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Remember the advertisement that proclaimed 'another computer' a Christmas Cracker, and the ST and Amiga a pair of Turkeys? Which of those three do you think had the cracking Christmas? If we tell you that the Amiga 1200 sold in excess of 160.000 units, and that the Amiga CD32 has found its way into over 70,(MM) UK homes by now, we’re sure you can work it out for yourselves. Sales of the CD12 will have far exceeded those of Sega's Mega Seedy, but to ram the point home Commodore placed their Sega-knocking ad right where it would hit hardest. The hoarding in front of Sega’s headquarters on Cromwell Road, London, is one of the highest-visibilily poster sights in the entire country. And the wording of Commodore's ad: "To be this good will take Sega ages” must have brought a thrill to the employees of Sega UK as they entered PIRACY CRACKDOWN CONTINUES If you thought this was good... Then you're in for something even better! If you were one of those lucky 70,000 people who awoke on Christmas morning to find a CD32 under the tree, you'll be anxious to know where you can get the latest and most reliable news, reviews and previews of games for your stunning new machine. One answer is Amiga Format of course, but we can't afford to devote too much of the mag to CD32 and games because we have all that rivetting serious stuff to deal with as well. The magazine called Amiga CD which you may have got a pilot issue of free with the CD32 has folded before it ever reached its official first issue. But worry not! Get to a newsagent in the first week of April and your prayers will be answered. Issue one of Amiga Formats own CD32 mag will be hitting the shelves about then. The name's a secret right now, but it will be revealed next month in Amiga Format and Amiga Power. But the content is no secret. We'll have reviews of every CD32 game released by the on-sale date, plus previews of all the ones in development. We'll have features on Full Motion Video and the type of superb 256-colour 3D ray-traced games you can expect to see on CD.

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Delivery next day £5.00 2-3 days 12.50 Saturdiy 110.00 deliveries are subject to stock availability (Ti Screenplay 39 Commodore's cracking Christmas 16 The Amiga has had an extremely positive reaction over the Xmas period.
Jwm FMV arrives The digital video unit for the CD32 is available, at last!
_Amiga Format announce a new magazine 18 cd32 is a success and that's So we don t ave to eeP devoting all the mag to CD32... a new magazine!
Official.
Eviews 16-Bit sound cards Straight to disk recording, 16-bit sampling. It's all here.
Disk Expander 114 Store more information on your drive than you have room for.
Emplant 3.4 114 Colour Macintosh emulation for those without MMUs.
TrapFax Use your Amiga to send and receive faxes.
Rainbow 3 118 Make your Amiga display in seven colours. Surely some mistake?
TypeSmith 2 120 If you're bored with the fonts you've got, make your own.
Designer Objects 1 - The Diner 123 Like having the Holodeck in your Amiga.
Upper Disk Tools 125 Recover things you threw away by mistake, repair impaired disks.
Playmation 126 A look at a program which takes a different approach to 3D work. Display in red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet. Plus more. P 118 ProText 6 128 A look at Amiga Format's choice of text basher.
Tutorials Workbench and Shell 158 Part two: hard and floppy disks, and how they work.
Blitz Basic 2 162 More explanation of the Blitz Basic command set.
Imagine 2.0 166 We get to grips with Imagine's powerful 3D animation functions.
116 Faxes. Wonderful things. Send and receive them with TrapFax. P 116 Nick built this bar in his Amiga, but it is too virtual for us to get in to. P 123 107 133 140 144 151 169 177 THIS MONTH IN... AMIGA FORMAT egulars The Jeff Walker Column Public Domain Back Issues Subscriptions Mail Order Workbench Letters Next month Playmation gives 3D modelling smooth curves and plastic modelling. P 126 AMIGA Better by design!
FORMAT Congratulations. By purchasing this copy of Amiga Format, you've made a wise decision.
You've got yourself a magazine written by Amiga enthusiasts, for Amiga enthusiasts.
The staff of Amiga Format are here to earn a living, sure. But we're also here because we enjoy using Amiga computers, and want to enhance everyone else's enjoyment of them too.
But this is no ordinary Amiga magazine. This is the mag that the computer industry has voted their favourite magazine, and the top magazine in aiding stocking decisions (what they sell, not which tights they wear) for the last four years running. We're also the magazine that Commodore choose to bung in the box with the Amiga. Not because we always say what they like (we don't) but because we always do our best to give Amiga owners good, and trustworthy advice.
Does EA's Labyrinth of Time CD32 gameplay as good as it looks? Find out on... - page 62 How would you 1 really should make some comment about boldly going where no review has gone before... page 84 Dangerous Streets 74 Assassin Special Edition 76 Snapperazzi 76 Campaign 2 78 Star Trek - 25th Anniversary 84 Oscar 85 Cool Spot 86 Re-releases 90 Silly Putty • Striker • PowerMonger • Speedball 2 • Streetfighter 2 • Premier Division • James Pond 2 - Robocod • Black Crypt • Space Crusade Gamebusters 97 D £250?
We all play that game now and then. You know the one. Where you imagine you have loads of money, then you sit back and enjoy thinking about what you'd spend it on.
We turned fantasy into reality for two Amiga Format readers.
Discover what they chose to do with our money on... page 24 Your chance to Wll l!
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Page 27 page 46 A CD32 and a great telly to play it on.
He's red, he's round, he walks along the ground. And he shoots crabs. He's Cool Spot. Page 86 AMIGAS On Line For many, the world of comms is a confusing concept.
Richard Baguley tries to help you navigate the world of modems, BBS and Bauds. Page 31 FOR LOADING INSTRUCTIONS SEE PAGE 9 WORDWORTH PAGE 9 FRACTALPRO PAGE 10 This month's disks are packed with programs. FractalPro is a complete program designed to enable you to create those fabulous coloured 'Mandelbrot' pictures that are used on so many rave posters.
Wordworth 3 is a demo of the latest version of one of the Amiga's most popular programs. The full ver- TORNADO PAGE 12 TOADO PAGE 13 On this month Coverdisks sion spans five disks, so this demo misses out some of the old features to show you some of the exciting new ones.
Tornado is the latest flight sim from Digital Integration. This demo gives you a taste of what it's like to skim the tree- tops in several million quids worth of jet powered death machine.
Toado. Well... it's Frogger, innit!
FractalPro 6? Then turn to page 122 for a great offer.
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I. C.F.T.D *ANTS
14. 99 PREMIERE
11. 99 INTL RUGBY
7. 99 PREMIER MGR
9. 99 KNIGHTS OF THE SKY LINKS (GOLF)
12. 99 12.99 S OF MONKEY ISL
12. 99 DOGFIGHT
22. 99
10. 49 SHADOWORLDS
8. 99 MICROPROSE GOLF SUPER TETRIS
12. 99 9.99 ELITE HOOK SLEEPWALKER
12. 99 POOLS OF DARKNESS
9. 99 ULTIMA 5
9. 49 MASTER ? CHAOS
13. 99 LEMMINGS
12. 49 SPACE HULK
22. 99
12. 99
11. 49 ’ DUNE 2 • BATTLE FOR ARRAKIS (1 MEG)20 49 OUNGEON MASTER
& CHAOS STRIKES BACK 1 MEG) 13.99 OYNA
BLASTERS .. 20.49 ELITE
...12.99 ELITE 2
(FRONTIER) (1 MEG) 19.99 EPIC (1 MEG)
...... 19.99 ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE
ROBOT MONSTERS (N012) ..... 7 99 . EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS
(1 MEG) 17.99 ; EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (SSI) (1 MEG) 13.99 EYE
OF THE BEHOLDER 2 (1 MEG) .....24.49 i F1 (DOMARK) (1
MEG) ......17.99 F117A STEALTH FIGHTER 2.0(1
MEG) 22.99 F15 STRIKE EAGLE 2 (1 MEG) 12 49 'F17CHALLENGE
.....10.49 F19 STEALTH FIGHTER (NOP)
7 99 F29 RETALIATOR (1 MEG)* ..10.49 FABLES A
FIENDS - LEGEND OF KYRANDIA (N012) (1 MEG) 23.99 FACE OFF ICE
HOCKEY (N012) 9 49 FANTASTIC WORLOS (REALMS. PIRATES. MEGA LO
MANIA.
POPULOUS. WONDERLAND) (1 MEG) (N012) .23.49 FIRST DIVISION MANAGER .....7 99 MAGICIAN S CASTLE (1 MEG) MAGICLAND DIZZY ...7.99 MANCHESTER UNITED ......9.49 MANCHESTER UNITED EUROPE .9.49 MANIAC MANSION (N012) 10.49 MICRO MACHINES .16.99 MICROPROSE 3D GOLF (1 MEG) 12.99 MIDWINTER (N012) ..10 49 MIG 29(1 MEG) ....10.49 MONOPOLY 18.49 MORTAL KOMBAT (1 MEG) ....20.49 MR NUTZ(A1200 VERSION) .....19.49
NEW ZEALAND STORY (N012) .....7.99 NICK FALDO S GOLF .....22.49 NICKY BOOM 2 19.49 NIGEL MANSELL S WORLD CHAMP SHIP (1 MEG) ..8.99 NIGEL MANSELL S WORLD CHAMP SHIP (A1200 VERSION) 18 49 NIPPON SAFES (1 MEG) .. 20.49 NO SECOND PRIZE 16 99 ONE STEP BEYOND (1 MEG) 14 99 OPERATION STEALTH (N012) ....11.49 OPERATION WOLF (N012) ...7.99 OVERDRIVE (1 MEG) ...16 99 PANG ..7.99 PANZA KICK BOXING (N012) .8 99 PARASOL
STARS ...8.99 PATRICIAN (1 MEG) 20 49 PERIHELION (1 MEG) ... 20 49 PGA TOUR GOLF . COURSES .....19.99 PGA TOUR GOLF COURSE DISK 11 99 PINBALL DOUBLE PACK (PINBALL DREAMS & FANTASIES) (1 MEOl 21.49 PINBALL DREAMS (1 MEG) ... 13.49 PINBALL FANTASIES 18.49 PIRATES (NOP) ......10.49 PITFIGHTER 7.99 POOLS OF DARKNESS .....9 99 POPULOUS & PROMISED LANDS (N012) 10.49 POPULOUS 6 SIM CITY ...17.49 POPULOUS 2(1 MEG) .
CHALLENGE DATA DISK ..22.49 POPULOUS 2 CHALLENGE DATA DISK(T MEG) .12.49 POWER UP (CHASE H O TURRICAN. X-OUT.
ALTERED BEAST. RAINBOW ISLANDS)!4.49 PREMIER MANAGER (1 MEG) ......9 99 PREMIER MANAGER 2(1 MEG) 16.49 PREMIERE (1 MEG) .....11.99 PRIME MOVER .17.99 PRINCE OF PERSIA (1 MEG) 7.99 PRO TENNIS TOUR 2 ...12 49 PROJECT X (SPECIAL EDITION) (1 MEG) 10.49 PUGGSY (1 MEG) ...20.49 PUSH OVER (1 MEG) ......17.49 QUEST & GLORY (BLOODWYCH.
MIDWINTER. CADAVER. BAT) (N012) 13.49 QUESTRON 2 (SSI) (N012) .5.49 OWAK .....9.99 R-TYPE (N012) ..7.99 RAILROAD TYCOON (1 MEG) .14.49 RAINBOW COLLECTION (BUBBLE BOBBLE. RAINBOW ISLANDS.
NEW ZEALAND STORY) (NOP) 9 99 RALLY (1 MEG) ....20.49 RAVING MAD (MEGA TWINS. JAMES POND 2 • ROBOCOD. RODLAND) ..1149 REACH FOR THE SKIES 20.49 RICK DANGEROUS (N012) 7.99 ROAD RASH ....17 99 ROBIN HOOD LEGEND QUEST ...7.99 ROBOCOD AEG (A1200 VERSION) 19.49 ROBOCOP 2 ’99 ROBOCOP 3 (N012) 13.49 ROLLING RONNY (N012) ...9.49 RORKE S DRIFT 8 99 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 2 ....21.49 RYDER CUP 18.49 RYDER CUP (A12O0 VERSION) 18 49 SABRE TEAM ....11.99
SCRABBLE (US GOLO) ...19 49 SECOND SAMURAI (1 MEG) 20.49 SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND (1 MEG) 12.99 SECRET OF MONKEY ISLANO 2 (1 MEG) 24.49 SENSIBLE SOCCER ( 92 93 SEASON) 12 49 SHADOW OF THE BEAST 2 (WITH T-SHIRT) 9.49 SHAOOW OF THE BEAST 3 19 99 SHADOWLANDS . 9 49 SHADOWORLDS (N012) ...8 99 SHUTTLE (1 MEG) .17 49 STEVE DAVIS SNOOKER ....10 49 STORM MASTER ....10 49 STREETFIGHTER 2 ......10.99 STRIKER (1 MEG) .. 8 99 STUNT CAR RACER
(N012) .7 99 SUPER CARS (N012) ......7.49 SUPER CARS 2 (NOP) ....9 49 SUPER FROG (1 MEG) ..16 99 SUPER HANG ON ...7.99 SUPERHERO 19.99 SUPER SPACE INVADERS ......9 49 SUPER TETRIS 9.99 SWITCHBLADE 2 (N012) ...9 49 SWIV(NOP) ..8.99 SYNDICATE (1 MEG) ....22.49 T2 (COIN OP) (1 MEG) ...20.49 TERMINATOR 2 ....20.99 TFX (A1200
VERSION) ....22.99 THE BLUE & THE GREY (1 MEG) 18.99 THE LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM 1 (20 CLASSIC INFOCOM TEXT ADVENTURES) (N012) 18.99 THE SETTLERS .23.49 THEATRE OF DEATH ..20.49 THUNDERHAWK ...8.99 TITUS THE FOX ......9.49 TORNADO (1 MEG) .21.49 TRANSARCTICA .. 18.49 TROJAN • ALIEX (LIGHT PHAZEfi GAME) 7.49 TROJAN - CYBER ASSAULT (LIGHT PHAZER GAME) ...7.49 TROJAN • FIRESTAR (LIGHT PHAZER GAME) ...7.49 TROJAN
- THE ENFORCER (LIGHT PHAZER GAME) .7.49 TURRICAN 7.99 TURRICAN 2 .. 7 99 TURRICAN 3 (1 MEG) ...17.99 TV SPORTS FOOTBALL (N012) 6.49 ULTIMA 5(N012) 9.49 URIDIUM2(1 MEG)* ....17.99 UTOPIA - DATA DISK ....11.99 VIKINGS - HELD OF CONQUEST (1 MEG) 11 49 VROOM (N012) .. 13.49 WALKER 19.99 WAR IN THE GULF ..19 99 WARZONE*
...8.99 WHEELS OF FIRE (HARD ORIVIN . POWERDRIFT, CHASE H.O. TURBO OUTRUN) (N012) 13 49 WHEN TWO WORLDS WAR (1 MEG) .21.49 V ING COMMANDER 1 (1 MEG) .....8 99 WIZNUZ ..20.49 WIZ-KID ...17.49 WONOEROOG ...16 99 WOODY S WORLD ..17 99 WWF WRESTLING (N012) 9 99 WWF WRESTLING 2(1 MEG) .17.49 XENON 2 MEGABLAST ..8.49 XMAS LEMMINGS .14.49 YOJOE’
20.99 ZAK MCKRACKEN (N012) .10.49 ZOOL (1 MEG) .10.49 ZOOL (A1200 VERSION) 18 49 ZOOL 2(1 MEG) 16.99 AMIGA EDUATIONAL ADI ENGLISH (11-12 YRS) ......16 99 ADI FRENCH (12-13 YRS) ....16 99 ADI FRENCH (13-14 YRS) 16 99 ADI JUNIOR COUNTING (6-7 YRS) 14 49 ADI JUNIOR READING (4-5 YRSl 14 49 ADI JUNIOR READING (6-7 YRS) 14.49 ADI MATHS (11-12 YRS) ..16 99 ADI MATHS (12-13 YRS) 16 99 ADI MATHS (13-14 YRS) 16 99 AMOS EASY (FIRST STEPS TO
PROGRAMMING) ...22.49 FUN SCHOOL 2 (2-6) ..8.49 FUN SCHOOL 2 (6-8) ...... 8 49 FUN SCHOOL 3 (2-5 YRS) 14 49 FUN SCHOOL 3 (5-7 YRS) . 14 49 FUN SCHOOL 3 (7. YRS) 14.49 FUN SCHOOL 4 (2-5 YRS) 16.49 FUN SCHOOL 4 (5-7 YRS) ....16 49 FUN SCHOOL 4 (7. YRS) .16 49 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL • MERLIN S MATHS (7-11 YRS) 16 99 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL • PAINT N CREATE EDUCATIONAL ART (5. YRS) 16.99 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL - SPELLING FAIR (7-13 YRS) .16.99 MEGA MATHS (A LEVEL
COURSE) 17.99 MICRO ENGLISH .....17.99 MICRO FRENCH .....17.99 MICRO GERMAN . 17 99 MICRO MATHS .17.99 MICRO SCIENCE ) (1 MEG) .....17.99 MICRO SPANISH (1 MEG) ..17.99 NODDY S BIG ADVENTURE (FOLLOW UP TO NOODY S PLAYTIME) ...17.49 NODDY S PLAYTIME (EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGED 3.) (1 MEGi 17.49 IMPORTANT - PltASl NOT I NOP * will net work on A500 Plus, A600 or A1200.
NOI2 = will not work on the 41200.
I MSG = requires at least I meg of HAM to run.
• = HEW Item 688 ATTACK SUB .. 10.49 A-TRAIN |1
MEG) ....29.99 A TRAIN CONSTRUCTION
SET (1 M£G)12.49 A320 AIR-BUSII MEG) (NOP) .....18.99
A320 AIRBUS (USA VERSION) |1 MEG) 22.49 AOOAMS FAMILY 11 MEG)
9.99 ADVANTAGE TENNIS (N012) .....17
49 AIR BUCKS .18.49 AIR
FORCE COMMANDER (1 MEG)......18.49 AIR SUPPORT
.17 49 AIR. LAND & SEA (688
ATTACK SUB. INDY 500.
F18 INTERCEPTOR) (N012) 23.49 AIRBUCKS 1.2 (A1200 VERSION) ..20.99 ALIEN 3 18 99 ALIEN BREED (SPECIAL EDITION) (1 MEG) 9.49 ALIEN BREED 2 (1 MEG) ..17.49 ALIEN BREED 2 (A1200 VERSION) ......18.99 AMBERSTAR 18 49 AMERICAN GLADIATORS (N012) ......16 99 AMNIOS ...6 99 ANOTHER WORLD ..12.49 APIDYA ...8.49 APOCALYPSE (I MEG) ...18 49 ARABIAN NIGHTS
.....8.49 ARCHER MACLEAN S POOL 18.49 ARKANOID 2 ..7.99 ASSASSIN (1 MEG) ......12.49 ASSASSIN REMIX ...10 99 B A T 2 23.49 B17 FLYING FORTRESS (1 MEG) 12 49 BATMAN RETURNS ...18 99 BATMAN THE MOVIE .7.99 BATTLE ISLE 93 ....16.49 BATTLE OF BRITAIN .....1149 BEACH VOLLEY (N012) 7.99 BENEATH THE STEEL SKY (1 MEG) ...20.99 BENEFACTOR (1 MEG) 20.49 BILL S TOMATO GAME .17.49 BLAOE OF OESTINY (1 MEG)
.25.49 BLASTAR(1 MEG) ..14.49 BLOB (1 MEG) .14.49 BLUES BROTHERS ......7.49 BOB S BAD DAY .....17.99 BODY BLOWS (1 MEG) .. 16 99 BODY BLOWS (A1200 VERSION) 19.49 BODY BLOWS GALACTIC (1 MEG) ......17 49 BODY BLOWS GALACTIC (A1200 VERSION) 18 99 BRIAN THE LION .....17 99 BUBBA N STIX 16.99 BURNING RUBBER ..17 99 BURNING RUBBER (A1200 VERSION) 18.49 CADAVER (N012)
.....9.49 CAESAR (1 MEG) N012) ...18 49 CAESER DELUXE .....18 49 CAMPAIGN (1 MEG) ..22 49 CAMPAIGN 2 (1 MEG) ......22.99 CANNON FODDER (I MEG) .20 49 CARDIACS 9.49 CELTIC LEGENDS .....16 49 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 93 UPDATE DISK (1 MEG) 9.49 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 93.-94 (1 MEG) 17 99 CHAOS ENGINE .17 49 CHAOS ENGINE A1200 VERSION) 18.49 CHUCK ROCK 2 (1
MEG) .10.49 CIVILISATION (1 MEG) ....23.49 CIVILISATION (A1200 VERSION) ..16 49 COMBAT AIR PATROL ....20 49 COMBAT CLASSICS (F15 STRIKE EAGLE 2. 688 ATTACK SUB.
TEAM YANKEE) (1 MEG) (N012) ... 19.99 COOL SPOT .20 49 COOL WORLD (1 MEG) ..17.99 CORPORATION* ...... 8 99 CORRUPTION (M SCROLLS) .....7 49 CREEPERS ...18.49 CRUISE FOR A CORPSE ..1199 CRYSTAL KINGDOM DIZZY ..13 49 CYBERPUNK .16 99 CYBERSPACE (1 MEG) 22.99 DARKMERE (1 MEG) ..20.49 DARKSEED (1 MEG) ..21.49 DENNIS .....18.49 DENNIS (A1200
VERSION) 19.49 OESERT STRIKE (1 MEG) 19 49 DISPOSABLE HERO 16 99 DIZZY PANIC .....6.99 DIZZY PRINCE YOLKFOLK ..7 99 DIZZY S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE 16.49 DOGFIGHT (1 MEG) ... 22 99 DONK (1 MEG) . 18 49 DOODLEBUG 1149 DRACULA(1 MEG) ..20.49 DREAMLANDS (TRANSARTICA. STORM MASTER.
ISHAR) (1 MEG) ....18 99 DREAMWEB (1 MEG) 22 99 DUNE 1 MEG) ....19 49 AMIGA UTILITY 3D CONSTRUCTION KIT (WITH FREE TUTORIAL VIDEO) 12.49 AMOS (GAMES CREATOR) 30.49 AMOS EASY (FIRST STEPS TO PROGRAMMING) 22.49 AMOS PROFESSIONAL (PROFESSIONAL VERSION OF WORLDS BEST SELLING GAMES CREATOR) MORE COMMANDS. MORE FlEXABHITY AND BETTER USER INTERFACE 32 49 AMOS PROFESSIONAL COMPILER (COMPILES AND SPEEDS UP PROGRAMS WRITTEN IN AMOS. EASY AMOS OR AMOS PROFESSIONAL) 24 49 OELUXE PAINT 3 (WITH ANIMATION) 9.99 DELUXE PAINT 4(1 MEG) (HAM
MOOE & ANIMATION)......55.49 OELUXE PAINT 4 (AGA FOR AMIGA 1200 WORKS IN 256 COLOUR AND NEW 8-BIT HAM MODE) 60 49 HOME ACCOUNTS 5 49 HOME ACCOUNTS 2 .35 49 KID PIX (1 MEG) 19 49 KIND WOROS 3 WORD PROCESSOR (SUPERB FULLY FEATUREO PACKAGE FOR LOW PRICE) .20.99 MINI OFFICE (WORD PROCESSOR SPREADSHEET DATABASE AND DISK UTILITIES) ..35.49 PC TASK (1 MEG) GOOO VALUE SIMPLE PC EMULATOR ALLOWING IBM PC APPLICATIONS TO BE USED ON YOUR AMIGA. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT SUITABLE FOR WINDOWS OR HIGH END APPLICATIONS REQUIRES MS DOS 3 3 OR ABOVE SUPPORTS HARD
DISK DRIVE.....35.99 PEN PAL WORD PROCESSOR 37.99 POWERWORKS (MAXIPLAN PLUS SPREADSHEET.
KIND WORDS 2 WORD PROCESSOR INFOF1LE DATABASE) (NOP) .18 99 PUBLISHER (PAGE LAYOUT PACKAGE) CAN PRODUCE BLACK ANO WHITE NEWSLETTERS. FLYERS. ANNUAL REPORTS ANO MAGAZINES REQUIRES ONE EXTERNAL OlSK DRIVE OR HARO ORIVE(1 MEG)(N012) 20 99 TECNOPLUS BUSINESS PACK FOR AMIGA (WORDWORTH WORO PROCESSOR K-SPREAD 2 SPREADSHEET ANO K-OATA OATABASE)(1 MEG) 59 99 WORDWORTH V 2 WORO PROCESSOR (1 MEG. AGA COMPATIBLE) 76 49 WOROWORTH VI.16 AMIGA 500 PLUS WORD PROCESSOR (SPECIAL ENHANCED 2 MEG VERSION WITH 1 MEG UPGRAOE FOR A500P) 80 49 WORDWORTH VI IE AMIGA 600 WORO PROCESSOR (SPECIAL ENHANCED 2 MEG
VERSION WITH 1 MEG UPGRADE FOR A600) 95 49 AMIGA CD 32 SOFTWARE a I 80LLISTICK HANDHELD COMPETITION JOYSTICK PRO EXTRA MICROJOYSTICK SWITCHED CLEAR BASE. AUTOFIRE UICROSWITC ’0 99 HEO WITH AUTOFIRE U 1149 M GRAVIS OUICKSHOT JOYSTICK I28F FOAM MAVERICK 1 PAOOED GRIP.
JOYSTICK ADJUSTABLE AUTOFIRE HANOLE 1199 TENSION AND PROGRAMMABLE FIRE BUTTONS 22 99 FIRST SAMURAI . MEGA LO MANIA FLAMES OF FREEDOM (MIDWINTER 2)10.
FLASHBACK (1 MEG) .20 99 FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2 (N012) 8 49 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX ...13.49 FUTURE WARS (N012) ..10.49 G2(1 MEG) ...17.99 GAUNTLET 2 ...7.99 GEAR WORKS ... 15 49 GENESIA (1 MEG) 20.49 GHOULS N GHOSTS ... 7 99 GLOBDULE ..20.49 GOAL ...14.49 GOBLIIINS 2 ..18.49 GOLF WORLD CLASS LEADERBOARD 8 99
GRAHAM GOOCH DATA DISK 13 99 GRAHAM GOOCH WORLD CLASS CRICKET (1 MEG) 18.49 GRAHAM TAYLORS SOCCER MANAGER (1 MEG) ....9.49 ORAND PRIX CIRCUIT ......9 49 GUNSHIP 2000(1 MEG) ...22.99 HEAD OVER HEELS ..7.99 HEROQUEST . DATA DISK (N012) 8 99 HEROQUEST 2 - THE LEGACY OF SORASIL (1 MEG) ...16.99 HILL STREET BLUES (N012) 9.49 HIRED GUNS (1 MEG) .....22.49 HISTORYLINE 1914-18(1 MEG) ...22.99 HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION (ROBOCOP. GHOSTBUSTERS 2.
INDIANA JONES ACTION. BATMAN T HE MOVIE) O S (NOP) 9.99 HOOK ..11.49 HUMANS 2(1 MEG) 18 99 HUMANS DATA DISK (N012) 18.49 HUNTER (N012) 7.99 IK. ..7.99 IMMORTAL IN012I 10 49 INDIANA JONES 2 ACTION (FATE OF ATLANTIS) 17.99 INDIANA JONES ACTION .... 5 99 INDIANA JONES ADVENTURE 1149 INDIANA JONES FATE OF ATLANTIS ADVENTURE (1 MEG) 24.49 INNOCENT (1 MEG) 22.99 INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CHALLENGE 7 99 ISHAR 2 - LEGIONS OF
CHAOS (1 MEG)18 49 ISHAR 2 • LEGIONS OF CHAOS (A 1200 VERSION) ... 18 99 IT CAME FROM THE DESERT PLUS ANT HEAOS DATA DISK (1 MEG) 14 99 JACK NICKLAUS GOLF 6 49 JAGUAR XJ220 (1 MEG) ...9 99 JAMES POND ......8 49 JIMMY WHITES SNOOKER 15 99 JINXTER (M SCROLLS) ..4.49 JOHN MADDENS (US) FOOTBALL 17.99 JURASSIC PARK (1 MEG) 17 99 JURASSIC PARK (A1200 VERSION) 19.49 K240 (UTOPIA 2) (1 MEG) 18 49 KEVIN KEEGAN S PLAYER MANAGER 1 MEG)* ......1999 KGB
.....20.49 KICK OFF 2(1 MEG) (N012) ......9.49 KINGMAKER (1 MEG) * ...23 49 KINGS QUEST 1 ......11.49 KINGS QUEST 6 (1 MEG) * 22.99 KNIGHTS OF THE SKY (1 MEG) ......12.99 KRUSTY S SUPER FUN HOUSE 18.99 LAST NINJA 2 (N012) ... 7 99 RLD OF I DATALUX MOUSE (200 DPI.
CLEAR DESIGN)
15. 99 MOUSE MAT CITIES & TERRAIN EDITOR) 22.99 SIM LIFE (A 1200
VERSION) ....22.99 SIMON THE SORCERER ( 1 MEG) 22.49
SIMON THE SORCERER ( A1200 VERSION25.49
SLEEPWALKER .....12.99 SOCCER KID
.18.99 SOCCER KI0(A1200 VERSION)
......19.49 SOUP TREK (THE SEARCH FOR STOCKi '8 99 SPACE
CRUSADE • OATA DISK (N012I14.49 SPACE HULK 22.99 SPECIAL
FORCES (1 MEG) .9.99 SPEEDBALL 2 • 7.99 SPIRIT OF
EXCALI8UR (1 MEG) (NOP) . 9 49 SPORTS MASTERS (PGA GOLF INDY
500. ADVANTAGE TENNIS. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP S
1992) (1 MEGXNOI2) .....20.49 STAR TREK - 25TH
ANNIVERSARY (A1200
VERSION) ....22.49 STARDUST
..12.49 LEGEND (WORLD OF LEGEND)
.9.99 LEGENDS OF VALOUR (1 ME( LEISURE SUIT LARRY 1 (1 MEG)
11.49 LEMMINGS ... 12.49
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..14 49 LINKS THE CHALLENGE
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..17.99 LOMBARD RAC
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@ 1993 Empire Software Jonathan Grilliths & HOW TO USE YOUR COVERDISKS FEBRUARY 1 994 WORDWORTH IS ONE of ihc most popular Amiga word processor programs. On this month's Coverdisk, we are giving away Wordworth 3, the long-awaited successor to version 2AGA. It has been extensively rewritten and redesigned to incorporate the new look and feel of Workbench.
Wordworth J is usually supplied on five disks, so squeezing this demo on to one disk has not been easy! We've included as many of the new features as possible, at the expense of existing ones.
However, you can contact those nice Digita people in the Westcounlry and they will gladly send you a full demonstration disk set, or the I Mb version if you need it. Call Digita 011 0395 270273, or write to Digita, freepost. Exmouth EX8 2YZ.
Before you go any further, write-protect the Coverdisk (slide the little black tab up so that you can see through the hole in the corner) and make a back-up copy (see page 13). You must then install Wordwrrrth on to two floppy disks before you start.
INSTALLING WORDWORTH 3 You need:
• The Wordworth Coverdisk
• Two blank floppy disks
• An Amiga and Workbench 2.04 or above 0 A minimum of 1.5Mb of
free memory CHECK THIS OUT Right, time to create a striking
Wordworth 3 effects on the page... From the Drawing Tools
palette, dick on the icon containing the letters Fx - this is
the TextEffects object. Drag a rectangle on the page and dick
the icon in the toolbar for Object Information. Type "Wow
TextEffects Are Cool" in the Contents text gadget, select
Circle from the Type popup in the Effect group and dick Apply.
After a few seconds of amazingly complicated calculation, you will see the text drawn in a circle on the page. Now dick on Shadowing... button and type 3 in the Number of Shadows text gadget.
Type 20% in the Size gadget (Last Shadow Offset group), this means that the last shadow will be 20% smaller than the original, and dick OK. Click OK from the main requester and you will be returned to editing the page.
Another great feature of TextEffects is that you can create text at any angles (you are also not limited to the amount of characters you type).
Create another TextEffects box and bring up the TextEffects Information requester. Type “Angled BLITZ DBLPAL DEBUG DblPal multisync monitor users have problems editing Blitz2 code. Placing this code at the top of your programs will solve the problem.
SetErr PutReg dO. Err. 1 AMIGA errS=MkiS»ChrS(err)»MkiS(0) DisplayAlert 0,&errS.20;End End SetErr to test it just add a line after this code like dim a(10):a(11)a1 then instead of the usual debugger a flashing alert appears which will of course display properly on DblPat.
If you are using floppy disks, just switch 011 your machine with the Wordworth 5 Coverdisk (the one labelled ,4756a) in the internal disk drive, then double-click the disk icon and then doubleclick the Install Wordworth 3 icon. When you are prompted to do so. Insert a blank disk into the internal drive.
Next, you will be asked to insert the Coverdisk back into the internal drive. When prompted, take out the Coverdisk and insert a second blank disk into the internal drive anti press Return.
INSTALLING TO HARD DISK If you wish to install Wordworth on to your hard disk, first install it 011 to a set of floppy disks as described above.
Re-boot your machine by turning it off and back on again, ensuring that there is no disk in the internal drive. Double click the Wordworth 3 disk icon and drag the Install To Hard Disk icon on to your hard disk. Then to install Wordxoorth 3. Just double-click the Install To Hai ti Disk icon on your hard disk.
The advantages of installing the Wordworth 3 Coverdisk demo on to your hard disk are that it will run. Load and save faster and it will do away with the need to swap disks.
A fractal generator, a word processor, a flight simulator and a Frogger clone are all waiting for you to get up and running on this month's Coverdisks.
Text" in the Contents text gadget select Line from the Effects-Type popup and type 45* in the Effect- Rotation By gadget and dick OK. You should see your text appear at an angle on the page.
Try some of the TextEffects preset styles, they make life much easier when experimenting.
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STARTING WITH WORDWORTH Floppy disk users will need to turn on their machine with the Wordworth 3 disk in the internal drive. Double-click the Wordworth 3 disk icon and then double-click the Wordworth icon.
Hard disk users, just turn the machine on as normal. Double click the drawer titled Wordworth 3 on your hard disk, then double click the Wordworth program icon. It’s now time to start doing some creative stuff!
Move the mouse pointer to the line starting “Call 0395 270273....", and highlight it by holding down the left mouse button while moving the pointer from the left to the right. You will notice that the text becomes white on black, this means that the text has been selected.
We now want to change the si e of the font.
To do this, hold down the right mouse button while moving the pointer to the top of the screen.
You will see what are termed Menus. Moving the pointer to the left and the right with the mouse key still pressed down will reveal different menus.
Their names appear at the top, and the commands related to the menu are shown in the list that pops up. Go to the Format menu and move the pointer down to the Character command.
When the command is selected (highlighted) let go of the right mouse button. You have chosen the Character command from the Formal menu.
When the Character requester appears (a requester is a small window that has various settings on it that can he changed, it's requesting you to change something), click on the small triangle on the left of the Size text gadget, a small menu of defaults will popup. Move the pointer to 24 pt and let go of the left mouse button. 24 pt has now been placed into the text gadget which you can edit or delete (this is a combined pop-up menu and text gadget).
Click the Apply button and you will see the size of the text change in your document but the requester remains displayed. This is very useful if you want to make small changes and see what happens to your text before clicking the OK button.
Let’s start playing with a few of the drawing tools. Choose Drawing Tools from the View menu and a floating toolbar, or palette, will appear.
There are several objects on the palette that you can draw on your page, these are: Line. Box, Rounded Box. Circle. Oval. TextEffects™ and Text Frame (Picture Frame and Table are not available on this coverdisk). Click the Line tool (in the top right of the palette) and drag the mouse on the page, a line will be drawn between your start and end positions (holding down the Ctrl key while drawing a line will constrain the line to 90°, drawing only horizontal or vertical lines).
ATTRIBUTES To change some of the attributes of the line, its position and size for example, click it once so two small squares appear on each end and choose Information (from the Object menu). The small squares are re-sizing handles and by clicking them you can re-size the line.
From this information requester you can change the position of the line, its style, colour, thickness and endings styles. Select the Style mwi btftnutoU R» ss eg I 3Hir| l?|. I; roi Fj For A ..... i.. .
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IN SEQUENCE FRACTAL *0 Far and away the most powerful feature of FractalPro is the ability to construct animated fractal pictures. The animations can comprise of panning shots, zooms, or combinations using the unique tweening feature. Setting up a sequence is relatively simple. Just follow these steps for an example of a zoom.
Fractal Pro is a complete package which enables you to graphically display the fractal mathematics that are described in the Mandelbrot set.
The Mandelbrot set was discovered by Benoit Mandelbrot and is a set of complicated equations which describes the nature of the universe in terms of fractals. You don't need to understand all this, what you need to know is that FractalPro enables you to create some remarkable effects.
Animation, you can use the Cycle set feature.
Press Amiga-0 to call up the requester and set autostep. Adjust the rate for the best effect.
6. Set the saving path (click in the path gadget and edit it) and
select autosave from the Options menu.
1. In the Project menu, turn on the Sequence option. The program
may analyse the co-ordinates it has been given for a while,
then the Paused message will appear in the title bar.
8. Press Amiga-D or choose Draw from the Control menu. The
sequence will now be automatically generated and saved. A
file called Fpro.seq is created in the RAM disk which con
tains the full pathnames of all the files generated.
A tweening sequence can be created by loading in two Mandelbrot images one after the other. If you notice, when you load the second picture, the co-ordinates from the first picture are copied into the lower box. Now simply repeat the process above but select Tween instead of any of the other options.
Cascade is exactly the same but is used with Julia sets. Make sure that the images have been saved as Julia sets beforehand.
To get FractalPro working, you will have to first expand the disk. Prepare a blank disk and have it ready before booting from the Coverdisk. Then double-click on the FractalPro icon and follow the instructions which appear on screen. You should insert your blank disk when prompted and press Return. It is very important NOT to press Return before you have placed the blank disk in the drive.
Once the disk has been decompressed, you should rename it to "FractalPro". To do this simply click once on the disk's icon and select Rename pop-up from the group of gadgets with the heading Start and you will see several different types of ending you can put on the beginning of your line.
Choose Splat from the list and you will see the end of your line change on the page. Now type lOpt into the Thickness text gadget and choose
I) ;tsh Dot from the Line Style pop-up. There are no buttons on
these object information requesters because they can be left
on-screen and changed whenever you want to. You can even
continue editing the document while they are on-screen.
To receive help on any command, press the Help key while the chosen command is selected on the menu (keeping die right mouse button down all the time) and you will lie shown Help on that command. Now. Highlight die Create Object command (Object menu) and press Help, any text that looks like a button in the text can be clicked to jump to a related subject. (You must have AmigaCuide on your Workbench to use this.)
CREATING BOXES Next, we’ll create a couple of boxes. First choose Create Object from the Object menu and a small list box will appear with the names of all the objects that you can insert on to the page. Select Box from the list and click the Create Many Objects checkbox.
Draw two boxes on the screen in the same way as the line (clicking and dragging), then de-select the Create Many Objects gadget because we do not want to create any more objects. Select one of the boxes, and with the Shift key pressed down, select the other box. On the toolbar, click the icon which has a red box and a yellow circle surrounded by a dotted line. This is the Group icon and will group the selected objects together. This means that all the objects in the group are moved and sized together.
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Select all of the objecLs on the page by holding down the Shift key while clicking each one and then press the Del key.
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click the T which is within a white box. And drag a lx x on the
page. You will notice that the Hashing cursor (or insertion
point) has been placed within the Ixix. Type some text, if you
go off' the bottom don't worry because if you size the box
bigger the text will reappear, and click Information (i) from
the toolbar.
In the Text Frame information requester you can, as with all the other objects, change the size, position and colours (fill and border) of the box.
You can also give the text frame margins and columns to control the formatting of any text you THE AGFA COMPUGRAPHIC FONT SHANNON Amiga Format and Digita International would like to express their gratitude to Agfa for granting permission to use the Shannon Book typeface in this Coverdisk. Shannon Book appears on this Coverdisk only as part of the Wordworth 3 Coverdisk version, and the copyright remains with Agfa.
Clicking on th« i button or choosing "information" from th menu brings up this rather useful requester.
Place inside ii. Now choose the Double Line option from the Border Style and Red from the Border Colour. Next, type in 2 in the Number Of text gadget from the Columns group and type a Gap of 0.5 in, you will see ail of your text automatically reformat as you change each of the settings in the requester. O Please note that: Agfa and the Agfa Rhombus are both registered trademarks of Agfa-Gevaert ag.
Compugraphic and Shannon are both registered trademarks of Miles Inc Digita, Wordworth and TextEffects are all registered trademarks of Digita Holdings Ltd.
From the Workbench menu. To run FractalPro, simply double click on its icon.
The program will run and automatically load the default Mandelbrot image (stored in the Pics drawer). If you have an A1200 or other AGA machine, please check the box out on the right before you go any further.
To explore the Mandelbrot set you can use the zoom and unzoom selections from the Options menu. When you select zoom the current fractal image will be shown with a small window superimposed on top of it.
Simply move this window (by positioning the pointer over the drag bar at the top of the window and pressing and holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse around the screen).
Click in the close box to confirm your positioning. You will then be returned to the main control screen. All that you have to do to draw the new fractal is press Amiga-D.
AGA MACHINES This version of FractalPro renders images in HAM on a lo-res overscanned screen. Due to the nature of your selected monitor type, this can cause the images loaded to appear out of sync (particularly the initial image). There are two solutions to this. You can either select to redraw the initial image again (Amige-O) or boot up your Amiga in ECS or original Chip Set mode by using the boot menu (reset the machine whilst holding down both mouse buttons and select ECS or Original from Display Options) THOSE MENUS IN FULL... PROTECT: Fractal - allows you to select the type of fractal
to draw.
Colour - you can shade the image in three different colours or use colour cycling.
Image - save or load images and their associated co-ordinate files Sequence - Turns sequence mode on or off.
Quit - End your fractal session MATH: Count - These values effect the colour depth of the resulting image.
Xpre - Turns double precision maths on or off. This feature is controlled automatically, don't worry about it.
Animcount - Sets the number of frames used in any sequence.
OPTIONS: Zoom - enables zooming.
Unzoom - zooms out of the Mandelbrot.
Move - used for setting up a sequence.
Increment - sets the amount by which the move option alters the xy co-ordinates for each frame.
Default XY - returns the co-ordinates to that of the default for a full Mandelbrot.
Reset - resets the sequencing number back to zero.
Autosave - turns autosave on.
Vista - outputs a Vista .DEM file.
CONTROL: Draw - starts drawing an image.
Pause - interrupts the drawing of an image.
FEBRUARY 1 994 HOW TO USE YOUR COVERDISKS at the altitude the plane was at when the autopilot was engaged. The demo is set to cruise at 200 feet.
Just pull the stick back to raise the level. This is an air-to-ground mission, you are armed with bombs to be dropped in laydown mode. This is the traditional bombing attack, where you fly right over the target. To arm weapons, hit the Return key and the Head Up Display will change to bomb dropping mode.
The target will have a little cross over it on the HUD. The HUD shows the CC.IP, Continually Computed Impact Point. The moment of bomb release is automatic but you still need to be hitting the Spacebar or Fire button when the aiming point crosses the target to confirm the attack. There are two targets to have a go at and a sprinkling of surface-to-air and anti-aircraft defences to worry about. Come in low and fast and you should be OK.
On the way to the second target you may run into some airborne opposition, hit Alt and the Return key to arm air-to-air weapons and refer to the table opposite for weapons controls.
If you survive the attack then there is the complex landing business to handle. The runway has an Instrument Landing System to help you. Use the D key to select it on the MFD as you approach the runway, it looks like a set of cross hairs. You need to keep the cross central and throttle down to between 130 and 200 knots depending on your wing sweep, flap settings and weight.
This is just a rough guide to the many abilities of Tornado. You should be able to gel a taste of the action - flying at the speed of sound, 200 feet above the ground in a combat aircraft, heading straight into enemy territory, brilliant! O Press the *-* key and you find yourself looking at your knees, no sign of a sick bag though. You can change the programs preferences here by using the numeric keys.
The mission route appears on the left display. It’s roughly a circle, the two targets are at ‘X’ and ‘V.
You appear here as a small circle. Switch back to the pilot's seat using Ctrl and the up arrow or 7 on the numeric keyboard.
The MFD, Multi-Function Display, in the middle at the bottom of the pilot's display shows a map, the waypoints appear here when you get close. When you reach a waypoint press N to switch to the next waypoint and fly towards it.
SWITCH TO AUTOPILOT Autopilot comes in a variety of types. The most useful is the track mode. This flies you between the waypoints at the altitude and speed programmed in to the navigation system. To turn it on press F7. You can cycle through the available displays using the D key. There are two track modes, if RIDE appears next to ALT in die MFD then the Tornado will follow the terrain, maintaining the altitude. If ACQR is shown then it will stick
1. Warning lights - flashes red when something is going seriously
wrong.
2. Weapons arm switch - you cannot fire a weapon without first
arming it.
3. Landing gear position • green for down and red for up.
4. Altimeter • height above ground, try and keep this in the
numbers.
5. Secondary control surfaces indicator - shows the status of
your flaps and the wing sweep.
6. Airspeed
7. Multi Function Display - shows various displays such as radar,
map and autopilot settings, use the D key to cycle through
them.
8. Engine revolutions - from 63% when they are at idle to max
thrust at 100%.
9. Radar warning - shows what is tracking you on radar, the
orange and red crosses are incoming missiles. On the right
it tells you what is out there looking at you.
10. Fuel gauge - just like in the motor.
11. Airspeed
12. Altitude
13. Angle of attack - more than 21 degrees and you will probably
stall
14. Vertical speed - this gives you the speed of ascent or
descent.
15. Pitch ladder - shows the angle of the plane relative to the
ground. If the Pitch Ladder reads +90 degrees you would be
heading straight up.
16 . Heading strip • this is your compass heading, the inverted ‘V* is the direction to the next waypoint.
TORNADO is Tornado the ultimate flight sim, with knobs on? This exclusive demo gives you the chance to find out by flying a full mission.
BILLED AS BEING unequalled in the authenticity stakes. Tornado is an astounding piece of programming. The demo features a complete mission, a daytime attack 011 two radar and communication centres using retarded bombs. You are one of six Tornados and everything from the full game is here, weapons, enemies, the lot.
You start the demo on the runway ready for take-oiT. It’s simple enough, whack the engines into maximum by pressing the Shift and + keys together, the dials will swing around to 100%.
Press + again to engage the reheat, two orange lights appear on the right of the control panel.
Release the wheel brakes by hitting B. The kite should now start rolling down the runway while your comrades zoom off in front of you.
When the airspeed hits above 140 knots, gently pull the nose up. When the altimeter shows some space between you and the ground, retract the landing gear by pressing U. Adjust die take-off angle until the pitch ladder on the Head Up Display shows around ten degrees.
If you pull the nose up too high, you'll stall, too little and you'll never get off die ground.
Once your airspeed is up to around 215 knots put your ilaps up by pressing Q twice. Keep a close eye on your airspeed and altitude. Your mission is mapped out using waypoints, map positions programmed into the aircraft's navigation system. Just fly between them to reach your target and make it back. The second waypoint, B. is straight ahead.
The direction to each waypoint shows up on your HUD as an inverted V on the heading strip.
Switch to the navigator's seat by pressing Ctrl and the back arrow or 9 on the numeric keyboard.
THE SEAT AT THE POINTY END As you might expect there are a lot of instruments. The vital flight information is shown on the HUD, Head Up Display in front of you, so you don’t have to refer to the dials too much.
Ft 0 0 c S o c * 'Alt' and Return 'Ctrl’ and Return
• K' 'L' Spacebar 'C' 'F' 'E' EXTERNAL VIEWS Tracking views
Satellite views Remote view Spectator view Drone views Weapon
view Tracking Zoom view Pause game 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.
4| Load your VI Just follow these simple steps... 1 ««««»«» * Iload your Workbench disk. Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and doubleclick on it.
3 The Amiga will now ask you to insert the 'source' disk. It means the disk you want to copy, so put the Coverdisk in the drive and press the Return key.
« •0 THE KEY TO IT ALL There is no getting away from the fact that flying a modern multi-role combat plane is a complex affair, just look at this mass of keyboard commands. It isn't a full list either, but it's enough to get you airborne and causing a bit of damage. Note that all the keys using numbers refer to the numeric keyboard. If you have an A600 then use the alternatives.
MAIN FLIGHT CONTROLS Up '2' or 'up arrow' Down '8' or ‘down arrow' Left '4' or ‘left arrow' Right '6' or 'right arrow' Rudder left 'left A key' or '0* Rudder right 'right A key' or V Fine control 'Alt' plus above THROTTLE CONTROLS Increase throttle '+’ Decrease throttle Max throttle 'Shift' and '+' Slam throttle closed 'Shift' and SECONDARY FLIGHT CONTROLS Sweep wings back 1 stage 'S' Sweep wings forward 1 stage 'W' Flaps down 1 stage 'A' Flaps up 1 stage 'Q' Air brakes and reverse thrust Backspace Wheel brakes on off 'B' Landing gear up down 'U' or 'G' AUTOPILOT CONTROLS Approach mode 'F6'
Track mode 'F7' Altitude heading acquire 'F8' Toggle track mode 'F9' Next waypoint 'N' Autopilot off 'Esc' COCKPIT CONTROLS Change HUD colour 'H' Airspeed knots Mach toggle 'Alt' and ‘H’ Ground radar on ’R* Air radar on 'Alt and ‘R’ Radar off 'Ctrl' and 'R' Warning reset '*' or '©' Multi Function Display Air radar target select 4 Wait for a while and it will read all the information off the Coverdisk. Telling you how far it has got. Then it will ask you to insert the 'Destination' disk.
Put the disk you want to copy your Coverdisk on to, in the drive and press the Return key. Note that the disk does not need to be formatted already.
Arm air-to-air weapon Cancel arm Select weapons package Select delivery mode Fire Cycle air-to-air weapon Release chaff Release flares ECM onyoff
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'Ctrl' and up arrow or '7' 'Ctrl' and down arrow or '9' 'Ctrl'
and left arrow or '4' 'Ctrl' and right arrow or '6' WEAPONS
CONTROLS Arm air-to-ground weapon Return COCKPIT VIEWS Pilots
view look up Navigators seat select 'D' Use mouse and left
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When it says “Diskcopy Finished- just type in: endcli to get out of the Shell or CLI. You may have to put the Workbench disk in again. Now your copy is readyl 2 When the Shell window appears and the drive light is out. Type in (DF0 as in Zero, not OFO as in Oops): Diskcopy from DFOi to DFO: and press the Return key.
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Amiga a pair of Turkeys? Which of those three do you think had the cracking Christmas? If we tell you that the Amiga 1200 sold in excess of 160.000 units, and that the Amiga CD32 has found its way into over 70,(MM) UK homes by now, we’re sure you can work it out for yourselves.
Sales of the CD12 will have far exceeded those of Sega's Mega Seedy, but to ram the point home Commodore placed their Sega-knocking ad right where it would hit hardest. The hoarding in front of Sega’s headquarters on Cromwell Road, London, is one of the highest-visibilily poster sights in the entire country. And the wording of Commodore's ad: "To be this good will take Sega ages” must have brought a thrill to the employees of Sega UK as they entered PIRACY CRACKDOWN CONTINUES If you thought this was good... Then you're in for something even better!
If you were one of those lucky 70,000 people who awoke on Christmas morning to find a CD32 under the tree, you'll be anxious to know where you can get the latest and most reliable news, reviews and previews of games for your stunning new machine.
One answer is Amiga Format of course, but we can't afford to devote too much of the mag to CD32 and games because we have all that rivetting serious stuff to deal with as well.
The magazine called Amiga CD which you may have got a pilot issue of free with the CD32 has folded before it ever reached its official first issue. But worry not! Get to a newsagent in the first week of April and your prayers will be answered. Issue one of Amiga Formats own CD32 mag will be hitting the shelves about then. The name's a secret right now, but it will be revealed next month in Amiga Format and Amiga Power. But the content is no secret. We'll have reviews of every CD32 game released by the on-sale date, plus previews of all the ones in development. We'll have features on Full
Motion Video and the type of superb 256-colour 3D ray-traced games you can expect to see on CD.
Oh. And there will be a Compact Disc mounted on the cover, packed with superb demos, complete PD games and lots more to help you get the most fun out of your CD32.
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) have struck another blow against Amiga pirates with a raid on an illegal Bulletin Board called Arcadia.
FAST investigators, along with officers from Scotland Yard Computer Crime Unit and Hertfordshire Fraud Squad, raided an address in Watford in December, seizing a vast amount of Amiga-based equipment including five high-speed modems and hundreds of computer disks.
It is alleged Arcadia was one of the largest pirate BBSs in the UK and had been responsible for sending and receiving illegal software from around the world for three years. As an added bonus, the seizure of Arcadia's equipment appears to have caused panic among other pirate BBSs.
John Loader of FAST says: "Intelligence reaching me suggests the bust has caused many BBSs to close overnight."
FAST are on 0628 660377.
PROGRAMMERS DESERT THALION Top German games developers Thallon have experienced a major setback with the loss of several key staff to rivals Blue Byte.
Erik Simon, Jurie Homemann.
Thorsten Mutschall, Christian Jungen and Tobias Franz - the team responsible for games such as Dragonflight Amberstar and No Second Prize - deserted Thalion at the end of last year following protracted internal wrangles.
However, Debbie King of Thalion UK remains bullish about the company's future and claims Amiga titles such as Ambermoon will be appearing as planned later this year.
New year, new prices Those purveyors of fine graphics hardware and software. The Amiga Centre Scotland, have a revised price list for the new year.
The original, and some would say best, 24-bit card - Harlequin - comes down in price considerably: Harlequin 1500 £689 Harlequin 2000 £789 Harlequin 3000 £914 Harlequin 4000 £1,093 The stunning TV Paint true-colour graphics package now comes in at £249. And bundled with Harlequin cards it's even cheaper. Prices of Vijib digitisers and Retina graphics cards have also taken a tumble. Call Martin Lowe on 089 687 583 for more details.
ACTIVA GETS EVEN MORE INTERNATIONAL Real 30 distributors, Activa International, have opened a UK office to provide technical support and upgrades to British users with greater ease. The UK manager is Andy Jones, whose work will be familiar to those who’ve read Amiga Formats Christmas issue, because he created the picture we used on the calendar.
Contact Andy on 081-402 5770 10am-7pm weekdays, or via his Bulletin Board 081-986 5964, or netmail on 2:254 516.1©Fidonet. Millenium’s new moves In last month’s CD32 round-up very positive about CD32 follow- we said Millenium's CD version ing the pre-Christmas demand of Morph w-as on sale for £34.99 and now all our new products
- well, it's not. It costs £29.99. will be available on CD."
As well as Millenium's new plat- Brutal Sports will be on CD forming superhero. Pinkie, in February, Global Effert and they also have more releases Diggers in March. Pond 3 in imminent for CD32- Says the April and Pinkie in May. Call company's Keith Smith: "We're 0223 844894.
RISTMAS SALES work each day over the (:hi isimas period.
Mwj THE PUNK ETHIC If you're not happy with fhe price of software, do something about it. That's the attitude taken by Steve and Belinda Bye of FI licence ware. They hope to bring quality games to the public for less than £5. They also hope to be able to offer the programmers a fair whack of the retail price.
It's a great idea, and one we wholeheartedly support here at Amiga Format.
If you're a programmer with a game that you can't get to commercial release, give them a call on 0392 493S80.
AREXXPLAINED For some time now, The Arexx Cookbook has been considered the definitive work for the Amiga user hoping to get to grips with Arexx. The only problem hos been that it was difficult to obtain outside the USA. Now you can gef it from Premiere Vision, 31C Herne Hill Road, London SE24 OAX for a mere £23.95 including next day delivery. Coll them on 071-274 4407 and get cooking.
YOU TO BRIDGE Final Frontier, the Star Trek diskzine often seen in our PD section, are on the look out for talent. Simon Plumbe, the editor of the meg is looking for writers, artists, musicians and programmers to contribute to Finol Frontier, ond their slide shows such as Holodetk.
WHEN WE SAID last month's news pages carried a story about ace coders Intelek, and how they were about to sever links with Domark.
What we meant was that Intelek were taking a temporary holiday from Domark for the release of Championship Manager Italia. But they will be back in full flow on the Domark label later this year when they release Championship Manager - Fnd of Season and Championship Manager - Superleague.
Meanwhile Domark have CD3* versions of Trivial Pursuit and Herewith the Clues lined up for release, which should be in the shops now. Call Domark on 081-780 2222.
WHEN WE SAID 2 Last month's rave reviews of Power Computing's MegaChip2 ChipRAM expansion and XL Internal Drive quoted these products as being manufactured by DKB. In fact they are manufactured by Power Computing. The mix-up occurred due to DKB producing a product called MegaChip, and the fact that Power are now a DKB distributor.
DKB products such os their A1200 RAM expansions and A3000 4000 Zorro III RAM expansions can now be obtained from Power on 0234 843388.
Commodore's continued success means that all Amiga owners can now be sure of continued and improved software support for nianv vears to come.
Virus clinic run faster, z-speed.lha unpacks as "Zenith Modem Speeder". When either of these programs are run they will invoke the Descriptor 3.0, which searches the s: directory for a file called 'descriptions.txt'. If it doesn't find the file, it crashes the system. If it does find it. It deletes everything on your hard drive.
Don't panic - information is power. Watch out for the two files named above, if you obtain one, don’t execute it. And as for the Creeping Eel, AF subscribers will find the latest VirusZ on their sub's disk to get rid of it. If you don't subscribe, then get hold of a copy of VirusZ. Or another PD Virus Killer, now.
Safe Hex International, crusaders for a virus-free future, promise to keep AF readers informed about what's infecting the disks of Europe. February's lurgie is the Creeping Eel virus. This bootblock virus manifests itself by displaying a German flag and can destroy hard and floppy disk root cylinders. Nasty.
The Descriptor 3.0 Trojan is also in vogue at present, and is being spread under two names: Descr4.0.lha claims to be a utility to make PowerSnap It's a hacker cracker paperbacker!
II there's one book von should read about computer crime, and the steps taken to combat it. That book is I hr Hacker Crackdmm by one-time William Gibson collaborator Bruce Sterling.
I bis book details the history of data crime from the early Sixties Telephone Phreaking. Rigln up to 1 '.I'.IO's secret service crackdowns. Told in an interesting and enjoyable, yet strangely informative style by the co-author of The Difference Engine, this book is a must lor all who are inquisitive about hacking and cyberpunk.
Hacker Crackdown was only available in the expensive, cumbersome and loo-big- for-mosl-pockcts hardback format, but on 27 January 11*94 Penguin released it in softback with a rather nice cover illustration. It's a super book, despite having lieeii described by Che Guardian as "gripping stuff''. Buy it!
Now out in paperback. The Hacker Crackdown details 30 years of computer data crime.
THE KEY TO DPAINT SHORTCUTS Get extra protection When you've ripped away the packaging of your spanking new Amiga, the last thing on your mind is the boring old warranty card. But the advantages of taking out protection are easy to see - at whatever level of insurance you wish to take.
Commodore's warranty agents ICL and Amiga Formal have teamed up to make your machine insurance an even Ix-tter attraction. Basically, anyone who lakes a warranty with ICL gets three months worth of Amiga Formal absolutely free, plus a copy of the Amiga Formal I Old Beginners’ Guide. The offer is open from 1 January 1994-31 Nlarchl994.
For more details on ICL's warranty arrangements, check out the card in your new box. Or rail (181-890 1414. Extn 2397.
Do you have as much difficulty as we do when you're trying to recall all the keyboard shortcuts for your programs? American company A8.P Software think they have the solution, and we agree.
Their Amiga Keyboard Template is a slim piece of plastic which slips comfortably over the keyboard of any Amiga apart from the A600. On it are enscribed the keyboard commands for Deluxe Paint 4.
The template costs a mere S9.95, which is around £7. If you want to get hold of one of these useful gadgets, you'd better give A&P a call on 0101 510 785 5343 to discover the cost of shipping.
THE-- i r jtim _i , | Happy New Year people. What's up? Well we have the arrival of the Full Motion Video add-on for the CD32 for a start.
Some say that this should have come with the little CD gem when it was first launched back in the butt-end of 1993. But that would have missed the Christmas buying bonanza and, let's face it. Commodore need all the immediate cash injections they can muster. So, now we're on the threshold of FMV, what is it going to mean to you and me?
AMIGA CD PRESENTS MULTIMEDIA FOR LT In the short term, not a vast amount. Sure we'll get to see loads of impressive demos of movies we've already seen. Sure we'll see Philips pushing their CD-i FMV on telly.
Sure we'll hear software houses promising FMV-compatible software. But most software houses are not in this business for the warm feeling that revolutionary innovation brings.
They're in it for the readies, so we'll probably be reliant on the record companies for the first tranche of CD-based FMV.
Fast HD card from Power Power Computing are unleashing a fast SCSI2 hard drive controller card on to the market. The DKB4091 was originally designed by Commodore and has been licensed to DKB for manufacture. It will be available from all Power Computing dealers and other professional Amiga retailers. The RRP is £399. Call Power on 0234 843 388 for more details.
Oh come on Tim, on the one hand you're saying that the software houses are 'in it for the readies' while on the other you're making us believe that the companies who brought us Mr Biobby, Bucks Fizz, The Stone Temple Messiah's and Dana will lead the home media revolution. Who's bunging you a few freebie trips to Sting's house?
FULL STEAM FOR FMV HOLD UP A minute there! Worldwide, the record companies have been suffering like an architecture buff in Slough.
Since CD became common place and all that was really selling was back catalogue, they need a big boost to their catalogues like a drowning man needs a desert. And CD+G (CD with graphics) hasn't quite provided it.
However, FMV has been on the cards for a while now. It's given all of the big companies time to gear up to releasing albums in FMV form. And just imagine the hype when this comes on line. The actual change in the home market will be akin to the change in computers that floppy disk wrought when it superseded tape loading... and then some. Gone will be the days of fast forwarding to your favourite track, gone will be the idea of playing your fave album and then your fave video - you've got both at once.
Once this form of software is on-line, and non-computer users realise that a small player such as CD32 can do this job as well as a £599 CD-i player, or a bespoke Sony or Matsushita machine, then the software houses will have a market open to them. A new market.
This is not to say that most of the advanced softies have not already begun to explore the market. You can bet your top dollar that Sony-owned Psygnosis. Or 3D0 originators Electronic Arts for example, are not currently exploring a technological arena that really will sort the adults from the Take That fans.
Full Motion Video will be full-on home computing for the 21st Century. CD32 and the other FMV add-ons (third party or otherwise) for the A4000 and (I hope) the A1200 are in the forefront, and unlike the ill-fated but brave CDTV adventure, this time Commodore, you and I have some support from outside of the current media.
OH, AS A final word, always look beyond the immediate... who said that FMV had to be the sole concern of games software? Read-write Cds will also herald FMV SuperBase Professional SuperPlus, the FMV database, or Wordworth Xllll, the desktop video publishing system. The future is in motion now.
THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AMIGA FORMAT The (:D32 has already proved itself its more than 'just it console'. The power of the AGA chipset to deliver complex multimedia presentations has been harnessed by l.ondon Transport for their newly revamped museum at Covent Garden.
The museum, which re-opened on 16 December 1993. Uses 109 C.D:1-s to give visitors technical and historical information about the exhibits, sub-titled video sequences, touch screen displays detailing the history of the lubes and even an underground train simulator!
Unit cost oi the delivery platform becomes a major issue when the quantity ol machines gels this high. And the CD 11 can no longer be denied dial die Amiga CD**- is more than a console toy. The launch of the £199.99 Full Motion Video (FMV) add-on for CD32 proves it.
FMV. Also known as Video CD, blurs the boundaries between home computing and home video. It is based on the MPF.G 1 (Motion Pictures Expert Group) standard which was recentlv ratified bv Commodore along with such weighty names as Sony. JVC. Matsushita.
Paramount and (1) originators. Philips.
Equipped with the new module. Cl)32 owners will be able to use Cds that contain up to 74 minutes ol movie quality (25-30 Virgin soccer it to ’em I don't know much about football, but I do know what I like (Leeds Utd FC, incidentally). But one thing I do know is that we, the English, are a bit crap at it. Don't deny it. We're not in the World Cup, are we?
Virgin Games think so too, although they'd probably put it in a more subtle way.
But instead of just sitting back and poking fun from the safety of Richard Branson's private tropical paradise island. Virgin Games have decided to do something about it. They've launched the Virgin Games Schools Football Initiative.
This is basically a scheme to get them lots of publicity. But we're not knocking them for it and it's not even free publicity, because as you can see from the photo (above, right), they have given £47,000 to storage medium is perfect for this kind of use. Imagine the cost of 109 Pcs with 24- bit graphics cards and CD-ROM drives! It's safe to assume the (4)3- s future as a multimedia platform is assured. In fact. Kieran Sumner. Commodore's multimedia sales manager says: ''We're delighted that the vast multimedia potential of CD’*- has been tapped lot such a prestigious project.
This system will convince any user just what the technology can achieve. I'm sure that this will be the first of many."
Companies requiring information on the benefits of multimedia can contact Index, the creators of the Transport Museum svstem. On 0256 703426.
Fps) footage. Commodore, and the other ratifying parties, all claim that the quality of Video (4) surpasses that of the VHS home video standard. Combine this with the CD-standard audio output, and von have an incredibly powerful machine.
The movie, recording and software industries are already developing for the format with games, music video Cds and even full-blown films ready to ship. But the development of the Amiga Video CD addon will not be restricted to Cds developed specifically for it. The module will even be able to use FMV discs created for use with Philips CD-i machines.
Ft 'j£9PI m | _ :- --------- Virgin hopes to put British soccer back in line for the World Cup with their £47,000 donation.
The scheme. The money will be used to promote soccer in UK schools, and introduce the Coerver - one-ball one-player - method of coaching to British sports masters.
The Government's Sportsmatch scheme means they will match Virgin's input pound for pound. So that's the 2006 World Cup in the bag then.
A1200 and CD32 Games TOP 10 f , ELSPA PENGUIN ~ ¦ CHAR1S-S555S£ Cannon Fodder Virgin Mortal Kombat Virgin Frontier: Elite 2 Gametek Premier Manager 2 Gremlin Graphics Jurassic Park OceanFG The Settlers Blue Byte Zeal 2 Gremlin Graphics Micro Machines Codemosters Sensible Soccer 92 93 Renegade Mindscope Championship Manager 93 82% Domark Alien Breed 2 80% Team 17 Lemmings 2 FG94% Psygnosis Syndicate FG91% Electronic Arts Zeal FG95% Gremlin Graphics Body Blows Galactic 88% Team 17 European Champions 73% Ocean F-117A Nighthawk FG9 2% Microprose Simon the Sorcerer 84% Adventure Soft Goal I 88%
Virgin Flashback FG93% US Gold The Chaos Engine FG90% Renegade Mindscope Gunship 2000 87% Microprose FI Grand Ms FG92% Microprose Campaign 2: Global Conflict 79% Empire FG95% New ?
74% FG90% 89% 70% FG94% FG93% FG90% 80% FI 84% Domark Hired Guns FG95% Psygnosis Cool Spot 78% Virgin Sleepwalker FG91% Ocean Space Hulk 77% Electronic Arts Dogfight 81% Microprose Chart compiled by GALLUP AHEAD The future of home entertainment - Full Motion Video.
Philips have already used iheir lilin industry clout to rush release 20 movies for the Philips' format. The first third party developer of FMV discs is the Playboy Corporation who have released it massage video on Cl). Hopefully this will raise, if not transform, the profile of Cl ’- and the Amiga family.
We expect Commodore will bundle the Video CD module with one or two FMV-compatible titles for the sub-£200 price tag. For example, late in 1993, CBM's UK MD was meeting with the KMI recording group for rights to iis music catalogue. EMI's stable includes Queen, as Top Ten A1200 Games 1 Jurassic Park 70% Ocean 2 Brutal Sports Football 77% Millennium 3 Star Trek 25th Anniv 50% Interplay 4 Alien Breed 2 80% Team 17 5 Body Blows Galactic 88% Team 17 6 Pinball Fantasies FG95% 21 st Century 7 The Chaos Engine 89% Renegade 8 Civilisation FG95% Kompart 9 Simon the Sorcerer 84% Adventure Soft 10
Ryder Cup Golf FG91% Ocean INOVAtronics get an Edge Directory Opus, authors INOVAtronics, have released a new text editor called I' lgr. This is aimed mainly towards programmers, with features such as auto indenting and an on-line directory containing C instructions and words which commonly pop up in connection with Intuition.
H also sets up a new device (called
F. DOF.:), so files being edited in tile program can be copied
to other devices through the Shell or with programs such as
Directory Opus. To load a new file into Edge, all you need to
do is copy it to the EDGE: device. The UK price is around £50.
For more details contact INOVAtronics on 0707 (562861.
Liberation FG91% Mindscape Sensible Soccer FG93% Renegade Nigel Mansell 73% Gremlin Labyrinth of Time 69% Electronic Arts Pinball Fantasies 84% 21 st Century Dangerous Streets 48% Flair Deep Cere ICE Net reviewed Whales Voyage 81% Flair Zeel FG93% Gremlin 10 Overkill Lunar-C 84% Mindscape Microbotics sold out Prominent Amiga peripherals manufacturers Microbotics have sold their entire product line to Californian video equipment manufacturers Paravision. In effect all Microbotics business has been transferred to Paravision, who have promised to honour all warranty commitments.
Paravision have employed all Microbotic’s technical, engineering and management staff, so it will not immediately affect Microbotics product line, including the forthcoming SX1 CD32 expansion unit. Paravision say they intend to: "Support and develop the acquired line with particular emphasis on A1200 and 4000 products."
The company also has plans to develop products for PC compatibles. Paravision are on 0101 818 772 8896.
Well as the RCA label with David Bowie and Elvis Presley back catalogues.
Several software houses are also developing games which make use of the new standard. Millenitmt's Uoliiicoil Cl)’- disc alreath had att FMV intro animation, and more will surely follow. Keep reading Ah' for the first detailed review of the module and of the accompanying software.
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CENTRAL NUMBER 0543 25 1275 INDEPENDENT CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE It's a great lark this computing, erm... lark! The only problem is it can easily cost lots and lots of money. For that reason it’s very important to make the right decisions before buying software and hardware. But what are the right decisions? We tracked down some Amiga Format readers and asked them what they would most like to buy for their machines. Marcus Dyson puts Afs money where its mouth is... WE ALL KNOW what we would buy if someone tame along and deposited £250 in our pockets, don't we? £250 is quite a lot of money, but
just falls short of the cash it would take to buy an Amiga 1200 or a CDS1!. But would either of out- lucky subjects elect to add some more money from their own pockets to buy a new machine? Or would they stick with the trusty Amiga they have and concentrate on software or extra hardware? Read on and you will find out... FEBRUARY 1 994 SPEND! SPEND! SPEND!
On Tottenham Court Road. London’s own 'electric avenue’, Kirsty Gordon flashes her wad. TCR has many computer dealers, but the Silica Shop is Kirsty’s chosen destination. But what did she buy?
All you Where serious applications are concerned. £200 will buy you two or three cheaper ones at a push. But with £250, the purchaser has to make more decisions, forego more alternatives in order to gel better value, or a greater number of products. With £250 the buyer is forced to make difficult decisions such as whether to buy Deluxe PainI -I, or Brilliance. Dpainl is very good, but Brilliance completely outclasses it. Unfortunately, Brilliance also costs roughly twice as much as Dpainl. But with £250 in your pocket, what does it matter? But if you buy Dpainl, it leaves more to spend
on games! Decisions, decisions!
It's not as simple as it first sounds, is it?
Just thinking about it, you know you could spend £250 a hundred times over. But when you actually have the money in your hands, well it's another ball game. Once it's gone, it's gone. If you waste it in a consumer frenzied adrenalin rush, you'll regret it later when you didn't get yourself a copy of Uridium 2, or Skidmarks.
And, of course, there are conditions, well one. The money has to be spent on Amiga software and hardware. We went out looking for likely candidates to spend our cash. Here's what we discovered... need KIRSTY GORDON kirstv wrote a letter asking if Amiga Formal would be willing to sponsor her final sear at college. Now. Normalls the answer would have been a definite no.
It's not that we re hard hearted - Future Publishing give fisc per cent ol I heir net profits to charilv every vear - but is C.A we have so many student readers, to pick out one or two would be unfair to the rest.
On this one occasion, however. Kirstv wvts lucks. Phenomenally so. As I opened her begging letter. I was silting at my desk Irving to work out how 1 could locate and contact two readers to use for this feature.
Voila! I had ms litst victim.
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Plume tails were exchanged, and I asked Kirstv where she intended lo spend her money. The Silica Shop oil Tottenham Court Road. London, was her choice so we arranged to meet.
Now Kirsiv isn’t so stupid as to meet strange men (not that I am strange, of course) in the centre of London, just because they oiler her a wad of cash. So she asked il her boyfriend Richard could join us. It also turned out to be opportune, because Richard was as much the Amiga user as Kirsty.
Kirsty is originally from Cleveland, but she is currently studying in London, where she has lived for two years. Kirsty cattle across the Amiga at college, were she is completing a degree course in photography. Film and television.
"I've used Amigas at other places before college, and I just like working with them," said Kirsty. “Since 1 was doing animation on my course. I thought the Amiga would be an ideal computer to use. And I now have one at home, which really makes life a lot easier."
Continued overleaf w I'D BUY... Marcus asks some more members of the public what they would like to buy If they had £250, but doesn't actually give them any money.
DAVID MOLDS WORTH 'I'd get a CD*2," states the chemist (and exhibitionist) from Barnsley.
But a CD*2 costs £300. "Well, I’d add £50 and get one.' Is David already an Amiga owner? “Yes, I bought an Amiga 500 about three yean »go, and upgraded to an A1200 a few months ago*.
Why does he feel the need to upgrade again so soon? "At first I doubted that CD32 was going to be a success, but it soon became apparent that it was the best machine around, it's a happening format' So what CD32 games Is David most looking forward to? -Pinball Fantasies. I've already got the AGA version for my A1200, but if I had a CD32. I'd want it for that There's a danger that if David had the CD version we wouldn't be able to print this picture, but then again, maybe we would!
Kirsty lives with her boyfriend Richard, who owned an A500 when they met, together they have now upgraded to an AI200. The introductions made. Kirsty leads the way to the Silica Shop. On the way, Richard explains that they have already contacted the Silica Shop and warned them of our visit. This wasn't exactly in the spirit of the article as we had conceived it, but that's what happens if you work with live actors.
When we arrived at the Silica Shop, the manager Geoff Mack told us he'd be with us in a couple of minutes. He wasn't.
But since we had arrived at lunchtime, two weeks before Christinas, it w-asn't really his fault. When he did manage to extricate himself front his other commitments he gave us his undivided attention for nearly 45 minutes.
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Geolf explained that Silica believe their prices are very competitive, but if people are looking to spend a lot of money on software, like Kirsty was. It is a good idea to pop into the shop in person because a 'deal' isn't out of the question.
Margins on Commodore hardware are not generous at present, so a retailer has more opportunity to offer a discount if you are spending £300 on software, mouse mats and RAM expansions than if you were spending the whole lot on an A1200.
Above right: Peter calls Special Reserve's order line, while Edward considers their advert.
Richard bought his first Amiga at Silica and both he and Kirsty have stuck with the store ever since. He first became aware of the shop from an advert in a magazine. “We're happy with the service we've got from them." Said Richard, "they seem to know what they are talking about".
Kirsty had a pretty clear idea what she wanted to buy: "A paint program with animation. A digitiser, and a sampler are the top of the list."
Geoff explained that Silica were always happy to demonstrate products if customers called ahead to book an appointment. But no demonstrations were necessary as Kirsty was quite clear what she wanted. Deluxe Faint -I ACA. rtdi 12 ACA.
CineMorph and TechnoSound Turbo 2. What provoked these decisions? All of these products were rated very highly in Amiga Format. So do our reviews have a big influence on Kirstv's purchasing decisions?
"Most of the stuff I've chosen is determined by the amount of money I had," said Kirslv. "My grant has to cover my rent, my travel and all my other expenses."
Kirsty's choice of 17di-12 was made by comparing a few digitisers' technical specifications in advertisements, but in the end, she said: "I went and asked some of the technicians at college, and they said Vidi-12 was a good one". She chose 1)1'mol 4 because of her experience with the product, but she had enough money to buy Brilliance, so why the old stager? “I'm used to it and it's easy to use," she explained.
HOW TWO READERS SPENT THEIR MONEY.
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The impressive G T DSSS+ was well within her reach, so why choose the Techno Sound Turbo 2; "We've only just got our MIDI keyboard and software, and we're just getting into it, so we wanted something simple to use. And it was the cheapest sampler they had in the shop," said Kirstv. And CineMorph? Would she use it as pan of her work? "I don't really know, but it's fun!"
On top of the serious software Kirsty needs for her college course, she decided she also needed a mouse and some games.
.As Richard helped her hunt through the shelves. I chatted with Geoff about what was shifting off the shelves.
“We're certainly selling more Amiga stuff than Sega games," he said. That's nice to know, but that statement has to be iewed in context. Silica are a fairly average Sega dealer in a street packed with purveyors of cut- price and import console product. Nevertheless. Amiga gillies are selling, and in some cases, selling extremely well.
"Gannon Fodder is doing very well, as is Brutal Football. And tile old favourite Syndicate is still selling very well indeed."
Kirsty and Richard finally made up their minds and decided on Sim Fife and Frontier - Flite 2.
But did those two rather cerebral games represent the couple's taste?
"Richard's favourite game is Sensible Soccer.
Or maybe Civilization," said Kirstv.
"But we've seen reviews for Frontier.
And we went 'Ooh! That looks really good'. We read lots of reviews, if we can’t afford the magizines we go to WH Smith and read them."
It has to be said now readers, that we don't condone this sort of behaviour, but we wouldn't, would we? Richard added: "I've been waiting for Frontier for years".
But their A1200 is only six months old. So why the new mouse? “Our old one broke, the left mouse button broke.” Some things never change.
Now for our second victim... EDWARD WAG STAFF When I walked up to Peter Wagstaff in WH Smith and offered him £250 for his son, I thought he was going to say "deal" and shake me by the hand. I was buying some wrapping paper. Peter was standing ahead of me in the queue. He was buying a copy of the fabulous bumper Christmas issue of Amiga Format. It must be a very strange experience, someone wandering up to you in a newsagents and offering you £250 for doing next to nothing, but Mr Wagstaff look it in his stride, and the services of his son Edward were eventually committed to A miga Format.
Edward decided to buy his Amiga products by mail order. A sensible move when you consider the savings that are to lie had. But mail order can also be a necessity for those who live in a town such as Bath, where specialist computer retailers are less common than Amiga power supplies in the Amiga Format offices. It also worked very well for the purposes of this feature, but it wasn't staged at all, honest readers! It wasn't.
Edward came to the Afoffices bearing a bundle of well-thumbed copies of Amiga Format, among them the fateful Christmas issue. Since discovering that he was to be a guinea pig. Edward and his dad had spent manv hours, pouring over the pages of Amiga Format, mostly the adverts.
Hike Kirsty. Edward has an Amiga
1200. Hut because he uses it for serious applications much of the
time, he was aware that he really needed a hardware
upgrade. “I'm not sure whether 1 should get a drive, a
printer or a RAM expansion."
He declared.
Edward uses databases and spreadsheet software, so a hard drive doesn't seem like a high priority, but he also does a fair amount of desktop publishing 011 an ancient PC-compatible laptop. "I use it to do a magazine, an ecology magazine,” he said. Understandably. Edward would rather put his publication together using his Amiga, so a system capable of DTP is his objective.
The problem is that DIP is very demanding on all aspects of a system. Both a hard drive and extra RAM are advisable, and a printer is a necessity. .After some weighing up of the pros and cons, Edward plumped for a hard drive. A Hick through Ah revealed Software Demon's 130Mb internal 3.5-inch device as the one for Edward, and the tall was duly made.
With most of Itis cash now spent.
Edward then chose the time-honoured route of topping up his expensive 'serious' purchases with a few more recreational buys. Buying games through mail order can save pounds. Edward had his eyes 011 MicroProse's Formula One Grand Prix which is £35 in the local WH Smith, but only £13.4!) In Special Reserve's ad. So he did the obvious thing and shelled out £7 for a one-year membership to Special Reserve.
Lie then took full advantage of their members' discounts to obtain .out 2 lot just £16.09. He finished oil the order with an analogue joystick. (“The perfect coman- ion to Ft I offered) and 50 Sony-branded disks. “Always a handy thing to have around," concluded Edward's dad.
There is a theory in science called Heisenberg's uncertainty principle which proposes that in the act of conducting an experiment, you influence the sample, and therefore affect the result. The paradoxical nature of this contention prevents it ever actually being proven. But it certainly seems to have been the case in our little hit of research.
Kirsty and Richard used the fact that Amiga Format would he coming along to give Silica lots of free publicity (which they actually deserved; they were very good) to get an extra discount out of them.
Peter and Edward came with a big list of options and asked us to advise them (hey. That is what we are here for) on what they should purchase. But in the end they both made up their own minds, and we found their choices jolly interesting. But if you think you would have made better use of the money, now is your chance to show us how.
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REGULAR DOSES This is the first in a regular series of columns about Comms. Over the next few months, we will be covering many aspects of Comms, including setting up your own BBS, a modem round-up and how to send letters to your distant cousin in Australia without ever touching a pen. Next month we will be taking you on a guided tour around Spong!, the Amiga Format Bulletin Board, and be giving you full details on how to join the revolution.
OVER THE PAST few years, a quiet revolution has been taking place in computing. Up until a few years ago. Contact between computer users was limited to a few clubs and magazines such as this. But now. Many thousands of users of all types of computers are able to communicate easily and relatively cheaply via the public telephone network.
Let’s take an example. Say you have a query about your Amiga. You could ask for help from a computer club or write in to a magazine such as Amiga Format. Both of these will probably supply vou with an answer, but it will take time. If you were involved in any of the various Electronic Mail a Ms§Track+ 2:44i S,
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The revolution will not be televised, but you will be able to dial it up and make rude comments about it. Let comrade Richard Baguley show you around the unnerving world of comms.
(E-Mail) networks, you could post a message with your problem, and have replies front computer users all over die globe within a few days. You could also participate in discussions on subjects ranging from astronomy to vegetarian cookery.
Another example: you desperately need a utility to recover some valuable data from a damaged floppy disk, but you don’t have the utility to hand.
You could order it from a I’ll company and have it delivered in a dav or two, for around £2.
Alternatively, you could lire up your trusty modem, call up a local Bulletin Board and download it in a few minutes for the cost of a local phone call. Doesn't this sound like the sort of revolution you should be involved in?
To be part of this revolution you will need four things: an Amiga, some comrns software, a modem and a telephone line. Any model of Amiga is suitable because comms does not require an accelerated machine or large amounts of memory.
The comms program you use is a matter of choice, but die two most popular programs are .VComm and Term. Both of these are Shareware, and should be available from any good PD library.
Alternatively, many retailers are now supplying comms software free when you purchase a new modem, so check what you are getting if you’re buying a new modem.
Continued overleaf A TYPICAL SESSION ON A BULLETIN BOARD Here, we show you through a typical session on a BBSs (The Norwich Amiga BBS on 0603 55656). This is a small BBS, running on an accelerated 62000. Although it’s fairly typical of most BBSs, others may not follow exactly the same sequence, so you shouldn't regard this as being applicable to all BBSs. If you are unsure of how to find your way around, read through the menus, or ask the SysOp (System Operator, the person who runs the BBS) for help.
« m itM l.i V(m»* i.jj I »f* U f*tt* th* I0IIK ft* Mil M MCMil In a few seconds, the CONNECT message appears, showing that the two modems are communicating correctly.
The BBS software asks me to press escape, to show that I am a human caller, not an automatic E-Mail system.
Buying a modem is like buying a car: the more you pay, the faster it goes. And the faster a modem goes, the quicker it can send and receive data and the less time you spend on the phone.
FEBRUARY 1994 COMMUNICATIONS SPEED MACHINES So that different makes of modem can communicate with each other, a series of standards (also called protocols) have been defined, with names such as V22, V22bis, V32 and V32bis. These are in ascending order of speed. A V22 modem can only send data at the rate of 2400 bits per second (that is approx 1 3 Kilobyte) per second, while a V32Bis modem can send data at 14,400 bits per second (approx 1 3 4 K). The faster protocols can also compress data as it's sent further speeding up the process, although this depends on the type of data. New protocols
(such as V32Terbo and V-Fast) will be available soon, but they have not yet been completely defined.
Fortunately, there are a good range of modems available, from the cheap to the very The next thing you will need is a modem, which is the device for converting the digital information from your computer into a form that can be transferred down the telephone line. (See the box above called Speed Machines for details on die various types of modems available, but they all work in the same basic way.)
The digital data from your computer's serial port is transformed into a sound which is sent down the telephone line. The modem at the other end converts this back into a digital signal, and passes it to the other computer's serial port. This process is what gives modems their name: it’s short for Modulator-Demodulator.
You also need a telephone line. Most modern modems plug directly into the telephone socket and have the green triangle approval mark, which means that they have passed a series of tests to ensure that they won't damage you or the telephone system.
However, many modems have not undergone this process see the box headed Seeking ’I M* nil IW-WKtl'l •VS'll M l 1*33* *4* » “:Hi MSK’ «**« m ill Mi'rt it •« *):i ill to wmhui ••• I '•3444134 :1*140: I . K* 1*1 mi I Once you've entered your details, it's into the main part of the board, via a message from the SysOp (the person who runs the board). This is a message from the local area, where messages about this BBS are posted.
Expensive. Check out the Supra 2400 (£74.99) or the Amstrad SM2400 from First Computer Centre.
Or you could probably pick up a V22bis modem for around £40 secondhand, but make sure you test it before buying.
If you want a model that can handle the faster speeds, try the US Robotics Sportster (£249.99 from Phoenix) or the Supra V32Bis fax modem (£229 from Power). Supra have also recently released a slightly cut down version of their popular V32 bis Modem (The Supra 144LC, £154.99 from First Computer Centre). If you won't settle for anything but the best, you'll want the US Robotics HST DS+, which is the favourite modem for heavy usage such as setting up a BBS. It's expensive, but it is without doubt the best - including the new V32terbo protocol it will cost you £559.99 from First Computer Centre.
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Approval for the legal implications of this. The modems are controlled by a series of commands (usually referred to as the Hayes command set), all of which begin with AT (short for attention).
You shouldn't normally need to worry about this, because programs such as Ncomm will talk to the modem for you, making things much easier .
So you've got your modem, and your software is installed on your Amiga. What next? All over the country there are a large number of systems (called Bulletin Board Systems or BBS) which are connected to telephone lines purely for the purpose of allowing other users to call in and read messages and download files.
We've given you the numbers of six of the biggest (see the box headed Six top BBSs), but don't worry if you can't find one in your area. Call the nearest one to you and check the list of other BBS that most carry. Hopefully, you will find one in your dialling code which you can call without having to fork out a fortune on your telephone I jti» Hbw*" M£ m JVM* III LM4FF !fi IOTBT ffl THE !
From the main menu, you can access all the other parts of the board (such as the message and the file menus) by pressing the appropriate key. I've just checked to see who is on line, but it's only me at the moment.
WATCH YOUR TELEPHONE BILL In order to show you how much using a modem will cost this table shows how long it would take to receive a 339K file (which would fill just over a third of a floppy disk) using various types of modem. The approximate cost of receiving this file from a BBS both a local and a long distance phone call away is also included.
COST COST (local) (long Speed1 Protocol2 Time distance) 2400 V22biS
25. 00 £0.35 £1.49 9600 V32 6:30 £0.10 £0.40
14. 400 V32bis 3:55 £0.10 £0.25 1 Speed measured in bits per
second, not counting data compression The standard name for
the protocol used to transmit the data 3 Time in minutes and
seconds to receive the entire file As you can see. Having a
faster modem can save you a considerable amount of money,
especially if you are regularly calling long distance to
get big files. If you are likely to be calling
internationally, a fast modem is essential, because the
faster protocols are also less susceptible to noisy phone
lines.
Bill. Most Bulletin Boards belong to a worldwide electronic mail network called Fidonet, which allows the Bulletin Boartl to swap messages with any other member of the network. Therefore, you can send mail directly from your local Bulletin Board to another one on the other side of the world with a simple six digit address, such as 2:255 77. Fidonet also includes a large number of conferences (also called F.choes) on a mammoth range of subjects from Amigas to Zoology. Fidonet isn't alone, as there are several other networks such as AmigaNet (Amiga specific topics) and Worldnel (various topics).
It's undeniably true that the comms revolution is changing the way that computer users talk to each other and it's slowly, but surely, spreading into other areas as well. Within a few years, you will probably check your electronic postbox in the same way that you pick up the mail off the doormat today.
Comms is still in its infancy, but it's fast becoming a whole new medium.
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One aspect of comms that worries many new users is the approval of modems. Under the terms of the 1981 Telecommunications Act it is an offence to connect a modem to the public telephone network unless it is BABT-approved.
Telephone watchdog Oftel, say anybody prosecuted for this could face a significant fine. The law is intended to ensure that modems which don't work properly with the telephone network aren't connected to it but the cost of this approval can be several thousand pounds.
Supra have been selling low-cost fast modems for years, but these have not been approved.
However, Supra are now seek ing approval for their modems, although this will probably involve some redesigning, with a possible price increase. There are no plans for an upgrade for unapproved modems which have already been purchased.
THE 10 GOLDEN RULES OF COMMS 6 using them Don't be afraid to ask. If you are having a problem with a BBS, or aren't sure about how to get what you want ask the SysOp.
2 Don't waffle. Remember that other people are paying for your messages to be carried around the world.
3 Calling a BBS is like visiting somebody's house; you wouldn't walk in, put your shoes on the sofa and complain about the wallpaper.
Don't be unpleasant or vulgar.
4 Some people seem to think that it's amusing to try and put a virus infected file on to a BBS. It isn't big or clever, so don't.
5 Don't hang up the phone half way through a BBS session. Find the option for saying goodbye, otherwise you may crash the BBS.
COSTING THE EARTH?
Comms can be an expensive business. It's very easy to log on to a Bulletin Board and spend a lot of time looking around or chatting to other users. This can increase your phone bill considerably, especially if it's a long distance call you are making.
SEEKING APPROVAL?
Most programs will produce a log file of your calls which will allow you to keep a tab on your calls, but it is a good idea to use a stopwatch or alarm dock to give you a quick indication of how long you have been on-line.
Over the past few months, British Telecom have run a series of advertisements, featuring world famous physicist Stephen Hawking, about how important communication is to the human race.
BT, who make an immense profit, have not seen fit to follow this up with a lowering in the cost of telephone calls in the UK. Which are still amongst the highest in Western Europe.
The only exception to this is in the Hull area, where subscribers to Kingston Telecom's service enjoy the benefit of very low-cost line installation and extremely cheap local calls.
This means that there is a thriving Bulletin Board community in the area, and it's possible for systems such as Metnet Triangle to have 10 telephone lines running.
For the rest of us, however, getting a new line installed to set up a BBS will cost around £150, which scares most people off. If BT really want to get people using the phone, isn't it time for them to reassess their pricing structure for both installation and telephone use?
Check all files that you have downloaded with an up-to-date virus checker before 7 Don't just download files. If you've got a file that is not on the BBS, upload it.
8 Call during off-peak hours, and tell other people in your house that you are using the telephone.
9 If you are regularly calling a BBS to read messages, investigate using an OLR (Off-Line Reader) to gather your messages quickly and allow you to read them without hogging the telephone.
Always give your real details such as I name, and so on when calling a BBS, and never try to get away with a false name.
SIX TOP BBSs In order to get you started in comms, here are the details for prominent Bulletin Boards around the UK.
COMMUNICATIONS 1-01 for Amiga 071-377 1358 One of the biggest BBS in the UK, with a huge range of files on any number of topics.
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2 - Metnet Triangle 0482 473871 The BBS that proves it is possible to run 10 telephone lines off one Amiga. A vast number of files and excellent animated menus.
3 - Amiga Swopshop 081-986 5964 Official UK support BBS for Activa products such as Real 3D and Mediapoint. Covers all areas of Amiga use, but specialises in 3D graphics.
4 - 061 for Amiga 061-799 4922 Amiga-only, with a wide range of file areas and a large number of conferences.
5 - Burning Chrome 0428 727060 A distinct cyberpunk influence makes this BBS well worth checking out.
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6 - Red Rose 0772 652212 A very popular BBS, with a wide range of E-Mail echoes.
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FEBRUARY 1 994 FORTHCOMING GAMES Check out the specs of what’s coming next.
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Our up-to-the-minute listing of forthcoming releases FEBRUARY Alien Broed Qwak CD32 Arcade Pool Bash Street Kide Batman Returns Battle Isle 2 AGA Batttetoads Beavers CD32 Blue and the Grey Champ Manager Collection Chaos Engine CD32 Cyberspace Darkmere Darks tone Dunk CD32 Dreamweb Enemy Unknown Fly Harder Genesis (prov title) CO32 HB Animation Workshop Humans 1 ft 2 CD32 Legacy of Sorasil Uonheart CD32 Liverpool CD32 Man Utd Premier League Monopoly Nick Faldo's Golf CD32 No Second Prize CD32 Out to Lunch Project X F17 Challenge CD32 Rise of the Robots Sabre Team CD32 Surf Ninjas Ultimate Body
Blows CO32 Uridlum 2 CD32 Whiter Olympics Winter Super Sports CD32 Zoai 2 CD32 Zoo! 2 AGA Team 17 Team 17 Qameteh Seventh Sword features both human and Amiga-controlled characters who can help you in your quest.
Renegade Empire Core Design Core Design Supervision Empire Microprose KrisaSs MENACING GOOD FUN With over one million fan club members, misKrisails Supervision Grandslam Thallon Mlndscape Team 17 MARCH A320: Approach Trainer Ambetmoon Benefactor Crash Dummies Detroit Diggers CO32 Dracula Ehmanla Fire and Ice CD32 Global Effect CD32 Robinson's Requiem Speedbafi 2 CD32 Startord Psygnosts Virgin Impressions The fat plumbers from Nintendo head for the North Pole and discover the evil Bowser's lair In the new edutainment game Mario Is Missing.
APRIL Brian the Lion Flight of the Amazon Queen G2 (prov title) Ishar 3 Janies Pond 3 AGA. CD32 TFX AGA. CD32 Tsro brHKam games hr the price of one.
More ball bashing hn than Jimmy White (ooer).
Comic strip heroes create electronic mayhem.
Oft-delayed Him licence goes strai0it to budget.
Teutonic war-game action from Blue Byte.
The waning warty ones are still on their way.
Long-toothed platform heroes get CO32 release.
Relive the swinging 1B60S with this war game.
Footy management compilation.
Bitmap Brothers' mechanical shoot-emup.
ScM adventure game.
Isometric RPG starring Ebryn the Ever-Ready.
Topdown medieval arcade RPG adventure.
Oidn't this game used to be called Dong?
Topdown cyberpunk adventure.
Close encounters ol the alien kind.
Straight to budget shoot-emup game.
Phd CoMns searches for his missing toupee.
Create your own cutesy cartoons.
Two prehistoric piatfomilng puzzlers.
Isometric medieval role-playing game.
Hack 'n' slash fun from Germany.
Second footy to make it on to CD32.
Mote Mancy footy antics from Krisails.
Electronic version of popUar board game.
Format Gold winning golf challenge goes 32-bit.
Slick 3D motorbike racing game.
Pierre La Chef cooks up a culinary storm.
Space shooter and racing game on one CD.
Futuristic beat-emup by ex-Bitmaps.
Isometric shoot-emup based on the SAS.
Licence version of the forthcoming movie.
Ail their previous beat croups In one.
8raybrook's superb shorrt-em-up sequel.
Official licence of the world's snowy sports.
More skiing, skating and skeet-shooting.
The world's second best piatformer on CD32.
The world's greatest piatformer goes dayglo.
Drop like a stone on to your favourite airports.
Long-deleted sequel to acclaimed Isometric RPG.
Action-packed piatformer from Digital Illusions.
It's Nke smacking your head against a brick wall.
Do a Henry Ford and buHd your own car empire.
Format Gold winner emerges from the CD32 bundle.
Winona Ryder In Amiga debut shocker.
Prime contender for Mortal Kombat's crown.
Rewritten piatfomilng classic from Graftgold.
Toby Simpson's classic god-game.
Space RPG from Ishar programmers. Sumarils.
Bloodthirsty roDerbail action.
Civilization heads for the stars.
Psygnosts Cutesy platform game.
Renegade Antipodean graphic adventure.
Psygnosts First-person space adventure.
Daze More RPG action from the land of Kendoria.
Millennium Pond Is back... and this time he's wetter than ever.
Graphically stunning flight sim.
SEVEN1 Grandslam join the classic battle between good and evil with their latest RPG. The Seventh Sword of Mendor.
The land of Grymordla has been divided into two unequal halves. Arcurann is ruled by seven peace-loving princes and Wonghar is controlled by the war like Medric.
Until now. Arcurann has been protected from Medric’s evil advances by the magical properties of the seven swords of Mendor. But when one goes missing, the land of Grymordia Is plunged Into darkness. You have to gather together seven variously-skilled adventurers and solve a series of complicated quests, before retrieving the missing sword and defeating Medric's malevolent forces.
With 64 on-screen colours. 71.000 different screens, digitised graphics and a host of Dungeon Masterstyle locations, Seventh Sword looks like being a massive and highly-atmospheric role-playing adventure. The game goes on sale in March, price £29.99. An enhanced AGA version will also be available. Grandslam can be contacted on 081-680 7044 if you need any more details.
Chievous anti-heroes Dennis and Gnasher are the most enduring of all comic book characters.
Now Alternative Software are hoping to cash in on the pair's popularity with an isometric adventure game set In Beanotown.
Four of Dennis' friends have mysteriously disappeared and it's your job to find them before Dennis and Gnasher have been terrorising the Inhabitants of your dad catches up with Beano,own ,or ,he las 55 years, now it's your turn to do the same, you. The only problem is Wimpy Walter and his gang of Softies keep getting In your way. So It's just as well Minnie the Minx. Roger the Dodger and Rasher - your pet pig - are there to help. You also have an astounding array of schoolboy weaponry such as catapults and stink bombs at your disposal.
With over 3Mb of graphics based on the pages of the Beano. Dennis and Gnasher looks like being a rollicking adventure. The game is available now, price £24.99. You can phone Alternative Software on 0977 797777 If you want to know more.
MAD What on earth are Mindscape up to?
Apparently they've stuck the fat little plumber from Nintendo in a slick new edutainment game for the Amiga.
Aimed at kids aged seven years and up. Mario is Missing is an arcade adventure based on the skills required by the National Curriculum for Geography. The aim of the game is to search for a series of exotic 20 and 3D locations to find the missing Mario and his evil captor Bowser. As children make their way around the game world they learn to map read and follow compass directions.
Already endorsed by leading educationalists. Mario is Missing combines all the fun elements of Amiga gaming with a more serious and Informative educational message.
Mario Is Missing goes on sale shortly, price £29.99. Phone Mindscape on 0444 246333 If you want to know more.
MINDSCAPE GO MARIO COMING GAMES FEBRUARY 1 994 ZEEWOLF TAKES OVER THE ASYLUM Newcomers Asylum Software - headed by former Amiga Format inmates Bob Wade and Andy Smith - are set to launch their first Amiga-based game.
Zeewott. In mld-1994.
Zeewott is a 3D helicopter shoot-em-up featuring 32 spine-tingling, missions against a wide variety of remarkably evil and unpleasant opponents. Chief programmer Andy Wilton has incorporated more than ten different vehicle types into the game, including gunboats, personnel carriers and amphibious tanks. There are also some truly enormous sprites such as aircraft carriers and power stations for you to marvel at. Although Andy Wilton spent three months writing the 3D polygon routines alone, they are not Asylum's prime consideration: "Maximum playability is what we're after." Says Andy.
To this end. He has invested considerable time and effort into making the game as slick and as fast as possible, so the whole thing zips along at a really frenetic pace.
Impressively, the mouse-controlled helicopter in Zeewott handles just like the real thing, ft hovers above the ground of its own accord, and you just have to maintain thrust and keep tabs on your limited weaponry. The game also has plenty of neat touches, such as the way you can hoist friendly tanks Into the air and cause plumes of spray by machine-gunning the sea.
Zeewott is being programmed to run on all 1Mb Amigas and will come on one disk only, so there’s no tedious disk- accessing or swapping. Zeewott should go on sale around June and although a price has yet to be fixed, it should cost about £30. Watch this space for more Your helicopter comes under fire from an amphibl- details. Asylum can be contacted on ous tank. Time to launch those homing missiles. 0225 428494.
REUNION Grandslam are launching themselves into deep space with their latest adventure strategy game Reunion which should be on sale shortly.
Reunion follows the fortunes of a bunch of colonists who flee the Earth following a mysterious rebel uprising.
Unfortunately their craft is damaged by space debris on uke Maelstlorn Reunion places you In control of a bunch of take-off and the colonists are C0|0n|sls desperate to survive the unfriendly depths ol space, soon forced to abandon ship.
You play the President of the so-called New Earth whose task is to take responsibility for the survival of the colonists and eventually help them return to Earth and uncover the causes of the insurrection which forced them to leave in the first place.
The action takes place chiefly from the control room of your spaceship where you make the decisions to colonise new planets, trade or war with alien races and manage your colony's resources. Reunion is costs £29.99. Grandslam can be contacted on 081-680 7044 for further Reunion information.
Series of human or Get your own back on those alien warmongers with a spot Amiga-controlled oppo- o( a,cade stra(egy |n Breach 3.
Nents over five different campaigns. Each marine can be assigned duties individually or collectively to achieve a series of given objectives.
Using many of the features of the Rules of Engagement 2 game engine. Breach 3 features a much Improved control system, a scenario editor for creating your own missions and superb graphics. With its heavy emphasis on arcade and strategy elements, Breach 3 rwhich eally could be Cannon Fodder's big brother is priced at £29.99. Impressions can be contacted on 071-3512133.
Strategy specialists Impressions are finally releasing a sequel to the highly-acclaimed Breach 2 in March.
The new title is imaginatively called Breach 3 and places you In charge of a squad of nine space marines who embark on an ali-out war against a ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH Kompart follow up the astounding success of The Settlers with a cutesy platform game from Danish programmers Interactivision.
Naughty Ones features 50 levels of puzzles, baddies and collectables spread over five themed worlds: Mad Mechanics, Crazy Clocks, Furious Fire, Red Russians and Evil Egypt.
The aim of the qame is World One of Naughty Ones Is full of all kinds of nasties ., .. . , Including flying robots and ball-hurling ond-ol-level meanies. Guide your little hero around each level, scoring as many points as possible. To keep things interesting, your character has oil kinds of special abilities and there's o nifty two-player option which enables you and a pal to compete against each other on the same screen. Naughty Ones will be available in both standard and AGA versions from mid-March, price £25.99. UK distributors Kompart can be contacted on 0727 868005.
TFX AND INFERNO A new flight sim, fluffy white clouds, Alien Sex Fiend, a man called Hollywood, and an artist from Judge Dredd... how does all of this come together? Tim Smith makes the connections.
Boy, oh boy are we about to be given a treat! We are about to be in receipt of an aerial combat outing that, if the previews are to be believed, will knock the spots of allcomers. Well you're in for a treat if you own an A1200 or a CD33.
We're talking about TFX (Tactical Fighter eXperimerl) from that epic combination of Ocean and Digital Image Design (DID).
The specifications for TFX are stunning. Imagine loosing off a laser-guided missile and then being able to follow it on camera. Imagine being able to turn around in the cockpit of your virtual aircraft, I mean really turn your computerised head around. Imagine being able to fly through clouds that don't suddenly turn into dull white pixelated sheets - TFX's clouds are fluffy and foggy. There is none of this jerky front screen to back screen to left screen switching that leaves you feeling jet lagged and depressed.
It all sounds impressive, but we’ve all seen impressive games that don’t cut the mustard when it comes to playability. So what of the gameplay? According to DID’s managing director, Martin Kenwright: "We've tried to combine the best elements of arcade-style action with realistic (aircraft) simulation".
There's plenty of area in which to play as well. DID managed to write more than five per cent of the planet Earth (that's seven million square kilometres worth of Ordnance Survey maps and files) into the game to complement the 3D game engine.
TFX has already been a big hit on the PC, where you'd need a top of the range 486 to scratch the surface. The ability of CD33 to convert the graphics on the fly, combined with its 32-bit processor, custom chips and AGA graphics could make TFX one of the Amiga's best games of the year.
“ We've tried to combine the best off arcade action with realistic flight simulation. ** And Mr Kenwright makes bold claims for his baby and for the work that went into it: "It's like film production people for graphics, people for sound, full-time coders, soon game credits will roll off like in a Lucasfilm movie." Sounds impressive, so let's hope that that TFX lives up to its promise.
Not happy merely to ride with a terrestrial combat game, DID and partners Ocean, have also put their backs into the mutated child of Epic.
Called Inferno, this game uses the skills of graphic artists (and Judge Dredd monthly crayon-wielder) Shaun Philips and also features the strains of 80s goth-popsters, Alien Sex Fiend who provide the background tunes.
Although Inferno's genesis was os a sequel to the disappointing but nevertheless ambitious, Epic, it has grown up since then. Using the 3D graphics for which DID are so rightly renowned, it is the brainchild of the made-for-fame, Shaun Hollywood.
Inferno features 130 missions based around your character, a pilot torn between the opposing powers of good and evil. According to Hollywood: "I wasn't trying to create a film-like game with Inferno - it just turned out that way".
Once again, early glances at the sumptuous graphics provide a nice warm feeling at the base of the games-sensitive polyps that nest at the brain stem of most decent human beings, especially because the images (created with 3D Studio on the PC) should be enhanced and glorified by the technology of the CD33.
Now all we have to hope for is that the people at Ocean and DID haven't concentrated so much on graphics and sound that they have forgotten that what really makes a great game is great gameplay.
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GAMETEK mature with time AMIGA, ATARI’ST l y Konami. Distributor! By Gametek FEBRUARY 1994 COMPETITION What do you get. Then? An Amiga CD32, a super Sony telly and a CD copy of both Zool 1 and ZooI2, that's what, you lucky thing!
What you have to do Answer the following three questions, putting the letters to the correct answers on the back of a postcard or a sealed envelope. And Including your name and address and send It to: Zools Cool Comp, Amiga Format.
Future Publishing. 30 Monmouth Street.
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Entries must be In by 1 March 1994.
Iln Zool 2, Zool has a female companion to help him fight his way through various strange worids in order to beat Mental Block. What Is she called?
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b) Moot
c) Zooz What Is the name of Zool’s other arch enemy?
A) Kruul
b) Krool cl Kreel | What Is their twoheaded pet dog called?
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Now, because Gremlin don't want you to forget that fact, and because Zool I is out on CD32 with Zool 2 to follow soon, they've given us an Amiga CD32, a Sony TV and a copy of each of the games to give away to the lucky platform-loving person who wins this great competition.
With more and more games out on CD format, Commodore's powerful games machine can give you endless hours of button-pressing fun. And it's no ordinary TV screen you will get to see Zool, Zoon, Krool and Zooz on - Sony's M-series TV has a 21-inch tube, Hi Black Trinitron for improved contrast and reduced reflection, and an audio output of four watts!
The questions are not hard, so get your entries in quick and you soon could have the coolest games-playing set-up in town.
AN AMIGA CD32 AND A SONY TV Altitude 200 feet, speed 600 knots. Terrain Hugging system onl Doesn't mean much, does it? Spend a day at RAF Honnington, home to 13 Tornados, and the words will slide off your tongue.
For many hours I had sat at my Amiga playing at being pilot with Digital Integration's flight sim Tornado, but that was nothing - now I was in for the ride of my life.
Paul Monaf visits RAF Honnington to find out what flying a Tornado is really like by taking a ride in an air force training simulator.
I was about to test the ultimate computer flight sim - the three million pound Tornado flight crew simulator. Before I was let loose on the hardware I spent over an hour in pre-flight training, kitted out in a flight suit, G suit, life vest and the rest of the gear.
Flight Lieutenant Mike Smith was my instructor for the day and he immediately strapped me into the Weapons Officer's seat. Now I know how Tom Cruise felt when he was about to go into battle in Top Gun! As the two monstrous engines wound up to full power, my senses dissolved and I was convinced that it was not a large box I was sitting in, but the cockpit of a real Tornado ready and waiting to take off. Fit It Smith released the breaks, the craft lurched forward, the tower gave us clearance and we had lift off!
With the airframe vibrating, the simulator climbed to a cruising altitude of 20 kilometres which felt no worse than a holiday flight only a bit more turbulent. Fit Lt Smith opened the throttles and swept back the wings which made the simulator judder. The mild turbulence grew into buffeting as the simulated speed approached supersonic, then reduced into a comforting rocking ride.
Without warning, the simulator dropped out of supersonic mode and lurched left forcing me tighter into the ejection seat's harness - this would make an excellent fairground ride. Then it threw us to the right, dived, turned and climbed. With the cabin temperature rising and a bad taste in my oxygen mask, I clutched the sick bag close to my chest. I learnt later that all that ducking and diving was the result of the pilot putting the simulator into a power dive to reach a ride height of 200 feet to utilise the Tornado's unique Terrain Hugging system and that if I had dared to open my eyes I
would have seen some fantastic scenery generated by the simulator's visual system.
Then I took my turn in the front chair. This baby is fast enough to out run a SAM I and was ready to use it! But I soon fell back to the ground with a bump when I stalled the simulator on take off. Well, all I had to do was hit 140 knots, pull back on the stick, raise both flaps and the undercarriage, reach 200 feet, engage autothrottle and autopilot and I would then be flying! The problem was that every time I made what I thought was a slight input (pull back, push forward or from side-to-side) on the stick, the simulator would violently jerk in the direction I was trying to point the nose
and all hell would break loose. However, after adjusting my grip on the ultra-sensitive, but heavy, stick it was not long before the simulator was airborne Absolutely amazing. Imagine the best virtual reality game you have been on (those who haven't take my word - the experience is thousands of times better than in your wildest dreams) and then some. With the Terrain Hugging system engaged, which allows the simulator to fly at 200 feet over every terrain, I ducked for cover as it rose and fell to follow the contours of the range | of hills beneath.
This was an experience my body Sgfl will never !e* mo forget I eh RAF Honnington wondering how Digital 1 Integration's new Tornado flight sim T .
Game would compare with the real (well real simulated) thing. Turn the .
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& FEBRUARY 1 994 GAME REVIEW 332 This convoy of trucks will be reduced to a smouldering heap of twisted metal once I’ve found my cluster bombs.
»® “i You can get 3D views of the various enemy planes and weapons. This one’s a Frogfoot (strange name for a plane).
There's AAA fire all round you, lighting the midnight sky like thousands of fire flies, you punch your airspeed up to compensafe for the turbulence as your craft hugs the hillside on the final approach to your primary target Your ground radar alerts you to a SAM site! What do you do? You select Master Arml You're committed, but keep an eye out for those SAM sites!
Originally written for the PC, Tornado comes packaged with an excellent 330-page manual on the Amiga the Mission Planning section was scrapped which makes pages 47 to 95 redundant, but they're still worth reading).
The main option screen is split into three sections: Flight, Demo and Quick Start. Quick Start puts you on a live strike mission without much explanation of what to do, so if you're a beginner it's best to opt for Flight, which allows you to set the preferences such as World Texture, Visual Ronge, Object Density ond Cabin Features.
The neat thing about Tornado is that it features a flight sim within a flight sim, click on this icon and it takes you to a Flight Simulator where you can begin to hone your skills on a number of set tasks, from take-off, to bomb runs and flame outs. In fact everything you need to become a Tornado pilot is displayed in front of Is Tornado a high flier, or is all the hype just pie in the sky? Does it take you on a flight of fancy or will you want to bail out? We’ve got the answers to your Tornado questions.
Here we are in the Tornado cockpit trundling along on manual, and with no arms loaded. In fact we’re not doing very much at all here, are we? Probably just taking the old crate to the garage to check the oil, water and tyre pressures.
You, and where better to learn the plane's systems and memorise the 160 or so keyboard commands?
Flight training After bundles of time in the simulator, you should be ready to make the big leap to live flying on the training ground. There's not a whole heap of difference from the sim to live flying, except that you can crash and burn which will end your current flight log.
A good way to avoid entering a new An external view of your Tornado zipping along at low-level. You can zoom In or out to watch yourselt flying along or even fly the plane from here.
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0 5 m * HI m s THE MANUAL carries some good checklists (pages 294 and 295). But it's a good idea to make your own lists which makes for a much smoother game.
ALWAYS make full use of the different autopilot settings because they will put you on the right lines.
Log is to select the cheat option from the menu. This will ignore any little mishaps you have like dying, but remember you are in control and it wasn't a SAM that got you - they're not active in training.
The landscape view gives you the opportunity to take a long hard look at an enemy city, study the architecture, parks and shops and then blow it all to smithereens.
In Flight Training you can also use the Explore mode to spy on your next target - better than any aerial recon the RAF's got.
Ready for Combat The day will come when you are ready to go all the way. This time there is no cheating and those who have bigger machines will have the preferences set automatically. If you have been Slow Flying, now's the time you enter the real world.
A600 owners will not notice a change in sim speed, but this does not detract from the gameplay.
Clicking on the Combat icon opens another screen which displays Two-Player, Mission and Campaign options. Two-Player enables you to play a pal via direct link or a modem which makes for some heart-stopping head-to-head action.
M Tornado makai for some frantic and absorbing gameplay » With the Mission option you can take part in a number of actions against the enemy's land and sky forces. There are two war zones with 20 missions per zone.
Finally, in Campaign you fly set war missions from o one plane strike to o combined six-Tornado deep strike which, when you're in enemy air space, gives them the chance to show off their hardware. At this point you really need to leave the front seat, hit the Control key and the down arrow, and you'll be in the weapons officer's choir who also doubles as your navigator.
The Tornado mission map acts as a briefing section. From here you can check out what your opponents are up to and get weather updates and other information.
With the Master Alarm buzzing, activate your Flight Plan Display display, change your Multi-Function Display to the forward-looking camera, and try to locate your position on the navigational map. Do all this while the screen is jumping all over the place simulating the turbulence from all that inbound flak, and try to pin point that AAA battery, not forgetting to release flares and chaff! Sounds tough. It is.
Digital Integration makes no excuses for the number of key commands you have to remember, or for the fact that you have to jump from seat to seat - it certainly makes for some frantic gameplay.
Mission Map shows you a map of pre-set flight plans, and by opening the key icon you can highlight all the enemy forces around your flight path. One nice touch is (hot by clicking on your object you can go into explore mode and see your target and the surrounding terrain There are two versions of the Tornado, the ADV (Air Defence Variety) which is much the same as its sister IDS (Intruder Strike Variety), but both play completely different roles. The Combat Air Patrol encounters in both Mission and Campaign form are difficult to master and having restricting cockpit views and some
unimaginative external views do not help matters. Digital Integration have certainly done their homework on Tornado, getting expert advice from the Tornado crews to make the package as realistic as possible.
However, the game does have its faults. There is only one crash sequence, which is fine for belly landings but not for hitting the side of a hill at 600 knots. There is no replay mode, so more often than not you miss your bomb hitting its target.
There are also so many key commands to remember that your often have to pause the game to look up that all-important action.
To get the best out of Tornado, Digital recommend you use an A1200, A4000 or with an A500, that you have at least 1 Mb of RAM and an accelerator. You will need it.
Even on an A1200, its slow frame rate renders it almost unplayable.
You really need at least an 030 processor to enjoy it fully. On an A600 you can speed it up by setting the preferences to minimum, but it's still slower than an AI 200.
As flight sims go, Tornado is out of this world. It is remarkably detailed but is aimed at the fully blown propeller heads, so if you find it hard-going at first, don’t lose patience - the fun comes as your horizons are widened by the depth and realism of the program.
Paul Monaf O M Smith, N Mascall, T Hosier PUBLISHER Digital Integration 0276 684959 PRICE £34.99 x NEEDS 1 MEG Excellent 3D graphics. You can even navigate by the stars on some night time missions.
Standard engine drones and warning alarms. The sounds are life-like, but a bit dull.
It's a hard game to crack. Even for the real flight sim buffs. It's a real challenge.
PLAYABILITY Takes a lot of time on the simulator before you get out and fly.
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o you ever switch on the felly late al night hoping for an
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some obscure video footage of James Brown, only to be met with
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Do you choke on your kebab as Fred Couples or Fuzzy Zoeller scoop another $ 350,000 for hitting the gobstopper with an anorexic hockey stick or ten? Do you find yourself, an hour later still watching it, and at every other shot saying: "Oh come on, I could do that! I'll suffer the shame of red and purple slacks, shoes that went out of fashion during Al Copone's IRS hearings, give me the money for hitting the gobstopper! Give it to me!" Do you then go on to the local pitch 'n' putt and take 232 shots to gel round?
Then you need an Amiga golf game.
And not just any Amiga golf game.
You need this one... Amiga games can be things of extreme delight. This normally happens when programmers get together and say: "Let's try some- ? Bit, well, new. Let's give customer a few choices that they can take without having first to have obtained a degree in applied lateral thinking.
Let's make this one a fun game". ¦ You're expecting me to say something clever now, something like: 'Wouldn't it have been great if The Really Useful Software Company had done this?". Well, they have.
Let's go all the way!
We have a situation here that is akin to the situation in Amiga footy sims. There was a time when Kick Off ruled the roost. Then Sensible Soccer came along and we all looked at dear old KO and saw that it was dated - good, but dated.
The situation with golf games has been that Electronic Arts' PGA Tour Golf took on all-comers and thrashed them in terms of playability.
But now. Ocean's Ryder Cup has slipped into its red plus fours, dusted down its Ping irons, donned its stupid-looking sweater, addressed the ball and is set to take PGA all the way to the 18th.
The things it lacks are few, but irksome. You don't get to see your stats grow as you improve; the putting is not taxing enough, and the maps of the holes are too small and lock detail.
What it has in its favour however, is a bucket- load of style, . .
Options, graphics, ' 'f!
Playability and value.
For a tee-off, there are three control systems. Not three levels of play, but three separate and equally effective methods by which to get the little white, pimply sphere from the lee into the hole. You can use power Few events can beat the excitement of the Ryder Cup. Remember Faldo's hole-in-one, Ryder Cup offers a variety of courses. The matches are played alternately between the poor Italian bloke who 'lost It’, and all the player's lovely wives in nice outfits. Courses in America and Europe. Funny how when it's in Europe, It’s always In Britain.
And I thought birdy was spelled birdie. Anyway. It you're under par, a ball in the hole Is Just wait until the weather perks up. The worth a birdie on the board, but a ball In the bush Is more like a bogle on the green. AF team will be In pitch 'n' putt heaven.
'syrrrw Rydur Cup has slipped into its red plus fours, donned its stupid-looking sweater, addressed the ball and Is set to take PGA all the way to the 1 8th. ” r require their own levels of skill and finesse, and all three enable any Amiga sports fan to easily extract more of a good time than should really be allowed with a mouse, an Amiga and a game based on the favourite sport of resting football players.
And snap. You can use power, shot type and target; or you can use the wobbly sight over the boll that was premiered in Ocean's International Open Golf game (upon which Ryder is based).
All three methods of control are effective, all y _ three your dog. The redraws just happen.
Pingl And the you're there (which is more than you can say for the system-ravaging links).
The rough looks rough and the fairway looks... fair. OK, so the greens all look as if they've been built by Chris Bonnington in a particularly sadistic mood, perched as they all seem to be on hilltops, but they are still playable.
The sound sucks... The sound is poor. Belay that, the sound is shamefully dismal. Why the programmers think that we should be happy with 'Tweet tweet', 'Plop' and 'Yah-hayl' is beyond me. Putting this Phew. It really is good is this game... Graphically it takes PGA's nine iron and does disgusting things with it in the rough. The landscapes and even the golfers themselves are drawn with elegance, style and enough subtlety to make you forget that it's two below zero, raining and your best friend has just run off with course. There's no choice of clubs but there is choice of team males.
This is the Ryder Cup of course, where golfers stop being walking money machines with as much charisma as a parliamentary under secretary for gloss recycling and become national heroes.
You get to ploy in a glorious team, either European or that other lot from over the Atlantic. You play foursomes, fourballs and singles, standing (virtually, of course) shoul- der-to-shoulder with greats such as Seve, Bernhard, Woosie or Mark James. You even gel to edit out Mark James and type in your own name.
This turns Ryder Cup into the Sensible Soccer of golf games.
Before long you hear yourself intoning in a whisper (in case the Americans hear): "Come on Bernie son (Longer that is). Don't let us down lad, we only need to halve this one and we've got the buggers on the run." Or, more often than not: "Sorry Nick mate, hooking's been a problem today, the old mouse finger's playing me up, still it's only the 12th".
Audio atrocity on this superb gome is akin to sticking a suckered Mr Blobby doll on the side window of a Hispana Suiza. You should get it together, chaps.
But what of the options? Lovely.
You don't get the useless practice drive and practice green options that no one ever uses You get straightforward, practice the course or play the Great, smashing, super This is a fine, fine, fine game with more to offer than a government minister in a child support hearing.
Options, style, playability and sporting tensions. Excellent.
Tim Smith O
* * A game with something new to offer - bags of style, loads of
playability and the chance to make Europe a great sporting unit
every night for months. Gold written all over it. 99 91% A
shamefully poor offering with nothing to listen to except for
tweets and plops.
Just one more hole. Go on please, please. I've just got to.
Pleeeeeeeosel No redraw hell, good player animation. But the maps are a tad too small.
Eat! I don't have time to eat dammit, it's the 17th hole and we're level.
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have one thing in common.
Some years before the action starts, there is always a Great War.
These Great Wars always kill everybody bar the main protagonists, and blow away the galaxy.
Despite Harmony's vulnerability, there are huge resources to hond (you could even afford to sign Roberto Baggio, but he probably wouldn't be very good at war) so with careful research and development, and some bad-assed, no-nonsense violence you must set about re-balancing the powerbase in favour of the little guy.
Get a grip on the galaxy Actually, it's a bit more complex than that. There is a huge cast of characters with a whole range of personalities and you've got to assign personnel to tasks best suited to them. To fund operations you must generate finance by selling Harmony products (the hairspray goes down a bomb) and mining.
There are also wider issues to be considered such as the Syndicate's grip on the rest of the galaxy. Phew.
Got time for a nice cup of tea?
Maelstrom does not disappoint.
Many years ago, there was a Great War - civilisation was given a severe pasting, and some bright race took it upon itself to create a huge empire by not entirely fair means.
These chaps are called the Syndicate, and you are a fully paid up member until you decide you don't like seeing poor but happy people colonised and killed.
Your last mission for the bad folk was to check out planet Harmony, but you defect and become Overlord. Your task is to protect Harmony and stop the Syndicate overunning the galaxy.
? • 3 IMIIMIIIMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Maelstrom's animated sequences are excellent. Here, bloke from down the pub wanders into a room and blows up the sports centre.
V Writer Syd Mead is not known for his cute platform affairs, and Maelstrom is one mothership of a game. Every decision you make has a knock-on effect.and if you can't keep the folk back on Harmony, er, harmonious then you won't last long.
The icons are simple enough to follow and Maelstrom is well set out.
Bradley as Overlord didn't last too long on his first few attempts, but perseverence brings reward. The animated sequences work well and those with a penchant for strategy should find plenty to go at in Maelstrom.
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MAELSTROM u U)j£j PROGRAMMER Syd Mead PUBLISHER Empire 081-343 7337 PRICE £34.99 RELEASED Due out by end of March NEEDS 1 MEG I HARD DISK INSTALLABLE GRAPHICS The icons are easily identifiable and the game boasts quality animation sequences.
SOUND 11 J I i I 7 I Good samples, but sound effects are never a strategy game's strong point.
ADDICTION ¦ It It It 11 It | |« IS Ifoj Endless possibilities and a wide range of strategic options ensure longevity.
PLAYABILITY ; ? 3 4 s i ; 8 Difficult to get into, but a few hours of 'overlording' could see you bleary eyed for weeks.
VERDICT “ Maolstrom is a detailed and complex futuristic strategy game. The cast is bigger than Spartaeus and the animated sequences are quite splendid.
Overlord until your heart's content. 99
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SIAAON 1 Climb down the vines beside the gorge to meet Gollum, a founder member of the JRR Tolkien Appreciation Society.
At the beginning of the game and you get more hints from a gaggle of wizards in the Drunken Druid tavern and an Owl in the forest. As you wander around each screen you get to meet all kinds of characters - from suicidal woodcutters to talking woodworm and collect all kinds of weird and won- derful objects which Simon stores in his magician's hat. Naturally, the game is full of complex puzzles, red herrings and jokey one-liners, but the plot is pretty non-linear so you can roam around the landscape and do things in virtually any order you like. There's a tures into gameplaying
nightmares.
One thing you immediately notice about this game is that it borrows extensively from traditional British fairytales - for example, both the Three Billy Goats Gruff and flaxen-haired “ Simon drops you Into a massive game world of quite fantastic locations. ” Rapunzel make guest appearances as do Gollum from Lord ol the Rings and an adventuring paleontologist called Dr Jones.
Although such shameless plagiarism sometimes appears heavy-handed, the characters are dressed up in such handy auto-mapping facility too which enables you to leap from one major location to another without getting involved in the tedious legwork which can turn some graphic adven- Simon's a bit of o brat.
Instead of being sent down McDonalds with a fiver on his 12th birthday, his mum makes him a lovely slap-up tea and hires a conjuror to stop the assembled guests flicking greenies at each other. It all goes amazingly well, until a sudden knock at the door changes the course of Simon's life .
Simon the Sorcerer is a point-ond-click graphic adventure set in a mythical land filled with strange creatures and even stranger goings-on. The knock on the door heralds the arrival of a scruffy mutt called Chippy whose magician master Calypso has mysteriously disappeared. As you set off in search of Calypso you also discover a dastardly plot by an evil wizard called Sordid who plans to envelop the world in a shroud of darkness.
Like most graphic adventures, Simon drops you into a massive game world and invites you to explore a series of exquisitely-drawn locations in search of the clues which can help solve the mystery. Your first set of clues arrive in a note from Calypso Could Simon the Sorcerer really be Britain’s answer to the magnificent Monkey Island? Join our Magic Circle to find out... GAME REVIEW FEBRUARY 1994 You might think that the wise old owl just talks a lot of gibberish, but he's a mine of occasionally useful information.
Simon the Sorcerer borrows heavily from traditional fairytales, but adds a humorous twist to the tale of the Billy Goats Gruff.
A humorous way you don't really mind them being there.
What's less forgivable, though, is the pace at which the action takes place. With such a massive game you expect periods of aimless wandering, but you soon discover that even simple conversations with characters involves sitting through a toilet-busting diarrhoeo of words you can't escape from. This wouldn't be so bad if they had something interesting to say or supplied you with tangible snippets of information, but all too often their ramblings are just another excuse for some laboured puns and bad jokes.
Worse, you have to examine each location in minute detail if you're to find all the objects you need to collect to complete the puz- zles. Some of the objects have such a small detection area you have to literally place the mouse pointer over every item on screen before you can find what you're looking for. Until you get used to this way of playing, you can find yourself wandering around the same old locations again and again without making any progress and the long-winded replies from the ingame characters can turn Simon into an intensely frustrating experience.
Despite these shortcomings, there are plenty of things to like about Simon the Sorcerer.
Graphically, the game looks stunning. Animals run through the forests, birds whistle through the air and water shoots down waterfalls.
Simon himself is particularly cutely animated with his flowing purple robe, lolloping gait and a penchant for taking out his Walkman if you leave him standing for too long. The vast number of complex puzzles and sheer physical size of the game also means it's going to take you weeks, if not months, to complete.
For AGA owners, things are a little less clear-cut.
The differences between the standard and the enhanced versions are minimal and at £34.99 for the standard game, Simon the Sorcerer is already an expensive proposition.
“ A flawed mix of mouth-watering visuals, cutesy characters and complex puzzles, Simon the Sorcerer offers you a great graphic adventure in a less than perfect game engine. ** 84% Adventure Soft 021-352 0847 PRICE £34.99 £39.99 AOA There are no SfX on standard Amigas and the in-game music quickly becomes irritating.
Simon the Sorcerer is pocked with gorgeous set-piece locations and marvellous animation.
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FEBRUARY 1994 GAME REVIEW d % Labyrinth of Tima looks good. In (act it looks great, and nowhere more so than In the Mirror Maze sec tlon of the game.
I ? J u The Wild West section of Labyrinth of Time, In which you must solve puzzles and untangle webs of cryptic clues of a gun-slinging, cow-poking variety.
LABYRINTH OF TIMEH dering about a perfectly innocent mirror maze when the sound wells up to almost Jaws-like proportions as you... ulp... turn a corner and... ulp, ulp... keep walking along a bit.
It gives false clues and this interferes with the gameplay.
BhU Universal takeover Right, so what's the game about then? Quick rundown. You're on a subway station. You're wrenc!
Into another yyorld by chop who created the maze I a trons-di I and trans-teSporal maze in No take over the universe.
• some unexplained reason, i only person who can lisahon as we
know it. You icture? From rt w | you rr Ldrsitort ott on a
positive note for o change. The music is great. Very good.
Without sounding too pre- tentiouyall right, it will, but what the hell), the in-gome music veers between Tangerine Dream with the occasional burst of Stravinsky with bits of Psycho piled in for effect. And very moody it is too.
Until you realise that the music bears no relevance to the situations you find yourself in during the game.
Shame, what with all that CD storage space sitting there just gagging to be used. The other downside to this is that you can find yourself wan- explore the maze, go to strange and diverse times and places, solve puzzles and generally attempt to save the known universe... and so on and so forth. It's pure Americana, student Americana with cultural references being dropped in willy-nilly.
So much for the plot, which I'm sure has been seen on Dr Who or Star Trek or Twilight Zone or Sesame Street. Now for the control system.
Clicking irritating There are even some annoying game inconsistencies such as being told that you have to open something (for example a mining cart) before you can continue. So you click on the Open icon, then click on the cart, and are then told "you can't open thatl". Very irritating. If ihere's one thing that can destroy an adventure game, it's this kind of inconsistent game planning.
But let's finish on an up note.
This game is incredible to look at.
Fabulous. The programmers have ent a great deal of time creating ray-traced images and backgrounds within which the game is played out.
If you really want to impress your friends with the wonderful capobili- tie of your brand-spanking new then get this game. Don't ask them to play it, though.
, Tim Smith 1) It's dated. You use a mouse and not the CD 2 controller. Hired Guas, Dungeon Master and Eye of me Beholder do it better. For example, you can't walk backwards in Labyrinth, and you can't turn on your heel. This gives the whole affair a rather dated and very jerky feel.
You even get ancient and Dragons messages si can't go that way' os if thi ras a text adventure. Sad real______ all the wonders that CD off s, we still stuck with this old hat.
“ Labyrinth at Tima Is a great-looking, superb-sounding, puxxle-fllled gamo which will impress your mates. Until they realise that It's also tee dated, tee slew and far tee cllchAd. 99 Hard core adventurers will love this. If you're a normal human you won't bother.
PLAYABILITY * PROGRAMMERS Bradley W Schenck, PUBLISHER Electronic Arts 0753 549442 PRICE C24.99 Too slow, and much too full of inconsistent details to be o must-buy CD32 game.
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CONTACT NUMBERS Flali Software 0661 860260 Ice 0453 756993 Interplay 0865 390029 Microprose 0454 326532 Mindscape International 0444 246333 Pink, punk platform frolics abound as the Trolls entertain in this floppy-enhanced CD outing. And hey, do these little creatures have tremendous haircuts? Well yes, they do. There are seven lands to tackle pocked with an interesting variety of hazards that you must avoid, and you can approach the levels in any order you like, which is quite unusual, although to finish the game all must be completed The worlds include one entitled Medio Land very Nineties
eh? Trolls is a feast of fast and frenetic fun all the way as you attempt to collect the little baby Trolls, balloons and various other special power-ups, including a rather interesting Beer pick-up which makes your movements rather unresponsive for a while. So Trolls is a platform game featuring funny looking fellows, great graphics, plenty of depth and it's also quite smart in the playability stakes. And check out the parallax scrolling - very impressive.
A perfectly palatable platformer.
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GOLD Microprose ¦ £24.99 ¦ Out now ALFRED CHICKEN Mindscape International ¦ £25.99 ¦ Out now * ft ft ¦ ¦ a 3 ft a hi Avast me hearties and hoist the mainsail. No, no, no. Yo ho ho and pieces of eight. Do leave off A flagon of wenches and a pretty ale. Give up eh? Piralesl Gold is an enhanced version of the floppy release which gof ifs first Amiga outing almost four years ago. If's a quite wonderful animated sequence set in an inn where some rum coves behove in a drunken manner. It's action and adventure as you jump in the boots of a 17th Century buccaneer, sail the Seven Seas while
plundering as much loot as possible. Choose one of four nationalities (English, Dutch, Spanish and French), select a historical period and pick a special ability such as sword fighting or navigation. The gameplay is a mixture of joy- pad manoeuvring and decision-making with a bit of combat thrown in for good measure. You can also collect pieces of a treasure map which could lead you to some er, treasure, and there's a great selection of songs to choose from. Piralesl Gold is one of the easiest adventure games to get into and it's great fun, though some might find it a bit repetitive.
Good name is Alfred. There is The Great, the Roberts from the corner shop and the er, Chicken. Not content with inspiring the name of a political party at the last General Election, the Alfmeisler clucks on to CD, wings proudly flapping and ready to solve the world's problems.
Apparently the Meka-Chickens have kidnapped (eggnapped, as amusingly told in the manual) William and his brothers as well as some bird called Floella and are intent on using them in cloning experiments. Thus, with feathers ruffled you (The Chicken) must put all your eggs in one basket and flap off on a barnstorming, platforming rescue mission. Alf's beak ensures you're well up the pecking order os you burst balloons, jump on baddies and collect the bonuses.
The graphics ore big, bright and bouncy although the sprite can be tricky to control and you don't get to do a great deal of interesting things. Rather dull platform fayre.
CD32 GAME REVIEWS FEBRUARY 1 994 How you end up in deepest space In the 24th century when all you have to do is cross the Severn Bridge to get to Wales Is quite beyond me.
81% 75% CASTLES 2 - SIEGE AND CONQUEST 76% All aboard the SS Whale for a 24th Century adventure in space. You're in charge of a crew orbiting around the planet Castra who haven't got a red cent to oil their gizzard (never mind the cost of a can of GTX). So with no money or fuel, you have to beam down on to the planet to seek some readies. Whale's Voyage is a futuristic RPG with elements of exploration, trading and combat. You can either load preset characters or make up the personalities yourself, though the former is the easier option Once you arrive on Castra, you find your way around
the planet by using a built-in automap which comes in very handy The planet is not the friendliesl place and muggings and other inconveniences are quite common. Bui if you help someone in trouble, you get a reward which can be saved in case you need a favour later on in the game, or you can swap it for cash Whale's Voyage is a huge game and although initially it seems rather complicated and daunting, it's origi nal and playable.
Interplay ¦ £29.99 ¦ Out now Do you sometimes wish you had been an administrator, politician and great leader 700 years ago? If the answer is yes then Castles 2 should be right up your street.
You choose to take on the role of one of five feuding families with the ultimate aim being to convince the Pope that you're the right candidate to be crowned King In the meantime, to gain this blessing, you must overrun as much territory as possible in time honoured feudal fashion. Unfortunately, the four rivals are equally keen to get the nod from the religious bloke ond do their best to prevent you completing your task So, recruit yourself an army and off you jolly well go. Beware who you choose to invade though, because if you are on the Pope's patch he'll be on the phone to his mates
before you can say “women priests". Castles 2 is not the quickest of role-playing games due to the fact that you are limited in the WHALE'S VOYAGE Flair Software ¦ £29.99 ¦ Out now No-one watches Big Break in 2093. That's because the programme isn't going then and Jim and John are no longer with us. So everyone tunes in to Mean Arenas - a 21st Century televised 1 f l!| FI O I' f"*! ] Pacman, where contestants compete for big cash prizes but failure brings the ultimate sacrifice - no, not a ceramic Bully, but death. This is as straight a port from floppy as you can get - even the disk
accessing appears on the screen. Now this is not the most sophisticated of fayre for the great machine that is CD- ; the graphics are at best basic and the samples poor but Mean Arenas has one great quality - playability. It's darn good fun as you take on the role of contestant and career around collecting weapons, keys and most importantly, gold tokens. In all, there are four types of arena and some have up to eight floors, so it does get incredibly difficult later on in the game. There are no enhancements to the floppy yet the CD version is a quid more than the original - but heck, it's
still great fun.
Next stop Vatican City! But first I II just sweep through Central Europe and maybe cut a swathe through the Iberian Peninsula.
Amount of tasks that you can do at one time and ihis can become a wee bit frustrating Another thing that I found annoying is thal the control system is somewhat fiddly. Despite these gripes Castles 2 is a decent strategy game, particularly for the more experienced RPG'er. And cheers to Interplay for knocking a fiver off the floppy version.
MEAN ARENAS Mean Arenas Is a cracking good game. BUT. It's basically Pacman. And the CD version Is exactly the same as the floppy disk game, but costs more. Is this really the way forward for CD32?
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£0 85 each £4 10 each £4 50 each £1 10 each £5 10 each £5 90 each y NEW A1100 DESKTOP DVNAMITE PACK plus 85Mb hard drive & dust cover Puzzle adventures like Goblins should carry a written warning saying: "Not suitable for those who suffer from impatience, or who are used to fast-moving plat- formers or shoot-em-ups".
Not surprisingly, Goblins 3 follows on from versions one and two and continues in a similar vein - you know big kingdom, evil characters casting spells on the king or kidnapping the princess, you saving everyone from everything.
This time there are two kingdoms to contend with and their rulers are racing each other to be the first to conquer a labyrinth which, as legend has it, will give them eternal well-being for their people.
However, things are not as simple as all that - the guardian of the labyrinth has just died, the key to the labyrinth's entrance has disappeared, as has the guardian's daughter and successor, Wynnona.
You start off as Blount, a journalist of the local newspaper, who has set his sights on scooping the story for whoever makes it through the labyrinth first. And so the adventure begins.
To travel through the different worlds, you have to complete the challenge each one presents.
Sometimes you've got to kill, sometimes blow up buildings, or other times simply chase different-coloured wispy things around.
But whatever you've got to do you can be sure that it's not going to be simple. For example, to make a stick of dynamite you have to first find a tube, then the ingredients to make it explosive, then put them into the tube in the right order, then ignite it and finally make sure you click on your target quickly enough or you'll end up with singed eyebrows. But that’s all the fun of the game - fun, that is, providing you've got the temperament to cope with itl Finger-clickin' good There are some very cute touches with extra characters such as a parrot and a boa-constrictor in some scenes
which you can select and move. Using them in combination with the main character's moves is tricky, but with good timing can mean you move on quickly through the challenge.
What's also enjoyable is that you don't stay as the same old boring Blount. When he's rescuing Wynnona, he fiercely fights a wolf who not only leaves him for dead, but also leaves him with a tendency to grow huge amounts of bodily hair, pointy ears and teeth and do a fair bit of howling when he comes into contact with the full moon's rays.
And while Blount is lying around recovering, you - this lime as Wynnona - continue working your way through the scenes to find your way to the two rulers' castles.
PRICE £34.99 Goblins 3 is a big challenge and will keep you playing for weeks at a time. The scenes are full of variety and interesting puzzles.
The gameplay is only let down when it is sometimes difficult to complete a combination of actions quickly enough - put some dust down someone's collar and while he's sneezing, try to get a club from your inventory to hit him over the head with. It's not that it's impossible, it's just frustrating when you're frantically clicking away and nothing seems to happen. If you're a particular fan of puzzlers, then Goblins 3 will not disappoint.
Julie Tolley 5 GRAPHICS Gorgeously great. Creative, colourful and a real joy to see Averagely OK in a predictable games always sound like this kind of way.
On six disks, Goblins 3 will keep you playing and playing for a very long time indeed.
PLAYABILITY It's an easy game to follow, but making some of the moves can be tricky.
• * A very big challenge, Goblins 3 is frustrating,
entertaining and fun, but is really only for those with a
penchant for time consuming puzzlers. M 80% Genesia - a game of
creation and power for 1 to 3 players.
The owner of a small land, you must expand and develop your population to become the most significant in the world of Genesia. In 5 worlds, each requiring unique strategies, you must manage everything, from food and water to employment and taxes.
Will you conquer the lands of your 2 opponents, or form an alliance with them in an attempt to recover the seven missing jewels?
Only with a strong economy, powerful army and new technology will you fulfil your ambitions.
MINDSCAPE Mindscape International Ltd., Priority House, Charles Avenue, Makings Park, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9PQ Tel; 0444 246333 Fax: 0444 248996 © 1993 Microids. All Rights Reserved.
Micromania Flair 0661 860260 £25.99 Keo. The seriously strange monk with springs, cowers at the prospect ot a kicking from the thlgh-length boots ot Luisa. Some people would pay good money for that.
Out now Meeting strange and wonderful people from other lands and knocking seven shades of stuffing out of them has become a very popular pastime, and joining the band of beat-em-ups, such as Street Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat is this bout of carnage, Dangerous Streets It uses almost exactly the same formula as the other games - you pick one of the eight fighters and opt for either a straight one-on-one with an Amiga or human-controlled opponent, or go for the tournament, where you get to fight your way through the whole bunch of nutters.
The characters are a funny lot, including a lorry driver, a palmist and a disc jockey Each has a range of special moves, some of which are DANGEROUS distinctly weird and include turning into a moat monster or whipping people with your hair.
Control is by joystick and exactly which move you perform depends on the distance you are from your target. Once you've sussed the special moves they are easy to execute Each fight has a lime limit, and the least damaged body by the end of it wins There are two cameos of the contestants at the bottom of the screen, which gradually get The two women characters are dressed in skimpy costumes for no apparent reason, other than that It's in the tradition of how women are depicted in games.
More battered as your character does.
Unfortunately, there is little indication of a successful hit, and no staggering characters to let you know you've dished out a good pasting CD VERSION For a further Investment of £4 you can get Dangerous Streets on a Compact Disc for your brand new CD32. It also comes bundled with the new CD32 pack. You get a much better soundtrack which can be played alongside the sound effects. That's It. No extra characters, backgrounds, graphics or flash Intro sequence or anything. Since the CD version costs less to produce than the three floppy disk version It's a little cheeky to charge another £4.
The graphics are colourful, the sprites are a decent size ond they have a cartoony look, although they do seem a little amateurish. There are a good few fighting moves but not many frames of animation, making the moves very jerky The backgrounds are lush with some snappy parallax scrolling and loads of colours, but the sound effects are a bit wimpy, so it's a better idea to go for the music option.
The action is certainly fast, there are three speed settings and on the quickest one the characters leap about like demented souls.
To gel a good hit you need to be at just the right distance for the attack, so you tend to spend a lot of time flailing around trying to get the impact point of a blow over the opponent's head The mass of moves and the high speed makes seeing exactly what's going on and planning attacks tricky at first.
Your character moves completely off the screen and your opponent is left whacking away at thin air - lax design.
Dangerous Streets has a few exasperating features, such as the controls for the fighters being different - push up on the joystick and one character will jump and another will kick. You can also move completely off the screen which is a bit poor, but the special moves are imaginative, and the whole game has a light-hearted feel to it. There's none of the gritty reality of punching people in the kidneys here.
The truth of the matter is that Dangerous Streets won't keep beat-em-up fans happy as long as they've got games like Body Blows Galactic and Mortal Kombat. It's wacky and weird but ultimately fails to really grab the imagination.
Chris Lloyd £ Big- colourful and slightly child- ish-looking characters. Not enough frames of animation.
No tasty bone-crunching or body-splattering noises. The sound effects are a bit feeble.
Ml The two ployor option is o bit of a laugh, otherwise it's all more of a giggle.
Some annoying bits, but still in danger of doing permanent damage to joysticks.
* * Dangerous Streets is a quirky attempt to inject some action
into an increasingly tired format. It dishes out a decent kick
ing but fails to connect with the knockout punch. M 48% You
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You certainly can't find software for your Amiga that's capable of all this... FEBRUARY 1994 GAME REVIEW you've got the plot for a game.
Roger (that's what I call the little man) is armed with a deadly Pulse- Laser - an excellent device for dispatching the fiendish fools. In the original version, poor old Roger had nought but a boomerang so he's mightily pleased with Q for providing the new equipment.
Assassin Special Edition is a shoot-em-up on platforms (Roger SNAPPIit ZI No-one in the Amiga Formal office likes the character Snazzi. This is not a good start. If you look at a character and say "Uuuurggh", it's generally the case that you won't be clutching that joystick for long. That is, unless the gameplay is totally brilliant, and incredibly exciting. Ahem.
Not only are The Sun involved in Snapperazzi; there's a pizza company involved as well as a brand of fizzy sweets and they have their own levels. I'm not against the idea of sponsorship and brand tie-ins but when they are splashed across the screen of an average-to-poor platform game then... actually, they're a pleasant distraction from the mun- danity of the game.
Ub and Bob, Zool, Soccer Kid and James Pond all have one thing in common. They're endearing characters in platform games. Not that empathy is the most important element in a computer game, but if you can identify in some way with your pixelated pal then the chances are, you'll want to keep playing.
Step forward Snapperazzi, a platform game about an alien news photographer from the planet Dirt whose ambition is to work for The Sun. To get his certificate in photographic dirty work, Snazzi must snap his way through seven worlds as well as a host of sub-levels Snazzi is deliberately portrayed as a baddie and indeed, he is a horrible little chap sporting on inane grin, a trilby and a flashing camera.
Take a small man, any small man and drop him behind enemy lines from a helicopter, or perhaps an aeroplane, with a parachute of course, otherwise he'll die upon impact with the ground. Call him Assassin (politely, or he might kill you) and ask him to single-handedly take on a vast force of evil hidden beneath the earth's soil. There, Roam around with Roger In an eerie underworld, blowing away Robo Walkers and collecting gold stars for power-ups In the fantastically-priced Assassin Special Edition.
Press for action: Snapperazzi puts you In control ot a sleazy tabloid press photographer eager to Impress his editor.
Mu wears silver boots though) and you roam underground collecting a variety of pick-ups and blowing away Robo Walkers and other bad dudes.
Gold star collecting brings fruitful reward; get 50 and you can activate a Mega Weapon; collect 99 for an extra life.
The sprite moves fluidfy, jumping around in a similar fashion to a breakfast show fitness host and with three difficulty levels you can gradually take on a tougher challenge. It's not wildly sophisticated action but it is incredibly playable - our beloved Ed removed me from the hot seat and assassinated merrily for two hours. The original cost £26 so an improved version at £11 would seem on the face of it to be a good buy. And it is.
Stephen Bradley O « snr.
J||J,l,3r, »”i 1 2 1 I ‘.f t 'P- m S * HijR Use your lethal pulse laser to take out baddies and other Inconveniences.
You see, Snapperazzi is rather similar throughout. Sure, the levels are huge and there are 1A sub-gomes, but the worlds all look and feel very similar, and there are very few intricacies to the gameplay.
You bowl along, collecting rolls of film and snapping celebrities for cash, while avoiding Page Three girls shops. Yes, the shops, because old Snazzi is a shopaholic.
Snapperazzi is bright and colourful but this doesn't disguise the fact that the graphics are rather dull.
There are a few good sound effects, but overall it's all indescribably tacky. Snapperazzi just doesn't hit the mark.
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Ml information correct at lime of going to press, EAEOE. All Trademarks acknowledged. The docu- A Company, Platoon 4 T-34 85 spotted You can edit the campaign map or design your own from scratch. With patience and a reference book or two you could produce a simulation of a real war or battle. You can also do some 'what If?'
Scenarios, matching equipment that never actually met.
Chaos, a group of Pershings takes a hammering. War is often terribly confusing on the ground. There you are motoring along quite nicely thank you, when a shell from nowhere ends It all.
This is a mega rollercoaster of a war game, you can tell it is because it comes complete with tanks, guns, and a serious selection of funny symbols on maps.
Or is hell. Lots of running about, shouting and banging - very vulgar, not to say dangerous. Playing war games seems like a more sensible idea. Campaign II is the sequel to the original Campaign, but instead of being set in WW2 it covers post war confrontations. Opening the large box reveals why it's so Now this Is more like It, at the controls of an Apache attack helicopter blasting everything to bits while playing German opera. Not politically correct, do we care?
Heavy. There is a book of photos and a thick book detailing all the vehicles and helicopters used in the game, the manual itself is a reasonable size and an easy read, phewl Campaign II pits the blue force against the red one in a A series of wars ranging from the Korean to the Gulf. It's a strange mix of 3D action and a full- M blown strategy affair.
Y You can play it at many levels; get your hands dirty driving tanks on the battlefield or stick at being the general and moving markers around on the map.
The initial reaction to the mass of icons and maps is to start panicking.
But a quick read of the mercifully good manual should have you up and running quickly. Right clicking on any of the icons brings up a text box to tell you what the icon does.
Every game with lots of icons should have this feature, it saves a lot of references to the manual.
There are 14 training maps on which to hone your skills before you embark on the six maps representing real wars: Korea, The Six Day War, Yom Kippur, Vietnam, Iran-lraq and the Kuwait punch-up.
These are huge efforts with dozens of units lo command. The action starts at the campaign map where you direct the units which vary from a platoon to a full army. Along with the mix of tanks, you have attack helicopters, artillery, homing missiles and motorised infantry to play with -152 vehicles in all.
When two opposing units come within fighting range, the action switches to The games comes on two disks, the first one consists entirely of the Introduction sequence which Is good, at least for the first couple of times.
The battle map where up to 16 vehicles from each side battle it out. You can take command of a platoon leader and enter the 3D section, or you can command things from the battle map. If it takes your fancy you can miss out the battles and opt for your AMIGA to figure out the results while you stick to strategic operations.
This is often the best option because the Amiga plays your hand well.
Sound and vision The 3D graphics are not bad at all, each tank is instantly recognisable and there is lots of detail to the trees and buildings. You can adjust the level of 3D detail to help speed things up, which it needs.
On an A600 things move slowly and jerkily, on an A4000 it's almost too fast to play properly as tanks zoom around like sports cars. The sound is initially interesting with clanks, explosions, electric motors and machine guns, but after half an hour it becomes a tad monotonous.
The sound suffers from running on slower machines, on an A4000 it's a constant barrage of samples, but on an A600 it's intermittent and annoying because the engine noise stops and starts as each frame is updated. It's pity you can't adjust the sound effects as you can the graphics. At least you can turn them off.
In the 3D battles the vehicles and helicopters are controlled by key- Adjust keyboard controls Defaults Cancel The mass of configurable keyboard commands you need to master before taking your new battle wagon on the road.
Platoons of tanks run into each other and get stuck, and units make what seem to be suicidal attacks. You need to keep a tight reign on your units because they are keen on exposing their flanks to enemy tanksl A game of two halves The two halves of Campaign II sit uncomfortably together. The strategy game is eminently playable and respectably realistic, if over simple in parts. You can opt to play the whole game in this mode if you are a more serious wargamer. The 3D section is good fun, but it detracts from the realism of the rest of the game. The board or in combination with a joystick.
The keyboard is best once you hove learned the commands. You have individual control of tank tracks, turrets including gun elevation and all weapon systems. You view your chap from above and behind, which can make accurate aiming difficult.
The turrets move independently and you can lock the view to follow the turret instead of the hull. It's easy to play but difficult to do well. If you get stuck behind an obstacle that you can’t see, you have to back away until you can see it and go round it.
The artificial intelligence used in the 3D sections is slightly dodgy.
Battles are fought at an unrealistically close range between units with some weird things going on.
The two don't quite go together.
The game sets itself a large target of simulating wars over a 50-year period from army level down to controlling individual tanks. Winning the battles takes practice and skill, especially if you are out-numbered or out-gunned. It's not a game you can master quickly, although a quick burst of 3D tank battle is fun.
The game proper is for dedicated wargamers, who will love it and no doubt pick holes in it at the same time. If you see the battles as more representational rather than stunningly accurate, it helps.
Campaign II deserves to collect a series of dedicated followers. It's a brave effort which aims for excellence but doesn't make it past good.
Chris Lloyd Jonathan Griffiths PUBLISHER Empire 081-343 7337 PRICE £34.99 RELEASED Out now GRAPHICS 1 S3 accurate 3D vehicles means it looks good, but is jerky on slower Amigas.
I FEEL LIKE MAKING WAR!
A riot of tank noises and bangs that can get too much at times, especially when irregular.
ADDICTION Wargamers' hog heaven. If you get into it, you'll find it seriously difficult to get out again.
PLAYABILITY mmmmmmmmmn A complex game with easy controls, yet great depth. It's a smart game to play.
Despite Campaign ir» complexity, It's fairly easy to get the hostilities rolling along. The simulations of real wars take ages to finish, with hundreds of battles. Each campaign starts by loading In one of the maps, or designing your own. Don't expect to jump in and win a major war easily, you need tactics, strategy and planning. Damn that's my chances scuppered!
Ithe campaign map. From hare you direct your units about the map ot the entire war. This Is ’Nam 1962, the start of nasty and protracted war. Cue Doors music. Can you do any better than the Americans did? When two units move within battle range the screen switches to... A Conpany, Platoon 2: Friendly M48A5 Patton Knocked Out 2 The battle screen. Up to 16 of your vehicles can take part In the battle at once. You command each of the platoons In turn, giving them destinations. They fight on automatic, firing at anything within range. If you want to take direct control you can switch to... Battte
Systen VERDICT “ A huge, playable war game with some serious 3D graphics in an odd mix of styles. It's going to suit some people right down to the ground. 99 3 The 3D view of the battlefield. You can take direct control of the platoon leader and charge about a bit before you get blasted to bits. Recklessness Is risky. You can drive up really close and blast things to bits, but you have to be quick. The realism goes a bit astray at this point.
4 When the dust settles you are shown the results of the clash. The enemy retreats pretty sharpish If you outnumber them. It pays to have integrated units if you can, AFVs without antiaircraft support caught in the open by attack helicopters are soon shot to pieces.
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This graded creativity and entertainment package is specifically designed for 3-7 year olds and relates to the early requirements of the Nationol Curriculum Drive with Noddy in his cor, pick up passengers along the way and visit many exciting locations
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TO EXPLORE STRANGE N£U WORLDS This is the Enterprise hairdressing salon where Kirfc and the rest of the crew use these space-age hair dryers to make sure that they don’t suffer from spiff ends.
_Capt. Kirk choice 1_ lands up, ;yeert arid scaly! You’re respassing or. Federation territory, First reader to write and-tell us which band did Star TrakUn' wins a T-Shirt.* • Ifeis soooo slow. And j d- * dery. Have you ever playetj one of the computerised darts games where yoi are in control o£a randomly wobbling pointer and you have to click the button when the pointer is roughly in the area of thp tre- * ble 20? Well this is how controlllflg Kirk and co feels.
• Star Trek should be a .
Seamless control interface _• with useful icons, point and click action and a|l the fun of the series combining to makte it a game you want to own.
Instead, the whoje lot con- • spires to make this package ' desirable only tajtardcore Trekkies who' aren't that con-
- cerned with gameplay but * who want to add the packaging to
their collections. But we * can't really leave rlherei This is
more than a game, it's also ?
Another piece of 'memorabilia.
It’s a phaser life , But What of the plots and subplots? It must be said that, • while the programmers were failing dismally R.their tasks, the slprymakers were applying themselves with excellent attention to detail and a good, sense of puzzle making.-There_ is more to this than rushing around me place blasting things with phaserf. There'S a trial scene, there are elements of diplomacy, there are also a few moral judgements to cali.
OK, so you could play the game with phaser blasting • and pig-headedness but you won't gain the approbation of Star Fleet Command. And what does approbation , makd? All together now... pointsl And what do points make? Points make... erm...-p* good feeling about yovrielf. • So, ikyou're a Trekkie who hqs a compulsion to keep your collection of everything ever that has Star Trek written on it, you'll probably want .
This game (you'll probably * want this review in that easel). But if yOu're someone who wonts to play an Amiga game, I wouldn't bother.
- Tim Smith O PROGRAMMERS G Christensen, W Yanigi, P Edenstein, M
W Strategy PUBLISHER Slithery slugs, mad robots and alien dogs
are just some ot the weird, wonderful and wacky opponents you
will encounter when you reach the Scl-FI World of Oscar.
Interplay 0865 390029 PRICE £34.99 RELEASED Out now GRAPHICS mmmmmmmmmm They would probably look most excellent if they didn't move at impulse engine speed.
SOUND mmmmmmmmmm Apart from the alarm signals, the explosions and communicators and the musk there's nowt.
ADDICTION Make that 10 if you're on obsessed Trekkie. Otherwise forget it.
PLAYABILITY _ mmmmmmmmmm One of the least playable games I've seen in a long time. It's just too damn slow.
* A good stab at tho humour, and the look off Star Trek is*
rdlnod by almost total unplayability - Iff ¦you Want space' «
strategy try' Wing Coftimandofoor Frontier* 99 Already
available in CD32 and AGA versions, Oscar looks set to battle
the baddies - and the critics - one more time with this
standard Amiga incarnation.
Based on the highly-suc- cessful Trolls game engine, Oscar AOA was a severe disappointment. Flair's graphic artists obviously went berserk with the paint palettes and dressed what was a reasonably good plat- former in the kind of dayglo clothes last seen at hippie gigs ¦ on Three Mile Island. ¦ This is better. With the colour scheme lim- ited to 32 colours, Oscar emerges from the psychedelic murk with its platforming credentials intact. There are seven themed worlds to explore, each with three levels of movie-related mayhem.
The aim of the game is to collect a certain number of Oscar statuettes on each level before moving on to the next.
To help you, Oscar has a yo-yo for certain sections which he can use to break down walls or swing across chasms and there are the usual bonuses and baddies to deal with on the way.
Oscar pulls on his natty military garb and frogmarches his way to victory In the World War Two section.
By far the most garish level In the AOA version. Game Show World benefits considerably from this more low-key and restrained approach.
GAME REVIEW FEBRUARY 1994 Oscar is by no means up to Zool 2's extremely high standards - there are simply too many aws'sut as dodgy
- edge detection for _ I that - but this stan- ¦ p Mt dard
version marks P JW a distinct improve- ,, . Ment over its more
- colourful cousin. Less is more, as they say.
Rob Meed ® OSCAR PROGRAMMERS In-house PUBLISHER Flair 0661 860260 PRICE £25.99 RELEASED Out now 70% FEBRUARY 1994 GAME REVIEW L COOL SPOT LUCl: h.LL'iLt t; £A _o p tou-oV Bounce your way around the seaside locations taking out the baddies and collecting the red spots and release the captive spot from the cage. That's Cool Spot for you.
SPOT I*!1 j.I¦ 0 0 trouble otherwise there would be no point to the whole affair. A wily Wild Wicked Willy Will chap has kidnapped Cool's males (also spots) and his task is to free them in time for tea with the King at the big castle on the hill. Or something like that.
Armed with only a constant supply of gassy bubbles to chuck at the baddies, our Ray-Ban sporting hero sets out on a crazy adventure to the sound of the surf- mungous Wipeout tune.
Cool Spot has been converted from the MegaDrive version, in the process losing a few colours and a bit of screen speed although Cool himself is slightly more pacy. The sprite is incredibly er, spritely.
The idea is to collect as many red spots throughout each level and free the trapped spot from the cage at the end. Collect a certain number of the circular red things and you qualify for a Bonus level against the clock.
Unfortunately, there are baddies aplenty out to stunt your progress, upon whom you unleash your raging ook at this little fellow go.
All arms and legs and... just a minute, this bloke's a spot.
No-one likes zits. Pimples are just not cool. How do I know - because I've seen that advert about the bloke who goes to see his mates in the pizza restaurant after using some acne cream that allegedly works and suddenly he's a handsome hero. And before that they had been calling him 'pizza face' or some such cruel jibe. Anyway, that's not important right now.
Cool Spot has got something to do with promoting fizzy drinks - apparently he comes cheaper than Michael Jackson. Seems that Virgin like their platformers to tie in with something. Remember Global Gladiators and those tasty hamburgers? But more of that later.
So what's the problem here then? There's usually some sort of torrent of gassy bubbles. This game is very similar in feel (if not PF looks) to Global Gladiators which is not surprising because the same programmers were involved in both projects. Both have the same sort of general feel, movement, sound effects and slightly jerky scrolling which upset many who played the eco-friendly Gladiators. But it never bothered me, and even though Cool Spot adds nothing new or original to the platform genre, it's still fun. And that's what platformers are meant lo be, isn't it? Cool Spot is an endearing
character, full of little quirks, and it's quite good fun to jump and bounce around collecting spots and pick-ups, diving between balloons, shooting crabs and flies and other beasties. And that's it - there's nothing much else to write home about.
The control of the sprite is occasionally annoying, particularly when you are attempting to fire your bubbles at diagonal angles ond sometimes when you move backwards and forwards quickly the scrolling looks bonkers.
But, gripes aside, and Cool Spot is by no means perfect, this is solid if unspectacular platform fun, overpriced a by few quid.
Stephen Bradley © VERDICT
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PC GAMER Smarter than the average PC games magazine PC FEBRUARY 1 994 RE-RELEASES RELEASES There’s a bumper crop of re-releases on offer this month with no fewer than five games that scored Amiga Format Golds now available at budget prices. Stephen Bradley checks out these and some other old timers that have been given a new lease of life.
Phone numbers Zeppelin 091-385 7755 Hit Squad 061-832 6633 GBH 0742 753423 Klxx 021-625 3311 SILLY PUTTY GBH ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed (as Putty) AF40 95% STRIKER GBH ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF36 93% 9 10 9 10 8 10 9 10 Somewhere along the line, this game has changed its name from Putty to Silly Putty. No matter, it looks the same to me, only it's a darn sight cheaper. Evil blokes are taking lots of baby putties from the planet Zid and turning them into super gum. Billy Putty (should that be Silly Billy Putty?) Must save the day with a virtuoso performance of platform wizardry.
Putty looks superb, from the animated sprites, to the colourful backgrounds and smooth-scrolling screens. Billy can stretch into some positively unhealthy positions as he bounces through six levels. Along the way there are loads of performance-enhancing drugs, sorry pick-ups, to collect. Great bangs, pops and whistle effects combined with bubblygumlastic gameplay make Silly Putty ideal choice for glaziers, and people who like great platform games.
Early in the year folk tend to think about their future.
Ruling the world is perhaps a tad ambitious for many but hey, we all have our dreams. Step forward PowerMonger, where you can rule the planet while having a nice cup of tea. There are 195 lands to conquer (phewl), with a band of men in each and you control the captain's actions. The lands consist of towns with armies and peasants and you must stroll in, bold as you like, and take them over. Graphically, PowerMonger is excellent and the interactive elements enable all kinds of scenarios. Also included in this package is the World Warl edition with 175 territories to conquer. Both versions
have two-player options using a modem. A good God game.
POWERMONGER Hit Squad ¦ £14.99 ¦ Reviewed AFI 8 94% Good month for re- releases this, and for re-release reviewers who get to play loads of fab games like this (and only have to write a leisurely couple of hundred words to boot). Anyway, Speedball 2 is an Amiga classic. It's a futuristic and violent American Football-style sport where you get to manage the team called Brutal Deluxe, and must do your level best to win all manner of trophies. The action takes place in a walled arena where there are various ways of scoring points including goals (no?), bounce domes, stars and a score multiplier.
But forget the management options, the transfer market and the training gym - all you need here is a male, a good few beers (if you're old enough of course) and a bad attitude. As Mike says: "Just do it".
Absolutely tremendous.
Not a conversion of the infamous head- banging football game played by children of the Seventies, but a top-of- the-league isometric-view football sim.
A total of 64 international teams are included (no black players unfortunately) and seeded so you might just find the Germans a tad quicker to the ball than the Costa Ricans or the Zimbabwe team. This game is fast. Seriously fast. At first the ball flies back and forth like a tennis ball, but when you start to develop a few skills and a bit of tactical nouse, the game improves as a spectacle. But who cares about spectacles when there's goals to be scored. Striker is a serious alternative for anybody who is beginning to get fed-up with Sensible Soccer and now it's under a tenner, what are you
waiting for?
SPEEDBALL 2 GBH ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF20 94% STREETFIGHTER 2 Kixx XL ¦ £14.99 ¦ Reviewed AF43 87% PREMIER DIVISION Zeppelin ¦ £9.99 ¦ (Not previously reviewed) JAMES POND ROBOCOD Kixx B£9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF29 91% A beat-em-up's beat-em-up some might suggest, the famous Streetfighter 2 has been re-releosed only 12 months after its first Amiga outing.
Fighting plays a premier role in this as you choose one of eight characters, each with their own special moves and attempt to do over the rest in turn.
The seven skill levels add to the longevity of the game in a genre not generally noted for its lasting interest.
The sprites are large and superbly animated and in two-ployer mode, the range of styles and techniques will have you waggling that stick for hours.
5 10 SPACE CRUSADE GBH ¦ £9.99 Reviewed AF3A 82% BLACK CRYPT Hit Squad ¦ £12.99 Reviewed AF34 78% 9 10 Not, os the name suggests, a cute and bouncy platform affair but a full-blown monster and dungeon adventure gome set in mystical lands inhabited by curiously-named characters such as Estoroth. A number of bad things have gone on in faraway lands and you've got to lead a four-man party to defeat Estoroth in his own dungeon. Each member of the team has their own particular skill such as scrapping or magic to help you in your daring adventure.
Visually, Block Crypt is fine and dandy and the characters and backdrops are well-drawn. On the down side the puzzles aren't particularly difficult to solve and the sound effects aren't really up to much, which distracts from the game's atmosphere. Block Crypt is a perfectly adequate and competent role playing game, although the lack of depth and innovation could be something of a turn-off for the more experienced role playing adventurers.
6 10 7 10 a Why, oh why, must these crusades always take place in dungeons or space? What about Hemel Hempstead Crusade, where you could role- play through shoplifting and other townie scenarios.
Anyway, space it is and there are over 20 non-shoplifting missions to complete, with the main objective being the elimination of some poor aliens. The screen uses an isometric 3D view when the violent action takes place and the rest of the time, you point and click on the icons to control the team. Space Crusade falls between two stalls. It is neither an alien-bashing action game, nor a patient, thoughtful war game and ultimately it's a frustrating exercise. Suitable for novices.
A fantastically fishy platform romp and no mistake, as young Pond returns to wage- battle against the rather humorously- monikered Dr Maybe. The fiend has taken over a toy factory, produced a number of explosives disguised as toy penguins and plans to wreak havoc over the Yuletide period. Codenamed Robocod, your job is to prevent the said haddock, sorry havoc, from occurring. There are five good reasons why you should have this gome. 1. It's pretty good. 2. It has missions galore including loads of secret rooms. 3. It costs less than a tenner 4 It's an audio-visual extravaganza. 5. It's got
fish in it.
¦ Addictive and
• .'ohaioa compelling, Robocod is an absolute must.
Tion football club. The board game is a simple mouse-clicking, dice-throwing sort of affair with the aim of making your team the best in the whole wide world.
The management sim is not the most detailed available, although it's got all the usual options, but you don't get to see any action as you attempt to lead your team from the lower reaches of the Third Division to the European League, building up both the team and the club's facilities as you go.
An uninspired, incredibly overage game.
Two games here with a four-player board game and a more traditional management sim thrown in for good measure. Both exercises involve, perhaps not surprisingly, the running of an associa- 2 - Hi, Did you have an absolutely amazing Christmas and did Santa bring you every thing you hoped for? 1 certainly hope so.
Well folks, it s not easy writing the Indi Column 2 weeks before Christmas to meet deadlines for the January Magazines but here goes.
At the time of writing there seems little doubt that the Amiga Desktop Dynamite pack has been a major success story with Sales exceeding every prediction, well done to David Pleasance and his team at Commodore.
Without a doubt the big news has been Commodores decision to add two extra titles to the CD32 Bundle making 4 in total 5 if you buy from Indi).
This week Indi have formally announced the SXI Expansion module for the CD32 allowing the addition of a keyboard and other peripherals. The implications of this are very important for both existing Amiga owners and potential CD32 buyers.
It is now a real alternative to buy a CD32. Add an expansion module and keyboard and effectively own an Amiga 1200 with a CD drive rather than the alternative of buy ing an Amiga 1200 and then adding the CD32. Devclopemcnts are moving very quickly in this area. I will keep you up to date with more information next month.
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ONLY £285 This is the news that all Commodore enthusiasts have been wailing for, the new Microbotics SXI Expansion module arrives January 1994. The Amiga CD32 is no longer just the best 32 bit CD console around, it is now a fully expandible computer Add a keyboard and printer increase the memory to 8 Mb, connect to another Amiga and the choice is yours, The Microbotics SXI is an internal expansion device that simply connects to your Amiga CD32 via the SXI port. Connection could not be simpler.
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Issue Fourteen February 1994 Into the fourth dimension with R-Type 3, Rebel Assault and Star Trek. Full reviews inside... Finish it! All the special moves, all the secrets and all the gore.
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9 770967 985023 GAME HINTS, TIPS AND HELP FEBRUARY 1 994 If you're frustrated, bamboozled, confused or just plain peeved by a treacherously tricky game then help is at hand with our hints, tips and cheats.
IlS7S«gf‘?*8le«PT" SfiScsrxy rSTOS MftHF tKiirrkuM-rl PlflVS FOR Bath Cit» CANT RACI _• HANDLING Good A* TACKLING Fair **** PASSING Fair ***** SHOOTING Fair *** CONTROL Fair *** FA0I Left OX V It I 031 HG CLOI CIU OVJ HI MM ATMEET XC 0 CHF SI OFFOOD BAHCIBS CO FI IIR FFF f A PL*y FEE £1LIOC HUGE £ 178 AGE 29 pLftyED e SCORFO 8 CONCEDED 8 D POINTS 0 STATUS OK Fit PL y FEE HAGC C1S700 1170 30000 CIOS By using the fruit machine cheat in Premier Manager 2 you can turn Timmy Gashead and his chums into a team of superhuman soccer stars.
THEATRE DEATH I have a tip for Frontier. When engaged in combat get the enemy In view then pause the game. Target the ship and unpause the game again then switch on autopilot.
Your ship will automatically target the enemy, so all you have to do Is press fire a few times (when the ship Is dose enough) to blow It to bits. Oh.
By the way. Keep the cursor over the manual button In case you have to avoid the other ship If It comes too close.
Adrian Edworttiy, Forestfach, Swansea.
CANNON FODDER Reviewed AF54 95% Virgin 081 -960 2255 I have a rather helpful cheat for the newly-released and totally brilliant Cannon Fodder. At any time when you are on the Boot Hill screen, go to the Save option and when asked for a filename type JOOLSA. The bottom of the screen will then flash Cheat Mode Active and on returning to Boot HHI you wlH find that your highest ranking officer has been promoted to General.
Stephan Hitchcock, Exmouth, Devon.
PREMIER MANAGER 2 Reviewed AF53 89% Gremlin • 0742 753423 I have found a cheat for Premier Manager 2. I found it by trying the phone number that was used os a cheat in the first Premier Manager This brought up a fruit machine but it would not let you win.
With the help of a friend and his Action Replay Cartridge, I looked through the program listing and found a list of phone numbers. I tried them all and found one that again took you to the fruit machine only with this one you cannot lose.
The number is 896610. It is possible with sufficient funds to make your entire team into super humons. The only problem with this cheat is that it changes your name to Bandit Cheat 1.
When I used this cheat right at the beginning of the game I managed to go straight from the start to being second in the Premier Division in five consecutive seasons.
Simon A Turnbull, Cumbria.
ALFRED CHICKEN Reviewed AF53 62% Mindscape • 0444 246333 On level one go through the first door as usual.
Than go to the far right at the bottom and jump up to go through a secret wai to get a special weapon. Then exIL Whew you re appear, jump on the spring at the bottom left and just altar you start flying upwards push up so that you hit an InvisMe block with a door on It- How go right across the floating platforms, but instead of going through the normal door, stand on the pilar before It and Ire your weapon to reveal another secret bioefc.
Jump on this block then jump up led and wall left across the top of the screen to the first secret Mock and go throu0 the door. Now work your way to the top of the screen using the springs and exit through the door and you w* now enter secret warp room.
Stuart Nlcholls, Leyland, Lancashire.
OF Reviewed AF54 49% Psygnosis *051-709 5755 Here's a useful tip for the Psygnosis war game Theatre of Death (right). Just type In Thud Software when you are prompted to type in your password, and you won't run out of ammunition, Noel van de Wejjer.
Netherlands.
In the final part of our annotated guide to Flashback, we take you through the last of the seven levels.
Jump up and take lift up (1). Be ready to kill the slime, then collect the two explosive mice (2).
Proceed up. Run and jump to avoid falling bombs
(3) . Throw the teleport receiver to the left and take lift up.
Activate switch so lift goes back down. Move all the way left
and recharge (4). Go right and get teleporter ready. Jump
into the pit with the slime and activate switch (5), then
immediately teleport. Be ready to kill the slime at the
bottom. Pick up teleport receiver. Move right, pick up key
and open door. Take lift up (6).
Save the game. Roll right, avoiding forcefields
(7) . Take the lift down and insert key (8). Using lift, blow up
the floor mines. Throw teleporter receiver into the pit and
teleport down. Kill slime at the bottom. Carefully dispose of
the organic guts inside the half-sphere (9). Pick up the
teleport receiver.
Follow these instructions carefully: Step to the right of the floor pit. Jump left - keep Fire button pressed - to hang from the floor (10). Move joystick down and you should fall from the bottom.
Once you jump all the way down, proceed... Move right and leave the teleport receiver. Go all the way left and recharge (II). Take lift down.
Save the Game. Move right and shoot two slimes. You must dispose of the guts hanging from the ceiling (12). To do this, shoot them from the left side, then from the right. Repeat until no more slimes come out. Go left. Take lift up and recharge! 11 again). Take lift back down. Save the Game. Go back right. Take lift up and go right.
Pick up mouse (13) and kill slime. Pick up key and go back to recharge. Save.
Return to the door, take lift down, go right and roll through forcefield. Leave atomic charge
(14) and hit the switch. Teleport back. Go right and take lift up
(15). Watch the final animation.
BOB'S BAD DAY Reviewed AF53 79% • Psygnosis • 051 -709 5755 Last month we published the first 50 level codes for that curious platform extravaganza Bob's Bad Day. We can now reveal that it took our correspondent Big Bob from Wetherby three weeks of non-stop playing lo find all the codes the old way, playing it, not hacking it.
Well done Bob, it's gives us all a warm glow when we see that some people still apply the old-fashioned values to gameplay - hard work and perseverance never did anybody any harm. For the rest of you, who obviously don't apply the same rigorous and admirable standards as Big Bob, here ore the rest of the level codes... 51 NDPLKWOL 52 NEALKVNL 53 MDPLKWOL 54 MEALKVPl 55 MEALLVOM 56 MFFMLUNM 57 LDPMLWQM 58 LEAMLVPM 59 LEAMLVOM 60 LFFMLUNM 61 KEANMV0N 62 KFFNMUPN 63 KFFNMUON 64 KGKNMINN 65 JBFNMYON 66 JCK0MXPN 67 JCK0NX00 806 5 B',d 0a ,s a mos' unusual game, and It look Big Bob from 68
JDPONWNO Wetherby weeks of almost constant playing to bring you those codes.
69 ICKONXQO 77 GDPQOWQP 85 EDPRQWQR 93 CEATRVQS 70 IDPONWPO 78 GEAQOVPP 86 EEASQVPR 94 CFFTRUPS 71 IDPPNWOO 79 GEAQPVOQ 87 EEASQVOR 95 CFFTRUOS 72 IEAPNVN0 80 GFFQPUNQ 88 EFFSQUNR 96 CGKURTNS 73 HCKPOXQP 81 FCKRPXQO 89 DDPSQW0R 97 BCKUSXQT 74 HDPPOWPP 82 FDPRPWPQ 90 DEASQVPR 98 BDPUSWPT 75 HDPP0W0P 83 FDPRPWOQ 91 DEATRV0S 99 BDPUSWOT 76 HEAQOVNP 84 FEARPVNQ 92 DFFTRUNS 100 BEAUSVNT DONK!
Reviewed AF53 85% Supervision • 071 -702 9391 Make life easier for yourself In this plucky ducky platformer by boosting all your power-ups (float, shield and so on) to their maximum value of nine.
To do this wait until the screen goes red when you are on your way to an exit and type: Able To Cheat. Then use the Amiga F1-F4 keys to Increase your chances of success in the tricky, but com- boost your power ups. Polling platformer, Donk! By using a power-up cheat.
ALIEN BREED 2 Reviewed AF54 80% • Team 17 • 0924 291867 At the selection screen for the AGA version of Alien Breed 2 pick Rufertoo because he has a better scanner than the others. When you have enough money buy a rebounder and some ammo because this Is a much more effective weapon.
Mr Pugh, Pontypool, Gwent.
The Final part of our hints and tips guide to this excellent Daze adventure.
Reviewed AF50 97% g HI B HI s o ISHAR 2: MESSENGERS OF DOOM Daze *071-328 2762 STAGE 1 2: JON'S ISLAND Find a passage lo the west. Follow the road. Kill the dwarves. Enter the mountain to the north. Pick up two edelweiss plants - one in the cul-de- sac to the west, the other in the cul-de-sac to the east. Return to the passage entrance.
Continue east. Kill the vultures.
Enter the mountains to the north. Pick up one edelweiss plant. Return to the passage entrance. Continue east, then north. Take the passage to the east. Pick up two edelweiss plants.
The place is cursed, so cast a curse-lifting spell. To continue, have each character drink an anti-vertigo potion. Follow the road. Pick up a relic, and return to the harbour.
STAGE 13: JON'S ISLAND Travel west along the coast. Fight guards. Get rid of one character (dismiss or cast them into the void). Enter mountains to east. Kill guards. At the end, leave five relics on five pillars.
The druid revives. Recruit him for his fire-protection spell. Return to the landing stage. Select end of fortress.
Go to town for more supplies.
STAGE 14: OLBAR'S ISLAND Fight against the Fire Elemental by putting the magic shield on one of the characters, then activate the fire- protection spell. Approach the Elemental and strike.
At the first crossroads turn right and travel right round the block, then take the access open to the north.
Next crossroads: go to the west (not essential), enter the maze with fights against ores. Pick up arms and treasures to the north. Fight with dragon.
To kill the dragon use the same principle as Fire Elemental - the protection spell must always be validated or you've had it. Use the healing spell as often as necessary.
The dragon is so more-ish, you can have several goes at killing it.
Continue north. Pick up treasures in the crannies.
At the next crossroads go north to the secret passage in the north wall. Continue, fight against wizard and skeletons. At the end of the maze with invisible walls, activate handle. Return to the crossroads. Go down to the south. Beware, slalom into the room because there are spikes in the walls.
Reach Shandar's fortress. In the large room you must move along the edges because there are missiles in the ceiling. At the south-east end pick up treasure. At the north-west end, activate the handle. At the north-east end, fight the knight and take access behind him.
In the next room follow the corridor and find a mechanism to be activated in a small room to the west. At the end, fight against the gorgon - beware, she inverts - then go into a large room with a fountain which raises life points. This diversion to the north is not compulsory because you can move directly south when you enter the room and reach the labyrinth with mummies and a witch. Take the passage to the south, then lo the east.
There is a mechanism to be activated in the small room to the west.
Carry on and fight the lion guards.
The grille is closed and the trapdoor has to be activated to open it. At the next crossroads go north. At the end you will find treasures and a mechanism. Return to the crossroads. Go down to the south.
Follow the corridors to the end.
Find a small room containing a magician. Listen to what he says and don't hit him. Then take the north access in the previous corridor. Put the parrot in front of the ear and the passage will open. In the next room slalom otherwise you will bash your head. In the next room, move along the edges and prepare psychic shelter. Fight against Shandar in the north access.
Kill Shandar, go back to the country. Now you'll just have to wait for Ishar 3... Here's a useful tip to make winning a fight much easier in Streelfighter 2.
Just load the game as normal and choose your character, but when you are asked to change disks and press a key, change disks and press the initial letter of the name of your chosen character.
Unfortunately this only works when you have to change disks, but the difference it makes to your fighting prowess is amazing.
Alan Third, Dumbarton, Scotland.
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B 3 B a HI SF 2 CHAOS ENGINE Reviewed AF43 87% Reviewed AF45 90% US Gold • 021 -625 3366 Renegade • 07 i -481 9214 I recently bought a copy ot Stardust tor my A1200 and after playing for a while. I decided to rearrange the first two digits of my password. To my surprise, the new password enabled me to begin the game from the same point as on the last attempt (with three lives) except with the Level Ot Death completed.
I realise that the code may only work on my particular copy ot the game (as with Gods), but here It Is anyway: ADQQAAAASGIM.
Another useful little bug cheat Is that when you have lost all your lives and you are in the process of exploding, you can sometimes press Escape for another life. This is a temperamental procedure.
Mark Dennison, Eccleshall, Sheffield.
I have noticed that all the cheats you have printed for The Chaos Engine are only for one-player mode. These codes give you everything and are for two-player mode: F180K541R8K4 SN72BPWKT7NV NX4YGGR83YBG 3GGWGL3Q6WXF Also, for Theatre Of Death, if you type in 7735073507DB7A041 as the password you will reach the Desert Level.
Jitesh Vassa, Surbiton, Surrey.
STARDUST Reviewed AF55 88% Daze *071-328 2762 FOOTBALL TACTICIAN NEW enhanced version sets even higher standards and breaks more records.
Firmly established as the definitive interactive football strategy game.
FOOTBALL TACTICIAN 2 is now available in three superb versions: FT2 ENGLAND the original and the first ever management game where tactics and real-time match intervention are the main requirements for a successful campaign. FT2 SCOTLAND the first ever simulation covering the soccer scene north of the border featuring the Premier and First divisions.
FT2 ITALIA with the fabulous serie A and serie B for the thrills, the passion and the glory of the world's most exciting league!
Three great games with the latest 93 94 stats. One soon realises that FT2 is no ordinary soccer manager. THIS is the REAL THING. You’re in charge. Events on the field are the direct result of your inputs. Even when trailing badly, a match can still be retrieved and won if you make shrewd tactical interventions. There are risks involved, uncertainty and even luck. But in the end, it's all down to you! Can you rise to the challenge?
Try FOOTBALL TACTICIAN 2 for a totally different football experience!
What makes Football Tactician 2 so special?
• Biggest ever multi-user system: up to 46 users (yes forty-six!
Who said four was the limit?) Now with new rating system
reflecting managers' ability and achievements.
• First ever fully interactive management game: intervene at any
time during a match to change tactics, make substitutions,
adjust formation, mark players or inspect possession.
• Most accurate player definition: 30 parameters including real
ages, aptitudes, skills, caps, nationalities, playing
positions, fitness, morale, market valuation and performance
• Largest results database: 21290 match results and league
positions going back 20 seasons all instantly retrievable All
of which may be printed out and examined
• Professional recording: 36 matches always recorded for
full-scale replay at ANY timel
• First ever referee involvement: true to life behaviour Beware
of adopting rough tactics' or 'time-wasting' when Jim Parker is
in chargel The message is clear: know your refs
• Fastest ever setting-up time: initial start-up in less than two
seconds, thanks to 900K of super-fast machine code No waiting.
No delays Smoothness of action is FT2's hallmark
• Most accurate editor: built-in intuitive editor capable of
entering new players and fine tuning all parameters It goes
without saying that this is essential for the serious user.
• 16 different tactics from rough play to offside-trap. All
adjustable throughout the match You manage your side before AND
during the match. No guessing. No falling asleep.
• Three levels of match reporting, from highlights only to
ball-by-ball commentary.
What are the new features?
• FA Premiership and Division One permanently in memory with full
interaction, promotions, transfers, European pool, play-offs,
local and European Cups.
• Man of the Match PFA Player of the Year PFA Young Player of the
Year Footballer of the Year Manager of the Year. Transfer
deadline Pitch invasions. Fights between players.
• Easy selection of penalty takers, free-kick takers, long
throwers, wingers, captains, ball winners, playmakers.
Overlapping full backs, reserves, substitutes, player
managers...
• Unique database-type search facility to locate any player in
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• Full-scale printing facilities With 46 simultaneous users,
highly suitable for Play-by-Mail.
• Intelligent behaviour of computer sides capable of changing
tactics to respond to situation on the field or making
substitutions based on fitness and fatigue Plus mid-week
transfer and fitness news from all 46 clubs
• Thirteen different charts: top scorers, super-subs, penalty
kings, hat-trick heroes, most bookings, most consistent player,
most caps. Etc. etc...
• Friendlies. Precise transfer markets, club history, financial
position and much much more!
Why is FT2 not in the shops?
The very essence of a football strategy game is its accuracy. With transfers happening every day, rules being changed and players being injured, shop games are out-of-date the moment they come out Some publishers issue yearly revisions That may be fine but not fine enough for us The FT2 you buy is 100% up-to-date We revise the program and data weekly There are no compromises. Who wants to play a game that says that Fiorentina are in serie A frf"n or Newcastle in Division One? Who wants to play a game that features Floy Keane at Forest or Ruud Gullit still at Milan? No known football game is
more up-to-date than FT2 and that's a fact!
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SKELETON KEY I have a problem with Gobliins. I can get the feather and tickle the skeleton's foot and turn the feather into a fly-swatter, but after that I'm completely stumped. Please can you give me some tips on how to complete this level?
Mrs L Twelves, Caine, Wilts You actually need a real Praetor's Card to get past the guard. Go to Terminal TB at the Astroport and head off to the Janus Tower. Check on the board and go to the sauna.
Now go into your inventory and click on the magnifying glass. Take the card of a free Praetorian Judge and swap it for your false card. Don't take anything else. Now head back to the asteroid and you should be able to get past the guard.
I've tried, without success, to get past the passport on the Bedhin-6 asteroid in BAT 2. I arrive in the space station and the only way out as far as I can see is past this guard. I have the Praetor's Clothes and the false Praetor Card, but I just get arrested and the game ends. Where am I going wrong?
Derek Piper, New Barnet, Herts MORE MONEY PLEASE!
I’m stuck in World Two of Heimdall.
The quest involves giving three gifts to the sisters on the island with the temple. One of these gifts is a magic apple, the second a necklace and the third is something to make the third sister see into the future.
I’ve got the first two, but can't find the last object. It's connected to the huge horn on the top right island.
I've got the teleport spell, but when I reach the horn I can't blow it because I haven't got the mouthpiece. Food is low and I've been back to all the other islands to try to find a way out. What must I do?
Ian Watson, Norwich Go back to the middle island on the far left of Usgard’s map. You must have the necklace, apple and two dragon's eggs - from the same islands where you found the Detect Doors spell. Give the correct objects to the sisters to open a door in the middle of the island. Enter the temple and cast a Disenchantment spell to get the mouthpiece. Now head back to the final island.
MAN WHO COULD NOT FALL TO EARTH Please could you help me on Frontier: Elite 2. I've had this game about a month and I still cannot land on any planets. Please also give me cheats on how to obtain money.
Jason Perrs, Walsall Get Handyman to pick up the cup and ball and use it in the skeleton's left hand. Now pick up the key the skeleton dropped when you tickled his foot and use it on the hand which pops out of the cage. Use the Hy- swatter on the fly that comes through the window.
Get Magic User to cast a spell on the dead fly, then get Handyman to throw it at the picture of the magician. The cupboard opens and a voodoo doll of the king pops out.
Get Handyman to pick up the Elixir from under the magician's picture.
THE THREE SISTERS The landing procedure is explained on pages 32-33 of the Elite 2 manual. You can only land on planets with suitable spaceports, use the Data icon (F6j in the Map icons section to track them down.
DOCTORIN' THE DOGS Helpl I'm totally stuck on The Secret of Monkey Island. I've tried everything, but I can’t get past the piranha poodles guarding the mansion outside the village. Please help me.
Kathryn Knight, Wakefield Go to see the shopkeeper and ask him to take you to the Swordmasler.
Follow him through the forest until you come to some yellow flowers.
Pick these and use them on the meat you collected earlier from the Scumm Bar's kitchen. Go back to the Mansion and use the doctored meat on the dogs. They fall asleep, enabling you to enter the Mansion unhindered.
OPEN THE DOOR, AND LET 'EM IN Please can you help me with Lure of the Temptress. How do you get into Taidgh's house and the Were Gate?
I have tried Grub's lockpick, but it doesn't work.
David Heys, Rhyl, Clwyd To get into the Were Gate you need a little help from Toby, Goewin and the dragon in the Severed Arms
- Toby gives you information in exchange for Mallkin's book,
Goewin makes up a magic potion and the dragon tells you what to
say to the gargoyles on the Were Gate.
When you speak to the gargoyles they tell you they will only open the gates for a lady, so go back to the Apoth Shop and ask Goewin if she'll go to the Were Gate with you Getting into Taidgh's house is more straightforward - give the lockpick to Ratpouch and ask him to unlock the door, ensuring there are no Skorl guards around first. 'Jj READERS’ WRITES CURLY CRICHTON SOLVES THE CASE The solution to Mrs L Mann's Pushover problem from AF51 Is as follows: Drop down the right hand ladder to the third row and move the Stopper block one space to the left. Go back up the ladder to the top row,
along to the left. Pick up the end block and drop off the left edge with It, this tumbles all the blocks on the left side.
Jump on to the next row down on the right and back up the ladder to the top row. Push the Tumbler to the left to hit the Delay block which starts the cascade on the right. Make your way down the left ladder to safety.
John Crichton, Egremont, Cumbria IN FROM THE COLD And here's a solution to Laurence Caruana's letter asking for help with Escape From ColdIU In AF50 There are three objects used for opening tunnel entrances. The first, a saw. Is used on fake floors Indoors: the second Is a pick axe used on concreted holes outside, and the last Is a shovel used for opening tunnels covered In grass and for opening tunnel exits from the Inside. An exit can be spotted by the ground highlighted below It and you can use a shovel on It by rotating the Joystick 360 degrees while tapping Fire.
To attempt an escape with the four men you need a saw. A shovel, four candles. Four border passes, four guard's uniforms (optional), and lots of security passes (optional). Then do this:
1. Assemble your men in the canteen.
2. Use the saw on the tunnel entrance.
3. Give one man a border pass, candle and a shovel, then put this
man In the tunnel (by using the candle).
4. Using the same man go down and open the exit there.
5. When the character appears above ground press the Space bar
and run up to the right, avoiding all guards. You should
escape before they shoot you.
6. Repeat stages 3-5 with all remaining characters.
This Is difficult, so you must be patient. If you get stuck, try wearing the uniforms.
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Whether we like it or not and for whatever reasons, the Amiga applications software market is tiny compared to that for Windows. Consequently, Amiga software manufacturers are smaller outfits with fewer resources, and they have to charge much less for the sweat of their brows because your average Amiga user doesn't have the wherewithal to stump up three or four times the cost of the computer for a single software package.
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OW WAY TO make more money from a smaller number of customers, is to sell many value-for-money products rather than a single very big and very costly 'killer' application. Instead of making £200 profit from each of 500 customers, you make £20 profit from 10.000 customers who can afford to buy five or six less expensive products. The time spent on the development of a product is usually linked to the profit it makes. The less profit a product makes, the less it gets developed.
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Nick Veitch IT ALL MMLS down to memory and storage space. You might consider an extra 4Mb of memory to be loads and loads - it might have cost you almost as much as your Amiga - but to a killer application 4Mb of memory is pocket change. A superior application will be working with superior data, tt might be CD-qualtty sound, tt might be 24-bit animations or presentations destined for video, tt might be full colour desktop publishing. All these pun suits require as much memory as you can throw at them.
Truly serious applications require truly serious amounts of memory and data storage space. How many of you have 64Mb of memory and at least one gigabyte of hard disk? Three or four thousand pound's worth! Not many. I bet So, if a company spends mega bucks and mega time producing a mega Amiga application that requires mega resources, very few Amiga owners are going to buy it because they don't have the memory and hard disk megabytes required to run the software. And it would be exactly the same story if you owned a Windows machine.
But if you do have the megabytes, despite the rubbish you hear, there is Amiga software that will drive that hardware to at least the quality of top Windows software, often better. Amiga graphics software like Imagwmaster RfT and ImageFX (forget ADProl) are every bit as good as Windows equivalents. And they cost much less. The Studio 16 sampler is a truly professional quality package that can simultaneously playback eight channels of CD-qualtty stereo sound direct from hard disk. These are just two examples, there are many more.
Without the hardware, you can't use the software, but that doesn’t mean it doesn't exist so the next time you hear someone bullshitting about how crap the Amiga is and how much better Windows software is, do us a favour and put them right will you?
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Our musically-minded men Richard Baguley and John Kennedy listen out for the alternatives.
AT THE TIME of its launch in 1986 the Amiga's sound capabilities were state-of-the-art. The ability to replay real sounds at varying pitches made for excellent sound effects for games but a whole new type of program - music trackers.
These days, die standard sound isn't quite good enough for all applications.
There needs to be another technological leap - the step up to CD-quality sound.
This ultimate audio upgrade is now within the reach of all Amiga owners, by means of plug-in cards.
Before we look at them, here are a few words about how your Amiga makes music.
The Amiga uses 8-hii audio, which means the sound waveform can be digitised with 256 different levels. When the digital information is passed through a digital to analogue converter, the sound can be reconstituted.
The speed at which these conversions take place is called the Sample Rate, and it also affects the quality of the sound: basi- callv the bister the Sample Rate, the better the sound.
The Sample Rate of a system can he increased from 8kHz (8.000 samples a second) to 16kHz. And the sound quality will therefore improve too. However, it's not possible to simply keep on increasing the Sample Rate until the sound quality is perfect, because every time a sound is sampled, extra distortion, called quantization noise, is introduced.
The degree of this noise is a function of the number of bits used to sample the sound, so no matter how liist an 8-hit sampler works, the sound will inevitably still be far from perfect.
The way around this problem is to use more bits to store the sounds, and this is exactly what the Toccata and Wavetools add-on cards do. The cards use 16 bits to sample each part of the sound, and as a result the noise level is much lower. With a fast Sample Rate, say 41 kHz. The clarity of the sampled sounds is excellent - in fact, it s almost indistinguishable from the original sound. This is why audio Cds sound so good: they use 16-bit sound samples, working at 41kHz.
WHO WANTS IT?
Because the sound cards work at professional quality, they are useful for capturing sounds which will eventually appear on CD.
For example, in a music studio the ability to sample sounds and edit them digitally is more appealing than playing around with expensive magnetic tape. Even better, once the sounds are in digital format they can be copied directly to DAT (Digital Audio Tape) for mastering with no extra noise or hiss introduced in the process.
Other uses for the CD-quality sample systems include pre-recorded messages.
For example, in a multimedia presentation. It is much more convenient to play back 16-bit samples than it is to try to control a tape recorder or sequence an expensive musical synthesiser. Finally, in the emerging world of digital desktop video where films can be played directly from CD-ROM, there is a real need for affordable hardware to capture the accompanying soundtracks.
ON THE CARDS What you can’t do with one of these 16-bit sample cards is simply replace the Amiga's existing sound chips. It just isn't possible to redirect the normal sound output in the same way as a PC.
Instead, only programs which have been specifically written to deal with a particular card can lx used, and for this reason the software which comes with it is of paramount importance. At the very least there must be plenty of editing and playback options, and you would also expect some echo and pitch changing features.
The huge size of 16-bit samples means it is highly advisable to sample the sounds directly to hard disk. Software which doesn't offer this feature will limit die length of samples to the amount ol your free RAM, and not many Amigas have 80Mb of RAM handy.
Turn the page to find out what the Toccata and Wavetools cards have to offer.
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Imagine how it could be better. But 16-bit stereo requires a lot of storage - it takes only seconds to fill a £150 4Mb SIMM RAM with Pink Mow I. and vou'll need a large supply of IDF drives to cut an album. For this reason the Toccata board features an example of some MacroSystem's cunning: real lime hardware data compression.
Normally an 8-bit sample has a sin- gle-to-noise ratio of 48dB. And a 16-bit sample has a ratio of 96dB. Using the compression, the ratio is 70dB - an excellent compromise. If the numbers don't mean anything, don't worry: it sounds great.
IN THE SAME way that 24 bit graphics arc hailed as the pinnacle of graphic technolog)', 16-bit sound is considered the grail of computer audio.
Those nice German folk at MacroSystem, renowned for the awesome pair of Amiga video goodies Retina and Yl.nl . have now brought us Toccata, presumably with they aim of creating the ultimate sound system, but things don’t always go according to plan... The Zorro-card hardware is certainly last)- and boasts full 16-bit sample capability. Hardware compression, stereo audio output and four stereo inputs (two AUX. A line and microphone input) and to top ii off. Direct to hard disk sampling with software-controlled microphone level, mixing control and input switching.
Software support for Toccata comes in the form of two separate packages: a suite ol programs specifically for the hardware, and a standalone sampling program.
The hardware-specific software includes a control panel, where inputs can he selected and levels set. The Current Sampling mode can also be selected, and a handy set of level meters help set the correct sample level. The more advanced features of the card, such as the user definable microphone gain and input output mix level can also he set.
Unfortunately, no Arexx support is provided, which means you can't use other software to control the sampling. Because a large proportion of the potential market for this card will be multimedia users this is needs immediate fixing.
The remaining programs provide a quick option lor Sample and Playback and a handy little Jingle Player which will play any one from a bank of samples with a single keypress. The Sample Record option provides a first indication of the sound quality which is possible. At a CD-type sample rate and 16-hit resolution the sound quality was stunning. It would be hard to Use the main Toccata control panel and Sample Recorder windows at the same time to get the best results from recording and playback.
Toccata can co-operate with MacroSystems' excellent Vlab video digitiser to give you the power to sample video and audio signals simultaneously. This could be extremely useful for multimedia production or any number of other processes that require both sound and vision.
A HI Ik The second set of software is a 1 (s bit sample editing program, the same one which is supplied with the Maestro hardware. Maestro offers digital-only import and export of samples, and having one to use with Toccata would Ik- pretty handy.
With the full set of hardware. Toccata could be used to sample a song, and after editing. Maestro would download the finished work direct to DAT.
Editing is done with the Samplitude package, which offers all the usual features such as cutting and pasting, and effects such as echo and time stretching. Due to the nature of 16-bit sound editing, processing a large disk-based sample can take a very long time.
A playlist of sample clips can be constructed. But this is far from being a multitrack recorder. Samplitude works like an ordinary H bit sampler, but with better sound. From within the editor it is possible to make use of the sampling hardware, but no compression modes are allowed.
The sound quality achieved by sampling through Samplitude is slightly poorer than with the hardware-specific software, so for the best results it is necessary to run both programs, using one to sample and one to edit so it's a pity there is no way to swap samples between programs.
Toccata is an excellent piece of hardware which deserves better software support. The supplied programs are not poor, but they aren't excellent either.
Although no mention is made in the manual. Toccata can be used in conjunction with the Vlab digitiser, which opens up some interesting possibilities.
The card also samples direct to hard disk with a 68020 processor or greater, although for full 16-hit audio you will probably need a 68040. Toccata isn't a musical instrument by itself: there is no way of triggering samples over MIDI, and no real-time pitch shifting. This is no rival to a dedicated Akai sampler.
The lack of post-sample multitrack mixing also stops it rivalling the SunRi .e hardware. What it does do. And it does it extremely well, is make superb qualitv 16 and 8-bit samples. What you do after that is up to you.
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There are two manuals, one for hardware and one for software: both are comprehensive and well illustrated.
Standard menus and requesters - if you have used any Amiga sampling program, you'll have no problems.
The software supplied with Toccata is rather basic so the hardware is almost overloaded.
VALUE ••• Toccata is a bit on the pricy side given the fact that the software has some limitations.
VERDICT “ High quality with eight inputs and stereo outputs. With better software support Toccata would be the multimedia user's dream.
There’s a lot more programming to do before it comes close to the Sunrize sampler. * 72% If you were to take any record from the charts, it's more than likely that it would use samples for some of the instruments. After all, dealing with a sample is easier than working with a real instrument, and you can manipulate it in various weird ways.
Most Amiga users will be familiar with samples through programs such as SoundTracker and OctaMED, or through the soundtrack of games. The Paula custom chip can handle up to four channels of 8-bit sound, but these days most musicians prefer to work in 16-bit.
Because this gives much better quality. 8-bit samplers are widely and cheaply available, but 16-bit samplers are a bit thinner on the ground.
Wavetools is a half-length Zorro card, so it can fit into any big box Amiga such as the A4000 or A3000.
Because 16-bit sampling involves a lot of data, a 68030 running at 25mHz is the minimum recommended con- Wavetools allows you to cut and paste between different samples, so you can create your own weird soundscapes.
COMING SOON... Wavetools is a fine sampler, but It can't produce sound processing effects such as flanging and echo. You also can't trigger a sample from an external source. Digital Audio Design are working on an RTX (Real Time extension) module, which will have a Digital Signal Processor chip for live effects. Wavetools will then be in competition with the Studio 16 card, which is about to get a software upgrade.
Figuration. Large amounts of memory are not vital, as the sampling is direct to disk. This means that it's written to the disk as it's sampled, and played back in a similar way. As you'd expect, a hard disk is vital, and it has to be reasonably fast at transferring data. A lot of free space is also required, because a 30-second sample at the Sampling Rate used by Cds (44.1kHz) will need just over five megabytes of disk space.
I certainly can't fault the sampler in terms of quality. Even at the lower sample rates (the lowest being 17kHz), the samples are bright and clear. The quality you get will very much depend upon the quality of the signal, but if you're working from a clean source such as a CD player, the level of noise added by the sampling process is indistinguishable.
Once you've sampled your noise, you can use the various tools to cut and paste bits of it and you can even mix together different sounds to create new sounds. The editing tools are fairly minimal, but you could use them to chop out unwanted sounds or join several sounds together. They are adequate for editing voiceovers and the like, but a serious musician wouldn't feel at home here. The software also has a comprehensive Arexx interface, which means you could use a program such as Scala to trigger it. Cj You can even mix together two different sounds to create a new sound or a meaningless
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£349.95 WAY BACK IN Issue 46. We reviewed a new emulator which
promised to give you a multitasking Apple Mac emulator without
losing the Amiga side of things. It worked well, albeit with
certain problems, and we gave it a rating of 80 per cent.
One of the primary limitations was that the CPU of the Amiga had to be fitted with a Memory Management Unit (MMU). This ruled out the newest big box Amiga, the A4000 030. Which is fitted with an 680F.C30 CPU. Which has no MMU. A version which did not require the MMU (known as 32-bit clean) has long been promised, and the latest version of the software
(3. 40) has finally delivered this.
The other requirements of the emulator are the same: you still need to get hold of the ROM of an SE30 Macintosh, and this version of the software also requires System 7.1. the latest version of the Mac Operating system. You can also allocate more of the Amiga’s RAM to the Mac, which is a good thing since Macs are notoriously greedy for memory. Given that this has to be Fast memory, the Mac THERE ARE TWO of spare. There is the spate which Douglas Adams writes about (which is always bigger than you think) anti then there is the space left on your hard or floppy disk, which is always smaller
than you would like it to be.
Just as work expands to fill the time available, so does data expands to fill the size of your partitions.
When space is getting tight, the conventional solutions are either to delete files you don't want any more (as if there are any), backup files on to floppy disks (yawn) or archive Could the dreaded “Disk full" system message be a thing of the past? It’s unlikely, but Nick veitch likes to put off the inevitable.
Richard Baguley suffers an identity crisis with the latest version of the Emplant emulator.
Display takes around 1 Mb of memory and the fact that running System 7.1. with less than 4Mb of RAM is virtually impossible, it’s not realistic to consider this emulator unless you’ve got at least 10Mb of memory .
There have also been various other enhancements - it’s now possithem on your drive using something like LHArc. The first two solutions are not really solutions at all - the whole point of having a hard disk is that you can store your data where you can get at it. The problem with the last solution is that it is never convenient having to unarchive » tile tan mem label Spedol I ipeedoI I Speedometer 3.01 2lwn* 13 4 M8 du* 'mat Jeriuery Cd«fc 1 ble to move files between the Mac and the Amiga side without using floppy disks and the authors have improved the FPL’ handling, giving a speed
increase of several times.
The PD program Speedometer (roughly equivalent to the Amiga program Sysinfo) reveals that the everything again when you want to use it.
The best solution would be a program which would automatically compress files its you,saved them and uncompress them as you tried to access them. That is exactly what Disk Expander does. It sits on the 11 4 MB eveileble CP ?
D 0 vuiftaw emulated Mac is slightly faster than the equivalent real Mac (an SF.30), with a speed of 4.84 times that of a Mac Classic (against the speed of
4. 80 for the SE30). Running on an A3000 (which has an MMU
fitted), the relative speed is 7.150 times that of a Mac
Classic. To put this into context, a Quadra 700 (a very fast
68040-based Mac used by our art editor) has a speed of 30.60
times that of a Mac Classic.
Unfortunately, the emulation is not yet bug free. We were unable to get the Appletalk network working without crashing the Mac. Despite the fact this worked fine on previous versions. All other programs, such as Photoshop and Quark Xpress, worked fine on the emulated Mac. And the fact that upgrades and bug fixes take only a matter of days to appear means that Emplant is now even more of a realistic option for somebody wanting both a Mac and an Amiga, but who doesn’t want to clog up their desk with all those boxes. O AntigaDOS file access instructions and intercepts them. This means that the
entire process is completely transparent to the user. It may seem to take a little longer loading and saving files, but after a while you won't even notice it is there.
Several modes of compression are supported, so you can choose the best for speed or pack rate. The software supports the XPK cruncher libraries (there are dozens of these in the Public Domain) so you can easily update or change the crunching routines.
At die moment. Disk Expander has to be installed on a drive or partition. This means that all files will be compressed and decompressed when written to that particular device: you can’t specify a particular directory.
That is the only flaw in what is otherwise an excellent system. 'Zl VERDICT_
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PUT THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS Contemporary Games pic, Hounslow TW5 OPA, U.K Could this exciting new program finally bring Fax capabilities to your Amiga?
Richard Baguley plugs in and gets communicating.
YOU'VE BOUGHT A new modem, and you realise that il also has Fax capabilities. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to send Faxes to everyone? After all, they combine die speed of a telephone call with the impact of a letter. Although Fax modems can send Faxes, you need extra software to translate the received Fax into a readable format, or to transform the text and images you are faxing into a format which can be transmitted to the other Fax machine.
TRAPFAX Fax modems are divided into two types: class 1 and class 2. TrapFax is a class 2 only program, so it won't work with any Fax modem which only supports class I. This rules out popular modems such as the US Robotics sportster or the HST DS+, but it will work with the Supra V32Bis Fax modem, although the LC model of this modem is class 1 only, so tiiis will not work.
TrapFax is produced liv a German company called Trapdoor Developments, who are primarily known for their Shareware E-Mail program called TrapDoor. Il works by emulating a printer driver, so any program which prints through Workbench can be used to send Faxes. So, you could fax your latest creation direct from Dpaint, or use a DTP program such as ProPage or Pages ream to create your own letterheaded paper. As far as die program is concerned, it's sending the data to a printer, but TrapFax is capturing this data, saving it to disk and converting it into a format suitable for sending to a
remote Fax machine.
TrapFax allows you to set up a phonebook of your frequently dialled numbers, and send a fax to several of them with just a couple of clicks.
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TrapFax includes a comprehensive phone book, so you can put your frequent numbers in here, and you can even define groups of people. You can also schedule your Faxes for a specific time, so you can send all your day's Faxes after 6pm, when the cost of phone calls is lower.
Once you've received a Fa*, you can either display it or convert it to a (big) IFF file for printing or editing in any art package.
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Tin.tun pioppj Once you've set all the details, TrapFax gets on with the business of sending the Fax. This is a pretty straightforward process, and it doesn't put much strain on the Amiga, so you can happily get on with other things while it's working.
Receiving a Fax works much the same way. By dragging an icon into your WBStartup drawer and leaving your modem switched on, it will automatically pick up the phone when it rings, and try to talk to the Fax on the other end. As with sending, this all happens in the background with no need for user intervention.
Once you've received the Fax, you can view it. Print it or save it as a two-colour IFF file.
High quality results on your Faxes are possible with TrapFax. This is especially obvious when your documents have graphics on them.
The main competitor for this program is OPFax (£49.99 from First Computer Centre on 0532 319444), which works in a similar way. However, the quality of the Faxes, especially those with graphics, is superior with TrapFax. All of the programs which form the TrapFax system run on the Workbench screen, and it's much more in tune with newer versions of the operating system, and with things such as Fax datatypes for Multiview. It's an impressive program, but because it's class 2, the type of modems it can be used on is limited. O DESCRIPTION Class 2 Fax software MANUFACTURER TrapDoor Developments
DISTRIBUTOR Blittersoft 0908 220196 PRICE £74.95 RELEASE Out now SPEED Contains plenty of technical information and easy-to-follow tutorials to get you up and running.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • The method of creating faxes means you can fax from within any program that uses Workbench printer drivers.
FEATURES • • • Standard things you expect, such as delayed sending, multiple recipients and phonebook. WB 2 or above only.
VALUE • •• It's £25 more than GPFax. But it is easier to use and the results are more impressive.
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Old hand Nick veitch sees what's on the cards with the fastest new 24-bit graphics board in town. Is he bluffing, oris it a good deal?
IN THE BEGINNING .here was the framestore. This was a box filled with RAM chips and a video driver which was capable of outputting a picture in 24-bit quality on a nice monitor. ''Hurrah;" saiil everyone who could alioril one. But a framestore is not like having a display that will interact with your Amiga. It s just an output device. It nun as well be a printer, because once the image is there, that's it.
The need for a 24-hit card that could not only display images, but could also be used as an interactive display (where you could use the display with a paint package ot image processor), prompted the release of cards such as Firecracker and Opalvision.
These used libraries, which enabled programs to use these displays, as long as they were written with this in mind. This was followed by a wave of cards which could trick the Amiga into opening up screens on their display. The Retina is probably the best known ol these, followed by the Picasso.
Fbe Rainbow III card is a further development, l.ike CAT's Spectrum card, it subscribes to a new retargelable graphic standard called EOS. This is a svstem inter- e H 5 ¦ * RA HI BOW III THE COMPETITION: HOW THE OTHER CARDS MEASURE UP There is more than one 24-bit display card, as regular AF readers If you are going to fork out large chunks of your hard-earned, it must surely know, unlike a RAM board or an external floppy is a good idea to check that the board you are going to buy can drive, they are not necessarily all much of a muchness. Some of do all the things you expect of it. Here,
then, is a brief summary them are quite special, while others are not. Of all the boards recently tested in Amiga Format... SPECTRUM MacroSystem’s Retina was not only the first affordable 24-bit display, but it was also revolutionary in its ability to force ordinary software to use it as a display card.
* o* o» 3 tt a HI It is very simple to install and use. And has
the largest range of possible display modes, but the lack of a
through port makes it inconvenient to use In a one-monitor
set-up.
The best feature of the Retina is probably its speed. Thanks to very fast RAM packages, it can trounce most other cards (but certainly not the Rainbow III). Quite a range of software has been written to directly support the Retina, and the card works well with the V-Lab digitiser.
We gave it 82 per cent overall.
The Picasso was touted as the thinking man’s Retina. The board is currently in its second incarnation and has benefited from a bit of re-engineering.
In terms of speed it can probably compete with the Retina, thanks mainly to its extra special on-board blitter, although the MacroSystems card is usually faster for animations.
Thanks to a pass-through socket, you can easily run all your software through just one monitor which is automatically switched by the hardware so there is no need for messing about.
The Picasso is slightly better at dealing with AmigaDOS, which may or may not be why we awarded it 85 per cent.
The GVP EGS Spectrum card is probably the most comparable to the Rainbow III. A re-worked version of the G-Force add-on, this card is fully EGS compliant and sits nicely with AmigaDOS.
It is more expensive than the Picasso or Retina, although it does come with more bundled software. Unfortunately, most of this software is not very useful.
The big drawback to the Spectrum card is that it is slow, with a capital T for Tm off down the pub for a bit while the card gets on with the job in hand'. Being fully EGS compatible does slow a board down, but the Spectrum borders on the unusable on occasions. That didn't stop us from awarding it 85 percent though.
& k) A ¦ s 3 0 s ¦o z A VI A n o This has several advantages. The card does not rely on software being written specifically for it - it can just use AmigaDOS to redirect it when a screen is opened. Any software which is written specifically to make use of the extra features of the EGS board will work on any EGS card. Therefore, instead of software companies re-releasing new versions of their software to work with different cards, they only need to write one EGS version and all EGS cards will support it. This is good news for the user as well as the software house, because in the real world
they never went to the trouble of releasing software for ever)' card available. Instead they would just pick one or two and hope that people would buy those cards.
So. What EGS software has been written? Well, there is an EGS version of TVPainl, and an EGS version of ImageTX at the moment. It should only be a matter of time before all popular graphics software is available in an EGS format. The Rainbow card is bundled with a copy of Painter or more usefully, a copy of TVPaint Junior. If you have never used TVPainl before, all face which is entirely AmigaDOS legal and enables screens to be opened through the Amiga display database. Essentially, this means that the Amiga can treat the EGS card as just another screen mode. The software will take care of
interfacing all graphics operations to the graphics card using the appropriate library.
The ability to display on two screens at once is quite an advantage - especially when using any software that has to render an image (such as ADPro, hnagePX.
FractalPn), Ural 3D) as you can have both the edit creation windows and the image window displayed simultaneously.
If your software does not support the display database, or you're running on a very old version of Workbench and don't have one, you can still use the Rainbow.
Rather like the Retina software, it has a program which will intercept any attempt to open a new screen. These screens can then be forced to open up on the Rainbow if required. Not all software likes this, and their isn't much point unless you want the speed increase of the Rainbow.
On the whole, the Rainbow III is a lightning fast and extremely stable card, which is held back only by a lack of software. Like the other drawback, the price, this is something which is bound to change in time. . 2 The ECS implementation of the Rainbow III is similar, as you would expect, to that of the Spectrum. The major annoyance is that the installer software (as with the Spectrum) asks what frequency your monitor will use. This presupposes that you will only Ire using one monitor with the Rainbow - I know a lot of people don't have a monitor, let alone more than one, but what if
you did?
Rainbow is configured to run as an extra display, rather than a replacement, i suppose that is the justification for not having a through socket for Amiga video.
Cunningly, when the mouse goes off the side (or top or bottom, depending on which install option you selected) it appears on the EGS screen.
DISPLAY MODES For some reason most people judge a graphics card by the highest resolution of its screen modes. It isn't really the equivalent of the 0-60 time of a car or the standing quarter of a bike, but for those who collect such figures, here are all the possible Rainbow screen modes (on a CBM 1960 1942 monitor): EGS 640 x 480 Next 1120x832 SUN 1152x900 SVGA 1024 x 768 SVGA 1280 X 1024 SVGA 1600 X 1280 (interlaced) SVGA 800 x 600 VGA 640 x 480
* * The card subscribes to a new retargetable graphic standard,
ECS, enabling screens to be opened through the Amiga display
database, giving it major advantages. * you need to know about
it is that it is the best art package available for the Amiga
and it is available in versions for a variety of 2Tbit cards.
The Painter software is not bad. But it seems odd that they
chose to include it, because it isn’t a match for even a cut
down version of TVPaint.
* * The Rainbow III card's price isn't a typing error, but then
neither is the comment on its incredible speed. If you want
fast in a very big way, then you really have got to pay for it.
M 84% VERDICT BACK IN THE old d.ivx, and I'm talking (lit-
1980s here, we didn't have fonts. We just had a character set,
and there was usually onlv one of them. Then some bright bod
wrote some code for the ZX80 and vou could create vour own, as
long as you stuck to the same 8x8 pixel gi id. Jubilation!
Font technology has moved on a bit since then. Desktop publishing has provided the motive force and companies like Agfa and Adobe have produced the sweat.
There are a hit of scalable typefaces in use today and there are mam I’D fonts available. But sometimes you might want something special. That's where Typf.Smilh
2. 0 comes in. Essentially, it vou can use a structured drawing
package, vou can create your own font If vou can't, this is
a good time to learn.
The tools are fairlv straightforward.
There is a tool for drawing lines, one for drawing ellipses and one for rectangles.
The fonts are rendered following the standard postscript fill procedures. If you want a letter O' for example, you simply need to draw one ellipse inside another - the hole in the middle will automatically be inverted.
The lines can be altered using their handles' which can adjust both the endpoints and the curve of the line between the two points.
Bored of the same typefaces?
Why not create your own, as our own font of knowledge, Nick veitch demonstrates... If you arc completely inept at using the drawing tools, you can always make use of the bitmap template option. This loads a standard IFF as a ghosted background, which vou can then trace over. Failing dtis there is an autotrace option, which gives mixed, but on the whole fairlv reasonable, results. This is a new feature of version 2.0. and was something that was conspicuous b its absence in the original version.
The other major difference is the improved Arexx interface. This covers much more of the program's features and more comprehensive and useful scripts are provided with the software.
Fonts can b« created from scratch or loosely (unless vou want a copyright writ) based on others. TyprSmith 2.0also controls all the metric information - the kerning and width of characters - relevant to the font. This makes it useful for PI) fonts, which often don't comply with the font standards ihev're supposed to. Loading thctn in for a quick fiddle can make the difference between a clean page of text and one which has characters all over the place.
If vou work with fonts. Typnmith 2.0 is more useful than all the other copiers, translators and downloaders put together. O SCALABLE VERSUS BITMAP Most fonts used in desktop publishing, video end many other applications these days are scalable fonts, but most computer users are probably more familiar with bitmap fonts.
The concept of a bitmap font is easy to understand. The pixels that form the characters are represented by binary digits. A value of'T indicates a black bit. While a value of ‘O' is white. This is fine until you want to change the font's size. For example, say you wanted the character to be 12 pixels tall on the screen instead of eight where would the extra data come from? Well, the usual answer is nowhere, the data representing the pixels is mathematically scaled up. Resulting in a distorted and blocky image.
Scalable fonts do not store individual dots. They contain information on how to actually draw the character. This means that they can be scaled up and down without compromise.
Soft-Logik FEBRUARY 1 994 FONT PROGRAM TYPESMITH 2.0 Meridian Software 081-543 3500 PRICE £169.95 Out now SPEED ••• The only thing that takes a lot of time is generating the Postscript fonts and the bitmaps.
The manual is up to the usual Soft- Logik standards, including a usable index and relevant tutorials.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Experience with a structured art package is useful if you want to get the most of this, but it's not essential.
FEATURES •••• Almost everything you could want.
Better support for Workbench and ProPage fonts would've been useful.
VALUE • • You would have to really, really need a piece of software to pay this much for it.
VERDICT “ Typesmith 2.0 is an excellent piece of software, but £170 is just too much to expect most people to pay.
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devices permitting) to rival the likes of, er. Whoever it is that makes huge animated epics.
But, the problem is, you must have the objects to render in the first place. A few issues ago we looked at Essence, which was a great collection of texture maps for Imagine. Texture maps are very nice things too, but you have to apply them to something. You need objects.
Here then is a set of three disks that promises to fulfil all your object desires.
Well, that is if all your desire of an object is that it should be some piece of Americana.
Preferably in the 50s. Perhaps things found in some sort of diner. If that's exacdy what Designer OBJECTS If you've got Imagine but you're lacking in imagination, then you'll find this collection of objects more than useful. Nick veitch explains.
You need to complete aforementioned huge epic, then you are in luck, because that is exactly what these disks contain.
Among the diverse elements you will find such mundane objects as a plate, and absolutely splendid constructions such as a reproduction Wurlit er jukebox, complete with funny lights and a stack of discs. Note for younger readers, music used to be supplied on 7-inch discs made from vinyl.
These would then be placed on a rotating table, spun around at 45 or 78 rpm and have a needle placed on them. This often gave better sound reproduction than on CD Bob Dylan records, (but then you won't have heard of him either).
The Designer objects, of which there are over 30. All come with relevant brushmaps and attributes, so unlike some of the PD Imagine objects (which have usually been converted over from some other object formal), you won’t have to spend hours re-colouring them yourself - they LIGHTING Ilk the product under review, have a word about lighting y«i fllgMr get a flat images resembtet the view from This isn't really anything to do with but it is probably a good moment tc in Imagine. Without decent lighting, (too many lights) or something that the middle of a pint of Guinness (too 4l4li Jits). To
get the best and most natural results, you shouldj Hf one light source roughly behind, above and slightly to on|sj|e of the camera.
Obviously more complicated setups may require more lights, but this is a good guide for simply lighting one object.
VOL.1 are ready to use. Some of them make use of the original Imagine’s textures, so make sure that you haven't deleted them or shuffled them around on your disk.
.-Ml the objects are very competently composed, and they even begin with rather sensible offsets, so if you just load them all into die Stage Editor you can come up with a fairly reasonable composition with little difficulty.
The objects are very well optimised for a fast render, and there are even low memory versions of some of them if you happen to be a bit challenged in that area.
The rather reasonable 16-page manual explains all the details regarding how to install and use the objects, but this should be fairly self-evident to most Imagine users.
It is a testament to the worth of this collection that I feel guilty about waffling on for so long and depriving you from seeing even more outstanding images - if only the pages were bigger, the days longer, the Amiga a bit faster... 'I?
OBJECTS VOL 1
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Out now SPEED •••• Being optimised for fast rendering means
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IfiA» L1 1 What documentation do you need?
Just load the files into Imagine and you'll soon know what's what.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • If you can master a simple file requester you shouldn't have any difficulty at all.
2 ft1] H Good use of both textures and brush maps and all in a convenient ready-to-render format.
It comes down to a simple equation.
How much would someone have to pay you to create all these objects?
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RECOVERY BLUES In order to test this disk, we simulated the sort of physical damage which floppy disks often get by scraping part of the metal oxide surface with a scalpel. This disk was so seriously damaged that Amiga Dos was only able to read a few of the files. We then tried to recover the contents of the disk using three programs: Upper Disk Tools, DiskSalv (a PD program from Dave Haynie) and AmiBack Tools Deluxe (a commercial disk recovery and repair program). There were a total of 40 files on the disk, which was an Amiga Format Subscribers' Disk. The table below gives you details of how
successful each program was in recovering the data.
Program Files1 Files2 Files3 Completely Partially Lost Recovered Recovered Upper Disk Tools 38 2 0 DiskSalv 2.21 38 2 0 Amiback Tools 37 3 0 (911 recovery)
1. Files recovered completely intact with no damage.
2. Files partially recovered but with some loss of data.
3. Files not recovered at all.
It's also interesting to note that Recover only took around five minutes to scan the disk, while DiskSalv tool several hours.
LET'S GET ONE thing straight. No disk recovery tool is ever going to replace a good back-up system. But you don't always have a back-up handy, and there are always going circumstances when you need to recover what you can from a disk that has somehow been damaged.
Disk damage falls into two categories: Physical and structural. Physical damage is caused by a disk head crashing, dirt in the drive or some other such physical interference with the magnetic media of the disk.
Structural damage is caused by such things as a program crashing or power failures. This means that pail of the disk doesn't make sense to the Amiga. The latter of these is far easier to deal with because the data is invariably on the disk, but in a scrambled state. Physical damage is far more serious.
Upper Disk Tools (UDT) is composed of two programs: Recovery and DSBackup.
Recovery is for trying to recover data from dodgy disks, and it lakes a different approach lo doing so than any other Life can seem so unfair when your hard disk crashes or one of your vital floppy disks flips out. But don't despair.
Richard Baguley can bring you a ray of hope with a new disk recovery tool.
Recovery program. Instead of trying to read off the data and copy it to another drive (as DiskSalv does), it sets up a new device- called RF.C: and puts an icon labelled Recover on your desktop.
You can use the Shell or any other directory' utility (such as Directory Opus or Diskmasler) to access this elevice. Each device has its own directory within this, and moving into one of these directories causes Recoveiy to scan the disk.
This creates three further directories, called Not_Deleted_Files. Deleted_Files.
Lost_files and Headerless_liles. The first is for files which are intact, and the second is for files which have been deleted, but arc- still complete. The third is for files which have been deleted and were in directories that have also been deleted, and the last is for files of which parts have been lost.
Also included in the package is DSBackup, which can be used to make a back-up copy of the information on a disk.
This can either be a Mountlist (a list of all the various parameters used for mounting the drive) or a Rigid Disk Block (a list of the drive parameters that are held on the disk itself.)
If your disk becomes damaged.
DSRnckup can also be used to recreate the Mountlist of Rigid Disk Block parts of the disk from the back-up copy. I can think of at least two particularly harrowing occasions where having a such a back-up of this information could have been extremely useful (for useful read sanity-preserving). ' 'Zf SPEED • • • No disk recovery program is ever going to be fast but this one is faster than the others.
AM Gives you all the information you are likely to need, but some tutorials would have been useful.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Blends in perfectly with the operating system, so you can use the Shell or any directory utility you choose.
FEATURES • • • Not as feature-laden as Quarterback or Amiback Tools, but it does its job exceedingly well.
VALUE • • • • £20 more than DiskSalv, but £50 less than Quarterback Tools. The RDB back-up is a useful extra.
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VERDICT 85% PLAYMATION You've all seen the 'claymation' animations made famous by Tony Hart and the Creature Comforts series. Brian Larkman discovers the digital equivalent - 3D modelling and animation that's as soft as... well, clay, actually.
SINCE THE EARLY days f ¦!. Amiga, one particular software designer has stood out for the original - some might say quirky - approach he has taken to 3D modelling and animation. Almost every piece of software that Martin Hash has been involved with has been excellent, and Playmation is 110 exception.
Playmation is really live programs that can run independently and multi-task together. Several of these allow objects and scenes to be updated on-lhe-flv so changes in Sculpture (the object modeller) can Im- instantly displayed in Direction (the scene editor), let's examine Playmation % processes in more detail one-by one.
SCULPTURE In the real world, all but the simplest objects consist of a number of parts each with their own shape, surface qualities and texture. In Playmation each of these parts is called a Segment and is modelled in the Most 3D systems offer some form of spline modelling. Playmation offers nothing else. As a result softly-curved, fluid and organic objects are easy to make and even easier to modifv. Just like real clav or plas- ticene. When it comes to animation, even move and morph is just as smooth.
Sculpture module. Provided that the whole Segment is to have the same surface qual- ity and is to be animated in one piece, it can be quite complicated (like the Pteranodon's head shown in the illustration). Otherwise a complex object needs to be broken down into smaller parts, modelled and saved individually, as separate Segments. To construct a Segment whether simple or complex, the starting point is indeed a point, placed by clicking 011 the Add icon and then on the Sculpture window. By adding a second point a line is automatically drawn between the two.
From now 011. As each extra control point is added, the line curves naturally to pass smoothly through it. Fools are provided to control the magnitude and bias (direction) of the curve at each point, or to make the point angular. This type of spline or be ier curve is used widely in 2D illustration programs such as ProDraw but only rarelv in 3D systems.
After assembly, each point 011 a Segment can be selected and moved. As you move it. Every curve attached to the point bends smoothly in real time to accommodate the transformation. Groups of points can also be selected and moved, enlarged, rotated, or hidden temporarily to make the model simpler to work 011.
CHARACTER Once all of the individual Segments have been modelled in Sculpture, they can be assembled together into an object. To be capable of animation the Segments must be given a hierarchical relationship with each other such as: shoulder raises, arm raises, hand raises, cup spills tea. They must also be given material qualities or attributes, surface texture, reflectiveness, transparency, and colour. Together these are what gives an object its Character.
Assembly is a simple matter of building a hierarchy, starting with the Control Segment or Patriarch. Each Segment added is either a child or sibling of those before it. Depending 011 which Segment is selected when a new one is added. Each segment can Im- moved, rotated and resized when it is added, but once it is a parent, it can't be transformed without its siblings being similarly affected. This can be a pain if you want to reuse a character.
SCULPTURE Here, a rather complex segment of the Pteranodon's head and body is being edited. At any time it can be rendered as a solid to give a quick preview.
V tm SIB iiHISif ililjlBlidalBI --niona x- i Tii f f ACTION Moving objects often express much of their character through their style of motion - their 'body language'.
This is created in the Action Editor.
A parent button allows whole branches of the hierarchy to be transferred, so the links can be broken and reformed if necessary. Partial hierarchies can be saved to build up libraries of movements so that various heads speaking different words could be attached to the same body walking along a path.
Attributes are applied by selecting a Segment, clicking on a series of buttons and changing the relevant parameters.
Basic qualities that can be varied by percentage are: Ambient, Transparency, Roughness, Specular, Mirror, Refraction.
SPLINE CURVES In most 3D programs curves are created using lots of short straight vectors and small facets to give the illusion of smooth surfaces, but complex organic shapes use so many vectors that the system can virtually seize up. Splines are, like vectors, defined mathematically by origin, direction and length, but the end points also have a rotation and magnitude definition that bends the line smoothly. In effect the line must snake around to pass smoothly through each point The path it takes can be varied by rotating and enlarging an invisible control lever attached to each point. An
object made with these curves has faces - known as patches - defined by the splines.
These can be rendered to create smooth, solid objects, naturally curved so there are no flat facets. By designing a splines system, Martin Hash has created a beautifully fluid modelling environment.
PLAYMATIOIU The animation of the horse is amazing (sorry you cannot see it). The limbs flex and the muscles expand smoothly in a very natural way.
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START END EH PR°I STEP HI RENDER This is a basic lo-res editor with controls for background colour (blend would have been useful), haze distance, ambient colour (for lighter shadows), only two levels of anti-aliasing, a range of frames to be rendered, photo quality button (shadows and reflections), resolution buttons and page size. Unfortunately it seems to be limited by fixed Amiga resolutions - or have I misunderstood? There is no help about this in the manual!
ACTION The most important aspect of any animated character is its relative motion; and all sequential actions are designed, naturally enough, in the Action Editor. These motions are independent of direction and speed which are absolute motions, set in the Direction Editor. Relative motion is usually the most important part of any animation because it conveys the most expressive part of a character - the actions which we call body language.
Three forms of motion can be produced. Skeletal motion involves moving complete Segments using the hierarchy, such as walking legs or flapping wings.
Muscle motion is produced when individual points on a Segment are moved so that a surface flexes or expands - like a muscle flexing or cheeks puffing out. Spine motion results when a single spline down the centre of a Segment is assigned to Ire a spine and is subsequently bent.
DIRECTION Once all of the various components of a ¦production' are constructed and given character, they need to be assembled on the set and choreographed. This process is the job of the director and so is carried out in the Direction Editor.
As well as directing the movement of the actors, you will also be expected to light the scenes and control the camera and its relative motions. Each object placed into the scene must be allocated to a path. Static objects use a single point path, but objects in motion can have complex paths with as many points as required.
These can all be adjusted for bias so a path can be as twisting as you like.
Each object, plus all of die lights and the camera, as well as their 'targets', can also be controlled by channels. Channels can control ease (changes of acceleration), scale, roll, tilt and swivel of objects, plus focal length and depth of field of the camera allowing these parameters to vary during a shot. 'Pulling' the focus during an animation can direct the eye from a distant to a close object in a very cinematic and professional way.
RENDER
• Although the Render Editor seems limited it is difficult to
think of many features that could be added. Most of the
required con- uol over rendering is available in the Direction
Editor where lighting and camera parameters are extremely
variable. In addition, using scripts and the CXI, 24-bit batch
processing is very easy so. In practice, excellent true
colour renders in any resolution can be achieved with a little
experimentation. Zj 99 For character animation no other 3D
program comes close.
The organic modelling and animation features are powerful, but the limits of one texture one-map per segment is a bit of a pain. For building and animating organic objects this is the best! 99 Cineplay Interactive 2800 E Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver WA 986611.
Tel: 0101 206 6995360 BBS: 0101 206 5745619 PRICE $ 299 (This price could change) RELEASE At present there is no UK distributor for Playmation, so contact Cineplay Interactive for release details.
Spline modelling, patches, smooth animation, soft shadows.
VALUE • • • 4 Not as many features as Real3D 2.0, but much easier to use.
91% Fantastic organic modelling with five interfaces. Easier to leam than Imagine.
Joint Amiga, PC, and Mac manual.
Doesn't cause any problems though.
For a spline modeller it's extremely fast. Screen updates are excellent.
VERDICT Hash Enterprises 3D modelling & animation program
• J 4-i" :I[ 14 I L T.1 6 It's been a long time coming, but one
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IT'S A COMMON trend ihese days for word processors to boast functions that only high-end OTP programs would have had a few years ago. Programs such as Final Writer'and Wordworth J have led the way by including functions such as importing graphics, multiple fonts and the like.
But sometimes all you need is a program for dealing with words. For instance, when we write a review, we keep the text and the graphics separate until the art staff combine them in the Mac DTP system we use for laying out AMIGA Format.
Prolext is a program with a long history, starting with machines such as the PCW and Amslrad CPC. Since then it's gone through a variety of incarnations and has changed from a basic text tool to a powerful word processor. So how does the latest version deal with this weighty heritage?
It isn't a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) package. Programs such as Wordworth will represent your text on screen using the font that will be printed, but Protext uses only the default system font. Previous versions have included a powerful system called Stored Commands, where commands are held within the document itself, instead of having a separate script file or program.
Uords checked: 225 ins Sons S.Co. Ltd, All rishts reserved This powerful system allows you to control every aspect of the document, including changing fonts, inserting other files, inserting the time of printing and even deleting or moving files. Now this has been expanded to include the ability to insert graphics files, so you can add images to your documents, and control their size and position. These commands can either be incorporated into a document and processed when it's printed, or they can be processed immediately.
The other main addition is an Arexx interface, which allows you to issue any Protext command from an Arexx script.
This means that you could create entire documents from an Arexx script, and feed the output from another program to this.
Protext is an excellent tool for dealing with words. It's fast and easy-to-use, with only a few minor glitches and the odd eccentricity. But when it comes to graphics it's nowhere near as powerful as Wordworth and Final Writer. Overall, if you want a program for writing and manipulating text, this is an excellent choice.
How good is it in everyday use? This review and most of the reviews I've written in the past month have been written in Protext because it's a lot more flexible and powerful than the Mac word processor we usually use. • Zj DESCRIPTION Word processor MANUFACTURER Amor DISTRIBUTOR Amor 0733 68909 PRICE £99 £41.13 (upgrade from v5.5) RELEASE Out now SPEED •••• This new version has an extremely fast spelling checker and thesaurus operation.
MANUAL •••• Two well-written manuals introduce you to Protext and give you all the technical gen you will ever need.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • The program has its own unique way of working, but it is not too difficult to pick up.
FEATURES • • • • Pretext can now incorporate graphics into documents with a fair degree of control, although it's not WYSIWYG.
VALUE • •• Dearer than programs like Personal Write, but more powerful thanks to the built-in programming language.
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* * Protext 6 is extremely good at dealing with words, and it is
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Poing.Snakepit.Cybemetix Jump n roll ASI 36 Wontf land.DonkcyKong MEGAPACK ASI 37 Klaktris. Ghostship. Paccer etc ASI 39 More card games MEGAPACK ASI 40 Disk full of sliding block puzzle games ASI 41 Pacman. Hellzone. MEGAPACK ASI 42 Galaga, Intudcr Alert MEGAPACK ASI 43 Interlock, Roulette. Octothello ASI 44 Nibbler.Mouse Impossible.Roll on etc ASI 45 Dtris.Paccheese.B-Castle Tescrae etc ASI 46 Amiga Q, City.Checkcrs. Ouch etc ASI 49 Deathbringer in space Crazy Sue 1+2 ASI 51 Laniers. Fighting Warrior Shapes ASI 53 Venus Invaders,Mastermind etc ASI 54 Serene.Serene II & Car Wars ASI 55
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022 BBASE III vl.3 Super database PB 023 FORMS UNLIMITED Form creation PB 024 LAST WILL & TESTAMENT Examples PB 030 MONEY PROGRAM Home accounts PB 031 EASYCALC New Fast spreadsheet PB 034 ILLINOIS LABELS Label proeram PB 036 CHECKBOOK ACCOUNTANT V2.0I PB 038 BUDDBASE Brill beginners D base.
ASI I Tanx. Rollerpede. Avalris AMIGAids ASI 2 Invaderx.Bally 2.Missile Command ASI i Megaball & Drip MEGAPACK ASI 6 Pacman. Downhill Challenge, Welltrix ASI 9 Features Battle pong & Blizzard ASI 10 Escape, Pipeline, Pickout & Sys ASI 11 Dad, Connex.Reversi Towers & Trippin ASI 12 Uamatron, Car. XFI. MEGAPACK ASI 13 Tw'mtri ijuambIeJ31odtjtJ3all etc II ASI 110 Space rescue. Tiles. Zcrg. Huskerou ASI 113 Trek trivia. Popeye MEGAPACK ASI 114 Insectoids II & Yum yum ASI 115Star trek SEU.Egyptian run. Slime line ASI 116 Blue Diamond 4. TSCH. Sorry ASI 117 Airwars. Youpi, Triple Yahtzee ASI
118Zombie Apoc. Last Tetris. Army Mines ASI 119 Robouldix. Speed. Trik Trak ASI 123 Artillcros II. Lamerbug. Yahtzee ASI 124 Mr& Mrsfnot 1200), Backgammon ASI 125 Marble Slide. Gladstones Name Game ASI 126 Short Out. Kynaston Kid. Dodge Ems ASI 128 Space Inv. PacMan Delux. Solar Wars ASI 134 Cross Circuit. Fwuff. Circuit Wars ASI 135 Gammon. Ack-Ack. Pipeline 3. Tetrix ASI 136 Hot Blox. Super Pong. Snifburk ASI 137 Blockster. Escapade. Squigs ASI 138 Galactoid.Scorchcd Tanks.Air Hockey ASI 139 The Big Game. Bat Dog. Amiganoid ASI 140Fatal Mission 2. Chronic the Hedgehog ASI 142 Rueda, Galaxv
93. Courtroom MORE DISKS ALWAYS ARRIS ING RING FOR LATEST ASI 67 Siege of the Beast.E Type II & Vektor ASI 68 Demolition Mission.Bounder & Atoms ASI 69 Klondike.Celestial Poker Bridge etc Wangle & Tetris pro. MEGAPACK Numcrix. Battleships MEGAPACK Lexess. Concentration & Challenger!
Crazy pipes II.Bombjacky & Chute Gnu Chess, Cubus & Gerb ASI 77 Balloonacy. Cliff hanger & Descender ASI 78 Little Boulder. Headgames. Fruit Panic ASI 80Amiy Miner Rip it.Golf The Gallows etc ASI 81 Amos Defence. Thunder Tron ASI 82Artillerus Shuttle run. Arcade Volleyball ASI 83 Loadsamoney. Pong & Spiderf cards)
I. ords of Host. Legend of Lothian Aztec Challenge.Jonus
Fullstrand Defender. Relayer & Mosaic Megaball 2.1. Cluedo
MEGAPACK Bill. Oblidox. & Solitaire Sampler Super skoda
challenge. Giddy Education PE 007 8 LEARN & PLAY lor ages 5-10
yrs PE 021 4 SCIENCE Vcrv good lour disk set!
PE 026 WW II FACTS Go.nl historical program PE 030 2 GUIDE TO ELECTRONIC MUSIC PE 035 KIDS DISK 1 Alphabet & Colours PE 037 HOORAY FOR HENRIETTA Preview PE 038 HENRIETLAS SPELLS Preview PE 039 COLOUR IT Excllem colouring pad PE 040 HOW EARTH BEGAN Picture book PE 042 CHILDRENS FAVOURITES More fun!
PE 046 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOS 3 Preview PE 047 9 BACK TO SKOOL I, 2. & 3 Kids PE 052 COMMUNICATE Sign Laneuagc PE 058 WORD FACTORY Brill spelling ASI 95 Premier pics.Tangle. Super league man ASI 96 Dungeon Flipper. Backgammon ASI 100 Bloadrunner. Monaco MEGAPACK ASI 102 Fruit Salad. Pacsim MEGAPACK ASI 105 Particle man.Rummy ASI 106 Cosmoroids II. Micro market ASI !07Screne III, 4 row 3d Fquilog & Yacht C ASI 109 Psyco blast. Hamburger. Thrallbound Utilities PU 015 BIORYTHMS. And STARCHART Good PU 174 ASTRO 22 Professional astrology now V3.0 PU 183 AMYGEN Excellent geneology program PU 112 3
SOMETHING FOR NOTHIN Video Utils PU 121 2 TV GRAPHICS Dpaint backdrops&Fonts PU 129 30 VIDEO APPLICATIONS Video utilities PU 198 VIDEO WIPES Masks & fades Dpaint 3 4 PU 215 CAPTIONATOR Shareware video titling PU 286 INSCRIPT Program for Video titling PU 037 D-COPY The best PD disk copier PU 064 HARDDRIVE UTILS MR.Backup. FixDisk PU 067 IMPLODER V4.0 Mega crunching Util PU 080 MFSSY-SID 2 Rcad Wnte PC* Files. Brilliant PU 189 TRON IK VIRUS KILLERS Virus killers, docs PU0I2 ASI GRAFFIX UTILS Graphics convertors PU 063 HAMLAB PRO V2.08 Convert PC pics PU 139 GFX CONVERTERS PC Amiga gfx PU 065
1CONMANIA Program icons & more Pl! 066 ICONS Cramm packed with icons PU 124 ULTIMATE ICONS Iconmastcrjconlab PU 221 -225 8 COLOR ICONS Hundreds of icons PU 192 SID 2 Get this! Shareware directory util PU 205 PC TASK PC Emulator Version 2. VGA PU 207 MULTISID Combine SID2 & Multidos PL* 272 C.OI.F RECORDER Database for golf scores PU 279 V MORPH V2.30 PD morphing prog!
PU 280 POOLS WIZARD Pools prediction PU 287 NUMPAD Numeric keypad for A600 PU 355 Sl'PERDARK Screen blanker PU 367 PE LABEL PRINT UTILS Useful PU 326 PLOTTER Plots two dimensional functions PU 071 JR COMM 1.02 Modem comma package PU 349 NCOMMV3.(X) Comms package PU! 059 FONTS & SURFACES Backdrops & fonts PU 185 8 COSMOPOLITAN FONTS for D Paint PU 201 MALICE FONTS Tiny fonts for Dpaint PU 231 5 PAGESTREAM FONTS 5 disks fonts PU 257 61 PAGESTREAM FONTS 5 more disks PI I 236 7 SCOPE 197 8 Adobe tvpc fonts. 2 disks full PU 264 8 OUTLINE FONTS For Pro pagcv3 only!
PU 319 23 OUTLINE FONTS For Pro page 2.1 or 3 PU 331 43 COLOUR FONTS 13 disks of Assignables Pl! 356 FONTFARM Contains 55 large & Small fonts PU 358 PPAGE TEMPLATES.GENIES etc. Useful PU 359 PRO PAGE HELP DISK Extremely useful PU 109 10 CLIPART Structured clipart for Ppagc PU 203 SCOPE 184 Utils & clips for Ppagc PU 230 PRINTER DRIVERS Most popular covered PU 352 HP 550C & Cannon Bubblejct Printer drivers Pll 357 CANON PRINT STUDIO For BJ owners Music Utilities PT0I3 MED 3.2 Excellent music scq PT0I5 MIDI DISK Various midi stuff PT02I SOUNDTRACK ER 2.6 Music Maker PT039 SUPERSOUND II Superb
sampling software PT040 OCTAMED V2 8 channel MED sequencer PTW6 AUDIO MAGIC 3 Trackers disk PT053 57 METAL MODULES 5 disks heav y rock ITD63 67 VOCAI -S 5 disks of super vocal samples PT068 70 DRUM KITS 3 disks of high quality drums PT071 73 KORG SAMPLES 3 disks keyboard sounds PT074 76 PURE SAMPLES Assorted samples PT077 SAMPLE FACTORY Sound effects PT078 CHIPMAN SAMPLES over 70 samples here PT080 XI RAVE SAMPLES Bass & Drums PT081 SAMPI.EMAKER V3.I Make samples Classical Music PM0I2 AMIGADEUS CLASSICAL F.inc Kleiner etc PM022 23 CLASSICAL MUSIC Bach. Handel etc PM035 DIGITAL DEBUSSY Fab Rob
Baxter versions PM036 DIGITAL DEBUSSYII classic Debussy music PM070 RH APSODY IN BLUE tracked by Rob Baxter PM082a 82b VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS (2) PM090 9I MOZART HORNCONCERTOS (Imbchip) PM 130 2 BACH BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS Ho6 PM 150 I) TOP HARPSICHORD RECITAL Classics PM 174 CLASSIC WORKS Gncg k Bach classics!
PM 183 CLASSIX GOLD Toccata & Fugue I mb chip) PM 184 MOZART FLUTE CONCERTOS I mg chip New and confused? Not sure what PD is all about? Feel free to phone us (between office hours) and we will be pleased to guide you through vour first PD order.
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Colour Clip Art This Colour Clip Art (CCL) series contain images in HAM and therefore w ill only load into D'Paint 4 or maybe DTP programs. Most disk do however, self-hoot and have their own built in viewer so you can see the pictures.
LlAlAliUN TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY J ACIIOKD Guitar chord luior TAMI Mathv equations volvct
T. C: FRESHWATER FISHING WORDS AND LADDERS Young education.
BASICALLY AMIGA .3 disk set* Info LE TS LEARN Young education ALPHABET TEACH HOME BREW Brewing rccipies TOT AI. CONCEPTS. ECO! ,OGY KINGS AND QUEENS History PLAY IT SAFE Childs home ufctv BIG I OP Ol- IT'S Young Education ROMANIA Puzzles.
CHESS TEACHER CHORD COACH Piano Tutor CATT (Tarot Card lulon (2 Disks) PREHISTORIC FI'NPACK Kids fun UNDERSTANDING AMOS (2 disks) SPITFIRE t2 disks) lnfoimalion MliSSIiRSCllMHT BflOT 2 disks.
YOUR FIRST PONY 12 disks I TOT Al CONCEPTS: SOLAR SYSTEM .'
THE TIME MACHINE Tell the lime DISCOVERY OF AMERICA Inf.. MY Limj; ARTIST (2 disks) BOREALIS Jl NIOR Young artist BASICALLY MEDICINE (2 Disks) Info FUN W ITH CUBBY 2 Young fun BASIC HUMAN ANATOMY Inlo.
SI.A SENSE Boat owners info ROCKET MATHS Young education TOTAL CONCEPTS: DINIS.Al RS 3i 3 Divksi
D. R.A.T. Runesionc future prediction One of the most
comprehensive sets of smaller clipart PU available, originally
on many more disks but now crushed PI' onto onlv 15. Most
disks are jam packed full!
PU 152 CLIPART I Animals PU 153 CLIP ART 2 Architecture. People. An I PU 154 CLIP ART 3 An 2 (fonts) PU 155 CLIP ART 4 Arrows. Dcco. Logos. Stars. Etc Pli 156 CLIP ART 5 Education. Financial. An misc. PU 157 CLIP ART 6 Food and Drink ART0I WEDDINGS (2 disks) ART02 HOUSES (2 disks) ART03 RELIGIOUS (3 disks) ARTTM WWII AIRCRAFT ART05 MEN (2 disks) ART06 WOMEN (2 disks) ART07 KIDS 2 disks) ART08 BUSINESS ART09 OFFICE ARTI0 STUDENTS ARTII SALETIME LOGOS ARTI2 XMAS 13 disks) ARTI3 PUNCH TOONS (3 disks) ART 14 ANIMALS ART15 CATS ART 16 SILHOUETTES 18 ARTI7 SCHOOLS (2 disks) ART 18 BABIES ART 19
SPORT (2 disks) ART20 OLYMPIC ART2I MEDICAL (2 disks) ART22 SEALIFE ART23 DECOR MONTHS ART24 WACKY ART25 HOLIDAYS ART26 BANNERS (2 disks) Mono, high quality , clips. Huge bitmaps, many greater than an Amiga hires screen.for use in Dpaint or DTP packages, each disk autoboots as a slideshow allowing you to view the entire hitmapby moving Ihe mouse!
CCL 58 - 60 Insects (3 disks) CCL 61-62 Inventors CCL 63 - 71 Mammals (9 disks) CCL 72 InstrunK-nts CCL 73 Instruments Military CCL 74 Military Musicians CCL 75 Musicians CCL 76 - 77 Pre-History (2 disks) CCL 78-81 People (4 disks) CCL 82 - 84 Presidents 3 disks) CCL 85 • 87 Reptiles 3 disks) CCL 88 Ships CCL 89 Sportsmen CCL 91 -96 Trees (6disks) CCL 97 - 100 Vcgitables (4 disks) Clip-art Gallery Classic Collection (Prices as Amiga Original Clipart Collection Other titles in the CLR Animations CLG 30: CAPTAIN K £3.50 MAPS OF THE WORLD PD) ART27 ART NOUVEAU FLOWERS ART28 BUTTERF1.IF.S
ART29 FOOD (2 disks) ART30 COLOURING B(X)K ART3I DTP BORDERS (2 disks) ART32 MAC CLIP 2 disks) ART33 HORNBACK SCENIC ART34 TEDDY BEARS (2 disks) ART35 VANITY FARE (2 disks) ART36 HALLOWEEN CLIPART z RT37 SHOWTIME ART38 VEGGIES ART39 FLORAL ART40 MYT HS ART4I DOC. WOODCUTS ART 42 CAT WOODCUTS ART43 AFRICAN WOODCUTS ART44 USA WOODCUTS ART45 ARTIC WOODCUTS ART46 FARM WOODCUTS ART47 MIXED ANIMAL WOODCUT'S ART73 BIRDS ART 48 BIRDS WOODCUTS ART74 DOC.S ART49 MORE ANIMALS ART75 BUILDINGS ARTS0 ANIMAL LLNEART ART76 SPORTS-MAC ART51 BOTANICAL ART ART77 GARDEN (5 disks) ART52 FAMILY SCENES (2 disks)
AR178 MILITARY 110 disks) ART53 GOLF HUMOUR (2 disks) ART54 SPACE & TRANSPORT ART55 SOFTSCENE RURAL ART56 SPORTS 3 ART57 NAVY ART58 TRAVEL (2 disks) ART59 ALPHABET (2 disks) ART60 ACCENTS & FLASHES ART6I FISH ART62 SOFTSCENERY ART63 RESTAURANT(3 disks) ART64 FESTIVE HOLIDAYS ART65 ANIM & BIRD ART66 MOSSBURN ANIMALS ART67 BURCHFIELD KIDS ART68 BEAST & MYTH (3 disks) ART69 TRANSPORT 3 disks) ART70 TRUCKS & TRAINS ARI71 ASTROLOGY (2 disks) ART72 AIRCRAFT (3 disks) 158 CLIP AR T 7 Environment.Food.Drink.Home. 159 CLIP ART 8 Valentines. Weddings. Leisure 160 CLIP ART 9 Birthdays, Xmas. Easier, etc
161 CLIPART 10 People (Kids. Family, Fashion) 162 CLIP ART 11 People (Men Woman) 163 CLIPART 12 Signs (Bears. Christmas. Misc) 164 CLIPART 13 Sports 165 CLIPART 14 Work and Trades I. Transport 166 CLIP ART 15 Work and Trades 2 PU A great disk for star gazers.
Select a time & place and the program will show you the night sky. Click on any of the dots and vou will told NIGHTSKY what star it is. Praised in Astronomy I'odav.
GENERAL INTEREST CCL 11 Reptiles CCL 12 Actors CCL 13 Actors CCL 15 Aircraft CCL 16 Aircraft Cars CCL 18 -26 Birds (8 disks) CCL 27 Cats CCL 28 - 35 Dogs 18 disks) CCL 36 Explorers CCL 37-40 Fish t4 disks) CCL 41-51 Flowcts (11 disks) CCL 56 Horses I CCL 57 Horses 2 Insects CCL 52 - 53 Fruits (2 disks) CCL 55 Frontier CCL I CCL 2 CCL 3 CCL 4 CCL 5 CCL 6 CCL 7 CCL 8 CCL 9 CCL 10 Afghanistinc - Botswana Brazil - Czechoslovakia Denmark ¦ Grenada Guadel - Illinois India - Luxembourg Macau - Mississippi Montana • New York Ohio - S.Dakota Senegal - Tuuaw Texas - Zimbabwe Also available: 18 disks
of ENCAPSULATED POSTCRIPT CLIPART for DTP programs, e.g. PageStream.
Propage. Ask for details A1200 only PU 291 1200 WORKBENCH HACKS Useless fun PI1 292 1200 UTILS I Gif & PCX datatypes etc PU 351 ASI FIX DISK Run old programs on dos2 3 PU 330 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS Utils useful for 1200 PU 285 WORKBENCH 3 BACKGROUNDS PU 360 WINDBLEND Super effects in a window PD 201 1200 INTROS Yes. Some AGA intros PD 187 HOY AGA DEMO 1 st 12(H) demo.a must PD 218 VIVID: ABSTRAX PIG AGA Colourful demo PG 262 AGA CHESS Needs 4mg of ram to play PG 258 AGA TETRIS 12(H) tetris game & more PG 305 7 AGA KLONDYKE Nice quality cards (3) PS 117 8 NIGHTBREED AGA SLIDESHOW Super(2) PS 119
CYNOSTIC SLIDESHOW Superb pictures PS 120 KEITH RHODES SLIDE 3 fantasy pics PA 131 40 STEVE PACKER 10 disk set ol Steves anims PA 142 NIGHTBREED AGA FRACTAL FLIGHT Latest Releases PG 298 FATAL MISSION 2 Super blast shoot cm up PG 308 HIGH OCTANE Super driving game PG 309 JELLYQUEST Jumping puzzle game PG 310 PUZZWORD Sliding block puzzle game PU 385 LEMMINGS 2 HD INSTALLER PU 386 KITE SIMULATOR Works w ith no wind PU 387 REORG Good hard drive organiser PU 395 MENU MASTER 3 Floppy menu system PU 398 AMIGA CASIO DIGITAL DIARY LINK PE 053 HIGHWAY CODE Useful tutorial PE 054 ARTISTIX Superb
shareware art package PE 056 7 READ & LEARN Little pigs spoken and text PA 149 SPAR TREK 6 Clever CD32 advert PP 120 3 LAST STAND ON HOTH Space antm i3mb) PI) 216 7 A TRIP TO DEEP BASE Mega rave demo better than Jesus on K's !!!!
PD 220 LEMON: RINKaDINK Classy new demo (NT) PM 208 CHRISTMAS TI NES Modem medley PM 209 LSD XMAS PACK Great selection of tunes PM 210 AMIGA XMAS MUSIC Traditional st vie PM 211 MBC: BASS IN YA FACE Hardcore techno PM 213 MIGAMASTER: Open Your Eyes-Quality mix PM 216 DUAL CREW: CHROMATIC Great music PS 127 AKIRzX PICS Super Jap art pictures PS 128 MAGIC FACTORY Trek pics (A 1200 Only) PT 087 CHURCH MUSIC Htmns etc done in Sonix PT 088 X-BEAT Excellent drum machine PB (M0 PAY ADVICE ANALYSER 3 Latest version PB (M2 EASYCALC PLUS Dos 2.0 or higher Note: All anims require lmbof memory unless
stated (e.g. Jmb = 3 megaby tes required I Most of these animations come on more than I disk. (e.g. PA 091 3 is a 3 disk set) PA 072 THE JUGGLER A classic amiga demo PA 074 WALKER I vs The Helicopter - Mega PA 075 WALKER 2 vs A2000 A classic PA 091 3 TURBINE. STEAM & PETROL (3) Engines PA 101 DOLPHIN DREAMS Great Dolphin amm PA 119 STEAM ANIMATION V2.0 Now with sound PA 120 TWO STROKE PETROL ENGINE Super PA 141 STIRLING II ENGINE Another fab engine antm PA 143 XMAS ANIMATION Amusing animation PP025 27 STATION AT KHARN (3)Incrcdiblc 2mb) PP 046 SWEET REVENGE Coyote vs Roadnjnncr(2mb) PP (XW 7
AUTOMATED LIGHT (4) Galactica (3mb) PP 008 10 BUZZED (3) Great anim of wasp (2mb) PP 077 84 THE HAUN TED (8) Tremendous (3mb) PP 113 4 CALVIN & HOBBES (2) Super Cartoon (3mb) Agatron Animations AGA 01 RED LOTUS Spinning down the road. Fantastic AGA 03 STAR TREK Shuttle fly past - Great AGA 07 STAR WARS FIGHTER Doing loops etc AGA 10 STAR TREK Enterprise in drv dock. Incredible AGA 22 ENTERPRISE APPROCHING Stunning AGA 23 FLEET MANOEVRE Stunning animation AC.A 25 THE RUN A suberb car chase AGA 28 SHUTTLE & ENTERPRISE Fab AGA 29 MILLENIUM FALCON The ship being chased AGA 36 BIRD OF PREY. Loop
the loop animation AGA 39 53 AGATRON SPECIAL! Yes. A 15 disk anim Eric Schwartz PA 039 AMY VS WALKER Cute & sexv! 1.5mb PA 040 BATMAN vs JOKER Very funny PA 045 STEALTHY II Mig-29 vs Stealthy PP 001 2 ANTI LEMMINGS (2) Brilliant Spoof 2mb PP 011 12 DATING GAME (2) Very witty! (3.5mb) PP016 GULF WAR Brilliant fun (2mb) PP050 UNSPORTING Wicked acroloon (2mb) PP 070 1 LEMMING REVENGE(2)Onc of the bcst(2mb) PP 119 BAITMASKING Another tun anim (2mb) PP 101 4 QUALITY TIME (4) Superb (5mh) Charlie Cat PP 051 2 CHARLY CAT Super Shwartzlikc cartoon (2mb) PP 053 4 C C AT THE BEACH 2nd lab anim (2mb)
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Get it now for £19.99 + 75p P+P THE 17 BIT COLLECTION | This double CD collection contains 1700 disks from our own library from disk 0001 to 2301. All the classics are included, as well as hundreds of great I PD games. Demos. Music etc. Yours For Only £39.99 + £1.00 P+P CDPD VOLUME 2 lge plus Live entire SCOPE & }P NEW IN! MULTIMEDIA TOOLKIT!
This CD contains all you need for your own Multimedia Productions! Thousands of clipart images in colour and B&W, even scaleable art! Hundreds of Adobe, Postscript & CG Fonts are also included, not to mention the 750 Modules & 2300 SFX Only £19.99 + 75p P+P ?2870 SPECTRUM GAMES *8 +2869 SPECTRUM GAMES 7 +2868 SPECTRUM GAMES *6 +2867 SPECTRUM GAMES 5 +2866 SPECTRUM GAMES 4 .2865 SPECTRUM GAMES 3 .2864 SPECTRUM GAMES 2 All the Spectrum games disks above contain over a dozen game"Snapshots' to use with either
VI. 6 or VI.7 Emulator.
+2850 GORF That old arcade dassic!
+2849 GAMES GALORE 10 +2848 GAMES GALORE 09 +2847 GAMES GALORE 08 +2846 GAMES GALORE 07 +2845 GAMES GALORE 06 +2844 GAMES GALORE 05 +2843 GAMES GALORE 04 +2842 GAMES GALORE 03 .2841 GAMES GALORE 02 ?2840 GAMES GALORE 01 All the above will now work fine on your A1200. Each disk is packed with superb PD games!
• 2838 ORC ATTACK Nice game..Kill the orrible Ores +2837 OP.
FIRESTORM 1st Level only playable demo +2814 PROFESSIONAL BINGO
Err, Legs 11 and Two Fat Ladies.
+2813 D SOLVE CROSSWORD Nice crossword disk with solver +2811 NEMESIS Great Reversi Othello Clone +2803 BEETLE Playable demo of a good game +2801 GNU CHESS WB2.0 3.0 Onlv Chess Game .2800 KLAWS THE KAT Hmm. Funny way to spell cat!
X2797 (ABC) KLONDIKE AGA Superb AGA card game!
AMIGA ANIMATIONS .2872 (ABCD) MEAN MACHINE Another stunning Craig Collins Anim, This one requires 3.5Mb and features a virtual reality battle between CD32. MEGA CD & Philips CD-I. Impressive!
+2871 (AB) DANGEROUS CLUB Dangerous Sports Club Anim .2854 THE LEMMINGS SHOW Requires !.5Mb, Please do not purchase if easily offended.
.2853 SUICIDE MAN 2 Requires 1.5Mb. Please do not purchase if easily offended +2852 DEATH WALK Lots of gore in this anim!
.2829 (AB) CD32 REVIEW Great Startrek Meets CD32 Spoof +2799 (ABCD) HEADING HOME Short but very nice raytraced animation set in space (3 Meg) .2773 ATTACK!
1,5Mb Anim Schwartz Style X2875 CDTV CD32 ADAPTOR Use a CDTV Kevboard on CD32 .2855 GARDEN DESIGNER Design a garden in 3D!
.2873 ASTRONOMY V2.1 Get your telescopes out!
+2861 AUDIO MAGIC IV Loads of audio utils!
+2860 AUDIO MAGIC HI Even more utils and ptavers etc +2858 ASSASS. MULTI VISION A bundle of GFX utils +2857 ASSASSINS FIX DISK Fakemem. Degrader. RunlT etc. +2839 SILICON JOURNAL Great Electronic Diarv.
.2836 AURAL ILLUSiONSJR Sample Manipulator +2833 BLACKBOARD Excellent Image Processor +2830 MAP STATION Create Maps etc for games +2828 FONT X PRO 16 Colour Font Design for AMOS +2827 HOLMES BROS COMP 1 Degrader, Numpad etc. +2824 AMY PD REVIEW 5 More reviews from Cvbercraft .2823 NO SAMPLER? UTILS.
No need for sound sampler!
+2815 REORG 3.1 Excellent HD Re-org & Optimiser +2789 ASTRO 22 V3.5 Updated Astrology Program .2788 AMBUSH 1.03A Resizes Windows after Changing WB font sizes.
+2786 RUSH Great hard drive utils disk +2785 MAGIC WORKBENCH Transforms vour WB. Superb.
+2784 OCTATUTOR Tuition for Octamcd users.
.2783 AMIBASE PRO n V1.8 Great Database Utility +2779 POWER LOGO 1.3 Another programming language .2778 OCTAMED DEMO V5.0 Demo of a powerful tracker +2774 MAGNUM CREATOR Make vour own dusk mag.
+2767 TEXTENG1NE V4.1 A most excellent word processor +2763 PARNET SETUP GUIDE How to get a pamet link +2755 EASYCALC+ KS2.0 Spreadsheet. Excellent +2748 EDWORD V4.0 DEMO Demo of a very nice text ed +2739 DIGITAL ADDRESSER KS2.0 Only Foikes +2737 AZ SPELL V2.01 Good spell checker +2736 ICONS PLUS 3 Icons to use with your disks.
.2735 ICONS PLUS 2 More great icons +2734 ICONS PLUS I Even more superb icons +2874 DR WHO THEMES ¦Variations on disk II' .2835 HANDEL - ROB BAXTER Music for the Rovai Fireworks +2834 FOP - SIMPLY BLUE Friends of Paula Music Disk ?2832 MUSIC EXAMPLES 2 Nice mods horn various games +2831 MUSIC EXAMPLES I Nice mods from various games +2812 (AB) DR WHO THE 60 s Information & GFX About the DR +2762 EXTENSIONS DEMO Another great demo .2749 SHORT MODULES DISK Loads of neat tunes +2747 TECHNO MODULES 5 +2746 TECHNO MODULES 4 +2745 TECHNO MODULES 3 .2744 TECHNO MODULES 2 +2743 TECHNO MODULES 1
Very nice quality Techno Mods.
+2718 FAIRLIGHT 242 DEMO Stunning Effects!
+2683 SANITY INTERFERENCE Nice new Demo +2675 (AB) ENDLESS MELODY Hemroids latest music comp +2668 (AB) LEX GOUDSMITII The Sequel, basic, but fiinnv!
+2666 RHYTHMIC ORGY Plenty of music on this disk +2601 BOUNDLESS VOID A nice submission from Melon .2600 (AB) ALCHEMY RAGE Shades of Odvsscv here!
+2597 TECHNOLOGIC DEATH Hard Core Dance Track Demo .2560 (AB) DEMON DOWNLOAD The blest from the Silcnts +2544 TRS1 MISERY Excellent Red Sector inc. demo EDUCATIONAL +2851 DTP FOR KIDS Nice easv DTP to interest kids.
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.2772 (AB) THE ATOM The Discovety of the Atom +2741 HIGHWAY CODE Ask questions on the code +2724 BACK TO SCHOOL 2 Compibtion of progs for kids +2723 BACK TO SCHOOL !
Compibtion of progs for kids +2533 STIRLING ENGINE See how an Engine Works +2523 MATHS ADVENTURE Solve puzzles to continue game .2451 THE LITTLE TRAVELLER Info on places worldwide
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See below for disk prices BY PHONE (0924) 366982 Access, Visa, Switch We now accept AM-EXPRESS BY FAX (0924)200943 Please leave your order and credit card details BY POST Please send Cheques PO's 10:- 17 BIT SOFTWARE 1 si Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1DH DISK PRICES I to 10 Disks £1.50 Each II to 20 Disks £1.25 Each 21 Disks or More £ 1.00 Each 1 FREE DISK WITH EVERY 10 YOU BUY P&P is SOP PER ORDER On his travels through the Public Domain, Richard Baguley has come across all sorts of wonderful programs. This month he has brought back a selection of the finest
games and utilities, a magazine and even a Japanese language program... This British empire, Is burning down, lile lie like ashes, On the ground, But given time, The ash will flame, The Ujorking man, Ujill rise again.
From 'Dance through the delusion' THE FlflVEN m2 This disk brings a similar process to any Amiga user with Workbench 2 or above and a hard disk.
It works by adding a few libraries and a commodity to your machine. A new disk icon is added to your Workbench and anything which is copied to this disk is automatically and invisibly compressed.
When you run the program or load the data, the file is automatically decompressed.
The type of compression is determined by the user from a choice of eight different types which arc included on the disk. New types of compression and upgrades to the existing one are easily installed, because each compression is held in a library file. You will find that different types of compression work best with different types of data, so some experimentation is needed to get the best use of your disk.
There certainly don't seem to be any problems with the XPK Package, and I've quite happily run a wide variety of programs and read data from a disk compressed using this system. However, it should be approached with some caution, because if the compression Tails, you could lose some of your data and be unable to recover it.
Continued overleaf FRIENDS OF PAULA VOL 3 SEASOFT I’auhi. For thost' of who haven't ripped your Amiga apart yet. Is the chip which deals with the musical jiggery pokery which makes the Amiga the stonk- ing machine it is. This disk contains the latest musical creations by noted Amiga musician Raven.
These varv front simple piano times (Ivy) to full-blown rave masterpieces (“Exhilarate"). All ol tltt' compositions are ol a very high |ualily, and it you have a copy ofOciaMED you can load them in and dissect them.
XPK PACKAGE KEW II U1054 To say that having more hard disk space would be useful is an understatement. PC users have long enjoyed the benefits of programs such as Starker and Supnstorr. Which use on the fly data compression to squash programs and data. This process is invisible to the user, because it's all done automatically by the program. All the user notices is a slight slowdown itt disk access speed as the data is compressed before writing it to disk or decompressed alter reading it from the disk.
CYMOSTIC 30537 Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and this is one of them. There's no shooting, no laser power ups, only a single spaceship flying through a series of tunnels. Touch the sides, and you lose part of your shield. Once this runs out you're toast It sounds simple, until things start to speed up. With the ship moving faster and faster. If you survive this, other weird things such as flickering wails start appearing. Bonuses flash past at dizzying speed and you can grab by hitting the fire button.
If you are wise enough to subscribe to Amiga Format you'll have got a copy of this excellent game on this month's Subscribers' Superdisk.
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One noser Tuo nosers Colourful, bright graphics abound in Spatial Hyperdrive, a simple but highly compalling game.
This may not look particularly appealing, but imagine It scrolling past at a significant rate of knots... ROAD 2 HELL MAGNETIC FIELDS GA123 If, like me, you find the idea or driving a virtual car around a virtual track about as exciting as counting Skodas on the fast lane of the Ml, you'll probably greet the release of another top view Public Domain racing game with a groan.
Fortunately, your dismay would be misplaced.
Road 2 Hell is a very good example of how to program a game of this type properly. It's fast gives you a good range of tracks and opponents and makes good use of any extra memory you have fitted to your Amiga.
There is a choice of seven tracks which vary from fairly simple ovals to more complex affairs with obstacles and hazards such as ice and snow.
You can race against nine Amiga-controlled opponents of varying skill levels, or against another human player.
The only problems that I found with Road 2 Hell were that it ran extremely fast on an accelerated machine (although you can slow it down to a more playable speed), and there was a distinct lack of collision detection between the cars. Road 2 Hell is obviously not in the same league as the highly excellent all-action Skidmarks or the quirky and endearing Micro Machines, but it's a pretty good driving game nonetheless.
SUMTEAM JAPANESE LANGUAGE FIVE STAR PD ?lieya yanGuuasu Good morning wOlioA’G : iui‘oi*uc l ?
Uoiimolii ll'o Good afternoon. Hollo koiiteau uji Good ovening Next time you're walking down Tokyo High Street try saying "Konnichi Wa" to everyone you meet.
Given the current state of the economic world, learning at least a few basic Japanese phrases could be a good move. This program aims to teach phrases such as "Good morning" and “Thank you". These are presented in both written and spoken form, thanks to a series of samples held on the disk which are played back. Each of the phrases is also accompanied by a cutesy Japanese style figure acting out the phrase.
Using the samples means that you can hear exactly how the phrases sound when spoken, but it also means that the author couldn't fit many examples on the disk. Anyway, it's a very well presented introduction to the language, and even gives a list of further reading material if you want to learn more.
AMTUITION CENTRAL LICENCE WARE REGISTER CLR 33 AMOS is undoubtedly an extremely powerf ul programming language, but the standard AMOS file requesters are not particularly easy to use. It's possible to write your own code to generate requesters, but this can be a somewhat tiresome and time-consuming business.
Fortunately, a very nice chap by the name of David Holloway has been thoughtful enough to do all this hard work for you. This Licenceware disk contains a number of commands and sample code which can be added to your programs, as well as a bank of images of the various gadgets which form Workbench 3 style requesters.
There are several examples of code to generate menus and requesters, and a very good tutorial which shows you how to go about programming your own.
Around, you can work our precisely how much you should claim front your insurance. Unfortunately, if you don't have any insurance this is likely to be a very depressing figure, and the program doesn’t include any free contents cover.
The Organised! Electronic filofax has sections for a calendar, diary, address book and notebook.
This could be a very useful program, and you can even switch between Organised.1 and Workbench with a couple of mouse clicks.
The Money Program is a very easy to use personal finance organiser which can present the data in a variety of ways, including a very red (and crushingly depressing) graph. 'Zi ORGANISED!
MAGNETIC FIELDS BU004 If your life is in a mess, this disk could help. It contains Organised! (a Filofax-style address book and diary), The Money Program (I think you can work that one out) and Houselnv, which you can use to build a database of the contents of your house for insurance purposes. So, if Mister Burglar calls TOP lO GAMES & UTILITIES Every month, we peruse the best seller lists of a prominent PD company. This month, it's the turn of: FIVE STAR SOFTWARE 1 Manga Akira Collection 6 Disks 6 Spectrum 1.7 Games Disk U693 2 Disk Repair Kit 2 U637 7 Action Replay (A1200 only) U622 3
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One HOLODECK 2 - . , ENTER WHEN W READY CYMOST1C P0258 Here’s another collection of Next Generation Star Trek images rendered in Imagine 2 by Mark Platts (produced by Infinite Frontiers) and backed with an atmospheric track by Bjorn Lynne (better than the one from the first collection). Holodeck 2 is siitt- iliar in format anti content to the original Holodeck and the quality of the images is first class. Also available is the high density version of Holodeck which is now on one disk and runs automatically.
MEAN CD MACHINE 17 BIT 2872 To celebrate the release of the CD*-. Craig Collins has produced an anim extolling the virtues Which is the best CD console? Craig Collins provides the answer in this fabulous ray-traced animation.
Of (he great machine. It's set around a race between three cars, each representing a different machine: the others are the Mega CD and the Philips Cdi. No race at all really. Technical questions are asked of the machines and the console without the spec drops out of the race. It's all rav- traced in 3D and is absolutely stunning, although unfortunately there's no sound. Requires 3.5Mb. ABSTRAX PIG AGA CYMOST1C 00569 Would von like to see real perspective 3D calculated dots? The eternal question. After checking out this demo, the answer has to be yes. Not that the swirling dots are
particularly spectacular but look out for those fish (no, Vic Reeves hasn't joined Amiga Format). Swimming across the screen are some fantastic images of exotic fish, and then one of them says: "There's a third world... a world of Objective Contents of Thoughts". One of the (test AGA demos around, but let down somewhat by the keyboards from hell soundtrack.
FERRARI AGA TELE SCAM After the recent budget, I was Forced to swop my Ferrari CiTO for a Ford Fiesia, so 1 could barelv SUICIDE MAIXI 2 17 BIT 2855 UNPLEASANT WAYS TO DIE CY NO STIC DISK P0079 A thumping beat with the chant of 'Red Alert' and a visual effect of a Norwich City shirt ensure success.
TOP 10 DEMOS Every month, we peruse the best seller lists of a prominent PD company. This month, it's the turn of: CYNOSTIC
1. Pro Siak, Flting Cows Demo (D0569)
6. Quality Time, Eric Schwartz (A0030)
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7. French, Point Of Sale (AGA) (D0566)
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8. Absolute, Clairvoyant (D0572)
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9. Weatherman Animations (A0496)
S. Infinite Frontiers. Holodeck (P0258)
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DISKS IN THIS ISSUE After our hero has done the bloody deed,
he does the decent thing and blows his head off with a gun.
Conceal my glee when I came across ihis collection of hand-drawn Ferrari images. They are mainly of the 456 GT 2+2 (0-60 in 5.2 seconds. 186mph top speed don't you know), and are drawn from pictures in the Ferrari World magazine using Dpainl
IV. It's a tidy, if uninspirational collection, though some are
rather dull, particularly the one ol the wing mirror. But if
you're a former Ferrari owner like myself, you should take a
look at this possible future purchase.
THE MINI AGA CYNOST1C POO76 The first image on this slideshow is quite bizarre.
It's an excellent ray-traced picture, but what it is we shall never know. Imagine a spaceship made out of Smarties and Polos and... oh, never mind.
But there is some quality here with fine images of a bedroom, a kitchen and a hamburger. And a robot. All right, it doesn't sound that exciting but artist Karl Moore has produced a decent AGA collection and there's also a demonic backing track.
A cannon while The Man waits patiently in his dressing room before taking the podium. After injecting himself, he enters stage left and slays a lemming with his sword. Backed by a rocking guitar riff, this is a humorous, but gruesome, anim and certainly not for the squeamish.
Still wearing the same brown jacket and jeans.
Suicide Man returns for another go at death.
Sporting a fine facial scar, he exits his hut at the edge of a rocky crevice to the applause of the gathered throng and stands with his back to the clilT.
To ensure that things don't go horribly wrong and he lives. Suicide Man blows his head off with a revolver before toppling off the edge, dismantling rocks in the process which land on top of him.
Rapturous applause ensues at the bottom of the cliff by the burger van. Hurrah! Avoid if you're of a nervous disposition, but Paul Henderson has excelled himself here.
Editor's note: If you intend to commit suicide after viewing this, please renew your subscription beforehand.
TROJANS TECHNO TRACKS 2 CYNOSTIC (DISK 00570) The sound of sirens signals the entrance of this month's techno beat. Red .Alert, it's another Scandinavian raw techno demo. Firing cubes, psychedelic backgrounds, the obligatory swirling glenz vectors, vep. It’s all in here. And then the word '.51200' appears, and I was playing the demo on an .5500. Quite whv '.51200' makes an appearance remains a mvsterv because the only other word to appear is Techno'.
There are some nice effects here, but it's rather repetitive although the track is one of the better examples in a dark and brooding sort of way. Recommended for those with a passionate love for this type of thing.
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I own a CDTV. Before that I had C64 and didn't own a CD player. 1 have added a disk drive and keyboard and one megabyte chip RAM.
CD FORMAT (AGAIN) Mr N Taylor, Winchester, Hauls I know the CDTV has been knocked heavily in all the mags on a regular basis, but for me it has see a great opportunity to expand into the world of CD-ROM, Amiga software, CI)*G, and so on.
From things 1 have read 1 feel it must be somehow possible to enable to CDTV to run, for example, CD-ROMs written for the Macintosh and also Kodak photoCDs. I would be extremely grateful if you could help.
The CDTV is quite an excellent device, especially at the low prices you can now pick them up for. As an Amiga ii is comparable to the 1.3 A500, so it isn't capable of running a lot of the new software.
It is also a little difficult lo expand, although Calculus do a range of peripherals for it. Many people use CDTV’s networked to other Amigas.
The majority of CD-ROM drives conform to the ISO9660 standard, which means that devices made for the PC or the Macintosh or even the Photo CD can all read files directly from these disks. Unfortunately this doesn't mean you can run the same programs. Pcs can’t run Macintosh or Amiga software just because they can read the files from the CD. And so it goes for all the different CD machines. If you had an audio CD player you wouldn't expect it to run PC software.
You can however access the files from these disks, so if you had a PC CD full of graphics files you would be able to load them into Amiga programs such as ADPrn.
OAI THE WING Mr Wade Hampton, Southampton With regard to the letter from Adrian Bemascone ( AF Christmas ’93) in which he is having trouble installing Itiiigs to his hard drive, I also had this problem. To solve it permanently goes like this.
First, work only from copies, not the originals.
1. Boot up with Workbench as per normal, then insert Wings Reel 2
Open a shell and type CD DFO: assuming the disk is in the
internal drive.
2. You will now see the prompt displaying this: “Reel 2 "
3. Type Ed hdinstall and press enter. This will open up a screen
containing all the script for hard drive installation. At the
top. Change "reel 2: C MakeDir Ram T" to Reel 2: C MakDir
Fokkers (or whatever you like).
4. Then delete completely (by pressing Ctrl-B) the line below
which says “Reel 2: C Assign T: RAM:T"
5. Press Esc then x then Enter (this will save your edited script
back to floppy).
6. Exit shell back to Workbench. Click on "Reel 2" then dick on
die “HDInstall”, icon, the program should install perfectly.
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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will be given a higher priority over a difficulty which is
little more than a slight inconvenience.
Unlike some magazines we won't just concentrate on the areas of expertise we are most familiar with, we will take on any problem (as long as there is an Amiga involved in it). We have even enlisted the help of Commodore's Chief Engineer for those particularly tricky questions. As you can understand, we do get a lot of questions. If you want to get yours noticed, here are a few tips: From Mark Cole, Basingstoke, Hants Can you please try to sort out this hardware problem for me, as I've been trying for weeks, and I’m not getting anywhere. My A500 has a CSA-MMR 25MHz accelerator, a 4Mb memory
expansion board, and many add-on peripherals.
Uf. In.. Frqv.no. I Never use Low Level Format on an IDE drive, but it is a final resort If your SCSI has gone down.
The problem is my hard drive. It is a 500Mb SCSI unit and has been in service for over two years. But lately, on boot-up, it has been displaying the message: “Volume DHO Read Write Error.’ I backed up nearly all of the data I could, and reformatted. Using Quarterback Tools, I ran a repair on the drive, but all I am getting is the message. “VERY SERIOUS ERROR, DHO HAS BAD BIT-MAPPED KEY HEADER.' I can't seem to eliminate the problem whatsoever.
Your hard drive is certainly in a bad way. As It is a SCSI mechanism, it may not be beyond repair yet though. It may be necessary to perform a low level format on your drive, presumably it either came with an installation utility or you have a copy of HDToolbox. Use this to perform a low-level format on the disk whilst crossing your fingers and hoping for the best You will then have to reformat the disk to AmigaDOS. It is probably best to do this from within Quarterback Tools. Good luck.
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SOFT EMULATION To the point... Hai-Dang Nguyen Aigoc, London How can I print out a directory of my disk Q I have heard there is a shortcut for deleting using the shell? V all the text in a requester gadget. What is it?
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In the PD section of AF I saw some PC Emulator Softwares, that is PC Task, costing around £40 which is a bit cheaper than the bridgeboard emulators. Are the software versions worth it? What are their limitations when used with PC programs such as WordPerfect 5.1? What functions can they not emulate or emulate badly? Is it worth getting if I just want to use it for basic word processing?
I own an Amiga 1200, but my course work requires me to word process with PC standard software. I don't have the dosh to buy a PC system, even if I had the dosh I still wouldn't. I would be very chuffed if you would answer these questions.
Software emulators, like PC Task (the commercial version of which was reviewed in issue 52) usually work fairly well with non-intensive programs such as word processors. Their major Haws are speed (it is going to be about four times slower than a hardware emulator), display compatibility (software which runs only on SVGA may not work) and memory usage (software is not able to map all Amiga memory to be used by the PC tasks).
3EI I wouldn’t bother with an emulator; you would be much better off with a word processor that can export PC compatible files. You can even get WordPerfect 4.1 for the Amiga, which would be compatible with the Wordperfect you are using on the PC. You can transfer the files across easily using CrossDOS. It may be worth getting something like A The easiest way is to just use Amiga DOS redirection to send the output directly to the printer. File redirection is very simple to use. For example, if you want a list of all the files in your libs directory you would type: dir prt: libs: The “ “
indicates a redirection and is followed by the device that the output is to go to. You can use this with any Amiga command (but it is not always useful to do so) and you can redirect to files as well as devices. For example: list .RAM: file C: will create a new file in your RAM: directory which contains a list of all your C commands.
PC Task as well, if you can spare the cash, as it is particularly useful if you have a hard disk.
FINAL. FAULTS From: Darren F Bawden Doncaster. S Yorks 1 recently purchased Final Copy II. To be used in conjunction with a standard unexpanded 1 Mb A600, HP Deskjet 510 bubblejet printer, and Cumana external drive.
Problems occurred when attempting to print documents... The printer would randomly spit out blank pages, ignore graphics, ignore font changes, and printing documents turned out to be as fruitful as a not very fruitful thing.
Having ploughed through what would seem like the world's entire stock of printer drivers PD Printer Driver Creation utils, the answer lay in the amount of memory available to documents once Final Copy has had its chunk. 1 have found that upon loading, documents have to be squeezed into about 170Kb of RAM. This is quite a large chunk of memory, and most documents will fit, but when printing, the A600 needs a little more memory to perform the necessary print calculations.
I have found that adopting the following strategy overcomes most print problems, please note A Holding down the left Amiga key and pressing 'X' will delete all the text in the gadget.
01 am having a bit of difficulty installing some software. I have set up assigns, but I think that the software is still looking for something that is stopping it from running properly. What can I do?
A Check out the in-depth explanation in the panel on page 154. If it is a file that is missing then it may be difficult to get the softyware to run properly. You should get hold of the shareware program Snoop Dos. Which will be able to tell you what files the software is looking for and where it is looking for them.
Though, that users should be working die COPIES of Final Copy II and not original disks. They must also ensure that they have selected the correct printer driver, or one that is compatible.
1. When in the document creation edit screen, go to the PROJECT
menu, select the PREFERENCES START UP option. Then set the
SCREEN TYPE to "USE WORKBENCH”. Ensure that the default number
of screen colours is set to four.
Click on the SAVE button to ensure that your changes are stored on the System disk.
2. Before printing, to capture a little more memory for the
machine to work with, it is possible to use the sizing gadget
(in the bottom right hand corner of the screen) to effectively
shrink the edit screen.
It can be shrunk to about one fifth of the total screen height. After downsizing the screen, hold down the right mouse button, enter the PROJECT PRINT menu and print the document as required. After the document has printed, simply use the sizing gadget again to restore the screen to it's original full height.
3. Another handy little tip for grabbing a bit more RAM is to use
the sizing gadget (in the bottom right-hand corner of the
screen) to down size the edit screen, so that Workbench is
visible beneath.
NEXT BIG THING From Christopher George. Dagenham. Essrx A genlock can be very useful for adding a touch of class to your home movies* I am the proud owner of a A500+ with 2Mb memory and an external drive, and want to enter the world of PD musk demos (Hardcore). My mate does the musk and I do the graphics. I have exhausted what Dpaint 3 has to offer and am looking to buy equipment to boost my options.
1) What could a Rocgen plus offer me?
2) What could a Rockey offer me?
3) Would you advise me to buy them?
4) I wish to add more memory to my 2Mb Amiga. Is there a RAM
expansion available with an accelerator built in that works
with a A500+?
5) I tried to record animations off my Amiga, but when I play
them back they are all fuzzy. Do I need a special connection
to do this?
6) I wish to take Film Video camera footage, and feed them into
my Amiga and alter them. What equipment would I need?
If you hod read the last issue of Amiga Format you will know all about genlocks and chromakeys. A genlock is a device which allows you to overlay computer graphics over live video. A chromakey unit enables live video to be placed on top of computer graphics. These devices are great for producing videos, but are of no use for creating demos that you can circulate on the PD scene. However, if you are into creating video they are excellent The easiest way to add more memory to an A500 is via the expansion port. There are a couple of devices, such as the SupraRAM expansion which will add 2,4
or 8 Mb this way. Supra also produce an accelerator for the expansion port Try First Computer Centre on 0532 319444.
The fuzxy recording sounds like you are not getting the best signal from your Amiga. A video that will take RGB is rare indeed, but the modulator output from the A520 unit Is not really up to being taped. Try using the composite output (on the side of the modulator), your video deck should have a phono Input for composite video signals.
To generate computer graphics from video images you will need a digitiser like the Vidi24 unit reviewed last issue.
Click on the Workbench drag bar so that it is in operation, then click on the window close gadget for the FC-PROGRAM window. This will release another wedge of RAM. If you don't believe me, check out the Workbench status bar (at the top of the screen)... Just watch the Graphis Memory Figure jump up!
4. One last thing. If you simply want a draft copy of your
document, and not the end result, use the minimum possible
print resolution. For example, for draft copies of documents,
I use print resolution 3 - 150 x 150 dpi, for the final
version, I use print resolution 4 - 300 x300 dpi. Why? Well,
the less the resolution and therefore, the print quality of
the document, the faster the printing and the less memory
required - and vice-versa.
The Clock work from the shell but not he CLI?
Under 2.0 and higher, you should never edit your startup- sequence unless absolutely necessary. Instead use either the Wbstartup drawer, or the siuser
- startup script (create it If it does not exist yet). If you
wish to drag a Workbench tool such as dock into the Wbstart-up
drawer, first use the Workbench Icon menu “information “ menu
selection to add the following tooltype to the clock icon:
DONOTWAIT.
Then drag the clock Into the Wbstartup drawer. The DONOTWAIT tooltype will tell Workbench to start this program on reboot and not wait for It to exit. If you would rather start the clock from the s:user- startup, edit s:user-startup and enter the line: RUN NIL: sys: util- itieslClock. If you wish to control the placement and mode of the I hope these tips are of some use to someone.
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Once again, thanks for your solution to this problem. Here al Amiga Formal we may have used evert' piece of software available, but sometimes these problems do not come to light during testing.
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1 bought my A1200 two months ago and have had problems with the keys. When I press shift and 2 I get a @ symbol not a " symbol as the keyboard would have me believe, when I press shift and the @ key I get a C symbol, when I press shift and 3 I get a hash symbol, and I can't find a ±. I had a look at the key show program included on my extras disk and it would have me believe that the actual keyboard keys have been printed wrong and that a + symbol does not exist on the keyboard. Please help as I need to use a + symbol.
Your Amiga is working perfectly, but you haven't installed the correct keymap for use with your machine. In Workbench 3 this is done with the Locale and Input programs. Ijxale should be set so that your country is United Kingdom and your language is English.
In the Input program, you should set the keyboard type to British. In order for this to work you will have to have the correct keymap in your Devstkeymaps drawer (which should have been done when you first ran Workbench. If British doesn’t come up as an option, you will have to copy this file across from the Storage disk to your Workbench disk. The symbol you are looking for is obtained by using Alt and 7.. LEW'S CORNER By Lew Eggebrecht Lew Eggebrecht Commodore's chief ol Engineering.
I cannot get a dock to appear by adding the dock command to the startup sequence. The startup sequence just stops.
Also, why do I get different tool type settings if I access it through Workbench? Why does USE A DRIVER From: Anthony Robinson. Basingstoke, Hants I recently bought a Citizen 200 colour printer to go with my A500 plus computer. When I doodle on Deluxe Paint 3, though, my drawings come out as a series of numbers and dots. Even if my drawing is simple, like a stick man, it comes out the same.
Also on PenPal my printer decides to jumble the words about and put big gaps in. Sometimes when I use PenPal and I enlarge the word it prints it out smaller. Please could you help me.
It is a little difficult to say, but I think your problem is that you haven't set up your printer driver properly. If you are only getting numbers you try to print out graphics then you are probably using the generic driver. This isn’t capable of outputting graphics. You want to change the preferences to the correct printer driver for your Citizen printer.
If you don’t have a specific one you can use the EpsonX driver, as the Citizen is Epson compatible. As I don’t know which version of Workbench you are using it is difficult to tell you how to set this up correcdv. In any case it is quite easy. Just copy the correct driver on to your Workbench disk into the “Devs-.prinlers” drawer. Then run the Preferences printer program and select the new driver.
IDE LIKE A DRIVE Mr Soni Drew, Colchester, Essex Here we have another of those letters asking about expanding the A1200. 1 am very interested, (very, very interested) in finding an Accelerator RAM upgrade and a Hard Drive.
I know Amiga Format has written issue's on this subject, especially with the "Good Hardware Guide’’ but 1 have found even more questions which are stopping me from committing myself to spending money.
Every issue of Amiga Format and Amiga Power I buy, I thumb through to the adverts straight away, (but don't worry, that's not the only reason for buying), I always go back and start reading from the beginning, time and time again and I search them, with my fluorescent marker, picking out the hardware on my list.
Clock when starting it from a shell or script command line, you will need to pass the appropriate command line arguments on the same line. Most commands only parse icon Tooltypes when a tool is started from Workbench. Tool types are the Workbench method for passing options. Consult your Amiga system software manual for the command line arguments of the clock command. You can also type CLOCK ?
In a command line to see the possible arguments. One example of starting the clock with optional arguments would be: Run NILSys: Utilities Clock seconds top-40 left-40 As for why Clock will start from a shell but not from a CLI, it is likely that the old CLI command does not have access to the standard command paths set up in the startup sequence, and therefore cannot find the clock command.
I have heard from a Bulletin Board, that someone is selling new Connor 2.5-inch IDE 84Mb drives, their asking about £120 for them, which is the best so far, (the message says that they are DEC badged, what is this, something to look for?)
There was another message that says Seagate’s are a bit slow and that Connor drives are not recommended by Commodore, but there is also a Western Digital 2.5-inch IDE 85Mb drive going for £170. I’ve never come across the brand, are they any good?
I’m sorry if this that this is a very long-winded letter, I hope you can see that I need help!
Ther are three major manufacturers of hard drives
- Seagate, Western Digital and Connor - all of their hard drives
will work fine with the A1200.
There is nothing wrong with Connor mechanisms.
The only real difference between most mechanisms is their speed, and there isn’t that much variation on an IDE drive anyway. Many companies badged the hard drives when they install them on a machine - DEC is just one of them.
An interesting anomally at the moment is that there is a shortage of smaller drives (80-120Mb) so they are quite difficult to obtain - sometimes it can be cheaper to install a 150Mb mechanism. Try calling Mediasource (0247 471882) or TriLogic (0274 691115) for the best deals.
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Andrew Gauton, Warrington, Cheshire I have an A1200 with Wordworth 2 and ProPage 4.0 installed on my hard drive. I also have DFO: set to PCO: to recognise PC formatted disks. I have problems importing text from WordWorth 2 into ProPage 4.0. I load ProPage, create a page, create a box, click on the text icon, select Preferences: Text Format and choose text filter as WordWorth.
Then I select Project: Import Text and try to import a piece of saved text. The file loads but nothing appears on screen. I've tried selecting different Text Filters in ProPage, and saved the text in WordWorth under various formats (ASCII, normal, IFF, WordPerfect) but text still won't import.
At college, when importing text from WordPerfect into Timeworks' Publisher 3 (DTP) on Continued overleaf *¦ I In depth explanation IHISTALLIIIIG S Professional Page can be a very capable DTP system - if you read the documentation.
The PC I have to add ".doc” on to the file name when saving to get it to import. Do 1 need to do something like this on the Amiga?
I am thinking of buying an Amiga Cl) '-. Will there be a lead to connect this to my A1200?
Calculus said that a lead will be out after Christmas. If true, to which port will it connect? I hope it won’t use the trapdoor (like CD-ROM drive) as I plan to buy a RAM expansion.
Ii seems that your version of Prol’agr is working perfectly well. When you import texi il is taken into the copy buffer. This means il doesn't appear directlv tin screen. You will have to click in the box where you want the texi to go and press the paste key (FI). Then the text will Mow into the box.
I'm not sure entirely what you mean by 'a lead that will connect the CD3- lo the A1200'. If you mean a device that will allow the A1200 to use the CD3'- as a CD-ROM drive, it is theoretically possible. But such a device does not yet exist. Details about the Microbotics' CD3- expansion (which will add ports for a keyboard and floppy drive) are not vet finalised so whether it is possible to use Parnet or not is difficult to say.
To make programs easy to install on your Amiga's hard drive. Commodore have created a standard utility. Installer Inot all software comes with an install program. Which is very annoying for those of us with hard drives.
6 None of the assign commands will work if the application closes Workbench. This doesn't often happen with 'serious' applications, but it does with games. To be installed on a hard drive, software has to be OS legal and not shut down the operating system while it is running.
SERIAL. KILLER James ‘rail. Hammersmith. London I have two Amigas (well, to be more exact 1 have one Amiga and the occasional loan of another) and 2 A great deal of software which doesn't include an install program can still be installed on a hard disk. Sometimes this is as simple as copying all the files across.
I am trying to link them together. I know that the device name for the serial port is SER: and 1 have tried copying files and text through it. But so far to no avail.
7 Some programs will also require libraries or fonts. As a rule of thumb, if the original disk you are trying to install has directories called "libs', 'devs* or 'fonts' you should copy the contents of these across to the Workbench default paths (for example Copy df0:libs t? Libs:).
3 Commodore have made a custom install program available which uses a very simple interface which just requires the user to dick on the occasional button. There is even a PD adventure written for the Installer software.
How exactly do I connect up the two machines and how do I transfer data using the Shell? I am slightly worried because I thought this would be something terribly easy to do. It seems a lot easier to network other machines like Macintoshs and PC compatibles together.
8 It is possible to copy these system files straight over into another directory and append the paths that AmigaDOS searches on. For example, you could copy over libraries into another libs: partition and enter the command: 4 When software looks for files on a particular disk it usually refers to it by name. This means that you can use the CLI Assign command to redirect any file access. For example, if your software is constantly looking for a disk called 'Files' when all the files from that disk are actually installed on your hard disk in a drawer called "application" you could simply enter
a command like this: Assign Files: DtaO:Application and the Amiga would then look in that drawer every time a program asked for the files disk.
On a connected point. I am thinking about getting a CD-ROM drive for the Amiga, but I have heard that it is possible to eonneet a CDTV up to an Amiga and use a network to control it.
Assign libs: dhO:Newstuff libraries add This will mean that the operating system will check in the normal libs directory and the new one that you have just added.
II is not advisable lo use the shell lo Iransler data between machines, von are much belter oil using some comms software. You can change the Workbench serial defaults by running the Serial program in Preferences.
9 It is best to keep all the libraries, devs. Fonts and other system files actually In the correct Workbench drawers if you can help tt. Assigns take up extra memory and if used too much actually slow your machine a bit. The only thing you should avoid is ever replacing the ~S:startup-sequence~ file, as this controls your Amiga as it is booting Into Workbench.
5 You can assign devices as well. If your software is expecting a disk in the internal drive when actually the data is on hard disk, you can redirect the path using the command: Assign DF0: DhO:application This usually works with games quite well.
If volt want to network two machines together it is much better to use the PD Parnet program, which can also enable vou to treat the CDTV as a CD-ROM drive. Pick it up at any good PD library.
Inn vou will need lo make a cable.
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INTRODUCTION TO Last month Pat McDonald took you step-by-step around workbench. This month, in part two of our continuing series to help you get the most out of your Amiga, he explains how hard and floppy disks are organised, and how to use Workbench to carry out some useful disk operations.
THIS PACE DELVES a little deeper into the wonders of Workbench. After last month, you've probably got a hideous looking Workbench, maybe an obscene mouse pointer, and that's about it. Now it's time to stop spoon feeding you, and get serious!
HOW TO USE FILE REQUES m Protext - Select file Whenever you switch off your Amiga it forgets everything it was doing. The chips inside your machine run on electricity no juice, no go. If you want to store information permanently, you have to create it with a suitable program - for instance, a word processor if you wanted to write a letter.
Imagine you have got the word processor program up and running, you've written your letter, but your printer isn't plugged in. What you have to do is Save the letter (the information) on to a disk. Then you can turn off your Amiga, plug in your printer, turn everything on, get the word processor back up, and load the letter back in. Then you could print it out. If you just plugged in the printer without switching off, then the part of your Amiga that communicates with the printer - the Interface - would probably need replacing.
So disks are very’ useful things - they let you permanently record information. Permanent up to a point, mind you. Any disk can be corrupted.
The only way to get around that is to have lots of copies of important files - so-called back-up disks.
File requesters are the parts of a program which let you select which project you want to edit load or save. A project is a data file, such as a letter, a picture or a sound. A program is the set of computer instructions to actually let you edit data. That is why you bought an Amiga, isn't it? To play the odd game and be creative on? Well, if not then knowing how to use a file requester is still a useful skill.
Not all file requesters are the same - some programs use one, some use another. This is the ASL file requester which is most commonly used on Workbench 2 programs. Other ones look a bit different but they all do the same job - they request you to select a file to work on. They're dead handy at checking out what's on a disk without going back to Workbench.
At present there are three kinds of disk you can use on the A600, A1200, and A4000. These are floppy, hard and credit card disks (PCMCIA - an optional extra with the A4000). They go up in expense, and down in operating speed. PCMCIA cards are currently so expensive that they are usually just used as memory expansions (see the Prepcard utility in your manual).
The name of the file requester. This file requester is from Protext, the word processor program I used to write this tutorial.
The listing of all files in the current directory.
The pathname. This is the name of a disk, followed by a colon (:) then any directories, separated by slashes ( ). Protext was looking at the Text directory in the Protext directory of a disk called Play (my hard disk). Directory and Drawer are the same - an isolated area or folder for keeping different programs and projects separate.
Addresses.txt addresses.txt.bak addresses.txt.info RFFREE.TXT REEREE.TXT.bak RFFREE.TXT.info anshop anshop.bak RMSHOP.info ans49.txt ¦ans49.txt.info Rnswer51.Txt Rnsuer51.Txt.bak Rnsuer51.Txt.info auakening auakening.info jPtaylprotext TEXT OK I Disks I Parent 1 Cancel Rather than double click on a filename, you can click once and then on this button to open it.
A bit pointless.
This button brings up a list of all disks that are available to the Amiga. Handy for making the file requester point at a different disk to the one it's looking at.
The filename. This is currently empty because I haven't clicked on a filename or typed one into the box.
Click on the up and down arrows to sort the directory in alphabetical order.
Cancel will abort the file requester, so you won't load or save.
Parent will take you back up a directory.
If I clicked on this a listing of the Protext directory would appear.
I know I said that we'd only cover Workbench 2 and 3 in these tutorials, but I'm going to make an exception in this case because if you have an older Amiga with Workbench 1.3 or earlier, then copying files using Workbench is very tricky.
Urt*a Such versions of Workbench don't have a Show All Files option on the window menu - they don't even have a window menu. This means that if a file doesn't have an icon (a file with the same name ending in -.info") then Workbench can't display it so you can't dick and drag H where you want K to.
So, you have to double dick on the Shell and type in AmigaDOS commands to copy files from place to place. All right you don't have to do this - there are programs such as SID and Directory Opus, which give a point-and-dick control panel, but you don't get such a program with Workbench.
Before I go on, you do know what a pathname is? If not check the panel on file requesters. Once you've got the idea of where a disk name, directory and file name point to, you're ready to proceed.
1 First of all. Load Workbench and then double dick on the Shell icon. If you can't see the Shell icon straight away, if s usually to be found in the System drawer. A window will now appear, containing a prompt for you to type. Whether you use upper or lower case (big and little) letters makes absolutely no difference to the Amiga - it thinks that a file called “FRED- is exactly the same as a file called "feed".
2 To copy a file, type “Copy" then a space. Then put in the word "From" then a space. AmigaDOS uses the spaces to find the gaps between commands. Put in the full existing pathname of the file you want to copy, then a space. Put the word *10* and a space. Put the full path of where you want the file s) to go and a space. Finally, if you are copying more than one file, put the word "All" at the end.
Lastly, hit the Return key.
HARD AND FLOPPY DISKS All Amigas come with at least one floppy disk drive.
COPYING YOUR FILES USIIUG WORKBENCH 2 OR 3 Having two is a distinct advantage when you use Workbench, because it means you can leave the Workbench disk in one drive and swap disks in the other. As you use a Workbench operation, the Amiga reads how to do it from the Workbench disk.
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1) First of all load Workbench and then format a blank disk.
That's why it keeps asking for it if you take it out.
The point is that you can swap disks with a floppy disk drive, and exchange information between computers. Try doing that with a Segtendo!
A hard disk can't be taken out of its casing - it's vacuum sealed. The internal parts are precision made, resulting in a near perfect working environment. Hard drives can read and write information much faster than a floppy disk drive and can store much more information, so it can store all of your Workbench disks, all of your useful programs and still have loads of space for your own creations and the odd game or two. Although many arcade-style games do not install to hard drive. Hard drives are a luxury for most people, but if you get serious about your Amiga, they're well worth the money.
There should be a fourth type, and that is CD- ROM - computer information stored on standard music Cds. Although incredibly cheap to make, CD-ROMs have two problems. You can't record on to the Cds at home, and creating a CD-ROM program that uses the huge storage potential is proving to be very time-consuming.
Floppy and hard disks work in roughly the same way. The information is stored as a set of ons and offs on the surface of the circular disk, which can be read with a sensor. This sensor can move back and forth across the surface of the disk, but it always jumps the same amount - it moves in steps of a certain size.
2) Then select the Show All Files option from the Window Menu.
If you remember that the sensor can only move in steps from the edge of the spinning disk towards the centre and back again, then you will realise that the information is stored in concentric rings or tracks, like the rings in a tree trunk. They are not like the grooves on a vinyl music record, which spital in towards the centre. The head moves to llte right track, the disk spins, and the information gets written or read.
The following tutorial doesn't cover most games on floppy disks. Such programs don't work with Workbench - Workbench can't understand games disks. There are some exceptions to this, but if you were hoping to use Workbench to get infinite lives on Cannon Fodder, forget it.
The tracks of a disk are split into three areas - the bootblock. The directors, and the actual storage areas where the information goes. Each individual block of information is called a file.
The bootblock is a special track that says what filing system the disk uses and whether or not the disk can Boot. Such a disk can lie inserted into an Amiga and will automatically start working without needing Workbench.
The directory area holds a map showing where all the information is on a disk. Although you would expect the Amiga to neatly put down- liles. Instead it lends to throw them all over the disk. A file is an individual list of information - it could be a letter, a picture, or a program to produce some information, or it could be an icon - remember those from last month?
What determines how the directory ties up with where the files are is called the Filing Svstem.
There are three different types with Workbench 3; the Old Filing System (OFS); the Fast File System (FFS); and the Fast File System with Directory Caching (FFS-DC). The different systems produce- faster loading and saving times but FFS-DC disks won't work on Workbench 2 or earlier systems, and getting an FFS disk to work with Workbench
1. 3 is a nightmare task for beginners.
Finally, before a new disk can be used to store information, it must be formatted to the relevant system. This is especially important if you want to exchange disks with people who own older Amigas than you. Formatting a disk is a straightforward task - refer to vour manual to see how lo do it O 3 There are two main problems with using the Shell to copy files. The first is that If you are not a good typist It can be a time-consuming business correcting your spelling mistakes (hit the up arrow to edit errors). The second problem with using the Shell Is that it can't cope very well with file
names which contain spaces. What you have to do Is put speech marks (") at the beginning and at the end of the pathname.
4 Copying more than one file at a time is possible with the Shell, but involves using wild cards. A wild card is part of a file name and although wild cards are a common computer operation, the Amiga's are a bit strange in that you use a hash and question mark ( ?) To denote part of a filename. For instance, the above example will copy all the files ending in ‘‘.iff' from one directory to another.
5 The above example is how NOT to copy files. The name of a disk has been replaced with "DFO:".
Which refers to the disk which is currently in the Amiga's drive. However, the Amiga needs the Workbench disk to get the Copy command - which means the current disk will be the Workbench disk.
Therefore you would copy everything to the Workbench disk. To avoid doing this always use disk names H you only have one disk drive.
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7BR For office use only: SCRATCH CODE: AF56 Last month Simon
Armstrong gave you some useful Blitz commands and showed you
how to use them. This month the Blitz tutorials continue with
how to get the most out of the powerful Slices and Blitting
commands.
"Of* WELCOME If you got hold of the November issue of Amiga Formal then you will be the proud owner of a functional version of Blitz Basic 2. But that won't do you much good if you don't know how to use it. In this, the fifth of our tutorial series, we will be looking at some of the more complicated commands that may proove useful in your own programs.
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SLICES Slices are Blitz 2 objects which are the heart of Blitz mode's powerful graphics system. Through the use of Slices, many weird and wonderful graphical effects can be achieved, effects not normally possible in Amiga mode. This includes such things as dual playfield displays, smooth scrolling, double buffering and more.
Illilz mode's main feature is its llexible control over the Amiga's display. This control is achieved through the use of Slices. A Slice may Ik- thought of as a description of the appearance of a rectangular area of the Amiga's display .
I This 7 J! Description I includes Display Mode. Colour I Palette. Sprite I I and Bitplane I i n f o r m a I i o n. More than one Slice mav Ik- set tip at a time, allowing different areas of the display to take on different properties.
There are some limits placed upon how multiple Slices may be arranged:
* Slices must not overlap in any way.
* Slices must not be positioned horizontally beside each other.
This means that multiple Slices have to lx' positioned
vertically on top of each other.
* When you specify an area for a Slice, you only have control
over the Slice's vertical position, and its width and height.
The horizontal starting position will automatically be
centred based on the Slice's width.
* Slices normally require a gap of at least two horizontal
lines between the bottom of one slice and the top of another
Slice, although there are some situations in which this is not
absolutely necessary.Here is a simple example of setting up a
basic Slice-driven Blitz mode display: THIS tutorial is the
copyright of Add Software and may not be reproduced in any form
without permission.
;go into Blitz mode!
:set up slice 0 BLITZ Slice 0.44.3 MouseWait We won t delve too deeply into exactly how the Slice command works just right now, but this example will set up a lo-res eight-colour Slice. 32(1 pixels across by either 200 or 250 pixels down, depending on whether you are using an NTSC or a PAI. Machine.
If you type in and compile this example, you will notice that the display contains some fairly random graphics. This is because Slices simply control how the display appears - they don't control what is actually to appear. To use Slices to display graphics, a Bitmap and some form of the Show command is required: : slice showing a bitmap program example BLITZ :Go into Blitz mode!
BitMap 0.320.DispHeight.3 :set up an 8 colour bitmap Cis 2 Till bitmap with colour 2 Slice 0.44.3 :set up a slice Show 0 :show bitmap 0 in the slice MouseWait Once the bitmap is initialised and Shown in this way, any Bitmap-related commands may be used to render graphics. Here is an example of the Circle! Command at work in a Slice: : a functional slice program example BLITZ :go into Blitz mode BitMap 0,320.DispHeight,3 ;set up an 8 colour bitmap Slice 0.44,3 ;set up a slice Show 0 For k=1 To 100 :draw 100 circles.
Circlet Rnd(320).Rnd(DispHeight),Rnd(10)+5.Rnd(7)+1 Next MouseWait These examples are all very simple in nature, but illustrate the minimum number of steps involved in putting single Slices to work.
The form of the Slice command used in the above examples is a quick form of the standard Slice command. Ising Slice this yyav limits you to having just one Slice active on the display at once.
If you want multiple Slices, you must use the more complex Slice command.
Here's a quick example of multiple Slices: : multi slice program example BLITZ :Blitz mode! Yeah!
BitMap 0.320.100.3 ;make a bitmap Cis 2 Till it with colour 2 BitMapOutput 0 ;we're going to print to it... Print "Hello - Slice Magic!" Dike so... Slice 0.44.160.100.Sfff8.3.8,32,320.320 :whew!
RGB 1.15.15.15 This affects slice 0’s palette RGB 2.8.0.15 :so does this Show 0 ;show the bitmap Slice 1,146,320,100.Sfff9,3.8,32.320,320 ;morewhew!
RGB 1,15.15.0 This affects slice 1 s palette RGB 2,0.8,15 ;ditto Show 0 ;show the bitmap (same one!)
MouseWait Nine that the text Hello - Slice Magic! Appears at two different places on the display, even though it was only printed once! T his is because both Slices are Showing the same Bitmap, and it is on this Bitmap that the text is rendered. Also note that the lop Slice is in lo-res mode, whereas the bottom Slice is in lti-res mode, finally, note that the positioning of the Slices follows the rules outlined above. The Slices are stacked vertically, and there is a two-line gap between them.
One final important word about Slices - Slice objects can not be individually Freed. I bis means once a Slice is created - it's there for good. The only way to free up Slices is to free the lot ol them at once using the FreeSlices command.
Sfatement: Slice Syntax:Slice Slice ,Y.Flags or: Slice Slice ,Y,Width,Heighf, (continued on next line) Flags.8itPlanes,Sprites,Colours.Width1,Width2 Modes: Amiga Blitz The Slice command is used lo create a Blitz 2.Slice object. Slices are primarily of use in Blitz mode, to allow you to create highly customised displays.
In both forms ol the Slice command, the Y parameter specifies the downwards pixel position of the top of the Slice. A Y value of 1-1 will position Slices at about the top of the display.
In the first form of the Slice command, flags refers to the number of Bitplanes in anv Bitmaps (the Bitmap's depth) to be shown in the Slice.
This form of the Slice command will normally create a lo-res slice.
However, this may be changed to a lti-res Slice by adding eight to the flags parameter, for instance, a flags value of four will set up a lores.
¦I-Bitplane (16-colour) Slice, whereas a Flags value of II) will set up a hi-res, 2-bitplane (‘(-colour) slice.
The width of a Slice set up in this way will be 320 pixels for a lo-res Slice, or 640 pixels for a hires Slice. The height of a Slice set up using this syntax will be 200 pixels on an NTSC Amiga, or 256 pixels on a PAI. Amiga.
The second form of the Slice command is far more versatile, albeit a little more complex. Width and Height allow you to use specific values for the Slice's dimensions. These parameters are specified in pixel amounts. Bitl’lanes refers to the depth of any Bitmaps you will be shorving in this slice.
Sprites refers to how many Sprite channels should be available in this Slice. F.ach Slice may have up to eight Sprite channels, allowing Sprites to be multiplexed.
This is one way to overcome the Amiga's eight Sprite limit. It is recommended that tlie topmost Slice be created with all eight Sprite channels, because this will prevent Sprite dicker caused by unused Sprites.
Colours refers to how many Colour Palette entries should be available for this Slice, and it should not be greater than 32.
Width! And Widtli2 specily the width, in pixels, of am Bitmaps to he shown ill this Slice. If a Slice is set up to he a dual plavlield Slice, then Width I refers to the width of tlie foreground Bitmap, and WidtlfZ refers to the width of the background Bitmap.
However, if a Slice is NOT set up to be a dual plavlield Slice, it is important that both the Width I anti Width2 should be set lo the same values. These parameters will enable you to show Bitmaps which arc wider than the Slice itself, introducing the ability to smooth-scroll through large Bitmaps.
The Flags parameter explanation has been left to last because it is the most complex of the parameters. Flags gives you control over many aspects of the Slice's appearance, and just what effect the Slice has. Here are some example settings for Flags: Flags Effect_Max BilPlanes Sfff8 A standard lo-res slice 6 Sfff9 A standard hi-res slice 4 Sfffa A lo-res, dual-playfield slice 6 Sfffb A hi-res. Dual-playfiled slice 4 Sfffc A HAM slice 6 The BilPlanes parameter mav also be modified to specilv odd only or even only Bitplanes. To specify creation of foreground Bitplanes only, simple set Bit
15 of the BilPlanes parameter. To specify creation of background Bitplanes only, set Bit 14 of the BitPlanes parameter.
Statement: Use Slice Syntax: Use Slice Slice Modes: Amiga Blitz Use Slice is used to set tlie specified Slice object as the currently used Slice, This is required for commands such as Show, ShowF. ShowB and Blitz mode RUB.
Statement: FreeSlices Syntax: FreeSlices Modes: Amiga Blitz FreeSlices is used to completely free all Slices currently in use. Because there is no capability to Free individual Slices, this is tlie only means l v which Slices may he deleted.
Statement: Show Syntax: Show Bitmap ! X.Y] Modes: Amiga Blitz Show is used to display a Bitmap in the currently used Slice. This Slice should not lie a dual play- field type of Slice. Optional X and Y parameters may be used to position tlie Bitmap at a point other than its top left. This is normally only of use in cases where a Bitmap larger than the Slice width and or height has been set up.
Statement: ShowF Syntax: ShowF BitMap |,X,Y[.ShowB XJ] Modes: Amiga Blitz ShowF is used to display a Bitmap in tlie lore- ground of the currently used Slice. The Slice must have been created with the appropriate Flags parameter to support dual-playfield display.
Optional X and Y parameters may he used to show the Bitmap at a point other than its top left.
The optional ShowB x parameter is only ol' use in special situations where a dual plavlield Slice lias been created to display ONLY a foreground Bitmap. In this case, the X offset oi tlie background Bitmap should be specified in the ShowB x parameter.
Statement: ShowB Syntax: ShowB BitMap [.X.Y[,ShowF X]) Modes: Amiga Blitz ShowB is used to display a Bitmap in the background of Optional X and to show (lie Bitmap at a point top left. Omitting the X and Y parameters is identical to supplying X and Y values of 0 (zero). The optional ShowF x parameter is only of use in special situations where a dual plavlield Slice lias been created to display ONLY a background Bitmap, in this case, the X offset of the foreground Bitmap should be specified in the ShowF x parameter.
Statement: ColSplit Syntax: ColSplit Colour Register,Red,Green,Blue.Y Modes: Amiga Blitz ColSplit allows von to change any of the Palette Colour registers at a position relative to the top of the currently used slice. This allows you to re-use Colour Registers at different positions down the screen to display different colours. Y specifies a vertical offset from the top of the currently used Slice.
Statement: CustomCop Syntax: CustomCop CopinS. Y Modes: Amiga Blitz CustomCop enables programmers to introduce llieir own copper instructions at a specified position down the display. CopinsS refers to a string of characters equivalent to a series of copper instructions. Y refers to a position down the display.
Statement: ShowBlitz Syntax: ShowBlitz Modes: Blitz ShowBlitz re-displays the entire set up of Slices.
This may be necessary if you have made a quick trip into Amiga mode, and wish to return to Witz mode with previously created Slices intact.
Function: CopLoc Syntax: CopLoc Modes: Amiga Blitz CopLoc returns the memory address of the Blitz mode copper list. All Slices, ColSplits, and CustomCops executed are merged into a single copper list, the address of which may found using tlie CopLoc function.
Function: CopLen Syntax: CopLen Modes: Amiga Blitz CopLen returns the length, in bytes, of the Blitz mode copper list. All Slices, ColSplits, and CustomCops executed are merged into a single copper list, tlie length of which may be found using the Copl.cn function.
BLITTING This section covers all commands which allow you to draw shapes on to Bitmaps using the Amiga’s Blitter chip.
Statement: Blit Syntax: Blit Shape ,X,Y|,Excessonoff] Modes: Amiga Blitz Blit is tlie simplest of all the blitting commands. It will simply draw a shape object on to the currentlv used Bitmap at the pixel position specified bv X.Y. The shape's handle, if any. Will be taken into account when positioning the blit.
The optional F.xcessonolf parameter only comes into use if you are Blitting a shape which lias fewer Bitplanes than tlie Bitmap to which it is being Blitted. Ill this case. Kxcessonolf allows you lo specify an on off value for tlie excess Bitplanes: the Bitplanes beyond those altered by tlie shape.
Bit zero of F.xcessonolf w ill specify an on olf value for the first excess bitplane and so on.The manner in which tlie shape is drawn on to tlie Bitmap may be altered by using the BlitMode command.
Statement: BlitMode Syntax: BlitMode BLTCONO Modes: Amiga Blitz The BlitMode command allows you to specify' just how the Blit command uses the Blitter when drawing shapes to Bitmaps. By default. BlitMode is set to a Cookiemode which draws shapes 'as is'.
However, this mode may lie altered to produce other useful ways of drawing. Here are some of the possible BLTCONO parameters and their effects: BLTCONO Effect CookieMode EraseMode Shapes are drawn ‘as is'.
An area Ihe size and shape of the shape will be 'erased' on the destination bitmap.
InvMode An area the size and shape of the shape will be 'inversed' on Ihe destination bitmap.
The shape will he drawn as a solid area of one colour.
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Imagine is no exception. Tools for the needs of animation are included in every Editor, although the Cycle, Stage and Action Editors are the primary animation areas. At first, animation seems very difficult in Imagine, but with a little practice, virtually any type of motion can be produced.
The main problem is that the animation tools are scattered throughout the program so you have to understand the whole system to some degree before you start animating. This tutorial will lead you through the basic tools ready for more complex animations in later months. In keeping with the tutorial theme of cars , we will crank up one of the ones that came with the Issue 53 Coverdisk - the Camaro - sending it around a closed loop.
1 Start a New Project in your data disk or llardDisk Imagine Projects folder - select the Editor DetailEditor and Object Load the Camaro.new object from the Objects folder on the Coverdisk. Although this object is an excellent ready-made car for our purposes, it has a number of faults that must be put right first. If you have modelled a car of your own based on the tutorial in A 54, use that instead of the Camaro. You will need to resi .e it to match the small version of the Camaro produced here, and rotate the Y and Z axes (see below). You may find it useful to go through the whole tutorial
with the Camaro before substituting your machine later.
2 Pick the central Control Axis in the Front view and select Object Transformation. Click on the Position button in the Transformation Requester and change the X. Y, and 7. Co-ordinates all to 0.00. Press Return for each number and click Perform. This will move the cat to the central coordinate origin. Select Object Transformation again. Click on the Alignment button.
Change the figures to X=(), Y=0, Z=-90 (minus 90). Select Transform Axes Only and Perform. The main Y axis of your car should now be pointing forwards to lie aligned with the motion path later.
3 Click on the Front button to the left of the window. It expands to full screen. Click the front wheel control point to Pick the wheels only.
Select Object Attributes.
In the Attributes Requester you will see that the Eight button is active. The wheels will act as light sources when rendered (many Imagine objects have these unexpected lighting effects.
Click the Light button. The Light requester appears. Click Drop to turn off the light. Click OK in Attributes to return to the front window and click on the next part of the car. Turning that light off in a similar way. All lights must be turned off.
Make tin- front and teat lights Bright by clicking on that htiiion instead.
4 Pick the whole car with the central control point. Select Object Transformation again and click on Si e. Change X. Y, and Z from 32 to K to shrink it. Click Perform. Check that the whole car is Picked (blue purple) and then use Object Save to store it under the name Camaro.sml in the Objects folder inside the project folder for this project.
NIL The Transformation Requester is invaluable for doing this sort of precise size and move work. Alignment. Size and Position tell you what those parameters are and allow you to change them directly. Rotate. Scale and Translate enable you to change the current parameters by a given amount (angle, percentage, distance). Both methods are useful at times when you feel that the Mov, Rot and Sc! On-screen modes are too inaccurate.
5 Leave the car on screen as a measure of scale and use functions Add Closed Rath. This will place a small ellipse over the car at screen-centre.
Pick this with FI and select Mode Edit Path.
The Path will turn black and the control points white. Click on one point. Half the ellipse turns blue and the point red. The Mov and Rot mode buttons on the user strip can now be used to move and rotate the point. Functions Fracture will place a new control point on the curve.
This can also be moved or rotated. Add four or live points to make a path for the car. Select Mode Pick Groups to turn Path Edit mode off.
Make sure that only the Path is picked and Object Save it in your Project Objects folder with the name CarPath.
NB. This is a Spline curve. Each point controls a section of path that must pass through the point smoothly. Each point can be rotated to change ihe curve. Practice modifying the curves to make an interesting path. (Keep the path inside the default un-zoomed. Top View window.)
6 Use Functions Add Ground to add an infinite ground plane. Press FI to Pick the selected ground. In Front view use Mov mode to move the ground down to the base of the wheels.
(You may need to Zoom in to do this accurately.)
Select Object Attributes and click on Colour. Set R=50, G=I40, B=50 pressing Return alter each.
( lick Texture 1. Select the Canto texture from the Textures folder 011 the Coverdisk.
Change Random Seed to a random number and RGB Green 1 to 122 and then press Return.
Click OK in both Requesters. Ensure only Ground is Picked and Save in your project folder.
NB. II you wish to add other objects to the final scene Load and Modify them at this point.
Mountains could be made using a Functions Add Printitive Plane that has been dragged up into peaks with Magnetism. This could be used as a Ground instead of the Primitive Ground. If you feel adventurous the path could be lifted up to go over the bumps by moving one or more points of the Path up in the Front View.
7 Select Project Stage Editor. Object Load the Ground. Camaro.sml and CarPath objects.
Choose Display Camera View. Adjust the camera position to show the whole scene. This depends on the size of Path created. If you kept it within a nonzoomed window, these changes should work, otherwise it’s trial and error!
Project SaveChanges and move lo the Action Editor. Horizontal time bars represent object parameters - initially just coloured blobs for one frame. Click on the Info button then on the Camera Size bar (purple) and change the Y size from 640 to 320 - press Return. This makes the lense angle wider, showing more of the action.
Click the Position bar (green) and change X=I80. Y=-360 and Z=60. I bis moves the camera down and back. Click the alignment bar (blue) and set X=-12 (minus 12) to tilt the camera up a little. Project SaveChanges. Check the setup in the Stage Editor by moving the car to various path positions in the top view. (The camera is the double circle with line showing lense direction.)
8 Select Project ActionEditor. Change Highest Frame to 20. Use Rename to change Door to Camaro. And Path to Carpath to avoid confusion.
Click the red Actor bar for the Car and change the final frame to 20. Repeat this action for the Carpath and the Ground. Use the Delete button to remove the Align (blue) and Position (green) bars of the (air and then the Add button to add new bars, clicking at the first and last frame positions.
When you add the position bar a small requester asks you to Specify Type - choose Follow Path so the car will follow the path exactly. A second requester prompts for path name, acceleration and speed. Give only the pathname for now. Adding the Alignment bar you are prompted again for type. Choose Align To Path so the car will point along the path, turning at bends.
9 Click the Add button then click in the frame 1 and 20 positions of the timeline, level with the Actor bar. Select Light Source. In the next requester click on Cast Shadows and OK.
Now lets Animate! Return to the Stage editor.
You will be prompted for a frame number - press Return to accept the default 1 for now.
Animate Make creates a wireframe test.
Animate Play Loop plays it.
Obviously with such a complex path 20 frames is pathetically small. If you have a limited system, make the path simpler, otherwise use more frames.
(Change Highest Frame and Final Frame Number on each time bar.)
In this preview, the first and last frames are the same, glitching the animation. The way round this are too complex to describe now. Once you have tweaked the scene and camera it's time 10 render.
Move to the Project Editor. Click 011 New Button for a new rendering sub-project.
Name it ScanLoResI. In the rendering requester select Scanline render. 320x256 resolution. II.BM- 24 file format, HAM Amiga mode, and Imagine Anim format to view the test anim easily (Imagine makes a pig’s ear of making normal Anims. So make your proper Anim using the 24-bit frames in another program such as Dpaint Ivor ADPro.
Try a test render by clicking 011 a frame number and then on Generate. If it looks good, click 011 the Final Frame then on Range, press Return and all the frames except the last (the buggy glitch frame) are selected. Click on Generate and go away. On your return - assuming the render is finished - click on Make and accept its demands but say No to Erase Files for now.
Finally. Load the anim and play it. If that looks good try a new render sub-project with Trace selected to give you a ray-trace showing shadows.
You will have to use a small screen - maybe 320x256 or less and even then it will take something approaching the life of this Government (assuming it is alive) to complete. It should look brilliant though* .
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I have spotted an Amiga in a film. The film is Win Hc's World 2, and Garth, the blond-haired one, is using it with a Video Toaster, although I'm not sure what he is trying to do. The film isn't out here in Britain yet (II will be by Ihe lime you rend this - Ed). So unless one of your staff has seen it in America, you won't be able to confirm it.
Owen Rolfe-Herbert, Newhaven Oh i cs, tee con confirm it, even though we haven 'I seen Ihe film ol Ihe lime of writing.
Incidentally, I went on holiday to New York just before Christmas, and Wayne’s World 2 teas opening in Ihe cinemas over there on 10th Dec. I left on 7th Dec, so I teas greatly disappointed, because I am a big fan of the first movie.
It would seem that Wayne and Garth use the Video Toaster lo produce their public access TV slime. But even more interestingly, Dana Conwy's tGarth's) brother was part of the team who developed the Toaster.
So Dana teas giving his brother's handiwork a bit of a free plug. Have a T-Shirt.
COMM ON EVERYBODY Why not more about comms?
Alige And why not ? Turn now to page 31, and see the start of our regular comms coverage.
And as you read this, the Amiga Format BBS Spong, is in Ihe final stages of testing.
It will be up and running before the next issue of Amiga Format hits the streets.
Richard Baguley is responsible for introducing Amiga Format to the wonderful uvrld of comms, and it's difficult now to imagine how we ever managed without being connected to the rest of the world.
By the way, nice card Nigel We would reproduce the excellent picture of an Ankylosaurus if copyright didn't prevent us from doing so.
MERCHANDISE 'EM Last weekend I went to the new Comet superstore in Exeter, and like most of us when we go into such shops, I had my usual walk around the part where the home computers are on display.
Imagine my surprise when I saw a CD3- locked in a glass case, linked to a 1084S monitor displaying all its glorious shades of black and white. I enquired, and a young lad told me they were monochrome models of both the CD and 1084S. After containing my laughter none too well, I proceeded to show their resident expert where the colour control on the monitor was. While he blushed, I discovered that this model did not work, and could only display in black and white. "I bet you’re not selling many of these," I said. "None,'’ he replied.
Imagine my horror that when I went in a week later, that same machine was still displaying in monochrome, while the Japanese consoles had a blonde in showing her wares to the kids, and more importantly the dads.
When we talk of the superior features of our machine, we are preaching to the converted. It s the staff of the box shifters we should really be giving the hard sell to. People like this are responsible for a huge number of sales, but it should be so many more.
Get a team of Commodore sales people to teach them when the "Closed for staff training" sign goes up. It’s got to be a cost-effective way of making sure that the sales staff know what they are talking about.
Martin Heskins, Exmouth How we agree. There has been a huge response to the CD3’ from Amiga Format readers, but most are waiting to get a CD add-on for their A1200. The majority of CD3- sales will not be to established Amiga owners, instead they will be to the 'must have' kids who want the latest and Ihe greatest in home computers. It is for this reason that initial reports indicate that the CD3- is shifting tar quicker through the High Street multiples Itandy, Rumbelows, Comet and so on) than it is through specialist dealers.
So, it really would be better if Commodore could implement a national merchandising scheme. Because the people who are selling the most CD3-s are the reap e who know least about them, all too often they are sitting there unloved while the lap consoles are effectively merchandised.
Sadly, as we all know. Commodore aren t in the financial position to do ei’ery- thing they want to at present. But CD -s are selling well despite this, so maybe next year you II see than being sold properly.
Until them, Commodore should make sure all CD!-s are shipped with a demo disk.
So if a shop does get around to actually turning on the machine, there would be something visually impressive for prospective purchasers to see.
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.
If you need your artwork printed out, give Max Graphics a call on 0222 S22332, or write to them at 168 North Rd, Cardiff, CF4 3BJ.
They offer a full range of Amiga output services, including their Colossal Colour system which can print images right up to poster size. Reflection of innocence by Paul Horton of Birmingham.
It's easy saying that playability is the most important thing in a game, but how do you make a game playable? Well that's where I come in. After studying the good the bad and the ugly games I've compiled a list of golden rules that all software houses must follow!
• Practice using different graphics techniques because having
some kind of new graphical technique in a game is always
refreshing to see. And can help break the monotony of the game.
Yes, I know it hasn't got a lot to do with playability, but I put it in anyway.
• Make sure that the game is not the same all the way through,
because if it is, this makes the game boring and feels as if
you are not getting anywhere.
Change the backgrounds, the sprites, anything!
• Make sure the game has a good difficulty curve. Making the game
hard all the way through might boost its lasting appeal, but
no- one will play it because they can't get anywhere.
• Try to include a two-player option. Nearly all two-player games
are twice as popular and twice the fun.
• Include a two-button option.
Pressing a button to jump in a platform game is a lot easier than having to push the joystick at some awkward angle.
• Collision detection. A game with rubbish collision detection is
almost impossible to play - so get it right!
• With the new A1200 we are experiencing some problems.
With games such as ZooI and Oscar. The backgrounds are now so detailed and complex that we can no longer see the enemy sprites, or we don't know what to pick up. So make sure that enemy sprites stand out, especially enemy bullets.
And that's it! I hope you agree with me. Because I think there is something desperately wrong with most Amiga games. If you look at Zoo and Oscar (AGA) you'll see that they break a couple of the above rules. But if you look at the very playable and popular Mario and Sonic, you'll see that they don't break a rule in the book.
I hope that this helps at least one software house for there (sic) own sake - just use the above rules as a guideline.
Chris Pett, Gwynedd Cheers for that!
I am sure that the large software houses can now sleep safely in their (for that is how you spell it!) Beds, safe in the knowledge that tomorrow they can create great games, just by following your rules.
Seriously though, some of your points are quite accurate.
But it is unlikely that, merely by following your rules, a company could imbue their new release with that elusive quality of playability. There are many games that abide by your rules, but are still abysmal. And there are some.
Skidmarks for instance, which break about nine of your eight rules, and still have more playability than Mario the Hedgehog.
Playability, as any games journo will tell you, is the key factor in making a good game into a great one. But no-one knows what defines playability.
There are a number of other things we would like to add to your list like second (and hard) drive support, better level design, saved high score tables, and modem links.
What do you think are the vital elements of a great game?
AUTOSUGGESTION During 3D Week, Tomorrow's World showed a demo of an Autostereogram: a 3D picture which you don’t need special 3D glasses to see. Naturally, it was generated on a computer. There was also an animated version. I must admit that I only saw swirling dots, but I have since acquired a decipherable image.
GOOD GAME, GOOD GAME A friend of mine claims that Autostereograms (good word, innit?)
Can be generated on the Amiga. How about an article on this fascinating subject, or better still a Coverdisk with the program on it? I would love to be able to generate these images myself, but don't know where to start.
Art McKendrick, Edinburgh I thought Aulostereograms were old music centre players that could change disc until I tried Smirnoff. Then someone showed me one of Those Pictures.
I spent weeks, nap months, staring at them, hut I couldn 7 sec am thing. I was convinced tiny were part a global conspiracy to make me look stupid. Then one day, in that shop in Soho where they sell old movie posters and stuff, I saw Ihe light. They are amazing, it's true. And you can Iwe bclievel create them using the Amiga. Someone sent us the program, and we were dead keen to use it on Ihe Coverdisk. But when we tried
H. it kepi crashing.
HOW MANY?
Readers may have a little difficulty reading the page (left), but those with keen eyes will see that it is a vicious parody at our expense. And a good one too.
What Richie Brown, the author of this tabloid sleazesheet is referring to is the amount of copies I accidentally implied Amiga Format is selling. In the Christmas issue, while making a friendly jibe al PC Formal magazine (now edited byexCU Amiga editor, Dan Slingsby), I said they sold 73,000,000 copies, rather than Ihe more accurate 73fl00.
As Richie points out, if we were, as I claimed, selling tivice that many, but only declaring sales of 140,000,1 would be pocketing absolutely vast amounts of cash. Sadly, we're not, and I'm not.
So if there's anyone out there who is expert in Autoslereoscopytograpliism, (or whatever it's called) give us a call. And whoever sent us Ihe program, thanks, but can you send a version that works please?
CD CONCEPTS I've got an idea or two for Commodore.
How about an A1200 CD-ROM drive that's the same width as the machine, creating an A4000-style base (but reduced in height). Include in this a spare floppy syquest drive bay and a duplicate edge connector to allow those of use who have trapdoor expansion slots to still use them.
Second idea: Add another model to the Amiga family. The CDMM, with a look similar to the CDTV that wouldn't look out of place in a home AV sef-up.
This unit should come with integral FMV module.
What are your thoughts?
Gary Williams, Kent We think both units you suggest are serious possibilities.
The proposed CO'2 drive for the A1200 is currently the subject of much concentration al Connnotlore. We believe that such a unit is vital to the future of the Amiga. But at present, Commodore are unable to rcival what form, and what specification such a unit will possess.
Dalek by Ian PC PUSS Call me picky (OK, you 're picky - Ed) but for an Amiga-dedicated magazine, and I'm assuming you are, please explain your treacherous behaviour in using Pcs in the office when Commodore produce such fine machines.
Correct me if i'm wrong, but in your Christmas issue, the photographs of Sue White, Richard Jones and probably all the others show them using Amigas only as a second machine, if at all. How do you plead?
Will Taylor, Waterlooville Wr plead guilty. Put as you invited me to correct you if you are wrong... you are!
Sue and Richard were using Apple Macintosh computers. We would not have a PC in the Amiga Format offices. The Mac is Sue’s, and Richard's only machine, because their jobs do not require them to touch an Amiga. OK, they do venture into the test room now and then for a game of Sensible Soccer or Micro Machines. But apart from that, they use Macs. We have never made a secret of this fact. In fact, in our 1993 annual, we did a large feature explaining what machines we use, and why.
Things have changed a good hit since then, and we use more Amigas for more things these days. We are Amiga enthusiasts, we have Amigas at home. But for desktop publishing, we have lo remain compatible with the rest of the com my. There is still not an Amiga program to rival Quark Xpress, Iml PageStream 3 is out soon!
COPY DF DOAH!
I've just got a new Amiga 1200 Desktop Dynamite pack. On my first attempt at backing up a disk 1 accidentally wiped it! And it was the most important one, Workbench 3.0 itself. I would be very- grateful if you could tell me of any way to get a copy of it back on to the master disk (without having to buy the disk again!!. For instance is there an address that 1 could send the master disk to? I'm hoping desperately that you can help.
Ben Griffiths, Hexham It is very important, when backing up a disk, that you remember lo write protect the source disk. You do this by moving the little tab at the corner of the disk so that you can see through the hole. If you do this, there is absolutely no way you can accidentally erase your disk.
But the horse has already boiled. The best thing for you to do in this instance is send your disk, with a letter explaining what has happened, to: Customer Support Commodore UK Ltd Commodore House The Switchback Gardener Road Maidenhead Berks SL6 7XA They will happily replace your disk.
PRICY I was wondering why Commodore aren t really trying 4° make the Amiga more competitive. Its real threat besides the consoles are the PC clones and Macs.
They could cut the price of the A4000 030 so it could beat the hell out of the Pcs, or Commodore could add some extra goodies such as a video digitiser, a genlock and a CD-ROM drive, et voila! A multimedia workstation to compete with the Mac Quadra.
What do you think.
James Mifsud, Gzira, Malta The consoles no longer pose the threat they once did lo the Amiga. Now we have CD all Ihe consoles can boasl is more games (but for how long?) And bigger advertising budgets. As for putting together a multimedia machine, it’s an appealing idea, but it could also put off some people. If the digitiser or genlock included in the package didn't have the specification they required. II is far belter lo lei people mix and match as they please.
There is no doubt though, that Ihe price of Pcs and Macs are very compel Hive when compared to the Amiga 4000s. We believe il is vital that the Amiga competes on price with these machines. Commodore often point out that Macs and Pcs have been forced into a downward price spiral, while Ihe Amiga has managed lo retain its pricepoint. This is true, hut one side effect of the PC Mac price urn has been that customers can now get a 25Mhz 68030-based machine with 4Mb of RAM and an 80Mb hard drive for about £870. And this includes a 14-inch, high res colour monitor. A similar specification A4000 can
be found in Ihe pages of Amiga Format for £1168 - £300 more!
II is a fad that Amiga software is much cheaper than Mac and PC equivalents. But it is only a matter of time until old versions Continued overleaf 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.
GET COMPETITIVE!
I have been an avid devotee of the Commodore Amiga for many years, but now I am a very worried man. The reason for my concern is the huge financial power which Sega and Nintendo have gained over recent years because of their encroachment into the market position of the Amiga.
Commodore, with their recent console-inspired advertising campaign for the CD32, seem to have overlooked the most basic principles of marketing strategy. I feel strongly that Commodore must reassess their competitive focus.
At present they cannot hope to survive headlong competition with the Japanese console giants even though their product (CD32) is vastly superior.
We have seen photographs in your eminent publication of Messrs Pleasance and Eggebrecht. But not of the Commodore marketing director. Does such a person exist at Commodore?
Samuel Deluca Firstly, thank you for your loyalty and don't worry too much about anything - life is far too short for that. In the very latest survey (up until the end of October 1993) Commodore have increased their market share of the home computer market in the UK to a very dominant 94 per cent!
The release of the Amiga CD32 into the realms of the console market has already, in only two months, had a major impact, particularly on Sega's Mega CD.
I must assume from your comments about our latest advertising campaign, that you are somebody who is qualified in these matters, and speaking on behalf of our advertising agency and our two PR companies, I can only suggest you make better contact with us to offer your suggestions as to how to do things better. We are not too proud to take good advice.
Finally, you may or may not be aware that I share in the responsibility for running Commodore UK as Joint Managing Director - Sales and Marketing. However, I do have a marketing team, headed up by Dawn Levack, who is national marketing manager and Jonathan Anderson, who handles product marketing. Decisions relating to marketing strategy are discussed and agreed as a team.
Ultimately, the plans for Commodore's future marketing strategy lie firmly with me. I do not however, believe that this medium is the right vehicle with which to announce my strategy for the future, I might as well send all the details express post to each of my competitors'.
On the serious side, I will be announcing shortly an exciting new concept for the professional and multimedia sides of our business. Watch this space.
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Of Mac PC software that are just as gooil as their more up-to-date Amiga equivalents start lo be competitive. The A4II00 needs to come dote n in price if it is etvr to be more than an enthusiasts machine.
99% IS... Me and my friends have a 9-1 bet that says you definitely won't print this letter. I'm sorry, sometimes the truth upsets people.
Charlie Peterson, Stevenage You just lost your bet Charlie. We did publish your letter, sorry, but tee had to edit out all the crap bits.
TO BOLDLY CO I read with interest on the letters page of the December issue of Amiga Format that you are big fans of Star Trek. Please could you consider inserting a small advert to inform people of Stage 8 a Next Generation fan club.
Membership is £5.00 per year, and for this you get four newsletters with up-to-date information about your favourite programme. Send an SAE to Stage 8 c o Sue Bunce, 11 Charingworth Road, Oakwood, Derby. DE21 2QD.
Sue Bunce, Membership Sec, Stage 8 Sorry Sue. But adverts in Amiga Format aren T free. In fact they are really quite expensive, when compared with say, a Twix or a Yorkie bar. But then, how else can you reach 1511,1100 plus dedicated Amiga users.
We definitely can T offer you a free advert for your Star Trek - Next Generation fan club, called Stage 8. Nor can we suggest that any of our readers who happen In be Next Generation fans send you a stamped addressed envelope to 11 Charingworth Road, Oakwood, Derby, DE2I 2QD for more details. Sorry.
CALLING COLIN My name is Colin Campbell and I am a fifth year pupil at Killmining Academy.
I am currently doing a project in higher computing and the movie industry. 1 would be very grateful if you could please send me some information on the different kinds of hardware and software used with he Amiga to create special effects.
Colin Campbell, Dairy Don T think that false address and scrawly handwriting fool us fora second. You’re really Colin Campbell, publisher of Amiga Power, and you are trying to get some technical information for a feature. You could have just come down to our office and asked you know!
Anyway, if you want to read about the special effects in Babylon 5, get a copy of Amiga Format 49. If you want to read about SeaQuest, issue 54 has a report. And since both these shows, and some of the preliminary work for Jurassic Park, were created using the NewTek Video Toaster, getting out your copy 52 of Amiga Format willi our huge 10-page Toaster feature would be a good idea. If you are missing any of these• issues, turn now to page 140 of this issue and find out how to get them from our back issues department.
TO BETA OR NOT TO BETA I am unashamed to confess that 1 am one of those proud Amiga owners who battle it out through sleepless nights to finish that one final screen which always seems that bit too hard.
My hunger is insatiable. I’ve finished Alien Breed Special Edition and Alien Breed 2 in one week and Flashbiick in two weeks. I have even managed to fight my way through hundreds of missions in Wings and finish it. Has anyone ever finished Wings?
But, alas, the world being the unfair and unforgiving place it is, 1 do not have Ihe unlimited funds required to keep up my nocturnal activities to satisfaction.
Because I am a firm believer in the wrongness of piracy, 1 thought I could lend my talents to those marvellous institutions, the software houses, as a beta tester. But 1 don't have a clue where to start. If I can't keep up my pseudo profession, my only option will be to spend the nights... lat this point the author lapses into graphic descriptions of acts far viler than software piracy, none of which he has any intention of ever actually carrying out - Ed) Please for the good of society as a whole, point me in Ihe right direction to find my very own Yellow Brick Road.
Carlo Contaldi, London Thanks for that Carlo, we have forwarded your address to the Metropolitan Police Dangerous Loonies Squad for their files.
Your idea of becoming a Beta tester is a goal one, and one which many other people have had, so competition is high, but the wages are not. But it does provide a way of playing games for most of your waking hours. The obvious course of action is lo wage a concerted campaign of applications to the major software houses. Their addresses are in the adverts in Amiga Format.
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PC881 A500 Internal Drive .£40 PC882 A2000 Internal Drive ......£40 XL Drive The XL Drive can be used with any Amiga Computer, and allows you to store a massive 1.76MB on a high density floppy diskette. The drive can also act as a standard 880K drive and can read and write disks written on an A4000 internal high density drive. XL Drive requires Kickstart 2 or above.
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