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Contributions are accepted only on the basis of full assignment of copyright to Future Publishing. All contents O Future Publishing Limited 1995. The swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune, to mix something or others, have conspired against us to deprive you of any great Escom story this month, because they have decided to hold a press conference just a few days after this issue goes to press. We did manage to get to an earlier conference which dealt with Escom’s takeover of the Rumbelows chain though, and although there wasn't anything much specific about the Amiga, there are still some interesting facts to note. Perhaps the most interesdng of those facts is that Manfred Schmitt, Escom’s president, said that their lowest-priced Pcs were around the £600 , mark, and he saw “a position for the Amiga at a third of the price”. A1200s at £199? It could make all the difference. As to what new Amigas arc to be developed, there arc only scant details available so far. This month we have constructed our own future Amiga, although only metaphorically. The main feature is a combination of thoughts from the staff of Amiga Formal, key industry figures and you, about what sort of machine Escom could possibly produce to regain the Amiga's crown as the home computer of choice. But while Escom are wondering what to do, the rest of the Amiga world is buzzing along. On the games front, the war for the first real Amiga Doom clone is hotting up. Aside from Team 17’s rOUk PERSONAL COMPUTER STORE Alien Breed 3D, there arc another two contenders, one of them from Mark Sibly of Acid Software. Steve Bradley has been venturing through darkened rooms with a sawn-off shotgun to bring you this month's previews. Vimcop has arrived too, just to prove that not everyone has abandoned the Amiga.

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PHONE ORDE TELEPHONE 01234 273000 he ¦ nig mvn ¦ n i SERIOUSLY AMIGA AMIGA NEWS Escom are gearing up for the return of the Amiga with hundreds of new shops opening across Britain.
Introduction As the new Escom stores open across the country, we reveal the latest plans for the Amiga. P10 83 ImageFX 2.0 85 One of the Amiga's most powerful and innovative image processors has been revamped. Find out what the new ImageFX is capable of.
PowerScan 4 Professional 91 The new Power scanner costs under £200. We put the first ever 24-bit, hand-held, colour scanner for the Amiga through its paces.
TV Paint 3 94 If you're looking for a powerful paint package with a full set of image processing tools, this could be for you. We bring you the first review.
Siegfried Discology 98 This new disk copying program boasts a host of advanced features.
But can it deliver the goods?
CDBoot 100 Is this German program the answer to the prayers of CD-ROM owners, or should it be given the boot? AF is the first UK mag to find out.
CD-ROMs 102 We take a look at the best of a new crop of CD-ROMs to find which discs you should spend your dosh on.
HeliOS 105 First there was AMOS, then came Blitz and now here's the new games programming language on the block. Find out if it has what it takes.
Dream Machine Using our amazing powers, we gaze into the future and predict what Escom have in store for the next generation of new Amigas. P19 o SAN MARINO GP LAP TIME:021A7”08 1 BEST LAP:03'12"72 LAP:2 S .LAP TIME :O2'07"2*» tBEST LAP:03120"I6 r LAP:2 5 p44 ok is bade. Find out if the der'snew shoot-em-up pasttjlories.
_ im* m mmmmmm m:m m . . .. _ rnrmnifr Obsession (left): Is this new Swedish game a silver ball sensation? F1WCE (above): We take the latest version of Domark's racing classic for a spin.
Previews 3i Super Street Figfiter II, Player Manager 2, Gloom, Fears, Sensible Golf, The Big Red Adventure, Thy Troops. Ambermoon Charts 42 Re-Releases Virocop 44 Syndicate CD32 F1 WCE 47 Super Skidmarks CD32 Strip Pot 49 ATR CD32 Obsession 50 X-Fighter CD32 Tower Of Souls 52 GameBusters 4 Coverdisk A: Technosound Turbo 2 p140 Sample the delights of your superb Coverdisk and find out how to get started with Technosound Turbo 2. We give you the power to explore the amazing musical capabilities of your Amiga.
Coverdisk B: Sensible Golf p138 Get in the swing of Sensible's new, improved golf game. We give you the tips you need to get a fair way through our excellent five-hole demo set in the delightful surroundings of the Bath Waters course.
Processor Power p27 Glastonbur The Glastonbury this year, and -v thanks to the Amiga you*1, can re-live the heacfy, y* hippy days L*.
Glastonbur The Glastonbury this year, and • thanks to the % Amiga you*1, can re-live the heady, y*.
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Find out what drives your Amiga. We lift the lid on the Central Processing Unit at the heart of your machine.
TUTORIALS Word worth 114 How to install new fonts and clip art on to your word processor.
AMOS Professional 118 A whole bunch of essential listings for your AMOS Coverdisk.
AF OFFERS Special Offers 130 Back Issues 133 Books 134 Subscriptions 135 Order Forms 137 REGULARS Month In View 7 Richard Baguley Column 10 Tim Smith Column 14 Public Domain 75 Workbench 109 Comms 122 Letters and Gallery 125 CD Extra 142 Advertisers' Index 144 Next Month 145 Format Forum 146 YOUR GUARANTEE OF VALUE This magazine comes from Future Publishing, a company founded just nine years ago but now selling more computer magazines than any other in Britain. We offer: BETTER ADVICE. Our titles are packed with tips, suggestions and explanatory features, written by the very best in the
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The swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune, to mix something or others, have conspired against us to deprive you of any great Escom story this month, because they have decided to hold a press conference just a few days after this issue goes to press. We did manage to get to an earlier conference which dealt with Escom’s takeover of the Rumbelows chain though, and although there wasn't anything much specific about the Amiga, there are still some interesting facts to note.
Perhaps the most interesdng of those facts is that Manfred Schmitt, Escom’s president, said that their lowest-priced Pcs were around the £600 , mark, and he saw “a position for the Amiga at a third of the price”. A1200s at £199? It could make all the difference.
As to what new Amigas arc to be developed, there arc only scant details available so far. This month we have constructed our own future Amiga, although only metaphorically. The main feature is a combination of thoughts from the staff of Amiga Formal, key industry figures and you, about what sort of machine Escom could possibly produce to regain the Amiga's crown as the home computer of choice.
But while Escom are wondering what to do, the rest of the Amiga world is buzzing along. On the games front, the war for the first real Amiga Doom clone is hotting up. Aside from Team 17’s rOUk PERSONAL COMPUTER STORE Alien Breed 3D, there arc another two contenders, one of them from Mark Sibly of Acid Software.
Steve Bradley has been venturing through darkened rooms with a sawn-off shotgun to bring you this month's previews.
Vimcop has arrived too, just to prove that not everyone has abandoned the Amiga. A puz le- cum-shoot-em-up set in a theme park is probably not the most bizarre plot Graftgold have given a game, but is it the best? It falls to that man Bradley again to fill us in on page 44.
If you get more joy from punishing a silver ball, the rather appropriately named Obsession could find a spot in your top 100. Although bringing nothing particularly new in the way of features to the pinball genre (when will someone do a proper video mode?), it is a competent production you'll probably enjoy.
Before we leave the games section, it Is worth pointing out, in case you pass it by, that UFO: Enemy Unknown makes an appearance in the Re-releases section. The new version Is all but the same as the original (although a bit harder it seemed to me), except it lacks the AGA graphics, and therefore will run comfortably on just about any Amiga. And top alien killing action it Is too.
There is a graphic flavour in the air, as Mr Sandiford guides us through eight pages worth of art packages, scanners and image processors. ImageFX 2 is hoping to bury the ghost of ADPro once and for all, with a whole host of added features, while Power Computing continue their campaign for ultimate dominance of the hand scanner market with their brand new 24-bit effort.
In addition we have a look at HeliOS, a generally little known development system that may have a lot to offer you. It is based on the fig-FORTII language, which is actually a better introduction to programming than most BASICs.
Bringing up the rear of the serious section there is a bit of a CD-fest. We have reviews of CD-Write- a new system which will enable Aniga owners with any CD device to try and run CD12 software. And of course, we have two pages of the latest, greatest silver platters.
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| inevitably some games listen may not y«l be avmlablo Please phono to check availability I Prices may Change wvlhout pnof noiiticabon T.me ot going to prose 16 5 95 E 8 O.E L av!h2 ofl iUetail r -_imo Meo tes Mcl The klajt ng wh gqewinh_ Herts Hundreds of stores already open, more to follow soon.
Historically. High Street stores lost out to retail because customers try equipment in a store, but buy from a mail order company for a cheaper price. Escom are confident they can deliver a high standard of service but retain a competitive edge, because they are also manufacturers.
Doom and Gloom io Cows. They sit in fields and chew grass. They chew grass and sit in fields. They stand In fields and chew grass that they’ve already chewed a few hours ago. They wander around fields and go Moo. After mooing they get Into a bit of serious grass chewing. In fields.
What's this got to do with computers? Not a lot. But it is one of those clever little devices that us writers like to use to make you lot think that we are really cleverer than we are.
Because, if you think about it. People are a bit like cows.
I don't mean in terms of the grass-chewing bit (although there are a few people I could mention who look somewhat cow-like when they get going with the chewing gum). I mean In another way - going around in a crowd. The next time you see some cows, look where they are standing. They may be In a field the size of Bill Gate’s bank statement, but I'll bet that they will be standing (or sitting) In a group.
Of COUrse, both people and cows are social animals, but sometimes this gets a bit over the top. For Instance, look at the way that most kids think about buying a computer. "Mum," says little Johnny, "My mate Quentin has got a SuperSegaSony SatumPlayMega64busdepot! Can I have one? Oh, go on, mum, please! You can get If I mas a cynical man I mould suggest that his mate had offered to give him a load of dodgy games.
MortalClayStreet Punch up for it and you can play the evil and nasty mega bad guy Mr Major if you press AABBAABBCC and jump up and down a lot! Please, mum." And so on.
And why does little Johnny want his parents to spend all this money? Because his mate has got one. Now, if I was a cynical man I would suggest that his mate had offered to give him a load of dodgy copies of games, but I’m not so I won't.
The real reason is simple: peer pressure. Cows wander around In a group because they don't like being on their own and most people buy a certain type of computer for similar reasons: because somebody they met down the pub said it was cool or because a so-called expert told them It was the thing to buy. A sound basis for sending hundreds of pounds?
I'll let you decide.
Frankly, I’m surprised, i thought that last month’s column might have stirred up a bit of controversy, but no. I wondered whether people should consider buying a new Amiga If it was manufactured In China, but the reaction to this piece so far has been zero. I got more reaction when I suggested that people should go out and hug trees.
Shortly after I’d written the piece there was some discussion about this precise issue in the Amiga conferences on CIX. So I'm obviously not completely alone in wondering about It. But the reaction from Amiga Format readers was somewhat disappointing, to say the least. Even a couple of E-mails along the lines of: "what a load of complete and utter tosh" or "you bleeding heart liberal you" would have been nice, but no. In the immortal words of Pink Floyd: "Is there anybody out there?"
Contact Richard Baguley on baggers@cix.compullnk.co.uk The opinions expressed in The Baguley Column are only occasionally those of Amiga Format.
? | The Baguley Column |p | AMKM FORMAT jjaB Many of the Ruinbelows stoics acquired by Escom have already been rebadged and re-opened. As we reported in last month's Amiga Format, Escom purchased 200 of the High Streel stores from Thorn EMI in an effort to build a solid retail chain in the UK.
The launch was backed by a £6 million advertising campaign in the national press and a major press launch at London's Barbican Centre, which alone would indicate Escom's intent to make a success of this venture.
Until the Rumbelows deal. Escom had only a handful of retail outlets, concentrating on the mail order side of the business. But Manfred Schmitt, president of Escom, I relieves Escom hits a real future in retail. In Germany, over 40 per cent of Pcs are purchased from retail outlets, as compared to only 17 per cent in the United Kingdom.
Escom are certain that there is an opportunity for a chain of retail shops which specialise in providing computer solutions. Their philosophy is that interested customers will not have to "light their way past microwaves, videos and toasters to find the computer they want.” Escom NEWS JULY 1995 Sound move the currently-inserted CD. Aiwa are also planning to produce a new range of computer speakers.
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* Escom chain opens .pi0-11
• Real 3D upgrade ...p 12-13
• Football on the Net .pi4-15
• Lightwave 4 on the way pl6 open doors Aiwa are
well-known for their high-quality hi-fi equipment, hut since
acquiring the Bernoulli division of Iomega Corp. USA, they have
been making steady moves towards the computer peripherals
market. Their latest new product is the ACD-300 external CD-ROM
drive.
The drive has an RRP of £175 inclusive of VAT and should now he available from hardware retailers. The ACD-300 uses a SCSI interface and is twin-speed capable, multi-session-compliant and has a maximum transfer speed of 300K sec.
However, its most unusual feature is an illuminated LCD display panel, which keeps you informed of disc activity and SCSI ID and provides information about Industry warms to Escom The early indications of Escom’s strategy for the future of the Amiga have been met with cautious optimism by much of the software industry.
At a recent press conference, Escom president Manfred Schmitt alluded to a price of around £200 for the entry-level Amiga, a figure w hich would surely guarantee a large number of software sales and put the Amiga into tens of thousands of homes across Europe.
Escom also intend to stock software in their shops, which could solve many of the distribution problems currently faced by Amiga software.
Power Computing, one of the UK's biggest Amiga retailers and manufacturers, together with their German sister company M-Tec have acquired GVP's intellectual property rights.
Between them, the companies already have a huge range of hardware including the Viper A1200 accelerators. Video Backup System. High Density drives and the PowerScan 4 which is reviewed this issue. This acquisition will add a range of new hardware products. According to Power Computing's MD Tony Inari: "It's the PCMCIA sampler we were interested as well as the the A4000 boards that are in development."
The GVP products the companies have announced they intend to re-introduce to the Amiga market include the 68040 and 68060 accelerator cards for the A2000, A3000 and A4000, a PCMCIA 16-bit sound sampler, the GVP1230 A1200 accelerator, the HC8 SCSI interface and the DSS-8 sound sampler.
The companies are also formulating plans for new products based on both their existing technologies and GVP's.
However, this may not mean that Power Computing will necessarily be stocking GVP products.
Toni Inari pointed out: "We've only bought the intellectual rights for manufacturing, it's up to other retailers. If they want to stock GVP products then we will supply them, if not we'll distribute them ourselves."
Flat Earth, a Birmingham-based company, are about to unleash a new concept in media storage on the world.
The self-assembly Pod is designed to keep up to 60 floppy disks in insulated low eco-impact safety. Yes, it is a cardbord box. But think about it - no plastic means no static. Cardboard is a good thermal insulator too, and as it's all recycled, you have nothing to fear from eco-warriors. It is also very impact resistant and actually fun to assemble.
Flat Earth hope to expand the range with boxes for CD- ROMs, tape cartridges and in the future, even an in-tray system. Meanwhile, if you fancy your hand at a bit of ecologically sound origami, the disk boxes will sell at £2.75. Call Flat Earth on 0121 693 7757 POWER MOVE IN ON GVP PRODUCTS (A * III z DATANEXUS LOOMS CLOSER Optonlca. Who are best known for their multimedia work, have recently diversified into more mainstream software.
Their first product.
InfoNexus, was received with enthusiasm, and now they are releasing a flat-file database.
D&t&Nexus is planned to be highly configurable but easy to use, and is due for release soon.
TANK GIRL KICKS ASS ON THE NET The comic character Tank Girl, shortly to be the star of a mtvJor movie and coverstar of Afs sister title SFX this month, Is making her self known on the InterNet. If you are not easily offended, you can find her at: http: www .digiplanet . Com tankgirl index html.
Rendering which brings added depth and smoothness to animations.
As for surfaces, a new glow material property can be used to easily create lasers, fire and neon tubes. There's also a new roughness bump map, a dither colour map. Extra gradient control and infinite tiling to stop those irritating seams on large objects.
To find out more about Real ID I call Activa UK on 0181 402 5770. We'll bring you a full review next issue.
STILL NO SWORD Nick Veltch is very upset because no-one has replied to his frantic pleas for a copy of ace SSI strategy game Sword Of Aragon. He would like to take this opportunity to offer a fine AF sweatshirt to anyone who can help.
Sim City brought to book DiskoTech are a Wales-based company trying to HU a gap in the video market created by the lack of affordable animated fonts. The company have just released a collection of animated coloured fonts for use with any Amiga, called Movie Fonts.
The fonts can be used with any program, such as Dpainl III or above, that PRO-PACK ARRIVES Stylus Inc are finally shipping their Stylus Pro-Pack. This bundle is aimed at the professional illustrator as it contains version 3 of Pro Vector, StytusTracer and PS Import. These programs enable you to draw vector-based images and convert bitmaps and PostScript fonts to this rescalable format.
Look out for a review next issue.
10 ft ft t D Lot’s get Real The Amiga's most powerful 3D rendering system has just received a major upgrade.
Version 3 of Ileal ID has plenty of new features included as well as some improvements to its old ones. The program has also taken a price drop down to £299 - that’s around £60 less than it usually costs.
Among some of Real ID Js new additions is an open post-processing interface which can be used to create special effects like lens flares and global fogs. And because it is an open interface it is possible for new effects to be developed.
It’s now possible to create envelopes for animated elements to enable more accurate control over their behaviour. A surface animation technique can be used to make moving objects along a surface easier. There's also interlaced field- When editor Nick Veiicli reviewed Sim City 2000 (At-'6,6 90%), he claimed that: “The ability to control the destiny of an entire city is better than having to live in one controlled by a mad man." Some of yon may be having trouble controlling your city, so a chap called Andrew Banner has written a book entided The Secrets Of Sim City 2000. Detailing ways to
succeed as well as cheat. If you wish to cheat (or succeed), the book is available from larger book stores or you can contact publishers Bruce Smith Books on 01923 894355. Oh, and it's £9.95. Move those fonts is capable of loading anim files. There are 12 different fonts supplied in this 11-disk package which can be mixed and matched according to your taste.
Some of the fonts include letters that catch fire, radar scopes, revolving letters, letters being vaporised and mirror images.
Movie Fonts can be purchased for £35 from DiskoTech by calling 01591 620242.
At last someone has come to their senses and realised that the collection of Meccano-style bolt-together cards based around 70s architecture that is the modern PC is not the easiest of machines to use. | The admission comes in the form of new magazine. PC Guide, whose objective is to "take the frustration" out of using a PC, with hints and tips on how to endlessly reconfigure your autoexec.bat to get software to work and the multitude of other problems new users face when they mistakenly thought they were buying a machine that would make their lives easier.
If you are one of the poor unfortunates who is forced to use a PC for work or at college, PC Guide may be worth a look. The first issue went on sale on Thursday, June 1 for the reasonable price of £3.99 for the (loppy disk covermounted version, and £4.99 with CD AFTER 21 YEARS OUR DREAM'S FINALLY COME THOUGH! IT - A FOOTBALL MAGAZINE ACTUALLY MicroProse bread-based strategy game Pizza Tycoon is to remain in the oven. The Avon-based softies had many a teething trouble with the game and the result was it would have been AMOS really Show time Amiga software bargains are promised at the Tamworth
Computer Show on Sept 2.
There will be more than 50 stands for a whole range of platforms. Profits from the £1.50 ticket price go to cancer research.
Tickets bought before August 1 cost just £1 each. Write to: D Betts, 8 Mealy, Lakeside, Tamworth B77 2RF for tickets.
Make cheques parable to D Betts.
Whatta happened to Pizza Tycoon?
Aural effects Aural Illusion 2 is a new sample editing program with a host of innovative features which only costs £20. It also has support for a huge number of sample formats including WAV, VOC, SAFF, AVR and AIFF.
Some other good features in the program are the ability to morph sounds.
30 variable effects and 55 sample manipulation functions. Aural Illusion 2 is available from: Seasoft Computing, Unit 3, Martello Enterprise Centre, Courtwick Lane, L.ittlehampton, West Sussex BN 17 7PA.
Way back in AT67. We ran the AMOS Write A Came Competition for which we received hundreds and hundreds of entries. It’s going to take a heck of a long time to sift through them all and Formal Forum's very own Dale Bradford is casting his expert eye over them as we speak.
We'll be announcing the winners as soon as Dale emerges from beneath a mountain of floppy disks.
More news overleaf O Pcs are difficult hard disk-installable only, so getting the game stocked on retailers' shelves would have been a major problem.
That's why you haven't read a review of the game in this tome.
"TOTAL FOOTBALL" ALI[ £ AND KICKING THIS AUGUST... Fantastic JULY 1995 NEWS ? | The Smith Column |p ||[Ig 'i1 1 ...... ...... ’ More mags for your Amiga Noui, this is happening across the Atlantic sure... but mark my words, If Exon's Act becomes law in the States, some government over here will pick up on it as a safe election vote catcher. Not only will It enable them to look clean, it will also make them seem up to date. So, if you want to retain your Internet rights to say what you want to who you want, keep an eye on this Act which is due for a vote in the next
three weeks. You can keep up to date by E- mailing the following addresses:
• General information on the CDA Issue cda-info@cdt.org
• Current status of the CDA issue cda-stat@cdt.org
• Chronology of events of the CDA Issue vtw@vtw.org with the
subject “send events”.
Although the Rct looks fine and dandy when you think of Colombian drugs barons, child pornographers and discussions about teams who play In red and white, it begins to look a little dodgy when you realise that the good Senator also means that any “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or Indecent" E-malls also come under his remit. Now much as I think that child pornographers and supporters of teams who play In red and white... oh and Colombian drugs barons should be banged up for life, I don’t like the Idea that Ike, my American cousin, can't send me detailed E-mail concerning his recent sexual
conquests with Eli-May because he fears that not only the Net police but also the Feds will come crashing through his barn door and confiscate his Pentium.
If It happens In the US, It'll happen here within months. An old adage that held true for music and movies, let's hope that It doesn’t extend to the terrlfylngly-named Communications Decency Act which Is currently under debate In the US Senate.
Proposed by Senator Exon the Act seeks to made Illegal what the Senator considers to be "obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, or Indecent".
I don’t like the idea that Ike, my Rmerican cousin, can’t send me detailed E-mail concerning his recent sexual conquests with Eli-May.
(••places**)” - not that I can say that here either- because Exon would consider these elements of the language to be obscene even If I don't and the E-mail was sent to mel).
Leahy Is putting together a lobby expressing the view that Exon should shut his mouth and crawl back Into whichever vile pit of flame he emerged from when the rest of us where evolving vertebrae, or something like that.
Thankfully, Senator Patrick Leahy realises that we are all adults (well that most of us are adults at least In outlook) and that the Exon Act could put a crimp In the worldwide freeflow of Information (Ike, for example would not be able to E-mail me expressing his opinion that “Soccer Is a pussy game played by (*"naughty**) fags from Communist Contact Tim Smith on gashead@cix.compulink.co.uk and timbo@gashead.demon.co.uk The opinions expressed in The Tim Smith Column are not necessarily those of Amiga Format, Yorkshire-based software company Team 17 are bravely stepping into the multimedia
information big motorway with the launch of their on-line games division in July.
The first game will be an Interactive Football League where you battle other folk through a long season ofleague and cup football. As in other footie management sims, you control every aspect of your team including training, set pieces, buying and selling your players and the like and you can send messages to other managers.
The game works in exactly the same way as the football league - you play every team twice, with points rewarded just like in real life. There is also a knockout competition, which is all included in the initial cost of joining.
All the teams and players will be fictional so won't have to worry about Stuck to the cover of the July 1995 Amiga Shopper we have an excellent Coverdisk program in the shape of Digita's Filofax- style Organiser. Plus on ShopperChoice there is a demo of HiSoft's database program, Twist 2.
Inside the issue we have a feature on Arexx, which is a much-undervalued program with the potential to transform the way you work on your Amiga. Then we have another massive Supertest where we test 13 inkjet printers to decide which one is best for you. We also send Anna off to talk to three guys who recently set up their own Amiga-based graphics studio.
There's so much more in the issue.
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S. »:CC£R Hey you! Yes, you with your hands over your eyes. What
did you say about my mother?
Following the exuberance of last month's 50th issue, AMIGA POWER'S gone BACK TO BASICS with its NO NONSENSE coverage of all things Amiga gamey and unrelenting WAR AGAINST SLEAZE. With (hnng) footie management clowns and steel springs on the Coverdisks, it's graphic adventure time on the inside, with a huge feature on the best (and worst) features of every point and click game ever. And that's topped by a review of Renegade's Flight Of The Amazon Queen, which we played so methodically that we revealed previously unseen bugs to the Renegade playtesters, forcing the already lapsed release date
back yet again. We did this for you.
CAM WINSTANLEY, EDITOR ttying to buy Alan Shearer before everyone else does.
There are three ways to play - by- utilising the might of the Royal Mail with a floppy disk, by modem or over the Internet. The latter two are played once a week while the postal version takes a little longer to turn over, and should it be AWOL for whatever reason, you can use the previous week's data to complete your fixture. The disk league lasts eight months and the modem and Internet variation, just over five months.
So, what do you win? The winner of JkJMUGMI but I haven't got the room to tell you about it. You'll just have to buy a copy!
SUE GRANT. EDITOR football 5£J a a a a a a a a a TEAM SPIRIT Arcade footle game Team from Impact Software Is currently making the odd wave on the ST and they’re planning to do an Amiga version in the near future. It looks a bit like Sensible Soccer, although the control is more like Kick Off 2 and having had a quick blast In the ST Format office.
Amiga Format reckons Its got a way to go before taking on the might of Sensi.
HURRAH rOR DALE!
Former AF marketing chap Dale Bradford, now heading the Format Forum (see page 146), has been appointed General Secretary of NASCR (National Association of Specialist Computer Retallers).Hurrahl PREHISTORIC CAPERS Dinosaur adventure game Lost Eden from programmers Cryo, which we previewed aeons ago Is almost due for release on CD32. Publishers Virgin will have their fingers crossed. A review before the end of the year, no doubt.
BET IN ON THE ACT Main Actor Pro. The commercial version of the PD animation tool Main Actor, is now available in the UK.
The program supports a staggering number of animation formats and has plenty of useful tools.
Main Actor Pro is being distributed by Blittersoft and you can contact them on 01908 261466.
Champion Audiogenic's impressive football management sim, Super League Manager (AF70 77%) includes a special hotline telephone number for ultra- successful managers.
The first 'superboss' to call said number was Andrew Greiner from Bradford who managed to get the number after one week of playing, though he reckoned he had been playing for a phenomenal 60-70 hours.
Using the A500 version, Andrew won the league championship three limes without using the optional arcade link to Emlyn Hughes International Soccer (the A1200 version has the arcade section of Wembley International Soccer built in).
ON-LINE FOREVER Two of the currently most hyped things in the media, the Internet and Batman Forever, are teaming up. Warner Brothers have just created the Batman Forever World Wide Web site.
Bat-fans from all over the globe are invited to this virtual version of Gotham City.
As well as gaining access to information and images only available at this site, visitors will also be able wander the streets of Gotham and pay visits to its library, gallery, post office and yes, the Batcave itself. If you are in need of help Alfred the butler will be there to assist you. The site's address is: http: batmanforever.com INTERNET AWARDS BT has launched a new initiative called the Towards The Superhighway Awards. It's purpose is to highlight innovations in the field of Internet software and information technology. If you've produced any interesting applications or designs in
the fields of business, research or education get an entry form by the following Web site before August 31: http: www.delphi.co.uk innov HELP ON-LINE The Samaritans give support to thousands of people every year, up until now this been by phone.
But now the Samaritans have decided to move with the times and provide the emotional support electronically through E-mail. They can be contacted at two addresses jo@samaritans.org and samaritans@anon.penet.fi the league rakes in a cool £500. While the cup victor takes home £50. And there are Manager Of The Month awards, too.
The Internet and modem versions cost £20 a season, while the disk-based game is an extra tenner, though this covers the postal costs.
Who knows, you might find yourself taking on the mean machine that is Sporting .Amiga Format around late July early August.
For further details phone Team 17 on 01924 267776 or E-mail them at: baggers@team 17.demon.co.uk The Sonnet 50MHz Doubler 4000 is a product that can double the computing power of Amiga 4000 040-owners. This accelerator card replaces the standard 25MHz 68040 processor that comes with the A4000 040 and effectively doubles the speed of the machine.
The board itself is actually based on Motorola’s 040 Central Processing Unit itself and so it will retain the same levei of compatibility. One of the main reasons that the board is so much faster is because of a large on-chip cache which enables the Sonnet Doubler to work more or less independently of the Amiga's memory subsystem.
The board is apparently easy to fit - just move the original processor and insert the Doubler.
Blittersoft are distributing the board for £399.95 - may we suggest that if you require any more information, you contact them on 01908 261466.
Multimedia Picasso Blittersoft are also stocking a new multimedia package based on the Picasso board. It will cost £399.95 and will include the 2Mb version of the Picasso II graphics card, a Pablo video encoder, TV Paint Junior and Cinema 41).
If you want any further details, try contacting Blittersoft on 01908 261466.
More Amiga news overleaf e Twice the fun Wave of activity JULY 1995 NEWS AMBLIN IMAGING These two images are terrific examples of what can be done with Lightwave. They have both been taken from a video available from the 24Bit Club.
TT2 Coverdisk upgrade Photogenics upgrade Photogenics. The amazing Gold-rated image processing program from Almathera has been upgraded.
Photogenics vl.2 now features:
• A warper tool: distort parts of your image.
• Printing: Photogenics can now print to any
preferences-supported printer.
• Cybcrgraphics 24-bit painting: version
1. 2 can paint in hi-colour and true colour direcdy with any
graphics card that supports the Cybergraphics standard.
• Transparency gradients: add various gradients to your shapes.
• Cropping: remove unwanted parts of an image with the new Crop
tool.
Other features have also been enhanced. Photogenics .2hasa 150-page manual and costs £59.95. Existing users can upgrade from Photogenics 1.1 for £15.
Almathera are 011 0181 687 0040. Mews continued overleaf ¦* f you arc impressed with the Technosound Turbo 2 sound sampling software on this month's creative Coverdisk, then watch out for a new Pro version of Jl the program due in July.
5 I Technosound Turbo 2 Pro boasts many powerful digital filtering routines and a facility for editing individual channels. The layout has been restyled for case of use and the software has been modified to enhance the quality of edited samples.
You can use the new 7T2 Pro with the standard 8-bit digitiser or the new 12-bit package.
For details of a special offer for Amiga Format readers, turn to page 141 or call New Dimensions on 01291 690933 .
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Te«h«os&n2 With Lightwave 4 about to be released, there's heaps of activity on the 3D rendering front.
• Premier Vision have taken deliver)' of their Warthog rendering
engine, a fiendishly fast machine based around the DEC Alpha
CPU. Which runs 30 times faster than a Pentium 90 - they are
using it to put a beta version of Lightwave 4 through its
paces.
• The 24Bit Club have released a video of some of the amazing
effects possible with the new version of Lightwave. The video
features work by Amblin Imaging.
Foundation Imaging, The Post Group and other leading users of Lightwave and is available from the 24Bit Club at 6 Skirsa Square, Floor I, Glasgow 023 5DW, for £4.95 (inc p&p). Call the 24Bit Club on 0141 946 2191 for details.
• Some of the country’s top 3D graphics experts have created a
discussion and support forum for users of Lightwave. The
founders are Simon Coombs - a freelance artist, Alan Marques of
the Magic (iamera Company and Team 17's John Allardice - who
produced the gob-smacking Tower Assault intro.
The annual subscription is £25, which gets you a regular newsletter, discounts on Lightwave- related products and a closed conference on CiX. For more details E-mail Simon at scoombs@cix.compulink.co.uk.
• Also from Premier Vision comes Fibre Factory, a package for
creating hair effects with Lightwave objects.
• Two of the world’s leading Lightwave experts, Lee and Ken
Stranahan. Will be in London on June 19-25 to give a series of
seminars. The Stranahans work for Spielberg's Amblin company
which uses Amigas running Lightwave to create the special
effects for programs such as SeaQuesl. A limited number of
tickets are still available for the seminars. Call Premier
Vision on 0171 721 7050 for details.
Lightwave 4 is due for release late Summer.
New ProGrab Anew version of the software for the ProGrab 24RT colour digitiser is now available from Gordon Harwood Computers. ProGrab 2.5 features additional file format support, a batch of image processing effects, palette computing routines, anti includes Floyd-Steinberg and Ordered dithering methods.
ProGrab 2.5 comes free with the ProGrab 21RT digitiser which costs £129.95 and is also included with the A1200 and A600 ProGrab PCMCIA interface, which costs £29.95. Existing ProGrab users can upgrade to version 2.5. Call Gordon Harwood Computers on 017773 836781 for further details.
Indi Direct have slashed the price of the Zappo CD-ROM drive by £40 to £159.99. The drive also now comes with version 11.2 of the software, which improves CD3'- compatibility.
Said Don Carter of Indi: "The Zappo CD-ROM is the brand leader A1200 peripheral, our new pricing and software is aimed at keeping us in that position giving our customers a great product at an unreal price."
Zappo price zapped CLOCK CARTRIDGE Our unique and highly rated external clock cartridge will enable your Amiga to continually store the correct time and date in its own battery backed memory. Simply plugs onto the back ol the Amiga and does not invalidate the warranty.
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HiSoft! 99 As you can see. The Amiga press has gone nuts over
our new Squirrel SCSI interface for the A600 A1200. In case
you've missed these reviews, the Squirrel SCSI is a
plug-and-play add-on that allows you to connect up to 7 SCSI
peripherals to your Amiga. Just think of it. CD-ROM, Hard
drive, Scanner, DAT, Optical, SyQuest, Tape Streamer - all on
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drives, all designed to suit your needs and your pocket.
Squirrel CD-ROM drives are cased in extremely stylish enclosures with all SCSI connectors and offer fast access times, stereo headphone sockets with volume control, phono line output, PhotoCD" multi-session support, CD32 emulation (with the Squirrel SCSI interface), CD-DA compatibility with the convenience of tray-loaded action. The Squirrel 2x CD-ROM drive offers 300Kb sec transfer while the Squirrel 4x attains 600Kb sec (sustained) with a 190ms access time, the fastest CD-ROM yet on the Amiga.
These are the drives we use for developing and testing the Squirrel hardware and software - need we say more?
Squirrel Storage Systems All our Squirrel Storage Systems come either bare (int - ready for installation internally within a suitably-equipped Amiga or other computer) or fully-cased (exf) with integral power supply. SCSI in out, SCSI ID selector and audio out (for CD-ROM). The cases we supply are high quality, shielded, snap-together enclosures, each with 40W power supply - the back panelof the 5.25" case is shown above.
These SCSI enclosures are available at £69.95 each (please specify 3.5" or 5.25" when ordering).
The neat Squirrel SCSI interface is shown on the right The unit simply plugs into the PCMCIA slot, comes complete with all the software you need together with a cable which terminates in a 50-way Amphenol plug to attach to your first SCSI device.
Ordering Information All HiSoft products (see the complete list below) should be available through your favourite Amiga dealer. If you have difficulty in obtaining any title you can order directly from HiSoft - just call us free on 0500 223660, armed with your credit or debit card: we will normally despatch within 4 working days or, for an extra £6, by 9 guaranteed next day delivery (for goods in stock). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders.
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HiSoft products for your Amiga: Squirrel SCSI interface - £69.95, Squirrel Storage Systems - as above, Aura 12 16 bit sampler - £99.95, Megalosound 8 bit sampler - £34.95. ProMidi interface - £24.95, HiSoft Devpac 3.14 - £79.95, HiSoft BASIC 2 - £79.95, Highspeed Pascal - £99.95, Gamesmith - £99.95, Termite - £39.95. Twist 2 database - £99.95, Maxon Magic - £29.95, Upper Disk Tools - £14.95. VistaLite inc MakePath TerraForm - £39.95 and much more. Coming soon: DiskMagic (disk tools) and Cinema4D.
B ¥ 88Mb - int £269, ext £329 270Mb - int £419, ext £479 Introducing removable SCSI drives for your Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest'" mechanisms, these 88Mb and 270Mb units offer transportable, compact, high performance and, above all, expandable storage for all your computing needs. SyQuest is the world leader in this technology across computer platforms which means that you can transfer work between Amiga. Macintoshand PC, with ease. We recommend the CrossDOS and CrossMac software packages to simplify portability - call for pricing. Our drive prices include 1 free cartridge.
Twist 2 Twist 2 is the new, friendly, relational database for all Amigas. Twist's range of power features such as its integrated forms designer, its varied & multi-level querying, its N: 1 1:N & N:M relations coupled with its un-cluttered, well-designed user interface make it ideal for both the first-time and the seasoned database user.
Twist 2 is the only database you will ever need - a product that expands to meet your requirements as they grow. So. Before you buy another database, why not take a look at the Twist demo disk?
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Aura offers high performance 12 16 bit quality with direct-to-disk sampling plus a host of software features Octamed 5.04 up compatible 96% Amiga Shopper 90% AUI 270Mb £169, 540Mb £239 730Mb £279, 1Gb £479 Add £60 for external units Hard drives are becoming more and more affordable and we can now offer some tremendous prices on a range of superb quality. Quantum drives in a range of capacities.
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Professional game development is made easy with the new GameSmith Development System. Over 3 years in the making, GDS gives you the low level power to create the masterpiece of your dreams in a single, easy-to-use, comprehensive environment, using C or assembler. Comes complete with junior versions of Dice C and Devpac 3. 90% AUI 92% CU Amiga Termite £ y- Afraid of becoming a hedgehog on the Information Super Highway? Don! Worry, Termite is so easy to use that even a first time user will feel at home. Yet it has all the power and flexibility to satisfy the most seasoned modem warrior!
Termite is packed with features and comes with its superb Button Bar already set up for instant access to Cix ana ma"V BBSs 88% Amiga Computing 95% AUI 88% CU Amiga HiS®ft SYSTEMS The Old School, Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE UK Tel: +44(0) 1525 718181 Fax: +44 (0) 1525 713716 The Amiga has been brought back from the brink of oblivion by Escom, but in order to re-establish it as a mainstream computer, Escom have their work cut out.
Not only do they have to start producing Amigas in quantity and market them effectively, but they also have to plan ahead. Computer technology never stands still. The Amiga has been stuck in a development limbo for a year while the financial wrangles over Commodore International were sorted out. Now is the time to do some catching up. The Amiga must move forward.
They are interested in producing. Most of these plans will be fleshed out soon, and Escom ate planning to announce their plans later this month.
But to pre-empt that, Amiga Formal has been compiling the views of key industry figures, and the thousands of comments from you, our readers, to come up with a blueprint of the Amigas we would like to see. And more importantly, a machine that would have a place in the modem computer market. Of course, we have to wait to see exactly what kind of machine Escom will come up with, and it may bear slim relation to the one which slowly takes shape over the next few pages.
There are always compromises between design and cost. Other factors will influence the final product too. But the Amiga Format Amiga is certainly a machine that would fulfil the future goals and needs of current Amiga owners.
Continued overleaf Escom have already indicated that they have ambitious plans for the Amiga - not just in terms of the markets they hope to develop, but also regarding the technology In order to get the best idea of the many decisions facing Escom, we have split up the design of a possible next-generalion Amiga into its component parts, and analysed the options available in each area. The section headings are in some cases broad, and in others, more specific.
PROCESSORS The Amiga has used a variety of processors over the years, but all from the same family
- the 68000 series from Motorola. This is probably the most
popular range of processors ever, because it has found uses in
everything from Amigas and Macs to washing machines, satellites
and cars. But the 68060 is likely to be die last member of the
family to be manufactured.
CISC chips are out of fashion now. As everyone heads RISCwards. Commodore's research and development engineers originally intended the next-generation Amiga to implement the RISC technology developed by Hewlett Packard, but now that Escom are in charge, they may have different ideas.
In order to build a machine which is both cheap and easily compatible with the Mac and the PC, Escom may well want to look again at the PowerPC chip, developed by Motorola.
This already forms the basis for the radier successful Power Mac range of computers, and IBM are developing a PC-compatible version. An Amiga blessed with this processing power could run Mac and PC software, while still retaining the Amiga edge for video and multimedia.
This would mean a great deal of effort in terms of rewriting the Amiga's Operating System. Bui ii has been suggested that such a machine could simply use an off-the-shelf RISC-based operating system, such as the NT version of Windows, or even the OS developed for the Power Mac.
Apart from this being complete heresy of the highest order, it would also be difficult to take advantage of the native Amiga hardware using such an operating system. Also, there would be no compatibility with any of the Amiga's existing software. Workbench 1.3 would be relatively easy to port to such a system, but later versions were, for the main part, written in Assembly language, which is obviously more or less specific to the 68000 series of processors.
The other processor option open to Escom is simply to use a faster member of the Motorola 68000 family. This is not an attractive proposition for the high-end machines, because the ( 8000 series is no longer being developed, although it is still in manufacture. However, entry-level Amigas could benefit from the speed of faster processors, especially as the 030 is becoming cheaper by the month.
Workbench itself is quite an integral part of the Amiga. Without it the Amiga wouldn't be so easy to use (although it is a great strain to use Workbench from floppies). Instead of the complicated three-button mouse and keyboard approach of Windows, the Amiga relies very much on a simple but powerful interface. But there are still elements that could be improved.
WHAT TO DO WITH WORKBENCH Arexx is probably one of the most powerful features of the Amiga Workbench, but although used by many Amiga applications, the Workbench environment itself tends to ignore it.
If you want to create a macro to accomplish a specific task, you have to fiddle around writing scripts and attaching icons if you want to run it from Workbench. Why not build a macro recording facility into Workbench itself, so you can record a series of steps, which could then be saved? This seems to be a very popular option among the people who usually know best - the users.
Also, with the prevalence of Comms and the Internet, it would certainly be an idea to contact those nice Scandinavian chaps and build the AmiTCP software into Workbench, along with an HTML AmigaGuide browser.
If networking capability is to become a standard feature of future Amigas, some sort of network management system is also called for.
Fortunately, Commodore had already done a lot of the groundwork in this area, and developed, with the help of others. Envoy, which could do with being cosmetically tweaked a bit but it actually works fine.
Workbench has always been one of the most advanced features of the Amiga as a whole, and is still far better than Windows in many respects.
GRAPHICS The AGA chip set gave the Amiga 256 colours and more screen modes than you could ever need, but there is still room for improvement. Why should you need a dedicated graphics card to see in 24-bit colour, why not have that as standard on the new machine?
Tt may be necessary to have a lot more RAM to do diis, but higher colour depths could simply depend on more RAM being added to the machine, rather than having to get more RAM as well as the display electronics. This sort of approach has worked rather well on the Mac.
Another point which should be considered is the effect of the chip set on speed. As many accelerated A1200 owners will have noticed, having an accelerated processor doesn't necessarily mean everything runs twice as fast. Tasks undertaken by the custom chips are just as slow as they always were. With a RISG Why should you need a graphics card to see in 24-bit colour, why not have that as standard?
Processor though, some of the traditional tasks of the custom graphics chips could be more easily handled by the processor.
The AAA chip set was very nearly finished in terms of design and development when Commodore International went bust. Using 24-bit programmable video modes and an enhanced Blitter would make all the difference in the world to the Amiga.
The Amiga's great advantage over the PC, apart from some of the more obvious ones, is that no two Pcs are the same.
There are hundreds of different sound and graphics cards leading to no end of trouble for software developers, and for the poor users who have to keep reconfiguring their software to get it to work 011 their machine.
For the Amiga to be able to offer fast.
24-bit graphics capability as a standard would be a significant step forward, not only for the hardware, but also for the sanity of the developers who would write applications software for it.
There would still be a market for specialist display cards such as the Harlequin or OpalVision, but die average user would derive a lot of benefit from greater colour resolution, which would be required for many advanced multimedia applications anyway.
MPEG To be a terminal in die 21st Century, a computer is going to be asked to do all sorts of rubbish, like video conferencing.
Built-in MPF.G would be useful, because a hard-coded, dedicated compression and decompression system will certainly make this easier, not to mention broadening the range of C-D-software titles which could make use of live audio and video.
MPEG version 2, which should be the last for some time, is a recognised standard. It may even be possible to tie the MPEG circuitry closely with the Amiga's own graphics chips.
Although the Amiga is generally ignored by the more worthy magazines and technology columns in national newspapers, it is actually used extensively lot real multimedia applications- automatic show guides, information terminals, interactive museum exhibits and so on. Standard MPEG playback could help tremendously, and hopcfullv Escoin will put some marketing muscle behind this niche market.
SOUND A lot of people think that the Amiga's sound capabilities are a bit dated. Well, considering old Paula has been plodding away for 10 years, they may have a point.
The Amiga isn't bad though. It has better sound capabilities than the average Mac.
And if you want to get any sort of sound out of a PC at all. You need a soundcard.
But there is room lor improvement.
Many have suggested that a DSP (digital signal processor) would lie the best way to go, but this could add greaUv to the cost of the new machine. The added incentive would be that it could be of benefit to video and telecommunications as well as sound reproduction.
It could also function as the engine behind a built-in sampler, which could help the Amiga in its fight to establish itself as the multimedia platform or Comms terminal of the future.
Continued overleaf e The Amiga is just about the only major computer in the world that does not have a High Density floppy disk drive as standard. In spite of the rise of the CD as the medium of choice, it is still difficult to see how the floppy disk will ever be completely replaced. Cds are useful, but you can't write to them, they are certainly bulkier and more easily damaged than a floppy too.
FLOPPY DISKS AND MASS STORAGE dramatically. As the basic means of data transfer, the Amiga of the future should be using a similar system to other computers, which means that the next-generation Amiga should be able to make use of High Density disks .
In the many letters we have received on the next-generation Amiga, a lot of readers mentioned the Floptical drive, a technology which has been around for some time. Optical head alignment means at least 20 times more data can be stored on a single, special 3.5 inch disk - but the unit can also access standard Double Density and High Density floppy disks.
The only problem with such a drive is support for it. Although it may be a boon for users, the software industry is geared up to using floppies, and Cds. They are unlikely to embrace a new medium supported only by one platform.
The floppy is a cheap, easy and convenient way of storing data temporarily, or for transferring to other systems, between home and office or even around the world, by the relatively inexpensive postal system.
There are architectural difficulties in using a High Density drive, but these could be solved without a great deal of trouble. The solution used in the A3000 and A4000 wasn't ideal, because it slowed down the access time of the drive quite Bui there is no reason why the sound capabilities of the Amiga could not be enhanced to CD quality. Previously it was impossible to integrate the capability for 16-bit sounds into the bus architecture, but now the Amiga is 32-bit. Although a DSP would be nice, it would probably be better kept as an optional card rather than as an expensive feature of the
base machine.
PORTS Ethernet cards are available for big-box Amigas, but why can't some cheaper, simpler network interlace be included with the new Amiga as standard?
There has always been a great deal of commotion about the Amiga not having a MIDI port as standard. It is perfectly understandable that the musicians in the Amiga community should feel aggrieved, but it's not as though a Serial-MIDI converter is expensive.
There is more scope in the argument that the Amiga should have two serial ports instead of one. One could then be used (with a small piece of additional hardware) as a MIDI port, but more usefully, the owner would have the option to run two modems simultaneously, or any other serial device. Multiple serial devices are not quite as necessary on the Amiga as they are on the PC, but then, the Amiga doesn't need an I O card to run a mouse and a joystick.
You have to wonder whether the PCMCIA port was a good idea. At the time, it looked like the next big thing, but in reality it is an expansion option that has limited application. Many Amiga developers have triumphed by creating hard drives, CD-ROM mechanisms. SCSI interfaces and even sound samplers which use this slot. Although they are great achievements, if the A1200 had used a different expansion interface, their task would have been much simpler.
SCSI interfaces abound for the Amiga, and although it is still a useful and versatile standard, perhaps Escom should be looking at using PCI.
Neither did the PCMCIA port open up the Amiga to the exciting world of generic computer peripherals. Fax modems on a card have appeared, but until someone writes specific driver software, the Amiga won't see the benefit of them. The memory cards are indeed cheap and portable, but thanks to the Amiga's architecture, slow.
But the higher end machines will still be based around Zorro bus technology. It is proven technology, and with a few exceptions, is rather under used. The multiplexing aspects of the Zorro III standard proved difficult to implement, but cards such as the Retina Z3 and the A4091 proved that it could be done.
Entry level machines should retain, and perhaps even enhance, their Zorro- like expansion ports. The only problem with the A1200's existing trapdoor slot is that it's a bit small, and you can only fit one expansion to it.
NETWORKING A dedicated network port, even a relatively simple one, would be a great advantage to the Amiga at all levels. At the high-end level, it is frankly absurd that the Amiga has no networking capability. The lives of many animation, video and raytracing professionals (not to mention humble journalists) would be made so much easier.
Even the A1200 would benefit and more importantly, smaller Amiga slave units could be run from one central fileserver - a great step forward for dispersed multimedia solutions for use in hotels or museums.
M091: The DKB-produced and Commodore- approved SCSI-2 card for the Amiga, which successfully uses the multiplexed Zorro III bus to provide a high-speed data transfer.
A570: This was the first Commodore CD-ROM drive and was a side expansion unit for the A500 Plus (or any other A500 with 1Mb of Chip RAM). The AS70 provided Compact Disc access and CDTV emulation with reasonable proficiency, but unfortunately, there was no through port for connecting other expansions.
AMKjAGUtDE: The hypertext language included with Workbench 3.0. Amn® An Amiga utility which enables the computer to link up to the Internet.
¦Lit IA feature of the Amiga's custom chip set the Blitter is proficient at moving blocks of memory around very quickly.
CISC Complex Instruction Set Computer. CISC chips, including the Motorola 68000 family, rely on the CPU having a very advanced instruction set providing the maximum possible commands for the programmer.
DAC Digital to Analogue Converter. This chip is used to convert digital data into an analogue waveform, the most common application of which is as a sound output device.
DSP: Digital Signal Processor. A RISC-like custom chip which is specifically designed to work with analogue signals, such as sound or video signals.
HTML: Hyper Text Markup Language. The standard means by which "pages" are constructed on World Wide Web sites.
MEM: Musical Instrument Digital Interface. This is the recognised standard for computer to music equipment interfacing.
MPEG: Motion Picture Experts Group. A standard for compressed full motion video which is used for multimedia applications.
MAKING SENSE OF THE JARGON PAULA: Part of the Amiga's original custom chip set. Paula's main function is generating the Amiga's sound.
POAC1A: Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. A standard interface for credit card-type peripherals. Developed mainly for use with memory cards, cunning manufacturers have produced modems, hard drives and SCSI interfaces to use this slot RISC Reduced Instruction Set Computer. RISC processors rely on a small instruction set which means more complex and memory intensive programs, but much faster processing power.
SCSI: Small Computer Systems Interface. A standard used for many years for interfacing hard drives, tape streamers, CD-ROM mechanisms and even scanners to all sorts of computers. Variations include SCSI-2. SCSI Fast and SCSI Y. Even a very simple serial-based network solution would make a big difference to how the .Amiga is perceived and die scope of uses it could easily and effectively be put to.
CD-ROM This is one thing that Commodore were right about all along. CD-ROM certainly features big in the future of computers in general, and Commodore were right there at the start of it with the C.DTV. The CD32 is actually an i console, as well a: multimedia The standard of software will also increase, as the number of CD users grow.
At the moment a lot of CD software is 'shovelware'. .Although much of it is still great value, the CD as a medium on the Amiga has not really been developed.
HARD DRIVES It is rapidly becoming apparent that Workbench simply doesn't work to anything like its full potential on a floppy disk-based system.
You really need a hard drive to do anything useful, even on an entry-level machine. But what standard? The A1200 currently comes with an IDE interface, which is sufficient, but not amazing.
Earlier .Amigas used a SCSI interface, with a near-standard 25-pin connector at the rear for external units.
But a new standard has recently- emerged - PCI (Personal Computer Interface) which is highly likely to be adopted by both Apple and IBM. .Although PCI devices are not yet readily available in any great numbers, they could be in production by the time an advanced Amiga is ready to roll off the production line, so this is another possibility Escom must surelv consider.
Ixcellent a great i engine.
Unfortunately, they also singularly failed to ever produce an Amiga with a built-in CD drive, or to produce an add-on CD unit for the A1200 or the A4000. The original A570 was too expensive and quirky to sell in great numbers, so nobody developed Cds for Amiga. Ironically, it is only in the last 12 months since Commodore went bust that Cds have really taken off on the .Amiga. The CD1' is actually an excellent console, and a great multimedia engine, but the great disadvantage it has is that it is impossible to use with a generic CD. The r CD32 was purposely designed so that it required a
copyrighted boot track. This was Commodore’s way of levying a licence on disks sold for the console.
A Fit HAVE YOUR SAY Now that we have put forward the arguments for the different options available to Escom. It is time, once again, to canvass your opinion, which we will then forward on to Escom. Simply mark down, in order, the three most important hardware features of the next-generation Amiga (eg 1. PowerPC processor.
2. Network port. 3. SCSI interface).
But all it has done is to marginalise the CD12 in the ever-growing CD-ROM community. It is easy enough to develop discs for Macintosh, PC. UNIX and Amiga systems, but not for the CD12, unless the owner has expanded their machine with a hard or floppy drive.
However, if Escom are going to be stocking the software in their own stores, they won't need a royalty to generate revenue from software sales. Abandon the custom format, and there will be more software available.
CONCLUSION These arc just some of the many options that are open to Escom. If they really want to develop the Amiga as a powerful computer and ensure it hangs on to and expands in niche markets such as multimedia and video work, a great number of these developments will have to be undertaken.
It wouldn't make sense to price the Amiga out of its established market, but because the PowerPC chip will bring platform-independent software a lot closer, the platform you are running on can make a difference.
The Amiga eclipsed the Atari ST in the home market by competing on features rather than on price. The Amiga was always more expensive than the ST. but it was a lot sexier too. A super-powered Amiga would not have to compete in terms of price with a so-called "multimedia" PC because it would Ik- simply so much better.
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Two types of add-on - a memory management unit (MMU), and floating point unit (FPU). These were not included on the 68020 chip, hut designed around it. To turn the 32-bit microprocessor into a machine capable of running minicomputer software. This was a very serious machine.
The 68020 was taken up by companies such as Hewlett Packard. Sun. Apollo and Sage. Despite this success, it sold more units into the laser printer market, where its addressing modes were ideallv suited to page printing. In this respect the 68020 was streets ahead of other EMBEDDED CONTROL laser printers are vers different from UNIX workstations. They don't need memory management, and the processor constitutes a relatively high proportion of their overall cost. Volume sales prompted Motorola to develop EC. Versions of the 68020 and later models. The letters stand for Embedded Controller but it
might just as well have been Economy.
That's not to say the EC units are unsophisticated.
( '.hip advances occur at two levels: in architecture - new functions and ways of programming - and the manufacturing process. EC models are based on the original design, but production- engineered to lit the latest process. They are scaled down on to a smaller, cheaper integrated circuit that requires less power, is more reliable and can be manufactured much more cheaply than their predecessors.
Scale is ini| ortant because it influences the number of chips that can Ire crammed on to each silicon wafer, and the vield. Or proportion that pass initial testing. Imperfections in the wafer mean that some chips arc faulty. The smaller each chip, the greater the proportion that should work.
68020 The 68020 was the first big step up in ihe 68000 range. It powers (he Amiga 1200.
CD32, and earlier Amigas wilh Zorro accelerator boards. Main A 1000s have an unused socket for a 68020. But in the event the AI200 squeezed out the A4000 020. And. In retrospect, that's probably just as well.
Back in 1984 Motorola designed the 68020 to power UNIX workstations, with a 32-bit data bus rather than the 16 hits of the 68000. Having seen off the I’DP- 11 minicomputer. Motorola had DECs Vax and other Super-Minis in their sights. Major advances included full 32-bit addressing and standardised interfaces lor Ever since the original Hi- Torro development team began work on the prototype Amiga back in the early 80s, the Motorola Central Processing Unit has been the machine's driving force. And although times are changing, it seems that the Motorola chip and the Amiga will continue working
together as we prepare to welcome the next generation of machines. Here’s the story so far... ( 8000 Amigas. Ii stops short of the four gigabyte Zorro 8 space of A3000s and A4000s. But it can still handle up to 10Mb, leaving space for Amiga ports.
As well as its 32-bit data bus, the 6802(1 includes a chunky circuit called a barrel shifter to move and rotate up to 32 bits any number of places in one step - the ( 8000 must shift one bit position at a time. The 68020 boosts functions such as packing, unpacking, floating point arithmetic and graphics, although it's still worth using custom chips if they are available. The standard Amiga graphics hardware includes two 16-bit barrel shifters.
Oc HI * 0 Qi tt 0 (A HI HI U 0 tt Q. The 68020's memory interface was tuned up, but that still left the processor hanging around so Motorola introduced a code cache - 256 bytes of memory inside the processor, used to store recenUv- fetched instructions. Since programs tend to re-use small loops of instructions repeatedly, the majority of instructions can be fetched from the cache rather than memory, leasing the external memory interface free for data.
The speed-up comes in a mixture of ways. The 68020 can work with faster, wider memories, capable of returning 32 bits in three clock cycles, versus 16 bits in four cycles for a 68000. Also, 68020 systems can run at higher clock speeds than 68000s, although memory might not be able to keep up. The cache can deliver 32 bits in two clocks rather than three for Fast memory. And finally the processor can read the cache and access the external memory at the same time.
Clock cycles - electrical ticks that synchronise internal and external operations. Clock speeds arc measured in MegaHert (MHz) - millions of cycles per second. The lirst 68000, used in Apple's Lisa, was clocked at 4MHz. The A500 and A600 run at around 7.1MHz, the A1200 doubles this to 14.2MHz. and 68030 add-ons can push this to 50MHz, although the graphics and sound circuits on the main board carry on running at their unexpanded rate.
The overall speed-up on an A1200 compared with an A600 varies from none to 10 times. A1200 owners arc unlikely to see speed-ups at the high end of this range unless they have added Fast memory and use programs specifically written with the 68020 processor in mind.
The 68020 has the same set of instructions as a 68000, but new addressing modes mean that several instructions can PROCESSOR CACHES As microprocessors have got faster and faster, memory speeds have lagged some way behind. At top speed the 68040 can chomp through instructions and data literally hundreds of times faster than the original 68000 - but in the same 15 years typical memory chip speeds have increased by only a factor of three or four.
Current micros, with the exception of Atari's Falcon and some of the cheaper Pcs, transfer 32 bits of information at a time, rather than eight or 16. This often helps - as long as you're not working with 8-bit characters, samples or SCSI data - but in general terms the modern range processors far outstrip external memory.
IA 0* Caches are fast, temporary stores, ideally inside the processor, which save time by preventing the need for repeated memory transfers. Most programs Ik- combined into one new one. Improved multiply and divide instructions can generate 64-bit as well as 32-bit results, making precision calculations up to two or three times as last as previously possible.
Some other instructions are accelerated by pipelines inside the processor.
Raw processor speed is governed by exhibit something called locality of reference, which means they use the same memories repeatedly before moving on.
The Amiga custom chips challenge systems with a cache. They can change values in registers and Chip memory at any time. The system cannot rely on cached data for those addresses, so they bypass the data cache. But the instruction cache is normally turned on, and may be of particular benefit if custom chip access would otherwise delay access to the memory contents.
Workbench 3 enables Amiga users to disable the caches from its early startup menu - hold down both mouse buttons when you boot up, select Boot Options and disable the cache. This may be necessary to run programs which modiy their own code, like unpackers, emulators and a few games.
Self-modifying code fails in a cached system, but could save space and time on the original 68000.
68030 The 68030 arrived in 1988. And built on the success of the 68020. The original model was again aimed at the UNIX workstation market, with a built-in memory management unit, replacing the 68851 used with a 68020. And a 256-bvte data cache. The data cache works just like the instruction cache, storing recently fetched data to prevent the need to read it again.
This time the processor stores groups of 16 adjacent bytes, rather than just four at a time, and takes advantage of modem memory which can return a sequence of long words quickly after die lirst one has been identified.
The 68030 appears in the A3000, A4000 030 and expanded A1200 systems.
The A3000 has a full 68030 with a memory management unit while the A4000 030 uses the EC version, which has no MMU but is otherwise the same. A1200 owners have a choice of possible expansions - the full 68030 suits programmers, who can use the MMU to trap bugs and re-map Kickstart, but is more likely to cause overheating problems.
The 68030 can l e clocked faster than the 68020. Top whack is 50MHz, although this may mean it spends much of its time waiting for memory. The data cache has less impact than the code cache, because many instructions work on data that is already in the processor, inside registers, so it is not used as often. Again the cache only saves one clock per long word transfer, hut the processor can now access both caches at the same lime as memory.
The 68030 data cache only helps when reading. It does not accelerate writes to memory, although values that are written can go into the cache in case of subsequent reads. The Amiga design means that the data cache is not used on access to Chip or PCMCIA memory, so you need Fast RAM to see the benefit 68040 The 68040 was a much bigger step, when it arrived in 1991. Comparable to the leap from the 68000 to the 68020. It has two caches, like the 68030, but these are 16 times as big - 4K each. It can buffer data written to memory by holding it in copyback cache entries, with no need to write them
back unless the cache becomes full or is explicitly cleared - normally to make sure that the messages reach the outside world.
The fastest instructions on the 68020 and 68030 run from the caches at two clocks per insirucuon. The 68040 goes twice as fast, and runs a much larger core of instructions in just one cycle. The speed of 64-bit multiplication and division is also doubled.
The instructions and addressing modes are almost unchanged, but arc decoded more quickly, giving an overall speed-up factor of three times in real programs. In fact, the 68040 is clock doubled, like some Intel processors - the main clock and memory interface run at the stated speed, while another clock goes twice as fast and controls the machine's internal operations.
Motorola continue to pile on extra hardware that had previously needed separate chips. The full 68040 has a cut- down. But blisteringly fast, floating point unit on chip, and a memory management unit as well. Commodore fitted a few A4000s with the 68LC040, which has the MMU but no FPU.
Original 68040s run at 25MHz, using a 50MHz clock, like Commodore's 3640 processor board, used in the A4000 040, A4000T, and some A3000s. In fact, all Commodore 68040s use that processor board, developed for the A3000, and it could do with an update.
The 3640 fits the processor slot designed for the A3000 and wastes time converting 68040 signals into the 68030 format expected by Zorro 3 and motherboard chips such as Buster and Ramsey. The result is that access to Fast RAM is about seven times slower than access to the cache, and reads and writes to Chip memory and Amiga custom hardware are slower still.
Bizarrely, an A4000 030 can access Fast memory almost twice as quickly as the A4000 040, which costs twice as much.
The size and speed of the 68040 cache normally more than makes up the WHAT'S AN MMU?
A memory management unit or MMU. Intercepts each transfer between processor and memory and looks it up in a table before passing it on to the outside world. This was first used so that the processor coukl ask for much more memory than was physically present and the MMU could intercept requests and swap pages or 4K or 8K from disk into real RAM as required.
The real RAM acts as a cache for the virtual memory on disk, and the memory management unit also lets the system declare how addresses are to be treated by the memory management unit - for instance, it could allow PCMCIA card memory to be cacheable while preventing cacheing of the custom chip areas.
Programmers quickly found another use for the memory management unit because it can trap and report attempts to access memory that should be beyond the reach of their program. This Is a common fault in the C and Assembler programming languages, caused by the use of incorrect pointers to memory, and often leads to mysterious crashes on systems with no memory management unit. Such bugs are easy to find and fix once you have an MMU and the excellent Enforcer utility.
Difference. Il is possible to find real programs that are noticeably slower on the 3640 than on the 4000 030. But these arc extremely rare. This goes to show that benchmarks are a minefield when you're comparing systems as complicated as Amigas. They try to put a single- dimensional measure on The fastest instructions on the 68020 and 68030 run from the caches at two clocks per instruction.
The 68040 is twice as fast.
Multi-dimensional things, and arc often nonsense. The results you get depend on the exact hardware you’re using, and are worthless unless you know all the details.
Simplistic measures like MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second) are meaningless unless you know the exact instructions being performed. A stock A1200 can manage 7MIPS if you feed it a loop of simple subtractions, or less than a JARGON BUSTERS MMU: Memory Management Unit. This chip can be used to remap one area of memory to the location of another. Memory Management Units can be used by virtual memory programs to fool your machine into thinking that hard disk space is in fact memory.
Programs such as Enforcer use it to keep an eye on the way your system memory is used.
FPU: Floating Point Unit. This unit is used to augment your Central Processing Unit's processing abilities by performing floating point calculations. These calculations are called floating point because they don’t require a fixed number of digits before and after the decimal point so that the decimal point can 'float' as required.
Floating Point Units really speed things up when your machine is performing complex computations such as the calculations required by raytracing programs. However, the software needs to be written specifically for a Floating Point Unit-equipped machine to get maximum benefit from an FPU.
The disadvantage of a memory management unit is that it can slow down the Amiga's access to memory. At worst when trawling through a long list of pointers, it can halve program speed. Another on- chip cache, the Address Translation cache, stores recently used MMU table values, so this problem is rare except In programs that randomly access large tables or use lists extensively.
The original Motorola MMU chip was the 68451 This was superseded by the 68851 which is commonly found on expanded 68020 systems. The 68030 is available in versions with and without a built-in MMU All 68040 systems produced by Commodore include the on-chip MMU The 68EC040 has no MMU.
But has not appeared in any Amiga, despite various references to it in Chapter Four of the manual supplied with the A4000 Commodore tried to discourage programmers from using the MMU directly, but it can do wonderful things if correctly programmed. It can protect RAM so that it behaves like ROM. It can accurately emulate hardware, such as the PC or Apple Mac screen or even absent custom chip registers by trapping access to certain addresses and re-working the data to suit.
The MMU is used in some Amiga emulators, and programs such as VMM and QigaMEM which give the Amiga access to virtual memory.
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DOOM FOR THOUGHT The Doom wars are almost upon us and before we’re all sick to death of first-person perspective shoot-em- ups, let us be grateful that the Amiga is still blessed with talented writers and dedicated gamesters. And with Sensible Golf, Zeewolf 2, Flight Of The Amazon Queen, Super Street Fighter II, Frontier: First Encounters and a host more big titles to look forward to, the future looks more positive than we could have hoped a few months ago.
One common complaint from software houses is the trouble they have persuading retailers to stock Amiga games, particularly A1200-only titles. Escom's purchase of the Rumbelows chain should solve the problem and once the A1200 is back in the stores, it seems unlikely that other chains will allow Escom to have a monopoly in stocking titles.
Graftgold return with their first title since Empire Soccer, Virocop, which was on last month's Coverdisk. Elsewhere, Domark's updated FI World Championship Edition takes the chequered flag, but is it, ahem, the pits? Pinball returns, and although Obsession apes its predecessors, it had the office 'silver balling' for hours. Good news, too, for CD32 owners with the long-awaited release of Syndicate.
STEVE BRADLEY AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games.
We try to ensure we keep you as up-to-date as possible, and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAN 90+% The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly-prized rating there is.
80-89% These games are very good, but due to minor flaws are not the finest examples of their genre.
70-79% Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
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50-59% Below average games which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet. Avoid.
40-49% Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
Less than 40% The absolute pits.
IN PREVIEWS THIS MONTH ARE... LOADS OF GAMES ON THE WAY p37 Steve Bradley gets a first look at Gloom, Fears, Tiny Troops, The Big Red Adventure, Sensible Golf, Super Street Fighter II and Player Manager 2.
GLOOM: The race is on for a Doom-beater.
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Steve Bradley reveals plans for three Doom clones, the first release from a new Amiga developer and so much more... Previews SUPER STREET FIGHTER II A500, A600, A1200, CD“ ¦ US Gold 0121 625 3366 The recent upturn in fortunes for the Amiga beat-em-up hasn't gone unnoticed. Mortal Kombat and Gremlin's excellent Shadow Fighter aroused interest in camps where the pugnacious genre had long-since been banished and US Gold are set to continue this fistsome trend with the release of coin-op and console smash Super Street Fighterll.
Three versions are in development - CD32 with CD tunes, A1200, and a cut-down version of the A1200 to suit the A500 and A600.
Some nine months ago, Sheffield- based Freestyle Software, run by ex-director of Core Design and Gremlin Graphics Kevin Norburn, began coding the game from scratch, and US Gold reckon it will be: "considerably more advanced than the original." Ho hum.
Rather than try to replicate coin-op standard graphics. Freestyle are concentrating on speed and gameplay, a heinous tactic that Mirage could have indulged in when trotting out Rise (and fall) Of The Robots. So, Howard Glover (US Gold's PR fellow), have your say: "The A1200 and CD32 version of SSFII is comparable in speed to the SNES version. The programmers at Freestyle spent a lot of time playing the console versions during the development and this is clearly where the inspiration was found. And the A1200 and CD32 versions will support six-button joypads, though Freestyle have developed a
control system that gives access to all the moves to people with one and two-button joysticks".
Super Street Fighter II is due for release some time this month, at the somewhat princely price of £34.99. PLAYER MANAGER 2 A500, A600, A1200 ¦ Anco 01322 292513 Positively microscopic detail next month, we cried only four weeks ago.
Righto then. We featured PM2 a bit last month but since then the bloke from Anco came to Bath and showed us a chunk of the game.
A five-year wait for a computer game sequel must be unheard of and remarkably, PM2 will be the same price as its predecessor - an inflation-beating £19.99. The original Player Manager used the basic Kick Off 2 arcade engine complete with management options galore. PM2 improves by offering the Kick Off 3 footer game with four different pitch views, an enormous management game and a SWOS- beating simultaneous four-player option.
The isometric view looks rather odd, particularly because the pitch is quite small - you can see most of it at once.
As player manager, you can play all your matches, or simply manage them.
Intriguingly, you can opt to play as a single player within the team framework rather than control every member in the side. You also get to pick what position you play - central midfield, please.
Continued overleaf 4 And with Alan Hansen previewing matches, and a comprehensive management input, PM2 promises to be a threat to the current darling, Ultimate Soccer Manager. We'll bring you the full review next month.
3 a z HI HI a u (A ¦ Gloom is a bit like Doom, only different, because it really wouldn't do for people to copy other folk's games.
?. GLOOM A1200B Guildhall Leisure 01302 890000 They're out of the trenches and the bullets are flying thick, and indeed, fast in the race to produce the first Amiga Doom clone. A couple of months ago, our games Coverdisk demo featured a level of Team 17's final incarnation of the popular Alien Breed series, 3D, as well as the already-in-the-shops Death Mask from Alternative, which, strictly speaking, is no more a Doom clone than Bully's Sporting Darts. But it's admittedly tremendous fun, which is the important thing, I find.
Any road, Mark Sibly, sidekick of Acid Software's Simon Armstrong has formed Black Magic and their first project is the almost-amusingly titled Gloom. His last Amiga credit was the fabulous shoot-em-up Guardian and if Gloom reaches such giddy heights of excellence then it should be, as they say, a winner.
So. Gloom is a bit like Doom, only different, because it wouldn't do for people to copy other folk's games. Not that the race to release the first Amiga Doomer is a cynical exercise in marketing, but it is obvious that Amigaland has been collectively licking its lips at the thought of trundling around mazes spraying bullets at monsters and chaps in uniform.
Gloom has been on the go for about seven months and completion is nigh on, ahem, complete. Black Magic have incorporated a few graphical styles in the game and input heaps of levels.
Instead of just monsters, there are soldiers parading around and, if accurate with bullet, their limbs fly and they scream oh-so loud. Cool.
Graphically it looks a little blocky at times but it ain't half bad, and they've dropped in options to enable you to change the size of the screen as well as the resolution. Also, a-la-Death Mask, there are one and two-player options and a head-to-head mode where you hunt down a friend and blow him or her to smithers. We can look forward to a very bloody Summer.
FEARS A1200 ¦ MANYK 0181 542 2687 Alien Breed 3D, Gloom and now Fears.
These are the main contenders, all fighting to be THE first-person perspective shoot-em-up on the Amiga, or, to coin a more popular phrase, the top Doom clone. Having looked at all three, we reckon they're much of a muchness at the moment. Fears is being developed in France by a group of, not surprisingly, French chaps. Frederic Heintz is the programmer, and although we don't believe in the 'Auteur’ theory.
We won't bother listing everyone involved. Not that we don't know. We do. Lust, you don't need to.
Will it be better than Breed 3D and Gloom? And is Fears anything like Doom? If you purchased our sister magazine Amiga Power last month then you probably played the demo - if you have an A1200. And, corks, if you haven't, then you won't be able to play any of the games when they’re released.
And, corks again, you can't go out and buy the machine. Unless you get one second hand. Vicious and circular.
Anyway, Fears. The demo runs at pace, the monsters are big blighters and with serial link options, levels and weapons galore and plans for a CD32 version, Fears looks a choice, slight cough, choice. But it won't be out until after AB3D and Gloom, and by late August, we could have had our fill of such fodder.
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SENSIBLE GOLF A500, A600, A1200 ¦ Virgin 0181 960 2255 Sensible Golf was originally pencilled in for release late last year but what with SWOS and Cannon Fodder 2 on the go, and Golf being on the poor side of crap at the time, it has mercifully slipped a few seasons. But, it's shaping up nicely now, as you'll know if you've trundled around Bath Waters on the Coverdisk.
Sensible are renowned for attractive, playable and, of course, huge-selling games. Golf doesn't have the mass appeal of footie and strategic shoot-em-ups, but the Sensible name is big enough to carry virtually anything.
Sensible Golf uses an overhead perspective (other golf games don't) and you get to see the course from a crow-flying angle. It's difficult to judge distances and the clubs the Amiga offers are usually not the best to use, so it's a case of practice makes perfect.
The courses are invariably tricky with water hazards everywhere so tactics play a major role. Tournament, Season and Single Round options are included and there are 25 courses based on the mix and match of 72 holes. Golf was due to be finished as we went to press, so the review will reveal all next month.
THE BIG RED ADVENTURE A1200, CD32 ¦ Core 01332 297797 That most neglected of sub-genres, the humorous point 'n' click adventure, is making a welcome, albeit brief, return with Core Design's Big Red Adventure.
The project seemed to have been shelved a few months ago but the rails are firmly mounted once more. Set in Russia, the tale tells of some old Red Army ("Red Army", repeat to fade...) fellows who're plotting to return the country to Communist (gasp) rule, and only three foreigners can stop 'em.
The three characters, thin brainy sort, hard sort and woman, each have their own story line and you play them all to conclusion (if you buy it). And it's reckoned to be humorously LucasArts- esque. So there. I've never written 'watch this space' before so here goes... no, I just can't.
TINY TROOPS A500, A600, A1200, CD32 ¦ Mindscape 01444 246333 This sounds interesting. A graphic ringer for Micro Machines, the battlesome qualities of Cannon Fodder and the puzzle element of Lemmings. Cute, hard and clever. Troops battling it out around the house with you controlling their every action.
The programmers are Harrogate- based Phoenix, a team which has done cart versions of Addams Family and The Lion King, and the GameBoy translation of Sensible Soccer. Phoenix's Darren Melbourne explains Tiny Troops thus: "The original idea came about three years ago but we only started it a year ago. I've always liked the idea of Lemmings and its puzzles mixed with the ability to shoot other characters. Tiny Troops has different types of soldier and you have to choose the right sort to go into each mission. Most missions should only last three minutes, some about 30 seconds but it's getting the
tactics right. On many, there are only one or two sequences that enable the mission to be completed - it's much more strategic than Cannon Fodder".
Tiny Troops is due for release later this month and happily, there will be versions for all Amigas, including the CD32. If it plays as good as it sounds TT should be rather fun.
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JULY 1995 SCREENPLAY What's hot and what's not? What's cool and what leaves you cold? Only the charts can reveal this. Steve Bradley brings you all the latest info.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Still riding high Sensible World Of Soccer remains a firm favourite and Premier Manager 3 continues the strong football theme in the charts.
As does Manchester United: The Double (surely some mistake - Ed); and, my, what a sporty lot you are: PGA European Tour jumps four places to number 8.
Top 10 Budget ¦ Shadow Fighter (Gremlin Interactive) 89% 2 Terminator 2 - The Arcade Game (Virgin) 70% 3 Fantasy Manager (Anco) 48% 4 Premier Manager 3 Multi-Edit (Gremlin Interactive) Not reviewed 5 Kingpin (Team 17) 67% 6 Lemmings (Psygnosis) FG92% 7 Monkey Island 2 (Kixx XL) FG93% 8 Dune 2 (Hit Squad) 79% 9 Space Hulk (Hit Squad) 79% 10 Magic Boy (Empire) 83% Top 10 CD32 1 Pinball Illusions (21st Century) 88% 2 Skidmarks (Acid Software) FG90% 3 Rise Of The Robots (Mirage Time Warner) 18% 4 Jungle Strike (Ocean) 87% 5 Microcosm (Psygnosis) 87% 6 Roadkill (Acid Software) 75% 7 PGA European
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Virocop There is one very odd level in this game. Well, there are a few, but one stands out as being a maverick among misfits. You join it at the end of the first phase, the Sports levels section, one of which you may well have played, for it featured prominently on last month's games Coverdisk.
Anyway, you find yourself in the middle of an ice rink. At either end are two cheerleaders (four in total) and they're frozen in blocks of ice. Watching from the sidelines is the fox from Fire And Ice and two chaps who look like they may have appeared in The Chaos Engine, one chewing gum menacingly, the other squeezing a cola can. They could be just regular guys, though.
So, this whistle blows and a hockey player enters the rink thwacking energy- sapping pucks across the ice. Two team mates follow and you basically scoot around avoiding the pucks, getting in shots and picking up cash credits when you can.
When you've dispatched the players, you come to a standstill. The iceblocks melt and the cheerleaders skate up to the centre of the rink and you follow, though you're not in control.
They then do a little dance and you're given a password for access to the next level. It's quite unnerving the first time it happens, honest - I thought I was going to get 'done' by killer cheerleaders.
Virocop has a lot of slightly unusual touches, though it doesn't disguise the fact that it's very much a shoot-em-up in the traditional mould, despite the rarely used almost-but-not-quite-viewed-from- above perspective a-la Chaos Engine.
The plot is of the garbled futuristic school and the manual wibbles contentedly about GamesDisks and virtual holidays, and how a virus has spread and only DAVE, which stands for something or other, can repair the damage. And how the GamesDisk controller got a stern telling off from the finely-monickered boss, Shacklehaus.
Team play Virocop is quite similar in style to The Chaos Engine, though, unfortunately, it doesn't offer a two-player mode. Well, it does, but it's a team mode and one person controls the weaponry while the other moves DAVE, which isn't as good as having DAVE times-two trundling around the levels. But no matter, there is plenty here worthy of attention.
The GamesDisk viruses are spread across disparate game genres and although this sounds like you get to play different styles of action the premise is basically the same - destroy all and upgrade weaponry at the end of the level. The power-ups are produced by enemies as you dispatch them, though VIROCOP Publisher Sound 8 out of 10 Addiction 8 out of 10 Overall verdict A playable, interesting and visually stimulating shoot-em-up which calmly takes its place along side the Amiga's better examples of the genre.
83% Virocop is very much a shoot-em- up in the traditional mould.
They're quick to depart the scene. DAVE is fluid of movement and those with joypads can change their weapons at the touch of a button.
We're Amiga Formal, we have joypads. Although the first few levels can be tackled with standard bullets and bombs, once you head into the second series of levels entitled Urban Dungle, extras such as protective plasma, twin missiles and mini flame-throwers come in mighty handy.
Graphically, Graftgold have called upon, in particular, Cannon Fodder and The Chaos Engine though rather than copying them, they're more affectionate takes of Michael. In the He Who Dares Wins levels, tiny men with machine guns, choppers and tanks surround and blast you without mercy, and if you didn't upgrade your arsenal, the end is nigh on nigh for all but the most gifted blasters. Admittedly, your correspondent isn't one such fellow.
Virocop offers nothing new to eager bullet heads. It looks great, the visual touches are superb and the odd short level (such as the ice rink affair) breaks up the action nicely. You could say very much the same thing about Core Design's wonderful Banshee It's a shoot-em-up that makes your armpits perspire, that ensures you shout "flip" as you take a wrong turn, or fail to land on the right part of a ramp for the umpteenth time. But importantly, Virocop is fun, not least because it's incredibly slick and it allows you to clunk around the levels at your own pace, working out ways to tackle the
next problem.
Me? I still prefer The Chaos Engine because of its two-player option but Virocop firmly maintains the grand position of quality Amiga shoot-em-ups.
Now, if Graftgold wanted to do a sequel, they could do a two-player option and have SAM and DAVE... Cj A500 A600 A1200 System requirements 1Mb and 2Mb Release date £25.99 Versions Out now In AMIGA POWER 51, we say “Enough!” It’s time to end this public charade, this waste of money and this INTERMINABLE TV COVERAGE. Bring out the... AMIGA oj power GUILT-O-METER* The jury can’t handle it any more. They’d rather read reviews on F1 World Championship Edition, High Seas Ttader, Amber Moon and Virocop, to name but a few. Surely that’s a mis-trial, Hito?
I’m a victim of media harrassment. I didn’t see those 30 cops chasing me because, um, my mirror was broken. Yes, that’s it, broken I tell you.
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First there was Vroom and then came F1.
Steve Bradley straps on his seat belt to discover whether the latest incarnation takes pole position.
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Out now Graphics Disturbingly, the answer is yes. Back in May '92, Vroom arrived from UBI Soft followed two years later by a revamped version of said title from Domark, this time entitled FI. Both are excellent games, and FI World Championship Edition is another fine number. Except the startling similarities lead one to wonder about value for money.
The first two versions rolled in at £26 while FI WCE costs £30. 'An official product of the FIA Formula One World Championship,' exclaims the packaging, and Domark have obviously invested more than a pretty penny in buying up the licence, including all the official racing teams, drivers and circuits - which explains the need to recoup cost.
Sure, a different programming team have written this version, but it's no more than a reconditioned game engine.
FI WCE is an excellent racing game.
It's very quick, graphically pleasant and blessed with options. Three levels of difficulty and the choice of five to 20 laps - race for any of the constructors teams and choose to be your favourite driver - you may even be yourself. How nice. And with Championship, Knockout and Practice modes, and best of all, a two-player with split-screen, you're getting a whole load of... erm, similar options to the last version of F1.
The pits are prettier, now. You can swoop in and change tyres, fill up with juice and watch the little chaps at work.
But it would have been nice to have more control options. In Automatic, you press up and down on the stick pad to accelerate and brake respectively, while Manual calls for a tap on the fire button to change up and down the gears.
Check out the options in Lotus 2, they let you dabble to suit yourself, though FI WCE does let you use the keyboard.
1Mb Release date This has turned into a bit of a whinge, but I don't mean to be rude. FI WCE is one of the best racing games on the Amiga. The cars corner and straighten superbly, tracks are abundant and in two-player mode it's a real blast.
No, the real problem is the cost. If you have the last version of FI, then don't bother with this. If you've yet to discover the delights though, FI WCE won't disappoint, though one would delight at a price of £20 and under. © 7 out of 10 Commendable, though not significantly different from FI.
Sound 6 out of 10 That sort of revving sound you get from cars.
Addiction 8 out of 10 Compulsive. Hours and hours of motoring.
Playability 8 out of 10 This game has a fine feel, with superb car movement.
Overall verdict F1 WCE is one of the best Amiga racers though it isn’t significantly different to the last FI. Therefore, it is expensive.
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Pen And I thought she was going to take her bra off. Steve Bradley discovers that losing your cherries and holding your melons gives you little credit.
Strip Pot This is an adults-only fruit machine game. Nothing more, nothing less. The reward for the successful bandit is the glimpse of the female figure, some are clad, some are not, and some gradually discard items of clothing as you totter up the table. So, it's tottie on a table, then. Interestingly, well, not really interestingly, a substantial amount of the women are pictured holding a telephone receiver to their ear, though one lass, bizarrely appears to be clutching a tortoise to her lughole. Erotica in the 1990s, readers.
Nudge, nudge The CD32 version is 30 knicker, the A1200 translation half the price, though there seems absolutely no difference between the two, except the women do a slightly more gradual strip on the CD32. Damned expensive, I sincerely hope you'll agree, particularly when you consider the superfluity of Public Domain fruitsters. One could quite reasonably suggest that a few back copies of The Sun and a PD disk would do a similar 'job', if you will.
I don't play fruit machines. Never.
So while the rest of AF snigger at my attempts to achieve three cherries, suggesting that my hours of 'research' could be better spent ensuring smoke comes off of my keyboard, I have to admit I'm enjoying myself. Not that Strip Pot is any good, for it is a piece of crap, it's just that having never been a one-armed bandito, the spinning wheels are holding my interest, such is the life of the Friday afternoon games reviewer.
The box suggests that those with a CD version and an FMV cartridge will be party to short video clips, only the box is the PC CD-ROM packaging with a couple of CD32 stickers added for good measure. Our intrepid investigator found no such clips on his CD32 avec FMV, so if you've purchased this with a view to a, slight cough, thrill, then you may be sorely disappointed So it's like this. You play for extra credits and nudges. Credits give you the chance to shoot up the table, nudges allow extra control when you're after extra credits, much like the machine at the local tavern.
There are five sets of women and to go up a woman, unfortunate turn of phrase that it is, you must achieve three Spin The Wheel icons, then rely on a roulette spinner to land on Go Up. After an hour or so you'll have seen most of the women - some make more than one appearance - and the 'impetus', if I may be so bold, is gone.
Unfortunately, many of the women look as though they've just arrived fresh from a Reader's Wives shoot (clutching a telephone, of course) and this sullen excuse for entertainment is tosh of the complete variety. There is no justification for this nonsense. Go to lengths to avoid it, please.
STRIP POT Publisher Guildhall Leisure 01322 890000 Price CD“ £29.99, A1200 £14.99 Versions CD“, A1200 Release date Out now 3 out of 10 Graphics Dull bandit, awful pictures.
Sound 5 out of 10 A little jingle every time you pull your lever.
4 out of 10 Addiction Oh yes. If it's free, and for about an hour.
Playability 4 out of 10 Easy to get to grips with sounds about right.
Overall verdict A complete and utter waste of time, and all for a quite outrageous price. Who could ask for anything more?
10% ¦ Many of the women are pictured with a phone to their ear, although one appears to be clutching a tortoise.
Steve Bradley takes on hardened silver bailer, Richard Dones and discovers that you don't need pockets full of shrapnel to turn the tables.
OBSESSION Publisher Merlin Price £ 3 _ o: rc ¦ G G ir, £ v IS _ o £29.99 Versions A500 A600 A1200 System requirements 1Mb Release date Out now Graphics 7 out of 10 Pretty pretty. No, very good, particularly for 1Mb.
Sound 8 out of 10 I actually like the tunes, and the spot effects suit you, sir.
Addiction 7 out of 10 Oh yes, Desert Run and Bats 'n' Balls are the ones.
Playability 7 out of 10 Occasionally sluggish, but overall Obsession is a sound enough performer.
Overall verdict Really a rather fine pinball game though overshadowed by Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions.
Therefore, expensive.
74% ¦ It rather slips down the side lane because of the competition D OL h* CL LU ) LU D X-ILE ZONE There wet a brief period when M teemed motl of Amiga Formal were obtetted with pinball.
Not the computer variety, you understand, rather the big fellowt who greedily swallow pound coins at the local hostelry.
Upon hearing the hometime bell, chairs would be placed firmly on desks and out we'd troop, ready to do battle with the silver ball. And though we'd occasionally lose horribly, the thrill of a big score would keep us sufficiently interested to return the following day. But the physical nature of the game does not computer-translate, and without denying that previous pinball games have been awfully good fun, some of us harbour reservations.
Heads turned briefly when Pinball Illusions multiballed its way into view, but Obsession - written very much in the vein of Pinball Fantasias - seems, on the face of it, a rather pointless exercise. If you can't rattle the blessed features of Pinball lUusiona, why silver ball at all? You can play Obaasaion on all 1Mb Amigas, and it's got one more table than PI. So blinking what? It's got two really rather fine tables - so has PI.
Sorry, if you have Pinball Fanlaaiaa or Illusions, you'd have to be dreadfully keen to unleash a further thirty nicker.
Mechanically, it's not as slick as Digital Illusions' efforts, (but then this is a port from the successful Atari ST version), but the way the whole thing has been moulded is remarkably similar. The ball sometimes moves with sluggish disregard, But despite my negativity, Obsaasion is a fine game, only, it rather slips down the side lane because of the competition.
Oh, they surely could have done more with the tables, more features, more flippers.. ® AQUATIC RESISTANCE IS USELESS!
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Tower Of Souls TOWER OF SOULS Publisher Black Legend, through Kompart: 01438 840004 Price £29.95 Versions A1200 A4000 System requirements 2Mb Release date Out now Graphics 8 out ot 10 Looks wonderful. Would add to the atmosphere if there was any atmosphere to be added to.
7 out of 10 Sound Technically competent.
Able to stand up to any other game.
Addiction 3 out of 10 The engine makes for a playable game, but that means absolutely nothing.
Overall verdict_ Considering the technical prowess of the programming, this game should be a lot more fun to play. Dear, oh dear.
44% In the beginning there was Dungeon And Dragons. The original rules were packaged in a handy, simple booklet that imparted all the necessary guidelines needed for a few imaginative (pre)adolescents to get together around a table, throw innumerable oddly shaped dice and consult multitudes of seemingly esoteric tables based on the results of the dice throwing.
To help in the imagination stakes, the gamers would invariably buy themselves little metal figures, paint them up, and then project the alter ego of their role playing character on to said metal figure.
The idea was a raging success, albeit cultishly at first, and the game soon expanded into Advanced Dungeons And Dragons which required the minimum of three books - The Dungeon Master's Guide, The Player's Handbook, and The Monster Manual.
Despite this expansion in scope imagination, the game stayed intrinsically the same. Players found that when they had become proficient at the rules, the most important element in making the game enjoyable was the plot driving the action.
Many Dungeon Masters just didn't catch on to this fundamental premise for making their scenarios fun. Instead, they preferred to labour over the mechanics of the rules and inflict tedious dice rolling on players to accomplish the most mundane actions such as opening locked chests and finding secret doors.
As such, only about 10 per cent of campaigns and dungeons were worth playing. The rest were, quite frankly, crap in the extreme and against the grain and spirit of the role playing genre.
So why I am telling you all of this?
Well, put simply, Tower Of Souls captures the essence of everything that was wrong with, and still is wrong with, role playing games in general and role playing computer games specifically.
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IINIMUM ORDEF OVERSEAS POST i PACKAGE RATE (Europe add 25p per disk for PSP| (Worldwide add 50p per disk PSP) WITH ALL AMIGAS UNLESS STATED AGA Disk means tor A1200 A4000 only TEL OR FAX: 01827 68496 ¦TIOIM VL E074 AMIGA BEGINNERS GUIDE tutorial on Amiga* E06S NOOOY PLAYTIME demo. Very good E060 KIO PriX more rice* lent paint program* E081 OTP FOR KIDS easy to use. Eicellant E092 SING A RYHMES smo a song E094 HIGHWAY COOE TUTOR Questions on highway cor E096 READ & LEARN (20) THREE LITTLE PlOGY Story w speech 6 graphic* Brill,ant recommended £097 BACK TO SKOOL vol 1 collection of the best £098
BACK TO SKO~ £099 BACK TO SKO...... .. E100 LITTLE TRAVELLER enformeoon o 1 _____ E101 WORLD GEOGRAPHY world with map 8 ten E1M OtSCOVERY OF THE ATOM Tutorial on he Atom (20) E104 DESKTOP GUIDE TO MUSIC (301 guide 8 tutorial £107 TRUMPTV FIREWORK ALPHABET Very entertaining way to teach your child the ALPHABET Elfe MR MEN* OLYMPIC (201 many evenU to complete El 10 CULT TV DATABASE (ID) info on early TV secies ' * let* K Jim.. BlBLC how the BIO BANG E001 KIDS PAINT eicellent Paint program for kid* E002 COLOUR IT bnlUant e© * * E003 TREASURE SEARCH f. _____________ E004 LEARN A PLAY I (not
A1200) many math* 8 games E005 LEARN 8 PLAY II more educebon programs E006 SPANISH TRANSLATOR Spanish English I story advsnture m E011 EDUCATION PACK(5 Disks)pecked withfotsof d programs ranging from maths to game* recommended E019 DINOSAURS leeches you aitabout Dinosaur* E020 WORLD 0ATA8ASE require* (2. Meg) E021 STORY LANO It interactive puizla games rec. E022 LANGUAGE TUTOR teaches you 4 language* E023 TALKING COLOURING BOOK talking Opamt brifl E024 EASY SPELL a improve your kid* spelling E0J5 SCRABBLE require* 2-4 player* brtaart E026 WORDS can help you solve the crossword E027 OSWALO
Very colourful Urge cartoon game 0400 FIGHTING WARRIOR like street fighter 0404 DOMINOES only one of Hs kind on P0 G406 TOTAL WARS - strategy-like chess In space 0407 NOVA & DOG Addictive puzzle game 0409 WOT IT NAME OUIZ- quiz (Ok It good) 0410 FATAL MISSION Eicellent Nemlsls clone 0411 BATTLE CAR 2-3D car racing 0422 SERENE Bl eicellent ai 0431 NESTER CARD GAME- 0435 ROULETE American ro 0438 TRAIL8LA7EP 2 C64 c 0687 PARAOROID 64 (not A500 1.3) Eicellent 0689 OUN F1QHT (not A500 1.3) 0690 THE REAL POPEYE 64 IA500 1.3 only) G692 SYSTEM DEFEND - Brilliant Defender clone GO98 AMIQA-BOY-Osme boy
emulator . Tetri* 0732 DETHELL IN SPACE, flecommed 0735 OVERLANDER Brilliant arcade MOON ALERT 0737 SERIOUS BACKGAMMON The best in PD BO 0771 STAR WOIO (2 Disk) Brilliant Thrust G772 UN-SENSIBLE SOCCER very similar to Sensible scoccer games. RECOMMENDEO 0773 FRUIT MANIA - Brilliant Frultmechln 0774 TRICKLE TREAT • liko DOOM on the PC G775 FOOT-BALL MANAGER - new version 0782 SOLO ASSAULT 30 Ilk* Wing Commander 0783 SEED OF DARKNESS - Brilliant graphic adventure 0784 NANO FLY Suparb eiploro game RECOMMENDED Q785 THE GREAT GOLD RalO - very addictive 0787 ANT WAR V1.9 (LATEST) not (.3 0788
ZENO-MORPH • Great graphics G789 TASK FORCE very good MIND SHADOW clone 0790 GREEN FIVE Amazing graphic Ilka FLASHBACK 0791 PROFESSIONAL BINGO CALLER G792 MARTIAL SPRH brilliant STREET FIGHTER II 0797 INTENSE like AKAI-WARRIOR in the arcade 0798 6 EXCELLENT CARO GAMES collection 0799 MOOSE DRIVE (A500 13 naads 1 mg chip ram) G809 BLITZ 2 fast action shooting games G810 EXIT 13 Brills- - 0811 ' 0812 i. _________________ ___________ 0820 BOULDER ORIGINAL with 80 leval* 0821 BOULOERDASH CAVE'LEVEL CONSTRUCTION KIT G822 BOULDER COLLECTION 20 160 level (2 disks) 0837 BOULDERDASH 80 ceveflevel 0839
BOULDER PACK 640 BRAND NEW LEVELS on 8 disks, must for all Bouldardash fans 0860 ALIEN NETWORK - new Space Invader 0862 BATTLE FORCE eicellent toxt adventure.
U863 GNU CHESS the best chess with 10 level G868 SWORD OF YIG Graphic adventure 0867 POWER-TETRIS 1 or 2 player TeUls RECOMMENDEO 0868 SUPER SMASHING TETRIS very playable Tetris 0870 CHESS II & CHECKER On* of the best around muet for all CHESS or CHECKER players 0871 GRAVITY FORCE 2 1 or 2 player thrust clone sl quailty | Q127 DEFENDA Brilliant defender ciono 0136 DUEL last action Ilka BATTLE ZONE 0153 SEALANCE Good Submarine Simulator 0177 PIXIE KINGOOM 2d *k) adventure 0190 ICE RUNNER mot A1200) brill graph** 0195 WHEEL OF FORTUNE VO TV OulZ games 0216 POOL(not A12001 only on* on PD G222
MEGA 21 GAMES omaztng 21 gama* 0235 DRAQON-CAVE brilliant TO puzzle gama* 0237 SCRABBLE (lor 24 pley-er onlj tours of fun lor a quid ilatte, eicellent ... nverslon 0441 ETVPE 2- Simply the best asteroid G443 OLYMPIAD DISK (2D) Olympic sport events 0445 DESCENDER GAME uni. Search & descender
- ----------- Arc*' ~
- ---- JT gut.. ____ 0455 CASTLE OF DOOM VG graphic adventure
0456 DUGEON OF NADRIF BOP adventure 0460 WIBBLE WORLD GIDDY
Large platform game 0462 COSMIC RACE motorbike with gun G465
CHESS II Very good chess game G467 CASH FRUfT- oood fruit
machines 0478 AMOS CRICKET eriekat games 0488 EXTREME VIOLENCE
2 player battle out G489 ENGIMA MACHINE very challenging puzzle
G490 MEGA BALL 2 verv ' ----- 0491 BOUNCE 6 BLAS' ... _ _ G492
ZOMBIES 6 DEFENDER 2 far . 0494 MERCENERV SIMULATION 3D
wars games G499 LIFE -simulation very interesting G500
TRANSPLANT the best Asteroid yet 0501 KLAWZ THE KAT-great
platform games 0502 ORAGON-FIRE more medieval arcade 0503
ORAGON-FIRE • Gulf war mission 0511 HIGHWAY HELL like SPY
HUNTER 0513 BLASTER- kill Invading aliens 0531 OPERATION
FIRESTORMS • brilliant G534 CASTLE KUMQUAT similar to Alien
breed 0535 BLACK DAWN bniliant graphic adventure 235
DRAQON-CAVE brilliant 3 237 S 240 QUADRIX vary
a------------------ 0242 TAKE EM OUT Ilka to Operation wolf
0245 CHROME-20 brilliant laval rocommend E030EVOLUTION Creed
your OwhhybHd EMI 10 TEST . 10 GAMES pack I eicellent EC33
TYPING TUOOR very good typusg tutor 1035 CHESS HELPER hefoWch
howto play G25B ALIEN NET WORK (not WB3) invaders 0263 SHAPES
Play like a computer jigsaw 0265 SUBCULTURE brilliant ahoof em
up G266 TRUCKING A 120 not A1200) simulator G268 SCUB-BUSTER
de»troy enamy Scub Missile 0271 AVINA BLUE la*t action shool am
up G272 TANK BATTLE 2 plavor tank batlle game G276 ARCADIA the
best ARKNOID clone G300 O-BOID cross TETRIX and INVADERS 0303
DIMENSION X 2 player LIGHT CYCLE GAME G304 GRAND PRIX SIMULATOR
(A500 & A1200) 0306 SQUATS REVENGE VG operation wolf G309
E-TYPE (not A1200) best Asteroid 0310 NEBULAR Eseellent 3D
shoot em up 0312 GAMES PACK 28 3 nigh quality games 0313
MEGATRON two player trorvlighT cycle 0314 LEGO-TRIS (not A1200]
Good Win.
0315 INTER-LOCK Brilliant 30 puzzle games G316 GALACTIC Eseellent 8 levels arcade G317 HYPER-BALL Speed ball -level editor G320 GHOST-SHIP Very good 30 adventure 0325 BATTLEMENT hunch back ot Notre 0326 MEQA GAME COLLECTIONS III 3 top Games 0329 MADONNA NUDE PUZZLES for 18. Only 0331 GRAVITY messlve space esploring game G333 CYBER-NETIC Brilliant 6 way blaster 0334 DONKEY KONO |not A1200) class* Arcade 0335 CRAZY SUE II- best platform • • • 18 WORKBENCH 2 tutorial on I .
E119 01 NO WAR Quu on dinosaurs E120 JUNIOR MATHS G'tal learning a*J for leaching kids the maths subjects RECOUMENOEX) E121 PICTURE PUZZLE brilliant JIGSAW type game* El22 WORD FACTORY Brilliant, teach kids word* El23 KIO DISK 1 - Bniliant education pack E124 KID DISK 2 - more educ " E125 JURASSIC PARK lots o £036 BASIC TUOOR learn about €040 GUIDE TO LOW EH BACK PaiN tutorial about the spme 8 how to avoid back pan Recommended E34! KlOS ALPHABn d-so.*.* all a'phabet letter, £’342 FRACTION 8 SiLCufSTmaths 8 gam**, *. *!
£043 MATH MASTER teach,-!**! You more on 044 STEAM ENGINE V2 graphics 8 tutorial |Ji“ fjSkP?!;!} * 5?° ?
0*5 PETROL ENCMNE tuforUi 8 animated graphics 046 GAS TURBINE ENGINE tutorial 8 anJTJ ihles E128 ASTRO 22 PRO.V3 - The 108 0*7 ST'RLING ENGINE tutorial 8 an.m graphs 050 DREAM FOR ANGf I e.p-a n, m, meamng o' d Oil INVlSiHLf WORLD brilliant.nco-meijj 0 EXIT 13 BrlHfant puzzle 1 TEMPORAL MISPLACEMENT- graphic ai 2 A DAY AT THE RACES - V.Oood horse ri E126 CHILDREN SONO 2 contain, 5 eseellent song* .. Chines* Astrology
- ----------------- .est asboi - ------ accurately calculate* the
position of me p 3J0TP) Drawing program for k«J* 130 FRENCH
VERB TESTER should help you w.th French I DATA BASE II (2 DISK)
info on early TV P . . . : 5 4 6-2 disk* Ml o« brilliant games
148 CHESS 8 TUTOR - FULL teach you how lo play chess 0537 ACK
ACK • shoot e r kids i up l
- «6 WORM MOLE* .
E058 CROSS MAZE 4 CRYPTOKINd 2 eiceHent kids game* E059 VERB OUIZ find the word 8 Its relative* Brtfl -¦ EC61 KING JAMES BIBLE (40) complete Bible*. EiceHent £066 TARROT cljirvoyace In a instant £068 GALLOW fancy a game of hangman?
£070 MATH OfllLLS leeches all beslc maths skills. Vgood 1o3%£» '£SMNMNiiNM ~ g| all who a-e -nteresfed o stud,mg scence R Th-s pick comes on 4 o.,«, EC80 K.DPR. C j. ¦ ¦ 150 INTERNET - FULL guide to internet 4 161 CLI 4 SHELL TUTOR (help) Weal for t .
162 DELUXE PAINT GRAPHkTtUTOR V 3 4 4 k futuristic breakout __________ Ulan I car racing 0544 SUPERTOM CAT New vertical shool am up G545 KUNGFU CHARLIES mil w.fh platform, brfll.
G546 RAID 4 latest vertical scroll shool am up 0546 OUIZMASTER very good qua program 0552 ELEVATION games baseO on IlftT G560 IMPERIAL WALKER • Based on STAR WAR game* G567 STAPBASE 13 (201 Brill like MONKEY ISLAND 0657 AMOSLOADSA MONEY best FRUIT-MACHINES tvonts to cony eld games iant graphic t graphic 0667 OOLF (2 disksl One of the first PD GOLF 0668 AMOS CRICKET 2 Naw Amos cricket simulator G669 MUOSY REVENGE gi G672 JIGSAW (2 disk* I ver 0673 BOBBY GARDEN . 0______________ G674 HIGH OCTANE (NEW FASTEft VertSION) (not WB1.3) 0675 TIME RUNNER amazing graphics adventure 0680 SPACEJNVASION 2 •
Fentaetic Galaiain 0681 AUTOMOBILES ¦ PO version of SKIO MARK brill G682 BANDIT MANIA • Brilliant fruit machlna demo G685 PROJECT BUZZ BAR - Brilliant asteroid 163 JAPANESE • leeches you the Japanese language 165 KEYBOARD TRAINER An eiceHent Fyplnj t5or £165 CHESS II 4 TUTOR Cridieni Chess 0 games E166 PAINT IT (not A500 1 31 latest COLOURING BOOK E169 HISTORY OF AVIATION Vol 1 Eicellent disk El71 CHILD FAVOURITE - Education program El75 FRANTIC 0UK3E TO COMPUTER (2D) brdUent 4 funny El 77 CYBER PUNK 2 for Cyberpunk freak only SI81 SlGNTfURE CREATOR customise your own slgnKur* 182 VIRUS
WORKSHOP V4 comprehensive gu-de E164 IMAGINES VIDEO 2 disks EI8S WORKBENCH 2 3 OUIOE Online helpComplet Quid* lo AMIGA QOS commands Very useful 0350 TOTAL FIRES III Very last shoot em up.
0355 DOOOY very cute & estremely payable 0356 WONDER LAND amaaino graphic rocommeded 0359 WAR FARE SIMULATOR (not A1200) Strategy 0360 TOMCAT vertically scroll shoot am up 0362 DELUXE PACMAN - best pacman ever release 0367 CARD GAMES collection 0368 W1ZARD-OOMAINS • dungeon type games 0370 KALATRIZ (not A1200I arcade tetris clone 0373 AIR ACE II Very playable shoot em up 0381 INFERNO I Ter' 0885 QODZILLA Another ehoot-'em up G886 SUPER MEGA FRUIT- All new Fruit Machine 0887 STEWARDS ENQUIRY New Horse n 0888 OMVMO MANIAC 30 (T~ fast RECOMMENDED T FALL• Luner Under clone J9$ LAN?
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085' BUCK TOOTH ADVEI.. - shooVcollect em up RECOMMENOEO G892 PENGO 2 - Maze type games Recommended G893 SUPER OBLITERATION Blast asteroid very sir PANG 2 lots ot weapons RECOMMENDED 0894 SUPER INVASION II • New SPACE INVADER f 0896 ULTIMATED QUIZ - pi 0997 'MC SHEPHERD D-il R learn lo read • first step OUR BEST SBJfR 5 0 SXS Of THE VERY BEST;', nup EDUCATION PACK IMPOSSIBLE very addict., i GAMES - For all gamblert I most polished Tetri evei 6 MOUSE If 9 CASINO 0 0 TETREN rr FDUfJTm SufTASLE FOR ANY AMKM (A500-A4000) ONLY £499 NEW TITLES AGA306 ASSASSIN FIX DISK • 3-degrade util lo run old
software o the 41200(44000 U978 DELUXE PAINT BUDDY SYSTEM - On lina help info (2) U981 VIRUS CHECKER V6.5 - The very latest V-KIII*r U962 DIRECTORY OPUS V4 - Eitre Command U963 MAGIC WB 4 MAGIC MENU - Both latest versions programs, eg: Lockout2. Password 4 many more.
U971 HARO DISK 8 FLOPPY DISK DOUBLER (Epu) Not WB1 U975 DMS V2-Q4 Pro. Crunch entire disk NEW (not W81.3) U976 MAGIC SELECTOR VI 4 Change Meg.c WB backdrop U977 MAGIC WB ICON ARCHIVE (3) 1000 • of Mgwb icons U979 ICON ARCHIVE (3) 1000 s of normal icons (any Amiga) U964 VIDEO TRACKER 2 AGA or A500* A6 X (stale version) U965 VIDEO TRACKER 5 Video module 8 effect for above 0896 ALIEN GENOCIDE (2) Shoot eben, sel in space 0903 BOULDEROASH CAVE CONSTRUCTION KlT (2) editor G504 LAST SOLDIER (2) Multl-tevet platform game G905 CYBERTECH (2) Eicellent ALIEN BREED clone G906 HANGMAN New version of thr*
popular HO gam* 0907 ACE SPACE. Nice Platform game 18 DEMOS Age 18 and over only X80 CINDY CRAWFORD (2) X74 MADONNA (SEX) (3) X01 SHOWER CIRL X03 BODY TALK (2) X09 MARIE WHITTAKER X24 SABRINA SPECIAL X25 DIE FILKINGER X26 MADONNA EARLY DAYS X28 KATHY LLOYD X30 MEGA-MAID X31 CALENDAR GIRL X32 MAYFAIR X33 UTOPIA 4 DISKS) X45 GIRLS OF SPORT X49 PAGE 3 GIRLS X70 GON GON GIRL X71 TINA SMALL X91 Calendar girl 95 ANIMATIONS 4005 FILLET THE FISH long *1ory animabon 4013 SP4CE-PR0BE- in search of 4ll*n life form 4054 THE RUN • Lolu* being chased by police 4072 UFES 4 BITCH • Hmmm for 18 . Only 4138
KVLIES (21 Kylle sl.de 8 music. BfUliani 4173 HELL RafSER U - CREEPY horror show 4179 THE LIVING WORLD SLIDE SHOW - creepy c.ewfy 4187 PERIL OF THE DEEP (2) Massive *e* creature 4190 TERMINATOR II12) - Brilllenl 4193 NEMESIS COMIC • very good comic 4208 THE LAOY ANO THE TRAMP - short movies 4213 CANNON FUGHT- Brilllenl graphic* 4215 MAOONNA SLIDESHOW IB • Musi for Madonna fan* A225 ANOTHER 5 WAVS TO KILL A MOLE - Classic 4226 NEW VIZ • Hmm for 18 . Only 4236 WHIZZER . CHIP - tor Comic fsn* 4248 PERVERSE SUDES - funny but rude
42. 55 BART SIMPSON MEGA 0E340 (3 Disk*) 4290 CHHI9TMAS ANIMATION
- Ahhn to tale now A293 MANOA (2) veiY Cute Ja 4295 mayheU 6n
Wheels : 4306 TORNAOO Slideshow 4320 GORE - gruesome Horror
4336 FAST CAR • Loads of fast 4 Ir VIDEO TITLERS TOOLS U181
VIOEO NOTE databas* for your video collection.
Ufa; VIOEO APPLICATION(TO.Sks many VdeolW U671 TtLE*TltLE 2 - Great new VIDEOS t«*r U513 VIDEO TITLER (2 disk*) more VlOEO TTTLER-8EST U920 Tei*SCROLL 2 (not WB 13) Easy to us* Video tiller 092*WEDC»Na*VlDEO ANIM (2 *Ms) Reqwuee 0 Pemt eicellent Video tfiler U923 VIOEO MANAGER (Not A500 1 3: Voeo catltoeung lyram U925 Video TntJer - very good vloeo tlOer U757 150 PRINTER DRIVE LARQEST COLLECTION OT PRINTER DRIVERS TmrcroSti
U. F.O. ¦ I Ot-Ml R VC8EMLE CAS* SET SACX NTTMRCALL8E OOCUUENT
REPORT SkGHTPdGUFO KI0NAPP1NG £TC • MANY UNREIEASCD WORT Of
ClOSt f NCCUNTIR WITH THE U 0 8EMQ BRAUANT. 8 HOST FOR ALL
UFO FANS RECOMMENCED compattblo v ttn nil Amgos _6-DLSK.SET
ONLY £5 5.
The asteroid. Brilliant- recommended AGA300 MAGIC WB V2 Demo ot version 2 AGA302 TUTANKHAM II (2) Educailon-EgypOsn mummy treasure AGA303 PAMELA ANDERSON |2) 18. Only Baywatch beauties AOA304 BODYSHOP V8 (3) More bikini beauties AGA306 TIMEZONE 12) V. Good full graphic adventures D350 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG. Brilliant demo 0901 M'A*S'H - A sequel to ANT WAR. Plays very similar to LEMMINGS 8 WORMS, but with toads of Weapon, (brilliant) E210 LEARN 8 PLAY 3. Latest Education 4 Games (brill)_ A500 WORKBENCH 1.3... U330 WorkB«nch 2.04 fnulato mckM your computer run many now A500 plui A600 *oftwari
A50O*A600 A12CKVA4000 use U329 Relockit V1.4 lo make your computer run many of the old A500 software.
U329 RELOCKIT 1.4 OR U330 Workbench 2.04 only 99p WORKBENCH EXTRA UTIUTiES Collection of the best WB utilities like ToolDeamw. Swopdos V3.
Lo« file finder. Memory monlto.. Uesl vims killer, tb Disk eopiw «c. Mudi loo many lo list.
All on 2 disks only t138 (not WB1.3). RECOMMENDED QAMES CHEATS Do you play your favourite game for ages, but can t get to t! o end of levol or game?
Having problems with some games?
5 disk pack with 1000s of game cheat* help level code action replay pokes etc. Should help you finish many games. Suitable for all Amigas - ONLY E4.95 IV B Q S This if Iht largest collection of Amos hints, tips. Grephk, procedures, routines, subroutines, grsphct utHitiet, spore, fcroaeri routines, library i tome of the top games & utilities source code. This psct will help you ante more guaWty, compect 4 much faster programs 10 DISK PACK...£10.90 compatible with all Amos t Amos Pro UOOt A-GENE help you trace your family tree U024 D-LOCKS proctect your disks 8 Ivies U027 ULTRAPAINT 8 SURF paint
8 3D model program U029 CAN DO programming language UO*6 DARKSTAR no.2 (vol 2-5) loads ot util* U0S8 DISK MAG CREATOR create a disk magazine U117 NORTH C compiler (2) brill programming language U122 SID 1.6 copy delele move fli made very easy U131 TETRA COPY play TwrlS while copying disk, great U13S MOST USED UTILITIES (2) very useful util collection UI45 XCOPY PROFESSIONAL very powerful disk copier U146 C-MANUAL 2 (4) Teaches you how to program in C U153 ASSASIGN PRINTER UWItie* very useful U186 UNLIMITED OfSK CREATOI U187 M COMPUTER AID DESIGN - We* commercial product U168 SHOWIZ sl.de show
maker 24. Wipe effect U191 SID II copy deMrte move run file using a mouse U220 AMOS PAINT V good paint package, lots of features U222 GRAPHICS UTILITY(3) lot of graphic converter tools U225 AUOIO SOUND TOOL (A500) (A1200) U226 50. MOST USE UTIL loads of very useful utils U2?9 SLIDE-SHOW CONSTRUCTION KlT easy to maka U240 ARCHIVER TOOLS lots of crunchers U242 IMPLODER 4 0 disk file compressor Eicellent U243 The A T COPtER (not WB3) 13 disk cop-er U300 MESSY SID II U301 AUTO DISK LOGGER caUloguo your disk U321 ORAPMIC Util 1 (3) loads of Brill graphic util* U324 GRAPHIC util 2 (3) even more
Graphic tool* U333 SCENERY MAKER more landscape generator, U334 EMULATOR COLLECTION If (lots of amuMtor*) U335 FREE COPY back up commercial games U337 MODEL 3D Brilliant 30 objact designer U338 MULTI VISION (2) diskfilas utilities U340 HACKER-TOOLS many ripper tools U350 POOL TOOL - predict horse* with the best chance U351 RACE RATER Similar lo above, but both U360 R.P.O (2) adventure creator U363 OtSK REPAIR KrT -s ai.ago 8 repair damaged disl U365 SAMPLE MAKER make samples with out tfarowar U367 MUSIC MANIA many version of music maker pro. Drin U372 WORD SORT process ASCB files U377 NCOMM IM
more modem software • packer util U378 OfOlTAl ADDRESS BOOK V good address book U379 HOT UTILS more amazing utils U3B0 UNICOPY fantaatic disk c U38t GRAPHIC RIPPER (not Wl_ , , U383 LVAPVNOU GENERATOR- generate space scenery U3B4 MED V3.2 (latest) Brill music maker U387 P-SUITE add colour animat* to ten?
U762 FAKE FAST MEMORY maka older software run U766 MICRO FAX 4 (21 protect (buOd a f*i mechine) U777 TELETEXT RECEIVER project Highly recommended U781 DOSTRACE V2 oispUy information why some program refuse to run Also monitor Amiga activity RECOMMENOEO U388 SUPER CU - fast disk, fast load etc. OK U391 FORTRAN complete programming lanaguage U392 AMIGA DEX • Good data base program . More U393 UTIL collection of lot* of useful utile U397 FORM UNLIMITED design any type of form U399 FRACSCAPE V1.2 new fractal similar to VISTA U400 SOUND TRACKER V2 6 music mike U«Ot PLUS ISSUE(nol WB1.3) Vol 1-14
each disk pack with various WB2 4 WB3 utilities. Recommended U420 SPEED BENCH (not Wbt .3) create auto boot WB U425 NIB 2 very popular copers U436 The RlPPtfi COLLECTION (nol WB3) many npper U442 SYSINFO test 8 print Inlo on your A U444 FONT FARM font creator oditor design new font, U449 AMOS UPDATE 1.4 add more command* for AMOS U457 WHOM 2 ( U470 FINAL FOI U473 FINAL FONTIEP 3 (* disk, I Sur-trek magazine U460 HARD OlSK CUCK • Hard Drive menu system U490 B-TEC UTIL • Amazing pack with 207 utilities replacement U49S HARD DISK UTIL brill collection of Hard disk utU U496 EASY PRINT (A500 only)
lots o* printing ubl* U502 SCORPION MAPPER II Making msp, of game levels U503 PROCALC Super full function Calculetor U504 HOT-STUFF - more util disk compilations U505 VIRUS-KILLER 8 DISK RESALVAGE REPAIRE KIT U507 DCOPY V3 PROFESSIONAL • Eicellent Disk copier U509 ULT BOOT BLOCK 40-bootblock generator,YnaC*r U510 ULTIMATE BOOTBLOCK Collection It . More U512 ZIRCON UTIL - 30 MOST USEFUL UTIL 2. Briltant U915 WIT COMPLETE UTIL 20 most ut*d utils U516 AMOS FRACTAL fractal mania U521 SPECTRA PAINT III rival to Opamt U542 SEA HORSE CHEATS more cheatpe.sworo, etc US68 ICON CONSTRUCTION KIT k ...
U569 ICON roady made (4 disks) U582 DPAINT GRAPHIC TUTOR (rot WB3) eicellent U584 NEW SUPER KILLER Regoms 8 KIO 120. Virus * US90 600 NUMERIC PAD EMULATOR (A600 only) U591 OEGRAOER (not WB 1.3) 4500 emulator U592 KILL AGA - make older programs run on A1200 U600 C64 EMULATOR It util 8 document U620 HOW TO COOE IN C (2 disks! . Many aiamples U622 ACTION REPLAY VI.5 - cartridge on a.sk U623 ACTION REPLAY V4 (A1200 ONLY) same as above U6S0 COPY 8 CRACK TO K5»?S-KICK various version of klckstort recommended U680 NEW SUPER VIRUS KILLER (not WB3) kill 316. Viruses U«62 ASTRO 22 V3 latest Calculate
star sun pos.tions U685 OISK MANAGER V3 create catalogue* of all your d.*ks U687 AMOS PROFESSIONAL UPDATE added eitra command U689 FORCASTER V2 - hors racing prediction program U690 ASSASSIN COPIER (lotsl inciudw Xcopy3-dcopy etc U691 ASSASSIN MANDV TOOL 2 1500 1 3 only) U789 HARO OtSK MEMORY V2 use HO a* memory (re U692 ASSASSIN HANOV TOOL 3 more ubl* U693 ASSASSIN MANOY TOOL . Even more util* U694 SUPER OUPER 3 (NOT Wbt 3) V fast d-sk coo* U791 COMPUTER DIAGNOSTIC TEST V9 Amiga complete system tester usod PRINT A CARO includes many reedy m U90! MULTI-PRINT V4 lots of printing ubl* U805 OlSK
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SCREENPLAY Don't just look at the final score and then flip to
the next page. Read what Steve McGill has to say about
Ambermoon - he thinks it's important.
Ambermoon Graphics 8 out of 10 Commanding in their aesthetic imperialism.
Sound_6 out of 10 The music tries to be atmospheric. But it's a bit cheesy, really.
Addiction 5 out of 10 No, I’d rather play something other than Ambermoon this month.
Playability 6 out of 10 Very playable as it stands.
But see addiction above.
Overall verdict_ A truly beautiful game that could have offered some trend-setting features, but unfortunately, didn't.
Publisher_ Thalion 0121 449 4464 Price_ £29.99 Versions_ A500 A600 A1200 System requiremenls 1Mb minimum
(1. 5Mb from hard drive) Release date_ June 79% AMBERMOON OK, no
messing about, Ambermoon is a top-ish adventure yarn with
pleasing aesthetics and an absolutely gargantuan play area.
Even if you play it hard and long, it's still likely that completion will take over three months of terrestrial time.
Ambermoon fulfils a set standard in adventure games, such as loads of spells to find and use, different approaches to set problems, multitudes of characters to be conversed and interacted with, and multifarious combat situations. As such, it will be bought and loved by enough people to make the title profitable.
But here's my heartfelt plea to Thalion, because it really did hurt to see such a potentially fantastic game be hobbled within the limitations of the adventure game genre.
If the implementation of the plotline is going to be as cliched as this, please, oh please, oh please, oh please put in some innovative and interesting gameplay that's worth me telling Amiga Formats readers about. Because what we've got here is a tale of infinitesimal woe. A tale of a game with three reasonably significant contributing factors toward an engaging adventure game, namely - great graphics, an excellent 3D-2D game engine, and an adequate control system, but a game nevertheless that doesn't work as well as it could. It feels like a lion that's been shackled by a donkey.
Ambermoon is the sorry tale of a potentially wild game that needs to be rethought and re-released using the current game engine as the heart of a new style of adventure game.
Mean and moody Think about the potential in borrowing certain effects from the cinema.
Explorations of cellars, cities and other creepily dark areas like dungeons, could be enhanced endlessly if the music was made truly reactive to the on-screen action.
Something similar to the tunnel sequences in Jurassic Park, or a re-enactment of the tense 'searching' moments in a two-player game of Death Mask when you know that the other player has got the big gun, would be just about right.
Combat in the game needs to be made real-time too, or at least have the option to be real-time. Ambermoon has a fantastic, pseudo-Doom-like engine with lush, optional, atmosphere enhancing, texture mapping built in.
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21S BUIES HOUSE 2 0TSX O 048 PRINTING STUOTO The inventory screen tells you what each adventurer is carrying on their person and in their backpack. Standard fare indeed.
By cinematically styled reactive sound would mean that, even if your characters were poorly equipped, they might still be in with a chance of survival - unlike the primitive six square by five square, multi-click, chess based system currently installed. And while you were attempting to survive conquer with said characters, the tension would be unbearable.
Make believe The use of such cinematic tricks makes the whole gaming experience much more enjoyable, involving and believable for the gamer. Instead, Thalion have chosen the path of the adventure game equivalent of a crossword puzzle - something to do on a Sunday when there's nothing else worth doing. And it's a damn shame.
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It's just that at this stage in the lifetime of the Amiga you need to offer better than standard to perform well in the High Street, or to stimulate the interest of a typical Amiga gamer.
Look at the sales performance of Super Skidmarks against all other computer formats and all other console platforms. It outsold everything else released at the same time.
Amiga owners are just about the best barometers of worthwhile, money spinning, innovative games that the games industry has, and it's time they all woke up to that fact.
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EXILE Audiogenic 0181 424 2244 ¦ £14.99 Reviewed AF2368% A couple of months ago, we checked out the graphically updated AGA version of Exile. I concluded it to be a successful marriage of arcade action and adventuresome puzzle, the genres mixing with ease. And now the four- year-old original is re-released and yours for the accessible £15. Essentially, both games are the same, except one is prettier and costs twice as much.
A simple idea, Exile. You are a jetpacker with a mission to rescue lost crew, enslaved at the hands of evil. The game is set over one huge level, and gravity is in force, too - Newtonian physics ensure inertia and momentum play their part to the full as you hover around. Most of the action takes place underground and because there is no time limit, you can happily potter about, solving puzzles at your own pace. Sure, you might lose some points along the way but, hey, who cares?
You can teleport to places you've visited previously, collect weapons and keys, kick robots, throw frogs and it's hair-tearingly fearsome. Yes, this game truly is one of the most difficult around - even those that know what they're doing take six hours to complete it.
WORLD CLASS RUGBY '95 Audiogenic 0181 424 2244 ¦ £19.99 Reviewed AF31 68% This one has been re-released with updated teams to coincide with the Rugby Union World Cup in South Africa.
As far as rugby on the Amiga goes, there is little choice - you can either get this, Domark's abominable International Rugby Challenge or Audiogenic's competent Rugby League Challenge It's three years since World Class Rugby's original introduction, and it was received reasonably warmly. Few sports games last the distance, Sensible Soccer and PGA Tour Golf are the exceptions rather than the rule. And WCR remains a good, if somewhat flawed sporter, the major beef being the joystick waggling required for the rucks
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But it works. Even after all these years, it remains a comfortingly playable simulation of rugby football. It don't look nothin' fancy but Audiogenic have got the pitch view just about right - the almost-but-not-quite-above view is tried and tested and wears the T-shirt with pride The sprites aren't blessed with animation from the gods, but the action flows thick and fast You can pass the ball across the line out toward the pacey winger or choose to bolt up the centre, shoving your way to the 22.
It's not the Sensible Soccer of rugby, but it does play rugger with three lions on its chest. WCR disappoints in the rucks (or is it mauls?) Because you have to waggle the stick with abandon to win the ball, and it can be difficult to swap the player who is defending when on the back foot. Patchy but rather fun.
MEGATRAVELLER 2 Action Sixteen 01276 684959 ¦ £14.99 Reviewed AF38 82% Ten-a-penny, these point 'n' click sci-fi role-players on the Amiga.
MegaTraveller 2, then. Well it's all about saving doomed planets, generating a fabulous party of characters, having the odd barney - chances are you've been down a similar road before. So. Gather a gang, get a liberal sprinkle of characters - doctors, diplomats, complete nutters - and travel the galaxy. Chance meetings at the right time provide the route to success.
MegaTraveller 2 is huge and detailed, though it looks a little basic (it's three years old now). But it remains a slightly above average RPG.
Continued overleaf • m JULY 1995 SCREENPLAY 42% THE GAMER GOLD COLLECTION (CD32) Grandslam 0181 680 7044 ¦ £29.99 Nick Faldo's Golf, Bump 'n' Burn, letstrike This is actually a rather attractive little package One can pleasantly submit oneself to the delights of all three numbers here.
So, Nick Faldo. Shout up fellow.
The second best CD32 golf game, no less, is Nick, boshed only by the glory that is PGA European Tour, though that costs the same as this lot put together, so Nick can hold his smile and look at you straight in the eye without fear. And he's a looker all right is Nick. His control method is also far less finickety than the original floppy version. Sure, he's more difficult to master than the rest of the gang, and he struggles on his courses (two) but he's a valuable addition to the team. Welcome aboard Nicholas.
Bump 'n' Burn sadly disappoints, though this is not to say it's a BAD game. Combine the quirky cartoon delights of Wacky Races with a substandard Mario Kart and you have the concept read. The characters are cutesome and the view is of the now slightly unfashionable from-behind variety. Different characters flourish on different circuits while features include bombers, ghosts and UFOs which swoop and grab you off the track. And you can (surprise) collect coins and upgrade your car. Unfortunately, it sounds better than it plays, and most of the time you scoot along the roads with ne'er another
vehicle in sight.
Jetstrike raises the temperature, though. An impossible level of missions, an unfeasible amount of craft. Oh yes, this side-viewed flight simmy shoot-em- up is bomb-rainingly playable. It isn't as sophisticated as Sophia Loren, nor are the missions detailed - really, it's an excuse to get behind the front window of an aeroplane or helicopter and unload the crate's 'cargo', if you will.
Also dropped in for good measure is an Aeroplympics section which offers the hardy the chance to swoop through tunnels and the like but bombs and bullets are the order of the day, and for that, Jetstrike, we offer you our thanks.
So, a good number overall for the cove with limited CD collection.
Certainly worthy of chin-scratching consideration, I’d say. O This is a strategy game of two halves. On a global scale there are bases to be built, UFOs to be intercepted, finances to be balanced, manufacturing plants to be manufactured and evil weapons to be researched so your squad can turn the visitors into extra-terrestrial pop tarts.
Which brings us along to the second part of the game - the actual combat. Aliens must be encountered, captured or fried in a variety of different scenarios - investigate crash sites, defend cities, attack underground bases and D defend your own against the little green men.
Turn-based manipulation of men across pseudo random landscapes ensures the game never plays the same twice.
The only real difference between this and the Gold-winning A1200 version is the graphics, which sometimes make it a little harder to pick out the little grey men against the backdrops, but are no less superb, as indeed, is the whole game.
Microprose 0454 326532 ¦ £25.99 Reviewed AF6590% The truth is now out there on the A500. Now all A500 owners (and indeed A2000, A3000 and A600) can experience the thrills of first contact. Hail the alien visitors as they make their way across the INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CHALLENGE Action Sixteen 01276 684959 ¦ £14.99 Reviewed AF3768% These multi-sports sims, eh? They never REALLY work. You can usually find one event out of eight or so which is enormous fun to play while the rest rely on stupid amounts of joystick waggling. International Sports Challenge is such a game and despite its pretty visual
appearance, it really doesn't work. Sorry.
FIELDS OF GLORY, PowerPlus 01276 684959 ¦ £16.99 Reviewed AF66 44% An unexpected early re-release for Fields Ol Glory, then. Miffed that you forked out the full price a few months back? A strategic war game set in the Napoleonic skirmishes would seem an apt description for the platter.
Mr McGill, Afs original observer in the Glory department concluded the game to have a whole bunch of unrealised potential, the main problem being a bug which allowed one to dash through river and up dale to no disadvantage, making a major league mockery of the battle process. It could've been a contender It isn't, though. Fatally flawed.
Continents, then blast them out of the skies and vapourise the alien scum - because these aliens are not interested in building pyramids or scratching lines in the South American wilderness, they want to take over planet Earth.
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If you unashamedly invest in artistic licence, it is easy to relate to the ethos, but not implementation, of the CD32 conversion of Syndicate Future Publishing has been absorbed into the body of MEGA GLOBAL CORPORATION Pearson, and is currently providing muscle in Pearson's struggle to establish a worldwide multi-media empire, with a corporate logo in every country in the world. As an agent of this mega global multimedia corporate empire, my mission brief was simple. Find out why the CD32 version of Syndicate, with its integrated Akiko Planar to Chunky chip, doesn't make use of the hi-res
graphics of the PC version - a technically feasible and not overly difficult task.
The first port of call was Bullfrog - a well known company which, while profitable in itself, has a strong brand image exploitable over several media rather than exclusively on computer games. Unsurprisingly, it's been snapped up by Electronic Arts, another corporation with global aspirations.
I spoke to Mike Diskett, head of conversions at Bullfrog. According to Mike, the 2Mb limitation of the CD32 meant that if they had wanted to include the PC graphics, much of the game code and detail of Syndicate would have had to be lost. Fair enough, but when pushed further, Mike admitted that the conversion had been farmed out to an outside firm.
One phone call to Mindscape later, and I was speaking to Clive Fort, an ex-Commodore employee. Fie took the offensive and grilled me on the new control system using the CD32 controller that had been added to the game. I had to admit that, while commendable in itself, it was much clumsier than using a mouse - one nice touch though is a targeting system known as Acquire and Fire which automatically targets the nearest quarry to your cyborgs. "Fair comment," said Clive, "We're proud of the system."
Rock steady Steadfastly and tenaciously, I stuck to the task in hand. Clive said that to convert the PC graphics to the CD32 would: "Be like trying to fill a pint pot from a quart jug, plus some." When interrogated further Clive finally broke down and admitted that it was more a commercial consideration based on the time needed for conversion.
So there it is. Syndicate could quite legitimately be considered 'shovelware'.
But if you're a CD32 only owner, it's still a brilliant game well worth buying - despite some annoying mechanics such as the lack of a view inside buildings, or fiddly vehicle control.
If you own an Amiga too, buy Syndicate on budget instead. It'll cost you less than half the price of the CD32 version, and it is exactly the same to look at and to play. O M TtfkM rira MJJXTX IN MrfAl neos NA IW • j 1- 3,411
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FLOPPY SYNDICATE This month also sees the re-release of Syndicate on floppy systems (as mentioned above). Owners of SX-Vs would be better served purchasing this at the extremely affordable price of £14.99. Other than the CD52 controller option, there's no difference between either game. Take note.
SYNDICATE Publisher Mindscape 01444 246333 Price £34.99 Versions CD52 Release date Out now Graphics 7 out of 10 lust as if you were playing the game on an A500.
7 out of 10 Sound Top spot FX add to the sinister atmosphere.
8 out of 10 Addiction I actually took the office CD32 home to play it over the Bank Floliday.
Playability 8 out of 10 Better played in conjunction with the CD32 controller and a mouse.
Overall verdict It’s disappointing that nothing extra in terms of missions or graphics have been added to the game.
But Syndicate is still one of the best games ever released on CD32.
90% ¦ Buy Syndicate on budget instead. It'll cost you half the price With the likes of Super Skidmarks, Guardian, Defender and Roadkill on one disc and All Terrain Racing on the other, Steve Bradley's had a smashing time.
Super Skidmarks SUPER SKIDMARKS CD32 Publisher Guildhall Leisure £29.99 CD3 Reie Oul now Blitz Basic is a fine language. We want more.
A revving treat - just like listening to stock cars.
AriHictii The more the merrier but fine for the single player.
Plriy-iljilily 9 out ol Intuitive control, and some great tracks to race. Grand.
Super Skidmarks is a bumping belter of a racing game and one which improves as you develop your driving skills. We recommend.
92% Text explorer take note. This spanking Compact Disc not only includes Super Skidmarks (floppy reviewed AF7192%), the shebang also features a stupendous playable demo of Acid's wonderful Defender-For-The-Nineties, Guardian AND the glory that is the PD version of Defender They've also rolled in the Roadkill movie, too, from their cunningly-titled racing game Roadkill.
Breathless with wonderment?
It's like one of those full Sunday dinners you can buy in the supermarket and microwave for 10 minutes, only with less lumpy gravy. (NB. If my mother is reading this, I don't buy those meals, honest.) Anyway, digression is a source of much distraction, so to the little cars without ado. This is simply the best multi-player racing game in town, blazing a scorching trail of skidmarks, probably, for the rest to follow in its wake.
As your correspondent fingers his way across the keyboard, Super Skidmarks is deservedly the best-selling computer game in these fair Isles. A game which is fulsome in circuit and resplendent of vehicle. Minis, buggies, Beetles, racing cars. Porsches, pick-up trucks, caravans and even cows take the chequered flag - the closest comparison one can make is to that jaunty drive, stock car racing.
Up to eight cars race at one time, bumping, boring and sliding around the gravel and tarmac circuits and the most important attribute to the skilled racer is line. Take the wrong line and you can be bumped from first to last in seconds.
But nudging can work in your favour; a swift shunt and the resultant speed burst can shoot you through the pack.
Super Skidmarks really comes into its own in multi-player mode. Up to eight Damn. If the green Mini waa v have made reference to The t ATR CD32 Team 17 01924 201846 ¦ £25.99 ¦ Oul now Garnering somewhat mixed reviews in the specialist press when released on floppy, ATR (All Terrain Racing) nevertheless courted a certain favour in the AF office, particularly when pedalling the racing tracks.
The remaining 'terrains' were overly fussy, and somewhat unkind to all but the most skilled behind the wheel; the less pedantic, however, enjoyed the regenerating cones, the ridiculous layout of some courses and the admittedly excellent car movement. The game remains the same; the score, too.
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Anyway, to multi-player races.
Against fellow beings, SS truly demands concentration, dextrous joypadular skills and perhaps most of all, sheer nerve.
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& SCREENPLAY X-Fighter isn't as good as Shadow Fighter. Or Mortal Kombat II. That's fighting talk that is. Steve Bradley goes 10 rounds with a new beat-em-up.
X-Fighter CD32 X-FIGHTER CD32 A Minion Of Deatf strikes a crushing blow on to the I hapless chap with a chain.
Isher Thalion 0121 449 4464 Price TBA Versions CD32 System requirements CD Release date June Graphics 5 out of Very average, but then this is the CD32 and we expect a lot better.
6 out of 10 Sound No music - give thanks.
Howls, grunts and thwacks are fine.
For a CD32 beat-em-up, X-Fighter is tar Irom graphically alick, and the acrolling ia hardly smooth, yet it's eaay to got tho hang of the moves. There are eight groups ol four fighters and each member of each team has the same basic moves. Got It?
7 out of 10 Addiction Certainly a game which will occupy the battler for the odd hour.
7 out of 10 Playability Easy-to-use one-button fighting action.
Overall verdict_ Gameplay beats presentation by three falls and a submission.
70% ¦ Swords, cables, chains, enormous fists, flashing bolts - all the usual gadgets are included Now here's an odd fellow. My pugnacious foe is somewhat stand-offish. I move forward, ready to kick the blighter in the midriff. Still he refuses to move. 'I'm in here,' I bravely suggest to myself, inching forward, ready for the kill until, blow me, if I'm not on the end of a one-hit combination, losing the match in the process. 'Oh fiddlesticks,' I cry in anguish as my ribs cave into my chest.
Eight groups of fighters here, split into teams of four - 32 battlers in all.
Each member of the team has the same set of manoeuvres, the idea presumably being that you get to learn a team's characteristics and then take on other teams. Or something. Thais, lets, Bouncers, Greasers, Ninjas, Mercs, Hunters, Minions of Death - thems are your gangs a-la Guys And Dolls, only I don't remember Marlon Brando having a machete. So basically you get eight different fighters.
The recent resurgence of the Amiga beat-em-up genre has seen the cart conversion of Modal Kombat and Gremlin's quirky Shadow Fighter take centre stage while Rise Ol The Robots fell dismally at the first hurdle.
Scantily clad X-Fighter positions itself between the camps, a Street Fighter clone without the slick graphics, a flickery-screened, yet reasonably playable number. The backdrops are extremely dull and very poorly animated. You're scrapping on a pavement by the docks, barrels littering the background, though as you would expect, a scantily-clad woman sits atop the bonnet of a red Ferrari. At least I think it was a Ferrari.
Or perhaps you're in a goods yard with an HGV perched calmy behind.
Whatever, they're well below the standard of say, Elfmania, as is the jerky scrolling, which for a CD32 game is unforgiveable. Don’t show this game to your mates with SSFII on a SNES. They'll rip you to shreds.
And the plainsome visuals lead the pad basher to feel less empathy with the characters than with the more rounded MKII and colourful Shadow Fighter, Each team has super combo moves which can involve up to six directional taps before boshing the fire button - not particularly easy to pull off in the heat of battle, but then this complaint can be levelled at most beat-em-ups. The standard manoeuvres are easy to learn with practice - a tap, tap and a tap.
Swords, cables, chains, enormous fists, flashing bolts. All the usual gadgets are included and in some bouts you can simply bash a long chain into your hapless opponent from a safe distance, winning the bout at a canter.
But despite X-FighteTs shoddy appearance, the gameplay is just about good enough to overcome presentation.
If only it wasn't up against the far slicker Shadow Fighter, if only it was smoother and had parallax scrolling. 'I?
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GameBusters ULTIMATE SOCCER MANAGER Reviewed ¦ AF72, 85% ¦ Daze 0171 372 7435 Staying on top of your finances Start the game with £5 million - it makes life a whole lot easier. Make good use of the first two weeks of friendlies. Use this time to improve your stadium (without losing capacity crowds) and generate gate money to offset against wages.
Make your ground improvements as soon as possible. If you wait, inflation will push up building prices. Build the biggest merchandise and food outlets that you can afford. You make much more money from the extra ranges that these units sell.
If you are suffering from crummy attendances and your gate receipts are looking dismal, try building yourself a 10,000-seater stand and give away 6,000 or so tickets. You won't get any gate money but those who turn up will buy merchandise.
Spread the food and merchandise outlets evenly around the ground. Put the best outlets near the highest capacity stands for the greatest income.
Keep your ticket prices fairly low for friendlies, and inflate them for cup games when you play against clubs in a higher division. Plan your improvements so that you have an all-seater stadium by the time you reach Division One. If you fail to do this and still have terraces when you get promoted from the second division, the FA will condemn the offending stand.
If you want to make more money from advertising revenue, make the deals yourself, because your assistant manager doesn't take much care over negotiating the best prices. Aim to increase all ticket and merchandise prices at least once a year. You should be able to put them up by as much as 10 per cent.
ON THE BALL Avoid playing Hard or Brutal for extended periods of time, otherwise the eventual loss of strength quickly finishes off your team. You might want to make an exception to this rule for difficult European Cup battles.
A good tip for an all-out attempt to beat an opposing team is to start with three strong midfield players and four defenders. Straight after the whistle goes, substitute one defender (this costs him one form point so be careful which defender you use) and bring on an additional midfield man.
This produces a particularly offensive midfield team, and should generate a lot more chances, but be sure that you have a strong defence, just in case it all goes horribly wrong.
Reviewed ¦ AF65, 79% ¦ Daze 0171 372 7435, Avoid training camps when your team is on a roll. Only normal training sessions have an effect for the next game (the form points remain). Only the off-side position training is long term.
It is a good idea to make sure you look after your pitch and keep it in good condition (perhaps every • five playing days). This has a significant effect on preventing ligament injuries to players.
The Brutal playing method raises the performance ability of your team by 10 per cent. Playing Hard raises it by five per cent.
However, a player who has already been given a yellow card will only Managing to get the most from your team The first tip is to make sure you keep your chairman happy. If his opinion of you falls below the 10 per cent rating you will be sacked on the spot. If your Job Security (an average of the chairman's, players', fans' and bank's ratings) falls below 20 per cent you will also be fired.
When selecting your team and formation, take the assistant manager's advice. It isn't always perfect, but it is generally pretty reliable.
Make sure you don't neglect training - it is vital for a successful team.
Increase your current coaches' wages to keep them happy and effective, and to attract the highest-rated coaches to your club. A Superb-rated coach is three times more effective than an Average coach, so it's important to keep an eye out for the better coaches.
Try to buy youth players and train them up. Don't be put off by their low skill ratings. Younger players improve much quicker than older players, even without training.
Try to avoid the temptation to get instant results. You stand a much better chance of winning matches if you watch the action and respond to it by giving instructions to your players. If a player performs badly during a match, it may not be his fault. Be carefull be playing at 80 per cent of his performance, and playing Brutal or Hard football only leads to more cards and an eventual loss of team strength. If you set your team's play tactics to Fair their performance ability goes down by five per cent and by 10 per cent for Nice.
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SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER Reviewed ¦ AF67, 95% ¦ Renegade 0171 481 9214 After reading about the problems people were having playing Sensible World Ol Soccer in AF70 and then seeing the hints on how to score you provided in AF71, I thought you might be interested in some of my tips because I’ve played the game for several months.
1. Follow the hint given in the manual when playing a career -
start in a team from the lower divisions because this gives
you a chance of learning the game and working on your tactics
without playing the more difficult sides.
2. As you move up the leagues, change teams to one which has more
chance in the higher leagues. When you get to the top
divisions stay with the same team and do not accept any job
offers. If you win competitions then the team gains bonuses
and you start with more money.
It is possible to begin the season with over £10 million.
3. Don't worry about having an overdraft. Keep winning and keep
the directors happy, you won't be sacked.
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4. Tactics are very important. Start with the formation you like
best and then change that formation so it plays the way you
wish. I play the Sweeper set-up because this is good both in
defence and attack. If you let in too many goals then use more
defenders.
A good hint is to have a midfield player who is a good tackier and fast, who stays around the halfway line when you are attacking and then drops back when you have to defend. Having this midfielder means any long balls from the computer teams's defence can be picked up and sent back for a further attack. Also, placing a quick defender further forward helps pick up the long balls from the computer team's defence.
After setting the tactics, learn where players will be at all times and then get used to passing the ball along the ground to the players. Also, look for long balls curled for the forwards to run on to. The best way to break down a computer team defence is to pass the ball - they follow the ball and you can find space behind them for a shot.
5. In the transfer market you can swap players, this means you
can buy new players without spending any money or, in some
cases, only a little bit extra rather than the full cost. At
the beginning of the season have a clear- out of the players
you do not like and get some new ones. This means their values
do not drop so much. Only one player in my team has ever
increased in value and this is Peter Schmeichel. The others,
if they play well, drop slightly and then level out at a
certain value. If you put a player on the transfer list try to
take the first offer. This is usually the best and also means
you do not hold on to a player who you are not playing.
Do not worry about having too few players to make up the whole team - loan players are available when you have too many injuries and some of these players can be pretty good.
THE SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER DREAM TEAM Peter Schmeichel (Man Utd) Sometimes let down on the easiest of saves but still the best keeper.
6. When playing, keep an eye out for players getting injured - if
they get hurt substitute them immediately because this seems
to help them get fit quicker.
The best two substitutes to have on the bench are a midfielder and a defender. If an attacker gets injured you can easily bring on the midfielder for the attacker and then swap him with a winger, because wingers are usually quick and have a good shot. Players who are out for the season can be swapped for a fit player.
7. Finally, the best way to succeed at Sensible World Ol Soccer
is to practise and not to get discouraged if everything
doesn't go your way at first. In the beginning it is easy to
become frustrated with the brilliance of the opposition
goalkeepers but just keep placing the shots into the box and
the goals will come.
And remember, the best form of defence is attack - if the ball is in the opposing team's half there is no way they will be able to score.
I hope these hints will help people win at SWOS and discover just how great the game is and why it gained 95 per cent.
Matthew Finney, Newmarket, Suffolk Leonardo (Sau Paulo) Expensive, but quick and has great control. Pass the ball across to him then hit long up the line.
Leonardo Pallister Walker Appolloni Le Saux £ A 1, * •• •• •• •• Lee Desailly Scifo Dinho Gary Pallister (Man Utd) Very quick, good in the tackle. In the sweeper system play as the forward defender to cut out long balls.
Des Walker (Sheffield Wed) Not quite as quick as Pallister but makes a good replacement or a cheaper alternative.
Luigi Appolloni (Parma) Also slower than Pallister but still one of the better defenders. Played further back can pick up loose balls.
Graham Le Saux (Blackburn) Quick, good control and can play in midfieid - a fine utility player.
Torginho (Bayern Munich) Quick, good control and shot. Play wide for shots and crosses.
Marcel Desailly (AC Milan) Great in the tackle. Play on the halfway line to put the ball back in.
Also a good defender.
Dinho (Sau Paulo) Left winger defender just the same as lorginho, good control and shot.
Michael Laudrup (R Madrid) Not as good as Scifo, but a worthy replacement. A good substitute.
Robert Lee (Newcastle Utd) The English version of Scifo and Laudrup. Plays in the same way.
Enzo Scifo (Monaco) Forward midfielder. Has speed and control. Lethal from edge of the box.
Les Ferdinand (QPR) A fast forward who is better on the right. Unlikely to keep his value.
Andy Cole (Newcastle Utd) Play on the left. Can (if played well) score over 100 goals in a season.
]ean Piere Papin (B Munich) Play on the left or right, has a good shot and speed.
Bryan Roy (Nottm Forest) Good control and speed, play on either side.
Lordy Cruyff (Barcelona) Cheap, but still a very good player on either side. Can be used well as a replacement.
A Beguiristain (Barcelona) The same as Cruyff at about the same price.
]urgen Klinsman (Spurs) Can play both sides as a replacement or first team choice - well worth the money.
• It takes time to get these players.
Do not try to have them in your team all at one time - chop and change if a good offer comes in for a player.
There are some players who, even though they are well known, are not that good and are a waste of money. These include: David Platt; Gary Lineker; Gary Speed; Chris Armstrong and Andy Townsend.
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* uperbl The 064 clas*K now comes to tM Amiga!
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This month's PL) Select has a games theme running throughout the full four pages. The reason for sucli a suite of affairs is easy enough to explain but reasonably hard to fathom. Despite the Amiga being bought by Escom.
Hardly any developers are beginning new projects or even considering beginning new projects. Sad. Sad. Sad.
Their reasons vary, but too many appear to have their eyes set on developing for the PC or are looking towards the vastly over-hyped 'new generation' console market.
Either way, home grown talent isn't going to shine through on any of these platforms - a particularly short-sighted and dangerous example for the games industry to be setting.
But several developers have stated that they'll certainly consider publishing games that have already been written, as long as they play well and look good. There are a couple of games in these hallowed pages that deserve development and publishing, even if it's only on a budget label.
Remember. Escom now own the former Rumbelows chain of shops with more then 200 retail outlets nationwide. Considering that Silica own round about 20 stores and are phenomenally successful. Escom's position looks encouraging indeed for present and future Amiga owners.
It’s obviously going to be in Escom's best interests if they can stock their shops with the type of innovative software that the Amiga is famous for.
So if you're a coder, now is a good time to start looking into innovative game design. You might just make yourself rich and famous.
FEARS GAME DEMO By _Bomb Software PD library _Sadeness No of disks _One Price _£1 plus 50p p&p In Ad-70,1 had the good fortune to give an extremely impressive demo called Million the once over. I wrote that: 'these guys should be working on a Dflom-style application.'
Million went on to win third place at The Party 4 coders get-together. What's more, it turned out that their texture- mapped dungeon walk-through was indeed the engine for the up and coming Doom clone. Tears.
Tears features a far larger view window than Alien Breed 3D, yet moves as smoothly as you could hope for with an 020 AGA machine. This demo introduces you lo the concept of the game and lets you take a look at the creatures inhabiting the virtual world.
Oh, and it also lets vou kill them. We were considering putting this game on one of our Coverdisks, but. Sadly, it’s A1200 and A4000 only. We have to be lair to A500 and A600 owners, so you'll have to grab a hold of this demo yourself as soon as you can. You won't be disappointed.
S66 I Ainr Nivw SOUL KITCHEN DEMO By _The Silents PD library _Mon PD No of disks_Two Price _£1 plus 50p p&p One of the offshoots of reading Public Domain disk-based magazines like DISC and Grapevine is that you gain a great insight into the background, psychology and aspirations of the coders involved with the scene and its inevitably transient, ephemeral nature, A couple of years back, the PD scene seemed to be dominated by spoiled brats, petty psychopaths, and software thieves.
The maladjusts are still there of course, but the permeating mood, on the whole, seems more creative, more positive, and, although it sounds CHANEQUES GAME PD Selection of the month By_Amoeba Software PD library_NBS No of disks_Two Price_99p per disk plus 5Op pitfp When a game like Chaneques comes along, completely unsung and unannounced, all the ploughing and dredging through innumerable PD disks every month suddenly feels worthwhile.
For this game has Classic etched into its implementation and design.
Programmed in AMOS by a Mexican team called Amoeba Software. Chaneques is an unashamed Lemmings derivative, but with a difference - an evolution of the original Lemmings if you like.
You are faced with the task of stealing various things such as chocolates, disks and books and transporting them to a door. To achieve what at first seems a simple enough job. You are put in control of three little geezers - Chanok. Chencho, and Chepo.
Each of the little blokes has different abilities that have to be utilised in a logical, creative manner if you are to succeed. So, Chanok can walk, push things and dig. But he can't climb over obstacles. Chencho can walk, push objects and climb and Chepo can walk, climb, and make a bridge of himself, but he can't push things.
boring, more mature, realistic and visionary. Many hackers, coders and phreakers have realised that certain illicit activities are harmful to the Amiga’s well being.
Of course, the only way of stopping, or at least reducing, this type of behaviour is For scene members to police themselves. Not by informing on trackers to the authorities or anything as heinous and barbaric as that, but by naming offenders through the disk mags anti then ignoring them until they stop the systematic destruction of the hardware they love.
Anyway, that's enough of that. Back to Soul Kitchen. The Silents appear to be a dead group now, but their demo lives on in the form of Soul Kitchen. A hotchpotch of various routines stuck together with cheesy 1970s elevator music. The most impressive routine is the monochromatic spaceship living through a tunnel sequence.
Soul Kitchen suffers from the familiar unchoreographed style of presentation that make demos seem dull to anyone who isn't a coder.
JULY 1995 Considering that the active coders on the scene at the moment should be the guys (and girls) bringing us die next generation of Amiga games, it's a trifle disappointing that they don't pay more attention to design and entertainment value. Co on guys, technical prowess isn't everything.
PICK OF THE PARTY 4 INTROS DEMO COMl’If AT ION By_The Silents PD library _Mon PD No of disks _One Price_£1 plus 50p p&p Avid collectors of demos and those interested in the scene either through observation, aspiration, or emulation, will lie pleased to see this disk.
Rather than waste time and expense on a demo that may be a duffer, this disk offers 11 intros from demos which graced Tlw Party 4. Titles are as diverse as Yul Bnnner Bin A Skinhead to Slrllrr Prvrrls Hills.
The usual overworked routines are in here, everything from fractal landscape fly-throughs. To plasma routines, to animated image warps.
There's certainly enough to keep you mildlv interested and possible even enough to inspire you.
Any demos which take your fancy are easv enough to find through any of the leading Public Domain houses.
Placidlv recommended.
LAST LAP GAME By_Stephen Greener (Sublime Software) PD library_MBS No of disks _One Price 99p per disk plus 50p p&p Top-down racing game, Ijisi Ijip.
Should be a testament to Sublime Software's manv abilities. 1 say should be. Because there are a couple of fundamental Haws in the control svstem mm$ + mml*i _________ Chaneques is quite possibly one of the most addictive games reviewed in PD Select. Written in AMOS, it proves that design and original thought count for more than polygon shifting.
So, accomplishing the set task of completing the levels, and traversing the increasingly difficult terrain, requires varying degrees of co-operation between the three little chums. Oh, and of course, it requires a great deal of lateral and a fair amount of logical thinking on behalf of the player.
In all, Chaneques represents a triumph of character, game design and solid playability over some of the more cosmetic fripperies which seem so important to reviewers in magazines devoted to other systems.
There's plenty of room for improvement both in terms of the puzzles and the control system, but the reaction of the lushest bestest art editor ever seen on Amiga Format summed it all up: "Just one more go Steve, please, please just one more go, I promise I'll only take one more go..." which hinder its undoubted potential to be excellent fun to play.
The first of these is the speed it plays at on an A1200. Las! Dtp is far ten) fast. Minor mistakes are harshly punished with position-losing crashes into the side of the course. And when you try to compensate for this you tend to over-correct and end up just bouncing your wav around the sides.
Some speed options such as Slow, Medium, Fast, and Loony should be on the agenda to add to the game's longevity and to introduce a gradual learning curve to encourage rather than discourage potential plavers.
Which brings us to the actual control itself - jovstick only. It should be made a crime punishable In ridicule not lo include keyboard control with top-down racers. You get much more of a feel for the game -just look at Superspnnl and .Super Skidmarks if you want proof.
Despite this criticism, Last iMp still manages to cut the mustard, albeit in a 'jecsh if only this wasn't so fast" kind of a way. There are 10 courses, with the driver able to choose anv number of laps from one to 99. The circuits are all street races which somehow adds a quaint and believable atmosphere to the whole spectacle.
There's also a two-plaver option which, conveniently, splits the screen, hi two-plaver mode, the game slows down a bit, which actually makes it quite a bit more playable.
Finally, you can play any course or take part in a racing season. In all, this is top-ish fun, although most people I convinced to try their hand at a race threw down their joystick in disgust because the game was too fast for them.
Which is a shame, there's plenty of scope here for some excellent fun.
Hopefully. Sublime will correct the control system, then the Shareware fee of £5 will be more than justified.
PSYCHEVAL GAME By_Ben James PD library_NBS No of disks _One Price _99p plus 50p pisfp Fans of Team 17's Alien Breed series are going to cock their pistols and unclip their gun belts in glee at the appearance of this Shareware game. If the one-level demo accurately reflects the rest of the game, then the fiver registration fee will probably be one of the lies! Investments you've ever made for your Amiga.
All the familiar Breeds elements are in here - sinister, man-type creatures patrolling the levels, spare amino dotted around the place, mcdikits, consoles to log on to, and a particularly strange floor design which makes fetching a cup of tea a real bind for the inhabitants. The automatic machine pistol used in the demo level has a satisfying high velocity sample attached to it, and it makes a bloody mess of anything unfortunate enough to get in its way. What more could you want?
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TV PAINT 3 94 TecSoft have finally updated their top-of-the-line paint package. TV Paint 3. It's got even more features and is just as powerful as ever. But can it compete with the best of the rest?
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Image processing is one ol the most exciting areas of creative Amiga use.
You can build images that are impossible to create using conventional artistic methods and you can turn normal pictures into surreal visions.
Although the Amiga has enjoyed more than its fair share of image processing programs over the years, the battle lor supremacy has traditionally been between ImageFX and ADPto. At the last count (AF65) ImageFX was just ahead, but since then a new contender has appeared in the ground-breaking form of Phologeaiis.
To meet this new challenge and to further beat ADPro into submission Nova Design, the creators of ImageFX. Have now- unleashed ImageFX 2.0. The new version has not undergone any major changes in the interface department, in fact it took me a while lo notice any dillerences from ImageFX I A. It retains a paint package-like layout w-ith a control panel that can be toggled on and oil bv pressing the right mouse button. I he control panel has a row ol tools that includes the usual Flood. Box.
Freehand Draw*. Circle, and Filled Polygon icons you'll lind in most paint packages.
Below this bar is a bank of buttons that perform a variety ol functions depending on which control panel is currently activated. Clicking on one ol these buttons brings up either a requester or a list of options. To the right of these are the selector buttons which are used to determine which of several control panels are displayed.
Continued overleaf Photogenics set new standards for image processing on the Amiga, but now ImageFX has moved back into contention for the top spot with a new version. Graeme Sandiford puts it through its paces.
«“ There are five different ImageFX control panels in all: JULY 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA
• One for using scanners and digitisers.
• A Palette Panel for editing up to 256 colours at once and for
creating ranges.
• The Toolbox Panel is the default panel and can be used for
performing the majority of tasks in the program.
• The Render Panel renders the image currently in die buffer
rather than the preview image that is normally displayed.
• The final panel is for printing images.
One of the most useful differences between this and older versions of the program is the addition of preview images, which, I suspect, was inspired by Photoshop's introduction of die feature. It enables you to have an idea of how your image or brush will appear by creating a small preview image of the changes. While we’re on the subject of small pictures. ImageFX 2 now supports thumbnail images - a feature used by the File Requester to display a small image of the picture the file contains.
Another area of the program s interface that has been re-jigged is the Text Tool. It's now possible to enter several independent lines of text, rather than have your lines wrap automatically. It is even possible to load in ASCII files saved from your word processor.
However, this apparent similarity is quite deceptive because some major additions have been made as well as some overall improvements. One of the major new features is the introduction of natural media drawing modes, which seems to be the latest trend in graphics software.
ImageFX 2 can emulate watercolours, crayons, charcoal, chalk and felt tipis and has Smudge and Fingerpaint modes too.
These last two are quite interesting. The Smudge mode essentially pushes pixels around the screen to simulate smudging wet paint or charcoal with your thumb.
The Fingerpaint mode works in a similar way. By displacing pixels, but includes the active colour in its calculations. This creates a smudged image too. But blends the selected colour into the image.
The Chalk drawing mode simulates its real-world namesake by creating an opaque central spxit of colour and then surrounding this with a halo of separated or crumbly pixels. As with most of the other drawing modes you can adjust how much the selected paint colour is blended with the underlying pixels.
The Charcoal mode is actually quite similar to the Chalk mode. In essence, it works in the same way. Except there is no opaque central spot. To be frank, the result seems more like chalk than the Chalk mode to me. A handy tip in the manual which works quite well is drawing with this mode and then going over it with the Smudge mode. .As well as die Blend and Roughness options, you can also set a pienetration level. This determines the amount of charcoal on the paper.
The Felt Tip mode works in the same way as the Normal mode, but doesn't change the luminance value of pixels.
When using this mode you'll find that passing over the same area creates patches of darkness just as drawing over the same spot with a fell tip or marker would.
The Crayon mode works in a similar way to the Chalk mode, but instead of having a consistent opacity value for its centre it has a variable one. This mode has no options other than the Blend setting.
The Watercolour mode is an interesting one and is, in fact, quite spookily realistic. It duplicates the wateriness of watercolours by applying the colour at full density and then reducing the level of density the further you move the mouse in the same direction. It has two options - Bleed and Resaturation. Bleed controls how quickly the colour's density falls off and Resaturation controls the colour density and how much it mixes with other colours.
The program retains other drawing modes from previous versions including Pantograph, Rub Through. Gradient and others. It also has a few new ones - Mandala creates symmetrical images by dividing the screen into four quarters separated by horizontal and vertical mirrors and there's also the Maximum and Minimum modes that limit painting to areas of the screen that are either darker or lighter than the selected colour, which is very useful when working with gradients.
So what else is new? Well, basically everything - several features have been added and pretty much all the previous ones have been enhanced. There are too many to list in this review, but I'll mention the major changes and refinements.
One of the best new additions is the A utoFX batch processor. When I first saw this I thought, hold on, isn’t that what IMP (ImageFX Multi 1‘mressor) is? After playing around with it for a while and reading the manual. I soon discovered that despite performing similar functions, they are almost complete opposites when it comes to using them.
IMP has always been a little tricky to use and demands a fair amount of knowledge of how ImageFX works. AutoFX is incredibly easy and you can perform most functions with a few button clicks.
However, IMP is the more powerful of the two anti will probably be the choice of IMAGEFX 2 experienced users. Personally. I found AutoFX a lot more convenient.
Another new application is the Brmvser.
This program can l e used to view images and even animations. It closely resembles ImageFXs file requester in appearance and effectively sits between you and ImageFX or Vieu'tek. However, the program is not restricted to merely viewing files, but can be used to execute ImageFX commands and Arexx scripts.
Another Plwtoshop-hko new feature is the improved region controls. A region is part of the screen that can be selected by using a variety of methods. Once selected, it becomes active and any painting action is restricted to this area. In ImageFX 2 it's possible to invert the region, save and load regions. This is a great blessing and should stop many an artist from breaking down in tears when a selection is accidentally lost.
As you might have expectetl from ImageFX there are tons of new convolutions, distortions and effects. Again it's not possible to cover every single one.
So I'll mention some of the particularly outstanding ones.
Wizard Developments 01322 272908 PRICE £189.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2 or above, 2Mb RAM (more is recommended), and a hard drive.
SPEED • • • • Image processing is never a speedy process, but ImageFX 2 is about as fast as it gets.
MANUAL • • • • • Well written with plenty of illustrations, tutorials and an excellent index.
A couple of unique features for a image processor are the Lightning and Lensfiare effects. The Lightning effect is more than just some jiggery-pokery with a lighting bolt-shaped brush. It's actually a complicated system that gives you control over how and where the bolt appears and the result is really quite effective. The Lensfiare feature also gives you a fair amount of control and produces a reasonably passable effect.
On the distortion front there are complex 2D and 3D rotation tools for adding perspective, Pinch and Punch Warping. Dream and Wave effects and a Polar Mosaic distortion.
SERIOUSLY AMIGA JULY 1 995 The list goes on - there are simply loads of new features. Not all of them are immediately obvious or major, but they all augment an already comprehensive image processing system. With all of these new features and the program's existing abilities it's hard to think of anything else that could have been added - well. I suppose a fractal texture-gencrator would have been nice... rZ) One of the best interfaces around makes the program very easy to use.
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Most can’t generate 24-bit images - the last version of the Power scanner managed to produce images of 18-bit quality.
A 24-bit, colour, hand-held scanner for under £200? Graeme Sandiford gets on the case.
A slow scanning rate. This means that you have to pull the scanner more slowly which makes the job twice as difficult. The Power scanner has quite a fast scanning rate so it's fairly easy to scan at a consistent and relatively fast rate.
Unlike previous versions of the scanner there are no controls on the head for the dpi. Colour or scanning modes.
The only dial is for the lightness and darkness of the scan - everything else is controlled through the software. The width of the scanner is 104mm, which is about average, so if you want to scan anything wider, you'll either have to turn it sideways or make more than one pass.
The scanner is capable of scanning in several different modes and resolutions. In Continued overleaf e Power Computing have now gone one better by producing a hand-held scanner capable- of scanning images in 24-bit. This really is a big step forward in the scanner market because it gives Amiga users on a tight budget (this scanner only costs £199) access to high-quality images.
The scanner has two main components, the interface which fits into your Amiga's parallel port and the scanning head. In terms of ergonomics the physical design of a hand scanner is more important than a flatbed. With a flatbed you more or less just chuck whatever you w-ant scanned on to it and do the rest from ihe software supplied. With hand scanners you have to physically move the scanning head over whatever you’re scanning.
Because this can sometimes be a laborious and pain-staking task, using a poorly designed hand scanner is like a form of medieval torture - if you manage to scan an image without any distortions or glitches, you'd be burnt at the stake for being a witch.
Thankfully, the Power Scanner has heen well designed and fits snugly into your hand so you can quite happily pull it across a surface without having to apply too much pressure. Another thing that can also make hand scanning real drudgery is « the colour modes it is possible to scan lip to a maximum of 200dpi (dots per inch) and in the mono and greyscale modes, up to 400dpi.
The software interface is still quite simple and easy to use. It’s divided into several screens or menus that can be accessed by pressing on one of the buttons in a bank along the bottom of the screen.
The file menu can be used to save and load images and can also load and save images that have been stored in the Amiga's clipboard. Three file formats are supported IFF, GIF and 24-hit IFF - although it would have been giiod to have hail support for the JPEG format because it's by far the most popular 24-bit format.
The scan menu can be used to control just about every factor of the scan you're going to make. You can set the size of the area to be scanned by defining ils width and height, which can be expressed in millimetres, pixels or as lOihs of an inch.
Resolution can now also lie set from here as well as the scanning mode. A handy gadget displays the amount of memory the scan is likely to take up - so you don't get too carried away and crash your machine through lack of memory.
The program also has extensive printer controls. It has support for colour correction, smoothing and density control and you can choose the methods you want to use for scaling, dithering and shading the picture that is being printed. You can also print out a negative image and print it vertically or horizontally.
POWERSCAN PROFESSIONAL 4 The software features some limited image processing features which can be used to improve and re-size your scanned images. One of the Process menu's most useful features is its colour correction sliders with which you can adjust the image's RGB, brightness, contrast and colour salues.
The rotation tool is handy if you've scanned an image sideways and you can change the image format by adjusting its colour-depth and atld one of several dithering patterns. The only important feature that is missing is a Gaussian blur.
This is a shame because a good Gaussian blur can work wonders on scans with moire patterns.
To complement the program’s image processing abilities there's an Edit panel which has many of the tools you'd find in a paint package. The program also has a Zoom tool and Preferences panel.
The scanner's manual is very good and goes to great lengths to explain how the scanner works and how to get die besi results. The manual is well written and lucid, and even has an element of light relief thanks to the humorous quotations that are sprinkled throughout.
Overall the PowerScan 4 offers outstanding value for money and produces images of fantastic quality - I can already see all the Amiga artists and DTP users leaping with joy. 'If Power Computing 01234 273000 PRICE £199 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2.04 or higher and 2Mb of RAM.
In » t 3 SPEED • • • • • The well made and ergonomic design helps produce high-quality images - and quickly.
MANUAL •• • • • Excellent. Explains all you need to know about the hardware, software and more besides.
As many features as you can fit on to a hand-held scanner.
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Graeme Sandiford investigates... tfl 3 0 5 HI (A TV Paint has been one of ihe top-of-the-range painting packages on ihe Amiga for some years now. And is considered by some to he second only in terms of features to OpalPainL But TV Paint has never been in competition with the likes of Deluxe Paint- at least not in terms of popularity. The main reason for this is that TV Paint has only been available for 24-bit graphics boards. This is because it is a true-colour painting program, which means it's capable of painting in more than 16 million colours, and requires a graphics board, so its main
competition is from Opal Paint and DCTV Paint.
Where 7Y Paint has one clear advantage over these programs is that it is not lied to a single 24-bit board, but can be used on Amigas equipped with the EGS, 1 iarlequin. Retina and Picasso II boards.
In » * Another factor that distinguishes 7V Paint from your average paint package is its price which is about 10 times that ol most programs. The reason for this is that il is a tool aimed at the professional artist.
The program offers features and power that are simply not available in programs below the £200 mark.
Before I go on to review TV Paint, I'd like to get one major gripe off my chest.
Why on earth hasn't the program been made AGA-compatible? As Brilliance and other programs have proved, you can produce a satisfactory representation of 24-bit images using the AGA-chip set's HAMS modes. Personally. I've never encountered any palette-related problems.
If TV Paint was AGA-compatible and cost about £250 to £300.1 think a lot more copies would be sold.
So what is it that makes 7VPaint so special, what features does it have that you won't find in an average paint package?
Well, the two main features are the layering ability and transparency function.
Applied separately these are powerful enough, but when they are combined their potential is staggering.
It took me quite a while to get my head around how the layers worked. I spent ages trying to figure how to vary the transparency of areas of the current layer so that others would show through.
Eventually, I ended up kicking myself quite vigorously when I found out how simple the layers are to use. The manual actually explained this feature quite well, (although finding this explanation was another matter entirely) by describing each of the three layers as a sheet of glass on to which you can apply paint.
These sheets of glass can then be placed on top of each other and effectively combine the layers of paint. All of the paint on the sheet that's on top of the pile shows through. You can also see the paint on the second laser that is not obscured by the paint on the level higher, and so on. In practice this means that it's best to start drawing on the middle layer so that you can add paint in front of. And behind, what you’ve drawn.
You might be thinking: big deal, you can stick three pictures together. But there is a lot more lo this feature than simply combining images. Because they are separate entities, you can change elements of an image independently. So, if you draw a landscape scene you could make changes to a maximum of three elements independently. If you draw some trees and then decide you don't like them, you don't have to scrap the whole picture but just the layer you don’t want.
Iques from one of the yers and relies on the te the beams of light.
It is also possible to scrape off paint to allow the layer beneath to show through.
This is great for producing all sons of effects such as text-based logos where the letters can be used to cut through to a layer underneath with a texture, thereby giving the text the appearance of being made of another surface.
Transparency is another powerful, hut relatively simple tool. TVPainl has 256 levels of transparency which means that a pixel can be completely opaque, transparent or one of the 256 levels in Ik-tween. However, transparency levels can also be applied to a brush by using the Density Ranges tool.
This can be used to give the shapes you draw areas of varying opacity.
Normally when you draw a filled shape it is filled with a solid colour, but with the density controls set. The fill follows the same pattern of densitv from this t H l's window. Using the window, you can set the highest point of density by clicking on it - tin- pixels gradually become less and less dense the further away they are.
The shape of the density, or the way it falls off. Is controlled bv two curves one for the X axis and the other for the Y. These can be altered independently or together and either one can be turned off completely. There are several pre-set density patterns that are ideal for creating stars, glows and beams of light.
These two powerful features can be combined with a selection of different drawing modes to prov ide even more control and a greater variety of effects.
There are 17 drawing modes in all and you can easily select different ones by using functions keys to toggle between tlu-m.
One of the most interesting modes is Stamp, which acts like a rubber stamp with brushes. Normally when a brush is cut from an image, it retains its colour. In Stamp mode the brush takes on the colour of the selected colour.
Replace is another useful mode. When drawing with this mode only the colour information is changed not the densitv.
This means that it can be used as a mask because it only changes areas that have already been painted on.
Continued overleaf • We just had to print this charming picture!
There are three layers in use - one for the rhant's K. Tlte Pantograph mode is the same tool that's known in olher programs as a Cloner. It uses information from surrounding areas of the screen to make undetectable changes to an image. This is ideal for removing parts of an image and adding new elements seamlessly.
Erase doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting mode, but when used with the Density tool and a background image it can produce very smooth fading effects.
The Behind mode works in a relatively simple way, but can be extremely useful.
Think of it as the opposite of Replace, because it draw's on areas of the screen ¦hat are blank.
71'Paint's arsenal doesn't end there, it also has a range of image filters. Although to show the ibis a feature dial is normally associated with image processors, this ability adds even more depth to the program's range of features. A welcome addition is the ability to apply these filters to a limited area by using the Swap Layer as a source.
V Paint 3 has the usual filters you'd expert lo find in an image processor, but there are also a few unusual ones. Bump uses the density values in the Swap Layer to create bumps in the current layer. I bis works in a similar way to an elevation map in a 3D program and even has a light source that can be moved.
Another interesting 71’ Pain! 7 filter is Shadow which (unsurprisingly) draws a shadow on the current layer. Again, you can determine the position of the light source, and you can also control the distance of tlte shadow, its smoothness, colour and power.
There's also a range of keying filters including chroma, colour, and luma keying. The program has extensive support for Altexx w hich enables TV Paint to be controlled externally and create scripts.
The scripting feature is useful for performing a variety of tasks, from simple colour correction to the application of complicated filters.
But it** not just TV Paint Ts lengthy list of features that make it a fantastic artist's tool, it's the power and an almost undetectable smoothness of operation that set it apart from most other paint packages. The only areas that I thought could be improved upon are having unlimited layers, as in Photosliofi 3.0. and an index in the manual. 'If DISTRIBUTOR TV PAINT 3 Emerald Creative Technology 0181 7158866 PRICE £499.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS EGS, Harlequin, Retina or Picasso II graphics board. 8Mb of memory and an 030 processor.
SPEED • • • • • Uncannily fast even while performing complicated tasks.
FEATURES • • • • • More features than can be considered natural for a paint package.
VALUE • • • Although it's a professional package it would still benefit from a price drop.
MANUAL Nothing stunning, but it covers most of the program's features - could do with an index though.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Despite not using a standard interface TV Paint 3 is easy to use and makes good use of keyboard short cuts.
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Another pseudo device is die RDT: (Remote Data Transmission) drive. This can be used to copv disks to a remote location either by null modem or through a phone connection. Although the manual insists that the benefit of this feature is its simplicity, its efforts al explaining how to use it were more than a little vague.
However, the null modem option might Although Discology's interface may seem a little cluttered at first it is really quite intuitive.
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If there is one thing that I really hate doing it's preparing the magazine's Coverdisks, particularly the Subscribers’ Superdisk. It's not compiling the disks that gets me down, but duplicating them - I have to make a couple of copies to send to the disk duplicator, a copy for the editor and two for myself. If anything needs changing then I have to go through the whole process again.
So, you can imagine how relieved 1 was when Siegfried Diseidngs arrived for review - especially because it turned up just before 1 started on the Coverdisks. Discology is intended lo lie the most fully-featured disk copier around anti at £39.99 it had better lx-! One clear advantage it should have over the competition is that its virus checking abilities have been programmed by the same folk who created Siegfried .1 nlivint.s Professional, At first look the program's interface appears a little jumbled and confusing, hut it’s surprisingly easy to use considering the number of functions that are
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The majority of the screen is taken by the what the manual calls the copy grid, hi its centre is a column of drive-selection gadgets that give you access to the source and destination drives.
On either side are the grids that display the progress of the copying.
Beneath them arc the function gadgets which can be used to copy, format and check disks, and below this row of gadgets is the information window which is only available to PAI. Users.
In the right hands, disk copiers are valuable tools. Graeme Sandiford puts this latest offering to the Amiga Format test.
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This next feature is a bit of a controversial one. Diseologs has a hardware copv function that uses an adaptor to copy hardware-protected disks. Although it works quite well, except with Power Computing’s PC 880B external drive, it does raise the old question of whether or not such an abilitv has any legitimate use especially because many game companies replace faulty disks, so there should lx- no need to back them up.
Despite this controversy, Siegfried Disrotogs is an incredibly feature-laden disk copying system and a program that will certainly help me immensely in the production of this magazine. O SPEED • • • • Impressive. Discology is very fast using most copying modes.
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Graeme Sandiford checks out a new software package that could make life easier if you've got an Amiga with a CD-ROM drive.
The major barrier to the other machines in the .Amiga range using CD32 games is not being able to boot from a CD- ROM drive. Although some of the newer CD drives, especially for the A1200, are now coming with CD32 emulation software, many of the earlier drives for big-box machines have lacked this option, which is of most use to A4000 owners.
CDBoot it a new software package from Germany that enables owners of any CD drive-equipped Amiga to boot from CD-ROM. It also enables you to save game positions lo floppy and even hard disk - as long as saving game positions is supported by the game.
Installing CDBoot is simple because it uses Commodore's (at least I think it's still Commodore's) Installer program. You have three main options - to install CDBoot to hard disk, remove CDBoot or to copy your file system to floppy. This third option means that every time you boot from this disk the Amiga switches to the CD-ROM drive as the bool device. If you choose to have the software installed to hard disk you are given the option to have the software ask before booting whether or not to boot from CD, or you can select automatic booling from CD.
CD games, such as Beneath A Steel Sky.
That make use of non-volatile memory can now save their game position to floppy or hard disk by using CDBoot.
Once the program has been installed, depending on the options you chose, each time you boot the machine with a bootable CD-ROM inserted you’ll be asked whether you wish to boot from it. Clicking on Yes loads die game or boots up from the bootable disc.
The program also includes joypad emulation, so you can emulate the CD32’s joypad through a combination of keyboard and joystick. CDBoot uses configuration files to determine which settings should be used with which games and because these files are in ASCII format, you can easily create your own by typing a description similar to the following line: code “Button_blue = F2” This defines the F2 function key to act as a replacement for the CD32 controller's blue button. You can also specify keys to act as the direction buttons on the pad.
That's about it really, it works and enables you to play CD32 games if you own an A1200 or A4000. The real question is whether it's really worth £25. I'd have to say that it probably isn't. The only thing you couldn't do yourself by means of some changes to your startup-sequence is the control pad emulation.
While it's true that this provides a neater and more flexible solution, a price of about £15 would be more reasonable. In the end it depends on the price you put on the convenience. C5 PD Soft 01702 466933 CDBOOT 1.
PRICE £24.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2.0 (Workbench 3.0 and an A1200 or A4000 with hard disk recommended) SPEED • • • • • Couldn't be easier to set up and use - simply run the installation script and then stick a disc in.
MANUAL • • • • It's not too heavy going and everything is relatively clear.
Although the joypad emulation is useful, most A1200 drives now come with full emulation software.
VALUE • • • • Does the job well enough, but is a tad on the expensive side. It's for people who don't want to get their hands dirty altering their startup-sequence.
“Certainly a useful utility for big-box Amigas, but one that's a little overpriced.” 83% i ne ran x Kise in Frame Grabbing.. The revolutionary ProGrab™ 24RT with Teletext is not only the best way to get crisp colour video images into your Amiga, it actually costs less than any of its rivals. This real time, PAL-SECAM-NTSC*, 24-Bit colour frame grabber digitiser has slashed the price of image grabbing on the Amiga, and at the same time has received rave reviews for its ease of use and excellent quality results.
ProGrab™ has received honours from just about every Amiga magazine!
And... with ProGrab™ you needn't be an expert in Amiga Video Technology either... A simple 3 stage operation ensures the right results - Real Time, after time.
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Select any video source with composite output. This could be your camcorder. TV with SCART output, satellite receiver, domestic VCR player or standard TV signal passing through your VCR player the choice is yours.
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cannot be beaten' Unlike most CD-ROMs for users of 3D
programs, this disc is not just the usual assortment of Public
Domain objects. 111 fact, a large number of the objects have
been created by German 3D guru, Tobais Richter.
Those of you who are familiar with Tobais' work, will not be surprised to discover that most of the objects he has created are spaceships from popular sci-fi films and TV series. Among the objects you'll find such classic vessels as The Enterprise, the Deep Space 9 Station, The Dealhstar, an imperial shuttle, all of the TIE fighter models, the X-wing and Y-wing, VRProbe from SeaQuest DSV, Darwin The Dolphin, a Correlian Corvette and the Millennium Falcon. The objects are supplied in three formats - Imagine, The Light Works PDSoft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £34.99 Cinema 41) and Hejlertions.
As well as these examples of Mr Richter's 3D prowess Uicre are some PD models too. The subjects that these cover are a bit more varied, although the quality is not as high. Being a fan of the Battletech books and games 1 was pleased to discover several of the Merh robots in the copious robots directory.
However, this disc is not all robots and spaceships, there's an anatomy section, a collection of animals and eran... some Star Vvnrs objects loo.
As well as the objects. The Tight Works disc includes some useful textures and several animations. It also features a demonstration version of the Maxon Cinema 41) rendering software, although it's all still in German. O “An absolute must for all sci-fi fans and lovers of giant robots.” 92% Amiga Tools 2 PD Soft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £24.95 This interesting CD-ROM from Germany contains all manner of utilities that should be of interest to most serious Amiga users. You'll find a huge selection of useful things including CompuGraphic fonts, virus killers, networking tools, Internet software,
pictures, crunchers, disk tools, demo versions of several commercial programs, databases, a copy of MUI and that demo version of Maxon Cinema 40 that makes an appearance on just about every German CD-ROM.
One of the fascinating finds on this disc is the demo version directory. Not only does it contain demonstration versions of programs it also has some example objects from the Light ROM CD, example images produced with ImageFX and a demo of Dpaint V. Another surprisingly interesting directory is the database drawer. It has all the usual video and CD cataloguing programs, but also includes some particularly innovative tools. For example, there's a useful route planing program and one called Amiga World that contains loads of information on just about every country on the planet.
On a related subject, the disc also features the Internet Database of films. The inclusion of this database is an excellent example of making good use of the storage capacity of CD-ROMs, because it is almost 27Mb in size. £ “It's yet another brilliant CD-ROM from Germany.” TGV Animation CD 17Bit Software ¦ 01924 366982 ¦ £14.95 “There are some great animations, the trouble is finding them.” 86% After taking a look at the excellent Amiga Tools Cl), I was expecting something special from this disc because it was compiled by the same people.
It will come as no surprise that the TGV Animation CJ) contains nothing but computer-generated animations. The files on the disc come from all over the world and some of them include the author's E-mail address. So if you want contact them to express your appreciation or to offer them work, you can.
The animations vary greatly in quality and, in all honesty, the majority of them really aren't that good. Most of the animations are raytraced, but there are a few digitised and hand-drawn ones and there are plenty of examples of what unimaginative people can do with 3D Studio - plenty of reflective balls and so on.
The animations arc stored in several different formats including IFF anim, Fl.l and MPEG. The reason for this is that it’s aimed at both the PC and Amiga markets.
However, if you arc willing to sit through a lot of poor animations, you will be rewarded by some real real gems. At just £15 you can't go far wrong. O Hound Meeting Pearls Vol PD Soft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £9.99 Meeting Pearls Volume 2 is another CD from Germany. If you are wondering why there are so many German Cds, apparently a group of .Amiga users get together there every now and again and to celebrate this they release a CD-ROM packed full of goodies.
The thing that distinguishes this collection of Amiga PD from most others is its front-end. It uses the HTMI. Reading program Mosaic, which means it's possible to create documents that contain images, sounds and even links to other documents.
Putting this together must have taken a considerable amount of effort, but the 83S“ Tbis the main menu for the front-end of Meeting Pearls Vol II which uses Mosaic.
Result is worthwhile because you can easily search for files - and it looks good. But it means you really need Workbench 3.0 or greater to get the best out the interface.
The files on the disc cover pretty much every area of Amiga computing, including disktools. Graphics utilities, pictures, Cornms software, demos and games. The movie database makes another showing on this CD loo, but this time it's a whopping 36Mb in size. The disc also contains a demo version of HraHI) v2.
Eric Schwartz fans will be kept happy because all of his animations have been included in the animations directory - in fact, almost all of the animations in the directory are from Eric, which makes a change from 3D rendered spaceships.
There's also 17Mb of f ractal imagery and a koro Mi * ¦ |«|Crr«I?|'yl ®Jh£u M±JPiyol5l
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Substantial number of text, AmigaGuide and HTML-formatted documents covering everything from Amiga FAQs to humorous conversations.
Meeting Pearls 2 is the connoisseur's choice of PD CD-ROM. A lot of hard work has been put into the interface and its contents are well-balanced. O “The quite splendid front-end makes this collection a real Joy to use” 90% Commodore sold at last!
After a year of uncertainty for the Amiga, Commodore International has finally been bought by Escom.
Check out the news pages in this issue for a special report of the sale of Commodore International to German PC manufacturer, Escom.
Perfect Print We look at 13 new printers in our Supertest.
Choosing a printer is not just a question of the right price for your pocket, because you also need to know which one will provide the right quality of printing for your particular needs. So we asked our word processing and DTP expert. Larry Hickmott to put a whole load of new printers through rigorous tests to help you decide which printer is the best value for you. You’ll find the results in Amiga Shopper July 1995!
Disks On Coverdisk 1 this month we have a special time-limited version of Digita’s brand new Organiser. This Filofax-style program is essential if you want to keep track of important appointments, birthdays and telephone numbers.
And on ShopperChoice there’s an exclusive demo of the brilliant Twist 2 database, plus the Assembler, C and Photogenics tutorial files.
July issue 51 On sale Riesday, 30th May SERIOUSLY AMIGA JULY 1 995 h :01348??J REPROGRAMMING THE CLASSICS Helios are supplementing their tutorials with a range of arcade classics, the first of which is Defender. As well as. Hopefully, being great games in their own right you will be able to reprogram them yourself.
Two versions exist For £15 you get a version with the major parameters in a text file, so you can rebuild the game to be faster, have more evil aliens and so on.
For £25 you get the full source code, so you can re-write the entire game if you like.
This is actually a very good idea, although £25 may be a bit steep for the full source code.
: PRINTNAME MoveCursor PrlntNick This is an exaggeration, but you can see the structured approach. The commands are stored in the HeliOS vocabulary, so you don’t really need to create libraries and so on, because you can simply load in commands that you have defined earlier to perform common tasks.’ HeliOS has the advantages of an interpreted language, because you can ntn a program from within the environment or compile it to a standalone file. On the downside, the information is provided on-line. To find out what a command does, you have to type il in and invoke the on-line help (or print out
the help file).
Some of the help is not that helpful, but the tutorials provided on disk are good.
The development interface can have three different environments open at HeliOS 6 has more features than Mount Rushmore. But the program editor has a few quirks.
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Most people learn to program, or al least they used to, in some variant of BASIC.
Unfortunately, BASIC isn't the ideal way to learn what is now considered to be ‘proper’ structured programming. You can write clean, structured applications in modern BASIC* such as Blitz, but you can also be very lazy.
Languages which help you think in a more logical way help you progress from writing software to actually writing good software. FORTH is a language which tends to get overlooked in this respect - unjustly so. As veterans of the Jupiter Ace will no doubt recall, in a misty-eyed kind of way.
HeliOS 6 is in fact FORTH, updated for mid 90s Amiga people. FORTH is a language in which programs are written by stringing together a series of commands - nothing new in that, but in FORTH you can make up your own commands. This makes for very structured programming, which would please my old maths teacher.
Ralph Sutter.
In particularly difficult algebra questions, he would say: “Veitch, what is the answer?" And I would say: "Obviously, the answer is x.” and then he’d say "McClcan. What is x?" And so I’d cunningly avoid having to do any work at all. And poor McClean had a very bad time of it.
This is very like FORTH. To write a program to print your name in the middle of the screen, you could create the program in one line: Mick Veitch goes FORTH and attempts to multiply with this new development of an old programming language.
: DRNMIOV SCRCLR Clear screen TOPLCrTX D TOPLCrTY 9 Bom X and Y offsets ODUP Duel.cate coordlnat HEIGHT 9 ? Rdd box height WIDTH 9 UNDER* Rdd box uldth COLOUR • let box colour 6FXSETRPEN Set box colour A typical listing. Tha syntax may seem strange at first, but it's all very straightforward when you get used to it.
Load nacros Sava nacroa Sava nacros as Salats single nacro Claar nacros PRINTNAME ill i Now all you have to do is define what the command PRINTNAME does: Bet Include svnbol value f*1 Rdd user Include synbol RH Sava user include as RN Delete user include s sbol ltH Edit ins lo.d S.v, Cut T.*:. 0,1(on.
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Stuck: oipty Session: 12 once. There is also an output environment which either lists errors found while trying to compile or run your efforts, or displays any output from the program itself.
The editor is solid enough, and has some very advanced features, such as macros, symbols and split windows - a bit like a mini version of that old favourite.
CygnusFJ). Some aspects are exasperating - like having to double-click and drag to mark a block of text - what’s wrong with a single click? But you could always write your code in a text editor and import it.
The code produced by HeliOS is really quite fast and it is safe to say that HeliOS is capable of outperforming AMOS.
Overall, this is an excellent development system, but with some drawbacks. It is essentially FOR TH tailored to the Amiga. It is fast and powerful, but a little pricey considering for £15 less you could get Blitz Basic 2 with loads of examples and a thick manual. 'Zf VALUE • • More expensive than Blitz Basic, but not a high price to pay for a development system.
"HeliOS 6 is fast, well featured and relatively easy to learn.”’ 78% The editor environment is very fast but a little quirky.
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I'm thinking of buying a hard drive for my A1200.
HARD DRIVE DECISIONS I have seen different hard drives advertised, but do not know whether to get an external or internal drive or an external drive that plugs into the PCMCIA slot? I have also seen in your magazine, an advert for software that would enable me lo rim PC software on my A1200. Does this mean that I could play PC games as well?
I also own a CD32, please could you tell me what you think I should do with it - should I sell it and buy a 3DO? Use it for a plant pot? Or, ho, ho, should I keep it and wait for some good software?
Darren Sterio, Neath, I Vest Glamorgan MESSAGE ERRORS I've discovered a few problems concerning my A1200 lately, so I'm writing to you for some advice. I’ve got the following equipment: GVP 1230-2 accelerator board with 4Mb RAM and FPU 68882, 420Mb Conner internal hard disk.
The problems:
1) When I'm booting from my hard disk. I get the same error
message every time: Unable To Open Your Tool
SysrSystem Setmap. The hard disk seems to work fine, so it's
just annoying.
In answer to your first question, there is little point in adding a hard drive to to your PCMCIA slot when you can add one internally. One of the main reasons is that it's a lot tidier. This option prorides you with greater expansion possiblilies, especially now the Squirrel is available because it enables you to connect any SCSI device via the PCMCIA port.
I suspect the software you are referring to is PCTask, now in version 3. If you want to get the full low-down on the product turn to the review in this issue. However, I'll just point out one fact, PCTask is a 286 emulator and the majority of the new games, most certainly the best ones, have a minimum requirement of a 386-based PC. Because it's a software emulator you can also expect most programs to run slowly and because some programmers are notorious for using nonstandard code in their games there is a high possibility of incompatibility.
As for the CD32 v 3DO dilemma, I reckon the CD32 would make a much better plant pot than the 3DO. The pull-out tray on the 3DO is going to be of very little use for holding plants of any size.
WHAT'S A CCO:?
I own an A1200 with 127Mb hard drive and a Zappo CD-ROM and the CCO: will not lock (so Ami-Back says) when I try to back up my hard drive. I would like to know exactly what a CCO: is and does, because I can’t find any mention of it in Continued overleaf e I've tried to run the hard disk through my Quarterback Tools, and I've checked files for the Setmap-File, without luck. I've also checked my Startup-Sequence and User-Startup. Hope you have some advice.
2) I'm about to invest in a database. Your magazine seems to be
short of database tests, don't you agree? Or even better, a
comparing test of all or most of the existing databases.
Thanks for a splendid and informative magazine.
Peter Thanning Jacobsen, Copenhagen, Denmark Extra drive 2 ( 3.5in 5.2Sin) as DF: manufacturer
1. 1 suspect you already know this, but the Setmap command has
been done away with in Workbench 3 and is no longer required.
I'm afraid I can’t tell what is requesting this file on your hard disk, but look out for the older programs first. You might want to try moving programs out of your Wbstartup drawer and then try placing semi-colons at the start of lines in your startup- sequence that contain commands to execute a certain program at bootup.
Details of other hardware:
2. We reviewed Final Data (70%) and Datastore (88%) in issue 69
and Twist 2 (91%) in AF72. If you want a fairly basic database
program you'd be well-advised to go for Datastore. If you want
a bit more power or are feeling patriotic then go for Twist
(Twists programmer is Danish too).
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30 Monmouth Street Bath. Avon BA1 2BW Your Amiga: C A500 O A500 Plus C A600 O A1000 O At 200 O A1500 C A20O0 C A3000 O Kidutart version: O u o u Workbench revision: O 12 O 13 C 2.04 2.05 O 2.1 O 2.x O 3.x O 13J O 33) Total memory fitted Chip memory availab Extra drive 11 ( 3.Sin S.25in) as DF: manufacturer.
MOST EXCELLENT Thanks for the Death Mask and Allen Breed 3D demos on the AF71 Coverdisk. I haven't the words to convey their excellence - no, hold on. Excellent.
Yes I have, they were excellent. Anyway. I've got two questions for you:
1) I intend to buy Alien Breed 3D when it appears.
However, I have both an A1200 - with one of those Blizzard thingies which adds 4Mb of RAM and has its clock doubled, you know what I mean?
Yes you do - and a CD32 - with its special chip and stuff. Which will the game be better on?
2) Nice piece on serial links, but - you can see this one coming,
can't you? - what about linking CD33s with other Amigas? I
have the Network CD and cable (which goes into the Aux socket
on the CD33). Any chance of linking via this? If so, how?
R Millington, All Saints, Wolverhampton
1. Now, this is an interesting question. Although I wouldn't
consider myself a games expert. I'd be glad to give you my
humble opinion. By 'special chip and stuff I take it you mean
the Cdi3,s AKIKO chip. This chip is great for moving large
sprites about extremely quickly - which makes it ideal for
those games with large sprites, such as platform games and
shoot-em-ups with those big end-of-level baddies.
However, games like Alien Breed 3D and many other 3D games are extremely processor-intensive because it takes an awful lot of raw computational power to work out all of the distances, the collisions and so on in real-time.
Unfortunately, the CD33 is somewhat hampered in this department by the lack of Fast memory. Your A1200 with its Blizzard thingie' gives you some Fast memory and probably has an accelerator of some description.
The addition of Fast memory alone gives the machine a speed boost but with an FPU as well the game will probably run a lot faster on your A1200.
2. You certainly can link your CD33 to another Amiga.
You've already got the Network CD and the cable, so all you have to do is plug in the cable and then install either Sernet or Twin express (just follow the instructions on the disc).
Any of the manuals supplied with the Amiga. Your advice would be of great help because the warranty runs out soon.
FcSs ST Morton.
Markfield. Leicestershire CCO: is an AmigaDOS device - just like DFO:. RAD:, HD1: and RAM:. This device is for the PCMCIA or credit card slot on your A1200. It can be used to format PCMCIA cards as disks, which can be quite handy if you have some large files you want to transfer to another A1200 or A600. Just click on Cancel to continue and select your drive.
PACKING TROUBLES Every time I try to decompress any of the files on the Subscribers' Superdisks, 1 get the message Can’t Open Your Toohc iconx. I have tried using the fix supplied in the March 94 issue of Backstage.
When I try this and then attempt an unpack, the Amiga asks for the Workbench disk. When this is inserted, the drive engages and then the message Can't Open Your Toohc iconx reappears. Where and what is the c iconx file? 1 have an A500 Plus with Workbench 2.04. Hugh Mackie, Stenhousemuir. Larbert Oh dear. I'm afraid we forgot to put iconx on the disk, but you'll be glad to hear that it's been included on this month's Subscribers' Superdisk.
In answer to your second question, put simply iconx is Workbench's script-handling tool which enables you to create scripts that perform AmigaDOS commands. The icon you click on to unpack the file has a default tool of :c iconx.
START ME UP
1) How can I make an executable script, like a batch file (I
think) on the PC? Startup-sequences aren't executable from
Workbench, but I want to make a script like a startup-sequcnce
so it could do several tilings one after another without
having to type in each one in turn from the Shell.
2) I have the screen saver Garshneblanker. When I put it in the
startup-sequence, the window comes up every time I boot up. I
then have to click on Hide. Is there any way I can make it
hide automatically (there is no documentation on the disk).
Presumably, if there is a way of making the window hide automatically, it would work for any window, wouldn't it?
3) What is the best Public Domain screen blanker or saver (I have
an A1200 with an 030 accelerator?
4) What is the best Public Domain Directory Opus clone in terms
of ease of use and power?
Nick Donnelly, Ely, Cambs
I. It's funny you should ask about writing scripts, aside from
being one of the coolest parts of the Amiga’s Operating
System, another reader has written in with a tip for
installing the Word worth AKCoverdisk from AF70 to hard disk
and has covered this subject. Take a look at his letter
(Wordworth AFC HD?, on the facing page) for detailed
instructions.
However, I’ll briefly explain the basics.
Essentially, you must create a text file, type in the commands as you would in Shell and save it as an ASCII tile. Next, select its icon from Workbench, select Information from the icons and enter its default tool as c:iconx. Oh yes. You'll have to type cndcli on the final line to close the window after the script has finished.
2. I don't know what version of Carshnerblanker you're using, but
I had a look at version 3.6. All you need to do is change one
the program's tooltypes. To do this select Carshnerblanker’s
icon (it is probably in your Wbstartup drawer), get the
information on it, select the tooltype CX_POPCP=YES and change
it to CX_POPL’P=NO.
3. Deciding which is the best screenblaker to go for boils down
to the modules that come with it.
For my money. I'd go for Superdark - among its modules it has an animation player which can play iff animations.
4. There reallv isn't very much to choose between the various
Public Domain file managers, but Filer is pretty good.
SAVED BY THE DISK If I add a 2.5-inch hard drive to a CD31 and SX-1 is there any way to save games to this hard drive, or even to a floppy? The limitations on size of the saving memory really bugs the crap out of me because games like UFO and Liberation use up nearly all of the memory.
Andrew Ross, Strathclyde, Scotland It’s funny you should ask that, because I have included a program called CD*1 disksaveron this month's Subscribers' Superdisk. Unfortunately, it doesn’t enable vou to save to a hard disk, but you should be able to save your game positions to floppy quite happily. If you are not a subscriber, you can get a copy from a good PD library. Try OnLine PD. Call them on 01704 834335.
ROM FOR IMPROVEMENT 1 have an Al 200 and a 4Mb RAM upgrade. I also have an 80Mb hard drive. I recently purchased a Power CD-ROM, which was advertised in your magazine, in order to have the world of Cds at my feet. I went out and got a CD52 magazine complete with cover Cds. 1 returned home, switched everything on and loaded a cover CD. And waited.
And waited The CD-ROM did not boot up and will only do so about one in 10 times. Surely this is not good enough considering the amount of money 1 had to pay for the drive?
I have also tried Summer Olympics, Microcosm, Trolls and The Chaos Engine to name but a few, with the same results. Is it because the hard drive is kicking in too soon or what?
J Adams, Co. Londonderry, N Ireland It's a shame you haven't given more information about your set-up. I got in contact with the technical bods at Power Computing (01234 843388) and apparently there have been some incompatibilty problems with the Blizzard 1220 and Hawk expansion units.
ANIMATED DISCUSSION I had a small problem when I was trying to follow one of your tutorials on the Imagine 2.0 Coverdisk.
It's the one from AF57 in which you animate (morph) a Tricera.
Everything went according to plan until I tried to play back the animation and got a requester saying that I cannot display two screens. I used scanline rendering, a laced display (640x512) and IBM 12-bit file format in the parameters for the Rendering Subproject box.
The manual I received when I bought Imagine
3. 0 tells me nothing, so I am left with the small hope you or
anyone else can help - the animation took three hours to
render.
David Courtney, Sydenham, Belfast WORDWORTH AFC HD?
The Wordworth AFC Coverdisk from AF70 is great!
However, when you said it wasn't hard disk installable. I had to disagree. So, for all the owners of hard disks out there, check this out!
1) Make a directory in your Work partition (or whatever you have)
called Wordworth.
2) Copy the contents of the Wordworth AFC Coverdisk to the new
directory on your hard disk.
3) Use a text editor to create the following files:
1. Wordworth-Run-Me Workbendnc moveaya Work: Word worth copy
8Y8:WwFonta ? RAMiWwFOnU ALL Cd SYS: run SYS: Wordworth
2. Wordworth-Finished Workbench:c moveays Workbench: delete
HAM:Wwfonta ALL
4. Use IconEdit to create icons for these two files.
Make them look good by using the icon for the Wordworth program itself. Be sure to save the Icons with the .info tagged on the end, and save them as project icons (use the Type menu).
5. Go to your Wordworth drawer, and select each new icon. Choose
Information... from the Icon menu, and change the default tool
to iconx.
MORE VISTA WOES I have an A1200 with an 85Mb hard drive and a 4Mb RAM expansion. I have two Vista orientated questions which I hope you can help me with.
1) None of the animation Vista Pro 3 produces, be it IFF or
Vista's custom mode VANIM, looks any good because the palette
is different for each frame. Hence, I get an animation with
flashing colours which looks terrible.
Have you got any suggestions for how I can resolve this problem or do you know of any software that I can buy that will display the multi-paletted animation?
2) I have a 4Mb Power 1204 memory expansion, with a 20MHz 68881
floating point unit (FPU). I want to speed up Vista by
purchasing a faster 40 or 50MHz 68882 FPU. Can I replace my
current FPU with any make (such as a Viper FPU) or should I
buy a certain type?
William Cook, Norwich, Norfolk
1. 1 hate to say this, but you could have saved yourself some
grief by reading your manual more carefully because Vista Pro
3 has a palette-locking feature. I suppose this isn’t much
comfort now because you've already rendered your animation.
However, nowadays there are tons of programs that can display palette- switching animations or can lock them for you.
Well David. I've been using Imagine (ot a few years and I've yet to come across this problem. I don’t use Imagine's Movie feature to create animations - I usually render the single files and combine and process them in ADPro or Rtnd24. However, I gave it a go on my machine and it worked fine. A little requester did pop up to tell me only three screens could be opened, although it worked nonetheless.
After checking the manual and finding no mention of this (surprise, surprise) I examined Imagines preferences. In the miscellaneous entries you are able to input a Figure for 'the number of screens to use in Make Movie.' I suspect that you may need to change this figure to three or greater.
However, there is another possibility - you may not have enough RAM. It's a shame you didn’t send us more info about your machine. O
6. That's all! When you want to run Wordworth AFC, double click
on Wordworth-Run-Me. It may also help to set the tool types
for the Wordworth main program to: DOCS=SYS:Documents and
create a Documents drawer in your Wordworth directory. When
you have finished using Wordworth AFC and quit the program and
double-click on Wordworth-Finished to return your system to
normal.
The main Wordworth program looks in SYS: for some things, and won't load if they aren't For example, Viewtek, Personal Paint and Deluxe Paint V can display such animations and ClariSSA, Rend24 and AnimWorkshop 2 can perform the palette-locking functions.
2. You can certainly buy a faster FPU, in fact Power Computing
(it's better to get the FPU from the suppliers of the board)
have FPUs for the PC1204 that go up to 50MHz. However, to get
a real boost in speed you might consider buying a Viper board
because it comes with an 030 processor which speeds it up much
more than just adding an FPU.
There. You could put the required bits in your SYS: (Workbench) partition, but I don't really have the space to spare, and it makes things messy.
Alternatively, if you are sensible and subscribe to AF, you could use FMS Disk from the AFS8 Subscribers' Superdisk to create a small floppy disk-sized partition for Wordworth AFC.
Now a question. On the AF52 Subscribers' Superdisk you gave away DropBox. Unfortunately, it doesn't work correctly. Dropping a new file type on it and choosing to create a new template makes it crash. It also doesn't save (or maybe load) its prefs file correctly, so I can't make it recognise things like .guide files without entering the configuration myself every time I boot up!
Daniel Leong, Eccles, Manchester Thanks for the tip Daniel, unfortunately it will only work for a few readers because your script calls on the command movesys which is not present in the standard Workbench but comes with Quarterback Tools.
However, moving the files to your SYS: directory should work OK (it would be a good idea to add the copy fonts to RAM lines to your user startup). So, we are going to send you an AF sweatshirt for your valiant efforts.
I'm afraid I have bad news on Dropbox - it crashes spectacularly on me as well.
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many users have problems with - installing fonts and clip art.
THE WORDWORTH COMPANION This tutorial is an extract from the book the Wort worth Companion which i has been written to help Wordworth users design anything from I letterheads to leaflets, from newsletters to invitations - and it uses I easy-to-follow tutorials to show you how.
B Written by Amiga DTP expert Larry Hickmott, and with the full support H of Digita International, the Wordworth Companion features many B illustrations that show you just what Wordworth can do - results that you'd normally only expect from dedicated DTP software.
The Wordworth Companion costs £14.99, and is available both in good bookshops and by mail order from Future Books. Tum to page 134 for details.
Before we start, I should point out that installing fonts and clip art can be done via Workbench although the easiest method is to use a file manager such as Directory Opus, Sid or DirWork. We'll look at both methods.
COPYING FILES - WORKBENCH We'll assume that the fonts you'll be installing are Public Domain CompuGraphic fonts. These do not have icons attached but if you have Workbench 2.04 or above, you can choose Show-All Files (Window menu) on your Workbench to reveal all the files on the disk.
To copy the files to a new directory, simply click on one icon, hold down the Shift key and then click on all the other icons you want to copy. Follow this by continuing to hold down the Shift key and then drag the icons into the new directory.
This method can sometimes be difficult because the icons attached to each file take up so much space on Workbench, so my tip is to choose View By - Name (Window menu) and then copy them the same way.
COPYING FILES - FILE MANAGER Many Amiga owners have a file manager in their utility collection and for me, this is the easiest way to copy files from the Public Domain disk to where they have to go. For details of how to use your file manager, see your program's manual. Generally speaking though, all that is required to copy the files in , is to first read into the file manager's list views, the source anti destination files.
Then select the file(s) you want to copy in one list view and press the Copy button so that the selected file(s) are copied to the directory in the destination list view.
INSTALLING INTELLIFONTS ON TO YOUR HARD DISK STEP 1 In your Wordworth drawer is a directory called WwFonts. Inside this is another directory called Intellifont. This the directory to which you need to copy your fonts.
STEP 2 When you have copied all of the files to the Intellifont drawer, you then need to tell Wordworth about them. You can do this with a utility called InstallOutlines. Double-click InslallOutlines using the left mouse button.
A window should appear telling you that the utility is installing the fonts to the Intellifont drawer.
STEP 3 Once InstallOutlines has finished, you are ready to run Wordworth and check out your new fonts.
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You can use Workbench to copy files to the correct place for
Wordworth. Here the Window menu item Show All Files is used to
display all the files in a drawer. The files can be selected
and copied to another drawer.
A file manager such as Directory Opus. Is a useful tool for copying files from one place to another. In this example, we see files being copied from the Ww Companion disk (right-hand list) to the ClipArt drawer in Wordworth's directory (left-hand list).
INSTALLING INTELLIFONTS ON TO A FLOPPY DISK with WortOworth ''mf STEP 1 Before you do anything, get hold of a blank disk and format it so that it's ready for the installation process (refer to your Workbench manual for more information about this). Name the newly-formatted disk WwFonts. Make sure that you remember that name.
STEP 2 Copy the fonts to your new disk WwFonts.
STEP 3 Reset your Amiga with the Word-worth disk. Quit Wordworth, if it is running, and go to Workbench. Place the WwSExtras disk in any drive (Wordworth 3.ISE users should insert the Ww3System disk).
Double-click on WwTools and then single-click on the InstallOutlines icon. Choose Information (Icon menu, Right Amiga I is the short-cut). The first thing you see is a load of pretty intimidating tool types. Click on any of them enclosed in brackets. The brackets mean they are not active. The tool type you clicked on should now appear in Text Gadget on the right of the New and Del buttons.
Click the I-beam at the beginning of the tool type and delete the opening bracket. Now move the I-beam along to the first character after the equals sign. Press the Delete key on your keyboard until all the text after the equals sign has been deleted. Directly after the equals sign, type WwFonts:. Do not forget the colon. Press Return and click Save.
STEP 4 Double-click InstallOutlines. You will be asked for the WwSOudines disk. If you have a second disk drive, place that disk in a second drive leasing Ww3Extras in its drive. Shortly after you place the Ww30utlines disk in a drive, your Amiga should ask, via a system requester, for you to insert WwFonts - your new fonts disk.
Remove the Ww3Extras disk (or the WwSSystem disk for Wordworth 3.ISE users) and place WwFonts in its place. InstallOutlines now goes through the disk, looks at your new fonts and writes a few necessary files to the WwSOudines disk.
This brings us to a very important point and one that many people seem to overlook - when you are installing your fonts remember not to fill the Ww30utlincs disk. Make sure there is always plenty of room for the necessary files to be written to it and place all the new fonts on a separate disk like we have done here.
STEP 5 All of your intellifont fonts should now be successfully installed. When you run Wordioorth, you can see these fonts listed in the various font requesters and the pop-up lists.
INSTALLING CLIP ART ON TO YOUR HARD DISK Wordworth automatically looks in the ClipArt drawer in the Wordworth directory for all pictures and illustrations, so copy any clip art you acquire to Wordworth's ClipArt drawer. Now, whenever you choose the Place Picture option from the Object menu, you should sec your all of your clip art listed in the requester.
INSTALLING CLIP ART ON TO FLOPPY DISK If you don't have a hard disk, you can still install clip art on to your Wordworth 3 floppy disk. It's all very easy - on the WwSExtras disk (Ww3System disk for Wordworth 3. ISE users) is a drawer called ClipArt. It is to here that you should copy clip art.
HOW TO DELETE A FONT WITH WORDWORTH 3.1 Now you know how to install fonts, but what about deleting fonts that you no longer want. A lot of people seem uncertain of how to do this, so just follow these three steps.
• Delete the font file from its drawer (usually the Intellifont
drawer, in the WwFonts drawer).
• Open up the UFST drawer in the WwFonts drawer and choose the
Show All Files option from the Window menu. Delete the Fontlist
file and the files ending in .font and .otag for the font(s)
that you wish to delete.
• Double-click the InstallOutlines kon, in the WwTools drawer
(floppy disk users will find this drawer on the Ww3Extras
disk).
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In the last of our AMOS Professional series of tutorials, Jason Holborn takes a look at some of the routines you simply can't afford to be without.
360 DEGREE MOVEMENT: Moving in any direction is easy with AMOS.
• . ' • 1' • ANIMATED RAINBOW One of the Amiga’s most powerful
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Rem *** Animated Rainbow effect Rem *** By Jason Holbom Screen Open 0,320,256,2,Lowres Flash Off : Curs Off Set Rainbow 0,0,192,"","V” Rem *** Define copper list C0UNT=0 For R=0 To 15 RGB=Val(Hex$ (R)+"00") Rain(0,C0UNT)=RGB : Rain(0,COUNT+l)=RGB C0NNT=C0UNT+2 Next R For R=15 To 0 Step -1 RGB=Val(Hex$ (R)+”00”) Rain(0,C0UNT)=RGB : Rain(0,C0UNT+l)=RGB C0UNT=C0UNT+2 Next R For G=0 To 15 RGB=Val(“$ 0"+Right$ (Hex$ (G),l)+"0") Rain(0,C0UNT)=RGB : Rain(0,C0UNT+l)=RGB C0UNT=C0UNT+2 Next G For G=15 To 0 Step -1 RGB=Val(“$ 0"+Right$ (Hex$ (G), 1 )+"0”) Rain(0,C0UNT)=RGB : Rain(0,C0UTJT+l)=RGB C0UNT=C0UNT+2
Next G For B=0 To 15 RGB=Val(“$ 00"+Right$ (Hex$ (B), 1)) Rain(0,C01JNT)=RGB : Rain(0,C0UNT+l)=RGB C0UNT=C0UNT+2 Next B For B=15 To 0 Step -1 RGB=Val(“$ 00"+Right$ (Hex$ (B),l)) Rain(0,C0UNT)=RGB : Rain(0,C0UNT+l)=RGB C0UNT=C0UNT+2 Next B Rem *** Turn on and animate copper list Do For 0=0 To 191 Rainbow 0,0,0,280 Wait Vbl Next C Loop Writing handler code to move a bob around the screen is simple enough if the direction of movement is restricted to the basic eight directions - north, south, northwest and so on. But how do you move a sprite in any direction? If s quite simple. All you need is the code
below which uses the AMOS trigonometry functions Sin() and Cos().
Tutorial 7 360 DEGREE MOVEMENT PARALLAX STARFIELD Rem *** 360 degree movement routine Rem *** By Jason Holbom Screen Open 0,3SO,256,4,Lowres Flash Off : Cls 0 : Curs Off Load “ filename of your boh bank ” Get Sprite Palette Bob Update Off Double Buffer Autoback 0 Rem *** Add this code at the start of your program Dim 0BJ (4) 0BJ (0)=160 : Rem *** Ship X position 0BJ (1)=128 : Rem *** Ship Y position 0BJ (2)=0 : Rem *** Speed of bob OBJ (3)=0 : Rem **• Angle (0=North) Degree Do Bob Clear Rem *** Update speed of object If Joy(l)and2 0BJ (2)=0BJ (2)-0.1 If 0BJ (2) 0 0BJ (2)=0 End If End If If
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ORDERS W ELCOME El'....Add 25p per disk postage. World.... Add 50p per disk. Why pay more for the same thing' The ultimate Everyone is (still) talking about the Internet.
Richard Baguley gets back to basics and explains exactly how to get there.
You wouldn't expect to be able to move to another country without at least learning the basics of the language. You should at least know how to say: “Which way to the pub please." It's the same when you try to move your Amiga to Planet Internet: it's not going to gel very far if it doesn't know how to talk nicely to other computers.
Computers are more stupid than people, or far more intelligent (depending on which way you look at it), so every computer on the Internet only speaks one basic language: TCP IP.
The Transport Control Protocol Internet Protocol (for that is what it stands for) is the standard which defines how different computers talk to each other. We don't have space to go into all of the intricacies of this standard, but suffice to say that if you are really interested, there are several books the size of small countries which will tell you all you need to know about TCP IP.
Although the ins and outs of TCP IP are, frankly, rather tedious, there is one fact which is worth bearing in mind. TCP lPms designed to be used on practically any form of link, from a null modem lead between two machines to a super-fast satellite link. As far as the software which sends and receives data over the link is concerned, the type of link is completely irrelevant.
All of that is handled by the TCP IP software itself, and the various programs which you use to access the things you find on the Internet (such as FTP archives or IRC servers) work through the TCP IP software without knowing or caring what sort of link you arc working with.
The Amiga, being the polyglot machine that it is, can quite easily speak this language with the assistance of a phrase book. This takes the form of the Amiga version of the software which implements this standard: AmiTCP. This software is available from any good PD company or can be fS Tttle: |FutureNet : Rnlaa Fornat URL: I http I Vwww. F uturenet . Co . UK conput Ing 'anlgaf omat . Hkisl AMIGA FORMAT The world’s biggest-selling Amiga magazine I Welcome to the Amiga Farmer home page, the home of the world's biggest-selling Amiga magazine Thu will soon be a bustling conduit of all sorts of
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Amiga Mosaic in action on Amiga Formats very own World Wide Web page. Who’s that ugly.... people use this as an excuse to pick something wild and wacky. The host name forms part of the domain name, so pick something relevant. For instance, if I was selling up a Demon account, I would probably pick a user name such as richard and a domain name of baggers. These two together would give me an address of richard&baggers.demon.co. uk.
FTP'd from any Aminet server (such as src.doc.ic.ac.uk) in the directory pub aminet comm net The file is called A miTCP-demo-40. Uta AmiTCP has a reputation for being difficult to use. Although it is a fairly complex subject, AmiTCP is, in fact, reasonably easy to get up and running if you know a few basics. It is awash with curious technical terms, but most of these are really pretty simple. See the box headed You're Gonna Get Your Jargon Kicked In for more details. But before you start setting up, there are a few details you will need to know:
• Your user name
• Your host name
• Your domain name
• Your IP address 9 Your netmask The user name is usually picked
by you. This name identifies your machine, although most The IP
address is determined by the service provider. Most of them
have a block of these and merely assign you one from these.
Some service providers use a system called Dynamic Addressing where an IP number is assigned to you when you connect to them.
It is possible to use this with Ami'KP from version 4 onwards, so you should read the documents for more details.
The netmask is decided on by the service provider, although it is usually 255.255.255.0. Frankly, the technical details of netmasks aren't overly interesting or relevant unless you are part of a bigger network which is being connected to the DEMONIC INFLUENCES FTP Directory D Q
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Bwwxmao Chn A little known secret: you can also use the Amiga Mosaic web browser to FTP files.
For some bizarre reason, no service providers are willing to provide support if you are using an Amiga on the Internet. The only one which provides any form of customised software is Demon Internet Services (0181 371 1000), who have a specially customised version of AmiTCP on their FTP server.
This has been adapted so that most of the things mentioned in this article have already been changed for use with their service. It also includes most of the software you need, including a news reader and mail software.
Although it's still being beta tested it does seem to be extremely reliable. I installed it on my machine and within half an hour was up and running. The only thing that needed any fiddling with was the phone number, because they hadn't updated the file for the post-phoneday codes.
This was merely a question of editing a text file, so there's no great shakes in that. You can find this software in the file AmiTCP-DIS95.lha in the directory pub amiga amitcp.
Internet guide COMMS Internet, so most people should be able to type it in and forget about it.
Included with AmiTCPis a special driver called GWCslip. This is the bit which actually handles the business ol dialling up your service provider and connecting, so you should be careful that this is set up correctly. It uses a protocol called SUP (Serial l.me Internet 1‘mtncol) which determines how the link between your computer and the Internet works. There is another, more modem standard called PPP (Point to Point Protocol) which is available, but this isn't included with AmiTCP.
Although it could be added later. The actual method of connection is really irrelevant to the software, although a modem link is slower than a leased line or a fibre optic cable.
Once again, there is another standard for these things. The SANA II standard was defined by Commodore and is used by AmiTCP. This controls how the devices which deal with the actual connection work, although, as far as the user is concerned, the process is pretty much invisible.
AmiTCP uses the standard Commodore installer, so it's very easy to install and every stage has a help file you can read. Just unpack the archive, stick it somewhere and double-click on the Install AmiTCP icon and you're away. The installer asks you for the various bits of information you have collected earlier and a few other questions. Most of these can simply be ignored, but there are a few which should be approached with caution.
It offers to automatically add some lines to your user-startup file which start up the software when you boot up, but for most people this shouldn't be necessary. When you want to link up to the Internet you should just open a Shell, tvpe stnrtnet and link up and your modem should start dialling and connect you to the Internet.
Once you’ve got everything installed and set up, you'll want to test it all out. Assuming that the process of calling up your service provider and logging in goes all right, the best wav to test the software is by doing a ping. Those of you with a nautical background may recognise the phrase.
Submarines send out a sonar ping (a burst of noise) and wait for an echo to tell them what else is lurking in the water.
The Internet ping is much the same: vour Amiga sends a burst of data to another computer and waits for it to echo it back. To do a ping, simply type ping and the name of the machine you wish to ping. You can ping any machine on the Internet, but it's best to try something local. .Ask your service provider what their machine are called, or try something like news.demon.co.uk. or some other machine which you are pretty sure will be up and running most of the time.
If everything is working well with your connection you can get on with other things, but if your ping fails to return vou should go back and check your software set-up before going further.
Incidentally, there is a related command which is rather useful and distinctly educational - Traceroute. If you type tracemute and the name of another machine on the Internet, the software shows you the route that anv information you send to the machine takes and how long each step takes. I did one of these and it informed me that sending a packet of data from West Yorkshire to the Michigan Institute of Technology (MIT) took just under two seconds, so it's somewhat quicker than the postal service. Once you have successfully managed to ping somebody, vou get into the really fun stuff, such as
E-mail, the World Wide Web and the like. The fun starts here... Finally. I should mention one thing. AmiTCP is written and maintained by a rather cool bunch of people at the University Ol Technology in °] M.o.rhbench.. Ran Disk Quant In i - - i
• .*: "Oliver Snith", "Fred Blons*, "Oliver B. Cronut* 1“, Or. Jo
Rtklnson" or "John R. Plunrtdee".
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Hbench tchard Baeulev Proceed 1 Rbort Install 1 Help... 1 Installing AmiTCP is actually pretty simple. It's just a question of entering the right data at the right time.
YOU'RE GONNA GET YOUR JARGON KICKED IN!
The Internet is awash with jargon and technical terms. Here's a few of the more common phrases you are likely to come across and their meanings.
DNS Abbreviation of Directory Network Services. This is effectively the Directory Inquiries of the Internet. Although human beings are great at renumbering names, they aren't as good at remembering numbers. The Internet, however, likes numbers (in the form of IP addresses), so DNS is the way of matching the two. For instance, if you ask Amiga Mosaic to look up the WWW page HTTPrlfWWW.Futurenet.co.uk, it connects to your DNS server and asks it for the IP address of the machine called WWW in the domain Futurenet.co.uk. As far as the user is concerned the process is invisible because it's all
done by the software used to access the Internet IP ado i The Internet thrives on numbers.
Although machines are called by names such as spadger@team17.co.uk. computers prefer to work with numbers such as 194.70.228.84. This number is the Internet Protocol address. There is a good reason why it's structured like that but I'm afraid that we haven't got enough space to go into the fine details here.
Gateway The gateway is the place on the Internet through which all of the data you send has to pass. Your software should automatically send all of this data to this Internet Protocol address and the machine at this address works Helsinki. Finland. A large round of applause and a few well-earned pints of beer are due to these chaps for putting in all the hard work which enables .Amiga users to get on to die Internet.
They have taken a certain degree of stick for deciding to go commercial with version 4 of this software, but you shouldn't forget that they have also produced a demo version which has practically everything that a typical Internet user is likelv to need. Cheers, chaps!
Richard Baguley can be contacted at baggersfecix.compulink co.uk la out where to send it from there. Think of it as a PO box: all your letters go through it and on to other places afterwards.
Domain A section of the Internet. When you sign up with your service provider you will give them a domain name such as Baggers.demon.co.uk. This means that people can then send mail to you by using the machine name (such as Amie) and the domain name. For this example, the mail address would be amie@baggers.demon.co.uk. »r A service provider is a company which provides access to the Internet as a commercial service. Most students have free access to the Internet but the rest of us have to pay a company such as Demon Internet Services or EUNet to get on line. Most of them charge a set fee per
month which gives you unlimited access, although you still have to pay your own telephone bills.
HTM Hypertext Markup Language. Despite appearances to the contrary. World Wide Web pages are, in fact nothing more than a bunch of text files with special tags in them which do things such as load images, create links to other pages and the like. These tags form the HTML language. Certain commands have not yet been implemented on the Amiga web browser Amiga Mosaic, so some WWW pages may not appear quite as they should do.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
How long is it going to be before new Amigas are in the shops? Is the A1200 going to return with an improved spec, or are we going to get the nearly three-year-old model?
I've heard that Escom plan to put the A600 back in production.
Are they mad? By the way. Why did I never get my Visla FPU disk?
David HuUe,
D. A.Hulse-91 student.lut.ac.u The A1200 is still a viable
machine.
Wouldn I you rather it was available again at a cheaper price to swell the ranks of Ihe Amiga faithful? I'm sure Escom will look at things like providing a 120Mb hard dnve model and perhaps a CD-ROM-based machine too.
Truly new machines are some way off because they have lo be designed first. You forget that very little has been done with the Amiga in the last 12 months. I'm not clear about whether the A600 is intended for the UK market. It could be that this is one machine Escom plan to introduce at low cost in countries where the average computer fan couldn t afford an A1200.
You probably never got your Vista FPU disk because you were one of the great number of people who wrote in asking for one IS months after the offer last appeared in the magazine.
THE UPGRADE ARGUMENT 1 feel the need to join in die debate about the excellent Amiga Format being A1200 A4000 biased. 1 can sympathise with the likes of Graeme Wilson and JR Drinkall. 1 used to feel the same when I was an A500 user - all mags were only interested in the new machines.
But this is not true. Look at the matter from Nick Veitch’s point of view. Every month, he has to come up with a magazine for computer users of a bankrupt company. And every month he has to make sure the mag appeals to as many readers as possible. But the way forward is in A1200 and A4000 machines. If developers want to create more impressive products, then they use the more powerful machines.
You cannot blame AT for being A1200 A4000 biased when the only software available in this uncertain period is for the higher power machines. I'm quite sure if a company such as Newtek thought they could produce an A500 version of Lightwave that would run under WB 1.3. they would have done - and made a lot of Amiga fans happy.
I LOVE BRADLEY, ME Congratulations on your rise to editor. Even though you have only been in charge of the mag for a few months it is already looking better. Despite the brilliant work of the whole team, I wish to single out one man. Without his excellent game reviews, the
• , . World would be a poorer place. This 'JvT man is, of course.
Steve Bradley.
He is a hero to the computer 1 * * games world and his superb, witty, humorous and intelligent reviews have given many thousands of AF "*W readers enjoyment for hours upon end. I refer you to AFS4 when he reviewed Knights Of The Sky: “I love ' manuals, me." It may not seem like much, but I liked it Steve Bradley: a|ong wjth; -p|amfs f|ew at a decent speed back in the humorous and First World War. You could see the enemy - no speed of WI y. es e ay. Sou|K| stuff then." It is little comments like this that help give AF the edge over other mags. It works as well. After reading the review. I
bought Knights Of Ihe Sky and I'm glad I did. Please can we have a few sentences of comment from the man himself?
Michael Newsham.
Ipswich, Suffolk Oh well, there had to be one. If it makes you feel better. I'll spare Mr Bradley his ritual flogging for a few days, but I'm afraid I can't let him out of his cage at the moment to write to you himself, because he thinks all this praise is a cruel, new, psychological torture I am subjecting him too. You can have several thousand words from him elsewhere in the issue anyway.
Amiga be coming out that you were going on about in ATM. And approximately how much will it cost?
Upgrade as soon as possible.
Believe me. You will see things in a new light and never look back.
Greg Spalding, Stratton, Swindon MORE ABOUT THIS RISC BUSINESS I'd like to say what a great magazine AT is. Anyway. 1 have some questions 1 would like to ask:
I) When will the new RISC-based
2) Would I l e right in saying lhal the price of A is going up
to £4.50.? As 1 was reading issue 71.1 came across an advert
that said the price was going up to £4.50. If this is true why
don't you put an extra disk on each issue with PD titles on
it? If the price is going up to that amount, you will
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UNTITLED by Mike Docherty. Carlisle A beefier than average A1200 helped create this incredibly cute picture.
Using a Microbotics 50MHz 030 MMU accelerator, the picture took about three hours to render and needed I MEM virtual memory. We reckon it was worth the wait. Well done Mike.
* • rtf . Tf , I really like the Gallery pictures, But I also
would like to get them. E-mail addresses for those who want to
put 'em out would be great. That Amber piccy in AF70 is
excellent!
John Gustafsson, Sweden John Gustafsson@AUGS.se I'm glad you like the pictures. We are considering setting up an area on on our WWW site (www.futurenet.co.uk) so people can see more of our Gallery entries and even download them. Please bear this in mind when you send pictures to The Gallery. If you don't want them to be put on our Internet site, please make sure you say so in an accompanying letter.
WHY I'M A PIRATE I agree with most of what was said in the Reforming Pirate letter (AF71), but I don't agree about sending the programmers money.
I also buy pirated software but I would probably stop if the programmers made most stuff hard disk installable. Alas, they can't be bothered, because they rush out the software or they say it takes up too much space on the disks. Bollocks! I recently bought Cannon Fodder 2, hard disk installable, and will continue to buy pirated software as long as the pirates are selling games that hard disk install.
The software houses are the only ones who can curb piracy. If they can't be bothered to write hard disk install programs for their software, or drop their prices, then piracy will continue.
Maverick I can understand your annoyance, but piracy is still wrong. If you want your games to be hard disk installable, then let the software publishers know. Some games don't actually benefit much from being HD installable, but most do.
Ironically, the reason some games are not hard disk installable is because the disks are deliberately in a non-DOS format to make things harder for software pirates.
GIMME GALLERY CAN YOU HACK IT?
Could you tell me please if there are any hacking type games about.
When I had a Spectrum and C64 I remember Hacker 1 and 2, and System 1S00, but never got round to getting them. Do you know of any in the Public Domain either as fullblown Amiga software or as part of a Spectrum C64 emulator?
Si Wooldridge, swooldri@mlsma.mlm.att.com The genre of Hacker is a bit outdated now, but there are some adventures which follow a vaguely Hackerish plot. BloodNet, and even DreamWeb spring to mind.
WELL DONE AF!
I would like to congratulate Amiga Format for informing readers of dodgy mail order companies. I was considering buring a hard drive from a company but decided not to when an article in Format said there had been complaints. Since then I have bought a hard drive from First Computer Centre which has greatly enhanced my A1200 and enabled me to jump on to the Internet bandwagon. Thanks and well done!
Richard Brennan Richard@mortalk.demon.co.uk You will be pleased to know, if you have any trouble you can contact our Mail Order Protection Scheme staff at: mops@futurenet.co.uk. Everyone should remember to be polite and courteous - they are trying to help you after all.
lose readers who cannot afford AF, a lottery ticket and everything else people want every month.
3) What have you done with The Gallery? 1 liked the bit at the
bottom of the picture saying what it was drawn on. And if it
was by hand.
THE BITS ON THE SIDE
4) Please, please can you print a complete solution to Indiana
Jones And The Fale of Atlantis. I keep getting stuck on each
of the three paths. Please help!
Darren Marsh, Sittingboume, Kent
1) How many seas must Ihe while swan sail, before she can sleep
in the sand? I doubt if even Escom know llie answer to your
question. It certainly won7 be before Christinas, and il
certainly will cost more than the Al200.
2) We put the price up not because we wanted to, but because the
magazine now costs us more to produce. Adding an extra disk
wilt just make Amiga Format even more expensive.
3) AF never stands still, and bits get changed all the lime,
mostly for the better.
I happen lo agree with you though, so there should now be a little extra info on every picture.
4) We couldn 7 justify the space to print the complete solution
just for you, but it does exist in the Complete Control book
available for £9.99 from Amiga Power.
For details, call the mail order department on 01223 822311.
BE SENSIBLE, SENSIBLE Sensible World Of Soccer is an excellent game, with a few Haws. If one player scores 255 goals in one competition (not total) his goals are reset lo 0. If he scores 258 it is reset to 3. (Do I get a T-shirt game for being the first person to spot that?). I did that in my second season at Bury while scoring over 500 goals.
I have always thought of Sensible Software as being a good company and loyal to the Amiga. However. 1 read recently that Sensible Golf was going to be their last title for the Will the Sensible Software team sink to second division obscurity with the PC?
Amiga, and they were moving to the PC. SWOS was the leading seller on any format over Christmas, so why are they doing this? I bet Sensi World 2 would also sell in bucket loads, if they made one.
They are hardly loyal if they release SWOS unfinished for a Christmas cash-in, and then release an update disk. They should develop a better game with player stats, and overhead kicks, with a small update fee for existing owners. Where is their customer loyalty?
It seems that Sensible Software is being run for maximum cash and minimum service. Please see this as constructive criticism, and not just a long moan. I hope Sensible listen to the people writing in, and continue to support the Amiga with titles such as Cannon Fodder, and Sensible Soccer, and don't move over to the PC.
Alastair Paterson, Aylesbury, Bucks It is sort of understandable that some companies were a little reluctant to commit to long-term development plans while the Amiga was no longer in pmduction.
However, in the light of recent news, and given that SWOS sold in huge numbers, it looks like a number of software developers should be seriously consuleiing developing new Amiga games.
OOH, AHH SENSI SOCCA I have discovered another bug in SWOS which 1 believe no-one else has found. No matter how hard I try, S are tm' iStoutfea by no an ts proSs hundreds BREAKFAST by Anthony Fitchett, Notts Here's what you can do with your Coverdisks.
This was rendered in Imagine 2 from AFS3.
KANEDA byjamie Woodhcad, Devon Jamie says this was drawn freehand in Dpaint using a CD32 and SX-1 combination.
PLASTIC LITTLE by Bryan Moore, Ayrshire This Anime-inspired effort was drawn freehand using a standard A1200 and Dpaint IV.
THE PRICE IS WRONG Once again you have been forced to put up the price of Amiga Format and once again people are forced not to buy, because it is getting beyond their price range. How long f iuu Amiga Format costs more, but we think it's still worth every penny.
Is it going to be before it becomes even dearer? I know you say it is because of paper prices, but I work in a printers and know the price of paper. Does every page need to have colour? Why not consult with some of the advertisers to have them in black and white thereby reducing the amount of ink used.
As you are probably aware, magenta is the dearest ink per kilo, and because most of the pages have magenta on them, this seems a possible way round your crisis and therefore maybe you could reduce the price rather than increase it PJ Griffiths.
West Nonrood. London THOSE WERE THE DAYS I remember the good old days, when Amiga Format was a reasonable £2.95 and had some real good demos and utilities on the Coverdisk. Nowadays standards have slipped! These so called full software packages are really just outdated pieces of rubbish with adverts to sell the new versions. The quality of demos has also slipped.
My first Amiga Format had a First Samurai and MiG-29 demo and a lot of PD stuff. Now we are lucky if we get one average demo, which has to be decompressed on to three disks.
Bring back the good old days!
Bring back hanging! Hang the AF team and bring back Marcus Dyson!
The Hairy Dude CHEAP AT HALF THE PRICE I'm just writing to give you a helping hand. If anyone writes to complain about the price of Amiga Format, you can print my letter.
In Denmark. I pay about £10 for every issue of Amiga Format. And I'm not just buying AF. I also buy Amiga Power (£10) and Amiga Shopper (£10). In other words, I pay £30 for these magazines each month. English readers only pay about half of this.
So H anyone writes in to complain, they can bloody well sod off! Keep up the good work. Oh. And how about those Escom guys? Are they up to any good?
Allan Lund Jensen.
Diku0486ttdiku.dk I don't think that cheapening the quality of our publication by reverting to black and white sections is really something that we.
Our readers or our advertisers would be interested in, but thanks for giving it some thought anyway.
I don't know what you mean about 'once again' this is the first major price increase for some time.
I'm sorry if you don't think that Coverdisks such as Imagine. Music-X.
Wordworth AFC Alien Breed 3D.
Death Mask. AMOS. Page Setter, SWOS and ATR were worth getting, several thousand other people think they were. So. You want to bring back Marcus. Do you want to hang him too?
I cannot manage to get Eric Cantona to run towards the crowd and kick someone in the chest. Not even when I am playing against Crystal Palace at their ground. Also, I cannot get Roy Keane, also of Manchester United (who are crap), to stamp on Gareth Southgate of Crystal Palace. Believe me. I have tried ever so hard but it just isn’t going to happen.
I also have some other complaints about this marvellous but flawed game - it is too easy! I started my career as a plaver-manager for Bury in Division S. Three seasons later and I have now worked my way up to Liverpool. In my last season 1 only lost diree games. Call this a challenge Sensible? Come on. My 9-year old brother can beat AC Milan with his favourite team. Chelsea! If only this could be true in real life!
So please make this game harder for the update disk, Sensi.
Daniel Irvine.
Crawley Down, West Sussex A lot of people seem to have good fortune with Bury, hut I think you would have to concede that SWOS is certainly harder than the original. Perhaps the next update should haw a difficulty scale ranging from 7 think the original game was better' through 'come on if you think you 're hard enough ’ to 'I am, in fact, Steve Bradley'.
NEW ZEALAND STORY Hi. I’m writing from New Zealand, and guess what? The few Amigas that are available are second-hand, but are dirt cheap in relation to Pcs.
I picked up an A600HD. Widi a 120Mb hard drive, 2Mb RAM, colour 9-pin printer, monitor and software for only $ 650 (about £250). CD32s retail for about $ 199 (roughly £70) The only downfall is the complete lack of software and software support. Where does this lead? Well, piracy is the only option, though it has a valid reason in my opinion. If there is no software, then how can one operate a computer?
In order to preserve their precious computers, people have to pirate software. I can remember back to Form One, when Amigas were all the rage. Now, in Form Seven, everyone has a PC. The reason for the change? No software.
I don’t condone piracv, but when there is no software, what can you do? Sacrifice your computer for the sake of software company profits? All the pirated software that came with my Amiga has now been erased, and this has left me with almost no software. Perhaps you could find it in your hearts to send me a game... 1 know you probably won’t because I am overseas but here’s hoping. I promise not to pirate the game. Honest!
Ridge, ridgepetQrosmini. Ak. Planet, co. Nz QUITE FRANKLY... All right then, the game's up! Did you honestly think that us sharp- witted Amiga Format readers could possibly miss the little sketched goaty-beard tattooed on Frank Bartucca’s chin on the Special Offers page of AF71? Either he is so ugly that you had to cover up his face to stop art editor Sue White from laughing, or you were so upset about his lack of hair that you had to draw some on his lower lip.
I appreciate your lavish sense of humour, but poor Frank must be deeply upset with your cruel act of vandalism and he might never grace Could you not order the software through one of the companies that are selling software for other platforms? There must be somewhere you can get softwarr from, after all, some great games are being produced by Acid Software who are based in New Zealand.
THE WONDER' OF WINDOWS 1 would like to draw your attention, and that of all your readers, to an article in the Sunday Times, regarding the imminent release of Microsoft's much hyped Windows 95.
The article stated that, although Windows is due for public release in August and is at final beta testing stage, there are still serious flaws within the program.
It was found that there is such a high level of requirements on the system memory that the reviewer's system (Pentium PC with 32Mb RAM!) "ran out of steam” while only- running a word processor (Word 6) and an on-line networking package.
I have an A1200, accelerated with a Viper 2 030F.C. (40MHz), 4Mb the pages of AF again. Is that what you want to happen? (Maybe, on second thoughts...) If you're really that concerned about Mr Bartucca’s lack of follicle development why not transplant some hair off the head of Nick Veitch (how do you pronounce that surname?) Or other members of staff who have a strange tendency of not visiting the hairdressers. I'm sure they wouldn't mind.
Andrew 'Brackets’ Robertson.
Ratho. Midlothian I'm afraid nothing we could do would stop Sue White laughing at Frank Bartucca. But yes. You are right Frank is so ugly that we felt obliged to mask his face. You should pronounce Veitch. Veeech.
RAM, giving me in total a 6Mb, 40MHz, 32-bit computer, not a 60-90MHz. 64-bit computer with 32Mb RAM. Yet I do not have any problem with multitasking. In fact, 1 can edit a 10-page essay in Worduorth
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Some of my Pretty Cruddy computer-owning friends have likened my set-up to a child's toy in comparison to their 'wonder machines', yet once thev actually see the A1200 in full flight, not even breaking sweat, you can almost see them turn green with envy.
Therefore. I would just like to send a message to all the PC!
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Easystart templates that come with the package include Club Membership, Recipes, Address Book, and a complete up-to-date Amiga Format Magazine Guide. Many commands are performed simply by clicking on icons, and multiple file editing allows several databases to be opened simultaneously. A ground-breaking release.
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There can’t be a single Amiga owner who Isn't aware of this package and the Incredible impact it's had on the Amiga scene. Read our review in AF68, try our exclusive Coverdisk demo from AF69 and prepare to be amazed.
The most talked-about Amiga image manipulation package ever also brings you the creative freedom of a traditional paint program.
Amazingly, Photogenics does NOT require a 24-bit graphics board but runs on an Amiga with 2Mb of Chip RAM and Kickstart 3.0 or higher. An AGA chip set is required for colour display.
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K U in m 3 m I 9 AIGA FORMAT COVEf WITH THIS MONTH'S COVERDISKS YOU CAN... Sound 11W3 New Dimensions All m t i eo,ttr i n.- 1 1»L(IV SfcftU LullU LOCI1 llUUl I'LClY t l-UIV SBBB9S Sic ‘.'ivi.'i:.CiS I .*t KIMl **S t niH voiune mix Explore the amazing music machine that is your Amiga with the truly wonderful Technosound Turbo 2.
Thrash around with a bit of rough in our exclusive five-hole demo of the new, improved Sensible Golf.
Steve Bradley (the bloke who knows his birdies from his bunkers) shows you how to get in the swing of Sensible Golf.
Sensible Golf Plover Qharntttff is tits * 1OVY A o Hair Skin Shirt Iruusprs Ok rteur t In a tournament situation, you may wish to change outfits every day to suit the sponsor. Or you might just fancy a new pair of trousers.
THE SOPHISTICATED METHOD OF CONTROL You have a joystick or a joypad. You haven't?
Terribly bad luck. To view the course, press and hold Fire and shift the shaft, if you will. Press Fire again to return to normality. Now press Fire to bring up the swingometer, as they say.
It’s back. After six months of tweaking, gardening and generally improving their swing. Sensible are ready lo unleash their final (?) Amiga game. And after the, admittedly, rather average Coverdisk demo from November of last year, they are understandably keen to set the record straight. Our exclusive five-hole demo, set in the lush pastures of Bath Waters, is a considerable improvement on the last effort and alter a little practice, an extremely addictive experience.
Sensible Cntlf is quite distinct from other golf games. The only wind you battle against is on the nineteenth hole, and it's far more of an arcade BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is very simple. Just follow the stages below... A FAIRWAY TO GO xy friz fi c You can knock it over the frh trees from the third tee but it's safer to dock a two iron to the edge of the fairway.
Then crack a three iron over f the trees to the green. The safer option is to go for par (four) - play to the edge of jii- the next fairway and pitch tjPg to the flag.
You won't reach the green on this par four with your first drive. The safest route is to knock it to the end of either fairway using a three iron or five wood before chipping on to the green. A pretty easy birdie lies in wait.
The fifth is a fairly easy hole to play, providing it's approached with care. Two small fairways surround the central lake. Thwack to the left one with a five wood or three iron and chip on to the green on your second shot. Good chance for an eagle.
Affair lhan your l‘ ¦ ! Tours, if you will. You really have to play around (boom boom) with it for a while, trying out different clubs and testing the distances you can hit balls.
As often as not. The clubs sou are offered are not the best ones to use. Particularly when sou take the walk to the first tee. I rving to hop over the water on the first hole with a four iron isn’t the easiest shot to play, though, if you're tackling the Wicked CPU players, they can manage it. So. This observer reckons that you should take it easy - don't go for wildly optimistic shots, take the safe route and practice keeping a straight line.
The CPU players can lie incredible stupid, continually crunching balls into lakes or trees, but they inevitably come up with blinding second shots to recover.
Our demo features the Skins option where you play for money on each hole and collect a cheque at the end. The full game will have Matchplay. Strokeplay, four ball and foursome options and Tournament Seasons. Also included are 25 courses and up to 72 can plav at once, but hey. Who has that many friends? Tj Technosound Turbo 2 overleaf * The hits just keep on coming. Once again we've searched high and low to bring you two of the finest Coverdisk programs imaginable. You lucky, lucky people.
Fj; The first hole looks an easy jr; par three. But no. To make L: the green with a three or W four iron, you must hit the | ball spot on or the water i beckons. Try a three wood and give it full welly. You might hit the bunker but it's better than dropping a v? I shot in the pond.
Use the one wood for the second hole and crack it to the top of the right fairway. Don't try to hop the lake. Good contact sees you in a fair position for an iron shot to the pin but beware the trees to the right And the stump. A comfortable par four.
A DISK NOT WORKING?
We take every care to test the Coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any data loss or other damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back, including a stamped addressed envelope for a free replacement to: Amiga Format (insert the name of the disk) Disk. DisCopy Labs Ltd. PO Box 21.
Daventry. NN11 5RT.
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.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks. Finally, type Endcli 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: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: 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.
Technosound Music man Graeme Sandiford tunes up, turns on and drops in on Technosound Turbo 2. Follow these instructions to find out how get started with our sensational sample editor Coverdisk.
Ahh. I remember the good old days of audio sampling when you'd spend hours hunched over your dad's stereo just to get a crackly sound that vaguely sounded like the original. Then came the software that could make your voice sound like a dalek's.
Things have moved on quite a way since those halcyon days and Technosound Turbo 2 is an excellent example of the current state of the art of sound manipulation software.
Because this is the complete version of the software you'll have full access to Technosound Turbo Zs highly impressive range of tools. You’ll be able to play back your samples from hard disk, apply a variety of special effects, edit and mix samples, create hard disk playback sequences, compose music modules and. Il you have a sampler, capture samples as well as generating real-time special effects.
The Technosound Turbo 2 Coverdisk is self-booting and contains all the necessary liles to nm the program so there are no complicated installation or decompressing instructions for you to follow. However, if you own a hard disk you should take a look at the box on installing Technosound Turbo 2 to hard disk. © INSTALLING TO HARD DISK moment so select Show All from the Workbench Window menu to see them. Now select the following files: demo.track. HDPIaySample.
HDPIaySampleNOQUIT and PlaySample. Drag these over to the destination folder. Go to the Libs: directory of your Workbench partition and drag across the files from inside the libs folder on the Technosound disk.
Installing Technosound Turbo 2 to your hard drive is easy. Once you've inserted the disk in your floppy drive, just copy the program to a folder on your hard disk. To do this, first create a new drawer by pressing right-Amiga N». Next double-click on the disk and then drag the program's icon to the destination folder. There are some other files that are not visible at the EFFECTS EFFECTS MENU
V. DELAY: enables you to add a delay of anything between 1 to
9,999 LOW PASS: filters out high frequency noise (use this!).
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Milliseconds to a sample.
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V. ECHO: an echo effect which can also SOFTEN: reduces the volume
of an area.
Lilt! PliSS have a value of anything between 1 and 9,999 milliseconds.
Mnainar V SYNTHESIS* an effect that raises and FADE IN: fades a sample in.
Sotniiti lowers the pitch of a sample as it is FADE OUT: the opposite of Fade in.
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Euv MAXIMISE: boosts the sample in the area to half of the original, very selected area to its maximum volume.
Useful indeed.
PROGRAM PREFERENCES VOLUME SETTING: determines how loud samples are recorded and played back.
SAMPLE RATE: the speed at which samples are played and recorded.
VOX LEVEL: determines the strength of signal needed to activate the sampler.
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* HU IV LOAD WAVE: loads a complete sample from disk. If the
sample is too big try using Load Area.
LOAD AREA: loads as much of your sample from disk as will fit in the current area.
LOAD SET: loads sets of samples to the edit list. The Load Set function is accessed by pressing the Edit button on the main screen.
SAVE AREA: save the sample data in the selected area to disk.
SAVE SET: saves all samples in the Edit List to disk as one file.
DELETE: used to delete files from disk.
RAMSCAN: checks RAM for sample data.
PREFERENCES: used to set the program's preferences.
System SYSTEM MENU iteuii_ cmiim imifu till liLSttlU’ till lilfrUiV siitiuiaibiai till LtilUl till tfU'li S. MODE: switches between mono and stereo modes.
HD RECORD: enables you to save samples straight to hard disk, thereby overcoming memory limitations.
HD REPLAY: plays back samples from hard disk.
SEQUENCER: plays several samples in sequence from hard disk.
HD LOAD: loads HD samples to memory.
HD SAVE: saves a sample to hard disk.
CHIP FAST: gives you the choice of having samples in either Chip or Fast RAM. The samples must be stored in Chip RAM if you intend to load them into the tracker.
MIDI MODULE: samples can be played by a MIDI keyboard.
LiUlllillUULU Turbo 2 LOAD TRAK: loads a track into memory.
SAVE TRAK: saves current track to disk.
PASTE: pastes pattern in the buffer into the pattern on screen.
EFFECT: controls the way in which the sample is played back.
TOP: takes you to the top of the current pattern.
BOTTOM: goes to the bottom of the pattern.
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Uilii-U FlliYV LU1.T wLifituiaai nun Mil1 Hilil'U: COPY: copies the currently displayed pattern to another buffer.
DELETE: can be used to delete a song, pattern or a channel.
PLAYSONG: plays the currently loaded song.
PATTERN: plays the currently selected pattern as a looped sequence.
STOP: stops the current song or pattern that is being played.
THE TRACKER PROGRAM EDIT 00 01099 00 00000 06 03088 00 00000 EXCLUSIVE OFFER Now that you've tried the excellent TT2 Coverdisk, why not upgrade to the full package and turn your Amiga into a recording studio? New Dimensions are offering Amiga Format readers an exclusive opportunity to buy the Technosound Turbo 2 digitiser, audio leads and user guide (making up the full package) for just £19.99, including post and package. That's a saving of £20 over the normal RRP of £39.99. The complete package enables you to add stunning real-time effects to your sound source. You will also be able to record
your own samples, add fantastic effects and create your own demos.
New Dimensions are also offering Amiga Format readers an exclusive chance to buy the new 8-bit 12-bit Technosound Turbo 2 Pro samplers. The 8-bit version costs £29.99 including P8cP (save £10) and the 12-bit version costs £59.99 (ind P&P) Also a saving of £10.
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CHEQUCS ROStAl ORDERS PAYABLE 10 NEW DIMENSIONS CREDIT CARD (VISA ACCESS) NO: cted nzm cdzd ncm EXPIRY DATE: NAME: _ ADDRESS:_ PLEASE ALLOW 121 DAYS FOR DELIVERY MAIN SCREEN POINTER AREA: the currently selected area between the left and right pointers.
PLAY SCAN: plays the sample data in the selected area. A scan bar indicates which part of the sample is being played.
LOOP: plays the sample continually to help to create looping samples.
PLAY EDIT: same as Play Scan, but pointers can be moved as the sample is played.
MAGNIFY: enlarges the area between the pointers to fill the screen.
REDUCE: the opposite of Magnify.
FULLSCREEN: returns the pointers to their original positions.
MONITOR: enables you to listen to sounds being picked up by the sampler without actually recording them.
RECORD: brings up the recording panel, clicking Record starts recording immediately, whereas Record VOX activates the sampler as soon as a sound is received.
OVERMIX: superimposes a new sample over the currently selected one In real-time.
Samples that have been stored there can be selected by clicking on their name.
RECORD AREA: the same as Record, but restricts the length of the sample to the selected area.
ERASE: Go on. Have a guess.
KEEP SAMPLE: adds the sample on screen to the Edit List this can be the entire sample or just a selected area of it.
NAME: gives sample in memory a name, best used with the Edit List function.
TURBO: this mode displays all of your Amiga's memory on the screen rather than just the area taken up by the current sample.
EDIT: takes you to the Edit List Selector, where GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COVERDISK?
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Your Coverdisk should be working fine, but if it's not, these hints, tips and corrections should sort out the problem quickly and easily.
CLARISSA (AF61) Main of Ilu‘ more advanc ed features of CjariSSA rely on Alh'xx (the sn ipiing language which comes as standard with Kickstart 2 and 3 Antigas). Before running the (lanSSA program l e sure to start A few first bv double-clicking on the RexxMast icon which is in die Svstcin drawer of Workbench.
The CjariSSA bard disk installer utility appears not to work, but it will if you c hange the name of the disk from ( lariSSA-Demol to ClariSSA-Disk.
OCTAMED V5 (AF62) If voti ve tried to use the hard disk installation program on this disk von will have realised that it lias a few bugs. To earn out the installation mauuallv. First create a drawer on vour hard disk railed OctaMkl). Insert vour Coverdisk and double-click its icon. Copy the OrtaMEl) program across bv dragging the OctaMKDATi icon and dropping it into your nrwli created drawer.
Also copv across the* OctaMed.Guide. ReadMe files and OrtaMEl)’s utilities drawer. Pull down Workbench's Window menu and switch on Show All Files. You can now see OrloMED's libs drawer.
Using Show All Files again, c ompare the contents of ibis drawer with the libs drawer of your hard disk's Workbenc h or bool partition. Drag across any libraries that you don't already have to your libs drawer, sue It as mcdplaver.libran. octaplayer.library and so on.
CloriSS* PIXEL 3D PRO (AF65) Pixrl 1) I’m is intended to be used in conjunc tion with a 3D rendering package, (such as the magim* Coverdisk on E5 ?). The objects that it creates cannot be loaded into paint packages such as Dpaint.
I’ixrl Jl I’m is a very memory-intensive program, and. Is choosy about the type of memory* it uses. It needs at least 1,7 lb of total memory, some of which must be Fast memory. The , E66 Coverdisk contains a patch which fools I’ixrl JI) Pm into thinking that you have some Fast RAM even if vou haven 't. You can either get hold of a copy ol AE6( from Back Issues on page 133. Or contact a IT) library and ask for a program called Ilol n 'Hill which y ill do the job.
BARS&PIPES (AF71) Several readers have reported memory problems yvhen try ing to run BarscrPiprsot when try ing to access the BorsdfPipes tool . migtil’limir. To increase the memory available to Ili-fP, disable any Workbench utilities that you may have running in the background (such as virus checkers), disable any external disk drives and use your Workbench Preferences tools to change your Workbench st rccnmode to run in the lowest resolution with tlie least colours possible.
Bm si? Pipes should now load without any problems. Once running, use Burl’s Preferences menus to switch on all of the memory savers. The Amigtil’lionr tool should now work.
When you try to load the song Brandenburg Demo, the Amiga asks you to Insert Volume Internal Sounds Kit l. This is an instruments disk which couldn't be included with the Coverdisk version of liisrP. To work around this, make a copy of vour original AF7IA Coverdisk then rename it Internal Sounds Kit l Insert this disk in the drive yvhen prompted. Hie limiiilniburg Drum will Find some of the sounds that it needs in the instruments drawer on this disk, hut not all.
Instruments whose sounds can't he loaded, (cello for example), can he fixed by clicking on the AmigaPhone icon at the end of their pipe and choosing a suitable replacement sample from the AFT I.A instruments drawer.
LIBS, FONTS AND ALL THAT There are lots of files and commands associated yy’itli the normal operation of software. You may not see them until volt try lo install software: I IBKARIKS- These are compact routines which are compiled as a separate library. They contain commonly used routines so programmers can write new utilities yvithout having to re-code all the basic routines all tile time, l ibraries should be located in the I.IBS: drawer of your start-up disk.
Ft I S- Amiga fonts come in many varieties, hut the most common are bitmap fonts. The majority of programs use the system fonts, hut some use their own. In this case, the font must lie present in the FONTS: drarvcr of vour slarl-up disk. O IN GENERAL Not all of the Coverdisk programs are self- booting. Some, like Bars&Pipes for instance, require you to load up Workbench before you can run them.
A large number of people regularly ruin their Coverdisks by decrunching the full Coverdisk programs and game demos over the top of the Coverdisks themselves instead of on to blank disks. Often, this happens when they accidentally insert the wrong disk during the Coverdisk decrunching process.
To guard against this happening, as soon as you remove the Coverdisks from your magazine you should write-protect them - slide open the little tab in the top right-hand corner of the disk.
Only when this is done should you follow the instructions for making back-up copies of the Coverdisks and decrunching the Coverdisk programs to blank disks. Make sure you rename a back-up copy of a Coverdisk to the same name as the original before using it.
FAULTY COVERDISKS.
As a rule, a Coverdisk which is genuinely defective causes error messages such as Read Write or Checksum Error when it. (but not one of your own blank disks) is in the disk drive.
Not Enough Memory or Can't Open Such&such.library errors are almost always generated by something other than a damaged Coverdisk. Check that you've followed all of the instructions, and that the program is intended to work on your particular system. If the problem persists call the Coverdisk Helpline before you send the disk off to DisCopy Labs.
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FORMATFORUM Air your views and share your thoughts on the topical subjects of the day - and win an AF sweatshirt.
Could I start this month's Forum with a little request? While we appreciate your long, considered replies, could you perhaps spend a little less time considering them? The reason I say this is because there is nothing more frustrating than reading a well-argued missive which has arrived too late and is therefore answering a question we dealt with in the previous month's magazine. Please, keep sending in your replies, hut a little quicker.
King Tut's mask' All respondents selected for inclusion in Formal Forum receive a shockingly smart AF sweatshirt, and the satisfaction of knowing that their comments will gel seen by the whole Amiga community - what belter incentive could there be? Last time we asked you: B F.veriss. who sadly did not include his address ends this Forum 011 a thought- provoking note: "In the worlds of novel and cinema, it is recognised that there are only a small number of plots in the universe. Each new book or film takes one of these plots and interprets it in a different way.
"So it is in computer games. Every new title has been seen before in manv What has been the most important Amiga software release ever? And why?
Surprisingly, perhaps, there was very little agreement on this. Many disparate packages received votes, but their sponsors neglected to say why. Of the ones who did justify their answers, the following were among the best: "Civilization, Dpaint, SWOS, Lemmings..." “Sensible World OjSoccer, because it proved that despite there being no Amigas on sale, Amiga owners still bought software in huge numbers," said G Hunter of Doncaster. Sadly that argument appears to cut no ice with the producers of the title in question, but perhaps with the Amiga's future finally sorted, Sensible may vet change
their minds about pulling out of the Amiga market. We can but hope.
Different guises, it is merelv the execution that is new. The Amiga unleashed new levels of sound, graphics and computer power on to the home market. Software titles utilised these capabilities in some amazing packages, but they were all just re-formulations of what had gone before.
"Until lemmings. DMA Design created a totally new concept. In computer games this is less common than rocking horse manure. Not only was the concept of D Johnston of Blackburn reckons the most important game is Jungle Strike. He argues, rather ambiguously, that: "To sit down and take full control of my chopper gives me a great deal of pleasure." Excuse me? Mr Johnston reckons that the most important application is Wordworth because: "Digita have upgraded and de-bugged this brilliant word processor, and have started to build on this stable foundation with Datastorr and Organiser."
"In games this is less common than rocking horse manure" lemmings completely new. But also the execution was exemplar)-, displaying the Amiga's capabilities well."
Phew! Who can argue with that?
Sincere thanks to everyone who took part.
Rebecca Stacey of Balby nominates Hainbow Islands: “OK. So it may be a little bit old. But what else got thousands of Amiga owners jumping to try their luck at an original coin-op?"
For next month, can 1 ask AF readers to consider the following question: “Civilizationclaims Gerald Willis of Norwich: "It demonstrates that you don't need a mega PC to play one of the most involving games ever. In some ways the Amiga version is better than the PC one."
Fraser Welsh, who, confusingly, comes from Ross-shire in Scotland, suggests Deluxe Paint. "Who can forget that marvellous picture of King Tul's mask beaming out at them from Dixon's window? Who can forget asking the man in the shop what computer it was 011, while rilling through their wallet? It was probably this release which funded the now excellent Electronic Arts all those years ago. Now I am older, and wearing long trousers, but I can still marvel at the..." Yes, yes, we get the picture.
If the Amiga was a famous person, who would it be? And why?
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