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Volume 2 
Number 9 
February 1989 
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of your city, bow mfimv Nines have yew said 'Put m in charge lor 
o day and I'll make this wretched thing work!* 

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Or lake charge of a new evahiiwj and growing city. Become both mayor 
mi (iiy planner of a dynamic reoMiroe simulation. 


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What you 
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time Every decision nufonlly influences Ite life of your town 
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■CONTENTS! 





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More action for The Hghlm, hints 
for Ail Points Bulletin, Fernandez 
Will Die with help, and Cave Runner 
infinite lives, as Max fights back. 


SOFTUAR 



ARGASM TAKES 
ON DEVPAC V2.0 


Devpac, so long the top (not for 
programmers now has a new rival lo 
worry about. Need it? The battle lines 
are clearly drawn. 


LETTERS 



He's the dude who's sometimes rude, 
Hes the cool who knows (lie rule. 
He's the host who opens the post- 
He's the getter of your letter. 



• Quart/. It'll knock your clocks off 

• Hole in one. Enough to fill the Albert Hall 

• LIS Gold got it right on Outrun second lap 

• You can pull a bird with the Eye of Homs 

• l ake on aliens in Xenophobe. "And win 

• Clown ‘o Mania for those who juggle balls 

• Michael Jackson in Moonwalker fantasy 

• Pictionary draws a blank scorecard 



• Plus, Lancaster. Star 
Command. Dragonscape, 

• Roller Coaster Humbler. 
Hally Cross Challenge, 

• Dragon Spirit, Magic 
Marble, Slayer, Kelly X. 

• Speedboat Assassins, 
Mind bender. Switchblade, 

§ Shulflepuck Cafe, Tuubin, 
Manic Mansion. Kccf 

the Thief, and Chostbusters 

n. 


Enter the 
Onslaught, 
violence with 
intellect 
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AMIGA SCENE 



One meg A500 on the cards? 


COMMODORE often makes running 
changes to the design of the Amiga. 
This gives them flexibility in the 
choice of suppliers and gives room for 
making savings on cost or improve- 
ments. 

The latest version of the A500 circuit 
hoard indicates we may soon see the 
A50O with a megabyte of ram as stan- 
dard. By using the same type of high 
capacity ram chips used in the A590 
new A500s have fewer chips and sock- 
ets on the board to add more to bring 
the capacity up to 1 meg. 

The upgrade will have to be fitted by 
an approved dealer to maintain the 


Eight shows 
in a month! 

THE globe-trotting Amiga 
lover could have spent the 
whole of November going to 
shows. Commodore's star 
popped up at AmiExpo ‘69 
in Cologne, Comdex in Las 
Vegas, The Computer 
Shopper Show at Alexandra 
Palace, the Commodore 
Christmas Show at the 
Hammersmith Novotel. 
Computer Graphics ‘89 
again at Ally Pally, the 
Scottish Computer Show. 
The Italian Enigma Show 
and the Dec User Show. 

Most exciting of these 
was the Cologne (Kdln to 
the Germans) show, organ- 
ised hy the American com- 
panies responsible fur the 
successful US shows. 

With more Amigas than 
any other country the 
German event was bound to 
be a success, hut no one 
could have guessed quite 
how successful. 

More than 11,000 people 
arrived on the first day, tak- 


warranty but it should be a cheaper 
way to upgrade than fitting an A501 
type expansion in the trapdoor. 

As standard, the machine will work 
with an A5U1 and this is probably still 
the best expansion method, since the 
new Amigas do not have a battery 
backed up clock. It is not possible to 
use both kinds of upgrade. 

The new board Amigas feature the 
Enhanced Chip Set version of the 
Agnus chip. Its sister - Denise - is still 
in prototype form. The ECS Agnus, 
known variously as Fang2, Fatter 
Agnus, Obese Agnus and American 
Tourist, offers a US style 400 line dis- 



mettittry.. Sony's optical disc drive 
ing everyone there a bit by 
surprise and totally filling 
the hall, which was sudden- 
ly looking a bit small. AI 
certain points during Ihe 
day I he guards had to stop 
people from entering as a 
safety precaution, Next day 
the attendance figure was 
up to 20,000 

The only people not 
complaining about the 
cramped conditions were 
the box-shifters - one 
German dealer managed to 
sell over thirty 68030 



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of the newer non -bond: 

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boards in the first day. 
Deulschemarks were flow- 
ing as the faithful bought 
anything on offer. 

Commodore didn't have 
much new to offer, as spec- 
ulation of an early glimpse 
at the A 3 000 proved 
unfounded. 

The show had an overall 
professional bias, with busi- 
ness slightly outnumbering 
the games stands. Most 
exhibitors were German, 
Scandinavian ur from the 
Slates. Disappointingly 
there was hardly any British 
representation. 

Hopefully next lime 
round the organisers will 
have a larger venue and 
more UK companies will 
realise that Germany is in 
the same continent. 

Those commentators who 
expected to see the Amiga 
3000 launched at Comdex 
were as disappointed as 
they were 111 informed. The 


play which fills the screen and one 
meg of chip ram. 

Obviously you need the extra 512k to 
use this feature, so a standard A 5 00 is 
set to give only half a meg of chip 
memory. Your dealer can change this 
by cutting a track and fitting the chips, 
The ECS Agnus and sockets on the 
board both point to Commodore selling 
a lmeg machine. 

The only thing preventing this from 
happening is the price of the chips. 
Steve Franklin, MD of Commodore UK, 
said that this will happen when 
Commodore can produce the machine 
and still sell it for £399. 


5.4 version of Unix vvhich 
will be sold with the A30G0 
has not been finished yet. It 
will then have to be ported 
to the Amiga and tested. 

Commodore did launch a 
range of new products. The 
A2630 card has four meg of 
ram, a 66030 and a 68682 
maths co-processor. .Since 
the 6603(1 has the memory 
management circuitry nec- 
essary for Unix on the chip 
there is nu need for a 66551 
and Commodore's press 
release was wrong in claim- 
ing the card has one. 

The current A2620 is sold 
in I he US bundled with an 
Amiga in the guise of an 
A2S0D. Since this is just a 
marketing stratagem it is 
unlikely we'll see the new 
board in the A2500/3D 
which was launched at the 
show. 

We will see the card, 
although when and at what 
price is yet to be deter- 
mined. if other cards arc a 
guide we'll see £l-Sl. And 
at $2,195 that is on a bit 
more than Atari's nearest 
rival, the TT. 

Direct Digital Distribution 
(0708 754704] used the 
Computer Shopper show to 
debut its optical disc drive 
and interface for the Amiga 
500. This uses a combina- 
tion of lasers and magnets 
to read, write and magneti- 
cally erase optical discs. 
Each disc holds 650 
megabytes and they are 


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rt Prodata is a very sophisticated 
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YOUR AMIGA 12/89 

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POP COMP WEEKLY 19/10/89 


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■AMIGA SCENE ■ 


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interchangeable. The speed 
compares with a slow hard 
drive hut has the advantage 
that the discs are remove- 
able. The unit is made by 
Sony and uses what looks 
like 5,25 inch compact discs 
in a plastic case. Each disc 
costs £360 and the drive 
£4,000. 

Also launched at the 
show were a new' multi-port 
card and the A2091 hard 
disc controller which uses 
l he same chip as I he A590 
and lias room for 2 meg of 
ram. At S399 without the 
memory or drive this seems 
expensive .but is likely to 
be discounted when it 
arrives in the near future. 

The Amiga Centre 
Scotland 
1031-557 
4242) was at 
Computer 
Graphics R9 
with its new 
32 bit frame 
buffer. This 
looks great, 
but the 
human eye 
can't resolve 
more than the 
16 million 
colours that a 
24 bit card 
gives. The 
Other eight 
bits are used 
for informa- 
tion which 
can be hooked into video 
mixer. 

Reaction at the show has 
lead to the decision that the 
card will be gen lockable 
and low priced. Thai means 
less than £i .ooo, 

The Novotel may have 
witnessed the first show 
Commodore has run itself 
but little changed - the 
same faces manning the 
same stands, albeit with 
some welcome additions. 

Selling lQU.UUU copies of 
any program will make a 
software house like you and 
that is exactly how many 
Batman packs Commodore 
expected to shift at 
Christmas. Good news not 
only for Amiga owners but 
also for Electronic Arts 
which has Deluxe Paint II 
and Interceptor in the pack, 
and Ocean which will see 
the boost to sales benefit 
Batman and New Zealand 
Story. 


Both companies were at 
the show “to support 
Commodore 1 ', Ocean doing 
some great half-price deals 
on latest releases as well as 
giving out posters and stick- 
ers. 

This was principally a 
chance to buy Christmas 
resents, so you wouldn’t 
ave expected many new 
products. One exception 
was Trip-a-tron, Jeff 
Minter’s first soiree into 
Amigadom. The light syn- 
thesiser. which makes your 
mind take off when you put 
a CD on, has been lung 
awaited by Minter maniacs 
and sold well even on the 
pleasantly uncrowded first 
day. See the full review in 
this issue. 

Bytes and Pieces was 


doing some great deals on 
big hard drives and showed 
an early version of 
AmigaDos 1.4. This had the 
new boot-up sequence but 
none of the fabby 3d icons. 

The very fastest hard disc 
interface is HardFrame from 
Microbiotics in Texas. UK 
sales are handled by Oasis, 
busy answering every ques- 
tion possible thanks to the 
presence of the designers 
and marketing people over 
from the US. It isn’t the 
cheapest and only works on 
an Amiga 20rG. but it is the 
best. 

The best selling item on 
the first day scorned to be a 
£l.U9 pack of three paper 
aeroplanes from the 
Hamleys stand. Mjndscape 
and Mirrorsuft seemed to 
have mastered the art of get- 
ting them to loop the loop. 

The Christmas spirit of 
giving was represented by a 


balloon race in aid of 
Capita] Radio’s Help-A- 
London-Child - a chance to 
win an A50CI, or a trip in a 
hot air balloon. Despite the 
fetching Biggies outfit 
Caroline from Commodore 
said she didn’t fancy a trip 
in a wicker basket. 

Commodore pul on a 
good show with Amigas, 
Music-X, midi instruments 
and some great sax playing. 

But most of all the show 
was about bargain hunting. 
The prices of half meg ram 
expansions and second disc 
drives tumbled. The going 
rate for 5 12k with a clock 
was £65. Disc drives could 
be bought for the same sum. 
Printers were savagely dis- 
counted. If fact the only 


thing which seems 
over-priced was the foud at 
the bar. No, little changed at 
Commodore’s first a 11- 
Commodore show. 

Fun for the 
kinder, too 

DATABASE Software [OG25 
659333) has produced a 
German version of its top 
selling Amiga educational 
package Fun School 2. 
Cross format sales currently 
stand at 66,000 and Fun 
School is expected to top 
the 100,000 mark by the 
Spring, according to market- 
ing director Chris Payne. 

Fun School 2 comes in 
three age defined sections 
for children under six; six 
to eight; eight and over, it 
was designed by teachers to 
combine entertainment with 
a wide range of early learn- 
ing skills. 


Bonus buy 

ELECTRICIAN Michael 
Graham (24) from Dover-by- 
Cockermouth, Cumbria won 
himself a £ 5 0 0 video 
recorder when he bought 
the 500,000th copy of Mini 
Office, the small business 
package from Database 
Software (0625 676666). 

"1 couldn't be more 
pleased both with Mini 
Office and the unexpected 
bonus that went with it", he 
said. 

Law lore 
goes online 

RECENT Department of 
Industry statistics show that 
the need to 
comply 
with 
employ- 
ment law 
costs the 
average 
company 
more than 
£5,000 a 
year. 
Where 
health and 
safety laws 
are con- 
cerned this 
can he as 
much as 
£13,500. 
The best 
way to 
avoid these high costs is to 
get good advice on the rele- 
vant legislation and that is 
now available to computer 
users through the 
MicroLink communications 
sendee (0527 26515). 

This new facility has been 
launched by MicroLink in 
conjunction with profes- 
sional consultant Premier 
Employment Services 
which gives specialist 
advice on personnel and 
health and safety law 24 
hours a day, 365 days a 
year. 

"Making such a service 
available to subscribers 
minimises the risk for man- 
agement”. said MicroLink's 
head of marketing. Martin 
Turner, “Instead of going 
through the lengthy legal 
process, subscribers to 
MicroLink can now consult 
their computer ”, The 
charge is £3 for each 
inquiry. 


Disc or discount 


REGULAR readers may think we’ve made a 
tiny mistake this month and missed the disc 
off the cover. We haven’t. Made a mistake 
that is. We have left the disc off. but it is 
deliberate. 

After a lot of discussions with readers, 
and the results of the survey in the disc 
pages, we decided that a magazine should 
he a means of education and entertainment, 
not just a source of cheap software. So we 
have reverted to the proven formula of 
doing what we are good at and not pretend- 
ing to be a software house. 

With the disc we successfully avoided the 


approach of charging a software house for a 
demo, half- filling the cracks with the first 
PD program which came to hand and then 
hiking the price. We like to think we gave 
you a genuinely useful disc which you 
would keep, rather than one you would for- 
mat after half an hour. 

Without the disc we have been able to 
bring the price of the magazine down to 
£1.95, We are also able to devote time to 
things like the free booklet on this month’s 
cover. More people, especially risers new to 
the Amiga, will be able to enjoy the benefits 
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Botor - 32 colours, eight-wav scrolling. 50 frames a second 


MAX TAYLOR is dearly a resilient 
man. His company, Arcana 
Software, hasn't released a game 
for over a year, thanks mainly to 
the aborted Mars Cops project. But 
with a new sales and PR deal with 
Active Sales and Marketing, it 
looks like 1990 is going to be the 
year that Arcana at last gets hack to 
producing high quality software. 

Seeing the new year in with a 
bang is Roinr, a strategy shoot-’em- 
up coded by Danish programming 
team Systematic*. Written on the 
Amiga with eight-way scrolling in 
32 colours. Rotor has gamepiay 
which is a mixture of Thrust and 
Gidu with a dash of Cosmic Pirate, 

"it runs at SCI frames per sec- 
ond, " said Max Taylor. 

“We don’t believe it,'' said 
Amiga Arcade. 

“Nor did I," said Max Taylor, 
"Until i saw it” 

And neither did we until we 


STARFLJGHT from Electronic Arts 
is a big game. It'll come as no sur- 
prise tD you to learn, then, that 
Starflight is a fantasy role-playing 
game. 

The year is 4619 and your mis- 
sion is lu find colon isable worlds, 
gather minerals, ancient artefacts 
and learn I he secrets of alien races. 

Not exactly an original storyline, 
but what Starflight lacks in plot it 
makes up for in size - 270 star sys- 
tems and 890 planets, each with 
almost two million locations, it ail 
adds up lo over onc-and-a- half bil- 
lion locations to be explored 
throughout the galaxy. 

Along the way you'll encounter 
giant gas planels, ice planets, lava 
planets, rock, worlds and ocean 
worlds. 

Navigation is aided hy a detailed 
starmap. and nu matter what planet 
you orbit, vital statistics flash on 
the screen to inform you what lies 
ahead - atmosphere, mass of plant, 
hydrosphere, Lithosphere, lempera- 
ture and global weather. 

Your starship is well endowed 
with lasers, missiles, shields and 
armour, but you have been warned 
only to use violence as a lasl resort, 
Communication is the key to the 
game. 

If it's not in ihe shops now, it 
should be very soon, priced £24,99, 


saw the demo Max sent us. The 
colours are all there, the scrolling 
is all there, and it s smooth - 
smooth enough for us not to argue 
about the 50 frames per second 
claim. 


NEB ULUS was very pretty on 1(5 
hit, hul it was an B hit game at 
heart and it showed. ]| was not a 
Hewson success. Now the original 
programmer is collaborating with 
German programming team 
infernal Ryle Systems to produce 


was built to be used, which has 
caused great problems with the ST 
conversion. Because of this the 
game won't be ready for review 
until after ihis issue goes to press - 
there'll be no reviews of demos in 
this magazine! 


the sequel, N'ebulus 11. 

Togo returns in his adventure 
through Nor, travelling from island 
to island, climbing, leaping and 
jumping up and dnwn the 16 
revolving towers. Expect to see him 
late spring. 


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KEEPING up with technology 
makes the flight-si m writer's life a 
herd one. So why bother? F-29 
RetaLiaior is a flight into fantasy. It 
puts vou in control of one of the 
next generation of jet fighters, 
armed with futuristic weapons. 

[f vou find working out which 
button in push to close the canopy 
hard work, you have no chance 
when it comes to completing 99 
missions. For this reason F-29 con- 
centrates on the action instead of 
trying to accurately mimic Ihe 
pitch, yaw, rate of climb and roll 
rates that an out-and-out simulator 
like Sub Logic's jet replicates. 

Still, F-29 is no simple 
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OCEAN has found the right people 
to write the program. Phil Alison, 
Russell Payne and Martin Wright 
wrote Amiga and ST Falcon for 
.Spectrum Holobyte. Anyone who 
has anything to do with the promo- 
tion of Falcon may have given the 
Impression that the program was 
written in the US of A, but 
Runcorn is a more accurate loca- 
tion. 

The team has some other games 


pending. Russell and Martin wrote 
Flight dF the Intruder, which will 
be out soon from Spectrum 
Holobyte. Phil - the lead program- 
mer - has many 6 bit titles to his 
credit and a couple of 16 bit things, 
including Road Wars and Mayday 
Squad, 

Being local means that the pro- 
grammers can pop into Manchester 
to visit Ocean, a significant help 
with a project of this complexity. 




The plane 


SET in the future, F-29 Relaliator uses two planes 
which are still in development, designed not to be the 
next generation of fighter aircraft but the one after 
that. They are the Lockheed F-22, which is still so 
secret no one outside the Pentagon (or the Kremlin) 
has seen a photo of it, and the Grumman X-29. The X 
stands for experimental. In service the name will be 
changed to F-29. Hence the name of the game. 

The F-29 Is tomorrow's fighter, It has swept forward 
wings, which give better rates of turn and roll charac- 
teristics than normal wings. The controls are fly-by- 
wire, which means a computer looks after little 
problems like stalls. The X-29 has illy bitty wings at 
the front called canards which make a stall less likely. 

All fascinating stuff to plane buffs, To the rest of us 
it means that the thing should feel like a cross 
between Interceptor and Falcon, and it should turn 
better and be easier Id fly. It does and it Is. 


arcade game. The program is some- 
ihing of a departure for Ocean. 
King of s bit software, it has 
realised that the Amiga demands a 
more mature approach, with more 
sophisticated software. 

You are taking part in a war. 
There are fronts which show where 
opposing forces are dug in. The 
three scenarios, including Dne sea- 
based one, are based on maps of 
real places. 

The actual data came from 
Cheyenne Mountain in the 
American Mid- West and has rivers 
which skimander and roads which 
join towns. This gels away from the 
artificial feel of rider-straight roads 
and pyramid mountains which dug 


earlier games. The missions reflect 
the multi-role capabilities of the 
aircraft, escorting carriers, saving 
your installations from attack and 
taking out the odd enemy missile 
installation. Calling it a SAM-7 
might imply xenophobia and tak- 
ing sides which would result in the 
game being banned in the peace 
loving country of Germany. 

As with Falcon you can choose a 
rank, which affects the amount of 
skill von need to play the game. 
There are lots of options, so a Zulu 
alert acts as a quick set-up. 

For advanced missions you'll 
have to choose the right weapon 
for the job, in keeping with the 
theme of the game, they are a futur- 


istic lot from the Pentagon shop- 
ping list of the future and include 
the Hack winder - a sidewinder 
which you launch rearwards a! 
pursuers. Dogfights arc fun, and 
you have a machine gun for those 
dose at hand manoeuvres. 

The feel of Jiving has been cap- 
tured with graphic stipple effects 
which make the plane and land- 
scape more realistic than the slab 
of colour style of F/A-tfi 
Interceptor, The drawing speed of 
3fiH polygons per second allows a 
screen refresh rate of up to 12 
frames per second. 

Controls vary from a very -easy- 
to-fly mouse option in a more real- 
istic keyboard selection Making 


any plane, let alone a fundamen- 
tally unstable fast jet, fly straight 
and* level is a skill which takes 
years to master. Ocean has made 
things a good deal easier with 
heavy damping on the roll and by 
giving the plane a natural tendency 
tn fly upright. In the mouse-mode 
it won't even loop the loop. 

This allows you to concentrate 
Oil the problem in hand - fighting 
the war, and winning. 

Ocean certainly has a stiff battle 
on its hands with Activision's 
Bomber, Digital Integration's F-ltiL 
Combat Pilot and Electronic Art s 
forthcoming F-t 17a Aggressor all 
lined up to fight it out. Ocean 
clearly has the game to do the job. 


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ever seen? No, really. [ 
mean. I always considered Tooting 
to be fairly mdli -racial but 1 don’t 
think I've over seen a ninja wash- 
ing bis smalls in ihe launderette or 
having a quick pastie and chips in 
The Dolphin. 

The point being that seeing as 
they seem In represent the ultimate 
in covert ope rat inns as witnessed 
by the plethora of ninja games* you 
never see them about. 

Maybe that's because they're so 
gond at sneaking around or some- 


He’s called in the National Guard! 


thing, but even (hey must have to 
nip down the Spar for a pack of 
fags every now and than, surely 7 

Anyway this is all irrelevant. 

The sheet-garbed assassin of 
drug barons' nightmares is hack, 
and this time he hasn't brought 
anything with him at a]] apart from 
a couple of sharp knives and a few 
shuriken, 

The evil Dangler, notorious dic- 
tator, gangland chief, pop group 
[no, not really) and fat old Sun 
reader has succeeded in becoming 
president. He now has the army 


and police at his control. The rebel 
heroes have constructed two 
robotic ninja assassins to track him 
down to his mansion and deliver 
rough justice. 

At firs! you may be wondering 
why you have been transferred to 
the land of cinemascope because 
there are large tracts of black space 
above and below the play area. 

Ail. but ibis is in fact a cunning 
ploy, If you ever ventured into one 
of those devil's armpits called 
arcades you will have noticed that 
Ninja runs on three screens to give 



a panoramic view. 

In order to simulate ail three 
screens properly, the programmers, 
Random Access, had to fiddle 
about and res hoot in wide-screen 
format. So Ihcro you arc. They're 
not that cunning though or they 
would've flogged off some of the 
space for advertising. 

The strategy is not too difficult 
Id follow - just kill everything. 

Guys wander on, have a go at 
you Bnd either die or wander off 
again. You may also encounter 
rabid dogs, tanks and flying squir- 
rels not to mention other patrons of 
the arts martial, It may seem a bit 
tame, but it is fun, very difficult 
and very, very absorbing. 

Cunningness part two: You will 
be playing for some while and then 
notice something. Or, more Like it. 
not notice something, because 
Ninja hasn't stopped to load any- 
thing in yet. Well, actually il has 
and il hasn't. Jt has loaded some- 
thing in - it just didn't bother stop- 
ping. Ten million cunning points 
awarded. 

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If 1 was stripped, bound and 
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one word, I would say 
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D O you think you're pretty 
smart, do you? Smart enough 
to out-wizard McDuffin, the great- 
est mage in the Western Kingdoms? 
He's been having a little bit of diffi- 
culty with his experiments at trans- 
mitting spells over lung distances. 

As every student of life knows, 
there ere three types of matter: 
reading matter, doesn't matter and 
old grey matter. Unfortunately it is 
in the department of the latter that 
the old wizard is deficient - he 
needs someone to help direct his 
spell casting activities. 

Spell-casting over long distances 
can be a bit tricky, as we all know. 
No sooner have you conjured an 
impressive maelstrom of magic to 
defeat a rival at a neighbouring cas- 
tle, than it runs intu some itinerant 
gnome twixt A and B and spends 
its force. 

Now, it is widely held that 
spells travel in a straight line, 



The unbearable lightness of spell casting 



rather like a beam of light. The 
corullory to this is that a beam of 
spelt can bo redirected hy means of 
mirrors and so forth. This is what 
the old wizard is set to lest. 

Selling up an elaborate array of 
mirror-bearing gnomes and 
assorted household objects. he 
aspires to achieve mastery oT 
remote spell- casting- The softly 
spoken magic spell must pick up 
all the magic ingredients, located 
in effervescing magic cauldrons, 
before making its magic way to the 
magic door, Direction of the beam 
is controlled by making the gnomes 
change the angle of their mirrors, 

Some obstructions are In be 
negotiated, like the polarisers 
which allow spells to pass through 
at one angle only, whereas some 
are to be completely avoided, like 
the odd bomb lying around the 
place. It is also to be appreciated 
that feedback is highly undesirable 


Tilts Ivtiy... No, lhat way.., Enn.. 

because the old duffer-c urn-wizard 
is prone to overheating. 

Other things to watch out fur are 
walls of ice. amoefaas, prisms and 
evil gnomes who have an appetite 
for cauldrons. Extra fuel can be 


picked up - old McDuffin cant 
keep churning it out forever with- 
out assistance. 

The puzzles get progressively 
harder, up to level 50, after which 
point you are expected to design 


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hi EPPQ is a complete clown. 
O He is. Honest. Short, big feet, 
silly hat. Yup he's a down all right. 
And what is it that clowns do best? 
Well, they sort of clown about 
don't they? Apparenlly not. 
Obviously downing isn't quite 
as vocational as it once was. One 
day Beppo comes across a map 
detailing where he mav find trea- 
sures beyond belief, Exactly what 
this sort of sensitive document is 


doing lying about in the path of 
insignificant clowns is not taken 
very far down the avenues and cul- 
de-sacs of rigorous investigation. 

Anyway, the upshot of all this is 
that our little friend packs his 
trunk, says goodbye to the circus 
and trumps off to explore the 70 
levels of wealth and woe that make 
up the game. 

Crystals are to he collected to 
move on to the next level. Various 


other items litter the playfield 
including acid baths, transporter 
devices, energy boxes, razor blades 
and several species of small nasty 


creatures which will try to kill you. 

Each stage is a sort of split level 
version of Pac-man, with the plat- 
forms connected up and down by 


File blue squares 
round liie edge an* acid 
baths, ideal for weekend paddfc.m 


The only 
way is 
dawn 


ladders or funnels, occasionally 
bending round on themselves like 
one of those perspective-based 
optical illusions. 

The wonderful graphics really 
help to build up this effect, espe- 
cially the parallax scroll of the grid 
in the background, which gives a 
vivid sense of the platform being 
suspended in space. 

Jumps may be collected, 
enabling Beppo to leap over 


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your own- They vary in style from 
being mad dashes against time la 
the sort of Soglcat enigma thai 
could perplex even a reviewer. 

The more cunning of you will 
have already noticed that this is in 
fart the sequel to Defiektor. dressed 
up with a hit nf Pratchett. 
Graphically it is a lot more cate 
and friendly, with some nice ani- 
mated touches, though with a game 
such m this, frills mean very little 
when the old cqgs of cognition are 
revolving. The puzzle is all. In that 
respect Mindbender excels. 

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assailants or just to conned with 
parts of the platform that are oilier* 
wise inaccessible. Razors are 
bandy for blowing away the 
massed hordes of anti-down 
watch creatures that Beppo will 
encounter. 

Fleetness of foot lor joystick) is 
just as important as a highly devel- 
oped degree of cunning in the fight 
to stay out of trouble. Most prob- 
lems are easily solved by Beppo's 
superior font-power, though a mind 
as sharp as the editor's wit is a 
slight ad vantage in later levels. 

Sound wise, the tune plods along 
doing nothing really spectacular 
nor having much lo add, but il is 
competent and not so irritating as 
to warrant silencing it. 

Although the game is based on a 
very simple idea it still manages lo 
be enjoyable and rewarding to play. 

Clown-o-mania is not difficult or 
taxing until about a third of the 
way through. That still leaves over 
40 levels of wall coded and pleas- 
ant entertainment. A bargain by 
anyone's standards. 

Green 







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Pebmary 19911 AMIGA COMPUTING 23 


If this guy's a rmliaa. why is hr. so mil armed? 


E ARTH is little mare than a dis- 
lant mem Dry to the brave pio- 
neers of outer space. Now. at the 
distant edge of the galaxy, things 
are moving along nicely for the 
descendants, 0: at least they were, 
Bands of wandering space 
pirates threaten to destroy all trade 
links, The threat of invasion by a 
race of highly developed insertoids 
looms ever nearer. And who are the 
robot pilots sometimes glimpsed at 
the outer reaches of your territory? 

For some time now Star 
Command has been cluing its best in 
keep on top of the situation. They've 
started drafting their troops at ait 
early age, putting them through 
training and gi ving them starships in 
the hope of regaining control hefnre 
things get out of hand. 

You control eight Such truops. 
It's your business to decide exactly 
what training they should undergo 
and in which areas - like astro- 
gunning, medical and heavy arms - 
they should specialise. 

There are four basic classes - 
pilot, soldier, marine and esper 
[psychic warrior). Each of these is 
further divided into 1.1 ranks rang- 
ing from private to grand admiral. 

Once you have assembled and 
trained vour squad you must equip 


them ready for comhat. A huge 
array of items is available - fid per- 
sonal weapons, including nuclear 
grenades, flame throwers and laser 
rifles, 16 types of armour, four vari- 
eties of gun sighting equipment, 
plus numerous others 

There is an equally wide choice 
of starships and accessories. You 
can’t afford most of these in the 
early stages, 

So, equipped and eager, it's off 
to HQ Id get your first mission, 
which will undoubtedly be fairly 
straightforward. Mine was to find 
and capture five freight ships. It 
look me two minutes. 

Mission in hand, you Launch 
into space, where you are presented 
by a star map divided into 1,024 
sectors each containing one or more 
star systems, which in tum might 
contain numerous planets. This 
provides a vast playing area. There 
are no silly planet names, and the 
whole galaxy is important during 
the course of the different missions. 

Some missions require you to 
operate on a galactic level, finding 
pirates in space, that sort of thing. 
Others require you to go down to a 
planet’s surface, perhaps for an 
espionage mission. 

Combat plays a major pari. 


Lost m spues, not a good piece to be 


There are two levels of this in Star 
Command - man to man and ship 
to ship, Man to man offers greater 
scope for weapon selection and use 
of terrain- It is the more enjoyable 
of the two. 

Should you complete your mis- 
sion successfully, all surviving 
squad members will receive a 
salary according to their rank. This 
can be used to buy more equip- 
ment, or maybe a clone for when 
things get really nasty. Mow you 
can accept a new mission, or just 
go pirate hunting to honsl your 
finances. 

The game is totally keyboard 
controlled, which is a shame. And 
messages sometimes flash by too 
quickly to be read, which is a pain. 
The graphics are extremely poor, 
even for a role-playing game and 
the sound effects would have been 
better left out. 

Sometimes humourous, some- 
times frustrating, always thor- 
oughly absorbing, Star Command is 
based heavily on the famous 
traveller role-playing game, Il com- 
bines the best of both RPG and 
strategy and is sure to please fans 
of both. 

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TOT 


Death or glory 




R ABID TVophiles may recall a 
weary rice-opera which used 
to pep up occasionally on BBC2 
going by the name of The Water 
Margin. I/you don't, it doesn't mai- 
ler - actually, even if vou do it 
doesn't matter - all I wish tu allude 
lo is a section of monologue which 
used Id appear at the beginning of 
the show, and which went some- 
thing like this: 

"Do not despise (he snake because 
he has no horns, for who may say 
he will not turn info a dragon. So 
may one /usf man become on 
army.,, ” 

There in essence you have the 
plot of Onslaught. No, nothing to 
do with snakes and dragons, but 
the bit about one man becoming an 
army. For in the land of Cargore 
there is a mean son of a tank whose 
strength is as of 10 and whose 
ambitions include travelling the 
world and meeting people, shortly 
before he cuts them up into little 
pieces and stamps on them. 

This land is no sceptred isle of 




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And they are all out to get you 

kings. It is streurn with the count- 
less dead (and undead) of a thou- 
sand sieges, The only way lo bring 
peace and harmony to ihe blighted 
soil is to kill everyone. Ho hum - 
what must be done must, I sup- 
pose, he done. 

Strategy is the first element of 
the game. Upon first embarking to 


his duty the player is confronted 
by a Ifi x 16 grid of the land. He 
may then elect to invade territories 
neighbouring his own. The indige- 
nous troops come in several 
flavours, from bog-standard hill- 
men with dubs through boar-riders 
lo kamika7.ee monks. There are 14 
types of tribe in all, each with their 


own peculiar characteristics and 
preferred strategies. 

Enough of all this strategy prat- 
tle though, all you have to do is fol- 
low the worms to the field of 
dishonour and wade in gore. 
Destroying everything that comes 
your way is not always the best 
policy. Vou can kill 50 to the right 


Yoa're a one men army, it’s kill or he killed 


Oh no! Not the boiling oil 


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of you and SO tu the toft and not 
think it tao many, but unless you 
advance pronto on the enemy han- 
. ct'i you will be awash with wave 
upon wave of demented avengers. 

Once the enemy standard has 
1 been captured, it's off to ky siege 
to their castle. This is much the 
same as before but with a nicer 
harkdrop, Finally we come to mind 
control This is where you take on 
a thing with lots of arms throwing 
. stuff at you. Easily the most forget- 
| table part of the game. 

If the enemy should capture 
your banner first, you must go back 
a stage until either you have won 
or one side is vanquished. 
Talismans picked up in combat can 
be used to flit across the less acces- 
' sible terrain in order to broaden the 
range of combat. Occasional cru- 
sades and plagues may result in 
less of territory, but these things 
usually pass. 

The land may bo edited to your 
| own design, to make it easier i sug- 
i gsst. Of course, this means that you 
can also save your currenl charac- 
■ ter -up to 10 on the disc, 

Throughout are strewn Hcwson- 
class graphics and sound building 
up an atmosphere for diabolical 

( devastation. Gameplay is fast and 
addictive but very tough. If you 
should manage to conquer the land 
j at one sitting I would be very sur- 
! prised, 

Another Hewson game with 
ingrained excellence. 

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TOOBIN’ 

Mucking about on the river 



fled water? 
Must be 
die Nile 


That looks 
painful 


W E'RE obviously not in the 
UK here, since one of the 
things that menaces ynur tooher in 
this coin-op conversion (can’t say 
tuber 'cos that's a potato) is an alli- 
gator. 

Mind you. as you float: noncha- 
lantly downstream you do get 
attacked by munching skulls and 
sea snakes, so it could he just about 
anywhere, And for Biff and Jet, the 
supercool tube dudes, this is too 
uncool to be real, 

Some forward-thinking dude has 
left some six packs floating on the 
river. These make great ammuni- 
tion for heading off the various 
critters that are bent on spoiling 
your day. 

Fishermen and aiigun fiends on 
the bank also respond to the old 
Budweiser treatment, but your 
ammo is strictly limited to what 
you can pick out of the water, 

Your tube is a bit like AmigaDos 
- it needs to be patched from time 
to lime. These patches are, in 
effect, the number of lives you 
have, 

There are a few other useful 
objects floating about. There are 
bonus beach balls and Ireasure 
chests, and once in a blue moon 
you might happen upon a patch or 
two. Unfortunately there are far 
more rocks and branches in the 
water than there are bonuses, so 
you've got to be really careful with 
the steering. 

For extra points you could try 
going through some gates for a 
bonus of up to 1.0EH3 points. If you 
bounce off a gate, the bonus halves 


and the gate widens far you to try 
again. These, you might think, are 
just a slight interlude in the game. 

Actually, if you are fagging 
behind and the big bad alligator is 
on your tail, negotiating a gate is 
the only way Df shaking him. 

'boobin' has been promised as a 
conversion for a very long time. 
This reviewer thinks it hasn't been 
worth the wait. Sure, there are 
some bits that aren't completely 
dreadful - every game has some 
good bits - but the whole isn’t par- 
ticularly great, 

The tide does have a good exam- 
ple of colour cycling in a fairly 
neat waterfall, but the rest of the 
graphics are small and slow mov- 
ing. Even though the screen is 
nearly full height, it's nowhere 
near wide enough, and the 
scrolling is dead slow and stop. 

It's got a nice tune, hut then 
these days what hasn't? The stereo 
effect has been used well, with a 
great steel band sound throughout: 


it's certainly the only lively thing 
about the game. 

The twin player option also suf- 
fers from the screen moving al the 
rate of the slowest player, at which 
rate the game gets naff PDQ. 

The whole thing smells badly of 
a rush job. The original arcade 
game has plenty of potential for 
conversion, which the program- 
mers have completely failed to take 
advantage of. 


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It’s only a bit of fun 


ORTH 1 SOUTH, said the 
manual. Aha. [ thought. 
Refined ladies with swirling 
dresses and cleavages that you 
could drive a steam engine down? 
Rakish young gentlemen and army 
officers attired with mud stained 
trenchcoats? Horse and traps racing 
through burning cities? Passionate 
embraces? Scandalous gossip? 

Unfortunately, North & South is 
nothing like an American TV mini' 
series starring |ane Seymour (pity). 
Instead, it's based on a French 
comic book series called Lbs 
Thniques Blues, but only vaguely. 
The influence of the bonks stops at 
using the characters to set the skill 
level for the arcade sequences. 

When a mad bugler and a neigh' 
ing horse gallop on screen issuing a 
wild discnrdanl tune, you knoiv 
that this isn't quite an SSI waigame 
that's coming up. 

Moving around a very simple 
map of the USA - you can play 
against a friend, which is enor- 
mous fun. or the computer - you 
must direct your forces in an 
attempt to rid the country of the 
apposing army. 

As a secondary objective it is 
necessary to capture land to bring 
in tax revenues, which can be used 
to buy new troops end secure 
territories through which the rail- 
road runs, 

If you. lurk around until the 
opposing army's train is about to 
set (iff, you can intercept it bv sev- 
ering its route. This leads into one 



The fold of battle - make sure nulaftre is off* 


of the arcade sections - a frantic 
race along the roof of a moving 
train, reminiscent of Harrison Ford 
tn The Last Crusade. 

With enemy soldiers popping up 
and a timer rapidly decreasing, you 
must make it to the engine, stop 
the train and capture the gold. The 
scrolling is incredibly fast, your 
character very responsive and the 
animation distinctly dodgy, Still, it 
all fits in with the general pace of 
the game. 

The second arcade section, 
where you try to capture a fort, is 
exactly the same but has vou racing 
along the battlements towards the 
fort's flag, 

War breaks out when the armies 
meet. The men line up on one of 
three types of battlefield, often 







Aftem. Ur/ess who chose the wrung language oplioii? 


The Union launches its first moan sfiof 

punctuated by a river or chasm that 
necessitates trying to cross a nar- 
row bridge while being shelled. 

Jf you're playing the computer 
you'll notice that you are at a slight 
disadvantage here. You control 
each element of your army one at a 
time. The computer, of course, can 
have the cavalry charging with 
sabres slashing, the foot sloggers 
marching and firing, plus the 
artillery rolling around all at the 
same time, turning your side of the 
battlefield into ihe Somme. 

True, you can set the cavalry off 
and then switch control to another 
unit, but you can't have two units 
firing and slashing at once. It 
makes playing the computer very 
difficult. The trick is to eliminate 
the other side's artillery first, 
which then gives you an almost 
unbeatable advantage. If this hap- 
pens to you. start retreating, Fast, 

Come the end of the war. each 
side is rewarded with a well ani- 
mated picture of the boys marching 


home in victory nr a field full of 
corpses, one of which grins at you. 
North & South is unlike any 
wargame or simulation that you 
have ever played. The graphics are 
cartoons and there are numerous 
engaging touches that add flavour. 
Best of all, the sound effects and 
music are Fabulous - demented 
bugling, explosions, horses neigh- 
ing, and charges, victory and catas- 
trophe areal! perfectly accompied. 

Duncan Evans 


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MQQTH criminal Wacko 
Jacko has found yet another 
way to be seen in public without 
having to leave his oxygen tent, 
Moonwalker has been a book, a 
film, a T-shirt, a cuddly toy, a type 


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of dance and now my Emerald Isle 
homeland has produced a twin 
disc game. 

There are four stages, two 
viewed from above and two from 
the side. Each stage is preceded by 
a good animated sequence and 
accompanied by short repeating 
sections of sampled M] music. A 
bit like the video really. 

The first stage reminds me of my 
long standing all-time favourite 
game. Kally-X. jacko walks around 
the detailed landscape in a small 
scrolling window trying to collect 
parts of his rabbit suit, avoiding the 
over-zeaious attentions of numer- 
ous fans. 

The next stage adds a motorbike 
and the occasional flattened pedes- 



trian. Don't stop until you get 
enough green shiny orbs. Then you 
can transform into a car and jump 
Over a roadblock. 

Game three, and jacko is dad in 
white suit, armed with a vicious 
line in automatic firearms. 
Sideways scrolling displays the 
interior of a gaming club where 
there ain't no sunshine when 
you're gone. 

Making sure the baddies have 
been blown off the wall is the only 
way to beat it. When you use all 
the ammo, more has got to be there 
when you need it, or its bad news 
all round. 

The final stage is the real 
thriller. Our heroic plasticised 


young thing transforms yet again, 
this time into a robot with which 
you don't wanna be starting some- 
thing. You have to convince some 
nasty kidnapper about the way 
your young girlfriend makes you 
feel or she's out of your life and it’s 
farewell, my summer love, for ever. 

You will certainly spend mors 
than one day of your life playing 
this game. The stages are suffi- 
ciently different to provide interest 
and sufficiently tough to make it 
last. The graphics and animations 
provide the grab factor and if you 
are a lacksoo fan the sampled 
music will come as an added 
bonus. 

[nhn Kennedy 



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Leva! 3 - not quite as easy as ABC 




By fair means or foul 



HE you one of those people 
whose idea of day out with 
the lads is to go to Blackpool, 
spend half the day in half the pubs 
in town, eat three portions of 
chicken vindaloo at the takeaway 
and then go on the roller coaster 
for a bit of a laugh? 

Weil now you can relive those 
fun-filled days with Roller Coaster 
Humbler. You get all of the excite- 
ment with none of the mess down 
the neck of the mate in front, 

Rumhler is rather like a 
drunken nightmare version Df the 
seaside ride. It features obstacles, 
flying saucers, targets and lots and 
lots of shooting. 

The basic premise of this 3D 
fiilfld-polygcm ride is that you have 


to whizz, around the roller coaster 
track shooting all the objects and 
obstacles without running out of 
bullets or causing the car an excess 
of damage. There is a minumum 
speed, which increases with every 
run round the track, 


Fun for a couple 
of rides, bat 
after u while it 
begins to look 
the same 

Speed also increases after you 
heave up the hills and race down 
the slopes. This builds up to quite 
an exhilarating rate of knots, but 
can be pegged hack down to that 
minimum by using the spacebar 
as a brake - a good idea as you 


certainly don't have time to shoot 
everything at the fastest speeds. 

In the air you can spot flying 
things and can blow them away 
for more points. Equally, any poor 
unfortunate driving around on the 
ground as you pass is fair game For 
annihilation. 

An extra dimension is added if 
there is a second player. Another 
gunsight is provided and he gets 
to shoot at the same tilings you are 
shooting at, i would have liked to 
have seen a split display and play- 
ers chasing each other around, but 
then you can't have everything. 

Something you do gel is a sort 
of free blast. Using all the 3D rou- 
tines. Tynesoft has patched in a 
kind of Stargiider 2 variant 
wherein you fly around aimlessly 


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Y OU aren't often given the 
opportunity to play "the 
other side" in games with a Middle 
East flavour, but in Speedboat 
Assassin you, too, cati be that fer- 
vent Iranian revolutionary. 

Yes indeed, capitalist pigs 
around the world require killing as 
they revel in their decadent har- 
bours, protected by the warships 
and mines of Satan himself, 

1, revolutionary brother 
Mohammed Evans, have been 
charged to destroy the imperialist 
forces of evil and fight to my last 
breath for the Islamic Revolution. 
My gunship has dropped me into 
the harbour of New York, home of 
ihe nnholiesi pigs of all, 3 wee! 
destroy them. 

Hayeee! But what is this? Those 
sons of Satan have laid mines 
across the entrance to the harbour, 
With God on my side, surely I can 
navigate my way through the wind- 
ing channel, deadly mines hover- 
ing on either side. 

BOOQQMMMM! Urk,.. 
...Cough splutter. Quick, 
Eshmael. speedboat number two. 

Ha! It seems 1 must go at the 
pace of a snail to avoid their 
deadly dutches. And here I am in 
the open, and ready to teach the 
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shooting other aircraft. Fine as a 
demo, hut this hardly qualifies as a 
game. 

Once you have been round the 
circuit a few times, enjoyed the 
sensation of blowing things up, felt 
mildly ill at all the heaving, there 
really isn't anything else to do. 
Though quite pretty and mildly 
impressive from a technical point 
of view, I’m afraid that Roller 
Coaster Rumbler has as much 
depth as a puddle. 

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four towers destroyed and now 1 
escape to bring further glory to the 
revolution, 

But what is this approaching? 
God protect your servant 
Mohammed, a fat Yankee battle- 
ship is blocking the exit! Ail its 
guns is firing. Oh no, and there 
were another three capitalist har- 


this? Ishmael. you fool I There are 
no weapons on this speedboat! 

Quickly, bring the helicopter 
and drop them down to me. 

Fah, with all this delay the 
Americans have spotted me and 
are sending their own speedboats 
and warship to intercept me. But I. 
Mohammed Evans, is more than 


their equal lo the task. Take that, 
imperial running dog tower. Take 
tha..„ 

BQOOOMMMM! Urk... 

...Cough splutter. Those 
accursed Yankees are as treacher- 
ous as sin, Ishmael. the third 
speedboat. 

Yaaeeyv! That is more like it. All 


hours to destroy as well. 

BQOOOMMMM! Urk... 

...Cough splutter, Ishmael, 
kindly be telephoning Virgin 
Mastertronic that its simulation of 
revolutionary revenge is far too 
hard. The detection of the sprites 
also sucks like a camel. 

Duncan Evans 


xrrxxxi 

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under a fiver is laudable, the ques- 
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a game on the Amiga that a soft- 
ware house considers is a budget 
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A spokesperson for Virgin 
Maslertronic assures me that the 
company could indeed make 
money with only a £4.99 price tag. 

This only w'orks if the overheads 
are as law as possible. Low over- 
heads mean very cheap end 
shoddy packaging and as little time 
as possible spent knocking up the 
program. 

I imagine the profit margin on 
Kelly X will bo hitting the maxi- 
mum because the packaging is 
indeed cheap and nasty. The pro- 
gram, which looks like it took all ol 
two weeks to write, is equally 
cheap and nasty. 

Kelly X - which, by the by ’“as 
the pre-release name for Xenon, - 
is a 3D space battle. Fly through 
space using your Elite-style radar 


with 10 range settings, shooting 
government ships and canisters of 
toxic waste. Aw, an ecologically 
sound game as well. Avoid being 
shot since it depletes your shield. 
Use hyperspace to gat out of tricky 
situations. And that’s the game, 
Kelly X would he pretty damn 
horing if it worked to perfection. 
Since it doesn't, it makes it one of 
the worst pieces of software I've 
seen. 

Complete tat. Not worth keeping 
even if someone gave it to you. 

Duncan Evans 


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S PRINT has boon through 
almost as many variations in 
the arcades as on the home micro 
scene. The bird’s eye view of a 
Grand Prix started out in single 
player, black and white, then 
added up to four players simulta- 
neously, and lastly, in Super 
Sprint, was resurrected as a full 
colour, mass Drive-in. 

Rally Cross Challenge is another 
Super Sprint done, and looks like 
a beautifully animated L.S. Lowry 
portrait. 

Up to four players can race a) 
once, using thal rare beast the 
Special Joystick Adaptor, 
Otherwise it's a case of fighting for 
space on the keyboard. 

If you can’t find three other peo- 
ple, the computer will provide 
some. The anti-sexism group. 
Oasis, will be pleased to nule that 
several women drivers are taking 
part. Then again, perhaps they 
won't be - the first one is called 
Sexy Legs. The male racing drivers 
have equally silly names, like Rev 
Emup and T.Killem. No comment. 



/Ire you sure (firs is the iray to Coomfce Abber'f 


Although there are adjustments 
you can make to fine tune the cars, 
1 miss the little presents Super 
Sprint left on the track to race for. 
Collisions between cars are also a 
lei down - they merely hoot their 
horns at one another, [n fact, at the 
start of a race they all sneak round 
the track' in a tight pack, looking 
like a group of Killer Cars from a 
Monty Python sketch. 

In an attempt to maximise the 
potential of the 6B000 processor, 


"humorous” little sprites pop on to 
the screen, on holiday from IK+ no 
doubt. Heaven knows what will 
happen when we have the 68040 to 
play with. 

Night racing is worth seeing 
though - the headlights effect is 
very clever Indeed. 

Sounds are so-so, conspicuously 
lacking in the Tedious little Jingle 
department. Tedious is better than 
none at all. 

The graphics, on the other hand, 


Hull} Gross f'.hnlhnpo 

mas 

Aik u 



Overall - 63'?< 


are lovely. 

Vet something is missing, That 
something which makes a game a 
success and one you will want to 
play for more than five minutes, 
With Rally Cross Challenge it's not 
hard to put your finger on that 
something - it’s the way the tars 
are controlled. 

Until a better standard comes 
along, wo are stuck with the eight 
position switched joystick. No 
amount of different acceleration 
and deceleration options will make 
up for the fact that it's too darn 
awkward to play. 

|nhn Kennedy 


TURBO OUTRUN 


Rev it up and start again 


Turbo Out Huh 

Utt.UD 

Sojju 1 \ t initi 


F ollowing on the heels of 

Outrun, or more probably 
overtaking it in the outside lane, 
femes the sequel, now with added 
turbo boost. 

The first problem is with the 
plot, which seems very compli- 
cated. As far as it goes the underly- 
ing premise seems to be this; You 
have to drive your F4[) [which is a 
Ferrari, not a jet) very quickly 
indeed from one end of the USA to 
the other along a giant six-lane 
motorway. 

On the way you must avoid hit- 
ting things and press the fire but- 
ton every sd often to employ 
extra-sopor solid rocket booster 
things probably left over from the 
last Columbia, erm, Atlantis 
launch. 

There is something else to do 
with some girlie and another car 
which you have to stay ahead of or 
she runs off with the driver. Maybe 
she likes to fed the power of his 
engine. To be quite honest it would 
be a bit of a relief if she did. If she 



Spinning isri 'f 
always fatal, i it's 
possible to pull 
yourself out of if 


weren't so ugly she might pul you 
off your steering, 

It would all make more sense if 
you were trying to outrun the tune, 
which is pretty pa inful . 

Tarmac stretches ahead you to 
the far horizons. If all goes to plan 
you should be having breakfast in 
Los Angeles - alt macrobiotic stuff, 
of course. Bui first you must brave 
the mind-numbing terror ofgrii on 
the road, negotiate the snowbound 
interstates and wind your way 
along a freeway which seems to 
have been designed by an inebri- 
ated nomad with no sense of direc- 
tion, 

The race is split up intD four 
stages, where remaining time is 
converted into an un leasable num- 



ber of points and super hi- power 
add- ons are added on by teams of 
trained adder-Dnners. The choice is 
between extra grip tyres, an even 
bigger engine or an even better 
turbo, I can't say J could tell the 
difference. In be honest. 

This is also the point at which 
the girlie usually decides Id run off 
with the other bloke. Bah. women 
- who needs 'em! 

Another puzzling thing is the 
way, just after engaging interstellar 
overdrive and reclining back in 
your acceleration couch, the odd 
black-and-white cop car strolls 
past. 

The animation is a bis jerky, hut 
you won't notice it when you're 
going Mach 5 through Chicago, 


Overall - 70% 


Otherwise I he graphics are accept- 
able, though not entirely stunning. 

All the hazards and layouts Df 
(he 16 stages have been carefully 
transferred from the arcade 
machine. This is not a great recom- 
mendation since the original 
wasn't very. Original, that is. 

Interestingly the processed rain 
forest accompanying the game 
suggests that the turbo be used 
sparingly, when in actual fact it 
seems a physical impossibility to 
finish most levels without at least 
one stab at the fire-button, 

Although certainly better than 
Outrun the first, and reasonably 
well converted from the arcade, 
Turbo Outrun does nothing to lift it 
above the crowd of good racing 
games around at the moment, 

Green 




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Overall - 68% 


Level two features a beautifully animated Libert} - 


32 AM Id A COMPUTING February 1990 


The swinging controls on level one wf/i 
some getting used to 


OLY cow,.. Oops, sorry - 
wrong hype. Ahern, When 
there's something weird in your 
outside toilet, who you going to 
call? Nut a plumber anyway, 
Suffice to say the present day 
equivalents of Peter Cushing, the 
Ghostbustcrs, are back. 

As you enter the world of the 
Ghostbuslers vou will be treated to 
a wonderfully animated display of 
cunning Amiganess. Then, of 
course, it asks you to swap discs. 
Oh well. 

This time large amounts of slime 
are forming an underground torrent 
and converging on the downtown 
museum. There is also the small 
matter of Dana Barret's (you 
remember her, played by Sigourney 
Tm having a baby" Weaver) little 
sprog being snatched. 

The first level of the game con- 
cerns Ray collecting a sample of 
the slime by abseiling down a 
haunted sewer. Swinging from left 
to right enables Ray to collect extra 
weapons, bits of the scoop with 
which to scoop up the slime at the 
bottom, and the odd bottle of dutch 
courage, 

Floating down through the 
clouds of steam, ghostly hands 
come rushing up to meet Ray as he 
tries to collect the slime. 


TJrs tori, and most difficult level - beat Viga and rescue the hoby 


Some uncharitable ghosts in the 
shape of oulsized fingers attempt lo 
sever your cable as you descend. 
Altogether an unpleasant experi- 
ence, especially from the game play 
point of view - the whole level is 
too difficult. 

In contrast, level two is incredi- 
bly easy. It is possible lo gel 
through the whole thing by firing 
just a few shots, Ydu control the 
giant Statue of Liberty, hot-footing 
it down to the museum and pro- 
tecting gangs of mindless helpers. 
Nice animation of Miss Liberty. 

Various squadrons of flying 
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worlds attack in formation, but 
they're nothing to worry about. 

Lastly the action moves lo the 
museum, where all you have to do 
is rescue the ungrateful sprog from 
the altar. You cannot just write off 
this final scene however, because 
there are still two fearsome haddies 
to overcome. 

The first of these is jonosz. He 
will terribly resist your efforts to 
snatch the sprog by firing at you. 
Unfortunately the entire range of 
death-dealing weaponry possessed 
by our heroes is not sufficient to 
give him cause for concern. 
Likewise Vigo, who emerges from 
the picture eventually. 

The opening sequence and the 
fillers between level feature excel- 
lent animation, digitised stills and 
good samples and arranged sounds, 
Animation and well defined graph- 
ics are equally brilliant throughout 
the game, though the disc swap- 
ping gets a bit of a pain. 

While Ghostbusters II is 
undoubtedly an audio-visual feast, 
there is little game in it that is fun 
to play. Rather like a Peter 
Greenaway film, we arc treated to a 
high degree of polish and art with 
very little underlying substance. 

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I suppose a ham sandwich is out of (he question? 


T AKE one remote and mysteri- 
ous old mansion, Include a 
kidnapped heroine and naive 
group of rescuers. For good mea- 
sure, add a mad professor, a homi- 
cidal nurse and a teenage 
commando with a hamster fetish. 
Put it all together and wliat have 
you got, apart from material for a 
dozen tacky honor films? 

Yup, that's right, you've got 
Maniac Mansion. 

Although this is essentially an 
adventure, Lucasfilm has managed 
to dispense with all that tedious 
typing, and has successfully cre- 
ated an animated game that is fun 
to play and enjoyable to watch. It 
uses a virtually identical control 


system to its predecessor, Zak 
McKraken. 

Initially, you play the pari of 
Dave, whose girlfriend Sandy has 
been kidnapped by Fred the mad 
prof. 

You placed an advert on the 
school notice board asking for vol- 
unteers to assist you in your rescue 
bid. Before you stand seven appli- 
cants, each of whom has different 
abilities in areas ranging from surf- 
boarding 10 physics. 

Having selected l wo people to 
join you, it's off to the mansion, 
where the game proper can begin. 

Your group starts on the road 
just outside the house. A sign sets 
the lone of the game: "WARNING! 


Trespassers will be horribly muti- 
lated!'' ignoring this message, you 
quickly encounter the first problem 
- how do you get in? The solution 
is as logical as it is a cliche. Once 
inside, the puzzles become some- 
what more obscure. 

There seem to be SO many 
objects available, but never the 
ones that you want. Unravelling 
the intricate web of the plot is a 
time-consuming but enjoyable pro- 
cess, 

At various times during play the 
game will be interrupted by brief 
flashes from other parts of the 
house. These show what is cur- 
rently happening to Sandy, who 
despite her bravery is due to have 



her brains sucked out. 

Each of the three heroes can. be 
controlled individually, and while 
they will he needed to work solo 
for much of the time, there are 
occasions when cooperation is the 
onlv solution. 

■r 

Lucasfilm says that the game can 
he completed wtith any combina- 
tion of characters, but the plot will 
bo modified according to the selec- 
tions you make. Thus you may 
play many entirely different games 
before truly completing Maniac 
Mansion. 

I can't help but draw compar- 
isons between Maniac Mansion 
and the cult musical, The Rocky 
Horror Show'. They both have a 
very offbeat sense of humour. 
There are numerous other similari- 
ties, all of which serve to enhance 
the intriguing story line, recreating 
a Sixties horror atmosphere. 

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34 AMIGA COMPUTING February* 1990 








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Overall - 89 % 


Q POTTJNG a sales rap out on 
LJ the road is easy - he's the guv 
in the red Orion with a jacket hang- 
ing up In the back. In the future 
it'll he easier; just look for the 
jacket. 

Things have laken a downturn 
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Sombrero decides to play up, forc- 
ing you to take the nearest exit. Too 
bad it had to be the one for Wrong 
Side of Town (Central], 

Grabbing your jacket from out 
the back, the only possibility of 
contacting the AA seems to be the 
local bar. This place isn't a quiet 
martini and wallpaper music estab- 
lishment. No, in dive terms this 
cue's the Acapulco cliffs. 

The clientele appear to be what's 
left after the dregs of humanity and 
a variety of other races have 
decided to call it quits, You can see 
a phene way over in the far corner, 
but those people won't let you by 
until you've proved your worth at 
the Shufflepuck table. 

Shuffle puck’s like Air Hockey, 
that ancient arcade attraction that 
looked like a cross between a 
snooker table and a steam Iron- 
Each player has a 
and the aim is to 
get the puck 
past the 


looks like out ad 
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opposing player. In this version a 
point is marked by smashing the 
glass screen in front of the oppos- 
ing player 
To get through to the 
phone you've gat to beat all 
eight of the local 
players. ITiey 
range fn 
the 


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I! take a 
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mean gome of 
shuffiepuck 


of playing to beat Biff Raunch or 
Princess Bejin, the Cafe's number 
two player who just happens to 
have a telekinetic serve. 

Practice can be had by playing 
any of the players singly or by pro- 
gramming a robot to bo as good or 
as bad a player as you want. 

Shuffiepuck is simple, but with 
gameplay that’s truly offworid. 
From the weird intro tune to play- 
ers' exclamations nf disgust, the 
sound is neatly atmospheric. As 
this is a straight USA import, it's 
got a slightly shortened screen, but 
despite this (he graphics carry the 
game. 

Stewart C. Russell 


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And even then the game has plastic 
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you cheating. More tedium. 

I tried the game with a couple of 
friends, but all the computer suc- 
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game interest. The graphics don't 
help much, being tacky in the 
extreme with had colour choices 
and a singularly static board, most 
of which can he put down to it 
being released across 8 and 18 hit 
machines and catering to the low- 



Overall - 32% 


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Piet ionarv is an unsatisfactory 
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C RYST ALLOGRAPH V is a hin 
suhject. No, really it is 
Packed with useful and everyday 
concepts such as Burgers Vectors 
and Peiefls-Nkbarro Stresses, li 's 
nvetting reading for insomniacs. 

This gem of a subject [wit, or 
what!] doesn't exactly spring to 
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mindless shoot-'em-up. but 
Firebird has tried. 

What has happened is some- 
where, somehow, a crystal lattice 
has come over all unstable. This 
has been deemed a Bad Thing, so a 
suitable bozo has been Found [viz. 
you), plonked in a small space 
fighter and shrunk down to be 
small enough to fit into (he crystal. 

To gel a rough idea of the 
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side of very, very tiny, and then 
some. Even now. yoti're still oul by 
a couple of hundred angstroms, 
which are nothing lo do with what 
a depressed artificially intelligent 



Splitting the n trefoils 


system might have, A rogue 
nucleus is causing all the trouble. 

It's big enough - relatively, of 
course - to cause you real prob- 
lems with your standard issue 
weapon, so you must stroll about 
l he nucleus, blasting open quarks 
(o capture the valuable neutrinos 
inside. 

Now a neutrino is an incredibly 
small and fast thing. Travelling 
through the Earth doesn't cause a 
neutrino to even blink. But thafs 
only in real life. Once you've 
caught enough of them in Quartz 


you can use them io synthesise 
new and more destructive 
weapons. 

The nucleus does its level best 
to get rid oF you with an ur biting 
electron cloud. The more you shout 
the nucleus, the faster it spins. 
Unlit it splits 

Once the nucleus is destroyed, 
you fly off via an enormous change 
of scale, through a meteor storm to 
the next crystal. 

Quartz has been pnt together by 
Paul Shirley, he who wrote the 6 
bit classics Spindizzy (clever) and 
Mission Genocide (violent!. All his 
games have some feature that's 
neat 

The new thing in Quartz is a 
multi-level scroll, with shadows 
between and above levels, and a 
parallax star Field behind ft all The 
actual play area is small „ and the 
screen is shorter than it has any 
right to he, but the effect is gener- 
ally quite neat 

The tune is palatable too, if you 


haven't bed too much of electropop 
already. There is but one problem. 
This type of game, though fun and 
well presented, can't really justify 1 
its £25 price point; especially since 
some companies are trying In 
release hearable games For a fiver. 

Quartz is certainly good. The kil- 
ties level is strongly re mini scoot of 
Simstar, while the meteor storm bit 
tastes of every scroller you've ever 
played, so ft isn’t exactly original 
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HOLE-IN-ONE 

Taking a swing for the better 


T HERE are two ways to write a 
golf game, The first is to 
spend every lest ounce of program- 
mer effort lo produce a simulation 
that is as close to the real thing as 
the machine allows. This cao pro- 
duce some spectacular results. But 
for those who think that golf is 
about as much fun as Antarctic 
nude jogging, there's not a lot to 
recommend it, 

The second is to take the basic 
idea - hitting a small hall towards 
a slightly larger hole - and just 
have fun with it. This is what Hole- 
ln-Onc Miniature Golf does. 

It should take anyone with half a 
brain and one finger about 10 sec- 
onds lo get to grips with the 
mechanics of Hule-In-One. The 
playing screen is a view of the 
green from above. There’s a small 
white rectangle where your ball is 
placed with an initial click on the 
mouse, and a small black hole into 
which that ball has to be propelled. 

Once the ball has heen placed, 
moving the mouse away draws a 
line. The length of the line shows 
the strength with which you'll hit 
the hall, its direction Indicates 
where the ball will go. Press the 
mouse button and the ball flies off 
hopefully to end in the hole. 

From such a simple basis, 
Digitek contrives to give a game 
with as much skill, subtlety and 
frustration as anything with a plot 
10 yards long. 

Far starters, the holes can have 
bumps and dips, like a normal golf 
course, represented by different 
shades of green. Some care has 
been taken to gel the normal laws 
Df physics right. With skill and 
judgment the ball can bounce and 
curve as 11 would in real life. 
Practice or a lucky shot can get the 
hole-in-one, where a digitised 
crowd sighs in an impressively 
impressed way, 

Half-way through the tutorial 
course you gel the impression that 
Digitek is admirably perverse. 
Slowly, features are added - sand, 
water, moving barriers - that make 
the shots more tricky and the hole- 
in-one less likely. 

Fails of each screen get hidden 
under bridges, or connected via 
teleport pads that move your ball 
instantaneously from one place to 
the next. 

The skill with which each new 
obstacle is introduced in ihe tuto- 
rial is finely judged. Towards the 
end, each new hole generates a 
feeling of "But that’s impossible!'’, 


HnWn-Qm? 
£24 M'? 
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Overall - 81 % 


followed by the pleasurable sensa- 
tion of spotting a shot that might 
just work. 

There are lots of courses, each 
with a theme illustrated by pic- 
tures and the appropriate 



OK. Now far a quick swipe around Milton Keynes... 


fiendishly testing gadgets littering 
the holes. The game comes with 
two course discs - the simple ones 
are merely designed to be tricky, 
the complex ones start to fiddle 
with the laws of gravity, logic and 


eventually your sanity. But each 
new torture is solvable. 

This, combined with the very 
simple user interface, makes Hole- 
In-One a paragon of addiction. 

Rupert Goodwins 



S O, after another swift telling 
off, Keef was pushed out of 
the town to survive the perils of the 
jungle. Realising that he was new 
to this civilisation, he studied some 
of his many notes strewn through- 
out his clolhing. and remembered 
the history of the Tri-City and Tel 
Mercon. 

Many centuries ago, a man with- 
out power or influence rose to 
become Emperor Nobody knows 
quite how. Telloc was his name. 

Telloc was more egotistical than 
Duncan Evans, loved himself more 
than Green, and showed it by plas- 
tering bis name on all and sundry. 
A city was built called Tel Mercon. 

After a prophet predicted his 
future, Telloc bad a fortress built and 
named it Te! Hande, He locked him- 
self away for many years and forgot 
about the welfare of his people. 

Tel Mercon began to look 
strangely like the streets of London, 
with peasants begging on the road- 


side, living in dark corners and 
alleys. The rich staved wealthy and 
the poor grew poorer. 

Enough was enough, Grouping 
together, the street bound and 
homeless revolted. They lay siege 
on Telloc’s fortress, while the man 
himself was locked inside chanting 
spells he believed would save him 
from the prophet's prediction, But 
a single word out of place caused 
Telloc lo disappear in a puff of 
sickly smelling green smoke. 

The city rose from the gutter and 
was renamed Same Mercon, The 
Jewelled City. 

Releasing the notes from his 
grasp, Keef looked around this 
foreboding place. Survive he must, 
because at Least one elder from his 
old town had 5U gold pieces riding 
on him. 

Keef The Thief is another game 
in the long line of point and click 
adventures. 

Keef begins in the jungle dose 
lo the city of Same Mercon, where 




Tv get it) the treasury you must tickie She. princess 's fancy 


Overall - 89% 


ho can talk to many people and 
steal from many huuses. But Same 
Mercon has a great police force 
which patrols most streets and has 
an incredible knack for catching 
low-lifes like you. 

The objective of the game is to 
break into the city's treasury and 
steal a most valuable ancient arte- 
fact. But the treasure is periodi- 
cally moved around a maze - 
pinching it is not as easy as it at 
first seems, 

There are a few busty women in 
the game, all of them quite tempt- 
ing for a young thief like yourself. 

I had no luck chatting them up. 
But then I'm ugly. 

The game is certainly a chal- 
lenge, especially creeping into- 
empty houses and walking out with 
the buoty without getting caught. I 
still haven’t got the hang of combat 
and rarely survive an attack. 

I enjoyed Keef The Thief, but 
can see that my days as a tea-leaf 
are numbered. 

Andrew Banner 

February 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING 41 









■ GAMES 


E LGIN sat in his agent's office. 

She wasn't a very good agent. 
Most of the scripts on her desk 
ended with the main player getting 
killed. 

"Besides,'' she told Elgin in an 
Annabel Giles cut-glass accent, 
"there aren'L very many parts for 
marbles in modern computer 
games. They are passe", 

He wouldn't have minded, hut 
ever since he put on the boot pol- 
ish for a roll-on part in Marble 
Madness as one of the evil spheres 
which try to knock you off, he had 
been nut of work. 

Elgin felt rejected and rolled out 
of the office knocking over the 
remains of a flower pot which had 
been hacked to death by some 
Ninjas earlier that day. 

Oul in the street he met Busier, a 
friend who worked as an explosion 
sprite in shoot- 'em-ups. Buster was 
on his way la audition at the 
fledgeling Sphinx software house. 


A roll on part 


"Tag along", he said, 

The Sphinx office smelt of 
reformed pirates, people who 
didn’l shy away from composing 
unbelievably dull electropup 
durges on dodgey copies of 
Sound tracker. Buster went into the 
office to he cast in Thvrid. which 
Sphinx billed as Come Save Thyras 
- beat The Guardians of the 
Elements. 

Lying on the coffee table undor- 
neaih a copy of Play sprite 
Magazine, Elgin found a dog-eared 
script. Magic Marble. The plot 
looked thin. Something about a 
marble called Marvin travelling 
across three lands made of small 
tiles to save the planet Marble Blue. 
Yuk, thought Elgin. And he was 
right. 

But the action sounded Dk. Lots 
of stunts, transforming into a man, 
walking on the thin ice, bouncing 
off minor type devices, lurning hot 
to melt the ice. becoming inde- 


structible or suddenly being able lo 
fly. 

The maze scenes sounded 
tedious, hut jumping ramps was 
dead exciting. Perhaps Elgin could 
get a job as a stand-in stuntmarble. 

Not exactly a high budget pro- 


duction, but good at combining the 
skills of learning a map and some 
adroit movements to get through 
the three acts. Well crafted so that 
the skills picked up in the first act 
are necessary to get anywhere in 
the second. 


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name conjures up a cheap he 
Chinese hell brew, the kind of elec- ro 
trie soup which is bought with l dr; 
multiples of "the price of a cup of 
tea' 1 . Nothing could be further from > he 
the truth. sit 

It's about Dragons, end we're not su 
talking about the only computer in ss. 
the world with a processor so slow of 
that you can hear every tick. No, ot 
we're talking napalm breath here. de 

The first thing you notice about 
Dragon Spirit is thal it’s in the start- a I 
dard Tengen Atrocious Plastic Box, m 

the one that kills all known instruc- gr 
lions dead. Y 

The second thing you notice is Sc 

that the loader makes the drive 
sound like an elephant after a night ds 

on the beans, th 

Disc protection is a necessary i fc 

evil, but when it tries to bend I di 

Amy's drive in the noisiest way { it 
possible, the evil surely is unncces- a; 

sary. 

Basically, some dumb princess y 

has got kidnapped by some lowlife, rr 

and it's Nerdhrain’s job to do the tf 

fetching. d 

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Dragon , the uictftevaJ equivalent of an F- 1 ft 


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Overall - 69% 


Bright the Steel} 1 burst out of the 
Boss's office in a cloud of cigar 
smoke, shouting: "I'm not working 
for you if you insist on having 
some metallic tart on the high 
score screen’ 1 . 

He did a double backflip lo 
make the point, not realising that 
this doesn’t look very impressive 
when you are spherical. 

"Don’t worry", boomed a voice 
from the dark. “We’ll find another 
marble to play the lead. Take your 
O.fl per cent carbon and stick it 
where the election gun don’1 
shine,” 

This was his chance. Elgin 
walked into the office,., 

Simon Rothman 



he very 
a cheap 
of dec- 
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a cup of 
her from 

re 're not 
j niter in 
so slow 
ick. No, 


you that you’re a dragon. “Here," 
he says. “Eat these dubious mush- 
rooms. Incidentally, you're a 
dragon now", 

So off you fly to kick some 
heads Well, give them a thorough 
singeing at least. And while the 
subject of heads is still within its 
sell -bv date, you start off with three 
rtf them, each capable of biatting 
nut air-to-air and air-to-ground 


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destruction, 

As you flap your dismal way 
along the narrow river valley - 
made all the narrower by the pro- 
grammers - you realise that it’s 
YABS - Yet Another Boring 
Scroller. 

Where a scroll would be 
described as smooth on the other 
thing, in Amiga terms this one is 
found wanting in the rapidity 
department. It’s way loo slow. Anil 
it gets even slower as more things 
appear. 

Everything that could cause a 
young dragon harm wobbles in a 
most alarming way, and indeed 
this is the only reliable method of 
determining hostile intent. 

The automatic rapid fire is use- 


ful, considering the game would be 
impossible without it. Unfortu- 
nately it sounds exactly like a very 
slow marine diesel engine and 
soon begins to grate, 

Later moments of the game 
include exploding phoenixes and 
the brilliant ruse of recolouring the 
alligators used in the first level to 
look like fire salamanders, 

In playability trials belween 
Dragon Spirit and a dead crab. 9 
out of 10 game players preferred 
the Latter. The two dear advantages 
of dead crabs are that they're edible 
and they don’t try to dismember 
the disc drive. 

Stewart C. Russell 


PfTigrJfl .S/hril 
£19,199 


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Gameplay 

Value 


Overall - 49% 



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It's Denim's No it's not. if? fl-7Vpe. No its not, rl’s... 


I T starts well. Like all Hewson 
games, Slayer has a short, 
inconsequential plot, which owes 
more to the Cliche School of 
Popular Prose than to any amount 
of imagination. 

] mean, it lakes a fairly wild 
blurt of imagination to think that 
some contiguous luminous phos- 
phor dots portray the elegant form 
of a craft capable of flying the vast 
distances between stars, visiting 
interesting planets and knocking 
the Reginald Maudling out of them 
on arrival, It does, believe me. 

Whinge numero uno: The load- 
ing screen, rather than depicting 
the heroic although not altogether 
sane descent of a space fighter into 
some enemy ground station, looks 
for all the world like a early sixties 
jet fighter attempting to lance a 
boil. 

Another fairly major downer is 
the huge great grey advert for 
FAST. Now I happen tD like FAST, 
hut this load of text is just crying 
out for some oik of a cracker lo put 
in a pseudo-witticism about how 
they think that FAST aren't that 
great, 

Right, now for the game. Take 
Scramble, multiply by Zynaps and 
divide by Denaris, and you have 
Slayer, give or take several orders 
of magnitude. 

Basically, it's a fly along the tun- 
nel shooting the assorted colours of 
18th-19th century British politi- 
cians out of anything you should 
happen upon. At the end of the 
level there is a big thing that will 
huff and will puff and will make 
you implode somewhat messily. 
Not merely is the scenery 
deadly, it gels very close together at 


times. It’s much closer together 
than it should by rights be, said he 
engaging Incensed Reviewer Tone 
(which is nothing to do with 
Spiritual Sky Sandalwood) because 
we’re being short changed by 56 
lines again! That makes me so 
angry I could eat what’s left of the 
ozone layer and still manage a cou- 
ple of tins of beans for afters. 

Many games have been 
described as addictive; Slaver is 
contagious. It should be locked up 
as far away from anything remotely 
computerised and left there to die. 

The sound is nothing special, 
the graphics arc equally zero-rated 
and the game play is elsewhere {in 
a negative sense). 

If you're into awesome gross ed- 
out pestilence. Slayer could just be 
your mainest groove thing, And if 
the rest of you are thinking that the 
earlier reference to British politi- 
cians of a bygone age was purely 
because we reviewers get paid 
mostly by the word, you could not 
be further from the truth. 

It was, in fact, an ingenious 
descriptive link. Yes. Slayer, is the 
Pitts. 

Stewart C, Russell 


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XENOPHOBE 

Two heads is better than one 



Oh no, I'm gfmno get eo/en alive! 


T HE earth, which we all know 
and love and waste vast quan- 
tities of paper on talking about try- 
ing to save, is in a bit of a mess. 
And it's not realty its fault either, 
because external forces am causing 
the problem, 

First it was the Martian virus, 
then it was the satellites vanishing, 
and now mast of the orbiting space 
stations have gone quiet. 

From some preliminary scan- 
ning it seems that the Xenos have 
taken over al! the bases, killing the 
crews. 

These Xenos are repulsive. Mol 
merely are they less than pretty, 
but they'll do anything in their 
power to get rid of anyone who is 
trying to gel rid of them. A mot lev 


Get ouWo my way or you' re wallpaper 


crew of mercenaries, old soldiers 
and psychopaths has been formed 
to remove the menace, but onlv 
two members of the team can he on 
a base at any one time. 

This means that two players can 
play simultaneously, each using 
half of a split screen. 

There are five types of Xenos, all 
of them less than pleasant, all of 
them the same traditional shade of 
green. They each cause a health 
drain to your character, but most of 
them can be got rid of with one sort 
of weapon or an Other- 

Different weapons and useful 
items are scattered about on the 
floor. Some am needed to get past 
security systems, which have gone 
a little doolally with the alien inva- 


sion. There isn't any real variety in 
a game like Xenophobe, 

Every mission looks roughly the 
same and there aren't any inter- 
ludes where you might be able to 
have a slight rest or gain extra 
bonus points. 

Basically, from start to finish it 
is one of the most frantic blasting 
games ever to appear in the 
arcades. There is never any time to 
think what you're doing and even- 
tually the whale thing becomes 
automatic. There isn't the time to 
get bored - there's too much Ld do 
- but the competitive and coopera- 
tive element in two-player mode is 
frequently the only thing that 
keeps a game going. 

Xenophobe does try, however, 


There’s something kind of cute 
about the Xenos. The whole thing 
seems to have the menace of a 
marauding gerbil. 

Animation is simple, but 
smooth. There's a carlo on y air In 
the game. But everything's a hit 
small. Not merely is there a fairlv 
large and admittedly well done 
Xenophoba banner at the tup of the 
screen, but the bottom bit of the 
screen isn't used at all, so each 
player is stuck with a long strip 
about BO pixels high. 

In a one- pi aver game the lower 
strip is blank, so only about a third 
of the screen is used. Mind you, 
the graphics are too well done for 
this to be YASTP. 

The tunes are good. MicroStyle 
includes a tape of the real arcade 
machine's sound, and they're 
pretty close. 

What does worry me, though, is 
the statement that Xcnophobe 
embodies all that is best in 
MicroStyle games. If this is true, 
we could be Looking for some quite 
gifted Ordinariness. 

Fairly good, but cigar wise it's 
out of the running, 

Stewart C, Russell 


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S O there 1 was, reading the 
instructions to Dragonscape 
on the bus, and I'd just got to the 
section where it said there is a loud 
bang and a flash and you find your- 
self transported to the magical land 
of Tiivania, when, what do you 
know, there was a loud hang and a 
flash, 

[ looked eagerly out of the win- 
dow, strapping on my mighty cod- 
piece, shiny mithrii armour and 
trusty nine-engraven quartersiaff. 

Where was the mysterious land 
of magic and heretical conquest? To 
my disappointment E saw that the 
bus had blown a tyre, the mithrii 
was really my sandwiches 
wrapped in bacofoii and the rune- 
engraved quarterstafJ was the walk- 
ing stick of the old geezer sat next 
to me, 

I got off the bus in complete dis- 
gust, reading the rest of the instruc- 
tions and muttering, 'Who writes 
this rubbish? 1 

[ mean,, the next section went on 
about how you mounted this 
dragon called Garvan, who appar- 
ently didn't complain at all, and 
went off in search of the eight arte- 
facts of Tuvan ia, How ridiculous, 1 
thought, looking around me, 

How many dragons do you see 
in Amos Grove? 1 mean, you can go 
for days without seeing a human, 
never mind a dragon, 

By the Lime E got home I'd 
sussed out that you were supposed 
to fly around on this dragon's hack, 
collecting artefacts one at a time 
and depositing them on top of an 
associated icon. Da this with all. 
eight and you were magically 
transported to the next dimension, 
there being four dimensions in ail. 
Comp fete them all and the lend is 
saved and you can re- format your 
disc or sell it to Dodgy Darren 
down the market, 

Hmmm, despite initial scepti- 
cism, I was ready to experience the 
world of Dragons cape, ] was ready 
to mount that dragon, to collect 
artefacts and torch any one that put 
his ugly face anywhere near my 
dragon's snout, 

I connected the alcohol drip, sat 
in the specially moulded chair, slid 
the disc into the drive, and bel- 
lowed, “Hit me!" My brother 
promptly thwacked me across the 
pate with a meat tenderer. 

And there I was, floating along 
on a dragon torching any sucker 


(lotting in the spirit 


that got fresh, while figuring duI 
which object went with what. 

The shining mithrii armour was 
there again, but hang on a minute. I 
thought we were supposed to be 
scouring a medieval landscape, a 
fantasy land. 

What's the first dimension? A 
printed circuit hoard, with radios, 
batteries, satellite dishes and 
bombs as the artefacts and match- 
ing icons, Erm, erm, something 
isn't quite right here. 

Still it's not that hard as long as 
you keep refreshing your dragon 
spirit by running over the P icon 
that floats around. 

Aha, the next dimension is more 
like it. Invisible traps that stop the 
dragon in its tracks, ugly alien type 
things, proper artefacts, and a nice 
blasted wasteland for scenery. 

If the first dimension was very 
straightforward, just time consum- 
ing. this one was downright 
unfriendly. There ware people and 
monsters and strange blue things 
shooting at me. 

And umph!, who pul that force 
field there, just as a horde of blob- 


bos were swarming. Aaaarrgghh 

Later I regained consciousness, 
the drip hanging loosely by the 
chair, contents exhausted. Was it 
all a figment of my computer? I 
checked the ha cofoil and deemed 
that it was. But it was a reasonably 
satisfying experience I thought. 
Maybe. I’ll try it again. 

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A gunner’s dream 


HERE docs Second World 
War mania come from? 
There are far too many simulations 
of aerial combat around, and 
Lancaster is yet another. What is 
wrong with the distant past or the 
future? Couldn't the format of 
Theatre Europe he built on? 

After a black and white loading 
screen, coupled with loud and 
nasty stereo sound, a menu screen 
with about 20 buttons and a wob- 
bly pointer appears. The buttons 
select everything from cheat and 
demonstration modes to the time of 
day and whether barrage balloons 
are present nr not. 

With this negotiated, you pick 
one of three pilots, watch the flight 
crew enter the plane outside the 
hangar and bang the hatch shut, 
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hangar, then watch it take off along 
a green runw r ay. 

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South East England, then to one of 
France or Germany, with the 
plane's progress and the target 
marked. 

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an attack is about to take place. 
Messages flash on screen. You are 
given a view out of the tail gun- 
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sight, the little arrows with AIM 
marked on them painting to the 
barrage balloons leave you in no 
doubt as to in which direction your 
bullets would be best fired. 

After many ambushes you 
switch to a view of your target from 
above and get the chance to drop 
the most destructive bombs ever - 
when one hits a building, it van- 
ishes without a trace. 

You then struggle back home, 
avoiding more ambushes, if you are 
hit, the plane slides gracefully to 
the ground, bursts into flames and 
your pilot records are displayed 
with "File closed". 

Graphics are of variable quality. 
On the menu and introductory 
screens they are very detailed. On 
some of the take-off and landing 
screens - especially the view from 
above of the sight to be bombed - 
the graphics are solid and 
extremely blocky. 

In one case you are whisked 
from a hires view of the plane 
with propellers spinning into lo- 
res where there are no propellers to 
be seen. 

The combat screens are a mix- 
ture of detailed control panel and 






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Mother uml they dmp the bomb? 


Those three planes top left are pur lives. You can shoot them down if you wont 


A/1 together now; Who do you think yon ore kidding Mr Hif/er... 


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Overall - 53% 


blocky view with some of the 
graphics looking like products of a 
modelling package. Enemy planes 
trail smoke and spiral realistically 
before plunging to earth. Complete 
chaos is simulated well. 

The sound effects are poor. The 
voice is very bard to make out. 
Other effects are nothing special. 

Despite these reservations, the 
hackneyed subject matter and the 
mistakes. Lancaster is a pretty good 
example of its type. 

Based on the missions of the 
famous bomber plane, it is in the 
usual Amiga Epic format - combat 
scenes linked via much groaning 
from the disc drive with pretty 
graphics and animation, colourful 
maps, menus and fanfares. 

It is not a bad game. At least the 
authors are honest enough to point 
out where the simulation departs 
from complete historical accuracy. 

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February 1390 A MFC A COMPUTING St 















Fiji 1 ) (/ip other one, it's got bells on 

coloured keys will grant access to 
locked chambers bv way of the 
lifts, driven by a mysterious and 
ancient power source. 

The enormity of my task over- 
whelms me, Even an immortal one 
as myself is temporarily stunned as 
the size of my mission is revealed. 
How many more chambers have 
been encased in this giant sand- 
stone sarcophagus? How many 
eons will it take to fully explore 
this dark, stone underworld? 

But now my memory plays 
tricks on me. Is this a previous 
reincarnation? Have i been called 
Roland in the Caves in an earlier 
life? No, the memory passes and 
fades into oblivion as the haunting 
music engulfs me,.. 

fohn Kennedy 


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EYE OF HORUS 

Discover the secret of the pyramid 


S didn't know you had dandruff. I don't I use... 


B EHOLD! The Tomb of the 
Unknown King reaches up, 
yes, lowering up even on to the 
heavens. The tomb stands silhouet- 
ted against the selling sun, flanked 
only by palm trees belli in homage. 

You can almost hear the waver- 
ing strains of Wish You Were Hera 
drifting across the mighty, turgid 
Nile, swollen with the tears of the 
damned. 

I, Horus, son of Osiris the King 
of Life, bid you welcome and trust 
you can aid me in my quest. Many 
thousands of souls are crying out 
in torment, awaiting release from, 
their underground prison. The evil 
god Set, embodiment of darkness 
and general bad egg, hath scattered 
the dead King's body unlo the far 
corners of the huge lamb. 

I am bound to gather (hem unto 
themselves and make them whole 
once more. When 1 have achieved 
this task. Osiris will grant me great 
strength and that dog-breath Set 
will be banished to eternity, for- 
ever. 

Having a godly aspect, 1 can 
assume the form of a hawk In fly 
between the chambers of the tomb 
in search of the dismembered 
parts, But curse that snake-loving 
Set! He hath cast a spell upon the 
hieroglyphs that bedeck the walls 
of the chambers. They swarm 
around in the form of many small 
animated sprites, sapping my life 
force and inconveniencing me 
something terrible. 

Thank mother Isis for the many 
amulets scattered around the tomb, 
frequent as the morning dew, The 
magic contained in these charms 
will help me greatly, providing 
great strength and mysterious com- 
panions. The many rainbow 





Hiro today, gone tomorrow 




E VIL lizard things are swarm- 
ing all over the place. There's 
only one way In stop them and 
there is only one man for the job. 
Hiro. 

Collect the 16 pieces of the 
ancient fi rah lade and you can be a 
real hiro, sorry hero. Avenge the 
death of the other Bladeknights 
and save the undercitv from 
Havok's reign of liavok. Might as 
well, there donT seem to be many 
pubs ahout. 

The whole game is done in the 
style of those terrible new Japanese 
cartoons that you rnighl catch a 
glimpse of if you wake up too early 
on a Saturday morning. You know 
I he sort of thing, with robots ihat 
turn from Cappucinno makers into 
ICBM's in the flash of a screen 
refresh. 

in the tradition of the 
Bladeknights, Hiro has had bits of 
his body chopped off and replaced 
with velly reriabie cybernetics. 

Exploring the undercity where 
the required blade bits are to be 
found is made harder by the fact 
that the screen only displays places 
already visited. This means many 
passages hove to he actively 
searched for behind the boxes and 
tuhes that litter the underground 
alleyways, which lends itself more 
to an adventuring feel than arcade 
blasting action, 

The only real arcade elements 
are the bipod alligator things that 
have to be despatched incessantly. 

Despite having cybernetic limbs, 
Hiro hasn't got much in the way of 


,S stiff hh hu/e 
LT9.il 11 

(irem/in (Itvpbics 



Overall - 79% 


arms. He starts of with bare fists 
and feet, which are effective only 
against the hedgehogs and minor 
bcasties on the first level. 

You will need to pick up some 
more advanced weaponry, widely 
available by punching open certain 
rocks or by taking a quick sortie I 
behind the packing crates. Various 
devices will bo uncovered which J 
may look painful, but they suit 
Hiro fine. 

The philosophy is never to take 
anything at face value. That might 
not be a solid brick wall over there. I 
That might not be a vicious alien 
advancing to savage you - he might j 
want to throw fireballs at you first. 

Graphics are smooth and well I 
animated, 1 hough not overly imagi- 
native, The shadow effects in the 
lower digestive tracts of the earth 
are nice, as are the occasionally , 
flickering lights. 

Addictive, if not state of the art, if 
and enough puzzledom to last a 
good while. 

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O NCE upon a time there was the 
typewriter, Press the buttons 
and the letters appeared on paper. 

Most word processors are like that. 

Even with the addition of spelling 
checkers and other magic, they are 
still typewriters under the skin. 

Lately, with the advent of desktop 
publishing, graphics have become part 
of some word processors. But there's 
been little to stretch the parts of the 
Amiga that other computers cannot 
reach. 

Pen Pal is an attempt to change ail 
that. It's an Amiga-only word 
processor, but instead of conforming 
to the word processing rules it takes 
the features and potential of the 
machine to provide one of the most 
innovative and well thought out user 
interfaces to be found on any program 
on any computer. 

As well as normal word processing 
functions, it also crams in simple 
drawing, graphics and database 
features. There's a lot to it. 

Starting it up gives little indication 
of the depth of the program. At first it 
looks like any of umpteen packages - 
tools down the left hand side, menus 
along the top, scroll bars surrounding 
3 large, blank area where your text 
will shortly appear. Nothing 
spectacular, except that it uses a PAL 
screen. 

It's when you move the mouse 
around that things start to pop. As your 
strangely bent pointer glides over tools 
or areas, a box appears giving the name 
of the option beneath. A few minutes 
playing with tho first window proves 
that Pen Pal uses Intuition - fronl-to- 
back and resizing hehave exactly as 
they should. Any remotely experienced 
Amiga owner will feel at home. 

Text appears in 11 point Topaz, the 
default font we're all used to. 
Everything oil screen reflects exactly 
what will appear in the final 
document - the infamous wysiwig - 
and selecting a new font or a new style 
produces precisely the expected effect, 
Font selection is particularly clever in 
that it allows you to choose ihe size 
first and then the font to fit, 

Pen Pal can import, and 
subsequently print, any IFF picture, 
including HAM ones. It handles them 
in the usual manner of letting you 
draw a hox into which pictures can be 
placed. It’s happy to let you force the 
graphic to fit the space, or just do a 
best fit without distorting the 
proportions of the picture. 

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Rupert Goodwins wants 
to be a paperback 
writer and wonders if 
Pen Pal is all he needs 


anything I wanted to do just fell to 
hand without my having to go off and 
look up whether it was possible. 

Pictures are displayed in eight 
colours. Pen Pal makes an attempt to 
map others, but with HAM stuff it 
merely show's a black blob. Graphics 
can be grouped together, locked into 
place and have text flowed around 
them. 

Whatever mishandling the picture 
suffers, Pen Pal stores the original 
internally and uses the resolution and 
palette it knows about to give the best 
possible results on printing. 

With the Forms Fill In option you 
can use the drawing tools to create a 
form, and the computer will then 
refuse to let you type in text anywhere 
but in the permitted fields. 

The graphics tools arrayed down the 
screen are simple. Line drawing and 


box creation, with some fill options, 
will produce most of the layout tricks 
you’ll see in professional publications, 
If you want more than that, draw 
whatever it is in your favourite paint 
program and import it. Things created 
with the Pen Pal facilities can be 
resized, moved around and adjusted 
ad infinitum. 

The spcil checker has some 100.000 
words - all of them American. 
Although it works well enough, I got 
confused by the options. I told it to 
start spell checking from the top of the 
document but it started from the 
current position of the cursor and 
worked its way up. 

And the program doesn't 
understand ram discs. It always thinks 
that the ram disc is completely full 
and can’t accept any more. 

But the help system is a real winner. 
Its got lots of text on most features, 
arranged so that it’s as easy to browse 
through by clicking on entries as it is 


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to find a given feature. 

The text is a model of clear, concise, 
relevant information. It is not 
necessary to refer to the manual for 90 
per cent of queries. Given that Pen Pai 
isn’t copy protected, this is a 
courageous move, and one that f 
warmly appreciated. 

To save space on the master disc the 
printer drivers are held on the second 
disc and a small program is provided 
to copy just the one you want, Painful, 
since you have to type the name of the 
driver exactly, and printer drivers tend 
to be more incomprehensible than a 
Polish street map. 


That done. Pen Pal itself knows how 
to read the installed driver and uses 
that data to set up various things 
inside itself to do with graphics 
printing et al. It will either print full 
wysiwig or use the printer’s own fonts 
to speed up pure text output. When 
doing Amiga fonts it takes about four 
seconds per line of text on my 80 cps 
Epson-compatible dot matrix printer. 

I immediately felt at home with this 
program. Other things worked well - 
hard drive installation on an A590 
was easy and the various hotkeys are 
well chosen. 

There are downsides. One is speed. 


Data basics 


P EN PAL'S database is interest- 
ing. It is really a list manager 
rather than a full-blown database. It 
accepts information in various 
formats, can sort It. merge it with your 
text, print it out in label format, add 
up figures - all of the things that a 
computer really ought to be able to do. 

Defining a database takes place in a 
standard Amiga requester with lots of 
fields to chose from. Data can be text, 
numbers, currency (Pen Pal helpfully 
supplies a dollar sign), dates, times... 
there are even picture and sound 
types. 

These are there partially to 
maintain compatibility with an earlier 
database written by the same people 
and partially because future Pen Pals 
will be able to display pictures in the 


database. Neither Field type does 
anything at the moment. 

The definition process creates a list 
of fields into which you can type your 
data. Once you’ve entered it, you can 
order everything alphabetically, by 
date, or by any other field. 

This done, you can create what Pen 
Pal calls a View, This is a particular 
set of things you'd like doing to the 
database - sort in a certain way, 
prepare the data in columns - and 
you can have more than one View per 
database, so you can display or use 
the data in various different ways 
with minimum effort once you've set 
up the details. 

It's simple and vary fast. A 100 item 
database can be searched or ordered 
in a couple of seconds. 


In common with many wysiwig 
editors, Pen Pal can be diabolically 
slow when doing largo, on-screen text 
operations. Three seconds to paste a 
30 word chunk into a 200 word 
paragraph. 

The worst problem I encountered 
was while testing its large document 
capabilities. 1 tried to feed it a 30,000 
word Ascii file, some 1 70k. After 10 
minutes of flashing its very pretty 
Please Wait icon at me, it died. 

Now, I wouldn't have minded had it 
taken one look at the document and 
told me to go away and find 
something smaller. I wouldn't have 
minded as much if it had chuntered 
away for a while and then said “Burp 
- I’m full” and let me recover. But on a 
multi-tasking machine it's not the 
done thing to gracelessly collapse. 

Because I lend to write plain text, 
and lots of it, it’s not going to be my 
personal favourite word processor, 
mostly because of its lack of speed. 

I'd recommend it, though, to anyone 
who wants a fully-featured Amiga 
word processor to write small to 
medium documents, do simple 
newsletters or just the normal, 
domestic writing that the Amiga 
should excel at. Pen Pal makes all 
these things fun. It's nearest rival is 
Kind Words which although half the 
price doesn't have the database 
features, nor the ability to use HAM 
pictures or standard Amiga fonts. 


KURORT CARD 


Pen Pal 

Brown-Wagh/Data Liberation 
I Ml 83 1 405600 
£129.95 


minium 


EASE OF USE.,,, 

Correct use of Amiga menus and 
requesters helped by intelligent design 
and cm install program. 


SPEED 

Wysiwyg needs processor power, and 
even helped by the blitter, mixing fonts 
with colour graphics is slow. Printing 
speed and quality are helped by using 
the printer's own fonts. 




VALUE 

For a database and wp this isn 't too 
steep, but £130 less discounts is a lot to 
shell out in one go. 


OVERALL 


78%, 


A good product, which is well written 
and deserves to do well, hut will 
probably suffer because of the price. 




February 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING 55 








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Trip-a-Tron 


W ELCOME my son, we leu mo 
to the Trip-a-Tron, It is with 
this name, thal seems tu pay homage 
to a hippie's favourite pastime and an 
obscure early synth favoured by 
certain psychedelic groups, that 
cultural guru to the enlightened, |eff 
Minter. has deemed to bless his latest 
venture into light synthesisers. 

It all started on the humble 64 with 
Psychedelia, which returned in cut 
down form in Battalyx, his concept 
compendium. Then, in a fit of 
madness perhaps, he transferred his 
attention to various shades of Atari 
and produced Colourspace. Driven on 
by little voices in his head, or perhaps 
his ashtray, he has finally produced 
Trip-a-Tron for the Amiga. 

The less hip and with it of you may 
he wondering what all this light 
synthesis is about, Well, without 
getting too uncord and heavy, it is just 
like a music synth except instead of 
sonics you will he painting real-time 
swirling universes of pixels which 
expand and metaniorphosise and 
decay throughout a multi-verse like a 
million bright ambassadors of 
morning. Got it? Good. 

Now that that's settled, the show 
must go on. The first thing it is 
advisable to do when corning into 
possession of Trip is to make a really 
strong cup of tea, pull up heanhag and 
study the manual very carefully, ThU 
is actually quite a pleasant experience, 
since it is entertaining and informative 
al the same time, simultaneously even. 

T HIS cunning little volume 
comes in the form of an 
all rac live filofax style bundle, the only 
regret being that it doesn't have an 
afghan cover. Many questions relating 
to possible stumbling points are 
answered early on like why it is called 
a light- synth and not a light-ukulele. 
Tricky one that. 

Dudes who recall earlier versions 
will he pleased to learn that you don't 
have to get ton far into it just to have a 
good time - just load up the demo 
files and have a play with the mouse. 
Pressing a button does something and 
moving the mouse does other things 


for 

light 

relief 

Nic Veitch floats down 
through the clouds to 
spill a saucerful of 

sequences 

and everything is green and 
submarine. This is fine, but a new 
world unfolds for people who take 
their freak-out weirdo stuff seriously, 
The Foundation llama,,, sorry, stone 


for all this is the language KML [yes 
the name does have a strange sound to 
it). KML is a cunning piece of mental 
engineering that allows you to 
program in your own effects. 

It is, obviously, specially written for 
this sort of application and has many 
advanced brain-disintegrating features 
and commands. Up to eight programs 
may be run simultaneously by 
pressing corresponding (and 
programmable) keys during the 
performance phase. 

The program can integrate anti run 
effects and graphics designed with the 
other modules in the package, so in 
effect you can create a whole show 
which runs itself at the touch of a 
button, 

T HE programming environment 
is not state of the art wimp stuff, 
but is quite friendly and simple and 
displayed in a very legible font, which 
is the most important thing. Lino-entry 
syntax checking should remove most 
potential bugs. 

A sequencer module allows you to 
pre-program effects to occur at exact 
instances in a defined sequence. This 
supports both real-time recording and 



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Hippy hippy shake 


editing functions* allowing highly 
complicated combination of effects to 
be produced. You pick the place and 
then chose the time and it does its 
thing in Its own way. 

Starfields a la Star Trek, are 
available with controls for adjusting 
everything from trace length to 
angular velocity. Set the controls for 
the heart of the sun! 

The silly scope is the realm of 
waveforms, both default and user 
defined. They are used to control the 
laser-like effects you will see roaming 
around the demo. 

It is hard to categorise something 
like Trip and therefore hard to 
measure it against anything 
meaningfully. It is out front in a field 
of which it is the sole inhabitant. 

You don't have to spend hours 
pouring over the manual, you can 
certainly have as much fun with it as 
you would with Colourspace by just 
using the default settings and ignoring 
KML, but just as musicians love Midi 
and programmable synths, light artists 
will find more scope for expression 
with a programmable light synth. 

In entertainment terms it is certainly 
worth more than its weight in tropical 
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VSffQ is a ( fairly ) normal sort of 
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bat it can take a while. 

Thoughtfully a graphic is included 
to tell you approximately how long 
the process is going to take by way of 
giving you little messages like "Go 
make some tea " or "Go to the 


boozer " or as in the case of something 
adventurous / fried recently. "HIP". 

Finished frames are once again 
called by a KML macro. Since 
everything interacts in this way there 
is a nice feel of building something 
solid from the bottom up. The other 
colossal advantage of this is that it is 
not necessary' fo become intimately 
famiiiar with each module before 
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D EMO writers have a very bad 
reputation among ''real" 
programmers. They are accused of 
being OS destroyers, illegal coders and 
of perpetrating the worst of all 
possible Cl inics, lumping into the rom. 
This bad press is mainly due to the 
antics of obscure German coders and 
crackers — hackers is the wrong term 
to descrihe these people because they 
don't break into large computer 
systems, their only interest is in 
writing demos and, for some of them, 
removing protection from games and 
spreading these “cracks". 

Typically these crackers write a 
demo using the K-Seka assembler - 
because it is the most similar to the 
assemblers they used on the Q14. They 
will put In enough code so that it 
looks like it works and then bung it in 
the post next morning to ail their 
friends. 

There is nothing wrong in 
programming like this if you are just 
writing a demo for you and your 
friends. In most cases the authors of 
these demos do not expect them to 
end up in public domain libraries or 
reach the general public. 

The problems begin when these 
coders find lhai after writing a few 
demos it is quite easy lo write a game. 
But do they make sure that it works 
properly on all Amigas? No. 

It therefore seems an obvious thing 
for all coders to stick lo the rules, 
especially new coders. 

N OWADAYS the problem lies not 
in whether to obey the rules or 
not, but what the rules exactly are, If 
you take Commodore's words on the 
subject you might think that everything 
you do has to be done by using libraries 
and devices, not touching anything low 
level like the custom chips, 

Of course, Commodore does not 
mean this. What the boffins there 
point out Is that as the Amiga is a 
multi-tasking machine, if you don’t 
access it via the operating system the 
Amiga will not be able lo cope with 
handling all the differeni tasks - 
trying to lake over the screen, trying to 
read Ihe keyboard at the same time, 
trying to use any other aspect of the 
Amiga's input or output. 

In this respect using the operating 
system is the only way to program the 
Amiga. But that is only if multi- 
tasking is necessary for your program. 
If you try to make a game multi-task 


you will soon gel rather annoyed 
when it slows down or stops each 
time you put a disc in the drive or 
move the mouse. 

Commodore built two library 


section 

bii< r :ode c 

opt 


move, l 

4. u f &G 

Jsr -132U6) 

lea 

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dO 

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error 

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move, l 

Pscreen,dO 

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5U3P 

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suap 

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add pi 

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move, u 

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dOjpLIh 

move, l 

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add. L 


■OV«eH 

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»80l0jtdff09a 

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move. 1 

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functions for people who do not need 
to multi-task - ForbidO and Permit!). 
Fmrliid turns off multi-tasking, so any 
other tasks running are suspended, 
giving your program 100 per cent of 


; Written with Pevpac vZ.14. 

; Put into chip seiory. 

; No cm sensitivity, optimiie on 

; Set e nee base. 

; Turn off multi -Tasking. 


; Open graphics Library, 


; Store screen address in copper list. 
; That's pee ell zero elL, 


;‘Siie of one b 1 tp La ne . 

; Second bitplane (pee ell one ell). 


; Set op topper List, 


; Store workbench copper Hit. 
1 Use our copper list. 

; Enable Level 3 interrupt. 

; Store old level 3 Interrupt, 
; Use our interrupt. 


Test for Left nouse button. 
Halt if not pressed. 

Else return to workbench. 
Disable copper interrupt. 
Copper List. 


; CLose graphics Library, 


; Execbasc, 

; PenitO - restart luLti-tastlng 



* All ve have to do nou in our main program is vsit for the nouse button 

* to exit, AH the interesting stuff is done by the interrupt ve set up. 


GO AMIGA COMl’imNO Februnrv fSfff) 


the Amiga to play with. Permit!) turns 
multi-tasking bank on again for when 
you exit yuur demo back to CLL 
Once you have turned off multi- 
tasking it is perfectly safe to “hit the 


hardware”, assuming yuu do this in an 
orderly fashion and clear everything 
up before returning to AmigaDos. 

Whatever you are writing, a demo or 
a game, you have to follow a standard 


set of instructions to kill the system, 
set up your screen and everything else 
yotir demo needs. I have wTitten a file 
nailed RASE.S [Listing 1) which 1 use 
for the basis of ail my productions. 

It starts by opening the graphics 
library Although 1 do not use any 
graphics library functions in the 
program, I need the address of t he 
library to tell me where the 
workbench copper list is stored. 

I then have to create my copper list. 
The main problem with my copper list 
is that l do not know where my 
bitplanes are going to be in memory 
hecause AmigaDos will load this file 
into whatever chip memory it can find. 

Some less -experienced coders think 
that they can take a piece of memory, 
say at $70000, clear that and use it for 
their screen, regardless of whatever 
else may be there at the time. While 
that will work most of the time on a 
512k Kickstart 1.2 Amiga, it will 
generally fall down on any other 
system If you have anything else in 
memory before running, it probably 
won't be there much longer. 

Obviously this is not a very good 
idea, although I still keep corning 
across people who do it. 

What 1 do is to put zero into the 
hitplane addresses in the copper list - 
$c(J to Sefi in the example listing - 
work out the addresses of where my 
bitplanes are, and stick it into the 
copper list, MOVE.L #screen,dO gets 
the screen address, and then it is 
transferred into the relevant places in 
the copper list a word at a time. 

W TTH this method, nut only 

are you guaranteed not to rub 
over something that is already in 
memory, but it will work regardless of 
where it is in chip memory, 

The easiest and cleanest way of 
setting up a copper list is to put your 
list address into the Workbench 
copper list address pointer - part of 
the graphics, library structure. First 
you must save the current value of this 
pointer so it can be restored on exit, 
Gne odd command you may notice 
in my copper list is $9c.$801G. This 
generates a level 3 copper interrupt. 
What is a level 3 copper interrupt, I 
hear you ask? Well, it's funny you 
should ask because that’s what I'm 
going to talk about next. 

Anyone who has programmed 
inferior processors to the 68000 series 

► 


Jolyon Ralph addresses 
the problem of politely 
trashing the operating system 


of 

jumpers 


error: toveq ID, dO 
m 


; Exit routine. 


new: >ove*.l sO-d?/aD-a 6 ,-( sp) ; Save alt registers. 

and . v 4JTQ,Sdf fOle ; Cheek if it is capper interrupt, 

beq.s aut ; If net, skip this c ode. 

■cve.v fS 1 D,idf f D 9 c 

* This interrupt cade is celled ante every 50th second (an PH *aehines) 

* until the Left button is pressed end the interrupts are disabled. 


addq *1,toL0 
subq #2, coll 


; Change the foreground. 
; Change the background. 


out; save*. I Up)+,dQ-d7/aD-s6 ; Restart registers, 

* The following JSS instruction (*4if9) is altered by the beginning of 

* the progra*, This sort of self-aodifying cade is frowned upon by “real" 

* coders, but it doesn't ha L f work a lot easier than any other nethod. 



dc.w 

S4ef9 

„■ J S It instruction 

old; 

dc, l 

0 


oldcpr ■ 

dc. 1 

D 

; Workbench copper list 

newepr : 

dc.w 

Sl0fl,i220C,llQ?,JQ,11DHSo,*lDM,i!Qi,0 

J92,fJM0MdM6e,J2t6l,i9MZic1,let> 


dc.w 

pLOh: 

dc.w 

Me2 


plot: 

dc .v 

Me* 


pllh: 

dc .w 

D,le6 

Ml 60 


pill : 

dt.v 

; Foreground and 

colD 

dc .v 

Ml 82 
0 

} background colours. 

coll 

dc .v 



dc ,v 

$9c,Sl010 

; Call copper interrupt. 


dc .w 

Sf f ff ,Stf fe 

; End capper. 

gfxlib: 

dc .b 

"graphics .Library' 

\0 


even 



gf *bse ; 

dc . L 

a 


screen; 

deb.b 

1Q?40,mi0101D 

; Screen full of tines. 


deb.b 

10240,0 

; Screen blank. 


end 


; End of listing. 


yubrvun- t99a AMIGA <X)MPITi\G Hi 


PROGRAMMING ■ 


> 

- like the 6502, Z80 or R03Hfi - will 
surely have come across interrupt!* at 
one time or another. Basically, an 
interrupt stops the execution of 
whatever the processor is doing at the 
time and makes it go and run another 
routine before returning to carry on 
with what it was up to in the first 
place. 

What this means in practical terms 
is that the main program can just sit 
and wait for the left mouse button to 
be pressed while the interrupts go off 
and do all the clever work. 

T HE nice thing about interrupts 
is that they are called at regular 
time intervals, in this case every' 50th 
of a second, This means you can write 
a routine which moves a series of 
sprites, for example, around (he screen 
by one position. As the routine is 
called every Sfllh of a second it gives 
the illusion of smooth movement. 


You will find these interrupts 
referred to as "exceptions" in a lot of 
literature because Motorola decided to 
be different to the rest of the universe, 
which calls these things interrupts. As 
interrupts are interrupts whatever type 
of processor you are using, I will 
continue to call them interrupts. There 
is no need for companies to add to the 
list of computer jargon unnecessarily 
In Listing I you can sec how to set 
up the simplest type of interrupt, the 
level 3 copper one. 

The Amiga system uses level 3 
interrupts for all sorts of things. They 
are generated when a new disc is 
inserted, for example. Therefore we 
must be careful not to trash this 
interrupt and allow the system to 
carry on its necessary interrupts after 
our program has finished. 

This system interrupt routine is at a 
fixed routine in ram. I could tell you 
where this is, but as it changes from 
version to version of Kickstart, we will 
have to work out where it is instead. 
As it happens, it is very easy to find 


out w'here this routine is - you just 
read the contents of Sfic in memory. To 
set your own interrupt routine you 
have to write the address of your 
routine into Sfic and enable level 3 
copper interrupts. 

This is done by moving $8010 into 
SdffOUa (INTENA). From then on, any 
write of $8010 to SdffOOc [INTREQj. 
the interrupt request register, will 
cause the CPU to jump to the interrupt 
routine pointed to at address Stic, The 
copper move S9c,$8010 creates the 
desired effect. 

O UR interrupt routine begins 

with a MGVKM instruction that 
saves all the registers on the stack. It 
has interrupted the 68000 at an 
unknown point in our main program. 
OK. our main program is only two 
lines long this time, but it is a good 
idea to get into good habits and save 
all the registers at the beginning of an 

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interrupt. The next three lines deter- 
mine whether the interrupt has been 
generated by our copper list or not, 


well. 

If it is not a copper interrupt, then 
the interrupt is passed on to the 
original interrupt handler routine in 
rom. This is done by a direct jump at 
the end of the interrupt ruutine. 
However, this interrupt address is 
calculated by the program and will ho 
correct fur whatever version of 
Kickstarl you may care to use. 


changing the foreground and 
background colours by -2 and 1 
respectively every 50th of a second, 
hence the colourful effect. 

After our lines of interrupt code we 
jump into the level 3 ruutine in rom. 
just in case the rom routine does 
anything important, i don't think it 


does in Kickstart 1.2 or 1.3, but it 
doesn’t do any harm lu jump in 
anyway, and it may be necessary for 
future Kickstarts. 

Now we move hack to the main 
code and, assuming you have got 
bored of the Jeff Minter style colour 
changes and have squashed your 
mouse button, the program carefully 
shuts down ami rebuilds .Amiga Dos 
for you, 

F IRST we put our old level 3 
interrupt address - the rom 
address we read from $6c earlier - 
back into She. For good measure we 
then disable cupper interrupts, as we 
like to return things to the way we 
found them, 

Next we put our old copper list 
address hack into the Workbench 
copper list pointer. This re-enables the 
good old C LI screen. We close the 
graphics library wo opened earlier and 
re-enable multi-tasking with a 
Permit!), Now we are ready to return 


to CLI, The last thing to do is clear do 
- MGVEQ tfU.dQ is faster way to do il 
than CLR LdO, 

When a program exits to CLI, the 
value in d0 is returned as the error 
code. It is a good way to pass 
parameters back to the CLI, but we 
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with our demos. 

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• NEXT MONTH: Some special 
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sound anti graphics into your 
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because level 3 interrupts can be 
generated by other system functions as 


We then have space for our interrupt 
code. In this example we are just 



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/\ MIGABASJC works - and that 
* * is about all that can be said of 
it. It will do what you ask, but only if 
it really feels like it, and it will never 
do it nearly as fast as you'd like it to, 
ft's hardly surprising then, that a 
variety of other Basics have sprung up; 
compiled ones like HiSoft Basic 
Compiler and interpreted ones like 
GFA-Basic, which now has a separate 
compiler. But they aren'l cheap, so 
what the world in general has been 
waiting for is an extension library 
which gives ArnigaBasic what it 

Anyone who has 
played with 
ArnigaBasic for more 
than five minutes 
will know that it has 
a few bricks missing, 
Stewart C. Russell 
looks at a package 
which sets out to fill 
in the holes 


should have had all along, 

The waiting is now over. HiSoft, in 
conjunction with SunSmile Software 
in the States, has released Extend. 

This wondrous wad of longwords 
won’t actually make the daily running 
of ArnigaBasic any quicker - what it 
does is to allow the Basic programmer 
lull access tn Intuition without having 
to open every Amiga library' in rom 
and on disc. And this is a good thing. 

Extend is a disc-based library like 
Translator, library' and Disk font, library. 
You put in your Libs: directory. To use 
libraries ArnigaBasic needs to acoesii 
the relevant bmap file, and HiSoft 
provides the Extend.bmap file for this 
purpose. 

The usual problem with using 
library functions and routines from 
Basic is that they need oodles of code 
to get them working, Basic and C 
variable types are different, one tiny 
error in the protocol will result in a 
Guru. Relieve me, I know - [Ve been 
there. 

Extend vl.3 contains 50 functions 
and subprograms. The majority of 
them deal with menus, requesters and 
gadgets, while some others deal with 
fonts, IFF and scrolling. The latter 
might seem strange as ArnigaBasic 



does have a scroll command: 
unfortunately it is bugged. 

If you've ever tried loading and 
saving IFF screen images from Basic 
you will know how difficult, and 
above all, slow it can be. Extend's 
SaveTFF routine saves tho day. A 16 
colour med-res display can be saved to 
ram about 60 times faster than a Basic 
routine would. SavelFF also 
compresses the data, so the resultant 
file is often less than a third of the size 
the uncompressed data would be. 

There’s also LoadIFF, which quickly 
loads your image on to a screen that 
you specify. It is here that Extend 
shows its transatlantic origins - if you 
don't have a PAL screen open fur a 
256 line PAL image, Extend creates a 
very crushed 256 line NTSC interlaced 



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Returns Currant Jt.y coordinates In the Current bitmap. 
Change tho mouse pointer to the word Halt. 

Change a window title. 

Roll a series Of gadgets, 
check for a submenu selection, 

Clear out a string gad get 's contents. 

De-al locate all memory allocated for all gadgets. 

Assign a hotkey sequence to a menu item. 

Display Fmnd credits. 

Return the disk s dace free and useable. 

Execute any val id AnnqaDos command. 

Check to see if a file exists. 

Returns the stie of a file. 

Set the current window with the desired font. 

De-al locate all wemary allocated with the Memory conmand. 
Set the drawing attributes for all gadget borders. 

Put a gadget on the Basic window. 

Set the text attributes for all gadgets. 

Display a flit requester and prewpt for mouse input. 
Activate a String gadget for string input. 

Retwm contents Of a stHng gadget. 

Loads and displays a standard IFF screen. 

Change the highlighting attribute for a menu. 

Get a block of Allocated system memory. 

Move the current screen up or down. 


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screen, which looks awful. Ah well, 
we can't have everything. 

Serious headbangcrs can use Ihe 
ViewHAM command to have a look at 
HAM images. Unfortunately Extend 
lets you look, but not touch - HAM is 
too complicated for Basic to keep track 
of. This isn't strictly true; HAM from 
Basic has been done, but the routine is 
huge, very slow and suffers from 
colour handing problems, so it's not 
viable. 

There are a few other functions for 
fonts, external commands, file 
handling, memory allocation, and 
even a routine to produce a "Wait" 
mouse pointer. Setting up the library 
for use is very simple, all the work is 
done by one command to initialise the 
current window. 

Extend is as forgiving as it can be, 
given AmigaDos's somewhat 
capricious nature, but if it says in the 
manual that a function called 
incorrectly will cause a crash, you’d 
better believe it. 

Some routines must be slowed 
down with the PTIME command to 
allow AmigaBasic to catch up. 
Thankfully most of these are not speed 
critical, so the extra second or so 
won’t be noticed. 


Easy Gadgets 


Souped-up menus 


A MIGABASIC, despite being a 
bit of a dog, does handle 
menus fairly wall. Extend goes much 
further - it allows subitems on menu 
items, and hotkey shortcuts, like 
Right-Amiga-Q for Quit for instance. 

On top of this you can define 
exactly how you want menu items 
coloured and highlighted. Most 
powerfully of all, you can set up 
mutually exclusive items. This is 
useful, say, if your program has a 
load option and you want to disable 
the save option while the data is 


loading. Now If you need anything 
more complex, you’ve outgrown 
anything AmigaBasic could ever do. 



Extend gives you submenus and hotkeys, 
a major omission from AmigaBasic 


The manual is good, written in that 
weary but snappy style which gets a 
hit old after a while, it does the job 
though, and it's packed with 
examples, which are also present on 
the disc - one example for every 
command. 

What, for me, makes Extend so good 
is that you can use it in your programs 
and then distribute them without any 
complications. The downfall of Basic 


extenders for many of the B hit 
machines was caused by their non- 
distributable status, but Extend has 
none of these problems - HiSoft and 
SunSmile have made Extend. library 
and Extend. bmap freely distributable. 

And because you can use Extend 
with the HiSoft Basic Compiler, you 
can now write good code in Basic and 
hold your head high. 


HE real giveaway that a program 
X uses Basic is that there is a 
complete lack of gadgets, or at least , 
proper Intuition ones. Here, SunSmile 


gives as good a reason as any to use 
the word plethora in describing its 
options. Both boolean and string 
gadgets are supported. The former 
allow program options to be activated, 


the latter allow for the input of text. 
You can make them as big, small, 
dull or garish as you like — just as 
long as you remember to remove 
them all before the program is exited. 



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- Disable b gadget. 

- End b 1 a a gadget . 

- protect a Basic string. 

- Pass so** Urn. 

- Put a string Into a String gadget's buffer. 

- attempts- to refresh th* currant output window. 

- Remove a gadget from a Basic window. 

- Alter the taut colours of requester text* 

- Prompt the user with a r equestar. 

- Save the current scraeo In standard IFF format. 

- Sets the highlighting for gadgets. 

- set tsjft attributes (Italics, bold, etc, 1 

- Set the position of a submenu. 

- Pease* E*t*nd 1 ■portent Info about the Basic window. 

- Altar th* te*t colours of the custom itrlng requestar. 
Set the details for requester text and position. 
Determine the Status of A String gadget. 

- set colour attributes for all submenus. 

- ASSlgri 9 submenu to a menu ktem, 

- Switch a select gadget to th* Off position. 

- switch a select gadget to the On gwraltlOfl. 

~ Returns the current Extend version number . 

- Load and display a H*H screen. 

- Walts until a abaci fled gadget 11 not active. 

- Scroll who la or part of A bitmap. 


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Point and click - flexible and easy to code 


February 1990 AMIGA COMPUTING Oft 





■ REVIEW 


Spit and polish 


P ROGRAMS often have to ask the 
user Yes or No questions, such 
as whether it's OK to format the hard 
drive or not. This is where requesters 
come in. 

With Extend it's just as easy to 
produce a pretty Jittle system 
requester as it is to use an unprelty 
“INPUT Y/N ,r statement. They both do 
the same job, but the requester looks 
far bettor and is resistant to 
turnipheads trying to input garbage. 

IF the program processes any 
amount of data you'll want to ask the 
user for a filename in the nicest 
possible way, Unfortunately, the 
Extend file requester is really quite an 
appalling kludge. Instead of using the 
standard ARP tile requester, which 
most of us (including HiSoft) know 
and love, SunSmile has gone for its 
own rather feeble offering. 

It doesn't even have a scroll bar or a 
device selection list, so if you’re 
looking for a file from a hard drive you 
have to edit the string gadget and then 



System requesters wilt give your Basic 
programs that professional look 

click on the down arrow repeatedly to 
find the file you want. 

It refuses to be put on a lo-res screen 
(the ARP one can be coaxed to do this) 
even though it is narrow enough to do 
so. it also doesn't update the directory 
list at every access - this can 
sometimes be good, iF you've got a 
very full disc, or can sometimes be a 
pain, if you want to access a file 
you’ve just written. 

SunSmile could do itself a great 
service by replacing the Extend file 
requester with something better. It's 
better than nothing, but it’s not good 
enough. 


REPORT OAKIJ 


Extend 

HiSoft 0525 71BI81 
£19-515 


EASE OF USE ... 
Straightforward, hut not for the 
complete novice. Could da with a 
better file requester. 


SPEED . 



Very r fast, especially when: IFF is 
involved . Some functions have to hv 
slowed down or AmiguBasic misses 
them . 


VALUE 



Superb value. Lais of useful features at 
a low price. Phs you can freely 
distribute your programs written with 
its use. 


OVERALL 93 % 


Extend makes Basic a viable 
proposition. Comprehensive, fast and 
cheap — every AmigaBasic programmer 
needs it. 



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Mi crul II its ions. Instead of an average- 
to-good sequencing package, wo aro 
treated to a superlative sequencer, 
plus a whole host of utilities which 
integrate perfectly to provide a 
complete music editing workstation. 

Music-X makes full use of the 
Amiga’s multi-tasking environment to 
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Sequencer, a Midi Filter, a Sampler 
Playback and Editing system plus a 
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The Sequencer mimics a cassette 


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Fast-Forward. Rewind and Record 
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interface and keyboard connected, to 
begin recording you just hit Record 
and start playing - a metronome signal 
can be routed through the Amiga's 
sound channels to keep you in time. 
There's no need to frdt if you don’t 
have any music hardware — you can 
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channels. 

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the editor page to correct any errors 


that may have crept in. Here you have 
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Editor. 

The former is a graphical 
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information, not just notes, in a 
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The quantise module is also 
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from that on other sequencers. A 
quantiser will tidy up any slight 
variations in timing end duration that 
you may have inadvertent l v 
introduced while entering your tune. 

The MusioX quantiser operates on 
notes that have already been stored’ in 
memory, instead of the more usual 
quant ise-while-y oe-play system used 
on other packages. The Musie-X 



Splitting the keyboard - piny the drums 
a! one end, and the cello at the other. 


system is better because it allows little 
variations to be introduced to stop the 
music sounding totally on time, hence 
losing all vestiges of sounding human. 
The Event Editor differs from the 
Bar Editor in that it displays the 
recorded sequence in memory as a 
long list of Midi information, or 
events. As a result it looks very 
complicated, but is perfect for 


Yesterday 


MIDI, or Musical instrument Digital 
Interface, is one of the greatest success 
stories of modern electronics. Back in 
the old days, some manufacturers 
realised that a standard protocol for 
inter-connecting musical instruments 
was needed to replace the rather 
haphazard "CV and Cate" analogue 
system they were using. 

After lots of meetings and expensive 
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sockets on the hack. 

The Midi interface was a true digital 
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RS222 we all know and love. And it 
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Midi could send details of notes to 
be played, their volumes, which 
voices to use and, in fact, anything 
that could be represented digitally. 
Since all the new synthesisers were 
digital by design, this meant nearly 
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hand could be represented by a string 



Irish rock band Meanwhile In 
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Musir-X came along 


of serial data. 

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dreamed of. 

Now that computers can generate 
and control Midi signals the pop 
charts will never be 1 he same again. 


correcting mistooks with absolute 
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more expensive models. 

A total of 1 G 1FE or Sonix samples 
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sample Playback screen. Their volume 
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cute graphical system. The sound 
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to four different sounds at once, 
although the sample to be played can 
be changed between the 16 in memory 
at any time. 

The use of internal samples means 
that it is possible for the user with no 
external hardware to compose and 
play tunes, although the range of 

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We can work it out 


MIDI works by assigning each 
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between 0 and 15 - or sometimes 1 
and 16 - rather like an address in 
computer memory terms. When the 
instrument recognises its ciannel 
request it pays special attention and 
gels ready to play a note or do 
whatever the Midi signal asks. 

Sometimes a synthesiser can 
respond to more than one channel at 
once, allowing it to play several 
tracks totally independently using 
different voices. 


Hello, goodbye 


THERE are three types of Midi socket 
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IN receives incoming Midi signals, the 
OUT sends them out and the THRU 
echoes any incoming signals received 
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units such as Drum machines which 
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back. 


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sampled sounds supplied is, to say the 
least, small. Of course, the wonderful 
IFF standard means that lots of PD 
sounds are out there just waiting for 
you to use them. 

All programmable synthesisers can 
hold several voices internally. This is 
fine until the hatteries run out on the 
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From this part of Music-X is also 
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available in the future at ridiculously 
low prices, but in the meantime a 
horrible hex dump is available for you 
to experiment with. 

Midi timing can be internal, 
external or taken from the television 
and cinema industry standard SMFTE 
signal by moans of some optional 
hardware. The internal clock is the 
system most users will use. With a 
resolution of 1/192, or a quarter note, 
it's unlikely that a more accurate clock 
will be needed. 

Documentation takes the form of a 
well written 460-page epic which 
takes you by the hand through all the 
facilities and yet works well as a 
reference guide. 

A utilities disc is provided to help 
install Music* X on your hard drive, 
should you be lucky enough to own 
one. Also on this disc are programs to 
convert Music-X files to a standard 


Midi file format and to convert Smus 
files lo Music-X format. All that is 
missing is a stand alone program to 
play Midi hies. 

Add-on modules are promised 
which will extend yet further Music- 
X's many capabilities. One of the first 
available should a proper music 
printing module to provide a top rate 
hardcopy of your carefully edited 
music. What about a module to add an 
automatic Stock- A it ken- Waterman 
facility? Should only take about 5k„. 

With so many facilities available 
from within the one program, Midi 
musicians have never had it so good. 
The use of the Amiga sound channels 
means that even if you don't have any 
Midi hardware you will still be able to 
produce music of superb quality. 

Music-X is the ultimate sound 
package. If you are in the least hit 
interested in music on the Amiga, you 
must buy it. 


With a little help from my friends 

' V 



The Casio CZlOUt). the Amiga and Music-X - all you need to annoy the neighbours 


GNCE you get bored with the samples 
supplied with Music-X, or want to 
expand on the number of sounds you 
can play at once, you will need to 
acquire some extra musical hardware, 

First you will need a Midi interface 
- Music-X does not come with one. 
Interfaces are available from many 
sources for around £30, 

All these interfaces are practically 
identical, they only provide a connec- 
tion between the Midi signals ami the 
Amiga's serial port by means of an 
□pto- isolator. Get the cheapest one 
you can, or if you are feeling adventur- 
ous, build your own. 

If you buy, make sure the one you 
choose has at least one Midi IN, one 
Midi THRU and as many Midi OUTs 
as possible. 

Mine is a D1Y job that cost less than 
a tenner to build and sports an IN, a 
THRU and three OUTs. 

There is now a whole range of Midi 
instruments available starting from 
about £100. The now classic Casio 
CZlOl can be picked up for between 
£lQ0-£200 secondhand. It has four or 
eight channels of sound, which you 
can edit freely to produce all sorts of 
weird effects. The CZlUtK) is identical 
except it has a full-size keyboard 
instead of the little fiddly one on the 
101 . 

There are also lots of small 


keyboards available in the £100-£30G 
range that uffer a collection of pre-set 
sounds and a built- in drum kit. 

Some of these keyboards sound very 
nice and may provide a good starting 
point for your introduction to Midi. 
Have a play with them next time you 
are in Boots and see what you think. 
Never worry if you can’t play a tune - 
with Music-X you will be able lo edit 


the notes with the mouse until you get 
it right. 

For those more used to wind 
instruments, you can get a Midi 
saxaphone from Casio. Casio even 
produces a Midi guitar, so the old 
excuse that goes “But 1 can’t play a 
keyboard 1 ' doesn't wash any more. 

>- 


AM/Gd COMPUTING February 1990 7 7 








Laying down a 
drum truck with 
the Music-X 
sequencer 




Come together 


WHEN the Midi standard took off. 
sequencers to exploit it were soon 
available. A sequencer stores notes 
and drum patterns, not as sound but 
as the Midi signals needed to trigger 
them. Once the Midi signals are 


stored in memory they can be 
manipulated in all sorts of ways. 

Early sequencers were small boxes 
that consisted of little more than 
record and playback buttons. With 
the introduction of computers it is 


now possible to store, display and 
edit the individual Midi signals 
using the sort of Cut and Paste 
techniques used in word processing 
or graphics packages. 

1 


Getting better 


AFTER using a small keyboard you 
may get bitten by the bug and wanl 
to upgrade to a slightly more 
sophisticated system. Since with a 
Midi system you really only need 
one keyboard - the “mother" 
keyboard - why waste money on 
buying another synthesiser? 

Using this line of thinking, 
manufacturers have started to release 
modules which contain nothing 
more than some sound electronics, 
some Midi IN/OUT signals and a 
multi-channel audio signal to 
connect to your tape recorder or 
amplifier 

One of the cheapest is the new 
Cheetah system called the MSBOO. It 
retails at around £200. The one I 
heard at the PC Show last October 
certainly gave a sound that I would 
like to experiment with. 

Cheetah also produces various other 
modules and drum machines, as 
well as a complete range of mother 


Let it be 


THE ST used to be the computer to 
interface with Midi equipment, 
thanks to its Midi IN and OUT 
sockets. This was rather a good 
marketing ploy by Atari, but the 
tables are turning. 

Anyone using Midi at all seriously 
will need a Midi THRU and more 
than one Midi OUT, making an 
external interface on an ST just as 
necessary as on the Amiga, 

The Amiga starts to score heavily 
with its built-in sound capability. It 
has a sampler system as an integral 
part of its design - no uprated 
Spectrum ch ips here. This means you 
have an extra four channels of sound 
straight away. 

Where the Amiga wins hands down 
is with its multi-tasking operating 
system. Flipping from one utility to 
another is child’s play and totally 
impossible on a lesser machine. 

With Music-X and a Midi interface, 
the Amiga can now be the heart of the 


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Nothing comes close at this price point 
on any machine. 


OVERALL 97% 


In a class of it s awn. All things came to 
he who waits. Music-X was worth 
waiting for. 




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greatest games 
players on 
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Computing 
readers 


Resistance of each target 


will to win 


RICH AiU3 HADDEN says: If you 
get a high score type ZBACKDOOR 
with no spaces instead of your 
name into the high score table. You 
will start the next game with 
infinite lives and energy. 


NEIL MANSELL says: To avoid 
demerits keep your finger on the siren, 
this has the added advantage of getting 
other cars out of the way. Go straight to 
the station if you catch the criminal. 
You don't have to worry about your 
quota. 

Never miss the opportunity to enter 
either the car or donut shop. Don’t, 
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sign or building results in a demerit. 


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RICHARD HEATH says: This, like Impact, was written by an errant 
Monty Python Fan, There is a lot of it about. Pause the game and type 
SPINYNOKMAN. 

This will give you infinite lives, but get comfortable first because it 
will still take you about three quarters of an hour to finish the game. 


l confirm that the information 1 have 
supplied is mine, it hasn't been published 
elsewhere and / haven't sent it to anyone 

else. 

Send this form la Max "The Hacks" 
Tennant, Came Killer, Amiga Computing, 
Second Floor, North House, 78-84 Ongnr 
Road. Brentwood, Essex. CM15 9BG. 


MATT BURT says: Here's one fur 
Cave Runner which was on the 
Am/go Computing Cover disc last 
November, Gel lo level two, which is 
easy enough, then type SUB B BOYS 
including the spaces. The screen will 
flash blue then Fl gives nine lives, F2 
sets the tinier to 99 - useful for level D 
and F:t exits the current level and 
starts the next. 


Si 

RICHARD HEATH says: 

It’s simple, just get on to 
the high score table and 
type Green Crystal. Press 
Fl a few times to keep 
your lives topped up, 

SS 

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a 

to go through the long, 

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F8 to skip them one by 


one. 


Write Lo Max 


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To speed up getting the prize to 
you please cut out, photocopy or 
copy this form. It will be used as the 
address label to send out your parcel 
so please write neatly, May all your 
bugs be simple ones. 


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Joloyon Ralph , 
hacker extraordinaire , 
adjudicates in a battle 
between a young 
upstart an d an 
established friend 



Argasm 


U NTIL recently there has only 
been one assembler worth 
using on the Amiga - HiSoft Devpac. 
There have been other assemblers. 

The Metacomco one is now out of 
date and terribly slow and difficult to 
use and Kuma's K-Seka, favourite of 
the European demo writers, is more of 
a monitor with a little assembler 


thrown in. Now there is a new 
challenger: ArgAsm from Argonaut 
Software. 

I've never thought that assemblers 
are slaw. Indeed the reason I started 
programming in assembler in the first 
place was because after a couple of 
weeks of coding in C I got bored of 
waiting for compilers and linkers and 


all the other disc-spinning, time- 
wasting progletts to finish, only to 
tell me I’d left off a squiggly bracket 
from the end of line six. 

What I needed was a language 
where J could make changes to my 
program and see the results almost 
instantly, I was, of course, used to 
Basic, where all one has to do is type 


Polished performer 


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£30.95 




DEVPAC V2.14 consists of a blue and 
white plastic ring- binder containing a 
154 page manual, the two unprotected 
program discs and a pocket B8000 
reference guide. 

Initially l thought this 68000 guide 
was a cheap gimmick, but looking 
through it 1 found that it contains ell 
the useful pages from the Motorola 
68000 programmers reference manual, 
a book 1 needn’t have bought now. It 
won't teach you machine code, but it's 
an invaluable guide for any 
programmer. 

The Devpac manual is 
comprehensive, covering setting up 
your system to run (he assembler, an 
introduction to the editor, assembler 
and debugger, plus a good set of 
appendices covering everything from 


AmigaDas error codes to a 
bibliography. It is well presented and 
easy to follow. 

The first program disc is a slightly 
cut-down workbench, containing the 
assembler, debugger and editor, all in 
the C directory, along with the include 
files and some example programs. 

The examples are fairly simple and 
unimaginitive, but are a good 
introduction to using the Devpac 
assembler and editor. 

The second disc contains various 
alternative include files and the Arp 
includes (Amigados Replacement 
Project), allowing you to use Arp 
requesters in your programs. Most of 
the time you will only need the first 
disc, leaving your external drive free 
for your source disc. 


FASF OF USE. 


Assemble to Memory and Jump So Error 
options help a lot aitd MonaiftS is 
without doubt the best machine code 
man stor/debuggtr on the Amiga. 


SPEED 

Fast enough for most. Experienced 
coders may have to twiddle their 
thumbs or juggle for a few moments 


VALUE. 


The excellent manual, 68000 pocket 
book and powerful monitor/ debugger 
make this the best value Amiga 
assembler on the market. 


OVERALL 


84 n i> 


Them is always roam for improvement , 
A faster upgrade is promised But 
probably won't reach Argasm' s speed. 




- J 

r- 

84 AMIGA COMPUTING Fubmaty >‘JW 

■ 







■ REVIEW ■ 


- 



Devpac 


■ in the program and run the thing. 
V Devpac did the business. I typed 
V iii my code, assembled it, and it 
■ was there, ready to run, in about 30 
F seconds. 

HiSofl has since released an 
upgrade, Devpac 2. This is faster and 
has more options than the version I 
first used. It can now assemble 


di rectly to memory instead of only to a 
disc file, which means you can 
assemble code and test it without 
having to leave the editor. 

Jez San of Argonaut Software was 
one of Devpac’s greatest fans, lie user! 
it to write, among other things, the ST 
and Amiga versions of Stargliders l 
and 2, But Devpac was not fast enough 


for jez, so he wrote his own assembler 
called ArgAsm 6B0GU. It claims to be 
the fastest Amiga assembler, being 
able to assemble your code before 
you've even finished typing it. Well, 
almost. 

Since ArgAsm is designed to out- 
perform Devpac it is not surprising 
that it is compatible with the Hisoft 
assembler, even down to 
understanding Devpac’s ST directives. 
What is surprising is that it is also 
compatible with Metacomco and Cape 
assemblers. 

Total compatibility with three 
things which are not compatible with 
each other is, of course, impossible. 
Common sense is the usual solution to 
this problem. And this means Argasm 
does not suffer some of Devpac and 


> 





Fast and furious 


ARGASM GfiOGG comes in a yellow 
and black, plastic ring- binder. The 
manual is shorter than the Devpac one 
at 69 pages - not always a bad thing, 
but this time it is. It doesn't go into 
nearly as much detail as the Devpac 
manual and gives me the impression 
that it was written in a hurry. 

Not only is it short, but it seems to 
miss out several features of the 
assembler all together - the Assemble 
to Binary File function, for example. 
Hopefully a fut ure release of the 
software will contain a completely 
new one. 

The program comes on two 
unprotected discs. The first contains 
the assembler. Arg, and the editor, 
ArgEd. You do not get a debugger with 
ArgAsm. The manual recommends the 


best debugger to use is Monam2, the 
one supplied with HiSoft’s Devpac 2, 
As this is not available separately from 
Devpac, you would have to buy both 
assembler packages to use ArgAsm 
with its recommended monitor 

The first ArgAsm disc boots up into 
an Amiga shell, better than Devpac 
which drops you out into a CL1. 

The second disc contains the 
include files and some example source 
files, which are a little more 
interesting than the HiSoft offerings. 

Putting the include files on the 
second disc is a pain if you only have 
two drives, because you will 
presumably have to have the 
assembler In dfO: and the disc with the 
includes in dfl;, leaving no drive free 
to store your source files. 



ArgAsm 69000 
Argonaut 01-906 3744 
£59.95 


EASEOFl/SF.,,, 

Newcomers to assembler may have 
trouble because of lack of a good 
men itor/debugger. 


SPEED.. 


mm 


Can 7 be beaten for speed. Assembling 
is exceptionally quick. This is the 
reason the program was written. 

i 


VALUE 

No monitor/debugger means you " II 
have to shell out again P even if it s only 
fora shareware one. HiSoft will sell 
you Monam for £39-95- 


OVERALL 


87 % 


ArgAsm has been designed to beat 
Devpac, With the time and effort 
Argonaut has put in it would have been 
surprising if it had failed. 



February 1990 AMIGA COMF1 TING SS 





REVIEW 


TH1B 


Capo's nasty idiosyncrasies. 

There is no ST version of Argasm, 
although one programmer has offered 
to do the conversion for free just to got 
the speed. This is a real bonus, it 
moans the program has been designed 
without being fettered by conversion 
considerations, and with the Amiga in 
mind, 

The Argonaut program has better 
support of the AmigaDos 
link file formats in that it 
allows expressions 
containing external 
references within brackets. 

Copper instructions are 
built in - again the kind of 
feature you wouldn't 
expect unless the program 
was produced by 
Amigaphiles, 

Commercial realities 
mean that programmers do 
have to cater Tor the ST, 
and Argasm has an option to produce 
raw binary files suitable for porting 
down. 

On loading the two programs the 
first thing I noticed is that they look 
almost identical. They also share most 
of the same function and control keys, 
which makes converting to ArgAsm a 
lot easier for Devpae users like myself, 

ArgAsm's editor, ArgEd, is 
definitely the smarter of the two. You 
can split the window into two 
separate ones, horizontal ly or 
vertically, and subdivide each of these 
windows into two more, 1 spent quite 


even smaller windows before I 
remembered that I was meant to be 
reviewing the package. 

Having one window displaying the 
end of your source and another 
displaying the beginning is useful. It 
saves having to jump around your 
source code all the time. This is made 
especially useful by the ability to cut 
and paste between window's, 
ArgAsm’s editor is Faster than the 
Devpae one because it uses the blitter 



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is to assemble to floppy. This can take 
longer with ArgAsm than assembling 
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No one writes perfect code first 
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WHAT a fab magazine you have. I 
am studying HND computing and 
need to know if there is a version 
of Pascal for the Amiga which will 
enable me to run any Turbo Pascal 
programs [PC1512) if l conned a 
5.25in drive. 

Tom Davidson, 

London SW17. 

No worries, first to read the IBM 
format discs you need a 5.25 fit 
drive. £90.95 from Club 68000 (01- 
977 9596). You'd need some soft- 
mine to read the daft 360k format. 
Club 68000 can furnish you wf/fi 
Ibis for £39.95. 

Lastly you'll need a Turbo 
Pascal type compiler , Getting hold 
of the Metacomco one can be 
tough ' cos they don't answer the 
phones. HiSoft is working on a 
suitable program, expect it some- 
time around March. Call HiSoft on 
0525 718181. 


Telly addict 


COULD you give me info on a high 
quality 16in TV with a Start con* 
nector? ft needs to support all 
Amiga modes, like a monitor to 
show 4,096 colours and 60 
columns. Less importantly stereo 
sound (not nicam), remote control 
and Teletext. 

I need a TV/ monitor in one due 
to lack of space. Is it passible to 
connect a modulator to a B2(]D0, 
and finally what is the official 
Commodore retail price for a base 
02000 ? 


Dave Thomson, 
B roughly Ferry, Dundee, 

it’s impossible to keep track of the 
latest models of televisions. These 
days they nearly all have Scart 
inputs. Separate sound channels 
are rarer, and you are probably 
better off running a couple of leads 
to vour hi-fi or using n sound 
booster like the one in fast mouth’s 
project. 

Tes, you can use a modulator 
with a 2000, although the quality 
wrfl suffer. The official price is 
£1489.25, digging through the ads 
in this mag you should find one for 
under £800. Because of some of the 



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answer to any grief (he Amiga gives ya. So if you’ve got something to say, say it to me. I'm a 
first name kintla guy. so please don't hide behind initials, It's tuo 

- suit- Best Idlers will he sent prizes of up to -lilt) su gel a 

copy of Pretext into vour drive pronto. Drop me a line 
at Ezra Surf's Postbox fESFL Amiga Computing, 
Second Floor, North House, 7B-B4 Ongar Road, 
Brentwood, Essex. CM in ««{;. 


cheap monitor bandies you might 
be better off getting an A2G60. 
Commodore or Philips monitor 
and the Micro text adaptor. This 
costs £143.75 and lets you use the 
monitor as a TV as well as giving 
you teletext. 


Fixing a hole 

HELP! please, please help me, Let 
me explain my problem. Before 
gelling an Amiga 1 was a dedicated 
PC user. My friend bought an 
Amiga. Two months later I had 
one. 

I play keyboards and already 
know that Midi exists. 1 looked 


into upgrading my PC for use with 
my keyboard. This turned out loo 
expensive. 

Then along came the Amiga 
A 5 60, a Casio CZ250S Midi -com- 
patible keyboard and a Midi inter* 
face with all the necessary leads. 

The problem is software. So 
many different packages, different 
prices. What do I buy? I need a pro- 
gram with which to input keyboard 
parts, preferably without having to 
enter in the information note by 
note. 

Oh yes. and it needs to speak 
English, not Mandarin Chinese, 
Obviously the lower the price the 
better. The reason I am writing to 
Amiga Computing Is because of the 


Empty article 


I ,AM WRITING ro complain about 
the Build a hetter Basic article writ- 
ten by John Kennedy in the 
October issue of Amiga Computing. 
The whole of the first page was 
devoted to a juvenile piece of rub- 
bish of no relevance whatsoever to 
programming. 

!f Amigo Computing an not fill 
its pages writh "carefully 
researched and finely crafted 


Instructional prose" then I suggest 
that they be left blank. 

A Stevenson, 
M id dleshu rough, Cleveland. 

Can'/ please everyone. One man's 
juvenile piece of rubbish is 
another's party manifesto , Because 
/ know- if wifi make you happy I 
am sending you some Wank pieces 
of paper. 


article Smash and Grab in 
October's magazine. At least your 
magazine doesn't just review 
games. 

Tim Thompson, 
W'ibsev. Bradford. 

Though/ you were going to break 
Out into song there. Music-X ran- 
no/ be beaten. One day there will 
be a cheaper version but you ran 
go grey waiting for the next ver- 
sion, of everything. Take the 
plunge. Shop around for the best 
price. Dote! does a nifty Midi inter- 
face for £34.95. Give them a call on 
0782 744707. 


Raised hackles 

YOUR C-lighl review in the 
October issue is the worst review 
I’ve read, The writer seems like he 
has just finished two years of using 
his Amiga solely as a word proces- 
sor. He talks of CLight as if it was 
the only ray tracing package avail- 
able for the Amiga. 

A reasonable review' would give 
a comparison with other 3D paint 
packages, and not with supercom- 
puters. 

It's totally untrue that this is the 
most that can be achieved with the 
hardware, as the reviewer thinks. 
Turbo Silver, for example, is not 
only faster but allows you to deter- 
mine how much light will be 
reflected and its colour, and how 
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Starting trouble 


make it several times faster, C- 
Light's originality is in its user 
interface. Apart from that, a list of 
options available with the program 
would have been helpful, Does the 
640*256 resolution allows for ray 
tracing using dithering? 

So please let someone who 
knows his business review soft- 
ware packages. No more wrong 
statements, like "as fast as you can 
gel considering the hardware". 
Those kind of packages always beg 
for comparative reviews, 

Eva! Teler, 
Jerusalem, Israel 

Tie magazine has several ray trac- 
ing experts, yet the editor made the 
very wise, I think (crawl, crawl t can 
] have a pay rise} decision to give 
C-Light to someone who both 
understood the techie side of ray 
tracing and hadn't been spoiled by 
playing with more expensive pro- 
grams, 

C-Lrght doesn't look too hot if 
you have used Sculpt-Animate 4D, 
but lien 5cuJp( is eighl limes tie 
price. It is aimed □£ someone who 
just wants fo tinier and far that 
reason it svos mn'ewed by the right 
person ♦ 


Bargain binder 

AFTER reading issue 6 volume 2 I 
could not help to notice that you 
quoted to your Finnish friend 
£4,95 for the binders. Yet on the 
order form in the same Issue it is 
priced at £5,95. Is it cheaper in 
Europe than it is in the United 
Kingdom? 

M ) Taylor, 
Pontefract. W Yorks. 

Yes, that urns a special price for 
Kalle Saariaho because he doesn't 
pick holes when I make a silly mis - 
ftrJcc. Besides, that wos before I 
started, it was the editor's fault. 


Animatics antics 


HELLO, I’m new to computing. I 
want tn he able to assemble a story - 
hoard and 3D animatics in memory 
and then download into a domestic 
VCR for a showreel. 

Here are my problems so far: 
Memory and compatibility. The 
Commodore A 5 90 looks tempting 
with expandability to 2 meg. 
However, would this memory clash 
with future expansion in the slot 


THE Amiga was a giant leap into 
the unknown for me. Unfortunately 
I haven't come on very far. 1 can 
bad all my discs, play games, 1 
have read the manual but it gets 
really confusing. I’ve done a dir of 
just about every disc I own, why E 
couldn't say, it just looks good on 
the screen] 

What I need is a bonk or disc 
tutorial that takes it a step at a time 
fnr someone who can only turn on 
the machine and load a disc. I want 

under the Amiga? 

Would I have any syncing errors 
if I spread a sequence hetween 
them before editing downloading? 
Since I've heard certain hard discs 
have access times equalling ram 
speeds should I buy a larger hard 
disc (bigger than 20MB] and not 
worry too much about large ram 
expansion? 

Finally have you heard of a 
domestic video which will enable 
me to accurately edit and sync my 
animatics with sound? Any help 
would be bib! ical in its proportion, 
may your seed to fruitful etc... 

Simon Bunn, 
Worthing, West Sussex, 

You are talking serious money 
when dealing with editing video. 
And a domestic system probably 
won't he men enough for the job. 
No, not even one of the flash new 
S-VHS ones. Put your hank man- 
ager an danger money 

Animation needs ram. There are 
no problems with using the half 
meg in tern a f expansion with an 


Beware bandits 
which byte 

FOLLOWING your letter page 
section in the September issue, 
i feel that I must write in to 
warn Roger Fenton and any 
other readers who have bought 
Wizball. 

Mr Fenton complained that 
after completing a level the 
computer locked up and! you 
replied that this was because 
the game was an ST port. I suf- 
fered from an identical prob- 
lem. 

Then I got a copy of Virus X. 

My Wizball disc was infected 
with the Byte Bandit virus, 
which causes the screen to 
turn black and the system to 
crash at various times - 
exactly the bugs that Mr 
Fenton described. 


to he able la program and do graph- 
ics and everything, hut don't know 
where to start. 

t followed one of your features 
to leach you how to use say trans- 
lates and I thought it was great 
when my Amiga spoke fo me. 

The other thing is when the 
manual talk about the Say speech 
synthesiser it says you have a 
choice of voices, but even when I 
change the pitch it sounds exactly 
the same. 


Amiga connected to on A590 and 2 
meg. I do it oil the time and would 
recommend this route. The A59Q 
hard drive is a bit slow and small. 
took at replacing the mechanism 
within the drive. 

Video hods ate wise to sync 
problems and have a protocol 
called SMFI'E which can handle it. 
You are lucky in /hat there is a 
good dealer not far from you who 
understands these probfems, 
Contact DigiPro on 0703 703030. 


Born in the USA 

SOME couple months ago [ bought 
an American Amiga A500 second 
hand, Silkworm won't work. When 
I inserted the disc into drive, the 
drive spins, the screen goes red 
and the disc whirrs continuausly. 

When I tried to access it from 
Workbench the disc claimed to be 
unreadable, I have sent the disc 
back twice with no joy, and I know 
the software works on other 
Amigas, 

I have been assured by many 


Don’t ask me how the virus 
got there. I got the game with 
the tester pack when I bought 
my Amiga, and I saw the cello- 
phane wrapping taken oft the 
pack, so It could not he 
because the shop had used it 
for demonstration purposes Or 
anything. 

On a lighter note, after read- 
ing your section on buying 
discs. I get mine from a place 
called Midland Microsoft which 
are only £6. 99 for 10. They also 
have a brand number on the 
hack, and of the 20 I have 
bought, none have been faulty. 
Remember, death to all virus 
writers. Lave the Jolyon Ralph 
Machine code tutorials. Keep 
up the great mag! 

Jonathan Heron, 
Gosforth, 
Newcastle Upon Tyne 


This could be me, so w r hat are 
the correct pitch and speed for 
speech variations? Thanks for your 
help. 

Pennie Jones , 
RAF Bruggen BFPQ. 


The Amiga for Beginners, from 
Abacus for £12.95 is a good place 
to start. The Computer Store has it 
in stock. Call on 021-779 04 5 A, 

people that there is no difference 
between British and American 
machines, but there seems no other 
explanation as to why Silkworm 
docs not load. Please can you help? 
is there a chip that needs replac- 
ing? Surely it can't be serious, as 
all other commercial software 
works with no problems. 

Tony Corvesor, 
Kettering, North ants. 

Many people are wrong. There are 
substantial differences between US 
Amigas and those used in the old 
world. The principal difference is 
that European (PALI Amigas can 
display 256 tines in the non-inter- 
laced mode while American 
(NTSC) Amigas can only show 200 
lines. This means some programs 
will fall off the bottom. 

Your local Commodore service 
centre can fix all this by changing 
some of the chips and crystals to 
translate a machine. 

Sometimes a company only has 
the rights to sell a game in one 
country. To stop you calling 
America and ordering games you 
aren 't supposed to he able to get 
here on your Visa card the software 
houses " fix " the game so that it 
wifi only work on certain natronaf- 
(ties of machine. 

This may well mean that you'll 
have [rouble with British software. 


Overrated? 


XENON 11 deserves high praise 
indeed, but I do fee! that 1011 per 
cent is aver ihe top. A score of 100 
per cent must surely signify * 1 perfec- 
tion, and a game which one will be 
playing forever. 

Although the game is quite 
amazing. 1 am sure that you will 
agree that the mark is unrealistic. 
So in future can you tell Jeff 
Walker to remember not to get car- 

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ried away, and give more realistic 
scores. 

David FairweatheT. 

Blackburn. Lancashire. 

OK, Jeff wants to know if you 
have problems with the 3 0,000 
holes? His latest rating is for your 
letter. He gives it minus several 
mt/fton. // if makes you feel any 
better o couple of continental mags 
gave Xenon U 100 per cent as well. 


Name that tune 

DO YOU know if there are any PD 
discs containing an assembler 
source of a Aegis Sonix (SMUS) 
play routine? If you know about 
any could you please print which 
one in your mag and could you 
please also explain how SMUS 
files are stored? Thanks for an 
excellent mag. 

Joel Harden, 
Norway. 

While there seem to be quite a 
few PD players for Sonix tunes - 
the program even comes wrtfr one - 
none of which include source. 
Since Aegis has gone into liquida- 
tion and disappeared down a plug- 
hole I can 't think of anyone to call , 


Box o’ tricks 


AT the moment [ have an A&00 
with memory expansion which I 
bought in Germany. The problem is 
1 want to upgrade to a 62000. I've 
been hearing rumours about a kit 
on sale in Germany which allows 
yon to transform the A5Q0 into a 
fully operational B200Q and worn 
dared if in all your wealth of 
knowledge and experience [creep 
creep) you knew any thing about it. 

Dave Turnbull. 

Newbury, Berks. 

Vbriotis expansion boxes are 
available; Bytes and Pieces sell the 
AX-S which takes Amiga 2000 and 
PC cards , For more details call 
them on 0253 734218. However as 
a rule the liming signals on the 
expansion boxes aren't as reliable 
as those on a proper 2000, so some 
card manufacturers, Macrobiotics 
for one, aren't keen on them. 

You really are best off getting a 
2000 if you need to use add-ons. 


Where in the world 

t HAVE noticed that there is a 
hug in the Kickstarl rums. 
Occasionally the computer 
hoots up with the CLI screen in 
the NTSC screen mode, net 
allowing the display or mouse 
pointer go past line 200 and 
forcing you to reset. 

AH one has to do is to copy 
the program called reset from 
the c directory of the October 
disc of Amiga Computing to 
your Workbench disc and 
change the startup sequence to 
run it. Then if you boot up your 
Amiga one day and it has not 


hooted up in PAL your Amiga 
wilt reset itself. 

t think many Amiga owners 
are sick of commercial games 
coming nut in the American 
NTSC screen format in England 
and Europe. We are stuck with 
a horrible black hand at the 
bottom ol the screen 56 pixels 
deep. 

There have been documented 
methods ol telling whether a 
machine is PAL or NTSC since it 
does not take all that much 
extra effort to program a piece 
ol software that utilises the 
PAL Amigas. 

Anyway, there is no excuses 


for software houses when the 
Kickstart 1.4 operating system 
comes out for Amigas, since it 
will have built-in software to 
detect whether a machine is 
NTSC or PAl. 

Mr W M Liu. 

Maiden, Surrey. 

Quite agree. Although even 
when 1.4 does appear there 
are stiff going to be a milt ion 
Amigas out there with 12 and 
1.3. so this won t be a reliable 
way of telling where your 
Amiga is. P'raps they ought to 
fit them with homing beacons. 


Pathetic printer 


[ RECENTLY bought an NEC 
PC60Z3 printer. However none of 
the printer drivers on Workbench 
1.3 will work, I have tried to cus- 
tomise my own with a PD printer 
driver generator but was unsuc- 
cess ful because of the very techni- 
cal nature of the program and lack 
of data on the printer. 

i wonder if anyone can help 
with details of where I could 
obtain a driver? 

Garry Cegman, 
Norwich. Norfolk. 

Give up. NEC was distinctly 
unhelpful. Companies which 
haven t heard of the Amiga i can 
sorta handle. NEC not knowing if 
an 8823 is a printer or a portable 
computer 1 cannot. The call did 
yield the information that the 8023 
is a bit of an odd-bail and not com- 
patible with anything decen t. 


From A to B 

WHAT is the difference between 
the Amiga A20GU and the Amiga 
B20D07 Can you gel an Amiga 2000 
with the ECS? I have seen an 
advert for the B20Q0 which has 1 
meg of chip ram. Will most soft- 
ware on the Amiga 500 run on the 
Amiga B2000? 

Chris Denman, 
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey. 

All 2000 s ore A2QQ0s l hu t some are 
more equal thon others. 
Commodore changed the design of 
the original (revision A} board (to 
revision B J and some dudes call 


these B2GQBs. 

ECS is a two chip set . The first , 
Ajjmjs, gives 1 meg of chip ram. 
The second , Denise , gives new 
screen modes when used wrlft the 
(still) forthcoming 1,4 version of 
AmigaDos. So you can't get 
ECS yet 

The situation wouldn't be so 
confused if a sawdust-for-bralns 
columnist in a weekly magazine 
hadn't got it all wrong « A few 
games don't s can the keyboard 
properly. This means they don't 
work on A2Q00s hut the problem is 
quite rare. 


Pondering Protext 

READING the November article 
about printing from. Prolext we 
could not understand a word. Tor 
instance >OC - whal is it? Where 
do you pul it? How do you put il? 
We arc no good a l programming 
and do nol understand much that 
is written in your articles, so please 
think of those less fortunate and 
explain things step by step in easy 
to follow instuctions. 

Also could wo have more short 
listings to type in demonstrating 
the Amiga's potential. We have 
found in the past that copying list- 
ings helps us to understand Basic 
programming much more easily. 

Richard Gray, 
Norwich, Norfolk, 

Go and make a good, hot, strong 
cup of lea. H ,r hde the kettle is boil- 
ing take another look at the 
November article. OC stands for 
Output Character. This sends □ 
number to the printer- It could pro- 
duce a letter or make the printer go 
into a special mode . 

Try the example on page 98- 


What happens? Small letters right. 
Now sit down at yout Amiga, drink 
your tea and wort through the arti- 
cle sfowiy. 


Virus victim? 

WHEN I borrow software from ray 
friend I load it up to see black lines 
and dots come up on my monitor. I 
looked it up on my virus killer. 
Nothing came up and only some- 
times it comes up with black lines 
Could II be a virus? Whal is the 
best virus killer i can get? If you 
kill a virus from the memory can il 
still be there? If I could not get rid 
of it what would I have to do? 

Alan Young 
BFPO 114. 

Hmmm. Sounds much more like a 
hardware problem to me. I suspect 
you have a sick Denise custom 
chip. Do the lines took like those 
on page 89 of the September issue? 

If you are feeling brave, and the 
machine is not under warranty. 

► 


New crew 


1 have been reading your articles 
and have progressed very far. I 
have learnt so much from them 
that I have almost finished my very 
first Amiga demD. Our newly- 
formed crew is called Meltdown 
the members are: Coding - Club 
2000 (me!}, Music - Arl’fY Image 
and Codz. Grafix - Aft 1 tT Image 
and H -Angel. Spreader - Bruno 

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you could open it up and moke 
sure all the chips are properly 
sealed in their sockets by giving 
them a gentle push. Otherwise take 
you r Amiga to a computer doctor 
w/io will moke it better for you. 


Tired mouse 


[N his letter in the November issue 
V',S, Kirby's said that if you put a 
lmm piece of card on the leaf con* 
tacts in the mouse this will 
improve the button's response. 
This is all right for a while, but 
eventually the paper wears down 
and so the buttons become unre- 
sponsive. 


[an Wickham, 
Cheshiml. Herts. 


Fun for four 

Corporal Elsdon had a query about 
Gauntlet 2 last month and i have 
the answer. [ have got Gauntlet 2 
and E bought a four player adaptor 
from Softsellers 10-473 
257158/210605) for £5,95, All you 
have to do is plug this into the par- 
allel port and then you can play 
with four players. 


ferry Spencer, 
Mill Hill, London. 

Great, lhanks now /re and his 
friends can rush around mazes, 
killing monsters and shooting at 
each other Which will make such 
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Tall order 


I OWN a 1 msg 500 with a sucund 
disc and shiny new Slar LC244D 
printer. Please could you recom- 
mend a good piece of DTP soft- 
ware* for less than £35D, which 
fulfils most of my requi rements . 

ft must be used as a Wysiwyg 
word processor and print out 24* 
pin quality art and graphics in a 
similar way to the Pretext signature 
in the November issue. I need lo 
print out results like Ehose 
obtained from X-CAD Designer^ 
reviewed in the July issue with 
fonts in all sizes and styles, making 
the besi use of ihe 24 pins. 

Brian Buckley, 
Huddersfield. West Yorkshire. 

Wow, you wont a lot olt? of a pro- 
gram r Using any DTP program as a 
Wysiwyg wordprocessor is going to 


Happy memories 


WELL this is the fourth issue of 
Amiga Computing I've bought, Bnd 
so far you seem to be maintaining a 
high standard. Now, on to the seri- 
ous stuff. I've already figured out 
that the half meg provided with the 
machine is woefully inadequate for 
serious use, so 1 now face the 
expense of a ram u pgrade. 

Looking through the mag I 
noticed Third Coast Technologies 
advertising a 1.8 meg internal 
board, and I've seen other compa- 
nies with the same sort of thing. 
However, before I splash out and 
buy one, is it safe? 

Can the A 5 00 provide enough 


power for the extra ram without 
overloading? Where would the 
extra ram fit into the memory' map? 
Is a battery backed up dock worth 
the extra money? Will the new 
super Agnus chip be able to recog- 
nise one of these boards as chip 
ram and use all or part of it for pro- 
grams? 

Cecil Banks, 
Southampton, Hauls 

Safe is nof quite the right term. 
And it depends on your system. 
Commodore soys an Amigo is OK 
with an extra 512k and disc drive. 
But means one of their massively 


power hungry' floppies not the nice 
efficient drives folks like Evesham 
sell. So there /s a fair stack of 
power left over. 

You’ll need to find out what 
chips the expansion you are inter- 
ested 1 in uses hut / can't think that 
there wd/ be any problem. It might 
run a bit warm. A battery backed 
up dock doesn't cast much and is 
well worth having- 

The super Agnus f American 
Tourist or FANG2 as some cat! her j 
can access J meg of chip ram but 
you will need to cut some tracks on 
the hoard. Use o sharp knife and 
get a grown-up to he/p you., 


be painfully stow. And it isn't 
really the right solution to the 
prohlem. 

Pagestream might do what you 
wont but (he last version the 
experts here sow fo w/ii/e ago 
mind} was buggy and oh. so slow. 

ProPage 1.3 has not yet come in 
for review, but is reputed to have 
top notch dot matrix printer sup- 
port. Call the importers, HB 
Marketing, on 0395 444433 and see 
what they hove Jo say. It s the one 
I'd go for. 

Shame you want something 
easy to use 'cos TeX gives the best 
resu/fs - after six months learning 
to use it. 


Lost adventure 

WHAT has happened io (he bril- 
liant adventure section you had? It 
was great and informative, but now 
there isn't a trace of il in your mag- 
azine. Is il possible to buy the discs 
from back issues separately or 
would I have to buy the magazine 
as well? 

Can you please advise me on 
whether 1 should buy a second disc 
drive or Commodore's 20 meg hard 


drive? I would like both, bui at the 
moment 1 can only alford one of 
them. 1 already have a ram expan- 
sion. 

One East thing. What happened 
lo the review of Beach Volley last 
month? Il was listed among the 
games that were reviewed but the 
review did rmt appear in the maga- 
zine. 

Graham Hy, 
Blackball, Edinburgh. 

W ? e didn't get enough mat/ uhout 
adventures. Perhaps if we get more 
requests from people like you we 
could start one up again. Discs 
from the August to January issues 
are available at £1.50 each from 
Protoscan Ltd , Amiga Computing 
Cover Disc. Barrel Road. St. Ives, 
PE17 4LE. 

A second floppy drive costs 
about £70, a hard drive £400. They 
arm's really comparable. If you 
can afford it go for the hard drive. 
Well done on spotting the Peach 
Volley mistake. There wasn't room 
to squeeze if in when we came to 
put the magazine together, it shows 
you read the mag very carefully. 


Red letter day 

YOUR disc should have solved my 
problems as 1 do a lot of word pro- 
cessing using only the CLI Ed facil- 
ity. But I was disappointed to find 
the Frotexl version on the 
September's free disc would not 
print out on my Slar IjCIO colour 
printer. 

1 have tried every printer selec- 
tion possible, even altering the DIP 
switched, but to no avail. Is this 
because this version will not drive 
this particular printer or because 
my Amiga A500 has insufficient 
memory to use the program? 

If is has insufficient memory, 
does this mean Ihe hill version of 
Protext would also be unusable 
without a memory upgrade? 

Susan Kirkc. 

Sunny side, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 

The LC-10 coiour is quite capable 
of producing black and white type. 
Use the Epson driver and set the 
switches to the Epson settings ond 
all should be tickety boo. Amor 
does supply a version of Protext 
which works in 5 12k but for seri- 
ous use you should get an extra 
half meg. 


Get knitted! 

I'VE found a wonderful program 
which 1 thought you might enjoy 
(see enclosed package]. It is easy lo 
use and produces beautiful results. 
However, it is not fully Amiga 
compatible, sc I have also sent 

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AMIGA COMPUTING February 1990 101 


Sharp eyed 

I READ your excellent maga- 
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the first time the other day. 
Your games reviews are very 
good, but whatever happened 
to the Beach Volley review? 
Was it perhaps zapped by 
aliens, or was it just left out to 
encourage readers lo read Ihe 


magazine from cover to cover? 
If so, do we really need any 
encouragement? 

Terence McGrath. 
Fairfield. Liverpool. 

Nat bad, not at att bad. There 
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When I used the CLI command 
info there would be a number in 
the errs column, The unusual thing 
is, when 1 pul the same disc in dfl: 
and type info, no number appears 
in the errs column. 

Do you have any idea what 
could be causing the problems, as 

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some pieces of hardware that you 
might find useful Have fun and 
enjoy yourself. (Oh by the way, 1 
have assumed that you have 
grasped the art of knitting from try- 
ing uut a few of your own stitches 
and patterns.) Lei me know how 
you get on! 

I have actually assumed that you 
can't knit, but hope you now know 
how I feel when I read articles such 
as Through the Square Window, 
AC Vol 1 No 9. Before buying my 
Amiga I was totally computer illit- 
erate, By now I have just about 
learnt my alphabet and am having 
a go at 2 and 3 letter words. 

Please could you run a regular 
spot for complete beginners, or at 
least provide a glossary of terms 
and abbreviations, 

1 have found the process of 
learning a very frustrating experi- 
ence, the manual provided with 
the A50U is good in places but just 
doesn't work in others. 

I am reluctant to buy books 
which are expensive, without 
being sure they are any good. 
Libraries don't have any for the 
Amiga, and: magazines such as 
yours are written for people who 
know what they are doing. 
Software comes without instruc- 
tions or with very poor ones - they 
frequently assume you know how 
to play the game. Please help the 
beginners, 

Anne Seotnev, 
Loughborough, Leics. 

TTranJb for the needles and wool. 
No, l con 'f knit, but they made fine 
improvised chopsticks for gobbling 
so si . And they made your point 
brilliantly. When you live and 
breath Amigos aii day, every day. it 
is often easy to forget that there are 
new users. 

And it is for you that we have 
provided this month’s free booklet. 

! hope you enjoy it.. 


the drive is so bad I cannot hoot up 
sometimes. 


Simon Colley, 
Camber ley, Surrey. 

I, too, have a similar problem. It is 
the sign of a dying drive. And it is 
a real downer. Shop around for 
repair prices . Shield Computer 
Services in Manchester seem pretty 
reasonable guys at 55 quid flat 
rate. Call them on 061*747 3185. 


Little letter 

THE Protext demo has turned out 
to be one of the most useful pro- 
grams I have. Although not one of 
the friendliest ones around, it is 
quite powerful. I've managed to 
create a small but useable dictio- 
nary, and I'm quite pleased. 

The 2 k Is mil seems to have been 
just as helpful. 1 use Protest solely 
for writing letters to computer mag- 
azines, and E usually tend to write 
long stories instead of going 
straight to the point. The 2k limit 
doesn't let me do that (lucky for 
you). 

The only really annoying faults 
are Protext's inability to cope with 
file names containing spaces in its 
catalogue mode, and that it doesn’t 
work with a Workbench more than 
640 pixel wide. 

Eva) Teler, 
Jerusalem. Israel 

Ires, keeping your letters short is 
great, it doesn’t help when you 
send five in each envelope. 


Serial sergeant 

I’M the proud owner of an A500 
(well my wife is). The problem 
is I have a printer which I have 
used with a Tandy. The printer 
is a Tandy DWP-210 daisywheel 
which worked perfectly with 
the other system. 

As the printer was very 
expensive I would like to use it 
on the Amiga, but cannot seem 
to get it to wnrk. Could you 
please assist me with this 
problem? What cable connec- 
tions? 

Sgt B V Matthews, 
HAF Gaton BFPO. 

The printer is a straightforward 
Centronics, so a PC printer 
lead should work perfectly 
well. 


Good dealer 

I write to sing the praises of one of 
the companies that advertises in 
Amigo Computing, At the 
Commodore show ! bought a 
Micromegs ram expansion. A cou- 
ple of months later my son bought 
a game that refused to work with 
the expansion module in, so 1 
removed it and afterwards could 
not get Ihe computer to 4, see pl it. 

When I rang MAST, the person I 
spoke to was Mr Tony Thompson 
who made it quite apparent that he 
was committed to customer ser- 
vice, Not only did he arrange for an 
immediate replacemenl lo be sen I 
(trusting me to return the faulty 
unit], he actually s&nt several good- 
ies and the latest specification 
board with an external disabling 
switch. 

Graham Callaghan, 
Christchurch, Dorset 


High TeX price 

.SOME of your readers might be 
familiar with TeX, the mathemati- 
cal typesetting package that is 
available in the public domain for 
the likes of the PC. Atari ST and so 
on. 

I am therefore wondering why 
TeX only seems to be available Tor 
Amiga owners if they are prepared 
to spend £125? Is there a genuine 
PD version of TeX that I don’t 
know' about? 

Seekers of high quality branded 
discs could do worse than going 
along to their local university’s 
computer supplies. Edinburgh 
University sells Sony discs lo non- 
students for 65 p each. 

Stephen ( Richards, 
Barn Lon, Edinburgh 

White the TeX compiler is PD 
the fonts and printer drivers are 
not. There is a version wit/nouf the 
drivers - but with o screen pre- 
viewer - on □ Fish disc. 

The version The Text 
Formatting Company (01-806 
1 944 j sells represents a lot of addi- 
tional work. 


Watching the 
defectives 

THERE seems to be so many differ 
enl types on the market, all offering 
different features. Monitors I mean. 
I understand that Commodore 


has stopped making the stereo 
1Q84S monitor and replaced it with 
the old mono 1084. What is the dif- 
ference between the Philips 
CM8833 and CM 8832 models? Is 
the CMB832 capable of accepting 
stereo sound? Which monitor do 
you recommend? 

Well the answers to some of 
those questions may seem blind- 
ingly obvious to you. but to me 
they pose a problem, and I'd value 
your help with them. 

Stuart Lawson. 

Ulversloo, Cumbria. 

The line about the 10545 being 
stopped has a high BEL 1 suspect it 
comes from a salesman with a lot 
of old stock to shift. Whatever you 
buy don't buy it from him. It isn't 
true. 

Philips makes the monitor in the 
Commodore box so there isn 't 
much to choose between the 8833 
and 1084S , Buy whichever is 
cheaper. BE!? Oh, Bovine 
Excrement Index. 


Michael Jackson 
competition 

THE answer to the Michael Jackson 
Moon walker competition question 
“Who is he and what is the name 
of the film" is, of course, Jeff 
Walker (is this the one from the 
Walker demo?) NO???? What do 
you mean - NO! MI Oh, you said 
Moon-walker, Well, sorry about 
this, but 1 just didn't know where 
to write. 

Couldn't you say ‘write your let- 
ters to magazine to find an address 
which looks right. And could you 
please write the name of the prod- 
uct you're reviewing on the con- 
tents page. I often search for a 
certain review through my maga- 
zines, and it helps greatly if I can 
see it on the contents page. 

Eyai Teler, 
Jerusalem, Israel 

Hey, hong on a sec already, this is 
your third letter this month Are 
you making a bid for a take over? I 
do put my address on the letters 
page. You want l put your address 
at the top? Eyal Telers Postbox 
perhaps? Even though you got the 
answer to the question wrong we 
put your entry in the correct entries 
box , and sneaking a look over Jeffs 
shoulder at the winners list / 
noticed that you were one of the 
winners. 


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Bugs or broken? 

PLEASE could hetp me with two 
problems. The first is that our 
unexpanded Amiga A5QQ is 
unreliable. We have sent it 
away ter repair with only a 
slight improvement. Please 
could you tell me if the follow- 
ing faults are normal. 

• Workbench 1.2 can be 
crashed by pulling files into 
Ram disc. 

• Pretext develops errors, 
such as not enough memory to 
sort files, disappearing menus, 
and numerous Guru messages. 
All these happen after you 
incur a system (usually disc) 
error, 

• Amiga Basic also crashes 
quite frequently. 

There are a few other prnb- 


terns, but these are the mosl 
frequent and troublesome. 
Have you any suggestions tor 
the best course of action to 
solve them. 

The second point is thal I 
need a good budget Eprom 
blower and assembler for the 
ZBO series. I hope to he able to 
create software on the Amiga 
to run in a separate Z80 sys- 
tem. Any advice you canid give 
would be much appreciated. 

Sam Hugh. 

Wrgan. Lancashire. 

Only one of your faults is nor- 
mal, AmigaBasic crashes if 
asked to do aoything moder- 
ately taxing The solution is to 
call Bisoft on 0525 718181 and 
order a copy of the Basic com- 


piler. While you should upgrade 
your Workbench 1.2 to 1.3 if 
Only to get the excellent man- 
ual - there is no reason why 
1.2 should give you problems 
and neither should Pro text, so 
I'd advise you to take the 
machine to a dealer who can 
run some tests on it. 

Most Eprom blowers accept 
serial input, although I can't 
find any details of an Amiga- 
specific one. A friend has been 
looking tor a 280 cross assem- 
bler (or a while and the best 
solution he has come up with is 
to use the public domain CP/M 
emulator and run a 280 assem- 
bler under that. 

Seventeen Bit Software oo 
0924 366982 should be able to 
furnish you with the emulator. 


Compatibility 

crisis 


WHEN ] bough l a copy of War to 
Middie Earth and I was most disap- 
pointed to find that it wouldn't 
load, It was my memory expansion 
which was causing the problem. 1 
bad believed that this problem 
only existed in older games written 
before expansions became popular. 
Apparently not! 

A further problem was caused 
by my AS 90 hard disc which grabs 
some memory on startup. This was 
solved by disabling the autnbooi 
rams. 

Now Silkworm works perfectly 
without all this bother, as do a 
number of other games so the prob- 
lem is not insoluble. How about 
introducing a compatibility guide 
as part of the usual ratings 
roundup? This would enable those 
of us with extra ram tu avoid buy- 
ing such poorly written software 
and would put pressure on soft- 
ware houses to tackle this annoy- 
ing problem. 

On the serious software front, 
how about a series of reviews com- 
paring the best in various cate- 
gories. No prizes for guessing 
which word processor would win. 
just how much are Arnor paying 
you for all the publicity? Over the 
top or what! 

Mark Had lev. 

Pul ford, York 


Testing everything on all config- 
urations of machine with different 
rams, quantities of ram and 
peripherals would take forever. 
Commodore Technical offers soft- 
ware houses a testing service, but 
since this take s a day for each pro- 
gram and we renew more (hair 20 
programs a month if would not 
give the people caged up in the 
review room time to write or piny 
the games. - although some other 
mags don't seem to bother with 
playing their review copies so 
here is my guide to whaf works os 
o rule: 

Everything which should, works 
on a von ilia A500 except 
Timescarmer fond (hot is (he kinda 
thing our guys spot j. Add an extra 
drive and you may need to unplug 
it for some programs. Add memory 
and you may need to unplug it for 
some very naughty gam es. 

Club 68000 does on expansion 
with a switch which is dead useful. 
There are some programs which 
will do the same thing. 
KillFastMem on the October cover 
disc is one. 

The richer you gel the more 
grief you gonna have. 'Tm true that 
money can 't buy happiness. Hard 
drives gobble ram and have auto- 
bool roms again most programs 
can handle this unless they expect 
to sii in a specific area of memory. 
Anything from America should he 
kosher, stuff from Germany is sus- 
pect. 

Buy a 2000 and you really have 
rich kid problems. The keyboard 


liming is di//erenf, Now there is a 
proper way to scan the keyboard 
and “ the way which works on my 
A am". Listen to what (he man says 
and the program will work. 

This is the second most com- 
mon compatibility problem and as 
so few people play games on 
A2000s it isn ’t a mego worry. 

So what wins the prize for being 
the hardware mosl programs hate? 
if is the add-on processor. The 
6 8020 and 68030 have a little bit 
of memory inside 'em called a 
cache. This reads chunks of pro- 
gram ready for the rest of the chip 
to ran, 

So if the chip changes the 
chunk in proper memory after it 
has been read the chip doesn't gel 
io hear of it, and everything falls in 
a heap. 

This is called self-modifying 
code. This is a no-no. Partly 
because it causes problems and 
partly because it is frighteningly 
difficult to debug. Sometimes pro- 
grammers want to write unread- 
able code, particularly when 
working on disc protection rou- 
lines. Otherwise the crackers 
wouldn 'f have a challenge. So (he 
protectors use selfmodifying code. 

This is really annoying because 
it means that games which would 
ran much better on a faster Amiga 
won 't even load. 

I like the idea of serious round- 
ups, but then who am I to make 
policy decisions? I pass it on io (he 
powers fhat he. 


Time warp 

BROWSING through back numbers 
I came across a couple of points 
which may be of interest to you 
and readers. In an article about a 
fancy monochrome high-res moni- 
tor, Simon Rock tu an implies that 
there is a problem in getting 
Pretext to fill an interlaced screen 
with its default window. I use a 
flickerftxer and a Multisync 11 and 
found this problem too. 

However, l contacted Mark 
Tilley (the author of Protext) at 
Arnor and almost by return of post 
he sent me a 'fixed' version which 
will produce a full window on an 
interlaced screen. I am writing this 
cm such a screen which gives me 
nearly a full A4 (some 50-odd 
lines]. 

Used on a monochrome long 
persistence monitor, the window is 
slightly larger than can be attained 
with the Multisync. While not 
exactly in the Viking league, this 
version puls Pretext streets ahead 
of any opposition, IBM or other- 
wise, for the price and gives credit 
to Amor for prompt responsive- 
ness. 

Secondly in your letters page, 
Keith Stark of Bury St Edmunds, 
had a grumble about the Beebulator 
in that it couldn’t be copied. Well, 
that may be. but it can be installed 
on a hard disc. 

I have played about with one for 
about three months and was not 
aware of the copy- protection. I just 
installed it, I can’t recall how I did 
it hut I can assure you it works, 
Sorry that these responses are a bit 
late, but 1 trust they arc useful com- 
ments. 

John Stanley Wistaslon, 
Crewe, 

Time and tide wait for no man. 
And while they are waiting the rest 
of us get around to some de-bag- 
ging. It was as a direct result of 
Simon 's review ond a number of 
messages on the truly wonderful 
Cix modem service, that Amor 
fixed Protext , When Ihe article was 
written the statement was correct 
t honest your honourl. 

The same is true of the 
Beebuiator. The first 1,000 copies 
were protected. But (hanks to sev- 
eral complaints, of which the letter 
in Amiga Computing, was one, 
Commodore changed to an unpro- 
tected version. And that is wha( 
you buy today. Well done. 
Commodore. 


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