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Batman is among ihc stars who use 
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You have complete control of a digital 
synthesiser, called an Amiga, John 
Kennedy shows you how to make it 
whistle, sing and burp. 


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Schools do not have the right altitude 
to teaching with computers but now 
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MUSIC 



DRT’S COPYIST 
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ELECTRONIC ARTS" 




AMIGA SCENE 



Infocom goes west 
for Mediagenic 


G O West. That was the 
command Mediagenic, 
formerly Activison, gave to 
Infocom, the world's 
number one adventure soft- 
ware house. So Infocom 
moved to the American West 
Coast. 

Only a few of the staff 
made the journey - none of 
the game designers or devel- 
opers. Some will be working 
on independent projects for 
Mediagenic. In essence all 
that will survive is the name. 

Tnfocom has had a pretty 
rough time since Corner- 


Stone, its venture into PC 
business software, failed, 
costing the company a lot of 
money, Despite turning out 
some dazzling text adven- 
tures it was forced to sell out. 

A truly creative company 
often fails In fit in with larger 
corporate structures and, 
although you wouldn't think 
so from recent releases, some 
of the major talent left. 

Authors like Steve 
Merelzky, Dave Lebling and 
Stu Galley will he following 
adventures of their own from 
now on, 


W ORDPERFECT Cnrp 
was welcomed to the 
Amiga by those users who 
thought that having the best 
selling N1M business soft- 
ware on the Amiga would 
get the computer into busi- 
nesses. 

We were naive, three 
magic letters were much 
more important than clever 
disc drives, multi-tasking or 
memory configurations 
which were not stupid, 

As a result PC WordPerfect 
sold thousands of copies and 
Amiga WordPerfect didn’t. 
When IBM users got 
WordPerfect 4,2 we still had 
to settle for 4.1, placated by 
the news that when version 
5,0 came out we would leap- 
frog the 4.2 stage. 

But this didn't happen. 
WordPerfect claimed that 6.0 
was much better suited to the 
Amiga and that would be the 
next release. 

Finally the news broke. 
WordPerfect Gorp in Utah 
had closed down the Amiga 
section. The programmers 


Making your 
mind up 

who loved the Amiga were 
moved to work on Apple 
Macs and others sent to work 
under OS/2. Only a couple of 
people were left to look after 
version 4.1 and sort out some 
lingering hugs. 

We could blame the Ger- 
mans; looking at the huge 
market WordPerfect trans- 
lated its program into 
German, but it failed to sell. 

We could blame WordPer- 
fect; the version of Library 
was not what the Amiga 
market wanted and the word 
processor suffered from a 
high price, Either way 
screams from happy Amiga 
WordPerfect users provoked 
some response, and people 
moved hack to the Amiga 
division. 

We won't see 6,0, nor 5.0 
but improvements to 4.1, 
gentle, steady refinements 
for one of the most important 
programs on the Amiga. 



W EATHER satellite pic- 
tures arc now available 
for Amiga owners with the 
latest Micrulext Teletext 
Adaptor and an ordinary TV 
aerial. 

The pictures, which 
originate from sources such 
as MeteoSat, are transmitted 
on Ceefax but can only be 
received by a computer with 
a teletext adaptor and the 
relevant software. 

New pictures are sent 
regularly and are presented 
as an index on the Amiga's 


Amiga’s 

Meteostat 

connection 


screen. They can be 
downloaded by pointing and 
clicking the mouse. The pic- 
ture is saved as a compact 
data file and the Microtext 
software can then be used to 
select them for display. 

Microtext Teletext Adap- 
tor costs £143-52, 


O XXI will be distributing 
a Novell Network porl 
for the Amiga, Scott Martin, 
the developer, describes the 
installation as pretty much 
plug in and go. This is a 
healthy addition to the 
Amiga capabilities. Coupled 
with Ameristar’s Ethernet 
capability - in marketing not 
networking terms - these 
two facilities will go a long 
way towards making the 
Amiga appear more serious 
to people at larger com- 
panies. 

This is an important devel- 
opment for the Amiga, since 


Missing link 
no longer 

Novell is the high volume 
network tool for IBM 
owners. But it is not a peer to 
peer nelwork, which is 
something that has more 
mass appeal for the Amiga. 

This will come with some 
Decnet software, two ver- 
sions of which are being 
written, one by Bob Tully of 
Syndesis in America and 
another by Paul Ockendcn of 
VFM Software in Brighton. 


Get weaving 

D ON Harding, a lecturer 
at Norfolk College of 
Arts and Technology (0553 
761144), has produced a 
report on how to use the 
Amiga 500 and Delux Painl 
II to design furnishing 
fabrics. 

Its useful information can 
also be adapted for the easier 
design of fashion fabric. 


Six hard discs to be won 

Id em I Hardware and .lui/vn Computing are working un an 
amazing i omprliliou which will tiffin- even reader a 
i ha lice tu win one of sis System 2lllHl hard drives for the 
Amiga 5 (JO, This lie all ti III 1 1 y designed peripheral 
aiitobonls vvil limit having to upgrade your Amiga. The 
high-speed 40 meg drive would normally cosl £573.65 
and is a really good bm at thill price. Rul you < an kil your 
Amiga oil I with imi: lor absolutely nothing it l till win. Full 
dcla i Is will be published in nuxl month's issue id Imi'-a 
f^onifutfinu- Don't miss it. 


it for it 

L ATEST estimates are that 
the new' Amiga 2500 
could be available in the next 
two 1o three months. 

It will be a straight 
upgrade from the existing 
A2000 including a 14MHz 
66020 CPU upgradeable to 
25MHz With 60651 or 6RRH2 
Math co-processor and up to 
4Mb of 32 hit ram. 




July 1939 AMIGA COMPUTING 7 








V OLTMACE [0462 
894410) has completed a 
deal to produce a new yoke- 
style joystick for the Amiga. 
The Hertfordshire firm 
bought the design of this 
proportional flight simulator 
joystick from its developer, 
Incontrol of Cambridge. It 
will sell it under the name 
Delta base A. 

“The new acquisition is set 
to become the flagship anrl 
revitalisation of Volt mace's 
ageing joystick range 11 , said 
a spokesman. 

The Deltahese A is an 
analogue joystick specially 
designed to resemble the 


Now go fly 
that table 

flight control joystick of an 
aircraft with twin handgrips 
which rock from side to side 
for aileron movement and 
move backwards and for- 
wards for climb or descent. It 
clamps on to the edge of a 
desk or table and is plugged 
into port two of the Amiga, 
Primarily designed for 
Flight Sim II version 1.1 nr 
later, the joystick is activated 
by pressing the j key, It costs 
£2f).R5, 


A MIGA owners will have 
a treat in store later this 
year when an ambitious new 
computer show is launched- 
It's The Computer 
Shopper Show, to be held in 
the Great Hall at Alexandra 
Palace from November 24 to 
26. Sponsored by Computer 
Shopper magazine and 
organised by Database Exhi- 
bitions, it will hit a huge 
markel by combining four 
traditional shows from the 
festive season into one event, 
The Computer Shopper 


Four shows 
in one 

Show replaces the Commo- 
dore Christmas Show, the 
Atari Christmas Show, the 
Amstrad Computer Shnw r 
and the Electron & BRC 
Micro User Show', It will 
combine all the new 1 
products, special features 
and bargains from these 
events into what is being 
billed as “the world's largest 
computer shopping spree". 


T HE Amiga 500 is turning 
in good results in the 
High Street. Major chain 
store group Laskys has 
decided to put the machine 
into 32 of its stores, and after 
the major advertising and 
marketing boost of last 
Christmas lohn Lewis group 
is also to put the Amiga in 20 
of its nutlets. 

The Adders chain store 
has increased its take-up on 
Commodore products t banks 
to the success of the Amiga 


Chains like 
the 500 

500 in its stores last Christ- 
mas and the machine will be 
going into world-famous toy 
shop Hamleys on London's 
Regent Street. 

Catalogue companies 
Gratten, Argus and Lit- 
tle wmods have also decided 
lo stock Commodore 
products. 


IMING to make its US 
business size up to the 
success it has had overseas. 
Commodore International 
has appointed a former 
Apple Computer man, 42- 
year-old Harold Copper man. 
as president and chief 
operating officer for its 
American operations. 

“Our overseas operations 
have experienced Strong 
growth in sales and prof- 
itability and the hiring of an 
individual with Harry 


Big push 
in the US 

Cnpperman's experience and 
track record is a key element 
in our plan for building a 
strong US operation", said 
chairman Irving Gould, 

• Worldwide sales of 
Amigas ha v» now topped the 
million mark, with GO per 
cent going to the European 
market. 



P ROTEXT can now speak. 

Arnor is working on a 
version of Protext, its top- 
selling word processor, 
which uses the Amiga’s abil- 
ity to talk. 

Designed as an aid for the 
blind, Amor believes this is 
the first such program for the 
Amiga, Talking Protext is 


Now listen 
to this 

still in development and 
needs some tidying up 
before it can he sold. One 
thing which cannot be 
altered is the built-in 
American accent. 


COMPANY which will 
typeset pages from any 
Amiga DTP program you 
care to mention. The Text 
Formatting Company has 
installed a Linotronic 200P/ 
model B with a full range of 
Adobe PostScript fonts. So 
next time you have 
something really important 
to print give TTFC a call. 

It is also the UK distributor 


Desktop 
hard copy 

for AmigaTeX, the typeset- 
ting language designed by 
computer genius Donald 
Knuth to give the very best 
output on any system. For 
more details call The Text 
Formatting Company on 
01-806 1944. 



M andarin Software 
[0625 878888) whose 
Amiga titles include Lom- 
bard RAC Rally, Time and 
Magik, Pioneer Plague and 
Lancelot has just completed 
a deal with giant German 
distribution house Ariola- 
soft. 

The agreement means 
Ariolasoft effectively be- 
comes Mandarin’s German 
partner and will be 
responsible for marketing all 
the UK software house's 
products through its 2,000 
strong dealer base, 
“Ariolasoft will undertake 
the advertising, promotion, 
translation and distribution, 
in fact everything, on hehalf 
of Mandarin in Germany", 
said Annie Creasey, Man- 
darin’s head of exports. 

"Mandarin already has a 
profile in Germany thanks to 
the success of both Pioneer 


Ariolasoft 
links with 
Mandarin 

Plague and Lombard RAC 
Rally, but we believe that 
this formal link-up will 
increase our presence sub- 
stantially in what is the 
number one market in 
Europe. 

“This is stage one of our 
corporate plan to ensure that 
Mandarin will be a truly 
European force by 1992”. 

Marketing director of 
Ariulasoft Willie Carmincke 
told Amiga Computing : "We 
are most impressed with 
Mandarin's products and 
look forward to a Jong and 
fruitful working relationship 
with this leading Rritish 
entertainment software 
house". 




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■AMIGA SCENES 


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A MAJOR shake-up in 
Commodore's mar- 
keting department has coin- 
cided with the shock news 
that marketing manager 
Dean Barrett has quit. Both 
sides stressed that the end of 
his two year association with 
Commodore was amicable. 

Managing director Steve 
Franklin told Amiga 
Computing he was looking 
to Till not only the plane left 
by Barrett hut also two other 
positions created by the new 
marketing structure. This 
will split the marketing 



Steve Franklin ... 
three posts to fill 


Marketing 
boss quits 

department into two 
divisions and was on the 
cards before Bar roll decided 
to go. 

"These plans have been 
forced on us by the growth of 
Commodore over recent 
years and the fundamental 
growth we expect next year. 
The marketing department is 
being divided into two 
divisions to cope with this 11 , 
he said, 

"Dean's decision to leave 
was very much an amicable 
move, I did not want him to 
go because he has done a 
fantastic job for us hut when 
someone decides on a career 
change there is nothing you 
can do. 1 wish him all the 
luck". 

Barrett has left to pursue 
what he says is a long- 
standing ambition to go into 
publishing. He has taken up 
a job as marketing manager 
for publishing bouse EMAP. 


Musical Amiga 
hits cinema screen 


L YNNE Hamilton is an 
Amiga user you may not 
have heard of but you might 
have heard her singing. Her 
single, On the inside, is the 
theme for Prisoner Cell Block 
H, the cult lizzie soap where 
the acting is only a little less 
wooden than the set. The 
tune has already topped the 
Australian charts where it 
was Number One for four 
weeks. 

* Readers who are sharp- 
eyed TV viewers may have 
noticed an Amiga 1000 


being used in the pro- 
gramme Sledgehammer to 
trace a missing girl. Perhaps 
the best performance hy an 
Amiga will be heard at the 
cinema. 

Glimpsed in a scene from 
ITV's Saturday Night at the 
Movies was an Amiga being 
used to compose the 
haunting music for the new 
Batman movie. 

The Amiga isn't going to 
do all the Batmusic itself, 
there will be a little help 
from Prince, 


W ITH desktop pub- 
lishing growing in 
importance for Amiga 
owners, there is a chance for 
them to display their new- 
found skills and w r in prizes. 

The 1989 Desktop Pub- 
lishing Awards are once 
again being organised by 
Database Exhibitions and 
Pira, the Paper and Board 
Printing and Packaging 
Industries Research Associ- 
ation. 

Winners will be 
announced at the Desktop 
Publishing Show' w'hieh runs 
from October 4 to 6 at the 
London Arena. 

Judges for the 19R9 awards 
will be executive editor of 
the Independent Michael 
Crozier, production director 
of Macmillan Publishers 
Michael Barnard and author 


Prizes for 
DTP skills 

of Design for Desktop Pub- 
lishing, John Miles of Banks 
& Miles. 

Categories are for the best 
magazine, newspaper, buok, 
technical manual, in house 
company report, brochure, 
leaflet and newsletter. 
Awards w r ill also be made 
for Desktop Journalist of the 
Year. Desktop Editor of the 
Year, Desktop Designer of 
the Year and the most 
original use of desktop pub- 
lishing. 

Further details and entry 
forms are available from 
Elizabeth Strutt, Pira, 
Randalls Road, Leatherhead, 
Surrev KT22 7RU, Teh 0372 
376161. 


A NEW animation, edit- 
ing and special effects 
product which has scored a 
big hit in America is now 
available in the UK, 
ANIMagic is designed for 
the Amiga by Aegis of Santa 
Monica, California, whose 
UK agent for the product is 
HH Marketing ((JB35 
444433). 

It works with VideoScape 
3D, Deluxe Paint III and most 
popular paint and animation 
programs to produce 
impressive special effects. 

Digital video effects 
produced by ANIMagic 


Magic touch 
of animation 

include spins, page turns, 
Venetian blinds, c.onfettis, 
strobes and unusual colour 
and titling effects. 

These animations can be 
edited, enhanced or spliced 
together and the package is 
intended for presentation use 
in business, video produc- 
tion, education, trade shows 
and other applications 
which demand special anim- 
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ANIMagic costs £63.95, 


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Extra Utilities 


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30 MBYTE HARD DISK £ 449.00 

40 MBYTE HARD DISK £ 549.00 

60 MBYTE HARD DISK £ 649.00 

(state model , supplied with software) 


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- Low cost, enabling you to merge computer graphics 
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- Hardware and software £1 

- Place hardware between external 
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- Protects internal and external drives 

- Always present after warm reboot 

- Gives alarm signal if a virus is found 

Protects against 16 Viruses 


RAM EXPANSIONS 

A500 51 2K 

- Upgrade to 1 mbyte , fitted in seconds 

- With dock, battery operated to 
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A500 1,8MByte 

- Board to add 1,8 Mb internal memory 

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A5Q0/A1 000 2MByte 

-2 Mb ram expansion A500/A 1 000 

- simply plugs into expansion port 

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- 8 Mb board, 2Mb Ram 


AMIGA DISK DRIVES 


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5.25" EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE 
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Digiview Gold Video Digitiser 
A1000 Kickstart 1.3 + Clock 

Eprom Programmer 
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jj Mousepads (top quality) 

£4.99 

p Diskbox 3.5" (80) with lock 

£7.99 

£ Diskbox 5.25" (100) with lock 

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Navy Moves 

Operation Wolf 


SwmJ of Sodan 
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Pete James (left) and a bespectacled Antony Tagiiom have been 
burning the candle at hath ends to complete Bloodwych 


W ITHIN the beautiful 
Land of Bloodwych, 
somewhere north of 
Imageworks, lies a large, 
rambling castle with a lab- 
yrinth of dangerous tunnels. 
Dangerous because it con- 
tains strange beings, some 
friendly, some extremely 
hostile, 

As is usual in these places, 
there are magic crystals - 
four in this instance. Two 
can be used to banish evil 
from the land, the other two 
will ensure it reigns forever. 
You control the destiny of 
the land, although this is not 
a burden you have to shoul- 
der alone, 

Bloodwych is best played 
by two people who roam the 
3D tunnels independently, 
either teaming up with a 
common aim or as adver- 


saries. The human players 
are helped by a party of 
computer- genera ted charac- 
ters, a bit like Dungeon 
Master but with more shoot- 
ing and less messing. As you 
can see from the screenshot, 
Bloodwych is a real ‘doozy 
in the graphics stakes. 

The project sees the 
signing of Antony Taglione 
and Pete James to the 
I mage works label, which is 
rapidly becoming the pres- 
tige 16 bit label, 

Antony and Pete formed 
Starlight Software, famed for 
Red LED and other chart- 
topping R hit games, hut for 
their 16 bit debut they 
wheeled out something 
really special and so looked 
to Mirrorsoft to ensure the 
success that the game 
deserves. 


Back in the dungeon 




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Operation Wolf 
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Screen 7 steels itself for action 




Steiger, Ju'f and run action for shnof'em-llp freaks 


D EATH or glory shoot- 
'em -ups are popular 
all year round, the long hot 
days this time of year doing 
little to stem the game- 
player's thirst for blood. 
Screen 7's vegetable in the 
pot this summer is Steigar, 
which, it says here, is "kind 
of arcade quality’*. 

Steigar, the hero of the 
game, is an ex-mcrcenary 
Ramboesquc character who 
has been trained by the US 
Navy as a hit-and-run heli- 
copter pilot, Only the senior 
command know that he is no 
ordinary recruit. 

It may be a terrorist 
training camp that needs 
wiping out, or it may be a 
military dictatorship that 
needs persuading otherwise. 
When the odds seem impos- 
sible. Steigar is let loose, 
dealing death and de- 
struction. 

Screen 7’s follow-up to 
Steigar will be High Steel, 
for which a head for heights 


looks to be a must. There you 
are balancing precariously 
on a narrow steel girder 
trying to build a skyscraper 
when all these spitters, 
crawlers and mctal- 
munching gremlins start 
chasing you. 

The sixth floor is 


complete. The huge crane 
delivers the next girder as a 
brick smashes into your hard 
hat. Things might not be so 
bad if you could just find 
your sandwiches ... 

Steigar is out now at 
£19.99, High Steel very soon 
at the same price. 


12 









All the latest news on 
the games software scene 


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The Sales Curve goes wa Ikies 


unduly worried by the 
ultimatum. “Wd were just 
about to recruit two new pro- 
gramming teams”, flan 
smiles, "which would have 
meant leasing a much larger 
suite anyway”. 

The Random Access team 
is currently six strong, 
Ronald Pieket Weeserik 
(centre, yellow shirt] is the 
Amiga expert. He has just 
finished programming 
Silkworm for Virgin Games 
and is now immersing 
himself in Ninja Warriors. In 
his spare time Ronald likes 
to mess with music and has 
written a six channel player 
for the Amiga. 

The score for the first level 
of Ninja Warriors has 
already been transcribed 
from the arcade machine. 
Ronald put his player into 
action and the Sales Curve 
office came to a standstill 
while he treated us to a four- 
and-a-half minute aural 
massage. 

Even project manager 
Simon Pick (hack mw, left), 
whose job it Is to crack 
whips (walnut) and make the 
tea, stops work and freaks 
out when Ronald struts his 
stuff. 

Technical boffin Matthew 
Spall (centre row, left) has 
built a special cabinet which 
lets the three screen coin-op 
game run on three Philips 
monitors. Graphics artist 
Ned Langman (back row, 
middle) has ported and 
shrunk all the graphics and 
is in the early stages of 
touching them up for the 
Amiga. 

With programming oneup* 
tnanship rife, especially 
between Ronald, ST wizard 
John Croudy (back row, 
right] and 16 bit all-rounder 
Alan Jardine (centre row, 
right), everything looks set 
for a big Christmas release. 
Left out of the 16 bit action 
but still in the Ninja Warriors 
picture (front row, right] is 
C64 programmer Warren 
Mills. 



REVIEWED 


THIS MONTH 


Percentage scores attained 
by each game. 

96 Silkworm 
94 Archipelagos 
93 Ream 

13 Live and Let Die 
58 Biittlehawks 1942 
88 Goldruimer II 
67 Freedom 
83 Bio Challenge 
81 Steve Davis World 
Snooker 

75 Hollywood Poker Pro 
73 Raider 
71 Tank Attack 
57 Artura 
64 Fright Night 
64 Grand Monster Slam 
63 Last Duel 
63 Mayday Squad 
62 Advanced Ski Simulator 
62 Jug 
52 Airball 
19 Pac-Land 

33 Realm of the Trolls 

34 The Real Ghost busters 


MAX HACKS 


i Backlash 
I Chuckle Egg H 
I Cosmic Pirate 
l Dark Castle 
I Falcon 
I Gauntlet II 
) Gold runner 
) Joan of Arc 
| Lombard RAC Rally 
| Pac-Land 
I Revenge of Doh 


The Sales Curve and Random Access 


B ehind the quiei 

facade of a South 
London office complex inter- 
nal wranglings are stirring 
up a nest of aliens. The bone 
of contention is a dog called 
Ben, friend and full lime 
companion to Jane Cavan- 
agh, boss of international 
software sales and marketing 
i company. The Sales Curve, 


SNOOKER games seem to 
be popular, with Firebird's 
3D Pool imminent from Nic 
"Orlando” Pelling and a 
new game due out for 
Christmas from Archer 
”!K + ” Mclean which 
shows several views at 
once as opposed to Nig’s 


player’s-eye view. 

You’ll also he able 
to experience some of 
Archer’s handiwork in the 
help he has given to his 
mate Ed Hickman with the 
Amiga conversion of 
Micrnslyle's RVF Honda 
motorbike racing game. 


Jane rescued Ben a short 
time ago from a dogs’ home 
and since then he has hardly 
left her side. But the 
workforce, which includes 
all members of top develop- 
ment house Random Access, 
has been told either the dog 
goes or they will have to find 
other premises. 

“It's criminal," says devel- 
opment manager Dan 
Marchant, seen here posing 
behind Ben, "He's such a 
quiet dog. He just lies 
around on the office floor all 
day. He doesn’t even get in 
our way, let alone anybody 
else in the building. We've 
only ever heard him bark 
once". 

The Sales Curve and 
Random Access are not 


July 1969 AMIGA COMFU71NG 13 











I ENERAL Montgomery standi 
aside. What with digitised 
noises and animated tanks, they'll he 
sending me a draft card next It's a 
board game. No it's not, iE's a com- 
puter simulation. Well, if 5 a bit of 
both really. 

The box contains a board - handy 
to keep track of the game - a disc. 48 
playing pieces, a manual and a key 
sheet. Four superpowers are at war; 
two, three or four players can run a 


tank corps each and do the predic- 
table ivargaming take-the-enemy-HQ 
thing. 

Alliances made, it's to war. Infor- 
mation is found in an onscreen news- 
paper, the War News, which appears 
before a move and reports the days 
fighting. Weather forecasts are to be 
found here, Eon. 

There are two kinds of armoured 
car and three types of tanks, giving a 
firepower variance of phutt to boom, 



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TANK ATTAC 

Clank clank clank wheeeee bang 


which Adds to the realism of a 
sometimes confusing game. Jumping 
from screen to board and back is 
annoying - a screen which showed 
(he map would have been nice. 

Anyway, on to the reason we're all 
herei The payoff. There is no point in 
playing any military simulation if 
there isn't a kilt at the end. The kill in 
Tank Attack is the gratification that 
your strategy and planning has 
worked. In a refreshing change from 
'“Take the pieces off the board" or 
“You have been defeated", Tank 
Attack rails up its sleeves and puts 
you right in there. 

The central window of the display 
becomes a pair of binoculars, and 
you can view the action as it takes 
place. A tank rumbles into view and 
fires a salvo at an enemy lank. It's 
here that the Amiga does some work. 
The range, conditions and type of 
tank or armoured car are worked out, 
along with the trajectory and the 
probability of a miss, hit or wipe out. 

The ominous rumble and clank of 
the tank and the explosion as the 
shell bursts are generations on from 
the pathetic pops and bangs 
wargamers on other computers are 
used to. With the Amiga connected to 


Better then shelling pens 

the hi-fi and the volume turned up a 
twidge, my next door neighbour and 
her cat surrendered. 

The screen has info about which 
country is playing plus the status of 
its units and battlefield data. It is pos- 
sible to repair damaged vehicles and 
even rebuild destroyed ones. 

The centra! section of the screen 
alternates between the bins for 
watching tanks shoot it out and a 
teleprinter which tells you how much 




Sound 


Graphics 


Game play 


Value 


Overall — B7% 


O NCE again French pro- 
grammers have come up with 
something original, a game set in a 
flourishing slave colony in the Ifllh 
century - a plot which belies the 
Inlay card picture of a negro breaking 
his chains while wearing a very 28th 
century pair of jeans. Revolt is in the 
air, and you are revolting So are the 
jeans, but that's another kettle of 
chromosomes ... 

Before you get started there is a 
blast from the past to deal with - a 


colour chart, one of the oldest and 
most effective anti-piracy devices for 
unprotected discs (a la jSW, circa 
1983), 

You use the mouse to select the 
colours of two given squares from 
3,684 possibilities. Make a mistake 
and the computer re-boots. The 
colours are displayed on screen in 
words, so there are no problems for 
those editors of Amiga magazines 
who happen to he colour blind. 

There are three levels of difficulty. 
You can be defiant, rebellious or 
fanatical, with varying degrees of 
skill at look-cracking, fire-starling 
and thing -climbing. You can even 
make the game easier by weakening 
your opponents - two masters, three 
managers, three stewards, three fore- 
men. a Catholic priest, a Jesuit priest 
and an animal doctor. 

Once the opposition is suitably 
fixed, you spend your time rushing 
around talking to the four slave lead- 
ers. persuading ail 204 slaves to join 


Drumming up support 


the revolt, getting rid of guard dogs, 
bending the ears of the witchdoctor 
and the medicine man. foiling the 
priests 1 plans to stop you, starting 
fires, breaking into buildings, finally 
reaching the road to freedom by kill- 
ing one of the masters or burning 
down buildings and crops, 
ff the local militia is aroused, either 


The sla ves are revolting 



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damage or destruction was wreaked. 

The lower part of the screen is the 
command panel, with highly original 
and conversely cute animated icons 
For unit movement, attacking the 
enemy HQ and battlefield opt ion s. 
Cliding an icon of your leader 
passes control of the game on to the 
next player. 

After the War News at (he start of a 
more you give orders for movement, 
after which you can fire on any unils 



which are close enough. If you attack 
the enemy HQ, it goes up with a very 
satisfying bang. 

Because the computer lakes nu part 
in the actual game, acting rather as a 
surrogate ga me hoard and calculator, 
some of Lhe decisions must be made 
verbally by each of the two to four 
human players. For instance, you 
must announce which of your units 
will fire before progressing into 
battle. 

The pass-on icon of your leader is 
always active, which means that if for 
strategic reasons you want to force 
another player to move, you can skip 
your turn. Nice. 

All in all. Tank Attack is a fairly 
standard strategy wargamc with a 
few nice touches. The digitised 
sound, the animation and the 
animated icons set it aside. 

Keith G. Pom fret 





by your tasks not being completed or 
the plantation bell being rung, the 
revolt fails. 

You normally see a large scale plan 
view of the compound. Pressing the 
mouse button magnifies the area you 
are in and allows you to crack locks, 
start fires, persuade slaves and so on. 

The Pathfinder option pinpoints 


enemies nearby and allows you to 
pick fights with them. You can 
review vour achievements or seek 
advice from a nearby sorcerer, Jf you 
are very, very lucky a mermaid will 
appear and make time slow down. 

Fighting is standard beat- em-up 
fare as seen many times before, 
although it is well dona with good 
animation, including moving 
backgrounds and foregrounds. 

Control is a little bit awkward if 
you're using a joystick - you need 
one hand on the stick and another to 
press the six keys which control the 
various thrusts and parries. One 
unusual variation is a fight against 
four guard dogs. 

The garish graphics are superb. 
Sound is excellent, with some realis- 
tic effects, especially dogs barking 
and a suitably African percussion 
passage whenever a new section is 
loaded From disc, Boum-dada boom- 
dada boom-dada ... 

A last air Scott 





AIRBALL 

Pump up the volume 


A couple of knights on the tiles 


I N this original twist to an ancient 
type of game you start life as a flat 
balloon on a bicycle pump which 
slowly blows you up. By guessing 
wildly you jump off before you 
explode, hopefully filled with as 
much air as possible, and then make 
your way around the Old Castle to 
find various bit and pieces. 

Once you've found them you make 
your way back to the pump and 
follow the instructions of the wizard. 
1 keep deflating or exploding before I 
find the first object, so 1 am doomed 
tn wander the castle and write 
reviews forever. 

Seriously, it's good to see ye olde 
isnmeiricke view back, even if many 
joysticks are not loo keen on diagonal 
movement. 

Some of the collision detection in 
Airball is rather approximate - 
walking into the wall next to a door 
will miraculously transport you 
through it, and you pick up gold bars 
and diamonds well before reaching 
them, even through obstacles, You 
are supposed to press the spacebar to 
pick something up, but looking at the 
object in question will suffice. 

The stationary and impeccably 
collision-detected baddies are 
numerous - metal spikes, sharp bits, 
spiky balls, pointing fingers on 
stands, staircases which you keep 
falling off,,. There are no cute little 
mechanical soldiers, no spiky balls 
which drop from the ceiling, no 
falling portcullises, but the similarity 
to Knight Lore is remarkable. 

First impressions are good: A 
demonstration showing the wicked 
witch turning you into a balloon, a 
colourful loading screen, a good 
attract mode screen which allows 
you to switch between keyboard and 
joystick control - keys are much 
easier - and a high score table with 
giant gothic lettering. 

There is excellent music which 
plays throughout, which can be 


turned up or down using the cursor 
keys. Sound effects are almost non- 
existent. An option allows you to 
move the whole screen up and down 
with the numeric keypad, and stops 
you taking the back off the television 
to find the Vertical Hold control. 

ft’s a rare old game. The graphics 
are large and colourful and sta- 
tionary. Movement and swapping 
between screens is smooth and 
quick. There is a certain novelty 
value in the bursting balloon, hut it 
soon wears off. Airba]l quickly van- 
ished into the murky depths of my 
disc box, 

Aiastair Scott 


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Overall - 52% 


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July 1969 AMIGA COMPUTING 15 











Awgsoiim;, totally iivvesome 



NE of the first things that sold 
the Amiga was its capability for 
really deep, involved games. You 
know the sort of thing - being stuck 
on level lfl alter six weeks play and 
not an earthly clue as how lo get the 
Lost Amulet of Gronk. Very few 
people realised that an Amiga could 
play a darn good game of Scramble, 
too. 

To call Silkworm a version of 
Scramble is like calling an Amiga a 
QL True, they have a few things in 
common, but one is the logical exten- 
sion of the other, 

Where Scramble had a weedy pea- 
shooter and a supply of party-popper 
bombs, Silkworm has got a vastly 
over I he lop mini-missile system 
coupled with an. equally outrageous 
bombing method. We're not la Iking a 
few wee pops and crackles here, it's 
all-out annihilation lime. 

Because Silkworm is an arcade 
conversion - a Sales Curve produc- 
tion programmed by Random Access 
for Virgin Maslcrtronic, incidental ly 
- there isn't much Df a plol, and what 
little there is is completely unnecess- 
ary, An aggressor - who shall remain 
nameless, but whose craft look not 
dissimilar to MiGs and the like - has 
decided that il is time to get 


aggressive, 

The allied forces are caughl rather 
on the hop, all they could muster was 
one helicopter and one jeep. These 
aren't standard issue craft, hut highly 
manoeuvrable experimental ones 
with firepower equal to several de- 
stroyers put together. 

The helicopter is fast and agile; 
there must be some use for the jeep, 
bul darned if 1 can find it. It's prob- 
ably the one for experts who can get 
the hang of its aiming system. 

Basically, Silkworm is a scroll 


from right to left job. That's where 
the Scramble similarity comes in. 
Waves of murderous aircraft (ly at 
you in formation and the idea is to 
mow them down before they perform 
the cul-the-grass (coup rfe grace? Ed} 
on you. 

You. have a rapid fire capability, 
which is certainly adequate, but with 
the addition of a good auto fire slick it 
becomes very adequate indeed. 

Various things shoot SAMs at you. 
These need some nifty manoeuvres lo 
avoid. Some swine even have the 


audacity to lob fragmentation bombs, 
which can cause a lot of damage lo 
the enemy if shot at the right time, 
and even more damage to you if not 
shot at all. 

A counter keeps track Df how many 
things you've done away with. When 
■hat reaches zero a large "Goose" 
helicopter forms which will give a 
tasty bonus if shot. This usually takes 
Lhe form of a double ft re rale which 
goes from the merely blistering to the 
quite frankly ridiculous. 

As you pick up more things, you 



HE Golden Tribe of bacula have 


JL overrun lhe twin planet Mu and 
taken captive Uie beautiful Princess 
Sheelazzzzzzzz... Just who is the frus- 
trated sd-fi fantasy writer who thinks 
up this crap? I could do belter myself, 
(n fact I think I wilt. 

The 40ft high Flavians of Flatu- 
lence have kidnapped the sister of the 
High Lord Tehbo of the planet |ob- 
creationscheme. Only you can save 
the universe by getting on your hike 
and destroying everything in sight. 

This will convince the Flavians 
that you are indeed a force lo he reck- 
oned with, and they will apologise, 
return your sister and probably offer 
to repaint your house as well. 

No matter how it is described, the 
plot boils down to the "switch off 
your brain and shoot" variety , with 
the currently in vogue optional extra 
weapons. Two players can play 
together, one driving a car, the other 
flying a hoverplane. When only one 



T?ie things !dti for a princess 

person is playing, he or she alternates 
between the car and plane on differ- 
ent levels. 

You travel up a series of roads, 
through jungles and across deserts 


towards something the resident 
aliens take offence at you seeing. 
Since flying around the locals is not 
offered as an option, your only 
recourse of action is to explain mat- 


ters to them with a subtle blend of 
diplomacy and deadly bombs. 

As it al way's does, the dual player 
option adds lo the enjoyment of the 
game. However in Last Duel Ibis is 
only achieved by having two separ- 
ate games being played on the same 
screen at once with little cooperation 
or competition. Later on both players 
fly almost identical ships with the 
inevitable "Aarghf Which one is 
me?!" problems. 

At the end of every level there is 
the customary larger than the average 
alien creature to kill, This can take 
the form of several barely-animated 
segmented aliens or a nasty creepy- 
crawly, Killing them is a positive 
pleasure. 

Once these have been dispatched 
you ere treated to a well draw r n 
scantily-clad young woman chained 
lo a wall, crying "Save me!" ft looks 
nice. Ahem. But it’s very, very tacky. 

The graphics are reasonably good. 




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progress in rank to the 
Air Marshal, or simitar. Thu must 
handy, and certainly the most 
cumin on acquisition, is the shield. 

This appears when a landmine is 
shot, and it gives 1 0 seconds of invul- 
nerability. If you try to pick up a 
second shield, ur shoot one often 
enough, there is the largest, loudest 
and brightest smart bomb effect ever 
seen. The same effect happens when 
the end of level biggy disappears. 

The sound in Silkworm is not 
merely heard, it is experienced. 

There's an ever-so-slightly nice 
parallax scroll and (he backgrounds 
are really beautiful, despite the fact 
that they take very few seconds to 
load with Random Access's fast 
loader routine. 

Another Ihing which is really 
impressive is that occasionally tiny 
squadrons of helicopters fly past in 
the distance or aircraft carriers 


Making Sight work of heavy metal 

launch fighters in the background. 
These are totally harmless and occur 
even when the screen is full of sprites 
and bobs. 

Sprites arc used to their limit - just 
when you think there arc more than 
are possible on the screen another 26 
or so appear, all bent on causing you 
harm. 

There are more than enough levels 
| l3-ish, if my memory' serves) and the 

programmers have added bits that 
weren’t present in the arcade 


original, including an end sequence. 
And where else would you find a 
Thundcrbirds Mole appearing in the 
middle of a battle? 

Although the start is easy, things 
soon gut so hot that 1 started seeing 
things moving behind my eyes. It 
was either the game or the half pint of 
Old Java coffee interacting with the 
adrenalin. Hither way. Silkworm is a 
refreshing, very pretty blaster. It's got 
to be in vour collection. Buy it, 

Stewart C. Russell 


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if a little slow. The car looks like a 
Sumo wrestler with a bun on his 
head, hut otherwise everything is 
unremarkable, with the possible 
exception of the organic -looking 
aliens an later levels. 

With vertical scrolling routines 


lifted directly from LEO Storm, this 
game seems to have been knocked up 
pretty quickly. The gamepiay is 
workmanlike, if not entirely exciting, 
There arc a couple of annoying bugs 
and thoughtless omissions, such as 
your spaceship not actually 


exploding when hit by enemy fire, 
just reappearing moments later at a 
different place on the screen. 

At the end of the day we have noth- 
ing new: Fight your way up the 
fortified landscape, shoot all and 
sundry. The different levels certainly 
bring variety'. Staying interested long 
enough to see them is another matter. 

John Kennedy 


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g N ordinary circumstances - if you 
J .have an extremely fas! powerboat 
with a front- mounted 20mm cannon 
and surface-to-surface missile 
launcher, what you say is auto- 
matically fine by everyone else. So 
how come James Bond 007 - secret 


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agent, good egg and only convinc- 
ingly played by Sean Connery - has 
got problems'? 

People are actually strafing this 
guy from Cessnas without even a by- 
your-ieavE. Tsch, the international 
criminals today, no respect for tra- 
dition. 

Dr Kananga - politician, villain 
and bad egg numero unn - has 
decided that large amounts of free 
heroin would do large amounts of 
good for his voodoo-ridden island of 
San Monique and inordinately huge 
amounts of bad to the ole US of A. 

By growing opium poppies under 
camouflage netting, the bad doctor 
plans to export the resin to his hidden 
processing plants. These are slightly 
inaccessible, being at the North Pole, 
the Sahara Desert and the Florida 
swamplands, 

All arc open to attack only via 
same kind of boat, so it's here that the 
powerbe a l-cum- warship comes in 
handy. Quite how much navigable 
passage there is in the Sahara I'm not 
exactly sure, but there can't be much 
Mr Pedant strikes back. 

There axe the three full-scale mis- 
sions, plus one target and steering 
practice run. Each has a separate 
high score table, so the easier runs 
aren't a passport to high score domi- 
nation. 

The waterways aren’t vour Norfolk 
Broads, they arc littered with logs, 
lethal rocks and nasty' mines which 
go pop (times several thousand) at 
inopportune moments. 

The boat is fairly tough, so logs 
only cause it to leap wildly. This has 
a use - apart from giving you a 
legitimate reason for shouting 
Aciecd! - in that the nasty Cessnas 
can be shot out of the sky. Things get 
nasty when you meet tunnels or 
embankments which must be aimed 
through or slid round. Some of these 
tunnels have locked doors in them, 
but they don't a Her you loose a mis- 
sile at them. 

As the only way of ending the 


game is running out of motion-lotion, 
someone helpfully leaves fuel barrels 
kicking about. The nasty boats drop 
explosive barrels, which make a 
slight dent in the old paintwork. All 
can be overtaken, as long as they 
don’t ram you first. 

Every thing moves very quickly, so 
a sharp Eye and nimble fingers are 
needed. Only when you’ve 
hammered through enough hell-and- 
high-water do you get a crack at Dr 
Kananga’s dope emporium. 

The chances of actually getting that 
far are pretty slim, far slimmer than 
the ubiquitous Bond girl who is 
probably draped by the side of the 
able agent. But the courses aren't 
random, so you’ll learn what to avoid 
- eventually. 

The display is a neatly centred 2fJU 
line affair, with some of the fastest 
racing perspective this side of the 
dedicated 3D chippery in arcade 
machines. The tune is very pleasant - 
it doesn't play during the game - but 
some of the sound effects occa- 
sionally come out wrongly. 

Granted, the gameplay may have 
all the depth of Spy Hunter, but the 
sheer speed and beauty of it is 
something else. 

Buy this and once you realise what 
to do you'll be the owner of one of the 
slickest, fastest, prettiest, although 
not tremendously educational, pure 
Amiga arcade masterpieces around. 

.Stewart C. Russell 
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L ONG, long ago, in a place where 
a cloudy planet always hung 
above the north, (he ancients played 
with thought worlds. Together the 
power of the Lr minds created a hun- 
dred planets, each an archipelago, 
where Ihey met, relaxed and drank 
tea. 

Their thoughts were so strong that 
the places became real. When they 
slept, they found the morphogenic 
patterns of their thoughts remained 
to generate, almost randomly, 
thousands more worlds. 

Then the ancients turned their 
minds to another place. They con- 
templated the cloudy planet in (he 
north and imagined seas, then 
inhabitants, and finally whole civilis- 
ations. In time this place also became 
real - so real that one day visitors 
came from it, 

The visitors liked Archipelagos, 
They had found 10,000 paradises. 
Pretty soon they staked their claim on 
every archipelago by placing an 
obelisk of immutable granite, each a 
sentinel of their power. The ancients 
tried to de-imagine their visitors, but 


ARCHIPELAGO 


Four levels a penny 




it was too late - the obelisks were in. 
place. 

The very idea of de-imagination 
made the visitors mad. They decided 
the ancients would have to go, 

Early one morning, as the mul- 
ticoloured birds sang Aeolian har- 
monies in the trees of Archipelagos, 
the visitors made their East call, They 
tracked down the ancients and 
drained their blood into the soil. 
Their bodies were turned to stone 
where they slept. If they awoke, their 
waking forms were mutated into the 
unspeakable. Their souls were cast 
into torment. Evert the tea supplies 
were confiscated. 

And all the life in Archipelagos 
was left perverted. Where clumps of 
gladioli once bloomed, eggs now 
awaited (he elemental spark of 
thunder - erm. shouldn't that be 
lightning, Herbie? - to spread poison. 
Where birds once sang, necroman- 
cers now inexorably ate the very 
fabric of Archipelagos. The visitors 
have long since gone, but their work 
remains. L'ntil now ... 

This is where you come in. 
floating, as if disembudied, a metre 
above the ground. You're here to de- 
stroy the obelisk in each archipelago. 

Remember, the obelisk gets its 
power from the stones, the petrified 
remains of the ancients, so to destroy 
it you first have to crumble the stones 
and absorb their energy. This you do 
by placing a crosshair cursor on to 
the same square of land as the stone 
and pressing the action button. 

In each archipelago there are a 
number of stones to crumble. Home 
are on islands separated from the 
obelisk by a calm sea. Before you can 



.4 disunited Europe will have, you Russian to pvt il together again 


absorb their energy you must join 
them by a continuous but not necess- 
arily straight path to the obelisk. 
Sometimes it's just a matter of three 
or four wedges of turf, other limes 
you will need to build vast land 
bridges from island to island. 

Once all the stones in an archipel- 
ago are crumbled you have £KI 
seconds to return to the obelisk and 
destroy it. If you don't get it, it will 
get you. 

Despite what you may have read 
elsewhere about Archipelagos, you 



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20 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1930 





■REVIEWS! 




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cannot choose which level to start on 
- you start on level one and must 
work your way through to level 
0,0011. There is no save game option 
and you only have one life, Sounds 
an impossible task, and it is. Let's 
hope Logotron leaks a cheat mode 
real early. 

Various bits and pieces are out to 
hinder your progress. As mentioned 
in the story, ancients who have 
awoken from their sleep drift about 
the islands in the form of marvell- 
ously animated, tost souls. A won- 




derful sound effect, something akin 
to a depressed wasp, accompanies 
their travels. Let one of these stumble 
into you and you'll get to meet 
Marvin Gave, And you can't get more 
lost soul than that. 

Necromancers rise from the 
ground and wander along the shore 
of islands, devouring the land. When 
the sky grows dark and there is a 
mighty dap of thunder and a flash of 
lightning, a Blood Egg is ready to 
hatch. These peeling, spinning beau- 
ties either spread poison like arboreal 
trees or eat land like necromancers. 

You can use the power you suck 
from the stones to build or disinfect 
Land. Arboreal tree pods, if nipped in 
the bud. also build up your power. 
You're going to need it. 

Every fifth archipelago in the first 
100 is bitmapped. There are some 
great maps there - Europe, the 
Americas, the Logotron turtle. I 
won't spoil your fun by listing them. 
All the rest are computer generated, 
but the deeper you get into the game, 
the bigger and more complicated 
each archipelago gets, and the longer 
it takes to calculate. 

Quick. Smooth, Colourful anim- 
ation apart, the graphics Logotron 
has added especially for this Amiga 
vers ion give it that touch of class veu 
don't see on the, erm. other thing: A 
day and night cycle, lightning 
striking when thunder claps, bark on 
the arboreal trees and a correctly 
shaded horizon, giving it that realis- 
tic hazy look of the seaside. 

The music and sound effects, some 
of which are unique to the Amiga, 
are by David Whittaker. Need 1 say 
more? Course not. 

Rut with the lack of a save option. 
Archipelagos falls down ever so 
slightly on the gameplay stakes. 
Nobody in their right mind is going 
to play this one from beginning to 
end. 

After two weeks of regularly dying 
on level 35 - and it'll take a couple of 
hours to get that far - you could be 
forgiven if you were sick to death of 
Lhc First 34. Bet it won't stop you 
having another go though. 

Jeff Walker 




Anyune for plasma holts? 


H OWs this for discrimination? f 
fust because you happen to be 
made of titanium and everyone else 
happens to be soft and slightly 
squishy, you gel all the dangerous 
jobs. And not merely that, since you 
happen to he slightly portly, those 
olfworld zeebs nicknamed you jug. 
Sweet, no? 

The planet Spiraeus has got a real 
problem - it's one of those rare living 
planets end the inside is being de- 
stroyed by a strange virus. This is out 
good, so you have to kill off the infec- 
ted hits. 

Like must living things, Spiraeus 
has a complex immune system. Since 
il hasn't met any titanium 
humanoids, il reckons you shouldn't 
be there. Hoards of antibody drones 
and fighters are after ynu and you've 
got nothing more than a weedy laser 
cannon to fend them off. Being a 
rather clever titanium humanoid you 
can pilfer bits of spare machinery 
and adapt them to your own needs. 
Anyone for plasma bolts and smart 
bombs? 

The four zones in each of four 
sectors scroll as you craw] or fly 
about. Crawling does not need any 



Even the s r.enen' is ugh 


fuel, but is sluw and can only he used 
over level terrain. Flying i$ very fast 
but eats up the fuel at quite a rate. 

Some areas of the planet are mildly 
radioactive; they won t do you any 
harm, but they are a little sure on the 
fuel. At least you can refuel when 
you find a none- ton- frequent fuel 
dump. 

The background graphics are 
smart, although they are what we 
should expect for this type of game. 
Farts of each level are decorated dif- 
ferently; as you near the core, the 
metallic gives way to the organic and 
the denizens become more like living 
creatures. 

The tune is suitably heroic and 
well executed, hut like most com- 
puter tunes il lacks direction and is 
utterly forgettable. The sound effects 
are almost totally masked by the 
tune. The program allows the player 
to mix the volume levels for each one 
to gel the desired effects, 

If a certain game called Cyhernoid 
hadn't been written ! am pretty sure 
we wouldn't have ever seen Jug 
because it would have had nothing to 
'"inspire" it, Technically, everything 
seems OK - sprites bounce about and 
explode on cue - it's just that the pace 
hasn't been judged correctly. On skill 
level one it's too slow, on two and 
three it's loo sharp. Everything seems 
tired. |ug needs a thorough relube. 

Stewart C. Russell 


fug 

£19.95 

Microdeai 



July 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 2 1 















A FTER the Frenchmen hid the 
pockets ofColonel Pemberton's 
billiards table, Smyth spared no 
expense in getting them back, Sher- 
lock Holmes was called in and alter 
many adventures in far flung lands 
the pockets were found on Professor 
Moriarty’s mantelpiece, 

The good colonel was delighted 
"Let's rout these damned foreigners 
with an English game. Rule Britan- 
nia!”. he cried. 

So it came to pass that Stave Davis 
World Snooker was written. 
Although Colonel Pemberton 
thought that snooker and poo! were 
base game? played only by drunkards 
and dissolulcs, the programmers 


thoughtfully included English 
billiards just for him. as well as 
French billiards, also known as 
Billiards Carom, which has three 
halls and a pocketless table. 

”Fgad! 1 squandered ail my 
inheritance on Holmes when f could 
have read the instruction book!’*, the 
once-powerful voice quailed from 
beyond the grave. 

Snooker is divided into 10 ball and 
15 ball versions, Pool is either 
American - 15 numbered balls of dif- 
ferent colours, points scored by pot- 
ting a nominated ball into a 
nominated pocket - or English - pot 
eight reds or eight yellows, then the 
black to win. English billiards is a 


influence of a fluctuating gravit- 
ational field, which makes said 
spaceship extremely difficult lo con- 
trol. You are opposed by three killer 
halls which roam around threatening 
to destroy your ship with a single 
touch, To proceed to the next level 


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exit door opens. 

The first three levels involve con- 
necting power stations with laser 
beams without blocking yourself off 
from the exit or blowing yourself up. 
You drive to a live (red] power sta- 
tion, touch it. whereupon your ship 
turns red. drive to a dead power sla 
tion and touch that, whereupon Lhe 
two stations will be connected by a 
beam. 

Touching various blocks brings on 
differing effects. The Apple block 
changes gravity, numbered pieces 
add to your score; skulls kill you 
stone dead. Then there's the alco- 
holic block - an enemy w r hich jumps 
around randomly and knocks you 
into skulls. There is a tight time limit 
of 90 seconds lo each task. 

You can choose between two types 
of spaceship. One can be brought to a 
halt by pressing the Fire button, the 
other is for experienced players and 
maniacs only; it tends lo run out of 
control as it cannot be braked 
without a lot of joystick waggling. 

That, essentially, is all there is to 
the plot. At first the game looks 
extremely simple - then the 
subtleties slow I y appear and you find 
you can't put the joystick down. Its 
secret is the mixture of fast action and 
strategy. On most levels there are a 
few correct ways to complete the task 
but plenty of opportunity to go 
wrong, even without any nasties to 
distract you. 




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Overall - 93% 


The graphics are stunning. Bright 
reds, greens and blues are used to 
greal effect, but the real show- 
stoppers are the patterned 
backgrounds in the style of 
Arkanoid. Some are animated. 
Seeing foreground graphics, then the 
mid ground oscillating behind them 
and a static background behind I hat 
makes a terrific impression. 

Text is displayed in a large, clear 
font and the display lilis the whole 
screen. Mo corners have been cut - 
even the menu screens are w r e[| 
presented. You never have to louch 
the keyboard, its joystick selection 
for everything. 

Sound quality lags not far behind. 
There is a short, delicate passage 
accompanying the loading screen, 
then some loud and rhythmic tunes 
on the menu and high score screens, 
plus wonderful effects during the 
game - a screech of brakes as lhe 
spacecraft slides to a halt, the dang of 
metal on barrier and much more. 

Beam is one of the best games l 
have played on any computer, 

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T HERE was only one problem 
when I upgraded to my Amiga: I 
couldn't play Thrust any more. It was 
the best budget game every written, 
using simple game play and even 
simpler graphics to great effect. 

Raider is as close a copy as is likely 
lo be written. The inevitable plot 
paints the usual Rebels versus The 
Empire slory and you, Greg Simpson, 
are the only person left alive/ stupid 
enough (delete as applicable) to save 
Life, the Universe and Tescos. 

With that out of the wav we can gel 
down to playing the game. Your ship 
appears out of hypers pace above the 
surface of a beautifully drawn planet. 
Your small arrow-headed ship - and 
I mean small - is manoeuvred by 
rotating left and right and giving a 
small amount of thrust al just (he 
right mum ant, 

Gravity and gun emplacements, 
your two enemies, will do their 
upmost to foil your important mis 
stun. You can destroy the guns with 
laser cannon, hut avoiding the 
ground and mountains is a matter of 
great skill, great cunning and the 
occasional sharp intake of breath. 

The mission consists of collecting 
pods, which form part of the very 
involved and highly dubious plot. 
Suffice lo say that collecting them is 
what the game is all about, They are 
swiped off the surface by havering 
above them and switching on your 
tractor beam. Mo need to low it 
around after you. presumably the 



RAIDER 

The gravity feels good 



advances of 16 bit technology mean 
your ship now has a larger bool, 

Fuel tanks are scattered around. 
They arc also collected by hovering 
above them and using the tractor 
beam, A further type of fuel is avail- 
able to power the torch you will need 
when the lights fail on later levels. 
Each star system consists of four 
heavenly bodies - either planets, 
m oons or asteroids - and each is dif- 
ferent. not only graphically but in 
game play as well. The strength and 
direction of the gravity, the atmos- 
phere and even the shape of the place 


can change dramatically from level to 
level 

Once you have collected four pods 
it's off to the inter-level gap for a bit 
of nuclear powerplant engineering. If 
you manage to make it this far, you 
will be given a password to allow 
easier access to the higher levels 
when you play again. This is a Good 
Thing. 

The graphics used to define the 
various planets and moons are won- 
derfully drawn and smoothly scro- 
lled in all directions. Every new land- 
scape is a joy lo look at and explore. 







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The only flaw is the minute ship, 
which doesn't rotate in as many steps 
as it could. 

Sound is either brilliant, if you 
have never heard an Amiga before, 
or disappointing if you have. The 
explosions are fine, but the laser 
sound sets your teeth on edge. It must 
have taken ages to find just the right 
Pet Shop Hoys album to play 
backwards al half-speed and sample. 

Raiders doesn't have the “less is 
more" touch of Thrust, going 
completely overboard with fancy 
graphics and more levels than is 
humanly possible to play. It does 
however have the same delicate, 
addictive game play. 

There are 1(1 star systems to 
explore, making a total of 40 levels to 
play. Without the password system 
this would be impossible, but as it 
stands you can get just far enough 
with each game to warrant another 
go. Some might say this is addiction, 
hut I could give it up any time I 
wanted. 

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wonderfully silly game which gives If you want to be thrashed, play the 
you big scores for such indiscretions computer on the highest of its six 

as potting your opponent's cue ball skill levels. It plays cannons, plants, 

and going in-olf, whereas Billiards doubles and other impossible shots 
Carom is "hit the balls as hard as as a matter of routine. The lowest 


possible and croissant vonr fingers”, ^ 
Game play is very similar to the It 


ski It level is ideal for duffers like 
myself, combining dazzling pots 






bit versions, except that a cue rather 
than a cross-hair cursor is used to 
line up your shot. Unfortunately, the 
pockets are no longer like buckets, so 
nonchalantly notching up gigantic 
breaks with your eyes closed is not 
on. 

After several hours of trying, my 
record is nine. The high score table 
recognises this - anything above six 
and your name is displayed in lights. 


with ridiculous misses, 

If you are an exhibitionist, trick 
shots ran be set up using a very good 
table editor, although it doesn't cater 
for bottles, jump shots and other 
baize rippers. 

The graphics arc reasonable The 
balls are a little small, but there is a 
magnify option which lets you have a 
closer look at the area round the 
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while it is on. 

Movement is smooth and fast, par- 
ticularly with only a few balls on the 
table, it's a pity the programmers 
didn't play to the gallery with 
smoothly animated striped and 
spotted pool balls. There is no 3D 
option. 

For Steve Davis groupies there is 
ample opportunity for hero worship: 
Three mono digitised pictures called 
up by pressing the right mouse 
button and a superb HAM loading 
picture accompanied by a perfect 
rendition of that annoying tune 
which comes up on BBC at all hours 
of the day during snooker cham- 
pionships, 



Overall — 81% 


Sound during the game is limited 
lo the click of ball on ball and the 
clunk of ball into pocket, plus SD's 
annoying digitised witticisms. 

A classic game which still looks 
good after five years at the lop. No 
frills, just an accurate simulation. 

Alastair Scot I 


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JnHAPPY with your washing? 
If you lake the Bio Challenge, 
it'll tome out wilh the extra 
halfbiitenuss you like. And we think 
you wouldn't go hack to using vour 
old powder... Now hold on there. The 
French may be many things - most of 
them repeatable - but no! even the 
most wacked-oul of their number 
could produce a game about washing 
powder adverts. Not even after an 
evening on the calvados. 

No, the real subject matter of Bio 
Challenge is genes. Not 501 type, the 
I3NA type which don't come with a 
teaspoon Jul of abrasive grit in each 
pocket. It seems Ihc human genetic 
system is getting weaker and sooner 
or later it’s going to guru with no left 
button to click. This is seen as a very 
tiny hindrance, the merest setback in 
pcoplekind's relentless advance. 

In order to counter the loss of 
human strength, those omnipresent 
technobods have managed In 
shoehorn a human brain into a high 
strength mechanical body and still 
keep things working OK. Being 
technical types, and therefore exempt 
from most bounds of reason, the 
machine is called Klipl, 

The Reid test of the first Kljpt takes 
place in a fairly typical set of strange 
dimensions where there are a 
number of planets linked by ■tele- 
ports. 

In order to escape to the next 
dimension Klipts got to colled four 
ports of the magic amulet and enough 
dead robots to destroy the end-of- 
level guardian. Klipt's only weapons 
are its ability Id somersault, jump 
and spin - guns and other things that 
might cause people harm have been 
ruled out. 

You run on oil, and everything else 
in these dimensions is partial to the 
odd drop of lube now and again. This 
is going to be no picnic, there are 
millions of them and only one of you. 

Energy platforms fitter each planet, 
hovering in space for some unknown 
but probably fairly plausible reason. 

If Klip! jumps on to one and somer- 
saults the correct number of times it 
will come crashing to the ground, 
hopefully wasting (he nastie that is 
lurking beneath. 

Ground-based nasties roll about in 
a set pattern, sd sharpen the skills 
you team I for Manic Miner all those 
years ago. 

Spinning is mostly used to de- 


spatch the weeny Hying monsters 
which bu 74 ! about like wasps on an 
August afternoon. They're fairly 
harmless, hut you do gel points for 
I he™, so waste 'em all the same. 
Spinning can be combined wilh 
jumping, and this can be used lo 
bump off platforms sideways, wast- 
ing more crawlies on the ground or 
One of the rather oast}' bouncing 
snakes which lurk on the platforms 
Some nasties leave behind a 
spinning cauldron which can be 
cracked open for bonuses. One gives 
you a kind of smart bomb, another 
allows you to hurl the litlie flying 
things about in the vain hope that 
they migh! splatter a robot or two. 

Once you have ail your bits and 
bobs, rush back to your sphere and 
onwards to deal with the guardian, 
This one is more famed for its genera I 
unpleasantness rather than its typos, 
You have very little ammo to spare, 
Once destroyed, on to the next, much 
harder, level, 

Each screen seems to have rather 
more colours than is usual even in 
EHB mode - about 180 according (o 
Palace boss Pete Slone, who isn't 
sure - a tribute to !he skills of the 
folks at Ddphine Software. 

Delphine also has strong finks wilh 
the music business and has got 
someone who knows a quaver from a 
semibreve to do the equally clever 
sound. So Bio Challenge is definitely 
special in the technical department. 
The gamepiay is. erm. different, and 
lakes hours of practice jus! to ge| 
used to the controls. 

If you enjoy really mastering a 
game. Bio Challenge is probablv for 
you. But for the occasional time and 
robot wasting session, there are alter- 
natives that won’t cause so much 
angst and cursing , Verv good, but 
very hard. 

Stewart C. Russell 


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M ysteriously, this game is 

billed as an arcade adventure, 
which some may claim is bending 
the facts a lad. The truth is that it is 
just a crazy- psycho held trip with a 
little bit of a plot lost in it somewhere. 

What's wrong with that? Are the 
joystick-happy gamesters of today 
ashamed of their annihilistic yearn- 
ings? Maybe. 

Following on from the Goldrunner 
saga, the Space Pirates have hit hack 
at the humans hy stealing their 
robots. Shame, Anyway, for reasons 
of genealogy yon have been chosen 
to rescue them from the pirates' evil 
clutches. 

Makes a change from rescuing 
princesses I suppose, but without the 
perks. 

The robots arc dispersed among a 
series of disused yet heavily defen- 
ded research platforms. Unfor- 
tunately it is not quite as easy as 
hyperspacing in and blasting 
everyone, The robots are all 
boogying around the surface in little 
cars. 

In true arcade fashion you must 
blast I he widgets off these cars to free 
the robots. 

Can you rescue them then? No, 
Due to further complications you 
can't land and pick up the poor 
blighters, Instead you fritter and 



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waste your time in an offhand way 
waiting for a pirate recovery ship to 
come and pick them up. Then you 
blast that as well. Yes, now you can 
pick them up. 

When you have a few on board, 
groove on down to the teleporters - 
which the pirates have cunningly left 
unguarded and switched on - and 
zap your tin buddies home. 

Massive bonuses can be accumu- 
lated based on the percentage of 
robots rescued, and this is the only 
way to gel ymir name in lights, A few 
points are given for shooting unladen 
recovery vessels. This can attract the 
attention of some fearsome fighter- 
craft, Bui what the hcck, it's fun. 

The scrolling is amazing, C£54 vet- 
erans are sure to remember the 
Hawson classic Uridium, Well, it's 


like that only better. The ship move- 
menl and general graphics seem to be 
influenced by those early Bray brook 
gems loo, perhaps because, like 
them. it is amazingly high quality 
code. 

The tutorial is an excellent feature. 
If you can't understand the plot, 
select this option and occasionally a 
few seconds of well- sampled speech 
will give you instructions. The voice 
sounds like the bloke from Rapidom, 
but a hit more informative. 

Sound is very well supported, with 
Lhe option of a good tune or some 
above average sound effects. With 
the sampled speech as well, a little 
more effort than usual went into the 
audio side of things. 

And if you ever get bored of the 
view there are a couple more scenery 


discs available for an extra £5.93 
each which are even harder than the 
original. 

Goldrunner 11 is a good game. 
Credit must be given to Microdeal for 
paying more attention to quality' than 
hype, 

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1 bet my floppies that the pro- 
grammers of Realm of the Trolls do. 
To be fair, it is slightly more graphi- 
cal and atmospheric than that, but it 
is “one of those sort of games" with a 
spot of Apple Panic and Dig Dug 
thrown in. 

If you are fluent in French, Spanish 
or Italian you might be able to read 
the instructions, The English version 
doesn't make any sense. 

From what I could understand - 
and I am open to suggestions you 
assume the role of an elf whose duly 
it is to enter the treacherous troll tun- 
nels to steal back all the amazingly 
fabulous elven relics which the 
avaricious if somewhat tasteless 
trolls have purloined from the elves 
some time in the past. 

The caverns take the form of a 
series of halls. There are quite a few 


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of them - a whole separate data disc 
full. In each hall the elf must collect 
all the valuable elven treasures - he 
may also take some of the art treas- 
ures the trolls have collected and 
pick up some healing potions before 
locating and leaving via the exit pass- 
ageway. 

To assist in moving around the hall 
there are infrequent magic portals 
which instantly transport you to the 
destination of your choice. In some 



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HOLLYWOOD POKER PRO 

The naked truth 



I T seems to me that however much 
you moralise about software pom, 
however much you point out that 
softcore on a computer is a complete 
rip-off when compered to the dubi- 
ous vatue offered by mens' maga- 
zines and videos, software houses 
will still produce the stuff, And 
someone out there will still buy it. 

Hollywood Poker Pro is the sequel 
to Hollywood Poker, which isn't 
much of a surprise. What is 
surprising is that instead of just 
another collection of digitised cubes, 
(he actual algorithms of the program 
have been lightened up to give you a 
much suffer game. 

All good and well really because, 
let’s face it, otherwise you'd be 
paying £20 just to see four digitised 
girls in their birthday suits. Even the 
most rabid smut fiend would have to 
concede that that is a total rip off. 

As il is. the pictures in the game ere 
of an extremely high quality utilising, 
as they do. the Amiga's HAM mode. 
A really tacky extra is a magnifying 
glass which can be used to give a 
chunky zoom-in on any area of the 
picture your sweaty hands desire. 

Both you and the computer start 
with S10(I, the standard bet is $5 and 
you can bet or raise in increments of 
$25 as you attempt to beat one of four 
computer opponents and cause it to 


buy a successive $100 with articles of 
clothing. If you manage to win S -1(1(1 
you will have reduced the computer 
picture to its bare essentials. 

And that’s hasically all you're 
getting for your money, except for 
numerous slightly different tunes 
which are composed from sampled 
instruments and are reasonably 
good, if somewhat monotonous. 

As a game of poker this is perfectly 
acceptable, it plays quite well and it 
will lake you some time before you 
manage to beat all four opponents, It 
does show off the graphics and 
sound capabilities of the Amiga. 

But if the only reason you are 
buying Hollywood Poker Pro is for 
some sweaty stimulation, then you 
really are an ST owner in every sense 
of the word. 

Duncan Evans 


tfo/frironrf Polar Pro 

£19*85 

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halls there are even lifts pulled up 
and down by small bats which obvi- 
ously don't have a very good union, 

Another form of public transport is 
the wagons which perpetually run up 
and down the tracks in a few of the 
halls. For the pedestrian there are 
always the ladders. 

One of the hazards of being a cave 
robber is encountering the owners, in 
this case the trolls, who carry around 
large baseball bats and attempt to 
play nine innings with your head, 
which is decidedly bad for your elf 
(sorry). 

There are several ways to deal with 
them. You can use your mental 
powers to stun them, use your 
awesome magical powers to blow a 
hole in the floor and kill them or, by 
for and away the best, you can leg it. 

A very annoying feature is that the 
elf can be controlled by joystick but 


you must dick the mouse to use 
mental powers and magic. 

The animation is not up to much, 
though the scenery of decomposing 
walls and lichen-covered masonry is 
quite effective at building up the 
dungeon atmosphere. The same 
cannot be said of the sound effects 
which, aside from the thunk of bat on 
skull, sound like they might have 
loaded wrongly. 

If you End the puzzles boring, or if 
they are too difficult, you can always 
use the scene editor. This, as it turns 
out, can be a lot more satisfying than 
playing the game. As well as all the 
usual stuff for building ladders and 
walls, you can change the personality 
of the trolls. 

Only to he recommended if you 
have difficulty Ending something to 
do on Sundays. 

Green 



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B ATTLEHAWKS reminds me of 
(hat place in London where all 
the old relics are kept. No, not the 
Atari ST User office, I mean the "ace 
caff with quite a nice museum 
attached". 

If you know nothing about the 
history of the Pacific War, you will 
after reading Ratllehawk's 150- page 
manual. It's impossible to put it 
down, the best book I have seen for 
any computer program - an excellent 
textbook for Mastermind, even with 
the novella protection. 

The game is nice too. You are in 
the cockpit of one of 12 types of 
Japanese or American plane and you 
can play a vital part in the 
reconstruction of four great battles - 
Coral Sea, Midway. Eastern 
Solomons and Santa Cruz Islands, 
Depending on the type of plane 
you have, you can torpedo nr 
divebomb battleships, whip the 
enemy in dogfights, protect damaged 


and close the throttle, keep a close 
eye on the compass and altimeter, 
plus look to the sides and behind you 
for any enemy planes trying a 
surprise attack. 

At first, using the mouse to change 
height and direction seems a little 
strange. However, you soon find that 
it is much more sensitive than joy- 
stick or keyboard. Pressing either 
mouse button fires the machine guns 
and the spacebar drops bombs. 

Downing the enemy planes is diffi- 
cult because they keep their distance 
and it is almost impossible to keep 
your plane completely level. On my 
maiden flight, lasting one hour, I shot 
down three planes, damaged one, 
and missed several thousand times. 

There are practice modes which 
give you a pilot's dream - infinite 
ammunition and armour, enemy 
planes which don't shoot at you and 
a safely device which prevents you 
stalling or flying below 75 feet. In 
real battles you can save your skin 
when shot down by ejecting. 

For the vain, the most useful fea- 
ture is a camera which can be 
switched on during your manoeuv- 
res, It can be replayed later as a nice 
ego massage. 

The best graphics are on the clear 
and bright menu screens. The view 
out of the cockpit window is much 
more crude, The planes and ships are 
rather ill-defined - all you see is sea 
and sky represented by two blocks of 
colour. 

The sound is a great help, the note 
changing pitch whenever the plane is 
damaged or the engines are about to 
stall. Together with the rat-tat-tal of 
machine guns and the crunch of 
explosions, it sounds very realistic in 


ships from attack and possibly re- 
write the history' books. 

Ba si tally, Battlehawks is a very 
good flight simulator. The controls 
are greatly simplified, mind you - all 
you really have to do is guide the 
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released before. Battlehawks 1942, 
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attached, is the best I've seen. 

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watch Ski Sunday don’t do it 
to see fine skiing, What they arc 
hoping for t$ a real legs-and-poles- 
everywhere fall. I moan, who cares 
whether the Austrian or the Swiss 
takes the downhill title? What mat- 
ters is how well they can WTap them- 
selves round a tree at EiOmph. 

Advanced Ski Simulator puls yoo 
in a head-to-head competition 
against a computer or human oppo- 
nent over a rather strange course. It's 
not a downhill, although there are 
steep stretches. It’s not a slalom or 


28 AMIGA COMPUTING July I ! m 











■ REVIEWS! 







I F Amiga Computing was a low 
budget production* this review 
would start, "Remember Pac-Man all 
those years ago? Well* Pac's bank in a 
whole new set of adventures!” or 
something equally repugnant. As this 
is not your average trash mag* we 
managed to keep it until well into the 
first sentence. 

This is quality journalism here. 
There is not no bad grammar or spel- 



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ling erors here. Nor are there jokes of 
(he type which have haunted com- 
puter magazines since spelling 
checkers were invented, 

IPac-Land is one of those annoying 
arcade machines that plays a rancid 
tune which puts you off destroying 
the Sinistar in the coin-op next door. 
The people who play Pac-Land 
always seem to be very good at it, 
never failing to get to the third trip at 
the very least, 

Strangely enough, a cutesy game 
like Lhis attracts the oddest types. 
Dangerous looking bikers have been 
known to play it, casting furtive 
glances around lest a friend should 
catch them in an embarrassing situ- 
ation. 

The story is simple and virtually 
unnecessary. A fairy has got lust and 
Pac, being a true and stout - and pos- 
itively obese if you want my opinion 
- yeoman decides to take her back to 
Fairyland, Pass the sickbag, Alice! 
But those naughty ghosts Blinky. 
Pinky, Inky and Clyde are intent on 
slopping him. so you must outwit 
them, 

At the end of the fourth stage of 
every trip the Fairy Queen gives you 



a pair of magic boots to help you on 
your way. And to think adults wrote 
this junk, Pass the bong, brother. 

Blinky. Pinky, Inky and the other 
one appear in planes, cars, flying 
saucers, even on pugo sticks in their 
quest to stop Pac's relentless scrol- 
ling advance. What makes the arcade 
machine bearable is the very sharp 
and simple cartoon -style graphics, 
which scroll very quickly and go well 


A littie squirt 


with a tune reminiscent of hanging 
heads off walls. 

There arc the obligatory fruit and 
power pills, and objects to he jumped 
over in a fairly predictable manner. 
Springboards give you the power to 
leap enormous distances, but only if 
you hammer (he keys like nothing on 
earth. I just about smashed my 
Navigator on this bit. Joysticks are 
cheaper than new keyboards. 

This would he one of the best 
Amiga games going but for three 
things - the graphics, the scrolling 
and the screen sire. It has jagged 
tow-res graphics, contrasting with 
the sharp cartoons of the coin-op. 

It also has a 56 pixel high black 
band at the bottom of the screen, 
which is the price we pay for having 
a superior machine. Then there's the 
very ripply scroll, nothing near as 
smooth or as fast as the Amiga can 
do. 

Pac-Land suffers from chronic 
underscan - even the ST default cha- 
racter set is present in all its some- 
thingness. I'm ail for people writing 
games for the ST, but when the ST 
comes to my Amiga I switch off. 

Stewart C, Russell 




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mogul run, nor are there large 
enough ramps to qua lily as a hotting. 
There are, however, plenty of ob- 
stacles such as huts, trees and rocks, 
and these certainly are a faster way of 
slopping than snowploughing. 

Gelling Air produces a bar 


indicator of how high you're flying’ 
Gelling Piste merely produces an 
"ugh!" and a very sore head. 
Presentation is good. The title 
screen acts as if the text was mounted 
□n a rotating glass cylinder and 
moves very smoothly indeed. Hacker 



a hi! blues, if yai r atch my driif 


stuff. The title page tune is also 
exceedingly slick, with a well defined 
direction and enjoyable twiddly bits. 

The game backgrounds are very 
pretty, though mostly while, and 
make the rather stick- like skiers seem 
very poorly drawn indeed. The inci- 
dentals (SFX, bucko) live up to the 
solid standard set by the rest of the 
program. 1 guess the development 
team got its friends to produce the 
humanfish) noises, all neatly 
digitised. 

The idea, if you've never played a 
Code Masters "Advanced Activity 
Simulator", is to complete the course 
within a time limit, which becomes 
less as the courses become slightly 
more difficult. One of the two players 
can he either the computer or con- 
trolled by a fellow high-order pri- 
mate. All the gales must be 
completed and a bonus is given for 
any lime remaining. 

The controls are a simple rotate 
method, with rapid hammering of the 



trigger giving a cross-country style 
pole action. Autofire won t help you 
here, so use a fairly expendable stick 
- it'll take a bashing and no mistake. 

Advanced Ski Simulator has been 
produced to live up to the original B 
hit version while giving the advanced 
features that semi -parallel processing 
machines like the Amiga can 
provide. 

It is unfortunate, then, that the 
original B bit version wasn't the 
world's greatest mover. And as the 
Glasgow-based Highlander's devel- 
opment team had a rigid conversion 
brief to stick In. all the extra work is 
just window dressing. 

Considering the original costs two 
quid and this considerably more, at 
First glance ASS would appear pour 
value. The gameplay hasn't been 
altered, but everything else has, If the 
developers had been given free rein 
to interpret the game differently it 
could’ve heen a good 'un. 

Stewart C. Russell 


July 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 29 



■ REVIEWS! 


GRAND MONSTER S 


Belom bashing bonanza 


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O OER! Must be good if it's got 
the word grand in the title. 
Sounds jolly impressive. And then 
there's the slam bit, very violent and 
exciting. Not forgetting the monster 
element. Ob yes, this does sound 
interesting, grand, slam and 
cosmopolitan. 

Well it isn't. After Denari s. who 
would have thought Rainbow Arts 
could have fallen so low. Let me 
explain. 

Grand Monster Slam is a game 
about a mediaeval tournament for 
trolls, ores, goblins, minotaurs and 


sundry other creatures. According to 
(he impressively badly translated 
manual - Rainbow Arts being West 
German of course - you play a dwarf 
with a mission, a mission to win the 
tournament or be labelled as the 
king's fool for a year. 

After silting through an impressive 
Loading screen, which promises 
things the program doesn't deliver, 
and an equally impressive piece of 
music, the options menu arrives, 
complete with quivering beloms, 
Whafs a belom, J hear you cry. I'm 
psychic you see, 


A belom is something small and 
furry, roughly the shape and size of a 
football and somewhat reminiscent 
of the Tribbles in Star Trek, Yes, you 
kick the hell out of them. 

A I the menu, then, you can either 
check out the high score table, prac- 
tice belom punting, practice kicking 
beloms into faullon’s mouths - 
faulton's are things on sticks that you 
kick beloms into - or play in the 
tournament. 

Practice a bit first, because no 
matter what the briefing says, when 
you start the tournament and get 



Whoever wins, the beloms lose 


30 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1989 



drawn against your first round oppo- 
nent. it isn't easy. 

This first section is the main game 
and consists of you standing, facing 
your foe, on a line, kicking beloms 
over Id the other side. The first to kick 
his beloms over to the other side - 
plus any that have been kicked by the 
opponents to their side - and runs 
across the pitch, is the winner. 

Knocking your foes over by kick- 
ing beloms at them is entirely legal 
and rather necessary. Should a belom 
be lofted into the audience a foul is 
given and a penalty of up to three 
beloms may be incurred, I w r on't bore 
you with the details of this because 
it's just loo tedious. Suffice to say it 
involves your right foot and a duck's 
backside. 

If you survive the first round you 
switch to an overhead view and have 
to fend off eight attacking beloms 
with a pole. Otherwise they trample 
you. This section only nets or Joses 
you points, it doesn't hinder your 
progress in the game. 

Should you manage to heat all the 
opponents in the first part of the 
game, you can go an to the kick a 
belom into a faulton's mouth stage. 
Hold the fire button down to gauge 
the strength of shot and (ben chip the 
ball. Belom, I mean, 

Ahh, the thrill of it all. 

The writers of the game and 
manual claim that the entire concept 
was developed from a fantasy role- 
playing scenario. Role playing? 
Forget it, there isn't any. 

Yes, the music is nice, the graphics 
are reasonable and the animation and 
elements of humour are good, but 
where's the game? Can you imagine a 
sports game with only three events? 
Yawn City folks. 

Grand Monster Slam isn't a par- 
ticularly bad game, it's just that there 
is nowhere near enough of it. It isn't 
coherent enough and doesn't have 
the surface gloss to cover over its 
shortcomings, 

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MAYDAY SQUAD 

A dose shave with terrorists 



And l u u thought your passport photo wan bad 


K RSCUE simulators are on the 
up. what with the astonishing 
total of two in Ihe last few months. 
Unlike the other - Hostages - where 
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large part of the game, Mayday 
Squad has a fixed assault team of 
three that sticks together at all times. 
Which is just as well, fur each 
mem her has a different skill which 
the others can’t duplicate. 

You can choose your team 
members from the second option 
screen, the first giving control and 


difficulty parameters. There must be 
one leader, one ex plosives ex pert and 
one communications expert, chosen 
from a list of three of each, 

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group, the explosives person a 
wizard at setting charges and 
throwing grenades, while the comms 
hoffin picks locks and removes 
securily devices. 

The Lutooiar Embassy - high wit 
and humnur here - has been taken 
over by the Red Legion, a previously 
unknown band of international 



One more end we'll shoot the plant 


criminals, if such a thing is possible. 
They have a list of 143 demands, one 
of them obviously being that all razor 
manufacturers must close forthwith - 
not one of the terrorists has seen a 
shave in months. 

Unknown to Ihe beard Les. the 
Ambassador's daughter is hiding in 
one of the rooms. It's your job lo find 
her and take out as many terrorists as 
possible. 

The three brave folk frog around 
the embassy in what Tynesoft calls a 
Modified First Person Perspective 
and what the rest of the world calls a 
3D mare. Most of the doors in the 
embassy are locked, so you'll need to 
call in the comms person. As it’s a 
good idea lo keep the squad leader 
leading the pack, you'll have lo keep 
swapping which member you are 
controlling. 

Most rooms contain at least (wo 
terrorists, so again you’ll have to 
move rapidly from the movement 
icons lo the action screen to off the 
opponents of Freedom. A joystick is 
nu use here - make sure you choose 
(he mouse option. 

Each team member can take 
between 20 and 5(1 shots before 
copping it, but if you find the correct 
room you can be cured by the 
resident doctor. This is very necess- 
ary because many rooms are booby 
trapped and as you must search for 
useful objects, you often set them off 

Hidden doorways, stairs and 


objects lie in wait for those who 
search, so the danger element is 
unavoidable. Once Ihe time is up the 
terrorists all escape in a helicopter, 
pausing only to kill anyone they 
meet. 

I guess the graphics fall into the 
"sort of OK” category, but the doors 
and objects are all identical. The 
entrance hall is the worst offender - 
four doors, north, south, east, west, 
Iwo terrorists. No matter which way 
you turn, the view doesn’t change. 

The end-game sequence is neat, 
with all sorts of tabloid reports on the 
siege, Very nicely done. 

Tynesoft should have kept this 
game either purely strategy, which it 
is partly, or purely arcade. It falls 
exactly hetween the two stools by 
picking a few bits of each. You might 
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running first. 

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P RODUCERS never seem to be 
happy with resting on their 
laurels. They always feel the urge to 
produce a series of follow-ups, the 
sum of which is usually considerably 
J ess than the merit of I he first. So 
when we got f l host busters, and alt 
the related paraphernalia, it would 
only be time until the spin-off series 
followed. 

Instead of using people, the spin- 
off was a cartoon. The Real 
Ghoslbusters; it's pretty amusing too, 
if you're not into overly cerebral 
stuff. So now Activision has got the 
conversion of the a reads game of the 
cartoon of the film. 

The original arcade machine, by 
Data East - a company not renowned 
for its originality - is a mildly enjoy- 
able affair which plays like a 
demented Alien Syndrome. In it, the 
city is about to be taken over by 
ghosts, so The Real Ghoslhusters 
have to save the city by shooting 
them and then beaming them into the 
containment backpack. The whole 
thing is filmed in a semi-overhead 
view, with the First level taking place 
on top of skyscrapers. 

Ghosts come in many shapes, 
colours and flavours. Werewolves 
and mummies are fairly innocuous, 
only being nasty when touched. 
Other spooks are a bit more unpleas- 
ant, with the large purple mutant 
worn hies, who shoot projectiles in all 
directions, being the worst. 

At the end of each level there is a 


sequence. 

The tune is not bad - a kind of 
Bustin' the House, Frantic Remix - 
nor is the two player gameplay if 
you're used to a CPC. Discerning 
Amigans, which of course you are, 
should avoid. Don't touch this even 
with something hargepolesque. 

Stewart C. Russell 


big guardian which must be defeated 
to gel the key Id Uie next level, Yawn. 
Oh, and before the lack of interest 
overtakes me, some ghosts leave 
bonuses which can help or hinder 
you. Z tit 

OK, that's the plot over, Now for 
the w hinges. The arcade machine 
sported very smooth, clear graphics 
and killer sound, which is the 
minimum requirement for a coin-op 
to keep its head above the water in 


today's arcade. Well, someone at 
Activision must have thought, "ft's 
only a conversion, and since we've 
written an ST version let's use that". 

So instead of neatly defined 
graphics we have grey fuzz. It’s hard 
to tell whether the little Ghostbuster 
is on top of or underneath the build- 
ings because the perspective is so 
bad. 

All the fonts are bog standard ST 
ones and the screen is 56 lines too 


short. OK. so maybe the retort is that 
not all machines can do the 256 line 
PAL screen - but there have been 
documented methods for telling 
whether a machine is PAL or not for 
at least two years, so that doesn't 
wash. 

Scrolling is fairly slow and none 
too smooth, and the sprites are badly 
defined and flicker. When your 
person cops it - maybe twice in the 
first three seconds, if you’re good - 
all it docs is put its hands on its head. 
No noise, nothing. I used to wonder 
why 9 got “Game Over" so often until 
I realised it was meant lo be a death 


34 AMIGA COMPUTING July JJWffl 








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C ONTRARY to what you might 
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it claims to bo. It is instead an 
allegorical interpretation of Britain 
today. 

Primarily, you must wander 
around a superficially well-decorated 
house, draining the life force from all 
its inhabitants, while at the sam e time 
fending off the protestations of 
previous victims. 

No, no, this has nothing to do with 
vampires at all. It's all a very clever 
piece d! subversion from those 
happies in Cornwall who would 
have you believe that Fright Night is 
an adaptation of the RCA* Columbia 
Sim and lhat if you love being scared, 
tan this’ll he the game of your life. 
Yes, well, not really. 1 don't recall 
the hem of the film being a vampire, 
do you: More a frightened young lad 
trying lo convince the dopey porkers 
that the guy next door is a vampire. 
Well that goes out of the window, 
and how on earth you're meant to be 
scared when it's you who is doing the 
nibbling, I don't know. 1 wonder 
whether Lhe programmers have seen 
the him. 

Anyway, once you get past an 
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through your hi-fi and turn the lights 
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from a hard day's sleep and your nice 
warm coffin. 

You are jerry Uandridgc and 
you've got just 12 hours lo suck the 
blood from everyone in your house. 
An icon down on (he left in the shape 
of the moon slowly fading from sight 
marks lhe passage of time, while a 
picture of yourself indicates your 
current health. 

On encountering something detri- 
mental to your death force, such as a 
Bible or a cross, layers of skin peel 
from ferry's mug - they have the 
same effect on me, strangely enough 
- which wasn’t pretty in the first 
place. A third icon indicates the 



Every night I came from expecting to see my dinner on the table, and tfrere you are. legless again 


strength of your dinner’s faith, and 
correspondingly the amount of harm 
said believer can inflict when they 
get the holy water out 
jerry is superbly portrayed on 
screen in what is basically an arcade 
adventure with re-drawn screens, He 
is large, well animated and crouches 
and leaps quite quickly for someone 
who looks so ill. Unfortunately as 


soon as any other sprites appear on 
screen, everything starts to judder 
and slow down. Considering there's 
no scrolling, this is ridiculous. 

On Monday, the first day of your 
adventures in Vampire Land, there 
are only two victims to bile and noth- 
ing lo hinder the procedure. If you’re 
squeamish look away, because as 
Jerry bites the blood spurts. 



Now where did l drop that contact kits ? 


From then do you get progressively 
more victims to bite and more ghosts 
of past victims to chase you - the 
topless green woman is rather tacky, 
Mr Lyons - and inflict damage, plus 
more rooms to your house. Obvi- 
ously someone is a dab hand at DIY, 
because whole new floors are being 
put in every day. 

That's all there is Lo Fright Night. 
The graphics are excellent and the 
SFX are nothing short of brilliant - 1 
love the slurping noise when you bite 
someone, which restores your health 
incidentally - bid the game play is 
very, very shallow. It's also extremely 
difficult to get past Tuesday. 

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drivers are great for 
integration but often 
result in chunky 
output Rupert 
Goodwins looks at 
a program which 
offers a solution 


D esktop publishing, two 

words that send computer 
salesmen into paroxysms of delight, 
users into fits of sighing and bank 
managers to the bunker. Give us 
enough money, says the DTP brigade, 
and you too can typeset your letters, 
hooks and leaflets. For most 
computers, enough money has to 
cover laser printers, hard discs and 
special displays. With PageStream, 
the Amiga plus cheap printer gets the 
chance to do it all. 

Can the Amiga cope, or is high 
quality output just putting a brave 
face on a dotty dream? 

PageStream, from Soft-Logik, has 
several claims to be the best Amiga 
DTP package going. First, it goes to 
great lengths to generate as good a 
quality of output as your printer can 
produce. Second, it comhines word 
processor and art program facilities 
with typographical effects. Third, it 


works on a single-disc, unexpanded 
A50D. 

Soft-Logik makes great play of its 
user interface - unsurprising given 
that PageStream has an Atari ST 
ancestry. To the Amigan eye, it's just 
another competent, logical use of 
Intuition, albeit with some nice 
touches. It's easy to forget that to 
make something as complex as page 
design accessible through simple 
menus requires a great deal of work. 

Getting going is simple. There’s no 
protection of any sort (isn't it nice to 
be trusted?) - and starting involves 
putting a copy of the master disc in 
the drive, booting the computer and 
double-clicking on the PageStream 
icon. No setting up is needed, at least 
for a 1 meg Amiga. Later the program 
will ask for its fonts, provided on a 
separate disc. 

The major difference for 512k 
machine owners is that they should 


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■REVIEWS 


stop the startup sequence and resize 
all the windows to free as much 
memory as possible - there's a 
detailed description in the 
documentation of what to do. 

Otherwise, the only difference 
between small and large memory 
sizes is in the amount of document 
and the speed of operation. All the 
features remain. 

The program starts up in interlaced 
mode unless told not to, displaying a 
large blank page with a menu bar 
along the top of the screen and a tool 
palette on the right-hand side. It’s 
black and white to start with, 
although colours can be modified to 
minimise flicker. Colour graphics are 
fully supported and the screen can be 
configured to use 2 colour mode (fast 
and memory -friendly), 16-colour 
mode (slow, hungry), or anything 
inbet ween. 

S TANDARD line-drawing gadgets 
- circles, geometric shapes, a 
text icon, column definition and so on 
- can be picked up from the tool 
palette - a window of its own that 
can be moved around the screen or 
sent to the back of the display. 

Flexible, but if you move it on top of 
the document the pointer type doesn't 
change back to an arrow when you're 
trying to choOSC a tool. 

The first thing to do is to start a 
new document. PageStream follows 
most Amiga conventions. The File 
menu is first on the menu bar and has 
the usual New, Open, Close, Save, 

Save As options available by mouse 
or Amiga-key selection. Unusually, all 
menu options are also getatable by 
the Esc key and one or more 
following keys. The Fonts menu, for 
example, pops up if Esc 1 F is typed 
in, A legacy of the ST perhaps, but a 
useful shortcut. PageStream 
multitasks properly, and the 
Workbench and CL1 can be started up 
horn within the program. 

The only other place where 
PageStream departs noticeably from 
normal Amiga practices is when the 
mouse is being used to lasso, draw 
boxes and so on. Normally, the 
pointer is positioned at the beginning 
of the area to be encompassed, the left 
button pressed and held down while 
the mouse is moved to the final 
position, where the button is released. 

With PageStream the button has to 
be released before the mouse is 
moved and pressed again when the 
movement is finished. A small point. 


but one that 1 kept getting wrong 
because almost everything else does it 
differently. 

Once the page size has been chosen 
from 11 preset types from Business 
Card (nice) to A3, or a custom size, 
the screen changes from blank to a 
grid of dots which show unused page 
area. The next step is to define 
columns or areas on the page where 
text or graphics will go. Columns can 
be drawn freehand or automatically 
allocated - once an area is defined, 
the dots are removed and a blank 
patch displayed, giving a clear view 
of the layout, 

I NTRODUCING text is simply a 
matter of choosing the icon from 
the tools palette, clicking on the 


column where the text is going and 
selecting the Import item from the 
File menu. Chousing Text brings up a 
list of files. Clicking on the name of a 
directory moves to that directory and 
choosing the special <Root> file from 
the top directory brings up a list of 
the assigned devices. There are no 
huttons for DFQ or DFl, so it’s quite 
difficult to ask the computer to 
display files on a changed disc. 

Choose a text file and the menu 
changes to show a list of text types it 
knows about. On the review copy this 
appeared to be limited to Ascii, 
although Word Perfect and other 
popular file formats are available. 

Text is sucked into your document. If 
you’ve so selected, it automatically 

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flows from column to column and 
from page to page, otherwise columns 
are separate from each other. 

Next, start putting in headlines 
using different fonts. Choose the part 
of the text that needs to he prettified 
by holding the left mouse button 
down and dragging the pointer across 
it; inconsistent but never mind. 

Then up to the Style menu, where 
one of the fonts, each in a wide 
variety of sizes, can be chosen, The 
final touch is to decide whether to 
add a special effect. Again, there are 
lots to choose from; underline, bold 
and reverse (white on black) are some 
that everyone else does, unlike 
mirror, shadow, backslant, upside- 
down... 

With a little diligence a document 
can be made totally unreadable with 
such style that nobody'll notice. 

P AGESTREAM uses its own fonts; 

it can't use those from other DTP 
programs, although it can make use 
of downloadable fonts for PostScript 
printers, which gives it access to the 
whole range of free and commercial 
PS type styles. 

The 10 it comes with include 
versions of Helvetica, Times, Letter 
Gothic and Roman, the rest being 
more unusual and perhaps better left 
for headlines. Ten might not seem a 
lot, but many professional 
publications get by with two or three, 
Soft-Logik is designing more. 

Graphics importation is trivial. 
Define a box and choose a picture 
from a disc. It can be scaled to fit or a 
portion snipped out and pasted in. 
Once in, it can be moved around the 
document, tilted, twisted or rotated to 
taste. 

Another nice touch here. As the 
parameters for tilt and rotate are 
being set, an animated box in the 
menu shows whal the effect will be 
on the final object. The effects can be 
applied to any object on the page, 
including text. 

Any object can also be dumped in 
the middle of a text column and the 
text made to flow around it. While 
this is good for simple boxes in the 
middle of articles, it also follows 
more complex shapes and can, with 
care, produce stunning results. 
Graphics can be filled with patterns, 
coloured and edited. The PageStream 
facilities aren’t as good as DPaint, hut 
they’re more than adequate for the 
purpose of smartening up an existing 
picture. 


Likewise, the text editing bits are 
limited but entirely relevant. There’s a 
spelling checker, a hyphenation 
rulebook, text formatting and kerning 
where two letters snuggle up close to 
each other because their shapes are 
mutually compatible, like W A, 
Without kerning, there’s a lot of space 
between them and it looks odd. DTP 
might not make everyone into 
typographers, but it’s teaching the 
world a whole new set of jargon. 

Two more powerful features are 
macros and tags. Macro assigns a 
sequence of keys to a function key; as 
all the menus can be accessed from 
the keyboard this allows complicated 
Operations to be repeated by a single 
keypress. 

Tags are similar, but devoted to 
setting up the text. Tags are named, 
so one called Headline might select a 
big bold font with automatic 
justification, one called Byline might 
he small with italics and underlining 
set- This lets you set up a consistent 
style and use the same tags week after 
week to get the same effect. 
PageStream doesn’t have style sheets, 
which are similar to tags but also set 
up column sizes. Sensible macros 
should do much the same, 

W HERE a common feature isn’t 
on a menu it can usually be 
emulated. There is, for example, no 
facility for drop caps - the large 
letters with which paragraphs like 
this one start in Amiga Computing. 

But if you want drop caps, you can 
create a box, type a letter in, change 
the font size, and then tell PageStream 
to make text flow around it. Drop the 
box at the beginning of a column, and 


IjCtter Golhic 12 point 



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Letter Gothic 24 



Letter Go 


Letter 

Universal Goman 12 point 

Universal Domai 

Universal 

Univ. 

Laser output gets rid of the figgfos 

voila - drop cap. With macros and 
tags it should be easy to automate. 

PdgeStream’s simplicity of 
operation was immediately apparent 
w'hen I started to use the thing. I’ve 
used DTP programs on Apple 
Macintoshes and IBMs, some costing 
more than the Amiga itself, and 
PageStream must be my favourite for 
ease of use, if nothing else, Things 
that look me hours to work out on 
other programs were uncannily 
intuitive - I wanted a white-on-black 



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PIG FARMERS WEEKLY 


Incorporating 

Exclusive pictures 

of 'SOW BACON', 

this weeks Porky 
Centrefold 


*Pig Sty Monthly* 



The lines radiating from I he back of the pig's head reveal a bug 
in the hardcopy routine. They were not visible on the screen 



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headline, peek at Style and there it is 
in, er, blank and white. And it’s hard 
to think of things that aren't available 
as a result; it's a narrow-minded 
fellow who’ll tire of trying out new 
features within the month. 

The program has its bad points. 
Perhaps the most annoying is the 
speed of operation - it can lake a 
good few seconds to redraw a page 
after a change, and if you, like me, 
tend to type fast and make mistakes 
errors can build up. 

It's frustrating to watch the 
computer redraw the whole screen 
because you've inserted a letter in the 
wrong place which you know you’ve 
deleted, ami then watch the computer 
redraw the screen again as it finds 
your delete keypress. 

This is made worse hv one of the 
PageStream hugs. Sometimes, when 
working with graphics, moving stuff 
about or changing the size of an 
object, bits of old screen get left 
behind when the area around the 
object is redrawn. This can build up 
over a few edits to a point where it 
can he difficult to see what’s going 
where. Making the computer redraw 
the entire screen fixes this, but the 
only way to do it is to change to 
another page and then change back. 

Any notion that this is in some w r ay 
slow, is swiftly - OK, lethargically - 
dispelled by the printing. A single 
page can take 10 or more minutes, 
and a reasonable document would 
give the Galapagos Islands lime to 
evolve three more species of finch, 

There are good reasons for this - 
the first is that PageStream generates 
its pages mathematically. Instead of 


picking a font and enlarging or 
contracting it to match the text in the 
document, it draws the outline of 
each letter according to rules and 
then fills it in. 

And this leads to the second reason 
for it being so slow r - the output is 
very, very good, 1 used a 24-pin 
printer (he used my 24-pin printer. 
Ed}, which, for the first time, showed 
signs of being worth all that money. 

PageStream will drive any printer 
that Preferences knows about, as w r ell 
as PostScript-compatible laser printers 
and typesetters. It will also handle 
colour separations, which makes it 
interesting to design and advertising 
people. Its lack of speed is forgivable, 
but it would have been nice to have 
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w r uuld be to the end of the printing. 

O ccasionally PageStream 

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or straight into a reset. I provoked 
this a couple of times while 
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column that was far loo small, or tags 
were set up with ridiculous values. 
When I w r as doing sensible things, 
PageStream behaved sensihly, but it 
isn’t a rock-solid product and liberal 
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recommended. 

The documentation is delightful. 
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tutorials. 

Not perfect - there are mistakes in 
the index and some odd characters in 
the text. But there's a really useful 
pictorial index, wdth each menu entry 


tied to a page number, which makes 
up totally for the lack of online help 
that isn’t there because PageStream 
works in 51 2k. 

And work in 512k it does, Printing 
is even slower, so there's a straight 
trade-off between memory size and 
patience, but it works. Given that it 
uses cheap dot matrix printers to the 
limit, it’s the automatic choice for 
Amiga DTP on a buriget. 

It’s got plenty to offer the more 
sophisticated user too. all that careful 
memory management results in a lot 
of ruom for documents in higger 
machines, The only cloud on the 
horizon is reliability. PageStream is a 
worthy competitor for Professional 
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value Minimum; 

For under £200 this is great value. IF 
you are realty fussy about quality you 
might he better off struggling with the 
TeX language. 


OVERALL 88% 


Marred by a few bugs. PageStream is 
the best ail round D TP package for 
A500 owners with a tot of patience. 


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Y OU’RE the typical Amiga owner 
are you? Look at you, standing 
in the newsagent's in vour grey suit 
leafing through the magazines in the 
hope of finding something interesting* 
Wouldn’t you rather be at home 
making strange noises? 

Co on, admit it - you're a weird 
noise freak. You’re only really happy 
making ping noises or some other 
audio equivalent to throwing up. You 
can't fool me. I know what you’re 
like. So, especially for you, this 
month we’ll explore the wonderful 
Amigattasic commands for making 
sounds. 

The Amiga is a rather special 
computer when it comes to sound 
generation. Most micros have a 
dedicated sound chip which produces 
various tones at different volumes. By 
design, these chips can produce only 
a limited number of sounds. To 
understand how Ihe Amiga's sound 
chip - called Brian, or is it Paula? - 
differs it is necessary to get into the 
realms of some secondary school 
physics. Since we have the greater 
part of the column to go, why not? 

Sound is a phenomena caused by 
the vibration of air molecules. When 
an object such as a tuning fork is 
vibrating, it moves air around, 
causing little packets of sound energy 
to he transmitted. The analogy 
normally used is that of a stretched 
slinky - you know, those long springy 
tilings that walk downstairs on their 
own. 

If you wobbled part of a stretched- 
out slinky back and forth, small 
waves of slightly stretched- out and 
slightly compressed coils would move 
down the length of It. Although the 
position of the spring as a whole has 
not altered, small parts of it have 
momentarily changed their positions, 
causing the wobbling to he 
transmitted down the spring. 

So it is w r ith sound: The air 
molecules around a tuning fork hump 
into other air molecules, which hump 
into other air molecules... until some 
air molecules hump into your 
eardrum and your brain perceives 
what it takes to be a sound. Technical 
stuff, eh? 

The problem as to whether a tuning 
fork w ould make a sound if there was 
nobody there to hear it is a silly one. 

If there was nobody there to hear the 
sound, there would he nobody there 
to hit the fork. Thus, it w-ouldn’t make 
a sound in the first place. 

I suppose you could hit it and run 
away very quickly, but then you 


42 A MIKA COMPUTING full' 


■ FEATURE! 


would be so out of breath that by the 
time you had finished puffing and 
panting the fork would have stopped 
making the sound anyway. This is 
one of those problems that is best not 
interfered with. A bit like 
programming in C. 


N OW we come to the part with 
the graphs in it, 1 like graphs, 
don't you? A pirture, they say, is 
worth a thousand words. And as 1 get 
paid by the word 1 would like to 
point nut to the editor that I drew the 
three graphs all by myself. 

A tuning fork vibrates in a very 
regular manner, if you could attach a 
fell tip pen to the end of one of the 
moving limbs and move the lork at a 
set speed over a piece of paper, you 
would be very silly. You would also 
get a graph that looked a little like 
Figure I, which is w hat we in the 
trade refer to as a sine wave. 

Sine, shortened to sin - 1 don’t 
know why either, for all the 
difference one letter makes it’s hardly 
worth it - is a mathematical I unction 
that can be used For ail sorts of things 
that usually involve triangles and 
circles. In our case the sin wave is the 
smoothest and purest wave that can 
he produced. Look at the graph again 
- no sharp points, completely regular 
and quite horing. 

The horizontal axis - that's the Hat 
line in the middle - can be taken to 
represent time. Moving along the axis 
from left to right will give us the 
description of the sound wave at 
subsequent moments in time. Thus 
the spacing between the peaks ot the 
graph gives us a measure of a period 
of the time. The time, which is a very 
special thing, is actually called the 
period of the waveform. 

The formula frequency - 1/ period 
gives is the frequency which, put 
more simply, is the pitch of the 
sound. The shorter the period, the 
greater the frequency and the higher 
the pitch. The frequency of sound is 
measured in units of Hertz (Hz), 
named after the car rental people who 
invented car radios. Middle C — a note 
in the middle of a keyboard - has a 
frequency of about 52t)Hz. 

Most computers make these sound 
wave vibrations electronically, 
although on some models you could 
he forgiven for thinking a little man 
was inside hitting tuning forks, The 
electronic signals cause the paper 
cone in a loudspeaker tu vibrate. 


starting those air molecules a-bumpin' 
and a-bashin' into one another. The 
waveforms produced are rarely sin 
waves. More usually they are square 
waves, as shown in Figure II, or a 
trianglar shape called sawtooth. 

Figure 111. 

The Amiga is remarkable in that it 
allows you to choose precisely the 
shape of the waveform you want, You 
could have the standard sin wave, a 
square one, or even one in the shape 
of a house. 

And as any sythesiscr player will 
tell you, shape is everything. A sin 
shaped wave sounds like a flute or a 
whistle, a saw-tooth shaped wave 
sounds like a violin or a trumpet, a 
square shaped wave sounds like an 
oboe or a clarinet, a house shaped 
wave sounds terrible. 


I GUESS il's about time we got 
down to making those noises, so 
boot your Amiga Basic, roll up vour 
sleeves and make sure the computer 
is wired for sound. If you are using a 
modulator the audio sockets on the 
computer are connected via a Y- 
shuped lead to the socket on the 
modulator marked Audio In, 
otherwise switch on your hi-fi 
amplifier and connect up the Amiga 
to the Aux Input. 

Amiga Basic supplies us with three 
commands to make noise: BEEP, 
SOUND and WAVE. We can dispense 
with BEEP straight away - if just goes 
“beep". SOUND, on the other hand, 
provides us with slightly more 
variety. It can have up to four 
parameters- The First two are 
obligatory, either or hoth ol the last 
two can be left out. 

SOUND: Frequency, duration, 
volume, voice 

The frequency is the property of 
pitch we have already discussed. 

Units of Hertz are used, so a value 
520 is almost middle C, 

The duration must be a number in 
the range 0 to 77, The numbers are 
chosen so that a value of 20 means 
the sound will continue for about one 
second. For example, to make middle 
C play for two seconds, use: 

SOUND 5213,40 

Now we come to the optional 
parameters. The first, volume, takes a 


value from 0, which is very quiet, to 
255. which is as loud as it goes. If 
you leave this parameter out the 
computer splits the difference and 
chooses 127. 

The second optional parameter 
determines the voice to be used. The 
Amiga has four voices, numbered 0 to 
3 , which means up to four sounds can 
play at the same lime. They are split 
between the left and right audio 
channels. On a stereo set-up 0 and 3 
play out of the left. 1 and 2 out of the 
right. 

If you arc using a modulator and a 
television, or a monitor with only 
mono output, this split is not 
noticeable since all lour voices are 

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Figure II: A square wave 



Figure HI: A sawtooth tvave 


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■FEATURE* 


mixed together and sent to the one 
and only channel. 

To make a loud sound in the left 
channel and a softer sound in the 
right at the same time, try: 

SOUND 500,20,255,8:SCUND *00,20,100,1 

tf we want to make two sounds 
happen one after the other we have to 
queue them. Make two sounds with 
the same voice and the computer will 
play them in that order. For example: 

SOUND 80B,20,Z55,0:SOUND 400,28,255,8 

Tf you want a voice to wait for a bit, 
send it a sound with zero volume. Tn 
the first line of the following example 
both voice (J and voice 1 play notes, 
but only voice 0 will be heard. VVhen 
both have Finished, the next voice \ 
sound will be played, this time loud 
enough to be heard. 

SOUND 800,20, 255,0:SCUND 600,20,0,1 

SOUND 600,20,255,1 

You can instruct the Amiga not to 
take any sounds off the queue until 
you say so by using SOUND WA1 1 
and SOUND RESUME, If you put 
SOUND WAIT at the start of a list of 
SOUND commands the computer will 
quietly queue them all without saying 
a word. 

When the SOUND WAIT command 
is reached all the sounds will pop of 
the queue one after the other. This is 
useful when you have written a tune 
and want the voices to be totally 
synchronised. 


F inally we get to the wave 

command, which allows us to 
specify the shape of the waveform lor 
any one of the four voices, It takes 
two parameters: 

WAVE Voice, wave-definition 

The voice is the number from 0 to 3 
again. The wave-definition is rather 
special though, and can take two 
forms, the first of which uses the 


—I 


Start : 

GQ 5 UB Initialise 
SOSUB Define .nave 
GOS UB Nike. sound 
END 

Define. yave: 

FOR a-0 to 255 

if »<12 J then 
squar*(a)"-l28 
ELSE 

squar#ia5=127 
END IF 
NEXT a 
RETURN 


Make, sound: 

UAVE 0, square 
SOUND 500,20,255,0 
RETURN 


Initialise: 

DEUNT i-i 
DIN square(255) 
RETURN 



Listing I: Square wave 

word SIN. This resets the wave shape 
to that of a sin wave. So: 

NAVE 0,SIN 

will reset voice 0 to play only 
waveforms in the shape of a sin wave. 
This is the default value. The SOUND 
examples we’ve looked at so far have 
all used sin waves. 

The second form of wave definition 
is where the fun starts. The shape is 
stored in an array of integers with at 
least 256 elements containing 
numbers in the range -12B to 127, 
These numbers represent the shape of 
the wave. 

For instance, if the first half of the 
array was filled with elements oi 
value -1 2H and the second half filled 
with elements of value 127 the 
resulting wave would be square. 
Listing I will create such an array and 


Start: 

G05UB Initialise 
GDSUB Define. vave 
GOSUB Make. noise 
END 


D ef i ne.wave : 

FOR a s 0 TO 255 
noise(a) = lNT(RND*256M2& 
NEXT a 
RETURN 


Nake.noi se: 

RAVE 0,1101 ss 

FOR vel=Z55 TO 0 STEP -4 
SOUND 20,1 ,vol ,0 
NEXT vo l 
RETURN 


initial! se: 
OEfINT a -i 
DIM mri se C 2 55 ) 
RETURN 



Listing II: While noise 


play a note using the new wave. 

The difference is subtle, but it is 
definitely there. 11 you can't hear it 
you must have been listening to too 
much heavy metal music and have 
permanently damaged your hearing. 

To simulate explosions and 
gunshots a type of sound called white 
noise is used. White noise contains all 
possible frequencies with equal 
likelihood, something which is quite 
difficult to do from AmigaBasic. 

Listing II is an attempt to make 
such a noise. Unfortunately it sounds 
more like a mechanical digger, but 
notice how a loop is used in 
Make.noise to make the sound die 
away gradually. 

I could run through lots of similar 
programs which provide you with 
different waveforms, but instead 1 am 

► 


luly 1‘ttW AMIGA COMPUTING 45 


■ FEATURE ■ 


< 

going to give you Listing III - a 
program which you can use to draw 
your own wave shapes on the screen 
and listen to them. 

The subroutine Draw, wave draws a 
box to put the wave into. Then if 
checks the mouse button to see if it 


has heen pressed. If so, and the 
pointer is within the box„ another 
element is added to the graph. This 
continues until the wave has been 
finished. If pressing the mouse button 
doesn’t seem to do anything, try 
clicking it several times in the Basic 
window' title bar. or press the right 
mouse button once or twice. 


You’ll find the routine that creates 
all the awful noises at the label 
Make.sound. First it assigns the wave 
shape to voice 0 and then starts a two 
second noise of frequency 200Hz. Try 
changing this value or adding other 
SOUND commands to play a short 
tune with your new waveform. Bye 
for now. 


Rake-a-Wave* 

' Stretch the Basic window as Large as passible before 
r running. Press the IHB and wiggle mouse up and doun 
within graph area. 

Start: COSUB Initialise 

GflSJB Draw. wave 
GOSUB Hake. sound 
GOTO Start 


WHILE e le#ent<256 

wait. for. button: HHlLE fious E (03 0-1 : VEND 

y=«0USE(2) 

IF y>f67 0# y<40 THEN Out. of. range 
Set .um.e Le«nt: shape (etenent)My-10l)*? 

e Leneftt s eleienM 

Ora*. wave, line: LINE ( xcordJfliMxcord,*! ,1 

xcord=seorc(*2 

Out. of .range: BEND: RETURN 


Hake. sound: WAVE a, shape: SOUND 200,(0,255,0 

FOR t*1 TO 2300: NEXT: RETURN 

Drev.wave; FOR a=0 TO 255:shape(a)=0;HEXT a 

GOSUB Drsu .box 
mrd=fij 
e Lement-0 


Draw, bo*: LINE (50,30M5CZ,176),T,b 

LINE (60,40)-(572,16BJ,2,bf 
LINE (60,1041-1572,100,1 
RETURN 

initialise: CLS: DEFJKT a-i:6IN shape (25 6) RETURN 


Listing HI; Draw your own wave shapes and listen to the results 


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synopsis is given in the instruction 
booklet. 

There are three main screen 
displays - full map, campaign and 
animation levels. The full map shows 
the entire area of Middle Earth 
involved in the game. Characters 
under your command are shown as 
blinking blue dots, evil forces as red 
dots and neutral forces as green. Time 
is halted while you look at it. 

1'he campaign level gives a detailed 
scrolling view, Characters are shown 
as small figures and forces as a 
shield, its design in telling you who it 
represents. Clicking on characters, 
armies, towns or any other point of 
interest, will bring up a window 
telling you what or who is there. 

The animation level presents a 
moving display. Messages passed to 
your characters are shown in a 
window. Characters walk or ride in 
from one side and move out to the 
other, occasionally sitting down for a 
rest or kip, Graphics are superb. Keep 
this level activated and the scene will 
change as your party moves to a new 
location- 


The 

best 

tale 


ever 


told 


P UBLICATION of Professor JRR 
Tolkien’s The Hobbit in 1937 
and The Lord of the Rings in 1965 
were two of the most important 
events in adventure history. Two 
books like no others. 

The Hobbit game from Melbourne 
House shook the adventuring world, a 
Spectrum game with recognisable 
graphics, a game which had us 
puzzled over for weeks and months. 

The sequels. Lord of the Rings and 
Shadows of Mordor, were buggy 
disappointments. Perhaps 
smarting under the criticisms, 
Melbourne House has 
pursued the theme of The 
Lord of the Rings. War in 
Middle Earth is a mixture 
of adventure, role 
playing and strategic 
war game. Et 

encompasses all 
three parts of the 
Lord of the 
Kings and for 
those who do 


not know 


the story a 


Examine 
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with Dave 
Eriksson 


48 AMIGA COMPUTING luly 1969 





■ADVENTURES* 






ie 

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it 


» 


In each display there are icons that 
enable other options to be actioned. 
You may look at the health of a 
character, see what forces are doing 
and their status, change the rate at 
which time passes, get a character to 
pick something up or use an item 
already held, change from one level 
to another, instruct a character or 
group to move to a place or in a 
specified direction and save the game 
position. 

When opposing forces face up to 
one another you have the choice for 
each main character - and for groups 
such as 4(H) light infantry — of four 
actions: Charge, engage, withdraw 
and retreat Fighting can make or mar 
the rest of the game, here the system 
used works quite well and is 
believable. 

At the start you can only control 
three groups: Frodo, Sam and Pippin, 
Eomer with a small group of cavalry 


in Rohan, and Faramir with a group 
of rangers in North Ithilien, 


S AURON has sent the Nazgul to 
the Shire because he believes 
that the Ring is somewhere in that 
area. Nazgul are deathless ancient 
kings who were given, and came 
under the spell of, the rings Sauron 
made for mortal men. 

To get more allies you must meet 
characters or groups. As Frodo and 
his companions travel, they meet folk 
who offer advice. Read carefully, for 
some messages do not stay on the 
screen for very long. They usually 
indicate where useful objects may he 
found. 

In the book, Frodo goes to 
Huckland, where he is joined by 
Merry. The four hobbits then travel 
east and meet Tom Rombadil (more 


advice) and then on to the small town 
of Bree where they meet a tall ranger, 
Aragom. He takes them to Rivendel), 
where it is decided that the Ring must 
be destroyed and that the party to 
attempt this will be nine strong. 

This Fellowship of the Ring is made 
up of Frodo and the three hobbits, 
Gandalf, Aragom, Legolas (an elf], 
Gimli (a dwarf] and Boromir (a man). 

Unlike the book, where you only 
meet Eomer and Faramir much later 
on, the game enables you to make use 
of their services and friendship right 
from the beginning. 

If is possible to get the Ring to the 
Cracks of Doom by several different 
methods. There is also the question of 
finding treasures that are hinted at. 
Who is to find them and when? 

Combined might may be able to 
make a frontal assault on Mordor and 
get the Ring to Mount Doom. 




A campaign map showing the area of confrontation between Minas, 
Tirith and Mordor. Opposing armies are shown as shields 



Frodo, Sam and Pippin meet a passing 
ranger on the journey to Buckland 


July JSflS AMIGA COMPUTING 49 


■ADVENTURES! 



A band of trolls and ores up to no good 
outside Sauron 's fortress at Ha rad Due 



The pace hots up as the hobbits and friends make 
their way to the Cracks of Doom with the Ring 


Alternatively, as in the book, a mighty 
display uf force may cause Sauron to 
overlook a small band creeping 
silently through a secret back door. 

Your options are wide open. There 
are healing draughts in the Grey 
Havens, in a ravine north of the White 
Towers or in Tuckbo rough. There is 
mithril armour in Belegust and an 
ancient golden sceptre to the west of 
Annumias. There is a valuable 
hammer lost to the dwarves and a 


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silver orb that will have the elves 
following you like the Pied Piper. 

There is wood prized by the wise, 
elven shards, a red arrow and 
Thrain's ring. All these things could 
he useful, but do you have the time to 
find them? 


I NITIALLY the evil forces of 
Sauron remain quiescent - some 
slight movement hut nothing openly 
aggressive. At a moment probably 
triggered off by the approach of the 
Ring, Sauron unleashes his armies. 

It's ohvinusly useful to distract 
Sauron from looking too close to 
home. 

It is possible to finish the game 
within an hour by getting Eomer to 
ride north to the Shire and escorting 
Frodo and friends into Mo r dor from 
the east. But apart from proving it can 
be done, this provides little nr no real 
gameplay. None of the useful ohjects 
arc found or used and the Fellowship 
of the Ring is never formed. 

The time to feel good about this 
game is when you can do it as it was 
written in the hook. 

The Operating system works well, 
hut disc access when changing levels 
is a little slow. My version crashed a 
couple of times. 

For those already addicted to The 
Lord of the Rings, this is a must. You 
will meet many uf the characters who 
make the trilogy so remarkable. 

This game is very much what you 
make of it. It definitely does not lose 
interest, you simply take a different 
path. What music and sound effects 
there are, are quite good, and the 


graphics are excellent, you can sit and 
watch Frodo and Co w r andering 
around for hours. 


STUCK? 

Zak McKracken 
hints 


C ANNOT get anything from 
the baker? Keep ringing that 
bell. Wear the nose and hat to get 
past the alien in the phone 
company. Empty the fishbowl into 
the lamp to create a space helmet. 
Use the radio control to get the 
blue crystal. 

Cannot get on the bus? Bang on 
it with something or play the 
kazoo. 

To distract the air hostess, block 
the sink with toilet paper and put 
an egg in the micro w r ave. You need 
the lighter, seat and oxygen which 
takes two distractions. 

In the Sphinx maze follow the 
sun and enter the friendly eyes. In 
the Mayan maze type what is to 
find torches and light them with 
the lighter. Give book to tramp, 
whisky to guard, guitar to king, 
and golf club to shaman. You will 
need the Hag pole at Stonehenge. 
When you fly to the cave in the 
giant's right eye only get the scroll 
and go straight back - you are 
short of time here. Face maze, map 
room? centre door, blue, green, 
blue, left. 


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M ulti tasking is memory 

hungry. Amiga!) os does 
incredibly well to work in 512k with 
an BtSOk disc, a fad best illustrated by 
the amount of memory rival systems 
need. OS/2 needs at least 2 meg of 
ram and a 20 meg hard drive. Unix 
isn't happy with anything less than an 
AO meg hard drive. All three systems 
perform better with more elbow 
room. 

Anyone who has added an A501 nr 
second floppy to their A5UU will 
know that it makes a big difference to 
the usahlity of the system. That 
change is insignificant compared with 
the advantages offered by a hard 
drive. 

Having established that you need a 
hard drive more urgently than you 
need to eat for the next couple of 
months, the Commodore A59C1 Plus 
might seem an obvious choice. Rut a 
hard drive should not he judged by 
the outer case alone. Few people 
bought the Commodore A1010 
second floppy drive for their Amiga, 
the Sensible shopper discovering that 
offerings from Evesham, Triangle, 
Datel and other likeminded Amiga 
Computing advertisers offered hetter 
VFM, Perhaps the same holds true. 

The A590 is smartly coloured to 
match recent cream A500s - early 
ones were nearer to white. The styling 
matches that of the computer. It is 
small and neat, partly because the 
footwarmer power supply sits on the 
floor like the A50Q one. 

Common sense and ingenuity have 
dictated that Commodore has not 
repeated the mistake of putting the 
power switch out of reach. There is 
no power switch. The A590 is auto- 
sensing, switching on when the A500 
powers up. This works both ways - 
the computer won’t power up unless 
the drive is plugged into the mains. 

The front has lights which show 
when the drive has power and when 
it is being accessed. The hack has an 
KS232 look-alike connector which is 
actually a SCSI port (pronounced 
scuzzy] for connecting more drives, 
tape spoolers or even some laser 
printers. 

There is a socket for connection to 
the power supply brick and a row r of 
four DIP switches Two look after the 
device numbers for adding extra 
drives, a third is reserved for future 
expansion and the last one sets the 
system to autobnot if you ha^e a 1.3 


Driving a harcb 



A. 190 f fun! Drive Dins 


unci Ihuls that it is more 
then just an easy way to 
keep your left foot warm 


Kickslarl rom in your Amiga. 

Slotting the drive on to the side of 
the computer needs a bit of courage 
and a hearty shove. This is a Good 
Thing because it means the whole 
unit is solid. Assuming you have a 
Kickslarl 1 ,3 rom and the DIP switch 
is set on the drive, power to the 
computer sets the unit humming 
noisily into life. 


W ORKBENCH appears in about 
15 seconds depending on 
what Startup- Sequence has to do. 
Kickstart 1.2 owners will have to boot 
from floppy. The disc provided has 
clickable icons which will make a 1.2 
boot disc for you. From then on your 
Amiga is transformed. 

Buying an A590 nets you three 
separate units in one box - a ram 
expansion, a hard drive controller and 
the 20 meg hard drive. Up until now 
getting this kind of kil together was a 
technojunkie's dream and a sane 
user’s nightmare. 


Ram expansion is the simplest 
feature; getting to the sockets is the 
hardest part of installation. The outer 
casing, the drive and then a metal 
cage have to be removed before you 
can get to the slots. This jigsaw 
puzzle is a result of keeping the unit 
small. Since you are probably only 
going to install ram once, l think it is 
worth it. 

Memory can be expanded by 
adding chips to give 51 2k, 1 meg or 2 
meg in addition to the ram fitted in 
your computer. It is worth noting that 
the memory in the drive runs faster 
than either the ram in the computer 
or the A501 expansion unit. This is 
because the computer’s internal 
“chip” ram has to be slowed down to 
a speed which allows the custom 
chips to share it with the processor. 
The “fast" ram in the drive cannot be 
accessed by the custom chips and so 
can whizz along at full tilt. 

Sitting between these two types of 
memory is the ASCII with its “slow" 
ram. This cannot be accessed by the 
blitter, and runs at the same speed as 


52 AMIGA COMPUTING July 1989 



■COVER STORY* 


Access (DMA), Non-DMA drives use 
the central processor to read bytes 
from the disc and shove them into 
ram. A DMA drive uses its own 
custom chippery. This is not only 
quicker, il allows any other programs 
your Amiga may be running to work 
at normal speed. 

DMA is very much faster and the 
Commodore set-up is guaranteed to 
understand how the rest of the 
operating system works. So when 
Kicksfart and Workbench change, 
compatibility is ensured. 


T WO types of drive can be 

connected, XT or SCSI. Both are 
better than the ST-506 sold with 
A 2000s and 1UM type PCs, Because 
there are so many IBM clones in the 
world, ST-50G drives benefit from 
economies of scale - SCST drives are 
expensive, partly because they are 
made to a higher spec. A 45 meg 
SCSI drive without controller card 
will set you back £500. 

Commodore has compromised and 
fitted a cheaper 20 meg XT drive. 

This seriously affects performance 
when compared with more expensive 
systems, but if it makes the difference 
between the system selling for £399, 
which I can afford, and £59!J, which I 




chip ram. When the new Fatter Agnus 
becomes available you will be able to 
have 1 meg of chip ram. Very new 
A2000 s already have this fitted 

Some badly written programs do 
not like working in anything other 
than chip ram. NoFastMem cures this, 
To get the most from a legit program 
you would be wise to run it in fast 
ram, which can be forced by running 
FastMem First, Depending on your 
needs, one of these commands should 
be added to your Startup-Sequence. 

Speed costs. The chips which need 
to be fitted are rated at 120 
nanoseconds. This is pretty fast. Size 
counts. Each chip Stores 256 x 4 bits 
(1 megabit) per chip. To keep power 
consumption down and so keep the 
heal generated to a minimum, the 
chips need to be CMOS as opposed to 
the cheaper NMOS. You will void 
your warranty if you fit the latter. 

Even with CMtJS. a set-up with all 
the sockets filled still gets pretty 
warm. 

All these factors combine to make 
the parts expensive. Suitable chips 


proved hard to track down, and then 
at a price of £22 each. You'll need 32 
chips for 2 meg so it is not surprising 
Commodore supplies the unit empty. 

C OMMODORE is proud of the 
design w r ork it has pul into the 
interface. Lessons were learned with 
the A2G9D and A2U9()a. When using 
overscan and interlace the main 
processor has a job looking after the 
screen. Expecting it to do any other 
work is asking a bit much. So if the 
hard drive interface takes too much 
processor time, the display has 
problems. This has been cured with 
the A590. 

The new interface will cope with 
big drives up to 600 meg. And you 
can attach eight drives at a time using 
SCSI. There is no through bus so you 
can‘1 plug any peripherals into the 
A590. 

Getting data to and from the 
computer as fast as possible is the 
primary job of the interface card. For 
this reason it uses Direct Memory 


can’t, I would much rather have a 
slow' drive than none at all. 

Speed freaks can either whip out 
the XT unit and raid the piggy bank 
to fit a SCSI drive — bye-bye warranty 

- or add an extra drive externally. 

This should see the performance 
improve from a data transfer rate of 
around 150k per second to a 
theoretical rate of more than a 
megabyte per second, but for that you 
will be paying over £1,000 for the 
drive, and the rest of the hardware 
couldn't match the speed. 

A sensible upgrade would be a 40 
meg drive with a 1:1 interleave, 
which refers to the spacing of data on 
the disc. Data is read as the disc spins 
past the head. Sometimes it is 
spinning so fast the drive can only 
cope with the data by pausing a while 

— like trying to drink a pint of milk 
wilhnul stopping - so the data is 
spaced out, with data from other files 
filling the gaps. 

If the gap is one sector the 
interleave is 1:2. If it reads one, 
ignores two, reads one, the interleave 

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is 1 :3. The best case* with nn gaps, 
gives a 1:1 interleave, whinh isn’t 
possible with XT drives. The Epson 
or Western Digital drives Commodore 
use in the A59U have an interleave of 
3:1 or 4:1. 

Big 40 meg drives are faster than 20 
meg ones because they have more 
read/write heads, so upgrading might 
he worthwhile, particularly since 20 
nieg does start to get a hit pokey after 
a while. Commodore has no plans to 
fit bigger or luster drives, the priority 
being to keep the price down. 

D ocumentation is good and 

clear. It errs on the side of 
caution, always advising you to park 
the drive heads. There are good 
explanations of how to use the CLI 
command Assign to install software 
and a guide to using the programs 
which come with the system, PrepHlJ 
allows you to re-format the drive; an 
Install icon copies the standard 
Workbench drawers on to the A590; 
Park is used before switr.h-off to 


prevent the heads from crashing into 
the disc. 

The major utility is HUTooJbox. 
This is the one you will need if you 
add another drive to the system. For a 
program which has to guide dumb 
users through a minefield of jargon it 
is very good, hut you should read 
through the documentation and make 
sure you know the answers to all the 
questions you arc going to be asked. 

Reviewing hardware is often 
difficult unless something exciting 
happens, like it goes wrong tbr 
instance. If the hox does what it is 
supposed to then there is Little to gel 
excited about. 

What makes the A590 special, 
wnrth getting excited about w hen it 
works faultlessly, is the care with 
which it has been designed. Any 
faults are the result of having to keep 
the price down, something 
Commodore should be praised for. 

t here is a rash of hard drives 
appearing at the moment, most of 
them are at least 40 tneg, but they 
will all have to go some to beat 
Commodure's Real Thing. 


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We don’t need 
no education 



John Ridge gives his 
views on learning 
kids wha t can *t 
do sums or write 
English proper 


E ducational software is a 

fallacy. It is dangerous to lean 
too heavily on etymology, but the 
word "educate" is derived from Latin 
and. strictly speaking, means "to 
bring up”. On the other hand, the 
word "teach’’ is pure Anglo-Saxon 
and means "to impart knowledge or 
skills”. Clearly there must be some 
overlap. Rut more than anything else, 
the difference lies in attitude of mind. 

There are far too many educators in 
schools these days, all busily 


usurping the right of parents to bring 
up their own children in their own 
way. Or what is even worse, engaging 
in the damnable practice of using 
other people's children for 
experiments in social engineering. At 
the same time there is a dire shortage 
of what T would call genuine teachers, 

The notion of a computer bringing 
up children is SO ridiculous lhat I find 
the description "educational 
software" somewhat fanciful, I prefer 
to think of programs being designed 
to teach, or serve as teaching aids, 
They need not necessarily be written 
for children, although I imagine most 
will be. 

At the last count I had nine 
grandchildren, all of whom have 
access to a computer at home. Not 
unnaturally my thoughts have turned 
tu the possibility of trying my hand at 
writing a teaching program or two. 

It would not serve our purpose to 
get bogged down in the quagmire of 
technical jargon which accompanies 
any discussion of learning theory, so 1 
will be purely pragmatic. Think of me 
as a bearded grandfather who, 
although cuddly and loveable, is 
extremely wise, sensible and down-to- 
earth. That description, now I come to 
think about it, fits me perfectly. 

P ERHAPS the most important 
consideration, especially if a 
teaching program is intended for 
small children, is that of reward. It 
has to do with what is often called 
positive reinforcement. For adults and 
older children a sense of achievement 
or the realisation that a step has been 
made towards some distant goal is 
reward enough - small children need 
the encouragement of something 
much more concrete and immediate. 

If an adult is present to heap praise 
on the child, well and good, but if the 
child has only the computer, then it is 

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the computer which must provide the 

reward, 

f once wrote a version of Hangman 
in which the reward was an 
additional point to add to the score 
and the penalty was a little man 
falling into a tank of water with a 
splash. I imagined a child would 
want to prevent the little man from 
suffering such a sad fate. 

The trouble turned out to he that it 
was a far more rewarding experience 
to see the man falling from a great 
height lhan it was to see the score 
increase by one. It paid to guess that 
a word should be spelt Uzxkv. That 
was not my intention. 

Whatever others may tell you, don’t 
write programs that need reasoning 
for very small children. They love 
rigmarole of any sort, whether it he a 
long list of animals chasing the old 
woman chasing the pancake, or their 
three-times table. What parent has not 
been driven almost to distraction by 
having to read the same storybook 
dozens of times in succession? Rut 
heaven help the parent who gets a 
single syllable wrong on the 59th 
reading. Small children learn by rote, 
and they learn well, 

A MY temptation to be twee 

should be resisted. Children 
obligingly humour adults who appear 
to favour little furry rabbits, but they 
don’t go a bundle on bunnies 
themselves. A furry stuffed toy is 
tactually pleasant and warm. A two- 
dimensional representation is neither, 
except by association in the adult 
mind. 

Asking children to type their own 
name at the start of a program is a 
good idea - and possibly their age, 
because children are keen to advertise 
how "big” they are. The 
complications of using the Shift key 
to input the upper case letter at the 
start of a name can be avoided by a 
few lines of programming. 

I think the correct use of "capital” 
letters and "small'' letters should 
always he encouraged by example. If 
the child is beginning to be 
functionally literate, personalised 
messages may help considerably. 
Negative reinforcement by the use of 
messages reading, "Angela, my sweet, 
you are a nine-vear-old cretin,” 
should be avoided. 

When my own children were small 
I found that if 1 put on an act of 


Gunning for the schools 


W HAT is LGEM all about? 

Local Government, 
Education and Medical is the new 
division within Commodore UK 
aimed at key areas of computing, 
with Peter Tallvol as national sales 
manager and bill Owen heading 
contract Sales, which deals with 
government agencies, local 
authorities, schools, MoD and 
other ministries. 

Today it seems ludicrous that an 
overpriced 32k machine should 
have swamped the market to such 
a degree that only a couple of 
other companies have managed to 
keep a toehold in the classroom. 
The BBC Micro, though, has had 
its day. 

The first personal computer to 
find its way into the classroom was 
the Commodore Pel. Now the 
company is beginning a strong 
initiative to regain the position it 
once held. 

The world has changed since the 
early days, and so too has the 
strategy, 1 talked to Bill Owen 
about the philosophy behind the 
Commodore move. His view was 
quite clear. 

“The market has to be 
thoroughly explored first”. Bill 
insisted, "There's no point going in 
with a black box with no software 
and expecting people to buy. Take 
the education world: ’[’here are two 
levels at which the market 
penetration has to be software led. 
The first is a recognition of the 
dominance of BBC Basic. The 
second is the development of 
specialist software”, 

Tt was very welcome to hear a 
big hardware manufacturer 
acknowledging the fact that 
educationists are too conservative, 
an attitude which is backed up hy 
the huge amount of software 
written for the BBC, 

So Commodore has decided that 
if you can’t beat 'cm... 

And that’s the background to the 
BBC Emulator, ft offers most of the 
facilities of the BBC. sitting on top 
of the tiBODD looking about as 
future-proof as anything can in the 
medium term. 

Of course there are snags: one in 
particular about which 1 was 


It is a long time since 
Commodore ruled the 
classrooms. Professor 
Rex Last examines 
what is being done to 
regain lost ground 


concerned. I run a small company 
which markets occupational 
therapy software for the BBC 
Micro, Much of the work involves 
patients with defective or limited 
motor control and problems with 
hand-eye coordination, so some of 
the software needs specialised 
hardware add-ons like a custom 
concept keyboard, which is not 
available on the Amiga. 

Devising an input port to accept 
a concept keyboard is just one area 
Commodore is exploring; Bill 
Owen and his colleagues are 
listening hard to what the customer 
has to say. 

There’s another area in which 
software takes a leading rule. 
Specialist applications have 
mushroomed. Commodore is eager 
to exploit the Amiga's strength at 
DTP, speech, Midi, IV, CBT, 
graphics, video editing and titling. 
Market penetration must be 
software led and the development 
of appropriate software takes a 
prominent role. 

Commodore is investing 
considerable sums in projects for 
the educational world and there's a 
Commodore roadshow of 
conferences on the Amiga and PC 
in education. 

But surely the ultimate games 
machine is out of place in a 
classroom? I don’t want my next 
generation zapping aliens when 
they should be doing homework. 
My guess is that this is a strength 
of the Amiga rather than a 
weakness - a strong link between 
school and home. Children will be 
happier with a machine they can 
use for education find games. 

It will he fascinating to see how 
Commodore shapes up. Maybe the 
Amiga will turn out to be the new 
teach er s Pet. 



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bewilderment end confusion they 
were eager to rush to my aid. I might 
sit scribbling figures on a piece of 
paper, muttering and grumbling to 
myself, quite unable to puzzle out 
how much 14ft of wood would cost 
me at half-a-crown a yard. 

Sooner or later someone would 
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With me heading off in wrong 
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In a similar way it might be feasible 
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simplest way would be to get the 
child to say whether something is 
correct or not, perhaps with randomly 
generated errors which presented 
expressions such as 6 x 12 = 99 or 
7x6 = 13, and so on. 

But I'm sure the machine could he 
made to appear subject to human 
fallibility in a much more subtle way 
than that, arousing a child to a state 
of excitement trying to catch it out 
making mistakes, 

T HE quickest way of learning to 
play the piano is to start giving 
lessons, so perhaps the same principle 
holds when one starts to “teach" a 
computer something. As soon as one 
begins to contemplate the possibility 
of writing teaching programs, all 
manner of ideas present themselves, 
but it should not be forgotten that the 
aim is to teach, not just amuse. The 
ground rules were all thoroughly 
explored long before the advent of 
home computers. 

It would be as well to visit a library 
and examine the literature on the 


subject of Programmed Learning, 
which was wrilten when teaching 
machines were in vogue. There is 
more to it than meets the eye. 

For instance, have you ever 
considered the question of whether 
minimal-step linear programs ought 
not to have parallel sequences with 
different step- sizes commensurate 
with the degree of understanding as 
measured by the percentage of correct 
responses? 

Indeed, is it practical to introduce 
such parallel sequences in branching 
programs with multiple choice 
questions? 

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with questions indicates the need to 
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The computer must be seen as an 
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parents. It will only do this hy losing 
the image of heing a mathematical 
engine. 

We should teach, not educate. 



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Capricorn 
to old Oz 

AH aboard for another tour of the 
public domain with Fat Angus 


H OW do you explain to a yuppie 
that you are nol a train spotter? 
The mere mention of PD software is 
rewarded with the look we all save 
for the bloke collecting numbers on 
York station. Cheap camera, clothes 
fashionable in 1972, the trusty 
thermos and 14 diaries full of the 
exploits of 47014. a Brush Type 4 so 
I'm told. 

What is it that equates the train 
spotter with the PD collector? Nothing 
at all. It’s so easy to dump an entire 
subject because of a misconception. 

I know a train spotter from York is 
probably getting very annoyed 
reading this, but 1 don't care. It’s his 
parents’ fault. They should have made 
him play rugby and get drunk when 
he was younger. They should have 
made a man out of him. Instead he's 
35 and collecting diesel fumes and 


double pneumonia. 

His name’s Ralph. But that’s his 
parents’ fault, too. 

1 don’t know whether it runs in the 
Family hut his younger brother Eric, a 
civil servant, has just bought a 
second-hand BBC Micro to help him 
learn about the computers at work. 
Cousin Dave who comes for tea on 
alternate Saturdays, is spoiling fur a 
row this week because he’s got an 
Amiga. 

Coming up from Church Kenton on 
the train, a chap who was “something 
in CAD" look him to task for his 
interest in PD and referred to him as 
"another train spotter” who should 
save up his money and buy a proper 
computer like an Apple Mac. 

What Dave does to Ralph will no 
doubt grace the pages of the Sunday 
Sport nr the guest list of the 



Magistrates Court in Solihull - a town 
where l chanced upon Rob Massey of 
Capricorn Computers. Over 511 discs 
in the collection and still growing, 

,l Our PD library started l » months 
ago as a service to our customers, 
some of whom were worried about 
viruses", Massey told me. “We got 
inquiries from further afield and 
started mailing discs". 

As the collection grew, so did the 
clientele. Now Capricorn has 
blossomed into a fully fledged PD 
outfit. 

There are advantages to being 
small, as I found out when I wanted 
one-to-one advice. Imagine ringing a 
multi-national software emporium to 
request the best way to twidge a 
utility. 

“Thank you sir, I'll put you on 

hold". 


W HILE we’re waiting for a 

reply from them, I've time to 
look at these Capricorn discs. Eany- 
meanie-minie-mn. Ho hum. Discs 20, 
22 and 26. 

Disc 2fl is a fairly predictable 
collection of Amiga PD games. 

Gravity War, Cycles, Egyptian Run, 
Invaders, Tic-Tac-Toe and Adventure. 
Nothing earth shattering, but a 
reasonable wadge of games for your 
pennies. 

Discs 22 and 26 are utilities. I can 
see you're setting the alarm clock so 
i'll keep it short. Aside from the 
normal yawnish crunchers and text 
readers, there are some nice snippets 
like a drive spinner to make disc 
cleaners work, an IFF picture to icon 
converter, a pointer clock device, or a 
pointer device clock, or something, 
and many, many more. 

Flicking through Capricorn's list, 
the company is up to date with 
versions of programs, and as well as 
the normal PD collection it has some 
interesting extras in its homegrown 
library. 

It’s worth highlighting an advantage 
of a smaller PD lihrary, Massey was 
well enough in tune with his 50 or so 
discs that he could locate what l 

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July 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 63 



wanted without guessing or 
consulting huge lists or databases. 

Talking of huge lists and databases, 
or even not talking about them, is 
nothing whatsoever to do with the 
report received this week from Down 
Under. We re under attack from the 
mutant Gr undies. Closely following 
the antipodean soap comes the first 
hatch of Australian shareware. Nell 
Mangel, eat yer heart oul. 

Much of this is crude conversion 
work from 8 hit machines. The Henry' 
Ramsay Lawn mower Simulator is an 
example. Sound is a monotonous 
sampled moped. The idea is to run 
around the neighbourhood avoiding 
the cats and postmen while trying to 



Sieve Tibbett, PD hero end 
X-man extraordinaire 


mow as many lawns as possible. 

From the as yet unheard of Darleen 
Brothers, HRI.S was written from a 
totally unoriginal idea and, while very 
quick on an Amiga, has nunc of the 
machine's graphic capabilities 
exploited. 

T HE convict beginnings of 

Australia are remembered in 
another simulation which is slightly 
reminiscent of the Cnlditz glider, 
H-Block Escape. 

The game is split into two parts. In 
a horizontally scrolling maze game 
you have to gather together six fellow 
prisoners, attack a warder, get the 
keys, hold the governor to ransom 
and finally lead the convicts on to the 
roof. 

Part two is an isometric 3D plan of 
the roof. You have to collect the 
necessary parts to make a working 
hang glider. This accomplished, you 
fly of! into the sunset. Or you would 
if you could find the bits. 

T plummeted several times hefore I 
realised it was supposed to do that. 

Aimed at the delinquent sub-culture 
around Ayres Rock, H-Block Escape 
was written by Paul Read, Erica 


Davidson and Beatrice Smith, all part 
of the Wentworth rehabilitation 
project. 

Back on this side of the world, but 
still very sneaky, is a brilliant hut less 
than honest general method of hyping 
PD. Tt labours under the excuse of a 
disclaimer: “This disc contains 
language or graphics that may 
offend”, Well it may have done in 
1948, but with naked ladies adorning 
the tabloid press daily and expletives 
having reached Blue Peter, I don’t 
think we re going to be reaching for 
the heart pills, 

N t), more likely we’ll reach for 
the cheque hook in the hope 
that this time it may be something 
stunning and not just another deck of 
digitised derrieres or an Anglo-Saxon 
nastie with a Dutch accent. 

I took a random sample of 12 of 
these so called “buy at your own 
risk” discs from various sources, and 
this is what I found: 32 four-letter 
words about propagation, three four- 
letter words about normal bodily 
functions, seven digitised naughty 
words, five digitised pictures of 
protruding protruberenccs and three 
naughty parts. 

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minors from the degredation and 
squalid thoughts we adults have and 
enjoy, but if I find the disclaimer used 
as a cunning way to advertise PD 
software, offender beware, 

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mail at Birmingham’s New Street 
Station. After an uncomfortable bus 
ride from Solihull the last thing I 
wanted was a Left-wing Brummie 
trying to get a subscription for some 
nasty radical Trotskyist cause. If 
perchance his commune owns an 
Amiga and he's reading this: “You 
nasty little oik, I nearly missed my 
train and T hope the swelling lasts for 
months”. 

At least there was a bar on the train 
and 1 had time to inhale a Britvic or 
two as we sped southwards. At the 
end of platform two at Kings Cross I 
noticed a bunch of men crowded 
round a diesel. They were taking 
photns of a guy dressed from the 
seventies leaning on an engine 
bearing the number 47014. Whatever 
turns you on. 

Across London by tube and south 
towards Portsmouth. On the outskirts 
of that sprawling naval town is 
Water! uoviile, famous for absolutely 


nothing. After scanning reference 
books and gazetteers for a strange fact 
to latch on to, 1 had all but given up 
when I came to a small comment 
about neighbouring Havant, famous 
for the largest tampon factory in 
Europe. Does this make Waterloovillc 
the next door neighbour to ... 

Good taste and editorial discretion 
plucked away the rest of the above 
paragraph. 

Softville PD in Waterlooville has 35 
million different PD discs for the 
Amiga. At least it seems that way. A 
40-page catalogue bristling with 
Softville, UGA, APDC, AMICUS, Fish, 
Panorama, FAUG, Slipped Disk, 
commercial software and a club that 
guarantees updates and catalogues 
make this a well organised outfit. 

1 tried the two Fairlight demo discs, 
a few games. Fish's latest, a UGA 
slideshow, sound utilities and Soft 
102, which has a really alarming start. 

Slideshow is a useful program. 



A grisly example from the 2 1 pieces of 
artwork on the UGA Slideshow disc 
from So ft Vide PD 


Having recently seen a slideshow of 
digitised photos and video images, I 
am passing it on to an old college 
friend for a proper test drive on (he 
lecture and seminar circuit. 

The Fairlight discs left me with the 
harmless but annoying North Star 
virus in memory, but VirusX v3.2 
flushed it oul Thanks, Tibbett. 

Bugs abound lately, with the 
newest being the mutations of 
originally harmless viruses. There is a 
version of Byte Bandit around which 
rewards A It- A m iga - S pace- Amiga - Al t 
with an obscene message before 
doing the nasty on what’s in memory. 
No doubt there will soon be a bug 
killer to beat it. If you know of one 
already, where did you get it? 

And I hear of a disc called 
Hollandaise which claims to he an all 
purpose bug fettler from the 
Netherlands. 

Informed sources say that it is in 
fact a hug installer, and comes from a 

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leaving its own, 

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money PIT starter pack in the world. 
Send a fiver (including P&P) and 
you'll get a disc mag with demos, 
progs, music and words, a disc of 
useful utilities and three PD games, a 
disc of graphics, sound, animation 
and music. The offer includes club 
membership, 

17 Bit always seems lo have the 
best animations, but I thought r was 
having my leg pulled when f finally 
received the 1 meg trailer of the t 
meg version of the 2 meg mark 2 
version of The Walker Demo. 

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indeed. They’ll be sending out 
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on the screen hut by the time you’ve 
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Bit ahoul loo paper, number UH4 in 
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an honest memory should find it 
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tough, ft’s a nasty old world, isn’t it, 

A BIG prize for porkies lo the 
salesman in a Glasgow 
computer shop who told a customer 
that the ST could do anything the 
Amiga could. Has anyone seen an ST 
version of the Wild Copper demos? 

What was Ralph doing in Glasgow 
anyway? Ah. train spotting. 1 
understand there are sume wondrous 
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Depot, 

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ST and free "software” under arm, I 
must stop this month’s SwcetPD 
wdiile I go off to chase the elusive gas 
freezer. Using a fridge and a freezer 
as supporting points for the tahle was 


a great idea. Trouble 
is, these appliances 
of sciences have nasty 
motors that can reset an Amiga at 10 
paces with a spikev bit down the 
mains. 

After buying a gas fridge, a freezer 
is the next target. The gas hoard 
agreed reluctantly lo put another 
point next to the desk and all being 
well I should soon have a double 
smooth supply. 

The microwave and the coffee 
machine don’t cause problems, hut 
I’m told that a deep fat fryer causes 
environmental hassles. And I 
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■ MUSIC! 



P HRASE symbols such as tics or 
trills that extend over several 
notes are entered by positioning the 
cursor at the starting point of the 
symbol and pressing a key, then 
positioning the cursor at the end 
point and pressing a key again. Slurs 
need four points to be specified by 
cursor. 

Commands used for manipulating 
groups of notes include cutting, 
pasting, erasing and moving. A range 
of notes is chosen by dragging a 
square around it with the mouse. 
When the mouse button is released a 
Range Edit requester opens. 

You select the type nf edit and 
which symbols the edit will apply to 
- all text, rests, ledger lines, upper 


stems, lower stems, staves or bar 
lines. These commands can all he 
executed with keystrokes. 

As well as ihe standard editing 
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mode to enter note heads at specific 
pitches and Join mode to add stems 
and beams In sets of notes. 

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I QYFUL anticipation overcame fear | 
as T approached Copyist 
lfessinnal. Having used Dr '!”s 
popular Keyboard Control Sequencer 
software I was braced for a program 
that was powerful but difficull to 
learn. And J expected the manual to 
be a confusing mess. 

Happily, Copyist Professional is 
packed with features. Even more 
happily, this time Dr T has come up 
with a comprehensible manual and 
logical user interface. 

This software allows Amiga users 
to create arid print truly professional 
music scores which can be entered 
directly using the mouse and 
keyboard or transcribed from Midi 
sequencers. So you compose a tune at 
the keyboard and Copyist turns it into 
a score. 

There's a great deal of flexibility in 
the way scores can be formatted. A 
small edit cursor box is positioned 
within the Score Editor window. A 
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by mouse or a set of keystrokes, Some 
of the more complex symbols can 
only be entered from the keyboard. 

After the} edit cursor is positioned, 
symbols can he placed using the three 
Symbol menus. Symbols! contains 
the most common ones, including 
note heads, accidental signs and 
dynamic markers, as well as the stave, 
SymbolsZ includes clefs, time 
signatures and ornaments. The 
Symbols:! menu otters rests and 
guitar ta Mature signs. Symbols that 
can be entered only by key 
commands include bar lines, dots, 
slums and user-defined symbols. 


Rob Griffith looks at a program 
which removes some perspiration 
from the toil of inspiration 


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■ MUSIC! 


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the number of staves for each track — 
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clicking on DK. 

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into a score. A new r score should be 
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appears for you to specify parameters 
like bars per line, staves per page, any 
inclusion of rests, page numbers, bar 
numbers, stems, beams and so on. 

Drum parts can be transcribed, but 
it is important to assign each drum to 
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For professional musicians as well 
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extracting the parts from and the 
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In this window you also enter how 
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the format of your sequence file and 
enter the names of the source and 
stream files. The Conversion Options 
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wandering about directories 
late at night, trying to cram an extra 
byte out of the Workbench disc to fit 
in the latest thing in editors, virus 
killers or directory utilities. 

Here is the answer to ail your 
prayers. How to make a personalised 
Workbench disc on to which you can 
cram more programs to make life 
easier. You will want to use this in 
vour daily work to avoid a lot of the 
disc jockeying normally associated 
with the Amiga. 

OK. Make a copy of your 
Workbench disc and put the original 
well out of harm’s way. My fridge is 
such a place. Make all the suggested 
alterations in this article on the 
duplicate you have just created. When 
you delete or copy something 
remember to delete or copy the file 
with the same name plus the 
extension info, Without these there 
will be no icons to click on. 

You are. of course, familiar with the 
I rashcan directory, and since you'll 




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probably need to use this with the 
WorkBench again, it would be daft 1o 
delete it. 

Moving on, you can see there are a 
lot of files in the C directory. These 
are the AmigaDos commands which 
are loaded when required. I will not 
recommend you delete many since 
you may well need them, but likely 
candidates are Edit and ED, two crude 
text editors infinitely inferior to 
MicroEmacs on the Extras disc. 

If you haven't got a 5.25in disc 
drive for your Amiga, and most of us 
haven’t, you can safely delete 
DiskChange. SelClock is a likely 
candidate to go if you haven’t got a 
battery backed-up clock, and 
BindPrivers isn’t much use if you 
haven't got special extra hardware - 
the A 501 ram upgrade does not fail 
into this category. Apart from that, 
most of these files are good to have. 

The Prefs directory is pretty useless 


except for the Preferences program. 
Copy it and Preferences. info to the 
root directory then delete everything 
in here, including the directory itself. 
It will not give you much, hut a 
couple of kilobytes can make a 
difference. 


S OME files in the System 

directory may be of no use to 
you, depending on your machine 
configuration. If you haven’t any 
expansion memory, in other words a 
vanilla A5DD with 512k, delete 
FaslMcmFirst, MergeMem and 
NoEastMem. 

NoFastMem “removes” extra 
memory, sometimes a necessary step 
to get old programs to run. 

Merge Mem can make two memory 
boards appear as one to the machine, 
and KastMemFirst makes sure the 
“fast” memory on the expansion port 
gets used before the slower standard 
and A5t)l memory, 

If you have extra memory, but only 
one board, you can delete 
h a si Mem First and Merge Mem, If you 
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your money for a hard disc to store 
all the extra files. 

Still in the System directory, if you 
never use the minus sign and are 
pretty satisfied with the standard 
keyboard layout, you could delete 
Setmap, which alters the keyboard 
layout. You can always get a fresh 
one from the fridge. 

Don't he surprised if you see a file 
in your System directory called 
CLI. noinfo. This is because you have 
deselected CLI in the Preferences 
program, It's the CLI. info file renamed 
so that Workbench can't find it. 

There are a few extra bytes to be 
claimed in the L directory, which 
stands lor library, not to be confused 
with the Libs directory which stands 
for libraries. Some parts of Amiga Dos 
are kept in L and loaded off disc 
when needed. 

Do not touch Disk-Validator 
because it is used to check the discs 
when you insert them. Leave Ram- 
Handler alone, it's the program for 
the ram disc. Likewise Pori -Handler, 
which handles the serial and parallel 
ports. You prnhahly don’t want to 
delete Shell-Seg or Newcon-Hartdler 
without which the new Shell and 
command line editing will not work. 

The rest are not so commonly used. 
Pipe-Handler allows the output of one: 
program can be made the input of 
another. In theory' it can be useful but 
I have never had a use for it myself, I 
doubt if you will, delete that one, 

Speak-Handler can he cute lor five 
minutes, but nerve wrecking until 
doomsday. It lets your Amiga read 
text with the built-in speech 
synthesiser. It sounds like 
Muhammed Ali on a bad day, with a 
cold to match his ego and his head in 
a bucket. You may have guessed I 
think the space could be put to better 
use. 

Po stFi I e System is great - the best 
thing to hit the Amiga since Atari 



refused to buy it - but only if you 
have a hard disc, otherwise you have 
no use for it. 

Aux-Handler has the same problem 
as Pipe-Handler, it can be useful, but 
you will probably never need it. It 
allows you to communicate with the 
serial port directly from CLI, This can 
be great fun. I controlled a friend's 
Amiga over the phone, starting all 
sort of programs as fast as I could, 
while he manicaJly closed them 
down. But unless you have a rusly 
IBM the scrapyard didn’t want and 
you want to control it from your 
Amiga, you know what to do. 


EV5 contains three sub- 
directories. Dr vs y key maps is 
where Set map looks for keyboard 
layout files. The trick is only to keep 
those you use, which probably means 
GB to you and me. Devs/ printers is 

/ You could delete 
Setmap, you can 
always get a fresh 
one from the fridge f 

where AmigaDos looks for the printer 
driver you selected in Preferences. 
Again, the trick is to keep only the 
printer drivers you use. 

Don't concern yourself with Devs/ 
clipboards. This directory is used by 
the Amiga to store clips - what you 
make when you "cut” in your text 
editor or word processor. It is totally 
transparent to you. 

The file called Mountlist in (he 
Devs directory is pretty special. Have 
a look at it with your favourite text 
editor. It is used bv the system to 
figure out exactly w'hat you mean 
when you type, for example, MOUNT 
RAD:, The system looks for RAD: in 



the Mountlist and follows the 
instructions it finds there. To be more 
specific goes beyond the scope of this 
article, let’s just say you leave it 
alone. 

System-Configuration is just as 
essentia]. This file is written 
whenever you click on Save in 
Preferences, It contains information 
on how you like your Amiga to look 
and behave. Don’t touch. 

Clipboard .Dev ice is used by many 
programs, especially text editors, 
word processors and spreadsheets, so 
this one stays. Para! lei, Device, 

Serial. Device and Printer, Device are 
essential, at least if you want to send 
anything to your printer. 

If you never use a printer, a modem 
or anything else connected to the 
parallel or serial ports, you can delete 
these files, hut it is not recommended, 
What will happen when your IBM 
friends bring their lasers over? Lots of 
laughs because the "stupid Amiga” 
can't print. 

Ramdrive. Device is used by RAD:, 
the recoverable ram disc, A great little 
number, so 1 suggest you leave it Lit. 
The last of the hunch, 

Narrator. Device, is a hit tricky. It is 
used whenever you want your Amiga 
tu speak. 

If you are anything like me that is 
as seldom as possible, in which case 
delete it. But if you left Speak-Handler 
in and intend to use it, it is necessary 
to keep Narrator. Device loo, Make it a 
low r priority deletion - only remove it 
if you are desperate for bytes, 

The S directory is important 
because AmigaDos searches here for 
execute files — small simple programs 
designed to carry out small simple 
tasks. What the Amiga does w r hen you 
put a disc in the internal disc drive 
and rehoot is to run the execute file 
Startup-Sequence, So naturally, this 
stays. 

CU-Starlup is executed when you 
double dick on the CLI icon and 
Shell-Startup is executed when you 
double dick on the Shell icon. Both 
of these should stay. Deal, Pcd and 
Spat are examples of execute files, 
none of which is very useful. Have a 
look, learn and keep them if you like 
them. 

Startup- Sequence. HD is a suggested 
startup file for hard disc users anti is 
a candidate for deletion since it is 
very stupid. I definitely wouldn't use 
it even if I had a hard disc- Startupll 
is called by Startup-Sequence; leave it 

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in here unless you change the 
Stii rtu p- Sequence. 

No prize lor guessing what's in the 
Fonts directory. It’s where Amiga Dos 
hides different character sets. Each 
one has a .font file holding vital 
information and a subdirectory where 
the actual fonts are stored. 

The numbers in the subdirectories 
are the size of the fonts. So you can 
see that Ruby comes in three sizes: H« 
12 and 15. There are more fonts on 
the Extras disc - with all the space 
you’re making, you can soon pul 
some of them on your work disc. 

As mentioned earlier. Libs means 
libraries. Files bore are collections of 
routines which can be used by any 
program. They are loaded from disc 
when needed. It would be stupid to 
delete anything in here because you 
never know when a program might 
need One of these libraries. Hands off. 
except for Trans la tor. Library, which 
has to do with speech. It translates the 
Queen's English to phonemes, the 
basic sounds of the language. 

As you may have noticed by now. I 
bate computer speech, but on the 
other hand some programs may not 
run if they can’t Find this library. As 
with Narrator. Device, I suggest you 
make it a low priority deletion. If you 
delete Narrator. Device there is no 
poinl in keeping Translator. Library. 

Empty is, erm, quite empty. Except 
for a file which is necessary lor 
Workbench to figure out how to 
handle directories, or drawers as they 
are known in Workbench jargon, it’s 
only use is to give you a chance to 
make a new drawer from Workbench 
by dragging it into another window'. 
This is reason, enough to let it thr ough 
the eye of the needle. It's not many 
bytes anyway. 


B OY arc we going to have a ball 
in Utilities. Watch nut or the 
Delete command may overheat. This 
is where the bytes come floating in. 

Let's start with Calculator. Hardly 
the best of its kind and certainly 
inferior to my HIM SC an arm’s reach 
away. So out it goes. Clock is quite 
cute, but 1 have one just like it on my 
arm and one beside the Amiga, so 
what’s the use? The same goes for 
Clock Ptr. 

CMD is another earlul of Babel fish, 


it is one of those programs you may 
have a use for. This one redirects 
everything sent to the parallel or 
serial port to cl file - useful when you 
want to print something but haven't 
got a printer. 

Just print as normal, but to the file, 
chuck the disc to your friend with the 
HP LaserJet 11 and let him print it out. 
If you occasionally want to print to a 
printer other than your own, you can 
use this Utility. If that is as remote a 
chance as going to Betelguese 5 for 
the weekend, you can delete CMD. 

GraphicDump is a handy utility and 
T suggest you leave it in. Notepad on 
the other band is as lar removed from 
a decent word processor as the Amiga 
from the ZXttl. If it is notes you want 
tn write, what good are fancy fonts 
and colours? No, in my opinion a 


/ Clock is quite 
cute , but I have 
one like it on 
my wrist J 


good text editor is much better for the 
job. Resides, NotePad has crashed on 
me so many times I would be a 
millionaire had ! used the lost time to 
make needles and pins. Out. 

Say. Well you know my opinion on 
computer speech. Say no more, 

1 ns tallPr inter is an execute file 
designed tn copy the correct driver 
for vour printer from the Extras disc 
to the Workbench disc. Assuming this 
has been done, there is no need to 
keep the execute file. 

The More program is good for 
viewing text Files and should be left 
on the disc unless you have one of 
the superior public domain efforts. 
Some of them can send files from disc 
to printer, which brings us to 
I’rintFiles, which does just that. 
Overkill. A simple Type command 
from the CLI can do exactly the same 
job. in the bin with that one. 

t he Expansion directory is as 
empty as Empty but hasn't got a good 
reason tor us to show mercy. Chuck it 
away. It's only used to hold software 
for very special hardware add-ons, 
which most of us haven't got and will 
never gel, 

The rest of the files on the disc are 
the .info files for the directories you 


can see as drawers on the 
Workbench, Don't touch them, nor 
the Shell, 

A word of warning. IF you delete a 
file from your WorkBench disc which 
is used by Startup-Sequence, your 
Amiga will not bool up properly. This 
doesn’t mean you shouldn't delete the 
files, but nither that you should edit 
your Startup-Sequence, The 
commands in question are 
Rind Drivers, which is there for hard 
discs and similar peripherals, 

SetGlock, which reads the time from 
the battery backed-up sundial, and 
FastMem First which gives any 
external ram priority over internal 
chip ram. 

You could encounter a similar 
problem if you delele Aux-Handler, 
Pipe-Handler or Speak-Handler. Edit 
the Startup! I execute file and remove 
the appropriate Mount commands. 
Nothing is easier, and your Amiga 
will boot faster he cause of it. 


Y OU may think we haven’t got 
any more tricks to pull, but we 
have an ace up our collective sleeve. 
Get hold of the PD program Crunch2, 
You can find it on TBAG Disc #23, A 
public domain distributor like Purple 
PD should have it. CrunchZ can 
reduce the size of an executable file, a 
program you run by typing its name. 

The reduction varies a great deal 
depending on the type of program, 
but generally speaking Crunch2 
works best with executables between 
15k and HOk long. Anything smaller 
won’t give much reduction, with 
anything larger the wail after the 
program has loaded - while it is 
uncrunching itself — gets to be 
annoying. 

I have usfid it on a number of the 
files on my Workbench disc. On 
Preferences I achieved a 20k 
reduction. 

I used the tips t have given you 
here to make a personalised disc, 
squeezing an extra 250k out of it 
without sacrificing usability. This 
gave me room for some utilities to 
make lifewilh Amiga much more 
enjoyable, such as a virus killer, a 
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Cad vision f s new 
designer software 
is a blueprint 
for success 


T HE influence of CAD on the 

computer world is hard to miss, 
the vector graphics so common in 
arcade games plus the obligatory 
rotating wireframe enemy ship in the 
scanners of some naffola spacecraft 
epic are the more obvious ones. CAD 
generally stands for Computer Aided 
Design, but in this and most other 
cases it should be more honestly 
called Computer Aided Draughting. 

The advantages of CAD over 
manual draughting are speed and 
ease of alteration. True, many 
draughtsmen could dash off beautiful 
drawings far quicker than many CAD 


users, but if asked to alter a drawing 
they may have to redo the whole 
thing. CAD users just reload the file, 
mess about with it and then replot it. 
With a skilled user ami a fast plotter, 
CAD systems save valuable working 
time. 

Unfortunately most CAD packages 
are hopelessly expensive, need an 
inordinately large computer to work 
on and don’t break any speed records, 
t he industry standard system costs 
£2,500, needs at least £2, nt)0 worth of 
286/237 PC and can take more than a 
minute to redraw a fairly simple 2D 
image on a 10MHz machine. Clearly 




■ design 


draught in here 


Ihero is a market for a cheap, slightly 
simplified CAD system that doesn’t 
need an expensive machine on which 
to run. 

Kilter X-CAD Designer from 
Cadvision International. All il can 
produce is ANSr/ISO/BSl/DlN two* 
dimensional plots, with no capability 
for ;iD work. Three-dimensional CAD 
is great for visualising difficult parts 
or layouts, but is rarely used for day 
to day drawings. Two-dimensional 
CAD works, needs Jess calculation, 
and is understandable to those who 
need to know. X-CAD Designer has 
two main selling points - its speed 
and its price. 

C ompanies always like to brag 

about how their product is 
much taster than the one everyone 
else uses. Cadvision claims that its 
package zooms and redraws at six 
times the speed of Autodesk’s 
AutoCAD running on a very 
expensive PC. This time the numbers 
are about right. 

Nol ever having timed both 
packages - many reviewers are wont 
to place enormous credence on piles 
of numbers - I'd say that X-CAD’s 
zoom and redraw won't ever have 
you drumming your 
fingers. AutoCAD 
undoubtedly will. It 
definitely feels six times 


faster, so Cadvision isn’t telling 
porky* pies, 

ft s strange, but il someone 
produces a new computer product, 
the workalikes that appear soon 
afterwards generally cost about the 
same, maybe; a little less. There’s a lot 
of work in a CAD package, so the 
awesome lumbering, yet brain- 
flatteningly powerful AutoCAD 
Release lo very nearly justifies its 
£ 1 2,500 - X-CAD Designer has most of 
Ihe useful 2D features of AutoCAD, 
yet costs one short of a hundred. 

for your £99 you get the program 
disc, a 30-page tutorial and a 1 un- 
page manual. You’ll need a 1 meg 
Amiga, although there’s plenty of 
space left for complex drawings - 
over 300k in med-res mode. 

Owning two drives isn't really 
essential but, as ever, it’ll cut dow n 
on disc swapping, A steady monitor 
1S essential, A 1O04S is OK by me, 
although the program can run in 
interlace mode where a long 
persistence display would be 
beautiful. Kind of defeats the 
“People’s CAD ’ ideal, but you can 
always dream. 

As with every CAD system, the 
emphasis is on accuracy rather than 
prettiness. Where else could you 
produce dimensions accurate to one 
millionth of a metre? 

ft is in the display area that X-CAD 
Designer has its one minor fault. 


Using an area about two-thirds of a 
K40 X 25K PAL screen doesn’t really 
give a high enough resolution to 
make out the fine details on a 
drawing, 

I rue, you can always zoom in and 
scroll around the drawing at lightning 
speed, or you could use interlace if 
you re into headaches. It’s just that on 
a display ol an A3 page, most text 
comes out as a slightly furry 
horizontal line. 

1 he menu system used is a rather 
clever application of Intuition. Instead 
of providing linear pull-down menus 
with lower level menus appearing 
alongside, X-CAD Designer puts all 
the options on the screen as a kind of 
tree. Starting from the left hand side 
selecting an option highlights the 
available options on the lower menu 
level, further to the right. 

O ccasionally numerical 

input is needed, which can he 
done with the mouse using the 
keypad display. This menu technique 
could confuse people who are more 
used to other packages. At least the 
menus are quick to learn and not 
cryptic, unlike some of AutoCAD’s 
If you still can’t abide mice, there’s 
Expert keyboard mode where 
complex commands can be built up 



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Placing ran also be done using a 
coordinate grid, which can he set to 
any pitch. X-CAD Designer relies on 
its grid system rather than AutoCAD’s 
crosshairs ami coordinate display. If 
you're used to the latter, the former is 
initially irksome until you realise that 
grids can be rescaled almost instantly. 

Entities can he placed on one of 
several layers, allowing easy editing 
of aspects of the drawing. For 
example this could he main detail on 
layer zero, dimensions on one, border 
and titlehox on two and text on layer 
three. Thus you can delete 
dimensions withotit disturbing the 
main detail. 

X-CA1J Designer allows linear, 
angular, diametric and radial 
dimensioning. Basically this involves 
selecting a point or line, selecting 
another point or line and then saying 
where you want the dimension text 
put. 

The package will do all the 
calculations for you, and will deal 
with parallel or chained dimension 
lines. And it’ll do very' neat little 
arrowheads, external or internal to the 
dimension line, dependent on the line 
length. Basic stuff, but lovely 
nonetheless. It’s here that the ability 
to snap to any point is very useful. 

All this loveliness would be useless 
If it wasn'1 possible to output your 
delightful drawing on to some kind of 
plotting device, X-CAD Designer 
supports HPGL, I lewlett Packard's 
Graphic Language, a simple plotter 
control language that most plotters 
can speak. 

You can also output to an Epson 
printer or Ihe graphic device you have 
defined with Preferences. The trouble 
with the last two is that they are 
raster devices and 
produce Jumpy 
output, unlike the 
poetry-in-motinn pen 
plotters. Output can 
also be to an IFF 
ILBM file. 

Although X-CAD 
Designer is 
superficially easy to 
use, you need the 
tutorial, especially if 
you're more used to 
other CAD packages. The tutorial 
assumes nothing, so you may feel it's 
a little slow. Follow it to the letter and 
it’ll do you a lot of good. 

With a bit of luck the whole tutorial 
takes a leisurely morning and. the 


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from two-iettcr abbreviations. It may 
not be strictly the spirit of intuition, 
but it can be a lot quicker once you 
know the way around. 

A really neat feature - and kosher 
Intuition, too — is the ability to use 
defined menu strips at the right hand 
side of the screen containing all the 
frequently used commands. Because 
you can store Ihosu on disc, you could 
use different menus at different stages 
in the design. Very crafty and very 
quick - you don’l have to wade 
through about six menu levels every 
time you want to draw a rectangle. 

Single line elements can be built up 
into more complex collections called 
entities. The plot thickens when you 
realise that single lines are also 
entities, just very' simple ones. Entities 
can be rotated, moved and rescaled. 
The entity can be copied or replaced 
by the altered type. 

There are very few drawing tools, 
but each one is very 
powerful. Lines, rectangles, 
ellipses, circles and arcs are 
the main ones. More 
complex shapes can he built 
up by joining shapes and 
trimming the lines to fit, 

Intersections can be 
filleted, that is, rounding of 
the sharp join to give a 
stronger and more pleasing comer. 
Sectioned - cut away - surfaces ean 
be crosshatched to tell the viewer that 
the view r is in cross-section. It takes a 
little time to work out where exactly it 
wants to put the hatching — maybe 
five seconds - but once calculated, 
redrawing is instant. 

Moving and rotating entities also 


takes a few more seconds than you 
might expect, and it's here lhal maths 
co- processor support would be 
welcome to make every action truly 
instant. 

The real slowcoach is Undoing a 
whole drawing after it has been 
accidentally on purpose deleted. It 
only redraws it at about the speed of 
AutoCAD, so AutoCAD users will feel 
a little nostalgia here, The Undo 
buffer is only one level deep blit will 
hold an entire page without losing 
hits or resorting to temporary disc 
files. 


S INCE you can create lines and 
other ohjects to micron 
accuracy, it would all be wasted if it 
isn’t possible to place them 
accurately. There’s a comprehensive 
menu bar which allows a point to be 
endpoints, midpoints and 
intersections of lines and the centre 
and tangents of arcs, among 


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learning process stinks pretty well, 
unlike many tutorials. 

Some of you may be wondering 
why there hasn't been any mention of 
how good the manual is. how think it 
is or how large its coefficient of coffee 
permeability. The truth is. like the 
tutorial it wasn't quite finished. Hut 
take heart from the fact 1 managed to 
get everything to work correctly after 
a little trial and error plus one or two 
references to the provisional 
documentation. 

I tested the Beta version, meaning 
that what was there, worked. Some of 
the more trivial bits were missing - 
like the scroll routine - but going on 
Cadvis ion’s past record, the finished 
X-CAD Designer will he as good as 
the Amiga can handle, 

An additional package is available, 
the DXF Read & Write module. This 
allows AutoCAD llles to be imported 
and X-CAD Designer's XDK Hies to be 
converted to AutoCAD format. As 
there isn't to my knowdedge an IFF 
CAD Entity formal, and AutoCAD is 
the de facto industry standard, this is 
a good idea. It would he interesting to 
see if it would be quicker to import a 
file into X-CAD Designer, edit it. then 
export it, rather than use AutoCAD 
for the whole process. 

C ADVISIQN wants £149 for the 
DXF module, cheap at twice the 
price really. Let’s hope this gives a 
little credibility to the darling Amiga 
in a PC-saturated industry. The funny 
thing is, although 99.5 per cent of the 
known universe uses PCs. nobody has 
a good word tu say about them. 


Adding a hasic A3/A4 plotter to a 
twin drive, 1 meg A5D0 will give you 
a very workable CAD workstation. At 
current prices this will retail 
somewhere around £1 ,400 - a good 
£500 less than most CAD systems’ 
monitors cost. It must be the most 
killer 2D CAD system on earth. It is 
fast, cheap, very small and pretty 
robust. 

So then, who would buy this 
system? Schools and colleges not only 
have the cheapest technical drawing 
system around, but also have a 
computer that can he used by every 
other department. Small 
manufacturing and design concerns 
have a cheap way to improve 
presentation and increase productivity 
by decreasing the time spent slaving 
over a hot parallel motion. 

It’s even within the reach of poor, 
deprived engineering students who 
would never, ever contemplate using 
the system for games. Honest, Mr 
Hank Manager, sir. 

Although X-CAD Designer is the 
little brother of the £399 X-CAD 
Professional 2D/31J system, there’s 
never the feeling that it’s only a half 
measure. This is tins only CAD 
package that makes me want to 
produce drawings, rather than feel 
I'm under the obligation to put up 
with slothful responses, no multi- 
tasking and exorbitant prices. 

As an example of the speed of the 
thing, in the 10 seconds the public 
domain Screensave program gives 
you to arrange your front screen, 
then; was time to flip back to the 
work screen, pull the drawing window 
to full size, do a full redraw in lti 
colours of the Columbia image and 


still have at least three seconds to 
myself before the drive came to life to 
save the image. And that's with no 
added speed-up hardware. 

For safety in the education market 
the package is not copy protected but 
is dmigled. Rather than stop the 
package from working, the dongle 
stops the Save and Plot routines from 
working, so it's possible to learn on a 
dnngleles5 set-up. A good idea, and 
one that won’t lose any friends, 

Forget food. The next £99 I get is 
going to be spent on X-CAD Designer, 
it's less fattening and doesn’t need to 
be kept in the fridge. It also happens 
to be the best 2D CAD package 
around. The Aegis Draw series are 
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Hack, 

hack 

and 

away 

Max Tennant , the 
man with an appetite 
for winning, offers 
some helpful advice 
from the cheating 
kings of Europe 

W HATEVER the means, play to 
win - that's what I always 
say. Well, not always, Sometimes I 
say: “Big Mae, regular fries and a 
large orange", but only at lunchtime. 
And I need the calories to help me in 
the battle against alien hordes, 

If you w r ant to diet and win take a 
gander at a hint an’ a poke from 
“Slim'' Justin Ga nano vie. A man who 
knows his onions, JG has scrambled 
Chuckle Egg 2 with a cheat mode. 

He’s found that if you type ENABLE-- 
E2 into the high score table it will 
give you infinite lives. Note the two 
minus signs before the F2. 

While holding down F2 you can 
move into any adjacent room by 
pushing the joystick in the direction 
of that room. Remember, you read it 
here First. Chuckle Egg 2 poachers 
will be shot on sight. 

jus tin's cooked up a peach of a 
poke for Grands lam’s Pac-Land. Did 
you know that the name Pacman 
comes "Pacu" the Japanese word 
meaning “to eat"? What a yummy 
fact. 

As ever, type the poke into 
AmigaHasic, save it, swap discs to put 
the Pac-Land disc in the drive and 



Cosmic Pirate 



run the poke. The disc will produce 
an error when the Pa c- Land disc is 
inserted into the drive, 


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Next on the menu is a cheat mode 
for Cosmic Pirate. This comes from 
John Pickford, who oughl to know 
such things because he wrote the 
gamel Still, John wins a Konix 
Speedking and a mystery game, like 
all the other guests at Max Tennant's 
table, for serving such an interesting 
titbit. 

There is a requester within Cosmic 
Pirate which gives access to the built- 
in cheat mode. To get there press the 
spacehar to pause, press full stop, and 
a requester will appear. Now type 
GZAIMASEN and there should be a 
sound effect to tell you that you are in 
cheat mode. This makes you 
invincible. 

Once in cheat mode you can choose 
which spacetruck to attack by 
recalling the requestor and typing 
GIMMESHIPx where x is A-Z. This 
only works before entering the sector 
with the spacetruck. 


M ORE food for thought is on 

offer from Jason Freeman. His 
Up is for Lombard RAC Rally. If you 
gut as far as the full rally you will 
know that to repair your car by 
pressing W takes time. It is so 
annoying when you get to the last leg 
and then run out of time. So wait 
until you cross the finish line on any 
course and then press W. You will 
find that when you return to the game 
after fixing the Cossy no time has 
gone from your clock. 

The unfortunate thing is that you 
have to do that course again, hut this 
is not too bad if you go slow. Make 

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■HINTS! 


Navroz Billing hints for foan of Arc 


Defence of Ihe wall; As soon as 
the screen changes start pressing 
fire to launch rocks. Use nil when 
time is short or when two or more 
enemies are coming up the same 
ladder. Even though it says that oil 
is limited, there are at least five 
cauldrons al your disposal. 

Entry into town; As sonn as the 
screen has loaded push righl and 
keep pushing right until the end. 
When an enemy appears keep fire 
pressed until he is slain. Release 
fire and your man should run right 
up the drawbridge. Repeat this 
until you get into the town. 

Attack on the wall: Rush the 
joystick forwards as soon as the 
screen changes. Keep pushing 
forwards until the wall is taken. 

Use the fire button to ward off the 
rocks until the top is reached. 

Game strategy; At the starl of the 
game Orleans must be taken. Select 
Start A Campaign and then 
Displacement to move north into 
Orleans. Here voti should 
encounter your first battle. 

Battle warfare: Hold your 
ground and wail to be attacked. As 
soon as the enemy move, shower 
ihem with arrows and then with 


mortars. Move your troops forward 
to protect your archers and send 
your cavalry out (they are likely to 
be killed]. While your troops are 
fighting, remember to Fire your 
arrows if the remainder of the 
enemy moves forward to attack. 

On the defeat of the enemy, 
choose Offensive and attack 
Orleans. Use the Entry in to town 
and “Attack on the wall” lips to 
succeed. After capturing Orleans 
move north east into Champagne 
and lake Rheims to crown the 
king. After the coronation move 
north taking each town in every 
province until you have reached 
the northern- most province. Sweep 
anti clockwise until each province 
has been taken. 

loan's army soon becomes 
depleted; choose Royal Army and 
then Modification to top up her 
army. Ahout 2,000 archers and 
3.000 troops are enough. To pay 
for this collect Hie Lithe in 
September hut forget about the 
other taxes. This will avoid any 
uprising, hul means that you will 
have to ransom some hostages. 
Choose Diplomacy and then 
Liberation, deal with Henry VT and 


use Regnnult of Ghatres and 
Tremoille as ambassadors, the 
meeting place does nol really 
matter. 


Ransom demand guidelines 


Duke of Bedford 
Duke of Warwick 
Duke of Gloucester 
John Talbot 
Count of Suffolk 
Cardinal of 


£4,000,001) 
£2,000,000 
£2,000.000 
£1 ,000.000 
£i,nnn,oou 


Winchester £1 ,000,000 

Ca plain Pa I sta ff £ 1 ,000 ,000 


If you arc really desperate halve 
the ransom. If your coffers arc 
overflowing, execute one of them 
using the Royal Justice menu, 
which will reduce the number of 
armies that Henry VT can control. 
Any French characters caught 
should be executed promptly. II 
there are no hostages when payday 
comes chouse Helping Hand and 
kidnap one. Do not try for the 
Dukes because these attempts are 
most likely to fail. Remember to 
pay well — £20.0UU is the right 
incentive. If Joan is caught, 
Richemont, war general, is a good 
replacement. 


sure that you are still rolling when 
you press W and don’t Slay in the 
workshop too long. 

B RUMMIE Mark Syrer has a feast 
of fried aliens now that he has 
discovered a cheat for Go Id runner. 
Press F2. F5, F4, F3, one at a time in 
that order. You then have infinite 
lives, energy and speed. He’s a master 
of good taste, since Mark says: T did 
have a Spectrum and got my Amiga 
one week ago. And 1 have already 
sent off for a subscription”. Good on 
ynu, Mark 

Here are some sugar-free 
sweeteners for a couple of coin-op 
converts from Daniel Moore. When 
playing Gauntlet 11 you can avoid 
tricky levels by pausing the game and 
waiting for three minutes. Press fire 
and all the walls turn to exits, This 
happens anyway, but if you pause 
you don’t lose energy and have time 


to boil an egg. 

To get into the secret room clear the 
dungeon completely, picking up the 
super shots last, then go to the exit 
without pressing fire. Now you have 
that licked you’ll want lu play 
Arkanoid II - Revenge of Doh. Well 
Daniel can’t suggest any tips, but says 
when loading hold left mouse button 
down to reveal Robocop title page. 

H UNGARY for victory, and that 
doesn’t mean marching over 
the Black Crisu from Transylvania, 
Kevin Saunders offers some morsels 
of information for Dark Castle, 

Insanity Fight and Backlash. "Please 
use them in your fah magazine”, he 
creeps. 

Dark Castle; The first thing you do 
is to go to the shield roum, Once 
there, press (W) up and (S) down, 
Keep them both pressed - Kevin used 
a couple of size D batteries to weigh 
them down. This will now cause your 
hero to go up and down between the 



two screens. After half an hour or so 
you’ll have about 25 lives. This is ihe 
only screen you can do it on. 

Not content with just giving tips 
Kevin sent in a couple of diagrams. 

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ftity 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 89 



HINTS 


Figure I refsrs lo Insanity Fight, When 
shooting the mothership, slow speed 
to zero, move to the left side of the 
ship and shoot so that your bullets 
just miss the large gun on the Left, 
Figure IT is for a Backlash tip. Move 
to a position where you can shoot 
“both" enemy holes. Continually 
shoot so as not to give the enemy a 



Enemy 

holes 


Figure II: Backlash position 


chance to come out of the hole and 
shoot you. When a single missile 
comes straight at you, move left or 
right, not up or down because once 
you have shot it, you'll want move 
hack to the same position, 

Ralph Bolton and Kieren Fitts have 
some delicious hints tor Speotl uni 
Holobytc's megagame Falcon. After 
takeoff, press A and your autopilot 
will lake you to your target. To go 
one stage further engage constant 
autofly below 500 feet. Switch Ihc 
radar off and turn on the afterburners. 
If any MiGs start to track you the 
autopilot will turn lor face to face 
combat. 

Decrease thrust lo military power, 
turn on the radar bprescan mode, 
When the enemy is at two miles, send 
off a short burst of rounds, and 
damage a MiG. 

If you get hit and your engine 
flames out, don’t bail out, head tor 
home. Press Help and + on the 
numeric keypad and keep them 
pressed. The F-16 will stay level and 


drop down. Switch to tracking mode 
and rotate to side view, just before 
you touch down, pitch up the nose 
and the plane will land perfectly 
every time. Select end mission and 
you will be rescued, even if in enemy 
territory . 

If you fly from takeoff on a heading 
of GO from your airfield you will find 
a section of road not displayed on the 
map. On this section of road there is a 
convoy of lorries lor all the trigger 
happy people out there to destroy, 

W FLT. thanks guys. What a 
great selection of tips, and 
don't forget that you can seek fame, a 
free game and a Knnh Speedking 
joystick by sending your own, 
original tips to me. Max the Hax. 

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Getting into video action 

RECENTLY I purchased an Amiga 
500 to improve my video productions. 
However 1 fear that 1 may have 
bought myself a heap of expensive 
trouble. Before the Amiga I had a 
Commodore H4 and a Data soil Disc 
known as Video Title Shop. This 
package does a fantastic job for my 
video productions. 

The program is in two parts; A 
simple paint package which allows 
you to create a canvas such as a 
picture of a birthday cake, and a more 
complex part which allows you to 
fizzle it in. then on the next page you 
can get any size and colour of Fonl, 
and either scroll, brush, pop, wipe, 
Fizzle, cycle, and so on on to your 
chosen picture. 

The best part is that the canvas can 
be changed at any point, giving an 
excellent introduction. Is there 
anything like this for the Amiga? 

Nigel Gregory, 
Blackburn. 


Byte Bandit unmasked 


tell me how to get in touch with Mr 
Qurcshi to see what else he has done, 
and to look for other solutions to the 
problem? Thanks 

D } Lewis, 
Newbury, Berks. 


Further research into Navid's problem 
has led us to conclude that the disc he 
was using to format the discs with 
was infected with Byte Bandit. 


Monitor modification 

TRYING to decide between 
purchasing Ihu Amiga or the Atari ST 
I decided to buy a magazine featuring 
each one to help me reach a decision. 
After browsing at the newsagents I 
came to the conclusion that your 
magazine was the most 
comprehensive. Would T be able to 
have a Cub colour monitor lhal I used 
with a QL modified For Amiga use? 

S.A. Kent, 
Horsham 


system routines within mv programs. 
The Metacomcn Pascal compiler vl.25 
I have got does not tell you a lot 
about this. Another problem is how 
to access system devices, for example 
to redirect my output to the printer. 

Another is how to allow Pascal to 
make use of raw input, useful for 
writing real time applications. All the 
information I need is in these books I 
know, but there is no way I can 
manage to gel it out of there. 

It would be inconvenient to learn 
other languages just to be able to 
understand how to use some routines. 
They were supposed to be available 
to any language that supported them. 

Danili}, 

Italy. 


Give MB Marketing a cal! on 0895 
444433. It has a couple of suitable 
programs - Video Gen Master and 
Video Wipe Master. 

Extracting information 

SINCE I bought the Amiga I have 
been wanting to write to someone 
about the problems 1 have heen 
having with it, but, because of my 
bad English (I am Italian and hate 
writing) 1 always felt discouraged to 
do so. 

I tried to collect background 
information and I bought and almost 
entirely read all the reference books. 
My problem stems from the 
documentation assuming a knowledge 
of Assembler, C or Basic and 
sometimes two of these together. At 
college I have studied Pascal. 

It follows that when something is 
explained everything is fine until I get 
to the examples W'hich, instead of 
clarifying what had heen discussed, 
gel me stuck because 1 do not 
understand the language. 

One of my problems is how to use 


I WAS quite surprised to read in the 
latest Amiga Computing a letter from 
Navid S. Qureshi of Stirling, which I 
could have written, word for word, 
myself. 

However your reply seems to have 
missed the point, that the discs are 
totally unused and have no 
information on them before 
attempting to format. In my case, after 
Diskdoctor, the discs can still not be 
initialised and I suspect that that also 
applies to Mr Qureshi. 

This problem has not occurred 
before but has only arisen in the last 
few days. T have tried eight new discs, 
including Commodore ones, in DFO 
and DFl using WB 1.2 and WB 1.3, 
using CLI and Shell, and ptilldo wn 
Initialise, with no success. 

If you cannot help will you please 


Write to: The Editor, Amiga 
Computing. 78-84 Ongar Road. 
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BG. 
We’ll send the writer of the best 
letter each month a program from 
our goodie drawer. 


The Amiga is the obvious choice. You 
could have the QI. monitor modified 
but Miernvitec, which makes the Cuh 
monitor, advises against it as being 
expensive. This would still be the 
case if you made the mistake of 
buying an ST. 


Printing with Okimate 20 

HAVING just bought an Okimate 20 
printer for my Amiga, I have 
encountered a number of faults, but I 
am not quite sure whether it is the 
fault of the computer, printer or 
operator, I confess to not knowing 
very much about the computer, 
programming and CLI, 

The first problem arises from 
printing text. J have tried eight word 
processors and none of them has 
proved adequate. There are little 
faults with all of Ihcm. Pro write II 
prints out OK in NLQ but insists on 
putting in double spaces at random 
intervals and adding extra blank lines. 
Scribble prints out in NLQ mode 
when first loaded, but subsequently 

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prints only in standard mode. 

When outputting graphics with any 
software the printer selects thu wrong 
portion of the ribbon using blue and 
red first. 

Could you also tell me of any place 
which sells an adequate paper to use 
with the printer as any tiny variation 
tin the original type of paper 
produces sub-standard prints. Thank 
you very much. 

Richard Billcliffe, 
Manchester. 

See if you can try your Oki with 
WordPerfect, which hits its own 
driver for the Oki mete 20. It is also 
worth trying Workbench 1.3 
preferences ■ Make sure that the cable 
is OK and that von have Amiga, not 
IBM rnms in the printer. The Oki mate 
distributor in the UK. X-Data (0753 
72331). should he able to help . 

Don’t open the box 

SOFTWARE can solve Ray Harris' 
problems with the extra memory 
(Arnica Computing May 1989). There 
is an answer other than dismantling 
his machine for the sake of stroppy 
games. 

Firstly there is a commercial 
program called Inf-Switch available 
from George Thompson Services 
(077-082 234), Secondly l own a PD 
program called Boot which checks to 
sec if you have extra drives and 
memory and asks if vnu would like to 
disable them. 

It then allows you to softhoot, three 
finger reset, administer a vulcan death 
grip, call it what you will and the 
settings survive leaving you with a 
disabled drive and or memory, so you 
can play your autobool game (yawn) 
or use some other practical software. 

1 got my copy from 17 Bit Software, 
those awfully nice PD people, who 
are on 0924 ’3G69H2, 

Chris Cannon, 
Romford. 

Sum problem 

I NEED a program that will convert 
decimal numbers into binary', octal, 
hexadecimal, binary coded decimal, 
unsigned integer, signed integer, high 
order integer and floating point 
numbering systems and also convert 
between themselves hexadecimal- 
binary, binary-octal octal-hexadecimal 
for my work involving programmable 
logic controllers. 

Do you know r of any PD programs 
that will help me or of any 
commercial software that 1 could get 
hold of? Dr could you tell me how to 
go about writing my own program in 



your Basic program. 

That's a " bare bones” disc. 
Depending on what your program do, 
you may need other essential files 
from the Devs, L and Libs directories. 

tifie=TlHER:delay=10 

yttlLE ttilHije Lay >>TI!!ER: MEND 


Basic - could a decent spreadsheet or 
maths program help me? 

Peter Grford, 
St Helens, Merseyside 

WordPerfect Library, reviewed lest 
month, includes a calculator with 
these functions, but it is expensive. 

We suspect the solution is to knock 
together a Basic program. 

Looking through the ArnigaBasic 
manual there are keywords tor octal 
and bet. Too will have to write your 
own routines for binary — a fairly 
simple problem 

The only type of number not 
catered for is binary coded decimal. A 
full answer would take up mure space 
than we have here. Start at the local 
library by digging out some honks on 
computer science then translate the 
formulae into Basic , 


Booting a Basic program 

HOW can I hoot an ArnigaBasic 
program using CLI via the Startup- 
Sequence? I already know how to 
access this facility to load up and 
access a file by typing in its filename, 
but I do not know how to load an 
ArnigaBasic program. 

x\nd how can I make ArnigaBasic 
wait for a certain length of time 
before carrying on to the next 
command without using a FDR ... 
NEXT loop? 

In the CIRCLE command an aspect 
can be stated, so defining an arc or a 
perfect circle. The approximate aspect 
is stated at 0.44 in the ArnigaBasic 
User's manual, but is shown to he not 
accurate if a large circle is drawn. 

Do you know of a better aspect 
ratio, or perhaps how to convert the 
screen so that no aspect is needed for 
a perfect circle to be drawn, as it is 
very Frustrating? 

Andrew Roberts, 
Cheltenham. 

Autorunning an ArnigaBasic program 
is easy . First get yourself a blank 
formatted disc ready. Next transfer 
on to it a copy of ArnigaBasic and a 
copy of your program. Finally, create 
an S directory and use a text editor to 
put a Startup- Sequence into it that 
contains the line: 

(Lfiii gaBaii c MyPrograi 
where My Prog ram is the name of 


waits 10 seconds, but there is usually 
a better way to present information 
than by forcing the user to wait a set 
time. 

The need for an aspect ratiu comes 
from the screen resolution being 640 
by 200. which is 2.25:1. A more 
accurate Figure is 0. 44444444444 44 
recurring or 1/2.25 . 


Moving along with 
animation 

MY interests lie in the field of art and 
animation. At present I have Deluxe 
Video and Deluxe Paint II and am 
contemplating the purchase of Aegis 
Animator and Images along with a 
music compilation software of some 
type as a suitable package. 

But here are my main “expansion" 
considerations: Should I invest in an 
A5G1 memory extension, a dual 3,5in 
second/thinl disc drive, a single 
floppy drive or upgrade completely to 
a more powerful machine such as an 
A 2 DUG? 


Marcus Barrett, 
Somerset. 


(TV: would go for Deluxe Paint III as 
an animation package. If you have 
DPaini IF it is a cheap upgrade (£30), 
and very easy to use. Too will need at 
least i meg of ram, preferably more if 
you want to produce a decent 
animation. 

A second drive of some sort is a 
must, and fur these reasons we would 
go for the Commodore A 500 Hard 
Drive Plus. You can add ram more 
cheaply than buying an A 501 and it 
saves floppy shuffling because 
everything fits on to the hard disc. 


Mail order snail service 

I HAVE used the services of a number 
of mail order companies and have 
had no problems from such 
companies as Trilogic, However, l 
must mention that there is at least one 
black sheep, in the form of Ceslrian 
Software. 

The service from these people has 
been quite pathetic. I have been 
wailing for two and a half months 
now' and, despite repeated phone calls 
they refuse to give me the goods I 
ordered or my money back. 

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Maidenhead. 


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.Easy to use software editor with many 
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ProScanLab Board & Software £900 
ProScanLab & Sharp A3 Scanner £7500. 
ProScanLab & Sharp A4 Scanner £3000, 

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