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7 LATEST 

NEWS 

The very hottest gossip from the 
world of the Amiga. First details on 
the UK developers' conference plus 
an assembler from Argonaut. 


NEWS SPECIAL 


I LL commodore 

X JL GOES ON SHOW 
Latest update on the Juno Commodore 
Show at the Novotel Hammersmith, 
New product launches, feature area 
and show seminars previewed. 


ADVENTURES 



.1 h D0|NG 1T 

tf vf WITH STYLUS 

Real artists find it difficult la got to 
grips with a mouse. Mike Rawlins 
reports on the AProdraw graphics 
tablet which has provided a solution. 


BASIC TUTOR 


L± I I POINT 
X Vr TO POINT 
|ohn Kennedy looks at lines. It makes 
your eyes go funny, hul by knowing 
the plot you can draw a conclusion 
an the storyline. 


UK \PEIICS 


THE SHAPE OF 
THINGS TO COME 

Dave Eriksson visits Seattle in a bid to 
help Zak McKracken defeat the Alien 
Mind hen tiers. He enters Galdragon’s 
Domain offering valuable help. 


"C A deluxe 
xM mm paint m 

Dan Silva is a programming genius. 
By adding animation to the world's 
favourite Amiga paint program he 
has left rival artists standing. 




IX ri sculpt 
JL U ANIMATE 4D 
Ray tracing is one of the things the 
Amiga excels at. Byte by Byte is the 
master at exploiting this to the full 
as Nic Veitch found nul, 


PUBLIC DOMAIN 



FAT ANGUS'S 
SWEET PD 


Join our public domain expert as he 
traverses the globe in search of the 
best freebie software the likes of 
Arizona and Arran can offer. 


f JAMES REVIEWS 


||ll AMIGA 
ARCADE 

Digital Magic Software blasts in with 
a biggie and an award, LED Storm 
misses out on the lasers. Plus HKM is 
in desperate need of an MOT, 


^ AMIGA COMP(FTlNG June titHS 



















/ f \ GAME 
# V# SILLER 

Are you l loser in the Last Duel? Do 
you long for more Jives in Jug? Does 
DeMtor always defeat you? Mas and 
Justin come to your rescue. 


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|i I ASSEMBLY 
JL TUTOR 

Rupert flood wins looks at musical 
machine code and finds that a register 
is absolutely nothing to do with the 
pedals on his local church organ. 


fi || SPEED 
VF MACHINE 

Cranking up the Amiga clockspeed 
to 14MHz wipes the grin off an ST 
owner's face. Adding an extra maths 
co processor leaves the Atari for dead. 


fiRAPHICS 


"C MAKING 

tl U mms 

Different rendering packages will 
produce varying results, even with 
the same basic data, Glass is a 
particularly difficult substance, 



Is Germany really the second most 
boring country in Europe? Which 
colour printer can do the most to 
improve your image? This and more. 




Scorpion storms in to plunder 93 per cent. 

Bon a crash helmet in LED Storm. 

• Journey to the Centre of the Earth. 

• HKM belter than a kick in the crotch. Just. 

• Tiger Road breaks new ground in unoriginality. 

• Emanuelle seen through the keyhole. 

• Gauntlet II suffers the ST blues, 

• An incredible sphere taken to the shrink. 

• Deflecilor lights up the Amiga. 

• Space Harrier - worth the wait, 

• DNA Warrior is genetically unsound. 

• I Ludicrus hacks away in the arena. 


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ELECTRONIC ARTS 




AMIGA SCENE 




Amiga sifts air 
crash evidence 


Video game 
previews 

TON Beales is a man with a 
I mission. He aims to tell the 
games playing public about 
new Amiga releases by 
taping "mini movie" videos 
and distributing them 
nationwide. 

Through his company Hot 
Shot Entertainments (OZUti 
751217) Jon is producing 
Action Screenplay, a bi- 
monthly consumer video 
software magazine. 

It is the first of its kind in 
the country. 

“i can’t think why no one 
has done it before", said Jon. 
“Video is such an obvious 
medium to use for telling 
people about visual games". 

Action Screenplay is on 
VHS tape and features the up 
and coming games for the 
Amiga and other computers. 

It differs from the current 
point of sale videos which 
can been seen around the 
country in the major soft- 
ware stores. In true TV tradi- 
lions, the programme 
features a presenter who 
introduces each game 
category and commentates 
while the game is running on 
screen. 

Carnes are shown in four 
categories - arcade, role 
playing and adventure, 
simulations and original 
concepts. 

The tapes include audio- 
visual effects to create enter- 
taining mini-movies which 
run for 30 to 45 minutes. 
They also feature competi- 
tions. 

Action Screenplay costs 
£4,99 from software retailers 
throughout the UK, 


I N the aftermath of the 
Lockerbie air disaster an 
Amiga 2000 is being teamed 
with video to reconstruct the 
site of the crash so police can 
work out what happened 
immediately prior to the 
accident, 

Dumfries and Calloway 
police have installed a major 
system based on the 2000, It 
is helping to process hun- 
dreds of hours of videotape 
taken after the tragedy. 

The Commodore system, 
installed by Glasgow-based 
Video One Professional 
Video, allows police experts 
to produce stills from video 
material using a digital 
frame store. 

The advanced computer 
graphic capabilities of the 
Amiga 2000 are then used to 
enhance the finished pic- 
tures prior to printing out to 


a Polaroid freeze frame film 
recorder. 

Speaking from the scene of 
the Lockerbie disaster, 
Sergeant Bob Ovens of Dum- 
fries and Calloway police 
said: “The Amiga 2000 
system obviously gives us 
the potential for crime detec- 
tion by using its excellent 
graphics and ability to grab 
video images so wc can 
output them as photographs 
and slides, We are currently 
looking at the lessons to be 
learned from Lockerbie". 

To help with solving other 
disasters, the Amiga 2000 is 
also being used to produce 
overhead transparencies for 
demonstration purposes, as a 
video titter and for computer 
animation of incidents. 
Other police forces using the 
Amiga 2000 include Lancas- 
hire and Preston. 


High spec, low price modem 


H 1-TECH Supplies has 
launched a modem for 
home users which offers 
facilities only usually found 
on expensive business 
products. The EC2400 has 
four speeds, V21 V23 V22 
and V22bis which are auto- 
matically selected by "lis- 
tening" to the system you 
have dialed. 

The modem can dial from 
a battery backed-up direc- 
tory using pulse or tone as 
part of its full Hayes 
compatibility, and will auto 


answer, adjusting to the 
caller's baud rate — which is 
ideal for setting up your own 
bulletin board. 

It looks good with 11 LED 
indicators showing speeds, 
status and ARQ, This last 
LED refers to the MNP level 5 
error correction allowing 
speed approaching 4800 
baud with no errors. BABT 
approval is being applied 
for. 

For further details, ring 
Hi-Tee Supplies on 01-959 
6808. 


Win hard discs worth 
more than £3,000 

I DEAL Hardware and Amiga Computing are working on 
an amazing enm petition which will nfler every render a 
chance In win line of six System 20IHI haul drives fur the 
Amiga 5110, This beautifully designed peripheral 
aulobools without having It* upgrade your Amiga. 

The high speed 411 megabyte drive would normally cost 
£573,85. ami is a really guild buy al that price. Hut you 
can kil your Amiga nut with one for absolutely nothing. 

Full details will be published in I be August issue uf 
Amiga (jimptttitift, Diui t miss il. 



Peter Talbot - delighted 


Boost for 
Commodore 

C OMMODORE has pulled 
off an agreement that 
could provide it with mas- 
sive revenue. For the first 
time the whole of CRM's 
products are now on the offi- 
cial ordering list of Her Maj- 
esty's Stationery Office, used 
at 11, 900 ordering points for 
government departments 
and the public sector. 
Commodore see this as not 
only an official stamp of 
approval but also a guaran- 
tee of major sales. Orders 
were already flooding in 
within days of CBM's 
inclusion in the HMSQ 
catalogue. 

“We are delighted with the 
results so far", said Peter 
Talbot, Commodore’s 
national sales manager for 
the local government, educa- 
tion and medical division. 
“The Amiga 2000s are 
generating interest from 
departments requiring 
computer-aided design or 
audio visual capabilities". 

Stan Church, HMSO’s IT 
purchasing manager, said: 
“We are delighted to take 
Commodore’s product line 
on beard. The company’s 
machines represent faultless 
reliability at competitive 
prices". 

Successful 

joust 

L ANCELOT, the Arthurian 
legend game from Man- 
darin Software (0625 
87RRRR), has taken second 
place in the Best Adventure 
category of the new Com- 
puter Arena Awards. Amiga 
version of Lancelot costs 
£19+95, 


fuaa I3BS AMIGA COMPtmNG ? 





COMMENT 


W HEN my Toyota was six months old a now model 
was launched. It had nicer wheels, an electric 
aerial anil a much belter radio. I didn't expect Toyota to 
give me a new car. 

And yei when Commodore launched Workbench 1.3 
I had a niggling Peeling thal it should have sen! me a 
copy. Free. Readers who visited the Amiga Computing 
stand at the Commodore Show aired the same view, 
But the 1.2 which came with my A50U was perfectly 
OK, If I wanted ihe better printer drivers and fast file 
system I should be prepared to pay for them. The old 
ones worked; yes the new ones were better, but then 
wider wheels make a car go round corners Paster and 
an electric aerial is more vandal- proof. 

As it was Commodore, and as a rule Commodore are 
nice people, they priced Workbench 1.3 very sensibly. 
At £15 it is a bargain, the manual alone justifying the 
cost, 

Business type people regularly hand over £275 to 
give their IRM multi-tasking and graphics on a system 
which is buggy and needs 2 megs. If we want Commo- 
dore to keep on improving the system we are going to 
have to pay for it. 

Caroline Scheppner and her cronies at Commodore 
are working on a host of new Amiga products. Some 
like Workbench 1.4 will work w r ith all Amigas, some, 
like the new enhanced chip set will be ruled out for 
AlUUU owners, some will only work with Amiga 
B200fls, This is the price we pay for progress. 
Commodore has promised an upgrade path for 
owners of B2GOQs. If it launches a new machine with 
extra facilities, such as autohoot, or a tiBOJl) on the 
main board. Commodore will also provide a card for 
the H 2fi(i0, 

Perhaps the best policy is one of reduced price 
upgrades. This works best with software, Electronic 
Arts will sell an owner of Deluxe Faint II a copy of 
Deluxe Faint Ml tor only £30, This not only adds polish 
to EA’s good name, it makes me better about 
buying Deluxe Paint 111 for £B0, because I know that 
when Deluxe Paint IV comes out there is likely to be a 
cheap upgrade. Progress can be painless. 

Simon Rock man 


Educational 

conferences 

C OMMODORE is holding 
a series of one-day edu- 
cational conferences called 
EDCO '59, Nationally known 
speakers from all areas of 
education are talking on 
many aspects ranging from 
Art and Computers in the 
Curriculum to Local Finan- 
cial Management. 

Each presentation is 
accompanied by a display of 


educational systems and 
products. 

The purpose of EDCO 89 
is to bring together edu- 
cationalists, educational 
users, software houses and 
developers so Commodore 
can judge the needs of Brit- 
ish education and aim to sat- 
isfy them. 

The first conference was 
held at Parkers Hotel, Man- 
chester on April 26. They 
continue at Stakis Gras vc nor 
Hotel, Edinburgh on May 9 
and Barbican Centre, Level 
Nine, London on June 1. 


Finger on 
US pulse 

M IRRQRSOFT (01-928 
14541 has appointed 
Dick Lehrberg as its 
American representative. 
Dick, president of Lehrberg 
Associates, is an inter- 
national software licensing 
agent specialising in enter- 
tainment and multi-media 
software. 


Lehrberg Associates will 
be pursuing product acquisi- 
tion in North America as 
w r ell as sourcing Film and 
arcade licences on Mirror- 
soft's behalf, 

Managing director of Mir- 
rorsoft Peter Bilotta said; M l 
have known Dick for several 
years and he is the best there 
is, His work for Activision 
was astounding and we look 
forward to having him as our 
eyes and ears in the United 
States A 


Covering 
all tongues 

K ADDR [0443 740251) 
has taken its range of 
Seal'll Type keyboard covers 
one step further with Keytup 
kits for foreign languages. 
Printed on rigid PVC, the 


characters come complete 
with diacritical marks, 
accents and punctuation 
symbols and can either be 
stuck direct on to the keys or 
KadoFs keyboard covers. 
Kits for the Amiga are 
available in French, Spanish, 
Italian, German, Arabic, 
Farsi, Hindi, Greek, Hebrew 
and Russian, They start from 
£17.50. 


Micro world welcomes Eure Computer Trade 


H undreds of heads 

were put together in 
gangways, leisure areas and 
stands throughout the three 
days of the European Com- 
puter Trade Show held at 
London's Business Design 
Centre from April 16 to 10. 

Deals were struck, 
products Launched, new con- 
tacts forged and old ones 
renewed by most of the 90 
exhibitors including strong 
contingents from America 
and Europe. 

And the spin-offs from this 


first trade show can only be 
good news for end users, 

In scenes often remin- 
iscent of the Stock Exchange, 
business was certainly the 
order of the three days, 
unfettered by the usual pres- 
sures of public exhibition 
floors. A large number of 
new products went on show 
and there was invariably 
someone there waiting to 
sign on the dotted line, 

This Database Exhibitions 
event was voted a resoun- 
ding success. "We regard 



Aei/c's ferry Ifo/osenio 


this as an excellent concept 
and we will certainly be 
back again next year”, said 
|oe Oehlmann of Frofisoft 
who had travelled from his 
German headquarters in 
Qsna brack. 

"The idea of an inter- 
national show gives us lots 
of chance to meet people at 
one time and saves us lots of 
individual trips. We have 
also met many contacts that 
we otherwise would not 
have met. As far as we are 
concerned, this kind of show 


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■AMIGA 5CENEI 


MotorMouth 
on the ball 

T TMESCANNER, the new 
pinball simulation from 
Activision [0734 311666). 
had an audience of millions 
when it was featured on Sat- 
urday morning ITV chil- 
dren *& programme Motor- 
Mouth. 

A special part of the pro- 
gramme was given over to 
tracing the history of pinbal l 


spoke to pinball specialist 
Geoff Harvey who owns the 
largest collection of 
machines in the country. 
Things just snowballed from 
there". 

Gn the programme, Geoff 
talked to presenter Tony Gre- 
gory about the features of his 
machines with Neil Jackson. 
Activision's Software 
Producer demonstrating 
TimcscanncT on the Amiga, 

Photon Paint 2,0 for the 
Amiga has been launched in 
America by Microiilusions 



from the humble bagatelle 
game to the high tech elec- 
tronic pinball table and on 
again to the computer simu- 
lated version available for 
home computers. 

Deborah Cliff, marketing 
executive with Activision 
was the driving force in 
getting Timescanner noticed 
by TTV, 

"We first approached 
MotorMouth with the history 
of pinball idea back in 
December", she said. "They 
were immediately interested 
and asked us to do some 
, more research. We then 


Show 


is definitely a must for the 
future". 

Top American visitors 
were keenly on the look-out 
for new products, Larry 
Foster of the world's largest 
software retailer Egghead 
Discount Software said at 
least three hot products 
would be added to his range 
as a result of the show, 

And Jerry Wolosenko of 
San Franciso-based Antic 
said there were certainly 
many undiscovered gems to 
be found. 



and is to be sold in the UK by 
Activision for £B9.99. 

Among enhancements are 
special animation effects, 
new wrap functions and 
alternative drawing sources, 

It now offers multiple 
sw T ecp pages, fill functions, 
surface and contour map- 
ping and much more, 

* Above from left to right on 
the set of Motormoath are 
presenter Tony Gregory, 
A cti visio n 's marketing 

executive Deborah Clift [ soft- 
ware producer Neil Jackson 
and Geoff ‘The Pinball' 
Harvey . 



Egghead Discount Software's 
terry Foster 



JIM BUTTERFIELD 
reporting from Canada 


A MIGA enthusiasts are 
doing their best to 
obtain better media visibility 
for their micro. Computer 
Chronicles, a weekly tele- 
vision series broadcast 
nationally in the USA on the 
Public Broadcasting System, 
recently devoted its entire 
program to the Amiga. 

The host said they had 
been deluged with letters 
asking why the Amiga had 
not received better coverage 
in the show. 

The half-hour broadcast 
gave a good cross-section of 
Amiga capabilities in vari- 
ous areas. There was an 
initial demonstration of 
multi-tasking with the Kind 
Words word processor as a 
target for material from other 
sources - text and graphics 
material were clipped from 
other tasks and transferred to 
a business letter. 

Graphics were introduced 
by means of the games 
Menace and Battle Chess, 
This was followed by a 
demonstration of ike now- 
released Deluxe Paint III, 
whose animation capabilities 
were emphasised. The pro- 
gram then switched to Flo- 
rida, where Midi interfaced 
music was created and 
played. 

An Amiga 250(1 appeared 
in the studio, and the profes- 
sional video packages 
AnimEffects and Broadcast 
Titler were shown, Surpris- 
ingly. the studio didn't 
appear to take a direct video 
feed for broadcast, instead a 
camera onscreen shot was 
used. 

it it Hr 

T HERE is reported to be a 
virus-infested counterfeit 
version of the most pres- 


tigious virus checker, Steve 
Tibbets' VirusX, The fake 
version is identified as 
VirusX 3.3, and can be 
spotted easily because it 
does not come complete with 
source program, 

Imitation may be the 
sincerest form of flattery, but 
I doubt that Steve will 
appreciate the gesture, li 
seems likely that 3.3 will he 
skipped in the ViruxX num- 
bering sequence, 

★ ★ ★ 

C OMMODORE has 
engaged a new company 
to do its advertising in the 
USA. The new campaign 
kicked off encouragingly 
with a ha If- page advertise- 
ment featuring the Amiga 
2 5 IKJ in the science section of 
the New York Times. 

Video Toaster, long 
delayed because of high ram 
chip prices, was on display 
at AmiExpo New York, 
Release was promised for 
this spring or summer ami 
NewTech was taking orders 
at the show, 

Dragon's Lair is a game 
renowned for its great 
graphics. Since its release it 
has been criticised for 
having limited play value, 
but it's still an effective way 
to impress friends and neigh- 
bours. 

An interesting effect can 
be achieved by pressing the 
Esc. R, L. N and 7 keys sim- 
ultaneously just as the screen 
is showing the credits after 
completing loading. 

Arkanoid, too, has a back 
door, Type DSIMAGIG any 
lime the high score is 
showing. After that tapping 
selected keys will cause 
bonus blocks to drop. 


fun* 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 9 





■AMIGA SCENE* 


The fastest 
assembler 

F ROM the men who gave 
you StarGlider comes 
ArgAsm, an editor and 
assembler package for the 
Amiga. The software has 
been designed to reduce the 
time spent waiting for a pro* 
gram to assemble. The result 
is a program which bills 
itself as the fastest possible 
on a native Amiga, 
fez San started the pro- 
gram as a hobby, "While I 
was working on Starglider II 
the time taken to assemble 
such a large program started 
to bug me”, he says. "I had 
some Ideas to improve the 
rate of assembly without 
affecting the user interface". 

The Argonaut team on the 
program consists of Jez, 
Fuzzz, P] and Yakka. They 
are paying close attention to 
ArgEdit, the integral editor 
which claims to offer the 
fastest scrolling and re-draw 
rate of any program , 

ArgEdit is a fully legal, 
multi-window operating 
system based text editor, 
ArgAsm is of limited use on 
a 512k machine, only 
working well on 1 meg, 
although it is happy with just 
one floppy because the 
assembly is done in ram. 

The result is an assembly 
speed 10 times better than 
HiSoft, and up to 350 times 
faster than the Commodore 
Metacomco assembler yet 
retaining compatibility with 
these popular assemblers, 
ArgAsm is scheduled fur a 
third quarter release with a 
price lag set at £59.95. Con- 
tact Argonaut on 01-906 
3744. 


GFA lands 
In the UK 

G ERMAN company GFA 
Data Media, which 
produces the Basic inter- 
preter we reviewed last 
month, has split from 
Microdeal to provide a better 
level of customer support 
and faster translation of their 
programs. The new com- 
pany, headed up by ex-Atari 
bigwig and generally nice 
guy Les Player, is at GFA 
Data Media, Box 121, Wok- 
ingham, Berks. RGll 9LP. 



At the ESPA launch - (hft to right} freelance consultant Simon 
Treasure , Cheryl Davis of the American SPA, and Andrew 
Hewson, the temporary chairmen 


Harder line 
for software 

T HE UK's top entertain- 
ment software houses 
have joined forces to wage 
war on software piracy and 
boost the popularity of com- 
puter games. 

One year after it was first 
suggested the Entertainment 
Software Publishers Associ- 
ation has been formed. It was 
officially launched at the 
recent European Computer 
Trade Show in London. 

Its aim is M to radically 
change the face of the British 
home computer industry'' 
which it claims will be in 
everyone’s interest including 
the games playing public, 
Main target of ESP A is to 
improve the popularity of 
computer games. 

+ The consequent expan- 
sion will be good news for 
games players because a 
bigger market means a 
bigger choice and better 
products which are more 
easily available", said ESPA 
publicity man Michael 
Baxter. 

One way the new associ- 
ation intends to carry out its 
key aim is through pub- 
licising computer games on 


television and in daily news- 
papers, 

“We want to educate 
people in the television and 
newspaper world about the 
games software industry'', 
he added. 

Gathering more market 
information is another target 
of ESPA, In the past, soft- 
ware houses have each had 
their own market research 
budget which uncovered 
similar results for each com- 
pany. The association will 
now put all subscription 
money in one hat and use it 
to obtain a lot more infor- 
mation on what its cus- 
tomers want. 

ESPA has pledged itself to 
support FAST (Federation 
Against Software Theft) in its 
fight against software piracy. 

This costs the industry 
millions of pounds which 
also affects end users. ESPA 
and FAST will combine to 
produce a strong publicity 
drive aimed at persuading 
games players to boycott 
pirate software. 

The idea of a publishers 
association was first floated 
last year at the Computer 
Arena meeting for the indus- 
try in Jersey. It became real- 
ity at this year + s meeting on 
Majorca. 


Protext 

progress 

ERSIQN 4,2 of the best 
word processor on the 
Amiga promises to be even 
better, A significant 
improvement on the current 
program, it will have a new 


manual, One additional fea- 
ture, is a delete to end of sen- 
tence hot key. 

Protext V4.2 supports 
interlace and the produc- 
tivity modes in the enhanced 
chip set. The new program 
will be available in America 
from Michtron, Contact 
Amor on 0733 239011. 



Developers 
get together 

C OMMODORE'S Amiga 
Developers Advisory 
Board, backed by CATS(UK), 
is planning a UK Amiga con- 
ference, to be held on the 
weekend of July B-9. 

'rhe venue has not yet been 
confirmed but is Likely to be 
Nottingham University. 
Guests speakers will include 
Gail Wellington and Carolyn 
Sheppner from CBM Inter- 
national, Rahman Haleem 
from CBM UK, and represen- 
tatives of the UK Amiga soft- 
ware bouses, including 
Argonaut, Ariadne, ASAP, 
Precision and hopefully 
many others. The conference 
is open to all comers. 

The plan is that day one 
will consist of seminars on 
different aspects of Amiga 
programming, particularly 
aimed at people fairly new to 
the Amiga, but hopefully 
also of interest to older 
hands. 

Day two will he a number 
of seminars on more spe- 
cialised topics, including 
deeper looks at the above. 

Conference booking is 
being handled by Ariadne 
Software on behalf of ADAB 
and CATS [UK] . The price is 
planned to be under £100 for 
both days, including accom- 
modation. For further infor- 
mation write to Betty Smith, 
Ariadne Software, 273 
Kensal Road, London W10 
5DB. 


Amiga DTP 
service 

D ESKTOP Graphics 

{01-538 9299) claims to 
be the UK's first Amiga 
colour desktop publishing 
bureau with a Linotronic 300 
and Postscript R1P2. It 
provides output facilities for 
Amiga users providing 
Amiga files are supplied as 
either Postscript or Profes- 
sional Page format. Film or 
bromide output is also 
provided and in addition, 
colour cromalins or wet 
proofs can be produced from 
film separations. Typical 
cost of a single A4 film is 
£10.92. 


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the ever-growing range of 
innovative entertainment soft- 
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With special events, presenta- 
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D EAN BARRETT, the marketing manager 
tit Commodore UK, looks tin the Com- 
modore Shim 1 as a vital link between the 
giant manufacturer and its consumer?*. 'As 
Commodore gets involved in more and more 
markets, it becomes increasingly important 
to have a local point for alt its activities", he 
says. "This is the role we see for the Commo- 
dore shows. These events are particularly 
critical fur keeping the ever-grow ing army of 
end users informed on the lalesl develop- 
ments fur their machines. 

“The Commodore shows are becoming 
more vital, particularly to our market 
strategy. We at Commodore are looking for- 
ward to the June show and believe it will he 
the most successful event to date from 
everyone's point of view". 

Commodore will he taking the main cen- 
I rill stand in the Champagne Suite at Novotel 
to show its latest products. Major interest is 
expected in the new 5S0 hard disc which 


will lie there on 

display only. This A 

20Mb hard disc is 
In oil 
sale in the summer 

C4!*fl ami should VH 

be a big draw lor 1H 
the more serious 

Music fans can t ^IBUr 

see what they can in -\iuf /*>rJk ” 

do with the Amiga 

500, and stand space wilt also lie given over 
to the extensive graphics capabilities and 
other facilities of the A 2 000 - a l ull range on 
show- fur all users. 

Games players will not he forgotten by 
Commodore, which will continue to feature 
its bundle packs of software tor the 04. 
MSd os- based PCs and lower end machines 
wilt complete the lineup. 


Dean Harrrtl: “Vital /irrA ” 







Or Rahman Haieem 


New products lined 


S ALES of Commodore related products have 
never been so high and a host of treats are in 
store for the 15,000 visitors expected at the 
Commodore Computer Show to be held from 
June 2 to 4 at the Novotel Exhibition Complex, 
Hammersmith. 

Now Europe's premier event for the booming 
Commodore market, the show will see the 
launch of many products from software devel- 
opers, new hardware, utilities, add-ons and the 
chance to pickup some bargains on special 
offers through dealer exhibitors. 

HiSoft will he using the Commodore Com- 
puter show to announce new developments for 
its established lines, Devpac and Basic, for the 
Amiga, 

A new library of HiSoft Basic called Extend 
will also he launched- Tl includes a host of 
routines to extend the graphics, windows and 
general capabilities of the HiSoft Basic 
compiler, 

The new Developer version of HiSoft Devpac 
will also appear at the show. Intended primarily 
for software houses, this package allows speedy 
development for Amiga software on one 
machine. It also allows users to assemble at 
high speed down a parallel connection and 
remotely debug running code, giving maximum 
memory on the target machine. "We will also 
have some exciting news for C programmers so 

Busy workshops 

H EAD of technical support with Commodore 
Dr Rahman Haleem is to lead the panel of 
Commodore experts who will take part in the 
Programmers Workshop which will be a special 
feature of the show. 

Visitors with an interest in programming will 
be more than welcome to take part in the 
workshops, putting forward their own ideas 
and seeking advice from the experts. 


up for 
launch 
at show 

drop around at our stand, We will be having 
plenty of fun with lots of special offers and free ! 
gifts", said HiSoft's David Link, 

The show will see a first time appearance for a 
new range of American hardware peripherals 
for the Amiga A 500, 1000 and 2000. These are ! 
being marketed in this country by George I 
Thompson Services under the Mast (Memory 
and Storage Technology! name. 


T HE Match Box Collection features the 
Micromeg 512 expansion board for the 
A 500. It comes fully populated with 1 Mb 
hi-tech zip drams cutting down on power usage I 
and also has a battery backed clock. Also on I 
show will be Mmimegs 512k one and two meg j 
external expansion units for the A500 and 
A 1000 which show how the latest technology 
influences the size of memory upgrades. 

The Unidrive and Twindrive floppy drives 
with many features unique to Mast products 
will be joined by the Tiny Tiger range of high 
performance hard disc drives. For the flrsl time 
anywhere in the world. Mast will be showing 
the new 50 meg Tiny Tiger. 

George Thompson Services will be launching ; 
Doslab, a new interactive method of learning 
about Amigados and the CLI, At £14.09 for the 
two disc set, this unique program takes into 
account the years of experience Jumpdisk and 




All your questions answered 


N OW a regular feature of the Commodore 
Computer Show are the question and 
answer sessions arranged by ICFUG. the 
Independent Commodore Products Users 
Group. 

This year's June show will be no excep- 
tion, and the group's committee has been 
working hard with Database Exhibitions to 
ensure that the popular feature will vet again 
be a success. 

There will be one hour sessions on each 
day of the show when members of the JCPUG 
committee and their panel of experts will be 
on hand to help visitors with their problems 
and take part in lively discussion around any 
topic Commodore users want to air, 

"We usually put on a good team of experts 
for this regular feature of the shows and we 
intend to do so again",, said the group's exhi- 
bitions organiser Janet Bicker staff w r hose 
husband John is ICPUG's chairman. 

The reputation of JCPUG in the computer 
world has been underlined by its longevity- 


last year the group celebrated its 10th 
birthday, 

II all started with the introduction of the 
Commodore Pet in 1377. In the late summer 
of 1978, Norman Fox of Hertfordshire pub- 
lished a letter in Electronics Today Inter- 
national asking any Commodore users 
interested in starting an independent dub to 
write to him. 

Membership had grown to 500 by the time 
of the group's first AGM in August 1979 
when a constitution was drawn up, 

Over the years ICFUG has compiled a wide 
ranging software library and has continued 
to grow to its present status as the foremost 
Commodore user group in the country. With 
a pedigree like that, it is Utile wonder that 
Commodore Show visitors flock to make use 
of the wealth of knowledge freely available 
from ICPUG in the question and answer 
sessions. 

At the June show these will be based in the 
Salon Bourg, after lunch each day. 



Commodore 


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PREVIEW 



GTS have had in helping customers with prob- 
lems related to the Amiga operating system. 

For the first time in the UK show r visitors will 
be able to see the start of a long line of education 
programs for the Amiga - Mypaint, a paint pro- 
gram just for children, It features sampled 
sounds for each picture, animated icon drawing 
tools, special effects and much more. 


A NOTHER First from George Thompson is 
the Media Line series. Yet again due for a 
show launch, the first three packages of this 
series are Video and Animation Background 1 
for use with all leading animation packages, 
Clipart Disk I which includes a comprehensive 
selection of one-off graphics for use with DTP 
packages and Amiga Font Disk I, a collection of 
style fonts for video graphics and DTP work. 
First day of the show will see the world 
preview of Ami.,, Alignment System from 
George Thompson Services, This is a precision 
floppy drive head alignment and performance 
monitoring system for the Amiga range, 

A| past shows the biggest attraction at the 
Jumpdisk stand run by Thompsons has been the 
range of public domain discs offered. "This year 
a courier will bring the very latest PD discs from 
the USA just before the show", promised Tony 
Thompson. "On screen will be a display of the 
most incredible HAM pictures seen on the 
Amiga to date, plus a preview of the first comic 
on a disc 11 . 

In the last 12 months Power Computing has 
emerged as a market leader for peripherals and 
software for the Amiga market in the UK, At the 
Commodore Computer Show Power will feature 
a new software package which it claims will 


transform the Amiga into the fastest tool for 
preparing presentations and disc-based 
demonstrations. 

Called Video Magic, it enables Amiga users to 
take images then add script, sound and ani- 
mation before saving them on video tape or 
disc, Tcon driven, the package features profes- 
sional quality wipes and fades, automatic scrip- 
ting. digitised sound effects, sound sequencing 
and a remote control handset, it is targeted at 
the booming personal and corporate presenta- 
tion marketplace. 

Four British designed hard disc drives for the 
Amiga will also go on show at Novate!. Power's 


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Meet the Editors 

D O you like what you read in Amiga 
Computing ? Would you like to voice 
your opinions about this and ihe other lead- 
ing Commodore magazines? Our editor 
Simon Packman and his counterparts on 
other publications will come under close fire 
at the Commodore Show in a Meet the 
Editors seminar which will give readers who 
visit the show a unique chance to make their 
views known. 

If you're happy with the Commodore 
magazines come and give them praise and 
encouragement. If you have good ideas for 
features come along and share them. If 
you're displeased with the service, come and 
get if off your chest. 

Either way. Meet the Editors will be a 
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Whole world goes 
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Gathering of tha fans: Scenes hist \ 


Triangle Turbo 3 drives are offered in 20, 4 0, BO 
and 100Mb versions starting from £439. All 
have auto booting, with 1.3 Kickstart and a 
second hard drive or floppy drive can be fitted 
inside the case as an option. 

Also to be unveiled at the show is what Power 
claims to be the first multi-drive to feature 
Amiga 5,25 recognition. A revolutionary elec- 
tronic design allows the 3.5/5.25 multidrive to 

Beat the Author 
in arcade action 

A REGULAR attraction at Commodore shows is the games 
arcade where players pit their wits against the latest shoot* 
P em-ups. This year’s tune show is no exception but the challenge 
will be even greater. It will provide the setting fora series of Beal 
the Author competitions when visitors will be able to take on 
software writers in an attempt to beat them at their own game. 

Contenders young and old will have a chance to show off their 
skills. They may gel thrashed or they may find they are better 
than the games writers. Either way, it will be fun finding nut and 
swapping tips. 


provide complete compatibility through 
advanced circuitry for Amiga users wishing to j 
upload data from IBM PC and compatible discs. 
It comes complete with twin track counters, 
isolation switches and 40/80 track switches for 
£249, 

Rounding off the Po wer launches at this show 
will be new 68030 co-processor accelerator 
cards developed in the USA by GVP. They are 
aimed at boosting the performance of the Amiga 
2000 to that of a high-end workstation. 

Amiga owners can now- receive free weather 
sate Hite pictures beamed from space with an 
ordinary TV aerial and the latest teletext adapter 
horn Microtext. To be featured at the show, it 
allows signals from satellites such as MeteoSat 
to be received through Ceefax. New pictures are 
sent regularly and arc presented as an index of 
names on the Amiga's screen. Any can then be 
downloaded by simply pointing and clicking 
the mouse. 

As well as being able to receive satellite pic- 
tures and telesoftware, the Microtext Adaptor 
enables normal teletext to be received on com- 
puter. Features include the ability to print 
pages, save pages to disc and translate pages to 
speech. 

Mark Tilley of Arnor has chosen this show to 
display the latest versions of its word processing 
package Pretext. With more than four years 






development, Protest has progressed with each 
development being tailor-made to Tit new 
environments. 


M AKING his first appearance at the Com- 
modore Show is Brian Levison of Equinox 
Business Systems He will be launching the 
latest additions to his Small Business Accounts 
packages, SBA Pius adds invoicing, sales and 
purchase lodgers to the cash hook accounting 
system of the original SBA. The first upgrade, 
SBA Xtra, added debt and credit control. The 
Equinox stand should be well worth a visit as 
these packages are easy to use and designed to 
take the headaches out of accounting for the 
small businessman. 

Another new exhibitor al the show will be 
publisher Addison-Wesley of Wokingham 
that will have on display the Amiga Rom 
Kernel Reference Manual w r hich includes 
autodocs. This book contains Amiga C and 
assembly language including files, function 
autodocs, IFF documents and provides a com- 
prehensive coverage of command calls. Other 
updated books in the Amiga technical reference 
series will be shown, along with computer sci- 
ence titles of general interest to visitors. 

Also in the books market is Computer Man- 
uals, Neil Whitcombe will be bringing his full 


range to the show with particular emphasis on 
the two Abacus titles, 3D Graphics Program- 
ming Guide and More Tips and Tricks for the 
Amiga, 

Diamond Computer Systems will be offering 
an exchange scheme whereby visitors can trade 
in an Amiga JDOfl for a 2000 with a cash pay- 
ment of £664 instead of the normal retail price 
of £1,295. Mike Brown of Diamond also intends 

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Music from the maestro 

I NTEREST in the Amiga as a music machine is on the increase 
and visitors to the show will be able to see its full capabilities 
in the bands of an expert. Colin Gay. one of the country’s top 
musicians will be on hand throughout the three days to demon- 
strate his skills and answer questions. 

Classically trained as a pianist, Colin took part in many piano 
recitals before cultivating an interest in the use of synthesisers 
for modern music eight years ago. This progressed to computer- 
backed music three years ago and he has not looked back since. 
Last year Colin played at most of the top computer shows in 
the country and this will be his third appearance at the Commo- 
dore Show. He will be demonstrating his keyboard skills with 
the Amiga acting as his backing group, A musical treat not to be 
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PREVIEW 


Tips for top games programmers 


I N the annals of Amiga games history there 
are certain names that should be written 10 
feet high, fez San and the Bitmap Brothers 
are among them and these lop games writers 
will he giving an insight into their art at the 
June Commodore Show. 

How the experts go about creating the 
games that thousands play will be the 
essence of the show's Games Workshop with 
tips and hints handed on to budding ama- 
teurs by the men who really know. 

Jeremy "Jez' + San is head of Argonaut Soft- 
ware and has had a meteoric rise to lame in 
the games writing world. He started pro- 
gramming at the age of 13 and left school 
before A levels to join Silversoft, one of the 
first successful software houses. 

His career progressed but it was in 19B5 
that the big one happened. He was commis- 
sioned by Firebird to produce a game in 
which you flew a spaceship from planet to 
planet. That was the birth of Slarglider, the 
huge success that sold more than 100,000 
copies worldwide* It was with the profits of 
Slarglider that Jez enlisted the help of the 
crew at Argonaut, The games hero Jaysan 
has since gone on to tougher tasks and his 
namesake fez San is also progressing to an 



Jev Sri i. head of Argonaut Software 



The Bit Map Brothers: On the crest of a wa re 


even brighter and more profitable future. 

Also on the crest of the games wave are the 
Bitmap Brothers, this year's EMAP 16 bit 
programmers of the year. No relation, they 
are Mike Montgommery, Eric Matthews and 
Steve Kelly. They met through programming 
but got "related" with the advent of Ifi bit 
computers. Their first game was the hugely 
successful Xenon. Following an offer they 
couldn’t refuse from MirrorsofL the Bitmaps 
went on to produce Speedball on the Image 
Works label. Speedball heads up an amazing 
array of Image Works products including 
Bombuzal, Fernandez Must Die and Rocket 
Ranger, 

Success is the name of the game for both 
fez San and the Bitmaps. Visitors to the Com- 
modore Show's Games Workshop can 
savour an interesting look behind the scenes 
of that success, Who knows? The young visit- 
ors to this year's workshop could be the Sans 
and Bitmaps of years to come. 


A 

to use the show for the launch of his new 
Diamond auto-boot hard disc complete with fast 
file, This will be its first appearance. Price £599. 

Kuma Computers will be adding two new 
titles to its range of professional Amiga software 
at the show. K-Data is an intuition based flat 


Meet the User Group 

A MIGA users new and old will benefit from a visit to the 
exhibition stand taken by the Amiga User Group, whose offi- 
cials will be on hand to chat with existing members and to explain 
its functions to prospective new ones. 

The Amiga User Group was started in November 1905 by a 
gathering of people working in commercial software who had the 
original aim of developing new software for the Amiga. 

As the membership became more widespread a newsletter was 
started three years ago and it has now grown to a BO page bi- 
monthly forming an important nationwide thread to connect 
Amiga users. 

There are now more than t,000 members of the group, mainly 
serious users engaged in program development. Leading Lights will 
he on hand at the Novotel and a visit to their stand will be well 
worth it for Amiga users. 


card database combining exceptional ease of 
use with many of the features normally associ- 
ated with more complex relational databases. 
These include sorting on multiple criteria, mer- 
ging and splitting of files and high speed oper- 
ations, The file size, limited only by the disc 
capacity and the layout and size of records and 
fields, can bo altered without the necessity to 
re-input data already entered. Tt costs £49.95. 

K-Rogut is based on Longman's Pocket 
Rogefs Thesaurus and combines the qualities of 
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other program, tt also costs £49,95. 


L OOKING forward to his first appearance at 
the Commodore Show is Simon Coombes of 
Oasis who is using it as a platform to demon- 
strate the range of MicroBotic expansion units 
from America that he is marketing for the 
Amiga range in the UK. 

In addition to promoting these, he will be able 
to put potential buyers in direct contact with 





Win £500 prize 

O NE lucky visitor will go away from the 
Commodore Show with a prize of equip- 
ment worth £500. That is the major award in 
a national competition to find the most 
innovative use of an Amiga in the field of 
hobbies. Commodore UK has sponsored the 
nationwide search and will present the prize 
to the winner who will be named at ihls 
show. 

All people need to do to enter is write a 
description of their Leisure program in no 
more than 500 words and send it along with 
any support material on disc to the Editor, 
Amiga Computing* Euro pa House* Adlington 
Park, Adlington, Macclesfield, Cheshire 
SKID 4NP. 

The editor will nominate the most outstan- 
ding entry received and together with Ihose 
received by other Commodore magazines, it 
will go forward to the grand final to be held 
at the June Commodore Show. 

All finalists will be invited to demonstrate 
their innovations in the specially designed 
Leisure ma feature area at the show. Editors 
of leading magazines will form a Judging 
panel to select the overall winner. 

The marketing manager for sponsor Com- 
modore UK, Dean Barrett, said: “The Amiga 
is Tecognised as the leading computer in ihe 
leisure area bul most people tend to think of 
leisure computing only in terms of playing 
games. In reality, the Amiga is being used for 
all sorts of leisure activities from bird 
watchers logging their latest sightings to 
horse racing enthusiasts keying in data to try 
and pick the winners, 

“We've even heard of one reptile collector 
who keeps his pets in trim by working out 
their menus on the Amiga. The potential uses 
for leisure activities is endless 
There is still time to enter and enjoy a day 
at the Commodore Show, plus a chance to 
scoop the £5Q0 prize donated by Commodore 
UK. 


dealers who will have them in stock, 

His range includes Starboard 2, a multifunc- 
tion 2Mb expansion for the Amiga 1000. It is 
offered as a solution to the need for large 
amounts of memory on the 1000 and comes 
with a main board socketed for 1Mb of memory. 
Users or dealers may install their own chips or 
buy Starboard 2 with Dram installed. Price 
£224.95. 


T HE Oasis stand will also feature Starboard 
2/500 with 2Mb memory for the Amiga 500 
[£224.95], Stardrive SCSI high speed module for 
Starboard and the Amiga PC (£B5) t a multifunc- 
tion module clock stickydisc with parity Logic 
and maths co-processor support for Starboard 2 
and the Amiga PC (£55), Hard frame 2000, a 
superfast autoboot SCSI for A2QQ0 l£199,95 
card only, £219.95 with Frame, £500 for card, 
frame and 52Mb Seagate drive), 8-Up, an 8Mb 
ram card for A2000 [from £124.95), external 
drive F Data-10 (£99.95} and twin external drive 
with PSU, and F Data-20 (£199 95). 

Aiming to help people get more out of their 
Amiga sound. Siren Software will be showing 
its Amiga SoundblastoT at the show, This small 
stereo amplifier comes with two high quality 20 


watt three-way speakers and is easily connected 
to the Amiga to give a new dimension to games. 
Price £39.99. 

Hi Tension will be showing Icon Paint, Office 
Manager and a new 2Mb internal ram expan- 
sion unit costing £350, Also on display will be 
VAT Master Professional, an accounts package 
which works in conjunction with Superbase 
Professional. At a price of £16,95 Al Computer 
Supplies will exhibit a new disc storage box, the 
Posso Box, which accommodates 189 3. 2 Bin 
discs, 


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Commodore 

computer show 


PREVIEW 


O NE hundred per cent loading success on 
popular games is the claim for the Load-It 
adjustable data recorder from Mills Associates 
which will be on display at the stand of its UK 
distributor Palan Distribution, Made for the 
Commodore C64, it incorporates manual adjust- 
ment of the read/write head together with a 
visual led array which shows maximum signal 
strength, It costs £39,99. 

Bytes and Pieces of Lytham, Lancashire, is 
another firm for which this will be the first 
Commodore show. New on the B and P stand 


The Loaddt adjustable data recorder 

will be an Amiga A2000 done box for the A500 
and A 1000. This plugs into the expansion slot 
and provides eight A2QQ0 slots for memory, 
drives. At and PC cards and co-processors. Also 
on show will be a two slot expansion for A2000 
cards. 

“We will be showing an A5Q0 internally 
expanded to 5Mb memory, the new Fat Agnus 
custom chip giving 1Mb of chip memory and 
hung on the side, a 300Mb hard drive", said 
Chris Wright of R and P, "We have also brought 
out a fan cooled power supply for the A 500 that 
gives 12 times the power of the original and 
does not cost as much". 

Add these and many other new products to 
games galore and it means an opportunity not 
to be missed for the Commodore user. The show 
is open from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Satur- 
day* June 2 and 3 and from Warn to 4pm on 
Sunday June 4 , 


Experts at Graphic Workshop 

A NOTHER special feature of the Commodore Show will be 
a Graphics Workshop where visitors can gel expert advice 
on how to furnish their programs with good graphics. 
Talented Mark Pickervans has agreed to run this and to 
demonstrate his techniques to those taking part. 

Now a freelance writer, Mark has worked with Electronic Arts 
and was responsible for Flair Paint, the former AMS art package 
for the Atari ST recently taken over by Database Software. 

Joining the Bitmap Brothers and Jez San in the Games 
Workshop will be Andrew Bray brook who wrote Paradroid and 
Uridium and now works for Telecomsoft, plus Stan Schembri 
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■ADVENTURES 



The 

shape 

of 

things 

to 

come 

Save as you go 
with Dave Eriksson 


A CLASS of game that brings the 
cinema screen to our monitors 
has recently come into its own. 
Animation has had a fatal attraction 
for programmers from the very first. 
With the early graphics this produced 
all shades of disaster; with the Amiga, 
animated sequences have come of 
age. 

Lucasfilm’s Latest adventure is Zak 
McKracken and the Alien 
Mind benders. Apart from having the 
longest title yeb Zak is also the latest 
in the field of total animation. Not 
quite true cartoon animation, but 
certainly a step in the right direction. 

The year is 1997, the place is San 
Francisco, Zak is a reporter for a 
crummy newspaper called The 
National Inquisitor, packed with the 
ultimate in utter drivel but boasting 
an enormous circulation among the 
less intelligent. Unbeknown to all, 
space aliens have invaded and built a 
stupidity machine that will steadily 
reduce everyone’s IQ to that of a 
cretin. This is a ruse David Sullivan 
would be proud of. 

Immediately before going on an 
assignment in Seattle Zak has a 


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■ADVENTURES! 


4 

dream. This is the opening animated 
sequence to the game, and includes a 
visit from an alien from the distant 
past, a vision of a pretty girl, a 
strange device and being chased by 
one of the aliens. 

The girl turns out to be Annie 
Larris, head of the Society of Ancient 
Wisdom. She has two friends, Melissa 
and Leslie, who have travelled to 
Mars in a converted camper van. All 
three have had dreams similar to 
Zak h s. 

The future of the world depends on 
these four working together to 
construct a machine to defeat the 
aliens. Parts for this Skolarian Device 
are hidden on Earth and Mars. 

There is no text Input, commands 
being initiated by selecting a verb 
from the list beneath the graphics 
window, and nouns from either the 
inventory list shown under the verbs 
or by clicking the cursor on an abject. 

One important verb is Walk To, the 
default command thal appears after 
any action. Click in the graphics 
window, and provided it is possible, 
your character will walk smartly to 
the new position. 

Nearly all actions are displayed as 
an animated sequence. Select Push 
and double click on a switch across 
the room and Zak will stroll across 
and push it for you. Every now and 
then one action will trigger off an 
event elsewhere with an animated 
cameo. 

S EQUENCES can go on for some 
time and usually provide you 
with additional information. Clicking 


the right-hand mouse button halts the 
action and returns you to command 
mode. 

The list of command verbs is 
limited, with Use being a general 
dogsbody to cover a multitude of 
operations. 

Another verb appears once you 
have teamed up with Annie - Switch 
- to select which of the four main 
characters you want to control. 

Linking words are supplied by the 
program, so "Use cash card in slot" 
will appear on selecting the verb and 
the two objects. Many objects are 
only accessible from the graphics 
animation window. 

An illogical application of the What 
Is command occurs in Locations that 
are completely dark. Run the cursor 
around to find a torch, double click 
and Zak walks to this spot, and can 
then light the torch. 

Included with the two program 
discs is a simple instruction booklet 
and a current copy of The National 
Inquisitor. Read the newspaper 
carefully, as it contains several fairly 
obvious clues. 

Anti-pirating codes will be needed 
when you buy airline tickets. These 
codes are printed in dark blue ink on 
maroon paper - virtually impossible 
to photocopy. Not exactly easy to read 
either. 

The game starts in Zak’s apartment 
the morning after his dream. All he 
has is a ticket to Seattle. Search his 
two-room apartment carefully. Almost 
everyth log has at least one use and 
because there is no limit to the 
number of things Zak can carry, you 
may as well take everything which is 

► 


STUCK? 


GALDREGON’S 

DOMAIN 


• There is not that much gold to 
find so don 't explore for fun - you 
will starve, 

• Save before entering each 
special scenario . Go in, map it 
until you are killed , reload the last 
save and continue mapping until 
you know where you have got to 
go. Then reload again and go 
straight there. 

• The ghost in the tower is a red 
herring . 

• Although you have been told the 
elves are on the side of all that is 
good and proud in the land , you 
will have to kiU their lord to get 
the green elvan cloak that will help 
you beat the leader of the 
assassins . 

• Don 7 kill the Demon Master 
until he has summoned the demon 
which has the cross you will need 
later. You will have to kill him to 
get it. 

• Don 7 waste inventory space on 
carrying lots of Light spells, there 
is only one dark location. 

• Beware of repeating mazes in 
the assassins' wood and dwarven 
halls . 

• The Labyrinth is in the south- 
west corner of your map. Don 't 
attack the Medusa unless you are 
carrying the mirror , which is also 
found in the Labyrinth. 



Zak approaching the bus to the airport. He’ll have to waken that sleepy driver 


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Annie attempts an ancient scientific experiment at Stonehenge 


not nailed down. Only four items are 
visible in your inventory but others 
can be scrolled into view. 

There are a few locations to explore 
before you take the bus to San 
Francisco Airport, The bus driver is 
asleep and Zak will have to attract his 
attention before he can board. Zak s 
cashcard is vital, in 1997 this is the 
accepted way of paying for 
everything. 

There are three useful objects in the 
plane, but to get them he will have to 
create diversions to distract the 
stewardess who is officious and 
objects to Zak prowling around, 
poking his nose into things that may 
not concern him. 

S EATTLE has only four locations, 
one contains the artifact needed 
for his meeting with Annie. Once Zak 
realises there are four of them to work 
as a team, you can switch between 
the two girls on Mars or Annie and 


Zak on Earth. 

Now Zak can start exploring on 
Earth to find the parts of the 
Skolarian device. As he will have 
stripped the neighbourhood of 
movable objects, you must not forget 
to give Annie something with which 
to wake the bus driver. 

Without transport to the airport 
Annie will be stuck and unable to 
fulfil the tasks only she can complete. 

You’ll need to swap between the 
four to learn dues either to aid one of 
the others or because characters have 
special skills - 

There are interesting mazes to be 
found in Mexico, Egypt and on Mars. 
To activate doors and locks they 
traced a pattern on sensors. The 
modern approach is to trace out the 
pattern with Zak’s yellow crayon. But 
first you have to know the pattern. 

It is not easy to get anyone killed. 
Careful use of cashcards is important 
- air travel is expensive so you will 
need to plan the order in which to 
tackle the various puzzles. Visit all 



Julian in his home village, about to start out on his long quest in Faery - Tale 


the locations on a trial run to learn 
when to visit each and for what 
purpose. 

Zak McKracken and the Alien 
Mindbcnders is great fun to play. It 
has interesting puzzles with tons of 
good humour. 


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STORY UNE 


Humorous and logical in a whacky 
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AURA.. 

No easy death to keep you awake, a 
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ST A YING POWER.. 

Plenty to puzzle over, difficult to switch 
off. 

GAMEPLAY . . 

Mouse or key hoard control is easy to 
master , simple input routine. 

VALUE 

Not cheap, but hours of fun. 


DIFFICULTY 

Good for non-hardcned ad venturers 


OVERALL 82 % 


Pm looking forward to Zak II. 


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playing game - Faery Tale Adventure. 

The story is that of the three sons of 
a small village's Master at Arms. 
Following a long period of peace and 
prosperity the land is invaded by a 
necromancer and his hordes of evil 
minions. 

The village is repeatedly attacked 
until its magical talisman is stolen. 
Fearing the worst, the village elders 
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He confirms that the country is 
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From a prophesy made in the 
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prophesy. 

Starting from the village you must 

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explore, talk to those you meet and 
defeat enemies. There is plenty to 
find, and you must learn how all the 
special objects will help you. 

Control is via keyboard or mouse. 

A large graphics window shows your 
character and a portion of the 
countryside. The music changes to an 
ominous tune when enemies 
approach. 

Beneath this scene are three 
windows. One tells you what is 
happening, with the character's vital 
statistics. A second is a menu where 
you can load and save - check your 
inventory, talk, buy, use a magic item 
and so on. Another window contains 
a compass rose from which you can 


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You start with brother Julian. I 
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Once fulian is finally dead, you 
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youngest steps forward, 

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especially the magic items. When 
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your enemy and use your chosen 
weapon. This takes a little practice to 



A short way from his village, Julian finds a chest of useful items 


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DIFFICULTY. 

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■COVER STORY 


Silva lining 

Simon Rockman brushes up on his polychromatic pixellations 


R EMEMBER how you felt when 
you first started playing with 
Deluxe Paint? The feeling that you 
could draw anything, even if your 
greatest talent at art was bunking off, 
Well the feeling is back because now 
anything you can draw, you can 
animate. 

1 once heard that artists find it 
difficult to resist the temptation to add 
little touches to a masterpiece - 
adding a few extra seeds to some 
sunflowers, making that smile a mite 
more enigmatic, placing a seventy- 
third eye on a space alien. Dan Silva, 
author of the DPaint trinity, has the 
same problem, His seventy*third eye 
took the form of animation. DPaint II 
already offered some impressive 
demos with colour cycling, but Dan 
wanted to add multiple frames. 

The resull is DPaint Ill's 
mimpainting, a name so good 
Electronic Arts has trademarked it. 

A professional animator is happy to 
redraw a picture in a slightly different 
position For every frame, but for most 
of us this is too much like hard work. 
And what computers are good at is 
doing the hard work and leaving the 
creative stuff to humans. 

The simple way to use anim- 
painting is to draw one Frame, step 
through to the next, draw and step on 
again. The clever way is to define 
what you want to move as a brush, 
by drawing the shape and then 
cutting it out. and hold down the 
animpainting key while you draw , 
Whenever the brush is redrawn 
DPaint ill steps on to the next frame. 
The effect is very convincing. In true 
DPaint style, what holds true for one 
mode carries through to 
an im painting. So if you draw a line 
which is a dozen brushes long, the 
first 12 frames of the animation 

Dan Silva, mere mortal 
or programming deity? 


the effect of the brush bashing into 
the screen when it comes to a sudden 
stop. 

While the brush is moving every 
which way around the screen it can 
be made to spin and tumble, the kind 
of thing which a trained animator 
finds taxing. All these effects are great 
for things like rockets and aeroplanes 
but if you want to show a horse 
galloping, you need the legs to move, 
Dan, Dan the DPaint man has thought 
of this. He’s included animated 
brushes. Each time you draw with an 
animated brush a new frame is 
shown. Combine this with 
animpainting and you can paint a 
movie. 

It'll work with a megabyte of 
memory, but creaks a bit when you 
try to animate something really big. 
Files are standard Amiga anim 
format. I loaded in some screens from 
The Walker ft demo trailer and, 
ahem, enhanced thorn. They worked 
perfectly. Finished animations can be 
run from outside DPaint III with a 
Play program. The possibilities posed 
by animpainting, move and animated 
brushes are tremendous. 

D eluxe paint in has always 

been the premiere Amiga art 
program and has undergone a few 
refinements to make sure things stay 
that way, Some of the processor- 
intensive routines have been recoded 
to run a little faster, although 
perspective painting - where a brush 
is laid down to give a 3D impression 
— still involves a fair hit of thumb 
twiddling. 

Features are packed into the menus 
like suits at a city wine bar. Most of 
the menu options do extra tilings if 
you click on them with the right 
mouse button. Some do more than 
you would at first expect if you click 

► 



contain your brush. In practice, lines 
tend to be longer than the number of 
frames you have chosen, so you get a 
number of frames crawling across the 
screen. 

There is a cure for this, A Move 
menu lets you define a direction for 
the plotting of the brush in three 
dimensions. The third axis allows 
shapes 1t> come out of the screen at 
you or recede over the horizon, fust 
the thing for video titling. 

The Move control spreads the 
positioning of the brush evenly 
through a number of frames. The 
spacing can be altered to give the 
effect of acceleration or to eliminate 



Jme 1983 AMIGA COMPUTING 




The Birth of Deluxe Paint 


NOBODY would accuse Electronic 
Arts of production line program- 
ming, they talk of “artists 1 ' and 
“creative direction", 1ml they are 
fairly strict about the development 
system. All programmers use 
expanded IBM ATs known as 
Artists Workstations. Deluxe Paint 
started Life as part of this develop- 
ment environment. It ran on the 
IBM and was know as Prism, 

Electronic Arts was let in on the 
Amiga secret very early. They had 
the First prototypes in red wooden 
boxes. Straight away (bey knew that 
this was an amazing graphics 
machine. But they decided not to 
convert Prisrn^ Commodore bought 
the rights to the Amiga and came to 
the conclusion that the graphics 
potential of the Amiga was so great 
that they should bundle a paint pro- 
gram with the computer. 

This was enough to persuade 


Electronic Arts that re-inventing the 
wheel by selling a similar package 
was not a viable proposition on the 
Amiga sn the company started work 
on Marble Madness. When it 
became clear that Commodore 
would not be developing a screen 
designer for the Amiga, EA stepped 
in. 

It Laid down the specification for 
IFF and set the standard for many 
of the features we now regard as the 
norm in Amiga programs, 

The success of Amiga DPaint II 
led to its conversion for the IBM, 
OK, it is still slower on the most 
expensive, raciest PC than on a 
simple 5G0 Amiga, but then that is 
the fault of hreadheads who buy 
From IBM, Even if we make them 
look foolish they still have to thank 
us for getting Deluxe Paint out of 
Electronic Arts labs and on to their 
screens. 


< 

on them in different places. 

If you left click on the top left-hand 
side of the Make Brush icon you can 
drag a box around an area of the 
screen and, using the left-hand button 
again, drag the box to enclose the 
shape. This copies the image within 
the box to a brush. 


Or you can right click to remove 
the image from the screen and only 
have it as a brush. Or you can click 
another part of the icon to get a lasso 
type feature which can cut out 
irregular shapes. It's all quite easy 
once you've tried it. 

Extra Half Brlte (EHB) mode is only 
used by a handful of programs, DP m 


,f for starburst effects 
■ , H ilm ur.J V around the brush 




. J .- ■ - 






, i. *>' 




The Move menu offers some very 
powerful brush manipulation 


has joined them. It’s great for creating 
shadows and a supplied example 
shows Fred Astair dancing over 
scenery. When I say over 1 mean the 
scenery shows through Fred's black 
figure, ghost like, dimmed hv the use 
of EHB colours. I suspect DPaint III 
offering this will mean more 
programmers waking up to the EHB 
possibilities and. as many of the 
sprites you see in games are designed 
with DPaint II, many of the deatb- 
helching aliens you see in future will 
have bigger and better shadows. 


D PAINT m has one feature, first 
seen in Photon Painty 1 love it 
for - the ability to wrap a piecie 
around an object. Perhaps I’ve been 
reading too many computer graphics 
books with formulae 1 don't 
understand - well, looking at the 
pictures at least - but I still think that 
a mandrill wrapped around a teapot 
looks better than real art. 

Video recording buffs have been 
known to buy an Amiga, DPaint and 
a genlock just to put lines like 
“Gemma's 3rd Birthday" over a shot 
of candles being spat at 
They can now have better titles for 
two reasons. First, DPaint HI supports 
overscan. This takes the picture 
beyond the edges of the monitor into 
an area only video can see. Budding 
Dickie Attenboroughs don't like a 


34 AMIGA COMPUTING June 1989 



■COVER STORY! 



Despite 


Itt offering " 3 


screen is just as useful 


border around the screen. The second 
feature, and one f really find useful, is 
the ability to preview fonts. 

In keeping with all good Amiga 
programs DPaint III looks in the font 
directory. It brings up the list of those 
available in a proper requestor, but it 
offers a Show option. The highlighted 
font can quickly be displayed in a 
window within the requester, so you 
no longer need to remember if 
Sapphire or Garnet is the one with the 
I wi drily bits. 

All 1 want now is sorting by size, a 
feature Tve only seen in the 
unreleased Pen Pal word processor. 

Colour fonts are catered for, but 
you have to run a separate task Rest. 
They conform to the standard colour 
font spec. 1 loaded a couple from the 
Shakespeare DTP program and some 
really good Kara fonts are supplied 
with the software, Once you've got 
this lot spinning, zooming and 
sliding, your birthday party will look 
much brighter. The cake will still 
taste soggy. 


W HAT the manual will not do 
is teach you In draw. Go to 
the Library and take out a couple of 
books on the technical aspects of 
drawing. You will rapidly learn how 
to apply the theory to Dpaint ITT, even 
if the J.R. Hartley who wrote the book 
thinks that an Amiga is something 


they serve in Mexican restaurants. 

Most programs are best learnt by 
having a friend who knows the drill 
sitting at your side white you struggle 
through menus. DPaint 111 is an 
exception. There is no w r ay your 
friend will be able to resist "doing it 
for you”, 

11 is also impossible to follow what 
an experienced user is doing by just 
watching. Drawing, shading, cutting 
and pasting all become reflex actions, 
with menus and keys selected in a 
trice. Once you are experienced you 11 
understand but trying 1o learn can be 
frustrating. 


D ocumentation is clear and 

friendly, jf a bit intense, It 
doesn't have enough pictures showing 
what you can see, but copes with the 
problem of dealing with Amiga 
experts and computerphobic artists 
brilliantly. It also copes with helping 
those who have never touched Deluxe 
Paint, those who dabbled with it and 
those who are upgrading. 

The tutorials are excellent. Very 
absorbing. 1 found 1 kept on trying 
things before the manual mentioned 
them, I was really enjoying myself. 

It’s the only utility I have used with 
the "just one more game" attraction 
of something like Bubble Bobble, 
even if it doesn't support HAM mode. 
By now you have got the 




impression that I like Deluxe Paint III. 
I’m honestly not trying for Pseuds’ 
Comer when 1 say it is more than 
three discs and a manual, it is an 
avenue to artistic enlightenment. 

There is a very sensible upgrade 
policy. Users who have DPaint II need 
only pay £30 for DP ITT, while artists 
with the original, including those who 
got it free with their Amigas, can 
upgrade for £30, Neophytes will have 
to shell out £30. It’s still a bargain. 


REPORT CARD 


Deluxe Paint III 
Eleciruntc Arts 
£ 79.95 


EASE OF USE.. 

Even If you can’t draw, you can still 


animate AH the menus are well laid 
out A bit memory-hungry, it needs one 
meg and works better with more. 


SPEED ... 

Faster than Deluxe Paint II. Large 
brushes are bandied with ease. No slow 
HAM mode to damage the score. 


VALUE.. 


If you are a commercial artist or 
programmer it will pay for itself in 
hours. The rest of us should buy it for 
the fun we will have with it 


OVHKM.I. 


The highest score Amiga Computing 
has ever awarded. Dan Silva deserves 
his success for being a programming 
genius. 


fune 1969 AMIGA COMPUTING 35 








Mike Rawlins pens his opinions 
on the AProdraw Graphics Tablet 



Tracing is fun 


' Jfy AMIGA COMPUTING June IflSS? 

_ 


R eputations arc hard to build, 

well good ones are. The Amiga 
has quite rightly earned itself a 
repute do ci for being the computer for 
high powered graphics at low 
powered prices. Because of this the 
range of graphics software — paint, 
animation, CAD - and associated 
hardware available is large and 
growing. 

Many applications can be driven 
adequately using the mouse, 
particularly if f like me, your artistic 
ambitions are limited to producing 
cartoons or kiddies-style illustrations. 



But what if you arc striving to create 
a finely detailed commercial 
illustration, to develop an intricate 
animated sequence or to digitise a 
complex engineering drawing? 

Again, you could use the mouse, 
but it tends to lack both the accuracy 
and the sensitivity required to 
produce really satisfactory results. 

So what's the solution? Get hold of 
a graphics tablet, thafs what. Which 
brings us nicely on to the AProDraw 
graphics tablet package from R & DL 
Productions of Long Island, New 
York, distributed in this country by 
HB Marketing. 

The AProDraw packages were 
developed to meet the need for a 
graphics input device supporting 
applications written for the Amiga — 
most of which assume the use of a 
two button mouse. The packages 
consist of the MM series of tablets 
from Summagraphics - originally 
developed for use with IBM PCs and 
compatibles - together with the 
software drivers which enable the 
tablet to be used within the Amiga's 
mouse driven, multi-tasking 
environment. 

Three sizes of tablet are available. 
This review was carried out on the 
MM1201* 12in square version, the 
alternative sizes being the MM961, 
9in by 6in, and the MM1812, 18in by 
IZin. The Larger tablet is only 
available to special order, and the 
small one is of such limited use HB 






doesn't carry stock. 

The hardware consists of the tablet 
itself, the power supply, a 25-to-a pin 
serial adaptor cable and a stylus. A 
four button cursor is to he sold as a 
separate option. 

The tablet can be used tilled or laid 
flat. The tilt assembly is attached to 
the back of the unil when shipped 
and varies the angle by sliding tip or 
down a runner ami rotating the 
extension arms. For the tablet to lay 
flat, the tilt assembly is removed and 
rubber feet attached. 

The stylus connects into a phone 
type socket near the top left corner. 
This should never be disconnected 
while I be tablet is powered up as it 
could cause considerable damage. 

The stylus has one button in its tip 
which is activated when pressed 
firmly against the tablet. A second 
button is provided on the body of the 
stylus positioned near the tip to 
enable operation with your index 
finger. They correspond by default to 
the left and right mouse buttons 
respectively, although this can be 
altered using the configuration 
program. 


B UTTONS on the cursor are 
labelled one to four. One and 
two represent the left and right mouse 
buttons, four represent a middle 
button which is supported by 


Intuition but rarely used hy 
application programs, Hutton three is 
equivalent to pressing hoth move 
buttons simultaneously. This can 
cause some applications to behave 
strangely. 

The stylus - referred to as the 
pointer from now on - emits a low 
intensity magnetic field. This is 
sensed by a grid inside the tablet 
which determines the pointer's 
location. The pointer need not be in 
contact with the tablet - there can be 
up to O.Sin between them {0.2!>in with 
the stylus), The extent of the grid — 
the active area - is indicated by a 
groove etched around the edges of the 
tablet. 

Because it functions electro- 
mognctically, the tablet can generate 
radio frequency interference. 

Although compliant with American 
Class B limits, it is possible that it 
could cause interference with your 
radio or TV set. 1 didn't find this to be 
a problem - more’s Ihe pity; any 
interference to Neighbours can only 
be an improvement. 

Presumably it is possible that some 
inappropriate prodding with the 
stylus in the wrong place could lead 
to a spot of inadvertent disc 
corrupt ion. so be careful. 

The software is supplied on a single 
disc which contains the formal driver, 
the configuration program and a 
scaling program. These can be copied 
on to your application discs as 


required. The driver program can be 
Started from eitheT Workbench or the 
CLI. However, you should ensure that 
the tablet is powered up first, 

The configuration program allows 
you to adjust the driver to suit your 
particular hardware set-up and 
preferences. With it you can adjust 
the tablet's aspect ratio to suit thal of 
your monitor - the default is preset to 
suit the Amiga monitor - set the serial 
device name and port number, 
change the assignment of the stylus or 
cursor buttons, set the tablet for a 
larger than normal screen sise and 
fine tune the response of the tablet by 
altering the data transmission rate and 
driver priority. The driver must be 
stopped and restarted before changes 
to the configuration take effect. 

Using the tablet is as easy as using 
a sketch pad and pencil. The stylus 
can be held as you would a pen for 
sketching and tracing. What it will 
not do is draw thicker lines if you 
press harder. This is something real 
artists find hard to get used to. 1 
found the stylus easy to use. 

However, being right handed and 
with the stylus connected to the top 
left hand corner of the tahlet, I found 
that the cable tended to get in the 
way. This was more annoying rather 
than a real problem, but could have 
been avoided by repositioning the 
connector. And no, you can't just turn 

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< 

the tablet round , not unless you enjoy 
drawing upside down. 

The connecting cable resists 
twisting and as a result it is often 
difficult to keep the second button 
positioned correctly for easy use. It is 
also very easy to press both stylus 
buttons at the same time. Although 
this caused no problems with Dpaint 
it should be avoided if possible. 

The cursor accessory would 
normally be used for digitising 
technical drawings, and works best 
when held parallel to the tablet. 

Again the trailing cable can be 
annoying for right-handed use — I 
suppose it makes a change to find a 
product which is better suited to left 
handers. 

It's an unfortunate fact of life that 
any drawing that you are tracing or 
digitising will not be conveniently 
sized to Fit on the screen or the tablet. 

This is where the scaling program 
comes in. It can be used to set up the 
tablet so that art work traced on it 
will be enlarged or reduced to Fit a 


particular portion of the screen. 

The scaling program can only be 
used while the drivei is running. It 
interacts with the driver and has an 
immediate effect on how the tablet 
responds, 

It works by using the pointer to 
select the required areas on the screen 
that correspond to the selected area 
on the tablet. A combination of screen 
and tahlet sizing can be used to trace 
a drawing that is larger than the size 
of the tablet, although it must be said 
that this is a fairly involved process, 

O NCE you have used a graphics 
tablet it’s difficult to believe 
that you could ever go back to using 
anything as crude as a mouse. The 
APmDraw tablets provide a range of 
sizes and functionality that should 
suit most applications. The 
documentation supplied is sparse but 
adequate. 

At £460 for the I2in square model 
this is not a toy. hut for professional 
work a tablet is essential and the 
AProDraw range represents good 
value for money. 


KURORT CAR 


AProdraw Graphics Tablet 
HB Marketing 
12 x 12 E45U.B5 
ID x \Z EGBR.aS 


EASE OF USE. 


Threading the leads is like playing with 
an educational lay, but it is really a 
matter of plug in and go. 


SOFTWARE 


The supplied configuration was easy to 
use, All other mouse driven software 
seemed to work OK. hut 1 wouldn 7 
want to try playing Stargiider with it 


SPEED. 


Drawing with the tablet is faster and 
more precise but it seemed to slow 
down the application. 



You need to be a pretty serious user to 
justify lashing out this kind of money. 
If you do you will be happy. 


OVERALL 70 % 


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PSET (x,y) ,optional-colour-id 
PRESET [x,y], optional-colour-id 


Notice how I spelt colour with the 
Letter u. Using an American computer 
is no reason to become lazy, Next 
thing you know you'll be writing thru 
instead of through, garbage instead of 
rubbish, vacation instead of holiday 
and missile base instead of Greenhorn 
Common, 

The value you put in the optional 
colour id depends on the screen mode 
you are going to use. Screen modes 
are an article in themselves, but if we 
are using the normal display the 
colour number lies between zero - 
which is usually, but riot always, the 


40 AMIGA COMPUTING fane i9S» 


K ESOLUTION is what it's all 

about- The Amiga has the best 
graphics of any computer available to 
ordinary folk like you and me 
because of the many picture elements, 
or pixels, that make up the display. 
AmigaBasic allows each individual 
pixel to be plotted by supplying two 
numbers, an x coordinate for across 
the screen and a y coordinate for up 
and down. 

Think of a piece of graph paper if 
you like, with the horizontal rows 
representing the x axis and the 
vertical columns the y axis. Assuming 
that the computer is in non-interlace 
mode, we have a resolution of 640 x 
200 pixels in four colours. This means 
the x coordinates must tie between 0 
and 639, and the y coordinates 
between 0 and 199. 

Two Basic commands will plot a 
point on the screen, PSET and 
PRESET, The first stands for Pixel 
SET. A spot prize of one unformatted 
3.5in chocolate biscuit will be 
awarded to whoever sends in the best 
explanation for PRESET, Which 
reminds me of a useful tip: Always 
keep a packet of chocolate digestives 
beside the computer in case you run 
out of disc space. 

A biscuit can store 179k and makes 
a good emergency backup system. 
You can erase the files on them by 
licking the chocolate off the top, 1 
developed this system of data storage 
on a 3in disc drive, which explains 
why they only hold 178k and not the 
890k you are used to. 

Both PSET and PRESET must be 
supplied with two coordinates 
enclosed in round brackets, followed 
by an optional number describing the 
colour of the pixel to be plotted. Like 
this: 


background colour - and three. This 
means we can have up to four 
different colours on the screen at 
once. The default colours are blue for 
colour zero, white for colour one, 
black for colour two and orange for 
colour three. 

So what is the difference between 
PSET and PRESET? Well, it becomes 
apparent if you leave out the colour 
id. PRESET will plot a point in the 
background colour - by default this is 
zero and blue - and PSET will plot a 
point in the current foreground 
colour, the colour all the latest 
writing to the screen has been done 


in. Therefore to plot a point in the 
middle of the screen in colour 
number two we would type PSET 
(320, 190), 2 and to erase it, PRESET 
(320,100), 

Listing I uses the PSET command 
inside two FOR... NEXT loops to draw 
a box. You can see that drawing lines 
by using nothing but PSET and 
PRESET commands would be very 
tedious, so Basic gives us the LINE 
command to speed things up. It 
comes with as many parameters as 
there are baked beans in a tin, so 
we’11 start at the simplest option and 
work on from there. 


Point toi? 
point 3? 

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Jraw 

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md 


LINE ( xl ,y 1 »y 2) poptf onfl/-co7o ur 

This draws a line from the screen 
coordinates (xi,yl) to the screen 
coordinated (x2,y2) + Just like PSET, an 
optional colour id number can follow 
the statement. Leaving it out wilt 
cause a default to the current 
foreground colour. 

The first coordinates you supply 
LJNE with can be omitted. LINE 
~-(x2,y2) will draw a line from the Iasi 
point drawn on the screen to (x2,y2). 

1 was going to show you another 
example listing to draw a box, this 
time using LINE commands, but 


rather cunningly AmigaBasic allows 
you to draw a box with a single LINE 
command by putting the letter B after 
the coordinates. So to replace the 
whole of Listing I we can use: 

LINE ,?,B 

In this case Ihe pairs of coordinates 
describe the top left comer and the 
bottom right comer of the rectangle. 
The computer works out where the 
four lines go and - Hey Tesco! - a 
box is drawn in colour number two. 
Replacing the B with BF will cause 
the computer to draw a solid, ftlled-in 



box instead - a fast way to draw a 
large, coloured, rectangular area. 

S PEAKING of speed, why not 
type in Listing II to get an idea 
of how fast the LINE command is? 
This program bounces a line around. 
The old coordinates of the line are 
stored and used to erase it next time 
around inside the loop, giving the 
impression of movement. Press the 
spacebar to stop the program. You 
should try adapting it to draw a box 
and move it around or even a triangle 
by using three points instead of two. 

You will have noticed that when we 
specify the x and y coordinates of a 
pixel on the screen we are using 
unique, or absolute, values. The 
coordinates are linked to a specific 
point on the screen and no other. It is 
possible to give the coordinates in a 
relative form, by which 1 mean their 
location is given in relation to another 
previously defined position. To use 
this technique you must put the 
keyword STEP before the numbers in 
the round brackets' 

PSET (100,110) 

PSET STEP (10,10) 

This plots a point at (100,100] and 
then another, not at (10 t 10) but at 
(110,110), The STEP keyword can 
also be used with the LINE command: 

PIET (100,100) 

LINE STEP (10,10) - STEP (20,20) 

You have probably already noticed 
that AmigaBasic doesn't use the most 
obvious names for its functions. 
Whatever team designed it went out 
of its way to be awkward. I mean, 
guess what MK5$ does? Or how 
about CPBL? 

Ah welL could be worse I suppose. 
I've just used a computer on which 
the CAT command doesn't produce a 
catalogue of a directory, but prints the 
contents of a text file. Logical, eh? 

One day I'Ll come up to a new 

► 

r Draufng a box 
' the hard my, 

FOR 1*220 TO m 
FSETU,5fl) 

PSET(*,1S01 
NEXT * 


FOR y = S0 TO 150 
PSET (220, y) 
FSETC4gfl,y) 

„ NO! y 
Listing I 


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computer, switch it on and type 
PRINT, whereupon it will say: "Just 
reformatted hard disc. Have a nice 
day," 

Now we get to the piece de 
resistance — a three-dimensional wire 
frame modeller, the ultimate program 
when it comes to drawing lines. 
Although written in Basic, it looks 
very nice. What's more, you should 
be a hie to understand what it is doing 
and adapt it to do even more exciting 
things. 

Listing III will draw a simple 
wireframe object, in this case a cube, 
and allow you to rotate it in three 
directions. The term wireframe means 
that only the edges of the object are 
drawn, as though it were made out of 
wire. This means we can use the 
LINE command to create the object. 

There are two problems with 
writing a three-dimensional program, 
both needing some yucky 
mathematics to solve. The first is how 
to draw what is essentially a 3D 
image on a 2D screen. This is handled 
by taking the third coordinate - the z 
axis, of depth in and out of the screen 
- and using it to alter our standard x 
and y coordinates. Using a simple 
equation — ns=t,5 J 'object{p t 3) in the 
Dmw.the.ob/Bct subroutine - we can 
fudge a three-dimensional effect. 


1 The Amazing So-uncy Line Program. 

1 Try pressing the left louse button.. 


1 Random y set variables, 

sldx1 = 0:olfly'l = 0:oLdn?=&:oldy2 s 0 

Kl*UT(RMDH4()u2=lNT(RND*i4a3 

di1=INTlRNB*S):dy1 s INT{RND*8j 

d*Z*IN!(RND*fl):tfy2=lRT(RNfl*8) 

Main Loop: 

WHILE IN KEY! O' ' 

IF MOT HOJSE10) THEN 
LIKE (oldJtVLdyO-toLdxZ/Oldy?) ,0 
ENS IF 

LIKE (x1jy1)-{x2,rZ),1 

’ store Last Line drawn 
oldi1*n1 :oLdy1=y1 
otdi2=*2:oldy2=yZ 

' update coordinates and check for 
' edge of screen in each case, 
sl-nl+dxl 

IF *1<0 OR THEN dx1 = -rf*1 

y1=yl+dy1 

IF y 1<0 CLft y 1 >200 THEN dy1*-dy1 

IF sfM OR x2>A4fl THEN dst2=dx2 
yl^yl^yl 

IF yl<l OR y2>2BB THEN <jy2«=-dy2 

VEND 

Listing II 


The second problem is how to 
rotate the object. I found the solution 
in my secondary school maths book 
in the chapter called Matrix 
Transformations. This can gel rather 
heavy if you are not into sines and 
cosines, so just treat the equations as 
magic formulae that do the job. 

All that remains to do is write a 
program which will take data that 
describes how the object is to be 
made up and handles the keypresses 
to rotate it. When typed in and 
running, pressing X, V or Z will 
rotate the object around the relevant 
axis. Remember to dick in the output 
w r indow first or your keypresses will 
not register. There is a bug in the 


Listing HI 


Listing as it stands; if you repeatedly 
rotate an object, it shrinks. Anyone 
like to hazard a guess why? 

Try experimenting with different 
data. What about your initials rotating 
in three dimensions? You could even 
add a Zoom option to expand and 
contract the image, which would 
involve reading the keyboard and 
altering the variable size. 

We have barely scratched the 
surface of possibilities. Doesn't it 
make you go all weak at the knees? 
Hrnmm, No, me neither. Never mind, 
plenty of time for that later. Send me 
all your worst jokes and favourite 
recipes via the editor. See you next 
month. 


' Wire Frane Modeller 

' Make window as Large as possible, 
■ then press l t Y or I. Press the 
spacebar to stop. 


Start: 

GQSU0 Initialise. variables 
GO SUB Qef ‘ ne .the. object 
lteyi=" 

WHILE keyloCHRSt J21 
GQSUB Drau. the, object 
GOStiB Rotate .the, object 

mmm 

Ini tialise. variables,; 

DIM ob j {99,13: RETURN 

Define. the. object : 
nui-0 

WHILE ioveflag<>99 
READ level Lag,x,y,z 
ebj Imui^&JiMOvd Lag 
obj Enwi,! ) s n 
flbj (mji,2)*y 
flbj(tiui,D=2 
nun=nu»+1 
WEND 

size-fifl Overall size of object. 
s-SlN(,?) ' The rate of rotation. 
€*1051.2) 

RETURN 

Draw, the. object: 

as 

FOR p=0 TO nui-1 
i-l . 5 *ob j C pj, 3 ? 

M=si rer* Cob j Ip, 1 > *i) 
yy 6 si:e*U&jCp,23*») 

IF obj (p,0)~0 THEN fiOSUB Draw 
0K=xx:oy*yy 
HEKTtRETURN 

Draw: 

LIWEto*+32fl # oy*10B>-<i:x+J2i,yy+1 §■> 
RETURN 

Rotate. the. object; 

J=" 

WHILE LENCkeyS>=i 
iceyS-DCASESClN KEY $ ) 

WEND 

If kepl-T THEN GQSUB Rotate, I 


IF keyS a T THEN 60SUB Rotate. Y 
If kiyl*T THEN GOSUB Rotate. X 

RETURN 

Rotate. I: 

FDR p-0 TO HU* 

obj (pj11 = c*obj (p,1 )*s*ob j Cp^Z) 
oh j Cp,21=-s*ob j tp,1)*c*ob](p,2) 
NEXT sRETURN 

Rotate.? : 

FOR p-fl TO nun 

obj{p,]-)=c*obj (p,3)^s*obj t p , 1 J 
obj(p,1)=-s*obj{p,3)*c+obj(p,D 
NEXT:RETURN 

Rotate. X: 

FOR p=0 TO nun 

abjlp,2)=c*obj {p,2)*5»obj(p,3) 
obj £p,3) ( p T 2Hc*obj (p,3) 

NEIT: RETURN 

' Object data is in packets of four: 

'First: \ - nave to point, 

0 ■ draw to point. 

Second: a coordinate (-2 to 2). 
Third: y coordinate {-2 to 2), 
Fourth: z coordinate {-2 to 2). 

' Back rectangle. 

DATA 1,-1, VI 

DATA 0,1, VL BfVVl 

DATA WV1, 0,-1, VI 

' front rectangle, 

DATA VI, V 

DATA 0/1, V, l,VU 

DATA 0, -1,1,1 

Bot con left line, 

DATA VUrl, 0,-1, 1,1 

' Botto* right Uni. 

DATA 1,1, 1,-1, 0,1, 1,1 

' Top right Line. 

DATA 1,1, -1,-1, 0,1/ *1,1 

' Top left Line. 

DATA VVV1, 0,-1, "1,1 

' End of data darker 
DATA 99,0,0,0 


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W RITTEN around the inventive 
graphics routines devised by 
Dr Eric Graham. (Ms latest version of 
Sculpt is updated from the 3D 
package with many new features. It 
now comes with the animation which 
was previously only an option. 

If you would expect sound effects 
and visual trickery with windows 
bom such a fancy package, you 
would be sadly mistaken. It isn't just 
an ordinary, albeit expensive, art 
package, it is of professional quality. 
When hooted up the screen h empty 
apart from three smallish windows. 

First impressions are-, What's 
going on?" At this point the 
knowledgeable draughtsmen will sigh 
with satisfaction at the display of 
puritanical professionalism. No silly 
brightly coloured and cheerful icons 


cluttering up the place. They might 
also notice that the three windows are 
laid out in first angle orthographic 
projection. This package means 
business. 

The basic philosophy behind the 
layout is the same as that in all CAD 
packages. The three windows 
represent the view of your work from 
each plane. By drawing your object in 
two dimensions in one of the 

Nic Veitch traces 
his views on Sculpt 
Animate 4D, 
a program which 
should rays a 
few eyebrows 


windows you can then give it a third 
dimension by completing the view in 
either of the other windows. 

In CAD these views are known as 
the plan t the front elevation and the 
side elevation. In this way simple 
objects can be created, joined 
together, rotated, duplicated, 
expanded and so on to produce a 
very complex final piece. 

Sculpt-4D creates all its objects 
from a number of points called 
vertices. Edges are drawn between 
these to create triangular surfaces - 
the simplest form of surface - from 
which the Final images are calculated. 
You might think it would take you a 
long time to construct, say, a teapot 
out of lots of small triangles, and you 
would be right, That is where prims 
come in. 

A prim, or primitive, is a three- 


A little light cair 


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third 
iw in 

1 as 

the 

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in 

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mi 

Iflled. 

iu a 

30 1 

you 

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dimensional building block which 
cart be modified into ihe exact shape 
needed, it’s rather like a sculptor 
choosing a block of stone which is 
more or less the same shape as his 
finished sculpture is going to he, 
except of course in Sculpt-4D pieces 
can be added on as well as removed , 

For example, a wineglass may be 
considered to be made out of several 
tubes - a wide, long tube for the body 
of the glass, a thinner tube for the 
stem and perhaps a very short, fat one 
For the base, When all these tubes 
have been constructed they can be 
joined together and bent into shape 
using the various tools which will be 
described later. Perhaps a useful 
a iteration would be to close off the 
first tube so the glass doesn't leak. 

There is quite a large selection of 
prims in Sculpt-4D, including 





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■ 

L 

1 

I 

[ 


cylinders, tubes, cubes, prisms, discs, 
spheres and hemispheres. 

Another way of creating a three- 
dimension aJ object is by extrusion. 
First a two-dimensional 
representation is created and then this 
can be drawn out into the third 
dimension using the Extrude option. 
This creates a prism with a cross 
section as defined in the two- 
dimensional view and is very useful 
for creating things like wings or 
girders. 

A further way of creating a 
symmetrical object is to draft a line 
drawing profile in one view and then 
use the Spin option. This will turn the 
profile through a specified angle 
about the horizontal in that window. 

If we had used this function earlier 
in the example of the wineglass a 
much more realistic object could have 
been produced by drawing the profile 
of the glass and spinning it through 
360 degrees. 

The spline is another feature worth 
mentioning - a simple way of 
drawing a smooth curve using very 
few vertices, called knots. These can 
be changed individually to alter the 
“rate of change" of the curve at that 
particular point. 

Once the basic object has been 
constructed it can be altered 
dramatically using any one of the 
plethora of tools provided. Any part 


■ REVIEW! 




Faces can be given a variety of textures, which affects how they reflect Up 't 


A wineglass may be considered to be made out of several tubes 


of the object can be enlarged, 
duplicated, mirrored or moved. A 
Magnet option can attract or repel 
surfaces with effect dependant on 
distance from the cursor. 

The composite parts of an object 
may be named and hierarchies 
created within the whole scene, 
which facilitates joining and altering 
them but which has further uses in 
animation, 

ANY of the tools most 
At JL frequently used can he got at 
via the extra gadgets to be found on 
the viewing windows rather than 
having to go through all the pull- 
down menus. The viewing windows 
are extremely versatile and can be 
used to zoom in on any particular 
face. 

Faces can he given "any colour you 
like" - I knew l could gel a Floyd 
reference iu if 1 tried - and they can 
also be given a variety of textures, 
which affects how they reflect the 
light falling on them and what 
shading techniques can be used. 

II nfortunatel y there is no texture 


mapping - which produces effects 
like mapping pictures on to the 
surface of spheres - and light passing 
through glass objects is not refracted. 

There are several modes of 
rendering, or drawing, the image, 
ranging from a simple wire frame — 
which can be used as you go along to 
make sure that you are creating what 
you wanted - to a complete HAM 
ray-trace. Image size can also be 
varied from Tiny all the way to 
Video, 

The different modes take longer the 
more complicated they get. It is worth 
remembering that if your image is not 
going to use some of the advanced 
texture options, there is no advantage 
in modelling the object with one of 
the HAM modes. 

To give you an idea, a simple object 
rendered full-size at snapshot level on 
a vanilla Amiga took more than 40 
minutes, so it's very much a play-by- 
mail situation. 

Thoughtful to a fault, good old Dr 
Craham has included a small 
"Caution; Ray-trace in progress" sign 

► 


June 1989 AMIGA COMFLmNG 47 


■REVIEW 



This coffee cup took more than 40 minutes to render 



to plane on the keyboard for when 
you leave it over the weekend on one 
of those difficult jobs. The rendering 
modes ell support Hi- res and 
Overscan options. 

What, you might ask, are we going 
to do with all of these images? Well 
that's the most mind-squLrmmgly 
excellent part of the whole program. 

Animation, as you might 
reasonably expect, is made up of a 
sequence of still frames. These frames 
can be created by taking a scene, 
storing it in a frame, modifying it 
slightly, storing that frame and so on, 


just Like taking a series of still shots. 
This could take a very long time, 
which is why Sculpt-4D provides a 
second option. 


U SING the Global animation 
option, motion paths can be 
created for ail the objects in your 
scene. This is where the hierarchy 
structure comes in very handy. If all 
of the parts of the objects to be 
animated have names, it is easy to 
create a motion path and assign it to 
that name. In this way a very 
complicated pattern of animation can 
he set up in a logical fashion. 

That's not all. Using a combination 
of Global and Frame animation, 
individual frames can be specified 
and Sculpt-40 will do the tweening. 
That is, it will create a series of 
frames, each differing slightly from 
the last, which will smoothly animate 
the objects identified in the first frame 
to the positions as specified in the 
second frame. 

The animation sequence can be 
compressed - using delta-shift 
techniques, where only the difference 
between each frame is stored - and 
held in available ram to be animated 


in real-time. 

The package is very simple to use 
and no previous experience with this 
type of design software is assumed. 
Ail functions can be accessed via the 
pulldown mentis, though the more 
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even an option for setting up keys to 
do your own favourite operations, as 
well as to perform macros. 

D ocumentation is supplied 

as a professionally-produced 
manual and is very useful and 
informative, It includes step-by-step 
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quickly as possible. 

Obviously this product is aimed at 
a serious user and as such is capable 
of producing professional results for 
significantly less outlay than most 
systems in commercial use today. The 
addition of external frame stores 
would be recommended for business 
applications, and SculpMD comes 
with driver libraries for use with such 
devices. 

A second version of the software is 
for use with a 60020/68881 speed- up 
board. Since this board can accelerate 
the animation by, at the very least, a 
factor of two, it is highly 
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amount of animation. 

Sculp t-4D will run on an A 500 or 
A2000 with at least one meg , but 
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E rgonomics, man in tune with 

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bach on the chair hooking open the 
fridge door, and falling flat on your 
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for the BBC Micro for that". 

Those early few months when the 
Amiga bad everything but the 
software was make-or-break time. A 
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is world famous, takes up the story; 

"We had the Amiga and we knew 
what it should be able to do, but 
there wasn't any software to do it. So 
maybe I'd write a little and someone 
else would write a Little and these 


programs would be swapped and 

the collection just grew", 

I asked Fish what I would get for 
the $55 1 was sending him, "Pick any 
10 from the collection at $5 a-picce 
and add S5 to cover the airmail”. 

"Yes, but what can 1 have on the 
discs?" 

"Just about anything you want." 

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"What happened to the Sinclair and 
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stateside alternative of a Corvette or 
Camaro, Fish seems to he that 


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< 

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balance between technology and 
nature. Living in Arizona puts him 
within yelling distance of the Grand 
Canyon. Hiking the canyon , climbing 
and fishing fill his leisure time. 

The Amiga surfaced when he was 
at a "serious" age for computers in 
his late thirties. Starting in 1985 with 
a 256k A 1000 and adding a 512k 
cartridge. Fish describes his first 
Amiga as a "neat little computer". 

"With its ability to do several things 
at once, the Amiga is the way to the 
future’ he says, 

"The computer is the appliance of 
tomorrow. If you'd said in 1955 that 
one day everyone would need an 
icebox, you'd have been laughed at. 
Everything you buy today is chip 
controlled. Soon we will have a 
computer as a major household 
appliance quietly controlling the 
stereo, lights, air conditioning and 
video by sending pulses down the 
mains”. 

That's the thing that sets us apart 
from the MSdos and CPVM machines. 
Our PD is colourful, useful, well 


documented and there’s lots of it, not 
just From the USA and Canada. 

J UST rushed in from the land of 
Bjorn Gustav Sven Laarrs and Stig 
Star Trek. Eric Gustafson put this 
one together on his own using a few 
borrowed memory routines and a 
digitiser. Living on three discs, it 
needs 1 meg and anything less than 
two drives is suicidal [he says from 
dire experience). 

Your mission is to bravely go 
where Gene Rodenberry last set foot, 
to explore new vistas, quash new 
monsters and generally have the best 
five year mission of your life, 

After the Yugoslav Dance of the 
Swapping Discs and the ”1 do 
solemnly swear to bum everything if 
Paramount ever try to do it 
commercially'', it’s into the game. 
Mission, I mean. 

You click on the crew and go to 
sub-screens with their various 
responsibilities and choices. Pick a 
planet and Let’s go fry an entire 
life form. It runs true to the TV series, 
with an authentic feel to it. Snatches 


of digitised speech and sound add to 
the realism. The only letdown is the 
Gombat phase, a sort of geriatric 
shoot- 'em-up with lock- on missiles. 

Scandinavia, I forgive you the birch 
twigs and wait with bated breath for 
your next offering. 

Star Trek was sent to me by Tony 
Thompson of George Thompson 
Services, who himself is no stranger 
to intergalactic travel. Caught by the 
storms that blew away the turgid 
South East of England a couple of 
years ago, Thompson moved GTS 
north of the border overnight. 

"With structural damage and no 
power, we needed to stay in business. 
The only way to do that was to move 
fast,” he muses. 

While other firms licked their 
wounds and called for the assessor, 
Thompson, his wife and a caravan of 
camels moved north to Arran, a 
western Scottish island. It seems a 
strange place to work from but 
"Peace, quiet and priority postage are 
just what we need", he says. 

The planning paid off recently 
when Arran got the worst dose of 

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Software's Jukeboxes, but the Wild 
Copper demo is the most proficient of 
the bunch. With dancing pointers and 
scrolling messages galore, this demo 
on disc number 176 lakes 
multitasking to task by running the 
current music in the foreground while 
loading the next piece. The join 
becomes almost as transparent as 
Brucic's hairpiece. 

Without a doubt the most stunning 
discs you can get from 17 Bit are a 
couple of demos from Imaginetics. 

First came The Walker, a two meg 
animation of a Star Wars Atat, It's 
called that because you shoot atat. 

Only joking. 

Not many people could run The 
Walker over here, two meg being that 
rare, so 17 Bit converted it to run on 1 
meg. And now, from the same stable, 
comes the trailer for The Walker 11, 

Yes, you heard rightp a trailer for a 
demo. 

The small version has again been 
cut down from the full 2 meg one, but 
this time, as a result of 17 Bit's 
nagging, Imaginetics has produced 
both demos itself. What can I say? It 
makes you go “Wow!" a lot more 
than 240 volts in a tin bath. 

Have you noticed that Amiga PD is 
directional? Germany, France and to 
some extent Belgium and the UK are 
churning out stereo sampled music 
and naughty scrolling messages, 
while from the other direction, 

America and Canada, comes all the 
serious business and utility software. 
The exception to prove the rule 
must be the northernmost parts of 
Scandinavia where the Star Trekkies 
come from. Must sound really weird: 
"Bjorn, set phasers on stun. The 
Klingons have raided the sauna and 
stolen Sven's birch twigs and 
Scandahoovee buffet../* 

T HERE comes a time in every 
column when its author must 
get from one subject to the next 
smoothly. This is how it is done. 

While you are reading these words a 
subtle transition is taking place. 

We*ve left the last paragraph 14,000 
miles behind. Fasten your seatbelts 
and extinguish your cigarettes, Your 
captain and crew hope you enjoyed 
the flight and will travel SweetPD 
again, 

A long plane journey west via 
Singapore's Bugis Street brings us to 
good old Deutschland, venue for 
Shicklegruber's European Tour 1939 

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Desmond has <? barrow in the outer space 


spreadsheets, a database, a wordpro 
with mail merge and enough 
document files to squeeze a printer 
ribbon dry. Disc 25+ Communications, 
sees six different terminal packages 
and some pretty nifty icons. 

The games disc is number 15. It has 
a version of Backgammon that I can 
beat but only just and not every time, 
making it a program to go back to, 
Othello is in isometric 3D — colourful 
but infuriating when it takes more 
time to think than a ZXS1. 

Bouquets of heather and wild ferns 
to APDL for taking the initiative and 
bundling similar programs, but a wee 
smack on the handies for taking the 
trouble with the icons and forgetting 
the autoboot. 

S AMPLING, Put the specimen 
bottle away, not that sort of 
sampling. When Casio brought out 
the SKI, a keyboard with "digital 
sampling capabilities'', every fool 
with £100 suddenly became musical 
overnight. 

Or so they thought. Once the initial 
novelty of rn-m-m-m- musical swear 
words and two-second Mcl and Kims 
wore off, we were left with a useful 
way to generate music and sound 
effects. 

Somewhere under the cream slanty 
bit is a chip that lets the Amiga join 
in the fun, There are commercial 
programs that allow you to sample in 
the comfort of your own bathroom, 
but by far the best examples of 
sampled music are those on PD and 
demo discs. 

Some of the finest arc 17 Bit 


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weather for 40-odd years, losing 
power, communications and roofs. 
Emergency generators clicked in and 
it was business as usual within a few 
hours. 

Paying tribute to the local 
organisation Thompson says; "Out 
here where things are isolated we 
have to be prepared, IF we had been 
this ready a couple of years ago, we 
might still be in the South, perish the 
thought," 

As well as Star Trek, GTS sent me 
the Chet Solace Shareware 
Extravaganza, Pronounced "chase 
olay" it is a collection of useful 
utilities, games, sillies and home to 
the Animated Pointer progettc, a 
pointless - not pointerless - but 
fascinating wedge of code. 

P UBLIC domain discs are a mish* 
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depends on what the compiler has 
managed to trawl in the last month or 
so. While it would he nice to have 
one disc of games, one of languages, 
one of utilities... it doesn't normally 
happen Like that 

Just arrived through the post is the 
solution to this. APDL of Sheffield has 
sent me a selection of its recompiled 
discs. No longer do I have to look 
behind the C for the zaps. Nor do I 
have to move Forth to find Comms. 
On disc 17 you get three 


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to 45 and home of the new German 
game. Return To Earth. Must be why 
its been so quiet since 1956, they've 
been off invading other planets or 
suchlike. On with the story. 

I've heard of raining cats and dogs, 
but rain a wolf? Oh. 1 sec, that's his 
name, Rainer Wolf. Anyway, it s 
either Shareware or PD - it says PD in 
the letter and shareware on the disc. 

It costs DM20, which isn't as much as 
it sounds, but a veritable chunk of my 
filthy Lucre. 

Deutschland, Deutschland, uber 
a lies. M it zusammcngeschlossen 
galaxicn hinweg. Hang on a minute. 
What’s a gala x tan hinweg? 

The covering letter says: ”We will 
appreciate if you can bring a small 
test of this public domain game”. OK, 
anything to oblige the alien alien. 

If you like menu clicking and 
making choices on colourful screens, 
then this is the game for you. The 
“read this first” icon divested the 


dissertation about galaxian hinwegs, 
whatever they are, in German. As I 
did French, Latin and Gaelic at 
school, it means nothing to me. 

After finding my way into the 
game, a task in itself not simple with 
only foreign instructions, I enjoyed 
randomly clicking on the choices and 
trying to work out what the overlay 
screens did. I must have done 
something right, 1 got the docking 
screen. Frantically pulling on joystick 
and moving mouse seemed useless. It 
docked automatically. Bah. Grrr. 

The sound would have been 
impressive 12 months ago, but now 
everyone knows how it + s done it 
comes across as standard sampled 
stereo blasts and pings. However, 
putting on my junior highland space 
cadet's kilt, 1 sallied forth for a 
session of space trading and alien 
zapping. A roaring departure from the 
launcher - best through headphones - 
and a viewer screen with stars 
moving towards you. 

More about ibis next month maybe 
after I’ve had the instructions 
translated by Constance Me Andrew. I 
know she doesn't sound German but 


her parents were fans of D. H. 
Lawrence. 

Finally, 12 out of 10 to Mark Astley 
of Salford who has won his industrial 
tribunal on a technicality. Caught in a 
pub by his boss after having rung in 
sick, he produced two 3,5in floppies 
infected with Byte Bandit as evidence. 
On cross-examining the secretary who 
took the sick message, the wording 
”Off due to a virus” with no qualifier 
was taken to be ambiguous. 

He's either very lucky or a good 
storyteller. 


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house Screen 7. No, I don’t 
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time thinking up these 
names. 

The company has already 
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releases for summer. First off 
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of the 1970s film that wasn't 
as good as the book and had 
a different ending anyway. 
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A monstrous great white 
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Jaivs' destruction is scattered 
throughout the caves and 
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world. Huh? 

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swimmers, you must go deep 
sea diving for the bits of your 
bedraggled boat. This isn't 
Jaws, It's Raise the Titanic! 

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around the exploits of a mer- 
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High Steel , in which you 
must overcome all obstacles 
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No mention of originality. 
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IN March’s news pages 
we held an impromptu 
competition to win five 
Motor mouth Weird 

Dreams T shirts, The 
closing dale fur entries uf 
April I had a few of you 
worried that it was an 
April Fool’s joke. Come 
on. would we do a thing 
like 1 hat? 

Course we would, hut 
nut this lime. The five 


Frenchies 


in a spin 




Bio Challenge, four difficult 
levels from Delphine Software 


D ELPHINE Software is 
the label newly 
formed by Paris-based Dd- 
phine Records, Palace Soft- 
ware is handling sales and 
marketing of Dclphine 
games outside France, 

The first release is Bio 
Challenge, an arcade style 
game featuring lots of small 
blobs, a number of large 
blobs and one excellently 
animated robot which spins 
like no robot you’ve seen 
before, 

The object on each of the 
four levels is to kill the vari- 
ous baddies by squashing 
them, rebounding the small 
blobs into them or finding 
armour with special powers. 

Between levels lurk the 
gigantic, evil guardians. 
You’ll need to collect plenty 
of ammo on the previous 
stages to see the hacks of 
these dratsabs, 

The game has been written 
by Paul Cuissel and Denis 
Mercier, the team re- 



lucky winners ares Philip 
McConnell of Armagh in 
Northern Ireland, Dave 
Jackson of Preston. 
Graham Roberts of 
Neston in South WirraJ, 
Shane Clarke of Ros Muc. 
Co, Galway, Ireland and 
James Mercer of North oil, 
Middlesex. 

Well done chaps, keep 
watching these pages for 
Hum; T-shirt Leasers. 



knowned for the fast moving 
16 bit version nf Space Har- 
rier. Not suprisingly , the pro- 
gramming in Bio Challenge 
is technically impressive. 

The Levels scroll smoothly 
in the fashionable parallax 
way and Delphine claims j 
more than ltiU colours dis- 
played at the same time 
instead of the more normal 
16 or 32. We’ll leave you to 
check up on that one. Review 
next month. 




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T HE silver ball has 
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pixels in-the latest gsime from 
Sega. Timescanner offers the 
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the graphics scope of an 
arcade game, 

The Amiga version From 
Activision includes nudge 
and till among a number of 
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and a special breakout game 
bonus screen. 

Computer games ^are not 
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imposed by physics, so the 
pinball play field is extra- 
long, scrolling to lit in an 
area below the flippers. 
Warps and tunnels take your 
ball through the four levels 
of Volcano, Saquarra, Ruins 
and Final. 

Out now, Timescanner 
will cost £24.05, which is a 
fiver more than the ST ver- 
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to be better than a naff port. 



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d Mick Unity 

rhey identified the mam 
obiems with Dragon's Lair 
being lack of plot and lim- 
it animation and are to 
oducc a compressed 
reen type game to blow 
nir socks off. 

I hey are attempting to get 
at whole thing in a 512k 
lachine, but suspect it will 
II four or five discs. I he 
nimation - with around 60 
■ames per scene - has been 
rafted by professionals who 


Licensed to drive on the 


wrong side of the road 


have worked on a number of 
full length feature films, 
including Roger Rabbit. 

The plot casts you as a 
princess, beautiful natch, 
who awakes clad in a 
skimpy negligee, £ ets sucked 
through a mirror - what an 
original idea and emerges 
in a weird dream world as a 
mean vixen brandishing a 
Sodan-Uke suit of armour. In 
the distance there is a i^astle 
which eminates evil and is 
destroying the world. 

Your quest entails 
reaching the castle and 
saving the world, traversing 
mountains, water and 
awesome graphics . 

This major project is still 
some way off. Look out for it. 




|IXEL is a new devel- 
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cen on the latest mis- 
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to the micro screen. 

Based on the new film 
Licenced to Kill . the game 
follows the plot of the film 
with JB using a crop duster 
to run the drug smuggling 
Sanchez and his petrol 
lanker off the road. 

Other scenes involve an 
underwater battle which 
results in JB harpooning a 
catarmaran's pontoon. When 
the pontoon starts to move, 
[B realises it is a helicopter 
and has to waterski barefoot 
behind the craft avoiding the 
pilot's gunfire and climbing 
along the tow rope. 

If the game is half as 
exciting as the film, it'll leave 
you shaken and very stirred. 



Timothy Dalton shows off his 
new holster In a promo still for 
the latest Bond movie> Licenced 
to Kilt 


June 19tS4 AMIGA COMPUTING 61 


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A couple of heath bums 

gel information about various 
characters or even Emmanuelle her- 
self Conversations between yourself 
and various ladies of usually dubious 
repute are necessary to get further 


information or services which won'! 
do your energy level any good at all. 

Three conversation options are 
open at each stage. One is the right 
one, one is the smooth one and one is 


the crass one. Since they're all trans- 
lated fr om the French , and badly lee, 
all turn out to be the hilarious one. 

The casino can either make you or 
lose you all the money you need. 
Lucky jeharms can be bought in the 
poor part of the town, the favefas. 
The most expensive item is a toucan 
- 1 suppose you can give it as a 
toucan of your esteem... 

The game is mouse controlled with 
the really annoying trait of no mul- 
titasking. Once the action has started 
there is no way to do anything else 
hul wait - the lift movement in the 
hotel lakes a while and very little 
happens during that time. Yawn, 

The beach is the funniest part out 
of a general theme of unwitting crass 
humour. You can bask about on the 
boats or liaise with the various 
female characters who laze about on 
the sand. The graphics and ani- 
mation here are meant to leave noth- 
ing to the imagination. Unfortunately 
both arc of such a low quality that 
virtually everything is left to the 
imagination. 

The beach’s best part must be the 
fight scenes with the various male 
baddies. It takes, the standard combat 
game scenario but with a hit of a dlf- 


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Overall - 37% 


ERE is the secret of how to gel a 
mediocre game noticed: Add a 
bit of implied sexual interest. The 
punters will flock to it in droves, even 
if it has all the charm and sophisti- 
cation of a road accident. 

Emmanuelle is based upon the 
infamous hook by Emmanuelle 
Arsan, which is all about her, urn, 
exploits in the more, er„ lively parts 
of Brazil. Your task is to find the elu- 
sive Emmanuelle and return with her 
to Paris. 

You can travel between the major 
cities of Brazil by plane, or back to 
Paris if you give up or find 
Emmanuelle. Hotels are I he major 
rendezvous points, where you car 




INCREDIBLE SHRINKI 




C OLONEL- IN-CHIEF Matt Ridley 
of the Sphere Corps was sick of 
flying a desk and was in severe 
danger of being referred la a trick 


cyclist. It was the 9 till 5 that did for 
him - it had been years since he'd 
piloted a Fighter Sphere, especially 
on the Death Run training arena at 


Sangfalmadore, 

The Death Run was now really 
living up to its name. Bits were miss- 
ing and the generators had gone 


Poetry in motion 


crazy, making real deadly enemies. 
Still, better to die in combat than la 
keel over on the morning shuttle, 
always 11 minules late, 

The confrols felt oddly familiar in 
the Colonel's hands. How the 
Spheres had changed since his day, 
The mass and volume used to be set 
manually hut now everything was 
presal using the Tectronsc Tiles on 
the arena floor- 

level one of I he Death Run fell 
easily; after all, was not the Colonel 
an expert in his day? At least ad the 
details were slid there - the Bonus 
and Penalty tiles, the Chaotic Boun- 
cers and the Shield Energisers. Each 
one - except the Penalty - could ha 
used to some advantage if the pilot 
knew his up from his down 

But it had to happen, and happen it 
did on level seven, which just hap- 
pened to be the last and most hazar- 
dous level. The Colonel’s Sphere 
decided that it was time lo pack in - 
no fuel and only enough shields for a 
few hours. 




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REVIEWS 


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operator to get to the Colonel, and 
since you're the only sharp operator 
in (he vicinity, pretty or otherwise, 
it's all up to you. 

Spheres can be controlled via 
normal or isometric control, the latter 
being slightly less confusing initially. 
Some of the Tectroiuc Tiles are so 
fragile that a Sphere at full mass 
would plummet through. Others 
have become critically unstable and 
mutate into Sphere Vapourisers. 

At least you can place ammo 
dumps wherever you need them, 
although only four are allowed per 
level. As there as four plates per level 
in seven levels, and the first isn't 
exactly easy, there is a tiny bit of a 
challenge here, 

ISS has been written by someone 
who knows a thing or two about 
mention. The way the Sphere spins 
round the periphery of a force Reid is 
beautiful The movement and scrol- 
ling are synchronised so neatly that 
they don't intrude on the gameplay at 



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ference, You are the seven stone 
weakling on the left and the bear on 
the right is your opponent. 

Unless you have had expensive 
martial arts training your weapons 
are the face slap, the "Look, what's 
that up there? 11 or pulling down the 
opponent’s trunks. The two distrac- 
tion techniques are accompanied by 
neat sound effects, especially from 
the ursine opponent 1 laughed like a 
drain all the way through this hit. 


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all. Fours Field - the development 
team - does know how to produce 
some nice metallic effects, but the 
graphics work adequately rather than 
astonishingly. 

What does deserve special mention 
is the (heme tune. Imagine Lalo Shi- 
ffin, famous for the Mission Impos- 
sible theme, meeting those /any 
funsters The B-52s over some 
naughty sweeties. Get the idea? It's a 
real pity that the rest of the game 
effects are just boinks, thumps, pows 
and crashes. 

Stewart C. Russell 


Nobody's going to get any kicks 
from Emmanuelle, The graphics, 
animation and sound are generally 
bad with the gameplay tedious and 
repetitive. Tomahawk should have 
forgotten about the main dubious 
objective and expanded the beach 
Tight sequence into a full game 
because it's the only bit which raises 
the boredom level off the lower slop. 

This kind of production shouldn’t 
really be encouraged - we're deviant 
enough wanting to waste 90 million 
types of aliens a day. What would 
games be like if they really had a high 
score table? Are we so stek that we 
need this kind of synthesised stimu- 
lus? Do we not have enough critics 
without the Wbitehouse gang 
muscling in on the ad? Why ob why 
oh why do I ask these crassoia Points 
of View questions? 

If you need this kind of thing, 
you're probably better off going back 
to the Eop row of the magazine rack. It 
would be cheaper and magazines 
don't gel viruses, as a rule. Live in the 
real world - il may get bad 
sometimes, but at leasl it doesn't 
crash. 

Stewart C. Russell 


By ji'fJi'e, I think he's got it! 


0ST of the better games con- 
lain at least an element of real 
life, something you can relate to as 
you weave your way through an 
intricate web of death rays or make a 
last ditch stand against the ravaging 
hordes of Zo d the Unwashed. It's 
what helps you to pretend that you're 
there in the thick of the action rather 
than tucked up in bed at 19 Mandela 
Terrace, Penge. 

Some games, however, make no 
attempt at realism. Take the idea of 
using a powerful laser beam steered 
by a series of remote mirrors to de- 
stroy a large number of well protec- 
ted targets screened by a jumble of 
intervening objects. 

Totally unbelievable, right? 
Nobody but a real cowboy would 
think of trying to do it in real life. 
And yet that's just what Dellektor is 
about. The only way this scenario 
would have been more unbelievable 
w as if the targets had been moving at 
high speed. But that would have been 
incredible. 

The aim is to destroy ail the targets 
on each level before your laser beam 
runs out of energy. It can be steered 
by a series of mirrors which can be 
rotated to redirect the beam. When 
all the targets have been destroyed, 
the level is finished by steering the 
beam into a special receptor to 
complete the circuit 

It moves through paths of increas- 
ing complexity. Some of the targets 
can’t be reached directly and require 
the beam to be diverted through 


repeaters, which absorb it at one 
point and discharge it somewhere 
else on the layout. 

Care must be taken not to feed the 
beam back on itself otherwise an 
overload can result - if not corrected 
quickly this wilt lose you a life. Ycu 
start each level with three lives; lose 
them all and its hack to the 
beginning, 

This game needs good coordi- 
nation, speed of thought and lots of 
imagination to thread a route to 
targets (hat remain frustrate ngly out 
of reach, 

The graphics are detailed and 
colourful, but are too static to be con- 
sidered exceptional The music is 
excellent, just right for setting your 
pulse racing as your laser eats up the 
last dregs of energy with two or three 
targets remaining, 

And that's all there is to il. Fun to 
play in short bursts at intervals, but 
not one to keep you going alt night. 

Mike Rawlins 


DvMtor 

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Overall - 7il% 



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June 1980 AMIGA COMPUTING 6J 













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I NCREDULITY has been expressed 
at this same, especially in its 
original arcade form The hydraulic 
version is the only arcade machine in 
which there is a very real danger of 
personal damage - foiling of! is no 
Fun. 

Contrary to popuLar belief, Space 
Harrier does have a plot although 
not a very good one. Apparently the 
fantasy zones have gone weird and 
need cleaning up- They always were 
a bit weird, but this time they really 
have had a serious wack attack. 

Enormous things straight out of a 
deranged head rush towards you and 
it r s a good idea to get rid off them 
asap, You sea, it’s either them or you. 
And since you paid for the pleasure, 
it’s got to be them. 

You are a small Fair haired chap 
toting an enormous pulse laser held 
aloft by a powerful jetpack. 
Everything scrolls towards you in the 
manner of all recent Sega games, but 
at an unbelievable speed. 

OK, some of the time all that’s hap- 
pening is the checked landscape 
moving, but other times there are a 
lot of large sprites moving too 
quickly to see, let alone count. 

Bits of the scenery don't giw in to 
your luminous lentil laser and are 
also too high to fly over, so very fast 
(lying out of t he way is needed. At the 
end of each level huge guardians 
zoom about nastily doing their best 
to remove a tile or six. These always 
have a weak spot - finding the 


Tie# baits have some bearing an life aod death 


technique is the difficult part. 

The programmers have seen lit to 
include a mouse option, which is not 
quite as accurate as the joystick but 
much faster. Control can be switched 
between the two devices instantly, so 
its possible to play certain peris of I 
(he game with the correct controller. 

The first level, Moot, is really a lest 
of control and memory. Everything 
can be shot but all the waves must be | 
learnt or you'll lose a few of your 
nine lives. 

The second level, Geeza, is best 
tackled low. Two-thirds of it can be 
handled without moving. Level 
three, Amak. needs fast, high Hying 
and the double-headed dragon at the 
end is a real killer, From Cedel - 
level 4 - things get harder. Forests of 
impenetrable pylons, rolling 
dodecahedrons, nastv big things and 
all. 

The screen is ovmoanned so you 
really feel “in" the game. The sound 
effects and tunes have been lifted 
straight From the arcade machine, 
including the rambling, tuneless bit 
once you've run out of lives. The only 
bit they shouldn't have lifted is the 
appallingly sampled "Get Ready” el 
every new life. I’ve heard better on a 
Spectrum. Honestly. 

The stereo is used to locate your 
player, If he moves to the left, the 
majority of the laser noise comes 
from the left speaker. 

Maybe it s been done before, but 
it's a real cute touch, Actually, the 
arcade machine's sound wasn't all 
that great, so 1 guess the pro- 
grammers are just working to brief. 

Amiga Space Harrier is the clusesl 
thing to the real machine, The speed 
and clarity of the sprites is totally 
astonishing and if the mouse option 
is used the main sprite moves too fast 
to follow If you feel in need of an 
adrenal hotshot coupled with some 
senseless violence, the prescription is 
this game. 

Stewart C. Russell 


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Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


Valor 


Overall - 87% 


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Imagine a game without violence, 
yet as chiding as abandoned 
[daces where people have died and 

never returned. 
k Imagine a 3D world, yet the only 
forces are those that come from 

the ground. 
Imagine the danger of a tormented 
soul , carried aloft by nothing 
greater than the wind. 


Archipelagos is a completely new 
sort of game , It offers 9,999 living 
landscapes , in 3D, with continuous 
smooth movement and scanning, 
is so extraordinary it defies 
classification. It is the experience 
of the metaphysical. 


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coded by Astral Software. 






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JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE 0 

Sound and graphics great. Trip boring 




Hif haad bone 5 connerfed to (he, emu, ground 


QT read Jules Verne's mas- 
1 \ lerpiece? Neither have [ r bu! I 
am assured that the plot of the game 
is reasonably similar Eo that of the 
boot which has also been the 
subject of several had films. 

You can play one of the heroes - 
Professors Gunnarson, Bourdon, 
Rutherford or Rossi. Its june 1670. 
You find an ancient Icelandic manu- 
script that tells you to go into the 
crater of Sncffd's volcano, which 
supposedly leads to the centre of the 
earth. 3,000 ft below ground a rock 
fail separates you from your fellow 
scientists and you're on your own 
until you find them again. 

Given a rough map of the area, you 
can click on four arrows to move in 
that compass direction. A description 
of your position is (lashed on screen 
for a few seconds each lime. 

There are icons (0 elicit. One 
allows you to grab an axe and a 
stone, break it open to determine the 
local geology and hopefully deduce 
things about your surroundings, 

Another lets you examine your 
body and apply the contents of your 
medical chest to various in juries. To 
start of with, you are bruised from 
the rock fails, have a splitting head- 
ache and a stomach poisoned by 
fumes. Your condition quickly 
deteriorates with fire and brimstone 
everywhere. You must find food and 
water quickly; meters at the bottom 



of the screen tell you how ill you are, 
A third is a big R - think about it - 
and a fourth lets you sleep, complete 
with snores, whistles and alarm 
clock. 

Your position can be saved and 
loaded, and there is a final icon 
which provides one of the few pieces 


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1MK to put on (he driving gloves 
and crash helmet as LED Storm 
puts you at the wheel of the " ultimate 
devastation device'’, again in the 
form of a leap-frogging red sports 
tar. 

For some unexplained reason you 
have to drive your car through 
several sections of deserts, tunnels 
and forests, each loaded with a quick 


whirr of the disc. The graphics for 
each stage contrast one another well 
and some even look very pretty as 
they By past. 

This vertically scrolling racing 
game has little in the way of 
originality but makes up for it with 
some gond gameplay and smooth 
graphics. The playing area is small 
but the action happens so quickly 
anything larger would be missed, 

Your energy depletes rapidly but 
be replenished by running over 
ierrycans of petrol. Other bonuses 
sloat down on balloons from passing 
ipeceships. 

Concentrating on trying to catch 
such honuses has caused many a ter- 
minal collision with large stationary 
objects, usually mountains. 

When this happens the equivalent 




Take a terminal road test 



to the A A man appears in a little What a very nice man. 

hoverbuggy and presents you with a E wish he could do something 

brand new car. What a nice man, about the horrible frogs which ding 


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■ REVIEWS! 


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of animation. You dash around the 

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bottom of the screen collecting water 

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which drips from the top, avoiding 

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hot cinders which evaporate any 


water you have. 

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When you are poisoned, fall down 

on 

a chasm or whatever, there is a very 

ces 

realistic scream and you end your 



on to the car and slow you down. 
Best way to avoid them is to jump 
over them, but once they gel a grip 
you can only shake them with some 
serious manoeuvring, 

The highways are in e terrible state 
of repair, with large sections only 
traversable by using the ramps 
kindly left out to jump over the gaps 
with, Miss the ramp and it's the scrap 
heap, 

As on most roads these days, lots of 
psychopathic drivers try to gel in 
your way and generally make a nui- 
sance of themselves. Unlike real life, 
LED Storm offers the option of 
jumping over them - which would 
come in very handy in traffic jams. 

On your side For once, the local 
Department of Transport has placed 
arrow direction markers at strategic 


days in a pile of dust and bones. 

The graphics are superb, HAM 
mode is used to display everything 
from stalagmites and caves to your 
skeleton. The sound is equally good, 
the effect of steps and voices echoing 
round the caves Is very well done, 
You really need two disc drives - 
there is a lot of swapping with one, 
particularly during the title sequence, 
which was a little sticky with my 
review copy - sometimes I had to 
re-insert a disc two or three times 
before it was recognised, which 
made the game very slow and frus- 
trating. 

Despite the excellent graphics, 
lourney to the Centre of Lhc Earth is 
boring, There is not enough for the 
player to do and too little variety in 
what appears on screen. Interest 
quickly flags as a result. 

Alastair Scott 


Journey to the Centre of the Earth 
£WM 

RititiktiU iris 



Overall - 66% 


parts of the road to w arn about sharp 
bends. These must be obeyed to 
avoid major confrontations with the 
crash barriers, incurring the associ- 
ated time penalty. 

The music is outstanding, Each 
stage is accompanied by one of 
several tunes, ranging from a funky 
distorted guitar rock piece to a weird 
new-age synth yiune. All good stuff, 
and for a change il adds something to 
the game without getting up your 
nose after the first three plays. 

It is worth booling-up the game 
just to hear the music and burn off a 
few trucks. 

The title confuses me. Apparently 
l£D stands for Lazer Enhanced De- 
struction. Apart from the spelling 
mistake, there fust aren’t any lasers... 

|ohn Kennedy 




ruvivi 


Due for an overhaul 



UMAN Killing Machine is the 
meanest son of a snake you 1 ™ 
ever seen, as the blurb goes, You 
could be forgiven for wondering 
whether this description refers to the 
character or to the person 
responsible for foisting this game on 
an unsuspecting consumerate. 

II begins in the fabled Temples of 
Moscow with our hero, Kwon, being 
set upon hv a nasty Red guard. So 
much for glasnost, Fortunately, 
Kwon is not only a notable miser of 
reptilian extraction but is also lough 
and mean. 

This would be more believable if 
not for the fact that on the second 
level he is easily dispatched by a 
dancing border collie, 

Kwon goes on to face a selection of 
unusual adversaries including the 
horribly he muscled Maria, a drunken 
German, Arab terrorists and the cun- 
ning master bullfighter Miguel and 
his pet fighting bulk Brutus. 

If Kwon manages to defeat his 
opponent with ease he will be able to 
lake a greater deal of punishment in 
the next round. Exactly why he Is 
I ravelling around nolable trouble 
spots like Spanish bullrings and 
German bierke tiers is never 
explained. Pity. 

The gamcplay is similar to the 
karate games of which there was a 
spate a few years bad on the Spec- 
trum and C64, Kwon wouldn't look 
out of place in Way of the Exploding 
Fist 

The strengths of the combatants 
are represented by the time- 
honoured colour bars at the lop of the 
screen, but the inclusion of little 
passport photos beside them is a nice 
touch. The bull is especially 


photogenic. 

The graphics, particularly the 
backdrops, are very well dona but 
(he animation flickers, jerks and, in a 
word, is terrible. One or the best fea- 
tures of the karate games of years 
gone by was the wonderfully smooth 
animation as the player executed a 
well limed roundhouse kick or 
reverse punch. 

To its credit, when one side or 
other scores a hit a small explosion 
caption is overlaid containing the 
word "’pow" or "zap" or some other 
such Batmancsquc phrase. 

Sound is not very well supported. 
The tune gets very boring in record 
time and there are no interesting or 
novel effects in the game itself. It 
really is incredible the number ol 
software houses that think they can 
get away wish mediocre bang and 
splat noises or, as in this case, no 
effects at all. 

This game just doesn’t compel you 
to play it. With nothing else but 
gameplay going fur it, the Human 
Killing Machine looks in dire need of 
an overhaul. 

Green 


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Overall - 29 % 


June 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 6? 











■ REVIEWS! 



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Bui Dateline said ire were compatible . 


Yeah, we think it 's naff too 


C LEVER folk, these Actual 
Screenshots people, To live up 
to their name, they have only used 
graphics horn the game on (he box. 
And they are very fine graphics 
indeed. 

Ancient Rome, some lime only just 
AD. Ludicrus has a very important 
fob - he cleans the lion doo-doo From 
the arena and the lion pens, thereby 
making the gladiators' path a little 
safer. I mean, one slip and you're 
really in it. 

One Friday - or its Roman 
equivalent - Ludicrus is in ihe pub 
enjoying a Few jars of Castermanus 
XXXX, It's been a hard week, what 
with that load of Christians a few 
days previously, so our Ludicrus gets 
faintly tiddly. 

He then starts mouthing off el the 
local gladiators, claiming that anyone 
with half 0 brain and a blunt Stanley 
knife could do the same. 


Via a long and complex story, 
Ludicrus gets dragged into the arena 
with nothing but a small shield and 
an Even smaller sword. To regain his 
freedom he must fight the three cur- 
rent champions, plus several lions. 

The firsl is the Gallic beauty Bon 
□'Age, whose speed and agility are 
legendary. The second, the Teutonic 
Herr Liss, is vary fast and strong and 
utterly bald. The third, Bu Vyzr, is 
very big, incredibly strong and very 
stupid. The lion is of courac very fast, 
very strong, yet so mind-blowingly 
brainless as to have been caught by 
the Romans. 

You may have realised by now that 
we re talking combat game here. You 
have the standard 16 moves and 
opponents have their own lighting 
specialities. Bon D'Age carries a few 
fake attacks then docs a quick low 
jab. HerT Liss charges last, Bud Vyzr 
charges slowly, and yet both do enor 


mous amounts of damage. 

The lion lakes great bounding 
leaps across ihe arena, although it 
will stand there and take a good 
hammering. Told you it was stupid, 
Once learnt, the technique for 
beating each becomes mechanical 
and is the same from game to game. 

The graphics are Ihe high point, 
reminiscent of French comic books, 
Ludicrus is small and weedy, the lion 
looks more like a soft toy than a 
ruthless killer and Caesar looks over- 
weight and disreputable. 

The background graphics are nice, 
with a motley selection of grubby 
Romans, tall, thin, short, fat, spotty - 
the works. The fighlers are very well 
animated, with neat facial gestures 
and movements. 

Unfortunately, there is very little 
sound apart from Gww, Eek, Roar, 
Blat, Crunch. The crowd doesn't 
move or make any noise, so the neat 


graphics alone fail lo give a good 
atmosphere, 

I Ludicrus would be good if it 
wasn't so repetitive, for to beat each 
fighter takes severe! rounds. If you 
fail, you have several rounds with a 
lion and then some more rounds with 
the person who beat you. Interesting, 
huh? U does have a two player 
option, but that won't save it for long, 
Stewart G Russell 


f Ludicrus 
£19.95 

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What's your poisin? 

W ITH a mighty chop and a 
heaving hack, the rabid 
sequel was upon the hapless jour- 
nalist- No, no. he cried, but to no 
avail - his fate was sealed, his doom 
set. (he disc was in the drive, the 
monitor flickering alive. 

You may be wondering what could 
inspire such fear in a hardened 
journo, It could, in fact, be only one 
thing - another Gauntlet variant 
Hang on though, this is Gauntlet 11, 
the official one from US Gold. 

You might be tempted to ask how 
we can have a Gauntlet sequel when 
the original game was never released 
on the Amiga, and the answer those 
chappies and chapesses up in Birm- 
ingham would give is that this is the 
conversion of the cob-op Gauntlet II. I 
II isn't that the original was never I 



programmed for US Gold - it was - 
it's just that the freelance pro- 
grammer who offered to do the job 
found the task completely beyond 
him and Lhe project was abandoned. 
Not that Amiga owners complained 
too vociferously. The other versions 
of Gauntlet were, without exception, 
dismal. 

Gauntlet 11 throws four friends - if 
you have either the Microdeal 
interface or the US Gold one, oth- 
erwise it s two players only - into a 
dungeon in search of treasure, fame, 
points, the satisfaction of bragging 
that you made to the 100th level. 

Each player can be an elf, warrior, 
valkyrie or wizard, in any combin- 
ation. Thus you could have four 
wizards if you so chose, and that isn't 
too had an idea. 

Each has its own strengths and 
weaknesses, hut the elf is virtually all 
weaknesses. The trouble is that after 
a few levels you find that the number 
of shots needed to kill the monsters 
increases from one to four, making 
the poor elf a certainty for a 
monster's dinner table. 

Anyway, on into the dungeon and 
the short form objective of finding (he 
exit to the next level, Before you get 
to it though, make sure you collect all 
available treasures, keys, useful 
potions and medallions. 

The potions can have any effect 
from a smart bomb like detonation, 
to... 




Tigpr Road 
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^Overall - 43% 


T HE world never tires of games 
with little men - or far more 
rarely women, which must mean 
something - hitting things with other 
things. The hitting things are usually 
implements to which there is a right 
and a wrong end. 

The things which are hit are little 




men similar to your own, but 
invariably facing the other way. 
While there may be up to five of your 
men, there are a seemingly unending 
supply of chaps willing to lay down 
their lives for the cause of enter- 
tainment. 

Tiger Road is pretty much bog 
standard fare. The party of the first 
par! - that's you, kidda - is Lee 
Wong, a dab hand with an axe and a 
generally all righl character. 

Lee is annoyed that a certain 
samurai, Ryu Ken Oh, is causing 
havoc in the village by stealing all the 
children. At that time (he Orient 
hadn't heard of YTS, so this was con- 
sidered a had thing. The children 
have been stolen to become soldiers 
for the despot's private army. 



Not wftaJ 1 you would cell a barrsl of fiju 


Raised from childhood on the 
values of Truth. Justice and Mom’s 
Lychee Pie, Lee vows to avenge the 
foul deeds. Or at least get some of the 
kids back in roughly working order. 

The quest is long and hard, the task 
is onerous and the copywriter unim- 
aginative- So off he goes down Tiger 


Road, complete with rather nasty 
axe. for a quick afternoon’s 
vengeance. 

First on the scene are the Useless 
Samurai. These little folk just love 
rushing towards you and exploding 
on your axe. Next up are the 
Amazing Exploding Spear Tlirowers, 




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pears and that character becomes It- 
All the monsters on that level con- 
verge on the luckless individual like 
he was Salman Rushdie in a mosque, 

The only recourse for said 
individual is not to instantly 
apologise but to either touch 
someone else, thus nominating them 
as II, or got the hell off that level in a 
hurry, 

The graphics are pretty good, but 
not as good as Garrison II because 
the playing area is smaller and the 
scrolling isn’t as good. That said, the 
use of samples throughout is 
impressive. Though why they had to 
be from the coin-op and not freshly 
recorded I don't know. 

If it conics to a straight choice 
between Garrison il and Gauntlet H 
then Garrbon II wins. But il you have 
the interface and three friends who 
want to play too, then Gauntlet II is 
the choice for you, 

Duncan Evans 


Medallions don't allow you to hare 
your chest and pose - unless you’re 
playing the warrior, of course - but 
add strange abilities like limited 
invulnerability, limited invisibility, 
limited bouncing shots and Limited 
xxxxx. If this all sounds a bit limited 
to you. don’t worry, you're in good 
company. 

Lining up on the opposing team 
are lobbers who lob things at you 
then run when you gel close, small 


fire breathing things which breathe 
fire and small invisible men who you 
don't see much of. 

They might have you shouting 
Acieed, but this is one house you'll 
want to get out of in a hurry. 

Death is always a problem. Contact 


Gauntlet fl 
£24,95 
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Then there's the lovely ghosts, 



muggers, Death, the thief, the It 

is accompanied by an horrendous 



Monster and the acid pools. 

noise as your health points start to 


Graphics 

Let me tell you about these acid 

disappear at a frightening rate. A 



pools. They're horribly green and 
sllmey and chase after you. Upon 
contact they inflict an unpleasantly 

smart bornh, sorry potion, will solve 
your problems. 

The It Monster is a barrel of laughs 


Gameplav 



large amount of damage and emit the 
must disgusting squelchv noise. Ugh! 

when there's a few of you playing. 
Wheo it touches someone it dlsap- 


Overall - 75% 



who throw spears which, amazingly 
enough, explode. Various new weap- 
ons ran be picked up, but I expect 
you expected that. Once past these, 
you're treated to some rather bad 
lightning while the new level loads 
in. 

The next bit is the labyrinthine 
entrance hall to Ryu Ken Oh's castle, 
where giant night dub bouncers 
hang about and do you no good at all. 
Disposing of them is more a matter of 
luck than lodgement because the 
a mount of battering they need to 
explode varies, This level results in 
much aggro. 

Fart three Is a quick piece of 
homage to Donkey Kong, Barrels 
which roll towards you, can be 
lumped (difficult) or smashed (easy). 


At the end of the section is the 
chappie who is chucking the barrels; 
a quick flash of the axe and he’s 
history. 

Next comes the Hairy Savage bit - 
he's hairy, and boy is he savage. If 
you manage to sec him off - not easy 
- the next bit h much the same as all 
that's gone before, except different. 

Tiger Road breaks new ground in 
u norig inaiity, The scrolling play area 
is weeny, as are the sprites. It may 
play reasonably close to the arcade 
original, but is that an accolade? 

What must be applauded is the 
sound, which is loud and suitably 
violent, especially the title lune. I've 
even loaded up the game just for the 
tune, not bothering with play it 

Stewart C. Russell 



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First disengage brain... 



R EMEMBER the days when you 
reed that there d be a new 
smash game out from your favourite 
author, saved enough for it and. then 
rushed down the shops on Lhe release 
date? 

Rememher reading ail the inlay 
cards and instructions on the train 
home, then the impatient wait while 
the cassette loaded? Remember the 
howework tying forgotten while you 
lived this new creation? Wasn't it 
fun? 

Well. DNA Warrior exactly 
recaptures those old time spirits. 
Sorry, did I say exactly recaptures 
those old time spirits? Urn. What I 


really meant to say was exactly does 
no; recapture those old time spirits. 

What it recaptures is that olher 
greal home computer moment of 
truth, the realisation that you have a 
duff game. 

All the stages in this scenario are 
the same but for the last one. where 
now the feeling is: ' Surely there must 
be more to this turkey?” 

Yes indeed, dear readers. DNA 
Warrior is nol all there. 

Some scientist, Szymanski by 
name, has discovered how to 
increase intelligence almost infin- 
itely, Clearly this dude needs a bit of 
a hoik HQ-wise because he does the 


critical experimenl on himself. 
Dumb, or what? Golden rule of brain 
surgery No 1: Do it to someone else 
first. 

Fairly typically, something goes 
wrung. The learned Prof falls into a 
coma and it is miniature submarine 
time. The Prof, being old and gene- 
rally past it, has ail manner of bizarre 
.prosthetic implants to keep him alive 
- your little submariner has a diffi- 
cult task to contend wilh. 

All lhe immune systems are not 
keen on you, so your task of 
replacing all the recalcitrant bite of 
DNA becomes a remarkably poor 
rip-off of Zynaps, If you shoo! a wave 


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of nasties they drop a useful little 
credit thing which can be saved up 
for handy large weapons. 

Entry to other levels is via junc- 
tions in lhe lube walls. Sometimes 
these have to be opened by collecting 
a key somewhere else in the Profs 
anatomy. Sometimes the level 
decides to end and you are left hang- 
ing about. The only cure for this is 
either killing yourself or waiting until 
the Annoying Interlude starts. 

This piece of loath esomeness 
occurs randomly - Lhe scrolling 
reverses and rocks gel chucked al 
you until you get bored and leave via 
an exit. If you can bear ft, lhe aim is to 
colled eight hits of DNA and kill off 
lhe maligna nl part of the brain. 

Everything in DNA Warrior works, 
The scrolling works, the sound 
works, the tune grates and lhe 
gamcplay annoys, Every noise has 
been carefully engineered to be 
tiresome. 

There are two very useful keys in 
DNA Warrior - M switches the tune 
off, Off switches the game off, Llrgh, 
Stewart C. Russell 



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P ROFESSOR Moriarty, I ho Pen- 
guin and the Inker are indes- 
tructible. yet Batman sets out to rid 
Gotham City of them. The Penguin 
has henchmen terrorising citizens 
and mechanical penguins 
everywhere. The Joker throws the 
local fairground into chaos and is 
holding Robin captive. 

Unlike the previous versions of 
Batman, which took 3D games to 
new heights, The Gaped Crusader is 
essentially a platform and ladders 
game, using the currently fashion- 
able 2D with depth. 

Put the disc in the drive, wail a few 
seconds, some music plays and you 
are invited to press fl for the Joker or 
f 2 for the Penguin - two entirely dif- 
ferent scenarios for the price of one. 


The rest of the program loads, and 
you're off. 

Yon cart move Batman in 14 
quickly-learned ways, all selected 
with Joystick and Fire button, You 
can walk, climb, duck, high kick, low 
kick, punch and throw. 

To use an object you must move 
over it and press the Fire button 
while pushing the joystick down. 
The utility screen appears and by 
moving the Batcursor over the appro- 
priate icon you can carry, drop or use 
it, 

This screen contains icons for swi- 
tching sound on or off, abandoning 
the game and displaying score, 
energy and objects carried. 

While you are scrambling around, 
various maniacs tiy to assault you, at 


which point the kicks and punches 
come in helpful, even against bombs 
and bullets. Your eventual aim 
appears (o be either to enter the Pen- 
guin's mansion or to rescue Robin, 
The instructions, as usual, are 
unclear. 

This new version of Batman is dis- 
appointing, especially for 16 bit 
machines from which great things 
must be expected. The display is too 
small, occupying about half the space 
it could have done. The graphics and 
sound are good, but could have been 
better, and the instructions reinforce 
the suspicion sparked off by the 
appearance of the graphics that I am 
reviewing a port from the ST. 

The most serious fault is that The 
Caped Crusader is unsure of what 


type of game it wants to he, II is a 
cross between an arcade adventure, 9 
good old platforms and ladders and a 
beat-'em-up. It doesn't really work. 

Alastair Scot! 


Tht* Citfmf Lnt\rtfler 

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SCORPION 


Zany Gryzor with style 



The standard weapon ml gnat shakes against the guardian giant at the end of each level 


T IME is funny fluff. We don't 
know whal it is or where it's 
going, but it affects us all. In the. Mag- 
ical Lands, Time hardly has a lunk in. 
Mighty strange things can happen. 
Past mixes with Future, all under the 
guise of The Present. Weird. 

The Scorpion folk have as little as 
possible to do with the Magical 
Lands, possibly because they're a 
little odd but mostly because the 
natives aren't friendly, 

So w r hen the Princess of Scorpia is 
kidnapped off to the Fifth Domain of 
the Magical Lands, the Scorpions gel 
worried and in true democratic style, 
you - i Scorpion warrior - are vol- 
unteered lo he the hero. 

Standard issue Scorpion weaponry 
are magic hands I hat can belt out 
fairly feeble death rays at a rale of 


knots, Along the way extra skills and 
weapons can be picked up - the 
standard weapon isn't great shakes 
against thu guardian giant at Ihc end 
of each level 

The opening screen doesn't pro- 
mise much - a very small though 
neat little display, accompanied by a 
very short snatch of Hoist's Mars. 
Things are no! going too well in the 
boding department. This is rapidly 
cured by the start of level one, which 
is sol in a rather odd harbour. 

Speedboats mix with pirate ships 
and barges. Every last denizen is out 
to harm you - seagulls, pirates, crabs, 


kamikaze piranhas, the lot. 

Bits of the scenery decide that 
they’re not going to be left out of this 
whole hurting scene, and fall on you, 
Large cannon take more than just a 
passing interest and parrots drop 
slightly suspect bombs on you, Does 
one get the idea by now that there is a 
faint hint ofzaniness in Scorpion? 

Out of the harbour, it's into the 
town, where everything is thrown at 
you. If you've been clever you'll have 
picked up some additional jumping 
ability and some serious bidirec- 
tional firepower. Advanced overkill, 
nr what? Frogs, dogs, skulls, snails 



Scorpion 

£24,35 

Digital Magic Software 



Overall - 93% 


(ra-ta-taMa-tal) and more, all of 
which can be vapourised with a 
quick Unger point. 

Getting killed produces a faintly 
tacky but well executed zoom routine 
that may cause the delicate of 
stomach to make an urgent call down 
the Great White Telephone, 

The action progresses in level I wo 
to the forest - complete with nock- 
chucking trolls - then on to the ice 
lands, Digital Magic should keep this 
third stage well away from the BBC, 
the Daieb are a little too lifelike. 

Everything about Scorpion 
screams quality and style, except for 
the bos illustration which is a little 
iffy, The game is a zany Gryzor cum 
Green Beret hybrid with deliciously 
large, fast characters and plenty of 
big noises. 

□MS may be a new software 
house, hot this is a very polished 
product. There's certainly no draw 
for the gentle type, but if the brain 
can he swung into neutral, it's highly 
therapeutic. 

One thing, it isn't is easy, so there's 
definite long term interest here. The 
only slight problem is that you 
always restart al level one. not at the 
highest you reached, A mere 
bagatelle to the dedicated con- 
noisseur. 

Scorpion has made a jaded 
reviewer very happy, and will be 
doing so for quite some time to come. 

Stewart C, Russell 




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Magic hands an deal out death rayy at a rate of knots 









H ELLO helpful hackers, before 
we start, an apology. There are 
a couple of problems with the Elite 
poke in our March issue, so it's 
confession time. 

The line: 


a s MLCIh'*i$> tat*Lot*i 
should have read 


a=YA!CSh>a!):tot=tot:*a 
It's just a colon to you and me but to 


Premier 


the Amiga it's a syntax error. Even 

with this fixed you 
will have some 
problems if you 
have less than a 
meg. New pokes 


will be along as soon as possihle. 

Consciences cleared, now on with 
the pokes. To type them in have a 
formatted disc handy. Load Basic 
from the Extras disc which came with 
the machine. You should be using 
backups of both the Amiga discs - 
but then there are Jots of good habits 
same of us never manage to get into. 

When you have Basic loaded type 
the listing into the right-hand window 
and check it carefully. Save the 
listing on Ihe disc you had ready and 
put the game disc into the computer. 
Run the Basic program [use Start 
from the Run menu). The poke 
automatically runs the game. This 
will sometimes give an error. Don’t 
worry, just click on Cancel and the 
game will load. 


program pokes 


Game Killer is 
not Ihe place to 
study the workings 
of Basic, if you 

haven't used Basic 
before, a game 


Max ‘‘The Hacks ” Tennant explains how to get your 
cheats working with some help from Justin Gavinovic 


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poke is not I ho best introduction. 
Spend the next rainy Sunday with the 
Basit; manual, your Amiga and a 
packet of chocolate digestive biscuits. 
Work through the manual and 
discover how much fun programming 
can be. 

The first poke gives infinite lives 
for Microdeal's Jug. This will 
produce an error when the disc is 
inserted. Worry not, 

m. INFINITE LIVES FOR 
sen 'Juc 

REN COPYRIGHT 1909, BY JUSTIN G. 

REN FOR AMIGA CONFUTING, 


EXT up, infinite lives for 
Gremlin Graphic's Deflektor, a 
brill game if ever there was one. No 
shooting, just simple optics. I'm sure 
Mr Debanham, my old physics 
master , would approve. When the 
disc is inserted you will get a disc 
error; as usual this should be ignored, 


REN INFINITE LIVES FOR 
REN DEFELKTOR' 

REN COPYRIGHT 1949. BY JUSTIN £- 
REN FUR AMIGA COMPUTING. 

COt = 0 


Last but not cliched infinite lives 
for Last Duel from US Gold, and 
worra surprise - an error will be 
reported when the disc is inserted. 

flEM INFINITE LIVES FOR 
REM 'LAST DUEL' 

REN COPYRIGHT 1969. BY JUSTIN 6. 

REN FDR AMIGA COMPUTING. 

tot =0 

FOR n=327680S TO 3270141 STEP l 
READ AS 

MVAUtmu 

tOt= tOt + A 

POKEY n, A: POKEY (n+T 361,0 
NEK? n 




immiw if res shouitf get you through the toughest Deflator screen 


tot =0 

FOB n=3276401 TO 5270801 STEP 2 
READ AS 

A=mriirui) 

tdt*fottA 

POKEH fi^A; POKEY fn*f30),0 
NEXT n 

IF tot-661541S THEY GOTO sections 
PRINT "THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE RATA/ 

end 

sectionZ: 

cheat=3276«0l 
CALL cheat 

RATA 6100,0038, 3370, 0002,00K,42A9 
DATA 0020, 2370, 0800, 8400, 0024,4BF9 
DATA 0006, 0008, 234D, 0028, 4EAf,FE3« 
DATA 41FA,000A,2B4M0C6,4EEM00C 

DATA 3m,600MAS2,4EFMl8&,2C79 
HTA 0808,0004,9K9,4EAE,fE&A,45fA 
DATA 009C,24fifl,43FA,00a6,4EAE,FE9E 
DATA 43F A, 802E, 4288,4201, 41 FA, 001 4 
DATA 4EAE,FEt4,43FM0lE,4SFAJ06A 
DATA 234A,000E,4E75, 7472,6143,6864 
DATA 4973, 6B2E,6465, 7669, 4365 


FOR n=S12008S TO 5121501 STEP 2 

READ AS 

A=VALrSh'4Jil) 

tot=tct+A 

?m\i fi,A:POKEW (n+1S2),0 
NEXT rv 

IF iot=746S621 THEN GOTO s#etion2 
PRINT “THERE IS AN ERROR IN THE DATA.' 
END 

sec ti cm2 : 
chest-51 2000S 
CALL cheat 

DATA 6150, 4BF9, 0005, 0080, 337C, 0802 
DATA 801 C, 42 A9, 0820,2370,0080,0400 
DATA 0024,234D,0028,4EA£,fE36,4TFA 
DATA 080A, 2048, 8866, 4EES,080£, 41 F9 
DATA 0082, 0800, 43F8, 0400, 4CF A, 00FF 
DATA 000C,48D1,80FF,2149,00BA,4EB0 
DATA 31 FC, 6006, 0C7«,4EF4, 0300, 2C78 
DATA 0004, 93C9, 4E AE,FEtA, 45 FA, 0090 
DATA 24E0,4lfA,0086,4EA£,FE9E,43FA 
DATA 002E,4?B0,4?61 ,41fA,00l4,4EAE 
DATA fE44,43FA,001E,45FA,006A,234A 
DATA 800£, 4175, 7472, 6 163, 6044, 6973 
DATA 602E, 6465, 7669,6365 


IF tot'722567S THEN GOTO S€ction2 
PRINT “THERE IS AN ERROR' IN THE DATA/ 
END 

section2: 

cMat=32?630& 

CALL cheat 

SATA 61 00,0031, 33 70,0002, 001 C, 42 A9 
DATA 0020,2370, 0008, 0400,0024, 40F9 
DATA 0006, 0000, 234M02MlAE,FE3& 

DATA 41FA,000A,2fl43,0l42,4|EM00t 
DATA 303C, 6002,3 100, 4756,3100,4802 
DATA 4EFJ, 08 1 £,20 79,0000,0004,93 09 
SATA 4 EAE, FES A, 45 FA, 0090 ,2480,43 FA 
DATA 0086, 4EAE , FE9E,43FA, 0021 ,4280 
DATA 42»1,4lFA,0014,4EAE,fE44,4ifA 
DATA 001 E,45FA,006A,234A,000E,4£75 
DATA 7472, 41 63,6864, 6973, 6S2E, 6465 
SATA 7669,6365 

TTFN. More next month, keep your 
hints coming in. but please check 
them first. It is not unknown for 
unscrupulous gentlemen to send Atari 
hints which don't work on the Amiga, 
You know who you are. 


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Q UARANTINE. Great. The latest 
batch of small, furry mammals 
be. paraded for your further 
assembler language edification has 
been impounded at Heathrow 
pending six mondis of quarantine. 

The best the Amiga Article Oddments 
man from the office down the 
corridor could come up with is his 
personal collection of obscure musical 
instruments, all guaranteed genuine. 

The super subjects of stacks and 
subroutines w r as covered last month. 
Most subroutines need data from the 
program that is calling them, be they 
a series of notes to play, characters to 
print or green creeping things to 
animate across the screen. 

Until now it + s been assumed that 
the data is passed in one or more of 
the 6BK's copious collection of 
internal registers. At worst K the 
registers point to an area of memory 
that's used for data storage. 

Rut alas, that's not how most 
programs work. For a start the 
chances are that you w r ant tn use 
some of those valuable registers to 
keep important information in and 
they're not available for parameter 
passing. A parameter is what real 
programmers call data passed to a 
subroutine. If they just called it data, 
everyone would know what they were 
talking about. 

A NOTHER problem is that it's 
quite possible that you want to 
shove more parameters at a 
subroutine than the 68K has registers. 
This happens a lot in the Amiga, 
where the number of different things 
you have to tell the computer about 
Lhe window you want to open gets 
into double figures. 

So you stick all the data in memory 
and tell the subroutine where the 
memory is, right? 

Almost, If you choose just any bit 
of ram it wou ld be a full time job to 
make sure that each subroutine has its 
own area. And if a subroutine gets 
called re-entrantly, the old 
information will be lost as the new 
data gets shovelled in. 

What happens if the data is of 


play it safe 


Rupert Goodwins 
passes on some tips 
for using parameters 
instead of registers 
to get data into 
subroutines 

different lengths? You'd have no time 
left to practice your pibcom 
technique - Welsh pipe made from a 
sheep’s thigh bone — if you had to 
debug that lot. Still, allocating chunks 



Pibcom 


of memory to each subroutine is a 
quick and easy method if you're quite 
sure that it’s safe. 

A good way to implement this is to 
stick all the parameters immediately 
after the bsr or jsr instruction 
although this leads to the 
complication that when the 
subroutine finishes the return address 
on the stack points to the parameters. 

Unless you are peculiarly skilled in 
writing data that also happens to he 
valid 68k code, this will result in 
interesting yet fatal side effects as the 
processor comes across Whittle and 
Dub - a simple recorder with three 
holes and accompanying small drum 


Whittle 
and Dub 


- and tries to run it. So the subroutine 
has to massage the return address, 
like so: 

j$.r bLcurJustrunent 
dc.b 'Whittle and &ub%IG 

; pragrai will have to 
; carry on from here. 

hLo^_instru*ent; 

BOven.L D0/AM3, -<H7) *+* <- U) 
■ovet.l 20 (AD,Al *+* <- (B) 


litre hive code to Do Things to 
the data pointed to by 41, 


add. I (MM1 *** <- tCJ 

MdveaJ AT,?0U7> +** <- (D) 

wove*. I (JL73+ r l>fl/AB‘Jl3 +** <■ {El 
rts 

The instruction at [A) saves five 
registers - DO, AO. Al. A2 and A3 - 
no the stack, since we assume that 
whatever actually blows the 
instrument will massacre these 
registers. At (B) we have five registers 
at four bytes apiece, adding 20 bytes 
to the size of the stack, so the address 
of the parameter is 20 bytes away 
from the current stack pointer. We 
move the parameter's address into 
Al, where it will be used. 

T HE parameter at (U) is 16 bytes 
long, so we add thal to Al, This 
now points to the address after the 
string, which is where we want to 
resume running the original program. 
|D) is where we stick the new return 
address back into the stack, 

Finally, at (E) we restore all the old 
registers before returning. 

This might appear clumsy, but ifs 
not too difficult to get right and it's 
easy to work out what Is happening. 

It is inflexible though, especially if 
you are not sure what you're going to 
bo passing to the subroutine. The 
most popular way of passing 
parameters is to use the stack as 
temporary storage. 

In fact it's so popular - unlike the 
ocarina, an egg-shaped instrument 



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4 

with a number of finger holes - that 
Motorola designed a special pair of 
instructions to ease its use. Called Link 
and unlk. they exist for Ihe sole 
purpose of providing space on the 
slack without too much mental 
mangling. 

Link needs two things, a register — 
usually an address register, called the 
Frame pointer - and a negative 
number. First it pushes the register on 
to the stack, saving it for later. Then it 
copies the stack pointer into this 
register, effectively remembering 
where the stack is. 

It needs to do this because it 
immediately adds the number to the 
stack pointer. The number needs te 
be negative because the GflK stack 
pointer gets smaller as it's used — the 
stack grows down towards the 
be ginn ing of memory, 

S O after all this the stack pointer 
is a certain distance away from 
the frame pointer, which is marking 
where the stack pointer used to be. 

But, as Prince Rheinhart said after the 
world's first and last ocarina concert, 
why? 

'Hie space between the stack 
pointer and the frame pointer - 
called, with more bold imagination, 
the stack frame - can now he used for 
whatever the programmer desires. 

It’s completely safe from being 
overwritten by subsequent stack 
operations, can be used by the 
subroutine itself to store and return 
data for the calling program, and can 
be released for re-use by the stack 
with the unlk instruction. This loads 
the stack pointer with the frame 
pointer and pops the original frame 
pointer’s contents from the old stack. 

So. to pass three long words of data 
in DU. D1 and D2 to a subroutine,.. 


link AM- 1 * 
move.L 00,-4 CAB) 
move . L 01 ( A0> 
novt.L fiMIZtM) 
bsr pLa^ociritia 
nove.L 
unlk 


; Has to be -ve, 

; Stick D0 in, 

; 01 i 

; Li kem* 62, 

; Get the result. 


In this case it might have been 
easier just to have passed the values 
in the registers, but it r s quite possible 
that play-ocarina will need to use the 
registers itself to set things up before 



Ocarina 


it's ready to look at the dala. It also 
returns a value in the same stack 
frame, which the calling code 
retrieves and salts away in a register 
before continuing. 

If you do end up writing machine 
code that has to link to someone 
ebe’s C program, you’ll find that 
passing parameters on the stack is the 
only way to communicate - a 
powerful and flexible method that can 
introduce some subtle errors when 
the wrong value is placed in the 
wrong place on the stack. 

In fact a virus that almost paralysed 
America's education and military 
computer network last year worked 
because it was designed to overwrite 
the stack frame that the inter- 
computer mail program provided for 
certain message data. After the data 
came the return address. 

By waiting ton much data the rogue 
program was able to insert its own 
return address. The host computer 
unwittingly followed this false return 
address to instructions that duplicated 
the virus and sent it on to more 
computers, 

L IKE viruses, and not entirely 
unrelated to them, there is 
another aspect of machine code 
programming that is usually glossed 
over, a subject that is considered 
almost had taste by the cognoscenti as 
they discuss t-states and DMA timings 
over cups of Earl Grey to the strains 
of the Axolotl Nail Fiddle Quartet. 
That subject is debugging. 

It seems, according to rumour, that 
many people's machine code efforts 
somehow fail to fire first time. In 
these enlightened days there is no 
need to be ashamed of writing buggy 
code. It's no longer a crime, and 
many a haggard hacker will relate 
with perverse pride tales of the early 
morning bug-fix. 

Don't let it happen to you. With 
simple precautions many mistakes 


| can he caught before they happen and 
I many more hlatted in their infancy, 
The far-sighted programmer buys 
^an assembler with good trace 
facilities. Amiga Dcvpac is one such. 

It lets you trace your program 
instruction by instruction, examining 
the register contents, the state of the 
stack and what's in memory at each 
operation. Many bugs are content to 
give up almost without a struggle 
when faced with such sophistication, 

A S you enter a loop which 
should display 10 South 
African marimbas or zapotecanos, 
you notice that the register which 
should hold the number 10 has 
instead got the result from the last 
keyboard check you did. 

If youTe depending on a public 
domain program without any support, 
or the problem is happening 
somewhere but you're not sure 
where, a good technique to adopt is 
the debug trace. 

This needs a routine which will 
send a character to the screen, printer 
or the serial port, according to the 
program under test. This routine 
should not change any registers or 
use any memory apart from the stank. 
You should be able to throw in a: 

icive.y 

■Qvft.b T,D 0 

bsr debug-routine ; display the 
; diar in S3. 

■ove.v (A7)4 ,d0 

at any point without disrupting the 
code around it. If your assembler can 
cope with macros — a w r ay of defining 
a single word to stand for a whole 
section of code, such as that above - 
then it’s a good idea to have a debug 
macro, like: 

debug T 

By placing a call to debug at the 
beginning and end of subroutines, 
especially with matching symmetrical 
outputs, the rogue routine can be 
found by a process of efiminatjon. For 
example, having debug "<" at the 
beginning and debug **>*' al the end 
of a subroutine to receive a byte from 
the serial port, It will let you see 
whether the machine is going into 
limbo during the reception, when a 
lonely "<” will be displayed or 

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■PROGRAMMING* 


afterwards, when **<>" will be 
shown. 

If the bugged code is destroying the 
screen, use a variant of the debug 
routine that writes to the printer or to 
the serial port, where your Z X 
Spectrum is doing sterling duty as a 
debugging terminal. 

As useful, hut in different 
circumstances, is a routine that 
displays the contents of a register. It 
doesn't matter which, you can always 
copy the register you're really 
interested in into it before calling the 
routine, and it can provide a useful 
window on the internal workings of a 
subroutine. 

Many bugs are a result of the 
program not setting up a value 
properly or a subroutine messing up a 
register that should be saved. 

For example, many programs have 
a routine to wait for so many seconds 
before continuing. If your program 
does, and it seems to stop working 
every so often, displaying the "time to 
wait" parameter as the wait routine is 
entered might show that you're telling 


it to hang about for 25,000 seconds 
because you've used the same register 
to clear out some memory 
immediately beforehand. 

Other common classes of machine 
code bug include the loop that never 
ends - like the ocarina concert - 
because the register that you’re using 
to count the number of times through 
the loop is either never being 
decremented or being constantly 
reset. For instance: 

start, Loop: 

JQVf.U *11,01 
bs r tL anon-tall 
subq.u - 1 , D-B 
bne start loop 

will run and run and run, whereas 
the very similar but muche correct 

move.* 
start-loop: 
bs.r clirinn_ciU 
aubq # 1 ,Bfl 
bne starulnnp 

will behave itself. While those 
examples might seem plain daft - and 
there is no universal law of nature 
which prevents people from writing 


daft code - when the loop is much 
longer and more involved, getting the 
label at the beginning out by one 



instruction is as easy as falling off an 
utricularium - a Roman bagpipe. 

In that case putting a routine to 
print out the value of DO just before 
the bne branch would reveal the 
problem in a trice. 

And no, a trice isn't a musical 
instrument. If ynu don't own a trice, 
never be surprised if you can't work 
out why your code is disappearing. 
After all, many a program has 
vanished without a trice. 


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board is there using the programs 
supplied on the accompanying disc. 
Let's have a look at each one in turn. 


C LICKING on the PA icon runs a 
program which puts the Amiga 
into 14MHz mode. There is a version 
which can be copied into the C 
directory of your boot-up disc and 
automatically run by typing PA into 
the Startup-Sequence file in the S 
directory. 

There are several other simplified 
versions for use on discs with very 
little free space. Various parameters 
can he inserted after the PA command 
from CLI or from pulldown menus in 
Workbench which duplicate the effect 
of other icons. 

Use any program and you 1 !! 
immediately see the effect. They run 
considerably faster, the most 
noticeable difference I found being 


with the previously snail-like 
Notepad, Mice and windows move 
very smoothly around, cursors fly 
across the screen, the Intuition system 
becomes even more of a pleasure to 
use and you begin to laugh at how 
slow the ST operating system is. 

The 7MHz, 14MHz icon resets the 


clock speed. Occasionally programs 
will object to the faster mode and will 
require the slower clock speed to be 
selected before they will work 
properly. Ctrl- Amiga- Amiga also 
resets the clock speed. 

The board provides space for a 
68881 maths co-processor and a 








00 AMIGA COMPiniNU /uns 1909 







then tell the Amiga that the 66881 is 
there and any program which uses 
the maths Libraries will use the 68881 
automatically. 

Alternatively the 68881 can be 
selected From the pulldown menus 
after clicking the PA icon or by using 
the PAMS command from CLI or in 
your startup-sequence. Again, 
resetting the computer turns off the 
68881. 

A program called FPU Install (for 


12MHz. crystal oscillator, both of 
which can be bought separately from 
an electronics supplier and pushed 
into the empty sockets before 
installing the board. Three programs 
- InstallMC, InstallSBMC and 
RemoveMC - are provided. Although 
the 68881 runs at a mere IZ.SMHz, it 


speeds up mathematical calculations 
by as much as 40 times. 

In order to use the 68881 chip you 
are provided with two maths libraries 
- already being shipped with 
Workbench 1.3 - and they should be 
copied to your boot-up disc. Running 
the appropriate Install program will 


Computer 

Program 

Time 

ZX Spectrum 

Brotty 

38 mins 

A ms trad CPC 

Amaig 

| 10 mins 

Amiga (no 60881) 

MandFXP 

49 secs 

Amiga (with 68881) 

MandFXP 

7 secs 


Mandelbrot timings 


Floating Point Unit) must be run, and 
the FPU Library copied to your 
boot-up disc, before your Amiga will 
be able to handle, without crashing, 
multitasking programs which access 
the 68881. 


D emonstrations are 

supplied. The first, SinePlot, 
shows off the 68881, if fitted, fay 
drawing simple sine and cosine 
curves simultaneously. Boring? No, 
astonishing! Without the 68881 the 
program takes 54 seconds to run, 
with the 68881 it's two seconds. The 
second demo draws strange patterns 
involving polygons and is about twice 
as last as before. 

There is also a version of the 
quickest and best shareware program 
for plotting the Mandlebrot set which 
uses the new maths Libraries. I can't 
get enough of such programs, there 
arc literally scores in the public 
domain, but MandFXP does show off 
the 68881 to glorious effect. The 
figure above shows the shortest times 
taken by various programs to draw 
the entire Mandlebrot set on their 
respective computers. 

MandFXP has full scaling, 
magnification and colour 
manipulation options and can also, 
given two parameters, draw Julia sets. 
A superb program. Send some money 

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to the Canadian authors and you'll get 
the latest version with even more 
facilities. 

Instruction files on the disc give 
more technical information than that 
available from the small but excellent 
manual , which gives you enough 
information to get started and plenty 
of help to the beginner. 


E nthusiasts will he pleased to 

see the two hardware links on 
the board which allow 14MHz mode 
to be selected at power up or provide 
a fast rom mode, which slightly 
decreases rom access when the 
computer is running at 14MHz, thus 
speeding it even more. But the CMI 
Processor Accelerator is very 
expensive. It is only at its best when 
accessed from machine code or C. 

If you want to speed up a slow 


AmigaBasic program, youTl be 
disappointed. There will be a slight 
increase in graphics speed but even 
the AmigaBasic supplied with 
Workbench 1.3 doesn't use the new 
libraries - maths-heavy programs 
won 7 run faster. 

On the plus side, the board is 
simple to install, the software is easy 
to use and crashproof, desisting from 
doing silly things like trying to 
initialise the new 68Q00 when it isn't 
fitted. The documentation is good and 
I haven't found a program which the 
board prevents from working. 

I HE main problem is, what use is 
JL it? No doubt scientists and 
mathematicians will be grateful for 
the co-processor when they are trying 
to solve 'orribly complicated 
equations, but most mortals will find 
their vanilla Amiga fast enough. 

Still, it was a pity l had to send it 
back. 



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techniques to reduce the rendering 
time of the same scene into something 
around an hour. 

The other side of this is that Sculpt- 
3D has been available for some time 
and has a good user interface, Turbo- 
Silver is more recent and far less 
work has been put into modelling and 
animation, the areas that you have to 
use to design Ihe data for the final 
picture. 

To make an analogy with cars, 
Sculpt-3D is a somewhat 
underpowered luxury vehicle whereas 
Turbo-Silver is a shopping trolley 
fitted with a racing V8, 

B EFORE ray-tracing was 
researched and became 
practical, people were quite happily 
producing images and animations 
with other rendering techniques. A 
scene to be rendered will be built out 
of a sol of geometric primitives, 
whether it is to be ray-traced or 
otherwise. 

Ray-tracing involves chasing the 
path of every ray of light from the eye 
through a pixel and finding where it 
hits, where it bounces off and where 
it is split or bent. 

A simpler method is to take each 
primitive, for example polygons, work 
out the area each occupies in the final 
picture and fill those areas with each 
object's colour. The process has to 
take into account the relative distance 
nf objects from the eye. 

This technique can be used to 

► 


R ENDERING methods and their 
performances are the most 
discussed subjects of animation. 
Phrases like ray-tracing, painter's 
algorithm and /.-buffering are bandied 
around and much is made of the ins 
and outs of the various techniques. 

In truth, the turning of abstract data 
into hard pictures is the most 
automated and uncreative part of the 
whole process. The raw data the 
Tenderer will use to generate the final 
sequence is when? creativity can be 
applied. 

Even though rendering is less 
creative, it still tends to occupy a 
large amount of the time involved in 
building a sequence. Different 
packages will produce varying styles 
of picture, and take radically different 
times to finish the job. 

The current buzzword for rendering 
packages is ray-tracing. The Amiga is 
just fast enough to make this 
technique viable for those with an 
ample supply of patience and a 
trouble free electricity supply. 
Packages that employ ray-tracing are 
SculpL-3D and Turbo-Silver. 

The system is particularly good at 
modelling the effect of lighting, 
including the properties of semi* 
transparent and reflective objects. 

This accounts for the plethora of glass 
and silver ball pictures in existence. 
There are cases where most ray- 
tracers will fall down. For instance, in 
real life a sphere does not cast a 
uniform shadow, it will be some 




Sam Littlewood 
ends his series 
by casting a little 
light on ray-tracing 


refraction of the light source, possibly 
focused to a point. Using a ray-tracer 
the sphere will cast a uniform 
shadow. 


C REATIVE use of shadows is an 
effective technique if a ray- 
tracing Tenderer is available. An 
example is the Kahnankas or 
Newton's Cradle movie. The 
lampshade puts everything but the 
subject in shadow. 

Sculpt- 3D has a relatively simplistic 
ray -tracer and can quite easily 
account for a day of processing for 
one image. Turbo-Silver uses better 


Turbo Silver only has one light source but produces quick results 


June im& AMIGA COMPUTING 93 


■ ANIMATION! 


■4 

generate images in real-time. However 
the realism is not overpowering. 
Objects turn out a constant colour, 
irrespective of lighting, and there are 
none of the shadows or reflections 
that would be present in a real life 
scene. 


T echniques can be applied to 

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some of these effects, but they reduce 
the speed and increase the 
complexity, Videoscape-3D and 
Forms- in -Flight are good examples of 
rendering by this method where the 
images are produced in seconds. 

There are new versions of both 
packages which increase the realism 
but reduce the speed. Adding realism 
is hard work. 

Which technique is better? It 
depends on what you want. The 
example movie talked about in earlier 


RAY-TRACING 


Advantages 

• The effects of reflection and 
refraction are taken into account. 

0 Lighting from one or more sour- 
ces results in realistic reflections 
off surfaces, 

• The lighting model includes 
shadows. These are correctly cast 
and can be from one or more 
sources. 

Disadvantages 

• The most noticeable feature of 
most ray-tracing programs is that 
they take an excessive length of 
time to do their work. 

• It is difficult to write a fast ray- 
trace routine. 


articles has only been rendered using 
the simplistic painter's algorithm or 
polygon splating. The prospect of 
rendering 5U frames using the ray- 


tracer is less than appealing. 

There are other considerations. The 
objects in the movie were never 
designed to look like real life, and 
features such as reflection or 
refraction are not part of the storyline. 
Even using this method, each frame of 
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T HE movie was produced using 
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harder. 

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Software failure 

1 FEEL 1 must write in to correct an 
error which appeared in the 
Assembler tutor in March's issue. Mr 
Rupert Goodwins refers to the 60000 
instruction MOVEQ which he 
incorrectly states moves an immediate 
number of value 0-7 into a data 
register, 'The number range is of 
course -128 to 127 IE - a signed byte, 
not on unsigned nybble. 

I work as a software engineer 
programming in f ortran and Z8002 
assembler, and as a professional I am 
bem used at the current fashion of 
“Basic bashing" in favour of C. 

I seem to remember the same sort 
of thing happening in the early/mid 
80s with Forth. Anyone remember 
Forth? Languages come and go. but 
Basic and Cubed remain, so don’t 
knock it guys, 

I do not own an Amiga but am 
seriously considering buying one and 
have a couple of questions. 1, What is 
the difference between an Amiga 
A2000 and an Amiga B2UUG? 2, What 
are the advantages of owning the 
2000 instead of the 500, 

I intend to add a modem, another 
0,5 - 1.5 meg memory and add at 
least one extra disc drive. As 1 see it, 1 
could buy these extras with the 500 
and pay about the same as t would 
have done for the 2000, 

Having said that, I have an 
uncxpandable C 64 at home gathering 
dust, OK its storage is expandable but 
not performance, and I don’t want to 
fall into the same trap with the 
Amiga. 

Roland CasewelL 
Birmingham, 

Forth is still alive and living in 
Fulham, We don’t think that C will 
disappear, ami suspect Cobol will 
only live as long as the need to 
maintain existing programs , 

The li 2 000 has superseded the 
A20Q0, although the front of the box 
still says A 2000. The H has a full 
megabyte of ram on the main hoard 
while the A has half a meg on a ca rd. 
This means that you have one less 
slot on an A, but upgrading to 1.5 
meg is just a matter of plugging in 
extra chips , 

The B2Q0Q has a composite video 
connector, the A 2000 doesn’t. Amiga 
82000s run slightly faster having zero 
wait state ram compared with the A 's 
one wait state. The enhanced chip set 


won t work with A 2000s. 

Buy a 2000 if you are likely to 
expand your system. Commodore has 
stated an intention to provide 
upgrades for the B2000 so that 
whatever hard ware comes out for the 
Amiga, and whatever it docs in terms 
of new A mi gas in future years, j $2000 
owners will he able to upgrade by 
slotting in a card, 

Hard drives for the 2000 can run 
faster and are cheaper. Ram 
expansion beyond 1 meg is easier. A 
video slot allows special peripherals 
like programmable gen Jocks and 
flicker Oxers to be used. 

The most important advantage is 
the ease with which you can add a 
faster processor. Commodore’s A 2620 
costs £1.400 and speeds the machine 
up around four times , Expansion on 
the A 500 is possible , but it is 
nowhere near as easy. There are are 
no internal moderns for the A 2000 
hut you might be interested in adding 
a serial card. 


Digitise and emulate 

I HAVE been using an Amiga A50f) 
for quite a while now. My dad is a 
professional programmer and has told 
me how to write in C and Basic, the 
latter not being of any use for 
programming, I own Photon Paint 
and I am producing quite good 
pictures. 

I am starting on my first game and 
need a video digitiser. I cannot afford 
one so 1 was wondering if it is 
possible to hire one for a fortnight or 
so. 

Is there any way I can obtain 
compatibility with an IBM PC? All I 
need to run is WordPerfect 5.0 and 
Procomm, If this is not possible, is 

Write to: The Editor, Arnica 
Computing, 78-84 On gar Road, 
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there a viewdata/split baud rate/ 

M icroLi n k-co m patib Je termina 1 
emulator, 

Nicholas toman. 

Brighton^ East Sussex. 

We are sure Mr Case well would have 
something to say on your views of 
Basic and C. While it is easy to hire a 
video camera from a local television 
shop, we don 7 know of anyone who 
rents out digitisers. 

Try your local Independent 
Commodore Fro ducts Users Group 
( fCPUG), someone there might be able 
to help. Biggin Hill is the nearest 
brunch, call John B takers taff on 
01-651 5436 after 8,30pm for details. 

If you do hire a camera make sure if 
has the right outputs, normally 
composite mono. 

Commodore has The Transformer 
which offers a degree of PC 
compatibility hut WordPerfect 5. 0 is a 
big program, it may not fit in a 1 meg 
Amiga with the Transformer and even 
if it does it is hound to be 
disgustingly slow . 

A better solution would be to buy a 
proper copy cf WordPerfect 4. 1 for 
the Amiga and a copy of Dos to Dos 
to read IBM discs. The Ruby com ms 
software does all you want, contact 
Y2 on 0923 50161. 


Infected 

IF by some unfortunate circumstances 
I get the dreaded Byte Bandit virus, 
how would I get rid of it? Your 
answer to this question may be to use 
a virus killer, but if the Byte Bandit 
virus affects all discs pul in the 
infernal disc drive, wouldn't it infect 
the virus killer disc? 

As 1 use the Scribble! word 
processor I would like to know how 
to print in colour. The printer 1 have 
is the Star LClO colour. 

R. Fernandes, 
Thornton Heath, Surrey, 

Even if the disc with the virus checker 
becomes infected it should still be 
able to repair itself. It is worth noting 
that viruses only become active when 
you start up the system with an 


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infected disc. 

Use VirusX, which is available from 
most public domain libraries, it can 
be run at the same time as Scribble! 
and so check every disc you use 
automatically. 

To use the LClO in colour mode 
select the JX80 driver from 
preferences. 


Colour confusion 

I HAVE an Amiga 500 with lmeg of 
memory and a second drive. I want to 
buy a colour printer, but I would like 
a good one. I am willing to spend up 
to £500. 

I heard about a colour printer at 
£120, the Okimate 20. What I would 
like to know is how good is it and 
could I get a lot better for under £500. 

Richard Roberts, 
London. 

Unless you are prepared to spend 
thousands of pounds the output from 
colour printers is disappointing. 
Ribbon type printers, which are the 
cheapest to run, give the poorest 
quality. The Oki gives goods quality 
and is cheap hut it is very slow and 
expensive to run. 

Ink jet printers offer the best of 
both worlds but fall outside your 
budget , For more details we reviewed 
the Okimate 20 and the Star LC-W 
colour printers in the July 1988 issue , 
and the Citizen HQP-40 in January'. 
Back issues are available for £2.10. 
contact the mail order department on 
051-357 2981, 


Poke problems 

I'M going crazy. I have been trying 
for days now to use the cheat pokes 
you so kindly publish for those of us 
who would like to see what the 
screens on many of the games kink 
like, the screens which are beyond 
some of our playing capabilities and 
skills. 

But I cannot get to grips with my 
machine. Do 1 need some kind of 
magical hardware device to enter 
these pokes or can you enter them 
using the Workbench 1.2? If so, 
please explain in detail or write to me 
in person because I'm itching to use 
them - 1 have so many lying around* 
Peter Jackson, 
Tyne and Wear. 

You need to type the program into 
Basic from the Extras disc which 
came with the machine. Save the 
program, check it very carefully and 
then run it. If you have problems see 



if you can find someone who knows 
Basic and get them to help. 


Under control 

I HAVE built a small robot and 
control circuit at home and want to 
connect it to my Amiga 500. All I 
need are five output lines* three input 
lines, a ground line and a +5 volts 
line, I would like to know how to 
connect it and how to control it. 
Would I use the expansion socket? AH 
information gratefully received. 

Alexander Kerr, 
Downturn Wiltshire. 

The parallel port provides ail the 
signals you need but the poor little 
power supply can't cope t so use a 
battery for power You'll still have 
control if you use a common ground. 
The parallel port has a programmable 
CIA. 

Your best bet is to buy a copy of 
the Com modore/ Addison Wesley 
Hardware Reference manual £22 9 5 
from 18 Bit Software (07Q6 43519). 
Ignore comments about waiting for an 
updated version. It is still being 
proofread, so is some months away , 
Even then wheels at Addison Wesley 
UR grind so slowly it will take ages 
to make the trans- Atlantic hop , 

Listen up 

1 WAS wondering if there are any 
non-Midi music packages, in which 
you enter the music in stave form, 
and the sound comes straight out of 
the monitor/ speaker itself without the 
need for extra hardware? 1 am 
looking for a reasonably sophisticated 
one, 

Ben Jacobs, 
London. 

Try Sonix from HB Marketing 0895 
444433 

Spree hen too soon? 

REFERENCE the article written in 
March’s Amiga Computing by Max 
Tennant - Sprechen Sie Amiga - just 
who the hell docs he think he is? Am 
T right in saying the Amiga 
developers’ conference was held over 
a couple of days? If so, how can he 
fully appreciate what a country has to 
offer from the inside of a hotel 


conference room? 

1 presume none of the developers 
brought any games with them for 
Max to play so he got the hump, 
resorting to slagging off the country. 

After all he can't lay into the 
conference members, they wouldn't 
let him back in again would they? 
Then where would he go for a nice 
little break? 

T spent nine and a half years in 
Germany - no I wasn’t In the Forces - 
and 1 can therefore categorically 
repudiate his allegation that it is the 
second most boring country in 
Europe. Belgium isn’t that bad either. 

If he’d spent more than a few days 
in the place he would have found that 
out for himself. I trust he has been to 
all the other countries in Europe to 
help qualify his opening paragraph, 

1 should think Spain rates highly 
with him as it will remind him of the 
excitement and fun he has all the time 
at home, he’s not loo old For Glub 
IB-30 is he? 

Max's article was severely affected 
by his boredom as well. After you 
remove the opening waffle, the CV'b 
of assorted Commodore people, the 
press handout from Commodore 
Engineering you're not left with much 
really. Perhaps it would have been 
better to have Jez San do the report 
and let Max lake the photos, Eve 
heard there is nothing belter than an 
F-stop or two to relieve one of 
boredom. 

On a more personal note, I offer my 
apologies to you Max if 1 have 
offended you but like you (1 hope) I 
believe in the right to reply* I think 1 
am replying for those readers (mainly 
from Germany and Belgium) who do 
not share your views. Anyway, 
hopefully others will write in on this 
subject and we can get away from the 
tedious ST v Amiga debate, Now that 
is boring. 

Right then, I shall step off my 
soapbox and crawl back under my 
stone and lecve you with the 
following bastardised title from Elvis 
Costello - Max mentioned one of his 
songs elsewhere in the same issue - 
that would seem rather apt for Mr 
Max Tennant: I Don't Wanna Go To 
Frankfurt! 

PS: It's spelt Lederhosen, A rough 
translation of your spelling is 
’ unfortunately trousers”. You weren't 
that far off the mark. 

PPS: It’s called Leberwursh at least 
you know a Porsche though. 

Colin Robertson* 
Nr Spalding, Lines. 

MT replies: Eve been to Germany 
three times * and if I don t go back I 
won't be sorry. I have to admit that 1 

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■LETTERS 


wrote the linei 'The most boring 
place in Europe" hoping for a letter 
like yours. Thank you, you've made 
mv Thursday, (I think he should also 
admit he stole it from a car magazine 
— no wonder he got the Porsche 
right - Ed). 


Getting bigger 

FIRSTLY* what is a hard drive? and 
what do the terms p re formatted, with 
controller and hard card mean, and 
what are the average prices? 

Secondly, how can I upgrade my 
AS 00 to 2 meg, where do I go and 
how much will it cost? 

Thirdly; I know you have published 
one of my letters but please, please, 
please with a big fat cherry on the top 
could you print this one. Thanks 
chuck, 

Calvin Darren Ward, 
Redcar, Cleveland. 

Firstly , a hard drive is a disc drive 
where the disc cannot be removed. It 
is scaled in a vacuum and spins very 
much faster than a floppy disc. This 
means it can store a lot of data, 
typically 10 to 100 times more than a 
floppv. You need a controller to 
connect a computer to a hard drive. 
These are sometimes sold separately, 
a set-up which best suits Amiga 2000 
owners who will plug the controller 
card into a slot inside the machine 
and scout around for a good deal on 
the drive . 

Getting all the bits to work can then 
be very difficult. One of the jobs you 
need to do is format the drive , in the 
same way as you would for a floppy. 
Preformatting saves time. A hard card 
combines a controller and a drive on 
a card which can then be plugged 
into an A 2000 slot. Drives range from 
£499 to £1.000 plus 

Secondly , Amiga Centre Scotland 
(031-557 4242) has a 2 meg expansion 
which will take your machine to 2.5 
meg. This will set you back £575 
Thirdly: no 


Stale discs 

CAN you enlighten me as to what a 
Diskdoctor is, and what it does, and 
what does “Disc not validating' 1 , 
mean, as 1 can find no reference to 
these things in my manual? 

K Murray, 
Luton, Beds, 

Disk doctor is a program which 
resurrects dead discs. It checks a 
bitmap which shows which areas of 
the disc are used and which are free 
for writing to by running a program 



called Disk-validator in the L 
directory. If this is missing or not 
properly assigned you will get a disc 
not validating error. 


Map reading 

t JUST cannot seem to get the 
required SetMap, hard as 1 try. The 
problem is that some keys do not 
show the symbol or character printed 
on them - when 1 press the @ key I 
get " instead and when I press the £ I 
get #. I've tried to change the SetMap 
but I just cannot get anywhere. Can 
you help? 

K Banks, 
Frustrated of N16 

The line System/ setmap gb in your 
startup sequence should fix the 
problem , 


All aboard the Skylark 

AS I do not have access to a 
telephone on board ship it would be 
very much appreciated if you could 
tell me how I can get in touch with 
Microtext by letter. 

As the owner of an Amiga 2000 as 
well as an occasional reader of Amiga 
Computing (very few newsagents 
where I am) I am looking to expand 
my system by buying an Amiga 
teletext adaptor, 

C W Pollard, 
Osin, Norway, 

No proh, Micro text is at Dept AG. 7 
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9PW. Mention us when you get in 
touch. 


Dealer problems 

WE are sick lo death of our customers 
coming to us and saying some or all 
of the following; 

Why will this Amiga game not 
work on my Amiga 2000? This 
program will not let me make a user 
only back up for my disc. W r hv does 
the computer fail to tell me I hat the 
disc is write protected when 1 know it 
is, and the reason is that 1 don't want 
to foul up my master (un-copiuble) 
disc? Why can't you get a particular 
game when it s been advertised and 
reviewed for months? 

Surely it is up to the producers of 
the product to clearly mark on the 


packaging exactly which models of 
the Amiga the program will work on. 

We accept that piracy is a huge 
problem, despite what some people 
say, and we are sure that we lose 
money ourselves that way. However, 
we still believe that if you have paid 
for an item of software you are 
entitled to make a security backup of 
it. 

At least Precision Software has the 
decency to provide a dongle with 
SuperBase. letting the legal user make 
the much needed and required 
backup. 

1 must admit that at times I do get a 
bit peeved oil at the fact that 1 have to 
search out a manual for a program 
just to enter a password from it, but 
then again 1 know that this is a good, 
but not failsafe, way of preventing 
piracy [ever heard of photo-copiers?) 

D I Robertson, 
Tooting, London - 

The idea that users have a right to 
make back-ups is a fallacy. It is the 
case in the US t but not here. By 
copying a protected disc , even for 
your own use . you are breaking the 
law. The Amiga Computing preferred 
method of protection is man ual style, 
because you can only have one 
dongle in at once, a real restriction on 
a multi-tasking machine. 

Soft ware companies which produce 
programs incompatible with some 
machines are just plain daft. 
Commodore allows registered 
de v elopers to visit and try out the 
programs they are developing on a 
range of machines. Wit/i the advent of 
Workbench 1.4 this will be very r 
important. 


Wider view 

t REALLY enjoyed Phil South’s 
review of Zaetrope in your April 
issue. 1 have also heard that the 
American artist fames Sachs has used 
the program to produce some 
television advertisements for the 
Mattel toy company so I’m really keen 
to get my hands on a copy. 

But there is a little prob. I need a 
version which supports a frill PAL 
256 line display. 1 understand that a 
program like Zaetrope eats chip ram 
the way Ben Elton sells books, but am 
prepared to get the Enhanced Chip 
Set if necessary. 

Do you know anyone who could 
customise the program to work on a 
PAL screen? 

Steve Williams, 
Twickenham. 

Panic not , we called ISM (0983 
864674} and they say they have had 
the program adapted and it now 
supports PAL properly. 


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ARB Computers 106 

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Byte Bad,., 55 

Bytes k Pieces ......96 

Calco Software,.,,.. 105 

Cascade 89 

Castle Software 98 

Cavendish Distribution 91 

Oik , 76 

Club 68000 44.45 

Commodore Computer 

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Computerstore „„ ....31 

Cottage Software 56 

Database Educational 

Software 104 

Databrain 90 

Dataplex 39 

Date! Electronics .12,13 

Diamond Computer 

Systems 53 

Digicom,...,, .....75 

Digita 75 

Digivision, 89 

Dr Soft 90 

Electronic Arts 6 

Equinox Business 

Systems,. 22 

Evesham Micros 50 


First Micro 57 

Gordon Harwood 

Computers 20,21 

Gremlin Graphics ,.73 

HB Marketing,, 30 

Home Based Business 106 

Humgold Computers 106 

Lan Computer Systems 58 

Logotron. 65 

Mandarin Software 85 

Maze Technology 92 

MD Office Supplies ,84 

Media Gold 49 

MJC Supplies ..,28 

Oasis Services 101 

Overseas Media. 92 

Palace Software 69 

Postronix, 2,3 

Power Computing, 25,27,29,31 

Purple PD Software. 49 

Seventeen Bit Software 27 

Shield Computer Services, 106 

Silica Shop 107 

SK Marketing 95 

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Softville PD Service 80 

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.Records two tracks Simultaneously 
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.Easy to use software editor w ith many 
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ASDG (UK) 

Announce ProScanLab 
for the Amiga 2000. 

I ProScanLab allows full control of the 
Sharp Colour Scanners, giving full 24Bil 
colour input and output to the Amiga for 
Desktop Publishing and graphic editing. 
The full colour graphic output is 
compatible with all postscript printers. 

And can be output as a file fur printing by 
your local DI P bureau or direct to your 
own Linotronic device, ProScan I ,ab allows 
I editing of the input so you can pick just a 
small area of your Image for output. If 
used in conjunction with Gold Disks Pro 
Page program this allows you full Colour 
DTP with 16.7 million Colours output, 
ProScanLab Hoard & Software £900 
ProScanLab & Sharp A3 Scanner £7500. 
ProScanLab & Sharp A4 Scanner £3000. 

All prices include VAT. 

Forturther details on this and all ASDG 
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