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Volume 2 
Number 10 
March 1990 

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7 LATEST 

NEWS 

Leaked info on Commodore's CD 
playing Amiga 5(MJ. High spec 
porta hit* due soon. New screen 
sticking cartridge for the ASflfl, 


AMIGA ARCANE 


3“C HOTTEST 
A. Vf ACTION 

What is Pnmark up lo? Look out for 
some really good stuff like Wings of 
Fury and Typhoon Thompson. Plus 
Pnpti Ions leads the way. 


COVER STORY 


ZL Y\ VIM GOES 
\J COLOUR 

High speed digitising and colour 
usually mean expensive hardware. 
Knmbo has a new solution which 
rewrites the rules, 



■ 1 I I MICE ON 
Vf \J TEST 

We look at the best of the Amiga 
mice currently available and look at 
the options for anyone who happens 
to suffer from muri phobia. 


EPSON GQ5000 
CHEAP LASER 

Well, you may nul think that £1,400 
is cheap, but you used to pay that for 
a daisywheel printer not long ago, 
David Foster investigates. 



MACHINE CODE 



SCROLLYSAND 

NIBBLES 


jolyon Ralph shows how to liven up 
the bane of a demo writer's jnh: The 
scrolly. Pi use some secrets spilled on 
the new enhanced chip set, 


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BUSINESS 


(JAMES REVIEWS 


/|| ARNOR'S 
/ Vf PRORATA 

Knowledge is power, getting to the 
n formation is as important as 

■ :ving it. Nic Veitch looks at the 

■ ees 1 knees of information storage. 


PKOGRAMMIN 



GOOD. BAD 
AND IJGLY 


'hn Kennedy looks at programming 
with style and finds that some rules 
will help you to get ahead whatever 
language you use. 


GAME KILLER 


P MAX THE 
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Having problems with Hard Drivin 1 , 
Rock n Roll, Stormiord or some of 
‘he other TV toughies? No worries. 
Max the Hax will put your right, 


LETTERS 



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CLOSE 

GADGET 


•V hat is all the fuss about Unix? 
Will it hurt good 'ole AmigaDos? 
Should you trade in vour A500? 
Or are the techies taking over? 



Batik Squadron - Pag* 1 22 



Weird Drt'oms - Page 44 


• Battle Squadron sets the new shooty standard 

• Indiana lories Adventure. Action for thinkers. 

• Watch your diet before playing Weird Dreams 

• Darius Plus action in a confined space 

• Become a mayor for a day with Sim City 

• Stunt Car Racer the road hog's dream 

• Laser Squad strategy with added zap 
•. Empire calls lime gentlemen please 

• Knight Force, lukewarm swordplay 

• Psygnosjs say Nevermind 



Space Quest l!t - Page 28 



Indiana lanes and (fie Last Cmsadr - Page 28 


AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 5 












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r> AMIGA COMPUTING March i <mi 







AMIGA SCENE 


Amiga CD system 
shown in secret 


FAVOURED developers in 
California are reported to 
have been shown a new 
Amiga 500 based system 
for launch in the summer. 
Based on an enhanced 
Amiga 500, it includes a 
CD rom player and is tar- 
geted at the rapidly grow- 
ing ho me entertainment 
market. 

The unit is designed to 
sit with a hi-fi, satellite 
dish decoder, cable system, 
video recorder and TV in 


the user's lounge. It will 
play normal audio CDs 
through the hi-fi but can 
also be used as a games 
machine with the addition 
of a remote keyboard and 
mouse which use an infra 
red link. 

The CD player can bo 
used to store up to 600 
megabytes of data - which 
gives scope for some awo- 
some graphics. 

Compact disc manufac- 
ture is now pretty cheap. 


there is no reason why a 
two floppy disc game 
couldn’t be produced as 
cheaply lor this system as a 
single CD program. 

The target price is $600, 
which works out to be 
around £430 with Vat. 

A separate box which 
allows existing Amiga 
users to add a CD Rom will 
also be launched, although 
thoru are no details as to 
when or how much it will 
cost. 



■ m 


EA wins for 
charity 

ELECTRONIC ARTS is the 
first winner of the now' 
Commodore award for 
Enterprise and Vision, The 
KnVi award was won by 
Deluxe Painl III, which the 
judges felt was the program 
which best utilised the 
Amiga’s features. 

Mark Lewis, the Manag- 
ing Director of Electronic 
Arts and general good egg, 
said: “We are very proud 
that Deluxe Paint III has 
been chosen to be the first 
recipient of this award. The 
Amiga is a great machine 
which Electronic Arts has 
supported from the begin- 
ning”. 

Along wdth tho award 
goes a prize of £2.000, 
half of which goes to a 
nominated charity, the other 
half to the software com- 
pany. Commodore and Elec- 
tronic Arts decided that the 
full amount should he given 
to the Royal Variety Club 
charity. 

The runners up were 
Music-X, The Works (Plat- 
inum Edition), Sculpt Ani- 
mate 4D and Shadow of the 
Beast, 

For more details on 
Deluxe Paint III, including 
information on how to 
upgrade from Deluxe Paint 
II for £30, contact Electronic 
Arts on 0753 49442. 


Mark ferns mth the Commodore award 

Commodore 
looks at 
Kofiix 

UNCONFIRMED rumours 
report that a high level team 
From Commodore US is 
investigating the possibilly 
of buying the rights to the 
Konix Multi-system, 

If true, it could mean that 
we will see the revolution- 
ary games machine with a 
chicken-head logo. Such a 
Heal would also be likely to 
mean a long delay before 
the Konix hits the streets. 

When Commodore has 
bought the rights to technol- 
ogy in the past it has spent a 
Jong time refining, develop- 


ing and production engi- 
neering the hardware. 

The Hyperion PC technol- 
ogy took several years to 
emerge as a Commodore 
machine. The Amiga also 
benefited from many 
changes between the sale of 
the company and launch of 
the machine. 

There are loads of paral- 
lels between the Multi-sys- 
tem and the Amiga, which 
would make it a neat fit in 
the history of computing, 

Lost contact 

Would the programmer 
who told Jeff Walker 
about his C interpreter 
please gel back in touch 
ASAP. Thanks. 


Incentive 
magic for 
satellite 

BRITISH Satellite Broad- 
casting will use Amigas to 
show a programme which 
befits the medium. The 
Satellite Came uses technol- 
ogy first developed for the 
ITV dungeon programme 
Knight-mare, hut with an 
extra twist. 

Incentive Software has 
customised its Free scape 
graphics system for the pro- 
gramme. Using an Amiga 
2000 with a 68020 proces- 
sor card and what might 
well be the world’s longest 
joystick lead courtesy of 
Euromax, 

Two levels of Amiga 
graphics are used. The first 
stores high resolution frame 
rendered images on video 
tape. 

The second uses Free- 
scape for interactive graph- 
ics as contestants control a 
robot which wanders 
around satellite in the game. 

The Enigma Satellite is 
the key to saving mankind, 
put into orbit by some 
aliens, it contains a time 
bomb. Sounds exciting 
enough to be worth buying 
a squarial for. 

A word from 
your micro 

IT may not tell you to fasten 
your seal belt but your 
Amiga could soon be voic- 
ing other commands thanks 
to David Sands, the man 
responsible for the first talk- 
ing dashboard. 

From his company Sands 
Technology (0223 420288) 
has come Speakeasy II, a 
phonetic speech synthesiser 
which makes it easy and 
cost effective in add syn- 
thetic Speech to computers. 

It produces clear and nat- 
ural speech by program- 
ming a model of the human 
vocal tract. As a complete 
boxed unit it costs £402, As 
a board needing 12 volt sup- 
ply and a loudspeaker it 
costs £310. 


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■ AMIGA SCENE ■ 


It’s the 

Amiga 

200,000 

WHEN production engineer 
Dean Dibsdail went to 
Harpers Computers in Wok- 
ing to buy an Amiga 500 he 
had a surprise in store. As 
the 200,000th person to buy 
a 500, he was greeted by 
Commodore's regional sales 
manager Martyn Chipper- 
field who presented him 
with a Class of the 00s soft- 
ware bundle. 

Dean's prize includes 
Deluxe Paint II. Superbase 
Personal, Publisher's 
Choice, Maxi plan 500, Dr 
I s Midi Recording Studio 
and Midi interface, Amiga 
Logo, BBC emulator and 
BBC programs, a box of 10 
blank discs, a mouse mat 
and a disc wallet. 

Commodore claims that 
more than two million 
Amiga 500s are now in use 
worldwide. 

Portable 
Amiga soon 

GIGATRON, the German 
manufacturer of Amiga 
expansions, is to launch a 
portable Amiga at the 
Hanover Fair. This uses a 
redesigned motherboard 
and either a gas plasma or 



Deti/i Dib$dafi and h is wife, Olivia receive their softw!ire\$urprise bundle front 
Commodore regional stifw maaoger Martyn Chipporfield 


16 grey scale LCD display. 
The gas plasma unit costs 
£2,500 and the LCD version 
£1,700. 

Options include up to 2 
meg rani on the mother unit 
and one of the new genera- 
tion ni 23ms 2.5in hard 
discs with 20, 40 or 100 
meg capacity, AJ I machines 
have slots for standard 
Amiga 2000 peripherals. 

Commodore has not been 
involved with the develop- 
ment of the system, but is 
aware of the unit. The 
machine is expected to go 
on sale sometime between 
April and July. 

Gigatron has a number of 
other new products in the 


wings, including an Amiga 
with a 08020 on the mother- 
board which expands the 
normal Amiga ram limit 
from nine meg to 3,0 giga- 
bytes, For more details of 
UK availability contact Jerry 
Howells at Fast Forward 
Marketing on 021 333 3563. 

Exhibitions 
group is 
expanding 

DATABASE Exhibitions 
which was responsible for 
the pre-Christmas record- 
breaking Computer Shopper 


Show at Alexandra Palace 
has been taken over by the 
Blenheim Exhibitions 
Group, 

Database was formed in 
1982 by the Cheshire-based 
Europuss Group and after 
five years growth was pro- 
ducing more than a dozen 
shows a year attracting 
more than 1,000 exhibitors 
and almost 200,000 visitors. 
Two years ago it launched 
the International Desktop 
Publishing Show r and this 
year it inaugurated the 
European Computer Trade 
Show. 

Blenheim is Europe’s 
leading independent exhibi- 
tions and conference organ- 
iser, Among its 2 0 0 
European exhibitions and 

>■ 


DMA Design, the program- 
ming team responsible for 
Blood Money, has moved 
into hardware. Designed as 
a tool for programmers, The 
Monster Cartridge offers 
many of (he features which 
were popular on toolkits for 
the C&4. A really smart 
peripheral, it has a 288 pro- 
cessor and cither ltik or 64k 
ram. 

The cartridge has a full 
68(ioo disassembler with 
automatic disassembly from 
the Program Counter on 
entry, A copper disassem- 
bler shows hardware regis- 
ters with proper names 
(COLORO rather than $130). 
lust the thing for examining 
hackers' demos. 

Al] standard monitor 
commands are available, 
including the ability to 


dump, edit and search 
memory. A slow mode 
option forces software to 
run at one hundredth nor- 
mal speed. 

The software for the Mon- 
ster is on disc. This is great 
for easy upgrades or cus- 


tomising the software. The 
Monster64 has some extra 
special features: A hi-res 
monitor screen, DM Ados to 
allow the reading and writ- 
ing of data even if the oper- 
ating system is completely 
dead, and screen grabbing 
that saves the current 


screen as an IFF file. 

The success rate in being 
able to stop any software, 
take over the display, have 
a look around memory and 
disassemble is claimed to be 
100 per cent. 

DMA Design will produce 


poke sheets for many popu- 
lar games allowing infinite 
lives and energy. 

Software is being written 
to allow recovery of data 
after a guru crash. If for you 
are typing some text or 
source, and the Amiga 
gurus while saving, press 


the monster button, use the 
SEARCH command to find 
the text and then use DMA- 
dos to save. Converting Fdes 
from DM Ad os to Amiga Dos 
is simple with the utility 
provided. 

The Monster cartridge 
wilt even interrupt disc 
loading and resume the 
load for all types of disc 
access. 

Pricing is not yet final but 
expect around £70 for Mon- 
sterlG and £90 for mon- 
ster64. 

The Monster Cartridge is 
available for the 
A500/AHJOO and plugs into 
the expansion bus. It does 
not carry the bus through, 
which means it won't work 
with an A590. A card for 
the Amiga 2000 is a possible 
development. 


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developer’s dream 


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ACCESSORIES 

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FULL usb is made of the Amiga's intuition in a new link- 
up with the Cambridge Z88 from Music Suite (0239 
710594). 

Z88-Amiga link provides a Friendly interface for archiv- 
ing Z88 files on Amiga discs, it converts Z88 Files for the 
Amiga’s ProText and Scribble word processors and vice 
versa, converts Z88 files for use on Superbase, can send 
Z88 printer output to parallel printers and is also available 
in French and German language conversions. 

Thu software costs £19,95 and link cables £12.95. 


> 

ouferences are 70 based on 
information technology. 

"Database will signifi- 

antly strengthen our exist- 
iag portfolio of successful 
information technology 
events", said Blenheim's UK 
executive chairman. David 
Jones. "There is clearly 
tremendous potential to 
accelerate the moves 
Database have already made 
into continental Europe by 
networking with our pan 
European capability”. 

Managing director of 
Database Michael Meakin 
added:” Joining Blenheim 
will open up many new 
avenues for developing the 
company in the internation- 
al computer marketplace. 
The outstanding success of 
our first European Comput- 
er Trade Show underlined 
for us the importance of 
expanding into Europe and 
with 1992 coming ever clos- 
er we intend to capitalise on 
the increased export oppor- 
tunities that are rapidly 
becoming available”. 

The present directors of 
Database Exhibitions will 
remain with the company. 

GCSE packs 
for Amiga 

EDUCATIONAL software 
house LCL (0491 579345) 
has launched Amiga ver- 
sions of three of its best sell- 
ing programs. 

Taking pupils from 1 1 
years up to GCSE, Micro 
Maths ranges from simple 
topics such as averages and 
percentages up to advanced 
work including calculus 
and matrices. Each program 
includes instructions, an 
unlimited number of prob- 


Stop thief 

SOFT STORE is offering a 
reward of an Amiga 500 
for information leading to 
she conviction of thieves 
who stole a Vortex hard 
drive, serial number SN 
98010741 A, a Roland 
CM 3 2 music modulo, 
serial number ZA 31142, 
and a couple of Amigas. If 
you can help please ring 
Alan Ratt on 08 2 8 
668320- 


lems and complete explana- 
tions of wrong answers. 

Covering an age range 
from eight years old up to 
GCSE, Micro French 
emphasises practical French 
using passages from news- 
papers and signs found in 
France. 

It also teaches users how 
speak French and is consid- 
ered suitable for travellers 
as well as students. 

Also spanning the eight to 
GCSE range. Micro English 
includes more than 580 
questions with some pro- 
grams incorporating real 
speech to back up the writ- 
ten work. 

ALL LCL courses have 
been adapted to fit in with 
the national curriculum and 
consist of 24 programs, two 
hooks and a voice tape 
where appropriate. They 
each cost £24. 

Hackers get 
respite 

NEW laws to curb computer 
hacking have been left out 
of the Government’s pro- 
posed legislation for the 
coming year. 

While Secretary of State 
for Trade and industry 
Nicholas Ridley commend- 
ed the recent Law Commis- 
sion report on computer 
misuse (see Amiga Comput- 


ing, January) and recognised 
that it is a nettle which 
must be grasped, he has sur- 
prisingly failed to act, 

A spokeswoman for the 
Department of Trade and 
Industry said: "The govern- 
ment has a heavy legislative 
programme for this session 
and other matters have 
taken precedence".. 

DIY Midi 
interface kit 
released 

GOOD news for do-it-your- 
self electronics enthusiasts 
who like to make music 
with thoir Amigas. 

Alba Computing (031-316 
4171) has launched an easy 
to assemble Amiga Midi 
interface kit which allows 
the Amiga to interface 
directly to a Midi network 
of synthesisers, drum 
machines and other com- 
puters, 

"The interface is unique 
because it can he used with 
the Amiga A 1000, A500 and 
A200Q models by thu sim- 
ple flick of a switch", said 
Steve Simpson of Aiba, 

It includes an etched PCB 
with component reference 
guide, opto-isolator and all 
the necessary resistors, cap- 
cacitors, sockets, connectors 
and cables. Price, £23,95. 


Commodore 
picks new 
marketing 
team 

BEEFING up its European 
operations. Commodore 
has formed a new market- 
ing arm led by marketing 
vice-president of Com- 
modore International Peter 
Saytey, 

Called Commodore Mar- 
keting international, its 
brief is to bring a consis- 
tent and aggressive 
approach to the marketing 
of Commodore products 
through its European sub- 
sidiaries. 

After joining Commo- 
dore from Compaq last 
summer, Bayley lakes the 
roll of managing director 
with the new organisation 
and has gathered about 
him what is claimed to be 
"Europe s most powerful IT 
marketing team". 

Director of product mar- 
keting is 37-year-old Jim 
Horsborough who was pre- 
viously international mar- 
keting manager with Lotus 
Development International, 

Director of channel strat- 
egy is Peter Turner, 40, 
who was UK general man- 
ager of Amarante, a sub- 
sidiary of Trinitech. 

Taking on the director- 
ship of marketing commu- 
nications is 42-year-old 
Mike Grant, the former 
vice-president ol interna- 
tional marketing services 
and communications with 
ICL and director of market 
research is Eddy Marie, 43, 
a multi-discipline, multilin- 
gual consultant who joins 
Commodore Marketing 
International from Cegos 
Makrotest. 

Completing the tine-up is 
director of strategic mar- 
keting Simon Dismore. 33. 
from NEC. 

'We are putting new and 
coherent marketing strate- 
gies into place and will be 
providing a degree of sup- 
port to our national sub- 
sidiaries which will enable 
each of them to take a 
stronger position in their 
particular markets ', said 
Bayley. 


AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 11 






AMIGA SCENE 


More people 
going for IT 

COMPUTERS can now be 
found in more than a quar- 
ter of British homes and 
public attitudes have shown 
a marked swing towards 
greater acceptance of infor- 
mation technology. This is 
revealed in a major survey 
carried out by MORJ (Mar- 
ket & Opinion Research 
International) and commis- 
sioned by Computer Man- 
agement Group, Europe's 
largest independent man- 
agement and IT consultants. 

Although home owner- 
ship of computers has risen 
dramatically, serious use of 
those machines is not so 
high. Not surprisingly, 
games are the most popular 
use with 70 per cent opting 
for simple shoot 'em ups and 
26 per cent guing lor the 
more serious games. 

Twenty six per cent of 
owners use a word proces- 
sor, 13 per cent do their 
accounts cm computer, 11 
per cent use a database, 10 
per cent prepare graphics, 
and six per cent use spread- 
sheets and design applica- 
tions. 

Most dramatic changes 
are shown in schools. In 
1982 less than one out of 
eight British primary 
schuolchildren used a com- 
puter at school but today 
this proportion has risen to 
three quarters. Half of 
Britain's secondary pupils 
used computers at school in 
1982 but today nearly nine 
out of ten do so. 

Demo discs 
made easier 


MASTER Sound, the latest 
Amiga offering from 
Microdeal (0726 68020), is a 
sound sampler featuring 
advanced sampling, editing 
and sequencing software . 

It allows users to record 
sounds into the Amiga from 
personal cassettes, compact 
discs and the like. The 
sounds can be edited in a 
wide variety of ways then 
incorporated into demos 
and programs or played 
back along with other sam- 
ples. Master Sound's editor 



MjcmcJerji's Master Sound Editor in operation 


includes a realtime spec- 
trum analyser and oscillo- 
scope which alluws users to 
monitor frequency content 
and volume thus ensuring 
that sample quality remains 
good. 

The Master sound demo 
allows sequenced sounds to 
be played back from the 
sequencer while displaying 
IFF picture files. Master 
Sound for the Amiga costs 
£39.95 plus £1 postage and 
packing. 

Learning at 
home 

PARENTS who would like 
to start their children read- 
ing before school age or give 
them valuable back-up 
tuition while at school will 
soon be able to enlist the 
help of I heir Amiga with a 
home version of Play and 
Read from educational soft- 
ware house Prisma (0244 
326244). 

Play and Read features a 
central character called Prof 
who helps children learn to 


They gotta 
horse 

CHOOSING winners, not 
zebras is the boast of the 
latest betting program to 
hit the Amiga market - The 
Tipster from T.A.M. Mar- 
keting (0392 215485). 

Complete with instruc- 
tions and a fast entry data 
sheet, the program stores 
race information to give 
punters selection tips on 
each horse the next time 
it is running. The Amiga 
disc contains a program 
which installs The Tipsier 
onto a hard drive. 

It wili evaluate national 
hunt and flat races and 
will also accept handicap 
and non-handicap races 
covering up to 999 horses 
and an unlimited number 
of races. Necessary data 
is entered from The Rac- 
ing Post, start-up help is 
available on helpline for 
30 days and on Read Me 
fiies. Available by post. 
The Tipsier cosls C29.95, 


Mail mix 
speeds the 


THERE are some cases 
where the old and the new 
can he combined to advan- 
tage and this is currently 
being shown by the 
MicroLink cum ms service. 

Now fully operational is 
its Telemessages facility 
where a message starts its 
life in the ulta-modsrn 
realms of electronic com- 
puter mail and ends up 
being delivered by the post- 
man. 

This Email start and snail 
mail finish is not the para- 
dox i| seems. Allowing for 
the fact that not everyone 
has a telephone hut all have 
a postal address, it provides 
MicroLink subscribers with 
an even wider base for com- 
munication. 

Users key in their mes- 
sage which is then transmit- 
ted to a post office in the 
recipient's area from where 
a print-out in an envelope is 
delivered tu the door. 

The service is aimed at 
that urgent message for a 
host of recipients who may 
not have telephones hut 
need to be contacted with 
all speed. 

Network deal 

CONTINUING its commit- 
ment to open systems, 
Amiga Centre Scotland 
(031-557 4242) has signed a 
deal with Syndesis Corpora- 
tion for the rights tu market 
its forthcoming TSSnet 
product in the UK. 

A software implementa- 
tion of D EC net for the 
Amiga range, it provides 
both ethernet and serial 
connection and fully sup- 
ports X Windows, 


read and includes five illus- 
trated reading books plus 
story cassette. There are 
also plans for a schools 
Amiga version. 

"Play and Read, has 
proved so successful in 
schools that the logical next 
step was to publish home 
versions", said Prisma’s 
Jason Salisbury. The Amiga 
version is likely to cost 
£29,99. 


Computer art goes on show 

AMIGA art is alive and well and living in Switzerland, 
The Gallery Shirley in Geneva recently staged the coun- 
try’s first computer art contest for the Amiga. Entries 
included drawings in two and three dimensions and ani- 
mations. 

Those taking part were graphic artists, art students, com- 
puter enthusiasts and high school pupils. To accompany 
the event, New Yorker Steve Berkowitz provided music 
made with the Amiga. 


12 AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 








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WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt 
last year’s biggest success on the 
computer leisure scene was EA’s 
Populous. 

la the UK it has been voted by 
the industry as Best Original 18 Bit 
Game of 1989. The developer, 
Bulldog, has been awarded the cov- 
eted title of Programmer of the 
Year. 

At the Tilt awards in France, 
Populous picked up Best Strategy 
Game, while Sweden's leading 
magazine, Dator, voted it not only 
Game of the Year hut Game of the 
Decade as well. 

Sales of the game across Europe 
on the Amiga and ST have now 
passed the BO .000 mark. Bulldog is 
currently coding Populous II for 
roll -.a™ later this vear. 





TENCEN is proud of having the 
rights to Escape from the Planet of 
the Robot Monsters, a game which 
catapults you into the thrilling 
world of comics, it says here. 

An army of reptilious has 
enslaved the humans stationed on 
Planet X; they are being forced Lo 
create a robot army destined to 
destroy Earth! You take control of 
Jake and Duke as they fight their 
wav through hordes of robots in 


Cartoon coin-op 
conversion 


search of Professor Sarah Bellum, 

At the end of each factory level 
the heroes are shown their reward 
status and must race to the next 
factory lo set free more captives. 
Points are earned for each cap- 
tive freed, but it is hungry work 


and food lockers must be broken 
into to gain extra energy. 

Escalators can be a real problem 
because they have to be switched 
on to gut them moving - and the 
switch is, of course, never near the 
escalator. 

"It's like opening the pages of a 
comic", Tengen PR person Clare 
Edgeley told Amigo Arcade. "Thu 
presentation and feel of the game is 
superb". 



CYBERBALL is a game played by 
robots - American Football at its 
most violent, full of colliding metal 
and exploding shrapnel 

You can choose your team from 
the likes of the Los Angeles 
Assassins and the New York 
Enforcers and select from more 
than 100 offensive and defensive 

plays. . 

the challenge of the game lies in 
working out the right tactics to 
annihilate the opposing team. The 
hall, some 3ft in diameter, weighs 
3501b* and is made up of steel and 
high explosive. The robots are 2()it 
tall, 8ft wide and weigh in at 
2,0f>0lbs. 

Converted from the Atari coin- 
op by Tengen, Cyberball costs 
£19,99 and is in the shops now. 


Burn and rule 


DWARF MOUNTAIN lies al the 
heart of the Land of Anrea, At its 
summit stands a great castle. Three 
people crave the secret of immor- 
tality that lies within the throne 
ruom. 

This is the scenario for Dragons 
Breath, the new game from Palace 
Software coded by Andrew Bailey 
with Simon Hnnter on graphics 
and David Hanlon on sound. 

It can be played by up to three 
people, any of the characters being 
controlled by either humans or 
computer. 

Throughout the game each 
player will have to buy information 
and ingredients for spells from 
passing traders, Building a fighting 







NEW out the 16 Blitz label is 
Hunter Killer, a combat submarine 
simulation developed in the States 
by Solarco, 

You embark on a series of mis- 
sions frnm straightforward search 
and destroy sorties to escort duties 
modelled on real WWO campaigns. 
Thera are 11 different submarines 
and 14 separate missions lo 
attempt at a range of difficulty lev- 
els, as well as practice patrols. 

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: of dragons will help you lo 

capture, govern and retain village!). 

Your ultimate goal will be to 
' - ; and retain the parts of the tab 
isman which, when complete, will 
take you to Dwarf Mountain. 

This is not a game lo be played 


in five minutes", Palace boss Pete 
Stnne told Amiga Arcade , 
Depending on the skills of the 
individual players, a game can con- 
tinue indefinitely". 

Dragons Breath will be out in 
“early 1990" priced at £29,99. 



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-5 marine classics like Silent 
service and Hunt for Red October, 
time will tell, but at £4.99 it 
5 to be outstanding value. 

Hot on the heels of Hunter Killer 
» be two mom original titles on 
v- 16 Blitz budget label - Conflict, 
• mulation of the politics and 
- . n jinks of the Middle East, and 
-.mrland, a gothic whodunnit 
written by Mike Singleton, the 
■ ^r- behind such classics as Lord 
Mi might and Shadow fax. 




A life on the ocean waves 


BRODERBUND is to release the 
Amiga version of Typhoon 
Thompson, Taking control of a 
one-man jet sled, you must find 
and rescue a babv being held cap- 
tive by the sea sprites of the 
ocean planet Agtiar. 

High speed chases are the 
order of the day, and controlling 
your sled in pursuit of an escap- 
ing sea sprite is no easy matter. 
Catching the sprite is even 
harder. 

The challenge lies in jetting to 
each of the many clusters of 
islands to find a weapon. To get 
each weapon you will first have 
to deal with the flyers and then 


the sprites, The flyers jump out of 
the islands and have to be shot. 
Each has a different property and 
will try to push vou around, sink 
your sied, suck you towards them 
or zap you permanently, 

Having seen off the flyer you 
turn your attention to the cutesy 
sprite which is logging it away 
frum the island as fast as it tan. 

Hang around too long and if 
will change into a fish and rush 
back to the island - and then 
you’ll have to start the process all 
over again, 

Typhoon Thompson will cost 
£19.99 and is scheduled for 
release late Fehmarv- 



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100% Stunt Car Racer 
94% Space Quest 111 
93% Indy Adventure 
89% Sim City 
85% Hard Drivitf 
84% Laser Squad 
78% Time 
69% Darius+ 

62% Weird Dreams 
53% Nevermind 
53% Knight Force 
26% Hellraiser 


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AMIGA ARC 


New recruits 


for MicroProse 


HAVING decided over a year ago to 
source fif'd develop software in the 
UK, MicroProse, the American soft’ 
ware house fa cued for its war simu- 
lations, has at last got round to 
forming an in-house development 

team, , 

Three programmers have 
already been recruited, Malcolm 
Hellon, Tim Walter and Adrian 
Scotney, with more expected this 
month. Their main arena of work 
will be in the coding of original 
simulation games and aiding ^ the 
conversion or MicroProse US prod- 
ucts, traditionally written on the 
PC, to the Amiga and ST- 

Amigo Arcode wishes the new 
team every success, and hopes this 
new era of growth for the company 
will help to prevent bugs creeping 
into the Amiga conversions of 
MicroProse games. 




far Electronic Ms means he VJflg lo wear the company mfo 


From I eft to right: Malcolm Mellon. Tim 
'Waller and Adrian Scotney. (fi^eorc of 
MicroPros?’* new in-house W bit 
development I earn 


Bombs away! 


WINGS OF FURY - surprise, sur- 
prise - is a flying game. Your mis- 
sion is to provide air support for a 
heavily damaged aircraft earner, 
the USS Wasp, during the final 
years of WWll Your plane is a 
Hellcat, armed with machine guns, 
bombs, rockets and torpedoes. 

The game isn't a simple shoot- 
‘em-up, There are seven ranks 
under which you fly, each offering 
a more challenging sal of missions 
and objectives than the last. 
Remote and close-up views are fea- 
tured. along with a simultaneous 
3U display from the cockpit. 

Should be available now at 
£19,99 on the Broderbund label. 


THE Electronic Arts’ follow up to 
The Hound of Shadow will be 
Imperium, a complex strategy' 
game simulating 1 ,000 years of 
human development from 202 fl l° 
3020. Your aim will he to become 
the last surviving emperor of the 


galaxy, which will involve manip- 
ulation of economic, diplomatic, 
political and military matters. 

Imperium is programmer Nick 
Wilson's first 16 bit project. He is 
being helped by game designer 
Matthew Stibbe, whose past expe- 


rience is in computer wargames, 
and graphics artist Karl Copley, 
the man responsible for the stun- 
ning sepia graphics in The Hound 
of Shadow. 

Scheduled for release in March 
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scrolling shoot-’em- ups, 
the words ‘'veritable plethora" 
would adequately describe the 
number of them for The Machine 
That Does El Better, If we limit the 
search to really good ones, there’s 
two that spring to- mind. Battle 
Squadron isn't one of these two - it 
neatly sidesteps the competition 
and comes in number one by the 
fabled long chalk. 

Now you might think these art? 
mighty big words - indeed, most of 
diem have more than five letters - 
but Battle Squadron doesn’t deign 
to be the sequel to any other game, 
even though the same folks did 
HvbTis. which is also in the lop 
three. 

Nor does it have a rather insipid 
tune licensed from somewhere 
else, Battle Squadron shows that 
there’s plenty of new tricks in the 
old shoot- em-up dog. 

Style permeates this fabulous 
production. In homage to the age 
old tradition. Battle Squadron 
sports a plot of such horrific 
inconsequence that it would gag a 


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games how host. 

yea, if is written (hot Com- 
manders Mayer and Bergen were 
returning from a successful recon- 
naissunce mission deep into the 
heart of the Bnrrax Empire. 

And, fo. a great big huge ginor- 
n wus flying if ting did appear close 
by. And the good commanders saw 
that it hod very large guns and had 
"Burrax" written on its side and 
generally could he considered by 
off and sundry as a hummer. 

And from this great big huge 
ginormous flying thing there did 
appear a true for beam, and ivefe 
nut talking Massey-Fergusons here. 
And if did proceed fo draw (he 
commanders’ ship towards it and 
the commanders were a wee inf 
worried. Buf in the tost garbfed 
message they did manage to say 
that it icon 't be much fun getting 
us out, so you’d better send some - 
thing prettyzappy. 

You are that something. And 
you have a whoie piunet to destroy 
before tea time. 

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honoured way via joystick, or 
mouse if you're feeling silly Or are 
p laver two. Or both. 

the play area is a full 256-line, 
'•4 -colour (or 32-colour and some 
extremely clever shading] scroller, 
with tiny strips shaved off the 
sides to give it the perfect arcade 
aspect ratio, Your weapons can be 
upgraded through more than 25 
levels to a degree that the only way 
the flying nasties can get to you is 
■rum the sides. They know that 
irick, and they use it. 

There are some phenomenally 
i unning enemies that can turn well 
nigh invisible before trying to catch 
you unawares. There are also some 
incredibly stupid ones which have 
to rely ou very thick armour and a 
very high rate of fire. Both work 
out equally nasty. 

If you took an Amiga running 
Battle Squadron, put it in a laiyge 
wooden hox and put it in an 
arcade, it would compete on level 
'firms with dedicated mac hines 
with really fast processors and 


more memory than you could 
shake a stick at. 

The attract mode is very pleas- 
antly noisy, and ihu fine in-game 
effects don't seem to suffer any 
when you have the equally fine 
tune running. These people really 
know how to make the Amiga sing. 

Everyone went gaga over Xenon 
H, and rightly so - it was the best 
available then. But now Battle 
Squadron is the best, Xenon II 
scored the perfect 1(10 per cent. 
How can we express lhal Battle 
Squadron ts even better? Hmmm. 
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GAMES ■ 




(keen Hills - the very expensive part 
of Fbydsburg 


B EING a mayor isn't, as is 
widely held, all about dress- 
ing up in silly frocks and leading a 
procession untie a year. Well, 
maybe a bit of it is, but there are 
some pretty tough decisions to be 
made too, like what areas of natu- 
ral boautv to destroy and industri- 
alise, how high to set the rates, 
building roads In combat traffic 
congestion and building expensive 
residential areas for incredibly rich 
people - like mayors - to live in, 
Sim City will terraform a suit- 
able landscape for you and set the 
clack back to the year 1900. How 
the Now Town development pro- 
ceeds from here is up to you. 

Remember, the social make-up 
of the town depends on these early 
stages - one wrong plan and ii 
could he Milton Keynes for thou- 
sands of innocents. You are in a 
position of great social responsibil- 
ity- 

The first thing to do is build a 
power station - man cannot live by 
candle alone. Along with this deci- 
sion comes your first quandary - 


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If you put the lax up too much everyone will get upset and move to another city 


coal or nuclear? 

A coal power station is consider- 
ably cheaper hut causes more envi- 
ronmental damage, and pollution 
is one of the factors that effects 
population growth- Nuclear, while 
more expensive, is a lot cleaner 
unless, of course, you have a melt- 
down. 

Already you are making deci- 
sions which will effect the struc- 
ture of the city to come. In fact, the 
early decisions are far more impor- 
tant than those taken later on. 

Growth of the city will critically 
depend on how high you set the 
tax rate and bow much valuable 


land you cultivate for the popu- 
lace. the initiBl considerations am 
for power, transport and zoning 
regions for industry, commerce and 
residents. 

It is important to note that you 
do not actually build on any of the 
zoned regions, your population 
docs, If you zone a residential 
region in the middle of an indus- 
trial wasteland, don't expect many 
people to go and live there, 

The challenge therefore is not 
merely to provide a certain amount 
□f accommodation for each of the 
city's functions but to use a piece 
of land for the purpose for which it 


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is most suited. 

Furthermore, each zoning deci- 
sion you take will effect the suit- 
ability of neighbouring property for 
a particular task, due to reasons of 
traffic, pollution and land value. 
As the city grows, so will other fac- 
tors, like pollution, crime and traf- 
fic density, 

Police stations are a good idea, 
and if you are planning for a 
Pudding Lane then a few fire 
departments might gu down well, 
too. Of course, all this costs money, 
and the only place to get it is via 
the annual rates demand. It's a 
good thing you don't have to get re- 
elected. 

just when you think you have it 
all worked out the trade figures 
suffer a slight blip, commerce 
slumps, the taxes must go up and 
before you know it the last of the 
fleeing population have you hang- 
ing upside-down in your lovingly 
sculptured town square. 

Presentation doesn't mean much 
in a game like this, but great care 
has been taken to make your 
metropolis look as brilliant as it 
was designed, 

Sim City follows tbe simple phi- 
losophy of a game called Kingdom, 
which was widely popular in the 
days when programming meant 
wearing a white coat and flicking 
switches - define a few simple 
rules that describe a reality and 
then explore the mathematics. This 
it does excellently. 


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capsule bearing the seemingly life- 
less body, drifted across the space 
lanes until it halted, gripped in the 
searing tight of a powerful tractor 
beam. 

Hauled from (he void and tipped 
unceremoniously on to a pile of 
garbage within a vast ship, you 
awaken to find the the fate of the 
galaxy is once more in your hands. 
Roger Wilco - space hero - has 
returned. 

Elmo Pugg, the evil owner of 
Scumsoft Software, has scan- 
dalised game players throughout 
the known worlds by kidnapping 
the two writers of the fabulous 
Astro-Chicken video game and 
imprisoned them in his secret lair. 

You must find some way to 
build a working ship from the piles 
of junk which surround you, fly to 
the nearby worlds, search for clues 
and finally rescue the "Ttoo Guys 
from Andromeda". And it's nearly 
tea- time already! 

Speaking of food, don't forget to 
stop at Monolilh Burgers, the last 
fast-food parlour before you hit the 
Milky Way. Monsters from all over 
the galaxy will be queueing there 
to pick up a Whoppa-Burger and 
fries - with added grease. 

Your new ship is fitted with the 
latest laser guns and defensive 
shields. Your navigation system is 
fired up and ready to go, There's 
lots lo do and see out there, so let’s 
gel the lead out and make tracks for 
the nearest planet. 

This eagerly awaited addition to 
the Space Quest series is all that 
game players could wish for. 
Artists from the world of TV car- 


were difficult enough, you'll soon 
discover that you have an addi- 
tional problem in the shape of an 
fift android Seems like someone 
has put a price on your head, and 
this deadly Terminator intends to 
collect it the hard wav 


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toon animation have been assem- 
bled to create Sierra's most lavish 
graphic adventure so far. 

Combined with super music and 
realistic sound effects, Space Quest 
III is a feast for both eyes and ears. 
Lucky owners of the Roland sound 
module will be able to enjoy the 
even more sophisticated music 
which the game is capable of pro- 
ducing. 

In addition to finding lots of 
silly objects to help you solve the 


puzzles - fancy some temperature- 
controlled boxer shorts? - you 
must also play a few arcade 
sequences. 

There is a space battle to he 
fought with pirate ships, a boxing 
match in which you control a giant 
robot, plus the opportunity to play 
Astro-Chicken itself. Visit the Fun- 
World on planet Phleebut and play 
Hopscotch across the lava flows on 
a volcanic moon. 

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Value 


Overall - 94% 


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Before setting off for Venice you 
can travel to your father's house to 
pick up sume useful objects. If you 
survive the deadly traps protecting 
the tomb of the crusader, your trail 
will lead onward to an old castle in 
Germany. 

Rescuing your father and escap- 
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(boo!) will Enable you to pay a call 
on Hitler himself, before you make 
a further dash in a Zepplin to the 
Holy Lands. 

Here your most dangerous test 
awaits - three trials of faith must 
be endured before the secret of the 
Grail is at fast revealed. 

To make this adventure even 
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pensing with typing completely. 
You may pick up and use objects, 
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Berlin and give you the chance to 


The! diary must be around here somewhere 


F ollowing in the footsteps 

of the old crusaders, buth the 
Nazis (boo!) and Indiana Jones 
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war-lorn Europe for the Holy Grail, 
With the aid of your father's diary 
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low a trail which leads from the 
rat-infested catacombs of Venice 
into the very heart of the Third 
Reich. 

Having got yourself into another 
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eccentric father is also stuck in the 
Wolf's Lair, so it's double trouble 
for the man in the Fedora. 


Try "p ush grid “ for a faugh 



2ii AMIGA COMPUTING March 1930 








GAMES 



Hirmm- Perhaps wasn't sue/i a good idw 


retrieve the book, 

For this reason you may play 
'ections of the game which have 
not been seen by other players who 
have completed the quest. A score 
of Indy's IQ is given to indicate 
how well you are doing in the solv- 
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From time to time the view of 
the screen will changB to an over- 
head perspective, This is used in a 
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castle corridors. 

The animation and background 
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music and sound effects build up 
The atmosphere and do a great job 
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Sim. 

Like the movie, this game is big. 
Bv avoiding the temptation to push 
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Indy \dvttniurt; 

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Sound 


Graphics 


Gameplay 


Value 



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Software for the 1 990s 


Amor, the makers of PROTEXT, are pleased to 
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But you do not n&ed Pretext to use 
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Amiga owners please note that you 
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Variable length fields, up tn 300 rieid* par 

record. Fteldi up in B99 thwart*™ per field. (Mufti- 
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Extra, ft**ds may be added al any time 

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indexes- |o change sorting method . 

f lexible layout design includes new, te* and 
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Uttering of data using any expression. Filters 
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Importing and exporting of data in different 

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NEVERMIND 

Life is too short 


T HERE are some games which 
have great names and some 
great games with simple names. 
- arc is it indeed to find a game 
which boasts a splendid monicker 
ind has sparkling gameplay. 
Nevermind is not one of those 
games. 

Rather it is an exercise in 
‘edium with a name that aspires to 
;t. yet is as sharp as a lump of 
:lay and conjures up images of 
T.pomisheci mothers patting a 
: :itlish child on the head in conso- 
.aiion that Santa did not after ail be 
D-nng the shiny new mountain bike 
that was in the window of Toys R 
Us, 

Nevermind is a game which con- 
the spark of a good idea, but 
iias that spark has been trodden 
mto the dirt in the galloping rush 
produce some sort of game, This 
- an isometric 3D affair, a reprise 
; the style made famous by 
Ultimate some years ago. 


Unfortunately there the similarity 
ends, because Psvc lapse, in a hid to 
advance the concept, has led it up 
a blind alley, 

in general, each screen repre- 
sents or contains a puzzle. 
Completion of the puzzle leads the 
player to the next screen, Gravity is 
orientated to whichever wall you 
happen to be walking on, which oft 
leads to much head twisting and 
turning in order to correctly align 
the character on screen 

The basic thrust of the game is 
tu re assemble a picture on one of 
the walls. Parts of the picture are 
scattered about all over the room. 
However, it is not such a simple a 
matter as walking from wall to wall 
carrying the pieces and dropping 
them into the correct position. 
Instead there are teleport squares, 
and it is down to you to find the 
correct sequence of squares to 
travel around the room. 

Pieces of the picture may 


already be in place, but in the 
wrong position, so identifying the 
form of the picture and then assem- 
bling the elements in the correct 
order adds to the mental manoeu- 
vring. 

Neither is it as easy as picking 
up the pieces and dropping them 
on the picture once you have found 
the way to get to it. There are chess 
pieces which steal parts of the pic- 
ture, causeways which dissolve, 
and horrible shifts in perception. 

Some of the puzzles are quite 
easy and straightforward while oth- 
ers are tremendously tricky. After 
completion of a certain number a 
password is given so that the chal- 
lenge can be taken up from there at 
the start of the next or any subse- 
quent game. 

If this all sounds quite Interest- 
ing and subtly refreshing, all I can 
say is it could have been if it 
weren't for two two things. The 
first is that the time limit to com- 


plete a room is very tight. Even 
having watched the computer com- 
plete a room and then simply try- 
ing to replicate it in time is 
difficult enough. The terrible thing 
is that you are only graced with 
one life. 

Well done Psyclapse, this isn't a 
case of shooting yourself in the 
fool, it’s a case of blowing both feet 
right off, 

Duncan Evans 


Ye verm /nd 

ms» 

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Sound 

Graphic:* 

(iamcplay 

Value 


Overall - 53% 




AMIGA COMPUTING March m. to 







STUNT CAR RACER 

The chase is on 


I MAGINE a race with only two 
cars, oath as fast and powerful 
as the one Nigel Mansell drives al 
work, each with wheels like a trac- 
tor and suspension tn match, Now 
put them on a track which is closer 
to a big dipper than Brands Hatch. 

This is the flight nf fantasy taken 
by Geoff Gramnumd. And while 
mere mortals would have to go 
hack to daydreaming, he - the pro- 


gramming genius responsible for 
Aviator, Revs and Sentinel - lias 
turned it into a reality. 

The game was started at Firebird 
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Geoff was given free rein to write 
whatever he wanted and lake as 
much time as he liked. Nol the 
usual contract, The results prove 
that the unusual pays. 

Free from deadlines and the 


confines of an arcade conversion. 
Stunt Car Racer is the best driving 
game ever produced, 

Controls are simple - if you 
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Steering self-centres on the straight 
bits. The fire button provides a not 
too limited supplv of boost and the 
dashboard shows if you are in the 
lead or have set the fastest lap, The 
distinctly dated speedo reads up to 


Fust polygons moke for exciting ganwplav. even ™ the serial Ijxri 


Welch your speed at the top of steep bills - loo fast and it's wheeeee... 


250. Then it wraps around for 
higher speeds. 

Minimalist controls leave you to 
worry about racing line. Not just 
corners, but how fast to go up the 
hills. Tear up a ramp, boost blaz- 
ing, to find a corner just over the 
apex and you will be airborne 
without a track to land on. When 
pro racing drivers talk about 
“falling off”, they dnn't mean this. 

Rut leaving the track is part of 
the fun. There are jumps to negoti- 
ate where speed is critical, Too 
slow and you won't make it. Too 
fast and you'll land hard, wrecking 
the chassis. 

Damage is shown as a crack 
which works its wav across the top 
of the screen. Really hard bumps 
show up as holes which cannot be 
repaired between races. So it is 
very important nut to fall off, 

keeping to the tarmac becomes 
less easy es the chassis damage 
starts to affect your handling. Enter 
too tight and you’ll slide off the 


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■'ide of a corner, (no fast and 
you'll shoot off | he edge. 

The computer-driven opponent 
■'■11 help you off the circuit, 
though it seems to be impossible 
knock the computer off. Single 
. layer races are conducted against 
- motley crew of nine other 
in vers. The aim is to win in each 
' he four leagues and maJtc it to 
top of class utie. 

You need to learn the tracks. My 
• uurite is the Roller Coaster - 
arvus tight as a tourniquet, slopes 
which make the Alps look flat. You 
in get up breakneck speeds, but 



make a mistake and the crane will 
have to hoist you hack on to the 
track. 

The game really comes into its 
own when you race against friends, 
either in a league, or ideally by 
using ihe two-computer dataiink. 
Even linking a vanilla machine to 
the fastest Amiga you can huy 
works perfectly 

There aru no prutlv sprites or j 
cop perl 1st skies, just a few smart 
title screens between races and 


shots of the winner's podium, The 
whole thing is rounded off nicely 
by a comprehensive manual with a 
potted history of motor sport and 
some great action photos, Mo one 
could identify all the earn. 

In future years, when most 
games have been forgotten and 
aged joystick jockies reminisce of 
the games of their youth, Stunt Car 
Racer will be one of the titles 
which gets cited as a true classic, 

Rockman 


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Y OU have seen the future, and 
it is nut good- Not good at all. 
In fact, it's terrible. Everyone dies. 
Mot very enjoyable. You've seen it 
because you've been there, In a 
time machine. 

Confusing things, time 
machines. !f you've seen the future, 
can you go back to the past and 
change it? If so, how could you 
have seen it in the first place? It 
doesn’t exist any more, Or does it? 

I had that Robert Huirtlein in the 
back of mv cab once... 

All these paradoxes are quite 
rightly swept aside by Empire 
Software, which uses the old adage 
"never let physics get in the way of 
a good story”, The only snag is that 
if time travel did indeed exist as 
described, the entire fabric of the 
space-lime continuum would be in 
a constant state of nnn-coiiserva- 
lional energy flux, and not in a 
fixed new Ionian frame of reference, 
but what the heck, it's only a game. 

Time is an adventure spanning 
several thousand years of Earth his- 
tory, from the era of the Roman 
Emperors to a period in the possi- 
ble future when Earth has been 
ecologically destroyed. To avoid 
the main character constantly get- 
ting old and dying, a major plot 
device is that brilliant H.G, Wells 
invention, the time machine. 

An approach normally kept 
locked into shoot-'em-ups is the 
multiple game scenario, all linked 


via some central theme. 
Occasionally ideas spill over into 
other game formats, and Time is 
quite happy to plagiarise from as 
many sources as possible to pro- 
duce a potentially original plot, 
tying several small games together 
into one. 

Our hero arrives on the orbiting 
satellite, Historsat, a giant floating 
library of Earth history. Finding out 
exactly what is going on involves 
solving some simple puzzles, snch 
as chatting up a secretary, choking 
a cat and visiting what is left of 
Earth via shuttle craft. 

Returning to the space station 
armed with a brief inkling of what 
is happening, the next task is to 
come to grips with is travelling 


into the past and meeting a few 
well known figures. 

Each of these little ad venturers 
is a mini-quest In its own right, 
albeit of a rather simple nature. 
Mostly a case of walk over here, 
pick up this object and drop it over 
here, but they work well and are 
different enough to keep you wail- 
ing for the next. 

The action is totally mouse- 
based, guiding the hero about a 
window of graphics and other 
characters. This window could 
most kindly be described as not 
large, but, believe it or not, it scon 
seems big enough. The majority of 
the screen is taken up by the action 
icons - the usual sort of stuff like 
drop, pick up and walk. 


The speak icon usually merits a 
response from the other characters, 
as they chatter away in an good 
animated sequence with their 
words appearing as subtitles 
beneath them, This provides lots of 
scope for doing seme silly voices 
as you play the game. 

Unfortunately you cannot spec- 
ify what your hero says - he 
appears to be the strong silent type 
and waits for everyone else to vol- 
unteer information. This gives the 
gome that slightly pre- destined feel 
which detracts from gameplay, 

The puzzles in Time are not 
tough, I usually get frustrated with 
adventures when I can't solve a 
problem, and throw them away. I 
didn’t throw Time away - it is a 
good Te-intrc duct ion to adventur- 
ing for those of us who either gave 
up on the genre after The Hobbit or 
couldn't be bothered with incredi- 
bly complex solutions. 

John Kennedy 


Time 

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gives you the- chance to command an armoured diviiion. 
Carnes complete with quality pieces and board, comprehensive 
manual and a highly graphic animated program. 

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ADETS for the armed ser- 
vices' Special Forres are 
hand picked from regular units. 
They undergo rigourous and exten- 
sive testing and training before 
they are given a permanent posi- 
tion, Only the very select go on to 
.command such a cadre. 

Until now. that is, because for a 
modest fee Laser Squad will put 
you in such a position. Just think, 
you're missing out on all that 
yomping through minefields armed 
with a forked stick, spending win- 
ter nights in the Cairngorms with 
only a Tesco carrier bag for shelter, 
climbing the Himalayas in your 
underclothes at night with a knap- 
sack full of bricks, and so forth. 

Even better, this is the elite ser- 
vice of the future, armed with all 
sorts of death-dealing weaponry 
from light sabres to heavy duty 
laser gear. Unfortunately, this of 
course means that the other guys 
have it too. Nobody said it was 
going to he lemon-squeezy. 

There are five scenarios: An 
assasination attempt, an assault, a 
prison breakout, a defending action 
and a sort of forced march thing, 
This gives a fairly rounded sample 
of the sort of stall these blankened- 
facc and balaclava johnnies get up 
to. 

The first thing to do before going 
on a very dangerous mission from 
which nobody is likely to return is 
to phone HQ and see if they 
haven't made some sort of adminis- 
trative error. The second thing to 
do is to equip your men. 

Since you are working for a 
hand of rebels - born tD be free, 
just like the fish in the sea - you 
are a bit short on the neccessarjes. 


Typical, isn't it? I mean, jusl 
because making money out of the 
honest sweat of peasants is against 
their ideals doesn't mean that 
Rebel High Command can't bung 
something away in the Nationwide 
Anglia against a bit of serious 
weaponry. 

Your team will consist of five or 
more members, some of whom are 
better than others at specific tasks. 
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to 
find out what they are good at 
before the action starts, so you'il 
have to guess when you are equip- 
ping them, 

Generally the corporals aft bet- 
ter shots - except for Corporal 
Clegg, who has been excused from 
duty on account of his wooden leg 
- so give them the best weapuns. 


Another quibble is the deploy- 
ment phase. Before the action starts 
you are allowed to choose where to 
deploy your men, but you aren't 
allowed to see the overhead map, 
so there is no way to plan your 
strategy. This might he all right if 
you are penetrating an enemy 
install at ton, but surely you would 
know vour way around your own 
base? 

There is an option to play 
against a friend or the computer, 
The computer can be programmed 
for varying degrees of skill depend- 
ing on which scenario you have 
chosen. It gets tough at the lop. 

In terms of tactics, realism and 
the wav vour troups interact with 
each other and their equipment. 
Laser Squad is very true to l ifs. 


although enjoyment is slightly lim- 
ited by the small number of scenar- 


ios. 


A good attempt to produce a 
role-playing game, combining 
graphics, gameplay and realism, 

Lucinda Orr 


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Overall - B4% 


Losf in 
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S OME companies are re- 
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ups. Some are admired for their 
graphics. Some companies are oven 
celebrated because of the artwork 
they use on the packaging. Then 
there is The Edge 
To some people, The Edge's abil- 
ity to produce a game which excels 
in all three departments mentioned 
above is akin to the ability of a 
small lettuce to write a dissertation 
on quantum physics. 

Darius is a sideways scrolling 
shoot- 'em-up that Taito produced in 
1987. It performed quite modestly 
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household name. Darina* is a con- 
version of that coin-op by The Edge, 
the plus sign signifying that the ver- 
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nificantly better than the arcade 
original. 

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game reaches the depths of certain 
of The Edge's recent releases, but 




Yourphymg area 
is (he thin strip 
between (he 
horizontal given 
pipes 


submarine is an inadvertent 


away. 

Half way through loading there is 
an intermission in which the person 
responsible for the music demon- 
strates his knowledge of samplers 
and arrangement, Then it is time to 

[ iress the space bar and continue 
oading, 

The game arrives, with a service- 
able fanfare, and in the blink of an 
eye the first of the 28 levels begins 
scrolling towards your ship from 
right to left. 

The initial problem is one of fire- 
power, The enemy has it, and you 
do not, A secondary problem is the 
size of the playing area. The screen 
has been reduced and the playing 
area is made even smaller by virtue 
of the scrolling scenery. A parallax 
effect is created by having a very 


Gulp, Gan't i have a soveJoy instead? 


dull blue background slowly mov- 
ing by. 

Pulsing stars put in periodic 
appearances and. if collected, add 
firepower to the current control cen- 
tre. There is only one firepower cen- 
tre to start with - your ship - but by 
collecting the other type of pulsing 
star, a droid and two cannons can 
be added and then upgraded. 

Unfortunately there is a slight 
coordination problem here. Pressing 
F1-F4 signifies where the next 
power-up will have an effect, but 
there isn't that much spare time for 
keyboard pressing unless you have 
a joystick with sticky feet. 
Incidentally, an auto-fire joystick is 
essential. 

Further key pressing is needed to 
send the droid out and about in true 
R-Type fashion. Another press on 
the spacebar recalls it, while finger- 
ing the left and right cursor keys 
will manoeuvre it behind and in 
front of your ship. 

After a few practices, and proba- 
bly a couple of lives, you will 
encounter the end-cf -level fish, 
which loads in especially to fight 
you. 

To defeat this mother of all fish it 
is necessary to eliminate its 
appendages one by one. Should you 
not possess the free swimming 
druid, which can be sent out to do 
just this job, then it is most likely 
that you will die. Should you have 
some other form of particularly vir- 
ulent firepower, your chances 
improve to marginal. 

If and when the fish is removed, 
a branching network of choices 
spreads out in front of you. These 
are the remaining 27 levels. 

Darius f is an entirely adequate 
product The scrolling is slow, but 
this does not make things easier 
because the playing area is so small 
and your ship is so large. This com- 
bination makes the game rather too 
difficult. 

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Life isn't this simple 


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O NLY a few years ago a game 
such as ibis would have 
heeti impossible. A faithful conver- 
sion from the arcade game. Hard 
Drivin' is most definitely a car sim- 
ulator, not your bog standard for- 
mula one racing car game. The 
arcade cabinet even had an ignition 
key. 

Here you drive a red car of inde- 
finable type with improved han- 
dling and tyres, (t is sorl of based 
on a Testarossa, hut during the 
action replay sequence it looks like 
a breeze block with a brick on top, 
The track layout is designed to 
oiler you a choice of straight speed 
or a stunt circuit with open bridge, 
360 degree loop and banked cor- 
ners. 

When you skid, which you will 
do if you exceed 60 mph. you must 
point the wheels in the opposite 
direction to correct - and jolly real- 
istic it feels, too. If you can resist 
shouting "Yeeeehaaar when you 
jump the bridge, then you are a 
stronger man than l. 

Usual gripes about nut having a 
steering wheel to plug into the 
Amiga apply, but using a mouse or 
even a trackball is a workable sub- 
stitute. 

A joystick can be used as a gear 
stick or as another steering imple- 
ment, but it's not any easier to use 
than the dreaded rodent. Remind 
me to set up a company to sell 
steering wheels. 

The mathematically generated 



IV'jW f wont to know is, how come I'm always (fie one to blow up? 


The stunts are a bunk, a bridge jump and a ,1517 s loop 


42 AMIGA COMPUTING March 1 9t») 


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world in which you exist shows a 
few cracks here and there. 
Oncoming cars have a frightening 
habit of appearing to travel towards 
you through solid hills, and the 
jution replay finds it difficult to 
keep up with the car travelling up 
slopes, and instead plants it under 
the surface. 1 was prepared to let 
these bugs pass [like the lorry on 
the lonp-tbe-loop) because 
although annoying, they are net 
damning, 

Unfortunately, there is a subtle 
moral dilemma in making car 
games as realistic as this. Striving 
to emulate the real world is to be 
recommended - it could he used to 
encourage skillful driving and 
potentially save lives. Instead you 
are encou raged in Hard Drivin' to 
break speed limits, drive on the 


wrong side of the road and infringe 
more road traffic laws than a typi- 
cal cab driver. 

A bead-on collision with 
another car incurs nothing mure 
than a time penalty. No multiple 
pile-ups and being forced to play 
the real of the game in a wheelchair 


here. No, this is good clean family 
entertainment - killing people is 
OK as long as they are computer- 
generatad people. 

In a form of acknowledgement, 
the game gives yuu a helpful warn- 
ing message to the effect that 
attempting the stunts in the game 


for real could be dangerous or even 
fatal. So make sure there is a grown 
up around when you try this, kids. 

Solid, real-time 3D graphics 
have come of age on the home 
computer. The question is, are we 
ready fur them? 

John Kennedy 



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I SHALL now demonstrate two 
ways to be angry, The first 
involves having holiday leave can- 
celled. This usually creates a high 
dudgeon situation, but not quite uf 
the same Ire level as, say, the BBC 
deciding that your region isn’t 
going to get Monty Python. 

The real annoyance is that your 
holiday leave has been cancelled 
and irtstead you are off to off some 
Hell raisers. 

Hell raisers are annoying crea- 
tures, All they ever seem to do is 
attack things and then fly off else- 
where to attack somewhere else. 
No one has ever got close enough 
to one to ask it why it's doing what 
it's doing. So whenever they 
appear, it's generally a case of 
“Let's do it to them before they do 
it to us". 

By dint of some spectacularly 
unintelligent behaviour by a now r 
deceased airlock attendant, the 
Hellraisers have got into the space 
fighter hangar and are raising the 
eponymous with all speed. To get 


to your fighter you have to trudge 
along some corridors, blasting any 
beasties you may meet, gettiug out 
of the way of the defence systems, 
which have got all confused. 

Once in the fighter it's off on a 
somewhat dull sideways scroller 
(power pickups, yawn) with the 
inevitable showdown with some- 
thing big and unpleasant at the 
end. Tell me something I don't 
know. 

The other way to get angry is to 
actually buy this game. Now you 
know and I know that no game can 
be awful in its entirety. He It raiser 
makes a darn good try at it - and 
very, very nearly succeeds. 

The short and utterly pointless 
corridor section is only an exercise 
in losing a couple of lives so that 
you’ll have even more time to wait 
for the game to reload. Each new 
stage takes ages to load and prints 
up an annoyingly obvious message, 
Yup, you guessed it - Loading... 

Wow, even Mastertronic had 
that in 1984, complete with the 



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three dots. 

The only thing which is slightly 
good is the tune, which unfortu- 
nately fits in with the rest of game 
as a walrus would at a gerbil con- 
vention. The game can’t even 
decide whet it's called - the box 
says Hellraiser, the title screen says 
Liberator. 

This game is Inn bad for words. 

Stewart C. Russell 


HeHmiser 

£19,95 

Exoad 



Overall - 26 % 


AMIGA COMPUTING Maich 1990 43 














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Close encounters of a sick mind 



ICROBROSE has at last got 
around to releasing a 
Rainbird game that I first saw in 
back in June 1988. Weird Dreams is 
a collection of strange arcade 
games arranged to form an on* 
going dream. 

As we all know, dreams being 
what they are, the contents of them 
can jump from topic to topic or 
scene to scene in an instant, which 
is as good an excuse for sticking all 
these quite different games together 
as any, If anything this Is the sub- 
conscious version of Summer 
Games. 

Life in the dreamscape of 
Serrano, Hutchhy and King, the co- 
designers, begins on the operating 
table - and it frequently ends there, 
before you, the patient, tumble into 
the first dream, a candyfloss 
machine. 

Beware the giant floss stick 
which penetrates the sanctity of 
the tooth decay special. The candy 
whirls around and around, with 
the stick harvesting it relentlessly. 
The object here is to collect pieces 
of candy by standing up and letting 
them stick to you, and then jump- 
ing un to the stick the next time it 
comes around. 

Needless to say this isn't easy, as 
it is necessary to spend most of the 
time crouched down to avoid being 
brained, As in all the worst 
dreams, your character stands up 
with all the speed of a sloth cov- 
ered in treacle. 

Once out of the candyfloss 
machine you find yourself at a fun- 
fair, one that is populated by a very 
large wasp, This is where the 
candy stuck to your chequered 
pyjamas comes in handy. Escaping 
from there to the hall of minors is 
easy, but now you have three 
choices of dreams to pursue in 
your bid to finish the game and 
wake up. 

There are actually five mirrors 
but two of them are boarded up 
until you complete the other three. 
So, the choice is left, right or 
straight ahead? 

Going straight on leads to 
another encounter with the candy- 
floss machine, while the other two 
chokes lead to experiences in a 
desert and an English country gar- 
den, along with the music for it. 

t he desert is the strangest one. 
Overhead flies a flock of fish, one 
of which you must leap up and 


grab. Off you then go, and watch 
out for the amazing scrolling. In 
my dreams games always have 
ultra fast, super smooth parallax 
scrolling with planes of different 
resolutions gliding by. 
Unfortunately those sort of games 


tend to only exist in my dreams. 

This game lias amazing pause-n- 
flip scrolling. Reach the end uf the 
screen and there's a pause for you 
to recover your breath, and then 
the next screen is scrolled totally 
in. Very impressive. I’m sure, 


From candy 
fl oss machine 
to courtfcy 
garden... 


Anyway, you’re plodding 
through this desert in your pyjamas 
waving a cod around when up 
pops the most horribly ugly thing 
you’ve ever seen, unless you've 
been to Brentwood and seen the 
people working on this magazine. 



Batter this guy widi file cod a few time s and he'il die. But there's more,,. 



44 AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 




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■ s all springy legs, neck and head. 

Whatever you think it is. whack 
* one with your cod before it 
springs at you. Of course there are 
lots of these things awaiting, but 
that's dreamland for v'ou. 

The garden scene has you pick- 
r.g up a stick and attempting to 
f >rc e your way past a bed of 
vicious red roses, which isn't too 
card providing you stick at long 
-aiige and thrust at them, 

Weird Dreams may be a good 
deal more subtle than the 
l *Lghtmare on Kim Street series of 
splitter feasts but there is quite a 
-^asly surprise waiting if you take 
do long getting past the roses. Up 
:rom behind comes a very large 
•winnower. 

Past the roses and there’s a 
- .veet little girl waiting who wants 

■ play ball. Unfortunately she also 
bis a large knife. Gel too close to 
'h e little urchin and... 

A lot of Weird Dreams is quite 
unpleasant, but some things seem 
'o. have been cut out since 1 last 
saw the program. The screams 
when you gel killed have gone. 
: .though they are still in the ST 
vrsion apparently, and so has the 
?nd sequence when you lose all 

■ jur lives and the surgeons leer 
urribly and lunge at you with a 

ay large knife. 

The music is disappointing on 
aoth the title page and during the 
ame. A talented musician could 
* ive had a field day with the 
.-me of frightening nightmares. 
:ut what we've ended up with 
: :ks any feeling of menace at all. 
The same could be said of the 
itself. There are plenty of 
ideas and classical dream ele- 
ments in there, hut it is all let 
by dull graphics and bad 
r;>gr amming. 

Duncan Evans 


II rii-d Dmmjs 

04.9,7 

Huininnt 


Sand 

Graphics 

j*wplay 

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Overall - 62% 





VVfcfrif aui for the flying things ! 



O H DEAR, when everyone's 
releasing driving games left, 
right and centre, Titus goes for nos- 
talgia and does a beat-’em- up. 
Always were a bit different, were 
the folks at Ulus. Strange, even. 

Strange is quite a good word for 
Knight Force, too, though it doesn't 
quite manage to convey the deep- 
seated bizarreness that pervades 
the whole affair. 

The basic idea is that long, long 
ago - long before the dinosaurs 
appeared or Green last had a shave 
- there was a superior race of 
beings who knew the secret of time 
travel. These days, only BR knows 
the secret - when you want to 
travel, it always takes time... 

As 1 was saying, before I was 
rudely interrupted, these zeehs 
could zip back and forth in time 
like a hot knife through butter, 
except they didn't need to be 
washed afterwards, 

This kind of mellowed them out 
to such an extent that they only 
had one cat who had his head 
together enough to actually be any 
use, defence-wise. The Knight of 
Thunder was his name (he wras 
always followed by The Morning of 
Rain] and he had one problem - an 
uptight square called Red Sabbath, 
possibly for copyright reasons. 

This Red Sabbath character had 
kidnapped the Good King's daugh- 
ter and had split his own persona 
into millions of individually- 
wrapped bits, partly to avoid detec- 
tion and partly because it broke the 
ice at the Necromancers’ Guild 
Tupperware Party. 

You, as the Knight of Thunder, 


must gel the King's daughter hack. 
She's now the Queen because the 
old man died of acute embarrass- 
ment. 

So off you plod, forward through 
time, past Pre-History with a suici- 
dal Cro-Magnon man and a killer 
terry dac,,. pterodak... ptery... Hying 
thing. Through Fantasy band, with 
headbutting dwarfs, ninja skeletons 
and another living thing. Along to 
Versatile in 1789, with murderous 
street urchins, hangmen, sewers 
and yet another flying thing. 

New York's docklands await, 
with the girl gang leader, an octo- 
pus. and, yes, a living thing. And 
finally lo (he Future, with all man- 
ner of teclinojunk and, quite sur- 
prisingly, two (lying things. Nearly 
fell off my chair at the shock of it. 

You've got to destroy a hit of 
Red Sabbath at each stage, This is 
rather difficult. He keeps moving 
about and won't stay still and die 
like a good necromancer should. 

The only mild consolation is 
that when fighting Red Sabbath the 


constant barrage of living things 
temporarily stops. But not for long. 

Knight Force doesn't really hang 
together too well, The graphics 
would he OK on a C64, movement 
is far too intricate, the tune is way 
Loo odd, and trying to off Red 
Sabbath is like trying to go the 
wrong way through the crowd at 
the Shopper Show. All in all. it's 
another Titus game - good idea, 
bad implementation. 

Stewart C. Russell 


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the technicolour 
treatment. John “AJ” 
Kennedy looks 
through the lens 


Y OU have a problem. You have a 
computer with amazing 
graphics capabilities but your artistic 
abilities are limited to drawing the 
curtains. Or you want to use realistic 
images in your latest homegrown 
arcade game, Or the robot you spent 
years bull ding keeps walking into 
walls. Or - more likely - you have a 
deep and secret desire to draw 






■ REVIEW ■ 


Frame grabbing works fast 


moustaches on famous people. 

The answer to all these problems 

ould bn solved by one little box - 
Combo's Vidi. 

Physically, Vidi looks drab and 
’.vorryingly like a DIY project, The 
small black box connects snugly to the 
parallel port and a trailing lead 
borrows a joystick socket to extract 
five volts. 

Next to the phono socket where the 
video source plugs in sit twin twiddily 
knobs which conlmi contrast and 
brightness, brightness can be fine 
tuned under software control, but after 
an initial selling you rarely need to 
adjust anything again. 

Vidi comes with a phono-to-phono 
lead, so if your video uses SCART or 
BNt] connectors be prepared to be 
frustrated while you try to find a 
■mitable load, The camera I hired for 
this review necessitated half an hour's 
playing with paper clips (and a phone 
call to Green to look up SCART pin- 
outs) to jury rig a suitable connection. 

If you have problems getting wired 
up, Kombo will be happy to talk to 
you about what you might need. On 
production of a very reasonable sum 
of money they will even give you what 
you require to connect Vidi to your 
whatever make of video recorder you 
have. 

Frames are grabbed and stored 
sequentially in memory to form a 


D IGITISING a video signal is a 
complicated business. The 
signal consists of a series of 
consecutive frames, just like a piece of 
Super 8 cine film. Well, almost but not 
quite, because video frames are 
constructed in two parts or fields. 

First all the even lines are sent and 
then all the odd lines. Eac h field 
consists or a control and timing 
section followed by a large block of 
analogue data to describe the 
brightness as it varies over the entire 
horizontal screen line. This data must 
be isolated and converted into the 
digital data which computers know 
and love. 

The accuracy of the digital version 
depends on the number of brightness 
levels used and on the number of 
pixels used. The greater the accuracy 
required, the greater the complexity 
and expense of the hardware needed 
to digitise it. A standard digitiser 
combines several frames to extract as 

sequence of consecutive images. The 
length of this sequence will obviously 
depend on the amount of ram you 
have to spare. 

With a one meg machine von can 
store just over 20 frames. With eight 


much information as possible, 
sometimes looking at the image slice 
by slice. 

Obviously the subject being 
digitised must be rock steady during 
this process to avoid blurring. The 
pause button on most video recorders 
will not produce a perfectly still 
picture, so for best results the only 
answer is to use a rather expensive 
video camera. 

A frame grabber is a digitiser which 
works bard and fast, capturing a single 
video frame and so avoiding anv 
smearing caused by moving subjects. 
Vidi grabs single frames, but the pay- 
off is in the relatively low resolution 
of the output. 

However, when animated or used 
with colour, the resolution is not as 
important as you might think, and 
VIDI has the distinct advantage that it 
can be used perfectly well with the 
moving image produced by a video 
recorder. 

megs you could store 278 screens, 
which may seem an enormous number 
but would only make about 12 
seconds if played back in real time. 

One of the eternal computer truths — 

► 



AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 49 


KI ’PORT CARD 


> 

you never seem to have enough 
memory* 

Special effects include the facility to 
grab into or around defined windows 
and so build up a vast moving 
scrapbook of video excerpts. Looks 
great, if not particularly useful. If you 
played vnur holiday video through it 
and dubbed some of Madonna's songs 
over it you might be able to pass it off 
as a cheap pop video. 

Nevertheless it does demonstrate 
Vidi’s ability to grab images into user 
defined screen areas - ideal if you 
need to size an image for insertion 
into a DTP package. 

Although the supplied software 
offers facilities for reducing I he 
number of colours in the grabbed 
picture and also for cutting and 
pasting, you will need a good art 
package to get the most from the 
digitised images. 

In fact if you upgrade to a colour 
system you will need two art packages 
-one for the HAM colour pictures and 


one for the non-HAM monochrome 
images. 

The software supplied is standard 
issue drop-down menus and ARP iile 
requesters, which works well and feels 
robust. A palette editing section will 
automatically generate shades 
between two starting colours and give 
your monochrome pictures tones ill 
purple, yellow, blue, or even sepia. 

A nice touch is the ability to display 
till available frames in a photo- 
montage. ready for saving to disc 
either individually or in sequence. 

Programmers will be pleased to note 
that a Library is available to access 
Virii directly from your own assembler 
or Basic programs. With its high frame 
rate, Vidi is ideal for playing with 
image recognition and processing, 

Vidi must be one of the most 
exciting peripherals you can buy for 
your Amiga. Now it i.n even more 
difficult to decide on expanding vour 
machine, because you must decide on 
what you buy first: a memory 
expansion, a disc drive or Vidi, 



X ray specs 


D OWN to specifications - Vidi 
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a resolution of 320 pixels by 256 
lines in 16 shades. 

Although images are grabbed in 
1/50 of a second from a moving 
source, they can only be sent into the 
Amiga at around three frames a 
suconri. This is not Vidi's fault, more 
a consequence of using the parallel 
port to transport the image into the 
Amiga, 

However, once frames are in 
memory they may be played back at 
any speed, the iastest being about 25 
a second. To increase the display to 


its maximum rate there is a facility to 
stop the buffering and take one frame 
at a Lime, 

Each frame is displayed as a four 
colour image, converted to 16 only 
when stopped. Useful for a 
photofinish of your Scalextric races. 

If you are desperate to save money 
and are willing to sacrifice your PAL 
screen for a NTSC one, Rombo will 
sell you a cheaper Vidi for £99,95, It 
can be factory upgraded Lu a full PAL 
version, but the missing bottom of 
the screen is such a handicap that it 
is not worth the hassle of getting an 
NTSC version with a view to 
upgrading. 


Vidi 

gumbo (OSIIfi] 414G31 


£ 114.93 


EA SB OF mu . 

Clnce connected to your video recorder 
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The software su 



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digitise juggling. 

VALUE 



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Starts at £114.95 for a black and white 
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If you have a video camera, the colour 
option is worthwhile. 


OVERALL Hit 


One of She great fun peripherals. The 
more ram you have, the better it gels. 


V IDI Started life in black and 
white but is now capable of 
capturing colour images. This means 
buying a combined software and 
hardware upgrade for £ 19.95, The 
hardware consists of a sot oi red, green 
and blue filters and the software 
permits hill-colour HAM images to be 
caplured. 

Software upgrades are promised to 
handle interlace with a resultant 
increase in picture quality. My version 
of the colour software tried, 
unsucessfully, to convert all frames to 
interlace by halving the resolution. 

The guru was only a minor irritation 
since any art package could satisfy 
ibis strange request. 

By grabbing an image through each 
of a set of red, blue and green filters 
placed in front of the video camera, 
the amount of each primary colour in 
the picture can be calculated. These 
values are combined to determine the 
colour of the pixels in the finished 
picture. 

Using filters mean that either colour 
or usually cheaper monochrome 
cameras can be used. The quality of 
monochrome cameras varies 
considerably" some are much butter 
than others, so if possible try before 
you buy. 

As the colour image is formed by 
combining three individual frames. 



■ REVIEW ■ 



Subjects need In knap still when grabbed 


Future enhancements 


A S well as the colour upgrade, 
a colour separator and hus 
interface unit will be available soon. 
The separator will allow colour 
images to be grabbed without the 
need for filters by electronically 
separating the red, green and blue 
components. 

This unit will interface auto- 
matically with Vidi or can be used 
manually with any other digitiser. It 
has the added benefit of allowing 
colour pictures to be grabbed from 
video sources other than cameras, 
such as a good video recorder. 

The bus interface will solve the 
problems caused by using the Amiga 
parallel port and allow digitised 
images to be transferred to memory 
much faster. 


Colour adds class . . . and the ability to capture pictures in 3D 


this technique is only suitable for use 
with stationary subjects. Moving 
subjects produce weird multi-coloured 
eilects as seen on Top of the Pops 
circa mid ‘70s, when long hair, silver 
platform soles and bad music were all 
the rage. Hasn't really changed much. 

I suppose. 

Vidi produces colour results at least 
as good as I have obtained with other 
low' price digitisers, with tin? benefit of 
having to get people to stand still for a 
few seconds rather than minutes. 

Other digitisers require a return to 
the early days of photography with 
subjects standing still for 
uncomfortably long periods, 11 you are 
quick with the filters you can grab a 
HAM image with Vidi in about a 
second. 

Colours were clearly defined - look 
at the Amiga Computing logo for the 
various rainbow shades. Skin tones 
also came out well, even Green’s skin 
tones, which are different from those 
of everyone else. 

The resolution was quite low w'hen 
used with a fairly standard camcorder, 
making fine details hard to see. 
However, the results were still quite 
acceptable because with colour images 
detail is less important than form. 

With a good monochrome camera, 
such as an Hitachi MV-720K, the 
results were superb. HAM mode is 


used exclusively by the colour 
software, and if you want to use! he 
colour pictures in a non-HAM art 
package such as Deluxe Paint you will 
need some way of converting the 
images, an image editing program like 
Pixmate or Butcher. 

There is an option to send images to 
a printer, hut you will probably prefer 
to use your art package to gain greater 
control of the output, I was impressed 
with the colour option, Vidi seems to 
be more tolerant of lighting than other 
systems, producing good tones in all 
hut the worst conditions, A nice trick 


when using colour filters is to c apture 
pictures in 3D. 

The subject is grabbed through one 
fitter, the camera moved six 
centimetres to the left amt grabbed 
through anolher filter, By controlling 
iht? colours in which the finished 
picture is displayed, the image will 
appear to have depth when viewed 
through col ou red g ] a sses . 

This technique requires a lot of 
experimentation to gat good results, 
but soon you could be remaking 
scenes for '50s horror films in glorious 
SD-o-vlsion. 




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Scrollys, 
wibbles 
'ii' things 


S croller, scrolly, scroll-text - 

call it whal you will - every 
demo has one. None is complete 
without a message from the program- 
mer lolling you how hrilliant he is, 
how long he took to program it and 
who all his friends are, The sillier the 
scroller is, the better it is. Usually. 
Some are totally daft; 1 saw one 
recently that tried to hypnotise you 
into sending off for a subscription to a 
computer magazine. 

There arc several ways to do those 
scrollys, and I've tried most of them. 
The easiest way is to use the blitter. 
The general theory goes something 
tike this. Follow this carefully, I'll type 
slowly for you; You define a bit of 
chip memory for your scroll to appear 
on. You set up your copper list so that 
this memory is shown as part of the 
screen display. Every frame (5Uth of a 
second] you scroll this bit of memory 
In the left a little, let s say by two or 
throe pixels. Every three or four 
frames you will have scrolled the text 
enough to print another character at 
the right-hand side of the screen. 

Now you get the next character out 
of your message siring and check you 
haven't reached the end of your text. If 
you have, set vuur pointer back to the 
beginning of your text so everyone can 
read it a second time, 

Take this character, which is an 
Ascii value, subtract 32 from it, 
multiply the result by the number of 
bytes per character in your font, and 
add this number to the start address of 
your font data. Now you have the start 
address of the character you want to 
print. 

Now copy this data on to the screen 
in I he correct position. For small fonts 
use the G80Q0, for larger fonts use the 
blitter. 


C ARRY on scrolling and adding 
the new characters when 
needed, and your scrolly is working. 
Now all you need to do is think up a 
really silly message. This is often 
regarded as the hardest purl of 
programming a demo. It is best left to 
exports. 

If you get stuck, throw in a stupid 
comment about an East European 
country thal no one will ever under- 
stand. It makes your demos look 
intellectual without having to expend 
much needed brain power, It has 
always worked for me. 

If you have fol lowed all of this, you 


folyon Ralph gives 
some tips on how 
to go about making 
a demonstration 
of yourself in 
exhibitions 

should be able to code a working 
scrolly. If you haven't, here are a few 
clues. You will need to call the scrolly 
routine once every frame from an 
interrupt, see last month's Amiga 
Computing for an interrupt driver 
routine that will do the business for 
you. 

You may alsu be annoyed that your 
characters scroll off the left side of the 
screen smoothly, but appear one at a 
lime splaltcd straight on to the right 
hand side of the screen - not very 
smoothly al all. 

You can fix this by splatting the 
character on to the bitmap off-screen, 
II you have a bit plane-modulo set fur 
your screen, you can specify a certain 
number of bytes skipped at the end of 
each line on the screen which arc not 
displayed. 

if you sol this modulo to two, your 
effective hitplane width is now 42 
byes wide, although only the first 4ti 
are displayed. If you print your now 
character in the last two bytes, you 
will not see the character being 
splat led on the screen; it will appear 
to scrol I perfectly smoothly. 

There’s a rather nice scrolly routine 


- oven if I say so myself - in the 
source code for my Christmas Demo 
on the January cover disc. This uses a 
32-pixel wide multi-colour font and 
employs all the tricks I described 
above. If you haven't got it, buy 
yourself a back issue now! 

The only other problem is getting 
hold of a font. You can, of course, use 
the one that I created myself, which is 
on the September cover disc, t his is a 
Hi x Hi font, but the principle behind 
the whole business is the same for any 
s.izu. 

Another justly famous demo 
technique is the wibble. This involves 
displaying a picture and sort of 
wobbling it a bit, but wobbling each 
lino of the picture differently. Sounds 
strange, and it is. 

An example of this effect can be 
found in the Heavy Demo on the 
November cover disc. The overall 
effect is somewhere in between 
looking like the picture is molting and 
the picture is being drowned in thick 
oil. 

1 did this to the Amiga Computing 
logo at the bottom of the Heavy Demo 

- and a very nice logo it was loo- 

This wibble effect is caused by 

changing the horizontal smooth- scroll 
register ($dfflG2) each line in the 
copper list. This allows each lino to bo 
offset hv up to 15 pixels. One other 
useful application of this is to change 
a scrolly from an ordinary font 
[horing] to an italic font (yippee, really 
exciting), 

if you add the following lines to 

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AMIGA COMPUTING March mm 53 


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Playing with the ECS 


HAVE you got one of the new 
Amigas with ihc Enhanced Blitter? If 
yon do. and you also use a monitor, 
then you nan benefit irom an 
amazing feature of this chip, the 
60Hz mode. 

This works in the same way as the 
60Hz mode on the ST, It makes the 
machine run in the American N I St. 
video standard instead of the 
European PAL standard (thus this 
trick will lint work mi PAL televi- 
sions, only on monitors), 

The advantage of this is that it will 
stretch the NTSC semen to till the 
whole monitor. Games written for 
NTSC screens, which usually have a 
black border at the bottom of PAL 
screens, suddenly Mil up the whole 
screen, interceptor, lor example, is 


amazing in BCHz mode. 

All you have to do is write a 
simple two line program in assembly 
language; 

move,* IO,Sdff14c 

rts 

Assemble this to a file called 
6l)Hz. Pul it in the startup-sequence 
of programs you wish to run in 60Hz 
mode. To turn hack to 50llz, use this 
code: 

meve.w S3Z,$dfftdc 

rts 

The credit for discovering this gem 
must go tu my good friend Alex 
Slater, who came across it acciden- 
tally when his sprite routine blew 
up. 


>• 

your copper list; 

de.tf talKl9,Sfffe,ll02,$8S 
dc.v Sa1M,lfffe,il02,t77 
ttc.n 1 a 2 DMfffe,i 1 Q 2,*44 

and so on, up until; 

dc.u ta709,Sfff*,SlOMW 

and set up your bitplanes so your 8- 
pixel high scroller is displayed 
between scan lines Sad and $a7, you 
will find that you have an italic 
scroller instead of a normal one and 
you will gain new friends when 
everybody sees how clever you are. 

Back to the point for a little while, 
the amazing and astounding wibble 
effect, II you display a picture on- 
screen and have a simply massive 
amount of copper list much the same 
as the small listing above, you can 
make a rather ordinary looking picture 
look very weird. 

The best way to Hu this is to 
calculate the wibble from a precalcu- 
lated data table of sine values, that is, 
a list of values irom $0 to $f and back 
to $0 again which follows some vague 
sine pattern. 

Such a list would look something 
like this: 

sine tUt! 
dc.b 

dc.b *3,13, 

dc.b S7,SMMM«,SMMb,SE,Jt 
dc.b $c/id,id,$d,le,S*,JMe,Sf 
dc.b tUIMUSMM^Se^e,** 
dc.b *d,Sd,U,ic,*c,U,iMMa,Ja 
dc.b 

dc.b »3,S3,SZ,S2,S2,S1,S1,IM1 
dc.b $Q,*0,t0 

Don't use the above list for any 
important sine calculations, because I 
didn't calculate it, I made it up as I 
went along, But rest assured, it will 
look fine for the kind of effects I'm 
talking about. 

So, you set up your copper list full 
of these $102,xx commands, and then 
you move them wdth an interrupt 
routine. Scroll the values up a bit so 

that; 

J»t»,$ftf*,S102,l5S 

ia2Q9,*tffs,*1(12,tt5 

becomes; 

SaQOMfffe, 51D2,*5S 
Sa1D?,Sfffe,flQZ,»55 
ia209,*fffe,3l02,IA4 

Put the next value from the list on the 
bottom line and keep nn scrolling. 
Your picture will now wibble! This 


effect looks especially good on 
digitised photos, especially of people 
you don't like. 

Well, these are two fairly simple 
examples of how to use the hard ware 
to create graphical eflects. All the 
other effects you see in demos are 
produced in a similar way. they just 
take a little longer. For example. I 
could explain to you how to produce 
3D vectors if 1 had IB pages spare and 
a bettor grade in my A level maths, 

The best thing to do is to load up a 
demo, look at it closely lor a few 
minutes and think to yourself: "How 
do they do that?" Most of the lime the 
best looking effects are done with l he 
simplest pieces of code, And if that 
fails, you can always cheat — disas- 
semble the demo and see what they're 
doing, 


QW a final bit of advice. 

Several people have asked me 
what you actually need in the way of 
software and books to program the 
Amiga. With software you only need 
tu buy a decent assembler - of which 
there are two; Devpac and ArgAsm - 
and possibly a paint program, which 
will be Deluxe Paint II nr, preferably. 
Deluxe Paint III. 

Digi Paint, Photon Paint and other 
HAM paint programs are not much 
use to demo programmers because 
HAM screens are not much fun to play 
around with. 


The rest of the software is more or 
less free. lFFconverter converts IFF 
files to raw data which you can load 
straight into your demos. This was on 
the October cover disc, Fnt2RaW is a 
useful little utility that converts IFF 
font files into raw data tor use in 
scrollys, a little gem that can be found 
in most good public domain libraries. 

The first book you will need is a 
68000 programming book, unless you 
are a natural expert at 68000, and I've 
not met many of them. Various books 
are available and all seem fairly good, 
Try to borrow a few from a library and 
buy the one you like the most. They 
all have a different style mid cover 
things in a different order; everyone I 
know has their own personal preier- 
ence. 

You have a choice of two for your 
essential Amiga hardware guide. Up 
until a couple of weeks ago I would 
have recommended everyone to buy 
the System Programmers Guide from 
Abacus, but now the new Commodore 
Hardware Reference Manual is 
available, and is at least 9.6 times 
better than the old one. 

Buy this if you can - it's cheaper 
than the Abacus book - but get the 
new release with the blue cover, not 
the old red and white one. 

Of course, the old Hardware 
Reference Manual is a classic, and I 
just happen Lo have one for sale 
second hand... 

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M ANY people overlook one of 
the greatest advantages of 
owning nil Amiga — the vast quantity ot 
obscenely cheap software* Megabytes 
of marvels, The problem is Uncling 
what you want. And finding someone 
who has the relevant disc. 

A public: domain software supplier 
keeps up to date wilh the latest 
releases* catalogues and compiles them 
on to discs. What you should look fur 
when buying I'D software is someone 
who has a good range and knows the 
ropes, not just the cheapest on offer. 

And the favourite PL) company here 
at Amiga Computing is Softville, 

Why? Well it came up with the biggest 
bribe. “Be nice about us -1 , the niEin 
said, “and you can have loads of 


discs". This sounds good, but there is a 
catch. The discs have to be given away 
in a competition. 

That’s because Softville would lar 
rather be nice to readers than the 
magazine. And so to give you an idea 
how difficult it is to sort nut good PD 
software from the mass o! rubbish, 
we've hidden (well a program did 
actually) 15 words in the 4f)0 letters on 
the facing page. All you have to do is 
sort them out. 

Fourteen of the words are listed in a 
panel here, but to make life more 
interesting one mystery word is 
missing from the list. It is nine letters 
long. Circle all 15 words and write the 
mystery word cm the coupon then send 
your entry to us. 


20° TO 

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£600 


Auriga Dos Disc 

Blitter Domain 

Collection Fish 

Commodore Free 

Compiler Printer 


Public 
Shareware 
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(1) The first 1H correct entries 
drawn out of the box on March 20, 
1990 will win the first, second and 
runners up prizes in that order. 

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

(n) Employees of Database 
Publications and their associated 
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Send your entry to: SUFTViLLE Compo, 
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The staff of 
Amiga 
Com p u ting 
conducts a 
long term 
test on the 
very latest 
replacement 
Amiga mice 


m 

I HE bog standard Amiga mouse 
-L has gone through a number of 
revisions since 1985 . It’s made as 
inexpensively as possible to keep the 
cost of tlie Amiga package down. And 
if you use your Amiga for business, as 
we do. the odds are it won't last longer 
than a few months. 

We’ve been through five 
Commodore mice in 12 months. All of 
them died of worn out bubble 
switches - that’s the hit under the 
button that dicks when you press it. 

A good question to ask when buying 
a replacement mouse is: “Does it have 
bubble switches? 

The "Where am I?” mechanism is 



opto- mechanical; the ball moves some 
rollers which spin a slotted wheel. A 
photocell inside the 
mouse counts the slots 
moving past a light and 
can work out the speed 
up and down the mat. 
Another similar set-up at 
90 degrees to this works 
out the speed across the 
mat. The two figures are 
then sent hack to the 
computer. 

The rate of counting 
determines the accuracy 
of the mouse, but too 
high a rate will show up 


any imperfections in the mechanical 
parts. The Commodore mouse has a 
resolution of 200 dots per inch. 

If your Amiga mouse breaks and you 
feel that you must buy an original 
Commodore replacement, you'll 
probably have to order one From your 
local dealer, A browse through the 
mail order companies plying their 
wares in Amiga Computing did not 
reveal anyone who stocked it. 

Commodore Business Machines (UK) 
Ltd , Commodore House, The 
Switchback, Gardner Road , 
Maidenhead, SL6 7XA , 

Tel: 0628 770088. £34,95 

Contriver Mice 

C ONTRIVER (Europe) Ltd makes 
two inexpensive replacement 
Amiga mice, the C82G-G'A1 and 
the C83U-G-A1, Mechanically the 
same, the 830 being I he later model, 
Differences are wholly cosmetic - the 
820 is rounded with beige buttons; the 
820 is a squarer shape with black 
buttons. 

Inside the guhbins are similar to the 
Commodore mouse, but with more 
robust huhble switches and a clever 
mechanism which lets you easily 
remove and clean the brass rollers, 


60 AMIGA COMPUTING March 1 990 




■ LAB REPORT ■ 



After (wo month's heavy use at 
heme and in the Amigo Computing 
office, both mice - or mouses, as 
Contriver prefers to call them - are 
still going strung and feel as though 
they have a Jot more mileage in them 
yet. Both come with small but ade- 
quate mouse mats and plastic stick- 
em-up holsters. 

Like the Commodore unit they have 
a 20b dpi resolution but are better 
made and cheaper. 

Contriver (Europe) Ltd, Unit 3 
Buckingham Industrial Estate, 
Buckingham. 

Tel: 0280 822803. £29,95 

Marconi Trackball 

A N angled cream box, the 

trackball is just smaller than an 
A 5 00 hard disc and a matching 
beige colour. It plugs directly into the 
mouse socket. No driving software 
required. 

The lower half oil (he top surface 
Eurms a rest lor the base of your hand, 
allowing your fingers and thumb to 
easily manipulate the snooker sized 
ball. 

A slight finger stretch away are 
three buttons, two of which arc the 
same as the buttons tin u standard 


mouse. The third does nothing special 
unless your software is specially 
programmed to respond to ii. 

Rolling the ball last makes a definite 
noise. This annoyed people in the 
office until Green’s monitor started 
making a high pitched whine In 
drown it out. 

Freehand drawing is tricky. Most art 
packages need vnu to hold a button 
down to draw, sn you will have to use 
a huger to hold down a hutlnu and 
twiddle the ball at the same time. You 
can't use the palm of your hand on the 
ball because the switches are too 
close. 

On a sufl mouse mat, the very act of 
pressing a button causes the pointer to 
drift slightly as the mouse is pressed 
into the surface, This problem does 
not occur with the trackball. 

Gaines playing is an interesting 
experience. It’s good for Missile 
Command and Centipede clones, and 
surprisingly good for some car games. 
Unlike the mouse, you never run out 
of desk space and lose a life because 
you aren’t able to move your rocket, 
hern or cute furrv animal any further 
left. 

Using a trackball is perfect if you do 
a lot of programming and rarely need 
to use the mouse. Instead of hunting 
for the hibernating rodent under 


sheafs of paper, or following a flax tail 
to its conclusion, just roll that ball and 
resize the windows. 

For about a week I found I was 
constantly reaching out for the non- 
existent mouse, This soon passed, and 
now I'm about 38 per cent accurate, 
only occasionally missing the odd 
close gadget. Trackballs are a breed 
apart from mice, and Lake getting used 
to. But once you do, you’ll never miss 
the liny rodent. 

RD2 Trackball, Marconi Electronic 
Devices Ltd, Cur holme Hd, Uncan 
LN1 1SG. 

Tel: 0522 5 10500. £59.95. 

Boing! mouse 

W HO would think ol a mouse 
as a status symbol? You can't 
buy them in Ha r rods. There 
is one mouse which has all the techie 
street crud of ail eight megabyte 
expansion. The Boing! mouse. 

Made especially by Mouse Systems 
for Dale Luck, the ex- Amiga 
programmer and owner of Boing! Inc, 
it looks lilt] same as the mice on mega- 
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□ale commissioned them for use 
with his X- windows software, which 
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because it needs three buttons, 
AmigaDos has the routines to use the 
third button but suitably equipped 
mice are such rare breed no programs 
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There are no moving parts other 
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However the res.ii] I is very accurate 
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Simon has used his for six months and 
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mouse soaked this up and the whole 
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and a squirt of Windowlene Lai or 
everything was fine. The Boing! is 
mors lhan just a good pose, it’s a great 
mouse, albeit overpriced. 

Boing! Mouse, Amiga Centre Scotland. 
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Naksha 

S AD as i l may be when your little 
friend and companion through 
hours of Amiga enjoyment 
finally goes buttons down, then: is 
always the expectation that now you 
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ergonomically designed pointing aid. 

In contrast to the Commodore 
supplied variety, the Naksha mouse 
otters more economic dimensions and 
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higher resolution 280 dpi. 

Two overlarge buttons inhabit the 
forward area of the eurvv case which 
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hump. 

Nice to handle, free and easy to 
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The host presented of all the mice, 
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steel-centred mat, 

Naksha replacement mouse, Naksha 
UK Ltd, 29 The Warf, Warrington , 
WA1 2 HT £39.95. 

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With its programmable resolution 
up to 1280 lines from one end uf Stick 
travel to the other il can easily be 
more accurate and controllable For 
CAD and other design work. The 
programming is done via a small unit 
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and the Amiga. 

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Who uses which 

mouse 


Simon Ruckman uses the Being! 

"Because it’s the best mou.se you 
cun get and impresses people , if 
is the secret behind my 
incredible high scores at Super 
Hung On ”, 

Jeff Walker uses the Contriver 

'Because the mice I use always 
break . so / need something 
cheap and strong 

Nic Veitch uses the Naksha 

"Bee cm so fohn got to the 
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accurate. It's good value". 

John Kennedy (AJ1 uses the 
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''Because it is more compact 
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Besides, it's different” 


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stick movement very lighl it is an 
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small degree of motor function. 

Versatile and reliable, but that costs. 
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reasonable price, a number of fonts 
and emulations. 

But best of all is that the commands 
used in Page-Printer mode are 
essentially the same as those used by 
Epson-compatible dot matrix printers. 
That and the quietness - a gentle fan 
is so much more soothing than the 
rasp of pins against a platen. 


REPORT i:ARD 


Epson GQ 5IM10 

Epson 0442 R1144 

£] ,200+vat (shop around) 


EASE OF USE. 



Zillions of DIF switches make setting 
up fiddly. Faperfeed good. die LCD 
display is useful. 


SOFTWARE 



Loads of emulations which can be 
addressed from preferences. Shame 
there is no Postscript, but at this price 
it can't be expected. 


SPEED 



No great shakes, decoding inserjet 
graphics is very slow. 


VALUE 



While the initial price looks OK watch 
out for the running costs. 


()\ ’ERALL 


62 “< 


You need to put a lot of work through a 
printer to justify the price , If you want 
something cheaper look at the HP 
Deskjet. 


AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 67 













n&M 


fire- Blaster . 

fish 

r'lighiSmll 

friohc Nighr 

Fun School II & a rears .... 
fun Bchotf II LHdor&Vt2'S 

Fun Strain II 6 Ytw - 

GalacUcOonquerm 
Giaenc Invasion 

HaJdiaporii domain 

Carne-s Summar £<?mnn . 
GArtifrS WwEdiPon 
Gj.'v Linkai -i z«l Shots 




mw 


£1550 
£14 90 
INK! 
£1490 
£1550 
£14*0 
£14 90 

tiasa 

£15 541 
fl&M 
£14 SO 
£1550 
Cl & 90 
HE 50 
£1960 


£1590 

£M.» 

Ert» 

tifeifl 

ns» 

£1560 


£14 90 
£14 90 
£H » 


Outrun 

Owdandir 


Gum's. Sutur Soccer 
Gal L'eilr « u 
Gartvsburp 

dimer II 
tind Iran 

(kinship . 


Pad and 


Papa .Hoy 


£1190 
£15 541 
£T4SQ 
£14 W 
£1490 


Pear bia'd slay F?ftal! 

Pl0ft4JI -li-jiue 

Plisean .._ 


£15.40 


£t&» 
£1150 
£ * & SO 
£1640 


IIE54J 


HfllsFji . 

Hit DISK Vfr I ..... 

>• □ *ywccs Pbiar Phi 


Porls ill CnJ. . E24 91! 

PjwerplJf Games nr Ih* Gods £'4 90 
PlSidesnl is W<S4mfl C & 50 

Pro-Terms D&SO 

PiOlPdW - ...-, CS.541 

Purple Saturn Day CH 6 P 

OuJdrm*fi .£14-00 


Ojiarli . 
Questran II 
R Type 

Rjl y Cress- .... 
Hdiv^iiiJiiinr 


RasIfiSHin 

Hearn ol the Iran 

R*5e« CmugiU Gfuckimauga 
Hed teal 
find ugniniftfl 


Hentpadt 


RcudbaUBfS 


Ho&ocpp 


RocH CteiUhst 
Hockn 'linger 
RoJisrCMski 


RurThi Gaurdtfl 


£*411 i Gr«w$it 
Sargon i ll Chess 


MLR SPECIAL 

AMHU AS-dO 

* Bplrnpn Pick * Dystcoubr 
t 10 Star Game a * Mouse Mol 

* Ptiulon Pftinli 

ALL FOH £399 


PRINTERS 


Parlplwrjifai i 

™ C170 

StariClft._._ 

£175 

5tarLCUFCo4bw 


Slur LC24 IQ 

C2&9 

SlarNBM 10 ™. 

epwn LX90O ... 

£450 

£244 

Epson LD50Q 

£310 

Epson LDSSD 

— £493 

Epson LDfDM_ _ 

£ $SG 

Epson PKB50 |N*w 4 

tps-on FXIOKKNaw in(_.. 

Pwi*Hflk 

t35Q 

£459 

m £igg 

NEC P2200 __ 

e»i 

NEC P5 Plus ... 

£427 

NEC P7 PIlh 

Am -aired DMP 4QQ 

Panawntc KKP 1 124 |N*w 24 Pln|..... 

£?B 0 

£240 
™~ £91 □ 

Paniisanic: PnRy ' 

__ £218 

M*™i*wfMno Tal^ MT01 

£176 


GENERAL 

TV Modulti^r 

£22 

Philip* S033 Nkmllor - - 

.. E255 

Cornmodcri 10MP MPfilta* 

. £244 

A 401 Run Ei panslDn^CIvch 

Comm-pOor* AlDlO 3 5" Drlvi 

....£124 
.. £80 

Cummi CAB 954 3,5" Drlv* * PSU 

Cumin* GAK llXtOB 5 25" D<fev# 

Cumin* GAB lOHB 5 24" Dibr* + P5U 
A5S0 20mhHD 

till 

..,.£124 
..£133 
. .. PDA 

Duit Cou-tr . . 

£6 95 

3.4" Cifc*ning Jttt ., 

.. £6 4$ 

10 3,6“ Df ki ^ - 

£17.25 

Mpvm Hlat * . 

...£5.74 

Konnife Navlgalor « 

,{14,99 

T urbe Junior ^n.^. 

...£i.W 

□upek Gun ... . . . 

... £4.-99 

Ctrillingpr 

. Ea« 

ChHlih 124+ 

klieh 1 

.£15.50 

.£14.99 

Dukfcjuf 5up*r board 

SpMhing ......... 

,£lfl.« 
. £14.94 

Comp P-ro Boor* 

£15.95 

fnmn Prn F 'll re 

. £16.50 



AMIGA 2000 

* B 2 O 00 Model 
* 20 MB Herd Dink 
+ PC X . T Bridge Board 
■*■ floppy drive 

* 1084 Sleno Cotour toonUgr 

ONLV £1495 


PROFESSIONAL 
SOFTWARE Cent 


OyiViFnlC Studio COT.» 

Ficil ivliIfKi „ r- -- C 29 K 

GFA Om4c E47.80 

Gold* pa II || — . EH 90 

Own) 3 0 .CM. M 

tiw tul*l Copy Ell 90 

Htorn I Account ..,,<u, u ,.,u,u,u u , uu . u . F?5 W 

Hamm Dfflci Kfl El 20 

1nt™d EM-00 

K. Cbr*l 2,5 ..... £t| W 

Mind Word* II s _,^._. E53 50 

L alii c* 5 0 Dwv _..£175 

Llghla, Cam in, Adlan CJfi 90 

Mlflnum TyftO ..r,...r,..,..,..,. £3£ 1 0 

•M«r* A*»mbl#f £4 7 ra 

Meihhcrt Phi* _ ...... E12 50 

Movi* SsUar E'19 90 

Om*g*1Ui .. .. I |ll 90 

PgbhtlHr'f Chalci £74. DO 

FagiaMter CM 

Prch^BloAil Pa £195 

Pholon Pfcinl 3.0 E56 

eiMnn# CM 90 

Phffl^nVIdao ..£64 

Pr«taaakioil Draw Cm 90 

Paw*r Wind™* 2.S S& 90 

Pro Vid*a Elli 

FroltXf CM SO 

Prom*** — EH 90 

Qu*r1arb*ck ... C32 

SynfhlB JL _, 0 , £55 

Su|Hrtdi« Pananail £45 95 

Supf^Mv* P#tean*| II .. l ,., [ ., n , r9n ,^ lir „„^,.. CE4 

Su^KbiuPper Ci-M 

Sculpl JO E50.9O 

Studio M*gic E45 

Super beck ............... _...„.. . £33 

Turbo SllVtr 3& ■■■ — C94 

T«rt Ed Plufc EM 90 

TrtnKiipl EM. 50 

VlM4&twlo £5 T90 

Wip* Manar £5? ud 

Word ParlBd 5.2 .... „E1W 

Worktoandi 1.3 ...... ra .... r .. r ..p 1 .. n . n . H . F .. n . n . r „ Ci4 


FT^sidmWJWf TTr. 

Finliviptofl IU....U, ■ 

EH.0O 
EJ 6 0O 

P&slLJte 

.EH 50 

Fiji 01*411 

Parnrl FaniHftll — * 4 : 

.EU.SO 
EH 30 

FwndiEh FitdOy 

Elfi 30 

Fir* Bngjda 

. E 73.50 

Fctgotmn Wgii^s 

Eli 50 

GffliHhj3UIS II 

.£16.90 

Ghouls- A -Ghusi.s 

EI 6 30 

Gadiri D 1 1 ] 1 a e, 

. £960 

Cora 

EH 30 

Cy.m National 

•Hard ftnumg 

E 16.50 
EH 50 

-igbSiw 

E 16.30 

Hound ot Shadow 

EHflO 

rm HpCfctU W fa 

E19 50 

■W3 1 1 vl-H 1 j 41 .M 

ndiana Jonai 

. EH 60 

* is lan! Muse 

FlSSO 
. £14.50 

ilKlTipIfli 

Irffi TtSCkir 

EH 30 

J*ck h-cKlaus loH 

E^30 

jam?; 

E 1 7 30 

Ji>, 'rey In Cfr'ifl 

El? 30 

Ml 1 0*1 

[15 30 

*. c*no- to Kill .. 

EH 30 

Mi:i.irAiilhe - 

E 13.90 


E H 30 

mm 

eh yO 

Nodti * South 

Gvt impensm .. .. 

EH 30 
CH SO 

ijMt 

F-;? 50 

Orthuil 

EH90 

?abdtfri 

EH 30 

5hul 

CH.3G 

iPhijOi* 

EH 30 

0 CPL-lOUS 

EH90 

r Drnmi 

FH3D 

QjIiTP 

EH -DO 

Wi'iiji 

EH 90 

0 jJtv Cross . 

EH SO 

1 Ql! J ing 
Hjcd Siorm ftsmg 

E ' 9.50 

EH 50 

RtK Oanggrpu's 

Out 

EH 90 
CH50 

W No-Ida 

. EHSO 

Shadow 01 ra 9«al 
Sflmooi 

EJi 50 
. [1590 

Shool Em UpCofisduci $ft 
Silfc-wbiffl 

FH5D 

EH.90 

Sin City 

C-?30 

SkHt id A 1 

E15.0 

Skat* or 0 * . 

EH 50 

5h,pwelt 

. E 16.90 

SlM 0 -np GQ?fK In 

ET 90 

Star Lor-a 

. EHSO 

Stwlfighic 

FS5D 

Siip*f Ou^Kl 
Swords nr Twilight , 

L H DO 
E' 7 50 

Tatospin , _ . L 

ll9.« 

m i'% ,hili:« 

EHSO 

Tairiiflii 

.EHDO 

"tslDnyi? 

EH 90 

ThtM 

.E! 6 D 0 

Tbt LDalftlrti ._.u„au». 
7r»Nf*-7Mlaid Story 
E nmardJrry 

£1iS» 

CHM 

EIS50 

TpLal Edipli 

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Tnvii 1 Pursuit 

EHSO 
E " t DO 

Tunu Qjlfjn 

EH 30 


EH20 

'Angird 0 -rcam?; 

EH DO 

Wckid 

F' ? DO 

^nogiute 

EH DO 

xernio^il 

C ' 6 DO 


CLASS OF THE M m 


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SOFTWARE 


M Emulilar 2.0 


._,. m.w 

A*gi* An imjlDr-lmjg*a . .. 


CH M 

A*gl» Dnw 2000 


,..._C!45 

A*gi* Mchm Mat 30 , 


, cu.sn 

A*glft Sonin . 


.. £4« M 

Aigl* AudlomiAfif M 

iiaauuiuiiuii 

m 00 

Atgl* Vid-iPKi p* 3D .. . 


tea 

Amiga Blarlar Kll 


. £M 94 

Ar»n* AccDur'i?* ... 


....{149 94 

Aztac- C Prat 


CiDS 

A Talk III 


,. u . £M 95 

BBS PC I ^ ir „^„. 1 . ! ,.„„__.... 


CM 94 

Banchnurk UwIuIb 2 


£96 

ftutahtr . . 


...... £19 M 

Cemle S#11*r 

IILIKII, ■■■.■r.l! 

,..„. . ..... £45 

Cemlc S*t1*r Ad 1 



C12 

Comic Sitter Ad 2 ........... 


fi3 

Comic Baiter Ad 3 .... 

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C*mbridg« Li*p 


£M 

Caii.graphar 1.05 


£50 94 

Cn lac* Choi c* .. 


.. £9i 

Du* Tool bo e .. . 


£32 

Dlgvr*w Gold . 


.. .107 M 

0*lux* Piinf ll 


£45 

Deluxi Mu-vic . 


£IG 

Dtigx* Vld*o . . 


._. £66.60 

D*lu pc* PhGlGlab 


. . £44.60 

D*lu k* Print II 


£3?.» 

Drum Siud-o 


C 1 j 50 

Digicilc 


£29.90 

Dmvptt II 

1...... ........ 

..... £39.» 

□igipjinl 


{24-90 




DItkIot . . .. 



□ItkIot Toolkit 


£19 iO 

0*R4gri 30 n ,nmrr, m pm-. . r*. ., i 


..,.CM 

Dynamic Drum* 

— ™" 

£57.90 


ROOKS 

Aafobfiead Aivng» BASIC C1S.95 

Am ^yu JO Graph n:i FVc^g BASIC... E1ftA5 

Afftoja Awiortww „ ...I.,- Ei0Lfl5 

Amifla Aiscmbly Lanqi Prog EKK30 

Am Ngo BASIC inside* Girt ElflJH 

Ainiyct C For Beglnnara Cl a. 46 

Amiwk DPS in*ld* A CM C1M4 

Acnige DOS Manuel 02^ 

Amiga DOS Quick Rarwam £13AS 

Amiga DOS ftefGutda ... tHJ» 

Amiga Disk Drivee Inside 5 Oul. tiT.55 

Amiga BdGrapMofl Sound TeMnn r - £17.45 

AmlgpKpndlwok.^. — £15^5 

Amiga Hardware Ref Manual... £22.96 

Amiga Intutfon B«4 Manual 122.9b 

Amiga htaclvne Lang GuUa.......-..^. 09.95 

Amiga Huliiw Language^ CT4.95 

Amiga MlL-roanet BASIC Ping Gdu ....... 00.45 

Amiga Prog Handbook Vd £23,96 

Amiga Prog Handbook Vol 2.... ............. £23.&5 

Amiga Tncka ft £14.95 

Amiga lor HbgmitBrt.. ^ ■■■■ ■ ■ £tZ.B5 

Bncamlng an Amign ArCisil . £10.46 

Bvginrm Gu*d* 1o the Amiga, £16.96 

Compute's 1 st Book of Amiga . ........... £1 6.^5 

Computed 2nd Ho-aA ol Amiga.. £16.95 

Elementary Arragu Basic £1 4.95 

kmtfi Amiga Gfftpteei £1035 

lwd« Ifw Amiga wHhP 2nd Ed - £20.96 

Hicksitan Ou#d* to d» Amiga. ....... ........ £13.96 

Kid A tlw Amiga £ 1 4.65 

P-fogrBrnimBrs Gufdelu the Amga. £23.95 



1S5 Pirjcn hntnl 

tth \ IncliK 

f IB 30 
f14.SC 

■4*4 OH FlbJd H^np 
Acadiny 

E H.90 
£14 30 

telKHi Amiga. 
AluiDuinar 

E 14.90 
f 14.90 

Airturil 

S 14 90 

Ailerad Btasi 

£ 16.50 

A f idrurifrj.i MlStlH 
AQuadvtmurir 

S1490 

£16.50 

A read* Cassics-Voi w 

F14 30 

AicNpdcg&S 

£15 5D 

AjUbmW N 

£H jO 

talproffl 

EH 90 
fli.DO 

Bill 

0J-1PC* Or POlrti 

£19 50 

Ba ishi. .. ... 

fU.&O 

ftflTigfcgk. h qhtl 

E1E5D 

Eto»curin R 

Baeman 

E 14,90 
£H60 

fe^:li Vulcv 

E 16.50 

ftfirnudd Piq*frt 

Back Tig* r 

£1B 50 
£H 50 

liiS^-'nidE- 

E1B5D 

Byirfiliijign 

£7 30 

Bumbju 

£H 50 

EKihhJr Gilirar 

E1B.50 


fH.50 

CaiftrrKaGintJ 
L-aplan mood 

Ca'-ifrCarimu’d ... 

f 14.D0 
EH 50 
fH.50 

L*r>lr*1dld Squ-a^s 

CH 50 

f 'la iibert dl Shadih 

£16.50 

L larli* C ~'ip 1 n 

E1B5D 
EH 90 

Cnasi dQ 

CurDfioquisC 

E1D 90 

CtiUCbaEgg 

fH.DO 

Qrcu* Gam#a . , .. 

f H 50 

Cfliusiw Ctejj ..„ 

E 15,50 

Cdmputar Hits vci n 

fl4 30 

QaiinnciiLil ClfCui . 

£15.50 

Cosmic Nall 

Crafy Cara . 

£1590 

£1050 

E-a r jy Cara 11 ..... .. . ... 

fH50 

Custodian 

£14.90 

CyBanvcrii 

£14.90 

ry»MM 11 

El-*. 90 

Uakar^D 

£14 60 

0ain*534i ■ 

EH 50 

Dart Fusion 

11*90 

OtfCdfli 

Daramtef c-i Ih* Crown 
Clfteuic- 

116.50 
1 1 Ei 5 0 

.na.90 

Danans 

11450 

Double pragan 

£14.90 

Dragons Lair ....... 

EffiSO 

O-'agon Sprnt 

115.50 

Diudncught 

.£1* 90 

Draam Zww 

116 50 

Duller , 

Ijgyar 

.£16.50 

11450 

CMtgaffi Master 1 1 Mag] 
ilytejnrll Duckj- 

£15.50 
£15 H 

Elw , TII1M1 ^ 1T1 _ _ . . 

£15 50 

Emanualli . 

Empire* oF ttia Mmss .. 

£14 50 
tlfi 50 

i mpi-'i Mnkis &Kk ... 
Esurr.u San m 

£14 SO 
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f uropaan Soki Shunlr 
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E V* ol hnrus 

EM 95 

F16 falcon .. 

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fairy Tn Advaniura . 

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'.'IIjII Manager 1 1 E«p.in5c 

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bTHTT.,.. .... 

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Huntiar Had Qclohar 

£16M 

itypiraierti* 

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.. ..£1459 

£1D50 

impqiyibl* Mssicc H 

. .£1490 

inumanwjl Bocwr 
Iron Lortf 

.£■4 90 
LH5KJ 

j cun el Arc 

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;n u* Spun 

£74 90 

Karel* Krc U 

, nil .£1&50 

toLdk.S 

r^nnady Anprcadi 

, fH30 

£15 90 

kickjurtli 
Kigr nrChna^d 
kryiLi 

. C650 
FH50- 
. .. ..fi9i0 

La’caldl .... . 

FM 90 

1 awi i^uad 

.. .. EHtO 

Last Pun 

F 14 90 

Lt-adubojHd Birdia 

.. £ H &0 

L-tatwnritck 

FM9D 

| pjtr U c* Offl 

.... .[M90 

Lf pend a- Ite Sword 
1 . p '.!. ie Luii l a'ry . 

EH 50 
E14D0 

L m and Ltl Dip ' 

FM9U 

Lcirhaid RAC RjJlv 

LH 5I> 

LU1! Hll'v 1 **■ 

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Macadm Oumoer 
Magnum 4 

E19S0 

EH5& 
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Manhuntar 

E1S5& 

MariC-aos- 

EH 60 

M*an SlTAh 

. EH 50 

Mr?yj Pack 

EH&& 

Uanact- 

El-4 90 



LEISURE SOFTWARE 

£14« 

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UillrtmuiTi ? 7 

..£1660 

M«ntf Banda r 

..... .£1990 

-Mimisha^iiw .. .. 

Mini Ged 

.. ra 50 

£14.90 

Miss- on atovaloi 

£10» 

Minor Maisacri 

£1490 

Mu - Sit r 5 

£1496 

Slellttirtrd 

£14 90 

^tvar Mod 

... £14 95 


ISE49 

E^SW 
ES44D 
... EH '96 
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E$MI 

EH 40 
EH 50 
E16 50 
EH 00 

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EH 3D 
EiQ-W 
I'6 50 
EU0D 
£!6 50 
E16 50 
E 16.50 
£19 90 
E 15.50 
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E16 50 
CIS 60 
Elti 00 
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Supl Cnusl 

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f 1I.9G 
. E14 50 
....£14.60 
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benign 

.... E14.90 

Scrabb* D*iu* . 

E14 50 

5DI 

.. C 16.50 

S#oten LoNlrm 

E14 50 

6*nnnal ... 

SnadcwgalP 
Slijrtnw gf in* 

.. EH. 90 
E 16.50 
... E21.90 

Snangtei Ka>ata 

F H 50 

Shwl EitiUfrCCfl Kit 

Shull* Puck Eat* .. 

£23.50 
... EH 50 

£<l|ri| Sarytfl 

E 16.50 

Srncjc 8 Thmna d Faken 
SkyCtete 

.. EH 50 

E 14.50 


... £16.50 



tnoc'py 

E16 50 

SuccerMkiicprosa 

CH 50 

Snldipr pfXJfi 

EH 90 

Sfli'o* ry Pace 

E14K 

. 1 1 . r fkii 

EH 50 

Spact Ralte* 

M.50 

£pac* Kjn-ipr 
Spate0u«t7 

E IB 50 
EH 50 

Spar* Rk*> 

E 14.50 

SpactEtihan 

CD SO 

Sliprrtlml 

. EH.50 

Spitlmg inaga 
Star Dkbf* 

E1460 
. £16.93 

Star Gixisb 

E1450 

Sl.ir Hmr 

EH 50 

Star mis 

E14SO 

SlKKl . ... 

CH90 

Slav* Da>ra Sinner 

E14 90 

Slqiq*r . 

£15 50 

Sd r Crazy <0at»! 

E14 93 

SiOrm lord 

£1490 

Uhapm^hlpr 

E 16.50 

Stsigir 

.. £16.50 

Sum* F{irc* hl.irnc ' 

E16 50 

SlnpP-kfii in 

CIO 90 

Si 'id Prtar II Dali D>u 

IB 50 

Sr-np Poker No 

CHW 

StunLmn 

114 90 

Summer D^mpue 

BuPli "-ir-j (ti 

£14 90 
E l&tO 

SupirDudlil 

C10» 

SUMiTTLa-i 

I1&SO 

Supfii^yr ice Hcckav 

$wi|rhh1>idr 

, CI A M 1 
. Elfi 90 

Swards Sodan 

EIESO* 

TgpieTihfliJ 

i'l G 9G 

‘‘alan 

HE SB 

T-Bdbnacnp — 

El 4 90 

Ttriy't 6^ Aevardurc 

£15 40 

Thauara .. 

El 4 90 

Thumb ids 

£H^0 

\ hiindp rt"|jrir 

E 1 & 50 

TigtrRuad 

£14 90 

1 00(3*1 ...... .... 

EI&90 

1 ucksuil iTi a-Ji 1 

£14 00 

Tn-id 

110 50 


Trtv Pursuris 9*g 

Tirte .. - - 

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Ti. ii>‘i Tm 

£14 90 

1 V Bperts rdotball 

£1&90 

UldmtlV 

£1550 

gibmi V . - 

.D&&0 

UlbmaLe Gdf 

£14 90 

UMS Simian :i Dls-lc 1 .... 

.£6.50 

UMb ScanarD Disk 2! .... 

Umnwip 

.£3.60 

£1090 

UmvanaJ Mfc^Ury Sim — 

Vrgiivn* ... 

£1550 
£T4 90 

Wndicilnrs 

£>4 90 

ttrus 

£14 90 

Veya&er 

.£1490 

War m TTwMiddl* Farrti 

War ?c« 

Warn ... 

£14 90 
..Lfl.SO 
£1590 

Wmrn*Or?[Jrtry IteHKke, 
Winba 1 Cjr>ts 

£1550 

£1550 

Wii-jrd WJJ7 

.£1650 

Wc d cias.> :*iBivoanl 
WC rid CuP l.'bUi Ma^tr 
m 'id 

£14 90 
£-650 
£H50 

Wu-Hd iVj‘ II 

£2550 

JCfnagheds 

fflivuin 

£17 90 
£14 60 

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Action fighter 

I1&.9D 

AlnunftadPns 

Aiitn Lrgirn 

£H9D 

£5590 

Ama'rtai l» HdcImv , 

APB 

EH 90 
EH90 

Arcnpn CdlBdmn 

Arne Fpi 

F693 

1099 

Arlhur i 

EH90 

Btf-TCl pi Puwir 1 990 

£H90 

Birtunuil 

CH-90 

IlMtiM 

.£'590 

Balrrj'i Iha Mm’-a 
Bamacte^s 

EH 50 
£H.90 

0aftiatewi;i i9*7 
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Filter tips 


ProJita Mil n Menu 


Ciulojiue fills 
D i sp I ay/rdi t records 
select all 
Invert selection 
filter records 
print nenu 

Alier/create database 
Utilities nenu 
Quit 


\ matter 
of facts 


OME say love a ml some say 
k- J irtonnv. hut it's rcall\ facts and 
figures I ha) make the work! go round, 
as unyuna who has ever sal an exam or 
spent a sunm afternoon suffering in St 
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you need a database. 

From a simple piece of interpolation 
you can reason that with a good 
database you can rule the wot Id Well, 
maybe not quite, but you could haw a 
pretty good go. 

)t is perhaps with such an aim of 
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ventured into the database market. 
Regular readers or rabid Arnnrilrn will 
Liudoubtahlv have heard ul Prutcxt 
probahlv the best word processor m 
the world, and as a matter of fact the 
one I am using righl now. 

These people might, therefore 
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< o input once at a small pen emage of 
the price usually assm ialed with such 
a package Well, tin* price we know 
already lhe rest remains lu be seen 

I fie first thing of note about Prodata 


Me Veitch discovers that information is 
p o wer an d won ders ho w m a ny wa tts he 
can get out of Prodata 


l~J 1LTERS am probably the most 
JL useful and the most used 
addition to any datahase. Serious data 
management is impossible without the 
ability to sort things out - this is the 
prime Fundamental that started off 
IBM with their punch -card reader. 

A filter is basically a set of 
conditions which are applied to each 
record in turn. If the record in 
question meets all lhe conditions it 
remains selected. If it fails it is thrown 
in a hypothetical bin. 

Don’t worry, the records that fail the 
filtering have nol been removed from 
the database, they are just deselected. 
This means that you can chose to 
perform a function specifically on 
Ihpse records which fuive passed 
through the filter. Unfortunately at the 
moment this does not include a 
further filtering action. 


If you want to use two filters you 
w ill have to create a sub-database of 
the selected records, open that and 
then impose your second filter. If this 
sounds unnecessarily tortuous that's 
because it is. 

It isn’t really too difficult to do, but 
it's a pain, and since you'll probably 
only want to use the sub- database 
once you'll have to delete ii when you 
arc finished, Admittedly lhe filter 
structure in Prodata is very powerful 
and it would be simple to combine 
two filters into one but that is nol the 
point, it would be much easier 1o have 
a small number of simple filters that 
you could use sequentially. 

For example, if ynu had created four 
basic filters using them sequentially 
would give you 16 permutations - a 
75 percent saving on disc space and a 
99 percent saving on hassle 


is that il requires l Mb ul memory. 
Those of you without 5Uls that's the 
memory expansion, not lhe jeans - 
will have to splash out some extra 
cash to get started. 

This is not unreasonable, since any 
database you are likely to create, w ith 
the exception of a complete list of 
every away match Darlington have 
ever won, is going to be fairly sizeable. 
You'll need it For lots of other things 
anyway. 

The function of a datahase is to 
store, recall and in some cases perform 
a< tions un computerised data For the 
techno-information freaks, and there 
are always some. Predate can handle 
3011 fields per record, each of up to 


Editing fillers ([regression, fr=desc 
IE: «=*“ 

ID: These with no telephone 
2E: ■JUHWf in HI 
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4E: mmocul 
4D: Social nenhers 
5E: Fit)# 

5D: Paid up heifers 

4E: ffl;" and ‘junior" in Ml. 

40: blah blah blah 


Type carefully - these 
descriptions Kill 
become menu entries 


Twenty Arnar Filters please 


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It * Create New database 
S - Create Sub-database 
£ - Edit field nines 

f - Passwdi 
1 - Indexes 

L - Layout; 






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Variably I say unto you 



Hack tlutiibnsa bos its own variable list 


V ARIABLES arn not the normal 
run of the mill things you 
expect to come across in a database - 
a database language perhaps, but 
where in the day lu day running of 
things do you need a variable? 

Suppose for a moment that you are 
a university professor with a database 
full of students. This should be easy 
unless you are actually a university 
professor, since they have no 
imagination. Further suppose that in 
addition to all their relevant details 
you have a list of their marks for 
coursework. 

Now being lazy, you would want to 
see the average scores and the total so 
far, Ordinarily this would mean 
calculating them as they were entered 
and (‘resting a new field for the 
results. 

This would mean that this field 
would have to be updated each time a 
new score was added and it would 
probably be wrong because you’d 
have lu work it out yourself 
{university professors are also very 
bad at counting). 

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field space - giving you more bounce 
to the ounce. 

Almost all the standard 
mathematical functions are available, 
while the parameters may he a 
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even another variable. It would be 


quite easy to turn Prodata into a 
simple spreadsheet, 

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siring functions you would expect to 
find in a well equipped version of 
Basic, for example, 

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system functions. Very useful, 
especially in conjunction with the 
Assign option from (he menu. This 
allows you to change globally the 
contents of a Hold in all selected 
records to a variable or a defined value 
such as a piece of text. This is very 


handy, for example, if you have a field 
- say fl - containing the date the 
record was last updated, Then you can 
just use ‘assign fl = sys-date", and all 
the selected records will be 
automatically datestamped. 

Variables excel at saving space. 
Instead of storing fields full of text 
which is repealed many limes across 
oil the records a single number may he 
stored which can be decoded to the 
corresponding text in a variable and 
placed in the layout. 

The end result is exactly the same, 
but with space saved in thedfltahase 
and time saved in the input stages. 


999 characters. Prodata is able to 
muster such impressive figures since 
it uses a variable length storage format 
to compact the database so there is no 
wasted disc space. 

Prodata starts with a rather simple 
menu in a box in the centre of the 
screen. All of Prodata is run from this 
menu and its associated submenus. It 
looks simple. It is simple. But behind 
all those entries some pretty cunning 
programming is going on. 

You select item by pressing the 
corresponding key or using the mouse 
to click on the entry. It is worth getting 
to know your way around with the 
keys, as it will make things a lot easier 
when you decide to program a macro. 

Creating a database was never 
easier. Prodata will ask you for the 

► 


Company N 
Type : ??? 

Address: 



Aesthetic displays 
can hfi attributed 


Editing i ten attributes 
Attributes set: 

bee i tut Places displayed: 2 

Justify I eft/r iflht/centre tl/r/e)? 


to powerful 
layout editing 


Prodata has intelligent 
import routines 
among other utilities 


mm 



upon mu 

Edit ccnf ifluration file 
Assign selected fields 
Undo daU chans** 

Delete ail selected records 
Rebuild database 
Close database 


— 



► 

names of I ho unlil you decide to 

stop. At (his stage it will ask you it 
you wish to have data checked Oil 
entry. II can spot the difference 
between number and letters so you 
don't get a entry for someone called 
0733-68909 with the telephone 
number :Amor Ltd. Which is not only 
very sensible, hut works very well. 

The variable field length system 
saves not only space but lime and 
effort if you should need to put more 
information into a p re-defined field. 

A standard layout simply lists all 
the fields in order, but you may create 
your own. Design of layouts is fairly 
straightforward, although cunning 
things are possible. 

The mouse can be used to place 
elements or fields in position - much 
faster than using the keyboard. 

Limited character stylo line- drawing 
is supported, as it was in Protext, 

This is the place to put your 
variables if you have any. Fans of 
disgustingly neat little boxes and well 
arranged text will no doubt bo over a 
natural satellite to learn that you have 
the option to have your text centred nr 
justified. 

Creation of several layouts for 
different purposes speeds access and 
minimises fuss when the lime comes 
to change minor details. 

Speaking of Protext - well, J was at 


some stage I'm sure - there are good 
facilities lor importing and exporting 
text from/to Ascii or Protext format. 
The import routine is very 
intelligent and can accept comma 
delimited, single line or quote 
wrapped data items which are the 
main outputs from other databases, 
spreadsheets. Basic programs and 
virtually any source of raw data you 
are likely to come across, 

You are also able to import data 
selectively, so you can see 
instantaneously if something is going 
horribly wrong and try again. 

Those elements combine towards a 
very flexible database system. Prodata 
may be lacking in some of the more 
flashy ingredients which comprise the 
market leaders, but it is still capable of 
efficiently maintaining a number of 
business-sized databases at a small 
fraction of the price. 

Its simplified structure offers great 
bonuses in terms of ease of use, the 
only drawback being lack of a 
programming language, which in any 
case is only useful in large scale 
installations. 

Prodata lacks a sense of Amiganess, 
as does its pen friend. Yet it is 
impossible to use just the mouse even 
to get simple printouts, which is a hit 
of a nuisance. 

It may feel alien to the Amiga, but at 
I he same time powerful, slightly 


primitive perhaps, but with ripples of 
ingenuity just below the surface. 
Overall a sense that if you can’t find a 
way to do something with Prodata, it 
is due to your own shortcomings and 
not the program's. 


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EASE OF USE ... 



Structure of menus simple and fairly 
efficient. Could have bean a bil morn 
Amigaised though, 




Fast. Of course you have to wait for 
long son rches hut no database is 

instant. 


VALUE 



Perhaps net ignite as much of a bargain 
as Protest, but certainly ti high 
performance to price ratio. 


OVERALL 87% 


Prodata will never beat Aston * lute but 
unites you cirt? worried about corporate 
image it is competent, reliable* easy to 
use and excellent value . 


A to Z of indexes 


I NDEXES are a man’s best friend. 

Book index, refractive index, FT 
index, index-linked pension, you even 
have a finger put aside For them. 

Without indexes, for example, you 
would never be able to find anything 
in the extensive Prodata manual. In ’ 
fact, even with the index it can be a bit 
trying. Anyway enough ir relevancies, 
on with the blurb. 

The function of the index is to keep 
things in order so you can find all the 
records whan you want them. It's sort 
uf like a mother, but it never wants to 
know when? you were last TYiesday 
when it was ringing you all night and 
it hopes you are wearing a vest 
because you could catch your death, 
It’s not like the old days when people 
had respect.... 

All databases need to have at least 
one index, otherwise Prodata would 
got confused, so as a default the first 


field is taken to he the index field. 

This is all very well, and normally 
thaL is all you would need, but 
suppose you had a database 
containing details for a mailshot to 
various people at different companies. 
You might equally well want to sort 
the records alphabetically by the 
person’s name or by the company 
name. 

What to do, what to do? Well, it’s 
simple really -you just have to create 
two indexes. You create a new index 
by selecting Alter/Create Database 
from the main menu and then 
selecting Indexes. Another menu will 
appear with four options on it, one of 
which is Create new index. 

Enter a description for your new 
index. It is quite important to make 
this description something sensible so 
that you know what it means when it 
appears on the menu later on. 


Next conies another cunning bit. 
You can have more titan one field as 
the index. In the previous example 
this would be quite useful, since you 
could index first in the name of the 
company and second in the name of 
the person, as there may be two 
people oji your mailing list working 
for the same company. 

An index can he specified over up 
to four fields - more than you could 
possibly want to use unless your brain 
functions in some fashion previously 
undocumented by modern science. 

It is important to note (your 
important notebook must be getting 
pretty full by now) that any searching 
function you perform will only look 
through the fields that are designated 
as index fields. Therefore you must 
make sure that any fields you are 
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If the good way is to 
use the OS, and the 
bad way, the hardware, 
who's ugly? asks 
John Kennedy 

This article is aimed at the 
programming literate who are 
having problems getting to grips 
with the challenge of programming 
the Amiga, it makes reference to C, 
hut only in comparison tn 
assembler. 


S IX months ago I bought the Rom 
Kama] Reference Manual - my 
attempt to learn how to program the 
Amiga and become rich and famous. I 
even started calling it the KKM like 
proper programmers do. My Lattice C 
compiler documentation under one 
arm and the RKM under the other, 1 
was confident of games within a 
fortnight. I was wrong. And it wasn't 
just because I couldn't type with a 
book under each arm. 

Two weeks of hard graft and I could 
open screens and windows. Big deal. 
A fortnight cjF pointing pointers and 
constructing structures to could 
produce a rectangle with my name on 
it. After three weeks I managed to get 
a sprite on to the display. But it was 
the wrong colour and wouldn't go 
where I wanted. 

I decided that programming the 
Amiga was loo difficult for me, and 
went back to the comfort of my little 
friend, the ZHLI. Sure, ! kept using the 
Amiga, mostly lor word processing 
and playing with ray tracing, but that 
nagging feeling was still there. 

The little voice in my head said: 
"Why aren't you programming? You 
spent all I hut money on a brilliant 
computer, and you aren't using it 
properly!" 

"Naff off, I said, "I’m busy. And 
besides, I tried once and it was too 
hard". 

Time passed. After a lew months I 
was tired of watching games fall into 
Green's In Tray- I could write games 
too. I knew [ could. I wasn't stupid - 1 
knew how to program. There must he 
some trick to programming the Amiga 
that didn't involve the mind-numbing 
complexity of integrating Intuition 
with Kernighan and Ritchie. I decided 


to give it another go, 

So last week I bought another book 
and today I am almost half way 
through my first game, OK, so it's not 
a commercial product, but it will 
work, looks good and will be all my 
own work. What more could 1 ask? 

And what was the book I bought? 

How to write a gome in one easy 
lesson, by fez San? Nop€?. 

Fifty ways of being brilliant on the 
Amiga by Jolyon Ralph? Not quite. 
(Although I admit that his articles in 
Amiga Computing definitely put me 
on the right track.) 

How to program and be eooi by 
Green? Definitely not. Well, only a 
qu ick glance. 

It was the official Hardware 
Reference Manual, and it opened my 


eyes to the Amiga. Later the same day 
I got it, ( was already playing with 
screens and hit planes. The day after I 
was animating sprites. II was easy - 
and ! had hardly ever used tiBOOO 
machine code before. 

Ho that you can see the difference 
between methods. I'll show you liow 
to display a screen with Intuition in C 
and how to do it from the hardware 
and assembler, li is entirely possible to 
use Intuition from assembler, but this 
is an ugly way of doing things. 

Intuition w r as designed to he used 
from C, and using another language 
makes things even more difficult than 
they already are. You can interface 
with the OS using languages such as 

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AMIGA COMPUTING Mnn! i I MO 77 



What is a bit plane? 


FIRST wo choose the resolution. 
This can be 320 or 6411 pixels in 
the horizontal anti 25fi or 512 
lines in vertical resolution. The 
flicker caused by the 512 line 
interlace when used with simple 
graphics screens is normally 
prohibitive. 

The number of colours we 
require specifies how many 
bit planes we need. A bit plane is 
a binary representation of a 
screen or sprite. 

If only a single bitplano is 
used, the image is in 
monochrome and each pixel is 
either on nr off. 

Q0001 1 1QQ0D 
00001 1 10000 
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Pascal or even Basic, but C is 
preferred. 

The eternal question: Should we 
program the good way, using legal 
operating system calls, or the bad way, 
dump the OS and talk to the 
hardware? To mis-quote: "To use 1 he 
OS, or not to use OS, that is the 
question. Whether to suffer the 
structures and libraries of outrageous 
Intuition, or to lake up assembler 
against the sea of registers". 

The answer is simple. It's "Yes". We 
should use both, depending on the 
application. To write multi-tasking 
software that integrates into the Amiga 
way of doing things requires legality 
or coding and great perseverance. 

It is true systems programming - the 
sort of systems programming that 
professional programmers in the real 
world of PCs and VAXs and UNIX use 
everyday. It's also the sort of 
programming that pays between £15 
and £25K a year, so it's not to be 
scoffed at. 

But if you want to write a game, 
well then the only sensible approach 
is to drop the OS and play with the 
custom chips. This approach is one 
which 1 fully endorse to budding 
Amiga programmers. 

Yes. it's a bit. well, rude. Yes. it’s 
dumping the most powerful and 


To get more than two colours, 
we overlay several bitp lanes. 

This involves setting up another 
bitplane in an separate area of 
memory and tolling the hardware 
the the screen display will use 
both planes to generate the 
picture. Now each pixel has two 
related bits in memory from 
which to generate colour infor- 
mation. 

With two bits, we have four 
possible numbers, and so four 
colours. Similarly with three 
bit planes we have eight colours, 
with four bitp lanes 16 colours 
and with five bit planes 32 
colours. 

Point to remember: Each 
bitplane takes up the same 
amount of memory, and a five 
bitplane. hi-res interlaced image 
uses a LOT of space. 

There ain't no such thing as a 
free lunch. 

complicated operating system ever 
written lor a home computer. But by 
its very nature Intuition takes time to 
master. 

Writing a program with it is not the 
best way to gel to know the hardware. 
It's a good way to get to know' 
Intuition, but it s also a good way to 
gel totally bogged down and give up. 

Only by understanding and 
becoming familiar with the copper 
and the blitter will you be aware of 
what is possible, And it is only by 
talking to the hardware directly that 
you will understand what is going on. 

Therefore don't bo afraid of reading 
and writing custom chip registers. 


IWiaf is the copper? 


The copper is a co-processor 
Icopper, co- processor, geddit?) 
which ticks along in the 
background helping out the 68000. 
It is a simple beast, and unly 
executes three types of 
instructions. The most common 
instruction is equivalent to a 
68000 MOVE.W, and as it it 
synchronised to the Amiga's 
screen display. It is mainly used is 
writing to the custom chips that 
control screen modes and sprites. 


I hey arc there lo enable you, the user- 
cum- programmer, to make the most of 
your machine, 

[f you have arrived at the Amiga via 
another home computer and know 
machine code well, then buy the 
Hardware Reference Manual and a 
copy of Devpac, From the inside, the 
Amiga is very easy to program indeed. 

The cuslom chips are all there to help 
you. 

Duri'l waste time developing a 
brilliant new sprite routine, the Amiga 
gives you as many hardware sprites as 
you need. Techies might argue that 
there is a limit of eight per pixel line. 

This is no worry, You won't need 
more. 

Setting up backdrops for graphics? 
lust use Deluxe Faint and you're 
flying. And if you are apprehensive 
about the change over {Tom H bit 
assembler to 16 bit - don't be. 68006 
code is as simple as Basic compared to 
other codes. You have eight data 
registers and eight address registers to 
play with, and more addressing modes 
than you would know what to do 
with. 

If you Eire experimenting with 
Amiga machine code it is unlikely that 
you will try to use a non-existent 
opcode, because opcodes exist to 
cover nearly every eventuality. Talking 
to the hardware is only a matter nf 
writing and reading from memory 
addresses which happen to be mapped 
on to the custom chips. Just like on a 
CG4, 

If you arc totally new to 
programming, you have a long road 
ahead of you. Ploughing through 
AmigaBasic - or butter still. HiSofl 
Basic - will provide you with a 
thorough grounding in programming 
skills. You will even be able to play 
with Ihc blitter without worrying 
about poking around in the hardware. 

But you will nued an inquiring mind 
and a good book to learn machine 
code on the Amiga. 

I really wish that the demo writers 
would stop amazing everyone (yaw n) 
and write some useful programs or fun 
games. OK, it might lake slightly 
longer and require some thought, but 
at least a game would serve a purpose. 

We know the Amiga is capable ol 
nice graphics and wonderiul sound. 

We know that the copper is good for 
lots of coloured lines. Now go away 
and don’t come back until you have 
something 1 can shool at. Or hetlur 
still, just let me get on with writing 
my own game. 

* 


7H AMIGA COMPUTING March 1990 





■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


68000 machine code for assembly programmers 


UNDERSTANDING 68000 code 
is bust done hy buying a good 
assembler, a goud book and 
hacking away. The Motorola 
beast ie has lots of 32 bit 
register*, eight data registers 
and eight address registers to be 
exact. 

The instruction I-j get data 
into them is MOM’ 


MOVE.B #10, do 
MOVE.W $10OD,rf2 
MOVE.L #plo|>,aO 
LEAX TABLE, al 


Move a byte '10' into data register 0 

Move 16 bit word contents of hex 1000 into d2 

Move 32 bit address of label plop into address register 0 

Load Effective Address of table into an address register. 

fust like MGVE.L #TABLE,al but faster. 


GOTOing is achieved using RRA [for BRAnch). You can branch on conditions 
ons such as Equal or Not Equal by using instructions such as HEQ or BNE, 

JSR or BSR will call a subroutine, and RTS will return. Easy. 


Opening screens with Intuition and Assembler 


Intuition and C 

To open a screen under Intuition you must construct C structures to handle all input and output. These structures 
are then used by cails to Libraries of operating systems functions, which are used to open a screen or whatever, 




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NfwScrein.iHewftodes-aode ; 
NeiScreeo.Type-CUSTOHSCREEH; 

NewScreen* Fcnt=NUlL; 

Ne wScreen.Defautt T 1 1 Le=ffULL; 

hevScrcen.GadJjets-NULl; 

he# Screen . CiistomHi tMap=RULL; 

return* Open Sc reenUNew Screen)*; 


Assembler 

Opening a screen by writing directly to the custom chips and setting up a copper list to keep the screen addresses 
updated. It is much simpler to get working than the Intuition system - just don’t expect it to multi-task 


JMnciude custom. header 

move. L N5ClEEN r dO 
move.w dO,pUl 
swap d9 

move , u d(?,pMli 


lee CUSTOM, all 
move.u M D,6PLCC'N1 { a D > 
move . * SfS0 r BPL1M0B(a0> 
move, v tf J ?cfl 1 , C'lySTRT ( aQ) 
move.. #S?ec1 ,DIMSrOP( a0> 
move . n tfS 58 , 0 E f STRT(aQ) 
move. . #tdO,&DfSTOP(aO) 


T Dei ini cions of labels * 
* Set screen pointers * 


* the start of c h i ppery . 

* Define limits of screen 

* bjr writing direct!) to 

* hardware registers, 

* All these numbers are 

* veil documented in tlie 

* Hardware guide. * 


move. I (new, COPPERL I ST 

rts 


new: dc.w hpl CO fcO, (1 ?00 

dc.w BPL1PTH 
pill) dc.w SO 

dc.w BPltPTL 
bin dc.w 0 

de,L COPPE#_HALt 


GFXNAME dc.b 
SCREEN jnebin 


4 Patch in New copperlist * 


* The new copperlist k 


* End of copperLfst * 


graph ics, l ibrar/'VO 

"screenbi leap" * Load a prepared screen map 



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TV Sports Football 




TONY "ZAX” PALMER says: Please 
could you include this cheat for 
Stomiiord in your brill mag When 
playing the game typo in CHEAl fur 
unlimited lives and again to turn it off. 
Press space to pause the game, B to 
jump higher and L to skip to the next 
level. 

FRASER BAIN says: Once the game 
has loaded completely, start a game 
then hold down the C. Then press the 
fire button and push the joystick to the 
right simultaneously, and let go, This 
will give you infinite lives for that 



level only: you must use the cheat 
again lor each new level. 


MTH says; 1 tried to test these on the 
office copy hut since this was pro- 
production it didn’t work. 



Max Tennant tackles football, driving and other problems 


PHILIP RICHARDSON 

says: If you are playing in 
a league and lose a match 
do not insert Reel 2 at the 
prompt, just switch off. 
Next time you boot up the 
game you can replay the 
match . 



PAVE KYLE says: You can warp from 
level six to level eight by placing three 
platforms in the correct positions. The 
action takes place in an area with many 
ventilators where the railing is missing 
in the lower right comer, Ji you place 
one platform in each row die warp will 
be activated, 

You can warp from level four to 1 1 
by smashing all the eggs. To get to the 
Hri gg area you must buy one repair set 
and place it to the right of the middle 
arrow. Then it is possible to roll over 
the abyss until you reach the egg area. 

To warp from level 14 to 1(S you 
must smash the correct eggs. In tire big 
egg area you have to roll a >M< into the 
separated zone and a >G< into (lie 
separated zone to the right. You are not 
allowed to smash any other eggs. 

You can warp from level two to 20 
by smashing die correct eggs in the egg 
area. You have to smash all the eggs 
near the railing. You sire not allowed to 
smash any others. 

The warps get bigger and better. You 
can warp from level diree to level 24 by 
placing throe platforms in die correct 
positions. Near the starting point you 
will find diree repair set shops and to 



the right a small abyss area. The 
warp is activated by placing all 
three platforms in the middle row. 
The best warp Tve found is from 
level one to level 33 (the bonus 
level). Near the start of the game 
them are two passages with holes 
and a blue diamond and a yellow 
key behind them. Just past these 


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■ HINTS ■ 



PAUL RAMS ELL Nays: This tip for 
Domark’s Hard Drivin' will ha a great 
help to anyone struggling to complete 
the speed lap in loss, than two minutes 
and challenge the Phantom Photon. 

When the game loads select Manual 
Shift [No clutch) and start. As you 
move off up the hil l under the start 
light get into fourth gear as soon as 
possible by using the number keys on 
the main keyboard. Stay in the 
righthand lane. 

When you reach the top of the hill 
your car should leave die road for a 
second. The speedo will flip around to 
140 mph. Before you land, quickly 
press the N key to put the car into 
neutral. You will now be able to 
complete the course without skidding 
or having to brake. 

If your time runs out you will be 
able to keep going at the same speed, 
even if the tone of the engine drops to 
a tickover. 

Selecting neutral at any stage will 
stop you from skidding and will 


maintain your speed regardless of 
the amount uf time remaining. Once 
you have passed a checkpoint you 
will still be awarded extra time. So if 
time runs out quickly press N and 
wait until the next checkpoint before 
accelerating again. 

The stunt course is a little 
different, because while using 
neutral works in most places, the 
Inop is an exception. Select first gear 
just before you enter the loop and as 
you leave it accelerate quickly and 
again select neutral in time for (he 
tanking. 




SHAUN FORSTER says: 
When making a run from 
the centre or goal kick, 
flick the joystick on to 
auto-fire and keep 
running in a straight line. 
You should be able to 
take the ball past 
opposing players with no 
trouble at all. 

Once you are past 
them and are sure that no 
one else can tackle you, 
turn off the auto-fire and 
drihble round past the 
keeper. 



landmarks is a toolkit shop with a 
hole behind it. Buy the kit and fill the 
hole to activate the warp. 

In addition to the warps there are 
several puzzles to be solved. Hure are 
some nf them. Smash all the eggs on 
levels two, five, 11,12 and 14, On 
Level two roll overall the fragile 
floors making holes. 


Write to Max 


GAIVfE KILLER is always on the 
lookout for hot tips, so if you have 
found a cheat mode, bug or written a 
poke then drop it in the post - on disc 
if it is a long listing. If your work is 
used I'll send you a game drawn at 
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Knnix joystick. 

To speed up getting the prize to you 
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write neatly, May all veur bugs be 
simple ones. 


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5.99 

Firszono 

6.99 

War Machine 

4.99 

Bards Tale. 

7.99 

ISS 

6.99 

Hollywood Poker 

.4.99 

Space Quest 3 

19.99 

Artura „„„ 

.4.99 

Karting Grand Prix 

3.99 

Dominator 

H F F + S H I t + 

Batman the Movie 

.,,.11.99 

Ice Hockey 

3.99 

Phantasm, 

3 99 

New Zealand Story 

11.99 

Grid Start 

4.99 

Hyper Dome 

3.99 

Laser Squad 

14.99 

Destroyer .. 

9.99 

Manhunter in NY.,.., 

9.99 

Turbo Outrun 

...15.95 

Nebulous 

.5.99 

Gold Rush 

9.99 

Myth 

...15.95 

Custodian 

5.99 

Pioneer Plague. 

4,99 

Space Quest 2 

9.99 

NetherWorld 

5.99 

Foundations Waste 

4 99 

Lancaster 

.13.95 

Turbo Cup {+ car) 

7.99 

F29 Ratal iator 

20.99 

Hound of Shadow 

...16.95 

Fight Path 737 

4.99 


15.99 

Paperboy 

....1399 

Jinxter 

9.99 

Player Manager.. 

13,99 

Grand Prix Circuit 

...16,99 

Corruption 

.9.99 

Rampage 

6,99 

Ivon Hoe 

...16.99 

LED Storm * 

5.99 

Legend 

7.99 

Light Force 

.16.99 

Rocket Ranger , 

9 99 

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Phantasie 3 

9.99 

Giiostbusters 2 

,,.16 99 

Flintston.es 

4.99 

Treasure Island Dizi 

4.99 

The Untouchables 

....16.99 

Pacland 

6 99 

Commando 

13.99 

Bloodwych 

..,.15.99 

Roger Rabbit 

.,...7,99 

On Slaught 

15.99 

Falcon 

,,.18.99 

Saint and Greavsey 

699 

Double Dragon 2 

.......14,99 

Falcon Mission Discs 

,,.13.95 

Time Scanner 

7.99 

Postman Pat 

7.99 

Populous 

...16.95 

Targban 

9.99 

Fun School 2 Under 6 

12.99 

Populous Scenery Disc 

7.95 

Speedball 

99 

Fun School 2 6-8 

12.99 

Dragon Spirit , 

,,.13 95 

Predator 

6 99 

Fun School 2 8-12 

12 99 

Robocop 

,.16 95 

P.O.W 

11 99 

Bloodmoney 

15.99 

New Zealand Story 

...15 95 

Fish 

.....,..,..,,9.99 

Robbeary 

4.99 

Stunt Car Racer .. 

.,15 95 

Archipelagos 

9.99 

Indy Jones Last Crusade 

..16.95 

Honda RVF 

,„.15 95 

Advanced Ski Sim 

4.99 

Ferrari Formula One 

16.95 

FI 6 Combat Pilot ... 

... 15.95 

Lords of the Rising Sun 

11.99 

Cabal 

16.95 

Danger Freak, 

7.99 

F-1B Interceptor 

11 99 

M4HH 14 P B P P ■ ¥ V 

Super Wo nderboy 

15 95 

Mechanius „ 

...... 7.99 

Space Quest 

.9.99 

Interphase... 

15.99 

Future Tank 

,,.7.99 

Leather Goddess 

4.99 

Lombard Rally 

1499 

Thunderbirds 

9.99 

Phantam Fighter 

4.99 

Microprose Soccer 

15,95 

Silkworm 

,13.99 

Police Quest 

9.99 

North and South 

15.95 

TV Sports Football 

,,19.99 

Outrun 

7.99 

Days of the Pharaoh 

15 95 

St I7X m+HdllT riimrniiii ■-« ••••••••■•■ m ■■■■> 

,,15.99 

World Class Leaderboard 

.,.799 

Beasl (Shadow of) 

24.95 

Bloodwych Data Disk 

9.99 

Soldier of Light 

7.99 

Space Ace 

29.95 




Alien Syndrome 

.. . .. . 7 99 

Hard Drivin 

...,,..15 95 

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4.99 

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1 8,95 

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Wicked 

5 99 

Continental Circus 

13.95 

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15.95 

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2095 

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Fernandez Must Die 

B lasteroids 

5.99 

6 99 

Manchester United 

Fighting Soccer 

15.95 

1 5,95 

Please stale Amiga when ordering. All orders 

Phobia 

6,99 

Sim City 

,,,....19.95 

Over £6, no P&P Free 

I r 

Football Manager 2 

9.99 

Strider 

,.15.95 

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AMIGA ACCESSORIES 

MiniGEN Genlock adapter „ £95.00 

Omega Projects MIDI Interlace, Including 30* serial cable .... £29-95 

Contriver Hi Reg Mouse, Includes Mouse Mai & Pocket £22-95 

A500 Dust Cover £4.95 

ITT CP322S 15.5“ FST TV/Monhor Inc rem/conuoJ & cable .... £229.00 

Philips CM8033 1 ^colour monitor, suits for Amiga 500 £229-00 

GFA BASIC Version 3 ...........,........ + , + ....................*........^. h+ ,... s+ . £49.00 

Home Accounts £18.95 

Kind Words Version 2 £37.95 

Superbase Personal ..... £69,00 

Superbase Professional £179.00 

£|J pSP” PI an - , BF i r , r .| -. ! + ■ + ■ + » hi -- « + h + S4 - »f h- M h. M I + I + I + I + I+ + II M h + «■ + * + ! + - + ►.- h. I + IH-I + IH * £7 4 . 95 

Track 24 (MIDI sequencer package) £60.00 

Word Perfect El 83.00 


A-MAX 

MACINTOSH 

EMULATOR 


An AMIGA COMPUTING Gold Medal winner - 
allow?. Amiga users to emulate a Mac Plus In 
ordw id run Apple Mac and Mac Plus software. 
Mac disks can ba read directly In when an 
external Mac Drive is connetisd Id tbo cartridge 
hardware. Runs ai least as last as a Mac Plus I 
Software compatible with the A-Mmr includes 
MacPaint, UacDraw fVi£2}, MacWrite, 
Pagemaker (VI 42) plus all versions of System. 
A’ Max without 2 x Mac 128K ROMs ... £129.00 
A Max WITH 2 x Mao 12&K ROMs £249,00 


nclude VAT delivery & cable 


price £239.00 

1 0, 200 / 67 CpS £409.00 

Star UCiS wide carriage version of LCiO, ia0/45cpe E32S.I50 

Slflf LC-1 o Mh.lt taster version cl I_C10. IBQMScps £1 99.00 

Olivetti DM1003 9-pirt 1CT printer 20O/3Dep$ Inc l yea# on-site warranty I £129 9S 

Panasonic KkPlOfli reliable ■+ sturdy Spin to" printer 120/2* cps .. £i 59.00 

Panasonic KXPl 100 super new foanjre-pagkfld multriem Spin 1 1" £179.09 

Panasonic KKP1124 new good speaflernkm muluront 2* pin IT £269.00 

NEC P22W budget 24 pin 1664ecftt £279 00 

Epson LX40Q (was LXSOO) tO* 100/25 fipfi _ £1*0.00 

Epson LO&&D good 24p4n 1 50/50 Cps „,~™ *™- £319.00 

Citiaen 120D budget 9 pin printer 1 20 era . E 1 39.00 


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PYE 15” 
TV/MONITOR 

(MODEL 2325) 


High quality medium resolution 
cofcur TV/rrwn4ar tow Ovailatte 
to suit the Amiga. Features 
Mrtwl, ft* infra- red remote 
ccnircl. SCART e&nntetor, 
Vl0«vAudm Inpul and head 
photo Output connector*, 39 
tutor pra-tote, ualenial aerial 
OOntotior and s loop tonal. 
Suppfrod with cOtoodioe coble 


ONLY 

£ 269.00 

price includes 
VAT, delivery 
and cable 


ONLY £69.00 delivery 


512K RAM/CLOCK EXPANSION FEATURES : 


'Sc Direct replacement for the A501 expansion 
Sc Auto-recharging battery backed Real-time Clock 
vf Compact unit size : Ultra-neat design 
St Uses only 4 D-RAMs for High Reliability 
St Low power consumption 


| RAM expansion without clock, only ... E59.DQ | 


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using Teac / Citizen drive mechanisms 


• Suits Amiga 500 or Amiga 1000 

• Teac / Citizen drive mechanism | 

• On / OH switch on rear ol drive 

• Through pod connector 

• One megabyte unformatted capacity ■ 

• Slimline design 

• Very quiet 

• Long cable tor location either 
side of computer 

• Full 12 months guarantee 


Ultra low price! 

£69.95 

Inc. VAT and 
delivery 


vortex system 2000 
40 Mb hard disks 


These high specification units offer 
versatile high capacity storage 
suitable for use with the Amiga 500 
or 1000. Auiobooting capability, a 
formatted capacity ot Over 42Mb, 
with an average access time of 
45 ms, Includes cables, Amiga 
interface module, plus utilities 
software including hard disk backup. 

System 2GQQ 40 Mb 

Hard Disk Package £499.00 


Low Cost 5.25" 
External Drive 


The AF542C is a high quaJlly drive 
■compatible lo the Amiga. Capable ol a 
number of configurations including 40/00 
track switching, 350 / 72QK formal. giving 
Tull 'Transformer' compatibility. Colour 
matched lo the Amiga, quid In operation, 
and Includes a ihrotighpori connector. 


5 including VAT 

4 delivery 


3.5" Disks 


to Bulk packed DS/DD 3.5' disks 

with labels, fully guaranteed £ 9.95 

25 bulk disks as above £22.95 

10 disks as above with plastic case ..... £11.95 
25 disks as above, with 40 capacity 

lockable storage unit £29.95 

Kodak DS/DD 3,5" disks, top quality 
storage media. Box of 10 £17.95 


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Design the game of your dreams 



time and work on interrupt -up to 64 sequences possible 
Define sequences using the flexible range of commands 
or from the AMAL creator accessory 


AMOS - The Game Creator is like nothing you’ve ever 
seen before on the Amiga. 

Developed by the author of the number one, best- 
selling STDS, AMOS stretches the Amiga to its limits. Now 
for the very first time you can access the awesome power 
of your computer with bewildering ease. 

Here's just some of the things you can do: 

► Screens 

* Define and display up to eight screens each with its own 
resolution, size in x and y, position on TV, colour palette, 
and even in HAM, half-brite or dual playfield 

* Clone a screen s data to another screen to create multi- 
player games with ease 

* Scroll a screen simply by changing the screen offset. By 
overlapping different screens you can create multi-level 
parallax scrolling 

* Load an IFF picture to create a screen or overlay it onto 
an existing screen 

► Sprites 

■ Create sprites with ease using the feature-packed sprite 
editor 

■ Display your creations as either hardware or software 
(BOB) sprites 

* Move up to a staggering 400 sprites at once thanks to 
AMOS's intelligent routines. AMOS will even snap to- 
gether hardware sprites automatically when the image 
requires more than four colours or exceeds 16 pixels in 
the x-axis 

* Animate as many HOBs (Blitter OB jeefs) as memory will 
allow, definable to any size and displayed at lightning 
speeds with automatic screen buffering 

► AMAL 

* Use the AMOS Animation Language to create complex 
sequences for sprites or screens which compile at run- 


► Music 

• Play Sound tracker or GMC (Games Music Creator) tunes 
on interrupt 

• Access the Amiga's sound chip directly 

• Edit music with the easy-to-use music accessory 


□ Please send me more information about AMOS 
The Game Creator 

□ Please send a demo disc. I enclose a cheque/ post, 
order for £2 payable to Mandarin Software. 


The world of 


With sales in excess of 35,000 units, STOS has to be one 
of the biggest -selling packages for the Atari ST Users 
have written shoot 'em ups, role playing games, ad- 
ventures, dental databases, financial programs - and 
scientists in Toronto use STOS to conduct lightning 
research! in the shops you'll find STOS Compiler, 
STOS Maestro (for sampled sound), S I OSSprites 600, 
Games Galore (a collection of fou r great STOS games) 
- and soon ST owners w ill be able to buy STOS Musi- 
cian, STOS Vidi Digitizer, and more, 

Again Agairis Gilbert - Escape from Drill was 
written in STOS as was Tun School 2. Three other 
ed ucational software houses are currently usingSTOS 


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Adrum *....£39.96 £32.50 

Aegis AudioMaster II £69 95 £56 50 

Aegis Sonix II £57.50 £46.50 

Deluxe Music .£69.95 £56.50 

ORTs KCS £199.95 £165 50 

Dynamic Drums., £59 95 £42.50 

Dynamic Studio £179.00 ,....,...£139.00 

Future Sound . £09 95 £84,50 

Instant Music .,.,£24.95 ..,..£19 99 

Music X £228,85 £109 99 

Pro Sound Design £79 95 £71 50 

Soundscape Pro Midi Studio £139-95 ,,,£106.50 

Symflia £79.95 £75.00 

Studio Magic £69 95 £59,95 

Music Public Domain Disks £3.00 

Midi Interfaces ...from £24 99 

MUSIC SOFTWARE 

ROLAND SABRE 

CM-64 Multi- Timbral Sound Module £699.99 

CM-32L as above £329.99 

CM-32P as above £399 99 

CF-10 Midi Mixing Controller £115 99 

MA-120 Monitor Speaker (12 watts) £89.99 

GM54/32P Sound Library Cards £39.99 

CASIO 

MT 640 Mini Keyboard .£169,95 

MT 740 Mini Keyboard .£179 95 

HT 6000 Programmable Keyboard .‘,..£599.00 

CSM 1 Sound Module £149.95 

DH 100 Digital Horn .£79,95 

DH 000 Digital Horn £99.00 

DH 500 Digital Horn : £179 95 

Full rang* ot Casio Music Products available to order 


3.5 DISKS 

Inc. Labels 

1 00% Certified. D/S D/D 135 tpi 

10 50 100 

£9.95 £40.00 £79.00 


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SLIMLINE STEEL CASE 

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AMIGA 500 includes Batman gam* 
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Deluxe Faint II - Mega 
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Microblaster Autofire 
Microswitched Joystick 
10 Blank 3.5' Disks 
Mouse Mat 


Mercenary 
Insanity Flight 
Art of Chess 
W izba II 


AMIGA A500 

INCLUDING:- 

* MOUSE ■ WORKBENCH 
■ UTILITIES • MANUALS 

* BASIC * TUTORIAL 

* TV MODULATOR 


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. XT BRIDGE BOARD 

* 20Mb HARD DISK 


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* FI 8 INTERCEPTOR ■ DELUXE PAINT II 

* MOUSE * TV MODULATOR 


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1084(5) High rea monitor £209 

Philips CMS 833 High res. £199 

1901 C64 - colour ... ...--Call 

1900 C64 - Mono £119 


AMIGA EXTERNAL 
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Cumana Cax 354E £79 

AFSao - — E78 

nraosc . £74 

SUpra 20m b H/disk.... £499 

* All drives 1 mb + an/off switch * 


AMIGA ACCESSORIES 


A5Q1-S12k RAM £109 

TV Modulator ..... £23 

Mouse Mat ....£4.39 

Amiga dust-cover fPWU» ■■■Trirrb'i + £6.89 
3 5 135TPI DS/DD .£9.99 


NEC 3-5" 1Mb 
2nd DRIVE 

£64 


COLOUR PRINTERS 


Citizen HQP40 £352 

Epson EX1000 £543 

Hewlett Packard PaintJet ..£719 

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Xerox 4020 £949 





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Citizen 120D ■ Bill »rEI9Til *»**■■■ ■■■ ll«l £105 

Commodore MPS 1230 ...Ell 9 

Panasonic KXPl 124 (24 ptn) ..£279 
Panasonic K XP 1 08 1 1 49 

Epson LXflOO £158 

Epson LQ500 + ■■■**■**** £250 

Epson FX850 £409 

Eoson F XI 050 ...... £382 

Epson EXBOO £369 

Epson EX1000 £419 


A2000 HARDWARE 


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A2000 + 1 004(s) monitor 
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£Omb hard disk „ BTr .E299 

XT bridge BQ £299 


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The New Zealand Story 
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, Man. It's mv job to sort your scribhin's and spill the 
ill have when UFO: slarh In whirr. So if you've < 411 ! some- 
thing to sav, sav it to me. 

The best letters will lie sent prizes nf up In 
SS[^£jOO. so “nt a copy of Pretext into your drive 
^SH^uronlo. Drop me a line Hi Ezra Surf’s 
I'nslhox (ESP), Amiga Computing. Set find 
l inen, \ortli House, 7B-84 Om/ar Road. 

Ttri'iikviiod. Essex, CM 1,1 9R(i. 


Hi, I'm the new m.iil man 
beans on the problems we ;i 


Protect and 
survive? 


owner or tne ongmat can r maite a 
backup copy or transfer the game 
to hard disc. This means that 
although you may have a hard 
drive, you can't actually make use 
of the thing. 

Protection hinders the game, 
Speedhall and Xenon II lor exam- 
ple. won't load on a machine fitted 
with Kkkstarl 1.3 even though the 
game would work fine if it was 
unprotected, 

Novella protection is not very 
good either, as it is annoying hav- 
ing to search through a whole pile 
of hooks. It can he hacked out, thus 
the game enters the hacking circuit. 

Money spent on protecting 
games is wasted. Take Shadow of 
the Beast, for example, This lias 
some of the most advanced protec- 
tion schemes, and yet was cracked 
days after it was released. 

Although the protection means 
the game can't be copied, the 
cracked version will be copied 
hundreds of limes and so the pro- 
tection has probably led to more 
copies being made than there 
would be otherwise. 

if there is going to be protection, 
Ifie best type is the key-disc as 
used in PowerDrome, You are 


Could you please tell me the 
best and cheapest way 10 do this 
compatible with the hardware I 
already possess? 

Bruce Neville, 
Harr ingay. London. 


Since f don’t know if the Amigos 
drive has a through bus, one 
option might he an interned board 
ichid 1 /hs inside I he machine, no/ 
in file trapdoor. This does in (he 
warranty but trapdoor boards 
which offer more f/iart 5J2k need 
to hook on to the Gary chip to gel 
to the extm address space da simi- 
lar things (0 your rights. 

Something like the TXT H000+ 
from Progressive Peripherals and 
Software should fit the bill. 


seni pi rate versions of a game and 
then dismiss it as unplayable 
because they haven’/ seen /he 
instructions. 


allowed to backup a game and then 

. i _ J IL _ 2 j ill.. 1-1 SHI 


asked to insert ibe original once 
tbe backup lias loaded to make 
sure you haven't pirated the game, 
At least the legitimate user is 
allowed to make a backup for 
safety. 

It is a sad thing that software 
houses spend money on stopping 
unscrupulous people from stealing 
their work. 

Roy Weifkes, 
Sheemess, Kent. 


Adding Life 


FULL marks to Philip Gibs on his 
version of Life on the December 
cover disc. Seeing thal he also did 
the Mandelbrot program, he obvi- 
ously enjoys this type nf exercise. 

I'd be interested to hear if he's 
tried any of the programs featured 
in (be Scientific American's 
Computer Recreations section, I'm 
sure he would find some oi them 
fascinating. 

1 wasted a lingo amount of time 
entertaining myself with the prob- 
lem of finding starting configura- 
tions which would grow into a 
worthwhile population, 

I found that asymmetrical starts 
are generally much more success- 
ful than symmetrical, and four-wav 
symmetry' seems to be a dead loss - 
the tribes die almost at birth every 
lime. 

George draws h ay, 
Fast Horsley. Surrey. 


Transformer fan 


YOUR December issue attempted 
to answer a question about the use 
of Lotus 123 on the Amiga. You 
failed. The answer you gave was at 
the very best unhelpful. 

To set the record straight, i am 
the proud owner nf Amiga 
Transformer This is not a failed 
product, neither is it unstable, as it 
was described in another maga- 
zine, 

Transformer runs the vast major- 
ity of text-only PC programs lha< 1 
have tried nn it, however a few lips 
may be useful for potential users. 

Transformer is not supplied 
with MSdos, therefore you will 
have to buy it separately, or use a 
copv I hat you already own if it is 
legal. 

I am running Transformer under 
MSdos 3.20 with no problems, it is 
less happy if you use Dos 3.30 or 
higher. Nohodv shuuld be using 
Dos l.X or 2.X now. 

Transformer will not format 
discs to 720k. only 360k. You can 
get round this if you use Diskcapy 
to copy a 720k formatted disc on to 
a blank disc, however this will no! 


Soft wore companies really don't 
want to protect their software, hon- 
estly they don't. However /here ure 
so many dish one si people that 
there is a mil need. 

I hale oennle who have nnir 


Listening corner 


tail me where I can purchase the 
clones, Lineltr acker. Pro-tracker. 
Shimon and Seq. Many thanks. 

Kevan Roberts, 
Chesterfield, Derbyshire 


HELP blurp shulf aus lubno delsh 
ibfelt bmuft. I’ll translate for you 
(Double Dutch). You see I'm a 
musician really, and not very edu- 
cated in Ibe computer region. 

! have bought an Amiga and 1 
have acquired a pirate copy of 
Sound! ranker because as you say in 
your issue number 7 volume 2 they 
are no longer obtainable. Because 
it's a pirate copy I received no 
inslructions- 

I have proceeded into 
Sound tracker ns far as my abilities 
(limited) can take me and hit a 
stump. Could you help me and 
find a set of instructions for 
Soundtracker 2.4, Also could you 


Same versions of Soundtracker 
come ivitii rfocu mentation files. Tm 
cerfainiy no/ going lo help you 
with a pirafe program. AH the 
clones are based an (he original, 
which is available from Active 
Sales and Marketing (0 1 -;m 2701}. 

This isn’/ wnrfh buying, hut 
negotiations are under way to sell 
the Notsei rocker clone. Seq is a 
complete re-write which will prob- 
ably be PD if San 1 finishes it. 


I HAVE an A500 and A5C1 half 
meg expansion plus an Amigos 
hard disc; which is attached 
through the expansion port. I now 
want to expand my memory to 3 
meg total (adding 2 megs to the one 
I already have), but with a facility 
to add more at a later dale. 


AMIGA COMPUTING March WOO no 


letters ■ 


work with different sizes of disc 
siit:h as copying from iron 5.25 to 
3.5. 

Cumana supplies a device driver 
with its S.25in drives which cures 
this problem, both lor internal and 
external drives. 

Transformer is slower I ban a PC 

- at about 21) per cent of the speed 

- and does nut support graphics, [t 
is therefore not suitable for really 
high-powered work, although it 
manages to directory a disc iaster 
than Amigadns. 

Lotus 123 may well not work 
with the emulator due to lack of 
memory, however people who 
would like lu work with Lotus files 
on their Amiga at home could try 
AsEasyAs, a Lotus 123 shareware 
done which I have used success- 
fully on the Amiga. 

] have to have PC compatibility 
on my Amiga for my studies (it's 
not just masochism). This letter 
was written on Micro EMacs on the 
Amiga, ported lu MSdos using 
PCUlils on the Extras disc, format- 
led with PC Write running under 
Transformer and printed on an 
Opus PCI!. 

A. L. Booth, 
Stockport. Cheshire. 

Using Transformer sounds a real 
masochists lartgo. At been using a 
real PC, running at 8Mhz, recently 
nnd if sucks. The whole thing feels 
lady and (he software isn't a patch 
on ” the stuff we have for 
Workbench. Life is loo short to waif 
for something which runs at a 
tenth of the speed. 


Colour blues 


Easy learning 

IN mv spare lime 1 am taking a cor- 
respondence course in computer 
programming in Cobol and l would 
like to know if there is a compiler 
available lor my machine? Can the 
Amiga A500 be made IBM PC com* 
patible? If so then how? 

When using Amiga Basic how 
can 1 get printouts of my listings? 
Finally are there any recognised 
qualifications that can be gained in 
computer programming in C, as l 
would like a career in this field? 
Being ton old (24) to be a trainee 
programmer, 1 feel it is now up to 
me to educate myself. 

Do you know of any courses 
available in my area, or are any 
correspondence courses available. 


Demo give-away 

THIS letter is going to start like 
most of your Idlers do ... 
Congratulations on a good job, 1 
have every issue. 

I heard people writing and talk- 
ing about game demos and l think 
this is a good idea, Software houses 
should issue these at say £1 each 
and it should contain a playable 
game demo. 

Joel White, 
Slanmore, Middx. 

Heller than this is the scheme of 
free PD demos. DMS did a disc for 
Drivin ' Force, Beady&oft for 
Dragons Loir and Space Ace and 
tfA (or interceptor. But they only 
work if the gome foots decent. 


I HAVE linen especially impressed 
ivilh Deluxe Pain I. Delermincil to 
make the most of ihU great art 
package. I bought myself a Star 
LCIII i olnur printer, This gives 
gnu 1 1 black and white graphics, hni 
1 cannot get the colour graphics to 
dump whi'ii using Deluxe Paint, 

The colour ribbon works when 1 
dn ii I i'sl dump. There isu l a 
divuriptiun of I he 1,(1111 in prefer* 
uncos, so I chose Epson, sime Ibis 
was the suggestion given in the 
printer hook. Ii anyone can help. 1 
,i in sure ii will be Auriga 
Compering. 

Arnold Svnimtl. 

Newark. Notts 

,V( j Monies. S'e/e< f Epson j\-HO rr.s 
fj printer driver urn/ suit file pivl- 
rrcm.vs to the dist mu use when 
voir fund up to mu Deluxe lYiirif 


You beast 

DISGUSTING! Your Dec H9 cover 
disc had a fatal flaw. All the pro- 
grams bar one will be useful to me 
and lots of readers. The one very 
rotten apple is the Beast hack. 

The excuse rendered is that 
Beast is too difficult. That may he 
so, but barely two months after its 
release you have hacked into it and 
released the hack nationwide. The 
timing is the worst part. ! guess. I 
haven't touched it, though I've 
been templed, I know it would ruin 
the game lor me. 

I wonder how the authors of 
Beast feel about this. I suppose in 
time they would release the trap- 
doors they no doubt built in to the 
game.,, but two months? 

Considering that Beast is proba- 


Thanks for your lime and a great 
magazine. 

Mark Hainpson, 
Talon, Notts. 

There ore no Cobnl compilers for 
AnugaDos You cou/tf fry to get 
hoid of o copy of Transformer - Mr 
Booth likes if, so Commodore must 
have made tt mistake when if was 
discontinued - or get ho/d of the 
public domain CP/M emaiator. 
Using either of these yon should he 
able fo run a version of Cubof. 

I'd go for CP/M. because then 
you can get a smaller Coho/ which 
won't have any ram problems. 
Softville on 0705 208500 can sup- 
ply the CP/M, WACCI on dl 898 


bly in the top three Amiga games 
the release of the hack was tactless 
and inconsiderate. To round off 
this with a smack in the fane, your 
cover article just happened to be 
"Piracy - it's only a game" and the 
article slagged off (hose who spend 
I heir time breaking program secu- 
rity. Hardly a fitting compliment to 
Mr Justin G? 

[ohn Gobi, 
Universitv of Bath School of 
Mathematical Sciences. 

tVho got oat of bed the wrong side 
this morning? Well. the program- 
mers of Beast are probably laugh- 
ing to themselves because the 
version we had was fmn r the first 
botch and they changed the pro- 
gram, which means (hut fustins 
hack doest. 't work with later white 
labelled discs , 

The change was necessary 
because the protection stopped the 
game from loading on some 
Amigos. The competition to be first 
with hacks means that .sometimes 
thiiigsgel out too early. 


Super Silica 

] HAD to drop a lino to let your 
readers know how good Silica 
Shop are I'm disabled and bed- 
hound and use my Amiga A500 to 
play games mainly When I had a 
faulty disc drive Silica Shop 
checked my discs and collected 
and changed my Amiga within 12 
days. 

t had a new mouse and Amiga 
they even upgraded my Workbench 
discs to VI. i. I think t must be 
brain dead, because ! cannot for the 
life of me get Workbench 1.3,2 to 


l Of >0 will provide NFS MicroCobol 
version 2.1 on 720k formal disc. To 
read this yon need Dos to' Dos 
which van cun get from Amigo 
Qmlre Seot/rmd 031 - 5574242 . 

Amiga Basic listings? try LUST 
in the main window. The world 
needs C programmers; you don't 
need formal qualifications to get a 
job, and I wouldn’t say you are too 
old to become a trainee. 

Zortech on 01-316 7777 does a 
video course ; you '// need u VHS 
video and a PC campatrWe. Jt costs 
£230 The /nstrucfioiT Set runs 
intensive courses. They are very 
good hut pricey at more than £800. 
For more details call them on 01- 
253 2128. 


work. ! keep on getting ram disc 
full 

Lastly I have a lip for your read- 
ers, don't let anyone borrow your 
half meg expansions no matter bow 
good a friend, they move house 
without telling you. Mine did any- 
way. 

Paul Simpson. 

Caxton, Derby. 

Your 1 .3.2 upgrade should work 
with no problems. Make sure you 
bool from the cover disc and don 't 
have any extra drives plugged in. 
You could send out a private eye to 
pick up the chap who hud nicked 
yarn half meg l suppose. 


Name trouble 

ENCOURAGED to purchase an 
Amiga 2000, 1 have eventually 
weakened and done so, Please tell 
me 1 haven't done the wrong thing, 

I am well past the age of ever 
becoming a techie (3?) but feel that 
this advanced age should not pre- 
clude me from the interest and 
enjoyment that I'd previously expe- 
rienced with a ZXB1, Spectrum, 
BBC B and a PCL512. 

The Amstiad introduced me to 
the delights of MSdos an operating 
system 1 had originally fell was 
designed tu punish people but 
which 3 had finally grew In accept 
and even feel happy with. Having 
since been introduced to 
Workbench and CL1. 1 now miss ii 
deeply. 

J am sure your magazine will 
run and run if only bv offering just 
one more CLI snippet lo us poor 
t^uro crazed OAFs. Certain tiles 


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typing strings of commands trice a 
wizard with magic spells You have 
already identified the- solution to 
your problems. Quotes. Put "s 
around the From Amor Ltd to run 
the program. 


Watch the birdie 


EVERY weekend I a shoot a mar- 
riage movie. I am using my Amiga 
for titling. Since I’m a working pro- 
Passional, the results need to be just 
so. I'm just a beginner on my 
Amiga and I have a problem . 

I managed to make animations, 
using Lights, Camera Action to 
assemble my picture; and anima- 
tions in one intro. But iE never 
liked buts) after each animation J 
get a framework of lint'; around my 
picture. 

Looks like a curtain and it is 
unwanted, so I don't like it, is this 
an incompatibility problem 
between Dpaint 111 animations and 
LCA? Or a NTSC-PAL problem? 
How can it be fixed? 

Can you give me some idea what 
software to use, in order to get per- 
fect intros; Is there a NTSC version 
of Dpaint HI? What I need is a pro- 
gram that can manipulate pictures 
and animations, that gives nice 
fades and wipes, and possible even 
music. 

One last question I'm thinking 
about buying a genlock and 
Digiview Gold. Can you tell me 
about how much Ihis would cost, 
which would be most useful for 
intros and exactly what I can du 
with it. 

Luc Dupraetcrc, 
BbtHt Moo res lede, Belgium 

Lights - , Camera, Action was o good 
when it first appeared, however it 
has heen superseded and to he 
honest / don't know much about it. 

Deluxe Video III is the newest 
and Maziest of the video packages. 
tt does alt you want, including 
sound. Your local dealer should be 


able to get you a copy. If you have 
problems call Electronic Arts on 
0753 49442. 

It costs £80. if you are on a 
tighter budget Fantavision is great 
value for money'' at £40. In the UK 
Shis is sold hy Dornoch who are on 
01-7802222, 


Questions, 

questions 

Why isn'1 there a PD section in 
your mag? How come you never 
print any of my letters? Why do 
companies like Dalel advertise 
hardware like the H SP11 
scan nerf Printer/Photocopier" 
when they don’t even sell it any 
more. 

Please explain how a thermal 
printer works, as I've phoned up 
everywhere and no one can tell me 
the technical side nf things. 

Why don't you have a software 
house section every month, say 
write about how they started and 
what are their latest games out, 
including interviews. Thanks for 
reading this letter. 

Neil Mansell, 

Cunvev Island, Essex. 

'Cos most Amiga PD columns ore 
mega-boring. When we found 
someone who could write knoivf- 
edgenhly and interestingly about 
Amiga PD he wrote a few articles 
and then fled l he courtin'. 

Who said j never print your let- 
ters Neil? OK so ! cut them into Ut- 
ile pieces first. Date! think we are 
such nice people Sand they are 
right) that they love spending 
money on advertising in Amiga 
Computing, and /uji/e fo find some- 
thing to fill the page with. 

Thermal printers use special 


paper or ribbons and burn the 
image an using ax) electric current, 
When I he current goes through the 
paper it goes black. When it goes 
through the ribbon /he wax ink 
metis and sticks to the paper. 

Yes, ft house call might make a 
good regular Jfeature. 17/ speak to 
TPTB. 


It’s a hamster 


MIXING hobbies is fuu and I want 
to connect my Amiga with an HF 
(shortwave) radio receiver and a 
suitable R’lTY to Ascii converter to 
receive radio teletype press broad- 
casts. 

A couple of problems have 
cropped up. Broadcasts run at 50 
or 75 baud - Workbench only goes 
down to HO baud. Would a buffer 
he required to receive this? 

It's not just press broadcasts that 
are available, there’s meteorology 
and merchant broadcasts to men- 
tion a couple. Would it be possible 
to run a story on the subject? I 
think it would make interesting 
reading. 

] would like to know if anyone 
has tried using GLOBE on 
October’s free disc using 180° for 
the latitude. For some reason the 
globe is drawn upside-down, must 
be for the Australian users! 

VC Langley, 

CS Division. HQ lberlanl. B1PC). 

No worries. A chap called Geoff 
Browne from Devon is working on 
a sw/fah/e program coded HATTY, 
it uses the puruilel port and a 
sound sampler with special soft- 
ware, The program isn't ready yet 
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Point of view 


WHY oh why print a latter 
announcing another groovy new 
crew man? They are going to churn 
out largely illegal, and definitely 
boring, demos. 1 wouldn't recom- 
mend diving in and out of hard- 
ware the way Jolyon does it. He 
uses bits of assumed tMWxt) proto- 
col, and bits of-GfxBase that aren’t 
necessarily guaranteed to work in 
exactly the same way all the time 
(we have two copper pointers]. 

Matt Adams, 
Rad Jett, Herts 


An expert writes 

JULYDN’S article about the blitter 
in I hr; fan 1390 issue was qu ite 
good. I'm glad tu see British com- 
puter magazines covering such 
techie topics. 1 do have a few quib- 
bles which I'd like tu take up with 
you however. 

The BIST instruction only 
works with byte quantities when 
used with memory addresses, hut 
you assume that it is words, and 
only get away with it due to a bug 
in Devpac that doesn’t notice your 
BTST #14,SdffOQ2 error. (Blit 
Check), Naturally, ArgAsm would 
have told you of this error. 

If you were BTSTing any bits 
lower than 8 vou would not have 
been saved by Devpac's bug. 

I admire your brave examples of 
going low level to the hardware 
chips, but please please please use 
Labels! In particular the ones 
Commodore supply such as BLT- 
CONO or BLTSIZE, You mention 
them in your article but you don’t 
use them in your programs very 
much. Please set a good example! 

Some Amiga hardware registers 
are read-only and some are write- 
only registers, You must take note 
of this fact, and not read write-only 
registers. This messes up the bus, 
and potentially could cause annoy- 
ance to other hardware that was 
attached. It doesn’t do the bus any 
good having a write only register 
read, as garbage gets on there for a 
few cycles. 

At least two cases in your pro- 
gram use the CLR instruction in 
zero registers. This is a thing to 
avoid, since CLR does a Read- 
Modify- Write cycle, and as such is 
taboo (like the TA.S instruction]. 

OK, it is the fault of the proces- 
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do a few MOVE.L D£1s in a row. See 

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the Amiga Hard wars Reference 
Manual fur mure details. 

Keep up the good work of teach- 
ing- how to do low level program- 
ming on the Amiga, but please 
keep hardware legal, at least, 

Jeremy San, 
Argonaut Software, Mil] Hill, 
London. 

foiyon rep/jes; Thants for your 
comments }ez. 1 apologise for using 
BTST / only found out that ii 
was an illegal instruction when 1 
was reviewing your assembler, and 
if didn't work! Must remember in 
future (hat just because something 
works it doesn’t mean it should, 

As for the bit about the CIR.W 
oj hardware registers, you are right 
again , I saw this documented for 
the first time in the new hardware 
reference manual , which i got after 
writing the article. 

As far label names. / can always 
remember $dff!02. SdfflHO hut ran 
never remember what they stand 
for. fust because I don't like using 
them myself I suppose l should in 
future use all the proper labels. 1 
tried to do it ail like that with the 
source for my ZOWEB demo , but l 
must of slipped out of good babbits 
back to my old ones. 


The listener 


PRO-SOUND Designer Gold won't 
play ball with sound as IFK instru- 
ments, To work properly with 
Aegis Scnix (v.2j. 1 save the sounds 
as live octave instruments, adding 
the extension .inslr, but when 
loaded into Sonix there seems to be 
an element of hit and miss as to 
whether’ instruments play through- 
out the whole range. Upper keys 
often only play the lower octaves. 
Lower keys produce no sound at 
all. 

Once in a while the instrument 
will load with all octaves in their 
proper place. The problem occurs 
with my own samples sounds or 
with the instrument on the Pro- 
sound disc, 

Kevin Met inline, 

( id m tier ly, Surrey. 

Since my musical talents s top 
short of a Rolf Harris styhphone I 
asked around. }im Hukwins, who 
wrote /he Opus music program, 
came up with this answer through 
Cix. the online service; Sonix 
assigns octaves (a the instruments 
so you will need to tweak them in 
the synth section. I assume you are 
saving them and reloading them 
after Sonix has created the ,ss file? 


Hack attack 


OUCH! I have just read the article 
No Harm Done in the December 
issue. T decided to write to you to 
set some things straight. 1 am in a 
new group called Digital 
Holography, We consist of a coder, 
musician and graphic artist (me). 
Although we probably won't do 
any actual cracking, you could 
class us as a hacking group. 

You said demos were the mod- 
ern irritation of corn puling, and 
I hill most were nettling more than a 
pretty picture, repetitive music and 
daft scrolling text. 

This made me really annoyed, if 
they are so bad, then why is it that 
you have had them on the 
ccverdisc for the last it months? 
Isn't this a little hypocritical? 

You said that "crackers think 
you'll be impressed by 64,000 bobs 
on the screen. I'm not." Well some 
of us are! If you think that flashy 
coding is sensatinnalistic. then vou 
should have a look at your front 
cover this month "17 sensational 
programs - no one gives you more". 

You had great fun taking the 


mickey out of hackers' names. Real 
names would be boring and 
wouldn't slay in people's minds, it 
is tlie same reason software houses 
have strange names (Bitmap 
Brothers, Electronic Arts etc). 
Nobody is going to buy a game by 
Joe Bloggs Software Writing 
Company, 

You claim demo writers do not 
cater for people who do nol have a 
meg or extra drive, At least we do 
not sell demos. Look at game man- 
ufacturers, who do not cater Tor 
people with PAL systems, but sell 
the games. This is much more seri- 
ous. 

! think the article was right - 
crackers help the industry, by mak- 
ing more people buy hardware. It's 
also nice to see the soundtracker 
getting recognition. It knocks the 
socks off the commercial software. 

What the article really missed 
was the fad that we only make 
demos for our own enjoyment. If 
people don't like them, then they 
don't have to copy them. 

I'd like to be involved in writing 
games, but it's difficult lo get into 
the industry, so I do the next besl 


I am giving my real name 
because 1 have nothing to hide, 
People who write to magazines giv- 
ing only pseudonyms only Lower 
the image of hacking groups. 

Mark Otway (alias Stylo), 
L hep perl on, Middlesex. 


The right stuff 

CAN I make an appeal through 
your letters page to anyone writing 
software for the Amiga please? 

C'mon guyz, give a little thought 
to compatibility hefnre you rush 
your product on to the market, just 
because it runs on your 512k A50O 
doesn't mean it'll run on my 3Mb 
El 2000, or a machine with ECS,' or 
for someone running mnrernws, or 
with a KHt)3t! installed, or in (he US 
where they have NT SC- si zed 
screens. 

Us Brits are getting a big flag- 
ging off on the various US net- 
works because some of our major 
products don't work on I heir 
machines. 

Is it really excusable that the 

► 


You numod that tuna 


IN the January issue fuff asked you 
to name the song that the 
MusicBox program on the cover 
disc played. It sounded a bit like a 
Peter Gabriel tune here and a bit 
like a Dire Straits track there, and 
none of us in the office could quite 
place it. 

A number of you rose to the 
challenge. Leon Stringer. Sandy 
Munro and Christopher Peel ail 
wrote to say that ii was from the 
Pan demo by the TSK Crew, This is 
certainly true, but where did it 
originate before that? Dummy s! 
Clifford Williams and Adam 
Liddell reckon it came from the 
SoundFX music package. Which is 
really intelligent of them because 
MusicBox is a utility far playing 
SoundFX tunes. Shaath! 

Another very stupid person, 
who lives in Upminster, said it was 
from Sledgehammer by Peter 
Gabriel. Wonder what gave him or 
her that idea? 1 say him or her 
because he or she didn't sign his or 
her letter. 

Kevin Twyman of Cantebury 
thought he’d hedge his bels and 
have two guesses - the beginning 
of Funeral fur a Friend by Elton 
John and the end of Ride Across 
the River by Dire Straits, Wrong 
and wrong. 


Andrew' Gibbs of Basingstoke 
freaked us out by saying that it was 
Truth Open Our Eyes by Marshall 
Jefferson from the Hip House 
album. Nice try', Andrew. .Art; there 
any more like you in Basingstoke? 

The weirdest reply was from 
Mike A tier in Boston who tells us 
that his wife thinks it s |e$u joy of 
Man's Desire. We had great diffi- 
culty in chocking this ono out, so it 
may very well be true for all we 
know, 

Now, if you remember rightly, 
the rule of the competition was 
that you had to convince Jeff that 
you knew what you were talking 
about. Daniel Mata from 
Farnborough in Hampshire 
attempted just that: 

Dear Mr Walker t } have been 
instructed by Mr Mark Knopfler to 
initiate legal proceedings against 
you as a result of the breach of 
copyright regulations made on 
your January cover disc . P/ease 
refer to Mr Knopfler's classic 
Brothers in Arms and ijisfeii to the 
introduction to Ride Across the 
River carefully, 

in order to convince you that 
this is not a flippant accusation by 
Mr Knopfler , p/ease turn up the 
volume bloody loud and imagine it 


a coup/a of octaves higher. 

As Mr Knopfler's legal represer t- 
tafjve f have been authorised lo 
say that formal proceedings will be 
made against you should adequate 
recompense not be forthcoming. 
Mr Knopfler has indicated that the 
two MusteBox discs will do nicely. 
Otherwise we ll see you in court, 
matey-boy. 

Yours, etc. 

Nice one, Daniel, We think 
you'ro wrong, but were sending 
you the MusicBox discs anyway for 
sending the wittiest letter and not 
because the editor thinks you're 
telling the truth about being Mr 
Knopfler's legal representative, 
(You aren't, are you?) 

The correct answer, we think, is 
that the music was by Tangerine 
Dream and stolen from the sound- 
track to the fantasy film Legend. 
Didn't any of you watch it? It was 
on over Christmas. 

The only person to spot it was 
Peter Sap well from Castle ford who 
is sorry to say that he has no bribes 
or bootlegs. And I'm sorry to say 
that I've already given the 
MusicBox discs to Daniel Mata. 
Hard cheese, Peter, hut that, as they 
say, is life. 


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Getting so much bigger 


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copy protecliun on Populous 
brinks on a miit hint 1 with ii 6802t> 
installed? Commodore basset up a 
lab at Maidenhead with all sorts of 
different configuration machines 
available and which any ul you can 
use, so c'mon guyz, let's start to 
give LfK software some tied eb? " 

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Brighton, Sussex. 


I’ve been framed 


One day, because 1 was feeling 
rich, I went out and upgraded my 
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the hard disc controller that your 
magazine called "the best on the 
market", The Microbiotics 
Hard frame. It doesn i work. My 
Amiga is the latest one, revision 
6,0 with the new Agnus chip, and 
yet when I switch on the hard disc 
won't auto-boot. 

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Bramhall. Stockport 

Erm, you don't have the Juresf 
A2000. Commodore discovered a 
problem with /he bn. 1 , (iirung an 6.0 
machines and went Jo 6 A and then 
6.2 to soke this. It is not the fault 
of Microbiotics, contact 
1 Commodore at Maidenhead on 
0626 770088 who wifi sort out the 
inoompn lihiif ft 'or yo i i . 

While no UK policy has yet been 
sorted out indications from the 1 r .S 
show that Commodore have been 
incredibly helpful towards owners 
with (his problem. 


Steady te lly 

Forget games. My fave prog is 
'DPaint. I'd like to use the 640 by 
400 mode but can t stand the inter- 
lace shimmer. I've heard of a 
Flicker Fixer and want to know 
where 1 can get one and what it 
will cast. 

Peter White, 
Ludlow, Shropshire, 

Unless you have an Amiga 2000 , 
forget /fro Flicker Fixer - if needs 
(he video slof an the right of the 
hig machine. This is a ivontferfuf 
device which douhie-bu/jers 
screens and then displays them un 
a VGA type monitor, This means' 
you need a very strong hank 
account. 

The Flicker fixer costs £388 and 
a suitable monitor at feast 11300. It 
i haven't put you off contact 
Microwav, designers of the device 
an 01-541 5466. Flicker is actually 
the wrong word, proper TV engi- 
neers use the term to mean a forge 


MEMORY expansion confuses me. 

1 own a one mug A 606 and would 
like to upgrade but don’t know 
which is the best buy, Ceurge 
Thompson aka Mast offer an exter- 
nal cartridge up to 2 megs, Second, 
several companies offers cards up 
to 1.8 meg, Third, others offer 
hoards up to 8 megs. 

As memory expansion is an 
expensive business, could you 
answer the following questions: 
What is the difference between a 
card and a board, and where do 
they fit? 

Ideally 1 would like another 2 
meg, but ! doubt if 1 can afford it in 
one go. Hearing this in mind, 
which type would you suggest? 

At the moment, 1 don’t see a 
need for a bard drive and 1 doubt if 
I ever will. But supposing l change 
my mind, could I lake the memory 
diips and pul them in the A590? 

What dues Autu-cnnfigure 
mean? 

I have an external drive fitted 
which uses power from the com- 
puter. Presumably the memory 
expansion will also draw power 
from the computer. How much 
extra memory can 1 have without 
causing loo much strain on the 
power pack? 

1 had considered another exter- 
nal drive [a pure luxury item 1. 
admit), would the power pack cope 
with both drives and 2.5 meg 


extra? The main reasons for this 
extra ram is to use with Dpainl III 
and to create a RAP: to copy my 
Workbench disc to. Any advice on 
tbs host type to use? I hope you can 
help me, as 1 said before, memory 
costs money and I want to make 
sine I spend my hard earned dosh 
wisely, 

{on Campey. 

Brentford, Middlesex. 

Expansions come in three flavours. 
External. inferno/ and A2000. The 
(arms curd and hoard are list'd 
i/iterchangeafify. An inferno/ uni/ 
replaces the A5(fl you already 
have in (he (mpdoor under (fie 
computer. 

This is the neatest so/ut/on, but 
means you can’f use the half meg 
expansion. An expensive sofa (ion. 
A2000 expansions use the slots in 
the hig Amiga. These can only be 
used with on A500 if you buy an 
expensive expansion box. 'There 
are fedtrricui problems with sudi 
exparts/ons, so they are hast 
avoided. 

This leaves you with an external 
unif, ff plugs on to the side of the 
Amiga and should pass (fie con- 
nector through so If in/ you can add 
other peripherals. They are a 17 
much of a muchness, I'd recom- 
mend buying from n local dealer in 
case you have problems. 

The MAST Minimegs (077-082 


2341 looks like a good bet. You can 
buy a smaff one and (ben send if 
had to be upgraded when you can 
afford more ram. Assuming if has 
a through connecter, a hard drive 
can be added on: there is no need 
to take the chips out. The A580 
uses expensive chips and it would 
not make sense to buy on expan- 
sion which took these just in case 
vou wonted to upgrade. 

Your power requirements 
depend on the types of drive and 
ram you are using. Commodore 
recommends that you only power a 
one meg machine and a single 
drive off the standard Amiga sup- 
ply. 

This js partly playing safe and 
partly because (he Commodore 
external drive is very power-hun- 

m- 

It is usually safe to use two 
external drives if they have a low 
power rating. However two drives 
and lots of ram is pushing things a 
bit. If you wont a third drive go for 
one with its own power supply. 

When you add ram the com- 
puter needs to know what memo/v 
addresses to use. Two expansions 
in (he same place would clash. 
7'his can either be done by running 
o special program or by having 
auto-con/igure circuifry on the 
expansion which looks to see 
which addresses are already used 
and chooses a free space far itself. 

will be gratefully received, As far 
as l am concerned, there is no need 
to pay for the use of any bulletin 
board. 

Those which charge a subscrip- 
tion are simply trying to exploit the 
many inexperienced users of com- 
puter communications which 
arrive* on the scene, 

The only other exception is 
when the sysop has to pay for a 
facility such as international net 
mail where the sysop is charged for 
making use of a central interna- 
tional mailing point. 

i hope the above has set you 
thinking a little about using bul- 
letin hoards, the ideal phrase being 
“you shouldn't look a gift horse in 
the mouth", lust because a BBS is 
free, that does not mean is isn't 
good, The users, and only the 
users, have the right to criticise a 
BBS and not some hopeless idiot 
who have no due about the real 
world. 

Eric Cox, 

co-sysop, The Equaliser BBS 


urea of colour, erm. flickering. The 
term they use for what we suffer 
with an interlace picture is ‘'twit- 
tering". There* now you can use the 
real term and no one wiJJ under- 
stand you. 

Mora practical solutions are a 
long persistence monitor which 
wifi bfur whenever firrvffrmg moves 
quickly on the screen, or to waif for 
(he Enhanced Chip SeJ. 

While (he first of the /wo chips 
you'll need is already available, no 
dates for the availablity of the sec- 
ond of (he new chips have been 
announced, My guess is April. 

It will need a multisync monitor, 
and some software fine fading 
DPainil will have to he modified to 
take advantage of the new modes. 


Angry protest 

HELLO, I am a co-sysop of one of 
I he “infantile" bulletin board ser- 
vices which one of your writers 
indirectly categorised in the sup- 


plement last month, ! disagree with 
what you said. 

Most bulletin boards are run 
totally I'REE. You don't pay for 
anything, time on the board, enter- 
ing messages, or for downloading 
files. 

Most boards are run by amateurs 
for amateurs, We don't make any 
kind of living from it. OK? 

If people don't like a bulletin 
board after using it once then they 
won't come back to it. This is what 
determines the success of a bul- 
letin board, and NOT by some 
overpaid, slobbering hacker writing 
articles, if a bulletin board, is no 
good it won't survive, 

Computer hardware does not 
come cheap, but someone has to 
pav for a modem, a hard disc and 
the software running a BBS. None 
of my favourite bulletin hoards 
have tried to Force users to pay far 
their Facilities. 

If a donation is made (and peo- 
ple don't send money to hoards 
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ta a cd rnprehensivs guide to the CommodDre amiga's disc Operating 
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S OME Amiga phi les are selling 
very, very exited about Unix. 
To understand why means you 
have to know what it is and why 
the Amiga is special. 

Unix is a very old operating sys- 
tem, one designed for minicompul- 
ars. But as micros have become 
more powerful they have proved 
themselves capable of running 
such software. You may ihink 
AmigaDos is big, filling a whole 
Workbench disc along with more 
code in I he rum and other bits on 
the Extras disc. Unix is huge. It 
Ellis an 80 meg hard disc. 

Hnl why would anyone want to 
jn nk AmigaDos in favour of Unix? 
Well plenty of us wouldn't. 
However as computers get more 
complicated and users demand 
more from them, software needs to 
improve. 

Some people - many of ihem 
within EMM - see Unix as the logi- 
cal next slep. 

Even the standards are pretty 
well sorted out. The idea is that a 
Unix program written for any 
machine will run on any other 
Unix machine , 

This should he very simple, eas- 
ier than an ST-to- Amiga port. And 


So what 
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about 
Unix? 

with the ii if x l revision of Unix. 
Known as System V,4 (pronounced 
five- point -four), everything will be 
as simple as that. This is where the 
Amiga comas in. 

Commodoru is in Ihe forefront of 
V.4 development. Only three! com- 
panies have shown machines fun- 
ning V.4, all at a Unix exhibition in 
New York last November, One of 
them was Commodore. The other 


two, AT&T and Sun. are long estab- 
lished as Unix uses, AT&T owns 
the copyright. 

While programs may be compat- 
ible, it would be much more useful 
if they looked the same on all 
machines, To this end a standard 
windowing system, much like 
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Like a blitter. 

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than the 9 meg the current range is 
limited tu, and mark the entry of 
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