted. The program runs from Workbench or
CLI. And uses normal text-filled windows lo show directories and
files. Simple buttons guide you around the system.
Pet or a child - they need constant Neil Jackson turns baby-minder and vets the latest low-cost backup system.
VBS is a very flexible system that provides four different types of back-up. It can cope with hard drive and floppy disk back-ups in two distinct styles. The one you're most likely to use is the Filesystem Backup which copies each file and directory, enabling you to retrieve individual files later.
The other style is the Track-by-track Backup which copies the entire disk, reading raw data from each track sequentially. This makes the back-up procedure quicker, but doesn't enable you to restore separate files.
Instead, the lot must be restored in one go.
VIDfO BACKUP SYSTEM is available from Power Computing 0234 843388 The VBS system also uses a spare floppy disk as a log file which keeps track of the files and directories saved to video tape. It stores the names and lengths of the original files for comparing against the data read back in. Thus providing a high degree of error checking.
Al back-up time, the feedback loop from the VCR (via the serial port) keeps a constant watch on Ihe data being sent to the VCR.
Which improves the error checking. There is also a verify option which you can use to check tapes against the data on the original disk. In tests. VBS only failed to save three medium-sized files to video properly, in a batch of over 240 Mb - a stunning success rate.
VBS is simple to set up and easy to operate. It even checks that the leads are connected correctly, thanks to the feedback loop. This works on the premise that if it doesn't 'see' the data that it's sending down the other end of the connection, then the leads are missing.
As an alternative to a bona-fide tape- streamer. VBS is a strong contender. It's simple to use. And it's dirt-cheap when compared lo a streamer and tapes. It has a high degree of reliability when used with good quality videotapes (we haven't tested it with used tapes - it’s not recommended).
Video Backup System Hard drive back-up ¦ £59.99 ¦ Lyppens Software Productions APRIL 1993 The only drawbacks you're likely lo encounter arc (i) your video must have phono- style inputs and outputs for video signals or you'll need to get a different lead made up.
And (ii) if you don't have a composite monitor it may mean you can't watch the data being saved to tape, though you can still operate the software and sec the important info.
If you still think you can't afford the wonderful VBS. Work out how much you could lose if you didn't have it. It's a clear-cut case really, isn't it?
Video Backup System SPEED • • • • Very fast, even with large back-up operations.
Handles around 800K per minute.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Thorough manual covers every operation in detail, with pictures and diagrams.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • It couldn’t be any simpler! Virtually anyone can master it in moments and use it with success.
FEATURES • • • • Versatile and easy to configure. There’s very little you could add to make it better.
VALUE • • • • • Fantastic value, and a highly desirable buy if you already have a hard drive and a VCR.
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ACCELERATOR FOR A500 GVP A530 * 80Mb Quantum £755.95 A530 Combo 40Mhz ? 120Mb H D £849.95 A530 Combo 40Mh2* 200Mb H D £918.00 68882 Co-Processor kit for A530 £208.99 GVP MEMORY RAM MODULES Series II RAM 8 RAM Card for Amiga 1500 2000 with 2Mb £148.99 32 bit 60ns 1 Mb SIMM for Accelerator Cards (A530 + G FORCE) £63.99 32 bit 60ns 4Mb SIMM (A530 4- G FORCE)_£178.99 Now wtth a Fax-modem you can link strait into bUletin boards for the latest info, or use your Amiga as a fax to send receive hard copy.
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YOU KNOW A PART EXCHANGE MAKES SENSE Allowance against A1200 Allowance on A3000 against A4000 A3000 with 52Mb HDD £250 £25 £50 £75 £75 £75 CDTV A600 A500 A1 500 A2000 A3000 with 105Mb HDD £350 To guarantee these prices, systems must be in good working order and boxed with original manuals, if not subject to managers discretion a lower price may be ottered CAPTAIN DIAMOND S SECOND HAND CENTRE Normal Price Is £10 per year BUT FOR THE 1st 1000 CUSTOMERS ITS Looking for a great machine at a great price, but not looking to spend much money? Then why not look at a second hand dedl?
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Edinburgh Tel 031 554 3557 FAX 031 554 2115 JOYSTICKS Cfvr i M-u ir r-**l hrnrv hi nlAnca caa r nnc rsf thiic rtHwort EDUCATION Musicolor 147 Music learning package Virgin MUSICOLOR is available from Virgin 081-960 2255 The seven notes which form the octave (along with an additional 'c'l. Are depicted by seven different coloured creatures who introduce demonstrations of ihe different topic areas. Association between these and the musical notes is encouraged constantly and is even reinforced by songs on occasion.
Other teaching devices are regularly used such as engaging puzzles which have simple answers. I feel though, that the use of 'yes' and 'no' icons to respond to questions - rather than equal' and unequal" - would be more appropriate for the age of the audience in some areas of the course.
APRIL 1993 program sports some samples which are purely functional and unmistakably synthesised, when lime could have been spent producing an authentic set of instruments - yet another disappointing neglect of the CDTV's potential.
The complete package is an excellent introduction to musical theory and a valuable aiil lo teachers parents who are looking for an accessible way of introducing children to music. Students will be captivated and eager to return to completed lessons, while reinforcing their knowledge and at the same time having a great deal of fun. Li Older students will find the overall style a bit juvenile, but they can still glean plenty from this informative musicol package.
Musicolor Another impressive aspect of the package is the regular appearance of colouring-book sections. W hich encourages yet more use of those colours as a reminder of their musical equivalent. These break up the learning process and maintain interest w hile adopting the guise of a simple paint package, which enables the student to Hood areas of the screen with different colours.
Most beneficial to the learning process seems to be the sheer number of sections, because they allow the student (or teacher parent) to gauge the learning period - a lesson a day would provide an incentive for study and the foundations of a greater understanding of basic musical theory.
Infuriatingly enough, Musicolor falls down on the standard of its samples! Defying the obvious advantage of the CD medium, the SPEED • • • CD access is last and you won t get bored waiting tor the next lesson.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • • Ail tuition is basically sell explanatory - pupils are unlikely to experience any difficulty at all.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • A program like this has to bo accessible and Musicolor succeeds on all counts.
FEATURES • • • • Painting, singing and composing ensure a vast amount to see and do.
VALUE • • • • Two Cds with great potential; not cheap at £50, but It's a well-researched program.
Know an octave from a semitone? Well learn that and then some with Virgin's new music education CD software. Can it turn your kids into mini Mozarts?
Paul Tyrell tunes in ... FOR THOSE OF us who were not as musically inclined as Mo an in our earlier years, learning any musical instrument for the First lime is a real struggle. Salvation could he within reach, though, in Ihe form of ihis new package from Virgin.
The potential of the CD drive and CDTV software hasn't heen fully utilised vet. Previous releases arc proof of that. So is Afusicolor going to he the orchestral hit to set the CDTV alight or is it just another uninspiring diminuendo? Well it's based on the Tobin System; an acclaimed music teaching method which substitutes notes of the octave w ith colours so that they can be remembered more easily.
Musicolor is a glossy and attractive home* study course that's divided into 20 progressive stages. It aims to help students progress from a simple knowledge of music theory to fullblown composition.
The lessons' style overall is quite juvenile, even though the recommended student's age is seven and upwards, l or the younger user, though. Musicolor is going to be fun thanks to an easy-to-undcrstand interface, excellent use of pastel colours and a host of animal friends to lead the way through each lesson.
A comprehensive, step-by-step instruction section in the First lesson introduces simple icons used throughout Ihe course. Students are taught about different areas of music theory, beginning with simple concepts such as pitch and note-length. Before being subjected to more complex topics such as sixteenths and tetrachordx. This leads, if all goes well, and the student understands, to a rudimentary knowledge of composition principles.
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One ol Ihe most pleasant ways lo get sott'hard- ware lor your machine Is lo support your local independent computer shop. They are usually run by pleasant, knowledgeable enthusiasts who can and will assist you in any way possible.
Unlike a lot ot high street retailers the staff actually know how to turn an Amiga on. And can even run software on it. And it something goes wrong, you know where to take it back to. And who to speak to. Independent shops are what made the Amiga the success it is. Long before the big multiples came in with their price cutting, we only sell 'em' attitude.
It your local independent doesn't conform to this idyllic picture that we have painted, then why not try a mail order company. But it your local independent shop otters a service you can't get anywhere else, and many do, give them your business. They sell a full range of Amigas and a plethora of software and add-on peripherals - in the long run you know it makes sense.
THKRK ARK MANY avenues open lo Ihe Amiga owner who is in search of soil ware and hardware for their machine. If it's games you're after then you can go to one of the high slrecl retailers, bul they are by and large bandwagon jumper, who are only out to make a quick profit from our industry. They can't usually offer buying advice, and often they don't offer the chance to play the games, they only stock new and big games and they usjally charge the full recommended retail price.
148 For people after se ious software, the picture is even bleaker. Do HMV WH Smith. Our Price cl al stock PageSetter S. I think no:. And if they did could they tell you if it will be compatible with your 4 Mb Workbench 2.(14 machine with a GVP hard drive? No!
Most towns don't even have a shop where you can buy a GVP A500 HD8+ in the first place. So what's the solution to your shopping requirements? Well, mail order of course. Just take a flip through the pages of this very magazine, and I bet you'll find games that are reviewed in this issue at up to £10 off list price. I bet you'll find several shops advertising A1200 600 hard drives, and I bet you'll find adverts for many items of Amiga hardware that you never even knew existed - never mind being able to gel them in your own town.
Bul these are tough times economically, and a few mail order retailers have gone out of business recently, so how can you be sure buying by mail is the right thing to do? Well firstly, you can order through a company who advertises in Amiga Format We can't offer an absolute guarantee, but we've had a long relationship with most of our avcrtiscrs. And can vouch for their credibility. After all. If a trader goes bust, we can lose money too!
Secondly you can use your brain a bit. Before you send large amounts of money I w hether it be a cheque, postal order or credit card number) through the post, just think for a few seconds, and bear the points below in mind... O AMIGA FORMAT S TOP TEN MAIL ORDER TIPS 1 Before you send any money, ring the supplier to confirm that the product you want is in stock; when the delivery is likely to be made, and enquire about returning unwarned goods and the supplier's refund policy.
2 Find out about hidden extras like postage and packing charges, and whether the prices you are quoted include VAT or not.
3 Beware of any companies that do not include an address in their advertisement.
4 Beware of any company that is always on an answering machine.
5 If you are ordering goods of more than £100 in value, always try to use a credit card if you can, because then you are likely to be insured against unscrupulous retailers (if you aren't sure, check with the credit card company).
6 Failing that, use a crossed cheque or postal order. Never send cash through the post.
7 If a problem does arise, then simply contact the supplier in the first instance and calmly and politely explain what your problem is. In most cases these things are merely a mix-up or a misunderstanding that the supplier will happily put right for you.
8 If you really think that you do have a genuine grievance with a company, and that you do not think it can be resolved, then you might consider contacting your local authority's trading standards officer (the number should be in the phone directory).
9 Always keep records of correspondence with any mail order company that you deal with and also make a note of where and when you saw the product advertised.
If the worst comes to the worst then you can always go to your local small claims court, or get legal advice from the Citizen's Advice Bureau.
...in Word Processing with Perfect Printing Final cn arom the makers of Pen Pal comes a brand new, unique WYSIWYG Word Processing package, that's simply the only choice for those who demand the most from their Amiga.
Final Copy II is not only the Amiga's most powerful Word Processor with every feature you'd expat
- plus many more found normally in DTP packages - but also the
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from any Amiga - even 1.3‘s. Imagine outputting to your
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°rd Proceu a-.“v- With multiple newspaper style columns and
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along with many other formatting tools - your documents will
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Final Copy II includes a 110.000 word Bnfish- English Collins Proximity Spelling Delator & Corrector, to help typing emus become a thing of the past, along with an 826,000 synonym Thesaurus, for that extra inspiration.
(tom SofrWod lot twn»U* rf ftnhl iMi With its fXMrrful nr* features, there's no better Word Processor Publisher for umr .Amiga You'll (jukih realise the benefits *buh *mr once the arbisht present of the Mutmu sti* and other high end publishing systems.
Final Copy II is so easy to learn and use. That % you'll become an accomplished author in no gj time at all - but if you need extra help you're » not on your own as our support hotline is there for all UK version users. Look out for the UK logo on the box!
Printer with normal Word Processor Only £99.95 FROM ALL GOOD SOFTWARE DEALERS inal Copy 11 encompasses a whole range of other advanced features, here's just a selection: Amiga-A500 600 600HD 1 500 2000 3000.
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¦Any Workbench supported graphic printer, colour or mono, including. . Citizen I20D, I24D, 224. Swift W24. 20V24G Star LCI0. 20. 200. 24-200. And XB Seres Canon BjlOcx: HP ink Painljcl: Postscript™ devices and many more.
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United Kingdom mnon imported & supported by... Gordon Hanvood Computer. • New Street • Alfrcton Derbyshire • DE55 7BP • Telephone: 0773 836781 ? Uses the latest Workbench 2 Style interface on all Amigas ? On screen command ribbon controls (foimat your document with the simple touch of a button) ? 25% to 400Cr editable page reduction and magnification command ? Title page, master pages & style sheas ? Right left pages with binding offset ? Open multiple documents ? Fast mouse document panning and zoom un-zoom ? External and internal mail merging Cut.copyandpaste4Searchandreplace*Onscreenmaths*
Auto-hyphenation ? Import, resize and crop IFF. HAM and 24Bit ILBM graphics and auto-flow text around them ? Text ova graphics ? Outline fonts on all Amiga screens, and any non-Postscript rMorPostscript™compatibleprinter44poiniupto300point . 'Qcfi- &C' (ova 4" high] smooth text printing ? Text leading and spacing controls ? Condensed and expanded character ? Positive '' ''' and negative obliquing ? Background printing, ''' '''' allowing simultaneous editing & printing of two or more documents ? Fast pnxif printing lacility ? Comprehensive range of additional attractive font W'v„v,v .
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V . & Sportsmaster MO OolVt m «• v The course ol Ihe Great War Is explored In this excellent war strategy game Irom Blue Byte. Based on their earlier successlul game Battle Isle, History Line scored an Incredible 94 per cent in AF43.
Description Price Order Code History Line €19.99 AF2S1 MicroDeal's new combined audio and video digitiser enables you to capture both sounds and pictures lor manipulation on your A500 or A500 Plus, allowing you to make your own multimedia movies.
Descnprion Price Order Code VideoMaster €64.95 AMF245 Not only PGA Tour, the best goll game ever (and don't believe anyone who tries to tell you other wise). But Indianapolis 500, Advantage Tennis and European Championship Soccer 1992, all in one box. Buy it!
Description Price Order Code Sportsmaster €24.99 AF252 mini Office 150 APRIL 1993 Description Price Order Code Teddy Disk €17.99 AM231 Frog Disk €17.99 AM232 Spy Disk €17.99 AM233 Described by Amiga Format as 'a package which will suit any household’, this is the ideal way to keep track ol your linancial atlairs, Irom what's in your cheque account to how much is lett alter the bills!
Description Price Order Code Home Accounts 2 €44.99 AF229 Everything you need to turn your own home Into an integrated business environment all In one handy package. A word processor, spreadsheet, database, graph utility and disk organiser in a complete set.
Description Price Order Code mini Office €49.99 AFMInOff Amiga Format Mail Order Order Code AF108 AF109 €4.95 €9.00 Order Code AF24A Description Technosound Turbo RAM Expansion ' 1 , ; j'gr ~ D
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o o ' £4 It's well over a year since new Amigas were sold with
less than 1Mb ol memory. Nowadays many games, as well as most
serious software, require that magic meg. Here's a bargain way
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Description Price Order Code 512K RAM Expansion €25.99 AM237 Are you tired ol all your Amiga Formats being left scattered all over the floor? II so, protect them with these stylish and practical black-and-silver binders.
Amiga Format Binder Ona binder Two binders AMGA The Amiga Format star buys AF Amiga Accessories It your bedroom, lounge, study or wherever Is anything like the AF offices, you'll be needing a dust cover tor your Amiga. So we've had these super ones designed in a nice grey colour that's just bound to be all the rage in 1993.
And knowing that co-ordination is the key to style, we've created matching mouse mats and disk wallets as well. The covers and wallet are resilient and water resistant (small Coke spillages, not computing in the bath). The mouse mat is well... sort ot flat and grey actually, but in a truly fabtastic fashion. Get them now, or get them later.
Descnpoon Order Cnrte A500 dust cover (not pictured) £8.99 AF5 DUST7 A600 dust cover (not pictured) £8 99 AF6DUST Monitor cover £12.99 AFMONIT Disk wallet £3.99 AFWALL Mouse mat £7.99 AFMAT Special offer, buy a full set and save money.
A500 cover, monitor cover, mouse-mat. Disk wallet £29.95 AFCOVERS5 A600 cover, monitor cover, mouse-mat. Disk wallet £29.95 _AFCOVERS6 ’ MASTER .Price_ €29.99 .Order Code AF294 From the makers of the popular Fun School series comes ADI- educational software for 10 to 15 year olds. Adi is a cute little extra terrestrial who guides students through three core GCSE subjects: English, Maths and French.
Each pack contains extensive exercises which students work their way through, with Adi always on hand with onscreen tuition. Students are encouraged to complete each exercise by attainment of points, which entitle them to play various games. Excellent educational content, and will keep the kids away from Streetfighter 2 tor a while!
This update of Mlcrodeal's MasterSound is an ideal entry-level sound sampler. Its numerous features and improved easy-to-use graphic interlace make it an excellent bargain for all you budding Amiga musicians.
And as an extra special offer we are throwing in for free, the excellent Quartet sample MIDI sequencer. This powerful, but easy to use, four track sequencer will 1 enable you to build your sampled sounds into full music tracks.
At this price, you can't afford to miss it StereoMaster and free Quartet software Description_ StereoMaster and Quartet JheAMIGA Collection FORMAT If you want to get the most out of AMOS, why not buy the two most popular AMOS extensions in one pack?
The Compiler translates your AMOS creations into stand-alone 100 per cent machine code, while AMOS 3D lets you create amazing 3D worlds!
Description Price Order Code AMOS Bundle £49.95 AF247 If you want to make the most out of AMOS The Creator, this is exactly what you need. It's the complete manual, as supplied with the package, and it also includes an Extras disk that contains all the example programs and extra bits and bobs that we couldn't fit on the Coverdisks this month. We’ll continue to give lots of tutorials and advice, and showing you techniques for creating specific kinds of programs, as a regular feature in Amiga Format, so you wouldn't be stuck without this book: but as the complete reference work, you’ll find
The Manual will make your AMOS career far more enjoyable and creative!
Graphics Workshop is a superb program. What makes this drawing package so special is that, along with all the normal tools you would expect from a top paint program, you get some powerful extra utilities.
You're not limited to using one custom brush, you can pick up and store up to
10. It also features ANIM and Animbrush forms of animation, and a
cell system which is probably the most powerful animation
system on the Amiga. Why not get the most out of this top
program by buying this illustrated instruction book and
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Designed for the beginner who wants to learn programming but doesn't know where to start. Easy AMOS is more than a programming language. Based on the successful AMOS, it has many helpful examples and detailed explanations to help you learn.
Description Price Order Code Easy AMOS C29.99 AF2S0 This is the highest-rated package ever reviewed in Amiga Format. Top of the AMOS range It updates the famous AMOS extended basic programming language with new commands and facilities that make it a real winner! (Needs 1Mb minimum.)
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UK £38.95 Europe £67.95 Rest of world £97.45 154 Bade APRIL 1993 ISSUE 29 First review ol the A500 Plus, word processors tasted.
ISSUE 33 ISSUE 35 Landscape program Digitising ond Vista, plus how to sampling. Phis create cartoons. Spertrotohr Jr.
ISSUE 27 True Colour brings 16 million colours to your screen.
ISSUE 22 Somplers, scanners ond digitisers can change your world.
ISSUE 25 DTP explained plus the massive roundup ol the year.
ISSUE 19 ISSUE 21 Beginner's special. Paint programs: explains how to every single one tore lor your AMIGA, tested ond rated.
ISSUE 44 The best soltwore ever comes in lor o good looking at, os does Deluxe Paint IVAGA. And Personal Paint.
ISSUE 41 The inside story on two new AMIGAs: the A4000 ond Al 200. Plus: complete word processor Scribble!.
ISSUE 37 The amaiing story ol musicians and artists who hove mode it big with an AMIGA, plus Animation Station.
ISSUE 36 With the multi- media program CanDol Jr ond the lull low-down on the A600 and the CD-ROM drivel ISSUE 38 Got an A500? Leorn how your machine can become o Super Amlgol Plus: choose a monitor Irom our guide and IntroCAD.
ISSUE 40 We give you all the hints and tips on how to get the most out ol Deluxe Paint.
Plus: TVText ond CrossDOS.
ISSUE 42 The lop 30 gomes ol all time tipped.
Plus: complete AMOS language and lemmings 2 demo on the disk.
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ISSUE 3 The Complete Beginner's Guide A complete look at the Amiga especially tailored to help those new to the i i machine. Not that there isn't loads here for more experienced owners. From the history of the machine, through all the main areas of its use, we leave no stone unturned in our quest for edifying and didoctk data. If you thought you had the world's best games computer, you were right. But read the Complete Beginner's Guide to see what else you could be doing.
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Quite simply, all you do is select the scale that you want to practise your guitar at. And the speed, and the computer plays it for you. It indicates all the finger positions while it plays. The idea is that you can practice your scales without having to try and figure it out from a book.
FASTFRET 2 NBS CUE 15 This is program is excellent - all right, so it's PAL only, but getting a real guitar player to show you a scale is quite frustrating. Most of them cither a) can't teach or b) simply cannot be bothered w ith something as repetitive as scales.
If you genuinely want a computer program to help you become more fluent at playing lead guitar, gel this.
It takes effort and practice, but it's more compliant than getting your mate to show you how. I'm almost templed to nip out and buy a guitar.
POWERTEXT VI .05 DEJA VU 1798 Do you want a cheap word processor? Really cheap?
This one will cost you £4.50. This is a poor man's Protext. Powertext works even on a humble 5I2K Amiga, it has a built-in spelling checker (make your own dictionary) and word count feature, and it can double side print too. The old underline, bold and italic printing styles are in there, together with a neat little program to select a different printer driver.
It's nice to see that the author (Gary Stimson) has KASTLE KUMQUAT 17 BIT 1716 This game uses an old plot with a new perspective.
You are your king's personal (rult picker. You've got to enter Kastle Kumquat and collect trult.
There are nasties to avoid and huge pits ot boiling lava to keep you on your toes. Couldn't I just go to Salnsbury's Instead?
The game is totally joystick controlled, and viewed with a top-down perspective. The gameplay consists ol you running and jumping, and er, opening the odd door with a key. Daniel Leyden did the sound and coding, Colin Walker did the graphics.
It's not brilliant, but it certainly is addictive.
The music beats along in the background, and this is one instance where the music adds a lot to the game. It's not too difficult, but It's trickier than the average commercial game. PAL only, good gameplay, get it Still paying for Christmas? Just paid the electricity, gas and telephone bills all in one go as well? Feeling poor? Well then save some cash with some dirt cheap (and Pat McDonald recommended) PD... ykhfM by fcja Yu Wiv*- trm !«¦( ii «* of ft* "Bit ptarrlul mc«4 apt pptcfssa-i urmtlj mihklt for ft* Am si, It'« (tatvm inclo* »Pwmul tctru*d tliil pm r»u * iffil i-f eoatrfll *rr
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thof tonlain print commands. Fost ond simple.
Made il easy on newcomers lo gel Iheir prinlers working. It's a very good program, considering Ihal il was written in AMOS and compiled. Powertext installs lo hard disk and works with virtually all Amigas. Ideal for writing general documents like letters, invoices, memos and soon. I don't think I d like lo wrile a book 011 it though, because il is slow at loading and saving files larger than about IOK.
Sized notepad, card index and diary program. Because it was written in AMOS, the program will not sit in the background behind Workbench, which means that you have to run the program every time you need to get at your information. Also included is a handy little AmigaDOS guide. It's nol brilliant (most of the information is oldish) but if you've just bought a secondhand I..3 machine this program could be a real boon.
It's user friendly, pretty and quite useful if you have nothing better. If you have a database like Prttdma (Af’4.3) you'll probably wonder why anyone would want such mundane information to hand, when there's much more interesting data lo organise.
Ro O o VIRTUAL WINDOWS VI -O CENTRAL UCENSEWARE CLU12 This is nol a program ihal can be easily categorised.
Malt Hall set out to remove the need for all the little bits of paper in his life, and ended tip wilh an Amiga organiser program. For your £3.50. you get an NTSC ENTITY CHRIS SWIFT Just for once I'm going lo break my rule of not mentioning programs that I received straight from the author. The reason is that Entity is a very special game.
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PG016 ASI 9 Features Battto pong & Blizzard' .
PG017 ASI 10 Escape. Pipeline. P*koul & Sys'.
PG018 ASI 11 Dad. Connex.Reversi Towers & Tripp*.
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Pgl64 GAME TAMER 2 3 joystick tester A 268 cheats*Y PG166 RAID III Wicked new sbootemup "'I *Y PG167 SERENE III From the author of Rad III.Y go Dux Croak 3d ma
k. Copper.hemeroids.E Type* PG171 ASI GAMES 26 Superpacman 92
Smash tv Ashtoo PG172 Asi GAMES 27 Aodctrve card games Rea»y
good'- Pgl 74 AMOS CRICKET Shareware cncket game.l or 2pir.
Pgl 75 SPACETRAX 2 player shoo* each other up game-Y PG176 TECHNOBAN GAME Qurte a nice puzz* game' *Y PG177 HELLZONE Stunning R typo done-GET THIS' * PQ178 MENTAL IMAGE 2 Three ExceDont new games .
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PG187 ASI 29 DOG. Rome. Nova. B-Bai. Atax Ouadnx.
Pgl88 Asi 30 Bounce A Blast. Total Fue Tank attack'.
Pgl89 SPACE RESCUE Super scramb* kke shoot em up'.
Pgl90 TOP SECRET An exel*nt quaMy platform game'.
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L Snakeprt. Cybemeti. Etc'.
• r lode. Wonderland. Kong etc', r*. Ghostsho Paccer etc1* PG2I6
ASI 40 Disk fuB of sliding puzz* games'.
PG217 ASI 41 Pacman deluxo. HeUzone Leap II etc PG21&-9 CLASH OF THE EMPIRES Super Strategy'. Y EDUCATION All ok on A1200' PE001 5 EDUCATION SET science programs for ages 11. * PE006 KIDSPAINT Fab lift* taking rotounog book.
PE007-8 LEARN A PLAY Maths spotting «c S-10 yra • r tv I ¦ IV ' uw V-' • PE013 SIMON A SPACE MATHS Tattung maths program PE014 SPANISH. FRENCH. GERMAN TUTOR Translator .
PE015 TREASURE SEARCH hnd tha lost treasure ' .
PE016 COLOUR THE ALPHABET *arn *ners A colours' .
PEO10 TYPING TUTOR. Superspell Budget A Msca*nder' .
PE0I9 DUNKS DTP A sort ol DeskTopPublisher lor tods * PE020 MATHS DRILL Good malhs disk lor tho young' .
PE021 4 SCIENCE Very good lour disk set'* (4) PE025 FRACTIONS A SILHOUETTES Good maths tutor. Y PE026 WW ll FACTS Good fwstoncal program'. Y PE027 AMIGA BEGINNER Learn to use your machine- Y BUSINESS AH ok on A r200 except PB006" PB001 AM 1C ASH bank management program.
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PB005 BANKIN control roc* cheoue book' .
P9006 BUSINESS CARD MAKER Nee progr.
PBCXJ7 CLERK Complete accounts package.
PB008 DESKTOP PUBLISHER S*mp* to use • P0OO9 FLEXYBASE DATABASE Address keeper.
Track of finances » Geotime. Grocery list. Calc PB012 OBASE Simp* 8 held database PB013 OED Simp* A effective text ed PB014 RIM DATABASE Fu«y relational II* PB015 TEXTPLUS V3.00 The BEST Wordprocessor * PB017 VISICALC SPREADSHEET Sin** to use- PB019 BUSINESS LETTERS contracts, letters • more* PB020 TEXT ENGINE 3 4 NEW Verson .
PB021 AM lBASE PRO Powerful easy to use Dbase • PB022 BBASE II v5 5 A fast A easy to use database- P9023 FORMS REALLY UNLIMITED form creator prog- PB024 LAST WILL A TESTAMENTS Just * case '• PB025 EDWORD Brand new wordpro V good - PB026 AGRAPH Sup “ PB027 BOILERPLATI PB028 LITTLE OFFICE Intergrated Wpro.Sst.Dbase.Gtx- PB029 ADDRESS PRINT Good label printing program' .
PB030 THE MONEY PROGRAM Homo accounting! .
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FONTS More CutNPaste Fonts Y PU055 ELECTROCAD DEMO circuit de*gn©r * PU056 EXILE FONTS Excellent CnP fonts.
PU058 FONTS AND RAM MANAGER BO video fonts.
PU059 FONTS A SURFACES Backdrops A ton*. Y PU062 GRAPHICS UTILITIES Vanous m*c programs-Y PU063 HAM LAB Convert VGA PC IFF HAM . V PU064 MARDORIVE UTILS MRBackup A FtxDrtk A more-Y PU065 ICON MANIA Program cons A more '• Y PU066 ICONS Cramm packed with cons '. Y PU067 IMPLOOER V4 0 Megacrunching Ut.1* Y PU071 JR COMM 1 02 Modem users comms package Y PU072 METALLION UTILS Font Edrtors A more uWs* Y PU07376 KING JAMES BIBLE OldANew tostaments (4). Y PU078 M CAD Hires design packago Excellent . Y PU080 MESSY-SID Read Write PC Fi*s Brflkant'. Y PU083 MORSE PROGRAMS to* the rad* hams Y PU0667
NORTH C 1.3 (2) Comp** C compiler A Y PU068 NORTH C 1 3 Tha is the packed 1 d*k verson'.Y PU089 PASCAL COMPILER needs good Cn knowledge- Y PU091 PENDLE 200 MEGAUTILS An essentai co*ect«n. Y PU095 PRINTER DRIVER GENERATOR A new driver*. Y PU096 PRINTER DRIVER UTILITIES Vanous uWs etc Y PU097 PRINT STUD© VI 25 Prints pcs A text etc • I'Mirq i a i v i rma pcs a se«i eve • • ROT A simp* 3D drawing package Very popular .Y 10 (2 dsk) Structured Ckpad for Ppage * Y ) SOMETHING FOR NOTHIN Video UwsAFonts* V PU106 ROT A simp* 3D drawing c PU109-10I * ’ PU1123 £_____ _ .. _ . . ... PU115 ST
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FOOTBALL LEAGUE ED Update league posrtons Y PU151 BROTHERHOOD UTILS 1 Dcopy.Scenery.Oed .Y PU 152 56 CLIPART SET 15 Drtks of the BEST dipart *Y PU167 MULTI PLOT Superb data plotting program ' .
PU169 GEL©NITE FONTS CutNPasto fonts.
PU170 P SUITE Disk magazine maker.Y PU171 OPTICOMMS 2 Ncomm 2 A more *Y Put 72 WORD POWER Solve AnagramsCrosswords. Y PU174 ASTRO 22 protessonai ashotogy now V2 42' .Y PU175 GELCNITE FONTS II Excellent IFF fonts* Y PU176 GEL©NITE FONTS ill More of above"* PU177 8 BENCHMASTER W oowsbench A MessyskT PU182 STOCK ANALYST Technical anaiys* program.V PU183 AMYGEN Exceflent geneotogy program. Y PU184 PROCALC Vi 0 professtonal calculator' PU1858 COSMOPOLITAN FONTS (4) Packed with fonts.Y PU189 TRONIK VIRUS KILLERS 21 virus killers A dOCsY PU191 LANDBUILDER fractal land genorator.Y PU192 SID 2 Get this
I directory util "l MEGANY PU197 MOBED 2 Dpamt lor Sprrtos A bobs.Y PU198 VIDEO WIPES Masks A (ados Dpamt 3 4 *Y PU205 PC TASK Wcked PC Emulator ( PU207 MUITISID Combme SID2 A MuibdoS(PC»AMlGA).Y PU206 Asi HANDYTOOLS 3 mega comp4at*n of ub* Y PU209 FRED FlSH CATALOGUE contams FtSH 1680 -Y PU210 PCQ PASCAL Latest vert*n of Pascal comprter.Y PU211 AMIGA PUNT A horse race predicting program'.Y PU212 PERM CHECK PLUS a pools prodcbon proQ Y PU213 RACE RATER Another horse racing program" *Y PU214 DIR WORK A Sid typo ft* copying program' .Y PU215 CAPTIONATOR Superb sharowaio video titling!.Y PU217
BROTHERHOOD UTILS 2 utilities for the ptosf. Y PU219 WBHACKS* colloct*n ol hacks for . Owners* Y PU221 225 8 COLOR ©ONS Hundreds ot new icons *Y PU2257 C EYES FONTS For use m Dpamt WB. Etc (2)*Y PU228 PROBABLY RlPPER Create d*ks eastfy with thrt'.Y PU229 JPEG 24 bit graphcs compressor dak1 .Y PU230 MORE PRINTER DRIVERS new printer dnversNY PU231 5 PAGESTREAM FONTS 5 desks super fonts'- (5)Y PU2367 SCOPE1978 Adobe type fonts. 2 daks MH *Y PU2389 M O R C Mouse operated nme caster orac* '• PU240 FREECOPY VI .4 powerful dak Copymg program'.Y PU241 CALORIE BASE Useful tor peop* on a det'.Y PU242
TEXTPLUS PROFESSIONAL 4 needs hard dnve'.Y PU243 ASP©E Ocurt analysis program'.Y PU244 BON APPETIT This a a r c*e database program'.Y PU24S256 C MANUAL Latest verson on 12 daks' (12) .Y PU2S7 61 PAGESTREAM FONTS 2nd set of fonts'.Y PU262 R©HARD SMEDLEY COMP II Mortgages etc'.Y PU263 LYAPUNOV Fabutous A unusual fractaV'.Y PU264 8 OUTLINE FONTS For Pro pagev3 ONLYtf.Y PU269 CONSTELLATON Demo of shareware piogram!.Y PU270 STARCAT2 Easy to use catatogo maker'. Y PU271 CLUMPY ICONS A d-sk crammed with oos* Y PU272 GOLF RECORDER Database tor got scores'* Y PU273 PcoAMGA Similar to Messysto. *
docs’* Y PU274 T RON ©AD VI 0 Electron* c curt deson'-Y PU275 FLIT Convert Autodesk anma to IFF.
PU276 BBSS A Buttebn board system' . Y PU277 PROTEUS BBS Another comms program' . Y ANIMATIONS PA039 ER©-S AMY VS WALKER Cu* A sexy' 1 SM Y PA040 ER©-S BATMAN vs JOKER Very funny'".Y PA042 ERIC S COYOTE STRIKES BACK 1 mg too' * PA043 ERIC S MORE AEROTOONS Very wrtty I". Y PA045 ERIC S STEALTHY II Mig 29 vs Stealthy '.Y PA046 FRANKLYN THE FLY Day m the Ufo of a ffy' • PA048 GYMNAST ANIM Gymnast swings on bars' -Y PA0534 LIGHT CYCLES (2) Tron anmiaton.
PA056 MAG ©IAN II Good RT ammaton.Y PA072 THE JUGGLER A class* imgi demo'. Y PA074 THE WALKER vs The Mekcopter Mega N Y PA07S THE WALKER vs A2000 A class* ' . V PA085 JET ANIMATION Fractal Fkght but better' .Y PA086 FRACTAL ANIMATION full screen tow flymg anmv.Y PA090 TOO MUCH 30 Sho flys out ot monrtor'' • Y PA0913 GAS TURBINE. STEAM A PETROL ENGINE (3).Y PA094 AMY JOGS.WALKS A SNEEZES by E Schwartz' .Y PA095 HOW TO RUN INTO A WALL by Er* Schwartz' .Y PA097 SMALL STAT©N AT KHERNE New 1mg VERSION.Y PA099 ATF AGILITY new ES amm. Vory wrtty as usual*Y PA 100 VTOL CONTEST Chock oul this new ES
amm ' .Y PA101 DOLPHIN DREAMS Great Dolphm anim' . Y PA103 4 KINGFISHER 2 Superb b-d a AGATRON AM ok on Al2001 AGA01 REDLOTU AGA03 STAR TREK AGA09 STAR WARS Fghter tly by. Impr ss ve tm .
AGA 10 STAR TREK - Enterpnse m dry dock Incredto*.
AGA20 Huey 2 A helicopter leaving a landing pad - AGA23 FLEET MANOEVRE Stunnmg an,maton' 1m .
AGA24 KULI PEN animation A Ping pong Great' 1m .
AGA25 THE RUN . A suberb car chaso tmg .
AGA31 PORSCHE anim rising out of tab* i mg .
AGA33 PROBE Bud of prey an.maton A Kungonhrt' 1m.
AGA35 SPACE PROBE great anim of probe zooming oft'* AGA36 BIRD OF PREY, loop toe loop anenaton lm * AGA37 TOBIAS GOES KNACKERS Check th* out ' lm .
AGA38 TOTALLY W©KED • Shutt* A Enterprrse (2 MEG)J AGA39S3 AGATRON SPECIAL' Yes. A 15 dsk anun'.Y AGA5A62 AGATRON SPECIAL' a 9 d*k anun. Fans only.Y POWERANIMS PPOOt 7 ANTI LEMMINGS (2) TN$ « Brrtkant' 2M PP003 AT THE MOVIES Cute arvm of Amy Squmel 1 5M.Y PP00510 BUZZED (3) Great amm of wasp crashing' 2M PP011 12 DATING GAME (2) Very witty'. Get rt 3.5M PP016 GULF WAR Another ES production' Good 2Mi Y PP040 43 AT THE MOVIES II (4) H*anou$ ' 1mg»3mg PP044 45 AMY V WALKER II (2) Another witty ES demo 3M PP046 SWEET REVENGE Coyote vs Roadnmner • t Smg.Y PP050 UNSPORTING Wcked aerotoon by
Schwartz. 2M Y PP051 7 CHAPLY CAT Super Shwartz* cartoon' 2mg Y PP0534 CHARLY CAT AT THE BEACH 2nd tab arwn Jmg-Y PP0556 APC MISSION Superb wafcer A tank ball* 3mg' PP0579 CHARLY CaT CATCHES A CANARY Fab' 3MG PP0693 CHARLY CAT MOUSTERMIND Great' 3 5MG PP064 DUNCAN DUNG BEETLE Unusual 2mg an.maton' Y PP06S8 CHARLY CAT SNOW JOKE Latost amm 2mg . Y PP067 9 SPEED LIMIT 3mg motorcycle raco' * Y (3 PP070rt LEMMINGS REVENGE Vory amusing anim' 2mg Y PP0723 TALES OF A TIME TRAVELLER Super movio 3mg' DEMOS PD005 AMOS 30 DEMO Shows some greal effects'* Y PD018 CHAOS ROCK Fab kght show wth fractals'.
PD068 PHENOMENA EN©»AA AbsoMefy OnW. Y PD094 SCOOPEX MENTAL HANGOVER A class*.
PD097 SILENTS GLOBAL TRASH Incredb*"* PD 13034 ALCATRAZ ODDESSY Awesome" Ok on 500*' PD139 TRACKERS POWER & AGONY Unusual vectors' * PD142 FINAL CONFESS©N Mus* & Plasma effects'. Y PD159 ANARCHY IN THE KITCHEN Somo good FX Fab'* PD164 DESIRE MENACE Good Psycho rave domo * Y PD16S DARK DEMON Mega now demo got rt* Y PD170 PIECE OF MIND Good 30 voctor etfocts * PD171 2 SILENTS EXPOSE(2) Incrodto* Get rt !. Y PD175 REFLECT SOUND VISON Super effects & muse’ PD176 CHAMELEON DEMO Very n*e vector demo'* Y PD1778 TRSI TIME ZONE New some good effects'-Y PD17980 HALF BRAINS SUNSTORM Very good demo'*
BRAINS SUNSTORM Very c MUSIC DISKS PM001 100 GREATEST 64 TUNES 100 fab 64 tunes'* PM010 AMEGA PARTY WINNERS Four W©KED songs- Y PM012 AMGADEUS CLASS©AL Em K*oer etc * Y PM016 BEATLES SONIX Nice mus* . Y PM022 23 CLASSICAL MUS© Bach. Handel elc *Y PM027 D MOB MUS© 3 House mus* rormx. Good' .
PM03034 DIGITAL CONCERTS 2 6 Exceltont housedanco PM035 D©ITAL DEBUSSY Fab Rob Baxter conversonsI.Y PM036 DIGITAL DEBUSSYll dass* Debussy mus*'. Y PM0S8 MAG FIELDS CHIP FESTIVAL Fu« of chip musc'.Y PM059 MANIACS OF NO'SE This rt br*anl'.
PM062a82b VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS (2) V Good '. Y PM09091 MOZART HORN CONCERTO 4 by H Gammon. Y PM092 PIANO TUNES Noe piano songs- good • Y PM096 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Rendrton o* the song- Y PM1055 KEFRENS MEGAMIX Fabutous dance mus*.
PM 114 UPROAR SPLIT BEAVER MIX rave megamtx . Y PM 11 Sab CHROME Bnlfcant mus* drtks ' Y PM121 NiGHTBREED MUS© DEM08 Rave mus* demo. Y PM 122 4 PLAYSI0 2 (3) You must get tn« ftftf *Y PM 125 PLAYSID OC RobHubbard Man csOfNorte - Y PM137 KEFRENS MEGAMiX II Very good " dance mus*'.
PM141 HARDLINE MUS© 7 groovy synth sty* tracks-Y PM 150 DESKTOP HARPSICHORD RECITAL Oass*s' • Y PM 152 PARADISE NO BRAIN NO PAIN Good lor ravers" - PM 153 BIZE KILL DA BABE 6 tracks ol rave mus*!' * PM 154 PULSE Yes. Pulsating rave mus* again" . Y ' *y '*»vu muni, again . I ore good rave tracks"' *Y ATE 9 great songs here!- AD 5 different tunes'. Y PM 155 VINE G RAVE 5 more c . PM 1578 HEATBEAT UPDAT PM 159 DECIBEL OVERLOAD 5 PM 160 FUSION MATRIX 5 rave type tracks'. Y PM161 CYBERNETIX 19 songs packed on 1 d«sk'.
PM 162 MORE MED TUNES Fab tunes by A*i Starrex'.Y PM 163 OCTASTUFF Some good 8 track tunes' . Y PM 164 OCTAROCK 3D More 8 track & 3d graphical.Y PM 1656 NUTCRACKER SUITE f RACKER SUITE Super rendition'. ' SLIDESHOWS PS002 ADVANCE HAM Really stunning I. Y PS008 AIRCRAFT SLIDE Pics of fighter oircrattl.Y PS009 ASTRONOMY SLIDE very impressive !.Y PS013 BORN TO BE FREE wild ammals .Y PS033 GERMAN RAY TRACE Superb See these I. PS045 KELLY S'S Some qualify HAM pictures *Y PS056 NEWTEK DYNAM© HAM 640x512 4096 Cotor p*S- PS062 NW DYNAM© HAM Nik Superb quality .
PS067 R©K PARKS ART Dpaurt hues p*s' . Y PS072 SUPER HAM CARS Thrt rt a must Mega'- Y PS086 SON© 5 Superb 0 MAM 4096 Cotour p*s- PS090 FRACTALGEN IncretM)* fractals etc - Y PS093 VANISH 30 Awesome 3d ray traced -Y PS094 INVISIBLE WORLD ll Yufc Bedbugs And more'-Y PstOi ANALOGUE SLIDE Ray traced space p*s • Y PS 102 ACCESS DESIGN Ray traced space p*s • PS 103 DYNAM© HIRES 2 4 fantast* quality pictures'.
PS 104 VGA PICS Some exeUent quality p*tures here'.Y PS105 SCAN PICS Exe *nt quality p*tures'.Y PS 106 BAHRAIN SLIDES P*» from the mtod* east'.
PS107 ALCATRAZ MUSEUM 18 super QuaMy (Yawings'.
PS 108 SANITY COMP WINNERS 10 Supert) drawings'. Y MUSIC UTILS PT001 ALGORYTHMS Create weed nw tunes PT002 ART OF MED Excettent '. Y PT005 CAS© CZ EDITOR 250 patches ' • PT006 DELUXE MUS© DATA MO mus*. Y PT009 Kt IFF SAMPLES Fabutous samptos .
PT011 KAWAI K1 editor for patch changes' PT012 KAWAI K4 editor as above' PT013 MED 3 2 Excellent mus* seq . Y PT014 MED MUSIC DISK As rt says Y PT015 MIDI DISK Various mu* stuff .
PT021 SOUNDTRACKER 2 6 E.ctrfent. ok pkis'.Y PT022 SOUNDTRACKER COMPILATION Several i PT02S67 6 ST 90 93 SAMPLES Stud* Quality. V PT029 YAMAHA DX7 VO©E FILER tor DX7 synths' PT030 YAMAHA DX7 VO©E SORTER tor the above PT031 2 3 ST 87 89 3 drtks tui !.Y 9 samptos I.Y 2 THE LATES PT038 YAMAHA DX100.TX81Z. DX27.DX11 & FB01 editors PT040 OCTAMED V1 8 channel MED sequencer!.
PT041 NOISEPIAYER 4 0 Multitasking module player.
PT042 START IFF SAMPLES Superb ' Gel this disk'.Y AMOS PD APD036 AMOS UPATER Latest updater "! Vl 34 . Y APD115 BALLOONACY BomO the DukYgs '. Y APD237 SHAPES Excettent tuds game '.Y APD257 CASSETTE LABELLER . MIXED SOURCE-Y AP0271 WIZARDS DOMAIN graphical adventure-V AP0292 WAR OF THE FOUR graph* adventure game.Y APD329 FRUIT MACHINE Good for the gamblers '.Y APD347 NOTEBOOK A SHOPPING LIST Easy to use '. Y APD363 FAMILY HISTORY DATABASE Latest version'.Y APD373 COMPILER 1 34 UP0ATE Amos compiler '.
NEW!
PU278 GELIGNITE FONTS IV Yes more Iff fonts' PU279 V MORPH Yes finally a PD morphing prog". Y PU280 POOLS WIZARD Pools pred*t*n.save d«saC»eO-Y PU281 PEGASUS WORKBENCH HACKS s*y hacks-Y PU282 ASI MULT1VIS©N 2 Imagetob.Wasp A more.Super.V PG220 M©ROMARKET VI 1 Good stockA shares game' .Y PG221 OXYD Rod rnarb* to different stations' . V PG222 3SHOOT UPS Megarace.Spaceattack IA2' .Y PG223 PUMPING DU0E Pump fuel on a space sta!*n.Y PG224 THE LOST OCCREST Coltoci the keys game'.Y PG225 CRAVE A 2 Player tank battfo oame' .Y PG226 3D GAMES 3 games done in 3d construction PG227 IMP WALKER 3d walker
shoot em up A more .Y PG228 ASI 42 Gaiaga. Mtuder alert Dogs * space'.
PG229 ASI 43 interlock Routotte Octothello elc'.
PG230 ASI 44 Mbbler.Mouse Imposstoto.Rod on etc. PG231 ASI 45 Dtns.Paccheese B Cast* Teserae etc. RE028 MATHS ADVENTURE Solve questions to progress-Y PE029 LEXCESS Sun©* but fun hangman sty* game- PE0302 DESKTOP GulOE TO ELECTRONIC MUS©' -Y PD181 C'NEMORPH Fao morphu« ot 4 faces' 1mbch©'.Y PD182 SPACE BALL Absototefy br* needs imeg ch©'.Y PD183 D©ITAL LETHAL EXIT Good vectors demo' -Y PD184 ANDROMEDA MINDR©T Very good vector demo' Y PA1057 THE JOURNEY Fab fractal p*s A anens 2).Y PA108 DESERT DOO Guy f*ds *e aeam van in desert.Y PA 109 SATURN ORBIT Ray traced fbght around Saturn.Y PA110 13 THE
SORCEROR Sorceror turns into dragon(4( .
PA114 17 SORCEROR 2 More dragons but 2mg (4) .
PA118 3 SCHWARTZ Skydive.Soft landing A bomber' -Y PA119 STEAM ANIMATION V2 0 Now with sound' -Y PA 120 TWO STROKE PETROL ENGINE Super anurwY PS111 IMAGINE SLIDE Some great hand drawn art'-Y ORDERING MADE EASY HUM Ntlll: Ml a lb. Ud.xl ikuM «.*k mi tbr X.ni-j I * |J lb* »«*liiii' ¦mb'" .rfbrtMlM- Malidr XII rli«k. N.lh 4 shpi UuhiM -al m Hi. Xmi|j 5m. A bMl mu«bimV llimnn Ibrrc •»«»• nuni dlflrrrnl .lup* ihw in il h iKt.uiiint: iui|M "il l( in li «l lm «n.r jxmihlr uiUI-hi.
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Ok on A,200! •* -'vy-.v, .. Qfc Qn AnQQI mos, cut,ms The Central Licenseware Register.. Mosl CLR,i,les Commercial Quality programs at a PD price I CLE'O BASICALLY AMIGA This u a 3 d,y set *or the new user' An extensrve gu«)e through me use of Amgados Covering Hardware Software. Graphcs.
Sound, the Workbench Viruses and much much more, you will soon wonder how you did without this useful utilry pack! For young and oW users alike 3 disk set priced at 4 99' ?
CLE11 LETS LEARN V1.1 For children o' about 5 to 7 years of age each part progresses through five leveH of difficulty when a leve1 is satisfactorily completed then a pcture of a farmyard is displayed A a new animal introduced1 Try Sums. Tunes. Codes, (numbots! . Opposrtes & Squares' Tho program also has a print option' i disk 3 50. • CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Thit title is the second n the senes ot Quality programs by Chris hrfi.
Using the GokJDisk Hyperbook system, a will guide you and your children on an interactive guided tour through the incredible world ot volcanos, rocks and mlnerols the program is very simple to use 1 Geology is on 2 Disks £4 50 .
CLJ04 ALPHA GRAPH This is an extemely useful the pr xJucbon o» pm charts, bar charts, scarte* etc. very useful in conjunction with spreadsheets A other business programs, this program comes or one disk and ts priced at 3.50'. CLE’3 ALPHABET TEACH A mce educatonal program tor the young. A very simple to understand spelling program wtuch shows the chad a pcture & asks tor the completion of the appropriate word The program also has buitt in speech and will run a senes ot pictures at the same time speaking the name ot the object displayed Comes oni disk and is priced 3.50* CLE13 HOME BREW Th(j is
a superb program for the creaton of home made w-n s if covers aH the details of fermentation, bottling A storing of the wine A selection ot recipes tor many different wines can be found on the disk & there IS an option lor printing the recip»es oul to a connected pnntot' This program comes on 1 disk and is priced at 3 50 • CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM Now our most popular title 1 Ttus one myites you to earn an about the solar system, with information on an ot the planets & systems with pctures supplied by Nasa.
This is a superb educational package tor children & adults This title « so big it is supplied on Thiee disks and is priced at only £4.99. • CLU06 SJPER SOUND III Thit s a superb program nfuch can manipulate samples in almost any way you please, spec-a' effects such as reverb, tremeto. Ptasmg. hlangv j. Echo are just a tew of the things which are easily accomplished.the equal of expensive commercial software1 Price 3.50!* CLU10 PC WE R AC COUNTS Tns u an account package r keepmu check on you• bank account, and ts capable o' gener.itmg account statements and income & i-xpenditire reports
The program wd also allow you to 'password protect* your data files' An invaluable program for all of your finances, comes on 1 disk . Price 3 50 • I CLE14 TOTAL CONCEPTS ECOLOGY Total I Concepts Ecology will give you and your children an j enthraikng overview of the most important •otogy" m I our lives This alternative way of learning about ! Ecology enables you to flip through pages of text.
I clck onto words to get more information and contains | superb graphics Supplied on 3 disks priced 4 99 * CLUt t CALC VI 3 A nee spreadsheet program wfuch works on iny Anvgi' A spreadsheet -s an e ectron verson Of he treat onal method of pertormog complex calculator usog r ws & columns of tgu'es In the same way a wordpcocessor anows rearranging A editing bet xe pnnt» ig. So a spreadsheet allows fgures A calculations to be constantly changed' 3 50 .
CLEM THE AMOS MATHS INSTRUCTOR. A superb "rams tutorial covering afl sorts of mathematical subjects «cWng tng. Quadratic Simuitanious. IneQuaiities. Volumes. Area. Vat & Interesi and more an excellent aid tor OCSE students Price £3.50 * ClUOl VIDEO TITLER u a program that wJI allow you to create smooth scrolling vcJeo titles with the greatest of ease, programmed by Danen Mccau'.
Whose Starbase u due out soon, the program lets you use any AMIGA bitmap font, ot which several are supplied, and scroll m any colour vertically up tho screen Essential for all video enthusiasts £3.50 « CLU12 VIRTUAL VINOOWS Vi 0 CoOecbvefy a suite ol very USX ful progr ims. A* on one Osfc' Features Notepad oaess took. Desk dary. Software VMS
• nventory t. an Arrwjados survrval gukJe Al can be sccesset from
a menu system with the mouse A pro very easy to use Price 3.50
• SMOOTH SCROLLING TITLES croatod with VIDEO TITLES NIGHTSKY
CLU02 FISH INDEXER if you have ever wanted a program, but have
never been able to hnd it ANYWHERE chances are its probably m
the f-sh Kxary. But rather than having to rake through
thousands of knes of text, why not use the Fish indexer, a
superb database ot the entire Fred Fish library, with full
search, print and moro Price £3 50.
AMIGA CD ROM COMPACT DISCS COPO Fmtuiws Feeh 1-660 hundreds ol modules A much much mote! 19-9S.
CDTV DEMO DISK Over 600 megabytes of demos, samples, modules games clipart A much more' Superb! 19.95 WS AGAI WSAOA2 WSAGA3 WS AOA4 WSACIA5 AN0C.171ELY NOT AMIGA WL Mf CUE04 COLOURING PAD Colounno book to. Young ctxMfon 1 3.W350. CLE07 PRESHWATER FISHING Lawn a oboul Mw*' - • “ CLU05 SAS MENU MAKER Uwul lo. Tho cfoobon ol n CLU07 PHILO A wnpM to UM WUDbM Byltofn' I 0 CLU09 PLAV A RAVE2 Muse modtPO 8nM» CfOOM your otm tuootl 2 Asks A 50 CLGGl NORRIS A mod«vk n CLG02 DARK THINGS A CLG03 PHASE II Tit a • uMwayk kcioirg ihool .m up. 1 dnk 3 51 CLG01 X-SVSTEM MulMovel .tool up, OlMt onO ol Uivtk
momMftl I CLG05 TRUCKIN ON A buck dflmng & monooooionl ¦.mutation 2 « CLG08 OBLITERATION Ful acbon Utool an. Up CLGOfi DRAGON TILES SupoKl vaokjn and v«fy CLG0S MOTOR DUEL A great 3d car tacir * CLG10 FUTURE SHOCK Guide Aa ball CLGIl ALL GUNS BLAZING 2 playai oar CLG13 PARADOX Another good puul. Gamol I disk 3.50 .
CLG14 SONIC SMARTIEHEAD Plallom. Game loi 8 yearn 8 ovst 1 d CLGI5 SPLODGE THE REVENGE Good puiiM s FUNPACK GAMES A HUGE COLLECTION OF PO GAMES ON 30 WSKS Alt A5O0. 600 COMPATIBLE A MUST FOR THE KIDS (MOST OK ON AIZOO'i All 30 lot Only£29 95 ' ASSASSINS GAMES THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF GAMES FOR THE AMIGA All THE GAMES IN THIS PACK ARE THE BEST AVAILABLE NEARLY EVERY GAME YOU CAN THINK OF INCLUDING PACMAN INVADERS GALAXsANS ASTEROIDS CARO GAMES TETRIS PUZZLE GAMES WELL OVER 130 GAMES IN TOTAi PACKED ONTO AN AMAZING 15 DISKS .Smaller packs on All 35 lor Only £34 95 ' PHONE FOR A500.A600
COMPATIBILITY CLEM NIGHT SKY A superb introduction to the constellations this program teaturues over '500 stars, and the sun moon stars A planets can bo displayed as seen trom any part o' the Earth1 Large scrolling screen, mouse or keyboard controlled, dick on any displayed object tor intormation This superb title Comes on 2 disks A is priced at 4 50'* CLEM WORDS A LADDERS An exellent spelling program tor t or 2 players each player has a tew seconds to spelt a word correctty. The player who reaches the top ot the ladder is the winner The program has 10.000 words so some words can be Quite
long, however you can select the level' Will also provldo printed output 1o a connected printer. 3 501* CLASSIC CUPART I Okay on A1200 A4000.)
Ik. Riywt IS tki. FlUtnom I. nry high huge bitmapt. Many g'taUr than an Amiga kirn tcrttn.
For nit in Itpainl or HIV packagerack dni aulobooti at a ilidnkow allowing you lo rirw the rntire bitmap by mating Ike moutc.' Thricei per dttk!)
ARTOI WFDDINGS Superb nodding clipart. 2 disk*!.
ART02 HOI SEN 2 disk*. Picturr» of mansion* clc!* ART03 RF I II.IOI S 3 disk* full of Holt clipart!.
LRTWWWI AIRCRAFT I disk of World-ar II plane* • ART05 MEN 2 disks full of mm at »ork!.
LRT06 WOMEN 2 disk* full of uomrti dips!.
ART07 kIDS 2 disk* conlamini kids clipart!.
ARTW Ht SI NESS Disk full of ofTWr cliparl!.
ART09 OFFICE Another office tipc disk!.
ARTIO STTDFN'TS l«t* of sludrnl l pe pic*!.
ART II SAEETIME Mans useful login Hr!* ARTI2 XMAS 3 disks of Xmas rrlalcd pks!.
ARTI3 PUNCH .» disk* of cartoon pics! .
ARTI4 ANIMAL* t.nUslK qual.ti pictures!.
ARTIS CATS O..... ARTUSIIJIOI ARTI7 M IIOOI s 2 disk* of school pictures!.
ARTIS RABIES Clipart on a baht Ibeme!.
ARTI9 SPOKI 2 disks full of sport pictures!.
ART20 OLYMPIC Another sport Ispe disk!.
ART2I MEDICAL 2 disks full of medical rlipart!.
AKT22 SEALIFT. Pictures from the ticean!.
ART23 DECORATIVE MONTHS Pk for rsers month!.
RT24 WACKY Euan* comic tip* diparl!.
RT25 HOLIDAYS Halidas t*p* pidures!.
ART26 BANNERS 2 disks full of banners!.
Nl* 12 pic* t* 1 ETTES l*u LRI27 ART NOI VEAl I LOWERS Floral art!.
'R12* BUTTERFLIES N ce pictures!.
LR 129 FOOD 2 ilisk* on a foodkitchm theme!* RT3B COLOl UM. BO k Colour in Dpamt!.
ART3I BORDERS 2 disks must load into DTP!.
ART32 MAC CLIP 2 disk- high qualm macart!.
ART33 HORNBACK Nke scenic dipart!.
ART34 TEDDY HEARS 2 disks of Tfddv bear*!.
ART35 ' ANITY FARE 2 llsk* fashion dipart!.
ART34 HALLOWFF.N Cl IPAR1 Wierd dipart!.
ART3T SHOWTIME Dan. Mg. Singing etc!.
R 13* VEGGIES Vegetalun dipart!.
ARTJ9 FI.ORAL 14 scry .mailed pwtur**!.
AR 146 MYT11N Msthiral mages . Rodiac!.
ART4I DOG WOODCUTS Super 300dpi pin!.
AKT42 CAT WOODCUT* Great uildcal pits!.
ART43 AFRICAN WOODCUTS African animals!.
AR 144 AMERICAN WOODCUTS More animals!.
AR 145 ARTIC WOODCl IS Northern animals!.
AR 146 FARM WOOIMTTS Farm animals!.
ART47 MIXED ANIMAL WOODCITS Nice pics!.
ARIA* BIRDS WfMMMT Is 18th centurs bird pics!.
ART49 MORE AMMAl-S More superb pictures!.
ARI50 ANIMAL LINE AFT Aarird sdrstMm of pics!.
AR15I BOTANICAL AR Aerj detailed plant pics!.
ART52 FAMILY SCENES 2 disk* of domestic life!.
ARTS3 GOLF III Mol R ! Amusing cartoon disks!.
AR 154 SPACE A IRANS *ORT On a spam Ibeme!.
AKT55 SOETSCLNF2 29 oral scener. Pictures!.
AR 156 SPORTS.' More p cs on a sports theme!.
ART57 N AVY la ts of nas.J tip* pictures!.
AR 15* TRAVEL 2 disks on a Irasei theme!.
ART59 Al PH ABE I Bord.rs A alphabet dips!.
ARI64 ACCENTS A El.AsHElS Burst stars A more!.
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NBS U F14 I CHAIN LANE NEWPORT IW. PO30 5QA TEL: 0983 529 594 F A X:0 9 8 3 8 2 1 5 9 9 VALLY PD U F14 PO BOX 15. PETERLEE CO. DURHAM SR8 INZ T E L:0 9 1 587 1195 F A X:0 9 1 587 1195 BLITTERCHIPS UF14 CLIFFE HOUSE. PRIMROSE STREET. KEIGHLEY. BD2I 4NB TEL: 0535 667 469 FAX: 0535 667 469 POLYID NBS Aaron Sethi has come up with an interesting program. It's tor doing long animations, but instead ot painstakingly plotting every pixel you draw a series of quadrilaterals on different frames. This means that you can't get much detail on your animation, but you can build up a rough idea of a movie
very quickly.
Up to 40 shapes can be put on each page. This translates to a couple of minutes of animation on a 1Mb machine, which is miles by Deluxe Paint standards. To be honest, there are millions of features that could be added or improved upon, but for a good concept and a reasonable first attempt it gets my thumbs up.
The disk includes the AMOS source code as well as the compiled version. Give the dude some feedback and the shareware fee (£5) and I'm sure he'll do a much better version. Oh, PolyEd Is a pretty silly name If it can only draw quadrilaterals.
Very simple, bul innovative, playable and incredibly addictive indeed.
You control a set of lines, called the Stix. The Stix shines towards the mouse pointer. You direct the Stix to wipe out various nasties, in order to gain energy. If you run out of energy, then you lose a life. Lose all your lives and it's game over. Sounds really simple, but controlling the Stix is like no other game I've ever seen. I remember games like this from early Amiga demos, but I haven't seen one like it for a while.
Entity is a brilliant concept and if you value good, old-fashioned gameplay more than pretty graphics then gel it from the guy. Enclosing your £5 registration fee.
And if anybody rips off his idea, commercial or I’D.
We'll all know about it - so forget it. Gel an official licence from the author before releasing your own versions. You get the AMOS source code and it works on all Amigas.
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Are you a frustrated writer? Do you want to see your name in print? Want to submit poems, short stories or comic strips but don't know who wants them? Get this!
Wl) is a Hypcrbook presentation. It lists over 300 names and addresses of magazines that accept contributions from unheard of writers. Put together by James Morrison (no. Not the James Morrison! During his spare time. OK. So it's not quite the Writers and Artists Yearbook, but it is more up to dale (within reason) and I hope he can keep it current and maybe expand it.
Costs £3.50 and and it's Licenseware.
Mommoth animations, but It's a shame it can't save frames in Iff format for later editing with Dpobt.
KITCHEN UNITS NBS (iron u non view Sin 1U "I f mini UBILDJ Lm riroomierop view * This is a complete view of all the kitchen units on view at the same time. Normolly you'd only see one or two.
Paul Whitworth has been a very busy bloke. He's been fitting out his new kitchen, and to give him a helping hand so that it all fitted properly, he used IntroCAD from A - J8 Coverdisk. To help other people in a similar situation (DIY enthusiasts with IntroCAD) he's released his designs as a set of drawings.
All you have lo do to use them is drag the parts and draw ings icons to a copy of your IntroCAD disk - you can just load them from the supplied disk but it can be a bit of a pain. Mind you. The files on this disk are bigger than the free space that's available on the IntroCAD Coverdisk. Which means if you do try to copy them straight to your disk, it will overflow. (Oh yes. Anyone who still can't get IntroCAD to print should load Workbench first, then click on the IntroCAD icon). Turn off any external drives if the program still won't print.
Rather than just loading a complete drawing, you can load the component parts - plan, side and top views arc all included. Together with some in-depth readme files, it's a disk many people will find useful.
You don't believe me? Believe it or not. Designing kitchen units is probably the number one task for small CAD programs like IntroCAD. OK. So there aren't as many companies doing this as say. In the late Eighties.
After this disk gets around there'll be even less. You can pay a fortune for someone to come round w ith a portable PC and show off his designs. Now you don't have to rely on the middlemen - you can take Paul's designs and alter them to taste!
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You can spend over £50 on diagnostic software - that is. A set of programs that you can run on sick Amigas to work out what (if anything) is wrong with them. I've seen belter and worse commercial programs, bul for a bargain price this will test out most of the common failure areas on an Amiga.
It's very simple to use. All you do is load the disk, hit one of the function keys and the diagnostic program starts working. Some of them require you to hold down Shift too. But that's not a chore. Pressing the Help key gets you back to the menu. The size of the menu means that it's PAL only. Although, if you arc w illing to have a dig with the Shell, the programs should work on NTSC machines. Zj TOR lO PROGRAMS OF THE MONTH Every month we print a chart ot the top 10 games and programs from a popular PD library.
This month it's the turn of... BUTTERCHIPS 1.
Amiga Beginner PE 27 2.
FreeCopy PU 240 3.
Superkillers PU 117 4.
TextPlus V3.0 CLU03 5.
All Rounder Cricket PG 200 6.
Soccer Cards PG 205 7.
Start IFF Samples PT 42 8.
Dungeon of Nadroj PG 139 9.
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Then what better way than to follow what coders, animators and musicians the world over are doing in the Public Domain. Andy Nuttall reviews whats new... 165 APRIL! 993 Good grief! Another megademo has arrived on lo the Amiga scene - alter the last couple of months of animations and music. I thought that we d seen the last of vector polygons and plasma effects. Not so. Though, and fortunately this demo is by Anarchy, who are well know n for their impressive coding.
Subtitled 'A monochrome nightmare - in color'.
JD Demo 2 contains ihe usual glen vectors and star fields, but they arc broken up by some excellent pieces of artwork by Slash. The best example of this is a hand-drawn copy of HR Giger's Shaft No 7. Which was originally drawn in I‘ 66 by the man famous for ihe Alien monster, and the graphics in DarkSeed (A 744 -72 per cent I. The graphics are backed-up by a good soundtrack, which makes use of atmospheric instrument samples played over a rave-style backbeat.
Nicely put together, with the added bonus of an interactive section at the end where you move around a 3D space scene using your joystick.
COMIC ART VOLUME 2 CYNOSTK PD The original volume ol Comic Art featured some excellent hand-drawn images. Cyber, the artist, has been working hard on a wide range of characters. From the well-known Incredible Hulk to the less well-known Spawn, who hails from a new company called Image Comics. The use of colour is very impressive, because when using interlaced MIRROR WACK PD, TWO DISKS Here are two disks filled with music and graphics from well-known coders Andromeda. There are nine different tunes here, but they're all pretty much similar in style - funky bass line and drums, and catchy
top end: and they each use the same selection of samples.
Although there arc only four pictures on the disk they are good quality, and the first. Orlhlund Dragon (pictured here) is excellent. Graphic artists on the Amiga, especially ones who concentrate on fantasy styles, are getting better all the lime.
Looking at the possibilities opening up with the new A1200. And its graphical power - along with 2Mb of chip RAM for holding samples - the prospects for future demos such as this arc mouth-watering indeed.
Who’s going to he the first w ith an A1200-specific demo. I wonder?
Hl-res mode only 16 colours are on-screen, but Cyber has used black-line shading to great effect so the images are detailed and colourful.
My one complaint about volume one was it didn't have any accompanying music, but Cyber's now added his own soundtrack, which isn't bad for a first effort. So no complaints this time.
You don't hove to go to the Pyrenees to see purple sky and wonderful mountains you know!
After taking an age to load. The Journey - a. bcllts its name - takes you on a journey through several fractal landscapes created using Scenery Animator. This program. Similar lo Vista, enables you to create highly complicated landscape scenes, in any of the Amiga modes, and also to animate them.
The highly diverse still frames show good imagination and excellent use of colour - see the picture here for example. As an added bonus, three different animated sequences are included, which take you on a .ID trip through the fractal worlds. It's certainly been done before, bul if you haven’t seen such a slideshow yet.
Then this is as good as any.
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The graphics are excellent and the sound effects are superb - the lightning effect is a crystal- clear sample, straight out of your better-than- average horror film. The most impressive sample, occurs when Maxel is driving along, and switches on his radio. The sound which comes out is incredibly realistic! I must admit I'm impressed. This is an animation of the highest quality, and deserves every piece of critical acclaim it receives.
168 APRIL 1993 AMIGA FORMAT DEMO COMPETITION!
References, and what do you get? Well, after seeing the first few images from this slideshow, all you seem lo get is a load of old male-orientated twaddle - such as pictures of tits 'if bums and women cuddling Formula One racing car drivers. Call me prudish, old fashioned or whatever you like hut I reckon it's all a hit sad really, especially as the graphics look like poorly digitised C64 screens.
Having said that, dotted around every now and then are some pictures which look quite eartoony in style, showing FI drivers and their babes with heavily caricatured features - such as huge while teeth and a jutting square jaw. These are pretty good, and look as though they have been drawn by somebody wilh a modicum of talent. In facl these pictures are the demo's only real saving grace.
Because of the differing styles. I'm not sure what the idea of the slideshow is. It could he intended lo titillate (in which case it's quite sadl. Or il could be to make people laugh. II that's the case, why are there loads of shots of scantily clad women? The artist obviously possesses some talent, bul he (or she) should pul more effort into the continuity of future slideshows, so that a similar style remains throughout.
Here’s a challenge for all you demo coders and would-bes out there. We reckon it's about time somebody put together a really different kind of soundtrack for their demos, one that really shows off what the Amiga and a bit of imagination can do.
We want you to push back the frontiers of Amiga music; to put the usual rave and prog rock styles on a back burner, and really go for a new style. Whether It be Seattle-style grunge, heavy industrial, cyberpunk, speed metal, thrash - anything to spice up the current scene. We know that you're all into more than one style of music, so let that show in your demos!
PMZIS1 The author of the best demo, in the judges' opinions, will win an exclusive trophy commissioned specially for the challenge, a year's subscription to Amiga Format, and a high profile in this very tome.
MOW TO INTUt Get your disks together, and send them in to; The Great Amiga Format Demo Challenge, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW to reach us no later than 31 June 1993. So get out and get coding!
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TRSI - WICKED SENSATION 1 7BTT, DISKS 2342 A&B The second of ibis month's mcgadcmos is TRSI's entry to last year's World Of Commodore demo show in Frankfurt. Here, standard mcgadcino parts arc mixed in with a Kraftwerk-slylc rotating head - you know, the one from the Musique Non-Stop video - and some superb hand-drawn graphics.
The head is made tip of a number of light-sourced vector panels which move quickly to give a very smooth rotation - similar in appearance to the standard light-sourced vector ball (which also appears later in this demo). The graphic stills range from a bizarre fight scene with lots of swords Hying and a disembodied head, to an excellent drawing of a face.
The music is of the usual driving backbcal type nothing really very new here, but overall the demo is nicely done. O TOR TEN DEMOS OF THE MONTH Just so that you know what's in and what's not we ask a Public Domain library to tell us what their top-selling demos of the month are.
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AMIGA ADVICE TOO MANY ERRORS FROM: PETER RICHARD WOOD. COVKNTRY
Recently I got myself an A600. I wanted to use it as a serious
machine, and I got plenty of gin id pieces of software from
your Coverdisk. My priorities are word processing, desktop
publishing, database use and games, in that order.
The problem is that I often Find that the Coverdisk Collection programs contain read write errors that prevent me from using them. I dutifully back them up using the Diskcopy command, hut afterwards I am still left with a duff disk. Usually I can use the programs - but I have great difficulty in saving any projects on to the disks.
Please can you help me. I am angry and annoyed
- I got the Amiga to help me work, and have spent far too long
messing about with clumsy interfaces, had disks and no manuals.
After Diskdoctering the disks, they are still in a stale of
hopeless corruption. To he honest. I could have written out my
work in half the time using a pen stuck up my l imp - lid).
To he honest. I really think that you've jumped in at Ihe deep end - the Amiga is unique as computers go.
Bui anyway, here's how you go about saving your files lo blank, formatted disks. These disks arc always called Empiv by default.
When you save a file on Ihe Amiga, the program usually defaults lo Ihe drive lhai the program was skilled from. So when you type in a name to save your work under (lei's say My Work) the Amiga will try lo write lo your Coverdisk collection.
If. Instead, you ask a program lo save lo Empty:.My Work, ihen Ihe computer will ask lor a disk called Empty - lhal is. A blank one - and after il has been inserted, your work will instead he saved on lhal disk.
If you were lo rename a blank disk lo. Say. Data, and ihen saved your work lo Dala:Mywork. Then again Ihe disk would ask for a disk called Data. Don't think it's a case of jusi putting Ihe disk in and leaving il - usually you will have to swap between disks as you are saving data. That's one of the reasons why two disk drives make life much easier.
If you have a disk which works, bui w hich has lots of read write errors on. Ihen the best thing lo do is copy all ihe gocxl files lo a new disk. First, load Workbench. Then formal a disk, and call il Ncwcopy.
Then type this in the shell: Workbench What? How? Where? Why? Who cares? Pat McDonald does.
Read some wise words to find out the Amiga reasons.
If the original disk was not called Procltila. Ihen change lhal lo ivhal Ihe disk was called Scribble!.
isia. Or whatever). The amount of disk swapping involved on a single-drive machine is incredible (remember lo wail until ihe drive light goes out before swapping disks). Bui afterwards, you will have all the good files 011 a different disk. Put ihe Workbench back in the drive and type: Insert ihe Newcopv disk, and type: DFO: This will install the Ncwcopy disk, making it bootable.
Finally, rename Ihe Ncwcopy disk lo what ihe old disk was called tin Ihis case. Prudata) and you should have a fixed disk with no read write errors or funny unformatted tracks on. If you had two disk drives, then you could put the Ncwcopy disk in your second drive and then type: wrung and how do I fix it? Can I disconnect the fan.
Because the noise really irritates me?
The problem is almost certainly a loose connection.
Open up the drive and check over all the connecting leads uhe ones taking the power to the hard disk unit are especially susceptible to slipping). Give them all a good shove and a prod, disconnect the two wires which are connected to the fan. And all should be well.
A FEW QUESTIONS... FROM: MICHAEL RAMSAY. ANGUS 1 have an A500 Plus with a Canon 11.121) printer, a sound enhancer and no extra disk drive - yes. I haie pulled most of my hair out! The first piece of serious software that I bought was the Pen Pal word processor. After a few months of using this. I am becoming aware that I could make things a lot easier for myself. If you could answer some of my Continued overleaf 171 This would mean no disk swaps at all. Life is really so much sweeter w ith a second drive - you can use a single Amiga drive for serious purposes, but it can drive you mad.
APRIL 1993 GVPFAN FROM: CR.I GLPPY. BOURNEMOUTH I recently bought myself second-hand GVP hard drive for my A500. The problem is that sometimes I cannot seem to load or save files - the drive continually throws a "read write' error message up in my face. Usually when this happens though, the fan starts speeding up and slowing down. After the first time it happened, my real time clock was ‘not found'.
This situation incurs randomly and usually after it's been on for a few minutes or longer. What is HARD DISK SAVE FROM: DUNCAN W ALKER. BECCLES I have recently upgraded trom an A500 with an extra (loppy drive to an A1200 with an 80 Mb hard disk. The difference is quite astounding tor my DTP work. Can you recommend a good hard disk backup program (preferably Public Domain) because my hard disk Is half full, and I'd hale to lose all my files?
If you want a really easy-to-use commercial program, get Quarterback. The shareware program Mr Backup can do the same |Ob, but it isn't quite so easy to use.
Mr Backup Pro is the commercial version, and if you register your copy ol Mr Backup with the author Mark Rintret then you can buy the full commercial program if you find the shareware version not quite good enough.
Questions that would be a big help, since I am quite new to the computer scene:
1) I want to do posters, and maybe a fanzine, but I'm unsure
about the range of fonts available. What is the difference
between bitmap and outline fonts?
Which are better and where can I get them from?
Bitmap fonts are made out of square pixels. So when you use a bitmap font at a large size, your letters look very jagged. With outline fonts, the shapes arc stored as lines and angles. Making an outline font bigger does not result in horrible jagged edges - which means outline fonts arc better for DTP. You can get bitmap fonts from various Public Domain libraries, but two that are good for outline fonts are George Thompson Services (0707 391389) and EM Compugraphic (0255 431389).
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2) Is there an inexpensive DTP program which will allow me to use
an unlimited number of fonts?
APRIL 1993 No DTP program ever enables you to use an unlimited number of fonts. The amount of fonts you can use is dictated not by the software you are using, but by the amount of chip memory that you have. As standard, all A500 Pluses have I Mb of chip memory. Another I Mb can be added via the trapdoor underneath the machine
- after that, all extra memory is fast RAM.
3) I've noticed ads for PD clip art. Is this a worthwhile
source of material, and how is it produced?
STUCK IN THE PAST FROM: AL NORMAN, ASTORIA I own an A500 and an A2000. I'm considering buying a Vortex accelerator with 4Mb of 32-blt RAM.
But now the A4000 and A1200 are out, with full 32- blt architecture and the new AA chip set, if I buy the accelerator, I will have a 32-blt machine - but what about the AA chip set? Can I expect an AGA graphics card? After all, there are many other cards available, will there be an AGA version?
No. The current graphics cards for the A2000 and similar are designed so that they don't interfere with the Amiga's built-in graphics. If you were to plug in an AGA adaptor, the current Agnus and Denise chips would interfere with the the adaptor.
If you were to buy a 24-bit graphics card, then you would have an Amiga with a better resolution than the A4000 or A1200. Hardware, like the Opalvision card, will not work with AA chip set games. How attached are you to your current machines - either take them up to professional levels (by buying a 24-bit graphics card) or get an A1200 and A4000 to replace them.
There are two types of clip art - bitmapped and outline (sometimes called proportional). Outline is much better. Because you can scale it up without making it look horribly pixcllatcd. Believe it or not, but clip art is produced by artists sitting down and drawing it.
4) I have thought about a scanner and a digitiser - however, my
bank manager won't allow me to get both at once. Which is
better to go for first?
A scanner is much better for DTP work. You can immediately scan printed material into your Amiga. A digitiser requires cither a video camera or video recorder - and quality varies depending on how much you spend on your video gear.
5) I understand that DTP can require more than the 1Mb of memory
I have at the moment. Is a hard drive the answer? Or will two
disk drives work just as well? Also, what does 52 Mb with 8Mb
of RAM mean? How should I judge a hard drive?
A hard drive is simply one big disk (in the above example, of 52 Mb capacity). I Mb (one megabyte) is the equivalent of one million characters of information.
Programs and data load much, much faster than from floppy disks. Also, you can put all your fonts and clip art (as well as Workbench) on to your hard disk, saving you the trouble of hunting for a particular floppy.
Most A500 A500 Plus hard disks can have extra memory chips added too. This memory is fully usable by your computer as soon as you switch on. In the above example. 8Mb of extra memory would be added to your system, which should be adequate (if it isn't, tough, because that's the most fast memory that you can add lo an A500 Plus).
6) I am baffled by the huge range of memory expansions that are
available - could you give me a few pointers?
If you read the above information, (hen you will appreciate how big I Mb is. Personally. 1 recommend external memory expansions rather than internal ones (a 1Mb internal memory expansion is OK on an A500 Plus, but anything bigger and you're asking for trouble). Chip memory is needed for graphics and sounds - programs and text can be stored in fast memory.
Next, memory expansions come either populated (with the memory chips) and unpopulated (without).
The reason for this is that many people can get RAM chips at cheaper prices than shop traders - also. RAM chip prices go up and dow n all the time.
In your case. I would either get a GVP hard drive with extra RAM. Or a SupraRAM 500RX memory expansion. At least 2Mb of external RAM would help immensely - 1Mb of internal RAM is your first step, but you can never have enough memory-. Even if you have a fully expanded 10 Mb RAM A500 Plus, programs can still run out of memory!
7) When using the Action Replay cartridge to obtain still
pictures from inside games, are the results as good as the
game?
Usually. However, if a game uses the copper chip to give finely graduated backgrounds, then this detail is lost on the final pictures. Action Replay cartridges are widely used by computer magazines to read the IFF pictures into professional DTP systems - in other words, we use them ourselves for just that purpose. But they don't work on all games.
8) How do I copy parts of a Coverdisk on to a separate disk,
rather than copying all of it? Is it easy?
No it's not. What you have to do is copy over the icon files (click and drag - that's easy) and also any associated libraries (in the libs drawer), device drivers (in the devs drawer) or fonts (in the fonts drawer). What it comes down to is that you have to become au fait with copying individual files using the Shell. Alternatively, you could buy a frontend system (SID or SID 2 are shareware, and Directory Opus is commercial).
9) I am using the Epson LQ driver for the Canon printer. Is there
a better driver available?
Probably. Canon do a disk called Canon Print Studio - I suggest you contact them for more information. I regret I have never seen it. Or the resulting printout.
10) Can I print out labels for audio and video tapes? What
program should I use. And where do I get the labels from?
Yes you can. Either do your designs w ith a DTP program like PageSetter. Or you can just use a Public Domain utility like Label Print 3-5. As for the labels, get a local Yellow Pages and look under stationers or stationery supplies.
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Techno babble Do you know how to talk techie speak? Well, if you don't then this little bit of jargon-busting should sort you out... fTp AMIGA ADVICE The software. Always buy software before any hardware - you get a much better idea of w hat you need.
However, the I Mb internal memory expansion w ould be a good buy at the same lime - vou ll be able to do just enough to see how much more y ou need!
MEMORY SAVE FROM: J K MARSHALL. HULL Whenever I quit Prodala, I am lefl with a blank Workbench screen or a CLI that won't recognise any commands when I boot from the disk. Is there a way around this?
Nol really. Prodata clears down the Workbench in order to save on memory - if you had a fair chunk of memory (say 2Mb or morel then you could pul a Run command in the c directory of a copy of Ihe Coverdisk.
And edit ihe startup sequence of the disk to: Run Prodata This would force the program to multitask, and so leave the rest of the operating system intact.
HAVE A BANANA FROM: CRAH; THORNTON. ANGUS I have a problem with Transwrite (included with Ihe ' .oat software pack). To be precise, the spelling checker function puts up a requester for a disk called Spell, which wasn't included in the pack.
For all the other people having trouble, here's how to solve it. Format a disk and name it Spell.
Copy the file British.dcl from the Transwrite disk to your Spell disk. If you have Workbench 2. Then simply select Show All files from the Window menu, and Ihe file will appear, ready to he clicked and dragged. Then double click on the TransSpell icon, as it says in the manual. One working spell checker!
Nice one. Here's how you do it on a 1.3 machine, which doesn't have the Show All Hies feature. Load Workbench, and double click on the Shell icon. Ty pe: Copy from Transwrite:Bricish.pct to Spe!1: The disk name in the above example (Transwrite) may need to be changed if your Transwrite disk is called something else. If. For example, the name under the disk icon was Banana, you would type: Copy from Banana:British.pcc to Spell: Then double click on the TransSpell icon. Simple!
Accelerator: hardware expansion that gives your Amiga a laster CPU. Often used with maths-intensive software where a standard processor is too slow, lor programs called ray tracers' which literally trace the rays ol light which bounce around a scene lo produce a picture. Also used to considerably speed up flight and other kinds of simulations.
Anioi Brush: a brush is a small section ot a graphic screen, cut out with a paint program like Deluxe Paint Anim brushes are different small images with the same dimensions - tor instance, a bird flapping its wings or an eye blinking.
Bllttar: Block Image TransfER device. Used for copying large areas ol memory Irom A to B. or to combine different areas into one single image.
Widely used to generate large graphic shapes in computer games Bridgebuard: Commodores own IBM emulating device, featuring a complete PC computer on a single card. Only fils A1500 and above machines - enables use ot standard PC cards Chip RAM: memory accessible by the custom chips (Paula. Agnus. Demsel as well as the processor Used to store all graphics and sounds Can be used by programs too - with speed slow downs CLI: Command Line Interlace. The program which enables you to type commands into AmigaDOS for standard operations like copying tiles or getting a directory. Shell is more commonly
used now Copper: co processor Used to generate subtly coloured backgrounds - this device is built into the Agnus chip and it can alter colours while the screen is being generated. Executes instructions at the same time as the processor.
CPU: Central Processing Unit. The decision-making chip, the one that tells everything else what to do. It can be interrupted by custom hardware it its programs are m chip RAM Fast RAM: memory that's only accessible by the processor. Programs stored here run taster than those in chip RAM - hence the name.
Frama grabber: device lor capturing live video data and converting it into computer picture data Doesn't require a slill video signal. Usually gives much better results than a video digitiser, which does the same |Ob.
Except that the video must be paused Fraazar cartrldga: quasi-legal device for examining programs while they are running. Usually with many useful built-in utilities which help overshadow its dubious origins.
Hard drlva: basically a big disk lor keeping Workbench and all the serious software that you use.
Works much taster than a floppy disk More and more games are becoming installable on to a hard drive IFF: Interchange File Format. A standard way ot storing pictures and sounds, invented by Electronic Arts and adopted by Commodore. A single standard - practically all art programs can load and save pictures in this lorm.
Kickstart: the name of the set ot programs which are run when the Amiga is turned on. Also contains many library functions tor use by programmers. Latest release is Kickstart 3. Other releases: 2, 1.3, 1.2, 1. I. PO: Public Domain. Literally, software that is the property ot everybody PD disks can be freely copied by anyone, and you can also distribute them to whoever you want The correct term is Freeware' Shareware' (try before you buyl and Licenseware (commercial and non-distributablej also come under (he same rough heading ot "very cheap software".
ROM: Read Only Memory. Memory that cannot be altered. Widely used as the starting programs tor computer systems that have just been turned on - ROMs remember things permanently RAM: Random Access Memory Memory that can be altered and re-altered many times. Typically, it does not remember what it contains when the computer's power is switched oft.
Scanner: hardware device tor reading Hat pictures from posters, newspapers and so on. And converting them into computer graphics Often used in desktop publishing to read in previously published images Script flla: a set ot commands which you would otherwise have to type into the CLI or Shell by hand, saved as a text tile. Learning how to use Shell or the CLI involves learning how to write script tiles.
Shall: more up-to-date version ot CLI Works in exactly the same way. But enables some flexibility in what commands are called via the alias' function. Also gives some hot key combinations to enable some editing ot previously entered commands APRIL 1993 Sound Samplar: hardware device that converts electrical music signals (typically Irom a tape or CD player) into computer sound. Can also be used with a microphone to capture live sounds Sprita: a graphic object that is independent ol the screen On the Amiga, sprites are limited in size and colours Typically used tor mouse pointers, alien mis
siles. And so on Startup-saquanca: the name ol the script tile, contained in the S directory, which is executed alter a disk has booted Typically contains just the name ot a program to auto-run. But can be very complicated.
Whatever the nature of the tile, it must always be called Startup-sequence and live in the S directory.
Workbench: ihe set of programs which set up a graphical point-and-cllck' interface on the Amiga.
Much more friendly than the CLI or Shell, but not as flexible. Always has to be loaded Irom disk, which is slow but does enable much customisation. Workbench 2 requires a Kickstart 2 ROM Workbench 1.3 requires a 1.3 ROM. 1.2 needs a 1.2 ROM and so on.
Zerre: this the generic name tor the Amiga's expansion connector The A500, A500 Plus and A1000 had the original Zorro I, the At500s and the A2000s have Zorro II: and the A3000 has Zorro III. They are not compatible, hence the different expansions lor different machines. The A600 and new A1200 have a PCMCIA connector instead.
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THE NETHERLANDS Is it possible to include machine code routines within AMOS programs? This would save me a considerable amount of time, because I am a machine code programmer myself.
AMOS Answers Pat McDonald has been inundated with your queries about the fascinating, and sometimes frustrating, AMOS program we gave away on Coverdisk 42. Here he alleviates some of your problems... Yes. Il is possible. You need to know the address of the code in memory, and then this command w ill execute the raw machine code. Don't forget the RTS command at the end of your assembler routines, otherwise your machine will crash: CALL address As for how you get the code into memory, you can either have a list of data statements and POKE it in.
Same as the old magazine listings used to do. Or use this command lo load binary files into a known memory location: BLOAD address If you want to save a block of binary code, then this docs Ihe job: 176 3SAVE address, length APRIL 1993 Both methods are dead handy when you want to load in game-savc positions and alter them. I would never have finished Eye of llic Beholder 2 without cheating massively!
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I ROVI: CHRIS GRANT. BAI.DOCK I can't load in the listings from the Easy AMOS demo that you had on your Coverdisk into AMOS.
Does this happen with all Easy AMOS listings?
Our Easy AMOS demo had crunched listings to save on space, which is why they won't work on AMOS. You can swap programs with the lull commercial version of Easy AMOS and AMOS without problem.
NOT QUITE ALL FROM: JAMES EMERY. BYFI.EET Is it possible to load pictures and animations EASY AHOS BOBS IN ACTION K* 1 The Easy AMOS demos were crunched by Europress in order to take up less disk space. They don't load in AMOS.
From Deluxe PainI III into AMOS, to use in my programs? And how about using Quartet and StereoMaster soundtracks?
You can easily load in IFF pictures into a given screen by using: LOAD IFF “filename",screen number Animations (ANIM files). Quartet and StereoMaster sound files arc not supported by AMOS though. Sorry, it's strictly Nnisetraeker and straight IFFs only I regret.
WEIRD LOOKS FROM: MICHAEL RICHARDSON.
FELIXSTOWE I have sussed out how to load my own IFF pictures, but they always look really strange. What am I doing wrong?
You have to open a screen in the correct resolution with enough colours lo display the picture. The form for doing this is: height, width, SCREEN n is the number of the screen (0 to 7-0 is the default screen) the height and width arc in pixels, colours is the number of colours used, and res is zero for low resolution. SX.OOO for high resolution. If you add 4 to this resolution number, interlace mode will be used.
Then you can load in all of your IFFs and they w ill look all right!
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FALSE START FROM: GRAHAM WHARTON. PRESTON I can't decrunch Ihe Extras disk properly! I format a disk, call it Extras and follow the instructions until I get it to: Extracting: (32768) 76576 RAM0S1.3 A system request then asks for the Coverdisk (it's already in the drive) and then nothing, hut nothing, works. I can't give out programs without RAMOS, so w hat do I do?
Don't format the disk using the Workbench to point and click. Instead, use this at the Shell: Format Drive DFD: name Extras noicons That should do the job. Sorry for the oversight.
WRONG PLACE FROM: ERIC BALDWIN. BARNET I cannot gel the Extras disk to decrunch. W hen I double click on the icon, my AI200 tells me that
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It was never on Workbench - it's on the Coverdisk.
You must be double clicking from your own Workbench. What you should do is boot the Coverdisk. And double click from there.
SLOW, NO, NO FROM: SHAUN A LITTLE. SWINDON Every time I want to load or save a file. Ihe file requester takes ages to read in the whole disk directory. Is there a way to make it quicker? Can I save out A oiselracker music files for use in other programs? Finally, why can't I change the text in the Scrolly Text demo?
1 Sn rxC I1 ¦¦¦Bii-’SaEi Sm»«c | Ik LC* to J*CS nifta I'vio.f?! «KK iotn Twf:V*S!-- Mony experienced AMOS programmers prefer to write their own file requesters, because the included one is naff.
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I have nothing concrete on the Scrolly Text demo, bul 1 w ould imagine that some of the graphics are precalculated and so cannot be altered. Fj DEVPAC CONTINUED?
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180 APRIL 1993 Ql own an AI200, and I am unsure whether to get an FPU chip for it. What are the benefits? Will a lot of software make use of it?
Unloss you select 'Print to screen' from the print menu.
Prodata behaves very strangely indeed!
How do I do an alphabetical sort?
Alt’s complicated. The idea behind Prodata is that the database isn't changed. However, your view ot the database - the layout - can be custom tailored to give alphabetic and numeric orders. These viewpoints are never updated on the database itseM, because if you had a really huge database, then it could take hours for the program to reorder it.
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However, the situation may change gradually over time. If more machines have FPUs, then programmers will write more software to take advantage of them, which means even more machines will get FPUs - it's a technology spiral. The point is. W ith computer hardware. You are generally better off waiting until the price drops. As a final note though, hardware prices can (and sometimes do) go up instead of downl Ol have a lot of short samples on my hard drive. How do I go about playing them from the Shell or CLI?
A You need a sample player program, such as Plav590. This program was released on Coverdisk 19. But has since become widespread through the Public Domain. So if you want il. Call around the PD libraries until you find one with that or a similar program. The advantage of Play59l) is that il was written to play samples from hard disks, rather than just being a general purpose sample player.
Qhow do I get the Fountain program to work on Workbench 2?
PRODATA SPECIAL of ordenng the information without actually writing the book starting with all the words that begin with a. then the bs. Then the cs and so on. OK. Here's how you do an alphabetic index - there's one built in as a default to all databases, but you can change them easily. First, after you have loaded a database, press A to Alter it.
Then select I for Index.
After that, you can view tfie current index, delete an index (you can have up to 99 different indexes per database) or create a new one. Press C to do the last one. The first thing that Prodata needs to know is which field to base the primary index on. For a name and address file, this should be set to the Surname field - that's field number one on the example database included. Next, the program needs to know what sort of order to perform on that field. You enter a number, from one to five; one means an alphabetic ASCII order; 2 means a numeric search; 3 is a reverse numeric; four is date
order; and five is reverse date order. In this case, press one for a simple alphabetic search.
Nearly there - you also need to give a length for the order. The default is 15 characters, which is fine for most purposes. You can scan up to the first 45 characters. But most surnames are much shorter than that.
After that, you can add extra search fields (for forenames) so that if two people are called Smith, the program will search by the forename. These procedures read like Greek - sit down and play with the program as described above, and hit Esc to return to the main menu. Doing it is easier than explaining it.
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Ql do a lot of word processing with my trusty A500 Plus and Final Copy II, but when I am using a lot of graphics on a page, the program tends to slow down quite a hit. I only have Ihe basic machine, so would fitting an extra 1Mb of memory help solve this problem?
Ql can't ever seem to get Prodata to print the whole set of records. What exactly am I doing wrong?
A You're almost certainly using the Display option from the main menu. This shows you the database before the Index is applied - the raw. Natural state of the database. If you go to the Print menu, and select Print to Screen (or Print to Printer) then all selected files will be printed.
Qwhen I add a record to the database.
Prodata Ignores it. Why?
A This is probably because you haven't selected all the records. You need to keep the key on the left-hand side ol the space-bar pressed down, and hit S at the same time. Notice how the number of Selected records (displayed top right) changes - set it to the highest value, and all records in the database will be included for searches and filters.
How do you move from record to record?
A Hey. The keys were printed on Page 14 of the Prodata issue (AF43). Check them out there!
Basically, you just use the left and right cursor (arrow) keys - if you want to jump to the first or last record, hold down the Control key at the same time.
(5 AMIGA ADVICE In-depth explanation No 13: printers and drivers h-iitre tet: B|_ Prist Pitch: Q| tin (It tri) Prist Srscisf: Bl t lists Pre lit It Print lulity: Q]_ Prere Im: BJ_ P*re freest: Q| Hremi Irsctre _te_J I* 181 APRIL 1993 A No. It won't make the program any faster - it will merely let you pul more graphics and detail on to your pages.
Qhow do I put something out in the Public Domain, such as a game. Demo, animation or a music track?
A Send it to as many different Public Domain libraries as you can. If it's good, it will travel tbe copied and recopied). If it's not up to scratch, then Ihe libraries probably won't be bothered lo put it in their catalogues.
QI have seen many examples of using Ihe Assign command with a hard drive. Did you get it wrung in Amiga Format 42?
A Yes. Well, the idea was sound, but Ihe example I gave was wrong. To get the version of Octamed given away on the Coverdisk working, the line should have had quotation marks around it. This is always the case with pathnames that contain spaces.
Qhow does an optical mouse differ front an ordinary mouse?
A Optical mice have no moving parts, so they last longer. They have a smoother, but slower response. So. In theory, are slightly better for freehand drawing. The drawback is that you have to use optical mice on special mouse mats.
Qhow about doing one Coverdisk devoted purely to utilities and Public Domain stuff?
A What is the point of supplying commonly available utilities and Public Domain disks when they are already available from Public Domain libraries? We do like to put serious programs on lo the Coverdisk. But only because they're either necessary lo all Amiga owners (such as virus checker programs I or because the programmer wants it that way.
A Will there ever be a Motorola 68060 CPU chip, and will it be available inside Amigas?
A Yes. There will be a 68060. It will probably be built into high-end Amigas. A version of the A4000 with such a processor will probably happen.
However. I doubt if it will enter into common usage until well into the next century. It promises a lot of calculation power, but the price tag will take many years to come down before Commodore w ill seriously consider fitting it to ‘home’ Amigas as a standard item. ® Ithe most important thing to remember is that there are thousands ot different models of printer. To add to the confusion, there are different versions of Workbench, and the differences that usually occur are In the way Workbench handles printers. Using an older version of Workbench (say booting with Deluxe Paint lit) can
often fix printer problems temporarily.
2 You want to know about permanent fixes?
Right, there are four files in the devs directory of Workbench called printer.device, parallel.device, serial.device and system-configu- ration. The last file is where details of your printer setup are stored. Using different versions of these can also fix printer programs with older software.
3 Printer drivers are special translation files.
They translate the ANSI characters that the Amiga uses into the weird escape control codes that you'll find in the back of your printer manual.
Because there are so many variants of printer, there are many kinds of printer driver. The best ones to try are EpsonX, EpsonQ. NEC Pinwriter and IBM ProPrinter. Do not think that you get all possible printer drivers free with all Amigas - often you have to search high and low to find the best (or sometimes only choice ot) printer driver.
4 The drivers live on your Extras disk, in a drawer called Printers. To be usable by the Amiga, they have to be copied to a drawer called Printers in the devs drawer of your Workbench disk. If you are happy about copying files from A to B, using a program like SID or Directory Opus, then that's all you need. But if you don't know how to copy tiles from one disk to another, here are a few guidelines. Remember to do all changes to backup copies of your disks, not the originals!
5 Readers with older Kickstart 1.3 machines (you see a hand holding a disk when you switch on) have to use the Shell to copy these files from the Extras disk on to a copy of the Workbench disk. It's a good idea to wipe a couple ot flies from the disk first (the calculator say) in order to make space. See the 'Have a Banana' letter on Workbench for some guidelines on copying using the Shell.
Tristre Tret (rereUII tort tortlU S»«*rit tetterIpt Hrektedi tow 7[ kwktlWKll M 6 Workbench 2 machines (A500 Plus. A600, later A1500s and the A3000) have it much easier. Double click on the Extras disk icon, and then select Show All files from the Window menu.
The printers drawer will appear - double click on it to see all the drivers. Then double click on the Workbench disk icon, select Show All files, and the devs drawer appears. Double click on this, and then click and drag your drivers across.
7 Workbench 3 owners (A1200 and wealthy A4000 people) should follow a similar procedure. Except that your printer drivers are kept on the Storage disk (still in a drawer called printers) and you don’t have to Show All files because the devs drawer, printer drawer and printer drivers all have icons under the new system.
8 After you have copied the driver, you then have to make Workbench use it! This is not too tricky - you use the Printer Prefs program on Workbench 1.3, and InitPrlnter on Workbench 2 and 3. Workbench 3 owners have to drag the icon for this to the RAM disk, and run it from there, due to a bug in Workbench 3. The same RAM disk procedure should be used for selecting keymaps.
9 One good point about the printer driver system is just about any program can work with any printer. Some programs, like Protext, Prodata and IntroCAD use their own custom drivers instead. However, many modern printers are not driven to their full capability by Amiga drivers.
Printer manufactures tend to bring out new models of printers before anyone has a chance to write drivers for the current models.
In order to remedy this, some driver manufacturers like Citizen, Canon and Star are writing their own drivers. Panasonic will follow suit soon. If you want to get into writing printer drivers, then I recommend you get Amiga Printers Inside and Out, by Ralf Ockenfelds. It's published by Abacus, ISBN 1 -55755-087-5 and costs about £20.
Check out the advertisements to find a copy. The software Included on the disk is widely available from Public Domain libraries (Printer Driver Generator) but the book gives you the lull low- down on printers and drivers.
This is the Preferences screen from Workbench 3. After you hove copied ony suitoble drivers to the devs printers drawer, then they will appear in the list of avoilablo printers.
Other versions of Workbench use different programs, but the theory is pretty much the same. Oh yes, on Workbench 3 you have to copy the Prefs program icon to the RAM disk, and double dick on it from there. This is becouse Workbench 3 wasn't fully tested to work on floppies only
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BEAM ME UP CAPTAIN Oil the heart level of Captain Planet I spoiled a lemming near Ihe lop of Ihe mountain. Captain Planet is produced by Mindscape and Lemmings by Psygnosis.
So I'm noi entirely sure how il goi ihere. Are you? (I have enclosed a picture of il for you.)
Keiran Harris, Carluke We have lo say. We don't know how he got there either.
Hut these lemmings chaps certainly do seem to get about a bit. After originating on the Amiga, they have spread to the Mega Drive, the SS'ES. The Came Boy.
The Game Gear 11 must admit I was so thrilled with the idea of portable Lcmms I even bought one), the PC and the Mac. But all those systems are just pretenders, remember it was the Amiga where Lemmings started, and it s on the Amiga where they'll always belong.
The solitary lemming that you found in Captain Planet is certainly a hit lost, though, because lemmings usually travel in tribes.
There's no getting around the fort, there really is a lemming in Captain Planet. After oil we oil know that the camera never lies.
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Home Computer Club, ihe much more sinister offering from Encounters book club.
The very name conjured up visions of an occulty nature, and a brief look inside ihe leaflet confirmed these suspicions. Although some of the books offered within seemed innocent enough, many more were of an extremely dodgy nature, for example tarol cards, runes, spells, an atlas of magical Britain, explorations of near-death experiences and many other very dubious publications. Reading disdainfully on. I found continuous mentions of such matters as reincarnation and dream interpretation.
To offer such material lo the mainly young audience that your magazine entertains is. At best, highly irresponsible, and at worst, a very dangerous and hypocritical marketing ploy. Would you let your kids read these books?
183 APRIL 1993 Stuart Hogg, Glasgow.
To answer your last paint first. Yes, I would most definitely let, indeed encourage, my children to read these, and any other publications which opened their minds to new ideas.
Your assumption that our readers are mainly young is incorrect though. Our reader surveys repeatedly tell us that our readership spans the 14-45 age range , and the average reader is around 21-years-old. Here at the Amiga Format offices we see nothing wrong with the subject mutter of the Encounters book club, indeed I was once a member of il myself.
What do other readers think? Is this club an organisation insidiously trying to woo our youth to DeviI worship, or is il just a convenient way of gelling interesting and informative books about aspects of science that are often not adequately documented.’ Continued overleaf WHAT’S IN A NAME?
In AF43 you seemed lo decide how much coverage a game gol by how much hype ihe game had received, even though ihe game might nol actually be any good.
European Rampage Tour by Ocean gol a measly IX per cenl bul gol a whole page. I gel ihe impression purely Ihe game's name warranted il a page review while AVSB Harrier Assault by Domark earned a respectable 60 per cenl yet il gol a mere quarter page.
Was ihis because AVSB wasn't as hyped up or advertised as much as WWF!
Don't you think that this is a little unfair?
Scott Simpson. Stonehaven We do bear the Itype in mind when we decide how much space to give a game. Not so as to collude with the software houses. Inti rather to give our review as much chance of gelling noticed as the adverts have had. If u big software house has spent three months and thousands of pounds building up people's expectations to a game, and then il isn't very good, nr have a duty to tell them that it's tun very goiul.
If we just do it on a quarter page, it may gel somewhat overlooked, and many people will waste their money. If it's a smaller and less-liyped game, there is less chance that people will buy il without referring lo the reviews first, so it doesn't need to be given as much space. VW do give a lot of consideration to how much space each game is given, after all see only have a limited number of pages, and there are so many games out there to review.
SPECIAL PRICE I am writing lo enquire about how you can charge the same lor The Amiga Format Special as your normal magazine. I recently compared the two publications and came lo Ihe following conclusions.
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• Amiga Format had iwo Coverdisks on il. One of which was a
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Format Special should therefore be cheaper, because I cannot
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choose between ihe two.
I also read ihal you are going lo revert lo having one Coverdisk. Please don't. Why not fill up Ihe second disk w ith the latesl and grealcst from Ihe world of PD. Il would cosi nothing, and I'm sure ihe PD programmers would be glad of ihe publicity. This would also mean you could keep the price al £3.95 since you would still have two Coverdisks.
Ben Hiett, Cheshire While comparing The Specials and Amiga Formal did you also come lo these conclusions.
¦ I he Special is printed on belter quality paper wilh thicker covers than Amiga Formal, to give it a more book like feel, and make il more durable.
¦ The Special has a greater number of editorial pages, which are of direct use to the reader.
¦ The Special is an invaluable reference work, which lakes many more man hours to collect and collate than an issue of Amiga Formal. Why not compare it in price wilh say The Guinness Book of Brilish Hil Singles.
Which is just a list of computer-collated data, bul many people happily pay Til) for it. The first Special. The Complete Software Guide, has become a bible here al Amiga Formal, and nr are all looking forward lo the next one. The Encyclopaedia of ihe Amiga.
On the second disk front, it would nol have been possible for us to continue selling Amiga Formal for £3.95 with two disks under any circumstances. The FFC have introduced a levy on Coverdisk media tllie disks themselves!, and it would force us to increase the price of each magazine by about I0p per disk Rather than us fill an entire disk with PD software, it is probably belter that readers decide whal they like. I using the reviews in Demo Hone and PD Update of course) and purchase it for themselves. The good thing about PD is that there's so much of it. And it s so cheap COMPACTER DISCS I
think you were a bil quick off Ihe mark lo dismiss the potential of [lie Sony Mini Disc in your reply lo Ihe Idler of Amer Bull IAFM). Granted the Mini Disc would nol be able lo store as much dala as a compact disc, but I estimate that il would hold around 1(H) Mb. W hich is Mill a sizeable amount. A medium such as this could easily replace hard disks as well as floppies.
As for piracy, al present you would need al least £90(1 worth of equipment lo copy a Mini Disc, though by the lime il was used for computing purposes I suppose this would have dropped considerably. For any pirate who doesn't invest in a Mini Disc system the deterrent of size would still exist. KM) floppies being required lo pirate one Mini Disc.
John Dickinson, Cumbria HV agree that Mini Disc cannot be completely discounted as a storage medium for computer users. Hut the Amiga already has its own rewriteahle magnetooptical storage system, supplied by Power Computing and reviewed last issue. These systems use disks of a similar size and appearance as conventional floppy disks that a hit thicker I and can store up to 120 Mb on each disk. So while Mini Disc could offer the same features as this system, there is no real need for it.
Pirates would not try to copy a magneto-optical disk on lo floppies, they would simply copy them on to another M-O disk, if they are to replace hard drives they will have to he re-writeahte. So the "deterrent of size'' would be removed.
WHO SAID THAT?
After playing Gremlin's excellent Lotus 2. I decided lo rip' some samples by reselling ihe machine and searching through chip mem using Audiomaster. All the game samples were inlacl in one long sample as you often find. Whal I did nol expect lo find was a very quiel sample in a very menacing voice saying "You will nol copy lliis game". Il was only audible after slowing il down and increasing Ihe amplitude of die w ave form.
Il Ihcn occurred lo me dial this sample is probably used in die soundtrack of die game. I understand dial subliminal advertising is strictly prohibited because of its effectiveness. When die sub-conscious mind registers a message ihal ihe conscious mind doesn't, the individual is tricked inlo assuming ihal il originated from within themselves. Experiments have been done where a subliminal message instructing people lo purchase a soil drink has been flashed for one frame of a film, and a decent percentage of ihe audience followed the instruction.
Usually I will make a back-up copy of die few games ihal I have, bul for some reason I did nol try lo back-up Lotus 2. This may be because of ihe trouble I had in backing up Lotus I... bul maybe nol.
As you can guess. I wondered how many other game soundtracks may have subliminal suggestions within ihcm. Whal if hackers were lo pirate a game and include in die soundtrack a sample suggesiing dial players should "Go and kill your parents" or even worse "Throw your Amiga oul of die window"?
I don't know how the law stands. I know some shops use subliminal suggestion lo deter shoplifters.
Bul where is. And where can ihe line be drawn?
Mark Adams, Bexley The big problem wilh subliminal advertising Ifrom an ad exec's point of view) is that it can only act as a catalyst. If you are already predisposed lo a certain course of action, say bus ing a Coke for example, sub- liminals can push you over the edge and make your mind up for you. On tile oilier hand, if you were directly opposed lo something, they cannot persuade you to take ihal action. Siibliminals could not persuade a vegetarian to eat meal for instance.
In the case of Lotus 2 however, we think it was probably just the programmers havilig a bit of fun.
Though anything that helps stop piracy can only be a good thing Wc doubt that anyone teould wish lo exalt people to do something criminal or simply pointless like trashing their Amigas.
NOT VERY FUNNY While wailing for t £ 44 to come oul. I decided lo flick through Af'43 lo see if I had missed anything. Turning lo Pages 150-151 I found The Publisher review, and Continued overleaf I am writing to you about your policy ot reviewing games, in particular Sensible Soccer 93.
In AF36 Sensible Soccer received 91 per cent, and was reviewed by Tim Smith. Yet in AF42 , the same reviewer gave Sensible Soccer 93 80 per cent.
The question I am asking is how can a game such as Sensible Soccer in live months degenerate by 11 per cent?
Another point I must raise is that in the same issue that Sensible Soccer 93 was reviewed you gave away a taster sample ot your sister magazine Amiga Power. In this, Sensible Soccer 93 was also reviewed and received 94 per cent. Stuart Campbell, who reviewed it even went as tar as to say... "The best Amiga game ever" Your footnotes tor Sensible Soccer said "Lovely control system" but the same reviewer in the assessment ot Sensible Soccer 93 said that he had not quite managed the play ot the game because it was all one touch.
If your reviewer had taken the time to sit down and practise a little he would have discovered that Sensible and Sensible 93 are the greatest games ever, and the tweaks given to Sensible 93 should have added 4 per cent to the score rather than minusing 11 per cent.
Richard Conway, North Shields Tim Smith says: "I can understand your worry about Sensible s drop ot 11 per cent, let me explain. The original was indeed well worth a Gold, ergo all subsequent upgrades had to live up to that standard. In order lo do as well.
92 93 had to be better than the original (or why pay out again tor It?). Sensible 92 93 was not noticeably better, so we could not give It a Gold. Nevertheless, the software house, game, and concept are all still brilliant."
Having played a demo of Nick Faldo's Golf, and finding that it was virtually unplayable, I was astounded to see it given 90 per cent in AFA3.
At the speed that the swing travels (about 90 mph) I have a job to single click in the shot area, let alone double click. I have average eye sight and reflexes, but was your reviewer Nigel Mansell using another name?
In future, with games costing £35, please put more emphasis on playability. I predict 95 per cent of purchasers will take the game back for a refund.
AW Thompson, Burton on Trent Andy Nuttall, reviewer of Nick Faldo's Golf replies: "I must say I'm surprised at your letter, partly because you're comparing a playable demo to a complete game, and partly because you don't seem to have spent long getting used to the control system. You can't expect to just wade in and get a hole- in-one, just as you can 't in real golf.
This is not an arcade game, but a complicated simulation which in our opinion is the closest to real goll ever seen on the Amiga. We spend several days (or weeks) on a game, and give udgement based on this, and playability rated very highly on our list ot important factors. In this case, most of my colleagues here at Amiga Format seem to agree with me.
We are not aware ot any shops having people return the games, so your estimate ot a 95 per cent return rate seems a little unreal."
Why do all your reviewers hate beat- em-ups? Not just mildly dislike either, but really hate them. By beat-em-ups I mean true beat-em-ups like Final Fight, Panza Kick Boxing and Pitfighter, not Zool types (excellent as it is). I have never, ever seen a good review for one, with the exception ol the highly regarded IK+ (which isn’t that good).
Final Fight deserves at least 85 per cent, possibly more. Please do not forget there are people who like playing a mindlessly violent game with a mate.
Krispin Spanos, Herts Our reviewers don't dislike beat-em- ups, just look at the score Streetflghter 2 received in AF43. It 's just that by and large, beat-em-ups are crap. It is an old and tired format, and unless a program Is really something special, It probably deserves a kicking. IK+ got good reviews when it was released because it was an outstanding game, today it would fair much worse.
The worst thing about beat-em- ups is all Ihe young adults' down the local bar playing Streetflghter 2. When they get in the way of the pinball table, I d like to take them outside and show them what streetfighting is all about.
Next month Issue 46 OUR REVIEWERS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT May 1993 Cyberpunk!
There's a brave new world called the future, but everything you've ever read about it was written in the past. Which makes the future now. This is yesterday's tomorrow, and you are at the spearhead of a technological revolution. Your Amiga gives you the power to access a wealth of information from all around the world.
The mythical cyberspace is your playground. Read our comprehensive study of cyberspace, networks, virtual reality, hacking and dalacrime. And you'll discover there's more to being a cyberpunk than wearing dark glasses and watching the director's cut of Blade Runner a lot. It's a whole new world, and your Amiga is the doorway.
More morphing It's a bit of a trend in computer graphics at present to take one picture and squash it up and fade it into another picture. Michael Jackson did it in his video, and Terminator 2 did it all over the place. This impressive technique is called morphing, and of all the home computers the Amiga is the best at it. Next month we're going to do a full round-up of all the programs that can morph, and show you how good they are at it. Plus we'll be taking a look at how the Amiga is changing altitudes in Burbank. America's TV City.
IDE tiy again... (if I were you) Last month we promised you that this month we would have a complete round up of IDE drives for your machine. But we didn't. Erm... sorry. Next month, though, we really will have the low down on what you can get on the hard-drivc front to put inside your A1200 600. We tell you how it will affect your warranty, and which companies will offer you an alternative one.
Waiting for you at your local shop from April 8!
Reading Ihe small messy prim in ihe main picture I was inlcrcslcd to see: “I just hope lhal all you readers oul Ihere can't read this. If you can. Ihen chances arc I'm in big trouble because il contains lots and lots of swear words."
Where were Ihe swear words, and who have I just got into big trouble? Thai's whal I want lo know.
Andrew Pike, Peterborough Rest assured that if there really had been lots of sw ear words in The Publisher review, a certain Mr Jason Holhorn Ione-time Amiga Formal lech ed. And bon vivant) would now he looking elsew here for an opportunity lo display his tm isive w it and w riting talents As it was. He was just trying to he funny, and who can blame linn for that '.'
LEMMINGS I must adnul lhal I was greatly impressed by Ihe demo of Lemmings 2 - The Tribes on Ihe recent Coverdisk.
However. I was a little disappointed lo find lhal il did not feature my favourite species, namely the dismal swamp bog Lemming Synaptomys Coo peri Hclalcles of North Carolina. USA. Do you happen lo know if it appears in Ihe full game?
Dr Ian J Winfield, aged 33 3 «, Cumbria PS This is definitely not a hoax. I am paid to know about these things.
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STOP SMOKING I am going to treat myself to a new A1200. Does this make HAMS my New Year's resolution?
186 G Miller. Dover Next!
APRIL 1993 MAN OR A MOUSE I subscribe lo your magazine because of its wide breadth of information and the fact that I can learn more about the Amiga and all forms of computing.
I was reading your article. How it Works, which should be retitled How the Ed Thinks It Works, and found that there were two errors:
• a mouse doesn't have micro switches (except for the buttons). I
imagine it would be something like a rat w ith a zitnntcr frame
it it did. Movement is controlled by the slot wheels rotating
between an LED and a photo liausisioi These pans were very
clearly shown in your nice picture.
• flic joystick pictured, and all the joysticks I have ever owned
have only lour switches, not eight. The diagonal movements are
made with a combination of two directions al once.
I expected belter of you Ed, or is it a deliberate mistake? I hope this letter doesn't sound loo smug.
Ian Booker. Harrogate You. And indeed the other 23.972 people w ho w rote in lo point oul these errors, are quite correct. Damien couldn't tell the inside of a peripheral from the inside of a paper hag. And i ant punch his way oul of either Tor his sms we have exiled him to a small glass-walled office where he can see the real world, hut not interface with n in a meaningful manner And yes it does. By half.
NIGHTMARE GMX-1 I have just read your review and am horrified by the inaccuracies.
How does the reviewer come to the conclusion that the GMX-I "performs well"? Were any timing tests earned out? Was the GMX-I compared with an equivalent sound module from a competitor?
Obviously not. Otherwise I assume that these would have been mentioned. I would take real issue with Mr Jackson over his comment about the sound quality. In nearly six years of review ing MIDI equipment. I have never heard a svnth w ith a poorer sound quality . The samples are very grainy , probably due to low sampling frequencies and poor D A converters.
In referring to the new G-MIDI standard. I assume your reviewer means General MIDI or GM. Introduced in I WO - new ? His comments about being able to create songs, play them back on a different G-MIDI machine and still get the right type of instrument playing the right bits of the song are terribly naive, did Mr Jackson plav a song file on the Roland Sound Canvas and then the GMX-1. Obviously not. Had he done so he would have heard that the balance of the instruments was completely wrong because Dream have not followed the G-MIDI specification, a copy of which I can only assume that Mr
Jackson does not have.
According to the manufacturers, the GMX-1 has 20-note polyphony. Independent tests have shown that the actual polyphony is 16 notes. Either way it is necessary for a synth bearing the GM logo to have a polyphony of 24 voices. Consequently the GMX-I should not have a GM logo at all. If your reviewer had done his homework, he could have pointed this out.
The result of this is that people who purchase MIDI files created to GM spec will hear notes cutting oft when played back on the GMX-I.
Did the reviewer even attempt to test the speed of the GMX-I? I very much doubt it. In which case how can he make a comment such as "As fast as any other MIDI device"?
It appears to me that the person reviewing the AND THE WINNER IS... THE PSYGNOSIS SUPERHEROES COMPO The winner ot the Super Superheroes Compo was Miss Lisa Doughty ot Leicester who wins a family ticket to the Granada Studios Tour and a bumper collection of 10 Superheroes videos. She and the people listed below also get a copy ot Superheroes.
Psygnosis' new beat-em-up, which lets you create your own characters to do battle with. Winners are Andy Till of Wimbome. H Bednarz of Stafford, Alistair Sturrock of Stevenston. JS Smith of Sheffield, Aryan Jogiya of Isleworth, Paul Meanwell of Birmingham. M Leiberman of Hornchurch.
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GMX-I has no real idea of how to work with a sound module. Amiga Formal will have to shoulder the responsibility of people buying the GMX-I through what I believe to be gross misrepresentation. As a reviewer I refused to review the GMX-1 for ST Review or Music Technology.
Future Publishing have a great deal to answer for in generating interest and credibility in a sound module that should never have been launched into the music marketplace in the first place.
Vic Lennard. Director UK MIDI Association Hail we compared the GMX-I with any of the numerous sound modules ivr happen to have lying around the Amiga Format offices, ivc would have found that it was considerably less expensive than even its nearest competitor. As it was ice recommended il for the casual musician or beginner, and pointed out that it may well be outgrown in around a year.
On the subject of speed, a car driver doesn't lime lo pm every vehicle he ever tries lo the stopwatch to know' w hether it is fast or not. Experience enables one to make a subjective judgement II was by these methods that Neil I w e prefer not to refer to him as Mr JacksonI made a judgement about the GMX-I. And w hile I would not take issue w ith some of your very well-researched technical data. Amiga Format still would not hesitate to recommend the IMX-I to the novice Amiga musician.
We do foul il hard to imagine why as a reviewer you would turn down the opportunity to review any piece of hardware, especially w hen il would give you the chance lo warn Ihe w orld about the evils of a piece of equipment that you so obviously despise. We also feel lhal in a free-trade environment, it is up lo the public, not a reviewer such as yourself, lo decide which items should or should not have been launched into the marketplace. I lull verges on censorship.
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