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Peter GeresoJe cavorts with 
commands and finds lhat operating 
the Amiga can be easier inside 
Protext than from the CLL 


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DIGIPAINT v 
PHOTON 


They are both for touching up HAM 
artwork. Both programs offer many 
enhancements on the first edition, hut 
w r hich wins the paint battle? 



Two men and a Cray supercomputer 
produce the most amazing ray traced 
images, W r ho are they and what has 
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Master of the dead game, MTH 
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AMIGA SCENE 


Gong for the 
best game 

THE search is on to find the 
best Amiga game in Europe. 
It is part of a prestigious 
new series of awards linked 
to the European Computer 
Trade Show to he held at 
London's Business Design 
Centre from April 1 to 3 
next year. 

National competitions 
will be arranged with the 
winners of each going 
through to the final at ECTS 
90. Negotiations are under- 
way with key industry 
organisations in France* 
Germany* Spain* Italy* 
Scandinavia and through- 
out the UK to coordinate 
the awards on the lines of 
the Eurovision Song 
Contest. The 23 award cate- 
gories will be broken down 
into leisure, small business, 
trade and media sections. 
Judging will be by an inde- 
pendent panel of computer 
journalists from various 
countries. 

“What makes these award 
not only different but more 
important than any other is 
the fact that they are 
European”, said Michael 
Me a kin, joint managing 
director of the Europess 
Group and chairman of the 



Now clip art’s on the move 


WHY restrict yourself? Or 
so asks Robin Bilson of 
RGB Studios. Real Things 
is a new program which 
helps you learn how liv- 
ing things move. 

When you are taught to 
draw you learn how to 
look at things, to see how 
they reflect light and cast 


awards steering committee. 

“As such, they will bring 
all the elements that make 
up the leisure and small 
business sectors of the com- 
puter trade within the EC 
that much closer together so 
that we will all be ready to 


shadows. When you are 
taught to animate you 
learn how movement 
works. A horse's tail rises 
as the rump falls. 

While most of us are 
taught to draw in school* 
with varying degrees of 
success* most young ani- 
mators are held back. The 


take full advantage of 1992. 

"We see the European 
Computer Trade Awards as 
a natural extension to the 
European Computer Trade 
Show and are convinced 
they will achieve a similar 
status from year one 11 . 


Commodore marketing being restructured 


Does this headline sound 
familiar? We used it last 
September when Jeff Earl 
joined Commodore. Well 
in a bid to save money 
Amiga Computing can 
re-use the words. Because 
the Earl has been dis- 
robed. . or perhaps he was 
Just un suited. 

Officially he has left to 
'pursue his own inter- 
ests", In practice he has 
got the sa,. ouch! erm. in 
practice he left Lo pursue 
his own interests. 

Commodore, the com- 
pany famous for having 
more doors marked ’exit" 
than marked ’welcome", 
does not yet ask new 
recruits to sign the visi- 
tors book, But it is still 
left with a substantially 



feffEarl 


bigger marketing depart- 
men than it had last year. 

The remaining staff are 
more than capable of 
ensuring that this year's 
multi-million pound 
advertising campaign 


swings smoothly into 
action. 

For the second time we 
will see the Amiga on 
television and extensive 
press advertising. There 
will also be new machines 
in the PC (yawn) range, 
including a super-fast 
80386 machine known as 
the PC 50. 

The 486 range, along 
with all other manufactur- 
ers' 486 machines, is like- 
ly to be hit badly by 
damage (he Intel 80486 
plant suffered during the 
Californian earthquake. 

This can only bode well 
for the 69 000— based 
Amiga, because Motorola 
makes lots of chips in 
nice safe places like 
Scotland. 


expense and physical 
problems of using stop 
frame film cameras are 
prohibitive. 

The Amiga and Deleuxe 
Paint III solve this. You 
can learn to animate with 
any 1 meg Amiga, But you 
still need lessons. 

Real Things is a collec- 
tion of animated clip art. 
Designed for use either 
with the 12 page user 
guide or in a classroom ,g2 
Real Things shows you 
how to put together con- 
vincing Animbmshes and 
achieve realistic effects. 

There are several discs 
dealing with different 
topics* each with expertly 
produced artwork. The 
pictures we have seen 
have a strong oil painting 
feel, unlike any other 
Amiga art. It is a little 
strange to see a painting 
move. 

More details from 
Digipro on 0703 703030. 


Links cover 
the country 

SINCE the new MicroLink 
communications service 
was launched, 124 extra 
telephone access points 
have been opened in vari- 
ous parts of the UK from 
Dunfermline in Scotland 
covering the Edinburgh area 
down to Plymouth. 

This brings the total to 
280 compared with the 63 
which were previously 
available over British 
Telecom’s PSS network 
which MicroLink sub- 
scribers used before they 
switched from Telecom 
Gold to the independent 
Istel-Inet network on 
October 1. 

This means that almost 
100 per cent of the UK pop- 
ulation can now access 
MicroLink for the price of a 
local phone call. Before the 
changeover, in addition to 
having to make longer dis- 
tance calls, they also had to 


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Techniques far advanced BASIC 
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Considered by meny to be a 
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■ AMIGA SCENE ■ 


Assembler for the professional 


DEVFAC Developer, a pro- 
Fessional version of 
HiSoft's assembly language 
development system has 
now been launched for the 
Amiga, 

Offering more power 
and new options, it is 
aimed at professional 
users . 

Main improvements 
over the ordinary Devpac 
Amiga version involve the 
handling of multiple file- 
types, a new linker and the 
provision of dual debug- 
ging 

The assembler itself has 


been extended to allow the 
creation of multiple output 
file types independent of 
host machine, A new link- 
er also allows this type of 
cross-development and the 
program can now generate 
absolute files and 
Motorola S-records. 

The 6801 0/20/30/881/ 
882/851 instruction sets 
are also supported, to- 
gether with numerous new 
options for power users. 
Despite this increase in 
power, the assembler is 


actually faster than the 
original* thanks to new 
parsing techniques. 

Using additional hard- * 
ware available for the 
Amiga, Devpac Developer 
allows dual machine 
development, One machine 
can be used to edit„ assem- 
ble and link, then it can 
transmit the code to the 
other machine for execu- 
tion. 

In addition a special 
remote debugger, ostensi- 
bly similar to its MonAm 


predecessors, allows com- 
plete remote machine con- 
trol, placing no special 
requirements on the 
remote machine. 

This gives games pro- 
grammers who tend to 
wipe out native debuggers 
their first chance to use 
w x hat is a powerful diag- 
nostic tool. 

At least 1Mb of ram is 
needed on the develop- 
ment machine to use 
Devpac Developer. Price 
from £199, 


pay a PSS surcharge of 3p a 
minute. 

"More than a hundred of 
the new access points sup- 
port MNP error correction”, 
said MicroLink chairman 
Derek Meakin, "This is part 
of our plan to blanket the 
country with high-speed 
links offering fast access 
coupled with the last word 
in trouble-free data trans- 
mission 1 '. 

A bundled 
500 for 
education 

COMMODORE has just 
launched a new Amiga bun- 
dle aimed at the education 
market. 

Its Class of the '90s pack 
includes an Amiga 500 key- 
board with 3. Sin internal 
drive, mouse, 512k ram and 
Midi interface, a range of 
resource software and sup- 
port materials for £573. 

Software in the pack is 
Deluxe Paint II* Superbase 
Personal, Maxiplan, 
Publisher's Choice, Dr.T's 
Midi Recording Studio* 
Amiga Logo and Com- 
modore's BBC emulator 
with a selection of BBC pro- 
grams. Also included are 
10 blank discs* a mouse 
mat, disc wallet* education 
file with more than 10 0 
pages of advice* guidance 
and worksheets relating to 
the national curriculum* 
product reviews, education 
news, feature articles, list of 


Don't call me Music X junior 


THERE is only one thing 
wrong with the best music 
program in the world: 
Music-X is professionally 
priced, But a cheaper ver- 
sion is in the pipeline. 

Amiga Computing 
spoke to author David 
Joiner and asked what 
would be omitted from 
Music-X Junior. "Well, for 
start that's not what it's 
called. We don't know 
what it will be called* but 
I will not allow the word 
junior in any of my prod- 
ucts”* he said. 

However the marketing 
department may overrule 
the programmer's deci- 
sion. What matters is how 
much has been taken out. 

"What will be omitted 
is the event editor, librari- 
an* protocol editor, ; patch 
editor* Midi time code, 
smpte and some recording 
options. The sequencer 
and bar editor are 
unchanged, filters are 
somewhat abbreviated, 
Amiga samples the same, 


users in education and 
information on public 
domain software. 

The pack is available 
from Commodore education 
dealers who provide local 
support backed by 
Commodore's technical sup- 
port services and an 
enhanced seven day repair 
facility. 

An additional offer is a 
free Amiga 500 to all pur- 



and slightly reduced 
keymap editor' 1 * David 
told us. We look forward 
to seeing it. 

Microillusions has a 
real hit on its hands* 
Music-X looks set to help 
the Amiga steal the ST's 
crown as the machine to 
use for controlling musi- 
cal instuments. 

The cost reduced pro- 
gram, whatever it is 
called, should be avail- 
able very soon for less 
than £100. For more 
details call Microillusions 
UK on 0480 498497. 


chasers of 20 packs. "The 
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with exciting software on a 
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Optional extras recom- 
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ram expansion at £126 and 
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VII Amiga Arcade 



FASHION is fickle, and the arcade 
industry is as footloose as any* 
other. Keeping up with the trends 
is hard work for the likes of 
Domark, the company which pro- 
duces the official Atari coin-op 
conversions, 

Mimicking the heavy duty cus- 
tom hardware in the newest arcade 
simulators is tough. Hard Drivin' is 
the toughest. Juergen Friedrich is 
Domark's saviour. He is the man 
who has produced the stunning 
conversion. And he did it in C. 

juergen is something of a C fan. 
His first programming experience 
was iu Basic and assembler on a 
Tandy TRS-flO and then on an Atari 
8 DO, the real precursor to the 
Amiga. He switched to C when he 
started programming professionally 
on an Apple il, 

This led to producing some 
graphics routines for a CAD pack- 
age. Away From the computer, 
juergen is something of an arcade 
addict. He got to be very good at 
Star Wars, but hated pouring 
money into the coin-op. So he 
wrote his own version for the 
newly launched Apple Mac. And 
very good it was too. 

After touting Star Wars around 
software houses for a bit he was 
approached by Domark, which had 
already won a fierce battle against 
other companies for the rights to 
produce a home computer version. 
juergen Friedrich: 7 don't like driving very much" Juergen dived into his C source 



Abridged too for 


and produced the excellent ST and 
Amiga versions, recently re- 
released in the Star Wars lYilogy. 
Today they look a little simplistic, 
but there are new challenges, and 
Hard Drivin 1 is the greatest. 

Starting with the ST version 
Juergen wrote the game in TUrbo C 
with machine code subroutines. 
For the Amiga version be has used 



Onslaught programmer Chris 
Hinsley: " D you warm silly 
pose or a serious arte" 


THE land of Gargore is a very 
dodgy place, full of bloodthirsty 
troops, wizards and various forms 
of the not quite dead. 

In Hewson's Onslaught you play 
the role of a fanatic, a single man 
with the strength of an army whose 
sole aim is to rid the land of your 
enemies and capture their flag. 

In an interesting cross between 
role-playing and arcade action you 
must best the foe in a wide range of 
combat (tom pitch battles to mind 
combat. 

Joystick power alone will not be 
enough to give you victory - you'll 
have to use your brain to prevent 
the enemy from out-manoeuvring 
you. 

Different tribes inhabit each of 
the 10 kingdoms which add up to 
give a total of 2,560 locations, rep- 
resented on a large scale campaign 
map. There is even a option to cre- 
ate your own kingdoms. 

Created by Chris Hinsley and 
Nigel Brown john of Custodian 
fame, Onslaught should be Fighting 
its way on to the shelves round 
about now. 


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Aztec C. Most games writers sneer 
at programmers who don’t use 
machine code. But jueigen believes 
there would be no advantage. 

"it Is not necessary to do every- 
thing in assembler", he explains, 
''because only a very small percent- 
age of the code is used at any one 
time. A lot of it might be in 6 but 
while the action part of the game is 
running the computer spends 90 
per cent of its lime in the assem- 
bler subroutines, 

'Tve got a frame rate of 10 to 15 
frames per second. I don't think 
any speed improvement from re- 
writing the whole game in assem- 
bler would be noticeable". 

And he is probably right. The 
early demo looks great, but it will 
lake a proper review to determine 
whether he has captured the true 
driving feel of the arcade original. 


Pretty 


Marvellous 


SPiDER sense is tingling, Could it 
be that old arch -villain Dr Doom, 
or is it perhaps that Em pine, is due 
to release what it claims to be the 
first interactive arcade comicbook 
adventure. We think Coktel Vision 
and Asterix might have something 
to say about that. 

Dr Doom’s Revenge will feature 
two of the best known Marvel 
superheroes, 'Captain America and 
the amazing Spi derma n. locked in 
combat with the evil Dr Doom, 
who has cooked up some new 
schemes lo dominate the world, 

Spidey and Cap are the last 
chance we have to save the world 
for democracy as they battle 
through more than 30 arcade 
sequences, dodging the assembled 
might of the underworld, including 
such famous names as Electro, 
Rhino and the Hob Goblin, before 
they come mask to mask with old 
Tin Nose, 

The graphics will be looking to 
resemble the style of the comic- 
books as closely as possible. 

An actual Marvel comic book 
will be included in the pack which 
illustrates the plot leading up to 
the action in the game. 

Not only a great looking game 
but also a probable collector's item, 
the everlovin' Dr Doom's Revenge 
will cost £24.99. 



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Far Itest: The ultimate wild west cowboy adventure r says EAS 


THE aim of Far West, the new cow- 
boy adventure from EAS, is simply 
to survive and make as much 
money as possible, 

Create your own cowboy, buy 
whatever you need - guns, beer, 
food, equipment - and then choose 
how to play the game.. Trek into 


the wilderness by train or horse to 
hunt bears or build yourself a gold 
mine. If you have a gun, robbing a 
bank becomes a possibility, 

EAS says you can let your imagi- 
nation run wild, Amiga Arcade 
says it all sounds ominously like a 
re-hashed version of Stag. 


Mafia mayhem 


WILD STREETS is the new game 
from Til us. During an attempt to 
wipe out organised crime, the chief 
of intelligence has been kidnapped 
by the Mafia. Which wasn't very 
intelligent of him. 

It is your task to gel him out of 
this mess, but in accepting the mis- 
sion you declare all-out war on the 
Mafia. Which wasn't very intelli- 


gent of you. Every thug in town is 
on your tracks, Your only ally is a 
magnificent black panther which 
watches your every move through 
the 30 levels of the game. -When 
things get too hot., he will spring 
into action to protect you. Nice 
pussy. 

Your task is set, the streets of 
Long Island are waiting. 



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memory upgrades available for the Amiga range of computers. 
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ASTEHJX (he Gaul is 30 years old, 
To celebrate, French games house 
CoJctel Vision is releasing a cartoon 
adventure, Asterix and the 
Enchanted Slone. 

Panoramic Ihe druid has been 
accidentally hit on the head and 
knocked out by the Enchanted 
Slone. He has now lost his memory 
and Ihe formula for Ihe magic 
potion, 

Now, we've asked around every- 
where [well, almost everywhere) 
but nobody can remember this 
Panuramix guy. Winesanspirix, 
Vitalstatisix, Localpolitix, 
Forinpolitix, Getafix, Obelix, 
Geriatrix, Doublehelix, Chief 
Whoscmoralsareiastix, 
Fulliauiomatix... names we all 


know and love. Bui Panoramix? 
Who he? 

Anyway, playing the part of the 
macha Gaul himself you musl find 
the ingredients and mix them to 
cure the unknown druid. With £0 
possible combinations, this will 
not be easy. 

You will be able to move freely 
in the forest between Gallic village 
and Roman encampment. But 
beware because the forest will be 
riddled with traps and various 
tests. Things, like wild boars, toxic 
fumes and, of course, the Romans. 

With 30 screens to explore and 
out mid November, Asterix and the 
Enchanted Stone looks like one to 
see you through the after-Christmas 
doldrums. 


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HEROES of the Lance was arguably 
the most popular role- playing 
game ever. So what could be more 
natural than a sequel? 

In typical Empire Strikes Back 
style, the heroes are waylaid on 
their triumphant return from the 
previous mission and captured bv 
the bad guys. Their escape is taken 
for granted. 

You join the action in Dragons of 
Flame, a now hostile homeland 
swarming with refugees from the 
big fight against the Queen of 
Darkness. 

The only hope for civilization 
now is that you obtain the fabled 
Wyrmslayer and free the slaves in 
order to turn the tide of war. 

Trying to improve on the formu- 
la of Heroes, US Gold has added 
non- player characters (NPCs), set a 
time limit and bunged in even 
more monsters and magic for good 
measure. With the backing of TSR, 
the biggest name in role-playing, it 


can't have gone too far wrong. 

Think you’re up to the chal- 
lenge? Dragons of Flame is out 
now, price £24.99, 


Budget games 


are here! 


MASTERTRQN1C, the company 
which created budget software back 
in 1984, is to hit the 16 bit market 
with a new range of £4,99 priced 
games. 

The first Amiga releases on the 
new 16 Blitz label will mainly be 
back catalogue classics like Little 
Computer People, Sorcery Plus and 
Roadwars, but new titles are 
promised, among them Speedboat 
Assassins, which looks like a Live 
and Let Die clone, and the intruig- 
tngiy named Kelly X. 


Full bike and board 


GREMLIN GRAPHICS is pretty 
excited about Skidz, its new skate- 
board cum BMX bike game. Coded 
in Germany, Skidz was first written 
on the ST and then ported over. 
But the programmers soon realised 
they could so much more on the 
Amiga. So they did. 

Skidz now uses up every square 
centimetre of your monitor. Re- 
written to make the best use of a 
full PAL overscan screen, it puts 
the, erm, other version to shame. 

The gameplay is a simple but 
addictive race around the isometric 
streets doing tricks and avoiding 
obstacles, animals and pedestrians. 

The early version shown to 
Amiga Arcade was fast and furi- 
ous. Check it out around mid 
November. 



Skidz uses a PAL overscan screen on the Amiga 


December JffflS AMIGA COMPUTING 17 













PLAYING IT IS EASY-MASTERING IT WILL TAKE TIME- A LOT OF TIME 


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Blood Money £16.50 I 

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Daily Double Horse Racing £13.50 

F.1S Combat Pilot £16.50 

Falcon F16 £19.50 

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■ AMIGA ARCADE ■ 


It’s a funny old game 


KICK OFF has bean a constant 
presence in the Amiga Gallup top 
ten since last August. Anco has 
decided to capitalise on this suc- 
cess by releasing a strategy based 
fnl tow-up. Flayer Manager. 

The game will feature more than 
1,000 players in a four divison 
league, each player being au indi- 
vidual with a unique combination 
of 11 attributes and skills. 

A modified version of Kick Off 
taking full account of managerial 
decisions will be used to put them 
to the lest As Ihe manager you will 
be ahle to choose either to play in 


your selected position or control 
the player nearest to the bali. 

Alternatively you can relegate 
yourself to the dugout and study 
the match in depth. 

When to hang up your boots for 
good lo concentrate on a manageri- 
al career will be the most difficult 
and painful decision of your life. 

'Player Manager attempts to 
bring the everyday life of a soccer 
boss, his talents as a manager and a 
player, into sharp focus", Anco 
boss Anil Gupta told Amiga 
Arcade. Price £19.95, release date 
mid November, 



Slidin' the back out 


Selecting your car, circuit and driver 




Setting up team tactics 


ZZKJ was the man for the job, It is 
doubtful that anyone else could 
convert an arcade game as mind- 
mimbmgly taxing as Power Drift, 
This stems from his training as a 
chip designer and love of a dial’ 
lenge, 

Zareh (that's what the first 2 
stands for) doesn't like easy pro- 
gramming jobs. 1 get bored," he 
told Am/ga Arcade. "Because I 
understand how r the silicon works, 
I can program at the lowest level,, 
although this can cause some prob- 
lems. I found a bug in the blitter 
that no Dne I've spoken lo knows 
about 1 '. 

It is these qualities, and the 
excellent Super Hang-On conver- 
sion, which led Activision to call 
on him again. 

Before starling to write the code, 
ZZKJ played the game again and 
again until he got really good at it 
and knew the subtleties of the 


Armless fun for all 


ELECTRONIC ARTS has launched 
three more Amiga products on its 
Software Classics label, all of them 
strategy games, 

Fusion, which looks more like a 
shoot-’em-up, was written by 
Bulldog, the team which produced 
Populous. 

Starfleet, which was previously 
unreleased on the Amiga, is a bit 
like Elite with a groat 3D landing 
scene, It's really heavy on strategy 
- for instance, you have lo choose 
what life-forms you want all your 
crew to he. 

The last of the trio. Empire, 
needs no introduction. It has been 
hailed as a true strategy classic by 
almost every games magazine in 
the world. 

In the shops now at £9.99 each, 


For the Amiga, fusion, Staifleet and Empire 
make it on to the Software Classics label 


gameplay by heart. Then be set 
about satisfying the sometimes 
opposing objectives of playability 
and accuracy. 

"Limited memory was the main 
problem, there are five courses, 12 
drivers and 27 circuits. Squeezing 
that lot in meant something had to 
go. Thai something was rotation, 
because tilting the screen took 
three times the number of sprites 
and didn't have much effect on the 
gameplay”. 

There are a couple of touches 
only the Amiga makes possible. 
The score and extended time text 
use hardware sprites, ZZKf's spe- 
cial technique which uses sprites 
instead of solids to emulate a 3D 
vector world benefits from the 
power in the Amiga Blitter. 

The sky doesn't use the cop- 
perlist because the arcade version 
only has two sky colours. Driver 
characteristics have been faithfully 
replicated - the woman is the 
fastest of the 12 drivers, 

The result is exciting, driveable 
and an accurate representation of 
what happens in the arcade. 
Practise with this at home and you 
will be able to impress the girls at 
the seafront 


Over The Edge 


IN last month's issue in the review 
of The Edge’s new game Winter's 
Tail some personal remarks were 
made directed at Dr Tim Ungddl, 
We accept that these remarks 
were totally uncalled for and inso- 
far as they might have been read to 
be a slight on Dt Langdell's charac- 
ter or on The Edge's reasons for 
licensing the Garfield character, we 
unreservedly apologise to Dr 
Larigdel! and all at The Edge for 
these remarks. 


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STORMLORD 

There's a killer on the road 


S OMETHING terrible has hap- ' 
pened in Fairyland. I mean to 
say. eviJ queens, incessant thunder' 
storms and various species of itin- 
erant thugs and no-goods is one 
thing - a man can learn to live with 
that - but locking up all the cute 
nymph-like fairies in outsize bub- 
bles is another bowl of washing up 
completely 

Your mission, and Mr Storm- ; 
lord s, is to rescue said nymphettes I 
and ultimately engage the wicked 
queen in battle for the party leader- 
ship. 

You gel a seemingly generous 
nine attempts at regeneration 
should you fall foul of the local 
flora and fauna, but you must also 
take into account the fact that 
Storm lord is a bit of a fairy himself 
- he is easily driven down the 
dusty way to death when con- 
fronted by anything more danger- 
ous than a blade of grass. 

1 don't know, in the old days a 
hero would be knee-deep in gore 
wilh savage steel whipping the gul- | 
let out of everything that drew ! 
breath, and here wo are with a j 
bearded old pansy flicking little | 
bits of pixie dust around the place. I 


without much effect i might add. 

Caution is definitely recom- 
mended. 

Rather than wail for a break in I 
the weather you'd belter get going, 
because you only have a day to 
save the universe. 

By way of public transport, the 
fairy folk have enlisted a giant I 

eagle which can be picked up at I 

any convenient terminus, it may be E 

a bit rough and ready, but it's a ! | 

damn sight more reliable than BR. 

! must say, Fairyland isn't 
exactly what I expected. It seems to 
be exclusively populated by irate f 1 
dragons, poisonous caterpillars, 
silly old men with wands, murder- 
ous goblins, carnivorous plants and 
some strange lifeform which baffles | 
any effort at biological definition. 

Sounds a bit Like Format's office. I 

All of them are,, of course, 
deadly and only some can. be dis- 
patched wilh liberal sprinklings of 
pixie power 

Gameplay will test you to super- 
human levels of cunningness and 
dexterity as you balance on a daisy I 
petal preparing to leap over a 
sticky, tricky vfinus plant or run 
the gauntlet of the dragon woods in 



DAY C 


T IMES change very quickly. 

Less than a year ago, if we h d 
seen a game with digitised graphics 
and sound, we would have thought 
it darn hip. Now it seems that a 
game without digitised effects is 
out of the ordinary 
By this argument, Day of the 
Pharaoh is pretty mundane. 

Basically, all is not well in 
Ancient Egypt, whose inhabitants 
could never fathom how they'd 
earned the "Ancient” title, The old 
Pharaoh died many years ago, bul 
all his heirs suddenly vanished, to 
be replaced by real bad ‘uns faith- 
ful to Seth, the god of the desert, 
who, incidentally, is no relation to 
Gateau, the god of the dessert. 

You are bul a young fellah - 
Egyptian for peasant, believe it or 
not - who, unbeknown to every- 


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the height of the egg-laying season, 

There is an overwhelmingly 
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Slormlord - time limits are tight 
and many routes lead to 
inescapable and infuriating dead 
ends - (hose pixel 'precision jump- 
ing skills you have nurtured over 
the years will Dome in very handy. 

The most brain-pummelingly 
amazing, brilliant and wonderful 
thing about this game is the sound. 
Nut only the terrific music, but also 
the awesomely staggering sound 
effects, which are so crisp and pre- 
cise you'll believe someone has 
sneaked a CD in the back of your 


monitor All this is not at the 
expense of the graphics, which 
could also he described with a long 
list of superlatives. 

Good use of colour breathes life 
into Fairyland, especially some of 
the statues, which you may feel 
compelled to go past a® often as 
possible, nudge-nudge, wink- wink, 
know what I mean, 

Stunning background animation 
combined with sound effects build 
up a very palpable atmosphere 
which is hard not to respond to, 
Hewson and RaffeeUe Gecco are 
once again showing the form that 
won them the adoration of millions 


on the Cfi4, Fairies really do give 
you better value for money, 

Mild Green 


Slumlord 

£19.99 

Human 


Sound 

Graphics 

Gameplay 

Value 


Overall - 94% 




OF THE PHAROAH 

Seems like a lifetime 


one, including yourself, is actually 
the son of the old king and rightful 
heir to the throne. 

Amon-Re, sun god and sworn 
enemy of the evil Seth, grants you 
a ship and a Fairly large sum of 
money in order that you should 
regain the throne that is rightfully 
yours. You can only do this by 
trading and general rat-racing. As 
luck would have it, Egypt isn't a 
particularly stable place - there's 
nearly always good money for the 
right goods in the right place. 

Yup, it's like trading in Elite, 
except more complex and not so 
much fun, Also. Elite hasn’t got the 
rather unconvincing digitised 
graphics and really, really irksome 
tunes (hat Pharaoh has. But there 
you go. 

As you navigate your way 


around the waterways always look 
the same. It's a case of Dodge the 
I Rocks in the most mediocre fash- 
ion. Sometimes, if you're really 
lucky, your ship is'set upon by 
I Phoenician pirates, which you 
I must beat off with a paddle. 

This hit is like some deranged 
Game St Watch because there Is vir- 
1 tually no animation and the digi- 
tised E&ks! and Wahs! of the pirates 
are hilarious. 

Once in port you can gamble at 
the camel races. Rather than being 
a competition to see who can 
; smoke an acrid ciggy the quickest, 
this is a standard Daley Thompson 
type effort. Its also deathly dull, 

For a bit more excitement you 
j can declare war on the peasants, 
who are revolting in both senses. 
For a little more rapid social 


advancement you could always 
take yourself a wife from the gen- 
j try, hut don't expect the dowry to 
be small. In this department your 
otherwise shrewd and cripplingly 
expensive business advisors aren't 
• of any use, 

i This is a complex game, one that 
l will take a long time to get very far. 
Unfortunately, (he initial stages are 
so stunningly ennuie inducing that 
! it would be a truly Herculean 
I [sorry - don’t know any Egyptian 
heroes) task, maybe even requiring 
| the patience of job as well, to get 
anywhere useful. 

Even though there was a valiant 
I struggle, this reviewer succumbed 
to the background boredom. Mavbe 
if you were a chronic insomniac, 

I enjoyed a long term challenge, 

1 didn't mind rather badly edited 


Dtiv of thv Pharaoh 
£ ‘ 

Rainbow Arts 



digitised sound and graphics with 
a dash of ropey translation to bool, 
and who also had two drives to 
make the gameplay less awful, you 
might be able to put up with this 
game. 

But as I'm not, and I don't think 
you are either, wild horses couldn't 
I get m to recommend it to you, to 
j end rather neatly on a badly mixed 
| metaphor, 

Stewart C, Russell 


Lumber 19tM AMIGA COMPUTING 25 





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A merican Football h low in 

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The sight of several hundred! men 
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has always, in my opinion, been a 
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independence. 

The manual goes on at great 
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options, but never goes so far as to 
actually explain the rules of the 
game, Things seemed bleak, end 
the prospect of watching Channel A 
on Sundays seemed my only 
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However, by a great stroke of luck 
some friends popped in and 
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would have it, Gridiron! happened 
to be in the drive. Several hours 
later I still couldn't separate them 
tom the computer, as phrases such 
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walls, 

Much to my horror i found 
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game. The rules started to make a 
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“Ghhhr and "Ahhh!" when things 
became close, 

Initial impressions were of total 
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I was using? An Amiga with a cus- 
tom co-processor and the best 
graphics available this side of a 
Rise chip? Yes it was, And what's 
more, an Amiga running a sports 
simulation from the people who 
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GRIDIRON! 

It's the Orangeblobs v the Blackblobs 



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Gretzky Hockey. 

Rut forget blitters and sprites 
this time, Gridiron! shows you just 
what you need lo see - 22 blobs 
masquerading as players moving 
around a pilch kicking the living 
daylights oul of one another. 

Sound is another matter. 
Throughout the game the digitised 
roar of the crowd rises and falls as 
the action hots up. When the 
Touchdown picture appears and 
your player bounces the hall off the 



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Pvi t Menu D 


Making up your own plays - fie/iehe, this'll confuse them 


turf, the spectators go totally wild. 
The umpire's whistle signals any 
interruption to play, and an 
announcer gives the latest game 
news over the PA system. Very 
atmospheric. 

For the benefit of those who, 
like me, are new to the game, here's 
a brief run-down of the rules 1 have 
grasped so far: 

1. A team consists of dozens of 
players, up to 1 1 are on the pilch at 
a time. Some of them have silly 
names. 

2. Each member of a team can 
attack anv member of the other 
team, with some minor exceptions, 
even if the referee is looking, 

3. Each team has four attempts 
to gel the ball moved 10 yards up 
the pitch towards the opposition's 
goal line. If they don't manage this, 
the ball is given to the other team, 
who have a go instead . 

4. Points are awarded if the ball 
is successfully transported or 
caught across the goal line, 

5. There are four quarters, each 
of 15 minutes. Thus a game can 
last two hours. 

And you thought the rules of 
cricket were strange? 

Grid Iron 1 can be played with a 
friend or against the computer. The 
two-player option is more fun, bul 
really needs two mice to play prop- 
erly, IF you only have one mouse 


and a joystick, you will have to 
keep swapping over with your 
opponent. Very annoying. There is 
an advertisement in the back of the 
manual offering to sell you an extra 
mouse. Very tacky. 

Each of the computer players 
plays the game independently, 
with his own direction, speed and 
momentum. You select from a pre- 
defined series of team movements 
at the start of a play, and each 
player gets on with it. LaLcr you 
can create and save your own 
movement patterns. 

If you are interested in 
American Football, or oven if you 
only enjoy simulations end sports 
in general. Gridiron! demands a 
look. You too could soon be shout- 
ing "Hup! Hup!" and not know 
why. 

John Kennedy 


(aid Iron! 

£24-MI 

Brihsuda JhofawAs 



Overall - 78% 










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S O I walked into the Blarney 
and Shamrock pub and 
ordered a drink. And as I was stood 
there I noticed a pig in a very small 
cage behind the bar, trying to get 
out. So I says to the Irish barman, 
"What's the pig for?' 1 And he says, 
J, Ah, well, you see, the last cus- 
turner complained we had no pork, 
scratching^." 

Who was I to argue? 

Strangely enough, when I got 
home I found they had sent me a 
game with pigs in it to review. It’s a 
small world, I thought as I started 
downing the bottle of brandy 
required for reviewing mindless 
arcade con versions. 

All, fm a duck, Quack quack, as 
they say In dockland. And here are 
my friends, Pin the duck and Lucy 
- a piece of curvy fluff if ever there 
was. 

Oh no, here comes Achacha the 
Great, who, besides sounding like a 
Latin American dance, has 
whisked fnot stirred] away Lucy to 
do all sorts of horrible things. I 
mushl wescue her. meflnks drunk- 
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There are six levels with two 
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Sega coin-op converted by 
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It's a sideways scrolling saga, 
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diagonal scrolling. Very smooth it 
is too. but unfortunately it s also 
very slow. So slow it has a detri- 
mental effect on the gamepiay, 

Bin the duck, for that is thee, 
sets forth on a very strange journey 
through a rather hazard filled 
town. Chomping mouths dance 
along the pavement like Chinese 
firecrackers, while Zehedee-like 
creatures on springs hop around 
like demented one-legged 
grasshoppers, 

A marker shows how far through 
the level you’ve managed to get. 
Expect something nasty at the half 
way point as well as at the end. 

Bin is armed initially with only 
his fist, hut alas this is one boxer 
who doesn’t dance like a butterfly 


ftju better win this or the ref will make you finger Uckin ' good 


Oh no, it's 
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and sting like a hee. He dances like 
a bricklayer, 

There are three types of punch - 
regular puw, hold the fire button 
down and twirl the arm for big boy 
PQW, and hold that fuqe button 
down until the sun goes supernova 
for mega FOWWWWM3 
As you stop moving when the 
arm starts twilling, Bin has proba- 
bly bin biffed by this time. Ho- 
hum, search out the extra weapons. 

The most crude extra weapon is 
the armament of your average 
rioter, a supply of rocks. For the 
nasties further on you're more 
likely to need the exploding bombs 
with faces, which have a wonder- 
ful explosion, the flamethrower or 
the rocket launcher. 

The homing missile rocket 
launcher is almost as good as it 
gets. The big problem is that every 
time a sprite runs into you - which 
is quite hard to judge as there is no 
depth to any of them, yet there is 
depth to the playing area - you 
drop any weapon being carried, 

If something like the snake hap- 


pens to be treading all over your 
feathers, as soon as you recover 
you are hit again without any 
chance to pick the weapon back up 
again. It can be very irritating. 

The animation and the graphics 
of the characters, duck and the bad 
guys are all very good, hut the 
mediocre backgrounds detract 
slightly. The music is very jolly 
and arcadish. but can grate - at 
least there are different tunes, My 
favourite is the Bongo special on 
the jungle level, which is pretty 
good. 

The problem with Dynamite 
Dux, which scores well in the 
graphics and sound department, is 
that it can be irritating in some 
places, and too slow in others, That 


apart, it's a reasonably good con- 
version. 

Now, if you 'll excuse me I'm off 
in search of those pork scratching® 
to round off the brandy, 

Duncan Evans 


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STRIDER 

More of the same 


W ITH a metallic chi tig and a 
sampled yell of "PawE”, an 
animated figure runs across a land- 
scape, chopping in half anything 
that gets in its way. Kill everything 
that moves and don't worry why. 
Controlling this figure is quite 
exceptionally frustrating. She - 
yes, it's a girlie - seems to have an 
incredible urge to jump 20ft in the 
air, doing so regularly if you don't 
point your joystick in exactly the 
right direction. 

Making a game challenging to 
prolong interest is all very well, 
but if thing get impossible no one 
will want to play it in the first 
place. We all know that getting the 
balance right is tricky, but Stride? 
is close to the edge. 

Technically, what wo have here 
is a long way from being state-of- 
the art. The playing area is a small 
rectangle way up the screen; the 
scrolling is almost awful. 

Diagonal movement has been 
achieved by first moving the screen 
horizontally and then vertically in 
quick succession, with the result 
that the figure flashes between 
these two positions as it runs - the 
sign of a straight ST port caught 
red-handed. Which is a pity 
because the landscapes are all very 
well drawn and change sufficiently 
between levels to add that feeling 
of exp loration. 

After the initial frustration of 
getting acquainted with the con- 
trols, you can start to appreciate 
the game. 

Strider reminds me very much 
of R-iype - you battle your way 
through several groups of baddies, 
picking up extra weapons until you 
meet the bigger -than- average bad- 
die who lives at the end of the 
screen. In lime honoured tradition, 
this btggeHhan-average baddie 
needs more-t ban -usual hits to die. 

Once vou have done this, unless 
there is an even nastier bigger- 
than-average baddie to dispatch, 
you can move on to the next level. 

Sometimes the baddie is just a 
large sprite, sometimes it's a 
bouncing laser beam. Always it 
only needs a bit of dodging and 
extra shooting. Not what you might 
call intellectually stimulating, but 
fun in a nihilistic kind of way. 

In between each level you are 
given words of encouragement 
from your enemies, along the lines 
of "This is it, you're going to die". 


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Polaroid Instamatic photographs 
taken with a camera one of the pro- 
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birthday. 

A simple and annoying tune 
bleeps its merry way throughout, 
accompanied by the aforemen- 
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cry as you wave your sward 
around in a threatening manner 

The speech at the start of the 
game which says "You dare to fight 
me?" soon has you shouting hack 
some suitable responses. Come 
hack the AY6910, all may be for- 
given. 

Enough. Strider has plenty of 
puzzles to keep you playing, all of 
which are of the H re member what 
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RED LIGHTNING 


Apocalypse Now? 


U NTHINKABLE though it way 
seem, it has happened- What- 
ever caused it, whether by mistake 
or murderous intent, is now irrele- 
vant as men and tanks line up 
either side of the great divide, wait- 
ing to pull the curtain on Armaged- 
don, Whatever happened to the 
postwar dream? 

What happened to all the nukes? 
Did the Green Parly finally get 
their way and have them all 
destroyed? Did we shell out all that 
money to discover that Trident 
didn't work after all? None of these 
questions an? answered in Red 
lightning. 

As the commander of either the 
Nato or Warsaw Pact forces it is 
your job In respectively save the 
world for democracy or save the 
world from democracy, with the 
help of your logistic talents, your 
(running mind and, of course, a few 
hundred thousand fool soldiers, 
vehicles and planes, all armed to 
the teeth with death-dealing 
weaponrv. I know whose side I'm 
on. 

As the informed reader will 
realise, it will all develop into a 


battle of superior equipment versus 
superior forces. For some reason 
SSI assumes that the Sovs have ini- 
tiated the aggression and that all 
the nice Mato blokes were at home 
with their wives and families when 
it started, so all three scenarios 
have Ihe Pact at full mobilisation 
with the good old allies in various 
stages of disorganisation. 

Battle takes place on an impres- 
sively large 54 x 54 hexagonal map 
covering Western Europe from 
Brussels to Gdansk and as far south 
as Munich, although some of it is 
sea, and naval battles aren't han- 
dled in this simulation. The dis- 
play is colourful easy to read and 
quite pretty 

Players lake it in turns to move 
and assign orders in their units, 
each turn lasting 12 hours of game 
time. Nato forces always move last 
because of their more effective 
communication network, which 
can give ihem a distinct advantage 
as they can step out of trouble 
when they see it coming. 

Air combat is directed by one of 
the menu options. Weather condi- 
I tions are taken into consideration 


A RGGH! What have we here? 

A defection from the Code 
Masters naming department? An 
update of one of the oldest 
scrollers of all time? A tutorial on 
cooking eggs? A game about motor- 
bike scrambling? 

The latter is nearly correct. 
Super Scramble Simulator is really 
motorbike scrambling with one 
player. As everyone knows - or at 
least should know - that scram- 
bling is a massed-start race, the 
game would be better called Super 
Trials Simulator. 

Great attention to detail has 
been applied to this game, so much 
so that all of the actual game data 
lives on the second disc, with all 
the intros and tunes on disc one. 

Instead of being purely two- 
dimensional SSS dabbles with the 
other in a split screen display. The 
majority of the screen is the side on 
display, where ihe actual tricky 
bits are done, while a tiny strip 


underneath shows the overhead 
position. 

This is only of use where narrow 
obstacles do not take up 'the full 
width of the course; unfortunately 
that's the lime you need your eyes 
glued to the mein display. 

And as Gremlin has been incred- 
ibly lazy, the screen is 22 per cent 
smaller than it should be, so each 
display is depress! ugly weeny. 

The game is fairly standard stuff, 
much the same as KikStart gave us 
all those years ego on the CB4. As 
in real trials, making mistakes 
(falling off) costs time, and the time 
limit is short enough as it is. 

At least we're not left mystified 
by why our homunculus has just 
made like a projectile - 5SS dis- 
penses with the animation and 
prints up exactly why your time 
limit has been shorn of seven sec- 
nnds. 

What really annoys is that the 
SSS bike doesn't quite behave like 


Up tw go... must he those soya beam l had for lunch 


real life. You land on the back 
wheel, time loss. Land on the front 
wheel, no time loss. Back in the 
real world you usually lose first 
steering, then control, followed by 
balance and several ounces of 
flesh, by landing front first. Ouch, 


The graphical detail almost mer- 
its description in graphic detail. 
The scoreboard has a collection of 
bystanders who have a large reper- 
toire of moves, each subtle and 
easy to miss, 

the background hoardings have 


Ernie Hey. look at all those people down there - they look like flirts. 
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and the full range of modem com- 
bat aircraft is supported, 

Other special operation features 
include deployment of parachute 
regiments, special forces and tacti- 
cal battlefield missiles. Concurrent 
campaigns, which you do not con- 
trol but can influence, run in Nor- 
way, Iceland and the sea around 
Europe. 

The different levels and 'realism 
toggles" 1 provide the scope for a 
variety of game types from the 
purely strategic to real in-depth 
unit management, A wonderfully 
concise and yet informative man- 
ual tells you everything you could 
ever want to know - except where 
Mr Benn lived - and even supplies 
some of the formulae the combat 
algorithms am based on, 

The whole war experience is 
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features exist, like the inability to 
change your mind about troop 
movements, but I suppose if I com- 
plain SSI will only say that it adds 
to the realism of the simulation. 

The computer is a worthy adver- 
sary and doesn't rely on cheating to 
bolster its overall strategy. It can 
occasionally got a bit thrown if you 
attempt something impossible or 
unusual, like a massive airlift of 
troops miles behind enemy lines to 
cut off supply routes, but it recog- 
nises and deals effectively with all 
the big plays, 

With such a range of skill levels 
and great playability, Red Light- 
ning is suitable fur both novices 
and hardened warmongers. SSI has 
set the standard for strategy games 
on the Amiga. 

Lucinda Orr 



The quickest way of ending a war is to lose if. (G. Orwell} 



tel Jiter- 

a strong gfeen feel to them, which 

tune - or at least a good 'un - and 

. detail. 

is strange for a sport where one 

then a variable pilch rasp for the 

Elion of 

rider can cause more erosion that 

engine note, SSS, tune-wise, is 

s reper- 

20 adrenalin- crazed mountain bik- 

phenomenal, but rasp wise, tends 

:le and 

ers ever could. 

towards vanilla. 


it’s strange, but virtually every 

Assuming for the moment that 

have 

racing game has a phenomenal 

all the preceding criticism hadn't 


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happened, there's still one serious 
fault. It's infuriating. You think -that 
you've got the hang, of a sequence 
of moves, and you're really begin- 
ning to have some industrial-grade 
fun. when a liny slip of the stick 
loses you time and confidence. 



Overall - 63% 


This we don’t need. We could 
always weigh this against the intel- 
ligent decision to read both discs 
simultaneously with a two drive 
systems. OK, so why do we have to 
stare at a blank screen while the 
data loads? Your guess is as good 
as mine. 

SSS impresses the senses - 
there's no doubt about that. But it's 
either too badly planned or is too 
difficult to get into. The gameplay's 
stiffer than an uprated monoshock, 
which is a pity, because with a lit- 
tle more freedom, S5S would have 
been good, 

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TIME TRAVELLER: FUTURE WARS 


W HAT is the secret identity 
of this superhero? [5 it Ed. 
the high flying executive? No. Is it 
Armilage, the brilliant washbasin? 
No. Is it Joe, the mild mannered 
window-cleaner? Could be. 

Life as a window cleaner isn't 
much fun. Tired of cleaning in the 
sunshine or staying home to watch 
the rain? So what are you going to 
do about it? Well, for a start you 
could do something about Ed, your 
fascist boss on secondment from 
the Wafften SS. 

You jusi weren't cut out for fol- 
lowing orders, Stand up to him - 
or better still run away, get away, 
far away. But where to? 

Without giving too much away, 
it is fairly obvious from the title 
that there is going to be some sort 
of time travel involved - plus some 
trouble perhaps at a lesser known 
publishing house - so mapping 
may involve donning the pointy 
ears and taking a correspond ance 
course in noil-euclidian geometry, 
Thus you embark on a journey 
which will pit you against, aliens, 
spear well ding guards, savage 
chickens, mechanical monsters, 
swamps and the inevitable mad 
monks who will beat you to death 
as soon as pray for you. Better 
remember to take a packed lunch. 

If you think a Wimp adenture is 
one where you must find a cure for 
your acne or rescue your pet ham- 
ster from the top of the wardrobe, 
then check this out. 

All actions are performed with 
the mouse. Position the pointer 
anywhere in the play area, click 
the button and your character will 
move towards it, Not only that, but 
It does it intelligently, avoiding 
obstacles where it can. 

The mouse can also select 
op I ions from a set of text gadgets 
for the manipulation of objects. For 
example, if you choose Examine 
you will get a roving crosshair 
which will identify any objects it 
passes over. Further information is 
given by pressing the left button. 
Be sure to examine everything very 
thoroughly - some objects are 
very small indeed. 

In a similar way you can take, 
use or operate any object on the 
screen or any of the objects in your 
inventory which pop up as text 
gadgets whenever relevant. 

Graphically the game is wonder- 
ful, as you might expect from the 
same French programming team 





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Overall - 93% 


He digs deepest who deepest digs 


Looks like a photocopier, hut it's wally d time morhine 


that brought you Bio Challenge. 
The play area varies in size, adding 
variety and creating some very nice 
effects, especially the screens 
which have been edged in with sil- 
houettes in the foreground. All that 
and animation too. 

From a puzzle point of view, 
Future Wars is lough, A few of the 
objects are pixeUsized and 
microdot precision is needed to 


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To gel past the wolf you'll have to test its mettle 


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face. 

Speed is also a factor - one 
problem requires you to plot out 


your route well in advance if you 
are to deliver the goods on time, 
and even then you've only got 
about a 5Q per cent chance. 

if you have a death wish, you 
have a choice of around a couple of 
hundred ways to die, all of them 
quick but not always painless, 
[Well, some of them brought tears 
to my eyes.) With about 100 loca- 
tions, a quick sum will tell you that 
you are in constant danger. 

The abundance of routes to a 
swift demise and the policy of 
keeping the player in the dark not 
only breeds paranoia but also helps 
to keep the game alive as you 
progress through it, striking the 
happy balance between frustration 
and boredom. You honestly don't 
know what's going to happen next 
Future Wars and the Cinema- 
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some of its design to earlier efforts 
such as the Sierra On-line series - 
for example the character's move- 
ment directed by the mouse 
pointer -hut it is several miles fur- 
ther along the path to icon driven 
adventure enlightenment. Nice 
One, 

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ends to complete 
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the one, you 1 )! need to recruit other 
characters, but unlike Dungeon 
this isn't quite straightfor- 
ward - people can be dumped from 
your party arid others hired at any 
stage. 

Recruiting someone demon- 
strates the communications side of 
the game. Down the left side of the 
screen, under the pictures of the 
characters, are various menus. 

To recruit potential allies, you’ll 
need to praise them, to assure them 
of their worth, and then boast a lit- 
tle, because they aren't likely to 
join someone who doesn’t think 
very much of themselves. You can 
also insult people, should the 
fancy take you, 

On lop of these options fur inter- 
acting with other characters you 
can ask their name, reveal yours, 
and inquire about artifacts-, legends 
and rumours. You’ll need to, so 
don't go chopping everything that 
you encounter - the kiss-my-axe 
style of play is going to leave you 
floundering eventually. 

The last of the communications 
options lets you praise and admon- 
ish members of your own party and 
shout to attract attention. 

Operating a party in Bloodwych 
is complicated, which is one rea- 
son why, when it comes to combat, 
everyone is fairly autonomous. If 
you praise a character of yours too 
heavily, he or she will act more 


and more independently. 

This could mean that as you 
approach a shopkeeper to buy 
something, Butch the Barbarian 
will suddenly leap forward and 
chop him to bits. The counterpoint 
to this is that if you hen peck them 
too much they will never do any- 
thing independently that is useful. 

Each character has ratings for 
strength, intelligence, charisma 
and agility, and belongs to a char- 
acter class - fighter, mage, assassin, 
adventurer - and a magic class, 
which are based on suits of cards, 
each representing a different aspect 
of magic. 

You get magic points according 
to your character class which 
increase on gaining a new level. 
Learning spells from a different 
branch is hardest for a warrior and 
easiest for a mage. 

The magic system is interesting, 
and totally unlike Dungeon 
Master's in that all the spells am 
contained in a big spell book, the 
pages of which flop over quite 
nicely. 

There’s room in each party 
member's backpack Tor items such 
as keys, gold, food and waterskins 
because, just like in Dungeon 
Master, you need to unlock doors, 
eat and drink. 

Unlike DM, the gold can be used 
for buying weapons and informa- 
tion at the various shops and for 


the best fantasy games 
have plots written by failed 
novelists, Bloodwych is no excep- 
tion. This is a story of the Lord of 
Entropy, Zendick, and his quest to 
make life miserable for everyone 
except his friends, 

It's sort of forerunner Ld the Tory 
Party, with you playing the equiva- 
lent of Neil K innock, the brave but 
witless adventurer out to stop the 
land from being subjugated for all 
eternity, including the weekends. 

The objective is to storm the 
towers of Bloodwych and capture 


crystals from four of them before 
tracking on to the fifth for a final 
encounter with Zendick. Easy 
enough for experienced dungeon 
masters because, let’s face it. 
Bloodwych is heavily derivative of 
the FTL game. 

You start off by selecting one 
character from a selection of 
mugshots, if you go for the full 
game. There is the option to start 
off with four pre-selected heroes, 
but you will probably want to pick 
your own. 

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bribing travellers you may meet in 
the towers, This alt adds to the 
enjoyment and makes up for the 
small graphics. 

Sound is pretty much a forgotten 
quantity, giving an almost library 
like feel to the game. I keep expect' 
ing the monsters to sav Hush every 
lime ] scream Banzai £i and attack 
them, 

Bloodwych is obviously 
inspired by Dungeon Master, but it 
fails to emulate the 3D interaction 
and falls short of the standard of 
graphics and sound expected on 
the Amiga. 

What really makes it is the two 
player simultaneously option. This 
lets you both have a party of four, 
who can help or hinder each other. 
You can actually watch another 
party turn and advance down a 
corridor. 

Best of all you can trade items, 
so il you both go off exploring in 
different directions, you can ren- 
dezvous later and swap goodies, 

Duncan Evans 



T HERE'S many a game that 
relies too heavily on audio- 
visual presentation and way too lit- 
tle on actually being fun to play. 
There's also many a game thal gets 
stuffed to the back of the software 
drawer quickly, Turbo's neither, 
Many phrases describe the 
game, most of them end with vio- 
lent and begin with words such as 
outrageously, senselessly and gra- 
tuitously. How else couid you 
describe a race game where the 
major aim is la destroy anything 
else that moves, using only 
grenades* missiles and hub spikes? 
Cute It ain't. 

And when vou realise thal each 
player gets less than half a 200- 
line screen to themselves, certain 
doubts arise about the quality of 
the production. 

The excuse lor a scenario is sot 
in the uncomfortably near future. 
Eor no adequately explained rea- 
son, the populace have decided 
that commuting is dull and every 
other vehicle and pedestrian is fair 
game. Some unknown character 
has strewn the road with bolt-on 
goodies, all designed to get your- 
self noticed. 

Missiles and grenades fire for- 
wards, the only differences being 
speed and range. Oil causes any- 
thing behind you to lose control, 
while hub spikes knock out the 
competition at the sides. 

Closet kamikazes are also 
catered for with the turbo wheels, 
which allow extreme speed at the 
expense of any control whatsoever. 

The police aren't happy about 
all this unrest and will try to stop 
you whenever they can. Certain 
enterprising pedestrians lob 
grenades, but with a shriek, a splat 
and a splash of gore they are gone. 
All the other vehicles are either 
obstructive, offensive, or all three, 
Like most of suburban America, 
there's a level crossing every few 
miles, Hitting trains hurts, but they 
can be missiied. 

Turbo is a traditional top- view 
scroller, much in the spirit of Spy 
Hunter. It can be played against the 
clock* which is enormous but 
short-duration fun. against another 
player, which is enormously enor- 
mous fun, or over a comma link, 
which is critically unreliable 
according to the publishers. 

The graphics work, the sound is 


TURBO 

Kill for credit 


suitably grotesque and the whole 
thing is presented with Ihe 
panache oF a dead stoat, But it's 
such manic fun to play that that all 
goes out the window. 

If I had to describe Turbo as 
glibly as possible, I'd go about il 
thus: Audio- Visual ladedness is 
the disease, Turbo's the cure. 

Stewart C, Russell 


Ttiffo) 

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Nirttilthtsions 



Overall - 73% 




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Finding die correct riiyfiftm to hold a position is the secret to the rings 


U S Gold's timing is immacu- 
late - not merely is the sum- 
mer well and truly over, but these 
Games are set at the 1988 Seoul 
Olympics. So we are doubly out of 
date. 

The delay can be almost wholly 
attributed to US Gold not being 
over keen the original Epyx PC ver- 
sion, and commissioning The Code 
Monkeys to do the Amiga and ST 
versions. It was the right decision. 
After a rather neat opening 
sequence it's time to choose the 
players and their countries. Each 
country is denoted by its flag and a 
short burst of national 
anthem, which is, again, rather 
nicely done. 

There are eight events in total - 
two more than the usual six - and 
in competition any number of them 
can he played in any order, There's 
a good practice mode where any of 
the sports can be played singly, 
useful for learning up fin event to 
thrash the competition next time 
around. 

First on the list is target archery, 
and jolly playable it is too. 
Separate scenes allow you to 
choose the draw length and the 
aim, which leads up to the release 
of the arrow. 

Six arrows have to be shot in 90 
seconds, which is a hit of a rush. 
Hit the target and you are rewarded 
with a white rabbit running across 


Wow, is 


flow Z, setrl 1 5 here I come . . , 


the screen - miss high or low and,.. 
No, I won't spoil the surprise For 

you. 

Anyway, the whole thing is 
completely unauthenlic because 
they've got the draw length all 
wrong. 1 know this because I'm a 
target archer, albeit a mediocre one. 

Next off is velodrome cycling. 
This is done in a very swish filled- 
polygon track- The event is the 
exciting lOQQm Sprint, Only the 
last 200 metres are timed, the rest 
being an exercise in tactics. 

The idea is to let your opponent 
act as a windbreak until the last 
moment, when you scoot out for 
your final sprint, 

The tactics are captured well, 
but the actual riders are too small 
to give any impression of the type 
of real-life acceleration that is 
needed - so explosive that bicycles 
have snapped under the strain, It's 
still my favourite event, though. 

Springboard diving is good fam- 
ily entertainment, but perhaps a lit- 
tle too confusing to be anything 
else. Even with the initial run-up 
and jump timed correctly, a similar 
sequence of joystick moves pro- 
duced either 1 per cent or 90 per 
cent of the top score, Your guess is 
as good as mine as to how this 
works out But it’s good for a laugh, 
with animated crowd and judges, 
plus something nasty that appears 
if you take loo long, 

Hammer throwing is straightfor- 
ward. All this little beauty requires 
is the correct swing and the correct 
release timing, both of which are 
easier said than done. 

There are a few ways of getting 
it wrong - release on the back- 
swing for example, which makes a 
hole in the fence, and release at the 
side, which makes a hole in the 
monitor. There are more. Actually 
scoring points is far less interest- 


ing. 


The 4fl0m hurdles is run over 


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v, is that the time already? 


another filled polygon track, solid 
vector being officially old hat. The 
actual race is another “Daley 
Thomson'^ got shares in the joy- 
stick. company so he doesn't mind 
if you break it" type game. 

What is really nice is the tune, 
with a groovy james Taylor style 
organ break - james Taylor as in 
the eponymous Quartet, not as in 
B0F, Although running is easiest 
using the keys, a new keyboard for 
the A 500 is a tad more expensive 
than a new Konix, so I'm sticking 
with the latter. 

Most athletics games make the 
Pole Vault the difficult bit. The 
Games is an exception - it is very 
difficult, maybe even extraordinar- 
ily so. There are many variables to 
get exactly right, but I guess that’s 
the way it has to go until someone 
thinks of a better way of presenting 
it. The vault can be made, but it 
takes a Long time trying. Again, as 
in almost all the events, there are 
some laughs to be had along the 
way when things go wrong, 

Making up the eight are the two 
gymnasium events - the rings and 
the asymmetric parallel bars. 

The ringp need fast and accurate 
movement between set positions, 
and then a hold in each position 
for two seconds. Like the diving, 
until you've become very experi- 
enced at the controls a random set 
of joystick moves can give as good 
results as following the script. 

If you Fail in any way, the liule 
man - whose animation, like most 
of the competitors in most of the 
events, amounts to hundreds of 
frames - dismounts, and starts cry- 
ing, Awwt 

You then have the honour, or the 
ignominy, of being photographed 


for the back page of a digitally pla- 
giarised tabloid. 

The asymmetric parallel bars - 
Epyx calls them Uneven, which is 
shorter and easier to spoil - has 
your female competitor doing a set 
series of moves, egged on by her 
companion on the sidelines. 

Again, random moves can prove 
fruitful, but then again they can 
result in the Back Splat Fall, which 
earns no points and is somewhat 
painful looking. Again, the tabloids 
are there to record your success or 
failure. 

After all is finished there is a 
neat medal ceremony followed by a 
small closing ceremony, complete 
with flypast. And that's about it. 
Polished, very well presented, 
some good events, some bearable 
ones, and plenty of scope for com- 
petition. 

Niggle the first: Although the 
graphics are good, only the top ZOO 
lines are used - three marks 
deducted for that. I'm afraid. 

Niggle the second: The game 
loader spends at least half of its 
time seemingly not doing anything, 
with the drive motor off. It's almost 
certainly de-compressing data, but 
it does make you yawn now and 
then. 

Niggle the third: Even though 
The Games comes on two discs, it 
w r on't use the second drive. OK, so 
the code fills a 512k machine com- 
pletely meaning that a second 
drive - which needs about 20 k - 
can't be used, but why can't it 
auto-deteet a disc change? We’re 
talking 'Insert disk into A: and 
press button" here. What a pain? 

Niggle the last: The usual caveat 
about additional hardware should 
be heeded - The Gaines caused my 



elderly modem to get confused and 
hang the telephones for several 
hours. Not funny, 

Niggles notwithstanding, The 
Code Monkeys have done a very 
creditable job - you’d be very hard 
pressed not to find something 
you'd enjoy here. Out what a 
shame we didn't have boxing. 
Remember the Korean team? 
Missed out on a serious piss-taking 
opportunity there. 

Stewart C. Russell 


Thr itiunt's - Smrimrr Edit foil 

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Overall - S)2% 



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Bates? Steba? Beats? 


The walfman nears the end of level arte 


but the transformation sequences, 
which were by far the best parts of 
the original arcade version, are 
sadly missing from this otherwise 
fairly faithful conversion. 

Also your bloke and hia fellow 


G ARY Gygax adds a few moiJ 
gold pieces to his secrsK 
hoard by allowing the D&D naraJ 
to be used on Hiiisfar, a new role** 
playing game from SSI. To wbatl 
extent this partnership goes ii| 
uncertain, but seemingly only in 
the level of having Advance! 
Dungeons & Dragons scrawled all 
over the place - on the box, on 
the loading screen, on the hint 
booklet.,. er, not that I needed to 
read it of course, 

Before you go anywhere in 
Hiiisfar you must select a charac* 
ter. This may be of the rall-yoiiF 
own variety or from the obligator? 
selection of ones-made-earlior. 

If you bought Pool of Radiance 
or Curse of the Azure Bonds, then 
you can import your character from 
there, tax free. 

Loading in characters - hah! - 
that's a different experience, [f 
there is one thing more annoying: 
then 17 levels of requesters asking 
yon if yon are really absolutely 
sure, certain and positive that yen 
want to overwrite the character in 
memory; then it is the total lack of 


comes with the ability to hurl fife- 
balls, whizz about at the speed of 
the blitter and beat everybody up 
fairly easily without even (lying. 

Everybody, that is. except for 
one. Some baldy old bloke with a 
face only the front of a very large 
truck could love will intervene, 
trying to do bis dirtiest to stop you. 
He seems to have some sort of 
static electricity problem ‘cos large 
sparks fly from his fingertips 
whenever you get dose. Eventually 
he will turn into a targe monster 
which keeps throwing his bead at 
you, ft's all right, he has a few to 
spare, And that's only the first 
level, I want d anger money, 
Progress further into the pas- 
sageways of the earth and meet 
even more terrible monsters who 
defy gradation on any meaningful 
scab of horribleness. If I ever see 
those eyes again... 

Fear not, though, for later you 
have the power to turn into a fear- 
some dragon and some sort of blue 
teddy bear with terribly bad breath 
- well the beasties don't like it 
anyw r av, and 1 can't blame them. 

If there’s anything worse than a 
hall of blue Ruff in your belly but- 
ton it's a giant ball of blue fluff 
breathing all over you. 

Antient Greece is looking pretty 
good. Live at Pompeii, the only 
thing missing is the constant 
swarm of insects. The animal ion at 
the beginning and of the end -of* 
level beasties is quite impressive. 


Eye-eye'eye-eye-eye^ye like you vemy much 


W HEW you are dead you 
might think that at long last 
you'll get some time to yourself. 
Take in a few movies, hang about 
with vour dead buddies, do a spot 
of haunting perhaps, and get a 
chance to find out what really 
swell guys worms are after all. But 
no. For these are the pinky blue 
skies of ancient Greece and. here 
old heroes never die, they just hang 
around and wait to gel resurrected. 

Sure enough, some old geezer 
pops up eventually and asks you to 
rescue his daughter. So it's time to 
shuffle back on this mortal coil, but 
probably not for too long, 

Here ranged against you are 


wolves, skeletons, large blue mon- 
sters anti some more skeletons 
which are even more upset than 
the first bunch. 

Oh, and 1 forgot the funny flying 
gargoyle things that try to whip 
your wig off. Why the wolves don ‘I 
run off with all those bones beats 
the hell out of me. 

If you cripple enough white 
wolves and collect the glowing 
gl oh ey things, nothing much 
changes - a hit like getting the 
ECS I suppose. However, if you 
collect three of them, then for some 
jolly good reason you will trans- 
form into a werewolf yourself. 

This new hirsute physique 


42 AMIGA COMPUTING December 1984 







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HILLSFAR 

The bitterest hill is hard to take 


Green 


Oh in?: 1 Me KYAG time again 


combatants sometimes look a bit 
murky - perhaps because of the 
choice of colours. Their a ni mat ion 
isn't up to quite the same standard, 
either. 

it's a good job Activision has 


inducted those nice graphics for 
the intermission because it seems 
about a day's wail What can it be 
doing alt that time? Playing a 
sneaky game on its own? I thought 
part of the idee of re-writing the 
disc format was to make it a hit 
faster. 

To say the game play is agressive 
would be to commit criminal 
understatement. Al later levels you 
will know what a small white plas- 
tic sphere feels like at the 
Olympics. If you don't get vour 
enhancer potion quick, it's party 
time for all the worms again. It is 
easy to speculate that with such a 
long period between the release of 
the arcade machine and this Amiga 
conversion that someone could 
have done a better job of the graph' 
ics. Nevertheless, it is sufficiently 
playable and challenging to war- 
rant investigation. 


any sort of warning whatsoever. 
Anyway, then you ride into the 
much fabled metropolis of Hillsfar, 
Well, maybe they didn’t have much 
to fable about in those days. 

Travelling the highway is itself 
an adventure, Watch out for all the 
obstructions in the road - trees, 
puddles, bales of hay,.. Added !o 
that, the occasional crazed lunatic 
takes a pot shot at you from the 
trees. Who said raving paranoia 
was a disadvantage? If vou don't 
believe in predestiny then you are 
going to be very upset by (his 
game. 

There are four character classes 
- fighter, thief, cleric and magic 
user. Each has three quests avail- 
able to him. always the same and 
always in the same order. Of 
course, what you do in your time 
off is up to you. 

You can become horrendously 
wealthy by offering to clean out 
various persons' chests while they 
are not about. You can also become 
horrendously dead J cos if they 
catch you in the backstreets trying 
to pick door Jocks they’re going to 


send you home to mother in a card- 
board box. 

The city includes a cemetery, an 
arena, a shooting range, various 
pubs - you can't get a decent pint; 
of Guinness in any of them - and 
a fair sized sewer system. What 
you do is totally up to you. 

There are other locations outside 
the city if you want to brave the 
equestrian challenge again, but 
they are only really worth visiting 
if you have to go there as part of a 
quest. 

Otherwise you may as well have 
robbed somewhere closer to home, 
since once you break in, most 
places are the same - a ma^e with 
diesis of booty lying about, 

Sounds are generally GK but can 
be a bit si rained at times, so they fit 
in excellently with the gameplay. 
To be truthful, it is probably a very 
accurate simulation of life in a 
primitive environment, it certainly 
captures the timeless tedium and 
pointless ness of it all, 

The modus openutdi of thievery 
has just reverted From touch 
screens and modems in high rise 


city offices to the more noble Jock- 
picks and large swords in dank 
dungeons, but the quality of life is 
fust the same, 

Some of the little sequences you 
stumble upon, like the arena for 
example, are quite entertaining and 
graphically effective, but there is 
not too much to keep the interest 
above critical boredom level 

Lucinda Or 


Hiilsfar 
£24 M 



Overall - 72 % 



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Please note some Leisure tiHes are awaiting release 







Jeff Walker presents... 


THE DISC 


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HUM 

2.0 


I KNOW what you're thinking - 
you hate Andrew Lloyd 
Webber. That's why this is a proper 
chess game, You know, horsey to 
king prawn... in fad, this is the 
best PD chess program to date. 

Those that know their Karpovs 
from their carpets may also know 
that the Prussians once used a vari- 
ant of the game of chess to train 
their commanders. They called it 
BlEtzspiel and played it on two 
boards. The opponents were in dif- 
ferent rooms, each of them able to 
see only his own pieces, A spotty 
oik would run between them tak- 
ing pieces off when necessary. 

The idea behind Blitzspiei was 
to teach military strategy. At this 
point in the story I think it’s only 
fair to point out that throughout 
history the Prussian army got 
whacked by almost everyone. 

This game isn't quite so tough, 







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No4»i/S*c : | Mn: I 

Hv «•** if. gtn 

H*in/t«c : « Mh: 4)1 
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Illtftl m*t - cm 

Nodrs/fte i 4| Noitr Til 
Hy mw is: Met 


Try *UJ 


Sigh. If oriyit wo$ PAL,. 


but it still whipped me pretty good 
with only a five second response 
time. There are no skill levels but 
play can be made harder by giving 
the computer longer to think. 

Everything about Chess 2,0 says 
“Amiga” and ''friendly”, Nice 
requesters, the ability to change 


things, load and save positions, ask 
for a hint... Lovely stuff. Even the 
doc is a riveting read. And it's Ime 
PD, Freeware, as (hey say. 

Mr Kaufman, we salute you. It's 
decent blokes like you that make 
the Amiga world a nicer place to 
muck about in. 


CHESS 2.0 is freeware. It may be 
distributed free of charge pro- 
vided that no extra restrictions 
are placed on it No payment is 
required for using this program, 
but you should feel yourself obli- 
gated to send in bug reports. 

If you enjoy the program drop 
the author a line because he'd he 
glad to hear your comments and 
suggestions for future enhance- 
ments: Alfred HM Kaufmann, 
124 Silversprings Rise N.W. r 
Calgary, Alberta , Canada T3B 
3Z6. 



S OME letters have come in 
asking about the file viewer 
I've been using on the cover disc. A 
few of you noticed the change from 
View to QView and wondered why 
t don't use More from the 
Workbench disc. 

The reason is simple. I wanted 
something smaller. For what it 
does, More is extraordinarily large, 
almost Ilk in fact, View is smaller 
and it does the job, hut it has a 
worrying 'feature” whereby the 


Support you 

IF you find QView useful, the 
author will be your friend for life if 
you send him $10 . Responding in 
this positive fashion will ensure the 


scroll arrows at top and bottom 
right come out as random blobs 
when a hard drive is plugged in. 

Then I happened across release 
vl.l of QView. It was no contest. In 
3372 unpacked bytes, author 
Lyman Epp has managed to shoe- 
horn 18 keyboard control options 
for moving around a document, a 
hex display mode and an Ascii 
search routine. 

Check out QView.Doc for all the 
details. 


shareware 

release of more quality programs 
for your Amiga. Post your dollars 
to: tyman R Epp, 10072 Wirt Plaza 
15; Omaha , Nebraska 68134 , USA, 


December 1989 AMIGA COMPLETING 49 



Workbench 

1.3.2 


Y OUR Christmas present tom 
ns and Commodore is some- 
thing that money can't buy - the 
official Workbench 1.3.2 upgrade. 
Lots of those annoying little 4 fea- 
tures' 1 in 1.3 have been fixed, and 
lots nf those begged-for enhance- 
ments have been made, resulting in 
20 replacement files, 

This is going to be your last 
upgrade before 1.4 next century. 
Did I say century? Sorry, I meant 
year. It just seems like century. 
Anyway, make the most of it, is the 
point I'm trying to make. 

Don't forget to have a gander at 
the ReadBuforeUsing file. It's a very 
serious licence agreement and you 
should compose yourself before 
reading it. 

Banging your head against the 
wall will probably put you in the 
correct frame of mind. 

I wouldn'l for a moment dream 
□f taking the mickey out of such 
legalise statements as “you may 
not decompile, reverse engineer, 
disassemble Dr otherwise reduce 


the software to a human perceiv- 
ahle form, 1 " No siree. You won’t 
catch me pointing out that it would 
he impossible to reduce it to a 
human ;mpercdva5ie form because 
if you did it wouldn't be any use 
because wouldn’t be able to per- 
ceive it. 

Nor would 1 suggest that “The 
licence is effective until termi- 
nated'' is just another way of say- 
ing “"Till death us do part”, so don't 
read the thing aloud with a priest 
in the room or you may end up 
married to your monitor. [Go away. 
Green, No I won't be your Best 
Man.) 

There's also a list of countries 
that you are not allowed to send 
the upgrade to. Poor old Hungary 
and Poland - make themselves 
democracies and they still can't 
owm Amigas. 

1! anyone ever translates that 
document into English, be sure to 
send me a copy. Iu the meantime, 
eari drink, be merry and don’t 
worry about it. 


Utilities 

CMi)’ Works with device 
names that have odd number 
of characters. Query /uncriorr * 
added so works with printer 
drivers /hat query the printer 

ClDckPtr; Switched over to /he jj 
European version with the 24 
hour option. 


Libs 

version.library: Version num- 
ber changed. 

info. library: No longer improp- 
i er/y combines too/ types - 

Devs 

t serial, device: JV □ longer 
crushes on mismatched baud 
rate, Refuses to open unavail- 
able units. Lower overhead. 

prinler.device; Support for 
: multi-pass printers fixed 

System 

Formal, IVonks with large hard 
drives (uses Bu/MemTypeJ, /uhihi/ 
§ logic fixed. Secondary results are 
properly set. Better error messages. 

I On/y opens icon .library if it needs 
icon. library, JVoFFS keyword 
removed (was not usejiiij. 














NewLook 


IF you're staring at the CDQD5 
window knowing that something 
looks different but can't quite 
decide what, then take a look at 
the gadgets. 

The Close gadget has become a 
circle, the front and back gadgets 
have become arrows, the two 
bold horizontal lines along the 
drag bar have turned into a stip- 
ple pattern, and the Size gadget 
has changed into a diagonal dou- 
blfrarrow. 

This is the result of running 
NewLook, a Workbench hack by 


David Junod, 

Things are going I o look differ- 
enl again when Workbench 1,4 
arrives, but until then you can 
use NewLook and its sister, 
NewArrows, to prepare you for 
the shock. 

Best thing to do with NewLook 
is copy it into your C: directory 
and run it from your Startup- 
Sequence. NewArrows you'll 
have to double click on. 

A change is as good as a ml 
they say. So why am 1 falling 
asleep on the drive home? 


□iskeopy: Uses fast mem oir in a 
single drive copy if chip ram is 


P SYGNOSIS' slogan is ' Games 
People Play”. But you can't 
play Shadow of the Beast because 
it's too flippuT difficult. Which is 
why 1 threw the thing at Max the 
Hacks and demanded invulnerabil- 
ity. Max passed it on to justin, who 
took it to pieces, put it back 
together again and came up with 
the Beast Infinite Energy Hack, 

It's almost perfect- Big JG was 
hacking to a deadline and there 
was one beaslie he couldn't neu- 
tralise in time - the big grey one at 
the end of the first stage. To get 
past him you'll have to pick up a 
weapon by punching the blue 
dragon's ball, You'll find him way 
to the left of the teleport, Don't bo 


L 

Pipe-Handler: Names are now 
case indlfjferenf. 


Speak-Handler: No longer 
loses 10k when unknown 
pocket received. OPTs are now 
case indifferent. 


FaslFileSystem: No longer fails 
if /he boot block of a disc con- 
tains a zero in the first long 
word. Whenever a file not in 
the root was altered, the dote 
stamp of /he roof block would 
be offered This has been fixed: 
the last modified date is now 
altered instead. Due to a calcu- 
lation error when writing auf 
/he hifmap the disc would 
always validate on restart if it 
was greater than 308 meg. This 
has been fixed. New limit is 
2.5 gigabytes. Tested to 600 
megabytes. 


Aux-Handler: Sefs /he flags to 
0 on open of the serial.device. 


«Tj 

how 


unavaf/ah/e. Singh? disk copy an a 
I meg chip ram machine works. 

Verify by default: noverify option 
added. Only opens icon library if it 
needs icon library. If Diskcopy fash 
the failure cylinder is left showing 
on the screen. Secondary results 
are properly set. Better error mes*; Setl 
sages. Afuhi keyword allows nwld sure 
pie copies of single disk. bek 

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you horn his bad breath, 

To use the hack, follow the oaj 
screen instructions that appeal 
when you double click on tfrs! 
Beast i"con. After you insert thaj 
Shadow of the Beast game disci 
four error requesters will appear in] 
this order: Disc is unreadable, Dis 
structure corrupt, Not a DOS dis< 
Not a DOS disc. Click Cancel ead 
time and then Fire your joystick, 

■ That's it. Go explorej 
Necrophilia, Or was it Necropoli ' 
Something like that 






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work w if It J meg chip ram 
machines . TrackDisk GetUnit 
patch added. DOS Executed 
patched that uses Run from the 
resident list. UserState patch 
forGSQiO. 

Load WR: Now closes 

icon. library. 

Eval: (J added; aiso parses 
strings in a more relaxed mam 
rer. 

DiskBodor: Incorrect error 
message (out of memory) 
changed. Uses 8ufMemT\ l pe so 
works with large hard drives. 

SelClock: Reset option /toiv 
skips clock validity check. 

Mount: Baud and Control 
mountlist keywords added for 
multi- serial use. Full option 
added to startup to create han- 
dler entries with full environ- 
ment support. 


ary properly. It worked fine before; 
however, it was incorrect. 

NoFastMerm C/longed to also spe- 
cific divert calls on fast memory to 
public memory. 

SetMap: Kludge added to make 
strre that, under Kickstart v34 and 
fteiow, a keymap never spans a 64k 
boundary. 





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COPYING files from one disc to 
another con be a real pain if you * re 
new to the Amiga.. It can be espe- 
cially difficult if you're new and 
you've only got the one disc drive. 
Like my next door neighbour, 
Norman. 

1 promised Norman Fd write a 
script file which would automate 
the process, And I did. And I 
called it Gimme! 32. (Well we all 
have to be called something.) 
Doable click on its icon to start the 
upgrade. Subtitles for the hard of 
thinking follow: 

1, Woke a backup copy of your 
Workbench 1.3 boot disc - the one 
yon normally use to start your 
j4migrj vp. 

2. Make a backup of this month's 
cover disc , referred to from now on 
as CDQ05. 

3, Put your original CD005 and 
Workbench 1,3 boot disc well oof 
of harm's way so there is no 
chance of you picking them up by 
mistake, Another universe is a 
good example of well out of harm's 
way. 

4. Remove all discs from all drives, 
and snitch your Amiga off. 

H^arl 30 seconds and snitch your 
Amigo on, 

& Write protect the backup copy of 
CD005 and insert it into DFO:. 

7, Click the left mouse button when 
the Mini-Intro appears. 

8. Men fire disc icon grinds on to 


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Double clicking on the Gimtnel32 icon will start the upgrade process rolling 


the Workbench type EndCU into 
the AmigaDOS window (important 
for 512k machines l) and double 
click on CD005. 

9, Double click on the Workbench 
i. 3.2 icon. 

Iftp Laugh at the bug cartoon. (Go 
on, it took me more than four 
hours to do,) 

11. Take a deep breath and double 
click on the Gimme 132 icon. 

12. The script file will open a big 
window and say hello. Click the 
left mouse buffon after you have 
said hello back, 

14, { Because Fm superstitious.) 
The drive will whirr a lot. The 
script file is now copying all the 
relevant files into RAM: and 
reporting its progress in orange let- 
ters. This process will take a Me 
white. 

15. The letters will torn white and 
you will be invited to swap discs. 
Make sure you wait until the disc 


access light is oat before removing 
CDG05, and moke sure you wait 
until the disc access light is out 
before clicking to continue after 
inserting the backup of your 
Workbench 1.3 boot disc. 

10. TAe drive will whirr a lot again. 
Everything is being copied from 
RAM: into the correct directories 
on the 1.3 boot disc. This process 
will take a little while. 

U. A requester will appear inviting 
you to replace CDG05 in DFO;, Da 
so. (Erm, remove the 1.3 boot disc 
first ,1 

Ifl. All the files in RAM: w|R be 
deleted, the big window will disap- 
pear r and you VI ine bade where you 
started. 

19, Get a disc label, write 
Workbench 1,3.2 on it and stick if 
on the boot disc. 

20, Double click on the ReadMe 
icon. 

21, Read, 


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it appear 
ck on the 
insert the 
?me disc, 
I appear in 
table, Disc 
D05 disCi 
Intel each 
jystick. 
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etropotis? 


nils guy can 7 hurt you now; but you 'll 
still need □ ivpapon to get. past him 


The Right 
Button Demo 


W IMBLEDON is best known 
for its tennis. But for how 
much longer? For if you wander 
into the local Comet warehouse in 
that part of South West Loudon 
and look at the Amiga display, 
you'll see the Amiga Computing 
ZoweeJ Demo from the September 
cover disc up and running. 

"It’s so impressive", said the guy 
who phoned from Comet, "we 
think it's just perfect for showing 
our customers what this machine is 
capable of. 

There's praise for you, Jolyou's 
gone up a hat size. 

This month's demo isn't the nor- 


mal sort but an example Jolvon put 
together of how to implement colli- 
sion detection, the subject of his 
latest machine code article. The 
music is once again by Kevin 
"Savage" Collier. It started out life 
as the music for Australian Carnes, 


but was turned down because "it 
wasn’t Australian enough". \ guess 
what it needed was a dijeridu. 

Hook up the hifi and enjoy. HI 
leaveyou to find out why it's 
called The Right- Button Demo for 
yourselves. 


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fii the VW; drawer am four associated tank 


IF you use this Shareware prod- 
uct and want to become a regis- 
tered VDO: owner, send 5 10 to: 
ASDG Incorporated , 925 Stewart 
Street, Madison, Wl53?13 t USA. 

Being a registered owner 
means you will feel better know- 


WinSize 

POSITIVE feedback has ted me to 
think harder about the presenta- 
tion of the cover disc. Many read- 
ers have written to say wbat a 
good idea it is to leave the CL! 
window open and include a few 
useful commands in the C direc- 
tory, 

With this in mind I dug out a 
program I picked up years ago 
which lets me resize and re- 


in# that you helped defray the 
recoverable ram disc's develop- 
ment costs. ASDG will answer 
technical questions from regis- 
tered users only , and wr/f dis- 
tribute' new product news to 
same : 


position the AmigaDos window 
from the Startup- Sequence, 

When you boot the cover disc, 
it's WinSize that picks up the 
window, makes it smaller and 
moves it down to the bottom of 
the screen. The line in the 
Start up -Sequence which does 
this is: 

krinsiz^ninsize 0 ?10 4411 44 

When you double click on CDOQ5 
yuo’ll see the method behind my 
madness. Like it? Lei me know. 


K enneth thornton wrote 

me a begging letter. Is it pos- 
sible to offer your cover disc menu 
display to your readership on a 
future disc, he asked. No sooner 
asked for than got, Ken. 

Select (aka Dneishe Start) is 
that program. And it isn’t ours, it's 
- you guessed it -shareware, 

The program has a couple of 
idiosyncracies { Otherwise known 
as bugs - Ed) which I'd better tell 
you about. 

Firstly, it won t work with the 
1,3 release of Execute, which is 
worrying. But it seems to run per- 
fectly well with the Workbench 
1.2 Execute command. You'll find 
that on the cover disc in the C 
directory. 

The second problem is that you 
can't use boot sequences with 
spaces in their filenames. No, not 
even with quotes around them. So: 

select "This Baot“ “Tint Buot* 

will not give the desired result. 
What you’ll end up with is four 
menu selections to choose from: 
This and Boot and That and Boot, 
You have to use hyphens or under- 
scores if you want to separate 
words. Like so: 

select "THi-famt" "TlwtJBoof 

It also refuses to load and run 
some commands correctly. It's trial 
and error time. I’m afraid. The 
only one I’ve found is EndCLl. I 
don’t use that in my cover disc 
boot sequences any more, so l 
don't care. You may have to find a 
work-around. 


December AMIGA COMPLYING 53 


U ISKDGCTOR doesn’t work 
miracles, even though it 
claims to, It is such a cack-handed 
pregram to use that I was deter- 
mined to put Dave Haynie’s vastly 
superior DiskSalv on to the first 
cover disc. 

From the letters and phone calls 
I've had, it seems DiskSalv's only 
slightly less confusing than 
DiskDoctor to those of you who are 
new to the CLI. 

So here's a Workbench alterna- 
tive. FixDisk by Werner Gunther, 
Jeffs three golden rules apply here: 
1] Read the documentation thor- 
oughly 

2} Only work on a back-up of your 
corrupted disc, and 
3) Don't rush, take it one step at a 
lima. 

Don't come crying to me if 
FixDisk makes an even worse mess 
of your only - albeit corrupted - 


VDO: 

I RECKON I'm asking for trouble 
putting this on the cover disc. 
The author, Perry Kivolowitz of 
ASDG Incorporated, isn't over the 
moon about the idea either. We 
share the same concern. Phone 
calls. And letters. 

You see, VDO: does something 
very clever. It gives you a recover- 
able ram disc, like RAD:, only this 
baby is dynamic like RAM:, which 
means it only takes up as much 
memory as it needs. 

If you copy lots of files to VDO; 
it'll reserve however much memory 
it needs to store that total amount 
of data, If you then delete some 
files, VDO: will free the memory 
those files was stored in. 

Wonderful stuff. Totally trans- 
parent to the user. But there's a 
mag. And it’s a biggie. 

Perry doesn't guarantee that 
VDO: will work in memory mapped 
in at SclOOO. All 512k ram expan- 
sions map themselves in at that 
address, What this means in end- 
user terms is that VDO: won't work 
with a 1 meg Amiga - that is. one 
with only a 512k ram pack 
installed. It'll work on a vanilla 
512k machine, and it'll work if 
you’ve expanded to 1.5 meg or 
more. 

So now you know. But the bloke 
you gave a copy of the cover disc to 
doesn't. So phone him up and tell 
him before he reaches for his 


FixDisk 


This of one hell 
of a powerful 
program. Bead 
the doefile 
thoroughly 
before you start 
playing with it 


Dneishe 

Start 


copy of whatever. You should fol- 
low rule number two even if you 


Hard drive owners will be disap- 
pointed to leum that FixDisk won't 
work with the FastFileSystem 


(FF5), It will, however, work on 
SFS partitions up to 4063 blocks - 
that's just under 2 meg. But, let's 
face it, using disc repair programs 
on hard drives is a desperate mea- 


sure. I strongly advise caution. As 
the doefile says right at the top: 
Use this program at your own risk. 


COVER DISC V COVER Dl 





COVER DISC J COVER DISC 



Reader contributions 


FIREWORKS 


by Fuzzz & Euphmo 


WHEN the programmers at 
Argonaut Software were develop- 
ing their new assembler, ArgAsm, 
they needed a program lo lest il on. 
Fireworks was that program, It's a 
bit late for November the fifth, but 
it's small and it's cute and the com- 
mented. totally OS -legal source 
code is there for you to see how the 
professionals do it. 

See if you can spot the three 
kinds of fireworks - rockets, roman 
candles and red green -blue traffic 
lights {which doesn't make sense 



F unt of Argonaut; "Mecmwi 
lo the fcoiKsf Never?* 


when you first read it, hut will if 
you think about it]. 

Not a lot more to be said. Double 
click on its icon to start, click the 
left mouse button to finish. 


by Mark Everingham 


M1M-INTRO I 


by Marcus Lynn 


WHEN Marcus Lynn first came to 
the Amiga from the ST he spenl a 
lot of money on books so he could 
learn how to write good demos 
and all sorts of mega things, But 
now he Finds that half the books 
he bought have never been used, 

M I could have saved a lot of 
time, money and sheer hell", he 
says,, "if 1 could have had access 
to some source to see how more 
experienced programmers pro- 


Now that 19 -year-old Marcus 
has become more experienced he 
wants to share his knowledge 
with beginners and try to help 
them break through some of the 
early barriers. And who am I to 
slop him? 

Mini-Intro is the program that 


auto-runs when you boot this 
month's cover disc, If you want ta 
see it again later, you can double 
click on its icon. 

The source code is well com- 
mented and simple to follow as 
long as you know the basics of 
08000 machine code. One of the 
easiest things to do is change the 
scrolling message, which begins 
on line 351 and starts with the 
word Welcome, 

Insert as many more DC.B state- 
ments between TXT: and CCHAR: 
as you like, making sure your text 
is enclosed by single quotes. 
Marcus uses Devpac 2 to assemble 
bis code, hut it should be fairly 
compatible with most Amiga 
assemblers. 

And before I get a letter from 
the Formal reader asking' if it will 
assemble with the limited version 
of Devpac he got free, l don't 
know, Suck it and see, 


SLIDING puzzles have been a 
favourite of mine ever since I got 
my first one out of a jamboree 
Bag. Remember them? Neither do 
I - 1 {ahem] pinched it off my big 
brother who said he was “keeping 
it for posterity". Well, the Flying 
Saucer was soft, but the Love 
Heart [Touch Me) went down a 
treat. 

Anyway, back to the little plas- 
tic sliding puzzle, which was, 
according to bruv, the next best 
thing lo a green dinosaur. And it 
was a real devil to play because 
the first puzzle you had to work 
out was how to make the tiles 
slide. Stiff, or what! 

So you can imagine my plea- 
sure when 16-year-old Mark 
Everi ogham from Bristol sent in 
his Amiga Workbench version. 
Compiled with Aztec C (v3.6a) - 
and the source code is (here for 
you to study - Puzzle is Mark's 
interpretation of the classic 
Macintosh desktop toy. It’s only 
the third program he has ever 
written an the Amiga. Cheques in 
the post. 



ft ’s not really as complicated as this, 
hut wouldn't ilbefun if it nw* 


Problems with your disc? 


• IF you subscribe to 
Amiga Compuf/jig and 
your disc has been dam- 
aged in the post, please 
send it to: Database 
Direct, Amiga Cover Disc, 
FREFF05T, Ellesmere 
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3EB , You will be sent a 
now disc. 


• IF you aie net a sub- 
scriber and your disc 
does not work, please 
send - it within two 
months please - to: 
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be sent a new disc with 
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get 


THE GAME OF I, IFF 


by Philip Gibbs 


WHAT is Life? Who am I? Who 
are you? Where are you? Where 
am I? What does the J stand for 
in the Perrier advert? Who writes 
this rubbish? 

A cellular automata is what 
Life is, a model which imitates 
the performance of cells. At any 
given time, a cell is either alive 
or dead. At each time-step a cell 
may die, be r^-bom or stay as it 
is, according to the number of 
living cells surrounding it, 


more or less and it will die. A 
dead cell will be re-born only if 
il is surrounded by exactly three 
living cells. 

John Conway is the guy lo 


Ufe. don't talk lo me!- abotrl life . 


AS i 
pul 
my 
inti 
hot 


HANDS up everyone who cad 
resist Workbench toys. You knoi 
those small programs you play wil l 
while you're waiting for AmigaDc col 
to format a disc. Come on , own up, on 
One, two, throe, four. Five, six . 
thirty-seven thousand, six-hundra 
and fifty -eight, thirty-seven then 
sand, six-hundred and... Phei 
that's enough of that. 

Well this program will give yo 
a quick game of Noughts an 
Crosses. It doesn't know any strati 
gies, it doesn't learn from it 
mistakes, but it's got cule X and ( 
graphics and il knows the rules ( 
the game - it's amazing how tm 
times it can catch you out. Doesn 
calch me out, of course. 

Programmer Richard Wildnuu 
who is 17. is at college il 
Nottingham studying a two yea 


0 > 


gre 

Nil 



of 

tta 

be 

to 

lo 


If two or three of the eight I 
cells surrounding a living cell are [ 
alive, it will continue to live, any I 



54 AMIGA COMPUTING December 1980 














i who can't 
. You know. 
Ju play with 
if AmigaDos 
m,own up.,* 
five, six ... 
six-hundred 
seven thou- 
nd... Phew. 

rill give you 
■lights and 
v m slrate- 
■n from its 
ate X and 0 
the rules of 
l how many 
out. Doesn't 

A Wild man, 
college in 
a iwo year 




computer course. “This was my 
first attempt to use the Amiga's 
graphics library functions”, he 
bravely admits, adding, “Those ref- 
erence manuals are not too easy to 
get through!” 

When Richard isn't using the 
college's computers he is at home 
on his expanded, double-drive 
A5QG. Tva been interested in com' 
paters", he says, “since a teacher at 
my junior school brought a ZX81 
into class to show us. Wow! I was 
hooked," 

You may not get hooked on 
0X0, but it beats counting the 
grease stains on the wallpaper. 
Nice one. Rich - keep L em coming. 



1 tet it ivm, hones! I did 


LIFE 


$ 

n 3? Who 
a? Where 
stand for 
ilro writes 

a is what 
i Imitates 
Is. At any 
ther alive 
step a cell 
stay as it 
iUmber of 
jit. 

the eight 
eg ceil are 
o live, any 
ill die. A 
o only if 
idly three 

re guy to 


blame for all this. It was his inveri- 
ticn, Long time ago now. He’s a 
mathematician. At least he was. 
Probably still is, Philip Gibbs is a 
software engineer. He wrote Ibis 
Amiga version of Life. You may 
remember him as the author of the 
Workbench Mandelbrot program 
on the October cover disc. 

A discussion of the ins and outs 
of The Game of Life b way beyond 
this piece.. People write whole 
hooks on the subject. My advice is 
lo trot down your local library and 
look up Comvay, John and 

Not knowing what the hell is 
going on doesn't stop yon playing 
with it though. My favourite game 
is to choose Clear and Fast from 
(he Screen menu followed by Soup 
from the Border menu. Than 1 sit 
hack and watch what develops. 
Fascinating stuff. If it all gets a bit 
stagnant, I press the left mouse but- 
ton and plant a random colony. 
Great stuff! 




WE are always looking for original con- 
tributions 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 w T e will 
have a look. 

If we like what we see, it could earn 
you up to £1 ,000, 

Please let us know which files, if any, 
your submission needs from the 
Workbench disc. If it is clickable, feel 
free to design an original icon. But don't 
make it too big. And please use the 
standard 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. 


Remember that Amigo Computing 
will only buy your work on an all rights 
basis. We are not prepared to buy the 
rights to programs which are already in 
the public domain or have been spread 
by any other means. 

Please enclose this coupon, or a pho- 
tocopy of it, with your submission. 
Include a File on the disc with full doc- 
umentation „ your name, address, phone 
number and a few details about you and 
your kit, A mugshot would be nice, but 
isn't essential. 

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 


_ "I 

Age-—*... years 


Daytime phone., ..»»» «***«■ After £un 

Evening phone “****«■ After.,,,,,,,,, pm 

Submission name — - ■ 

Submission size........ **«♦*»■ ...bytes in total 

NOTE: Wc 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 or assembled program 
include all the source code, but do not count this in the size of the submis- 
sion. 

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


Si gn this declaration: 

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

Signe d , , , — “ ■ 

Date..,,,,, — — 

Post your submission to: Jeff Walker. Amiga Computing, North House, 
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I puter enthusiasts in November when the UK's 
newest cross formal exhibit ion r the Computer 
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Timed to hit the start of the peak pre- 
Christmas buying season, it is the result of a 
I brave but well researched decision by organis- 
ers Database Exhibitions and is sponsored by 
Computer Shopper magazine. 

Computer Shopper Show incorporates and 
replaces three established Database events, 
the Atari Christmas Show* the Electron & 
BBC Micro User Show and the Amstrad 
Christmas Show. It will retain all the 
machine-specific attractions of these popular 
and successful exhibitions, add more besides 
and serve up the resulting feast as one huge 
festive offering. 

Something for everyone is the aim ot the 
show which will open on November 24 and 
run until November 26. With over 200 stands, 
it has been supported by exhibitors from all 
[ major sectors of the popular market and is 
expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors. 

"We knew the concept of an all-format event 
in the run up to Christmas was what people 
had been waiting for but even we have been 
surprised at just how great the actual demand 
I has been”, said head of Database Exhibitions, 
Michael Meakin. "The response from 
exhibitors and potential visitors has been far 
greater than we expected ", 

“For those three days in November the 
Computer Shopper Show will transform 
Alexandra Palace into the number one 
Christmas computer gift hypermarket this 
country has ever seen”. 

The importance of timing for the Computer 
Shopper Show was underlined by sales direc- 
tor for Database Exhibitions Mike Malone. 

'Positioned right at the start of the peak 
buying period, timing of this show has been a 
key factor”, he said. ”tt has appealed to both 
exhibitors and visitors alike. As our promo- 
tional campaign has got underway, space at 
the show has become hot property with the 
computer trade realising it is a must for thefr 
Christmas marketing plans. 

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and the computer buying public has realised 
that this will be ultimate venue for buying 
computer products. We are convinced that we 
have achieved what we set out to do - to turn 
the Computer Shopper Show into the world's 
largest pre-Christmas computer shopping 
opportunity". 

When visitors enter the Great Halt they will 
bo treated to a vast selection of goods from 
excellent hardware through the whole range of 
add-ons and peripherals to cut price games. 
Bargains galore will make it a must for the 
Christmas buyer and the sheer volume of 
stands will give visitors a unique opportunity 
to compare the prices and merits of exhibitors 
from throughout the UK * an impossible exer- 
cise in normal circumstances. 

Not only will Computer Shopper be the ulti- 
mate marketplace, it is also designed to be fun 
- a real festive start to the Christmas run-up. 

Typifying this concept, a circus theme will 
run throughout the three days and has been 
the basis of the high-profile promotional cam- 
paign, A robotic Father Christmas, wire walk- 
ers, stilt walkers, a strong man, clowns and 
even a baby elephant will be there to add to 
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potential rewards are mouth water- 
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had but for eleven lucky people it 
will become a reality at the Computer 
Shopper Show, 

They will be winners of the various 
trolley competitions which have been 


running throughout the computer 
press and their reward will be that 
star in the competition prize firma- 
ment - the chance to complete a trol- 
ley dash, 

Outside show hours the 11 lucky 
winners will be given a trolley, a time 
limit and some restrictions on what 
they can take then set loose in the 
Great Hall at Alexandra Palace. 


Before them will be the largest single 
collection of computer goodies to be 
seen in the run up to Christmas and 
free aisles to get round as many 
stands as possible. 

A large percentage of exhibitors 
have agreed to take part in the com- 
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visited, giving winners a chance to 
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firm favourites and a wide range of bargains 
will greet Amiga owners who visit Computer 
Shopper Show. 

Choosing the show to launch a number of 
new packages is Digita International (stand 
Bla)> Top of its Amiga list is System 3 an easy 
to use integrated suite of programs developed 
as the Hrst step towards computerisation for 
the small business. System 3 includes cash- 
flow controller, invoicings statements and 
stock control for £49.95. 

Also for the Amiga is Digital Cashbook 
Controller. Billed as the complete accounting 
solution For the small business, it costs £49.95. 
Stage 1 is a suite of business programs costing 
£49.94. 

For release at the show will be Multigen, a 
new genlock for the Amiga which comes com- 
plete with its own processor, memory and 
power supply for approximately £250, And 
also on sale will be Home Accounts, designed 
as a complete home accounting package for a 
price of £29,95. 

A range of games for the Amiga will be on 
offer from A & 5 Distribution (stand K1B). 
"We'll be taking everything but the kitchen 
sink", said Alf Payne, who will also be offer- 
ing joysticks on his stand, 

Among the general supplies on offer from 
Al Computer Supplies [stands E2, L2 and L4) 
will bo a wide range of computer furniture , 
mice, software and discs, 

Admincure (stand A10J will be offering a 
range of computers, printers and accessories. 
Among its stock of shareware discs and public 
domain software, Advantage (stand El 2) will 
be hoping to feature Amiga games, education 
and business software programs. It will round 
off its stock with a selection of books and lan- 


guages. 

One of the top names in the Amiga world, 
Amor (stands D3 and D5] will be using 
Computer Shopper Show to demonstrate its 
new database, ProData, Features include mul- 
tiple indexes for accessing data, multiple seg- 
ment indexes, a powerful filtering feature, 
comprehensive printing options, easy to use 
layout design and password protection for a 
price of £80, The Protext range of software 
will also be on sale. 

Star’s range of printers will figure strongly 
on the Athene Computers stands (C3 and C5) 
where Amiga hardware will be on sale along 
with over SOD discs df public domain soft- 
ware. 

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selection of sound samplers which will rang 
in price from £30 to £GDU and will includ 
A.M. A S., its stereo sampler with built-in mid 
interface for the Amiga. 

B Bytes Computer Systems [stand M14] has 
several new launches planned for the shoi 
including its Amiga card index file Supercan 
at £24.95. 

Claiming to have produced a new conceji 
in disc labelling, BlackStuff will be lettin 
show visitors into its secret on stand F3. It 
Polly Erasable Label kits are totally wip 
clean. 

As files are deleted and overwritten, tin 
Polly label can be updated accordingly making 
scribbles and illegibile alterations a thing o 
the past. 

For £13,74 the kits are packed in a desktop 
canister which contains 50 everlasing labels, 
the solvent and erasure pen. Fast drying fim 
line marker pen, cotton wipes and circutai 
colour-coding labels to help disc classifies 
tion. 

AmLen (stand C8) will be selling hard disa 
for the Amiga together with various upgrades 
and a selection of second hand hardware cov- 
ering all formats. 

Bath Computer Shack (stands C2 and C4J 
will he featuring its cordless mouse for the 
Amiga plus a selection of other peripheral 
and hardware and Bowthorp EMP (stand J6] 
will be offering Us comprehensive range oi 
sui^ge protection devices. 

Calisto [stands MB and M10) will have a 
range of Amiga software on sale at discounl! 
prices and a selection of printers will b« 
offered by Ca spell Computer Services [standi 
A3) along with its Ribbon Refresh package 
which allows up to 30 printer ribbons to be re- 
sprayed. 

Club 6000 (stand Lie] is a mail order house; 
specialising in discounted software for the 
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er equiment across many formats will be on 
sale at bargain prices from Com monside 
Hardware Services [stand J7]. 

A wide range of good games for the Amiga 
a! attractive prices will bo on offer by 
Computer Communications [stand L6] and 
Computer Express [stand Al) will bo soiling a 
range of 16 bit computers together with soft- 
ware and peripherals. 

A number of now titles will be on sale by 
Computer Manuals (stands Sll and M2] 
which will also be offering damaged books at 
knockdown prices. Computer Store (stand 
LI3) will be catering for Amiga users with a 
range of blank discs, disc boxes, joysticks and 
disc drives. 

Discount prices will be offered by Conceita 
Micro Systems (stand Jll) which will feature a 
range of Desk jet printers and well known 
discs. From Dabs Press (stand K12) there will 
be a selection of new books in the Dabhand 
Guide series.. 

Diamond Computers (stand S25) will have a 
full range of hardware, software and peripher- 
als for the Amiga, The keen competition for 
business which is one of the watchwords of 
Computer Shopper Show was underlined by 
Mike Brown from Diamond who would offer 
nn further information for fear of letting the 
opposition know what he will be selling, 

A selection of discs, disc storage boxes and 
Panasonic printers will feature on the 
Mediaware stand (S5)* Dowling Computers 
(stand S17] will be offering Amigas, 
peripherals and a range of games and business 
software. 

Star and Panasonic printers, discs, disc 
boxes and Amigas will be sold by Ealing 
Computers (stand Bib), 

Equinox Business Systems [stand K3) will 
bo offering its recently -launched small busi- 
ness accounts package SBA Plus, Written and 
developed by Equinox, the SBA Plus package 
is the next up-grade from SBA Xtra aimed at 
the maturing small business. 

It features flexible invoicing with a product 
table or free format mode, an invoicing link 
with sales ledger and stock control, integrated 
puchasing links with bought ledger and stock 
control, complete sales ledger, multi-period 
VAT, library charts and accounts and the abili- 
ty to act for more than one company. SBA Plus 
costs £199.95. 

A new range of discs which feature software 
protection built into the shell will feature 
strongly on the stand of Escroe (A8). Escroe 
specialists in volume sales of discs ranging 
from 2.8in to 8in. 

Evesham Micros (H16,17 and 18) will be 
concentrating mainly on hardware Including 
external disc drives for the Amiga. In addition 


to stocking Amiga machines, it will also be 
selling memory and internal disc drive 
upgrades. 

A wide range of discs will be the speciality 
of First Stop Computer Supplies (stand F7), 

Launched earlier this year, the European 
version of the SupraModem 2400zi internal 
Amiga 20 00 modem will be featured by 
Frontier Software on stand H10, The oasy-to- 
install half card supports asynchronous opera- 
tion at 2400, 1200 and 300 baud and is 100 per 
cent Hayes compatible retailing at £169.95 

"The 24()()zi is unique in the Amiga market 
and has sold exceptionally well in the USA. 
We believe at our price, it is unbeatable for a 
modem of its specification ', said Frontier's 
marketing manager Martin Walsh. 

On the First Media stand (L18) visitors will 
he treated to what is billed as the largest col- 
lection of storage boxes in the country. Stands, 
copy holders and replacement mice for a wide 
range of computers will also be on sale at very 
competitive prices, said FM boss john Taylor. 

HSV Computer Services (stand S9) will be 
offering a range of discs, ribbons and acces- 
sories and Hewson Consultants (stands M7 
and M9) will he displaying its wide range of 
games software. 

A selection of software including many top 
games will be on offer from In Store Marketing 
(stand MIS) and Kador [stand M4) will have 
its range of seaFn’type protective keyboard 
covers, together with the Keytops series of 
stick-on labels for converting keyboards to 
other languages. The company will also be 
giving details of its courses on re-charging 
laser cartridges. 

Kempston Data (stands H2 and H3] will 
offer the Kempston mouse at a price of £49,95 
and the Kempston disc drive for the Amiga 
costing £89.95. 

From Kuma Computers (stand M6] will 
come K-Comm 2, the Amiga to Psion link. It 
combines flexible bulletin board requirements, 
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WHAT is believed to be the world's largest 
Christmas stocking will be a feature of the 
Computer Shopper Show. 

Fifty feet long, it will be suspended in the 
Palm Court at Alexandra Palace to be filled by 
teams of children collecting cash around the 
show. 

Recipient of the proceeds, expected to be in 
excess of £20,000, will be Childline, the 
helpline for children in need. It is hoped that 
leading light of Childline Esther Rantzen will 
appear at the show and the stocking is being 
put forward for a mention in the Guinness 
Book of Records. 


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A SPECIALIST feature of the 
Computer Shopper Show has been 
designed to attract a minimum of 
5.0QQ buyers from small businesses, 
many of them looking to purchase 
micros for the first time. 

The Small Business Advisory 
Centre is a new concept developed 
jointly by Database Exhibitions and 
Computer Shopper magazine. 

It will be supported by Apricot 


Computers which has agreed to link 
up with leading UK business software 
houses to present a non-stop display 
of the benefits of networking to small 
companies. 

The Department of Trade and 
Industry will send along experts from 
its enterprise initiative scheme to 
offer advice and a leading firm of 
accountants will be there to give 
financial pointers. 


“We are going to offer the small 
businessman the most comprehen- 
sive source of information ever pro- 
vided at a computing event", said 
sales director of Database 
Exhibitions Mike Malone. “We are 
firmly convinced that no previous 
computer show has ever adequately 
addressed this area of advice for 
small businesses. Computer Shopper 
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Prestel, together with the ability to link the 
Amiga to the Psion Organiser K-Comm 2 costs 
£29,95, 

Kuma is also extending its Better English at 
a Better Price promotion on K-Roget until 
December 31. K-Roget is a computerised ver- 
sion of Longmans Pocket Roget's Thesaurus 
and allows users to select the most appropri- 
ate word from a database of over 150,000 
words and phrases. The special offer reduces 
its price from £49.95 to £29*95. 

Thingi Computer Supplies (stands Mil and 
Ml 3) will debut Thingi, Thingi 2 at the 
Computer Shopper Show. The new document 
holder is a much enhanced version of Thingi 
2, injection moulded with a special gravity 
clip allowing documents to be positioned, li 
costs £8,01 . 

On the Llama soft stand (M17), the compa- 
ny’s best-selling ST package TripaTron will 
make its debut for the Amiga. Incorporating 
stunning graphics which, respond in lime to 
music, it costs £34.95 

A range of software, peripherals, disc boxes 
and joysticks tn cover all formats will be avail- 
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by MD Office Supplies (stands A2 and S15] 
Main Media (stand B2) will be selling discs 
disc boxes and accessories. 

Database Publications (stands B6, B8 am 
BlO) will have current editions of its five cons 
puter titles on sale, including Ami# 
Computing, plus back copies for readers to fi! 
in their collectons with issues they may have 
missed. 

Mandarin Software {stand )18) will he usi 
the Computer Shopper Show to demnnstrati 
Amos, its games creation package for tht 
Amiga, Sister product to STQS on the ST, it L 
scheduled for release in January. 

Amos allows programmers to design theil 
own games in an easy-to-learn Basic langu; 




environment offering great flexibility andjatfe# 
making best use of the Amiga’s unique set oM^terj 


hardware chips, it will cost £49,95, 

Magnetic media, data buffers, disc drive# 
and uninterruplable power supply systems! 
will be among the range of computer accos4 
sories from Manor Court Supplies (stand GlBi 
and Megaland [stand S7) will be doing good: 
deals on Commodore computers. 

Memory Expansion Systems will be selling I 
a range of expansion boards for the Amiga an 
stands B7 and B9 and another offer of bargain 1 
prices will coma from Micro Supplies with its I 
wide range of both software and hardware I 
products on stands A5 and A7 
Special show prices on Amigas and a vari-L 
ety of peripherals and software will be ther 
attraction from Micro Anvika (stand Si] 

On offer from Modem Marketing (stand AU)| 
will be its new EC24t)0 modem which was) 
launched earlier this year. The package covers 
all four speeds currently used worldwide! 
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7V AMIGA COMPUTING December 1989 








R IGHT now, this minute, there is 
someone dropping a disc in the 
post, or transferring a file by modem. 
Commonplace events among common- 
place people. But these people are 
different. The disc contains illegally 
copied programs being sent to someone 
who has not paid for them. The files 
they are transferring are not theirs to 
upload. 

They are the crackers. 

Is their existence detrimental (o (he 
computer industry? Liston carefully as 
massed ranks of programmers leap as 
one to their feet and shout “Yes". They 
can sit down now. They have a vested 
interest. Listen again, and hear the 
crackers and the recipients of their 
copied software say "No". They too 
have an interest in this. 

Let's step back and look at the issues. 
First, the two forms of piracy. Two 
forms you say? Yes. counterfeit and 
cracking. Counterfeit is rife in many 
industries, duplicating anything from 
perfume to plastic pearls. Ripping off 
packaging and designer labels to pass it 
off as the real thing. No one can 
condone this. It hurts everyone. 

You buy Zappow2000, the fantastic 
new game, When you get home its 
packaging is not as good as it should be, 
but you play the game anyway. Your 
money has gone into the pockets of a 
criminal who made that fake. If you buy 
a word processing program and need 
support from the authors you T ll he 
distressed to find that had you bought a 
fake the authors won’t help. 

So, counterfeit is wrong. But what of 
cracking? It doesn't do anyone much 
good, What crackers do is take 
programs and remove their protection 
so they are easily copied- Then 
programs are swapped between 
cracking groups, who compete to get 
the newest games out first. 

Very little serious software circulates 
this way, mainly because the crackers 
tend to be kiddie shoot-'em-uppers who 
wouldn’t know a good word processor if 
it leapt into their disc drive and typed 
the works of Shakespeare without the 
monkeys being in the room. 

What do get around are beta test 
versions of games* mega-trained ones 
that have been modified to make them 
easier to play, or crunched versions of 
games on release. The crunched 
software tends to come with a number 
of ether crunched games on one disc, 
all squeezed on so that the crackers can 
impress fellow groups with their 
cleverness. 

And all these cracked discs carry the 


■ COVER STORY ■ 


modem irritation of computing - the 
demo. In the good old days (1986), 
demos showed off what the machine 
could do. Joe Public was well 
impressed. But cracker demos tend to 
be all the same. Pretty coloured screen 
- look, he can use the copper - pretty 
scrolly picture - er... and the blitter - 
electropop music which goes on and 
on, and daft scrolling text, of the “Hi 
from Smegman of the Smegs and here 
is our latest disc so ya boo sucks to 
the noztiils of' type. Pretty for 30 
seconds, useless thereafter. And 
usually as Amiga friendly as lack 
TVamiel with a machine gun. 


C RACKERS who write demos 

always go and beat metal with 
astounding regularity, with no care if it's 
upwards downwards or standing still 
compatible. They all seem to use two 
drive, one meg, ASGOs, and it’s tough 
luck if you don't because these demos 


will break if you have anything else. 

The demo reaches new levels of 
tedium with the mega-demo. Whole 
discs of demos, each one doing 
something more mind numbing than 
the one before. The crackers think 
you'll be impressed by 64,000 bobs on 
the screen. I'm not, and most people 
aren't. 64,000 bobs in a game would 
be a different matter, but your average 
cracker is too dumb to think of 
writing anything as complicated as a 
game. 

As for the infantile groups 
themselves, they're like a cross 
between train spotters and D’n'D 
freaks, all trapped in their very silly 
world of swapping discs and writing 
demos. They seem to live in the 
postal version of cyberspace, 
oblivious of the world outside. 

All pretty negative stuff, IPs a pity 
really, because in that vast array of 
computer freaks there are occasional 

► 


This has been a journey into sound, Amiga-stereo sound 


SOUNDTRACKER treats music as 
numbers, not blobs on a staff. It 
divides up music into four tracks — 
one for each Amiga voice - of 64 
events. Each event can be either 
empty, or signal a change to the 
sound playing on that track. You can 
have as many patterns as required 
and change their tempo, repeat or 
loop them to form music. 

Initially this appears to need a lot 
of effort, but after you have the hang 
of the basic controls, Soundtracker 
works like a smart sequencer. 

The latest version is v2.4. It has the 
ability to play 32 samples, known as 
presets in SoundtTackerese* 
previously the limit was 16 samples. 
There is a preset-editor with which 
you can manage your library of 
presets. This can be used as a 
separate utility. There are print 
options and lots of little useful 
goodies like a filter switch and a bug 
fix to make it friendlief to hard discs. 

Because it is no longer a 
commercial program, Soundtracker 
hasn't been properly tested. It's got a 
lot of bugs in all the new parts of 
code. Version 2.4 is a master of 
confusing its screens with 
multicoloured garbage and then 
crashing. It's not OS legal, so won’t 
multi-task, and still has disc names 



Soundtmck&r - the jPOC version 

for the preset library hardwired in. 
This is all very much in the style of 
the development of cracked 
Soundtracker, and it is a frequently 
voiced wish when Amigaphiles 
gather that the people who work on 
it should do a new commercial 
version. 

But recently Soundtracker clones 
have started appearing, like Linel- 
Tracker, Pro-TVacker, Sidmon and 
Seq, aU looking superficially like 
Soundtracker but often with major 
improvements internally to the 
code, and externally to the user 
interface, 

Hopefully someone will write the 
definitive clone, Real Soon Now 
and then everyone can get down to 
exploiting the Amiga sound system 
the way Soundtracker users can. 


December 19B9 AMIGA COMPUTING 71 



4 

glimmers of goodness. Like 
Soundtracker. 

Let me tell you the story of 
Soundtracker. Once upon a time, a 
German person wrote a rather average 
music editor called Soundtracker, It 
wasn't a masterpiece of code, but it 
was particularly liked by some 
German crackers who managed to get 
their hands on the source. 

And they sat down and worked on 
it, tweaking and adding, changing and 
improving it. It's now the most 
popular Amiga program you can’t buy. 

Dozens of games out there have 
Soundtracker soundtracks, in its most 
recent incarnation it's a quite good 
music program, and almost all the 
demo writers use it. 

Programming wise, it still is a mess. 
The cracker s code is leaping off into 
rom, fiddling with structures and 
generally abusing the operating 
system. To crackers, that doesn't 
matter, but to the rest of the world, 
kicking your hard disc controller into 
space is at least an irritation. 

Some crackers and the original 
author are getting together to release a 



Bob Hay of FAST - 01-240 6750 


new commercial version, properly 
finished and hopefully OS legal. But 
crackers are snobs, and don’t like 
muddying their hands with 
commercial software writing. 

Well, most don’t, some have made 
the leap into commercial software and 
the programs (no names, no pack 


Pirate-proof computers 


COMMERCIAL programmers would 
like to see each computer built with a 
unique serial number in the rom. 
Modern mass production techniques 
make this economically possible, 
although it does mean using more 
expensive chips I When you buy a 
program it could use this code to 
decrypt the disc in a way which 
meant that it would only run on your 
machine. 

It is an idea which has been 
proposed for the Amiga 3000, but that 


is a 16Mhz, 68030 Unix workstation. 
There won't be many kiddies in the 
playground with one of those, 

But many people buy a computer 
because they know they can pirate 
software from friends. So it is not in 
the hardware manufacturer's interest 
to produce a pirate-proof computer. 
Some crackers even argue that 
because piracy helps sell hardware 
there are more customers for 
software in the future. In the end it's 
all down to conscience. 



drill) are quite good. But the rest of 
the energy of other crackers just goes 
to waste in a macho fantasy. 

The macho id breeds strange ideas 
into these folks. Like "C is for wimps, | 
real men use 68000 1 ' and "Amiga 
operating system, yes that's the thing 
you kick out of memory first 11 and 
“Copper lists are for hacking and 
appending”. All of which makes no 
real sense to anyone who spends five 
minutes with anything but the 
hardware reference manual and the 
odd Abacus book. 

You aren’t going to stop crackers, 
try as you might. You can help by not 
taking the software, or at least buying 
games you like when you see them on 
a cracker's disc. Telling the crackers 
their acts are illegal is a waste of 
breath. All you can really do is try and 
talk them into doing intelligent things 
with their Amigas, 

Say to your local cracker; "So what? 
Any idiot can trash the machine and 
do pretty demos. Getting rid of 
protection is very clever but you 
aren't actually making anything 1 . Are 
you listening crackers out there? 

Real programming is a lot more fun. 
Writing programs that do things. It’s 
why I and a whole lot of other people 
like the Amiga. Sit down and write a 
game, it's a whole lot more fun than 
writing a two- bit demo that will be in 
the "For formatting” pile at the end of 
the day. 

Meanwhile, software developers, 
you might as well ignore these folks, 
because quite honestly no matter how 
clever a protection you put on your 
discs, crackers will get through it. It's 
not that they are smart, just persistent. 
No protection scheme can survive 
constant bombardment. 

Programmers, get back to producing 
great software for the Amiga. Help 
organisations like FAST - the 
Federation Against Software theft - 
chase after the criminals. And please, 
stop putting those daft protection 
schemes on discs which just make life 
difficult for the legitimate user. 

Nobody comes out well from this 
look at the world of piracy, The 
crackers are so disorganised and so 
macho motivated that you'll never 
stop any more than 10 per cent of 
them even if you try really, really 
hard. 

And the crackers themselves have 
yet to realise that they are engaged in 
one of the rqost futile and dumb 
pursuits known to man, called 
achieving nothing. 


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You control a one man buggy, a 
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1) What was Digital Magic Software's 
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a. Scorpion 

b. Bomhuzal 

c. Dcus Ex Machina 

2) Drivin' Force has stunning 
graphics, Who drew them? 

a. Jon Law 

b. Andy Warhol 

c. Pablo Picasso 

3) Digital Magic Software is based in 
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a. Middlesex 

b. Dumfries and Galloway 

c. Cheshire 


The Gnat is usually sold as a kit, 
but Invicta has built one especially. 
For details of the Gnat contact 
Invicta on 0732-355628. 


Rules; 

[Ij The first correct entry drawn out of 
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20 will win the DMS Invicta Gnat 

(2} You may not photocopy the form. 
Only genuine entries are acceptable. 

(3] The prize may not be used on a 
public highway. 


[4) Employees of Database Publications 
and their associated companies may 
not enter. 

(5) It is a condition of entry that the 
winner undertakes not be use the 
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and that I he safety instructions will 
be read and obeyed. 


I have read and understand the rules,, 


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Competition. Amiga Computing, Second 
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The word is PROTEXT... 

Now available - Version 4.2 of Amor’s acclaimed word processor 


PROTEXT is very fast! Unlike the majority of Amiga word 
processors PROTEXT scrolls very quickly and redraws the 
screen in next to no time. We have achieved this by 
developing our own screen handling routines - much faster 
than the standard ones, 

PROTEXT uses the Amiga ’WIMP* interface fully and 
supports pull down menus, use of the mouse for cursor 
movement and block copying and window resizing. 
PROTEXT makes full use of Amiga Preferences settings 
and is fully compatible with the Amiga’s multi-tasking 
operating system. 


Pretext is the result of 4 years of development. Unlike the 
majority of competitive programs Protext is 100% British 
and is being developed further all the time in response to 
the needs of British users. Registered users are always 
informed when up^ades are available. 

■pratext realty is the best text processor on the Amiga" 

SJIAMfGA FORMAT 2} 89 

"pretext - the real joy comes only from using it. I can say 
without any fear of contradiction it is the best word 
processor available at the price, in my view, at any price in 
fact’ AUt3189 


A brief summary of some of Protext’s leatures 


Background printing edit/create further flies while printer is busy 
Sox manipulation move, copy, or delete any box as well as blocks 
Configuration set over 50 options to your own preferences using 
our menu driven configuration program 
Dictionaries add/delete words to/from supplied 70000 word 

English dictionary. Create your own dictionaries. 
Disc utilities copy files, erase, rename, type, create directory, 


Program mode suppresses formatting; auto-indent; set tab stops 
Proportional text will print proportionally spaced, right justified text 
Quick dictionary dictionary held in memory is very fast 


Ruler lines 


change directory, remove directory, catalogue files 
store sequences of commands in files tor easy 
flexible file conversion utility for other WP files 


Exec files 
Hie conversion 

Rnd & replace ve ry powerful and fast with 'man y o ptio ns , 

Foreign languages 10 built in keyboard languages. Easy to use 
accented letters; aaefdu&^ft^uSSS etc. 
Formatting auto-ref ormat; reformat para, block or whole text. 

Headers 5 footers up to 9 lines of text, different ewenVodd headers 
and footers, auto page numbering, footnotes. 

Help edit and command help available on-screen 

Keyboard macros string any sequence of letters together on a single 
key e.g. "Yours sincerely". Load and save macro 
key fifes. Special recording mode as you type. 

Line drawing ideal for drawing lines [and. Garners] around text 
Line spacing variable in half lines, Including 0, Vi 1, 1 Vfc. 2, 2te ( 3 

Printer support works with any parallel or serial printer, Wide range 

of printer drivers supplied, ind. lasers and 24-pin 

Printing styles 


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explains: "The graphics package is 
not terribly good - but we always 
envisaged people using Neo or Degas 
(two ST art packages} and (hen 
importing images into ThJespin. The 
internal package is really just for 
touching up and changing the 
colours". 

This may account for the rather far- 
out artistic style on the sample 
adventure included on the disc, 
which 1 had previously assumed to be 
attributed to an intimate knowledge of 
controlled substances, and 1 don't 
mean Apple roms, 


W ANT to hear a success story? 

Well, once upon a time there 
was a man with a computer and a son. 
Both were very good at drawing. The 
man decided to get them both 
together, so he wrote a program. 

He looked at the program and the 
program was good — but it could be 
better. So he developed mouse 
handling routines, drawing 
conditions, links and variable 
definitions. The man took his 
adventure writing utility - for such it 
had become - to Microdeal, which 
signed it up. And he lived happily 
ever after. 

Now Microdeal hopes it can do the 
same, Talespin, incorrectly called an 
adventure game on the disc label , is a 
utility designed to help you make 
your own adventures, although 
MicrodeaL adds somewhat reservedly 
that it is useful as a teaching aid or for 
business presentations as well. 
Programs created with Talespin are 
icon driven. This is a bit of a 
misnomer, because the icons are 
actually part of a picture. As far as the 
user is concerned though, he or she is 
just clicking on an area of the picture 
and not an isolated icon. 

This effect is achieved by defining 


Nic Veitch enters the 
world of Microdeal’s 
interactive program 
creator and lives 
to spin the tale 


dike the 
> British 
rouse to 
always 


each part of the picture separately and 
then overlaying them all, rather like 
the way an animation ce'l is built up. 

Pictures can be drawn with the en 
suite art package or standard IFF files 
may be imported. At least thafs what 
the manual says. The IFF files in 
question are only allowed to be 320 x 
200, 16 colours - the NTSC standard 
favoured by the colonials. If you try 
loading anything else, it won t crop it 
- it won't take it at all, 

This would not be the end of the 
world — nor indeed the end of the 
program - if it were not for the fact 
that the graphics package included is 
so primitive. Perhaps I am asking too 
much, but using an art package 
without a brush cutting option and 
associated tools sends me straight for 
an Aeroflot sick bag. [They are the 
biggest.) 

As John Symes of Microdeal 


X HE sound side of things is a 
little better* but this may be due 
to the fact that all it has to do is 
import samples and tag them on to 
the pictures. You can copy sounds 
which have been tagged on to other 
pictures or projects as well, but this is 
accompanied by a bad bout of disc 
swapping and menu clicking. 

Sound can be replayed at a number 
of different frequencies, useful for 
trying to make out that you have more 
samples than you actually do. 

If you want nice effects on your 


eot layout 
ops 

; you type 
th foreign 

Character 


Ripping yarns 


b printing 


own work then you will have to buy 
your own sampler and software. There 
are no facilities for editing sounds at 
all in Talespin. Presumably Microdeal 
reckons you need a sampler to import 
your own sound, and if you have a 
sampler then you probably already got 
some decent software to drive it. Fair 
enough, i suppose. 

A demo mode can be set up to cycle 
through the screens and perform 
actions in a predetermined order. 
While this is not so useful for an 
adventure, it could be very handy if 
you want to create business 
demonstrations. 

Menus are not the usual pull-down 
type, but are large speech balloon 
things which invert text on the option 
chosen, TYue Amigans will be ill at 


Drawing conditions decide which graphics appear and at whui time 


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Child's play to link pictures and sound to produce a story 



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P ICTURES and sound can be 
easily strung together in 
Talespin to make a story. This is 
achieved by using the program’s 
variables, which are not quite true 
variables but are more like flags with 
a discrete number of values. 

Choices are made by clicking on an 
area of the screen or highlighting an 
area of text with the mouse. These 
actions can then be interpreted to 
change the screen, play noises, 
change variables and so on. 

For example, in an adventure story 
say you want to be able to go to a 
location and pick up a disc. First of 
all create the graphic for the disc and 
import it into Talespin. Then from 
the main menu choose Add Picture 
To Page, 

After specifying the page, go to 
Variable Definitions, define a variable 
- let’s call it flag - and give it two 
possible values; 0 or 1. 

Set the entry condition for that 
page to zero. This means that when 
the program first enters that page, it 
will assign the variable flag to be 
have the value of zero. Add a 
drawing condition to the disc picture 
to prevent it being drawn when flag 
becomes 1. 

Now add the condition to the 
drawing that it sets flag to 1. This 
means that when the drawing is 
clicked, the value of flag will change 
to l* the drawing condition will no 
longer be met, and it will be 
removed. 

Follow that? It’s a lot easier 
following the menus because they are 


4 

ease in this unfamiliar environment. 

The pointer has mutated into a 
great clumsy ornate arrowhead and 
the "busy" alternative has turned 
from the reassuring sleepy cloud lo a 
strangely familiar looking bumble 
bee. Hmmm. 

There is a modest online help 
feature, which is not context sensitive 
and only useful to the absolute 
beginner. Nevertheless, brownie 
points are awarded for its inclusion. 
All the menu options are fairly easy 
to understand, so you shouldn't need 
to have one limb in the manual all the 
time. 

Ah, the manual, I knew I had 


in plain English. The above set of 
operations will put your image on the 
page. When it is clicked it will 
disappear, as though it has been 
picked up. 

From this example it is easy to see 
haw this simple method of using 


forgotten something, Well, it's quite 
easy to really. It is well written, but so 
much of the program is intuitive and 
easy to use that there isn’t a lot of 
point in looking at it more than once. 

I leaked at it about seven times in 
order to see if 1 was maybe missing 
something - but no, that's all he 
wrote, to corrupt the yankee 
vernacular. 

The cunning idea of writing one 
largo menu in easy to understand 
language has pul an end to Ihe 
manual being a creative requisite far 
decoding the options. It is quite 
possible to use this software without 
ever having seen the manual at all, 

Talespin is being deliberately mis- 
marketed. It was originally written for 


variables as flags can produce some 
seemingly complex interactive 
systems, Sound effects* text and 
further screens can be added as 
options in just the same way as the 
variable was changed. It really is easy 
enough for a child to use. 


children to use* and it shows. All the 
features, right down to the menus and 
the shape of the pointers, have been 
designed with children in mind. That 
is not to say that it is inferior or non- 
professional, merely that it was 
designed for a different objective - 
one which it is much more able to 
accomplish. 

John Symes himself used it to help 
his son learn to count, a task which it 
can perform admirably. With its 
completely icon-driven system* the 
kind of environment used by most 
education packages, it is very suitable 
for children to learn from. All the 
elements of early education are 

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Thumps up for education, thumbs 
down for serious adventuring. 


present - pictures, sounds and 
interaction. 

With the negative stigma which has 
attached itself to educational software 
in the UK, it is easy to understand 
Micro deal's reticence to bill it as 
such. Talespin does have the ability 
to create quite complex adventures. 


but not of the same style as those 
currently popular in this country. 

The whole system is geared towards 
a multiple choice type of 
construction, In adventure terms this 
means the kind of thing that appears 
in the game books very popular with 
younger adventurers. 

The case for the prosecution rests, 
in its defence, Talespin proves that 


You 'll need 
a good art 


you don't have to spend lots of money 
on A2OO0S and video discs to be able 
to write interactive teaching 
programs. In this respect, it almost 
shines. 


Talespin 

Microdeal 0726 65422 
£29,95 


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is next to 
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Printer l. A person or business 
engaged in in printing. 2, a machine 
or device that prints , 3. Computer 
technology - an output device for 
printing results on paper. 

F AR be it from me to criticise the 
Collins English Dictionary, and 
while I certainly wouldn't disagree 
with the ahove definition, I think 
there’s a case for adding 4 , Citizen 
12Q-D, the best selling 9-pin printer in 
Europe . 

If you ask most owners of lesser 
machines than the Amiga what printer 
they have, the odds are that they will 
have a Citizen 120-D, a printer that 
combines respectable 9 pin 
performance with a very low price. 

Amiga owners, being somewhat 
more discerning, need something a 
little belter, and Citizen may just have 
come to the rescue of those people 
who broke their piggy bank buying the 
Amiga in the first place. 

The Citizen Swift 24 is, as its name 
might suggest, a low cost, speedy 24 
pin printer, which Citizen naturally 
hopes will do for the 24-pin market, 
what the 120-D did for the 9-pin. 
Consume it alive. 

For £389 (not including VATj you 
are paying for a chunky, yet stylish 
looking printer, 41cm in width, 32cm 
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dimension to which the addition of 
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a 24 pin printer - they normally give 
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As well as a standard tractor feed, 
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which is notable for its sturdiness. 
Single sheet feeders are normally 


terribly wobbly and sloppy, but this 
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also has notches and symbols to mark 
the maximum paper width, and also 
where to set the guiders for A4 paper. 
No more printing and guessing. 

One thing 1 wasn't too hot about 
was the hinged smoked plastic part of 
the cover. When closed it keeps the 
noise level down to less than 55db 
normally or under 52db in the slower 
quiet mode. But it forces the 
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mined. 

It's simple enough to correct, you 
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The parallel interface comes as 
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and font cards. The lid on the serial 
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it's equally easy to refit. 

There are menus covering 
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ribbon and character set (which 
ranges incredibly from the obvious 
UK and USA, to Denmark, Sweden, 
Italy, japan, Latin America, legal, 


France and others). 

Beside macro 1 there are a further 
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obvious computer-printer 
configurations. All macros can be 
defined to match your computer 
setup. 

Once redefined, you can save your 
macro permanently into the printer's 
eprom (electronically eraseable 
programmable rom), which will not 
only survive a power off, but when 


No more broken fingernails 


INSTEAD of the nightmare world of 
DIP switches, the Swift 24 is armed 
with an eight key control pad and an 
LCD. When you switch cm the printer 
it loads macro 1, a predefined choice 
from the menus covering all aspects 
of the printers capabilities. 

the printer is next switched on will 
automatically load as the chosen 
macro. 

You should note that although the 
manual states that you can redefine 
certain selections without having to 
save the entire macro into memory, 
they will reset to their original 
selections unless you actually have 
saved the macro. 

There are three types of printer 
emulation predefined in the macros, 
Epson LQ850, IBM Frnprinter X24 
and NEC P6+, 

A couple of the other external 
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0.1mm in thickness, and the large 
plastic switch to go from fanfold to 
single sheets of paper, 

Peering into the guts of the machine 
reveals a print head with a large 
sink on top, which works very 
since the printer wasn’t 
particularly warm after !’ 
left it on for most of the 
day. Power consumption 
is a reasonable 90 watts. 

For quality printing 
there are four NLQ fonts 
and one draft. These use 
360 dots per inch for NLQ 
and graphic modes, and 120 
DPI for the draft mode. 

The fonts which arc built in are 
quite nice except for the horrible sans 
serif face, and include Courier, Times 
Roman, Prestige, Helvetica and draft. 
Of course there's the option of plug in 
font cards from Citizen, or software 
driven fonts from your Amiga. 

The print head itself has a life 
expectancy of 200 million dots (it 
must have been dull counting them) 
while the rest of the moving internals 
will see you through 4,500 hours. 

That might not sound a lot but if you 
used the printer for say 22 hours a 
week (which is seriously heavy usage) 
then the poor Swift would only fall 


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over after about four years. 

One feature that helps keep that 
speed up is the printer buffer, which 
can store 8k nf data. A really nice 
feature is that the LCD tells you what 
percentage of the buffer is full of data, 
so you can see roughly how long a 
document is going to take to print. 

The output is pretty good, but not 
Lip smacki ngly amazing, which Is to he 
expected since this is a budget 24 pin 
printer. 

So that's the printer for you t and a 
delight it is to use as welL But what's 
the documentation like? The dreaded 
printer manual? 

Thankfully since this one comes 
from Citizen Europe, as opposed to 
Citizen Land of the Rising Sun, it's in 
English, readable, helpful and 
informative. 

Starting with how to unpack, 
assemble and set up for your first 
print run, the manual takes you 
through an excellent section on 
getting the printer to work with 
various computers, to a full and frank 
expose of how to program and control 


the printer yourself. Not a section for 
beginners. And remember that if you 
want to send funny commands from 
AmigaBasic you'll need to open a file 
to the printer, A simple LPRINT filters 
out clever codes. 


Really swift? 


SFEEDW1SE manufacturers make 
great claims for the printer that all 
defy reality. If the designers think 
that 53 characters per second in NLQ 
mode {at lOcpi, or 64 CPS at IZcpi] is 
fast then I wouldn't like to see a 
printer they thought was slow. 

For just chucking out reams of data 
the speed rises to a respectable 160 
CPS at lOcpi, and almost 0 pin 
speeds wish 192 CPS at 12cpi. But if 
you wanted fast and cheap output 
then you wouldn't l>uy this printer 

The speed for decent quality 
output is disappointing. All of which 
makes the title Swift 24 something of 
a misnomer. Stride 24 or maybe even 
Hasty 24 would have been more 
accurate. Doesn't sound as good? Oh 
well, that's marketing for you. 


With a two year guarantee from 
Citizen, a set of decent quality 
typefaces built in supplemented with 
the option to add more, reasonably 
sprite ly printing speed, a clear and 
useful manual, you have all the 
ingredients for a nice printer. Size is 
just the icing on the cake. 


REPORT CARD 


Citizen Swift 24 
Citizen. Europe 0B95 72fi21 
£389 lex VAT) 

EASE OFUSE ... 

Goad, sensible replacement for DIP 
switches. Meaningful LCD messages. 

SOFTWARE 
Supported fry a wide variety of the 
Preferences printer drivers 


SPEED . 

Fails to live up to the Swift name but 
still satisfactory. 


VALUE.. 

The best buy in 24 pin printers. 


OVERALL 80 


Beats the opposition. For the moment 




G2 VideoCenter 

A complete Television Production Center in one compact unit 


FEATURES 
Video Mixing 
Fade to Black 
Geniocking 
PAL/NTSC Encoding 
Fully S-VHS Compatible 
Professional Performance 
RGB Buffered Output 
Software Controllable 



APPLICATIONS 

TV Captions 
Interactive Video 
Information Systems 
Video Graphics 
Advertising 
Training 
Education 
Security Systems 


The G2 VideoCenter simply plugs Into the Amiga 500 1000 Of 2O0G to give 
the facilities of a Professional Video Mixer, Genlocker and PAL/NTSC Encoder 


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DIGIPRO 


The G2 VideoCeftiet mmes on incoming video signal 
with the Amiga output. High qualify sliding fodets 
control both fade ia btock and the level ol mix FodSng 
can also be controlled by software winch is included 



with the unn A Merod and buffered SH3B output utlows 
the connection of on RGB monitor or other external 
device. Special YC inputs and outputs unsure fop 
performance when used with SVHS formal feqprden 


Amiga w a Trade Mart, Of C&pflWdor* Compyanf. -[fideoCenter- atKt m G2 Systems- ore Trade Mu otG2 Systems. 

The G2 VideoCenter is supplied by The Video Specialists" Digipro Ltd. On 
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520 STFM Power Pack 

£359.00 

fnc. VAT and Next Day Delivery 

Power Pack Include*: 

* 520 STFM 51 2K Keyboard with Built-in 1 Mtagaby to disk drive and TV 
Modulator 

* Over £550 worth of games software, intruding OutRun, Gauntlet 2, R-Type, 
Space Harrier, Super HangOn and 16 mere top Games 

* OganlMr Business Software including WQRQPRQCESSQR, SPREAD- 
SHEET and DATABASE. 

rt First BASIC and First Music Utility Software. 

* FREE JOYSTICK AND FREE MOUSE MAT WORTH £4.95. 

A Ail leads, manuals PLUS MOUSE and free mains plug! 

REMEMBER! Many ST's do not come with BASIC - ours come wilt! ST 
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520 STFM Explorer Pack 

£279.00 

* Explorer Pack includes 520 STFM S12K Keyboard with built-in 1 Megabyte 
Disk Drive and TV modulator 

* 1 FREE Game, ST Tutorial and METACDMCO Basic worth C2S 00 

* All Leads, Manuals PLUS MOUSE and FREE Mans Pkigl 

* Free mouse mat worth £4.95 


1040 STFM Super Pack 

£439.00 

* Includes t megabyte keyboard PLUS £450 worth of Software. 
Comprising 21 games and Organiser Business Software. Also includes 
Me taco m co BASIC, Mouse Pad, alt Leads, Manuals and Mouse. 


1040 STFM Business Pack 

£439.00 

Buelnet* Pack Include*; 

* Atari 1040 STFM Keyboard with 1 meg memory and 1 meg built-in disk 
drive plus TV modulator 

* £385 worth of Business Software including MICROSOFT WRITE word 
processor (El 50), SUFERBASE PERSONAL Database (EGO) and VtP 
PROFESSIONAL Lotus 123 Spreadsheet done (Ci50}, Metacomco Basic 
(£25) 

* All leads, manuals and mouse. 


MEGA 1 Business Pack 

£529.00 

FuLurei: 

*■ Separate Keyboard and System Unit 

* All the Software included with 1040 STFM Business Pack 

* Bitter chip installed tor iaster graphics 

Inc SMl 24 Mono Monitor ,,..£620.00 


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Q ulckshot H Turbo Joystick £ .9.95 Branded Me 

Competl lion Pro 5000 Joystick , „ . £ 1 3.95 Box of 1 0 

Competition Pfo- with Autofine £14.95 Mamorax D 

Konlx Speedking Joystick £11 ,95 For 40 3,5' l 

Red M ouse Mat with Amiga logo,. £5.95 Amiga 1 f2 K 

Plain blue Mouse Mat . £4.95 Control Can 


Branded Me mo rex 35* D5 00 Disks 

Box of 10... £13.95 

Mamorex Disk Box 

For 40 3,5' Disks . .£8 95 

Amiga 1/2 Msg Expansion £1 19.95 

Control Caniis Atari or Amiga £39.95 


Contriver Amiga and ST Mousa with FREE Holder and Mouse Pad £30.95 


Star LC24-10 24 pin ind. lead ^Umiga..., £259,00 

Star LC10 including interface lead for ST/Amiga.. ....E1G9.G0 

Star LC10 colour including interface lead for ST/Amiga .,£219,00 

Citizen 120D Including interface lead tor ST/Amiga £159.00 

SEIKOSHA 80 COLUMN PRINTERS - AMAZING PRICES 

Seicosha 9 pin NLQ including interface lead for 5Tf Amiga £139.00 

Seikosha 24 pin LG including interface lead for ST/Amiga £239,00 


Amiga A500 BAT Gamas Pack 

£399.00 

Inc. VAT and Next Day Delivery 

BAT Garrfei Pick Include*: 

A Amiga A5005 12 K'Xey board with Built-in 1 Megabyte disk drive 
A Free TV modulator worth £24,99 allowing you to use the Amiga with a 
normal TV 

* DELUXE PAINT II and PHOTON PAINT Graphic Packages 
WORTH over £1001 

* FREE, only just released BATMAN-THE MOVIE games software, 

* NEW ZEALAND STORY arcade games software. 

* FI 6-INTERCEPTOR - amazing 3D flight stimulator software . 

* A further £230 worth of Games Software. Including BUGGY BOY. 
MERCENARY, BARBARIAN, WIZBALL A six more games 

* FREE MOUSE MAT worth £4.95. 

* Amiga BASIC, Amiga EXTRAS 1.3, Workbench l .3 PLUS the Amiga Step 
by Step Tutorial 

* AN leads, manuals PLUS MOUSE and mains plug! 


Amiga A500 Business A Games Pack 

£479.00 

* Includes Amiga A5O0 and TV modulator PLUS BATMAN: THE MOVIE. FIS 
INTERCEPTOR, NEW ZE ALAND STORY and in addition a comprehensive 
suite of business programs Including: KIND WORDS II. Word Processor 
(featuring Spellchecker and Thesaurus), HOME ACCOUNTS by Digits 
International and SUPERBASE PERSONAL database software 


AMIGA I MEG BAT GAME PACK 
£529.00 

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A Fitted 1 Megabyte Memory Expansion + Real Time Clock Card 
* Everything listed for the A500 Bat Game Pack 
A DRAGON S UUR 1 MEG MEGAGAME I 


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Atari Msgafile 30- Hard Disk 

New! Commodore A590 20 meg hard disk ...... 

A5 90 Hard Disk fi, Memory Upgrade installed .. 


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Atari SC1224 Colour Monitor inc. lead 

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2 Batman: The Movie (Ocean) ...£15.75 

3 Shadow OF The Beast (Psygnosis) £21.95 

4 It Came From The Desert (Image Works] ,,£19.45 

5 Blade Warrior [Image Works)....** **,.*,..**£16.45 

6 Tha Untouchables (Ocean) £16.45 

7 Cabal (Ocean) £14.95 

B Slryx (Psy elapse)....,... *...*******************.**„**„**,***,,£ 12.75 

9 Swords Of Twilight (Electronic Arts) , £16.45 

10 Dynamic Debugger (Image Works) *****************,.**,,**, ....£16.45 

11 Interphase [Image Works) **..**,**„.*** .£16.45 

12 Operation Thunderbolt (Ocean) .,***************,,**„**„** £15*75 

13 The Lost Patrol (Ocean) *>,,*,„**.,**..„ £16.45 

14 Ooze (Dragon ware) £16.45 

15 Fiendish Freddie's Big Top 'O Fun (Mindscape) ,...£16.45 

16 Beoch Volley (Psygnosis) ..£15.75 

17 Populous; Promised Lands (Electronic Arts) „,*,„*, £6.45 

18 Gemini Wing (Virgin) £12.75 

19 Future Wars (Del pnine/Pd ace) .***********.*,* £15.75 

20 Power Drift (Activision] £16.45 

21 Gridiron (Belhesda) £16.45 

22 Triad II (Psydapse) £15.75 

23 The New Zealand Story (Ocean) ,,.,**********,,*.,. £15.75 

24 Ghastbuslers II (Activision) *,..**, ,******,******„,*,„„ 16 . 45 

25 Infestation [Psygnosis] *.„.***,*******,***,,*.,*„.,*.„„. £16.45 

26 Iron Tracker (Inlagrames) .*.„**.**** ....£12.75 

27 A P B. (Tengen) ..* £12.75 

28 Barbarian II (Psygno***) **,** * £15,75 

29 Dragon Spirit [Domarkj ****** *..*. £12.75 

30 Action Fighter (Firebird) ,,...*.*...£15.75 

31 Ivanhoe (Ocean) <******»*.„**..* ...£15.75 

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35 Highway Patrol (Intogrames) ****,<*,.*.<.£15,75 

36 Silkworm (Virgin) * ...,,,.£12.75 

37 Stridor (US Gold) £16.75 

38 Xenophobe (Micro Style) „*.*,**.**£ 16,45 

39 Matrix Marauders (Psydopse) ,...,.....,.*.,...,.£13,45 

40 Laser Squad (Blade) * .**<<**<**********..,****£13,45 

41 Shufflepack Cafe (Domark] £1 3.45 

42 Knighlforce (Titus) £16.45 

43 Super League Soccer [Impressions] *<*£16,45 

44 Horse Racing (Mindscape) .<.***.... £16.45 

45 Chicago 90 (In Fogrames) *..**..**,.*„,****£ I 3.45 

46 Life & Death [Mindscape] £16.45 

47 Kees The Thief (Electronic Arts) ...,,,**<**<***********<***.***......„.. £16.45 

48 Neuroma near (Electronic Arts/Interplay) ..............£16,45 

49 Risk [Leisure Genius) *...£13.45 

50 Super Quintet (Infogrames) ,.£15.75 


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1 Commodore A59Q 20MB Hard Drive £340.00 

2 Commodore A59Q CMOS RAM Chips xl [128k) £13.45 

3 Commodore A590 CMOS RAM Chips *4 (512k/0.5MB) ....£49.45 

4 Commodore A590 CMOS RAM Chips xfl [1 024k/ 1MB) £99 45 

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|1536k/l,5MB) * £149.45 

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7 External Floppy Disk Drive *********** ..........£74.45 

8 Cordless Mouse .... £ 1 17,45 

9 Commodore A501 5 12k/0. 5MB RAM Expansion .*,.£98,45 

10 Minigen ...£99.45 


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2 Marta Bras 


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Multi Screen 

£22.45 

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5 Bomb Sweeper 

6 Donkey Kong 

7 Snoopy Tennis 

8 Super Mario Bras 

9 Plane & Tank 

10 Jet Fighter 

11 Gold Cliff 
1 2 Climber 

1 3 Highway 

14 Air Combat 

15 Balloon Fight 

16 Soccer 

17 Volcano 

1 8 Space Fighter 

1 9 Konkay Kong Junior 

20 Space Warrior 

Multi Screen 

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£6,25 

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Amiga. 


The Game Creator 

Unleash the awesome 
power of your Amiga 


g out the maximum from your 


► AMOS makes the must of the Amiga’s 

unique facilities: 

* Animate up tn 4fl software sprites and 32 
hardware sprites on screen at once 

* Create up to eight separate screen scrolling 
areas 

* Define up to eight screens each with its own 
resol ution f hit map* position on TV* colour 
palette- in low or high res, ham mode or dual 
play field mode 

* Program the copper list with ease 

* Play music files on interrupt (supports Ronix 
and Soundtmcker files) 

* Super-fast window and text routines 

► AMOS is a delight to use: 

* Lockable procedures, no line numbers, multi- 
statement lines, sophisticated scrolling editor 

■Choosu from more than 350 different 
commands to produce the results you want 
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* Hold up to four programs and 12 accessories 
in memory at once 

* Store music, sprites, IFF picture files and so 
on in memory banks which you can load and 
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* Port § TOS programs to your Amiga 

* Works on A500 with single drive 
■ Supports hard disc drives 

* Add new commands with ease (3D routines 
for example) 

► What you get: 

AMOS Basic, sprite editor, sprite grabber, music 
editor, copper list editor, t hree complete games. 
Basic manual. Accessories manual, reference 
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AMOS will he one of (he hottest releases in the 
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An AMIGA COMPUTING Gold M«Md winrwr - 
allows Amiga users lo emulate a Mac Plus In 
order lo nun Apple Mac and Mac Plus software. 
Mac disks can m read directly In whan art 
eternal Mac Drive Is connected Id the cartridge 
hardware, Runs at loael as fast as a Mho Phisl 
Software compaliblo with I he A- Max include* 
MacPaint. MacDraw (V1JL2). MaCWnlO, 
Pagamaher (VI *2) plus all versions ol System . 
A Max wit Irout 2 r Mac 12BK ROMs ... El«.M 
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Hugely successful 9 pin printer, (he 04 £*Ck Ofl 

Star LC1D provides 4 Mt.Q fonts (with (JH IV LI 0%7-UU 
96 prim combi nations) at 36cps and * t . ,, Ll 

144qjs draft. Has a large 4K buffer Colour Version also a^llflble, 
and IBM/parallet interface buiilt in r n n |u COl AH 

includes a comprehensive Iront panel vl llj lu.UU 

operation and features paper parking. Prices include 2 extra 

allowing single sheets lo be used JlhL™ 

without removing Iractor paper, black fibbflns free 0T Charge. 

star LC 24-10 multifont 24 pin primer, amazing rt*W low prtea ....... £230.00 

Star LC-15 wide carriage version of LC-10 £329.00 

siar LC24-15 wide carriage version ol LC24-15 — £409,00 

Slur FR-1 0 Professional Spin 3O0r?6cps« 31K buffer, 1 B NLQ fonts. 

ee-PFtOM conflg. memory, plus 12 months on -site warranty £399-00 

Star XB24-1C Professional 24prm27K buffer, 4 SLO & 25 LQ fonts 

EE-PROM conflfl, memory, plus 12 months on-site warranty £499.00 

Panasonic KX Pi OBI reliable Spin 1Q“ printer l20>24cps ST ................. £i09-00 

Panasonic KXPtl 00 e*coHant Spin multlfonl 1 1.7" carriage «.*.»*■■ £199.00 

Panasonic KXP1124 good quality multifont 24pin £299.00 

Olivetti DM100S new Spin 200/OOcps lnc.1 year on-site warranty £120-90 

Epson LX400 (was LX60EJ) Spin 1 O’ lS0/25cps El 79.00 

Epson LQ55C 24 pin 10" iSO/SOcpfi £319-00 

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NEC P2200 budget 24 pm lBS/66cp* £27900 

Citizen I20D budget Spin 10* 120cpS — E139 -™ 

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40 Mb hard disks 


These high specification units offer 
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software including hard disk backup. 

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Hard Disk Package £529.00 


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Disks 


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with labels, fully guaranteed £ 9.95 

25 bulk disks as above £22.95 

1 0 disks as above with plasiic case £1 1 .95 

25 disks as above, with 40 capacity 

lockable storage unit £29.95 

Kodak DS/DD 3.5" disks, top quality 
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MiniGEN Genlock adapter £95.00 

Omega Projects MIDI Interlace, including 30* serial eabte £29,95 

Contriver Hi-Rea Mouse, includes. Mouse Mai & Pocket ........... £22.95 

A500 Dust Cover £4.95 

ITT CP322S 16,5" FST TV/Mdnltor inc. renVcontrol &. cable .... £229.00 

Philips CM&633 14-cdour monitor, suds tor Amiga 500 £229,00 

GFA BASIC Version 3 £49.00 

Home Accounts £l & 95 

Kind Words Version 2 £37.35 

Superbase Personal £59-00 

Superbase Professional £179-00 

Super-Plan £74.95 

Track 24 (MIDI sequencer package) £50.00 

Word Perfeci E1B3.00 


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The Amiga's custom chips contain 
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- whether you want the sprites in 
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playfield or in between two in dual 
playfield mode. 

This is done with by setting the 
"video priorities” in the BPLCON2 
hardware register [$dffl04), 

Sprites have a fixed priority relative to 
each other, If all eight sprites are set to 
overlap, you will see that sprite 0 
appears to be on top and sprite 7 at 
the bottom — that is, it has the lowest 
priority. You cannot change the 
priority of the sprites relative to each 
other. 


Collision detection 
the hardware way is 
easy when Jolyon 
Ralph shows how 


Ymm - &cnEPi PHIOSITV 


OM - PlipflBld «bnv« 111 tpHttl 

Ch> 1 - sprit** a end i mow* diyr Hid, athan tv low. 
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Qll - Sprit*! D to i *l»v* jnltyfltld, « *nd T b* Unw- 
ind - *11 H>nt« »bw* playfltld. 


Figure I: Playing priority 
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61 T - tLSDAt COHPONEWTS- 


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ID Sprits 6/1 collision with sprits 4/5 
9 - sent* 0-/1 «ll man with sprit* m 

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7 - Even bltplarwE with sprite */<5 

6 - Even eitpiartes with sprite in 

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4 - EhM blip term to sprite 4/7 

a — we bltplan** to sprit* 4/5 
2 - Odd bitp-lanes to sprite ?/3 
! - Wd bHplen** to Sprite 6/1 
0 - Even bitplanes to odd bite lanes 


BIT - CLJS.CGN COMPONENTS 


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14 - Enable tprit* 5 In Poll Ison tests 
13 Enable sprite 3 In calllgon tests 
12 - fnebi* sprit* 1 m coll ison tests 

11 - Enable hltplane 6 In collision tests 

10 - Enable b1tplu*e 5 In collision tests 

9 - En*bi* piteUft* 4 m cell man t**t» 

a - Enable bitplane 3 In collision testa 
7 - Enable bltplene 2 In Collision tests 
6 - Enable bltplene t In collision test* 
5 - Value to natch for bltplene 6 

A - Value to natch for pltplan* 5 

3 - Value to natch for bitplane A 

2 - Value to natch for bitplane 3 

1 - value to natch for bltplene 2 

0 - Value to natch for bitplane 1 


Figure IT; The format of the collection 
(top) and control registers 


In dual playfield mode, pluyflcld 1 
will appear above playfield 2. This 
can be reversed by setting bit fi of 
BPLCON2, 

The playfield priorities are then set 
relative to the sprites. Each playfield 
is allocated a number From 0 to 4 for 
one of the five possible settings. 

This value fsee Figure I) is put into 
the corresponding bits of BPLCON2, 
Bits 0 to 2. called PF1P0 to PF1P2, are 
set for the First playfield and bits 3 to 
5, PF2P0 to PF2P2. are set for the 
second playfield. 

For example, if you wanted a dual 
playfield screen with sprites 0 and 1 
on lop, then playfield 2, then sprites 2 
and 2, then playfield 1 and Finally 
sprites 4 to 7, you would set il up like 
this; Playfield 2 above playfield 1, so 
set bit 6. Sprites 0 and l above 
playfield 2, so set PF2PQ-2 to 0U1. 
Sprites 0, 1, 2 and 3 above playfield 1 , 
so set PFlPO-2 to 010. 

Consequently the correct value to 
set BPLCQN2 to would be - taking all 
the bits from above to form a binary 
number - %1 001 01(1, or 34a in hex. 

However the playfield priority is 
taken from bit six and can look a little 
strange if, for example, in the above 
example we set it so playfield 1 
appears above playfield 2. 

This would mean that sprites 2 and 
3 would appear above playfield 1 but 
below playfield 2, but playfield 1 
would appear above playfield 2, 

Think about it. Sounds strange? Not 
as strange as it looks, 

Once you have your priorities right 
you can check for collisions between 
the sprites and playfields. When the 

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December 1989 A MIGA COMPUTING S7 




■ PROGRAMMING! 


co- processors try to display a bit from 
a sprite or a playfield and there is an 
overlap with another sprite or 
playfield a collision bit is recorded in 
the collision register, CLXDAT. This is 
a read-only register which is cleared 
to zero each time it is read. 

The make-up of the register is fairly 
complex and is further complicated 
by the control register CLXCON. The 
format of these registers is explained 
in Figure IL All collisions between 
even numbered sprites and hitplanes 
are registered. However, the odd 
numbered sprites in the sprite pairs 
are by default not registered in 
collisions. For odd sprite collisions 
you have to set the relevant bits in 
CLXCON. 

There are two bits for each bitplane 
in CLXCON. One is to enable the 
bitplane in collision tests — so if, for 
example, you only wanted to test a 


collision between sprites and bitplane 
2 f you would only set bit 7 and enable 
plane 2 in collision tests. This masks 
out unwanted bitp lanes from the test. 

The second bit in CLXCON is for 
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you want to generate a collision with. 

The music play routine in The 
Right-Button Demo on this month's 
cover disc uses this feature to detect 
when the mouse pointer (a sprite) is 
over one of the boxes that control the 
program. As we can only detect one 
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the three different colours of the 
boxes. They appear the same colour 
because they are defined to the same 
colour value. 

In this way the routine checks for a 
collision with each box every third 
frame, Obviously wit h more boxes we 
would either have to use more colours 
and test less frequently or use some 
sort of coordinate testing system 
which would tell us which box was 
selected if the collision only told us 
that a box had been clicked, but not 
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Beating games 
is easy when 
you have got 
Max the Hacks 
on your side 


JOHN Warloimd 

says: Here is the 
complete set of 
codes for Raider. 



SHOT, DYKE* 
HIGH, LINK, 
PEAR, KILN, and 
BAND. Now you 
have no excuse 
for not trying to 
finish. 




GRAHAME Stirling says: Punch all I 
the guys at start* then punch the 
motorbike. To avoid guys that sho> 
duck and punch* When you have 
gun, shoot up and right. When you 
•to the end of the level, jump and Fl 
to blow up the robot. 

Level two is easy, on level three 
shoot all the guys. Punch the wall ad 
get ammo. Shoot two guys then the n 
drum. Go slow, hit the first three gud 
then the other three and then the last 
three, 

Jump down to get the food on youj 
left. Hit the enemies then the wall 
all the men, get the ammo and shoot 
both baddies and motorbikes. Slow 
down, when the guy is about to enta 
the screen, shoot him. 

Shoot once and hit two punks, the! 
a bike. When the van comes, jump 
and fire at the same time to blow it 
with the guys behind. 

When the two photo fit faces, or 
later the heal prints, appear, pause 
hitting Return, and wait until the t 
has finished. Examine the faces for 
differences and change them quick!) 
by hitting fire, up and down, left am 
right. 

In the junkyard shoot both of the 
guys who start above you. Get the 
ammo on the ledge then jump on to 
conveyor belt after the magnet. Then! 
go under the other magnet by turning] 
left to slow down. 

jump on to the ground to go under 
the crushers. Shoot the guy Wait for | 
the three metal bars to fall, then hit 
the guys and get the big gun. Shoot! 

Go up the lift and get the food on 
the left hand side, then carry on goil 
right, shooting everyone, then turn t< 
face your left and jump and fire to 
blow up the digger. 

When you have to save the hostag&l 





ROBERT Delve says: 
Save a league where you 
are top. Load the league 
when you invite your 
friends round and 
continue playing. You 

o 

only have one more 


match to play, so if you 

u 

win you will win the 

2 

league. 



102 AMIGA COMPUTING 








undi all 
i the 

ait shoot f 
have your 
en you get 
anti fire 

three 

i wall and 
ien the oil 
hree guys 
i the Iasi; 

on your 
wall Hit 
d shoot 
■ Slow 
to enter 

lks. then 
jump 
low it up 

Gi or 

tause by 
the tune 
95 for 
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eft and 

if the 
the 
on to 
.Then 
turning 

under 
ail for 
n hit 
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don 
n going 
him t o 
9 to 


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Go up in the lift, collect ammo, up 
in the lift and wait for three bars 
which are falling to hit the wall. Jump 
down to collect the gun. Take the lift 
up, punch the wall, then shoot and 
jump to complete level. 

Shoot all the wall-mounted lasers 
and guys. Get the gun, food, and 
ammo. Jump three steps then fire to 
kill. Baby food will give you more 
power. Complete the level by jumping 
and firing. Shoot all the lasers on 
walls. Punch wall and collect gun. 
Take lift up and wait until first beam 
on the right stops. Go through as 
quickly as possible. 

Punch wall then shoot guy on the 
right. Shoot daleks, then go up on the 
lift shoot Lasers then run through 
beams without stopping. Shoot daleks 
and guys, 

Punch wall, shoot lasers and get 
food. Go up lift get ammo, punch 
wall, shoot dalok, shoot lasers. Go up 
lift, shoot dalek, get food, punch wall, 
shoot lasers. Go up lift punch wall, 
complete level by the usual way! 

The last level is the same as level 
six, but don’t shoot the President. If 
this is too much for you, pause the 
game at any time and type “BEST 
KEPT SECRET” and action will reset. 
You 11 start again with infinite energy. 


ANDRE 
Millington 
from New 

tames the golden swan. The lasso is 
found in Grim wood where a witch 
guards it. You can kill the witch 
with a bow. 

Use the wand to make your jobs 
easier. It is found in the Mountain of 
Frost just west of the circle of stones 
in a cave. 

The four golden statues are 
scattered: The first in the Crystal 
Palace on isle of sorcery. Just talk to 


the lady in the middle, If you keep 
on talking to her your luck start to 
rise. The second statue is Found in 
the SeHoId, For the third you need 
the golden swan so you can rescue 
the princess from the forbidden 
fortress south of Marheim. 

The King gives you a writ. You 
musf give it to the lady in Marheim 
which heals you when you talk to 
her. She gives you the statue. 

The fourth statue is found in the 
great bog west of the golden 
triangle. 


I 


shoot the kidnapper 
in the arm quickly 
and then go for the 
head. 

The factory is tough. 
Shoot like hell in all 
directions until you reach 
a lift. Go over to the first 
doorway then quickly move 
right until three bars fall. 


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Format reader. 


Write to me 


GAME Killer is always on the 
lookout for hot tips, so if you have 
found a cheat mode, bug or 
written a poke drop it in the post 
- on disc if it is a long listing. 

If your work is used i'll send 
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Signature, ***** ****** 

Date 

"" — ~ — — — j— 

December 1989 AMIGA COMPUTING 103 





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AH editing facilities work in stereo or mono. 
Editing includes'- 

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W ORD processing is curiously 
like driving a can There's 
something to do, which is drivings or 
writing, and there's the machine 
you’re doing it with, l know it's just a 
bunch of bits in formation, but after a 
while the bits feel like a whole, And 
that’s when it all starts to become 
really enjoyable. 

And thinking of Skodas, I had a lot 
of crashes to start with. With the Amy, 
of course. How about you? Yeah, I 
thought so. 

I started out running Protext over 
the Workbench so 1 could do some of 
those things you absolutely have to be 
able to do all the time, like formatting 
and relabelling discs. What a pain that 
was- I’m using a 1 meg machine, but I 
waltzed with the Guru all the time, 

I was writing to a deadline, as well 
as trying to cope with Real Life, so T 
cast about for advice. Never be 
ashamed to ask people who seem to 
know what they’re doing. My friend 
Alex says that he always runs 
Frotext50G, even wilh a meg available, 
and has no problems multi-tasking. 
Well, OK. 

1 prefer to stay inside Protext, I'm 
not a programmer, I'm a user, and 1 
like to type a few words in and change 
the world, A bit like Hitler really. 

If you boot Protext from the disc, as 
opposed to double clicking on its icon 
from Workbench, you have the 
command line interface (CLI] 
immediately underneath, and that's 
how most of the guys in the know run 
the program - including the brains 
behind it, ArnoT boss Mark Tilley, 

To do this you have to re-size the 
windows. Click on the background 
gadget and you get the CLI window. 
Shrink it as short and wide as it will 
go and drag it down to the bottom of 
the screen. Then click back to Protext, 
and re-size that window so that it lets 
you see the CLI window at the bottom. 
Remember, you can only re-size 
Protext in Edit mode. 

And that's it. If you want the CLI, 


windows for both Protexl and the 
CLI. After run ProtextSOO you enter 
the window parameters with the 
prefix -W, Top left comer is 0,0; the 
window is full width, f>40, and 200 
deep. You can see how this is tacked 
on to the command. 

You do the same lor the instruction 
to run the full sized Protext. 

The last line in the file sets up the 
CLI window. Workbench 1.2 takes the 
instruction Nen^CLI CON:, and 1.3 
takes NewShell NEWCON:, and then 
the window details, using the same 
parameter system as for Pretext, but 
with slashes Instead of commas for 
separators. Finally you should give 
the CLI window a name. And that’s it. 
Deeply wonderful. 

OK? Well.... no, not OK. 


ihe word processor is 
mightier than the 
sword. Peter Ceresole 
uses Protext to tame 
the AmigaDos dragon 


you click in its window; the same for 
Protext, 

But this is all boringly manual. 
There has to be an automatic way — 
and there is. It involves a lightweight 
Sumo session with the Startup- 
Sequence file, which is in Ihe S 
directory of the Protext disc. 

Figure I is a modified version of the 
boot sequence supplied on the Protext 
program disc. 

The objective is to define the 


H IRST, I believe that you need as 
-L much screen space as you can 
get when you’re using a word 
processor, Giving any up to the CLi is 
had. You could always work with the 
full screen and then move the bottom 
of the Protext window to reveal the 
CLI, or click the back gadget, but re- 
sizing or clicking any time you want 
to do something feels inelegant. 

There's another way. Typing a CLI 
command on the Protext command 
line preceded by an asterisk runs that 
command invisibly. The basic 
requirement is that you have the file 
to run that command in the current 
directory or the C; directory on the 
Protext disc. So for instance, with 
Relabel in the directory; 

'RELABEL 6M: "Revitv FUei" 


echo "Promt v4 program disk." 
echo rt U> Arnor 190(," 
addbuffm dfO; 20 
ae t pap gb 
fiUat 15 

If error 

echo "Loading snail Protest..." 
run prottxtSOO -¥0,0,640,200 
else 

setcleck opt toed 
echo '‘Loading full Protest. . /' 
run protest -HO, D , 640, ZOO 
end f f 

; The next line is far v 1.2 
;nevrif eon rO/201 /640/55/ltySheL l 
; This one is for v 1,3 
newshell nttcanrB/ZGIWO/H/FlvSheU 


at the Protext command line will 
relabel the disc in the second drive to 
“Review Files”, But there's a snagette. 
If you type this: 


RELABEL m: ,r Reviey Files 


Figure P Pretext Startup-Sequence 


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■ PROTEXT ■ 


nothing will happen at all. Can you 
spot the crucial difference? If you 
elide Pretext into the background you 
can see the CLI telling you that there 
was an improper argument to Relabel. 
We left out the space that should be 
between the colon and the opening 
quote of the filename. No good at all. 

You have to remember the syntax 
for all the Amiga Dos commands you 
want to use. Unlike Protext's built-in 
commands — Copy for instance, which 
prompts you in a friendly way - with 
AmigaDos you just get a cold wind 
from Bristol. 

Is there any way, I thought as 1 
breathed heavily over the manual, to 
make this wretched thing friendlier? 
Well, hold on to your eyeballs fans, 
here it is - Friendly AmigaDos. 

Y OU use mail merge. After all, 
you’re paying for it. and I’ll bet 
you don't use it for mail merging 
much - no, neither do I - so it might 
as well earn its keep. Mail merge can 
be used to prompt for words, and it 
can make pro-formed sentences out of 
your input, so it should be ideal, 
Here’s how. 

Let’s start with re-labelling discs. 
We’ll run this with an exec File, called 
Rek which goes like this: 

L relabel .eh 
PS 

Log on to DFO: and save it there. 


Taping X EEL at the command line 
will cause Relabel. mm to load, and 
then be printed to the screen, which is 
the mail merge way to run things. 

This is Relabel. mm: 

»DF r< E, 

>AV "RELABEL drive : "drive 
"RELABEL new Label: "label 
>UF RAFhFtobti 
>M fin 

‘relabel IdrWel "dabeti" 

>YF tiff 

>tfC 

>CF 

>EX exec RAPLHobo 

Again, save it to DFO:, This is how 
it works: The first line opens a 
datafile. Mail merge needs to grab a 
file, but as we don’t have to road any 
data I f ve made it grab Rel, which 1 
know is there because I’ve |ust 
executed it. 

The second line prompts you for 
the drive spec (DFO:, DFl: or 
whatever) and assigns the answer the 
the mail merge variable drive. The 
third line asks you for the new name 
of the disc, and assigns whatever 
String you typo in to the variable 
lahei 

The fourth and Fifth lines prepare to 
write a File to ram. I’ve called it Hobo 
because the only requirement is that 
there shouldn’t be another file with 
the same name already there in case it 
overwrites it. 

Line six uses the drive and label 
variables and makes them into the 
proper AmigaDos command line. 

Lines seven, eight and nine stop the 


file-write and close the datafile. 

Finally line 10 calls an Protext 
command to execute RAM: Hobo, 
which is the file containing the 
command line wo want. 

That's it - Friendly AmigaDos. And 
they said it couldn’t be done. 

O NCE you’ve done the first one, 
you can do any number. All 
you have to do is alter the prompt 
lines and change the file names to, 
say, FormatD for formatting discs, and 
Bob’s your thingy. (And thanks to 
Doug Thompson of Amor for his 
help,) 

So the FormatD file is: 

L Forint, an 
PS 

which loads and prints to the screen 
(runs) the Format, mm file of mail 
merge commands: 

►OF fariatd 

>AV "FORMAT vhich drive i "d 
HV "FORMAT disk ami t "n 
"FORMAT options : "o 
>MF RAN : Hobo 

>Wf on 

>MK Mornat drive 6 c& nane "(til" (o( 
>MF off 

>yc 

>CF 

>EI exec RAH: Hobo 

The plain vanilla version with no 
options formats the long way round: 
it’s for discs that have never been 
touched before. A quick format would 
have Quick as the option, which 
formats in seconds any disc that's 
been formatted before. 

The disc to be formatted has to be in 
the drive before you start. If you're 
doing this with one drive, you must 
copy FormatD, FormaLmm, Rei, 
Relabel, mm. Format and Relabel into 
the ram disc at the start of the day, or 
simply as you need them. Log on to 
RAM: to run the process. If there’s 
some problem, click on the back 
gadget to see what obscure message 
the GLI has sent you. 

To run properly these tricks need an 
empty File in Protext, so Swap to the 
second file. If both Files are full and 
you need to format a disc to save one 
or both of them, you can either save 
one of them to ram, clear it from 
Protext and recover it later, or you can 
merge one file on to the end of the 
other temporarily. 

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again (PS) and follow the prompts. 


I-pC ELIEVE me, it works. I've just 
used it. Between this para and 
the one before lies more than an hour 
of messing about. The system started 
to crash kind of fuzzily — things didn't 
quite go right - and when 1 reset the 
system the Amy refused to read my 
Protext work disc. 

This is the second disc failure since 
I've started to write these articles. I’m 
not used to it. In five years of using 
3 in discs on various Amstrads I’ve 
never had one go down. I don’t fancy 
these 3. bin floppies at all right now t 
but because on the Amiga you're stuck 
with them, the only thing to say is 
hack up everything. That's the 
important thing. 

Anyway, at the end of the whole 
grinding process, using DiskSalv from 
the August cover disc and more help 
from my friend Alex, I recovered all 


the odd conflg and macro files I’d 
built up, Then I re-formatted the bad 
disc using FormatD, and it worked 1 . 
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in my drawer. 

I've learnt my lesson. Back-up. 
Back-up, Back-up, This is Obvious 
Advice country, but really necessary. 
The truth is that a lot of the pleasure 
and performance of the program has 
nothing to do with fancy coding on 
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Have you 
done your 
HAMwork? 

In the red corner I give you 
DigiPaint 3 and in the blue, 

Photon Paint 2 .Your referee 
is Martyn Oakley 


W HATEVER the spotty oik in 
the shop says, there is no 
single art package for the Amiga. 

You will need a standard one, 
something like Sprite or Deluxe Paint I 
111, and then you’ll need another for 
those occasions when you want to play I 
with HAM. 

Art programs have come along leaps I 
and bounds over the last few years, 
from the first glimpse of King Tut on 
DPaint, right np to the two newest, 
DigiPaint 3 and Photon Paint 2 — both | 
sequels to successful HAM packages 
which use all 4,0 9 E colours to get 
stunning Life-like pictures. 


D IGIPAINT 3 has many new 

features to help you get the best 
results in the shortest time. Menus 
have been made easy to use and there 
are now 11 different painting modes. 

Your pictures can be larger than the 
screen, Super Bitmaps let you have 
your canvas as big as 1024 x 1024 
pixels, You can get around this 
massive painting area by moving your 
pointer to the edge of the screen - 
NewTek’s auto-scrolling does the rest. 

The menu bar is held within the 
control panel, not where you expect it 
to be on a title bar at the top of the 


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■GRAPHICS ■ 


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screen. The control panel has been 
well designed. It has been spaced out 
into three sections - tools, text and 
controls. You get a little icon of what 
can be done with each gadget, which 
will save you a lot of experimenting. 

Making brushes is a breeze. Not 
only can you cut square and freehand 
brushes, but also any of the drawing 
gadgets can be used to cut something 
out. Ever tried cutting a freehand 
circular brush? 

Once you have grabbed your brush 
you can lay it on top of your artwork, 
fade it in with the background, warp 
it, light it appropriately and still use it 
to paint with, 

The menu system for selecting 
where your light source position will 
be includes control over the type of 
dither. Gone are the days of 
airbrush I ng slight changes of colour, 
taking hours. It can all be done with 
the press of a button. 

Tiling is another new feature. It 
enables you to duplicate the brush, 
making patterns and giving everything 
an early 60s Top of the Pops look. 

DigiPaint 3 has an unusual text 
function, Letters are not typed on to 
the picture, bui into a requester box. 
This becomes a brush in the selected 
font, which can be warped, rotated 
and smoothed to get rid of all the 
jagged edges on letters like O and S. 
Text can also be made transparent or 
multi-coloured, so you don't have to 
go back and do it by hand, 

P HOTON PAINT is the other 
HAM art package to have had a 
facelift. Animation is the major now 
feature. You can now make HAM 
pictures move, That is, if you have a 
vast amount of memory. Which most 
of us don’t. The anim demo supplied 
will not work fully with 1 meg, but it 
puts the point across. Lots of action 
means lots of frames, and that 
swallows ram. 

The title bar at the top of the screen 
has not changed since Photon Paint i f 
but the menu bar has had a lot of new 
features crammed into it. 1 much 
prefer the layout in DigiPaint 3, but 
once you have teamed the hot key 
short cuts in Photon, the menu bar 
will rarely be used. 

Photon has a stencil (DigiPaint 3 
doesn't). With it you can mask off the 
part of the canvas you wish to keep, 
and any of the colours within that 


TRANSFER 24 is an extra program 
on the second DigiPaint 3 disc. This 
takes a HAM screen and turns it in 
to a lo-res 32 colour picture. The 
loading screen pops up to allow you 
to select hi-res, interlace, horizontal 
overscan and vertical overscan 
before you load in your picture. 

It produces a histogram that tells 
you how much red+ green and blue 
you have on your screen. This has 
no relevance to drawing a good 
picture, but is useful if you have 
imported a digitised piccy from 
DigiView and want to adjust the 
tint 

You can also fiddle with 
brightness, contrast, saturation and 
sharpness. If you have used 
DigiView all the menus will look 
familiar. 

A common problem when pulling 
together a screen from a number of 
bits of clip art is that different 
brushes need different palettes. 
Lifting a damsel in distress from a 


area will not be touched. 

Cutting brushes is easy, with either 
square or freehand cutting tools. 
Brushes can be wrapped around 
shapes, I liked this feature in the 
original Photon Paint, and I'm glad to 
see it was kept in Photon Paint 2. 
Wrapping is something DigiPaint 3 
can't do. 

Contour has been added to the list 
of shapes brushes can be wrapped 


castle balcony and putting heT on a 
sun-drenched beach all too often 
results in giving her sea-green skin, 
yellow lips and a dress which 
dashes with her shoes. 

Transfer 24 can play games with 
the pallette. So if you have a 25 
colour princess and a 20 colour 
beach, you can use Transfer 24 to re- 
map the beach into 12 colours and 
the girl to 20 colours. By using a 32 
colour mode there is room for 
everything. After merging the two 
you can touch up the result and 
paint her lips red. 

The utility is really designed for 
using pictures which have been 
saved using DigiView in the 24 hit 
(16 million colour) mode. Hence its 
name. But it is a program which 
most Amiga artists could have used 
at some time or other, 

Thming a 4,096 colour screen into 
a four colour one for an icon may 
not yield useful results, but it is a 
mark of flexibility that it is possible. 


around - Tube. Cone, Ball, Ellipse, 
Free, and two kinds of Cube - so 
now you can remould the brush, 
adding perspective to your work. It 
does it properly and doesn't skimp 
around the edges. My favourite is 
Free, which lets you make a random 
shape to wrap you brush on - you 
can cram yoiiT brush into a egg timer 


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■ GRAPHICS M 




The Photon Paint 2 gadgets panel. Everything else is done from the menus or hot-keys 


with the greatest of ease. 

Other new features include Shadow, 
which throws a drop shadow under 
wherever you are on the screen. A 
problem with this is if you have a 
shadow going to the bottom right of 
where your pointer is and you start 
drawing upwards, the shadow will 
overwrite the colour you are working 
with. 

Everyone seems to want to jump on 
the video titling wagon, and the 
genlock option is Microlllusions' 
ticket to ride. 

It doesn’t do anything clever, it just 
takes all the menus and cursor off 
your canvas. So in conjunction with a 
system like MiniGen you can lay 
HAM images and animations on your 
home vids. 


HAM artwork cart look incredibly life like. 
This is tut example from Photon Paint 2 

B OTH packages come with demo 
pictures showing what can be 
achieved with them. Photon Paint 2 
has a second disc full of HAM artwork 
which you can load up and use in the 
tutorials, DigiPaint 3 not only gives 
you the pictures to view in the art 
package, but a routine on the second 
disc which does wipes and fades. 


It's all in the book 





should never be forgiven. 

The manual that comes with 
Photon Paint 2 presents you with 
endless pages of text but no 
diagrams or pictures to help put the 
point across. The problem is 
alleviated by explanations being 
well worded, so it won’t be long 
before you will have your first 
masterpiece on the screen. 


DOCUMENTATION can make or 
break a program. The manual for 
DigiPaint 3 is well laid out. with room 
after each chapter for notes. A good 
idea, hut I prefer to scribble 
comments in the margin. 

I don’t understand how anyone 
can produce a manual which lacks 
an index. 

This is a crime for which NewTek 


showing all the artwork on the disc. 
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and Eric Lugtigheid 


M AD professors are supposed 
to live in castle towers 
surrounded by flasks of bubbling 
liquid* By this definition Professor Ad 
Wiseman is not mad. He lives in a 
comfortable flat in a very select part of 
Chelsea with his col league Eric 
Lugtigheid. There are no flasks , just 
three Amiga 2000s. 

Who else but a madman would want 
to interface an Amiga to a Cray? Not 
only is it difficult to find one of these 
water-cooled supercomputers, you 
couldn't fit it in the front room. That is 


Jis amiga Computing number 19m 



Straightening out the graphics kinks 


■ FEATURE ■ 


ESP1TE the heavy 
computational side of the Cray 
project the main aim is to provide 
tools for students on art courses. 
Sculpt is the best program on the 
Amiga for designing shapes, but some 
things are quite difficult to do, 
Freehand drawing is one of them, It is 
often easier to sketch an outline in 2D 
and then convert it to a solid shape. 

The obvious method of sketching on 
paper seems a bit low- tech. Digi Works 
is a program which can take an IFF 
Fde and spot the edges of a shape. It 
then turns the edges into vertices for a 
3D shape, Eric wasn't happy with the 


quality of the results. Some lines 
which should be straight come out 
with kinks, and it cannot transfer 
colour information. 

His solution was to write a program 
which was more accurate. The two 
scientists share the philosophy that 
computer languages are just a method 
for communicating with the computer 
and that they should choose the 
language which suits their purpose best. 

For the edge detection program they 
chose GFA Basic, Ad wrote a 
procedure to load an IFF picture 
which so impressed GFA it is new 
included with the Basic interpreter. 



Thfe result is so quick it is hard to 
believe the software is written in 
Basic. Given a complicated Deluxe 
Paint screen to read, the edges were 
spotted at least as quickly as 
Digi Works and the accuracy was very 
much better, 

A magnify option is useful in 
tidying up over-complicated areas 
where vertices meet, But the most 
powerful utility is a rotation option, 
This can give a 2D shape perspective 
before it is saved out in Sculpt format. 
Each object is saved separately - not 
as a scene, which makes the final 
assembly more flexible. 



Cray coupler . Eric Lugtigheid and 
behind him, Professor Wiseman 


if you can persuade the US 
Department of Defense to let you part 
with $5,000,000 for one. 

Well according to Professor 
Wiseman, lots of people. Mainly 
universities and colleges who have a 
lot of students and need cheap, 
powerful graphic terminals. They f d 
like super expensive terminals hut 
can't afford to equip computer labs 
with 30 personal Irises at £20,000 
each. They can afford Ami gas, 

And if anyone knows what the 
educational establishments want Ad 
does, In his native Holland he teaches 
136 students at the Utrecht School of 
Art. The school has 80 Amigas and at 
least 90 of the students have an Amiga 
at home. He sees the real benefit to 
Commodore as being the role his 
students play spreading the word, At 
the end of each year they go out into 
the world of industry and commerce 
where they persuade employers to 
buy Amigas. Eric and Ad are in 


England on a six month project for the 
Royal College of Art to produce 
software to link the Amiga and a Cray 
2 at the University of London 
Computer Centre (ULCC), The main 
thrust of this is to get the 
supercomputer to do all the work 
necessary in crunching numbers for 
ray tracing. 

While the three Amigas they have 
can produce pretty good results 
thanks to their 68020 processor cards, 
it still takes somewhere between an 
hour and a day to produce a screen. 
The Cray can do it in seconds. 
Unfortunately the Cray cannot run 
Sculpt- Animate 4D t it uses a program 
written in Utah called MovieBYU. 

The obvious thing to do is forget 
abcot Amigas and just use MovieBYU. 
Obvious but stupid. When you are 
using an Amiga the processor time is 
free, you’ve paid for the whole 
machine. When you are on-line to a 
Cray every microsecond is shared 
with other users and you have to pay. 

It is far cheaper for students to 
fiddle with designs on the Amiga and 
then get the Cray to do the final high 
quality work. It is also far easier. 
MovieBYU has no graphical user 
interface. Shapes are designed by 
typing in numbers. A decent sphere 
needs GOO points, each with three 
coordinates. A fair bit of keyboard 
bashing. 

The student, who may well be on an 
art - not a computing - course uses 
an Amiga and designs shapes, trying 
them out in low resolutions before 
logging on to the Cray. Then Ad and 
Eric's program translates the Scuplt 
data file into MovieBYU format. The 


student logs on to Cray and uploads 
the file for the heavy calculation to 
begin. 

Seconds later the picture is 
complete and ready for downloading, 
but it is not a standard IFF Fde. The 
picture will use 16 million colours 
and needs around a megabyte of 
screen memory. So some special 
software converts this into an Amiga 
HAM picture, which only needs 300k 
and is quicker to download. 

When the project is complete the 
way will be open for ail universities 
to interface cheaply with a Cray, 


A hand from Commodore 


M UCH of the work Eric and 
Professor Wiseman have 
done has only been made possible 
with cooperation from Commodore:. 
Jennifer Perry from the marketing 
department arranged the loan of 
three Amiga 2000s with A262Q 
processor cards, hard discs and 
multi -sync monitors. 

These are used extensively both at 
the flat and at the Royal College of 
Art. Ad also uses his own machine, 
which has a Commodore 2080 
monitor. This looks like the standard 
1084 but has a special long- 
persistence screen. The effect is to 
hold an image. 

Rapid movement — such as 
moving the mouse pointer or the 
screen scrolling - results in the 
whole object smearing. But it is idea! 
for working in interlace mode 
because it hides ail the flicker. 


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i being launched simul- 
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Variable length Helds, up la 300 fields per 
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to 1 00 different layout*. 

Printing, comptfiwuhs set of prinler drivers, full 
use of printer conifer codes, Options to sot all 
margin sizes, headers and footers, microspacing 
used to give- corned output In proportional fonts, 
background printing, print to printer or In a disc file. 

Filtering of data u*ing any expression. Fillers 
Stored Wth descriptions, selectable from menu. You 
can instantly switch between displaying all records* 
Ihosa sftlfrLied, or ethefS. Individual records may be 
de-roleded altar FIHering, 

Importing and exporting of data in different 

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Selective importing allowing data to be checked and 
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You can keep the data sorted in several different ways, e.g, by name, 
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You can design different ways of presenting the data, e g straight list, 
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Using Prodata fe simplicitv itself > 

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Fllld 11 F Trl^hnn* 
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Undo changes The most raceni data changes / 
dftlttfon* t Insertions are fogged and mny E» 
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Password protection 5 irais. awirty lo 
protect individual layouts lo radrict access Id 

dvrtdllhra data 

File management screen wiih directory map, 

■h, copy. type), attribute display and 


Powerful expression evaluator pi^iu«s 
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krtemationaf compatibility includes lull use 
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keyboard configurable la 10 different national 
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Menu driven. Simple, easy lo Like syalem of 
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Plite macro record mode, belch delete facility, 
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Back scratching? 


1 REALLY am surprised to read that 
you dare to caJI yourself “an inde- 
pendent publication'! I am refer- 
ring to advice given to Marcus 
Barrett on Letters pages in the 
August issue of your magazine. 

If Commodore has to advertise 
its A590 Hard Drive Plus then why 
not do it in an inoffensive manner? 
Please have some respect for your 
readers] 

Don't get me wrong, as a micro 
owner with years of experience I 
have never been as satisfied with 
my machine as I am since I have 
bought my Amiga, Personally J 
don't think any micro on the mar- 
ket at present (including all models 
of Archimedes) comes dose to its 
level of sophistication. But unfor- 
tunately drive design and produc- 
tion is one thing Commodore is 
absolutely useless at. Do you 
remember the 5.25in drive for the 
Commodore 64? Yes - the ones 
with the speed of a Spectrum cas- 
sette and reliability of the English 
weather. 

Similarly with second drives for 
Amiga (3. 5 in floppy). I compared 
my Triangle with my friend's 
Commodore, Mine was 12 per cent 
faster, 40 per cent smaller and 
makes virtually no noise at all For 
reasons unknown my drive is also 
£40 cheaper. 

Therefore, if you must name 
only one supplier when advising 


Hi, I m the new mail man. Man. It s my job to sort your scribbin’s and spill the 
beans on the problems we all have when DFO: starts to whirr. So if you’ve got some- 
thing to say, say it to me. 

The best letters will he sent prizes of up to 
£100, so get a copy of Pnotext into your drive 
pronto. Drop me a line at Ezra Surfs Postbox 
(ESP), Amiga Comptiling, Second Floor, 
North House, 78-84 Gngar Road, 
Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BG. 


your readers about hard drives, 
why not suggest Amdrive (40mb at 
£399), which is more advanced, 
more reliable and without question 
a much better buy? Pm convinced 
that there is a purpose in the exis- 
tence of Commodore drives, but as 
yet I haven’t been able to discover 
wha! it is. It would be nice if in 


Wired 


I HAVE built a connection lead for 
my old 1541 disc drive to my 
Amiga using the examples from 
the manuals. Doesn't work though. 
They are a six pin from the 1541 to 
a 25 pin connector. 

I have KindWords 2 and am 
having trouble trying to print out a 
letter with graphics. The printer I 
am using is a Hewlett Packard 
Paint jet, the graphics from Photon 
Print and Deluxe Photolab 

Paul Belts, 
Penny com vquick, Plymouth. 

Wow, It would be easier to ansiver 
these questions if you had said 
which manual, / can 7 find any- 
thing about the 154J in 


Introduction to the Amiga, I guess 
you are trying to wire the drive up 
as a second floppy. That is a no- 
no. The 1541 is u drive with brains. 
It uses a serial interface and a 
whole load of circuitry to slow 
everything down. No one said they 
were good brains. So you 7 j used to 
talk to the 1 541 using the serial 
port. {And given how stupid it is, it 
might help if you shout.} 

The software to do this is called 
Access 84. At the mo. if is only 
available for the A 1 000, but an 
A500 version is due oaf in January. 
Who is Penny? 

Kind Wards will not accept high 
resolution or HAM pictures. You 
need a better paint program, try 
Deluxe Paint. 


future you could remember that 
there is more to being independent 
that just calling yourself indepen- 
dent. I think apologies are in order. 

Adam Kusnierz, 
Wembley, Middlesex. 

While the editor isn't looking Til 
admit that he is biased. He bought 
an A 5 90 and thinks the sun. shines 
out of its SCSI port- But he argues 
convincingly that he chose it 
because it is cheap, has the best 
DMA chip and is expandable. But 
then he buys the manufacturers 
product because it is the one most 
likely to be supported by third 
party software 

l object to the accusation that 
Amiga Computing is biased in 
favour of Commodore. 

The Vortex Hard Drive received 
a much better review than the 
A590. 

The Amdrive has not been 
reviewed because ASAP was 
unwilling to lend ejs one for review. 

Chatting with technical bods 
(and this is not a review) indicates 
that the Amdrive hardware is 
pretty damn good but is handi- 
capped by slow software. 

The best setup would he a 
Commodore interface with a better 
drive in the box. And the nearest 


anyone comes to that is Power 
Computing with the Turbo 3. 

Secret drawer 

YOUR free software doesn't work, I 
bought Amiga Computing to use 
Diskchecker but found that on 
opening a window from 
Workbench and typing in the rele- 
vant command produces 
“Unknown Command Disk- 
checker", As the remainder of the 
disc appears to run OK, is this a 
fault or is there somethi ng that 1 do 
not know? 

I have some Lotus 1-2-3 5.2 5 in 
discs intended for use on a Wang 
PC with a Winchester drive. As f 
have a Triangle Multi-Drive would 
Lolus run an the Amiga using a 
utility such as DOS to DOS? 

Tim Goff, 
St Leonards-an-Sea, 
East Sussex. 

Aw, simple. To keep things tidy 
programs get put into drawers. 
And the drawer which has 
Diskc/recker in it is called 
"Diskchecker". Origin a J huh? So 
type cd diskchecker to get into the 
drawer and then type diskchecker 
to run the program, 

just because you can read a disc 
doesn't mean you can run a pro- 
gram. I can put The Beach Boys 
Greatest Hits into my C64 cassette 
deck, hut even a high speed loader 
won't cope with it, Dos to Dos will 
read data , you could puli off files 
and read them into a word proces- 
sor . ; But you can t run Lotus. 

Commodore used to have a pro- 
gram called Transformer which 
attempted this but failed. Amiga 
2000 owners can buy a bridge- 


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rate PC. This will da a respectable 
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you want to? 


' Online answers 

PLEASE could you tell me where 
lo hay a modem and how much it 
would cost? And if possible could 
you give me an address or phone 
number. What colour printer 
would be best to buy for about 
£250? On Workbench 1,2. whore is 
the disc doctor? 

Jamie Lamb, 
Leigh -on-$ea, Essex. 

What kind of modem you need 
depends on what you want to log 
in to. The two best buys at the 


DTP printer 

QUESTION; Could you recom- 
mend a printer for an 11-year-dd 
boy who likes toying with Photon 
Paint and would like to do DTP 
quite soon. For that purpose could 
you recommend a DTP pad that 
allows graphics and is quite simple 
to use, both of them quite cheap, 
please, 

1 have just upgraded from an 
Acorn Electron and am completely 
lost with Amiga Basic, The manual 
just confuses me. My mum is inter- 
ested for educational software for 
ll and 13-year-old children (mv 
brother and me) for the Amiga 500 
or do we have to get a BBC emula- 
tor? 

Christopher Beeley, 
Retford. Notts. 

The Star LClD colour printer is 
very popular among Amiga own- 
ers. Not up to high quality DTP, but 
if you are working to a tight budget 
iVs highly recommended. 

Publishers Choice is the cheap - 
l P ro P eT &TP program, 
although you could skimp a bit 
and use Kind Words, which is a 
word processor with some DTP 
functions. 

The Basic Commodore supplied 
with the Amiga isn't much cop. 
Nave a look at Hisoft Basic. There 
jsn t much educational software. 
Check out the articles in the July 
and October issues on teaching 
and Fun School 2. 


moment are the Microlink 
MuitiSpeed and the Amstrad 
SM2400. 

The Multispeed runs at up to 
1200 bits per second full duplex \ 
which is compatible with mostbul- 
letm boards and subscription ser- 
vices. 

It is available from Database 
Direct on 051-357 2961 and costs 
£t 79.95, Ask them for an IBM com* 
patible cable. 

The Amstrad costs £250 but is 
often available for less, It works of 
twice the speed, which means it 
works with all the same systems as 
the MicroLink modem but wilt also 
work with the newer 2400 bits per 
second systems. 

/ tried a couple of dealers near 
you but had no joy in finding any- 
one who stocks modems . Y2 in 
Watford stocks the Amstrad. This 
is a good dealer and understands 
modems and Amigos. Cal} on 0923 
510161 and hassle Rod. 

The Star LC-1Q colour seems to 
be winning a bt of friends in the 
Amiga world. It is o good cheap 
mono printer but will splosh a bit 
of colour around with the appro- 
priate ribbon. 

Ttw cheapest way to get one is 
to visit one of the Christmas com- 
puter shows - the Commodore 
Show or Computer Shopper - or to 
haggle in Tottenham Court Road. 
Service? Wtrsraf? 

Diskdoctor is on the main 1.2 
disc, you need to click on the CU 
kon and type Diskdoctor A better 
program is DiskSalv, which was on 
the August issue cover disc. 


Count on me 


I HAVE four questions for you, 

1. 1 atn wondering if it s possible to 
have digitised speech and samples 
sounds on my workbench when it's 
loading. If so what program can I 
use? 

3. I am trying to make my own 
game using a package called 
] Graphicraft. Is ii possible or will I 
need another? If so which one will 
be best for a beginner or can I use 
Amiga Basic? ff so can you tell me 
some commands? 

Martin Breeze, 
Nantwich, Cheshire. 

Good grief, you've a ht to ham. 
First, to ask four questions you 
have to be able to count beyond 
two. Thirdly the PD program PLAY 
will produce a sound from an IFF 
sound file. You'll need to create the 


THIS is one of those pointless 
letters. It’s about a murder! Yes 
a murder Whns? Mine, well 
not exactly mine. I had a 
Colonel Hansford in the air 
force in Falcon, I. well he, had 
150 merit points I know its not 
a lot but it takes some getting. * 
Anyway one flight i left my 
landing gear out too long and a 
voice said H Warning Warning" 
so f put my landing gear up 
but the voice continued. 

While looking for the fault I 
was not concentrating and the 
ground came up and hit me. 
All that hard work lost. Ah! 
well now I've got my mission 
disc I’m satisfied. 

Wayne Hansford, 
Poole, Dorset. 


sample with a digitiser and then 
include PLAY and the sound fib in 
the Startup-sequence on your 
workbench. 

Graphicraft is not man enough 
for the job of writing a gome. The 
simple wimps way of doing this is 
to use Shoot-bm-up Construction 
Kit. 

This might teach you something 
about game design , but you'd learn 
zilch about programming. A better 
roufe is to buy a copy of Hisoft 
Basic and iearn something about 
programming , 

Don't try to run before you con 
walk. 


Bunch of keys 

CONGRATS on your excellent mag. 
Now down to business; I am cur- 
rently prototyping a spreadsheet 
program in AmigaBasic and need i 
to detect function and cursor arrow 
key presses but have been unable 
to find any documentation on this 
subject. 

The ROM Kernel Manual shows 
I how to do this from C, but I've 
been unable to get it working under 
Basic. 

The final version of my spread- 
sheet will be written in a more 
suitable language, probably C, but I 
chose Basic for the prototype for 
speed of development. 

JP Winnard. 

Stand ish, Lanes, 

Thanks jP. The first thing to do 
when writing any program in Bask 
is chck once on the icon, drag it 
over to the trashcan and delete the 
godawful program. Then reach for 
your Visa card with one hand, the 
phone with the other and dial \ 


■ LETTERS 


0525 7lSt8l to order a copy of 
Hisoft Basic. 

You can read all the keys, and 
this even works with the standard 
Microsoft Basic, by using the 
IN KEYS command dm it men ted on 
page 8-63 of the Basic manual. 
Good luck with the C. 


Born in the USA 

OVER hero in the US we use a dif- 
ferent video format, NTSC as 
opposed to your PAL, My question 
is this; Would a PAL monitor work 
on an NTSC machine? 

J have bough! several programs 
in Europe, but they're always 
longer [ban my monitor screen can 
handle, Should 1 get a PAL monitor 
or get a PAL computer and moni- 
tor? 

Chris Dacenza, 
Fort Walton Beach. 

Florida, USA, 

To run a PAL set-up you would 
need a European computer, moni- 
tor and a power supply. Smart soft- 
ware houses produce games for 
both screen formats. It s not worth 
the hassle of changing. 


Warning 

READERS should not buy the hoot 
selector advertised in the 
November issue. This device 
enables you to boot from an exter- i 
nal drive, as does A-Taol, a PD pro- 
gram. Bui the software does not 
cost £9,&9. A-Tool con also disable 
extra memory, detect if a virus is 
present, show and install disc boot- 
blocks, disable the music filter 
AND copy discs in under a minute. 

It also displays the time and is 
memory resident so all the features 
remain after a reset. Your meg and 
disc are far butter than all the oth- 
ers f 

Roy Weckes, 
Sheerness, Kent. 

Others? What others? 

Clued up 


READING the latest ish f just had 
to write, Reference Amiga Letters 
September. You said that there are 
some Amiga goodies which are 
unobtainable over here. Well you 
can buy the 'Boing' 1 mouse here 
for £79,95 from MAST, otherwise 
known as George Thompson 

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Well, the Ed wasn't too hot on 
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The truth! 

I CONGRATULATE your magazine 
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forthwith, Am/ga Computing is 
informative, well balanced, and 
excellent value for money. My own 
forte is desktop video in which I 
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Desperately seeking 
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AFTER reading your magazine I am 
convinced that you will be able to 
help. 1 am having difficulty finding 
an accounts package that will help 
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I need to be able to control 12 or 
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Previously I ran the dub on a 
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lous programs called Finance 
Manager and Masterfile, 

Even though the Amiga is a far 
more advanced computer than the 
Spectrum, there don't appear to be 
many good business program!. Can 


you or any of your readers restore 
my faith in the superb Amiga by 
coming up with a decent accounts 
package? 

CB Martin, 
Wordsley, West Midlands. 

f cant vouch for quality because 
m've only just had the programs 
in for review, but there ore three 
accounts programs just out. 

Cashbook Con trailer and Final 
Accounts from Digita, on 0395 
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XY2ZT from ASAP, call 0274 
260222, casts £149 95 

Amor ; 0733 68909, has Prodata 
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to your needs. Ail these programs 
will be reviewed soon. 


Get it together 

THE September 19S9 issue was the 
first AC issue I've bought and I 
instantly became a regular reader. 
The assembly language program- 


tiling article was very good, 
especially as Ym trying to learn 
assembly myself. 

Anyway, you seem like sensible 
blokes, if not slightly odd, so I've a 
few questions Lhat I hope you will 
answer. 

Unlike a different mag that 
edited one of my letters, leaving 
me in the dark. OK here goes: 

How do you edit graphic raw 
data, such as the logo, of the demo 
source code? Where is the actual 
music data in the demo source? 

OK, that’s the lot for now, I hope 
you reply, as it'll be a great help. 
Thanks for the mag, and the reply] 

KarJ Bergin, 
Co Wicklow, Eire, 

jf've cut your letter down a bii 
because the simple answer is - Bay 
some books ", Computers Amiga 
Machine Language Programming 
Guide, £21,95 from The Computer 
Store 021-770 0468. There was no 
mask source suppiied with the 
demo, buf you can add your own. 
The tools to convert an IFF file fo 
HAW data were on the September 
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Argonaut Software is a revolutionary 
machine code development system. 

It assembles at an incredible 
rate of 250,000 lines a minute! 

- at least five times raster than 
anything else, and over 100 times 
faster than the original Commodore 
assembler - and it remains fully 
compatible. 

What's more, ArgAsm is the first 
assembler to be compatible with all 
the three major assemblers; Assem, 
Devpac and Cape. So if you're 
looking to upgrade, the chances 
are you'll be instantly right at home 
with ArgAsm. 

And for a limited period we're 
exclusively knocking £5 off 
the recommended price. -ijj M F' 


Exclusive 
price for 
readers of 


ASSEMBLER 


EDITOR 


II you're serious about 
producing professional 
Quality software - fast, 
this is THE assembler for 
you. But remember, this 
is a limited offer, so to 
be sure ot your copy 
place your order today. 

Release date; October 10. 


To order yours, please use the form on page 129 








To order yours, please use the form on page 129 


Watch TV on 
the move - 
and SAVE £20! 

. . . with the unique CASiO 
Colour Pocket 


on 

batteries for 
your TV, radio 
personal stereo . . 


RRP £114.95 

S £94.95’ 

* Plus post and packing 
Please role: The TV4QQ is lured for UK PAL broadcasts. 
Therefore we can only accept orders from the UK 


Look what it offers 

* 2” HQM LCD colour 

acree-n 

* Internal loudspeaker 
ft Volume control 

ft Brightness control 
A Colour control 
ft Extendible aerial 


ft External aerial socket 
* Earphone socket 
ft Automatic tuning 
ft External power supply 
socket 

ft T akes four stand ard 
AA sire batteries 


You know how expensive it is to replace your batteries when they run down, 
Even with rechargeable ba tteries and a charger you still have to wait 14 hours 
for a full charge. 

We have solved the problem with the unique superfast powerpoint battery 
and charger kit. 

l?vis amaaing device Will completely charge four Standard A A size recharge- 
able batteries in under 2 hours and each battery can be recharged at Least LOOT 
times, 

Further, for a limited period we can sell the charger and four rechargeable 
batteries at the staggeringly low cost of £19.95 (plus L1.0Q p&pj. It will pay for 
itself within weeks. 


And remember, you can buy with complete confi- 
dence as the TV 400 comes with a full One year 
guarantee for parts and labour fin normal use). 


Because of a breakthrough in technology you 
can now watch your favourite TV programmes 
anytime, anywhere - and in fuJl colour with the 
new pocket-sized Colour TV40C which features 
a revolutionary high quality matrix LCD dis- 
play - giving crisp, bright pictures. 

Measuring just 5x3x1 inches, the TV400 sits 
snugly in the palm of your hand, or you can use 
the built-in rest to place it on most surfaces - at 
just the right angle for optimum viewing. The 
screen itself measures 2 inches diagonally. 

When the TV4O0 was designed, part of the 
specification was that it should be useable vir- 
tually anywhere. As a consequence it has a 
bu i lt-in signal amplifier which can pick up some 
far away stations your ordinary TV can't! Plus it 
has automatic tuning, so at the touch of a button 
the TV4QG scans through the band and quickly 
locks into all receivable broadcasts. 

We have tested the pocket TV in trains, on 
buses, in cars, indoors and outdoors, and in 
most cases the picture remained sharp and clear. 
However, reception could vary 
obstacles in the way of 
buildings and 

present 

which will give entertainment and pleasure for 
many years to come. 

Dug to our purchasing power wc can make 
the TV 400 available to you at the exceptionally 
low price of just £94.95* - a saving of £20 off the 
normal price. We have not seen the TV as cheap 
as this any wheroelse- includingtheHigh Street 
stores. 




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Order 

Offers 


Mavis Beacon 
Teaches Typing 

L**m to type quickly, easily and perfectly - the fun way? 

ThLa is an artificial intelligence software system from the writers of Chessmaster 
2000 - winner of the US Chess Federation Computer Chess Championship. 

It checks your progress lesson by Lesson, every slop ol the way, through a typing 
course tai lored to your Individual r 



Mavis makes the learning fun when creating your lessons by selecting quotes, 
from history's greatest Writers, countless riddles, rhymes. 

Jokes and hundreds of fascinating facts from the 
Guinness 0ook of World Records 

ft you feel your typing could bs be nor. this is the Ideal way to 
team I 


RRP £29.99 


OUR PRICE 


£24.99 


MiniGEN 
- Genlock 

The MiniGEN takas the output from your 

Amiga and combines ii with an external 

source such as TV, video or camera. id 

give a rock^ steady image 

This is the ideal way to overlay tides or 

animation created with packages such as 

Zoetrope. 

One* you've piugg+d 
in yOUr Mini GEN you'll 
tom wall on the way to 
having your own 
professional Desktop 
Video system! 


RRPE113.es 


OUR PRICE 


£98.85 


Flight Simulator II MAveew 

Put yoursell in Ihe pilot's ol a Cessna W32 sioglc-ongihs? 

aircraft Ami hrad tor the Shiest - 0» Hy a Gatos Uerjcl 2SG. 

Htgh sprwd 3D graphics provide 1 a spccl.icular panoramic view 
as you pr.i l ikLL L tahcolls, landings and acrobatics. 

Camptete documentation gets yau an borne quickly - even if 
jrouVr rrcvrr down before. And ft-ifcco yp u'rc ready you con tosl 
your flying skiffs with the World War I Ate aerial tmitle game 


Flight Simulator tl 
Scenery Discs 

A sot ol two dis.cn to enhance Flight Simulator II. They cover 
nil Western Europe and Japan. 

Oner you've got to knew the scenery m flight Emulator it, 
these will give you even more weeks of entertainment 


SOFTWARE SUPERMARKET 

Each month we scour the Amiga marketplace id find special reader offers with a 
difference - either the price is lower than you'll normally find, or if* an excellent 
product that's not easily found. 

Now, after many weeks of elimination we have narrowed these products down to 
those few we think represent the best value, or are the most innovative or powerful. 
However, there are still more than we can fit in this section, so over the next few 
months we will be discontinuing some lines Jo make room lor new ones. 

To make sure you don't miss out on any of these exceptional offers,, place your order 
soon, Remember, we can only guarantee to supply goods up to the date shown on 
the order form on page f 29. 


WordPerfect 


Flight Simulator II 
+ Scenery Discs 

Save an extra C2 when you 
buy both together! 


Thi* I* THE word proeeasor for the Amiga. U feature* all 
the power and flexibility of the PC version, and la 
specially adapted to the strength* of the Amiga Itself, 

WordPerfect works the way you do. It can be controlled with either the mouse Of 
function keys, and you can display up to five test columns, side by side on a serwn. 
Plus, all the extra features so often missing from other word processors are fully 
implemented - such as footnotes, endnotes, a thesaurus, spalling 
checker, mail merger, over 200 printers Supported - end FREE 
SUPPORT is available should you need it 

ft you're in any way serious about word processing WordPerfect is 
the program you need. And with a £50 saving it represents 
exceptional value for money. 


RRPE22B.55 


OUR PRICE 


£1 78.85 


J& Publishers* Choice 

— Xh/S Whether you are designing a simple flyer, creating a newsletter, banners, 
posters, or even producing a magazine, Publisher's Choice offers a 
^comprehensive solution fe your Desktop Publishing and presentation 
requirements. 

With the program you can easily combine text In a variety of styles. in multiple 
columns and with customised graphics, M comes with over 200 professionally 
designed images, and high quality Headline' fonts. 

In reef, Publishers 1 Choice combines the Kandwords 2.0 
wordprocessor, PageSetter 1 .2 page composition package, 

Artists' Choice art program, and the Headline fontpack. 

Because the Amiga is multi-tasking you can have all the programs 
working an the screen at the same time, or fust use them 
individually as powerful stand-alone programs, 


RRP £99.99 


OUR PRICE 


£79.99 


SB A Xtra 




TO ORDER 
PLEASE USE 
THE FORM 
ON PAGE 129 


-J*/ SBA Xlrs\s designed forlht many ama.il businesses with both 
V credit and cash customers, who need a system lor providing quick 
list* of Debtors and Creditors and Individual account histories, without 
the effort of keeping a complicated Bales and Purchase Ledger system. 

Among Its many feature a are; 

* Profk and km statanHirfs * Day booh* 

* Balance ah vat * VAT raped* 

* Trial Balance * Account group raped} 

* Bud gill * Transaction lilting* by batch or aecou m finding 

A FuH audit trail * Co natanta on-aciean update of caah pa Milan and profit ftgu ra 

Whstlh* press say 

" SBA Xtra is a winner in the tow-cost accounting stakes. “ - 
What Personal Computer 

"It you're running a small business t SBA Xtra should be just 
fine tor you. n -PC User 


RRP 114.95 


OUR PRICE 


£89,95 


X-CAD 
Designer 


Probably the most powerful and 

comprehensive 

Amiga Card program available. 

X-CAD Designer Is a full- 
featured, professional, two- 
dimensional design and 
draughting tool suitable for 
draughtsmen, designers end 
engineers alike. It's also Ideally 
priced for education end 
technical training 
organisations. 

It features an easy-to-use and 
learn pull-down menu system 
and a comprehensive tutorial 
guide - so that even a beginner 
to Cad can get going very 
quickly. 

Thm combination of X-CAD 
Designer end the Amiga 
create one of 
thm meet cost- 
effective and 
flexible Cad 
workstations 
you can buy 


RRP £113,85 


OUR PRICE 


£89.85 


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Binder 

£5.95 

Twelve rods hold your 
issues in place and keep 
them in pristine condition 
in this smart PVC binder. 



Keyboard dust cover 
(A500) j 
£4.95 y 

Protect yourj 
Amiga with 
this top- 
quality 

cover made from clear, water-resistant 
vinyl It's bound with strong cotton and 
features the Amiga Computing logo. 

Disc Storage Box 
£4.95 

This luxury padded box is the ideal 
storage medium, holding up to 
FIFTY 3.5 M discs 


Mouse 
mat 
£6.95 

The perfect desktop environ- 
ment for your mouse with its 
Specialfy-desfgned* perfect- 
grip surface. It ensures much 
smoother movement, gives 
super-positive control and 
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READER OFFERS 


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Back issues 

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9863 


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£3.10 

971$ 


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9713 


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9714 


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9715 


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£3.10 

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9717 


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Cover Discs August-November £6.00 

9864 

f 1 

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9530 | ~1 


Games Selection 

(seepage 00) 


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£15.95 

983? 

20.000 Leagues Under the Sea 

£15.95 

9838 

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£15.95 

9839 

Backlash 

£15.95 

9840 

Buy 2 Games and SAVE £10 

£29.90 

9136 

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£36.85 

9187 

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£39 80 

9189 


Special Of for. If you are buying mono chan one game, ptease 
tick (he box next to each game, (hen tick the box for the 
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Add £2 Europe & Eire^S Overseas 


DTP Yearbook 1990 


£14,95 




Pocket colour TV 

{seepage 152) 


£34.95 

Pfus post and packing £1 ,50 


Battery charger 

,eepv ‘ ,h > M.9S 

Plus past and packing £l .50 


Amiga DABhancf Guide £14 95 asse \ 


Cover disc offers 

(sea page U2f -p raj|ned A Ma8a jn 




£19 95 

9S50 



Raider 

£1495 

9849 



Home Accountt/DflV by Day £39.90 

9851 



1,1 Charicls of Wrath 

£1695 

9857 



Mall Order offers 

£79,99 



Publishers Choice 

9867 



Flighl Simulator 
Mini Gen 

£35 95 

9868 



£96 85 

9869 



Word Perfect 4 . 1 version 178.65 

9870 



X-Cad 

£89 85 

9871 



Pair o( Scenery Disk 

£31.90 

9872 



Small Business Aocs Xtra £69.95 

9873 



Mavis Beacon Typing 

£24 99 

9974 



Tank Attack 




£1999 

9848 

L 1 

ArgAsm 

(seepage 119) 

£54.95 

9859 

n 

Dust covers 




£4.95 

9507 | 

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Mouse mats 

£4.95 

9508 

1 1 

Binders 

£595 

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cm 

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9860 

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