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There are many excellent music packages for the Amiga, and if you want to use the Amiga as a sequencing device, then the best has to be Music X from Microillusions. However, as it seems you have no actual understanding of music or indeed any musical appreciation, you’d be better off leaving the Amiga out of it and just plink away on your keyboard. As for recording success, I think you’ve got the wrong magazine. Stay with what? • SOFTWARE PRIZES. Win £50 of software and a gimmick if you write the best letter of the month. This month's plaything is ninety-six pages of Stereo Star Maps from Collins publishers. The 3D maps show' how the constellations don't in fact exist. O Artists CU's major demos competition la well under way, and now It's time to meet the judges. Each one la an expert In hla own respective tleld and each has considerable experience In the tleld of producing art and animation on the Amiga. There will be other judges too. The Editor and Mark Lewis, Electronic Arts' Managing Director will both be having their say but In the meantime, we profile the artists Involved and ask each one which of their contemporaries In computing or elsewhere they most admire. MHOS 00MP0 ROBERT PEPPEREL (JUDGE, SENIOR CLASS) PROFESSION: Amiga artist with video company Hardwire.

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Document sans nom AN EMAP PUBLICATION CHANNEL FOUR TELEVISION SINGE'S CASTLE CRACKDOWN SET TO KILL?
SPECIALS 18 DEMOS ON THE BOX Entar our demos competition now and your work could be shown on Channel Four and at EMAPS' prestigious ECES Show. Details of how to enter, plus profiles of the judges, their work and who they rate professionally all in The Artists' Artist'.
24 READERS POLL RESULTS Who soared to the top in our readers poll?
Find out who won your accolades, plus we give you this month's charts.
Smart talking page 92.
92 NEURAL SYNCOPATION Computer* that think like the humen brein h*»e been the dreem ot scientists for decodes, todey neursl computers are a reality. Rik Haynes braves neuropsychosis by talking to a leading neural pioneer.
Professor Igor Aleksander.. .
REGULARS 4 BUZZ 11 INSIGHT 17 LETTERS 22 DEMOS 63 ADVENTURE 72 PLAY TO WIN 88 ARCADES 94 TOMMY’S TIPS 96 OUTER LIMITS o E-Motion page 57.
Quite a metting pot this month, from the He* Age E-Motion to the crypto Moodsport Cyberball. Joysticks plugged in, the verdicts are out... 28 NINJA SPIRITS 32 CRACKDOWN 34 TOWER OF BABEL 39 LOST DUTCHMAN MINE 41 CYBERBALL 42 688 ATTACK SUB 44 HAMMERFtST 47 SCRAMBLE SPIRITS 49 SINGE’S CASTLE 50 INFESTATION 52 M4 SHERMAN 55 HIGHWAY PATROL 2 57 E MOTION 58 PLAYER MANAGER 60 GRAND NATIONAL Ninja Spirits page 28.
REVIEWS WOMBLES SIGN ¦ gain Again have scored a I major coup by securing ¦ the onscreen services of f-1 those ecologically- 1 *¦ minded South Londoners, The Wombles. The lovable litter-gatherers are currently the subject of renewed interest with their recruitment by the Tidy Brimer and will feature Orinoco, Great Uncle Bulgaria, Bungo and Tobermory cavorting rather further afield than previously (apparently one of their trips will take them to visit a cousin in the Brazilian rain forestsl). The Wombles will be ready for your Amiga this June.
Q’EST QU C’EST?
Ust why have we seen fit to print a pic of well- known mad genius and chief Talking Head David Byrne? Well, for one thing, CRL have just announced the impending release of a spooky-your-car-is-broken- down-miles-from-civilisation- and-there’s-a-madman-loose- fantasy-role-playing-ish thingy called, by total coincidence.
Psycho Killer, which is, as any fool knows, the name of an utterly brilliant and deranged Talking Heads single of a few years back.
And, for another, a nice man at Warner Brothers Records has very kindly offered to donate five copies of Mr Byrne’s very wonderful new album, which sees him come over all Latin-American and goes by the name of 'Rei Mondo', to the first five CU readers to have their name drawn from Tony Dillon's sweaty biker boot (entries to Psycho Killer Compo, Commodore User. Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1 3AU). What more reason do we need?
OCEAN GET NARC-Y?
Ocean Software are rumoured to be front- runners in the race to sign the controversial coin-op Narc. This charming Williams arcade game pits you against an unscrupulous gang of drug traffickers whom you do away with in a variety of graphically gory ways (for instance, when you destroy a helicopterload of baddies, charred dismembered limbs rain down on the highway). But as yet, no deal has been signed, according to an Ocean spokesperson. Nevertheless, it does seem certain that Narc will be featured on your local softshelves before long it’ll be interesting to see how the eventual
licensee's lucky marketing department handle this little number!
Tain group to help publicise Spring Clean Day (March 30th) and Tidy Britain Year, and with the announcement that, in keeping with the current interest in ¦green' issues, Central Television have commissioned two halt-hour womble specials. The tirst of these will be screened this sumMIRRORSOFT SEE RED Mirrorsoft have just acquired conversion rights to best-selling novel "Red Phoenix’, written by Larry Bond (who, with Tom Clancy, co-authored ‘Red Storm Rising’). Having spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, ‘Red Phoenix', which tells the story of V .-------- , 1 w s 1
* ] _Q ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN Unlike Don Bluth's previous
educational game. Complet- straight from the film. One El
release All Dogs Go To ing a section rewards you for the kids,
rather than the Heaven is, according to with a digitise sound
and hack W slashers, wethinks.
Press packs, a pseudo- graphics sequence taken Showing in the first week of
• April priced at £24.99. a second Korean war. Will no doubt fare
similarly well with fans of military sims. Bond is himself
considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on milit
ary simulations, and has previously worked with board games
and computer sims when not churning out literary master
pieces.
OCEAN POSSESS TOTAL RECALL Word reached our shell-like ears that Ocean have just signed up Arnold Schwarzeneger's yet to be released new movie ‘Total Recall'. Directed by Paul ‘Robo- cop' Verhoeven, details on this eagerly-awaited sci-fi smash are currently scarce, but it's understood that the film will be released in the U.K. in July with Ocean's game following just in time for Christmas.
EUROPEAN SUPERLEAgH| Fresh from the Activision motor works comes this four-player conversion of the highly successful coin-op.
Lots of scrolling, crashes and the odd repair show abound on the multiple twists and turns. With the addition of a plug-in Dongle the Amiga version will also feature a four player mode.
All the more reason to invite your mates round for a hot cocoa.
The football season draws to close with no sign of an early abatement of the current flood of soccer sims. This one puts you in the manager's seat in the dug out.
Featuring all the potential superleague teams, it’s down to you to choose one, handle its finances, training and all the other duties tied to the manager of a top level team.
European Superleague should be out before FA cup final (if it's not rained off).
A ST HI M ArpI col Fresh from Dynamic comes this taie of one man against the odds. The evil Deathbrin- gers are holding the galaxy to ransom and must be stopped at all costs. Violent, frenzied, with parallax scrolling and big, big graphics, AIMC should be liberating a sector near you soon.
The Roman holiday island Carthage is the setting for Psygnosis’ latest release. In a Spartacus-style tale you play an escapee hiding out in the countryside attempting to recruit army to tight back against the Roman oppressors. Fractal landscapes, chariot races and the odd township duels make up this second century tale. Hits the shops around about July.
IVANHOE Ocean’s latest offering features legendary swordsman Ivanhoe in a bid to deliver King Richard to safety, equipped only with shield, sword and his trusty horse Stinger. A horizontal scroller Ivanhoe is programmed by the usual Ocean mob plus a man famed for his work with Asterix the Gaul. More info next issue. Altogether now, Ivanhoooo!
TH UNDERSTRIKE Set in the distant future, Thunderstrike portrays a world controlled by massive TV networks and defence industries. The biggest form of entertainment is the military Olympics; a kill or be killed flight combat game.
ODH .HO 011 .36 00015 00BBS 00005 00000 00052 00010 The Thunderstrike world is built completely out of polyhedrons, with TV cameras tracking the contestants every move, and showing the goriest details in slow motion.
Italy, home of many a foot- i balling great and, of course.
* the World Cup. This year there’s no battling for the one
licence, so everything t gets a crack at the whip. In
* 34 this sim from Virgin they i offer features such as close ¦ -
* up views of your mistakes and a stretcher team for those
heavy tackles and ac- . Tion replays. Should be with
f. * us before the final whistle.
O Action and simulation for strategy without repetition. Conqueror is the ultimate challenge of “leadership under tire" to wargamere of all interests. Engage in authentic World War II tactical wargaming, experience the bloody attrition exacted by the might of the armoured divisions, create your own scenarios and set your own .
[i challenges in bringing the elite war "I machines of the German, Russian and American forces into head-to-head confrontation and combat.
Fight your way through massed ranks of enemy tanks. Live on your wits and the strength of your will as you endeavour to outlast the awesome firepower of your unforgiving enemy. Plan the campaign of action that will outmanoeuvre your opposing platoon commanders and lead to their ultimate downfall. I i- SYSTEMS CREATED BY DAVID BRABEN CO-AUTHOR OF ATARI ST, AMI IBMRC.-E24- iNEASM All the essential elements (or hours of relentless action, excitement and stimulation.
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Unique 45 viewpoint external to command tank. 180 degree horizon and 3D scrolling landscape creates authentic forward movement.
Select squadrons from the accurately produced tanks.
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German: Panzer III, Panther, Tiger I, King, Tiger.
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USG FOR ITALY ¦ I S Gold are entering into I the tray as they join Grandslam, Activision , and Virgin Mastertronic in the race to produce the top-selling licence for this year's World Cup.
By no means the company's first footie game, Italy 1990, we're told will be a Kick Oft-style arcade game with all of the finalists in it.
But will the latter imperil USG’s release date? Their spokeswoman told us: "It’s actually quite simple to change names and the colours of the strips'.
AMIGAS FOR ISRAELI FORCES In what has to be one of the most aggressive uses of the home micro, word from the US tells us that the Israeli forces are using the Amiga as a training tool for battleground scenarios in the Middle East.
THOMAS PUFFS IN ¦ gain Again will shortly be I releasing an Amiga ver- 1 sion of teatime TV hero, f-1 Thomas The Tank En- 1 * gine. Thomas, accompanied by his faithful coaches Annie and Clarabelle, Bertie The Bus and The Fat Controller will be chugging your way in late spring at a bargain price.
Amigas are being used to create tailor-made simulations of potential flare ups in this one of the many troubled parts of the world.
It’s not know whether the micros are being used for intelligence purposes, but this new application for the Amiga gives games such as 16 Blitz’s Ccnflict a chilling new twist.
DOMARK TO GRAB BADLANDS It seems likely that the spokesman for Domark refused to latest five game contract confirm or deny rumours to this under negotiation be- effect, we’ll eat the Ed’s thinking tween Domark and coin- cap if this unusual drivealong, op giants Atari Tengen which pits you against cars in a will include the futuristic Super race through a post-nuclear Sprint-style driving game Bad- wasteland, isn’t soon cluttering lands, released in the arcades up the shelves of your local earlier this year. Although a softshop.
O MIDI MADE SIMPLE Remember our music feature last April? Up until now the most widely used Amiga SMPTE MIDI sequencing package was Music X, an excellent package for professionals, but difficult to use and at £225 was out of much consumer price brackets. So publisher Microillusions came up with the novel idea of a cut down version. So what you get now is an almost complete Midi sequencer for under £100. On shelf around April, oh and expect a follow up feature soon.
MIRRORSOFT SIGN RINGS BOOK Mirrorsoft have just announced their intention to produce a game based on 'The Twin Towers', one of the three books which make up J.R.R. Tolkein’s legendary fantasy trilogy 'Lord of the Rings'. Best described, according to Ms. A Pressperson, as 'a strategy war game with a twist', Riders 01 Rohan will feature loadsasubgames, a few arcade sections and reputedly gorgeous graphics, and will be released later this year on the Imageworks label. 'Riders Of Rohan' is by no means the first Tolkein licence to appear; under previous deals Melbourne House produced The Hobbit,
War In Middle Earth and Lord 01 The Rings. Nevertheless, demand for Tolkein-based games seems inexhaustible according to Mirror- soft, Riders 01 Rohen is likely to be just 'the first of a planned series based on these classic books'.
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TENNIS Anyone for an innovative game? Insight takes the wraps off a simulation with a difference. "New balls, please," yells Tony Dillon.
This one's under development by New Frontier Productions, a new team fronted by ex- Infogrames Uker, David Crosweller.
As a rule, tennis games are a bit old hat. With newer and better technology companies do seem to be trying to Improve on the tired old style, but nobody is really doing anything radically different. Until now that is.
Dragged away from an Important meeting with a Sbk Cut and a cup of coffee, my eyes were drawn to a demo of the newest of all tennis games, 3D Tennis looks set to take this genre a large step forward In the right direction.
The programmers themselves are not without repute.
Mainly coded by Nick Shul- ver and partner Steve Cooke, both men are steeped In the art of programming games. One at Nick's claims to fame is that he programmed a large number of the very first MSX titles, including such giants as Mr Wong's Loopy Laundry!
They are both 'excited' about 3D Tennis and admit that It has been 'a bit of a challenge'. "The main problem'.
Suggests Nick "is getting the speed. Each body is made up of fifteen 'blocks' each made up of at least six polygons, and when you add that to the pitch and all the backdrop details all being drawn at once, getting the speed right Is a very tricky thing.'
A quick glance at the screenshots on this page will tell you that 3D Tennis Is no ordinary 'set the camera up at the end of the court, vatch two sprites and hit a white dor game. Nor Is It the slightly cute Japanese watch the ball Increase and decrease in size sort of thing either. 3D Tennis has been designed like a cross be- ween that old chestnut, Mercenary and a scientific, computer representation of how the human body moves.
3D Tennis is designed to be a realistic simulation without all that nasty sweat, but Its so user-friendly that you can adjust It to suit any player. Says Crossweller: '3D Tennis Is very adaptable. I'm a firm believer that not everybody benefits from training. Some people could spend two days solid practising a lob and just not get any better at It. What 3D Tennis does is that the computer will help you out. If you spend half an hour practicing a smash, then even if you don't improve, the computer will make It slight! Easier for you to smash In future, so you do benefit from your
efforts'.
Training doesn't come cheap, and this is where the management side of the game comes In. In the final version of 3D Tennis you'll manage yourself, arrange exhibition matches Of you can) and coach yourself, all of which costs. There are five managers in the game, any one of which you can employ for a fee. They will be able to secure you matches and, sometimes, even free training. But, once again they don't come cheap.
When Insight pressed him for a release date. Crossweller cautiously told us: "Before Wimbledon", but more realistically. 3D Tennis should be bouncing onto the software shelves by the beginning of May. Watch out for a full review soon.
One of the hottest flight | sims now in development w into our office this month. Mark Patterson
- 19 will soon be available on the Amiga.
"Compact, black and beautiful" Is how our plane- mad Advertising Manager describes the Stealth fighter.
Expensive they are too at around a hundred million dollars they have to be good.
In a pre-emptive strike Meropiof pwdMBtl.,qn f- 19 simulation on the PC at a time when the B2 stealth bomber hadn't even been glimpsed. And it was surprisingly accurate, further establishing Microprose's already reputable name In the simulation market.
Programming something like F-19 Is no mean feat.
Because of the constantly changing size of objects such as planes and ground targets, using sprites at speed and giving depth to the graphics is almost impossible. Instead the world.
Its armies, aircraft and buildings had to be completely constructed from polygons.
So far F-19 and Its contents are looking very good. The landscape has been mapped out precisely, even down detailing Islands like Crete and Malta.
Ate the skill involved in keeping track of them". Most of the space craft and structures have been created on a home grown editor, allowing full control over all constructions.
Rather than the usual dog fighting, F-19 goes for the silent and deadly strike, dispatching enemy radars, bunkers and installations.
Oil'll be piloting a plane whose main ability is secrecy, giving off as low a radar signal as possible.
When It comes to missions there'll literally be hundreds.
Microprose claim that they're aiming at fewer but quality releases this year F-19 will be the first of their £29.99 "premium price" prp ducts and tell us that well-researched products are going to be their hallmark.
F-19 looks as though It's going to one of the smoothest. Fastest, complete flight games yet to appear on the Amiga. Microprose promise it will be unlike any other (light simulation around, and from what I've seen I'm inclined to belelve them.
Laims the programmer,
- "it's not just the ability to say which shape goes where, its
the art of working out at what point the shapes should be
hidden and at which angle they need to enlarge to keep things
proportionate. With up to one- hundred-and-sixty polygons on
screen you can appreci- THIS IS THE 9( THIS IS THE TIC-TACTILE
GAME It's simple in concept and easy to play. Catch the
coloured tiles with the paddle and flip same coloured stacks,
diagonals and rows of' Sounds easy? It is! The TENGEIXI The Nam
in Coin-Op Conversions Available on: Atari ST, Amiga, IBM PC
3.5 & 5.25 ', Commodore 64 (cassette, disk) Amstrad (cassette,
disk) Spectrum +3, Spectrum 48 1 28 Programmed by: Tequn
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Tel: 01-780 2224 Colorado 1880. David O’Brian, a penniless
trapper, canoes up the South Platte river in search of
adventure and riches.
Deep in the wilderness, he meets a dying Cheyenne Indian. Vowing to bury him in the sty le of a Warrior, O'Brian is rew arded with an ancient map show ing the way to the legendary Lost Gold Mine of Pocahontas.
The route will lead him through Pawnee territory , the most fearsome of Indian tribes, across hostile wolf-infested land... and means he must shoot the terrifying white-water rapids of the Colorado in a flimsy Buflalo-hide canoe.
But there is no going back now for O’Brian is haunted by the scent of Gold. ilmarils AMIGA ATARI ST IBM PC the programmer, Edward Grabowski. His work has Included Kenny Dalglish Soccer Manager, Seventh Cavalry and Sword and Shield. Grabowski himself . . . IM Ms snath.
Gaming books and Is a tab- letop wargame fan.
The screens we have are taken from an eatV working version of the game, and already you have a pretty "We've deliberately gone for the fun look", explains Marketing Manager, Jim lof- tus; "We want to give the game a bit of character as well as the kind of attention Jim Lottos on Psmie.
Mpressions tale of cordite and the colonies Is now underway, and soon could have you cocking your Enfield rtfle as you battle for your life and a King's shilling In nineteenth century South Africa.
Rorke's Drill will be putting you In charge of beleaguered British invasion force, which is holed out at a depot fighting thousands of Zulu warriors. The Battle for Rorke's Drift Is not unknown it featured in the Michael Caine movie "Zulu' but the intention is to spend a lot of time and sweat making Rorke's Drill as accurate as possible in all dimensions.
To detail which means m mm mhm m mm vk each character requires eighty frames of animation to cater for all the ¦ shooting and hand Get us an exclusive, we told Tony Dillon, 'Only if I can wear a pith helmet," he « 0f men win be replied ... vldually controlled any point In the game, most wargames, no will be involved, you'll click on a soldier any you wish to bring him action or change his cu..«- „ strategy. And there should be plenty of characters to watch over. Out of your one- hundred-and-thirty-seven soldiers In the depot, thirty-six of them will be hospitalised and unable to fight, so
you'll have to watch their backs as well as your own.
Rorke's Drift will be for the more serious games player but the idea will be to aim for relative ease of use. Look for a review in the next couple of issues.
BACKCHA' Yo ho!
CU LETTERS I am well and truly fed up with the constant arguments for and against software piracy, so please don’t print any more or I'll have to stop buying CU.
(0-32 Farringdon Lane, EC1R 3AU.
Simon Alexander, Swansea.
Not really a valid point towards the pros and cons of piracy, is it. Until the scourge is wiped away, CU will continue to battle, so there.
New Amiga I read with great interest your brief article on the CD-Amiga and wonder if you would care to clarify a few points for me. Firstly, will the new Amiga have a built in disk drive as well as the CD unit? How much storage space will the CD unit provide? Will you be able to use existing Amiga software with it? Will it have a new version of Kicks tart, and if so will it produce the same problems as Kicks tart 13? Do you have a release date for it yet? Finally, which model will Commodore adapt, the A500 or the A2000, as I don't really have room for an A2000? If you could provide answers, I
would be most grateful.
Eric Brittingham, Chichester.
Patience, patience.
Commodore are holding all details of the new machine close to their chest, but we promise well have more details for you soon. You obviously won’t be able to use any existing software which isn’t CD. As we pointed out last month, the machines will be an adaptation of the A500.
Overseas mags 9 Never mind the year 1992 (when CU finally arrives), we Aussies are ready ,o go British right next week (once this letter gets to you). We are breaking down those national Write to us at CU, Lond y3 1 barriers with a competition for English magazines only.
We frequently receive magazines from the UK with competitions that had expired months earlier! Well this one is for you!
We're offering you overseas readers a chance to win $ SS$ just by answering a few easy CU flavoured questions.
How do you win? Just TAKE NOTICE of our three Australian, typically easy questions:
1. What is the best way to piss overseas readers off? Give months
of blurb about the mega-awesome-promotion- coming-up and then
not send it to your devoted overseas readers.
2. What can you then do to rub it in?Make a special overseas
readers competition (unusual!) That expired 26 days ago!!
(usual).
3. How can you make it up to us? Give me a free subscription.
Send your free subscriptions and entries to: All overseas readers, wherever they live, worldwide. The competition closes three-and-a-half weeks before you see this letter, but send me the free subscription anyway.
L l. Stewart, Geelong, Australia.
Ok, Ok point taken, but honestly the magazine should have reached you in time. Well try to do better with any future overseas compos, but brthe meantime, just to show our lander side, you’ve won the prize for the best letter of the month (that’s enough kindness for at least three months Ed).
Pipe Down Is Tony Dillon brain dead or something? He is one of the most inacurate writers I've ever come across. His review' of Pipemania was abominable. What he should have said was "dull and unplayable” because that's exactly what it is.
G. Tate, Windsor.
Well we at Backchat thought it was a pretty good game. Have you considered yourself as being the one who is brain dead.
Flush It down the plughole, says G Tate.
Selling Yourself We are two brothers who have designed a game for the Amiga, at least the graphical part of it. We have been busy with it for quite some time now, and now we have reached the stage when we need a programmer. We need to contact software houses. But we do not know how to deal with them. How do you make contact and make sure they do not take advantage of you?
R. Ritsema, Holland.
We get a lot of the enquiries each month, and Ian Harling, who worked for Ocean on the Lost Patrol has kindly offered to give advice to anyone in your situation, just so long as he’s not overwhelmed with enquiries. Ian’s address is: 4 Aberdeen Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6HT.
Midi madness I am interested in the pop scene, and as an owner of an uncxpanded A500 and a small Saisho MIDI keyboard, I was wondering if there are any music packages you would recommend that would allo v me to emulate songs like “Je ne sais pas porquoi” by Kylie Minogue and "Hanging Tough” by The New Kids on the Block. I would like to be able to quickly and easily create pop backing tracks for my friend to sing over to hopefully release as a single. Any answers would be cool. Stay with it.
Phil Barry, London.
There are many excellent music packages for the Amiga, and if you want to use the Amiga as a sequencing device, then the best has to be Music X from Microillusions. However, as it seems you have no actual understanding of music or indeed any musical appreciation, you’d be better off leaving the Amiga out of it and just plink away on your keyboard. As for recording success, I think you’ve got the wrong magazine. Stay with what?
• SOFTWARE PRIZES. Win £50 of software and a gimmick if you write
the best letter of the month. This month's plaything is ninety-
six pages of Stereo Star Maps from Collins publishers. The 3D
maps show' how the constellations don't in fact exist.
O Artists CU's major demos competition la well under way, and now It's time to meet the judges. Each one la an expert In hla own respective tleld and each has considerable experience In the tleld of producing art and animation on the Amiga. There will be other judges too. The Editor and Mark Lewis, Electronic Arts' Managing Director will both be having their say but In the meantime, we profile the artists Involved and ask each one which of their contemporaries In computing or elsewhere they most admire.
MHOS 00MP0 ROBERT PEPPEREL (JUDGE, SENIOR CLASS) PROFESSION: Amiga artist with video company Hardwire.
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 22 10 1963, London.
CHOSEN SOFTWARE PACKAGE: Photon Paint. Turbo Silver.
FIRST AMIGA PROJECT: Exhibit at the International Cybernetics Conference in 1988 in Vienna.
WORK HISTORY: 198&-1989, Lecturer in Fine Arts at Gwent University; from 1988 onwards part-time Lectur- Thls figure's made of a thousand Gorbachevs, digitised using Vivid Amiga. Tiled shapes were created using Delux Paint III with a wrap brush option.
Er in Fine Arts at Leicester Polytechnic; October 1988 founded BUG a project to exploit the growth in DTP, print and video graphics; in March 1990 with partner Miles Vtsman founded Hardwire, a multi-media production company which uses home micros.
CURRENT FUTURE PROJECTS: Now working on Some like it Cold, a CD Video album for house stars Cold Cut, plus live Amiga show at Brixton nightclub The Fridge on Saturdays: work in the pipeline for Channel Four, MTV; proposed three four minute cyberspace collaboration with William Gibson story line, also collaborating with American novelist and painter William Burroughs creating representations of his paintings.
SO WHO DOES HE RATE? 'There are people on the PD network I can think of Tobias Richter, the Walker demo, and then there are painters, mostly modem ones. Anybody original Burroughs, for instance."
ALL OF THE JUDGES WILL BE ASSESSING BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR ENTRIES.
EACH ONE WILL BE LOOKING FOR 1) GOOD IDEAS 2) ORIGINAL DESIGNS AND 3) HOW WELL THEY’RE DONE. TURN TO PAGE21 TO FIND OUT HOW TO ENTER AND HOW YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET YOUR WORK SHOWN ON TV.
ARTISTS WORK HISTORY: Hooked from an early age on computers Started producing graphics from home then through a mutual acquaintance at a stockist was introduced to Palace, who made him totally redraw his initial designs.
CURRENT FUTURE PROJECTS: Now left Palace and working on Slud.
A platform game for Electronic Arts, and there’s more work with Bullfrog in the pipeline.
SO WHO DOES HE RATE? -There’s this guy called Mike Jarrey who's worked in films and who's now on a contract with Palace he's the best background artist I’ve seen and definitely someone to watch out for. To be honest, though, I prefer looking at the stuff comics artists do rather than what the rivals in the business are up to. Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd, The Killing Joke) is my favourite he uses so many different types of material, and one minute he'll be gritty and down to earth, the next he’ll be ultra futuristic. Lots of people hate him because he’s inconsistent that way, but he's
really atmospheric."
Simon created Dragon’s Breath using a photogenerator to produce cut-out rocks, a travel book on Canada as a reference lor the sky and drew the castle “totally from imagination SIMON HUNTER (JUDGE, ALL CLASSES) PROFESSION: Graphic Artist with Bullfrog.
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 9 7 1972, England.
CHOSEN SOFTWARE PACKAGE: D Paint III.
FIRST AMIGA PROJECT: Amiga artist for Palace Software's Dragons Breath.
STAN HAYWARD (JUDGE, JUNIOR CLASS) PROFESSION: TV Scriptwriter for children's TV and animator Amiga tutor.
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Sometime in the thirties.
CHOSEN SOFTWARE PACKAGE: System Line Tester from Chromaco- lour (nowhere near as sprockety as it sounds, it’s used in adverts and in Stan's work in schools).
WORK HISTORY: Worked on "Rhubarb And Custard”, “Henry's Cat", set up Britain's first computer animation company in 1970 at Imperial College, London.
CURRENT FUTURE PROJECTS: Involved with schools projects for Commodore and visits schools demonstrating how to draw with the Amiga.
SO WHO DOES HE RATE: "I can tell you what I look for, and that's someone who's prepared to go out on a limb and do something different. I've seen a lot of imaginative stuff done on the Amiga at art colleges Famham in particular. But elsewhere I suppose Richard Williams, who worked on Roger Rabbit’, Oscar Grillo (Kiora and the Coco Pops ads).
Bob Godfrey, who worked with me on 'Henry’s Cat’, Alison De Vere, who’s an experimented animator, and George Dunning, who directed The Yellow Submarine' and who had a totally original approach to making films."
The Beetles cartoon Is a Sian Hayward's lavourlte.
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ROLLOFHONOUR Incentive’s past awards include Crash Readers’ Awards
- Best Graphics
- Most Imaginative Game
- Best Overall Game C &VG Golden Joystick Award Commodore
Computing International Oskar Amstrad 100% Prix De L’lnnovation
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spectacular Super Freescape ,M Incentive, the award-winning
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Use your eyes and ears to discover solutions to the brain-twisting puzzles. Secret rooms, twisting corridors and hidden traps, all in superb SOLID 3D make Castle Master the most atmospheric Action Adventure you’ll ever play.
Enter ‘Castle Eternity' if you dare! You could be there forever.
Computer Industry Award - 8 Bit Programmers of the Year Available on: Atari ST. Amiga, IBM PC 3.5 & 5,25', Commodore 64 (cassette, disk) Aim trad (cassette, disk) Spectrum + 3, Spectrum 48 128 Atari ST C 64 Spectrum & Amiga Screenshots Programmed by: Incentive Software 1990 New Dimension International Ltd incentive The, Award Winners Published by Domark Ltd. Ferry House. 51-57 Lacy Road. London SW1S 1 PR Tel: 01-780 2224 Send In your demos routines and gel YOUR chance to WIN a video recorder and camera PLUS the dizzy heights of TV stardom. Enter one of two classes "amateur” if you are a
total beginner or "professional” If you are already established and have had work published In magazines and or PD companies, plus either the junior category (up to and Including sixteen years of age) or the senior (seventeen and above). You don’t have to be a brilliant artist to enter we'll be taking hard work and originality of thought Into account but If your demos stand out they could well be given airtime on the forthcoming Channel Four programme BUZZ And the top entries will all be displayed at thla year's ECES Show (formerly the PC Show).
1) All work Is yours or that of your group.
2) All submissions must Include an entry form.
3) All submissions must include a pause mode.
4) The judges’ decision Is Anal.
O DEMOS Thanks this month go to Seventeen Bit and Virus Free, and of course Tobias Richter.
Remember our demo competition is running right up until the August issue, so you get your submissions in (with entry form) to CU.
SCI FI: More animation Irom Toblaa Hlchlar. With the Star Trek theme again, thla demo haa the warp drive veralon ot Galileo reluming home to the Enterprlee. Available trom Seventeen Bit, PO Box 97, Waketleld, WF1 1XX.
BEST STRATEGY GAME A pretty obvious winner. Sim City polled over double the votes ot it’s nearest rival. Which means Waterloo, with less than half the votes of Sim City is the runner up.
BEST SOUND Aciiiieeeeddddl X Xe Xe Xen Xenon II took the sonic innovations category for best sound. Nearest, but a long way behind, comes Psygnosis' Blood Money in second place.
BEST GRAPHICS Who made this year's Mona Lisa? In a hard fought category you voted Space Ace as the most visually stunning game of '89, with Shadow Of The Beast in the number two slot BEST ADVENTURE US Gold, not overly famous for 24 adventures, take the top prize with their licence of Indiana Jones, with Indy up against the Nazi regime. In second place is Palace's Future Wars.
BEST SIMULATION Falcon soared home with over a third of Ihe votes fending off all rivals. The inimitable Kick Off scores second place, only a few votes above Stunt Car Racer.
BEST SOFTWARE HOUSE Talk about a one horse race.
With almost 50% of the voting it’s (roll out the tickertape) Ocean well and truly first, surprise surprise. Undaunted, Mirrorsoft dragged themselves into second place, but with only 13% of the votes.
BEST PACKAGING Another forgone conclusion?
Shadow ot the Beast.tea shirt, Roger Dean and co, swept away all opposition. Who gimmicks don't sell?
Who did you rate in 1989?
Read on to find out if your vote came top.
BEST RPG Through the fetid death pits of V’hl-L'turg in the province of Quztyif came the nominees in this category. The honour of the ancients is bestowed upon Dungeon Master Hail champion of champions!
PROGRAMMER TEAM OF THE YEAR The Bitmaps. Who else? Trailing in their wake, teams such as Bullfrog and Cinemaware.
BEST COIN OPI ARCADE CONVERSION Oops! A bit of a cock up. Both categories, ot coure. Are one and the same. It didn’t seem to bother you though. Op Thunderbolt received twice as many votes as its nearest rival, Strider.
BEST COIN OP Chase HQ II, the lave rave in the arcades.
BEST ORIGINAL GAME Sim City polled highest here.
Planning and architecture seemed to go down just as well with the CU buying public as the staff who played it. Cyberpunking in its way into second place was Mirrorsoft's taxing Interphase.
GAME OF THE YEAR KICK OFF} It's there. Over to Brian: "A remarkable effort. Just when it looked as though it was all over they pull this out of thebagl". OP Thunderbolt shot its way into a firm second place.
A Beastly rave, complete with a T-shirt.
BEST VIDEO
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trated acid for blood." Yes Aliens romped home as video of the
year. Die Hard takes another runners up position, poor Bruce.
BEST ALBUM Freddie and friends were said to have been overcome with emotion at the news of this most prestigious of accolades. Not much Kylie Minogue. Though, and even less Jason in a category that ranged from the lyrical muzak of Slayer to the grinding riffs of Gloria Estefan.
BEST TV PROG Thankfully, Neighbours could only manage fourth this year (and that was tied). In the meantime Sledge Hammer, an every day story of cops, schizophrenia, comedy and guns smashed its way into first place.
Chasing up the rear was the Sunday evening soap. Wonder Years.
BEST FILM in a surprisingly close call, Batman scraped through on wing and batarang. Once again Ocean can claim credit for licensing the top film. Mel Gibson's Lethal Weapon II and Bruce Willis’ Die Hard both slugged it out for the runners' up position, but with no clear result. Tied on points.
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Once in a while, gold Ninjas of your character which moves in appear. Killing one of these re- time with the original and which is suits in a token being dropped, impervious to damage. Another giving you either increased useful add-on is the fire rope. This makes you pretty much but not totally indestructible'.
The end-of-level guardians are surprisingly varied. Level one contains a drinking well down which (surprise surprise) are Ninjas! Later levels feature teleporting Ninjas and a very large kite, complete with added peasants to pilot it.
Controlling the main character is surprisingly simple, despite his array of weapons. My only gripe is that some sections are almost impossible to get past if you've lost your extra powers. It’s matter of honing your skills so you don't loose them in the first place.
Other levels feature boulders, Ninja pensioners, caverns, and cliffs. To keep the action going there are vertically scrolling sections which break up the potential monotony. From the onset things are tough, maybe a Bit too difficult; but after a bit of practise you can live with it. Ninja Spirit is neither graphically or sonlcally outstanding. On the other hand it's a good conversion of a not-too-hot arcade game. Well programmed, good fun and containing tots of action.
Well worth checking out.
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? S Gold's world of drugs, sabotage and espionage blows its way onto the home computer. The intricate web of drug dealing forms a hierarchical empire. At the bottom, you have your carriers and your comer- shop dealers. Then you move up to the big dealers, exchanging Place the bomb on T. The barriers can be lethal.
AMIGA large amounts ot illegal substances for even larger amounts of cash, and at the top you have your Mr Bigs, who sit on the dosh and gloat. These nefarious masters of crime need somewhere to hide out and stash the 'stuff. They think they’ve got away with it.
They think. But you are no ordinary cop. You may be called Ben and your partner called Andy, but there's nothing mundane about your work as you go undercover and blow up the villains' bases.
In a nutshell. Crackdown is a high quality, split-screen Gauntlet done, with great graphics and a generous dollop of playability.
Travel around each building, represented by a top-view, eightway scrolling play area, planting time bombs.
Ammo is extremely limited, so you have to pick your targets carefully. Some are unarmed, so it's often a good idea to get in close and dispose of them with a well-placed kick.
Without a doubt, the graphics are intricate, although it’s a little too hard at times to pick out certain detail. But even though the split-screen playing area is small, the scanner ensures the there's no problem with things off screen killing you before you get a chance to see them.
Approach this game as a piece of light entertainment with just the right difficulty to keep you playing for a while. It's definitely worth a shot.
79% 83% 85% 82% SOUND GRAPHICS PLAYABILITY LASTABILITY Tony Dillon 0 ot a licence from 1 llhi Old Testa- H k I ment. Instead a puzzler. Not your standard blocks and ladders, this time you get a high tech spiders and lifts.
There’s no fancy plot. Tower ol Babel just requires puzzle-solving in a rather peculiar way. Using three robot spiders: a Pusher (for pushing objects), a Zapper (tor shooting objects), and a Grabber (for collecting things). These can be viewed from first person perspective, or from behind. In turn the whole tower can be viewed from a distance, essential to get an idea of what you're going to run into.
The puzzles vary from the easy (use one spider and kill one creature) to the downright tough (three spiders collect three objects, destroy three others, with a time limit).
Apart from collectibles and des- tructibles, laser cannons cause a lot of problems, as do teleporters, which aren’t just there to make life difficult, but are integral to solving the puzzles.
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Each spider is controlled in the same way, either one move at a time or in a programmed series which is used in the later stages.
The moves are simple left right toward, up and down for lifts. The real skill is using the spiders in conjunction with each other, you have to make sure yours is in the h rfjsp» HP i'n imirriffp n-i~f RPSSBWS -T ’Snn BlP* rn, right place to activate a particular part of the puzzle. Having the other two capitalise on this situation isn't easy.
The tnckiest thing about the game is getting used to the way its various elements are connected.
Being in the right place at the nght time is a help, but you need to AMIGA The Magic Rouruiaboi SCREEN SCENE Lasers and mirrors.
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It's not just a case of collecting things. Guns need to be deacti- SOUND 83% GRAPHICS 90% PLAYABILITY 93% LASTABILITY 93% from adjusting your view of the spiders to changing the graduated tint on the skyline. Most radical of all is the designer. If you become bored with the normal towers you can alter them or re-build them from scratch. You have full control over the colour palette, every single object and four floors with which to build.
Tower ol Babel takes puzzle games one stage further. It’s variety which makes it so attractive.
Each section contains some very tricky problems, and when they finally appear you have to move fast to nip them in the bud.
Tower ol Babel has stunning graphics. The 3D works very well and it's fast, although it sometimes makes playing a little bit confusing, especially after your umpteenth jaunt on a teleporter.
This is an excellent game, not take a general overview of the vated and aliens need to be shot, just for puzzle enthusiasts but for game. This means constantly re- Unfortunately, sometimes the everybody who fancies a few tracing your tracks to work out situation warrants the sacrifice of weeks of mind-bending puzzles.
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LDM follows the fortunes of a decrepit prospector whiling out his last few months attempting to find a highly profitable, sometimes mythical, and definitely lost mine.
The game's presented on two main screens. A large map of the surrounding area is used to help navigate the ancient miner to rivers, mines and home. When the miner is digging or panning for gold, or he's in the town, a close up screen is brought up showing the miner and his immediate surroundings.
Being as you're playing an OAP, you’re quite prone to the elements. The temperature extremes in a desert go froim bloody hot at midday to freezing cold at midnight, so a canteen, some food and a set of a long johns are available from the local store.
Buildings in the local town include a bank, an olde western saloon, the jail, doctor Bob's and the all important assayers who'll value and buy your gold off of you.
Bang goes this week’s pension.
R SOUND 65% GRAPHICS 78% PLAYABILITY 72% LASTABILITY 65% Until you work out where the as our miner triend though, there's much of a game in there. It tends mines are most of your time is the constant threat of bandits to lose a bit on playability through taken up knee-deep in the local after all it is the west and it's most repetition. For the most part it's rivers with panning for gold nug- definitely wild. One man and his donkey against gets. But not everybody's as nice Unfortunately, there's not too the elements, traipsing back forth between river and town.
The graphics are smart. Nice backdrops and digitised characters add to the presentation.
However LDM features one of the worst pieces of music I've heard a horrendous cacophony of off key warbles and clanks.
A pretty nondescript game, but will find favour with the Sunday afternoon games players who are perfectly happy to sit back and admire the scenery.
Puter inter jiiiter drawer Whatever your computer, Contriver fits perfectly peripheral suppliers worldwide Contriver (Europe) Ltd fel: (0280) 822803 4 Fax:(0280)822805 The hash Is In the cotters, your boll ststus Is cool yet, you're In the running.
? Uck Rogers made it to the twenty-fifth century. American football lasts to the twenty-first. No more human players, just battle armoured robots slugging it out with an explosive ball and a lot of spare parts.
Some of the basic football rules still apply. Getting the ball into the opponent’s end results in a touchdown. And there’s a Quarterback, offence and defence and lot's of different strategies.
The first significant change is the ball. It gets hotter and hotter until it explodes. In a normal game the attacking team has four attempts to move the ball forward ten yards, or the opposition gain possession. The idea is to move the ball forward towards a ’’Defuse", so cooling the ball down again while the attacking team steam forward.
On the offence you start by controlling the Quarterback. Avoid the oncoming defence and pass the ball to a receiver further up- field. Once the ball is released, control is given over the player most likely to complete the pass.
Then it’s a matter of getting as far up-field as possible.
Strategies are broken down into two groups, running and passing.
Each group will have a different strategy according to their position on the field. A passing play is usually the most likely to succeed, though it’s impossible to predict the sort of distance you’ll gain.
However a running play usually gives you the distance you want, though it’s tough to successfully instigate one.
Defence is broken down into short, medium and long plays, corresponding to the sort of distance you’re expecting the opposition to try for. For instance, a short play would be good for getting in really close and sacking the Quarterback; if it fails there's every chance of a long break for the offence.
Scoring and completing plays earns the team money, essential when you run a team that's prone to exploding or breaking down. It's pretty difficult trying to play when you can't afford to field a full one.
Cyberball offers an interesting alternative to the traditional sports game. There’s enough American footy to keep it recognisable, and enough variety to keep it interesting. An ambitious idea which is pretty good fun in the lean period between football seasons.
The only problem it really suffers from is a lack of speed. All told it's enjoyable but I can see it growing stale in the not-too- distant future.
Mark Patterson GRAPHICS 71% SOUND 76% PLAYABILITY 83% LASTABIUTY 74% 688 ATTACK SUB submarine simulations are dull and boring. Think again. Not only does 688 A S. have enough trigger happy action to keep you happy, it also has a depth of playability that even HMS Con- querer couldn't match.
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SCREEN SCENE . . ...S Thai trlendlr trawler is down hut not out.
Where is that submarine hiding?
Stealth capabilities, to me, a sub has always been a big grey thing that pops out of the water occasionally and kills everything in sight. The game doesn't claim to be an accurate simulation of the
U. S. 688 and the Russian Alfa class subs. But it certainly gives
the impression of being an accurate insight into the
workings of a sub, showing you exactly how to assualt and how
surveillance missions are carried out.
As Captain of either ot the two submarines, you have to complete a series of missions, ranging from the small, such as shaking off an oppposing sub, to full scale participation in World War III.
The game is controlled from the main deck of the sub. You can move around to various stations by clicking on them and give orders to the crew. This is not as simple as it sounds. Just moving requires you to tell the navigator where to place waypoints and the pilot the speed and depth at which Stealth is the name of game. Attacking boats is a tricky thing to do if you want remain unseen, as you have come up to 20 teet ana raise your shol shoM „0 lrlek.
Periscope to achieve visual confirmation. More often than not, an going to die!', enemy helicopter will be waiting I had a lot of fun playing this and for you when you surface and will soon I was hooked. It's nowhere sound the alarm. Once your cover near as involved as Red Storm is blown, you’re in trouble matey. Rising, but it is an atmospheric The graphics are brilliant, product, and a highly exhilarating Almost all of the pictures in the one at that. But I would advise you game are digitised, and the view check it out if you're after some- from the periscope when attacking thing to tax
the brain, ships can be very impressive in- Tony Dillon deed. The animation rate is low as are the number of frames of Would you trust this man to salt below sea lorel animation, but with a game like this, who needs silky smooth SOUND 87% animation?
The sound is stunning, too. All GRAPHICS 90% effects are sampled, and very _ aVADII I TV OEO atmospheric, though I'm not too PLAYABILITY 85 At sure about the happy warbling U 5J g||_|jy 81% speech giving you messages such as 'We’ve been hit! We're all G AMIGA ? Orged from the talents of Mev Dine (father of the Last Ninja).
John Twiddy (man of many a high score table), the amiable Hugh Riley and Amiga programmer Andrew Bond, Hammerfist is Vivid Image’s more than worthy first entrance to the Amiga market.
Hammerfist is an out-and-out arcade game, with a suitable arcade plot. A wrinkle-faced megalomaniac known as the Master is grabbing all the world's top talents and turning them into obedient holograms. It’s down to SCREEN SCENE Hammer that pillar!
Maphrodite in every sense.
And that’s Hammerfist. There’s not a lot to it, but what's there is superb. Hammerfist is bright, well coloured and full of action. The sound is pretty smart, too, with a euro-bop tune ringing out of the speakers.
One game that could be con- Hammerfisl and his counterpart, Metalisis, to overthrow the Master.
The Master is hidden at the end ot one hundred and twenty-eight screens, each one ot which is different. To start with each room is locked. The security locking system will only deactivate when enough ojects have been destroyed, freeing Hammerfist.
Blowing a room apart can be done in several ways. Method one is to run about blasting all the aliens, robots, fish and plant life.
Method two is pretty much the same, except taking time out to wreck computers and furniture.
Hammerfist is truly the man for the job. Armed with a laser spitting glove that doubles up as a jack hammer, he's deadly. His main drawback is that he’s about as athletic as a tree sloth. So when it comes to jumping about and somersaulting a quick jab up on the joystick transforms Hammerfist into Metalisis, his highly agile female alter-ego. A her- verted to coin-op and survive.
Fast, furious and pretty damn good. You can t afford to miss it if you’re a serious arcadester.
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Scramble Spirits is very similar to another game by the name of Flying Shark, similar indeed to almost any other vertically scrolling shoot-em-up that allows you to drop bombs on tanks, fly over sea, land and lets you collect extra weapons. Scramble Spirits lacks originality.
Except perhaps for forcing away the frontiers of light entertainment. Indeed, it only takes a moment or two of joystick bashing to bring home just what a deadend you've run into.
The graphics are small, blocky, coloured in a harsh, almost childish way and have no frames of animation at all. The smallest movement you can make seems to be six pixels in any direction.
The sound is confined to a dull, 'plinky' tune. A game like this ought to conjure up the thrills and spills of aerobatic gunplay.
Instead of reaching for the sky, the gameplay drops like a stone.
Because of the jerky, almost unpredictable way your plane handles, it is frustratingly hard to actually avoid anything when it comes to tight situations. That, coupled with the speed of the enemy and their bullets means it SOUND 52% GRAPHICS 48% PLAYABILITY 43% LASTABILITY 33% SCRAMBLE is almost impossible to get anywhere. The end sequence could be the finest piece of 16-bit programming known to man, but what's the point if no-one will ever see it without a cheat mode?
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Tel orders :0268-590766 V i DISKS OS DD.. ... 46p DSHD £1.15 PRICE EACH INC VAT AND LABELS | LOCKABLE BOXES CAP 40 CAP 80 £4 £5.75 51 4 DISKS AMIGA Batman Pack £355 Class ol 90s £510 512K Ram £56 with clock £62 NEC external W Drive £60 1084D Monitor £239 DS DD.. ... 23p DSHD.. ... 57p PRICE EACH INC VATAN0 LABELS LOCKABLE BOXES CAP 50 CAP 100 £5.25 £6.50 POST add £3 NEXT DAY add £7 o AMIGA Singe’s Castle software, brushes ilsell down and becomes quite presentable. The addition of difficulty levels, decent presentation and the little help box makes an amazing difference.
Naturally the graphics are very good indeed. The short animated sequences have to be seen to be appreciated. Unfortunately the graphics lend call for an impromptu two player mode, one to play an done to goggle and say ' Did you see that?" Again the sound is sampled straight from the arcade machine.
At last El seem to have got the laser disk conversions pretty much of pat. All it takes is five disks, two drives and meg to get everything running smoothly. Well worth checking out.
Mark Patterson Bluth This one, actual- up its sleeve Dragon 's Lair and Space both featured excellent graphics and fantastic sound digitised from the laser disk arcade machines.
However, the lack of game play reflected in the middling ratings it received in the software, although this was by no means the case with the Gallup charts.
Singe's Castle improves upon I We reviewed Singe's Castle wilh one megabyte and two drives. Although the amount of drives doesn’t actually affect the gameplay the lack of memory expansion does. Unexpanded Amigas will not feature sound or some of the graphic effects and the marks would be lowered accordingly.
Its forebears, though, with the aid Take that and that and . . .
Of three difficulty levels and a small brown box. The first level Is easy and only eight stages long.
The small box at bottom of the screen flashes up the appropriate joystick move a second or so before it's required. On this level it only takes about half an hour to go right through (although you don't get the finishing sequence). On the intermediate section there’s fifteen stages and even less time to complete the moves, (and no end sequence). The hard level has twenty stages and you need to be able to have remembered all the moves from the medium levels, and you need to have split second timing to complete the new sections which appear. More importantly, if you complete this you get the
cartoon show at the end, which is well worth seeing.
This does wonders for the game. It manages to drag itself out of the swamp of mediocre I INFESTATI Psygnosis Price: £24.95 noN SOUND GRAPHICS PLAYABILITY LASTABIUTY not realising that you're stood in the path of the first one and ... bfamlll Your task is made slightly easier by your space suit. It pro- doesn't happen right away, of vides you with oxygen when course. For the first hour or so you there's none, shielding from heat play, it’s just a game, but once you and radiation, a shoulder- start getting places, the feeling of mounted laser rifle and an on- 'actually being there' is over
board computer system that gives whelming, you lots of wonderful toys such as One room actually made me hat? No free'T- The aliens aren't all you're likely a complete navigational system tremble. In one comer, there is a Shirt? Oh well, to come up against. Alone on the that allows you to find your way screwdriver, in another there is a with a game this surface of the planet you find through the labyrinth of tunnels battery for your suit, and slap good who needs yourself being attacked by lots of and doors. You also get a note- dang in the middle is this huge a T-shirt? In- scuttling little
spiders and not-so- book, complete physical analysis floating head with glowing eyes testation is all about a small space scuttling large killer robot guards, at a glance, an inventory and of lhal always turns to face you. It colony that has been invaded and Work out how to get underground course those ever important laser can kill you on contact, but doesn't destroyed by a band of marauding I'm not going to tell you how rifle sights. The problems? The evBr move towards you. It just aliens. You, Captain KAL SOLAR and you'll find there are many suit only has a limited oxygen hovers
menacingly in mid-air. I (to be pronounced in a big boom- other hazards to deal with. Many supply and a limited battery life, swear if it ever moved I'd have a ing voice) have to travel alone to of the areas are radioactive. There both of which have to be constant- heart attack. The ventilation sys- the colony, get inside the under- are robots and computer systems ly topped up by collecting the 'em worried me too. After ten ground system, seek out the eggs, turned haywire and hostile. Even special pods which litter the com- minutes of crawling along the destroy them and then atomise simple
things such as doorways plex. Seemingly endless maze of fun- the planet by setting the nuclear can cause death. In most cases The graphics, in particular the "els, I had to emove my helmet, power source to critical mass, you will walk through two sets of stunning title screen, are amazing, regardless of whether or not there Well, there's no harm in making doors, joined by a short passage- They're not as superfast as Con- was oxygen. I'd rather die from sure none of the nasty little critters way. To open the second door, querer or Starglider 2, but they are asphyxiation than from claus- get
away, is there? What's a mere the first must be closed. It's all too very detailed and there are a hell trophobia.
Planet in this day and age? Easy to try and open the second of a lot of vectors on screen at any Quite simply Intestation is an one time and they do move quick- incredible game. I'd even go as far Short circuit returns ly. Not only does the graphics aa o say it's a game that every system do everything that Frees- Amiga owner should have. And cape has ever promised to do, it every ST owner too. Truly a top- does it ten times better. The feel- notch release, ing of realism is incredible. It Tony Dillon 82% 94% 94% 92% ailing somewhere along the lines of an arcade player’s Tank Platoon,
Sherman M4 gives you the opportunity to sleep between the metal sheets of a Sherman M4 tank and take command of an attack platoon.
I must admit, I was a bit dubious about the arrival of yet another tank game', however, all fears of the word ’average’ were disintegrated in a blaze of cannonfire.
Sherman M4 is very cool indeed.
US Gold Price: £24.99 A standard platoon consists of four Sherman tanks and a couple of jeeps if you’re lucky. You’d better look after them, because they're the only vehicles you have through the campaigns, which can have anything between five and eight missions. The jeeps are unarmed, and therefore are only really useful for spying on enemy operations. They aren't particularly resilient, so you have to take extra care with them.
The tanks are great fun. Each one can take quite a lot of knocking about, so long as you don't drive them over mines. The graphics aren't the most complex, filled vectors I’ve seen, but they are some of the fastest. The use of a sprite horizon makes the landscape quite impressive, despite the small offering of landscape features. A few trees, a couple of enemy bunkers and a river here and there seem to be all there is on offer. That said, if I get caught in a clump of trees again.
I'll scream.
M4 Sherman is very atmospher
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immediately, and once you’ve had your trundle around, blowing
up trees and churches with gay abandon, and you begin
planning strategies property, wild horses couldn’t drag you
away.
This is an extremely good game. A clear winner for US Gold, and a game worth buying if you’re SOUND after a fun strategy game, or a fast GRAPHICS 3D blast along the lines of Battle- zone. PLAYABILITY r LAST ABILITY Tony Dillon ) Sovereign 93 COTSWOULD AVE DUSTON NORTHAMPTON NN5 60P ORDERS BY TELEPHONE Software THE KIOSKS greyfriars bus station I 1 LADY'S LANE NORTHAMPTON NN1 3BZ 0604 756951 7 am-7pm Monday-Sunday COMPELLING BUYS SMASH HITS GAME TITLE 688 SUBMARINE SIM APB .. ADIDAS GOLDEN SHOE AQUANAUT ALTERED BEAST ..... AMERICAN ICE HOCKEY AUSTERLITZ ..
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E-Motion is that rarest of games an original.
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I'm just not sure that the aggro involved in getting through the game is worth it. All I can be sure of is that after reviewing it, I have an irresistable urge to reach for a Napalm Death tape and give the volume control a severe yank.
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E-Motion is one of those games in which gameplay is everything E-Motion is very much back to basics.
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The total number of paying punters was 13. I & * Football is quite a popular subject at the local EMAP water hole, and there are many usually quiet members of staff who suddenly become amazingly articulate at the first mention of astroturf. A night in the pub with Mike Pattenden can turn into quite an educational one.
For example, did you know: The fastest own goal in league history was scored ? Ow many times down once too many and he'll have we lost at limp oft the pitch and be rendered Kick Off and said out of the game for a few weeks.
“Oh, I must have Stamina is another crucial factor, had a bad as your number 9 striker may be team."? How many time have we able to out run anything on the been faced with a far superior pitch, though he may have trouble computer team and wished we keeping up with the opposing de- could have done something about fenders after half time. For the first it? Wish no more, Player Manager time in a football game, those has finally arrived, and it's far rows and rows of little statistics better than I ever expected. Actually seem to mean something.
A Logical progression from Kick You only play one player Off, the core of the game remains against the computer, which is a basically the same. After all, the bit of a let down where Kick Off is centre of any football manage- concerned, but the computer is no 'PWtoo-player it'syou against Ihe computer, bill, boy, is he tough!
Ment game is the match itself, and push over. Each team plays dif- what better thing to play than Kick' ferently and is composed of diffe- off? Rent skilled players, so studying As the title suggests, you're a form and playing strategies is of player-manager, much along the vital Importance if you want to get lines of Kenny Dalglish’s role in anywhere.
Liverpool, so really you have two But where PM really holds it games for the price of one. Own is on the management side.
Make no mistake, it is Kick Oft Here, in amongst all the detailed plain and simple, with one or two form sheets and generous assort- variations. For a start, each player ment of menus, is where all the is now strongly affected by injury important decisions are made, and stamina levels. Bring a player starting right off with who you are!
There are basically two roles you can play. The first, and possibly the easiest, is the true managerial rote, in which case you can play the whole team, as in Kick Off.
The other role, and one I find a bit odd, is the role of a true player manager, where you still make all the managerial choices, but can only play football as one member of the team. No more passing to yourself across the pitch, as it were. In this mode, you can only AMIGA AYER ANAGER Time lor a corner again.
Play your chosen position, and have to work with the computer operating the rest ot your team for you. Tough to play, but infinitely more rewarding.
As management games go.
Player Manager is definitely a step in the right direction. A lot of the menus and options cover old ground, but in the case of player transfer markets and financial details, that's unavoidable. However, possibly one of the most impressive options yet seen on a managerial game, and the keystone to addictiveness and involvement of this game, is the Tactics option. Forget selecting 4-2-4 or 4-3-3. PM lets you plan all your set SCREEN SCENE IKHNSrtK LIST pieces just the way you want them. An infinite amount of different strategies are available to you, the only limit is your imagina
tion. By placing the players in the best positions for your style of play, and marking out apporxi- mate 'trace' lines, telling each player where they should be for any given moment, you'll never be able to say that you aren't in full control of your game.
At last a management game that requires true management skills. Add to that the most addictive arcade soccer game ever, and if you don't have a winner, I'll buy you a drink.
Tony Dillon 1 Mi df i eld D.f.nd.rTjC SOUND 79% GRAPHICS 83% LASTABILITY 86% PLAYABILITY 94% o his is the official licence oi the Seagram Grand National 1990, _ incorporating all of the participating horses and some jolly nice sound effects.
At the start of your career (which can last for 1, 5 or 10 years, you decide) you have no horses and £10,000. The first thing you have to do is buy a horse to ride in the National.
Clicking on the appropriate icon gives a list of nags, some are top class fillies that cost too much, the ones you can afford initially are pretty run-of-the-mill.
To make your money back you can place bets on any of the horses running, including your own, and if you’ve bought a really duff horse, you’re going to need all the money you can lay your hands on.
Select which of your horses to ride, and you’re under starters orders. The race is represented slightly unusually. There are three windows on screen, all of which you have to watch. The first, and smallest window, has a plan view .
Of the course, with your nag as a little flashing dot. The text below this window also gives you current race details, such as time and your current position.
Window number two has a side- on view ol the horse galloping along the track, and gives you a visual representation of your horse approaching fences, allowing you to judge the best moment to jump. Finally window three, the largest, provides you with a top view of the race, showing you on your horse, and any other nearby.
It’s from this screen that you steer your horse through the race, and it also contains speed and stamina meters. The higher the speed meter, the faster your stamina falls. The key is finding a good balance of speed and energy.
The graphics aren’t bad, by any standard, but they are little too functional. And for the most part the same applies to the sound.
But that said, I like the sampled speech which announces the winners, although the jingly tune that plays on the options screen grates slightly.
It’s fun, there’s no doubt about that, but I do feel that it could do with a steroid or two in both game- play and variety, and probably falters in the lastability states.
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GRAPHICS: 81% PLAYABILITY: 56% PUZZLEABILITY: 59% Keith unlocks a diary this month, and no doubt reveals a musty map. What else is KC up to?
Getting the dog into the kitchen, searching for the High Lord and doing a few turns, that's what.
JOURNEY Every now and again a clue gets cocked up, and this seems to have been the case in November's Valley. Tour Nightfang clue was wrong when you suggested that all the characters except Tag should return immediately! Praxix should proceed, and he will find a tree stump, which will open if he casts the BIAZE spell on it," writes Morten Repshus from Norway.
Oops! Thanks for straightening things out, Morten.
Geir Jensen from Trondheim, also in Norway , has reason to believe he is very near the end of his Journey. But before he can reach his goal, he must get the island.
He has been recommended two ships, but whichever he chooses he and his party get killed on the voyage. So - which of the ships should he use, or is there yet another of which he is not aware, that will give him safe passage?
PERSONAL NIGHTMARE Mark Coveney was looking for a w[ay to open the locked diary, a month or two back. Here's how, with the help of Marc Baldwin of Bolton.
Go into the kitchen at the Dog and INTO THE Duck after 11.30 pm. Put the plug in the sink, and turn on the taps, to flush the evil water demon down the drain. Look in the washing machine, and examine the pair of pants you'll find inside to get the key.
DRACULA Wayne Jacques has been sitting in a coach for an awfully long time now. For 348 turns, in fact, and it still hasn't stopped!
Should he try jumping while it's in motion, or perhaps make a grab for the handbrake?
BARD’S TALE I How exactly do you input that long sentence, the one that Peter Gawthorpe was struggling to force into the input buffer a few weeks ago, in answer to the magic mouth on level 3?
Wayne Cooper of Wakefield has come up with the answer - you simply press RETURN after each word.
“All you have to do now is to find the exit," adds Wayne. “A quick way of doing this is to cast APAR N+5, E+7, UP, O." Wayne says he will be happy to help anyone on any of the three Bard’s Tales, provided they send an SAE. His address is: 71 Silcoates Street, Peacock Estate, DUNGEON MASTER Who knows of a quick and easy way to kill the knights?
Wakefield. West Yorkshire WF2 OKA.
And on a different note.Jeremey Gowland of Tasmania would like to know what the Onyx item is, and where to find it.
KEEF THE THIEF Oyvind Adnoy is stuck not only in Legend of the Sword, but is having trouble in Keef The Thief, too. “I have found four artifacts: Plate of Strength, Arm of Wealth, Arm of I-ove, and Artifact of Mem. Where will I find the last, two? And how do 1 mix the spell Riteus Gardus?"
LEGEND OF THE SWORD “Am I supposed to do something with the crocodile?" Asks Oyvind Adnoy, from Norway. “And what about the beaver? I can kill it, but I can't get rid of it! Further south, Klaus Conrad in Malta is battling against other problems. He has tried everything except kissing the Mudbeasts to get rid of them, and failed. And he's also searching for the High Lord's skull. Has ANYONE overcome the dreaded Mudbeasts? I've certainly not heard a whisper from anywhere on this sticky subject.
Klaus Conrad has a method which takes him years on end to complete, and will never get through his exams if he can’t speed things up!
Write with your problems, and any answers that may help fellow adventurers, to me at The Valley, CU.
Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon lane, London EC1R 3AU COMMENT I like reading Role Playing and Fighting Fantasy books, so I bought the game Temple Of Terror. All was going well. 1 was flying on the eagle when I encountered a pterodactyl. It is a year from the time I first encountered the pterodactyl and Istill don’t know the command I must use to kill or pass it. It's no use reading the book, since the eagle and pterodactyl use dice combat. Can you help me?
On the brighter side, I believe your adventure section is good. I mean great, and half-brained twits who say adventures are boring should be flogged.
Paul De Angelis, Melbourne Campbell’s Comment: A litde bit violent don’t you think? Personally, I’d stand them knee-deep in evil smelling mud, and then set chiggers loose on them.
A few months ago 1 bought a pack under the Rainbird label, only to find one of the tapes was damaged. I sent the tape back to the address given in the instructions, but it came back about two w’eeks later and it said on the envelope that the company had gone away. I was wondering would it be possible for you to give me Rainbird’s new address?
Wayne Jacques Waterford, Ireland.
Campbell’s Comment: What a fine example of communications from communications experts, British Telecom, previous owners of Rainbird!
I’m appalled that they didn’t arrange for mail to be forwarded to Microprose, to whom they sold the company. The address of Microprose is: 2 Market Place, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8DA.
I have just purchased Space Quest III, and I think the backdrops early in the game are fantastic, and 1 suffer fits of laughter whenever I load it up. I haven’t seen a review for SQ1 or SQ2.
They are for sale in Oz for $ 50 each, but are they worth this much?
Thanks for help this month to: Paul Hardy. Sheffield: Morten Repshus, Krisliansand, Norway; Wayne Cooper, Wakefield; and Klaus Conrad, Malta.
VENOM: Tell Harg to drop his sword, then take the it and you should be able to control him.
MAJIK: Find Boldok and give him your magical sphere. Then kill him before he has a chance to escape. Take the sphere and the jewel, go west, and show the emerald to Capriol.
INDY ADVENTURE: To pass the guards at the checkpoint after the plane crash, offer something to each of them.
RIGEL’S REVENGE: To pass the android, examine its head carefully, and then use the Although the humour and puzzle solving elements will (I presume) still be in abundance, are the graphics as good? Are they as playable as SQ3?
Greg Trenowden, Adelaide.
Campbell's Comment: No, they are not so good graphically. Sierra have been using their enhanced system on the latest games, which gives far better resolution and animation. The starting points for the upgrade are King’s Quest IV, Space Quest III, Police Quest II, and I rry II. But the older games are quite playable - after all, those were the games that became popular enough to make it worthwhile for Sierra to improve their system!
You’ll find a review of SQ2 in the April 89 Valley.
Can on what you see.
SHADOWS OF MORDOR: To move the logs, drag them. You need help with this, and it will take two journeys.
JOURNEY: To gain the confidence of the wood elf, say TAG LA, BRAN AGRITH.
BARD’S TALE 3: The bows and arrows are in the burial chamber.
BARD’S TALE 1: The Mad God's eye is in the NF. Corner of the third level of the catacombs.
There is a false wall in that corner.
HEROES OF THE LANCE: To kill the dragon, cast a deflect dragon breath spell, then attack it with arrows, rocks, or spells, aiming them low at its tail.
Mark Patterson is here with news about adventures and RPGs, licences from live role playing sets, and a handy new guide to programming your own adventures.
The Colonel's Bequest casts you as Laura Bow, a college student who suffers from murder mystery syndrome. Trouble just can’t help but find her.
Adventures from the Continent could well be this year's flavour, and the next will be Pinal Command bv Ubisoft.
After twenty-one years of war, a breakthrough in interstellar travel unites the battling superpowers.
Twenty years later, Earth inexplicably loses contact with one of it's bases, and it’s down to you to check it out. 1 sure hope there's no ALIENS about.
Despite its borrowed sounding plot, Final Command will be an icon driven adventure where, we’re informed, you’ll never quite know what's around the comer. A sort of cross between Captain Blood and DeJa Vu I suspect.
Back on more familiar territory, and there are many of us about junkies who have completed Sierra’s previous products and crave a new fix. Never fear help is on it’s way.
Currently PC only, the Amiga version should be ready just before summer, featuring all Sierra’s usual tricks and bits plus a few new surprises. And watch out for another new bob from Gainstar. The Island of Lost Hope will follow the not unimpressive Dungeon Quest, but the pirate-themed game promises to be more graphics led.
Why read it when you can play it?
D&D role playing has been a great inspiration for adventures and RPGs but watch out for a new range of home computer releases based upon the current fad for role playing with a cyberspace theme.
Out soon. Final Command and The Island ol Lost Hope.
Cyberspace the game features all the hazards and psychedelic: trappings of a ‘net junkie’, from burnouts to physical modification set in the seedy real world of drugs and organised crime.
The widely acclaimed Cyberspace’ by Iron Crown Enterprises is priced £9.99 and available from Virgin games and other good games stores.
And by way of postscript to that story, check out the Philip K Dick award winning Homunculus, the new Steam Punk novel by James P. Blaylock.
Anyone acquainted with CU should be familiar with the concept of cyberspace by now but steampunk is the next progression.
What if computers had been invented a century ago? Would they be steam and brass tubes instead of AC and the chip?
‘Homunculus’ is being widely touted as an RPG licence. Read it, it’s great.
It’s published by Morrigan and should be in the shops now.
And now for our final browse through the bookshelves. Everybody knows that adventuring’s no dodclle. That’s why we do it, right? But maybe it’s too much to bear being stuck in a stinking bog or being constantly killed by Ores?
Or maybe you can’t find the magician’s magical cloak? Well ponder no more, try writing your own adventures.
Published by Amazon Systems, Computer Adventures The Secret Art is a must for all would-be adventure programmers who just can’t find a decent foothold.
Priced at £7.95, it should be available at your local computer shop now'.
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0 HELPLINE Remember to mark your envelope either ‘Enquiries' or with the correct response code.
ENQUIRIES STARCOMMAND In my last mission I must find Princess Verthsilda's escpae POD near a blackhole. I have searched in all the sectors near a blackhole but I have not found anything. I have searched through Scientific, Espionage and Delivery missions.
What more can I do?
Xavier Dealbert, Spain. Qt WEIRD DREAMS Out of all my games only one has baffled me, Weird Dreams.
I have had it since Christmas and still cannot complete it, please help.
Ryan Muncy. Q2 LEATHERNECK Now it's my turn to ask for help. I am wrapped in Steve Bak'sgame LEATHERNECK, but I can't get far. Can anyone help me. I'm wrapped even more in SILKWORM, but try as I may I can't get past the ninth level. I NEED HELP.
Sebio, D'ortenzio, Melbourne. Q3 DUNGEON MASTER After playing Dungeon Master for the last month I have become struck on level 9.1 would be more than grateful if someone could help me out by producing a map or some tips.
Paul Turner. Q4 OOZE Help. I've got problems with Ooze! How can I get some food when I'm hungry and how can I get past the rats in the kitchen? Can I do anything with the mirror or can I use it somewhere? I'm having these problems on my Amigal Jerry Neeck, Belgium. Q5 LICENCE TO KILL Has any-one goto cheat for the Domark version of Licence to Kill for the Amiga. As I can't Set any further than landing le first helicopter. So the game's just sitting on my shelf now as i've triecTeverything.
P Gold. Q6 UNTOUCHABLES I have bought ‘The Untouchables" and I cannot get off the third scene, will you pleasel please! Send me a poke for infinite time or the ability to skip levels. Any poke will do.
David Rothon.
Q7 POKES I seem to be having some problems with pokes.
Everytime I enter one in to my computer the machine either crashes or prints "Guru software error". Please can you help me I just don't know what to do. Is there something wrong with my computer? And if so, what?
From a desperate Aimga addict.
J. Spray, Q8 RAINBOW ISLAND Please could somebody help me I am
desparatelv in need of help for Rainbow Island. I hear there
is a secret room. I would be so happy if I knew how to get
there and where it is. A poke would be nice as well. I also
need help with BUBBLE BOBBLE, any pokes or tips would be nice,
thanks, for the Amiga.
Mark Barry, Q9 XENON II Can anyone help me with Xenon II. A cheat would do nicely.
Tung Chung, Q12 RESPONSES SUPER PUFFY I don't have a poke for Puffy but I do have some advice. The second level is pretty tough, so get the fire weapon and use it as little as possible. The best tactic is to avoid everything, only firing when necessary.
Moving slowly and hiding around comers.
Most of the nasties are stupid and require little skill to negotiate. The only real problem is remembering whee you are, so it helps to pause the Same occasionally and draw a ie map, it's the best way I found to get through some of the later levels.
P. Worthing, Northolt STRIDER To get past the box which fires
lasers kneeel down close to it, if you are close enough the
lasers will miss you. Stay down and keep firing, then you will
hear the tune when you die but there's no big white splodge on
the screen, and you can load level two.
Own Thomas.
BATTLE SQUADRON In response to John Simpson's enquiry about X-Out and Battle Squadron, I have sent in a cheat for Battle Squadron.
Also I know of a cheat for Sue Woodman but instead of making the game easier by having extra lives etc. it actually puts MORE men on.
In Battle Squadron you type in CASTOR atony time and the screen will flash green. This makes both player invincible.
Pressing F6, F7, F8, F9, FI 0 will let you choose whatever weapon you fancy whilst FI, F2, F3, F4, F5 will alter the power of the weapon.
In Operation Thunderbolt you type in SPECCY MODE on the high score table for more men, vehicles, iets ect. Than even the arcade without any speed loss.
Hao-Yin Tsang Its easy. Just send in your letter, marking your envelope with the appropriate code number if you are sending a response.
Post your letters to Play to Win Helpline, CU, Priory Court, 30- 32 Farringdon Lone, London EC1R 3AU. Oh, and if you're making an enquiry, just write o couple of lines explaining the particular problem, ie why you need a poke, why you would like a particular listing.
Write to: Helpline CU Priory Court 30-32 Farringdon Lane London EC1R3AU If you are replying to any of these enquiries don t forget to mark your letter with the reference code for the person you are responding to. If you send in more than one enquiry, please put each on a separate sheet of paper. Likewise, if you send in a response but have on enquiry too. That way we can file everything in neat alphabetical files.
O Currently for the Commodore Amiga Coming soon to: Atari ST and Apple Computers BLACK TIGER First type in the program and when finished save it to Disk for future use. Run the Program, take the current Disk out of drive 0 and Reset the Amiga. When the WorkBench hand appears insert the Black Tiger disk in drive to boot.
10 REM Cracked by Andy Grifo, Black Tiger V0.1 15 REM Supports Kick Start 1.2 and 1.3 20 checksum = 0 : total = 9 1 9621 & : crack = 520274& 30 START = 520192& : FINISH = 520415& : GOSUB 50 40 GOTO 90 50 FOR n = START TO FINISH STEP 2 6060 READ a$ : a = VAL “*h”+a$ ) 70 checksum = checksum 80a POKEW n,a : NEXT n r RETURN 90 PRINT “Your Checksum = “ checksum lOO IF checksum total THEN PRINT “Data Error.”: END 110 PRINT “Take all Disks out of Drive 0 NOW!!” 120 PRINT “Then RESET the machine by pressing” 130 PRINT “CTRL + AMIGA + AMIGA KEYS” 140 PRINT “When Workbench hand appears
INSERT” 150 PRINT “Black Tiger in Drive 0” 160 CALL crack 170 DATA 48e7, OocO, 41f9, 0001, 8354, 0c50, 5300, 6600 180 DATA 0020, 41fa, 0026,43f9, 0001, 8350, 22d8, 32d8 190 DATA 33fc, 6004, 0000, d45c, 41fa, 000c, 21d0, 006c 200 DATA 4cdf, 0300, 4ef9, OOOO, OOOO, 4752, 4946, 4f00 210 DATA 48e7, OocO, 41fa, ffba, 21c8, 006c, 4cdf, 0300 220 DATA 4e75, 41fa, ffe2, 20b8, 006c, 303c, 0052, 41fa 230 DATA HaO, 43f8, OocO, 12d8, 51c8, fffc, 6000,0024 240 DATA 414e, 4459, OOOO, OOOO, 4afc, 414e, 4459, 4752 250 DATA 4946, 0121, 00f6, 414e, 4459, 4752, 4946, OOOO 260 DATA 0100, 41fa, Hdc, 43fa, HeO,
2089, 41fa, Hdc 270 DATA 2089, 41fa, ffda, 43fa, ffea, 2089, 41fa, Hd8 280 DATA 43fa, ffd8, 2089, 2c78, 0004, 42ae, 002e, 47fa 290 DATA ffbO, 2d4b, 0226, 4eae, fd9c, 2d40, 022a, 5479 300 DATA Oodf, fl80, 60f8, OOOO, OOOO, OOOO, OOOO, OOOO Andy Grifo RAINBOW ISLAND Type in the program and when finished save it to Disk for future use. Run the Program, take the current Disk out of drive O and insert the Rainbow Island Disk in drive 0. Now cancel both of the request boxes.
Press return and the game will boot.
10 REM Cracked by Andy Grifo, Rainbow Island VO.l 15 REM Supports Kick Start 1.2 and 1.3 20 checksum = 0 : total = 1358231& 30 START = 520192& : FINISH = S20463& : GOSUB 50 40 crack = START : GOTO 90 50 FOR n = START TO FINISH STEP 2 60 READ a$ : a = VAL (“&h”+a$ ) 70 checksum = checksum + a 80 POKEW n,a : NEXT n : RETURN 90 PRINT “Your Checksum = ‘“checksum 100 IF checksum total THEN PRINT “Data Error.”:END 110 PRINT “INSERT Rainbow Island in drive 0 NOW!!” 120 PRINT “Then cancel both of the request boxes” 130 PRINT “Infinite Credits will be at your disposal” 140 PRINT
“ Next issue I will supply a quick upgrade” 150 PRINT “which will give infinite men)" 150 INPUT “Press return for a SYSTEM-TAKE- OVER", grifo 160 CALL crack 170 DATA 41fa, 0108, 303c, 0070, 4218, 51c8, Hfc, 2c78 180 DATA 0004, 93c9, 4eae, feda, 43fa, 0140, 2340, 0010 190 DATA 4eae, fe9e, 43fa, 00e4, 7000, 7200, 41fa, Ooca 200 DATA 4eae, fe44, 43fa, 00d4, 49fa, 0120, 234c, OOOe 210 DATA 337c, 0002, 001c, 237c, 0003, OOOO, 0028, 237c 220 DATA OOOO, 0400, 0024, 42a9, 002c, 2c78, nnnd 230 DATA fe38, 48e7, OocO, 2e3c, 0001, 9000, 23fc, 2007 240 DATA 4e71, 0003, 003a, 41fa, 003c, 20b8, 006c, 41fa
250 DATA 0010, 21c8, 006c, 4cdf, 0300, 4ef9, 0003, 000c 260 DATA 48e7, OocO, 41f9, 0001, 9a5e, Oc50, 4eed, 6600 270 DATA OOOe, 30bc, 4e41, 43fa, 0010, 21c9, 0084, 4cdf 280 DATA 0300, 4ef9, OOOO, OOOO, 48e7, OocO, 43f8, lOca 290 DATA 41fa, 0010, 32fc, 4ef9, 2288, 4cdf, 0300, 4eed 300 DATA 006a, 7cH, 4eb8, lOdO, 203c, 7004, 4e71, 23c0 310 DATA OOOl, 7558, 4e71, 4e71, 4e71, 4e71, iP7t 71 320 DATA 4e71, 4e71, 4e71,4e75, 7472,6163, 6b64, 6973 330 DATA 6b2e, 6465, 7669, 6365, OOOO, OOOO, OOOO, OOOO Andy Grifo NINJA WARRIORS I have a cheat for the Virgin Mastertronic release of Ninja Warriors. I
used both cheats which were printed in March CU but the listing doesn't work on 1.3 Amigas.
As I was typing in the somewhat comical cheats on Ninja Warriors, I discovered that typing in CHEDDAR when the caps lock is on gives both players unlimited credits.
Andrew Botam CHASE HQ I have found a very useful poke for ‘Chase HQ'.
Load and play the game as usual, and when the writing comes up to do with musk, press the ‘space bar' many times and your speed goes upto about ‘2000’ KM h.
I hope you have many fun hours on Chase HQ using this poke.
Mark Sullivan X-OUT Buy the cheapest ship (beetle like one) and place it on the grid. Then select the smallest firepower place it over the shopkeeper's face and press the fire button. You now have 500,000 credits to play with.
S Nicholas Write to: Pokes CU Priory Court 30-32 Farringdon Lane London EC1R 3AU bomber, 'cos the little buggers will dodge.
Don't use missiles on any Outie craft within about 4 squares of your position. If you are using the Shatter warhead, the gravitational field that it generates will almost certainly catch youhScoutcraft too, and then it's goodnight sweetheart.
Ing your radar can help.
RONES Drones are cheap and expendable, and also quite good at their jobs, but it is absolutely essential that you don't hang around to see what they're doing. If you get underfoOTWhile a drone is active there is a pretty good chance of the poor beast getting trigger happy and shooting you. This is at the very least embarrassing and not uncommonly fatal. Leave them to it, if they survffe the en&unterthey'll get back to you.
I woulcreuggest that upon entry to a system you release at least two drones, with onp running FlyFree and the other running Interdict. FlyFre ivill attempt to polish off any Outies currently present and then return to protea your scout, while Interdict will orbit while waiting for the appWrance of any Outie 4 fleets, which happens more frequently than you might think towards the End Game.
MISSILES The proper use ot missiles basically comes down to a couple of don'ts. . A Don't attempt to use missiles on Outie craft below the size of a The most crucial skill in the arcade section is the proper use of the radar, remember that yotfmay shoot Outies before they appear on the Grid, and tiie further away they are when you get them the less liketethey are to get you.
I I TACTICS i In this case tactics is a question of making sur%.that your ships are equipped adequately to suit all stages of the game. As the game progresses the Outies will begin to seed more and more systems with VarSing generators. So by this stage you had better have obtained a Black Globe generator, otherwise y pr chancegof galactiCdominajion are, to put it mildly, slimj.
It is also a good idea to buyapurself as soon as possible a J leson Cannon to replace thefcova Gun in slot 1 (move the
* Nova Gun to slot four, then when you've launched missiles it
will« GRCVTTY Cert Ihrcst DRAGONS. Don't worry too much about
the lizard’s intelligence If you’re going to be playing the
arcade game the dragon's IQ is equivalent to your skill with
the joystick.
On the other hand, if your raids are computer- controlled make sure you have a high intelligence rating.
SPELLS are definitely they are applied and the most complicated fea- whether they are heated or ture. We found the best not. Try to sort out a num- way to mix the ideal spell her of useful spells, for was to work It out on paper example something that first. Write down the will increase the strength appropriate regents, how and hearth of your dragons.
DR4GONS BREKH Having a potion to hand that will top up a dragons strength is a better option than spending half a year waiting for them to heal Swords' sorcery’ slaughter and spells. It's a cut side-etfects and can sev- throat world out there. To survive you could may well
a. !ffi’*t& be needing a helping hand, or even better CU’s very
own rough guide to breeding and rearing dragons.
TSWnr ARCADE GAME.
It's also useful to concoct potions to counteract any side effects, as it is almost impossible to brew something that will have a perfect effect over all categories.
Although you don’t actually have to play this, it breaks the game up a bit more. It’s risky attacking any defence points or flying objects. Aim mainly for houses and bams, not only do they bum better but it causes more damage to the local population.
Don’t double back in a heavily defended area.
Your dragon can’t take too much damage, so be careful. Don’t stop, and don't overuse your flame.
GENERAL. Search ev- your cash flow. Lastly, ery location. Remember don't be soft on anyone, the object is to find the Just because a town has a pieces of the talisman, not similar name to a place up to destroy the local coun- the road from you is no tryside. Think out every reason not to bum it to the move and how it will effect ground or threaten it.
PROFIT is essential.
There's no way on earth you can keep going with empty coffers. Early in the game it’s worth conquering small villages and setting a low tax rate. When you have enough dragons, conquer a large village and leave a guard there. This lets you set a high tax rate without causing the peasants to revolt.
If you haven't got much money, check through your news files and find villages which are at war with each other. Send a dragon out to attack the smallest village and, if the raid is a success, you not only claim the village for yourself but you’ll get a reward, too.
Balance your budgets so you don't spend too much on spell ingredients and heating bills. Concentrate on conquering and searching villages and don't let your enemies take anything from you.
Getting your tank trapped by the enemy is always a problem. The best way to get out of this situation is to reverse out turning the joystick away from the opposing tank, and don't let up with your gun fire.
As soon as you've broken free tum tale and run. Keep your gun pointed towards the enemy and flee towards higher ground.
Run to the hills! Keep a weaving path until you reach cover. It's difficult trying to avoid trees but a good piece of driving will see you through. Usually the other tank will become trapped so it's just a matter of skirting round and opening fire.
In the strategy game refer to the map as much as possible. As this is as much a thinking game as an action game you need to keep your finger to the pulse. Check up on the positions of your tanks constantly. Pull them out of tight situations and always aim straight for your objectives.
Small, fast tanks are ideal for crossing open terrain. They can avoid most confrontations by outrunning the enemy Try to 'ride' along the incline of hills. This way if you're attack you can gain valuable speed driving down hill, or take up a defensive position.
Use pairs of heavy tanks when you think you're going to come across stiff opposition.
This way you stand a better chance of crippling the enemy while your little tanks carry the battle to the targets.
Those sharks look Ilka yon could play with them In the hath. Don't be tooled.
Jaleco and J are two of ¦ cuteat characters to come I out of the Japanese games scene since Bub and Bob won the hearts ot gamers In the completely brilliant Bubble Bobble and Its equally excellent sequel Rainbow Islands.
There seems to be an unwrlt- scored an enormous success In Japan where It has been converted to run on popular console systems. The graphics are unmistakably Japanese In character. Lots of their games star characters looking just like T A J European features with huge, apple-llke eyes. Why Jaleco's TAJ has already don’t Japanese designers put oriental looking people In their games? Weird.
T & J’a Mom has been kidnapped by the evil Maboot who has carried her oft and Incarcerated her In a tower In the centre ot his castle. Our dynamic duo have to rescue her battling their way through several levels until they reach the tower and confront the Maboot.
Each level Is a separate platform challenge which has to be completed before the game will scroll on to the next part of the land of Maboot. All sorts of cutey pie nasties are out to stop you. Cuddly crocodiles that look more like Inflatable toys than they do enemies, and big blue sharks all serve to give you the false Impression that there Is no danger here. Don’t make the mistake of believing It as those crocs and sharks will kill you as soon as look at you.
But T & J are not defenceless.
They have a magic rod which they can use to stop their enemies dead In their tracks, pick them up with It, and bash them on to the floor of the platform until the life Is well and truly knocked out of them. Each platform Is scattered with pretty flowers which TAJ have to gather up before they are allowed on to the next level.
The game play Is very similar to Rainbow Islands the method and pace of travel being particularly reminiscent of Bub and Bob's second adventure.
T A J Is sure to chalk up another arcade hit for Jaleco. It follows a strong tradition of pretty and highly playable Japanese coln-ops. A dead wringer for conversion to the Amiga. There Is no reason why It shouldn’t be another near- identical conversion to add to the Amiga's library.
CONVEkT'iRu ITY LOCK & LOAD .BJiYQUK OPERATION WOIF- Not oniv has an the action ana game oi3v oeen caDtured out so has the excitement making it one of the most satisfying and com- I ouisive shoot- | em-uosto y have aDoeared ¦ in a long M time ACE M ATARI ST -°V AMIGA 2 fiF,qQ77 OrFAN r, Fay n£1 S5A FI AAA A quiet revolution has been taking place in pinball. Whilst giant screen video games, hydraulics, and multi-screen games have been winning all the technical accolades in the arcades pinball has steadily been making progress benefiting In particular from developments In CD sound.
Data East's Robotable is the most up-to-date pinball of them all. Your favourite metal copper talks to you In his own authentic version of Robospeak as you play the game. As well as the digitised speech there Is a full musical score In digital stereo which Is synchronised to run in tune with the action.
Apart from Improving the frills the computerisation of pinball has added greatly to the playability of the game. Now much more of a strategic challenge you have to study your table and aim for the correct features. In the correct order, If you are secure that elusive Replay. In the case of Robocop the mega points are earned by successfully leaping a ramp to capture the fugitives and earn a million points.
The play area Is based on Delta City with a colour- coordinated play system to make it easy to follow. Three red criminals in a row, followed by four green and then on to the more difficult 'features'.
The flippers are a world first In design terms. Their solid state circuitry links them to an Information system that explains the rules and objectives of the game. The new solid state flippers are also stronger and more reliable guaranteed against that most annoying of pinball table maladies ‘wlm- po' flipper. You must have come across this. Its when the flipper connections have become weakened and the flipper Robocop features the world's ttrst solid stale flipper.
Barely moves lacking the for the autumn launch of Robo- strength to flip the ball back up cop II. This all augurs well for the table. The Robotable which should All the major play features are achieve a wide availability.
Illuminated when activated and Check It out Its great fun and accompanied by loud music If you haven't played pinball for and sound effects. Robomania ages you will be amazed at the Is set to reach new heights this Improvements. "You have summer as the hype builds up twenty seconds to comply."
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.. .if you don't tell your local newsagent to reserve you a copy of the month's raddest read. So cut this out, hand It over and relaaaaax... Please Mr Newsagent reserve me a copy of Commodore User every month Name_ Address- The next generation should see the domiian applications. Some of the leading talents i tf under threat. Rik Haines takes a look at a |os Neural nets are composed of computers which work in tandem They're inspired by the cellular networks of the living brain, and they're based on brain-like learning as opposed to traditional computing based around programming. Neural nets
grow intelligent' by gathering information through ‘experience’ just as humans do. Also, neural networks have long been connected with the technology of Cybernetics (the communication and control of people and machines). Neural computing derives its name from the fundamental cell of the living brain: the neuron, the node of the brain which gives humans their adaptability.
Igor Aleksander, Professor of Neural Systems Engineering and Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at London s Imperial College ot Science, Technology and Medicine, is al the leading edge of this development. "There isn't a research facility in the world that isn't working on neural nets, " he told us, “it's the fastest area of research in computing at the moment."
"Neural nets have almost limitless applications, in industries as diverse as defence, finance and medicine. Eventually they'll touch every aspect of your life.
For instance, a blind person could ask for an audible description of the objects in a room. The deaf could be aided by intelligent displays, the development of automatic translators trom speech into The Neural micro ol near future is a matt black deck indistinguishable trom your CD player, hi-def TV or microwave. There's no need for a keyboard because you communicate with each other using normal spoken language. Nobody programmed your micro, it learned to live with you. It can even predict your wants and needs. As a friend and teacher, your micro is interconnected with every aspect of both
your personal life and environment Science fiction? Not any more.
Al as a catchword has been shooting toward the mainstream over the past few decades. No longer just the pipedreams of the sci-fi reader, the idea of the hyperintelligent, neural computer is a practical possibility. Its most popular incarnation has been set in the future the HAL computer in '2001'. But gorged by the funds of Pentagon expenditure, the neural computer made it's debut over a decade ago in the guise of smart’ missiles and satellites, and guidance systems for lunar probes. But, as we shall see, it's only now that we approach the new century that some of its more outlandish uses
will come into existence and the race is on to find out who will use them first.
But what is neural computing? Connectionism, Neural Networks, Parallel Distributed Processing these are just a few of the buzz-phrases used to describe the electronic brain.
SYNCOPATION mirance of the ‘smart’ computer with its myriad new its iithe field are here in the UK, but their work now seems a possible future and burns while neurons fiddle.
Visible signs could be enabled by neural techniques. Other possible uses include: automatic accident avoidance equipment, air traffic control, voice-activated word- processors, automated factories, etc. Neural networks could inspire all manner of intelligent machines with built- in intuitive communication abilities.” They won't stop at being socially aware, financially-aiding or defence- motivated application either, “in computer games you'll get direct interaction with players through language rather than joysticks."
The neural computer may well turn out to be the catalyst in other frontier developments, cyberspace for one and Star Wars technology will no doubt benefit, as could the US proposal for a long range solar powered space probe There 's even a number of geneticists who. Convinced that the silicon chip has outlives its usefulness, are mooting a fully clonable neural computer which is actually organically based and who s main functions would lie in long-term, sustainable projects, such as the regulation and balance of ecosystems.
And there's the fight for a decent society, too. Neural computing has roots going back to the 1930’s when Alan Turing, a British mathematician, invented a primitive example which played a vital role in cracking top secret Nazi intelligence messages. Aleksander, himself, who has worked in the neural computing field for 25 years, made a breakthrough in the fight against crime by co-designing the first neural machine to be marketed the WISARD (Wlkie. Stonham's and Aleksander's Recognition Device I which, with an ability to recognise patterns of about 250,000 pixels in 1 25th of a second, was
the first neural machine to be used to recognise criminals finger prints and faces. 'The.fact that you can tram the machine is what makes it useful,” he explained. “You can see the pay-off you get: if you were to simulate WISARD on a conventional computer it would take in the order of 3000 times longer by which time the image has disappeared or the criminal has gone."
But many of the benefits of neural computing could fall by the wayside if nothing is done.
Certainly in this country, funding, as ever, is always a problem, as Aleksander pointed out: "We ve essentially lost track of who has bought the WISARD. We had to buy one ourselves to get on with our researchl That's how it goes you see.
We invent something, we sell the patent, we get a few royalties, but we then have to buy a machine back from the manufacturer".
There are other factors too.
Glasnost and burgeoning green awareness may well slash military research, which to date has been both the driving force and. Cycnical though it is. The paymaster of Al development. The moral implications of this may be Continuing the tradition but dedicated to leisure.
Sponsored by C&VG, SINCLAIR USER, CU, ACE and THE ONE, Contact: Sally Bullar at EMANn nwtjoind Exhibition*: 01-251 6222 ant: 2406 healthy, but the marketplace needs its financiers, and those, it seems, are ruthlessly pursuing the less altruistic, more individual and consumer fetishist avenues of neural research The Neural New Wave began in the States in 1987 when some 2.000 scientists attended the first Neural Net conference held at the American Institute of Electrical Engineering in San Diego.
California However much of Ihe subsequent development lias been in Japan. Explained Igor The Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh.
University of San Diego and Caltec.are the leading runners in the States. They've achieved a lot of theoretical results Ot course a lot of companies in the States are selling neural soltware which you can do small things with like financial torecating. But the Japanese are very aggressive and heading very much more lor the home, they re building up new programs in this area. They probably be the first to come out with some real applications or a major neural computer.
Meanwhile. Aleksander and his Department are developing new neural systems and theories We have a large research lab where people are looking at higher levels ot intelligence, for instance the ability to advanced neural nets and doing quite a lot of work on VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration), to make sure that the memory we develop is properly structured and packaged in a chip We re busily modelling brains, particularly the brains of very simple creatures like the octopus and slug Neural nets, combined with learning with the teacher, combined with expert systems is what's going to detine the
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£250 for a digitising camera I'm not sure. What about the Canon RC-250 Still Video Camera (in Sept page 96)? Is there an art program that can digitise with this. What would be the name of the program?
Can you connect a normal video camera to the computer, how much is the camera and when will it be released in Australia?
Colours, has stereo sound and is cheaper than the 1084S then go for it, otherwise buy the 1034S.
GRABBIT win work on virtue lly any screen from any software, since it works in the background and is called up by a ‘hot-key’ combination. Obviously I cannot vouch for any given program, but 1 haven t heard of any that it doesn't work with. The picture that it stores can be called up and used by any of the standard paint programs and certainly D-Paint III. There is no program that I am aware of that lets you specifically grab sprites, but if they appear in the ’grabbed’ picture then you can turn them into brushes using the paint program and manipulate them as with any other 'brush ’ image.
However, the animation facility lets you set down the brushes in sequence and then replays the complete cycle, or you can set 'waypoints’ and let the program Jill in the movement in between. Either way, the animation is a powerful reason for buying D-Paint
III. There is a version of Wordperfect 4.2 available for the
Amiga and you can obtain a 5.25" disk drive which will allow
you to load and save IBM format data files. Sidecar was
purely for the AlOOO and was for running IBM programs with
the Amigajyou don't need it just to read data. Final!)', the
best value for money printer for both text and graphics is
probably the STAR IJC-10C.
Michael Gavin, Australia.
The Canon RC-250 is suitable for use with a digitiser. It stores the video picture on its own internal disk and these pictures can then be dttwnloaded to a TV or monitor or, in the case of the Amiga, a digitiser device.
It takes a single frame at a time, but unless you use an expensive real-time colour digitiser you wUI need to take the three separate pictures using a colour filter wheel.
The digitising software in a program like Digi-View Gold then combines these three pictures into a single colour image. You can use a paint program such as Digi-Paint or DeLuxe Paint II to modify, print or manipulate the stored picture. One of the problems with a still video camera is that it will set you back about £500 (in UK at least), nhereas a reconditioned B&W video camera, such as is used with TV surveillance systems, can be picked up in the UK for under £100.1 can’t say what the price would be in Australia, but the same sort of thing ought to be available there as well. As for the
digitising program, that is around £130 in UK and the paint program wUI be a further £70 or so. So, even with a cheap camera you are stUI going to have to fork out the equivalent of about £300 to start digitising.
G rabbit disk. I have an Amiga 500 with one Mbyte of RAM and a STAR colour printer and would like a program that utilises both of the latter upgrades. If you could give me the names of any such programs with the details of the suppliers I would be veiy grateful.
Jon Williams, Romford.
I very much doubt that you are going tojind a particularly specialist product like that in the Amiga software list, since the demand is likely to be fairly small. However, there is no reason why you should not use either one of the many CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs or even one of the paint programs.
Both will allow you to draw set 'objects' such as a flowerbed etc and then scale them, rotate them, and finally position them. Once your design is set up it can then be printed, in colour using the STAR LC-IOC, for showing to the client.
Suitable programs are X-CAD Idesigner or Professional) or any of Digi-Paint, DeLuxe Paint or Photon Paint. For avaliability and prices, try Precision Software on 01- 330 7166.
0 I have a few questions concerning the Amiga. I know it is a wonderful machine, but there are a few things I need to know before spending my hard-earned money. About monitors, my local computer shop has three types, the 1084,1084S and an ANCONA.
Which of these monitors is the best? Next question about utilities for graphics. I know that there is a program called GRABBIT which captures pictures of the screen and saves them to disk. Can it capture pictures from commercial disks such as Operation Thunderbolt and, if so, can I work with these pictures in De-Luxe Paint III?
Relaying 0 I would like to be able to link up my AS500 to 8 relays so that I can control external devices such as motos etc. I would appreciate it if you could supply a diagram of the connections required and the list of pokes needed to activate the relays. Also, is there any risk of damaging the internals of the Amiga whilst carrying out this procedure? Finally, is there any great advantage in investing in a modem? What can you actually do with one and how much could I expect to pay?
J. Aliaga, Australia.
First of all, it is a mistake that you can treat the A500 just like a CG4 when it comes to connecting relays etc, controlled by POKEs. The A500 is a multi-tasking machine, which means that you cannot sieze control of output ports in quite the cavalier way you could get away with on the C64.
Secondly, there is no equivalent of the C64 User Is there a utility that lets you grab sprites from games and can these be altered in D- Paint III, since I hear that this has an animation facility? My father would like to know if there is a way he can use Wordperfect on the Amiga and transfer files so that they can be read by an IBM on a
5. 25" floppy disk without using Sidecar? He only uses
Wordperfect and thinks it is a waste of time keeping his IBM
for that alone. Finally, what is the best printer for printing
coloured pictures and also readable text? , ArnoJellcma,
Holland.
WOW, all the 64-thusand dollar questions in one letter, eh! The answers,from the top: The 1034 and 10843 are the same, except the 'S' version has two speakers and therefore gives stereo sound, :1s for the AjXCOXA, I’ve never heard of il! If It allows you to display all 4090 Green fingers 9 I work as a landscape gardener and I am looking for a garden design program or package, either a commercial one or as a public domain o Port; you will need a relay control board, similar to those available for the IBM PC computers. You may he able to get hold of an external relay board in Australia, which
will connect to either the parallel or serial port, hut expect to pay the equivalent of around £250.
With regard to a modem, it allows you to commimicate with other computers over the phone lines. You will need some communications software to drive it as well, particularly as the Amiga does not allow split baud rates Ithat means transmitting and receiving at different rates). Software prices range from around £30 to over £100, while a modem, depending on transmission speed options and facilities could he anything from £80 up to £600.
Six of the best a I'm the proud owner of an Amiga A500 & a former C64 owner. Here’s some questions that I would like you to try and help me with.
1. Is it possible to enhance the highest resolution from 640 X
400 to 1000 X 1024? Will 1 need any hardware? 'Hiis is where
the IBM is getting better all the time!
2. It is possible to expand the Amiga’s HAM beyond 8 megs to say.
16MB of HAM by using a 32-big CPU?
3. What about a 1.2MB 5.25" and 1.44MB 3.5" disk drive for the
Amiga. Is it possible to produce such addons? Where can I buy
one?
4. Is it possible to have more than 4096 colours if you have a 1
meg machine?
5. Is it true that an Amiga 2500 exists, and is it any
competition for the IBM.
6. 1s the PC transformer 100% IBM compatible? Do I need any
hardware to run PC software on my A500?
Mike Erasmus, South Africa.
First answer, no you can't get IOOOX 1042 on the A500. In thttery the Amigas RAM addressing can he expanded to 16MBytes and there is a chip based on a 68020 which would allow this, but forget it for the A500. Apart from the cost (lots!) It is primarily intended for super fast applications running of the A2000 series.
Similarly there are both 1.2 Mb and 1.4 Mb drives available for the A2000for use with the AT bridgeboard to give full IBM compatibility forget them for the A500.
You cannot have more than 4096 colours even with 1 Mbyte of RAM because that is the maximum possible using the currently allocated number of bits in the colour plane registers.
, sfor the A2500, this was unfortunate!}' an 'Alice in Wtmderland’ machine always available tomorrow, hut never today! It now seems tht the next Amiga will he an enhanced version of the 12500 spec, using a fast (25 Mhz.) 68030 processor and with the so called 'Enhance Chip Set', to give even more stunning graphics. It may even use a full 32-bit RAM address to give a possible 4 Gigabytes of memory (how many can actually afford that much memory is beside the point).
Definitely a machine to give the latest IBM a run for its money. How much? If you need to task, you certainly can't afford it.
There is no nay of getting 10O% compatibility for IBM software on the A500 you need an IBM processor to really get close to 100% and that's why the A2000 was released with AT and XT bridge boanls.
Avid assistance 0 As an avid Amiga user and regular reader of your magazine. I am pleased to be able to assist your reader (B.
L. Patterson. Sheffield) who wrote to you in the Jan issue
concerning the 4241X modem. My company, GPT, manufactures the
424IX and I will be happy to supply him with a handbook.
Please could you ask him to ring me on 0602 432760 and I will
forward it to him. He will, however, need to contact his local
British Telecom office prior to connecting it to a domestic
exchange line.
Brian Burke, Nottingham.
Thank you very much Mr Burke for your kind offer.
We have received a number of enquiries recently' about modems that readers have acquired without any documentation, hut nith often only a type number to go on it is very difficult to offer much practical help.
Motions for the Amiga normally need to be asynchronous, with V21 «£ V23 as the minimum options.
Auto dial auto answer is an advantage. If you are offered a modem without documentation, try to check if it at least supports the above minimum as it could save disappointment later.
Text block W I have a problem for over three months now. I want to change some text in some bootblocks, but if I change the text with a utility program (e.g. DiskX or Diskworkshop) the disk won’t start up again.
If I write other sectors back to disk they work perfectly. I have read in a book called Amiga Intern' that a normal sector has its checksum at long word 5.1 know that the checksum of a bootblock starts at byte 5, longword 1, after the DOS message 44 AF5300,??. Please could you explain how to calculate the checksum and other important things when writing back a bootblock to disk.
Marcos Schools, Holland.
One of the problems with playing around with bootblocks is that some of the software companies use an error code as a means of preventing copying.
Therefore if you remove the error by re-writing a completely correct block, including the checksum, then the disk still won 7 load because it will no longer produce the same error code. Many iruses stop games disks loading, by overwriting the bootblt ck nr making changes to it, with predictable consequences.
This is a spin-off of the virus in many cases, rather than the prime purpose of it. If you still want to play about with bootblocks, then use a disk utility that calculates checksums for you. Project D’ handles three different types of checksum: sector sum, bitmap sum (used when the block is part of the Block Allocation Table) and boot sum. Mot only will this save a lot of laborious calculation, but it will avoid easy to make errors as well.
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