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Volume 2 
Number 8 
January 1990 
£ '2.95 


A Database Publication 


Now instant 
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January 1990 


The best directory utility 
yet written for the Amiga 


Games and 
music for 
the festive 
season / 


# Mize; Your begin in knots. 

# Chfistmgs Demo; A sound 
and graphics experience. 

# eiiulnnts Speed up your 
tent Fivef^d. 


# SID The t?esl disc and 
directory utility ever 

f Fruit Machine: Am a? me? 
what AmigsBasic can do. 

* Musicboic: Jive she driver 


Full msfryefrons are m Ifte January issue of Amiga Computing 


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TINTIN ON THE MOON 


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"Hello control station ! Here is the moon rocket. Tintin speaking. I have just regained 
x, conciousness Everything seems OK, we are now taking over the controls of the rocket 
Aboard the racket, you will relive with Tintin ond his friends the most exciting adventure the 
world has ever known. The first trip to the Moon I 

Will you succeed in piloting the red and white rocket through space ond achieve o flawless landing ? Will you 
capture Colonel Boris, the traitor, who wants to make the expedition fail ? Will you be able to And the extin- 
guishers to put out the fires, even while floating in zero-gravity (which ins’t everybody s idee of fun] ? Will you 
succeed in finding and disarming the bombs and freeing your companions in order to get out of the rocket to make 
the first step on the Moon ? You will discover all this by playing "TINTIN ON THE MOON", the first computer game 
based on the comic books by Herge,., 

Before Armstrong there was Tintin and... may be you ! 

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DISC 

PAGES 


The very best cover disc in the world 
brings you Lhe best disc 
mollycoddling program. Saying SID 
means never having to use the CU. 
All the tricks you need to move, 
examine and copy files and 
directories at the click of a mouse 
pointer 

And there's more. Fruit Machine 
prove that AmigaBasic is good for 
something. Pull it apart and find out 
what makes it spin 

Plus Music Box. maze, blitsfonts 
and a Christmas Demo which will 
blow your Ihingys to Wigan, 


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Floppies have (tie merit of being 
exchangeable. Hard discs arc big and 
fast- This tiJTm the advantages of 
hath and yet fails to impress, 


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Not a memory module which doesn't 
move hut a device which retains its 
memory even when you switch off. 
Great but expensive. 


EZRA SURF'S 
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Stop bilchin' and start scrihblin' 'cos 
E/ru Surf is the mailman who washes 
whiter than white, To read what you 
write post it tonight. 


/ f| A BUT ON 
a \M THE SIDE 

It's the chip which made the Amiga 
famous. ST programmers hate it for 
being complicated- Amiga lovers 
know it is their secret weapon. 


I EDUCATIONAL 
U JL ARTISTRY 

it is very difficult for an adult to 
appraise some educational software 
so we set two kids on the job for a 
blow by blow account 


Wired for sound , , - Page 5 if 


|i HORSEY TAKES 
Vr \J KING PRAWN 

In the battle to produce the ultimate 
chess game there can only be one 
winner- Alastair Scott finds out who 
is king of the castie. 


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So you think you can du better? Well 
try this for size. The best guide to 
getting to the lop in the latest and 
greatest games. 


• Deja Vu II - a game you 
haven’t seen before 

• Shogun - seen the mini 
series? Play the game 

• Swnrris of Twilight from 
the makers of Arch on 

• Xenomorph making a meal 
out of an alien 

• Quest for the time-bird 
from the french tale 

• Tin Tin makes it to the 
Moon 

• Make mine a Daily Double 


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• Enter the CD of Interphase 
9 It's all Rock 'n Roll to me 

• Mind the streets with APB 

• Power Drift — Wheel meal 
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AMIGA SCENE 



Education 
goes a 
bundle 

DEMAND for Commodore's 
Class of the 90's education 
bundle featured in Iasi 
month’s Amiga Computing 
has been such that produc- 
tion has heen mure than tre- 
bled. 

“Response has been so 
good that W8 had to expand 
the volume of the original 
bundle from 1,500 tu 
5,000”, said Commodore's 
national sales manager fur 
education, Peter Talbot. 

This success has brought 
a vote of confidence from 
top American software 
house, Dr.T's Music 
Software, whose Midi 
Recording Studio was part 
of the bundle - the first 
time an American software 
house has worked with 
Commodore UK in this way. 

"I think that there are a 
number of ways software 
companies can work with 
the hardware manufacturers 
to expand the marketplace", 
said Dr.T. boss A1 Hospers. 

“We will be working 
closely with Commodore 
both in Europe and the US 
to expand Amiga computer 
sales", 

Dr.T s was poised to back 
up its confidence in the 
Amiga with a number of 
new music products to be 
launched at Comdex in Las 
Vegas. 

These were a new 
upgrade to its key board con- 
trolled sequencer now 
i n c I u d i n g S M P TE time 
code, full intuition interface 
and a direct link with other 
Dr.T. applications through 
its multi-program environ- 
ment, Phantom SMPTE syn- 
chronizer box which allows 
KCS or other compatible 
video and music software to 
be synchronised with an 
audio or video tape and 
AutoMix, a computer con- 
trolled mixing panel for 
automated volume and con- 
troller mixes of music. 


Official word 
out now 

EVER since the dawn of tile 
Amiga, Commodore has 
been very good at docu- 
menting the hardware and 
software in a way which 
helps developers to get the 
most out nf the system. 
Unfortunately the documen- 
tation has always lagged 
behind the products. 

Now Commodore has 
caught tip with the hard- 
ware, The revised and 
updated Amiga Hardware 
manual, called by I he lochie 
cognoscenti “The one with 
the blue cover" is out now. 

It is seriously techie. 
There is an introductory 
tutorial on writing safe, 
upwardly -compatible soft- 
ware directly to control the 
graphics, plus detailed 
descriptions of the copper, 
blitter, playfields, and 
sprites as well as sounds, 
system control and interlac- 
ing hardware. 

Even if you write danger- 
ous code you need this 
book. It is the Amiga pro- 


grammers bibte and worth 
every penny of the £23.95 
Addison Wesley is charging. 
Even if the company does 
have a rather liberal view 
on exchange rales. A good 
technical bookshop should 
have il in stock, alterna- 
tively you can order from 
any hookshup by quoting 
the 1SRN number 0-201- 
1R157-G. 


Roving rodent 
gets around 

A UNIQUE three-in-one 
mouse has boon launched 
by Naksha UK (0925 56398), 
It can be used with the 
Amiga, Atari ST and 
Am s trad 1 J C. The Naksha 
Upgrade Mouse connects 
easily to all three machines. 

Naksha UK is the recently 
founded specialist com- 
puter peripherals subsidiary 
of a |ersey company funded 
by a multi-million pound 
British electronics conglom- 
erate, The three- in- one 
mouse is the result nf a tie- 
up between Naksha and a 
high precision manufacturer 
in the Far East. 

It is 100 per cent compali- 
b I e with no additional 
drivers needed and comes 
complete with adaptors, 
mouse mat, mouse holder 
and a discount voucher for 
Electronic Arts software. 

“Our market research has 
shown that there are an 
increasing number of end 
users who own more than 
one type of machine", said 
general manager Jay Savour, 
“This is the perfect mouse 
either for the owners of one 
machine or a combination 
of the three most popular 
makes '. The three-in-one 
mouse costs £39.99. 



ton Nary 1890 AMIGA COMPUTING 7 










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Amiga C for 

Advanced Programmers 


An advanced guide lo programming 
ihe Amiga using t tie G language 


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Amiga C for Advanced Programmers 

contains o wealth of infbrrnatkxi from tha 
pros: how Cbmpilare. assemblers and Unbare 
work, designing and programming user 
friendly Interfaces using Intuition* combining 
assembly language and C code together. 
IncJudaa complete source coda for a working 
text editor. 

April IHR3 about 3B0pp 


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Amiga Graphics 
Inside & Out 


A comprehensive book, lor 
understanding and using 
Amiga graphics 


AmigaDOS 

inside & Out 

Ai in-riepUi guide to 
AmgaOOS and fie CU 


Amiga 

Tricks & Tips 

A vaiuabie os I ^cfien of jSottwajB 
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A qchi^smo pu«V k r o teaming 
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A RracfcaJ c\\jfe to kiTirng 
and using 0 I angrisge 
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Amiga 

Machine Language 


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ArnlgeQQS - Inside & Out 

cava ra AmiyeQQS In depth so 
tTi£sl ycsu can use many of its 
edvartced capsbi littes fbr practical 
ejjpliciHtinns, Includes Complete 
reference section detailing ell cf 
trie DQ5 commands, Inrurmatinn 
omising tho DOS editors - ED and 
EDIT, nregtmg and using script 
files and taking advantage nf ihe 
Amiga's multitasking famines, 
seopp 


Abacus* 


Abacus SHF 


Tricks & Tl pg - 

hare is s large coliQCtiun otTisefljl 
and important programming 
Cauhniquas that makes working 
with your Amiga friai wilier and 
assinr, Presents duzans nf hpg on 
accessing libraries from BASIC, 
making and using cuatnm 
ohgrgctor sots, uairig AmigaDOS. 
important BBGOO memory 
locations , and much more. 


Ami gaB ASIC - Inside E Out - 

i a TH E deflniti ve Slap- bv-atep guldo 
tc programming the Amiga in 
BASIC. Each BASIC command is 
Fully described and detailed, Some 
nrthp topics covered include 
Files and nie tturidliny, using puFI 
down menus, sanaing the mouse, 
handl ing windows, drawing charts 
and usmg the attach commands. 
Techniques For advanced BASIC 
programmers 
554 pp 


Abacus 


Amiga C for Beginners - 
an introduction to lesfarting the 
language of choice among AnsigE3 
programmers. LM Ike jot! W tiuuks, 
the examples hero ord specifically 
geared tcths Amiga. L^ylei^ja tha 
language elements Gf this popular 
language so met you'll t» abh? tn 
use the 0 library routines, leurn 
hnw the compiler wurks, men ■ 
2BDpp 


Amiga Machine Language — 

diumnyh introduction to 

1 1 I * 1 i - ! H f > . „ ,pnm« 

log and is a practical guide fbr 
learning to program The Amiga 

Covers 63000 iriiui^oprocessor 
erchitecture end addra-sHing 
modes, making speech and 
sound from machine Janguapo 
end more. This tmok is also a 
p&rfbct companion to our 
AssernFru machine language 
development anftwere. 

204pp 


Amiga System Programmer's 
Guide - 

im in-depth volume to wliat 
goes on inside the Amiga 
Includes "nitty gritty" 

hardware and software 
aspects of tisa Amiga. Covers 
tha EXEC and its structure, 
handling I/O requests and the 
IntUnupta, msneping the 
Amiga's reanijnces and 
i nultitesking functions, nicra. 
Cur^eiderad by many to be a 
standard reference for ail 
Amige programmers. 

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Stop thief 

IF you are a software pirate 
you are a thief. Thieves will 
he prosecuted. This is the 
message from FAST (the 
Federation Against Software 
Theft) and ELSPA (the 
European Leisure Software 
Publishers Association). 

Vou wit) see their adver- 
tisements in Amiga Comp- 
uting and manv local shops. 

The theme of the advertis- 
ing is to highlight the risk of 
prosecution if you are 
caught pirating software. 

The penalties are 
extremely severe and 
include imprisonment. 


Hackers will go to prison 


HACKERS have taken a pre- 
dictably strong stance over 
proposed new law's which 
could lead to stiff jail sen- 
tences for computer misuse. 
Attracting most criticism is 
a minor offence xvhlch 
cmild land the fun hacker 
with up to three months in 
prison. 

Objectors plan to make 
their views known to Trade 
and Industry Secretary 
Nicholas Ridley who has 
invited pubic comment on 
the recent Law Commission 
report which recommends 
stiffer penalties for hacking. 
Despite this, it seems cer- 





W 


tain that the Government 
w'ill bring in the new law's 
as soon as possible. 

“The Commission are to 
be congratulated on an 
excellent report which sets 
out clearly the case for new 
legisation in certain areas", 
said Mr. Ridley. "I am 
inclined to accept the 
Commission’s recommenda- 
tions. The Government con- 
siders that legislation 
should be brought forward 
when a suitable opportunity 
arises. 

“I should like to take into 
account the comments of all 
interested parties on the 


Key to the 
contents 

IT is nothing new but it's 
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has introduced another 
solution to the problem of 
altering wording on special 
function keys. 

The clear-topped replace- 
men I keys hold appropri- 
ately printed labels which 
can be replaced when (he 
function of the key is 
changed and do away with 
biro scribble on scraps of 
sticky paper, Prices vary 
with quantity from £1 each 
for 1G to 63p each for 100. 


Now even Russia’s linking up 


detailed proposals. We will 
be contacting individuals 
and organisations known to 
be interested but I also want 
anyone with comments to 
write to my department as 
scon, as possible". 

Principle objections to the 
Law Lords’ proposals are 
that they are too hard on the 
young hacker who may 
break into a computer for 
fun then be landed with a 
criminal record, 

Widely covered in the 
national press, the Law 
Commission report suggests 
three new criminal offences 
to combat hacking. It was 
thought that patching up 
existing criminal law would 
not provide adequate detor- 
rents. 

First is a basic offence of 
unauthorised entry into a 
computer system which 
wdll apply to anyone who 
enters another's computer 
either for fun or to try and 
interfere with it. This will 
be a summary offence pun- 
ishable vvilh a maximum of 
three months imprison- 
ment. 

Second comes a mure 
serious offence of unautho- 
rised entry' into a computer 
system with intent to com- 
mit or assist in the commis- 
sion of a serious crime. 

The third offence is of 
intentionally altering com- 
puter-held data or programs. 
It covers the use of worms, 
viruses or logic bombs and 
will include both attacks on 
a particular computer and 
the circulation of infected 
discs which could alter 
data. This also carries a 
maximum five years jail. 


EVEN the Iron Curtain is no 
barrier to MicroLink, The 
computer-based communi- 
cations service is poised to 
welcome its first subscriber 
from the USSR. 

Alexander Trnukhannv 
has applied for details from 
his home in Moscow and 
the men in the know say 
there is no reason why he 
should not be linked up. 

This underlines the truly 
international flavour of the 
new' service provided for 
MicroLink subscribers. 
Once an official ID is allot- 


ted. it can be used through- 
out the world, making 
MicroLink a boon for the 
busy traveller. 

MicroLink users can take 
advantage of a communica- 
tions network which ser- 
vices more than 200 
metropolitan areas in 
America, Canada, Mexico. 
South America. Europe, 
Africa, Australia and the 
Asian Pacific rim. It links 
20 major industrial coun- 
tries with more than 175 
communications processors 
and more than 190,000 


miles of dedicated circuits 
and satellite links. 

Many of the access points 
now' provide 300/300 up lu 
2400/2400 baud rate plus 
MNP level 5 error correc- 
tion and data compression. 
Kuforo its move to the Istel 
service in October last year 
only three European access 
points were available to 
MicroLink, From his flat in 
Moscowskaja Street, 
Alexander Troukhanov 
could soon find himself 
with the freedom lie has 
always dreamed of. 


In a Talespin 

STOP press news from 
Microdeal (07 2 G 68020} is 
Mastersound, a low' cost 
sampler for the Amiga with 
software by the same writer 
as A.M.A.S, Mure details of 
this £39.95 package in the 
February issue. 

In our December review', 
Microdeal's Talespin pro- 
gram creator w r as not given 
its final score, Talespin 
notched up 13 out of 15 For 
ease of use, to points for 
speed and nine for value. 


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The Complete O/Tice Suk Li mi 


SOMETIMES Amiga prod- 
ucts can he tike London 
buses. No, not because they 
are always crashing. You 
wait ages Tor one and then 
three come along at once. 
Up until now the Amiga 
has always been a hit light 
on accounts software. Now 
there are three new pack- 
ages. 

Cashbook Controller and 


Well, it figures ... MSB 


Final Accounts from .Digits 
is the cheapest of the three 
at £69,95, Suitable for sole 
traders, partnerships, lim- 
ited companies, clubs and 
charities, it is divided into 
two programs. 

The Cashbook Controller 
will look after multiple 
bank accounts, petty cash, 
nominal accounts, and VAT 
returns. There is compre- 
hensive report printing 
providing a full audit trail. 

Final Accounts takes 
data from Cashbook 
Controller and produces a 
trial balance, profit and 
toss account and a balance 
sheet. 

The program is supplied 
with free after-sales sup- 
port for 60 days. The pro- 
grams are available 


separately. For more details 
call Digit a on 0395 270273. 

Upmarket, and more 
expensive at £99.95, is 
Small Business Manager 
from Hi-Tension, an inte- 
grated collection of invoic- 
ing, statements, vatbook 
and stockbuok. 

The invoices package 
generates copy invoices, 
credit notes and profit and 
loss information. 

At first glance this seems 
to be a more comprehen- 
sive system, although not 
quite as detailed in its 
reports. For more details 
contact Hi-Tension on 0252 
344454. 

Top of the range, with 
what looks like the best 
manual, is Arena Accounts. 
For £150 you get a compre- 



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reports, profit and loss, bal- 
ance sheets and price lists. 
For more details contact 
Arena Technologies Lid on 
6274 280222. 



Bat pack is 
taking off 

YOU might have a tough 
time finding a Bat pack ibis 
month. Nearly 45 shopping 
days before Christmas 
Commodore announced that 
it had sold out of Amigus. 

They won’t all be neatly 
wrapped and hidden in a 
cupboard under the stairs. 
Or for our younger readers, 
sitting in Santa's grutto near 
the North Foie. Most of 
them will be in shops and 
warehouses waiting to be 
bought. 

But when they have gone, 
ail 100,000 of them, that 
will be it until I h e> New 
Year, Commenting oil the 
success of the bundles, 
David Pleasance, Com- 
modore's man in charge of 
selling home computers, 
said: ”At Commodore we 
set out to achieve a new 
standard in leisure comput- 
ing by adding extra value 
and quality to the Amiga 
500 and, for the first time, 
bundling - and launching - 
a major software title such 
as Batman simultaneously.” 

Combined with the light 
fantastic C64 pack, 
Commodore will sell £60 
million worth of computers 
this Christmas, which 



should bode well for the 
next set of results. Last 
month Commodore Inter- 
national announced a loss 
for the socond quarter in a 
row. It looks like 
Commodore UK really is the 
jewel in the company’s 
crown. 

Christmas 

presents 

EXTENDING its range of 
Amiga 500-based kits, The 
Disc Company has now 
launched Amiga Gift 


Collection. It includes 
Pltasar 3.0 Home Financial 
Management which keeps 
track of income and 
expenses and can produce 
reports on the state of 
household accounts. 

Who! What! When! Where! 
is hilled as the ail-in-one 
solution for organising dally 
activities. It includes 
appointment honk, sched- 
uler, calendar, ”to do” list, 
alarm clock and address 
book. 

The pack also features 
typing tutor MastelType, 
arcade-style car racing game 
F4U Pursuit, Huie-in-Une 


miniature golf and an 
Amiga compatible joystick. 

Priced at £79.95, Amiga 
Gift Collection is available 
through all The Disc Com- 
pany’s UK distributors 
including Centresoft, GEM, 
Leisures oft, HB Marketing 
and SDL. 

New Amigas 
launched 

COMMODORE has used the 
giant Comdex Fall show in 
Las Vegas to launch a 6BD30 
based version of the Amiga. 
It is an upgraded A2500 
called the A25U0/30. 

The 25MHz machine has 
2Mb of memory and is 
aimed at the desktop pub- 
lishing market. It has as 
standard 2Mb of memory 
and 1Mb of ram. The 
2506/30 comes with a single 
8 8 OK 3, 5in drive and a 
46Mb SCSI hard drive. 

Resembling the A2000 
externally, its internal 
motherboard has five Amiga 
expansion slots plus two i*C 
XT slots and two AT slots. 
There are no plans yet for a 
UK launch. 

Dramatic price cuts were 
also announced but Com- 
modore said there are no 
immediate plans to bring 
them to the UK. 


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tiires, and SubLogic claims to have 
improved the runways by adding 
FAA-spec markers. 

If you think landing an a run- 
wav is fur pansies, then you vail try 
landing on the draining board. This 
is pari of the mysterious fantasy 
land contained in one of the 
island's volcanoes, Another land is 
completely sidewavs. .Sounds like 
Macclesfield, 

The Hawaiian Odyssey sceneiy 
disc is out nuw. Further away from 
SubLogic is UFO, another flight 
simulator, but one that takes a step 
beyond reality. 

This little baby has an aoti-grav 
propulsion system with an anti- 
laminar transducer with which to 
adjust your atmospheric drag. A 
graviton tractor beam is available 
for those ever-so dodgy manoeu- 
vres- And if you don’t want those 
nasty humans to see you. a quick 
flick of die iranslucer switch will 
make you invisible at low levels. 

But wait, there's something 
wrong... No guns. Nut even a Dan 
Dare water pistol. It seems vour 
mission in life is to buzz humans, 
not hiast them. Hah! 

UFO's '‘experimental graphics" 
are being converted to the Amiga 
right now. and when they’re ready 
the game will be compatible with 
all the SubLogic scenery discs, 
including the above-mentioned 
Hawaiian Odyssey, 

f/jgjit Hawoii-Five-O, you uju cleared 
to loud on worktop three 


Deborah Israel. SubLogic merkctifij’ person 
and the best female Pitts pilot in Illinois 


THIS is a new one on us - an 
adventure for a flight simulator. In 
fact, it's not a scenery disc for just 
one [light simulator, but for almost 
the complete SubLogic range - 
Flight Simulator II, Microsoft 
Flight and |et included, 

The scenery covers the 400 
miles of Hawaii, the second most 
picturesque island chain in the 
world. It includes 30 or so airports, 
many of them with advanced fea- 







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AH the latest news on 
the games software scene 



CUMING from Imageworks this 
winter is The Final Battle, the long 
awaited follow-up to Legem] of the 
Sword, 

Legend saw the hero locale and 
take the fabled sword and shield 
with magical powers from the evil 
wizard Suzar Now Suzar has been 
captured and imprisoned in a tiny 
teardrop. 


Suzar is back! 


As the action opens in The Final 
Battle, you, playing the hero, are 
set upon by a dozen humanoids 
end locked in an underground cell. 
Mem i while Suzar escapes from the 
teardrop, taking the sword and the 
shield with him to ihe castle of 
Anar, 

Your quest, should you decide 
to accept it, is thoroughly obvious. 


The Final Battle will contain 
some new features, including a 
unique weather system which cov- 
ers ail climatic changes, influenc- 
ing the action accordingly, 
Superior graphics are promised - 
3D views of every location - along 
with a larger inventory and vocab- 
ulary than its predecessor. Out Tor 
Christmas £1<). 99, 



If you Ihiak I'm going to climb into that bucket and wind myself down that well. 



ALONE in her lab one night Dr 
Siimms little expected a minia- 
turised group of crack commandos 
to hurst out of a terrarium and kid- 
nap her. 

For some reason known best to 
the maniacal midgets, they minia- 
turise her and take her hack to the 
fortress they have buitl in the little 
bottle garden. How they managed 
to write the ransom note is not 
explained. 

With a fiendish plot of this mag- 
nitude there can only be one men 
for the job. Unfortunately Percy 
Thrower is unavailable. 

But never fear, Captain Frontier 
is here. Sizing up the situation, he 
decides to launch a small scale 
operation by being cut down to 
size himself and following the bad 
guys into the terrarium. 

Guide the captain through this 
arcade style adventure which will 


contain, says Imagsworks PR per- 
son Cathy Campos, "action 
sequences, clues to be found and 
mysteries to be solved". 


Watch out for the coming review 
to see if Cathy's right or if she's 
been growing more than adven- 
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Hello? Is that Gardener' a Question Time? 


Have you got the bottle? 



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Any time, any place, any war 


ARTRONIC is in I ho fmat throes of 
converting Soldier 2000, its 
scrolling strategy beat'em-up. on 
to the Amiga. 

The game features five scenar- 
tag, multiple weapons, parallax 
scrolling plus both 2D and 3D play 
fields. 

And as if the blast and kilt, total 
wipe-out, war scenario isn't 
enough to attract the thousands of 


young, red-blooded adolescents 
who read this magazine - well,, 
look at the pictures at least, In 
Soldier 2000 you get to play Ihn 
sexy, metal clad girlie with large 
wnssnames and two or three other 
things that probably go Wflhay! in 
the night. 

Sheeshl Who dreams up these 
plots? Young, red-blnoderl adoles- 
cents of course. 


Trade secrets 



ifksf the planetoid pirates 

VAUX is the first release from 
Durikan, the newest of the Paris 
software houses, 

As a black market racketeer you 
battle your way from a planetoid 
through multi-way scrolling 
screenful s of pirates, other traders 
and members of the local constabu- 
lary in order to reach the trading 
posts, where lots of shady deals are 
done. 

The other traders and police are 
programmed with intelligence, a 


fact we feel is at odds with the 
claim that Vaux has a real ItFe feel. 

The aim of (he game is lo amass 
enough wealth so that you can buy 
Ihe whole of the trading system. 

"The carrying of cargoes 
requires thought," says Hurikan 
person Mungo Amyatt-Lair, "For 
instance, vdu should not mix 
radioactive fuel with fresh food or 
livestock'', 

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sports gear worth an incredible 
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Marketing, have clubbed togeth- 
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hockey outfit, comprising shirt, 
shorts, gloves and leggings. 

All you have to do to win is 
tell us how many minutes there 
are in an ice hockey period. 

Send your answers on a post- 
card or stuck down envelope to: 
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■ AMIGA ARCADE ■ 











Will it or won't it 



SWITCHBLADE has got the pow- 
ers that bu at Gremlin Graphics 
scratching their heads. None of 
them is sure whether they've gut a 
classic an their hands or just an 
irritating little arcade adventure 
that won't go away, 

Aim of the game is to guide 
Hint, the Rladebiight, through the 
labyrinth of the Undercity to 
recover the 16 fragments of the 


shattered Fireblatk 

Once you have collected all the 
bits you must use said Fireblnde to 
dispatch Havok, the guy who f s 
been terrorising your people. 

Graphics are nothing to write 
home about, ditto the sound. But as 
far as gameplay goes, it's as fast as 
lightning and... Well, you'll have to 
wait for the full review next 
month. 


Ml T-shirt winners 


WE had an enormous amount of 
correct answers to MJ's Moon- 
walker competition. Wonder 
why? One person got it wrong. 
We’re sending him a new brain. 
Anyway, the lucky winners are 
(lakes a big breath): 

Eyai Teler from Jerusalem, G 
Wade from BFPO 45. Matthew 
and David King from Bed font, 
Andrew Si i mm on from Wolver- 
hampton. Clare Pemberton from 
Peterborough, Sally Smith 
from Orpington, Sieve Martinez 
from Fulham, Sheraz Yousaf from 
Hampton. Emma Bradford 
from Carshalton, [anine B-John- 
snn from Mitcham, Andrew and 
Kenneth Chan From Willesdeit 


Green, Daniel Brown from 
Chiswick. C Gaple from Newquay, 
Simon Putman from Woking, 
Glenn Durant from Canvey 
Island, C G Bennett from 
Sheffield, M Bradwell from 
Manchester, Paul [ones from Bid- 
dulph, Nicholas Holmes from 
Epson. Nabeed Ramzan from 
Dunblaney and, lastly, David 
Faimealher from Blackburn. 

Well done all of you, excepl 
Emma Bradford who was very 
naughty and sent in two entries. 
She only wins a prize because she 
sent in a scented envelope which 
got rid of the smell of the editor’s 
awful after shave. Goodies on 
their way, 



IMAGINE a cross between 
Powerdrome and Road Blasters. 
Racing through closed tunnels, 
open roads and over ramps in a 
sports spaceship. Shin Runner, the 
Alari coin-op, uses all the graphic 
3D power of Hard Drivin' in a glide 
through the Future, 

Now lhat everyone has proved 
they can do solid graphics, Stun 
Runner uses vectors in the high 
speed mode to make it look as 
though your craft is whizzing along 
when you hit Dne of the Hot Spots. 

There are tricks to mastering the 


curves, a bit like a Thirties Brook- 
lands racer, Only Blown Bentleys 
didn't have advanced lasers, shock 
waves for smart bombs and add-on 
armour. Tutorial modes and lots of 
maps make controlling the Ml) 
mph thingy easier, but mastering 
the game, with loads of tracks, Is 
gonna take a while, 

And you will have to wait a 
while before you can play IL The 
coin-op is only just finding its way 
into the arcades, with the Amiga 
version, converted by Dorn ark, to 
follow late in 1990. 


ADVENTURERS who find them- 
selves up the creek without an oops 
can now gel rescued by Guiding 
Light, a new adventure helpline 
bused in Manchester, 

We’ve used it a couple of limes 
ourselves - anonymously, of course - 
and have been impressed by the level 
of help given for adventures which 
haven't long been released. 

You can get pointed in the right 
direction hy phoning DB93 333933, 
But watch out if you get put in a 
queue because it’s costing you 25p 
per minute cheap rate, 38p per 
minute at all ol her limes, 



Coming up for air 


FOLLOWING the disaster of Navy 
Moves, Dinamic is set to bounce 
back with Afler The War, yet 
another sideways scrolling beat- 
'em-up, 

The rolling demo we've seen 
looks good. The graphics and ani- 
mation are superb. There's excel- 
lent attention to detail, right down 
to empty shells being ejected from 
your Rambo-slyle assault gun. It 
also looks very difficult. Let's hope 
it's not as impossible as its subter- 
ranean predecessor.. 


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The BRIDGE PLAYER, designed for players of all standards, 
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with full realism. Bidding uses the ACOL system with Stay man, 
Blackwood. Gerber, Grand Siam Force and Unusual No-Trump 
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The BRIDGE TUTOR contains 100 tutor hands, selected by co- 
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+ bidding and play with full information displays 
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H ONESTLY! 1 haven'l heard 
such a ridiculous plot since 
the first episode of Jamie and his 
Magic Torch. TO dream machines 
used In brainwash the youth of the 
western world"? Subliminal poli- 
tics? They've been reading the 
Sport again. 

Hmmm... does bear thinking 
about though. Next time you're on 
the train and (he person opposite is 
playing a Walkman, ask them what 
their political affiliation is. I bet I 
know what they'll say. Absolutely 
nothing. 

Back in plots ville. some terribly 
clever former employee has 
worked his way into the mind of 
the machine, seemingly by way of 
plugging his CD player in the 
wrong way round. 

Having tricked his girlfriend 
into doing the dangerous hit of 
breaking into the head office and 
braving the killer robots, ail he has 
to do is think his way around the 
central computer and deactivate 
circuits to case her progress. 

This would all seem a lot more 
plausible if it weren't for the fact 
that the digitised picnics at the 
start didn't Look less like someone 
about to wrest technology’s sword 
from the hands of the warlords and 



Blow the mind 



Fast graphics and decent mouse control 


more like a bloke donning his hel- 
met before getting on his Vespa. 
Anyway, l blow the plot to Max 
Headroom when I see it. 

Access to the realm of the 
Interphase is via a tunnel or data- 
channel or whatever the plots ters 
are likely to have called it. This 
involves flying Powerdromc style 
down a chequered tunnel avoiding 
a few obstacles and negotiating the 
hairpins. 

Any collision will cost eneigy, 
of which you have precious little 
and which can only be regained by 
docking with the sparse generators 
inside the machine. 

□nee you have gained access 
you will find yourself inside the 


3D world of the Dream track CPU - 
welcome to the machine. Various 
analogues of real world hi-tech 
components Utter the field of 
vision - big expensive things, 
things that go beep, Newton 
Cradles and unicycling frogs. I'm 
sure someone with honours in psy- 
chology can make something horri- 
ble out of that lot. 

Unfortunately for those of you 
who think with their auto-fire 
switches, some of these components 
must remain in place to ensure the 
success of vour mission. Bah! 

You may also Find that you can't 
destroy all of tho objects with gun- 
fire but need to use missiles, which 
are a bit more complicated. Mental 



missiles? Where will it all end? 

The immediate threat to the dear 
sweet girlie is the squad of killer 
robots positioned at various points 
around the despotic Dream track 
Corp HQ. 

Curiously these cannot he 
directly controlled From the main 



Mop fios s/icdes of Carrier Command 



Smurf ellipses . . . Leak for the hug. 


22 AMIGA COMPUTING January 













■ GAMES 



Graphics 

Gameplay 


computer, and hence by you, but 
only influenced slightly by tamper' 
ing with the security devices and 
sending them off in the wrong 
direction. 

Blueprints of the levels arc 
freely available when you. get to 
each of the levels. These are vital 


for planning your strategy and for 
following the wench’s progress, 
information can be called up for 
any of the features marked and 
their position in your three- dimen- 
sional terrain can be determined 
using the navcom device. 

Using a degree of cunning and a 



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modicum of mad blast-crazy frantic 
death and disintegration, it isn’t 
that hard to progress through suc- 
cessive levels of graphical excel- 
lence and effective, if not 
imaginative, sonic stimulation. The 
real threat to life is careless driv- 
ing, or thinking, between levels. 


Fast graphics and decent mouse 
control give a level of gameplay 
you can easily be enthusiastic over. 
Although the originality of the plot 
may be questioned, ft has certainly 
been well implemented in an 
excellent piece of software. 

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Frogs go umcycling 


ianuary lii’JO AMIGA COMPUTING 23 



















■ GAMES ■ 




Doit'f know what il is, but it locks disgusting 


S O there you are, minding your 
own business, reading a ropy 
of Intergalactic Playbeing, when a 
pod down in the cargo bay of your 
ship. the Mombassa Oak, breaks 
loose, Urk. wholesale damage. 
Total trashing of computer systems. 

You manage to get the Oak to 
! imp on to the mining colony, its 
original destination, and gratefully 
set down, expecting worried faces 
and a Sinus Slopsltocker in the bar 
afterwards. 

Hang on though, it's strangely 
quiet. Where is everyone? What’s 
all this slirney stuff? What are these 
cocoons? And why is there a small 
alien scuttling down the corridor 
towards me? Oh no, it can't be HKP 
But it is. And if you were too 
frightened to sit through Alien(s) 
then you better steer well clear of 
Xenomorph 'cos there's gonna he 
loads of little scuttly things and big 
chomping nasty beasties pouring 
down the corridors of the ship and 
the mining station, all heading for 
you. 

Yes, that's where the staff of the 
mining station on Atargatis have 
gone - into the stomachs of the 
aliens, and so will you if you don't 
find the equipment necessary to 
repair the ship and Jake off again. 

Before you do that, you better 
figure out whether you're going to 
be Sigourney Weaver or Michael 
Btehn by generating your vital 
statistics. Sex, hair, or lack of it. 
and even eye colour can be 
defined. 

Having decided who you are, 
whether you like boys or girls or 
aliens, you make straight far the 
weapons shop to tool up for the 


shoot out at the Mombassa Corral. 

Shin guns and lasers, rifles and 
rocket launchers, grenades and 
mines, machine guns and even par- 
ticle accelerators can be wielded 
wildly or stored in a 3D hack pack, 
which is the strangest way to repre- 
sent something so humble as a 
back pack. 

Some weapons need power 
blocks, so make sure you store 
some of those as well, otherwise 
you 1 “II end up using that particle 
accelerators a club. 

Possibly the most exciting 
weapon is the robo-mine, which 
lives to destroy. As soon as you set 
ii off it chases after the nearest vic- 
tim* Unfortunately this could be 
you if you don't get out of the way 
very quickly 

It's best used when there's a 
troop of Xenomorphs chasing you 
down a corridor and you’re low on 
battery power. Quickly set it off, 
and run like hell as the sound of 
disintegrating aliens makes your 
kind of music. 

While exa ming the contents of 
your goody bag, a smaller version 
of the main screen, which you have 
now obscured of course, pops up 
on the left side of the screen so that 
you can still have one eye on 
what's happening around you. 
Vigilance is everything in this 
game. 

Once tooled up, off you set 
around the five level ship and the 
20 level mining base. The view- 
point is 3D, but it doesn't scroll 
towards you, it is redrawn. Jt 
scrolls when you swivel around to 
look sideways though, which 
makes life a damn sight easier 


The ship is all hues of metallic 
grey, hut there are these access tun- 
nels lined with pipes running 
through everything, and it’s down 
these that the sense of fear is 
amplified. 

Just what is awaiting around the 
herd in the tunnel? It's a pity this 
isn't a two-player game, then you 
could get a "friend 1 ' to go first. 

Because of this threat it is essen- 
tial to find the motion detector as 
soon as possible otherwise you 
never know what you'll meet in the 
dark. 

The aliens mutate, of course. 
Remember the pods from Alien? 
Remember John Hurt leaning over 
one as it opened? Urk[ Those pods 
are here and you can see them split 
open to disgorge small larvae, or 
proto-morphs. These don'l hang 


around waiting for you to fry them 
- them scuttle off at a great rate of 
knots, looking for somewhere nice 
and warm to form cocoons. 

Out of these the fully grown 
aliens slobber. 

Then they come looking for you. 

Duncan Evans 


Wm.vmpr/j/r 

CW.fW 

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DEJA VU 

Um... about half past three 


T HINGS were looking bad. The 
editor was on to me and it 
wasn't to wish me happy birthday. 
The review I'd been assigned had 
been dragging on for days. 
Deadlines weren't getting any 
longer. I had to do something, and 
do it fast, or it was curtains for me. 
] don't know if you've ever been in 
fabric retail, but it isn't a pretty 


Tracking the software down 
wasn’t hard - leom Design bad set 
it up. Software houses were like 
that, you could never trust 'em, 
always on to some scam or other, 
and nearly everyone on the take, It 
was getting so a guy couldn't make 
a decent living. 

I look a look at the box and got 
that weird feeling - you know, 
when you think you've seen it all 
before, I told it: "Of all the in- trays 
in all the offices, you had to fall 
into mine”, I guess I fell kinda 
dumb |usi talking at it, so E slid it 
into my disc drive. 

"Play it, Sam,” I said, 

Sam was my Amiga, I'd known 
him since he was very young, We 
were like brothers. We had our ups 
and downs like any other partner- 
ship. but on the whole we got 
dong swell. He was a good kid. 

Sam was doing the driv- 
ing so I sat hack and Jit 
up. I told myself to he 
sure and get round 
to fixing that 
power cable 


some time. Sam stopped at the 
lights. We were there. 

OK, so I'd been wrong about this 
set up. Something was different 
here and it made me uneasy. There 
was always someone trying to work 
a new angle, and it always ended 
up messy. 

Hey, what kind of a stunt were 
these boys trying to pull? This 
looked a little like a Workbench 
screen. There was windows all 
over the place: Inventory, graphics, 
exits, text - it was all there. 
Someone was cracking funnies, but 
I wasn't laughing. 

1 pulled over a window and he 
came easy. 1 was surprised. I told 
him 1 was going to have to rear- 
range his features. He didn't look 
too worried. I re-sized him, 
sent him to the back and to 
the front, then dragged 
him around for a bit 
He was unruffled 
I was sur- 




the same treatment to the res] of 
them, all except the graphic which 
looked too big for me to handle. 
They lapped it up. This was 
impressive. 

Being an ace at this sort of work 
I soon discovered that 1 could pick 
Up objects by clicking on them and 
dragging them to the inventory 
window. And if I opened up an 
obfecl, its Own little window 
appeared. 

To move around E could either 
click the appropriate part of the 
screen or on the little Squares in 
the exits window*. Any other 
actions could be performed by 
clicking on the words in the top 
right comer. If this is what’s meant 
by user friendly, fully icon-driven 
interactive adventures, then lay 
some more on me, 


I soon had the full story. 1 was 
playing the part of Ace Harding, 
down and out in Las Vegas and on 
the receiving end of some unwel- 
come attention from the mob, 
f had to get back to Chicago to 
try and son it all out. But it's more 
than 106 miles to Chicago, I 
haven't got a car, never mind any 
gas, I'm nut of cigarettes, it's light 
outside and I've mislaid my sun- 
glasses. 

This was going to be no picnic. 
It couldn't even be comfortably 
described as a peanut butter sand- 
wich. But I had to complete it. 1 
knew if I didn't I'd regret it - 
maybe not today, maybe not tomor- 
row. but soon, and foT the rest of 
my life. 

And so will you. 

Green 


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So does Format, but some 
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Overall - H 4 % 


fmu&ry I 99 & AMIGA COMPUTING 27 







IKE an epidemic that resur- 
faces ai irregular intervals, the 
ball season is upon us again. You 
know the sort of thing - small ball 
versus holes, ramps and various 
ball-breaking devices in a quest to 
gel to the other side. 

Funny thing about this one is 
that it has a fairly original title. 
Rainbow Arts must've last its mar- 
bles. 

Anyways, the lowdown on the 
situation is this. You must guide 
your hail past various obstacles 


and explore each of the 32 levels. 
The levels are divided up into 
seven continents, each with its 
own signature tune and particular 
terrain characteristics. 

Graphically amazing, a lot of 
thought has gone into the back- 
grounds and the venous features to 
enable them to be highly detailed 
and visually entertaining and vet 
prevent them from becoming con- 
fusing. 

The path to enlightenment is not 
easy, for it is strewn with many 


hazards and temptations. In some 
places the way is not only eight- 
fold, hut is twisting the concepts of 
euclidian geometry. 

Waiting for someone or some- 
thing to show you the w r ay won't 
do much good. But you can always 
look at the map, where detail will 
be revealed to a depth indicated by 
the number of eyes you have 
picked up. 

Consequently, on the first two 
levels you will find as much useful 
information on it as on the back of 




Gonna grab t bat cosh with both hands and make a slosh,., 


a packet of Crunchy Nut 
Corn (lakes, 

The problems are mostly logical 
- you come across a hole in your 
path so you have to fill it in. Or 
there is a colour-coded lock so you 
need the corresponding key- 

Some problems are a little more 
obscure. You discover an unpleas- 
ant add bath in your way and there 
doesn't seem to be any other route, 
It's probably something to do with 
one of those mysterious levers that 
are hanging around. 

Further doubt is cast on the rai- 
son d'etre of the eggs that appear 
occasionally. Rolling over them 
smashes them, but aside from that 
it appears to have no other effect. 
Perhaps you're just an Edwin a fan. 

There are not eight million ways 
to die, merely three. You can run 
out of energy by being hit by explo- 
sions or energy barriers and the 
like, you can run out of time on 
certain levels or you can just fall 
off the world. Mot everything is out 
to get you - magnets, fans and 
arrows just want to tell you were to 
go- 

It is a bad idea to get into the 
habit of doing the obvious. After 
racing through scores of electric 



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Pavlovjan urge to dash through it, 
(For further referee so look out For 
(he Little Green Man theory in mv 
forth coming paper on the psycho- 
logical aspects of crossing the 
road,) Often as not there is a way 
round it if you are cunning. 

The only thing which quells my 
rampant enthusiasm for Rock n' 
Roll is the apparent lack of a save 
option. When you’ve made it to 
level six it would he nice to be able 
lo start off from there. Perhaps this 
is a move to increase the durability 
of the game, something I feet is not 
necessary because there are always 
things lo explore. 

Mouse control is excellent. As 
soon as I got over the initial frantic 
paddling stage f found that pixel 
perfection was possible, The way 
the belt animates with spots going 
around helps the feeling of motion, 
and hence the ease of control. 

Sound is not quite what you 
may have expected from the title 
but is nevertheless pleasing and 
plentiful. Worth hooking up to the 
hi-fi. 

Rock J n’ Roll is the best of this 
genre so far, possibly due io its 
greater dependence on brain power 
that) mouse power. One thing is 
confusing me though - where are 
the sex and drugs? 

Green 




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H ERIiE’s Adventures of 
TinTin! used to a familiar cty 
on children's television long before 
the current invasion of Japanese 
transforming cat people he-man car- 
toons which pro fill ate today. 

Thai plucky lad with the strange 
haircut, and shorts so outlandish 
that they are hound to be fashion- 
able, had numerous adventurous 
goings-on with his faithful dog 
Snowy anti other erstwhile com- 
panions. 

And now, betraying his cross 
channel origins, that equally 
French software house infogrames 
brings us TinTin on the Moon, a 
game loosely based on one of his 
televised epics. 

No matter what you might think 
about French software, it is fair to 
assume that more than average 
effort has been lavished on the 
graphics. TinTin sur la Lime is no 
exception. 

The opening sequence is superb, 
using animation and sound effects 
which honestly give the original 
TV cartoons a run for their money. 

It starts with a minimilist 
French countdown, after which the 
re- decorated V2 rocket - designed 
by Professor Calculus and piloted 
by TinTin and friends - blasts off 
amid a blaze of pixels and some 
2001- type music, The Thompson 
Twins appear to be absent from the 
crew list; they must have been at a 
recording session that day. 

The game consists of two stages, 
each played five times as the ship 
progresses on its journey to the 
moon. The first stage is a three- 
dimensional view' of the rocket 
hurtling through space, dodging 


asteroids and collecting spheres of 
energy. 

The energy level is important 
because allowing it to reach zero 
will end the game. This stage is 
easiest to play with the mouse. 

The second stage, which is 
where the real game takes place, is 
a pl atform and ladders affair. If you 
used the mouse for the first stage, 
you must quickly look around die 
dusk and find a joystick, it’s either 
that or the keyboard, and nobody 
uses the keyboard these days. 

The dastardly, anarchical and 
suicidal Colonel Boris has planted 
some bombs around the various 
cabins. As if this wasn't enough, he 
has started fires left, right and cen- 
tre while he was at it. 

TinTin rushes about the ship in 
a sort of hreakdancing frenzy, 
defusing the bombs and extin- 
guishing the fires before the ship 
explodes with suitably terminal 
consequences. 

.Snowy is as helpful as always, 
wagging his tail and going woof. Or 
is it bark? No matter, the dog is a 
waste of space and can't even 
climb l he ladders properly. How it 
is going to pul its Little doggy 
spacesuit on . or where it is going to 
find a lamppost on the surface of 
the muon is never explained. 

To successfully complete this 
stage, TinTin must deal with all the 
incendiary devices, as well as free- 
ing anyone tied-up. A type of panic 
button is available in the form of a 
zero gravity switch, which causes 
everyone to float about, hoping 
Snowy doesn't have an accident. 

Attacking Boris is best left to 
Captain Haddock, who will quite 



happily knock the living daylights 
out of him whenever they meet. 

According to the instructions, 
after completing the fifth stage you 
will "momentarily lose control'' as 
the rocket makes its final approach 
to the lunar surface. I certainly did, 
and danced crazily around the 
room, shouting “Thundering 
TVphoons!'' for several minutes. 

Then the rocket starts i ts landing 
phase and you must fire the brak- 
ing motors as gently as possible to 
conserve energy. For what does 
energy make? No. not the green- 
house effect, but points. 

Entering vour name in the his- 
core table is also an out-of-this- 
world experience. Although your 
country of origin is determined at 
the start of the game, the key map is 
still laid out for a French Azeri y 
system, The graphics are great, the 


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sound is reasonable, but the big 
question is the gamoptay. Quite 
simply, is there any? To be fair, 
there is something to do during the 
platform and ladders parts, but not 
enough to merit the asking price. 
Once again, it is glossy effects ver- 
sus gamcplay, And gam ep lay loses. 

John Kennedy 



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A TT XT' 


Make mine a large one 


E VER since Ug bet Zog a 
woolly mammoth spleen (hat 
his eohippus was faster, horse rac- 
ing has been a big money business. 
Since it ts well nigh impossible Id 
work out which out of all the 
starters is going to finish, most Df 
the big money goes from punter to 
bookie, not the other way, as those 
in the trade would have us believe 
as thev trv to hide their Mercedes 
AMGs" 

Daily Double is an attempl to 
bring as many factors of the real 
thing on a computer without hav- 
ing to wade through screeds of con- 
fusing options, ft uses a simplified 


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fancy Treat the winner? Poo, hiss - (he re/s Wind, 


form of the American wager sys- 
tem, which is extremely similar to 
ihe British one in that it’s still easy 
to lose. 

A horse can win, place or show 
- that is, come in in the first one, 
two or three places respectively. 
Surprisingly enough, you don’t 
win as much money on a horse to 
show than you would if you'd bet 
wt it to place. Any bookmaker who 
ignored this would have a 
snowflake's chance in a furnace. 

There are nine different betting 
systems, three of them being 
straight wagering on winning, plac- 
ing or showing, An exacta is 
wagered over two horses in the one 
race; ihe punter must predict 
which will come in first and sec- 
j end exactly. 

The game is not strictly true to 


form on this point, because it 
makes the exacta odds the sum of 
the standard adds, as opposed to 
using a separate exaeia pool. A 
daily double is spread over two of 
the day's races - the named horses 
must win the chosen races for a 
payoff. Things star! to get faintly 
confusing when quinellas are 
brought in. A qujnella could be 
described as an inexacta - two 
horses in one race are chosen to 
win or place, but which wins and 
which places is irrelevant, Well, 
maybe not quite irrelevant - the 
winnings on the first horse are 
staked against the second horse, so 
the odds should always be as high 
as possible, 

A parlay is the same, but differ- 
ent. Two horses in any two races 
can be chosen to win. place or 


show, and the winnings from the 
first are the stake on the second. As 
always, winnings Ifom a showing 
are very' much smaller than from a 
winning horse. 

Betting is simplified by having a 
large form book, where all the 
horses' previous results are 
recorded. There are flD horses and 
12 jockeys, each of which perform 
differently according to the going. 

This form book, which will need 
lo be consulted continuously, is 
printed on thin paper and will 
become dog-eared very quickly. 
The form hook is also the key to 
the game, as entry is gained by 
knowing a horse and jockey combi- 
nation in a certain race. 

Betting is a simple, icon-driven 
process, end the runners can be 
viewed for any of the afternoon’s 


10 races, The aim is Id come away 
with more money than the opposi- 
tion - up to three other people - 
after all the races have been run. 

Each race consists of some fairly 
jerky horses juddering along a 
track, with the top three horses 
named as the race progresses, A 
hifisy digitised voice proclaims the 
winner - the whole thing smacks 
slightly of being written in Basic 
and then compiled. 

To the jaded gamer, Daily 
Double would probably elicit 
amused disbelief at how simple the 
game presentation is. But as an 
evening's entertainment for up to 
four racing fans - settle up after- 
wards in after dinner mints - Daily 
Double could provide many hours 
of solid playing. 

Stewart C. Russell 

fan uary 1990 AMIGA CVMPUTING 33 


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Hey, hey, hey let’s be careful out there 


D ESPITE What Tengen might 
try it) tell you, APB doesn't 
stand for All Points Bulletin. It is 
an acronym for Atrocious Plastic 
Box, for suolt is its package, 

This box is cunningly designed 
to crease or tear the instructions 
white dumping the disc on the 
floor. It's also guaranteed ool to 
close properly. Me and it don't see 
eye to eye. 

Packaging notwithstanding, APB 
is a slightly ageing coin-op which 


is still to be found lurking in uni- 
versity games rooms and other 
dens of iniquity. 

Basically, you control Officer 
Bob in his adventures as a OS traf- 
fic cop. He's fairly typical as traffic 
cops of the American persuasion 
go, in that his car runs on dough- 
nuts and he runs on petrol. Hang 
on, reverse that. And spell it donut. 
Might as well got into the spirit of 
the thing. 

Officer Bob's life is made a mis- 



O/i no, it 's a SK'nnri of dreaded yellow dots 


ery both by petty criminals like lit- 
terbugs and dangerous criminals 
like dope dealers and snipers. But 
worst of ail, there never seem to be 
enough donuts out there to keep a 
man happy, 

You gain a demerit if you do a 
wrongful arrest, Too many demerits 
and you're trash, Literally. Every 
day you must capture your quota of 
wrongdoers or face the wrath of the 
sergeant, who's a really nice man 
when you're in bis good books, but 
isn't when you’re not. It would be a 
very humdrum existence, just tick- 
eting litter louts, and perhaps find- 
ing time far the odd donut or 
seven. That’s where APBs came in, 

If there's a special criminal ta he 
caught you are told at the briefing 
at the start of the day - Hill Street 
Blues fans will warm to this - 
where the criminals are and what 
they're driving. 

If you manage ta find the crimi- 


nals and ram them off the road you 
get the chance to have the rest of 
the day off, provided you can get a 
confession out of the scumbalts, 
You do this by using the age-old 
police technique of “Er, he must 
have fell down the stairs guv", 
being careful that guv doesn't find 
out, 

The actual police brutality bit is 
a standard left-right bash, which 
gave me acute friction bums off my 
Konix. f'm suing. 

Arcade APB had a huge hi -res 
monitor - Walking Circles has 
done a neat trick on the Amiga by 
overlaying the score bar on the 
overscanned scrolling area, thereby 
getting a large display, much much 
larger than the ST (hawk, spit] ver- 
sion. 

It’s very fast and handles simi- 
larly to the arcade original. The 
graphics are good - maybe a little 
drab for the ultra-pedantic - and 



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the sound is a straight lift from the 
iircado machine. Beautiful. 


For once, fans of the arcade 
machine - and that includes me - 
can feel right at home. It's not 
much of a stretch of the imagina- 
tion to say that it's identical. To use 
those mortal words from (he thank- 
fully now deceased series. The 
Interceptor: “1 like it, MikeyT 


POWER DRIFT 

Bunting rubber 



Stewart C Russell 



Overall - H2% 


F UN versus accuracy. This is 
the balancing act which all the 
creators of the latest genre of driv- 
ing simulators have to master. 
Power Drift and Hard Drivin' 
appeared in the arcades at the same 
time. One was fun, the other accu- 
rate. 

Now I'm sure that With plenty of 
lime behind the wheel, Hard 
Drivin' would be more rewarding. 
But at £l a throw I couldn't afford 
to Find out. 

So I became hooked on Power 
Drift, with its huge screen, amazing 
hydraulics and “faster than the eye ; 
could follow" graphics. A machine 
with more just one more go appeal 
than any other. 

It would be a brave man who 
attempted to convert such a game 
to a home computer. That man was 
ZZKJ, He'd been to the brink of 
technology before with Super Hang 
On. Now he prepared to dive into 
his source again. And this wasn't 


ketchup. The problem with spriley 
games, like Outrun for instance, is 
that they look and feci 2D. 

Solid games like Imerphasc feel 
better but need some serious pro- 
cessing power. And anyway, PoweT 
Drift is intrinsically sprite based. 

ZZ managed to find a way to 
store, magnify and rotate sprites so 
that they appear solid. Then he cal- 
culated the relative positions In the 
same way as he would for a 3D 
game. 

The upshot of all this technical 
mumbo jumbo is that If one car 
cuts a corner, slides past a tree and 
back on to the track to crash into 
the next car, the graphics all look 
right. And you really feel as though 
you've done something pretty 
clever. 

Missing from the conversion are 
the rotation, including an 
Afterburner style roll if you crash, 
and a small map which shows 
where the other cars are. Nothing 




Overall - 811 % 


to Worry about. 

The frame rate is acceptable in 
most places, helped by the blitter. 
Sometimes it slows to a crawl 
when there is a lot going on. The 
person with a Commodore proces- 
sor card in his A2000 will be sur- 
prised to learn that not only does 
this game load, it benefits from the 
68020. 

It s exciting, spectacular and 
impressive. One of the compro- 
mises made for the sake of playa- 
bility is particularly generous 
collision detection. But then kart- 
ing is supposed to be a non-contact 
sport. 

The game's got instant "grab the 
mouse and go" appeal, but also has 
depth. You won't do well until you 
learn the 27 circuits. 

Master the game for a mode 
which puls you In control of the 
Afterburner jet or the Super Hang- 
On bike. 

Me? I'm off toning for real. Let’s 
call it research. 

Simon Stockman 


January 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING ,75 








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QUEST FOR THE TIME-BIRD 

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S ITTING in his little hut all 
alone oil the outskirts of civil- 
isation, Eragon waits. Retired hero 
and inspiration for hundreds of 
drinking songs, he keeps his battle 
axe well polished in preparation 
for what he is sure his future holds 
-a comeback quest, 

No hero worth his battle harness 
is ever allowed to sit back and 
draw his pension. There’s always 
some untold horror waiting to 
sweep over the lend, some wrong 
to be righted, some,.. 

Hang on - was that a knock at 
the door? Ah, it's Roxanna, illegiti- 
mate daughter of Mara the witch 
and who knows who else, Here 
comes the spiel. What's that? Evil 
empires, hopeless quests, terrible 
danger...? Say no more, 

Pausing only to collect his axe 
and leave a note for the milkman, 
Bragon is on his way. 

Quest for the Time-Bird is based 
on the French graphic novel of the 
same name, which has been mildly 
popular probably because of the 
ever- exaggerated features of 
Roxanne, 

The adventure is constructed in 
the style of a graphical multiple 
choice type game. Decisions are 
made by clicking the mouse 
pointer on a relevant part of the 
screen. This controls the direction 


in which the party will move and 
also their interaction with the envi- 
ronment and anyone they should 
meet. 

The cursor will change shape on 
a graphic window to indicate a 
direction in which you can travel. 

Pressing the left mouse hutton at 


any lime you are not on the large 
map page will produce a small box 
containing graphics of everyone 
currently in your party. Selecting 
one of these images will bring up a 
strip of icons of the different 
actions that character can perform, 

The actions are the usual and 
fairly straightforward ones - Eat, 
Talk. Kill and so on - except for 
Charm, This can be used to worm 
your way into the affections of 
someone in order to get their help 
- a particularly dangerous weapon 
when used by Roxanna, who has a 
lethal pout. 

Annoyingly, you are only 
allowed to have one saved game 
per disc, hardly enough to explore 
the slings and arrows of outrageous 
fortune in an adventure such as 
this where each turn can lead the 
dusty way to death. 

As you might expect from the 
French, the graphics are superb. 
Not only are they very detailed and 
pleasing tD bok at, but they are 
displayed with imagination aod 
variety, appearing in different 
shaped boxes in differem areas of 
the screen. 

It shows the thought that went 
into the layout, It has actually 
interested me sufficiently tn look 
out for the book. 

Well animated sequences appear 
to break up the journeys, the most 
impressive of which is when the 


party is on foot and the foreground 
scrolls past the bottom of the 
screen. 

Sounds and effects are both well 
crafted. Each of the seven king- 
doms has its own background track 
designed to enhance the atmo- 
sphere of the current location. 
They tend to get a bit repetitive 
and brain destroying after a while, 
but then so does life. 

The plot is a little thin, and solv- 
ing the puzzles is about half- arid- 
half intuition versus persistence. 
No incredible vulpine feats of cun- 
ning are needed to solve The 
Quest, but this is not necessarily a 
had thing. 

Overall, a well designed game 
which will probably appeal more 
to the casual adventurer than the 
hardened one. 

Lucinda On 



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January 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING 3? 







.Sin i iir/< if) Twilight 
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S olstice is almost upon us. 

and as we peer through her- 
metically sealed windows at the 
ever expanding gloom perhaps we 
should spare a thought for the resi- 
dents of Albion where the shadows 
Last all year round and the man 
From Everest hasn’t bean seen in 
living memory. 

The Queendom is under throat 
from the malevolent Shadow lord 
and his merciless minions, intent 
nn destroying the sacred temples, 
robbing the land of magic and sup- 
porting Millwall on Saturday after- 
noons. 

Your quest is to do something 
about il - nobody is quite sure 
what - aided by a brave band of 
merry men. 

This is where Swords departs 
from the regular plot for role- play- 
ing. because from the cast of suici- 
dal heroes you choose to direct 
three, not one. For this is a multi- 
player role-playing game. 

Now you too can invite a few 
mates round and enjoy the quar- 
rels. bickering and sabre-rattling 
that were once the exclusive 
domain of that breed of person 
who found jay in big boob full of 
tables and even bigger dice. 

Alternatively you can elect the 
computer to control the other two 
characters and play on your own. 
This is still not quite like a solo 
role-playing though because the 
computer will act under the per- 
sonalities of the characters it is 
playing, so they can. be just as 
unhelpful and prone to sulking fits 
as your mates. 

The characters are all chosen 
from a field of 31. comprising 
champions, knights and mages. 
Champions are just knights who 
are better at knighting, whereas a 
mage is a generic term for a fol- 
lower of one of the five brands of 
magic currently on the market 
Knights come in all skill levels 
from the belligerent Britomart at 
sixth level to the lowly Kodak who 
is still developing. Be careful in 
your choice though, some weapons 
are only effective in the hands of a 
complete novice. 

Control is by a sort of menu 
affair which is activated by press- 
ing the fire button. The options are 
all pretty basic, pick up and drop 
stuff, apart from the talk option. 
This is by far the most importan t as 
it handles all the interaction 


Forenodt. me dunks fii sJab a few mo/ikj., 

between you and anyone or any- 
thing you should meet. 

The computer will intuitively 
flavour your speech depending on 
how wary or friendly you are at the 
time. If you are suspicious, com- 
ments about your name or mission 
will be more guarded. 

It is worth noting that other 
characters will react depending on 
how you treat them. It is quite pos- 
sible to charm even the most 
depraved of slavering hordes by 
giving them little gifts and saying 
how pleased you are to see them. 


Reputations will be built from 
all that you spite and everyone you 
figbl - how you treat people can 
easily decide your fate. 

Travel to the other kingdoms, 
which will be necessary to com- 
plete your quest, is via the 
ancients’ alternative of arterial 
highways, the Rainbow Road. This 
is actually an excuse for some gra- 
tuitous colour- cycling. 

The answers to your problems 
lie in these distant realms, but your 
first task is to find your way about 
The graphics are more than ade- 


Whost- idea ivqj j'r to com in fancy dress? 


quate for this type of game but the 
painfully grinding Ring movement 
will have Wagner turning in his 
urn, It certainly isn’t how George 
Solti used to play it. 

The only real criticism of 
Swords could equally well be lev- 
elled at many of the games in this 
genre - the incessant and aimless 
wandering about seems to have 
been overdone a bit. The plot itself 
is complex and interesting as it 
unravels, but if the tedium gets to 
you before the ogres do, then you'll 
never find out. 

This is a brave attempt at prop- 
erly reproducing the atmosphere 
and style of true role-playing. 
Although not quite perfect, it 
should, find its way into every seri- 
ous role-player's collection, 

Lucinda Qrr 


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O NLY on a few occasions in 
(he history of mankind have 
the massed armies of two nations 
met head to head in pitched bailie, 
most of these in the last century. 
One such occassion was the battle 
for Kiev in 1943. 

With the defeat of the German 
army at Kursk during the summer 
offensive of 1943, the Soviet forces 
pressed home the advantage and 
pursued their enemy a Li the way to 
the Dneiper river. 

Here the Germans hoped to re- 
group and re-equip their troops 
before the inevitable bombardment 
by the Soviets during the coming 
winter. Slavka, the Russian high 
command, had other ideas. 

So the scene is set for one of the 
most desperate and potentially 
decisive engagements of World War 
II. Can the ruthless and famed 
German 42nd Karps, nicknamed 
the Fire-Brigade, turn the tide of 
the Russian offensive? 

Three scenarios are provided, 
picking up the historical action on 
progressive dales throughout the 
winter, effectively deciding how 
long the game will last, Each turn 
is a day En game time. 

Orders are given to your troops 
via a complicated system of icons 
along the bottom of the screen, the 
sort you have to Look up in the 
manual every now and then to 
make sure you know what they 
mean. 

Orders are given to the korp 
commanders, who will then organ- 
ise their troops in the way they 
think best to achieve their objec- 
tives, 

This means that e greet deai of 
your overall strategy depends on 
your front line commanders, which 
might not be such a bad thing - 
after all, most of them are veterans 
of several years of campaigns. 

On the other hand, some of them 
are useless, Remember, you can 
transfer units to other korps, so if 
you find a really bad commander 
just leave him with a couple of 
Baldricks and move the good 
troops elsewhere. 

When von have finished your 
turn the computer will go into the 
24 hour game turn. That's 24 hours 
in game time, not in real, lunch or 
Greenwich Mean time, though you 
may he forgiven your mistake 
because there doesn't seem to be 
much difference. 

If you decide to go away and 


make a cup of coffee in this game, 
you can afford yourself the luxury 
of grinding the beans, percolating 
it. savouring every last drop and 
then having another two or three 
cups before it's your turn to go up 
to bat again. 

There is an option for occasional 
battle noise to let you know that 
things are still happening. 

Actually, Ihe reason it takes so 
long is because it insists on animat- 
ing the map window, with all the 
units marching about and flashing 
and blowing up. 

This would not be so bad but for 
the fact that the window updates 
are so slow, a condition which 
seems prevalent on games origi- 
nally written for the Mac, Balance 
of Power springs immediately to 
mind. 

This incredibly slaw response 
time becomes unacceptable w r hen 
it comes to giving orders. Changing 
the standing order for a unit? Click 
Dn its icon, wail up to five seconds 
while the map is redrawn with the 


Kiev, 
here! 
com . , 


selected unit inverted, then select 
your target 

The scroll bars for seeing the 
rest of the map are just as annoy- 
ing. Where can all this wasted time 
be going? Perhaps this is why the 
Germans lust. 

Fire Brigade needs 1 meg to run 
but <loesn"t seem to be doing much 
with it because in several areas it is 
less impressive than strategy games 
running on vanilla Ami gas. 

High on realism, excellent docu- 
mentation. but low on playability. 

lucinda Orr 


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lubber you should find it pretty 
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plus a few of your crow if you are 
lucky, Capture bv the Japanese is a 
certainty. 

As a stranger in a strange land 



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If you knew sushi like I knew sushi... 


you must learn quickly or die. Your 
future depends an how quickly 
you grasp the Japanese way of 
things, their brutality, their strange 
code of honour, their odd bathing 
habits, and their Funny curvy 
swords, 

Progress is hampered by your 
total inability to speak anything 
even slightly approaching 
Japanese, A translator is on hand, 
but he is a Portuguese priest - your 
sworn enemy on both counts. 

Trying to get your point of view 
across can be a bit difficult when 
your interpreter thinks you're a 
heretic pirate, Your overall objec- 
tive may he Fame and riches, but 
just staying alive would be all right 
For now. 

The text of the game is sur- 
rounded by a pretty Japanese-sly le 
border, which changes as you 
progress through each part of the 
adventure. 

Pictures occupy the same part of 
the screen as the text, and scroll 
away as the text wraps around 
them and fills the screen, This 
gives the impression that you are 
reading a book or parchment and 
adds considerably to the atmo- 
sphere, 

The adventure is split up into 
different sections or events, like 
scenes in a play, which must be 
completed before going on to the 
next. 


At the end of each section you 
will be told how malty points you 
got out of the number available for 
that section and your running total 
before being given various options 
- whether to continue, whether to 
get a hint, and SO on, You've heard 
of modular programming? Well this 
is modular adventuring. 

Shogun is an adventure unlike 
most others in that it is orientated 
towards solving situations rather 
than puzzles. That is, it is more 
important to think and to do than 
to collect lots of objects and manip- 
ulate them in some way, In this 
respect Shogun is, dare I say, more 
intellectually challenging than 
many of the popular advcnlures- 
As one of the last efforts from 
the team that showed the world 
what adventures are all about, this 
is one to he proud of. 

Lucinda Orr 


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■ GAMES ■ 


Let’s get this show on the road 


N OW this is what I have been 
waiting for. Chuck away the 
instructions, we won't need them. 
Just pop the disc in the drive and 
flex those wrist muscles, 

A few presses of the Fire button 
and already the game has started. 
No tedious little animations or jin- 
gles here, ibis is serious arcade 
gaming, A conversion of a Sega 
coin-op no less, and for once the 
arcade feel has been carried 
through to the home computer 
Ah, the joys of hardware 
scrolling. It's been a while since 
there has been a serious attempt to 
produce a vertical scrolling road 
game. 

This one is just the way 1 like 
them - swing a leg over your 
motorbike and with a squeal of 
Dunlops you’re off, leaving only a 
tread m ark Dn the gunmetal road. 

Sneak up behind a few cars and 
open up with the cannons, riding 
through the explosions in search of 
a few more to take out. Gangs of 
dispatch riders can he bumped off 
the road, hut pay special attention 
for the Sunday drivers doing 20 in 
their red Ladas. 

Extra weapons are supplied by a 
small truck which allows you to 
ride up inside while the pit crew 
fit the extra cannons front and rear, 
guided missiles and a neat line in 
all-over bodv shields. The missiles 


are especially useful for taking out 
the helicopters which buzz around 
dropping the occasional bomb. 

Your reward for destroying all 
the excess traffic is to have your 
hike upgraded to a car. The obvious 
insult of having your lovely bike 
replaced by a cage on wheels is 
quickly remedied by a press on the 
spacebar. 

Just as in real Life, riding a bike 
has many benefits over the car, 
although the more cautious and 
uncool among you may wish to 
stick with four wheels and the 
resulting loss of manoeuverability 
and acceleration. 

The helicopter pilot is obviously 
in the British Motorcycle 
Association because he only 
attacks you when you are driving 
the car. 

Once various little floating let- 
ters have been collected, the whole 
game changes. Now you’re flying a 
jctcar over enemy territory, with 
cannons and bombsights to match. 

The landscape scrolls smoothly 
underneath, with little gun 
emplacements and depots to bomb. 
Airborne mines and fighters attack, 
but your pitcrew has followed you 
into the skvs flying a large Heli- 
shtp for those little cosmetic 
changes... 

Finally you cruise over a large 
software house, err. ocean, where 




Ahal A little red flag, Ves. Elm,. 

the mission objective may be 
accomplished by destroying three 
U-boaLs which rise and fall like 
Amstiad's profits. 

So ends the first level. With four 
more to go you soon wish for a 
Continue? option. But since there 
isn't one, you make dam sure that 
every life counts. Each mission fea- 
tures extra baddies, so them is 


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always something new to look for- 
ward to killing. 

The Pause button is essential for 
background tasks such as eating, 
visiting the bathroom and drinking 
coffee, while the President gives 
you yet another death-defying mis- 
sion to undertake. (Where is Dan 
Quail?] 

Action Fighter manages to cram 
every conceivable scenario from 
every vertical scroller ever written 
into one jam-packed game. 

With five multi-stage missions, 
it wilt take a long time for your 
wrist to recover from this one, It 
may look five years out of date, but 
it’s true arcade action. 

Everyone needs al least one 
shoot-’em-up in (heir software col- 
lection not written by the BitMap 
Brothers - make sure it's Action 
Fighter, 

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It was brilliant on the 64... 


HE copywriter at Virgin must 
be in a very, very bad way. 
This poor creature, in all probabil- 
ity locked up in a dingy office and 
fed on stale chips and cold tea, has 
spent so long studying computer 
games ilmt its gone insane. 

It can now take a perfectly ordi- 
nary arcade game plot - Shoot AS, 
Rescue B$. for example - and turn 
it into a deeply moving human 
drama, with a few bargain base- 
ment laughs thrown in for dramatic 
effect. 

So Shinohi, a “shoot anything, 
rescue children" game has been 
turned into a mixture of Dirty 
Harry and The Pied Piper, 

It seems that some wayward 
ninja has stolen all the children 
from the local ninja academy and 
is demanding a ransom This isn't 
acceptable to the good burghers 
(this has nothing to do with 
Wimpy, by the way - I did say 
good) and it's up to you to do the 
rest. Cosh. 

Your initial weapon against all 
the bad people is a limitless supply 
of throwing stars: to call them 
shurtken is, apparently, incorrect. 
After you save a few children, you 
gel to throw slightly more danger- 
ous things. 

Once per stage you can use a 
very tedious form d! ninja magic, 
which takes ages to do and is really 
only an oriental smartbomh. Your 


ninja-person says something which 
probably translates to something 
obscene or impossible, or both. 

At the end of every level - each 
level has several stages, y'see - 
you get to meet The Big Baddy who 
is difficult to kill and will probably 
kill you first. 

Following this, if you have man- 
aged to keep some lives, is a boring 
bit with bouncing ninjas and more 
throwing stars. It's meant to be a 
bonus stage, but interest- wise it's 
zero rated. 

Look, lei's get this straight - 
I've nothing against ninjas, not per- 
sonally at any rate. 1 mean. I’m 
ready to believe they're invincible. 
Bui then again, when threatened 
with that metallurgical marvel that 
is a ninja sword. I’d be apt to 


believe anything I was told. 

But if I was a ninja, which I’m 
not, at least not consciously, I'd be 
somewhat annoyed by all the 
crappy games about the profession. 
It’s a job, innit? Like quantity sur- 
veying, or being a turner? How 
many games are there like The Last 
Quantity Surveyor, or Bad Dudes 
vs Dragon Turner? None, 

But even as a non-ninja [a 
nonja?] I’d be peeved about 
Shin obi. First off, the music is ter- 
rible, sounding like it's being 
played through a sock. Also, the 
poor disc drive is forced to make 
arcane g ranks and squeaks hv the 
loader; at first 1 thought it was part 
of (he tune. 

The graphics have been care- 
fully chosen to avoid attribute 


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clash, because they're not bad in 
the ZX Spectrum league. And not 
merely do we have the de rigeur 
VASTP 200-line screen, but it’s 
narrower on the sides, too, 

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NULL: is a new AmigaDos device. 
SID will run with or without Null: 
mounted, but it works better with 
it. Null: doesn't do anything bril- 
liantly useful, it behaves just like 
Nil: in that you can redirect a pro- 
gram’s output to it. 

This is often useful to kill those 
boring and time-consuming copy- 
right messages that clamber down 
the screen if you initialise a lot of 
PB stuff in your Startup- Sequence. 

For instance, I’ve used this tech- 
nique in the Startup-Sequence on 
this month's cover disc to zap the 
awful DlitzFonts copyright mes- 
sage: 


NULL: 

- a better way to die 


Figure I: The Null entry to he added to your jncwnttel 


on the buttons, Of course what you 
choose to run depends on what 
you've got. You can't run DiskX if 
you haven't got it. Perhaps you've 
got a different PD disc sector edi- 
tor. Sec tore me maybe. Likewise 
with the archiving programs, 

Most of the buttons will work 
without the need for extra pro- 
grams. The Read button uses an 
internal file viewer, Likewise 
Xread. A few more buttons - Run, 
Delete and Rename, for example - 
use commands from the C; direc- 
tory, 

SIB is a hell of a lot of program. 
If you've got the hang of it by the 
next issue you’ll have done well. 
Give it your best shot, it’s more 
than worth the time. 


BUtrfonts/BlitzFDnts >N1L: 


But Nil: is not a ‘'real'' device, In 
fact it's not a device at all - it’s 
merely an AmigaDos convention. 
Null:, on the other hand, Is a reel 
device. It has a handler and it has 
to be mounted. 

Null: is very easy to set up. After 
you've unarchived all the SID files 
you will first need to copy the file 
called null-handler into your L: 
directory, This is the L directory on 
your normal Workbench boot-up 
disc. 

Next you need to add an entry to 
your Mount! ist. which is nowhere 
near as daunting as it sounds. 

Boot up your Workbench disc, 
open a Shell or CLt and type: 


You are now editing the 
Mountlist file from the Devs: direc- 
tory on your Workbench disc. 
Cursor down to the bottom of the 
file and type in the lines shown in 


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S ID has been in development 
since October 1038. If under- 
went nine months of rigorous test- 
ing by more than a dozen people. 
After 26 updates, one complete 
rewrite, hundreds of hours of work 
and over 513,810 bytes of C and 
assembler code spread over 77 
modules, SID has emerged into 
what Timm Martin, the author, 
hopes you will find is the best 
directory' utility available for the 
Amiga. 

I know I've certainly found it 
indispensable. It sits there in its 
shrunken mode all the time on my 
triple floppy, 3 meg A2000 with 20 
meg hard drive (Showoff - Ed). 1 
used to run a mixture of Disk 
Master and UtilMaster, But no 
longer. 

A few things to make a note of 
before you start using it in anger. 
Firstly, SID needs an S: directory. It 


needs it because that's where it 
looks for SfD.config. its configura- 
tion file, Therefore, the best thing 
to do with BID is put it in your C: 
directory on your bool-up disc and 
run it from a CLI or Shell. You can 
supply parameters, like so: 


sid dfO:e ram: 


If you’re not a CLI person put 
SID and its .info file in your hoot- 
up root directory. Then you can 
double click on SID after opening 
the disc window. Simple, 

The most difficult pari of STB is 
its configuration. Read the 
Canfigs.Doc file thoroughly, You'll 
soon find that SID can be set up 
just the way you like it very easily 
indeed. It's just a question of get- 
ting the hang of how to change 
things. Play around, Have fun. But 
make a backup first! 

All sorts of stuff can be run tom 
within SID - archiving programs 
like Arc, Zoo and Pak, file and disc 
editing programs like DiskX. 
NewZap and Ed for instance. IFF 
viewers like Display or maybe 
Show - it’s you who chooses what 
programs will run when you click 


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Maze 


YOU are lost in some twisty 
passages, all alike. Classic 
words which will bring a flush 
of excitement to the cheeks of 
any adventurer. But today you 
won't have to make a map or 
examine anything. 

The author of Maze, Todd 


Figure I. The # at the end is very 
important, it marks the end of a 
Mountlist entry. 

When you're Finished press Esc 
and then X and then Return, The 
new Mountlist will then save back 
to your disc, 

Next we have to alter your 
Workbench disc’s Startup- 
Sequence so that it mounts the new 
device, When you’ve got your CLI 
nr Shell back, type: 


Ed 5 ^Startup-Sequence 


If you've got a section where lots 
of other devices are mounted, like 
Pipe: and Spuak:, then teg; 


Haunt HULL: 


on to the end of the list. Otherwise 
enter it just before LoadWB. Press 
Esc-X and Return to save (he new 
Startup-Sequence and exit from Ed, 
Ndw next time you boot from 
that disc the Null; device Will be 
mounted. After that, use it from 
AmigaDos just as you would Nil: 



SID and its accompanying files are 
so large that I felt it best to archive 
everything in to one file. This has 
the added advantage that it takes 
up only half the room the unar- 
chived version would have done, 
I’ve written a script file that will 
unarchive everything automatically 
cm to a blank disc for you. Well, it 


Lewis, invites you to share this 
public domain program with 
your friends. 

Don't knock it. It’s a neat lit- 
tle Workbench toy which fills a 
gap. It doesn't need an explana- 
tion, 

"fry it. 


doesn’t have to be completely 
blank. As long as there's at least 
300k of space there, SID will fit. 
After last month's successful 
attempt at an automatic script with 
Workbench 1,3.2, l feul confident 
that I'm on to a winner here, 

It all works with DFO: and RAM: 
- no need for second drives Dr 
extra memory’ - and there’s only 
one disc swap, not counting the 
request to replace CDO06 when it's 
all over. 

If you're running an unex- 
panded xASOO, you may be flying a 
bit dose to the wind, I’ve tested it 
and it works every time, but I 
wouldn't try multi-tasking, the 
script will almost certainly bomb 
out with a rude message. 



SID vl.D4 is now available to all 
registered users, To become one 
send in your $23 shareware fee 
today and enjoy the benefits, which 
include the most recent version of 
SID sent to you on disc, any avail- 
able support programs, the most 
recent version of the manuals, a set 
of update docs which describe the 
changes made in each SID update, 
a number of Software Ingenuity 
freeware programs and utilities, 
plus timely announcements of 
major future' upgrades. 

Send your money to: Timm 
Martin, Software Ingenuity, P.O. 
Box 10084 , Largo. FL 34643,' USA, I 
know I have, 





The Christmas demo 

HQ, HQ. HQ, little boy - liave I got a surprise for you! Festive greet- 
ings and other assorted seasonal cliches to you all. to gel you into the 
Yulfilide swing of things, here is Jolyon's Christmas Demo. " 

More festive than a set of broken fairy lights, more 1 jolly than Santa 
after drinking eight million glasses of sherry in Northern Europe (not 
including Poland], and decidedly more tuneful than Granny when she 
starts throttling the ivories. 

This month's stocking filler is full of features like snow and, urn, 
snow and, ura, [think there might be a robin in there too. Ah yes. And 
the scrolly, which should East you well into the New Year. (Readers in 
Scotland will have their own thing called Hagmany.) 

Merry Christmas Everybody! 


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Blitz 

Fonts 


WE all know how slow (yawn),,, 
Erm, Where was I? Oh yes. We all 
know how slow the system fonts 
are on the Amiga, even with 
FastFonts (FF) from the WB1.3 
disc running. But before you build 
a morse code interface for your 


ASOO, take a luok on yonder disc. 
For here, leaping small buildings 
in single bounds, comes salvation 
in the form of BlitzForttS- 

Run it from CLI or click on it 
from Workbench and it will make 
text appear on the screen up to six 
times faster, provided you're using 
the standard Topaz 80 font. Yes. 
now you can pretend you too have 
a 88020 board. 

Even more astounding, it does 
all this in less space than the size 
of the average font - a minuscule 
3072 bytes. 

Now don't say I never give you 
anything. 


Flash the c ash 


THE author of BlitzFonts wants you to give this program to every person 
you know who owns an Amiga. But come on, guys, this is shareware, So 
let's do our bit for this brave breed of person who fbresakes commercial 
gain by supplying you with quality software, asking only a small regis- 
1 ration fee. 

Rush 510 tea: Hayes Haugen „ 11303 South Dogwood Lane, Edmonds, 
MM 98020-6168, USA , In return you'll receive the latest version of the 
program - that's the one which works with custom fonts - plus a bunch 
of other shareware programs by the same author. 


January 1990 AMIGA COMPU77/VG 49 




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COVER DISC / COVER DISC / COVEF 


Reader contributions 


FRUIT MACHINE 


byf.W.P. AJJison 


WARNING; When you first run 
Fruit Machine there is a possibility 
that Amiga Basic will point to a 
tine of the program and give an 
'‘interna! error" message, If you 
click in the OK box and press 
Righl-Amiga-R to rc-run I he pro- 
gram. it will work fine. 

Now if this docs happen to you 
it is very, very, very important that 
you don't ring me up and com- 
plain, it is not my fault and l will 
onlv get upset and throw things at 
Green. 

The real fault - surprise, sur- 
prise - lies with AmigaBasic. 
There is a bug in it which seems Id 
let the system gel ahead of itself at 
times. 

If this sounds a little vague and 
implausible, try ringing up 
Commodore Technical Support, 
who will give new depth and 
meaning to terms like vagueness 
and implausibilily. 

Seriously though, if this does 
happen to you, get in touch with 
Commodore - the responsibility 
for AmigaBasic working properly 
belongs to the boffins there, not 
me. The more people complain, 
the more likely Commodore is to 
do something about it. 

Gripe over with, on with the 
show. 

OK, how many of you guys 
remember paddling your Vespa 
down to the local arcade through 
torrents of acid rain just so you 
could have a go on the one-armed 



NUDGE I HNUDGEI MNODQE 


bandits? Well, now you can sit at 
home and watch the rain - if you 
can tear your eyes away from the 
fantasmic display of Fruit 
Machine, that is. 

It's got all the features you'd 
expect from the latest Japanese hi- 
tech moneyeaters that inhabit dark 
and noisy seaside places - gamble, 
nudges, re-spin, stop and win - all 
of that. It even has a nifty attract 
mode. 


Check out which keys do what 
by reading, the doc hie and then gel 
those cylinders tumbling. 

That a program works at all in 
AmigaBasic is something of an 
achievement, but one that works as 
well as this is nothing short of 
miraculous. Well, it is the season 
for them, I suppose, 

The man - no, let’s not be afraid 
to say it - I he genius who brings 
you this astounding piece of well 


Problems with your disc? 


t IF you subscribe to 
Amiga Computing and 
your disc has boon dam- 
aged in the post, please 
send it to; Database 
Direct, Amiga Cover Disc, 
FREEPOST, Ellesmere 
Pori, South Wirral LG 5 
3FB, You will be sent a 
new disc. 


• IF you are not a sub- 
scriber and your disc 
does not work, please 
send - it within two 
months please - to, 
Protoscan Ltd , Amiga 
Cover Disc, Burrel Road , 
Sf Ives, PEI 7 4LE, You will 
be sent a new disc with 
our compliments. 


• IF you damage your disc 
- for instance if the dog 
has chewed it or your 
mum has washed it - you 
can get a new one by 
sending £1,50 to 
Protoscan Ltd. Please make 
your cheque or postal 
order payable to Protoscan 
Ltd. 



crafted code is J.W.P. Allison. His 
achievement is made even more 
remarkable by the fact that he pro- 
duced it on a vanilla An Of) and ar 
old colour TV, All you double' 
drive extended memories out there 
can hang your heads in shame 

This is more than a game, it's as 
education, If you like to learn bj 
example, this is the most impres- 
sive demonstration of 
AmigaBasic game that you are evd 
likely see. 

Unless you know different? 


I’ll Name That Tunt 


WE'RE all sitting around ini Drop 
Amiga Computing office scrattKOnvuicE 
our heads saying. "I know fyrju the I 
tune - can't quite put my fingajt fills tv 
it." trouble. 

Do you know ihe origin off Send 
month's MusicBox song? Groaotlegs 
says the intro reminds him ■'hot Tir. 
Peter Gabriel track. But it’s Worth Ht 
Peter Gabriel. Is it? Bnenfwon 


If 


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tison. His 
ven more 
lat ha pro- 
OQ and an 
j daubie- 
; out the re 
hams, 

line, it’s an 

0 learn by 
rst impres- 

1 of an 
]u are ever 

'rant? 


Music 

Box 


NOW ladies and gentlemen, for 
your delectation and general enter- 
tainment, The Disc proudly pre- 
sents the PD cabaret program that 
is currently louring the memory 
maps of Amigas everywhere, Well 
it should be, bill it isn’t, So here I 
am. doing my bit for audiophiles, 
which is no/ an illegal pastime. 

MusicBdx is completely fool- 
proof. Just double dick on the icon 
and this little software hundle of 
bits will do the rest. It automati- 
cally detects the presence of up Id 
1(3 compatible song files in its 
directory and starts plaving. 

A compact window will appear 
giving you a brief insight into what 
is going on. On the right-hand side 
will appear the .song which is cur- 
rently playing, while on the left is 
the playing mode, MusicBox has 
ah those fancy things you find on 
expensive CD players, tike ran 
dom. sequence and loop. 

Ahem. Of course this won't 
make too much difference to you at 
the moment because T could" only 
fit one song on this month's amaz- 
ingly packed disc, But now you've 
got ihe player I will try to give you 
one or two more tunes every 
month, 

The author of Music Box, Peter 
Dunlap, tells me that he has more 
than two dozen of them so far, and 
(here’s an upgrade in the air, Next 
month probably, 

Oops. Nearly forgot. The bestest 
thing about MusicBox, apart from 
the fad that it's public domain, 
free, priceless even, is that it mulli- 
tasks beautifully and uses very lit- 
tle processor lime. In fact I'm 
listening to it as I write this. 
Amazing. 


it Tune: 


round in t Drop me a line and if you can 
ice scratch! Mminoe me you're right I'll send 
■1 know' th m the full MusicBox collection - 
I my finger i it fills two discs so far - for your 
rouble. 

origin of ll Send your letters (bribes and 
song? Grei Kwtlegs welcome) tor I'll 1 Maine 
mdiS him owftef Tune!, Amiga Computing, 
But it's rfibrt/t House, 78-84 Ongar flood, 
itwood, Essex, Oils SBC. 



COVER DISC 


2k £1,000! 



WE are always looking for original con- 
tributions for the Amiga Computing 
cover disc. II you think something you 
have written or drawn is good enough 
to share with everybody else who reads 
the magazine, send it along and we will 
have a look, 

If we like what we see, it could earn 
you up to £1.000. 

Please let us know 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 Amiga Computing 
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basis. We are not prepared to buy the 
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(he public domain or have been spread 
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Please enclose this coupon, or a pho- 
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Include a file on the disc with full doc- 
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your kit. A mugshot would bo nice, but 
isn't essential, 

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Ace is being attacked 
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over the Earth by using his 
dreaded weapon the Infanto Ray. Only 
you can guide Ace through treacherous 
battles to destroy the Infanto Ray, save Earth 
and rescue the beautiful Kimberly. 

Space Ace: the arcade follow-up to Don Bluths Dragons 
Lair" is now available for your Amiga" with the breathtaking 
full-screen animation and digiUsed sound of the original 
laser-disk game Improved compression techniques allow 
Space Ace to run in 512K with more than three times the 
number of scenes found in Amiga Dragon’s Lair ' 

Available now for only £44 95. 

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■PRINTERS ■ 


Budget Banzai 



B EWARE the Jap attack. Epson. 

once the premier printer 
provider that set standards others 
were proud to measure up to, is under 
attack from Citizen and Star. The 
Eastern front is the race to produce a 
low cost 24 pin printer. At the 1 1th 
hour Epson has replied with new 9 
and 24 pin machines. 

The Epson LQ-400 retails at the 
very low price of £345 before your 
friendly dealer applies the usually 
substantial discount. This alone 
makes it something special. 

The LQ-400 is no Tarriis. Measuring 
13, Item by 39cm by 32cm, it looks 
quite flat, even with the single sheet 
feeder attached. But it gets bigger on 
the outside when the tractor feed and 
its monstrous cover are fitted. This 
transparent carbuncle makes the 
whole thing look like a greenhouse 
designed by aliens. Still, aside from 
that, the LQ does at least look like it 
might do the job asked of it. 

Lifting the lid reveals Epson's folly 
and the extent of the cost cutting 


There's no bail bar. just a ridge leering 
down From the underside of the cover. 
Unfortunately it doesn't leer far 
enough, so when the auto load - a 
misnomer as you have to press a 
button unlike Citizen s Swift-24 - 
winds the paper on, the guiding ridge 
is still out of reach and the paper is 
hold to the platen only by the print 
head. Unless you remember to throw 
in a few line feeds there’s a good 
chance of the paper fouling. Cheap in 
the derogatory sense. 

This is a heavy baby. Thanks to the 
copious metal shielding inside the 
case, the printer weighs in at 7kg. 

Typestyles include double strike, 
emphasised, italics, shadow, outline, 
double width, condensed, double 


CPI 

Quality 

CPS 

to 

draft 

150 

10 

NLQ 

50 

12 

draft 

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12 

NLQ 

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height, underlined, strike through and 
overline. Print quality is fairly good, 
though not quite as good as the Swift- 
24, with characters consisting of a 9 
by 23 dot matrix in draft mode and 29 
by 23 dot matrix in the Nl,Q modes. 
However, the print speeds will hardly 
set the paper on fire, as can be seen 
from Figure I. Printing doesn’t have to 
be limited to in or 12 cpi, it can also 
be 15 cpi or proportional. 

The LQ-400 pauses for thought 
between printing lines. This overhead 
means that w r hile the draft speed of 
150 cps at lOcpi is particularly 
disappointing, the NLQ speed of 50 
cps is acceptable. 

Unlike many competitors, the LQ- 
400 prints in black only, there being 
no colour kit options. In fact the only 
other accessory beside the font cards 
is a single bin cut sheet feeder. A 
printer buffer of greater size than the 
8k one built in will have to come from 
a third party supplier. The merely 
adequate buffer can be switched to Ik 


lanuaty 19m AMIGA COMPUTING 53 






PRINTERS 


only by using the DIF switches if 
required, though why you'd want to is 
anyone’s guess. 

With the Epson LQ-400 being a new 
printer there won’t be any drivers to 
support it just yet. 

I tested the printer out with the 
KindWords word processor which 
uses Workbench 1.3 and the new 
printer drivers. This was fairly 
unsatisfactory, producing spurious 
characters. Scribble wasn't much 
belter, and of the programs I tested 
only Pagesetter. the DTP package, 
showed a desire to cooperate fully. 

If the software allows you to define 
your own drivers there should be few 
problems as the manual gives a guide 
as to all the codes involved in setting 
one up, ft also lists the LQ’s printer 
codes to enable direct programming. 

Remember, AmigaRasic filters out 


Knowledge of fonts 


USERS who don't bite their 
fingernails can get to a cut away 
section which holds the slot for extra 
fonts cards. Epson offers quite a 
range, including Courier, Prestige, 
Script, OCR-B and Multi-font, But at 
£50 each you are not likely to want 
to shell out for too many. 

Built into the LQ-400 are Epson 
Roman, Sans Serif and a draft 


ESC codes with LPRINT, so you will 
have to open a channel. The printer’s 
manual isn’t chock-a-block with 
information mind you, but at least it 
is written in English. 

The Epson LQ-400 is one of the 
cheapest 24 pin printers and will 
undoubtedly be discounted. A quick 



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Kind words had 
some p roblens 


version, of Roman, 

Fonts are selected from the three 
button control panel on the top of 
the printer, which uses a series of 
lights to indicate which is being 
used. Unlike the 9 pin version of this 
printer, the LX-400, it isn't possible 
to access the various typestyles 
except by using the DIP switches on 
the back or under software control. 


call around some discounters showed 
that it should be easy to save £10U. It 
offers a reasonably good NLQ print 
quality and speed, but a poor draft 
performance. 

The two fonts are nice, and there is 
the option to buy extra ones. It isn’t as 
sophisticated as other 24 pin printers, 
but then it is cheaper. 

If you can live with the single sheet 
feeding problems, only have a limited 
budget, and yet must have the extra 
quality of 24 pin printing, then the 
LQ-400 will be good value for money, 


REPORT CARD 


I.Q-400 £343,85 
Epson 0442 81144 


EASE Of USE . 


Goes wrong if attention isn't paid to the 
top of a single sheet of paper. 


son WARE 


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The Workbench 1.3 drivers didn't reo. _ 
like the printer. A number of programs 
threw spurious characters on to the page. 


SPEED . 


Strangely slow between lines, and then 
not overly quick. Quiet except for 
graphics which produce a screeching 


noise . 


VALUE 


Very cheap , even if a few corners have 
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sophisticated hut a goad workhorse. 


OVERALL 


Epson is the industry standard so expect 
to find the lack of dedicated printer 
drivers remedied shortly ; Characters can 
be downloaded from the Amiga into the 
LQ-400, but a DIP switch has to he set to 
Off first. It isn't particularly quick h buf 
the quality of the NLQ makes up for that. 
A good buy for those on a low budget. 


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II' you don't own a suitable music 
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listen lo Pink Floyd?] you are stuck. 

I intil today, that is. For now Green 
ami 1 proudly present the Arnica 
Computing Slereo Amplifier Project, 
a small box which provides two watts 
of sound - twice that of the 

-> v * ■ m !T m i • , •; 

Commodore stereo monitor fso Hah! 
Green), 

The two watt amplifier is In msec I in 
a small box which connects directly 
to the hack of your computer anil to a 
set of small speakers, such as those 
supplied with a car stereo, (Please 
re mem her to ask permission before 
ripping I he speakers out of the 
nearest car. I The unit can either be 
powered liv a I’Pil !t volt li. tilery till' 
total portability, or run from a 
suitable c heap mains unit 


I 

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Admittedly the total portability port 
is a bit of a nm because you will still 
need to plug in the computer and 
monitor, but it sounds good- total cost 
will lie approximately 15 id your Earth 
pounds. The only snug is that you 
have In build it yourself. (Hut I am 
sure that if you were to send Green fit) 
ipiid he will build one lor you.] 

The recent advances in integrated 
circuit technulu" y have not only 
made your incredibly powerful 
computer possible, but have made life 
a whole lot simpler for lazy electronic 
enthusiasts such as tireen nod myself. 


D ENISE makes wonderful 

music, She is the sound chip, 
hut without an external amplifier of 
sorts you will be unable to hear a 
single thing. 

I Fsers lucky enough to have a stereo 
monitor lyes. Green, very good, you 
cun put your hand down now) will 
know the benefits of playing bird 
Storm in full stereo, The 1 remainder of 
us can either hum lo ourselves cir 
fashion a cunning lead lo conned the 
Amiga to the nearest hi-fi, 

(luce the computer is wired into the 
A l IX/CD Conner lion of your hi-ii you 
too can experience the full earth- 
shattering excitement ol being 
attacked hy missiles while ploying 
Falcon. 

Of course. to connect your Amiga lo 
a hi-ii you need lo have a hi-li nearby. 


58 AMIGA COMPUTING funuary Jff.WJ 



PROJECT ■ 


I for sound 




What's this? 
WhaVs this? 

Yes it is the 
two watt stereo 
amplifier from 
John Kennedy 
and Green 


com plica led task. All thirl is needed 
is somi! basic soldering skills. a 
strung desire in burn yourself and a 
Irw; evening. 

ft should lit; noted l ha I unless von 

■ ■ ‘ 

try extremely haul indeed it would In? 
impossible to damage Mu' computer 
by plugging iri this amplifier, nr 
course, if you ilu manage tn destroy 
your computer - iwid Imiieve mi: I’d 
have to see seine pretty conclusive 
proof before I’d believe it possible - 
neither myself, Clreen nor Amiga 
Cnm/Hifing cim In? hold responsible. 

In lad. there are 1i:w very responsible 
people tium nl all. 

first got nil the hits and pieces 
together and check thal I In? v an: nl 
thi: correct value \A seemingly 
simp tv task which yau ialulty fttiletf 
to (ii f funpUsh - tinica), All the parts 


an: easily obtainable from a mail 
order company such us Map! ins or 
Wat ford Electronics. 

Most electronic magazines will 

carry ml vurti&ements for such 

T . 

companies, so its only n mailer id 
nipping down to the local newsagent 
with a pen ami paper. You could even 
Jiuy a iTuiga/iuU il you didn't want in 
attract undue attention, 

The parts list contains all the order 
codes lor Map tins which is a reliable, 
friendly and efficient supplier 
Once vim are sun? I Hal you have 
everything Scattered all over the 
kitchen table you may start. Kirsl cut 
the strip-board to I he correct SIKR* ft 
should he at least 24 holes by 24 
strips, and small enough lo put into 


part 

lill 

rent 

Earth 

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■il SO 
ilcd 


ile life 
Ironic 
mselF. 


In i he past, constructing an 
amplifier meant soldering lilts and 
lots of transistors and things together. 
These days a single chip does all the 
hard work (except the soldering), AM 
we have to do is pul some resistors 
and capacitors a round it lo keep it 
company, give it nine volts and turn 
the volume up. Isn't modem 
technology wonderful? 

Constructing the unit is not a very 



lanuary 1990 AMICA COMPUTING 59 


The word is PROTEXT... 

Now available - Version 4.2 of Arnor’ 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 oo 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. 


Protest is the result of 4 years of development. Unlike (he 
majority of competitive programs Protexl 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 upgrades arc available. 


' Protexl realty It the bast text p m oesaor on the Amiga* 

SV AMIGA FORMAT 289 

'Protext - 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* AVI 3,' 89 


A brief summary of some of Protext's leatures 


Baekg rou n d printing ed it/create f u rthar files whi le printer is busy 
Box manipulation move, copy, or delete any box as well as blocks 

sat over 50 options to your own preferences using 
our menu driven configuration program 
add/delete words to/from supplied 70000 word 
English dictionary. Create your own dictionaries, 
copy files, erase, rename, type, create directory, 
change directory, remove directory, catalogue files 
store sequences of commands in files for easy use 
flexible file conversion utility for other WP files 
very powerful and fast with many options. 

10 built In keyboard languages. Easy to use 
accented letters: asefbud&B&udBfl etc. 
auto-reform at; reformat para, block or whole text, 
up to 9 lines of text, different even/odd headers 
and footers, auto page numbering, footnotes, 
edit and command help available on-screen 
string any sequence of letters together on a single 
key e.g. “Yours sincerely". Load and save macro 
key files. Special recording mode as you type, 
ideal tor drawing lines (in cl. comers) around text 
variable in haH lines, including 0, Vt, 1, 1 Vi, 2, 2 Vi. 3 
works with any parallel or serial printer. Wide range 
of printer drivers supplied, inci. lasers and 24-pin 

E (inters; or create your own drivers or edit ours. 

old, condensed, double strike, elite. Italics, 
enlarged, pica, NLQ, subscript, superscript, 
microspacing, proportional spacing, any other 
printer fonts 


Configuration 

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Disc utilities 

Exec files 
File conversion 
Find ft replace 
Foreign languages 

Formatting 
Headers ft footers 

Help 

Keyboard macros 


Line drawing 
Line spacing 
Printer support 


Printing styles 


Program mode supp ra sses fo rmatting; auto-i nd e nt; set tab stc pa 

Proportional text will print proportionally spaced, right justified text 
Quick dictionary dictionary held in memory is very fast 
Ruler lines any number of ruler lines to define document layout 

left/right margins and normal /decimal tab stops 
Spelling checker check whole text from disc or memory, or as you type 
Suggests alternative spellings. Works with foreigr 
languages 

Symbols full character set available on screen. Character 

symbols may be redefined 

Time and date time shown on screen. Insert time or date into 
document 

Tutorial files help you to start using Protext 

Two file editing two documents in memory, copy text between them 

Typewriter mode direct printing for envelopes etc. 

Undelete retrieve text deleted In error 

Word count quick count at any time, whole text or just a block 
Word puiites anagram and crossword solving features 
Wysiwyg on-screen bold, underline, italics 

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the plastic case you bought to house 
the unit. 

Cutting the circuit board can be 
done either using a hacksaw or 
scoring it with a sharp knife and 
snapping it. Thu tracks to be broken 
should then be drilled or scraped 
away throughly. 

It is. of course, a lot easier to cut the 
tracks at a hole in the hoard - a sharp 
craft knife should do the trick nicely. 
Examine the cuts very carefully and 
make sure that not even the tiniest 
contact remains. 

It is a good idea to chock now that 
the cuts are in exactly I he right places, 
as mistakes can easily be corrected at 




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this stage but become horrific and 
possibly expensive when you have 
already started soldering the 
components. 

Now switch on the soldering iron. 
Soldering is a skill that takes little 
time to pick up, hut a lot of practice to 
do well. However, doing it well is not 
necessarily essential; it just makes 
things easier. 

Solder the IC socket into place, as 
this provides a useful reference point 
for all the other components. Next put 
in the wire connections. Only strip 
the very ends of the wire and leave 
the rest of the plastic sleeving on to 
avoid the possibility of short circuits. 

The resistors can then he soldered 
into place. They do nut mind which 


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way they are connected, unlike the 
capacitors, which are next. These 
usually have a dark stripe with a 
white minus signs drawn down one 
side. The log nearest this stripe can 
safely be taken to be the negative [-] 
side. In our circuit the negative side of 
the capacitors is always connected 
either to ground or to the 
loudspeakers. 

The components used in this 
project are not very susceptible to 
thermal damage so don't worry too 
much about how lung you spend 
soldering them. This was the main 
reason for putting the chip in a socket 
- you never have to solder it directly. 

Once all the components have been 
soldered in place, cut some short 
lengths of wire and connect up the 
phono sockets, jack sockets and 
potentiometer. Remember to tin the 
wire before soldering to the main 
board by getting a blob of solder on 
the end of the iron and dipping the 
wire in to coat it. TYy to avoid the cat 
when you shake the excess on to the 
linn. 

The battery clip and switch 




Figure III: The volume control 


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Figure V; The speaker outputs 
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assembly should be connected and 
some speakers attached. Next plug in 
the IQ Extra cere should be taken here 
to avoid the legs bending underneath 
- if thev break off there is no reliable 

T* 

way of fixing them. 

The legs are usually quite splayed 
apart - useful for direct soldering but 
not for insertion into a socket. Bend 
them on a flat surface to ensure they 
are all bent by the same amount. Push 
the chip in firmly, but never force it 
too hard - the board is more likely to 
break than the chip, The bottom of the 
package should end up about lnrni 


clear of the socket. 

Turn the volume control to low or 
halfway and connect the battery. Flick 
the switch a couple of times. If all 
goes well you should be able to hear a 
sligbl hiss, the volume of which is 
controlled by the knob. If you hear a 
howling or whistling sound switch off 
and check the circuit carefully (see 
trouble shooting). 

Assuming everything is functioning 
normally, switch off again and 
connect the computer. Boot up some 
good music, such as ihe cover disc 
demo. Switch on the amplifier and 
boogey on down! 

Finishing touches 

SMALL plastic boxes give your 
lovingly constructed amplifier a sense 
of importance. These boxes are cheap 
- usually about a pound a throw - and 
can be drilled to accept the sockets, 
switch and potentiometer. A suitable 
knob and some letrasot add that 
professional finish. 

Remember to number the sound 
level from 1 to 11, as the extra 1 
provides that something extra to 
annoy the neighbours with. (It is 
extremely unlikely that the amplifier 
will actually be heard in Australia, 
but we must do something to gel out 
own back on Jason Donovan.) 

Deluxe model 

GREEN has designed some optional 
extras which you can add to your 
amplifier once you get it working. 
Simplest is a socket for personal 
headphones. A stereo jack socket of 
either 3,5mm or 1/4 inches depending 
on headphone design, is easily fitted. 

A mains transformer can be used 
instead of PP3 batteries. Check to see 
that the output is between 9 and 12 
volts. If using an adaptor, check to see 
if the IC is getting hot. If so, you 
should fit a small heatsink to the chip. 


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9V Power supply {XX09K) 

Heatsink for amplifier chip. 


Trouble sh noting 


THE circuit and construction are 
reasonably simple. Any likely faults 
can be easily traced using the 
minimum of test gear, a small 
multimeter or even a battery and bulb. 

If no noise at all is heard, check the 
following; 

# Power is reaching the circuit. 

• A signal is actually being sent to the 
amplifier. 

9 Ensure that the speakers 


have been wired up properly. 

• The potentiometer is correctly wired 
up. 

Jf a very quiet and distorted sound is 
heard: 

• Check to see if the resistors and 
capacitors are positioned correctly. 

Are you sure you read the resistor 
colour code right? 

• Check for short circuits on the 
circuit board. 


• Check for bad wiring. 

If the sound becomes distorted at 
higher volumes try larger, higher rated 
speakers. 

If the sound is loudest when the 
knob is at 1 and quietest when it is at 
11 ! 

• Get a new knob. 

• Swap the two outside connections 
to the potentiometer, 

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O The aim of F-lfi Combat Pilot is to hone your 
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© The game features many of the weapons an F- 
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Amiga owners please note that you 
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Password protection, s imu. abviiiy 10 

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■ REVIEW* 



Forty meg takeaway 


W HEN I grew out of short 

trousers and old enough to 
bo told the evils of the world, Mrs 
Tyler, my computer science teacher, 
let me in on the secret of computer 
jargon. I’ll share it with you. 

Everything has three names: The 
British name, the American name and 
the IBM name. While IBM hasn't 
declared UDJ yet, it is a xenophobic, 
autocratic state. 

The peripheral most Amiga owners 
lust after is a hard disc, which some 
call a fixed disc and to which IBM 
have attributed the name Winchester 
because that is where it was invented. 
Seeing as they did the inventing I 
suppose they can call it what they 
like, but the other names are more 
meaningful. 

The “hard 11 part of the name means 
that unlike a floppy the magnetic 
coating is spread over a solid disc, 
The heads which read and write to 
the disc don't touch the surface, as 
they do on a floppy, but float less 
than a hair's breath above using the 
effect of magnetism to transfer the 
data. 

A hard disc spins very much faster 
than a floppy and has a larger 
diameter, meaning data can be 
packed more closely together 
resulting in much higher storage 
Capacity. The result is that data can 
be read and written much faster. 


Simon Rock man 
discovers that 20 
minutes after playing 
with one hard disc 
you want another one 

The name "fixed" reflects the fact 
that hard discs cannot usually be 
removed; they stay fixed inside the 
machine, which means that when the 
disc is full you have to delete 
something to make room for more. 
Since 5 meg and 10 meg systems are 
rare, you usually have at least 20 meg 
to play with. The Amiga can cope 
with more storage capacity than most 
people can afford. 

O NE of the reasons a fixed disc 
is fixed is because it works in a 
partial vacuum. The disc and the 
read / write heads live in a clean 
atmosphere, safe from all the nasty 
things which could damage their 
fragile co-existence. Things like 
particles of cigarette smoke and dust. 

Panther Peripherals is importing the 
Syquest disc, which is hard, but not 
fixed - it’s a removable hard disc 
(RHD), This offers the speed and 
capacity of a normal hard drive, but 
when it is full you just slot in another 


cartridge. And with 45 megs on tap 
you would only need a few KHDs to 
hold the entire Fred Fish collection. 
The best of all worlds? 

Well yes. but because the disc 
needs to be slotted in and out, the 
drive cannot be a sealed unit. This 
leaves room for microscopic nasties to 
creep in. There is also the standard 
problem with Amiga hard discs: 

Price. The unit T tested with cables 
and one cartridge sells for £1374.25, 

The expense doesn’t end there. It 
needs a SCSI (pronounced scuzzy] 
interface. There are several for the 
A2000, but only one for the A500, 
Such a device will set you back about 
£200, Extra RHD cartridges cost a 
further £99, 

But at least after having laid out all 
that money the thing is simple to 
install. It was supplied for review 
with a floppy boot disc, although it 
will autohoot under 1,3. The 
provisional documentation contained 
all the facts about altering your 
Mountlist and Startup-Sequence to 
include the new peripheral. You’ll 
have to be au fait with the chants 
needed to get a hard drive running, 
but all the basic info is there. 

Unless the cartridge is in the drive 
the system will not bout, something I 
found a little hard to handle after 


Unitary 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING 71 



REVIEW 


< 

being brainwashed into removing 
floppies before powering on and off. 
The cartridges, like floppies, uni be 
write protected - an insurance against 
virus paranoia, but not much use on 
this kind of medium. 

The great advantage of a hard disc 
is speed. And one of the great failings 
of the Amiga is slow floppies. 

Copying a 1,6 meg file from one area 
of the RHD to another using 
Workbench 1,3's fast tiling system 
took 190 seconds. This may not look 
too impressive compared to data 
transfer rates quoted on a 
manufacturer's spec sheet, but it is 
sensihly fast. 

When you walk along the Amiga 
upgrade path a monitor improves the 
results, a second drive makes the 
machine easier to use and extra ram 
means you can do more, but a hard 
drive transforms your Amiga, being 
the ultimate peripheral in many users' 
eyes - really worth saving for. 

And while I’d advise anyone to 
pawn their football hoots or sell their 
younger brother to slave traders to 


buy a hard drive. I’m not so sure I'd 
recommend this particular one. Firstly 
it is twice the price of its rivals. 
Secondly , it went wrong. 

While copying a large Tile it 
produced a read /write error. This 
error grew until the unit failed to 
bool. While you can throw away the 
odd duff 3. Sin disc, a £99 cartridge is 
not something you want to give to the 
men who spread old newspapers over 
the garden path every Wednesday. 

B esides, hacking up on to so 

floppies before you bin the 
cartridge is more boring than your 
average BBC computer programme. 
The ideal situation is to have Iwo 
RHD drives and use one as a backup, 
bui you would have to be a really 
heavy user to justify that kind of 
expense. 

The system is worth looking at if 
you do a lol of video work and have 
large ,anim Files to save, or if you 
want to hold a library of shapes for 
Sculpt JD. 

But for the majority of Amiga users 


it is a no-no. In the light of the read 
errors I suffered 1 wouldn't even 
advise buying the Syquest as a second 
drive for backing up a hard disc, A 
tape spooler would be a better bet. 


REPORT CARD 


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Panther Peripherals 01-44G 8431 

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EA SE OF USE, m „ m*. , 


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VALUE „„„ 



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Shuffling data 
around memory is 
what computers are 
good at. Jolyon 
Ralph shows you 
howto use the chip 
that made the Amiga 
famous 


A BLITTER is something that 
blits, Blit stands for BLock 
Image Transfer, which essentially 
means taking a rectangle of screen 
data and pasting it somewhere else on 
the screen. Commodore initially tried 
to call it a trimmer [for Block Image 
Manipulator] but that was such a 
stupid name that no one else used it. 
Eventually Commodore forgot it as 
well. 

The blitter chip doesn’t do anything 
that can’t be done with the processor, 
but it can do it a heck of a lot faster. In 
its simplest method of operation - a 
straightforward data copy - it can 
move over 15 million, pixels a second. 

But the blitter inside the Amiga is 
much more versatile than this. It can 
perform logical operations - so it can 
mix the blitted data with the data 
currently on the screen in various 
different ways — and it can draw lines 
and fill areas. 

It is also not confined to working 
with graphic memory and can be used 
on anything residing in chip ram. 
Decoding raw data read from the disc 
drive is one task the blitter is put to by 
the Amiga. 

Block image transfer is only one 
small part of what the Amiga's blitter 
can do. 

Like almost every other part of the 
hardware, the blitter uses Direct 
Memory Access (DMA] to perform its 
electronic miracles. As with hitplanes 
and sprites, all you do is tell it what to 
do and start it off, then you can forget 
about it while it happily blits away in 
the background. 

The blitter uses four DMA channels. 
Three of these are inputs called A, B 
and C, which take data from memory 
into the blitter, and there is one 
uul put from the blitter back to 
memory, called D. You can use three, 
two, one or even none of the inputs at 


a time by disabling the DMA channels 
that are not needed. There are even 
times when you may want to disable 
the output, channel D. 

To use the blitter you have to set up 
the various hardware registers which 
tell it exactly what you want to do. 

First check that the blitter is not 
already busy - especially important in 
multi-tasking programs. 

Remember that the blitter is used hy 
the operating system for all sorts of 
unusual purposes and changing 
blitter registers while it is busy is 
rather like trying to put a load of dirty 
clothes in a washing machine while it 
is half way through running another 
wash. All you end up with is a 
spectacular mess. 

To see whether the blitter is busy 
you must lest bit 14 of the hardware 
register $dffQ02. To make it simple, 
use the little loop below, it will wait 
until the blitter has finished before 
carrying on with the program. 

bLitchtk: 

btst »14 J Sd‘ffCQ2 ;Is blitter busy? 
bne.s blltehck ;lf not, loop back. 

After executing this you can safely 
set up the blitter for your own use. 
Firstly, set the DMA pointers for the 
blitter I/O channels. You only need to 
set the channels that you are using. 
Next you must tell the blitter about 
the rectangle you want to blit and 
where you want to blit it to. 

To work out how to set aim for a 
particular rectangle you must under- 
stand how the Amiga's screen is laid 
out. 

A standard lo-res bitplane consists 
of 200 horizontal lines of 320 pixels 
each line. This is stored in memory as 
a block of a.ono bytes, where each 
line is stored as 20 words. 

The blitter, which must be told 
where the image you want to move is 
in memory, works by moving a word 
at a time, so you can only move to 
and from even word boundaries. 

The blitter window is defined in a 
similar way to a bitplane (sec Figure 
I). As with bitplanes, you can set a 
modulo for each DMA channel which 
will skip a set number of bytes at the 
end of each line. This is important if 
the area you want to blit is not the full 
width of the screen. 

The modulo is the value added to 
the blitter address registers after each 
line of the window is read. To 
calculate the modulo you need to take 


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76 AMIGA COMPUTING January 1999 




■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


the width of the screen in bytes, 
remembering to add on, any bitplane 
modulo (if you have set one) for the 
off-screen bytes, and subtract the 
width of your blitter window in bytes. 
This is the value you should uso for 
the blitter modulo. 

The next thing to set are the 
registers called BLTAFWM and 
BLTALWM. which stand for Blitter A 
channel First Wurd Mask and Blitter 
A channel Last Word Mask- If the area 
you want to blit does not start or end 
horizontally exactly on a word 
boundary, you can mask off the 
unwanted area at the sides of your blit 
area to make up the area to word 
boundaries. 

I F the First word mask is set to $ffff 
(all bits set) the first word of each 
line will be printed normally. If the 
first word mask is set to SQQff, the first 
byte of each line will not be read but 
replaced with zeros in the hlitter 
calculations. 

Two control registers tell the hlitter 
what sort of operation you want to 
perform on your data. As you proha- 
bly suspect already, these control 
registers are fundamentally important. 
The makeup of BLTCQNO and 
BLTCONl are shown in Figure II. 

You tell the blitter which DMA 
channels to enable by setting the 
USEA to USED bits. Remember, the 
loss channels used the faster the 
blitter will operate. For a straightfor- 
ward data copy normally only A and 
D are used. 

Bits LF? to LFO are called the 
minterms, They determine the logic 
operations that the blitter carries out 
on the data. Each of the eight bits 
determines whether a bit will be set in 
the destination or not, The panel 
below details what the eight minterms 
stand for. 

LF7 LF6 LFS LF4 LF3 LVZ LFl LFO 

ABC ABc AbC Abe aBC oBc abC abc 

A means the bit tested from source 
A is set, a means the bit tested from 
source A is clear, and the same for B 
and C. This means that if only LF7 is 
set, the destination from the blitter 
will only set a bit if the corresponding 
bits of A. B and C are set. 

If you are using less than four DMA 
channels you will have to check for 0 
or 1 in the unused channels. For 


00 

01 

02 

03 

04 

06 

06 

D7 

DB 

09 

10 

11 

12 

13 

14 

15 

18 

it 

18 

19 

20 

21 

22 

21 

24 

25 

26 

27 

28 

29 

10 

11 

32 

33 

34 

15 

36 

37 

18 

19 

40 

41 

42 

41 

44 

45 

46 

47 

48 

49 

60 

61 

62 

53 

54 

55 

56 

57 

58 

69 

60 


62 

63 

64 

65 

66 

67 

63 

69 

70 

71 

72 

73 

74 

75 

76 

77 

78 

79 

80 

SI 

S2 

S3 

84 

85 

86 

87 

68 

89 

90 

91 

92 

93 

94 

95 

96 

97 

98 

99 


An example of a blitter rectangle 
defined as pari of a 20 ward wide 
bitplane. Namiers are words offset 
from START, the start of the bitplane 

In this example, assuming the window 
was used as the A source, BLTAPTft 
would be START+46 (2*231 There are 
1 1 words between each line of the 
blitter rectangle, so the blitter modulo, 
BLTAMOD, would be 22. The blitter 
window is 9 words wide and 3 lines 
deep, so the correct value for BLTSIZE 
would be 9*3 *64, or 201. 


BIT 

BLTCON0 

BLTCONl 
( Sdf f 04.2) 

15 

ASHl 

ESN 3 

14 

ASM2 

BSH2 

11 

ASH1 

BSHT 

12 

ASH0 

BSN0 

11 

USE A 

unused 

10 

USES 

unused 

9 

US EC 

unused 

a 

USED 

unused 

7 

LET 

unused 

6 

LF6 

unused 

5 

LF5 

unused 

4 

LF4 

EFE 

1 

LFl 

IFE 

2 

LF2 

FCI 

1 

LFl 

DE5C 

0 

1 

LFO 

J _ 

LINE 

L , 


Figure 11: Makeup of the BLTCON 
registers, j V ote; EFE/IFE/FC! and 
LINE are for blitter line drawing 
(not discussed beret and should 
be set ta zero. 


MANE 

ADDRESS 

SIZE 

COMMENT 

DMACONR 

$df f 002 

.w 

Bit 14 - blitter busy 

BLTAPTR 

$df fOSO 

. L 

Address for DMA A (source) 

BLTBPTR 

$dff04e 

. L 

Address for DMA B (source) 

, 6LTCPTR 

$dff04B 

- L 

Address for DMA C (source) 

BLTDPTR 

tdf f054 

■ L 

Address for DMA D (destination) 

BLTAMOD 

$dff064 

. W 

Modulo for A 

BITBMOD 

f df f 062 

*w 

- Modulo for B 

OLTCMOO 

idftoeo 

+ w 

Modulo for C 

BLTPMQD 

$df f 066 

fc w 

Modulo for D 

BLTAFWM 

Sdff044 

.w 

First word mask for A only 

BLTALWM 

$dff046 

.w 

Last word mask for A only 

| BLTCQNO 

$df f 040 

,w 

First blitter control word 

BLTCONl 

$df f 042 

,w 

Second blitter control word 

BLTSIZE 

tdf f 050 

B w 

Width in words plus 64*height 
1 


Figure 111: The blitter registers. Writing to 
BLTSIZE tsdjpsa) enables the blitter, so 
it should be set Iasi. 


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4 

example, if you want to set a bit when 
both sources A and B are set, but you 
are not using source C r you will have 
to set LF7 and LF6 (for ABC and ABc) 
so that the corresponding bit in the 
destination will he set whether the bit 
from C is set or not. 

Most of the common min terms can 
be worked uut like this, Fora straight- 
forward data copy - that is, D=A, 
destination taken straight from source 
A without alteration - you would only 
enable DMA channels A and D and 
you would set min terms LF7 to LF4. 

The minterm value which you pul 
into the BLTCONO register would be 
$f0, taken from regarding LF7 to LFU 
as binary digits. This will set the 
corresponding bit in the destination 
when A is set, regardless of the 
settings from the B and C sources. 

If you want to use the blitter to clear 

L an area of memorv you don’t need to 




enable any DMA sources, only the 
destination D. As you always want a 
zero to be written to memory', you 
don't enable any minterms, so the 
minterm value is $0. 


I F you want to copy from the A 
source to D destination, but only 
the hits where the B source is set 
as well — which is a very simple form 
of masking, defining a mask showing 
which parts of a picture you want 
transferred - you would use the logic 
operation D=A AND B. D is only set 
when both A and B are set. This 
would need just tha m interms 
containing AB, or LF7 and LF6. The 
minterm value would then be ScU. 

So far you can scroll smoothly 
vertically, as shown in the example 
listing, by moving the data to a 
position 40 bytes back in memory - 40 
bytes is the width of a standard lo-res 


screen. You can use the same tech- 
nique to scroll an area 
horizontally by 16 pixels, but you 
can't do smooth horizontal scrolling 
this way. 

To do smooth horizontal scrolling 
you need to use the barrel shifter. 
This rotates the data held in the 
blitter by up to IS pixels at a time. 
The highest four hits in BLTCGNO 
determine the horizontal shift for 
source A, and the highest four bits in 
BLTCGNl are For source B, 

Note that all shifts are to the right, 
so if you w T ant to scroll smoothly to 
the left you will have to scroll 
roughly by one word to the left and 
scroll smoothly to the right by 
however many pixels you need to 
make up to the position you want, 

The bits EFE/IFE/FCI and LINE are 
for using the blitter to fill areas and 
draw lines. This is beyond the scope 
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Don't use the old Addison-Wesley 
Hardware Reference Manual for this 
- it has several serious mistakes in 
the blitter line drawing chapter 
which will cause severe problems for 
anyone trying to master the blitter 
The new Hardware Reference 
Manual is in the shops. I'll check it 
out and report back to you asap. 

The last bit to talk about is DESC. 
This determines the way the blitter 
works. If you are copying one part of 
memory' to another part and the two 
areas do not overlap you have no 


problems. However, if the areas do 
overlap you must make sure the 
blitter is working in the correct 
direction - that is, top to bottom or 
bottom to top, 

I P not, the destination can write 
over the bottom of the source 
before it is used, Setting DESC 
means the blitter works backwards, so 
ensuring that it will not overwrite 
itself, 

As a general rule, if the source and 
destination overlap, then set DESC if 
the destination is lower down the 


screen (higher up in memory}, and 
dear DESC if the destination is higher 
up the screen [lower down in mem- 
ory-). 

The example listing shows how to 
set up a simple blitter operation to 
move a block of memory - tho middle 
of tho screen in this case - up by one 
line [40 bytes, remember, because 40 
bytes is a line in a lo res screen). In 
this example, source and destination 
are overlapped, and destination is 
higher up the screen so DESC is 0. 

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■ EDUCATION ■ 


Kiddie 

Paint 



Art and the Amiga 
go together like Tom 
and ferry ; so what 
better way to start 
your children 
computing? Ian Hugo 
tries My Paint 
out on his kids 

T HEIR faces lit up. "Brill” and 
“Great" were the instant 
reactions to MyPainl, a paint program 
for kids from Prism. Three days later 
my children had stopped using it. 
which sums up the strengths and the 
weaknesses of the program, 

The disc arrived in an attractively 
packaged box boldly proclaimed to he 
"kid tested". "OK’', I thought and, 
after looking to see that the program 
loaded properly, ! left Carl, aged eight, 
and Natalie, ten, to get on with it. 
Needless to say, neither started by 


reading the small book of instructions, 
and immediately hit a snag. The 
opening screen doesn’t tell you what 
to do next. Neither does the booklet. 
Obviously, what you need is a surface 
to paint oik but how do you get one? 

Fortunately, there is a big Help icon 
in the middle of the screen and they 
clicked on that. The program 
immediately started lo step through 
each of the facilities shown and a 
Dalek-like voice explained what each 
did. That revealed that the disc icon 
was the one needed, 

Shrieks of delight at this discovery 
hut how could they stop Help droning 
on? It didn't seem that they could; so, 
heavy sighs while Help continued to 
the end of its routine. 

Thereafter it was all pure delight. 
They started with the mystery feature, 
a gift box which you unwrap hy 
rubbing over it with the brush to 
reveal one of the 28 drawings Stored 
in the colouring book. Using the 
painting facilities was extremely 
simple, and they soon went through a 
variety of drawings each. They were 
genuinely pleased with the pictures 
and had a lot of fun 
colouring them in. 

1 insisted that they try 
out all of the facilities and 
it took a couple of hours 
for both to do so. They 
managed to make all the 
facilities work for 
themselves, apart from 
saving a picture. And then 
that was that; there was 
little more interest. 

On offer are a thick and 
thin paint brush, an eraser, 
an “oops” facility, fill-in, 
mirroring effect, flashing 
effect, multi-colour brush 
and a sound effect, plus a 
dozen colours to choose 
from and. of course, the 
colouring book. Some 



facilities and effects worked belter 
than others. 

The paint brushes are adequate 
rather than good. My kids have been 
used to Photon Paint, with eight 
thicknesses of brush, and so were not 
very impressed. The same can be said 
of the range of colours - 12 is an 
adequate rather than a generous 
number, and there is no opportunity 
to mix new colours. As the program 
runs in low resolution (320 x 200) 
mode this is not due to memory 
restrictions. 

The multi-colour brush has 
essentially the same effect as a multi- 
colour pencil; it's interesting for a 
minute or so. 

The eraser is slightly disconcerting, 
since it erases all colouring on a 
drawing. That came as quite a shook 
when they tried it to rub out only part 
of their colouring. The “oops" facility 
undoes only the last brush stroke, so 
it's not very helpful when second 
thoughts occur slightly late. 

However, it didn’t take them long to 
work out that colouring in white 
would have the same effect as a more 
constrained eraser, Given the 
obviously intended market for the 
program, that might usefully have 
been spelt out somewhere. 

S OUND effects were the least 
successful of the facilities. 
Clicking on it produced a noise 
related to the drawing currently 
displayed. The sounds were rather 
rudimentary, however, and their Dalek 
quality often required an effort of 
imagination to link them to the 
picture. 

Mirroring on the other hand, was 
first class, It apes the effect of four 
mirrors, as though the screen were 
divided into four quarters, so that a 

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January 199 ft AMIGA COMPUTING 81 



m EDUCATION 




mark made at one point on the screen 
appears at four points simultaneously 
The kids managed to achieve some 
very striking designs with that facility. 

The flashing effect also provoked 
some creative work. It does not really 
make the colours flash, but changes 
seven of them in rotation. This 
succeeded in suggesting interesting 
alternatives to the usual colours for 
the sky and grass. 

The colouring book had the kind of 
range of pictures that you might 
expect to find in a child's colouring 
book or an ST owner's library - plenty 
of animals, country scenes, a zoo 
scene, a space scene, dinosaurs and 
boats, 

The fill-in facility was just that but 
it did work commendably quickly, 
noticeably faster than it does in 
Photon Paint, not difficult since 
Photon uses HAM, Where young 
children are concerned, that is an 
important touch. 

T HE surprise picture facility held 
attention longer than I expected. 
They tended to use that rather than 
page through the book, using the 
simple back and forward arrows 
provided. It should he added, in 
passing, that it is possible to paint 
extra features over the drawings to be 
coloured. 

Probably the principal criteria in 
judging such a program is whether it 
can and will be used over a reasonable 
period by its intended market. Clearly, 
it is for very young children, but ones 
who, nonetheless can use a mouse 
and such conventions as clicking on a 
brush and a colour in order tu paint, 

A lot of thought has been given tn 
making the facilities simple. All have 
clear icons except perhaps the disc 
icon which produces the painting 
surface. 

An image of a painting book might 
have been better. 

The booklet notes that children 
using the program may not be able to 
read, which is presumably why the 
Help facility not only explains each 
feature in text but also reads it to you. 
Still, it's a nice touch. 

Documentation is basic. The booklet 
is for older children or adults who are 
lending a helping hand. It is simple 
and well laid out hut has a couple of 
small glitches given the criterion of 
extreme simplicity. The "getting 






started" section doesn’t really get you 
started, it just gets you to the opening 
screen, where you need Help. 

Secondly, the section Quitting The 
Program cheerfully states "You may 
safely turn off your computer at any 
time within Mypaint to end the 
program”. With the disc still in it? We 
didn't test this in case that proved to 
be the end of the test, but a young 
child might do just that. 

A FINAL point is to consider 
what facilities might 
reasonably have been put into the 
program that weren't there. A paint 
mixing facility would have added a 
little more interest and it would have 
been nice to have a small library of 
common shapes so that children 
could compose their own drawings. 

Essentially, what Mypaint gives you 
is an electronic colouring book with a 
few bells and whistles. I felt that Carl 
and Natalie were slightly too old for it 
- they tend not to use colouring hooks 
any more. 

However, it does have "instant" 
appeal and could well be a very 


attractive program for a five or six 
year old, who would find a more 
sophisticated painting program too 
daunting but would need some help 
with this. 


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Fun and a good introduction to 
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R IGHT from the star! Oxford 
Soft works' Chess Player 2150 
has unusual features. After 
negotiating the password protection 
scheme, you are given a very clear 2D 
board. Select the first menu item and 
the board switches to a 3D 
representation which is much belter 
than those of Colossus Chess X and 
Chess mast nr 2000. 

Here there is no jerky piece 
movement, no douht about whether 
one piece is passing in front of or 
behind another, and no question as to 
which piece or square is being 
pointed at. 

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programs is that the board can be 
rotated, shrunk or enlarged without 
perspective being distorted, The 2D 
board has only standard chessmen, 
the 3D board has an unusual choice of 
two Staunton sets, spacemen, 
farmyard animals or toys, the last two 
presumably for child appeal. 

All choices are made from menus, 
with no Amiga key shortcuts. 
Requesters with buttons appear on 
screen when needed and filenames 
are chosen from a standard menu. 
Dialogue boxes are a little flickery. 

I've Gurued a couple of times while 
replaying loaded games, and copies of 
the master disc occasionally have to 
be loaded twice before working 
properly- 1 found no other bugs. 

Y OU should have no problem in 
finding a suitable type of play 
From the five available. Firstly there is 
Weak Player, which has 10 subdeveis 
which force the program to play 
random but legal moves. 

The other four are more 
conventional: Tournament allows you 
to enter a move time between one 
second and infinity, which the 
program will, on the whole, match; 
Average makes it take the same time 
over every move; Matching matches 
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REVIEW 


makes it think until Esc is pressed. 

In addition, Chess Player 21 50 can 
be told to avoid draws at all costs, 
always play for the draw, or anything 
in between, and can be handicapped 
by being prevented from thinking in 
its opponent's time, 

While a game is in progress you are 
free to select most menu items. Moves 
can be taken back and played forward, 
sides can be swapped, the program 
can play itself or monitor two human 
players. 

There is some horrific Frank Bruno 
style digitised sound w T hich will have 
you reaching for the menu to replace 
it with a bleep. The board colours can 
be changed. 

It would have been helpful to be 
able to store such alterations in a 
preferences file, but no such option is 
available. 

By selecting the menu option you 
can switch to the information screen, 
which shows moves made, time taken, 
depth of search and current line, 

Chessmaster is still the only Amiga 
program which uses proper algebraic 
notation - Chess Player 2150 uses the 
unambiguous but ancient D1G4, F3D4 
form. Hardcopy uses the same 
notation, but with the neat touch that 
the time taken for each move is 
printed beside it, 

B UT Chess Player 2150 has 

features which set it aside from 
the competition. Provided a copy of 
the program disc is used, any 
unexpected moves can be added to 
the openings library. 

Although the library is 93,000 bytes 
[not moves!) long, it has some 
surprising gaps. For example, l.e4 df> 
2,d4 NfB 3. Nc3g6 4.f4 lakes the 
program out of book. 

More important is the option which 
allows you to test both your playing 
Strength and that of the computer at 
any skill level. This involves solving 
24 chess problems by giving up to 
four possible moves for each at two 
minutes maximum per move. 

The manual says this is enough to 
estimate a grading to within 50 points. 
While this is true for my grading - it 
overestimated by 35 points — I can't 
see how it can possibly work in all 
cases. 

For example, computers and people 
have completely different methods of 
tackling chess problems. People are 


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analytical, computers are more brute 
force and ignorance. Giving the same 
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There is no substitute for safety in 
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mathematically sound method of 
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The final curiosity is What If? This 
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tionally good, The program seems to 
be ahle to calculate much deeper in 
the time given than its rivals, and the 
Variahle Draw option gives you all 
types of play from speculative to dull. 

Endgame play is even more 
impressive. Luoking at the 
demonstration games on the disc, it is 
surprising how often its opponents 
hold their own until the letter stages 
of the game and are then ground down 
relentlessly. 

My tests showed that Chess Player 
2151) could calculate 1Z ply (half 
moves) whereas my Fidelity Designer 
Excellence, a dedicated chess 
computer with a 65D2 processor, 
could only manage seven or eight in 
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lb bit processor's extra power, this is a 
significant difference. 

The disc has all 30 games of three 
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Chessmaster 2000 fit won 9-1), 
Chessmaster 21 Of) (it won 6Vi-37i] and 
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to play through and analyse, 

I find it odd that, although the 
Swedish grading list issued last June 
showed that Psion Chess was the 
strongest microcomputer chess 
program at that time, with a 
statistically verified grading of 1925, 
there was neither a Chess Player 2150 
vs Psion Chess match on the disc nor 


a match with any of iho 15 dedicated 
chess computers placed above Psion 
Chess in the list. 

My tost results at 30 to 45 seconds 
per move, the same as CP's tests, came 
nut like this: 

Colossus Chess X: (Estimated grading 
1600, advertised 1850) sVi-Vi 
S argnu Chess III; (Estimated grading 
1650. advertised 1983) 4'A-lVi 
Chessmaster 2000 (Swedish grading 
1693 , advertised 1990)Vit~Vk 
FDE Computer (Swedish grading 
1833, advertised 1987) 5-1 
Alas tide Scott (Scottish grading 1770, 
advertised 1 770 } 4-2 

With all these numbers flying 
around, I estimate Chess Player 2150's 
real grading at approximately 1900- 
1950 and state, without proof, Uncle 
A last air’s Law for Chess Program 
Adverts, which cuts through the mists 
of claims and counter-claims: Actual 
grading - Advertised grading minus 
400m, where m is the phase of the 
moon (0 to l) at the time of reading 
the advert, 

Seriously, until someone takes all 
the commercially available chess 
programs and chess computers and 
sticks them in a room with an equal 
number of graded players of all 
abilities in order to play a gigantic 
tournament, all the claims, of varying 
degrees of exaggeration, about playing 
strength should be suspended. The 


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thrashes both myself and the 
opposition. 

I F you want an example of what 
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replaying its eighth match game with 
Chessmaster 2000, which is a 
beautifully played endgame with a 
striking finish- At 79 moves, it is too 
long to reproduce here. Again, it 
shows how far Chess Player 2150 can 
look ahead in simplified positions. 


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data when you reset the machine. 
Unfortunately nothing can survive a 
flick or the mains switch. 

Until now. The German company 
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which can be used like RAD: but 
which survives your big toe snagging 
the power cable. 

To perform this trick needs special 
ram chips. Normal dynamic ram 
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capacitor. This is a component which 
holds electricity like a little battery. If 
there is some electricity in the 
capacitor, it is set to a binary one. if 
not it is a binary zero. Unfortunately 
capacitors leak, so Dram has to be 
topped up all the time. 

Some computer circuitry has the 
boring job of checking all the ram in 
the computer and tupping up all the 
bits which are set to one. This little 
nudge from the computer every now 
and then, which allows it to 
remember what is in ram, uses a fair 
bit of power, 

T HE Combitec unit uses static 
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information in a pair of transistors, 
These need minuscule amounts of 
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location is changed at any one time, 
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I he contents of the Sram, 

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when you have a quarter of a million 
of them. 

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more. Srain is also very sensitive to 
static electricity, so greater 
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manufacture and storage than with 
Dram, Static ram is expensive. The 
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T HIS is an interesting product, 
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Miserable Midi 

SOME months ago, in response to 
an advert in your magazine, I 
bought a Midi Interface from Datel 
Electronics. My intention was to 
use it with Deluxe Music 
Construction Set software. I have 
failed miserably to get it to work. 

So 1 wrote to Datel seeking 
advice. Despite the sac enclosed I 
got no reply. Undaunted E wrote 
again ■ still no reply. Now it may 
well be that Date! is entitled to say 
£35 doesn't entitle you to advice" 
bul at least the return of the sac 
saying so would have been polite, 

Contrast this with the manufac- 
turers of DMCS (Electronic Arts). 
When I wrote (o them f got a letter 
back by return of post but still my 
set up Yamaha DX2I to DMCS 
Amiga will not work, Can anyone 
out their help or should I send it 
back to Datel? If I do will I ever see 
it again? On a lighter note I have 
access to an Epson LXBO with an 
IBM/ AT oahle. Do I need an Amiga 
cable to use it? 

Andrew Shand, 
Ayrshire. 

Hey, don't Say the heavy "it's your 
fault, the advertiser was in Amiga 
Computing bit on me. // someone 
pays for their bit of the magazine 
they Can say what they iike. Legal, 
decent, honest and truthful of 
course. 

It's good of you to realise that 
support costs and that the profit 
Date l makes on a £35 interface 
doesn 't really allow much scope for 
them fo help you. As th/s is the 
interface Commodore has chosen 
to bundle with the education pack 
it must he a pretty good buy. 
Although there is one incredibly 
naff thing in that pock - you can 
always throw (hose magazines 
amy, 

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Send it, together with photocopies 
of whatever paperwork yon have, 
hack to Datel and ask for it to be 
repaired or replaced. You only 
need a special printer lead if you 
have an Amiga 1000, otherwise an 
IBM cable is tkkerty-boo. 


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tive buyers of some problems. 

It took three hard disc 
read/write errors and reformats 
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the Mierobiolics Starboard? 
added onto their Starboard 2/500 
Are the Starboards fully popu- 
lated for the £225? Is there a bet- 
ter/cheaper way to do this and 
how can I attain the maximum of 
eight megabytes? 

Secondly, which would be the 
best money/performance way of 
adding an accelerator that would 
speed up Sculpt Animate 4D or 
3D-Animate? Would the CMI 
accelerator work with 4D or 
would the GSA Turbo bo bettor? I 
am nut worried about any battery 


backed up docks or the Starboard2 
add-on modules, just value for 
money coupled with performance. 
Could you give me £999 for a 
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ERM, I seem to have left my wallet 
at home. All this ram and a pro- 
cessor board is going to cost you 
over £1,000 and be a real mess of 
power supplies, cables and may 


Name that tune 


I WAS really impressed with your 
excellent Amiga Computing demo, 
and immediately dashed nut and 
bought the Dev par: V.2. assembler 
so that 1 could have a look. 
However, 1 realised to my dismay 
that the music file source: tune is 
not included with the source on 
the September 1989 disc. 

This somewhat nobbles the 
effectiveness of your spectrum 
analyser, so please would it be pos- 
sible tn either let me have a oopy of 
tha tune music data file or for you 
to produce another music file that 
is compatible with your source 
demo? I am quite happy to pay 


give trouble. If you are serious 
about expansion you ought to go 
for an A2000. 

The most powerful processor is 
(he A2620 , although I've heard 
rumours that the even more power- 
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and to use the 2091 hard disc con- 
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This will give you a super- fast 7 
me g system. You could then 
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another card. 

The only A 500 accelerator 
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the Third Coast one in our 
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Expansion Systems, 

This will give you a 4.5 meg sys- 
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Amiga Computing office we have 
one, three and five meg systems. 
For normal applications three meg 
has aiwuys been plenty 


the original music file, bul 
wouldn’t want to pay much 
because I only want it for testing 
your demo, not for any commercial 
propose. 


Reg Knight, 

Baldock, Herts, 


You need 1 a copy of Soundtmcker - 
see last month s magazine for more 
details of this program. Kevin 
Collier is a professional musician 
and retains the rights to the source 
for his music, jeff has some very 
special plans for some musical 
things on the disc , which may 
include the module you want. 


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a hi-res overmanned screen. 

This is scandalous behaviour by 
Commodore, since one of the main 
reasons for the purchase of an 
A25Q0 is the 1 meg of chip ram 
enabling full 1(5 colour, bi-res, 
oversea ruled screens? 

Not only that, but the flicker 
fixer and multi sync monitor do 
not work if the Amiga is gen locked 
(come back all is forgiven,) A 
ridiculous situation considering 
that the video industry must be a 
major market for the 1 meg chip 
ram Amiga. 

Could you clarify the situation 
with an explanation of the many 
official A20fjl)/25ll0 configurations. 
Which ones are guaranteed 1 meg 
chip ram etc? Plus any alternatives 
to the unacceptable A 2090 A. 

And what news of an Amiga ver- 
sion of the 16 million colour Parsec 
graphic interface or Commodore's 
ECS? 

And how about a dedicated 
2 0 00/2 5 00 page or two to unveil 
these kind of problems. Both 
Commodore and my dealer have 
been particularly unhelpful on 
these matters. 

Cordon Booth, 
London SW15, 

Tangled in technology my friend. 
The A2090a was designed before 
the 1 meg Agnus chip . You can 
either wait for the 2091 or go for 
the splendid Microbiotics 
Hard frame, widely held to he the 
fastest HD controller available. It is 
available from Oasis (on 01-959 
4936f 

The flicker fixer is designed to 
be compatible with multi-sync 
monitors. Genlocks have a very 
definite idea of wha( they want the 
sync rate to be. 


Unless the world settles on a 
sensible standard for high defini- 
tion television, which looks 
unlikely, I'm afraid we are always 
going (a suffer this kind of prob- 
lem. The rjternalive is to use dedi- 
cated TV hardware which is many, 
many times mom expensive. 

New A2000s should all offer \ 
meg of chip ram. Sometime soon 
A500s will also gel these. The 
Parsec graphic interface is being 
worked on. but it will need its own 
genlock - a standard Amiga one 
wonl work. 

You. should be able to genlock a 
signal from ECS, bat that needs 
Workbench 1.4 which looks a long 
way off. Some smart money says 
April. 


Bent copper 

I HAVE been an Amiga 5 DO owner 
for a least a year now. I use it 
mostly fur programming in assem- 
bler, I started 68000 cade by read- 
ing Amiga Machine Language by 
Abacm. I found this interesting 
though it discouraged programmers 
from using the hardware directly. 

I wanted to learn more so I 
started reading the Amiga 
Hardware Reference Manual from 
Commodore, This is interesting buE 
there were very few practical 
examples. 

! read Jolyon Ralph's Copper 
tutorial in the September issue of 
Amiga Computing. The article was 
useful and easy to understand, 
though T tried the assembly lan- 
guage example but it did not work. 
I used Devpac 1.21 to assemble the 
code. 

I ran the program from a CL I 
window, the background colour 
remained the same and the CL1 
window disappeared, the CL1 win- 
dow was restored once the left 


Golden disc 


IS it possible to conned a Philips 
CDV475 compact disc video player 
to the Amiga? If so where do I get 
Doomsday Book and other discs. 

Ian Harper, 
Hardings to re, Northampton, 

IVow, I wondered if anyone bought 
one of those CDV things. They look 
really neat with those 8 inch 
golden discs, even if an ordinary 
CD does look a Mf odd in that big 
drawer. The sad thing Is that they 
are seriously limited when it comes 
to being interactive. The 
Doomsday Book only works with 
an expensive video disc player 
and needs a BBC Micro to drive it. 
Shame, ft was a nice idea. 


mouse button was pressed. 

According to the article the top 
half of the screen was supposed to 
be black and the bottom half red, 
but this was not so. I would be 
grateful if you could tell me of any 
mistakes 1 might have made. Could 
you suggest any books with better 
more practical examples that cover 
the whole of Amiga hardware? 

Peter Ttewe, 
Iver. Bucks. 

So it was you who bought that 
copy of Format. Well the version of 
Devpac they gave away won't put 
code in chip ram whatever direc- 
tive you give it. You could take 
your A501 out and then the exam- 
ple would work. Or you could buy 
a better assembler fsee special 
offers for a good deal on ArgAsm). 
Or you could use the Hunkfix 
option in Fowerpadker which was 
on the October disc. 

You’ve already got She main 
books. There is the System 
Programmers Guide from Abacus 
{definitely avoid the disc, it only 



WHY isn't the Amiga better 
known? I bought a modem and 
was having trouble with using a 
bulletin board. So 1 asked the 
sysop for help, telling him 1 was 
using an Amiga 2000. Displaying 
as much intelligence as a hoi led 
potato, he asked if that was a PC 
or a modem. 

Of course 1 explained that the 
Amiga is an advanced 68000 
based multi-tasking system with 
graphics and sound processors 
which make the IBM look like a 


Narrow minded 

bed dream Sir Clive once had. 
But how do we get it through to 
the people in suits that the world 
of computing is much more 
exciting when you wiggle out of 
the big blue straight jacket? 

Gerry Hall. 
Kullybackey, Co Antrim. 

Leo Schwab, an Amiga expert in 
California, has a great idea for 
evangelising the Amiga. 
Assuming you don 't keep all your 
copies of Am iga Computing f ond 


if you do see the special offers 
page for a great deal on hinders) 
don ? throw ihem in the bin. 

Keep them until you go to the 
dentist, or doctor, optician or 
hairdresser and leave them there 
with the. copies of Punch, Good 
Housekeeping and Forum, (hen 
other people can read about the 
wonders of the Amiga . 

Of course if you were really 
dedicated you would buy several 
copies each month and distribute 
them in this way 


works with the Abacus assembler ) 
but none of them do the job prop- 
erly, which is why we got folyon to 
write his series, IPs good (hat so 
many people are enjoying it. 

To take things further folyon 
recommends 680x0 Programming 
by Example, by Kelly Bootle pub- 
lished by Howard Vk Sams tr Go, 
He has also wrifien the 
68000,68010,66020 Primer. 
Neither of these are Amiga-specific 
hut they are quite cheap at £14.50. 


Family fortunes 

SINCE watching the BBC Software 
programme earlier this year which 
featured several program for 
genealogy - I have been trying Id 
track one down for my Amiga SOU 
Despite trying many of the compa- 
nies who advertise in your maga- 
zine, I have failed to find anyone 
who had hoard of such a program 
for the Amiga ur who could tell me 
where to try and find one. 

Nick Hinde 
Gcsforl. Newcastle. 

George Thompson Services on 077- 
082 234 has □ genealogy program. 
It’s just like u bog end BBC pro- 
gramme to miss out the Amiga. 


Depressing advice 

THE mag is great, excellent fea- 
tures, reviews. Bui IVe got to com- 
plain that due to your telling a 
reader icons was available on Fish 
Disc 66 in Vol 2 No 3, 1 rushed out 
and spent several hundred pence 
of mv available cash, only to find it 
wasn't there. I was flabbergasted 
you could make such a mistake 
and suffered a deep depression for 
3.68 minutes. 

Kevin Tate. 

Belmont, Durham, 


Drive to distraction 


HERE'S an interesting problem. At 
least I hope you think it is interest- 
ing enough to print, because other- 
wise I’m stuck. 

1 bought another disc drive, the 
one Evesham is advertising. Fired 
up with excitement I plugged it in 
and switched on. No problem at 
all, the new drive worked fine, as 
did the internal one. 

It wasn't until the weekend 
when t used the computer for more 

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January 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING Sfl 


LETTERS ■ 


4 

than one boot that I noticed that 
the computer would only bool up 
one disc per session, If you reset 
and try to boot again you just get 
the familiar picture of a hand and a 
disc. 1 hope you can help, because 
I've taken to leaping up and down 
and scaring the dog because it is so 
annoying. 

Andrew Cowper, 
Amersham. Bucks. 

Hmmm. strange Andy, the 
Evesham is our /a voir rife external 
drive. Does the Amiga reboot prop- 
erly when yon disconnect the 
drive? What about when you j 
switch it off? If everything works 
Okf without the drive send it back 
to Evesham. 


Rich approach 

I HAVE quite a big problem, 1 have 
an old C64. which is useless for my 
purpose. Do you think that it 
would be better to buy an Amiga 
A2O0O or a 2 mb A ms trad? 1 hear 
that the Amstrad is IBM compati- , 
ble and the Amiga is not. By the 
way I am going to use it for busi- 
ness not for games. 1 am sending 
this from Bulgaria. It must be a 
first, 

Henry Mills, 
Si Albans, Herts. 

Since you sent your letter on 
Jf/iJlcuT Hotel notepaper you are 
obviously very rich, so Id advise 
you buy both on Amiga and an ! 
Amsfrad. This will allow you to see • 
bow mis-guided developers are to 
write big, complicated software for 
such a poor machine. 

Seriously, your best bd is to pop 
down the road to Watford and visit 
Y2 where they Sell both machines 
and will sort you out. Call first on 
0923 50361 and fell them I sent 
you. 


PD CAD for PCB 

HAVING just started a two year 
course in electronic-engineering, 1 
was wondering if there was a PD 
CAD program that would enable 
me to design printed circuit 
boards. If there is such a program, 
would it run on an unexpanded 
machine? 

If there is no such program 
available on PD, is X-CAD Designer 
the cheapest alternative? That and 
a ram expansion is a hi) too much 
for a lowly college student like me. 

Lastly, I would like to use a 


Chip fix 


[ WAS just reading your letter sec- 
tion about Mr Chi Chung Wong's 
problems with a presumably 
blown custom chip. I have experi- 
enced exactly the same problem 
has he described it, but since 1 was 
working with a program, and did 
not have time to send my Amiga 
to be repaired, I decided to fix it 
myself. 

I have been working with many 
computers, and when some one of 
them breaks down it is usually 
because of bad contact between a 
chip and the socket. To solve this 
you only have to press the chip 
down again. 


Consequently. I opened by 
Amiga and started to press softly 
on all chips. Voila, it worked! It 
was not a blown custom chip. 
This little operation saved me a lot 
of money and trouble, and it took 
less than five minutes. 

However, it is important to 
notice that this will ruin your war- 
ranty, But it you do not have any 
warranty, and want to fix it with- 
out paying a lot of money for some 
new chips you actually do not 
need, it is worth trying, 

Anders Bjerirr, 

Richmond, Surrey. 


combination of paint package, 
video recorder and camcorder, to 
create pictures I can pul on to 
videotape and also take off tape 
and print. Can you help? 

[ack Marlin, 

Camberly, Surrey 

PCB Tool is the program you are 
after, it's not very good, but what 
do you expect for free? You can gel 
a copy by asking Seven I sen Sit 
Software for a copv of Fish 158. 
Cali them on 0924 366962. 


Disc dilemma 


PLEASE could you help me, but 
first I would like to congratulate 
you. Your magazine is well written 
and your cover disc is brilliant. 
The problem is I've bought a 3, Sin 
disc head cleaner recently but the 
instructions said command your 
disc drive to operate for at least 30 
seconds. Please tall me what the 
command is to make the Amiga's 


Bigger and better 

I AM cofisidering a one ms^g expan- 
siun r but shuuld J buy two 
megabytes, as quite soon games 
will exceed one megabyte? Already 
there is a PD demo which needs 
two megs. 

Vivian Lawson, 
Harrogate, N. Yorkshire. 

Whatever they teH yuu, size counts , 
at feast up to J/fnee megs. If you 
wtmf to use multitasking the more 
memory the better, The same goes 
for applications like art. animation 
and ray tracing programs. / dmht 
that games will start to *rcmf more 
than one meg h then? are only a few 
which need more than SUL If you 
cart afford it go for a two meg 
hoard. 


external and internal drives lo do 
this, if there is one. 

Lance Palmer, 
Ponlefrad, W Yorkshire. 

Flattery will gel you everywhere. 
Bight, who? you need is o program 
which foJtes control of the disc 
drive, Diskcopy on the Workbench 
will do. Bun Diskcopy from CLI , 
then when it asks for o disc put the 
cleaner in. You 'll gel some errors 
but retry until the drive has had its 
30 seconds. Do not over-use disc 
cleaner s\ they can screw up the 
heads. 


Starting over 

I WANT to start foaming machine 
code on my unexpanded A5(H> but 
the software and books all seem to 
be for the expert. 

Could you recommend a pack- 
age? And how much would it cost? 
Where can you get a full memory 
map of the unexpended Amiga 
500? 

Lauren [ones, 
Fordingbridge, Hants, 

Asking far □ memory map shows 
ihaf you have m oved up from an B 
bit machine. The Amiga is a very 
different beast, things don't work 
in the same way because the mem- 
ory map shifts around. To start 
with you will need an assembler, 
either Devpac or ArgAsm (see spe- 
cial offers}. This will cost you 
£70ish. 

Then you will need a book on 
68000 assembler - see my reply to 
Peter Trowe's letter - and a book 
on programming (he Amiga. 
Compute! 's Amiga Machine 
Language Programming Guide is a 
good bet. All in all vou are looking 
at £100. 


Who’s bad? 

COULD you please explain exactly 
what NDOS is, as when I insert my 
Virus game disc after Loading 
Workbench the computer responds 
with a request and then calls the 
disc NSDOS. 

Steven Godwin, 
Finchley, London Ni2 

Some programs, well pretty much 
every game, grab the Amiga by the 
electrons and take aver. NDOS 
stands for Not Disc Operating 
System. This means it doesn’t use 
the standard Dos which 
Workbench understands. Ida need 
to put such a disc into the drive 
when the Amiga hand appears. 


Back-up blues 

MY Workbench does not duplicate. 
The copy window is blank and the 
disc drive keeps going round but 
nothing else scorns to be happen- 
ing. It does not copy disc. 1 have 
only had this problem recently. All 
other functions of my computer 
have been working Tins. 

I tried VirusX (no viruses) I 
looked to see if the copy command 
is there, and it is. Could it be that 
my internal drive is corrupting the 
disc? 

1 have cleaned the head with the 
recommended cleaners hot to date 
1 have still had no luck in copying 
discs consistently. 

On September 5 it copied one 
disc but since then Et has returned 
to not copying again. 

S C Clap hoe, 
Taring, Worthing. 

Sounds like hit rot. a sfrapge soft. 
ware problem, best cored by a new 
copy of the Workbench disc, if is 
unlikely to be hardware. You aren ’t 
trying to copy u protected disc are 
you? 


No back-up 

WARNING to all MicroEmacs 
users. The version of Memacs 
released with WBl.3 does not alter 
the archive bit on the file just 
edited. This means that if you back, 
up your hard disc incremental)' 
any files edited using Maniacs will 
not get backed up until you do dm 
next full backup. Anyway, that's 
what happened to me. 

Trevor Wood, 
Lewisham, London SE13, 


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PAUL BROWN says: Referees can be a 
pain at times. Zappa and Fernandez 
give out pretty coloured cards for you 
to collect. When taking comers always 
use the high kick. 


This stands the best chance of 


scoring hecause either you put il in 
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you. 

At throw-ins keep the ball away 
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tts 

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Knowing the tactics different 

o 

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u 

the USSR for your own team because 

-pM 

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tackle hardest, so if you dribble in the 


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CHRIS WEBB says: Hava you 
completed Batman - The Movie? I 
have. Here's a few tips which helped 
me on the way. 

On level two, when driving the 
Bat mobile try to slow down and go 
round the cars rather than hit them. 
This saves time. Take it easy for the 
first 50 miles. Then if y ou snuff it 
before you reach the end you re-start 
half way with half the time. 

On level Four take it easy when 
cutting the first 50 ropes to repeal 
the re-start trick. Use the shadow of 
the fiatwing to line up with the lane 


tuz AMffiA COMPUTING January t99*) 


the carnival is in. 

While level one also has a half- 
way stage, level Five has re-starts a 
third and two thirds of the way 
through. These tips, along with an 
extra life every 100.000 points 
should see you defeat The Joker, 

STEVE METCALFE says: When you 
load the game wait for the loading 
screen with Batman and the Joker 
and type JAMMMMMM. Keep 
pressing the M until the screen flips 
upside down, then press fire. This 
will give you infinite lives. Pressing 
Fin takes you to the next level. 

J 





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penalty area you might get some 
penalties awarded, Holland are a 
strong foe; try and keep possession. 
England try to shoot too often, while 
the rest are pretty average. 

In genera] when you want to get the 
ball into your opponents' half run up 
to the ball in the direction you want 


to go, tap the ball at the same time 
pulling the opposite way on the 
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in the air and cover a good distance. 

Try to dribble the ball a lot. If you 
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JOHAN LIST from Amsterdam says: 

Hello, I have a great tip. If you want to 
make a Iorra money without using 
your laser you can play the markets. 

Enter the Gal net computer and go to 
the trading section. Look up 
foodstuffs. It they are not available 
quit the computer until you are at the 
bay doors and try again. When some 
foodstuffs are offered buy as many as 
you can. The price will rise. Sell the 


lot at a profit and the price will fall, 
Buy them all again and the price will 
shoot up. You can keep doing this 
until you have built up a lot of money, 
JULIAN SMTTH says: To buy anything 
on the black market for one credit get 
an id number and then blast off. Enter 


the net, logon, press T and Return. 

You should now be in 
communication mode with the alien. 
Keep him talking until he offers to 
trade. Make him an offer of one 
credit. He will tell you where to stick 
your credit. You logoff if he hasn't. 

Now due to a bug everything vou 
buy or sell wdll cost one credit. 
Great if you are buying, incredibly 
naff if you are sel ling. 

So press T and Return to talk to 
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make a bid of 200,000 credits. He 
will say "in sufficient funds" and 
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RUN Ron the progranne 
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MET Hook up to Gal net 
SHIPS Uiew ship library 



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