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A Database Publication 



Volume 2 
Number 3 
August 1989 
£2.95 


Exclusive review 
of 3D Pool! 


August 1989 


GREAT DEMOS! GREAT UTILITIES! 

• Trained Assassin: Have you t Model Universe: Create your 
the skill to survive the test? very own solar system. 

• Raider: Can you defy gravity • DiskChecker/DiskSalv: No 

in your wandering spaceship? more corrupt disc problems. 

To load: Switch on and insert disc 


Full instructions are in the August issue of Amiga Computing 


The disc you're al 
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Manuals. 

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Instruction Manuals, Extra Disk, Workbench 1*3, P'T'T^rfcT^ f\ / 

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(including the 
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£ 649.00 

+ £10. (K) post and packing 


£ 229.99 


MPS 1200P 

+ £5.00 post and packing 

The Commodore MPS1200P printer presents the state of the art in dox matrix printers, with all the features of a printer that 
would cost much more. The MPS1200P is designed to be like three printers in one. It can act just like an Epson FX printer, or 
with the flip of a switch, it can act just like an IBM Graphics Printer with IBM Group II-I character set (Danish/Norwegian 
character set ) support. It can also print all the characters available with the Amiga in the Amiga configuration.The MPS 1 200P 
is capable of all the printing functions you would expect, as well as some additional features you may not expect. 


MPS 1500C COLOUR PRINTER £199.99 


+ £5.(X) post and packing 


A. TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS 

PRINTING TECHNIQUE Impact dot matrix (9-needle print head). 

DRAFT MODE - matrix: 9 vertical dots x (5 + 4) horizontal dots; - print speed: 120char/s, at 10/char in 

TABULATION SPEED 2 char/s 

PRINTING DIRECTION bi-directional, with optimised head movement 

PRINT PITHES 10 char/in to 24/char/in programmable from line, and in SET-UP mode 

LINE FEED - l/6in (4.23 mm). 1/8 (3. 17 mm) and 7/72 in (2.4 mm); -n/216 in and n/72 in. 

CHARACTER SET ASCII characters and special characters. 

MAX. PRINT LINE LENGTH 40 top 192 characters, according to print pitch selected. 


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Amiga 3.5" external drive. Capacity 880K 


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ICONTROLI.ER 

(controller is semi permanently 
mounted on your computer console, 
(controller leaves hands on the 
key board while executing Icon 
commands with your fingertips. 


£ 15.99 


STARFIGHTER 

Compatible with Sinclair 
Spectrum. Commodore. Atari 
Computers. Atari 2600 Video 
Games Systems. 


£ 14.95 


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Compatible with Spectrum (with 
optional interface). Commodore. 
Atari 2600 Video System. Atari 
Computers. Amstrad computers. 


A) 1750 RAM EXPANSION M0D11E FOR CBM 128 

Simply plug it into the expansion port on your CBM 128 and 512K Bytes of 
additional Ran arc available. 

B) 1351 COMMODORE MOUSE 

The Commodre 1351 Mouse is controller designed for use wth the CBM 64/128. 

0 1764 RAM EXP ANSION MODULE FOR COMMODORE M 

How do vou get a total of 320K Ram on vour M. just plug in the 1764 Module. 

* £ 149.99 . £ 19.99 c £ 99.99 

All prices + £5 00 post and packing. 


CHEETAH 125+ 

Compatible with Spectrum. 
Commodore. Atari 2600 Video 
System. Atari. Amstrad PC. 
Amstrad. 


SEIKOSHA 


PRINTER 


SEIKOSHA 
PRINTER 

Compatible with most 
makes of Commodore 
computers. Features 
variety of fonts including 
graphics and near letter quality , reverse printing, italics. 


tractor feed and paper seperator. Comes complete with serial £ 159.00 


£ 8.95 


TAC 5 

CONTROLLER 

JOYSTICK 

Compatible with Atari. 
Commodore. 

£ 13.99 


cable. 


SLIKSTIK JOYSTICK 
CONTROLLER 

Compatible with Atari Computers. 
Atari Games System. Commodore. 


*■ £J 00 pm! tad piciiat 


£ 6.99 






COMPETITION PRO 5000 

Compatible with Commodore M and 
Vic 20. Sinclair ZX Spectrum (interface 
required). 


£ 14.95 


RAM DELTA DELUXE 
MICROSWITCH JOYSTICK 

Compatible with Atari computers and 
Video Games Machines. Amstrad PCW 
(with adaptor). Spectrum 
(with adaptor). PQ QQ 

Commodore dt7 %JJ 


TAC 2 CONTROLLER 
JOYSTICK 

Compatible with Commodore 64 
and Vic 20. Atari Computers. 
Atan Game Systems. 


£ 10.99 


MICRO HANDLER MULTI 
FUNCTION JOYSTICK 

Compatible with Commodore. Commodore 
C16'+4 (adaptor required). n/l% . 

** £ 24.95 


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Rl™ 

V# NEWS 

Hot news from the US on Kickstart 
version 1.4, the Amiga 3000 and new 
add-ons. Plessey to build a mini- 
Amiga. Plus full show report. 


AMIGA ARCADE 



FUTURE 

FORECASTS 


The latest gossip from the top 
software houses. Jeff Walker gets the 
inside info from Coktel Vision, 
Hewson, Mirrorsoft and friends. 



AMIGADOS 




PUBLIC DOMAIN 


UNDER THE 
WORKBENCH 
Setting up a hard drive need not be 
complicated. David Foster turns Prep, 
high cyl and partition from jargon to 
understandable English. 


PROJECT 
PLANNER 
Knowing who is free to work on a 
project makes planning very much 
easier. Now there is a program which 
should automate the process. 


FAT ANGUS’S 
SWEET PD 
What does Fred Fish look like? Who 
supplies the best PD programs? 
Where can you get a free club plug? 
Why, follow Fat Angus and find out. 






August 1989 


gr EAT DEMOS! J 

le'sldll ln SSaSS - n: Have you • 
e skl11 10 survive the test? 

a'der: Can you defy gravity m 
your wandering spaceship^ # 
_J^Joad: Switch on i 


Details of the two playable demos 
squeezed onto the best cover disc you 
have ever seen. Plus how to use the 
great PD utilities which will save you 
from disc disaster blues. Instructions 
on how you can earn up to £1,000 by 
contributing with the first ever all 
Amiga give-away. Don’t just dream 
load up the disc and give it some 
stick. 


CRAMMED INTO 
A MEGABYTE 


4 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 




■CONTENTS! 


HARDWARE ■ ART 


SPEED UP 
BOARD 

The animate-turbo board uses the 
advanced 68020 processor, so how 
come it can make your Amiga run 
slower? John Kennedy explains. 



If you are not happy with the hard 
copy from your art program then 
some software from Gold Disk will 
cure the low resolution blues. 



NAFFWARE 

■ 

FEATURE 



WORD PROCESSING 
DISASTER 
The golden turkey of the month. 
Software which is so bad it is funny. 
DJ Walker-Morgan is the unlucky 
naffware reviewer who gives it 7%. 


HARDWARE 


SPOTTING 
THE VIRUS 
How do you know if you’ve got one? 
Can they survive switching off? If you 
want to prevent an infected boot 
block check the guide to safe saving. 


AMIGABASIC 




IDEAL 40 MEG 
HARD DRIVE 
Super quick, it auto-boots under 
Kickstart 1.2 and stores twice as 
much as the Commodore unit. No 
wonder Jeff Walker bought his. 


THE MODEL 
UNIVERSE 
It has taken Pioneer 10 over 17 years 
to explore the solar system. You and 
vour Amiga can do it in an evening 
with Alastair Scott’s help. 





HINTS 


il ll GAME 

VJ VJ KILLER 

Suffering from joystick jitters? Do you 
spend more time looking at the 
loading screen than zapping the 
sprites? Dr Tennant has the cure. 


COMPETITION 


69 


WIN SIX 
HARD DRIVES 
Ideal Hardware are really nice people, 
so nice they have given us six 40 meg 
hard discs to give to you. Prizes 
worth well over £3,000. 


LETTERS 


91 


YOUR RIGHT 
TO WRITE 
Re-inventing shareware, your views 
on games and some regular help for 
curing problems if you have one of 
the 1,041.000 Amigas in the world. 


GAMES REVIEWS 




• Trained Assassin - why it was 
chosen for the disc. 

• Joe Barbara plays 3D pool - join 
the cue to play. 

• Welcome to the Powerdrome. 
Top speed racing action. 

• R-Type may not be the best but 
sets the standard. 

• On the Rampage with a monster 
hit from Activision. 

• Infocom cracks the graphics 


barrier with Zork Zero. 

• Squared-eyed Ocean runs the 
Gauntlet, a TV terror. 

• Take Elite, remove the good bits 
and call it STAG 

• Balance of Power. Would Bush 
press the red button? 

• Ferrari F40s add 200mph 
glamour to Crazy Cars II. 

• Vindicators ST authentically 
reproduced by Domark. 

• Take a walk on the Dark Side. 
More Freescape 3D fun. 

• Demonware puts some evil 
colours behind centipede. 

• Tom and Jerry may be cute but 
they fail at gameplay. 


August WHO AMIGA COMPUTING 5 





















Enter the brand new Computer Shopper Show - the ultimate 
venue for a Christmas shopping spree for you, the Commo- 
dore Amiga user. 

More than 100 of the 250 stands will be selling Amiga 
products, making it the biggest Commodore event of all time 
-and Commodore themselves will also have a feature stand. 

For three days in November, Computer Shopper will 
transform London’s Alexandra Palace into the world’s 
largest computer hypermarket. 

The choice of Amiga products will never have been 
greater - nor will the number of special offers. 

Order your tickets for the Computer Shopper Show today 
by returning the coupon alongside with your payment or 
telephone 051-357 2961 for credit card bookings. 


The Great Hall, 

Alexandra Palace, 

Wood Green, London N22 


10am -6pm 
10am - 6pm 
10am -4pm 


Friday , November 24 
Saturday , November 25 
Sunday, November 26 


Sponsored by 

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Organised by 

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Please supply: 

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Total £.. 


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□ Please debit my Access/Visa card no. 


Expiry date: 


Admission at door: 
£4 (adults) 

£3 (under 16s) 


Advance ticket orders 
must be received by 
Wednesday, November 15 


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Address.. 


Postcode Signed. 


PHONE ORDERS: RING Show Hotline: 051-357 2961 Please quote credit 

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POST TO: Computer Shopper Show Tickets, Database Exhibitions, 

PO Box 2. Ellesmere Port. South Wirtal L65 3EA. 


A738 




■ AMIGA SCENE ■ 



Stores go for games 


New hardware 
on way 

T HE Amiga 3000 is 
shaping up to be an 
amazing workstation. Based 
on the fast 68030 processor, 
it will still be Amiga- 
compatible but unlike the 
A2500 it will not have a 
68000. 

This means any program 
which does not run on a 
68020/68030 machine - 
something which uses self- 
modifying code - will not 
work on an Amiga 3000. 

The machine is in the early 
stages of development, so 
ideas such as individual 
serial numbers in each 
machine now being dis- 
cussed may not make it to 
the final release. 

A stepping stone between 
the A2500 and A3000 will be 
the A2630. This is the Com- 
modore 68030 card which 
runs about 10 times faster 
than a standard Amiga. 

Based on the A2620 card it 
will take up to 4 meg of ram 
with more on an additional 
daughter board. Its designer, 
Dave Haynie, says it is a far 
more advanced system than 
other ‘030 cards which use 
the high level of com- 
patibility between the ‘020 
and ‘030 but fail to take 
advantage of the bigger chip. 

The A590 is a better hard 
drive than the A2090 so the 
A2090 is being upgraded 
with the 2091 which has the 
high quality DMA/SCSI 
interface and can take 2 meg 
of ram. 

Only one new product 
looms for the A500, and that 
needs other computers. The 
A560 and A2060 are net- 
work cards which allow 
Amigas to be linked, not just 
to each other, but to PCs, 
Macs and other ARCNET 
systems. 


Distributor 
closes down 

S OFTWARE distributor 
Brown Wagh Direct of 2 
Hazlitt Mews, Hazlitt Road, 
London has ceased trading. 
Amiga Computing has been 
asked to advise readers that 
no further orders are being 
fulfilled. 


A MIGA games players 
can now reap the 
benefits of a High Street vote 
of confidence in 16 bit lei- 
sure software. W.H. Smith 
has trebled its commitment 
to Amiga games and Boots is 
to double stocks. 

“Selling software is what 
we do well, and the 16 bit 
market is the way things are 
going’’, said computer buyer 
for Smiths Sean Willis. “We 
are intending to put 16 bit 
into a lot of the smaller stores 
that do not stock it at the 
moment’’. 

As a result of the recent 
decision, the number of 
Smiths outlets with Amiga 
games has risen from 43 to 


118. Over at Boots, software 
buyer Rose Graham told 
Amiga Computing that its 
decision will not only 
increase the variety of Amiga 
titles in its main store but 
will also boost the number of 
stockists. 

At present 240 Boots stores 
take software but the 
emphasis is on 8 bit. Only 70 
take 16 bit and this will 
rocket to more than 120. 

“It is just a matter of 
timing’’, said the spokes- 
woman. “Boots decided that 
having stocked 16 bit for 
some time, now was the time 
to increase this. We have got 
to keep up with market 
changes”. 


Pointers to 
the greys 

W ARNINGS have gone 
out from Commodore 
that people buying grey 
imports of its Amiga 500 
could find themselves out on 
a limb. 

Aware that machines are 
being imported from Hol- 
land and sold cheap, Com- 
modore is taking action 
against dealers found to be 
stocking the rogue machines. 
It will also refuse to carry out 
warranty work. 

A spokesman for CBM’s 
technical support depart- 
ment told Amiga Computing 
there are a number of ways 
to recognise such imports. 

All A500s from the UK 
have bar codes both on the 
machine and on the pack- 
aging if they have come from 
Commodore in the last 18 
months. The power supply 
on machines from Holland 
may be 220V rather than 
240V. 

Unless documents are 
being translated or forged, 
the machines could have a 
Dutch manual and would 
not have the 12 month UK 
warranty which goes with all 
Commodore machines. 

“If users ring up with 
technical questions, they will 
still be helped because it is 
very difficult to link them to 
the grey imports”, said the 
spokesman. “Because of the 
absence of the UK warranty, 
no support will be given on 
that. Commodore is aware 
that there is a problem and is 
doing everything possible to 
stamp it out”. 


No go area 

S OFTWARE cassettes and 
discs will soon bear an 
anti-piracy logo which is the 
latest move by FAST, the 
Federation Against Software 
Theft. 

Being designed by soft- 
ware house Psygnosis, it is 
likely to be based on the 
well-known red circle and 
diagonal line symbol for 
prohibition. 

It is hoped that when the 
logo is finished, publishers 
will be persuaded to use it on 
their software as a warning 
against copying. 


Don’t believe 
all you read.. 


W HEN you don’t have 
anything to boast 
about - shut up. Unless you 
are desperate, then shout so 
loud about something which 
is mundane that people will 
believe you have something 
special. 

So if you come across an 
exclusive review of Commo- 
dore’s super new A2500 read 
it very carefully. You will 
find that the machine is an 
A2000 with Commodore’s 
A2620 processor card, a 
machine Amiga Computing 
reviewed last March. 

And if you see a review of 
Kickstart 1.4 don’t believe it, 
the software isn’t finished. 
Amiga Computing had the 
first full report in April. Now 
we can spill the beans on 
some of the newest features. 

Kickstart 1.4 is a very dif- 
ferent beast to 1.3. While the 
changes between 1.2 and 1.3 
meant that some badly writ- 
ten programs still worked by 
dint of good fortune, with 1.4 
they will go belly-up. 

The differences are 


worthwhile. For a start it 
looks a lot better with 
improved designs of icons 
and drawers. Workbench 
and CLI are better integrated 
which will hopefully help to 
de-mystify CLI for new 
users. 

The Arexx programming 
language, included as stand- 
ard, allows multi-tasking 
programs to be linked. So 
from inside your word 
processor you can send a file 
to the DTP program which 
will then spool a file to disc. 

It’s the kind of command 
language invented for big 
systems which are only 
useful on micros as powerful 
as the Amiga. 

While some of the 
improvements are useful, 
one is essential. This is 
support for the Enhanced 
Chip Set. With ECS Fitted, an 
Amiga can use 1 meg of chip 
ram and display a flicker- 
free 640 x 512 image 
although this will need an 

Turn to Page 8 ► 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 7 




Amiga 2000 smooths 
those cartoon capers 


W HEN your favourite 
cartoon character 
chases his adversary round 
the screen, it’s quite likely 
that his movements have 
been coordinated by an 
Amiga 2000. 

A system based around the 
Amiga 2000 is now speeding 
up the production of 
cartoons, making life easier 
for the animators and 
improving end results. 

Called the Chromocolour 
Line Tester, it has been 
developed by Chromocolour 
Animation Supplies and 
Equipment (01-636 2103) 
which provided all the anim- 
ation kit used in Who 
Framed Roger Rabbit. 

Rolf Harris built his recent 
Cartoon Club television pro- 
gramme around it and plans 
to use it for another series, 
Steven Speilberg is using it 
for his sequel to An 
American Tale, a host of top 
film companies have bought 
it and even the giant Disney 


corporation is poised for a 
massive order. 

It has also been found that 
teaching animation to chil- 
dren with the line tester can 
prompt computer literacy 
and improve other aspects of 
education, particularly for 
those with learning diffi- 
culties. This has been proved 
by Stan Hayward, creator of 
Henry’s Cat, who has used it 
in a Kilburn school with dra- 
matic results. 

The line tester teams up a 
video camera, digitiser and 
the Amiga 2000 to shoot 
animation sequences and 
play them quickly so timing 
can be adjusted and move- 
ments plotted before acetates 
are painted. 

At present the top profes- 
sional system costs £10,000 
but there are plans to 
develop a £2,000 version 
for education and to make 
a system based on the 
Amiga 500 for the deomestic 
market. 




Communications partners David Bromley, sales director, and 
David Underwood. Istel Inet managing director, with Derek 
Meakin, chairman of MicroLink. 


M AJOR changes are 
being planned for 
MicroLink, the rapidly- 
growing electronic mail 
service. It will leave Telecom 
Gold and enter into a part- 
nership with a new telecom- 
munications giant, Istel Inet. 

Istel Inet is a partnership 
of two major international 
names in the field of data 
communications, Istel and 
Bell Canada Enterprises. 

“We have long been faced 
with restrictions that have 
prevented us developing the 
service in the way we know 
our subscribers would like”, 
said MicroLink chairman 
Derek Meakin. “We feel that 
the time has come to break 
away from Telecom Gold 


New role 
for MicroLink 

and open new doors. 

“The result will be a con- 
siderable expansion of 
services available to anyone 
with a computer, a modem 
and a telephone”. 

Many of the present facili- 
ties offered by MicroLink 
will be improved and the 
new service will also include 
news, sport and weather, a 
comprehensive financial sec- 
tion, plus on-line shopping. 

Computer conferencing - 
a service long requested by 
MicroLink subscribers - will 
also be introduced. 


Waiting for Kickstart 1.4 


expensive multi-sync moni- 
tor. 

The Fat Agnus chip, which 
gives more elbow room to 
chip ram, is currently being 
fitted to new A2000s. A 
batch of 500s went on sale in 
Germany with 1 meg chips 
but that was a mistake at the 
factory. 

The Fast File System, 
which has won friends in the 
hard drive-owning com- 
munity has now come to 
floppies. 

It will speed up disc access 
2 to 2.5 times. Old format 
discs can still be read, writ- 


ten and created, but this is 
the area in which Amiga 
Computing suspects most 
things will fail to work. 

Intuition now features 
auto-scrolling, custom gad- 
gets and new string gadgets, 
which will lead to better 
requesters and a special kind 
of window which is cha- 
racter mapped. Currently all 
text on an Amiga screen is 
plotted a pixel at a time. The 
new mode plots whole 
characters at a time, which 
should be very much faster. 

Major changes have taken 
place with Preferences. At 
the moment the Preferences 
program writes out a file 


8 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 




■AMIGA SCENE* 


P LESSEY is making 

Amigas smaller. The 
aerospace company is 
working on the next gener- 
ation of in-flight entertain- 
ment. Instead of trying to 
watch a film with all the rude 
bits taken out over seat backs 
in the half-dark and wishing 
the chap in 27D would shut 
his blind, you can play with 
an Amiga. 

The system will build an 
Amiga into every seat with a 
small LCD screen set into the 
back of the seat in front. The 
passenger will be able to 
watch the film on this screen 
or play games. All the 


A DEAL now set to top the 
£1 million mark has 
been signed between HB 
Marketing (089-544 4433) 
and audio visual firm OEC 
under which HB is supp- 
lying genlocks and other 
Amiga peripherals for use 
with OEC’s audio visual 
presenter Teleslide. It is also 
to give advisory support on 
use of the Amiga, which con- 
trols this latest product. 

“The initial agreement was 
worth over £500,000 but 
since then it has risen closer 
to £1 million”, said Julian 
Swallow of HB. ‘‘It is an 
ongoing relationship which 
will bring us even more 
business and obviously we 
are over the moon. We have 
had two and a half years 
experience in both hardware 
and software for the Amiga 



called System-configuration. 
With 1.4 the file will not only 
be written by Preferences but 
will be expandable from 
other programs. 

The changes involved with 
Kickstart 1.4 are so major 
that the release must be a 
long way away. 

Workbench 1.3 took more 
than a year to be released 
from the first announce- 
ments. You can get a pre- 
release version of 1.4 if you 
buy the £1,700 Moniterm big 
screen, but for ordinary 
users not only is it not fin- 
ished it is probably too 
buggy to be worth rushing 
into. 


Airborne 

gameplay 

Amigas will be networked so 
passengers can order duty 
free goods, reserve hotel 
rooms and through a link to 
the planes flight computer 
see where they are. 

To produce this system 
Plessey is doing a lot of 
development work on the 
Amiga, some of which may 
filter down to the ordinary 
Amiga user. We want to play 
a multi-user flight sim 
against 200 other passengers. 


Business 
is booming 


and this is now paying off’. 

HB is shortly to extend its 
range of Amiga-related 
products with the Amiga 
Virus Protection Toolbox 
developed by Abacus in 
America. 

“The package contains a 
book and software”, said Jim 
Oldfield of Abacus. “The 
book describes the 
phenomenon and the meas- 
ures you can take to protect 
your computer system from 
the harmful effects of a virus 
and the software hunts down 
suspicious programs”. 

With HB awaiting stocks 
from America, the UK price 
has not yet been fixed. It sells 
for $59.95 in the US. 


ZCL into 
education 

D istributor zcl (0543 

414817) has become one 
of Commodore’s authorised 
educational distributors to 
the trade. 

David Cheetham, ZCL’s 
national account manager 
for Commodore products, 
said: “We are already one of 
the biggest leisure suppliers 
in the country and we are on 
target for the business 
market having taken on 
Commodore’s PC and Amiga 
2000s two months ago. A 
move into the education 
market seemed like a natural 
progression”. 



Amiga in class at Tivetshall Primary School 


Schoolroom Amigas 
collect top marks 


N OW two thirds of the 
way through its nine 
month preliminary stage, 
Commodore’s Primary 
Project is bringing some 
startling results in schools. 

It was launched in January 
to assess the potential of the 
Amiga 500/2000 for teaching 
in primary schools. 

The pilot project started 
with schools in Somerset, 
Norfolk, Humberside, 
Berkshire and Cheshire 
being supplied with Amiga 
500s by Commodore. They 
also received suitable word 
processing software. 

Impact on classrooms has 
been notable according to 
the supervisor of the project, 
Wiesia Okon, of Commo- 
dore’s education division. 

“I have found that chil- 
dren are expressing them- 
selves through the computer 
on a number of levels, as 
well as actually doing 
something such as painting 
on the Amiga. There is 
always a lot of talking and 
discussion going on around 
the machine”, he said. 

“The stimulus that the 
Amiga can give to encourage 
group work fits in well with 
the IT philosophy of primary 
education. The computer 
enhances and complements 


the work already done by 
teachers and pupils in the 
classroom”. 

Surprised by his pupils’ 
reaction to the Amiga was 
Richard Adams, a teacher at 
Holway Community Junior 
School. 

“All the children have 
been extremely enthusi- 
astic”, he said. “Children 
with quite severe learning 
difficulties are suddenly on 
an exciting par with their 
peers. So far the Amiga 500 
has brought out qualities in 
some children that I did not 
know existed”. 

The same effects were 
noticed by Ian Holl- 
ingsworth, headmaster of 
Tivetshall County Primary 
School in Norfolk. 

“I have found the children 
to be less inhibited than 
adults in their use of the 
computer” he said. “The 
Amiga’s mouse has made it 
very accessible for pupils 
with the art package Deluxe- 
Paint II creating a discussion 
point for lessons”. 

Findings of the exercise 
will be used by Commodore 
to make the Amiga compat- 
ible with everyday teaching 
practices as part of the com- 
pany’s ongoing assault on 
the education market. 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 9 



■AMIGA SCENE* 


Bargain hunters’ 
delight 

fw Commodore 

computer show 


Simon Rockman reporting 



Commodore will sell you something warm to snuggle 
up to - no, not an A500 power supply 



W HEN 16k was a lot of 
memory, it was the Pet 
Show. With the popularity of 
the 64k machine it became 
the Commodore Show. Per- 
haps the 13th Commodore 
Show should have been 
called the Amiga Show. 

Downstairs bore a 
resemblance to a Far Eastern 
street market as masses 
bartered for everything from 
£1 mouse holders to £650 
A2000s. Shows have always 
been a good place to buy 
blank discs. At the Novotel 
70p each bought good qua- 
lity double sided discs if you 
shopped around. 

Whatever your interest or 
budget there was something 
to be picked up. Power 
Computing was doing some 
good deals on its range of 
hard drives which offer 
super fast Quantum units as 
an option. 

The 25Mhz 68030 cards 
which should speed up an 
Amiga tenfold spent the 
show stuck in customs. Even 
I dug into my pocket to buy a 
1.3 rom. 

C OMMODORE itself 
announced an entire new 
range of merchandise, which 
in non - salesmanspeak 
means gifts with the Commo- 
dore logo - from a Commo- 
dore teddy to key rings and 
mugs. In true computer com- 
pany fashion the wallets 
were not yet available. No 
doubt they are still writing 
the manual. 

Still, if you really want to 
snuggle up with a little teddy 
contact Commodore on 0628 
770088. In all other respects 
the Commodore stand was a 
disappointment. No machines 
with the Enhanced Chip Set, 
no hi-res A2024 monitors 
(the Commodore version of 
the Moniterm reviewed last 
April). 

The nearest anything got 
to being new was the A590, 
reviewed last month. This 
succeeded in frustrating me 
since they are not on sale yet 
and I want to buy one. 

The show saw the public 
announcement of the Amiga 
Computing cover disc, 
which led to a rush for sub- 
scriptions at the old price. If 
you Filled in a survey form to 
tell us what you want on the 


Bargains galore for show visitors 

disc, thanks. If not send us a 
letter - we’d love to know. 

Thanks to Fred Fish and 
some like-minded followers, 
the Amiga has more, and 
better organised, public 
domain software than any 
other modern computer. A 
sign of this is the flourishing 
club run by 17 Bit Software. 
This was one of the busiest 
stands as Amigaphiles 
queued to see what was new 
and fill gaps in their PD 
collection. 

Two products from ASAP 
had a low-key launch. The 
Amidrive was shown, but 


having only just gone into 
production was not for sale. 
The First shipment had been 
sent to people with outstan- 
ding orders. 

Aminet, which is a low- 
cost network developed for 
use in schools, was the 
second ASAP product to 
make its debut. 

Hi Tension is classed by 
Commodore as a VAR, 
which stands for Value 
Added Reseller, and sells 
Amigas as part of a package 
by adding its own custom 
add-ons. Demonstrated at 
the show was an incredibly 


powerful video card capable 
of animating a 1024 x 1024 
pixel display in colour. For 
more details contact Hi 
Tension on 0252 344454. If 
your pocket is not too deep 
have a look at its 16 colour 
desktop utility, Icon Paint. 

While the Amiga leads the 
field in many areas it lags 
behind in one, accounting 
software. Equinox Business 
Systems aims to Fill this gap 
with Small Business 
Accounts, a comprehensive 
package with balance sheet, 
profit and loss, budgets, 
VAT, a full audit trail and 
quick ways of checking prof- 
itablity. 

There are extra modules 
for more advanced users and 
a £30 personal version for 
controlling day-to-day 
finances. For more details 
contact Equinox on 01-729 
0990 


T HE most exciting stand 
was Amiga Centre Scot- 
land which always has inter- 
esting bits and bobs. Among 
them was a high resolution 
24 bit colour graphics card 
running through the PC 
Bridgeboard to display 
Sculpt Animate 4D images. 
They were of television qua- 
lity and “only took about 15 
hours to render on an ‘030 
machine”. Make that over a 
week (just calculating) on a 
standard Amiga. 

Amiga Centre Scotland 
also had Digiworks on sale 
for the First time and a new 
static ram board which 
retains its memory even 
when the Amiga is switched 
off so you can auto-boot 
from the ram disc. No price 
has yet been fixed. Amiga 
Computing will be 
reviewing it soon. 

I was really impressed by 
Rob Munday’s Hologram. 
Produced at the Royal 
College of Art where Rob is a 
lecturer, it gave a 3D view of 
an image from Sculpt 3D. 
The first ever home 
computer-produced holo- 
gram, it will be very impor- 
tant as this technique will 
lead to colour holography. 
For more details on any of 
the Amiga Centre Scotland 
attractions contact 031-557 
4242. 


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T HIS month sens tin? 

release of the third film 
in the Indiana funes series, 
and along with it tin! I.ticas- 
t i I in computer game tie-in. 

Details are thin on the 
ground just now - US Gold is 
keeping quiet until its hig 
release at Stringfellows, a 
night club so famous they 
don’t bother putting the 
address on the invites. 

However, it seems Indiana 
|ones and the l.ast Crusade 
will have you scrambling 
across a rumbling circus 
train, battling against savage 
rats, playing a human flv on 
granite castle walls... all in 
an attempt to track down tin; 
elusive Holy (trail. 

Following the all-format 
arcade game, l.ucasfilm will 
hi! releasing a Hi hit only 
adventure based on the same 
pl^<Morc news next month 
whffrn we get hack from the 
hig event. 

In liis spurn limn Hnrrissnn 
Tort I rnjoys underground hung 
gliding nnd listening to h.irtl 


Mr Whippy rides again 



HMfcfc- 

Indiana Junes and two YTS, workers prepare 
Stringfellows for the big launch 


Courting success 


IMA GEWORKS is devel- 
oping the ultimate tennis 
sensation, Passing Shot - 
a Sega coin -op licence. 
The game simulates a 
grand slam season, with 
doubles or singles cham- 
pionships taking place 


across the globe, covering 
both clay and grass 
courts. 

Start warming up for 
Passing Shot now, it'll be 
out in the autumn, just in 
time for the indoor 
season. 


w- 


Carry on 


sniggering 


SEX Vixens from Outer 
Space was released last 
year amid a wave of 
smutty sniggers. It was an 
adventure with graphics 
about a colony of beauti- 
ful sex-starved female 
clones from the planet 
Mon do. 

Coming soon from Free 
Spirit Software of 
Kutztown, USA, is a 
sequel, Planet of Lust. It 
will once again star Brad 
Stallion as captain of the 
spaceship Big Thruster. 

In a tacky plot featuring 
Dr. Dildo and Princess 
Orgasma, your mission 
will be to destroy a force 
field around the planet 
Erotica. 

u The music and sound 
effects are quite unique , ” 
says programmer Joe 
Hubbard. 

I expect they are. Yawn. 


Time is on their side 


O XFORD Digital Enter- 
prises has spent the past 
year researching techniques 
fof generating highly realis- 
tic animation on the Amiga. 
The upshot is a combination 
of high frame rates with 
video-generated images of 
animation positions. 

The First game to use this 
new technique will be Time, 
an animated role-playing 
journey which takes you 
through the ages. 

It starts at some time in the 
future in the gallery of a 
satellite orbiting the earth - a 
futuristic Madame Tussaud’s 
filled with statues of very 
famous and very dead 
people. 

Your quest in Time will 
take you back through the 
ages to meet the folk these 
waxworks were modelled 
from, people like Julius 
Caesar, Merlin and Leonardo 
Da Vinci. 


When Finished, Time will 
feature more than 200 fully 
animated characters, each of 
which will be depicted in 
mid-shot as a 60 pixel high 
smoothly animated cha- 
racter, or in extreme close-up 
as a full screen animated 
face. 

There will be 10 major 
playing areas, which them- 
selves will contain 10 hori- 
zontally scrolling scenes. All 
characters will act indepen- 
dently of the player, trans- 
ferring objects and shifting 
alliances as the game pro- 
gresses. 

Techniques borrowed 
from the cinema - like fast 
cuts from long-shots to close- 
ups - promise to bring the 
game to life like none before. 

ODE is developing the 
flagship version of the game 
on the Amiga. It will be 
released in the autumn on 
the Empire label. 


14 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 














All the latest news on 
the games software scene 


Active goes for world domination 


OUTH London public 
relations company Active 
Sales & Marketing has added 
Bethesda Software of 
Maryland, USA, to its grow- 
ing list of international 
clients. 

Bethesda’s first release 
with Active is Wayne 
Gretzky Hockey - a 
misleading title if you don’t 
know he is an American ice 
hockey hero. 

The game features 
digitised fights, animated 
penalty calls and an instant 
replay feature. You can con- 
trol any player, coach from 
the bench or sit back and 
watch the computer control 
both teams. 

Detailed 3D graphics 
highlight the intricate 
stickwork and skating of 
each player on the ice, while 
the alternative view from 
above is the perfect vantage 
point from which to apprec- 
iate the game’s offensive and 
defensive strategies. 

Wayne Gretzky Hockey 
has been voted best sports 
simulation of the year by the 
American Software Pub- 
lishers Association. It’s 
release in the States caused 
The Washington Post to 
write: “...it could be the best 
sports simulation yet”. 

Out in the UK now, it costs 
£24.99 and we’ll be taking a 
timeout half way through the 
third period to give it a full 


appraisal next month. 

On the continent, Active 
represents the UK interests 
of French labels Coktel 
Vision and Tomahawk, plus 
the German games house 
EAS. Until this month EAS 
had been building itself 
quite a reputation for 
excellent graphics and 
absorbing gameplay. Then it 
released Stag, which has 
scored an all-time low of 11 
per cent in this month’s 
Arcade. 

This will inevitably affect 
the reception of its next few 
releases - Roll-Out, Wangler 
and Black Magic. But 
Kayden Garth, a D&D type 
game, should go a long way 
towards putting EAS back 
on the map. 

Kayden Garth is the name 
of a prisoner detention 
planet, only the prisoners 
have escaped their chains 
and you’ve been given the 
job of putting down the 
rebellion. 

The game contains 30 
dungeons to explore and fea- 
tures some marvellous 3D 
and bird’s-eye view 
graphics. EAS estimates 
there is 60 hours of playtime 
in Kayden Garth, which is 
out now priced £19.95. 

Active also does the PR 
and sales in the UK for the 
Impressions label, the first 
release on which, Raider, is 
featured on our cover disc 


this month. 

The follow-up to Raider is 
Chariots of Wrath, a game 
which has caused the mighty 
Mirrorsoft to question its 
ancestry. Apparently the 
screenshots Active dis- 
tributed bear a resemblance 
to MirrorSoft’s big summer 
release, Xenon II. 

The screenshots we 
received were so badly 
blurred and over exposed 
that they resembled nothing 
more than a bad accident. 

Chariots of Wrath is being 
hyped as an arcade epic - 
“the most amazing shoot- 
’em-up yet for the Amiga” it 
says here. 

Written by the team 
responsible for Sidewinder 
II, it features in excess of 300 
combinations of weapons 
and seven totally different 
game types. 

Some of the meanest and 
ugliest end-of-level aliens yet 
are promised, all of whom 
will be trying to prevent you 
rescuing the inevitable 
captured princess. 

It should be in the shops 
by the time you read this, 
priced £24.99. Watch these 
pages to see if it’s all just 
hype. 


Not even jetsetter Robert 
Stallibrass, the driving force 
behind Active Sales, can do 
anything about a Paris traffic 
jam 


REVIEWED 
THIS MONTH 


95% Trained Assassin 
91% Powerdrome 
88% Balance of Power 
87% Zork Zero 
86% R-Type 
83% 3D Pool 
73% Evil Garden 
68% Vindicators 
67% Artura 
64% Dark Side 
61% Rampage 
51% Tom and Jerry 
47% Gunship 
43% Crazy Cars II 
43% Run the Gauntlet 
11% S.T.A.G. 


MAX HACKS 


# 3D Pool 

# Baal 

# IK+ 

# Lords of the Rising 
Sun 

# Scorpion 

# Silkworm 


Gallup Chart 

1 Last 

Month 

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/ Electronic Arts 
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Nl 

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ft MicroProse Soccer 
\ MicroProse 
%) £24.99 

Nl 

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M Forgotten Worlds 
/I US Gold 
™ £19.99 

Nl 

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p ‘Gunship 
*t MicroProse 
J £29.99 

Nl 

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ft Psvgnosis 
V £24.99 

1C 

1 

m KickOff 
7 Anco 
# £19.99 

Nl 

| 

A Silkworm 
X Virgin Games 
V £19.99 

Nl 

■ 

ft Falcon 
U MirrorSoft 
7 £29.95 

3 


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I Electric Dreams 
1 V £29.99 

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August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 15 












No more nudes for Tomahawk 



F RENCH games label 
Tomahawk has its sights 
well and truly set on 1992. 
Not satisfied with being part 
of one of the top three houses 
in France, Tomahawk is 
ready to invade Britain and 
Europe in a big way. 

The label was launched 
earlier this year as a sister to 
Coktel Vision, which has 
already had a taste of the dis- 
cerning British with the 
success of Freedom (80%, 
A mC February 1989) and the 
failure of 20,000 Leagues 
under the Sea (15%, AmC 
March 1989). 

You’ll remember Tomah- 
awk’s first release, 
Emmanuelle. It sank like a 
brick, scoring 37% in the 
June issue. But it served its 
purpose in getting the 
Tomahawk brand name 
known. 

Sensational publicity stunt 


over and done with, Toma- 
hawk has announced its 
release schedule for the 
coming months. And it’s 
looking good. 

Already in your shops is 
African Raiders, a game 
which the company 
modestly understates as a 
“simulation of driving’’. 

It’s a whole lot more than 
that. Have you ever played a 
driving game and wished 
you could whizz off in any 
direction under the sun? 
Well now you can. 

African Raiders is a race 
from Tunis to Dakar across 
the burning sands of the 
western Sahara. There is a 
track - for those who want to 
follow it - marked out with 
oil drums, but it takes a 
winding course and sticking 
to it isn’t going to get you 
home first. 

The game comes with a 




poster which also serves as 
an accurate map. Within it’s 
limits you can travel in any 
direction you like. Not just 
north, south, east and west, 
but right around the 360 
degrees of the compass. 

You can even reverse. In 
fact situations crop up 
regularly where going 
backwards is the only way 
forwards. 

Leaping and bounding off 
the beaten track at more than 
200 kph has its hazards. 
Great herds of camels 
sleeping behind rocks 
inhabit some areas. Other 
districts are littered with 
bones - last year’s models, 
says Tomahawk. 

Quicksand is all over the 
place. Which is where your 
selectable two-wheel or four- 
wheel drive comes in handy. 
Doesn’t help much in the 
graveyard though, where the 
rusting wrecks of unsuc- 
cessful competitors - bikes, 
buggies and jeeps - stick up 
out of the dunes like 
tombstones and stop you in 
much the same way as do the 
camels. 

All the hazards are marked 
clearly on the map. Careful 
drivers will avoid them. 
Explorers and burn-it-up 
merchants will deliberately 
seek them out. 



Tomahawk boss Roland Oskian 
has a wink and a smile for the 
hard-to-please British 


It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s in 
the shops now priced at 
£19.99. We’ll have a full 
review next month. 

Hot on the heels of African 
Raiders will be The Legend 
of Djel, a point-and-click 
adventure featuring 30 sup- 
erbly drawn screens. Set in 
the Middle Ages, you live in 
one of four imaginary king- 
doms, all of which are suf- 
fering from different 
problems due to circum- 
stances under the control of 
neighbouring lands. 

Your mission is to rescue a 
sorcerer’s daughter - repre- 
sented on-screen by a (non- 
tacky) rendition of the 
graphics artist’s girlfriend - 



Above: Superb graphics in The Legend of Djel add to the atmosphere 
Left: ESS Hermes blasts into orbit in this early Amiga version screenshot 






Horror at Lizard Breath 



and collect the bits and 
pieces which will bring 
health and prosperity to the 
four kingdoms once more. 
Enroute you will have to 
solve some fiendish puzzles 
and have the weirdest shoot- 
out you’ve ever seen. 

The Legend of Djel will 
come on two, maybe three, 
discs and will cost £24.99. 

Still under construction 
when we went to France 
recently to investigate the 
Tomahawk phenomenon is 
ESS Hermes. This game will 
put you in full control of the 
European space shuttle right 
down to working out your 
flight path, and will give you 
a choice of various missions. 

On the flying front you can 
try landing, atmosphere re- 
entry or special manoeuvres, 
after which you can turn 
your hand to running a satel- 
lite park or setting up an 
orbital space station. 

In the re-entry sequence, 
the only animated part of the 
game we were able to see - 
running on a PC of all things 
- you are presented with a 
3D representation, of the sky 
ahead viewed from behind 
your craft (like Afterburner). 

Hard to judge a whole 
game on one sequence, but it 
looked good enough to leave 
us wanting to see more. 




Cinemaware says it came from the desert, but we have evidence that it came from the Watford Gap 


H aving successfully 
translated gangster 
movies, comedies, Saturday 
morning matinees and 
adventure films into com- 
puter games. 

Cinemaware has now 
turned its attention to the 
tongue-in-cheek horror 
genre with It Came From The 
Desert. 


The game is a tribute to the 
Big Bug fdms of the 1950s 
and is set in the isolated 
community of Lizard Breath, 
Arizona. One day a meteor 
strikes nearby and mys- 
terious events and disap- 
pearances start to plague the 
town. 

You are cast as a young 
scientist determined to get to 


the bottom of the affair. In 
doing so you will risk your 
life as you face creatures 
spawned from the sup- 
ernatural. 

Cinemaware claims it is 
the biggest arcade strategy 
contest ever created on a per- 
sonal computer. 

Now where have we heard 
that before? 


Watching the detectives 


I NLAY cards are usually 
full of rubbish about how 
the Qwerties are Fighting a 
terrible space war with the 
evil Yuiops. Electronic Arts 
has sent us details of The 
Hound of Shadow, which 
has a plot that sounds a bit 
like this. 

According to EA it is a 
role-playing adventure game 
with an underlying sup- 
ernatural theme. Using 
Eldritch Games’s special 
Timeline role-gaming system 
it shares the feel of the 
Cthulu Mythos which was 
developed by the author H. 
P. Lovecraft. 

You create a character 
based on one of six profess- 
ors with different options for 
sex, nationality and 
proficiency in more than 50 
skills. Set in the sepia tone of 


Chris Elliott and Dick Edwards 
of Eldritch Games on the trail 
of The Hound of Shadow (It's 
behind you.) 



the mid ‘20s, this is an histo- The Hound of Shadow is 
rically accurate detective scheduled for release late 
game. September, price £24.99. 





■AMIGA ARCADE* 


Imageworks does it first 


H AM is unique to the 
Amiga - and to think it 
was nearly taken out of the 
design because Jay Miner, 
the chip designer, didn’t 
think it was particularly 
useful. 

Unless you want impress- 
ive static screens you might 
think Jay was right. If you’ve 
tried cutting out a brush with 


Photon Paint you will know 
that HAM leads to slow 
sprites and furry edges. 

Imageworks has cracked 
the problem to produce 
DDT, named after the CP/M 
utility Dynamic Debugging 
Tool. The result is an amaz- 
ingly colourful game with 
some incredibly detailed 
objects. 



DDT may only be NTSC, but all 200 lines 
are HAM - the First game ever to do so 



You’ll need the resolve of Maggie and the skill of Fatima 
to kill the snarl of Castle Warriors ’s big red dragon. 


Parisian poison 


F ollowing the success 
of Bio Challenge, Paris- 
based Delphine Software’s 
second UK release is to be 
Castle Warrior, a six level 
arcade-style action game. 

You take the role of Prince 
Edred the Brave, heir 
apparent to the throne of 
Pacifia. Your father, Edelred 
the Good, has been poisoned 
by the evil wizard Zandor 
(the Nothing). 

Rather than rushing to the 
treasury to count all the 
money you’ll be coming 
into, you decide a better 
course of action is to go off 
on a quest to force the anti- 


dote from the evil wizard. 

To reach him and gain the 
potion you will have to battle 
through subterranean cav- 
erns filled with deadly 
monsters, spear the massive 
red dragon Olisos, paddle a 
canoe along an underground 
stream dodging rocks and 
falling stalactites, defeat the 
huge demon Jibba, and 
dodge Zandor’s spells. 

In the final level you will 
have to dodge more mighty 
dragons as you fly high 
above the clouds on your 
victorious journey home. 

Sounds lethal. Out “real 
soon now” at £24.99. 


Hewson backs private enterprise 


C OMMODORE 64 owners 
may remember enjoying 
Battle Valley from Hewson. 
The programming team, 
known as Creative Thought, 
did. In fact they enjoyed the 
game so much they wrote 
their own version for the 
Amiga. 

Hewson, being suitably 
impressed, sorted out some 
whizzo music and bought 
the program from them. 

The plot is simple; 
winning is not. The world is 
almost devoid of missiles 
and people can live in peace 
- except that a gang of 
terrorists has made off with 
the last two missiles and is 
threatening to unleash them 
on world capitals. 

The missiles are hidden 
behind well-defended bases 
in the desert of Battle Valley 
and can be captured using a 
tank. Unfortunately the tank 
can’t cross bridges which 
have been blown up by the 

Battle Valley from Hewson 
features three levels of 
wonderful parallax scrolling 


terrorists. 

You need to repair the 
crossings and take out defen- 
ces using a helicopter gun- 
ship. Once the way is clear 


you can use the tank to mop 
up the last resistance and 
capture the base. 

At either ends of the beau- 
tiful, smooth scrolling land- 


scapes are the missile silos. 
Can you make it that far and 
save the world? It’ll cost you 
£19.99 to find out. Release 
date August. 












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20 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1089 


See page 87 for trick shot tips 


RLANDO is famed for Frak!, 
his cutesy Beeb game which 
was ever so badly ported to the C64 
by Statesoft. His is also the name 
behind a number of quite brilliant 
Acornsoft titles. Now Orlando has 
discovered the Amiga, and has 
ported his 3D Pool game from the 
Archimedes and ST. 

This is a pool game like no other. It 
aims to simulate the game from the 
position of a player. The big 0 says 
this is the reason you can’t see the 
table from directly overhead. 

Even if you stood on the table - 
before the manager kicked you out - 
you wouldn’t get a proper overhead 
view. You would see your feet and 
the light would get in the way. 

So what you get is what you see - a 
player’s eye view of the table. Except 
there is no cue. The white ball is Fired 
along the player’s line of sight with 
top-spin and bottom-spin relying on 
the viewing angle. Side-spin is 
selected from an icon at the top of the 
screen. 

Although you move around the 
table, the lack of a floor sometimes 
makes it feel as though you are 
staying still and throwing the table 
around. 

The mouse mechanism takes some 
getting used to. Since both 3D Pool 
and Virus started their respective 
lives on the Archimedes, it might be 
something to do with Acorn pro- 
grammers being able to cope with 
sensitive mice. 

Pool is a short game, which makes 
it more exciting than snooker. Even 
so, 3D Pool heightens the competi- 
tion by providing a number of 
computer-generated opponents who 
play at different strengths. 

You can either practice against an 
individual or take part in a tourna- 
ment in which the players are drawn 


at random. The final is played against 
Maltese Joe Barbara. 

Once you have proved you are the 
hottest cueman to have laid hands on 
a mouse you can have a go at the trick 
shots. These display numbers for the 
angles involved and have you trying 
to puzzle over how to get balls into 
the right pockets. After you have 
solved the 19 tricks you can set up 
your own using an editor. 

From the initial title screen - which 
was digitised using SuperPic right 


With pockets this big, who needs a handbag? 


here in the Amiga Computing office - 
to the roar of the crowd as you defeat 
Mr Joe, 3D Pool is great. It is play- 
able, slick and technically brilliant. 

Fully Amigaised to use sampled 
sound, a 256 line PAL display and 
blitter routines, the result is better 
than the ST. But then why else did 
you buy an Amiga? 

Simon Rockman 


liD Pool 
£24.95 

\ ti crop rose Firebird 


Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplav 


rn 


Value 


Overall — 83% 


G IVE an infinite amount of 
designers an infinite amount of 
time, coffee and money, and it’s easy 
to make a completely original com- 
puter game. If the coffee’s a problem 
you could always set about taking an 
old idea and “originalising” it. 

For example, you could take 
Centipede and add some of the ideas 
which made Arkanoid different from 
Breakout. The resulting game would 
end up tolerably close to 
Demon ware’s Evil Garden. 

The box is the First main hazard; 
not merely is it huge, silver and diffi- 
cult to open, but it has Beware of 
Demonware writ large in red all over 
it. Somehow I think this is meant to 
be a threat rather than a warning. 

The plot: You, a successful mer- 
cenary, have the job of clearing a 
garden planet of mushrooms, alien 
centipedes and other beasties. 
Centipedes are relatively innocuous; 
they are only nasty on contact and 
the bits you have shot off them 
become more mushrooms. 

The spider usually haunts its web 
under the score panel, but once in a 
while it comes out to bounce around 
and drop mines. 

Fleas fall from the top of the screen 
at an enormous rate. They’re very 
hard to hit and leave a trail of mush- 
rooms behind them. Other beasties 
appear every so often to say a big Hi 


HERE can be few people who 
have not heard of Tom and 
Jerry, the funniest double-act ever, 
responsible for bringing more gratu- 
itous violence to our screens than 
Rambo, The Professionals and East- 
Enders combined. 

With the exception of the later 
cartoons, which at a generous assess- 
ment were rubbish, most of their 
adventures have stood the test of time 
and still manage to be funny at the 
Fifteenth time of viewing. 

So if it works for a cartoon, the 
same zany formula should work for a 
computer game. Right? Well it’s a 
good theory. 

The game’s opening credits are 
promising, with accurate renditions 
of both characters, and the Amiga’s 
sound capabilities reproduce Tom’s 
manic laughter perfectly. The action, 







EVIL GARDEN 

Can you dig it? 


and drop the occasional bomb on 
you. 

This plot will be familiar to both of 
the Millipede fans, Atari’s less suc- 
cessful Centipede sequel. What is 
new is the pumpkin, which gives 
bonus weaponry when shot. 

The standard issue peashooter-on- 
a- stick can be upgraded, with a little 
luck, to a shielded turret with boun- 
cing bullets and an orbiting follower. 
As in Arkanoid, extra lives and a 
doorway to the next level can be got 
by picking up pumpkin remains. 

Not surprisingly there is the stand- 
ard issue mystery prize, which is 
often a feature which stops you 
shooting quickly. In the Equally Nice 
department is the little pill which 
turns all the mushrooms into 
centipedes. The screen becomes full 
of the beasties, all heading your way. 

Every so often you get a bonus 
screen which has a huge Audrey II 
type plant spitting things at you. Hit 
it often enough and it’s biggus bonus 
time. Apart from that, there’s nothing 
really new. Nothing new apart from a 
full PAL screen, chock full of fast 
moving (small) sprites. 

Two, three or four players? No 
problem. Two players simulta- 
neously? Likewise. All this and 1 
meg enhancements too. 

A useful few minutes can be spent 
reading the manual while the game 


loads - it takes far longer than you’d 
expect. In fact, Evil Garden seems to 
take at least twice as long to load as it 
did the last time you loaded it. And 
even when the drive light goes out, 
it’s only pausing between loading 
sessions. 

Once you’ve run out of lives the 
disc graunches away and takes at 
least five seconds to tell you that it’s 
game over time. 

Despite the minor loading groans, 
and the irksome “Type in the word’’ 
routine - which only gives you one 
go and swaps Y and Z around - Evil 
Garden is quite some game. 

The learning curve has been set 
just right, so you won’t feel left out at 
the start. What does worry me is that 
the last Centipede clone I saw cost 
£1.99. Although it didn’t have half 
the prettiness, it had most of the fea- 
tures. Stewart C. Russell 




TOM AND JERRY 

Downhill all the way 


such as it is, takes place in various 
places about the house that are linked 
by Jerry’s mouseholes. 

The aim is to guide Jerry through, 
rooms, over shelves and furniture, 
devouring as much cheese as pos- 
sible within the time limit of 500 
seconds. Tom is in hot pursuit and 
for every time he catches Jerry you 
lose 30 seconds. Jerry risks losing a 
lot more. 

You can fight back by dropping 
books, bananas, bowling balls and 
other sundry items of cartoon 
mayhem on Tom and, when all else 
fails, you can escape down the 
nearest mousehole. 

While inside the mousehole you 
have to dodge a series of explosive 
obstacles and traps at high speed, 
accompanied by a soundtrack that 
sounds as if it’s played by a turbo- 



Making a meal of a simple idea 


Tom unit lorry 
£24.99 
Magic Bytes 


Sound W^MMK 


Graphics m 
Gameplay ^■Iltlllll 
Value -MB- I I 1 1 I 1 


D 


Overall - 51% 


charged Russ Conway on a Bon- 
Tempi organ. 

After about 30 seconds or so it all 
becomes very boring indeed, which 
is a shame because the concept is 
good and the graphics aren’t bad. 
There must be scope for a good Tom 
and Jerry game somewhere. This one 
isn’t it. 


Mike Rawlins 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 21 














C OULD you never find anyone to 
put the cars back on the track for 
you when you were playing Scalex- 
tric? Did you ever wonder why moths 
beat themselves to death on light 
bulbs? The answer to the first prob- 
lem - and perhaps the second - is 
now presented in the form of Pow- 
erdrome. 

This is a very innovative imple- 
mentation of the old favourite racing 
game. Pole Position. Where Pow- 



Flying in the face of the impossible 




Look u hat has escaped from Starglider 


the top of a tunnel is yellow and 
black then it is curving down ... 

There are seven different tracks, 
each with its own set of interesting 
features which need a different style 
of driving to negotiate. 

Hazards to watch out for are 
storms - complete with excellent 
lightning which impedes your 
engines unless you stop off in the pits 
for a change of filters - and the other 
drivers. 

You have four opponents, each in a 
different kind of ship, who will all try 
to hassle you. Collisions are quite 


rare but can be nasty when they 
happen. Keep a look out in your rear- 
view mirror. 

There is a very workable datalink 
option for playing against a similar 
minded Powerdrome owner 
communicating via modem or serial 
cable. The game thoughtfully allows 
you to copy it for this purpose. 

If the unfortunate should happen 
and you prang a wing or, worse still, 
the nosecone, you can pop into the 
robopits for a speedy repair. Here 
entire sections of your ship can be 
replaced. You can even get a Quickfit 


erdrome really takes off (pun 
intended) is that the cars have 
become jet aircraft which race 
around tracks resembling the M25 of 
the future. 

The track features bumps, bends, 
flyovers, tunnels, chicanes and, just 
when you thought it was getting 
mean, worse things which I won’t 


even attempt to describe. It’s more 
fun finding out for yourself. 

The track is a kind of channel with 
banked sides, divided into equal che- 
quered sections to give the sensation 
of speed as they flash past. They also 
serve as roadsigns. 

If the embankment is coloured red 
and white there is a bend ahead, if 



H elicopters are not flown 
like aeroplanes. This is why 
choppers have their wings on the 
roof, spinning around at 280 rpm. 

The angle at which the blades hit 
the air - known as the collective - 
controls the amount of lift. By using 
the joystick you control the overall 
tilt of the rotor blades - the cyclic - 
and this moves the ‘copter forwards, 
backwards, left and right. 

This is made easier on the Amiga 
by having an overlay which reminds 
you of the controls needed. Then 
there are all the weapons to control 
and select, because not only are you 
expected to fly the thing without cra- 
shing, but you have to shoot lots of 
people at the same time. 

Before you climb into your $8m 
dollar chopper you select your duty 
assignment and determine the level 



Overall - 47% 


of difficulty by specify ing weather 
conditions and troop strengths. 

After a short briefing you can 
decide whether or not you want to be 
chicken and call in sick. If you do 
choose to accept the mission, you 
have the opportunity to become a 
hero, earn medals and probably get 
killed in action. 

Start the engine, engage the rotors, 
increase the collective, put out the cat 
and cross your fingers. 







Catamaran’s are legal in this America's cup 


engine. 

If you have the time you can pop 
back to the tune-up screen for a bit of 
adjustment - very handy in the prac- 
tice laps. Occasionally you may have 
to refuel here during long races. All 
the repairs are accompanied by nice 
stereo sound effects. 

Your ship is flown like an aircraft, 
rather reminiscent of Elite. Control 
may be mouse or joystick. The pro- 
grammer seems adamant that mouse 
control is superior in terms of 
response time and it is recommended 
for the serious contender. 

But although I tried very hard, it is 
similar to other mouse-driven games. 
Unless you have an AO sized mouse 
mat and long arms, it’s a bit difficult. 

Additional controls from the key- 
board include an overhead display of 
the track with all the participants 
marked on it, a readout of the current 
positions and a really useful timer 
which gives the difference between 
you and the lead car or the lag 
between you and second place if you 
are leading. 

It takes a while to get used to the 
controls, so the programmer has 
included a “centre field" option, like 
a set of magnetic stabilisers which 
pushes you towards the centre of the 
track. 


The field reduces your top speed, 
but it is fully adjustable, so you can 
gradually lower it as you feel more 
confident and more determined to 
beat the best lap times. 

For those very special moments the 
Typhoon craft is equipped with 
afterburners - handy for excessive 
speed and reckless driving on long 
straights. Overuse of them causes the 
twin engines to bum out. If you use 


them in the tunnels you’re racing 
towards an early grave. 

The graphics are remarkable, won- 
derful and fantastic. Don’t be 
surprised if you find yourself falling 
out of your seat as you try to take a 
sharp bend - good use of the blitter 
which suggests the programmer did 
a deal with Beelzebub. 

The sound effects are some of the 
best I have heard. Wonderful stereo 
imaging and varying engine noises. 
Addictive, fast and professional, this 



Overall — 91% 


must be the definitive racing game. 
As Frankie almost said: Welcome to 
the Powerdome. 

Green 




After checking the map you- can 
select your target and head off in the 
right direction. You have the usual 
split cockpit display with slightly 
more than half the screen taken up 
with dials and warning indicators. 

The view out of the window is a 
solid 3D display, but not up to the 
standards we Amigans. 

For a computer with such 
capabilities the landscape is bland 
and slow. Enemy planes are simple 
prisms which move casually past 
you. All in all it is very disap- 
pointing. 

The manual, on the other hand, 
goes well beyond the call of duty 
with details about everything and 
anything. 

Four battle scenarios and a training 
mission are supplied. These 
tastefully chosen war zones range 


from shooting communist guerillas 
in South East Asia to invading 
Grenada all over again. 

Sound effects are satisfactory 
helicopter-type noises and simple 
biffs and bangs whenever things 
explode. The opening credits are well 
worth seeing and hearing - look out 
for them next time you are in a shop. 

And give it a good test before part- 
ing with your money because my 
review r copy, which by all accounts 
was a full release version, crashed 
several times. 

As for realism, well I have never 
flown a helicopter, so apart from the 
crashes I can’t be sure. Everything 
seems to be sensibly done, but after 
playing Gunship for a while I have 
no urge to actually go out and fly a 
helicopter. 

John Kennedy 



As w arlike as ever 


Consratu lat i ons Arnica Conput 

Your perf ormance durinsr ti*ai 
superior, you receive the Na 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 23 




■ REVIEWS! 




Lose control of yourself 


Run the Gauntlet 

£24.99 

Ocean 


countries to represent. The game will 
then select, apparently at random, a 
set of three special events for you to 
compete in. These are mostly three- 
lap races around a four-way scrolling 
landscape. 

In the corner of the screen a small 
map is supplied to confuse and 
annoy you - it rather cunningly bears 
little or no resemblance to the actual 
playing area. 

The computer controls the two 
other competitors in the race. You 
cannot play directly against your 
friend, and all events are scored by 
the time you took to finish. During 
the race the other computer players, 
whether boats, hovercrafts or cars, 
simply refuse to let you pass. 

If you should bump into them, you 
will automatically go into a time- 
wasting spin. The computer- 
controlled boat will carry on as if 
nothing has happened. 

Exactly the same thing occurs if 
they crash into you, which is not 
what you’d really go so far as to call 
fair. To make things even worse, 
some psycho is shooting at you. 

Trying to steer your player around 
the screen is so difficult as to make 
play impossible. Just when you think 
you have got the hang of it, some prat 
will shoot you and stop you taking 
first place. Why? I don’t know. I’m 
sure I would have remembered it if it 
had been in the TV show. 

If you win, or least not come last, 
you will take part in the next event. If 
you are really unlucky you will win 
all three and take part in another 
series. 

Graphically Run the Gauntlet is 
quite good. With digitised static dis- 
plays plus passable landscapes and 
sprites, good use has been made of 
the Amiga hardware. Your little boat 
will even leave a shimmering wake 
as it vainly attempts to take part in 
the race. 

However, the music must be the 
worst I have heard. A tedious little 
sampled ditty plays over and over 
and over again. Even the point when 
the tune starts and stops hasn’t been 
blended together, so it sounds exactly 
like a record playing with a stuck 
stylus. 

The only saving grace is 10 
seconds of Martin Shaw sampled 
from the TV saying what a fun time 
you are going to have. Martin Shaw, 
if you remember, was the one with 
the curly hair from the The Profes- 
sionals, a TV series banned because 


of excessive violence. His idea of fun 
is, therefore, to be treated with 
suspicion. 

Run the Gauntlet must rate as the 
least enjoyable game I have ever had 
the misfortune to play. How Ocean 
managed to fill not one, but two discs 
with such tedium is a miracle of 
modern 16 bit technology. 

John Kennedy 


Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplav 


Value 


Overall - 


This must be one of these new toll roads we've read about 


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racing against one another in every 
type of motorised vehicle known to 
mankind. 

The action starts by allowing you 
and a friend to choose one of the four 


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annals of Quendor. 
Zilbeetha, a beautiful 
Maiden, somehow angered an 
evil nase, and uas placed 


FKlgC. 4HU Y/dS pi 

unden enchantment and 
tunned into a crystal onb 
on th#<i«ny day that she 
Has to be «ed. The 
heartbroken snoom, «ho is 
always depicted hoi dins a 
fnagile Wflfflii sough t he I 


returned to 


The first and the last? 


win at this game! 

To anyone who has played a Zork 
adventure the [ester will be a familiar 
character. He sometimes helps, 
sometimes hinders. He is fond of rid- 
dles and will often stop and give you 
one to solve. If you can’t fathom it he 
will not let you pass. An example of 
one of his riddles is: 

One night four men sat down to play t 
They played and played till break o f day / 
They played for money: not for fun / 

With separate scores for every one / 

And when time came to square accounts / 
They all had made quite nice amounts. 

What were they playing? I'll give 
you a clue: They were not playing 
cards. 

Graphics have been used to great 
effect throughout. At the top of the 
screen is a compass, so instead of 
tediously typing letters you can click 
on the direction with the mouse. This 
idea is carried further with an on- 
screen map. 

Apart from adding graphics, 
Infocom has made improvements to 
the parser. It has always been a cut 
above the competition, but now it is 
even better with even more useful 
features. 

One thing I am not too happy 
about is the on-line help. Type “hint” 
at any time and you can get full sol- 
utions to all the puzzles. 

Infocom does suggest you don’t 
make too much use of this feature, 
but it is all too easy to give up on a 
problem at an early stage. The first 
Infocom adventure I played - Planet- 
fall - took me more than six months 
to complete; I finished Zork Zero in 
less than a week. 

It is hard to criticise Infocom 
adventures. They are so good. This 
one could do with more graphics and 
a better plot. Nevertheless. I enjoyed 
playing Zork Zero very much and 
have no hesitation in recommending 
that you buy it. 

Alex Aird 


EGABOZ the wizard, wearing 
a zap-me-quick hat, has 
cursed Lord Dimwit Flathead’s Great 
Underground Empire. Your task is to 
remove the curse and claim a reward 
of half the wealth of the kingdom. 

After casting the curse, Megaboz 
disappeared in a cloud of smoke, 
leaving behind nothing but a scrap of 
parchment. Written on the parch- 
ment, which is contained in the pack 
of goodies that comes with the game, 
is what you need to do to remove the 
curse. 

The pack forms the nicest kind of 
protection system you will Find. The 
disc itself is quite unprotected and 
can be copied easily. But without the 
pack you will never be able to 
complete the adventure. 

One item is a Flathead calendar for 
the year 883 GUE. This contains all 


sorts of hints and tips such as: “Bot- 
tomless pits are the second-leading 
cause of death in Flatheadia”. 

Needless to say you have to negoti- 
ate a bottomless pit, but make sure 
you have a light or you might get 
eaten by a Grue. 

Grues are familiar things to anyone 
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E VERY court case has two 
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ware house wrote a scrolling shoot- 
’em-up called Katakis. 

This was published by US Gold 
until Activision complained that 
looked too much like R-Type, 
a licence Activision guarded with 
zeal, as you would if you had paid 
Irem. the Japanese originators, lots 
and lots of yen. 

US Gold had Katakis modified to 
like R-Type and called the 
Denaris. So Factor 5 wrote two 
games which looked pretty similar. 
But the best was yet to come. Katakis 
was such a good R-Type ripoff that 
the Germans were chosen to produce 
the official version. 

They have done a brilliant job. 
Purely in the interests of research I 
visited an arcade to check out the 
I used not to be very good at 
R-Type, but after three days’ inten- 
sive practice on the Amiga version I 


sailed through the first two levels of 
the arcade version. 

Friends in the arcade were well 
impressed. This reveals two things 
about the conversion. First, the 
timing and feel are spot on. Second, 
the Amiga version is much harder 
than the coin-op with standard set- 
tings. 

Increased difficulty is no bad thing. 
At 20p a go there is a strong disin- 
centive to practice. If you’ve shelled 
out 100 times the amount and then all 
the games are free, you’ll play until 
your fire button finger is sore. Then 
you will play some more. 

The programmers clearly know 
and love the Amiga. The game oozes 
slickness. Graphics are not quite up 
to the monev-munching original but 
they are pretty close. 

Speed does not seem to be affected 
by swarms of encroaching aliens, the 
massive end-of-level guardians nor 
your unleashing megatonnes of death 
by building up loads of weapons. 

Pick up a shield, ripple lasers, side 
firing lasers, seeking missile and 
some side shields and no enemy 
poses a real threat. But if your finger 
slips on the sweaty trigger and you 
lose a life at a crucial moment, it is 
still playable. 

Dedicated gamers will argue that if 
you lose extra weapons early you 
might as well give up and go back to 
the start. This takes some patience 
because you have six credits and the 
temptation is to use them regardless 
of tactics. 

A well-programmed conversion of 
one of the best games in the arcades 
is the most you can hope for. The 
music doesn’t grate, neither is it 
great, but the result is spot on. 

Denaris may be a better game for 
its deviation from the original, but 
R-type is the benchmark by which 
other games of this ilk must be 
judged. 

Simon Rockman 


R-Type 

124.HH 

Electric Dreams 



Overall - 86% 


28 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 










■ REVIEWS! 


VERYBODY must have at some 
stage in their life watched a film 
and wished they could be the hero. 
Well if your hero is the same as mine, 
Godzilla in The Beast That Ate Tokyo 
(b/w 1949), your hour has come. 

Rampage puts you in the role of 
one of three towering monsters: a 
giant King Kong type, a vastly over- 
sized werewolf or the old favourite 
Godzilla. What is your objective? 
Simple - smash, maim, kill, destroy, 
obliterate ... 

Each scene begins with our 
assembled heroes on the pavement 
outside some suspiciously fragile- 
looking buildings. Do what comes 
naturally. If you find it hard to get 
motivated into all this anti- 
humanitarian destruction, think of 
what destruction on this scale will do 
to all the estate agents and insurance 
salesmen. 

When the place is completely 
decimated you move on to the next 
town - of which there are 738, all the 
way from Peoria to the dark side of 
the moon. 

In an effort to prevent you from 
turning the civilized world into a 
Beirut lookalike the Army has pos- 


Rampage 

£24.99 

Activision 



itioned SWAT teams in cunning 
vantage points from where they 
assault our metamorphic monsters. 

King Kong will have more to deal 
with than a few pathetic biplanes this 
time as a few helicopter-gunships 
enter the fray, straffing wildly. 

Later tanks appear with more 
advanced firepower, which can 
cause a fair amount of pain judging 
by the expression of the stricken 
beast. 

Each hit you take may not inflict 
much damage, but it all adds up. The 
only way you can make up for this is 
by eating regularly. What do you eat? 
Well, as you are climbing the sides of 
buildings, smashing as you go. you 
may notice that some kind people 
have left out some food, milk, toast or 
even their goldfish for you. 

If they haven’t, that’s OK because 
you can always eat the people and 
have a few choppers for dessert. 

Up to three people can play at a 



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time, though using the keyboard is 
verging on the impossible. If the 
players are not friends, you will be 
pleased to know the monsters can 
beat each other up as well as the 
buildings. 

There is not much by way of a plot, 
it’s just mindless destruction, which 
is perhaps is more honest than many 
games on the market that try to dress 
up violence, destruction and general 
bad behaviour as being brave and 
noble as long as there is a cause to be 
championed. 

There is no “fight the good fight” 
here unless you’re in the Animal 
Rights Militia. There is a small 
amount of romance though. Occa- 
sionally a girl will appear in one of 
the windows. She can be rescued for 
extra points. You can eat her 
afterwards, of course. 

Graphically the game is very pretty 
and the animation of the monsters is 
excellent, from the defiant growl and 
shake of the fist to the way they cover 
their eyes when they fall off a 
building. 

Sound is adequately supported. 
There are some nice stereo effects 
with the toppling buildings and a sat- 
isfying chomping noise when the 
beasts tuck into a human. 

Green 


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■REVIEWS! 




"I 


traditional Big Nasty Dragon. It 
serves as a good warm up for the rest 
of the game and has enough initial 
wow-value to keep any gonzo 
arcadist happy. 

The second level scrolls down the 
way, which causes some problems 
because your main weapon shoots 
horizontally. It has bubbly scenery, 
not dissimilar to Starquake, the old 8 
bit Bubble Bus classic. It is extraor- 
dinarily difficult, far more so than the 
third level, and could spoil the* game 
if you can’t suss what to do. 

Level three has a desert-cum- 
ancient Egyptian feel to it, but has the 
added twist of seemingly solid scen- 
ery, which can only be got past once 
shot. 

It’s a good level, loads of traps for 
the unwary and just as many for the 
fully clued-up. It scrolls horizontally 
but, unusually, from left to right. 

Level four isn’t for the weak of 
stomach, nor those who have eaten 
within the previous hour. It’s got 
flying eyeballs, leaping protozoa, and 
tracker tumours. This has got to be 
one of the most tasteless levels of a 
computer game I have ever seen, but 
is a difficult blast because the scenery 


moves upwards. Me, I nearly lost my 
lunch. 

The final level is everything a final 
level should be; excruciatingly diffi- 
cult, but with features learnt from 
previous levels. It is uncomfortably 
similar to R-Tvpe and more difficult 
than all the other levels put together. 

When you cop it - notice the 
“when”, not “if’ - you get put back 
to the very start of the level; a pest, 
but you should have learnt what you 
did wrong and will be able to avoid it 
next time. 

The team of Burt on coding, Derrett 
and Law on graphics, and Harris on 
sound has made Trained Assassin a 
very fine game. Better, even, than the 
last DMS offering. Scorpion. 
Everything moves quickly and 
smoothly without fuss or flicker. 

The presentation is much better 
than in Scorpion, with a very nice 
Tim White illustration on the box. 
poster and title screen. The effects, 
although loud and atmospheric, 
aren’t much more than OK. The same 
cannot be said for the title tune, 
which even manages to sound good 
through headphones. 

I appreciate that rather one- 
dimensional scrolling shoot-’em-ups 
may not be everyone’s pot of Dar- 
jeeling. but Trained Assassin appeals 
to me. 

It doesn’t say anything new. but it 
is of a standard that could probably 
survive unaltered in a real arcade. As 
good as the Amiga is, few' games 
could manage that. 

Stewart C. Russell 


impressive sounding, is it? But read 
on. 

There’s a fair amount of money in 
the trained assassin business: there’s 
equally as much in the untrained 
assassin business, but it goes to the 
next of kin. There would certainly 
need to be big cash involved to face 
King Rhizofiagellates's hordes of 
nasty things, all of them with more 
kick than an uprated onion bhaji. 

The standard weapon deals quite 
adequately with the first few waves, 
but things very soon get out of hand. 
You'll need the laser and the 
orbiting-buddy weapon to even think 
of getting rid of them. 

Each stage can be learnt; in fact it’s 
vital to do so because some bits are 
dead ends and you get crushed by the 
relentlessly scrolling scenery. There 
isn’t as much scenery as you'd expect 
in an arcade machine, but there’s 
certainly enough to get in the way. 

The first level has slightly futuristic 
bits all over the place, like a 
simplified R-Type. It’s fairly predic- 
table once you learn where to go and 
what not to do and ends with a fairly 


Trained Assassin 
£ 24.95 

Digital Magic Software 


I Sound 
Graphics 
Gameplay 
Value 


O NE of life’s more cuddly ironies 
has to be the arcade conver- 
sion. We spend many hours and 
pounds for the thrill of seeing our 
initials on the screen in a (possibly) 
rather dodgy establishment. After a 
while we dig out some more cash to 
spend on the home computer conver- 
sion, which we batter away at for a 
few days. 

All we get to keep is our initials on 
the screen and a very short-lived hit 
of adrenalin. The other parties 
involved get our money in large 
quantities. Who gets the better deal? 
he asks in a concerned Channel 4 
consumer programme kind of a w r ay. 

Because conversions cost pub- 
lishing houses a lot of money, 
wouldn’t it be cheaper to nick some 
good points from popular games and 
add a completely flimsy to the point 
of being see-through plot? 

Wouldn’t Robert indeed be your 
parent’s sibling? Ah. but games like 
that are easily found - in the bargain 
bin. at the back of the software 
drawer, in a skip... 

Without polish or class, or at least 
some good honest hype, more money 
is lost than saved. 

Currently, Digital Magic Software 
- or DMS to those who want to sound 
in with them - are doing with arcade 
games what Frankenstein did with 
dead bits, although with a slight dif- 
ference. Frank took the best bits but 
kind of spoiled them all when joining 
them together. DMS takes good 
ideas, stitches them together with 
good coding and the joins are no- 
where to be seen. 

DMS, to use another tedious anal- 
ogy, are the Classic Car restorers of 
the computer entertainment world. 

Trained Assassin has got more 
arcade elements to it than a fan heater 
on Brighton Pier. On the lowest level 
it’s a scrolling shoot-’em-up with 
add-on weapons; no chocolate 
watches awarded for originality. 

It’s got five levels. “Zz zz zz,” 
comes the reply. It’s got a tiny plot, 
all about destroying King Rhizo- 
flagellates and creatures “whose 
touches are fatal”. With one mighty, 
apathetic accord, humanity manages 
a deafening “ !" Not very 




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PPARENTLY in the year 2567 
Earth gets destroyed. A big 
shame. Some survivors, who 
presumably had been out walking 
the dog at the time, decide to set up a 
trading company. They plan to 
exploit the alien worlds, all of which 
have less sense of economics than 
Nigel Lawson. With a small cargo 
ship they ply the spaceways trying to 
con anything they meet. 

This is the plot to Stag. It seems a 
little familiar, right? It sounds a little 
like Elite, doesn’t it? There is a subtle 
difference though. Elite was good. It 
had animation. It had gameplay. 
Above all, it was fun. Stag, on the 
other hand, is pathetic. 

It has been semi-converted from a 
German game. I say semi-converted 
because it is only partly translated 
into English. A few 
things have been 
left out. Like 
grammar. And sense. 

It doesn’t really 
matter - you don’t 
have to under- 
stand it to realise 
how terrible it all is. 

Another stunning 
concept is that the 
game is completely 
mouse driven. In 
itself not very original, 
but the underlying 
philosophy of making 
it completely im- 
possible to do any- 
thing without having 
to make 67 factorial 
button presses and 
generally work the 
ball off your mouse is. 

1 expect EAS will be bringing out a 
mouse-only text adventure next. Or 
perhaps a word processor where you 
choose your next phrase from one of 
8.000 icons. 

Trading means haggling with 
strange creatures over a limited range 
of goods. When I say haggle I mean it 
in a strange new sense of the word 
where you tell the other bloke his 
price is way out and he tells you to go 
away. Not much scope for 
Thatcherite entrepreneurial acumen 
there. 

You are not given information 
about any of the other planets, so it’s 
pot luck whether they actually want 
the stuff when you get there. Oddly, 
the entire galaxy lives on a diet of 
milk and alcohol Perhaps they listen 
to too much late 70’s rock music. 

The space flight sequence is the 
best part. This does not mean it is 


good, it’s just better than the rest. 
Does the ship glide silently and 
majestically through stardust 
panoramas? No. It flies though 
squares. Or space-streets as EAS 
would have it. 

It’s very reminiscent of Master- 
tronic’s Chase, which can only be 
bad news. If the ship hits the sides it 
loses shields and eventually disinte- 
grates. Amazing. 

Sometimes pirates attack your 
ship. You will know when this hap- 
pens because you will suddenly stop 
flying through squares and some text 
will appear telling you that some 
pirates are attacking your ship. Just 
as well. You would never work it out 
otherwise. Some small blobs appear 
on the screen. They get bigger. You 
die. 



Amazingly EAS has password 
protected this offering. Perhaps the 
company reckon software pirates are 
as stupid as the ones in the game. If 
anyone is doing a bit of shady 
dealing here it is EAS trying to 
offload this lack-lustre effort for 
twice the price of the original Elite. 

Green 


S.T.A.G. 

£ 24.95 

EAS 



Overall - 11% 


Advisory: Nicaragua 


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This is ; 

touch 

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I don't 
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this, 



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here. 


He can go 
either way 
here, 


of Influence: Neither 

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H ERE we have one of those 
games where even the Amiga’s 
sound chip wouldn’t be good 
enough. You need a recording of 
Ride of the Valkyries (Wagner’s Ring 
Cycle, Deutsch Gramaphon) and the 
urge to destroy your fellow man. Ah, 


the fun of world domination at the 
click of an icon. 

A well written manual takes you 
from clumsy amateur to world psy- 
chopath in gentle stages. One or two 
can play, with the option to be the 
American Eagle or the Soviet Bear. 
The computer is a good opponent. 

There is no blood, gore or offensive 
language; no smutty pictures or 
blood curdling screams. This pro- 
gram looks at the academic side of 
war and peace and reacts well to 
player input. 

The initial simple settings guide 
you through a predetermined set of 
moves to show what effect different 
decisions will have. After this you get 
to try out the various menu options. 
A wrong decision could accelerate 
you to Defcon 1 and the chance to 
wipe out the entire planet. 

If perchance you do cause thermo- 
nuclear global conflict, a simple text 


S OMEBODY somewhere is doing 
a rather nice line in hot motors. 
The FBI want this stopped. The 
annoying thing is that the felons are 
corrupt policemen who can bring the 
law to bear on anyone they take a 
dislike to. 

So those awfully nice FBI people 
have called you in and given you an 
F40 with a neat line in bolt-on 
goodies. 

You must drive across four states 
before the corrupt policemen 
roadblock all the exits. Your on- 
board computer will tell you which 
freeway exits to take, but won’t know 
if the way is blocked or not. 


Cruz r Cars II 

£ 19.95 

Titus 


sound Main 1 1 1 rm 

Graphics 1 I I 1 1 I I 

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Value I— | | | 1 | | |T1 


Overall - 43% 


The radar detector can tell where 
the nearest police car is and can be 
used to check for roadblocks. It’s also 
very handy for keeping clear of 


32 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 








■ REVIEWS! 


BALANCE OF POWER 


Let’s not beat about the Bush 


screen tartly informs you that there 
will be no animated mushroom 
clouds. There are no rewards for 
failure. 

I can’t stop playing Balance of 
Power. What started as a few 
decisions about whether to drop 
troops or dollars somewhere has 
escalated to form a habit. The further 
I get, the more I want to do. 

There is always something new 
around the corner and the inclusion 
of 80 countries, all reacting indepen- 
dently, means that there is no chance 
you will exhaust the possibilities. If 
you get stuck, a crisis advisory 
service appears at decision time and 
gives you a clue as to which way to 
turn. 

You start in 1989 with a reasonably 
stable planet. If you can maintain 
stability the game can last eight 
years, after which the winner will be 
the side with the most prestige. I’ve 
played solid for 14 hours and 
couldn’t last longer than three years. 
Then again, I always was quick on 
the button. 

To help you to decide whether to 
give a country aid in cash or troops, a 
screen lists the political persuasions, 
stability and stuff like that. If you are 
playing as the good ol’ US of A and 
you give too much help to neutral 
Sweden, uncle Gorby gets a tidgy bit 
miffed and puts you in a precarious 
position. Ouch. 

I started at the beginners’ level and 
worked through intermediate and 
expert. As I went up each level and 


gram used got more complex, the 
results I got began to mirror history’. 

There’s nothing like a bit of real- 
ism, so I got out the history’ books 
and looked up a couple of the more 
delicate diplomatic situations from 
the ‘sixties, when the Bear and the 
Eagle were at each other’s ambas- 
sadors. 

I couldn’t hope to simulate them 
accurately, but the basics were there. 
Using the world as a three- 
dimensional chess board, I made the 
USA moves to see how the USSR 
would react. 

I then reversed the roles and 
played the USSR. As both sup- 
erpowers had blamed each other for 
the initiative in the ‘sixties, it was 


interesting to note that the only way 
to get a similar result was to cast the 
USA in the role of aggressor. Tut-tut, 
President Johnson. And you said it 
was them. 

In the levels up to expert the game 
takes the rather simplistic us-and- 
them stance. It only calculates the 
reactions of the two main powers and 
anything else brought into direct 
action. 

In the final multipolar level Bal- 
ance of Power gets closest to reality' 
with the computer calculating the 
reactions and decisions of all 80 
countries. 

In fact it’s quite uncanny. The 
results at this level were accurate 
enough to write a newspaper article 


Balance of Power 
£24. 9!l 
Mind scape 



Overall — 88% 


which wouldn’t have looked out of 
place at the time. 

If this sort of simulation can get so 
close to actual events, perhaps we 
should send Bush and Gorby an 
Amiga each and let them get on with 
thermonuclear war in the comfort of 
their own palaces. 

Keith G. Pomfret 



Watch out for the China crisis 


pn a r 7i7 p a nr ji 



One to steer clear of 




honest policemen, who take extreme 
exception to the speed limit being 
exceeded by 145 mph. 

The F*BI has rigged the engine to 
explode if you don’t make the 
checkpoint in the set time. 

The engine also happens to 
explode if you hit anything - car, 
lamp-post, bollard - or travel too fast 
for too long off the road. 

And that’s all there is to it. 

CC2 is difficult and very frus- 
trating. It must be the only game to 
give a car inertia - it becomes very’ 
easy to spin uncontrollably at high 
speed. 

What Titus hasn’t put into the 


handling is the natural way steering 
wheels return to their centre position. 

I don’t know how Titus can keep a 
straight face when it claims that the 
screenshots on the box are the same 
as the graphics in the game. They’re 
not, they are re-touched saved 
screens, not ones from the game. 

With the handling of an elderly 
2CV, the sound of a sewing machine, 
and graphics which wouldn’t be 
noteworthy on the machine which 
starts with an S and ends with a T, 
Crazy Cars II will appeal to 
somebody I’m sure. Possibly one for 
a connoisseur of the truly mediocre. 

Stewart C. Russell 







tank to 
Smart 
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Dark Side 

£24.95 

MicroStatus 



Overall - H4% 


W ELCOME to another adven- 
ture using the Freescape 3D 
environment, Dark Side, the 
successor to Driller, set 200 vcars 


later. It stars those enemies of the 
Evath, the Ketar, in another bid to 
destroy life as we know it. 

It all started with a probe passing 
over the dark side of the moon 
Tricuspid detecting a plexar just 
before being destroyed. A plexar is a 
giant construction designed to Fire a 
high-energy particle beam at Evath. 
blowing it apart. It is fed bv Energy 
Collection Devices - or ECDs - which 


resemble crystals atop poles. 

Your mission is to destroy the 
plexar. but more immediately you 
must starve it of energy, thus slowing 
down the countdown to the time of 
Firing. 

As soon as you see an ECD, shoot 
it. If it is in a line of others it will 
re-charge immediately, so the devices 
aside it must be destroyed First. Other 
things to worry about are the Plexors, 


1 

n a pv 

Challenging 

g alien 


which are tank-like defenders, the 
slab-like power porters and the tele- 
pods, which must be activated by 
hidden crystals. 

You start in a sector of the moon 
guarded by a plexor and decorated 
by a few tree-like constructions. 
Moving forwards in full 3D, .the First 
objective is to avoid the plexor and 
penetrate the next sector where you 
can destroy an ECD. 



34 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 









■ REVIEWS! 


VINDICATORS 


Tanks, but no tanks 



Uni than the ultii 


nick all the good bits, leaving the gar- 
bage to the other sucker. You people 
wouldn’t do that, would you? 

Once you’ve endured the tacky 
spaceflight scene, and man is it tacky, 
you get to the next space station, 
which has a few less nerds and loads 
more tanks. In fact, tanks a million! 
iSpike Milligan s the one to blame for 
that one.) 

The graphics are, as they should 
, totally faithful to the arcade, with 


all the right things appearing at the 
right time. The sound is exceedingly 
faithful to the arcade as long as you 
are used to hearing it through several 
layers of old socks. It’s fuzzy and 
frankly it stinks. 

One small problem surfaces when 
large amounts of scenery start 
appearing. The dum thing slows 
down to a snail’s pace because the 
programmers felt they had to use 
software sprites to achieve the 


desired effects. 

Hmram, they probably had to use a 
200 line screen for the desired effect, 
too. And that desired effect, dear 
readers, is to make the Amiga con- 
version a quick job after the ST one. 
The programmers claim memory 
problems. 

Don’t get me wrong, Vindicators is 
an exceedingly playable game that 
stopped me toying with Daleks for a 
while. The graphics are good, it’s just 


that when things start getting sticky 
they also start getting slow. 

The B52 board - that’s what’s in 
the A500 - is capable of a lot more 
than just a bare 6B000: the conver- 
sion is faithful, but not well done. 

if Domark hadn’t cut corners. Vin- 
dicators would probably have got an 
ExctitDenqe gong. At least we haven’t 
been charged an extra fiver for a poor 
ST port. 

Stewart C. Russell 




cmr 



Come back then and enter a 
building w’hich houses stores of 
shield and fuel materials. Getting into 
the building is easy since the demo 
mode shows you how to do it. 

Although it feels like you're 
driving a tank, you are actually in a 
spacesuit and can look up and down, 
tilt- the angle of perspective, even 
fire-up your jet pack. The trouble 
with these movements is that they are 


fairly laborious. 

Movement forwards and 
backwards is relatively smooth and 
fast, sideways movement is very slow 
and jerky. Considering that only 
around half of the screen is being 
used, this is disappointing. 

The jet pack activated, take to the 
sky - or what passes for one - and 
zoom into the buildings, down the 
corridors and round the construc- 


tions in search of crystals and ECDs. 

While some situations are familiar 
- corridors in buildings and surface 
features outdoors, for example - 
some of the features indoors arc very 
strange and infuse a sense of 
something completely alien. Very 
unwelcome to the eye. Plus it’s diffi- 
cult to figure out what is what. 

The sound effects are goodish. but 
there aren't enough of them. You’ll 


soon tire of seeing and hearing the 
plexar destroying Evath every time 
you blow r your mission impossible. 

Nevertheless. Dark Side is a 
challenging and worthy addition to 
the Freescape stable. It is slow and 
thought provoking and will certainly 
be welcomed by devotees of the 3D 
arcade adventure. But be warned, it 
isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. 

Duncan Evans 



August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 35 






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Under the 
Workbench 

Setting up a hard disc can be very confusing 
as you juggle file systems, formats and 
manuals. David Foster shows the path to take 


W HY is life never simple? 

When I bought my Amiga 
2000 I specified a hard disc and 
Workbench 1.3. When it arrived, the 
disc was already formatted with a 
Workbench boot disc set-up. The only 
trouble was that it was installed with 
Workbench 1.2. As I wanted to use 
1.3, the only solution was to start at 
the beginning, re-format the disc and 
re-install Workbench. 

Commodore, largely 
because of poor 
documentation, has a 
knack of turning simple 
tasks into epics of trial 
and error. The Workbench 
1.3 manual is an 
improvement, but you now 
have to flip between it and the 
2090 hard disc controller guide to 
decide which bits are relevant. Two 
or three pages in Appendix A of the 
Workbench 1.3 manual cover hard 
disc installation after a fashion. 

One of the drawbacks of the A2090 
hard disc controller and the Fast 
Filing System (FFS) is that the whole 
disc cannot be formatted as a FFS 
disc because the A2090 automatically 
attempts to mount the First disc 
partition as an old filing system 
(Oh'S). This has been Fixed with many 
of the more recent interfaces such as 
the Commodore A590. 

The solution is to partition the drive 
into two logical drives, the First of 
which is formatted as a standard 
drive, called DH0: the other formatted 
as an P'FS drive. The procedure is 
quite straightforward, or it would be 
if you didn’t have to dig the 
information out of two or three 
different places. 

If your hard disc is already 
formatted and contains any data the 
first thing you should do is back it up 


on to floppy because the process of 
installing the FFS destroys all data. 

Understanding the procedure 
carried out by AmigaDos to initialise 
the hard disc for use might make 
things clearer later on. AmigaDos 
automatically mounts the floppy as 
DF0: f because BindDrivers, one of the 
command lines in Startup-Sequence, 
has built in drivers for DF0: and, if a 
hard disc is present, it attempts to 
mount a hard drive called DH0: as a 
standard hard drive. 

If you add any further drives, or 
partition the hard drive into a number 
of logical drives, you must tell 
AmigaDos that you have done so. 

This is done by making entries in 
Mountlist and then mounting the 
drive. 

Mountlist is a text Fde and may be 
edited with ED, or any Ascii text 
editor. The layout of the entries 


follows certain rules. You will Find 
that sample entries are already 
included which need altering or 
duplicating to suit. 

Just making entries in Mountlist 
does nothing and you have to mount 
the drive with the Mount command, 
using the name of the drive involved. 
Mount FSl: would mount the drive 
defined as FSl; in Mountlist. You can 
use Mount commands from the CLI, 
but would normally put them into the 
Startup-Sequence. 

Once mounted, the drive is ready 
for use, but its icon is not displayed 
until the drive has been accessed with 
a command. Just CD and the drive 
name is sufficient. 

Make copies of the Workbench 1.3 
disc and HDInstall disc - never use 
the originals - then switch off and 
re-boot the computer from the copy of 
Workbench 1.3. Make a copy of the 



38 AMIGA COMPUTING August li?8!) 



■PROGRAMMING! 



Figure I: Installing a cylinder DHO: partition from start to finish 


Mountlist file in the Devs directory of 
the Workbench disc with a different 
name so that if you get things wrong 
it is only a second’s work to copy it 
over the messed up one and start 
again. You are now ready to begin the 
real task. 

Insert the copy of HDInstall into the 
floppy drive and click on the disc 
icon, then double click on the Install 
icon to load the program. The first 
thing you get is a warning about the 
procedure completely clearing the 
hard disc of existing data. 

P LUCK up courage and select Yes 
to continue. The program will 
check Mountlist and copy the hard 
disc driver and other files on to the 
Workbench disc. There is a final 
chance to escape just before the 
program does anything more than 
copy the necessary files on to the 
Workbench disc. 

You are then asked whether you are 
using a SCSI hard disc. In most cases 
the answer is No unless you have 
specifically requested such a drive 
and the program then asks whether 
the first ST506 drive should be 
Propped. Answer Yes. The purpose of 
Prep is to specify the type of drive 
and its specifications. It must be run 
to prepare the hard drive. 

A list of drive types appears for you 
to select the one you are using. 

Things are not always as obvious as 
they seem. My drive is an Epson 
ST506 type, but the Epson entry in 
the list was for a SCSI drive. If you 
are unsure, check with your dealer. If 
your drive is not on the list select 
option 0 for a User Defined drive and 
answer the questions. 

The first few questions are about 
the drive’s specification. If none came 
with the drive you might have to ring 
the supplier to check. I did so, to 
check that mine was, in fact, a bog 
standard one of the type used by 
many IBM PC computers, with four 
heads, 615 cylinders and 17 sectors 
per track. The required answers to the 
questions are shown in Figure I. 

You are next asked for the last 
cylinder being used by the first 
partition of the drive. AmigaDos takes 
cylinders 0 and 1 for its own 
purposes, which means that the 
lowest cylinder of the first partition 
starts at 2. 

AmigaDos automatically installs the 
first partition as DHO: All that Prep 
needs to know is where the first 
partition ends. Prep already knows 
that it starts at cylinder 2. I decided to 


make partition one - DHO: - as small 
as possible. 

The 1.3 manual suggests that you 
might like to make DHO: large enough 
to hold the contents of a Workbench 
disc, primarily so that you can re-boot 
from the recoverable ram drive RAD: 
if you have enough memory for all 
the required files. This process also 
requires many of the Workbench files 
to be present on DHO:. 

I chose not to make use of this 
feature, so gave DHO: only two 
cylinders - 68k, the minimum 
permitted - and subsequently 
installed Workbench on the FFS 
drive. 

The final question requires a little 
explanation. Often when a hard disc 
is produced parts are not quite up to 
standard. You need to tell the 
program where they are so that those 
parts of the disc can be marked 
unavailable. There is usually a list 
stuck to the disc. 

You have a final opportunity to 
abort the procedure, or continue to 
Prep the disc. Prep creates the device 


RESO: which consists of tracks 0 and 
1, used by AmigaDos for its own 
purposes and not available to you. 

If you make changes to the settings 
in Mountlist for the device RESO: you 
must re-run Prep before you can 
mount or format the hard disc 
successfully. 

Now re-boot the computer again, 
load Mountlist into a text editor and 
check that the entries for RESO: are 
correct. Check that the Unit entry is 1 
for a first hard drive of the ST-506 
type and that Surfaces - the number 
of heads - and BlocksPerTrack match 
those for your drive. Don’t make any 
other changes but check that LowCyl 
and HighCyl are 0 and 1 respectively. 

Look through the Mountlist file; 
you should find an example entry for 
a device called FAST: You can 
change its name to anything you 
want. I chose FSl:. 

The majority of the entries should 
be the same as those for RESO:, but 
you must change the LowCyl and 

► 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 39 



■PROGRAMMING! 


Check your software installation 


Two types of drive are commonly used with the Amiga. SCSI and 
ST506 types may both be used with the Amiga 2090 and 2090A 
controllers, but only the ST506 drives are normally supplied by 
Commodore. This is not true of some third party supplies, so check 
which you have before setting up. It is assumed in this article that you 
will be installing an ST506 drive. The software installation is 
essentially the same for both types, with the following differences: 


ST506 

SCSI 

Description 

RESO: 

RES2: 

Device name for cylinders 0 and 1, used by 
AmigaDos 

Unit=l 

Unit=3 

Used in MountList RESO: and FFS partition 
definitions. 

DHO: 

DH2: 

Drive name for first partition of first hard 
drive. 


Further partitions may he called whatever name you choose to give 
them in Mountlist. 


◄ 

HighCyl values to suit the size of your 
partitions. In my case, as DHO: is 
using cylinders 2 and 3, the entry for 
LowCyl needed changing to 4 and 
HighCyl to 611, as I wanted to use the 
rest of the drive as one partition. 

If you want more than one partition 
in addition to DHO:, set HighCyl to 
the value you want for the top of the 
first FFS partition, then copy the 
whole entry for FAST: and change 
LowCyl for the new entry to start at 
the next higher cylinder and the top 
with the highest cylinder you want 
and so on until you have created the 
number of partitions you want and • 
used up all the cylinder. Don’t forget 
to give the second entry a different 
name from the first, by changing 
FAST: to something else, say FS2: 

Mountlist can then be saved and it 
is time to format the different 
partitions. This can only be done 
from the CLI. DHO: will have been 
mounted automatically when you re- 
booted the computer, so you can just 
type: 

FORMAT DRIVE DH0: NAME MyNane 

Once DHO: is formatted it is time to 
format the other partitions. Before you 
can do this you must mount each 
drive. Enter: 

MOUNT FS1 : 

or whatever description you gave the 
entry in Mountlist, and follow this 
with: 

FORMAT DRIVE FS1: NAME MyNane2 FFS 

Don’t forget to add the FFS to the 
end of the command this time, so that 


the partition will be formatted as a 
FastFileSystem drive. Repeat the 
procedure of mounting and 
formatting for any further partitions 
you have created. 

You are almost finished now, and 
you should find that if you type: 

CD FS1 : 

the new drive responds to other 
commands such as Info or Dir. If 
everything is OK make changes to 
Startup-Sequence so the new drives 
will automatically be mounted every 
time you boot the computer. 

Now copy the Workbench files 
from floppy to your hard disc as some 
of them will be required when you 
boot up. 

In the S directory of your floppy 
you will find a file called Startup- 
Sequence. hd. This is the one you 
need, and its name must be changed 
to Startup-Sequence. Delete the 
original Startup-Sequence file on the 
floppy as you won’t need it again and 
rename Startup-Sequence. hd to 
Startup-Sequence. 

Load the new Startup-Sequence file 
into ED and find the BindDrivers 
command. Insert lines after 
BindDrivers, the new Mount 
commands for each partition - except 
the first - DHO:. Further down the file 
you will see a line assigning SYS to 
DHO:. You should change DHO: to the 
name you have given the drive 
partition which now contains 
Workbench. 

Save the file and you will then be 
able to reset the computer and boot 
from the floppy drive. You can make 
improvements by editing the Startup- 
Sequence files on the floppy and hard 
discs. 


Startup-Sequence on the floppy 
uses an Assign >NIL: DHO: EXISTS 
line. This checks to see whether the 
drive is present. We know it is, so 
comment out the line with a semi- 
colon and also the If Not Warn line 
and all the lines from and including 
Else to the end of the file. 

Now load the Startup-Sequence file 
on the hard disc and comment out the 
BindDrivers line, as the command has 
already been issued from the floppy 
disc. You might as well change the 
SYS:System/SetMap usal line to read 
SYS:System/SetMap gb, so that the 
keys do what you expect. 

As a little extra bonus, I also 
include the following line 
immediately before the EndCLI line at 
the end of the file: 

NewSheU 'NEWCON : 440/ 1 50/200/50/She U* 

This provides a small CLI window 
in the lower right corner of the 
screen, on top of the Workbench 
screen, so that I can either use the 
mouse or issue CLI commands 
directly from the small window. 


Guide to setting up 


1. Back up any existing data on the 
hard disc to floppy, for possible 
later restoration. 

2. Make working copies of 
Workbench 1.3 and HDInstall 
discs. 

3. Run the Install program, found 
on the HDInstall disc. 

a) . Select option 0 from the list 
of hard drives. 

b) . Answer questions about 
number of heads, cylinders, and 
so on, according to the drive 
you are using. 

c) . Specify last cylinder number 
of first partition. 

d) . Select default for AmigaDos 
buffers. 

e) . Mark bad blocks, if any. 

f) . Complete Install procedure. 

4. Re-boot computer. 

5. Check Mountlist file for correct 
entries and adjust to suit your 
drive if necessary. Add new entries 
for partitions. 

6. Format DHO: 

7. Mount and format each further 
drive partition, according to the 
names you gave them. 

8. Copy required files on to hard 
drive. 

9. Alter Startup-Sequence as 
necessary. 


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Dept AC 


■REVIEW! 



Steve Rackley looks at Project Master 
and comes up with a cheaper solution 


D URING idle moments I’ve often 
wondered about the usefulness 
of management tools. Do they serve a 
purpose beyond keeping managers 
busy and giving them something to 
justify expensive hardware on their 
desks? 

Project Master splits a job into 
stages. You give the system your 
estimates as to how long each step 
will take. You then add estimates for 
the cost of each step and the 
resources needed. Some steps may be 
concurrent, so that if you have 
sufficient resources the steps can be 
carried out simultaneously. 

The system calculates total time 
taken, total costs and resources. It can 
also calculate critical paths, the tasks 
which must be finished before the 
project as a whole can proceed any 
further. 

Then by entering real data as it 
becomes available, for example how 
long a step took or how much a 
certain resource actually cost - often 
nothing like the estimate - the system 
updates its totals and revises the 
overall timescale to take account of 
late or early (ha ha!) completion of 


the tasks. It’s this copious re-entry of 
data that makes a project management 
system’s data entry facilities so 
critical. 

Project Master’s features include the 
ability to produce time, cost and 
resource charts giving a graphical 
representation of the duration and 
cost of each task, with statistics such 
as critical and maximum paths, 
progress and cumulative costs 
including percentages of estimates. 

I NITIAL data entry is laborious; 

keeping everything up to date is 
almost as bad. Project Master works 
happily with incomplete data, giving 
you as much information as it can 
from the input provided, but that is 
no excuse for the poor design of the 
data entry stage. 

Charts can be printed and plain 
reports produced. Resource charts are 
an easy way to highlight idle 
resources or show' up overlap caused 
by allocating the same workers to two 
concurrent tasks. Project Master 
doesn’t warn of this sort of thing 
automatically - it allowed me to 


allocate one person to three 
concurrent tasks, spending all of his 
working week on each of them. 

Compared to similar offerings on 
the PC, Project Master doesn’t seem to 
offer anything special, but does lack 
some features found on more 
expensive products, such as the 
ability to specify the extent of a 
resource’s availability. 

I’m not a project manager, but I 
know a man who is. In his opinion 
perhaps the single most important 
feature of his expensive PC software 
is its ability to set up a “resource 
pool’’, which is independent from any 
project and includes individual 
calendars. 

When holidays are booked, they are 
entered and reflected in all future 
calculations. The lack of such features 
relegates Project Master to the 
amateur scale, which in turn casts 
doubt upon its entire worth. 

I work in a large office where 
several software projects are always 
under way at once. Although most of 
the managers have tried tools such as 

► 


August 1981) AMIGA COMPUTING 45 



■REVIEW! 


◄ 

this, they generally give up on them 
as being more trouble than they’re 
worth. An exception is one colleague 
who is using a package costing 
around £1,000 to control several large 
interrelated projects involving dozens 
of people and other factors over a 
two-year period. I’d hate to try that 
with Project Master. 

If this kind of software is to earn its 
keep, it has to be easy to use. I’m 


afraid Project Master just isn’t, 
although it seems so at first sight. It’s 
very well presented, it multi-tasks 
beautifully, and it is fairly well 
documented. But this type of software 
stands or falls on its ease of input. 
Project Master falls. Dates must be 
input with separating hyphens. 

Rates of pay can only be given as a 
whole number of pounds or dollars 
per hour, which could give some 
pretty large discrepancies on a major 


project. I found that going back to 
look at a previous task in the middle 
of entering a new one lost half the 
data in the new task. 

I’ve got a better project 
management aid. It’s called pencil 
and paper. 


REPORT CARD 


Project Master 

Brown VVagh 0101 408 395 3838 
$195 

EASE OF USE ill I 1 1 1 1 1 I I 1 1 I I I 

Input is of great importance, and it just 
isn 7 up to a professional standard. 

SPEED I I I I I I I I II I I 11 1 I 

Really needs a hard disc. Hardly the 
software’s fault, but still relevant. 

VALUE IJ.I-LU 1 II 1 1 1 III 1 

As these things go. it’s reasonably 
priced, but its quality reflects this. 



While any attempt to produce Amiga 
software aimed at corporates is 
laudable, this is a disappointment. 


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The lack of powerful 
features relegates 
Project Master to the 
amateur scale, which 
in turn casts doubt 
upon its entire worth 


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Balance of Power 1 990 £1 7.95 

Blood Money £16.95 

Colossus Chess £16.95 

Dragon Ninja £18.95 

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Gunship £16.95 

Hawkeye £13.95 

KickOff £13.95 

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Millenium 2.2 £18.95 

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Running Man £18.95 

S.D.I £18.95 

Super Hang On £16.95 

Test Drive 2 - The Duel £18.95 

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Kickstart Guide £12.95 

Amiga Tricks & Tips £12.95 

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Amiga for Beginners £10.95 

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Amiga to Centronics F. nt Lead £6.95 

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Disc 

Spectrum 

9094 

9095 

9096 

9097 

9098 

9099 

Commodore 64 

9064 

9065 

9066 

9067 

9068 

9069 

Amstrad CPC 

6179 

6180 

6181 

6182 

6183 

6184 

BBC Micro/Electron 

2239 


2242 


2245 


BBC B+/Master 40T 


2240 


2243 


2249 

BBC B+/Master 80T 


2241 


2244 


2250 

Atari ST 


9192 


9193 


9194 

Amiga 


9842 


9843 


9844 

PC 5.25" 


5764 


5765 


5766 

PC 3.5" 


5767 


5768 


5769 


Send to: Database Direct, FREEPOST, 
Ellesmere Port, South Wirral L65 3EB. 
Access/ Visa orders: Tel: 051-357 2961 


Please supply Fun School 2 for the code 
number(s) circled 

□ Cheque payable to Database Software 

□ Please debit my Access/Visa card no. 

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Add £2 per program Europe & Eire/£5 Overseas 


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I switch Trained Assai 
° n y ° ur Ami 
Pop the cover disc i 

for i’h^u, a / ew sec °‘ 

or the Workbench ft; 
double click on the CDo 

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Trained Assassii 


DIGITAL Magic Software 
has pulled off a real coup. Its 
first two games releases have 
won Amiga Computing 
Excellence awards. And 
when we first saw Trained 
Assassin, we knew we 
wanted this game for our 
debut cover disc. 

The folks at Digital Magic 
Software chose to give you 
level four, the Chasm of 
Skulls. It’s got flying 
eyeballs, leaping protozoa 


and tracker tumours - a level 
not for the weak of stomach. 
Even our most hardened 
games reviewer almost lost 
his lunch. 

Shoot the eyeballs for 
points before they jump out 
of their sockets. Pick up the 
extra weapons, but watch 
out for the relentless scrol- 
ing - you might get 
squashed. 

As a budding assassin you 
need to know how to make 
the most of the weapons. The 
attract mode screen descri- 
bes some of them. It also 
advises you to press Help for 
extra descriptions. Don’t 
bother, the second page isn’t 
included in this version. 

All the weapons autofire. 
There is no need to set the 




48 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 




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switch on your joystick, just 
hold down the fire button. 
You can’t turn and shoot. 
This is so you can floe and 
fire. 

Remember to let go of the 
trigger if you want to flip 
round or shoot in another 
direction. Once you have 
some of the more powerful 
weapons, the way you are 
facing becomes very 
important. 

If you need to take a trip to 
the bathroom or rest an 
aching index finger, hit the 


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DiskSalv 


Del key to pause. If you are 
doing so badly you are 
ashamed of the score, press 
Esc to quit. 

Because of the way the 
program has been 
compressed to save space on 
the disc, vou may have prob- 
lems loading it on an 
unexpanded 512k machine if 
you have a second drive 
plugged in or if you have run 
another program first. The 
remedy is simple: Switch off, 
unplug any memory hungry 
peripherals, switch on and 
try again. 


IJIJJJ7 

WHOLE GAME 

THE trouble with playing 
one level of Trained 
Assassin is that half-an- 
hour later you want to 
play another. Don’t panic! 
We’ve thought of that. 

So sure are we that 
you’ll want more of this 
mindless mayhem which 
scored 15/15 for game- 
play that we’ve got our 
mail order boys and girls 
to stock up on the full 
version. 

And as a special treat 
for Amiga Computing 
readers, we’re knocking a 
fiver off the the retail 
price, which means you 
can pick up this coin-op 
quality game for under 
£20. Check out Page 52 
for full details. 


DiskSalv VI. 40 Copyright (c) 1989 by Dave Haynie 


Salvage FROM Device DFO: TO Path DF1 : 


DEVICE 

s 

trackdisk. device 

(DFO:) 

UNIT 

s 

0 

FLAGS 

= 0 

HEADS 

= 

2 

SECTORS 

= 11 

LOCYL 

= 

0 

HICYL 

= 79 

L0BL0CK 

= 

0 

HIBL0CK 

= 1759 

RESERVED 

s 

2 

MEHTYPE 

= 3 

ROOT BLOCK 

= 

880 

DISK SIZE 

= 1760 


Scan Range: START 2, STOP 1759, Expecting Standard FlleSystem 
Should I continue [Y] 

Figure I: The first step to a healthy disc 


DISKSALV is a program 
designed by Dave Haynie of 
Commodore US to salvage 
any files and directories from 
a damaged AmigaDos file 
system device - hard or 
floppy - to a good one. 

This is version 1.40 - the 
very latest update which 
works with the AmigaDos 
Fast File System (FFS). It 
fixes all the bugs found in 
previous versions. 

To recover files from a bad 
disc in DFO: and restore them 
to a good disk in DF1: you 
would type: 


disksalv FROM df 0: TO dfl: 


The FROM and TO key- 
words are optional if the 
input and output devices are 
kept in that order. In use, 
DiskSalv will immediately 
print to the screen the detail 
shown in Figure I. 

At this point, pressing 
Return will start the recovery 
process, pressing N followed 


by Return will abort. 

There are quite a few 
options in DiskSalv that will 
modify in various ways the 
recovery action, including 
ASK, which allows the disc 
salvage to proceed inter- 
actively instead of auto- 
matically. You will be 
prompted at each file or 
directory. 

Entering Y will recover 
that file or move into that 
directory. A reply of N will 
skip that item. Replying ? 
will list all the valid options. 


Typing A will recover 
everything left at the current 
directory level, U will skip 
everything left at the current 
directory level and Q will 
quit the program completely. 


Full details of the program, 
the options and the error 
messages are included on 
the disc in the file Disk- 
Salv.doc. Double-click on 
the icon and read the docu- 
mentation before using the 
program for the first time. 


# IF you are not a sub- 
scriber and your disc does 
not work, please send it 
to: Direct Disc Supplies 
Ltd, Dept Amiga 
Computing, Unit 19, 
Tcddington Business 
Park, Station Road, Tedd- 
ington, TWll 9BQ. You 
will be sent a new disc. 


• IF you subscribe to 
Amiga Computing and 
your disc has been 
damaged in the post, 
please send it to: Database 
Direct, Amiga Cover Disc, 
FREEPOST, Ellesmere 
Port, South VVirral L65 
3EB. You will be sent a 
new disc. 


# IF you damage your 
disc - for instance if the 
dog has chewed it or your 
mum has washed it - you 
can get a new one by 
sending £1.50 to: Direct 
Disc Supplies Ltd making 
your cheque or postal 
order payable to Direct 
Disc Supplies Ltd. 


Now turn to next page 


August WR9 AMIGA COMPUTING 49 




What you'll find on our first cover disc 


ONE of the most addictive 
games ever released on 8 bit 
machines was Thrust. Fancy 
graphics were sacrificed to 
make room for the best 
gameplay this side of Tetris. 
Many an addict found 
himself playing through the 
night, battling bravely 
against the seemingly impos- 
sible forces of gravity and 
strategically placed gun 
emplacements. 

Imagine a 16 bit game with 
that sort of playability but 
with great graphics as well. 
Raider is that game. 


To load: Raider boot up 
the cover disc, open 
CD001 and double-click 
on the Raider icon. 


You can re-define the 
playing keys to use either 
joystick or mouse. Don’t 
bother, the keyboard is the 
only sensible way to play. 
The default keys are: 


Thrust 

Fire 

Shield/tractor 
Rotate left 
Rotate right 
Pause 



If those don’t suit, you can 
re-define the keys to your 
favourites. Don’t worry 
about Vis, the visibility 
torch, you won’t need it until 
you buy the whole game. 

Press P at the re-define 
screen to enter a password 




and go straight to the more 
difficult second level. We’ll 
leave you to discover the 
identity of that four letter 
word for yourselves. 

As you use thrust, your 
fuel decreases. The amount 
you have on board is shown 


at bottom left, the upper of 
the two counters. Extra fuel 
can be gained by picking up 
the blue capsules with your 
tractor beam. This is direc- 
tional - you do not have to 
be exactly over a capsule to 
grab it. A warning siren will 


sound when you are low on 
fuel. 

On the right-hand side of 
the status panel, the middle 
light (green) remains lit for 
as long as fuel capsules are 
available on the current 
planet. 

The bottom, orange light 
remains lit while the end-of- 
level bonus is still available. 

If you successfully 
complete the first level the 
password to the second will 
be given to you. 

The mission consists of 
collecting green cogs which 
are hidden from you at the 
start of each level by a cun- 
ning cloaking device. 

Let gravity do all the work 
- only use fuel when you 
have to. You should rarely 
have to thrust downwards. 

Don’t shoot the fuel 
capsules, but blast away at 
everything else - ammo is 
free. Be careful not to get too 
close to something you are 
shooting. You will die if you 
are caught in the explosion. 

To shoot a difficult gun 
emplacement, drift into its 
line with your shield on and 
blast away. 

Once you have blasted all 
the bases, the top light of the 
three - blue - will be lit let- 
ting you know that the cog’s 
cloaking device has been de- 
activated. 

You must hunt down the 
cog, collect it with your trac- 
tor beam and thrust away 
from the planet to finish the 
level. Pressing Esc in pause 


DO you often copy software 
on to floppies to take home 
from work or for archival 
purposes? Every once in a 
while, do you find that errors found. To check a disc DiskChecker will print 

something has been written type: statistics about the device 

incorrectly to disc? Are you and then read through each 

sick and tired of this? You DISKCHECKER sector on the disc. It will 

are? Then you need Disk- I his program runs from a report any errors encoun- 

Checker. ^LI or Shell. Io check a tered by error number. 

This program, based on disc *yP e: DiskChecker j n addition, if the error is a 

DiskSalv and written by C. [option] <device-name> valid Trackdisk.Device error, 

Harald Koch of Toronto ear- where device-name is the the program will print a 

Her this year, will read every name of a disc device - descriptive error message, 

sector on a hard or floppy DFO:, FFO:, DHO:, RAD:, There are two options: -q 

disc, reporting any read and so on. (a hyphen followed by lower 



case Q) performs the check 
quietly and only reports 
errors encountered. 

The second option, -v (a 
hyphen followed by low- 
ercase V) performs the check 
verbosely displaying data 
about every sector checked. 
So to check a disc quietly in 
the internal drive, type: 



The program will abort if 


50 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 








with no extra memory nwv 
ox peri once d i ffi cutties 

running it if u second disc 
drive is fitted or if another 
program has been run before 
Raider. If the program hangs 
with a blank screen remove 
the disc, switch off, wait 20 
seconds and try again. 


|JJJ£ 

WHOLE GAME 

After completing this 
demonstration version of | 
Raider, you’ll want to get 
your hands on the real 
thing - the other 38 levels 
which scored 15/15 for 
graphics and caused our 
reviewer to comment: 
“The graphics used to 
define the various planets 
and moons are won- 
derfully drawn and 
smoothly scrolled in all 
directions. Every new 
landscape is a joy to look 
at and explore”. 

Never fear, mail order is 
here. Turn to page 52 to 
read full details of how to 
get hold of Raider for just 
£14.95. 


WE are looking for original contri- 
butions for the Amiga Computing 
cover disc. If you think something you 
have written or drawn is good enough 
to share with everybody else who reads 
the magazine, send it along and we will 
have a look. If we like what we see, it 
could earn you up to £1,000. 

Please let us know if your submiss- 
ion needs any files from the 
Workbench disc. Programs which use 
the Amiga’s built-in speech can be par- 
ticularly greedy in this respect. 

If your program is clickable from 
Workbench, feel free to design an 
original icon. In fact, we’ll pay small 
amounts for good icons, even if there is 


no program attached. But don’t make 
them too big. And please use the stand- 
ard Workbench colours. 

Bear in mind that a program which 
does not run on a 512k machine would 
have to be exceptionally good to make 
it on to the disc. 

Please enclose this coupon, or a 
photocopy of it, with your submission. 
Include a file on the disc with full 
documentation, your name, address, 
phone number and a few details about 
you and your kit. Don’t forget to 
duplicate on the disc label the program 
name, your name, address and phone 
number. If you want your disc back, 
enclose the correct amount in stamps. 



Name.... 

Address, 


Age years 


Daytime phone after.. ..am 

Evening phone after.. ..pm 

Submission name 

Submission size bytes in total 

NOTE: We will accept submissions up to 500k in total length, including 
documentation. But the shorter your submission, the better chance it stands 
of getting on to the disc. If it is a compiled program, include all the source 
code, but do not count this in the size of the submission. 

Write a brief description of your submission below. If it consists of more 
than one file, describe what each file is for. Attach an extra sheet of paper to 
this form if necessary: 


you type Ctrl-C or Ctrl-D. 

DiskChecker tries to make 
certain sanity checks about 
devices. It will not let you 
check CON:, for example. 

However, these checks are 
far from perfect. You will 
crash your machine if you 
try to check SER:, PAR: or 
PRT:. Make sure the device 
statistics printed look 
reasonable before pro- 
ceeding. 

DiskChecker does what it 
says, and will only check 
discs, not Amiga devices. 


Sign this declaration: 

The stuff on this disc is mine. I didn’t nick it off someone else. It hasn’t been 
published before and I haven’t submitted it elsewhere because I want 
Amiga Computing to publish it. 

Signed Date 


Post your submission to: Jeff Walker, Amiga Computing, North House, 
78-84 Ongar Road, Brentwood, CM15 9BG. 




Trained 

Assassin 


TO ORDER 
PLEASE USE 
THE FORM 
ON PAGE 95 


This blockbuster combines the best 
features of some of the most popular games 
ever to have appeared on the Amiga. 

It features five action-packed levels with 
different varieties of scrolling and 
gameplay, with the fifth level guaranteed 
to raise your joystick's temperature by a 
few degrees (if not your own). 

"Trained Assassin is of a standard that 
could probably survive unaltered in a real 
arcade - few games 
could manage that. " - 

Stewart Russell, 

Amiga Computing. I £19.95 


RRP £24.95 
Our Price 


52 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 


Disc bargains! 

Send for the full version of the great games on this 
month's Amiga Computing cover disc - and SAVE £10! 


Skill and determination are the qualities 
you'll need in vast amounts if you're 
going to fully master this game. 


Your mission consists of collecting 
pods by hovering above them and 
switching on your tractor beam, 
but all the time you have to take 
into account the effects of intertia 
and gravity, controlling your ship 
as smoothly as possible - to avoid 
colliding with the planet below. 


"The graphics are wonderfully 
drawn and smoothly scrolled in all 
directions. Every landscape is a 
joy to look at and 
explore... delicate, 
addictive gameplay. " 

- John Kennedy, 

Amiga Computing. 


RRP £19.95 
Our Price 

£14.95 






Money for 
nothing 


Pssst, want a free plug for your 
PD club? Fat Angus’s fourth 
floor office is the best 
place to find one 


it’s got to be worth another 
paragraph. 

Remember when digitised music 
first appeared on the Amiga and we 
all went Fheeeeewwwwww corrrrrrr 
I j I* ***** |^ **★* an( j a j| th a t? Nowadays 
it all sounds similar, uses the same 
samples and has that infuriating 
electronic drumkit that Kraftwerk 
threw out in the ‘seventies. 

17 Bit 323 uses all those predictable 
digitised delights that are apt to make 
us yawn but young Sixsmith, the 
Programmer/Compiler, has welded 
them together in a rather pleasant six 
minute rendition of something by 
Vangelis. The accompanying 
slideshow is simple but effective. The 
overall effect is slightly stunning. 

Arghhhh, I’ve done it again. 

Slightly stunning. As you read this, 
think of the poor old sub editor, 
whose job it is to remove nonsensical 
drivel such as “slightly stunning’* 
from this article. I’m sure that as he 

► 


M Y guru is busy meditating but 
while he was away doing 
grinding-halts to my machine I 
received a package from a cheeky 
chap who reckons he can find his 
way into Amiga Computing on the 
merits of his work. A cunning ploy to 
slip past the armed guard in the 
lobby, abseil up the stairwell and 
arrive at Angus’s linen cupboard in 
the fourth floor washroom. 

David French, or David French 
Software as he prefers to be known, is 
one of the growing band of speedboat 
drivers who realise that at the age of 
13 there is more to life than 
modelling life jackets. 

Swapping throttle and surf for 
Amiga and mouse, he’s tied up his 
powerboat and left the swell of the 
ocean for the smell of the keyboard. 
Not content with sending me discs 
which make good drinks coasters, he 
sent me a swatch of newsletters 
wrought from his own fair nine pins. 

Taking the discs in reverse order 
(scsid eht) there’s a collection of virus 
killers, including the very useful 
VirusX and the pretty but not too 
delicate Blizzard. With the Prat 
Quotient on the increase, it’s not 
enough to set the write-protect tab on 
the disc. Everyone must have some 
sort of virus protection. 

The disc autoboots to a choice 
screen. It’s here that I may fall out 
with young French. He’s included 
that damn awful progette that makes 
the screen undulate as if you’re 
looking through rippling water. It’s 
OK for a minute or so but there’s no 
room for it on a serious collection of 


virus fettlers. 

The second disc is a collection of 
PD utilities, 600k of them trawled 
from other discs and assembled as a 
sort of general purpose disc dabbler’s 
toolkit. 

Hiding on the third and penultimate 
coaster is a wee beastie by the name 
of Diskmaker. Frenchie describes this 
as “a minor utility by myself that runs 
from Dos and prepares discs for 
booting’’. At present this only works 
for rich people, but a version for 
single drives is imminent. 

The final disc will have to wait 
until another day for its international 
debut because I’ve used one hot cup 
too many on it and it’s gone to that 
great random access in the sky. The 
newsletters are informative hints and 
tips written in a zingy and easy to 
read style. Their style and content 
leads me to believe that we’ll be 
hearing more from David French. 


M ARTIN at 17 Bit must get 
Angus’s award for turning 
out the largest amount of quality PD 
the quickest. I can’t remember 
whether I’ve burbled about 17 Bit 
Disc 323 before, but even if I have, 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 53 




WIN 

this solid sii 
Grail, worth £, 
in the exciting 
for the Holy t 
competition, 
details in ever 


Inside every box there’s a detailed guide to 
playing Level 9 adventures, a background story to 
the classic legend, a parchment map of Arthurian 
England - and full details of how to take part in 
the Quest for the Holy Grail competition. 




ravel back to the 
:•! Age °f Chivalry when 
knights were 


knights were bold, 
galloping across the countryside 
and rescuing damsels in distress. 

Level 9 recreate the time of 
wizards and the Knights of the 
Round Table in their greatest 
adventure yet. Lancelot consists of 
three interlinked adventures, spanning 
the complete saga from the foundation 
of the Order to its finest hour - the quest for 
the Holy Grail. 

Guide Lancelot through his many exploits at 
Camelot, battle with wayward knights, and win the 
love of Guinever and Elaine. 

The challenge which has fascinated treasure hunters 
through the centuries is now yours - and you’ll need all 


Level 9 


a 


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F T WA R 


Please send me the following Lancelot (tick the format you require): 


* Text only 


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T 

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c 

)isc 

Atari XL/XE 


7063* 

Llz^d 

Amstrad CPC 


6171 * 



Apple II 



1062* 

BBC Master 



2192 

Commodore 64 


9003* 


9004 

MSX 64k 


9093* 


Spectrum 


9091 * 



£19.95 

Disc 

Atari ST 


9155 

Commodore Amiga 


9522 

Amstrad CPC/PCW/ 
Spectrum Plus 3 


6172 

IBM PC and Compatibles 


5724 

Macintosh 


1053 


Tape versions come 
with three cassettes 
In every package 


Dealers: Ring Diane O'Brien on 0625 878888 for 
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arrived at it he drooled with 
anticipation and pulled out the blue 
pencil. Alas for him, I’ve gone on to 
tell you what he should do. 

If you’re reading this and there isn’t 
a reference to “slightly stunning” two 
paragraphs back, then the sub editor 
has deleted it without reading the rest 
of this. Have him taken out and shot. 

The Starship Enterprise leaving the 
spacedock demo on 17 Bit 329 has 
lost some of its sparkle, which brings 
me to a valid point. If I'd wanted a 
machine that gave me pretty pictures 
and sound, I’d have bought a video 
recorder. For a couple of hundred 
pounds it will run animation and 
sound for four hours. I mean, it’s nice 
to see the Amiga stretched to its 
capabilities, but if a Film company 
were to put four shots of the 
Enterprise leaving a dock in space on 
a video, we’d consign it to the bin. 

Mind you, I got a buzz from 
watching Arthur Fairclough (three 
doors up the hill on the left) drop his 
jaw in amazement and head off to the 
local paper to put in the following 
classified ad: FOR SALE. Atari STFM. 
Only 2 weeks old. Still in box. 
Unwanted gift. 

That’s all very well, and at least it 
got Arthur a decent computer, but 1 
still feel that demos of this sort have 
to be looked on as a consumable that 
may only be watched a few times and 
then either consigned to the disc box 
or reformatted. 


F OLLOWING John Kennedy’s 
advice in the Basic series last 
month, I decided to look to the 
chocolate digestive as an alternative 
data storage medium. But although 
it’s a good standby, the constraints of 
a single sided 178k format is too 
restricting for my purposes. So I 
delved deeper. 

I’ve found that chocolate Hob Nobs 
will format to about 440k, but again 
they are only single sided. My finest 
result was to use a Burton’s Wagon 
Wheel as a 20 meg removable hard 
disc, taking advantage of the alternate 
layers of chocolate, marshmallow and 
biscuit to distinguish the different 
plattens. Only problem there is that it 
needs to be kept cool or your 



Fred records a gold fish disc 


programs all run together. 

Less of the frivolity and back to the 
serious stuff. 

Public domain software is arriving 
so thick and fast that it would need a 
magazine all to itself to cover 
everything. It is easy to keep on 
looking for the new stuff and forget 
the old, so every month I’m going to 
blow off the cobwebs and tackle a 
couple of golden oldies. 

And where better to start than with 
a goldfish. There are two ways to get 
a goldfish - win one at a fairground 
or send Fred Fish some money. I 
chose the latter, and for a mere five 
US dollars each plus five dollars 
postage, Fred sent me some goldfish. 

Goldfish discs are selected popular 
goodies from the Fish collection put 
on to a compilation disc. On the 
original discs Fred usually includes 
the source code but on the goldfish 
you get just the program and 
documentation. 

This saves a lot of space and makes 
for a disc absolutely crammed with 
buckets of programs. The 
documentation has a note saying 


which Fish disc has the original and 
therefore the source code, thus 
making a reasonable compromise. 

First into the deep fat fryer was 
Goldfish 1, a collection of games and 
things. It has the ever present Triclops 
and Gravity Wars plus a directory 
called Cutestuff which contains a few 
of those silly little progettes that make 
Workbench misbehave. 

There is the one that tilts the 
screen, the other one that makes the 
windows bounce around the screen 
and a nasty little varmint that causes 
the screen to become like a slightly 
out of tune TV with a snowy effect. 

Goldfish 2 is a tidge more serious 
with C-Shell and a few other straight 
faced programs. There are a couple of 
PD comms utilities as well, but 
despite its permanent frown, it’s still 
good value. 

Sitting next to a portion of chips is 
Goldfish 3 with its zillions of neatly 
ordered utility progs. SunMouse, 
DiskSalv, IconType, ID Handler 
DropShadow and about umpteen 
more make this one a contender for 
the most crowded disc of the year. 

You can read more about DiskSalv on 
the cover disc pages because we’ve 
given you the latest version on the 
front cover this month. 


Y orkshire has 7,943 telephone 

boxes. And if Datameg of 
Canada succeeds, each one of those 
will have a universal socket 
connector. Undergoing trials in 
Ontario at present, the connector is a 
simple addition to any payphone 
allowing direct connection to a 
modem. 

Designed by Mick Saunders, it was 
a product of necessity. Mick lived in a 
college house where the only line was 
a payphone. No more installations 
were possible, so he made 
modifications to it. 

It worked fine and Mick was able 
to download from his favourite PD 
bulletin boards. His cousin Eileen 
brought a diagram home to the UK, 
and with some changes to voltage it 
has been working in a phone box in 
West Yorkshire since April. The price 
is to be set at £12.50. Ho-hum, if you 
had a hundred grand to spend you 

► 


August WHS AM Id A COMPUTING 55 






◄ 

could do the other 7,942 boxes and 
still have enough left to buy an 
Amiga, a good monitor and some 
software. 

Good old Vic West, the Calor Gas 
Man. He came round with yet another 
pearl of wisdom last week. “I won’t 
come in,” he said. With all these 
viruses about, you can’t be too 
careful.” 

“It’s OK, we haven’t been ill,” 1 
said. 

“No, no, not you,” he whispered. 
“It’s your computer I’m worried 
about. I wouldn’t want my BBC Micro 
to catch anything off your Amiga.” 

Still, I suppose I can’t expect any 
more from a guy who savs that the 
BBC implementation of Elite is the 
best. 

Importers beware. As well as 
rumours of a new tax on software 
any program you import from abroad 
attracts vat at the standard rate of 15 


per cent. I was leafing through some 
Stateside mags and saw what looked 
to be a bargain. 

After I’d added postage both ways, 
the price of packaging, the loss of 
funds in the exchange rate and the 
dreaded vat, it would have cost me 
£16 more and taken a month longer 
to get. The Romans used to say caveat 
emptor. For the benefit of those who 
only use living languages it means: 
Buyer beware. 

This column wouldn’t be complete 
without a word about quilted 
anoraks. I was taken to task for my 
shoddy treatment of train spotters last 
month. One reader invited me to 
stand on the end of the platform with 
a bunch of his friends and savour the 
delights of waiting for 13200, the first 
of the English Electric type 4s. to 
steam past. 

“How can a Diesel steam past?” I 
asked. 

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■HARDWARE! 


M OTOROLA chips are rather 
remarkable in the computing 
world insofar as they are very 
compatible. The least powerful 
member in the family is the 68008, as 
used in the QL. This was hampered 
by an 8 bit address bus and only 
really took off in the control 
mechanisms for washing machines. 

The 68000, which we all know and 
love, has a 24 bit address bus and 16 
bit internal registers. That is, it can 
move data internally 16 bits at a time. 
It works at a clock rate of 7.16MHz - 
a respectable rate of knots - but there 
is always room for improvement. 

The model up from the 68000 is the 
68010, which is slightly faster because 
it has an internal ram cache. Here the 
processor remembers the last couple 
of bytes it was looking at and a few 
bytes on either side for good measure. 
After completing execution of an 


instruction it checks to see whether or 
not it can use the data held in its ram 
instead of reading the slower main 
memory. If it can, the operation is 
much faster, since no external 
accessing has to be carried out. 

The 68020 goes one step further 
because it is a 32 bit processor. This 
sounds wonderful until you realise 
that the processor needs two cycles of 
the 7.16MHz clock to read the data 
from the Amiga’s 16 bit ram into its 
registers. The Animate Turbo Board 
counters this problem by upping the 
clock rate to a whoppingly fast 
14MHz. 

Unfortunately - isn’t there always 
an unfortunately? - the rest of the 
custom chips in the Amiga will still 
chug along at 7MHz, limited by the 
speed the processor can get the 
operating system data from the roms. 
The nett result is that when you 


switch the computer on you won’t 
notice the difference. 

The other important chip which 
you can fit to the Animate Turbo 
Board is the 68881 maths co- 
processor. This shares the data and 
addresses buses with the processor 
and whenever it sees a maths 
instruction go by it says: “Hold on, I 
can do that one!” and tells the 
processor the answer. Because it 
works at the upped cycle rate of 
14MHz, the chip is very fast. The co- 
processor is now supported in the 
libraries supplied with the latest (1.3) 
version of Workbench, which means 
any C or assembler programs you 
write can take full advantage. 

Fitting the board on an A500 First 
involves removing the outer case and 
waving bye-bye to the warranty. The 

► 



Undercover 

operation 


John Kennedy lifts the lid on a 68020 for the A500 



August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 57 






■HARDWARE! 


FLOATING POINT 

68020/68881 

68000 

10000 functions 
256000 functions 

4.7 secs 
48 secs 

17.5 secs 
150 secs 


SAVAGE TEST 

68020/68881 

68000 

2500 iterations 

0.46 secs 

59.6 secs 


SIEVE TEST 

68020/68881 

68000 

100 iterations 

27.2 secs 

45.72 secs 


WHETSTONE TEST 


35.82 secs 


213.06 secs 


Timings of the demonstration software - all very r impressive, Tm sure 


◄ 

outer case is held in place with half-a- 
dozen small screws with Allen key 
heads. These are easily removed with 
a pair of long-nosed pliers - or the 
correct official Commodore tool - and 
the case lifts off to reveal the large 
metal RF shield. More screws hold 
this in place. Removing the shield 
will allow access to the unsuspecting 
68000. 

Taking out a large chip is always a 
heart-in-the mouth process, especially 
as the First time it is removed the fit is 
very tight, causing that horrible noise 
which sounds like something very 
valuable being slowly broken. 

Once the 68000 is removed the new 
board can be inserted into the vacant 
socket. This is where the First 
problem becomes apparent because 
pressing the board home can displace 
a small capacitor mounted nearby. In 
my case it didn’t break off, although it 
was a very close thing. The second 
problem comes to light after the 
board is fitted - there is no longer 
room for the metal shielding, leaving 
no choice but to reassemble the 
computer without it. 

Powering up revealed a black 


screen. This was a tense moment. A 
thorough investigation traced the 
problem to the power supply plug 
which had not been inserted properly 
into the socket. 


S UPPLIED with the board is a 
disc of software which 
demonstrates the speed of the new 
system. These timings are reproduced 
in Figure I, while Figure II shows the 
times taken to produce a ray-traced 
coffee cup with Sculpt Animate 4D. 

Using the board from AmigaBasic 
reveals some interesting results. Of 
four programs written for testing 
purposes, dealing with floating point 
operations, integer operations, string 
operations and graphics, only the 
floating point program showed any 
signs of a speed increase, and then 
only a touch faster. If the programs 
were compiled with Hisoft Basic, 
which uses the 1.3 maths libraries, 
the difference would have been 
greater. AmigaBasic uses its own 
routines which ignore the 68881 
(curse you Microsoft). 

Other programs actually ran slower 
by a very small amount, probably due 


to the increase in processing speed 
being absorbed by the need to access 
ram twice as often. Other accelerator 
boards solve this problem by 
supplying a healthy quantity of 32 bit 
ram - usually at least 2 meg. This is 
why other accelerator boards cost 
several times as much as the Animate 
Turbo Board. 

A very worrying point is that some 
software, including LED Storm, will 
not run with the 68020 processor in 
place. Fitting the board is definitely 
something you want to do as little as 
possible. Having to remove it to run 
certain programs is a serious no-no. It 
is academic whether this was caused 
by illegal code on the part of the 
programmer or as a consequence of 
the internal, ram cache of the 68020 - 
the software did not run and needed 
the 68000 refitting before it would. 

W HEN money is no object and 
a heavily maths-dependant 
piece of programming is needed, this 
board will do the job nicely. When 
using software such as Sculpt-4D, the 
speed increase is considerable. 

However, when using AmigaBasic 
the program will usually run slightly 
slower than if it was using the good 
old 68000. Programs must make 
special use of the maths libraries to 
effect any speed increase. 

To an average programmer like 
myself the Animate Turbo Board is 
nice, but too expensive to be 
worthwhile. The money would be 
better spent on a hard disc. 


REPORT CARD 


Animate 68020/68881 Turbo Board 
£498 

Amiga Centre Scotland 031-557 4242 

EASE OF USE I I I I I 1 I..I.J 1 I I 1 111 

A very worrying point is that some 
software, typically a good game, will 
not run with the 68020 in place. 

SOFTWARE — 

Supplied with the board is a disc of 
software which demonstrates the speed 
of the new system. 

SPEED I I I I I 1 II I I I I I I 1 I 

Programs must make special use of the 
new maths libraries to effect any 
increase in speed. 

VALUE I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 

Too expensive to be worthwhile. 


OVERALL 53% 


The money would be better spent on a 
hard disc. 


MODE 

68020/68881 

68000 

Speed-up 

Painting 

12.4 secs 

25 . 1 secs 

202.4% 

Scan! i ne 
painting 

34.3 secs 

62.2 secs 

181.3% 

Snapshot 

903.2 secs 

2416.6 secs 

267.6% 


Some real results using the board with Sculpt Animate 4D. The 
times are those taken to produce a full image of a coffee cup 


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■ WORD PROCESSING! 



imperfect 




E DITORS are one of those things 
we all argue over. Like 
languages they all have their good 
and bad points; like languages there 
are those who love their editors, and 
loathe all others. 

TR TextEd is different. Nobody will 
love it. It falls untidily between light 
modification editors like 
ED and the power editors like 
MicroEmacs. 

It comes on one disc, which does 
not have Workbench installed on it 
silly, because Commodore has gone 
out of its way to make that as easy 
and cheap as possible. There is no 
excuse for not having it as the disc is 
only half full. 

Once you have booted Workbench 
and opened the TR TextEd disc you 
can load the program. Click the icon, 
and up it pops. Kerpow. It decides 
that your Workbench colours aren’t 
up to scratch, and sets its own. There 
isn’t a good reason for changing the 
colours, as it runs on the Workbench 
screen. It’s just done to annoy you. 

You are now running. The first 
thing I usually do is hit the Help key. 
TR TextEd says in the bottom left of 
its window: “Help is active”. You see, 
this is a help system which now 
wants you to press a key or make a 
menu selection. No index or menu of 
functions. 

On its own this kind of Help is 
practically useless. Of course TR 
TextEd surpasses itself when you 
press a key because then it asks for 
disc volume HELP. 

And where is HELP? It’s a 
directory on the TR TextEd disc, and 
you’ll have to get a CLI up and do a 
“Assign Help: DFl:Help”, and then 
you’ll get Help. I hope you are 
following all this, because the novice 
user won’t. 

The final indignity in the system 
appears if you resize the TR TextEd 
window. Make it smaller than 73 
columns and Help ceases to work 
because it doesn’t pop up it’s own 


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■ WORD PROCESSING* 


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window, but uses the edit one, which 
is formatted to - you guessed - 73 
columns per line. 

So after being irritated by the Help 
system, on to edit a file. Select Edit 
File in the menu, and up pops a 
requester. No, not a file request like 
practically every other Amiga 
product, just an Enter a Hie name 
requester. Unforgivable. File 
requesters aren’t hard to write, and 
there are plenty of editor requesters 
which you can duplicate in function. 
But there you go. 

C ATALOGUING misfeatures goes 
on. Mouse positioning? Only on 
the current screen, and no scroll bars, 
and you can’t double click to mark 
start and end of block. 

Status lines? Two, one at the top 
telling you the usual bits, like Line, 
Column, Insert Mode, if Search is 
case sensitive, the Ascii value of the 
character you are on and how big 
your line buffer is. Then at the bottom 
of the window two lines are wasted 


telling you what your right hand 
margin is set to when there’s space up 
on the top line. 

Cut and Paste? Apart from the 
confusion of options, it turns out that 
you can only do this on complete 
lines, so no snipping that function out 
of that bit of C code. Crude is not the 
word for it. 

It keeps on in this vein. The fonts 
option which will only use non- 
proportional 8 point fonts unless it’s 
its own deformed 8 point font. 
Eventually you’ll get to the keyboard 
layout. All the functions which aren’t 
on the menus are on the function 
keys, with combinations of Shift Alt 
and Ctrl. Lovely and easy to program, 
especially as you can’t reconfigure 
them. 

The more I played with TR TextEd 
the more irritated I became with it. 
The manual, a demonstration of why 
you must never let the programmer 
write the manual, says the author had 
18 years of working with mainframe, 
mini and micro editors. He must have 
used some damnably weird and 
hideously cut-down editors to 
produce this one. 


I can’t recommend TR TextEd. The 
version I had was V3.0, and quite 
honestly, if it’s taken this long to get 
to this, it’s going to be a long while 
before it becomes a worthwhile 
editor. You get better (ED and 
MicroEmacs) on your Workbench 
discs, and much better editors are 
available commercially. 


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EASE OF USE LI I I I I I I I I I I I I I I 

There are always people who buy 
things out of masochism. If you do, 
you 'll like this one. Quite a lot. 

speed him ii mi mn 

Lovers of the cack-handed user 
interface will rejoice in complicated 
fixed function key combinations. 


Does anyone want to buy my copy? 


OVERALL 7% 


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This is the official simulation of a lifetime ... will your skills measure up 
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W RITING for a computer 
magazine is not all it’s 
cracked up to be, especially when the 
editor plonks a lump of hardware on 
your already overcrowded desk and 
requests 1.200 words by Friday. No 
sweat. 

Then you remember the magazine 
has reviewed three similar lumps of 
hardware in the past six months and 
you are expected to find something 
new to say. Words flow like cold 
treacle. Ah, the joys of computer 
journalism. 

Luckily for me the Vortex System 
2000 has a lot to offer over and above 
the features of your bog standard 
Amiga hard drive. For a start, it’s not 
just for the Amiga. It comes in two 
bits - the 40 meg drive, a stylish grey- 
white metal box about 9in square by 
2.5in deep, and something called a 


Personality Module. 

The Vortex Personality Module 
makes it possible to fit the System 
2000 hard drive unit to any number 
of computers. Modules are* currently 
available for the Amstrad PCW. PC 
and PPG ranges, the Schneider kuro 
PC. the PS2 Model 20 and other IBM 
compatibles plus, of course, one 
module for both the A500 and A1000. 

Before you gut excited, this doesn’t 
mean you can remove vour formatted 
Amiga System 2000 hard drive, attach 
it to the Personality Module on your 
PC and immediately start reading and 
writing to it. You have to reformat it 
first, losing all your data. 

But it does mean that if you decide 
to change your computer system, a 
tried and trusted hard drive is jiist a 
£195 Personality Module away. It's 
probably a feature we loyal Amigans 


will never use, but it’s nice to know 
it’s there. 

Inside the paperback-sized module 
is the Vortex developed Amiga BIOS 
cprom. It gives the System 2000 some 
pretty amazing autoboot facilities. 

If you haven't upgraded to the 
Kickstart 1.3 rom vet, don’t bother - 
this box of tricks will do what 
Commodore says can't he done: It 
will autoboot from Kickstart 1.2 and 
Kickstart 1.3. It will also autoboot 
from a Workbench 1.3 FastFileSystem 
partition. With a typical Startup- 
Sequence you can expect to be up 
and running in under 10 seconds. 

M IRACLKS have to be paid for. 

To autoboot from KS1.2, 
about 100k of memory needs to be 
reserved for the system. With the four 


64 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 


■ HARDWARE! 


If we told you that we know of 
a 40 meg hard disc which 
autoboots in under 10 seconds 
from Kickstart 1.2 or 1.3, you'd 
probably tell us to pull the 
other one. But Jeff Walker 
discovered that the Vortex 
System 2000 is all that it 
claims to be 




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default 10 meg partitions grabbing 
about 30k each, this doesn’t leave 
much elbow room on a vanilla A500. 
Depending on what you are doing in 
your Startup-Sequence, you’ll only 
have about 200.000 bytes free after 
loading Workbench - nowhere near 
enough to do any serious computing. 

If you have a KS1.3 machine, the 
System 2000 doesn’t need that 100k 
so you’re left with around 300k free, 
which is perhaps just enough to run 
one application. Multi-tasking? Unless 
they are very small programs, forget 
it. 

So you’re going to need more 
memory, which - as long as you have 
the cash - isn't a problem. 512k in the 
A500 trapdoor will do to start with. 

It’s what I used to review the system. 
If you want to fit more, the 
Personality Module has a through 


connector on to which you can push 
a 2 meg expansion. 

Having been brought up like a 
good boy to believe that it was 
impossible for a bard drive to 
autoboot from KS1.2, 1 was interested 
in finding out how Vortex had 
worked this miracle. The West 
German company is insistent that it 
hasn’t broken any rules. “We’ve 
patched Workbench." is the official 
line. And indeed, below the (c) 
Commodore et al bumpf on the 
supplied Workbench disc is Vortex’s 
own copyright message. 

Commodore technoboffins have 
their own theories as to how the 
System 2000 works. Randell Jesup, 
programmer of the A590’s 
HDToolbox, reckons that “drives 
which autoboot under KS1.2 take 
advantage of the diagnostic vector 


used for testing the. machines in 
production. It works, but is not 
recommended in general". 

1 can confirm that it does work. In 
fact it works very well. Over a period 
of two months the System 2000 has 
done me proud. It has not fallen 
down and l have yet to find a 
program that won’t run with the hard 
drive plugged in. 

This doesn’t mean every program 
ever written is going to run. although 
Vortex says that if any software does 
not work with the Personality Module 
attached, it’s because that software is 
breaking the rules, not the System 
2000. 

Nevertheless an option is at this 
moment being added to cut out the 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 85 



Opening up the Personality Module reveals the ABIOS chip which drives the System 2000 



The non-standard hard drive port has been developed 
by Vortex to give high data transfer rates 


◄ 

hard drive on boot-up. Holding down 
the left mouse button while the 
system is initialising will prevent the 
Personality Module from activating. 
This has been included so that users 
who are short on ram will be able to 
run their larger programs without 
having to remove hardware from the 
expansion port. A little thought goes a 
long way. 

The software is good stuff, although 
if you’re not a meddler you’ll have 
little use for anything except the 
public domain hard disc backup 
program. This is because Ideal 
Hardware of Surrey, Vortex’s 
distributor in this country, supplies 
the System 2000 ready formatted and 
partitioned with the contents of the 
Workbench 1.3 already copied across. 
It really is a case of plug it in, switch 
on, and go. 

Plugging it all in could be a 


problem if you are short of space. A 
sturdy cable runs between the 
Personality Module and the hard 
drive, but it is only a couple of feet in 
length. Much longer and the drive 
would suffer read/write errors. This 
means the drive unit has to be 
positioned either directly to the left of 
or behind and to the left of your 
A500. 

I have one of those split level tables 
that has a shelf above the main table 
on which to plonk a monitor. The 
System 2000’s lead is just long 


enough to allow it to sit up there. 

I’m a meddler. I like turning knobs, 
pushing buttons and typing 
commands just to see what happens. 
The first thing I do when I get my 
hands on a hard drive is fiddle with 
the partitions. Usually it’s a real pain, 
even when you know what you’re 
doing. Vortex has made altering the 
System 2000’s default partitioning 
dead simple. 

You run a program on the 
installation disc called Part. It 
presents you with some information 


66 AMIGA COMPUTING August 1989 








■HARDWARE! 


on how the partitions are currently set 
up, and then asks five questions 
about how you want your new first 
partition to look. It gives intelligent 
defaults. The only question you need 
to think about is length. The figure 
right shows my responses to set up a 
single 40 meg partition - all 803 
cylinders under one roof. 

Following the partitioning process, 
which is over in seconds, you have to 
format them - or it in my case. This 
involves re-booting from the 
Workbench disc, opening a Shell and 
using the normal AmigaDos Format 
command specifying the FFS option 
to get the FastFileSystem format and 
QUICK so you don’t have to wait an 
hour for playtime. 

All that’s left to do is copy the 
entire contents of the Vortex 
Workbench disc over to the hard 
drive and away you go. Literally five 
minutes after starting the process it’s 
finished and done with. Painless. 


M ore good news: Vortex is 

making the setting-up process 
even more user-friendly. It is being 
re-written to be totally icon driven. 
Ideal Hardware says the new software 
should be ready about September. 

You will be able to upgrade if you 
buy a system with the old software. 

One of the things you normally 
have to do when setting up a hard 
drive is add the partition details to the 
Mountlist file in the Devs: directory. 
Not with the System 2000 you don’t. 

It comes with a file called Vmountlist 
which the system reads along with 
Mountlist on startup. Neat. 

But to make roses smell sweet you 
generally need a bit of quality dung. 
The System 2000 has a real stinker. 
There are two ports on the Personality 
Module, the back one for plugging 
the System 2000 into, the front one 
originally intended for piggy-backing 
another hard drive. But the ports are 
not SCSI, and the piggy-back option 
isn’t available. 

The front port instead serves as the 
correct hole to plug the lead into if 
you are fitting the unit to an Al,000. 
So if you’re looking to stack up a 
couple of hundred megs of hard 
storage, you’ll have to look elsewhere. 

German manuals rarely translate 
well into English, and the one I got 
with the System 2000 is no exception. 
Because of the excellent software, 
however, the manual was only 
needed to convince me I was pressing 


PART for System 2000 on the . Commodore Amiga 
(c) 1988/89 vortex Compute rsysteme GmbH 

The harddisk has 4 heads, 26 sectors per track and 803 cylinders 
and has a capacity of 40.8 MB 

Existing partitions: 

1 .Partition: 


2. Partition: 


System 2000 Ins 

StartCyl = 1 
Length = 200 
FastFileSystem 


3. Partition: 


System 2000 Ins 


StartCyl = 201 
Length = 200 
FastFI leSystem 


4. Partition: 


System 2000 Ins 

StartCyl = 401 
Length = 200 
FastFileSystem 


System 2000 Ins 

StartCyl = 601 
Length = 202 
FastFI leSystem 

Please enter new partition data 

Abort entry with <End> <RETURN> 

Taking over the defaults with <RETURN> 

The first Partition should beglnn with cylinder 1, 
the lower cylinders are reserved for the harddisk and 
partition data ! ! 

One cylinder equals a capacity of 52.0 KByte 

Startcyl inder: 1 

Length: 802 

Log. Name: DHO 

Name: HardO 

FastFileSystem? y 

Startcyl Inder: End 


The partitioning 
program is the 
picture of user- 
friendliness. 
Soon it will be 
totally icon 
driven 


the correct keys at the correct times. 
Not to worry though, it has been re- 
written to make more sense. 

In a way this is a shame, because 
there are a couple of screamers in the 
original. I may have the only hard 
drive in the world which has a 
backside. 


T alking of backsides, in the rear 
of the manual is an appendix 
containing C listings and details of 
how to call the Vortex driver from 
your own software. Techies will need 
this, because instead of using the 
Amiga’s Trackdisc. Device this hard 
drive is driven by the System 2000’s 
custom Vortex. Device. The associated 
.H and .1 files are on the installation 
disc. 

This kind of documentation is a bit 
heavy for me, but no doubt 
programmers will be glad of it and 
will understand every word. 

In use the System 2000 has a good 
feel to it. It’s quick and solidly built. I 
liked it. In fact I like it so much I 
bought it. Pingpong dor technik and 
all that. 


REPORT CARD 


Vortex System 2000 

Ideal Hardware 01-390 1211 

£573.85 

EASE OF USE I 1 I I I II I II I I I I I I 

Plug it in, switch it on and away you 
go. No setting up needed, but easy - 
and fun - to change things if you ’re a 
born meddler. 

SOFTWARE I I I I I I II II I 1 I 1 1 I 

Extremely user friendly. A lot of 
thought has gone into it and it is being 
continually upgraded. The addition of a 
PD backup utility is a nice thought. 

SPEED I I I I I I I I I I 1 I I I I 1 

Hard drives are getting quicker all the 
time. Being able to autoboot from a 
WBi.3 FastFileSystem partition makes 
this the one to beat for speed. 

VALUE I I I I I I I I 1 1 1 I 1 II I 

Although almost £200 more than the 
CBM A 590, the Vortex System 2000 is 
faster, has twice the storage capacity 
and autoboots from KS1.2 or 1.3. 


OVERALL 92% 


Except for the lack of a piggyback 
option, the System 2000 is hard to 
fault. Most users will find 40 megs 
more than adequate for their needs. 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 67 






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★ Eliminator 

★ Hellbent 

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★ and 1 extra game free, 
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All this for only £399.00! 


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A501 RAM /clock expansion for Amiga 500 £129.00 

Pye 15" FST TV/Monitor model no. 11 85, Inc. Amiga cable £269.00 

ITT CP3228 16.5" FST TV/Monitor with remote control & cable £229.00 

Philips CM 8833 colour monitor suitable for Amiga 500 £229.00 

Philips CM8852 monitor as above, but higher resolution £259.00 

Philips TV Tuner AV7300. use with any composite monitors £74.95 

X-Copy powerful new disk copier £27.95 

Word Perfect £149.95 

Superbase Personal £69.00 

Superbase Professional £179.00 

A500 Dust Cover £4.95 


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YOUR Amiga has a hard life, 
regularly saving the universe 
and your valuable data files, 
indulging your artistic fantasies 
with Deluxe Paint - and other 
fantasies with Teenage Queen. 

It is time your Amiga was 
given a present, and the ideal 
thing is a hard disc. The System 
2000 drive from Ideal Hardware 
is an amazing unit. It autoboots 
under both 1.2 and 1.3 Kickstart, 
runs incredibly quickly and 
stores 40 meg of data. Supplied 
complete with the easiest to use 
utilities Amiga Computing has 
seen, the System 2000 has 
proved popular with many of 
Britain's leading software 
houses. 

If you went into a shop and 
bought a drive, a pretty sensible 
thing to do - your Amiga will 
love you for ever after, a System 
2000 would cost you £573.85. 
But you can win one without 
paying a cent - 19p for a stamp 
yes, a cent no. 

In fact this is no measly one- 
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2. The System 2000 uses a spe- 
cial device which allows the 
drive to be used with different 
computers. What is this 
device called? 

(A) A SCSI interface 

(B) A Personality Module 

(C) Disc support unit 

3. The hard disc, sometimes 
called a Winchester, was 
invented by 

(A) Charles Babbage 

(B) IBM 

(C) Sir Clive Sinclair 

4. The System 2000 was 
designed by a company called 
Vortex. Which country is 
Vortex in? 

(A) Germany 

(B) England 

(C) Canada 

5. Which special file is used by 
the Vortex System 2000? 

(A) Vmountlist 

(B) Startup-Sequence 

(C) Narrator.device 



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I AGGEDNESS won’t do when 
you’ve a quality publication to 
1 . Just imagine if your Amiga 
Computing was full of grainy 
pictures. What do you mean, it’s like 
that already? If it was, nobody would 
take it seriously, or at least no more 
seriously than it’s taken now. So the 
difficulty of producing computer 
artwork is in eliminating the inherent 
pixellation. 

Graphics on the Amiga are great as 
far as they go, which admittedly is a 
fair old distance. Like 99 per cent of 
all known computers, Amy uses 
raster scan graphics, allowing a large 
number of colours in a high 
resolution with a low memory 
overhead. This produces lovely on- 
screen effects, but when magnified 
they can appear blocky. Unless you 
use some very cunning smoothing 
techniques, lines will appear jagged 
when output to a printer. 

In much the same way as the old 
Asteroids machine worked, objects 
can be defined on screen by a series 
of points. No matter how much they 
rotate or enlarge, they keep their 
smoothness. This is not strictly 


possible on the Amiga, not unless 
someone has produced an advanced 
vector scan graphics system for us 
and hasn’t said anything. With 
Professional Draw though, it’s the 
output that is important. 

ProDraw lives on two discs and is 
accompanied by a 128 page manual. 
It needs a meg and one drive 
minimum. The program disc is 
virtually a full Workbench 1.3 
distribution disc, complete with all 
the improved printer drivers. 


UTPUT is either to a 
Preferences graphics printer or 
to a PostScript page printer. 

PostScript, which was developed over 
there by Adobe Systems, is a method 
of describing objects on a page for 
typesetting. Rather than being a 
control code based system, it is an 
English type language. Mid-range 
laser printers speak it, as do vastly 
expensive Linotronic 2400 dpi 
machines. If you feel the urge tor a 
Linotronic coming on, you’ll need 
another couple of mortgages first - 70 


biggies might buy you one, cable 
extra. 

Hiding behind an outrageously 
large icon is the 270k main program. 
Default display mode is interlaced, so 
either change it pronto or don the 
Polaroids to cut down the painful 
flicker. The default mode is also the 
most memory hungry because all 
pictures are shown as Wysiwyg in 
colour. The menu bar allows this to 
be changed, plus the defaults can be 
reset using Info’s Tool Types once 
you’ve decided which settings suit 
you. 

The right-hand side of the screen 
contains all the tools and gadgets that 
ProDraw has to offer. Initially it may 
seem quite limiting that there are only 
six drawing and six editing tools, but 
each is very versatile. 

The Pen tool creates bezier curves 
and straight lines. Beziers are defined 
by two points and an initial curve 
gradient, consequently a low drain on 
ram. They are initially a real pain to 
get right because their formation isn’t 
naturally intuitive, but the smooth 
curves produced once they have been 
mastered are worth any amount of 




What would you draw with an art program 
that offers the finest quality your printer can 
deliver? Stewart C. Russell drew a blank 



watch i n 
pain 

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70 AMIGA COMPUTING, August 1080 


■GRAPHICS! 


cursing. 

The Text tool can produce two 
fonts, Times and Univers, from 24 
point (third of an inch) to 144 point 
(two inch) at any angle. Each 
character is built up from a series of 
beziers, so a full set takes up well 
over 100k - very tight on a one meg 
system. 

Gold Disk really intends ProDraw 
to be a companion program to its 
Professional Page DTP package, 
which handles fonts quite a bit better. 
Still, the two typestyles are very plain, 
and something like Gothic would 
have been nice to see. 


T HREE of the tools produce 

pretty much what you’d expect 
from their icons - Ellipse, Rectangle 
and Rectangular Grid. The final tool, 
Freehand Bezier, is a boon for people 
who can’t draw curves smoothly. It 
takes a curve traced by the pointer 
and smooths it according to the 
number of direction changes made. 
This tool, when coupled with 
ProDraw’s ability to import bitmaps 
as tracing templates, allows artistic 
no-hopers like me to produce 
bearable artwork. 

The bitmap is converted from a 
multiplane, multicolour image into a 
four grey-scaled representation the 
width of the page. ProDraw doesn’t 
seem to keep a copy of this reduced 
form in ram on a one meg machine, 
so zooms cause very lengthy recalc 
periods. Sometimes the wait can seem 
so long that AmigaDos 1.6 will be 
released by the time it’s finished, 
especially with a 32-colour bitmap. 
Stick to two-colour or four-colour 
bitmaps and all is sweetness and 
light. Nearly. 



T HE six editing tools are 
immensely powerful, 
occasionally at a price. Object- 
described graphics take up a lot of 
space, so many thousands of 
relatively simple calculations need to 
take place after every movement. 

Objects, or groups of objects, can 
be resized using a fairly speedy 
process. If colour Wysiwyg mode is 
selected the screen is redrawn a 
couple of times, slowing affairs 
down a tad. The Rotation tool 
allows faultless rotations to 
take place about a point. 

► 



A bitmap imported from a fractal scenery generator 


Default 
display 
mode is 
interlaced, 
so either 
change it 
pronto or 
don the 
Polaroids 
to cut 
down the 
painful 
flicker 


The right-hand side of the screen contains all the tools and gadgets 


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Eight-directional scrolling over a detailed cityscape 
Stereo music score and digitised speech 


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■GRAPHICS! 


◄ 

If there are many points - as in a font 
character - the process is irritatingly, 
though understandably, slow. 

By far the most powerful editing 
tool is Distortion. A selected group of 
objects is enclosed in a rectangle, 
which can be stretched and bent as 
much as you want. A gentle touch of 
the spacebar sets the Distort algorithm 
churning into motion. Depending on 
what mode you’re using, whether 
there’s a bitmap template visible and 
the number and complexity of the 
objects, this process can be almost 
instant or can take two to three 
minutes. This is bad if you decide 
that you need to tweak it a bit more - 
another two-minute wait ensues. 

The manual makes no mention of 
the amount of calculation that is 
going on in every edit. A little 
paragraph would certainly not go 
amiss to the effect that the user might 
be a little more sympathetic to the 
developer’s plight. But ProDraw is 
touted as a professional package, and 
in that respect should live up to it. 
Even moving the Null pointer - the 
basic system pointer - about the 
screen produces momentary Zzzzs. 

ProDraw needs its manual since so 
many of the commands are not 
immediately obvious. There is a good 
tutorial section and a very good 
condensed reference section in the 
back for advanced users who can’t 
quite remember how to access the 
more obscure commands. Most of the 
menu bar commands can be accessed 
using Ctrl + key or Alt+kev 
combinations, so muriphobes are well 
catered for. 

G RAPHICS packages may have 
all the features in the world but 
can be spoiled by an appalling front 
end. ProDraw uses the standard 
Intuition environment to a laudable 
degree and the manual gives a very 
good description of each of the tools 
and gadgets. It might take a couple of 
extended sessions to get it working 
properly, but all the cursing and 
head-scratching will be worthwhile. 

One thing a professional package 
should not do is Guru - sometimes 
ProDraw runs out of ram and gives a 
custom recoverable alert, sometimes it 
meditates for no adequately explained 
reason. 

A major crime in the manual is that 
it doesn’t tell you about the online 
context sensitive help. This function, 


PROFESSIONAL 

DRAW 



GOLD DISK 


The Text tool can produce Times and Uni vers from 24 up to 144 point 


accessed via the Help key, will 
produce a useful screen of the options 
currently open to the user and a brief 
summary of what each does. You’ll 
still need the manual, but it will save 
shifting the pile of floppies which 
forms over every open computer 
manual. 

Will ProDraw allow the artistically 
inept to produce fabulous pictures? 
The short answer has to be no. In the 
same way a word processor does not 
instantly bestow on the user the 
literary skills of a great author, 
ProDraw won’t put you in the 
Salvador Dali league. 

The program has extensive support 
for clip art. Unfortunately only three 



This dump was produced 
by a 24 pin Epson LQ-500 


clips come with the package, so 
unless Gold Disk produces some clip 
art discs, it’s build-your-own time. 

This is easy enough to do, but a little 
more help would be appreciated. 
Friends could be won and people 
influenced if Gold Disk expanded 
this, and the fonts, section. 

ProDraw’s most notable feature - 
and the one which will sell it - is that 
all illustrations are saved in 
Encapsulated PostScript Format 
(EPSF). Many “real” publishing 
programs talk EPSF, such as Aldus 
Pagemaker and Xerox Ventura 
Publisher, neither of which have hit 
the Amiga. PostScript handles colour 
separation if your printer can, but it 
will be of more use to those with a 
phototypesetter. 

Colours can be described using rgb 
values or by yellow magenta cyan 
(ymc, as used in printing) which can 
either appear as a close 
approximation of rgb or can be set to 
the user’s preference. This allows 
colours which are similar to be 
discernably different on the screen. 
Little touches like this show that 
useful research went into the 
planning. 

If a printer can produce graphics, 
ProDraw will probably support it. It 
has the full complement of 
Preferences 1.3 printer drivers plus all 

► 


August 1909 AMIGA COMPUTING 73 


■GRAPHICS! 


◄ 

the smoothing and dithering 
parameters. Since my Linotronic 300 
with raster processor and furry dice is 
in for repair (cough) I had to make do 
with my trusted though not altogether 
fast Amstrad DMP2000 Epson 
compatible. 

Results were as good as can be 
expected, and it certainly didn’t hang 
around. This speed increase is 
effected by ProDraw splitting the 
image into horizontal strips, 
translating from objects to bitmaps 
and outputting the results via a 
standard driver. The only slight glitch 
here is that ProDraw doesn’t always 
calculate the number of strips 
correctly. So if it says five strips, 
sometimes it really means six. This in 
no way impairs the output, but is a 
little disconcerting. 


T HERE is nothing in the package 
that doesn’t work in the way 
that Gold Disk meant, it’s just that 
some of them are unbearably slow. If 


I was very forgiving I’d put all 
ProDraw’s faults down to the fact that 
the copy reviewed here is vl.O. Gold 
Disk claims unlimited telephone 
support and a newsletter, but the 
economics of supplying them from 
Ontario to the UK are likely to shy 
away all but very rich people. 

The program would certainly 
benefit from at least two or three 
megabytes of ram and possibly a co- 
processor to speed up calculations. 
Currently it runs at well under the 
speed of the behemoth AutoCAD on 
the utterly pedestrian PC. Those who 
know how quickly AutoCAD redraws 
the screen will feel a homecoming 
with ProDraw. 

It will happily import and export 
pages from and to Gold Disk’s 
ProPage, but only versions greater 
than or equal to 1.2 because earlier 
ones don’t support EPSF. The Amiga 
has yet to gain full acceptance with 
the DTP crowd, who currently seem 
rather besotted with Macs. 

With a bit of a rewrite to increase 
the speed, and some more fonts, this 
package could become a serious 


contender and really merit its 
“Professional” title. In its current 
form, despite the relatively low price, 
ProDraw is just too slow. 


REPORT CARD 


Professional Draw 
HB Marketing 
£139.95 

EASE OF USE I I I I 1 I I M I I I I I I I 

Good results need practice and lots of 
thumbing the manual. Handy online 
help. Capable of professional quality 
colour separations. 

SPEED [Hi l l ! I 1 I I 11 I II 

Bring a pillow and a good book, 
translations can take several minutes. 

value miTmimirn 

Worth it if you need high quality 
output often, but too costly for the 
occasional flvposter. Perhaps a little 
cavalier with ram. 


OVERALL 64% 


Professional by name and by output 
quality. Rewarding to use, but the 
irrational snooze periods will annoy all 
but the very' patient. 



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February 1989 issue 


Shoot-em-up construction kit. New series on Basic and 
machine code. Digita's Mailshot takes the pain out of 
postage. Datel sampler sounds off, but a magic box will 
make the Amiga sound much better. E-type - the typewriter 
emulator - filed under WPB. A cheap but great modem from 
Amstrad. K-Gadget - programmers’ friend or fiend? Best 
Amiga toy yet - the Microtext teletext adaptor. 


March 1989 


Hisoft Basic Compiler undergoes a speed trial. Deluxe Print 
shows its colours. A listing in C to scan a disc for IFF 
pictures. Dragon's Lair review and play tips. Programming 
functions in Basic. What went on at the Developers' 
Conference in Germany. Max the Hacks shows how to win at 
Rocket Ranger, Roger Rabbit, Out Run and Elite. Jez San 
puts the official Commodore speed-up board through its 
paces. 


April 1989 issue 


Big Screen Hero - we can't take our eyes off the monitor 
with a 1008 x 1008 resolution. Triangle TV, the company 
which married the Amiga to commercial video, tells its tale. 
Gen up on genlocks - we look at the four main contenders. 


Superplan, the businessman's menage-a-trois flexes its 
muscles. Zoetrope, animation at a price. Amigas by accident 
- we meet the Burocare think-tank. 


May 1989 issue 


Gold Disk's MovieSetter - cartoon capers on-screen. GFA 
Basic roasted, The Amiga Show in the Big Apple. Prettier 
icons with Icon Paint. Opus-1 plays specialist music. Learn 
how to use functions from Basic and the Move command 
from machine code. Sam Littlewood looks at the different 
forms of ray tracing and rendering. TR Sketch dragged to the 
trashcan. WordPerfect Library fares a little better. Plus a 
mega collection of games including the earth-shattering 
Populous and the truly cosmic Cosmic Pirate. 


June 1989 issue 


July 1989 issue 


Exclusive review of Commodore A590. X-Cad designer, the 
Amiga program which leaves AutoCad in the Shade. 
Pagestream - quality DTP on a low budget. Essential tips on 
how to make more room on your Workbench disc. Musical 
scores ten out of ten with Dr. T's Copyist Professional. 
Teaching is more important than Education, a look at 
Amiga's in schools. Plus a packed games review section. 


Deluxe Paint III - the number one art program gets better 
with animation. Scorpion heads up the games. The 
Aprodraw graphics tablet, using lines from Basic. Sculpt- 
Animate 4D reviewed - a bargain at £400? The best of the 
Public Domain and the CMI processor accelerator run 
through its paces at 14MHz. 


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76 AMIGA COMPUTING August 198!) 









■VIRUSES! 


T HERE have been many 

important landmarks in the 
development of computers. Apart 
from the obvious ones like the 
invention of the transistor and silicon 
chip, there is the modem, the hard 
drive, the high level language 
compiler, the multi-tasking operating 
system and the virus. 

The amazing thing about the virus 
is that it is a program which can 
operate and duplicate itself without 
the consent of the user - a major step 


which doesn’t do anything much 
except pass control back to 
AmigaDos. The SCA virus hides itself 
in memory in such a way that it can 
survive Ctrl+Amiga+Amiga. When 
this happens it puts a copy of itself on 
the disc you reboot from, so it can 
spread slowly but surely through 
your floppy collection. 

Since the virus causes no damage, 
you might never know about it if a 
message didn’t come up after every 
16 reboots. The exception to this is if 


none of the above deficiencies. The 
only way to kill it is to turn the power 
off and on again. This is bad for the 
Amiga’s electronics, but extreme 
measures are needed here. Leave the 
machine to cool off for about 20 
seconds before turning it back on, 
boot from a guaranteed clean disc 
and Install every infected disc. 

Like many modern viruses, Byte 
Bandit causes deliberate damage. 
When it first came out I instigated a 
policy of inspecting the boot block of 
every disc I got, looking for 
suspicious text. 

About a week ago a virus got past 
my defences and infected five discs 
before I noticed it interfering with the 
system’s operation. I tracked it down, 
disassembled it and named it the YH 
virus after one of the intelligible 
pieces of Ascii in its code. 

Everyone else seems to be calling it 
the DASA virus after the other piece 
of intelligible Ascii in its code. OK, 
now I know that DASA and YH are 
suspicious text, but this sort of thing 
renders the old technique ineffective. 


Something 

wonderful 


has happened... 


When this message appears on an Amiga's 
monitor you know that the virus epidemic 
has infected you too. Russell Wallace 
traces its history and dissassembles the 
mystery within the micro 


towards independent computer 
systems. Of course, the purpose of 
this article is not to extol the virtue of 
viruses, it’s to tell you how they work 
and how to make sure they don’t on 
your system. 

The SCA virus was the first to 
appear on the Amiga, indeed among 
the first to appear anywhere. It is 
located on the boot block - sectors 0 
and 1 of a disc - containing up to lk 
of code which is executed on boot-up 
before the Amiga does anything else, 
including execute the Startup- 
Sequence. 

The boot block isn’t really of much 
practical use except for copy 
protection systems, but it’s a great 
hiding place for viruses. 

When you Install a disc you write 
some standard code to this block 


the virus overwrites boot code that is 
being used for something like loading 
a game, which will make the disc 
unusable. 

The SCA virus is pretty feeble by 
today’s standards. It deliberately 
announces its presence and it only 
infects discs you boot from rather 
than every disc you put in the drive. 
Even when it’s in memory and has 
control of the Amiga, it does nothing 
to stop you inspecting discs and 
killing the copies of it you find. 

It can even be vaccinated against by 
SCA Protector, a program which puts 
a fragment of the virus code on the 
boot block to make SCA think the 
disc is already infected so it will not 
write itself to it. 

The Byte Bandit virus is the next 
step up the evolutionary ladder. It has 


So what can you do? 

Nowadays you should examine the 
boot block with a sector editor - there 
are many in the public domain and I 
use SmartDisk. If the boot block 
corresponds byte for byte with an 
Installed disc - check the first 40 
bytes and ignore the checksum in the 
second group of four - it’s OK. If it’s 
a recognisable virus take appropriate 
action. Otherwise boot it. If 
something like a title screen appears 
before or instead of the standard CLI 
window, it’s probably OK, the strange 
boot code is doing something other 
than infecting your system. 

If the CLI window comes up, the 
disc is suspect. Remove it from the 
drive, turn the power off and on 
again, boot up AmigaDos and sterilise 
the sick disc with the Install 
command. To avoid risk of a virus 
getting past your defences and 
infecting your CLI discs, have one 
disc that you never put in any drive 
except to boot up after power on. I 
use my original Workbench disc for 
this. A virus killer such as VirusX 

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■VIRUSES* 


◄ 

will provide further protection. 

There have been rumours of boot 
block viruses that can survive Install 
and viruses that can live on in the 
battery backed-up clock, even with 
the power off. I can assure you that 
this is theoretically impossible. To he 
executed on boot-up, a virus has to 
have some code in the first 40 bytes 
of the boot block, and these 40 bytes 
are erased by Install. And the Amiga 
never looks for executable code in the 
clock. 

T HE method I have outlined will 
provide a virtually invulnerable 
defence against boot block viruses. So 
what other kind are there on the 
Amiga? Until recently there were 
none. Then came IRQ. 

This stands out from the crowd in 
that it is not found in the hoot block. 
Instead it attaches itself to executable 
programs, one of its prime targets 
being commands in your C directory. 
You download or otherwise acquire 


a new program which happens to be 
infected. You execute this program. 
The virus then attaches itself to 
memory by taking over a machine 
code vector. You run a program 
which, unbeknown to you, uses that 
vector. 

IRQ opens your Startup-Sequence, 
picks the first filename it sees in it, 
sees if it’s executable and, if it is, 
writes itself into that file. If the file is 
not executable, the virus will try to 
write to the Dir command file on that 
disc. 

IRQ is mostly a harmless joke. It 
changes the title bar of the initial CLI 
window when you boot and it will try 
to write to any disc inserted, thus 
bringing up the Volume whatever is 
write protected requester whenever 
you insert a write protected disc. It 
will not kill commercial programs, it 
doesn’t attack anything, it doesn’t do 
anything malicious. It’s not nice to 
have around, but it’s certainly better 
than a rash of Byte Bandit. 

Versions of VirusX 3.0 and greater 
will deal with IRQ and, funnily 
enough, this virus will not work 


under Kickstart 1.3 - you will get 
Software Error requesters whenever 
you run an infected program. Another 
public domain program called KV - 
for KillVirus - will check a whole 
directory’s worth of files for this 
specific virus. 

Viruses like IRQ present a deadly 
threat to computer owners, 
particularly as hard discs are 
becoming more widespread. Some 
will gradually destroy data over many 
weeks so that by the time you’ve 
detected the cause of the damage 
hardly any of your files are intact, 
backups included. 

The most important protection 
against viruses is paranoia. Inspecting 
and sterilising discs should be 
automatic, pot something ever to be 
forgotten. 

Always think of an unknown disc 
as a possible threat. This is the most 
important computer game of all. It’s 
great fun killing viruses, and even 
more fun taking them alive and 
disassembling them. But the stake 
isn’t a little blip at the bottom of the 
screen, it’s your software and data. 



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Creating 

a model 
u n i verse 

Forget the bikinis and bathing bimbos, 
Alastair Scott shows you that with 
AmigaBasic you can watch heavenly bodies 
which are out of this world 


M OST people think of Galileo 
as the inventor of the 
telescope, however it was invented in 
1608 by a Dutchman, Hans 
Lippershey. 

Exactly 100 years later history was 
equally unfair to George Graham, the 
inventor of an ingenious machine 
which displayed the motions of the 
planets around the Sun with correct 
velocities and periods of revolution. 

Four years later John Rowley built a 
similar device for his patron Charles 
Boyle, Forth Earl of Cork and Orrery, 
who took no part in its design or 
construction. It was eventually named 
after him. 

This program simulates an orrery 
by using the laws of celestial 
dynamics. Given six variables which 
define the size, shape and orientation 
of a planetary orbit, these laws give 
the position of the planet relative to 
the Sun for any time you choose, 
taking just a few program lines to do 
so. You need to enter three pieces of 
information to get started - the three 


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steps to heaven if you will: 

• Due to the huge spread of sizes of 
their orbits, all nine planets cannot be 
displayed onscreen at once. Pressing I 
displays the inner planets - Mercury, 
Venus, Earth and Mars. Pressing O 
displays the outer planets - Jupiter, 
Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. 

• The date is typed in in the form 
dd,mm,yyyy. For example: 15,6,1989. 

• The planets are displayed using 
“snapshots” separated by the step 
time. Use values of 3 to 10 days for 
the inner planets and anything more 
than 50 days for the outer planets. 

Once these parameters are entered 
the screen clears, the Sun is drawn in 
the centre of the screen and the 
planets begin their gravitational waltz, 
which only ends when you press the 
Escape key. 

A small diagram of Earth’s position 
relative to the Sun appears 
simultaneously at the top left of the 
screen - useful for when you are 
studying the outer planets. The 
current date is continuously updated, 
it appears in red at the top right of the 
screen. 

Holding down the left mouse 
button displays a window with the 
name of each planet visible, its 
angular displacement and its distance 
from the Sun in astronomical units: 
One astronomical unit (AU) is the 
average radius of the Earth’s orbit, or 
roughly 93 million miles. Releasing 
the button removes the window and 
lets the show go on. Finally, Right- 
Amiga-S freezes the program until 
you press another key, and Right 
Amiga-fullstop returns you to 
AmigaBasic. 

S TUDY the planets’ motion for 
any appreciable amount of time 
and you will see many interesting 
features, the swifter inner planets 
overtaking the slower outer ones, the 
elliptical rather than circular shape of 
most orbits, particularly in the case of 
Mercury and Pluto and Pluto crossing 
and re-crossing Neptune’s orbit. Try 
dates around 1999 for an example. 

You can find the times when 
planets will be easily visible from 
Earth or lost in the Sun’s glare, where 
the planets were when Aunt Madge 
and Galileo were born and when the 
planets are all in a line so you can 
hide in the coal bunker before 
Armageddon comes. And so on. 


My main programming problem 
was how to display the planets 
without making you have to type in a 
gigantic program or causing the 
crashes AmigaBasic is prone to. 
Calculating the planets’ positions is 
easy, and the program is quite simple 
in structure. One unexpected problem 
was that there is no built-in constant 
PI, unlike most other Basics, so I 
defined the variable pi=4*ATN(t) as 
an exact equivalent in the Params 
subroutine. 

I ruled out bobs and sprites. There 
are nine planets, and typing in line 
after line of numbers representing 
each graphic would not be very 
appealing. Anyway, Orrery uses 16 
colours in lo-res, whereas 
ObjectEditor uses four colour med-res 
and is meant for graphics much larger 
than the ones I needed. 

I thought about using GET and PUT 
to pick up and display the graphics. 
This seemed quite promising because 
these commands are fast and give 
smooth animation. But they are 
poorly error-trapped. A typing 
mistake resulting in PUT being used 
with a non-existent array or a position 
off the screen would mean a Guru. 

My chosen method is the most 
satisfactory and needs the least 
typing. The subroutine Put. planet 
draws a small filled circle of 
appropriate size and colour to 
represent the planet and adds a few 
details - continents for Earth, the 
Great Red Spot on Jupiter and a white 
ring for Saturn. It also stores the 
screen coordinates of the image in the 


arrays qx() and qy(). On the next pass 
of the program the planets’ new 
coordinates are calculated in px() and 

py()- 

Immediately before the new image 
is drawn, subroutine Clear. planet 
wipes the old one by drawing a black 
box over it. As there are no 
calculations between these two steps, 
the movement appears reasonably 
smooth. 

Why not wipe the image simply by 
redrawing it in black, you may ask. 
Well, the Amiga’s CIRCLE command 
is slow - you can see the separation 
between unfilled and filled circles 
even with the small ones used in the 
program - but drawing a box, filled 
or unfilled, is extremely fast. 

L OOK at subroutine Small. It 
draws the Earth-Sun picture 
using only three boxes - two for the 
bodies, preceded by a black one 
which completely wipes the previous 
picture. It is so fast there is not the 
slightest trace of Bicker, despite the 
crude method of clearing the area. 

It may seem awkward not being 
able to use lots of sprites and fancy 
redefined character sets when writing 
a program for someone else to type 
in. However, circles, lines, boxes, 
points, patterns, areas and ingenuity 
will serve you well. 

There was no need to use fancy 
manipulations of mouse and menu 
bar because there are not enough 

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■ PROGRAMMING! 


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inputs or actions while the program is 
running to make the several k of extra 
programming - and subsequent 
typing in - worthwhile. If there were 


provisions in AmigaBasic for gadgets 
and input fields without resorting to 
libraries (curse you, Microsoft) the 
program could have looked more 
professional. 

Windows are useful though: 


WINDOW 1 is the main one and 
WINDOW 2 is the smaller one which 
displays the orbit parameters. It 
vanishes without disrupting the area 
it overprints. How many other Basics 
could do that? 


' The Model Universe 
’ By Alastair Scott 
' ( c ) 1989 Amiga Computing 

Start: 

SCREEN 1 ,320, 200,4,1 : WINDOW 1 , “Orrery”, ,30,1 

OEFINT x-z:DEFDBL a-v 

DEF FNrange (k)=k-360*INT(k/360) 

PALETTE 0,0,0,0:PALETTE 1 , . 5 , . 5 , . 5 : PALETTE 2,0,0, 1 
PALETTE 3,0,.72,.88:PALETTE 4 ,0 , . 5 6 , . 2 : PA LETT E 5,0, .8,0 
PALETTE 6,1 ,0,0:PALETTE 7, 1 , 1 ,0 : PALETTE 8,1, .52,0 
PALETTE 9,1 , 1 ,1 : PA LET T E 10, .7, .7, .7 
GOSUB Parans 

FOR phi =0 TO 2*pi STEP pi/6 
LINE ( 150,92) -( 150+4*COS( phi ) ,92+4*$ IN( phi ) ) ,7 
NEXT phi 

COLOR 2: LOCATE 8,2 : PR I NT^Ea r t h" 

COLOR 10: LOCATE 23,1 

PRINT’Press button for data or Esc to restart"; 
LINE(10,10)-(50,50) ,2,b 
WHILE INKEY$oCHR$(27) 

FOR z = Lo TO hi 
ecc=e It (z,4) 

an1=FNrange (.985647332#* julday/e It (z,D) 
an2=radian*(an1+elt (z,2)-elt(z,3)) 
psi=FNrange(an1+elt (z,2)+twodeg*ecc*SIN(an2) ) 
phi=radian*(psi-elt(z,3)) 
rad=elt(z,5)*(1-ecc*ecc)/(1 + ecc*C0$(phi )) 
rad(z)=rad 
psi (z)=psi 

px(z)=150+scale*rad*CO$(psi*radian) 
py (z) =92-s ca le*rad*S I N( psi* radian) 

NEXT z 

GOSUB OaterGOSUB SmaLlrIF MOUSE(0)THEN GOSUB Info 
FOR z=lo TO hi : GOSUB Clear. pLanet :G0SUB Put .planet :NEXT z 
j u Ida y= julday+stime: juli an= julian+stime 
WEND 
RUN 

Small: 

anl = FNrange ( .985637094#* julday) 

an2= r ad i an* ( an 1 -3. 76286301#) 

phi = FNrange (anl +98. 83354+ twodeg*. 01 671 8*S IN ( an2 ) ) 

LINE(11,11)-(49,49),0,bf:LINE(29,29)-(31,31),7,bf 

LINE(30+16*COS(phi*radian),30-16*SIN(phi*radian))-STEP(1,1),4,bf 

RETURN 

Info: 

WINDOW 2, ’Information", (20, 40) -(210, 90) ,16,1 
FOR a=lo TO hi 
COLOR 10 

template!** \ V ###"+CHR$( 1 76)+" ##.##AU” 

PRINT USING template$;planet$(a),psi (a),rad(a) 

NEXT a 

WHILE MOUSE ( 0 ) : WEND : WINDOW CLOSE 2 : RETURN 

Put. planet: 
x=px(z) :y=py(z) 

CIRCLE(x,y),cir(z) / col(z),,,1 :PAINT(x,y),col(z) 

IF z=3 THEN GOSUB Earth 

IF z=5 THEN GOSUB Jupiter 

IF z=6 THEN GOSUB Saturn 

qx(z)=x :qy(z)=y: RETURN 

Earth: 

LINE(x-1 ,y-1)-(x-1 ,y+1 ) ,4: LINE(x+1 ,y)-(x+1 ,y+1 ) ,4:RETURN 
Jupiter: 

LINE ( x-2,y+2) -( x-1 ,y+1 ) ,6,bf : RETURN 


Saturn: 

LINE(x-4,y)-(x+4,y) ,9: RETURN 
Clear. planet: 

x=qx(z) :y=qy(z) :LINE(x-4,y-4)-(x+4,y+4) ,0 ,bf : RETURN 
Params: 

RESTORE Planets 

FOR a=1 TO 9 : READ planet$(a) ,col (a) ,ci r (a) : NEXT a 

pi =4* ATN ( 1 ) : radian=pi / 180: twodeg=2/ radian 

COLOR 9:PRINT:PRINT SPC(6)”Inner or outer planets? *; 

plS=~ 

WHILE INSTR(’*I0’,pl$)<2:pl$=UCASE$(INPUT$(1)):WEND 
COLOR 6: PRINT plS 

COLOR 9 : PR I NT : PR I NT SPC(2)’Starting date ( DD ,MM, Y YYY ) *; 

COLOR 6:INPUT”,day,Bonth,year 

COLOR 9 : PR I NT : PR I NT SPC(8)"Step time (days) 

COLOR 6:INPUr,stime 
planet=ABS(pl$=’D 
ON planet+1 GOSUB Outer, Inner 
yr=year :mo=month 

IF month<3 THEN y r=y r-1 : mo=mo+ 1 2 

a=yr\100:b = 2-a+a\4: c=INT (365 - 25*y r) : d= I NT ( 30 . 600 1 * (mo+ 1 ) ) 
juli an=b+c+d+day+ 1720994. 5#: julday= juli an-2444238. 5^ 

C LS : RETURN 

Outer: 

lo=5: hi =9: sea le=2: RESTORE Outer. data :G0SUB Get .data : RETURN 
Inner: 

lo=1 : hi =4: seal e=50: RESTORE Inner. data:GOSUB Ge t . da t a : RETURN 
Get. data: 

FOR a = lo TO hi : FOR b=1 TO 5 : READ elt(a,b) : N EXT b , a : RETURN 
Date: 

f = 1 NT ( julian+.5) 

IF f<2299161& THEN 
a=f 
ELSE 

g=INT((f-1867216.25#)/36524.25):a=f+1+g-g\4 
END IF 
b=a+1 524 

c=INT((b-122.1)/365.25) 

d=INT (365 . 25*c) 

e=INT((b-d)/30.6001) 

day=b-d-INT(30.6001*e)+julian-f 

IF e>13.5 THEN month=e-13 ELSE month=e-1 

IF c<2.5 THEN year=c-4715 ELSE year=c-4716 

IF »onth<3 THEN year=year+1 

month$=MID$(ManFebMarAprHayJunJulAugSep0ctNovDec r ,fflonth*3-2,3) 
COLOR 6: LOCATE 2,28:PRINT USING’## & ####’;day, months, year 
RETURN 

Inner. data: 

DATA .24085, 231. 2973, 77. 1442128,. 2056306,. 3870986 
DATA .61521, 355. 73352, 131. 2895792,. 0067826,. 7233316 
DATA 1 .00004,98.83354,102.596043, .016718,1 
DATA 1.88089, 126. 30783,335. 6908166,. 0933865, 1.5236883 

Outer. data: 

DATA 11. 86224, 146. 966365, 14. 0095493,. 0484658, 5. 202561 
DATA 29. 45771, 165. 322242, 92. 6653974,. 0556155, 9. 554747 
DATA 84. 01247, 228. 0708551, 172. 7363288,. 0463232, 19. 21814 
DATA 164. 79558, 260. 3578998, 47. 86721 48,. 0090021, 30. 10957 
DATA 247. 691, 209. 439, 223. 5224,. 2502, 39. 409 

Planets: 

DATA Mercury, 9,1, Venus, 7, 2, Earth, 2, 2, Mars, 8, 2, Jupiter, 7, 3 
DATA Saturn/M/Uranus^^Neptune/S^/Pluto^l 


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ONCE DRAWN A PICTURF 
CAN BF CHANGED IN 
HEIGHT. WIDTH A COLOUR 


LINK TEXT BOXES TO 
CHARACTERS AND ALLOW 
MULTIPLE CHOICES IN I HE 
BOXES 


OVER 100 COMMANDS ARE 
AVAILABLE FROM THE 
DEVELOPMENT MENUS 




POSITION A CHARACTER BY 
SIMPl Y CLICKING A DRAG- 
GING WITH IHF MOUSE 






AND CAN APPEAR MANY 
TIMES OS MULTIPLE PAGES 




ATARI ST 





THE INTERACTIVE PROGRAM CREATOR 


WHAT IS IT? 

Talcspin is a package which allows the collecting together of drawings, texts and 
sounds onto a series of pages together to form an interactive story, guide or textbook, 
which is read purely by clicking the mouse on the drawings or texts. Variables may be 
used to control the flow of narrative or record progress made. Talespin itself is entirely 
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CREATE YOUR OWN COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS 
Once you’ve finished developing your program whether it’s an adventure, an 
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COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL 
The manual comes as a complete Tutorial with a scaled down version of “The Grail” 
adventure and also a comprehensive reference guide. 

TALESPIN COMMANDS AVAILABLE 

‘choose; create title ‘Save position ‘load position ‘ Select driver/ folder ‘auto start 
‘demo program ‘help ‘ drawing define ‘page define *sound define ‘ variable define 
‘turn to another page *add drawing to page ‘ modify palette ‘ select background 
colour ‘Page entry options ‘ List conditions ‘list; set variables ‘move drawing ‘swap 
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wheels before leaving base by using 
the Check Car command. And if you 
are attacked by bikers use the 
nightstick which is inside the car. 
Thanks, Stephen. 

At the end of his letter Stephen says 
he is having trouble with Guild of 
Thieves, so it is lucky that Darren Self 
has written in from Berkshire with 
some tips. 0,ne of Stephen’s problems 
is crossing the coloured squares. The 
solution is to follow the rainbow 
backwards - violet, indigo, blue, 
green, yellow, orange, red. Thanks a 
bundle Darren, Mr Postie will be 
bringing you a present. 


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very special but difficult game, 
which has won the hearts of all at 
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from attract mode, hold down Help 
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F10 from attract mode for the controls 
page and type SCRAP 28. The single 
space between P and 2 is important. 
The screen will flash once. You now 
have infinite lives. 

Pressing Fl-FlO will slow the game 
down from normal (Fl) to a crawl 
(F10). Pressing 1 to - (minus) lets you 
jump levels. 

Scorpion was the rave game in the 


S OMEONE with his own 

keyboard steroids is Stephen 
Walker from Basingstoke. He is so 
good at Police Quest it’s criminal. 
Stephen says all the telephone 
numbers you should need during the 
game are 555-6674 for Lt Morgan and 
555-9222 for the taxi firm you need to 
get rid of Sweety in the hotel room. 
Pressing 0 on the phone in the hotel 
gets two more useful numbers. 
Stephen also says that after talking 


Max the Hacks, the 
man who is so good 
at games he can play 
I Spy with his eyes 
shut, shows you how 
to be as good as he is 

to the hotel barman you should say 
“gamble” to get further in the game. 
When you join the first poker game 
don’t quit. Try to win by getting more 
than Si, 000. In the second game it is 
harder to win, so just play 40 hands 
without running out of money. 

When asked if you talk business 
answer “yes” and follow the man up 
to the top floor. Before entering the 
apartment use Ctrl-D to call your 
backup. Always check the car’s 



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Arr. Max lad . . . 


June issue. It may be good, it may 
have great sound and sprites but the 
regular quota of lives just isn’t 
enough. To get lots more lives (about 
eight I think), type INPORTLIGAT 
into the high score table. There are 
other things you can type in. CRL is 
one, Clement is another. Try them for 
a laugh. 


Lords the 
hard wav 


R EADERS who took the editor’s 
advice last month and stopped 
eating so they could afford a 
Commodore hard drive are probably 
looking for some games to put on to 
it. They are also probably very 
hungry. Ian Mackenzie from page 93 
of my London A to Z has some advice 
for them. 

Since you can’t eat Cinemaware’s 
Lords of the Rising Sun, however 
yummy the graphics are, you can put 
it on the hard drive, despite the 
message from Mirrorsoft saying you 
can’t. Make a directory for the 
program and call it “Lords”. 

Using CLI, copy all the files using 
the line copy dfO: dhOdords all. Do 
this for both discs. Then edit your 
Startup-Sequence file to include the 
lines assign RisingSunl: dhOdords 
and assign RisingSun2: dhOdords. 

Then whenever you want to run the 
program make sure disc 1 is in the 
floppy drive and type run Main. The 
game needs the floppy for the disc 
protection, but actually loads off the 
hard drive. 

Baal is not what one sheep said to 
another, but the name of a game from 
Psyclapse. Jerome Sanders from the 
Netherlands has sent in some tips and 
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You will find things 
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24-04, 48-02, 48-65 
and 48-65 which 
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far. Make a stop at 17-28 or 36-28 and 
take a new power cartridge before 
you continue to 48-65. When there are 
two cartridges leave one behind at the 
first visit. 

Level 2 has fewer stopping points, 
but often more than one object per 
location. Hop through these. 12-16, 
30-32, 24-00 and 12-53 are the resting 
place of weapon number 4 and the 
exit to level 3 and the battle with 
Baal. 

You don’t have to go to all the 
places in this order, but on level 1 it 
is wise to get weapon 3 as soon as 
possible. The best approach to level 2 
is to go to 12-53 twice, once to get 
weapon 4 at the first opportunity and 
then again when you’ve picked 
everything up and are ready for Baal. 

Finally Esther, some solutions to 
trick shots from Firebird’s Maltese Joe 
Plays 3D Pool. Shot 1: 0768 024 63 
10. Shot 2:1002 041 63 09. Shot 


ARCHER likes to send messages to 
people he knows in his games. 

You can read them if you know 
what to type. Some codes change 
what is happening, but don’t swear 
twice or the program will reset. 

Just type them in. 

FISH, BIRD, PAC, and PERI make 
different things happen. 

SLAN produces a line of slanted 
text. 

FAST speeds up the music while 
you hold down the letter T. 

FILT turns the music filter on. 

3:0032 100 63 00. Shot 4:0962 024 63 
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it. OK, Orlando? 

That’s all for this month, I’m off to 
wax my joystick ready for next 


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TITL jumps back to the title 
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FREZ will freeze the game. Great 
for screen shots. 

GERM changes all the messages to 
German. 

UK turns them back into English. 
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JUMP is an advertisement for 
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WHY cannot consent be given for 
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return for a royalty fee covering 
programming costs? 

This would give each copy the legal 
status of an original in terms of 
copyright and enable those who wish 
to pay for the use of the software, but 
cannot afford the overheads of 
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copying and advertising, to do so. 

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like a program you will send the 
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Next move? 

MY interests lie in the field of art and 
animation. At present I have Deluxe 
Video and Deluxe Paint II and am 
contemplating buying 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 
A501 memory extension, a dual 3.5in 
second/third disc drive, a single 
floppy drive or upgrade completely to 
a more powerful machine, such as an 
A2000? 

Marcus Barrett, 
Somerset. 

We would go for Deluxe Paint III as 
an animation package. If you have 
DPaint II it is a cheap upgrade (£30), 
and very easy to use. You will need at 
least 1 meg of ram, preferably more if 
you want to produce a decent 
animation. 

A second drive of some sort is a 
must and for these reasons go for the 
Commodore A590 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. 


Leaving home ain’t easy 

WOULD it be possible to connect the 
Plotmate A3M plotter I am using with 
an Archimedes in school for GCSE 
technical drawing to my Amiga A500 
for use with programs such as Aegis 
Draw 2000? 

A friend is planning to buy an 
Amiga A500 but is moving to Canada 
soon. I know that the PAL and NTSC 
systems are different, but would 
buying a Commodore hi-res monitor 
solve the problem of running 
European software on an American 
machine, or would it be pointless 
buying any software here before 
moving to Canada? 

R.S. Jones, 
Gwynedd. 

There should be no problem using 
the plotter with your Amiga and 
Draw 2000. Have a look at X-Cad 
Designer. 

Some programs are deliberately 
Tixed so that they will only work on a 
PAL or NTSC system, not both. 
Buying a Commodore monitor will 
not solve the problem. 

The best solution is for your friend 
to wait until he gets to Canada and 
buy everything out there. Check any 
software bought here carefully. 


Sounds better 

ONE small piece of knowledge has 
escaped the entire Amiga population. 
The Amiga possesses an audio filter. 
This amazing piece of hardware can 
be switched off unless you have an 
A1000 and you get all your treble 
back. It is very simple to do, and can 
be achieved by the following machine 
code instructions: 

9SET #$H,SbfeH1 Power light off, filter off or... 
BCLR *$l1,$bfel01 Power light on, Filter on. or... 
BCH6 *SL,$bfefl0i Toggle state of filter 

Will all software developers please 
take note. 

Please plug my bulletin board: If 
the line isn’t dead and I haven’t been 


cut off, you can call it on 0362 
698867. It runs on a Beeb at the 
moment, but I have almost finished a 
new package written in 68000 for the 
Amiga. 

One last point. Our group (The 
TMB Dev.Corp) is currently working 
on a new game for the Amiga. We 
need original music rather 
desperately. If you think you can 
help, get in touch with us. 

Toby Simpson 
Spixworth, Norwich. 


Hi praise 

WELL, what can I say! I am 29 years 
old, and for a very long time now I 
have had an addiction for computer 
games. It is all very well being able to 
beat the highest score on the games in 
the pub, but when you come down to 
realise how much money you have 
spent at the end of the evening, it 
hurts. 

I very soon came to the opinion 
that the Amiga was by far the best 
value for money. I have read all the 
magazines that are going around for 
it. I am not creeping by saying this 
(oh yes you are - ed) but your 
magazine leaves all the others 
standing. 

Your games reviews could not be 
bettered; in fact I won’t buy a game 
unless I have heard what you have 
got to say about it in the first place. 
When you show screen shots they are 
very clear images. 

I bought my computer originally 
just to play games, and to save myself 
a lot of money. Because of your 
magazine, I am now interested in 
expanding my Amiga and learning 
how to program it myself. 

Now I can get down to why I 
originally started to write this letter. I 
am that enthralled by your magazine 
that I would like to be able to boast 
about having the full collection on my 
bookshelf. 

I have numbers 5,7,8,9,10,11 and 
would very much like to know if it is 
possible to obtain the copies I am 
missing. Also, do you supply a binder 
to keep them in mint condition? If so, 
please let me know the price as soon 


August 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 91 



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as possible, and I would forward a 
cheque straight away. 

Chris Maynard, 
New Milton, Hants. 

We suppose vou want a freebie? Well, 
it is nice to be appreciated. Back 
numbers and binders are available 
from the subscriptions department 
which is on 051-357 2961. Take out a 
sub to get the binder and a host of 
other goodies free. 

Talking windows 

PLAYING around with the Say 
command under Workbench, I have 
found it impossible to alter the pitch 
and speed of the computer’s voice. I 
have tried every possible combination 
of inputs in the phoneme window, all 
to no avail. The manual talks about 
changing all parameters together - 
but how? 

Mr P Ambrose, 
Southampton. 

The obvious thing to do when using 
Say by clicking on the icon is to type 
into the phoneme window the string 
you want to have read followed by 
the option. This is wrong on both 
counts. You should type the option 
followed by the string into the input 
window. Click it in first. 


Clickable scripts 

UNDERSTANDING CLI makes using 
the Amiga very much easier. I’ve 
written several batch files to do 
various tasks. To access them I have 
to go into CLI and Execute them. 

I thought it would be a good idea, 
however, to create an icon for the task 
and be able to run it from Workbench 
without needing to open CLI. 

Unfortunately, all I know how to do 
is edit an icon using ICONED, which 
is no good. Could you please supply 
me with a solution if one is available? 
Many thanks. 

Martin Lea, 
Lancs. 

Once again the solution is in the 
public domain. Get a copy of Fish 
disc 65 which contains the ICO NX 
program. This will help you create 
icons for all sorts of programs. 

Stop frame 

CONGRATULATIONS on such a 
superb magazine. The Amiga is a 
brilliant computer and deserves such 
support. The main thing I use my 
A500 for is art and design. I would be 



grateful if you could supply me with 
details on digitising pictures - video 
digitising and so on. I am most 
interested in this field and would 
welcome your response. 

C. Hoper, 
Portsmouth. 

DigiView Gold produces the best 
digitising results - a full colour image 
using filters. It costs £150 excluding 
the black and white camera. It is 
available from HB Marketing on 0895 
443333. DigiPic and SuperPic from 
Precision (01-330 7166) grab frames 
faster. DigiPic was reviewed in our 
June 1968 issue. 

Misleading adverts 

SURELY you check adverts before 
publishing them in your magazine, if 
so, why don’t you notice errors like 
“comes with Kickstart 1.5” What? 
Jumpstart 1.4 is around and available 
if you’re a registered developer, 1.5 is 
still “erm, we’re thinking about it”. 

It is either their name for their own 
product, if so it shouldn’t be allowed 
as it misleads people, or a typo - but 
the same error has appeared in two 
magazines. Just a tiny little bit of 
checking would eliminate that sort of 
thing. 

Martyn Oakley, 
Surrey. 

Ads are checked to make sure they 
are legal, decent, honest and truthful. 
They are not checked for stupidity. 
The editorial department and 
advertising departments work 
separately. This is good because it 
removes any likelihood of us saying 
that Wizzo Games' latest is also the 
greatest just because the ad 
department have their eyes on 
Wizzo s budget . 

Any company which advertises 
things it doesn't have hurts itself in 
the end by ruining its reputation. 

Only the best 

WHY review totally useless games? 
Please, in future, only review games 
that we want to buy. If it is a waste of 
disc space we don’t want to know. 
Why don’t you make a list of all the 
amazing games we ought to buy? 
Here’s a couple of mini reviews to 


start you off... 

POPULOUS: Brilliant. Everyone 
ought to have it. Granted, it’s ported, 
but that’s a small price to pay for 
such an addictive game. Takes on a 
whole new meaning when played 
over the serial port — friends become 
immortal enemies in seconds. 

But watch out, if the game gets 
mega-complex it collapses over the 
serial port and won’t continue. It 
seems that if your cable is high 
quality you may be OK. 

INTERCEPTOR: Classic. 

SUPER HANG ON: Amazing non- 
ported game. Great fun with the built- 
in cheat mode using the machine gun 
on the front. 

PACMANIA: Really shows off the 
Amiga’s abilities. For a real laugh 
play it next to the ST version. 

Good points... yes, there are some. 
The paper you print your magazine 
on is very nice. Most posh! Nice logo 
on the front, good use of colours. A 
sense of humour (I hope). 

No, really, your reviews are good, 
and on the whole accurate. The news 
pages are informative. In fact, apart 
from all the stuff above, the magazine 
is perfect! 

Matthew Likierman, 
London W8. 

Unless we review the naff games how 
do you know which ones they are? 
Besides, the evil reviews are the 
funniest to read. 


When is IFF not IFF? 

PLEASE advise me. I have Kindwords 
and while, I am happy with most 
aspects of the system, I am very 
disappointed with the graphics. 

The manual is quite straightforward 
in its instructions for using graphics. I 
will quote the relevant passage: 
"Kindwords allows you to insert 
graphics made by any program which 
saves pictures in IFF format. You may 
insert low res or medium res images". 

I use Photon Paint graphics which 
are IFF format. No matter what 
picture I try to insert - even just a 
simple black and white line drawing 
of a square, for example - the 
message; “Not IFF Format” appears 
on the screen. 

S. Palmer, 
Luton. 

Photon Paint only works with hi-res 
HAM images. Kindwords needs 
medium or low-res images. A word 
processing program which supported 
4,096 colour HAM mode would run 
too slowly to be useable. Have a look 
at one of the non-HAM art programs 
such as Deluxe Paint. 


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PUBLIC DOMAIN NEWS 


New Chiron Conceptions 

Chiron Conceptions are a great new collection of Public 
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Chiron Conceptions 
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CC16: Ray Tracing - create 
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CC33: Games & Demos - 
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CC35: AmigaBasic Progs - 
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CC49: Sound Digitizer 
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CC51: NASA Digi Pics - 
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Printer drivers are available for most printer types and the com- 
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Amiga PD Library 

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Amigatex 

98 

Amiga Users Group 

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Amtech Computing 

96 

Applied Research Kernel 

84 

Byteback 

31 

Calco Software 

27 

Castle Software 

60 

Cestrian Software 

97 

Club 68000 

42,43 

Computer Shopper Show 

5 

Computerstore 

97 

Database Educational Software 

47 

Dataplex 

75 

Datel Electronics 

12,13 

Digicom 

83 

Digita 

89 

Easyprint 

83 

Evesham Micro 

68 

First Micro 

19 

Gainstar 

80 

Gordon Harwood Computers 

36,37 

Mandarin Software 

54,63,72 

Maze Technology 

76 

MD Office Supplies 

56 

Memory Expansion Systems 

44 

Microdeal 

85 

MicroLink 

90 

Midland Microsoft 

59 

MJC Supplies 

46 

Palace Software 

100 

Postronix 

2,3 

Power Computing 

25,27 

Purple PD Software 

75 

Shield Computer Services 

98 

Silica Shop 

99 

S K Marketing 


Softsellers 


Sublogic Corporation 

78 

Sunderland Computer Centre 

62 

Trilogic 


Worldwide Software 

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Ikari Warriors 

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