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Turn your Amiga into a synthesizer. OctaMED gives you full control over the Amiga's sound chips to stunning effect! Become the owner of a giant motor corporation. With Detroit you can design your own car and sell it worldwide! BEFORE YOU START OctaMED 5.0 is an autobooting disk so you don’t need to load Workbench first. After a few seconds disk access, the Workbench installed on the OctaMED 5.0 disk appears. Now move the mouse pointer up to the OctaMED disk icon and double-click on it to display the contents of the disk. A large icon in the shape of a MIDI keyboard labelled 'OctaMED.VS’ appears - double-click on this and OctaMED 5.0 loads. On the disk is a file called 'OctaMED.guide'. This is an AmigaGuidt document file which can be viewed by double-clicking on its icon on the Workbench when you boot up OctaMED. Note that this file cannot be viewed from inside OctaMED. Our Coverdisk is so full that this file had to be compressed using AowerPadter - so it can't be displayed using an AmigaGuide utility other than the one on the Coverdisk. When you load OctaMED. Pressing the Amiga's keys has no effect so you must first load a tune into OctaMED. We've included a tune called 'fairlight.MOD' to give you a taste of what OctaMED can do. It also contains a number of sampled instruments to use in your own musical creations. To load this tune, select ¦Open...' from the OctaMED Project pull-down menu and then select 'Fairlightmod' which can be found in a drawer labelled 'mod' on the Coverdisk. Once it's loaded, dick on the 'May Song’ gadget to hear the tune in all its glory. OCTAMED PRO 5.© Put your musical talents to work with the definitive tracker clone, OctaMED Pro 5.0. Jason Holborn takes you through this brilliant music program. Have you ever wished you loo could write die same type of catchy foot- lapping tunes ;is 2 Unlimited or even Take That? If so. Then you're a very, very sad person indeed. Unfortunately, however. OctaMED 5.0 doesn't have built-in quality control, so you can use this month's fantastic music composer to write anything from a mindless 2 Unlimited techno stomper to a mellow (lien Campbell number. Whatever your taste in music. OctaMED 5.0can handle it. OctaMED 5.0 is the latest and greatest version of Teijo Kinnunen s brilliant MED (Music Editor) utility, a program that transforms your Amiga into a fully-fledged music Workstation capable of recording, editing and replaying musical tracks using either external MIDI instruments, the Amiga’s own sound capabilities or a combination of both.

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Could we see a CD-based 1200 before Christmas?
Amiga Format has the answers over on page 21.
Commodore: latest info Details of a management take-over and a new CD-based 1200!
News p22 The FES looms large - plus some smart Amiga deals.
MAIN FEATURE Zappo CD-ROM Drive Have Zappo beaten Commodore in the race to deliver the drive that can turn your A1200 into a CD32?
Insight Dinosaur CD Monstrously good educational CD from Optonica.
Brilliance 2 Is this new version a stroke of genius?
Retina Z3 In-depth review of the Zorro version of this 24-bit graphics card.
SX-1 i-TV p26 The future of television is interactive - soon you'll be able to do your shopping, choose your soap plot, and play video games from your television set. But how does it all work, and what part does the Amiga have to play in the i-TV revolution?
Amiga Format tells all... MicroBotics' fantastic add-on to change a CD32 into an A1200.
Maxon Is this just a screen blanker or does it promise much more?
HiSoft Basic M2 The programming language we've been waiting six years for.
Blizzard A1230 II Could this be the fastest ever accelerator for the A1200?
Prediction programs We call the odds on the Oracle racing prediction program and the Soccer Expert Pools planner.
PLAY Page 41 Amiga Format's game of the bpflionth: Core's m&tashee - p62 m *** las ~Z ' mjtf* iLniHra Coming Attractions 42 Charts 47 Empire Soccer 50 Kick Off 3 54 King's Quest VI 58 Banshee 62 Benefactor 66 Bump 'n' Bum 69 V- Bump 'n' Burn (left) promises some very wacky races, while the legend of Kick Off continues with Kick Off 3 (above).
Burntime 71 CD32 Games 75 Re-releases 79 GameBusters 83 Helping Hand 86 CD-ROM p94 Indi Direct's Zappo drive takes star billing this month. Is it the answer to every A1200's dreams? Or is there a cloud in its silver lining?
AF takes it for a spin... COVER DISK 1: OCTAMED p10 Version 5 of OctaMED promises all manner of ways to make MIDI and Amiga music. If you've got rhythm, here's the music. Who could ask for anything more?
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TUTORIALS ProVector Combining text and graphics to make logos.
Paint Tutorial Image Processing in Ppaint, Dpaint, AdPro and Brilliance.
Music-X How to use internal Amiga samples.
Blitz Basic 2 The next step in creating the BlitzOut game.
J| More people read Amiga Format than any other Amiga FORMAT magazine on the planet!
Welcome to Amiga Format. By choosing this magazine you have just made a very wise decision: this is the world's most popular Amiga magazine. And that means more Amiga users know us, trust us and choose to read us than anyone else.
Why? Because Amiga Formats readers know they can trust our judgment and buying recommendations. Because we thoroughly test products, for one thing, and because we're not afraid to tell the truth.
No matter how harsh it may be.
The proof? Commodore itself regularly chooses Amiga Format to prepare special editions of the magazine to be bundled with its machines. And surveys have consistently shown that retailers trust Amiga Formats reviews above any other magazine.
So you know you can read Amiga Format with confidence. Welcome to the world's biggest community of Amiga users!
Steve Jarratt, Editor Comms The super-new, super-fast super modems.
REGULARS Month In View 6 Jeff Walker Column 21 Subscriptions 36 Public Domain 125 Back Issues 133 Mail Order 136 Workbench 139 Letters 159 Gallery 162 Next Month 168 Advertisers' Index 170 COVER DISK 2: DETRIOT p14 DETROIT DISK 62B Can you design a car and build a successful motor empire in just 12 months? Find out in our exclusive demo of Detroit.
Works with all 1Mb Amiga* It is the early days of the automobile industry. But do you have what it takes to design, test and sell your cars worldwide?
Find out in this sprawling demo of Impressions' great new game.
Luary February March April May JuneJ AUGUST 1994 j l“l 1 uiure PUBLISHING • 5 This monlh sees a glimmer of light at the end of Commodore's darkened tunnel.
As I write this, it looks very much like the solution to Commodore's problems will arrive in the form of a management buy-out.
We have the full, exclusive story on page 20.
Hut whatever Dave Plcasance and buddies are going to do. They'd better do it fast. As this issue goes to press it has already been two months since Commodore voluntarily went into li |uidalion; by the time you read this, it will be three.
AUGUST 1 994 MONTH IN VIEW This Month Another new moon, another edition of Amiga Format 'has left the building'. Steve Jarratt ponders on the events of the last 720 hours... Every passing day of inactivity means one more store that has run out of A1200s (we've just heard that Dixons have no Amigas left in stock) and decided to fill that shelf with Pcs instead... Another potential gamer who leaves a shop with a Mega Drive instead of a CD:W... And another third parly peripheral manufacturer who decides that maybe this market just isn't worth hanging on to.
In another couple of months Panasonic will be launching its 3DO player in the UK. Which, as a 32-bit CD-based games machine, will be in direct competition with CD1-. 3DO should be no real threat to Commodore's machine, hut if CD:i-*s aren't being manufactured, and dealers have lots of shiny, new machines in their stores, it doesn’t lake a genius to figure which system will gel the most shelf space.
Similarly. Power Pcs are being pushed big- time with ads in the naliimal press and on TV. The Amiga's going to have a tough time «» m combating this sort of high . .* . .»r power marketing.
I. ••aPft %L .. and the fact that there aren't any Amigas around
doesn't help things one bit.
However, there is one market which the Amiga could make all of its own: interactive TV. PC technology can’t hack it. Apple Macs are too expensive. Consoles are underspecced. No other machine has the necessary clout: the Amiga makes the ideal interactive TV terminal or ‘set-top box*.
The promise of interactive TV is both appealing and dangerous, l-et's face it. Anything that encourages people to sit in front of the gogglebox more than they do already can't be good. But the lure of having all that information on lap is massive. Imagine being able to choose what film to watch; or being able to do the bulk of your shopping from your front room; or even being able In interact with a TV game show... And when the system really kicks into gear, the possibilities are limitless. Almost anything can be compressed anil sent down the fibre optic network
- text, pictures, sound. MPEG video, game code, you name it. And
the two-way nature of the information superhighway means that
you can interact with all this data. Later on you'll be able to
access all manner of services, tapping into Internet,
downloading the latest on-line version of Amiga Formal with
interactive reviews... John Kennedy describes what could be the
biggest communications revolution since the telephone - and
just how the Amiga is involved, over on page 26.
Just as interactive, but a darn sight sooner is fill’ Future Faiterlaiument Show. After last vear's consolcfest. This year's event is aimed directly at . Computer owners - specifically Amiga owners.
M I've been given the task of organising the Amiga . • t|,ca re.
Where Amiga Formal. Amiga Sihi i mt and Amiga Power will be providing a whole host of presentations, discussions and talks 011 various Amiga-related topics.
We're not short on ideas, but I'd like some feedback from you to find out exactly w hat you'd like to see. Anil who you'd like to put on the spot.
Kacli talk lasts about 45 minutes and can be on any subject (within reason). So what do you fancy? CD- ROM? Amiga art? Music? Programming? Q and A sessions? Please, wiite to me at: Amiga Theatre.
Aaiiga Formal. 50 Monmouth Street. Bath. Avon BA I 2BW. That way we can make sure vott'll enjov the show as much as possible.
Check out the news pages for the latest 011 the FES and The National Games Championship.
On a sadder note, this month saw the passing of Jay Miner. The man who was widelv regarded as the Father of the Amiga died on June 20 at the El Camino hospital in Mountain View, California. He bail suffered all Itis life from kidney problems and it was this that finally caused his demise.
Jay first entered the world of silicon when he helped design the Atari VCS. Lie was then instrumental in setting up Hi-Torro. The company which designed the original Amiga chipset, before Commodore stepped in anil bought them out under Atari's nose. Jay later moved back to Atari anil designed the Lynx - a superb machine that the ailing company failed to do anything with.
Jay Miner always remained a fervent supporter of the Amiga and Amiga users. During an E-mail discussion, one fan narrates how Jay spoke at a user's group, even though his kidney problem bail flared up badly. I le then flew home to be met at the airport by an ambulance which rushed him to hospital for emergency surgery. There are few people who w ould have done the same.
It's difficult to ignore the irony that Jay Miner should die at a time when the fate of his machine also lies in the balance.
Let's hope that bis creation
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OctaMED gives you full control over the Amiga's sound chips to stunning effect!
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BEFORE YOU START OctaMED 5.0 is an autobooting disk so you don’t need to load Workbench first. After a few seconds disk access, the Workbench installed on the OctaMED 5.0 disk appears. Now move the mouse pointer up to the OctaMED disk icon and double-click on it to display the contents of the disk. A large icon in the shape of a MIDI keyboard labelled 'OctaMED.VS’ appears - double-click on this and OctaMED 5.0 loads.
On the disk is a file called 'OctaMED.guide'. This is an AmigaGuidt document file which can be viewed by double-clicking on its icon on the Workbench when you boot up OctaMED. Note that this file cannot be viewed from inside OctaMED. Our Coverdisk is so full that this file had to be compressed using AowerPadter - so it can't be displayed using an AmigaGuide utility other than the one on the Coverdisk.
When you load OctaMED. Pressing the Amiga's keys has no effect so you must first load a tune into OctaMED. We've included a tune called 'fairlight.MOD' to give you a taste of what OctaMED can do. It also contains a number of sampled instruments to use in your own musical creations. To load this tune, select ¦Open...' from the OctaMED Project pull-down menu and then select 'Fairlightmod' which can be found in a drawer labelled 'mod' on the Coverdisk. Once it's loaded, dick on the 'May Song’ gadget to hear the tune in all its glory.
OCTAMED PRO 5.© Put your musical talents to work with the definitive tracker clone, OctaMED Pro 5.0. Jason Holborn takes you through this brilliant music program.
Have you ever wished you loo could write die same type of catchy foot- lapping tunes ;is 2 Unlimited or even Take That? If so. Then you're a very, very sad person indeed. Unfortunately, however.
OctaMED 5.0 doesn't have built-in quality control, so you can use this month's fantastic music composer to write anything from a mindless 2 Unlimited techno stomper to a mellow (lien Campbell number. Whatever your taste in music.
OctaMED 5.0can handle it.
OctaMED 5.0 is the latest and greatest version of Teijo Kinnunen s brilliant MED (Music Editor) utility, a program that transforms your Amiga into a fully-fledged music Workstation capable of recording, editing and replaying musical tracks using either external MIDI instruments, the Amiga’s own sound capabilities or a combination of both. What really sets OctaMED 5.0 apart, however, is the number of sound channels it offers. As its name suggests. OctaMEl) 5.0 isn't just restricted to the four channels tlrat other tracker BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is very simple. Just
follow the stages below: Double-click on this to go into the Shell itself.
Blocks (also known as patterns). A block is a short section of music that forms the building block of an OctaMED 5.0 tune. The great thing about this approach is that the same block can be used over and over again - you could, for example, have the chorus of a song delined as a block and then play it several times within a track without having to enter the same music data over and over again.
Each block is made tip of between four or eight tracks, each of which holds all the music data for a particular sound channel. Each track contains all the note data for one channel of music in the form of a list of notes which are placed into a grid of 64 possible note positions.
And remember that AE Coverdisks are interactive: we want to hear your compositions - if they're good enough, they just might find their way on to a future Coverdisk. Similarly, if vou have hints 'n' tips on making better music, let us know!
Continued overleaf What's more, they positively encourage it - not only does it help them to test the board (setting up a BBS is a big job!), but you'll also have full access to over 700Mb of OctaMED utilities, music modules and samples which can be downloaded for the price of a telephone call. Call the OctaMED BBS on 0703 703446 (24 hours). It supports speeds from 1200 to 14.4k HST(DS) Each month, Amiga Format scours the world for the very best in serious utilities and games demos.
That's why AF Coverdisks are consistently better than the competition - you can depend on it.
Clones offer. Far from ii. OctaMED gives von an amazing eight channels of scintillating stereo sound on any Amiga.
OctaMED 5.0 can play back music using four different types of instrument - Amiga samples, external MIDI, synthetic or hybrid sounds (a combination of samples and synthetic sounds).
Amiga samples are perhaps the most accessible of these three types of instrument as just about any sound sample can be loaded into OctaMED 5.0 and used as an instrument - you can even sample your granny gurgling her tea and then use it for the bassline of a rave track - if you're lucky enough to own a sampling cartridge (check out our mail order offers on page 136 if you haven't got one).
OctaMED is slightly different to conventional music programs as it works more like a drum machine than a program like EA's Deluxe Music.
Instead of building up your tunes by placing notes on to a stave, OctaMED tunes are built up from OCTAMED ONLINE!
If you're lucky enough to own a modem then why not give RBF Software's new OctaMED Bulletin Board System a ring. Although the board is still in beta test' stage (the official opening is on October 2), RBF Software will still welcome any OctaMED users who care to give the board a ring.
DISK NOT WORKING?
We produce a whole truck load of disks every month, so you can imagine that a few will turn out to be bad. Sad. But true. So if you are the unfortunate parent of a problem disk, send it back, including a stamped addressed envelope for a free replacement disk to: Amiga Format (insert the name of the disk) Coverdisk, Discopy Labs Ltd, TO Box 21.
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4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the destination disk. Insert the disk you want to copy to and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
3 When asked for the source disk, insert the Coverdisk and press Return. All of the information on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, as it copies in chunks. Finally, type Enddi to close down the Shell. Your copy is complete.
2 Type in the following line exactly as it appears here, taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: dft: to.dtd: tJ'Sirt* ”i” " Iboot up with your Workbench disk, and find the icon called Shell, which should be in your system drawer.
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Two types of playing function are offered - Song and Block. Clicking on the Play Song gadget plays the current song from the beginning, irrespective of whether the current block is the first to be played. Clicking on Cont Song, on the other hand, restarts the playing of a song from where it was last stopped. The two block functions, play only the current block over and over again.
Now you know what OctaMED 5.0 is al about, here's how to get in tune.
TRACK SELECTION Running along the top of the four-track displays are the track selection gadgets which allow you to turn tracks on and off so that they are either played or muted. By default all tracks are turned on (blue) but any track can be muted by clicking on the appropriate track selecter which turns grey. Clicking on the same selecter again turns the track back on.
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constructed from blocks which are strung together using the
OctaMED song editor. The song editor is accessed from the main
OctaMED screen using four gadgets labelled Sg, Sc Sq and B
(short for Song Selector, Section Editor, Playing Sequence and
Block Editor). Clicking on Song Selector allows you to select
which song you wish to work on if more than one is loaded into
memory.
Botton The most important of these gadgets is the Sq gadget which brings up the Playing Sequence. When you click on it, a window appears containing a list of all the song positions which form the backbone of your song. If you haven't loaded a song into memory, this requester contains one entry - DC Nan* £ 001 000 - which is the default song position. The Insert gadget adds extra song positions which can be assigned to play other blocks which you may have defined.
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EDIT CONTROLS These three gadgets control how and when music data is entered into the track displays. Clicking on the Edit gadget turns music editing on, allowing you to enter music data by simply pressing the Amiga's keys. The Space gadget turns on OctaMED's spacing function that automatically inserts a blank note position between each note that you enter into OctaMED. This feature is handy when entering rhythms.
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Params gadget brings up a window containing a whole range of
functions which give you extensive control over how the current
instrument is played.
Clicking on the Loop On gadget for example, forces OctaMED to play the sample continuously if loop points have been defined in the OctaMED sample editor.
The Transpose function comes in handy if you need to tune your samples. Directly right of the gadget labelled Transpose is a proportional gadget with a handle which, by default will be in the centre of it To the right of this is a number which, if the sample has not already been transposed, is set to zero. If you drag the proportional gadget's handle (the little black bar inside it) left or right and then press any key on the Amiga's keyboard, you should hear the sample played back at a different pitch.
ADJUSTING INSTRUMENTS Clicking on the Inst LOADING INSTRUMENTS First load at least one sampled instrument into memory. We haven't included any on the disk but you can use the instruments in the module Fairlight.MOD which is in the Mods drawer.
To load your own sound samples, each one must be loaded into its own pigeon-hole. The current sample number appears on the left of these three gadgets and its name is shown in the string gadget on the right.
To load a sample select a free pigeon-hole, then click on the gadget with the two vertical arrows and the Instrument Load Window appears.
Click on Next Free and a free pigeon-hole is selected. Click on Exit and you'll be returned to the main OdaMED 5.0 screen. Now click on the gadget immediately to the left of the Instrument name string one and a file requester appears. You can now load an IFF sample into memory.
EDITING SAMPLES
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OctaMED sample editor window. If you have a sample loaded into
the current sample pigeon-hole, it is displayed on the screen
as a graphical waveform. Below this display are the sample
editing tools - Zoom In and Zoom Out for example, allow you to
adjust the magnification level of the waveform display.
You can also edit the sample data directly by marking a range on the waveform display.
You can do this by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer left or right to highlight the area of the sample that you want marked.
Once the range is defined, it can be cut into a memory buffer, erased from memory, copied and even pasted back into the same sample.
TEMPO CONTROLS Hiding directly below the instrument parameters, edit samples and edit synthsounds gadgets is OctaMED 5.0's tempo controls which give you precise control of the playback speed of your OctaMED tunes. By default the tempo is measured in beats per minute (BPM) but you can switch this to OctaMED's own programmer-orientated speed measure if you wish. By default OctaMED tunes run at 125 bpm but you can speed up or slow down the tempo using the proportional gadget next to the tempo controls. The longest slider gadget is the primary tempo control and the smaller slider is the secondary
tempo control.
SYNTHETIC INSTRUMENTS A unique feature of OctaMED 5.0 is its support for synthetic instruments. Unlike samples, synthetic instruments are created from layered waveforms similar to those used on professional synthesizer keyboards. Not only do synthetic instruments have a more analog feel, but they also take up only a fraction of the memory used by samples (which is ideal if your Amiga doesn't have a lot of memory anyway).
Clicking on the Synth Edit gadget brings up the Synthetic Sound Editor, a window which contains a vast array of functions for building and editing synthetic instruments. In order to create a synthetic instrument, select New Synth sound from the pull-down menus and then move the mouse pointer to the waveform display on the left and (while holding the left mouse button) draw a sine wave. Once you've done this, let go of the mouse button and press a key on the keyboard. With a little bit of luck, you should hear something that sounds vaguely synthetic.
Clever huh!
OK, so it's hardly the most pleasant sound you're likely to hear emanating from your Amiga. It is possible, however, to layer several wave-forms to produce a more complex sound.
ENTERING MUSIC DATA Music data is entered into OctaMED using the Amiga's keyboard as a sort of pseudo musical one. Obviously, the keyboard doesn't have either black or white keys and so OctaMED gets around this limitation by mapping the notes on a music keyboard to keys on your Amiga's keyboard - the 'Q' key, for example, plays note C and the 'R' key plays note F. The most dominant feature of the OctaMED screen is the four-track displays which show the note data for each track. Running through the centre of all four-track displays is a white line that highlights one note position in each
track, inside this white line on the first track is a grey square which is the editing cursor. This cursor marks where any editing functions will take place and it can be moved in ail four directions using the Amiga's cursor keys. Go on, give K a try!
Before you can enter note data, turn on note editing by clicking on Edit which is above the track displays on the far left of the screen. Once this is selected, pressing any key on the Amiga's keyboard enters a note into the track display at the current cursor position.
Notes are displayed in the following format: A 2 30000 The first three characters of this string indicate the note value (A ) and its octave (2). The single digit (3) indicates which instrument this note will use when it is played. Don't worry about the last four numbers - these are used for a number of special effects such as vibrato and for changing the tempo half-way through a block. For more details on these special effects, check out the OctaMED documentation file on the Coverdisk.
OctaMED also provides a comprehensive notation editor which allows you to view your music in standard music notation form. This can be accessed by selecting Notation Editor from the Display pull-down menu.
The year is 1908 and the world's streets are relatively quiet. Why? Because there are no cars, no MOT. Insurance or road tax (hurrah), only horses and the odd, posh horse-drawn carriage. But you know better. For you're about to launch yourself into the car industry. A Henry Ford wannabee, your task is to hire a workforce and design, build and most importantly, sell cars. But you've only got 12 months and a maximum of $ 250,000 in capital to start with. Have you got the necessary business nous to succeed? And do you possess a ruthless streak you may have to hire and fire staff at will when
ventures go wrong, DETROIT Detroit is a realistic and entertaining strategy game and our exclusive demo is for four players (three can be computer or human). There are six difficulty levels - five offering a different amount of starting capital and one where you even have to secure a loan.
Detroit is probably Amiga Format's most comprehensive games disk to date; it offers every feature from the full version, apart from marketing and advertising. Oh, and our demo lasts a year, the full package a century, so you can't design a Porsche Carrera. The complete game takes into account issues such as demand, world wars, inflation, wage increases and much, much more.
We'll bring you a full review of the game next Opportunity knocks for the car entrepreneur. Have you got what it takes to design, build and sell your cars to the world? Find out now... month. Detroit will be available in two versions - A500 and A1200. Contact Impressions on 071-351 2133 for further information.
About the game Detroit is a huge demo and it's impossible to explain everything you can do over just two pages.
All we can do is tell you the basics and leave you to experiment and get the best out of it.
First you must decide on the difficulty level and how many humans are playing - the computer opponents always join in. Next you'll see the territory map click on an area - it’s best to use the NW, NE America or Northern Europe to start with. Faiter the name of your company and car 4 STEPS TO CAR HEAVEN 1 Detroit is a self booting disk. It is also hard drive installable - it runs much faster from the hard drive.
2 If you are booting from floppy disk ensure it is write-enabled otherwise it won't work
- make sure the black tab covers the gap 3 Use your left mouse
button to click on the commands and the right mouse button to
exit to the main factory screen.
4 When you have finished your go. Return to the main factory screen and click on the Month End icon in the bottom right comer model or leave them as Amiga Format and Amiga
500. You always start with a certain amount of money, a factory
and a sales office in the area you chose and enough assembly
workers to man the line; you also have a number of research
technicians waiting to be assigned to projects. Figures
are already set for wages and car prices, but it's up to you
to experiment to determine which are best.
You don't have to start designing new cars straight away but it's darned good fun. So click on the Design building. The following instructions arc for those that have designed a new car to go into production. There are five styles of car - you can modify the front, middle and rear and choose from loads of colours. Up to 16 designs can be stored at any one time. It's best to start with a Family Sedan as they are more likelv to sell. Click on PART for the internal bits of the car - you only have one engine and brake type available. Later, if vou invest in research vou will have more choice.
SS.00H PERSONNEL MENU MONTHLY URGES BENEFITS SX TOTRL SSS0 ss.ssh TECHNICIRNS RVRIL IDLE EMP WRGES TOTRL RVRIL IDLE EMP Personnel
1) Benefits sets aside a percentage of total wages for the
benefit of the workers - like a profit share. You don't have
to give them anything, but it's a good idea to do so. 2) Tech
- click on this to hire technicians. 3) Assm - stands for
Assembly workers - they build the cars. 4) Done - click on
when you've finished hiring. 5) Avail - how many workers are
available. 6) Idle - workers hired but not assigned tasks. 7)
Emp - tells you how many workers hired and assigned tasks. 8)
Wages - the monthly rate you are paying the workers. 9) Hire -
when you want to put more people to work, click on Hire for
the type of worker. 10) Fire - for when you want to lay off
workers. 11) Wage - click on Wage when you want to set or
change the monthly pay rate.
SNEAKY TOP TIPS TO JUMP INTO THE DEMO (But don't read them if you want to be a real big wheel in the industry.)
1 Start on the Very Easy option. You get $ 250,000 starting capital.
2 Choose North Eastern USA for your territory. You won't sell many cars outside the USA and Northern Europe.
3 On the Sales and Factories screen, raise the Tech Level to three. It increases efficiency, requiring fewer workers.
4 Click on NE USA territory, go into the Mega Menu and changes the models on lines 1, 2 and 3 to Amiga 500.
5 If you have more than 20 workers assigned to the first line click on FREE and ASSIGN them equally to all three.
6 Now click on SE USA in the Sales and Factories screen and then on OPEN, to open a sales office.
7 Repeat the last step in NW USA, SW USA and Northern Europe.
8 Go back into Mega Menu by clicking on NE USA and then click on MODEL. Set a price for the car and a blue tick will appear indicating that it's for sale.
NB: Once you've set the price for the model, SUPPLY LINE 1 for your other sales offices changes to NE USA. The demo knows you're only producing cars at NE USA - which is your only factory.
9 Click on Month End - you should have made a small profit. Go into ADMINISTRATION and dick on Generate Reports. Choose Model and find out how many cars you made and where you sold them. Check out the other reports while you're there.
W * IM ff®C AMI'S* FORMAT tsoe AFRICA • n iesra’” E3§IHSHSB5Llii-!fl3l Designing a car Click on Type to change the style of car - there are five in all. It's best (and fun) to spend quite a bit of time experimenting on developing the cars.
When you are happy with the car. Click on MARK to instruct the technicians to start constructing it. After confirming this you can now test the car - which is vital before it goes into construction. Click on TKST AL1. And then RUN. This all costs money and you will see your total depleting constantly. The OVERALL rating that appears near the bottom left column of readouts reads between 0 and KM) - the nearer to 100 the rating is the better it is.
You might want to hire more workers now. If so, click on Administration, then Personnel and assign Assembly workers and Technicians as you see hi - err on the side of caution, they all cosi money. If you want to expand your Assembly line, click on Sales Factories, then click on your territory. In the Factory box. Click on Raise to increase the level of technology in your factory. Then click on Detail. If you're already producing a car, click on Line 2, then Model, then click on your new car.
Then Use. (.lick on Assign to put workers on that line. L'se the Plus button to put the idle workers you hired from Personnel to work building your new car. Finally, click on Done. 'Zj VcfiMADA 'MEGA-MENU' COMPETITION Are you a motor mogul?
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AMIGA FORMAT SSS.ASS Supply Once the cars have been assembled you will have to sell them. Unfortunately the demo doesn't include the Advertising option so you can't tell the public about your vehicles - you have to rely on instinct. At the start, it’s best to sell the cars in the States where the market is primed. You can have up to three supply lines in each territory.
Click on the Sales and Factories screen, and in the Office panel click on Detail. You need to establish the supply line to get the cars to the dealers although every time you have a factory and sales office in the same territory, the factory automatically becomes the first supply line for that office. Setting the right price for the cars is crucial if you are to succeed. You can also set different prices for the same model in different territories.
GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COVERDISK?
CALL 091-385 2627 It's inevitable that some readers will have a few problems using their Coverdisks. Here we answer some of the questions which crop up most.
FRACTALPRO AF56 Several people claimed that this program simply didn’t work after they had selected Draw.
The software indicated that it was drawing but nothing ever happened.
Have patience. If you had to calculate the cube roots of some equation to 20 decimal places for each pixel on a high-res screen, it would probably take you more than two minutes.
You can Hip to the fractal screen and see things being drawn using the standard Amiga screen flipping keys (Left Amiga & N or M).
PROVECTOR AF58 There is nothing wrong with this one. It uses the ARP.Iibrary, as do many other Amiga programs.
This library, like all other libraries, has to be located in the LIBS drawer of the start-up disk. If you are booting up from Workbench, this is the LIBS drawer on that disk.
The ARP.Iibrary is provided with the disk, in the LIBS drawer, so you can just copv it to your boot-up disk. For example, put the PrnVrctm program disk in the drive and type: copy dfO:libs arp.library Libs: r*f,+X MUSIC-X AF58 A600 owners, and anyone else with only Chip RAM. Should follow the instructions for A1200 owners, otherwise they will find they have little room for samples.
Also, many people seem to be getting a message regarding missing fonts. The fonts are on the disk, OK! If you boot up from the Music-X program disk, like it says to do in the instructions, there's no problem.
If you want to boot off any other disk, copy the font into the FONTS: drawer of your boot-up disk.
This is not complicated - it is how the Amiga works (and the PC and the Mac).
INDEXER AF59 There are several stages to this operation. Once you have decompressed the disk, copy the fonts to the FONTS: drawer of your start-up disk, the libraries to the LIBS drawer and make the Assign command.
If any one of these things isn't done, the program crashes or won't be able to find the data: Assign Indexer: DF0:xxxxx (Where xxx is the pathname where you installed indexer.)
Copy Indexer:fonts ? Fonts: ALL Copy Indexer:libs ? Libs: DEMO MANIAC AF60 There are lots of problems with this, because Black Legend gave us a very bug-ridden product. If you are getting unexplained gurus, the most likely cause is a software bug.
LIBS, FONTS AND ALL THAT There are lots of files and commands associated with the normal running of computer software. In everyday use. You may not come across them, but you will when you try to install software.
LIBRARIES - These are compact routines which are compiled as a separate library. They contain commonly-used routines and mean that programmers can write new utilities without having to re-code all the basic routines all the time. Libraries should be located in the LIBS dtawer of your start-up disk. This is automatically assigned to the path LIBS: FONTS - Amiga fonts come in many varieties, but the most common are bitmap fonts. Most programs use the system fonts, but some may use their own. In this case, the font must tie present in the FONTS: drawer of your start-up disk.
ASSIGN - The assign command is used to make pathname shortcuts. It does this by creating a logical or virtual device - one that doesn’t exist, but points to a pathname that does. The usage is: Assign device name path name So. If you had installed a program from disk called Faint and installed it to a hard drive in the utilities drawer, your command might look like: Assign Paint: hdO:Utilities IN GENERAL A few things to remember about Coverdisks:
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the Amiga range from the threat of extinction.
It is believed that the offer from Commodore UK is only one of several bids that have been submitted to Commodore's liquidators, Touche Ross in the Bahamas. Contrary to rumours.
Commodore UK have confirmed to Amiga Format that the electronics giant Samsung are still involved in the negotiations, along with a number of other unnamed bidders. It is believed, however, that only one bidder (excluding the Commodore UK offer) has expressed an interest in continuing the production and development of the Amiga range. The proposed management buy-out put forward by Commodore staff may therefore offer the best outcome for the Amiga community.
REBORN THE UK?
In the scramble for picking clean the bones of the ailing computer giant, a surprise new candidate has stepped forward. Can Commodore UK finally confound their critics and save the Amiga by buying themselves?
SLIM AND TRIM The buy-out, which is led by a number of current and former Commodore management figures, effectively create a new, slimmer Commodore with its headquarters based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The new company will be in a far better position to manufacture and develop new Amigas without the burden of overwhelming debt.
It is believed, however, that some sections of Commodore will remain in America, including the Research and Development wing headed up by Lew Eggebrecht.
Since the collapse of Commodore three months ago. Commodore UK has remained the company's stronghold although other Commodore subsidiaries based in Italy. Canada, Germany and Scandinavia have continued to trade. The lack of stock, parts anti effective cashflow are now proving loo much of a burden on the remaining subsidiaries and it is believed that these too are now close to liquidation. Even if the management buy-out is successful, however, it seems likely that Commodore UK will be the only subsidiary to survive.
Many industry watchers believe that the management buy-out of Commodore could prove to be the beginning of a decisive change in Commodore’s fortunes.
However, the new company would still need to find investment to fund new production of current models and to cover the costs of finishing the development of the AAA chipset machines.
NEW AMIGA BY CHRISTMAS?
Despite Commodore's ongoing struggle to taise itself from the ashes of bankruptcy, rumours abound that the company still plans to launch a new Amiga in time for Christmas 1994. ,y The new machine, which is believed to be called either the A1400 or (which is more likely) the A1800, combines an AI200 with a built-in CD32-compatible CD- % ROM drive and will sell for just £399.
Sources close to the company believe that work on the new machine w-as completed only a matter of weeks before Commodore US filed for bankruptcy. Several key developers claim to have seen the machine in the flesh. In the light of Commodore's recent liquidation, however, the new machine will most certainly not see the light of day until the much talked about take over of the company is complete.
Industry experts believe that Commodore is hoping to have the machine on the shelves in time for the traditional Christmas buying spree, but this may not be possible until the future of the company has been finally decided. Even then, the fate of the A1800 is firmly in the hands of Commodore's new owners. Whether they will want to undertake the production of such a machine is hard to say.
During a recent interview conducted bv If you want to bring your Amiga bang up-to-date with the latest developments in Amiga software then you won't want to miss the new Kickstart Workbench 3.1 Enhancer pack from Commodore.
Surprisingly, however, it isn't being sold in this country by Commodore (not yet, anyway!).
Instead, distribution is being handled by the German company Village Tronic with their UK distributor. Blittersoft, handling UK sales.
Kickstart 3.1 ships Although the official list of features is still unknown, it is believed that 3.1 adds a number of unique new features to almost any Amiga (yes, even an A500 or A2000!) Including full support for CD-ROM drives, new screenmodes and improved support for graphic boards (display AGA software on a non-AGA system with a suitable graphics card) and significantly accelerated graphics rendering by rewritten graphics and layers libraries. It is also believed that Kickstart 3.1 has an 'akiko.Iibrary' which emulates the functions of the CD;,2's Akiko chip through software.
The price of upgrading depends entirely upon the type of Amiga to be upgraded. If you have either an A500. An A1500 or an A2000 then the upgrade pack, consisting of new ROMs and Workbench software, costs £84.93. If, on the other hand, you have either an A3000 or an A4000 the upgrade is £10 more expensive.
Surprisingly, there are still no plans to launch an A1200 upgrade pack at the present time, but it can't be far behind. More details are available from Blittersoft on 0908 220196.
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A PC running the Amiga's Workbench?
Blasphemy! If Commodore's rumoured Amiga card is released, this could become reality.
AF contributor Jell Walker. Commodore UK's Retail Marketing Manager Johnathan Anderson refused to comment on the existence of the new CD-ROM based machine, although he did claim that Amiga owners should be ‘prepared for a few surprises' if they attend Commodore's 'European World of Amiga" show in November. Whether Anderson was referring to the new A1800 is unclear, but many industry observers believe that the show would be the perfect launch pad for such a new machine.
The shock news doesn't stop there, however. Several developers close to Commodore claim to have seen another AMIGA RUMOUR MILL By their very nature, all rumours should be taken with a very large dose of salt.
Here's a quick run-down of this month's top Commodore-related rumours.
Iamstrad are still in the running to buy Commodore. According to one source, Amstrad have been invited back into negotiations by Commodore following an improved offer from Alan Sugar.
Rumour has it that Amstrad would like to release an AAA-based Amiga A120O by Christmas this year.
2 Samsung have dropped out of the negotiations completely. It is believed that Commodore terminated talks with the Far East giant when it became clear that Samsung simply wanted to snap up the Amiga technology for its own products and was in no way interested Golden opportunity As pari of the on-going festivities we are having here at Amiga Formal (you know, where the publisher buys us all a big bag of crisps, a bottle of Happy Shopper Cola and one party hat between the lot of us) we are thinking of throwing out all the old rubbish.
Unfortunately, Steve Carey won't fit in the skip, but part of the old rubbish that goes in the virtual wheelie- bin is the world famous AFCold logo. The original was knocked up by Maff Evans, using Dpaint. It was never particularly golden, so we've decided it must go.
Which only leaves one problem. What do we replace it with? Well, seeing as we'll all be too busy having a knees-up in the store cupboard, we've decided that you lot can do it. Simply draw, render or otherwise depict a logo which says "Gold" and “Amiga Format". Send your entries as an IFF or JPEG image to : Golden Shot, Amiga Formal, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
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Can you do better?
Major new product which Commodore has waiting on its shelves - an Amiga card for the PC. The revolutionary new card will provide any 486-based PC with full Amiga compatibility enabling PC owners to run Amiga applications such as FightWave and AUPro on their machines.
CARDS ON THE TABLE The card follows hot on the heels of both Panasonic and Atari, both of which have announced that they intend to develop versions of their 3DO and Jaguar consoles which can be 'slotted' inside any standard PC. If the rumours are to be believed, however, Commodore's card certainly won't be playing second fiddle to such rivals - not only is the card rumoured to offer full multitasking between the PC’s native operating system and the Amiga's hardware, but it is even believed to be based around the infamous AAA chip set.
It is common knowledge that the AAA chip set is virtually complete - indeed, if Commodore were to produce a card which provided PC owners with Amiga compatibility, it would most certainly have to Ire AAA-based. Not only would such a card appeal to PC owners that 'just want to play Amiga games’ but it would prove to be a powerful graphics card in its own right. ® in continuing or supporting the Amiga range of machines.
3 Commodore plan to launch a souped- up CD32 which boasts a much faster processor and the AAA chip set to take on the new generation of games consoles from Sega, Nintendo and Sony.
4 Commodore intend to restart production of its own range of Pcs again which will be bundled with the Amiga card discussed earlier.
5 Commodore have been hiding both Lord Lucan and Elvis Presley from the world using funds raised from the sales of Amigas. It is believed that financial burden of Elvis' increased appetite for hamburgers and Lucan's love for cigars proved too much for the ailing company.
The Jeff Walker Column If I buy a car, I expect to have to spend some money on it from time to time. I’ll have to get it serviced at least once a year, because if I don't it will probably either stop working or not work so well. Fact of life.
If I buy a computer I also expect to have to spend some money on it occasionally. The important phrase there being ‘have to'. I'm not talking about buying a word processor or a paint package or a hard drive or a CO-ROM drive. I'm talking about spending money so that what I've already got either continues to work without problems, or works better. If I choose not to spend this money, I will expect my system not to work so well; it may even work so badly that to all intents and purposes it has stopped working. But that will have been my choice.
Now then. I’m not talking about having your computer serviced as such, I'm talking about upgrading. Upgrading software and hardware is almost exactly the same thing as changing your car's plugs and points. The new version of MaxiPlop is much quicker than the old version, so upgrading will save me time. The new version of SuperPlop contains more features than the old version, so it will enable me to do things I couldn't do before.
I can’t expect these upgrades to be provided free of charge.
Depending on the significance of the upgrade I will have to pay something between a small amount for shipping and administration, and perhaps 50% of the retail price of the new version. Note that I don’t mean bugfixes, these should be (and usually are) free
- I mean any new version of a program that contains new or
improved features. For this I will expect to pay money.
OK, most of you are probably in agreement with me. So tell me this: why is it that thousands upon thousands of A500 owners have resolutely stuck to Workbench and Kickstart 1.3 which became obsolete four years ago? I'll tell you. The cost of upgrading. The Release 2 Kits cost almost £100. Never mind that you got a ROM, six disks and four manuals, never mind that Windows users have to pay similar prices to upgrade - many A500 owners were simply not prepared to 'service' their machines.
The Release 2 kits have been impossible to get hold of for some time now. But Release 3.1 is here. Everyone bar A1000 owners can join in. So we have a situation where the vast majority of Amiga owners can be using the same version of the operating system. Number one, this will make it easier for developers to write, debug and support software. Number two, it will mean that A500 owners will be able to stop using old and crappy 1.3 software. Number three, it will get rid of the complaining A500 clique which has grown as the gap between 1.3 and later versions of the operating system became
wider and wider.
But will they upgrade this time? It'll still cost almost £100. Or will they stick their heads in the sand and regurgitate the old whingeing letters complaining that they shouldn't have to pay to upgrade and that 1.3 does everything they need it to do anyway?
If they do, we'll end up with yet more crappy software being developed so that is is compatible with 1.3. By modem software standards, some of the programs which are stupidly remaining
1. 3 compatible are laughably inept.
I'm not blaming anyone really. I’m just saying that the incredibly large number of A500 users who are refusing to upgrade are holding back the development of Amiga software.
How? Because while some intelligent companies have ditched the old A500 clubbers by making their software require Workbench 2.04 or better, far too many of the smaller software developers have seen this 'hole in the market'.
It really is about time that all developers took the initiative and stopped pandering to these die-hards. If these sad people want to spend the rest of their lives married to Kickstart 1.3 - and although there are many of them, they really are in the minority - then let them be the ones to suffer, not the the rest of us, who have serviced our machines and expect the software to take full advantage of the extras we have paid for.
THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AMIGA FORMAT The Tim Smith Column Many computer users won't have heard of the name Jay Miner. They won't rate it up there with Clive Sinclair, Steve Jobs. Alan Turing or even Alan Sugar. But to the Amiga community. Jay Miner was a crucial influence.
FUTURE I say was because Mr Miner died recently after a long and painful kidney-related illness. As much as a piece of electronics can have a father, then Jay Miner was the Amiga's. I never met the man but I wouldn't be writing this piece without him, his dedication, work, imagination and, centrally (and sadly because it seems to be missing more and more during the present scuffles over Commodore, Power-PC versus Pentium, consoles versus computers and information superhighways versus standalone computing), his ambition and vision for small-scale computers for users who wanted affordable,
exciting hardware.
Jay Miner and the Hi-Torro team split from the big players; Hewlett Packard, Xerox, Apple and the IBM monolith. They had seen computing growing away from mainframes, techiewars, jargon propaganda and outdated thinking. Like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple, like Bill Gates and Paul Allen at Microsoft, and like Gary Kildall at Digital Research (or Intergalactic Digital Research as it was romantically called at its start-up) in their early days, Miner looked upon computers not as weapons gilded with MIPS. Mbs. RAM and throughput with which to slice and dice other computer users, but as
machines for people to use.
Even the name Amiga, which as I'm sure you know is Spanish for girlfriend, is a damned sight friendlier than 486DX, PPC 6100 8 230 or ST, and is indicative of Miner's determination to develop the machine by people for people. As the 80s developed, the Amiga was seen as being too small - what only 1Mb RAM and no hard disk? Ged oudda here! - by those people too fixated with hardware that they forgot that the wetware (us. People) actually needed to do something with the wonders of microchippery. It was seen as a simple, one-piece unit that (gasp!) You could use with a TV and that (gasp!) Would
cost you less than £1,000. Surely this was the point of the multitasking, elegant architecture.
It seems that Gates, Jobs and the others of the Apple and the PC makers are finally looking over the production line and have come around to that way of thinking. Apple's Lcs and Classics, Compaq's all-in-one units, even IBM’s PS Is all strived for the same elegance, utility and price, Amiga owners, the majority of whom bought their A500s. A1200s and A600s as games machines, went on to leam about music, multimedia, comms, programming, graphics and demo making.
Jay Miner was responsible for this. He was responsible for this magazine, for this piece of prose. Talking to Karl Sassenwrath last year (one of the early Amiga developers who sat in the small office with the rest of the team wondering whether they'd made the right decision or had blown their careers in a burgeoning Silicon Valley), I was able to get some idea of the passion that went into the development of the Amiga. Jay Miner was a catalyst and a prime mover for this.
On the Internet Amiga users the world over have been trying to understand a human loss in a machine environment. Many, many Amiga netters have done something astonishing for a technology based on spraying words around the globe - they've been posting messages of silence. Messages with no body copy except for the occasional one line message (embarrassing to the English eye: "We love you" and "We'll miss you", but nevertheless heartfelt). They know that without Jay Miner, they would probably not be accessing the Internet. One final thought that was posted to the Net. A suitable memorial to the
man who helped you to do what you love or enjoy doing would be to send a small donation to the National Kidney Foundation.
Tim Smith is Technology Editor of Computer Trade Weekly. Contact him at tsmithbOcix.compulink.co.uk and timboOgashead.demon.co.uk. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AMIGA FORMAT No self-respecting Amiga fan can afford to miss out on The Future Entertainment Show '04, which will be held at Earls Court 2 from October 26 to 30.
SHOW All three of Future Publishing's Amiga magazines - Amiga Shopper. Amiga Power and, naturallv. The world's biggest Amiga magazine (you're holding it) - will be there in all their glory .
Star of the show will be the Amiga Theatre, where we'll be holding presentations, talks, and question and answer sessions - it is. In fact, your favourite Amiga magazine come to lile.
You’ll be able to learn about all manner of Amiga topics, such as DTP. Animation.
DTY. Music, games and programming.
AMIGA SPECIAL OFFERS Looking for a bargain? Well we've done the hard work for you by checking out the hottest Summer special offers... OKI DOKEE: Oki are poshing their OL410ex LEO page printer (rrp: £727 inc. VAT) by offering between £30 and £50 off one of their mobile phones when you buy the printer.
An early version of the OL410ex was awarded an Amtgs Format Gold back in issue 43. Vou can call Oki on 0800 525585 to place an order.
CREDIT ABLE OFFER: Indi Direct Mail are launching a new scheme where, if you buy any product over £100 (such as their Zappo CD drive, reviewed on page 94), you effectively get six months interest free credit As long as your credit's good, you can walk away with the kit and use it for six months. After that you can either pay over another six to 60 months, or pay in cash at the original price without incurring any interest charges.
GROUP THERAPV: The Independent Commodore Products User Group (ICPUG)
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discounts on Commodore kit. John Bickerstaff is the fellow you
want to speak to. Call him on You'll also be able to meet the
Ah' team and ask them horribly difficult questions, tell us how
you'd like the magazine improved or just hang around and chat.
WARE IT'S AT There’s also a special area sponsored bv Amiga Format and the Amiga Centres of Excellence (ACE), which aims to bring you the very best of overseas Amiga products. This will be your best chance to get your hands on some of the top hardware and software from the Cnited States and Europe.
And not only that (what! You mean there’s more!?) The show will be bulging with Amiga dealers selling the very latest in CD-ROM drives, genlocks, monitors.
081-651 5436. Or E-mail him on jbickerstaffdcix compulink.co.uk. LAV IT ON ME: Desktop video buffs hankering for a digital layering, compositing and effects tool need hanker no more. Prime Software have just released their MuItiLayer program which provides up to 100 layers of video images with control over transparency, fades, shadows and text.
Multilayer works In conjunction with Image-FX I SO or ADPro 2.S and requires AmigaDos 2.0. Multilayer is available tor a special introductory price of S89.95 (around £60); for more details of Multi Layers extensive features, or just for a chat get in touch with Prime Software on 0101 (810) 661 3393.
VOU CAD: Digital Multimedia are about to release revision 3 2 of Xcad 2000 for the Amiga - which now comes with an entire AutoCAD symbol library. For £199 you get Xcad 2000 plus Force2's Architecture Symbol Library, which has been redefined for Xcad. Compare this with the cost of the PC program Autorad with the same symbol library - a snip at just £800.
Digital Multimedia are also at pains to inform us that the earlier X CAD 2000 version 3.1 has now been reduced to £70.50. If you want a piece of the action, contact Hobbyte Computing on 0727 856005 or Emerald Creative Technology on 081-715 8866.
Z III f to Future Entertainment modems and other hardware and software of all descriptions. Without doubt. The Future Entertainment Show will he an Amiga owner’s dream come true.
HIGH SCORES And there's some really special news for games players. The finals of the National Games Championship (Sponsored by Future Zone) will be held at FES, and the quest to find the UK's best games player will climax in a head-to-head battle with the winner taking away a multimedia system worth around £2.000. The Championship is open to all gamesplavers in the UK. And they'll be played on I’inlinll Dreams and Virtua Racing. The preliminary rounds start from August 1 and will be at your local Future Zone store. There are a total of 90 stores in the UK. But if the location of your local
Future Zone store is a mystery, call 0891 332288 for immediate enlightenment.
Going on previous years, interest is expected to be massive, so Future Zone have two heats each day. From
10. 00 till noon, and from 2.00 till 4.00. Entry fee is a meagre
50p which goes to Future Zone’s chosen charity. BUSS (Baby
Life Support Systems). C! 2 MILLION ON COMPUSERVE More than
2 million people are now registered users of CompuServe.
Latest figures released by the on-line service reveal that
48,000 users are based in the UK. And as proof of
CompuServe's evergrowing status, history was made when Walt
Disney and Warner Bros released multimedia highlights from
The Lion King, Wyatt Earp and The Shadow on to the network
for a limited time. Other new services include book, play and
film reviews and there's also a new database of every British
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volume by subject, title or author. For further details of
these and other services, contact CompuServe on 0800 289378.
PD LIBRARY RAIDED The thieves have been having a bit of a field day just recently - not only have they cleaned out ex-AF editor Marcus Dyson's flat but they also struck Dominator PD (0709 854836). Proprietor Kyle Tuke would like to inform all AF readers not to place any orders with Dominator as they've had their computer and all their disks stolen. Kyle assures us that he will start trading again very soon.
Mm APOLOGY In the February 1994 edition of Amiga Format (issue
56) on page 16 we made a statement that the magazine Amiga CD!
Had folded prior to publication of its first issue.
We accept that this statement was entirely incorrect and a damaging allegation against Amiga CD! Whose proposed date of publication had merely been delayed. Amiga CD! Is now on sale as a supplement to Amiga User International.
We therefore apologise unreservedly for the error, in no way did we intend to imply that Amiga CD! Or its publishers had gone into liquidation. In recognition of this a sum in respect of damages has been paid to the publishers of Amiga CD!.
PROTEXT A. 5 Amor have reason to celebrate. Not only is it their 10th birthday (gifts welcome), but they are just about to release revision 6.5 of their excellent word processor Protext, and they've dropped the price to just £99. For further information, call Amor on 0733 68909.
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT Emerald Creative Technology have an excellent deal for Amiga Format readers who want to get their hands on Brilliance 2. Reviewed on page 98 of this issue.
Digital Creations have reduced the RRP to an amazing £89.95, but Emerald have gone a bit further, reducing the price to a staggeringly low £43.48. This offer is only available until October 31. So fill in the coupon below without delay.
Name Address Postcode Phone 1 wish to pay by: Cheque postal order credit card Card no Expiry date KYTE CLONES HUMANS If your 3D modelling skills don't stretch further than the odd vase. Kyte Products' new range of 3D objects for Imagine will suit you down to the ground. Retailing for just £35, the first set of objects available are a male and female human, with three levels of detail.
They were initially modelled in clay by a sculptor and then scanned into an Amiga. Once scanned, each object can contain up to 100.000 data points which are reduced to a more manageable size using special 3D image processing software. For more information contact Kyte Products at 45 St Ladoc Road, Keynsham, Avon BS18 2DR.
AMIGA FORMAT AND IMAGINE Last month's issue of Amiga Format reprinted incorrect details of an AF offer of Imagine. We would like to to apologise for the inconvenience, and restate that we regret that we cannot supply copies of Imagine currently.
BLACK CAT BARGAINS Black Cat are giving away a copy of Lemmings CD32 with every Zappo CD- ROM drive bought through Amiga Format. Check out their other offers by calling Black Cat on 0742 796428, or writing to them at 42 Manor Lane, Manor Park, Sheffield S2 1UF.
P e o c to H KEEP IT CLEAN A new CD repair kit, developed from research carried out in the American's Star Wars project is now available in Britain. With the Bundee CD3 kit you can clean, fill scratches and coat a damaged CD with a fine film to prevent further wear and tear. For more details call RSD Connections on (0992) 584205.
Please allow 28 days for delivery. Send to: Emerald Creative Technology Ltd, Rapid House. 54 Wandle Bank, London SW19 1DW.
AF RRII I IANfF DFFFR IT'S AMIGA FORMAT'S 0**v FIFTH BIRTHDAY!
Amazingly. Ii's a full five years since the very first issue of Amiga Formal was pulled screaming out of the wotnb that is Future Publishing. So we thought it would be fun to take a look at the very first issue of Amiga Formal, on sale 13July 1989.
Actually, Amiga Formal first appeared as long ago as June 1988, as the better half of the Siamese twin-like publication, ST Amiga Formal.
Surprisingly, ST Formal is also still going strong.
It would be a full 13 issues before the AF we all know and lose sloughed off the Atari overtones, dumped the dual-format disk and went it alone.
BRAIN-BUZZING So, just what has Amiga Format given you lucky readers over the last five years?
Some (very) rough calculations throw up the following brain-buzzing figures and statistics: There have been 62 issues of AF to date, consisting of roughly
12. 800 pages. Not counting adverts, that's about 3,840,000 words
of Am iga-related prose.
We've brought you around 1,240 game reviews, 310 serious reviews and hundreds of features, tutorials and, of course, all those lovely Coverdisks!
And so, with a tearv eye. We bid a fond farewell to the first five years of Amiga Formal - and give a rousing cheer to the next five. So. Stay with us - the best is yet to come! 'Z) SPOOKY Costing £2.95. the 116-pagc mag had just the one Coverdisk, featuring a demo of New Zealand Story plus a couple of PD utilities.
However, it's only when you look closely at the mag that some strange coincidences come to light.... Launch editor Boh Wade now runs his own software house with .Andy Smith - ex-AF reviews editor.
And their first game Zeewolf. Makes an appearance on page 44 of this issue.
Production editor Damien Noonan went on to become editor of this esteemed organ bark in January 1991 - a post he held for 23 issues.
Damien has recently been bark in the fold, hosting several of the Amiga Formal tutorial videos.
Which you can find out about by turning to page 90 of this very issue. Technical editor was Jason Holbom. Another wandering miscreant who has been reinstalled in the AF office. And the main feature of Issue One - desktop video production using the Amiga - was handcrafted by none other than Steve Jarratt, who took the helm of AF'on issue 60.
But it doesn't end there: top game in that issue was Kick Of] - which makes a reappearance as Kick Off 3 this very issue.
And the headline 'Exactlv what are Commodore up to now?' For an interview with Dr Rahman Haleem, could so easily be used on page 20 of this issue!
Amiga Shopper is Future Publishing's magazine that concentrates on the technical aspect of the Amiga. In the August 1994 issue of Amiga Shopper we tell you everything that you ever wanted to know about the Internet, probablv the single most important thing to happen in the world of computers for years.
But what is it all about? What does it mean to Amiga users? We answer those and many more questions. We also have a full review of Personal Animation Recorder.
Which promises high-quality video recording without the need for a single frame controller. Plus tutorials on video, AMOS, C programming and AmigaDos. Do your Amiga a favour. Buy Amiga Shopper now’.
Richard Baguley. Editor Amiga Shopper Amiga Power is Future Publishing's Amiga games mag - and the l!K's best-selling Amiga games mag. In our August issue we’ve got an exclusive Work In Progress report on Sensible Software’s Cannon Fodder 2. The latest pictures from Super Stardust, reviews of Empire Soccer, Hump ii Hum. Hubble And Si ueak. Wild Cup Soccer and Kick Off 3.
Plus our Four Cyclists Of The Apocalypse judge the joysticks of the world, and we've got the classic Mission Impossible on one of our two game-packed Coverdisks.
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John Kennedy looks at the future of interactive IV.
Television as we know' it is changing. Forget may not be so far away - the viewer will be able to get the NIGAM. DMAC. And IIIDKK - the greatest information and the programmes they want to see when technological revolution is happening under they want to see them, your feel as thousands of miles of fihre optic cables are snaking their way into more and more homes. WHERE THE AMIGA STANDS Cable TV might not sound like anything new. Hut it offers Because the Amiga was originally designed to co-exist one tremendous advantage over normal terrestrial and with video, it Is the ideal computer platform
to integrate satellite services: it provides the ability to talk hack. With cable TV. It can deliver crisp, clear lli-million colour Interactive TV is widely tipped to be the Next Big images front its dedicated graphics chipset, and also riling, and nearly all the lop computer companies are offers unitpie genlocking capabilities which other falling over themselves to get in on the ad. Ilte new computers require additional and expensive hardware to generation cables can carry megabits of information per come close to matching.
Second. And hundreds of television channels The ability to overlay live video with computer- simultaneously. Hut it is the interactive element that's generated captions is a major strength and the Amiga causing all the commotion. Does it every day in TV studios all over the world.
Video On Demand is a phrase- you are going to hear a The graphics capabilities are hackl'd up by using the lot more of. When it arrives in our homes - and that lime powerful and upgradable Motorola 880x0 family of processors, and the multitasking Operating System is one But what does interactive TV already deliver and what ran of the most elegant and stable around. We expect in the future? Already lest networks have been Hovcdmcny Multimedia authoring software support is strong, and installed in England and America, and you ran be sure the Amiga stands alone when it comes to professional that
more is to come; video game companies loo are keen television and video hardware and software. To join the interactive TV revolution. Forget buying Although it is unlikely that the Amiga as we know it cartridges or floppy disks - you'll be able to download the will spout a satellite dish and act as a video receiver, it latest games immediately front an on-line jukebox any seems feasible that new hardware based on the Amiga is time you want. Even more amazingly, you'll be able to in development. This 'son of Amiga' might well look very take part in real-time multi-player games with opponents
familiar from the inside and if it catches on traditional you haven't even met yet.
Amiga developers could have a field day.
Add to this the fact that several very prominent ON THE NETWORK names in Amiga development, including Dave Haynie. The history to interactive television can be traced bark Jeff Porter and Mike Sinz. Are now working with Scala on about 12 years to a time when modems were new and their revolutionary InfoChannel system, and the Amiga exciting pieces of hardware which were beginning to open would seem to have a major role to play when interactive up a revolutionary new era of communication. While the TV hits the big time. Continued overleaf * Now (here are 6.4 million users of the Teletel system
and there are more than 20,000 different services for them to choose from. Anyone with a telephone line is given a free Minitel terminal to look up practically anything from directory inquiries to travel information.
As you'd expect, other tastes are catered for with games, shops and even electronic lonely hearts columns.
Although basic services are free, there is money to be made as the commercial service providers charge for access to their information.
Although stale-of-lhe-arl when first implemented, Minitel is starting to show its age with rather slow information transfer speeds.
However, the network is far from being a data dinosaur as new, more modem terminals are becoming available. It’s also possible to use a normal PC to interface into the Teletel system. Even if you don't happen to live in France it's still possible to make use of the system by using the international gateway Minitelnet.
At the moment there Ls no national service in the UK which can come anywhere close to this: yet.
But imagine a system set up today using terminals based on Amiga hardware. Firstly, data transmission rates using the standard telephone network have reached 28,800 bits per second - with 14,400 bps becoming an extremely sensible entry level speed. Compare this with Prestcl which offered a 1200 75 bps split rate link.
Secondly, the Amiga offers the prospect of superb graphics complete with a graphical user interface which is second-to-none. Perhaps a glimpse of what could be possible can be seen if you have access to the Internet - the global ‘network of networks' which is currently grabbing the headlines as it undergoes a popularity explosion. (See The Web on page 31).
The future of interactive TV opens up a whole new world of real-time gaming and virtual reality.
4" British struggled with the state-of-lhe art Prestel system and snoozed in front of Teletext, across the channel France Telecom had sneaked into everyone’s house and left a small brown box called a Minitel. Inside the box was an integral modem, a keyboard and a small but legible integral display.
THINGS TO COME The idea of using an Amiga in this way might sound a bit far-fetched, but keep it in mind: there’s likely to be some very important developments announced soon which might convince you otherwise.
Assuming interactive TV starts to take off, the list of possible services reads a little like science fiction and a whole lot like fun.
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InfoChannel that is currently being developed to perfect the way in which images and text are displayed in multimedia systems - and with i-TV.
nfoOiannef is an important development in interactive TV, and with Amiga stalwarts including Dave Haynie involved with the project the future looks good for the Amiga.
Right: Using the hand-held conttollqr Videotron viewers can participate U shows such as the BskyB Games ' World show.
Below: The feed can be used to select the news and information you want when you want it.
8 HOURS EARLIER F3 VIEWING VIDEOTRON The Videotron Corporation have been providing a form of interactive TV to viewers lucky enough to live in several London boroughs. Almost 100,000 subscribers are able to enjoy over 40 satellite and terrestrial TV stations, as well as make use of VideoWay: currently the UK's only widely available interactive TV service. At the moment the degree of interactive-ness is limited, but it is an important start.
The heart of the VideoWay interactive delivery system is a set-top box which is no larger than a normal video-recorder, but which contains a standard TV decoding system and a simple micro-computer. Four synchronised video sources (called feeds) are pumped into the VideoWay system, each carrying different images or text which the user can select using the remote handset.
For example, during a football match the first feed might carry the normal live video image of the match between England and Wales, but if you select feed 2, you'll view everything from a slightly different angle.
Feed 3 will show you an instant replay of the last event - Wales scoring their fourth goal for example, and Feed 4 will bring up the current player statistics.
Using the on-board computer, it is also possible for viewers to actually partake in some specially made interactive game shows. The BskyB program Games World includes sequences in which viewers can predict the outcome of game contests: if they get the right answers, the set-top box cuts to a feed displaying a special access code entitling the interactive viewers to take part in a daily prize draw.
There are also versions of Blackjack and Roulette programmes which allow real-time participation, although thankfully the money gambled is in the form of fictitious credits - not cash.
Perhaps more usefully, several 'edutainment' programmes make good use of the interactive element to directly involve younger viewers in a show, and possibly squeeze some facts into their brains at the same time. For the time being Videotron are planning to make the most of their VideoWay system with further news programmes, sports broadcasts and more of the ever popular gameshows - but they are also busy planning the next generation of true, two-way TV in which the scale of audience participation could increase greatly.
By selecting the feeds numbered 1-4 Videotron viewers in selected homes in London can see their programs from a different perspective. FI is the main news, F2 is the weather, while F3 and F4 show different reports from the evening's news.
For starters, the cables which carry the TV information will be linked into the normal domestic telephone service, which means a break away from British Telecom and the introduction of cheap (or even free) local calls with all the trimmings, such as conferencing services, call barring, call re-direction, and a video display of who is calling you.
It will also be possible to send electronic mail (E-mail) messages, which not only include text and pictures, but digitised speech and moving video segments.
Internet access will be included by plumbing the local cable server into the net, which means E-mail can be sent world-wide extremely cheaply, and the latest news, weather and computer games downloaded as soon as they become available. Net access will probably be totally transparent to the user, and viewed as merely an extension of the scope of the present network.
Linking people together with interactive TV also makes a lot of sense for businesses. Forget watching the home shopping channels and reaching for the telephone to ring MPEG MOVIES What have cables and CD-ROMs got in common? They are both relatively slow, that's what. In order to squeeze 25 frames a second of video down a small piece of copper cable, or read it from a spinning disk it has to be pretty well crunched.
MPEG is one way of compressing moving video, and it's the way in which the Amiga CD32 and the Philips CD-i manage it. Both require the addition of a plug-in cartridge full of dedicated chips to achieve the decompression in real-time, but there is no reason why the next generation of home computers or cable TV set-top boxes won't have these chips built in.
There are two MPEG standards, named 1 and 2. MPEG 1 is the one we all know and love, but 2 is something else altogether. New high-speed networks are capable of carrying data a lot faster than 170K per second, so it seems daft to use them to carry the rather blocky images of MPEG1 compression.
Double both the horizontal and vertical resolutions of the images. The result is a broadcast-quality picture, certainly several times better than standard VHS.
For this reason the more advanced cable TV systems will all carry MPEG 2. So don't expect to be able to adapt your CD32 into a set-top box with some sticky backed plastic and an old washing up liquid bottle.
MPEG 2 was designed to require almost 1Mb of data a second, and as a result it can with your mother's credit card number to get that superb set of matching steak-knivcs - with i-TV you can call up any supplier to order anything you want.
Home shopping systems currently on trial allow groceries to be selected and paid for via an interactive terminal. The lazy shopper then removes their butt from the chair and drives to the local supermarket warehouse “ It will be possible to send E-mail messages that include speech and video segments as well as text and pictures. 99 where the goods are ready for collection. No standing in aisles listening to Richard Clayderman.
It’s only logical to conclude that the interactive element of the new TV systems will have a profound effect on the content of the television programs themselves. Selecting different camera angles is one thing, but actually selecting the plot to your favourite soap opera is something else altogether.
Then there's the whole issue of real-time votes which can provide instant feedback for game shows (or politicians), and of course there's also the prospect of FIBRE OPTICS Common electrical cables are quickly becoming obsolete as they are replaced by fibre optic cables. A beam of intense coherent light - also known as a laser beam - is introduced to a long, thin strand of glass fibre. An optical property of the glass called Total Internal Reflection keeps the light beam inside the fibre, even enabling it to travel around comers. (The same principle is used when a doctor’s Endoscope is used to
return an image from a patient's stomach.)
The flash of laser light is generated from a PIN - a special solid-state diode - every time a binary voltage pulse is introduced. A detector at the receiving end turns the light signal back into an electrical pulse Transmitting light in this way has many advantages over normal electrical signals. It's possible to send many different light signals down a light guide at the same time that won't interfere which each other. As long as the detector can differentiate between the light frequencies (colours) thousands of independent digital signals can be sent down the same microscopic line.
A single fibre connected to every home could supply more than enough bandwidth for all the telephone conversations, TV channels, computer networks and video game links an entire family could ever use.
A BT engineer working on the equipment for Interactive Media Services at the BT laboratories near Martlesham in Suffolk.
Multi-user games, which could become one of the biggest areas of growth of interactive TV and games companies.
Playing country-wide multi-user video games could become the new national pastime, especially if Sega or Nintendo get their way. Plans have been drawn up for both satellite and cable systems which can supply the latest games on demand and with major interest being shown by 3DO co-developers AT&T and Time Warner, it has to be taken seriously.
STATE OF THE ART But some of the most exciting research in the area of interactive TV is being carried out right here in the UK by British Telecom in rural Suffolk.
The Suffolk town of Kesgrave near Ipswich is home to a 70-user-strong experimental system entitled Interactive Multimedia Services, which has been operating since March this year.
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provide text graphics, sound, music and animation all with an
easy-to-use point-and-dick environment.
They are free to use and cover a wide variety of subjects: all you need is a suitable dient program to access them.
As if by magic the Amiga has one of the best dient programs available, it's called Amiga Mosaic and it offers some extremely sophisticated features. With Akexx and multitasking, it is clear the potential of the Web has only been scratched.
Earlier today I explored the Lourve art gallery in Paris, by using Mosaic to access a Web server there. I was given a ticket and the choice to wander around by myself or take part in a guided tour. I elected to go by myself and watched as various works of art were displayed on-screen.
Later on, I was at a university campus in the States - then I caught up on the latest Amiga news and downloaded a few utility programs. I also did a quick search to see if I could dig up any more information to help me write this feature.
Amiga Mosaic is a Public Domain program, freely available to anyone with access to the Internet FTP site: max.physics.sunysb.edu. I WrtTiT mvrel Version 2 of the software is now available, which works on any Amiga with Workbench 2 and above - although Workbench 3's datatypes are required for best results.
Amiga Mosaic requires AmiTCP to be running (version 3 is also available at this site), the Magic User Interface (MUI) to be installed and a modem connection to an Internet access point If you are interested in getting access to the Internet and therefore being able to access these sites, there are several companies who provide a modem dial-up service. Demon (tel: 081-349 0063) have PoPs (Points of Presence) in England and Scotland, and Genesis (tel: 0232 231622) serve Ireland.
The BBC are also in the process of creating many more PoPs all over the country as part of their Networking Club, linked with the TV programme The Net which has just finished its first series run.
The drawbacks to using the Web in this way are plain. In order to work properly, the Amiga requires some rather technical software and a modem connected to an Internet site - which can be expensive if it isn’t within the local call area, or if you want to explore a lot Further, when you are dealing with a lot of graphics and sound a modem link - even at 14,400 bps - isn't particularly fast. By comparison.
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They are also potentially capable of much greater speeds, which makes all sorts of tricks, such as using a Web program to watch MPEG films, possible.
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here the images are reconstituted and displayed onscreen just like any other TV' programme.
The only difference to the viewer from existing TV is that they decide what they want to see and when. This is all part of British Telecom’s Information Communication and Entertainment project (ICE). Interestingly, current legislation bans BT from setting up their own broadcasting service, but the fact that viewers select the programmes they want to sec means the service isn’t actually ‘broadcasting’.
Hewlett-Packard are also involved in testing their own systems, this time in California and Atlanta. Georgia.
Once again, users can select from a range of films and programmes using on-screen menus. They can pause, rewind and fast-forward the images as though they were directly controlling a video recorder.
THE AMIGA AND INFOCHANNEL Although the Amiga wouldn't seem to be one of the major players in the interactive TV game, it has already started making a name for itself thanks to the InjoChainicI software from Scala, which has been quietly revolutionising cable TV systems.
InfoChannel is the perfect medium for displaying images and text and it has already been successfully used everywhere from hotel and tourist information systems, to university campus news statious and professional cable television networks.
Scala have their eye on the future, and in one of the most cunning moves in recent years, they have actually managed to employ almost a dozen of Commodore’s top brains to help develop InfoChannel. It has virtually been a complete take-over of Amiga technology, with only the name Commodore being left behind. The idea Is to create a new generation __~~ ' of interactive TV hardware which is capable of providing the SC AlA S Hovodmony rjs F0mNd SptHNa1 Jutcobox m •H ?
X afl I kindle Nyhotor Info How To Arno Konto H|elp 11 Scala are preparing for the future with InfoChannel, which has already been used to ! display text and images in hotel information systems and on cable TV networks.
Ultimate in interactive television systems. Taking the best features of the Amiga, and tailoring them specifically to get the most from the Scala multimedia software will be the job of a new American branch: home to such familiar names as Dave Haynie, Jeff Porter and Mike Sinz - the team that virtually created the Amiga.
Working in co-operation with General lustrument, Scala have developed the Backbone - a new operating system designed specifically for interactive TV systems.
The specificatious for the Backbone are almost identical to that of InfoCJiannel or MM300, the only difference being that the Backbone Is embedded in custom chips.
The same Scala features of Exes (for plug in modules to control VCRs and other hardware). Players and Scripts are all here. Backbone will make developing applications possible on many different platforms, including a dedicated set-top box.
One of the first uses the Backbone will be- put to Is the creation of Primes tar - a cable satellite TV system.
Primestar Is a joint venture between six national cable companies and Is the first to use digitally encoded video to obtain a massive 150 simultaneous channels. The signals are transmitted via satellite to local providers who supply homes via cable.
With so many channels available, it Is essential to provide an easy and foolproof method of finding your way around - and that is exactly what Primestar Is all about. Interactive Programming Guides (IPG) enable the viewer to browse through current and future programs by date, channel or category and order specific titles from video-on-dcmand providers.
Each service provider ran create their own unique user interfaces to provide text displays, clips of forthcoming attractions and full two-way communication.
With so many cx-Commodorc employees working on the interactive TV project, it is hard to imagine a system not heavily influenced by the Amiga.
Dave Haynie told Amiga Format “The technology we’re working on at Scala is part of the big picture in a number of digital interactive television projects. The only thing that has been announced to dale is our agreement to provide various elements for General Instrument's digital satellite TV systems, including operating system and information networking bits.” But this Is a race to create new standards, and many other companies are more than interested. Apple are already making boxes for British Telecom, Acorn arc reputedly keen on using their ARM Rise processor in a set-top box and rumours
still surround a Hewlett-Packard system, reputedly designed around the mythical Amiga AAA chip set. But with the current state of Commodore and the move of Dave Haynie and other Amiga developers, an Amiga HP box seems extremely unlikely.
The constant list of names supposedly interested in buying Commodore read like a Who's Who of companies most likely to be interested in i-TV. We know the Amiga Is the best machine for the job, but only time will tell whether it’s the system of the future.
ADVERTISEMENTS One thing is certain in this interactive age - TV advertisements as we know them will have to change their image. With a limitless supply of different channels to choose from, no one will be forced to sit through Danny Baker doorstepping a bored housewife with a packet of Daz and a cheesy grin.
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UiniflATt AutnTS Can you imagine playing Syndicate against other people over an LTV network? This could be the future of video games.
The disadvantage to a freedom from adverts is obvious: who will pay for the programmes? The answer is equally apparent - you will.
The same technology that delivers the programs of your choice directly to your TV set will also be able to charge you, and perhaps even automatically debit your bank account as you watch.
HURRICANE RED I LEADER DAMAGED Flight lira an prim* candidates to b* played on interactive television - they take on a « dimension when you're facing human opponents rather than computer-generated ones.
GAMES ON DEMAND Just when everyone thought that CD-ROMs were the ultimate in video games distribution, along comes the notion of Games On Demand. Instead of selling a disk with the entire game on it, all the necessary data is stored at a remote site and piped directly to the computer console via the fibre optic network.
The player chooses which game from an on-screen menu, and probably has to pay each time they download.
There are two ways of delivering the games: either download the complete game directly to another storage medium, or continuously as the game progresses. The latter method is technically more difficult, but it is virtually pirate-proof (the entire game is only held at one secure site) and offers programs which are potentially limitless in size.
The possibilities offered by making use of the interactive element opens some amazing doom. As anyone who has ever played Doom over a PC network will testily, playing against real people is always more fun than playing against computer-generated opponents - just imagine playing Syndicate against human opponents.
The speed of fibre optic systems means that games can make more extensive use of real, digitised graphics.
With terabytes of data to choose from, the next generation of games will be worth seeing! If you can’t wait for real-time networked games, there are plenty of Multi-User Dungeons scattered all over the Internet, just waiting for your call. ® Central games KV*r can store hunWeds of games, which can then be downloaded to subscribers' computer i demand. The user can aithar download the comptet* gam* or It can be downloaded in sections, slso allows a degree of networking to create multi-played tournaments and competitions.
JARGON BUSTERS MPEG: Motion Picture Expert Group - the standard used to compress moving images. A counterpart to the JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert Group) compression systems many Amiga programs use to save images.
FIBRE OPTIC CABLE: A strand of glass, about as thin as a human hair. By sending laser light through it, digital information can be transmitted at rates of terabits per second (10« bps).
INTERACTIVE TV: Television at the moment is a one-way experience - you watch what is transmitted. Interactive TV gives the viewer feedback to choose options from on screen menus in order to influence programs, use home shopping channels or participate in video games.
MINITEl TELETEL: The French Telecom information network is called Teletel, and to use it you need a terminal called a Minitel - basically this is a modem, keyboard and a display all jammed into a box. You can access Teletel from outside France: call France Telecom Network Services for more details (tal: 071-397 4747, fax: 071-397 1404).
VIDEO ON DEMAND: Using a special two-way link between the video subscriber and the service provider. It is possible to create television systems where the viewer decides what they want to watch and when.
INTERNET: The 'network of networks' which covers the entire world. Anyone can use it to send E-mail or download software.
E-MAIL: Electronic mail - a text-based message sent to someone's electronic mail address.
WORLD WIDE WEB: A hypertext system with pictures and sound which uses the Internet to allow global access. The subjects on the Web cover almost every conceivable topic.
INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY: A rather twee term created by the Americans to describe the ever-increasing use of the Internet and other electronic networks to distribute mail and information across the globe.
SET-TOP BOX: Before a television set can be connected to a cable TV system, it needs extra electronics to decode the In-coming signals.
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Anyway, formalities dispensed with, you may notice that the Screen Play section looks a little different brought you a couple of Work In Progress features; the first is the impressive, futuristic Mega Race CD” and the second, Binary Asylum's 3D shoot-em-up, Zeewolf. Oh, and we've crammed in even more news.
The World Cup may be over but the footie gomes keep on rolling in. The latest contenders are Empire Soccer and the eagerly-awaited Kick Off 3 - to find out which takes the spoils check out pages SO and 54. The letter B is most prolific this month; no fewer than four games begin with it and one has been particularly popular in the office.
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bemoaning the lack of dedicated CD games should cease, as Steve
Jarratt takes The Software Toolworks’ Mega Race for a spin...
One of the first CD32 gomes to really show off the potential of
CD gaming is The Software Toolworks' Mega Race, a conversion of
the PC CD-ROM game. Coded by French developers Cryo, Mega Race
is a street d racer set in the future; the Mega Race of the
title is actually the name of an interactive TV show, in which
the audience participate in a virtual race. It's not real, so
it doesn't matter if the opposition get completely wastedl To
set the scene. Mega Race kicks off with a lengthy video intro
(shown below), which mixes beautifully-rendered and animated
scenes of hovercraft, a neon- festooned cityscope and a
scurrying domestic robot, interspersed with rea footage of
Lance Boyle, zany host of the Mega Race show.
Lance takes you through the rules of the game, and then it's off to the options screens to select your car. Again, these street machines are very slickly-rendered, magically constructing themselves as they rotate up and out of the O i floor. Once you're all hardwared-up, it's off to the starting grid.
Technical trickery Unlike most racing games, the tracks aren't mathematically calculated and displayed a frame at a time - like Formula I Grand Prix, for instance.
Each one of Mega Race's 17 courses (plus a few hidden ones) was designed and drawn on a PC using 3D Studio. Effectively, the road and scenery is just video footage, and they are played back from disc.
"The idea of the game was that the racetrack and surrounding scenery was rendered, and that the cars are put on as sprites," explains Jean-Martial Lefranc, one of Cryo's founder members. "The big technical trick in Mega Race is to have the sprite follow the rendered track as you play, and getting the car to go away from you or grow closer, as you race."
Cryo have managed something of a technical coup in getting the cars to respond correctly to the course. As the pre-rendered imagery is played back, the car sprites need to know where they ore in relation to the road so as they go round corners or behind hills, the sprite is 'clipped' accordingly.
Getting the cars to interact with the track is the most important aspect of making the game believable - and playable. "You have to store the relative position of the cor to the track," explains Lefranc, "because the track actually interacts with the cor. What happens is that the track contains zones that affect your car: you can get booster points, a weapons point, a braking point, and the car even spins when you cross o certoin zone. The cnxnxnxBxaffl tunroiaB hi 0 5 S o 3 z 0 © 3 HI VI bulk of the gome code enables the sprite car to interact with the pre-calculated background.1' However,
despite overcoming ihe problem of interactivity, one of Cryo's major tasks has been in simply storing all the car sprites. "Because the car is seen from lots of different angles," says Lefranc, "you have to hold lots of sprites in memory. That lakes up a lot of RAM space, so we had to find a tool that would provide very effective compression of each frame.” Course compression Cryo also had to do some impressive compression on the course footage. To make sure the game maintains a healthy pace, the rendered scenery has to be loaded in as fasl as possible, and so each frame was crunched down to
around 5K.
Acceleration and deceleration is then handled by speeding up or slowing down the playback speed of the course footage: a simple but highly effective means of controlling the speed of the game.
Here we are driving through the neon-festooned city at what looks suspiciously later than my normal bedtime.
Compared lo the original PC version, CD32 Mego Race is looking very smart indeed. The video intro is smoother and much more detailed, the courses are more colourful and less blocky, and the game runs even more quickly. And, of course, you don't have lo spend ihe first three hours fiddling with the memory management and optimising your CD drive before you can gel ihe bloody thing to work... O MEGA RACE FROM: The Software Toolworks, Priority House, Charles Avenue, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH1S 9PQ. Tel: (0444) 246333 VERSIONS: CD32 RELEASE DATE: November 94 DEVELOPERS: Cryo PRICE: To be decided
Ex-Amiga Format staff in Asylum shocker! Two founder members of the AF team got heartily tired of writing about games and so decided to produce their own... Work Odd progress ZEEWOLF Amiga Formal is five years old this month. If you're lucky enough to hove a copy of the first issue you'll notice (perhaps not with interest, it must be said) that Jason Holborn was technical editor and a certain Steve Jarratt was listed os a contributor (he wrote the cover story). How does the old saying go - the more things change, the more they stay the same?
But what on earth became of editor Bob Wade and reviews ed Andy Smith? Well, after playing and reviewing so many Amiga games they decided that they could do better and promptly hot-footed it off to an office around the corner and formed Binary Asylum, with programmers Andy Wilton and Jim Gardner.
Zeewolf s helicopter is one of the first to use Inertia In It s (light. Apparently, It uses translational lift (what?) To fly which makes It behave much as helicopter would In real life. Game mechanics eh?
Binary Asylum have commanded more column inches over the past few months than they could rightfully expect - they haven't actually released a game yet, nor do they expect to until the end of the year. But as ex journos, they have both the nous and the necessary industry contacts to gain them maximum exposure Currently in progress is Zeewolf, a 3D helicopter shoot-em-up which, to date, has been likened to the David Braben classic of yesteryear Virus, Conquerer, Thrust, Choplifter, Defender and EA's Desert Strike. In truth, it marries the classic mouse control method of Virus (and it's not wildy
disimilar in looks, either) with the tactical mission elements of Desert Strike.
Who’s afraid of... Zeewolf puts you in charge of an attack helicopter and your task is to plough through some 32 missions - each mission can be completed in any number of ways and there's a fair chance that completing some in particular ways may see you embarking on the odd secret mission. This makes the whole process of the game far less linear than games such as Desert Strike. Most of the missions involve rescuing people from various areas and battling an evil swine before destroying the odd, seemingly indestructible boss.
You can even pick up allied combat vehicles and drop them behind enemy lines, though once dropped they are controlled by the computer. The landscape is an undulating patchwork and programmer Andy Wilton has cleverly used colour interpolation. What the...?
Basically, when the pieces of the patchwork meet there's a contradiction in the colours, and to smooth this contradiction, you use a colour somewhere between the values of the other two which basically has a smoothing effect. Colour interpolation, see Asylum have been canny enough though to make Zeewolf both joystick and joypad compatible for those with mouse phobia and hopefully they will have sorted out keyboard compatibilfy by the time the game hits the streets.
According to PR manager Andy Smith, the key word is playability. "With Zeewolf we've tried to give the player a decent, enjoyable game that's essentially fun to play we haven’t followed any game design formulae but simply remembered that Zeewolf has both a map and a radar to help you home In on the enemy. You can also keep up-to-date on your weaponry which Include cannons, rockets and air-to-air missiles though AAM's have to be used sparingly.
Using a mouse proves tricky, but after a while this method is more responsive than joystick or joypad.
• I.B A whole host of new games for your delight and
delectation... Zeewolf harks back to an old tradition where
gameplay came first and beautiful graphics second. However, the
game's 3D visuals have been executed superbly.
The most important ingredient in any good gome has to be the playability." And by jove he's right.
So many games are dressed up in fancy graphics and liberally sprinkled with whacko samples but lacking somewhat in gameplay Where’s polygon?
So are Binary Asylum going back to basics? Andy Smith reckons yes and no. "Zeewolf doesn't pretend to be ground-breaking, it's evolution, not revolution in that we've taken some old ideas and previously accepted methods of doing things and brought them right up to today's standards.
"That's how we can employ curved surface technology and 32 colours and still have it running fast and playable on an unassisted A500."
Programmer Andy Wilton spent a good few months creating a polygon game engine to enable Zeewolf to run 32 colours at 17 frames a second and it only takes up only 100K leaving plenty of space for more missions and enemies. What's more the whole caboodle will come on one disk.
Zeewolf may be a tad retrogressive but then Binary Asylum admit that they have been heavily influenced by games such as Virus and Choplifter where playability was everything. But some games players are going to see Zeewolf as a breath of fresh air. Most Amiga owners will never have seen anything like it. We'll keep you up-to-date with Zeewolf s progress over the coming months. Zj Inevitably, and of course, realistically, helicopters have to refuel during missions. The Zeewolf must return to ship to get Its gallons of unleaded.
Another element to Zeewolf is that you can update and renew your weaponry although you must be successful In missions to earn the money to purchase them.
ZEEWOLF FROM: Binary Asylum, 28, Brock Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2LN.
Tel: (0225) 428494 VERSIONS: A500 RELEASE DATE: December '94 DEVELOPERS: Binary Asylum PRICE: Eto be decided The temperature goes up, the prices comes down.
US Gold's budget arm Kixx is re-releasing a host of titles in August for just £4.99, including Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, famous beat-em-up Street Fighter, Rick Dangerous and Sfunf Car Racer. For further defails contact US Gold on 021-606 1800.
The missions are based both at sea and on land. Andy Smith says that they have deliberately kept the playing area small so that there Is not so much pointless flying around. A few rounds of cannon Are should see off the ship.
Meanwhile, Liverpool softies Psygnosis are having a Summer storm - six titles have been slashed to £12.99, Walker, Wii 'n' Lizand Prime Mover included. But make haste, for the titles are only being cut until the first week in September.
Contact Psygnosis on 051-709 575S.
The World Cup is over. And we're still waiting for the official US Gold footie game World Cup USA '94. Fear not though, we should have a full review for you next month. And while we're talking football, FIFA Soccer, EA's console blockbuster and projected Sensible Soccer beater hos been delayed for a few weeks but hopefully we should have the definitive review for you within a couple of months.
Coverdisks are great aren't they? We've got a couple of real belters coming up in those fine Autumnal months of October and November. Pop funsters Foirground Attraction once suggested that, "it's got to be perfect, it's got to be worth it", and Theme Park should fit the bill to a tee.
Bullfrog's forthcoming blockbuster works on two levels - visually it's a cartoonfest yet beneath the beauty lies a detailed business and marketing simulation. Check out our exclusive demo in October, you won't be disappointed.
"A good walk ruined", Oscar Wilde opined when tackled on the subject of golf. But Oscar never had the chance to play Sensible Golf (he Continued overleaf a AUGUST 1 994 GAME REVIEW 112 runs required, can you defeat the West Indies? It s a pity that Audiogenic couldn't have made some of the West Indians black for that added realism - a criticism of the original too.
On The Ball features some fairly wicked animated sequences of soccer action, but It remains to be seen whether footle management cogniscentl will take to It.
Is On The Ball the soccer slm to beat the likes of Premier Manager and Championship Manager?
Find out next month whether It has the balls.
TOWER ASSAULT: The latest Incarnation of the Allen Breed series, this promises to be addictive stuff.
ALL TERRAIN RACING: This features simultaneous two-player mode and power ups to satisfy Damon Hill.
«¦ died a long time ago), but you will when we roll out our demo on the November Amiga Format coverdisk. Using a similar game engine to their previous outings, Sensible Golf is the first golf sim to adopt the top-down perspective and with the promise of humour combined with their now-renowned ability to create the ultimate in playable games, it could, ahem, bunker the opposition. Busy time for Sensible Software - they're still in the throes of completing World Of Soccer, their all-encompassing arcade management spectacular which should hit the shelves sometime in October.
Team 17 are keeping busy. Not content with re-releasing Overdrive (£10.99), a decent-enough racing game, they're planning an October release for another. This time it's a more knockabout number called All Terrain Racing, which features a simultaneous two-player mode and a host of circuits, cars and extra bits that folk stick into games. Like power-ups. And the Teamsters have hopped back on board the good ship Alien Breed II, this time it's subtitled Tower Assault, with 50 new levels and improved graphics - and some fancy Lightwave 3D scenes for the CD33 version. Also in progress is Super
Stardust, a 30- level, 256-colour shoot-em-up with ray-traced guardians which should rear it's head in September. Contact Team 17 on 0924 201846.
Krisalis (0709 372290) follow up their big hit Manchester United Premier League Champions with a Professional Footballers Association- endorsed game, Player Of The Year, which is expected to feature some arcade action. Details are scant at present but it should be available early next year.
Vulcan Software's Valhalla has undergone some hasty minor surgery. Some felt that it was rather too easy to perish early on and so the breakable tiles which see you tumble to your death are now more distinguishable. Contact Vulcan on 0705 670269 for further details.
Vital Light ('wake up in the morning, slaving for bread sir') is the title of Millennium's (0223 844894) forthcoming space age shoot-em-up which involves blasting colour blocks before they reach your protective force field - and addictive fare it looks from the brief glance we've had.
Vital Light will be released soon.
Following the success of Graham Gooch World Class Cricket, and the Second Innings disk, Audiogenic are set to release an updated version - the Test Match Special Edition. The original was by far the best Amiga cricket game though there were one or two bugs which Audiogenic claim to have eradicated, and the gameplay has been optimised so the computer teams are now more difficult to beat Included are all nine test-playing squads and 10 pre reated games of historic matches which you can join at choice moments and attempt to defy the odds - you can try and beat England's 46 all-out against the
West Indies earlier this year, look out for the full review next month.
Cripes. Another footie management sim is ready for release. Can the market stand ony more? Well, it would appear so - Black legend's Toctical Manager is currently at number two in the charts and there are three more titles in the top 30. On The Ball is the UK version of a German game charmingly known os Anstoss and differs from the majority of its peers in that graphical presentation is an important feature - there are animated TV-style match sequences complemented with running commentary. It certainly looks impressive but whether hardened management sim fans will take to it remains to be seen
We'll have a comprehensive review next month. O GRAHAM GOOCH WORLD CLASS CRICKET - TEST MATCH SPECIAL EDITION ON THE BALL CHARTS If you want to know which games you must have in your collection, look no further than the Amiga Format charts.
THIS MONTH’S TOP 30 A500 A600 TOP 10 BUDGET GAMES FG94% _*3% Not reviewed Not reviewed Not reviewed _9 10 _85% _84% _90% _76%
1. Arcade Pool (Team 17)_
2. Sim City Classic (Hit Squad)
3. Battle Of Britain (Kixx)_ 4.
Corkers Compilation (Corkers) _
5. Eye Of The Beholder 2 (Kixx) _
6. Monkey Island (Kixx)_
7. Dune (Hit Squad)_
8. Road Rash (Hit Squad)
9. Jimmy White's Snooker (Hit Squad)_
10. Cadaver (Kixx)_ SENSIBLE SOCCER: It's as easy as taking candy
off Vlnnle Jones. A quick, concise tour-player passing move
results In a dellghttul strike Into the corner.
ARCADE POOL: Could you clear the table from this situation?
SIM CITY: Maybe your only chance to play God.
Up Sensible Soccer International (Renegade) FG93% -) New Tactical Manager (Black Legend) 78% 2) Down Cannon Fodder (Virgin) FG95% If Up K240 (Gremlin Graphics) 84% 5) Some Premier Manager 2 (Gremlin Graphics) 80% Down Frontier: Elite 2 (Gametek) FG90% Down Man United PLC (Krisalis) 81% Down Beneath A Steel Sky (Virgin) FG94% •) New Sierra Soccer (Sierra) 68% New World Cup Year '94 (Empire) FG94% 7 Down The Settlers (Blue Byte) FG94% -) New Elfmania (Renegade) FG92% Down Skidmarks (Acid Software) FG90% ¦) New Empire Soccer (Empire) 88% 1 Down Liberation: Captive 2 (Mindscape) 80% Down Sensible
Soccer 92 93 (Renegade) 80% 2 Up World Class Cricket (Audiogenic) 78% 1 Down Jurassic Park (Ocean) 70% -) Re Dennis (Ocean) 25% Re Winter Olympics (US Gold) 70% Re Soccer Kid (Krisalis) FG93% Down Championship Manager Italia (Domark) 85% Down Championship Manager Comp (Domark) 72% Down Wembley Rugby League (Audiogenic) 74% Re Space Hulk (Electronic Arts) 77% Re Graham Gooch's Second Innings 80% Re Body Blows Galactic 88% Re A-Train (Hit Squad) 84% Down Heimdall 2 (Core Design) 81% -) New Turrican 3 (Renegade Mindscape) 77% Top 10 A1200
1. Kick Off 3 (Anco) 79%
2. Ryder Cup Golf (Ocean| FG91%
3. Civilization (Kompart) FG95%
4. Heimdalt 2 (Core Design) 81%
5. Alien Breed 2 (Team 17) 80%
6. James Pond 3 (Millenium) 75%
7. Soccer Kid (Krisalis) FG93%
8. Jurassic Pork (Ocean) 70%
9. Body Blows Gal (Team 17) 88%
10. Sabre Team (Krisalis) 8 10 Top 10 CD32
1. Gunship 2000 (MicroPros*) FG92%
2. Heim da 11 2 (Core Design) 81%
3. Wembley Soccer (Audiogenic) 79%
4. Impossible Mission (MProse) 88%
5. Ult Body Blows (Team 17) FG90%
6. Liberation (Mindscape) FG91%
7. James Pond 3 (Millenium) 75%
8. Frontier: Elite 2 (Gametelc) FG91%
9. Global Effect (Millenium) 74%
10. Disposable Hero (Gremlin) 81% UP AND COMING AUGUST Champ Mgr
End Of Season (Domaric) Dennis & Gnasber (Alternative) Dragon
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(Daze) Seventh Sword Of Mendor (Grandslam) Theme Park
(Electronic Arts) Trocksuit Manager 94 (Alternative) Turbo
Trax (Kompart) World Cup USA 94 (US Gold) More milk-the*fans
management malarkey Beano faves get rescheduled release
Isometric RPG from creators of Dark mere Tense 3D shoot-em-up
in Aliens mould Standard version of World Cup footie game
Dungeon Masterstyle RPG adventure Bullfrog show Disney how
it's done Or how to run a sports shop in easy stages Top-down
racer originally due through Daze Officially endorsed version
of the tournament SEPTEMBER Big Sea (Krisalis) Kevin Keegan
Player Mgr (Imagineer Anco) King-Pin (Team 17) Kingdoms Of
Germany (Krisalis) KTM Motorcross (Renegode) Lemmings 3
(Psygnosis) Marvin Minx (21st Century) Ruff 'n' Tumble
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M Vi W But now, I through tnefn, ya can help to create Cannon Fodder 2 of the x» V Is this game an onion-bag-bulging frenzy of footie fun, or a no-score bore? We call the shots.
No, what we have here is a quirky, yet incredibly playable arcade football game. Ace coders Graftgold, not exactly renowned for their sports sims wrote it and in the main, they've done a grand job.
So what's the plot? Well, 32 international teams (including all the teams from World Cup '94) are in here, each with a different style of play and level of skill - but you can equal them out if you wish. There are two skill levels: Novice, where the ball sticks to players' feet (mostly) and Pro, where it doesn't.
Yet, the great thing is, no matter how good or bad you are at footie games, you can jump straight into ES, in a sort of lunging two-footed manner. The Novice option enables beginners to trot around the pitch, ball firmly glued to fool while those with a penchant for The Beautiful Game can tackle Pro.
ES is not a game for sensible soccer fans but it cleverly extracts many elements of Sensible Soccer, slaps them in a large pot, adds a pinch of spice and boils them into a most palatable potion. What we are treated to is Sensible's playability combined with some of the most outrageous action this side of a small chap from Argentino.
ES is not meant to be realistic - only great fun. Where so many football games fall down is in their attempt to outdo the Sensible blokes at their own game. Listen up you mmmm Spins the player around and sends In a hard, low shot, always on target.
For Brazilian wannabees, the swerve takes the ball to the top corner.
Knock over the opposition, and the man in black won't penalise you.
Enables the ball to stick to a player's foot for a short period - run It Into the net.
The toll Scotsman from the class next door (Amiga Power) began laughing hysterically. Your correspondent, Bug clutched firmly in sweaty palm giggled, then started guffawing as tears rolled down his cheeks. This game suddenly looked absolutely ridiculous.
The sprites seemed shorter than ever, the match seemingly played at a pace most snails would find comfortable. What poor excuse for a game masquerading as home entertainment brought on this unbridled mirth? The answer: Sensible Soccer. Sinners, I hear you cry. Thou shall not defame the House Of Sensible with seditious rumblings.
But even true believers like the Scotsman and I could not contain ourselves. After playing Empire Soccer solidly for a couple of hours, we slotted in the old Sensible disks and it just wasn't the same. Empire Soccer1 s enclosed pitch, large sprites and pace had left us breathless.
But ES (can we call it that from now on?) Is not a football simulation as such. The pitch is small - most noticeably between the centre circle and the edge of the penalty area where the gap seems a matter of yards (in real footie terms, of course), and the sprites resemble cartoon characters. The goalkeepers in particular dive across the face of the goal like salmon over weirs.
SPECIAL MOVES FOR SUPER PLAYS « POUERDRIUE CFIXI I « BANANA5HOT IFIX) A powerful drive that the keeper has real trouble keeping out of the onion bag.
«5REEDBURST Gives you a real turn of pace, although you often run straight off the pitch.
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BOOKIMO*. M SCUT OFF 1*0 begin to wonder. But hey, who really cares about wonky stats.
Of the recent rash of football games Empire Soccer is the best because it doesn't adhere to any formula. It doesn't pretend to be anything other than fun. None of the players are named - you can't juggle your Smith with your Sanchez nor should you wish to. ES is as daft as a brush. Enjoy it.
Steve Bradley O Empire Soccer puts on your boots and ties the laces. And once they're on, you can't take them off. It's absorbing, entertaining and, most importantly, a whole heap of footie fun.** 88% UjjliUU - softies: soccer gomes don't, and indeed probably won't come better than Sensible.
Steal their best bits and add your own ideas - that's what ES has done. By retaining the fluidity of its more solemn counterpart and enclosing the space in which you play, ES jacks up the pace to an amazing level.
The ball zings about the pitch, players rush madly, every challenge is a committed one - it really is frenetic. And this explains the Scotsman's reaction to Sensible Soccer, it's a sedate afternoon jaunt in comparison, though it would be foolish to compare the two.
Empire Soccer sets its stall out early doors. You instantly know it isn't here to satisfy your dream of being Ryan Giggs and this sets it apart from the rest.
Graftgold have dropped in a pile of special skills which you can utilise at certain points in the game, including Banana Shots, Powerdrives and Superdribbles to name a few.
SP (Super Powerj appears on screen, Let’s talk tactics. Novice mode sticks the bail to the player's feet while on Pro it's slightly more difficult to control the ball. Choose your Super Power carefully though.
You whack the fire button and your chosen special skill activates. Not that it always does you any good.
You've chosen Speed Burst, you're running in on goal when suddenly you inadvertantly tap the fire button and run straight past the goal at a hundred miles an hour. Damn! But these skills really add to the fun - Powerdrive is a particular favourite, because even if you don’t burst the net, the keeper can never hang on to it so you follow up the strike and tap it in.
But ES can be disconcerting. Often, the ball disappears off screen before the scrolling catches up - normally a cardinal error in footie games, but here it simply adds to the fun. And ES is not without its bugs either.
Witness a free kick just outside the box - the wall lines up yet refuses to disperse after the kick has been taken.
And the useful stats screen occasionally goes bonkers. At the end of each half, you're informed of how much possession you've had, shots on goal and the like, but when it suggests you had 38 shots on target in a one-minute half you iMwuauiuiuiMta m im Large, quirky, cartoon sprites and the best-looking footie nets are a winning combination.
SOUND_ ¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦¦a Wonderful player groans and reasonable chants. But you're too busy to worry about that.
ADDICTION PUBLISHER Empire 081-343 7337 PRICE £25.99 RELEASED Out now Just pick up your joystick and get on with it. IS is enjoyable and horribly addictive.
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Mexican keeper Campo has a penchant for loud jerseys, but they've got nothing on Bonner’s new translucent effort.
Overwhelming feeling which hits you is that it lacks polish. For example, there are numerous occasions when the players’ a pre-match pep-up with little Diego.
I've even witnessed a computer player run for a third of the pitch with the ball behaviour is just plain odd. Often when the ball is kicked high in the air, a computer- controlled player stands under it, and instead of waiting patiently for it to return to earth, frantically jiggles back and forth as if he had enjoyed seemingly glued to his head. Charles 'Charlie' Charles (of Harry Enfield fame) would be proud of that.
The game's soundtrack, too, is questionable, being one of the most poorly-realised I've ever encountered. OK, so
* * The game seems like a rush fob to coincide with the World Cup
~ excellent passing and unparalleled distribution skills.
UBERO Rate in British football, a chap who plays just in front of the defence, but is always looking to push upfield.
TARGET MAN The player to pick out with comers and other set-pieces where you throw a ball into the box. He has power in the air but is equally dangerous with his feet. A very valuable player.
GOAL MAKER As a variant of the Playmaker, use this attacking midfield player to move the ball around up front and link with the strikers. He also has scoring ability himself.
SKILLS AND THRILLS One area where Kick Off 3 realty out-Mores the opposition is the emphasis which it places on Key Players. Nine varieties of Key Player are included, five of which are particularly interesting and bring some novel abilities to Amiga footie games: PIAYMAKIR A Gazza-esque midfielder with flair, a reasonable turn of speed and strong passing skills. Oh, and he's probably a bit handy with a large bowl of pasta too.
SWEEPER Working from just behind the defence, the Sweeper is both the last line of defence and the player who instigates counter-attacks, from deep in his own half. He has here is an industry rumour which claims that when Anco decided to dust off their acclaimed Kick Off concept to produce a sequel, they spent a serious amount of time with their chins planted firmly on their fists, weighing up the quality of the current opposition.
And apparently, they conceded that Sensible Soccer had things wrapped up from an overhead-view perspective. So, rather than play Sensi at its own game, they decided to reinvent themselves. And the result is Kick OH 3.
But what sort of result is it? Well, it's a fairly mixed bag. The KICK ON THE TRAINING GROUND KICK OFF 3 This Is Just an example of when you need to make use of that second fire button: a well-timed chip.
Practice set-plece free kicks can involve up to five players, but not all of them seem interested here.
Game which doesn't begin to match other efforts in its professionalism.
But now for the good stuff. K03 plays a fairly solid game of the old kick-it-between-the-sticks with plenty of scope for tremendously satisfying moves and thumping volleys and headers - all wrapped up in a surprisingly workable viewpoint.
The 'special' players really make you approach things in a different fashion, making the squad set-up a much more managerial exercise.
There's also a full complement of cups, one of the widest range of player moves yet seen (made possible by the use of a joystick with two independent fire buttons, natch), and that lovely little practice section.
But if you're really gagging to get away from the Sensible Soccer viewpoint you'd be better advised to wait for FIFA International Soccer rather than opting for a flawed semifinalist such as Kick Off 3.
Sure, Kick Off 3 has its moments, but that won't be enough considering the company it will be keeping. Kick Off 4 anyone?
Tony Mott O football supporters aren't renowned for their powers of articulation, but these guys struggle with just one chant. And it's rarely in context with the on-pitch action - often a goal is scored to no reaction whatsoever!
Also, for some inexplicable reason I couldn't get the practice mode to work straight from booting up - I had to play a proper match before it would operate. This is a frustrating, hair-tearer of a point because most people will naturally home in on that option at the outset.
As a whole, the package smacks of being a rush job to coincide with happenings Stateside this Summer.
And thot, coupled with the sheer ambition of the project - heck, versions for five formats have been developed simultaneously, with one guy at the helm - has produced a Whereas most Amiga footie games simply offer you the option to remove the opposition from the pitch as a practice mode, Kick Off 3 goes the whole hog and gives you a range of training-ground possibilities that Big Jack himself would approve of.
First up is the dribble and shoot section which places a row of cones for you to dribble round between your sole player and the goal, and later even in the goalmouth. It's just like the methods they use in training at real football clubs - except that the Kick Off 3 players don't have mobile telephones. Or agents. It's tremendous fun though.
You can also brush up on your bendy, swervy banana shots at set-piece free kicks before entering the game proper, with cones simulating opposing players in a wall formation.
The third and final training mode arrives in the form of two team mates practising crosses and shots. Taking the striker's role, you've got to pick up both lofted and low balls pumped in from the wing and stuff 'em away in an appropriately onion bag-bulging sort of way.
Unfortunately, your provider is less than perfect in the crossing department and sometimes he even launches the ball over the goal before you even get the chance to reach itl Overall, though, this is a welcome extra section and one worth spending time with.
* * Although this is an ambitious attempt at furthering the
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PRODUCTS The amazing new graphics tablet for the Amiga
developed with the help of First Computers. 94 rated in Amiga
Shopper August issue! Requires
2. U WB or above Qn|y £54.99 Hades looks uncannily like a set
from the original Allen film. And Beelzebub bears more than a
passing resemblance to a certain character In Legend (er, but
then he would).
ICING'S QUEST This is real formula stuff with few concessions to developments in the adventure genre. But is it any good?
Volkswagen Beetles.
Doctor Who.
Commodore 64s.
Lumpy, old-fashioned, way past their sell-by dates. And some people still love 'em.
Vehemently. They'll defend them against all allegations of outmodedness, in the face of mountains of evidence that proves otherwise.
Sierra adventure games are pretty much in the same category.
They're sitting ducks when it comes to criticism. While there have been huge leaps in the development of adventures in the last couple of years, Sierra's efforts have remained steadfastly... well... the same. It's like the lucasArts games redefined the genre, but Sierra didn't bother looking in their dictionaries.
It's easy to moan about lack of user-friendliness, having to save before you do practically anything, puzzles that require a photographic memory (you could note everything down, but, hey, who can be bothered with that these days?) And cliched plots.
However, there are people out there who will say, 'So what? It's the quality of the adventure that counts. I remember the days when we had to type everything in.' And they'll nod wisely, as if they know something you don't about the KING'S QUEST VI effect of a good adventure on the human psyche.
So how does Kings Quest VI fare purely in its own terms? It's competent enough and goes through all the relevant motions. Prince Alexander has to travel to the Green Isles to rescue Princess Cassima from the clutches of an evil Vizier who wants to marry her so he can rule the place. Much magical island- hopping, puzzle-solving and talking to weird characters who never seem to give you a straight answer ensues.
There are a few occasions when it strays from the formula, including a fiendishly tricky catacombs section and a genuinely atmospheric jaunt into the underworld. And there are a couple of inspired pieces of problemsolving, especially the bit with the VI PROGRAMMERS Revolution PUBLISHER Sierra 0734 303322 PRICE £34.99 RELEASED Out now HMD DISK GRAPHICS Twiddly. Iddty, whooeeoo, piink. And, er, that's it. Luckily the tunes are used sparingly.
Stick-in-the-mud. But these are too few and far between. There's too much wandering back and forward through the same screens talking to the same characters.
And they are a generally uninspiring lot, most of 'em direct from Rent-A-Cliche®. There are some great cameos, though - keep an eye out for the gnomes and the hanging participle.
On the whole the game delivers the (mostly unblemished) goods on the brain-strain side and keeps you mentally on your toes. But some of the puzzles are ridiculously obscure.
I resorted to the old 'click on everything in my inventory in the hope that something works' routine just a bit too often. And there are also a very annoying number of dead ends.
You get to a point where you realise what you should have done, but there seems no way to go back and rectify the situation. Unfair.
If King's Quest VI was an episode of Doctor Who, it wouldn't be one of the classics with Jon Pertwee versus the Daleks. It's more like Colin Baker versus somebody in a silly green suit. The fans can find something to love about it, but to the rest of us... well, we’ve got Star Trek: The Next Generation now.
Dave Golder O Some amusing moments and a couple of intriguing puzzles, but this is repetitive and derivative.
I- 9 T ~ | ( G ~ i? I* i* i i 11 Hardened adventurers might get into this, but there's little here to convince floating voters.
SPOT THE BALL The graphics in King's Quest VI are all very pretty, sure (though I would argue with Sierra's statement in their press release that they aren't bothering with a 256 colour version for the A! 200 because this 32- colour version is 'excellent' - adequate, yes, excellent, no).
8ut occasionally the graphics seriously hinder the game. Just take a look at the picture of the inside of the ferry for example.
There is one item you need to pick up in this room, but can you work out where it is? Or what it is exactly? (Hint - if it looks anything like a graphical glitch, then dkk on it. In fact, dull as it may seem, it's best to click on every square inch of every single screen.)
The spike maze in the catacombs section is even worse.
It's small, but deadly. And completely unfathomable at first glance. Can you work out which are the dangerous tiles? It's not as obvious as it looks. OK, you should If they're catacombs, there must be a mlnotaur about. Sure Is. No ball of wool In your Inventory, however.
Save before you embark on anything like this, but I like to be given the chance to get it right without having to resort to trial and error. Or a flock of sheep to herd through the area first - strangely enough I couldn't find that in my inventory.
M It's pretty much an ad venture-bynumbers. It's like Monkey Island never happened.
It's competent, but is unlikely to appeal to the unconverted. " Mortal Icombat 2, Super Street Fighter 2, Stunt Race FX, Shockwave, Donkey Kong '94, TIE Fighter, Super Sidekick 2, Benefactor, Monster Max, Bump and Burn, Mario Andretti Racing the rather excellent simultaneous two-player mode).
Banshee has many influences, the most obvious being the 942 coin-op, but in the wonderful animation you can spot elements of both Desert Strike and Cannon Fodder. Strangely, the looks are not immediately appealing but that's because you don't get a great deal of time to look at the scenery. The attention to detail is stunning though, particularly on the soldiers when they emit a blood curdling 'aaaarrggh' after being set alight; and when you blow their parachutes out of the sky and watch them crumple to the ground.
Set over four levels, this vertically scrolling shoot-em-up has wide and varied terrain. Even though four levels sounds a tad paltry, you are treated to a fair few changes of scenery over any one level.
Picture the scene - on idyllic Friday afternoon in the office, Glenn Campbell crooning about the time he went to Phoenix, AF editorial staff arguing about the merits of pop group Oasis and who is the finest supermodel - when suddenly, the peace is shattered.
What unseemly racket is this?
What could possibly necessitate the need for the sound of guns, bombs, tanks, planes, ships, soldiers and submarines on o day so full of the joys of Summer? And surely such liJkNSHEE And you cannot simply plough through this, guns blazing and dodging the bullets, because you often have to fly through a bridge or around a particularly tall church.
You don't get far without collecting pick-ups either - both offensive and defensive.
Banshee should challenge even the most seriously committed fans of the genre. Every so often, baddies appear that take a heck of a gunning down, and mindless violence should at least be held over to a Monday morning?
But no, it could not, for this noise is Banshee, a blast-em-to-kingdom- come affair which harbours no serious thoughts of plot or narrative development. You simply shoot things. Anything. Everything. Suffice to say, it’s 1999 (I was er, dreaming when I wrote this) and bod folk have taken over the world. Only you and your Banshee biplane can save it (and your mote, if you're playing in j11200 A banshee is a wailing spirit portending death. So is this game a scream?
GAME REVIEW AUG rKUVKAfnlVIEKa In-house PUBLISHER Core Design 0332 29 797 PRICE C25.99 RELEASED Out now GRAPHICS The attention to detail is superb, the animation wonderful. Pity you're too busy to enjoy it.
SOUND ¦flBKMIMM!!!
Hurrah for Core Design.
Mercifully, there is no in-game musk and the effects are fine.
ADDICTION Fortunately, the screen scrolls right and left too (about half a screen each way), so sometimes you can manoeuvre your way past the swine with the minimum of damage, but with so many foe to tackle you can't hide for long.
This is a classic shoot-em-up.
Sure, we've seen this sort of thing many times before and inevitably the gameplay can seem a little repetitive, but rarely do they look or play quite as well as this. Banshee breaks no boundaries, it blows them out of the sky.
Steve Bradley O
* • This is a real shoot-em-ups' shoot-em-up.
Banshee tells it like it is: you kill things.
Full stop. Just boot up and shoot up.
What more could you ask for? ** 90% Save us from the ball and chain.' Sang XTC back In the 80s. Keep blasting.
The ice man cometh. Bombard the turrets and splatter those nasty sledgers.
I used to come here when It was al sand. Get those desert strikes in.
Just Software that matches your Hardware Programming Utilities KXIIIIOI (Mil 10110 11110000 HiSoft BASIC 2 £79.95 The Maxon Magic screen saver works in all modes, even with graphic cards, and offers you a choice of 20 dilfen-m amusing and entertaining modules such as Aquarium. Flying Breakfast. Fireworks, Crazy Worms, Messages, Clock etc. HiSoft BASIC 2 is the new BASIC system for your Amiga, fully compatible with all Amigas from a Workbench 1.3 A500 up to an A4000 tower system running Workbench 3.
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* °T0 n he pa»n'u'- it can oe ove you ever hod anyone tell you
that you'd feel better about things if you didn't lose sight of
the world's beauty? Being a cynical old sod. I've never been
convinced of this, but it would appear that the inhabitants of
the planet lullyat - the 'merry men' as they're known - are
kept happy by a large rainbow spanning the skies. Some people
are easily pleased, I suppose.
But os is the way with most games, there needs to be a 'however' in the plot. Ahem... However (there, see?), some dastardly invaders have stolen the machine that makes the rainbow and kidnapped some of the merry men.
Looks like it’s time to call in another plot device - let's try 'hero flying through space intercepts the SOS.'
The hero in this case is Ben E Factor (good griefl) who, as our piccies testify, is a very small chap.
Under your expert guidance, Ben has to travel through various zones solving puzzles in order to lead all the gonky blokes to the exit.
Apart from this information, very little is made clear at the start of the game.
Basically, you hove to run around platform- filled levels, avoiding traps while finding the right key to the right cell and tripping switches to open new pathways to the trapped merry men. Once released, the prisoners can help you by pressing buttons and tripping switches themselves (as long as you throw them on to the right platforms
- they're not as athletic as Ben).
Some of them have been made evil by their ordeals, turning grey with the stress. These must be sent through a paint machine to colour them in before they'll help you escape To do this you- Hang on!
I'm not going to tell you everything.
The puzzles are intriguing to begin with, but once you've worked out a general pattern you can just about crack any of the levels without too much thought. The game's main challenge is in running around and avoiding the traps. Some of them are so deviously hidden away that you've been nobbled before you even realise there was anything to be avoided. Some of the levels even require you to lose energy (by dropping from a great height) - an element which a carefully-planned platform game should definitely NOT have Benefactor isn’t completely crap though. It has some great little touches such as
the tiny - but very well-drawn - graphics, the many different ways of getting around a level and... and... er... others too numerous to mention.
Unfortunately, the gameplay is hardly original, consisting of strong elements from Flashback and Lemmings. These were both fantastic games, but Benefactor doesn't quite have the exciting adrenaline- pumping action of the former, or the addictive brain-melting puzzles of the latter. You just run, jump, collect, die and try again until you've romped through the whole thing. This makes it fun for a while, but by no means is Benefactor a classic.
Maff Evans O “ Not a bad puzzle game, but a fair way from being a great one. Some nice ideas and gorgeous visuals are let down by a general feel off 'Yeah,so?' » Fun in short bursts, but playing for any length of time starts to get tedious.
PLAYABILITY Generally easy to pick up, but some features are just a little bit too frustrating.
The tiny, well-animated sprites and highly-textured backdrops are a sight to behold.
There are o few cote effects, but the backing tunes start to grate after a while.
Iiaaa: pie Arithmetic Him T £ O i INTO ONE G I: t i If you enjoyed the streets ahead brilliance of SimCity 2000, here s a chance to catch up on some of the famous titles that Maxis have created in the past. What's more, we re launching our range of SimClassics with a limited edition of three great Sim ti ties for the price of just one. The SimClassics Collection olume 1, available on PC, Mac and Amiga, comprises SimCity Classic, SimLife and SimAnt.
SimCity Classic is the original version of SimCity that first started the townbuilding craze. SimLife is an incredible genetic laboratory that enables you to create new species and build your own ecosystem. In SimAnt, you’ll view the world as leader of an ant colony, doing battle with spiders, lawn mowers and human feet.
These titles will also he available individually in September on the mid-price SimClassics label, along with A-Train and SimEarth. Maxis games always pacb in the entertainment. With our three in one collection, we've never pacbed in more!
& Jli M ® "(p SIM CLASSICS Maxis Ltd 18-20 St John Street. London EC1M 4AY Telephone: 071-490 2333 © 1989,1991,1992,1993 Sim-Business. Will Wright and Ken Karakotsios All rights reserved worldwide A-Train trademark & copyright 1991 Artdmk and Maxis All rights reserved worldwide 0 All the lastest 00 transfers management changes have been included up until the end of the season.
Peacock will be at Newcastle, 00 Limpar at Everton, Rocastle will be at Manchester City. Joe Allon will have left Brentford to join Port Vale, etc. The End of Season Data Disk 00 makes Championship Manager ‘93 the most up-to-date football management game ever available.
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081-780 2224 GAME REVIEW AUGUST 1 994 Bump V Burn is a game
about driving odd vehicles against even odder opponents in a
mythical land called Toonia. It's a game where the gloves
come off and the Highway Code is tossed out of the window;
it's a game where the only rule is that there are no rules.
You're out to beat Count Chaos, the undefeated Bump 'n' Burn champion, who competes in the dastardly Skull Crusher Special.
Other drivers whom you can choose to represent include Loretta Lamour, Everything stops for the log train. This is particularly annoying if the rest of the pack a positively Penelope Pitstopian have already shot past the barriers before they closed.
BUMP N M The Dodgy Dlnos meet a ghostly apparition in the Haunted Graveyard. I'm sure I've seen that on the Al.
It's a lot less bovver when you hover. UFO's can cost you a few seconds. This happened to me once on the Al.
Petal, an eskimo, a pair of beavers, dinosaurs and... well, you get the scenario. If this were a Seventies cartoon, it wouldn't be called Hong Kong Phooey.
But Bump V Burn is not simply about getting from pole to chequered flag in the shortest space of time (oh all right, it is, but I've got to discuss the other bits in between and tell you that 'pick-ups abound', after a recent directive from the Games Reviewers Wow! You can take on some serious air (as they say in the mountain bike mags) as you hurtle around the raceways.
For Overused Phrases Society). No matter which character you decide upon, all the others are pulling every trick in the book to ensure that they get to the line first. And these include dropping oil slicks, smoke screens and mines; the cars shoot missiles and bones and yes, it's all completely daft.
Fortunately, colliding with these obstacles doesn't knock you out of the race altogether - it just slows you up; and of course, whatever they can do, you can return the compliment, providing you gather the necessaries along the way. Coins litter the track and when collected can be used at an upgrade shop to buy add-ons for your motor.
But despite the aforementioned fineries, Bump 'n' Burn essentially adheres to the tried and tested Lotus Crazy Cars format - the scrolling is smooth and the control of the car pointed The tracks purport to be varied, yet mainly, there isn't much difference between them. The themed raceways do have some nice touches and each competitor thrives on a different circuit. Count Chaos loves the Interstellar Interstate; witness a UFO swooping down and scooping you off the track, losing you valuable seconds in the process. And check out the divebombing ighter planes on Colonel Carnage's home circuit,
the swinging log cranes in the forest and the freaky ghosts in the spooky Haunted Graveyard.
The main problem with Bump V Burn is that despite all the wacky competitors on the track, you often feel you're racing on your own. You can rattle along for ages without seeing another soul, which can be most disconcerting - and very dull at times. The idea behind it all is nice, but it doesn't work well enough to take Bump ‘n Burn into the pantheon of Amiga racing games Steve Bradley O although the road can become long and winding after a while. Nice try, but not quite the lasting appeal of Micro Machines. M
• * Bump 'n' Burn is wacky journey.
% INTERNATIONAL ACTION at it's DAZZLING BEST... Top footballing nations of the World, eath bursting with talent battle for Sorters biggest prize • Tho World Cup. The atmosphere is elettrit as the stage is set for The Worlds best players to display their awesome skills. Dutth Wingers flying down the line nutmegging defenders, Brazilian Playmaker. Tearing the opposition apart, English Target Man soaring high for that winning header.
Kick oft 3 is unique in conception - unlike any other computer soccer game you have ever played. It brings to the pitch true national style of each competing country.
You PC COMPATIBLES it's knew e four Competitions - World (up Finals, league, Knock Out Cup and the Challenge.
E Over 2000' homes of animation for fast flowing attion and smooth multi directional pitch scrolling.
E Instant playability with game speed and ball control options to suit novice and master game alike.
E Nine types of Key player like Playmakers, liberos and Wingers to give each of the International sides a totally different playing style.
• Thirty different MT PLAYS for comers and free Kicks to give the
most realistic deod ball situations ever.
• Team Talk your way out of trouble and 'get stuck into' the
opposition.
Number of frames reduced on AMIGA 500 500* 600 AMIGA
• Frame by frame action replays, instant Match Facts and all the
latest soccer laws like the backpass rule, offside and
professional foul.
• Overhead Kick, volleys, flicks diving headers and the lethal
AFTFR TOUCH to give the real flavour of International
competition.
• Individual Practice to sharpen up before the big match.
I your skills kickm PC COMPATIBLES PC CD ROM AMIGA 500 600 1200 ANCO Anco Software ltd, Unit 7, Millside Industrial Estate, lawson Road, Dartford, Kent Ml 5BH Tel: 0322 292513 The world is in a very dodgy slate. What with the wholes being killed, the ozone layer still being depleted by CFCs and all sorts of nasty things in the soil, we (the human race) have got a problem.
Of course, even when the seas are lifeless pools of pollution and the once verdant pastures are arid deserts, we'll still have computer games. Hurrah!
However, I doubt very much that we will be playing Burnlime. It could be a bit close to home, because it's all set in a distinctly unpleasant future, where the radiation-scarred wastelands are populated by hideous mutants who like nothing better than to eat innocent normals, without even washing their hands. The human race has been reduced to scouring the earth for food, where the only edible things are maggots, snakes, rats and dogs. Not a McDonalds in sight. What a hellish vision of our future this is.
Anyway, you, as the brave and courageous hero, intend to bring some sort of order to this anarchic world by taking over the various cities and settlements with your military colleagues.
You start off with an army of one (you), and you have to wander the land trading, hunting and attempting to persuade people to join your party. As you gradually build up a following, you occupy settlements and lead your band of happily psychopathic warriors on a quest for truth, justice and a slightly less maggoty way of life.
Burnlime certainly has an interesting premise, and there is plenty of opportunity for adventure in the wide range of settlements spread around the globe. It’s a pity, then, that the process of moving around a settlement looks rather like something from an old Spectrum game.
You gel your group (or individuals) to move by clicking on the destination, but the characters are rather dim - they often get stuck behind an obstacle, leaving them wandering around in circles.
This is incredibly especially wh over a mutant gesture in your direction.
Other options (such as instructing one of your band to guard a site or to separate from the main group) are available from a menu which appears when you click on the right mouse button. This can also put you into either talk or fight mode. Clicking on any of the other characters on the screen with the left button carries out the appropriate action, which comes down to either blasting the mutants or chatting nicely This control method is rather difficult to get the hang of, but once you get your brain around it, it's not too bad However, this game is rather irritating in other ways. For
instance, if you inadvertently set out on a trip with insufficient water, you die. No warnings, no chance to turn back, just a screen that informs you that you are deader than a very dead thing. This is incredibly infuriating, especially when you've just left a place with more water than you could carry.
IrnriETi Burntime is an intriguing game with an undeniable hook to it.
However, it unfortunately fails to bring the various elements of combat and strategy together, leaving something of a mess. The overall experience is atmospheric, but it really fails to drag you in.
* • An interesting game, but the finished product fails to come
together. It will probably appeal to hard-core strategy gamers,
but not to many others. ** Richard Baguley O 70% Kompart 0727
868005 Somewhat difficult to get into, but there is a challenge
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LEMMINGS: Can U dig it? With Lemmings, anything is possible. Especially If it involves tunnelling through rock to get to the exit.
Apparently, lemmings don't throw themselves off cliffs, there’s Just so many of them they get pushed off.
Lime, like every other, he's brought with him an entire netful of poor to middling ocean-related puns. James Pond 3: Operation Star!i5h (Millenium 0223 844894, £34.99) follows the same formula as the others. It's a flexible, large-levelled platformer designed, like its predecessors, to catch the eye with bright colours and tickle the funnybone with the aforesaid aquatic humour.
It's also rather a good game to settle down with if you fancy honing your reactions. The good news is that there are 1 10 levels of jumping, ducking, running and, er, timing things correctly. But they are let down by the fact that many of them are decked out with very dark backgrounds.
What should appear to be a moody, atmospheric sense of foreboding (presumably) actually feels more like the brightness is badly set-up on your monitor.
There are big splotches of colour, but compared to the other James Pond games, these are few and far between. In fact, although there's an awful lot of collecting and baddy-busting to do as you progress through the levels, the game feels a bit hollow and lifeless.
Operation Starfi5h will appeal to diehard platformers, if only because of the number and size of its levels. The rest of us might have hoped for something more.
And here comes another anthropomorphic character. Yes, it's Brian The Lion (Psygnosis 051-709 5755, price to be announced), in his very own platform game. And for a ferocious feline carnivore, our Bri certainly looks cute as he trots through the 40 levels in the game.
As you successfully negotiate the ever-more-challenging levels, your path is plotted on a big map. As well as looking nice, this can appear daunting when you come to the realisation that not a great deal actually happens in Brian The Lion.
Sure, he can jump, run, walk and pick lots of things up, but for every section which grabs your attention, there are loads of samey BRIAN THE UON: The King Of The Jungle Isn’t as fearsome a character as he’d have you believe. Anyway, who ever heard of a King called Brian.
Lemmings (Psygnosis 051 - 709 5755, £25.99) on the CD32? There isn't much to say about this other than it is one of the classic games of all time, and is as playable as ever. Mouse is generally deemed to be the 'correct' control method, but the joypad works fine and the game still retains that old magic.
Briefly; a band of mindless little creatures drop out of the sky, and you must guide them by divine intervention to a gate somewhere on the level. Your meddling takes the form of setting individual lemmings to digging, climbing, building or other useful tasks. Thus, you construct a way of getting your tribe of cutesy characters to the exit safely.
Lemmings is an absorbing, taxing, frustrating and marvellously addictive game. Get the disc and see what all the fuss is about. You won't regret it.
Everybody's favourite 'sea'-cret agent, James Pond is back. This 49° « JAMES POND 3: This game Is packed with aquatic humour and flshy puns. We would repeat some of them here, but we believe that this sort of Joke has Its plaice.
HEIMDALL 2: Invisible ghosts, fisticuffs and spells are Just some of the surprises that await you In the Heimdall world populated by Norse gods.
Impressive foray into the world of Norse gods, swords and magical spells. You stride through it all, seen from an oblique 3D viewpoint. This lends the whole proceedings the feel of a cartoon, and as you fight, explore, cast your spells and run , ymt*1*001* „E|Mt Au 2 _as cb°sen * bearteac ,,essence ,tan t 83% + This is the only problem with the game, because the programmers have seeded it with loads of secret rooms, the odd neat puzzle and a few very imaginative ideas (such as the undersea section). The graphics are lovely and smooth and Brian feels controllable enough (for a lion, certainly).
But there's no getting around it. Many of the levels have the same feel, nice though they look.
Heimdall 2 (Core Design 0332 297797, £34.99) is a visually Mlfp OBB away from anything bigger than you.
There's a very strong puzzle element to the game, and you will be forced to revisit up to half a dozen locations to assemble everything you need to solve them. The puzzles are well- thought-out too, but if anything, the game is too linear and if you get stuck, then you're not going anywhere until you have worked out your problems.
For the hardened adventurer this isn't too daunting a prospect, because Heimdall 2 is a very playable and helpful enough game, and indeed once you get far enough into it, the old-fashioned Norse-ness of it all gets to you and the game becomes even more enjoyable Oh, and there are plenty of stats, icons and other little tit-bits of info to keep your eye on The hassle of these is reduced to a minimum, and fans of the genre won't mind them in the slightest, because they confirm beyond doubt that this is a serious and complex adventure. Heimdall 2 The pluses include such features as a marvellous
tactics-tweaking option which really works and the use of all the buttons on the CD32's controller. The minuses are that this all-button option only works for one of the controllers, for some inexplicable reason, and the game itself is a little too slow.
The dynamics of the ball are fine, and the players do everything they should. And because it's International soccer, you get to choose countries instead of club teams, which always lends a slightly grander atmosphere to any game.
Wembley International Soccer is good, but can't tackle the likes of Sensible Soccer. '! is a big game, and not something you can undertake lightly, but get stuck in and it's very enjoyable.
What's this? A sideways-viewed soccer game that's actually playable? Yes. Wembley International Soccer (Audiogenic 081-424 2244, £29.99) is a highly enjoyable romp through fields populated by big sprites, smooth scrolling and fun (if not particularly fast) gameplay.
THE LEGACY OF SORASIL: One of the better Amiga RPGs LOS has lost none of Its appeal or playability In its transformation Into a CD32 game.
Titles are an excellent invention - they set the scene and let you know what you're up against beautifully. Legacy Of Sorasil. Now here's a title.
Instantly you're made aware that this is no shoot-em-up, beat-em-up or platform game. No sir, this is firmly ensconced in Dungeons And Dragons territory - the role-playing, fantasy adventure game. As usual, a mythical land has succumbed to evil: on this occasion, a nasty plague has been created by someone without morals and your task is to rid said land of stated evil. There are nine different scenarios to tackle and it's all presented in glorious isometric 3D. And the eight characters have customiseable (oh, I say) attributes from which motley band you pick four
- the trick is to get a balance between skill, intelligence and
magic. Oh. And you need someone to stick the boot in.
RPG's are not the most progressive of game genres - this could have been written years ago but Legacy Of Sorasil mixes adventure and action remarkably well. The icons are easy to understand, the mapping system is awfully nice and even those who normally baulk at the idea of point ‘n' dick fantasies could find themselves fighting to save Rhia. That's the name of the mythical land.
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Strangely, when the same things happen to other people you can't help laughing. And this is the point of Road Rash (Hit Squad Platinum, 061-832 6633, £12.99, AF4I 84%). You can get your kicks by jeopardising the well-being of fellow motorcyclists by lumping them in the head on Route 66. Drive fast, hit hard and you'll win.
There's not that much deep gameplay, in fact, there's not that much to actually do, but hang it, the rewards - such as sending someone spinning under the wheels of a police car - are big enough and the price small enough to warrant a few quick burn ups.
While Road Rash is honest-to- goodness Police Stop!-style fun, Toyota Celica GT Challenge (GBH Gold, 0742 753423, £9.99, AF33 73%) offers an altogether more serious look at motor sport.
Taking the wheel of the 'world- beating rally car’ you get the chance to slide majestically through picturesque locations.
This is after all a rally car and, as such, not designed to be driven in a straight line, an effect which Gremlin faithfully recreate with an uncontrollable steering system.
Everything good about Toyota is very good, except the steering, which is a shame because it's a vital component of high-speed frolics.
A brilliant conversion of the okayish board game, Hero Guest (GBH Gold, 0742 753423, £9.99, AF24 85%) almost makes RPGs socially acceptable Finally, it's almost permissible to tell people that you become a dwarf with a 'magic weapon' at weekends.
The acceptance threshold is pushed by the pure playability of HQ. There are no complex rules or awkward characters to build, just monsters to kill and treasure to collect. In that great Vidal Sassoon tradition you can just load and go!
Body Blows (Team 17 Classics, 0924 291867, £12.99, AF46 88%) is one of the better beat- em-ups. It lacks the rounded feel of Street Fighter II, but it comes pretty close. If you want to fight with folk who aren't named Ryu this has enough moves to keep you swinging
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Another clone, although curiously of itself, is Archer MacLean's Pool (Hit Squad Platinum, 061 -832 6633, £ 14.99, AF40 89%). Borrowing heavily from Whirlwind Snooker, this time Mr Maclean takes on the Americans at their own game. As you'd expect from such a pedigree potter, the programming is sweet and this power is brought fully to bear in every variation of pool known to mankind. The AMIGA plays a great game, the physics work beautifully and so all that's in doubt is just how much you like pool. If you're a fan it's worth £15, if you're not... The Gomes (Hit Squad Platinum. 061-832 6633,
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"Don't chuck those bloody spears at me!". The ultimate in apocryphal quotes captures the nature of Zulu perfectly and it's an atmosphere that is recreated in ReHre's Drift (Toctix, 071-351 2133, £7.99, AF13 62%), a strategy game based around the Zulu wars.
You get to dictate each aspect of the war within a framework that also offers the much-famed 'bigger picture'. It's fun, the historical limitations are reasonably well adhered to and beating the Zulu nation takes some serious thought.
It should have been called Bloody Spears though.
While Rorke't Drift reveals the good side of the strategy coin. The Final Conflict (Toctix, 071-351 2133, £7.99, not previously reviewed) definitely shows the bad.
Again an unpleasant topic is picked.
This time global thermo-nuclear warfare, but the handling of it is far less enjoyable. Where Rorfce does its best to be friendly with squat and silly soldier sprites Conflict just offers text screens and maps.
«¦ not previously reviewed) should have something for everyone, but it doesn't. As a 30-event Olympics sim in the very best Epyx tradition, anybody and their mother should be able to find at least one event to suit their taste: either a waggler, accuracy or timing test.
The Games however could be used to inflict unnecessary suffering on prisoners of war. Each load of each event takes its chugging time.
Each change of venue or style takes even chugging longer. And because the majority of events are over in a few scant seconds the wait rarely seems worth it.
Torture is also a theme of The Executioner (Action 16, 071 -351 2133, £7.99, AF27 40%), a lame space tale of Thrust meets the Gestapo. In 'classic' - for which read first done on the C64 - Thrust mode you have to hover and shoot your way through cave-like mazes in order to 'rescue' prisoners. Then it’s back to the mother ship to give them a bit of the old rubber truncheon treatment. Doubtful morals don't even get a look in as a reason for not buying The Executioner, the game is dull enough to merit shunning in its own right.
European Football Champ (Hit Squad Platinum, 061-832 6633, £1 2.99, not previously reviewed) takes exactly the other tack. This tries to revamp one of the most established sports genres on the planet - specifically soccer - with fancy graphics and a swift arcade style of play.
Based on the old Taito coin-op, this is in-yer-face football, the kind that the Americans thought they were going to get before the World Cup started. The large sprites have ball- attracting boots, the legality of a tackle is decided by the number of button presses (as opposed to timing) and, refreshingly, you even get the opportunity to punch members of the opposition team. _ MAKING THE MARKS ADD UP Many of the gomes here have two marks - one in the text and one on the picture. The first is the mark the gome received when it was originally reviewed in Amiga Format. The score on the picture
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Select any one of Agents 2 to 4 Then select a mini-gun and destroy the roadblock. Drop all your empty weapons and energy shields and kit yourself out with the dead cops' weaponry. Now move your man over to join Agent I Select one of your remaining agents, drop all of his empty weapons and energy shields and pick up the rest of the dead cops' weapons. Put your last remaining agent in to the remaining car and drive it to join your comrades. Julie follows in her car.
Select an agent with a flamer and kill the three agents next to the three doors that are now visible. Go down the path and flame the agent that you find there.
Go down the stairs ond flame the next two agents. Then go around the corner and flame the last two agents.
You should by now have killed all the enemy agents. Select an agent and destroy or move the two cars that you used. Bring all your agents to protect Julie. She goes into the two doors before she finds the right one. Well done! You’ve completed the mission.
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Ian Wood, Stourbridge, Wort Midlands HEIMDALL 2 AGA Reviewed AF60 81% ¦ Core Design 0332 297797 In Loki's shrine use the empty bottle on the font to rise to a rune. Urgha uses the rune spell to get invulnerability.
Max, Cardiff MANCHESTER UNITED PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS Reviewed Af58 81 % ¦ Knsolis 0709 372290 When you concede a penalty push the joystick up and keep the button pressed down and your goalie will always save it. (Pockie Bonner could have done with that - Ed.)
M McMahon, St Austell, Cornwall Space, the Anal frontier, where the elite ere rewarded and the rest periah.
When the military ask you to destroy a target, fly to the planet and spot the target from space. Then lock on to the target and fly towards the edge of the planet above it with the time controls set to three arrows. As soon as the distance to the target is below 4,000Kms, fire a missile and the target will be destroyed. This is an easy way to gain money and rank.
When you carry a risky passenger or parcel and you're told you're going to regret dealing with someone, lock on to the ship that sent the message and switch to autopilot.
The attacking ship will not fire or fly in your direction, enabling you to destroy it safely.
A few useful black market ads: U Qing Joa Robins Holdings Boston Bose Haynes A Son Inc Mackenzie Relay Patricks Exchange Fort Donalds Honest John Thatchers O'Connor City Perry's Holdings Fort Wagner Honda's Trading Duval Steven's Goods Fortress York Goldstein Merchandise U FRONTIER: ELITE 2 Reviewed AF54 FG90% ¦ Gome** 0753 553445 CHART BUSTERS Stuck in a dungeon with no hope of finding your way out? Then take some solace in our monthly round-up of the latest hints, tips and cheats. Steve Bradley does.
SYNDICATE: AMERICAN REVOLT COVER DISK DEMO, AFS9 Select the group icon ond put oil your men into the first car you come across.
Move the car on to the road to create a roadblock. Now get out of the car and make sure you are still in group mode and that all your agents are using lasers. In a few moments 10 to 14 enemy agents appear. Use controlled laser shots to kill them all.
Keep an eye on your scanner because a few may try to get in behind you. Once you've killed them all, make a quick scan of the area to ensure there are none left. If there are, kill them.
Take Agent 1 and shoot the car that now appears once with a mini-gun. But don't destroy it. About six cops emerge from the car. Back off a little and get them to follow you. Once they're clear of the car move in and kill them with a long burst from your mini-gun.
The point of this is that when you kill an enemy agent and take his gun it is almost empty. Cops’ weapons are always full, so don't destroy this car since you'll also total the weapons. Drop all of your empty weapons and your energy shields if you have them, then pick up all the dead cops' weapons.
You're now ready to move Julie Tolley up to your roadblock. Take Agent 1 over to Julie's car. She only moves when an agent tells her to, so position Agent 1 next to her. Tell Julie to get into the waiting car and drive up to your makeshift roadblock then stop. While you're doing all this watch out for a slow-moving enemy agent
- he's been sent specifically to kill Julie.
Move Agent 1 and mow down the two guards with a mini-gun. Shoot the next car the same way you shot the other one, then kill the two cops who emerge. Do the same with the car after that and kill the cop Do this as quickly as you can and avoid going around the corner of the building to where the enemy agents are, so the agents won't be alerted to your presence.
Now select a gauss gun, aim at the enemy agents and CANNON FODDER It’s a myth. There’s absolutely no violence in Cannon Fodder. It’s a cute and fluffy little game, with... Oh, all right, it’s packed full of nasty stuff.
Ere are some general hints and information on where the Supa Dupa range of weapons can be found, and advice on how to do some of the harder levels. There is only one of each Supo Dupa product, so they're spread out across the game from Mission Eight onwards.
SUPA DUPA TROOPER BOOSTA - MISSION 20, PHASE 1 This is big yellow S in the middle of the screen on quite an easy level. It's still worth getting since it improves your rank until you die and it gives you a Bullet-Proofa Vest, Missile and Rank Boostas for the phase. Watch out when you get it because there is a spike nearby.
GENERAL HINTS FOR CANNON FODDER JUNGLE LEVELS Look out for the different kinds of booby traps.
There are spikes which come out of the ground usually in thin gaps between the trees. There are also trip wires to look out for. Watch out for the quicksand too.
ARCTIC LEVELS Be careful of exploding snowmen and seals. I know it's not very nice, but shoot the seals just in case. Remember that you can hide from the helicopter as well as shoot when you are in shallow water.
DESERT LEVELS Watch out for the civilian gunslingers and mines. With bridges make sure you don't fall through gaps and olso watch out for spikes in the middle or either end of the bridge.
MOORLAND LEVELS Look out for mines and exploding sheep. Again it's best to shoot the sheep. There are also guarded by a turret. It's best to blow up the helicopter with grenades to start with, then rocket the turret before getting the Troop Boosta.
Now for some of the harder levels... JEEP JUMP - MISSION 8, PHASE 4 When doing this you ore first meant to kill all of the people and blow up the huts at the top, making sure you don't blow up the Land Rover with one of the huts. Then kill the bazooka man on top of the bunker before driving off the cliff into the water. When in the water you should try to get out as quickly as possible before the jeep blows up.
Now you can clear up the bottom of the screen with a grenade or two and then take out the turret in the middle.
ROUND THE GARDEN - MISSION 9, PHASE 1 Since you're short of explosives in this level, it's best to get in the skidoo and drive around nonstop, running over lots of people, trying to get the turrets lo blow up a hut or two or even the enemy skidoo. When there aren't so many people around spikes on some of the levels. Keep a watchful eye out at all times - your enemies are very well camouflaged.
UNDEROROUND LEVELS Look out for mines. Also be careful near thin walls - you can be shot through them.
GENERAL INFORMATION On the Jungle, Arctic and Desert levels the turrets can be destroyed by grenades or bazookas. On the Moorland and Underground levels the turrets are very strong, so if you see one there must be one of your turrets, a tank or rocket-firing helicopter nearby.
On all the levels look out for doors or roofs after you've blown up a hut or building. Also, the civilians on every level keep throwing things and firing at you, so shoot them - unless, of course, the mission is to protect the civilians or get them home. Hostages can't be killed, so don't hesitate to mow down any enemy hiding behind a hostage.
You can blow up the turrets before going over the island to get the grenades. Then you can finish off the rest of the people and huts.
MISSION 1 2, PHASE 6 + MISSION 19, PHASE 2 + MISSION 24, PHASE 6 All these levels have pressure pads. What you're meant to do is leave a man on each pressure pad.
When this is done the pad starts flashing red and the helicopter - which you previously couldn't get lo - flies down to the pressure pad you placed one of your soldiers on last. You can now get inside the chopper and finish off the enemy.
AND THEY'RE OFF - MISSION 33, PHASE 3 Get in the jeep as quickly as possible and drive to the right. Stop and get out near the fence (not too close), then blow it up. Drive through the gap.
When you approach the next fence hit the rock so that the jeep jumps over the fence. Drive to the next bit of the fence. Blow this up and you should have enough time to drive up to the turret at the end and destroy the enemy jeep before it runs over the civilian.
MONOPOLY Reviewed AF60 75% B Supervision 071 -702 9391 I have found o tip which enables you to purchase properties like Mayfair and Park Lane for just £10.
Load up and start playing the game as usual, having as many players as you want.
When you land on a property of any kind reject it and let it go up for auction. Left-click on your player's symbol as you would normally when bidding. The trick is to keep left-clicking fairty quickly on your symbol until the computer asks for any more offers and sells you the property for £10. This constant clicking prevents the other players from bidding for the property. Use the same method when another player puts up a property for auction.
I am not entirely sure if this tip works with more than one human player, since everyone will be trying to get the property at the same time.
Richard Clarke. Lancaster PINBALL FANTASIES Reviewed AF41 90% ¦ 21 si Cenlury Entertainment 0235 851852 Before you start to play on a table, type in Extra Balls. A message will appear: "You will now get five balls instead of three".
SIM CITY Reviewed AF6 92% ¦ Hit Squad 061-832 6633 When you press caps lock and type in FUND you get $ 10,000. But if you type it in more than twice, a major earthquake occurs. Here's my solution - for owners of Sim City Deluxe only.
Load up Sim Editor and then load up Big City from the More Cities drawer Now go to Clear Unnatural Objects and clear all of the buildings away Then edit the terrain to your liking, but don't select Clear Map. If it runs smoothly save and when you load it up you will have £1,138,000,000.
Jonathan Utteridge, Fareham. Hants ARCADE POOL Reviewed AF59 94% ¦ Team 17 0924 201846 I've got rather a naughty little tip for Arcade Pool in two-player mode. After your opponent fouls in US pool, grab the cue ball and before you take your shot, push it in between the two other balls that are close together on the table so that the cue ball touches both of them. This nudges the balls a bit and if they are in the right place you could set yourself up a treat, or ruin your mate's plans The computer players don't mind but your mate will.
Andrew Williams, Downend, Bristol BLACK BALLED I have a cheat for Arcade Pool. It works on any of the play modes but it's only really useful on Speed Pool. To get as low a time as you like, pot all of the balls apart from one, then line the last one up on the pocket. Select save, then New to start with one ball left on 0 minutes and 00 seconds.
By the way, my fastest time without using the cheat is 24 seconds. Beat that.
Michael Watson, Robertsbridge. East Sussex MR NUTZ Reviewed AF59 71 % B Ocean 061 -832 6633 On Level One, when you come to the first working teleporter, keep going right, until you find the first ladder. Go up it to get a blue flag - it has loads of gems, lives and hit points so you can keep going until you have thousands of stars and 99 lives.
Geordie Bennie. Scotland Reviewed AF56 87% ¦ ream 17 0924 291867 To activate the cheat mode, start the game, pause and type ANOTHERCHEATMODE. The screen Rashes, Indicating the trainer mode Is active. This gives infinite energy, the N key skips levels. W gives full special weapons. D kills you and E skips you to the guardian.
Michael Heron. Dundee F17 CHALLENGE Reviewed 4FS2 8 10 ¦ Team 17 0924 291867 I've found a cheat to stay at 0 per cent damage. When you reach a tunnel crash against the left wall and hold the joystick there until you reach 100 per cent damage.
You then hold down the fire button and your damage goes up to about 700 per cent when It resets to 0 per cent. Make sure you're well inside the tunnel or you will reach daylight half-way through the cheat.
Jamie Newman, Bournemouth MEAN ARENAS Reviewed AF51 76% B ICE 0453 756993 I've found a handy little cheat on the one-player mode.
Simply type In QSSIFS4UYLS2WGKUN3 and you're whisked away to Level Three with enough lives to complete the game with ease. Another cheat for the same game is to type in CHEAT on the password bit.
When you’re In the level do not use the warp, but collect everything on the way down. Collect the gem before collecting the coin. When you collect the gem It gives you some handy In-game codes.
Alistair Boyd. Ayrshire ACTION REPLAY CORNER Here's another selection of Action Replay codes, this time courtesy of Robert O'Connor from Liverpool.
OAMI CHUT ADDRISS Cannon Fodder Orenodes 1C137 Lives C2F210 llito Missiles 7ADOB First Samurai Lives CB49 Oh Nol More Lemmings Floaters 9D87 Climbers 9D74 1 Beaibers 9D7B Blockers 9D83 Builders 9D81 Diggers 9D79 Miners 9D89 Popolevs II Ixtra points C39 Shadow Dancer Lives II Reviewed AF54 74% B Core Design 0332 297797 Here are some useful passwords: Level Two - LEMONADE Level Three - PHARMACY Level Four - ULTIMATE Level Five - DANIELLE Level Six - LUCOZADE Callum Waring. Manchester HELPING HAND AUGUST 1 994 GAME HINTS, TIPS AND HELP Can’t find the cave where you have to kill the bear before
being transported to a parallel universe? The man who knows the people that know is Steve Bradley.
ABRA-CADAVER Can you tell me how to kill the dragon at the end of Level One in Cadaver? I've tried everything.
SW Greenham, Portishead First you have to collect the massacre spell, ihe fire shield potion and ihe King's armour. Now, fully-equipped lo face the dragon, return lo ihe passage with the four buttons and enter ihe code (I 4 3 2). Exit West, then North into ihe Dragon Room.
Drink the fire potion lo protect you from ihe fireballs, hold ihe massacre spell and press Fire lo cast it. The dragon should blow up.
When it does, press ihe button on the wall, exit lo the North and pull ihe lever lo be taken lo Level Two.
CHASE THE DRAGON How do you get to the dragon in Lure Of The Temptress? I can get past the first door by telling Goewin to pull the left skull but no further.
Chris Brawn, Bramcote, Notts Here goes. After pulling ihe left skull, go into ihe next cave and move a skull so ihe door closes and wail before opening il again - Goewin should come through the hole now.
Tell Goewin lo go lo ihe green cave and pull the right skull the door on ihe left should now open so go left. It's best lo save the game al this point - you may be killed.
Go in to the cave and fight the minotaur, then go left, use the potion on the dragon and command it lo help defeat Selena. The dragon should then give you an eye.
Leave the caves and go lo the village shop. When ihe skorl guard enters ihe shop, look through the window and when Ihe guard leaves, enter ihe shop and talk lo Ewan.
Thanks lo Anthony Mills of Walsall for ihe info.
TAKING THE MICRO I have just bought Morph and Micro Machines for my Amiga Al 200 and I'm not very good at either of them.
Can you please help me?
Andrew Last, Famham, Surrey Try avoiding ihe baddies in Morph and attempt lo drive a bit faster in Micro Machines. Good luck.
CARAMBA, EAT MY TROUSERS Can you tell me how to skip levels on Bari Simpson Vs The Space Mutants?
Also, have you got any cheats for The Addams Family?
Richard Frith, Brantley, Leeds On the high score screen where ihe Simpson family are sitting on ihe sofa, type in EAT MY SHORTS. Thai should do the trick.
Here are a few Addams Family codes for you: KIKKR - Pugsly rescued.
61Y9T - Heart power-up and Pugsly.
3IZ9R - Two heart power-ups and Pugsly.
3ZYK7 - Two heart power-ups, Pugsly and Wednesday.
BZZIX - Three heart power-ups, Pugsly and Wednesday.
BGI9X - Three heart power-ups, Pugsly, Wednesday and Uncle Fester.
BLSIT - Three heart power-ups, Pugsly, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Granny.
Sadly, there's no infinite life cheat. Thanks lo Francis Major in Morpelh lor ihe codes.
STICKY SITUATION I am stuck on Fascination in two places. Firstly, at the Red Blue Club where Eduardo will not let me in.
Secondly, how do I get objects out of the car? I hope you can help.
Mark Hosker, Bury Gel ihe newspaper from ihe waste bin area, then use the lapel pin and give Eduardo the 10 dollars. On entering the club answer 222121.
Inside ihe car, lake ihe key card (shown as a small while dot) al ihe bollom right corner of ihe screen - lhal's all you need. Apparently. O SEND US YOUR STUFF If you're having trouble with a particular game or have a solution to a letter printed in the magaiine, don't keep it to yourself - write it down and send it to us, and we'll do our best to print it. Send it to: HELPING HAND, AMIGA Format, 30 Monmouth Street. Both, Avon BA1 2BW.
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With all this role reversal going on. It's nice to get back to earth with a review of a good old paint package. But Brilliance 2 0 is far from run of the mill, as you'll find out on page 98.
The rest of the great the good and the interesting play cameo parts in our cavalcade of current contenders for that elusive and exclusive Amiga Formaf Gold award Have fun, see you next time Nick Veitch This terrifying monster (no, not the one over there, the dinosaur) came from a terrific new CD-ROM title from Optonica. ( i, Check it out on page 96.
Zappo CD_ Will this third party drive for the A1200 be better than CBM's?
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Maxon Magic__ Hurrah! It's a screen blanker - but it's also a lot more... HiSoft Basic 2_ Jason Holbom takes the latest version of an old favourite to task.
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Jj REVIEWS It's not often that Jason Holborn finds a legitimate excuse for playing CD32 games all day but, with the launch of the new Zappo CD-ROM drive, he's finally managed it.
Commodore have attempted to kick-start Amiga CD-ROM with a number of releases, including the pioneering CDTV and the first true Amiga CD-ROM drive, the Commodore A570 - an A500-only single speed drive which can still be purchased for about £100.
AUGUST 1 994 ZAPPO CD-ROM Neither product managed to tempt Amiga buyers in any great numbers, but with the CD** now riding high in the popularity stakes. CD-ROM has finally managed to capture the imagination of gamers and serious users alike.
Three months ahead of the launch of Commodore's official CD-ROM, the CD1200, a joint venture between ZCL and the French hardware developer Archos has produced the Zappo CD-ROM drive.
Pitched fairly and squarely as a direct competitor to Commodore's own offering, the Zappo drive claims to deliver all the benefits of the CD1200 without the three month wait. Sounds too good to be true?
Lurking beneath the strong steel casing of the CD-ROM is a Mitsumi FX001D drive and all the necessary electronics to mate the drive's PC-like connector to a single 25-pin D socket.
The Mitsumi is definitely one of the better generic drives available - offering transfer rates of around 300K and full support for multi-session discs (Photo CD effectively), it more titan matches the Sony drives used inside Commodore's CD 1200 and the CD52.
Unlike Commodore's offerings, however, the Mitsumi is loaded via a retractable tray rather than the top-loading mechanism employed by both the CD 1200 and the CD32.
There's a connector for a 12v power supply at the back of the unit and a set of four audio connectors - two in and two out. Most CD-ROM drives have audio connectors, but Archos have been forced to extend the Zappo drive so the audio signals from the Amiga can be fed into the drive and mixed with the 16-bit CD audio from the CD-ROM. This effectively means you can hear both the audio output from your Amiga and any CD soundtracks that accompany your CD-ROM tides.
The mix level with the Amiga's audio was a little too low on the review sample we were sent, aldiough ZCL claim diat this will be sorted before the drive goes on sale.
Possibly the most surprising aspect of the drive's design is its interface cable which connects to the A1200's PCMCIA port.
Built into the cable's PCMCIA connector are some very advanced electronics which not only control die operations of the CD drive but also provide the drive with full Akiko compatibility.
Although the Akiko chip is emulated through software, die speed of emulation is very high indeed and compatibility seems good too - Psygnosis' Akiko-heavy CD32 version of Microcosm, for example, runs just as fast on the Zappo drive as it does on the CD32.
Until Kickstart 3.1 becomes available, the Amiga offers no direct support for CD- ROM drives. Commodore's drive solves this problem by having the 3.1 Kickstart chip built into die interface unit, but Archos don't have access to this chip, so they've had to write all their own custom control software which is provided with the drive in the form of a bootable disk.
Before you can get the drive to load anything, you have to install the CD control software on to your Workbench disk or hard drive. Without this all- important control software, the -Amiga will not recognise the drive and even if it PLAYING AUDIO AND PHOTO CDS WITH ZAPPO Bundled with the Zappo CD-ROM drive are a couple of additional utilities that enable you to both play audio Cds and view PhotoCD images from the Workbench. Just like the PhotoWorx utility we reviewed in AF60. The Archos PhotoCD software fully supports Kodak PhotoCD images, which can then be displayed on your Amiga screen and
even saved off to disk in IFF format.
The audio CD software is impressive too. Archos have obviously put a lot of work into this utility because it looks and performs almost identically to Commodore's audio CD player interface built into the CD32.
When you insert an audio CD into the Zappo CD-ROM drive, the CDDA utility scans the disk to find out how many audio tracks are available on the disc If the disc is recognised as an audio disc you can then play the CD audio by clicking on the on-screen icons. Just like the CD" the Zappo CD audio interface includes functions for random play and also for repeating tracks.
CD32 COMPATIBILITY Vtr 7.1 CO DROIDS 1114 CDR0H BOOT REQUESTER The CDBoot utility transfers control to the CD- ROM drive allowing you to boot from CD.
Standard Boot Most serious CD-ROM titles will happily run from Workbench, but CD12 titles are slightly different because they are self booting - that is, you need to boot up your Amiga from CD-ROM. Unfortunately, the Amiga doesn't actually recognise the CD-ROM drive until it has been mounted by the control software, and therefore it isn't actually possible to boot directly from CD-ROM.
To get around this binding limitation, Archos include a utility called CDBoot which is placed at the very start of your Startup-Sequence when the CD control software is installed on to your boot disk. To boot from CD-ROM. All you have to do is to hold down the left mouse button, and when the Amiga attempts to load Workbench from either floppy or hard disk, the CDBoot utility pops up on to the screen and you’re then given the option of transferring control to the CD drive.
To test the drive's CD12 compatibility, we grabbed just about every CD32 title we could find lying around the office and the results were pleasantly surprising. In our extensive tests, only three titles failed to work - Gremlin's Lotus Trilogy, James Pond 3 and Ocean's Ryder Cup Challenge.
Many other titles worked without problems The level of compatibility with CD*' games, including Microcosm (above), is very high although three of the titles we tested failed to work with the Zappo drive.
Including Microcosm, Chaos Engine. Fire A Ice and Ultimate Body Blows. Even some very early CDTV titles including Muybridge's Women In Motion and the CDRD range worked without problems. In all, an impressive achievement.
Amiga and an icon appears on the Workbench for that disc . You ran then double click on the icon and load programs like you would from disk.
The Zappo CD-ROM drive isn't the answer to every A1200 owner's CD-ROM needs but it's a welcome addition. The level of software compatibility that Indi have achieved is very impressive, especially when you consider how reliant many CD*® titles are on the Akiko chip.
.Although some games displayed glitches during the plavback of animations (Microcosm being one example), the speed and reliability of the drive is very high.
The real question is which drive should you buy - the Zappo CD-ROM or Commodore's own CD 1200? Well, both drives have their advantages and disadvantages - Commodore’s drive ties up the trapdoor slot but does have Kirkstart
3. 1 on board, whereas the Zappo drive uses the more convenient
PCMCIA port but can only be booted using a software utility.
Obviously, neither drive is perfect, so your choice depends on several factors. If you can live without the trapdoor expansion (RAM can still be added to the CD1200 via a standard 72-pin SIMM socket) then go for the CD1200. If. On the other hand, you already have an expansion that connects to the A1200's trapdoor port (or you intend buying an accelerator card or a RAM expansion with an Fpl' in the near future), go for the Zappo drive. 'If could, il wouldn’t be able to understand the ISO9660 filing system used on most CD-ROM titles.
Installing the driver software is fairly straightforward because most of the work is done for you - the installation program automatically copies all the files to the appropriate directories on your hard disk, and then modifies your SlartUp-Sequence so that the CD drive is automatically mounted whenever you boot your Amiga.
An unfortunate side-efiect of this process is that you can only access the CD- ROM drive when you boot from a disk that has the CD control software installed on it
- if. For example, you booted from a friend's Workbench disk,
then the CD drive would not be recognised. This isn't a problem
if you own a hard disk-based AI200. But it's a pain for the
rest of us.
Once the CD drive has been mounted, it's treated in the same way as a floppy drive. Obviously, you can't write to a CD- ROM disc, but other than this, using the CD drive is almost exactly the same as using a (loppy disk.
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82% ¦ INSIGHT DINOSAURS Jurassic Park fever may have finally died down, but the interest in dinosaurs has not. Jason Holborn takes a look at Optonica's new CD-ROM reference title.
There's also a detailed A-Z index of your favourite dinosaurs. All this information is backed up by some superbly digitised pictures and the odd film clip or two.
To keep the kids occupied, there's even a special Funosaurus section that offers a quiz to test your dinosaur knowledge; a dinosaur sliding puzzle and a fun little dinosaur colouring book containing a vast range of line art dinosaur images just waiting to be coloured in.
Amiga CD-ROM reference titles have always been a bit thin on the ground when compared to their counterparts on the Mac and PC. But Optonica have really done Amiga owners proud with Insight Dinosaurs. If you have a CD- ROM. Get this disc.
Despite the popularity of CD-R O M reference titles on the Apple Mac and PC, Optonica seem to be just about the only company that have continued to produce such titles for Amiga CD-ROM owners.
Their latest title is Insight Dinosaurs, the second in the Insight range oI ('.Dereference Cds. Not surprisingly, Insight Dinosaurs deals exclusively with the mighty dinosaurs, those scaly reptiles that roamed the Earth millions of years before even Amiga Format was launched.
It boots up with a pleasing introduction animation sequence that sets a very atmospheric scene for the information yet to come. Once the animation has run its course, you're taken directly into the title's menu system which has been designed using Intnplay, Optonica's CD-ROM authoring system. Like previous reference titles. Insight Dinosaurs is navigated with the CD** or GDTV hand controllers.
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Produced in association with the Natural History Museum, Insight Dinosaurs contains an almost bewildering amount of ditto facts that should quench even the most eager dinosaur fan's thirst for knowledge and prehistoric trivia.
Subjects covered include dinosaur anatomy, methods of attack and defence, climate and weather conditions and “Insight Dinosaurs is a well-designed and beautifully-presented reference title.” Navigating your way around Insight Dinosaur's menu system is easy thanks to its graphical nature.
The large dagger-like teeth of icamivofous dinosaurs are ideally suited for attack. They taper to a sharp point so that they can easily stab into flesh. The front and back edges of the teeth are lined with sharp serrations.like those on a knife.to help slice through slan and muscle.The teeth are also curved x i - i ? I X Backing up all of those lovely pictures and animations are some solid dinosaur facts.
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Brilliance was widely acclaimed as the successor to Dpaint when
it first appeared.
Nick Veitch plumbs the 24-bit depths of the new version of the paint package.
Paint packages are very useful things. You don't have to be particularly gifted to produce a work of art. Not if you have a computer helping you. On the other hand, if you are a particularly gifted artist, you could probably do even better with a computer to help you.
Even if you couldn't care less about drawing pictures on your Amiga, a paint package is still a more than useful resource. Graphics are an important commodity for all sorts of computer work, whether it's an icon or an interface, so a piece of software that can manipulate them is bound to be useful.
Brilliance opened a lot of eyes when it first appeared, because it offered a new approach to Amiga art packages.
Electronic Arts' Dpaint has always dominated the Amiga bitmap paint package market, since it was first bundled with the A500. But the familiar right-hand side tool bar is missing from Brilliance.
Instead the tool bar and the requesters pop up from the bottom of the screen. In fact, this is not a new idea - Digipaint, the original HAM paint package from NewTek. Did exactly the same thing.
This gives the program an air of un- Amiganess, which is exaggerated by the fact that there are no menus either. It is a very alien control concept but there's no reason why you shouldn't get used to it, so maybe we shouldn't dwell on the controls any longer.
Perhaps I'll just add that when working in HAM mode, it makes things a lot faster, because the requesters and tools don't have to be rendered to a HAM window at all - they are rendered on a separate screen which is placed 011 top. It also means that the image screen can be in a different screen mode.
You actually get two paint packages for your hard-earned money - Brilliance, and TrueBrilliance. TnieBrilliance works in a true colour mode. This means that all the operations are performed 011 tile image in 24-bit colour. OK. You may only be able to see 2( 2K colours, but the quality is still there in the image buffer.
Obviously, this is very useful if your work is destined to be viewed 011 a 24-bit display, printed out in colour or as fodder for some top-end multimedia presentation.
It can also have an effect on your own work that you see on the screen. The accuracy of working to 24-bit depth means that less data is lost during operations such as ranges, rotations, resizing and blends.
The cumulative nature of data loss means that 10 or so operations down the line, you are left with a better picture.
The major change from the first version is the new implementation of WHAT'S ON THE MENU CWOjB ' o.. -muo +¦+& m s - b "jSljtffiBjjaaj s-u The standard Brilliance tool bar hides a wealth of features, but Brilliance lacks any Light-table or Onionskin option.
* ft ft H (A 3 0 3 PAINT PACKAGE AUGUST 1 994 NOTIN Morphing
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distortion OK, llrilliance gives much better results, but it
couldn't honestly be said that it is easy to use. The drawing
modes are all activated by tiny buttons on a sub-screen.
The most popular ones are supported, in traditional Amiga fashion, by I lie function keys, but what happened to user-defined hot keys, and why is there no macro support?
I know these things are thin on the ground in paint packages, but why not borrow some ideas from other software?
There is no real reason for paint programs not to support an Arrxx port.
• * The price of Brilliance has now fallen dramatically to a much
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Requires a minimum of 1Mb.
Speed • e • e Some routines, particularly the fills, are a bit on the yawnsome side MANUAL Better than the usual standard. There is even a useful tutorial section.
ACCESSIBILITY ••• The lack of Amiga ness (a different style of menus and requesters and the lack of a tool bar), don't ease the learning curve.
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Brush tweening. This allows you lo create animations involving a brush, moving and spinning from start to end. To lie honest, although ibis feature would have been conspicuous if it was absent, it isn't really a big thing lo hang an update oil.
Al this rate, Hrillianre will never match up lo the superb features of 24-bit painl packages, such as iVPaint and OpuU’ainl.
Then again, il will probably never cost its much as them either.
The price of Hrillianrr has now fallen dramatically by £50 from £134.5X1 to £84.115, but it is still more expensive than the likes of Personal Painl. Although Ppamt doesn't have animation, Hrilluince doesn't have image processing, and where Ppmnt larks IIAM support, Krillumre can’t support Retargetable Graphics (RTG).
O One idea that Brilliance borrowed from further afield was the ridiculous dongle that plugged into the mouse port. Now.
Don't get me wrong - I don't support piracy, but dongles do not deter pirates.
It is just as easy to hack out the code relating to a dongle as il is to remove code relating to any other sort of protection.
Dongles only make it harder for responsible, genuine users. And what would happen if everyone had a dongle?
Every piece of software would become incompatible, and multitasking machine or not, you'd spend half your time fiddling around with control ports, which are not the sturdiest part of the Amiga hardware, as many an A12(H) owner will tell you.
There isn't really much new to merit a updated version number, but Hrilliance is now more competitively priced, and worth considering for high- |uality output.
On the animation side, I still feel that Dpainl has more features - the lightable lacility is essential if you intend to draw all the frames by hand, and Dpainl's brush morphing - although it generally produces terrible results - is at least a basis on which you can draw your own metamorphosing brushes. The tweening mode is useful, and although I won't argue that Dpainl is better than IlnllUmcr at this, it certainly isn't any worse.
The real boon of HnUinmr 2 is to be able to work in IIAM modes at something approaching a reasonable speed.
Apart from working in 24-bit depth, there are surprisingly less features than in Dpaint IV VALUE •••• A bit of a bargain for professional software, but it could have more in it.
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S-Video out. An SVHS-standard output, which also requires an optional extra board.
Composite output. A standard composite out for video work or driving another monitor. This requires an optional extra.
VGA out. A standard 1S pin VGA D-type socket, for connecting to a compatible monitor.
The Video RAM is contained in these super-fast ZIP packages. The Retina holds up to 4Mb.
To be driven by a standard VGA connector.
The latest Commodore monitors and the Microvitec alternatives all have VGA-stvle connectors, so you should hate no problem finding a suitable one.
The first ever cheap and useful 24-bit card for the Amiga was MacroSystem's Retina card. A simple design using industry standard chips did the business, and more importantly, did it at a price the less wealthy could afford.
Since then the market has been inundated with Picassos, Piccalos.
Spectrums and all sorts. Now the consumer is faced with a difficult choice.
But first of all, let's explain what the Retina is, and what it does.
The Retina Z3 is a Zorro 111 card, which means that it supports the multiplexed data bus found in the A3000 and A4000. Again, in English, it can take advantage of the faster peripheral interfaces to be found in the later big-box Amigas. This can make a difference in speed - quite a big difference.
The Retina consists of a Zorro III connector, a large quantity of Video RAM, a VGA driver chip and a custom blitter.
The Retina's blitter is similar in purpose to the one inside the Amiga in that it moves blocks of data around vert quickly - and in this case it’s the graphics data contained inside the Video RAM.
The driver chip supplies a display through a VGA-standard 15-pin D-type socket, so you either need a VGA monitor, or a converter which enables your monitor But, realistically, the Retina is just a 24- bit display board. Its purpose in life is a relatively simple one - it display's pictures.
But does the Retina card work? Yes, indeed it does, and if you had the time, you could probably count all the different colours on screen and come up with a huge total. And it also does the job if all you want to use it for is as a display driver to show your nice Imagine renders.
RftinaEflu 2.2 SUPPORTING CAST A graphics card wouldn't be much use if it wasn't supported by software.
Although it's not a strictly OS legal card - like the EGS graphics cards, which installs its screen modes into the display database - the Retina can intercept any software which tries to open an Amiga screen through the Operating System.
The program can re-direct the screen to a Retina display, so any OS legal software also runs on the Retina.
The exception to this seems to be Dpaint, which refuses to work properly at all. This is most likely to be due to the unpleasant programming practices of the EA coders.
As well as being able to intercept other programs, Retina is directly supported by a range of Amiga software, such as Real 3D (where the Retina display can be used as a parallel render display).
Art Department Professional, ImageFX and Emplant. With Emplant the Retina can be used to give the Macintosh emulator 24-bit support.
In addition, a Harlequin library is bundled, which allows the Retina to emulate the Harlequin graphics card.
Although Retina can't emulate the broadcast quality output of Harlequin, it can run applications which have been designed for the Harlequin.
&n 14 24-BIT GRAPHICS CARD AUGUST 1 994 NICE GRAPHICS, SHAME ABOUT THE NAME The unfortunately-christened VDPaint is a 24-bit paint package bundled with the Retina graphics card, which sort of borrows from the TVPaint program.
Although it has many of the same features as TVPaint, VDPaint is a little more difficult to team how to use. It isn't quite as fast as TVPaint in many ways, but the results can be just as impressive.
This package has some expert airbrushing modes and also supports JPEG file formats directly, so it saves a lot of space on your hard drive too (If you have one.
Which I strongly recommend if you're going to use the Retina card.)
“ If you had enough time, you could probably count all display of the colours on screen and come up with an absolutely huge total. ” _RETINA Z3 RETINA UTILITIES No 24-bit card is complete without a host of utilities. Retina is no exception, and Z3 has updated versions of the tools that will be familiar to many a Retina user.
Mafceftace is an animation program which can combine a series of single frames into an animation. The speed of the animation depends on where it is stored (fast hard drive, RAM or whatever) and how big it is.
It is important to work out these considerations beforehand, because you must specify the data transfer rate you are expecting to get. This depends, in part on whether you have a Zorro III machine (A3000 or A4000).
Although MakeRace works, it isn't as polished as similar animation programs such as Magic Lantam. Having said that though. I haven't seen a similar utility bundled with any of the other cards currently flooding the market. You can also play back simultaneous audio Another utility is Ancos. This is essentially a FRED replacement for generating thumbnail animations and postprocessing frames with ADPro.
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There is a bit more though, because the Retina (and some other display cards) is really just a enhancer. It not only displays in 24-bits, but can also display at higher resolutions. In fact, the Retina is capable of some very high resolutions, which won't be much use to you unless you have a jolly expensive multiscan monitor.
In effect the Retina can turn your Amiga into a low-cost workstation. This In operation, the Retina is swift. Partly helped by the Zorro III interface and partly helped by its blitter, it can chop about a 24-bit screen as fast as a standard Amiga can deal with an 8-bit one. The software seems stable, the emulation is intelligent and overall there's not a great deal you can fault the Retina on. In fact, my only real problem with the board is the lack of a through connector for the standard Amiga display, which can be a pain unless you have two monitors. On the other hand, an optional board
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On sale Tuesday 6th August. £2.50 AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 41 • SEPTEMBER 1994 AUGUST 1994 CD32 EXPANSION UNIT The CD32 may not have achieved the same huge impact on the console market as either the Sega Mega Drive or the Super Nintendo, but it'll take Sega (and Nintendo) ages (ouch!) To gel even close to the expansion capabilities of the CD32.
From the day the CD32 was launched, Commodore promised that an expansion module would be released to transform the machine into a fully-fledged home computer (complete with keyboard, disk drive and all the other paraphernalia which separates the Amiga from its console cousins). Fatter the MicroBotics SX-1.
The SX-1 is a hardware module which effectively transforms the CD32 into an A1200. First impressions are not that good
- it looks more like a shoe box than a state- of-the-art
expansion module.
Considering the unit’s high price tag, some concessions could surely have been made to the SX-l's casing. For starters, a more ergonomic design that Fitted flush along the entire length of the CD32 would have been nice - as it is, the SX-1 stands out like a sore thumb.
Connecting the SX-1 to the CD32 is fairly straightforward. As it connects to the CD32’s expansion port, the First thing you need to do is to remove the plastic backing plate from the CD32 which reveals the large expansion socket mating the CD32 and the SX-l together.
Considering the SX-l's cumbersome design, it actually fits rather snugly, although the connection seems flimsy.
MicroBotics have wisely provided a passthru connector which allows both the SX-l and Commodore's FMV module to be connected to the CD32 simultaneously.
Once the SX-l is connected, you need a number of other items before you can claim that your CD32 is a home computer in its own right. Commodore haven't yet released Workbench on CD-ROM (although rumour has it that Workbench
4. 0 was going to be CD-ROM-based), so you need a disk drive to
load Workbench.
Virtually all Amiga programs come on floppy disk too, so you'd be well advised to buy a disk drive when you order your SX-l Tired of just playing games on your CD32?
Jason Holborn investigates a new expansion module that claims to transform a CD32 into a fully functional A1200.
If you want it to be anything more than just a (not so) pretty shoe box.
The SX-l provides a single 23-pin disk drive port which is identical to the floppy connector used by standard Amigas. So just about any Amiga floppy drive works with the SX-l - look for the best deals when buying one (expect to pay around £50).
Possibly the most noticeable difference between the CD32 and the A1200 is the keyboard. Although - as many CD32 owners found - the CD32 already accepts an A4000 keyboard, the SX-l oilers its own keyboard connector which, surprisingly, isn't compatible with any Amiga keyboards.
Instead, the SX-l requires a PC ATIOI- stvle keyboard which lndi Direct sell for around £46. Apart from the supply problems with Commodore keyboards at present, the SX-l uses the AT keyboard simply because it's cheap - £46 as opposed to more than £80 lor an Amiga keyboard.
The colour of the ATIOI keyboard used If you want to use your CD32 as a serious home computer then you'll need a hard disk.
Thankfully, MicroBotics have two hard disk connectors.
Like an A1200, inside the SX- l's casing you'll find a 44-pin 2mm internal IDE connector which enables you to install any
2. 5-inch IDE hard drive inside the SX-1's casing. This takes its
power from the SX-1 so once it's installed, you can forget it
- the only clue that you'll get that there's even a hard drive
inside your SX-1 is the familiar whirring sound as the drive
spins.
MicroBotics have also included a 37-pin DB connector which can be used to connect pre-cased IDE hard drives. They claim that the main reason for this connector is to give CD32 owners and developers a quick and easy method of connecting interchangeable hard drives. You could, in theory, generate an MPEG 'movie' file on a more powerful Amiga and then play it back through a CD32 FMV module, using a removable hard drive cartridge to exchange data between the two machines.
HARD HEARTED CD32 EXPANSION UNIT AUGUST 1994 INSIDE THE SX-1 Lurking inside the SX-1 are a number of additional 1 expansion connectors which can only be accessed by opening the SX-1. Here's a run-down of what's on offer.
4 IDE Controller - Just like an A1200. The SX-1 provides a full IDE hard drive controller and socket for the connection of an internal 2.S-inch IDE hard drive. If you prefer, an external IDE hard drive can be connected to the SX-1 via its hard drive port.
5 Jumpers - This set of five jumpers controls various aspects of the SX-1's operation, including memory configuration (the SX-1 needs to know how many SIMM modules you’ve installed), and cold boot time.
6Kickstart ROMs - To provide full compatibility with the A1200. Even a pair of Kickstart chips can be found lurking inside the SX-1's casing.
* * The SX-1 opens up a whole new universe of uses for your
machine.** MICROBOTICS SX-1 for review purposes didn't match
the paintwork of the CD*2, but black keyboards should be
available now.
I'm not sure about the feel of the AT keyboard, however - having grown used to Amiga keyboards, the SX-l's keyboard feels stodgy. The lack of Amiga ‘A‘ keys is a problem too (only Amiga keyboards have these special keys), so you may have difficulty when using Amiga applications that require keyboard shortcuts.
Although a disk drive and a keyboard is all that you need to get your pseudo- Amiga fired up, the SX-l's expansion capabilities don't stop here. A quick scan around the SX-l's casing reveals a serial connector (although it's an IBM DB9 connector rather than the more usual DB25 plug used by the Amiga) and a parallel connector.
The parallel port is normally used to connect a printer to your CD3-, but you could use it to link anything from a sound sampler, a video digitiser or even a I'nrSet cable (enabling you to connect your CD®2 to another Amiga).
One of the most welcome additions is the SX-l's RGB port which is identical to the video port on the A1200. Until now.
The video output from the CD32 was limited - unless you owned an SATIS television, the only way of getting a video signal from your CD®2 was through the blurry composite or RF outputs.
Connect an RGB video monitor to the SX-l's RGB port, however, and the difference in picture quality is astounding.
So much so. In fact, that you'll never want to view a CD®2 on a television ever again!
In use, the SX-l makes the CD®2 behave almost identically to a A1200. If you switch on with no disk in either the (loppy drive connected to the SX-l unit or a CD in the CD®2's own drive, you still get the familiar fanfare and colourful CD32 logo. Insert a bootable disk into the floppy drive, however, and the CD®2 starts to bool from floppy.
1 Keyboard Translator - This all-important chip allows the CD33 to use a PC AT101-type keyboard, rather than the more expensive Amiga keyboards used by the A4000.
2 SIMM Connector - If the CD“'s 2 Mb of RAM isn't enough, the SX-1's SIMM socket provides the option of RAM expansion using a single 72-pin SIMM module. 1, 2 or 4Mb SIMM modules are supported.
3 Battery-Backed Clock - Built into the SX-1 is a real-time clock and a replaceable lithium cell battery which keeps the dock functioning even when your CD32 is switched off.
SPEED •••• All the SX-1's connectors run at exactly the same speed as a real A1200.
MANUAL • • • • The SX-1's manual is well written and easy to follow.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Plug it in and you're away - the SX-1 really is that simple to set up!
Indi Direct 0543 419999 Calculus 0543 418666 PRICE £199.95 (SX-1). £45.99 (Keyboard).
£48.99 (Disk Drive) L Because the CD32 is effectively an A1200, it happily hoots up Workbench 3.(1 and runs nearly any program that runs on a real A1200. We tested some 'serious' programs, including Brilliance. Protexl and a few Amiga Formal Coverdisks, and all worked without any major hiccups.
The only gripe I have about the SX-l is its price. Although it costs £200, you need to spend around £100 more to get a useable system, which is nearly the same price as an AI200. Buying an A1200 seems more logical, but remember that it too needs a monitor or TV. And two machines take up a lot more desk space than one.
The SX-1 has been a long time coming but it's been well worth the wait. Although the case design is somewhat disappointing, the build quality and flexibility of the SX-1 are second to none. If you want to use your CD32 for more than just playing games, then the SX-1 opens up a whole new universe of uses for your machine. It's highly recommended. O MicroBotics have managed to include everything but the kitchen sink!
VALUE • • • The price is bit of a disappointment, but you do get a lot for your money.
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J MAXOIU MAGIC Very few companies would have the guts to advertise its latest product as the loudest, most colourful, yet most useful program of all time', but that's exactly what HiSoft have done with Maxim Manic.
But this so-called ‘all singing, all dancing' product is nothing more than a screen blanker - do IliSolt really believe that it’s more useful than any other program available for the Amiga?
Fanatical advertising copy aside, Maxon Magic isn't actually that bad. Like the popular After Dark utility on the Mac and PC, Maxon Magic is a modular screen blanker - that is, extra screen blanking effects can be added lo the program by copying the new blanker into the appropriate drawer on your boot disk.
Before you can use Maxon, however, you need to install it. This is handled automatically by Commodore's own Installer utility, which transfers all the appropriate files on to either your hard disk or Workbench disk. Once installed, all you have to do is to reboot and Maxon Magic nuts automatically.
Once Maxon Magic is up and running, pressing Shift FI brings up the program's front-end menu. Now you can choose which screen blanker you wish lo use from the massive range of blanking effects on offer. All the elicited screen blankets are there (including star fields, worms, fireworks), plus a few original blankers.
Maxon Magic is more than just a screen blanker, however. Another feature of the program is its powerful audio control panel which allows you to assign sampled sounds to system events, something that has been entertaining Mac users for years.
Is HiSoft's new Maxon Magic really the most useful program of all time? They seem to think so.
Jason Holborn puts it to the test.
Maxon Magic comes with a wide range of high-quality samples which can be assigned to just about any system event you could imagine - disk insertion ejection, windows or screens opening and closing, the system 'beep' function and even specific keys 011 your Amiga's keyboard. Samples can be assigned to the system clock too - imagine being able to play a sample saying 'It’s dinner time!' At I pm.
IliSoft are going too far by portraying Maxon Magic as the most useful program ever to appear on the Amiga, but it's fun anyway. Although there are plenty of PD utilities that offer much the same facilities as Maxon Magic, none are as polished or as professional as this. If you want to add a bit of character to your Amiga and prevent monitor burn-in too, get your hands on a copy. I lighly recommended. Rfj WHAT IS A SCREEN BLANKER?
MAXON MAGIC A screen blanker prevents what the techies call 'bum-in' - that is, permanent damage caused to the surface of a monitor by displaying the same image for long periods of time. You can often see the effects of monitor 'bum-in' on such things as old cash registers and security cameras. If, for example, the same string of text is displayed on a monitor, a ghosted image of the text stays on the screen even when the image on the monitor changes. Screen blankers work by monitoring keyboard and mouse activity and when you haven't used either for a while, the screen is blanked until you
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215BJ & III 0 3 0 z 3 0 z i i i 0 0 a a It's taken six years to arrive, but finally HiSoft BASIC version 2 is here. Jason Holborn ponders whether it was worth the wait... Some concessions have been made to the AGA chip set, however - the Screen command, for example, can open an Intuition screen with up to eight bitplanes (256 colours) and the Palette command offers full 24-bit resolution.
Reading the back of the IliSoft BASIC hox gives the impression that HiSoft have built full support for Workbench 2.0, 3.0 and even 3.1 into the language.
The truth is somewhat different.
Although IliSoft BASIC 2 offers access to the full range of facilities provided by newer releases of the Operating System (such as datatypes and GadTools), you need a full understanding of the Amiga ROM Kernel to access them.
All IliSoft BASIC 2 does is to provide an interface between the user and the Operating System. No doubt experienced Operating System programmers will find HiSofl certainly aren't the sort of company that rush out upgrades - HiSofl BASIC was originally released way back in I 188 and it's only now been updated.
And because of the advancements in the Amiga Operating System and chip sets.
HiSofl BASIC hasn’t really been a viable choice for at least the last four years, especially when compared to the likes of Blitz Basic 2 and AMOS.
To their credit, HiSofl have gone to great lengths to transform virtually every aspect of this latest release. The most immediately noticeable change is the editor which is similar to those used by IliSoft's other programming systems, Devpac J and HiSofl Pascal Just like those products, the new editor provides a far more integrated development environment - you can now edit your source code, compile, run and dehug it using a specially adapted version of IliSoft's MonAm debugger without having to leave the comfort of the editor.
The new editor is a vast improvement over the original - you can now edit multiple source files and even cut and paste blocks of code between them. .All the usual editing functions are there in abundance, but they're more accessible thanks to the Workbench 2.((-compliant user interface. Even on 1.3-based Amigas, you get those beautifully-bevelled gadgets.
Fancy gadgets aside, the most important feature of any programming language is its instruction set. Surprisingly, HiSofl have retained full compatibility with Commodore's now defunct AmigaBASIC interpreter and the language it was based on, MicroSofl QuickBasic.
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A BASIC language should provide a subset of commands that take away all the drudgery that professional coders have to contend with. If you want to create a button gadget, for example, you should expect to be able to enter a single command that docs it all. IliSoft's approach hlurs the product's target market - amateurs will find it too complicated and professionals will turn their noses up at it simply because it's BASIC. Either way, IliSoft lose out.
This is even more apparent when you compare it to competitors such as Blitz Basic 2. Although the two are theoretically aimed at different markets, there's no avoiding the fact that comparisons will be made. OK, so Blitz may not offer such comprehensive support for the OS routines, but who really cares? What does matter is that Blitz's Intuition support is more than good enough for most people.
HiSn l BASIC 2 was so long coming that you'd expect great things from it.
Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver. The Amiga really needs a BASIC language that is both fast and offers full support for Intuition, but IliSoft BASIC. 2 isn't it.
Code performance is reasonably good but it's just not accessible enough - if you think you're going to start producing applications that make full use of Intuition with HiSofl BASIC 2. You're in for something of a shock. Unless you know the OS routines inside out. Be prepared to bury yourself in the ROM Kernel manuals for a very, very long time... 'If m K i®m LPI200 PCI5 LASER PRINTER Mb RAM 400 DPI A4 TEXT AS GRAPHICS a 400dp • A4 GRAPHICS ® 300dpi A 2Mb RAM UPGRAOE IS REOUIREO TO PRINT A FULL A4 PAGE Of GRAPHICS AT 400dpi HP LASERJET III™ COMPATIBLE • FLASH ROM UPGRADEABLE!
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Inch foe these products Please contact our F r i k f; 7.11I * YYEmium Mieracl ¦a o o A A m p m s 0 V A4000 owners watch out! - Harwood's new Blizzard A1230-11 accelerator promises to run rings around even the big box Amigas. Jason Holborn takes it for a test drive.
A!K& O- Getting your hands on a seriously fast Amiga can lie a real eye opener. You may think that the A1200s 68020 processor is a rapid little fellow and indeed it is when compared to the A500. But if you sit down in front of an A4000 030 or an 040 the Al 200‘s performance is put into perspective.
However, you don't have to put up with your A1200 playing second fiddle to an A4000. If you fit an accelerator to the trapdoor expansion you can transform the AI200 into a machine that not only kirks sand in an AlOOO s face, but buries it.
Gordon Harwood's new Blizzard A1230-11 card is a good example. It’s available in either a 40MHz version with no Memory Management Unit, or a 50MHz version and all the bells and whistles you'd expert from a top of the range
680. 30. Tlie board reviewed here is the 50MHz version and boy
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A1200 by 700 per cent making it almost 16 times faster than
an A600 and twice the speed of an A4000 030.
BLIZZARD A1230-II which are available in a variety of different sizes. A 4Mb SIMM should set you back around £150.
This puts up the price quite a bit (the 50MHz board with 4Mb of RAM ends up costing you £480!) But there's no way you can escape this extra cost - using the board without expansion RAM is like driving a Ferrari F40 in first gear.
The Blizzard card's expansion capabilities don't stop here - there are two empty slots (one PGA and one PI.CC) for fitting either a 68881 or 68882 maths coprocessor rated up to 50MHz. This makes the Blizzard lx ard run considerably faster when it's used with software written to take advantage of it - such as the floating point version ol Imagine. Harwood's also have plans for a SCSI-II hard disk controller and there's talk of other addons such as MPEG decoders and a CD52 board.
With the release of die Blizzard A1230-II, there's never been a better time to accelerate your A1200. It may seem rather pricey compared to rivals such as Power Computing's Yiper 030 but diis card leaves the Viper for dead. If you want to bring tears to an A4000 owner’s eyes then this is the card to own.
The Blizzard card can handle two SIMM modules so you could theoretically expand your A1200 to a maximum of 64Mb of RAM using the new (and very, very expensive) 32Mb SIMM modules. But most people will probably get along fine with the more usual 4Mb SIMMs which allows up to 8Mb of RAM to be fitted to your A1200.
Virtually all the programs we tested were boosted considerably by the presence of the Blizzard card - Prol'agr redraws were lightning fast. Imagine renderings were completed in minutes rather than hours and even the odd game or two (31) games mainly) were enhanced beyond belief.
If you take advantage of the MAP ROM feature (which copies Kickstart into the board's 32-bit Fast RAM), even operating system functions such as Intuition redraws are speeded up considerably. All this eats RAM (512K of it, to be precise), so it’s last to switch it off unless you have masses of RAM to spare.
The Blizzard comes as standard with no expansion RAM, so the first thing you should do is to buy yourself some fast RAM. Like most A1200 expansions, the hoard uses standard 72-pin SIMM modules Gordon Harwood Computers 0773 836781 PRICE £244.95 (40MHz) £329.95 (50MHz) SPEED • • • • • The Blizzard A1230-II can transform your humble A1200 into a super-fast A4000 basher!
MANUAL • • • • The clear explanations and well- designed illustrations make the Blizzard manual a joy to behold.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Fitting the Blizzard board is easy enough although it's bit of a squeeze.
But once it's in you're away!
The Blizzard A1230-II is truly a card to equip you for the future.
VALUE • • • • Although it's not exactly the cheapest 030 card for the A1200, it's definitely one of the best.
“If you want an A1200 accelerator card that eats A4000s for breakfast then the Blizzard is for you.” c 0 e V) 0 •0 A 94% Betting on the gee gees needn't be a mug's game if you've got a copy of Oracle and an Amiga. Jason Holborn studies the form of this prediction program.
FAVOURITE STATISTICS AT BATH AS OF 27.05.1994 ======================================3= =================== ============ SPRING 35tf SOFT 36* 6F 88* SUMNER 33* AUTUMN 36* GOOD FIRM 37* 12F 38* HEAVY 88* 5F 35* GOOD SOFT 42* 8F 34* GOOD 26* 18F 33* FIRM 36* 14F+ 39* IS PREVIOUS EXPERIANCE AT THIS TRACK IMPORTANT (EG. A 1ST OR 2ND) NO
- -------------------- FAVOURITES RESULTS 8Y RACE TYPE ---- NON
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45* 26* Oracle is built around a vast database of statistical
information on everything from trainer and jockey records to an
in-depth analysis of a selection of popular courses.
===================================================== PRESS ENTER TO CONTINUE?
ORACLE Goooaaaallll! As the Italians would say. Yes folks, horse racing isn't the only sport to benefit from computerised prediction programs. Voithia Software's Soccer Expert is a football Pools prediction program that is designed to make the task of filling out your Pools coupon less haphazard.
In many ways, this is very similar to Oracle. Like Oracle, it bases its predictions on statistical information on the past performances of all the teams involved.
Voithia have already fed in all the information required for the 93 94 season so all you have to do is update the results.
Each new set of results obviously effect the rating of each team, allowing Soccer Expert to produce even more accurate predictions as the season progresses.
Soccer Expert is let down by its „ poor documentation - one sheet of paper and a cardboard cover does “ W not constitute a manual in my book.
Everyone enjoys a lluticr on the horses whether you like to place a regular wager or your betting is restricted to an annual flutter on the Grand National, a horse racing prediction program may help to give you the edge on the bookies.
Horse racing prediction programs aren't a new idea. There are a few of them on the Amiga, including Sidmouth Software’s well regarded Tips ter, and they all promise to tip the odds in your favour.
F. SP Software’s new Oracle racing program also makes some hold
claims - during a seven-month period, say ESP, it made over
£46.000 in winnings based on a maximum stake of £100 placed on
245 bets based on the recommendations of the program.
These winnings were accumulated from 146 winners and 62 placed - if these figures are right, only 37 bets failed to pay off (that's a success rate of 85 per cent!).
Loading up Oracle is a disappointment, however. Although the program runs within a window on the Workbench, no SOCCER EXPERT Voithia Software, 32 High Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7JPB £16.95 attempt has been made to make it comply with the Amiga's Workbench environment.
There’s no pull-down menus, no Boolean gadgets, no scroll bars, no nothing. Porting programs from other platforms is all very well, but some concessions to the host machine have to be made.
Oracle is nothing more than a statistical analysis program that's heavily geared towards handling horse racing data. It makes its recommendations by assessing the outcome of a race using information on the track's 'going', the type of race, the distance, how far the trainer has to travel to get to the race meeting and the amount of prize money available. L'sing this data.
Oracle assesses the current and previous form of each horse in a race and even the records ol the trainers and the jockevs on a particular track. You end up with a list of horses that are worth placing bets on.
SPEED •••• Even on races with a large number of horses running, Oracle calculates the odds within seconds.
MANUAL • • • • • A well-written manual which not only covers the program's operations but also demystifies much of the jargon that surrounds horse racing.
ACCESSIBILITY • • Due to the program's sheer complexity, getting into Oracle takes time. A DISTRIBUTOR ESP Software 0702 600557 PRICE £99.95 Like all programs that rely on lots of statistical information, (hade needs to be kept up-to-date if its predictions are to be reliable. To save you the hassle of keying in all that data yourself, ESP sell a monthly update disk that costs between £25 and £40. And ESP promise that if, based on the data on the update disk, you fail to at least break even then they will send you the following month's update disk free of charge!
No belting prediction program can be 100 per cent correct every time, but (hade gives you that edge that can make the difference between winning or losing.
The price of (hade is a drawback, with Sidmouth Software’s lipster Iho essinnalselling for less than half the amount of (hade, ESP would be advised to rethink their pricing. But, (hade does deliver the goods. If you want to get your own back on the bookies, then page the (hade (sorry). 'h better Intuition-based front end would have helped!
FEATURES • • • • Every single aspect of a race meeting that may effect the final outcome is taken into consideration.
VALUE • • £100 is a lot of money to ask for a program that is up against competition costing considerably less.
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T ~iiifm.es Tike ~cdMPAf sie Wmf 1 i AU AM ISA'S 1 A ieSS STATfD I OTHetmse N WSTUFF G33I SUPER LF.AGUK MANAGER II Football managment game. Take your team from the mediocre 2nd division to the top of the Premier league. Loads of features like extra training and ground improvement* .1406 CHAOS - Manages Swiss Pairing and Round-Robin Chess tournaments -SOI A500* G325 ACT OF WAR vl.4 - Superb Laser Squad Breech style strategy wargamc New hug tree version, and extra features.
D199 RKAC - AGA demo Incredible effects with solid vectors !t 10 ONLY* MI45-MI46 (2 DISKS) ROCKILY Nice variety of music E80 DYNAMIC SKIKS • Full featured astronomy programme.
Ml47 LARGO - Synthesised version from Beethoven's piano concerto No. I in C. I' A500 11407 VIDEO TRACKER vl.42 Create impressive demos ithoul any programming knowledge what soever Includes versions for AGA and non-AGA Amiga users
1) 408 CG FONT COLLECTION VOLJ High quality Compugraphic fonts
for Wordsworth and other Word processors and DTP packages that
can use this type of font formal U409 CG FONT COLLECTION VO 1
.6 More of the same U410 CG FONT COLLECTION VOL.7 As above
U411 SONIC DRUM KIT v2.0 PD version of this highly rated
Computer drum kit. This PD version has the SAVE functions
disabled. Full version only available from the author D2D0 Bll
l-S INTERACTIVE COLOUR CYCLER 2.0 Semi ntcractivc uscr defined
lighLshow In other words a variety of ;olour cycling pictures
(tunnels, mandlebrots. Plasmas, etc) where the user can alter
the type of effects on screen. This version slops after a few
minutes Full version from author only.
U412VMORPII v2J0 - Latest version of this superb picture warping and morphing package.
15413 CASIO COMMUNICATIONS Software and DIY cable diagram to connect your Amiga up to a Casio digital diary SF 4300 SF 4600 (and other models).
U4I4 ONFORM - Excellent invoice printing tool. On line speech tells you what do next. Powerful and easy to use.
i 26 KISS THE CANVAS Boxing game with big well animated sprites. -A 1200 ONLY* T43 WITCHES COOKBOOK VOL.1 ISSUE.I Magical use of herbs.
G327 PJP FORMULA I MANAGER Run your own Formula One racing team. Keyboard and joystick controlled 1141S FORCASTER v2.0lb Very good horse racing predictor.
Point and click operated for case of use *NOT A500- U416 COURSE FORM Another horse racing prediction package. User fnendly modular interface, 11417 1 200 HARD DRIVE SET UP DISK Formatting and partitioning software for A1200 HD owners. * 1200 ONI Y* 1*81 ANIMAL LAND Nice game for infants You will be taken to different scenes, where you'll be asked where the different animals live. Includes speech and animal sound effects. *NOT E82 CALCULUS COMBAT Maths questions integrated into missile command. Answer the questions to destroy the incoming missiles. Several skill levels. Clever idea.
E83 JAPANESE TLTOR - Tests your Japanese. Based on mutiple choice questions.
U4I8 NO SAMPLER v2.0 Several music module rippers, a sample maker, and articles from the Med User Group (MUG).
G328 RAISE THE TITANIC TT* best 3D Cunstmction Kit game to date A under sea adventure with smooth 3D graphics.
C. 329 NOSTALGIUM Clone of Andrew Braybrook's classic Undium.
Horizontal two way scrolling shoot-em-up.
;G330 CAG vJ.I - Text graphics adventure games creator. Super value. This will allow you to create professional games without programming knowledge, just a good imagination 11419 I.ECtd I K asm Combined Editor and assembler Completely set up. No hassles like similar PD ones. V.Good U420 CD READER vl.l Connect your A1200 to the CD32 Read CD's from your A1200.
ZAPPO AMIGA A 200 CO ROM ORMi I Don't wait months for Commodores A1200 CD ROM.
Zappo's A1200 CD ROM drive is here. Now.
Double Speed.Multi Session CD ROM. Z£W Photo CD Compatible.
Plays CD32 Software and standard music CD's.
Slots into PCMCIA slot (unlike Commodore's).
Available Early July.
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AS "•-A Osk magazine for all Tre Loads oI news, reviews and Interviews Plus muaic and Al ftve disks lor a E7S THE DARK ROOM Leam how photographs are developed ESQ STAR VIEW Displays afl the stars, plansts.
And constoftattons With room taokty E16 CHESS TUTOR - Four programs that taka you jgi (ha rules to taiung pad In hotonc matchas COLOUR THE ALPHABET 2 - Learrang game tor iniants Includes Digftaed speech V good E41 FRACTIONS Teaches and lasts you on (?»hg l-Yng. (x)ng. And )tng w*h tractions E49-E5I (3 DISKS) DESKTOP GUDE TO MUSIC Everything you aver wanted you know about one music. -NOT A500* E44 THE MATHS ADVENTURE Maths problems integrated nto an adventure game E60 CODE MUNGUS - Highway Code les&ng program Strange name but a bnaant bit oI software E69 ASTRO 22 - Astrology plotter
programme tor E74 EASY SPELL I - Spelling game -NOT A500 E46 UTTLE TRAVELLER Useful inlormalton on Ihe Worlds popular travel spots. For hoiday makers.
E23 TOTAL CONCEPTS - ASTRONOMY L ots of _ cts and *gtttsed softs E24 TOTAL CONCEPTS - DINOSAURS AS about prehatonc Earth E79 THE MYSTERKS OF THE RUNES ng the mearangs ol the various Rune Stones.-NOT A E65-66 (2 DISKS) TARRO MASTER • Terro card tutor and predctton software E76 FRENCH WORD TESTER - Tate name speaks
• NOT A500* EtB BIORHYMS CALCULATOR - Displays your personal
bortiyms graph tor any month ol any year T28 DREAMS FOR AN
ANGEL Reveal the secrets ol your dreams E12 UNITS Speed. Nme.
Weight, length, angles, tore* donvty. Volume. Measurement
conversions E36 STEAM ENGINE - Cross section animation ol a
steam engine See how they work, with labels E37 FOUR STROKE
PETROL ENGINE Cross secbon animation ol a car petrol engne E42
GAS TURBINE ENGINES Cross section animations ol an old and
modem turtano jet engines E54 STIRLING ENGINE Cross section
anmations oltht Stirling engine E56-57 (2 DISKS) AMERICAN
FOOTBALL Comprehensive illustrated rule book ol Bus sport.
E66 KIDS DISK 2 - Maths Maze. Beat Sheets.
Shape sorter Edutainment games E77-E78 (2 DISKS) TOME OF MYTHS • Greek and Roman mythology -REQUIRES 15 MEGABYTES*
- --------SOFTWARE U312 BUDBASE V1J • Simple to use database U3t
1 EASY CALC PLUS • Commercial quabty spreadsheet Loads ol
features NOT A500 U324 JcGRAPH 1.0 - E«-commercial graph
plotter 25 dBterent type ol graphs, oven 30 ones U310 PAY
ADVICE DATABASE v3.00 • Paysip database Shareware demo veraton
U303 INVENTORY v2 - Stock control, stall wages and general
database al in one U135 600 BUSINESS LETTERS • A letter lor
every occamon Job apptcattons to complaints. Just toad them up
nto any word processor U273 ACCOUNT MASTER v2-1 Very powerful
U204 CHEQUE BOOK Keep a track on your cheque account Nee and
easy.
U242 LAST WILL ANO TESTAMENT Ready prepared w*s to cover endtoss situations Just load them up Into any word processor.
U209 FORM REALLY UNLIMITED InvoKeand toim designer with print taakty U166 BIZ CALC Loan and mortgage calculator U304 TEXT ENGME v4.1 - Tho best shareware word processor Whh mtorgrated speS checker.
¦ a . :¦ U1 ULTIMATE ICON DISK Edt draw your own Workbench icons Import graphcs from IFF pert packages Loads ol example cons included U3 M-CAD - The only PD Computer Atoed Design tygood U9 C LIGHT • Ex-commercial raytracer. Now Another powerful fractal U11SL U102 AMIGA FOX Desktop pubkshing package U142 FREE PAINT The best PD IFF pamt proggy U364 VIEWTEK 2.1 - The ubmale picture and arwnaSon viewer Fu« AGA won -NOT A500* 11271 POLYED Animation creator Usas polygons ows large animations on low memory Amiga's U190 GATORS GRAFIX GALLERY - Tps on how
o produce professional logos kke those seen in demos U289 MM
MORPH Picture warping and morphing amme Supports 16 colour
pictures U286 KIDS PAWT - Smpto. Easy and functional art
package tor youngsters U211 CAPDONATOR - ScroBng text video
Bber.
U167 MOBED 2 • Sprite drawing and aramatton editor For coders U154 AUDIO ANMATION - Aramatton studo with onion atan faddy Sornd samplas can be assorted to any frame U54-U55 (2 DISKS) VDEO UTHJTIES • CoSectton of useful tndeo Mbng tools . SMOVIES Video Mkng tool For addng scrofcng text to videoa Text can acral up or down and across tho acraan Plus some otwr xtra fx U295 MIXED MAGME OBJECTS Loads ol Star Trek objects and mtUary hardware objects tor uee weh tie Imagne raytracer U334-34I (8 DISKS) MOCED MAGME OBJECT 2 TO » -Series ol mttcoianeoua objects tor Imagme U296 GRINDER Picture Me format
convertor U236 - Photo copiers. Office Men at work.
U230 • Food U224 - Sign Boards. Star Trek. Christmas.
U223 - Sports. Transport. Work U221 - Anatomy. Buddings. Christmas. Hokdays U220 - Animate. People. Places U218 • Cartoons. Construction. Refcgon. School.
Weddings U386-U388 (3 DISKS) WILDLIFE CLIP ART U100-Teddy bears U96 - Easter. Chnstmas. Jungle Animats. Famous laces U2S1 - Babies. Furniture. Space. Skeletons U233 • Chnstmas U229 - Cara. Flowery decorations. Cupid. Hearts U227 • Palm trees. Party mv*es. Maps o» Europe.
Postage stamps.
U226 - Wild west. Crowds ot people. Frames. Signs U225 - Fancy tetters. Cars. Culp Animate U222 - Music. Sjhouettes. Symbols. Teddy bears U356-365 (10 DISKS) MILITARY CLIP ART 11314 OCTAMED TUTOR - comprehensive manual for struggling Octamed users U371-372 DRUM KIT SAMPLES - Countless drum samples snares, bass. Toms, claps, cymbals. «c U325 OCTAMED V2.0 The best PD music sequencer around. Quite complex, but well worth tho effort U344 DEL TRACKER vl 37 - Muse module player Supports 50 formats. -NOT A50C* U256 ST-06 - Sound samples and tntruments tor use with either U183 and U32S U257 ST-11 -
Asabovo U51 ST-90 A above U258 ST-50 - As above U259 ST-87 As above U260 ST-88 A? Above U261 ST-89 As above U262 ST-91 • As above U263 ST-92 As above U264 ST-93 As above U281 D-COPY 3.1 - Powerful duplication software U21S FREECOPY 1.8 - Backs up 100 s of game tines U283 LOCKPfCK - Similar to Freecopy But supports some other different titles - around 450.
U158 NOERRORS Formats hard drtvos and floppies with hard errors (physcai damage to surface) and hides Thom so data will no! Be written or read from the bad tracks. Saves you money, useless disks can now be used U94 MRBACKUP • Hard dnve backup software U327 DISKSALV 2 - Corrupt data recovery Undeletes hies, validates cksks. Reads badly corrupt files and rewmes them, eic .. -NOT A500- U328 MAVERICK COPIER Another games backup system We* over tour hundred gamos supported U329 EPU HARD DRIVE STACKER Incroasos hard disk space upto 50*% using special compression kbranes which compress tiles wrrtlon
to tho dsk. -NOT A5O0* U330 DMS II - Compress entire daks into a single file, upto hall iTs size Boot blocks and all Even works with NDOS cksks and HD daks. NOT A500 U345 REORG V3.11 • Otsk opttrmser rearranges data on floppies hard drives for optimum performance. -NOT AfOO* U291 RELOKICK - Downgrades your A500. A600 A1200 to Kickstart 1.3. Very reftablo compabbility ratio when used to run many A500 onfy titles Even works with many commencial games Essential U301 A-REXX MANUAL • Exionsmc manual on the A-Rexx programming language Many example scripts U206 RACE RATER Horse racing predictor U294
POOLS TOOLS Football pools prodctor U323 FOOTY - Football league database Presents various types ot statist**, plus match predctton* U316 MAGIC WORKBENCH Give your Workbench a cosmetic lace lift Changes the icons and a choice ol background patterns *NOT AVX) UIRES A HARD DRIVE- U293 PARBENCH Arruga networtung software Audws commumcatxms and comtrol bewleer, two connoctod Arraga (even CDTV) computers U353 TERMINUS 2.0d - Excellent modem communications software U300 NCOMM 3.0 Lastest version ot tha ncreddy popular communications package Very easy to setup. Great lor beginners U383 SPECTRUM
EMULATOR V1.7 Run Spectrum games on your Amiga Load *i software via a sampler Games can then be saved to dak U241 CANON PRINTER DRIVERS Bubble Jet drivers lor the toHowmg models CanonBJSO.
CanonBJ 10-20. CanonBJ300-300 U239 STAR PRINTER DRIVERS 9 and 24 pm pnnter drivers tor the Star range of printers U103 MESSYSIO I Transler files to and from Arraga DOS and PC MSDOS daks U313 AGA UTUmES Loads ol utthttes k* A1200 owners InckxJes a number downgrading tools U274 CG FONTS COLLECTION VOL.1 Scalable Compugraphic loots for word processors and DTP that support tha formal H jh qualify U275 CG FONTS COLLECTION VOL.2 - As Above U276 CG FONTS COLLECTION VOL 3 - As above U308 CG FONTS COLLECTION VOL.4 - As above U369-370 (2 DISKS) SC ALA BACKGROUNDS Hi res backdrops for use with Scate U366
TRONIC AD Schematic designer and pnnter U34? SUPER LEAGUE 3.40 - Fu y conf urable Footbal league datatbase Loads ol features U246-U247 (2 DISKS) MORC V1 J) - Rune stone fortune teller U216 BON APPETTT VIJ - Reope database U404 GURU Tells you what those errors are U390-0401 (12 DISKS) C MANUAL - Massive C programrrang manual from the author of North C U4Q7 AMIGA GUIDE TO COMMS Everythmg you coiAd ever want to know about Modem comuncattons Very we* written -NOT A500- U37S BBC EMULATOR Run BBC software on tha great emulator -NOT A120O U382 PRWTER DRIVERS One hundred and ten pnnior dnvers for most
primer makes and models Give us nng to see if your printer a supported U307 AMOS PRMTER ROUTME • Creases GFX ¦r pnrear routtnes lor Amoa prajacta U248 NOAM S BEGMNERS GUDE TO THE A8B0A -TutonM tor compfefe beymera Based or the A500 but toads ol wWreraM rdonnatton lor modefe Ajao covers hard re Ike. Modem*, hard drrvw. And prtnfers U240 AMOS LESSON 1 Easy Amo* tottneL Focuse* on bes*: screen commands, gremg many I example* (mferacttve) on how toy work and tor wrm pupoae hay can be used tor U1737174 NORTH C - LOGO 1J - L U3S6 D1S3P effects Tien down toe 0184 FULL MOON - You carl gal rraxh b tha
0185 FATAL MORGANA 0157 Dt59 LETHAL EXIT - Long nmrang vector base l UgN sourced vectors and kmets D160 TROJAN - TECHNO TRACKS I Rave demo from toe US of A D1727173 (2 DISKS) ORKUN • Tha demo has
• verytong Wonderful vauMa D149 PLANET GROVE Very eye eelefwig
D158 NOP AGA - Lma demo hom Htmgary D161 FAWUQHT242
GoonwTdOTOPr«c£ & A800 USERS REOUtRE FAST RAM OR RELOKICK 0181
SANITY ARTE Who needs AGA wato cool demos He too. A muat D148
STATE OF THE ART • One ol most graphcM- 014Q141 (2 OlSKS) RSI
TBC ZONE M137 OtGITAL DEBUSSY VOL 1 - Fwe hauntng pano rendkona
of Cfeude Oabussy By Rob Barter Mi36 DIGITAL DEBUSSY VO(_2 •
More pano M139 CLASSIX Muse Off HandaL Bach, and Pacratoel M134
RHAPSOO From toe Gaiety choooMM i Ml 30-MI33 (4 DtSKS) THE A-Z
OF C84 SONGS
• A’200 ( S117-Si 18 (2 C
• A1200 ONLY- S120 UNPLEASANT WAYS TO OK Sever* Si 19 ERKA ELEMAK
The Beywwkto beauty Over :«-s orey paese *Ai20OOFi.Y* S11DS111
(2 DtSK) RT CHDt 2 Over 18s only
• A1200 0NLY* G282 MEGABALL AGA Superb arkanoto ctone 2SA cokxrs
A real quawy game by any standard
• A1200 ONLY* G2B8 NUME RIX FicHint board game tor 1 or iwo
payers A hybnd of Tains. Ocwwio*. And Scrabble G27S-274 (2
DISKS' STAR8ASE 13 - So FI oraprac adreriure Use* port and ekek
mwrtace used by such gwna* kke Monkey tefend G222 CHESS GAMES 2
very we* programmed cross games GNU Chess *NOT A5Q and Chaaa 2
0 (tar a Arraga %) Includss 10 top Che** Bps on now » pay
succaam Chess G280 BLACK DAWN - 30 parapecttv* dungeon game “
G183 Bnhant cartoon spna* rr game Br 2 FJGKnNG G205 TOP OF THE
LEAGUE • Socror management game G210-211 (2 OtSKS) TALISMAN •
Huge con dnven graenc advereure «REOu.RES 2 MEGABYTES* G212
FRUSTRATION - Text baaed adventure G2?4 OBLIVION Feat movmg
dale G226 MORU V5A Massive RPG. Oaigeon* and town to explore
Hcxas of play G229 GIGER TETRIS - Tetn* wMt 258 colours
OOOFA.Y* G29G291 (2 OlSKS) GEORG GLAXO Amezmg padorm game kom
Germany G237 BACKGAMMON Computer version of toa bowtogarra One
or two payers G241 8IPERIAL WALKER Take control of an X-Wng
bgraer end stop toe Impenaf Wmkers tram reachng toe Aaed HQ 30
Game G246 WiBBLE WORLD GtOOY Amazmg platform puzzte game ma to
toe budget Ouzy games G299 MGH OCTANE • Overhead raong game tor
1 or 2 payers Masses of feaaurea end best grepfwee m a PO
racmggama G168 OTHELLO Good verson of toe board game Computer
payer a a real tough customer G276 THE GREAT ESCAPE OF BLLY
BURGLAR Heto Bdy escape tram toe tpoagna G66 MstOERS CLUB
Stockmerkel game Bettor than a lanes Very pokshed eddctrve game
G35 JAR CrysatCeattas ctone An old arcade game a M ike Pacman
wtto rawed paOorma 30 IG182 TREASUE ISLANO Treaua search game
tor G286-287 (2 OlSKS) EXORCISM • SmwMr graphc dventura m a
haitoted house G2S3-2B5 (3 DISKS) KLONOtKE DELUXE AGA oec card
game. Each card show* a dtferont 256 cotoa pan Glamourous lades
-A 1200 ONLY' G296-297 (2 DtOKS) MOTOROLA MVADERS Shoot-effMO
tor AGA *A1200 ONLY* G2S5 AMOS CRICKET Cock* game G256 SHANGHAI
- Onaraal wa board gama G257 DELUXE PACMAN • Great Pacman ctone
BONOMME 813 • Boulder Ctone at I t best _ ne not to be mooed
G268 SLAMBALL - Fukmatc American footoa* managemera game Baaed
on Speadbal G26B-270 (2 OtSKS) 18tti HOLE • Go! Game G239 RAX)
¦ - Greet tookaig aloof em-up G139 CROAK • Frogger done 2
player mod lets you race egana a fnano at toe same ttme G156
BRAM BALL Look tootarg ongnal puzzle game ReQuaes great ski*,
to a s pretty tough G240 BALV THE DRAGON Easy gomg cute G196CAG
G68 21* GAMES Coamoratos. Peg puzzler. Tc tec toe. Ba*y ill.
Backgammon, up and down. Deluxe Hamburger keza chews Egypkan nai And toads more.
Q304 DELUXE GALAGA - Gala nans done Super graphc* ano power 14a V good *NOT A500* G303 ORK ATTACK Protect too cast* waks tram ran Load* of Wood end guts to too one G30i TURBO ICE HOCKEY • ice Hockey game tor yers *fe0T A!OC- G306 METAL MOTION Operekon Wo* style ahoot-em- i Good graphc* *NOT A500- G307 DARTS - Play dans agerot toa compute* or a Inend Noma! Rota* and scomg appkad G294 FLEUCH V2 ThnoJ done The deaac C84 MEGA M G300 V CHESS 20 - Featured packed ChaM game Everytrang you ooiAd anegrw and more 4*0T A500 G2 76 FRX)AY THE I3B« PART X Seertto toe buling tor Mckm*. But evoto toe cops
G279M " G304 DELUXE GALAGA nng graphc* *NOT AS» G316 POLYMORF Neal puzzle game G317 HYPERDRIVE The testae! Arraga game ever One or two player apace ahp raong and rehai W WOW. *f«OT A5» G314 A DAY AT THE RACES Horae raong Jason Holborn gets lost in an artificial universe, but manages to find his way out in time to fine-tune his hard disk's cache. It's all in a day's work for our PD connoisseur!
Programs like TrapFax and GPFax have added a new dimension to personal communications. You no longer have to buy a separate fax machine to send facsimile messages - all you need is a modem capable of handling fax protocols and a suitable piece of fax software. The PI) libraries provide an alternative to just about every commercial product ever released; but until now. Fax software was non-existent. All that has changed with the launch of AmigaFax from Cynostic PD (U0I82).
AmigaFax is a PD program and it's virtually identical in operation to VillageTronic's excellent TrapFax package. It allows you to send and receive fax information on your Amiga - when used in conjunction with a fax modem such as the Supra V32.Bis or US Robotics' Sportster. Received faxes can be viewed, printed or even rerouted to another fax machine on a different telephone number.
Just like TrapFax AmigaFax enables you to prepare fax documents in just about any program that allows printing using the standard Preference printer drivers. AmigaFax provides a special fax printer driver that reroutes all printing operations to your fax modem. This effectively means that you can use anything from Dpainl to ProPage to prepare fax documents.
AmigaFax isn't as polished as GPFax or TrapFax but it's just as powerful. It is a Shareware program, however, so you send the author $ 50 (approx £33.50) if you want the full package (the demo version only handles single page documents). If you can live without fancy front ends and printed manuals, AmigaFax is worth investigating.
The award for most the impressive PD game this month has to go to Green Five (17 Bit disk
3135) , a highly-polished arcade adventure that bears more than a
striking resemblance to US Gold's hits Flashbark and
Another World. It's written in AMOS by a very talented
programmer called Mark Judge. Based on the strength of this
release alone. UK software houses would be well advised to
try and snap Mark up as soon as possible.
Orem Five is a shareware release, so you need your cheque book if you want the full game. Mark has kindly provided the fust mission (there are four in total) as a taster in the PD release - send him £10 and he'll gladlv supplv the other three.
The plot of the game is just loo obscure to be repeated here, so I won't even attempt to translate it into an easily digestible form - suffice to say that it's down to you to save the known universe and all that jazz. Yvhat is important is the sheer quality of Orem Five's animation and graphics. It features the sort of smooth animation and atmospheric graphics that have become the hallmark of games like Another World. You know you're in for a treat.
The gameplav is very similar to Another World and Flashback - put simply, you have to guide a well animated character around an artificial universe (that’s what the author calls it!) Solving puzzles, whilst trying your best not to get zapped.
Along the way you find objects which aid you in your quest - a knife, for example, which is used to cut the rope holding a trapdoor shut. The full game has many more objects scattered about, such as parachutes, guns and so on.
It's very rare to find a PD game that comes anywhere near the quality of commercial releases but Oreen Five manages to do just that. If you want a game that keeps you J glued to your machine for days on end then you must get this one. Beg, borrow or steal the money and order your copy now.
Whoever first said that patience is a virtue obviously never had to suffer a slow Amiga hard drive. If they had, then there's no doubt that this phrase would never have been coined. Short of having to buy a faster hard drive controller and drive, the best way of speeding up your hard drive is to get your hands on a hard disk caching program. Which is exactly what we have in the shape of PowerCache (U0196).
For the uninitiated, a cache is best described as a kind of memory buffer which sits in between the hard disk and whatever software is used to Continued overleaf control ihc drive. By keeping frequently-used hard disk sectors in memory, a cache can speed up disk accesses considerably, because it refers lo its buffer whenever the user attempts to access an area of a hard disk that has been accessed previously. The result is a considerable increase in tiard disk performance.
PowerCarhe is an absolutely stonking disk caching program that has been written for all Amigas based around Kickstart 2.04 or greater.
Some features of PowerCache even require a Kickstart AO-based machine, although the program still functions perfectly well on a 2.04- based Amiga. Pmeeri'juhe is very easy to use - you only have to tell it which drive should be cached and how big the cache should be and the rest is handled automatically.
Mary Whitehouse would most certainly not approve, hut there's no escaping the fact that Street Fighter clones are great fun. Perhaps it's the feeling you get when a well placed thrust kick sends your pixelised opponent flying through the air. Or just the utter satisfaction of being able to perform the sort of martial arts moves that Jean Claude van Damme would be proud of. Either way.
There's nothing like a good beat-em-up.
The PD libraries arc playing host to not one.
Hut two new PD beat-ent- ups this month. The first is an Al200-onlv game written in AMOS (why is it A1200 if ii is written in AMOS? - AMOS doesn't support AGA!), called Mad Fighters (Asgard PD).
Inspired by Street Fighter. Mad Fighters is a fast and furious beat-em-up that pitches you against four other opponents, each with their own individual strengths and weaknesses.
Although the game plays well enough, it doesn't quite manage to capture the arcade feel of Street Fighter. Insiead of carefully planning which move will total your opponent (which is how a good beat-em-up should play), you usually end up just waggling the joystick about and hoping lor the best. Although ihis is bow most people seem to play these games anyway. I prefer tbe more strategic approach: which is more like the way a real martial arcs expert would react.
* ft ft ¦¦ H A 3 0 3 WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN THIS ISSUE
CYNOSTIC PD. Office 1. New Enterprise Centre.
Little Heath Industrial Estate. Old Church Road.
Coventry. Tel: 0203 681687.
17 BIT SOFTWARE, 1st Floor Offices. 2 8 Market St Wakefield. West Yorkshire. Tel: 0924 366982.
The second martial arts game on offer is called To The Death (Cynostic disk G019I). This one combines all the best bits from Mad Fighters with a more welcome arcade feel.
Offering better graphics and smoother gameplav titan Mud Fighters, this is definitely die better beat-em-up of die two.
The only real downer is the fact that it offers only one opponent - so once vou've beaten him the game soon loses its attraction.
Let’s hope that the author decides to expand To The Death further... Came creators have traditionally always sold verv well but Palace's Shoot-Em-Vp Construction Kit never quite achieved the success that they had hoped for. SEUCK (as it later become known) had one failing - il was crap. .As the endless PD Sf' l I K created games amply demonstrate they all look ASGARD PD, 20 Langdale Drive. Wakefield. West Yorkshire. Tel: 0924 363059.
ROBERTA SMITH DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE.
Tel: 081-455 1626.
Exactly the same. This wouldn't be too bad il they were all good games but. Unfortunately, very few SET CK creations keep the gaming juices (lowing for more than a minute or two.
Bearing all these negative vibes in mind. FEZ Productions seem lo have achieved the impossible - ihev have created a playable S 7 ( K game!
Based looselv around die cutesy Japanese arcade games that used lo be so popular a couple o( sears back. Pee Bee (Cynostic PI) (10192) is a shoot-em- up which sees you in (he role » l a cute bee called Pee Bee. I sing a subtle combination of lightning-fast reflexes and tactics, you must guide Pee Bee through a massive scrolling cutesv battle zone comprised of clouds and various confectioneries.
The gameplav may not be state of the art. And it won’t keep you interested for long, hut younger players may find Per tier enjoyable.
A ¦I H H 3 0 Z (A HI I 0 0 ft Utility compilations have always been a favourite amongst PI) connoisseurs and the latest compilation from Rolierta Smith DIP should prove just as popular. Entitled Office Helpers.
Roberta Smith DTP have scoured their extensive back catalogue for a collection of what must rate as some of the best home productivity PI) programs ever released.
First up is Fiercer, an lA O.Vproduced flat file database that allows you to organise anything from your address book to the membership list of your local tiddly-winks club. Although it's not quite in the same league as programs like Indexer or Inter Base (both of which have appeared on the A ' Coverdisk). Elexcr's greatest asset is its ease of use - even without reading the documentation, you could easily knock up a database within minutes of using tbe program.
For the financiallv astute amongst you. Office Helpers also includes no fewer than three home finance programs - PaxAdeice (check to make sure the taxman isn't stinging you for too much money). HomeBudget (make sure your spouse isn’t stinging vou for too much money), and Share) 1 onager (find out who vou can sting lor lots of money!). Other utilities on oiler include ShowSTD. Which is a very useful little Workbench program that locates the source of any British Telecom STD code vou feed it.
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wishes to point out that the Amiga demo scene thrives on the
creative talent and energy of its contributors. The one thing
that seems to be missing this month is a bit of imagination.
Apparently. Complex: Real AGA (Jorvik) is going down a storm with the Internet crowd. Which is a curious state of affairs considering what it offers: the demo kirks off with a typeface sitting atop a tunncl-cffect starfield zooming backwards and forwards at great speed.
Any sense of anticipation for upcoming events is immediately muted by this cliched introduction.
Things don't gel much belter (with various tunnel effects and solid 31) spinning shapes) until the last section of the demo - a solid 31) polygonal rectangular arena with various solid shapes on the inside. If you've ever seen Cybersleil in the arcades, you'll know exactly what this looks like.
We arc then treated to a selection of aerial and ground reconnaissance manoeuvres. It's all technically impressive, just not very entertaining.
If it's entertainment you seek, however, then check out The Flying Zambini Brothers (|orvik).
This is animation at its simplest, hut it still manages to raise a chuckle. Follow the exploits of a red and a blue blob as they attempt to make up for the incompetence of a little green blob, who is trying to execute various circus stunts. Each sketch has a suitably cheesy alliterative title such as 'Terrible Trapae Trick Troubles.
Throughout this production runs an upbeat, funky little tune. The only real criticism lo Ik- aimed at this charming piece is that it's missing the whaps, whops, splats and crunches that really should accompany the little green blob's numerous misfortunes.
There’s no danger of being entertained with Rage's Maximum Overdrive (Jorvik) however.
Technically impressive, it’s a video which runs for just under four minutes and features a bunch ol blokes riding around a Scandinavian town in a Volvo. Various close-ups of well recognised logos - such as BP. Volvo and even the one for disabled toilets - are indulged in. It leaves the viewer wondering what on earth is going on.
Positive aspects are the length of the video and the fact that Rage can only get !tetter. To do so, they could study some television advertising or pop videos to achieve a cinematic narrative - to avoid hazards such as the amateurish and inning 20 second opening shots of the Commodore logo.
Melon Design’s latest offering is called Booodemo COMPLEX: REAL AGA: Image-mapped cubes ? Bet you haven't seen that in an AGA demo before.
(Choice Software). This features some of the highest quality sounds and samples you're ever likely lo hear from the Patda chip. It contains two tunes: the first is a frantic tinkly bonk affair and is overlaid with a manic-sounding Japanese voice.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the sound was sourced from an KM radio - it’s that good.
.As soon as the manic first tune is over, you're treated to a Jimi Hendrix rendition of Foxy Lady.
Some 7Up-style graphics complement the music.
All in all, it's an entertaining offering.
Leaving the entertainment arena, it's time to cover a couple of slideshows supplied by a new I’D house. Club 1200. An offshoot of Choice Software.
Both shows offer little to the demo scene other than their ubiquitous lack of general appeal. Girls, Girls, Girls is a pointless exercise in lingerie lasciviousness with several beautiful girls draped in various titillating outfits from teddies lo basques lounging around interior locations.
If it isn't sexy girls, then it must be Star Trek. Another offering from Club 1200 is a selection of Second Generation piccies. (More of which are available front EM Computergraphic on 0255 431389.) There’s not much more to be said about this slideshow, other than mentioning that the quality of some of the grabs could be better.
On the subject of quality. NGC's Artificial Paradise AGA (Choice Software) has much to commend it, but also much to condemn it. It blasts off with a roller coaster-stylc ride over the top of a texture-mapped landscape. This demo’s a good showcase for the power and potential of future A1200 flight situs.
However, it digresses into a spirograph swirly line display, and although it may be mathematically sophisticated, you'd be better off watching the standard Workbench 3.0 blanker routine. The colour cycling shape shifting routines that follow are reminiscent of the old lava lamps of the 70s - in that they make you feel sick.
Directly after these routines, a gratuitous sexually explicit image appears. If there was a point in it being here, AF wouldn't condemn it.
Unfortunately, there's no immediately obvious reason. You can only conclude that it's a poorly judged adolescent prank. Shame that.
Artificial Paradise wraps itself up with a well executed texture-mapped tunnel. There's no great entertainment value in this one. So you'd better give it a miss.
All of the above demos had something redeemable about them. But Mina Omistan (Cynostic) simply blew the competition away with its slicklv presented MTV-style fast cutting video narrative. It attracted the attention of technophiles and technophobes alike, which has got to be a good thing.
Overall, this month's Demo Zone offerings were pretty lacklustre (apart from Mina Omistan, of course). Sure, there are plenty of technically impressive events. But considering the potential and power in the computer demo medium, don’t you think it's about time we demanded more from tin- coders in the way of imagination?
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WORDWORTH 3 If you were impressed by Wordworth 2, you'll be completely bowled over by its recently-released big brother Wordworth 3. The new version has several features that are totally new to Amiga word processing software. These include editable pop-up gadgets, font-sensitive requesters and a user-editable tool bar - the main control panel - which can be arranged down the side or across the page.
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Description Music X 2 RRP £149 AF price £119 Order code AMFMX2 BLITZ BASIC 2 This powerful and flexible BASIC programming language from Acid Software has faster compiling and coding, new commands, and everything from C structures to an inline assembler. The package includes a manual, user guide, four issues of the Blita User Mag and five disks packed with extensions, games and examples.
Rsave £30 This sequencer package (85 per cent, AF60) is one of the most ground-breaking releases since the original Music-X made such a huge impact in 1989.
Music-X 2 is a full MIDI sequencing package for controlling synthesisers, drum machines and other MIDI equipment, or you can use it with internal Amiga samples. The leading sequencer for the Amiga.
MONEY MATTERS 3 This excellent home accounts program is easy to use, flexible, powerful and fast.
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T "r-r w-t-Jn. W Imagine there's no memory... a lot of people haven't got enough RAM for Imagine 3.0. IIVlAGinME ALL THE PEOPLE Although Imagine 1.0 appears to install on to my hard drive correctly, the program refuses to run.
When the icon is selected the hard drive is accessed and the message: Attempting To Load Program Imagine. Int, appears as you would expect, hut nothing happens after that. Disk activity ceases and the Workbench remains as it was.
Sometimes attempts to load the program eatise thc machine to crash, with the message: Program Failed (error 80000006)! My machine is an unexpanded A1200 with a 130Mb hard drive and second floppy. All my other software still works without any problems. 1 would be grateful if you could suggest a solution to this problem, because the last thing I want to do is have to return the program for a refund after waiting six months for it.
.4 Reeder. Reading PCMCIA UPGRADES I own an Amiga A1200 and desperately want to upgrade it. At present it is the standard A1200 with a Cumana external disk drive and a Star LC200 printer.
1 Could I buy a memory expansion with a SCSI adaptor and an A570 CD-ROM drive for my A1200, would this work?
21 have noticed Indi Direct Mail (page 136 AF60) are selling a new type of PCMCIA card which holds either 20Mb (£139.99) or 30Mb (£169.99). It seems very cheap as a 4Mb PCMCIA card costs around £180 and the new Zappo card (well it's actually a small box) holds 30Mb for only £170. Can this new Smart Stor PCMCIA device be used as a small hard disk drive?
Firstly, can I say that the Imagine offer was organised in conjunction with Impulse. They are responsible for the delay anti the poor instructions provided with the program. I am sorry if you have suffered any inconvenience because of the delay in getting Imagine 3.0. Your problem is that vou don't have enough memory to run the program properly. You need at least 3Mb to use Imagine 3.0 and I recommend at least 6Mb to use the software to any great depth.
Under the circumstances. I’m sure that you will be offered a refund. Call our Mail Order department on 0225 822511.
More strangely, some people have contacted us saving they have been having problems with loading objects into Imagine 3.0, corrupting bard disks and all sorts of other peculiar things. We have failed to reproduce these errors in the .4 •' office, but il you have a similar experience or could shed some light on these problems, please write in and let us know.
EXTERNAL FAILURE My Amiga 1000 has an Escort 2 expansion and two external disk drives. Recently I had problems with Kickstart and then Workbench and therefore sent the A1000 away for servicing.
I mainly use Gold Disk Office for word processing and spreadsheets but unfortunately all the disks on which 1 have stored my work are coming up as Read ’Write Error. Use Disk Doctor. I am also unable to initialise any new disks.
A friend suggested you might be able to tell me what the problem is, or at least point me in the right direction. I want to know-: Continued overleaf n A rnmm L A & b The Smart Stor is not a memory expansion, but a very small IDE interface with a hard drive mechanism.
2 The Indi PCMCIA card you refer fo not only works like a hard drive, it is one. The Smart Stor is just an IDE interface with a small drive mechanism. However, you should bear in mind that this will NOT increase your RAM capacity, only your storage space.
IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible, and hopefully to sort out all your problems Of course there are always more questions than answers, so we have to prioritise queries according to the following factors:
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CD32 2 3 4 5
* ¦ 1. How do I retrieve the information on my disks - bearing in
mind that I am a novice?
2. What is a DiskDoctor and where do I get one?
3. Can you give me the names and addresses of any specialist to
whom I can send my faulty disks, so they can retrieve the
information and put it on to paper and or disks.
MchynJunes, Eouys Cor. An A1000 - that's a piece of history that is.
I'm not surprised you're having problems with Kickstart and Workbench, you must have upgraded your machine (|uite a hit just to get some of your software to work at all.
DiskDoclor is an old utility which was supplied with Workbench, hut later dropped because it was no good. You should use a disk recoverv program such its the excellent PD program Disksalve. Check out the PD ads near the PD section for details of where to get hold of a copy.
As for your problem: if one drive wasn't working, I would think it was probably an alignment problem, but as both are out of action, it could be that the Gars or Paula chips in your machine are damaged. You should return it to the place that serviced it, complete with the external drive, and ask them to repair it under warranty.
IUO RAD I have an A1200. With Workbench 3.0. I have recendy been trying to program a RAD disk and I followed the instructions that you printed in Workbench in Issue 60, to help Chan Mitchell and Angus McNanny.
I opened Ed and typed in the instructions, saved it as devsrRAI), created an icon and changed the default tool to c:mart. But when I click on it, it comes up with a message saying: Cannot Open Tool C:mart. My Amiga is a standard A1200 and is totally unexpanded. Have you got any suggestions about what's going on?
Stephen Shephard. Newcastle upon Tyne Yes. You should read the magazine more carefully.
You should set the Tool Tvpe to C:Mounl you silly [wrson, because the Mount command is in the C: HOW TO MAKE MORE OF THE I hope that the following Information will help people who, like myself, have a CD12 but want to use it for more than just playing games.
It is possible to use a CD TV keyboard with a CD32... BUT not all keyboards are compatible. The fault lies with a chip in the keyboard and apparently certain revisions of the chip will not work with CD32.
As for the difference in connections (the CDTV keyboard plug has five pins and the CD92 port has six jrositions), it's possible to buy an adaptor to overcome this problem. I bought mine from Almathera along with my keyboard, and I have been using it for some three months now.
For those who wish to use the CD92 as a ROM drive, then look no further than the serial kit (also available from Almathera), which enables the user to easily download data from Cds. Please find enclosed some hints which may help anyone wishing to use this method.
All references to the CDPO disc apply to the CD with the Semet software installed. Also note that the host machine is the one on which you are using the keyboard and mouse.
Ithe normal CLI commands tend to confuse the issue, so it may be easier to use Directory Opus or SID to copy files, display them and generally move them about.
I want to use my version of Music-X Junior to record from my Yamaha keyboard and run this into my A600 by way of a MIDI interface. The problem is that my keyboard has no five-pin midi output - it only has a stereo headphone socket.
Can you recommend an inexpensive way of recording from the keyboard on to the Music-X computer files?
C E Sears, Cornwall You don’t say which model of keyboard you've got.
But if you don't have any MIDI outputs, it's safe to assume that your kevboard is not MIDI compatible. I'm afraid that this means that you won't be able to use any Amiga software to record your tunes - sorry.
To enjoy this software hardware combination you need patience because the transfer rates are quite slow. Using the methods outlined below it is possible to read PC discs as well as Amiga ones.
I have tested it out on a PC magazine coverdisc and managed to get a listing of all the files on the disc (follow the guidelines for changing discs). Set you serial preferences to the following: 19200 Baud XON XOFF 8 Data Bits No Parity 1 Stop Bit And then: 1 Connect up both machines (ensure the power is off to both Amigas).
Directory of Workbench. Seriously though, a lot of people seem to resort to calling us up or writing in as soon as anything goes wrong, it could save vou (and us) an awful lot of time if vou read the magazine more carefullv.
THIS IS AM X KEYBOARD Don't forget that you need two display devices (I use a monitor and a portable TV).
Don't forget to install Semet on to a different disk before starting.
This method sets up a device called Network on the host computer's Workbench screen.
You can only use your music keyboard with Music-X it the keyboard is MIDI compatible.
Remember that if you intend to use a CDTV keyboard you require an adaptor.
JARGON BUSTERS PCMCIA - Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. This is the name given to the standard adopted by Amigas with a credit card slot. This interface can be used for more than just memory cards - hard drives are already available and sound samplers are not far off.
VLSI - Very Large Scale Integration. A term applied to silicon semi-conductor components.
Basically, It just means that there are an awful lot of semi-conductor connections in one package. These chips are usually PLCC or PGA components PLCC - Plastic Leadless Chip Carrier. A method of fitting chips with a large number of connections on a circuit board. The chips are square and have no legs, but a series of connectors around the edges. These fit into sockets mounted on the PCB. The old Agnus is the classic example of an Amiga PLCC device.
PGA - Pin Gate Array. An alternative, though less popular way. To mount complex chips on a PCB. The chip has an array of many pins underneath which plug into a square socket.
Many FPU chips are of the PGA variety.
PCB - Printed Circuit Board. This is the actual surface on to which all of the electronic components of your Amiga are mounted The PCB includes conductive tracks, usually made from copper, which link all of the components together.
SPELLING rr OUT Is it possible to copy the spell checker from Wordworth into RAM to make it quicker? I tried to do this with my A1200 by opening the RAM disk icon in Workbench and dragging the spell checker floppy disk icon into the RAM disk window.
Although it copies itself into RAM. When checking a word, Wordworth asks for the spell checker disk to be inserted into the drive after which it reads directly from floppy instead of from RAM.
A. Bashir, Essex 2 Switch on and boot both machines. The CD92
Amiga with the CDPD disk in and your host machine with the
D Semet disk inserted.
3 Now click on the Semet-Start icon on both of the machines.
4 On the CD92 screen a window appears entitled Dnet System. On the host machine a window appears entitled Dnet: Don't Close so don’t close it because this terminates Dnet.
It’s possible to use the CDTV keyboard with a CD92, and to effectively turn the CD1' into a ROM drive.
All you need to do is use the -Assign command. In the Shell, type ASSIGN xxx: RAM:, where xxx is the name of the disk your software is asking for.
VIRUS WORRIES My questions are: can I truly trust my virus killers; why does MVK 3 crash the system when it's checking disks; and why is the original Workbench disk accused of having the Saddam virus by BoolXt When I check for the virus in disks with that kind of problem some of them are accused of having the Saddam virus. I tell the Disk Validalor program to kill the virus and it tells me that it’s been successfully eliminated. When I try to copy a new disk it sometimes works but sometimes it doesn’t. Some of your Coverdisks have no Disk Validator and they work fine. Why?
Hugo Monica, Portugal Disk Validator is a small program which corrects the checksums in the directory tables and at the end of every block. The checksums only change when the contents of the disk are altered. This means if you are not going to be writing out any data, there is 110 need for Disk Validator.
I reckon that your virus checkers are confused.
Get a copy of a disk salvage utility such as Disksahv (PD). FixDisk (PD) or Ami-Back Tools (Ramiga International: 0690 770304, £50). These programs reconstruct your disks and correct the checksums (which will prevent the read write errors).
Throw away DiskDaclar. It is useless. In fact, it could be the cause of some of the damage on your disks. Gel hold of a recent version of Virus_Ehrckrr and your problems should be over.
IviofurroR madness I have a MicroVitec 1438 monitor to use with my A1200 and I need to use the highest possible resolutions for desktop publishing, word processing and computer aided design packages.
When using double PAL or double NTSC modes everything is fine for about an hour or so and then parts (and I mean only parts, not the entire screen) begin to flash and jump. This affects both the Workbench and any applications run from Workbench or from the hard disk. I have no problems when booting games and applications from floppy, presumably this is due to them setting their own screen mode. Also, when a menu is selected, odd lines of pixels flash alongside it and the jumping and flickering of other parts of the screen become worse.
I contacted Silica about the problem and they immediately sent a replacement monitor.
Unfortunately, the replacement behaves in exactly the same way as the original! I am therefore left with the conclusion that 1 have a Workbench or hardware problem. I have tried all the combinations of screenmode and overscan, as well as various boot display options, and the only way I can find to avoid the flashing pixels is to use PAL hi-res from first booting up.
Edward Simmins, Deion It sounds to me very much like an overheating problem with your A1200. VLSI chips like the ones used in the A1200 are sometimes prone to static Continued overleaf -» On both screens a window appears entitled Dnet V2.01.10. Three items are available on the menu: Quit Sendbreak. Which clears the serial line for setting up the connection (if you choose this one a small character appears in the Dnet window of the CD”) and Start Dnet which starts Dnet.
6 In the Dnet System window on the CD” you will see a message saying Dnet Running.
7 Two windows open on each screen. Fterm and Sterm. These are for typing messages between machines. This is not my aim, so I close them.
8 Then in the Dnet System window (on the CD”) a message appears saying: Starting Server: dnet: sterm Dnet. Server. 8195.
9 Open a Shell window on the host machine and type SNET: the prompt should change to Networio This means that the Network device has been mounted. In the Dnet System window (on the CD32) a message appears: Starting server: dnet:netdnet-server DNET. SERVER. 9492.
In the Shell window on the host machine, type the name of the disc in the CD32 drive.
The name is on the CD32 Workbench screen, but you may have to move some windows to find it.
4 The prompt then changes to Network: Name I Of Disc: (Where Name Of Disc is the name you typed in) such as (Network: CDPD: dj J Double dick on the Network disc Icon that I appears on your host machine's Workbench screen and then choose Show All Files from the Window menu.
13 An icon should appear, representing the CD.
Double click on the icon and if everything has gone properly the entire contents of the CD are displayed in the window.
Changing Discs: Follow Steps 1 to 9 (inclusive).
Remove the CD and replace with the target disc.
Step 10: Type in NameOfOisc.
Follow steps 12,13 and14 as above.
Many thanks to Almathera Systems (especially Paul Ralph) for their patience and for providing the Serial Kit which comprises of:
• A Serial Keyboard port adaptor for the CD32.
• A Null-Modern Cable.
• The DISemet software (on floppy disk).
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CD drive as well as Fish Disks numbers 1 - 660, some 300 odd
modules. Ncomm, ParNet ProTracker and lots more.
So this may prove to be a way for A1200 owners to have the use of a CD-ROM and the added bonus of the FMV feature as well.
Also, can anyone help me track down some instructions for a GEC Datachat 1223 modem?
I have been told it runs at 127S baud, (transmitting at 75 and at 1200). I think some of the trouble I am having is due to the very low speeds it works at?
I also need the number of a BBS that supports these speeds and has a Sysop who doesn't mind helping out a complete comms beginner.
Paul Ferguson, North Devon Well, thanks very much for that very extensive and detailed guide to serial connections. It should be pointed out that a network operating in this way would be quite slow. The only other comment I would make is that the A4000 keyboard also works fine with the CD".
As for your modem, I think you will have great difficulty. The Amiga's serial port will not work effectively on a split serial rate. If anyone runs an Amiga BBS supporting this rate. I'd like to hear about it.
m «¦ and heal failure. If your A1200 is still under warranty, 1 would suggest that you get it replaced straight away. I have no idea why your monitor should work without any problems in hi-res mode.
Does anyone else have any suggestions?
In-depth explanation LANGUAGES n IIIUI OFFICE WOES While using the database on Mini Office on my A1200, I noticed that one of my files had saved as a template but not as a full database.
When I tried to load this template, I got the message: An I O Error Has Occurred, and it wouldn't load. Now whenever I load a template I get the same message, and the same thing happens when I load a database except it adds that the template can't find any records associated with it. How do 1 get it back to normal?
Kathy Dean, Bolton I have never come across this problem before, but it sounds to me as though your disk may be corrupt. I'ry running some disk recovery software and see if this helps. If all else fails, why not give kuropress Software a call on 0625 859553?
BASIC QUESTIONS I have an Amiga 1200 with a 64Mb hard disk and I have a lew questions.
1. On a hard disk installed with WB 3.0, where are the fonts
kept?
2. Where can I get a null-modern cable?
3. Can I get BASIC 1.0 for the Amiga, if so where?
Karl Titcomb, Somerset You will find the fonts in a drawer, called Fonts: cunningly enough. For a null-modern cable, I'd call TriLogic on 0724 691195.
AmigaBASIC is no longer available, which is probably just as well, because it wasn't a vert good programming language. Why don't you try Blitz Basic (a version of which was on the AF52 Coverdisk) or HiSoft Basic 2 which is reviewed on page 118 of this issue.
WHAT A CAD I am doing a graphics course at school. This involves technical drawing which is possible on computers using a CAD (computer aided design) program. I would like to know if there are any CAD programs on the Amiga. If there are, which ones would you recommend and where 1 can get them from?
Stephen Lack, Cambridgeshire Indeed, there are. X-CAI) 2000 is now up to revision 3.2 and is available from Hobbvte who can be contacted on 0727 856005. '2?
1 There are many different types of programming language available for the Amiga, each of which has its own individual strengths and weaknesses - some are faster than others and some offer greater control over a particular aspect of the Amiga.
Which program you choose to use depends upon a number of different factors, such as what type of program you want to write (games, for example, require a language that produces very fast code) and how experienced a programmer you are (some programming languages are much easier to get to grips with than others).
2 There are primarily two ways of programming the Amiga - the legal one and the not so legal one. If Commodore had its way. Every programmer would program the Amiga by calling the routines built into the Operating System.
Although this is the only way of working if you want to write applications software that makes use of the Amiga's Intuition system, most programmers find that the OS routines just aren't fast enough for games programming 3 In order to get around this limitation, most games programmers adopt the slightly riskier approach by programming the Amiga's hardware and custom chips directly, using what is known as. Direct addressing or metal bashing.
Unfortunately, hitting the hardware does have it's drawbacks - for one. Incompatibility with future Amigas 4 By far the easiest programming language to get to grips with is that old favourite. BASIC.
Commodore used to bundle a BASIC language with the Amiga (Amiga BASIC). But it was dropped with the introduction of Workbench 2.0. Despite considerable pressure from many industry experts, Commodore has never seen fit to rebundle a BASIC programming language 5 The two most popular BASK languages on the Amiga are still Europress's AMOS (which was on the Af42 Coverdisk) and Acid's Blitz Basic 2 (a version of which was on the AFS2 Coverdisk) Both AMOS and Blitz Basic 2 enable you to program the Amiga’s hardware and custom chips directly and can therefore be used to produce high speed arcade
games and demos In addition.
Blitz 2 also offers support for Intuition, making it 6 Programming languages usually come in two forms - Interpreters or Compilers. An interpreter works by converting each line of source code into a form that your Amiga can understand on a line by line basis. As each line is performed, the Interpreter then moves on to the next line and converts that into machine code Although this process works fairly well, it is rather slow. If. For example, you have a loop in your program that is performed 20 times, the Interpreter has to convert it to machine code 20 tunes - a rather wasteful process and
extremely time-consuming.
7 A Compiler, on the other hand, converts the entire program to machine code before it is run which produces considerably faster code.
Most Amiga programming languages are compiled these days - the only interpreted language you're likely to encounter is Affexx which is built into the Amiga's Workbench environment.
8 Although you may not have realised it. All Amigas come with at least one programming language (not counting AmigsDOS Scripts which are simply batch files). This language is called Aftexx and it was originally released in its own right as a commercial product.
Aaexx is very different from other programming languages. Although it can handle many of the tasks you'd normally associate with a programming language. Abexx is what is known as a macro language - It is used to write macros for other programs A macro is simply a list of instructions (like a program) that tells an existing program (a word processor, for example) how to perform a particular task by listing what steps the program needs to perform to achieve the desired effect.
9 If BASK is too er... basic for your particular needs, the two other most popular Amiga programming languages are C and Assembler.
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PROVECT Marcus Dyson shows you how type can be joined to circles and ellipses to form the basis of a logo.
O the top right corner of the requester box lo minus 1, then click on the horizontal gadget, and click on OK. Because of the idiosyncratic way in which ProVeclor works, this doesn't actually cause anything to happen to the picture. But if you then click once more on the Scale tool, and Shift-click 011 your drawing (making sure first that the Text- On-Palh object is selected) you will see that the Text-Object is transformed.
The words now read the correct way, and are attached 10 the outside of the circle. Different effects can be achieved by using the Vertical or Both gadgets in the scale requester, try it and see what happens.
Last month we looked at entering type into ProVeclor. And making it run along a path, or shaped line. An extension of this technique is to make a line of copy run along the shape of a circle or ellipse.
If you look at a few company logos or items of packaging you'll see that this is one of the most common tricks used by graphic designers when they use type with logos.
Creating these circular lines of type is beyond the capabilities of even the most advanced desktop publishing programs, so at times like this graphic designers turn to structured drawing programs such as ProVeclor.
ROUND, ROUND, GET AROUND First things first, if you didn't read last month’s tutorial on how to put type on the page with ProVeclor. Do so now, because this month's page assumes that you have mastered this.
Attaching type to an ellipse in ProVeclor is very simple, but getting the result to look exactly as you wish can be tricky, here's how it's done.
1 Create the shape that you wish to attach your text to. Here we have used an ellipse, created with the ellipse tool: Now click on the text tool while the ellipse is still selected.
2 Enter your text. Remember to click on the On- Path gadget before clicking OK. Your words will now appear joined to the border of the ellipse, but this probably isn't how you want them to look.
3 The words on the ellipse and the original ellipse are now separate objects, use the Move tool to put the ellipse out of the way until you wish to use it again. Click on the Move tool, then click and drag the shape to where you want to place it.
PRINTING PROBLEMS?
A number of people seem to be experiencing difficulty in printing out imported bitmap graphics through ProVector.
There is a very simple reason for this - you can’t do ft ProVector can import a bitmap to use as a background for you to trace over, but these bitmaps are completely excluded from any printout.
If you want to include structured art like that created in Pro Vector, with bitmap graphics from a paint package you should get your hands on some DTP software.
If you have any more problems with getting the software working the way you want it to, drop us a line at the Workbench address.
5 You will notice that the text is not centred on our ellipse, but it would look better if it was.
ProVeclor's text functions do not include features such as justification, so click on the selected Text- Object with the Hand tool to rc-activate the text entry requester. You can now pad out your line with leading spaces to make the type sit where you want it on the ellipse.
Note that if you had elected to place the text on a circular path, you would be able to use the Rotate tool: 6 You can change the look of your text even after it has been joined to the ellipse by selecting the Text-Object and Typeface from ProVeclor s Style menu. If you then use the Border. Fill and Transform functions you can make your text look more attractive, and add some artwork to your logo by cutting and pasting it from your other illustrations. Alternatively, you can use use clip art or even draw some with ProVeclor. C5 to correct the position of the words.
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FILTERS LAID BARE The secret of Personal Paint's image processing power lies in its innovative filters. Here's how to get them working for you.
Qnew... i memmiQt inniCiiiKiii-ffceijnini Blur High Blur Low Dark Vertical Gradient Darken -25 % Dither ClustDotsI Dither ClustDots2 Dither ClustDots3 Dither DisprDotsI Dither DisprDots2 Dither DisprDots3 Last month, we started ottr tour of Cloanto's Personal Paint - the package that Commodore now bundle with the A1200 - by looking at the basics of choosing a screen mode. We also told you how to modify' the screen colour palette so you've got full access to the colours you need - rather than those that the programmers thought you'd need.
I F-S Error Diffusion: Proceed | Exit | Cancel | Personal Paint offers some unique image processing facilities that make it particularly useful to the Amiga artist. If you've never encountered image processing before, it's essentially a method of manipulating an image en masse using filters.
Each filter produces a particular effect using complex mathematical formulae originally developed by NASA to clean up images received from deep space probes. For example, one of the filters applies a watercolour effect to your image.
Personal Paint enables you to apply filters to either an entire image or a selected area.
Before you can do anything, however, you need an image, so load one in by selecting I.oad Image from the Project pull-down menu.
I have used the image Clown.GIF which is on the PersonaI Paint program disk. Once it's loaded, click with the right mouse button on Filters which Ithis gadget enables you to create your own image processing filters from scratch.
2 You can edit any of the existing filters by clicking on this. It comes in very handy if you want to fine-tune a filter which doesn't quite do the job that you require.
3 This box contains a list of the range of filters on offer in Personal Paint. Not all of them can be is about half-way down the tool-bar strip. A requester should pop up on to the screen asking you to select a filter. If all those gadgets and scrollers are a bit bewildering, don’t worry - check out our annotated diagram for a breakdown of what they all do.
Anyway, that's enough of the theory - let’s put an image processing filter to work. Click on the slider gadget and drag it clown until the filter displayed at once, so use the scrolling icon on the right-hand side of the box to go through the list and choose the one you want.
4 Clicking on this box turns on the Floyd Steinberg dithering, which increases the apparent number of colours when an effect is applied to an image which has a limited colour palette. Not all of the filters support this feature, so it may often be ghosted.
Labelled Emboss High appears in the list box.
Click on it with the left mouse button and then click on the Proceed icon. Nothing happens at this point - you've simply told Personal Paint that vou'd like to use the Emboss filter.
Now move the mouse pointer about an inch immediately above and to the left of the Clown's left eye, then click and hold the left mouse button.
While keeping the button held down, drag the IMAGE PROCESSING IN ACTION Puzzled by edge detection? Flummoxed by cluster dots? We discover what Personal Paint's filters can do.
As its name suggests, the Blur filter blurs your image. Two types of filter are offered - Blur High and Blur Low. The only difference between these two filters is the blur level (Blur Low produces more subtle results).
* 0 0 I" & 3 0 3 146 One of the most spectacular filters is
Emboss; this produces an image which looks like it has been
carved in stone. Try reversing the range of greys by using the
Personal Paint palette requester - it produces a sort of
'raised' effect The Cluster Dots filter produces what can best
be described as halftone images - that is, images made up of
lots and lots of dots of varying intensity. This filter comes
in particularly handy if you do a lot of mono desktop
publishing.
Mouse pointer down and to the right and you should see a box forming on screen. Finally, let go of the button and watch what happens... If you want to apply a filter to the entire image, select Image Processing from the Project menu instead of clicking on Filter. You are presented with the same requester (the heading is slightly different), but instead of waiting for you to select an area when you click on Proceed. Pmtmal Pamt applies the filter lo the entire image.
HIT TUTORIA CREATING YOUR OWN FILTERS If Personal Paint's filters aren't quite up to scratch then why not create your own. We show you how.
|Emboss High fr- &| Convolution K Name: Type: I Digital Creations' Brilliance paint program offers a similar range of image processing tools, although they're not quite as accessible (or as configurable) as those in Personal Paint. In particular.
Brilliance s range ol painting modes are worth experimenting with - lurking inside the mode menu you'll find a whole range of effects which enable you to apply tints, smooth a selected area, colour, smear and even lighten or darken your image by a specified percentage.
The ability to control a given cITcct using a percentage value is one area where Brilliance really beats Dpaint in the image processing stakes.
Although Dpainl offers tints and smearing tools, you're given no control over the effect's level of influence. Brilliances effects, however, tan be fine- tuned - using one with a very low percentage, for example, produces subtle results. Knock up the percentage value and the effect is bolder.
Inot surprisingly, this string gadget allows you to give your new filter a name.
2 The Type gadget is used to pick the type of filter.
Here's a run-down of the filter types available and what they do: CONVOLUTION - This is a powerful area process that's normally used to sharpen or blur images. It works by replacing a pixel's value with the sum of that pixel's value and the value of its neighbours, each of which is multiplied by a given factor.
POPULARITY - When using the Popularity process, all pixels corresponding to non-zero positions in the Kernel are counted. The most common colour is then copied to the central pixel.
3 DivF - Short for Division Factor, the DivF string gadget contains a value which the values in the Kernel are divided by. A value of one has no effect.
4 Bias - The Bias value forms the final part of the filter. The values resulting from the Kernel being divided by the Division Factor are added to the Bias value. If the Bias value is negative, it is subtracted from the Kernel.
5 Kernel - The Kernel is a 5x5 grid of string gadget boxes that hold the values (or weighting factors, as they should be called) used by the filter operators.
When a filter is applied to an image, the Kernel values have a cumulative effect across a range of pixels.
F. ven these powerful painting tools don't compare to Personal
Paint's more exotic filters. If you use either Dpaint or
Brilliance anti you want to achieve similar results, then you
need a dedicated image processing program, such as ASDG's Art
Department Professional - which leaves even Persona!
Pamt standing in the image processing stakes.
.-) ) Vo works like Personal Paint, although instead of using filters, it uses what are known as operators. Although a single operator may not achieve anything spectacular, combine two or more and some tremendous effects are possible. O RANDOM - Random works like both the Convolution and Popularity operators, but the values placed in the Kernel dictate how likely it is that each pixel position in the Kernel will be used for the resulting pixel (the higher the value, the greater the probability).
The Random filter applies a sort of charcoal effect to an image by scattering pixels. As you can see.
The results are very impressive. Three levels of Random filter are offered, each of which uses varying levels of random pixel scattering.
If you want to impress your fnends with your skills with a paint brush, then simply apply the Watercolour filter to a picture, print it out et voila!
- an instant masterpiece! Better still. Persona Paints
watercolours don't run if they get wet!
To use the Tint filter, dick on the bask colour that you want to use for the tint before you apply it The results speak for themselves. Although the tint looks rather rough in this example, increasing the number of colours produces more shades.
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To load the required format just choose the relevant option in the File menu. Once in Music-X they can be treated in exactly the same way.
If you'd rather have all the samples in the same format, you can save Sonix files back out as IFFs.
Once you've loaded a sample, you may want to tune it (maybe it’s off key or perhaps it won't play at all). Press A or C on the keyboard to hear the sample at that note (A or C that is), then drag the slider left to lower the tuning, or right to raise it.
For precise tuning, just click to the right or left of the number on the slider to move in single tuning steps. Keep pressing A or C to check that it sounds right.
If you want to get rid of a sample, just select it and choose When Music-X plays back samples, it triggers them on the first available free channel, which can have an unsettling stereo effect. The sound jumps from left to right making everything sound a bit erratic and disjointed, which isn't usually the desired effect.
To get around this problem, you really need to connect your Amiga's sound output to an amplifier (such as the Auxiliary In socket on your hi-fi). Connect it up using two leads and switch on the Mono Mode. This makes all the sound come out of both speakers, cancelling the stereo jumping effect.
If your hi-fi doesn't have a Mono On Off switch, you can still get around the problem by taking both the left and right outputs from your Amiga, and combining them into a single input for your amp.
You can do this easily enough by using a Y-connector (which should be available from any good electrical shop) with a mono plug on one end. If you can only get hold of a double phono to single stereo lead, don't despair because you can buy a special adaptor to make it mono.
Free Sample from the menu.
Alternatively, if it's a multi-octave sample (that is it will play over more than one octave) you can free up memory just by choosing Free Largest Octave. This will cut out the sample octave that takes up the most space.
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There are a couple of handy Music-X tricks you can use to create certain effects. The picture on the left shows a drum pattern with a gradually increasing snare roll. This was done by setting the volumes of three different snare hits to be gradually louder and then placing these in a row at the same pitch. It's these kind of tricks that can help to make your music more lively, but it does tend to eat memory, so it's always worth planning out your sections carefully before you start.
USING ENVELOPE EFFECTS This is where you carry out effects with samples using the ADSR (attack, decay, sustain and release) envelope.
You can move the view left and right using the top arrows and 200m in and out using the bottom arrows.
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S. SLOW FADE ENVELOPE To build a sound slowly and have it
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CONSULT A SPECIALIST ''z' THE SPECIALIST COMPUTER SHOP AUGUST 1 994 BLITZ TUTORIAL Roy Ferguson explores the many ways in which you can use Blitz Basic to add graphics to your BlitzOut game.
Qblit Blit Bblit The background is stored, and redrawn automatically.
The position of each shape is remembered in a queue, and all are erased automatically.
Each shape replaces what is already on the screen.
There are three ways of blitting (drawing a Shape on to the screen) in Blitz Basic. And as you can i fiendishly clever illustration, each of them performs the function in a different way.
So, maybe our BlitzOut listing hasn’t exactly revolutionised the gaining world overnight, but it did introduce us to several very powerful Blitz Basic concepts. And I hope it also showed you how easy it is to knock up a game using Blitz Basic with only a few simple lines of code.
This month we'll look in more detail at some of the commands used, to make sure we are clear on them. Once we have got these basics sorted out, we'll be free to move on to considerably more advanced programming tasks - and considerably better games too.
In the depths of your Amiga, there’s a microprocessor - probably a 68020 - which runs all the programs you use. However, the Amiga also has several unique custom chips for helping out with graphics and sound. One of these chips contains the Blitter which has been specially designed to copy chunks of memory around very quickly. And what's more it can happily copy these chunks of memory at the same time as the micro processor is doing something else.
Copying chunks of memory might sound a bit boring, but this is exactly how you can move objects around the screen. A bat, a ball, a spaceship or a laser blast is stored in memory as a miniature bitmap and if this data is copied in the area of memory which makes up the screen dis- If you want to buy the full Blitz Basic 3 package at a special Amiga Format discount price of £49.95 turn to Mail Order on page 136.
Play, il appears on ihe screen. In Blitz, these images are referred lo as Shapes, and because they have such an important part to plav there is an entire collection of special Blitz commands to deal with them. Making Shapes can be a challenge all In itself, but by far the easiest way to create them is lo use an art package, such as Deluxe Paint To do this you simply draw out your Shape in the paint package, cut it as a brush and save it to disk. Then, using a Blitz program such as Listing I on the facing page, you can load it directly into the program and display it on screen.
The only snag - and there is always a snag - is that the image is actually in two parts: the picture itself, and the palette of colours which it uses. By now vou probablv know that the Amiga has lots of colours, but onlv a set number of 'pens'.
For example, an eight-colour screen can display thousands of different colours, but onlv eight colours at once. When vou are designing objects it’s therefore important to define a common palette for them, and if this means you need to use a four-colour screen rather than a three-colour screen, then so lie it.
Of course, the more adventurous among vou will soon realise that vou don't need to stick to an art package to create your graphics, 3D image rendering programs such as Imagine (which of course you will all have if you were wise enough to buy .1 5 3 when it was on the Coverdisk) can be used to great effect - which is why the cars in Skiilmarks look great from everv possible viewing angle. In any case, you can load the IFF brush with the Loadshape command. The first number is the number of the shape - the index with which you are going to reference it later on. The string which follows is the
path and file name to where the Shape has been saved, and the last (optional) number is the palette used.
I’ou can load in multiple palettes if you need them, but obviously only one of them can be used at once. The Blitz Use Palette command sets all of the colours to those defined in the supplied palette number.
Now we come to the Blitting - actually getting the graphics on to the screen. There are three different Blitting techniques: Blit. Qblit and Bblit.
The first option is a simple Blit - copy the Shape to screen and too bad if there was something already there.
This is the quickest wav to get Shapes on to the screen, and if this is all vou need to do. Blit is the best command to use.
For more advanced situations sav you wanted a swarm of alien scumbags drifting down the screen - you need to use a Blit that is a little more subtle. If you were to simply keep Blitting the aliens as they moved, you would end up with a right mess because all the previous positions would still be displayed on screen. In this case, Qblit is worth investigating. This is a special ver- USEFUL SHAPE COMMANDS TUTORIAL AUOUST 1994 QBLITTING SHAPES ; Set up screen display Screen 0,3 ScreensBitMap 0,0 Cls ; Load the shape LoadShape 0,"df0:smile.iff",0 Use Palette 0 ; Half it to fit it on the screen
better Scale 0,0.5,0.5,0 Cls ;Set up a queue Queue 0,4 ; Use special BLITZ mode for some speed BLITZ For y= 0 To 160 ; Wait for top of screen for smooth movement Vwait ; Erase previous shapes UnQueue 0 ; Draw new shapes For x=l To 4 Qblit 0,0,x*32,y Next Next MouseWait Loadahape shape!,filenames(,palette ] This command loads an IFF brush as shape , with the optional palette.
Saveshape shape ,filenames[.palette ) This one saves an IFF brush as shape , with the optional palette.
Saveshapes shapel , shape2 , filenames After you have loaded a selection of individual Shapes, you may wish to save them all in one go.
SaveShapes does just that - but you won't be able to reload them into a paint package.
Loadshapes shapel [, shap«2 ], filenaaeS Loads a group of shapes as saved with Saveshapes. The optional second number is the maximum Shape number to load.
Getashape shape ,x,y,width,height Instead of loading in a Shape, you can simply snip one out of an existing Blitz display by using this command.
Sion of Blit which remembers the shapes in a special 'queue'. When you use the Unqueue command, Blitz automatically erases all the ships.
Listing 2 demonstrates this in action.
The important commands are Queue 0.8 - which sets up a queue (numbered 0) to hold up to eight items. Then Qblit is used to draw all the images, and finally Unqueue erases them all.
Qblit queue .shape ,x,y - the queue is the number of the queue defined previously, not the number of the Shape in the queue - that's handled automatically.
Neither of these Blits work if you have a nice fancy backdrop (drawn in Deluxe PainI and loaded in. Or created with early i it: instructions). In fact, the blitted shapes corrupt the backdrop horribly.
What we need is BBIitl Screen 0,3 ScreensBitMap 0,0 Cls; Load the shape - and its palette LoadShape 0,"df0:smile.iff*,0 Use Palette 0; BLITTING SHAPES ; listing 1 - Loading a shape ; Set up the screen display Copyshape shape 1,shape 2Copy shape 1 over shape 2XFLIP shape Turn a Shape back to front.
Yflip shape Turn a Shape upside down.
Scale shape , X Ratio, Y Ratio [.palette ] This command enlarges or shrinks a Shape - to make it vanish into the distance, or zoom out of the screen. If you supply the palette number you get much better results. It's also a good idea to copy the scaled Shape rather than processing the original all the time.
Rotate shape 1. Angle Spin a Shape around - the angle value will define how much. Using a number in the range 0 to 1, where 0 is no rotation, 0.25 is 90 degrees, 0.5 is 180 degree and 1 is back to where you started.
Again, copy the rotated shape before using it - rotation takes time, so perform all the work before the program starts rather than during it.
BBIil stores what is underneath a Shape before it is Blitted, and redraws it when the Unbuffer command is used. This is a very- simply way to animate shapes over a backdrop, and we used it in the BlilzOul listing last month. The great thing about this approach is that, unlike the Blit command, you don’t have to worry about refreshing the background bitmap when you move objects.
Because the background is held in a buffer. Blitz automatically redraws the background bitmap.
You might be wondering why I've bothered using procedures, or statements, in such a simple program. Well, there's no denying that the listing would have been considerably shorter without the statements, but I think you'll agree that it’s an awful lot easier to see what is actually going on if they are included. Check out the main statement.
Gamed - it consists of little more than other statement calls, and since they all have sensible names the listing almost describes itself. So, try to use statements when you are writing your own programs. They are very easy to use and can make your programming life a lot easier. And what's more, they also all follow the basic skeleton of: Statement Kxatnplell SHARED a.b.c... (code) End Statement.
The name of the statement is always followed by two curly brackets, even when it is being called.
If you want to pass any values into the statement (something we haven't done yet) you list them inside the brackets.
You MUST include the brackets, even if no sallies are listed. You must also define the statement before you try to call it.
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One thing that worries many people about Comms is the cost. After all.
Phone calls are still expensive, and it’s easy to spend a long time on the phone to a Bulletin Board System (BBS) without realising how you are jacking up the phone bill.
With a bit of rare you ran keep the phone bill down to a minimum, but you are always going to be limited by the speed at which your modem can send and receive data.
If. Like me. You started out with a second-hand modem, you'll be used to spotting a lile you want on a BBS. Setting the download going and then nipping off for a cup of tea while you wait for the lile to download. V.22bis modems are ceriainlv cheap these days, but would you be better spending more and getting a laster modem?
Hawing an incredibly l ist and decidedlv Hash modem is all very well, hut what use is it if you can't talk to anybody else with it? This is where an organisation called the ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union-Telerommunications sector) comes in.
Most of the big modem manufacturers (such as Haves and US Robotics) are members of this organisation (formerly known as CC1TT), which defines the standards bv which modems talk to each other. These standards are. For some bizarre reason, known bv numbers such as V.32bis. As the technology improves, the ITU-T defines newer, faster standards. Several new modems use the V.32 terbo standard, and the ITU-T is now putting the finishing touches lo the next standard:
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You should also bear in mind that the speed of data transmission with these modems means that some older machines won’t be able to handle it. Anybody using an A1200 or above should be OK, but a bog standard A500 may have a problem.
But don’t look on it as a problem, more as another excuse to buy that new machine or accelerator that vou’ve been promising yourself.
Not only can a V.34 modem send data at a very high speed, but the V.34 standard also allows the modems to slow down if the quality of the phone line suddenly deteriorates. At present, this standard has still not been ratified, but several manufacturers have already started producing their own modems using the latest version of this new standard.
These modems are i eferred to as V-Fast Class.
Supra have recently launched the Fax Modem 288 (£280.53 from 1st Choice Computer Centre, 0532 319444). This will be upgradable to V.34, but onlv if you send the modem back to Supra in the States. You should also (rear in mind that this modem is not BABT approved.
US Robotics have also announced a brand new addition to their Courier range of modems which include the V-Fast Class, and which can be upgraded to the V.34 when the standard is finalised. The future of Comms is looking good, and it’s going to be fast... O WHEN WE SAID... That the World Wide Web address of the “Roman palace In Ex-Yugoslavia" was http: www.rKsa.uiuc.edu. what we actually meant was that the address was http www.
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S031 5QA MAILBAG READERS' LETTERS AUGUST 1994 Steve Jarratt
chooses a selection of the most incisive, witty and pertinent
missives from this month's almost indecently bulging Amiga
Format postbag. Send your letters to: Letters To The Editor,
Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
I recently purchased two magazines by Future Publishing, CD-ROM Today and Amiga CD32.
The former covered CD-ROMs on the PC and Mac. The latter concentrated on the CD3?. What a contrast! CD-ROM Today was full of interactive discs on encyclopaedias, books, films and Photo Cds, and Amiga CD32 was full of games.
We keep complaining that no-one takes the Amiga seriously (It's just a games machine) and this gulf in software proves it. Will the Amiga CD-ROM have interactive and educational software like Pcs and Macs? And if these machines can show small video clips then why does the Amiga need FMV to make it a success?
I will watch the CD-ROM development with interest over the next few months. Not everyone uses the Amiga to play games, and if serious CD- ROM software does not materialise, then I will have no alternative but to trade in my trusty expanded A500, not for a new A1200 but for a PC.
Brian Toon, Mid Glamorgan it's glaringly obvious why the Amiga CDS? Magazine was full of game reviews: the CD32 is a games machine. It has no pretensions to any serious activities - it doesn't even have a keyboard!
Hopefully, the advent of the various CD drives and CD3?
Interfaces for the A1200 should put the Amiga on the CD-ROM trail, with serious CD applications to follow.
The video clips displayed on Macs and Pcs are average quality, usually limited to small windows; MPEG is full screen, near video quality at 25 frames per second. FMV isn't exactly vital though; It's more the icing on the cake.
2S5- HALLELUJAH FOR AF The Indexer program on the A1'59 Coverdisk prompted me to dig out the last few copies of AF to add them to the index, and it was while doing this that I came across the following:
a) In Demo Zone, Issue 55, Stephen Bradley asked: "Why does the
audience stand up when they play the Hallelujah Chorus bit of
The Messiah?" After much research and investigation, I came up
with this: On March 23 1743. At the first London performance.
King George II (who was in the audience) was so moved by the
piece, that when the' Hallelujah Chorus opened he stood up,
and the whole audience followed suit and started a tradition
which is still maintained.
B) In Issue 54 there was an excerpt from Amiga Power, and in
their letters page a guy asked some technical questions, and
being a games dedicated magazine, they just laughed at him!
Well, I read the AF letters page in the same issue and there
was the same letter, but this time AF answered the poor guy's
questions - well played AF.
Joe Zarb, Cleveland See. Amiga Format is both entertaining and educational. And nice, too.
FILTH COLUMNISTS I’ve noticed that in recent issues you have given some of your writers a column of their own in which they rant on about whatever's bothering them that month, There's nothing wrong with that I suppose, but at the bottom of the column someone has decided to add a little piece declaring that what was preceding may not have necessarily been the opinions of Amiga Format.
Could you take a little time to explain this please? One minute you are saying: "We are the fearless Amiga Format team! We pander to nobody! We say what we think and to hell with the consequences.’ And the next it’s: ’Please don’t sue us. It’s not our fault. We just wanted to stir up a bit of controversy, honest! No hard feelings, Mr Big Advertiser; oh and sorry about the bad language.’ ANOTHER SATISFIED CUSTOMER The Syndicate Missions disk with AF57 was really, really crapl I had been reliably informed by other people that the Syndicate Missions disk was to have some new weapons included,
such as the Airstrike. So why weren't they in it?
Kevin Roberts. Worcestershire Well, perhaps it’s those "other people' who are really, really Let’s face it, the readers don’t expect that every word your writers submit is discussed at length and stripped of its individuality, so why do we need these disclaimers?
Ending on a lighter note, can somebody please tell me what E&OE means? It’s at the bottom of most of your advertisements and I have been pulling my hair out trying to work out what it stands for.
Gary Miller, Kent The disclaimer is there because, oddly enough, Ihe views oj those columnists aren't necessarily shared by the .Amiga Format team - simple as that. Il doesn ’I mean that we're distancing ourselves from them; in fact the magazine is still legally accountable for everything they say.
We're prepared to give space so that Tim Smith and Jeff Walker can air comments, which may, or may not, be justified. It doesn V necessarily follow that we agree wholeheartedly with them.
E&OE stands for Errors and Omissions Exempt. Basically, it means 'don't quote me. I might have got il wrong’. Maybe we should just put E&OE at Ihe end of the columns... SHUT YOUR TRAP Why have Commodore done this to their loyal A1200 owners? They ’ve given us the CD-ROM drive we always wanted, but what about expansion?
Do Commodore expect their users to constantly keep unplugging their upgrades, so they can plug in a CD-ROM and go back to a slow and limited system? Or will some third party developer bring out an adaptor so two sockets can be plugged into the expansion port, meaning we’ll have to put our Amigas on stilts to clear the trapdoor?
Why didn't Commodore use the totally useless PCMCIA slot to take die CD-ROM data into the Amiga?
OK, so the card slot is only lb-bit, but I'm sure it could handle the slow data transfer of a CD-ROM (about 300K at best), thus leaving the trapdoor expansion slot free for the expansion duties it was meant for?
Neil Harris, Shropshire Well, no sooner said than done. This issue we take an exclusive m-depth look at the new Zappo CD-ROM drive from Indi Direct, which uses Ihe much-maligned PCMCIA slot. Turn to page 9H for the full spec sheet.
SOFTWARE PLIGHT Is it me or is the content of AF getting less and less as the months go by? There were hardly any game reviews in die last few issues. Could this be a knee-jerk reaction to the demise of Commodore? I hope not, because the Amiga is a mighty machine, and I would hate to sell it lo get a PC.
I've had an Amiga since 1987 and although I am loyal to the machine. I would not like to have a computer with no software for it. The .Amiga doesn't seem to have as much prestige as the PC and many PC owners scoff at the speed of Amigas.
But when you see how much it costs to buy a 33kHz PC, the increase in speed is hardly surprising.
Commodore should go about Continued overleaf crap for unreliably misinforming you about the new weapons.
THE BITS ON THE SIDE... In your opinion, are we. The readers, getting good value for money from Amiga Format? In your position you'll be screaming 'Yes! Great magazine, great disk, what more could you ask for?'
Well. I should think a few more pages devoted to us and not the advertisers. Issue 60 has approximately 50 per cent advertising. Is this the norm?
Paul Rose, Co Antrim Yes - and many mags have 60140 splits, adverts to editorial. Amiga Format relies on the advertising revenue to pay for the costs of producing such a large magazine. If we kissed goodbye to the ads, Amiga Format would rapidly be reduced to being just a bi-monthly pamphlet.
I am a camel. Don't laugh. The Amiga is taking off in a big way for us camels.
In fact. I am setting up the Computing Camels Club (CCC), which is a user group especially for all those dromedary Amiga fans out there. If you want to join send to: An Oasis. The Sahara Desert, Egypt Africa.
I think Amiga Format is the greatest, although it's rather hard to get hold of out here in the Sahara.
Cuthbert The Camel, Egypt You know, I always thought camels were just full of water... I have just bought an A1200. And I'm finding that it transmits on a Long Wave frequency around 200kHz. This is the same as Radio 4, thus forcing me to re-tune to
92. 5 FM. Is this yet another underhand trick by the BBC to get
the Long Wave Radio 4 listeners to change to FM? I feel the
country should be told.
SJ Stockley, Dorset Maybe if we could get Commodore to tweak the signal so it transmitted on 1215 Medium Wave Richard Branson would buy the company... WINNERS Amiga CD32 magazine HMV Competition A copy of every CD*3 game released this year goes to: Ian Sherwood, Banbury, Oxon.
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People will think I'm insane for saying this, but if Commodore had kept faith with the trusty old A500 as well as the machines they have today, they would be better off. I feel Commodore have left most of us Amiga owners in the lurch by abandoning us for 32-bit machines.
Alan Gardner, Worcestershire No: if Commodore had spent time and money supporting old technology, they would have been in a much worse state than they are now. The price of progress is obsolescence - and the A500 technology is now eight years old I Is it true that an Amiga Format CD32 magazine has been launched? And is it reasonable to assume that CD*2 reviews may just possibly belong in this CD 2 magazine? If so. Why do I find numerous pages of your mag filled with CD22 reviews?
Ross Mutrie, no address given Amiga CD22 magazine was a one-off Amiga Format Special, dedicated to C[)32 gaming However, the mag has now sold out and is only available (in limited amounts) through AF's back issues service (page 133). Irrespective of whether Amiga CD 2 was on sale, or whether there will ever be a second issue, AT will continue to support owners of the Amiga CD22 machine.
So there.
Could you explain why there’s such a massive price difference in software from place to place?
I’ve found one dealer selling Dpaint 4 AGA for a remarkable £39.99, but at another one it costs a stinging £69.99. TM Dennigan, Bristol Companies charge different prices depending on lots of factors: where they get their stock from, what offers they have on, what loss leaders they are promoting, and what after-sales service they offer. It really does pay to shop around.
RUNNERS UP Copies of Video Creator go to: Andrew Maehead, Dingwall, Rosshire, Scotland.
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Tat .Suit; Kong, I Vest Glamorgan The Summer season is traditionally a lime of low oulfntl by software houses.
Gomputer users are considered to be on holiday, sunning themselves or enjoying the countryside, rather than sitting in darkened rooms using their beloved machines. And whether this is cause or the effect, it means that software - especially games - becomes rarer during the Summer months.
If . Owners might scoff at the s teed of Amigas (with no good reason. I'd add), but Amiga owners have plenty more to scoff at: like hour difficult it is to do anything on a I'(¦: like how you can V even rely on your sound card to work prrrperly: like hour you have to go fiddling around with the memory management just lo gel games to run; like just how crap Windows is; like hmo dreadfully unfriendly DOS is; etc, etc... A4000 ANGST Thank you for a depressingly informative article in the Amiga Shopper Supplement (AT59). I have lieen an Amiga user for the past two THERE'S ROM FOR IMPROVEMENT I
can't share AF's enthusiasm for the CD1200. I've been reading all this CD hype from the beginning and I think it's a lot of crap. In my opinion, CD-ROM will never be a success because it's not flexible.
The thing is Read Only and as a more serious user this is something I hate. What's better than a hard disk you can fill and organise the way you like? How can you to do this with CD?
Luc Stynen, Belgium I think you've missed the point: Cds aren't meant to be hard drives; think of them as huge floppy disks. True, you can't write to them, but then it's rare that you write to the same floppy disk Julie Scullion, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.
Gary Davidson, Carlisle, Cumbria.
John Pashley, Scarborough.
Paul Shaw, Cutgate, Rochdale.
P Harrison, Darwen, Lancashire.
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Years and was looking forward to trading in my trusty A500+ this Autumn for an A4000. That was until Amiga experts Toby Simpson and friends - after explaining the importance of keeping low-end Amiga users like myself loyal to the Big C - implied that anyone dense enough to shell out more than £1,000 for this excellent machine must have more money than sense.
OK. The A4000 is overpriced. But wouldn't it be better to tell readers what makes it worth spending that little bit extra? If, as Toby Simpson seems to believe, the A4000's price is completely unjustifiable, we may as well all move on to Pcs and have done with it.
May I wish Toby Simpson well with bis new, ‘sub-grand' -186 with free monitor, hard drive and anorak.
Davey, Nuneaton I'm not sure where Toby Simpson shofrs for his Mac hardware - I've never, ever seen an (HD-based Apple Mac with a monitor, GD-ROM drive, 120 meg hard drive, eight meg of RAM for less than a grand, less than two. Maybe... Admittedly the 040 A 4000 is a pricey piece of kit, but you get what you pay for.
So matter how good the kit is, the fact is Robert Pendall, Totley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Dave Torrlson, Erith, Kent.
Martin Alexis, North Woolwich, London.
Harry Frost Sale, Cheshire.
John Donaldson, North Seaton, Ashington.
Elizabeth Arnold, Peterfield, Hampshire.
Richard Quinney. Colchester, Essex.
J Bage, Emmer Green, Reading.
Lucky, lucky.
That your games or utilities come on. Now you have 650Mb of data
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I was never a great fan of the CD format, but with titles like Mega Race (previewed this issue) the silver disc is really starting to come into its own.
I that the A4000 is simply not a mass market machine and cannot compete with the prices of machines like Pcs and Macs that sell, not in the thousands, hut in the millions. But then if you want a Ferrari, you don't pay Ford Escort prices.
Still, with Commodore about to enter a new chapter in their history, maybe we’U see the high-end Amiga hardware get improved marketing, increased support and more believable price points - maybe even a CD-ROM drive.
BUT IS IT ART?
I read with interest the article in AF60 about different paint programs.
Some of the effects are quite spectacular, but are they really recognisable as computer art?
I think it's strange that computer artists feel the need to duplicate the effects that traditional artists have been using since painting developed.
Should we not develop our own effects and styles?
We have the ability to create a whole new world with the computer; the ability to create things surreal beyond belief and to give them complete realism, so that even the most incredible things can become believable. My particular secret is to hide one object inside another in my masterpieces created with Imaging.
Salvador Dali would probably have given half his moustache for a copy of Imagine.
I think that future computer art will probably have to show moving images, not static objects. So an object will have to be created and rotated against a fixed background, or a simple animation could be set up, running behind the object.
Malcolm Rogers, Suffolk Computer art has already set its own standards and aesthetic values. For instance, the work of John Lassiter and William Latham simply could not have been produced any other way. Similarly, any image that is frrocluced using Imagine, Lightwave, Personal Paint or Dpaint has its own characteristics that are difficult to reproduce using conventional media.
But any tool, whether it be a stick of charcoal, an airbrush or a paint package is only a means to an end: the finished picture, image or animation should stand alone as an artform, not simply as an example of what those tools can do.
TAKING THE MARKET FROM BEHIND One half of Commodore doesn't seem to know what the other half is doing - they couldn't even market communal wine to the Pope!
THE MAN AT THE TOP Commodore UK managing director David Pleasance answers your questions.
What is the point of producing a CD drive for the A1200 at a major exhibition for all to see, and then announcing that they're not going to launch it for months and months?
Commodore US have gone down the pan. The CD drive is wishful thinking and still when I go into my local high street retailer all they have running is Workbench. Pathetic... 1 suggest that Commodore get the clever person who hijacked the huge billboard outside the Sega HQ at Christmas to come up with another brilliant idea. The slogan. 'To be this good will take Sega ages’, was intelligent, witty and an excellent piece of showmanship.
Commodore cannot afford to rest on their laurels and I think that it is your responsibility as enthusiasts to make them aware (because they obviously aren't) that staying at the top is more difficult than fighting from behind.
Jason Besant, Devon For the last year or so, the only thing Commodore have been striving to achieve is survival, so it's hardly surprising that things like marketing and advertising have maybe had to take a back seat. But Commodore had better find a new owner
- and soon - otherwise fighting from behind is the only option
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DRIVING GAMES Where are all the A1200 games that were expected to be available by now? It's about 18 months since it was released, and there are only about 40. The CDS2 has been around for half the time and already there are over 50 games for it.
Although the A1200 has been selling by the byte-full, with the news that die CD-ROM for the A1200 is about to become a reality, is there not a possibility that developers and programmers will abandon floppy disk games for the A1200 in favour of CD games?
At the launch of the A1200 one of its benefits was said to be ports of PC games. This doesn't appear to be happening. Month after month games are released on the PC and don't find their way on to the Amiga, yet there is a steady stream of Amiga games being ported over to the PC.
DJ Curtis, Hampshire It makes perfect sense for code shops to develop on CD - with the advent of AI2IX) CD drives they are able lo reach a larger audience. It’s possible that the size of the CD32 market wasn't large enough to warrant a PC port-over; again, A1200 CD drives should change all that. £5 BUILD A BETTER WORKBENCH We are firm Amiga users and support Commodore greatly, but we feel that Workbench is lacking in its content. Although it's adequate to a new user, it doesn't fulfil the needs of a more experienced user.
There are also a few minor bugs in the system software, such as the icon and palette editors only using the first eight colours of the palette, and the icon editor being limited to small icons. On many occasions the icons aren't sized correctly, which means we are forced to use other icon editing programs. You should supply more datatypes for use with Multiview (such as JPEG and GIF), and incorporate a scaling option so that you don't have to keep flicking between the higher resolution screen modes, and add options to save the pictures off to different file-formats such as TIFF and JPEG.
We use various Public Domain programs such as DiskSalv and ToolsDaemon to enhance Workbench, and we think that these would be a valuable addition to Workbench. Why couldn't you include similar PD utilities. Also, why couldn't you team up with Future Publishing, for example, and include some reference manuals, because the Workbench manual and the User's Guide are inadequate and don't go into much detail about how to use your machine to the full? Why do you include Arexx as part of Workbench, yet do not include the Arexx manual? Now that the AAA machines are underway, will the low-end machines
be capable of handling 3D polygons?
Terry Wilson and Tim Dunne, Redditch Palette and IconEdit were designed to only use eight colours, the first four and the last four of the current palette. This allows programs which open on Workbench to allocate their own palettes without changing the Workbench palette. An excellent example of this is the WBPattern preference which enables you to load a multicolour picture as a backdrop, without affecting the Workbench text and icon editors.
As you say, IconEdit is a basic tool with some restrictions.
However, these restrictions have encouraged Amiga programmers and developers to produce icon editors with far more features than could have been included in the supplied editor in the time given.
The supplied datatypes handle most of the recognised Amiga file formats which are adequate for the majority of users. However, this is an excellent opportunity for third party developers to produce new datatypes for other file formats, as is already happening, and make them available on Bulletin Boards or in the Public Domain.
Your suggestions about Multiview will be passed on fo our software engineering divisions for their evaluation. Because not everybody wishes to use the Amiga fo the level that you do, it does not make commercial sense to add further cost to every machine. The same principle applies to Arexx manuals which are supplied with our A4000 range - because clearly this machine is purchased by serious users - but are not supplied with the A1200 because the additional cost would have to be passed on to users who do not use Arexx.
Including PD utilities with our machines is not possible because our support divisions would not be able to support these programs without extensive evaluation; and given the ever-changing nature of PD software it would be impossible to constantly supply the latest versions of the software. Finally, we tend to develop our high-end workstations first, then through the process of cost reductions migrate the technology down to our mass market products.
FALCON OF COMPTECH By Keith Rhodes. County Durham takes us through 1 this month's | masterpieces.. Cartoon-like techniques clash with a stark and almost disturbing image. Note the clever use of the glasses which draw attention to the eyes, and the basic, vet very effective, lens flares which help to give the jewels the impression of shininess.
FISH BATMAN By Stephen Clarke. Thornton Heath Wow! This gia has some serious talent. Believe it or not this||icturp has been hand-drawn using nothing more than an A1200 and a copy of Dpaint 4 AGA. The picture was sent in by Stephen's wife Josephine - and he doesn't know! Look's like you're in trouble. Josephine!
There’s a £25 mail order voucher for the best Gallery pic every month. Send your entries to: Amiga Format Gallery, 30 Monmouth St Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
R van's Fish was produced on an A1200 running Dpaint 4 AGA. Although it uses a limited colour palette, a large number of shades are used to give the image depth. The overall composition is very much in the stvle of early Chinese art.
DOGFIGHT 1944 By Kevin Wafer, Surbiton Here's how Kevin Wafer's Spitfire was drawn.
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Universal Printer Stand 5 99 14715" Optical Glass Screen Filter 16-99 Amiga Mouse Joystick Switch 9-99 Mini Stereo Speakers 5-99 Dust Covers CPUS Monitor 6 49 Atari ST 3 99 Monitor 4-99 Amiga 500 3 99 80 Column Printer 3-99 Amiga 600 3 99 PC Keyboard 3-99 Amiga 1200 3 99 All Prices INCLUDE VAT (@ 17i%) & FREE UK Delivery ] 0543 250377 Ring us or send cheques to: 0543 250377 Owl Associates Ltd, Dept 226, Owl House, _5 The Brambles, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9SE EDITORIAL AMIGA FORMAT 62 AUGUST 1994 EDITOR Steve Jarratt Sue Grant Nick Veitch Richard Jones Stephen Bradley Jason Holbom DEPUTY
EDITOR CONSULTANT EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR GAMES EDITOR STAFF WRITER DESIGN ART EDITOR DESIGNER Sue White Frank Bartucca PUBLISHING PUBLISHER Steve Carey PUBLISHING ASSISTANT Poppy Forer PROMOTIONS MANAGER Simon Howarth CIRCULATION MANAGER Jon Bickley CIRCULATION ASSISTANT Kate Elston JOINT MD Greg Ingham CONTRIBUTORS Marcus Dyson, Rich Baguley, Maff Evans, Tony Mott, Dave Golder, Tim Smith, James Leach, Trenton Webb, Steve McGill, Penny Dodd. Jeff Walker, John Kennedy ADVERTISING ADVERTISING MANAGER Jackie Garford DEPUTY AD MANAGER Louise Woods SALES EXECUTIVE Diane Clarke PHOTOGRAPHY Rob
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Hobbyte .. 88-89 0777 866006 Amiga
Power .. 57-53 0775 447744
111. 11? 064?S1QQQQ Amiga Shopper . .106-107.0225
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542434 Amivision .165.... .0922
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Matrix Computing ... .165..., 59 .0920 484479 071 490
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Computer Shop . .166.... .0480 435858 Omnidale
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Design ... .40...... 170 0543 250377 DGA
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