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ISSUE 49 MAY 199S
Insinuating themselves into various computer shows and plying software publishers with cheap alcohol, oui sinister agents return fol with information, THIS PHASES US
M COMPUTE CONTROL
Once more your embairossing inadequacy at gomes leads you la mumblingly consult out resident lips therapist. We expect you even apply under assumed names, and pity you.
7A BACK ISSUES
m A Aim yourself with o full complement of our Whatever Happened To features ortd mock with undeavable authority the saps who take those things seriously.
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§ M Share in the lost year of AMIGA POWER end save money to spend upon another unwilling subsidiary al aui evil mega global corporate paymasters
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Launch o career in journalism hy impressing us enough to owaid you irregular woik. Oi complain that we don't carry printer reviews and see yaui address passed an la the fxalled Giand High Wiicrd al the International Pel Hating league.
It doesn't work on k an A500. Or an y\ A600 either.
\ It's uninspiring I on an Al 200. —, / But - oh! - on / Amiga Shopper's ' A4000 it's... well, find out. Pago 40
Mine gabden that time
Somewhere in these readei ads we have concealed a secret phrase that could win you Sl.QOO af software. Possibly.
QA THE BEHIND MEN
w\M Events ore not random. Accidents da not occur Heie is the true leaser far all things.
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Gaee is tbe geritlearoely sovioer ie tbe speu seil. Ibis rise tbe fall af tbe world rests oe tbe T-sblrted sbaeldets af ae lepleasailly hnihnid ika;. Pogi 4b
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Before the future (that is almost here) loading games involved pictures of disks. Page 36
We demanded new fighters of you. AND YOU DELIVERED, albeit largely poorly. Page 58.
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REVIEWED THIS ISSUE
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Hanging limply from the cover of the issue are two repellently blue disks. They dangle unhappily due to the tremendous weight of demos and games spread upon them, and cheap sellotape. Owners of AP49 s CD edition need not, ot course, have read this.
A fiendishly mehiomc level hoot Rnpilli i last pLayet Asc«nsto*/f rkathin Irufill Cjmc Of Champions WHh « secret round of Joint
Jos fan Bomb Oat Doesn't Go Ireecli. Compel small coloured bells to fill holes more efficiently then yoer opponent.
OfheMo Goes Bloiof Icel. LI In Hem let Goes ■atJncis, but wMi sightly more empheiii on (m<i eyela) foer player enje ement.
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WHICH DID YOU CHOOSE
Ever striving for Iresh experience. AMIGA POWER has tor one month only despatched CD editions at itself to all corners ot the world. Should you have bought such a magazine, you will see not those things above, but these below.
Toe best fie ever,
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Top 100. Or the
Valhalla song. Oh no.
YOUR DISK AND YOU
MAD THU BIT FUST OB NOONS WILL TAKI ANY NOTICK OF YOU WHIN YOU SAY THAT YOUfl DISK DOISN'T WOBK.
• You've only got 512K of memory on your Amiga Blimey, that'i a bit stupid, isn't It Go and buy an eipaniion RIGHT NOW
B To load any ol the games, all you have to do Is twitch oft your machine, Insert the disk, and switch your machine back on again.
• An options menu will appear. Simply follow the Instructions to load I he game of your choice.
• Just to be on the safe side, though, the on-screen Instructions say that you should press the appropriate function key to make your selection.
• You'll have to reset your machine in order to play one of the other demos. When you do to. simply follow the Instructions above.
• Remember to keep the disk you are playing your game from In the drive at all times. And remember -switching the machine oft for 20 seconds or so before loading a new program will help prevent disks being Infected by stray viruses.
B Have a good lime.
ON NOI SOMETHING WENT WRONG!
• Are you sure
B Try all that stuff again, making sure you've disconnected any peripherals the program might not 'like', such as external drives.
B II your disk fails to load, then pop it In a padded envelope, along with a letter explaining the problem and an SAE. to:
AMIGA POWER Disk 49 Returns
PO Box 21
B We re really hoping that you're reading this bit, because it's quite important: please don't send your disks to us at the AMIGA POWER office. We really don't know how to fix dodgy disks, and we'll ust throw 'em straight in the bln. So send them to Dlscopy. Please.
Work frequently ground to a halt during the production ol AP47 as we gathered round a monitor to indulge m bonkers-mad tour player matches ol this game. Sort ol a cross between Die Hard and Terminal Velocity, me idea's lo "Bruce" your way up io the top of a skyscraper as last as you can and once up there, "Wesley" your way back down agam m Ibe shortest possible lime bv
puiimg your chuie ai the last possible moment
Being a Rasputin game, there's toads ol odd little subgames. which are activated by collecting letters or the coloured blocks hidden m on (he beaten track rooms On the way up. coloured buttons lum on torce shield, and dioppmg on the bottom ol ibe screen loses you ponls. not lives On the way down. Ivtung pees, flagpoles and, of course, the pavement, kills you m as graphealy unpleasant a way such a cute
game can muster JD gave rt 70% m his review, commenting that it was. amongst other things, too expensive, and yet this demo is FREE, making it a completely desirable possession
Author: Gary Dunne
Not entirely dissimilar to Siknanis' Boston Bomb Ciub, Toobi is a puttier that requires you lo think on your I eel Use the mouse lo rotate the points, and try to get the correctly coloured balls to go into the light bases Against the dock White balls count as anything, and dear balls ad as bonuses On some levels you can ditch the wrong colours down the plug, on others you can change them by passing them through the colour-changer OtMousiy Later on. -wi
everything gets horribly *
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Authors: Digital Wizardry
Looking toi good PD is Idee digging tor gold. I'd irrugne Only without gening your fagernaiis dirty Or rumng me local ecology Or laking pari m Ihe mass so fie ring, misery and starvation caused by a massive influx of poorly-eg u pped prospectors mio a harsh environment, such as Ihe senes ol trage events that termed the Yferen goidrush in 1849 Bui back to that gold analogy
When you dig lor gold, you can go lor ages and gel usl mud. and then every so often you hit. quae Heraiiy. gold Sim4arty. searching through PO -braces. you're forced lo endure the useless scum to fad special' games such as infestation
It's a vananl ol Othello, but instead ol irappng pieces between two ol yours.
mlect at pieces
adjaceni lo Ihe one you've chosen You don't put down pieces either, but opt either to make an existing one reproduce onto an adjacent square, or to move two squares away at any direction Up lo four people can play, the swirly squares turn everything horizontal and vertcal trom that square your colour, and Ihe computer players are pretty clever It's lab
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Author: Chris Richards
It only Cow Wars was as playable as it was amusing, eh readers It's a Tam type game where, it a medievally cruel-to-arwnats sort ol way you hurt cows from mobile balisfes over the central mountain.
Power and trajectory are all that you can control but d you can manage to avoid hitting the huge, floating penguin in ihe sky, it's worth trying to ge! the cows lo pass each other m nmd-air. as they'll exchange social pleasantries II really is better than i sounds Honestly.
We've jusl discovered a new use lor Ihe Apple Macs thal we write the mag on After years ol having nolhrig but Tetris clones and card games lo play on them, it's suddenly become a popular games platform There's an astonishing Doom game pathetically named Marathon, and some great versions of old arcade games. We were playing a version of Slat Castle only the other day and saying things l*e "Wtxidn l it be gieal it we had a version tor our covertksk’" and then, mete moments later. Ring War turned up Lite's spooky like thal The ship in the middle's prelected by rings wfrch you can shoo), but il you destroy an entire ring, it'll reform Also, i! Ihe ship can gel a dear shot at you through the gaps, it'll blast you. so Ihe idea s to creale a
small gap and lo take your shot first Simple Well. no. but then again. He so very often isn't
II you're playing Ring War on an A500+ or an A600 there's a slight chance something odd mtghi happen, although it doesn't always da i. and quite why it happens we're not reaty sure II you have lo wail more than about live seconds tor the game lo kick in, try pressing some keys If it sill won'1 load, then reboot, but persevere - ■< WILL load eventually Honest
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Author: Ronald Weeserik
Or lo be more precise, 0-Bert minus those leckous copyright problems. Bounce around ihe pyramid to turn the squares different colours, avoid the tailing balls and lure Ihe purple snake lo its death by letting it gel dose and ihen lumping on the spinning disks thal transport your little fellow lo die lop of the pyramid The problem with Q Ben games has always been getting used to the odd controls, but here, press Ft to use up. down. led. right and F2 to use the far more user-fnendly diagonals
Author: David Papworth
Remember David Papworth's stunning eompfeie games Super Obliteration and Atom Smasher Irom AP coverdisks of yore7 We do. and n tact are stil playing them, and jo»y good fun Ihey still are This addition lo the Papworth collection is a reworking ol ihe Alan VCS game Kaboom. and for some reason doesn't always work tor ihe first game on
an At200. but once you ve lost ihe game, wik work on the second Odd we know Why, we don't know Anyway, collect the bombs - OR DIE II rea*y is as simple as that
MIGA POWER MAY 1995
YOUR CD AND YOU
Hello CD32 owners, and let'* Just get one thing out ot the way betore you all write In. We were under the Impression that there was going to be a CD version and a disk version tor the same price. However, at the very last moment, the STEEL-LINED JACKBOOT OF CORPORATE OPPRESSION descended Irom above to CRUSH OUR WILL and UNILATERALLY IMPOSE the pound price rise on the CD version. The mightiest beings ever to create a computer magazine we may be, but against the faceless tyranny of our despotic multinational over-fuhrers, we have little power, a fact that gnaws at the exposed nerve-endings of our very being.
But anyway, whenever you choose a demo or PD game, you've quite annoyingly got to reset the machine to gel back to the menu, but as long as you're In a menu, you can always backtrack using the blue button. So that's all right then.
Authors: Jens Andersson & Jan Kronqvisl
Let i be known thal the one (count S') reason why Sensible Soccer beai Gravity Force 2 to the lop soot n the AMIGA POWER Al-Time 100 was because there's no one-player option in GF2 So. a> that prevented two Swetksh school kids Irom producing the most Rswtess, fiavMed game OF ALL TIME is some tancy atgonthms that d make ihe computer fly a title sfvp around the screen Tsk
Be Ike us - always play games with tine lives and M shields, so you can hit wats (or tunnel through (hem) and Survive Levels where you sock to the wals aren't much tin. so nod the Meiafcc and Lego levels and sack wdh the Arctic and Grassland ones Free tar bombs are ihe stern long-range Weapon O Champwns. and a skdtul player can drop one the entire length ot the level and sirke ihe opponent on their nose cone Try Beal The RabM and The Tower on Grasslands or Snow
Castle on tie Arctic levels lor the finest snooty game of el kme Play <, ana then play « agan For a year. us> Ike we've
It's t bonkers game with a bonkers control system, and despite our messmg around with it loads, a bonkers problem It it locks up betore ihe start ol the game (as n did on one ol our CD32s. but not the other) Ihen go to OPTIONS and change it to FAST and <1 work Probably The controls are a bn odd to stan ofl with but wen worth getting the hang ol.
GREEN Shift key Changes lunenon lo the one in brackets YELLOW Fire left weapon BLUE Fire nght weapon (Autolhrottle loggie)
RED Fire guns PAUSE E ect UP Rotate anti-dockwtse (Landing gear loggie )
DOWN Rotate clockwise LEFT SHOULDER Throttle down (FoSow weapon)
RIGHT SHOULDER Throflle up (Look around)
A cross between Pengo and Dyna Blaster. Atom Smasher sets you (and a Inend) the task ot squashing vanous nasties by huding blocks at them There are tnenfty and competitive modes n the menu, but don't lei these tool you: they're to do with points and n both modes it's possible to loll (accidentally or otherwise) the other player And Madonna's in there loo tor some reason
Author: Simon Green
Long time readers ot AMIGA POWER mil no doubt recognise the name Green as that ot our shadiy eii'a-terrestnai production editor Dave Green, and there's a good reason lor this The young Simon was hatched Irom the very same brood as Oave. and several years later wem on to wr<e the Oddy compulsive two player shoot- am up
In a siorylne similar to current video smashes Hard Target and Surviving The Game, you search the randomly created maze tor powerful weapons and! or your opponent And then kill him Simple, lealy Incidentally, have you noticed that although Van Damme gets plenty ol opportunities to kick people m Hard Target, ice Ts never gwen an opportunity to (am'm his film Another tembie movte-crime goes unpunished
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Author: Richard Langford
Avodmg potenbaJ legal litigation (a problem we on AMIGA POWER have to tace on more-or-less a monthly basis) Rchard Langford thoughthAy pcvnted out that the rsnT tes game at al. and s e tad a perfect Amiga coowraon at the Spectrum game Irom Ufcmate Play The Game The idea (as
al aging Spec-heads wd know) ts to get al ol the ngredients nto the bowl, and al ot the trash nto the txns by hmg Mite fxAts ot flour
Actualy. this isn't a completely perfect conversion, as the characters don't change colour when they get dose to each other Shame that
When H came to trying to fill an entire CD with Intareating stuff. It was Immediately apparent to us that games and demos and things would still leavs a lot ol unploughed silvery acreage down on Cover CO Farm. Optonlca, who compiled and cut the CD. graciously took a huge slice ol capacity oil our handi and used It to plug themselves, and the very beat of luck to them. Even this mammoth
WHILE AWAY ENTIRE MINUTES WITH THE—
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Be happy In the knowledge that the covardlak-ownlng proles have none of this. Instead ol just repeating what's In the meg, the blurbs on each game are longer, more involved and ust a little bit more ‘special' than their paper-bound relative*.
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Bringing light to those who sit in the shadow of death, it’s...
As all of creation is consumed by the eternal flames of perdition, only a few games will be judged worthy of salvation. They are the games listed in the AMIGA POWER All-Time Top 100, which we list for you on the pages that follow. And this time (this time) we mean it.
• The AMIGA POWER All-Time Top 100 is based purely on the irrational opinions of the AP team. These are THE GAMES WE PLAY.
• It is therefore the mightiest Top 100 ever assembled
• Do not be fooled by half-witted imitations.
LET JUDGEMENT COMMENCE
AMIGA POWER MAV 1995
AND SO IT BEGINS - curiously, thanks to a series of internal misunderstandings, with number 1, and working in a far-from-suspense-filled manner towards number one hundred. And remember -this time it truly could be for all-time.
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It’s been a strange month. And one of the strangest things about it has been the FLOOD of NEW GAMES that we’ve been promised in months to come. Ace.
Not a mis-spelled Australian, treeclimbing, eucalyptus-eating marsupial. No.
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great lengths to let you see how good it looks There's a virtual cockpit (controlled by hokJng the right mouse bullon down) which allows you 10 look around independently ol the helicopter's movement, and a apparently very handy lor over-ltymg targets and checking them out There's also a gun camera view, which isn't strictly necessary, but looks spookiiy like an that video footage we saw from the Gulf War When you lock on la a target, the camera shakily follows the vehicle and (in an authentically mechanical manner) zooms in on tl, and all you have to do is keep Ihe cross hairs on target unfr! the missile slams home Another cool W1 is mat COALA takes the mynad ol views normaSy available in
demo rl looks
quile fun tumbling your way through Ihe dusky shadows looking lor a target
COALA s an acronym of ihe types of aircraft in the game, although no-one I've spoken to so far can actually remember what it stands lor Whai I do know is that it's another one o< those games lo emerge more or less complete from Europe (Holland, we think) and it’s considered fairly hoi ptoperty. as two
weeks ago it was be«ng shown to us by a company other than Empire
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flight suns ind makes them access We Apart from maybe the missile view. I (nd that you've never got time to mess about with fly-past views and overhead angles when you're playing a game, but COALA rather handily freezes the action, and then lets you move the mew around with the mouse unbi it looks nght In this way. the demo lets you see a missile liy off. and then switches to a view with your helicopter m the background and the taiget in the foreground so you get the best view ol the •xptosion
You'll notice that I’ve been going on about how the demo does this and the demo does that, and haw there's masses of ground detail as the game zips along at a cracking pace Ground detail AND a fast runrwig speed-5 Surety
something's amiss This is. after all. an Amxja flight sim Well, the demo looks great, but it's a video tape of the game running on a beefed-up A120G. complete with an accelerator card and racks ol last RAM Whatever that is JD saw the game recently at a trade show, and said it looked great if 'a bt slow’ on a standard A1200 And, rather tellingly. Empire have blied COALA as a game for the Commodore A1200/A4000" which is surety a eupharmsm for a slow-running game So standard Amiga owners might as well just torget this one. stamdard A1200 owners should read our ieview before making up their trends, and accelerated-Af 200 and big-box Amiga owners can rub their hands gleefully at the approach of COALA All seven of them • CAM WINSTANLEY
Runs on: A500. A600. A1200 Publisher: Kelllon Authors: In-house ETA: April
What It means is that, when you go round a bend, the view
will rofale so you son of peer aiound the corner' to see what lies ahead Urn * Kelson's Tony Dillon is attempting to explain MPV -Moving Point of View - which is one of fhe mam features of Leading Lac Except it's not actually working on the prototype version of the game he's brought to AP. so I'm struggling a bl But hang on Kellion’
A slightly embarrassed enquiry reveals them to be a new publisher who. as well as developing games of their own. are seeking out entertaining games from all comers ol the globe and delivenng them to your table They're also bnnmg us Ants and hM. but Leadng Lap <s currently their maior protect 'It's been been developed entirely with The Tiger "
Total Impact Game Edtor EdxoR I's something we’ve developed ourselves, and may wei release oornmeroalfy one day' At this point he pressed all sorts of buttons on our Amiga and polygons began to spin around on the screen -Welfwikof * as a 30 Construction Kit frial actually works - you can write proper games with t When Leasing Lap s hushed we re planning to use t for Lasting Lap 2. which will Italure
real-kle csfies lo drive around and some son ol tank game" But anyway 'Yes. anyway "
Leading Lap is a 3D polygon driving game, fa y ohvtousfy There are 2S tracks, which are divided up into four different sons racetracks, motorways, cities (where, rather than following a fixed course, you have to navigate from one place to another, piannmg your route so as best to avoxt the trafle). and another one) can t remember There ate bndges and buildings. 15 vehicles racing agsnst you. and even other Iraflc to avoxt (including cars hurling towards you)
The graphes we saw looked a bit biocky and sluggish, but Tony assured me they were being worked on as we spoke, and will be speeded up considerably Also, there'll be an extensive array of options to adapt the game to your particular Amiga's capabilities Apparently, "ft should run m a frame on a 1200.' whatever that means
'Leading Lap will even work with the Cybermaxx VR headset,' smirks Tony True AMIGA POWER readers will remember the Cybermaxx from AP44 s news pages
• JONATHAN DAVIES
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
RLAYER MANAGER a •* KILLION + CD ILLUSIONS
Cherished, loved, nuzzled, immortalised in marble and...
No manor how brilliant tomelhlng it. it'll eventually die and leave the world a I into worse lor Its passing. Join with us and weep bitter, salty tears for things you just can't get for love nor money.
THE PACMAN JOYSTICK Whatever happened lo these Greek joysticks
market, dead ball designer, board, ground staff and the other usual managment features that should keep your mmd more than a lithe busy This one is definitely going to lake a white to get to grips with, so no prices lor guessing what III spend most of next month doing Ooh. I realty love footy management games • PAUL UELLEPICK
and re-Mied Player Manager 2 As in SWOS. you can play in games as well as manage them, usmg a supposedly enhanced version ol the dreadful Kick CW3(AP46 57%).
And there are four (Afferent modes of play Personal Challenge where you try to reach a set target; Knock Out.
where four players an play against each other to see who's best;
Player Manager World, where you can use your dream team saved on disk, lor a head to head or league competition against up lo eight other players: and Rolling, where you just keep going with no time limits or goats to achieve And don't forget the coaching, tactics, transfer
Runs on: A500. A600.
Publisher: Anco Authors: Steve Screech ETA: Mid-April
Yes. it’s back And boy has it
taken its lime Alter something like six years. Player Manager has been updated, improved
from Anerouttlt Control DTNABlASTER Even Ubi Soft haven't any copies May It (and its dongle) float across the clouds tor all ol eternity.
THE GOOD ENDING OF ARMY OF darkness Sam Ralmt's aketeton-lest originally ended with a K-Uarl shoot-out that was dropped Irom the video. Steep, good ending, sleep with the pratly angels
Plumetting to the Dark Domain, they’re...
Some things won't go away even It you beat them with a shovel. We curse them and wish them a speedy descent to Hades
We're still the only mag that DARES TO REVEAL the utter lerrlblenesa of Ihit movie.
Empire are putting together a tree upgrade lor Dawn Patrol, enabling it to be played across two computers networked together, and providing a host of improvements to the way the aircraft behave The catch They're only planning it tor the F*C version at the moment, and are merely thinking about" dong an Amiga equivalent Petition 1hem today, readers
Kelllon, the plucky young software publisher behind Ants and Leading Lap. covered elaewhere In AP. have another game almoal ready, tl's called Hilt, and Is a sort ol Later Squad game, only with a more sensible control system and robots We've only had the briefest ol looks at it. and were unable to lake any pictures belore It disappeared back Into the ether, but hopefully we ll be able lo bring you a review or tomelhlng next month.
Pinball Illusions (AP43 89%) Is due to come out on the CD32 in April, and will probably tell In quite absurd numbers. (Its predecessor.
Pinball Fantasies. Is the machine's biggest-selling title lo dale.) It'll be exactly the same game - still ust the three tables - but the music will all be CD-llied. And It'll cost £30.
After the day is done and the latest embarrassing, shoddy, unpleasant. Inane, putrid, irrefutably wrong Issue ol (“Michael Jackson" - Edi torn ritually In two. there Is little the mighty beings ol AMIGA POWER like belter than lo go home. But such an exodus was halted early thlx month by the
sudden discovery of the French word tor paper dip. It Is trombone', and a moment's thought revealed why. It is because paper clip* look. In the eyes of the French, like trombones. We thought that you ought to know.
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Calvin Klein’s first venture in the Amiga games market
Runs on: A500, A600.
Publisher: Unique Development Sweden Authors: Peter Zetterberg (project management, table design), Michael Brunnstrom, Kalle Lundqvist and Hans HarrOd (programming). Jimmy Gustatsson (table artwork). Per Almered and Tord Jansson(sound)
ETA: May 1 st
Peter Zetterberg sanding me scurrying IruiBessty to my dictionary "AJltiough I'l probably be hanged by some conservative English bloke tor saying so By the way. why is it called hanged' instead ol hung"7"
Obsession then It siarled Me on the Atari ST. and was received as 'One ol the best ST games ever* by our neighbours on ST Formal, who gave it 94% And. wt tact, it's actually "The best ever Alan game - 90V according to ST Hevtew. ST Format's rival, which was recently sjnrslerty absorbed by Future Publishing and has aur sympathy
Naturally. I sidled into ST Formal to SJ26 Obsession up And it's great Thera are tour tables Aquatic Adventure, with lots ct underwater-related features; X-ite Zone, set m a post-apocalyptic future; Bails and Bats, which is organised like a baseball field and piobably the least successful of the lour; and Desert Pun,
We made some new trends this month Peter. Michael. Kalle. Hans. Jimmy. Per and Tord sent us some pictures of Obsession, their new pinball game, completely oul of the blue. And irntafinghy. despite bemg Swedish, thiey speak even better Engtsh than us Why s ihaf1 What is it about the Swedes'7
‘It probably has something to do with all the kinky sex and the ice-bears in the
Everything becomes apparent through...
We have only ever, and can only ever, TELL THE TRUTH. Some magazine* may be the MOUTHPIECES OF SOFTWARE COMPANIES, yel era strive to PROTECT YOU by questioning, not being perl ol. their often cynical sales campaigns. We do this by TELLING THE TRUTH. We do this by revealing the (cores from our alleged rivals. We do this because WE CARE.
Rise Of The Robot*
Super League Manager
Super Skidmark* 2
Valhalla: Lords Ol Infinity
Valhalla: Before The War
‘illustrated on the cover ol the issue it's reviewed in. possibly as an ’exclusive'. 'Was (we quole) “a week away Irom being finished" when AP49 went to press.
Rise of the Robots tans will be pleased lo hear that woik is underway on a sequel Rise 2 - Resurrection which will piobably be on C032 only thanks to the unfeasible number ol disks if would otherwise require, is due lor release in October, and Mirage have liken note ol the liak the First game took 'More robots' means Rise 2 should take longer than ten mcules to complete 'A choce ol any robot" means you won't always have to be1 the blue one. 'Robot Hipping on screen’ means you'll actually be able to ump aver your
opponent (although the early demo we played at the recent _ _
European Computer Trade ———
Shaw crashed when we tried this) 'A plethora ol weapons and proiecMes" means you won t be restricted to punching and kicking 'Enhanced artificial intelligence' means there hopefully will be some 'Parallax scrolling' speaks lor itseil. as does 'extra speerf And 'A multitude ol special moves' is good news as well We ll leave you with a picture cl two ot the new robots
wtveh has twts of race Irac* for you lo send the ball around There s always lots going on, me ball zrgs about rapidly, there s an LED display which messages and pictures appear on. the sound eflecls are good, and <s easy to see why tie ST press got so earned away.
But standards are. ol course, higher m the Amiga world How wii Unique Developments Sweden meet the challenge
"The A500 version will feature more colours onscreen than the ST one (S&* instead ol 40+) But best ol all will be the A1200 version, which will have an oxtra labie, 256 colours and - yes - multi-beir
And how will it tare ■gainst 21 si Century's Dreamsf jn(ds«s /HuSiQrtS senes1
"We re no! going lo claim that Obsession is better' than any other testing games, because In the same way Vial beauty is in the eye o! the beholder, playability is in the mind ol the player But a new game has to be better than its predecessors otherwise there wouldnT be a reason in the world for anyone to buy 4‘
Our thinking precisely, which bodes wel lor Obsession, and also UDS's next protect. Substation, which is based on -good kxd - Doom But. games aside.
Peter reckon would win in a light between his lot and leitow Swedes Distal Illusions, who wrote the 21st Century games1
"Well, the Idst clash lost us lour members, which means they're one up now. Thumbs up. though - wo just might have out nudear bomb ready at the end Of this month"
That s the spirt. I'm greatly looking forward to Obsession I only hope it doesn't make men I've never mei suddenly give me (lowers • JON A THAN DAVIES
It looks like being an entertaining year lor Formula 11ans. Nat only has the sport become an amusing Brits vs Germans contest, and not only are Domark just ■bout to release their updated version of FI. but there are a couple cl Formula 1 management slms on the way. The first, due In a month or two. Is Pole Position from Ascon. the On The Ball people. It's going to be designed along similar lines 10 On The Sail World Cup Edition, with a strong storyline and your drivers falling In love and things. All we've seen ol It so far are some impressive 3D graphics which will be used during the races.
The other one Is something Krisalis are working an. and details ol it are a bit sketchy at the moment. It s being written by Tim Blakelock. who has apparently once appeared In AP'i Do The Write Thing, and Krisalis ire currently slumped on how to represent the races. 'Having a screen full of little dots whizzing around usl isn't on in this day and age," said Krlsalis's Tim James, watching us reviewing Anfs.
Blitz Basic seems to be the In' programming language at the moment (we must thank it lor Guardian and Super Skidmarks 2). and this game's so Into the idea of being associated with this hip new programming tool that It's llagged It In the title. We originally saw it a law weeks ago whan the programmer sent It to us to preview, and at the time we rated It all right', it's a Bom barman, Dyna Blaster kind ol game, and In Its first Inearnailan. II had lunnalt, bomb punches and various olher lealurss not seen on Amiga versions ol I ha game, but familiar to anyone with a SNES. Seeing as it's practically Imposslbia for you to buy a copy of Ubl Soft s Dyna Blaster any more there's a gaping hole In the market, bul due to the lacklustre graphics, soma dodgy animation and a wrong feel', we were tel to rite it as ■ noncontender.
But now we hear that Arcane have bought It up and art planning lo releaM H in a couple of months attar an Intense revamp. They've been oul and bought all types of Bomberman games on loads of dlffarenl formats and ara planning to "do I Shadow Fighter by nicking all Ihe beat bits from theM Iried-and-tested games.
The naff graphics are out too. and they’ve reworked the
movement so It looks like the characters walk ralher than skate round the mazes.
Mora excitingly, there's also a link mods planned. As you all know, w re really hot on multi-player games, and also mad keen on Dyna Blaster, so Blitz Bomber's multi-player option sounds almost too good to be true. Impressed as we were by Super Skidmarks eight player option. Blitz Bomber's promoting an unbelievable TEN (count 'em!) player option uting two At 200s with the playing area spread over two monitors stuck side-by-side. Epic suss!
We would ordinarily have provided some screenshots tor you to gaze on, but as they would only be misleading wa haven't. So content yourMlves with Ihe knowledge that wa ve no idea yet how the finished version will play, or what it'll look like. Such It the might ol AMIGA POWER
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AP RECOMMENDS -t- POWKR HOUSI 4- MYSTERY SCREENS HOT
As if to prove what an odd month it is, we ‘Recommend’ just four games.
(AP48 86% A500/ 91% A1 200)
The original Skidmjr/is was truly a magnificent game Super Skidmarks Is evan more at a magnificent game than that. Super Skidmarks on an A1200 la even more of a magnificent game than the game which la even more of a magnificent game than the first one. If you haven't got two A120Q's and seven friends. get them immediately so you can play what is the Eight-Player Cinerama High-Res Mode ol Champions The best racing game on the Amiga Almost certainly.
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone on AMIGA POWER hates football management gamea. Stave tor one Is a man who can manipulate his
_ statistics wilh the best ot them, but It was
nonetheless a pleasant surprise to find that
S“uper League Manager has no statistics. Nor indeed does it contain a Ryan Giggs or Nigel Spink. There isn't even a Liverpool In sight. And that's what makes It so good -It creates a lantasy league which you can immerse yourself In, It hat no tedious igures to slog through, and it's just an alien! game all round Basically.
Last month good full-priced games were conspicuous by their absence, so in order to till the legendary AMIGA POWER Recommends column this month we re including budget releases too. Hope you don't mind too much. Anyway. Exile: a classic. H you will. H may be old. It may look crip. BUT! do not let it decieve you. Behind Ihe decaying facade lies a game which Is so addictive it should be outlawed, along with chocolate and. er... er... some other stuff
First there was Stardust Then there was another one of it Now there's Ihe one before the other one. except al a budget price. (And rxcept we re not doing that joke any more. - Ed) If s Asteroids, eicepl It's been updated wilh wonderful graphics, superb gameplay. addiction and variety (due to the tunnel sections and special missions). And tor a mere ten quid there's absolutely NO EXCUSE tor you not to purchase H immediately. If not sooner
Ike solar or geo thermalr. tor which youl recreve a pal on the back (hurrah again') In Power House (which <s influenced by those other business Sims. Ax Bucks and Detroit). you wi apparently be able no) only to conduct mute-milkcn dotar busmess transactions, but also to negotiate various rights with word governments And it shall al be a reaksbe representation ol the pokbcal liAure say Impressions. This is not because they exhOrt DISTURBING POWERS OF PREMONITION, but because ihe game uses an econome and political model based on UNpretkchons Hey-so does that mean it you buy this game youl be able lo see the results ol Ihe next general electron You never know.
Impressions reckon S's gong to be The ultimale game lor those who want lo play a busness god Do they speak Ihe truth H you want to find out. you could either a) suspend one ol the game's programmers by his ears Irom a light fitting, thus creating a crude but effective form ot ke delector, or b] watch out lor AP's review n a couple of months • RICHARD DOIDGE
Runs on: A500. A600. A1200
Publisher: Impressions Authors: In-house ETA: June
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i he lev®/ be tore you can move onto lhe neii TharSduty, perhaps because you're a cop', you re allowed to use weapons You can hold three different types o( weapons (you start with a gun, a lobbing bomb and a mme but can get different ones as you progress), usmg the space bar or second joystick button to switch between them As you can see tram the screen shots the levels ere muli-layered and go all over the place, and some are stupefy large They are also complelely free-rangng. meaning you can go about as you please and back off when things gel loo much lor you There's also plenty to cotect. from little Os and 1 s lo increase your score to battery packs that wtl. with any kick, restore enough power to get you through the rest of the level or uiw you can find another one. whichever happens first You
Another game with a snooker
table in it.
Runs on: A500 & A1200 Publisher:
Renegada/Time Warner Authors: Graftgold ETA: May
Meet Dave The Robot He's cute, he's butoous. and he's shodly to tealuie n the latest ©miss on I ram Graftgold, the programming heroes behind flambow Islands Undum 2. Fm and Ice. Frrpre Soccer end Upper ol AP coverdisk lame As a Virocop you must zip around various levels. IS normal game ones and S end ol level mearae ones to be precise destroying al the homble viral like things that populate
will also need lo look out lor the letters that are dropped by the viral mear.es as you destroy them Why7 They're passwords Well Mtle bits ot passwords Coiled every sngle one ol them and that's your password lor the red level But you'll be able to read al this m the instructions Sidestepping any technical details Oust what are biplanes'*). I asked Graflgakfs great leader. Andrew Braytxook. what Vmop will adualty be like
‘In typcat Graftgold style, there's plenty ol attention to detail I especialy !*e the way that, when you destroy the tennis ball machines, the balls that were in the machine fan out as we* Oh. and the way that sometimes, there's one extra ball caught in the machine that might lly out and he you out as you go past it' And - aarghh - he's
right, loo "We're also pleased how long Virocop wJ keep you playmg We dtont intend it to be that tug. but n the end we reckon I wll take about 21 hours to get through it I tom start lo Imsh * Andrew then Staring talking about somethng caked Fast RAM so I left
Most Ol the game is in place as I write this wth only a lew programming itungs' left to finish off What this al means lor you (and us) s a review m the next issue of AMIGA POWER and hopefully a smooth and ending blaster ol a game • PAUL UELLEHICK
An antidote to the current surplus ol overhead-view driving games has been brought to ou< attention by AP reader Dave Green ol London It appears lo be a con-op verson ot Sw papular 1970s slot racing game Scalecinx. wth sfeenng wheels and loot pedals a la Super Spmi and the track located beneath a glass top But hang on What are the fleering wheels actually Ion* And what happens when one ol the cars spins off the track1’ Do you have to call out an engneer to open up the machine and replace it n its groove7
Little elucidation is provided by makers
innovaciones Recreatnras s press release "The TOP CONTROL
racing game make teei to you a genuine racing driver.
I challenging you to yourseK. the itklity to drive Saving al the obstacles lo be the ' number one 1,1 DARE TO TRY IT ,u" We leel unable to recommend Ibis form Ol entertainment to readers ol AMIGA POWER
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we can think ot at lha moment I la Empire Soccer, which Is a 1 cross between Speedbell 2 end l Sensible Soccer. In 1
approximately a year's time, 1 howavar, Hinge plan to rsleeaa 1 The Adrenaline Fedor, which la l clearly a cross between i
Syndicate and Cannon Fodder. u
Although It's aim such a long way off. lha gents's alraady looking promising (on the PC, at leasi),
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troupe ol robots scurrying aiQuad an Isometric landscape blowing things up. I'l only planned lor the CD32 at the moment, because lhe complex rendered scenery — « would till up too many dlaka.
* I Interestingly. Mirage actually lf hope to persuade ua to call the ■■ I game 'The AdneaBejij Fedor r« I although ere aren't earn why.
I 'Adrenaline' la the name ol a naturally-produced hormone, while Adrenalin' la a manufactured version of tha
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Bui let me backtrack a bit and explain quickly that as the author of three of my particular all-time favourite games: the swashbucklingly strategic Pirates' the Steaming business-suit Railroad Tycoon and me awesomely ambitious Cnnkiabon. Sid Meier CAN DO NO WRONG in my eyes So you can imagine my delight as I caught my first sight of this, fits new game through the smoked glass windows ol the sirxsterty plush Microprose stand I rushed inside I looked harder My head slopped A billowing wave of nausea coursed through my body. My head started poundmg and my mouth became so dry that my tongue lelt like a newly flufted-up pillow that had been forced into my oral cavity What caused me such distress'5 It was the sign that tead 'PC only The Amiga is dead Youd be a loot lo imagine that we d ever consider doing this on the Amiga Cos we won't.'
I left the show a crushed man With all hopes lor the future dashed And a sou' taste m my mouth
That was in November Now. unexpectedly, and fittingly usi as Spring has arrived, comes the exerting news that Microprose wil m fad be releasing CcbnuAbon on the Amiga What yoy11 spent all ol yesterday out ol the office bounding mnocenlly around me fields with new born lambs, rolling carelessly about in banks ol newly blooming daffodils and whistling songs ol endless love with the birds
Why does Ihc prospect of Colonization - but on ihe Amiga excite me so much Well, it's loosety similar lo Sid's previous classic Ov.hzabon and anybody who's seen that game will have a fair idea of
how this one works However. Colonization is not just a sequel nor even a cash-in. but a game that is different Irom Cm m a lot ol ways The basic idea <s that you are one ol the four mater players in ihe colonization of the New World Bntam. France. Spam or the Netherlands You start the game in a ship on a blank map. A couple of goes later you'll have sighted land and disembarked Then you build a colony As the colony grows you are able lo manufacture military units (among many other things) These units then stan lo explore the blank map. You come across Native Americans and the other colonizers. You go to war with them or you make treaties with them You settle other colonies You trade with your home country, the other colonizers and the Native Americans And you build more colonies. And men at a pomt chosen by you. you declare yourself independent from your ongmal country Basically it's the story ol how Ihe USA came about
There are a thousand more things to say about the game, but you'll have lo wail for Ihe review tor that Oh and a word of warning All these screen shots are Irom the (ggnnh) PC version However Sid Meier has always concentrated on gameplay above graphics and I would imagine that the Amiga version will look pretty much the same • STEVE FARAGHER
Runs on: A500, A600.
Publisher: Microprose Author: Sid Meier ETA: June
Perhaps they’ll call the A600 version ‘Semicolonization’.
Computer trade shows are a Satan-spawned idea where hapless computer journalists aie lorced lo spend large amounts of lime with just the sort ol be-suited and be-pencil-skirted people that they became computer journalists to avoid having to deal with m the lust place Howevei. they do have then uses, tor although I had the misfortune to allend one ol those nightmares ol the netherworld at the end ol last year, it was there that I first saw Colonization
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July-December 1994 must beam like an awful tong time ago now, but M hae taken this long for our rival* to gaf around la releasing their official ABC circulation llguia* tor that period. They reed Ihut:
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Tl SOCCIR MANAGER + RICH DOIDOI
Thereto scouting and transfer mantels, xijunes and match reports, press conferences and inleracJon with players, coaches, agents and Ians In fact it's almost as * Impressions have worked their way through a kst of all the opbons avaiatte n other looty manny games and made sure that they've got every one that’s ever been seen before
3 THE GIMMICK Is. tvarrafy. business management You can control the (nances ot USM tar more thoroughly than you can at any other football game I've ever seen The options lor ground development include buildng shops and restaurants: there s not just an isorreinc representation of the ground, but also ol the surrounding neighbourhood, and as you build thmgs
they'll appear But being a property developer en t the only aspect of busaiess you'll be embroiled in. there s also sponsorship, advertising. Iasi food, betting and, in an unprecedented move towards reaksm, the option to gve and take bungs' Now at first I was a little cynical about this business san side to the game - * al scurried a be <M. But then I decided that it was a more accurate reflection of the modem manager's idle and as such could be quite fun lo get involved with As a result I've also decided mat I'm rather looking lorwatd lo Utamate Soccer Manager • STEVE FARAGHER
It’s looking a bit crowded out there, Brian.
Runs on: A500. A600. A1200
How to make an
inierestng F octal Management Game - A guide 1 Pul football n it 2 Add some management elements 3. THINK OF A GIMMICK to make a stand out from all ihe others
So. having read the bbie ol looty manny s*ns. what have Impressions done here Let s take <1 point by ponl 1 The lootba! Al the teams from al the leagues All edlable 2 The
management An overhead view ol the match enables you lo make decisions based on individual performances, so
Publisher: Daze Author: Impressions ETA: April
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'(Fiendish laugh) Everyone in the AP office thinks I'm just an Innocent journalism student here on a work experience placement. None ol them suspected for a minute that I'm actually an undercover operative, sent by a rival publisher to carry out SUBVERSIVE ESPIONAGE In order to tarnish the reputation ol AMIGA POWER forever. After two weeka at working' here, I can exclusively reveal Ihe DISTASTEFUL and UNCLEAN SECRETS which lie behind the mighty facade the maguine projects to the nation.
"llm... (nervous chuckle) however, due lo certain mitigating circumstances, namely the proximity o< Ihe official AP Rusting Mediaeval Weaponry to certain parts ot my anatomy, and lo the evil and maniacal expressions currently upon the laces of the editorial staff wielding said implements. I find myself Inclined to 'forget about certain aspects of my stay. Like how Cam - THWACK! -erm. n a really great bloke, and isn't a
gun-obsessed psychopath at all.
Oh no. Nothing of the sort. No. I wouldn’t even consider mentioning that most of Ihe populalion of the office are work-shy I- THUD! - er... er. are consumale professionals, always hard at work and never, lor example, sit around listening to loud music or firing handguns at - K'ching. . BANG! - er. (cough) urn... no. nothing bad lo say about them, arm al all.. Excuse me, could you possibly sew my arm back on now, please Hello Hello At least get me a bandage or something.. An elastoplast then Please "
• RICHARD DGIDGE
From next month. AMIGA POWER will cost £4.25 an isiue - 26p more than It doet now, and an outrageous 30p more than It did last month. We re as appalled as you, and point the finger firmly at the greedy global megacorporation which
now manipulates us. Not only must we create the world's most Important Amiga games magazine each month, we are told, but we must also generate fat profits to fill the pockets ot our sinister paymasters. We labour on. however, and must hope that you are still able to afford to read us.
PINBALL -*- IN THI STY LB OP
The pinball crown has been heW by 21st Century lor so long that everyone's pretty much assumed they've got it ad lirvtum The Iasi pinball game we can think ol that wash! by 2tst Century was Ultimata Pnbatt Quest, politely dismissed by JO back m AP39 Even without competition. 21st Century upped the stakes by nduding multiball and high-res options r Pwbaii illusions <AP43. 89%) and presumably even as we write this are sflog back, satisfied wth a Ob wefl done and a monopoly on ail things pertaining to Amgas and steel balls
But hang on Nol only is Obsession on the way (see pages 26 and 27). but Arcane are claiming to have an Wusions-bustmg Pmball engine that's going to whup UusrtftS without even bothenng to use the extra crockts There aren'i any picoes because Ihe programmer's only lecentty sent the game to Arcane, who are (quite correctly) embarrassed by the half-assed
Trekkie theme ol the table, so the plan ts to sort out all the options and then do a total number on making it look all spangly and cod
So this one s got a tdi screen high-res mode, mull ball and subgames that come up on the scoreboard, just like Illusions In fact However, unlike Illusions. it s also got a split-screen low-res mode io keep irack of at the bals This goes up to 3 afferent sections and to tell you the Iruth. it made our eyes hud
As well as being impressively last and (lowing and having anmation on the actual balls, there ! also be magnetic sections to alter the Irack of the bal. new butters, new targets and that sod of thing. Arcane dam it's going to be bnl. but then again, they would, wouldn't they WeT keep you posted on development, but an we can say at the moment is that everything (other than the Trekkie motif) ts looking well on track
We II be reviewing an A500 version of Microprose's £/FO(A1200 version. AP43 85%) next month Given how long the A1200 likes to calculate the enemy's movements. It should al least be Interesting.
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About 75% ol Ihe In The Style Of... entries this month were sent In by people who obviously have ■ limited grasp of English. You see. the whole point at In The Style Of... is Ihsl you send in pictures which sre of something IN THE STYLE OF something else Anyone who sends In a picture which Is just a Straight aketch of a game will be subjected lo alow and painful execution al Ihe hands of sadistic children s TV presenters
Anyway, this month's fish arrldal a sea of rotting algae is lain Wilson from Nottingham lor hia entry, Skidmarks In The Style Of The Clue. Wa decided to award him 4/10, which, via a aerlei complex mathematical equations, meant he gals £80 worth of games. However, we decided that hit entry would have been much funnier had he called if something like Skidmarks In Tike Style ol
Birmingham", and so his prize Is reduced to just £40 of software.
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SUPER LEAGUE MANAGER
Super League Manager does everything In ill power to allow you lo believe you're a reel lootball manager. The crude menu syilem ol most fooly manny games Is replaced by a dehghtlul representation ol the desk in your otllce, and
the meaningless statistics are _ m
swept away by lo be replaced by LO_’-'3> P~-_*•
more human text descriptions We 'fluids :*! ‘org:* w- .<»■;: %t '
a computer game jltogelher . . , ''
which Is perhjps why we are 1
shown this picture ol i dis* dt the
appropriate moments. It is a little wBSBBttm
small, but a disk nevertheless
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A KANGAROO COURT SPECIA
Have you ever been suddenly unable to recall what a floppy disk looks like Probably not, thanks to the cunning design of many of today’s games...
Jurassic Park is s pretty accurate scene-by-scene adaptation o< the blockbusting movie, so It tallows that the disk-swapping should also be true to Spielberg's vision. Vou're sure to remember the part in the film where the T-flex pauses in his terrifying pursuit ol the eep along the dark, rainswept road, the jungle disappears to be replaced by an expanse ol whiteness, and a picture of a floppy disk appears (marked, ol course, with the JP' logo).
it was lerrfcfe at the otd days You'd have start the dwarvert armies ol Goirofh k. baffled across the plans ol Hok-Holraxm. and made your way to the shores ol the Sea Of Uncertain Despair Suddenly, a ferocious three-headed serpent would rise Irom the sea. let forth a temple ay. and advance towards you. Edging backwards up the beach, you'd lind yourse* pressed up agansi the cfcfl behind you. with nowhere to escape to and the tod beast's breath bognnmg to statg your eyes Only your trusty Sword ol Gofroth could save you now. But before the action could continue, a dsaeel message wcxid appear at the comer ol the screen askng you to insert risk two You'd be thrown into contusion. ‘Disk Tt What is this word risk It seems I have become so immersed in the game’s carehAy-eratied atmosphere (s loving depchor ol a strange and ckslanl land, that I have completely tost the aMity to cope with 20th Century concepts, a problem compounded ty my evidently hinted nteiigence it only t would dustrate its request r some way. perhaps tuning the whole screen black as it does so and then keeping me updated on its progress in intricate technical detat before lurching abruptly back lo the shores ol the Sea Ol Uncertain Despair and expeebng me 10 re-suspend my sense ol dsbeiel and carry on as it nothing had happened" Progress is a wondediJ thing.
ol a disk appeara. It too la drawn In a cartoon style. We can therefore lorgive the omission ol the write-protect tab. particularly In view ol the pair of arrows reminding us which way round the disk is lo be inserted.
The cresh dummies are cartoon characters, so It is good la see that, when the screen clears and a picture
We are battling against
graphics, raaiiy trying lo
believe we're being chased
neo-Tokyo by the aganls ol L_ _
a sinister corporation, when
the screen goes black and this picture
ol a disk appears. It is neatly drawn,
and evan allows us lo re-assoclite the
word Akira' with the name Ol a
computer game, rather than the genetically-engineered superhero we were Irying to pretend it was.
(Team 17) j
Quite Impressive- this one. While 1
most disk-artists stick with a I
sate two-dimensional illustration, I
Team 17 have here laker a bold I
step into three dimensions. I
The sliding shutter Is perhaps a little too shiny lor brushed aluminum, but the way that the blue plastic fades into darkness Is a nice touch And it is always good to be
reminded of the Amiga DOS designation ol our Internal disk drive as -UFO:*.
KNI .-IT: off THE SKY I
Fantastic You re wailed gonlty back through the decades with an ingenious black-and-white movie-style introduction and some llnkty piano musk: until you could almost believe you really are a gallant Edwardian avialor. Then, inconveniently, disk 2 is needed So - BLAM! - the screen clears and 1916 France is replaced by not only an accurate scale drawing of Disk 2, but halt an Amiga as well, complete with
power LEDs and cooling slats. There can be no mistaking what s required of you here.
The Future Of Pictures Of Disks
FATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER
Here's a really bold one. with some curious satanic symbols an the label. The shutter is ust a little loo light In colour, however, and It's a shame they lorgot the small engraved arrow at the bottom right.
As technology marches onwards, soon there wJ be no mare disks. They will be replaced by glittering s>tver CDs AMIGA POWER has reflected this change with olf special CO editor' this month, and games wa have to loo :-
The tension mounts as a sinister helicopter circles r the night sky. the subject ol Psygnosiss much Hum pel ed rendered Introduction. Who are the shadowy figures who pilot if5 What terrible task awaits us Will we escape with our lives'5 Why has a picture ot a Compact Disc suddenly appeared on the screen'5
Spiriting up a sense ol the military at polygon nqN sms has always been tncky, so here Micropmse resort to the old lots-d-bady-drawn-ptttiFes-ol-olficeS'OTd-personnel-with-a Ung abmet-that-you-have-kMdck-on-to-hxn-ofl-the-music ploy It's
pa nfli, but a! least rhr y rr doing meir L ‘ *
besl Then In case you hadn 1 R . ** TP
nolleed ihe yo o* light flashing on ,
your CD32. ai this It suddenly
replaced by a pel urn ol a CD
(tastefully shrouded r ms), mark
you) and the words 'CD Access'
You can almost smelI the cordite ' - — *; '■> " ' ~r - " *- ■* '-feA-1
Bulilrog seem almost embarrassed about this one. They try to brighten It up with a cheery picture ol Ihe advisor, and a pretty tlowery pattern. But deep down, in their heart ol hearts, they know that what we really want Is to know what a disk looks like. And they reluctantly show us.
No messing about here. Everything's spot-on. down to Ihe little arrow In the comer, the write-protect tab and even Ihe way shading is used on the complicated bits around the shutter to give a sense ot depth. All that lets It down Is Ihe grey colour used tor the aluminium - M's just a Utile too dark. The "ACCESSING DISK' message eradicates any lingering doubt, however.
Hee hee. Those lovable Frenchmen. We quickly become Immersed In the quirky world ol those cheeky Goblllns, and chuckle heartily at their knockabout exploits. So it Is a little surpritlng to learn that their Innocent, technology-tree world lor some reason contains floppy disks, which they are happy to pots with between levels.
Hmm. Not too sure aboul this. kB The drawing ol the disk Is
superb, one ol the boldest we've seen, enlarged until It spills ol the screen giving an unparalleled view of the aluminium shutter. But they’ve been unable to discard Ihe Idea at helicopters entirely during this Important moment, and the disk Is a bit hidden. So we've often been thrown into confusion while playing Jungle Strike, and have Inserted video cassettes and even polled plants into our disk drive by mistake.
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lyfalfo last me for the rest of my in,
*n armchair the size of Battersea *n and reminisce londly about my olognese frenzy. And belch
Her haarr, said Steve (courtesy of Richard
still not having fully reverted Irom his role as Midshipman Baines in The Garden That
Time Forgot despite his apparent return to normality last month. Old be choosin praaaawns There •or these afippery little vullows He lvB Pfawn» and let them slither grinning broadly as we recoiled In “ w*n ,n 10 cook 'em, though " he m they d go pink, the
strange month, whet
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AMIGA POWER MAV 199
Runs on: A1200, A4000 Publisher: Ocean Authors: DID Prfco: £40 Roloaso: TBA
This month I visited Hell And it wasn't how I was expecting it to be at all I always imagined i1 would be a pub that only served e>pens»e bottled lager I’d be Sitting at a table with a group ot cigarette-smokers who were having a perpetual conversation about old children s television programmes And on the stereo would be the Commitments playing soul songs slightly too siowty lor the rest o! eternity But in tact. Hell turns out to
be playing TFX on an Amiga 1200 with no extra memory and only one disk drive Be tore the game starts it is necessary to perform six disk swaps, most of whch seem merely to generate a senes of completely pointless pictures on the screen: outside the USAF Fighter Weapons School - grind. dunk, gnnd -ns.de the USAF Fighter Weapons School
- grind, dunk, swap - siighity further nstde the USAF Fighter Weapons School
- gnnd. dunk, grind - inside your office
■nside the USAF Fighter Weapons School
- grind, ckink. swap, grind - your desk msxfe the USAF Fighter Weapons School
- gnnd. swap. gnnd. dunk - your commanding a fleer nside the USAF
Fighter Weapons School - gnnd, gnnd - a dose-up of your commanding officer inside Ihe USAF Fighter Weapons School Allogelher. even allowing for the broken Ask dnve on the AP A1200 wheh meant I had to perform each d>sk swap with the aid of a fork, from swilch-on to fake off it lakes 10 mmutes to scramble' your Eutofighler 2000 - jus! one minute short of the record held by US Gold's World Cup USA 94 In that time, m real life, your airbase would have been peppered with 10001b runway
TFX gives you three planes to fly, although It likes to decide lor itself which one to give you for which mlselone.
It might look rather like a 1970*
Mirage. end have ■ dreadful
denial weapons and your Eurofighter 2000 crushed by the remains of its own hardened shelter
But that's not the end ot it Once m the air you'll discover that Ihe graphics seem terribly dull compared with the PC pictures Ocean have been printing m their TFX adverts lor Ihe last year or so So you’f summon up Ihe options menu, push up Ihe detail level and seieci Raima to game But - oh no Grind, clunk] gnnd .. Two disk swaps and 30 seconds later you re back m the game and. although the game now looks lovely, me screen ts
and launch mlisilei tram it* internal weapon* bayi. obviating the need for gun*. (Although the gam* provide* lam* for entertainment purpose* )
Referring to thle alrcrafl i* the Stealth Fighter it. of couree. a mlatake commonly made by the Ignorant and
updating only about once a second, making it impossible to do anything So its back to the options menu to switch everything off again and - aarghh - clunk, gnnd. two more risk swaps before dul, grey normality « restored
And then, should you complete the first training mission (which, thanks to the sophistication of today's an-to-air missiles, ■s Simply a cast) Of ptessmg Return and Space and wailing tor the MiG-21 to blow upi. Ibare s another five minutes ot grinding and dunlong betare mission two appears f* - .
It a ground
name, but this i* the future of air defence in Europe. It's being built by a consortium ol German. Britiih. Italian and Spanich compiniec (France having pulled out ol the protect), and le due to enter service in 1995. It ftlee at Mach 2. le picked with electronic bite and bob*, end it TFXt middle-beet plane.
LOCKHEED F-22 SUPERSTAR
The betl plan* in the game If thle one. which tends to be used for carner-besed operation*, ft * being developed for Ihe US Air Force and Navy. and. as well at being visually pleating and able lo fly it Mach 2.3. ie afealth-capabl*. Thi* meant ft can inaak up on enemy lighten
attack aircraft, using its curious chips and special black paint to slip undetected beneath enemy radar cover and lofl in the weapons hidden in if* belly. U s a aub-aonic aircraft, but that isn't a problem because you don't want to be going too last when you attack ground largeft anyway. If it alio the only aircraft in the game that I* already In service.
R was all too much sc I scooped up the pile ol •loppy disks and installed them onto a mighty Amiga 4000. £>.'
And Suddenly I was in t Hsaveri TFX on an Amiga 4000 ts an excellent t
game The screen still HBB
doesn't updale as smoothly as on a top-end PC. but you can
stick all the detail K»j E!
options onto maximum and it's still perfectly playable The landscape now fades gradually into the dslance City lights twinkle on the ground beneath you Your plane has a logo lextuie mapped onto its tail, and convaiong-looking weapons dangling beneath its wings Missiles whoosh away leaving a nail o< smoke behind them Ybur Virtual cockpit' scrolls around usefully when you look to the left and right Your rata crackles with messages denied to humble 1200-owners Baddws explode devastatmgly. Everything still
to score -
gasp - poms' and you
■ uJF can adjust the realism VjVa setting to eliminate things like crashes But apart horn IS that TFX couldn I he further removed Irom the knockabout lun ol something like Knights ot the Sky Your powerful jet engines send your plane usl where you want t. and nail-biting aerial duels are more or less eliminated by mtssiies wtucJi shoot down planes so fa' i ray you can t even see them
But that doesn't mean it's not lun -modern weaponry bnngs pleasures oI its own Experienced players wll be able to juggle the various views to show enemy lighters lurching around in the sky to avoid missiles, desperately scattering Hares and chaff Laser gu»ded bombs are also fun, as I explain elsewhere There's in-flighf refuelling lo experience, and earner landings, and HARM radar-seeking missiles Everything's been included The only slight let-down is that you're always on your own. lighting a lonely.
single-handed war, bereft
of Ihe company of the l; v wmgmen you gel in Dawn Patrol or
--■—---_ Right Ot The
Intruder But m a way that makes it an the more ►
decidedly grey, but i1's now an authentic, atmospheric grey. And with disk swapping and accessing eliminated by the combination of more memory and a hard drive, ct's now possible to play and appreciate TFX properly (The penniless pictures stil irritate, though )
At its heart. TFX is a cold, ruthless simulation thai makes lew concessions to games players After al. DID. who developed H. also design simulators lor the world's airforces and aie a serious straight-talking group f ol people You can
play it m an arcade - - B mode it you want.
where you blow . haddiesup
gradually Info Mta distance"
The sophistication of modern warfare makes failing to hit the target a thing of the past. Come with us as we launch a daring attack on a heavily-defended installation, and marvel al our bravery.
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aawi) Mr ana*. Lack aa. w* lar Pm
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Haa. If ailuafl.
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
AMIGA POWER MAY I99S
BEHOLD THE REAL TFX
We've tilled these pages with pictures at TFX running on an A4000, because It looks nicer that way, and appearances are Important to us. You can achieve almost the same effect on an A1200 by turning all the detail levels up lo maximum (only the texture mapping on the tail fin and Instrument panel and the Gouraud shading are denied lo you), but then the screen updates at approximately 1 frame par second, which is clearly useless. So here ate some pictures ol TFX running at the default setting on an A1200. Like all (light aims, it looks better
exciting when you see ied dots closing from all sides on your ■adar
And the great graphics mean that TFX is one Ol those flight sims in which you can have a good time by just flying aiound looking at things, zooming low ovet cites and cruising among the fluffy, white clouds
annoyingly. Amiga Shopper noticed that their A400G was missing, heard the nvghty throbbing ol its processors coming from next door, and came and asked tor it back It was therefore a return to the horrors Of A1200 TFX
Except this time, Cam had finished playing Exile so 1 was able use ihe other AP A1200. the one with a broken
1*1 nVf*-,h« wrW'
"Wouldn't mark down a Ferrari"
hard disk but two external drives and loads of extra memory The disk swapping wasn't nearly so all-pervading this lime, thanks to the extra drives, and the b-gger memory meant that ai the sound effects worked property And. whke the graphics are Still disappointing and attacking ground targets can be a nightmare due to the way objects don't appear on the screen until you're realy close to them. I decided that it is possible to play TFX on a 1200 You just can't revel vi it m quite the same way You wouldn’t mark down a Ferran lor bemg Out of the reach ol most people, or for having too a boot And you wouldn't pena.i&e games Mte Dynabtaster or Super Skidmarks 2 tor bemg boring to t*y on your own - they're simpfy not designed as one-piayer games So I think, n an AP
AND NOW, TIME FOR 'THE GALLERY'
II you rs going to spend months lovingly creating a 3D polygon-tilled environment, sacrificing detail lor the sake at shape and movement, and asking the player to suspend his disbelief and use hit Imagination to fill
In the spaces, why then completely shatter your carelully-cratied atmosphere by filling the screen with crudely-drawn stills between missions. All flight aims do It, presumably because all lllght alms da It.
First. I'm going to give TFX an Ad000 mark as well as an A1200 one
On a bare bones 1200. TFX iusl about works but you'd be much better oft with F-19 Stealth Fighter or something On a 4000. TFX is one ol the Amiga's best fight aims, and would be a tine purchase. The chances are. though, assuming we lost 500.600 owners about haltway through the second paragraph, you've got something «i between - an A1200 with a tew extra bits and pieces plugged in. So imagine a son ol sliding scale between the metocre 1200 mark and the enormous 4000 one. adding on 3 percent tor each extra (Soppy drrve 5 percent tor a hard drrve. 5 percent tor some extra memory. 10 percent tor an accelerator and so on And sort ol devise your own mark • JONATHAN DAVIES
AlitMv)h until udiovi Ihii picture ft Iffil )l«ti a food view ol your Instrument panel.
The moat sophisticated-looking Might aim on the Amiga, with a strong sense at 'actually being there' The cutllng-edge technology aspect ia entertaining, especially the laser-guided bombs it's got Herculeses In it.
® DOWNERS Annoying between-misslon pictures which don't help to create an Involving storyline. Jerkier updating than you'd expect on such a powerful machine. You leel rather detached Iron Ihe action sitting In your electronic cockpit, which, combined with the lack of true dogtighling action, means H can get a little dull In the long term.
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's so busy being an accurate simulator that sometimes it forgets it's meant to be lun aa well. But otherwise. TFX is a great accomplishment - an attractive, well-rounded and absorbing game that wa like.
® Plenty of
The usual range of scenarios. Mare or lest playable.
®DOWNIMiS Horribty compromised graphics. Nightmarish disk-related horrors, aggravated by the pointless pictures. Hardly any sound.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Well, It's hers. But It can't hide the fact that It's a game designed tor more expensive machines that's been cut down to R1 onto the Amiga, rather than a game developed with the Amiga In mind.
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
I btli> 1
Bascaty. think el every aspect you find «i a kxrtbal game the teams, the fats, the players, their abilities what player plays lor what teams, everything Wei now. you can change * all Yes. al ol 4.
This means you can should you wish, have AMIGA POWER United playing m black stuns, black shorts and socks, with all the players as good as 1he<r stats wA allow, playing in the Premier League with opponents including the fakes ol Bath City, Bromsgrove Rovers and even Accrington Stanley Or you could simply make Ryan Giggs a bit crap The choice is
yours Personalty I like the ■dea ol an editor As long as you don'i lake a too tar. I mean 1 you make all your players great, where s the challenge But if you tancy putting your own name m place ol your tavourite player and then playing as that team, then great The best thing here though is you can do whatever you fake. The only thing that may hold you back is not wanting to make the game loo hard tor yourself.
Loads of good bits ruined by one big bad bit. Shame!
Runs on: A500, A600,
Publisher: Krisalis Authors: In-house Price: £30 Release: April/May
Cheating its not t»g. it's not
dever and you certainly won't prosper by doing it Unless ol course we re talkng about computer games You see m the world ol games, cheating can somelmes make you big, sometimes requires you to be dever (and
sometimes not) and if you gel the right cheat you will definitely find dings moving n your favour
Take tootbaii games tor instance Get yourself some serious money in a management game and you're laughing all the way lo the top of the division (hopefully). Or maybe even Ind a cheat lo make all your players graal or a speoal way lo score a goal every time in a more arcadey game and you can then wipe the floor with everyone But what 11 you could do al this without cheating
Last month we reviewed the Premier Manager 3 Editor, which basically allowed you lo alter any detail n the game to your own requirements - some people even thought having Bath City vt the Premier league was tunny Well, now Krtsalis have added the same sort ol editor lo their Manchester United game This time around called Manchester United The Double (remember tasl season ). They've also added some other new bits and pieces but we It be concentrating on the editor to start with It you don't mnd
A graal. ill
(A ] ■ncompattlng editor
V / allowing you to change
everything you might want to your own dealra. And a new and very line tranater bit.
®OBtA HEHS But the
gull ol the game, the actual match day playing bit. Ii juit 10 Iruilrallng and lllalaai that playing become! a rial chore You can turn oft the match bit. but thi* uit laavea you with an empty bare management game not really worth that much.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Another one of Ihoie garnet that get to many Ihlnga right, the preientallon and attention to detail etpeclally, but mettat up big time on the most Important « jw ■» bit. It teemt tuch a thame to have gone to A 2 all that trouble. W *
anchester United ~ smn>
THE BOTTOM LINE
The dltlereneet are to
A1200 minor that I would
have to become at pedantic at all the othert in the office before I mentioned them. And I won't.
Ybu can ot course leave the game atone and concentrate on the ether new Ms The transfer market lor example Yep. the chance to buy and sell players, looking lor a new star, buying an old has-been or even trying to make a tut ol money to afford that player you've had your eye on lot a couple of seasons AS supremely quck and easy lo do. and valuable m ihe game
Ah yes. the game, I'd almost torgoden about this bn They've moved the angle around a M. So instead of Senst Soccer comparisons (which had been letted al the game in previous ncarnations] we can now call it a cross between Sensi and FIFA Soccer Look al the screenshots lo see what i mean Although you might not think it. this new view acluaty makes ihe game more tun to
-— -- play
The extremely last nature ol Ihe game means that it s useful to be able lo see where the ball is coming from, and this new view lets you do that Unfortunately I stil can’t get to grips with it I've tried. I really have, but it's just too all over Ihe place
I've tried playing as different teams, to experwnce good and bad ones, but all to no avail. I just can t seem to do what I want Perseverance does pay rtf. with the odd goal here and there, but there's not enough continuity, not enough Row and delmrlely not enough user-tnendlness in the control system to allow you to add your own style ot play You just end up booting it upfietd in the vain hope that someone will connect with it m a positive way and that it might just end up at the back of the net The same is true when you've not got possession, you slide about all over ihe place or
techous The detail n the
game a great and Ihe editor is also pietty
good, but unlike nearly every other tootball
game we've got. I'm afraid I'm not going lo
be playing this one on those quiet
afternoons m the office
• PAUL MELLERICK
hopelessly drve through ihe‘air vi order lo dear a cross ot a corner
Anyway it's al rather frustrating and I'm surprised our joypad still works from Ihe number ihe limes I've thrown it on the floor in anger
I've played and reviewed I tvs game xi it's CD32 guise, and although I appieoaie the changes they’ve made, the game is still so flawed and makes you SO angry it's quite unplayable. You can lum the football bit oft. but this leaves you with a slightly bare, management-only game that's a bit
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
A complete misnomer, of course. In thi
: At 200 n Audiogenic : Pea Irvin, Wild Dry Cox
hypothesised 'The arcade adventure s dead Long kve Exile." he concluded, suitably pompously as befits a review in AMIGA POWER That was in May I99f and with it al I concur, which makes the Wkwvng two pages astonishingly difficult to Ml without repeating Gary and being sued by him B
to< plagiarism. / " A
Although it doesn't / ■Mfc> look like it, Exile is an / lt4£K adventure game In the ■■■ 9 g manual prequel blurb, you 5™
answer a tksuess beacon \ g from a survivor ot a \
previous landing expedition He tells you about the owl Triax
arc how. Pah Pah. banished.
—-l blah. Pah caverns. Pah. Pah etc.
1 End of intro.
. 1 The game starts with Tnax making vR a briel appearance (so bnet I only no i cod it the thud time I played tie game) and stealng your i V 'i navicomp. eflactively stranding you on the planet Like all the —Iw 1 best bad guys (Donald
Unpeasence and Alan dckman ".J (or example). Tnax doesnt pr I actually look mean at ail. and resembles Davros from TV's famous Dr Who rather than
a e.iheg. In AP issue one. try Penn summed up the Bt essCWof the game her well -fWiat thus actuary a succesjul mamage
the arcade style shoot-I To at intents and le first In what wtl lb a wew breed P kn arcade adventures' he
same leal-phyata a putrie' adventure game upaihetiealfy fiddly and Hbr be deference is that Its in the way n Puggsy -im>d p drums only to land knock them down Mpr yeu in Exile Check lip IRREFUTABLE
environ fl flies, but that * I fhe annoying!
rather than trundling arouM bottom hall P a yogurt pp. So g three seconds from staring, you w reason to explore the planet Thafl your guys got a tetpack. so getunj isn't a problem and the score ujg corners steadily ticking ckwmjgp points second by second, sd even instils a sensg ol urgency
a One ol Exile's mam selling points is the teal-world environment it inhabits As hundreds ol Pfces hours devoted to Gravity Force 2 wi tesPy, we re great Ians of real physics here on AP. and everything works In Exile so naturally that you lend lo target the mechanics and ust Concentrate on the game Psygnosrs Puggsy (AP36. 40*i) tned to use the
you build ■ bump mlM again - 41 out the pci
AI adventure games are ligaat. but what makes some bener than oAers is the amount ol latitude they grve the payer. Po<rt and-dick adventures are nponous lor tunneling trio player down a single path where success is just a matter ol trymg to think as iitogically as the programmer
On the other hand, sprawling fantasy romps such the fsnar senes offer tar too much leeway, so you spend more lime trampng around
"substantially so I plays as wok as I Either way 'i& a unique gama ■ CAW WiHSTA
IlktU - TNI MiKOM SVSTLM HOM MU. Old fu'al ]•! tk« rijht cod*, fou km la Hr aiaaad adm*»clay imVi h i tia la naktr mn tiBM iaa ha k witfc t» kaad. Tka n pjuittr mm ibimk. Ha ifciaktath iafr«*aaa< i.<«rl.d«
Em you do swashing and a butting lies somewhere comfortably in the traddfo. although some ol tha uCTies tend km aids iho impossibly abacmOj Alter beatg stuck lor hours.-1 phoned Aurtegemc for some solulions that were so obscure I d never have thought ol them and would have been stuck on the same be forever
The game's set tr one huge cavern network. although thereTe a number ol sub sections partitioned by massive stone wais or teleporters and m each ol these sections Ihere're a number ol punfos to solve dPthfogs to Imd that you can do m any order The net etteci ol this is that you foot like you re roamrng at will, but at the same tune are being cratlity nudged along 60 the programmers
So with the gilt ol hrndsrghl. was Gary Penn right’ Ord this herald the start ol a new form ol adventure games7 Wei no. unfortunately, which is why Exile sill seems so inventive al these years later
By stripping away the conventions ol adventure games and making it look and play like an elaborate arcade game. Elite really does take a Iresh stab at al that puzzle soMng In terms ol style, its realtime. real conflict problem solving elements are closer to Doom than they are to Dungeon Muster, which makes me wonder why lerfcous lirsl person perspective adventure games stall manage to sei these days
I've not even mentioned the A1200 version yet. have I7 Well, that's because the game a. as tar as I could see. exactly the same as the original, only the graphics have been changed The main character's t>gger so you see less ol the screen, although m better detail and with a parallaxng backdrop For some reason they ve taken the helmet off your guy so he now looks kke a yob I'd leared that the smaler visible paying area would be
that iljtppo'is a, tr, vvtth <• the
but wafcta In the
Inpmavl impiovyncnt ttvs version is that CD32 conltoiier, buttons doing aofflhing Exile regiireeRrr 20 dit* keys lo jr throw ai obfects. alter buflet eaRdoroS and use rktterenf weapon* this is a real bonus aa' its Myt m (unctions iiteraly in ycur hands, and alhough the game iflRwrks 1fo§ with a normal joystick and keyboard, (j ttongly recommend a CD32 controller
So it s heart toll aoDot-tfles all round for Exile, which only leaves you lo decide which version lo buy. this am. or thooid version which has juRooma cut at budget To be honest, the main Ititos lo 1 considers the C032 coni rotter, aj although the now graphics are nee they . ckdnT alter my view ol the game
UPPERS Huge and ( A J absorbing, easy to save and Vv load, and with a wondertul feel lo the way you move the little guy around. A great new control layout when played with a CD32 pad.
® DOWNERS A lew tiddly puzzles that I got stuck on lor ages, and the most pathetically user-hostile copy protection method I've ever seen.
THE BOTTOM LINE
I'm surprised no one else ever took this approach to adventure games, but the tact they haven I merely shows how clever and innovative Exile still is. It's a really wonderlul game, although It I were
buying It. I d go lor the _
cheaper, older, itandard
Amiga version. x® f .
MIOA POWER MAY 1995
Football, football, football, football, football. Arentcha just sick of it Eh
Runs on: A500. A600.
Authors: Creative Edge Publisher: Flair Price: £30 Release: Oul now
Juit go back up a moment l and lake a look ai ihe price V cl this 9a me Did you see ' that7 Yep. a whole £30 For a VxXbali game Sli. thank* 10 a be Vi with too (ban company Mitre you do gel a top quabiy proper bouncy football to kick around. And 1'a going M give you a lot more plaasrn then the disks you get with Ihe package, lhai s lor sure
I (Mn I Ike Soccer Superstats Play il tor a while and I m auie you d agree with me Actually, no Don't play il tor a while Don 1 play il al an Why Well, 4 you thought ol all Ihe worst locib.it) gamrng aspects possible, then came up with some men «iiiy o«es you'd be iust about theie
Try ihe lad that when chasing alter a player you wS gradually catch hm up but then. «et when you're about withn tackling distance, youli slop catching up and tog atr *j behind _ -
Then tiieie s
Ihe lacl lhal when kicked Ihe be moves laslei diagonally across Ihe semen than it does honionial, And il you lutfc just on the bottom comer at the ben and shooi diagonaly lowaids Ihe tar post ol the gcal you're bound lo score Only don't uy 1 (torn the lop ol ihe ecreen because me angle ol the pitch is mcredt', somehow afferent and ihe ba* goes w;j s ol m§ net. And there are only two uayi to hit ihe bail - a small lap wW pass thu be. is the nearest player, or you can ho d Ihe lue bulloo down lo bukd a,i powai on a gauge and release wh=n you haw Ihe ■ ”1 power you wqii Sady Ihe gauge I a tit, and CtuSiucnlly 1 unusable id I musn'l tor gel to 1 mention the-way that if a 1 ptey*' s rurvtog along and he r crofis ol Ihe screen he slops V moving, so your passes go \ amiss a hell ol a lot. And I also a can- 1 can 1 target the appall ng drve i a 1 everything goalies And the
illery nearest-player 10-the-bal
Them may be oiher
eagles, but liter play ng tha L ”
game a lew limes lo gel Ihe psl ft il before Silling down and ywnnng me ov compeMon (you can eilhea play a Irinndly game 01 enter Ihe cup. and nothing else) on my first go by scoring 44 goals m su matches I d had enough I en(oy playing al sorts ol games, and taolbail games especially, and it’s true lo say I did have a leeny t»l ol lun with this one But that's only because I kepi annMfltng al my opponents and I like lo win. And because I didn't have lo pay lo play the *»ng
And el £30 (even with a tree' looibtfi) Ihts is a hdeousiy overpriced, badly programmed, bare bones tools game providing very little entertainment and fun
• PAUL UELL ERICK
UPPERS Er The football r ] you get H you buy the game Al least that works property.
/—v DOWNERS The lack of ( 1 options, leagues, replays.
n_/ and game stall. The
complete absence ol any challenge thanks 10 Ihe ridiculousness ol Ihe goalies. The annoying control cyafem. In tact, everything Ihe game has lo offer.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A truly dreadful game with no redeeming features at all Fun for a few plays, because you win by tuch a gieit margin and think — _ you're brill, but then you come back down la I
earth with a bump. I J
THE BOTTOM LINE
Indistmguishabty poor A 12 00 and yet II seems even more insulting when running on a top-of-the-llne A1200 with extra RAM and stuff, like the one JO had rigged up to play TFX.
It that them theref Uet deter
Tch. And in this, of
all months, too.
n: A500, A600.
no longer gal the at theand ot the name, I atm hate It
•In a leebto sttewpsaesromour. toe ■ ants say tunny jjhrasej In irtUk ■» squeaky v dees. Now. I can accept thR dbme people might find this amusing the first time, but the repertoire ie extftnety small, and after lass than ten minutes. rtGETS BLOODY ANNOYING. I the krsT thing l hate about Ants.
Runs o A1200 Publisfvpr: Kellion Adtlior Mark Sheeky Price: TBA Release: April
Its been a pretty grotty month al round lor us here on AP What with the news ot thg impending price rise imposed by our autocratic tacalaSf bureaucrat owners, and having to do a CD a* well as the coverdisks,
< id Steve having to rev »o that o'd :.idy on Walcot Street by performing an impromptu alfresco tracheotomy wWt a B*'“ biro sleeve and the best game m
\po are the Ant master, the game informs you. having power over ant-iik reatutVs', or pixels to you and me (I like being the Antmeetet, - Bd) You gather them by waving the mouse pointer over them and pressing the right button, amssell them where to go ty Nicking the left. Unfortunately, due to the random watering of each ant, they s a good chance that even with your best intentions, snts will randomly walk into tafal qblects tovsriabfy, it's this randomness that prevents you from completing a level, end this is the second thing I lifte about Ants 1 a The ante must eat the enemy laces wafnpii I by suicidNly char ig them, trading an antbor a pix« of the enemy The only animation at all is a mass Of pggimg igxels and the ftointer. Even on a monitor, single ants are hard to spot and single enemy dofl even harder, so goodness knows what HI be kke on a i TV. The game looks terrible - point three ■ You cetfofdy have 100 ants at any time. If an ant eats food, ip multiply, yexually wc assume. Once they start eating and multiplying, you've got to frantically stop tgem before the
population hits 100, because attar that, aft the food a wasted. The only tactic for the game is
THE THINGS THEY SAY
JO being sued tor tampering with the bone-marrow Oty of sr-estronaut and test giieaChu«k Yeager.. Web, it s been a hectic and sweaty and quite frankly
And now Anf*. Okay, so It might ’not be in the same ague ae Sue trying
top miftioginy sick-bed rd cmafuity
eonalructed lor this very evariti Playing A rtfs Shade me want to • CMIJVPfSTANLgY
r ' Sh
amusing PC I **oolprot
ting ooverdisk idea, an or a miMfy clever
game, and Mule ft even more toan the giNger tom which mauled my pet ringtailed lemur last Thursday, forcing N to •veoutthe past ot its Coy
"You are the
THE BOTTOM LINE
It's not a pL.nl* game, it's an annoying exercise In limiting randomness. The only teehle challenge Is to lo slop Nfe Ah 2 Ihe snls from eating lha “I J* food until you want them m j — too. It's tembie. I hate it. AW "
THE BOTTOM LINE
We disdain its improper use of the alphabet
Price: C15 Authors: Neall and Jeremy
Release: Out now
11 \ V
The Fruit': Cover ~' ill the fruit to win. The bonur round ! that look* exactly I like the gime proper. The first ‘I lime I gol to It. I played lor ten I minutes before losing and
realising I wasn't. In fact, on the next level at all
The Puzzle You re shown a loop (above), and far too many bits fall out of It (below). You're given exactly lhal number of pieces to rebuild It. One mistake and you've lost - but the round goes on until all tiles are out'
The Permanent': In Ihls bonus game, the loops don't disappear when you complete then. Oh, my aching sides.
i i 11 ifldoaa
® UPPERS ITs CIS. and the music's okay In a sub-Subbie and Squeak way. The animated congratulatory blit Supports mouse. C032 joyped and two-button stick control. It's hard drive-installable.
pieces Vtei don't fn there imo vaguely compidtaig inside' ones Where the games duerge is that if you meet up a shape In Super Loops (say by roCabnp a piece too Ur or just sl.pp.ng up m pfec ng <). that shape is dead Ybu can't mecne' rl by replacing the errant section, remember as your special space-clearing piece desiroys every pan d an incompieie -ocp 3 touches And bi2arrety. although random, the Super Loops pieces seem to be weighted' towards the big ones late si die game
TNe weighting leads 10 ietw>« stuaioov where iheie a dearly no loom on the baa'd lor the gigantic U you ve been given but. because you can't reiect the piece, you have to wait tor Vie t<me limit to nr out (and one of youi >ves to be tosti betote you get another bi Which, o! course. coufd tuet as ews*v be a svnearty uselessly targe p«ce Aud ogeidc say the is when
bee bertec conhnues tor a 'a more seconds)] but it doesn't work Mfttat you shoukiM feeling is a desrendv desire to cocnpieSkhat loop before sonttfiembfe ptuuet betake you, but what you «u tact W is a siigW MWtsn Thai in*e's now hem to put this large zig-aA
Tribes something tundaopnta-y wrong am Super Loops and I la the tact that noiflrg ever happens Notfiaracters run acriai the screen and mats off with pieces, 'nothing flows through tie loops, atere .ire no 1 MC>sr pieces to Break s up no crc«s-£ccions so you can afivage you-work, r ftc-mbs to put out. noting It's just ywiand some ppes tor e«r The cooperative iso player mode s mrfy doubles the iv.iaciy Only the combative gam otters a Ki ol fun. but youi not went to fills,pc atJx Ihf Vm.CTiipH* of bouts. (And
DOWNERS The pieces f y I have Identical shading, to V once the screen's more than half-full you have the devil of a job making things out. Later levels just scatter blocks on the board. Two-player games go on at the same speed and difficulty forever. There s ust no excitement lo It. And you can’t use Ihe keyboard lo enter the passwords.
In one game l‘d carefu .y worksite board so l had five loops needflQ a piece each but because Vie number ol pieces exceeded the game s sets' iclal (or whatever), n decided to spew out desirualee pieces Seven ol them in tad all in a raw And because you can t reject a piece and i obviously dsdn t warn to remove«iy ol my panslak rgfy-constricted loops-m waiting I tad to st there ana wait tor the lime krw.toiua.gul *b» each one
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with the ppetoop took. But unite Cttty. as I played Super traps ti
Pipemsna there's no verse of get sceersncts I found mysc t on a rc urgency to Super Loops My gamacame logefher, my weta
EMliY You re just mating the started cpdong (for example buifeteng
loops lor the sake of it. (In loops m "a'.-es and not cc< iing ihe
youn nxaA, saarra urN the last moment so if 11 •
f’ad to conned a tap it I co-..tj Hill nr the day) and I
■HmS spiling toxic fiu4 to a gal' .mphed through the bonus levels. But
since gale) That s a time I wasn i involved «i ihe game. There was limit to placing a piece, oh no ircwrtiye to keep winning And that,
~ r fax yes and e bee-bie-bee folks ■! the reason i cant undersiand why
yptlJ sound as that tm* limit runs AurJogenc have bestowed new bfe upon
jRhi out (although, inexplicably. H this most dependably dull ol puzzlers.
-F*' you then place the pece the • JONATHAN NASH
THE BOTTOM LINH
A one-note puzzle game ill-advlsedty resurrected and given a quick polish. To be fair to the game, you can play It strategically, but there's no Incentive jk ■» to da so Once you've •I played level one, you've t played Ihe geme A "
jj, O Audiogenic will be rereleasing the original Loopi. which Is the same, but apparently less. er. exciting' graphically, for £10.
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WONDROUS COLLECTABLES THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO COLLECT
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When I were a lad, a whizz was somethin;
Run* on: A1200 Publisher: Flair Author: In-house Prico: £25.99 Ralaaaa: Out now
h God.' I thought 'My first review They're going to gnre me a flight sim. aren't Ihey Or a war game Aagghh No Help' Imagine, then, my relief when JD handed me a copy ol Whizz a nice. cute, harmless isometric platlorm game What nicer way lo enter
the world ot game assessmeni than lo play a rabhrl n a coal, venturing through a world ol penguin*, slarhsh and Irving chess pieces Unfortunately, it didn't lake long belore the colourful and cheerful tacade leii away lo reveal a game that is r (act anything but nice or harmless Wha Is a tasi isomelric 30 game, one which would like la thunk n‘s a platformer but unfortunately is not The bo* proudly slates that the game's 3D perspective is the next step forward in pleltormers And who knows ’
Perhaps they re nghi. but I'm afraid that Whizz tails lo dekver the goods. Rather lhan bemg a platformer, il actually turns out lo be more ol a mate game, wheie you have lo guide your rabbit chum Itom the sian ol each level to (not) the end, where a hoi air balloon awaits to iransport him lo (surprised gasp] the next level There are kxn worlds, each ol which looks cheertii enough with mat parallax scrolling in the background There are a lew rudvnenMry puuios to solve along it* way and* an look* jolty tun
Or perhaps it might be if X weren't tor Ihe game'* most obvious fault, the control system tau see. the whole game is geared towards doing things with great haste, there being a harsh time limit imposed on each level (more ol which later). The problem ts that, this being a isomelnc game, when you push up on the joypad the rabbi moves diagonally up and nght. This can gel very contusing when you're dashing around frantically trying to guess your way lo the end ol the level It can aHo be irritating, as can ihe instances when Whirr (ihe rabbit] decides to lake on a wt* ol his own and jump in a breceon other than the one you warned The loul control syslem serves lo enhance ihe game's second, and most heinous, problem - the time fcmiis So. a game like this probably needs lime limits, but noi ones ol this magnitude They leave you fitHe or no room lor error - il you stray off course more than a couple ol fmes you can pretty much forget about
should have annoying music and virtually non-existent sound eftecis Thankfully, you can turn either or both ott. and listen to something decent on the racho instead Seller stil, you could just turn the computer ott. and do something more interesting than playing crap games like this. Such as tearing all the hair oh your body with setiotape
The baddies which you come up against on your quest are less than impressive. Due to the lime limit it's more sensible just to jump straight over them rather than bothering to kill them, but should you decide to indulge in violence, you'll find to your dismay that initiating a spinning attack (the only way to kill baddies or break through barriers) causes you to lose some ol your energy
indeed, al the way through Wfttzi you get the creeping leehng that the game hates you. Everything it does seema to be geared towards hmdenng your progress unfairly like how you can't jump otl lots ol platlorms you clearly should be able to - a sinister and disturbing contrivance to
how when you die. you're sent all ihe way back to the start ol Ihe level (tool ol the devil), or how there's no save facility or password system (Aarghh1 Begone, begone, lor thou art trufy evS')
Phew Okay, now all that's oh my chest, and because we at AP are ail consummate prolessxmals, we shall allow Whtzz ihe chance to delend itself The graphics are all right - nice and cute and. er, stub The puzzles. though not it any way taxing, otter some variety in the gamepiay and the game recognises a two-button joystick. which is a good job because trywig la play it with a singlebutton one is a joke Erm and that s about it Whizz isn't completely awrlul, but k's certainly below average • RICHARD DCHDGE
Nice. colourful Its last, and
certainly a challenge.
control system, loul and unfair lime limits, purely incidental baddies and collectables, nasty gamepiay quirks snd really naff sound effects.
The Idea of a tail 3D ptatlormer Is a good one. but Whizz falls ■ long way short of the mark. The shoddy control ruins the game, and It seems that the time limit has been made excessive to try to make up lor the baddies and puzzles not being challenging enough.
level before the time runs out. This means that you can't try to complete ihe Wle sub quests like launching the tout rockets you Imd on each level (which, nodentaliy, is the only way you can get extra lives) Lack ol time also means that enemies are ust things you try to jump straight ovat rather than light
Let's make one thing perfectly cleai I hate this game I loathe E with an nfcna«y unparalleled n the known unrversei ITS not me worst game In Ihe world by any
means, but it's just so so so infuriating The control system is truly a thing spawned from the loms ol Satan the tact that finding your way lo the exit is manly
guesswork and luck is a patently unclean daw. aryl the vtoous lime limit is the product ol a cruel and diseased mind But these aren't the only impure trails that Whizz has lo Oder Oh no.
Let's move on to the sound effects and muse, shall we'1 Although they are not a major contributor to a game's greatness, the sounds which come out ot the monitor are nonetheless part ol the gaming experience So it's probably appropriate that a game such as YJhuz
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AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
SWORD OF HONOUR
The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword...
Runs on: A500. A600 Author: Dynafield Systems
Publlahor: Megatronix. 21 Tiled House Lane. Brierley Hill. West Midlands.
DY5 4LG Prlco: £20 Relaaao: Out now
At leas) it's got an lieresang Mk) Can you guess wtwt it s al about without hooking a! the scree robots’ And no peeking l Yep. ifS mrya time And a nri a with a quest. The Sword o( Honourfheree the name) has been stolen by some evil people and hued hood mat you a>e. it's your 0b to gel it back Time to tight The game e simply laid out. but soak* the surface and you! find some mtereMing bits Each tovei ol which there are tout mam ones end a smal lifth one.
Is split into single screens On some ol Piese screens Iheies more than one exit. You might be able to go up or daw as wed as led or right as normal. These exits are atao very subtly drawn mto me scenery, but altera while you gel used to them What this means tor the player * exploration Thera are plenty ol items to» you to coiled some good, some great And some you can awn use as brfces to get past people you d rather not figtaL Don't otter the wrong item though, or they! take it oft you anyway and Stitt try and ahack you round the head with a txg ' stick As well as items to use and or fc'f*-people with there re weapons tying aroura the place that come m handy later on So there you have ri Go from screen to screen double back
colled somafhng use something, find a weapon bribe someone and then finish the level. Its that simple And thanks to a pleasant moose control system (you can use a pjysack as welt, but the mouse is better) you can access alt sorts of moves quckly and more importantly gel out ol troitote when you need lo.
Then s plenty ol attention to detail, okay arwnibon and some really cool scenery and characters But although the game is polished and playable it s just too dut and loo easy Alter a couple ol plays. I really goi Mo it and triad wandering around tram screen to screen eoiiectmg things and *1 ih.it. Bu a coup'e ol horn later I founder, sea on lewl three doing the tame th.ngs I'd bean dong on level one. Only the graphics were di tie rant A W more play (I'm a sucker lor pmshmenn finely got me onto level tour and not long after that level five beckoned The reason lor th's ryd progress /
gamepfay.ng ski (although obviously that played its pari), and I Mn Ihough you only continue with I the fives and items you had when you Haned the level, and don't gel al you'i>v«a back crackmg Pm Inst I couple of levels gave me enough L. spara lives to make easy work ol levett three and tour I've stopped at Pm end cl level live because there s a stup eky herd creature I can't beat. And I'm bdiad.
Swnvd of Honour Is a passable Wee and lots ol >t works [the level design, the characters, the animation and the backgrounds) but Pw initial hook of playing something that retires a bit more thought than usual quickly fades ana
\ you're left with a repetitive wa\jjput and tight thing • PAUL MELLER1CK
THE BOTTOM LINE
For some reason the
A1200 game doesn't work with an A1200. At all. And never will, I suspect.
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Second only In size to the copied-from-Stml-flghter-i pll« cam* tha taxy-girl-from-lrutlraled-adolaecenl antrlaa. II li noi our place lo mock and tear emotionally lha almoit-grown-upa behind more than 3S naar-ldanilcal domlnant-woman-ln-aklntlght-costuma charactara. *o wa ahall limply tay that Gorgaoua Girl by Anthony Hobba ol Northampton cam* top In thla category by virtue ot not being Irom (hngh) Detroit.
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Level nine (Shoot skull poles): 3SS27 Level ten (Kill aliens): 48962 Level eleven (Find exit): 65074 Level twelve (Destroy robots): 62438 Level thirteen (Find exit): 28283 Level fourteen (Destroy robots): 85325
Level fifteen (Oeslroy aliens): 10769 Level sixteen (Find mines): 25325
‘I have a cheat tor Lords Of The Realm 1 discovered it by acodent when I tried lo extend a castle It generates tats o( stone and wood which you can keep or sell, as you see hi Bund the User 4 castle supplied in the game (the triangular one) When it is buifl. go to Extend Castle and extend this castle, but actually make it smaller It should be a smaller version of the User 4 casiie and consist o! one small back wall with a small, round lower at bath ends, two small wails, one Irom each tower meeting a small gatehouse, with a small building within Click on the End Design Woik con lo build ihcs new design Now demolish it straight away Your stocks Ol stone and wood Should both now be up lo 60.000 ions plus And my name'’ Reclines back into chair, smiles, gazes to the ceiling and waves finger knowingly] Why it’s Austin, D Auslm of Ipswich*
8 PAGES OF INVALUABLE PLAYING TIPS START HERE
■loodnal .. 68-67
■ ufchia h4 Mxixli Demo . . . .64
Charlie Cool .65
Death Mask .64
Dragon Stone 64
Lords of tho Realm ..64
Mortal Kombat 2 ....65
Hoadklll AQA 65
Super League Slanagor . . . .S6-69 StMOS ..65
(AP 47 Coverdisk)
'Just thought I'd left you about a Cheat lor your demo on issue 47,' writes Rfuannon Bigham of Coventry, dearly Type MAXIBABY as the password and you will gel an exira level celled Aaicore’ Hope thus is useful" ll is Thanks, Rhiannon
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CHARLIE COOL + ROADKIL AOA * SWOS MORTAL KOMBAT 2
Pause and while playing type CURRY AND RICE lor 20 lives WAIT DA MAN - lor sitsiife lives GAD GOY - 10 skip the level DREAMZONE - tor invincibility Now unpause And that s 4 Er. hare's a screenshot
Track zero LQPONTQNJO Track one LQPONRHCNM Track two LQPONUPQCK Track three LQPONTMBCH And those were Irom Ale* Simms of Sunderland Um And this is what the game looks like
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SWOS. eh Swell or swiz"5 Ternlc or tosh Brilliant or bug-ndden beyond belief’ The debate continues Maybe you oughl to hurry up with that tree bug-lixmg up-date disk, eh Sensible'’ Happy punters note that raid issue we will actually be carrying the elusive luting disk on the front of the meg. along with ■ new. improved demo ol the tutly working and totally great Sensible World Ol Soccer
We shall also be lining up individual members of Sensible Software against a brick wall and forcing them to endure bait an hour of Jonathan s Aied Jones tape at maximum volume whilst Jonathan Nash pours banana flavoured yoghurt down Iheir socks And Sue will lake some photos Let that be a lessor to you. Sensible Software
"1 have found a cheat.' claims a mystery person whose letter accidentally blew out ol the window belore I had a chance to nole down the name and address, “which allows you to sign players lie Go to a learn with an eipensive tcrward. such as Manchester United iCantona £7 million) Look then tor someone you wish to buy. say Collymcie tor £3m
'Attempt lo buy Cotlymoie and the person at the bottom ot Forest s Squad (Lee. 550K) in a swap deal with Cantona where no money changes hands They should take this (r1 not. buy another player) and when you go into your squad you will have Collymore and Cantona but no Lee When you go back into Forest s Squad Lee is not there but n his place they will have some guy worth millions1'
Considering the number of months the hoo-ha over the original Mortal Kombal and what-we-hed-aiteged-about-fl took to die down. I was quite prepared (paraffin, box of matches and disused metal dustbin tt hand) to totally ignore the AP47 Mortal Kombal 2 tips • disgusting tha majority ot this month's Complete Control mailbag and gat straight on with the ulcy new stuff.
But then I thought: ' But maybe it’ll be useful .' And then I thought And maybe it'll help to fill up some space loo." So here it Is: Everything you ever wanted lo know about UorUI Kombal Z which we either got wrong or I or got to mention the first time round
Oi! Pelley! No! You do not go around giving out false Information about Mortal Kombal 2. Now pack y'bigs and let me. the great Dale Dimrill'
Bird of Cannock, explain tha onaa you got wrong.
To add even more blood and gore.' writes Matthew Bailey of Plymouth. ~do this. Pick Johnny Cage as your player, then at the end of the tight when It says Finish Him press Towards. Towards. Down. Up. Down ■nd press the Fire button three times. Than Instsad ol knocking just one head off your opponent, you will knock three heads off.”
“Just to clear up the Mortal Kombal cheat that you printed last Issue-Oarren Lawrence ot Essex, you'd better make this good.
"To get it to work, whet you actually have to do is to go to the options menu and position the cursor on Done, end then type in the alphabet A to Z. pres* the Space Gar and repeat thie about live timei. And then, end only then, will the Diagnostics menu appear allowing you to cheat to your heart a content."
Wheel Kick: Block. Towards. Away. Up. Down. Release.
Teleport: Down. Up.
Teleport: Down. Up.
Mid Air Kick: Down, Down (el peek ol
Soul Suck: Block. Up. Down. Up. Reteste.
Whet's ell this crap about morphing inio mora than one character You can only turn into your opponent. And tha move la.. Towards. Up. Release. Fire
I should know. I've tried ell these. Unlike you. Now don't do it again."
"Also. Guy Cocker of Filey, we hate you "tf anyone would be stupid enough to turn off the blood, they can do so by typing FIONA on the main menu.-
(eery month, we give you previews, reviews, free demos end genes, news, readers' ads, features, and an aasuslng bath page. And we demand at you
Nothing, that's what. Ik* P* as many of yaur tips as you sen manage, crammed as efficiently as passible into an envelope, and sent tai Complete Control,
30 Monmouth Street,
AMIGA POWER MAY 199S
Stuck in Bioodnet Well get your teeth into these hints from Rich Pelley.
Here a! AMIGA POWER, our views cl lips vary enormously between various members ol the learn. For Cam and J Nash, they lal nothing short o< 'notes typed up by the Devils own secretary, riddmg you oI months ol value and gameptayng pleasure in one foul swoop’ Sieve and Paul, on the other hand, believe that lips are only worthwhile "it they are all about football management games’, while JD most sees them m the single light ol 'someone else s job'
In lad. il is only myseil (and Sue) who believe lhai lips are indeed A Good Thing, providing you with an invaluable source ol information for you lo dip into at will, saving your bacon when you get stuck and thus ■i lacl adding life and value to games that you would otherwise have no choice but to discard
Bioodnet a just such a game We are loath to print a complete solution it all you are going 10 do is you it to cheat' your way through the entire game. Yel we teel il cur duly 10 provide some pom! ol reference for when you gel stuck
A happy compromise would therefore seem, not m this case a lead you-bythe-hand wak-through. but a brief summation ol the goats you must achieve and the oidei you should da them m to (inish the game the quKkest posafote way And that.
spookily enough, is exactly what we’ve got here
1 Tackett's Lab
a) Gel implant plans
b) Get 4 MB chip and place it in your decking unit
2 Houston Matrix Rowers
a) Get a patch cord.
b) Talk to Larry Owen
a) Talk to Rymma Fizz.
b) Choose four characters lo 0in your crew
A Metropolitan Museum of Art
a) Talk to Montgomery Taylor (He will give you an invitation to the Heiifue club if you answei No1 lo his first question )
5 Central Park
a) Talk lo Kimba West
b) Talk to Sander Tomalm (You have lo talk 10 him twice in older to give him the implant plans He will give you a loekpck dalabasem smana soulbox and a <Mb Chip Put the soulbox into your decking unit.)
C) Talk to Mother Mary on the second Central Park screen A Cafe Voltaire
a) Talk to Oscar Nandez (second screen.)
b) Talk lo Lenora Major
a) Goto medium1 well
8 Kafka Conspiracy
a) Talk lo Coover Tristan
9 Electric Anarchy
b) Emily Esaki
i) Search area
ii) Gel pin
c) BiH Dougan
i) Talk lo Bill Dougan 0) Narwteeh
i) Search area (Pick up an items.) ti) Use electronic lockpicks on locked storeroom door
hi) Search storeroom (Pick up al items)
1 6 Lazio Green.
(Examine crackdown ksts to open.)
a) Search area
b) Pick gas mask
1 7 Elactrlc Anarchy
a) Talk to Phiee Thought.
b) Give her a dragon soul box (Say Yes' when she asks.)
c) She will give you a sonama vapor
1 8 Icon Plrotoa
a) Put the gas mask on a character.
b) Use sonomavapor with that character
c) Search area
d) Get the holocam and both cans ol hoiofiim
1 9 Doom Pilots
at Talk to Ghost Walker
20 Madam Moscal
a) Buy instipigmert
b) Use i-.st p-gmont on yourself
a) Saba star's Room
i) Get beads
b) Weapons loom
i) Solve mirror puizle. (Just film yoursell with the holocam then playback the recoiling while near the mirror)
■) Search area (Get All scufclades and slakes.)
22 Cater Volta Ira
a) Place beads next lo Cyril Thorpe
23 C-Spaca a) Go lo Medium' wed bl Talk 10 Cyril Thorpe
a) Sabasian's room Talk lo Sahasten (He will bless the blades )
a) Go to FATS.
b) Talk to Melissa Van Helsng
26 La Phood
a) Talk lo Melissa Van Helsirtg (Have her
27 Hallflra Club
a) Talk to Alexander Tennant
28 Van Halslng's Apartment.
a) Kill all Vampires
b) Enter the Second Room
c) Search Area
d) Pick up signal scramber
29 Grant's Tomb
a) Kill everyone
b) Get green pendant
c) Free Alexander Tennent
30 Electric Anarchy
a) Have Chuck pm you
b) Disassemble green pendant
C) Put emerald looker chip into decking uml
d) Put Tackett s essence into decking unit.
a) Go lo FATS
b) Talk to Tacken Cybervision
c) Go to Kansas' well
d) Talk to Sally (She will give you the real incubus.)
32 St Patrick's
a) Dismiss Chuck
b) Talk lo Mother Mary (Have her pm
33 Transtech (11 22)
a) Kill everyone (Shoot the incubator lo kill Van Hesting)
b) Talk to Dr John Harker
a) Enter Elizabeth' wen
35 And that's It
a) Fight dracular Images (Six in total)
b) Fight and kill the real Oracula C) Yay
• RICH PELLEY
a) Talk lo Pnree Thought
b) Talk to Nai Hillstiek
c) Talk lo Chuck.
d) Talk to Phracklle K. Oss a) Talk to Auntie Maner
f) Talk to Garrick Fizz (Have him oin you.) 1 O Autonomy Dogs
a) Talk to Wild Child
b) Talk to Sabacoatus St Aubens 1 1 Hard Metals
a) Talk to Tempered Steele 1 2 St Patrick's
a) Talk lo Mother Mary
b) Talk to Brother Complicitus. (Ylou will need to speak to them both twice and compare the conversations.)
1 3 Hallflra Club
a) Talk to George vatchism
b) Talk lo Renfiekj
1 4 Hardarm Tacktick
a) Buy lockpick casing and diagnostic unit
b) Assemble electronic ;oc«d cks
1 5 TronsTeclinicals
i) Kill Chiel Daryl Paine
ii) Gel TT Cloak chip from Paine
in) Seaich area (Pick up all items.)
AMIGA POWER MAY 19 9 5
AMIGA POWER MAY U95
Interview with a manager.
reeded help I reeded the best And so I'd gore lo the lop 'Mr Venerahies Mr Faragher is here, shell I send him t\T Moments Laier ihe obliging secretary ushered me into ihe palatial offers of Tony Venerable:, the finest manager in Ihe tend An send doud of stale ogar smoke hung like early morning mat over the room Jusl by ihe door a huge brown overcoal wiih fur-tnmmed lapels was atlemplmg lo smother an unsuspecting coaistand A halt empty battle of fWnskas’ - Ed) stood among the paperwork that was strewn across the massive mahogany desk An enormous black, leather chair on ihe tar aids of the desk swung round The interview began.
‘Foikiord United eh ' Tony chuckled 'Well, we've all got to start somewhere Let's have a look at your team list
•Wen. you've got a lew promising players here Man Parkinson's capable ol going all ihe way with the right sorl of treatment, parteularty up from in ihe midtloid you've got the lad Reeves, he'll do okay when he's a couple ol years older Nick Moody's a competent enough detender, and Brian Evans is a decent goalkeeper They'll be your backbone *The lirsl thing you need lo do is get hold ol a good quality defender The setup you ve got there is going to leak goals like a rusty sieve. Sttl. you re going lo need a bit of money lo do lhat You could aflotd lo lei one of your forwards go lo make e bit ol cash, depending on the formation you're going to play. Nigel Jenkins is probebly expendable as wen m my expenenoe goalkeepers rarely, if ever, get injured so Evans will do you. Finally there's the bank manager. Hel probably let you up your overdraft lo around 780
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bear m mind is lhai if you've got a gifted player he may well be able lo play in mare than one position on Ihe pitch The kind of training you give hm is then crucial. If yoo'M got a midtielder/atiacker and he spends all his lime practicing ho shooting, he's not going lo be much good when you suddenly ask him lo til that holding midfield role
'Mau've also got <0 make sure your players Slay sweet When they get unhappy they'll come and ask you tor a pay rise How you deal with lhai ii up to you and your style ol management but be warned, when you give a player a nse ii won't be long before he's blabbing lo his mates n the bath and then you'll have a herd at the door 'Now. let's talk about the future Although you may become attached to them, Foikiord are noc the learn that you
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AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
Worried about the BBC’s bias Fearing for your chances in the local elections Whipless wonders got you in a tizz Well don’t read this. These are Amiga tips.
I'm afraid that, in spite of severe brain racking. I just couldn't come up with a decent introduction tor this month's Resort. So I wondered if, just this once, you wouldn’t mind filling one in yourself:
Q'l wrote to you in issue 45 asking tor codes on Fatmao but ttns fame I am realty stuck on the game called Exile. number a m the all-time lop 100 in issue 37. Please, please, please etc help me I have played on it lor one month and don't seem to be able to get anywhere '
Rob Hewitt. Shoesburyness
Asked (tor no specified reason) to name my personal all-fame lop three games on the Amiga. Exile would come in at a not-lo-be-smlled-at 3 shortly behind Gravity Force 2and ihe vastly under-raled Parasol Stars So yes - eliciting some advice would certainly be an apt gesture considering the hours at pleasure Exile has given me over the years. Besides anyone
EYE OF THE BEHOLOER 2 SPECIAL - THE CASE CONTINUES
You know, even after all these month*, the most popular request I get here at the Last Resort month after month is still to quit Immediately from all my responsibilities it AMIGA POWER and get the first person I can find to string me up from the nearest tree. The second most popular Is for help on one EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 2. and even though I get the feeling that advice Is being repeated somewhat, I've long passed the point of caring. Please help the following EOTB2 wonderera. If you can...
Q “After escaping the frost giant lair In EOTB2,1 assumed Ihe neat stage was through a door on the second level ol the temple, but I can't find Ihe key In spite ol looking all aver the Azure Tower.'
Sly Pig Coleman, Derbyshire
Q“l'm really iluck on EOTB2, firstly on the puzzle in the dungeon several floors down where there it a three by three grid of
pressure pads and a carving on one of the walls that saya ‘You must leave many things'. I'd also like to know how long I have to wait before I can rest my party again In Ihla section (visions of death and destruction plague my dreams every lime 1 attempt to do this). Secondly, on the level above the entrance to the temple of Dark moon I've gone Into one of the teleports and found myself In a room with jewel* on the walls and several skulls and a piece ol soft ground in the centre. How do I get out And what are the jewels for ” Jonathan Reynolds,
Tyne and Weir
Q" Please could you help me How do you open the wall behind the door on the Medusa level of E0TB2T Robert Hellyer, Dyfed
Q-Yea, EOTB2 again. I'm sixty years young, and although doing quite well, find myself in the underground caverns In the area
where you canl rest; containing the Margoyte (giant beta). Have been down italrs with the giant anti, collected three horses, headed NWE, grabbed all the gear, spider key and black key. cleared all rooms and returned upstairs. After nearly forty hours ot searching all the rooms, t atlll seem to be a black key short' John Oaves, Kent
Q "Nnnnngh, double nnnnngh, and (even) triple nnnnngh. I'm crap at CANNON FODDER and. In spite of what Cam told me In hit Indispensable guide In issue 35,1 Hill can t get pail mission 8.2 without my all my guya getting rocketed/ihol by the other gits In green. And ft I don't get help soon, my veins will blow up and the whole universe will become covered in disgustingly itlcky blood."
Nell Thomas, Northants
Q “Thirty minutes ago I received a free copy of ALADDIN (courleay of AP) but, dammit. I can't find Ihe level two exit. I've collected both scarab pieces, so H can't be that. Please help.*
Colin Money, Ayrshire
Q'l am aluck on level one ot the walchlower In PERIHELION I've read that the key phrase Is the third from left In the lint, the first from right in the second and so lourlh. but ol what "
Richard Baddlel, Birmingham
Q“l have recently bought LION HEART and am very happy with ft. The only problem it that I gat stuck on this one bit. Every lime I get lo the running Dinosaur level I reach the end ol the air ship and find a twinging platform. I can gel on this but then can't get any further. I tried pulling down (tor live minutes) and nothing much happens, la there a platform I can't see or Is there a fault In Ihe program "
Q“la there a way to gel infinite money or a way to be any team on GRAHAM TAYLOR'S SOCCER CHALLENGE on the Amiga "
Gary Hughas, Somewheresville
Q'l have found the Alchemist In DARKMERE but am unable to find hit three potions.'
Many thanks and even a little piece ol our heart goes out to the following do-gooders.
QAdam Chidgey ol Gosport wanted a cheat. And. once again, the Last Resort seems to have come up trumps.
A "Start the game as normal but once In the game click on the Blue Print Icon. Numbering what appears one (at the lop) to tour (at the bottom), click on them In the order: three, four, one, two. two, lour, one and three. Leave the screen by pressing the top left arrow and you will now have infinite action points, and by pressing one to five you can also skip levels.
Note that 11 you actually complete a level, the cheat will have to be reactivated."
Stuart Evan, Staines
Q"How do I reach the last level,' asked Ahmad Aizayer ol Saudi Arabia, simply.
A "With the coda 5ALIC1JF." Craig Ritchie, Bradford
BENEATH A STEEL SKT
Q Despite the solution we ran in Issue 38. over the months various people have still been getting stuck In parts ol this great polnt-'n'-cllck-'em-up, The bit where you have to swing Into the room
with the orifice has been a bit of a favourite, but (and In reply to Dimitri Buyloerl of Belgium's letter ot two months ago) It looks like the definitive solution may at long last be at hand.
A "The part that has so far been missed Is when you get to the room with the tissue samples and liquid nitrogen. You must Insert Anita's UNC card into the computer to Inlect the tissue with the virus before you do the business with the tonga, orifice, rope etc."
Craig Biggins, Blackburn
Q 'Whaf the hell is he talking about " wondered a nation as Gary Blackney ol Bootle wlbbled on about some mysterious device he kept seeing and expressing his desire to know what It did. Fortunately, others were more clued up than you or I...
A "The device In question Is In fact a camera, obtained from the Navy and needed for the Military missions. The rank ol major Is required for a surveillance mission Involving the camera. And, don't worry - all the other icons are In the manual
Gavin Beatty, Herts and Alex Smyth, Sheffield
CANNON FODDER 2
Q Cameron Wlnslanley of Bath admitted back In Issue 46 that, although he has managed to complete Mission 9 phase 2. the solution he adopted was. and I quote, "hard, hard, HARDT Needless to say, this was because Cam was BUMBLING LIKE AN IDIOT WHOSE BRAIN HAD RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED BY A CAUUFLOWER. A far easier solution. It transpires. Is at hand.
A "Easy! Easy! Easy! The solution to this phase Is almost fool-proof and so should be of no problem at all. As soon as you start on the in-game screen, press SPACE to switch lo rockets and Immediately shoot the top left comer of the tent beneath you. This will destroy the tent and car that Is heading towards you but your car should remain unblemished Now
shoot the soldier that comes for you and rocket the tent at the top from where you are. Stroll over to your unscathed mobile and drive up behind the tree at the top of the screen. Once you are there, step on the gas and travel at lop speed along then rlghl and out through the amatl gap in the middle of the enclosure. Tum left and stop near to the fence at (1). You should now see about lour cars at (2) rather stupidly trying lo drive through the fence and a tank. Position yourself between the tank and the cars (3) and it will blow them up for you. Then simply drive around a bH near the fence and eventually the tank will blow itsell up.
Now drive right until you get lo the jump. Leap the fence, drive around and kill the rocket man belore running over all the little blokes. Get out of your car at the turret and blow the grenade-proof hut Into oblivion. Pick up the rockets H you can be bothered, and get back in your car. Then run over any remaining biokes (drive along the narrow fenced section along the lop) and bingo." Anon
who can live in a place called Shoesburyness and qutle happily admit lo ihe laci on an open basis has got to need all the help that they can get Open the first door (I've staned telling you whal to do now. by the way) by dropping an object on the button (map one) Ai the bottom ol Ihe wind tunnel (map two), it you shoot the kfe oral) down rto the second pond to the left, you will find a sort ol nasty place where a dam
sucks quite monotonously, at everything Use the lite craft lo block the gap wtich the dam lies below, and you w<!l be granted access to a smal underwater cavern Somewhere around this blue delight you should notice a small maccessfcle area with slimers blobbing up and down Gently coax one out via an inconsistent pestering o< bullets, and feed X some cononium Place the dormant skme on the kfe craft and press the button so that the door doses
and the tie craft floats up
To complete the conversion ot sfcme lo coronxjm (map three), you need to expose the dormant slimes to aad You should have encountered a Happy ttsh by now - use this n the isolated chamber to the West near the piranha nest Dueetty above tbs chamber s the place ol skme conversion Insert the slime in the slot at the top, go to the stone portal below and aim a lew shots at the switch on the overhang Now usi lling the coroniim up the wind shah
And take a gander at these maps (which Derryn Ha2eihorsl sent in ages ago, and I've fxially got around to using -cheers. Derryn. and I II see 4 we can sort you out some sort ot prize lor your efforts), an should become dear
Q'l am a 15-year-ofd male who is looking lor a way to upgrade my Amiga 500 to an Amiga 1200 Is this possible’’ it so could you id me what l would need and where I can gel it from'’ Do you know how much it would cost'’ I know 4's a lot to ask but please could you also grve me the address lor Amiga'’" Steven Meadows. Oxon
A Here at AMIGA POWE R. our knowledge ol technical matters evolving the Amiga scouted We can
just about format a floppy cfesk. or install a program onto hard disk, but just because we d rather spend out time whipping each other's butts at Skidmarks 2 or blasting each other's brav-s out xi Gravity Force 2 than worrying about monitor pm-out configurations and printer set-ups. that s our prerogative, and it certainly doesn't make us bad people OF COURSE YOU CANT YOU MINDLESS BABOON WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN'’
AND WHY ON EARTH HAVE YOU WRITTEN TO THE LAST RESORT TO >
ASK ANYWAY *
It there was some way of turning back the clock to provide another chance to do this month s Last Resorl. I think that I d commit suicide. Fortunately, such a means has yet lo be devised, which at least gives you another month to post things to:
The Last Resort, AMIGA POWER,
30 Monmouth Street, Bath
and me another month to try to deem my tile worthwhile.
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AP42 - OCTOBER 1994
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It’s been a peculiar month you know. Very strange. Still, the show must go on eh And that means budget reviews.
On: A500. A600 A1200 Publisher: Hit Squad Price: £17 Release: May
with this imminent budget release I mean, it you want a lop shoot-'em-up. then this is the game tor you.
It you want a game that will tax your lacteal gaming abilities, then Cannon Fodder fits the bill perfectly Or maybe you just want to get hold ol one ot the best Amiga games ol all time Again, you should buy this.
For those who want details it's a war game But more a game about war. than one ol those strategy things we re used to Using a small squad ol soldiers drawn Irom a limited pool, you lE B must complete all 2* missions which are split into phases totalling 72 in all
B Yep. 72 levels ol pomt and- B dtfc action tor you to battle B through Don't worry about using the mouse instead o* the loyslck (shoct-'em-up BBB8BK tans are a bit protects i ab0'jl w®,r foysiidcs, ycu see;, because (harks lc a Itif.v.'V, . I great and easy-to-use
control system you couldn't ask lor a belter way ol moving about. wBSSBIbI
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each phase ol Cannon Fodder is to finish it, either by blowing ■ —
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all sorts ol lertams lo stumble Ihrough and many other fiendish hazards lo lax your grey matter. Just wait until you start trying to control some ol the vehides
The game design, difficulty level, rewarding gameplay, control system and sheer amount ol lun that Cannon Fodder throws at you. are all of the highest standard Truly a gaming classic deserving your utmost attention • PAUL UELLERICK
Wei. what can I sayT Were talking about a legend ol e game, here From its appeaiance on the greatest games machine ol all hme lo its viral-like infection ol other lormats. its a great game. Some would say A Game Ol Champions And now ill on budget
Ydp. any reason you may have had tor not going out and buying this should now be made completely insignificant
One ol the best games ever. On anything. Ever. And (till a gem that has more than stood the test of time, Gel tl before they don't make H any more.
(Not likely to heppen. but you never know)
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LEGENDS OF VALOUR + IMPACT + A1 O TANK KILLER
LEGENDS OF VALOUR
Runs On: A500. A600.
Publisher: Kixx Price: £13 Release: Oul now
Can you cat: your mind back lo juat over two yean ago Any Idea where you were and what you ware doing Nope, me neither. Bui reading through our beck laauee. number 23 lo be precise. I
can see that at one point we were reviewing Legends Of Valour well, erstwhile editor Mark Ramahaw was. And he gave It 88%). And In an absolutely amazing coincidence (and not at all in a convoluted and drawn-out Intro), It's out on budget. Now.
The first thing that deserves mentioning is that when released Legends Of Valour cost a whacking £40. Yes, £40. For an Amiga game. Now though you can catch this at a proper' budget price of £13. And believe me. you'll want to catch IL
I could spend days playing this, and still only scratch the surface. And strangely, tor me at least. I still want to play IL It could be the lovely texture-mapped graphics (who said Doom on the Amiga ). It could be the level of detail and It might even be the size of the game (big la an understatement).
But whatever the reason, it's a top
quality game and no
mistake A little r - jeEw*--
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manual before you 1"f can get started, but once you're In, you're
Wandering around l Tithe town Is easy thanks l p"’ lo the control system. \y» Interacting with people, although abrupt. Is good tun and generally getting to grips with your new surroundings are what draw you Into the game. Then as you find somewhere to live, get jobs and errands to da and quests to take part In, you quickly find your leet. Of course there Is a purpose to all this, your missing cousin Sven, but you've also got to remember to look alter yourself, and there are plenty ot people prepared to taka you lor a ride If you re not careful.
I could go on lor pages about this great game, using more superlatives and describing lots more about it but
that would be futile and taka up loo much valuable space. Instead, just get out. get hold ol it and then see for yourself.
• PAUL MELL ERICK
syer. A bit alow on er than an A1200, and H you haven't got a second drive, you n lo have a serious case of disk-hand But other than
and enjoyable the Une
bat Bricks And a ball That bounces it's a sxnpic pre- so And as same cte-.iw bloke found out at the dawn ol computer gaming as ream,- good tun S<mpie. yes, but fun m the extreme But things don't stay st< in the tast moving world ot g.yros, or no And so a Simp:.;: bat and bai game gets loads Ol power-uir. wacky <st deigns and H you're realty lucky eve" “»• decent eotoon detection Ir, tact, you codd say it s a whole new t=i i game
And with this version ot Ihe ga»T called Impact you get a handy, dandy level dn-r-g-p- as won Allowing you to come up with some ydy. s-mpL: or downright dange'cc.' levels to add to the 80 already there
It s an good stub so tar, bui ihere’s something not qurte right when you gel down to pia-p-ng me gan= Some oI the levels are downright bonng and others are usi stupid, but its not just level design Pljy=ng ust isn’t enough tun Everything works fine, even it the mouse control >> ,i ttu but you
jkwiys get th- sense that vrhrn you lose a be* it Wu-rVl !*■< tact that you wnrenT m ihe right pec.;, and it right time, but that Ihe game had already decided you ware going to lose a life
Yes. I know thfi* makes me sound like a paranoid madman, but that the only way I can daacnba it It's cheap, playable and intriguing to start with but eventually becomes vow, repetitive and siigh’iy anraying But it scores points tor the user-fnenory in*: weLtor,
• PAUL UELLERICK
Nostalgic and tun interesting or spectacular - - to keep you going lor more than a tew days Although the level editor is really nice.
speed though On the highest detail there's a noticeable delay between your action and the game's reaction, but on the lowest detail you might as well be flying over a skghtfy lumpy pool table tor ail the toolings ol reaksm you gel
Jet sims can get away with tow ground detail because it’s just a backdrop to dogfighting, but since the A-10's a ground attack plane and you're expected to stay betow 400 tool, it al looks decidedly ragged Also, because ol the screen delay, you end up overcompensating. Hipping over and generally crashing just as It gets exciting, which is an obvious bad point I can only assume that this was crudely ported from the PC wi1h the intention of persuading llighl-sxn tans to buy a Pentium • CAM WINSTANLEY
Runs on: A500, A600, A1200 Publisher: Klxx Price: £17 Release: Out now
Due to childhood
experiences far too precious and wondrous lor me to do jusice lo here, the A- to has always been my lavounte aeroplane It's squat, brutal and ugly, but it works, and it's got a gun the size ol a granny flat stuck to the front Cod
Cue sharp inhalations and all-round tufting as I play A-10 Tank Kite/ tor a lew hours and discover that it's nof only unbelievably dunky (even on an A1200) but they've also got the gun rxxse wrong A burst Of lire Irom the awesome rotary barreled Avenger cannon sounds like a chamsaw as it bLats milk bottle-sized depleted uranium shells downrange al an alarming rate, but in the game, it goes banga. banga. banga The same as every other gun in every other flight sim.
Obviously, on its own. this wouldn't warrant the average score, but it's a good mdcation ol how much of the game tails lo hit the spot, and cancels out much of the good stufl There are around 20 missions sat in Europe and the Gulf, and lor the most part, they're well planned and imaginative, combining storytaes and secondary characters with all that fly, bomb, shoot stufl You're not the centre of attention erther. which I liked, so if you ust fly around the edges ol the war zone, the war quite happriy ticks over without you.
It's all tot down by a terrtoto running
Laada ef good ideal ara lat down by the alow running speed and aluggiah controls The poor gnphics swamp •vexythiog about A-JO Tank Killar
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
AMIGA POWER MAY 1095
belora you buy \shar2 is a straightforward first person-perspective role-playing game wherein you assemble a mighty band ol thieves, warriors and wizards to nd the land ol the (sadly heavily dieted) Veil ol darkness' that has swept over 1 In true sequel style the villein Irpm the first game has returned and ihrealens the peaceful land once more. Basically, It's iust another tedious, unimaginative plot
Runs on: A500. A600. A1200
This second game *i the Ishar tnlogy is the one that the Hes«xfcc Theogeny that is AMIGA POWER favoured with the highest score. Jonathan Dames awarded the A500 version 79*4 in AP28, praising H tor its sensible rote-playing game engine and line mountain views
Hearty two years later il arrives on budget, at a quite reasonable £13; considering the large quantity ol disks involved The price is the same lor both the verson ordinaire and the enhanced AGA one winch are both released together, so check the boa carefully
which is ihere simply to justify you and yours kicking a lot ol butt The game works very well with a usable interlace that makes the usual sharwig ol money, drinking ol potions and equipping ol weapons easy to do
The graphics are all quite splendid, and have a great sense ol depth lent to them by the tact that objects In the far distance are only seen murkily The storyline, although rather loose and perhaps even a trifle rambling, holds together well enough • STEVE FARAGHER
THE BOTTOM LINE
Runs on: A500. A600.
Publisher: Kixx Price: £15 Releese: Out now
Ever tell lowly and
insignificant And yet always been convinced you could be something to much better It so. then Rome AD92 is definitely a
game you will be able to relate to.
Sort ol You won t want to play it. because it's not very good, but at least you’ll be able to sympathise with your character at he runs around the screen desperately trying to gel on to the neat level.
You tee the trouble with the game le It's just too boring. The Idea it lhat your character Hector, Harts oft as a Slava and through a series ol
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adventures (levels) you progress through the ranks ol society to the dizzy heights of Emperor.
A task and a half, as you can appreciate. You do this by simply figuring out what tasks need to be completed and then what to do nest.
All this takes place In a lorced perspective view similar to Syndicate But without the detail. You very basically ’interact' with people, limply saying hello or asking them what they do And when you re able to do lomelhlng else you II notice a new option in one of the boies.
Il l pretty simple to get off the lirsl level, but then you slirt noticing that you're not getting enough Information about what's going on and the game quickly descends Into you wandering around hoping you bump Into someone or something that will lead you on to the next bit.
The game's also very linear, made more annoying by the fact that It leadi you to explore the level thinking that lots ol things are going on. Which they limply aren't.
There's little to
recommend about Rome AD92. it s ail quite nicely pul together but a lot more thought needs to be put Into a game like this, giving you lots of options ind strategies to formulate. This doesn't provide anywhere near enough depth or excitement • PAUL UELLERICK
THE BOTTOM LINE
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Yeah so Blast 'em is an AMOS game Bui you Know Ihe old saying Never ludge a game by its programming loci' Wen. don't worry because Bus is actually quite good it's a single screen shoot-'em-up with SO levels, loads o! varied, er. things to shoot and lots (and lots) ol action
You've got a traditionally small and underpowered spaces tup whch must take ota all the level baddes belore you can move on Some ot the thing you lake out will drop little yelow things whch. m the unrealistic work) ot the shoot-'em-up. w:il enable you to power-up to some meatier hardware
It's ail been done belote. but ihere are some nee touches mat make
For a start, the action never lets up. over 50 levels There are some very clever patterns to leam and. thanks to the lout continues you gat. you can always got that Sitlte tkt further, but you're going to have to be teaty good to fnsh the game M's a good blast, and one oi those games that w<U brighten up marry a rainy Sunday afternoon And it that horrible little cliche doesn't make you am out and buy it then I EKTi , don t know what w.i
imaginative, playable. Iasi and tun And cheap as wet A game lor the 90s It you see what I
Now. this e more 1*0 it Very provisional indeed ITS a simple idea - just wander around tho (extremely big) level finding gaps or blowing holes m things to make I V gaps m order lo complete the level yj and move on to ihe next one *
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You start with a fairly base weapon, but that's not too much ol a problem because there aren't that many things aiound lo destroy Well, thmgs lhal Ity towards you anyway There are plenty ot stationary or wall mounted allackers and then there's lhal otd Inend ol ours. Ihe hidden mtss1*" Whch you never no!ice Lmti you re dneetty above and it s about lo hit you Ouch1
It's a damn slow game to play, and ill lake you some Ime lo aduaty get
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aBial s going on But the game mnaids your Blinking and m no time at M you 1 be naming around Ihe levels at great speed There are plenty ot power-ups and thing, id cosed and it's not very often you see a wee-thoughl-oul AND mterestng idea al ro*od mlo one
THE BOTTOM LINE:
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Ot course I here are Dies that need more than one lump before they dssolva away and you're hindered by the lad lhai you can only (Lrnp one square at a feme and only n an up.
down, left or righl direction. There's a password lor every tevel. so you don t get DtBd ol the sama easy level and in badbortal puzzle game style the game starts oft easy and or. wei i gets harder.
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DO THE 0
This month sees the arrival of possibly the most frightening ‘press release’ we’ve ever received, a long-standing mystery that nears a solution and a thousand and one (well, nearly) other things that are at once mystical, funny and deeply profound.
• Address your letters to: Do The Write Thing, AMIGA POWER, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. Or ‘netsurf’ us at: email@example.com.
"MYSILF AND IZZY"
Right, it's official Myse'l and Izzy Rees are joining lorces All tremble m tear We are even more powerful than the Foul Cydists ol the Apocalypse'
Ludwig Ledbury plSsolon.ac.uk
Urghh What a UmuOM My to start Ihts month s rmpondnca Rest assured, after this rertfying vision. Hogs can oUg
get better '
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Since June 1991. I've been getangmy Amiga games Iran a little shop ta Wimbome Road called Celtec (Adua'ty. that's where Andy ftavidson piogdmmed Team 17's IVoom.) But when I want m there earlier today. Mr Bearded Shopkeeper waved a "Qos rg Down Due to Amiga Market maaaaga at me Apparently they Vo been fcricg money aa everyone else haa been (hepping m the big stores m Poummoulh. Damn I would l<ke la say that you readers out there should supped yaur local Amga Horn Yours Andrew Crane. Bournemouth.
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-MUSHY AFTER PLUMMETING"
Oh Dear AP
m I've iusi noticed the speva message on AP42. and you got i wrong! The Jerry Lewis/Ciown characRT in Atimamacs actually said ‘I wish iha gnend were mushy and sol!' rather thanr! wish the ground were soli and true by' alter MM plummeting from the lap ot the Warner Biothers Tower I suppose that was J Nash's idea Yours nit Pckingly.
Perhaps Sul at least we wouldn't have, say. typed a letter and then forgotten to sign i, leaving an embarrassing blank bit on the page for example Che* humbly. < lout pedant
"MEATY BLOKE BATTERED"
I wish you to know that I got up and wasted out ol Stargate. a bit after the big meaty bloke battered about lour mannes Yours Andy Elliot. Manchester
You see. we are ALWAYS RIGHT Pray that die rumoured sequoia never emerge
-HAVE TO INBULT SOMETHING"
Ho. ng re.tJ AP47,1 felt moved to write Iha shod script which. I hope, me, one day be made Mo a film and hailed as a imnaless classic trial will survive the test of hma and prove to b* a work of genius SCENE A daddy ifjroom, heavy with sfttake and M ed wild wild-eyed m. oiiralisls in thontakiie ol a healed debale 4
Journo t Lodi, lace lads, the deadline's tomorrow a ad we Still don 1 have a mala feature
journo 2:1 know, we could do a feature, length K>yaiick review SonrTYi 1 tana. Done that Journo 3 Ha* about proclaiming
I ouiselves ta be superior tc anyfeiog else on Eanh cl Indeed, the whole
“ Journo 1 Napa. &erm that. Come an
thmk. we noad something tie* and '■} exciting
lourno 2: Er Well then, we'na going to lave to rtsuh aatfieihing imo 1: Like WfM!7 lourno 3 Omar magazines7 iurno 1: Old nws urno 2 Pubtahms7 urnc 1 Bought Ihg T-shirt ar.j worn il jJawnpuNC
Journo 3. Well then that only leaves our readers, but how7
Journo 2: We could flMhinn them to the
eternal fires of HELL il they even thmk d cheating
Journo 1; Then, erm, we could grve them 14 pages of cheats cunnmgly disguised as hints and tips.
Journo 3:1 like il. It s brilliance bordenng on genius, no. it's divine intervention (He leans over and grves each ol ihe others a big kiss on Ihe forehead.)
I think this emphasises my pomi Sufficiently I thank you.
Patrick Marriott. Rossendale
That'll leach us to print a whole buryfe ot cheats n an ongnal and entert&nng manner Next bme wel type them out ti columns On a black-and-white page maybe
"I SUGGEST 'THRUTCH*"
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Now that "* due mystical ttimglai hidden in the weed natch have at last beer, revealed, how about a now round ot 'guess the vMMT i suggest thrutch ' Prosze ieden bfety na Warsawa Cemralna.
Steve Bounin S. BaienkodMll-nnglle.ec.uk
Thatd better not We 0 hate to Heading pubi-c.
■an anything rude. Our suable Potah-
Hera I am. writing to you once again trom ihe past and yet. paradoxically, from the LStMbU AT THE SAME TIME JuSl because il's cheaper to sh<o magazines to
New Zen1.'!’"-} * > , ,-e in oe three or bur oehind the kmes This is why I've t found out aboul Sensi's soo HO-Krtu'O trom An*gj games (r.i .'ft*d Say <i am t so Jape Wny if if wasn't fo- thadimale pollultatafcee eevuonmenl and taw come rate, I fikgh' almost regret I to ng a k wi
Josh Add ion Auckland
To be honest I'm slightly ehocted and ifcened The self-confessed technophobes al AP aduaty have a net page on that delightful Fuibrenet thing At \ least Is in the charmngly sneering and domantnx (Do you mean domnatru Hopefully not - Ed) style we re all used lo. The Net’s tar to polite by halt, matey And another thing (quite suitable lor Bottom Line indusion and (even better] lor Hogging a tew more ol your sweatshirts lor lemale-starved cytoer-Am>ga-(ur*jes): I lay daim lo being the first person ever to pull <i an AMIGA POWER sweatshirt. In Indie-rock circles wearing such an obviously
ironic garment to a sweaty mghtdub increases your pulling power manyfold And better yet it s light enough to dance in al night without geikng unsightly water* rings Truly the AMIGA POWER sweatshirt Is the garment nine Oil c< ten casanouas preler A Garment ot Champions Thanks.
We have since chsootored that C-Monsters real sumamB snl Monster at al. bel pm re led to beHeve) Oden. Team 4 1/2S finest is (we are to‘dj a first year Biology Sluder,t at Bath University. More details as we towtessty and covertly unearth them
-GREETED BY AN 'OHHHHH*SOUND"
Here is my opinion on Sene leav.ng the Amiga fTh* ftp" - Edlttoy are1
Sersi games only EVER to well on the Amiga Cannon Fodder ut example it bombed on tta mnsefes 'tic mouse » hard gamers ckd not sell OB the PC (il was reduced lo £19 99 witbiit two days of release m our local games Bop) Sensi Soccer is amber example. On the consoles they bate i (FIFA ta king ol the consoles) nd on the PC that hale it (none ol this arcade adion Alt adventures only) Again, onlfin the Amiga did it sel *1 volume (Fuat why did Ihe, telMM lb* Amiga versoI first7) Repeal the above tor all SeO games Now, the reason the, gue lor leaving was PIRACY I mas! say at this pomi that i do not pirate games as l am fortunate enough to be able lo afford them HOWEVER, a 14 year old kid who has been saving lor the past month s not going to buy a game which is sooooo HARO that he will never see past level S phase 3. (Say. For example.)
I bought Cannon Fodder tot 25 ol your new pounds when il came out and have not yel got past level (you guessed 4) 8 phase 3 What is the point ol the game being sooooo hard that most players are denied access lo 314 ol the levels
And Cannon Fodder 2 is supposed to be harder.
1 a>so bough: SWOS Being an owner of Sena already. I found the game almost impossible to play There s only one way lo score and that is standing near the goal line lo one side and curling the ball at.
What the hell is the poet) in this'’ In the anginal you could be inventive and score some wicked goals In this one. every time you try something new you are greeted by an 'ohhhhh' sound (And why is it not HD installable'’)
Thus, m summing up (TOSS' - Ed) off Sensi. you will not be missed Games lhal are way loo hard are just plane old unplayable, not smart and certainly not clever.
However. I tear we shall not be so kjdcy The whole thing about Sensi leaving was. I suspect, gust a publicity stunt by Stu to gel us to buy their games over the Chnstmas period.
All Tavassoll ch20910brlslolac.uk
"THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE"
Could you stop the following jokes please
1. The 'natch' joke, where readers wnte n lo give their opinions on what it means, despite ihe (act that it's bloody obvious
2 The Stuart Campbell - Who’’ Oke
3 The sequels joke, where you say 'First there was this game, then there was another one ol it. etc.'
Jonathan Sacramento. Gibraltar
t¥e already have Mow ai aeVe got Id fa «trunk of some new ones
"DUALITY OR SIMPLE PERVERSION
Oear Mr WntoMinq
I,won t bother fuag Dick Pei'ay w th the Hlu1>on to Dimid Buytoert's Beneath A Stmt Sky problem as he'll ptobAly be literally buried, many years Irom now alter a lull and active life and *r I certainty have many, many BASS solutions to cope with n the immediate future
However on the subject ol BASS.! played tt*s on CD32 becau a I wanted !h~ speech -1 know you look down you' elective noset at the tealere in pomt-and -ekekers. but I poke a artigUiar linger up ewm Of your eokwtive reslnli I thought it ,> added peatly to the atmokpfcere and I'll .tup lo iltn wars! and wrestle any woman who tay* differently.
I thought BASS was a very mce gama. land nicely designed lac Fluid interface an mtro that tell connected with the girts, no eye watering, ankward. can't ' refit la V when you're playing 'manual on dis4 (how b tter with life hcv. tu< ol maitmlenoe and sert-loaMag I* a parson who puts Ble manual on 4 -. Really’’) Okay. I was miially clock* as to why ‘hr central character. Rob. tans wearing a dress, but 1 soon look th* to be a symbatc reflection on the identity contuttm tfcit (SMres f m through the plot (Incidentally. Guybrush wears a rather attractive evening gown in Monkey Island 2 “Cross dressing as a personality tacat in modem pomt-and-bek heroes - The semiotics ol duality or simple perversen’’ Discuss Two and a halt hours *)
Anyway, hark - once merely a
"VACUUM CLEANER, OKAY "
Den DTW Thing.
My vacuum cleaner it cack. Just HOW CKk i* your vacuum cleaner then'’ Uy vacuum cleaner, right, is so CtCk. the 1000 Witt extra powerful auction to manifestly not up to any vacuum cleaner-type task, that rather than VACUUMING the carpet. I have to pick up every piece of ftutl/scrap o< paper/non-speciflc brown thing found lying on the carpel by hand, and teed each one individually up Ihe nozzle Now that, in my book, is what l call a cack vacuum cleensr. okay
It takes me 45 minutes to vacuum each room because I have to use my fingers and what is. in • fleet, basically nothing more than a huge, noliy, expensive, electricity consuming carrier bag Bugger. Were it not lor thla tact, I would have been able to complete an earlier letter to you
What I had maanl to write about waa the abyamatfy substandard Hale ol Amiga magazines, whose horridness is twofold The first told I Shall daringly call (1)
(1) This is * n»ar total lack ol writing ability Sloppy, citcho-satursted. grammatically obscene duU nonsense fills 80% Ol the magazines
Any enthusiasm for the game being reviewed is swamped beneath the urge to secretly vomit Into the reviewer's coal pockets, so he wouldn I know about it until tha next day. when he'd casually reach lor change, by which time the sick would be cold For example Where do they get these people'’ They may be wizards with a joypad but. is sure as we know a Hamms r Him will end with a fire, we know they spent their English lessons having board rubbers thrown at them. The next told, with i pixie-ish sparkle m my eye. I ll dub (2).
(2) This is much more serious. It is pure idleness The quality of the magazine is such that ihay ve never bothered to check it. with screen grabs too dark or too blurry or Irom a different game entirely. You squint, and twist the page, and are still unable to tell whether it s a grab ol that naw game, or merely a Polaroid of something which recently fell out of the writer's nose The whole thing speaks ol slovenly, couldn't-cire-lass production I can only assume that all Amiga users, like me. 'ust after news and data ( Doctor. I constantly lust aftsr news ' ~l m afraid you're an infomanne") to a degree which supports Ihem
ft's obvious that I don't include AP
with these abominations: everyone makaa tha odd mistake and no-one can completely control what happens at (he printers, but ihe attention lo detail you pi1 In la apparent Equally, though, someone telle you every month that you're nal is good as you were and you wars never is good as the people who came baton you anyway, and though you may all ba frighteningly ugly Individuals, your writing abilities are evident. Amiga Format, which, let s lace It. Is merely peopled with your cast-offs and followers, ts also very good. My glances at PC Format appear to reveal a creeping AP hegemony too. Incidentally Are you slowly seizing Futun Publishing from within (Yes. -Ed) Most of the other Amiga mags, though, in truly emetic
You may wonder - supposing that at this pont in the letter you still have the will lo live - why I'm writing alt this to you. Well, I could write to every other magazine Individually, but I know they all read yours anyway. So. If you publish Ihe most coherent parts ot this, it'll reach them all In one master stroke Perhaps then they might try a bit harder, and employ people who don'l need help to dress themselves Then, although AP will undoubtedly still weir the crown, beneath you we it have an impressive court ot magazines to delight the public.
Or perhaps not.
Officer Dibble, Wolverhampton 'In his 1874 book Responsibility for Mental Disease Dr Henry Maudsley said ■ tendency to make puns was a sure sign ot Insanity. I tell you that for ne extra charge
riamenng del on M hunjtr I think I now deal tha weary toortails ol ihe point ol tins letter approaching. Enter, Inend. Although good as a game. BASS locked up sei aver i dozen I are. whle trying lo load backgrounds, or tfcd toed Ihem but on buggarod aka: doing so that I had to re-r.=»! anyway Now this could be my CD32, but I havi no trouble wkh any other gemes. so I think noi
The nature c< P and Cs moan Oiil much changing of location a Ihvq’ved:
Sitting r sweety toner at every Something I i aartity thank the game's producers tot. Not knowing if yoa'll be forced lo reload at every move - raw trial's tension TNnori ol thing could perhaps be odendaa Perhaps when you Ay a game. 3011 at the lime you show t just gel blank izis and no refund.
Piihaps every lanlh customer who buys a gome could be set n»n outside ihe shop ty tvivu Itiug. :. -.rr.r srvsorty (tapprupnMe Hard. Gras wwU.ng socks lull ol heavy, foreign coma Perhaps even awry time a game's Shoddy quality control provokes you lo blaspheme, you should buy a lew beers lor your brother-et-iaw s shady mates Perheps they could steal into the producer’s house in the cold, still early hours, drag them babbling and contused Irom their silk-sheeted beds, and rub stupidly large amounts ol wood glua mio their underarm hair
I did mean to mental aomefhing e'sa. toil my gnllnend irfonm ra that it I do not Stop now and do 8;; vacuuming that she vri injure me really quite badly. Anolhei t‘maybe Ysme; better tor mat Ai Rico. Wolvarhampton
It s a scary Htc-ughf The next thing we know. -yfltmrTv/r * be de.— ig pcrs&kvps that reverse your controls
Right, a quick glance at tie Amiga Charts on the Future WWW page reveals that SennUi SclTware hold No f with SansCR No 3 with CarmS Fodder and. er.
No 19 nib Cannon FrtXm 2 Now are you sajtatsiy telling me that Sensible are giving up all that money* SMOS wi be -No f lot ages, and xn • be sMimg n 2 years Oh hang on 'Sul be f*ng m 5 years Yes That's it They're not going to do Siiyffiteg. MS) ae d fare eft SWOS And drive fhetr Porsches What a bunch of grts.
ptOsoton.ac.uk Go away
"RAMBLINGS OF AN INCONTINENT"
Dear Mr Power
Now we've al heard a great deal about
Power Mac,u and the Power PC™ md the alast Amiga Format has same Cyber-Tedmo-Juokie-Egghead waxing lyncal about the next generation Amigas trial he isn't woridrq on anymore Now lei's Imagine, Fist tor one moment, that these mythical Machines were to be christened (oh eoongnaily) Power Amigas"* Would Ihi mean our beloved AP would refifle Wed PAP While we re fantasisng here, what i it aire renamed (Phoerxx-iike) the Commodate RISC Amiga™ Would your hallowed Njgazine turn to CRAPi (Snigger) No. lei's leave that sort of thing to (TMchadilackson’ - Ed) and ("Currant Bun* - Ed), as they seem to be domg a dam good Ml ol it
Rec*c issues - Your SCUM feature was inspired, pnd your xi-game muse ■1 thing was a oBrk ol genius Not too sure about the dtaaur thing, though Er (I'm struggling now) AP is truly wonderful Cam rs greet Rich Pelley looked trice Prolessor FJ lewis m AP47 (mientionai, I presume).
Sorry. I'm losing it (whatever if a). My letter is now suffenng Irom the tact that the entire purpose in wntrg was fulfilled in the first paragraph, leaving nothing but incoherent ramblmgs at an incontinent buffoon to smear across ihe Kleenex QuiUed™ surface at your letters page and we all know that incoherent lamblmgs consisting of a sentence more than 79 words are in fact another TOOL OF >
AMIGA POWER MAY 1995
THE ORIGINAL SERPENT. THE LIAR AND THE FATHER OF THE LIE. Are Ihey nol
By Ihe way. my puppy (George) is exaciiy 16 weeks old today, so could you send her a card, or ust say hello - I'm sure she'd appreciate it II might even help to cure her diabolical wind problem Maybe not. she can't read yet Or can she Or CAN she OR CAN SHE
Anyway, nice chatting with you.
Kevin Evani. Derby
And with (he words "He*} George*.
Kevin's mis leadngty named puppy /oms Bob the Hamster m the AP Has Ot Engendered Pets.
"IT WAS ACTUALLY USED"
Dear AMIGA POWER I would just like lo say your mag is easily the best ol Ihe bunch It s more informative and enjoyable to read I do tune a lew criUMtne though. Frontier and Tower AsmiM&te bnlliant game*. I'm aony but as N Reader* Top 100 showed, most Amiga oarers think Ihe came way about Frcetmloc itcaemimeAmigaisaborJ
la be •■imped by Jtaom wannabes I saw a do 90 d Aawn Owed 30 m iTbcftj Jacket*' - Pd) (sorry, but I jusl had 14 ihe deiBB and it lookeQJBQlianl The graphics ware a bit blcdfe but it moved 1 a bnlitani pace This couM well be a I beater it the game plays as good as it looks and mamas it does prove itia A1200 is mora than cape eve ol running games ot that calbra It's abcul lime id scBaaie lor at least'somebody buying the n0Us) M a convcslon.
You hsven't reaty said much about LiqhiWamS 5 I know you're lachnfca Jy a games mag. but it was no doubt the biggest thing lor ihe Amiga in 1994 I've heard * was actually used lor thg ipaciai efleets in Bibyfori 5 and Sea (3w4 CSV Is this hue
Oh andSiargate was compieM crap Woodall acting, badly executed plot, pred-ctabie Way ime. diabolical gbba basically Sana tabs actually c.-.aered when il l.o *od Anyway ihafs about it really.
Lightwave 3 mbat E/i What the bAffienng hectare you Oh abbot
Whai is it with the AP letters page and cretinous morons I mean, in AP45. we had Androgynous Pirate, the moron who can't afford games and so steals them What logic Whai a guy
Then in AP46. Sluptd Ford wrote m ('No the Amiga are beat") asking tor an apology for his stupidity Well Stupid, here it is: rm sorry that you are a cretin Thanks He's not buying AP again, so be won't be reading this. Bye. Stupid
Then we had Limpid Boyle. Ihe bloke who hasn'l read an Amiga magazine which deals with poolers Hasn't he read Amiga Format, or seen Ihe adverts in EVERY SINGLE issue ol AP Oh. and Lmpid. what's the poml ol telling people not to buy an Amiga Don't you think thai most AP
leaders migni just own an Amqa Cretin So Limpid. Stupid and Androgynous. slop wntirtg and save space for lunny readers, like Steve Bosanko and Isabelle Rees'
Michael Better. Newcaslle
Hmm. looks like Ihe Ludwig-backlash has started already.
> Dale Fn. 24 Feb 1995 21:24 55
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"'A GOOD SLAPPING'"
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Right my (Hands Let s 'aka this SloMy There are bad covers Tnen there are awtii covers Thao there's The AP Dawn Palrol cover li's CBnght" - Ed) comrade*. and the artist will be among the i rai agamsi Aa wail "Coma ihe Revolution* l mean, a big black paga wdi 'DAWN PATROL1' on it wcu d have baan befln. Or ust a plain page with 'Buy ME - I CONTAIN INFO ON TOP AMIGA GAMES* would have baan superior Juii don't go beck to Ihe Mark Ramihaw aga Covers, as If you do IT have lo pop round and pve you all A Good Slapping'
On ihe other hand, (he actual contents were much babar Yet again »■<*» mpy jo <ecaim your kaa which yfl lempo*i9'y lost under lha metaphorical sola latl month Go Figure Love Peace ana Hagflta,
Yost re entirety wrong Apart from the last tut Apart tram the very Iasi tut
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£40 tor a subsenption You've been conned and no mistake. Look what I found in Amiga Format ish 63 (page 160, lact tans) (The picture top nght. - Ed)
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I agree wilh you lhal Sensible World ot Soccer is (one ol) the best game(s) ever. And those who sntvei and whine about it being loo difficult should jusl PRACTISE MORE INTENSIVELY TO GET BETTER One sma* question Ihough
Why does ihere only seem fo be one
crowd chart in SWOS on the A50C Wherever I play in the world. Ihe same monotonous chant recurs - DESPITE being informed by Sensible Software in their many advertisements for the game lhal Ihere were authentic' chants (note plural) from around Ihe world
Is ihere an expianakon Or are Sensible Software merely THIEVES. CHEATS and LIARS It you don't know, paitiepa you could make use ol the apparently symbiotic and lalher dsturbmg realtortfup lhal you appeal fo en(0y with Smart Carrpbe i at Serial and gel HIM to answer Please
By ihe way - Siargale re enjoyable precMy because 4's so badl The kitschy sets; Ihe characters, seema r extracted front the blood at a fossikaad 1950s soeenamtar (absent-minded hut bnlliant scienHat lough marine w4h a 'past. token native love (merest etc > Ihe 'Hack ol a cered pact'll' iheones abaci the artgu ol civilisation -aiiogeihei ifaay make this ihe D*M comedy' ol 1995 (Apart Irom the laughably camp and narcissistic Interview With The Vampire' - but that was written n the 70s so it's gal an excuse.)
On an interrogative note once again I DEMAND fo know which ol you have the ability to do' thoae Magic Eye things And are there any 3D games on the AnYga (That are any good, lhat is.) i ust B wondered that's an.
Keep up Ihe good' work.
Simon Delanare ec94tjdkt brunet ac.uk
The SWOS thing is something lo do with hardware imitations Stargate YOU ARE WRONG It is NOT *en/oyabie precisely because i s so barf Timecop was bad-but en/oyable Watching Siargale is ike siting m a dentist s Chair for two hours without an anaesthetic And Interview With The Vempn wasn’t much better. As tor Mage Eyas' we have a theory that they'nr meMy an elaborate hoax, and no-one can adttay do 'them at all Anyone who damns Bey can is merely afraid ot appearing interior
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