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Already the trade is talking about price cuts being needed on Amiga software if it is not to go down the toilet. Users need to keep their Amigas active. The machine's main weapon against consoles Is its versatility, but if games-playing remains a part of its appeal, so much the better. At the moment, all the ‘must have' games are on Sega or Nintendo machines. Not the best games necessarily, but the biggest even though some such as Streetfighter 2 do filter through to the Amiga eventually. ON THE WHOLE, however, this is not a battleground where Amiga games can feel comfortable - Zoo versus Sonic! They've stopped taking bets. So, the Amiga market must concentrate on quality and value. Some of the best programmers in the world still write some of the most original games on offer specifically for the Amiga. That's quality taken care of. But value? Well £30 is a tad pricey. It's not that much less than cartridge games as Nintendo has a new average price point of £39.99 and Sega has stepped up its commitment to 'budget' carts at under £20. Should Amiga publishers respond? Would lower prices revitalise the marketplace? Krisalis boss Tony Kavanagh says: "It's a dead issue". The Amiga floppy games market is, he insists, beyond saving. And this from a man enjoying a hit with Soccer Kid. “If we'd just relied on Amiga sales, we wouldn't have made any money.” This is because despite there being a total Amiga installed base of four million, sales of 50,000 of an Amiga game is exceptional, 10,000 constitutes a very big hit and 5,000 is acceptable. Kavanagh believes that "90 per cent of Amiga owners in the UK have Soccer Kid - and about one per cent paid for it over the counter".

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Version Iqof Impulse's 5 stupendous 93% scorinoTyay-tracer. Nr Get blastin' with this exclusive level from Renegade's sequel to the most famous space . Tir shoot-em-up All Amigas REVIEWED: Uridium 2, Blastar, Overdrive, Second Samurai, Donk EXPAND! A4000 upgrade advice CLASSICS We look at he great uiure WHEN THE STREET JUST AINT 1 w i. TT IF ITS NOT JURASSK PARK IT'S EXTINCT SMRNINmO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM mi m USM AMIGA PC COMPATIBLES EnTEPTRinmEnT SVSTEm mmm OCEAN SOFTWARE LIMITED . 2 CASTLE STREET . CASTLEFIELD . MANCHESTER . M3 4LZ TELEPHONE: 061 832 6633 . FAX: 061 834 0650 Have we got a
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Ontents ISSUE 53 AMIGA FORMAT DECEMBER 1993 Screenplay 49 The price of Cds! 15 If pirates are responsible for the cost of software, why do Cds cost so much?
8-Bit classics on the Amiga Uridium 2 . Rv •• FES time again! 16 We take a look at what the show of the year has to offer Amiga owners.
Commodore unveil new plans 18 We speak to David Pleasance and see what's the latest from Commodore.
CD software. Why does it cost so much?
Reviews Cygnus Ed 128 If you just need to bang out ASCII text quickly, try ASDG's latest version of Cygnus Ed for size.
Rpaint 137 Do we really need another paint package? This Arexx based program may offer the solution to some people's problems.
Sbase 4 Personal 138 Superbase is back. Version 4, this time it's personal.
CDPD3 141 Have Almathera done it again with their third library on a disk?
Megalosound 148 Budget Amiga samplers are not in short supply, can this new player in the market justify its existence?
Pegger 151 What do you do to save on disk space when your applications don't load and save JPEGs? Use Pegger.
Helm 154 We discover what this new multimedia authoring system can do.
Fujitsu DL1150 158 We take two colour printers and.... A paint program with no manual controls? Must be Rpaint. P 137 Whatever you need to store and retrieve, Sbase might help you get it in order. P138 Can Andy Braybrook's 8-Bit classic Uridium stand the conversion to Amiga 16 and 32-bits?
Second Samurai Oscar Blastar Will Core's Blastar make this a bumper month for fans of the shoot-em-up genre?
Canon BJC-600 159 ...review them head-to-head.
Epson projection TV 162 Do you need to display your graphics to small groups? If so Epson's projection TV may be the answer to your prayers.
On this month’s Cover disks egulars Public Domain 166 Back Issues Subscriptions 176 Mail Order 180 Blitz Basic 2 tutorial 184 Workbench 191 The font of all knowledge where Amiga problems are concerned.
Letters 203 Next month 209 Fancy a whole PD library on one disk?
Try CDPD 3. P 141 If you need to increase the size of your image, try Epson's projection TV. P 162 g Worth £269 FOR FULL LOADING INSTRUCTIONS SEE PAGE 7 FOR TUTORIALS SEE PAGE 37 The finest coverdisk program ever!
FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS SEE PAGE 8 (T- CONTENTS DECEMBER 1993 m Team 17 have two new products out this month, is Qwak the better, or will Overdrive take the honours?
Upgrading yourA4000 The A4000 is a mean machine. But to really get the most out of it, you need to put more in. In this first of an occasional series, we show you how to fit extra RAM, and Zorro cards to your machine. Page 122 data Salvage Data can be as valuable as the hardware it's stored on, but unless you are very careful, there's always the chance you will lose it. We show you how to keep your data safe, and what to do if te worst should happen. Page 132 Open Close Push Pull Walk to Pick Up Talk to Give Dogfight 70 Overdrive 72 Bob's Bad Day 78 Qwak 84 Donk 88 Premier Manager II 91
Combat Air Patrol 92 Diggers AGA 95 Ishar AGA 95 Now that's what we call games 96 D-Generation CD32 96 Alfred Chicken 98 Air Force Commander 99 Brutal Sports Football 100 Wiz 'n' Liz 101 Budget game reviews 105 The Secret of Monkey Island • Thomas the Tank Engine • Huckleberry Hound • Crystal Kingdom Dizzy • Hard Drivin' II • World Class Rugby Imagine Imagine for one second a package so good it scored 93 per cent in Amiga Format.
Consider, if you will, having this package in your hands. And thats what you've got... so don't just stand there, flip to the Coverdisk pages now, and discover how to *N0NE SHALL PASS!!
Use Look at Turn or Turn of- Tall- to How many monkeys does it take to change a light bulb? The Secret of Monkey Island goes cheap.
Use this incredible program. Imagine is, without a doubt, the best Coverdisk package ever to be seen on the front of any Amiga magazine.
Now the power of 24-bit ray-traced graphics is all yours. But we wouldn't just abandon you with such a great package without showing you how to use it. So turn immediately to page 37 (pausing briefly at page 7 to discover how to decompact your disk), to discover how to get to grips with this amazing program. We have six pages of step-by-step tutorials to get you started, and we'll be following them up in the coming months with even more projects to help you become a true Imagine expert.
Then turn to page 45 to see our truly spectacular upgrade offer. You can have the incredible new version, Imagine 3.0 for a mere £75. Sound unbelievable? It's true.
Here at Amiga Format we've gone on, and on (and on) about how great 3D imaging software is. But few people have had the chance to try out more than the budget programs. Until now that is! This month we're Coverdisking Imagine 2... and showing you how to use it. Turn immediately to... page 37 Uridium 2 We like shoot-em-ups here at AF, but we haven't seen one we like this much since SWIV fell on our doormat. Uridium 2, a horizontal viewed from above space blaster, is the shoot-em-up of the year, and the definitive demo is on Amiga Format.
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"We have lift off!" Just what you don’t want to hear from your computer co-driver... He's screaming pace notes above the shriek ot the engine... you're pushing it to the edge in the final thrilling stages of the Network Q RAC Rally.
You're strapped into one of the five rally-bred supercars, speeding in the exact tracks of the '93 Rally leaders. Each car handles differently. Each tests your driving skills flat out.
You're picking up vital seconds when you hang a bend late, clip a bank and flip into a roll - damage your car and you dent your chances.
It's the sequel to the top-selling RAC Rally game. But the sound's even more deafening, the digitised video graphics even more in your face for an atmosphere that's totally turbo-charged.
Flying around the world’s toughest rally course is one thing. Staying on earth is another.
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r y-1r««f. P Switch on your machine, and insert Coverdisk 53a.
After a few seconds. Workbench will load Doubleclick on the
icon marked CoverdiskS3a.
And then double-click on the icons to extract the Imagine files. You will need to have two blank formatted disks handy to put the files onto. Refer to the instructions below right for more details on how to do this.
On this month’s Coverdisks we've got the incredible 3D ray-tracer, imagine.
Plus the king of blast-em-ups, Uridium 2. Here's how to get 'em going... IMAGINE Disk 53b is autobootmg. So if you want to play this exclusive level of the year's best shoot-em- up, just stick disk 53b into your drive and turn the machine on, or perform a soft reset.
For more details on how to play the Uridium demo, turn the page.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Imagine, the 3D rendering software which took the world by storm last year and is widely regarded as the best 3D ray-tracing package available for the Amiga.
On this disk you will find the compressed files containing the complete Imagine program (the INT disk) and a whole load of tutorial objects and textures for you to play around with (the DEMO disk).To use the program you will need to decompress both these files on to separate disks. To do this, reset your Amiga and insert the Coverdisk.
Once it has booted up, double click on the disk icon. A window will appear on your Workbench screen with two icons inside it. Oct your blank floppy ready and double click on the first icon.
The disk will spin for a bit as the file is copied into RAM. A requester will then appear asking you to: 'Insert a disk into DFO: and press return.'
Remove your Coverdisk from the drive and replace it with the blank disk, then press Return.
The decompression program will then create a complete disk with all the Imagine software on it.
When this process is finished, a requester will appear asking for your Coverdisk to be put back in DFO:. Do this and you will now be ready to uncompress the second disk. Simply follow exactly the same procedure as above after double-clicking on the second icon in the disk window.
At the end of this process, you will have two disks - the program disk and a disk full of examples. To use Imagine, you must first reset your machine and reboot using a copy of your original Workbench disks. Once loaded, simply insert the Imagine INT disk into the drive and double click on the disk icon. Double click on the Imagine drawer and again on the program's icon to load Imagine. You are now on your way to creating your first astounding images.
Now turn to page 37 for our comprehensive tutorial on how to use this remarkable software.
In order to get Imagine to work in 1Mb of memory you will need to alter the configuration file. To do this, first uncompress the disks as explained and then reboot your machine from a Workbench disk.
Open up a shell and enter the following: resident c:ed pure add 1MB USERS Then remove your workbench disk and insert your INT disk. Then type the following: ed DFO: Imagine, contig Another window will now appear containing a list of text which looks like this:
• Hiec.Stuff PPTU "" « path for imagine.pic EDIT "C:ed" • text
editor to uee for “Edit Movie" QUIK "HAM" • quickrender preset
name QURM "Scant ine" Hquickrender rendering method QUFF
"RGBN-12 bit" • quickrender file format QPTO "RAM:" • path for
quickrender pic LOAD T » flag - load all xxxtules LACE T * flag
- interlace editors These are the important bits anyway. Using
the cursor keys and the delete key, move the cursor around the
screen and change this listing to read:
• Mi sc.Stuff PPM "" EDIT "C:ed'
• path for imagine.pic
• text editor to use for "Edit Movie" CMIK "LORES" • quickrender
preset name QURM "Scanline" Hquickrender rendering method QUFF
"HAM" • quickrender file format QPTO "DFO:" path for
quickrender pic LOAD P • flag - load all nodules LACE F • flag
- interlace editors To save this file press the escape key and
then the “x" key before pressing Return. The new configu
ration will be saved and you will find that Imagine will now
run on a 1Mb machine.
It is advisable that you get a memory upgrade though, because you will find yourself restricted in terms of object and animation size. And renders undertaken with just 1Mb will very VERY slow.
WORKBENCH 1.3 Because of the limitations of Workbench 1.3. you will actually have to initially boot your machine from your Workbench disk. Once Workbench has loaded simply insert your AF53a disk into the drive and proceed through the instructions as shown.
Occasionally you will be asked to replace the Workbench disk (once before and once after each decompression operation). Just follow the system messages and you too will be able to enjoy the delights of 3D rendering.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS In order to use Imagine you will need at least 1Mb of memory, preferably chip memory.
To get the best out of the software you should have at least 4Mb of memory and a hard drive of not less than 40Mb. Obviously the more memory and storage capacity you have, the better your life will be, but you don't need us to tell you that.
IMAGINE NEEDS MEMORY!!!
If you have only 1Mb of memory turn to page 37 for details of our RAM upgrade special offers.
Uridium 2 Get blastin' with this exclusive level 817 from Renegade's URIDIUM! 2 sequel to the most famous space A shoot-em-up Strap in and let loose a hail of laser death in what is, quite literally, a blast from the past.
This month's Coverdisk has an exclusive level from Andy Braybrook's conversion of his own 8-bit classic.
DISK NOT WORKING?
We duplicate over 400.000 disks every month.
Out of all those, obviously a few will be faulty.
If the disk is faulty or any of the programs on it will not load or run properly, there may be a problem. Don't panic!
GRAFTCOLD THROUGH RENEGADE 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: Amiga Format December Disk Disk Copy Labs Ltd Units 28.3 Omega Technical Centre, Drayton Fields Daventry, Northants.
NN11 5RT CALLING URIDIUM 2 a A emfrr clone is right to a certain extent, but the latest blast from the Andy 'pop-killcr' Bravbrook goes a lot further.
The idea is to fly your tiny, one-man Manta across the decks of huge enemy dreadnoughts, blasting anything that moves (and causing damage to some things that don't).
THE DREADNOUGHT Ob.
Your ship is dropped from in front of the craft, leaving you to flip, twist, turn and blast your way through enemy waves, dodging deck guns and Uridimincs as you go. Once you've caused enough devastation, you must enter the engine core and finish the job. That's the basic idea, anyway.
Things are a little bit more complicated in practice though. Never mind, just plug in and start flying - you'll get the hang of it.
Your ship drops out of warp just to the left of the dreadnought so get ready for action. The dreadnought in our demo is Greemion, which is the third ship in the first fleet.
The main threat to your Manta comes from the attack waves of enemy fighters that swoop across the decks of the dreadnought. Blast an entire fleet and you will receive a pick-up (offering a score bonus or an alternative weapon).
GAME OPTIONS The default game is a single-ship run across the surface of the dreadnought but by switching on Caps Lock and pressing F1 you can switch to twin-ship attack. This gives you a drone wing-man that follows your every move, effectively doubling your attack. However, you do have to take into account that you've got two ships to protect.
On the finished version of the game there are extra options, such as joystick or keyboard control, music on off and two player game (team, head-to-head solo or head-to-head with drones).
WATCH OUT FOR THESE... DECK GUNS On the first fleet, deck guns only shoot to the left but can still be nasty if you don't pay attention.
A single cannon shot or bomb should deal with them.
URIDIMINES Uridimines home in on your Manta and cause instant death if you collide with them. Dodge them or blast them out of the sky (if you can).
MINE PORTS Uridimines are launched from these ports. Dropping a bomb or a torpedo will stop a port from operating (as will shooting a Uridimine as it is launched).
WALLS The Manta is a very manoeuvrable little craft - and it needs to be to get around these walls.
Constructions like this can’t be destroyed on earlier levels, so fly around them... Carefully!
Backing up your disk 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.
Iload your Workbench disk Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and double-click on it.
Just follow these simple steps... liiaai vfMmwu.i w h,., «im, iw... Wj sa uTTTil Tijjf ini- aa-t* Clfin ¦mm s m a j aiJKSssi HrtlNda.I Mi tall, (rw, im u m lie jsj s& m 1 1: lltbc v It. Ill: In ill!
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2 Whan the Shall window appears and the drive light Is out. Type m (DfO as in Zero, not OfO as m Oops): Diskcopy from DfO: to OfO: and press the Return key BLASTING THE ENGINE CORE MANTA CONTROL Esc From time to time a pick-up will appear. Most will drift towards you, but Victory Points (one of the most useful pick-ups) will just float off the top of the screen. To pick up a weapon just fly into it. If you decide that you want to get rid of a weapon (some are no good for certain tasks) just waggle the joystick and you will be returned to the default weapon (cannons).
When you hear the 'Land Now' signal, you need to find the landing strip. The arrows will be glowing green to indicate that you can land. Fly over the landing strip in the direction of the arrows, with your manta flat. You will then land on the strip and can launch your attack on the engine core.
JOYSTICK UP AND DOWN - Steers your Manta.
Joystick left or right - Accelerate or slow down and tum around.
ESCAPE (WHILE PAUSED) - Quit the game.
HELP - Pauses the game (Help or fire to resume).
P P - Pauses the game.
In a true test of your manual dexterity, a Uridimine chases you across the deck of the dreadnought. Keep rolling and turning to shake the little beggar.
AND PICK THESE UP BOMBS - Switches to bombs for a strafing deck attack.
M PLASMA - Shoots two streams of ring lasers.
CHASER - A deadly drone that ambushes r "" '¦ MIT SCATTER - Fires laser bolts in all directions.
.s any close targets (limited supply).
• !££ B CYCLONE - A spiralling series of laser £3 SHIELD -
Temporarily surrounds the Manta strands.
With an impenetrable energy field.
S IONISER - The classic mega-powerful B TORPEDO - Similar to a bomb, but is more Defender-type 'toothpaste' weapon.
Powerful, can be aimed at specific targets.
A LASER - Gives you twin laser streams.
* VICTORY POINTS - Cause the 'Land now' signal to be sent
quicker.
Y MANTA - Adds an extra life m X2 - Doubles and score earned until the end of the level.
Once landed, you enter the dreadnought's engine room. The core itself is the shielded globe in the centre. You must blast away the shield using your Vulcan gun while coping with the low gravity, security drones and flying debris. The lives display on the panel will be replaced by energy bars. If these are all extinguished, your assault suit will be destroyed (meaning the dreadnought won’t be) so be careful.
Once the core has been obliterated, the engine room will suddenly start to collapse and extra weapons will be revealed. Pick them up if you have the nerve, then hold down the fire button to call the escape teleport. When the teleport ring appears, fly into it to leave the room, but you must be quick - it won't stay there for ever.
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.. 9.99 ADVANTAGE TENNIS (N012) 17 49 AIR BUCKS
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.. • 17.49 AIR. LAND 8 SEA (688
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.12.49 ASSASSIN REMIX *
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..... 17 99 BATMAN THE MOVIE
..... 7 99 BATTLE ISLE 13
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• ILL 8 TOMATO GAME 17 49 BLACK CRYPT (1 MEG) 16 49 BLADE OF
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2 • LIBERATION (1 MEG) 20 49 CARDIACS • 9 49 CASTLES 2 (A1200
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Civilisation (A1200 version)* 2599 COMBAT AIR PATROL 20 49
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D-GENERATION 13 49 KNIGHTS OF THE SKY (1
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DARKMERE (1 MEG) 17 49 KRUSES SUPER FUN HOUSE
.....18.99 SECOND SAMURAI (1 MEG) • 20.49
DARKSEED(1 MEG) ...... 2149 LAST NINJA 2
(N012) 7.99 SECRET OF
MONKEY ISLAND (1 MEG) ...... 1299 DENNIS (A1200 VERSION)*
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(1 MEGi 24 49 DENNIS* 18.49 LEGENDS (KRISALIS) 1 MEG)*
.. 18 99 SENSIBLE SOCCER ( 92 93 SEASON) ......
13 49 DESERT STRIKE (1 MEG) 19 49 LEGENDS OF VALOUR (1 MEG)
23 49 SHADOW OF THE BEAST 2 (WITH T-SHIRT) 9 49 DISPOSABLE
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THE BEAST 3 19 99 DIZZY PRINCE YOLKFOLK
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SHADOWLANDS * 9.49 DIZZY SEXCELLENT ADVENTURE 16 49 LEMMINGS
2 14 49 SHADOWORLDS (N012) 6 99 DOOF1QHT(1 MEG)* 22 99
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20.49 LOMBARD RAC RALLY
...7.99 SIM CITY DELUXE
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LP MC CD Out Now O’ NEWS DECEMBER 1993
- We re approaching CD32 with caution... once the market is
bigger we should be able to bring prices down. ** THE RECENT
BROOHAHA over games pricing focused on cartridges. Press and
parents railed at the scandalous pricing of £40-£75 games. Sega
and Nintendo carried on selling millions of games to the
generation that common sense forgot.
Meanwhile, in cuddly home computer land, publishers knock out games at around £30 and sell less each month.
Already the trade is talking about price cuts being needed on Amiga software if it is not to go down the toilet. Users need to keep their Amigas active. The machine's main weapon against consoles Is its versatility, but if games-playing remains a part of its appeal, so much the better. At the moment, all the ‘must have' games are on Sega or Nintendo machines. Not the best games necessarily, but the biggest even though some such as Streetfighter 2 do filter through to the Amiga eventually.
ON THE WHOLE, however, this is not a battleground where Amiga games can feel comfortable - Zoo versus Sonic! They've stopped taking bets. So, the Amiga market must concentrate on quality and value. Some of the best programmers in the world still write some of the most original games on offer specifically for the Amiga. That's quality taken care of.
But value? Well £30 is a tad pricey. It's not that much less than cartridge games as Nintendo has a new average price point of £39.99 and Sega has stepped up its commitment to 'budget' carts at under £20. Should Amiga publishers respond?
Would lower prices revitalise the marketplace? Krisalis boss Tony Kavanagh says: "It's a dead issue". The Amiga floppy games market is, he insists, beyond saving. And this from a man enjoying a hit with Soccer Kid. “If we'd just relied on Amiga sales, we wouldn't have made any money.” This is because despite there being a total Amiga installed base of four million, sales of 50,000 of an Amiga game is exceptional, 10,000 constitutes a very big hit and 5,000 is acceptable. Kavanagh believes that "90 per cent of Amiga owners in the UK have Soccer Kid - and about one per cent paid for it over
the counter".
AND THERE'S THE problem; piracy. Lower prices might help combat piracy, but they can't be risked... because of piracy.
Publishers might sell more at £14.99 or £9.99. but they would certainly lose a whole lot more if sales didn't pick up.
And anyway, just how low can they drop prices? Whatever the price, it's going to be more than nothing. Publishers generally believe piracy is so ingrained in the Amiga culture that price drops would be pointless. They support the Amiga as a base platform, a good technology they are comfortable with.
The games they design can then be licensed on to more lucrative areas. If they were selling at a price that meant losing money on the Amiga version, they may look at other base platforms. Reductions may also see Amiga software disappear from High Street chains as lower prices lead to slimmer margins. The machine then becomes marginalised and dies in a graveyard 'niche market'. There is, it seems, little that can save the Amiga floppy games market. The hope for lower prices lies with CD32.
MOST CD32 GAMES will be priced at £29.99, but because the format is virtually pirate proof, publishers will be able to confidently lower prices if the installed base picks up. A price of £19.99 could emerge within the first year and £14.99 may be possible in year two. Commodore have already said the royalty publishers pay on each sale will be halved if the game retails at under £15. The more machines Commodore sell, the more units software publishers will sell and the lower the price they can charge. It sounds simple, but it's new to the Amiga world - every year there have been more Amigas
on the market, but sales of software are nosediving. Piracy is to blame and, as Kavanagh puts it: "Amiga owners are their own worst enemies.
They alone are maintaining the £29.99 price point".
The only chance of seeing a significant reduction in the price of software is if Commodore make a genuine mass market success of their next generation machine. Once again the spotlight, and the future of the Amiga market is on the CD32.
TMC OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE Of AMIGA FORMAT THE PRICE OF games lias always licen a contentious issue, with software publishers and the industry as a whole blaming high figures on piracy and production costs.
Without doubt, they have a case.
However, along with the launch ol Commodore's new console machine comes a new format for games - Compact Discs - promising a reduction in both of the offending factors. Yet from the games so far released for the Amiga Cl)'1-, we can see no reflection of this - in fact, the average price of an Amiga game has risen from £25.99 on floppy disk to £29.99 on ( I To keep the Amiga market alive and active everyone agrees software must be more affordable, so win do the softies seem to be shooting themselves in the feet?
Simon Ally from Ocean says the issue isn't that straightforward. “We're simply testing the water at the moment," he explains. "CDs are a new market and we don't know what all our production costs are yet, so we re treating Cds the same as floppies. Once CD-'- has lully established its own market - perhaps around this time next year - then we should see a massive levelling out on the prices of Cds".
The Ocean argument is understandable. But using CD-1- to cash in on big film licences, such as Jurassic Park seems unfair.
“With film licences Ocean have to pay for each format the game goes on. So just because it is already on floppy, it doesn't mean that we don't pay again. Developing a Cl) game also means you have a 20-man leant instead of the usual four, so production costs are much higher."
The pricing dilemma doesn't stop there - many publishers are putting games on Cl) which are A1200 ports, and they arc- Team 17 who have just launched their first Cl)'- products
- I'l 7. 1‘rojnl X. Alien lirail anil Qli'AA’- at £11.99. "We've
achieved this price because these games are ports." Says T eam
17's Martvn Brown, "We won't bring out any true Cl) games until
after Christmas - we have to finish our AI200 stuff first. But
we wanted to get some games out there to show support for the
platform.
“Once we produce true CD-*2 games, the price will have to go up. But it will he under £30. Development costs for one Cl) are onlv around the same as a four-disk game, and I would like to see prices at around £19.99- hopefully it cvill Im- soon."
So publishers are relying on Commodore's console to establish a strong market before they reduce their prices, vet Commodore need as manv good, affordable games out on Cl) for its baby to succeed. The likes of Ocean. Mindscape and Team 17 have confidence in the format. But unless that is reflected in them actively supporting it by reducing prices, the success of CD-'- is. As Martvn Brown of Team 17 puts it: “In the laps ol the gods."
Still charging £29.99 for them. According to Karl Fitzhugh of Mindscape this is due to expected volume of sales.
“We're approaching CD1- with caution." He says. “Producing sav 50.000 copies of a game on floppy disk, you can bring the price down, but with Cds. The volume is much less, so the unit pric e has to be higher. Once the market is bigger we should be able to bring prices down - our PC CD-ROM products have been reduced from £50 to £19.99. and eventually we hope to do the same with (T I1-' products."
A ray of hope- on the pric ing front, however. Is offered bv CD32 GOOD TO Despite denials from Microbotics that the product is not finalised yet mail order firm Indi are touting their new CD32 Expansion Board. The unit is said to have serial and parallel ports, a floppy drive port support for an IDE drive and RAM expansion and a port for the MPEG unit.
WARNING: FES ALMOST HERE Microbotics confirmed they were working on such a unit but said that specifications and price were far from final.
Despite this Indi have announced a £139.99 price for the item.
Call Indi on 0543 41999 for details.
US ROBOTICS GET SLOWER AND CHEAPER We have made no secret of our love of the US Robotics Sportster modem. We use one in the office. Now it has a younger brother.
" The FES games arcade will span a massive 1,000 square metres with games running from all the top software publishers... “ The Sportster Quad is a 2100 bps fax modem. The baby Sportster is I laves compatible. BABT approved, has a live year warranty and looks just as much like Stvlophone as its big brother.
ACID ADD EASY TOUCH TO PROGRAMMING Acid Software, authors of Blitz Basic 2, have added 50 new commands to the language, which was featured on Af32's Coverdisk. These will be supplied to registered users with issue five of the gorgeously named BUM (Blitz User Magazine).
The new commands include support for the ASL library on Workbench 2 and above, which follow Commodore guidelines. Using them makes creating applications that use file, font and screen requesters easier, since much of the coding is already written in the ASL library. Support for the AGA chipset is also improved, with support for 24-bit palette and the 64-pixel wide sprites. The new commands also allow you to utilise the BitPlane DMA to 4X fetch mode, which speeds up the process of copying data in chip RAM four times faster.
Acid are also developing a combined hardware software device which will allow a CD32 to access a partition on another Amiga's hard disk through the Keyboard Serial port. They will also be adding commands to Blitz Basic which will use CD32'* new features, such as the controller and the chunky to bitplane conversion chip.
Acid's first CD release should be out by Christmas, and will contain all Blitz Basic PD games released so far, as well as an enhanced version of the racing game Skidmarks. Contact Acid on 071-482 4066.
THE COUNTDOWN TO The Future Entertainment Show has begun. Before you know it. It will Ik- 11 November and the Grand Hall at Olympia. London, will be parked for lour days with all the people and products from the Amiga World.
Not only will the show have the world's biggest games arena, not only will its exhibitors be the Imvsi software, hardware and games manufacturers and distributors, and not onlv will it have s| e ial events taking plate on each and every day. But there will be masses of competitions you can enter with huge prizes up for grabs.
The FES games arcade will span a massive l.(HH) square metres with games playing stations for you to try your hand at all the latest games from people like Domark, Gremlin. Electronic Arts. Mi netscape*. Online Entertainment and Virgin.
And if you think you're adept at joystick waggling, then there will l e plenty of challenges giving vou the chance to prove yourself. The Grand Final of Future's National Championships will Ik- hosted by Virgin, with the- supreme champion earning off £10.000. and the runner-up £4.000 in cash. And 21 si Century Entertainment will be running an Amiga (11)-*“ I’iribu I hmtnsies competition with the winner (and guest) fixing over to the CFS in Chicago.
You will also Ik- able to jump aboard some of the most exciting rides around, from the latest dodgems and LaserForce.
To Typhoon - the only ride of its kind in the country - which spins at IOOmph hour with the same force as a rocket taking off Now if that all doesn’t sound special enough, each and every day at the show- wili have extra events taking place. On the opening day. Thursday 1 ltli. Channel AMIGA Korn 's cult television show Games,Master is to go ui air live* front the show, marking th*‘ first time a TV show has ever been broadcast in its entirety from a computer- related exhibition. Radio One DJ Simon Mayo will also be broadcasting live from the show lor most of Thursday morning. And the Radio
One Roadshow will there with host Neale James of Rock Kile fame, for all four davs.
Friday won’t disappoint visitors either, because you gel an extra bonus - 20.0(H) tickets for the Disney film Aladdin will Ih- given to ticket holders for this dav, with the film being shown all over the country two weeks before its general release.
I. asilv. il you want to see Marcus Dyson, the editor of your
favourite magazine get covered in cack ill the Gunge Plunge
tank sponsored by the NSPCC, then come along and vote him in
as Future Publishing's magazine editor who most deserves to
get dunked! I.ook forward to seeing you there.
For Thursday I lilt and Friday 12th only, there will Ik- a limited number of tickets at the door, but to avoid disappointment we recommend you buy tickets in advanced. Prices are lt .fir or 124.95 for a group of four and can be obtained bv ringing this hotline number: 051-356 5085
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Amiga can be found at The Future Entertainment Show on 11-14th
November. Don't dare to miss it!
OVERDRIVE: AN AMIGA FIRST It looks like many other hard drivers, but the Overdrive from Software Demon is the Amiga's first PCMCIA hard drive.
Those champions of the bargain hard drive, Software Demon, have made an Amiga first. The new Overdrive range of hard drives are the first to use the PCMCIA port on the left of the A600 and 1200 models. The unit comes in two models, one which accepts 2.5-irtch IDE drives and one which takes the bigger, and cheaper 3.5-inch units. Software Demon: 0738 331039.
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J ' ¦ OPAL UPDATE Glasgow's 24-bit Club have now got stocks of the OpalVision V2.0 software.
All registered OpalVision users can get the upgrade for free by supplying the dub with nine blank disks and the cost of the return postage.
If you don't have nine spore disks a pre-packaged software upgrade is available for a mere £15. You must include your OpalVision serial number when you place your order.
Contact the 24-bH Club, OpalVision Software Update, 6 Skirsa Square, Floor 1, Glasgow G23 5DW.
MORE FROM 24 Users of this month's Imagine Coverdisk would be well advised to contact the 24-Bit club, (see address above, but miss the OpalVision bit out). The club has a large number of objects and textures ideal for 3D users, which are available on their 3D PD disks for £3.50. Annual subscription to the dub is £20 and members get the disks for free.
DRIVING FAST Quantum, one of the biggest names in hard drives, have released an Amiga version of their IDE drives for the A1200 and A600.
The Quantum Rocket 2.5-inch is allegedly the fastest IDE drive available.
If you want to put the claims to the test contact Siren Software by calling 061-724 7572.
ADORING TOO Multimedia presentation package Adorage which was demoed on the Amiga Format 48 Coverdisk, is now available in a new version.
Adorage 2.0 can use up to 256 colours, has a redesigned user interface, and optimised routines for quicker rendering on faster processors. To upgrade, or buy Adorage 2 give MicroPACE a call on 0753 551888.
FAKE VIRUS KILLERS Two fake versions of the popular Virus program VirusZ are drculating in the Public Domain. The rogue programs are version 3.12 and 3.16 but it's not yet clear exactly what they do. Whatever it is, it's likely to be highly unpleasant, so avoid these versions at all costs.
A new version (6.31) of Virus Killer is now widely available, but this contains a serious bug which causes it to think that files compressed using the PowerPacker program are infected with the Crime virus.
Anybody who is using Virus Checker version 6.31 should immediately upgrade to version 6.32, which has had this bug fixed.
COMMODORE'S Commodore UK boss exclusively reveals a four-point plan to introduce new machines by the end of the year, and introduce even more powerful Amigas.
AMIGA FORMAT CAN exclusively reveal that Commodore are to hit the rest of the computer and console manufacturers out of the park with not one.
Not two. Not three, but FOUR stunning Amiga announcements!
In an exclusive interview with Commodore I K’s managing director. David Pleasance (printed in full in the Amiga Format Annual) it was revealed that the following changes will be made to the Amiga line up:
1) The Full-Motion Video board for the SegTendo-smashing Amiga
CD32 could be in the shops in November. Tin getting the unit
at the end of October so it will be in the shops in November."
Says Pleasance. "I'm looking to sell the FMV module on its
own. Probably at £229.99. and then offer CD32 with the module
installed at a £30 saving."
2) CD-ROM drives for the A1200 and A4000 are now ready and could
be with us before Christmas!
Pleasance is looking at a price of £269 for the A1200 version, with the A4000 price still to he announced.
3) On the more immediate side, and for all those people who are
dving to get their hands on some tneatv 040 processing power,
Pleasance had a Ixiinb- shell announcement (to demolish the
Macintosh IS THIS PACKAGE THE FINAL WORD?
The release of Final Writrr. A new high-end word processor. Looks likely to lessen the gap between word processor and DT P packages even further. Final Writer is designed as a high-end companion to Softwood’s Final t'o ry II program, which was awarded 81 per cent in issue 42. And boasts a wide range of new features.
Among these are automatic bibliography and index generation. Document outlining, fast search and replace, and the ability to use both Compugraphic and Postscript fouls on any printer. More than 100 Postscript typefaces are included with the program.
Economics Seminar Graphics handling has also been improved, with the ability to import and display IFF and F.nrapsulated Postscript images. Images can be rotated to any angle, and scaled with no loss of resolution. Final Writer will cost £129.99. Contact Softwood on 0773 836781 for further information.
T 1 - -1 CRAFT LANDING New for AMOS programmers is Craft from Black Legend Software. Designed for use with both classic and Pro versions of AMOS, Craft adds over 160 new commands to the AMOS instruction set. Among its features are the ability to generate both Julia and Mandelbrot fractal graphics. Craft also adds a number of new requesters to AMOS including a very handy Dpaint-like colour requester (ideal if you're writing a paint program in AMOS). For those of you without AMOS Pro, Craft fully supports NoiseTracker and SoundTracker 'Mod” files which can be played under interrupt. Other
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Citadel) about the A4000, 40: "We are bringing out a lower rost 040. I haven't been given the lower price, but I suspect that it may represent a cut of $ 100-150.
There are some specification changes hut these are not likely to l e enormous.” It seems probable that the cheaper QUADRUPLE WHAMMY!
* All of this news reflects Commodore’s massive commitment to
supporting both the AGA machines and CD32. * A4000 40 will be
an EC version, which is basically an 040 without MMU. Because
most people don't use Mml this should not be a major drawback.
Although we can't confirm a date, it is possible that the
machine will be available before (ihristmas.
4) Possibly the most important news for Amiga owners globally is
that the 64- bit. RIS(Abased machines are. According to
Pleasance: "...12 months, or maybe less, away. Essentially it
will be Windows NT.
And DOS-compatible through Windows N'T. Compatibility elements are primatilv VATMAN STRIKES AT MAGAZINES Fears in the industry are growing that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kenneth Clarke, is intending to impose Value- Added Tax on magazines at the full whack of 17.5 per cent.
If the Chancellor announces the introduction of VAT in the November Budget mans magazines will close (not this one), and cover prices are almost certain to rise.
We regard the planned imposition ol VAT by the Chancellor (or that Tory git in the suede shoes, as we've taken to calling him) as a particularly misguided step.
Therefore we urge Amiga f ormat readers to write to The Right lion Kenneth Clarke MP at the House of Commons, Westminster. London and complain at this misguided tax. We don't want lo pass the VAT on to readers through an increase in cover price, but, unfortunately, there would be no alternative.
CALIGARI SLASH PRICES huge cut in price and plummeted from £299 to just £99.
The price drop moves Caligari 24 into direct competition with programs such as Real 3D, which comes in both a cut-down budget version and as a £399 advanced package.
There is also a super powerful Broadcast version of Caligari, which is now selling at £399.
Contact Meridian on 081 543 3500 for further details.
Aimed at the Pentium and 586. But I understand that it will out perform the Pentium by five times".
The more immediate effect of this news is that the AAA chipset is now ready for Beta Testing having recently passed its first Silicon test stage.
Stns Pleasance: "It will perform III times better than the AGA does. And it will also have 31) image rendering built into the hardware." All ol this news reflects the massive commitment ol Commodore to supporting both the AGA-based machines and the (.! *- Eor the lull David Pleasance interview packed with many more revelations about the future for Commodore and the Amiga, make sure that you get your copy of The Amiga format Annual on sale Thursday Novembei 11.
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Iill: ii 1111111115 GVP were founded in 1987. Back when
the Amiga was still in its youth, and have gone on to
build a manufacturing empire that now spans the globe.
They have produced some of the most popular peripherals
for the Amiga, and some of the most technologically-
advanced hardware.
The president of the company. Gerard Bucas, worked for four years at Commodore, rising to become Vice President of Technology before leaving to found Great Valley Products.
DECEMBER 1 993 NEWS SPECIAL Into the VALLEY When it comes to third party manufacturers, the biggest player in the game is Great valley Products. Nick veitch cornered Gerard Bucas,the company’s president, in a west London hotel.
"For us the future is with the Amiga." Says Gerard Bucas, president o* Great Valley Products.
'! : I suppose a key question of the moment is that most developers have, to a certain extent, turned their hack on the A500 and are concentrating on A1200 products. Do you have any plans for new A500 peripherals?
No. I think our problem with a device like the A530 is that we have nowhere left to go. That product is just too good to Ik- improved upon, so it can he difficult to develop further peripherals.
'If: How is it that you can produce high-quality units like the HD8 hard drive and sell them so cheaply? I believe the current price is £199.
Simply by losing money at the moment. 1 suppose it's nice for the users.
'! ¦. GVP has a reputation for producing mid-range and high-end hardware for the Amiga. Recently you have started producing software too, such as Cinemorph and ImagrFX. Why this sudden move into software?
Well, this isn't a sudden move, GVP have always developed top-quality software, but it has always been tied in with hardware to an extent. Don't forget that every GVP hard drive comes with Prrp and Install software. In fact, before GVP came up with the software for the HD8 there was nothing like it available on the market.
Before that, when a customer bought a drive, they would have to prep and partition it, reboot the machine and format it. It was really loo complicated for users who didn't know how a hard drive worked. We put all that together in one piece of software that was easy enough to use. Anti now you see that this has been copied.
'Z But until recently you haven't produced stand alone software, it has all been tied to peripherals.
Yes, that is true. We tended to produce complete systems, software and hardware. But now we have proved that we ran produce quality software.
When we launched ImagtFX people said that we could never take on that market, that AUPro was too strong, but we have proved that we can do it.
R~J: One thing that has always puzzled me, and probably a lot of other people is where the name Great Valley Products comes from.
When we first started we were very near an er... what you would call an industrial park. It was called the Great Valley Business Centre, and it was our intention to move into a unit there, but it never happened.
Anyway, we spent a long time trying to think of some name and someone suggested that it would sound good to Ik- called Great Valley Products. If you see our address we are in a town called King Of Prussia. You might think that's rather a strange name, but that's Pennsylvania, there are stranger names In-lieve me.
'Zi: How much difference is there between the European market and your home market?
The European market is much bigger in terms of users, but we find that the Amiga users in the USA tend to be more interested in the high-end equipment. So both are just as important to its. Perhaps a large factor in this is the Video Toaster, which is quite an important market for us in terms of hard drive controllers. The HUH is still selling very well because it is a cheap and reliable way of adding SCSI to the A4000. The Toaster market is becoming important in Japan too.
Zj You mention the Video Toaster. Now, that seems like the sort of derice that a big and resourceful company like yourselves could produce. Have you ever thought of producing anything similar?
If we had known at the time that the Video Toaster would not appear in a PAI. Version then I think we would have done it. The market for a PAL Toaster would be just as big again for all the European countries as the original market was in the NTSC countries like the USA and Japan. But to start again from scratch is looking at a four year development cycle and by that time things could have changed.
Z?: Many companies have made quite a tidy sum of money from producing low-end peripherals such as disk drives and RAM expansions. Have you ever considered doing this?
We don't like to compete at that end of the market. When you are dealing with things like external disk drives vou can only compete on price. People aren't interested in the quality of products like that, and we could never produce anything that didn't meet our quality standards, Z : In the past your relationship with Commodore has been a bit up and down, but recently it has been said that you are actually working on products for Commodore. Just how close is the relationship?
Yes.
Came from there. Recently Commodore have realised the need for high-quality peripherals to support the Amiga, and they have approached us about providing them.
Z» Would these new peripherals be badged as Commodore products, but come from you?
We have no specifics on the arrangement, or even that a deal will take place.
Why would you say that GVP has become the largest third party manufacturer of Amiga peripherals? What’s the secret of your success?
It is difficult for people to enter the Amiga peripheral market because vou need a global approach.
That is something that GVP started out with, we don’t see things as being a domestic market in the USA and overseas elsewhere, we are just as happy selling in Europe as anywhere else.
Another key to our success is that right from the start we have had marketing people who understood marketing, not just engineers who took on that role as seems to be the case with many small companies.
Now wc are in a position that we are able to finance the research and development necessary to produce high-quality products.
We never release a product until it is finished.
You’ll see some other products shipping with wirc- vvrap fixes on the boards. Nothing like that ever leaves GYP. It means we produce the best product and it is very reliable, which is why we can stand bv our one year guarantee.
You see some of these other firms offering two-year guarantees, but what some people fail to realise is that a lot of these companies won't be around for that length of time, so when the thing breaks where do you go?
Z) : But it mast be quite risky having that money tied up in a
product so long before you ever see a return on it. Have you
ever been stung?
For the high-end Amigas, but you do not have anything currcndy in production for the A4000. Is there something on the way?
Z HI t in ¦0 HI A P There are GVP products for the A4000. Things like DSS8+ and IV-24. As I have said the HC8 is used by many people as a SCSI option for the A400I). There is also a new product that will lie of some interest. Our KGS card which fully supports retargetable graphics systems and will be bundled with a pretty interesting paint program. I haven't seen anything like it yet. It has lextttred paint modes which simulate real drawing materials. It will blow your socks oil.
Zl What about OpalPainf; I think it will be even better than that, but you will see it for yourself.
Zj: I'll look forward to that. What are you working on for the the A1200?
We are hoping to release around 10 new products for the A1200 in the next six months. One of them is an update to the A1230 accelerator. The A1230 Turbo* uses the same 50MH processor that was used in the A5S0 and has a 50MHz 68882 maths co-processor. Really we had to bring it out because although users may opt for the less expensive options, they like to know that we can produce the best possible accelerator.
The other A1200 card which will be launched soon is the A1200 SCSI-RAM device. .5s well as a co-processor and RAM expansion it also has a SCSI interface. This uses the expansion port at the rear of the A1200 to provide a SCSI interface through our own custom DMA interface. It uses a DPRC chip which we have been able to design because of our commitment to VLSI and SMT manufacturing. This is the only card which has all of these features.
0 HI A HI s 00 HI a « o u Perhaps the most exciting new product is our lb-bit sampler which will use the PCMCIA slot on the A1200. We are going to sell exactly the same unit as a PC. Peripheral, only the software will be different. I think we may be looking to do that with more products, but for us the future is with the Amiga. Z) whatever DISPOSABLE HERO PREMIER MANAGER 2 LEGACY OF SORASIL ZOOL and his female companion ZOOZ ‘ace a challenge which wilts the knees of the toughest Ninja's in this state of the sn PLATFORM ARCADE ACTION sCQuei. KROOL and his accomplice MENTAL BLOCK are once again
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Endless hours of solid and far reaching gamepiay Get that trigger finger ready for an ARCADE SHOOT EM UP that takes up the genre where others have feared to tread The Free Worlds lie technologically bankrupt. An Alien tyranny threatens mankind As a certified D-HERO it is your task to fight your way through 6 levels of non-stop heart pumping finger sweating eyeball racing thumb busting, nerve jangling action to penetrate the alien strongholds PREMIER MANAGER transformed the face of STRATEGY football management games with it's accessible and enjoyable game style.
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PREMIER MANAGER 2 is ready with a whole host of added features Have you the management skills to turn around and improve your teams performance'’ Get ready to blow the whistle on THE football game for 1993 111!1 if * 11 am Feature* Include
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• Many vaned power ups and collectibles.
• Hidden bonus rooms and secret levels
• Siz img sound FX and a choice of in game tunes.
• Nine huge levels.
The classic seouei to 1992 s Oiggest selling Amiga game' Features Include:
• 6 different Alien life forms
• 8 different types of space crafts
• 16 different types of weapons and shields.
• Fully designabie asteroid field interface
• Highly intelligent enemy colonies.
• 40 different building structures.
• A vast range of complex interactions to understand and control.
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• 30 perilous quests to be completed
• Stunning 3D isometric display.
• Simple point and click interface.
• 8 heroes, all with specialist skills and abilities.
• Eene sound FX and tunes.
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• Fully adjustable sound FX and in game tunes.
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• Choice of assault craft with Four levels of difficulty ‘First
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• Comprehensive banking system with changeable interest rates.
• Up to 26 players per team with limit of 4 foreign.
• Set ticket prices and crowd control.
• IMMEDIATE sacking possible if you’re not up to the job.
'This really is the best bits of all the footy games, bundled together and ia c out on a golden plate for you' The One THE WORLD O COMMODORE woe mm IMAGI ¦ Although Europe accounts for more than 80 per cent of the Amiga's worldwide sales, commodore's machine still has a strong foothold in the USA as a serious video and graphics tool. Richard Baguley took a trip to the WoC Show in California, to find out what's new on the American Amiga scene.
GVP previewed ImageFX version 1.50, which includes several new loaders and savers, giving il increased flexibility as an Image processing program. An upgrade costs £29.95 from Silica, call 081-309 1111.
MAC MAGIC Jim Drew, designer of the new Emplant Mac emulator, was demonstrating its features on the Utilities Unlimited stand.
Although the 32-bit clean version of the software is not yet completed, it will run on an A4000 030, which has no MMU (Memory Management Unit). Utilities Unlimited: +602 680 9004.
AAA IS ON THE WAY Jim Drew (left) tells Gary Rainer, designer of OpalVision (far right) how to turn his Amiga Into a Mac.
OXXI PMSKNTS Oxxi Inc previewed a pre-release version of their latest creation Videostage, which is a sort of multimedia titling program, suitable for creating and running applications such as remote presentations and demo booths. Support is provided for remote control of these via a modem link.
Oxxi are on +310 427 1227.
NEW FEATURES Scala showed the latest version of their Multimedia MM300 and Infochannel IC500 programs. Both the new versions have significant extra features, such as absolute timing, which can be used to tie in a presentation with a videotape to an accuracy of one frame, and the ability to play back samples directly from hard disk. Scala are on +703 709 8043.
STARRING ROLES SeaOuest animator and editor of LightWave Pro newsletter, John Gross, was on hand to demonstrate the Toaster
4000. He also showed how the Amiga and LightWave were used to
create the models used in the multi-million dollar US TV
series SeaOuest, produced by Steven Spielberg. SeaOuest, a
sort of Stingray for the Nineties, was premiered on US TV
during WoC, showing 19 million people just what the Amiga
can do.
IT'S A LONG way from Bath to Pasadena, and not just in terms of miles. In the UK. Most people use their Amigas for both serious work and for playing games. Not so in the US. Of the 50 stands at the show, only one involved games in any form, and this was a prominent mail order rom- pany selling everything from issues of Amiga Formal to copies of Deluxe Paint.
IN A KEYNOTE address at the World of Commodore Show in Pasadena, Commodore's Vice President of Engineering, lew Eggebrecht, revealed that the long-awaited AAA chipset now exists.
"We have had a very dramatic breakthrough in the last week... we now have running silicon," he said.
This means that the AAA chipset is no longer just o design, but actually exists as a set of chips.
Eggebrecht claims that this next generation of custom chips for the Amiga will increase performance by 10 to 20 times over the AGA chipset currently used in the A1200 and A4000.
"We still hove a lot of bugs," said Eggebrecht, "but recently we were able to bring up software, and were able to show 24-bit true colour images and actually blit [use the blitter chip to move parts of the image in memory] this around the screen.
What the AAA chipset means to the Amiga
• Chip RAM to 16Mb.
• Backward compatible with AA and AA+ chipsets.
• Compressed video data formats.
• 16 and 24-bit true colour modes.
• 32-bit bit'blitter (10 to 20X)AA+
• Eight voice stereo sound and 16-bit PCM at lOOKHz sample rate.
The forthcoming AAA chipset is a radical leap forward for the Amiga. The entire architecture of the chipset has been redesigned, and it's now based around four custom chips (although this will eventually be reduced to two). These will offer radical improvements over the AGA chipset featured in the All of the other stands were dedicated to serious equipment for the Amiga, and most of them were taken by the manufacturers of the equipment. For instance, both (AT* and Commodore had a big stand, and one of the biggest crowd pullers was the Utilities Unlimited stand, where programmer Jim Drew
was demonstrating the latest version of his Prn ilanl Mac emulation system. The ottlv games running at the show were on the Commodore stand, where the CD3- was making its debut in the US.
So what serious delights were on show' Let's have a look around... "We will have to have a second pass on this technology to correct some of these problems," he added.
This means that there are a few bugs still in the chips, and it will be necessary to go back to the design stage to alter some aspects of the chips in order to correct these. Once this is done, further prototypes of the chips will be made and these will be tested. This process will take several months, but Eggebrecht expects to have fully running prototypes ready early next year.
"We plan by mid next year [1994] to have this technology actually available in products," said Eggebrecht.
However, this date is only provisional, and it's possible that we may not see AAA chipset machines until much later in 1994.
"Even though we have had staff reductions and a very aggressive development schedule for the CD32, we have made great progress in this technology," Eggebrecht concluded.
Commodore International, 1200 Wilson Drive West Chester, Pennsylvania PA 19380 (0101) 215 431 9343.
A1200. Although they will be backwards compatible.
Among the new features is eight voice 16-bit stereo sound, with sample rates of up to 100Khz. 16 and 24-bit true colour screen modes, and support for up to 16Mb of chip RAM. The new chips will also have support for compressed video data, although it's not clear if this will include MPEG support without additional hardware. Separate CPU. Memory and pixel clocks will ensure that the various parts of the system are working at the maxium possible speed, while a 32-bit Blitter will offer data transfer rates 10 to 20 times faster than the current AGA Blitter.
Support for a CD-ROM drive will also be built in.
Contrary to previous reports, CD32 will be launched in the USA. Jim Dionne, President of Commodore US, confirmed that the console will be launched across the US in November.
Dionne described it as a 'soft regional launch'; in other words Commodore US can't really afford much advertising, and they will be relying on current Amiga users and retailers to spread the word and push the new product.
Commodore demoed several completed CD32 games (including Oscar) at the show, as well as a preview of Jurassic Park, which includes some CDXL (full screen, full motion video without using the MPEG odd-on) excerpts from the film. The MPEG unit was also on display, and in a seminar by Lew Eggebrecht the MPEG unit shown playing a Video CD generated a great deal of excitement.
WARM AMD FUZZY RAVE OM ONE OF THE most controversial products ai I lie show was IjghlRavr a hardware and software device that enables you to run the excellent ray- tracing program LightWave without the Video Toaster.
It's produced by a new company. Warm and Fuzzy laigic. Running IjghtWovr without the Toaster was not previously possible because UghlWavr used the Toaster to display its 24-bit output.
The heart of the product is a small piece of custom hardware, that plugs in to the serial port of any Amiga. Along with the software included with IjghlHnvr. This then pretends to be all of the bits of the Toaster that LightWave needs, although it can't emulate the Toaster's video features. So. You can run LightWave on any Amiga, including Pal. Machines and models without a video slot (which is where the Toaster fits).
LighlHave also enables you to display the images produced by IjghtWave on several graphics boards, including the CVP IV24. Retina. OpalVision, DCTV. And KGS Spectrum, as well as in the AGA modes on the A1200 and A4000 and the normal Amiga display modes. It can also pass rendered images directly to GVP's ImageFX paint program, so you can process them before they are saved to tlisk.
Michael Vinrk of Warm and Fuzzy I-ogic stressed that software upgrades to the device will only be sold to users who can supply a genuine Video Toaster registration number.
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SUNRIZE STUDIO SOUNDS USA CD32 TO GO STATESIDE SUNRIZE INDUSTRIES HAD one of the largest and noisiest stands at the show, where they were demonstrating the latest version of their Sludio 16 software.
When combined with the AD 12 or AD 16 sampler cards, Sludio 16 can sample direct to hard disk and play back up to 12 tracks of 16-bit CD quality sound, although you will need a very fast Amiga (at leas! A 68030-equipped model) and hard disk to achieve this.
The cards can also read in SMPTE time code which is used in professional video and film systems to synchronise sound and vision. The new version of the Sludio 16 software can work with programs such as ConDo or Bars & Pipes Professional. Il also includes a cue list which means that you can edit sequences using the mouse, and features a number of new special effects which can be applied to a sample.
The sampling to, and playback from, hard disk means that you can create long sequences of samples, although you will need a pretty big hard disk to do this, as every minute of CD quality audio will take about 5Mb of space!
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WO c Wwf ANIMATED ANTICS Warner Brothers animation director Rusty Mills (pictured left) ran a seminar showing how GVP's image processing and drawing program ImageFX was used in the production of the new animated series Ammaniacs.
SPACE SAVER Heifner Communications released Pegger at the show, a utility which runs in the background and compresses images into the JPEG format in a way which is invisible to the pcogram. This enables you to save large amounts of disk space, especially if you're dealing with 24-bit images, as JPEG images can be up to 90 per cent smaller than IFF equivalents.
See review on poge 151.
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TOR FONTS Soft Logik showed their latest release, the Typesmith 2 font editor, which enables you to create your own typefaces, in both bitmap and CG outline format. They were also running demos of PageSlream 3.0, although this is not yet finished.
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WORK OF ART Village Tronic were showing the Picasso II graphics board, which has a maximum resolution of 1280 by 1024 in 256 colours (800 by 600 in 16 million colours). Watch out for a full review in AF very soon.
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RELEASE A NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE Amiga could be released in Britain next year. A prototype ol the 4000T was on display at the World of Commodore Show. And. According to Commodore I S. it will be released in the States before the end of the year.
Commodore I K also have plans to release the 4000T. But they have not yet decided on its price and specification.
The A4000T on display at the Pasadena show is based around the same CPU as the A4000 040 (a 25Mhz 68040). But it also has a number ol additions.
There are two video slots, enabling you to fit two devices, such as the Toaster and an OpalVision card at the same time, as well as five Zorro III slots.
The 4000T has a fast SCSI 2 interface built on to the motherboard, as well as the usual IDE interface included on other A4000 models. There is sufficient spare in the case for five half-height drives, all of which can be accessed from the front of the case, making them suitable for devices like Tape Streamers or CD-ROM drives.
Although development of the 40001 has been completed, and Commodore are committed to releasing it this year, this dale may be put back because ol teething problems at a new factory in the Philippines.
The factory will manufacture all the Amiga models and getting it fully operational is taking a little longer than expected. The release may also be delayed because priority is being given to producing large numbers ol CD- -s for the European market.
The T in A4000T doesn't stand lor Tower, as sou might expect. Because this word (in relation lo computers) is the copvrighl ol another manufacturer. Instead, the T stands lot Free Standing. I Imm.
The new model is certainly a big step forward for the Amiga, hut the specifications do seem to la- lacking in one respect. Why is a machine designed for power user still running at 25Mh ' A 40Mb version of the 68040 is now easily available, and this would make- much more sense for a machine of this type. I lowever.
It does use the same CPU slot design as the A4000.
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CENTAUR DEVELOPMENTS showed their new OpalVision modules which they hope to release by the end ol the yeor.
The Video Processor (which fits on to the main board) can grob in 16 million colours in real time from a video source, genlock together two video sources or a video source and 24-bit frame buffer, and process live video using the new roaster chip. The bundled software includes a wide range of digital video effects ond enables you to create your own effects.
The Video Suite is a combined audio and video mixer in a 19-inch rack mount unit.
This interfaces with the main card, and the bundled software enables you to switch or fade from one source to another.
Unlike the Toaster, the Video Suite can use Composite, S-Video and RGB signals. It also works in both PAL and NTSC without the need for a transcoder. The five audio inputs can be controlled with the video sources, or mixed separately.
According to Centaur's John Sievers, the modules are not yet complete and are under going beta testing. Expect a review in AF as soon as they're ready. Centaur Developments, 264S Maricopa St, Suite B, Torrance, CA 90503. Tel: +310 787 4530.
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DIGITAL MICRONICS REVEALED the Digital Broadcast range, which enables M you to digitise in video, save it to hard disk and edit it in a non-linear fashion. This means that you can move shots around in ™ a scene with only a couple of mouse clicks.
The user can define the amount of compression - up to 1011:1 - although this ¦ • effects image quality. Once you've created the edit, you can either record it direct to video tape from hard disk, or create an edit list which can be fed into a profes- III sional editing system. There are two u models - lb ($ 2,495) and 32 ($ 3,349).
H Digital also showed Digital Mediacaster, Q which uses the MPEG method of coin- PUSHING FOR THE FUTURE THE NUMBER OF exhibitors and visitors to the show were down on previous years. This could perhaps be because in the States the Amiga has lost some serious ground to IBM compatibles and Macs over the past couple of years as the price of these machines has become more competitive Several big companies - such as ASDG. Newtek and Gold Disk
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However, all is not doom and gloom - there are still a huge number of new hardware and software releases coming out of the American Amiga market. With products such as Sunrtze's Studio 16 and the Video Toaster in every day professional use across America, the Amiga has become more or less the standard for use in professional TV and audio work, and nothing can realistically challenge it in terms of price and performance American Amigas owners are extremely enthusiastic about their machines, and want to keep pushing them further forward. With big television programs such as Babylon 5 and
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Commodore now have a great opportunity to push the Amiga even further forward. The real question is whether Commodore and the people in the Amiga market are prepared to grasp this opportunity.
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You've got the software, now learn how to get the most out of
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FASTER IMAGINATION We only had space to include the Integer
version of Imagine on the Coverdisk. Which won’t take advan
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If you want to get hold of the FPU version of Imagine, send your Coverdisk with a cheque for £1.50 payable to Disk Copy Labs Ltd to: Amiga Format FPU Imagine, Disk Copy Labs Ltd, Units 2&3, Omega Technical Centre, Drayton Fields, Daventry, Northants NN11 5RT WHAT YOU HAVE ., .his month's Coverdisk is a program with which you can create worlds. While this sounds like a bit of a cliche, it also happens to be true. With Imagine, you can build 3D models of real objects, and place them in a world of your own creation. In this world, you are in control, and you can make it as real or surreal as
you like. You want to produce an image of a helicopter attacking a 50 loot cow? Keel free!
All you need to do is to build the objects, or even easier, load up the ones supplied with this month's disk.
Once you've loaded these, you position the objects and set up the lighting and environment. If you're creating an animation, you can also control how they move, and even get the camera to move as well. When you're happy with this, you set Imagine working. It will load in the objects, check the lighting and generate an image from this information, complete with realistic light and shade.
Over the following six pages, we have put together four tutorials which will teach you the basics of working with Imagine.
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3D modelling and ray-tracing is undoubtedly one of the areas in which the Amiga excels, and Imagine is one of the best programs you can get. However, ray-tracing and 3D modelling is an extremely complex area, and Imagine is a very powerful and complicated program. Ibis means that it will take a long time to reallv get to grips with the program, and even longer to produce the sort of results that you see in the pages of Amiga Formal. But don't be downhearted if your first images don't turn out quite as you expected them to. Run through the tutorials on the following pages, and don't be afraid
to experiment. O RAMMING IT HOME... Imagine is an incredibly powerful program, which unfortunately means that it's very greedy for memory. Although the program will run in 1Mb, You will not be able to load or render some of the more complex objects included with the program. In order to load these, you will need at least 2Mb of memory.
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Name Address Post Code Phone Number Signature METHOO OF PAYMENT: (Tick as appropriate) _ card no. I I Expiry date Cheque I ! Access Visa Postal order 8 At the centre of each object in the edit windows is a small yellow square. This is the control point or 'axis'. In the TOP window click once on this point. The orange torus turns purple showing that has been picked.
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(move). Click once on this. The purple torus is replaced by an
orange 'bounding box'.
L » C3BG) J=r..- .....- L. 10 In the TOP window move the pointer over this box and drag it up the screen and to the right a little (1cm).
15 Click on the OK button. You are returned to the Detail Editor.
SELECTING AND PICKING The Imagine conventions for selecting and picking objects seem rather complex, but once understood they are straightforward and very powerful.
Normal objects are black in the edit windows. Any one object can be Selected (Orange). The Select Next and Select Previous menu commands allow objects with superimposed axis (control) points to be isolated. New objects are always Selected when placed on screen.
Clicking on the yellow axis point will Pick an object turning it Blue. If it is Selected and Picked an object will turn Purple.
Any number of objects can be Picked at once by holding down the Shift key and clicking on each axis in turn - a convention for multi-selection in almost every program on most platforms such as file selection on the Amiga Workbench.
To summarise:
• Only one object can be Selected (Orange), isolating it.
• Any Object(s) can be Picked (blue) allowing it them to be acted
upon - transformed, grouped, saved, and so on.
Vou have completed the first tutorial. The object and therefore the image, produced are very simple, but obviously the principles used can be applied to more complex objects and scenes.
20 Select Project Quickrender. The 21 Select the OK button. The red torus is Quickrender Lighting requester appears. Rendered in low resolution HAM mode bisected by the white Ground plane.
IMAGINE TIPS To understand imagine better, here are a few explanatory notes to each of the points in this tutorial.
- 2 As you read on. Menu selections will be shown in the form
Project New.
3 The requester will open in the drawer where Imagine 2 is kept.
Typing in a project name will create a new drawer where all parts of this project will be stored - scenes, objects, images, staging and specs.
If you are working from floppy disks K would be better to select a newly formatted disk at this point. All data will be stored here.
4 These four windows represent views into your working area or stage, each named on the left vertical bar. For example. TOP, looking down on to the stage from above; FRONT, viewing the stage from the audience; RIGHT, looking at the stage from the 'wings' on the audience's right side; and PERSP. A 'flying' perspective view of the stage set by you.
5 These six object types are provided by the program to start you off. Other objects can be created by modifying these, or by joining several together.
7 The ’wireframe' represents an object by drawing the edges of the triangular facets that Imagine uses to construct the framework or skeleton of its world.
8 Picking an object allows it to be acted upon separately from the other (unpicked) objects by a particular tool.
9 So that complex objects can be transformed and moved on screen easily in 'real time', they are replaced temporarily by the smallest rectangular box that would contain them - the bounding box.
10 At this point it is possible to move the object in any of the Edit windows, and by clicking ROT (rotate) or SCI (scale), carry out either of those transformations as well.
12 This is complex requester that is at the heart of all material qualities in Imagine. It is described in more detail later, and will be the subject of a full tutorial later in this series.
Watch out for it.
14 Changes made to any numeric input box in Imagine will only take effect after the return key has been pressed. Usually this lesson is learned the hard way - by forgetting!
15 The torus is bisected because the ground was created with its axis in the same place as that of the torus - level with the centre of the torus.
IMAGINE TIPS 1 Shortcuts - press FS or elkk the Prim button in user strip at screen bottom to give the Primitive Requester.
1 Using Project 1. Numbers 1-5, start a New Project (SeaLife?), move to the Detail Editor and Function Add Primitive Cone.
By varying the colour and orientation of your strands of weed, you can create a realistic Sargasso-style clump.
2 In Cone Parameters requester make Radius S. Height 100. Circle Sections 5.
And Vertical Sections 10. Click OK. Cone is drawn on screen and is Selected.
3 Shortcut - press Right Amiga key and C key together - shown in future as (RAm-C).
5 With practice, keyboard shortcuts can make this a quick, simple job.
For example. Ram-P to paste. Ft to Pick Selection. M to activate Mov, Lart-LAm-Cursor Keys to move.
SpaceBar to place object, Ram-P to paste again, and so on.
6 At this point anything can be done to the picked cones - they can be deleted, saved, grouped, or joined as one object with one axis point 8 Any point(s) can now be selected (turning red) and moved with the mouse. Stay with the tutorial for now, though!
11 This is an immensely powerful means of modelling objects - the most intuitive system I have ever used on any desktop computer. It takes lots of practice to get what you want but it is worth the work.
3 Click Axis point of cone to pick (or F1 to Pick Selection), and Copy using Object Copy.
Using the Mov button on the User Strip, move the picked cone a small distance in the Top view. (See Project 1.
Numbers 8. 9. 10 & 11.)
S Paste several (5 or 6) new copies of the cone with Object Paste (RAm-P), moving them in turn close to the first one.
13 If you want to experiment Specular can be set to 130.190,130 and Hardness to 240. Specular controls the colour of specular reflections (the reflections on shiny but not mirrored surfaces). Hardness controls the size of these reflections.
9 Turn on Magnetism with the Mode Magnetism On menu or the Mag button. A tick appears next to the menu selection and Drag Points. Magnetic in the status bar.
8 Switch to Drag Points mode using the Mode Drag Points menu or Ram-0. All of the points in each cone become highlighted in pale yellow.
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Frontier is the single most important step'forward for games this decade.” CU Amiga - 97% . • only the very best mature with time &koi iami GAMETEK Available on PC, AMIGA, ATARI ST T r I I ,1 „-i i I • ¦¦ l 1 I u ¦ ¦-. ill I iv lv 1II l II I ll.ltll 1 ll -¦ II •¦ iiih-I--k 3 We want to rotate the sphere 90 degrees around the Y axis. Click on the Rotate button - click in the Y box and type 90.00. Be sure to press ret to confirm the angle. Click on Perform - the Sphere rotates.
4 Bring back the Transformation requester and click on the Scale button - click on World, then in the X box and type 3.00 and press return. Click on Perform. Repeat the scaling process this time typing 0.8 in the Z box.
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6 Using the Front view, move the pointer to one end of the object and grab' a point. All of the points at that end become selected and it is easy to drag them to the shape shown.
? 9 Click on the Cone axis and click the Scl button. It needs to be thinner along the Y axis so make sure that only the Y button on the User Strip is depressed.
Now reduce the orange bounding-box by dragging down the screen. Click the SpaceBar to return to PickGroup Mode.
LO Magnetism can be used now to give the characteristic Sharks fin look. Press Lam-0 to enter Drag Points mode. F10 to turn on Magnetism and the MS button on the User Strip to set the parameters. Use Radius = 80, 0 per cent at radius and Dome type.
12 To move the axis, return to Pick Group mode (RAm-1), press the Shift button on the User strip and then on Mov. The axis can now be moved back into the bounding box in the front view. This will save confusion later. Press SpaceBar.
15 The tail fins are again similar to the dorsal fin. Paste another copy and Move it to the tail area. Copy (RAm-C) again and Paste (RAm-P). Pick the newly selected tailfin and use Transformation to rotate it 180 degrees around X, and you have the basic form of a fish.
13 Save the Fin and then move it to the Sharks back with Mov. It should be the right size, but it could be scaled at this point with Scl using all three axes buttons (XYZ) depressed. A Sharks side fins are similar to its dorsal fin so two copies can be made and rotated to the sides.
Make a copy of the Picked dorsal fin using the Object Copy menu.
16 It is an easy job to modify the details to make this fish look more accurate or to transform it into something else. As usual, the best tool is Magnetism. Butyou should save the basic model first. At the moment it is made up of lots of bits.
These should be grouped together so that they can be manipulated and saved as a single object. Holding the Shift key down click on the axis points of the objects in order - body, dorsal fin, side fins, tail fins. Each object will become picked (blue). Group the fish object with Ram-G or the ObjecUGroup menu. Now save this new object as FishBase. This will become the basis for any other fish objects that we may wish to create.
16 Paste the copy back with Ram-P and Pick it with FI. (It Is already Selected (Orange) as are all new objects.) Click on Rot on the User Strip and ensure that only the X button is depressed (to rotate around the X axis). In the Right view rotate the fin to just below the horizontal, press Mov and move it to the side.
Repeat for the other side.
17 Now we can make some adjustments.
Let's start with the tail. Shift-click on the tail axis twice to pick top and bottom.
Use the Function Join menu to join them together. Enter Drag Points mode with Ram-0 and bring up the Magnetism Parameters requester. Set Radius=70. 0 per cent at radius and Bell type. Grab the top tip of the fin and extend it; then grab the bottom tip and shorten it. Finally grab the rearmost junction of the two fins and make an indentation. Use the Transformation Requester to Scale the fish object down by 50 per cent (X = 0.5, Y = 0.5, Z = 0.5). Save as Fishl. You can experiment with different scaling factors to produce different shaped fish (like flatfish for example).
18 The last job is to give the fish colour and texture. This is done, as before, in the Attributes requester. Pick the whole object. Bring up the Attributes requester by pressing F7. Set them as follows: Colour 70. 110, 120. Specular 110.150.
170. Hardness 55. Roughness 34.
IMAGINE TIPS 2 For precise moves (translation), rotations, and scaling, and interactive information on exact position, size and alignment.
4 It is possible to transform all of these parameters at once, but working out in which order the rotations and scaling actions will take place is a 19 Click on the Tcxturel box. This brings up a file requester. Find the Textures drawer and choose Camo. Change Colour 1 to 180,180, 200 and enter any random seed. OK the Textures and Attributes requesters and save the fish again.
Nightmare so you should do them one at a time.
14 You may want to move the dorsal fin back a little to be accurate. In fact some sharks have two smaller fins nearer the tail as well and extra side fins elsewhere - as well as gills, a mouth and teeth that are not shown here. In fact, one of the tricks of rendering with limited memory or 20 Just to show the versatility of the program, we will transform the fish with a few clicks. First pick it all. Then using the Scl button scale up in the Z axis (Z button depressed) then scale down uniformly (X. Y, Z buttons depressed). Use the Transformation Requester to Scale the fish down by 90 per
cent (X = 0.1. Y = 0.1. Z = 0.1). Save as Fish2.
Speed time is knowing what sort of detail to leave off. If you want to try adding these features or modifying the bits you have you are welcome!
That sort of experiment is how you 16 Note how the lines linking the various axis points originate at the first object picked, the body. In future clicking on this will pick the whole 21 The very last object is the sea bottom and is very easy. Use the Function Add Ground menu to provide a simple Ground level. Choose Attributes and set them to: Colour 255, 200, 93 - Roughness 15. Then add the Waves texture set to Wavelength 18, Amplitude 4.
Save as SandyBed.
C661 uaewaaaa object clicking on any other axis will pick just that part This allows transformations. And so on, to be applied to bits or the whole.
19 By not selecting the ’Apply to Children' box in the Textures requester, the Camo texture is only applied to the body of the shark, not the fins. The other attributes WILL apply.
2 Using the Object Load menu (RAm-L).
Load the ground plane, 'SandyBed'. The perspective view shows the ground grid from a rather high viewpoint.
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becomes Picked. Bring up the Transformation requester using Ram
T. Change the default settings to: Alignment X=-10.
Y=0, Z=0. Position X=0, Y=-500. Z=100 Click on Perform and the camera will be moved and re-oriented as we need it.
4 Load the SeaWeed with the Object Load menu. Using the Mov button on the User Strip, in the Top view, move the weed to one side of the perspective view. Load a second clump of weed scaling and rotating it to differ slightly from the first.
S Load the first fish 'Shark' with the ObjecULoad menu. Position it with Mov and Rot to be visible in the mid distance of the perspective view. Use the Project Save Changes menu item to record what you have done to disk.
6 Load the second fish with the Object Load menu. Position it with Mov and Rot to be visible in the foreground of the perspective view. Load two or three more of these smaller fish and position as a 'school'.
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11 Somewhere in the Action Editor list should also be a Lightsource heading.
You may need to use the black ‘scroll bar’ on the right to reveal it. Click on the top. Red dot next to the heading and the Light Source requester appears. Click in the Cast Shadows and Diminish intensity boxes. OK the requester.
8 If any of this stuff is going to be seen in the final render it must be illuminated.
Lights are shown as circular gadgets which can be picked and moved In this case the light needs to be moved above the central scene. Use Project SaveChanges.
12 Use the Project ProjectEditor menu to switch to the Project Editor. Click on the New button to set up a new render. In the file requester type SmlTestl for a test render. A Render Parameters requester will appear. Click in the ILBM- 24bit. HiRes and Lace boxes to check them. Check that Scanline Mode is selected and click on OK.
9 The final modifications to the scene need to be carried out in the Action editor. Move to the Action editor using the Project Action Editor menu. Each object, camera and light, is recorded here.
13 Click on the number one in the first 'film-strip' frame and then on the Generate button. An image will be rendered. It can then be viewed in your stated viewmode by selecting the number - now with a * beneath it - and clicking on show. It can be viewed in a much better way in ASOG's ADPro or even ViewTek.
LO Next to the Globals heading is a red dot. Click on this and the Globals Requester appears. In this make the Ambient RGB values equal 0.50.50. This will make all shadows a dark greenish blue. OK to return to the Action Editor.
NEXT MONTH In the next issue of Amiga Format we will be giving you another full tutorial to help you get the most from Imagine 2.0. The subjects covered will include how to set up the configuration preferences to get Imagine to work the way you want it to.
There will also be an explanation of the Forms Editor, which will be a great relief to those of you who have already experimented with it.
Be with us next time, or be forever in the dark. .
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EXPAND YOUR IMAGINATION Imagine a rendering package with bones Consider rendering software with a bones feature which allows the motion of objects to be dictated by hierarchy.
Imagine adding sound to your animations Wouldn't it be great to have a 3D package that would enable you to load in a soundtrack to your editor screen so you can synchronise sound and motion?
Imagine motion graphics Your animations will look a whole lot better when you can edit motion speed on a segment by segment basis, simply by drawing curves on screen.
Imagine particle dynamics Have you ever wondered how neat it would be to be able to handle objects on a particle level, and to be able to morph, colour, texture and animate those particles?
Imagine complex operations at the touch of a button.
Macro key functions will allow you to perform repetitive or complex operations just by recording a series of actions in a script.
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The Amiga Bulletin Board Amiga Swopshop recently ran a competition for aspiring 3D ray-tracers. Here, we show you the winners and find out what prominent science fiction illustrator Tim White thought of them.
E-mail On 2:253 516 39:135 13 240:100 2" 3D MODELLING HAS always been one of the Amiga's strong points. Knowing this, the Bulletin Board Amiga Swopshop recently ran a competition to give users a chance to show what they could do.
A competition like this needs a judge who knows what he's talking about. So. The Swopshop approached Tim White, a noted artist whose work has graced the covers of hundreds of books. He's also had two books of his artwork published. The Science Fiction anil Fantasy World of Tim While and Chiaroscuro. A third hook of his artwork is nearing completion.
V) tt HI z z s z 0 H H HI fll s 0 u 0 f) Recently. Tint has
become involved with computers. Producing the cover artwork
for games such as The Killing Came Show and !sunder, and the
intro animation to Electronic Arts' Spare Hulk.
Tim was impressed with the quality ol the competition entries, although he was disappointed that many used the rav-lracing cliches such as the shiny ball over the chessboard. The winners came tip with mote original subject itleas. Judging this competition has prompted Tim lo look into using computer illustrations for his commissions. “I think if you're daring enough," he says, "there are some wonderful things waiting to be done." O WINNERS' COMMENTS ORGANIC CATEGORY: Andy Jones ¦I spent ages trying to think of an organic shape that would make a great picture, and finally I approached it
from a different angle. The ripples are a very simple bumpmap, and the branches were created using Rea 30‘s fractal trees. The whole thing was rendered at 960 x 768 with the anti-aliasing set to four, and it took an hour."
PHOTOREALISTIC CATEGORY: Paul Ranee "This took around three weeks in my spare time to set up.
It makes heavy use of Essence algorithmic textures, and the only IFF brush maps are the wallpaper, paintings, and beer bottle label.
The hazy lamp effects were created by building a simple cone object and then giving it a low fog setting. The pictures and wallpaper were scanned using a JX100 scanner. And the beer label was hand drawn in Opal Paint. It was rendered at 768 x 576. And took around 13 hours."
FANTASY CATEGORY: Chris Perigo "The B-Spline rabbit was originally intended to be one of several toys at a doll's tea party, but lack of time meant he dined alone. I'd wanted to do a picture that featured truly soft and fluffy textures, but I couldn't quite get the effect I was after. I ended up with an image which wasn't particularly organic or photorealistic, so I opted for the fantasy category."
ORGANIC CATEGORY WINNER Produced using Real 3D on an A1500 with 68040 accelerator.
Rendering time: One hour.
By Andy Jones Anerley. London Tim White comments: "A stylish composition showing that simplicity of design can work wonderfully well. The empty areas become part of the whole rather than becoming dead spaces, as in some of the other entries. The beautiful ripples are excellent the colouring subtle and tasteful. The whole image works as a cohesive unit - brilliant!
"It may be a bit Japanesey, but so what?” PHOTO REALISTIC CATEGORY WINNER Produced using Imagine 2 on a A4000 040 with 18Mb of RAM.
By Paul Ranee South Ruislip. Middlesex Tim White comments: “This picture has lots of atmosphere. The room is realistic and has a warmth to it. All that dark wood and those patterned surfaces give it a sombre glow. All the objects are convincing; the two paintings - a Van Gogh and a Van Eyck - are well known; I feel K might have been better with unknown works.
"Everything works well apart from the plant which seems to be from outer space! However, this little construct makes the whole picture for me, giving it a faintly bizarre surrealism.
Probably unintentional, but this has made it a spontaneous masterpiece."
Wtw - A FANTASY CATEGORY WINNER Tim White comments: "A lovely picture. Nice enough composition and undeniably, it's got atmosphere. I like the depth of field effect which gives it a dimensional feel, and there's an interesting blend of surface textures.
"The slight tension created by the contrast of the tablets and toys make the picture a narrative one.
Telling a story with a slightly sinister aspect. The strange splash of blue on the radiator nut looks out of place, though it must be a reflection of something, but the rest is pretty well perfect.
The whole melds into a confident work with imagination rather than just creating a pleasing image."
It is now 1923. 1 The schemes of the satanic megalomaniac Kato move forward to the next generation, with the unnatural birth of Yukiko Tatsumi. With her psychic powers and Kato's hatred, Tokyo's megalopolis is surely doomed.
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An Island International Company 5 CRYING FREEMAN CHAPTER 2: The Enemy Within The fateful union of Freeman Yoh and the beautiful Emu has led to a powerful partnership of mind and muscle. The duo are chosen to lead the 108 Dragons - an elite fraternity within the Chinese Mafia - into a new era of bloodshed, extortion and vice.
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Here's where we check out the adventure games, platformers, flight sims and shoot-em- ups that will be on an Amiga near you soon.
DECEMBER 1993 GAME PREVIEWS Bamlos with dotty relatives could be a thing of the past thanks to Supervision’s electronic version of Monopoly, out now. Price £27.99. COMI STAY INFORMED!
Our up-to-the-minute listing of forthcoming releases NOVEMBER Allen Brand: Spaclal Ed CD32 Another World Apocalypse Benefactor Blue and the Grey Brian the Uon Brutal Sports Football Bubble & Squeak A1200 Campaign 2 Cannon Fodder Cosmic Spacehead Cybercon 3 Cyberspace Eye of the Beholder 1 F-U7A Night hawk 2.0 G2 Global Domination K240: Utopia 2 Kingmaker Lotus Turbo Trilogy CD32 Man Utd Premier League Microcosm CD32 Project X CD32 Qwak CO32 Reech Out lor Gold Rugby League Manager Ryder Cup Soil Sleepwalker CD32 Soccer Kid A1200 Surf Nlnjae Terminator 2: Arcade Game Winter Super Sports CD32
WtalTUz Xmas Lemmings DECEMBER Allred Chicken CD32 Bubba -n’ Stlx Chaoa Engine CO32 Dark me re 4 O The Idea of the game la to seek out new worlds, new civilisations... and destroy them) Or something.
Dennis A Gnasher Liberation: Captive 2 Puggsy Uridium 2 CD32 JANUARY Battletoed.
Bubble « Squeak CD32 Cartoon Racer A1200 CIHfhanger Dreamweb Last Action Hero Mr Nutz No Second Prize 2 Sabre Team A1200 CD32 Treaaure In Sllvariaka World Claaa Cricket A1200 This Is either about a very tall man dressed In drag, or It’s the gripping adventure game Flight ot the Amazon Queen due lor release In January.
Team 17 In space, noone can hear you scream indeed.
Thallon Sequel to Format Gold-winning RPG Amberstar.
US Gold Klxx Mid price re-release of adventure classic.
Virgin Mindless mass destruction, death and mayhem. Good.
Psygnosls Digital Illusions' latest, action packed platformer.
Impressions Strategic re-enactment of the US Civil War.
Psygnosls Surprise! A cutesy platform game.
Millennium Delayed release for (literally) kickin’ footy game.
Audiogenic What next? Toad In the Hole A1200?
Empire Sequel to the acclaimed WW2 battlefield elm.
Virgin Sensible* turn Into bloodthirsty tykes shock.
Codemasters Delayed release for Codies' latest hero.
US Gold Klxx Ground-breaking 3D adventure going cheap.
Empire Futurist RPG from creators of War In Middle Earth.
US Gold Klxx Format Gold RPG gets mid-price re-release.
Microprose Sequel to the phenomenally brilliant F117A.
Psygnosls More Allen-type nastiness In space.
Impressions Intergalactic strategy game.
Psygnosls Futuristic graphic adventure starring Jack T Ladd.
Gremlin Space god-game enters a new dimension.
US Gold Amiga version of War of the Roses boardgame.
Gremlin Three racing games on one CD. Splngle!
Krisalls League champs celebrate with updated footy action.
Psygnosls A Fantastic Voyage through the human body.
Team 17 32-blt version of Format Gold shoot-em-up.
Team 17 More ducky fun at a crazy price.
Flair Cartoony sports game with humorous elements.
Alternative Management elm with oddly-shaped balls.
Ocean The Yanks won the Cup. But can you steal It back?
Ocean Enhanced version of Comic Relief platformer.
Krisalls AGA release for the footy game It's OK to like.
Flair Beat-em-up licence of the forthcoming movie.
Virgin More licensed gung-ho from Schwarzenegger.
Flair Realistic multi-event sports slm.
Psygnosls Elderly wizards In platform-type scenario.
Psygnosls The world's most famous rodents get festive.
Mlndscape Off with Its head! Off with Its head!
Core Design Two lovable heroes for the price of one.
Renegade One of the best pressles you'll get this year.
Core Design Oft-delayed RPG finally gets released.
Ocean Licensed version of the cutesy movie.
Alternative Platforming license starring the Beano faves.
Mlndscape Space RPG takes on a whole new dimension.
Psygnosls Cute platformer from the makers of Bob's Bad Day.
Mlndscape Braybrook's fab sequel gets the 32-blt treatment.
Mlndscape The warty ones are nearly here... Audiogenic What next? Toad In the Hole A1200?
Grandsiam Cutesy cartoon characters go racing.
Psygnosls Sly gets his own back with another film licence.
Core Design Ambitious RPG with 3D Isometrics.
Empire Overhead future-shock adventure.
Psygnosls Licensed version of Amle's surreal action comedy.
Ocean Squirrel takes on the cutesy world at Its own game.
Thallon Sequel to 3D bike racing slm.
Krisalls More thrills n' spills In AGA version of SAS slm.
Flair Point-and-cllck adventure set In the Wild West.
Audiogenic See those Sunday League strips In 256 colours.
CANINE CRAZY From Goofy to Lassie, Shep to Wylie Coyote, there seems to be no end of lovable canines trying lo slobber iheir way into your affections The latest is Core Design's Wonder Dog Raised as a puppy on the remote planet of K9 (ho! Hoi), Wonder Dog has been sent lo earth lo defeat General Von Ruffbone S megalomaniac plan to control Wonder Oog tiptoes through Bunny Meadow the entire galaxy. ,n »«a'ch of the evil General Von Ruffbone This platform gome features seven ,nd hl* ml,chle,0“* '"mch™,n worlds of canine mayhem comprising 400 aliens, 60 bonus rooms and two hidden levels. It's
enough to make anyone start eating dog food we can tell you. Wonder Dog is released in November, price £25.99. Get on the dog- and-bone to Core 0332 297797 if you want further details.
AMAZON QUEEN Australian coders Binary Illusions have recently teamed up with Renegade to bring a steamy new graphic adventure to the UK.
Set In the temperate jungles of deepest Latin America. Flight of the Amazon Queen follows the fortunes of pilot Joe King and Faye Russell following a mysterious plane crash. Before long you uncover a dastardly plot to destroy mankind and must do everything In your power to defeat the evil that threatens the world you love so much. What looks to be an extremely promising and Involving adventure game Is due to be released through Renegade In January 1994. Price to be announced.
Next up from those antipodean coders at Vision Software Is a helicopter shoot-em-up called Seek and Destroy. Not content with having brought us Skidmarks, one of the most playable car-racing games of recent years, Vision have now taken It upon themselves to bring playability to the rotating vlewed- from-above shoot-envup.
The formula? The main sprite stays still, and the world rotates around It. Has been tried before - but with little success. Vision are convinced they can make It work, and ludglng by the the demo we've played (get It on the cover of Amiga Power soon) they are right. This blast has all the signs of being one helluva great shoot-em-up.
SEEK AND DESTROY SO & GAME PREVIEWS DECEMBER 1993 ZOOL 2 With Its predecessor's massive AF Rating of 95 per cent looming over It. Zoo! 2 has an awful lot to live up to.
This time you have to battle your way through another six levels of platform action, taking on waves of Intelligent baddies with the help of a twoheaded dog called Zoon who proves to be more of a hindrance than a help. One of the dog's heads Is clever the other is stupid and the end result is that It runs around in circles getting in your way .
To make things even more interesting, publishers Gremlin have also Included a female character called Zooz who you can opt to play Instead of the usual male hero. Not only does this mean more fun for female games players, but you also get twice as much game play because Zool and Zooz have different ways of overcoming the same obstacles.
Zool 2 Is released on all Amlgas In November, price £25.99, wtth the CD32 version following In January, price £29.99. The A1200 version will be fully enhanced.
TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN After month* and month* of delay.
Digital Integration s ambitious flight slm. Tornado, finally appears on the Amiga in mid-November.
Developed In conjunction with the RAF and British Aerospace.
Tornado looks set to give flight simulation specialists Microprose a real run for their money with Its highly Impressive accuracy and unswerving attention to detail.
The game features 20 training missions Inside a simulator. 10 further training missions within the aircraft and a further 54 missions spread over three combat zones.
Each battle arena also features a Campaign option In which you have to complete a further 10 missions In a particular order. It that's not enough to get you excited, there's also an action-packed two-player head-to-head option so you can Invite your best friend round for a game, and shoot the living daylights out of them.
Tornado Is A1200compatlble and costs £34.99. You can reach Digital Integration on 0276 684959 If you need to know more.
Ocean are throwing their weight behind the Al 200 and CD 2 platforms with a little help from Digital Image Design and their latest project TFX. The game is a 3D flight sim which places you in control of a United Nations rapid response force which has been sent to cover the world's trouble spots. There are eight different theatres of war for you to explore in a wide variety of hi-tech gunships including the European Fighter Aircraft and F-l 17 Stealth Fighter.
With over 200 multiple-objective missions to accomplish and some simply stunning graphics, it looks like Ocean could hove yet another winner on their hands. The Al 200 and CD versions of TFX lands at your local computer shop in January, price £34.99. Phone Ocean 061-832 6633.
TACTICAL FIGHTER EXPERIMENT (TFX) EMPIRE'S DREAMING If you've ever woken at 3am soaked in sweat and quivering like a jelly, don't blame it on the late- night cheeseburger. It's more likely to be the work of the evil forces controlling the Dreomweb, Empire Software's latest adventure game.
You play Ryan, a loner who's been given the unenviable task of leaping the gap between the conscious and subconscious in a bid to free the world from impending doom. Freely borrowing from sci-fi classic blade Runner, Dreamweb is filled with disturbing images, copious amounts of gruesome death, bad language and bedroom acrobotics.
The game also features 200 rooms spreod across 30 locations, 80 individual characters for you to interact with and literally hundreds of objects for you to examine and use. It all adds up to an extremely atmospheric package which is best described as an "adult adventure," Dorkweb goes on sale in January, price £34.99. Empire con be contocted on 081-343 7337.
Jk SKY If you thought that Lure of the Temptress was pretty damn good, then just wait until you see what Revolution Software have created when they unveil their new graphic adventure.
With such striking graphics, Revolution hod to be sure the game engine ond storyline were strong enough to carry them. The Virtual Theatre engine from Temptress was beefed up to make Steel Sky os playable as possible, but without losing features like the ability to peer through cracks in walls - which made Temptress so startling. In particular, the characters' artificial intelligence has been improved so I they can change the way they react when you talk or fight with them.
The most significant element, however, is the inclusion of a really strong storyline. Charles Cecil believes a plot is usually the last thing on a developer's mind when they develop a graphic adventure.
"Most American graphic adventures are a little shallow because the | American public doesn't see plot as very important. However, European gamesplayers seem to want to think a lot more about what they're doing and we've tried to reflect that."
O-one can accuse you of being paranoid. They really are out to get you.
For a start they've murdered every member of your family and only the timely intervention of a robot security system saves you from a similar fate. You're captured, bundled into a helicopter, and flown to The City where the mystery unfolds.
Set in a cyberpunk future, Beneath A Steel Sky features stunning backdrops from 2000AD artist Dave Gibbons. Charles Cecil, Revolution Software's MD, explains how the comic book hero got involved: "We got in touch with him when I worked at Activision and he was very much into computing and really wanted to do something. We are very good at creating games, while David is obviously very good at the visual and storyline side, so it was a natural working relationship.
We complemented each other."
The strong storyline proves to be an integral part of the whole Steel Sky concept, giving it an almost cinematic feel. Nothing is left to chance or coincidence, there is a reason for everything, and this logical approach to storytelling is also reflected in the puzzles - dangling rubber chickens from telegraph poles Monkey Island style won't solve anything, you actually have to try and figure things out in a rational way.
Steel Sky has a strictly non-linear approach to gameplay, so you won't spend weeks trying to find the key at B to open the door at X. Charles Cecil explains: "We've tried to make the game fit around the player, not the player fit around the game."
Beneath A Steel Sky is released in January, priced £29.99. An enhanced A1200 version will follow at Easter. © "What are you leftring at 7V.lsnapped. IlHu rock rootiruled to stan but said nothing. It came as unsurprise, dear reader. Every thnuyj magic forest seemed destined to rouse my anger. )ply tomorrowa dwarf will tell me to nafT off socially inept SwairtpJing will lay a guilt trip on me. Banishing tlie shapeshilt ing witch and freeing Calypso the Wizard had sounded like any W '-r computerised graphic adventurefor hot roddinggaihers.
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the Coverdisk demo and been wowed out of your Wellingtons, but
Uridium 2 is more than just a very good shoot-em-up. It's
another in a long line of classic 8-bit games which have been
successfully transformed on to the Amiga. Games such as
Defender, Elite and Pacmon might look old-hat now, but they
were at the cutting edge of arcade excitement in the early
Eighties and have inspired legions of imitators since.
It all started with Space Invaders in 1980. Five rows of squat aliens frogmarched down the screen at you lobbing missiles while you dodged and shot back from behind your blocky defences. It was all very primitive, but had you hooked within seconds. Calaxian followed a couple of years later and offered even more precarious thrills - the hiding places had disappeared and rogue aliens descended on you with alarming ferocity.
However, it was Defender which really got the 8-bit ball rolling. Along with Uridium, Defender was one of the best shoot-em-ups ever to appear on a home computer. Originally converted from the coin-op by Jeff Minter, Defender placed you in control of a pathetically-armed spaceship and then sent you hurtling through waves of alien nastiness When Uridium 2 arrived at AF we all got nostalgic for the old 8-bit days. So Rob Mead checked back to the times when gameplay was everything a new release had to offer... Just like the movies, game sequels tend to be lacklustre cash-ins on an original
Idea. Not so with Uridium 2.
Programming genius Andy Braybrook has reinvented his own 8-bit classic and turned It Into a storming shoot-em- up for the Nineties. Read 'em and weep.
There was Pong, there was Space Invaders and then there was Pacman. Still one of the most addictive games ever Invented and a constant source of Inspiration for PD coders.
What i! Lacked in graphical prowess Defender more than made up for in gameplay - enemies suddenly materialised in front of you, their lasers spitting death in all directions. Best of all, the world's classiest horizontal-scroller finally arrived on the Amiga in 1990 as Defender 2 (AFI8 78%). The cumbersome controls and fiendishly-fast gameplay did little to detract from the game's appeal and there were two new ver- "You mean, aliens can actually move down the screen of their own accord?" A nation grabs Its pants and coos at the mighty technology behind classic arcade shoot-em-up
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Sions for you to marvel at. If you've never played Defender, or fancy reliving your fast-receding youth, then check out the Blitz Basic version on AF52's Coverdisk. Jeff Minter's original is also available from Llamasoft, price £6.
Blast-em-up in space If shooting sentient beings is loo violent for you, you could always try blasting hunks of rock instead.
There was none of this 256«olour nonsense In the old days. Just a black and green gamefleld and a very resilient keyboard, but Asteroids still made you sit up and beg for more. Brilliant.
Asteroids placed you in control of a spaceship resembling a triangular pea-shooter, then sent huge lumps of spacedust hurtling towards you.
Despite precious little depth in the gameplay, Asteroids proved to be a massive and enduring hit - the Public Domain is littered with Asteroids clones and even major software houses aren't afraid of dipping their toes in the retro pool - check out Daze Marketing's Stardust BACK TO THE FUTURE Most famous 8-btt Same: Elite.
Favourite S-bit Same: “I enjoyed Revs... Starship Command. I liked the BBC version of Defender."
N * oe IU CO 2 HI V HI many games are derivative of old games. Things go through fads - flights sims, football games. The current fad seems to be animals with unusual attributes)!). The whole thing's become terribly commercial now and a lot of the excitement has gone out of ft.” Most famous 8-bit game Uridium.
Favourite 8-bit game Sheep In Space (Jeff Minter) What do you like about games now?
“The look of games now is certainly very nice. They're becoming more photo-realistic. Games have been seen as very techie - as kids' toys - for a long time, but that’s changing now. It's no longer Just about shooting and killing, so it's more likely to appeal to a mass audience, get girls more involved."
Rr- 8-BIT CLASSICS DECEMBER 1 993 The spookily mechanical march of blocky sprites down a TV screen marked the birth of the home computer industry and turned a generation of spotty adolescents Into bedroom recluses.Yup, Space Invaders had It all.
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Form game. Although the Amiga version of Manic Miner (AF10 25%) failed to live up to expectations, Bubble Bobble went on to spawn Rainbow Islands - arguably the best Amiga game ever - and Pacman provided fruitful inspiration for PD programmers who gave the AMIGA, erm, Pacman, Super Pacman and Pacman 92.
A mention must also go to Frogger - now available in the Public Domain as Croak - and Impossamole, two 8-bit arcaders which became Amiga classics in their own right.
Cute and perfectly formed Before long, the cutesy arcade game also made an appearance - in Pacman - where you played a pill- eating blob pursued by shimmering ghosties around a series of complex mazes. Meanwhile games like Manic Miner and Bubble Bobble introduced the concept of the platA new perspective One of the most startling genres on the old formats, however, was 3D.
Games such as Elite and Bottlezone presented you with o primitive version of Virtual Reality which you couldn't help but be drawn into. It With Uridium 2 In Urn shops and plonaars what thay think of tho Frontier Elite 2 on the way, we ask three B-btt them famous.
What's so good about the old 8-bit games?
"There was a lot of love lavished on getting the playability right because the graphics were so limited, you only had 3-5 colours to play with and only one programmer, so it was worth spending a lot of time getting the gamepiay right."
Are there any 8-bit games you would like to see on the Amiga?
“I'm still waiting for Dropzone (Archer Maclean).
I'd like to see Jeff Mlnter's - games you play In a lunch hour and not have to think about too much."
What do you like about games now?
"The perceived quality of games has rocketed and we've got to keep up with that. The big worry for CD is that people will put tasty graphics and sounds on as an excuse for crap gamepiay."
What's so good about the old 8-bit games?
“I think game creators had to be very clever with playability. The graphics were limited due to the constraints of RAM and video resolution, so the only way to attract people to a game was to Jwff Mlntwr - provide original and addictive gamepiay. Naff designs just didn’t ||tdflwpwn lwnt make it. I think all apprentice coders should have to write a complete game in 3.5K and make it playable, just as an exercise."
Earthy adventures Battlezone - and derivatives such as Amiga Encounter and Backlash - offered you more down-to-earth adventures as a tank commander sent to knock out a bewildering array of alien vehicles.
The thing to remember about all these games - and many others which have gone to 8-bit heaven - is that they were all about playability.
There was no danger of you being hoodwinked into buying a crap platform game because the graphics looked good. Games such as Uridium, Defender and Elite have established themselves as classics, because they're just as exciting and addictive to play now as they were when first released.
However, before you get too nostalgic for the old days, remember there are plenty of classic Amiga games which could never have been released on the BBC or C64. Games such as Monkey Island 2, Civilization and Syndicate offer you even more playability than their 8-bit predecessors, and combine the kind of superb sound and graphic effects for which the Amiga is justifiably famous. And, with a rash of CD 2 games on the horizon, things can only get even better. Cj What do you like about games now?
"More power and RAM In today s machines means there is more room for game designers' Imaginations to work in. You can use artificial intelligence, scalable 3D objects, elaborate particle systems and realtime video effects - all new kinds of games which weren't possible before."
Might look terrible now, but in 1985 Elite was THE 8-bit game to own.
David Braben skilfully combined strategy, arcade and puzzle elements into a thrilling space adventure which made you feel as if you were Hans Solo from the Star Wars movies. The game proved such a huge success you can still buy it from Microprose. David Braben is also finally releasing Elite's sequel.
Frontier, at the end of October through Gametek.
Favourite 8-bit game Star-Raiders on the 8-blt Atari.
Most famous 8-bit game Grldrunner on the VIC-20.
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HI cc HI 2 « 0 Video gomes are killing pop music. That's what some people say. If it's true, Andy Braybrook stands accused of being a mass murderer. You wouldn't think it to look at him, but his 'rap sheet' says it all.
Back in the good old days of the Commodore 64, Andy Braybrook created the classic space age shoot-em-up Uridium. Now he's updated it for the Amiga, bringing despair to potential pop stars everywhere.
In April of 1990 Andy's conversion of the coin-op classic Rainbow Islands hit the shelves. Milli Vanilli's chart career never recovered. Later that same year Andy delivered the second barrel of his Amiga assault.
Paradroid 90 scored 88 per cent (Andy's lowest ever), but New Kids On The Block never scored another chart success. Throughout 1991 the bubblegum bubbleheads breathed easily as Andy toiled with Fire And Ice. But its June 92 release was like a rain of fire and damnation on EMF who haven't hod a lop ten hit since Take That must be quivering in their designer trainers right now, as Andy is about to unleash his meister- werk on a suspecting world. I say suspecting world because this game has existed as a concept since
1986. It was in February of that year that Andy released the
8-bit classic space shoot-em-up Uridium (putting paid lo A
Flock of Seagulls at the same time).
After its release on every 8-bit format you can possibly imagine, including the Atari ST (which wasn't strictly an 8-bit, but was almost as powerful as one), Andy decided it would be a good idea to do a version for the then-new Amiga.
Heavy metal So that's what he has done. Well, almost The truth is that the Amiga version takes the original concept and expands upon it so that it nearly bursts, culminating in Uridium 2.
The basic concept of the game is simple. You control a single-seater fighter-craft called a Manta. Your mission is lo intercept fleets of enemy dreadnoughts and inflict o crippling amount of damage on them. That's the main idea, but things are never that simple in shoot-em-ups. Well, not in the good ones anyway.
Your Manta is dropped off the prow of the dreadnought, leaving you to scream over the surface and blast away deck guns, landing strips, surface fighters, radar towers, mine ports and other fairly technical-look- ing items. Surprisingly enough, the dreadnought crews don't particularly want you to do this, so they throw all sorts at you to try to stop you.
The first line of defence is the deck guns, swiftly followed up by the deadly Uridimines. As if this wosn't enough, there are fighter squadrons to take into account. These fly in fast, deadly waves trying to blast you with their losers. If you destroy an entire wave, the lead ship drops a pick-up, which can either be a weapon or a bonus. Things get even harder on later levels, because the enemies get smarter and there are also walls and narrow gaps to squeeze past.
Once you've knackered the outside of the ship enough and taken out the odd wave of enemy fighters, o 0 a HI a 2 HI U HI GAME REVIEW DECEMBER 1993 RELEASE November MEEDS 1MEC GRAPHICS you are given a landing signal. At this point you have to ram the throttle to max and get yourself on the landing strip. You can get the landing signal to appear earlier by destroying specific ground targets or ships to reveal a Victory Point. These accelerate proceedings, and hitting one with your ship triples its value.
On the original version, landing your Manta was as far os you needed to get to destroy a dreadnought (as this was only followed by a fruit machine type bonus stage).
However, Uridium 2 doesn't let you off that lightly. After landing, you BOMBS - Enables you to drop bombs and destroy deck targets.
TORPEDO - works like a bomb, but enables you to target particular Items.
IONISER - Belches a deadly laser stream to obliterate targets. (yessss).
Have to tool yourself up with a Gundam-style assault suit and enter the main engine core which has to be blasted with your Vulcan cannon before the entire ship is destroyed.
Uridium 2 creates exactly the kind of crazed, frantic, adrenaline- addled response that a shoot-em-up should, but not straight away. The controls take a little getting used to, as does the updated weapon system ond end-of-level section. Once you've got your head round it though, you'll be seriously hooked (I only stopped playing because I had to do some real work).
X2 • Doubles and score earned until the end of the level.
MANTA - Adds an extra life.
' ~ H SHIELD - Gives you temporary Immunity.
Blast from the past Those who remember the original version will be glad to know that the feel is still there - only better. The scope has been widened, the action increased and the challenge doubled (at least). Forget all these other namby Defender clones, Uridium 2 is THE Defender variant... with knobs, bells, whistles, coloured flags, hooters and fluffy dice on.
Marcas Dyson £ Uridium 2's graphics are some of the best yet seen in a shoot-em-up.
The sprites may be small, but the animation is fast and fluid, and the dreadnoughts look wonderful. The futuristic, cyber (sorry) feel is definitely there, especially when you see the later fleets. A1200 owners get even better visuals, since the missiles leave smoke trails, the fighters blast exhaust flames and crashing ships dive in a hail of smoke ond flomes.
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Part two And you join us at a critical moment in the proceedings.
Flexter has just asked if he can go to the toilet, but the adjudicator has said that all he can do is hack and slash.
We'll be finding out who is going to host the next series.
Will it be veteran presenter Domingo Diamante, or the pretender to the crown, Flexter Deckchair?
Our two contestants will be wearing oriental garments and doing battle in a fabulous new game, Second Samurai, to decide who take (that's Japanese, that is) top spot. A cunning mixture of puzzle, platform, beat-em-up and shoot-em-up, Second Samurai makes The Crystal Maze look like Andy Pandy you know, a sort of cute boy-doll in a funny stripy outfit.
And without further ado, it's on with the show. The object is to battle your way through 10 levels of sword- waving, fist-crunching, knife-throwing fun. Collect the weapons, pick up the points, solve the puzzles and slay the beasties. The guy with the most points gets to host the new series of Gameblaster. Is it worth it? Of course it is.
Join us after the break Oh dear, young Flexter looks a bit ropy early doors.
A snake caught him in possession there slight pause of a large sword. Boom boom.
That's it chaps, collect the books - they give you extra power. Veteran broadcaster Domingo is having to show all his Gameblaster expertise, deflecting the huge dragon's attention to his 'friend' Flexter. We'll leave it there for a few minutes folks. Back after this short intermission.
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But the similarities end there.
Where Trolls was derivative but fun, Oscar is an uninspired slog. Owight! O.«. do« . Mich i You have to plough Barrymore and completes another through level after round ol the Quli Show level.
Level of platforms, collecting goodies and battling baddies without really feeling there's any point to it all.
You can run, but you just can't hide. And there's no escaping the fact that cutesy characters sell game platforms. Sega and Nintendo would be nothing without Sonic or Mario. So it's no surprise Commodore have joined the fray by bundling Oscar with the A1200.
Oscar is Trolls' mutant offspring.
The wirey-haired dwarves from last year's surprise platform hit have been replaced by a mean-looking dude with egomaniacol tendencies. In fact, he loves himself so much, he spends his time hanging around cinemas trying to find bronze effigies of himself.
The first thing you notice about Oscar is how similar it is to Trolls.
Both games feature seven themed worlds, exquisite graphics, heaps of ferocious nasties and a friendly elephant who helps you when you die. They also share an identical bonus system Nasty habit Once you've stopped marvelling at the parallax scrolling ond groovy animation, you quickly find yourself motoring along on autopilot, not really thinking about whot you're coming from half of the time.
Even more unforgivable, though, is the pixel perfect precision that is required when leaping from platform to platform. Just one twitch of the joystick too many ond the long haul to the top of the screen ends in complete disaster and you either end up at the bottom being harassed by those hard-to-beat nasties again, or you plunge to a certain, death. Your life- saving yo-yo isn't exactly on awful lot use either, in fact, you waste more lives trying to get the pesky thing to work than if you just carried on play- doing. The only time Oscar actually makes you sit up and take notice is when
something goes wrong - even on the easy levels the baddies are hard to kill without sapping your energy and they have a nasty habit of reappearing at the most inopportune moments. Worse still, the backgrounds are so overwhelmingly jazzy, it is much too difficult to see where your antagonists are ing the game without it. It should have been so easy to like Oscar. It looks fantastic - the graphics, animation and parallax scrolling are all extremely snogworthy - but it's a bit like climbing inside a Jag XJ220 and finding fluffy dice hanging from the driver's mirror. The idea's belter than the
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we i One of Blaster's main problems is that the aliens are
largely undetectable from the similarly coloured backgrounds.
The programmers may defend this as camouflage, but It seems
like crap coding to me. The radar (bottom right of grab) Is
very short range too. Which doesn't help.
Shoot-em-ups, eh? We've certainly had 'em. We've had horizontally scrolling, vertically scrolling, four way scrolling, into the screen, viewed from above, side on, from behind, first person, third person perspectives. We've had the loti If anyone ever writes another shoot-em-up they will have to have an extra special trick up their sleeves. Super-incredible playability, extra smooth porallax scrolling, unprecedentedly powerful power- ups, or something else. Don't ask me what - if I knew I'd have sold the idea to Sensible Software and I'd be designing my own shoot-em-up now, instead of
telling you about this one.
A second superstar?
If the Bitmap Brothers had followed up their 1 989 shoot-em-up superstar Xenon 2 - Megablast, they would have written something a lot like this.
It's the logical next step in the Xenon saga. Xenon was a slow, but involving, vertical scroller that allowed you to change between a land-borne craft, which looks a lot like your ship in Blastar, and a flying ship. The landscape was a futuristic metal planet. Xenon 2 went one step further. The land craft was discarded for a spaceship that could be rigged with so many power-ups that it really deserved the Megablast part of the title.
The scenery was now organic, flailing tentacles ensnaring your ship. If, in Xenon 2, you took a wrong turn, you could pull back on the joystick and scroll backwards down the route you'd taken. A kind of two-way scrolling shoot-em-up.
If the Bitmaps had not gone on to produce Cods, Magic Pockets and The Chaos Engine, but had produced Xenon 3 instead, don't you think they might have had a viewed from above four-way scrolling shoot- em-up? Especially one where you fly over o fetid organic landscape?
Enter Core Design. Enter Blastar, with the same dark and moody look, the same organic landscape, the same 'Entering Shop' section for buying power-ups.
There's nothing I love more than a good shoot-em-up. But there's nothing I hate more than an average one. And sadly, that is what Blastar is. The gameplay is average, the control method is unwieldy, the music is average, the sound effects are uninspiring, the aliens are unintelligent and difficult to see, the missions ore dull, the intro animation is awful.
But Blastar does have one originol twist, os part of some of the missions you have to 'enter the tunnels and destroy the guardians'. And the perspective shifts to a horizontally scrolling. Scramble-type shoot-em-up. This section isn't average... it's awful. The worst parallax and scrolling we've ever seen combine with pretty poor graphics to produce something which is crap!
Sadly, nowhere near it!
Does Blastar have anything going for it? The box illustration and logo are nice, and the instructions are printed on the bock of a rather fine A2 poster of soid artwork.
If you really need to play o viewed from above space shoot-em- up, turn to page 54 and see if Uridium 2 is any cop.
Marcus Dyson O Some bod - others... worse.
Pretty poor rove soundtrack.
I never want to see it again.
ITlTTr Not much to be found here.
“ A pathetically poor attempt to produce Xenon 3.
This game fails on every single level.
This is not the worst shoot-em-up ever, but it comes pretty close. ** 44% Fresh from the vaults of total play-ability comes this unique reprise of the classic shoot ’em up. Featuring the fastest scrolling and most detailed graphics that the Amiga has ever seen, pit your wits and reflexes against fleets of Leviathan spaceships as your Manta swoops low and leaves a trail of mayhem in its wake.
It’s absolutely stunning with superb graphics, marvellous effects and simple-as-pie gameplay.
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• ative Aerial dogfighting, just your flying skill and tactics
pitted against your opponent, soaring through the clouds and
fighting it out thousands of feet above the ground.
What a nutter. There is little romance about it when you stop and think.
A few swift turns and a burst of cannon-fire and your guts spiral earthward in separate pieces. That was your life, mate.
Doglighl is a flight sim centred on straight air combat. There are six theatres of war from WWI through Korea to modern day Syria, and each period has a pair of suitable planes to fly. You can configure the amount of ground detail, sound and difficulty before picking a crate and taking to the skies intent in a one-on- one dogfight.
If you want a more serious approach there are a series of missions for each theatre with objectives and resources to allocate. Played this way Doglighl is a more traditional flight sim.
Way around. There are some great touches too, if you fly into the sun you are blinded. The sound effects are a suitable set of engine and weapon noises.
Scramble you fellows Dogfight's main claim to fome is that you can match any plane against any of the others in a What If situation. Shooting down the old string-bags from WWI with a modern jet is surprisingly difficult. They can turn on a sixpence and your infrared missiles are useless.
If you've never played a realistic flight sim before you could be in for a frustrating time. Fights can easily turn into an endless bout of circling as you try to turn inside your opponent. Enemy planes try their best to keep out of your gunsight and sneak up behind you. At best they are fast moving dots. This is no quick and easy blast. You need to learn air combat manoeuvres, use your instruments and look about the cockpit if you are to have any chance.
The variety of different planes and missions makes Doglighl o worthy proposal for aficionados of the genre. Flying the jets and the propeller aircraft are quite different.
Dogfight can feel a little cold, with no pilot names or clear objectives, the straight one-on-one fights have a rather detached feeling about them. The fights start with the planes in fairly close proximity in open sky and quickly turn into a spiralling duel in which you are constantly looking over your shoulder and turning as quickly as you possibly can It can all gel terribly annoying.
The dogfighting angle with lots of planes is a great idea, the execution stops short of brilliance. The Missions section adds more life into things and the What If bit is a laugh.
It's not a game for the short tempered. Getting to be a good dogfighter requires determination and dedication. If you have these skills you are in for a serious amount of aerial punch-ups.
Rob Mead O MicroProse team MicroProse 0666 504326 Once you’ve got the hang of chucking the okl crate about you can try a few proper missions.
PRICE £34.99 Out now Superb piccies of the planes.
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Give in or play to the death.
PLAYABILITY Easy to start, hard to master.
The view from the cockpit is in vector graphics ond pretty good ones too, the planes are highly detailed and everything moves at a respectable speed. The static screens are excellent. If you choose to look behind the pilot you get a lovely view of your chaps head. Each plane has a different cockpit, which con get confusing as you need to leorn a new layout each time you pick o different kite There are loads of external views ond you can also look around from your seat.
Control is by joystick with the usual array of keyboard commands to wrestle with Although it's not a real heavy-duty flight sim, there are a fair number of controls to find your Now this is more like it. My Sea Harrier verses your Spitfire. As well as recreating small slices of history you can write yourself a new bit. And pit anachronistic planes against each other.
" Twelve planes, six wars and only one pilot - this is an engaging and detailed flight sim with a wide scope, but lacks a realistic feel at times.
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HO.ng I ban MEEDS 1 MEG OVERDRIVE Adequate Welcome folks ond here's your super, soaraway 10-step, no-nonsense guide to Teaml7's new brake-blockbuster Overdrive. One player. Two players, using a null modem cable. Three skill levels. Four types of car. Five terrain types. Six hours of disk accessing.
Seven better things you can think of doing while waiting. Eight different computer drivers to race. Nine lives are for cats, not cars. 10-pin bowling bears little resemblance to Overdrive.
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Would Mr Stephen Bradley please return to the Inevitable Comparisons department on the fifth floor."
Seen it all before?
Eeh, them stairs; they'll be the death of me. So this Overdrive, bit like that Micro Machines, eh? Diddy motors - racing cars, buggies and four by fours zooming around little tracks (and Supercars as well, young Bradley). It all looks the same to me.
OK so there are no breakfast tables, pool tables or baths to manoeuvre your machine around, but what the heck, this game could have been called Very Small Machines.
I think tho Idoa lo to got In everybody's way.
Maybe not. But It's a lot of fun.
The frustrating thing Is that you can’t drive off this bridge and go wading through the water.
Oh, but if only this gome had appeared on the Amiga a couple of months ago. Then we could have told you about the superfast cars, the fabulous scrolling, the great top- down view. Hang on there just a minute, we still can.
I mean, it's not as if we have to constantly refer to That Other Game.
Come on Overdrive, stand up and be counted - get some blood on your tyres.
In the arcade challenge, you get a bundle of cash at the start of the game to enter races, and the harder the race, the bigger the prize. Race around the track against two computer drivers collecting pick-ups to enhance performance. Come last in three races and you will find yourself completely skint.
A touch too late... No, I can't go on with this. Even if there had been a two-player option, Overdrive would still compare unfavourably against That Other Game. A cose of bad timing for Team 17, I'm afraid. Sure, this game is good, polished fun but it goes down by three falls and a submission.
Stephan Bradley O Handles well VERDICT
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round and round and round and round.
Bob is having one of those days, his head has been removed. Most of us would give up at this point, seeing decapitation os a pretty final statement, but not you. You are going to bounce and roll your way through 51 hectic, puzzle-ridden levels to meet your other half, and then on through another 50 levels controlling both halves of yourself before final unification.
The game revolves around collecting coins, almost literally. Your head stays resolutely in the middle of the screen while the world revolves around it, often at dizzying speeds. Each level is against the clock, collect all the spondulicks and reach a target before the time runs out and it's on to the next level.
Gravity, generally speaking, points downwards, so you fall to the bottom of a level. Moving the joystick left and right turns the entire level around you, press fire and you jump. All you need to do is turn the world so you con get the coins.
It's not that easy, of course. There are awkward corners to manoeuvre yourself into, and nasty surprises to greet you there. Scattered about the levels are various bonuses lo help and hinder you. Some change the direction of gravity, forcing you to think quickly to suss out which way you are going to fall. Others include heavy gravity, teleport, sticky boll and one that gives you the ability to thrust, as they call it.
You will need a combination of brains and quick reactions. The puzzles are increasingly tricky and things can get very fast indeed, almost too fast. Get a bit enthusiastic with the joystick and you rocket about like a thing possessed.
Fast spin cycle The spinning effect is superb, very smooth and quick. The graphics are simple and frighteningly colourful with some smart parallax effects in the background. It sounds dead funky too. Once you get the hang of the control method, the game comes to life. It’s o refreshing change from the seemingly endless flow of platform games. The levels are cunningly designed and the action is frantic. Get your disembodied head through the first levels and you are in danger of being hooked - it's very playable.
There is not any great depth or longevity in it, but Bob's Bad Day is great fun, even if you do have to lie down for a while after a long session until the world slops moving. It's positively kaleidoscopic.
Rob Mead £ BOB'S BAD DAY PROGRAMMERS The Dome PUBLISHER Psygnosis 051-709 5755 PRICE £25.99 RELEASE Out now GRAPHICS I !¦ I- 1- I- I- ILL.I I Bright, simple and effective.
Groovy tunes and wacky effects CTI ' • I- I- I- I'll have another go thanks.
PLAYABILITY ¦ I- I- 1 I- I- I I- II Slick and accomplished stuff.
M The frustrating puzzles, madcap speed and a startling rotating effect make this a choice game if you like things upfront and wacky. M pin-point accurai Our goofy hero and his friend - an intelligent alien stick - have crash landed on a weird planet after being captured 4' by an alien spacecraft. In order to get back to Earth, Bubba jSj?
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No, it's not a rotting Troll, but a cute little duck by the name of Qwak from Teaml7.
To hell with the plot, there isn't one. Suffice it to say, you have to guide Qwak - and his purple companion in two-player mode - through eight worlds and 80 levels of baddies, bonuses and rewards while having as much fun as you can.
Easy, eh? Oh, and then there are the end-of-level guardians and challenge levels to get through os well.
Being a resourceful little duck Qwak has a special weapon - eggs.
One well-placed Grade One Free Range will usually send a baddie pirouetting to disaster, but there are plenty of larger baddies who're incapable of taking such a subtle hint, for the first few hits anyway. You also have to watch out for showers of spiked mines and fruit if you're not to get turned into a roast turkey yourself. And it does happen, take our word for it.
The game's two player mode finds both ducks on screen simulote- neously. And you have the choice to either compete or cooperate for the bonus objects and baddies.
This is a surprisingly simple, but refreshing, platform game which takes the whole genre right back to basics and makes itself as playable as possible. Leaping around from platform to platform is a doddle, the control is responsive and the sprite scrolling fast and smooth. The game is simple enough for even the youngest Amiga user to get to grips with, there's even a bonus for finishing a level without to using your egg weapon. But there are enough sticky moments to keep even accomplished games players constantly on guard.
Graphically the gome's pretty unexceptional - no OTT parallax scrolling and snazzy effects here, just the usual cutesy animation and unobtrusive backgrounds you expect lo find in a platform game. The pickups are of the some juicy edible variety thot hos become the standard for these type of platform games.
Soundwise, the effects seem to consist entirely of beeps and burps, but the music is pretty catchy in a obnoxious boppy sort of a way.
Qwak'i hardly the most original platformer you've ever seen and it certainly isn't a lot to look at. In fact it resembles thot aged classic Bubble Bobble in both graphical style and gameplay. But it beats the pants off most of most its ludicrously overpriced competition. If Team 17 can keep coming up with gems like this, the major softies are going to have to look to their laurels.
Rob Mead £) QWAK aw PROGRAMMERS In house PUBLISHER Team 17 0924 201846 PRICE £12.99 RELEASE Out now 7?» v MEEDS 1 MEG GRAPHICS ¦444444444 Nothing out of the ordinary SOUND 44014444444 Jaunty tunes, reosoncbie FX.
ADDICTION 9I494944494 It keeps dragging you back.
PLAYABILITY 4949494444 Brilliant fun and it's cheap.
VERDICT « No frills, no graphical trickery and no surprises... |ust good solid gameplay and a tried and tested formula make this an addictive and enjoyable game."
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This is Donk! In all It's AGA glory, with enhanced graphics.
The game also has a particularly snauy two player option.
Se« where you're going, where you've been and where you should be going, with the map.
In the unfortunate event of death this Is the point where you will roappear In the level.
Break through the pipes by leaping up and spinning down on the cracked bits.
When on early version of this game appeared on on Amiga Format Coverdisk (AF45)it was called Dong', and caused a bit of a stink with a major retailer, who wasn't having a game with such a lewd, suggestive name on their nice respectable shelves.
Young programming team The Hidden reluctantly agreed to change the name to Donk!, somehow resisted the temptation to rename the central character William and call the game on abbreviation of that name, and signed a deal with DMI... just before the company went bust It seemed that Donk I might never see the light of day, but Supervision picked it up, and here it is.
DECEMBER 1993 The hero of this platform performance is a duck. Not any duck, but a Samurai duck. The fact that he (or possibly she, I'm not sure how you tell with ducks) is a Samurai, seems of little relevance because this duck does not kick things, throw spiky things or seem to have much interest at all in martiol arts. No, this duck jumps on things, falls of things, collects diamonds and runs like hell for the exit when he has bagged all the gems and the screen goes red.
WHO ARE THE HIDDEN?
The Hidden are a young programming team from Norfolk comprising 21-year-old Craig Howard, (graphics and design). Simon Leggett, also 21 (graphics) and 22-year- old William Bell (lead programmer).
They met about four years ago. On a computer studies course at college In Norwich, and began working on Donk!.
Their first commercial release, about 18 months ago.
The Hidden say they are totally committed to developing games for the Amiga (Craig has had an Amiga for about six years) and are particularly Interested In experimenting with the capabilities of the Hmldan xmiga enthusiasts Craig Howard.
AGA chipset. Simon loggett and William Bell from Norfolk Quacky races Got the idea? Right let's just recap for the ones at the back. Donk! Is a platform game in which you control a duck that leaps around various levels (there's a total of 112 of the bleeders) collecting diamonds and avoiding water hazards, green blobby things that fall from the ceiling, flying things, spikes, flames and the suchlike.
You must also activate switches to open doors and make platforms solid. To help you in your task you have the ability to float, shield yourself, explode or jump higher than usual. When you have collected all the diamonds the screen goes red, the music changes from a happy bouncy ducky tunes to a more urgent tempo and you must race against the clock to reach the exit.
If you reach the exit, you return to an option screen and select the next level. At some points you hove a choice between levels and occasionally you must return to a level to find a hidden exit (with the help of a map). The 1 12 levels contain seven worlds and one fortress, which you can only enter by collecting a key.
Right, got the hang of that? It all sounds reasonably familiar, and at first glance Donk! Seems a fairly average variation on the platform theme. But Donk! Is a real grower and if you're not hopelessly hooked after three levels, you've got no soul.
Donk! Is an incredibly frustrating exercise, not because any one facet is particularly difficult, but because every ospect requires concentration.
Man with a bill Just when you think you've got o level licked you get careless with o green blobby thing or make a com- plefe mess of o jump you've disdoin- fully soiled across countless times before. If's at times like these that you may take some comfort by reminding yourself of The Duck Joke: "Mummy, mummy, there’s a duck at the door with a hat on."
"Don't be silly dear, it's a man with a bill."
Or if you get really annoyed you could, perhaps recite the following at the screen: "How do you turn a duck into a soul singer? Put it in the microwave until its bill withers."
Feel better now? Anyway, in terms of gameploy and difficulty Donkl is just about right. What it lacks is that one element of startling originality that would put it up there with the very best platform games.
On the plus side Donkl has some neat touches, such as the self-enhancing AGA mode and the two-player option. If you're playing Donkl on an AGA chipset Amiga, just select thot option and you get a version that takes advantage of the AGA graphic capabilities to create a jazzier background. The two player split screen is quite an innovation in Amiga games, and although it takes a bit of getting used to, is a strong feature.
Richard Jones O VERDICT
* * Dank! Is a grower. It is tricky without ever becoming too
difficult. The two-player and AGA options are a real plus. **
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PC Review "The spirit of Silent Service remains unchanged, it is still hit and run, kill or be killed...superb." Amiga Format Microprose Software. Inc ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Empire Software, The Spires 677 High Road. North Finchley London Nt2 OOA Telephone 081 343 9143 imiDr, i rr-r _t i l u u iJli i
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PLAYABILITY To be frank, I had some misgivings about this game before playing it. What, I thought, is a football manager doing dealing with ground improvements? What is 'The Boss' doing mucking around with advertising hoardings? Why would he (or she, good old Cheri lunghi) be phoning the job centre to find a head coach? Surely the first two ore jobs for the directors (those dear, dear enthusiasts who we terrace tearaways love and respect) and have no place in a management sim.
So, being Amiga Format born and bred, and having a yen for detailed facts, I phoned up the very affable John Ward ex-York City and now Bristol Rovers manager.
"Mr Ward," I said, "do you deal with all this guff and nonsense like they say you do in this game?"
"Yes I do. Well not so much ground improvement because we don't have our own ground, but when I was at York I was consulted on the new Family Enclosure."
"Oh, so that’s a yes then?"
“Yes, thot's right."
And with that I returned to the land of the simulation with proof that Realms of Fantasy do indeed know their stuff. This impression was compounded in the rather grammatically- challenged manual. The lad who wrote it obviously likes the game, unless he is lying about watching Mansfield Town. This boded well for a new, improved Premier Manager.
Got a match?
For those of you who haven't played the original game, here are the highlights so you can understand why PMII is a slight improvement: Start in the GM Vouxhall Conference as a manager with a team of carthorses. Train players.
Buy players. Sell players. Arrange ground improvements. Arrange sponsorship. Watch results. Play games.
Be disappointed with sounds.
Scream a lot. Be disappointed with graphics. Try to remember stats. Get sacked. Start again. Play till 4am.
Curse a lot. Get promotion. Get beaten up by partner.
That's about it really. Well, PMII comes with a few added tweaks that enliven the experience. For example, the already strong team selection, tactics ond formation options have been improved to o superb level. The only thing you can't do is to tell each player individually what he has to do 'on the day, on the park'. I suppose that once the CD version is put together (and management sims are ideal fodder for the CD 2) Realms can organise this. You can alter formations with left and right-side bias, create reasonably complex strategies, and mid-game you can even muck around with the team
tactics.
On the downside, the in-gome graphics and sound, despite what the manual would have you believe, still leave plenty to be desired. They also leave plenty of screen doing nothing in a blueish Everton-like manner. It's not good enough.
They've added some dot-graph- ics akin to those seen at American Football parks, they say Goal or Miss, but they are nothing special.
That goes for the sound too, which consists of the occasional sampled 'Goal' (not "Gooooaalllll) and a wave of white noise that is supposed to emulate the roar of a crowd. I've been to Reading and even they make more noise than that.
Daft as a brush These might seem picky points, but this is a football game, and football without atmosphere is like... Arsenal. That said, I was still playing PMII until 4am. I was still berated by my partner, and I'm still going home to play it tonight. The only other nig- gly point in this most excellent management gome is the incredibly sexist depiction of the club secretary.
Thai's just silly.
Tim Smith O ¦ B ,ri» | « ifl
* . R DECEMBER 1 993 OAME REVIEW Let's get through the moaning
first. This flight sim has the most ridiculous verification
procedure ever in the history of aviation: "What is the length
in metres of a MiG-21 ?" It asks.
"I don't know," you respond through gritted teeth, "it doesn't seem to be in the manual."
"All right," says the machine, "you got that wrong. What about the speed (in Mach) of an A6?"
"Um, an A6, let me look. Er, I can't find it, I don't even know what an A6 is. Let me guess, 2?"
"Wrong again," the machine crows. "This is your last chance, what is the length (in metres) of the AGM-88A?"
"Ah!" You cry. "I've seen that one, let me have a look. Yes, it's written here, on page 31. It's 13 foot long!"
Triumphant you prepare to type in your answer, but slowly realisation dawns. "Hang on, what is 13 foot in metres?" You work it out, it's
3. 965. You type it in.
"Access Denied."
After you've torn out nearly all your hair and you are finally asked a question you can answer, you find out that this is a highly reasonable flight simulator.
Dual roles to play Set in the now familiar territory of the Gulf War, Combat Air Pilot puts you in the role of both combat pilot and overall commander.
From the war room on board the Aircraft Carrier, USS Roosevelt, you can order air strikes, artillery barrages and reconnaissances of enemy units. A map displays the position and condition of enemy and allied units. Updates occur every day.
While all that is going on, you can fly missions of your own. Full briefings are given and you can access a computer system for a detailed two-dimensional analysis of your mission, including waypoints, enemy radar installations and targets.
From the hangar deck you can load your weapons bay with your choice of mega-destructive guns and missiles, and then climb into the cockpit of your Tomcat or Hornet and fly off to your rendezvous with destiny.
There is little in this game that will surprise anyone who has played COMMIT AIR PATROL around with a good combat flight simulator before But what is amazing is that every feature you have seen before is available to you in this one game. From missile cameras to a 'Fly-By View' you are visually well catered for, although there are games, such as F19 Stealth Fighter, which do it better.
Life's a drag... There is a huge range of ordnance available and you need all of it for the large variety of missions offered.
It s good to see the inclusion of laser guided weapons systems. You can also select bombs with differing drag factors. Low Drag bombs follow an attack trajectory towards a target, whereas High Drag bombs, featuring a large air scoop, fall vertically to the ground from the moment of release Both planes handle fairly well, although the F1 8 Hornet does wallow a little when turning sharply.
Combat Air Patrol is fast, fun and lethal, although the technical superiority which was so telling in the real Gulf War will also stand you in good stead here.
Rob Moad O
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Empire Software. Tha Spires. 677 High Boad, North Finch Empire Software It a register*) trademark ol ©1993 Empire Software- Griffiths GAME REVIEW DECEMBER 1993 hose of you who read our review of Diggers in issue 52 will understand if I tell you that there is treasure beneath the planet Zarg. If you missed the review (shame on you), we gave one of the first CD32 games a stunning 93 per cent rating and an Amiga Format Gold.
Millennium have now converted Diggers for the A1200 and A4000, and it's ended up on four disks The basic idea is to guide a set of five alien beasties in their mining expeditions. As they dig, they come across jewels, which can be sold for money. This can either be put into the bank or used to buy equipment such as digging machines, explosives or lifts. Each of the 30 levels is won by getting a certain sum of money, which allows you to proceed on to the next level.
As you'd expect, some things have been removed in order to fit the gome on to floppy disk. The CD music is gone, but this has been replaced by music and sound effects With Krogh van- quished, the land of Kendoria has returned to a fragile peace under your command.
However, rumours have reached you that an evil group is poisoning the minds of your subjects, threatening the security of your kingdom.
Cue a great deal of wandering around, smacking baddies about the head with swords and rescuing curvaceous blondes with mysterious amulets. Ishar 2 is the latest incarnation of Silmarils' highly successful RPG series and has proved to be by far the most playable and graphically gorgeous of the lot. With six times the playing area and an improved character control system, it was really hard to fault what was basically an exquisite adventure game. But fault it we did. There ISHAR 2: MESSENGERS OF DOOM AGA generated through the Amiga's sound chips. It's not quite as atmospheric, but it's
still very good.
Graphically, the game is identicol to the CD32 version, and makes good use of the 256 colours which can be used with the AGA chipset. The only other minor change is that a couple of options on the menu have been moved, so picking up and dropping items needs only one mouse click.
Diggers requires a lot of memory, so you will need to quit out of any programs (such as Virus Checker or Directory Opus) which you may have running in the background. If you're running with a 256 colour Workbench on an A1 200 with only 2Mb of memory, you may need to alter this to run Diggers. Similarly, if you have a background image for your Workbench, you may need lo remove this to free up some memory.
None of the bits that have been removed really detract from the game, and it’s still great fun. The disk swops when running from floppy are irritating, but they don't interrupt the flow of gameploy too much. Until the CD add-on for the A1200 is released, this should keep the subterranean freaks happy.
Richard Baguley O was still far too much disk-accessing during play - which slowed things up considerably - and the strictly-linear plot induced bouts of extreme boredom in virtually everyone who played it.
The A1200 version does nothing to overcome these problems, but offers you even more gorgeous graphics and sound effects instead.
For a game that already scores highly on atmospherics, this enhanced version is even more enthralling to play - the way the sun rises and sets over the swampy wastes of Akeer's Island is enough to make you come over all warm and glowy inside... until some evil git starts using your head as a dort- board, that is. The presence of the AGA chipset also makes the game run slightly faster and the disk-accessing is less prominent.
If you've just got yourself an A1200, you really must get a copy of this. Flawed it maybe, but Ishar 2 is still one of the most atmospheric and RPGs you're ever going to play in your life.. Rob Mead O DIGGERS AGA sn HftSSS!
HRRHRKB « MHAJ iHMNiiaia Crazy PipaIs Just on® of many classic game clones to be found on this compilation CD.
Pinch yourself hard. You're not dreaming. Multi Media Machine really are offering you 100 Amiga gomes for less than £20. These games are for use on the Amiga CD32, and the CDTV.
The catch is, of course, that the majority the games (count 'em) have been bunging up Public Domain and Shareware libraries for quite some time. You're in little danger of finding full-motion video or 256-colours in this little lot.
For a start, there's an overwhelming reliance on Shoot-Em-Up Construction Kit games. No fewer than 19 make their appearance on this compilation and you get everything from barbarians lobbing swords at people (Warrioi) to fire- spitting zombie heads haring down the screen. Not surprisingly, most of them are dire and you're unlikely to play them more than once.
Things get a lot better when you start investigating the many clones on the disk - PacMan, Galaxian, Stryder, Space Invaders, Tetris, Pipemania and Missile Command are all paid the highest form of flattery here. The disk even contains a very crap Lemmings rip-off called Leeding. There are also plenty of electronic versions of famous board games like Cluedo and Solitaire, as well as some seriously spaced-out oddities such as Cow Wars and a 3D noughts and crosses game.
Although Multi Media Machine don't claim this is a definitive collection of PD games it would have been great if at least one version of Defender or Jeff Minter's seriously brilliant Llamatron had made it on to the disk. Still, for £20 you can't really complain, can you?
Rob Mead © Various PD PUBLISHER Multi Media Machine 0204 363688 PRICE £19.99 RELEASE Out now ' « NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL OAMIS D GENERATION The year is 2021 and you are a courier delivering a package to Genoq's genetic research lab. So much for your career aspirations.
Having jet-packed your way from Finland clutching an important parcel you discover the building's security systems have gone completely haywire and the staff are trapped, cowering in corners.
You guessed it, a puzzle-packed arcade game lies ahead as you try to deliver your package to the head scientist. Along with the security systems you hove the Neogens to deal with, genetically engineered organisms that look silly but are fatal.
D Generation is a isometric 3D effort. You guide yourself, in the form of a little sprite chap, around a series of rooms figuring out in which order to press the buttons and how to get past the nasties. Complete one of the 10 levels, and you can save your position to the CD32. Rescue a Genoq worker, and you are rewarded with an extra life.
It doesn't look like much, the graphics are pretty plain with a distinctly cartoony feel, but the death scenes are a hoot, well the first couple of times anyway.
The game has been tweaked for CD32, but not much. Don't invite all your mates round, sit them in front of your shiny new CD32 and try to impress them with D Generation.
Things get better when you start playing. It's easy to gel into and once you start battling through the building you uncover a very playable game. The puzzles aren't mind- numbing, making it all the more frustrating when you do get stuck,but your reflexes get a work-out with plenty of zapping.
A round of applause to Mindscope for supporting the CD32 so early, at this stage it needs all the games it can get. It's just a pity D Generation looks so ordinary.
There's a pretty screen or two in the introduction but the CD32 is never put through its paces, and D Generation is a fairly straightforward copy of the original disk version. There is room on the disk for a squillion more levels and funky sound at least.
There has been a lot of hype about the potential of CD-based games for graphical and sonic excellence and worries about possibly weak gameplay. D Generation is the other way around.
Richard Jones © A STATE OF EMPLOY TO DESTROY They’re the meanest mercenaries in the Luyten star system, and they're on a life or death mission.
Join these ruthless soldiers of fortune as they enter a allowing up to four players on screen at any time.
Hired Guns is the ultimate multi-player RPG 3D arcade adventure.
Join up now. If you dare.
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With sensational graphics, outstanding playability and a unique multi-player mode ALFRED CHICKEN DECEMBER 1993 GAME REVIEW Screws, pots of paint and Ice cubes are just some of the cunningly-placed hazards that Alfred Chicken must negotiate on his platform mission to save his chums from a fate worse than Paxo.
Ow, there is a storyline behind this plucky plot- former, but like most games of this ilk, it's all rather irrelevant - all you need to know is whot gets you points, what to collect, what to kill and what lo avoid if you don't want to be killed.
The fact that you are a chicken called Alfred who is on a mission to save Billy, his brothers and your female feathered friend Floella from Meka-chickens who want to use them in cloning experiments is interesting, but doesn't explain the cheese, baby, wood, glass, book and sci-fi themes of the different worlds.
Clucking great Like all platform games, this one sees you jumping around (or should I say flapping) trying to collect items, in this case diamonds, for Floella, to score extra points Why this chicken has such on uninspiring name as Alfred (apologies to all Alfs out there) I don't know, but the developers or marketing people must have had their reasons. Anyway, being a chicken, Alfred has quite a few unique moves.
When his enemies - grimacing mice, sly snails which try to disguise themselves, or spinning ladybirds - sneak up on him, jumping up and then pulling down on the joystick ensures that Alf's in full fast-moving pecking motion and when he hits his target, it will be destroyed. Forget to pull down, however, and he is left as a cloud of floating feathers and it's back to the beginning of the level.
Alfred's beak also comes in handy for pecking buttons, bursting balloons, cracking through ice blocks and turning TV sets on and off so he gets to speak to 'Mr Personality' (pity he hasn't got more of one himself).
Waggling the joystick swiftly makes Alfred's wings flap feverishly and slows down his descent.
Now that you know what makes this chicken tick, it's on with the gameplay. There are 1 1 levels with five worlds ond the final Sci-fi level.
The first few levels are easy ond a touch boring. However, the activity increases as the levels progress, although there's still a lack of challenge in the air because no matter Some chickens might freeze when confronted by this ice challenge, but not our Atf. He just speedily pecks his way through the obstacles.
How many or how few diamonds you keenly collect or how many balloons you burst, you can still get to the Sci-fi level when you finish the one you’re on. Even when you nip through one of the doorways in each of the worlds and enter o 'secret' room, there's nothing very secret or interesting going on.
Get stuffed Alfred does have some nifty moves, but the lack of control spoils the fun.
The good thing about this game are the big and bold background graphics, and that's obout it. Being Alfred Chicken really isn't much fun It's just lots of bouncing and jumping around without really getting anywhere.
The levels are small and require very few brain cells to get through them, and the details, control and feel of the game leave you wishing you hadn't bothered picking up the box in the first place. Released just in time for Christmas, Alfred is not so much a chicken but more of a turkey.
Richard Baguley ©
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Each disk has several scenarios, so you can pit almost any country's air force against that of another. This huge range of options is initially confusing, with 56 different scenarios on the two disks, some hypothetical and some historical. These range from The United Arab Emirates Versus Kuwait which is very basic, to The Battle of Britain which is damn difficult.
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I«ttaman*n »sko«ks»tKmmensnoncwc«sotnmosis tw ua «ns sarm k* ik huoouctw t» ccmemo sonwe DECEMBER 1993 GAME REVIEW up, Brutal Sports Tennis should be a killer, but Synchronised Swimming will take the ultimate prize The idea of the game is to kill, injure, maim, slash, hack, punch, kick, stomp, hit (bit weak that one), behead, gouge, flail, stab, smash, destroy, decimate and mutilate your opponent's players. Oh, and to score goals too. Victory is gained either by scoring more goals or ripping the heads off all the members of the opposition.
Bloody violence That's about it really. The game doesn't master on the fine points of team sport and ball-playing, but scores highly on gratuitous violence.
If they sanitise this one for the Nintendo, they'll need buckets and buckets just to store the blood they take out of it.
It's all a bit needless really, and after a while you begin to suspect that all this gore is trying to disguise a fundamentally flawed gameplay.
Then you realise that if you play on two player mode, and don't bother getting one of your males lo take the opposing side, you can go around becomes littered during play with handy pick-ups which you can use to maim and dismember the enemy.
The best is the little rabbit which makes the players pair off and copulate furiously. Only kidding - it makes your player so fleet of foot that he can avoid the vicious high tackles being flung at him.
Conversely the little terrapin that walks across the pitch turns your player into a Valium freak.
Fumbling pick-ups!
The most amusing pick-up is the bomb. You can use these to throw at members of the other teams, which is good, but if you get tackled in possession of them you fumble them, m mm MaTid) idXgXSs© First there was Rollerball, which was a film about guys on rollerskates. It was only girlies who wore rollerskates when I was a lad. But things have changed, what with street hockey, Rollerblades and everything. In Rollerball the idea was to skate around bashing people and throwing big metal balls down toilets Then afterwards all the players took drugs and set fire to trees with flamethrowers.
Quite.
Then there was Speedball, which was a computer game by the Bitmap Brothers. It was really Kick Off 2 on a grey pitch, and you didn't get sent off for committing a foul. You got cash and prizes instead. A bit like Vinny Jones really.
Now there is... Football. Sounds like a bit of an anti-climax, doesn’t it? But this is no ordinary football, this is Brutal Sports Football The intro screen leaves you in no doubt that this is part of the Brutal Sports series, and unless I've been napping and have missed a few instalments, this is the first in this illustrious, if a little bloodthirsty, series. The mind boggles lo think how they will follow rssp ViW aims!® the entire opposition and punch them all in the face without them defending themselves in any way. If this fails to impress, you can always try to rip all their heads off
before time runs out. It's really magnificent fun.
Of course, if your mind is slightly more developed than mine you will begin to find this tedious after a few weeks. But never fear, the designers have packed in tons of cunning and devious twists lo keep even the most distractible of gamesplayers occupied for at least a couple of hours.
There are innumerable options to play, such as one player (against the computer), two player, league, challenge, or you can play best of three or five games in a match. The pitch The locker room, where the players snap towels at one another and boast about their sexual prowess. Hang on, aren’t they supposed to keep their jockstraps In those lockers?
M wtz jnuz SmllpS PUBLISH!* I Millenium 0223 844894 and get caught in the middle of a 50 megaton strike.
All in all this is a facile, puerile and shallow game. It lacks the speed and tactical deftness of Sensible Soccer, it is without the playability of Coal. And thankfully, despite the title, it has absolutely nothing to do with football, except maybe of the American and Australian varieties.
If, like me, you can't tell Diego Madonna from Ryan Biggs, but still feel the occasional need for a bit of team sport, this could be for you. On the other hand, if you’re just a socially maladjusted, psycho nutter with a need to vicariously injure and maim, this will be right up your street too.
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Fodle, but funl VERDICT “ Less ol a team sport, more of a gang war. This game will fall foul of any video games certificate scheme. Violent, compelling and massive fun."* Someone's pinched the wab- bits from Pum! And there are only two people who can get them back - two decrepit sorcerers colled Wiz 'n' Liz.
This is the Amiga version of Psygnosis' first console game and a right little crocker it is loo. You have to guide either Wiz or Liz through 112 levels and round up all the bun- niest. Every time you collect a wabbit you’re rewarded with letter or bonus object which gives you more points, time, an exit gate or enables you to cast all kinds of brilliant spells.
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Experiment o little and oil kinds of sub-games and cheats are yours, including the two shops which can be used to buy more potion ingredients or gameploying hints. Magic, eh?
Despite an overdose of cuteness, Wiz 'n' Liz proves to be surprisingly addictive - time's your constant enemy as you chase across each level collecting more and more wab- bits. The game's fast-moving and you never feel bored, just increasingly hooked. The split-screen two-player option is great fun loo.
The wabbit and sorcerer sprites are small, but well-animated. The whole thing's easy to control thanks to some slick joystick moves Like a lot of cute games, Wiz V Liz has a young audience in mind There is no violence and even the difficult levels won't take too long to complete.
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We hove setved thousands of satisfied thousands customers during out 4 years ol trading. Over 10,000 mon hours (duiing 5 years) hos been dedicoted to the production of this gome constant imptovement ond it must be one of the most realistic ond accurate tepiesentotions of o professional football managers job. Moin features below:- Manogeis: 1 to 4 Humon players. Ratings, Performance statistics, sock and offers. 3 Difficulty levels, Monoget ol the month ond season oworded, Pods, Pick my team in any division to begin with.
Leogue i Cup: Premier 22 teams, Division 1,2 & 3 hove 24 teoms, Ployuffs, Tobies. 7 Cup competitions with precise rules (2 legs, extra time, owoy goal rule, seeded draws, European Cup tobies, 5 subs, non-domestic player restrictions etc.), Finolisl route to glory.
Gomes: Yearly fixture previous list, Week fixtures results, Results from pievious meeting with opponent (goes bock up to 6 seasons).
EASY TO PLAY Animated 1| Joystick or Mouse.
Wrestling game jfi&v 1 or 2 players Players: Real life statistics reflecting the start of 93 94 seoson with real positions, height, oge. Live transfer morket. Contract & wage negotiations, Preferred foot (left right both), Loons, Injuries, Training, Special (dents, Trainees, Goalkeepers (separate skill categories), Defenders, Midfielders, Attockers & Utility, Retirements, Foreign transfers, Unhoppy ployers, Top 10 Hot shots.
Teom: Training, Todies (15 different styles), Aggression, Formation allows specific player field settings (left wingei, Sweeper etc.). Club: Sponsorship, Ground improvements, View opponent, Finonces The Match: Real time scoreboard repotting goals & injuries yeUow red cords, Sound effects, Interventions permitted at ony time to change todies, formations ond moke subs. Physkol grophicol pendty participation (optional). Ovei 80 different referees.
Other: Fast lood sove. Printer access, 20 Options to set various gome preferences, Instruction book, Easy to play, Technical support. _ Plus: Over 100 other meticulous refinements impossible to list here.
Editor : Allows you to omend various items in soved gomes. £12 Extra [ 1 Scottish : Oedicoted version detoils available upon lequest.
CRICKET MASTERS This is o purely monogeriol cricket monoger gome that concentrates on strategy and includes plenty of relevant statistics. The game hos been designed ond developed by o true fan of the sport. It replicates everything that a real manoger has to content with and it's a totoHy unique production that anyone with on interest in Cricket should experience.
A summoiy of the moin features is shown below:-
• AXA EQUITY & LAW 18 leogue county teams, 50 overs per gome.
• 4 Cup competitions including Benson & Hedges, Not West.
• 20 different match umpires with occurate nomes and strictness.
• Accurate player details Surname, height ond oge.
• 27 different player attributes. Most skills have a direct
impact on the effectiveness of eoch individuals actions during
a simulated match.
• Easy player selection. All game text is deorly presented.
• Bolting and bowling averages. Top batting and bowling tobies.
• 3 Different training intensities to boost bolting, bowling or
fielding.
• Weather, pilch ond light often moke on impoct on ground
condition.
• Full match highlights let you watch the oction ball by ball
with full graphics ond or realistic sampled sound effects for
significant events (Four, Umpire decisions, etc.).
Interventions ore permitted ot ony time to change batting
tactics or fielding placings.
• 3 Bolting Bowling classifications (Normal, Attack ond Defend).
• Choice of 15 different field placings.
• full scorecard results with best batting ond bowling figures.
• Other staff (Physio, Groundkeeper, Scout) con be hired ond
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• Annual leogue fixtures listing. Current week ond last leogue
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• View current cup competition draws ond historic records.
• Reol time transfer morket. Player contract ond wage
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• SponsoR, Printer access, finonces, Poor ground fines, Monoget
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• 15 Options to oiler game preferences, Load Save gome.
• Instruction book with plenty of examples.
• Plus many more fine details that we are unable to list here.
CSSUVS9SSC! I "VXmil TMH II1II This gome has been designed lo be os dose to reol racing as possible.
Five yeoR of development by a clever racing expert has led to the second revision of this Flat Horae Racing Simulation.
Up to 4 playeR can participate as Owner Trainers with the primary objective of becoming the top rated trainer, in respect of prize money won, ot the end of eoch racing seoson (March to November). There ore up to 35 other intelligently controlled computer trainers to compete ogoinst ond compare your personal performance.
To achieve this oim you must discover o potential champion ond train them so that they become capable of competing well and winning any of the 47 big prize money races (Handicap ond Group), eg. The Derby To give you on idea of the tools provided in this gome to assist you reaching your objective we hove listed the moin features below:-
• 250 hoRes eoch with over 60 independent variables.
• 26 different race courses (2 all weather), reol life
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other items included, mirroring the diversity of tacecouRes in
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• 20 Jockeys who vary in ability ond booking fees, Orders I
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Very informative report by Head stable lod. Tipsters. BookmakeR.
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Types.
¦‘1 f T'H Open Notional Tipping Competition 1991: Organised * by Rocecoll, regulated by the Tote, this program achieved % joint second. This led to o serious approach from a well known notional book moker. Rejected in favour of supporting the public.
Winnings Statistics: 104 wins out of 166, as from 2 6 to 1 9 93.
Formula: This program tells you exactly what to do. You ore NOT permitted to omend our system unlike so mony other similar programs.
How confident con you be in something that invites omendments!
Research & Development: Three years full time race analysis ond experimentation to refine and test tire prediction system.
Inside Knowledge: Plenty of unique hints from contacts in the know.
User Friendly: No racing knowledge required, easy to use, tutorial book.
Restricted Soles: As soon as our programs predictions have o prolific impoct on the betting odds we will stop accepting new buyeR.
Monthly Updates: Highly recommended option. If ony update foils lo break even we'll send the next one free of charge. Fiom £25.
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GAME OPTIONS World Sup Sricfcel Masters A fontostic grophicol and or tactical representation of Cricket that has been completely written by o traditional fan. You con physically participate with hotting ond or bowling or leave it to the computer to automatically handle. See full feature list below
• 1 Day limited oveR ot test.
• White or coloured clothing.
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ANIMATED ACTION
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THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND This smash hit AF Gold-winner sees you assume the role of Guybrush Threepwood, and work your way through a series of swashbuckling puzzles.
You start the game on the island of Melee and the aim of the adventure is to collect unusual objects which will help you turn the weedy Guybrush into a skilled pirate, so he can crew a ship and sail off to Monkey Island. There are many nice touches to this RPG including the excellent fight sequences, where Guybrush wins not with his rapier abilities, but with his comical insults.
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Swashing buckles The point and click method of control makes The Secret Of Monkey Island easy to play. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and you can be transported to anywhere on any island.
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9 10 Graham Popham THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE II Alternative Software ES £ 12 99 L New release "I II Thomas the Tank you In a minute, shouted Ivor the Engine, feeling sadly neglected at not being allowed to enter the Great Train Race. The Fat Controller got an ear-bashing horn Jones the Steam and Dal Station moped around on the platform. But Thomas and his pals didn't care, lor they had the chance to find out who was the fastest ol all the trains at the station. Not that you can go Dot out. What with trains, signals, level crossings and leaves on the line Play the computer or race a chum in this
trainmendous. Steamy, lout track affair Smart graphics and pleasant sounds make this a polished package, though most will find It easy to beat the computer But In two player mode It's great fun and at under 13 so vs. It's no Great Train Robbery. Hurrah and toot. Toot.
0 in ft m 3 co IH * After tho cricket match the winning team celebrated In the ten tent long Into the night, tinging cricket songs and recounting tales of famous boundaries. Celebrity guest was Brian Johnson.
7 10 o 0 u CRYSTAL KINGDOM DIZZY Codemasters ¦ £9.99 ¦ Not previously reviewed Lost treasures of Yolkfolk. Stormy clouds. Imminent destruction. An egg wearing a safari hat. Hmmn, sounds os though all is well in Dizzy's kingdom. So someone's made off with all the jewels ond your (ask is to go out and do the platform business of recovering them. The first thing I noticed was that this Dizzy bloke looks like he's constantly raving, because he bobs around ond waves his arms frantically (and he's always smiling - dead giveaway).
Battle ond bounce your way through four levels including Captain Blackheart's pirate ship before finally entering the _ Crystal Kingdom to complete your quest for the missing jewels. Crystal Kingdom Dizzy is colourful, bouncy fun, even if it’s not the mosl inspirational of the Dizzy games.
6 10 HARD DRIVIN' II Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF21 77% Hard Drivin' Schmard Drivin'. There is a picture of a rather nice red Ferrari on the box. Unfortunately, the cars you drive in the game do not resemble the Italian thoroughbred; in foci, they make Ladas look rather sleek. Bui hey, we're not posers are we? If it goes, then that's good enough.
There are both speed and stunt tracks to tackle in this racetrack romp, ond if you're feeling particularly enthusiastic, you can even edit your own track.
Hard Drivin' II is not the fastest, most fluid, or steering wheel gripping tense racing game ond the control system isn't as friendly as your favourite friend. In fact, Hard Drivin' II is, dare I say, doled. First reviewed almost three years ago, il has been overtaken by many. Even that really slow steamroller.
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HELP DECEMBER 1 993 STREET FIGHTER 2 Reviewed AM3 87% US Gold
•021-625 3366 BART VERSUS THE WORLD AF43 Coverdisk demo Press
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Andrew Marston, Hereford Ket Brown of Cramllngton. Northumberland reckons the cheat we printed In AfSO was slightly misleading, so here's his amended version Press Caps-Lock and type In CMEATERCMEATERWIMP with no spaces. After two seconds your funds go up by $ 1 million and all the land you own is filled with building blocks Vou can do this as many times as you Ilka CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 93 Reviewed AF48 82% Domork • 081780 2222 Pick a 4-3-3 formation then change the players' post tlons until they look like a 1-4-5 formation, and by play Ing the long ball you should find It a lot easier to win
the game Darren Noyce Stow market, Suffolk Reviewed AF45 FG90% Renegade
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Fed up wttti ptaytng the same oM Street FtgWer character*? Than check out this exc slant cheat.
So you wanna be the Boss? Then try out this excellent cheat from Alex Sarkari who wins a copy of Lemmings 2: The Tribes.
Go to the Boss you want to control with any character except E Honda. Let the Boss beat you on the first two rounds, scoring a Perfect against you. Insert disk two at this point. Use your Continue and go back to the Player Selection screen. Select E Honda - you shouldn't be able to select Ryu. Go and ploy the Boss and you should find you are the Boss.
Alrax Sarkari Edgeware SECOND SAMURAI AP51 Coverdisk demo Hold down Fire for five seconds to collect the books and knives which are lying around. Yellow books give you a sword, while brown books are a smart bomb.
The knives are thrown horizontally.
Duncan Middleton Nuneaton, Warwickshire ISHAR 2: MESSENGERS OF DOOM Reviewed AF50 79% Things are starting to get decidedly tricky in Part Four of our complete solution. Are you man enough to keep up?
Doze • 071-328 2762 You want a complete solution? You got It, thanks to those helpful chaps at Daze Marketing. More next month... IRVAN'S ISLAND Go West, then North - avoid having a light. Enter village. Play with the pump-handle (ooer!) If you like. Recruit Kudsac. Pick up his possessions and kill him. Visit the two Inns to recruit four characters - preferably, pick one scholar (Eliandr). One magician (Zeloran). One archer (Fandhir) and one warrior. Buy a sword, a bow and some arrows from the armourer. Now buy some food from the shopkeeper to recover your physical strength after fights.
Go to the harbour on the south-west side of the island and force a passage. You're taken prisoner and handed over to the village chief who tells you your mission.
Return to your starting point by going South, then East. Kill the three thieves and find the woman. You're given a pendant. Eat If necessary, then return to the village to recruit, buy helmets and shields.
Go extreme East Into the forest, then North to pick up the black and white mushrooms - do not eat them. Now collect the dandelions In the stone circle to the extreme north. Fight the wasps. Enter the forest clearing on the south side, kill ores.
You can destroy the chief ore by keeping Special handy tip: don t pick up the skull-ln-tho-box unless you want your brains to be pureed by a pair of stone golems.
Your distance as much as possible and using as many arrows as you can. Pick up necklace, take It back to the village chief. Eat, sleep, buy arrows, arms and food. Go to the harbour, select the town’s landing-stage.
34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DECEMBER 1993 AF brings you every single One Step Beyond code you'll ever need. And it's oil thanks to Paul Walker of Warrington who wins himself a £25 Mail Order voucher.
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Talk »o the man (1) and give him the ID Card. Go left, kill cop and go left. Here kill second cop - use the forcefield, it works (2).
Go down, kill cop and floating ball. From the middle platform go right and recharge (3). Go right and kill cop. Proceed right and dispose of all cops who show their faces. Go back left and recharge if necessary. Go right and inside (4). Kill two cops and floating ball. Move right and call taxi (5). Save here (6).
Climb to top platform. Run and jump all the way right and crack the crystal (7). Proceed inside and right. Here dispose of the terminator, take lift up, crack crystal and get key (8). Go all the way right, jump to the middle platform, right again and recharge (9). Step left and incinerate the robot - watch out!
He explodes. Activate console (10), go right, open door with key and lift down. Save here (11).
Climb up and the wall slides away. Take lift down and go up. On the right kill terminator, pick up key (12) and proceed left. Get rid of the two floating balls (13) and climb up. Move right and activate console (14) so wall slides out of the way, go left and climb down. Go right and deactivate the forcefield (15).
Proceed down, open door and recharge (16). Take the lift up and go right. There are two mysterious floor traps (17). Go right and get lift down (18). On left, run and jump to top platform so you can open door. Go right, pick up key (19), take lift up. Open door and step inside. Kill floating ball (20). Jump mine and run like hell - a forcefield follows you (21). Get rid of the floating ball and proceed right to the next level (22).
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from Anthony Harper of Southampton: Once you finish the section before the missiles, fly straight to the right side of the screen. Stay there and the missiles are unlikely to touch you.
Ufj as DECEMBER 1993 GAMES HINTS, TIPS AND HELP THI ATTACK MAN LEVEL CODE LEVEL CODE 1 VQVQEDD 12 CANJOMY 2 ICIGCAA 13 DUBENNC 3 ECPPNCZ 1A JCNGTOV A FTWJDEK 15 TCVQQPL 5 HQVDRFR 16 IQDNJQN 6 DULBEBO 17 KKKOSRB r JAHAHHE 18 NG0F1SM 8 HATEAGK 19 NNEURTI 9 KONASJM 20 LGUDEUM 10 GLUTEKS 21 TQELDVW 11 EROITLV WEAPON CODE WEAPON CODE M16 Mags 001594 MP5 Mags 001595 AK47 Mags 001596 M60 Belts 001597 M26 Grenades 001598 M72 Laws 001599 M203 Rockets 00159A First Aid 00159B C4 Explosives 00159C Paul Priest South Woodham Ferrers, Essex When attacking, the most important building to destroy is the enemy
Construction Facility - once you have done this they can't replace any ot the buildings you take out. You should also concentrate on taking out the enemy defence turrets before finishing off the rest of the base. Victory is almost assured if you destroy the Construction Facility, although the enemy usually has more than one of them in later levels.
Until tanks become available, the Harvester is one of your most important weapons because it's a tracked unit and can be used to squash any enemy troopers or infantry sent lo attack your base. It's useful lo have a Harvester guarding your base especially if you're fighting the Harkonnens, because they like using Heovy Troopers which can be very difficult to destroy.
GOBLIIINS A1 200 Not previously reviewed Digital Integration
• 0276 684959 You can t use the A500 level codes on the AGA
version ot this cutesy puzzle game, so R Bailey ot Streatham,
London has sent In some alternatives.
Uh-oht Those mischievous Goblins are at It again.
THI LAST FIW LEVELS On the last two levels both opposing houses team up to destroy you. This isn't os bad as it sounds - it just means you need to defend your base a bit more against the extra units the combined enemy send in.
It also means you have lo destroy two bases instead of one.
You can also build Palaces on these levels - as can your enemies - and IX Research Centres which enable you to construct special units. If you use these units well, and follow the attack plan, these levels are not much harder than the others.
DBSTROYINO INIMY PALACES Destroying enemy House Palaces is very hard because they're also free for them to repair. You have to launch an all-out attack mainly with Missile Launchers and Heavy Tanks to stand a chance.
Destroying a Palace can lake some time, but you can afford to put all your units on to the task and provide air support with Ornithopters. In effect you have to damage the Palace faster than your enemy can repair it, but this can be done THE PINAL BATTLE On this level you face the two enemy houses and the Emperor's Elite forces. This level is extremely hard compared to the rest of the gome and you just have to muddle through.
The enemies are always attacking in great numbers and you really have to watch out for Death Hands as the Harkonnens and The Emperor both have them - don't forget to save your position regularly. Keep the same attack plan since it's vital lo start attacking even though your base is under siege from the beginning.
Use an Ornithopter to determine the position of enemy bases since they’re widely spread out over the opposite side of the map to you, usually to the North Remember enemies hove at least two Construction Facilities on this level so it's important to hit them all.
Isolate one enemy at a time and destroy them before moving on to the next and try to capture their factories so you can build the special weapons Captured factories are often situated in strategic positions close to other enemies, which makes them ideal if your base is far away.
It's best to leave the Emperor's Sardaukar Base until last. The Sardaukar have large numbers of all the standard units which have been improved to elite status, coloured purple. The Sardaukar's Troopers are hard to kill unless they're run over by a tracked unit They also have their Construction Yard very heavily guarded with a further Construction Yard hidden away in a corner, so it's important to explore the map.
The Sordukar Base is also very heavily guarded. It has a double- Combat tank* are *k w. But highly effective offensive weapon* which can be used to whittle down the Harkonnens' defences.
Strength defensive wall around it with lots of Rocket Turrets on the perimeter. The best way to destroy the base is by taking its Construction Facility with a group of four or five Rocket Launchers sited in a destroyed enemy base, so the Sardaukar cannot see them. A quick surprise attack on the Construction Yard with Rocket Tanks con destroy it before the Sardukar con start repairs.
Now try destroying some of the defensive turrets and other buildings.
Rocket Tanks are extremely useful, so keep them well protected unless you want them knocked out by a rogue Siege Tank.
If your enemy starts rebuilding, then they have a secret Construction Yard which must be knocked out. Do this and eventually the enemy's defences collapse, leaving the Sadaukar Palace to be destroyed.
This is very hard to achieve, so you just have to pile all your forces on to it and wait. When the Palace is finally destroyed you've completed the game and can watch the end sequence
• Thanks again to Gregg Spivey, of Welwyn Garden City for these
excellent sand-blastin' tips.
Type in these Action Replay codes during the game to get loads ot ammo tor each of your weapons. It you use the M60 Machine Gun without any belts you also get Infinite bullets. Under no circumstances should you Increase your mags above live - this removes the graphics and energy bar.
Happy hunting!
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HOOK, LINE AND TINKER How do I use the catapult in Hook?
I've tried everything, but nothing seems to work. I've tried talking to people but they just tell me to get magic dust from Tinkerbell. How do you get it from her?
Stuart Kelso Crosskeys, Gwent You have lo fix the catapult by getting some elastic from the Lost Boys' Workshop. Now turn right into the Dining Area. Go right lo the Round Pond and give the flower to Tinkerbell. She gives you some magic dust. At the right of this screen you see a tree with a branch sticking out. Pick up the branch and use it with the string you collected earlier.
You now have a bow.
Go back to the Lost Boys’ Workshop and use the bow on the pan-pipes hung up behind the table.
The pipes fall to the floor. Pick them up and turn right. Go top right to the catapult and use the elastic on it.
Turn right lo the Cliffside. Jump off the right end of the cliff three times, now use the catapult.
TROUBLE WITH AMERICANS I need some help with Virgin's KGB.
I'm near the slack end of the first chapter. I've just got out of the stuffy room, killed Rita and let the American go. I've knocked out Verto and taken photos of the white and die. With the Continues I still can't get oft that level. Do you know a cheat which will give me extra lives?
I've had Captain Planet tor a year and I can get to the Wind Level, but then I James Duck Ormsklrk, Lancs There Is a cheat tor this, but you need a copy ot the original Captive game lor It to work. Load Captain Planet as normal then Insert your Captive dish on the level selection screen. Press Flre and the screen says Tdish Error.' Now put In the proper disk and the cheat mode is activated.
There were 12 phones on Molotov's desk, but he couldn't get a kinky sex line on any of them.
Blue papers, but when I return to HQ, Volov has a go at me for letting the American go. Have I not done something?
S Roberts London You haven't done anything wrong.
Like most KGB bosses, Volov loves a good moan and would have had a go ot you whatever you'd done.
UNPLUGGED Helpl I'm stuck in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. After finding a trapdoor I end up looking up at a wooden plug which I can't reach.
I have the whip, grail diary, old book, small key, red cordon and picture. How do I get past this?
Paul Gallagher Belfast Search all the skeletons until you find a hook. Use the hook on the wooden plug. Now walk down the left side of the screen and use your whip on the hook. This drains the water from the next room.
SOPHIA, YET SO FAR I'm totally stuck on Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, I'm in Atlantis, but I can't find a way to get Sophia out of the coge. I've tried to open the vent, but it just won't budge. Can you help me free Sophia?
George Diavati Liverpool Stand behind the air vent and use an orichalcum bead in the robot statue.
It comes to life and falls on top of the guard, killing him. Use another bead with the eel sculpture to evaporate the pool of water guarding the sentry doors. Now walk through the doors to get on to the canal. You're confronted by an octopus - catch a crab by using a ribcage baited with chewing gum, then feed it to the octopus.
CAPTAIN PLANET TO THE RESCUE Sail around the canal until you find a broken down sentry guard.
Repair it with four pieces - robot part, bronze gear, spoked wheel and crescent-shaped gear. Once the robot is repaired and working, a hinge pin falls on to the floor.
Give the hinge to Sophia so she can wedge it underneath the cage when you pull it up. Well done, you've freed Sophia.
UNDER PRESSURE I'm hopelessly stuck in Eye of the Beholder 2. I'm somewhere under Temple Darkmoon in a level which was inhabited by the Drow long ago.
I've found a door with a message which reads: "You'll have to leave many things behind" and has a lot of pressure pads. I've tried putting an object on every pressure pad, but the door doesn't open. What shall I do?
Javier Valdenebro Spain I assume you mean the set of nine pressure pads arranged in three groups of three? Put a stone on each of the lour corner pads, then walk on to the centre pad. Leave a stone where you're standing and the door should open.
SCORE: ENGLAND 1, ISRAEL O Can you help me on Graham Taylor's Soccer Challenge? I've reached the FA Premier League and now the Football Association is offering me the job of England manager and I've been given a code. The problem is I don't know what I have to do with the code. Please help me.
Nadav Linden Israel The code is a password which enables you to play the International section of the gome contained on disk two. Make a note of the password, then save it to disk by clicking on the Save Password icon. When you enter the International section, the game asks you to load your Save disk containing the password, then asks you to type it in manually.
PAT THE HEAD, RUB THE BELLY I'm writing lo inform Dave Penn of Bridgenorth (AF50) that when typing in the cheat for Warnygog he must pot the monkey on the head and rub its belly at the same time before it turns into an apple and gives you infinite lives.
A Walker Blackburn, Lancs OVER THE WALL w vuu imui tittniiiuutn ui it luiiuuiiitn limit yuuiuu nuun lUMMiiiuivi.imiuunini nnu mi ui yuuh luuimni is uinnuuiiiu The wooden horse has failed you. Time to make an Action Replay cartridge out of old bean tins.
In response to Laurence Caruono's plea for help in Escape from Colditz [AF50], I've worked out some Action Replay codes.
For the first man 6AB Low security keys 6AC Grade one security key 6AD Grade two security key 6AE Prisoner's uniform 6AF Guard's uniform 6B0 Pass 6BI Shovel 6B2 Pickaxe 6B3 Saw 6B4 Rifle 6B5 Stone 6B6 Candle For different men change the second digit to C or D. Robert O'Connor Liverpool SEND US YOUR STUFF If you're having trouble with a particular game or have a solution to a letter printed in the magazine, don't keep It to yourself - write it down and send It to us. And we'll do our best to print it. Send it to: HELPING HAND Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street. Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
THE JAKKI BRAMBLES COLUMN Well OK then you Munis and Dads, it's that time of the year again when letters to Santa are coming your way.
We get a lot of phone calls at this time of year from you guys because it really isn’t that easy to decide which of the mega bundles to buy. So this month we have an easy guide to help you make that really important choice.
Amiga 600 Single Drive - The ONLY home computer for less than £20(1 Suitable for the child fed up with paying out £40 for software for their Megadrive (software available from £9.99) or for the first time buyer. There are hundreds of software titles available including games, education, word processing, home accounts etc. Games available include strategy ' role playing, titles where imagination is more important than aggression. Icam to create animations not zap aliens aimlessly Age (.roup 8-13 A600 Hard Drive - A more serious version of the above. The hard drive saves repeatedly loading and
swapping floppy disks.
Suitable for serious games play ers and applications such as database management for a student or home office environment. Ihc Epic Pack is particularly useful for a foreign language orientated student. Age (. Roup 12 + Amiga 1200 ( hartbusters - Only the really lucky child will receive this as their first computer. Its state of the art latest Amiga technology made it the computer that most kids aspire to. Its fast 32 - bit technology makes it the choice of Amiga enthusiasts who want not only the ultimate in games play ing but also serious applications. You can expand this computer through
the addition of hard drives. Extra memory , accelerator boards whatever the option most suitable for producing any number of serious applications. Want to he a graphic artist, video producer, film director, cartoon animator, musician, mathematician, designer the only limitation to the machine is your imagination. Age Group 10 - 100 Amiga 1200 Desktop Dy namite - As above but but w ith some serious applications included in the package. Hie perfect solution for the student You want him or her to have a computer to produce school work using quality Desktop Publishing software, he she wants a
dynamic games play ing machine. Ihis giv es both of you what y ou are looking for. The software alone is worth over £300.
Age Group 14+ Amiga CD32 - Ihc choice for existing Amiga owners looking for the latest product in the range or for the dedicated console owner.
Knocks the Sega for six with its State - of - the - An graphics. (Colours on screen Sega ( 4 CD32 = 256 or 262.000) and processing speed (Sega = 16-bit CD32 = 32-bit) To you or me this means that people who write the games can now display more colours on screen and the action can be even faster. Also be aware this is also a Compact disc play er with full four voice stereo sound so you can play your favourite CD's when the kids are at school. Connects to standard Tvs and most hi - fit's. Age Group 10+ I hope this info assists. With Commodores help I’m certain that there will be thousands
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The exterior may be sleek but lurking inside the Amiga CD32 is a technological wonder.
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Alongside it is Commodore's unique custom AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chipset - comprising three chips nicknamed Paula. I.isa and Alice.
Together they make Amiga CD32 and awesome powerhouse of high speed graphics and stunning sound capabilities.
In fact, the machine can display 256.000 colours on screen (compared to Scga's Mega CD which can only display 64) and has a total colour palette of 16.8 million colours.
Amiga CD32 also comes w ith a chunky 2 Meg of RAM (that’s! 5 times more than Mega
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The already acclaimed Opalvision Board takes three further leaps into the future with the official launch of the Opalvision modules. With truly awesome capabilities the Amiga can now become the most professional 24 - bit video graphics power station ever!
Microbotics beats the competition in price performance features and configurations. INDI is very pleased to announce the availability of the new 68030 accelerator product for the A1200: the microbotics Ml 230 XA (call it the "XA" for short). 50 Mhz as standard! Huge 128 MB memory design is standard (the biggest memory space in any A1200 peripheral) just look at these specifications and prices!
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With Video Director, anyone with an Amiga, a camcorder and a VCR can quickly and easily catalogue and edit the best moments from their video tapes. Video Director is extremely easy to use. You can actually control your camcorder and VCR from your Amiga screen . Video Director comes with everything you need to get started. The hardware to control your camcorder and VCR is included_ SCALA Multimedia 200 (MM200) Is the ultimate on professional video titling. The eminent design of typefaces, the unlimited choice of typographical details, the high resolution and the more than 80 exciting wipes
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WHY NOT RING FOR A QUOTE. SAMEDAY RESPONSE. (SEE EXAMPLE) Quiet Printing Panasonic We researched the colour printer market at great depth to find a colour printer good enough to cope with Amiga's powerful output, yet at an affordable price.
We found the perfect printer in the KX - P2I80 and KX - P2I23 quiet printers.
We then considered that if you were going to buy a Panasonic printer you would probably need a quality word processing package to use with it. We found that too. With ’Wordworth' yet at a retail price of £129.99 we thought that might be a little too expensive on top of your printer purchase! So together with Panasonic we decided to give a copy of Wordworth’ free with every Panasonic printer. How’s that for added value' Panasonic KX- P2I23 KX - P2180 ?WORDWORTH AGA COMPLETELY FREE!
WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS. The writers choke. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers. Wordworth is undoubtedly the ultimate word I document processor for die full range of AMIGA computers. The graphical nature of WORDWORTH makes producing documents faster and easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX - P2180 and KX - P2I23 colour printing support). Collins spell checker and 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 [iNDI 3200001 320001 The new Panasonic KX - P2I80 9 -pin quiet printer.
Produces crisp clear text in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology The new KX - P2I80 is typically 15dBa quieter in operation, than the competition.
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Panasonic LASER PRINTER KX - P44I0 LASER PRINTER KX - P4430 LASER PRINTER Once again INDI have |omed together with Panasonic to offer all Amrga owners the most outstanding Laser Primer offer ever We are away a copy of Wordworth with every Panasonic Laser Printer purchased (RRP £ 129 99) Whether you arc looking for a laser printer to handle word processing, range offers you the power to meet your requirements KEB 3200031 KXP - 4430
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id Low running costs id Parallel interface ¦d Optional memory
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The A4000 030 is a powerful machine, and is now widely recognised as the entry level professional Amiga. Richard Baguley looks at the various ways of expanding this machine's already considerable capabilities.
If you want to use your A4000 030 for some serious work, one of the first things that you will have to do is to think about expanding it. Although 2 or 4Mb of memory and 80Mb of disk space may sound like a lot, once you start loading in your programs and generating your 21-bit IFF files, it will soon get eaten up. Programs like Imagint 2 on this month's Coverdisk are especially greedy for memory - as programs gel more complex, so they need more memory.
The A4000 uses SIMMs (Single In-line Memory Modules), which are located in five sockets on the front left side of the motherboard. The first slot (located closest to the centre of the board) is for the Chip RAM. And the remaining four are for Fast Memory. This gives you a maximum of 18Mb of memory (2Mb Chip. 16Mb Fast).
If you want to expand further, you will need to use a Zorro card with space for more memory. SIMMs are an industry standard, therefore getting hold of them shouldn't he a problem. However, you should ensure that you obtain the right type of SIMM, which is the 72-pin. 32-hit variety. Although most SIMMs will lit into the slot, some double-sided models will not fit. So you must ensure that the ones you are purchasing have been tested in an A4000. The more common 8-bit SIMMs used on Pcs won't work in an A4000. So don't buy these.
You should also ensure that the memory is the light speed so dial when the CPU asks for the contents of a memory location, the chips can present it within the required time. The SIMMs should have a speed of at least 80 nanoseconds. Faster SIMMs can be used, hut you won't see any great performance increase.
Commodore have recently started selling A 1000s with only I Mb of Chip RAM FITTING SIMMS TO YOUR A4000 IS A SIMPLE PROCEDURE, AS THE FOLLOWING Ithe two screws which hold the top cover are located at the top left and right corners at the rear of the A4000. Unscrew these, and lift off the cover. Don't remove any other screws, as these all hold other bits of the computer together.
2 The RAM chips on the A4000 are located on the front lefthand side of the motherboard, if you are looking from the front of the case. The Chip RAM is located in the socket closest to the Zorro sockets.
3To remove a SIMM, gently push the two plastic clips on the side outwards, and pull the SIMM forwards. Then once it is clear of the two side clips, pull it upwards, and clear of the socket.
HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR A4000 DECEMBER 1 993 First remove the cover from your Amiga and decide which slot you what to fit your card into. Then remove the screw holding it on to the blanking plate.
Do not lose the screw - you may need it later. Put both the screw and the plate in a safe place, as you may need the plate if you ever decide to remove the card.
Fitted, due lo the rising price ol memory. II you have one of these, your first step should be to upgrade your Amiga to 2Mb of Chip RAM. To get the maximum power out of your machine. This can Ik- done bv removing the I Mb SIMM fitted in the factory. And replacing it with a 2Mb one. This is all that you need to do. Anil you can reuse the 1Mb SIMM to give you a total of 4Mb of memory (2Mb Chip. 2Mb Fast).
The next step is you should take is to look into adding some extra Fast RAM to vour machine, litis is where the fun starts.
4To fit a SIMM, push the SIMM down vertically into the socket. When it's located in the slot push it backwards until the two plastic clips on the side hold it firmly in the socket.
HOW TO FIT A ZORRO CARD Most peripherals designed for use with the big box Amigas fit into one of the Zorro slots located inside the case. Fitting one of these cards is a simple procedure, which we describe below.
The first thing to do is to decide which slot the card is going to fit into. If you're fitting a video card such as the OpalVision or Video Toaster, you'll need to fit it into the video slot which is the bottom one. Other cards should fit into any other slot but you should check a few things before fitting.
If you already have any cards fitted, check that the new card won't touch any others. Some cards have bits which stick out and could cause a short circuit if they touch other cards. You should also make sure that all the cards have enough space for some ventilation, as cards can often get very hot after a few hours use. Once you've picked a slot, take off the cover and follow the instructions below... Fit the Zorro card by pushing it gently, but firmly, into the slot lining up the board with the plastic guides and pushing the edge into the connectors. If it's the first time a card has been
fitted, a fair degree of force may be required, but be careful not to bend the card.
Once the card is in the slot, fix it in with the screw previously used with the blanking plate Finally, replace the cover and test the card with the software which accompanied it.
The Fast RAM sockets on the A4000 can only cope with 1Mb or 4Mb SIMMs, and you can't mix the two types. Therefore, if you expand your machine to 4Mb of fast RAM using I Mb SIMMs, you won't be able to expand it any further unless you remove all of vour SIMMs and replace them with 4Mb models.
What this actually means is that you have to decide how far you are likely to want to expand your machine in the future. Obviously that will depend on the type ol work you will he doing, just don't 5 This jumper determines which size of SIMMs are fitted to your machine. With 1Mb SIMMs, the jumper should be over the two lefthand pins. With 4Mb SIMMs, move the jumper over the two righthand pins. Then replace the cover and run a program such as AIBB to test the RAM.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ILLUSTRATES... limit yourself too much - most people end up needing more than they think at first. If you aren't going to want to go beyond a total of 6Mb. You should get hold of some I Mb SIMMs and use these. If you're likely to want to expand beyond 6Mb. Or think you may at some point in the future, you should use 4Mb SIMMs.
A single 4Mb SIMM is more expensive than four 1Mb SIMMs, but it does mean that you can add more memory at a later date. Unfortunately, it also means that you will have a couple of spare SIMMs floating around, since you won't lie able to use both the 1Mb and the 4Mb SIMMs at the same time. If you know anybody else who has an A4000. You may be able to sell these to them, as long as they don't mind being limited to 6Mb.
Quoting specific prices for SIMMs has been deliberately avoided in this article because they are currently extremely unstable. A 'trade disagreement' between Japan and the US has lead to a price rise, and many companies are haring difficulties getting hold of stocks of many types of SIMMs, including those used in the A4000.
Hopefully, these problems will soon be sorted out and the price of memory will start to fall, as more chips become available. In the meantime, shopping around is a good idea, as long as you know exactly what you're looking for.
Next month, we will be examining how- easy it is to expand an A1500 or A2000 to build a powerful graphics workstation, and how a machine expanded in this way rates against a new A4000. O STATIC STRIFE Static electricity can kill silicon chips.
Just by walking across a room you can easily generate several thousand volts of static electricity, which will quickly disperse through the nearest convenient conductive object. If you're unlucky, this could be your precious Amiga. And while it's passing through your favourite computer, it could be frying your FPU or mashing your memory chips.
As you can see from the photos left and below, we've used an anti-static wrist strap while carrying out the operations described. We strongly recommend that you invest in one - they are available at good electronics shops, or from any electrical components mail order catalogue. Connect one end to your wrist and the other to something large and metal, such as a radiator or filing cabinet. This will ensure that any static charge lingering in your body will be quickly dispelled.
If you haven't got an anti-static strip, there are several simple precautions which can help reduce the risk.
Before touching any sensitive parts of your Amiga, touch a nearby radiator or other large metal object which should dispel any lingering charge. Don't forget to also ensure that your Amiga is unplugged before you open it and that you don't eat or drink near your computer. Few things can do a computer more harm than a cup of coffee!
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FOR 2+2 ADD £69 IDE HARD DRIVE KITS These drives can be fitted to the A1200 at any time by us or the end user. The kit comes complete with all software necessary to configure fhe drive.
40Mb £139 85Mb £179 120Mb £279 209Mb £399 A1200 HARD DRIVES These hard drives can be added lo your existing system and are installed by our technicians to ensure the best fit. They come with a 1 year return to base warranty on the drive and the total RRP of over £300 Basic £289 20Mb HD version £369 40Mb HD version £388 60Mb HD version £445 85Mb HD version £468 127Mb HD version £494 170Mb HD version £528 220Mb HD version £548 256Mb HD version £578 computer.
40Mb £99 85Mb £179 120Mb £239 170Mb £269 250Mb £329 330Mb £399 426Mb £499 All hard drives fitted after time of purchase must add £29 fitting fee CD ROM DRIVE The ultimate in data storage and high speed transfer rates tor the A4000 series. These multisession CD ROM drives come complete with all the necessary mounting software. SCSI controller card and software to enable the use ot CDTV discs.
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CD ROM DRIVE £399 PLEASE ADD £29 FOR 2 CDPD FRED FISH DISCS(OVER 1000Mb) MATHS CO-PRO (PLCC) 25MHz 68882 £89 40MHz 68882 £129 MEMORY single sided SIMMS module tor A4000 1Mb RAM £39 4Mb RAM £169 ACCELERATORS Our accelerators are produced for the A1200 by GVP, a watch word in quality and reliability. Both boards are user fittable via the trapdoor so as to maintain your warranty.
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Omb NO FPU £179 4MB 33MHZ FPU £349 SCSI CABLE KIT £44 GVP A1230 BOARD This board features a 68030 processor as standard and also has slots for up to 8Mb of RAM and maths co-pro.
Omb NO FPU £269 4Mb 40MHZ FPU £439 GVP ACCESSORIES 33MHz 68882 FPU £79 40MHz 68882 FPU £129 32bit 1Mb RAM £64 32bit 4Mb RAM £153 THE OVERDRIVE 25 The compact version of the OVERDRIVE 3. This model is design to be transported, it's size has been reduced, the internal hardware has been upgraded lo deal with the problems created by moving hard drives around and the power is now drawn internally. So, hey just put it in your pocket and away you go.
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40Mb £189 85Mb £249 170Mb £319 220Mb £339 250Mb £369 340Mb £419 426Mb £519 These external hard drives come in an ABS box styled to match the Amiga A1200. They plug in via the PCMCIA slot and include an external PSU so as not to invalidate your Commodore warranty. Ultra fast data transfer rate of 2Mb sec. Full 1 year retum- to-base guarantee. They come supplied with all the necessary software to mount and configure THE OVERDRIVE 35 PHOTON UPGRADE Finding that your A4000 030 isn't quite man enough for your present projects? Never fear Software Demon is here.
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PHOTON UPGRADE £799 HELLFIRE UPGRADE AVAILABLE SOON Our latest development has produced a stunning new way to improve the performance of your A4000 030 at an incredibly low price. It comes in the form of a replacement CPU module which slots in where your present module sits. It's features include a 50MHz standard clock speed; an MMU as standard and a buill in 50MHz FPU. To upgrade will require you sending us your original CPU module which we will then part exchange for our new A4000 030 accelerator.
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PLEASE PHONE FOR DETAILS PROJECTED RRP £299 CD32CONSOLE This machine represent the future of home entertainment and video game play. A self contained CD console which you can expand to a full CD based home computer. It is built around true 32bit technology with 256 screen colours. 68020 processor with a 14MHz clock speed and high resolution screen display. Read the reviews and hear what the experts have got to say about Commodores new baby. I think you'll agree it's time to kiss Sonic Goodbye and wish Mario a fond farewell because the future is here. Optional extras include a keyboard, floppy
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MO MATTER HOW advanced word processors become, or how mam different font styles or preview modes they have, there will always be someone who hankers after the days when you only had one font, when graphics were made up ol strategically placed ASCII characters and dictionaries were big paper things that you used to prop up the end of the bookshelf.
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Although 24 point text and picture runaround is useful when you are compiling a quarterly report, when von just want to knock out a hundred lines of a script file, or code a (. Program, it can be a pain.
SAS C is forgiving, but it doesn't want to see CGTriutnvirate listings with annotated diagrams - it wants ASCII text. Even if you can turn oil the fancy options, the fact that they're there slows down the operation of the software. But fortunately, just as one branch of word processors have specialised in DTP-like features, others have become more dedicated to serious crunching of ASCII text at speed. CygnusEd is one such program.
The first thing that you will need to do with a huge ASCII file is get around il. II you are writing a letter then it is enough to use the scroll bar or scroll up and down with the cursor. When you are looking at
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CygnuEltl can jump around like nobody's business. Not onlv
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Marked tent can he manipulated in the usual wav. As well as rotated and carriage return stripped. L'p to three locations can be marked for easv jumping around. If you need rapid access to different parts of the document you can open a new window on the same tile. CygnusEd will then split the view, in the same was as when it has multiple documents. All changes are made simultaneously to all the entries you have open, but global preferences only affect the view currentlv open.
Arexx is lulls supported, and professional development tools, such as SAS C come ssith predefined macros for use with CygnusEd. For those who alreadv use CygnuEd. These are the new features: Clipboard Support - sou can now transfer text using the standard Amiga Clipboard buffers, il sou can find anv other softwart- that supports them.
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Ol Optiwiz* Volune: Checking integrity of volute.,. D-Used IS Volute has passed basic integrity checks TERRIBLE THINGS CAN hap- pen to your lovely data when you are least expecting it. It is one of the unwritten rules of the universe that this will always happen with your most important file at some crucial stage when you don't have a copy of it anywhere else.
The classic situation I remember is a 45K text document which was being saved to disk just as a power cut occurred.
Because the ftie was overwriting the preciously saved version (which was autosaving every 10 minutes) the original was lost and only a fragment of its replacement saved before the crash. The result was about eight hours of work lost.
There are some situations that you can do nothing about. A direct hit with a thermonuclear warhead would strain even the most secure data protection system. But you can take precautions. Everybody should know by now that it is a bad idea to leave disks in places where they may be susceptible lo magnetic or heat damage.
Leaving them in your shirt pocket when you put it in the laundry is a bad idea too.
There are other precautions you can take.
Many word-processors have an option to save back-up files. This usually works bv FILE SYSTEMS There is more than one way store data on your disks. The original file system (OFS) was a completely reasonable and logical way of storing data on floppy disk, but when it came to larger devices, such as hard drives, it was terribly inefficient.
A new file system was developed, called FastFileSystem (FFS) which handled the links between directories and files in a more streamlined (and slightly less wasteful) way. From Workbench 2.0 onwards it is possible to format Amiga floppy disks in FFS too. Interestingly this results in a drop in speed from about 23Klsecond to about 22k!second, although it does mean you can cram an extra41K on to the disk.
With Workbench 3.0 we have been treated to a few new filing systems. The first is International Mode, which is an addendum to either an FFS or OFS forrenaming the original file with a ".bak" extension before saving a new version.
This means that if you lose the new version. You will always have the previous one to fall back 011. II you are used to typing for hours without saving, it is a habit worth breaking. Saving files regularly is a good idea, as is never deleting anything until vou are sure vou don't need it any more.
Of course, the real solution is to ahvays keep back-ups ol your disks. With AmigaDOS floppv disks this is simply a matter of using Workbench to duplicate the disk (if you are not sure how to do this check out the Coverdisk pages).
With a non AmigaDOS disk things become slightly more complicated. In this case you need to get hold of some duplication software, such as X-Cep}.
Hard drives pose a bit more of a problem. It is unlikely that you would want to diskcopy a complete hard drive. Having a spare hard drive for back-ups is a very expensive option, so most people prefer to back up to floppies.
To do this you will need a back-up utility. These programs take the data from vour hard drive and store it. Either selcc- mat. This simply enables the use of special accented characters in file and directory names and does not affect the speed of disk access, but it does take up another 2K of disk space.
The last filing system is directory cache (which again can be based on an OFS or FFS basic format). This dramatically speeds up directory access on hard and floppy drives by using a memory cache for header blocks.
Some of these new filing systems would be quite useful, were it not for the fact that they will not work on Workbench 1.3, which many Amiga users are still running.
The important point about file systems is that the one you use needs to be recognised by whatever recovery utility you are using, otherwise you may just make things worse.
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Lively or in its entirety, on a series of floppy disks. The most popular software for doing (his al the moment is Quartnbark from Central Coast Software, but a rival package. A iniHark from Moonlighter Software is gaining ground.
Both are very similar and support a variety of back-up derices. Data can Ik- compressed as it is archived, which may take slightly longer but also means you use up fewer disks (a 160Mb hard drive full of data would require 200 floppy disks if it was uncompressed).
Every Amiga file has a number of 'protection' bits associated with it. These tell AmigaDOS whether the file is executable, readable, deletable and so on. One of these bits is a Hag to tell the operating svv tetlt whether the file has been archived or not. This is very useful for backing up data.
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F nmwiaiai _ 0 in A HI 3 CD HI JO 0 0 u THE STRUCTURE OF AN AMIGADOS DISK There are three important areas on an AmigaDOS disk. The first of these is the boot block. If you have a disk editor, such as the one supplied with QBTools DeLuxe (reviewed last issue), you can take a look at the one on your copy of Workbench.
An AmigaDos disk will always begin with blocks defining it as such. This is done by placing the ASCII values for the characters "DOS” at the start of the disk (this will vary depending on the exact filing system being used). In the case of a bootable disk, this is followed by a short piece of code which instructs the Amiga how to boot up from the current disk.
The root blocks occupy the two blocks at the very centre of the floppy, blocks 880 and 881. The first contains directory information about the disk, defining the structure in which files will be stored. The second block contains the bitmap information for the disk, which is simply a little map. With one bit for each block on the disk. If a block is in use, the bit is set to false (a zero value) indicating to AmigaDos that it is taken.
If any of these critical blocks gets damaged you are in serious trouble, unless you have one of the salvage programs discussed here.
Because most software will allow you to set this Hag for every file that has been backed up. This means that in subsequent operations you can hack up only those files that do not have the archive bit set. In other words, all those files that arc new since the last back-up. Therefore you need only have one humungous back-up file, and the rest can just contain the differences.
But what if you don't have a back-up and it all goes wrong? Well, if the worst happens, there is still hope. Various pieces of recovery software are available, which will attempt to solve your problems. One of the most common errors is the disk becoming invalidated. This means that the bitmap file on the disk no longer contains a true representation of which blocks on the disks are occupied, usually as a result of a software failure during a disk operation. SCSI devices running with Workbench 2 or up can repair minor errors themselves, but this is not a terribly difficult thing for any of
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A slightly more serious error is a checksum error. The checksum is a piece of data that accompanies every block ol data on the disk. Essentially it is a number derived from the information in that block, so that when the block is read, if the checksum doesn't tally with the information received. AmigaDOS knows that there is either an error in the data or an error in the checksum.
If there is an error in the data, that particular block may Ik- lost, but any salvage program can save the rest of the file and the rest of the data on the disk. Probably the most common problem these utilities are called upon to fix is not a disk error at all, hut human error - the old "I didn't really mean to delete that" problem.
Fortunately when you delete a file from a DOS disk, the directory entry is removed and the bitmap is changed to mark those blocks available again.
All that the recovery program has to do is scan the disk to find the file header and re-write the directors' and bitmap information. Files niav Ik- permanently lost if data is saved to the disk after the delete took place.
The hardest error to fix is one caused by physical damage (scratches on the disk surface). In these cases the salvage program will try to read what it can. But the disk itself is bad and should not he used again. Throw it away now.
There are many problems that can result from damage to directory links and file-headers, hut rest assured that if the data is on a disk, the utilities shown here are your best chance of recovering it. 'Zf :- I- ifr % M Irivt * k-k bWli un •» -w*- m w KSSKT"" iioa ¦ taut ISS3P ' 1 wr.JfiL. 1 ___ Another problem is spotted and sorted out before it causes too much damage.
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job' Well, Kpainl does a different one.
If you were disappointed with Dpaint s lack of image processing controls, you may have graduated to A 1 I)r nn1wrnl I’m or ImageFX. Or even splashed out on Cloanto's Pmonal Paint. But there is one other area in which Dpaint, and indeed every other mouse-driven paint program is lacking - none have an Arexx port. This means von can't use Arexx. A versatile programming language, which most pieces of application software produced for the Amiga in the last sear has included an interface port for.
Arexx is a language which not only prr- fonns normal programming tasks, but it can also be used to transfer data between applications and control others. And this is where Kpainl comes in - every drawing action in Kpainl can also be performed by an Arexx script. That is the whole point of’ it.
Not only that, but Kpainl also has a macro recording facilitv, so that von can record a series of paint actions and KJ’aint will create a script of Arexx commands to perform those actions. The scripts can then be run via the Shell using the RX operator. If desired, the scripts can locate and run Kl’a n! Itself. No real knowledge of Arexx programming is required, but of course that is not the point.
Arexx driven point program Megagem, 1903 Adria, Santa Maria, California 93454, USA DISTRIBUTOR Megagem (0101 805 349 1 104) or MicroPace (0753 551888) PRICE $ 86.95 (inc postage) Out Now SPEED •••« Pretty fast - gives Dpaint a run for its money.
I iTilk L1 ¦v A bit short, but well-written with full details of Arexx commands.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • You could use it without instructions, but you'll need to learn Arexx.
4 ft l1 J T-1 The painting tools are a bit primitive, but are quite useable.
VALUE • • A bit pricey, but if you're prepared to wait - order it from the UK.
VERDICT_
* * Although It's an essential tool for Arexx programmers, the
merits to other users are dubious.
Perhaps the next version will offer more tools and control. 99 64% THIS PROGRAM IS the reason I'm editor of Amiga Formal. Strange but true. II I had never needed this program I would never have bought my first A500 way back in 1988. And if dial had never happened. I would never have applied for a job on AF li was simply that my record collection had gotten loo big. I had reached die embarrassing phase of going out and buying records I already owned. The Stones' Sticky Fingers (in zipper sleeve. £3 at a car boot sale) was first, but more soon followed. The obvious answer was a handy
printout of all die records I owned, indexed in artist order. A quick Hick through die first few of issues of SI' Amiga Formal convinced me dial both machines had the power to do whal I needed, but the Amiga had belter games.
So oft I went lo mv local dealer, and after explaining my dilemma, he immediately recommended Supnbasr Pmonal.
Which was heavily discounted at a bargain £60. A few days later a copy of Supnbasr arrived al mv house and mv Amiga odyssey had begun.
Imagine how surprised I was. Live years later, lo open up and install Sbase Personal
• I to find that very little has changed. The box is nicer (it
counts to some people) and the manual is much more
comprehensive and professional.
The package spans two disks instead of one. And this lime il includes a hard disk install program. Sure, the look has been upgraded to Workbench 2 style SD buttons. Gadgets and requester, but the interface is exactly the same. This time though. AGA modes are supported .
Nevertheless. Sbase Personal 4 is a slick and powerful program. The features sheel shows a whole host of improvements which it has accrued over the years since Version One appeared in 1986. Possibly the most CD Collection database Sbase 4 PERSONAL The Superbase databases are one of the Amiga's longest running ranges of programs, challenged only by PageSetter and Dpaint for longevity. Now renamed Sbase, and in a new version, can the latest incarnation live up to the standards of its predecessors? Marcus Dyson gets his hands on Sbase 4.
Sbase... the final frontend!
Superbase's power is very easily accessed. Data is entered in the Primary Work Surface area, which is the Sbase equivalent of the Workbench, and takes the form of an intuition window. Once data is entered and stored it can be scrolled through, and viewed using the video recorder style control panel which occupies its own window.
Beneath this there are a number of powerful features on what Oxxi describe as the Secondary Database Management Surface. This jargonladen name refers to Sbase's ability to export and import data from other databases (even on remote machines, using the Comms option), query other files, perform global updates and produce reports. All very impressive stuff, aimed primarily at the semi-professional market.
But none of this concealed power makes Sbase 4 any more difficult to get started with, it's as easy as this... Ithe first step is the definition of your record's fields. This is very important, and it is worth considering your requirements seriously, on paper, before you begin entering parameters into the machine. Although, should you make a mistake, you can always delete your set-up and start again.
You must also decide what field you want your database to be indexed on, otherwise the package won't be able to put the data in order, and you won’t be able to retrieve it.
2 Once you have designed your record and defined the fields, it's time to start entering data. This is the really tedious bit of databasing. If you can bribe your little sister or brother into doing it, do!
Sbase has many features designed to make data entry easier, such as automatic word capitalisation, but some of them are restricting.
Fortunately Sbase's system is very forgiving, and any errors you make during data entry can be corrected at any point in the future.
Important of these is the Form Designer. It was previously possible to include pictures in Supntmsr liles. Hut onlv as an F.xternal File in their own intuition windows. Now pictures can he integral parts ol documents if yon use the Form View.
Another significant new feature is the ability to store sound liles as part of a record. This is especially good for C.D indexing, which is what I'm using my Shn.sr - for. Also new is the Comms section of the program, which allows vou to transmit and receive liles via a modem while still in Sufmbase.
This is a strange feature given the Amiga's multitasking nature. But it may be an artifact of Sllnsrs multi-platform origins. And 011 that subject. Shnsrs liles are transferable with any of the Su xrbnsr range of applications, on any platform.
The first part ol creating any database is the data entry. It is this onerous task which gives databases their poor reputation for being boring. To begin this you must create your record, defining the fields, field lengths, types and so 011. Sbnse has great flexibility here, the number of fields in your database is limited only by your available RAM. Once you have defined your record, you can lK-gin data entry, and this is where the first of Shnsr's failings show up.
Af ter entering the last field of a record and pressing return Shnsr asks if you wish lo stive the record.
Pressing Yes affirms and the record is saved to disk.
Then Shnsr puts up a requester asking if you wish to keep entering data. The thing is that occasionally this requester fails to appear.
The problem is a small one. Anti easily overcome by using the right Amiga and N key combination. But it niggles none the less, especially since entering large amounts of data is such a mechanistic task. You really- wanl to gel into a steady rhythm, without intermittent hassles like this.
The record definition window has several features designed lo make data cutty easier, but these can hinder rather than help. The Capitalise Field and Capitalise Words options are very nice for names and titles, hut both options are exclusive. If you ask it to capitalise words, it will, hut it won't let you add your own capitals, so computer words like MicroProse sim3 Pictures and sounds (or samples) can be incorporated into Ssase files. They take the form of External Fields, which are defined when you create your record. These are Text Fields, into which you put the path of the file you
want to be displayed (or played in the case of samples). Pictures displayed in this way are displayed in their own intuition windows, as shown above. If you want to truly integrate them you must use the Form Designer.
Ply can't Ik- done. If you place something in brackets, it lakes the bracket to he the first character of a word, so you have to leave a space if you wish the first word in brackets to lie capitalised.
This time saver is best ignored, which is all very well if you realise this before you start entering your data. If. On the other hand, you discover it half way through your data entry, you can go hack and edit vour record definition, hut this doesn’t affect records already entered. If vou decide to add more fields to vour records, it is easily done, hut new fields always follow those already established, so they can't Ik- inserted half way through a record.
This can Ik- corrected in Form View. Indeed. Form View is the best way of displacing data and interfacing with databases. All of Shn.srs power can he accessed through the more utilitarian dews, in fact they are ideal for day to day database management. But if you want to present your data in a more accessible and attractive manner, the Form Designer is a boon.
I lie Form Designer section of Shnsr -I not only allows attractive presentation of the database's information. It also makes for interactive data retrieval.
Using Form Designer to create a Irontend to your database makes the application far more accessible.
You can also limit the number of fields which are displayed in the form, so sensitive information, or boring fields used merely for indexing, can 1m- omitted.
Meridian 081-543 3500 PRICE £149.95 When I first loaded Shnsr -I 1‘monnl and saw the familiar controls. I was disappointed. It looked like little- had changed in five years. But after a couple of hours use I began lo delight in the old warhorsc's ease of use. And new powerful features. Richard Baguley didn't want to review this: "Databases aren't very interesting." Was his reason for turning it down. When I see my Ol) collection flash before me. Displaying a scan of each cover and placing a snippet of each track. I have to disagree with him.
Shnsr 1‘monnl -I is such a powerful and flexible database management system, it is difficult to see who might need the even more powerful, and more expensive Professional version. Considering that it works with a 512K single floppy machine, only the price (and the Form Designer) stop it getting Formal Gold. O 4 After all that keyboard tapping comes the artistic bit. The Form Designer is where you can apply your talents to make your data look nice. A well-designed form makes the data much more accessible.
The Form Designer operates in a fashion somewhere between that of a paint program and a DTP package. Ssase's Form Designer is powerful, but not very intuitive. The icons are awful, but the manual explains their uses well.
Normal functions are lightning fast, re-organising a file isn't.
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And loads the appropriate version of Workbench. Neat huh?
Also included on the disc is the ParNet software, which enables you to link together two Amigas via a spec ial lead coii- The Almathera Systems CDPD III is packed with all sorts of goodies from classic books to pictures of pigs, clip art and a whole host of fonts.
CD PD III I’ve got absolutely no idea what this image is about, or ot whom it is. But it's available in ECS, AGA and 24- bit modes on the CDPD III disc.
Public Domain Compact Disc Almathera Systems Almathera Systems 081 -683 6418 PRICE £19.95 RELEASE Out now ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Versions 1.3, 2.1 and 3 of Workbench are included on the disc, so you can just shove it in your drive and go. Also included is the ParNet software, so you can connect two machines together.
Plenty of variety, with files ranging from copyright free books to fonts lo compilers, via Fred Fish disks, clip art and Vista files.
CDPD III CONTENTS This CD contains a bewildering variety of files. Here's a quick rundown of how much of each type of file is on the disc BBS - 63Mb of ready compressed Fred Fish disks, ready archived for use on a Bulletin Board System.
BOOKS - Hundreds of Public Domain books in ASCII format, ranging from Aesop to Wilde via The Bible and The Egyptian Book Of The Dead.
CUP ART - 12.1Mb of black and white clip art on subjects ranging from animals to people.
FONTS - 5.2Mb of Compugraphic. Postscript and Amiga bitmap fonts to add style to your DTP.
FISH - Fred Fish disks number 761 to 890. A collection from this famous library in a ready-to-run format.
IMAGES - 128Mb of 24-bit AGA and HAM images ready for use in DTP or image processing programs.
PD - 135Mb of PD programs on subjects ranging from AGA utilities to virus checkers.
VISTA - More than 30 Vista DEM files of various areas of the United States, including Honolulu and the Indian Hills.
Among the compendious clip art section of the disk are some good animal images. A huge range of other images is also included.
Nected to the parallel ports of both machines, so you can use a CDTV as il it were a CD drive attached to a newer Amiga such as an A1200 or ,54000.
As you can see from the list on the left, this disc contains a fairly eclectic collection of both programs and files. Some might regard the books as a space filler, but they could be very useful for educational purposes. Likewise some may wonder about the usefulness of the images, which include such gems as the insides of a hard drive and Almathera programmer Seb jumping out of an aeroplane.
It's also true that some of the clip art is a bit ropy, with some decidedly dodgy digitised images, particularly in the weapons section. Despite these minor problems. £20 for this CD is extremely good value, even if you only end up using a few of the files. R~J VALUE •••• 600Mb of seriously useful stuff for only 20 quid can't be bad.
Expect to see this CD soon on a BBS near you.
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WITH ALL THE samplers that are already available for the Amiga, any newcomers lo the field really have lo push things further to make an impression.
HiSoft are just about to venture into the field with Megalosound, but does it have what's needed to catch people's attention?
Well, it IS designed by AYR, who have built up a pretty decent reputation in the world of samplers (as long as you (rv to ignore the rather disappointing (Minh 16).
Through a new deal. HiSoft have taken on new sampler products from AYR with an aim to produce quality releases worthy of the HiSoft brand.
The sampling hardware portion of the Megalosound package is a liny thing, only measuring about two inches square. On the back are left and right phono inputs along with a small input level adjustment knob. The software is on a single disk, containing the sampling program and a few bonus goodies (including a program to play stand-alone files directly from tlisk).
The program can be installed to hard disk, but even after several attempts I couldn't get it to work on my A500 and GYP set-up.
It worked fine on the A1200. Though.
MegafoSOUMD On first sight, the editing software is impressive, the menus fade in (and hack out when you quit) - very slick. All the options are accessed by clicking on icons (for the main viewing and playback features) or labelled buttons (which house the other functions in their own menus).
Everything looks very smart, especially the large editing window and the tactile appearance of the buttons. The colourful backgrounds and cartoon-like buttons of some other systems at this price have gone, leaving you with a much more sleek and serious looking package - just like a serious musician's tool ought to look, really.
(.citing sounds into the program is a doddle. All the sampling and monitoring options are on a single panel, including the sample rate and time, so you don't have to swap between windows when recording and editing. The sound quality is superb (even as low as about 20kHz), being easily comparable to the l cst samplers on die Amiga - yes. Even the dead expensive ones like Audio Engineer Plus.
However, sampling at low rates gets a hit cracklv (and some clicks creep in), hut even these can he ironed out using the program's excellent smoothing and correction functions.
There are a few very useful little options, especially the direct to disk record function. However, it’s hardly state of the As yet another sampler hits the Amiga market, Maff Evans decides whether it is good enough to stand out from the already bustling crowd.
Art 16-bit recording, so it's only useful for low-grade digital mastering... or just a laugh. Some of the functions go further than any other system, such as the fade in and out. These can be maximised, exponential. Linear, bass boosted - you name it!
If you want to produce hybrid or synth sounds, there's even a full editing panel for this. Waveforms can be called from samples or preset waves. Making Megalosound a pretty decent svnth-sound creator as well.
Even if you can't find the exact function you want, there is an additional program on the disk railed Supersound (which some people may already know).
This contains dedicated editing functions for serious users.
The manual is dead smart - spiral- bound and everything - and leads you into things very well. There are a few tutorials for the very cerebrally challenged which are useful because some of the icons are obscure until you get the hang of things.
There are a couple of problems with the direct to disk recording options. One restriction is the rate at which sound can be recorded. .Although Megalosound can record tq to vers high rates, disk drives can have difficulty keeping up with the it m Volune Heim Activated - Use Henu Panel _Sawple line : i | Kstol Printl Kfwtsl EtttctslMW toeatl Editing! Confinl Prefsl Prefs2l Vox Vol y]Vox On Heeti Select K. The main Megalosound screen, with the edit panel at the bottom enables you to record and edit your samples without closing anything first.
For the more advanced user, the package also contains the Supersound editing software for more precise control of sounds.
Megalosound offers „f this price by a mile. When you think not only direct-to-dlsk ,l,a, you're only spending £35 for sounds of this clarity, who needs to spend hundreds on a bigger system?
Well, some people might. It really depends on what features you want to get out of a sampler. Those who just want to create sounds for use in other programs (whether it be programming, tracking or whatever) will love Megalosound. Came writers can use the RAW format, tracker fans can use multi-octave IFFs, and synth-sound users can create full instruments.
The editing functions are great too.
Especially the extensive envelope, mixing, fading and outboard-type effects such as reverb, chorus and the Dalek-like 'Metallic'. These are far more comprehensive than other samplers at this price.
However, if you want time-stretch and advanced looping functions, you'll have to spend a bit more money and go lot A udiomaster IV instead.
Megalosound is a well-presented, great sounding and polished package. Some of
* Megslosound is a well-presented, great sounding and polished
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this price by a mile."
Speed of data transfer. For this reason you have to pull the sampling rate right down (about I4kll on a GVP hard drive). On floppy you're even more limited. Not only is the space available smaller (obviously), but if you try and push the rate above 8kllz you're going to have problems. This makes floppy recording unviable - after all. Who wants a floppy full of a crackly.
Indistinct sample?
Despite this setback, Megalosound isn't half bad really. The sampling quality is very good when compared rate for ratc to other packages, beating most samplers Tine 22 40 311 Date 85 19 93 Display Start [SH Display End Len Tine hi Hertz Period Note Tme flEWI EmgfridY 13334 tar Range End Range Len Range Tine 266 A-3 Buffer Size ; Enpty 1- ... y" "" Fade j | 1” Linear | jLogarithmc | J Exponential FT start l Fade Out Aw. Adjust i mmmmm Maxinizel - iBoost Lou Retur (EH End 7.
N To Main Menu 1 Many sample programs just have a simple fade in and out option, but Megalosound goes a bit further with options such as linear, logarithmic and exponential fades.
The advanced features of the classic high- end sampling packages are missing and the built-in sample trackers found on something like CAT's DSSN+ or Technosound Turbo 2 have been dropped, but the tools that you do get are the best examples you’ll find.
Although it may be cheap and the hardware may lx- considered a bit on tbe small side. Megalosound is very well presented. Its swish packaging and smart professional-looking manual belies its £35 price point, while it manages to pack an awful lot into a small, usable, good-sounding and cost effective package.
Project ; Megalosound;Sanples LaMb.8SVX Repeat Start Repeat End Repeat Len Repeat Tine Fast Her JMMCCMP Men Length |M£ilCGrid X An information panel can be called up to give you more detailed information, including marker points, volume meters and memory availability, which you can use to make your editing more precise.
SPEED ••••• Well fast on just about every one of its operations.
MANUAL •••• Slick, comprehensive and explains things well.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Well presented on the whole, but some icons are a bit obscure.
FEATURES •••• Packed with some extensive and well-designed editing functions.
VALUE ••••• Excellent value, especially compared to others of the same price.
• * Megalosound offers good sampling quality and very adequate
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DECEMBER 1 993 GGER DESCRIPTION Background Image Compressor
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456444 bytes 21 sec 15 sec WHEN YOU'RE DEALING with graphics,
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at them, you need to run another program to decompress them.
But Peggeroffers an alternative.
Pegger works by staying in memory and monitoring what is in a specific directory'.
If a program saves out a file to this directory. Pegger will then compress it using the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) method and delete the old file (it can be configured to keep the IFF file too).
Hard disk space is precious and expensive, especially if you work with huge image files.
But Pegger is a new program that promises all the compression you'll need. Richard Baguley puts it to work.
PEGGER PERFORMANCE This table shows the time penalty associated with Pegger. All of the tests were run on an A4000 030. The image used in these tests was a HAM-8 IFF file, with the JPEG quality set to the default of 85 per cent.
Disk Space used Loading time (DPaint IV) Saving Time (DPaint IV)
* Pegger is multitasking, so while saved files are being com
pressed. Other programs can be running.
As the figures in the Prggrr performance panel show, there is a penalty for saving space on your disk in terms of both lime and image quality. As each file is compressed or decompressed, the program has to wait for this. If you’re saving an image.
Prggei can compress it in the background so you can be getting on wiih other things.
As you’d expect, the compression takes a fair amount of processing power, so this can slow down other operations. When you’re loading a file. Prgger brings up a small window on the program screen informing you that the file is being decompressed. This is quicker than compressing the file, but can still take anything from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Compressing a file with Prggrr will also have a certain cost in terms of image quality. The image quality can be determined as a percentage, and the lower the quality, the greater the amount of data compression. Even with a fairly high image quality-, you can expect space savings of around 50 to 70 per cent.
Pegger is certainly a useful program, but only in a limited set of circumstances, such as when you’re dealing with large numbers of 24-bit files in DTP. High-end paint programs such as ImagrFX can already save and load JPEG images, so you don’t need Pegger if you’ve got one of those. It would save a lot of disk space if you’re working with programs which won’t support JPEG, and could Ik- useful for compressing texture maps used in ray-tracing programs. 'I) When you try to load in one of these files. Pegger steps in and decompresses the image into its original form. The theory is that the
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* * It could save a great deal of disk space, but there is a
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METHOD OF PAYMENT: (Tick as appropriate) Cheque Postal Order Card number Phone Number expiry HELM DECEMBER 1 993 MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING SOFTWARE Multimedia overboggle has become a way of life with many authoring packages on the Amiga. Nick veitch takes a look at Eagle Tree's solution, which claims to finally put the user at the controls.
URS the bes of uisdorD ef, it u as the si er of def re us, u ct the ol od, that ived, for IT HRS the best of tines, it was the worst of tines, it was the age of wisdon, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that sone of its noisiest
authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of Last WHAT A MASSIVE SELECTION OF SELECTORS!
Anar Belinda (' “* Turns, Ssrtt) Soc (II) Krfbr The most interesting object from a system programmer's point of view is the selector object. This takes a range of items and displays them together with some form of selection device so that the user can select a number of options.
The selectors take the form of buttons. Sliders and virtually every form of requestor you have ever seen. Buttons are automatically scaled and assigned to every item on the list and obviously actions and scripts can be individually assigned to any or all of them.
MULTIMEDIA IS A funny word.
Ii means differeni tilings to different people. In fact, if you had taken a trip around this year's Multimedia Show, you would swear that it meant a different thing to every individual. As it stands on the Amiga, 'multimedia' authoring software tends to mean an authoring system which allows the user to combine sound, text, picture and animation data in a custom environment. The classic example of such software is probably Gold Disk's ll miiimk.
The first concern for such a piece of software is which different file types it supports. Obviously a multimedia package isn't going to he of much use if you can't actuallv load any data in to work with.
Spell Check 6ramar Check Legal Check Crap Filter R liens RntiDrunk Typing People who cone fron Bristol THE PERIOD Helm supports standard IFF image files (up to AGA resolution bitplanes only) ANIM5 animation files. ASCII text and SMI'S music files. It can also deal with MIDI data to control external sound sources. Obviously, in order to use ihis data you will need to link it to a screen object of some form or another.
There are several types of object which can be placed on the page. Buttons are simple rectangular objects which can he linked to scripts and actions, such as turning pages or displaying files. The actions can Ik- one of a large range of built-in llrlm functions, or an external Arcxx or AmigaDos command. The actions available include support for the CDTY (placing Search Search & Replace Insert Insult Hake nore vague Insert blatant untruth Conceal Floyd quote Spice up text with vulgarities There is a lextficld operator which allows the user to enter text on the screen, or even edit existing
text. I his can also be linked to actions or sc ripts il recpiired, as ran anv ol the- other Imix objects.
File image-held tool creates a box within which bitmaps can Im- created.
Alternatively, you can import bitmap images dircetlv from a file stored on disk.
These- can then be resized and their palettes matched to that of the current display. Or the image's palette c an Ih- adopted as the palette lot the page, hut this can c ause problems with some HAM modes.
To prevent errors, there are several levels ol navigation available, with added audio Hacks). Amigaguidc. Touchtone dialling (via the speakers or a modem), serial transfer, layer visibility and much more. A single button can perform multiple tasks, since all these functions can he stacked. It is also possible to add a script to tile button to perform a series ol' tasks.
A small selection of the operations requestors available. Note the separate colour and palette requestors - just right for when you want to set the colour of an object on a crowded screen. The Tool bar on the left shows all the objects available.
I flop 11 Ehpfk Paint ' , Hr Li yM F1 ±E MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING SOFTWARE DECEMBER 1 993 Isearch I r____l Pattern a n._ i___ Layers win uiifl 101Y ii jB “ Helm exudes power and professionalism... it comes with a built-in editor for writing scripts and has a full-feature graphics system which rivals Deluxe Paint in some respects. ** The list of actions that can be added to buttons is exhaustive.
Here we see a phone dialling action.
Password protection il necessary. Fhis enables die creation ol different tv| es ol multimedia tools wbiclt allow the user, .ts opposed to the author. To alter the contents of the multimedia hook'.
Helm comes complete with a built-in editor for writing scripts and a fully featured graphics system which rivals Dl’twil in some respects. In fact, the graphics tools can be used to edit a bitmap image actually on the page, so there is no need to load it into a separate program to touch up and refine the image.
Images may also he linked, so that each time the image is called up for display. Il is loaded again - a dynamic refresh in case any changes base taken place in the meantime.
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feature is the PIP (Picture in Picture) object which can be
added lo a page. This makes use of the rather excellent, if a
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tolMlar ftcliMt 1 _ one) and rescales the buffered image from
that into the object window 011 the Amiga display. This is
potentially very useful if you are hoping to use Helm to
produce an interactive information system, or perhaps even a
security system with a switchable remote view.
As well as these objects, structured drawing shapes are allowed 011 the screen, and these take the form of the usual curves and polygons. All objects can be given names and labels to enable scripts, or other action items in the book, to access or manipulate them.
The objects all come together to form a page. Pages can Ik- displayed in any screentnode available to your version of AtnigaDOS (and using any monitor type you have under 3.0). I’he obvious name fin a complete collection ol pages is a hook, and indeed, this is how Helm projects are titled. Books can co-exist, so it is possible for you to have two or more books in memory at any time. Indeed a frontend is supplied which allows you to access anv of the example I looks which are supplied with the program.
Because ol the varying user navigation levels, this means that you can effectively write a suite of desktop programs such as calendars or address Inloks which contain data, the contents of which can be easily altered by the user without having to resort to the more complex pans of the software.
All together. Helm is a much more versatile authoring system than either ('miiI)o or Hypnbook. Il is slightly easier to use than C.miDo. hut some of the features require the tortuous trek between many different menus that is the hallmark of a structurally- challenged piece of software. It look ages to find out how to rescale and animate images in a window - a clearly written ( 0-page manual with a decent index would have been more useful than the jumbled 220 page untie provided.
Yet with all these drawbacks. Ilelm exudes power and professionalism. The excellent support for different requestor types would make this an ideal package for testing out user interface designs before coding an application, and also allows nonprogrammers 10 produce professional looking programs.
All the other software in this field seems to have one particular application area - Helm is the first one I've seen that is equally capable of taking on virtually anv multimedia application you can think of. It lias no built-in screen wipe effects to speak ol so it is unlikely to lie any use as a replacement to Scnla for that sort of work, hut it can certainly handle anything else.
II you were disappointed with ll ierbook, this new multimedia authoring system is well worth a look. O
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ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Con be daunting at first, but is easier fo use than ConDo.
VALUE •••• Quite reasonable given the power of the software.
All the buttons and animation functions are seamless. Page loading can be slow.
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Unfortunately, the noise it makes could wake the dead! ** VERDICT WAY BACK IN the printer roundup in issue 39. We awarded 76 per cent to the Fujitsu 1)1.1100, with sonic reservations about the lack of a good selection of fonts.
Since then, many new models of printer have appeared, and laser printers are now much cheaper. So. Can this 24-wire printer stand up against the challenge of the lasers and the inkjcts?
(It is worth pausing Irom the review lor just a moment to point out that to all intents and purposes a 24-wire printer operates in exactly the same way as a 24-pin printer does.)
Fujitsu’s designers obviously read Amiga Formal's review, because this new model has eight fonts built in. However, in these days of comptigraphic fonts, fonts are becoming less pertinent to a printer, and the speed of output is becoming even more important.
The DL1150 can achieve around 200 characters per second in draft mode, and 60 characters per second in letter mode.
There are faster printers available, but this is a pretty respectable speed. Another extremely nice touch (which other printer manufacturers are also following) is the inclusion of a specific Amiga driver, so that the user doesn't have to fiddle around with any emulations, although this printer can pretend to be an Epson or IBM pro printer il necessary.
Stick this printer into your DEVS: drawer, set it up in the printer preferences program, and any program that uses the Workbench preferences settings should be able to print out in the maximum resolution possible (360 by ISO dots pet inch).
Unfortunately, there is no installation software, and the accompanying instructions are somewhat vague, which could be a problem for less experienced users.
If you want to print in colour, an optional colour kit and four-colour ribbon is available. Bolt these on and set the driver to colour, and you can print out in full colour Irom programs such as Dpaint or Wordu'mlh.
However, the quality of the colour printouts the Fujitsu produces is not the liest I've ever seen, with pronounced banding and uneven colours. All dot matrix colour printers suffer from this to a degree, but this model does seem to have more problems than most others. The colour ribbons arc reasonably cheap (around £3 each), so the printer won't cost a fortune to run.
This isn't a bad printer, but it's nothing outstanding. The monochrome print quality is good, but the colour qualitv leaves something to be desired.
Its print speed is fast, but when you're using colour this does tend to slow it down somewhat, because every strip has to lie printed four times for each of the component colours. The 1)1.1130 is also an incredibly noisy printer, and as I set it for a long colour printing session, the high- pitched whine was commented on in no uncertain terms by several people in the Amina Formal office. O ¦ . .¦ UK
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BP »* .*40 Hr ** ST--'• wL Being a dot matrix (wire) printer, the Fujitsu DI1150's colour output suffers from pronounced banding and uneven colours.
Fujitsu DL1T50 Fujitsu's new model isn't a 24-pin, but a 24-wire dot matrix printer, we put it through stringent Baguley tests to see if it has any more to offer.
...We find out if the latest models from Canon and Fujitsu live up to the high standards that users will demand.
Canon BJC-600 If anybody can, Canon can. But can Canon now do what Canon already can in colour? Richard Baguley tests their latest colour bubblejet.
THE CANON BUBBLEJET rang,- of primers have acquired an excellent reputation over the past few years for producing high-quality printouts without deafening the neighbours. Now those clever Canon chappies have come up with a primer which uses the same bubblejet technology, but prims in colour.
Physically, the BJC-600 looks much like the previous Canon models, although the casing is slightly larger. A single sheet feeder at the rear of the printer can accommodate up to 100 sheets of paper, which are automatically fed into the printer when required. Paper feeds out of the front, and a tray slides out from the rear of the case to collect the output. Easy access to the toner cartridges and the paper path is provided by the top of the case which is hinged.
AMICtv The ink is held in four separate cartridges (for (he black, cyan, magenta and yellow ink) in the prim head. These are made of clear plastic, so it's easy to see how much ink you've got left. Keeping the colours separate is also a good move, as some colours, particularly black, mav run out quicker than others.
Most colour primers require several printing passes over the paper, but this one prints all four colours in one pass, because each colour has its own print head. If you're working in the highest density (360 x 360 dpi), the printer builds the image in two passes, because the print head can only prim 180 dots per inch. The two passes are slightly offset, giving an apparent resolution of 360 dots per inch.
A new ink cartridge should cost you about £8. But they seem to last for a good few pages. Exactly how long they last depends very much on what type of printing you are doing - if you output a lot of solid colours and heavy blacks you will use up large amounts of ink very quickly.
Also included with the printer is the Canon l‘rim Studio, which is a cut down version of the Print Studio program by Wolf’ Faust reviewed in AT .r 1. This now includes a B|C-600 driver which can give you lull colour at 360 x 360 dots per inch.
The print quality of the Canon BJC-600 is stunning, with bright, vibrant colours and good solid blacks. Strong images such as the parrot shown on this page can look a little dark when printed at the maximum resolution. However, a bit of judicious adjustment to the contrast and brightness of the image in the Print Studio colour adjustment settings window should enable you to gel around this. Also, the output of solid colours from a structured drawing program such as Professional Drain ot 1‘roVeelor is excellent.
The Canon BJC-600 certainly isn't as cheap as a 24 or 9-pin dot matrix colour printer, hut the results it produces are far superior. It's not a hist printer, hut it is extremely quiet. The separate ink cartridges provided should keep running costs of this Canon model down, although this type of printer is never as cheap to run as a dot matrix. Zj Colour bubblejet printer
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ACCESSIBILITY • • • • The Canon Print Studio and driver install quickly and easily.
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VALUE •« Not cheap, but produces high- quality results.
VERDICT Although this is not a high speed machine, its price reflects the top quality colour and monochrome output it produces.
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0494 890601 PRICE £799 RBUA9I Out now
• ••• IF YOU WANT .o show your latest Amiga animation to a group
of people, or make a presentation on the merits ol multimedia
to your directors, a big screen can be extremely useful. You
can get big televisions. Hut they're usually exactly that,
big and bulky. What's needed in these situations is a TV that
gives a big picture, but is easy to carry around.
The Epson VP-100PS is designed for just this eventuality. Instead of a IV picture tube, the Epson TV uses a single light and three liquid crystal light filters to produce the image. Each of the three filters handles one of the red. Green and blue components of the image, and the three colours are then combined together lo form the image. This is projected through a lens, and focused on to the screen.
The Epson TV is extremely portable, measuring about five inches high and a foot deep.
You can use more or less anything for a screen (including a wall), but you get some pretty bizarre results if it Isn't white or silver. The projector uses a single 300W bulb, which means that the images are bright, but they do fade if the screen is any bigger than about seven feet across.
Physically, the projector TV is a box about five inches high ! v a foot deep and two feet long. The lens is located on the front along with the controls for volume, brightness contrast and colour. At the rear are the inputs: four BNC sockets for analogue RGB (as used by the Amiga), a single 15-way socket for digital RGB (as used by IBM PC compatibles) and a phono socket for composite video. Two phono plugs for audio input are also present, and the unit contains two speakers on either side of the box. Also supplied with the unit are leads for connecting to the Amiga.
To use the projector TV just plug the leads into the TV and Amiga and turn on.
No special drivers are needed, but the TV cannot cope with the Double Pal modes used in Workbench 3. However, it happily copes with HAM-8 Super Hi-Res images, although text is unreadable at this resolution. The liquid crystal matrix used to create the picture is only 320 by 204 pixels, so if you use a resolution higher than this, parts of the picture will be lost.
Overall, the sound and picture quality is extremely good, although the images are not as clear as on a monitor. Subtle shades of colour tend to blend together, and the image has a rather annoying dicker which gets worse when you work in a higher resolution mode.
Very good, but il does suffer if you expand it over seven feet across.
If your telly isn’t big enough, you’ll need one that can project on to the wall. Richard Baguley looks at Epson’s latest.
EASE OF USE •••• With the included cable, all you need to do is to plug it in.
Pretty lough, and includes a useful carrying case.
Id f u'i; 4-1 Can be connected to a video recorder as well as your Amiga.
VALUE Not cheap, but it performs its job very well.
VERDICT
* * The image quality is nowhere near as good as a standard
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SPEED-An Amiga 1200 is 12 times faster on zoom and redraw than
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COMPATIBILITY - AutoCAD DXF import export comes complete across the Xcad range. Print to plotters, laser or dot-matrix printers.
MODULAR - Simple upgrade from Xcad 2000 to Xcad 3000 and PC UNIX versions.
Imagine The 24 bit image below was completely originated on an Amiga computer. The drawings were designed with Xcad, the 3D model was created from the 2D drawings and the 24 bit image (1280 x 1024 resolution) was rendered with Imagine!
Compare this to AutoCAD, and 3D Studio which will cost £4550
- and that's just for the software!
Never before has the Amiga been so well complemented.
Never before has the Designer been given so much power, speed and flexibility at such an affordable price.
N®®(W§" MO AOVdKlTOBd Noddy’s Btg Adventure is the sequel lo the highly successful Noddy’s Playtime It lakes children to the North West comer of Toyfand and includes 13 different programs to educate and entertain children for hours on end This graded creativity and entertainment package is specifically designed for 3-7 year olds and relates to the early requirements of the National Curriculum.
Drive with Noddy in his cor. Pick up passengers along the way and visit many exciting locations
• Kitchen Fun - sequencing, colour and shape matching and
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• Tricky Trees - memory, sequencing and the language ol colour
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• Can you Find me? - shape and colour recognition
• Bert's Scrapbook - sequencing and reading skills
• Beach Sorter - sorting Picnic Attack - woter fun game Junior
Word Processor - this excellent utility develops story telling
skills Its scope is outstanding and features mony facilities
found in 'grown up' word processors.
There is also a word game in each level to create an element of fun Available for Amiga. Acom Archimedes. PC and PC Windows Xcad harnesses the incredible power of the Amiga to deliver a draughting tool to beat all others. Processing times are cut to a fraction of most PC based systems. Plans, designs and blueprints can easily be produced using simple, flexible menus or commands.
The Xcad range starts from as little as £79* for Xcad 2000 (1Mb FAST RAM minimum) which includes both 2D Detailing and 3D Modeling plus automatic perspective views.
The above building was designed by Architect David Bishop, modelled by Xcad and rendered with Imagine.
To order the Amiga’s No. 1 CAD package, contact your local dealer or call: HOBBYTE COMPUTING Tel: (0727) 856005 DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA Ltd Tel: (081)977 1105
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1 K 1-: 0 535 FAX: 0535 HD2I 4NN 667 469 6 67 469 I T a I e: F A tUUvA I IVJriAL CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS Leatn your family all about the amazing dinosaurs' 2 disks 4 50 * CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Superb book on a disk by Chns Hill, loam all about the rocks' 2 disks 4.50. • CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM A superb illustrated guide to our Solar system' 3 d«sks 4 99 * CLE05 A CHORD Teaches you an the chords you need to play the guitar become the n »t Erie Clapton't disk 3 50 • CLE07 TOTAL CONCEPTS FRESHWATER FISHING Learn a" about freshwater fishing' Comes on 2 d«sks 4 50 * CLEQ8
NIGHT SKY Features over 1500 stars sky can by Oso*ayed as seen from anywhere on earth' Exe«ent't disk 3 50 ?
CLE09 WORDS & LADDERS Good speUmg program t disk 3 50 • CLE10 BASICALLY AMIGA Extensive gu«de to Anigados' Very good program tor Degmners 3 disks 4 99' • CLE It LETS LEARN For children Of 5 7 years progress through 5 levels of drf icutty Sums tunes etc 1 disk 3 50 • CLE 12 ALPHABET TEACH Simp»e to understand speiMvg program for the kids' Shows picture asks for word 1 d'Sk 3 50’ * CLE 13 HOME BREW Create your own'1 d sk 3 50 .
CLE 14 TOTAL CONCEPTS ECOLOGY Leam about the most important "ology* in our lives' Superbly illustrated1 3 disks 4 99 • CLE 15 FAST FRET This is a guitar scales tutor. 1 disk 3 50 .
CLE 16 KINGS « QUEENS A history lesson on all ot Ihe Kings & Queens ot England since rocorded historyl 2 disks 4 50 CLE 17 THINGAMAJIG An electronic jigsaw with 24 pictures place the pieces correctly on the screen, by Len Tucker 1 disk 3 50 • CLE 18 WORK & PLAY 3 educafona programs CLICK CLOCK learn Ihe time FUNTIME TABLES maths & GO SHOPPING' 1 d'Sk 3 50 • CLE 19 PLAY IT SAFE Teaches safety m the home. Help Teddy make your home sate from the beast es' 1 disk 3 50 * CLE20 BIG TOP FUN Four program Word balance.Matchpiay Balloon burst & Seal a grams i d sk 3 50 .
CLE21 JIGMANIA Jgsaw sotv ng & constructs set' 1 d'Sk 3 50' • CLE22 CHESS TEACHERteach chess m a fun way' 1 *sk 3 50 • CLE23 MINO YOUR LANGUAGE improve soeecn t dtsk 3 50 • CLE24 SPEED READING This program tests your reading speed helps you improve t' 2 disks 4 50 • CLE25 CHORD COACH This is a superb Piano Tutor learn the chords 6 hear the Amiga play them' 1 disk 3 50 • CLE26 SNAP An educational game to' languages. This We comes on t disk 3 50 .
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CCL097 ’X VEGETABLES ’ 46 pxd pc* 4 NEW WEIRD SCIENCE Ml ETIMEDIA TOOI.KIT CD ROM!
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Read your own' 2 disks 4 50' • CLE28 FUN WITH CUBBY 6 superb games tor kids' 1 d-sk 3 50 • CLE30 PEG A PICTURE Make a picture trom coloured pegs or colourod shapes, great lor young kids! 1 disk 3 50 • CLE31 UNDERSTANDING AMOS This sol will really help you learn how to use Amos'( NEEDS AMOS) 2 disks 4 50 .
CLE32 SPITFIRE' Superb illustrated book on a disk covering the legendary Wwll fighter plane' 2 disks 4 50 • CLE33 MESSERSCHMITT BF109 Another super Wwll book on a disk this time the German Messerschmitt' 2 disks 4 50 • CLE34 YOUR FIRST PONY Want to learn to Ook after & nde 1 pony’ This win learn you an you need to know' 2 disks a 50 • CLE35 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM 2 The superb sequet to the first volume great pictures, a must have" 3 disks 4 99 • CLE36 THE TIME machine Teaches *uds to tel time 2 d sks 4 50 • CLE37 DISCOVERY AMERICA Leam aft about the cokm-satcm of the United States of
America' t d«k 3 50 - CLE38 HOME INVENTIONS First m the quest for knowledge series this picture book deals with inventions S nce 1750 2 disks 4 50 • CLE39 MY LITTLE ARTIST Superb colounng book for children with leatures to' disabled as well1 Needs f mg chip ram 2 disks 4 50 • CLE40 BOREALIS JUNIOR Drawing for young children t disk 3 50.
CLE42 COMPOSITION Photograph Tutorial disk t disk 3 50 CLE43 AMOS LANGUAGE QUIZ Helps leam Amos i disk 3 50.
CLE44 PORTRAITURE 2nd photo tutorial program 1 disk 3 50.
CLE45 FUN WITH CUBBY 2 Another 7 fab kids games' i disk 3 50- CLE46 BASIC HUMAN ANATOMY Good tor education IdiSk 3 50 • UTILITIES CLU01 VIDEO TITLER Create v«Jeo teles' t disk 3 50'.
CLU03 TYPING TUTOR Full typing course. Comes on 1 disk 3 50 • CLU04 ALPHAGRAPH for producing Bar & P-e charts etc'3 50 .
CLU05 S A S MENU MAKER make your own menu s 1 d-Sk 3 50 • CLU07 PHILO Simple to use database system t drsk 3 50 • CLU08 WORD FINDER crossword 4 anagram soNer 4 2 desks 4 50.
CLU09 PLAY 4 RAVE2 Mus-c module linker 2 d Sk$ 4 50.
CLUtO POWER ACCOUNTS account statements income etc1 3 50 .
CLUtt CALC VI very useful spreadsheet program't d»sk 3 50 .
CLU12 VIRTUAL WINDOWS Notebook Address bookeid *» 3 50 .
CLU13 DATOS A powerful database, many features i »sk 3 50 • Ciut4 STOCK CONTROLLER Keep hack of stocks' t d *fc 3 50 .
CLU15 EPOCH VI calendar tor Am,ga.1299 yt diary 1 d sk3 50 .
CLU16 CROSS STITCH good needlework program.t d sk 3 50 • CIASSIC CurARI tBUek A Hku,i (OkMY ee AtJOO 44000) 7W eSfmet m *u *is.. -n H* M*.
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CLU19 LC24 FONTS Fonts for your Star 24 pin primer 1 disk 3 50! • CLU20 CANON BJ10 Super Fonts lor Cannon BubblO|et IdSk 3.50. CLU2t INVOICE MASTER Sort out your invoices' 1 disk 3.50 • CLU22 HARD DRIVE MENU Superb hard drive utility't disk 3 50 .
CLU23 F15 ANIM BRUSHES Needs D pamt't disk 3 50 .
CLU24 RED LOTUS ANIM BRUSHES Needs 0 Pamt 1 disk 3 50 .
CLU25 STARFIGHTER ANIM BRUSHES Need 0 Pamt 2 d-sks 4 50 - CLU26 STAR VOYAGER ANIM BRUSHES for Dpamt 3 diskss 4 99- CLU27 IMAGE BASE Simple to use authoring package t disk 3 50 • CLU28 CREATIVE ADVENTURE TOOLKIT Needs Imp Ch.p 3 50- CLU29 G F x Graphics convenors spme edtors etc't disk 3 50.
CLU30 OPAW SELECTOR V2 poo*s pred t on program I d*k 3 50.
CLU31 FLOWCHARTER For creation of flowcharts' 1 d'Sk 3 50- GAMES CLG05 TRUCKIN ON Truck management simulation 2 disks 4 50 • CLG08 DRAGON TILES Superb vervon very aOO*Ct«ve ' f disk 3 50 CLG09 MOTOR DUEL great 3d car r*c ng game t d sk 3 50* CLGtt ALL GUNS BLAZING 2 player overhead view t d-sk 3 50 • CIG12 BULLDOZER BOB Clear screen ot (Mocks' t d sk 3 50 .
CLG13 PARADOX Another good puxxie game' t d'Sk 3 50 • CLG 14 SONIC SMARTIEHEAO Craxy platform game't d sk 3 50 .
CLG 15 SPLODGE THE ESCAPE puxxie platformer 1 d'Sk 3 50* CLG17 IMBRIUM Exet.'ent graphic adventure't disk 3 50.
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BOO” IMAAI k © if you want to convert your text into semaphore, if you're looking for a stack of new fonts to expand your DTP horizons, or if you want to play cards with a pack of Fifties girlie cards, then Richard Baguley is the man to tell you where to find these and many more PD programs.
DECEMBER 1 993 PD GAMES & UTILITIES TRONI-CAD MAGNETIC FIELDS MI005 1s ~!
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I doubt that designing electric circuits is everybody's kettle of fish, but il you’re involved in electrical engineering, a program for producing your circuit schematics should be very useful.
Troni-('nil (created by the Belgian programmer Louis Schiets) is just such a program, and enables you to produce circuit diagrams, although it could be adapted to generate other types of diagrams such as spreadsheets.
7roni-Cnd is a fairly simple structured drawing program with a number of tools designed to make producing circuit diagrams easy. The program works on a 1000 by 900 pixel page, which is bigger than the screen. This means that moving the cursor to the edge of the page scrolls you around.
This size of page enables you to create extermely complex circuits comprising several hundred components. And these can then be printed out to any Epson compatible printer.
COIVIIVIUIUICA' YOUR CHOICE It's not too often we see a PD program that is completely original, but this is one of those rare occasions. Communicate is an excellently designed program that translates from normal text into any one of eight other forms of communication, including semaphore, naval flags, morse code, three variations of sign language and a new code called noughts and crosses.
The program can translate letters, words, sentences or documents saved on disk as ASCII text Each of the languages is accompanied by the relevant illustrations, so the semaphore section is translated into a little stick figure complete with flags in the various positions, and if you chose the morse code option, all the dots and dashes appear on your screen and you get the bleepy noises through the speakers.
MANDELPLOT MAGNETIC FIELDS I may be behind the times, but I still think fractal generators are fun. Everybody else may be getting into plasma and Lyapunov space, but I'm still happy with a nice Julia set.
Which is why it's good to see this program by Mark Blake. It's a fractal generator which handles all manner of fractal types, including the common or garden Mandelbrot and the lovely Julia. It's extremely fast, generating most fractals within a couple of minutes, even on a bog standard A500.
MnndeWlnl achieves this speed by using a clever mathematical technique to pick out areas with the same colour, so it can draw them very quickly. On the unregistered version you can chose from 19 types of fractal (ranging from Mandelbrots to Lorenz curves), but the registered version (available from the author for £10) works with S3 types. Both versions can generate fractals from any mathematical formula you care to throw at them, so you can create your own weird and wonderf ul f ractals if that is vour heart's desire.
So, if you've a mind to do so, you could broadcast your startup-sequence across the airwaves in morse code. The program also provides a test mode, where you are presented with a letter in any one of the codes and have to work out which COMPUCRAPHKAMD POSTSCRIPT PD-SOFT DISKS SCI-26 AND ADI-26 If you're into DTP. You'll appreciate the problems of getting hold of a good selection of fonts.
Although some people will argue for a minimalist approach to using them, it's always useful to have a selection to hand.
Most DTP programs come with a few included, but you'll soon exhaust these.
Fortunately, those nice people at PD-Soft have put together a collection of Compugraphic and Adobe Type 1 fonts which runs to 26 disks. That's around 309 typefaces, which range from the completely absurd to the genuinely useful.
Each disk will cost you £3 (including P&P). Or you can buy all 26 disks for £49.99. Each disk contains around 19 fonts, but the two types of font are sold separately, so you'll have to specify which one you want when ordering. The quality of the fonts is somewhat variable, and some are in upper case it is. This is pretty simple, but it could be useful for testing how well you know your morse code or semaphore. I'm not sure how useful this program is, but it's great fun, and John J Cassar has done a good job of coding it in AMOS.
& PD GAMES & UTILITIES DECEMBER 1 993 1111111 uni 1111111111111 TOP IO GAMES & UTILITIES Every month, we peruse the best seller lists of a prominent PD company to see which games and utilities are flavour of the month. This month, it's the turn of SEASOFT COMPUTING Kick 1.3 Numpad AGA Tetris D-Copy 3.1 OctaMED V5 (Demo) 6 Andy's WB3 Utilities 7 SID 2 8 AGA Klondike 9 Text Engine V4.1 10 Kidutart 2 WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN THIS ISSUE MAGNETIC FIELDS, PO Box 118, Preston, Lancashire. PR2 2AW, Tel: 0772 881190.
PD-SOFT, 6-8 Durham Road. Unit 2, Southend on Sea. Essex. SS2 4LU, Tel: 0702 466933.
WACK PD, 48 Emerson Avenue. Middlesborough, Cleveland TS5 7QH.
This program is designed to serve as a quick way to produce a variety of types of document, including headed paper, business cards, or greetings cards.
It’s a sort of Amiga equivalent of those machines you get in shopping arcades that print business cards. You can also use Print master to create calendars and banner prints, in the latter case the text is enlarged and spread over several sheets to produce the banner effect.
Also included with Printmaslrr is a simple graphic editor, which enables you to produce your own graphics. The program can also load in black and white IFF clip art. The results aren't particularly brilliant, but if you are looking for a program that produces results quickly, then Prinlmasler could be the one for you.
ANGUA PD FF895 The musical geniuses among you will 110 doubt be aware of the concept of FM synthesis, as used in the now legendary DX7 synthesiser. For those of us who don't know an arpeggio from an albatross.
FM synthesis is a way of creating sounds by adding together various different signals.
As you may have guessed from the name, this involves modulating one waveform with another, and then adding further waveforms into this. I won't explain further (as us journalists say when we don’t quite understand something ourselves).
Anyway, the basic gist of this program is that you can use* it to create your own sounds using FM TELESCAIM Patience is a virtue, they say. However, this version may break that rule. Klondike is the first AGA-only card game I've seen, and each of the cards has an excellently drawn Fifties girlie calendar-type illustration. Nothing naughty, you understand, just long legs and big smiles. Even your grannie could play this and not be offended. (Incidentally, Deputy Editor Julie Tolley claims that her gran owned a pack of cards like this).
Klondike looks good, but the gameplay leaves a bit to be desired. To move you dick once on the card and then on the destination. I prefer it when you drag the card to its new home, but this is a minor quibble about an otherwise excellent game.
Only. However, if you want lo build up a good library of fonts quickly, this selection provides an excellent starting point. If you want to see what sort of fonts you can get. Send an SAE to PD-Soft, and they'll send you a leaflet with examples of all the fonts 111 it.
Synthesis, and then save them out as samples. I'm informed by the experts on Future Music magazine that this is a fairly basic program, but it can produce some interesting noises, and there are plenty of examples supplied with the disks.
It can even produce chords or Fourier analyses of the sound produced, which give you details of the harmonics involved. Also included is the complete source code of the program, which was written by Christian Stiens in Obcron 2.
ANGUA FF899 SmartPlay is a module player, which should enable you to play more or less any module you care to name. It claims support for over 20 formats, and I certainly couldn’t fault this. It tried every module I threw at. And it also supports automatic dccom- hi fj a : kU V All of the Klondike cards feature their individual well- drawn Fifties girlie calendar-type illustrations.
Pression of modules which have been squashed with either Powerpacker or I.HA (although the latter does need an external program to decompress the file). SmartPlay doesn't take much processing power, so you could use it in a demo which also involves playing an animation. It can also play a list of modules, or you can move through a list and choose which module you want to play.
Memory usage is low. And it will move everything into fast memory if there is any going. It’s an excellent little program which should be widely used, and the author Peter Hjelt is constantly working on new versions, so any bugs should Ik- fixed quickly.
Peter also wants to support more module formats. So if you've got one that you would like to see included, just E-Mail the author. The only drawback of SmartPlay is that it's Workbench 2 or above only, so you couldn't really use it 011 a self- booting disk for a demo. 'I) f~| later rapt [2 Crear leeeet t er i [7] *tr"od t«U W] lllec.t* Cb.fu.fl. [2 L*« "ease HIT Pj Omfelf (offering LZJ Hath Wlat.UH iu m i*v:fkfen .
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DECEMBER 1 993 PD GAMES AND UTILITIES OctaMED Pro fessional V5 Clay Son9 Cont Song Play Block!
Cant Block D STOP | I11 August 1991. OctaMl'J) turned professional, with ;i host of new features and a redesigned inurr* fare. This program is now on version five, and is without doubt one of the most powerful music programs available on the Amiga, with extensive support for music played both through the Amiga's sound chip and MIDI instruments. The user interface for version five has also been completely redesigned and reprogrammed, making it much easier t » use.
Teijo kinnunen is currently completing his compulsory militarv service in his native Finland, which limits the amount of time he can spend writing the next version. He doesn’t expect to have version six of OctaSlFJ) l*ri completed until August 1994 at the earliest.
However, lie- hopes to tie this in with the new DSP c hip, although the AA chip set. Which will offer greatly improved sound facilities, should be widely available by then. In the meantime.
(klaMi'J) is a good way to produce some excellent music on your Amiga. O |£j ONSTAGE 'THE RAVEN rf™ act 2 7176 «Iype.
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?I Notation Control Note Length Q1 Replace Chip: 0001624760 Fast: 0001045712 software. In 1991. He released the first version of OetaMED. Which used a clever bit of programming to enable the program to play two samples on the same sound channel, effectively giving eight channels of sound (four stereo channels). This results in a slight loss of quality, but since version four.
OrhiMIJ) has included a high-quality mode which improves the performance, although it takes extra processing time.
PUBLIC DOMAIN JARGON BUSTED The world of Public Domain is full of confusing terms and names. Here Amiga Format aims to demystify this world, so we now present an easy guide to common PD terms and names.
PUBLIC DOMAIN - Any software which is in the Public Domain (PD) can be copied and distributed by anybody, as long as no money beyond the cost of the disk changes hands. There are many companies that sell PD who advertise in AF, so read through the adverts in the following pages. Many PD companies will make up collections of programs with a specific theme or purpose, so if you need a certain type of program, check the adverts and phone around. You are also allowed to make copies of PD disks and distribute them to friends, again as long as you're not making a profit.
SHAREWARE - This means that the freely distributable version on the disk is disabled in some way. And the full version is obtainable by sending a small sum to the author. Some people distribute the full version, but with the proviso that if you use the program regularly, you should send them a small registration fee.
LICENCEWARE - This is somewhere between PD and commercial programs, in that you are not allowed to distribute them, but they don’t cost very much. A Licenceware disk will cost you under a fiver, but as a rule the quality of the programs is much higher than many PD programs.
FREEWARE - With Freeware, there are no restrictions. And you can copy it as many times as you like, and pass it on to friends or upload it to bulletin boards.
WAY BACK IN Autumn 1989. A chap named Teijo Kinnunen from Finland wrote a program called MED. Which was the first really easy to use music program for the Amiga. Previous programs (such as the venerable Soundlrarkrr and Soisetrackrr) were powerful, but were not particularly easy to use.
Since then. Teijo has been constantly refining the programs and producing new versions of the SAVE £5!
ON OCTAMED This voucher entitles you to a £5 discount off the normal price (£31) of OctaMED Professional Version 5. I I Send this voucher, your name and address, and a cheque for £26 (inc P&P) made payable to Seasoft Computing to: SEASOFT COMPUTING THE BUSINESS CENTRE 80 WOODLANDS AVE WEST SUSSEX I Offer ends 1 February 1994 I I I in terms of computers, the Amiga is maestro when it comes to music, and with programs like MED, it’s always been simple to make your own sounds. Here Richard Baguley conducts us through the past, present and future of the premier Amiga music package.
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Steve Bradley takes a leisurely stroll through the garden of Public Domain delights and finds that it's blooming with rave music, Ford Capris, a peculiar Finnish fishing experience, a song called Sex was Different, and a man called Professor Kinkel... one I b&jSEID Old classics such as Pissing On Heavens and Sex Was This beat is indeed technotronic. And why not? Desert is Different are the order of the day on the Desert demo. A veritable compendium of audio and visual delights.
HYSTERIA (BV ANALOGY) PD-SOFT, DISK 3350, Bloke down the pith might quite reasonably ask: “What the hell's all that about?" A mixed bag (two disks) and no mistake. Ilystmu includes strange cartoons, kaleidoscope effects and the obligatory 'rave' track with various garbled images. The intro music is also intensely grating. But no matter, one of the cartoons is vaguely amusing, and there's even an image which exhorts you, “Why not to have yet another Heincken" (they're Finnish). But I couldn't say 'Hello' in Finnish.
The rave track is belter than the intro music and is accompanied by various flashing images which probably make a really good point about something hugely important. They include Nazi and anarchy symbols, training shoes, an army knife and a revolving head. And look out for the man called Professor Kinkel.
DJTAURUS PD-SOFT, DISK 3200 Included on lliis German sampling demo is the 2Unlimilril lime that they use on (iriin lslriurl where Sieve Rider, shortly before the 1.30 ai Kempton I’ark stands up, punches the air and shouts: "Are you all ready for this?” This has got to be a good thing. Also included is a remixed version of the litiiunui Root Soug bv the great Harry Belafonle and Don't Talk Just Kiss by classic Knglish pop band Hight Saul Tint, minus the singer. This has also got to be good thing.
It's quite a polished little number and I)| Thunder promises more to come with the A1200 very much in mind. There are two screen options, the main one being the front view of a stereo where you can twiddle various knobs (using the mouse of course). Press V and the screen flickers madly (lo denote 'Rave') causing all manner of seizures to occur (allegedly).
FORD CAPRI PART TWO - RACING TO VICTORY Following on from the first Capri slideshow (reviewed AF51), Racing To Victory tells of the daring exploits of Capris on the racetrack. Combining diagrams and informal, but informative text three decades are covered with Roger Clark's 1969 three litre, four wheel drive model featured heavily.
Jackie Stewart and Emmerson Fittipaldi are other famous drivers who have raced the little beauties and back in 1972, a Capri came a highly respectable eighth overall in the 24 hour Le Mans race. If all this doesn't quench your thirst for knowledge about all things Capri, then get in touch with the Capri Club International. Me. I always preferred the Vauxhall Viva Magnum (only joking chaps).
GNU PD-SOFT, DISK 3196, A four disk extravaganza from a Danish Rave me is ter whal more could one ask for? The intro is excellent, informing us that "this is not another flying saucer scare". And indeed, it is not.
What it is, is a montage of kaleidoscopes, words and cartoons, with the obligatory flickery screen effects, hacked by a pounding rave tune. There's even a subliminal (ioca Cola logo, and the odd flashing swearword. By disk four, it does become a bit repetitive, although it is. For the mosl part, rather impressive.
DESERT PD-SOFT. DISK 3326, Here we view a Compact Disc player with some delight. Six ’ravey’ tunes arc on offer, with names ranging from Sex Was IhfJrrent to the enchanting ‘using On Heavens. You can pause the tracks, even stop and fast forward them. Unfortunately, the tunes start to grind after a while, although In ' 'lie Time is a funky number. It’s Not as good as the I] Taurus offering though.
HELIOPOLIS TELE SCAM COM! PC TIER SERVICES The highlight of this excellent little demo is a beautifully drawn animation sequence where a man goes fishing, attempts to catch a fish, only lo see the fish lake off with his rod, whereupon he curses wildly (it's Finnish, so I'm not sure what he mutters). From here on in, there are a series of visual effects, all of which are highly polished, from 3D canyons lo kaleidoscopic dots.
Recommended.
IVIEGA MODU THE WARRIORS PD-SOFT, DISK 3206.
My mate Roll was once in a band. Towards the end of their first ever gig he opined: "Music is my life". Only, some w-ag at the back shouted: "You must have a pretty crap life then". Unfair I know, but very funny. Reminiscences aside. The Wamnts is a collection of six tunes which will improve your life lo an erm. Let's say. Unquantiliahle degree.
Not only are there tunes, but if you press certain keys, you get Trippy Screens. These consist of lots of flickers, and coloured squares and triangles.
Although it is not perhaps, the most inspiring demo of the month, it should appeal to those who like the tunes.
"This is not another flying saucer scare. " said the floating upside-down head. "It s a flying head scare."
Oh really.
TOP 10 DEMOS Every month we scour the PD world for a top 10 from a prominent company. This month the chart comes from TELESCAN COMPUTER SERVICES TELE SCAM COMPUTER SERVICES 1 Bodyshop 2 AGA 6 Extension Demo 2 Vomit Demo 7 Subtle Shades Demo 3 Point of Sale AGA Demo 8 Rink-a-dink Demo 4 Revelation Slideshow 9 Technological Death Demo 5 Mindwarp AGA Demo 10 Retina Euro 1 Demo This is a flowing set of visuals with a soundtrack in the background for no other reason than it's better than total silence. Using the Commodore logo in various guises, the demo cleverly shows off the remarkable graphic
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experimenting with Blitz2 on last issue's Coverdisk.
WHOOPS!
A couple of errors crept into last month's Blitz Basic listings. These are as follows: MOIUSTA'S IN THE DUNGEON In the subroutine labelled .yourmove, the following lines were wrong : Case "U“:lf map myi.myy-1) Then myy-1; up Case “D":ll map(myx.myy*1) Then myy*1 ; down Case ‘L“:H map(myx-l.myy) Then myx-1; left Case “R":lf map(myx*1.myy) Then myx*1: right They should read: ADDING BLOCKS TO ISO-BLASTER The ISO-ED drawer contains a blocks.iff screen and a blocks.shapes file. To add more blocks all you have to do is to load the blocks.iff screen into Opaint in 320 x 256 x 8 colour mode and edit
away.
Then just crank up the ShapesMaker program in the code drawer (load source into Blitz2 and compile run).
The ShapesMaker program allows you to load any IFF page and convert it to a shapes file which Blitz2 can read. When laying out frames of animation or blocks such as the ones above, ShapesMaker can be used to quickly create a file of multiple shapes which can then be loaded into Blitz2 programs using LoadShapes.
If you do add some shapes be sure to increment the llnumshapes constant at the top of the editor.
Case “U”:M map myx.myy-1)=0 Then myy-1; up Case map(myx.myy*1)=0 Then myy«1; down Case “L":lf map(myx-1.myy)=0 Then myx-1: left Case “R":H map(myx*1.myyMJ Then myx»1; righl In the Dungeon Editor program, the line two thirds of the way down the first column which reads: It GadgetHit Should read: It GadgetHit 2 Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
THE USER INTERFACE This listing proves just how powerful Blit 2 is for developing solid in-house editors used In all professional game devlopers. Often the ease ol use and flexibility of the game editor will allow the ruder to pass on design tasks to others enabling them to concentrate on the things they do best. The editor Paul Andrews (Vision Software! Knocked together in Blit 2 lot HcWv't Iiinhi meant he could get back to his assembler leaving others the task of designing the biggest platformer ever.
Because the user interface is written with Biit 2's Intuition commands it will quite happily multitask with other utilities. The first Menu is the standard Project menu as covered last month. The second Mode menu allows the user to toggle between Draw and Adjust modes ol editing. The third Blot ks menu enables the user to select from the available 31) blot ks. 1 have detailed how to add more blocks later in this article.
To achieve the toggling selection in the Mode menu, the values 2 and 1 are used in the Hags field ol the Menultem command. A 2 means the item is imituallv exclusive and so will turn oil when another item is selected. A I is used for the item that is initialh on.
Another nice feature ol Blit 2 is the way shapes can !»• used in menus and gadgets. The Blocks menu uses the actual shapes available using the Shapeltem command.
IVIOUSE MOVEMENTS For a program to multitask properly it must spend most ol its time asleep onlv waking when an event arrives through one ol its Windows (such as a n ickel ball). Because we reallv need a cursor that follows the mouse around the screen we have to ask for all mouse movements (unless of course they are of the vindaloo variety). Anyway, by using the AddlDCMP command as described below we ran wake up whenever the user moves the mouse and ISOBLASTER MAP EDITOR V0.1 BY SIMON ARMSTRONG VL* '."S' '.'O' DEFTYPE w MaxLen pa$ =160 MaxLen fi$ =64 NEWTYPE block btype.w:bheight End NEWTYPE Dim
map.block(63,63) numshapes=3 size=64 *64 ‘ SizeOf.block ',"D" ; the following macros are the same as tunctions returning ; the screen position ot the 3D isometric coordinate IT. 2, 31 Macro px 320+('1-"2) ASL 4:End Macro Macro py -160+(1+'1+"2+ 2-‘3) ASL 2:End Macro Macro pp 320+( 1- 2) ASL 4,py -160+(" 1+'1+ 2+'2- 3) ASL 2:End Macro ;tell window to report mouse movements (smelly!)
.all variables default to integer type ;tix length ot strings tor use with Blitz2 itilerequester information tor each block ; the array to hold all the blocks ¦.number of shapes in blocks.shapes tile ;size ot array tor loading & saving MenuTitle 0,2.“BLOCKS" For i=0 To numshapes Handle i.ShapeWidth(i) 2 ShapeHeight(i) Shapeltem 0.0.2.U Next MenuTille 0.1,“MODE" Menultem 0,4.1,0." DRAW Menultem 0,2,1.1* ADJUST "."A" Menultem 0.2.1.2," GROUP ","G" Menultem 0,2,1,3." JOIN Use Palette 0 MenuTitle O.O.-PROJECT" Menultem 0,0.0,0,‘LOAD Menultem 0.0,0.1."SAVE Menultem 0.0,0.2."REDRAW Menultem
0.0.0.3,-QUIT AddlDCMP S10 VR- ".'J" BitMap 0,640.512,3 Butter 0.1024 LoadShapes 0, "blocks.shapes" LoadPalette 0,"blocks.iff" Screen 0,0,0.640.512,3,S8004,"ISO EDITOR",1,2.0 ;8 color hires lace bitmap ;butter to undo butter blits itiles tor the ground ;palette tor backrground Window 0.0,0,640.512.S1800 "'.1.2 SelMenu 0 dummy window ;to attach menu system to Gosub clearmapGosub drawmap:cb=1 BBIitMode Sf3a :when doing buffer blits invert colors ; MAIN LOOP IS HERE. HANDLES MENUS. MOUSE BUTTONS AND MOVEMENTS Repeat update our isometric cursor. The cursor is drawn using a buffer blit so we can
move it around the screen without destroying the background bitmap. To calulate where in the 31) world our cursor is positioned I first need to explain some small changes I've made the the co-ordinate system... THE NEW MAP FORMAT HANDLING INTUITION EVENTS Mouse was Clicked - S8 Mouse has moved - $ 10 Gadget has been pressed down - S20 Gadget has been released - $ 40 Menu selected - $ 100 Window Has been closed - $ 200 KeyPress has been detected - $ 400 Disk Inserted - $ 1000 Window Activated - $ 40000 Window DeActivated - $ 80000 The map for our iso game is now a 21) array of .block types. Currently
the information stored in a .block is the btypo and bheight fields.
Carrying on from last issue, the isoblaster game is set on an isometric grid enabling us to use 3 dimensions to escape from die norm of flat 21) horizontal vertical based games. To calculate the screen position of an object in "31) space" using this perspective involves two simple calculations: Before opening a Window in Blitz2 you are able to tell the system what Events you will be wanting to hear about from that Window. A more thorough list of events and codes is listed here than we were able to run last month: The DefaultlDCMP command can be used to limit the number of events that Windows
receive, and must be used before a Window is created using the sum of all codes required.
All of the above events, with the exception of those marked, are standard if no DefaultlDCMP or AddlDCMP commands are used before the Window is opened.
Sx = 320 ? 16x - 16y sy = -160 + 8x + 8y - 4z I have modified the offsets so now the origin (0.0,0) is way above the lop of screen and we need an array of 64 x 64 blocks to cover the entire 640 x 512 bitmap. The clearntap routine sets all blocks to I and also means that any blocks outside the bitmap are given a code of-I meaning they can't Ik- drawn.
The findblock routine must take a screen co-ordinate and work out which block is drawn on the screen. This means that we have values for the sx and sy values (above) and have to calculate x.y and t values. If we let z=0 then we can solve the equation because it has only two unknowns (Oh no. Not more maths again Simon!)
Sorry kitls. But this has to Ik- the easiest equation to solve as far as unknowns go. If you subtract 2 lots of ii from i you get a value for y and if you add 2 lots of ii to i then you get a function for x. Don't forget we're going to loop through because we don't know which blocks are at what height until we ask (see .findblock routine).
Window has been sized - S2 Window has been corrupted - $ 4 BUFFER BLITS Once shapes and graphics are loaded by your program. Blitz2 has a number of commands to place them on the screen, all these commands use the Amiga's blitter chip and are hence called the Blit commands. Buffer blits are used for blitting shapes to a bitmap if the bitmap needs to be restored when the blit "moves on". The following commands are used to implement buffer blits: USING ISO-ED The Draw mode means you can change blocks to the current selection by dragging the mouse around the map. The Adjust mode is similar but
dragging the mouse lets you alter the height of the block. Things that need adding are of course a decent selection of isometric blocks and extra modes Continued overleaf 1 Butter Butter*.MemorySize: allocate memory lor a butter lo hold background data.
Bblit Butler*,Shape*.X.Y: blit a shape to a bitmap storing background in butter UnButter Butter*: restore all background regions destroyed by BBIits BBIitMode BlitConO; Special control over blitter when used lor butter blits o o o o o o o o o o o For yy=y To y1:For xx=x To x1 map(xx,yy) bheight=z1 num:z1+dz Next xx.yyRelurn ev UwaitEvent Select ev Case S100 II MenuHiUO AND ItemHlUO Then Gosub doload:Gosub drawmap II MenuHiUO AND ItemHiUI Then Gosub dosave II MenuHiUO AND ltemHIU2 Then Gosub drawmap II MenuHiUO AND ltemHiU3 Then SaveScreen 0.“ram:ty": End II MenuHiUl Then mode=ltemHit II
MenuHiU2 Then cb=ltemHit Case S8 II mode=0 Then Gosub colorblock If mode=1 Then Gosub moveblock If mode=2 Then Gosub group If mode=3 Then Gosub join Gosub drawmap Case S10 Gosub isocursor End Select Forever .adjust height using integer maths .getxyzxyz Gosub findblock:x1=x:y1=y:z1=z Repeat Line !pp x1 ,y1 ,z11-12. !pp|x,y,z)-12.-1 :ev.l=WaitEvent Line !pp|x1,y1.z1 l-12,!pp|x,y,z)-12,-1 Gosub findblock Until ev UnButter 0 IfxIThen Exchange xl.x If yIThen Exchange y1,y Return .isocursor Gosub findblock:UnBulfer 0 It map(x,y) btype -1 Then Bblit 0,cb,!px|x,y,zl,!py|x,y,zl Return .moveblock Gosub
findblock USEPATH map(x.y) lf btype -1 cy=!py(x.y,OI Repeat ev.UWaitEvent z=QLimit((cy-SMouseY) 4.0.16) UnBufter OrBBlit 0,cb,!px x.y,z|.!py(x,y,zl Until ev UnBufter 0: btype=cb,z For i=1 To z:Blit Continued overleaf ;let user drag select two points group: Gosub getxyzxyz For yy=y To y1 for xx=x To x1 map(xx,yy) btype=cb Next xx.yyRetum ;get two points when user drags mouse .then colour them all in the same o ;it block is on bitmap .get current height ;then let user adjust height .join: Gosub getxyzxyz z1=map(x,y) bheight z2=map(x1,y1) bheight dz=z2-z1 :num=(y1 -y+1) * (x1 -x+1 )-1 :z1 * num
If nunuO Then Return .get two points trom user .work out toplett and botright height o ihal allow von lo operate on rectangular areas of blocks rather than one at a time. I also want more control of height so you ran create pathways that climb then level out with ease. Some more maths could Ik- used for domes and other contours, just remember that blocks with cotie -1 cannot Ik- changed.
Once again, space constraints mean that I can only deliver a working shell, and the features that make it all happen are left up to those with the inclination to experiment with. If you do come up with some functions for the program please send them in to me. Now that this column has become a regular feature of Amiga Formal (il I can stop missing those pesky deadlines, that is) there's going to be spare on the Coverdisk lot a few thousand bytes of good Blit? Basic code, and who knows, you might even get a free Blit 2 package for your efforts... SOUND Blit 2 is capable of loading and playing
any standard IFF sound sample as well as music modules in both soundtracker and Med formats. The following are some of the commands for accessing these features: PROGRAM STARTUP Blitz2 has several commands for controlling the way in which programs start up as well as the way in which they gain access to important system calls which are also sometimes necessary. Also, developers are able to enter a dummy CLI Argument string using the requester found in Ted's compiler options menu.
The commands include: WBStartUp: enable compiled programs to be launched from Workbench (you'll also need to get hold of a copy of Blit 2 to create standalone programs!).
NumPars: returns number of parameters or tools passed to your program.
.ParSlparameter ): returns actual parameter CloseEd: for low memory situations to free up Blitz2 screen when developing.
NoCLi: tell Blitz2 not to open open a default CLI when developing code Two other very important and extremely useful commands are the system calls CloseWorkBench and OpenWorkBench which enable Blit 2 programs to acquire rights to even more of your Amiga's valuable memory.
To play a sample directly from disk: OiskPlay FlleNameS.ChannelMask To load a soundtracker module: LoadModule Module*,FlleNameS To play a soundtracker module: PlayModule Module* The ChannelMask refers to which of the four Amiga sound channels you wish to use. The four channels have values 1,2,4 and 8. Add the values together to play the sound from more than one channel at once.
To play Med modules three commands are required: To load a Med module: LoadMedModule Med*,FileNameJ To begin playing a Med module: StartMedModule Med* To play a Med module: PlayMed The PlayMed command must be called every 50th of a second for most modules and hence requires slightly more programming than tracker modules: LoadMedModule 0. Tilename" StartMedModule While Joyb(0)=0 ;wait lor mouse button Vwait PlayMed Wend End Of course, these are only a few of the many commands available for manipulating sound in Blit 2.
btype.! Pxlx.y ,i|,! Pylx.y.il: Next Endlf Return .colorblock UnButfer 0 Repeal ev.l=WailE»ent ;let user paint blocks willy nilly Gosub findblock .which block are they pointing to If map(x,y) btype -1 ;is it a legal block map(x,y) btype=cb ;yes then set and draw Blil cb,! Px x,y ,z|,! Pylx.y.z) Endlf Until ev Return If b 0 For z=1 To map(x.y) bheight:Blit b.!px(x,y,zl.!py(x,y.z):Next Endll Next y.x Return .clearmap .it block s completely on bitmap set 1.1 else make illegal For x=0 To 63:For y=0 To S3 If RectsHit(!px|x,y,OI,!py|x,y,01,32.32.32,128.640-64,512-128) map(x,y) btype=1,1 Else
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From: James Kippase. Burnley, Lancs.
I am thinking of buying an HD8 42Mb drive for use with my A500, but I'm not entirely certain what it docs. The only thing I know is that you can store games in the memory. Please could you tell me die other features of this device and whether you think it is worth buying one.
The HD8 is a hard drive. A hard drive is a mass- storagc device, which works just like your floppy drive apart from two important things. The first is that it is bigger. A 42Mb drive will be able to store 50 times more than a normal floppy disk, all in the same place without basing to change disks. This also means that you can install software, so that multi-disk games or applications can run off the hard disk without any need to swap disks.
The second advantage is speed. Hard drives are a lot faster, with transfer tales of about
1. 250.000 bytes per second as opposed to about
23. 000 on a lloppy drive. Not all games will work directly from
a hard disk, although most modern UPGRADE WORRIES
mulliple-disk games can be installed in some way or another.
A hard disk is most useful for applications software and
using Workbench.
At the moment the HD8 is a hit of a bargain (you should he able to pick one up lor £199. Try Silica on 081-309 1111) hut it won't hist that long, so if you can afford the cash I 'd buy now!
DRIVE DILEMMA From: Ben Durrani. Harwich, Essex.
I write to you in the hope that you can solve a rather serious problem concerning a hard drive I use with my A1200. Basically, when I save information lo ihe drive it gets as far as the 170th kilobyte and then the data is corrupted and some extra information is added to the end of the file. As a result all of my programs which exceed 170K arc either corrupt or refuse to run.
Is there any fault with the drive or am I just doing something wrong? I have a fair amount of knowledge of AmigaDos and I've tried absolutely everything. Please help.
Liminm. This is a hit tricky. The symptoms you describe immediately say to me cabling problems.
Hid you install the drive yourself? Did you use the right cable? It is certainly worth getting in touch with the company who supplied you with the drive to check that you have cabled it corrcctly.Therc isn't usually a problem because the Amiga's interface uses the same cable as found on some portable Pcs.
It doesn't sound like a physical drive defect, which may affect one program, but it would be a very bizarre physical error that would cause all Continued overleaf IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as we possibly can every month, and hopefully to sort out all your problems.
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From: Paul Jordan, Sheffield.
I am Intending to add a RAM expansion to my A1200, and possibly an accelerator as wdl.
The trouble is that I would also Ibte to get the CD iqigrade when It appears, so I wonder if you could answer these questions:
1. Is the Commodore CD-ROM drive going to use the trapdoor
expansion? Tf so. Will it have a through port to allow other
devices to be attached?
2. Is the drive going to have a custom controller or will It be a
plain SCSI drive?
3. Tf there Is no through port on the CD drive, will EMCs trap
door doubter allow me to use both the CD and an accelerator?
4. Will the AKIKO chip be included with the CD interface?
5. Will the A520 modulator work with the A1200. The internal one
seems to be rather poor quality?
There are some good questions there, let's see tf I can come up with some good answers.
1. It would be a little too much to expect the trapdoor CD drive
to have a through port because you won't have much trapdoor
left to put anything in.
2. To fully emulate the Qp2. The device will have to be of a cus
tom design. This does not mean that you won't be able to
access standard ISO9660 CD-ROM disks with tf, but access may
be restricted.
3. Having not used tf in conjunction with the devices in
question (mainly because one of them doesn't exist yet), it Is
a little difficult to say. It seems likely that M would, but
under true CD32 emulation the faster processor may not
function to its limits and the RAM will not be of any great
use.
4. Yes.
5. Yes, the A520 will work with any Amiga, tf simply connects to
the RGB port However, the A520 is not the world's most perfect
modulator either, and tf may be difficult to get hold of now
that It is redundant.
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Daia on tiles over I70K lo become corrupt.
However, a cabling error would more than likely have shown up when you tried 10 formal ihe drive in the first place - unless it arrived pre-formatted.
In this case. I suggest you get out HDToolbox and reformat it (a low-level formal shouldn't be necessary). Either that or send it back.
BOOT ME From: Jurgen Borg, Naxxan, Malta.
I have written several programs in AmigaBasic.
Now I would like to put them on a self-booting disk. I know that to do this I need to write a sort of script program with AmigaDos, however I don't know what to write. Could you please tell me what I need to do?
For a disk to boot, all that you need to do is install it and give it a startup-sequence. To install the disk just type the following: where NAME is the name of your disk. Next you have to create a new directory on the disk called 's' and then create a file in that directory called ‘startup-sequence'.
The startup-sequence is just an ASCII file containing a list of AmigaDOS instructions that will be executed when the disk boots up. If you wanted to automaucallv load AmigaBasic for example, your startup-sequence might simply read: Presuming the AmigaBasic program is on the disk, it will run automatically and you can load in the programs you want.
(251 Address error. I his happens Iks .iilsc vuti i unlit 1 access odd-numbered memory addresses with the Deck. Leek. Doke ol 1 * kc ¦ nmiu.iuds I lies must always lie even
(28) Array already dimensioned. Miu have tried lo use an array
with the DIM command that has been DIMetl once already Don’t
do u again (SO) Bad IFF formal. You t ail only load pi opt i
IFF screen Files ituo memory. .heck tli.it die file you
ait* Irving to loud hasn't been crunt bed FillS MON TH I
have received an unprecedented number of letters asking me
lo explain all sorts of strange error message's. You know
who you are - so I have derided to give you as complete a
list as I possible can of all the nasty messages whirh you
are likely to rome across using Amos and Easy Amos. Ilerc
they all are then, with the error code numbers associated
with them in brackets:
(35) Bank already reserved. You have tried lo etc ate a memory
hank that already exists.
(36) Bank not reserved. You ate living lo access a memory bank
which you have not yet reserved.
Fins tail result from trying to select a bank or from using commands such as SAMI’IAY.
(65) Block Not Found. You cannot use a blink mini you have
defined ii . You need to use (IF.’F- BlfK K lint
(68) Bob not defined. You can't use any ot die B( B i ommwitds.
Like 1‘ASI 1 without defining the BOB first.
(32) Can't fit picture in current screen. You arc try mg to load
a picture into a screen vvhiili isn’t big enough, fry
loading into a new1 screen with: LOAD IFF "picture’ti. Where
n is 0 lo 7 and AMOS will aiiloinaiii ally xclccl the
correct screen sire.
(4) Can't resume to a label. You can’t use the RES I Ml label
inside an erioi pi o cdure MODEM LINKS From: Jamie
Dickenson, Monhbretton, Barnsley.
I have recently acquired a DSL 2123 dual standard modem and I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions.
1. How is it possible to find a BBS in your local area (to save
on the phone bills)?
2. Is it possible to find out if a BBS is on a premium rate or
a normal phone line?
3. Could you please explain what happens and what you have to do
when you actually get online.
OK then. The best way to find out about local bulletin boards is to contact any board and post a message asking about BBS systems running in vour area. Most boards are part of a mail network such as Fidonet, and will have details on many other BBS systems throughout the country and quite often, throughout other countries too.
With very rare exceptions, bulletin boards in this country tend to be run by (reasonably) normal people from home. They tend to use the standard phone lines, because installing an 0898 number would be much too expensive and nobody would call them up.
The only additional costs are when you subscribe for access rights to a major board or network such as CiX or CompuServe. In these cases you will be billed separately by the company concerned for the time you have spent on-line, but the charges will be explained to you if you attempt to join one of these services.
When connected to a BBS. Your computer just acts like a terminal. What you type in is sent to the host system, and what it sends you back is displayed as text on your screen. Normally when you first log on to a BBS system you will have to 'fill in'
(86) Desire not available. You have tried to access a device
which the Amiga cmrendv can't find. This can happen il vou
lake disks out when die program is not expecting il
(85) Directory not empty. You may only delete direr tones that
still contain files bv using KILL.
(80) Directory not fouud. (hr directory vou are Irving to ac cess
isn't there after all
(88) Disk full, (mess what-
(8. 3) Disk not validated. The Amiga is haying some problems with
die disk vou aie using to use lis aciessing die data horn
Wnikliem Ii just to check that it is working properly.
(84) Disk is write-protected. Flit* little plastic lab on your
disk is not covering Ihe hole.
(20) Division by zero. Without going into lion- euclidian space,
and discussing alepli null, il is mqHivsible lo divide any
iiuiuliei by no.
(100) Find of file. You have tried lo read data Iront a file
which has no more data. Use* the EOF command to c lietk
when this is going to happen.
(10) Find of program. YMOS has reached die end ot the program.
(3) Error not resumed. See Ih-Iow.
(8) F.rror procedure must RF-SLMF to end. You have exiled an
error handling procedure without using the RESUME command
(0) Out of stack space. Alter alum! 50 recursions, the stac k may
gel dogged up. I ix not to nest loo manv l'RtH calls oi fiOSt
Bs
(79) File already exists. You can't RF.N YMF. A file to Ik* the
same as a file dial c urn-nth exists.
(97) File already opened. You cannot open a file more than once.
Well, vou can lix, but then vou get this message.
LEW'S CORNER From John Kavctnik, Basikkn, Essex.
I hav* heard that the CD32 emulator for the A1200 will be a trapdoor expansion. Will I be able to use it in conjunction with the A1230 which I am thinking of getting.
Also, will the CD expansion provide a full emulation of all CD32 software? I have heard that the card will not Include the Akiko chip and that this will be emulated in software - won't this be a bit too slow to run the software properly, in particular because many games will want to make use of the chunky to planar graphic conversion?
Z r H
864.
A registration, simply by answering ihe questions which appear on your screen.
QUICK FIX From: Chi-pa Choi. Waterlooville, Hants.
At the end of Iasi year I discovered that my Quickshot Maverick I joystick for the Amiga could operate as a two-button joystick when put on the
- D’ setting (that is not the setting given in the instructions).
It seems to work fine, but will Ihis damage my computer in any
way?
If it isn't broken by now, it is unlikely to break in the future. Generally it isn't a good idea to fiddle about with non-Amiga settings on things like mice and joysticks. Although there aren't any machines that I can think of which would have a vastly different mouse port, there is potential (I don't think that's an intentional pun) there for a connection that would short out the positive and ground connections which could be nasty.
NOSTALGIA TRIP From: lj-slie Stewart, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear.
Before I bought my A600 last Christmas I had a Spectrum +3. As mad as it may sound, I would still like to play some of my old games. I have a Spectrum emulator and some disks of games from a PD company, but I want to play my games. How can I access my original disks?
There is no way of using your 3-inch disks on the Amiga, unless your emulator includes a device driver for a 3-inch drive and the drive itself. The only way to transfer the software is by somehow transferring the tiala from these disks to the Amiga. Theoretically you could do this via a serial link between the two machines, sending the con- tents of the disk from the Speccy as a binary file, but many games have heavy copy protection so this won't be that easy unless you have detailed knowledge of .80 machine code.
Probably your best bet is to get in touch with the people who wrote the emulator and tell them what games you have. Although still strictly copyrighted. Many of the games you have were published by companies that no longer exist, and if you are not going to actually distribute them to anyone else there should be no problem (but don't tell anyone I said that).
IN SYNC From: R Moffat, Coalisland, N Ireland.
I have acquired by various means a PC! VGA monitor which I would very much like to use with my Amiga. Unfortunately the connector is of a type that is much smaller than the Amiga's RGB connector. Is there any way of converting this? Also, I have been told that I won’t be able to use low resolution images with this. Is this true?
If your monitor is VGA-only then it will only sync at the higher screen rates, which basically means you can't use it to display normal low-res screens. But Workbench has a way around this. By using the VGA-only program with Workbench 3, mode pro motion is engaged which attempts to displav all screens in a VGA-compatible signal. This will only work if you can go through Workbench first, though, so many games will not be able to run on a VGA monitor although all your applications software should be fine The connection problem is easy. Commodore produce a convertor for use with the A4000
(although it works on any Amiga) which should be available from any Amiga dealer. Why not try contacting Silica on 081-30!) 1111.
Continued overleaf » LEW SAYS: As you are aware the Amiga1200 has room for only one expansion board in the trapdoor space. The CD-ROM drive we are planning for the A1200 will use this slot.
Therefore other expansion boards cannot be used. The adaptor will contain the Akiko chip and this will fully support all CD32 software, including software which uses the chunky pixel to bitplane hardware in the Akiko.
Please help as I am unsure whether I would be better off selling my A1200 and getting a CD32 instead.
(95) File format not recognised. The LOAD com maud (.hi oiilv I*'
used Kith piopci WION lilcs Nou need to use BI OAD lot other
file txpcs.
((91) File is protected against reading. I he file is read-protected, see below.
(90) Hie is write-protected. I lie writeprotect Hag is set on the
flie on are irxing lo altci Nou can use I’kOlK I from
VinigalK )S to c hange this.
(97) File not opened. Nou must OPT IV OPT N ()( I oi PPI ND a
file tM'torc von t an lead or write data to it.
(98) File type mismatch. You have used a com* mand that will not
accept the data from the i in rent lilt*
(52) Flash declaration error. Their is a mi slake in the stung
wine h defines your T1 AM i ommand
(37) Fonts not examined. Non l»a e lo use GTT T I S In loir
miii ( an use ST I EC ) I.
(94) I ) error. I here is a lead wiilc erroi on voui disk
(31) ITT compression not recognised. The IFF file (hat von are
using lo load is not being recognised.
I i loading (he offending file into Imuxr Pamt and (hen sax mg H out again
(66) Illegal block parameters. Non have imoriccth specified the
paiatnairrs loi a GEI BUM h ot PI I BI ( X k oiniiiand
(23) Illegal function call. Non have entered values whuh arc not
|x.*miisMblc for the particular XMOS t ommand.
(49) Illegal number of colours. Nou air I mug lo use more colour*
(bail you s|x*cilicd with the SCREEN OPEN • ommand
(18) Illegal screen parameter. The minimum s rcen si e is 32 x 8
pixels.
(99) Input too long. Non have tried to input more than 1024 chat
ac lets using IN PI T
(40) Label not defined. Nou haw referred to a laln l which lias
not lx*en corree tlv defined
(5) No ON ERROR PROG before this instruction.
Noil tail oiilx use RT Si Mf alter an ON fRKOK PR()( command
(41) No data after this label. When using the RTSTORT command no
DA I A was found on the line s|x*( died ot am *ul»sef|ticnt
lilies
(93) No disc in drive. (iuess'
(73) No zone defined. Non need to RTSTKYT ONE before you can use
SET ONI
(27) Non dimensioned arrav. Non ate living lo refer to a aiiabl
as ail arrax. Inn it hasn't Ix-cn BUM m m
(92) Not an AmigalNOS disk. Essentiallx the same as a Workbcnch
"not a IX)S disk" message, except with a dillerenl spelling.
(68) Out of Beer. You didn't have enough (•uinncvs at lum hdiuc A
verv serious error
(33) Out of data. You have tried to use the Kf l command mote
times than vou haxe actual data m DA IA statements.
(24) Out of memory. Nour tmga thinks von haxe* run out of memorx
II you ilmik you haven't, tins could In* a result «•!
Garbage Tilling up (he RAM Ihe In'st wax t" get around dm is
In sax mg the piogram. Exiting MOS and then loading up (he
piogram again.
(II) Out of xariable space. Noiinalh theic is Nh se t aside Ini
xaitables, bin this max not Ik1 enough You can increase the*
amount available to xou hx using the ST I BITTER command at
the begin mug of xoui piogiam
(29) Overflow. Noui sum in i«h» big loi an MOS xariable to deal
with.
(9) Program interrupted. I !m isn't rcallx an error, it is just
lo let ou know that xou haxe pressed control ( which halls
the piogram.
(I) Return without Gosub. I he program has come across a RE 11
R . Hut doesn't rcmcutbei evci hax- ing got a (»( Sl B
command
(75) Rainbow not defined. Before irxing to use* a rainbow u best
to set ii up with the ST 1 RAINBOW command first
(6) Resume label not defined. Non haxe specified a label m a
RF-Sl IT statement that doesn't exist
(7) Resume without error. I’nlcss an cum has occurred, theie is
nothing leu the- RTSI MT command to do
(69) Screen alrcadv double-buffered: There in no point using the
IX 1 BI I BITTER more than once on a screen
(47) Screen not opened. Non have tried to access a screen which
vou haxe not vet opened.
(51) Too mans colours in flash. Non c an onlx haxe up to Iti
colourn m .i II ASM command.
.
- i m I
(34) Type mismatch. Non have assigned an illegal value to a
variable
(50) Valid screen numbers range from 0 to 7.
Guess what, you can onh haxe eight w teens open at mu e Mr (»reed'
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SCART ATTACK From: Mark Bradley, Brierley Hill, West Midlands.
I have recently bought a SCART socketed 14-inch TV only to find that it has a non-standard SCART socket so that a standard SCART lead just produces a rolling picture on my screen. Can you tell me the connections that need to be made so that I can make up a cable, because it is very annoying to have to use the UHF output.
I don't really sec the point in a non-standard SCART socket myself. The whole point is that the connections are standardised. Arc you sure that the TV is capable of displaying the signal you are sending? If it uses RGB you are laughing, as this just connects to the 23-way D socket on the back of the Amiga.
Added,. Although the drive had a SCSI interface it was quite slow because it actually contained a modified XT drive.
1 There are two main types of hard drives for the Amiga - SCSI and IDE.
However, it may Ik- that die TV can only accept a composite input, which would mean using the phono socket for composite output which is built in to the modulator. The diagram above shows the correct SG.ART connections for you and everyone else who is always asking about them. Note that this is now version 3 of the diagram. Which includes the composite in and out pins. I have shown both because most SCART to SCART leads swap pins 19 and 20 around, so you may wish to connect your output to pin 19 rather than 20. These pins are also used for the sync signal when using RGB.
MONO VIDEO From: R Beian, Atherstone. Warurickshire.
Following a letter in Amiga Format 50 about transferring graphics on to videotape. I've tried this by connecting a phono lead from the Video Out of the 520 unit to the Video In on my VCR. It works, and the picture is OK, but the colours are a lot duller than they appeared on my monitor.
Also, when the recorded picture is in any mode other than 'play' the picture seems to lose all colour. Would using a genlock dirccdy connected to the Amiga RGB port improve the output, even if I didn't use it to overlay graphics?
The reason you arc losing colour is that the A520 modulator does a fairly pitiful job. If you connected the composite output to a vectorscope you would be horrified. Connecting up the Amiga via a genlock should give a better result, assuming you used a decent genlock. You can get RGB to composite iranscoders to do the job. But they arc expensive. There are replacement modulators for sale but don't buy until you see a review in AF!
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2 SCSI drives have intelligent interfaces which means they rely much less on the host computer to tell them what to do. This means that they are quite fast but also makes the interface a bit more expensive.
3 IDE drives are slower because the host computer's CPU has to do some of the work in reading and writing to the disk. They are cheaper though.
4 The SCSI interface is much more versatile than the IDE. As well as disk drives, various other devices such as magneto-optical disks, tape streamers, scanners and CD drives can be added on to a SCSI bus.
5 In general up to seven SCSI devices can be added to a single SCSI interface, by daisy chaining the devices. Usually only three devices can be added to an IDE interface.
6 The A1200 and A600 both have a built-in IDE interface, which means that you only need to buy an IDE mechanism and the correct cable to add a drive to these machines.
7 The A4000 also has an IDE interface and an IDE drive installed. Commodore have configured the driver for this interface so that it treats the drive as a SCSI device (for better software compatibility) but this does not mean that you can add SCSI devices directly to this interface.
8 The most popular external drive for the A50Q A500* was the GVP HD8e, which was a SCSI drive. This drive also enabled the user to add extra memory.
9 Commodore produced their own hard drive for the A500, which was imaginatively called the A590. This also allowed extra memory to be
• 4 Hard drives can be partitioned, which I I means that although
you may only have one physical device, it can be treated as a
number of different drives by your Amiga. This is very useful
when you have a large disk (otherwise it could take an age to
load directories).
1 Partitioning drives is also useful, especially Mm in the unfortunate event of something nasty going wrong. If a faulty program or unexpected guru incident destroys all the data on one partition, the other partitions will most probably still be useable.
It is a good idea to get some sort of hard disk utility when you get a hard drive. Ami-bsdt Tools or Quarterback Tools are very good.
Data is stored on hard drives in more or less 9 the same way as on floppy disks, except obviously there is a lot more of it. This is where the new filing systems such as FFS and Directory Cache really make a difference.
1 Jl Size is always an issue when it comes to I 4 harddrives. Basically you should get the biggest one you can afford. Show me an Amiga user whose hard drive is less than 80 per cent full, and I'll show you someone who hasn't actually connected it up to their Amiga yet.
1|“ The new SCSI 2 interface will allow data 3 transfer of up to 5.5Mb of information per second - that's nearly six floppies in the less than the blink of an eye.
D J* Although much slower, magneto optical I O devices are favoured by some because they use reasonable cheap removable media - this makes them much cheaper when considering large volumes of storage and also means that you can bung 128Mb in the post!
Most samplers enable you to sample from a one- volt peak-to-peak audio source, such as those found on the ‘line Out' sockets of amplifiers, tape decks and (ID players. You will not be able to connect it directly to a normal microphone - the signal will have to be amplified first.
MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and a MIDI interface for the Amiga will enable you to control external MIDI keyboards and other MIDI devices. It does not actually send or receive any sound data, it just controls information. A MIDI interface is entirely separate from a sound sampler, although Microdeal produce a combined unit.
To the point... MEMORY MADNESS From: Tim Jeimer. Bromley, Kent.
I have recendy purchased a 52Mb GVP hard disk for my 1 Mb A500. I really need some more memory for Dpaint IV and I am looking at the drive's SIMM capacity. My RSL Clock utility tells me dial I have about half as much fast memory as chip memory available, so is the fast memory being used for my extra drive and the hard disk as well, or for the programs I have run at startup ( VirusChecher and RSL Clock)?
I have also noticed that when loading Dpaint the program seems to be loaded into fast memory, but switches to chip memory when the available fast RAM is al about 2K. Docs this mean that Dpaint will utilise extra fast RAM in addition to my present chip memory? Can I install just 1Mb of RAM into the hard disk for now?
Everything ¦ do with your computer uses memory. The drives use memory as a buffer to regulate increases in the speed of data How. The utilities you run obviously use memory as well. There are three types of memory when it comes to programs and devices: chip, fast and public. Public memory is a sort of 'don't care' memory, so when a program requests it AmigaDOS just assigns whichever type of memory it reckons it can do without.
Dpaint likes to use chip RAM for its screens and brushes. It does need some space for the actual program code as well, so it tries lo use fast i What is a macro?
A A macro is a recorded sequence ot commands which are stored by a program for later execution. This can save a lot of time or, with complicated commands, an awful lot of page turning in the manual. Many programs now support macros through the use of an Arexx interface, since Arexx has become an integral part of the Amiga's operating system Can you connect a CD32 to a SCART TV?
A Yes you can But you will need the correct cable which will be one with a SCART cable at one end (obviously) and three phono cables at the other These will connect to the composite video output and the left and right audio channels from the CD32 If your TV is not stereo, don't worry because it will almost certainly have an internal mixer for stereo input.
SAMPLE SOURCES From: Adnan Mussad, Rochdale. Manchester.
I am very keen on music and I am considering getting hold of a sound sampler such as Technosound Turbo. What sort of devices can it be connected to in order to sample sounds? Is a sampler different from a MIDI interface?
Owhen using TurboPrint my virus checker warns me that something is trying to alter my capture vectors. Is this bad?
A No, it's good It means that your virus checker is doing its job properly It also means that TurboPrint is attempting to become memory resident so that all your preferences and the program itself will be available after a warm reset There is nothing to worry about, although you may wish to stop TurboPrint from doing this by toggling the 'Memory Resident' option on the TurboPrint preferences screen. |ust to be sure If your TurboPrint is run at startup there is no real advantage in having it stay in memory after a reset Qwill the CD32 expansion for the A1200 be compatible with other formats
like CD-i. Mac-CD.
CDTV, CD-G and so on?
A Yes and no Treating the device as a standard ISO9660 CD drive, it will be able to access data from any disk which conforms to this standard, including Cds for the PC and the Apple Macintosh. This does not mean that an A1200 will be able to run software intended for these machines, just like being able to access PC disks via CrossDos doesn't mean that you will be able to run PC applications from floppy RAM for this wherever possible, its most other programs will. Virtually every program will lx' able to use extra fast RAM, Inn note that the si e and number of screens available in Dpaint are
controlled by the amount of chip RAM you have.
You don't say which drive you have, but the answer to your SIMM question is most likely to be no. There are addressing difficulties which make it electronically complicated to use odd numbered amounts of memory (although some interfaces can handle I Mb).
THE TICKET FOR LIBRARIES From: Jane DiFlaviani. Stockport. Cheshire.
I am trying to learn ‘C as part of my computer studies course, but I am having a bit of trouble when it comes to using the library functions (it doesn't help matters that the course is designed for PC users). Could you please simply explain to me how I should go about opening and closing an Amiga library ?
However, you can access data via these devices Specific format emulations which will certainly be supported are CD-G. CDTV (although not all software will work) and possibly Photo CD You must understand that machines like the Philip's CD-I run on different processors and different operating systems. The PC can't run Amiga software, the CD i can't run Mac software, and the CD32 can't run CD-i software Oare there any hardware emulators for the A1200?
A Assuming you mean PC emulators, the answer is no.
At least not yet. Some software emulators, such as PC Task reviewed in last month’s issue, will work on the A1200. But there is no trapdoor PC emulator yet.
To be fair, it may be a while before one becomes available as the cost of developing one is so great that such a device could not be sold at a realistic price in this country. The only hope is that some nice American company develops one for their home market and some nice distributor imports it to the UK What is fragmentation?
A When you have a new disk (either a floppy or a hard disk) with nothing on. AmigaDos can save all your files as continuous blocks of data. But when the disk begins to fill up. It may not be possible to find a free sequence of blocks big enough to save a file in. When this happens AmigaDOS will split the file up so that parts of it are in different places on the disk This makes no difference to the information in the file, but it does mean that it will take longer for the data to be read from the disk, as the head has to go backwards and for wards to find all the different blocks.
The chief fragmentation culprits are files which gradually get bigger, like word processing documents, database records and the suchlike Because these files get a bit bigger, they no longer fit in to their original holes, so when the data is saved a little bit will be stored somewhere else.
This soon clutters up the disk and you could notice anything up to a 50 per cent decrease in access speed.
The only solution to this problem is to reorganise your disk space more efficiently. Programs such as ReOrg and Quarterback Tools can 'rationalise' the usage of your disk space and make it work faster again Anything for a DiFlaviani. The most likelv library you will want to use is Intuition (if you are writing nice Amiga friendly code). And here is how you should tlo it: struct IntuitionBase *IntuitionBase ; IntuitionBase = (struct Intuition Base
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PHONE FOR DETAILS Orders Enquiries to:- New Dimensions, Brooklands House. Bryngwyn, Raglan, Gwent NP5 2AA Cheques PO's payable to New Dimensions POSTAGE FREE 13 VISA Tel: 0291 690933 Pirates! There's not a day when we don't get a handful of letters taking one side or other of the great copied software debate! But recently there has been a change in the tone of these letters.
Whereas once they were all of the "games are too expensive so it is all right to pirate" variety. We are now getting a lot of letters from ex-pirates who have changed their ways. We salute each and every one of you.
Our attitude to piracy isn’t a goody-goody sanctimonious one.
We don't disagree with piracy because we’re stringent law abiders. Nor do we disdain pirates because we think games don't cost too much. We just want piracy to stop because it seriously threatens the production of future games on the Amiga. We don’t want to see all the best programmers developing for the PC or the Japanese consoles.
We do think games cost too much, and wc'U continue to encourage the production of better and cheaper games, but prices will only come down if piracy stops!
So well done to all you expirates. You have taken a difficult decision, but we think you have made the right choice. The more of you who stop, the more we will be able to say to the games industry: “We Amiga owners have done our bit, now it’s time for you to do yours!"
Cheaper games can be ours, but only if we put piracy to death.
SHOOT IT UP etters A WORD FROM THE ED Have your say! Make your point! Get heard! If you feel a need to share your point of view with other Amiga users, or you just have something witty to say, then write to: Letters to the Editor, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA12BW.
OK. OK. So ' ml. Rainbow Islands and Putty are all wonderful games to play.
And History Fine and Civilization and so on are all very niind-nuntbingly technical (well, for me anyway). Bui I'm going out of my mind trying to remember the name of, and eventually find, a very popular Eighties arcade game which is very similar to Insertoids 2.
You start off with three spaceships built on top of one another, and as you lose your lives, you lose a ship.
.After three or four rounds of blasting purple and yellow aliens, you have to dock your ship within a lime limit. I even remember the diddly little tune, but unfortunately I can't hunt it on to paper.
I've bought nearly every I’D classic Space Invader game, everything ending in an -oid. Stuck them in my disk drive and drooled with anticipation over my keyboard... only to lie confronted with yet another slow moving blaster.
Does anyone remember this arcade wonder? What is it called?
And can 1 get it for ther Amiga?
Michelle Keen, Somewhere As repositories of vast amounts of tedious and usually useless computer trivia, it gives us great pleasure to have a use for this particular piece of info. The game you remember, and which took so many of our team s I Op pieces before the invention of Defender was... Mooncrcster.
As for good I'It versions, does anyone know of one, or even have one ?
BRUTAL I too am an addic t ol ) Mascis' brutal guitar melodies. But no matter how good the hardware, the software or the user, you can't create music like The Velvet Underground, Jesus and Man- Chain. Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr using computers.
Rob S, Benfleet Is that true? What about Young Cods?
IS IT FREE?
1 am writing to complain about the 'free' disk you put on the cover of Amiga Format. Firstly the disk is not free, as magazines of comparable content relating to xidco. Audio cars and so on only cost around £2, Whereas Amiga Format is well ox'er £3.
I think that you should make the magazine available, if only by subscription. Without the disk at a lower price. In that case I would probably subscribe.
C D King, Cambridge Did we ever say the Coverdisks were free?
I think not. (Please pedants, don't write in and inform us about the one time we slipped up, the disks cost, and we're aware of that). Those disks cost you almost Cl each. Which is why we pack them with the best game demos, and the most useful full programs and utilities.
Since much of the magazine is devoted lo covering things which are on the disk, and we intend to increase this integration. Removing the disks would render much of the magazine redundant. Sorry, the disks slay.
DIGITAL PIX I buv vour magazine everv month, and have noticed a couple of advertisers selling digitisers and scanners.
I planned to purchase one or the other, but wasn't sure which one I should go for.
Then an idea struck me.
Conventional cameras store images in memory, then convert them to film. But what if the storage was on disk? For example, you take a photograph and the image is then stored as an IFF on a standard floppy disk.
This would require cameras to be built slightly differently, with an extra flat surface which could hold around five 3.5-inch disks. Fhe camera could include an option of how to save the image: hi res, HAM. 256 colours, and so on. Owning a camera like this would be like having a cross between a scanner and a digitiser, but would be cheaper than either.
Do you think this theory would work in practice? I would like to see vour views on this idea.
Daniel White, Walsall Your idea would work. We know that because Sikon. Hasselhlad and Canon have all got working electronic imaging systems on sale right now. The chances are, though, that the more compact Mini Disc will he used for storage rather than a conventional J. 5-inch disk, because it offers far more rapacity. These cameras don V save as IFF. Because that would limit them just to Amiga usage. They will store in a 24-hit image format.
Continued overleaf » Got a picture you're proud of? Send it in, see it in print and win an Amiga Format binder! Since Letters is where you get to contribute your words, we thought it would be the perfect place to see your pictures on display too.
The best image each month will win a huge (and we're talking big) poster printout, courtesy of Max Graphics of Cardiff - worth a massive £80. Send your entries on a floppy disk to The Gallery, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
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They offer a full range of Amiga output services, including their Colossal Colour system which can print images right up to poster size.
NOVEMBER 1993 READERS' LETTERS SHORT? YES! BUT SWEET?
I am very interested in the new Amiga CD32. A CD-ROM drive for the A1200 will hopefully follow shortly. Will it be able to use Cds that make use of the graphics conversion chip and the special joypads? If it plugs into the CPU slot will it be compatible with existing FPU RAM boards?
Mick Davis.
Wolverhampton We are lead to believe that the forthcoming A1200 CD drive will be able to run all CD33 software.
It doesn't seem likely that it will allow the use of accelerator RAM boards at the same time, though.
What A1200 package should I buy if I’ll be using it for desktop publishing as well as games?
I will also need a hard drive - what capacity should I get?
Dave Goodwin, Argyll The new Desktop Dynamite bundle is the best At200 package to buy. The Wordworth program included in that bundle is adequate for most people's DTP requirements. We recommend at least 40Mb hard drive, preferably bigger. If you are using lots of different programs or lots of graphics, you may need a 120Mb or even bigger.
I cannot find Getting the Most Out of Your Amiga 199314 in any newsagent - please tell me where I can get a copy.
Steven Thomas, Painswick Turn to page 200 of this issue immediately.
Will there be an A1400 by the end of the year? Commodore seem to be putting all their efforts into CD32, so will it be longer in coming?
Wein Berg, Sweden The A1400 rumour seems to have been completely unfounded.
Commodore International are always assessing the viability of different Amiga set-ups, they obviously didn't think the rumoured A1400 was a marketable option.
There is no such place in Scotland as Irving, it's Irvine.
Graeme McNab, Scotland.
Sorry.
In a CD32 special report on page 17 AF50, you say CD32 only has one competitor - Sega Mega CD, and that CD-i is a joke. Surely CD32 has two competitors?
Frank Mutsaers, Utrecht Yes, but only one of them is actually selling in any quantities.
Are you planning to give us a tweak for Coverdisk 51b Skidmarks so that we can actually play it?
Adrian Ball, Paignton, Devon Send your disk to Discopy Labs.
Units 2 & 3, Omega Technical Centre, Drayton Fields. Daventry, Northants NN11 SRT, and they will send you a working copy.
Please tell me how I can get hold of the full versions of two of your latest Coverdisk games - Stardust and Skidmarks.
Alex Palmer, Felixstowe Both games will be on sale through the normal retail outlets shortly. Look out for full reviews of them in Amiga Format.
I am what you would call a "Trekie". Could include more Trek stuff in your magazine, or on your Coverdisk.
Wayne Thorose, Edgeware Most of us here at Amiga Format are big Star Trek fans, so we try to include a Star Trek element wherever we can legitimately do so. But remember that the Star Trek ships and characters are all the copyright of Paramount and we cannot Just use them where and when we like.
I also read Total! Because I have a Game Boy - your addresses are the same. Why is this?
David Khayat, Hove Amiga Format and Total! Are both from Future Publishing.
AF IS CRAP!... For a number of years I have been a regular buyer and avid fan of Amiga Formal, and as such I was interested to read that the layout and formal of your magazine was to change. Thus I looked forward lo opening the magazine. My interest turned to dismay when I (licked through the pages.
First appearances can be deceiving. I thought, so I began to read in detail. The design of the games pages was terrible. There is no need to make the magazine into a Sega Power done I am capable of reading the review in full, and the summarv notes in the box at the bottom of the page its I have always done. I can cope with descriptions more words than 'funky' and ’fearful'.
Also in the reviews I noticed four maps of my number keys at the bottom of the page. How thoughtful I said to myself, if I ever lose any of the keys these will help me locate them.
Of course. I could always use the age- old technique of (inding them that I have always used. For example when looking for the key 1 I usually find it between A and : . However. I thought perhaps they represent a 1 to 1(1 rating for that facet of the game. But no. I decided that would be too condescending. F.VF'.N Amiga Format wouldn't sloop that low.
Amiga users in general are not the mindless couch potatoes who use Segas or Nintendos. Indeed most are intelligent, thoughtful, and can read pages with more than one column of text. Furthermore, is there really a necessity to ruin the clean, crisp pages readers have become used to by cluttering them with fancy, mock- pixelised borders:' I hope you take my views to heart and I look forward lo a complete reversal to the previous layout.
Lames Reay, Brampton.
Don ‘I liohl iiur breath, fames.
...NO IT ISN'T 1 love ill Issue til is delinitelv a change for the better. The colour- coded pages are ingenius, and the new games scores are much easier to understand at a glance. Congratulations to your new Art Fd. Keep up the good work. I was also pleased to see the return of the second Coverdisk. It's nice to see that in this dav and age. A magazine takes notice of what its readers want.
Matthew Noble, Eastwood.
I started reading .( ‘ back in the good old days, tilt it must have been about issue 25. And I've got every one since.
Bark then the magazine was perfect.
Recently, however, you were falling apart, and over the last few months I was beginning to think that I was spending my precious pennies from lovaltv alone, l ife was so dreary and even thing seemed pointless.
Then I saw .1 51. Wowwwwww! It was like all those adverts where every- thing becomes colourful after you trv a certain product. Firstlv, back to two disks again, hurrah! And articles like Fear, Loathing and Blitz'. Marcus ought to get a medal for that, keep up that soi l ol editorial standard!
No mag is perfect any more, but if you'd just set aside one double page a month lot sprockets readers like myself, covering on a revolving Basic.
(!. Assemble! And Conims (or similar subjects), you would surpass even your former glory.
J Levello, Ringwood Will, what ran nr say but thanks to you, ami tlw hundreds of other readers who wrote in with that kind of praise. U'e usually edit the nire hits out of letters, to sane spare and to not bore you by being self congratulatory. Hut just this once we thought ued let you know that we ‘ve heard what you'it said about the new look Format, and well keep trying lo make it e’en better.
BLONDIE Picture this: An A4000 030 with a 40Mhz processor. 4Mb of RAM and a £800 price tag. A machine with this spec would Ik- very competitive with Pcs and Macs, and offer existing Amiga owners a sensible and enticing alternative to upgrading their current machine with third party hardware.
You see. I was planning to get an A4000, 030. But have noticed that for the same money I can buv an AI200 with an 80Mb III) and a GYP 1230 accelerator fitted with a 40Mhz 68030. 40Mhz FPU and I Ml) of RAM for £200 less. This leaves me in the dilemma of wondering just how much I reallv value the expansion capabilities of the A4000.
The A4000 set-up I ilescribed original!) Would leave me in no douht what to bttv. (ionsequentlv most of mv mono would end up in Commodore's coders, rather than with third party companies.
I'm sure manv users have already gone down this route, so surely it is time for Commodore lo wake up, break the habit of a lifetime, and linallv oder us a competitively priced high-end Amiga!
Cavin Rummery, Cambridge We agree with you. you don 7 need the I'C or Imro slots for anything, an accelerated A1200 is a faster, cheaper machine than an A4 XH) 030. And it really shouldn T he the case. (AV tor whoever rlsrl ran glue m a -ItlMhz 040 with 4Mb oj Il: . l and an 11*1 far around £500, Commodore should have been able to build it in as original sjm for considerably less. So while we don j see Ibis model selling for your £800. It would hove been a good spec for the A 4000 0 40 at its current prtce mint.
TWINS I have found a separaled-at-birlh couple. I think Duncan Idaho (Spice controller from Dune 2) is brother of Norman Lamont.
Toni Orlando, Oxon.
Could it he true? And wouldn ’I it he nice if Xorm went lo visit his long lost brother on ArraMis... and never came bark?
I AM A RETARD I am writing in ( join in your piracy- debate. I agree that programmers do months of work on their games and deserve money for it. But I have 130 games and around 100 of them are pirated. So if it wasn't for pirates I'd hardlv have am fun on my Amiga 500+ at all. So long live pirates.
C J Mason, Great Barr, Birmingham You are scum. If we didn 7 have a alley a I tint sweating in print at scrofulous arrogant little dweebs likf you. I would tell you to... as it is I just hope you get nm oner by a bus.
You may be having fun with your Amiga 500* now. But if you continue to behave in the same conceited, self-obsessed manner that you currently are. Their will be no new games in development fot the Amiga in less than tuni years ’ time.
PICK UP A BOOK I have noticed an error in issue 51 ol Amiga Format. It is said on page six that on the Second Samurai (ioverdisk the books are just for decoration, and that they will mean something in the final game. Wrong!!! As well as being able to fire daggers, once selected there are a number of other weapons at the Samurai's disposal.
The light orange lx ok can activate a sword for Mr Samurai if the joystick button is held down while it is selected. You can onlv hold one orange lxx k at a time, so if you don't activate one. You can't pick up another. The brown book is magic and is also activated by holding down the joystick button. This makes the whole demo a lot easier, hut more enjovable too.
Neil Clark, Folkestone We always knew that books expanded the mind. But we obviously uteren 7 aware of then other abilities. Well spotted, and enjoy an Amiga Formal F-Shnt and Pin Uadge.
MANCA MANIA 1 am a Manga fan. Ami I heard thal Akirn is coining out on (!D . Is ii coming out lor lire A500?
Some ol mv friends are bragging about their new games like Mortal Knmbat. Yet if I mention any new games, they say it's coming out on their console soon! Why can't we home computer owners keep our Continued overleaf m THE MAN AT THE TOP Keen to increase communication between The Big c and the Amiga community, Commodore UK’s General Manager David Pleasance will be replying to your letters personally on a monthly basis.
More care for Commodore customers I have been a customer with Commodore since the launch of the Vic 20, and an Amiga owner since the A1000 - my commitment to Commodore is total. However, as far as their customer service is concerned Commodore need to learn a few lessons from other firms.
I have now been waiting seven weeks for a repair to my Amiga 4000 030. The first repair was only half completed because Commodore had not supplied Wang with all the requested parts. And the repair only lasted two hours before the machine crashed again.
I have contacted both Commodore and Wang over 20 times with no result. I have also written to David Pleasance, but have received no reply. I am aware of the amount of faults on the A4000, but I don't feel that this is good enough reason for this type of delay.
Stephen Bennett, Dudley, West Midlands Thank you for being such a loyal and longstanding Commodore user.
May I apologise for not replying to your letter, but I have never received it. Whether it has been mislaid in the post, or at Commodore, I cannot say. Needless to say if you forward a copy of this letter to me it will receive my immediate and personal attention.
There have been problems on delays in repairing Amiga 4000s due to a shortage in spare parts. However, this has now been remedied. I have asked for a full report of your case from Wang which is being forwarded fo our technical support manager. If you could contact him. He has been fully briefed and will ensure that your situation is quickly and satisfactorily resolved.
Hungry for AGA chipset details I am a strong supporter of the Amiga and would love to contribute to its continuing success. I have been involved with games software development since 1983 and yet now this new wonder machine (AGA chipset) Is inaccessible. The AGA chipset has been out for over a year and yet there is still no hardware reference manual. I am aware of the Developer Support program, but this does not cater for games programmers and as such will impede the success of the machines.
To maximise the capabilities of the new machines it is necessary to directly access the chip registers. Is it once again going to be left to the programmers hacking operating system routines to find out how to create 256 colour screens bigger sprites, and so on?
Please can Commodore provide us with accurate information on how to utilise the new facility of the AGA chipset - this would also mean games will be compatible with future Amiga developments.
L J Willis, Oxon Up until now it was not possible to get the AGA chipset documentation as they were treated as confidential. But our R & D Centre have now released them to us in the UK. The developer's program does cater for games programmers with every major publisher as members. This is the only way to obtain this technical information, so I recommend that you subscribe. One additional word - programmers who directly access the chip registers in their guest for 'the best' can cause compatibility problems when operating system revisions occur.
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Classics to ouixclves so we've got something lo brag about?
Workbench 3 owners have Allcxx.
Is there am wav I can convert Workbench 1.3 to use thisr Do von know where I can get (om '.V- M A Mundell, Deeside Akira will he oul in hoth Cl) anil floppy Amiga versions this 'Christmas snivel'.
That means that it might not make Ihe shofis before December 25th. But it will certainly be on sale before you 've spent all your Christmas money.
Morial Kombal will he oul on the Amiga soon, so don't let your friends get you down. The reason ‘our' characters come out on other formats is that the companies who create them need to sell lots of copies their games in order to make a profit. And obviously, the companies sell more games if they make them available to more formats.
So you will get the same games on your Amiga that your friends have on their consoles (with the excefilion of Sonic and Mario, who actually belong to Sega and Nintendo). Try asking your friends when Real 3D. Oi PageStream 3 will be out for their sad and pathetic consoles.
Arexx comes free with Workbench 3, but it will work with your Amiga without modification, just buy yourself a cofry.
We've been trying to get hold of a ropy of Gem'X ourselves for i uite a while now. Maybe there are some readers who know where there are some ?
EAGER TO WIN Hi. My name is Daryl Booth, you may recall that name, cos I’m the guv who entered your A4000 comp 78 times.
My wrist was sore and aching (no silly comments please), my tongue was dry after all that stamp licking, my trainers were bald after all the trips to the post box. Imagine my horror when I then read in AT that there were several possible answers to some of the questions.
Now I know that this was beyond your control. But please tty to picture me. Waiting patiently for four and a half weeks, having spent loads of time drawing pretty patterns on all my entries, and you didn’t even print the competition answers to satisfy my overwhelming curiosity. Please, please print the answers.
Daryl ‘I made them change the rules to one entry per person' Booth, Ramsgate What an oversight on our part. Here are the Q and As: cd32s all round... These are the lucky winners of our 'A CD for me' competition. All of whom will receive an Amiga CD32 console.
D Lloyd of Anglesey. Steven Harrison of Haxby, T Woodrow of Norwich. Mark
1. What is the A4000 030 list price?
IIV accepted Cl.099 and Cl.080.
2. What is the standard RAM?
At the time it was 4Mb
3. What is the 4000 030's CPU?
VVV took the number 68030 and the letters EC in any order.
4. What is its clock speed?
25Mhz
5. What HD interface does it have?
IDE, we accepted Intelligent or Integrated Drive Electronics.
6. How many Zorro 3 slots?
Four.
7. What does AGA stand for?
Advanced Graphics Architecture. Ilf you said Array you were thinking of Pcs)
8. How many colours can HAMS mode display?
We accepted 256,000 or 262,000 or
262. 144.
9. Dhrystone test speed advantage over the Aim.
Due to Richard's extreme stupidity (he didn't print the required information, even though hr formulated the question) we accepted anything. Yes anything.
10. Who is the Managing Director of Commodore UK?
Due to the timing of this question we accepted Colin Proudfoot. Kelly Sumner, or David Pleasance. We did not accept Steve Franklin.
And you are partly righl Daryl, it was you and the other multiple entrants lo the A4000 competition, who made us change the rules. Commiserations for not winning, but why not give last month Blitz Hash competition a go? There are two A4000 030s up for grabs.
US GONE I have recently seen Day of Ihe Tentacle. L.ucasArts' latest PC release, and it is outstanding. Now I know that it can be ported to the Amiga much easier since the release of the wonderful A1200. So these are my questions: Are l.ucasArts dropping the Amiga? Does Amiga Format have any muscle power it can use to persuade l.ucasArts to continue to make Amiga games?
Nick Pierce, Weston-S-Mare
l. ucasArts have stopped supporting the Amiga, due largely to the
Migs failure as a games machine in the USA. US Gold, the UK
suppliers of LueasArts' products could obtain Ihe rights to
convert them for the Amiga. If you would like to see
l. ucasArts' programs on the Amiga, write and tell Bridgett Hirst
at: US Gold, Units 2-3, Holford Way, Holford, Birmingham B6
7AX.
Westley of Newmarket and Mark Pezzotta of Warrington.
Congratulations to all you lucky winners. Your Amiga CD32s will be in the post very, very soon.
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