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RUMOURMILL There will be no Model 10 portable Amiga. The $ 1800 unit designed fay Kansas-based Newer Technology and due to be distributed by Briwall has been prevented from going on sale by Commodore. Apparently, Newer Technology denied Commodore access rights to the design of the portable wonder machine and Commodore in tum refused to grant a remanufacture licence for all the Amiga custom chips and ROMs required in the device. Unfortunately, this looks likely to spell the end of any TOO RISKY COMPILATION SENSATION One of the most exciting future releases comes with the announcement that Electronic Arts are to release the platform beat 'em shoot 'em up, Risky Woods. The game features sumptuous console-style graphics and dynamic gameplay to tax even the most ardent fighting hero. A full review is imminent. El SPLIT Entertainment International are launch- - ing a new label called Arcade Masters to incorporate their future coin-op and arcade conversions. First out, will be two platform adventures. Croc Twins and Magic Boy, each incorporating 80 levels of graphic fun. The ultimate aim is to leave Empire free to further establish itself as a strategy RPG label, the newest additions to which are the strategy war sim, Campaign; and their new RPG, Cyber Space. PD MAGAZINE A new disk-based magazine has been added to the ever-expanding PD circuit.

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40 PROJECT X 42 DAEMONSGATE 45 UTOPIA - DATA DISK 47 PINBALL DREAMS 48 CASTLES 50 SPACE CRUSADE 52 HARE RAISING HAVOC 55 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 57 VROOM 59 TITUS THE FOX 63 RACE DRIVIN' 071-9726700 QJAMIGA Ofhns- Phofy Court, 30-32 Fomngdcn Lane, London EC 1R3AU U 071 972 6700 FAX 071 972 6701 farkto" - UC FrwAne Ud, Pori How** Port Rood Peterborough PEI 2TR Tel: 0733 555161 SubKnpA'ont - PO Box 500, Leicester IE990AA Situ fngwrti - Tel 0858 - 410510 Order line (antwerphone) 0658 410688 Sad h*m - P.O Box 500, Uxefler LE990AA TeE 0658 410510 ISS 0265 -721X ABC TECHNICAL Hot on the heels of our
95% review last issue, Parasol Stars graces this month s disk with a superb four-level demo for your delectation. In addition to this, we also offer a level from Storm's Indy Heat conversion.
On the serious side, we have Virus Checker 5.40, which is the most up to date checker yet. Another utility to benefit your machine is SYS Info 2.57, which offers a full check on your machine's state of health. Add to these Sample Maker and our usual Screen and Tunes of the Month, and you're on to a real winner!
REGULARS 6 BUZZ 12 COVERDISKS 34 IN DEVELOPMENT 64 VFM 70 PTW 84 DEMOS 95 PD UTILITIES 132 BUYER'S GUIDE 144 Q&A 148 BACKCHAT 150 PROGRAMMING 154 INSIDE INFO 39 Team 17'* stunning Project X heads our reviews, and is armed to the teeth with more missiles and guns than any other blaster. Gremlin are equally well represented, too, with Daemonsgate, Space Crusade and the Utopia Data Disks all faring well. In addition, cutesy fans will savour Hare Raising Havoc and Titus The Fox.
99 HOLD THE FRONT PAGE Requiring 2Mb memory as standard. Pro Page 3 is here to revolutionise the DTP worlds-or is it?
103 DRIVING AMBITION Nick Veitch takes IDE's two new Hard Drives for a spin. Are their budget prices false economy or, indeed, a genuine steal?
113 TURNING JAPANESE Is your mastery of the Japanese language limited to pronouncing your 'R's as 'L's and, consequently, isn't velly good? Mat Broomfield looks at a better option.
119 ALTERED IMAGERY There is only one seriously good image pre-processing package on the Amiga and its name is Art Department Professional. Nick Veitch finds out what's new in Version 2.0. 121 SELF ASSEMBLY Devpac 3 is here at last, courtesy of HiSoft, and looks set to become the industry standard. As its assembly times get quicker and the package more efficient, Nick Veitch wonders where the Arexx support is... 125 PACKING 'EM IN Memory too tight to mention? Is your floppy groaning under the strain of so many bytes and bobs? Fret not, Powerpacker 4 is here to help!
W GARDENER'S WORLD Ever fancied yourself as a Percy Thrower, but the closest you've come to having green fingers was the last time you painted the garden furniture? Well, with the help of Codemasters, a fairy, and a mischievous goblin you can be as green as you like without reeking of while sprite.
The Fairy and the Goblin have been set the task of cleaning up a sorcerer's garden which has become over-run with cute creatures. A horizontally- scrolling platform game, the player can make use of the two characters' special skills. Simply rebuild the garden and quell fhe evil creatures that do their best to ruin the horticulture.
Featuring colourful sprites and backdrops, Grell and Fella is scheduled for a May June release.
IFF RETURN The second title from RPG specialists, Interactive Fantasy Fiction, is The Hand Of SI James. Set in the days of the sword and long bow, there are over one hundred locations to explore, including monasteries, forests, villages and good old labyrinths. Some of the interactive characters you can expect to meet are hunchbacks, monks and Innkeepers.
Tee off with U.S. Gold... ...the 64-bit Amiga gets ever closer, courtesy of Digital...
• •• Codemasters tend their English Country Garden... ...RIP. The
portable is decreed dead... IFF are only producing a handful of
games every year, and plan to make each one as well-crafted and
expertly presented as possible. Text is kept to a minimum with
graphics and icons used to depict the action and control the
characters respectively. The inclusion of 32-colour graphics,
numerous musical scores, atmosphere-building sound effects for
1 Mb users and an in-game help system, make the game an inter
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VIRUS ATTACK Unfortunately, tor many people who bought a hand scanner from Power Computing recently, some of the disk supplied with them contained mqre than just scanning software, A virus seems to have found it's way onto the disks.
Luckily, the virus was spotted very early by an alert member of the public and Power took swift action to ensure that no more vtrused copies were distnbuted In fact, since the virus was a very od version of Lamer, most of the cus- dtokfll Our thanks to Mr Luxor, a regular reader of CU. Who brought this (albeit small) threat to our attention CODE MASTERS HOVER BOVVER We've seen motorbikes, cars, boats, bicycles, and almost every other racing game known to man, but we’ve never had a hovercraft racer, until now. With over 20 different tracks and fast-moving solid 3D vector graphics, Hover
Sprint can be played by one or two players (via a link up), and lets the player choose from four different craft: The Blue Flame, The Streaker 2, The Wolverine, and The Pulsar, all of which have fheir individual specifications.
Codemasters expect a late March release.
POSISWORIH'S HERE!
If you haven't managed to catch the adventures of Postsworth and Co on Children's television, you're missing the latest kiddy success story. Attracting weekly viewing figures of 5.1 million, it has secured the number one slot for the highest-rating cartoon show on the box.
Thus, a computer game is hard on the heels of the first series’ success.
Featuring five levels of puzzles, animated interludes, and a choice of five different characters to play. Postworth, a cutesy dog, and his human counterparts must find a way to help the ruler of the Dream Zone get a peaceful night's sleep. Hi-Tec are releasing the game, and you can expect to see associated merchandise hit the shops accordingly.
RUMOURMILL There will be no Model 10 portable Amiga. The $ 1800 unit designed fay Kansas-based Newer Technology and due to be distributed by Briwall has been prevented from going on sale by Commodore. Apparently, Newer Technology denied Commodore access rights to the design of the portable wonder machine and Commodore in tum refused to grant a remanufacture licence for all the Amiga custom chips and ROMs required in the device.
Unfortunately, this looks likely to spell the end of any TOO RISKY COMPILATION SENSATION One of the most exciting future releases comes with the announcement that Electronic Arts are to release the platform beat 'em shoot 'em up, Risky Woods. The game features sumptuous console-style graphics and dynamic gameplay to tax even the most ardent fighting hero. A full review is imminent.
El SPLIT Entertainment International are launch- - ing a new label called Arcade Masters to incorporate their future coin-op and arcade conversions. First out, will be two platform adventures. Croc Twins and Magic Boy, each incorporating 80 levels of graphic fun. The ultimate aim is to leave Empire free to further establish itself as a strategy RPG label, the newest additions to which are the strategy war sim, Campaign; and their new RPG, Cyber Space.
PD MAGAZINE A new disk-based magazine has been added to the ever-expanding PD circuit.
The Missionary is heavily biased towards programming tutorials but also encompasses games and exercises.
The disk is available from ABOTS PD and information can be obtained by ringing 0302 887332.
Presumed lost in the Mirrorsoft crash, Renegade will be releasing Graftgold's stunning-looking Fire And ice in May.
Starring a cute little dog who pootles across a series of horizontally-scrolling levels, the game is 90% complete and should be reviewed next month.
Another game scopped from the remains of Mirrorsoft is Sensi Soccer, coded - surprise, surprise - by Sensible Software. This is scheduled for a Summer release, though.
Whether Renegade have also scooped Sensi's Cannon Fodder shoot 'em up is yet to be announced, but Buzz reckons an announcement is imminent.
Finally, the busy Wapping-based company are releasing the Bitmaps Compilations Volumes 1 and 2.
Renegade are putting together the two packs, the first of which comprises Speedball 2, Cadaver and Xenon, whilst the second houses Speedball, Xenon 2 and Gods.
Although Volume 1 will be available first, for a bargain price of £25.99, there's no price or release date for Volume 2 yet.
ENTER THE Anglia Television’s adventure game Knightmare is returning for its sixth series.
The program will be shown in the autumn of 1992 and is looking for new contestants to patrol the electric catacombs and solve the fiendish puzzles. If you and three friends are interested in participating and are still under sixteen years of age on the first of August, further information and an application form phone Broadsword TV on 0603 615151.
PGA TOUR®GOLF - NOW WITH 3 NEW KILLER COURSES TO SINK YOUR TEES INTO.
Perhaps you were getting just a-touch too big for your brogues because you were up there with pros I like Azinger and Stadler out at Avenel, Sawgrass, | Sterling Shores and PGA West Stadium?
Instead of retiring smugly to the 19th Hole for a few rounds of Scotch, it's time for a brand new I challenge in the shape of three new tournaments: The | Honda Classic, The Phoenix Open and The Federal | Express St. Jude Classic.
Electronic Arts present three more authentic PGA TOUR courses - TPC at Eagle Trace, TPC at Southwind and TPC at Scottsdale.
Plus, you get all the features that have made PGA TOUR Golf one of the best selling computer golf programs ever: fly-by cours previews, hints from the pros, TV-style coverage art: realistic crowd reactions that reflect your best shots.. and biggest duffs.
So don't putt around. Get your clubs out an: prepare for three new 18-hole challenges.
You can find them in the new PGA TOUR GO!
PLUS edition, which also contains the PGA TOUR G program and the four original courses.
Or, if you already own the original PGA TOU Golf program, find the three new courses in the PG: TOUR Golf Tournament Course Disk.
PGA TOUR GOLF PLUS Edition Amiga £29.99 IBM PC £34.99 PGA TOUR GOLF Tournament Course Disk Amiga £14.99 IBM PC £14.99 [ I Ml MARIO TO | III HIT THE IBM PC & COMPATIBLES - AMIGA - ATARI ST ill AMIGA!
I I ¦ Unfortunately, though, not in a . conversion of his excellent 8ssMS™ HHHSJ Nintendo platform games.
Instead, Mindscape have secured the rights to produce a series of ‘Edutainment’ packages starring the little Brooklyn Plumber. It's too early to say what form these utilities will take, but we imagine that Mario will act as a guide as the user peruses a series of options. The first of the packages is pencilled in for a November release, but we'll have more news soon.
BLUES T A )««« Those errant musicians, Jake and Elwood, alias The Blues Brothers, are due to appear in a follow-up to their hit Titus platformer. The Blues Brothers is currently underway at Titus's French base, with ideas currently being tested for feasibility. With Titus's newie, Titus The Fox, currently reusing several of the original game's ideas (such as the box-lobbing elements and the platform basis), we doubt whether the sequel follow the same pattern. One of the neatest ideas is regarding a driving the Brothers belting across _ ¦BKBifcifiiStSSa® Chicago from gig fo P gig, but
whether this !
Will be able to stretch into a fufl-price game is doubtful. As soon as there's anything concrete to be seen, you'll read it here.
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SOMEWHERE... With French developer. Maxis, releasing Sim games
covering virtually every aspect of life, word reaches us that
they are preparing Sim Body- an everyday story of life within a
human body. Quite what form the action will take is anyone’s
guess, but with hormone activity and blood corpsules battling
away in the body, perhaps it will involve acne, warts and other
such pleasantries. Our guess, though, is that it will involve
battling disease and creating immunity from bacteria - the game
Electronic Zoo’s Germ Crazy should have been, perhaps? Whatever
the result, it will presumably be released through Ocean
sometime this year.
Of course, this makes us wonder what's next. Sim Egg- the every day story of an ovum? Or maybe even Sim Maniac, where the player follows the adventures of a psychopath. The mind boggles... -- EMPIRE SOFTWARE. 4-6 THE STANNETTS, LAINDON NORTH TRADE CENTRE. BASILDON, ESSEX SSI5 6D) TEL: 0268 541212 FAX: 0268 541125 US GOLF After wowing golf players on the PC, US Gold are set to transfer their digitised epic, Links, over to the Amiga. The game's digitised courses, players and landscapes accounted tor most of the interest shown in PC Links, as the gameplay was hindered by redrawing the
entire screen after every shot. Hopefully, the Amiga version will overcome this problem. Until next month's review, though, we'li have to wait and see.
VIRTUAL JUSTICE Virtual reality systems have made a court appearance for the first time - where else but California. Alec Jason, an expert in ballistics, put together a 90 second computer generated virtual movie to demonstrate the murder of Artie Mitchell, allegedly shot by his business partner.
The counsel for the defence protested that technology was being used to artificially create events which may not actually have occured. Nevertheless, the case continues.
BETTER SCREEN DUMPS Citizen have launched a printer driver replacement system tor the whole range of Citizen printers. Called the Citizen Print Manager, the aim is to drastically improve the print quality obtained from even the humblest printer and to give a more accessible and flexible user interface.
The best results are with colour printouts where the gamma correction and antibanding effects come into play.
'The brightness and intensity of the colours produced are unrivalled by any other printer on the market’, claim Citizen. You can test their claim by calling 0800 444276 and asking for your FREE (yes, free!) Citizen Print Manager disk.
BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER Digital, well-known manufacturers of mainframe equipment such as the VAX, are currently testing their new RISC superchip. The Alpha is a 64-bit processor (the Amiga's 68000 processor is only 16-bit) which, claim Digital, can achieve speeds of up to 300 Mips (million instructions per second) at a clock frequency of 150MHz.
Alpha chips have already been ordered for the first generation of Cray Research's parallel computers (due to go on sale in 1993) but it may be some time before we see an Amiga invested with such power. The first problem is that the chip produces 30 watts of heat, about the same as a dim lightbulb, which would melt away the plastic casing. Secondly, the Alpha is being tentatively priced at $ 1500.
FASTEST CD EVER Hitachi have just announced the release of a 300 millisecond CD ROM drive. This is an important advance as the speed of data transfer critical to multimedia applications, especially those which are trying to use real time video animation.
The CDR-3750 is a standard SCSI device and so can be connected to any Amiga with a SCSI port. Cards or expansion ports are available for the Amiga and some hard drive owners may find that they have SCSI capability already, as it is an option on most Hard drive controllers.
To find out more call Hitachi on 081 849 2085.
Sub PRODRAW 3 ON THE WAY Next in the current series of Gold Disk updates is Professional Draw, the structured art package. New features will include Arexx support, graduated fills and a hot link to Professional Page 3.0 (reviewed elsewhere in this issue).
Sounds sexy, look out for a review soon.
NEW STAR Star have just launched the successor to the old LC24-10 printer, probably the most popular 24-pin printer amongst Amiga owners.
The new LC24-20 will print at speeds up to 210 characters per second and is the first of the Star range to incorporate their new ‘panoramic’ LCD display feature.
Auto emulation change (AEC) is another potentially useful feature, whereby the printer analyses the data being sent to it and then decides which industry standard printer you think it is. Star are on 0494471111.
ON YOUR DISKS Another month, another selection of top quality utilities. This month we provide the latest and greatest virus checker, and the most up-to-date version of Syslnfo - which lets you check that your Amiga is in A1 condition. Music makers will find Sample Maker invaluable for creating Synth Sounds for use in programs such as MED and Future Sound.
On the games side, we have four levels of Ocean's 95%- awarded Parasol Stars, plus a playable level from Storm's Indy Heat conversion.
SCREEN OF THE MONTH Created by Mark Thomas of Ponthir in Newport, 'Fishy' demonstrates how eftective half-brite interlace mode can be. The impact ol his work is also increased with the central image left uncluttered by unnecessary backgrounds. The unusual choice of subject matter, combined with a great sense of motion assured Mark of victory. There’s a subscription on its way.
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Whelms- TUNE OF THE MONTH Compelition was especially hot this monlh, but the honours were laken by Ronan Pearce of Ardilea in Ireland. He sent in eight tunes, and they were so good we felt impelled to put two on the disk. The first is called Fossilised, can be heard whilst the disk is loading. The other is for 1 Mb owners, and is loaded from the main menu. It takes about thirty seconds to decompress, so be patient. For more information on this talented musician, check out the lead featur on page 22.
SAMPLE MAKER 1.0 If you want to create your own samples, but are on a tight budget, this is the solution.
Sample Maker lets the user create synth samples generated solely by the Amiga’s custom hardware. These occupy less memory than their sampled equivalents, but their normal lack of quality previously made them unusable
- but no longer. Sample Maker offers one of many basic or complex
waveforms for use as the basis for your sound. This waveform
can then be modified in a variety of ways to create more
original effects. Each sound is divided into 128 parts, and a
different waveform can be used for each, thus creating a
composite which can be as subtle or abrasive as you like. Once
a sound has been defined, a further range of effects can then
be applied, including filtering, fading and vibrato (which
makes the sound pulsate). The sounds can also be saved for use
in packages such as cBvff IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD?
In the unlikely event of your CU disk not loading, remove all external cartridges and peripherals and try again. If it still won t load, pop the 30 31 offending disk in an envelope and address it to: CU DISK RETURNS, PC Wise Merthyr Industrial Park, Pentreebach, Mid Glamorgan . CF48 4DR They will then test the disk and send a replacement as soon as possible. Ring the PC Wise Helpline for any urgent problems. It's open between 10:30 and 12:30 during weekdays and can be reached on: (0443) 693233. Whilst CU Amiga makes every effort to check cover disks for all known viruses, we can accept no
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The Amiga equivalent of a regular check-up, Sys Into offers a complete study of your Amiga's performance.
Among Its many options, it can check the machine's memory, boards, and drives for any anomolalies.
Sonix, MED and Future Sound.
Once the program has loaded, the current waveform appears to the right of the screen, and clicking on the adjacent up down arrows will alter it. In the centre of the screen are 128 boxes, which initially display '00'. Reading from right to left and top to bottom, these represent the parts of a sample, and each can contain a different waveform if required.
Click on any box to transfer the currently-selected waveform to that part of the sample. As you do so, the sample will be displayed as a waveform in the black window at the bottom of the screen.
To listen to the sound, click on one of the three 'play' buttons. Each of the ascending buttons plays at a higher octave, and if you want the sound to last longer, click the ‘Loop’ button to play it continuously.
Three effects can be added to the sound: fade, filter and vibrato. Each of these has separate panels to specify how acutely the effect is applied. For example: to add a fade, use the fade in, fade out, begin and end buttons to define it, then click 'do fade’ to actually alter the sample. Then, to save your sound, simply select the 'Save' box and give the sample a name and device name in the box which appears.
Longer instructions are given at the start of the program. Once you’ve flicked through this using the left mouse button, press the right mouse button and the program will load.
VIRUS CHECKER 5.40 As new viruses appear on a monthly basis, the need for regularly-updated virus checkers becomes apparent. Virus Checker 5.40 (VC) is the latest, and checks for more viruses than any other.
What's more, it's extremely easy to use.
When it loaded, it automatically checks the current drives for infected disks, informing you about its current activity in a small bar near the top of the screen. Because there are several classifications of virus, the program has to be used twice per disk to provide a complete check. Boot viruses are the simplest type, and these can be hunted by inserting a disk whilst VC is loaded. It will then check the boot-block, and spot if anything is amiss. If it encounters an unknown bootblock, it will give you the option of installing a standard one over the top of it or will learn the new boot
block. Be warned! A non-standard bootblock does not necessarily mean a virus. Many commercial programs use non-standard boot-blocks, and these will be permanently destroyed if you install a standard one on top of them. If in doubt, don't take the chance, as we can't be held responsible for any damage that may occur.
By selecting 'Learn', VC will remember an unknown boot-block, and will treat it as safe if it encounters it again.
You should take care not to make the program learn boot-blocks that you're not sure about, though, as it could be a virus.
The other two classifications of virus
- link file and Saddam viruses - can be checked from the VC menu.
Click on the VC title bar to activate it, and press the right
mousebutton before selecting ‘Link File scan'. You’ll be
prompted to enter a device name for the drive which needs
checking. Click ‘Check Drive' and the disk in the specified
drive will be checked. If a virus is encountered, it will
automatically be removed provided the disk is unprotected.
Because many viruses are also memory resident, there’s also a 'Memory Scan' option which lets you check that the memory is clean.
SYS INFO 2.57 This great program will tell you everything that you could possibly want to know about your Amiga, ranging from the type of chips it's using, to the speed of its memory. On loading, you’ll be greeted by an information screen showing the most frequently-needed II* suit Kill WIKI V RKH tiik Kiat no mo ra kkx niw ii* m num tm Klia MH anas hcthj ta iik KkltO KKKt IMJI CTVDI He litk ImkIM ¦It HIM Niftt no m mr • The equivalent ot your Amiga saying 'Ah!'
Information. At the bottom of this screen are six buttons which offer access to other types of system check: Memory - will tell you the location and type of memory available in your Amiga.
Boards - tells of any extras, such as PC emulators.
Drives - gives detailed information on any drive currently connected, and clarifies the status of any disks in them.
Speed - runs a diagnostic check on the processor speed of your Amiga, giving the comparative output at the bottom left of the screen.
Print - outputs a summary of the current system information to the printer (via prt:).
Select Quit to leave the program.
PLEASE NOTE: If you want to use the printer option, load the program via Workbench. To do this, load your Workbench disk, before inserting your coverdisk. Double click on the CU30 icon, then again on the Sysinfo icon. The program will then load with the print option enabled.
Ffl INDY HEAT Another addition to the lengthy list of Supersprint clones, indy Heat features some of the most torturous tracks you could ever expect to see. The coin-op sequel to iron Man Stewart's Super Off- Road Racer, Indy Heat is viewed from above the detailed circuit, with the four racers waiting on the starting grid.
Pressing forward on the joystick accelerates your chosen vehicle whilst the directional controls steer it. Meanwhile, two other players can participate using a second joystick and the keys.
Our disk features the first track, and opens with a vehicle selection screen where the players can choose and equip their-cars. Higher performance can be gained by buying tyres, engines, and the like, and your speed can be boosted further by purchasing nitro canisters for that little extra 'oomph'. The race takes place over four laps, and the basic idea is to career around the track in as short a time as possible, whilst keeping an eye out for the cash bags and extra nitros which appear randomly. In addition, there are a couple of sneaky short-cuts for the eagle-eyed racer to find.
As you wind your way past the other cars, damage is incurred and you may need to effect repairs in the pitstop for a while. Whilst this does waste time, each car will have to come in for repairs after a while, and a dishonest driver may be inclined to knock their opponent out of their pits with a crafty shunt... The first boy-racer to complete the predetermined number of laps and Road To Nowhere... Our one-level demo features the basic ring track, but there’s plenty to see and do... Q The Pits - stop here for essential repairs. Whenever your car so much as touches their colour-related square,
it's automatically dragged in for repairs, so be careful if using the space for a short cut. In addition, whilst passing through, remember to give your opponents a quick push start!
Q Short Cuts - these may not be immediately apparent, but by slipping between trees or building, a useful advantage can be gained over your not-so-daring opponents. Be careful the grass between doesn't slow you down, though.
O Your Opponents - a wily bunch, who are of equal intelligence and skills to yourself. As you get better, so do they. But their tricks get dirtier... Q Start Finish Line - marks the start of the race, the end of a lap and, indeed, the end of the race.
"BLACK CRYPT” ¦ IF YOU LIKE YOUR DUNGEONS DRIPPING WITH MONSTERS.
The "Black Crypt" ™ positively oozes with twenty five of the most hideous and despicably cunning monsters.
They await you in a dozen plague-ridden interconnecting dungeons, on 20 spell binding levels.
The most heinous among them is the Dark Lord Estoroth, who, many centuries ago, had been banished from the land byjour Guardians with awesome supernatural powers. In the process, the Guardians and their weaponry had been 'i lost.
Now Estoroth is back, seeking a ghastly revenge against a defenceless people.
Your task is to lead an intrepid band of adventurers to retrieve the mystical artifacts that may hold the power of the four Guardians and provide your only chance of saving the world from evil.
The "Black Crypt" is the most electrifying fully animated dungeon adventure, with exceptionally detailed rotating point-of-view perspective.
It features real-time combat and spell-casting, all in 64 colour extra half-brite Amiga graphics.
But be warned, you enter this breeding ground of evil at your own peril. And hopefully not on a full stomach.
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THE TOTAL PITS FJRE Before the race begins, 'Iron Man’ himself offers advice regarding spares for your car. Indy Heats shop has more car-related goodies than Halfords, and allows you to buy speed-boosting nitros, better grip tyres, and more powerful engines - cash permitting, of course.
& »er Careering around the circuit can cause untold damage to your fragile vehicle, and the occasional respite at the pits is recommended. However, valuable time is wasted whenever a stop is necessitated, so whenever your opponents take a break, slam into them to knock them out of the repair shop and back in the race!
Make it past the finishing post is the winner, and will earn a considerable reward.
The demo will then restart - you'd better get the bubbly on ice... PARASOL STARS ' Having freed the people of Rainbow Islands, Parasol Stars follows Bub and Bob's fortunes as they once again battle the forces of evil - and our disk features a taster of what to expect. Scoring a massive 95% last issue, Parasol Stars is a mixture between Bubble Bobble and Rainbow, with the bubble and rainbow weaponry of the first two games replaced by the parasols of the title.
Our demo contains four levels from the first world, and pits you against the renegade inhabitants of Music World.
One or two players can play our demo, and will assume the roles of Bub and Bob respectively. Using a joystick, the little heroes must be guided across the platform-laden screens whilst avoiding contact with the assorted trumpets, pianos and accordions who plod towards you. If, however, a nasty gets too close, simply press the firebutton to sweep them up on top of your brolly and fling them across the screen. In addition to killing anything in their way, the deposed nasty will also turn into a bonus goody awaiting your attention.
As well as killing the nasties by flinging them around, both Bub and Bob can lob each other around the screen or use them to collect water globules which, when six are amassed, create a massive water ball which can be used to flush out any errant creatures.
A screen is completed when all the nasties within have been killed. Bub and Bob will then have a few scant seconds within which to gather as many of the remaining goodies as possible. After this, they are whisked away to the next area, where even more weird and wonderful bonuses and creatures await you... IMPORTANT! Whilst every attempt is made to ensure that the contents of the coverdisks match the details given on the labels and in the magazine, we cannot he held responsible for any last-minute changes. In addition, although our disks are also checked thoroughly tor viruses, we cannot be
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first home computers had no sound capability at all. Many ol
those around today still have little or none. This is a shame,
as to some people good sound quality is as important as 256
colours in hi-res mode. Still, we mustn't dwell on the
misfortune of olhers, The Amiga's excellent sound capacity is
largely thanks to the Paula chip. Instead of just bunging in a
programmable voice generator which modulates a sine wave. Ihe
Amiga has what amounts to an 8-bit DAC (Digital to Analogue
Converter!. So the basic unit of sound on the Amiga is not a
set of envelope instruclions, but a sample and the way to
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Sampling is a method of examining a waveform at very small intervals (typically 16000 times a second) and storing a digital representation of Ihe waveform at these points in memory or on disk. All computers are capable of this, but where the Amiga comes into its own is by the use of the special soundchips allowing you to play back the samples at very high quality. Alter all. No matter how high the quality of a 44.4kHz sample, it's not much use if it sounds like a frog in a wet paper bag when you replay it!
At present, the Amiga is only capable of replaying 8-bit samples. This means that, no matter how high the sampling rate and no matter how good you can get the Signal-to-Noise ratio, you aren't quite going to achieve CD-quality audio from your Amiga - unlike the dedicated serious-cash sampling hardware from the likes of AKAI. Ensoniq and Roland. But don't get too disappointed, as it may soon be possible that we'll see 16-bit Amiga sound hardware become a reality. After all, it was 8-bit sampling technology that brought success to the likes of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and The Art Of Noise.
In fact, all samplers superimpose their individual 'feel' to the sounds they produce, and Ihe Amiga sounds better than the original 8-bit Fairlight machines which used to cost about £13000!
You may think to yourself 'why bother sampling things when there are plenty of sounds available by taking apart tunes-of-the-month and doing the rounds on the PD circuit'. The major reason is quality. In the search for more and more samples to pinch from various places, you'll rarely come across a bass drum sound that Isn't 35% hiss, and it's a rarer occasion when you'll encounter a brass sound that doesn't sound like It's been ripped from Lemmings. Quite simply, you can do much better, providing you have access to a sampling hardware software package of some description. I use Maslersound
hardware and run Audition 4. But similar results can be achieved via just about any combination.
The first thing to remember when trying to create your own samples is the GIMGTYMTO rule - an acronym of Garbage In - More Garbage Than You Might Think Out1. Meaning that, even if you think any given sample is pretty much hiss or noise free, by the time you stick it through OclaMED or Soundtrackermth a dozen other samples, each with their own little bit of noise that doesn't really matter', the resulting ensemble can end up sounding like Extreme Noise Terror on acid.
WHERE TO SAMPLE Consequently, there are only two sources to seriously consider sampling from. The first is using a high-quality microphone (for 'high qualify’ read 'costs a bit more than the £4.95 ones you can get at Tandy’) to capture the sound of an acoustic instrument. Obviously, there has to be a point where someone does this, otherwise there would never be any samples of orchestras, pianos and the like, but my advice is to leave it to people with the sort of money to hire out a professional 24-track recording studio for a few weeks to get it right (sampling pianos is notoriously
difficult), and stick to the second acceptable sampling source.
The second source of action is to sample direct from CD. Several specially-recorded Cds are available specifically aimed at samplers, and many commercial recordings havo tracks from which percussion sounds and, other instruments can be obtained - although you must remember that despite the proliferation of stolen sounds in the pop charts over the last few years, if is still technically illegal to sample other peoples' material unless they explicitly give you permission. It is worth noting here that many sound-effect type Cds, such as those produced by the BBC, are not copyright free -- the
sounds remain the property of the manufacturer, making you wonder what sort of person buys a sound-effect CD just to put it on and play at home for listening enjoyment!
The same cannol be said of samples, which are positively identifiable as having come from a specific recording artist. Some artists don't seem to mind (James Brown hasn't complained too much about Funky Drummer') but some get very stroppy about it, such as the case in 1987 when the Justified Ancients of MuMu (aka The KLF) were forced to bum all existing copies of their first album as a result of a court action started by Abba, who weren't at all keen on the inclusion of a lengthy sample from 'Dancing Queen'.
Legal niceties aside, remember to keep noise to an absolute minimum by ensuring the CD signal level is at a suitable level. Too high and you get distortion problems; too low and you get problems with noise build-up as your sampling software tries to compensate for the incoming signal level.
HOW TO SAMPLE The major consideration at the software end of the quality chain is the sampling rate. Typical rates vary between 4kHz and 44kHz, with 16 Khz the most favoured rate. There is a trade-off here between quality and the size of the sample produced - it can be annoying to create a perfect snare sound only to find it occupies 25K of memory disk space!
However, memory can be saved without too much deterioration in sound quality by sampling at a high rate and reducing the rate using the software's resample' option - in fact, bass sounds can restriction, but that ol just what to sample. It soon becomes dear how hatd it is to get good-quality samples Irom normal sources. Luckily, help is at hand in the lorm ol either specially-produced sample Cds or In Ihe guise ol presampled disks.
One such example ol the lormer variety ol helping hand Is Pascal Gabriel's Dance Samples-the first In Ihe HltSound Producer series of Cds tram The Advanced Media Croup. Containing over 1000 dilferent samples ol varying degrees of uselulness. Drey have been compiled Irom Ihe personal sample library ol Pascal Gabriel, a dance musician and producer who has worked with Ihe likes ol S'Fxpress. Bomb Ihe Bass, and New Order.
Five tracks ol digital dala are provided lor downloading inlo AKAI SI000 S950-dedicaled samplers. Belore you start gelling any bright ideas lhal this seems a lot simpler than using Amiga sampling packages - but remember Ihe AKAI machines cost about £1000 and that you can't play Lolas Turbo Challenge on Ihem.
In addition lo instrument and percussion sounds. Ihe disk Includes high-quality percussion and rythym tracks, although Ihe opening 'Crackly Loop' is just dial. Also included are various short vocal hooks mostly ol ihe Ooh' and 'Aah' variety, and other vocal sounds lound on most dance records. Mosl ol Ihe sounds are fairly new. Ihe only exception being ‘Stressed Out* which tint appeared on Haze's 'Break For Love' and countless olhers. The drum sounds provided are wide ranging, Irom very early boom-chlkka-chlkka lo very ambient-sounding percussion. And II you can't llnd a bass drum sound you
like Irom those available, then you don't like music.
Many ol Ihe synthesizers which have been sampled are relerred lo explicitly with 'Famous Names' Including PPG and Juno getting a look in. Several ol Ihe synlh- sounds take Ihe Amigas sound chips lo Ihe limit, with 'Coneblower- being Ihe mosl notable.
Mosl ol the sounds are mono, apart Irom those recorded using Ihe RSS system. Roland Sound Space is a new audio process developed by Roland lo allow sounds lo be positioned and moved wilhin a 3D soundlleld. You must sample In stereo lo gel it lo work, and II won'l work through headphones (but wearing headphones lo listen lo the extreme stereo separation ol Ihe Amiga's oulpul is lor masochists, anyway). The effect varies Irom sample lo sample, but is occasionally quite spectacular. The RSS samples can be used to provide a real sense ol 'space' in Ihe final mix, but since they Ue up Iwo ol Ihe
Amiga's sound channels. Ihey're only worth considering il you're using other instruments as well.
Even il you already have a drum machine, Ihe chances are that il will be restricted to Ihe usual bass, snare, loms and cymbals. The solution is provided here In Ihe lorm ol Ihe exotic percussion loops which can be used lo greal effect, adding loads ol atmosphere lo an otherwise rubbish lune. II you're serious about using your Amiga as a sampling inslrumenl. Then this sort ol sound source Is delinilely Ihe way to go. And provides a welcome rellel Irom my longstanding problem ol how to obtain a decent version ol Ihe drum-ioop used on Soul lo Soul's 'Keep on Movin' without 50ms ol lemale vocal
creeping Inal Ihe end ol each loop!
Fans ol early 80s industrial noise bands such as Test Department and Elnslurzende Neubalen are also calered lor with sounds such as 'Radiator 1-16' and ‘Electro Kitchen'. My only gripe is Ihe lack ol a decent llalo-House piano sound, bul I suppose you can't have everything.
Sound advice be improved using this technique. All the sampling packages I have used allow the user to edit the sample currently in memory. You can use this teature to chop oft bits of noise and silent areas trom the beginning and end ot your sample. Most have lading etlects that allow you to cut an overty- long sample down to a more manageable size, and still keep a natural-sounding ending. Most will also allow you to loop various parts of the sample, creating the effect of a long sample but using the memory requirements of the short original.
Another option often provided is the ability to mix two samples together. This is one ot the most useful fools for creating professional-sounding samples. For instance, almost every bass sound can be greatly Improved by mixing it with the same sample played an octave higher, giving a much 'fatter' analogue synth-type sound. Alternatively, if you sampled a decent major or minor chord from somewhere, you can create a range of different chords by mixing the chord sample with itself played at a different rate - for instance, if you mix a major chord with a minor chord played four semitones up,
you get a major 7th.
Before long, you'll build up a decent sample library. Separale your samples into drawers of different categories of sample (one drawer for bass sounds, one for percussion, and one for guitar sounds, for example). In the interests of space, and ultimately quality it's always a good idea to delete sounds that are too noisy. Otherwise, there's always the temptation to use them, and many potentially good tunes are spoilt by a hissing sample.
With a bit of imagination, the Amiga is capable of stunning stereo sample effects. It’s possible to create stereo samples even if you don’t have a stereo sampler as long as your softv are is up to it.
You can usually copy a mono sample to both sides of a stereo one, and process the left and right channels slightly differently, thus creating the stereo effect (fading in from Ihe left channel and out from the right creates a right-to-left panning effect), and applying a different amount of chorus or flanging to each channel of a chord sample can create a thick, ethereal sound if you're lucky!
Iff THERH SAMPLING ot tht Sour Amig Ci Teijo pack frequ of thi and I Octa budg relea ccfijj You've got your sam- f pies, but that isn't the end of it all. Each sample may be the equivalent of an instrument, but you'll have to cobble them all together with a sequencing package before you can produce real music (or unreal music depending on taste). There are a large number ot excellent packages available, but unless you are turning pro in a big way it is worth starting off with some of the excellent Shareware packages around - the notorious Soundtracker clones. Generally regarded as the best
ME Teijc desp play for. You can move the red outline cursor around this area freely, allowing you to edit different parts of each note.
Fair OCC (qu playing the samples well outside ot their intended range, and timing wasn't a problem with any of the software I used [OctaMED, Muslc-X, and Sequencer One), and glitch-free synchronisation with MIDI Is fairly easy to achieve with a few trial and error modifications to the tempo.
Almost all the rhythms are of the dance variety, although Swing-Beat and 678 rhythms are few and far between.
Thus, if New Jack Is your thing you may be disappointed. The 4 4 rhythms concentrate mainly on the Hip-Hop and R'n'B Acid Jazz grooves, with House and Hardcore rhythms also represented.
However this does limit their use in the production of original- sounding material somewhat. In addition to the rythym samples, there are also five vocal hooks and effects contained in the 'DEMO' drawer on disk five. Although these are again very professional sounding and provide a change to the percussion, they could hardly be described as original ,with the 'Ooh-la-la' from Dee-llght's 'Groove Is In The Heart' and C&C Music Factory's 'Everybody Dance Now' being far too obvious to use again on original material.
These disks make a good addition to an existing Amiga MIDI instrument set-up, but if you are wishing to make music on just the Amiga alone, though, their use is severely limited, and it might have been a better idea for Zero-G to have released a package with a greater number of disks and samples, despite the inevitable cost penalty this would incur.
Contains about 1000 sounds, and all hot five of the samples are drum and percussion loops.
The samples are very professional sounding, even when played through the super-sub-miniature loudspeaker contained in most monitors. However, the lack of any actual Instrument sounds on the disks means that you must already have an existing sample library, or you intend to use your Amiga as a rythym unit in conjunction with other MIDI equipment.
The drum loops have all been very professionally prepared, with the Signal to Noise Ratio kept as high as reasonably possible In an 8-blt sampling environment, and all the loop start and end points have been well thought out. I didn't come across any major looping problems even when FLOPPY NOISES One way ol obtaining professlonal-quality samples is by taking them from special Cds, such as the Zero-G Datafile 1 Breakbeat collection of disks, five floppies produced by Eddie Stratton, the man behind various dance hits recorded under such names as 'Man Machine' and 'Jack’n’Chiir.
Each disk contains 10-15 IFF format Amiga samples which vary in size from 8000 to 100000 bytes. The 70 or so samples provided here are taken from the equivalent Zero-G Datafile CD which 3 Once you've loaded a sound, click on ‘E’ (Edit) and you're ready to enter notes.
The main part ol the screen is reserved (or this purpose, and is divided into four blocks representing the four sound channels. It's also divided into lines so you can specily how long each note should 1 Unlike other Soundtracker clones, OctaMED offers the user a huge number of tools to make editing easier. These tend to make the display seem a little daunting, but there's no real need to be afraid - it's not half as difficult to use as it looksl 2 Before you start working on a tune, you’ll need to load an instrument or sample. Do this by clicking 'SLIST', and select the sound you want to
load Into the current Instrument position.
4 Notes are shown as letters, numbers and characters, and the position where you entered it will look something like this: C 1 10C08.
5 The first three characters (C 1) name TRY IT YOURSELF REBE MUSIC ol these is MED. The incredible Soundtracker derivative sold by Amiganuts.
Created by Finnish programmer, Teijo Kinnunen, it started life as a PD package in 1990, and has undergone frequent upgrades. The most important of these was the inclusion of eight-track and MIDI support, transforming it into OclaMED. OclaMED Professional 3.0, a budget-priced package, is set for release shortly, here's what it will do... MEDITATIONS Teijo has recognised the fact that despite its power, OclaMED appears very complicated when you're learning to use it. For this reason, the new version features new lay-outs, and is far more user-friendly than previous ones.
An extra effects character has been added to each note, too, giving a total of four. To cram in these extra characters, the overscan option has been used, and slicker graphics have been used to accompany this change.
The package now supports nine octaves, which means that anything that can be played on a piano can be entered directly into OclaMED. For musicians, this is probably the most exciting feature of all, as it enables them to convert tunes directly from sheet music to OclaMED with no orchestration or instrument adjustment.
Talking of instruments, the Instrument Editor has also been spruced up, with the inclusion of video-style controls for searching through sample lists. The file requester has been transformed, and now appears to be styled on Kickstart
2. 0 - even for 1.3 owners. Finding, loading, and saving files
has been made far faster and friendlier than before.
The Edit screen reveals another extra option called MAP2 which lets you switch between user-defined keymaps so that single-key sequences can be assigned. The MISC menu also displays a cluster of useful new features, replacing the pointless and irritating JUMP option that used to be there. It's nice to see that available memory is now constantly displayed on-screen. I think that this feature should be obligatory for all 'serious' software.
Overall, the latest version of this already terrific package looks great. The extra octaves are a massive plus, and the new file requester is light years better.
Step by Step also specify elfects such as slide, pitch bend, and arpeggio.
Octave 1 is the lowest.
6 The computer keyboard is laid out like a two-octave piano. The T key is equivalent to the note 'C', and each successive key is a note higher than the one before.
The next keyboard row (from 'A' to ') is lor sharp or flat notes, the same as the " black keys on a piano. The whole layout is repeated another octave higher, starting at the letter 'Q', and the number '2'.
7 The first digit of the remaining characters (1) shows the instrument number 9 Each of the four note blocks represents a different sound channel and, because Ihe Amiga is capable of stereo, you need to think about the way you want your music to come out of a pair ol speakers.
Notes entered in the two outside blocks will come out ol one side, whilst notes entered in the inside ones will come from the 10 As I mentioned, the four blocks are divided Into up to 255 lines. A group ol lour blocks is called a pattern, and a song usually consists ol several patterns linked together. Each pattern is numbered and, as you’re editing a song, you can move between patterns as each one is completed, adding new ones when necessary. The order in which these patterns play can be specified in the pattern play list, and the beauty ol this system is that the same pattern can be
made to play several times within a song without having to reenter its notes each time.
That's all there is to it. There are many ways that note entry can be simplified, thanks to OclaMED's advanced editing tools, but the basics are more or less the same as all Soundtracker clones: choose an instrument, enter the notes, add any special effects if required, link Ihe created pallerns, and save the song. That's it (loud fanfare)!
End of story!
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We know you don't necessarily want to spend vast wodges ol cash getting what you want, and we also know that you don't want pages ot banal technical detail. So, instead ol the usual dreary drivel, here is how you can REALLY start to make some incredible music.
You've already taken the tirst step - you have an Amiga, and as you should know by now, the Amiga has the best sound capabilities of any home computer. If you know what music you like and what music you don't like, you’ve already mastered step two. The third step?
Easy - it's called MIDI.
On the technical side, suffice to say that MIDI is a Good Thing, possibly one ol the best things that's ever happened where musical instruments are concerned.
Here's what MIDI can do:
1. MIDI can help you produce music that actually sounds musical.
No talent is required. No piano lessons are needed. Can you
click your fingers? You’ve got rythym!
2. MIDI will allow you to find new and exciting ways of spending
large amounts of money on wonderful black boxes with flashing
lights and five-pin din plugs.
3. MIDI will open up a new world of glossy monthly magazines for
you to choose from.
4. MIDI can make you feel great.
EXAMPLE SET-UPS Giving your Amiga MIDI potential is going to cost you. Are you ready for this? Be warned1 it may shock you: £14. Considering a game will cost you upwards of £30, a MIDI Interface must be the Amiga bargain of the decade.
How much you spend after that is up to you. Here are some example equipment lists, and their approximate prices. Remember - you can get some real bargains in the second-hand market, so halve the price of most set-ups if you don't mind dog-eared instruction manuals.
5. MIDI can make your friends and neighbours hate you.
Haven’t you always wanted to appear on Top ol the Pops, surrounded by dry ice, wearing sun glasses and prodding a huge black keyboard?
Haven't you secretly yearned to produce your own album and write obscure messages on the inlay? Don't you just think Kylie Minogue is crap?
THE YEAR OF THE AMIGA Due to a careless mistake made by Commodore |yup. They're not infallible after all - did someone mention CDTV?), the Amiga was not designed with MIDI ports as standard. This lack of foresight opened the way for the Atari ST to become the most popular 16-bit music computer, which is a bit of a pity.
For a start, the ST's own sound-producing capabilities harked back to the bad old days of the BBC model 8 and Amstrad CPC (ping, zap, pop). Secondly, expanding them with extra memory, hard drives and faster processors was a pain.
Luckily, things are changing. Musicians are moving away from the ST and looking for new computers to experiment with. The Amiga? Well, partly. Unfortunately, a lot of the poor dumb fools still need to spend more money than they need and buy Macs and Pcs. However, a sizeable proportion are discovering that the Amiga isn't the games console they first thought it was. Thanks to this obvious discovery, this year will be a great year for Amiga music.
MIDI - THE BORING BIT MIDI stands for Musical Interface Digital Interface, and It's an Industry-recognised standard for Inter-connecting keyboards, drum machines and computers.
It Is an adaption of the old RS232 serial interface, and uses two cables: one to transmit information (the OUT) and one to receive (the IN). Sometimes an extra through port (THRU) is used to echo information to equipment which doesn't need, or can't have, an OUT.
Each time a key on a MIDI keyboard is pressed, the keyboard's internal computer (and they all have computers of differing complexities) sends a packet of information along the MIDI line. This packet consists of a 'note on' message, which is a collection of three bytes - one to say 'this is a note on message', one to say which key was pressed, and one more to say how hard the key was pressed.
If this message is received by another piece of equipment - a sound module, for example - another note In the same key will spring forth. Now, this is clever stuff, because even If your keyboard was a Casio and the sound module was a Roland, everything will still work. If MIDI ‘note on' messages aren't enough, you can even send ‘note off’ ones, too. And if THEY aren't enough, you can control volume, modulation, sustain, aftertouch, stereo pan and a host of other effects which are easier to hear than explain.
Even better, these control messages can be captured by a computer program.
Once the messages are in memory they can be chopped and changed until they turn out the way you wanted them in the first place. Most of these programs, called 'Sequencers', will allow you to edit everything In a lovely cross between proper musical notation and an art package. After a few hours use, everything starts to sound frighteningly professional.
You may wonder what’s to stop every Intrument In the MIDI set-up setting off every other instrument as soon as a single 'note on' message Is received. Good point.
Each instrument Is also given an address, called the MIDI channel, in the range 1 to 16 (or sometimes 0-15). This means that If your drum machine is programmed to respond to channel 16, only data aimed specifically at channel 16 will trigger it.
And that's all there is to MIDI.
SET-UP 1: The Beginner Hardware: Apart from your Amiga, none.
Software: Latest version ol MED.
Comment: With MED you get a four-track, multi- timbral sampling instrument. You can produce good enough music to fool 9 10 people into thinking they’re listening to the radio.
Total Cost: Practically nothing.
SET-UP 2: Getting Interested Hardware: MIDI interface, second-hand MIDI sound artftee Total Cost: around £80 SET-UP 3t Delinitely Interested Hardware: MIDI interlace, Yamaha PSS790 keyboard Software: Gadget's Sequencer One.
Mlsc: Mono mixer, headphones.
Comment: Now you can start to add real percussion tracks, as the Yamaha has realistic drum sounds built in. The hundred musical instrument sounds can be processed by a -vector synthesis' technique and will let you create your own unique sounds, and the headphones will stop the results from annoying your parents.
Total Cost: £220 SET-UP 4: Bitten By The Bug Hardware: MIDI interlace, multi-timbral sound module, velocity sensitive master keyboard.
Software: Music-X Misc: Mono sound mixer.
Comment: A sound module will costs about £100-
200. And will sound so good that you'll spend a week just mucking
around with the new sounds.
Good sound modules to stad with indude the Roland range of PC32s and PC64 units or the Evolution EVS1 module. The Yamaha QY10 is also worth considering, especially as it has its own integral sequencer for groovin’ on the move. A velocity-sensitive keyboard will add incredible expression to your tunes, and need not cost the earth (Roland PC200). Soflware, such as MusicX.
Is needed before you can tap the full potential of your hardware, allhough you'll be starting to feel the need tor a decent stereo mixer. Don't worry about drums - most synth modules have them built-in these days.
Total Cost: £350 NICE KIT : THE ENSONIQ SQ1PLUS The Ensoni, SQIPIus Is a piece of MIDI hard- ware which dreams are made of. It may look like any other keyboard, but this piece of American technology has some Incredible sounds and features burled within It.
For starters, how about a 16-bit sampled piano which sounds more realistic than many pianos. When you start experimenting with settings and add some of the bnllt-ln digital sound effects (reverb, chorus, distortion, revolving speaker, overdrive and so on) you can perform an impressive rendition of an electric grand piano underwater In a.spinnlng Albert Hall.
The SQIPIus Is 8-voice multi-timbral, which"means there can be eight completely different voices playing at once. With 21-note polyphony, you can be playing chords with the piano over a string quartet backing track (with guest trombone player) and still have room for two of three full drum kits and orchestral blasts.
Drum kits? Yup, the SOI has twenty sets ol Incredibly realistic drum sounds. The drum sounds all have different positions in the stereo field to give your sounds extra ‘space’. If you want more sounds (to the 100 built In, and 80 you can create) simply plug in a ROM card. Ensoniq call the SQ1 a music workstation, and it's not hard tiTsee why. It comes complete with an 8-track, multi-song digital sequencer, and you could turn up at a gig with only the SOI under your arm and perform anything from a piano recital to a rave.
The price of all this technical mastery? A mere £1349, but before you choke, look at it like this: A superb velocity sensitive keyboard, £300.
A superlative elght-volce, 21-note polyphonic, fully programmable, multi-timbral synthesizer, £800.
A 16-blt sampled piano module, £300.
A 24-bit multi-effect digital sound processor, £300.
An 8-track, 58,000 note digital sequencer, £100.
A 20 kit stereo drum machine, £200.
Total: £2000. Seems a bit more reasonable, doesn’t It?
SET-UP 5: In Too Deep Hardware: MIDI intedace, multi-timbral synth module, drum machine, good keyboard. Hard disk for the Amiga.
Software: KCS, Steinberg Mlsc: Stereo mixer, effects box, loadsa cables.
Comment: Your synth modules will include a Roland Sound Canvas and a custom drum machine. A good keyboard is a must, such as the Roland JX1 which is currently available at a bargain price of £300. The JX1 is velocity sensitive and has a most triumphant selection of presets instruments on board, including an excellent piano and the sexiest saxophone imaginable. An effects box (echo, reverb, flange, chorus) will prevent your mixes from sounding dry and adds a really professional touch. By this time your bedroom has no room for a bed in it anymore.
Total cost: £1000.
SET-UP 6: Good Enough (For The Moment) Hardware: As set-up 5, but with the inclusion ol a decent power amplifier, speakers and practice room. Playing at any volume through your home Hi-Fi is going to damage the speakers, never mind your family life. More keyboards are also required: a Korg M1. Wavestation, Yamaha SY77 or Ensoniq will do nicely, thank you.
Software: KCS, Steinberg Wetware: Vocalist, guitarist, roadie.
Mlsc: Stereo mixer, rack mounting effects, a gig.
Comment: Now you're ready. All you need are a few posters around town, and your first gig on the long road to stardom awaits. The more expensive keyboards will have on-board sequencers which you can use as well as (or instead ol) your Amiga.
Amiga's are a little fragile for gigging, and although you may think Guru Meditations are bad at the best of times, you haven't lived until you see one in the middle of your first set.
Total cost: £2000* LET1HE Letting other people hear your work Is an essential pari of musicianship. Even If they puke on the spot, the feedback they supply can be useful. Don't worry it your friends and lam- ily don’t appear to like whal you're doing - most will just be Jealous! Find someone wilh similar musical tastes to yourself and play them a demo. If you’re leeling brave, don't tell them you've created it yoursell and see Iheir reaction. It can be a wonderful experience if they say "What? You really did this yoursell? Pull the other one!"
Gelling electronic instruments onto tape is relatively straightforward. To record Just your Amiga, connect the audio output directly into the line-in sockets (the RCA phono plugs) ot your Hi-Fi cassette deck. If you’re recording other instruments, too, you’ll need a mixer ot some description.
Mono mixers work well (and cost little - less than £20), but a stereo mixer will add real control to your work. Plus, playing with the
• •••••••••••••••a A Amplifier. Most ot the time you can use a
normal Hi-Fi amplifier to hear your tinkling. It you want to
play loud, you'll need a special power amp and monitor
speakers.
B Bars and Pipes. One of the most original and Amiga-ised music sequencers.
Beat. One, and two, and three, and four... Bend. A pitch bend wheel will provide a clever way of adding extra expression to a sound. Used correctly, very good guitar sounds can be generated.
C Controller. A MIDI control is a special control signal which can alter a THE PRICE IS RIGHT If the price of musical equipment puts you oil. Here are some guidelines to help you out.
1. Check local papers for second-hand bargains.
2. Look through the music magazines for special offers.
3. Don't go into a shop and buy the first keyboard that sounds
nice.You may end up wilh somelhing that you didn't really
want. Do you really need a keyboard. When a module will do
just as well?
4. Music equipment keeps its value quite well.
Most shops will give you a generous trade-in allowance on kit you have grown out of.
MUSIC TO PLAY BY The arrival of the Amiga brought with it new, improved games with better sound than anything heard before.
What’s more, it just keeps getting better. Here’s the essential Amiga Game Top Ten, Pop-Pickers (in no certain order)...
1. Xenon II - Mirrorsoft
2. Project X - Team 17
3. Killing Game Show - Psygnosis
4. Ghouls'n'Ghosts - U.S. Gold
5. LED Storm - U.S. Gold
6. Beast II - Psygnosis
7. Warhead - Activision
8. Monkey Island - Lucaslllm U.S. Gold
9. First Samurai - Mirrorsoft
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The output from a mixer can be fed into your Hi-Fi as per normal. If you record your songs onto a decent quality audio cassette, the quality should be good enough lor that Last Step. You don’t need a tour-track cassette deck (Tascam, Fostex) unless you want to add live drums, and vocals on top. To be on the sate side, borrow a OAT recorder (or buy one - they can be bought for £400 these days) and record everything on that.
Once you’re happy with your music, the Last Step can be realised - making your own record. There are two ways to go about this: get a big record label interested, or DIY. II you plump lor the latter, you can get 1000 CD albums mastered tor about £1 each. Oldlash- ioned 45 singles will cost about 40p each, and 12-inch records and albums will cost somewhere in between. Bear in mind that you'll needto buy (and also try to sell) at least 1000 before publishing companies become interested.
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Specific quality ot a note, such as its volume or position in the stereo field.
Chorus. An audio effect which 'fattens' a sound by adding slightly out-of-tune copies to it.
D Delay. Delay can add an echo to a sound, or just give it more depth.
E Expander. Another name tor a synth MODULE.
F Flange. A neat audio effect which adds a weird ‘wave' noise as though you're opening and closing your mouth whilst humming nasally... no, I give up, I can't describe it. It sounds good any way."
G Gadjit's Sequencer One - a good entry level sequencer.
Group. Many synths organise different voices together as groups. Usually only one group (composed of about 8 voices) can be played at once.
H Holiday Music. A useful music shop - 081 558 2666.
L LFO. Low Frequency
* * * * Oscillator, part of the synth which adds vibrato or
tremelo.
M MIDI. Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
Module. Basically a synth without a keyboard. If you already have a keyboard, why pay for another one? Most manufacturers produce a version of their top keyboards in module (or rack mount) form.
Multi-trimbraL More than one voice at a time.
N ‘Noise. White noise is a mixture of all possible frequencies and sounds like static.
O Oscillator. An electronic circuit which generates waves, usually audio tones.
P Polyphonic. More than one K Keyboard.
Even it you can't play a tune, a musical keyboard provides a quick and easy way of getting notes into a sequencer.
I I like MIDI (pathetic - Ed).
J Juno 6. A classic synth from Roland - one of the first polyphonic keyboards with MIDI.
R Reverb. By delaying a sound, and mixing it with the original you can create the feeling of a huge concert hall.
S Synthesizer. A musical instrument which imitates real sounds electronically. Most modern synths use a technique called 'Sample and Synthesis' to create their sounds. By combining the attack waveforms from real instruments (piano, string, voice) with the usual synth generated tones, some startlingly realistic sounds can be created.
Sequencer. A way of recording, editing and playing back a song. The sequencer can be running on a computer, or built into a workstation.
T Tempo. The speed of a piece of music.
U U2. Irish rock group (desperate, very desperate - Ed).
Q Quantize. If your timing is like mine, it’s slightly... off. The quantize option in most sequencers will tidy up bum notes.
Note at once.
Preset. A preprogrammed sound.
Programmable. If a synth is programmable, you can create your own sounds from scratch. Compare with a preset-only keyboard.
V Velocity. If a keyboard is Velocity sensitive, it will get louder the harder you press the keys.
VCO. Voltage Controlled Oscillator - a vital part of a synth.
VCF. Voltage Controlled Filter
- likewise.
VCA. Voltage Controlled Amplifier - lots of these V ones, aren't there?
W Workstation. Keyboards such as the Ensoniq SQIplus have a full synth, drum kit and sequencer built-in, and are called Music Workstations. Soon workstations will appear with automatic CD pressing facilities.
X The letter which appears on a MIDI implementation chart (a list of MIDI features supported by a particular instrument) which indicates that a particular function or controller is not supported.
Usually beside the one the want the most.
Y Yamaha SY77. Yum, yum, yes please.
Z Zoom. The make of good effects box.
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them with the dark-eyed Uncle Fester. Charles Addams' Family were born,--and the rocky path to stardom beckoned.
Now, after languishing in Channel 4’s archives for years, what originally lost out to its upstart rival, The Munsters, is big business. Gomez and Co. Have hit the silver screen in what US pundits are predicting will ‘do more business’ than Terminator II, and, as can be expected. Ocean were there to lead them by the claw over to the Amiga. And, in the quest to produce the perfect Mario-stye platformer, the game stars a compact and suitably moustachioed version of Raul Julia’s Gomez character as he explores the family’s sprawling, platform-filled house.
Architect of the massive building is James Higgins, whilst its decoration is in the hands of Warren Lancashire and Simon Butler - meanwhile, Jonathan Dunn is the guy responsible for the game’s tunes and eerie effects. In addition, dropping by to add comments to the game’s development is Software Manager, Gary Bracey, who asides with the odd quip and idea. ‘We wanted to go with the Mario idea ages ago,’ he says as Gomez scampers across one of the game's hidden bonus screens, 'and we thought that this would be the CURSE OF THE ADDAMS FAMILY... In keeping with their ooky, spooky origins, a curse
is supposed to hang over anything related to The Addams Family.
Although the series was one of the most popular of its time, the actors responsible for bringing Lurch, Morticia and Co. To life were set to befall personal tragedies, with death, poverty or drug addiction hitting the assorted actors and actresses, and type-casting limiting their future work. The same was apparently true of the movie, too, with massive set-backs to the film's production causing the Director to suffer a nervous breakdown, and sending the film massive behind schedule.
I 3 4 ? Tj _y perfect setting for it.- True enough, with the building's dark rooms contain enough ghoulish sprites and creatures to keep Anjelica Houston's Morticia ‘Blissfully Unhappy'.
LiWl-Hiiflilil The Mario setting plays host to a scenario which is far removed from that of the film.
Whereas the film followed the Addams’ fortunes as they were evicted from their gloomy house, the game sees Gomez searching the huge, eight-way-scrolling play area in search of his kidnapped family. An evil developer has locked away Granny, Puggsley, Wednesday, Fester, and Morticia in the building's five wings, and the individual rooms within each wing must be negotiated before a showdown with a larger guardian. 'There are five game areas,' starts James, 'and Gomez can enter them in any order via a hallway section at the start of the game. These then open out into the key areas, such as the
garden, the kitchens, and the dungeons.' So how does the Mario element come into play? ‘Well, each area is inhabited by area-related nasties - big birds in the gardens, or mutants in the dungeons, for instance - and these sap Gomez’s health if he touches them.
But - ta-da! - by jumping on them, he can put them out of action for good,'he continues.
FI'.’-IHIIHIi'.ll Not only that, though, but all the little touches which make Mario such a winner seem to have been added to the relatively humble Amiga. ‘We started work on the Amiga game but had to stop hallway through to produce a Famicom version,' James says. 'However, after that we came back to the Amiga game and saw a number of ways to improve it. For instance, Gomez can jump higher using mini- trampettes, or fly past previously inaccessible areas using his Fez- Copter (a 'Tommy Cooper -style hat with fenough power to lift him off the ground). We also concentrated on adding inertia
and getting control over the main sprite.’ The only thing missing from the MEET THE FAMILY Starting life as a series of comic strips, The Addams Family's morbid humour was ideal for conversion into a TV programme. Whilst casting the film, the producers had set ideas as to who they wanted to play the parts. Raul Julia was selected for the Gomez role after he had impressed Paramount with his part in Kiss Of The Spiderwoman, and for the dark and elegant Morticia, both Cher and Anjelica Houston were considered. Houston won out, though, leaving just the last major role of Uncle Fester to fill.
Somewhat surprisingly, the role of the short and stocky miscreant went to Christopher Lloyd, who was famed for his part of 'Doc' in the Back To The Future films, and is both tall and thin - a complete contrast to Fester. However, make up prevailed and Lloyd was duly transformed into a superb-looking Fester who mirrored Charles Addams' original concept perfectly.
IN DEVELOPMENT Amiga version is parallax scrolling, but everything else'is identical fo the Famicom game.
As well as the rescue mission, Gomez can collect dollar bills to add energy points to his supply or even buy extra lives.
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Each level has a distinct theme and its related enemy sprites. The first.involves navigating your ship through the three deadly asteroid belts which surround the planet.
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Level two involves a white- knuckle ride across the ice-capped polar regions.
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There's also a huge sleeping dragon to contend with. Once awoken, the massive creature litters the underground caverns with a fearsome array of firebolts.
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The fifth section is set deep inside the alien stronghold. As you might expect, it’s incredibly well-fortified and each alien requires multiple hits before they’re POINTS MEAN PRIZES As an added feature, there's a bonus stage bolted on to the end ol each level which involves jockeying your craft through a maze-like series ol tunnels. This is an extremely last section where it's possible to rack up many points. There are also bonus icons dotted around the level. Collect six ol these and an extra life is yours. Each maze is randomly selected Irom a number ol predrawn maps so it's impossible
to predict which one you'll get. Multi-level parallax and an abundance ol sampled speech directing your progress make this one ot the best features ol the entire game.
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It's not hard to see where Team 17's bunch of talented coders have looked for their inspiration (R-Type 2 and Nemesis fans will instantly be at home), but the finished product has been finely honed into a distinctly original product which makes other games from the same genre pale in comparison. An outstanding arcade-quality blast.
Dan Slingsby AMIGA SPEC MEMORY REQUIRED 1MEG COLOURS ON SCREEN 32 COLLISION DETECTION 10 LEVELS 6 NUMBER OF PLAYERS 1 2 not simultaneous DISKS 4 GRAPHICS STYLE PAL OVERSCAN and deli- peed and ively, the uggish to Ihter with It on too a control, tprove its wasted. R-Type-style circular traps and multiple missile launchers lie in wait as well as an especially tough guardian which is nigh-on impossible to deteat. Finally, after destroying their lair, it's back to the planet's surface tor a bombing run where your given a couple ot chances to drop your deadly payload into the aliens' air ducts and
send their reactor to critical mass.
As you've probably gathered, Project X is a massive shoot 'em up. The horizontally-scrolling action never relents and the gorgeous 32- colour graphics complement the excellent and super-fast gameplay. Equally hot, are the incredible sound effects which must rate as some of the best on the Amiga. From the howling wind of the second level through to the muted sound effects on the underwater section, the son- ics are faultless. There's also plenty of sampled speech throughout the game, warning of oncoming alien attack waves and advising on what course of action to take.
As with all such games, there are plenty of power-ups to be picked up, and Project Xs are released after each alien wave is dispatched. Once collected, you then have-the option to enhance the power of your currently- selected weapon or wait until you’ve gathered enough credits to activate another more powerful armament. The ship’s initial pop-gun can be swapped for extra speed, plasma and magma bolts, sideshots, heat-seeking missiles (which are obviously useless on the volcanic level!), lasers and stealth capabilities.
The joystick controls are excellent and straightforward. The screen slowly scrolls from left to right and stops for a time when particularly large enemy sprites appear before continuing. Power-ups are selected by waggling the joystick from side to side or by pressing the space bar or mouse.
Nothing’s perfect, but Project X comes close. The enemy attack waves are a tad predictable at times and a little bit more intelligence in their formations would have been a boon. I was also a bit RPGs come and go with amazing regularity.
Just when you think they can't get any bigger or detailed, up pops another blockbuster. This certainly applies to Gremlin's Daemonsgate. Boasting over 50,000 words ot text (equivalent to a good-sized book) and 30,000 graphic screens, it's possibly the most accomplished and detailed adventure released to date'.
Stepping into the shoes ot Captain Gustavus ot the Imperial Tormishan Guard, you are summoned to an emergency meeting ot the City Council, where you learn that your country is soon to’ be besieged by a large Demonic army. Pleas for help sent to neighbouring cities have been ignored, as most are busy organising their own defences. The reason lor the Demons' return to the continent, or where they've come from, are unknown but rumour has it that an elderly man, seen in the vicinity of the ancient Attien state, could hold the answer. You must locate him, find out as much as you can, and.return
the beasts from whence they came.
The first problem is how to find a way out of the capital, without confronting the monstrous hordes waiting outside. This involves the solution of a number of subpuzzles. The core of the game revolves around conversation. Each of the ten cities is populated with over 270 characters. Some are coastal towns whilst others TEMPER, TEMPER The 128 intelligent characters aren't con- lined to one place, and wander freely from townfo town. If you need a specific person you must look for them. Some of these characters adopt aggressive tactics, though, and If you poke your nose too far into their
business, they'll try to scare you off. Ignore the warning, and, at a later date, they'll track you down and set upon you in a more direct manner.
Are situated on rock platforms in the middle of the sea. The surrounding countryside is populated by villages, fortresses, dungeons and the like. And these areas affect the people you'll encounter. You'll find beggars, scholars, and publicans amongst scores of others that can be split into two groups: minor and major non-player characters.
The minors go about their daily lives oblivious to events around them. However, their actions can be interrupted and they can be spoken to, but mostly serve to add atmosphere. On the other hand, major NPCs have a direct effect on the game.
You can tell the two groups apart by the latter's directness. Rather than wait for you to make contact, they're more likely to initiate it themselves. Each holds a snippet of information, but only some is of use.
As Gustavus, you can recruit seven of these characters to your party. There are 26 to choose from, rang- WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
For the hetty asking price you got more than the game. The box contains a manual, a 40-page book chronicling the history ot Tormis, and a special video starring one ot the survivors of the adventure, it will also include a lew hints on the game, and the chance to win one of twenty limited edition, lull-sized metal battle swords, weighing more than 40lbs.
Ing in status from mercenaries and merchants to a lunatic. Not all will want to come, though, and some will set you a task before they comply. In addition, others will want more materialistic rewards. Once on the team, though, their actions can be controlled individually, allowing you to send them on errands whilst the others rest.
Unlike most RPGs, these people are individuals in every sense. Instead ot carrying labels', such as Fighter and Magician, they have skill points and it's up to you to make the most of these by applying them to the appropriate fields.
Travelling is ot major importance, and movement is either on land or inside a settlement. Land travel reduces your party's representation to that ot an icon, and, during your travels, you'll need to set up camp tor a rest. This is also an ideal time to utilise one ot the game's more interesting features. Each function has its own screens, and each character has different skills. One of the nicer touches is that participants who excel in key areas can pass knowledge on by teaching the less-endowed members ot your crew. Each possesses thirty or more skills, keeping you permanently
busy.
More complicated and detailed is town travel. Out ot the forty environments, most are split into five levels including basements, cellars, underground mazes and sewers. The bigger towns are bustling with bakeries, taverns, residential properties and brothels, In fact, everything you'd expect to find in a major site is here, and all are necessary to the adventure.
Exploration of the settlements and questioning of the locals is needed for the many intriguing and brain-busting puzzles - so don't ignore anyone or thing.
If you’re thinking that the Captain is limited to a smooth manner, think again, as combat can get very bloody. The system is much more tactical than the traditional hit point method, and seeks to stretch the brain cells rather than the index finger. Everyone in your party can fight and, due to the combat system's diversity, the multitasking facility comes into its own. By using the stronger members of the party to do the attacking, the weaker ones are left to act in a supporting role, to heal their mates' wounds and restore lost health. However, this individuality has its drawbacks,
as asking a coward to attack a fifteen foot armour- plated mutant, will result in him running away as fast as a Jehovah's witness on Clift Richard's doo[ step. On the other hand, a Beserker will ignore an order not to attack anchwill steam in like a Millwall fan at an away game!
During combat, the game is frozen and the action is displayed in a smaller window to the left ot the menu.
There are seven commands, including simple Attack to Support and Cover, the latter allowing your characters to shoot at any foe attempting to attack an allied character.
All the actions are animated in this window and the horrific sights of legs, heads, arms and disembowelments are displayed at regular intervals, and a radar shows the position ot up to fifteen oncoming enemies. Once the appropriate choices have been made, you can sit back and watch the outcome. The action can be interrupted at any time to update the tactics or initiate a different kind of attack.
Sticks and stones may break lots ot bones, but a tire-breathing demon does it better. An alternative to normal combat is provided by the Demonologists and Ecdesiasts. The Demonoligists have the power to summon demons and use their powers to bolster the power of everyday weapons. However, they can also place the creature inside an amulet, ready tor when you'll need him. This trick can backfire, though, and the monster could turn against the party it invoked by a poor wizard. The Ecclesiast has more or less the same skills, but he commands power over the elements. These are less volatile
and more predictable, but less powerful and safer to manifest.
Daemonsgale's strength lies in its size and detail. The screens are well- drawn with small animated touches, such as burning torches and shimmering water, and the accompanying text adds a brilliant realism. The massive tasks and play area avoid the claustrophobic feel found in most RPGs, and all the cities have a 'lived in’ feel courtesy of the constant bustling about by the people.
The inclusion of a special menu which saves the important conversations, means that you won't have to make notes. There are still plenty ot 'traditional' RPG aspects - characteristics, pick-ups, magical items, monsters, traps and plots - along with the many brain- taxing puzzles. RPGs don't come much better than this, and, although it's 1Mb only, it should be high on any adventurer's list of must-haves.
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The ten scenarios don’t introduce anything radically new to the game, but merely enhance the strategic features of the original, whilst bringing in tactics that players may not have been called to employ before. For example, on one of the worlds, the map is composed of a series of small islands, surrounded by swirling smoke, rather like the view you would find if you were standing on top of a mountain just above cloud level. From here, the only ¦ way the player can reach the other islands is to build spac- ships, a facet employable on the original scenarios, but never actually
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Each of the ten scenarios is set across adifferent landscape, and involves facing different races of alien, ranging from bugs creeping across a dark, muddy landscape to robots on terrain that could have been created from scratched mirrors. As before, a great deal of time and effort has been spent on the graphics, and some of the backdrops are, as have had it d!"
m UTOPIA THE NEW WORLDS UTOPIA 2 Utopia-The Hew Worlds isn’t Utopia 2, as most people had hoped, but the sequel has been In production lor four months, and is looking set for a Christmas release. The game will take a more military slant, moving slightly away from the Sim Cily style ot game, although all the colony buildings will still be included.
Graeme Ing isn't giving too much away yet. But one feature he is including is having the enemy base visible on screen, allowing the player to watch the enemy at work, and attack it before it comes for you. We wait with baited breath... the last level you deserve a medal.
Utopia - The New Worlds is really only a must if you are an avid fan of the original and fancy stepping up the odds. It doesn't make the game any better, but gives you more choice when playing it. Fifteen quid seems a little steep for what is in effect a few more levels, though, and that’s why I can only recommend it to die-hard addicts.’ Tony Dillon Douglas Adams would say, enough to make you want to burst Into spontaneous applause.
The standard way to create an add-on disk for this sort of game is to simply set progressively harder tasks.
In this case, however, the approach is different. 'We had a lot of people telling us the original was too difficult,' explained Graeme, ‘so if you can imagine that the ten scenarios with the original game were levels 1 to 10, the scenario disk has levels 3 to 13.'
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D AD, 21 si Century Entertainment claim :hat Pinball Dreams is the world’s first Amiga Pinball simulator. Hardly. For if you look back a few years, you may remember an excellent little bumpers and balls number called Pinball Wizard.
Misinformation aside, Pinball Dreams is still rather good.
Four tables are on offer: Space, Wild West, Dance Music, and a Nightmare table based loosely on the coin-op Terminator 2 table. The design of the tables are all pretty simple, with the usual array of bumpers, flippers and flickering lights. Playing the tables is simplicity itself, with the mouse sending the ball into play and the Shift keys activating the flippers. In addition, the space bar is used to nudge the ball - although too much nudging will cause it to 'Tilt', rendering the flippers useless. During play, the tables scroll to follow the ball, and each spans two full screens. Although
this may seem a little off- putting, it works very well, and adds to the instinctive nature a Pinball sim needs.
Real tables can be very frustrating, with loads of places for the ball to avoid your flippers, and 21st Century's game features an equally devious array. I've never been an avid player of the real machines, but it used to wind me up no end to see the ball sail cleanly between my flippers or one of the aforementioned gulfs. The fact that this game got me as worked up as the real thing, is as good a compliment regarding its realism that you're ever likely to hear. In addition, the all-important ball movement is equally good, with no quirks to the bounc- ing or jerky rebounds.
The presentation is also amazing. All the flashing lights and impressive samples of a true table are present, as are all the pings, squeals, digitised speech and small snatches of music.
Basically, this is playable stuff and, as far as I'm concerned, utterly addictive.
Pinball Dreams may not have been the first, but it's definitely the best so far. True pinball fun without a coin slot.
Tony Dillon 1 Sure plays a mean Pinball... GRAPHICS SOUND INSTABILITY PLAYABILITY OVERALL 83% 21 ST CENTURY £25.95 Modern day Welsh nationalism may be limited to burning down the occasional holiday cottage, but six hundred years ago things were a little different. England was just starting to flex its muscles as it left the dark ages as a unified country. The Normans had came, saw, and settled and the Vikings had long ceased raiding the coasts.
The attention of the King turned to Wales, which was pretty backward in comparison, and invaded its Eastern half. The resident Celts were not pleased, and any English settlers were soon deprived of basic necessities, such as their heads.
You can go all out on the spiky 'Fortress-of-Dread' look, and create something that will really put the wind up the Celts. What you have to consider, though, is cost and time. The more complicated your creation, the longer it takes to build, and you’re liable to run out of cash halfway through construction.
The next step is to hire a workforce.
Stone masons, quarrymen, blacksmiths, carpenters, diggers, carters and labourers have to be brought in. As your funds are limited to the amount you can tax, or extort, from the local population, you are forced to To consolidate his Welsh holdings, King Edward I ordered a line of eight castles to be built, deterring any further Celtic uprisings. This is where you come in. As king of Albion, your job is to construct these fortresses, manage their armies and deal with any problems which invariably occur.
Naturally, you have to design your castle before you can build and protect it. This is the easiest stage. The two main elements of a castle are the keep, and the outer wall.
For this you're given an overhead view of the land where it's to be built, and a bank of five icons: a wall, square .
Tower, round tower, a gate and an eraser. By clicking on a castle segment, and clicking on the map, you lay the foundation of that piece to be built. To build a stable castle you must have one tower for A every three segments of wall, if you don’t, you're liable to find things coming crashing down around your head.
Once placed, you must then enter how high you want the piece to be built.
There are very few restrictions placed on design, so limit the number ot people working for you. Getting the best mix ot people is important, with carpenters building scatfolding, smiths making rivets and bars, diggers laying the toundations, and masons building the various bits. The master stonemason, who overseas the construction, gives you his opinion on the staff mix, and the worse it is, the longer it takes to build the castle.
Hiring and firing staff can prove very tedious, and striking the right balance between classes is more down to luck than skill, and I would have preferred a preset mode which hired a basic work force. You also need to hire and train troops to defend the half-built, which soaks up even more cash and time.
To build an area, simply click on it. And assign a number of workers to it. Almost immediately, a number of little figures will appear and start beavering away. Once everything's up and running there’s plenty of action in the area, with loads of little people running around, and sometimes disappearing into thin air. This is all very interesting for a while, but it soon becomes very boring, despite the occasional attack of mad Celts. To cap it off, one of the little guys building the castle usually scales the wall and throws himself off of it - still, every castle needs it ghosts, I
suppose.
When the Celts do launch an attack, you must place your troops near the castle walls, and select the units for them to attack. The Celts who raid your first castle are easily beaten off, but on later levels they come armed with catapults and many more troops.
Despite being slow in places. Castles has a lot of depth and a great many features. If you're bored with the real world, you can switch it to fantasy mode, and have ogres, elves and dragons added to your already substantial tribulations. If you enjoy games such as Populous and Sim City, you'll enjoy this. I certainly did.
Mark Patterson SCReenstaR CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME Occasionally, you receive visits from people requesting aid or advice. You’re shown a picture of the visitor, their question, and a choice of three answers. The answers are usually arranged so that you can be a nice guy, completely indecisive or a real git.
Most of your visits come from the local bishop, and as the church was exceedingly powerful in those days, it pays to do as they ask. That said, in one game I had several visits from a nun who claimed that half the Masons working on my castle were witches who should be executed. She ended up kidnapping the bishop and claiming that the forces of evil were out to get her. The end result was me sending in 100 troops on a rescue mission then paying for the damage they caused to the monastery while they were about it.
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Roger Rabbit became a major star, alter his teaming with Boh Hoskins, and even got a spin-otl mini film using the cartoon crew. There was talk ol a series but it's since been put on hold.
Never hearing Roger's shrill voice again is no bad thing, but it his wile's never allowed to tread the boards again, it would be a tragedy!
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Ceous wi cameo a If you've seen 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' You'll be pleased that, rather than producing a half-hearted platform romp, Disney have gone all the way with a cartoon quality, puzzle solving adventure.
As in the film, Roger has been left in charge of Baby Herman. A supposedly simple task, but Herman spies a huge replica milk bottle atop the neighbouring Moo Dairy and decides that this would be a far more interesting playground.
Your task, as the Maroon Cartoon star, is to return the infant to his crib before mother comes home. Two things inhibit the rabbit's progress: one, he’s been locked in the house and the other is the steadily- decreasing time limit.
Secondly, although the in-game clock has 60 minutes on it, in reality you’ve only got 20.
Roger has to work his way through three rooms inside the house, three scenes outside and the final challenge in the'dairy.
The star really earns his money, and along the way is bitten by savage mice, dogs, piranha fish and bumf, frozen, run over and drowned. The solutions to the scenes show real imagination, and although the tasks start easily enough they become exceedingly complicated. The first scene only requires seven moves, but later stages might need anything up to twenty-five.
Ail the scenes require experimentation and only trial and error will see you through. If you find yourself standing on an incredibly bouncy sofa, it's necessary to find out the effect it will have on Roger. For example, jumping off the sofa onto the fan sends Roger crashing into the floor. By pushing a nearby stool into your line of trajectory, it’s a safe bet that the luckless rabbit will ricochet off onto another strategically-placed utensil, and eventually out the window. By now, having seen Roger squash into the floor and jHRalways with animation of this quality, there’s a price to
pay. Although it’s more playable than most, the game is reduced to simple joystick pushing akin to Dragon's Lair. The animation, despite needing at least 1 Mb and a hard disk, otten stops in mid flow, disrupting the cartoon feel. It's not always obvious what to do next and going back to the beginning when the time runs out is very aggravating.
That said, it’s a brave attempt at an entertaining and initially amusing title. Roger stands a third of the screen high and actually looks like a slightly anorexic version of the character we alt know. Even so, he moves realistically and performs his tasks in detail. If you own a hard drive, and want to impress people, HRH is a worthwhile purchase, but a readily disposable one.
Steve Keen DISNEY £25.99 Charismatic cartoon chaos, at a price J GRAPHICS 89% SOUND 90% LASTABILITY 70% PLAYABILITY 69% OVERALL 73% RAM expansions made for the older A500 will not work with the new A500 Plus if they are populated to more than 512k. Phoenix have developed a range of RAM expansion units specifically for the new A500 Plus.
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TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME Join Titus the Fox in his hilarious adventure "To Marrakech and Back". On foot, riding a skateboard or flying your magic carpet, you set off across the Sahara to free your kidnapped love - Foxy! You encounter many enemies such as Babyboon, the kid with the deadly bottle, and Toyo the spectacled snake.
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Over the past tew months we've seen Super League Manager tram Audiogenic and The Manager trom US Gold and now Domark have entered the tray with Championship Manager.
The overall aim is. As usual, to guide a team through a season, putting the big white ball into the opposition's net as often as possible without letting them do the same to you. At the end of the season you want to be top ot the league and own as many championship trophies as possible - even if it is only from the Domark cup.
The game system is very complex and detailed, with more statistics and numbers than you’ll find on an average poll tax bill. Information ranges from a player's passing and heading skills, to their creative and inspirational abilities, right down to the attitude of individual managers.
The game is entirely mouse- controlled, run from a series of on-screen menus arranged as large text boxes, and illustration is limited to attractive digitised backdrops. The game menu gives access to each team's results, forthcoming fixtures, current standing in any of the game’s dozen cups and championships as well as transfer market details and a resignation option should things get to tough for you to handle.
Interestingly, though, resigning from a club doesn't end the game. Managers are always being hired or fired, as in the real-life game, and one moment you may find yourself managing Preston North End and the next accepting a multi-million pound deal to take over the helm at Liverpool.
THROWING A WOBBLER A manager's mood can also affect a team's chances of polling off the championship. If yon go about your job with ruthless determination and don't mind how many toes you step on to attain your goals, don't be surprised if your entire team asks to be put on the transfer list. Likewise, if you’re too wishy-washy, players will ask for huge wage rises and extended contracts. At the beginning of the game, you can select from a nast array ot moods ranging from unselfish to rebellious and even withdrawn - the choice Is yours.
For statistic freaks, there are 1500 players in the game, each with their individual skilsl and fitness levels, age, moral, attitude, physical details and a five-year FRIENDLY FROM CHELMSFORD IL FOR CHELMSFORD!
IELMSFORD career history. These are spread over eighty teams, along with 650 coaches, managers, trainers and scouts. Four people can Championship Manager play at once, competing for league success, along with the Barclays ‘Manager of the Month’ and Ewen when a match is progress, there's still enough action to hold your attention. Ron Atkinson - watch out!
A wealth of options are available to help guide your team to the top of the table - or to the Domark cup.
'Manager of the Year' awards.
Most of the game options will be instantly familiar to fans of the genre. These include team formation and selection, dealings in the transfer market and training options. Of course, all the extra information available gives more value to your judgments, but it would have been nice to see a little more in the tactics department.
The only changes you can make to your team’s tactics are in their formation and a choice of five different playing styles, varying from continental to long ball styles. Thankfully, the different styles actually make a difference when playing different teams. A short passing game may work fine in one case, but against Juventas it probably wouldn't work.
Matches are played out in accelerated real time, with a clock counting the minutes in one corner, with six bars depict- ingthe strengths of each team's defence, midfield and attack, and a meter to detail the number of attempts at goal each team has had so far. When goals are scored, the match pauses to tell you know who’s scored and how. Each match is over quite quickly, and provides enough constantly updating information to keep you interested.
Playing Championship Manager is rewarding. The game is complex and involving enough to make you believe your decisions are having an effect, allowing you to rightfully bask in your team's success. If it weren't for the rather weedy tactics selection, the game would be faultless. Easy to get into, it's playable at a basic level, but best enjoyed when you've learnt the game system. One of the best around.
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Lett. Whenever your car whizzes through a tunnel, the screen darkens accordingly, and the sound is muted slightly to add to the realism.
Left. There are six tracks to attempt, ranging from Sweden to the U.S ol A, and each has their own winding corners and special hazards.
OPTION LESS Although Lankhor have made Vroom quick and easy to get Into, a number ot options mentioned in the manual are conspicuous by their absence. For instance, the supplied sheet says that your car can be recentred using the 'Help' key if you start to career off the road, and another is supposed to let you view the car from above whenever the F10 key is pressed. Unfortunately, on playing, neither work, making the manual seem rather sloppy.
TS7SET The (rack* are shown as a rough guide In the lop-left of the screen when you are racing and give an early warning of oncoming corners and hazards. In addition, an approximation of the track's length is given so that you can judge how long your fuel will last.
It's somewhat ironic that the area where most race games tail is probably the most important aspect of the genre - speed. Notable stalled attempts have been the Chase HQ games, the OutRun series, and Continental Circus. The list of winners is limited to Super Monaco GP and Geoff Crammond's vector-based epics.
In Vroom, though, Lankhor have something of an oddity.
With its minimal graphics, the average Amiga ov ner weaned on graphical wonders such as The Godfather anil Space Ace.
Wouldn't give I room a second glance. However, cowering behind its 8-bit facade, it's one of the fastest racers you’re likely to see. Not since Psion released Chequered Flag onto the bustling 48K Spectrum market has such a simple race game proved so playable, and the addictivity Vroom generates makes it far superior to the said coin-op botch-jobs. It may not feature the many houses and fences that line Chase Hqs roads, but the programmers have instead planted sparse trees which, whilst equally as damaging when hit, ensure the game nips along at break-neck speed.
Opening with options ranging from linking up two machines, to selecting one of the six international tracks and gear systems, Vroom skips any unnecessary TYRED OUT Each of the six courses features a series ol sharp corners which will send any unwary racers shooting off tbo track. This affects your car in a number of ways, with the wheels truckling and the engine pumping out smoke after every accident. A limited number of crashes can be sustained, but valuable time and fuel are also wasted, giving your opponents the opportunity to overtake. All of your car’s features are in limited supply,
and dashboard indicators are colour-coded to represent the state of your fuel, tyres, and engine. However, to effect much-needed repairs a pitstop is located to the right ol the starting line.
Hassle, allowing the player to get.
Straight into the game. Seated behind the wheel of what appears to be a go-cart but is actually a state-of-the-art Formula 1 racer, and using the joystick or the mouse to steer this unimpressive vehicle, the basic aim of Vroom is to overtake a predetermined number of opponents, thus guaranteeing your qualification to the next circuit. However, as your prowess grows, so do the number of opponents you need to overtake.
Unfortunately, it is this simplicity that proves to be Vroonfs downfall. The action is limited to whizzing around the tracks, and this offers very little variety.
Although an eye must be kept on your tyres, engine and fuel, staying on the road is your prime concern and rather a dull one.
Thus, although I room has the speed that the coin-ops lost in favour of content, it needs a compromise with the speed retained but something added to capture the imagination. As race games go, Vroom is certainly one of the fastest and more piayabje, but alas it has all the content of a packet of Polos.
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After the super-slick success of The Blues Brothers, French outfit, Titus, are back with another jump'n’run extravaganza.
This time, though, the action centres around the exploits of the rascally old fox who graces Titus's logo as he sets out to rescue his kidnapped girty from the unspeakably evil Shah Hassan. And, naturally enough, all sorts of villains, henchmen, thugs and sword- wielding maniacs are out to tan his hide in the process.
In all, there are 15 levels to complete (plus a kiss’n'cuddle end-screen), each offering a different graphical theme. For instance, some levels are set in the grimy backstreets of Marrakech and come complete with overflowing sewers, rabid dogs, drunken bums and patrolling thugs.
Others are set in the sandy dunes of the Sahara, on building sites, deep in subterranean caverns, or amongst the bedouin campsites of nomadic tribesmen. The ingame tune also attempts to instill the proceedings with a suitably Arabic flavour, but proves to be mildly irritating instead.
Each of the assorted nasties has a particular attack pattern. Most annoying are the buzzing bees which stick to rapidly sap your energy until death awaits.
To replen- ish any lost energy, there are health icons dotted around each level (often in incredibly inaccessible areas) and these offer a much-needed shot in the arm. There's also a level code at the start of each area and a padlock icon which acts as a restart point should Titus lose a life.
The joystick controls allow Titus to crawl along the ground, jump over obstacles (and change direction midjump), and speed along the ground at a fair old rate.
Speed is the key here as the player is given control over the rate at which-the game plays. Pressing F10 halves the game’s speed, and although Titus's speed is reduced to that of a nailed- down slug, it makes hopping across platforms. Help is also given via a series of objects which are scattered throughout the game. These include a spring to reach inaccessible parts of the game, and a bowling ball to flatten oncoming nasties. There's also an airborne magic carpet, a skateboard and a scooter to speed up your progress - of these, though, the best is the skateboard which allows you flatten
anyone who gets in your way. A neat touch to an already well-crafted game.
Fighting off the bumbling nasties is effected by throwing bottles, boxes, bins and other such objects at the oncoming hordes. Lob one of these in the direction of the said nasties and they’ll invariably leap off the screen with an angry scowl across their faces. Be careful not to get clobbered by your own missile, though, or you’ll end up seeing stars and losing much-needed energy. After all, although there are unlimited continues for each level, you're limited to three lives, so be careful out there... If you're feeling particularly cocky, though, it’s also possible to sneak up
behind an adversary, pick ’em up and throw them instead!
There’s very little to criticise about Titus the Fox. In super-fast mode the scrolling becomes slightly jerky if there are more than four sprites on screen, and the slower option also suffers from staccato At the start ot each U password. Make a note ot the number so that it's possible to restart the game at the beginning ot that particular level.
Scrolling. The sprite detection is also dodgy in places which is always annoying in a platform game. Still, these points fade into insignificance when compared to its many plus points.. Fox hunting may not be very fashionable at the moment, but that hasn't stopped Titus constructing an entire game around it. Titus the Fox is easily their best platform game yet. It's a joy to play and offers more of a challenge than the usual jump'n'run games due to its cunning puzzles and the sheer variety of enemy sprites on the prowl. There are more than 900 screens in total which will keep even the most
experienced games- player engrossed for weeks.
Dan Slingsby Falling stalactites are just some of the obstacles to overcome in this underground sequence. Timing Is all-important here, so It's best to slow the game down tor this part.
TITUS £25.95 6 Polished multi-level jump'n’run game j GRAPHICS 86% SOUND 76% LASTABILITY 90% PLAYABILITY 92% OVERALL 91% TUNNEL VISION There are a number of hidden bonus rooms and secret passages on each level as well as a number of puzzles to overcome. These include a devilish network of underground tunnels on one level with many passages leading to lava pits or dead-ends - at the time of writing this review I'm still well and truly stuck on this level (thirteen). Mapping skills definitely come in handy! Other puzzles include negotiating seemingly impossible obstacles or retrieving objects
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The original saw you racing a shoe box around a speed track and a rather tricky stunt track resplendent with jumps, bridges, and a 360° loop. Hot on the heels of last month's 4D Sports Driving, it's interesting to note Race Drivin's similarities.
The game has three different courses, including the Hard Drivin' track.
You also get a Super Stunt track, with more loops than a bowl of spaghetti, and a short but fast flat circuit. The game lets you access any of these tracks and, as a result, there's little sense of progression or, indeed, achievement in completing a circuit. To do so, there are three cars to choose from, and each has different handling and speed capabilities, ranging from the slow but steady roadster to the fast, but unpredictable speedster which sometimes forgets to take a bend. However, there is also a nippy sportster which offers a sensible mid-point between the two. All are available
with manual or automatic gears, come with plates and tax disk, and are ready to roll. Roll being the operative word.
As before, the action is portrayed from a first-person perspective, with your view of the outside world shown above a small but detailed dashboard. At times, it appears as if you are actually floating above the track, especially when other cars seem to overtake by passing beneath your car. The only other viewpoint is a distant external view which is useful for showing your more spectacular crashes, but is of little practical use.
On the graphics side, the road moves smoothly and is convincing whenever the track is free of other objects. However, as soon as a more complicated object appears (buildings, trees, or what appear to be cardboard cutout cows, for instance), the update slows dramatically spoiling the overall effect and playability.
The game controls are the biggest drawback. Although your car can be controlled via the joystick or mouse, the handling just doesn't feel right. There's an TAKING CONTROL Tlw game wai originally designed to be controlled via a mouse. Moving (he mouse to either the left or right corresponds to the degree of turn put on the car and moving the mouse the other way centres the wheel. Unfortunately, such a control method Is rather alien to joystick wagglers. While pushing the joystick right turns the car in that direction, pushing it left doesn't mean the car will instantly change direction.
Instead, the car will slowly straighten its course and only then begin to arc left. This might be closer to the real thing, but finding the right balance between controlled turning ana who mooing is increoioiy aimcun.
Option to adjust the sensitivity ot the vehicle's controls, but this doesn't improve the car’s handling abilities and merely serves to increase your chances ot veering wildly ott the road and totalling your motor.
The amount ot wheel lock is shown by a small vertical line at the bottom of the screen, with a notch to show the central position. However, the distance between the notch and the line doesn't translate into a constant turning ratio. Oversteer is an annoying problem, and one that is difficult to correct, especially when the game begins to slow down, leaving you zig-zagging across the track. When you consider that you're competing against the clock, the game left me grinding my teeth rather than the gear stick on more than one occasion.
In these days of Thunderhawk and F-29 which use fast and smooth polygons, why are racing games left in the slow lane? Race Drivin’ manages to build up a considerable head of steam but, ultimately, is going nowhere.
Tony Dillon DOMARK £29.99 SOUND LASTABILITY PLAYABILITY OVERALL 66% Ah, the times I wrote about exploring Jane Seymour's bowels when this first came out... it’s just a pity that the game is about as long-lasting as the joke. Set in a labyrinthian space station named after the mini series-starring actress, BSS Jane Seymour is a 'hunt-to-kill' mission with all manner of aliens and object-related puzzles awaiting your attentions. Sadly, whereas this would have given plenty of opportunities for exploiting the Alien scenario, instead the game is a plodding runaround, with very little in the way
ot brain or reflex-stretching ideas.
It's by no means all bad, though, and there's plenty to see in Jane's many passages (titter), just don't expect anything to rival Dungeon Master. Not one of Gremlin's better releases, and only really worth a gander if you’re desperate for a spot of space exploration.
Times are hard, but Steve Merrett is here to guide through the minefield that is known as the world of budget releases... 3D TENNIS 70% GBH OUT NOW £7.99 Following their excellent Rainbow Islands conversion, Graftgold's next coin-op licence for Virgin was equally hot.
Iron Man Stewart’s Super Off- Road Racer (to give it its full name) is another variant on the Supersprint theme, with the wimpy cars and tracks replaced by massive trucks and slippery, tortuous dirt-tracks.
Whereas past games in this style have been limited to figures-of-eight and loops, Off-Roa fs tracks are winding affairs, featuring jumps, chicanes and tight corners. In addition, to aid the veteran driver, extras including better tyres, higher-per- formance engines and nitro boosters can be bought to ‘pep’ up your vehicle's performance.
This is a faultless conversion, and the enjoyment is enhanced with the addition of a second player. The trucks are extremely manoeuvrable, and control over them is simplicity itself. Add to these some ruthless computer opponents and a good selection of tracks, and you have an excellent rerelease.
Until the release of Infogrames' Advantage Tennis, this Sensible Software version of the sport was seeded number one. It broke away from the 'normal' sprite-based sims, by depicting the players as vector-drawn figures, and whilst this sounds an unfeasible system it actually works a treat. Offering a multitude of championships and leagues, all the rules of the game have been incorporated and the triangular figures can perform most of the acrobatic feats previously only accessible to the likes of Becker and Lendl.
OFF-ROAD RACER In terms of gameplay, though, International 3D Tennis comes a bit of a cropper. At first, the game seems very controllable and it's possible to be pinpoint accurate with long shots or smashes, but this gives way to tedium as the computer-controlled players are revealed to be weak opponents, offering very little challenge. That said, though, 3D Tennis still ranks as one of the best of the genre and even though Advantage Tennis knocks it out of the court, any budding McEnroes or Nattyrat... Navrati... Nawerat... Steffi Graf's are recommended to give this budget ottering a go.
GBH OUT NOW £7.99 76% DOMINATOR As a respite from their beat 'em up escapades. Dominator represents System 3's sole 16-bit attempt at a shoot 'em up. Spanning five levels, Dominator is a traditional horizontal and vertical-scroller with plenty to shoot and collect, and rounded off with the totally unexpected (irony) end-of-level guardians. With System 3 famed tor their inventive and attractive graphics. Dominator looks extremely tame, and this mediocrity is carried through to the gameplay which is dull and over-hard. It seems it was made harder to balance out the lack ot levels, but the many
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Putty's Saga is nearly two years- old now, and is still as playable as when it was first released. Everything about the game is polished, with cutesy sprites and detailed backdrops complemented by smooth scrolling and a massive game task.
Some of the nasties are a little to tenacious and the loss of energy is sometimes unavoidable, but, overall, prporatinj TURRICAN II Comprising elements of nearly every Amiga shoot 'em up, Turrican II is a supreme blast, which still outstrips most of its full-price rivals. Although not boasting a great deal over its predecessor, the sequel sports improved graphics and effects, whilst retaining the run'n'shoot scrolling action of the original. In addition, it also takes the opportunity to expand our tinplated hero's armoury, and adds numerous new bombs, lasers and effects. For those of you not
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Turrican II is a classic shoot 'em up, starring a robotic warrior as its hero. However, whilst containing numerous shoot 'em up ideas within its dozen or so massive plat- form-laden levels, there are also sequences culled from the Mario series, such as secret blocks and rooms.
Turrican II is faultless in every respect.
Owners of the first game can benefit from this sequel's new maps and tougher guardians, and the game's massive levels mean that it will offer excellent value for money. Whether you’re a casual blaster or a die-hard veteran of countless space wars, Turrican II is for you: it's fast, it's action- packed, and it's nothing short of brilliant.
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STUDIO GATE AND RARKING LOT At (he beginning, don't move, but pick up the four-leaf clover under the sign and the rock in the bottom left-hand corner. Go to the shack on the right and_ throw the rock through the window.
Enter and go right.
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Puter room. Swipe the book. The next room is Make-up. Take the mirror from the bin, then go to Elvira’s dressing room, which is to the right. Take the nail file, the tissues, the towel, the newspaper, the popcorn, three cans of hair spray, the silver clover charm and gas curling iron, which is in the make-up case. There are a pair of Elvira’s pants, still warm, but they won’t aid you in the adventure!
Take the door at the end of the hall, into the Typing Pool. Take a disk from the box and the cassette player. Head back towards the lift. The third door along leads into the office. Take the drink and soda siphon. The last door is the canteen. Take the cupcakes and soda, and go down to the basement via I the lift.
And mea and tivel and long badi tive heln alret spel at it, goin togi T then Tak.
Heat spel the i kitcf- spel step Imm Make some small talk with the Indian I chief, and it’s time to make a few spells. | Some of the mystical incantations don’t I require any ingredients, so stock up on I them while you can. Other spells require I mixing, so open the spell book and make Protection (with the soda), three I Breath Underwater spells (popcorn, gum and cupcakes), Healing Hands, Luck (clover), five Ice part spells and an Unseen Shield.
THE HAUNTED HOUSE Go back up to the level where you came in, and you'll find the three sound stages near the lift entrance. Enter the code for number two and go through the doors.
Turn left and go through the doors. Take the helmet and gauntlet from the suit of armour on the right. Enter the study through the doors in between the knights. Take the prayer book from the study draw and the padlock, and make an Unholy Barrier spell with them. Back in the living room, help yourself to the glass vase (turn it intaa Detect Trap spell) and the bucket next to the fire place (Protection spell). Now leave the room and go up the stairs and take the right turning. Turn right at the top and then take two lefts into the first doorway.
This is the nursery. Take the building blocks and return to the living room.
Stand two paces back from the library door, in front of the ghost, and place a block on the floor, then shoot into the library. Once inside you'll find loads of reference books and some interesting bookmarks, including a poison formula.
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spell. Enter the dining room and take everything you find. Turn
the wine into a Courage spell and the glasses into Detect
Traps. Now look in the service hatch and you will be whisked
off to the meat locker. Take the boots off the biker and put
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and Breath Under Water spells respectively. Leave your keys
and pen here, and heat up the thermostat with the tongs. Get
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protective clothing first, the gauntlet and helmet are the
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You're probably going to run out of darts, so be prepared to go
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And lent via s Indian i spells, s don't upon i require nd three irn, gum Luck Turn right and go down the stairs, then left at the bottom to enter the lab.
Take the yellow flask, the bleach, the heart, the skin, the brain (Turn Undead spell) and all the test tubes. The door on the right opposite the locker is the kitchen. Drop all your stuff, except spells, in the kitchen. Put on the armour, step into the hall and turn left.
Immediately fire your Turn Undead Spell. A Courage spell will stop you fainting. Throw a Brainboost spell before you embark on a huge spell-making session. Revive (cheese, bleach and meat), Telekinesis (tape recorder containing a magnet), E u came 3 stages rode for doors, rs. Take i suit of jdy 3 am the I make
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Keep the meat cleaver as a weapon and the wire cutters for later use.
Clean out the kitchen and return to your pile to drop the newly collected items off. Take the armour, poison formula and crucifix. Go upstairs and take the left staircase to the bathroom and collect the towel and sponge. Leave here and turn right. Put on your armour and use a Magic Muscles spell and go into the lavender bedroom opposite you.
Pull the sheet, and kill the spook with Ice Darts. Take the script and pictures then push the red button under the bed to access the secret room.
Grab the chalice and candles and leave.
Use the crucifix to ward off nasties.
Take the stuff from the mantle piece and make Luck spells. Turn right and take the second door to the right. Don your armqur and use some Courage. When you regain consciousness, take the pillow and tuning fork. Now go back down stairs and drop the junk.
Go back to the basement and take the fire extinguisher from the wall next to the chief. Nick the medicine bag and the copper rod, and use Fire Balls on the Yeti if you have to. You now need some stuff from the costume room upstairs. The usual procedure applies: armour on, cast Unseen Shield, and make ready with the meat cleaver. Now enter the room. Go berserk on the witch. Turn her eyeball into a Fear spell. Turn on the light behind you, and take the wizard's robe, the lab coat and the sword. A good weapon at last!
Now go across the hall to makeup. Check the pictures you have for the sorcerer's apprentice. Use the mirror, wigs and make-up to get into the part.
Put on the lab technician's disguise and go back to the lab where the doctor is.
Offer to help him and he'll mix you some poison. Make sure you have the formula from the library, and leave.
Remove the disguise and use the potion on some meat. Give it to the fish in the living room and retrieve the key from the tank. This will open the safe behind the duck picture.
Take the pipe, and go back upstairs and turn right at the main hallway. Head for the sinister-looking staircase at the far end; this leads to the attic. You're on your own here, but a small hint is to use one of your spells immediately as you enter the room. Stock up on spells and it's time to leave. Drop everything except weapons, armour, test tubes, crucifix, pillow, towels, gin and vodka bottles, spells, precious metal items, the mirror, hairspray, wizard's suit and make-up, keys and the pen.
THE GRAVE YARD Put on the armour and use the sword as a weapon.
Walk down the long hall and rush through the cemetery..Don’t hang around as the bat will steal your energy. Run into the church. Turn the precious metal items into Magic Armour spells and the relics on the alter into Holy Blast spells. Take the prayer book and keep it safe.
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Experience points hit level eight use the Brainboost spell. Mix up Freezing Blade (pen and keys), Illusion (the mirror) and True Flight (the pillow). Apply the Freezing Blade spell to the dagger you find on level two. This, used with the Bless spell, makes the ultimate weapon.
When your experience reaches level nine, use a couple of holy water vials for Cure Wounds spells and make some Nova spells (hairspray and bottles). Do not use Telekinesis, Buoyancy or Holy Blast spells and keep at least one Unholy Barrier in reserve. It's down here on the far wall on level six that you'll find Elvira. However she's revealed to be a doppleganger, so kill her. Pick up the war-lance.
Back in the church, the Angel of Death creeps up on you from behind.
Throw up the Unholy Barrier spell and don’t move or the effect will be broken.
Start lobbing Holy Blasts at him and then Fireballs. If he's still there then finish him off with Ice Darts.
THE SPIDER CAVES It's time to change studios. This one’s a stroll in the park after the last. There aren't many traps and most-of the crea* tures are no match for the super being you’ve become. Stop by your junk pile to restock on spells, heal your wounds and organise your stuff. You need all your spells, including as many weapon-type spells as possible, you'll also need the the sword, armour, yellow liquid in a flask and the nail file. Collect all the crystals and mushrooms as they have special properties and can be turned into spells. Every beast you come across needs to be killed before you
can get the goodies. Upon entering, find the lift and turn it on. Turn the crystals into spells as soon as you find them. Edible mushrooms make great Herbal Healing spells. On level A, use the Buoyancy and Breath Underwater spells before entering the lake. At the bottom next to the nymph is a rope, so take it. Level B has a small side cell containing a binding scroll guarded by a scorpion. On level D you'll find the director. Take the lift key from his wallet, using the Telekinesis spell to get it. Also on this level is the giant spider. Fire an Ice Dart to get her attention. When she chases
you, lead her into the lift. Go through both doors and close them behind you.
She'll be trapped, so you can explore her web. Kill the doppleganger and take the tomahawk. To leave the caves use the hanging strand of the web to swing back up to level C. Take the lift to level A. FINALE The real Elvira is being held inside the Haunted House. Stop just inside the entrance and take the barometer off the wall. Turn it into a Summon Storm Spell. Go up to the roof of the house and evoke it. Now go back down to the basement where Frankenstein's monster is (make sure you have the wire cutters handy). Raise the lever to the right side of Frankie and flip the switch on the left.
Quickly snip his head wires with the cutters. Take his metal head band, scalp and brain.
Elvira is in the room behind Frankie.
You should now have a Resurrect spell (brain, heart, scalp, eggs and a prayer book), Bind Demon spell (binding scroll and rope), 10 black candles, magic bag, tomahawk, warlance, pipe, chalice of blood and matches. If you haven't got all these, go get 'em. Return to the church and, with help from the reference books in the library, revive the priest. Make him draw a pentacle of blood in the parking lot. Get the chief to bless the magic bag, warlance and tomahawk. He'll do this when you return the pipe to him.
Arrange these items where you can get to them quickly. Back in the parking lot lay out the candles on the pentacle and light them. Use the magic bag to summon Cerberus. Use a Bind Demon spell and as soon as the lightning goes down, throw the lance at him. Hurl the tomahawk straight through his heart. The beast is now dead, so collect your well- earned rewards!
STAFF OF MYSTIC SPELLS: Confuse - Spins your opponent around and sends him packing.
Remove - Removes illusion walls.
Shield - While the spell is active it will partly shield you.
Block - This will totally protect your team for one blow.
POW - With this your team will hit harder.
Aim - Increases your hits with missile weapons and magic.
E L P L 1 1 N CROSS OF UFE SPELLS:
I. Q. - Cures team members who have been struck dumb, which in
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C880 ¦SMB Destone - Cures heroes heroines who have been turned to stone.
Youth - Reverses an Age Attack.
CRUISE FOR A CORPSE Welcome to what must rate as the most useful aid to trapped adventurers in any mag. This month's column is full of help for struggling adventurers and RPG players locked in a dank dungeon. So, if you are trapped by a demon or stuck behind a locked door, drop us a scroll... The nominations for the 1992 Computer Games Oscars have arrived on my desk (announcements on April 14) and it was no surprise to see that Delphine U.S. Gold's Cruise lor a Corpse is jostling at the starting gate amongst the Bookies Favourites.
So many readers have fallen foul of this graphic whodunnit that I have decided to reveal some of the secrets which the Mermaid's Codes refer to. If you are stuck, go to the Mermaid Figurehead at the rear of the ship and examine her to get a secret code.
Code Action Required 1a Find note in Niklo's Study 1b Show note to Barman Examine suitcase in Fabiani's cabin Interview Fabiani in Dining Room Talk to Suzanne 1c 1e 2a 3a 4a Interview Julio in Daphne's cabin Talk to Logan in Smoking Room 3b Talk to Suzanne in Bar 4b Find paper in Smoking Room 1e Interview Tom In his room 4c Get key from rug in your own cabin 4d Open Desk in Study and examine the clasp on Jewellry Read note on desk 5a 4e 4f 6a Get invitation from drawer in Dining Room Walk to the Port side to find Tom and Rebecca Find the necklace inside the bathrobe in the laundry 8a Interview
Dick Schmock beside the Mermaid 6b Interview Tom in Smoking Room 6c Search Suzane's Cosmetic case in her cabin 10a Get drink from bar and go to top deck 10b Give drink to Suzane 10c Interview Suzanne.
8b Interview Fabiani in his cabin 8c Look through porthole into Tom's cabin.
In between these actions you should walk around the ship. Simply jumping between locations using the map will not suffice. Make sure you examine the clasp on the bracelet or some of the game's options will stop working (the Inventory command fails). I’ll give you the remaining clues next month.
KNIGHTMARE If, like me and virtually every other Amiga RPGer on the planet, you are currently hacking your way through the monster-crammed corridors of Mindscape's Knightmare, you may find some of the spells rather confusing.
‘Never give a hero an even break’, seems to be Mindscape's motto - the rotten, mean so-and-sos. So, just to clarify a few things, here is what those rather cryptic spells are actually designed to do: SKULL OF STATUS SPELLS: Wisdom - This supposedly helps your wizards increase in levels.
Dexterity - The higher your dexterity, the more effective your launch weapons and magic missiles are.
Hort RAM Agility - This Is a measure of how hard your hand weapons will hit.
Strength - Pretty much the same effect as Agility.
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Interplay's Lord Of The Rings since Christmas and they are getting brassed- off with his lousy leadership. He is now in Withywindles Cave puzzling over the Staff of Ice which is locked into an ice- wall. In an effort to help our hero melt the ice wall, the Hobbits have given me this advice for other Ring adventurers:
1. Don't discard the Star Key.
2. Don't let Nob Appledore near Bill Ferny.
3. Have a rest at Bombadils and look for Gimll amongst the
bottles.
4. Beware of strange women in Pubs.
Well, on behalf of our readers I’ll accept your trade, so here is the information you seek. Withywindles Cave is found behind a waterfall and she will only help you, if first you show her Goldberrys token and then trade the Lillies with her, To reach the Ice Staff you must use a Countermagic spell. The Staff will help your band to cross the lava pits in safety.
As for your advice to avoid strange women in Pubs - you must be joking. I spend my evenings looking for them!
LEGEND OF FAERGHAIL Carl Brown of Wakefield has a problem within the Dwarven Mines in The Legend Of Faerghail Where is the Corona? What is the answer to the dwarven Blacksmith? How do I get past Ihe Beam of Light? And what is the answer to the Earth Elemental's Riddle, asks Colin? Take a big breath and here we go.. On level 6 of the Mine, you will find a room with a strong light. The Corona you seek is protected by this light.
Retreat to the North then move South, then East to find Adamit. With Adamit in tow, find the dwarf and give him the answer SPINGO. Move East from the dwarf and use the stairs to find a key.
Return to the Dwarf and travel North, where you'll find another Dwarf who will supply you with a Mirror Shield to give to Adamit. This is what you need to get past the light and gain the Corona.
There are lots of Elementals in this game and I wouldn't bet my best sword that I have identified the riddle you are stuck with, but if it's the one which is 'much like a sword...’ the answer is PLOUGH.
HEART OF CHINA I've been playing Heart Of China this month, so I was ready for Mark Pearl of Morcombe when he wrote to say that he was stuck in an area within the Bandit's Fortress, looking into the fangs of two deadly cobras. As a natural hero, it was easy for me to whip out my gun, shoot either one of the snakes, get the girl and run North to the balcony. Grab a cord from the curtains and attach it to the railings. 'Then with one mighty bound, I was free.’ This is a great game with superb graphics and its difficulty level would suit new adventurers. It is slow if you are loading from
floppies, but the wait is worth it. Definitely one to impress the neighbours, as this is an Indiana Jones movie come to life - it's just a pity it’s so disk-intensive. Still, perhaps it's time to buy a hard drive... SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND It’s a tough life being a pirate, but it can be even tougher passing the Entrance Exam. You don't need a GCSE in Plank Walking to get in, but you do have to pass the Three Trials which are the Pirate Chiefs. Rehan Mayet has struggled to complete the first two trials, but when it came to finding the treasure of Melee Island he couldn't find Diddley-Squat!
He cleverly bought a treasure map from the man on the street corner, but he could make no sense of it. I bet you were surprised to find that the map you bought was just a set of dance steps. However, the clever footwork which it shows, is the answer to your problem. The directions Back, Right and Left point the directions you must go through the twisty forest trails.
For example, as you enter the forest take the Back path off the first screen.
Next, take the Right path to move to the subsequent screen and so on.
Eventually you will arrive at a spot with an 'X' marked on the ground. Guess what’s under there? You do have a spade I assume?
LEISURE SUIT LARRY Father Christmas dug deep into his sack last year and stuffed Leisure Suit Larry down Nick Williams' chimney in Littlehampton. Since then, young Nick has been as successful with the game as Larry is with girls. 'No matter how much I talk to Faith and Fawn, I can't get any response out of them,’ moans Nick. An old Jewish saying comes to mind in this case. 'With a net you catch fish. With presents you catch girls.'
Thus, presents are indeed the solution.
In Lefty's Bar there is a red rose which can be found in the hall - and remember that women are suckers for a single red rose. If you then examine the basin in the toilet, you'll find that someone has left a diamond ring after washing their hands. Behind the guarded door in the bar are the stairs which lead up to the Hooker's bedroom. This gorgeous gal has just what you are looking for - a box of candy. These goodies should make Fawn's eyes light up (like shining a torch in a Bimbo's earl). You should also take 100 dollars with you. Sorry about that, but let's not take chances.
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Providing you have the crowbar from the park (it’s under a bush nearby the dead body), you can escape. The module you seek is built into a body-mincing machine which you’ll see the next room.
BARD'S TALE III In the November issue I gave some hints as what to do in the Arboria section of Bard's Tale III, but Shayne Hotwood of Australia is still stuck, so I iifr”=""• r Aikl - nmbrr Bcr» »c o Member ,T5SR.„ * fee &.TKI witcn. Through guess I’d better elaborate a little further.
Once you enter the lake and find the palace follow these directions: 7W, 1S.
2W, 1N, 1W, 1N, 2W, 1N. Now use the canteen several times to get the Water of Life. Jump to location 2N.12E using the APAR spell and you’ll find the exit- stairs. You can now travel to the Pile of Arefolia leaves and take one. This magical item is used to cast a GILL spell.
I2K Memory BLOODWYCH Mirrorsoft may be gone, but the melody lingers on. One of the betfer games which they were responsible for, and which drove us all mad just a few years ago, was Bloodwych. Terje Sandberg of Oslo is bashing his skull against the walls of the Moon Tower in an effort to solve the riddle of the two-pit room. One pit is in front of the entrance and the other in front of the exit. The riddle on the wall says ’First you rise, then be wise’. It looks like Terje is neither wise or capable of rising over his difficulties.
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All he need do is cast a Levitate spell to lift his whole party over the first pit (this trick also works when crossing Firepath and Blaze spells). The trick doesn’t help with the second pit because some rotter has cast an anti-magic area around it to confuse you. Instead, you must close the pit by stepping on the pressure pads which are found on either side of the room’s central square and down the passages at the sides of the room. Trial and error will solve the problem but, be careful, as there is a magical spinner in the central square which will confuse you.
WELCOME PPLICATlOh ULTIMA V ’Seeing that the Ultima series is rated by so many, the total absence of any mention of the games in these pages is remarkable. Am I the only one to get stuck? I completed Ultima Ivwith relatively little difficulty, but I’m finding Ultima V much tougher. Please remember that not all of your readers are twelve year-old boys! So writes Janet Blunt, who is stuck on Level 8 of the Dungeon Of Deceit while searching for the Shard of Falsehood.
Having arrived on Level 8, go South four times from the ladder to the intersection. Move East twice, then face south. Go South through two rooms (behind the pillars are some Dragons which can be killed - but you can’t get their treasure. Also watch for a trip that releases some monsters).
Go South to the room with five Black Squares in a wall and take the ladder whigh is to the far side. Take a torch from the upper right-hand corner, walk Into the space where it was and push on the East wall. On the way out push the West wall in the lower left-hand corner.
This allows you to access the first block where you'll defeat a monster. Push on the West wall to open a block to the East. Defeat the monster, enter the block he occupied and push the East wall. This opens a wall to your West, where you enter another block with a monster. Kill him, enter his space and push the west wall, exposing the block furthest to the East and releasing the Dragon (use Morning stars or spells on him before you release him).
Go down to the space he occupied and push the East wall. That releases the other Dragon. Kill him, and go East from the space he occupied. Push the South wall to open a wall to access the ladder down on the far side. Take the ladder to the Underworld.
PERSONAL NIGHTMARE Vic Read of Plumstead can’t find the key which opens the car boot in the garage in Horrorsoft's first adventure.
I’m not surprised that he can’t get the car boot open, because it doesn't open.
Instead, to get into the garage, you must avoid being run down by the car on the second night, and cause it to crash by dodging in and out of the road while moving down the street until you reach the spot where the tree is. You’ll now find a bunch of keys inside the wrecked car which will unlock the garage door and other places beside. Return to the garage and enter. You will need the GLOVES, AXE, OIL STONE and MATCHES at this point. Go to the rear of the large car in the garage and press the RED button to raise the lift. Get the SPANNER from the workbench and go down into the pit under the
car. 'WIPE SUMP NUT and 'UNDO NUT’ pouring oil onto the floor. 'DIP OIL STONE’ into oil and sharpen the axe. Get the GOGGLES from the work bench and WEAR them and the GLOVES. Go back to the rear of the car, and, using the box of MATCHES, 'LIGHT OXYACETYLENE TORCH' and then 'CUT HOOK’.’EXTIN- GUISH TORCH’, 'DROP GOGGLES', 'DROP GLOVES' and then 'GET HOOK’.
KINGS QUEST IV The oddly-named Desperate Dan is inside the whale's, belly in Kings Quest
IV. He has a peacock’s feather but no idea where to stick it. The
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In each of these locations to ensure you are never short of the different produce needed to make ships and engines. However, don't neglect the people. Place cattle on the mountainsides. Wheat in sheltered plains and shy away from strong winds for maximum results. A single investment in these will not suffice. As your population increases, so should your budget for food.
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1 The Scribe - Used to load and save games. Saving games costs money so don't do it too early in the game.
2 The Inquisitor - The head of the secret police. It’s vital to spy on your opponents' kingdom before embarking on a mission. Suss out where your adversaries' koopler gun positions and the major cities are to save flight time.
Steer clear of his airfields or you’ll waste precious time fighting rather than looting. He'll also warn of any discontent in your camp and the likelihood of oantone defecting. Pay attention to the disgruntled and they'll stay put.
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4 The Joker - He doesn't cost muchJo keep happy and can make all the difference between an upsurgence in your cities and peace. Keep the people entertained and you can tax them to the limit, when you're in a spot ' 5 The High Constable - It you’ve invested wisely, before long you’ll have more produce than you could ever use. If it's useless to you, sell it and reinvest the money. Within no time, you'll have the original goods back and a sackful of cash to boot. Whenever possible avoid taxation, it brings little reward and upsets the people.
6 The Master Miller - Don't build mills willy-nilly. Take the time to find out where the strongest winds are and build there. It’s better to invest money in a couple of well-located mills than several halppowered ones. There are usually five good points on the map spread evenly between the plains, mountains and forests. Make sure you have a mill 8 The Commander - Build kooplers along the coast line, adjacent cities and airfields for complete defence. Make sure your airfields are spread evenly.
The further away from Sharkaania's coast they are, the less time and money you'll have to complete your mission.
9 The Ecclesiast - The Ecclesiast holds the power of the winds so use him to locate the strongest gusts before constructing or placing mills and livestock. He can also rejuvenate the land where the wheat is placed so keep an eye on your crop yield. He can often triple the output with a single spel. Tool.
By performing well on the religious ceremonies, he can collect wind spells.
Smaller ones are great for boosting the mills output and the larger ones to devastate the enemy’s territory before a raid.
M-cut 049 cm ......cm ...cm _CI3S HCIIt _cm ......C«9 ......B» If it's top tips for all the top games you're after, then look no further... HUDSON HAWK Ocean Another cutesy platformer - and one of Special FX’s best games yet. Still, Baldy Bruce Willis is really up against it during the game, but no more. Pause the game and type SANITYCLAUSISCOMINGTO- TOWN (don't add spaces). Then (yawn, yawn), infinite lives will be bestowed upon our little ball-lobbing hero.
FINAL FIGHT U.S. Gold Poooo-ieeee! We're not exactly Final Fights greatest tans, but it seems that a few of you liked it. Still, while you start to recover, you may feel the need to cheat to reach those slow-moving later fighters. If so, pause the game and enter the words SHERRIF FATMAN. When the game is restarted infinite lives are yours.
FINAL BLOW stem.
Complete crap sums this up nicely, but if you really want to see what lies past the tenth identical boxer, press F10 six times to render a fighter’s defences redundant.
DEUTEROS Activision If infinite goodies are to your liking, then follow these simple instructions. Enter the surface stores and press Shift and
C. The screen will turn a vivid shade of green, so press Shift
and C again to gain those promised infinite goodies.
ROLLING RONNY virgin Oh dear, this is a rather sad attempt at the console genre, and is destined to gather dust on the shelf of many a games player. Still, if you want to eke out a few minutes more fun from it, press F9 whenever you want some more dosh for poor Ronny's funds.
DARKMAN Ocean We never received a review copy of this, and having seen it I can understand why. We’ve seen some tripe before, but this is so bad it gives dripping a bad name. To extend your agony if you own it, though, type MEACULTA for infinite lives.
SPACE ACE II Readysott Readysoft always put cheats in their games which let them play without touching a single key. For this one, type HURRYDEXTERO (no spaces, and that's a zero), and press Return. Type it twice to make sure it works.
Steve Keen takes a further exhaustive look at Amiga PD. If you want to separate the wheat from the chaff and the good from the naff read on... SPACE RACE Not quite Space Harrier, but what do you expect from an AMOS game? Cool Cucumber’s Cosmic Racer sees you guid- ing'a lone hover speeder across the surface of seven moons, weaving in and out of the electric poles thrown up in front of you. Each level is succeeded by a shoot 'em up section and the need for quick reflexes doubles. Not bad at all.
Amiga Nuts, Disk 1225 *** QUALITY TREAT Weird Science have lour new quality slideshows on release: Astronomy, Blood Sport, Bom Free and WrestleMania. Each disk features excellent colour digitised pictures which are the closest to photographs I’ve seen. The first and last disks speak for themselves, but the other two concern the Claude Van Damme film and cuddly wildlife - not that they're related.
Fortiss PD, Disks 307 382 383 384 TO HULL AND BACK Interesting, but by no means ground-breaking, is the Joytester from Devilsoft. Simply plug in your stick, load up the program and wait for the graphic to appear. As you move the stick, the program will tell you if all’s well inside the plastic hull. A useful tool to add to workbench, it also tests sticks and pads from other systems, and can test up to three fire buttons. NBS, Disk U692 ** SKUNKS AND HUNKSI Have you got 2Mb to spare? If so, you i won't find a more worthwhile investment I than the Pogo animation by Eric Schwartz,I Looking like
a Skunky version of Amy the I Squirrel, the ravishing rodent comes into I contact with some woodland wannabes. I It's coy, it's cute, it's cartoon animation. I What more can I say? Add it to your collec-K tion.
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II.
Even though quality of reproduction has suffered, nothing can diminish Vallejo's work and he's amongst the best in his field. 17 Bit, Disks 1644 A&B **?* FICTION ADDICTION We’ve had some great games in this month, but first place in the addiction stakes goes to The Warlord's Obliteration. The team have taken Turrican's sprite, enlarged it and stuck him in the middle of an asteroid- infested platform blast. There are two games on the disk, the second of which is Mad Bomber II. The aforementioned gent sits atop a brick wall hurling bombs down at you in varying degrees of speed. You must collect
the incendiaries before they hit the floor. The Art Of Noise's Close To The Edit heralds the game's arrival and rounds off the fun.
SHARP AS RAZORS Razor have done it again. Their new - demo shows the Amiga's ability to produce top-notch scrolling effects to the full. Starting off with some fantastic text presentation, complete with fades, fracturing and 3D space animations. Highly entertaining stuff from an extremely professional outfit. No boring vectors or text here. Brilliant.
17 Bit, 1604 **** WELL SUITED A slightly old animation which has just returned to the PD scene. Originally put together by Sparta in California, a rather ruffled man walks into a bathroom and finds a Dpainl colour filler. He combs his hair and starts to change the colour of his grey suit. Rejoicing in the fact that he no longer has to wear grey, his concentration slips for a second and he presses black. Going the way so many of my pictures have gone, he wipes the whole screen out including himself.
Great idea and good fun.
Ground Zero PD, Disk A109*»* DON'T MENTION THE WAR!
More ham-laced, ray-traced slideshows from Germany.
Although most of the pictures are great, the compilation suffers from Germanitis: much too self-indulgent. I could have done with seeing more stills instead of having to read about the coders. Check this out if you collect ray-traced images, but have a German-English dictionary to hand.
17 Bit, Disk 1646 * LAND LOVERS California-based teams never do anything by halves. If they want to produce a supposedly impossible effect on the Amiga, rest assured they'll do it somehow. That’s why these Iwo 1Mb landscape animations last a mere five seconds each, but, such is their size, they come on two disks. The demos have been put together on a 3Mb A500 using Scenery Animator, and took over five hours to produce. One day all games will look like this, but for now we’ll have to make do with these. 17 Bit, Disks 1619 A-t-B ?** START UPD5, 20 HOLMESIDE, SUNDERLAND, SRI 3JE 091565 2506
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PG0t4 ASJ n Oed. Coonei. Totrtrs c* Hano. Ri PG019 ASI 12 Llamatron Car. Powerpong * X F PG020 ASI I) 6.11 AU-roC*.T«itrl»e&cK Asq PG02IATICATAC A conversion o* the old daw PG022 AWESOME PREVIEW FanlaWc prevWr PG023 BATTLEFORCE A Walejy nr game in PG524 BLACKJACK A raelh good verjion ol lb PG02S BUCK ROOERS A rrfty lllle shoolemjp f PG026 CASTLE OF DOOM An easy grephc artr PGCOT CHINESE CHECKERS Computer rttsion PAOM MR POTATO HEAD Watch the potato mi PAOM NEWTONS CRADLE ray traced anlmaoc PA061 PHAROAH ANIMATION An anlmaccn of PAOM PIANO ANIMATION ThH It an arfmettor PAOW PROBE SEQUENCE Probe
Investigates PAOM 61 REAL 30 |*|Soperb demo ol effect* i PAOW REAL THING HORSES demo ol Ihe anlr PAOTO SHUTTLECOCK ANMAION 2 shuttle* PA0T2 THE JUGGLER the old Oa**ic ar PA0T1 THE KIKHT DEMO Animabon o PAOT* THE WALKER DEMO HeOapMe.
PACTS THE WALKER DEMO I Waller Al »S&SSHM3RK3SSK!
PU341 «3 DESKBENCH Nxe ailer-uti,, -orktanchjcon, . One* PIB45 DIRECT ACTION A useful UUIty lor edrting animator *eqt* PUOAS DtSKMASTER 3 0 CU Ulllrfy program, cop. Die*, delete. Lor PU347 DOPE INTROMAKER Make your orm Inlro* «lth (Ms ulilf, PUWS DYNAMITE FONT i Another pop Jar dial Stack* ol IFF lor.
PUM9 DYNAMITE FONTS Exdonl ionla *ak tor u*e In Dcoinl e« Pl»M ElECTROCAD PREVIEW II your’o rta dtcull deaign try Ihi PU366 EXILE FONTS More ol these* uperb (ont*creer»ltor use - PU3S8 FONTS ANO RAM MANAGER Lola of ton!* plus a *ott»are PU0S9 FONTS A SURE ACES Lot. Ol uMful lord* Crushes etc lor u POO TO PETERS QUEST Reacut If* maiden n ms lun pi POO71 PCM POM GUNNER Blast tf» enemy aircraft in IB PG072 PROPERTY MARKET Become a mifionane before PG073 RAPHAELS REVENGE A turtles game done in SEI PG074 RETURN TO EARTH Ehta type space tredng gam PGOTS SEVEN TILES Superb luluresport* speelbofi lype
PG07S SCUM HATERS Shoot em up done by Braulo All POO79 Sf AlANCi A tutmenna st-alogy game teem* ve PGOW SI RCNf SHOOT UP Another good qualty Shoot r PO06I SERENE I Folio* up M the abort gare .
PGOW STARELEET Nca are* gam* done m SEUCK1 * PGOttBT STAR TREK The US rtrtOn by Jm Barber rtry.
PGOM STAR TREK NEXT GCNERATKW SU'steg, game run PGOM STAR TREK THE SHOOT EM UP Y« a SfUCKrtrt.
PGOM TURfKAN 2 PREYCW Great demo of superb thoot em «l PG100 THE JAR Vary nice HIM tun* 4 an game.
PGIOI THE INSIDERS CLUB Stock* 4 *Bares game. *ee ho* fir you get PGI02 WATERMINES Nka Boutoerdash type game!
PGI03 WET BEAVER GAMES Version ol Ihe old pong game! .
PGIO* WONOERSOFT GAMES Golf. Congi.MnsBe. Triton Wlndmil etc!
PG104 WtHYS OUEST A »ety good arcade ad venturi game from Germany PGI06 YELP Nka Mile pettier he* game!.
PGI07 ZEUS A rtty good 4 popular Wocl punle game .
PC 104 ASI U NtnPtcA.Crmt Challenge if 4 Amiga Column.1 Pom TOMCAT ton rtrWalsrroArustaof ambb*.
KUO SUPER SAOOA CHALLENGE met new car raraga**! • POWER-ANtMS PGI2* TOTAL *4fl graef re*type game e* on Plus'.
PG12S CARD SHARPS Mb card games. Klondy»e. Damon Cam at PC 126 SKYFIYER Superb WWY shoot em up. FlYWf dfMMct.' ¦ PC 127 airmama Super oiafkvm game (Tom AdMre. CMnca n .
PGI2S CHEAT WORKS Tramendou* amount of dmli on ifiia disk, PC 129 PUOOIES Br tomi O’Bert sly e game I Get if While you can (Dos 2 ONLY) I • iram. On 2 dl*A»!» EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE BUSINESS SOFTWARE P0027 CRYPTOBURNEPS HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER lover, HIM.
P0024 DARKNESS MEGAOEMO » Another unllmaed bob. Demo III PDOJO DEAD OANCE THRASH Amaflng Ihrath eeelal .oundtrack 41 PD032 OEVAS LABYRINTH Great nan demo ntlh aoma lab aN*c*.F PD033 DE VAS HO REALITY Another great mjtpart demo Irtm Dar POOJS ELVIRA DEMO An eieltoti damo ot a very good game' P0034 EPIC kvrattia p’rren lo a nan game o, Ocean vactora t “roi AMK.ASH Brand net. Bank manaqamew rrogram. Rtry easy to ue* .
Pfl»2 3 ANALYTICAlC No* ir«ckM ard ready to uial 2 disk verson), PBOW ASI LABEL PRINTERS All ihe best label priming programs «n 1 diak.
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ISLE OF WIGHT, PO30 5QA 0983 529 594 3(2) Bffl Ulttescope patterns on !his great demo!.
HE RSH Simla, lo pugg* but not quite as good .
FUTURE VISIONS Superb Ajio-o-t,pe roo plus pictures - E OBUOUEINFWTY Nee megadtmo with an acfc video' E ULTIMATE FI Another good rregademo from GoldAr* .
SLEEPING BAG Greet mubpan Amo with rector* music A-usrg demo o( Saddam meeting Ftmidcm Bush !t!
5 MEGAOEMO VIM leads of Ntod rectors and muMcffl GADEMO |2) A grew house music video 4 sector drummer . A HARDY Gccd demo sings The Woesome pine *cn»(2).
. . REIDS HYSTERESIS Exceaeni vector graphics I MAGNETIC FIELDS SPACEO OUT (2) demo with gre* music tracks MAXIMUM OYEBRIOC (2) Very ntcs Wed vector demo by TS8.
M3HTY PYTHON 121 BrUlent demo (assuring ka*b*rjeck song .1 ¦ PYTHON NUDGE NUDGE Another amusing sketch (2) X OENO J sissent demo.tsts fxr machine to the knltl2 .
THE MNE 0 CLOCK MEWS AmusVnj skrtches on these disks (2).
ECES A very good demo wHhight sourced vector*!.
INTERSPACE Is Ome IA huge demo based on Aim!
Ic beets i -lid copper plasma!.
. _.ALMACAf EGAAnabecMSy superbIllled«.__________ .
I (MSGS IN SPACE A classic demo, the kids wit love H IPRSCNER DEMO Rementoet the old 60s series’ herss the demo! • I R&LMj THE TRIGGER Well bid out set ot demos » METAL CODERS Present (racial demos disk, very nice- MEGADEMO II An oW classic Blast from me past!.
COMA This one is a classic ! The heel Aod video on Amiga SNAP A nice demo .ith spooky style music track. Groat TUPLE TROUBLE Some brtlianl ptosma attects hart).
SECTOR CeBIT 90 An old dassic Irlod vector demo muse fl RED SECTOR MEGADEMO (2) SKI stood the test ol 11ms. Good - IKOCREXCHBOWJM Superb demo with great graphics arafmurt:.. IKOOPEI MENTAL HAHGOVER One o ms best demos o» all oms.. I Of THE BEAST DE4W Superb demo ot a classic game'.
GLOBAL TRASH Thrs Is s MUST for ell demo (reeks - ICE latest demo (torn me Suents Bnlllent music .
• BY DECAY With superb anlmeton end e greet music best . .. .
EQUNOX Remix of the song* pics of our lave Bam.
14 ST PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS 60s syle demo from 8rsale 2).
TECHNOfUGHT MEGAOEHO Not s bed HtOs megademo, i TECHNOFRIGHT A apooky demo with good music A etlecls!
ITCMSCRT TRP TO MARS Very good 3DHtod vector trip lo mars ITOMSCET YfiTUAl WORLDS An absolute Epic! Bell demo ot the year .. ~eko Superb graphics A sound In Wa greai demo.. DEMO Great music A superb colour cycled g*t irg.. lift MG DEMAND Really good Nied vector demo VECTORS TO HEAVEN New demo just to. Check A out!, m Of THE DEMON DEIM Another lo show oft the mechnes gti.
OUTLAND latest demo tree a prolific out!*! Excellent S GUARDIAN DRAGON A very nice new demo horn Ketrens!
RECHNO FRK5HT Vectors In from of Ham pics? Good! .
WHEY TALKS Amusng animated cartoon ol Angus A co!.
BAD BOYS MANGAD Japarese style carloons A lochro muse' OCCAYNG PARADISE Wry good rector demo 4 muse! .
Amusng animated i ANGAD Japanese st NG PARADISE Very L OF NOPE 2 Great meoadcmo. Gccd music & graphics' OY i Great pack inc. SubstinM. Shining vector, 4 more1 - S SUBLIMINAL VISION Very heavy rave mupc & graphcs!
Very Navy ____.. MINE INSPIRATION New music d*» by GoldfY* Very good RAZOR 1911 VOYAGE Another greef oarT* winner demo Super effects' H ALCATRAZ CODESS V A wesor* Sdsi apace exbavegariH f BnO ¦ 51 CPIOfOCS HARDWIRED faO space mth auperB edects A music 2 ' ANGELS EVOLUTION OEUO Greet csycfiedeM: vectors I mo*' I ANARCH. SEENW IS 8EUEVIWG flndiint demo w«h exeWenl ms cfT TRACKERS POWER A AGONY DEMO Some unusual Vtclor efleefs '.
CELSIUS a MORE VECTORS A Terminator infro , hundreds of vectors .1. MUSIC DISKS lame tor ihe kids at you remove the Mas 0 a mein center Die | Vi iames on this Psk too GREATEST 64 TUNES Over TOO classic 64 tunes Imortalrsed ! .
THE POWER Excellent re-mli of the song by Snap.. MORE THAN MUSIC A superb music disk well presented.
IZWG TUNES 113) This ones a bOgy loads ol greet music!
PARTY WINNERS Four EXCELLENT songs that won the party .
TIC INVISIBLE MAN Also mcludes a rent, of ride at ome :US CLASSICAL Superb renditions o4 Era Kleiner sic. .
Y CAPTURED IMAGINATION Excebenl music by A ltai .
Bpdure Hogenar end the reel of 'Em Great!.
1BEATUASTER 60S STATE CuWk and more P Ihla type P muflc ASTER I LOVE TECHNOLOGY More P the rave type music. .
. .IS MUSICBOXI This is greet Jan-Funk muetc I .
BRUNDS MUSIC BOX M Mae pntonk style muw Get It!.
! CLASSIC Al MUSIC Greet mutic P BecX Handel sec bom Rob Baxte* .
" MUSIC I Anoher great dateicai mueic d«k .
* BACTERIA Greet music disk one P the beet ever!.
. AUDIO! Another classic music disk, greet mueic.
- MODE MUSIC Nice eoundtrackered disk p their mueic! • DNOB MUSK
3 A Greet quality house mueic runlx. Really good!.
I DGITAL CONCERT 2 Ttwleen mlnulet P music. Docttr'ln the house 4 Star siuddM sbee. Mueto.’. DGITAL CONCERT 3 Anolher house music rH® Grew quality - Love * r*l CONCERT A Fou songs Inckalng GP to keep on • Brilliant!!.
FAL CONCERT 5 The Power. Kaos. Keep Busiin Touch Me. BrlT.
UAMAN1AI Demo wtlh a great dance music track and tab equators! PTO'O JAMCRACKER Four chennP chip music sequencer HanPes » Evl FORCES Brand new mega aodhouse demo (sweanng7i(21. PTOIl KAWAIK1 Edea la changing your patches on your kt oerd HellOWEEN DEMO Great sewnrg rock guitar dawe! (2 dSa| FT0I2 KAWAI K4 Tha is sknlar lo above, e patch edno- tor K4 synlhf l GOLCFIRE CEREBRAL OeuGMTS i2; E.ceiliml rrusie 0*1 .
" ' OOCKLANOS The keyboard wjard. Sampled on , ur ar-iga .
HS JUKEBOX This ore* super • lovely nwsic wth a A* bo.' .
CON! PANIC Superb new music disk, eieltoni quint, muac.
- -C FIELOS CHIP FESTIVAL Cr*-m«d tu» P greol eh* music'.
Of KtSE This I* putanr Grwt sto.ie «ato*r t»te music' • Bled music. A digitised pic! • .. .. 'Heaotongei demo'Beats In lime lo music!.
PHENOMENA MUSIC DREAMS 120 wtofced eongs By twins .
PHEIOMERA MUSIC DREAMS I Second to the eerie* More mueC! • POPEYE MEETS THE BEACHBOYS Greet demo very tunny!.
RAZOR FACE ANOTHER DAY This It an Increttie music Beck!!
RHAPSOOY IN BLUE Greet conversion p Gershwin by Rob Baxter! 1M ~ SLENT5 BLUES HOUSE 12) Tangerine Dream tfyfe music 4 game! .
WLENTS FULL POWER House A up mosK. Inc Rorax P tricky disco. .
SOUND C* SLENTS Title is e must! Greet abwospherlc music!
76 STAR DREK SAMPLED (2| Amuarg mickey take P Star Tre*.
TAU TO THE TREES Anolher very tunn, sampled rrusie Comedy back.
TECfkOTROfAC REMXES Pung Up the Jam and G« Up !
I TECtfWTROMn REMIX The songs remixed Mo ow greet back!
ITX SOUNDS Of GNOME Mahoney ard Katous muwc. 46 greai tune*.
A SONS .2, Superb « Season* by 6- Baxter'.
Meca music dsl U, Mahoney and xaltus |2| TNESHAyEN HOVE ANY UbUNTAMAnotlm grow ZOOtsHlin ,9l UOZAPT HORN CONCERTO S • »up*rb concarto* from H Garmon .
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• j * J". Fvvii" i -V-.U" 17 . ORTY CASH Our most popular game !
Frail machine simulator 19 . MARVIN THE MARTIAN Fnd your
girlfriend m Ma mu* ga-e 11 . MAGKAl YOUNG ARTIST Conlelns 30
eland* to colour in!
Latton of backer trteprogrmas sounds bom Beast Beast I ly savtpe* Excellent III.
Seres synthesisers PT02A ST-80 BEAST SAMPLES Lovefy pandule sounds trom B. PT02S67 8 ST-90-BJ SAMPLES DISKS Sludto quality sa-pes PT029 YAMAHA DX7 VOICE FILER Program la DX7 seres syrH PT030 YAMAHA DX7 VOICE SORTER Fa the above program PT03IZ3 ST-87-99 300* Ml ol grew U~..... f arts At ENEWES HonctiOoc* pawe f BnUtanf. MM gel«I RIC FUN PACK Fow fthieour panes to' «to» Fkt tune at toe enemie* - Greaf piatorm flm STER 3D artefact adventure. Vera pood f LPOtZ. REVOLUTION FoMrpUytr pirn ON 10 l*t lopoimScrtto IHI LPO$ 3 . W1LBER7S WINTEPWOWRUM) EictOtr* pOlfom game • Get if I PO64 . RESCUE »
Total* wicked 30 rtPrt paw • GtTIT S'" IP06J • POWER PLANNER Ptrtont! Orgmner ¦ Keep LrecAof your Me I LP066 . HOTEL MANAGER Sttnlar lo ncropoS ¦ fr&tnf LPD67 . CYADONIA (CYAD Hi Boutoentash clone ¦ collect the Aaooids LPD68 • Vwl S BUSTER Very pood new virus kKler dirt, needs Zorftetl LPD69 • MAGICAL MIX UPPvalogtme. Ton out Om mhed up pktuml AMOS PUBLIC DOMAIN 5 HARRY ENFIELD SS A SS ot Harry Enfield & Smith 1 Jates.
PS036 HEROIC DREAMS SS 1 Great tentasy an pics from PENDXE .
PS037 HEROIC CREAMS SS 2 More greet fantasy an pctures .
PS038 HEROIC DREAMS SS 3 And vet more great taneasy pictures. * PS039 INVISIBLE WORLD MM one lor people scared of creepy crawtas!.
PSO40 IRON MAIDEN SS Digitised pics ot ton maiden A more!.
PS041 42 JIMI HENDRIX SS Great pcshow ol 9c 80s rock legend! (2).
P3M3 JOE SS 1 Very good quality Sss drawn in Dpaint Joe sex PSD44 JOE SS 2 More supoh ptos by Joe. Check them out lor youreaff PS045 KELLY SS Some eicefcnt quality HAM picture* .
PSM6 KIM WILDE SS lots of pics But manly In black 4 while .
PS047.48 MADCMNA SS Lola of pictures bu reeds I mg 4 2 DRIVEe |2| PSM940 MADCMNA DICK TRAC* SLOE Oats nice SS, (2) PSM2 NAGa PICTURES Great hi ret pictures from a temout erOel.. PS063 NAPALM DEATH SLIDE Thie one to lor over the top moehers only!.
P9MA NASA SLIDES I Picture of the epece ehuttle lending etc. Hof Bed PSOS5 NASA SLIDES 2 More pdUM Ihle Sme viewed bom epee*, good!.
PSC66 NEWTEK DYNAMC HAM A SS of Newteke new 640x512 4096 colors .
PSCS7 NEXT PIXILIUM Very rvce pciuree *11 done In Dcclnl ptus some music.
PSK8 WGHTBREED YiWky SS trom the llm. Music huts the pictures!.
PS05960 NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SS greet lor all baddy fans ffl .
PS«1 NIK WILLIAMS Some very well digued pciuree trom the pcturewere.
PSC62 NW DYNAMIC HAM More trom the Mk Whlaavs sere* Superb quality.. PSCE3 PENTAGON 4 DRIFTERS Vary high quality Ht-re* Bvf lertasy pciuree.
P9CE4 PHOTMONTAGEI SS on various subjects very nicety done .
PS065 PHOTOMONTAGE I Another great slide ot verious subjects.. PSQ66 POP STAR PICS Piecles ot Mel 4 Kim. Madonna. Curiosity 4 PS8 .
~“17 RICK PARKS ART Opelni style pctures all dene In HI ft----- PU082 PIANO TUNES 9 meet ProtracMrad backs lYom Andy CtoBonf.
PMDS3 UTAH SAINTS Rlwx Whef can you do fa a* remued by Tony Hutonr.
PW9i GUNS N HOStS Superb musk: otmo By l"e roc* bend PMCSS HARDCORE 01 flr«Vart leenno dance back* PMCW LED ZEPPUN Rerxhhon of Stairway to heaven Great1 PM»7 GRAPVINE MEGAUIX RmHy nice music dirt. Wort* ftaMmng ro.
PMD9B EFIASURf MIX flemix ot erastves fop song* PmlOO m MANX RAVES ffarWsnc * aik mJcset vM» Shipeone an«a. . PMHM 500 THINGS COME0ACK « greet rave fype trecka. Very weiYdone!.
PuiOit KefRENS MEGAAfTX ftfebuto* dance music. Amacinp quality .
PHI07 S PIC AtfGA HUSK Vot f A Urge eefecMn of popular lunss. Pood!(2| • PM109 (0 PC MEGA MUSIC VOUAHuge selection ofpoodMnee« PmltD ff PW MEGA MUSIC VOU And y« another gveat sMertlonHI.
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PT01S MO C*SK Contain lot* P useful midi programs tor tynfh owr PT016 NoiSETRACKER Muwc tequenter used by the pro* Stacks P PTOI7 NOISE TRACKER-EXECUTEABLE Conrerl wedPet M PTOU PERFECTSOUND SAMPLER Nee PTOU ROLAND 0110. S2J0 Correct* e PT070 SAMPLES OtSKS ST-OI TO ST-10_____________ PTOI SOUNOTRACKER 2.6 New releaee of this popular.
PT022SOUNDTRACKERAsuj c nne' wuenwr PSCI.'CMAJNSAVY SUFI psc 19 colour: yclee , .
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PS02626 01VINE VISIONS (21A SS ol Myttrytoglcal godt wtlh muMe .
PS027 OR WHO SS Plalea ol Dr Who end the Intemoue Deleks!.
PS028 FENN TASTK VOL 1 Plcbae show ot Twin peeks star Sheryln Fe PS029 FORBIDDEN PLANET Nice slide vMh slory lest Ot cull 50s SC II PS030 FRAXION FUTURE VISION Great tinusy SS. Lab for to ree.. 2 PS03I GARFIELD Diglllwd SsotthewnoonherobyJmd J PS0Q1 ADC AMS FAMILY The Addemt famPy eeaned when Unde Fester.... PS0Q2 ADVANCE HAM A collection ol trlllent digitised pctures with music • PSOCJ AGATRON S Some superb HAM ptaturee. Creeled by ToOas RkMer.. PS004 AGATRON 6 WirediBle 4096 color ray traced SS. Get this one?» PS005 AGATRON 8 Excellent HAM picture* with some good music loo. Mega!
PS006 AGATRON 9 More ot Richters superb works, again based ai Star trek.. PS007 AGATRON 12 Some more great pctures on this new disk. .
PS008 ABC RAFT SIDE Lots ol pictures ol lighter arcrstt. .
PS009 ASTRONCMV SACE Nice pi -----r“" PSC68 ROGER DEAN Digitised Pctures by the anto! Al In HAM mode. Good.
PSCS970 SIIENTSCH 42 (25 This Is superb, sides pus a greet music back.
PS071 SPACE BUBBLES Greet lantasy an pciuree to interlaced ha- .
PS075 TOTAL RECALL Music and pclurts bom the Amw's Sci b Mm. Great!.
P907&77 TERMINATOR II SHOE Greet »de P a greet tin!.
PSM1 WATERSHIP DOWN Cute side P thcne rabbits, greet tor the Uds.. PS032 GENXIOE greet tamasy slide PS033 GERMAN RAY TRACE High oualily , P9334 GRUSEL SU0€ Eerie fantasy Vide from Germany.
Is Great, the pktu** are r*tt but Mad!.
PSOA WWF WRESTLERS Pictures ot Hull SLIDESHOWS Mrs dig it isr
• Of ¦Hilt PSM6 SONIC OYNAMH HIRES 5 Superb *096 colour pks on
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PS087 ALTERED DECEPTIONS Siperb dto.p pctures trom CM? NIB’.
PS08J EVOLUTION SLIOf Pic* bom one certM At* to iK-tmBy??.
PSOW RAINBOW SLIDES Zippy 4 Bungle 4 toe rheme muWcf .. UIUnftcilmi„ PS0141S BUTTERFLIES |2| High quality sldshow ol Dutterfiie* By WS .
PS090 FRACTALGEN GrNf Ivactlf Ui MUSIC UTILITIES & MIDI PT001 AlGORYTHMS Mdl program tor synlhellc music creaboa PT002 ART OF MED Del lull of Med music scaes.. PT003 AS AUDIO MAGIC Cokctton P soundlrackers and ripping crogs!
PT®A AS AUDIO MAGIC 2 Latest cPIeclion p soundbacker programs!
PTOOS CASIO CZ EDITOR Superb program . 2S0 patches tor Case CZ sane*..
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Complex lo use. But good PT0O6 DELUXE MUSIC DATA & LPD30 . SHY
HER Nursery rhyme adventure game fa young a okl LP031. CLI
PRINTER OtAlP Prints * screen dump P the screen display IPO12 -
HARD ORIVE MENU SYSTEM Has menu P over 3.903 Hem* LPDJ3 .
CREATIVE ADVENTURE TOOLKIT Produce Stand atone adventures LP034
. INVOICE PRINTER Quick production P invoices on paper LP03S .
T-TECORAW Technical drawing (eogram wtlh print facAtws LP036 .
FRACGENI Oreal (racial program genarata LP037 . ROCKET MATHS
Help chl&en in maths w» Bws game LPD38 . AMOS ART Contain, lots
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stdewrys scrofling ptoHc LPOIO . SPRITE BANK EDITOR Makes
speHes reelly easy LPD4I . RESCUE A 30 adventure game done with
3D con, LPD42 . X-STTTCH Prim out pics la embrotoanrg. Wtlh '
LPDA3 . LAZERZONE Short tot ahens m Ma addict he....., LPD4A .
FORMULA ONE CHALLENGE Strategy road racing gam*. V. LP045 .
MUSIC BOX A muse program tor chldran P 7 upward* LPD47.DRTV
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IPDM . SPRITE X Vi 32 New tpnt* edta. Eupedor to alglntl« LPOS8 . CTEXT Vwtnd f 3 fcr programmer* use con ban.
LPOS7 . KIDDIES CUPART Anoffiw met cMporl ( LPOS8 • LOCKS KEYS IENEINES " - LP059-THE PREHSTORIC FUN Pi LPOtO . TECHNO SNAO. Urt tVmt m toe evemes - Greef Pitorm ton LPOei.THE FINAL CHAPTER 30 grapr-cs adventure. Vera pood f LP06! . REVOLUTION Four pltftr pame pet to toe fop of Ihe Scree AP0065 . REVEflSI . SNAKES 4 AP0096 . PAIR IT Maich the card APD103 A. PICK UP A PUZZLE SoFre,.
APO110. CROSSFIRE Nice game, keep Ihe AP011S • BALLOOHACY Good version P the classc AP0130 . THE WOODEN BALL A shareware game Imt AP0132 . FAMILY HISTORY DATABASE Nice geraPogy program 1r AP0137 . THE TRIAL Sirtng tile pun* lo ePre wchm a time Him AP0148 • DEMOLITION MISSION Another version P popular barber gem* 1 mb APOI66 . PICK UP A PUZZLE Dstedisk 3 AP0167 . JIGMANIA Datadlrt I i needs LP0131 AP0178 . OATABASE MASTER V2.0 Nice database program, n APOlB 1. DL»G£OH DELVER Roam rood mem coitocl keye Me (2 dirts!
AP01S2 3 . PIXIE KINGDOM AnoPtof gr --------------- public Domain 99p AP02B4 . AMOSAGRAM Nice anagram program.
AP0292 . WAR OF THE FOUR A Areware graphic adventure game AP0293 . GRAND PRII SIMULATOR Hof a race game.more P a simuaiion.
AP03I4 . BLACKJACK TRAMP A nice new btock|ack game!
APD318. BONG Gee Hetbefl back home to his village!
APD326 . HANGMAN V2 Hangman gane wHh edHa!
APD326. HYPERBAIL Latest vertion P woodenbal. An exedent game!
APD329 . FRUIT MACHINE Quite a nice let* fruit machine program!
APD333 . AMERICAN FOOTBALL RADIO VERSION You are a loolbel coach' APD334 . SNAKE IN THE GRASS Collect white mushroom* atod toedrtooto' AP0340 . KARATE WORM Very nice platform game, paging over worms PC APD3A3 . SAVE THE TREES Slop the boddie* destroying the trees!
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LP012 . HYPNOTIC LANOS catch bells coftng down lour Akron tones LPD16 . REVERSIII New reprored version ol Reversi LPD17. OOGFIGHT I" * - • LPD1B.
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MBS, Disk H683 ***** -m * m* rrr rrTTunr DEMOS MUSIC MASTER SUPER BOWLED Definitely one for American Football fans, it's unfortunate that this demo is presented in hi-res and subsequently suffers from terrible flickering. The disks chronicle every gathering of the gigantic event until present day. The teams, the venues, the scores, coaches, players, and the disks even include pictures of the tickets for the games. Special interest only? We think so.
17 Bit, Disks 1611 A+B** From the same people who bought you last months fabulous five-disk space demo, Odyssey, comes Alcatraz’s Music Disk 1. Ten tracks, none named, are delivered from a comprehensive hi-tech CD player.
The songs can be played in any order by using the programming feature and they're pleasant enough tunes.
17 Bit, Disk 1610** SIMPLE SOUNDS My Secret Garden are the only half- decent sampling team to put forward a disk this month. There’s nothing special about the presentation, but the subject matter stirs some memories. The four samples are segments from Simple Minds tracks: Come A Long Way, Ghost Rider, _ Premonition and Reprise. I used to really like the band so that’s why it’s in! Short and sweet.
MBS, Disk M387 ** Rebel Soft, not to be out done by Mi Schwartz, are on the Lemmings bandwagon, with a lengthy animation concerning our green-haired chums. This one even has a moral to it. The ‘movie’ has been created by Jon Patton and is split into several sections compressed onto one disk. The material is simple, telling the tale of a rather cruel big Lemming who likes to squash his little brothers.
There's a nice still of Arnie thrown in at the end for good measure.
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? .jlH PIPE DREAMS Anyone who’s played PipeMania will know how addictive it is. Now from NBS comes a PD version that's so close to the bone they could've called it MarrowMania! All the features that made the original such a hit are here and the objective to keep the water flowing through the sections of pipes is as compelling as ever.
Programmed in AMOS, the game also incorporates sampled speech and clever sound effects. If you're sfarved of puzzle games, this is a worthwhile investment.
NBS, Disk L511 ***** MEG MUSIC Hit The Deck 1 12 is a boppy dance disk containing loads of samples by Arty Vark And The Storm Grenades. Ravers and groovers will be swinging their pants after hearing this one. There are two tracks on the disk, a 1Mb song and a 1Mb Chip RAM track.
Shieldsoft PD, *** SURREAL FEEL Fans of Magritte or Monty Python will love the crazy humour and artistic ‘skills' displayed in this demo. This time, Vark has taken popular icons from the French artist's collection and turned them into contemporary computer animation pieces. It sounds strange, but it all comes together very well.
Five out of five for originality and improvisation.
Polly Soft, Disk C24 ***** STAPLE DIET Mr Potato Head has been trying to smash his way onto the PD scene for a while, and although he's unknown to many of you, his creator, Chris Hill, has been planning to put the character into animations for ages. He now hits our screens in two demos: Mr Potato Head and The Chips Are Up. If you're fed up of Lemmings, squirrels, and fighter planes, give our British hero a chance.
Chris Hill. (Most Libranes) * * * MUSICAL MADNESS' For sheer weirdness Vark's demo ‘I Am The Walrus' deserves a mention. The programmer constructed his own 'video' using digitised pictures and basic animation for the Lennon and McCartney song. The sound is terrible, but the demo is fascinating. If there were such things as B-rated demos, this would be the Plan 9 to top them all.
Polly Soft. Disk C23 **** THE DELINQUENTS If you want to see the kind of animations that the Take 2 Studio has to offer, this disk will give you an idea. Featuring a group of Scottish Amiga club delinquents, who go by the name of Storms, the digitised pictures form an amusing animation showing the package's potential. Hardly a ground-breaking demo, but a laugh anyway. 17 Bit, Disk
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If, like us, the footy pools play an important part in your dreams of becoming a millionaire, this useful utility is a must. Using match data that you specify, it automatically calculates all winning lines.
It's ideally suited for people who do the pools as members of a syndicate because it checks a lot of permutations very quickly.
Before using the program, a text tile has to be created containing your plans. This will then be used for assessing the paints gained by score draws, etc. The program’s been written using AMOS, but is very slickly presented. It's inevitably going to take a long time to enter the initial match data, but once that's done, this program should save you quite a lot ot time.
Strictly PD. Disk U316,
* ** WORKBENCH HACKS Workbench hacks alter the way your Workbench
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Another interesting hack is Target, which turns your pointer into a telescopic sight. Each time you click the mouse, a gunshot is heard - silly, but amusing. Drunken Mouse is one ot the funnier hacks, and causes your pointer to meander around the screen as if it's had one too many and Rocket creates a missile that homes in on your cursor.
17 Bit Software, Disk 1570,
* *** As its name indicates, this program allows you to create
animations which incorporate sound effects.
There’s a sixteen-colour palette on otter together with a basic selection ot drawing tools, including freehand, magnify, cut, paste and circle. There's also a video-style control panel which lets you play and select various trames tor editing.
Once you've completed your first frame, you’ll be able to take advantage of the onion skin feature which lets you see the previous frame whilst you work on a new one. This is particularly useful as it allows you to quickly calculate the changes needed to create a smooth animation.
Having defined an animation, you can then load a sound effect and assign it to be played when a specific frame is displayed. The end results can then be saved as a stand-alone program, 17 Bit Software, Disk 1597, *** PD fan, Mat Broomfield, casts a critical eye over this month’s best new utilities... IMAGE UTILITIES Anyone who’s serious about graphics and video will want this great utility disk.
Showtont40 is a neat little program to display all the characters of any selected font. It's a far quicker and easier way of viewing a typeface than loading it into D-Paint or Notepad, and it occupies much less memory.
Next up, Image Lab is an excellent image-processing program which can perform a number of useful transformations to your graphics, and gives the user a number of professional options previously found in commercial products, such as Pixmate, only.
Also included on the disk is one of the first PD implementations of JPEG, the screen compression system that's taking the graphics world by storm. It's best suited to ‘real-world’ pictures as opposed to cartoons, and can achieve compression rates of over 30 to one. A must-have for the graphics enthusiast.
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St.. Skiv , Aimed at children aged between four and eight, Story Land 2 offers an interactive fairy story. At the beginning of the program, the child is asked to enter their name and address and, throughout the game, these details are used to personalise the story.
The fairytale is told by means of colourful pictures and short sentences describing each one. Much of the child's response is restricted to clicking the mouse on certain objects, although the occasional 'magic word' has to be typed in.
The story is engaging, although there's a definite animal rights undertone to the proceedings. This is hardly surprising as the author declares that all profits from the game will be sent to the Anti-Vivisection League.
Story Land 2 is a really excellent program of commercial quality. It gently develops logical thinking by prompting the child to relate actions with effects. It also helps with basic keyboard and reading skills, although I wonder if some of the words are too complicated for the age group that the disk is aimed at. Strictly PD, Disk 5356, ***** PLAY'N'RAVE If you write music using Noisetracker, Soundtracker or Protracker, this program allows the user to produce your first digital album!
Play'N'Rave enables you to link up to ninety modules together to create a single, continuous tune lasting more than two hours. The modules can be spread across any number of disks, or can be stored on hard disk.
Whilst one module is playing, the next one will load, so to ensure that each tune flows smoothly into the next, each module needs to play for at least as long as it takes to load the next. You'll also need enough memory to store two modules in RAM simultaneously.
There's very little else to say about this program: it’s professionally written and presented, and it works well.
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The most useful of these are grouped under the heading 'Cyro Utils', and are connected with the creation of animations. Combine Anim joins two separate anim. Files together to make a single larger animation which can be edited in D-Paint III or IV. Split Anim performs the opposite function, breaking large animations into smaller parts. Anim Build lets you take ordinary IFF screens and chain them together to create an animation. Anim Into can be used to find out the size, name, number of frames and resolution of any animation.
Also included on the disk is Rtap, an animation replay utility, Quick Flix, an IFF screen viewer and cel animator, and Video Librarian, a handy video cataloguing utility.
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(UGMT PATH 737 FigMvm OUA74TOX 5P» GEAR Grab racing km BATTLE VALLEY Superb * ICE HOCKEY Super wren km JUMP JET SLAVER STEEL Cre-ral M* *• robb ARCHFELAGOS Strbeg 3D arR BAD COMPANY Spa* Horrb ckne EYE OF K*U5 Mora Pbfcn-. UJ Amiga Software from only 69p a disk STAllLAZlFotfUkedraarei STAR GOOSE STARRAV M DtkrdercW OBCABGO 90 Sent date PLUIOSiad arvriSW«-« SPAaSTATlCN WAR ZOK Ter* bade productivity bonus The disturbing thing about productivity software is that everyone is expected to be productive these days. A few years ago, everyone would be astounded if you went to all the trouble of
having a report typed out - these days, if it isn't laserprinted with scaleable fonts and nice little pictures they reckon you haven't been trying.
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That’s no problem if you're some Publishing Week| so ¦iPI A Page Creation Genie in action. A series ol requestors allow you to make all the important decisions while the script gets on with the dirty work.
Whizzo graphic designer, but it's a bit of a bummer if you think that leading is found on church roofs. Where can modern man woman turn? I suppose we should all rub a magic lamp or something.
, , A However, winging its way YI across the Atlantic comes ' Professional Page 3.0. It's back, and this time it has brought its genie.
There is nothing particularly amazing about the genie in question. I mean, it doesn't come in a bottle or have a big curly moustache and equally curly gold slippers. In fact, it's nothing more than a set of Arexx macros - but they are very cunning Arexx macros. Most applications written after the advent of Workbench 2.0 have some sort of Arexx capability, but usually this is just a few token loading and saving options, so they can boast Arexx compatibility. Not so ProPage.
Yes, there are loading and saving options and hotlinks to other programs such as ADPro, but there are also an awful lot of internal referencing functions. Why?
RAGING MR GENIE What would you do if you suddenly discovered that your 80-page A4 document suddenly needed to become a 160-page A5 document? Without a Function Genie you'd be in the... you'd be experiencing some difficulties. With a genie, Nick Veitch rubs his magic floppy disk and hopes that Professional Page 3.0 will fulfill his wishes.
Though, you simply work out how to perform the operation once, write a script, and sit back and watch real office automation get to work.
The extension of this is the Page Creation Genie. Imagine you know nothing about layout. Imagine you need to create a newsletter-style front page in, say, 30 seconds. Now imagine you have a Page Creation Genie. Answer a few questions and, a spot of multiple choice later, you have your page. This interactive page creation need not be limited in style either
- you can easily manipulate the finished object just as you would
if you had created it yourself (in fact, you have created it
yourself).
ADDRESS BOOK Gold Disk's Professional Page
3. 0will be available, from, amongst other places: Precision
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3500. Price not yet announced.
Hardened veterans may also find some use from the Page Creation Genies - even if it is only to knock out a quick update report or a few envelope labels.
FONTSY STUFF The second major update to ProPage is the addition of Adobe Type 1 font support. This may mean nothing to you unless you own a Mac or a high-powered IBM. Adobe hold the copyright to a large proportion of the world's supply of scaleable fonts, fonts which are supported by DTP systems such as Pagemaker and QuarkXPress on the Mac and Ventura on the PC.
Consequently, there are a lot of them about - more than a couple of thousand PRO PAGE 3.0 ... a I ii glance
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CREDIT CARD ORDERS (0709) 829286 FAX YOUR ORDER ON (0709) 878308 DISK PRICES 1 - 9 disks £1.25 each 10 or more 99p each POSTAGE INCLUDED IN PRICE IN EUROPE, EIRE . . ADD £250 REST OF WORLD . . ADD £4 OC OVERSEAS ORDERS SENT AIR MAIL PAYMENT IN STERLING PLEAS SEND A STAMPED ADDRESSED ENVELOPE FOR OUR FREE LIST I LOADS OF TITLES TO CHOOSE FROMI CstSLft HillMl from pjjjfjj SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS There was a minor amount of fuss when Professional Page 2.0 came out. As it required (shock, horror) at least 1Mb of memory - and preferably a lot more. Nowadays most Amigas come with 1Mb as standard. Is
this the reason that Gold Disk have raised the memory requirement to 2Mb?
No. I think not. I think that the memory requirement has gone up to enable the implementation of some required functions. Required, not desired, because any application without an undo function can be frustrating. Any application without Arexx can be tedious.
The other system requirement is a hard disk. Although earlier versions would run off floppies, it was hardly advisable. A hard disk is essential for proper font control for a start. Now there is also the benefit of config files saved containing information, such as magnification level, layout preferences and drawers for text and bitmap files.
At the last count. They are not cheap, but there is also a large treefont sheme running in the Macintosh shareware market - these are Adobe Type 1 ish lonts created by draughting packages such as Fontographer.
If you can get hold ot these fonts, or already own a Mac (which comes with some as standard), it's possible to convert them to Compugraphic fonts and use them from within ProPage (or any other software that supports CG fonts).
This is done with the aid of Fontmanager, a utility supplied with Propage, and reads the two data files before creating a complete set of CG files, including an optional Postscript download file (essential if you are going to take your work to a printshop to output, or if you are using bizarre or home-made fonts).
Font control has been reorganised slightly, too. Out is the old CGT program which required you to set cache sizes for fonts, and In is FontEngine, a dynamic cache controller which presumably makes it easier to multitask ProPage.
LAYING OUT The layout options have been greatly improved by the Undo function.
How many times have you just finished your masterpiece only to accidentally drag a text box out of position on your way to the save menu? Let it bug you no longer.
Another improvement bringing ProPage into line with the competition is the ability to use OuarkXpress. The lack of import modules for various image types is not a problem if you have ADPro, but I find it hard to believe that Gold Disk don’t have the ability to create their own graphics preprocessing package which could be hot-linked in.
Nevertheless, Professional Page 3.0 has stormed way ahead of the rest by the excellent implementation of Arexx scripts. This gives the whole system added functionality within the program itself, rather than just allowing it to communicate with other processes. The Genies not only expand the ability of Propage to perform more complicated tasks but also add intuitive ease of use to the novice.
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IT': It’sc does hard Amig that I sized use i U is no com| hopii erabl right new (Smi butv anisr tor u T agre beca HiSoft Devpac 3 Devpac Version 3 is here at last. The two earlier versions of HiSoft Devpac for the Amiga set a standard in 68000 assembly language programming which was hard to surpass, but we think that we've done it. This new package has had a complete facelift, from the editor through to the debugger; in fact so many features have been added and improved that we feel confident in the claim that Devpac 3 is the ultimate assembly language development system on the Amiga ... for
now!
The Editor A new multi-window editor with bookmarks, mouse block-marking, macros, complete window flexibility (including multi-views on one file), extensive user configuration and full integration with the other Devpac programs. The editor makes use of Workbench 2 or 1.3 automatically.
The Assembler Improved and extended, the Devpac 3 assembler is now at least 40% faster than its predecessor (without pre-assembly), supports the full 680x0 range of processors including the maths co-processors and has a tremendous number of switchable optimisations. With the ability to pre-assemble files for inclusion, it can now claim to be the fastest assembler on the Amiga.
:sl:ft vs i: catei sort: and forty SCS shot nisrr Some things are worth waiting for... Highspeed Pascal The Debugger Devpac 3 is provided with a versatile debugger disassembler for bug hunting a ease of learning. You can have as many v on your program as you like, including its : source code; then set breakpoints, single instructions etc. even at a source code level Again, there is support for all the new processors and the floating point chips.
Devpac 3 comes complete with all the necet include files, a linker, many examples and a c helpful manual.
Error detection is fully interactive HiSoft Dci'pac 3 (£69.95) and Highspeed Pascal (£99.95) should be available al pour local computer shop now. If you have difficulty locating a copy, you can order directly from HiSoft by telephone using
- Access Mastercard, Visa, UK debit card (Switch etc.) or by post
with a cheque postal order. Mention this magazine when ordering
to receive a £10 voucher redeemable against future purchases
from HiSoft.
At last, a new Pascal compiler for your Amiga; Highspeed Pascal. Compiling at close 20 000 lines per minute on a humble A500 and with a fully integrated environment (based on the new HiSoft multi-window editor), HighSpeed Pascal is the answer to your programming prayers.
DDRESS 2MbRoch; E349 troml (0815 Asimi lallyer is £ Ha i (071 7i look fron mati look Corr via e ploy mair The compiler is very close to the standard set by Turbo Pascal 5 on the PC and enables you to port programs directly from the PC or ST - even the BGI unit is provided for graphic compatibility. You can compile separate units, link with assembler or use the inline assembler provided and we also supply a special version of our 680x0 debugge* which allows you to debug Pascal programs at a source code level.
The full Pascal language is supported including such worthy additions as structured constants, flexible string handling and absolute variables.
Highspeed Pascal.comes complete ui all the necessary files for zvorking wit the Amiga's operating system, a host examples and 2 professional, wire- bound manuals.
HiSoft Devpac 3 and Highspeed Pascal i just two ol the products that we supply m your Amiga. Other titles include ProFiigH HiSoft BASIC. Extend. SAS Lattice C 5 an HiSoft C. For more details contact us an HiSoft. The Old School. Greenfield. Bedfa MK45 5DE UK Tel: (0525) 718181, Fax: (0525) 71371 HiSoft High Quality Software HighSpeed Pascal is remarkably friendly and easy-to-use Looking at Hard Drives? So is Nick Veitch... IT'S THAT HARD!
It's common knowledge that AmigaDOS doesn't work very well unless you have a hard drive. After the expense of buying an Amiga, most people are a bit upset to find that they have to fork out another similar sized wodge of money just so that they can use it more easily.
Upgrading your system with a hard drive is not a thing to be taken lightly. Like your computer it is probably something you are hoping to use on a regular basis for a considerable period of time. You've got to get it right. Recently, there have been a number of new drives on the market which are not SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) units, but which use a different interlace and mechanism entirely. IDE drives were manufactured for use with the IBM PC and compatibles.
The advantage of this is that there are now a great deal of these drives around, and because the interface system is less complicated than SCSI (which has to deal with all sorts of other devices such as tapestreamers and scanners) they are a bit cheaper - say forty or fifty quid less than an equivalent SCSI drive. The disadvantage, though, is that should you need to add further SCSI mechanisms you'll have to have both an IDE and a SCSI interface.
The two most prominent protagonists in the IDE field for the Amiga at the moment are the DataflyerSOO IDE and the RocHard IDE. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Hard Cache ROCHARD 1071 704 1614) Ttle RocHard is as wide as Commodore's A590 drive and looks very similar apart from the slope at the front of the unit which has been-designed to match that of the A500. In fact, the RocHard looks much better beside the A500 than Commodore's own unit. Power is supplied via a separate unit. This is obviously some ploy to avoid having to manufacture two main units (one for Europe and one for the ROCHARD ... a I ii glance
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down both mouse buttons. Once again, though, there hard-drivtf
has to be last in the chain.
Versions are available which offer a SCSI driver, too,
U. S.A., where they work oil a 60Hz supply) and is quile
annoying. The whole point of having a neat and compact unit
which fits flush with the side of your machine is that you are
spared the inconvenience of lots of dangling wires zig-zagging
between the different units of your system.
The unit provides slots for memory addons, in the form of slots for eight 1Mb SIMM modules. These are standard memory cards which are also used in both PC and Mac systems, ensuring that price and availability isn't a problem. To install, simply remove the lid of the RocHard and slot the cards in. Setting a small jumper block on the board indicates to the Autocontigure system how much memory has been installed. Increments of 2Mb (up to a possible 8Mb) can be installed.
The RocHard lacks a through-port lor other expansion port add-ons. This is always annoying but is to a certain degree understandable. It is a difficult task to reduce the electronic noise levels on a hard drive controller board to such a degree that a through-port would function reliably.
A games switch at the back of the device enables the user to disable the expansion memory, the drive - or both - which is handy when running older software affected by it.
CONCLUSION The RocHard offers a more attractive unit with easier expansion routes but, for budgetary reasons, the Dataflyer may be a better bargain at up to fifty quid less.
DATAFLYER . . . N I a g I a 11 c e
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the case is no through-port. I suppose it's always going to be
that the but this rather defeats the object of having a budget
unit.
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GET YOUR WITH THE MARCH ISSUE OF PHOTO AHSWERS - ANSWERS ON SALE FROM THE 13TH OF FEBRUARY © THE BOOK Getting your code organised is far from easy. Mat Broomfield consults Kuma's new guides for help... PROGRAM DESIGN TECHNIQUES FOR THE AMIGA Program design is one ol the most neglected areas of computer programming. Many are for competent programmers v ho sit down to write, and work things out as they go along. Although it's possible to code in this way, the end results are likely to be disorganised, inefficient, and hard tor others to understand. Thus, a knowledge ot structured programming
is an asset tor anyone hoping to create their own programs, whether they're working in Basic, C, 68000 or whatever.
Design Techniques teaches programmers the disciplines and techniques that are necessaiy tor tackling complex programming problems. It's not tor the beginner, though, as it tackles such helty topics including Warnier diagrams and Abstract data types.
Emphasis is placed upon the use of multiple design techniques to overcome programming problems, and for this reason the author. Paul Overaa, does not advocate one as the sole solution to all problems. The book's illustrated with examples of code in C. Basic, 68000 and Pseudo-code, and the latter chapters provide example problems in all languages but Pseudo-code.
For the programmer who wants to improve his skills, this book will provide valuable advice, but be warned; it's not a light read!
INTUITION A PRACTICAL AMIGA PROGRAMMER'S GUIDE Valuable reading for the 'serious ’ progra miner... EASE OF USE 65% VALUE FOR MONEY 70% EFFECTIVENESS 80% FLEXIBILITY 90% INNOVATION 25% OVERALL 65% Whatever language you use to program the Amiga, you'll soon encounter Intuition, as it's the system which forms an interlace between user and computer. It's responsible for the windows, gadgets, input and output and a whole lot more. It also rep- _ resents one ot the greatest stumbling blocks to would-be programmers.
This book attempts to unravel the complexities ol Intuition, explaining among other things, the system architecture, libraries, and structures. Most of the relerences and examples are given in C. the language ot the Amiga's operating system. On the whore, the book is written in a concise and mildly humorous style, making it quite easy to read or use for reference purposes.
As a reference work, it's lairty competent, and it's fascinating to learn more about how the Amiga works. This seems to be as good a way ol learning as any 1 ADDRESS BOOK Both books are published by Kuma Computers Ltd and cost £16.95 each.
You can contact Kuma at 12 Horseshoe Park.
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Mr Mrs M Address: I SILICA SYSTEMS PRODUCT TEST Ever wondered
what lies on the fringe of mathematical Mathvisictp.- ® maps
the areas no other programs go near as Bob Eason finds out.
HIPPY CHIC MathVision must be amongst the most innovative applications to have been implemented tor any computer medium. It is much more than the coming together and enhancement ot the many Mandel and Fractal generators that have preceeded it. With support tor overscanned. HAM-mode, Mandelbrot set animations and unlimited recursions, it may be the ultimate fractaliser. Yet it is also a powerful picture producer and processor tor the artist, or data display tool tor the statistician.
The graphical representation of mathematical data must be familiar to everyone who toiled away during their secondary school days over .9 squared paper. Mi More recently this lias had an etteci on the media where charts are busy plotting tire changes in mortgage rates or public political opinion. What is new is .. the more recent discov- T3 ery that many areas of mathematics so long considered the domain of sad old men with slide-rules are rich in aesthetic wealth.
It is in the creation and construction of shapes, both as irregularly natural as branching trees, winding rivers or fluffy clouds, or as rigidly restrained as Koch snowflake curves or space-filling Peanos and Hilberts, that the iterating algorithms of fractal-generating programs illustrate the unique attributes of their format. Each segment of a curve is repeatedly replaced by ever smaller copies of the whole curve. To avoid crossing its own path, the resulting fractal traces an infinite length which is nevertheless contained within finite space. The tortuous wiggleyness and irregularity
of fractal forms is now increasingly perceived as the only valid description of the world about us for which the language of squares, cubes, circles and spheres was never adequate.
Mathvision allows the user to explore and create, from every conceiv-
• fe able arithmetic function, a F window onto the dual V area of
chaotic maths and fractal dimension. The user can manipulate
at will the monsters ot the complex plane from Mandel and Julia
ft sets to Biomorphs W ressembling primitive life forms or
models mimicking maq- netism. Alternatively, accept or edit
MathVisioris examples of fractal seeds, and their recursive
iteration and fractalisation into bushes and flowers.
Even for the artist less enthused by the visual realms of chaotic math or fractal dimensions, there remains a limitless range of uniquely amazing images and animation frames. The whole concept of drawing and colouring by numbers, with mathematical functions and formulae, opens a whole new and exciting field of expression. For the more mathematically inclined. MathVision provides an attractive medium for the demonstration of scientific priciples or data.
GETTING TO GRIPS On loading, the program opens onto a default image and the Edit Screen. Whilst the lines of equations may look a little disconcerting to the non-mathematician, the package lends itself well to a gentle path of self-tutoring.
Using the topmost Edit screen line, enter one of the simplest tunctions suggested in the manual: (X'2 ? Y"2)’ and Mathvisionwill compile and transform this data into a screenful of colour-cycieable concentric circles. Next, tty basic trigonometric functions such as sin(x) or cos(x) to render simple sine waves.
There is always a learning curve with detailed applications of this type, but Mathvision is more intuitive than most. The hardened Mandelbrot creator will, for example, find that editing the boundary's rendering algorithm is accomplished with considerable more ease and power trom within Mathvision than from other programs dedicated to this task. Those with programming skills will teel a natural affinity lor the nested conditionals found in the recursive code of a fractal curve.
The mathematician should have an intuitive feel for the algebraic soup through which lesser mortals must occasionally flounder.
Object renderers will best exploit the powerful hut tricky plane-tilting Viewpoint option lor perspective plot modes.
Expressions and data to be transformed are accepted by MathVisioris Edit Screen. A primary lunction is entered on the uppermost line labelled Val:'. This, in turn, may access the other functions FA.FB...FI, typed into the appropriate lines below. The function Val:fa
• lb',where 'FAxos(xty)' and FB:sin(x-y)', is a tutorial example
of a very simple piece of code that is capable, with minor
editing, of producing a wide variety ot 3-dimensional
perspective landscapes. This capacity for an algorithm of stark
simplicity to be transformed into displays of surprising
complexity is often encountered when using this program. It
reaches its zenith in the Mandelbrot Set boundary curve,
infinite in its detail and yet rendered from a basic function
of the torm 'z z"2 * c It is this property that excites
biologists and philosophers alike, who find analogy in the
development of life in its wealth of complexity, from genetic
code building blocks of contrasting simplicity.
& I Returning to the Edit Screen, accessory functions FA and FB perform their operations on the arguments that they address (x and y).
Xmin. Xmax, Ymin and Ymax must now be specified to set the dimensions of the image and the result plotted for each point contained therein. As every pixel has its own unique (x.y) coordinates, feeding these numbers through the tunction cos(x ? Y), sin(x -
y) ' must result in a third figure.
'z', for each point. If these z val- ues are now translated into different colours, the plane of pixels contained on the screen will be displayed as a pictorial representation of the numbers it finally contains. fA Colour-contour mapping is. Of ' course, the traditional tool by which images of the complex ;.rv • plane are viewed. It is the implementation. Inspired or otherwise.
Of this tricky option which olten dictates the ditterence between artistic masterpiece and broad bands of discordant colour. , Although the program does pro- ' vide a built in - best-guess' - contour top bottom range facility, user intuition still plays an important role.
PLOTTING There are three dillerent plot modes available: Simple, Contour and Perspective Simple mode plots the value, designated y. returned by a function, f, acting on a second variable, ‘x as in the example: f(xA2), when values of y are plotted at different heights on the screen. For the statistician, the ability to relerence formulae from within formulae, may enable data curves ol great complexity from which information remains extractable with comparative ease, using the Analyse tool that returns x and y values for any chosen point on the screen.
MATH VISION ...at a glance Aesthetic graphical display is not necessarily a feature of Simple Plots, for which pure mathematical power is often most important. Whilst I have profited from its display of simple trigonometric functions. I have not yet persuaded it to accept my homemade code designed to track the future course of, say. A mortgage. Although a facility of such power is hardly required to foresee the discouragingly predictable, the author makes a valid link between a business-orientated potential for MalhVision, and the program's tax deductabilityl!
THOSE CONTOUR MOMENTS It is in Contour mode that the aesthetic capabilities really start to shine. However, it is not without a cost. As with all heavy number crunching applications, speed is not one ol MathVisioris finer points. It is therefore often prudent to obtain a swift preview, displayable on a 80x64 pixel screen, as a typical overscanned, interlace, medium-deplh MandelSet zoom will tie up a plain vanilla A500 for 3-12 hours.
Another interesting and useful feature - rarely encountered elsewhere - is the ability to save, reload and then recommence generation of a long project. Images are saved as PCF (Picture, Colour, Formula). If you're lucky enough to own 32-bit RAM and a double digit processor then you can exploit MathVisioris double-precision Math (IEEE) version Doug Houck makes provision for more modest systems by his inclusion of a 'Divide and Conquer' plotting option that ¦IPB finds large regions of the same iteration depth and uses the blitter to fill them as blocks.
This speeds up rendering B times greatly and is the rou- tine used in Nico Francois' MandelBlitz freeware pro- gram.
Zoom magnification is the navigational tool associated with self-similar fractals in general, and the Mandelbrot set in particular General preservation of main struc- tural elements is usually noted albeit with variation in the more subtle detail at H each level. A box zoom [Lip menu option (also available flit I in Simple and Perspective plot modes) allows you to explore freely. Itemised under the Global menu, however, is a further Magnification option that invites entry of a percentage by which the current image is to be scaled up or down. Basically, this is a powerful facility to zoom
animate with sequential values inserted to plot each frame from the previous image By combining repeated zooms with 16-bit math precision. It would be possible to dive down through the Mandel boundary to huge scaling depths.
The third mode of plotting - perspective - affords a way ol generating background landscapes, and wire-frame models, which would presumably be of interest to the 3D rendering enthusiast. Viewing angles can be altered to get the best line on an interesting landscape Shade is one of a drawer full of auxiliary programs that can be called upon once the program is running. Some are resposible for enabling additional macro functions, including Mandel and Mandel68881. Others append additional plotting options, such as Shade and Parametric, or graphic modes including HAM. It is by invocation of
the Shade feature that some ot the most beautiful displays can be rendered. ‘CosineDunes’ is, for me, the pick of Doug Houck’s pictorial library, representing a desert dune-like shaded landscape generated from a short string of trigonometric functions and easily editable with some interesting results.
In combining Shade mode and the Mandel function, it becomes possible to generate amazing 3-D views of Mandelbrot and JuliaSet zooms. The color strips of conventionally contoured plots are transformed into smoothly curving slopes, sweeping up around precipitous bluffs to reach the mini- mandel lakes placed high on the main plateau. These are the images that acquired celebrity status on the front page of Time magazine and the book covers of “The Beauty of Fractals - Images of Complex DynAMIGAl Systems" by H O. Peitgen and P H. Richter.
HOOKED The other auxiliary plotting utility is that of Parametric - optionally able to replace Contour rather than Perspective mode. In its ability to write to the pixels directly, it supports drawing of the recursively self-substituting fractal curves that we discussed earlier. Good examples are provided, both of mathematically tidy seeds, responsible for Koch snowflakes and Sierpinski triangles, and their more wiggley and natural couterparts. Renderable into ferns and bushes.
AREXX SUPPORT An important additional property of Mathvision is that of full Arexx support. It gives much greater power to the user and it requires no special skills to open up the 150kb of Arexx macro files that are incuded on the Mathvision disk.
‘Makeioom’ and 'Plotfiles' are two particularly helpful additions which automate the plotting of, respectively, sequences of zooms or batches of unrelated images. These are then saved to a preformatted disc for viewing after a day's work or a night's sleep!
Mathvision is one of those programs where you find yourself trying to think of excuses for buying it. It may be the culmination of the greatest revolution in mathematics since computers themselves were invented, but does anyone really need it. Maybe not, but there is still the urge to seek out strange new mathmatical worlds and boldly delve were no keyboard jockey has delved before. It is not a program to be taken lightly and perseverence is necessary before you can really start to enjoy yourself.
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EASTERN PROMISE Japan! Land of high technology and geisha girls, the game show Endurance and raw fish. But there's more lo it than that. Japan is a country of great cultural history and tradition, a country which has enriched the world with inventions, ranging from the Walkman to the microchip. If you want to experience that diversity first-hand, what better start than to learn the language?
Audio Gallery Japanese is aimed at elementary- level linguists, and can form a useful aid to other learning systems, or can be used as a stand-alone product, STARTING Once loaded, you'll be presented with a menu divided into twenty common subjects, ranging from 'At Home' to 'Professions'. Two pull-down menus also contain a further seven topics.
Click on a menu, and the screen switches to one featuring subject-related items. For example, 'At home' shows a picture of a Japanese living room containing thirty-two numbered items, including furniture, people, and objects. The bottom section of the screen contains the translation output window with space for Hepburn, English and Japanese. The latter two are obvious, but Hepburn is the English spelling of Japanese words: for example, inu=dog and udedokei=wristwatch, etc. mnnroc nnni However’,he Japanese text is ADDRESS BOOK printed as a formal Japanese No UK distributor has ideogram which
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PROGRAMMER'S MTSIOP Mat Broomfield flicks through the pages of Kuma’s beginner’s guide to Workbench. Can books aid the would-be programmer more than a manual?
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RED BOOK ... a I n i I ii u c i‘ Beginning with an introduction to the Workbench disk, and how to load it, Mark pays careful attention to detail, ensuring that there can be no ambiguities at any point. Even though the guides seem to cover apparently obvious topics, it guides the user into more complex ideas with ease. As the book moves to more complicated subjects, the main points are clarified using short step-by-step lessons, which are easier to follow than pages of bland text.
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John Kennedy ponders this deepest of questions as he muses over HiSoft’s ‘new look’ Devpac 3 - the sequel.
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YOUR NUMBER'S UP I’ve always thought you’d have to be a very
strange kind of person to get excited about Assemblers. At
their most basic level, they do nothing more than convert
strange-looking tiles ot gibberish into even stranger-looking
files of gibberish. No sampled sound effects or digitised
graphics, just screens of text. This begs the question: does
the world really need another one?
Of course it does. Although an Assembler either works or it doesn't, how it goes about its business is of prime importance. Assembly language programming is so incredibly challenging that it can become addictive. If the bug bites you can end up spending hours in front of your computer, so it's vital that the software is as user-friendly and powerful as possible.
Probably because it was the best, Devpac 2 rapidly became the standard Amiga Assembler, used by professional and amateur programmers alike. There have been many contenders but none have stolen the crown. Devpac 2 was the best, but it wasn't perfect. It's source editor was dire. Anyone with an ounce of sense used an editor such as TurboText or Cygnus Ed 2. Users of these looked at the menu options marked Arexx, and knew their time would come.
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WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Devpac is more than an assembler
- it’s an assembly language development system. For your money,
you get the Assembler (GenAm), the Editor, a debugger (MonAm)
and all ch2-nons about them.
The support files you're likely to need (called Includes - more on them later).
GenAm can be invoked directly from CLI with a list of options and the name of your assembly language file, but if you click on the 'Devpac' icon, this loads the Editor and provides full and immediate access to both GenAm and MonAm - far easier than messing about with CLI. After typing in your source, you simply select an ASSEMBLER ... n I n ji I n ii
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k. INCLUDE FILES To use any otthe Operating System routines
(such as 'Exec'.
Intuition', and so on) you need a set of tiles called the ‘Include Files'. These provide information to describe the various functions and their data types. Without them, you’re completely sunk, and Commodore have decided that it you want them, you must pay. You can either become a registered developer (i.e- pay Commodore) or buy a package which comes with the tiles as an integral part (i.e - pay someone who has paid Commodore). This is the reason why Public Domain assemblers and compilers are never supplied with the Include tiles - they're legally obliged not to. Devpac 3 comes with both
Workbench 1.3 and Workbench 2.0 Includes to ensure that your code will run on whatever machine you want it to.
Option from the menu and - Voila! - your code is assembled, linked, and given an icon. All GenAm’s multitudinous features can be be selected from menus within the Editor, so you'll never really need to see the CLI.
MACRO MAGIC GenAm supports all the normal directives associated with a good Assembler.
Directives are instructions which are not turned into machine code, but control various actions of the assembler itself, and determine everything from how the listing appears when printed, to the choice of processor the code is to be run on.
GenAm is a Macro Assembler, which means ttiat you can define your own assembler mnemonics.
Careful use of mnemonics will transform your programming, as it allows you to add your own instructions to the current instruction set. For example, although there is no increment instruction on the 68000, you can write your own: inc MACRO addq.
0ft1, ENDM Every time you use 'inc.w d0' in your source, the assembler will automatically expands this to 'addq.w 1 ,d0'. Macros are especially useful on the Amiga, and they can be used to define new data types, rather like setfassen the C’s STRUCT command. It would have been nice it HiSoft had included more Amiga-specific example macros on disk, as very tew programmers make full use of the facilities they offer.
When you think you have finished writing your source, GenAm will perform an optimisation as it assembles, which usually save a few hundred bytes and speed your program up slightly. Bugs permitting, you can run your program without leaving Devpac to see if everything is going as it should be.
NEW FOR DEVRAC3 The two big improvements made to Devpac 3 are the vastly-improved editor and the addition of support for higher members of the Motorola family. The editor has been completely re-written by ex-Rombo bod, Keith Wilson, and strongly adheres to the traditional Amiga style. It now supports multiple files, standard cutting and pasting, sensible keyboard short cuts and user-definable macros. Nice touches also include the facility to choose how to view your multiple files, support for extra fonts and a comprehensive and easy-to-use link with GenAm.
ADDRESS BOOK HISott The Old School Bedford Mk45 5Br However, the editor does not support folds, a technique for hiding text when it isn’t needed. The use of folds make programming easier, and are sorely missed.
In these days of high-powered, low- cost silicon implants, more Amiga owners have 68020s, 030s or even 040s with all the associated maths co-processors (FPUs) and memory management units (MMUs) installed. And, of course, the Amiga 3000 comes with a 68030 as standard. Devpac now fully supports these chips, and the new mnemonics needed to use them.
The machine code monitor is as powerful and forbidding as ever, although it has been updated to allow multiple source files and full support for the higher processors.
MonAm is an invaluable debugging tool which is yet to be matched.
Devpac 3 will also save files in standard Motorola S-record format. This is a special absolute address code which is useful if you ever need to write code for burning into Eproms. If you do use it, please let us know because we’d like to know what you're up to.
MORE NICE TOUCHES Other goodies include the ability to preassemble Include files, considerably speeding up assembly times. The entire set of Commodore Includes can be treated in this way, saving valuable disk space.
For more speed, you can keep the Include files in memory if you require.
Surprisingly, Devpac will still run on an unexpanded A500, although with most programming projects it won’t be long before the lack of memory becomes a problem. Devpac is still novel, though, in that it will run on every Amiga currently in production.
As well as the excellent (but typo prone) manual, HiSoft have included a useful publication called the Pocket Programming Guide. Although my pockets seem to be of the non-programmable variety, the book proves to be extremely useful as it lists every instruction available on the 68000 68010. Until you get to the point .where you can recall the entire Motorola instruction set in your sleep, this book will be well thumbed. It's a pity the guide didn’t include the remaining 68020 30 40 and 68881 8882 5551 chips as well.
THE BIG MISTAKE HiSoft have almost spoiled everything, though, by ignoring Arexx. Sigh. By refusing to support this standard protocol, HiSoft are effectively saying ‘Our editor front end is perfect, you’ll never need another one'. This is simply not true!
TurboText and Cygnus Ed 2 are much better than the Devpac editor. This is not totally surprising, as they are stand-alone commercial editors, and it’s their job to be the best. Devpatis editor is part of a suite of programs and, as such, is unlikely to have as much development time devoted to it. But why hamper the user from enjoying the facilities of Devpac from their own favourite editor? Of course it is possible to use GenAm's CU options from some third- party text editors, but Arexx is the proper way of doing things.
Unlike CEO or Turbotext, Devpads editor has the annoying habit of occasionally converting source into (harmless) rubbish.
It also filled a file full of white blobs during a keyboard macro.
CONCLUSION It goes without saying that Devpac 3 will become the new Amiga Assembler standard. It has everything that a 680x0 programmer needs, and more.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the Amiga side of things, it's lacking. It needs Arexx, and for this Workbench 2 incarnation not to support it is a crime - and it also needs a Code Profiler to discover bottlenecks in your code. The editor needs a session with MonAm, too. In the end, though, Devpac 3 is a 680x0 assembler rather than an Amiga-dedicated assembler.
IS ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE REALLY NEEDED ON THE AMIGA?
With near-assembly level languages, such as C. around, you may wonder if anyone actually needs to program in Assembly language these days. Surely, you may say, it I wanted to write a last game I'd use something like AMOS. Why re-invent the wheel?
Good point. But what was AMOS written in? Assembly language. There is nothing taster than a good Assembly language program, and there never can be. Even a C program must be converted into machine code in order to be run. By writing a program in code to start with, you can be sure that it won't be topped tor size or speed.
Using the official Include files, you can make lull use of every Amiga Operating System resource in assembly language. In fact, it s almost as easy to do in code as it is with C - that's not saying much, though.
It s more exciting to hit the custom chippery direct.
The Amiga is such a powerful beast ol a computer that programming in this way is even more fun. Using machine code means you can really get into the nooks and crannies of all the custom chips.If you think you know your Amiga, you're in for a big surprise. Just get in there, ask the OS to look the other way and then start poking those registers. Programming the Amiga like this is a return to the good old days of C64s and Atari 8-bits. Except of course, that the hardware is infinitely more advanced.
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Going shopping? This is the only place you need to look if you're thinking of getting a new game or gadget for your Amiga! Every item is described in detail and rated out of five. Don't leave home or pick up the phone without it... Datel Electronics 0782 744707 £59.95 269.95 (A500 A1500) Programming the Amiga can be very frustrating when your code causes a crash for no apparent reason. The task becomes a little easier with the help of packages such as Devpac 2 or Argasm, but your problems don't stop there. With Action Replay II you can examine your code whilst it is running to see what is
happening. Even if your machine has crashed, the press of a button makes it all come rushing back for further examination. You can also load games and examine other programmer's code, look through memory, save graphic images, play and save Soundtracker modules and samples, even put cheat modes in games and, to top it all, you never need to load - this wonder widget. You just plug Action Replay into the side of your machine and forget about it. This is one piece of kit for the Amiga that's almost an essential purchase. An updated Action " Replay II has just appeared, and will be
reviewed next issue.
* **** GENIlfz.R Datel Electronics 0782 744707 £129.99 Using art
packages like Deluxe Paint IV or Photon Paint can be a bit
tricky using the mouse. Now any unhappy Amiga artists can stop
pulling their hair out because the Genitizer is a graphics
tablet that’s as simple to operate as drawing with a pen.
Images can easily be copied from paper by tracing around the
image. Comes complete with a Deluxe Paint template for easy
use.
* *** AMAS 2 Microdeal 0726 68020 £99.95 Amas 2 is ideal for
serious musicians and novices alike.
Its MIDI capabilities make it the best in that field, although Stereo Master, without the MIDI functions, is better value for money. Apparently, Paula Abdul used the original on her 'Cold Hearted' video.
Depending on your opinion of Miss Abdul's music, that's high praise indeed!
?** AMOS Europress Software 0625 859444 £49.99 There are a number of BASIC programming languages for the Amiga but nothing to top AMOS. The icon-driven Interface and concise screen display make it a pleasure to work with.
AMOS incorporates an extensive library of over 500 commands, including complete control of the hardware registers which enable you to perform pixel-perfect scrolling both vertically and horizontally, software (blitter) and hardware sprites, copperiists for rainbow colour bars seen in Turrican II (Rainbow Arts) and James Pond (Millennium), and a Soundtracker Noisetracker player. Some of the useful utilities are included with AMOS for editing sprites, pictures and animations. AMOS runs at such a fast speed that you can produce quality home-grown games.
* *** AMOS 3D Europress Software 0625 859444 £34.99 Almost every
Amiga owner has seen solid-3D vector images at some time,
either in a demo or in games like Thunderhawk (Core Design) and
Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker (Virgin Games). The programmers
of these games had to perform thousands of maths calculations
to produce these complex graphics, and, for the average
person, balancing the weekly budget is about the limit. AMOS 3D
is here to help. With the maths already done for you, all you
are required to do is put the lines in the correct places and
devise a game around them.
This is easy because the software is completely icon- driven and supplied with a comprehensive manual.
AMOS 3D was written by Voodoo Software, the folks behind Electronic Zoo's Xiphos.
* **
V. D.O Liconceware PD Any young Steven Spielbergs or George
Lucases will be delighted with this useful PD package. It
creates scrolling titles using any available Amiga fonts.
Although you won't become as good as these the great men over
night and E.T. and Star Wars could still be slightly out of
reach. A small variety of text wipes and colour fades can be
achieved and it’s great value.
* ?** AUDITION 4 HB Marketing Sunrise 0753 686000 £49.95 Audition
4 is a brilliant addition to the sampling stable.
Containing most of its rivals options the most notable enhancements are the five options under the special menu that can improve the tonal quality of a sample.
Unwanted high frequencies can be removed with Smooth, and volume can be boosted without distortion with Maximise.Totally clean results are as easily obtainable as those with more oomph.The ability to sample straight to disk and its inherent speed makes it top of the sampling list.
* **** BOOKS Mastering Amiga Beginners.
Bruce Smith Books 0923894355 £19.95 A highly-readable and entertaining introduction to the Amiga. Author Phil South doesn't set out to provide a comprehensive guide to the computer, but points the beginner in the right direction. Some of the many subjects covered are: Fonts, icons, speech synthesis, sound and of course graphics. More complicated topics are also dealt with, but instead of preaching in a condescending manner, South's hints and tips make for a refreshing read.
* *** CD-ROM DRIVE Commodore 0628 770088 £TBA New kid on the
block, CDTV, has been available for ages, and its software
support is getting better all the time.
Commodore are soon releasing an external CD-ROM drive allowing anybody with a one megabyte machine to play CDTV software. No price fixed as yet, but expect to pay around £350. The latest news is that the drive will be with us by Easter
* ** COLOUR KIT System Insight 0707 276913 Near laser print
quality and a 1 relatively cheap price tag have made the Canon
BJ- 10e printer one ot the most attractive on the market.
Now, thanks to a great idea from System Insight, there's a kit which allows you to produce colour prints superior to rival those on other printers five times the price.The kit is available as retills or cartridges and the full-colour prints from your mono printer, although time consuming, will give the BJ-10e a new lease of life for only £14.95 for two bottles and £39,95 for the complete set.
* **** DELUXE JC IwitJher JOY- OUSE R+D 00101 308 745 1234E19.99
An extremely handy piece of hardware that eradicates the
problem of removing the mouse, and wrestling with the port when
adding another joystick. This simple device plugs into the hole
permanently and alternates between the two with a flick of a
switch.
* ** DELUXE PAINT IV Electronic Arts 0753 549442 £89.99 Deluxe
Paint IV is alive with fresh icons, faster screen update and a
host of new functions including transparency which enables
you to draw over a previous picture and still see the old
image, Anti-aliasing to remove all those jagged edges,
metamorph from one object to another, and there's colour mixing
to find that perfect shade. If that wasn't enough, you now
have access to the gorgeous, 4096 colour, HAM graphics.
With all these functions and the ability to switch between screen modes, this is the best art package on the market today. Electronic Arts is offering upgrades for users of previous versions of the software, ranging in price from £65 to £45.
CUPSE ART Is the text inside your Toaster or Imagine presen' tation looking dull and tired? Graphically Speaking, a Florida-based company, are sellini lg a compilation of new 3D fonts for these two packages. Video Clipse 3D Fonts Volume One ($ 89.95) features four styles which can be fully resized and allows independent control over both the face and side for multi-colour effects. These fonts include upper and lower case letters, numbers and Spanish symbols.
Call 0101 407 626 3447 for more information.
* **** DESKBENCH-PD 17 Bit Software A very unusual, but highly
under-rated utility.
Deskbench has been around in one form or another for months, but this souped-up version has a host of extra facilities. It allows the user to define icons which execute scripts or sequences of commands and also form a neat and tidy 'desktop'. If you're looking to tidy up your Workbench screens and cut some tedious comers this will help you no end.
* **** DIGI-VIEW GOLD NewTek 0753 686000 £149.95 Digi-view can
digitise images in any of the Amiga screen modes. An advanced
dithering routine gives the illusion of 100,000 colours on
the screen. Saves images as standard IFF for use in Deluxe
Paint. Very easy to use, just plug it in and away you go. You
can't really get a more simple package or achieve more stunning
results.
* **** DIRECTOR 2 Right Answers , (0753)686000 Create
professional demos incorporating music, samples, synchronised
sound and motion and slideshows all with a single package.
Director 2 offers more effects and options than any other product of its type. Easier to use than AMOS Basic and utilising a language that's quick to learn the software only short-coming is its price, £102, but for the serious user there's no substitute.
* *** FLEXIDUMP Care Electronics (0923) 672102 £39.95 Upgraded
version of the colour graphic printing program. Loads of new
features, including colour balance for digitised pictures, ink
correction, gamma correction, multiple-print facilities (for
letterheads, for instance), and lots more. You can even use
it to print T-Shirts! Good value and a worthy successor to
the popular original - especially when you can upgrade for a
mere £11.75.
* ** GENESIS Micro Illusions C 49.95 0480 496497 Unlike Pro
Vista, which requires at least 3 megabytes to run, Genesis
produces much the same effects on a 1 Mb machine. It is capable
of creating a fictitious terrain or Digital Elevation Maps
based on real locations. The realistic landscapes you create
can be edited and viewed from a number of different angles and,
compared to Vista Pro, it's lightning fast.
The user manuals are almost obsolete due to the programs ease of use. Vista Pro is still more powerful, but who's got a spare 3Mb to waste on it?
* *** HARLEQUIN + ACS 031 557 4242 £2000+ Harelquin + is quite
simply the most powerful European 24-bit system in existence,
possibly the best in the world.
The card allows you to display over 65,000 colours on screen at once in 16-bit mode. Only available for A1500s and upwards, the board is a graphic artists dream, and we could be seeing games using over 16 million colours in the near future. The uses in the graphics department are limitless, from professional photography, touching up pictures to printing commercial posters hundreds of feet wide.
* **** IMPACT SERIES 2 GVP £599 105 meg An incredibly fast hard
drive (35 times faster than a floppy) that's been specifi
cally designed for the Amiga.
It fits nicely into the expansion port at the side of the machine. However, a metal shield has to be inserted beforehand to prevent interference from the drive and bad installation will kill your Amiga.
* *** LIGHT PEN Troian (0554)777993 There can't be many people
who enjoy using a mouse, especially artists, so the natural
thing to do was to produce a pen-like version of the rolling
headache. Trojan's latest addition goes one stage further and
actually draws directly onto the screen. Although not compat
ible with the A500P, the gadget comes with a drawing package
for all you lucky A500 owners and is much easier to use than
the Amiga mouse. An A500P version is currently in development
and we'll tell you when it's ready.
* ** MASTER SOUND Microdeat 0726 68020 £39.95 If, after looking
through all the Public Domain lists of Soundtracker music and
dissecting hundreds of tunes, you still cannot find that per
fect sound, the only thing to do is sample them yourself!
Using Master Sound there are no limits to the achievable sounds. That racing game you’re designing may benefit from some meaty effects, so why not stand next to a Porsche 959 and get the perfect engine sound? Simply record these sounds onto tape, play them into your Amiga via Master Sound, then load Noise Tracker or Quartet and place the new sound into your piece of music or game. Hey presto, your software is enlivened with realistic audio just like the professionals.
Master Sound is supplied with a cartridge for sampling and editor software to modify, merge and save your samples.
* ** buyers guide MIDI INTERFACE Evesham Micros 0386 765500
£19.95 For a professional music package you will have to pur
chase a MIDI Interface and music keyboard. If you have never
been involved in creating music it's worth buying just
because it's cheap! You never know, after a couple of days you
might hale it!
* ** MIRACLE PIANO Mindscape £299 0444 831 761 An advanced
electronic keyboard that connects to your Amiga. The package
comes as a complete tutorial that will teach you how to be a
master. The keyboard can be used as a separate instrument
on its own. The keys are velocity sensitive - as with a real
piano, the harder you hit them, the loader the noise. Best
results are achieved with a hard disk and at least 1 Mb ot
memory.
Without these, the disk swapping might get too much for you. However, if you're serious about learning the piano, a hard drive is a recommended purchase. You cant get a better music package than this and although the software is slightly sluggish everything you could want is here.
* **** Hewtet Packard £999 A high-cost colour printer that puts
out at 180 dots per inch.
Despite its high resolution it can't cope with solid blocks of colour. Its quiet printing can't compensate tor the over-all IT'S SHOW TIME!
Hardcore musicians in the London area between 24-26 April should visit the third MIDI Music show at Hammersmith's Novotel Hotel.
This event should be packed out with incredible instrument innovations, and should also house some off the best bargains in samplers, synths, sequencers, and other uselul musical gadgets and goodies.
Iff you want tickets, then the hotline can be contacted on 081 547 1183 - but get in there soon... poor quality of pictures it produces so spend your money elsewhere.
* KIMS R DRIVE Power Computing 0234 843388 £65 Now that virtually
every Amiga title requires an average of three disks, it's
about time you upgraded your system by adding two or more
drives. The Power Drive is packed with some novel hardware
features, including a copier that enables you to back-up
unprotected disks at amazing speeds, Anti-Click to stop that
annoying clicking sound when there is no disk inserted into the
drive, and a Virus Blocker which prevents viruses infecting
your disks. It also has a thru port allowing more drives to be
connected.
* **** PEN PAL Gordon Harwood Computers 0773 836781 £79.95 Much
the same as Wordworth really. Pen Pal has a 100,000 word
dictionary, a thorough spell-checker and can input graphics
into files. Would-be Shakespeare’s can edit up to four pages
simultaneously.
The package's well-presented 250-page manual is easy to use, and a useful Database package is included in the price.
* **** PERSONAL FINANCE.
MANAGER MichTron Mlcrodeal 0726*68020 • £29.95 A very easy-to-use package that allows you complete control of your money worries within a couple ot hours.
Fully icon-driven with such features as 2D and 3D bar- graphs, pie charts, calculator and budget planner. Wrth a 30 day full-money-back guarantee when bought direct from MichTron, this has to be the safest money you will ever spend.
* **** PROFESSIONAL CALC Silica Shop 081 309 1111 £80 Pro Calc is
the equivalent to the most expensive Casio calculator money can
buy.
However it's a great deal more than this, and whatever your numerical needs are, it'll be able to handle them. With over 130 pre-calculated functions built in, the program not only sorts out your mathematical headaches, but can put them all onto charts and graphs as well. Gold Disk's program is intuitive and highly professional.
* **** PRO-RAM PLUS Dalel Electronics 0782 744707 £24.99 £34.99
(with battery back-up) Normal memory upgrades only extend your
computer's FAST memory, but Pro-Ram has the option of becoming
FAST or CHIP memory.
Setting the expansion to CHIP enables the blitter to access the upgrade.
* ** PRO SAMPLER stud:: JAMMER IDIO ll+DATEL Dalel Electronics
0782 744707 £69.99 As the Amiga is a stereo machine you should
be able to digitally record stereo sounds, Pro Sampler is used
for just that. A software package is included for mixing,
cutting, reversing and inserting samples. The hardware plugs
into the edge connector and contains a thru port to accept a
hard drive or Action Replay cartridge.
* *** RAM MASTER II Dalel Electronics 0782 744707 £99.99 Some
application software requires two megabytes of RAM to perform
properly, Ram Master has 1.5 megabytes on the board, boosting
your machine to an effective total of two megabytes. But be
careful as installing the upgrade invalidates the warranty of
your machine.
* ** REAL 3D Alternative Image 0533 440041 £299 One of the more
advanced graphics techniques, 3D rendering, is now becoming a
standard feature on the Amiga. With the introduction of
accelerator boards and 24- bit graphics adaptors, the concept
of photo-realistic imagery is here. Real 3D consists of three
main work screens. The first draws your objects using vector
graphics, the second handles slight alterations to view and
rotation, and the last sets the rendering style, speed, wire
frame, colours, graphics mode and animation steps.
The finished picture can then be saved to disk and viewed or animated using an external program.
* **** REFERENCE HARD DRIVE Evesham Micros 0386 765500 £299 2449
The price of hard drives is continually decreasing, and Evesham
Micros have just released the Reference Hard Drive. 40Mb or
100Mb versions are available with a choice of either 2Mb or
4Mb internal memory upgrades.
* ** ROCGEN GENLOCK Evesham Micros 0386 765500 £114.99 Genlocks
are used to overlay computer graphics onto video images. These
can then be recorded onto another video tape. For software
developers, this enables them to watch videos whilst working.
This package is easily one of the best, and is simple to use and offers plenty of uncomplicated options.
* ** ROM SHARER Pheonlx 0532 311 932 £24.95 The Pheonix Rom
sharer enables A500 plus users to switch between 1.3 and 2.0
THINK!
For thoso of you brim* ming over with great ideas but no programming ability, help comes in the form of The Thinker, from Poor Person Software.
This 'Idea Processor1 blends hypertext, more. Poor Person Software is situated at 3721 Starr king Circle, Palo Alto, California 94306, USA. Or phone 0101 415 493 7234.
Kickstart Roms, thus eliminat- ing any incompatibility problems. Although Pheonix claim that their gadget is 100% reliable, fitting it to your computer will invalidate its warranty, so be warned.
* * SIX HUNDRED BUSINESS LET- TERSi7B» PD Disk 1541 0924 366982
Everyone has to write Christmas cards, and we all know what a
chore that can be, so imagine having to do the same with
business letters. Well here, compiled on a single disk, are
over 600 of the blighters, all pre-format- ted to cover every
occurrence. From employ-' ment applications, legal matters and
invoicing to contracts, commiserations and job refusals. The
letters will load into almost any word processor - similar
disks on the PC cost more than £100.
Each letter leaves space for you to insert personal details and for the work load alone, this represents superb value for money.
* **** Inhan ICER Omega Protects 0925 763946 £34.99 Helps
overcome the deficiencies in the Amiga’s frequency response.
Computer music and high quality samples are improved to such
high quality that you'll wonder how you got on without it. A
fraction of the price of others, but better.
* **** STAR SJ-48 Star Mlcronlcs 0895 252131 £179 This is a
smart-looking bubble jet printer that delivers almost
laser-quality prints.
Capable of 360 dots per inch, very quiet and cheap to run.
Almost the same as the BJ- 10e, so buy the one which is the cheapest.
* ?** SUPERBASE 4 PRO Precision Software 081 330 7166 £120 Using
a database can help you in many ways, from keeping notes of all
your software collection to remembering the address of all
your Aunties and Uncles.
Superbase 4 Pro is fully icon- driven with its own special VCR panel for quick movement around files. You can also load a digitised picture into your file. A very easy-to- use program with good screen output on both monitor and TV.
* ?**
S. W.A.G.-4. Strictly PD The fastest fractal generation you've
ever seen, the disk contains three programs. The problem with
most fractal artwork is the lack of speed, but Mandel Blitz
(first on the disk) uses new algorithms to speed up the
process and rather than crawling down the screen one raster
line at a time it draws them all over the place and fills in
the fine detail later. If this sort of thing gets you off
you'll love the sheer power and rest assured you won't find
better.
* *** TAKE-2 Rombo 0506 414631 £99.95 A software-only package
that offers video and animation sequencing with four-track
graphic control and synchronised sound capabilities. Two of
the three disks included contain demo images and sounds which
are used to guide you through the trickiest parts of the
program. So be warned, this is one manual you’ll have to
read. A tragic omission is the onion skin feature (the ability
to see your previous drawing underneath the one you’re
working on), but all in all a great package that won't cost
the Earth,
* *** VIDEO DIGITISER II DateI Electronics 0782 744707 £89.99
Capturing video images on the Amiga is now an easy task. With
Digitiser II you can grab images then modify them using the
software supplied. Optional RGB Splitter is used for
separating the three colour signals, before digitising each
colour to produce a full-colour image.
Files can be saved as 8-, 16-, 32- and 4096-colour pictures and reloaded into Deluxe Paint. The RGB Splitter costs an extra £79.99, but it’s worth every penny. Whether you're creating games or just compiling favourite pictures for an awesome slide show, check it out.
* ?* VIDEO DIRECTOR Precision Distribution 081 543 3500 £TBA This
nifty piece of soft hardware is currently speeding its way
over from America as we speak. The software enables you to keep
account of where the most important snippets are on a video
tape by keying in the tape counter readings on the Amiga. You
can then plug in an infa- red lead to the computer that's able
to control your video by remote control! Simply bang in the
tape and nip down to the pub whilst the machines locate all the
relevant clips and piece them together. The editing is very
crisp as the machine never has to leave the record mode as in
between shots it uses pause. For home video fans its a must.
* **** VIDEOSCAPE 3D Centresoft 021 356 3388 Animation is a famed
memory gobbler, but if you don't mind less than
colour-perfect 3D representations of objects and want to
conserve as much memory as possible, this modelling tool could
be for you. Using pseudoshaded algorithms to generate light
and shade, almost the same effects can be achieved as with
twice the amount of free memory. A powerful tool that's even
better than Amos 3D and 3D Construction Kit.
* ** WHOM II PD Soft Dr Who fans will be rejoicing at the
announcement of this PD utility. An entire cross-referenced
database covering every aspect of the time-trav- elleris
history. A vast wealth of information giving every conceivable
tit-bit of information you could want, taken from every story
and episode from the programme's twenty-eight-year run. Did you
know that Peter Purves used to be a companion (not to mention
bonnie Langford) and that Going Live's Sarah Greene got shot by
a Cyberman, you will if you get this. What we want to know is
when is the good Doctor coming back to our screens...
* *** WORDWORTH Digits International 0395 270273 £129.99 Word
processing on the Amiga is becoming more and more professional,
but this is one of the best packages to date. Wordworth allows
you to incorporate Deluxe Paint pictures into your files and
will mould your text around the image. Totally icon- driven,
you shouldn't have any problems. A spell checker and thesaurus
are included. The complete package comes ready to run but you
will need at least one megabyte to work on files of any length.
?* ZY-FI Evesham Micros 0386 765500 £39.95 If you are still listening to your Amiga's amazing sound through your old TV set, then it's about time you experienced true stereo sound.
Supplied with it’s own power supply, ZY-FI plugs directly into the Amiga’s sound ports and amplifies through the supplied speakers.
It makes such a difference to your Amiga's sound output, that you'll be amazed that you ever survived without it.
It's decent stereo at last, so check it out.
* ?** GENLOCK LTD Metcom House, Bradley Lane, Standish, Wigan,
Lancashire, WN6 OXQ AdSCSJ2080 TEL: (0257) 472866 472887 FAX:
(0257) 426577 Eureka IMB Expansion A500 Eureka 4MB Expansion
A500 £24.99 Internal 4MB ram card for Amiga A500 Supports
battery backed up clock and calendar. Enable and disable
switch. Chip and fast ram upgrades selectable. Memory test
software and fitting instructions included. 256K x 4 bit, 100
ns or faster DRAM 2MB Populated Only C99.99 4MB Populated Only
C 169.99 Eureka 8MB Expansion A500 CP 10 PAL Encoder The CP10
Pal encoder is a device that allows you to store all images
onto video tape in three formats, composite video. HI 8 and
S-VHS. Just imagine all your presentation from your favourite
graphic software, business graphics, charts and even desktop
publishing pages are all acceptable material. With the CP10 you
can simply record these onto video tape as you create them
without any quality loss. Only £149.99 External 8MB ram
expansion for Amiga A500. Full implemented auto configuring.
Standard 1MB x 8 or IMB x 9simm modules. External power supply unit included.
Memory test software included. Pass through bus design. High performance zero wait-states.
A0' Amiga Mouse MJDJ Interface Electronic Design Genlock ¦-I Built in high performance Phillips pal encoder enable perfect video fades. External colour, contrast and limminance controls allow total control toenhancc video input. The built in RGB splitter allows digitised images to be grabbed from camera or recorder and fed through the genlock. Key inverter allows foreground and background to be switched in and out. Full superimposing with keyhole efTcct. PA1. Genlock £349.99 Also available to support Hi-8. S-VHS £449.99 Switcbable Atari and Amiga compatible mouse 260DP1 2 Button Mouse £14.99
300DPI 3 Button Mouse £19.99 Supra 500XP Hard Drive GSJ Gold Pro YC Genlock High quality MIDI interface connects directly with the Amiga serial port. One MI Dl in, two MI Dl out and thru. Only £2499_ _ High performance SCSI hard drive offering all the features and performance you would expect from a Supra product. Support of upto 9 megabytes of ram. Low profile 11 ms zero noise hard drive. Small compact side fitting drive. Performance that leaves all competitors in the dark age. Bus pass through the SCSI out. External SCSI address selector.
Superb software with auto format and backup software.
Supra 45MB 20milli auto park £349.99 Supra 52MB 11 milli auto park £399.99 Supra 106MB 1 lmilli auto park £499.99 High performance S-VHS genlock with built in fader, key inverter. Studio quality results from a unit that has no competition at its price. Used by the French television studios and gives breathtaking quality at VHS + S-VHS level. Fully modular so that frame freeze and multi colour keying through chroma keys can be added. Total control use the video with colour, contrast and luminance. Built in RGB spliitcr. £649.99 RAM 256K x 4 DRAMS £4.99 IMBx 1 DRAMS £4.99 IMB x 9Simms £44.99
AMJ Card Super-Card Ami II is a hardware and software backup system that plugs into your Amiga's disk drive port. Features include: Fast DOS copies: copy in Amiga Dos disk in 45 seconds Verify option: The only hardware copier capable of verifying data!
Parameters: duplicates disk protection exactly. Gets rid of protections schemes. £44.99 1CD AdlDE A500 AdlDE delivers incredible speed and performance in a very small package. Features indudf auto- booting from Fast File System partitions. A-Mux II support and more.
Card oaly £169.99 40MB £299.99 52MB £349.99 105MB £449.99 Internal & External floppy Direct replacement requires no case modification £49.99 External sliminc floppy drive £59.99 Includes free software PREMIER MAIL ORDER Titles marked ! arc not yet available and ivill be sent on day of release.
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Sit back, relax and read through the definitive guide to the greatest and latest games available today... Electronic Zoo £25.99 RPG Hungarian RPG that's low on graphics, but huge in size.
Many of the backdrops are used more than once and some of the creatures are laughably bad. However, for all its inadequacies, Abandoned Places presents a worthy challenge. There are dozens of towns and quests to embark upon.
Unlike most RPGs there isn't a character generator so you're stuck with using the ten adventurers already in the game. If you're a die-hard RPG veteran and after a challenge this game has all the essentials.
* ** AGONY Psygnosls £25.99 Shoot 'em up Agony takes an owl for
its main sprite. Don't be put off by this, though, as our
feathered friend can dish out more death than the Grim
Reaper.
The graphics are superb and give the game a Japanese feel. Potions and power-ups abound and can only be , retrieved by quick joystick wiggling. Not a classic, but still worth your hard earned pennies.
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ANOTHER WORLD US Gold £25.99 Arcada Adventurs Delphine's original and unprecedented comic book adventure opens up a new style of game play. It's a brilliant mix of animation, puzzling, and arcade shoot 'em up. The game revolves around a research analyst who’s been catapulted into another dimension. Surprises at every twist and turn, with little left to the imagination.
Gameplay is slightly limited by the skimpiness of the game and the limited number of levels, but it should not be missed. A sequel is almost assured and if not we'll be hammering down the door to find out why not.
* **** BIRDS OF PREY Electronic Arts £34.99 Flight Simulation
Featuring dozens of planes including the hi-tech B-2 Stealth
Bomber, Boeing 747 and the Hercules transport craft and based
around an East West conflict, Birds ol Prey is one of the
finest flight sims ever. Some of the more manoeuverable planes
are a little hard to control, but the game incorporates a
useful auto pilot system that will fly you to your various
missions before you take over. Great.
* **** BLACK CRYPT Electronic Arts £25.99 RPG Huge levels,
excellent graphics, atmospheric music and sounds, with all
the features you could want. At last, there's an adventure that
rivals Eye Ol The Beholder.
Animation leaves a little to be desired and there are only two save game positions.
Apart from these bug-bears, though, you can't fault this game in any respect.
Constant progression is assured due to the right level of difficulty that's been set.
Fabulous! Now, with the imminent release of Eye Ol The Beholder 2, we'll have to wait and see what US Gold have got to offer. The Battle is on.
* *** CAPTIVE Mindscape £24.99 Role Playing Game Veteran
programmer Tony Crowther's 'Dungeon Master in space’ has an
almost infinite number of levels and a bewildering array of
collectable gadgetry. Won game of the year in 1990.
* *** CHUCK ROCK Core Design £24.99 Platform Prehistoric lager
lout travels through five levels made of jungles, caves,
underwater passages and ice chambers before a finale in the
dinosaur's graveyard. Brilliant animation of some crazy
creatures. A bit too easy to complete. Ungabungal
* *** DOUBLE DRAGON 3 Storm £24.99 Beat 'em up Eagerly-awaited
installment in the series. An accurate conversion of the
coin-op that adds nothing new to the previous games in the
style department. However, there is a slight twist to the plot
and a few puzzles are included in an attempt at jazzing up the
old tale.
?** DYNA BLASTER Ublsott £30.99 Arcade A direct conversion from the hugely successful PC Engine game, Bomber Man. The ability to have up to five human players on the screen at once is made possible by the special joystick adaptor, include inside the box. The basic idea is to race around the series of 64 mazes, cleansing them of beasties and leaving traps for your opponents in the form of time bombs. A simple idea that's proved to be very addictive.
Originally released as a Japanese coin-op, rest assured that there'll be plenty more games of this type being released in the future.
ELVIRA - THE ARCADE GAME Flair £25.99 Arcade Stunning graphics and very effective parallax. If the RPG wasn't to your taste this platform romp very well could be.
Three different worlds to explore with an assortment of spells and weapons to use against the wizards, dragons, ghouls and wraiths you'll meet. Only let down by the size of the playing screen and its ease of play. Love her or hate her, Elvira-the Arcade Game will appeal to most.
* *** EPIC Ocean £25.99 Space Flight Sim Wing Commander on the
Amiga. After years of delay DID have delivered a masterpiece
of 3D space combat warfare. Protect the Federation fleet on its
perilous journey through space and engage enemy fighters or
embark upon eight separate missions. A long time coming, but
worth the delay.
Epic 2 is in production.
* **** EYE OF THE BEHOLDER SSI US Gold £29.99 Role Playing Game A
Dungeon Master clone that is superior to the original.
Takes the idea a stage further by incorporating the feel of AD&D role-playing with improved characters and story.
* **** F-l 5 STRIKE EAGLE II Mlcroprose £34.99 Simulation Another
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hundreds of missions in six war zones around the world,
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* **** F-29 RETALIATOR Ocean £24.99 Simulation More an arcade
game than a straight flight simulation, F-29 is brimming over
with fast solid-3D graphics and fair number of 'bugs’. Contains
dozens of different tactical missions with intense aerial
combat"and ground battles.
Runcorn-based developer Digital Image Design is currently working on Robocop 3 and Epic, Ocean’s answer to the award-winning Wing Commander.
* *** GRAND PRIX Microprose £34.99 Drive 'em-up More hot racing
action from the author of the award-winning Stunt Car Racer.
Realistic, fast-moving and excellent 3D graphics. With up to sixteen tracks to choose from, you shouldn't tire of taking these Formula One buggies out for a spin.
* **** HARLEQUIN Gremlin £25.99 Platform Shoot 'em up The first
game from developers The Warp Factory. The colourful clown
sprite is extremely well-animated and a spooky dark mood
presides over the many levels.
Harlequin draws upon many different gaming styles from Hunchback to Mario and the strange worlds that he inhabits are as diverse as the colours in a rainbow. Great game-play, involving a kaleidoscope of different and pleasing enemy sprites plus a smoothness in movement that makes the game a joy to play.
* *** HEART OF CHINA Sierra £35.99 Adventure Graphic adventures
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mat?) On a journey across China to rescue your fair lady.
Extremely funny dialogue and a great deal of oriental flavour
remain in the Amiga version converted from the gob-smacking PC
product. A monitor might fail to do the tunes justice, but,
rest assured, they are excellent. The only thing that ruins
the experience is the limitations in the Amiga's speed and
the horrendous disk swapping. Great stuff.
?*** HEIMDALL Core Design £30.99 Arcade Adventure Graphics easily up to the standard of Dragon's Lair complemented by really meaty game-play, too.
Starting with a trio of stunning sub-games, which include pig-chasing and axe- throwing, the main bulk of the game is made up of a massive isomtric play area, containing all manner of traps and hazards. By no means the most taxing of RPGs (the puzzles are pretty obvious), it is Heimdalls sheer style and size which sets it apart from the rest. Believe it or not, this is the first gopment team, 8th Day, but this first effort is already hailed as the ultimate in arcade adventures... brilliant!
* **** INDY HEAT Storm £25.99 Arcade Worthy, and infinitely
better, successor to Off Road Racer.
Almost identical conversion from the coin-op. The potentially difficult control system has been handled adequately to make this one of the most playable racing games anywhere. Including 10 tracks that can be raced in both directions, providing 20 different courses. Lots of add-ons can be bought and the small sprites are surprisingly effective. Opponent's pit crews can be run over and their cars rammed and reduced to shambling wrecks. Great fun, but even more so with a competent, but slow racing friend.
Take a look.
* ** JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL Electronic Arts £25.99 Sports Sim
American Football has never been presented better. John Madden
provides a wealth of options that you can take or leave,
without bogging the player down. The sprites are the perfect
size and are complemented by a series of grunts, groans and
speech.
Different pitch surfaces and conditions add to the event and the realistic play will keep you rushing for hours.
Not a very natural transposition from the MegaDrive console, due to its complicated control method, but both teams are in the same boat so fairness is assured. It also makes a nice alternative to Cinemaware's ageing classic, TV Sports: Football.
* *** KNIGHTMARE Mlndscape £25.99 RPG Role-playing with a sense
of humour. Don't associate it too much with the childish
television program as it would be much too hard for the
youngsters. Intelligent monsters that can actually be heard
coming with tell tale noises best exploited through headphones.
The characters are very quick to react to their predicaments
and can all be individually programmed to spring into action
at a single click of the mouse button. A joy to play and
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* **** KNIGHTS OF THE SKY Microprose £35.99 Flight Sim Taking the
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Probably the fastest sim to date even when there's loads in the sky the ground detail and pace are still retained.
* *** LEISURE SUIT LARRY V Sierra £34.99 Graphic Adventure The
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say sexy, Larry Laffer. The lovable lad is currently working
for a cable porn channel, what else? The ratings are falling
fast so Mr Big comes up with the idea of a 'Blind Date' style
show. The host must locate and bed the sleaziest old boiler in
the USA. So, with the names of three contestants firmly under
his belt, Larry jets off to find the said heroine.
Passionate Patty makes a welcome return to the fun, and serves to keep the plot alive. When all's said and done this is merely a continuation of the saga. There is isn't a great deal to do, and the interaction is limited to the constant clicking of the mouse button to skip through reams of text. Ifsstill fun, though, and occasionally funny, but little's new and we get the feeling that Larry's served his time and is on the decline.
* ** PARASOL STARS Ocean £25.99 Arcade Platform A natural
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Stars is a classic in it's own right.
The rainbows have been replaced by umbrellas and the one-player feature has been surpassed with simultaneous action. The colourful presentation and fabulous cutesy sprites are a dream.
New gameplay tweaks include being able to pick up monsters and hurl them at each other, water bombs and secret levels. There are so many new features that we can't list them all here. The nice puzzle element complements the heavily disguised shoot 'em up perfectly.
Scoring 95% in our full review, it's a must so go out and buy it!
* **** POPULOUS 2 Bulllrog EA £29.99 Strategy One of the best
games ever released. No kidding.
Basically the same play principle as Populous, only everything has been improved to perfection. Try to become more powerful than Zeus by defeating a series of Greek Gods and mythological creatures. State-of-the-art game-play and presentation.
You simply cannot be without this game in your collection.
There are two versions, owners of one megabyte machines are treated to even better graphics and sound.
* **** STORM MASTER Sllmarils £29.99 Strategy Alternative
strategy with real depth.The possibilities are almost endless
as you take control of an entire country.
You must feed, defend, and generally be responsible for every aspect of her welfare.
A fascinating game with more twists than are usually associated with this type of thing.
There's even a 3D arcade sequence included. But the best accolade you can give a game is that it's fun. Stomi Master is most definitely that.
* *** UTOPIA Gremlin £29.99 Strategy Despite a similar look to
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arranged, what do they look like and will they be friends with me? In the second installment of our three-stage guide to all things floppy, Nick Veitch delves deeper... First of all, not all blocks are created Word 2 - sequence. Again, this is unused in equally. Just as there is hierarchy the root block and bureaucracy everywhere in life, Word 3 - contains the size of the hash VV Q there is even a certain amount of table. This should be 72 red tape to be gone through for a poor data block. Essentially, there are seven types of blocks: lhe r00'6lock root blocks, directory blocks, file Word 5 -
The checksum. This con- header blocks, file list blocks, data tains the word checksum for the block blocks, bitmap blocks and bitmap extenWord 4 - the data word. Unused in Words 6-77- These 72 words are set aside for the hash table which contains the directory entries.
Sion blocks.
The first two blocks on the disk are known as the Boot blocks. These blocks contain information about whether the disk is bootable (whether the Amiga will be able to start up using that disk rather than Workbench), and also information on the root block. The first word of the first block of the disk (a word is four bytes long) contains the code for what type of format the disk is using. These can be any of the following: DOSO(Original Filing System), DOS1 (Fast Filing system), KICK (Kickstart Disk), NDOS (non-standard disk).
ROOTING AROUND The root block is probably the most important block of all, and contains essential information regarding the disk's root directory, the name of the disk and a lot of housekeeping information. Let's take a look at that structure in full: Word 0 - contains the type of block, in this case T.SHORT Word 1 - is the header. It is unused on the root block Word 78 - is the BMFLAG. This should be true (1), indicating that the bitmap is valid Words 79-103 - The bitmap.
Word 104 - The bitmap extension. A pointer to an extra bitmap block if required.
. Words 105-107 - Three words contain the current date and time Words 108-115- the BSTR words contain the name of the volume Words 116-117- Unused Words 118-120 - Three words for the last modification date.
Words 121-123 - contain the disk’s format date. This is used to help AmigaDOS tell the difference between two volumes of the same name.
Word 124 - is the chain. Unused in the root block.
Word 125 - Parent. Unused (the root block has no parent) Word 126 - Extension. Unused Word 127 - contains the block’s secondary type, in this case ST.R00T BUT WHAT DOES IT AU MEAN?
That’s probably confused you, so let me explain a bit.
The checksum is the way a disk tells whether something is wrong somewhere. All the words in the block are added up. If this number overflows the maximum value for a word (4292967296) the counter is reset to zero and counting continues. The final sum is subtracted from the maximum and placed in the checksum word. This way at any future time when all the words are added up (including the checksum), the answer should be zero - if not, something is badly wrong.
The hash table contains the directory of the disk. Every filename goes through a filter which returns a value between 1 and 72. This number is used as an index for the hash table. Whenever that file is accessed, the hashing is performed on the name and Amigados immediately knows where to look in the hash table for the relevant information.
Each word in the hash table will contain a pointer to a file or directory or a zero if there is nothing associated with that number.
The bitmap is sort of a mini-map of the disk. There is one bit for every block on the disk. A false value (0) indicates that block is empty and, strangely enough, a true value means that it's taken. There may be data from a deleted file in a block flagged as empty but as far as AmigaDOS is concerned that block is empty.
The name of the volume is stored in BSTR format. The first byte contains the length of the name and the rest contain the actual name at one character per byte. This gives a possible 31 characters but filenames should not be more than 30 characters.
THE REST Other blocks, with the exception of data blocks (which contain mostly data) are very similar to this. A directory block acts like a little root block and a file header is like a directory of blocks that belong to that file.
FFS does away with a lot of the double-checking that goes on and consequently the fileheaders are a lot smaller but, ironically, would work out a bit slower on a floppy drive with more than a couple of directories.
NEXT MONTH In the final part of this series we’ll see how what we've learned can help us to restore data from damaged disks.
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Ian R.King, Seymour Hill, N.Ireland There are a number of excellent beginner's books available, and my personal favourites are Mastering AmigaDOS 1&2, and Mastering Amiga Beginners, which are published by Bruce Smith Books.
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I own a copy of Word Perfect 4.2 on my Amiga which works well with my 24-pin Citizen Swift printer, but I'd like to be able to write files at home which can be printed out on the PC's laser printer at work.
The PC has Word Perfect 5.2 installed, and can import files such as DOS text, Spreadsheets, etc. The Amiga version allows me to output documents as IBM text and IBM Word Perfect files. But if the Amiga saves the text using the IBM export path, the PC cannot read the data because it’s on an Amiga formatted disk and is therefore rejected - and vice versa. I've read in the Amiga manual that information can be transferred to IBM disks, but only using a
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CLOCK SETTING I recently purchased an A500 which came complete with a half megabyte RAM expansion.
When I try to set the time on the battery-backed clock, I receive the message ‘battery-backed clock not found'.
I'm not sure whether this is a hardware fault, or is in some way due to what I'm typing, so please explain the correct sequence of commands required.
Ft Miss L. McKeown, Sowertoy, N.Yorks. The most likely reason for the message is that a clock isn't present. They don’t come as standard, and many of the RAM upgrades bundled with A500 packs didn't include one.
The easiest way to check is to have a look at the expansion board itself (found Inside the trapdoor slot underneath the computer). A clock is usually a large oblong component about quarter of an inch thick, and roughly the size of two tiddly five pence pieces side by side. As it's the only component remotely this size or shape, It shouldn't be too hard for you to determine If one is present. Assuming your expansion has a clock, though, you should check that It has been fitted correctly. If in doubt, remove it and refit it yourself. The chips should be facing in towards the computer so that
they're out of sight.
If this still doesn’t help, I suspect that the clock, or the connections linking it to the board, are faulty. The clocks are particularly susceptible to damage, and don’t like coming Into contact with any metallic objects. If this Is the case, remove the RAM upgrade and return it to the shop where you bought it.
Having confirmed that you have a working clock, you can set the time with the DATE and SETCLOCK commands. For example: DATE 09-MAR-92 17:52:59 return SETCLOCK SAVE return The DATE command will set the date to the 9th of March 1992, and the time to
5. 52pm (and 59 seconds).
This only sets the system clock, but will be lost when the power is turned off. To store the time in the battery-backed clock, you should follow the DATE command with the SETCLOCK command as indicated.
MUSIC MAKERS I want to use my new A500 I( Plus for making music. Are there » any programs - PD or commercial - that would enable me to construct a song using ‘built-in’ drum and bass sounds, without the need for sampling?
I'm a guitarist, so a basic program like this would obviously help when writing songs.
Dave Fox, High Green, Sheffield Most Amiga music packages allow you to use samples, and are supplied with a selection ready for use. Additional samples can be purchased from most PD libraries for a pound or two per disk.
Although my favourite music packages are MED and Deluxe Music Construction Set(DMCS), many Amiga musicians prefer to use a Sound tracker-compatible program such as Protracker.
Most programs require songs to be entered in a coded form where letters and numbers represent the notes, along with any effects that may be added.
DMCS allows you to use proper music notation, and is a useful aid if you want to learn to sight-read music. It's available for £69.95 from Electronic Arts, 11-49 Station Road, Langley, Berks, SL3 8YN.
The other packages are Public Domain and can be bought from most PD companies.
DESKJET 500 + DRIVER I'm writing in response to a question raised by Giles Durys of k* Belgium in the I* February issue, r* in which he asked about the existence of a driver for the HP Deskjet 500. I’ve read similar enquiries in other magazines, so I thought I'd do my bit to try to clear things up.
In answer to Gile’s question, until recently there was no driver for the 500, or it was at least very well hidden.
I’d given up my quest for a 500 driver until a few weeks ago one appeared in the online PD library at Lancaster University. I down-loaded it from the automated server via JANET E-mail. However, I’m assuming our friend doesn't have access to JANET, INTERNET or similar, so he should try the usual PD libraries.
Incidentally, I think that it's worth pointing out that the Workbench Deskjet driver is more than adequate for use with the Deskjet 500 printer.
Most problems arise when you want to access the extra internal fonts such as TimesRoman or Letter Gothic. These cannot be selected through the printer • keypad, so you either need a word processor that supports the internal fonts, or knowledge of printer escape sequences. The most comprehensive support I’ve seen, is offered by Wordworth 1.1,' which allows you to use all of the printer’s internal fonts.
I hope I've been of some help to budding Deskjet users.
Gareth Price, Middlesbrough, Cleveland LEARN MACHINE CODE I’m writing to inform your readers about 'The Missionary' disk from A.B.O.T.S. If anyone is learning 68000 machine code, this is the disk for them. Perhaps you could review a disk in a future issue?
Ken Hayes, East Herringthorpe, South Yorks You can contact A Bit on the Side at 8 Thorold Place, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster.
Tel: 0302 887332.
LOADING PROBLEMS Just lately I’ve had trouble with my internal drive. With increasing regularity, I'm simply returned to the start screen (the hand holding a disk) after I've inserted a disk. At first, this was not much of a problem, but I recently bought Prince ol Persia which won't load at all. It loads on my friends' computers, though. Is the disk drive causing the problem, or could it be something else? I've used a head cleaner, but to no avail.
Paul Lamport, South Norwood, London In all likelihood, your drive heads are out of alignment.
They can be realigned using an alignment kit, or get the problem attended to by a-computer repair centre. It's also possible that your software is faulty.
I've heard a number of complaints regarding Prince of Persia as the game apparently requires your drives to be in tip-top condition before it will load.
Also, if the Amiga’s power supply is failing, loading problems can be caused. Try borrowing a friend’s power supply to test this possibility. If none of these help, I suggest that you get your computer looked at by a professional.
You can contact FMG (Commodore's authorised repair centre), at FMG House, Newcombe Way, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 OSF.
Tel: 0733 371304.
Alternatively, you can buy the Ami- head alignment kit from HB Marketing, Unit 3, Poyle 14, Newlands Road, Colnbrook, Slough, SL3 0DX. Tel: 0753 686000. And if the worst comes to the worst, new power supplies are available from Power Computing, Unit 8, Railton Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7PN. Tel: 0234 843388.
DIY BOOT BLOCK I'm interested in writing bootups for my own , disks. Can you
* recommend a I PD utility or ? Any books on the subject?
Although I have utilities which let me create scroll texts, I want to completely write my own boot block.
Paul Lamport, South Norwood.
London There are dozens of PD utilities for creating your own boot tracks, but most offer the same things: add scroll text, pictures, virus checkers and system selectors, for instance. To write your own boot from scratch, you’ll either need to learn machine code or
C. 17 Bit software can supply you with all of the current boot
block editors, four of which are contained on disk 41571.
Contact them at PO Box 97, Wakefield, WF1 1XX.
Tel:0924 366982.
DRIVE NOISE PT. 2 After reading the letter by S. Arkham in the February issue about disk drive noise, I’ve also noticed games that sound awful when loading on my new A500+. Strangely enough, my friend, who also owns an A500+ seems to have a quieter drive than mine. Have Commodore changed the specifications of their internal drives?
J. Heritage. Haddenham. Aylesbury Loading noise can be attributed
to how well the drives are mounted within the machines, and
there does seem to be quite a difference from one Amiga to the
next.
PROTECTION PROBLEMS?
With the introduction of new software protec- j . Tion systems,
• will software become less reliable? I hate the dongle on
Robocop 3. Do you really have to turn the computer off to
plug it and unplug it?
J. Heritage, Haddenham, Aylesbury Whilst I suspect that it might
be OK to remove it with the power turned on (after all, it
only sits in the joystick port), I'm not prepared to risk it
with my copy, and I wouldn’t suggest that you do either.
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better than the Amiga.
Is it time to look at crossing over to the PC, or is there anything in the pipeline to upgrade the Amiga and keep it in contention?
Andrew Busst. Gore, New Zealand I think that the first thing you should do is compare the price of a basic Amiga to any PC offering similar facilities. I think that you'll find the Amiga comes out considerably cheaper.
There are already some very high resolution multisync monitors available for graphically aware Amiga owners. However their price tag (£400-800) makes them prohibitive for games users - who don't require that sort of resolution anyway. Also, the Sound Blaster and Super VGA are either expensive optional extras, or only come as standard on the higher priced machines.
Having said that, I acknowledge the fact that the PC is posing a serious threat to our beloved computer, although the Amiga Is now selling in ever- increasing quantities.
There are rumours of a ' number of exciting upgrades, including an Amiga portable, new sixteen-channel sound chips ANY PROBLEMS?
If you have any questions of a remotely technical nature, we ll do our best to answer them. Send your letters to: Q&A, CU Amiga.
Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
And two new machines (the A600 and A4000?). Also, as 24-bit technology becomes more widespread, who knows what we could be seeing in a year’s time.
Commodore are not a company to Just roll over and surrender to the opposition, so I suspect we'll be seeing some stunning enhancements In the near future.
EXTERNAL DRIVE BOOTING In the February issue, you suggested that a reader fit a boot selector to let him boot ¦ yT from an exter- nal drive. A500+ owners may be interested to know that this option is already built into their machine. If you hold down both mouse buttons whilst turning the power on, a boot selection screen appears from which you can choose the boot drive.
Simon While. Slrolton. Stalls UNK VIRUS QUANDARY I have several disks that I think may be infected with Link viruses.
When I put these disks through a virus checker, I'm told that they are non-DOS disks and or that there is a checksum 880 error. Can file viruses exist on non-DOS disks? If so, how do I check for them?
Darron Clarke. Cowley. Oxlord.
File viruses work by attaching themselves to, or replacing, existing Amiga DOS files. Therefore, if there are no Amiga DOS files to link on to, they're not effective. However, it is conceivable that a Link virus could infect a file whilst it was in DOS format. If the file was then converted Into a different format, the virus would be impossible to detect by conventional means. In which case, the only possible solution Is to convert the files back to their original format and check them.
In the case of games, companies put their games through rigorous virus checks before they are released.
PPSHOW PROBLEM Having created and com- . ». Pressed a picture that I ifr wanted to display using jpt Power Packer, I stored it in the C directory of my disk. I also copied the PP Show program into the same directory. I then amended the startup- sequence to include the command: PPSHOW c myp- icture.
Every time I boot up the disk, I get the message 'You Need Power Packer Library V33’. I've looked at other people's disks and I seem to be doing things correctly so what's wrong and what does this message mean?
Simon Marlow. BFPO 25 The problem is caused because you failed to include the special library routine that PP Show requires. The Power Packer Library V33 is a file which should reside in the Libs directory of your disk.
I think you’ll find that once you've copied it there from another disk, everything will work according to plan.
If your disk doesn't have a Libs directory, create one first using the MAKEDIR command.
SAVING TO ANOTHER DISK I've drawn a picture I consider good enough to send . ». Into your 'Screen *%?¦ Of The month' competition.
EL ZM ‘ The trouble is.
The only way that I can save it is to make a back-up copy of my Dpaint disk and save it on that. Can you tell me how to save my files on to another disk?
Andrew Rawson, Handsworth, Sheffield.
It's surprising how many 'Screen Of The Month' entries are submitted on copies of Dpaint. Not to worry, though, there's a simple solution to your problem.
1. Prepare an empty disk using the 'format option of Workbench 2,
or the 'initialise' menu option on Workbench 1.2 or 1.3.
2. Give the disk a name of your choice, using the Rename menu
option from Workbench.
3. Load your art package and draw your picture.
4. When you're ready to save your work, select the 'save' option
from the art package’s menu.
5. When the save window appears, click on the box marked 'drawer'
and delete anything that's in there.
6. Type in the exact name you gave your newly-for- matted disk,
followed by a colon. For example, if you called the disk
PlcSaves, you should type PlcSaves:
7. When you press return, the Amiga will automatically ask you
for the named disk. Insert the disk, and your pictures will
now be saved on to that disk when they have been given their
file names.
Alternatively, if you are using a second drive, simply put the new formatted disk into the second unit and, when saving out relo- cacte the pics to DF1. From here, you can then switch between drives at any point. And you can also swap files already saved on to other disks to this disk, too.
That’s the lot for another month.
Hopefully you’ve found something useful in this bumper crop of Qs and As. Your tips are always greatly appreciated. If you have a question, solution, or would like to comment upon an issue that’s been raised in these pages, please write to Q&A, CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London, EC1R 3AU.
JOHNNY B-GOOD BACKCHAT I'm a real fan of all things tacky, and those crappy ‘Creature Feature' films eat up as many ol my spare hours as playing with my Amiga. Thus, I am over the moon to see that Gremlin are releasing Plan 9 From Outer Space for my machine. I can now combine both interests in one go, but I hope it doesn’t just end there. There are so many bad films out there which are aching for conversion. I think Gremlin have opted wisely for an adventure format with Plan 9, but I would love to see arcade games based on The Mummy, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, and The Day The Earth
Stood Still.
I've already got Ant Heads, It Came From The Desert, and Night Hunter, but these aren’t enough. So, after Plan 9 will I be able to get a decent fix?
Simon Cattrell, Petersfield It depends on the success of Plan 9, but the rumours are that several other films are under consideration.
Personally, we’d love to see a giant spider film or a decent version of Jaws - after all, Screen 7's version was complete trash. We’M just have to wait with baited breath (baited... shark... gedditl).
PLAY TO WHINE I’m writing to complain about the content of your Play To Win section of late. It seems to be almost completely given over to adventures, which alienates thousands of us arcade fans. There was a time when you would give us pages of small tips, but no longer. What’s more, decent arcade games, such as The Simpsons, are dying to be tipped but you seem to ignore them. So come on Play To Win, play fair and give us arcade fans a treat - a bundle of small tips would be appreciated.
David Reardon, Cambridge It certainly hasn't been Intentional and we apologise for anyone who feels left out, but Play To Win covers current games that we feel people may need help with. Thus, we tend to cover games where we can help directly rather than imply stuff or simply join the screens together willy- nilly. However, your request for small tips is granted, and, rest assured, arcade games will be covered if they warrant it.
OLYMPIXELS I recently heard that U.S. Gold are going to be releasing an Olympics game. What.
I want to know is will Epyx be doing it. I’ve been a fan of Epyx’s ‘Games' series ever since I bought a cassette version of Summer Games for my C64, and have followed their progress through Winter Games, World Games, Summer Games II, California Games and the Winter and Summer Editions. What I like about them is that they genuinely require skill to gain optimum marks, rather than necessitating the continual destruction of joysticks before the Gold medal is achieved. Are Epyx the people behind the game? They certainly ought to be, and their past work with U.S. Gold has raised my hopes
massively.
Steven Jessop, Derby At one point, we heard that
U. S. G wouldn't actually be producing an Amiga version, and
that the console-only game was in the hands of Tiertex.
However, the latest news Is that an Amiga version is on the way, but as of yet the developing team hasn't been named. However, it seems pretty unlikely that Epyx will be involved as they seem to be concentrating on PC products these days.
I’m one of those jaded computer owners, who went from Acorn Atoms, on to BBC Micros, C64s, Spectrums, Amstrads, Sts and Amigas, and what I want to know is: whatever happened to innovation. I use my Amiga for everything from Word Processing to games, but I would love to use it for more obscure things. One of my fondest memories is of a Spectrum game called Surf Champ (I think), and rather than using the joystick or keys, the player actually had a little plastic surfboard which went over the control keys.
OK, so we still get silly- looking control devices, but all the useful and weird gadgets. Like Logo Turtles and the Surfboards seem to have died a death. I know there's only so much you can do through the Amiga's ports but with a little bit ot imagination, I’m sure something different could be achieved.
Darren Kennedy, Finchley MIRROR, MIRROR... I was really pee d off to see that Mirrorsott are no more, as they were one of the few companies who offered a variety ot gamestyles. As well as producing really hot arcade games, such as First Samurai and Speedhail II, they could also please the adventuring fraternity with the likes of Mega-Lo-Mania and Legend. OK. So they produced their fair share ot toadies (need I mention both Turtles games and Champion 01 The Rap) but. On the whole, they were consistently good.
What bothers me. Though, is what is going to happen to the likes of Alien 3. Apocalypse, and Sensible Software's Footy game? Alien 3 is obviously one ot the hottest licences around, and a decent game featuring the acid-blooded creatures is very overdue. I know that Acclaim have bought up what was left of the company, but does this include all their forthcoming releases?
Graham Powell. Southport Sadly, it looks a bit grim regarding Alien 3. From what we hear, Acclaim, although owning the rights to the licence, won t be producing an Amiga game any more. On a brighter note, though, Strangeways' Apocalypse now resides with Virgin and is currently being rescheduled, and it s probably likely that Sensible's Soccer will end up there, too.
In addition, some ot the other RPG-orientated games have gone to Mindscape. Whilst it seems that most of the currently available games will be compiled eventually by other companies. UBI Soft, for instance, are apparently, compiling Mega-Lo-Mania and The First Samurai in a two-game pack for thirty quid.
I remember seeing a Skateboard device which didn’t actually crush your keyboard, but operated via another device linked to the joystick port, but that seems to have gone AWOL. There are still several good items available, such as light pens, etc - but there’s only a finite number of ideas which can do the rounds, and these are nigh-on exhausted.
Still, we live in hope... PRINTS CHARMING Thank you, thank you! For months I have been considering buying a printer for my Amiga, but all those buttons and printer drivers have made this 45 year-old shy away from such things.
However, on skimming through your March edition I was thrilled to find an idiot's guide to getting printing. I am now the proud owner of a Canon bubble jet printer and, thanks to your step-by-step piece, it actually works!
Thanks very much for explaining what, for me, was a minefield of techno-babble and even more thanks for getting me started - there'll be no stopping me now... Ian Hinton, Farnborough BARGAIN HUNTING In response to the letter in the March issue regarding bargain hunting, personally I save my money for shows. I recently went to the Shopper Show and came away with loads of stuff that I wanted - in fact, twice as much as if I had bought it mail order or from shops or catalogues. It may be a hassle getting monitors and hard drives home on the train (especially on the Underground), but I must have
saved over seventy quid on the assortment of games, utilities and other goodies I bought. So if you want to spot a bargain - get to a show. Not only can you buy the stuff cheaper, but the people who make it can often help you, too.
Adrian Kemp, Slough ARTISTIC LICENCES It’s good to see that, at long last, licences are being treated better. Of late, I have bought Hudson Hawk, The Blues Brothers, and Robocop III and haven't been disappointed with any of them.
Robo III in particular is excellent, with brilliant music and a real movie atmosphere coupled with a really playable game. Also, although it uses lots of dull game ideas, I must admit to liking Terminator II as well. OK, so it doesn't really mirror the film in terms of sprites, but it is still quite playable - especially the driving sections.
Hopefully, then, loads more films will be bought up and we won't end up with the Darkman or Godfather syndrome ever again.
Milton Andrews, Stockport ASSEMBLY LINE I'm interested In getting to grips with machine code, and I'm currently searching for a decent assembler program to upgrade from my BASIC language. Can you tell me exactly what the packages do, and which ones are the best?
David Scarp, Inverness You're in luck. The latest version of HISoft’s Devpack assembler has just been released.
Devpack 3.0 Is really the only contender for the assembler crown. Try calling HISott (0525 718181).
Perhaps you may be going in at the deep end, though.
Have you ever thought about C. There are a lot of good PD C compilers around and these have full instructions on how they work and what they do on the disk.
STUNT-ED GROWTH GOT SOMETHIN’ TO SAY? CU AMIGA Is Ihe country's lastest-growing magazine, and therefore the premier torum to air your views on anything connected with the Amiga scene. Your comments can make a difference so don't be indifferent. Drop us a line today.
After reading your RIP feature on dead games, I was flicking through back issues of my Amiga mags, looking for games which never made it. One in particular caught my eye, and was called The Last Stuntman and was due to be released by CRL. There was only one screen shot with the piece, and it looked like a parachuting game, with the player fighting for a parachute. As CRL are no longer around. I wondered if you knew who held the rights to the game now. It didn't look particularly brilliant, but seemed quite a laugh. Any idea what happened to it?
Mike Dutton, Weymouth The Last Stuntman was supposed to be released in 1990, but for some reason never appeared. The final game was to have featured train fights and other rough'n’tumbfe antics.
However, the parachuting sequence has since emerged on the PD circuit as a stand-alone game. A one or two-player game, the basic aim Is to fight your opponent for the one parachute which will save you from an untimely death. It’s available from most PD libraries and, like you say, is a real laugh.
WHY BOTHER?
I've owned an Amiga now since the start of 1990, and if there is one thing that annoys me the most it is Readysoft's continual stream of unplayable games. Space Ace, Dragon's Lair and its many sequels, they all come and go at fifty quid a shot, and none are worth even a tenth of their ridiculous prices. When I first got my machine, I mistakenly bought Dragon's Lair having seen the incredible screenshots in an advert. As I prepared to walk across the bridge and explore the Disney-style play area, I was immediately aware that the game was quite simply an updated multiple choice affair, rather
than a 'proper' game. I wasn't to know that the coin- op was the same, and felt very cheated - still, it was a lesson learned.
I Now, though, Readysoft seem to churn out more and more of the games, and none have one jot of playability.
The reviews all echo the phrases 'nice looking, overpriced, and no gameplay’, but they still release them unperturbed. Who buys them, that's what I want to know?
By now, people must realise that they are basically paying fora DpaintAnim, which can be completed in a matter of hours. I see now that Readysoft are promoting 'enhanced playability’ in Guy Spy, but I doubt it very much and we’ll probably end up .
With another fancy demo.
Shaun Byrne, Walsall I agree with you that they aren't exactly the most playable games in the world, and are over-priced, but perhaps people buy them because they really show the Amiga’s graphical prowess. You'll never get fully-interactive cartoons on the Amiga, but at least they're trying.
WINTER WONDERLAND A few years back, my mate had a game called Manhattan something by some French company. It was a beat 'em up which was set around docks and seedy buildings (I think), and I really enjoyed playing it. I’m now trying to get hold of it for my Amiga, have you any idea of what it’s called and where I can get'one?
Alan Brooke, Wimbledon It's called Manhattan Dealers, and was one of Silmarils first products released in the UK. Prism Leisure have recently repackaged it as a budget game and it can be picked up from most software retailers for less than a fiver.
WRITE TO CU, 30-32 FARRINGDON LANE, LONDON, EC1R 3 A U language... UNDERSTAND ME The thing about computers is that they are not very smart. They have no common sense and will only do what you have told them. The microprocessor itself can only understand roughly 150 instructions which isn’t a great deal. The trick is in combining these Instructions together to perform something useful. A robot armed with a felt tip pen and two instructions can draw a square, and programs are basically a list of more complicated instructions which are broken down into simple ones for the computer to
understand.
The days of voice-activated intelligent operating systems like Blake Ts ORAC may not be that far off, but for the moment we are stuck with writing code.
By code I mean a list of instructions which will tell the computer what to do.
To do this, we use a computer language. The language is like an interpreter - the go-between that accepts what the programmer wants and translates it into a form the computer can understand.
COMPILED VS. INTERPRETED Like everything in life, or so it seems, there are two types of languages. A compiled language is where you write the code, the code is loaded into the - compiler, and the compiler produces machine code instructions. This means that you end up with two files: one containing the code you wrote (the source) and one containing the machine code that was produced (the object).
The object code is then linked to produce an executable file, leaving another file to deal with. Obviously, if you make any changes to the source code you will have to compile and link the code again before you can use it.
Rather than convert the program to machine instructions all in one lump, an Interpreter does it a bit at a time. This means that the program will actually execute slightly slower (because the translation process is going on all the time the program is running), but you only ever need to have one file (the source).
This does not mean that every language is either compiled or interpreted, it depends on the version you have.
Generally, Interpreters are more user- friendly (and cheaper) but compiled programs execute much faster.
LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS Edgar Rice Burroughs once laid claim that language is a virus from outer space. This may indeed be true, but, nevertheless, computer languages seem to breed like a virus. There are many different languages and you will find that they tend to adapt better to certain uses. It is important to choose a language that works well for its application before choosing it for ease of use.
It’s all very well saying you were happy writing in Basic, but try writing a decent fractal generation program in it.
ARREX Arexx is not really a programming language, it’s more a sort of scripting language - a macro code. There has been a lot of talk about Arexx recently because it is bundled with Workbench
2. 0, so a lot of people buying the A500 Plus at Christmas now
have it.
It is far more useful than the original AmigaBasic it replaced on the Workbench disks, but you couldn't write Robocop IV using it. The real power behind Arexx is it's multiprocess communication ability. Everyone knows that the Amiga multitasks - that is, you can run more than one program at once and they will execute simultaneously. This is all very nice but you may as well be running them on separate machines unless they can talk to each other.
This is where Arexx comes in.
Utilising the advanced port-handling features of Arexx it can pass instructions from one task to the other. Any application which supports Arexx will have it's own port label so that even if you have between two to twenty tasks running, Arexx will be able to distinguish between them.
Many applications now support Arexx and have a complete list of internal functions which can be accessed remotely by another task. Soon it won’t matter what application you are running
- because you will be able to run any other application through
it via Arexx.
AMOS AMOS is really a derivative of Basic but has such a following that it is worth mentioning separately. Essentially, it is AmigaBasic done properly with excellent facilities for accessing graphics, sprites, sound, and even AmigaDOS menus and requesters.
Written in France, AMOS has made ’ such an impression on the Amiga community that AMOS programs are now appearing on coverdisks and PD disks all over the place. The original AMOS was an interpreted language but now there is a compiler version and an extended version for beginners, Easy-AMOS is due out very soon.
You will never be able to write exceptional demos in any language other than raw assembler but for ease of use and the speed at which you can achieve results, AMOS must be some kind of front-runner.
ALGOL68 Steer clear of this. One of the first languages ever it has all the panache of a tin of spam and the user-friendliness of a British Rail employee. By rights, this sort of stuff shouldn’t be allowed on a machine like the Amiga, but there is a PD version knocking about.
ASSEMBLER Assembly language or machine code is the language that the processor at the heart of your Amiga uses. This may make it very fast, but it also makes it very difficult to understand. There aren’t many people who are fluent in pure binary.
To get around this, assembly language is usually writing in a kind of long-hand form, using slightly easier to understand mnemonics. This code is then compiled by an assembler to pure 68000 machine code. For speed, nothing can beat machine code.
Unfortunately, it is also slightly harder to get to grips with than some of the so called ‘higher’ languages. Structuring?
Forget it.
There are a number of assemblers around, including many PD versions.
. A68k, which is available via the Public Domain, is regarded as the official one but other PD and most commercial offerings are much easier to use.
HiSoft's Devpack compiler is generally regarded as the best.
C If any language was destined to be the Amiga’s language it's C. Most of the original Operating System was written in C which means that it is incredibly easy to access various parts of AmigaDos from within a C program. Try writing your own routine to read files from a hard disk and you'll see what I mean.
C is very flexible. It follows a modular approach so that code can be generated In chunks and then joined together at the end. This makes planning very easy but can also be quite wasteful. Some of the symbols and structures used in the language can be rather confusing at the best of times, but a well-written C program is quite easy to follow once you get the hang of it.
Most of the complaints levelled at C are to do with speed. No language, however well compiled and optimised, is going to execute as fast as assembler.
But it's a hell of a lot faster than AmlgaBasic. It’s also a lot easier to understand when it comes to making changes at a later date.
There is an update to C, known as C++. In C, the instruction to Increment a variable by one Is the label of that variable followed by'++’. The idea to upgrade C and then call it C++ is one of the very few examples of a programming joke - come back Benny Hill, all is forgiven... The update itself does add a degree of power to your programming but is not as transportable to other systems. There are plenty of versions of C around.
Lattice C 5.02 used to be top dog but has fierce competition from SASC.
There are a lot of PD variants about, some of which are very good. Check out ManxC and Sozban C in the Public Domain libraries.
Also available on shareware is the rather excellent C manual. Written by Anders Bjerrin (the guy who coded SYS, Car and Miniblast), it is an excellent guide that explains in detail almost every aspect of programming in C on your Amiga.
PASCAL There are lots of different standards and versions of Pascal about, but very few on the Amiga. Pascal is a very structured language, and a bit verbose in parts. String handling is fairly dire but there is a more logical approach to loops and conditional loops.
HiSoft have a version ot Pascal coming out very soon. Look out for a review in these pages.
BASIC Almost everyone must have heard of Basic (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). All versions of Workbench before 1.3 were shipped with a special and unique Commodore version of Basic for the Amiga called, cunningly enough, AmigaBasic. Lucky WB2.0 owners got Arexx instead.
Basic is the original language that everyone seems to learn at school. This is not necessarily a good thing. Basic isn't very well structured and, although it may be easy tor the complete novice to get to grips with, it doesn't get programmers thinking in a particularly computer sort of way.
There are some good versions of basic around for the Amiga (GFA Basic, for instance) and there are even compilers around, although Basic is traditionally an Interpreter-based language. Basic is good if that’s what you know or it you are going to have to learn it for school or college, but if you are starting out there are plenty of other, better languages for you. Because of its idiosyncrasies people who learn Basic have difficulty learning other languages.
MODULA 2 Originally billed as the thinking man's Pascal, not a lot has been done with Modula 2 on the Amiga. At present the only version we have heard about is Public Domain.
In structure, it is very similar to Pascal but has a better way of dealing with groups and lists, which may explain why several versions of Empire (a PD strategy game) were written using it.
FORTRAN Because computers were originally developed to help scientists and statisticians, it is not surprising that one of the first computer languages was designed to perform calculating functions.
Although it has been updated countless times since the late sixties, there is still a flavour of men in lab coats about it. String handling and graphics functions are at a minimum and the symbolic code may look a bit old fashioned, but it’s a serviceable old thing and very easy to understand no matter what language you were weaned on.
APL Residing within the weird and wonderful category, APL is the language for diehard mathematicians. Unhappy with having to type in standard ASCII characters, APL has its own symbols which perform various strange functions. It's structured around an interactive sort of environment although you can write programs in it - it’s just a matter of defining them as functions. APL is not the first choice as a language for developing games but it's without a rival when it comes to using tables and matrices.
LISP No, it’s not a speech impediment, it's short for List processor. LISP is essentially a language tor those interested in artificial intelligence. Its superior functions enable easy programming of fuzzy logic and all the elements that go into real Al. We have yet to see an Amiga version, though.
MINIX Not really a language, MINIX is a junior version of UNIX, the operating system.
There is a UNIX-compatible version of the A3000, so it is conceivable that you may wish to develop applications for use on an Amiga running UNIX. MINIX, so far, does not support hard drives, so it's usefulness is limited to the size of your memory expansion and the number ot external drives you have connected.
PC EMULATORS There are many more languages available (and many more versions of the languages discussed here), but a lot of them never made it to the Amiga - either because they were considered too old or too specialised. Virtually every language known to man is available on the PC, so if you have a specific need it may be an idea to get hold of a PC emulator such as the KCS board or the Vortex ATOnce card. This is a bit of a cop-out as you will only be able to develop code for the PC this way. The advantage, though, is that you can develop code on the PC (which has many very professional
packages available) and then port it over to the Amiga for use.
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Information... hoared THE MOUSE Can the Amiga's mouse ever
aspire to total control? Rik Haynes looks at a gadget which
certainly seems to think so... consumer use. What about a
shake-free camcorder? Or a remote control unit for your TV with
a simplified easy-to-use operation?
These are just a couple of the possibilities being explored at Gyration. New gyroscope technology could also have a profound effect on everything from cars and robots to computers and video.
Gyropoint employs a patented optic technology which allows intuitive cursor control by sensing the natural pointing motions of your hand. It's especially useful for laptop machines.
Perhaps the most remarkable demonstration of the gyroscope’s precision came with the Patriot system. This ground-to-air missile found fame during the Gulf War, saving many civilian lives by intercepting and destroying the Iraqi SCUD missiles in midair.
Such an amazing feat would not have been possible without the gyroscopes at the heart of the Patriot's guidance system and other precision navigation equipment. Don't try to block an oncoming SCUD with your gyro-mouse, though... What's the future of that strange-looking thing lying beside your Amiga?
According to Gyration, we could be playing around with free space' mice within a matter of months. This Californian company has provided gyro technology for a diverse range of applications since 1989. Gyropoint is the newest generation pointing device for computers. It can be operated both on the surface of a desktop or held in mid-air with unlimited range of movement.
ON THE OTHER HAND... Users of the CDTV don't have to wait for the Gyropoint, they've got their own alternative rodent to lust after. Airmouse is an optional remote controller for the next generation of multimedia players. It’s simple to use because you just point the Airmouse at the next function desired. ‘Our approach obsoletes other remote control technologies,’ states Jim Richards of Selectech. ‘Trackballs are cumbersome, need two hands to operate and require considerable hand-eye coordination. With the Airmouse you just point from anywhere in the room and push one button. No other remote
control or cordless mouse technology has achieved the natural and user-friendly feeling of the Airmouse.' Erm, quite!
Either way, it's handled with the same ease as an ordinary mouse. Gyration could have solved the annoying little problems associated with these handy gadgets.
The basic gyroscope design has been with us for nearly two centuries. It is normally used to detect the motion and position of expensive instruments in ships and airplanes.
Recent developments have radically reduced the cost of the gyroscope and, consequently, expanded its potential for mass THOSE WERE THE DAYS THREE YEARS AGO CABLE CORNER
• Populous suddenly arrived and changed the way many players had
pigeon-holed and disliked strategy games before. It promptly
received a CU Superstar rating of 94% and the quote of ‘best
game I have played yet on the Amiga' from staff writer Mark
Patterson. Despite a slight hiccup with Flood, Bullfrog has
gone from strength to strength ever since. Is there ever going
to be a Populous III?
• Budding games writers were enthused by the launch of SEUCK,
more commonly known as the Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit, from
Sensible Software and Palace Software. After a liberal smat
tering of effort and ingenuity, people with no understanding of
programming could produce something along the lines of a bud
get release. These days, it's been surpassed by the more
advanced AMOS range of games creation packages from Europress
Software. Nevertheless, SEUCK is still worth a look, and
Gremlin have recently rereleased it on their GBH budget label
for less than a tenner.
• British Telecom put its respected entertainment software
division up for sale after the bosses decided a shift in the
corporate image was urgently required, and games didn't
comfortably fit in with fax machines and Maureen Lipman TV
adverts. The company that gave us Elite, Carrier Command and
Starglider II eventually drifted into the hands of ‘Wild1 Bill
Stealy at Microprose.
TWO YEARS AGO
• One of our spies discovered the Israeli armed forces were using
Amigas to train personnel on battleground tactics using custom
made simulations of potential flare ups. Wonder if the Iraqi
scenario included SCUD-busters and stealth fighters?
• Software publishers were exceptionally busy this month, signing
up some top quality licenses including The Wombles (Alternative
Software), Total Recall and Narc (Ocean), Italy 1990 (US Gold)
and Red Phoenix (Mirrorsoft). We're still waiting to see the
latter game, which was based around the best-selling novel by
Larry Bond. Will it finally appear courtesy of Acclaim?
• The CU Demos Compo was in full swing with the three knowl
edgeable judges revealing the work of Amiga artists they most
admired. One of the them, Robert Pepperel of video graphics
outfit Hardwire, rated Tobias Richter and the classic Walker
demo.
Pepperel recently tried his hands at a computer game with newcomers Hex. The result, Top Banana, was seen on the popular Gamesmaster TV show last month and praised for the trendy sampled soundtrack and a female character taking the leading role for once.
ONE YEAR AGO
• Thunderhawk, Core Design’s rip-roaring chopper sim, was origi
nally going to be called Battlehawk.
Want to connect your Rombo Digitising Kit up to the Scart socket ot your video recorder? Mat Broomfield has all the right connections... Rombo's Complete Colour Solution (CCS) is widely regarded as one ol the best budget-priced digitising set-ups available. It allows the user to digitise single frames or sequences in full colour from a video camera or video recorder.
Linking a video camera is usually a straightforward job as most are equipped with the phono outputs required by CCS. Trouble arises, though, when you try to connect the equipment to a video recorder, as although most newer machines include a phono output, many older machines don’t. To get around this, you can make a suitable connector in less than five minutes. And, to make the lead, you'll require a male Scart plug, a female phono plug, a short length of two core wire, a little solder and a soldering iron.
A Scart plug has twenty pins and Is commonly used to link video and audio equipment. If you buy blank plugs, the pin are often provided unmounted from the plastic body, allowing you to simply insert the ones you require. This type of Scart plug is ideal and it makes the necessary soldering much easier.
If you open the plug and remove its plastic casing, you'll notice that one corner forms a different angle to the others. Hold the plug so that it faces away from you and so the odd corner is at the bottom right.
The two pins will be inserted into the top row at the furthest two positions to the right. If you solder the two lengths of wire to these two pins and insert them into these slots, we can now take a look at the phono connector.
A female phono plug is a circular socket like those found at the back of the Amiga via which the sound is transmitted either to a hi-fi or monitor. It has two points of contact formed by a metal outer sheath and inner core, which are insulated from each other. Also, at the rear of the plug are two tin extensions to which wires can be soldered. The longer of the two is an extension of the outer sheath, the other is part of the plug's core.
Once you've soldered your wires onto the Scart plug, you must connect the phono plug and you’re ready to go. Still viewing the Scart plug from behind, the left-hand wire connects to the outer part of the phono plug, whilst the right one connects to the inner core. Once that's done, replace the case on the Scart plug and you’re finished.
• Lucasfilm Games' Secret Ot Monkey Island, set the pages of CU
Amiga ablaze with brilliance. Brimming over with clever gags,
intriguing puzzles and gorgeous graphics, this is a must.
Ever wanted a complete sound synthesis and processing studio?
Here's your chance. Synthia II will allow you lo create or modify sample instruments tor use with nearly all Amiga music programs. Contact: The Other Guys, 55 North Main Street, Suite 301 -D, PO Box H, Logan, Utah 84321, USA.
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86 Fun School 4 (5-7) (Europress) *** £24.99 87 Powermonger
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Jump Jet (Pocket Power) * £2.99 96 Las Vegas (Pocket Power) *
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TOP TEN GAMES USA 1 Civilisation (Microprose) 2 Populous 2 (Electronic Arts) 3 Secret Of Monkey Island 2 (Lucasfllm Games) 4 Falcon 3.0 (Spectrum Holobyte) 5 P-38 Lightning (Lucasfilm Games) 6 Elvira II: Jaws of Cerberus (Accolade) 7 SimAnt (Maxis) 8 Eye Of The Beholder II (SSI) 9 Birds Of Prey (Electronic Arts) 10 Legend Of Robin Hood: Conquest Of Longbow (Sierra On-Line) Charts supplied by LOGIN magazine in Japan ? ?????
MAKE A DATE April 2nd-5th AMIGA BERLIN 92 Berlin 01049 8106 34094 April 7th-1 Oth THE WHIctf COMPUTER FAIR NEC Birmingham 081 742 2828 April 12th ALL FORMATS FAIR Northumbria 0926 613047 April 12th-14th EUROPEAN COMPUTER TRADE SHOW London 081 868 4466 April 26th ALL FORMATS FAIR Solihull 0926 613047 May 16th ALL FORMATS FAIR London 0926 613047 Is the CDTV really ‘nothing short of revolutionary’? And is its software making the most of the machine’s potential? CU takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly... ARTS & LEISURE Advanced Military Systems Dominion £29.99 Armchair admirals, pillow
pilots and couch corporals rejoice! Over 1,500 photographs accompanied by music and narration reveal everything you've ever wanted to know about the F-117A, Stealth Fighter and other smart weapons. **** Animals in Motion On-Line Entertainment £29.99 Photographic pioneer Edward Muybridge must have spent an absolute fortune on Kodak film for all those snapshots in his scrapbook. However, only the most backward artists will see any use in these bogus monochromatic moving images of tigers, monkeys, camels and so on. * Animated Colouring Book Gold Disk £19.99 Hey, it's just like playing with
crayons on your TV screen. Hours of pure entertainment can be had from choosing disgusting colour combinations tor pictures of dogs, cats, and more.
Fidofox Intersearch Systems £tba Yikes, Fidolax gets our vote for craziest CDTV title so tar. This ‘essential guide to choosing and caring for your dog’ comes with 300 full colour photographs, three hours of audio Cheap and cheerful if you’re under five years of age. ** movies are covered along with 15,000 actors and 5,000 directors. Famous films also have high-quality posters and photos of the sets.
Out Soon.
Context Systems £tba Transform your home videos with fun title screens and comic art. Sound Studio is incorporated to add fanfares, slapstick effects and applause. Can be used with the CD1301 Genlock (£149.99) to mix CDTV images with video trom your camcorder.
Out Soon.
And a canine identification game. You can even hear Rover Bark!
Out Soon.
Gardenfax (series) CDTV Publishing £34.99 each Range ot tour discs (Indoor Plants Garden Plants Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs Trees, Shrubs, Roses and Coniters) for budding gardeners everywhere. Unless you frequently use the search facility, a good reference book makes more sense than installing your CDTV system in the potting shed.** Women in Motion On-Line Entertainment £29.99 Fortunately, not a compact disc full of Viz’s Fat Slags, but another compilation of classic Edward Muybridge Victorian photographs. Is it art or pornography?
Slightly better than Animals in Motion, but will feminists campaign for the release of Men in Motion? ** IDUCATtjl A Bun for Barney Multimedia Corporation £34.99 Actor Tom Baker ot Dr Who fame provides the narration for this interactive animated storybook aimed at preschool children. Kids can play games, make silly characters do funny things, and listen to songs. Words can be selected to hear how they should be pronounced.
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* CDTV Asterjx e» Fils Legm French (two discs) Eurotalk £29.95
each Over 60 minutes of spoken French from 30 characters, 400
full-colour cartoon drawings and 1500 vocabulary items come on
these two discs. Luckily, a complete English translation of the
text is also provided. Optional sound digitiser and microphone
improves your French accent. Out Soon.
Eurotalk £tba Similar to the Asterix Learn French product. ‘We have produced a language program that is so addictive that even lazy learners will want to use it over and over again,' insists Andrew Ashe of Eurotalk. Out Soon.
Bcjme r Bear Goes to Free Spirit Software £29.99 Storytime shows kids how to get ready for school while Schooltime allows them to select and play learning activities including spelling and counting games, recognising shapes and yet another electronic colouring book. Far too American for most tastes. *?
Bear Goes &%¦ Free Spirit Software £29.99 We’re quickly becoming totally sick of this brown fur ball and his cute antics.
This time unlucky children take a walk in the North American countryside to learn about animals and, wait for it, visit the ranger for some 'nature facts’. Yuk! * Cinderella Discls £39.99 Original fairy story edited by Greg Guderian. The ‘reader’ can click on any word in the text or on any item in a picture to see additional information including second language translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
* ** Funschool 3 (two discs) Europress Software £24.99 each A
refreshing change to see a bit of British product in the
growing CDTV educational range. Top quality stuff for under
fives or five-to-seven-year-olds.
Learning can be fun with animated skill tests in number, shape, and word recognition.
Heather Hits Her First Home Run Discis £34.99 ‘Discis Books are easy to use and they show a child that learning can be a fun and rewarding experience,' assures a spokesperson for this Ontario-based company. Wonder if we’ll spot Heather Gets Laid in the future? Hmm, very doubtful. * Japan World Topclass Technology £49.99 Originally developed to enlighten Derbyshire children on Japanese language and culture following Toyota’s decision to build a £700 million car assembly plant in the county. Subjects covered range from history and geography to art and travel, sport and food.
Shows how this sort of product should be done.
Engl £34.9 Jerlko £34.99 A French way to improve your English?
You've got to be kidding! A 'cultural approach' to the UK and USA is taken via a series of reports on daily life in London and Los Angeles. Get the idea?
No, neither did we. ?
Mind Run I ll CDTV Publishing £29.99 each Designed to fine-tune your powers of memory, logic and reflexes. Don’t expect that this series of exercises will test your intellectual aptitude any more than watching an episode of The Krypton Factor. * Moving Gives Me A Stomach Ache Discis £34.99 There are presently ten titles available for the CDTV from Discis, this one is another case of ‘fine-if-you-like-that-sort- of-thing.’ If only these electronic books didn’t look and sound so American... ? ?
Mud Puddle Discis £34.99 Author Robert Munsch strikes back!
This time, Jule Ann tries to escape from the mud puddle that is chasing her. She has to find a way to outsmart this dirty son of a ditch. For children of six and older. * My Paint Saddleback Graphics £29.99 Complete electronic colouring book with over 100 pictures to play with. Each is accompanied by sounds and animated symbols for the painting tools, and some of the drawings teach the alphabet and reading skills. Kids aged between three and nine years of age should have some laughs. *** North Polar Expedition Virgin Games £29.99 Snowbound role-playing adventure for groups of five to ten
people.
Simulates a journey to the pole with pictures and sounds from real Arctic expeditions. Can you make it to safety before the ice-pack begins to break up? *?* The Paperbog Princess Discis £34.99 Robert Munsch gives your child another dose of traditional fairy tale fare served up in unique Discis fashion. The twist? Our feisty princess heroine must rescue an idle prince from the nasty dragon. Will they live happily ever after? ?* Scary Poems For Rotten Kids Discis £39.99 Youngsters are supposed to enjoy the Discis electronic books because they are enhanced by a variety of real voices, music and
sound effects. Scary Poems For Rotten Kids, for instance, contains a blood-curdling scream at appropriate points in the verse. ?** The Tale of Peter Rabbit Discis £39.99 These Discis Books are a bit hard to read at bedtime - or are they? The accompanying narration can be tweaked with variable pauses between phrases.
More than 15 million copies of the original Peter Rabbit book have been sold since _ } it was first published back in 1902-will this CD version sell as many? **?
Thomas' Snowsuit Discis £34.99 Hurrah, the return of Mr Munsch. Why won’t naughty Thomas put his dreamy Battle Chess Interplay £44.99 First seen on Ihe Amiga, this action translation ol the classic boardgame has some stunning enhancements over its predecessor. For starters, there's a 35 minute tutorial combining over 9,000 trames ot animation, sampled speech and a professionally-composed music score.
This mini movie brings the history and rules ot chess to life. The text was researched by a TV script writer who managed to discover a little known fact that the Queen couldn't move around the board in ancient times. Interplay has also inserted more animated graphics and sound effects inside the game itself. Some ot the combat sequences have been reworked but the humour remains intact. II you've never played this interpretation, each piece can actually walk around the chess board and destroy their opposition in spectacular fashion. Battlechess features 10 levels ol play and an opening library
ol 30,000 moves. Take a look at the asking price, though. Ouch! ***** as.?
Herewith the Clues Domark £29.99 Based on the famous murder mystery novel by Dennis Wheatley, who just happens to be a relative of the boss of Domark. It's rather like those practical 'hands on’ history projects at school, where you have to piece together assorted photographs, letters, records and other clues. Exhibits displayed as ray-traced 3D objects in HAM mode and CD-quality incidental music help to spruce the product up.
Out Soon.
Dina Hire Wright Systems £16.99 Nobody seems to know much about Dinosaurs For Hire or its developer, Wright Systems, but at least this ‘eduTiger Media £34.99 Award-winning murder mystery thriller that doesn’t boast a fortune in digitised graphics. You have a mere 30 minutes to solve the crime by interviewing the passengers and crew on a luxury thirties flying ship. Contains three hours of CD- audio and more than 700 originally-drawn colour pictures. **** Classic Board Games Merit Software £34.99 There are far superior versions of Chess, Draughts and Backgammon available on the PD circuit.
Trouble is, you’ll need an additional CD1220 keyboard (£49.99), CD1252 mouse (£49.99) and CD1411 floppy disk drive (£99.99) to enjoy them! * Defender Of Ihe Crown II DTV Publishing £29.99 Commodore has decided to produce an extended and improved version of this classic Amiga game from the now- defunct Cinemaware. The original artist, Jim Sachs, has reprogrammed the entire title and introduced extra gameplay features, graphics, voiceover and animated sequences.
Out Soon.
All Dogs go to Heaven Merit Software £34.99 Help! It's another colouring book repackaged as a Talking Electric Crayon'.
Based around the Sullivan Bluth animated feature film, telling the story of a streetwise German Shepherd. A bit of a flop, just like the original movie. * Bottlestorm Titus £29.99 Why has the Paris games publisher bothered to release this pathetic shoot 'em up onto the CDTV? And, more importantly, how many copies have been sold? This is really second-rate stuff so save your cash for something better. * ENTERTAINMENT The Cautious inosaurs for snowsuit on? Can his Mother, Teacher and Principal make him wrap up warm tor those cold winter months ahead?
Who cares anyway? Not us, that’s for sure. * tainment’ title is cheap. Could be worth a look if fossils are your thing.
Out Soon.
Li3S8;nSp“,c Coktel Vision £34.99 It has taken this Paris-based company over two years to bring the CD adaption of ESS to our screens. The game is basically a resource management affair where space shuttles and orbiting stations can be organised to your heart’s content. ** Falcon Spectrum Holobyte £49.99 Fifty quid for a combat flight simulation converted over from the Amiga is a rip- off, right? On a positive note, Falcon puts the audio and video facilities of the CDTV to good use. Mission briefings come with footage and spoken descriptions of the aircraft, flight procedures and scenario.
During the game, you can hear verbal instructions from Ihe control tower and pilots speaking to one another. ***** Future Wars Delphine Software £34.99 This premier ‘Cinematique’ graphic adventure captured the imagination of players in Europe, USA and Japan. Can you prevent the alien storm troopers from taking over the world? Many believe Future Wars holds more substance than, say, Operation Stealth or Cruise For A Corpse. Highly recommended. **** E&5SML? h' On-Line Entertainment £29.99 Interactive interpretation of Conan Doyle's classic detective story featuring Sherlock Holmes and his
trusty pal Dr Watson. Similar in nature to Herewith The Clues with plenty of journals, newspaper cuttings and police reports to sift through. Fine until you've played it a couple of times. ** ana Jones Last Crusade CDTV Publishing £34.99 Lucasfilm Games' brilliant graphic adventure based, naturally enough, on the third Indy movie is further enhanced by the thrilling John Williams music score coming straight off the compact disc. The game designers worked from the original script, set designs, effect sequences and props of the blockbusting Stephen Spielberg George Lucas film. Great stuff.
**** Lemmings Psygnosis £34.99 Considering this game comes ‘free’ with the CDTV, none of the superior hardware capabilities of your new machine have been put to any decent effect.
Despite this oversight, you won’t find a better arcade puzzle game on the machine as this is just as addictive and just the same as the game that originally appeared on the Amiga. ***** Many Roads to Murder CDTV Publishing £29.99 There certainly seems to be a lot of murder mysteries to solve on the CDTV. Is this Commodore device selling in large numbers to the police force or private dicks? Like the real thing, this outing is best avoided. * Murder Anyone?
CDTV Publishing £29.99 Like we said before, you can have too much of a good thing. Sadly, Murder Anyone? Doesn’t even qualify for that compliment. Is the victim's spinster sister keeping any secrets from you? What about that shifty playboy brother of his?
The trick is in staying awake long enough to find out. * Encmrn B ¥owskes SfTa,,9e Tiger Media £34.99 Sequel to Case Of The Cautious Condor with even more characters to meet and plot twists to explore. Remember Aztec Challenge and Forbidden Forest on the C64? Their creator Paul Norman now provides the extensive sound support for all Tiger Media games. Out Soon.
A Night at the Races Context Systems £29.99 Experience a few thrills of the racing track as a rich owner or betting punter.
Sorry, even that strange bloke from Channel Four Racing is more entertaining than this effort. What exactly is the point ot A Night at the Races? * SISfcAh.
Wright Systems £16.99 It’s that mysterious Wright Systems again. How does this outfit make a profit from making the cheapest CDTV software available? Like Dinosaurs For Hire, this product really ca- should to be placed in J the Arts & Leisure category. Top 4« marks for a truly awful name. Out Soon.
Prehistorik Titus £34.99 Not exactly in the same league as Core’s Chuck Rock, Prehistorikis another crazy caveman caper with 30 levels populated by icy lands, jungles, spring boards, clubs and unfriendly Chimp-a-gogo creatures. ?* Jack Nicklaus Golf-CDTV Accolade £39.99 Realism is the key word lor this sizzling sports simulation.
Over 30 photographers and technicians painstakingly walked across every inch ot Murlield Village Golf Club in Ohio. USA.
The 9.000 digitised stills they look ol this infamous goll course have been rendered as HAM screens and overlaid with 16- colour sprite animations ol the goiters. Accolade is also using actual photographs ol Jack Nicklaus in action. An original digital musical soundtrack and over 20 sampled sound effects add atmosphere. Hear dogs bark and leaves rustle in the trees as you go lor lhal final pull on the 18th hole. Keep an eye and ear ready lor it.
Out Soon.
Psycho Killer On-Line Entertainment £29.99 Employing the Jeremy Beadle method of creating a CDTV game, Fergus McNeill and some friends took a trip out to the countryside with a camcorder and came back with an interactive shocker movie. Psycho Killer could have been better. A sequel is currently in production, let us hope they've learnt from their mistakes. * The Return of Medusa Starbyte Ctba Remember Virgin’s Rolling Ronny?
Starbyte were the chaps that produced it. The Return Of Medusa is a fantasy adventure from the same team. Out Soon.
Secret Of Monkey Island CDTV Publishing £34.99 The tloppy-based Monkey Island duo of graphic adventures from Lucasfilm Games in the states are seen as the pinnacle of their genre.
A swash-buckling yarn brimming over in outrageous humour, the first Monkey Island is sure to be a hit among the CDTV fraternity. ***** Virgin Games £34.99 Cross between a fantasy role-playing adventure and arcade game, Spirit Ot Excalibur brings 2.5 megabytes of graphics and orchestrated music and sampled speech. Out Soon.
Super . Games Pak Oddysey £29.99 Relive the 'golden age' of arcade gam- 'ing with Jailbreak, Byteman and Deathbots. What the heck is this doing on Compact Disc format? * Town With No Name On-Line Entertainment £29.99 Inspired by the age- | less Spaghetti ! Western movies starring Clint Eastwood and his Axminster rug, Town With No Name is another CDTV title put together with the Desktop Video authoring system by On-Line Entertainment. ** Tiebreak Tennis Starbyte £tba Can this relatively unknown German software developer compete against the might of Pro Tennis Tour II from Ubisoft? We'll have
to wait and see.
Out Soon.
Trivial Pursuit Domark £34.99 Domark's multimedia extravaganza has been brought to life with an injection of over 2,000 questions, stereo sound effects and music, cartoon animations, digitised pictures and voice-overs from popular actors. Good choice tor the family. **** Ultimate Basketball Context Systems £29.99 Below par simulation ot this engrossing indoor sport. A halftime show with female cheerleaders goes to show that sexism among programmers is still rife.
* * Wrath of the Demon Readysoft £29.99 A hack 'em up with over
3Mb of graphics data, 600 screens ot action, more than 100
monsters and 1,400 trames of animation. Wrath Ot The Demon tor
the CDTV isn’t radically different from its computer cousin.
Players go on a quest, through swamps and temples, to destroy
an evil Demon and rescue the princess, Aaargh! **** Xenon II:
Megablast The Bitmap Brothers £29.99 Probably the closest Betty
Boo and S' Express will ever come to a video game.
This respected blaster has been customised with music, digitised pictures and biographies from various Rhythm King artists. The original Bomb the Bass Megablast soundtrack has been remixed using Roland Sound Space (RSS) for 3D 'surround sound' effects from any ordinary stereo source. Isn’t it about time The Bitmap Brothers got stuck into Xenon IIP You betcha.
* **** MUSIC CD Remix II Microdeal £29.99 Ever wanted to make a
personal remix of your favourite CD single? With CD Remix
Version 2, you can jump around a track and overlay any of the
600 sound effects, speech or drum beats that are included.
Limitless larks.
* *** Karaoke Nils I ll Music Sales £16.99 each Get into the
Japanese singing craze without embarrassing yourself in front
of the locals at The King's Head. All the Sherlock Holmes,
Consulting Detective ICOM Simulations £39.99 Something ot a
breakthrough In CO-ROM games, Sherlock Holmes Is already a
success on other platforms like the NEC PC Engine console and
Fujitsu FM Towns In Japan. ICOM Simulations has managed to
squeeze oser 90 minutes ot lull motion video Into this jaunt ot
Interactive inves- To solve each of the three murder Sherlock
usual popular songs from the past are included in these two
discs. *** Musicolour Virgin Games £34.99 Teach yourself how to
compose and read music via the world-renowned Candida Tobin
method. No previous musical knowledge is necessary. Ideal for
primary school children, Musicolour can be used as part of the
National Curriculum. *** Hutchinson F nruf lnnnr» rli f
encyclopaedia CDTV Publishing £49.
Hing £49.99 Reference tool with over 25,000 entries,
1. 5 million words, 250 sound clips and 2,000 photographs.
Supplied ‘free’ with the CDTV. *** Mails £29.!
Managing a town and coir Xlphias £49.99 Why must the Yanks spell words differently like 'color1 and ‘thru’? Not much substance here for your cash. Over 180,000 entries with 3,000 colour illustrations and an automated word pronouncer and speller. What about a British version? ** Complete Works of Shakespeare Animated Pixels £29.99 Read all the plays, poems and sonnets that have become part and parcel of English history. Instant search facility for single word or phrase. Complete with woodcut illustrations. **** GJUHCRU **'"* CDTV Publishing £54.99 Expensive way for hypochondriacs to
electronically browse through their worst nightmares. Provides a dictionary of over 600 explanations for medical names, terms, symptoms and conditions. Around the world section gives some handy tips for worried travellers.
* ** more awards than anybody can care to remember. SlmCilylets
you create your own city complete with homes, shops, factories,
parks, crime, sea ports, lire stations, airports, pollution,
sports stadiums and, yeah, little people. Bad planning may
resolt In i ghost town or a prison sentence. An approval
rating’ keeps you updated on the progress In winning the bents
and minds ol those fickle citizens. II this rating gets too
low. You can kiss that cushy mayor’s job goodbye forever. Also
watch out lor floods, earthquakes, fires and even a rampaging
monsterl ***** Voice FX Microdeal £19.99 'Sing along with your
favourite artist and change your voice from Burl Ives or
Michael Jackson to Terminator 2 or R2D2,’ goes the sales pitch.
This is realtime voice-changing software and is for use with
Voice Master. Voice Fxhas 11 different effects such as pitch
down, reverse, robot, ramp and reverb. ** Voice Master
Microdeal £39.99 This microphone and interface allows you to
scream at programs like Asterix et Fils Leam French (Eurotalk)
or Voice FX (Microdeal). **** Music Maker CDTV Publishing
£34.99 Anyone can create music with this easy- to-use program.
Choose one otthe 17 song tracks, select one of the 40 instru
ments and away you go. *** s boring, but this game is
incredible. No wonder it's picked up REFERENCE Animated Pixels
£34.99 Rediscover the complete set of 60 absorbing stories
detailing the exploits of the world's greatest and most eccen
tric detective. Over 250 colour illustrations relate to the
text and there's a quiz for each story. Wouldn't it be great to
see a battle of logic between Spock and Sherlock? **** NASA...
Ihe 25th Year Troika Multimedia £tba Recapture the excitement
of the Apollo moon landings or first space shuttle flight.
Adapted from a National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) film, this Troika release employs the CD-XL software
technology from Commodore. This produces partial screen motion
video at 10 frames per second. Out Soon.
Xiphias £39.99 First appearing back in the days of the Commodore Vic-20, this type of cookbook has never done the job well.
Comprises full-colour photographs of 450 recipes and their ingredients with voice-overs by the well-known authors.
Budding Fanny Craddocks or even Galloping Gourmets should definitely take a look. ** Time Table (series) Xiphias £39.99 each Current Time Table titles for the CDTV examine Science and Innovation, Arts and Entertainment and Business, Politics and Media. Titles planned for the future will cover Religion, Human Thought, Sports and Daily Life. A 'hot word' and key word searching facility allows you to quickly skip to the important sections of these detailed multimedia reference works. *** World Vista Arias Applied Optical Media £54.99 By the time you’ve loaded this disc into a caddy, waited for
the program to load and located the correct point on its scrolling map, you could have simply picked up a book, got the information required, ordered a pizza and made a cup of coffee. The supplementary information is far more useful than the maps themselves. What a waste of space! * Illustrated Holy Animated Pixels £29.99 It's all here! The Bible as you've never seen it before with deluxe full-colour illustrations. Contains the entire text of the Old and New Testaments together with full colour illustrations. Instant search and slide show facilities are built in. **** Illustrated Holmes
the best just got a whoU e lot better BUT SERIOUSLY... We've decided to get out the feather duster, put on our pinnies and give CU Amiga a bit of a spring clean. For starters, we're moving up to a bigger-size which means we'll be able to fit even more information onto every page for added VFM.
Big changes are afoot in next month’s issue of CU Amiga, Britain’s fastest- growing magazine...
• •••••••••••••••••••••••a Along with the extra space to play
with, we'll be revamping our Blues Pages. From next month, our
avidly-read blues section is going to cover the whole gamut of
Amiga computing with new columns on programming, Comms, CDTV,
and business packages complemented by semi-regular columns on
new books, joysticks, education software, DTP and just about
anything else we can cram in. By popular request, we'll also be
re-introducing tutorials and walk-through guides to some of the
most popular Public Domain utilities and reinstating Points of
View, where major industry figures get to have their say about
the Amiga and all things computing. GAME ON... And we're not
neglecting our games-coverage, either, as Screen Scene gets a
much-needed lick of paint with new layouts, new score- boxes
and even more detailed information to help you decide which
games to buy. Play-to-Win also gets the remix treatment with
more hints and tips sqeezed onto its pages than ever before.
GOING PUBLIC... With the explosive growth in PD showing no
signs of abating, our Demos and PD Utilities sections are
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[ And Look No Filters I Images can now be grabbed Irom either colour eo camera, home VCR or in fact any still video jrce. The traditional method of holding three iour filters in front of your video camera is certainly thing of the past. Because Vidi splits the RGB ilours electronically there are no focussing or ovement problems experienced by some of our ower competitors. Lighting is also less ol an issue s light is not being shut out by lens filters. Put all tis together with an already proven Vidi- imiga VidiChrome combination and achieve what s probably the most consislant and accurate high
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