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12-18Februry 1987 мт 18 February 1987 


NEWS DESK Melbourne House 


Amstrad outsells 
PCs 


June launch for new sel Is out to 


Commodore Amigas? 


1986 best sellers: M astertro n ic 


Gallup’s chart 
of the year 


"2 eel 4” 





Vol 6 No 7 


Full story on page 4 





REVIEWS | 






Chocks away E. 
with Tomahawk | 20 
and Gunship | 





see page 15 
for details 


SOFTWARE 


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removed with 
Locospell 








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GAMES» 





13 Reviews 

Battle of the helicopter giants with 
Tomahawk and Gunship, both for the 
Commodore 64. Plus Feud, Master- 
tronic's first title on the Bulldog 
label, and Fist // on the Spectrum. 


16 Adventure Corner 


Plus Adventure Helpline. 


19 Arcade Action 


Includes this week's Gallup Top 
Twenty. 








«SOFTWARE 








18 LocoSpell 


Amsoft comes to the rescue of poor 
spelling Locoscript users with the 
LocoSpell checker. Complete with 





HARDWARE» 





21 ProDraw 


A complete graphics package for the 
Atari ST from Eidersoft, including а 


drawing tablet, mouse-style pointer 
and stylus. Duncan Evans has the 
details. 


70,000 word updatable dictionary 


and word count facility. 












«PROGRAMMING 





25 Commodore 64 


Great graphics, challenging game 
play - type іп Rockfall and see for 
yourself. 


21 QL 


Label your Microdrives, with the help 
of J V Monks’ program. 


27 BBC 


Compacter will reduce and simplify 
your programs by 25-40%. 


28 Spectrum 


Fast scrolling by R J Wilkinson 


29 Amstrad CPC 


Display all that really useful informa- 
tion with our tape header reader. 


31 Bytes and Pieces 


Includes Programming Spotlight, a 
new feature where you have the 
chance to send away for those 
megp-listings 


32 Peek and Poke 


Your questions answered. 








REGULARS > 





4 News Desk 


Mastertronic's shopping spree 


10 Letters, Puzzle 
11 Chess Tournament 


The latest moves in Game One. 


35 Soundcheck 


Mark Jenkins answers readers’ 
queries from around the world. 


37 Communications 


The joys of the giant US databases — 





Christina Erskine Features editor John Cook Technical editor Duncan Evans Production editor Michelle Beauchamp Suj 


pod Christopher Jenkins 
istopi 
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Advertisement executives Jon 


Ben Knox describes the facilities 
available in the first of a two part 
article. 


44 New Releases 
46 Ziggurat, Hackers 


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12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/3 











Mastertronic buys 
Melbourne House 


MELBOURNE House, pub- 
lisher of The Hobbit and Way 
of the Exploding Fist, has been 
sold to budget pioneer 
Mastertronic. 

The sale gives Mastertronic 
its first full price software 
label, which will continue to 
be called Melbourne House, 
and will operate separately 
from Mastertronic's own 
Software activities. 


Over £1 million 

Melbourne House (Pub- 
lishers) has cost Mastertronic 
over £1 million, but the Aus- 
tralian side of the company, 
Beam Software (game devel- 
opment and programming) 
and SLM Australia (distribu- 
tion) is not included in the 
sale, and will continue to be 
run by Alfred Milgrom and 
Naomi Besen, Melbourne 
House's founders. 





However, the Australian 
holding company for the 
group, Melbourne House 
PTY, will change its name — 
rights to the title ‘Melbourne 
House’ were included in the 
sale 

Melbourne House staff are 
likely to move from their 
building in Hampton Wick, 
Surrey, to Mastertronic's 
offices in London, and some 
redundancies are inevitable. 

"Melbourne House will 
remain editorially autono- 
mous, and in some degree 
their products will be compet- 
ing with ours," said Frank 
Herman, director of Master- 
tronic. He confirmed that 
Mastertronic would continue 
1o source software from 
Beam in Australia, to be pub- 
lished by Melbourne House. 

Herman is also considering 
the possibility of releasing 


some of Melbourne House's 
impressive back catalogue at 
reduced prices. “Тһе back 
catalogue certainly has value, 
not necessarily at a new bud- 
get price, although I'd love to 
see a £1.99 Fist — there's alot 
of life left in Fist." 


No books 


Mastertronic does not 
intend to take over the book 
Publishing side of the 
company 

For Melbourne House, 
director Alfred Milgrom stat 
ed, "Naomi and 1 will retain 
our full interest in Melbourne 
House Australia. We are sim- 
ply selling the UK company, 
with which we will continue. 
to have a close relationship." 

He added, “This move will 
allow us to expand our licens- 
ing possibilities in the US and 
Japan." 








US firms to join Microprose 


MORE American companies 
are set to cross the Atlantic 
to establish their own UK divi 
sions and offices, following 
Microprose's split from US 
Gold at the end of last year, 
and the set-up of its UK arm in 
Gloucestershire. 

Microprose itself, the 
American simulation specia- 
list, is on the point of an- 
nouncing a joint venture 
agreement іп this country 
with a "major American en- 
tertainment | software 
company" 

Microprose's UK manager, 


Mastertronic 
sets up 

coin-op label 
MASTERTRONIC has had a 
busy week. While the UK side 
of the company was acquiring 
Melbourne House, the US 
division has been setting up. 
ап operation, called Arcadia. 
Systems, to produce games 
for the arcades. 

Arcadia Systems will Бе 
based in California's Silicon 
Valley, and is already looking 
for video games developers 
in the US. 








Stewart Bell, would not name 
names but expects a formal 
announcement to be made 
this week 

"We have signed a long 
term agreement with them to 
joint venture in the UK. This 
company will have their own 
building and staff here, but 
we will be doing their sales 
and marketing.” 

The identity of the com- 
pany has been variously sug- 
gested as Datasoft, Minds- 
cape, Epyx, However, Bell 
says categorically that he has 
had no discussions with 
Ерух, whose contract with 
US Gold still has some 
months to run. 


Stewart Bell of Microprose 





Amstrad 
topples 


IBM in 
survey 


AMSTRAD outsold IBM in the. 
business market during 
December, according to a 
survey conducted by market 
research company Ноттес 

The survey gives Amstrad 
а 26.3% of sales, with IBM 
holding 24.9%. 

However, the survey did 
not restrict itself to sales of 
PCs and PC compatibles. Am- 
strad's PCW machines were 
included in the figures, as 
were other IBM machines. 

It also did not include con- 
зитег retail outlets, such as 
Dixons, nor direct sales from 
the companies themselves. 
These two factors may well 
go some way to cancelling 
each other out. 

For Amstrad, a spokesman 
commented, "We are obvi- 
ously delighted that our push 
towards the business and 
corporate market has paid off 
50 soon - within three 
months of launch.” 


PCW protector 


SEAL 'N' TYPE is a soft 
moulded plastic cover for the 
PCW8256, to guard against 
damaging the keyboard with 
spilled coffee or other liquids. 

The clear plastic stretches. 
over the keyboard to fit it 
exactly, and costs £7.50 
(plus £1.25 p and p) from 
Kado Enterprises. 

The company also runs a 
printer ribbon re-inking 
Service. Details from Kado 
at Kilmorey Court, 279 St 
Margaret's Road, Twicken- 
ham, Middlesex TW1 ТРМ, 
01-892 0215. 





Acorn OEM's grow 

ACORN'S OEM operations. 
continue to grow with the 
news that the news agency. 
Reuters has now taken deliv- 
ery of its 2000th Application 





Master circuit board 


Processor Module, based on 
the BBC micro and Econet 
local area network 

Acorn's custom systems 
division is now making the 
BBC Master Series micros 
available in component form 
for companies who wish 10 
have the machines custo- 
mised for their specific needs. 





1st word on PC1512 


THE Amstrad PC1512 has 
gained another word proces- 
sor: GST's 7st Word Plus, an 
implementation of its ST 
word processor. 

GST's Chris Scheybeler 
commented, "754 Word Plus 
has been written specifically 
to make full use of the 
Amstrad's features, including 
the mouse and Gem window- 
ing software.’ 

Ist Word Plus will cost 
£79.95, Details from GST at 
Cambridge Science Park, Mil- 
ton Road, Cambridge CB4 
4WE, 0954 81991. 





4/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 























Modem House calls іп 
police and liquidator 


MODEM HOUSE, the Exeter- has been made against 
based communications Modem House's director | Ever felt like trucking along 
equipment seller, has gone Keith Rose. the freeway with the top 
into voluntary liquidation, ata ^ Detective Sergeant |down and the requisite 
time when complaints are fly- Hooper, investigating the |blonde in the passenger seat, 
ing back and forth among UK complaints, could not give |complete with hair blowing in ^ Sailing on C64 

modem manufacturers, which апу details: "It’s early days | the wind? Then you ought to 

have led to two police investi- yet, and it would be wrong to | be playing Out Run, the latest deal, based on the deeply 








gations by Devon CID. say anything now. | can't tell | coin-op hit from Sega. strange IPC comic Oink! 
One allegation which is be- whether either complaint will The great graphics and This licence has been, shall 

ing followed up, has been Бе substantiated, but there is | sound track has got the Cali- ме say, knocking about a bit, 

made by Exeter-based ап inquiry fornia dreamers queueing up mainly because the comic is 


Modem House against ‘Two complaints are being | around here — the same can- зо bizarre, but СВА. has been 
another company; the second investigated, one made Бу | пог Бе said of the latest multi- brave enough to take up the 
Rose, and one being made | player game, however. The challenge. 





M Р against him," punters have given Kick and Тһе actual game, Rubbish 
IcroPro Keith Rose himself con- |Hun, a one to four player Man, (out on Commodore 64 
I h firmed that Modem House | football game from Taito, the late March, Spectrum and 
aunches had called the police іп. |real thumbs down - and who Amstrad after) will have you 
Wordstar 4 They've been investigating | can blame them with the USA — playing the part of Uncle Pig, 

ordstar thefts from our company |rated as ‘the best running іп which you must build up 


since December 14." How- | team’. Maybe that should be pages of the magazine, col- 
MICROPRO has announced ever, he denied all knowledge | a running joke. lected from three sub-games, 
the release of the long- ofthe second inquiry. All the America's Cup cov- each featuring an infamous 
awaited new version of Word- — Modem House is the trad- | erage on Channel 4 depicteda Oink character 

star for PC compatible micros. ing name of 5сі-Тек Future | great way to spend the whole Оена Four is setting up a 
А CP/M implementation will Science and Technology | of January—onabeachdown new Southampton-based ad- 
also be available later in the which is being wound up |under. If only Sailing from venture label called Abstract 
year, under the 1986 Insolvency | Activision could simulate Concepts, headed by mys- 





Fully titled Wordstar Pro- Аст. A creditors’ meeting | that. tery woman, photocopier, 
fessional Release 4, the new was held on February 10. What youhave to settlefor, salesperson turned author, 
product will supersede Word- however, is the most com- Аппа Popkess. 
star Professional. plete ocean racing simulation Abstract has been specifi- 

The new Wordstar boasts Hubbard plays Delta |f daie, which allows you to cally created to provide a 


over 120 enhancements over THE musical talents of Rob | design your own yacht then medium for adventures that 
previous versions, which Hubbard сап be heard on |race it in competition with tackle ‘more serious issues’, 
include word counts, a Delta, the second title from | seventeen other nations. like its first release (out 
220,000 word thesaurus (for Thalamus, which scored a | Written by the ODE pro- March-ish) Enchantress (see 
minor hit with Sanxion. gramming team, the sea ef- screen shot below), in which 

Delta is а no-holds-barred | fects are so good they ought уои control the destiny of a 
shoot “ет up for the Commo- | to provide a bucket with the young lass, Adara, who is out 
dore 64 at £9.99 (tape) and | thing, My first impressions? If to avenge the death of her 
£14.99 (disc). It is due for | you like that kind of thing - family – violence being one of 





m 


release at the end of the |15 swell. the issues being explored 
month. Or should that be swill - here, l'd guess. Sounds 
opent 4 — — — — — — | which is how CRL might well interesting. 
Re Heathrow on PCW describe its latest licensing John Cook 
HEWSON Software is con- | Enchantress — the serious side of Delta 4 


verting two of its older pro- 
WORDSTAR grams to the PCW8256 


Southern Belle, the loco- 
motive simulation, and Heath- 
row Air Traffic Control are due 
for release in the next two 
machines with over 256K weeks, and will be able on а 
Ram), line and box drawing, Single 3 inch disc for £16.95. | MEINEN 
improved speed, and 40 pro- plains of Dranth at tbe entrance 
grammable function keys. 

Wordstar Professional 
Release 4 is set for release at 
the end of March, and will 
cost £458.85 (inclusive of 
Vat), Existing users of Word- 
star, Wordstar Professional and 
Newword З will, however, be 
able to upgrade at £99 up to 
the end of July 


Mike Male — Heathrow author 





Eo tbe caves. 
To the north, tbe city of tbe | 

Taraks and tbe towering citad 

of Aretan toomed bigh above а, 

Sranite ridge at the edge of tbe 
plain 

















12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 . POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/S 





Yie Ar tops charts for1986 js 


ттүү last year were as follows: 1) 
ЕТЕЕЕГШЕТТТ ge ex were ае folows: 1) increase 


Formula One Simulator (Mas- 
tertronic); 3) Commando ACTIVISION, the games soft- 
(Elite); 4) Green Beret (та- ware company based in 
gine); 5) Thrust (Firebird/Su- Mountain View, California, is 
репой; 6) Ghosts and Goblins; continuing to show a financial 
7) Paperboy (both Elite); 8) loss, with the news that its 
Rambo (Ocean); 9) КЖ Start third quarter results report а 
(Mastertronic); 10) Ninja Mas- 53.9 million (£2.6 million) de- 
ter (Firebird); 11) Winter ficit. This is despite ап in- 
Games (Epyx/US Gold); 12) crease in sales from $5.8 mil- 
Spellbound (Mastertronic); lion (£3.8 milion) to $9.6 
13) ACE (Cascade); 14) milion (£6.4 million) 
Finders Keepers; 15) Kane 
(both Mastertronic); 16) Tri- 
vial Pursuit (Domark); 17) Elite Apple tablet 
(Firebird/Acornsoft) 18) One 
Мап and his Droid: 19) Action THE Kurta IS/GS is a cordless 
Biker (both Mastertronic); 20) реп plus graphics tablet add- 
Computer Hits 10 Vol 3 (Beau оп which has been designed 
Jolly); 21) The Last V8 (Mas- specifically to operate with 
MARTIAL arts have topped ^ Green Beret also appears high tertronic); 22) Kung Fu Master the new Apple IIGS machine. 
the annual charts for the up in the annual chart, at (Data-East/US Gold); 23) Manufactured inthe US. it will 
second year running, accord- — number four Speed King: 24) BMX Racers; Бе sold in the UK by Tochex, 
ing to Gallup's compilation of Elite Systems notched up 25) Vegas Jackpot (all Master- of Ealing, London, for £39 
the best-selling titles for three out of the top ten of tronic); 26) They Sold a Million Techex also distributes 
1986 1986, with Commando. (Ни Squad); 27) Way of the Кипа’ Penmouse Plus, also a 
While Way of the Exploding Ghosts and Goblins and Paper- Tiger (Gremlin): 28) Gauntlet 
Fist was the runaway number оу, while Mastertronic has (US Gold); 29) Dragon's Lair 
опе іп 1985, last year's top 11 titles in the top 30, includ- (Software Projects); 30) Uri- 
game was Imagine's Yie Ar ing the evergreen Formula dium (Hewson) 
Kung Fu. One Simulator, second only to Incidentally, 1985's num- 
1986 was a good year for У/е Ar Kung Fu. ber one, Fist, was number 31 
Imagine, the Ocean label. its Тһе 30 best-selling games on the 1986 chart 


: = 
Mirrorsoft has New Amigas set to 
new strategy a; tablet plus cordless pen, but 
М for ІВМ compatible and 
with PSS appear in June Қарар equiped tomum 
THE Mirror Group, better at £235. 
known for its national news- COMMODORE'S new Ami- lion (£14.5 million) onsalesof | Details from Techex at 
papers, is expanding its gas, the A500 and A2000 $270.8 million (£180.5 mil- Meridien House, 100 Hanger 
interest in the software (see Popular Computing Week- lion) over the three months, Lane, Ealing, London W5 
industry with the acquisition ly, January 29) аге now wide- This compares with a higher 1EZ, 01-991 0121 
of a majority shareholding in. y expected to be scheduled sales figure ($339.2 millon 
PSS, the strategy games for launch at the Commodore £226 milion), buf a net loss 5 
publisher. show in June this year at of $53.2 million (35.5 mi- PC Gem graphics 
PSS wil now belong to London's Novotel lion) for the corresponding 
the same stable as Мітогзо Мо specific comment was period in 1985 KUMA Computers has fol- 
and software wholesaler available from the company Commodore International's lowed up the release of K- 
Microdealer. about the launch dates, and president, Thomas Rattigan, Spread 2 with KcGraph 2, a 
Gary Mays, co-founder and the new machines will not be commented, "These results Gem-based business graph- 
director of PSS commented in evidence at next week's further demonstrate a profit ics package for IBM compati- 
рат һе feltlitle would change Which Computer? show, turnaround and have contri- bles, but targetted specifical 
at the company аз a result of where Commodore will dem- buted to a significant im- ly towards the Amstrad РС 
the deal: "We will continue onstrate new business soft- provement in the company's range 
as а Separate company, we ware for the current Amiga, financial position.” The program will display 
are keeping our offices іп and а new range of PC AT Оп the subject of machine graphic data in the form of pi 
Coventry, we're not losing compatible micros, the РС40 sales, he added, "Unit sales charts, line and area graphs, 
any staff, in fact, the only real series. of the Amiga and IBM PC and a variety of bar graph 
difference is that we and Mir- Тһіз follows the publication compatible computers were types. It will also integrate 
Torsoft will be co-operating in of improved financial results at the highest quarterly levels with the spreadsheet Ko 
joint marketing ventures." | for the company for the since the launch of these Spread 2 
PSS's next new titles will quarter ending December 31, products with the Commo- ^ K-Graph 2 costs £49.95. 
be Bismarck and Fortress 1986. dore 64C and 128 continuing Details from Kuma at 12 
America, both, of course, Commodore International to constitute the majority of Horseshoe Park, Pangbourne, 
strategy/simulations. reached a profit of $21.8 mil- — our unit mix.” Berks, 07357 4335 











6/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 




















Star Wars Apple cuts prices amid 
*open Mac' rumours 


licence 
won by 
Domark 


DOMARK has chalked up 
another deal that is certain to 
catch the attention of the 
games playing public, the 
rights to produce Star Wars, 
The Empire Strikes Back and 
Return of the Jedi, all multi- 


million dollar grossing 
movies, as home computer 
games. 


The titles had already been 
released as coin-op machines 
by Atari (from which Domark 
bought the licence) and 
games cartridges by Parker, 
but this will be the first time 
any have appeared on a home 
computer in the UK. 

Planned as a trilogy, the 
first release, Star Wars, will be 
based on the Atari arcades 
game, but "modernised and 
refurbished," for the home 
computer market. 

Said Domark's Dominic 
Wheatley, "Although it's 
quite old, it's a damn good 
shoot-em ир... one of few 
I've actually played.” 

The personnel for the pro- 
gramming team have yet to 
be finalised, but the primary 
contender is described as "а 
Star Wars fanatic.” 

Domark is also hoping to 
incorporate digitised speech 
into the home computer ver- 
sion — а major feature of the 
original. The title will be 
released on Spectrum, Am- 
strad CPC and Commodore 
64 — and Atari ST — “at the 
PCW show or beyond," 
priced at "'£9.95 or less." 








APPLE has announced a 
£300 price cut on its Mac- 
intosh Plus — but is giving no 
reason for the unexpected 
generosity. 

However, the drop from 
£2,295 to £1,995 coincides 
with renewed rumours of the 
long-awaited ‘open Мас" — a 
machine designed to be 
expandable in the manner of 
the Apple Il and IBM PC. 

A report in the latest issue 
of trade newspaper Micro- 
scope says that Apple has 
been showing the new 
machine to dealers, and tips а 
worldwide launch in the first 
week of March, 

Microscope lists the provi- 
sion of six slots to accept 
expansion boards, а 60820 
processor (the full 32-bit ver- 
sion of the 68000), 4Mb of 
Ram, a quadruple density disc 
drive giving 1.6 megabytes of 
‘storage, а colour display in 
A4 size, and a three-box 
design. 

At various times, all of 
these have been suggested 
as improvements to the Mac 
design. But the most recent 
reports from the US strongly 
suggest that Apple would be 
unable to implement all of 
them in the next Mac 

А more likely design spec 
would include some kind of 
expandability, particularly for 


an IBM-compatible board, en- 
hanced disc storage, and 
possibly a larger screen. 

Apple watchers have 
scorned the idea of a colour 
Mac at this stage, although 
the inclusion of the 68020 
Processor is a strong 
Possibility 

Microscope suggests a re- 
tail price "starting around" 
£7,000. This, however, 





would make the machine the 
most expensive in the world, 
and Apple has already had its 
fingers burned with a comput- 
er with that distinction, the 
Lisa. 

A more realistic price 
would be considerably less 
than £5,000. 

Peter Worlock 





Atari bids for wider availability 


ATARI UK |5 currently in 
negotiations with à number о! 
major high street retailers to 
improve the availability of its 
machines, from the newly 


announced 65XE upgradable 





games machine to the STs, іп 
larger stores. 

"We are talking about the 
Atari range being available in 
the high street, in Dixons, 
WH Smith, Comet, Boots, 
Woolworths and so on, by 
the summer. We are also 
looking for stronger support 
from independent retailers," 
an Atari spokesman 
commented. 

He stressed, however, that 
itwas early days yet, and that 
talks would not be finalised 
until later this year. 

He also reiterated that Atari 
will be unveiling its Mega ST 
micros — 2Mb and 4Mb mod- 
els — at the Atari Computer 
Show which begins on April 
24 





DIARY DATES 
FEBRUARY 


17-20 February 
Which Computer? Show 
NEC, Birmingham 

Details: Mainly business exhibitors 
Price: £5 

Organiser: Cahners Exhibitions, 
01-891 5051 








MARCH 


20-22 March 

The Electron & BBC Micro 
User Show 

UMIST, Manchester 

Details: Software, hardware and 
peripherals for Acorn's micros 
Price: £3 adult, £2 children, £1 
discount for advance booking 

















Organiser: Exhibitions, 
061-456 8835 

APRIL 

24-26 April 

The Atari Computer Show 


Novotel, London WB 
Details: First chance for Atari to 
show off exciting new strategy 
Price: ЁЗ adult, £2 children, £1 
discount for advance booking 
Organiser: Database Exhibitions, 
061-456 8835 р 








Kensington Exhibition Centre. 
Details: Software, hardware, 
peripherals for consumer users 
Prite: ТВА 

Organiser; RAMCO International 
Exhibitions, 01-906 3363 


8-10 May Г 
Тһе Несігоп & ВВС Місго 
User Show 

New Horticultural Hall, London 
Details: Software, hardware and | 
peripherals for Acor's micros | 
Price: £3 adult, £2 children, £1 | 
discount for advance booking 
Organiser: Database Exhibitions, 
061-456 8835 











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ST Karate 


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Not dead yet 


МИ" оза по Keith 
Alston's letter (January 
29), attacking Mr Smith's 
letter January 15), may | say 
that | too read Mr Smith's 
remarks and although | 
believe he could have been 
more tactful, | agreed with his 
sentiments. 

1 ао not wish to get into one 
of those “Му machine is bet- 
ter than yours” arguments. | 
would just like to put а few 
things into perspective. 

Firstly, you will never see 
MSX games in the charts, аз 
Gallup uses stores such as 
W Н Smith and Menzies to 
compile its chart, neither of 
which stock МӨЖ games. 
Most of the MSX software in 
my area is bought at specialist 
retailers, or Woolworths 
(Mastertronic games), which 
are not on the Gallup list 

True, if you take the UK 
sales figures for MSX ma- 
chines, it isn't the biggest 
seller, but MSX Computing. 
last issue, estimated the num- 
ber to be about 250,000 
units. 

It is the European market 
which encourages software 
houses to convert titles to 
MSX (US Gold, Ocean, Mar- 
tech, eto). MSX worldwide 
has sold far better than many 
are willing to admit. 

| class myself as a lucky 
owner of an MSX machine, 
and believe the British press 
has never given MSX a fair 
hearing, 


Luckily, for a mere £89, | 
сап upgrade my MSX to MSX 
2 specifications — the bar; 
of a lifetime. 

While MSX is being talked 
about, її proves it isn't dead. 

Keith Neal 
Bourne 
Lines 





QL mathematics 


am a Sinclair QL owner and 
therefore very grateful for 
your support of that comput- 
er with regular publication of 
Programs and small routines. 

1 noted the procedure to 
calculate factorials in Bytes 
and Pieces in the issue for 
January 8 with interest, How- 
ever, the author has used 
more code than necessary 
because one of the elegant 
features of SuperBasic is not 
used. The ability of a proce- 
dure to call itself (‘recursion’) 
can be used to advantage in 
calculating factorials as in the 
first routine appended below. 

But there is a price to be 
paid for elegance. The recur- 
sive routine takes about thr 
times as long to evaluate 
3001 as the one you published 
(six seconds vs two se- 
conds). The second routine 
below is almost as economi- 
cal in program space as the 
first and evaluates 300! at 
about the same speed as the. 
published version. 

The upper limit for all rou- 
tines is the same (300!) since. 
301! exceeds 1.61585E616, 
the maximum number for th 





arithmetic evaluator of the 


A truly kind- 
hearted person 


should like to make some 
comments concerning 
your news item, "Public Do- 
main libraries under threat іп 
UK" (Popular. January 29) 

1 ат currently involved with 
ICPUG (the Independent Com- 
modore Products Users 
Group), where | am writing 
some articles on Pascal 
ICPUG has an extremely good 
range of its own PD software 
which is available free to 
members. Just send the li- 
brarian а formatted disc and 
return postage and packing 
and they will then copy the 
software and return it quickly 
(normally within a week). 

There is a full range of sof 














ware for all the Commodore 
machines: the 64 and 128 in 
native 128 mode and in 
CP/M. There is also a range of 
PC software which runs on 
Commodore’s own PC 
compatibles. 

The articles | have written 
on Pascal have formed the 
basis of a range of PD soft- 
ware written in Pascal. Nor- 
mal ICPUG library conditions 
relate to the supply of this 
software. There is absolutely 
по way | would charge for 
these discs. 

The whole idea of PD soft- 
ware is that it should be free. 
Asa programmer, | would not 
like anyone making money 
from programs | had donated 
to a PD library 

Marc Bray 


Merseyside 

























Searching C64 
musicians 


ат setting up a program- 
ming team for C64 owners 
within my user group and am 
looking for talented program- 
mers. Musician programmers 
are greatly needed, as are 
graphic designers, games. 
programmers, etc. 

If anyone is interested in 
joining а programming team, 
could they please contact те 
at 51 Madeley Road, Haver- 
croft, near Wakefield, West 
Yorkshire WF4 2PJ. 

Stephen Butterfield 
Commodore user group 





























Puzzle No 245 








In the following crossnumber puzzle, numbers 
have to be fitted into the grid. Can you find the 
correct values for “A” and 'B'? 























Across Down 
1 А*В 2 B/2 
4| Ав? 3) в 
5 А? 4) А 





Solution to Puzzle No 240 

The symbols are £ &*%+)/@=1 

representing 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 respectively. 
The main clue is in the multiplication, and 

the relative positions of the various digits. By 


‘Substituting letters for the symbols we get 
ABC times DCE equals EA A D A 


‘These variables are used in the For/Next loops 
in the program, the resulting product being 
Checked to determine if the various values 
correspond with the values currently in the. 
loops. The productis also tested to check that. 
the second, third, and fifth digits are alike. 
From this, the five digits 0, 1, 3, 7 and 9 are 
identified. In the text there is 8 two-digit date 
given, the first digit must be a 2 since both 1 
and 3 have already been identified 

This leaves 4, 5, 6 and 8. As « plus « equals. 
=, the + can only equal 4 and the = must be 8. 
Therefore in the time given the double bracket 
which indicates the minutes must stand for 
55. Only the / remains which is the 6 


Winner of Puzzle 240 
This week's winner is George Godman of 
‘Tewkesbury. Gloucs, who will receive £10. 


Rules 
The closing date for Puzzle 245 is March 6. 





Answers should include a program listing i 
possible. 















тоз 
тоз 





THEN 180 
FoR Ceo YO 9 

IF Сед OR С=в THEN 170 

TOR bet TD э, 

IF DeC OR рев OR D-A THEN 160 
For Eo To a 

IF є=р OR ЕТС OR ЕВ OR E=A THEN 190 
F=A®100+Bei0ec+GDe100%C#10eE 












110 parse, 
120 IF P<10000 OR 2539999 THEN 150 
130 Peesteece) 

340 IF VALOMIDSUPS,1,1)9-€ AND 





AND VALIMIDR(PS, 4,1) )=D 

AND NIDS (PS, 2, 1) = CPR, 3, 1) 
AND ишара, тар. 1) 
THEN PRINT A,B,C, D,E 

мат E 

мат 












150 
170 
190 


















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New and 
unusual from 
Aberdeen 


p until the end of Novem- 

ber last year, HBBS 2 
Aberdeen was a slowly grow- 
ing bulletin board. Suddenly, 
disaster struck this small, but 
perfectly formed, bulletin 
board in the form of exces- 
sive heat. This had a very 
adverse affect on this young 
board which had to go in to 
hospital for some quite 
drastic repair work. 

Now, due to absolutely no 
demand at all other than the 
abject boredom of the sysop, 
the board has returned, with 
опе or two small changes and 
a few improvements. 

The most noticeable 
change is that all the software 
for downloading has been 
changed so that it actually 
works now. Also, there is a 
small registration fee for any- 
опе who is going to become a 
serious and regular user. For 
normal use it costs £3.00 and 
if you want to try to find some 
useful information, the Hack- 
er's message board costs an 
extra £2.00. 

И you want to give the 
board a call, it is open to any 
computer at all, even though 
itis run on a severely modified 
but now, thank goodness, 
healthy, BBC Model B. The 
number to call is Aberdeen 
(0224)-632570 (7.00рт- 
10.00am), and the necessary 
settings for your computers 
are either 1200/75 or 
300/300 baud rates with a 
byte setting of В bits, no 
parity and 1 stop bit (8N1). 

The board will be starting 
up fully as of March 1, 1987, 
80 please give it a call, and 
you might make some new, 
but very unusual, friends (like 
me for example). 

Graeme A Findlay 
Sysop HBBS 2 Aberdeen 









































“Naturally. we started the 
bidding at £1.99" 


Zeus returns... 
again 

Һе Zeus assembler is well 

written. When modified 
(Letters, January 29), the 
print option works іп 128K 
mode but output goes to the 
RS 232 port as expected. 

The authors have perhaps. 
noticed the clumsy, post- 
Vickers initialisation of Chars 
and, taking no chances, use 
this system variable to find 
the character set. 

This can, at times, be a 
disadvantage. If you use а 
custom font and forget to 
restore Chars before returning 
to the assembler, you get 
locked in. For instance, when 
you press Q a nasty invader, 
or whatever, grins at you and 
you are trapped forever. 

The remedy is to poke the 
following four bytes, starting 
at address 63036: 77, 0, 60. 
0; changing LD DE. (CHARS), 
to LD DE. 3С00; МОР. 

The screen editor will then 
always use the Spectrum font 
and in 48K mode you can list 
їп a custom font, eg, bold. 

Always list source (\/) files 
before running machine code 





Readers move en passant 


ove 11 has now been 
completed in Game Опе 
of our Readers vs Colossus 
chess tournament, with the 
Readers, playing black, voting 
to move the pawn on e4 to 43 
(еп passant) 
Colossus. playing white has 
replied by taking the same 
pawn, with its knight from o5. 


Over to you 

Now we need your sugges- 
tions for the next Readers 
move. Send your suggested 
move to either Inter-Mediates 
(Popular Chess), Freepost, 
Sawbridgeworth, Негіз 








Correction 


he observant amongst 

you will have noticed that 
block 5000 of the phone 
book program in the Begin- 
ners’ Guide to Programming 
is actually a replication of 
block 3000. 

To print out your telephone 
numbers delete lines 5000 
onwards and replace them 


with the following subroutine. 


5000 INPUT "TYPE IN NAME"; FS 
5010 LET Fat 

5020 IF AS(F}=FS THEN PRINT 
"TELEPHONE NUMBER 
S"TS(F).GOTO 5050 

5030 LET F=F+1:1F F-101 THEN 
GOTO 5020 

5040 PRINT "NAME NOT FOUND: 
БОБО FOR F=1 to 400:NEXT 
FRETURN 








СМ21 SYA (you do not need 
to use a stamp with this ad- 
dress), or Popular Chess, Unit 
2, The Maltings, Saw- 
bridgeworth, Негіз CM21 
ОРО (with a stamp). Freepost 
is slower than normal mail, so 
if you want to save money on 
Stamps, post your entry 
promptly. 

Entries must reach either 
address by Wednesday, Feb- 
ruary 18. 

The move which gets the 
most votes will be entered 
into the game. Results and 
Colossus's response will be 
published in two week's time. 


Prizes. 
A British Museum reproduc- 





as the current channel may Бе 
altered by your machine 
code. 
G Wearmouth 
London N17 


No such socket 


dlike to answer Mr Dawes" 

letter in Popular, January 
29. First of all, none of the 
STs existing in Europe today 
are fitted for the forthcoming 
new chips from Atari. When 
Atari introduced the 
1040STF, rumours had it that 
there was an empty socket in 
the machine for the blitter 
chip. 

There is no such socket in 
the current 1040STF, but 
Sam Tramiel has said that 
there will be a socket in the 
future 1040s. It will, how- 
ever, be possible to upgrade 
the old STs because the blit- 
ter will come in two versions, 
‘one in a DIP packaging (for 


tion Arran chess set will go to 
the person suggesting the 
most accepted moves at the 
end of the game. Five copies 
of Colossus Chess 4 (available 
for most popular micros) will 
go to the most consistent 
entrants for the duration of 
the game. 

Next week, we return to 
Game Two, where the Readers 
are playing white. 





4 МІЗ-о5 Pd7-d5 
5 Pedxd5 Мс6-а5 
6 Вс4-55+ Pc7-c6 
7 Pd5xc6 РЬ7хсб 
8 Bb5-e2 Ph7-h6 
9 Ng5-f3 Ре5-е4 
10 Ní3-e5  Bf8-d6 
11 Pd2-d4 Pe4-d3 


12 Ne5xd3 








sockets), and one for piggy- 
backing onto the 68000 pro- 
cessor in the current STs, 

The much awaited AMY 
sound chip from Atari will be 
available as a plug in cartridge 
that will go into the hard disc 
port. As far as | know, both of 
these upgrades will be possi- 
ble on aif STs. 

It's hard to say anything 
about the 68020 second pro- 
cessor. The new Mega STs 
will be able to handle it with- 
out too much trouble. | re- 
member Sam Tramiel saying 
that adding the 68020 to the 
current STs is а messy affair, 
which can be done, but is not 
recommended. 

Then again, was the one 
megabyte piggyback upgrade 
for the 520 STs recommend- 
ed by Atari? The new Mega 
STs with the open bus will of. 
course be able to handle апу 
conceivable add оп. 

Kristian Rosenvold 
Atari ST user group of Norway 





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Games: reviews 





Leviathan: 
bigger and better 


t first glance Leviathan 
looks like Super 
Zaxxon, which is a 


pity because it's а squillion 
times better. 

Taking the Uridium-style 
concept of scrolling back- 
grounds and fierce орро- 
nents to new and dizzier 
heights, Leviathan features 
great music and sound 
effects by David Whittaker, 
along with stylish design and 
programming by English 
Software's in-house team. 

There аге three landscapes 
to explore, each so complex 


radar, 


that they have to be loaded in 
separately from cassette, tak- 
ing about a minute for each 
new load. The Greekscape 
with its impressive statues із 
particularly worth seeing. 

Each stage starts with a 
display of the ten types of 
baddies you have to defeat to 
complete the level, and each 
landscape features revolving 
Vicious anti-aircraft 
projectors, lots of baddies, 
fuel cubes, landing strips, and 
some nice perspective and 
sprite priority work 

Your fighter flips and spins 





convincingly, and sínce you 
сап fly and fire to either side 
as well as backwards and 
forwards in search of the rap- 
dily-moving enemy, this 
game is a lot tougher than any 
Similar shoot-'em-up. 

Think you're clever be- 
cause you've finished Uri 
dium? Just try this опе! 








Popular Appeal $ $ $ € 
Chris Jenkins 






Program Leviathan Mi- 
cro CBM 64 Price £9.95 
Supplier English Soft- 
ware, 1 North Parade, 
Manchester M3 2NH (061- 
835 1358). 









Get writing - get Popular 


opular Computing Weekly al- 
tions from its readers for arti- 
cles, features, and program listings 
Whether you want to write arti- 
cles, see your programming master- 
pieces in print, pass on some words 
of wisdom, or simply let off steam, 
there's space in the magazine for 
you. 
Ideas for feature articles, or 
completed articles, should be sent to 
Christina Erskine. All aspects of 





home computing are considered, but 
we cannot feasibly accept anything 
longer than 2,000 words, so brief is 
best. It's worth checking by phone 
of letter first that your article will be 
suitable. Payment is normally £35 
per published page. 





Technical editor Duncan Evans 
looks after the program listings, 
and articles on programming. We 
rely on you for our Programming 
section, so earn yourself a place in 
the Popular Hall of Fame (and £25 for 
each page we print) by having your 
program published. Even if it's not 
100s of K of pure machine code, but 
a short snappy routine, thee may 
well be a place for it in Bytes and 
Pieces (£10 a shot) 

Articles on any aspect of program- 
ming are also welcome - with short 
listings included if relevant. 

Got something you feel needs say- 
ing oud and clear? Your opinions on 
any aspect of the computer industry 
are welcomed, so why not write in to 
the Ziggurat section? No more than 
600 words, please. If published, 
we'll pay you £15. 

So maybe it's not the money 
you're after, but you'd just like to 
have some say in the magazine. 

For shorter comments, general 
observations or queries, there is of 
course the Letter page, with the 
tempting offer of a year's supply of 
Popular binders for the Star Letter 
each week. 





Left: the adventurous Tony Bridge. 
Right: the active Tony Kendle. 





For more specific points, our team 
of columnists are always willing to 
answer questions, and keen to hear 
the latest information, Drop your 
lines to Tony Bridge (adventure 
hints always gratefully received); 
Tony Kendle (who wants as many 
Arcade pokes, maps, solutions, etc, 
as possible); David Wallin (com- 
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gramming problems); Mark Jen- 
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tapes) and Martin Bryant (comput- 
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Games: reviews 





Not such a hard guy 


‘ou know it from the before you're off to the next 
Yow this is one hell screen. 
of a urine extraction! It's all very competent, but 

“Who cares who wins!" it never anything more than 
says. "Butch makes Ram** that. As a budget game it 
look like Mary Poppins.” Or would be okay, but compared 
should that be M'ry P"pp*ns? with Cobra — which also looks 

Anyhow, by giving you the а less than serious approach 
cover lines, I've spared you то Sly Stallion — it's positively 
the need to buy the game,  bone-headed 
because they're by far the “When the going gets 
best thing about it. And 1 tough, Butch gets going,” the 
don't care if Butch comes blurb warns you. He should 
round and rips out my gizzard һауе gone a lot further, if he 
for saying so. wanted to appear in a half- 

Butch Hard Guy is a simple есепт дате! 
platforms and combat game, Popular Appeal ¢ $ Ф 
with only two blows, You John Minson 
have to thump the robots in 
the wallet, then kick them in 
the head. Seems they've дог | Program Butch Hard Guy 
glass jaws as this causes | Micro Spectrum 
them to explode. You then | 48K/128K Price £7.45 
ascend the platforms hitting, | Supplier Advance Soft- 
kicking and dodging, unti | ware Ltd, 17 Staple Tye, 
you've smashed all of the | Harlow, Essex CM18 7LX. 
cages containing the POWs, 





The Fist strikes again 


let's Fist again, like we did proper quest, and suddenly all 
last summer... andau- that head kicking and instep 
tumn, spring and win- stomping has an aim, other 
кегі Fist, Yie-Ar Kung Fu, Inter- than satisfying sadistic 
national Karate and the rest - desires. 
have the combat games blud- There are lots of screens to 
geoned you into submission? get lost in, which is quite easy 
To beat the boredom fac- because there's not much to 
tor, Fist i/ has tobe something distinguish one Japanese cat- 
а bit special, because about acomb from the next, and the 
the only martial art that hasn't same goes for their deserts 
ended up оп the computer is and houses. But there does 
championship tickling. But seem tobe alot of the Land of 
despite their rather dodgy the Rising Sun in your RAM, 
Egyptian entry into the cash- from its caves to mountain 
in stakes (Fighting Warrior), plateaux 
Melbourne House has re- Моми, have you got the 
deemed itself with the official scrolls? No, my pixels always 
Fist sequel. walk this way! Actually it's a 
Fighting Warrior boasted а double-edged question, be- 
minimal plot in the land of the cause not only does the 
pyramids, but not enough to screen scroll, but you're in 
stop it getting swamped by search of scrolls, which con- 
quicksand, Fist / Ваз added a tain trigrams. These oriental 


ош of Apocalypse Now — 

your Apache gunship 
comes streaking over the jun- 
gle canopy, dodging to avoid 
ground-based machine gun: 
fire. 

Off to your left, а SAM 
missile battery is tracking you 
and a string of radar-con- 
trolled anti-aircraft guns is 
coming up fast. 

You're low on fuel, but 
there's just enough to see the 
mission through. And your 
target, a supply depot, is in 
your sights when . . . bang! 
You take a hit and your for- 
ward fuel tank ruptures. 

No explosion, but only a 
few minutes fuel left, What 
now, Ace? 

This is the kind of scenario 
that awaits you every time 
you boot up Gunship, the lat- 
est and greatest simulation 
from US hotshots 
Microprose. 

Gunship puts you at the 
controls of an AH-64A heli- 
copter, affectionately known 
as the Apache, and this thing 
really flies. 

You've got laser-tracking, 
radar and infra red warnings 
and jammers, rockets, mis- 
siles, chain guns, and the 
amazing computer-control 
weapons system. Gunship 
gives you it ай. 

Start as a rookie sergeant 
on your first training flight in 
the US, then move on to the 
soft combat option — Vietnam 
where your enemies are his- 


І could be a scene straight 


symbols can be used in var- 
ious mysterious ways, but it's. 
up to you to find out how. No 
Tourist Information bureaux 
in this game, but you could 
find some cryptic clues by 
Praying at a shrine, where 
you'll also regain strength. 

If all this plot sounds like it 
might be keeping you from 
the real business in hand — ie, 
knocking the stuffing out of 
some nasty ninja — dont 
worry. They crop up all over 
the place, though not so re- 
petitively as in Fighting War- 
пог, and each of the five hu- 
man types has different stra- 
tegies. There are also big 
black pussy cats, but don't 
try stroking them — nine out of 
ten panthers prefer Fist fight- 
ers for lunch! 

The combat works fairly 
well, though the scrolling has 
to freeze, and this can cause 


torically armed so your 
Apache gives you the edge, 

After that it gets tougher all 
the time — Central Americ 
the Middle East, and finally 
the hypothetical confronta- 
tion against the Russians in 
Western Europe, the tough- 
est opponents of all 

Within each combat sce: 
nario you have the choice of 
three levels of opponent, and 
three levels of mission, Regu- 
lar missions are the easiest, 
"volunteer" jobs are risky, 
and "volunteer hazardous” is 
near suicidal 

Successful missions at suc- 
ceeding levels of difficulty 
eam you promotions, cam- 
paign ribbons and medals, 
with your ultimate ambition to 
reach Colonel and win the 
Congressional Medal of 
Honour. 

Missions are assigned ran- 
domly and if it looks too 
tough you can chicken out by 
going sick, But you'll get a 
reprimand, and promotion 
will be harder thereafter. 

Before the mission you can 
check an on-screen map, and 
read an intelligence briefing 
оп the kind of opponents: 
you'll encounter. You can 
also modify the fuelling and 
armament of your Apache. 
The scene then switches to 
the landing pad. From then 
on, you're on your own until 
you touch down again 

The actual flight simulation 
is superb. Controls are very 
responsive, and the animated 


problems if a large amount of. 
the screen is taken up Буа 
foreground object, obscuring 
the action. There's also а 
slight problem when you 
force your opponent to the 
edge of the screen. He can 
vanish into the masking and. 
sometimes seems to freeze, 
letting you knock him into 
oblivion. 

Fist И isn't perfect, but it 
puts a lot of the kick back into 
ап old genre. Go to it, little 
grasshopper! 

Popular Appeal $ $ $ € 
John Minson 


Program Fist || Micro 
Spectrum 48К/128К 
Price £8.95 Supplier 
Melbourne House, 60 High 
Street, Hampton Wick, 
Kingston-Upon-Thames, 
Surrey KT1 408. 





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View out of the cockpit is 
detailed, colourful and 
smooth. 

When you land you're rated 
оп your mission, Taking too 
long counts against you, as 
does shooting friendly 
troops. Do well and you'll win 
that first medal and maybe a 
promotion. 

Gunship’s presentation is 
flawless. Weapons systems 
are realistic (the chopper 
bucks when you fire), there 
are day and night missions, 
Wind factors to take into ас- 
count, and there are graphic 
scenes for important events — 
medal presentations or 
crashes 

The accompanying manual 
is over BO pages long and 


Blown away! 


includes a full guide to game 
controls, flight controls, the 
theory and practice of һей- 
copter flying, and discussions 
of weapons and tactics. 
When it comes to combat 
flight simulators, Gunship 
blows everything else out of 
the sky. Yes, it's expensive 
but it's worth every penny. 


2%%% 


Program Gunship Micro 
Commodore 64/128 
Price £19.95 (disc), 
£14.95 (cassette) Sup- 
plier Microprose Soft- 
ware, 2 Market Place, Tet 
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Congratulations Jivin’ John Cook. 


A ан 






Apache performance 






version of Tomahawk that 

it arrived at the same time 
аз Gunship. A few weeks ago 
| would have rated it highly 
Alas, no longer. 

Despite the name, Toma- 
hawk is another Apache sim- 
Wlator and although pretty 
good in its own right, it 
suffers іп comparison with 
Gunship in just about every 
department. 

For example, the animation 
is noticeably jerky, the graph- 
ics are nowhere near as de- 
tailed or as colourful, and it 
lacks all of Gunship's dress- 
ing up" — no mission brief- 
ings, no chance to tailor your 
weapon load, no promotions 


1 is unfortunate for the C64 





ог medal ceremonies. 
Tomahawk is more of a 

game in terms of combat — 

three hits and you're dead. In 


Gunship hits are likely to 
knock out various systems, 
or one hit from a missile might 


take out your rotors 
immediately 
Unfortunately, Tomahawk 


doesn't actually play any bet- 
ter. Itis easier to fly and to get 
into combat in the early 
stages, but you are limited to 
three scenarios; capture four 
map sectors; capture all map 
sectors; or support ground 
troops — although there are 
four levels of difficulty. 
Overall, Tomahawk lacks 
the overwhelming sense of 











Above: main playing screen for Gunship. Below right: thel 
armament screen. Below left: the hero returns to base. 











CURRENT WEIGHT: 20299 
MAXIMUM MEIBHT: 20300 


== 


realism that makes Gunship 
so outstanding, It is five quid 
cheaper than the Microprose 
offering, but it also looks five 
quid cheaper. 


Popular Appeal $ $ Ф 
Peter Worlock 





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Шен Ші. 

















Program Tomahawk Mi- 
cro Commodore 64/128 
Price £14.95 (disc), 
£9.95 (cassette) Supplier 
Digital Integration, Watch- 
moor Trade Centre, 
Watchmoor Road, Cam- 
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Digital Integration's Tomahawk. 





12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/15. 








Games: Adventure Corner 











iatan's Servants. That really makes 
you sit up and take notice, 
doesn't it — it's short and sweet 
but to the point and grabs you by the 
adventure-playing parts. And it's also 
the name of a new two-part adventure 
from a new author, К Marshall. Surpris- 
ingly for a new story, this one isn't 


(obviously) Quill'd which says a lot for 
the author's determination, 

The aim of the game, which is available. 
for the Spectrum is simple — all you have 
to do is to defeat the evil Akra and his 
pets (the servants, naturally) and thus 
retrieve your book of magic before he 
uses it to turn the world into darkness. 

These servants come in several sizes 
of 'yecch', including giant crabs, gar- 
goyles coming to Ие, grimbles, zombies, 
Pirate Jack, laughing heads (David Byrne, 
! presume) and ‘other friendlies” includ- 
ing, shock horror, hairy acid-gobbling 
frogs; and you'll get your chance to do 
battle with each and every one of them 

The mechanics of the game are simple 
really; explore the landscape, pick up 
objects and use them in your fight 
against the creepies, the crawlies, and 
finally against Akra himself. The ріс 
tures, which may be turned off, are 
nothing special (imagine an artist who 
failed the Level 9 interview and you've 
got the idea), but they are quickly drawn 
and are rather neat. 

The dreaded multiple-word input can 
be used, which means that you can say 
things like Up the steps and then go North, 
which is unusual for a home-grown ad- 
venture — but you must be careful with 
your typing finger; the usual first four 
letters of a word will be recognised (and 
sometimes three or even two), but type 
a fifth letter incorrectly, and the program 
refuses to recognise the input. 

Help isn't recognised or given, but 
examining most objects will give a more. 
or less outright clue as to its use, so the 
player shouldn't be stumped for too 
long. The biggest problem is actually 
surviving long enough to use the object; 
many of the tight situations are time- 
related, and you must make the exact 
number of moves in exactly the right 
sequence in order to escape the immedi- 
ate consequences of your blundering. 

The pricing of this one is interesting; 
although bearing in mind that the adven- 
ture is а two-parter and that there is a lot 





Follow the stainless 


steel road 


Tony Bridge reviews two new adventure games: 
Satan's Servants on the Spectrum, and the latest from? 
Asclepios on the Amstrad CPC 


to do, the original price of £7.50 was still 
much too high. The author tells me that 
this price was arrived at on the advice of 
local retailers 

However, l'm glad to see that К Mar- 
shall has thought twice about all this and 
зе! а new price of £4.50, which includes 
Postage and Packaging. This will be 
further reduced to just £3.50 on the 
production of this Corner. For two ad- 
ventures, it's a steall 

To be perfectly frank Satan's Servants 
is not the most original of adventures; 
the puzzles are given away too cheaply 
by the program itself, the graphics are 
hardly stunning, and the scenario has 
been done a zillion times before. But for 
all this, | have a great deal of admiration 
for one adventure-writing system. 

There is quite a good atmosphere 
created by the text, although the location 
description are generally rather short, 
and | feel that a bit more imagination 
applied to the basic storyline might pay. 
vast dividends. In fact, Гт told that a 
second story is already in production — 
let's hope that this will be even better. 

Available from K Marshall, at PO Box 
19, Redcar. Cleveland TS10 2YS. 

From a non-Quil'á adventure to a 
Quill'd adventure on the Amstrad CPC 
from Asclepios Software. Of course, 
you'll know who Asclepios is, but | had 
to resort to the instructions to this one, 
Wherein | am told that old Asclepios is 
the Greek god of healing. Lee Foard, who 
is Asclepios Software, tells me that he 
chose the name because ‘it gives an 
atmosphere of being really laid back and 
Peaceful’ (maybe Neil Software would be 
à good choice next time). 





The story really starts with the acci- 
dental release of a deadly virus on a 
colony planet, some 500 years ago, The 
resulting 12 million infected people were 
rounded up, shoved in a spaceship and 
shoved off in the direction of the planet 
Segastra. Unfortunately, things go 
wrong (don't they always?) and every- 
опе dies on the way — meanwhile, the 
robots assigned the task of preparing the 
planet get ideas above their station and 
decide to conquer the universe in the 
disease-ridden spaceship. It's your task 
to stop them. 

The game itself is quick, thanks to The 
Quill, and there is a fair amount of 
atmosphere as you explore the planet 
and meet the robotic population. There 
are lots of objects to pick up, though 
their use is not immediately apparent and. 
you are given no obvious clues. There 
are quite a number of interesting images, 
including ‘stainless steel rivers’ (roads to 
you) which suddenly bend up towards 
the sky, and a new system of measure- 
ment which includes 'micronds' and 
decironds’ 

The puzzles are fairly straightforward, 
ог at least straight-ahead (solve this one 
and then solve the next one) rather than 
circuitous, and this shows a lack of 
imagination — but the whole thing is fairly 
humorous and for the asking price of 
£1.20 is going to help you while away 
several hours (and | don't want to hear 
from you if you stay up all night and solve 
it in one sitting, there's certainly more to 
Robocide than thatl), Asclepios Software 
is at 84 Stavordale Road, Carshalton, 
Surrey SM5 1BX. 


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Adventure Helpline 








Three Weeks in Paradise on Am- 
strad CPC6128. How do you sharpen 
the blunt axe, if at all? How do you use 
the bottle and corkscrew? T Snell, 89 
Sweetman's Road, Hill Farm Estate, 
Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 ВЕН. 


Questron on Atari. Where is the trum- 
pet and how do | get it? lan Brooker, 163 
Verity Crescent, Canford Heath, Poole, 
Dorset BH17 7TX. 


Mindshadow on Atari 800XL. How 
do you steal the car at the airport? | have 
the car ID. Darren Fradgley, 95 Bullington 
Road, Oxford ОХА 1QU. 


Sphinx on Electron. | can't find the 
boat or the mithril ring — have tugged а 
lot of hair up to now! ‘Stephen Mellor, 
139 Langlee Drive, Galashiels, Selkirk- 
shire ТОТ 2ЕА, 





16/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 





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Software: review 





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hen looking at 
Locoscript for the 
first time, it was 


obvious that it lacked three 
major features - a тай merge 
facility, а word count and a 
spelling checker. 

The first was corrected 
with (осотай — and now the 
last two gaps have been filled 
іп with Locospell 

Far from being released їп а 
blaze of glory, Locospell 
seems to have almost slipped 
Out — although Amstrad/ 
Locomotive targeted the au- 
dience well by contacting 
PCW owners by mail and of- 


ео тк sem 


[pe NE 
EA al 


fering the package as soon as 
it was finished. 

Now it's generally avail- 
able, and here at Popular it's 
been greeted with open arms 
by those individuals who al- 
ways talked in the back of 
class during English Language 
lessons. 

In operation, it's as simple 
а you could hope for. You 
boot up using the new Loco- 
spell disc, which includes Lo- 
coscript version 1.4, contain- 
ing an extra ВК of code for the 
Locospel! facilities 

It also has on it 68K of 
specially selected dictionary, 


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Fig. 3: the dictionary itself. 





Searching 


for 


Mr (word) Perfect 


made up of 32,000 words. 
This is automatically copied 
to the memory drive. 

You create/edit documents 
аз usual, but on pressing /7, a 
new modes menu appears 
that gives you the option to 
check spelling (see Fig. 1) 

The program will now go 
through the document, and 
stop at a word it doesn't 
recognise — suggesting a re- 
Placement word, or giving the 
users a number of other op- 
ions (Fig. 2), including the 
Opportunity to consult the 
dictionary itself if you are 


together with the option ой 
updating the User Dictionary 
if you have added any new: 
words in that session. 
Locospell is an excellent 
program — although it does 
have а couple of drawbacks 
the major опе being speed, 
Around three and a half mi 
utes for a thousand word 
document is not fast, and 
that's using the large dictions 
ary on the memory drive, аю 
option not open to unexpand: 
ed 8256 owners who, in of 
der to use it, must copy ће 
document to memory and гип. 


“п operation, it's as 


simple as 
for. 


you could hope 
You boot up the 


Locospell disc, which 2 
includes Locoscript version 1.47” 


hopelessly lost 

Here the word is displayed 
at the head of a drop down 
menu, with a selection from 
the dictionary displayed in the 
body of the window (Fig. 3) 
One particularly useful feature 
is the ability to simply con- 
struct User Dictionaries of un- 
Common words that are пот 
included in the 32,000 word 
job (or the 77,000 one found 
9n side B of the disc), but you 
find yourself using for your 
own particular needs. 

Finally, at the end checking 
а word count will be given, 
the dictionary from the floppy 


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- slow. 

But for all that, it is fully 
integrated with the word prow 
cessor you are likely to ba 
most used to working with, 
Locoscript, and very easy |0 
use 

If you are serious in using 
your PCW for writing, Ш 
Program will spot those ema 
barrassing spelling mistake 
and typos that you so often 
kick yourself for after tha 
event. So unless you're Me 
Perfect — it's invaluable; 


John Cook (Mr Imperfect] 


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Double-checking at the end. 





18/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 











Arcade Action 

















The beginning of 


the end 


Tony Kendle passes along Equinox tips from the 
inimitable Hackers Unlimited 


going to be concentrating on 
another very welcome letter from 
our regular, and invaluable, correspon- 
dents, Hackers Unlimited — Julian “ЕТ” 
Lyndon-Smith and ‘Suggs’ Johnston 
It's a slight change of form from their 
usual contributions in that the bulk of the. 
letter consists of tips rather than pokes, 
but the pokes that are there are 
essentiall 
“Here is our complete guide to com- 
pleting Equinox on the Amstrad. The 
guide is intended to be used with our 
poke that not only gives you more punch 
but also prints а room number at the top 
right hand corner of the screen. This is an 


Е or the next couple of weeks we are. 


adaption of a listing we have previously. 
sent їп to you. It will give the player 
infinite thrust and infinite laser charge as 
well as the room number.” 

For those that aren't familiar with 
hacker's tricks, finding infinite lives 
pokes can be fairly easy if you look for 
the familiar routines that most program- 
mers used to count lives, etc. Trying to 
find obscure parts of the program, such 
as that which counts the room numbers, 
сап be much more of а challenge and a 
slog. 

The pokes, with maps and tips for the 
remaining Equinox levels, will be run next 
week. In the meantime, save this page — 
it will come in handy! 














Anyone who can come up with а 
similar collection of pokes for the Spec- 
trum version will earn undying gratitude, 

The guide to the game will take the 
player step by step through each of the 
eight levels of Equinox with the exception 
of the first level which you have already 
printed the solution for 

Please note that the player must 
follow the guide strictly — if any instruc- 
tion is ignored it may mean that the 
particular level will not be completed in 
the required time. Owners of other сот- 
puters may be able to use the map and 
clues that are given here - but we don't 
know if the game play will be the same, " 





Level Three 
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1 1 1 
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1: Get key in room 35 and unlock| 
door іп 45. 

2: Got fuse in 46 and tum off beam, 
in 32. 

3: Get credit in 32 and pay tele-| 
|porter in 47. 
‘eleport from 47 to 34. 

5: Get radiation canister from 34 
and deposit in 44 (do not 
|teleport!!). 

6: Teleport from 47 and get the 











1: желе >а жақ d Rl: 
teleporter іп 

2: Get the credit in 62 and рау the 
teleporter in 54. 

учат. — teleport from 54 
to 

4: Get the drill in 49. Leave the fuse. 


5: Teleport from 48 to 54. 
6: Drill the obstruction in 55 and 


the dynamite. 
from. 48. 
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the credit. 
9: Pay the teleport іп 57 and tele- 
em 


| think it should be. 





Top Twenty 


Gauntlet 
180 

Paperboy 

Ollie and Lisa 

Ninja 

Konami's Coin-op Hits 
Footballer of the Year 
BMX Simulator 
Computer Hits Vol 3 


BRIS cavonaun 
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level 4 pass from room 37. 10 (16) Space Harrier 
7: Go to room 43. 11 (12) Trivial Pursuit 
|8: Proceed to level 4. 12 (10) Hit Pack 
-) Fist 
Level Four 14 ei Pro Snooker 
ТҰН” adi 15 ‘ive Star Games 

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17 (-) Speed King lastertronic. 
56--57--58--59--60 18 (12) They Sold a Milion (3) 

Jailbreal 

53--54--55 20 (15) Scooby Doo 
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Code Masters 























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* Action replay works by taking a 'snapshot' of the 
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Draw your own conclusions with 


CAD users, using a mouse as a 

drawing tool with their ST is simply 
not good enough. Something like a 
graphics tablet is required for greater 
accuracy. 

This can be used in either of two ways, 
first by simply replacing the mouse with 
a stylus or more usefully by enabling 
drawings placed on the tablet to be 
accurately traced and represented on 
screen 
The Pro Draw graphics tablet from 
Eidersoft has a nine by six inch drawing 
area and comes supplied with software 
wedge, stylus, power supply and 
interface. 

Connecting all the equipment up is 
perfectly straightforward, with the mains. 
transformer supplying power via a lead 
going into an interface connected to the. 
Serial (marked as modem on 
the ST) port. The very same 
interface has a lead coming 
ош which connects up to the 
graphics tablet. On the un- 
derside of the tablet is a 
socket into which the stylus 
or puck can be plugged and 
also a detachable ergonomic 
ald, 

Unlike most graphics tab- 
lets in the home computing 
market, Pro Draw is not a 
pressure sensitive pad, but 
of the more expensive and 
professional electro-magnet: 
ic type. Indeed, the stylus 
сап be as much as two inch- 
es away from the tablet's 
surface before contact is 
lost. 

The design of the tablet is 
such that it can cope with 
screen resolutions up to 
1000 pixels square so if the 
ST undergoes a graphics up- 
grade then Pro Draw will be 
of even greater value. Also, 
should you trade in your ST 
in the future then you should 
be able to use the tablet with 
other computers if they have 
the required software to 
drive it 


Е: many professional artists and 












Resolution: up to 1000 pixels square 


Eidersoft 


Duncan Evans trades 
in his mouse 
fora Pro Draw 
Graphics Tablet 








Speaking of software, the program 
supplied with Pro Draw is not a graphics. 
package in itself, but a wedge, in the 
form of an installable desk accessory or 
a directly executable program, which can 
be used to route all official Gem mouse. 






Trace your sketches on the tablet 


calls to the stylus instead 

So, you'll need a graphics package ав 
well and the choice is between going for 
one that Eidersoft has arranged to be 
made specifically compatible or trusting 
to luck and hoping that the program 
you've bought uses official Gem calls. 

If you're thinking about using Pro Draw 
with Neochrome, which is supplied free 
with the ST, then forget it. While using 
the stylus is an acceptable replacement 
for the mouse, Neochrome will not trace 
the outlines of drawings on your tablet 
with any accuracy or to scale. 








їп fact, after using Pro Draw with a 
copy of the specially configured Art 
Director (available from Eidersoft) and 
comparing the results obtained with 
those from unadulterated copies of 
Neochrome. Degas Elite, Art Director and 
Easy Draw | have to say that you'd be 
better off with the former. 

Eidersoft is, in fact, having discussions 
with а number of companies to produce 
specifically compatible versions of its 
programs, including one from West Ger- 
many called ST AD, which promises to 
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Іп order to get the best from the stylus 
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mouse-like device with cross hairs in the. 
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which is much easier for the 
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The probable market for 
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well off amateur. 

| say well off, because the 
packages retails at £299 ох- 
cluding Vat and Art Director 
and the puck are an optional 
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ever, comparable products 
оп the Macintosh and IBM 
weigh in at around £450. 

If you're serious about 
drawing or art then this tablet 
should be one pill that isn't 
hard to swallow. 




















































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Programming: C64 












he premise of Rockfall is simple. 

Ri OC ‘all Alll you have to do is collect the 16 
diamonds on each screen without 

being squashed by the rocks. Unfortuna- 
tely it’s not that easy as the route to 
Success on some of the screens is 
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First, type in listing one, and when 
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tains a short machine code routine for 
the game, problems like diagonally falling 
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errors in listing one. 


More of the listing two follows in the 








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1901 DRTRi24, ACTU MELLE 182,124. 
1002 ПЯТН120,108,102,10; 

1993 ПЯТН126,96,96,120 
1994 DATA1G2, 102, 192, 126,1 
1985 DRTR38.12.12,12, 
1006 DRTRH96,96,96,* 
1997 ШАТА102, 118, 126 
1903 ПАТЯ124, 192 
1963 DATAL24, 102, 
1010 DRTR126,24,24,24,24,24, 
1911 DATA102, 102, 102,1 

1012 ПАТЯ192, 182 Д 
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DATAG4, 2. 











DATAIS2. 141 
DhTR255, 
РОКЕ 631,7 








8,255 








4,1 


192,141,44,192 





B.E 5 

















Microdrive 
Label 


J V Monks 


ith this program it is possible 
to print up to a dozen titles 
each with 19 characters using 


an Epson compatible printer. 

The number of names depends on the 
line spacing which is controlled by the 
second Chr$ in line 220 (2 in this case). If 
the 72: is changed to '3' the number of 
titles is reduced. 

The size of the printing is also depen- 
dant on the size of print before using this 
program, Good results are obtained from 
power up, but better ones are obtained 
starting from Elite style 





100 CLS:AT 19, 7:PRINT “е, GOOD LABELLING нн 
110 REMark LABEL PRINTING PROGRAM FOR THE SINCLAIR Q.L. BY JOHN MONS 
120 AT 1,5:PRINT; ‘LABEL WAKER FOR MICRODRIVES" 
130 AT 3, 12PRINT HOM HANY TITLES ON THIS LABEL ? 
140 IF x(1 THEN 60 TO 130 
150 AT 5, S:PRINT; “INSERT LABEL INFO" 
160 HEMark NAMES CAN HAVE SPACES OR OTHER CHARACTERS 
170 FOR 151 TO x 
180 PRINT 1,5 
190 INPUT Pj 
200 (PENM, ser 
210 PRINT#S, CHRS(27); 5 s CHR 0) 
220 PRINIM, OW (2735 A SOHRS (2) 5 
230 PRINTE, PS 
240 NEXT i 
20 05 
280 PRINTMA, DRE (27) 5 T^ СНАЯ (27) 50's: CLOSEMA 
270 ReMark LINE 2) RESTORES PRINT TO NORMAL 
280 PRINT "MOLD YOU LIKE TO PRINT MORE ?°\\"*¥" OR 
290 IF ASO Y" OR AS<>’y” THEN CLS 
300 IF AS="Y" OR AS='y' THEN (15: 60 Т0 100 





“NT INPUT AS 

















Programming: BBC 





Compacter 


pletely, empty lines (eg with only a 
colon), unnecessary spaces and alll vari- 
ables used with the Next keyword, at the 
end of a For-Next loop. 


his program will compact Basic 
programs and speed execution up. 


The assembler program should be 
typed in and run. И the checksum is 
Correct then the program saves the 
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CA 150: 

905 160DEFPRÜCde ine 
100PR0Cdefine 1708KEY100, МНЕ, 2IMINL. iM 
110PRüCassesble 180totalz-0 

120PRÜCchecksua. 1901k-470 

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Programming: BBC 











БОЕ 
23001-476 
240-477 
2504-09 
2bOpage=PABEDIV2S 
‘270ENDPROC 











































280: 





"OQDEFPRÜCassenble 
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SOOSTALKA:STApEE 

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280758ку 

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AQLDYLKE 

soat, Y 

AZOCIPATS: Еа: JSRcy: JSRib 
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нос 

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4ЬОВНЕе1: Pend 

470.01 

ABOJSRIn: JHP Loop 

490.8 

SSOOCHP#32s BNEv: JSRsct JHP Toop 
510.v 
520CHPHF4: Эа: 15йгев: IMP Loop. 
530a 
SAOCHPASA: BNEkk: cy: JSRat: UMP Loop 
550. kk 

SEONPHED: ENEb: JSRcy 
STOJSRib: JSRxts JMP Loop 

580. 

ЕСТІ 

&00STA (pU) Y 

610JSRib 

620P Loop 

630.py 

bAQJSRCy: JSRcyl i: JHPLoop 
650, ib 

bbOJSRicpt 

ЕШ 

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ОКА 1+) Ye STARTB - 
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BIOJSRib: су 

BROSTACE 

ХАРА: ТА 

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910JSRib:LDA8200: STAKTB: Ls LDA (1k) 
В 

S20CNPASO: BERren: RTS 

%9.өс 

‘WOLDALTB: SEC: CHPH12B: BCDbe: JSRic Ik: М 
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1818 

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1190.55 

отек, Y 

121000P813: BNESKL 1:875 

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1230LDYL K:LDACIO Y 
1280СИРИ 3: ВНЕ: RTS. 

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1270.ме 

1280875 

1290. ky 

T3OOLDK@txMODZ56 

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13601 

12707 

Y3BOENDPROC. 

1390: 

1400: 

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1420FORK2=2900TORABA 
1430totalt=totali+7x%, 

144ОНЕХТ 
MSOIFtotalORSBBDPRINT'Checksus incor 
rect.Please check listing. ": МХЛ: STOP: 61 | 
|SEPRINT"Checksus correct." 
ode as COMP file (Y/N)? 
1460А%=БЕТ®: IFAS="Y"PROCSaves EL SEENDPRO| 





с 
1470ENDPROC. 
1480: 
1490: 
15000ЕҒРКОСЅауе 
151ОРАТМТТАВ (0, 12) "Ном saving соде...." 
1520#SAVE COMP 900 АВА 900 
ASSOPRINT:PRINT 
1540ENDPROC 












Programming: Spectrum 











Scroll 
Routine 


RJ Wilkinson 





is is a scroll routine for the Spec- 

trum with a difference. It will allow 

the user to scroll upwards from 

any line by any amount of lines (not 
exceeding the bottom of the screen of 
course), pixel by pixel, extremely quickly. 
To save the machine code enter Save 
“Scroll” Code 30000, 107 and to use it 





оп its own enter Load “^^ Code (start 
addressj:Poke (start address + 2, start line: 
Poke (start address + 3), number of lines. 


Don't forget to use Clear (start address. 
-1) before you load the code, though. 
Also, on no account must numbers 
greater than 127 be poked їп. 





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12-18 FEBRUARY 1987. 









Programming: Spectrum 











20 CLEAR 29999: LET START=30000 

30 FOR F=START TO START#106 

40 READ A: POKE F,R: NEXT Е 

50 LET ARSTART: LET TOT=0 

55 FOR F=1 TO 107 

60 LET TOT=TOT#PEEK A¥PEEK (Ati): LET 
Pratl: NEXT F 








10 КЕҢ SCROLL ROUTINE BY TS INPUT “LINE START "Из TF LO OR L[ 192 REN 
RI WILKINSON 1987 n TN 60 Т0 85 195 


70 IF ТОТ24024 THEN PRINT BRIGHT 1) NEXT F: 60 TO 85 10, 61,254,0,40,5,24,207,60, 24, 191 
į" ERROR IN DATA PLEASE CHECK "7:1 187 240 DATA 221, 126, 2,205, 158, 14,6,32,229, 
IST 200: STOP 188 REM энинин. 197,6,8,62,0, 119, 36, 15,252,193, 225 
75 SAVE "SCROLL" LINE 10 189 REN + 250 DATA 35, 16,241,241, 221 119,2,201 
BO PRINT ЗАТ 0,1;"ALL OK PRESS A KEY| 190 REM + DATA FOR МС + 
FOR DEMO": PAUSE 0 191 КЕН + . 








90 INPUT “HOM MANY LINES * 
R А021 THEN 80 TO 90 





IF 461 0| 200 DATA 24,2,0,21,197,221,225,221,126, 
3,254,0,40,62,79,221, 126,2 129,254 
100 POKE START+2,L: POKE START#3,A 210 DATA 22,240,221, 126, 2,245, 121,245, 6] 
110 PRINT AT 0,0: FOR F=35 ТО 255: PRI ,2,221,126,2,221,119,2,205,158,14 
NT CHR Fi: МЕТ Р: FOR F=33 ТО 33+118: | 220 DATA 229, 122, 0, 16,245,209, 225,68, 
PRINT CHRS Fi: NEXT F 197,1,32,0, 235,257,176, 1,224,0,9 
120 FOR Ғ=0 ТО 21: RANDOMIZE USR START: | 230 DATA 235,9, 193, 16,240,241, 254,0, 40, 




















Programming: Amstrad CPC 








Info 


Richard Garforth 





is RSX takes the file header, ex- 

tracts the useful information and 
displays them on the screen 
These are, in order, user number, full 
name, file type, start address, length of 


file, execution address and end address. 
The syntax for the command is /л/0, 
filename 
The numbers will all be displayed in 
hexadecimal. 





100 MEMORY R9FFF:MODE 2:PRINT*A000 
110 FOR pointz&A000 TO A104 

120 READ a$: IF LEN(a$)=4 THEN 50518 200 
130 byte=VAL("4"+a$) 

140 tot=tot+byte 

150 POKE point, byte 

160 PRINT HEX$(byte,2);* "; 

170 NEXT point 

180 SAVE" info", b, kA000, &400: CALL. A000: 
RINT:PRINT*! info initialised" 

190 END 

200 chksVAL(*k^*a$): IF chkOtot THEN PRI 
NT" ARRREBBH" ; CHRS (7) :STUP. 

210 PRINT ";";a$sPRINT HEX$ (point, 4),* * 
IREAD ав: tot=0: RETURN 











220 END 300 DATA 23,56, EB,CD,A4,A0, CD, D3, 0, ED, S 
230 DATA 21,13,A0,01,09,A0,C3, D1, C, E. A | B, СЕ, 90, 2A, DO, AO, 19, CD, M, A0, СЕ 

(0,3, 17,00, 49, 4E, 44,0F, 00,00, 0702 510 DATA CD, 7A,BC,C9, 7С, CD, A9, Ad, 70,32, 
240 DATA 00,00, 00,FE,01,C0, 3A, 9B, BC, FE, D |B, A0, OF, OF, OF OF E6, OF, CD, BA, 0A30 
ғ,С2,18,40,00,6Е,00,00,65,01,09Ғ6 320 DATA A0,3A,CB,A0, Eb, OF FE, OA, F2, C5, A| 
250 DATA 46, 23, 5E, 23, 56, EB, CD, 77, BC,D2, F |0, Có, 30, CD, S, BB, C9, Có, 37, D, 0C04 

A, 80,22, 0C, 80, 7t CD, A9, AO, CD, 0886 530 DATA 5A, BB,C9,00, 00,00, 00,00, 00, 00,0] 
260 DATA D3,80,23,06, 0F 7E, CD, SA, BB, 23, 1 |0, 3E, 20, C3, SA, BB, 3E 2C, 21, FD, 059C 
0,Ғ9,28,0,80,0,05,40,24,6с,0405 340 DATA &0,11,40,00, CD, AL, BC, 21,FD,A0,2 
270 DATA AO, 11, 12,00, 19, 7E, CD, ^9, AO; CD, D |2,CC, 0, 11, 10,00, 19, 7E, CD, A9, 0895 
3,80,2A,0£,80, 11, 15,00, 19,5, О7ЕЗ 350 DATA AO, 2A, CC, RO, CD, D5, 0, C3, 41,0, C| 
290 DATA 23,55, E8,22, 00,0, CD, M, &0,CD, D [3, 78, C, 00,00, 00, 00, 00,00, 00, 0813 
3,A0,2A, C0, 80,11, 18,00, 19, 5E, 0970 350 DATA 00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0 
290 DATA 23, 55,E8,22, CE, AO, CD, A4, A0, CD, D 0, 00,00, 00,00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 0000 

3,80, 11, 18,00,28, CC, 0, 19, SE, 097D 











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Memory Fill 


Adam Wright 


This routine for the Commodore 64 
allows you to fill a specified area of 
memory with а specified byte. This could 
be useful for filling colour memory or 
removing data. 

The syntax is Sys 49152, start address, 
number of bytes to be filled, byte to be filled 
with. 





Spectacular 
Clear 


Simon T Goodwin 


This relocatable machine code routine. 
for the Amstrad CPC machines provides 
two novel ways of clearing the screen. 
Call address produces a shutter effect. 
Call address+16 produces a fade out 
effect. 


Restore 
Extend 


Chris Horton 


This program for the C64 extends the 
limited Restore command so that the user 
can specify which line the data pointer is 
to be pointed at. 

The syntax is Sys 49152, line по. 

The routine occupies memory from 
49152 to 49294. 









З DATA 165,250, 208.2 
3 DATA 32,138,175: 
18 DATA 1642136 

Е 
20 PERD O:POKE 
38 IF KOPI 
48 SYS 155296 1000.1 





































Т DATA 176.2, 158 











10 address-HIMEM-SG-MEMORY НІМЕМ-57 
20 FOR n=address ТО address+55 
30 RERO as 
40 POKE n.VAL ("&"*a$) 


50 NEXT 
60 "CALL address+16 РОК FADE-OUT EFFECT 
70 "CALL address ҒОР SHUTTER EFFECT 
во” 


90 DATA 21,00,C0,01,FF,3F,3E,00 
100 DATA 77.23.0В,78,В1,20.Ғ7.С9 
110 DATA 11,ҒЕ,08,78,07,07.07,5Ғ 
120 DATA 21,00,С0,01.40,00,7Е,АЗ 
130 DATA 77,23, 10,FA,0D,20,F7,15 


140 DATA 20,E9.C9, 00,00,00, 00,00 
150 DATA 00,00,00, 00,00, 00, 00, 00 








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123,0. 126. 
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POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/31 


Programming: Peek & Роке 












with Kenn Garroch 





How to drive a 
А Brooks of Brighton, Sussex, 
writes: 


1 have always want- 
Оу 
зеет to be the best 
person to ask: how does a 


disc drive work? 
Similar way to cassette. 


A tape. The major differ- 


ence is that the disc is flat and 
the data is stored on concen- 
tric tracks, which makes it 
easier to get at. The disc is 
coated in magnetic sensitive 
film which stores the data as а 
series of north and south pole 
sections corresponding to 
zeros and ones. Each track is 
split up into sectors magneti- 
cally — usually ten per track 
with 40 or 80 tracks per side 
of the disc, depending upon 
the density (single and dou- 
ble), The density of the drive 
depends on the number of 
steps the read/write head can 
make across the disc. The 
more tracks there are, the 
finer the control needs to be 
and hence the more expen- 
sive the drive is. 

The disc is read or written 
10 by means of a head which 
contains an electro-magnet to 
magnetise sections for writ- 
119 and sense the polarity for 
reading. The head is mounted 
оп an arm that moves across. 
the surface to pick out the 
individual tracks, This arm is 
moved by a stepper motor 
Which moves the arm in pre- 
cise amounts. 

On most systems, track 
zero is found by moving the 
head as far out as it will go. 
This position is designated 
Track zero. The sectors are 
then defined by means of a 
hole near the centre of the 
disc. When this hole is picked 





A disc drive works in a 





up by means of a light detec- 
tor shining through it, sector 
zero can be defined. On Com- 
modore drives this hole is not 
used: hence the possibility of 
using both sides of a disc 
simply by cutting another 
write protect notch and turn- 
ing the disc over 

When a format command is 
issued to the drive, track and 
sector zero are found and 
information relating to the 
start and end of each sector is 
Written to each track. Once 
this is done, a directory is set 
up which contains the name 
of the disc and the positions 
of the free sections, all of 
them at format time. 

Once formatted, the disc 
operating system reads and 
writes the disc according to 
the directory which, for each 
file, contains the name and 
track/sector locations of any 
information relating to that 
particular file 

Discs come in three main 
sizes: 35, 40 and 80 tracks, 
each track having 10 sectors. 
Normally, 40 track discs hold 
about 200K bytes of data so 
each track will have 5K and 
each sector 612 bytes. 
Sometimes you may see disc 
drives rated with an unfor- 
matted capacity which is 
greater than the formatted ca- 
pacity. This is because some 
of the space on the disc is 
Taken up with the format in- 
formation and directories etc. 

Disc drives are essentially а 
simple method of quick stor- 
әде of computer data and are 
unlikely to be replaced by any 
other system for some time. 





Cheaper 
communications 


C I Chan of Fratton, Ports- 
mouth, writes: 


1 have two BBC 
0 microcomputers and 
1 wish to link them 
allowing communication 
from one to the other via 
a pair of telephone 









the R5423s for this 
purpose? 





1з there any existing 
software or article about 
type of network? It is 
preferable to the very ex- 
pensive Econet system 
Since it should be so 


much cheaper. 
Ame 

though you will need a 
cable of at least five cores to 
connect the two. To start 
With, get two BBC RS423 
1ype Din plugs (available from 
Maplin Electronic Supplies) 
and connect the following 
lines together. 





k is quite easy to do 





We — BBCI To ввс2 

1 Dota out Dota in 
2 Data in Data out 
3 RTS CTS 

1 CTS RTS 

5 бой Gnd 
See page 406 of the User Guide 


Once this is set up the fol- 
lowing program running on 
both machines should show 
you the basics, 

10 7x22 

20 X83 

30 rx 73 

20 Ах-1захх-2 

50 IF ADVAL (-1)>0 AND ADVAL 
(-3)>0 THEN Ү%-СЕТ: CALL BFFFA 
60 7X2, 

70 IF ADVAL (-2)>0 THEN VDU GET 
80 7X 22. 

90 0070 40 

Line 10 sets up the system 
to read the keyboard and en- 
able the RS423 to receive 
characters sent to it. Lines 
20-30 set up the transmit 
and receive speeds to 300 
baud. If you want to go faster, 
then refer to page 424 of the 
User Guide. 

Line 40 sets up the para- 
meters for a "ЕХ or OSByte 
&FFF4) call to insert а charac- 
ter into the RS423 output 
buffer. Line 50 checks the 
keyboard buffer (ADVal (~1)) 
If this is greater than О, then 
there is a character waiting to 
be processed. This is then 
transferred to the RS423 out- 
put if there is room in the 
output buffer (ADVal (-3)) via 
the OSByte 138 call (see. page 
433 of User Guide. RS423'out 
is buffer No 2). 

The "FX 2.1 in line 60 al- 
lows the Get statement to 
read directly from the RS423 
input Line 70 does exactly 








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granted? Whatever your problem Peek it to Kenn 
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this if there is a character 
waiting there to be read (AD- 
Val (-2). The VDU Get is a 
quick way of printing to the 
Screen the character read 
with Get. "FX 2,2 in line 80 
resets the system to read 
from the keyboard and line 90 
repeats the loop. 

Using this program on both 
machines will allow. simple 
transfer of information via the 
keyboard and screen. A more. 
sophisticated system can be 
arranged along the same 
lines. 

Note that this will only sup- 
port one computer talking to 
one other. More than this will 
confuse the RS423 and you 
would need some electronics 
10 decouple the computer 
from the lines when it is not 
using it and also to sense if 
the system is in use. 

1 don't know of any articles 
that cover this subject, but 
other readers might. How- 
ever, the above program 
should give you somewhere 
to start experimenting 



























——— 


Тио іп опе 
M Hewson of Reading, Berk- 


shire, writes: 
0 puter and have been 
using it with a colour 
TV. Recently however, I 
have decided that | would 
like to use a colour moni 
tor and a friend who is 
getting rid of his Commo- 


have an MSX com- 








tor at a very reasonable 
price. The trouble is that 
the 1901 has two video 
inputs on the back 
whereas the MSX has 
only one output. Would it 
be possible to connect 
the two together and if 


зо, how? 
ДА?“ sos 
two parts: colour infor- 
mation, and straight B&W. 
video signal. The MSX, how: 
ever, puts out a composite. 
Signal ie, colour and video 
combined. What you need to. 
do is take the composite sig- 
nal from your MSX and feed it 
into both colour and video, 
inputs on the monitor аг the. 
same time. This should give 
you a perfect colour picture. 








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From Warsaw, Germany, 
England 


Ireland and 


Mark Jenkins with readers 
of the world 


п case nobody believes that Popular 
reaches the parts other micro maga- 
zines can't reach, we thought we'd 

start this week with some readers’ let- 

ters from all over the world. 

Jerzy Zawadzki from Warsaw wants 
to know which synths and accessories 
he should choose to make up a good 
music system with a Commodore 128 
which he's been using for six months. 
Wisely, he's thinking in terms of the 
Casio CZ 101 as a basic synth. 

Тһе Casio has the advantage of a good 
software base for editing and Patch 
storage using software from Joreth and 
others. It also works well with the Casio 
RZ-1 sampling drum machine, the 52-1 
‘sequencer (although Joreth's step or real 
time software packages are probably a 
better bet here), and the new drum pad 
kit and interface which will allow you to 
play drum beats live or program them as 
part of a Midi sequence. 

| don't have any information sheets on 
the Casio equipment here but you can 
contact them at the address below for 
info on any of these products 

Over to Germany, and Angus Irons has. 
written in to ask if Tommy Software of 
Frankfurt has a UK distributor yet, Tom- 
my markets the Music 32 composer for 
the Atari 520 ST, which we reviewed a 
few weeks ago, and in fact don't seem to 
have UK representation. But | have 
established that you can order its prod: 
ucts by mail in deutschmarks or dollars. 
(at 1.6 DM to the dollar), that they'll 
charge 10 DM postage, and that all 
orders have to be pre-paid 

On to Northern Ireland where Mark 
McBride is looking for Atari 520ST 
music software suitable for use with а 
Casio CZ3000, their splittable poly 
phonic synth. As we know from reviews 
over the last few weeks, there are excel- 
lent Atari sequencers from Hybrid Arts 
(Syndromic Music will deliver them by 
mail) including EZ Track and SMPTE 
Track, and from Steinberg (Pro 24 and a 
beginner's version with built-in sampled 
drum sounds) and from Take Note, the 
Dr T software series. 

Back home to Bishop's Stortford and 
D Harrison, who has a Ram Music 
Machine and a Casio CZ101 and is 
thinking of getting a CZ230S. But how 
should they be connected together? 
What is a Slave and a Master, what is а 


' letters from the four corners 


Daisy Chain and a Thru socket? 

To deal with these briefly; the master 
synth is the опе you play, and the slave 
synths are the ones that are connected 
to it or to a sequencer which it programs. 
The slaves can be keyboardless expan- 


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ders since you only have one pair of 
hands to play a keyboard with. А daisy 
chain is a series of keyboards connected 
together via the Midi Thru sockets, 
which pass on all the incoming Midi 
information to the next synth. 

That doesn’t mean to say that all 
synths in a chain will be doing the same 
thing. Because they can be set to any 
one of 16 Midi "channels", they can be 
playing any one of 16 patterns which can 
be transmitted via Midi simultaneously, 
ог doing nothing if they're set to a 
channel on which no activity is occurring 

The alternative to a daisy chain is a star 
network, which can be used if some of 
your synths don't have Thru sockets, 


and can also cur out the causes of some 
annoying delays on larger setups. But a 
star network does need a micro interface 
withlots of outputs, or some kind of Midi 
selector box 

In Figure 1, a master synth controls a 
slave module and they'll play the same 
notes provided that the slave is set to 
look at the Midi channel which the mas- 
ter is transmitting on. 

In Figure 2, a master synth programs 
notes into a micro sequencer which then 
plays them back. The master synth plays 
any notes on its channel and ignores the 
rest — the information also goes from the 
Thru socket to the slave synth which 
plays notes on its channel and ignores 
the rest 

In Figure 3 a master synth programs a 
micro which then plays back the master 
synth and six expander slaves all set 10 
different channels — this is a star 
network. 

16 Hobley of Lichfield has just bought 
а Yamaha DX27, its full-size splittable 
FM synth, and would like to link it to а 
C64 and choose a suitable drum 
machine. You can now buy a C64 inter- 
face from Steinberg, Datel, Joreth or C- 
Lab among others and ali these com- 
panies have their own software except 
Datel (the cheapest interface at the mo- 
ment). My favourite package is C-Lab 
Master Tracks at around £100 but Stein- 
berg's Pro 16 has a Scorewriter option if 
you're interested in printing out your 
music. All these are rather expensive, 
but the cheaper Siel and Jellinghaus 
software is now unavailable in the UK 

Аз for drum machines, you can synch- 
ronise any sort of Midi drum machine 
(starting with the Roland TR505 at £249) 
from a properly interfaced micro and 
may be able to sync cheaper non-Midi 
drum machines depending on which in- 
terface you choose. 


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147, М1, West Germany. 

Joreth Music (0386 831615). 

Casio Electronics, Unit 6, 1000 North 
Circular Road, Staples Comer, London 
NW2 (01-450 9131). 

Syndromic Music, 24-26 Avenue Mews, 
London N10 3NP (01-444 9126). 

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Communication 





Party time, party line in the USA 


Ben Knox tells you how Compuserve сап put you in touch with computer enthusiasts 


all over the world 


'esterday, | went to a party. The 
party was held їп the USA. To be 
precise, it was held in New York. 
!t was also held in San Francisco, 
Chicago, Miami, London and 
Amsterdam. 
| sounds like some kind of inter- 
national pub crawl, but in fact, the party 
was an electronic one. Тһе partygoers all 
had one thing in common: they were 
logged on to the ‘CB Simulator’, a part of 
the huge Compuserve Information Ser- 
vice which is based in Columbus, Ohio. 
The CB Simulator allows anyone who 
is a member of Compuserve to ‘talk’ to. 
any other member, alone or in groups, by 
typing messages in at their keyboard — 
wherever they are in the world 





"The first thing 
that strikes 
you when you 
get into a US 
system is its 
size — Compuserve 
offers upwards 
of 400 different 

services 





Computer information services (or 
utilities) are very big business in the 
United States. Compuserve is the largest 
system, with some 350,000 members. 
Others include The Source, People-Link 
and Delphi. All these systems display 
information in the Ascii scrolling text 
format. This is different from the format. 
used by Prestel here in Britain, which is. 
called 'viewdata". 

It is relatively easy for British com- 
munications enthusiasts to access these 
American services. In the same way that 
the international telephone network al- 
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costs about £10 per hour. On top of 
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charges associated with the services 
you are calling 

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Compuserve runs on some 40-odd 
DEC mainframe computers. It has up- 
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forums) for different computers and 
software, through electronic mail, to the 
CB Simulator. 

The forums are the place to go if 
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software. 

Each forum has a number of areas. 
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The more popular forums have many 
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Many of them are very knowledgeable 
and are more than willing to help sort out. 
other users’ problems. 

Questions and answers are left in the 
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The data libraries аге the place to look 
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shareware programs available for you to 
download. If you do a lot of downloading 
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never upload anything. 

You can contribute, either by upload- 
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This extra usage will cost you money 
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But, you are getting a great deal of 
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Most forums use their CB facilities for 
regular weekly meetings where users 
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Sometimes special CB conferences 
are arranged, where personalities are 
available to answer questions from us- 





ers. Barry Manilow was once a guest ori. 
the rock music forum. There have also 
been astronauts in the space forum, sex 
therapists in the human sexuality forum 
and well-known journalists in the journa- 
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The most active area of Compuserve 
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Compuserve's CB offers many facili 
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36 of them in total. Up to 20 people can 
comfortably communicate on each chan- 
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follow conversations 

"Some channels are reserved for par- 





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Two users can go into private talk 
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what they are typing to each other. 

Additionally, for private group chats, 
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You can keep an eye on what is 
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10 two channels, plus the one you are 
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There are two drawbacks with Com- 
puserve. First, it has quite high connect 
time rates — (between £5 and £15 рег 
hour, plus PSS charges). Second, the 
Company seems to be very wary of 
taking on subscribers from overseas. 

Anyway, if you want further informa- 
Чоп, contact Compuserve Information 
Service, 000 Arlington Centre Boule- 
vard, Ohio 43220, USA. 

Next week we'll look at other US data- 
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the lot. Tel: 01-722 5648, cesstul booklets. Post now, only 
SOFTWARE BARGAINS! Original 61.50 wach from Robert Burgess, 1 
titles for most computers at lowest Middlefield Road, Rotherham, South 
prices, Send S.A.E. for lists, 33 Green Yorks 560 304 

Lane, Addingham, W. Yorkshire 1529 CBM 128 1571 disc drive, 1531 
OJH Cassette deck, 1701 colour monitor 
МРЗ 803, Commodore printer, new plus over £750 worth of software. 
ribbon, good condition, boxed with total value £1,500. sell the fot £600. 
manuals and utilities on disc or some Tal. 01-627 2489 after 6pm. 

‘on tape. Sell £100 оло. Тө: Mrs BBC EXTRAS: 6502 2nd processor 
Marsh 01-213 3504 (office hours). with 6502 Elite, View and Pascal. only 
COMMODORE 1547 drive, Quick £100. Watford Electronics Eprom 
disc plus, 150 discs including soft- programmer and eraser and Roms, 
ware. Good condition.» Sel £200 £50. AMX mouse and al software 
оло. Tel: Mrs Marsh 01-213 3504 — £45. Fleet Street Editor and fonts and 
(office hours). graphics £20. Tel: 05827 69152. 












































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plus — quick sale £85. Tol: 01-440. 
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weokles, many ‘Popular’, PCN, HCW. 
etc. Also monthlies, good condition 
£40 (plus postage) oo. also 25 
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new, £170. Н res colour monitor RGB 
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128К 0500 drives, NLO printer 
Man/software, super computor, Savi. 
£560. Bargain £820. Sanyo-555 2 
disca, VDU/Printer (£1,200 sofware), 
£460. Tel: Chas (evenings) 031-337. 
1656. 
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JUKI daisy whee! typewriter printer 


Centronics interface, cost £265, 
boxed, ite used, Багдат, £145. 
Atari discs, Superscript 2 copies, 
£40, Arcades £5, Infocom adventures. 
£10, Many unused. Tel (Luton) 0582 
414862 (evenings). 

ATARI hyper drive, 1050 disc drive 
enhancement Allows true double 
density, faster reading/writing and 
will back up protected software, £40. 
Tel: 01-508 2671 

ATARI 571040 colour joystick, Lat- 
tice and Mark Wiliams C compilers, 
various other utlities, games. Would 
cost new 1.580 — £900 the lot. Call 
0908 75668 after Bpm. 
COMMODORE 64, 1541 disc drive 
cassette deck and over £1,000 origi- 
mal software. £300 for quick sale 
must sell complete. Tel: 091 
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WANTED. 64K Ram pack for 2X81 
Will pay £20. Phone 01-733 7188 
(evenings) 

СВМ 1901 monitor 6200, DPS 
1101, daisy wheel printer, £175, Su: 
per Base 128, £40, Super Script 128, 
£40. Price includes carriage. Tel: Dave 
Lynch on 0732 823112 
ANTIQUE? Sinclair 2Х80 with fined 
2Х81 8K Нот and new keyboard 
overlays, 16K Ram pack 80/81 man- 
uals, in original boxes, E50 cash, the 
lot. Tel: 01-575 1175 (Ansaphone), 
ATARI 130XE 1 month old, 1050 
disc drive, 50 discs, originals Super 
Huey, Altomate Realty, Mercenary. 
Home-pak. many more, £200. Atari 
850 interface module £70. Tel: 0454 
318928 Telecom | Gold 
72:Mag30311 

AMSTRAD 464 green screen with 
lots of software including бас, The 
Image System, Trivial Pursuit. Worth 
over £400, only £150. Tel: Horsham 
40984 (evenings) 











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COMMODORE 64/128; Public do 
main software, discs full of games, 
utilities, education. Send 30p stamps 
for details to Data Quest, 92 Bishops. 
water, Wexford, ireland 

ACORN ELECTRON with Slogger 
Turbo, Plus-1, Cumana disc interface. 
and view, Twin Qume 5j" disc drives. 
360K each drive, 4OT double sided, 
"double density. £250 we lot. Amer. 
sham 2202 

WANTED! | desperately need your 
old MPSBO1 printer must be very, very 
cheap! Please һер! Write to: Harry 
Taggart, 11 Grosvenor Rond, Gree: 
nock, Renfrewshire, Scotland PAIS 
207, 

С В plus disc drive ond Admate 
printer, also Replay Rom and games, 
£400, Gordon Duncan, 67 Campsie 
Road. Kimamock KA 3RY. Tel 
0563 20535. 

SPECTRUM + programmable inter. 
face joystick, microspeech three chan- 
nel sound cassette recorder, nearly 
£200 software, worth around £500 
вей for C155. C. Anderson, Pooley 
Hall, 106 High Road. South Wood. 
ford, London £18 2QT 
COMMODORE SX64 computer 
with disc drive, monitor, Easy script 
‘excellent condition, £400 o.n.o. Tel: 
01-348 0964 (Mark, evenings only) 
SPECTRUM, micro drive expansion 
System, cassette recorder, Hisolt С. 
cio oo iu тенте ыы 
basic, various flight simulators, 
games, adventures plus joystick, in 
terface, micro speech, books, £120 
оло. Те: 0272 713091 (Mike, after 
Spm) 

AMSTRAD 6128, colour monitor 
517 extra drive, Brother printer, tape, 
modem, mouse, joystick, £750 plus 
games plus Supercalc 2 and other 
extras. #550 опо. Tel: 0785 
822969. Buyer collects (Stafford) 
AMSTRAD 464, союш monitor, 
disc drive, Multiface Two. Loads of 
discs and cassette software, including 
Infocom titles, perfect condition 
£260 оло. Worth aver £650. Phone 
James on (Reigate. Surrey) 07372 
22649 (evenings weekends}. 
COMMODORE 64, disc drive, MPS 
801 printer, joystick, C2N cassette 
deck, cassette interface and over 
£400 of orginal software on disc and 
cassette, £390. Tel: Romford) 0708 
61774 after Spm. 

















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AMSTRAD 8512 plus matrix 
printer. Brother MRIS daisy wheel 
primer plus cable and RS232 inter- 
face. New word software and discs, 4 
spare ribbons, paper and all instruc: 
tions, Cost £1,320, accept £870 
оло, Used very litle as new boxed. 
Tel: 01-864 6701. Robin. 

ATARI ST Adventure writing sys- 
Tom, examples, instructions, easy to 
умно standalone text adventures, Е10 
including Sci-fi adventure and utilities 
(68 separately). Norman Parker, 6 
Hornsea Villas, Stebbing, Essex СМБ 
RU. 

AMSTRAD РС1512 colour monitor, 
dual disc, Tasword-PC, Touch 'n’ бо 
typing tutor, Reeltime complete intro 
duction, alas new. Genuine reason for 
‘sale. £745. Dunstable 0682 607126 
Evenings, weekends, no offers, no 








time wasters, 
ELECTRON PLUS-1, Plus-3 disc 
drive, Pascal logo and view Rom car. 


ridges, Vine micros, Addcomm Rom, 
Oliveti spark jet printer, some games, 
cassette player, C300. Tel 0952 
606441 after 6pm. 

STAB ATARI ST magazino, interest. 
‘ed? А new mag dealing with reviows, 
articles, USA software scene, adven: 
tures, hints and tips, public domain, 
usor groups, and loads more. Issue 0 
FREE. Tel: Darron 0639 В8хжхх 

FOR SPECTRUM, Sago Elto koy- 
board, £35. 221. Print И with RS232 
апа Centronics cables, £30. Romantic 
Robot multiface |, £20, Adapt elec- 
tronic RGB interface, C25, post paid 
Telephone Jones (Bridgend) 0656 
4539 (evenings), 

AMSTRAD CPC hardware 
software: Ап studio, £10, AMX 
‘mouse, £30; СИКИ modem pack, £25. 
Tol 059 588394 Aftor Spm 

ATARI 130ХЕ, 1050 dave with 
doubler, basic XE, assembler, 100 
plus discs, mags, books, £230 o.n.o. 
Tel: Joe 01-767 4732. 

WANTED colour monitor for Atari 
ST. Must be in good condition. Good 
price paid. Phone: (Ireland) 044 
40336 or write to: Sean L'Estrange, 8 
Valley Bungalows, Mullinger, Co 
Westmeath, roland. 

AMSTRAD СРС464 with colour 
monitor including 16 software games, 
excellent condition only 6 months oid, 
for only £200. Tol: (Ashford) 0784 
244614 

BBC B DFS, disc drive, speech 
synthesiser various Roms, incl 
ЧҮ йө and excellent rango of discs, 
complete set of input mags, cassette 
Player and tapes, joystick, books, 
үде (ео: Ti тазын 
SPECTRUM 48K with over £200 of 
software including Boggit, Dynamite 
Dan, Knight Tyme, Jet Set Willy and 
Dragontorc etc, £120 the lot. Buyer 
should be able to collect. Tel: 0629 
58546. 

C128, 1570 disc drive, C2N freeze 
frame MKIIB, ай Zapp 64 £600 of 
software, £450 or part exchange for 
Casio С2101, CZ2305. Buyer col 
lects. Tel: Winey 5382 (Chris) 
LEARNING C, QL, 512K Expan 
doram, thermal printer, superb "C" 
compiler and ramdiscs, toolkits, plus 
various books and magazines on 
0005, assembler "C" eto, £220 
оло, Tel: 0272 713091 (Mike), 
ATARI ST software, Motacomco 
‘Assembler, GST C compiler, Thunder 
Spell Checker, DB Calc Database, and 
Pawn. Tel: Raj, 061-273 8241 ext 
181 between 9.30am and 5pm. 

















John Cook looks through this week's 


new arrivals 





Amiga 





Program Balance of Power 
Туре Global Strategy Price 
£39.95 Supplier Mind- 
scape, via Mirrorsoft, Max- 
well House, 74 Worship 
Street, London EC2 2EN. 


Conversion from the awe- 
some Macintosh pro- 
gram we reviewed a few 
months ago. It's difficult to 
explain how good this 
program is. 

Played out on a map of the 
world Гуе never got off 
Beginner Level yet still find it 
difficult to take in the vast 
amount of information the 
program puts at your 
disposal. 

It's Russia vs America in 
global macropolitics, with the 
Object to score prestige 
points from your opponent 
and expand/consolidate your 
sphere of influence. 

| preferred the hi-res mono 
graphics on the Mac, but this 
is a faithful conversion, and is 
still one of those programs 
any serious games player 
cannot be without. 





Amstrad CPC 


Program /magination Туре 
Adventure Price £1.99 
Supplier Firebird Silver, 74 
New Oxford Street, London 
wet 





See Spectrum listing for 
comment 





Program Feud Type Arcade 
Adventure Price £1.99 
Supplier Bulldog, Master- 
tronic, 8-10 Paul Street, Lon- 
don EC2 


Е о1о: litte tite that has 
you fighting against 
another wizard. Collect the 
herbs, zap the villain. And їз 
there a journalist in the world 
that could resist the line, 
"Feud glorious Feud? 


Program Battlefield Germany 
Type Strategy Price £12.95 
(tape) £17.95 (disc) Suppli- 
er PSS, 452 Stoney Stanton 
Road, Coventry CV6 506. 


Tig dates addition to the 
PSS Wargamers Series 
starts with a frighteningly 
plausible build-up scenario in 
the instruction manual, based 
оп ап Iranian led Jihad against 
Israel. This causes а super- 
Power confrontation that mo- 
bilizes forces on both sides, 
culminating іп а Russian inva- 
sion of West Germany 

The system and implemen- 
tation look goad, so play it 
now if you have the inclina- 
tion. You won't have time to 
if it happens for real 





Program The Growing Pains 
of Adrian Mole Type Book- 
ware Price £9.95 Supplier 
Virgin Games, 2/4 Vernon 
Yard, Portobello Road, Lon- 
don W1120X 


See Spectrum listing for 
comment 


Program Agent Orange 
Type Arcad/Strategy Price 
£8.95 Supplier A&F, Argus 
Press Software, Victory 
House, Leicester Place, Lon- 
don WC2H 7NB. 


Ca you succeed in the 
quest to find the ultimate 
weedkiller? Yes, | know it 
sounds silly, but actually 
Agent Orange isn't bad. 

A nice mixture of strategy, 
requiring a fair bit of planning 
(ог is that planting) and the 
expected amount of violence. 

Well worth taking a look at, 
if only to give credence to the 
excuse, “I've got а bit of 
weeding to do in the Outer 
Spiral Arm," next time you're 
asked to mow the lawn. 








Best defence 


Program Defender of the 
Crown Type Strategy/Ar- 
cade Micro Commodore 
Amiga Price £45.95 Sup- 
plier Mindscape, via Mirror- 
soft, Maxwell House, 74 
Worship Street, London EC2 
2ЕМ. 


verkill annoys me. How 
‘often do you read, “This 
game is the most completely 
fabby thing ever, so go out 
and mug a granny to buy this, 
teenagersill"", only to find out 
in a ‘retrospective’ a few 
months later that, “Оһ yeah — 
| think we overrated Alien 
Genocide at the time". 

Still, there but for the Grace 
о! God, eh — yet when | tell 
You that Defender of the 
Crown has the bestest, most 
wonderful, most detailed 
graphics of any game, ever, іп 
The history of the whole 
world, rest assured that | am 
resting my right hand on cart- 
loads of Holy Tomes (Bibles, 
Korans, etc), Гат sitting on ав 
many Mother's graves ав 
could be conveniently accom- 
modated in the office, my left 
hand is over my heart and | 
recite the Cub's Law even as | 
write. Defender of the Crown 
completely takes your breath 
away. 

Mindscape сай it Cine- 
maware, even suggesting 
that you eat popcorn while 
playing the game — and there 
gives а hint to its virtues and 
its faults. 

The game has strategy and 







arcade elements, as you pl 
the part of a Saxon Lord 
has vowed to overthrow 
evil Norman conquerors. 
can do this by campaigni 
with his army — carefully b 
ир as you buy extra troop 
With revenue from land уд 
conquer or with loot from 
daring ‘smash and grab’ 

оп other castles. 

You can joust for land 
against other Lords — or ji 
for the fame. Besiege casti 
— fight for the hand of a fal 
lady. It's great fun and visual 
stunning, time after time. 
Don't expect a compl 
economic/wargame howevt 
— the massed minds of P. 
lar soon found a way of wi 
ning the game fairly easily 
but as a showpiece for youl 
Amiga — go, go, до! (For 
those mind blowing colouf 
Screen shots — see пе 
week's Adventural 
Supplement.) 









































Atari ST 


Program Skyfox Type Ar- 
cade Price £24.95 Supplier 
Long Acre, Covent Garden, 
London WC2E Э.Н, 





lectronic Arts conversion 

that should be thought of 
ав a colourful shoot-em up, 
rather than a flight simulator, 
For the latter, go and grab 
Strike Force Harrier. 


C16/Plus 4 


Program Storm Type Ar- 
cade Price £1.99 Supplier 
Mastertronic, 8-10 Paul 
Street, London EC2. 








T fiet Gauntetstyle рю 
gram available for 
C16. Unless you know di 
ent, that is. 


Program Molecule Ма 
Type Arcade Price £1 

Supplier Mastertronic, 8-10 
Paul Street, London ЕС2. | 


-D style arcade adventur 

in a race against ti 
Contains bombs, radia 
and useful coins. Just like real? 
Ме really. 





Program 10th Frame Type 
Sports Simulation 
£9.99 (tape), £14.99 (dj 


Supplier US Gold, Units 2) 
Holford Way, Holford, 
mingham B6 7AX. 





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Program Hyperbow! Type 
Arcade Price £1.99 Suppli 
Mastertronic, 8-10 Paul 
Street, London EC2. 








onversion of previous 
Pick of the Week a 
space-age penny football par 
excellence. On the 64 the 
graphics are, as you might 
expect, superior — but the 
vector algorithms aren't quite 
ир to the same standard 
Yet with one or two player 
and 10 different ship types to 
choose from, it's still a great 
buy. 


Program The Vikings Type 
Arcade Price £9.95 Suppli- 
Status Software, Creative. 
Sparks Distribution, Unit B1 1, 
Armstrong Mall, Southwood 
Summit Centre, Southwood, 
Farnborough, Hampshire 
GU14 ONP. 








Ac release from Sta- 
105, Creative Sparks’ full 
price label — licence from the 
Danish company Kele Line. 

Quite simply, this game is 
not up to full price quality - 
with the interference the 
Sprites cause elsewhere on 
the screen as Exhibit А, 
m'lud, 

Essentially а Commando 
variant with some adventure. 
elements bolted on, | can im- 
mediately think of two budget 
games (Feud and Super Robin 
Hood) that would do you just 
ав well, Not good. 





Program Субег-/ Type Ar- 
cade Price (2,99 Supplier 
Super Sparklers, Creative 
‘Sparks Distribution, Unit 811, 
Armstrong Mall, Southwood 
Summit Centre, Southwood, 
Farnborough, Hampshire 
GU14 ОМР. 


Т is is more like it — a multi- 
level budget blast. Again 
from Kene-Line, but the title 
screen also mentions a cer- 
tain Elite Systems as joint 
copyright holders and the 
name "Cyborg crops up in the 
header and second level. 
Work that one out if you can. 


Program Agent Orange 
Type Arcade Price £8.95 
Supplier A&F, Argus Press 
Software, Victory House, 
Leicester Place, London 
WC2H 788. 


See Amstrad CPC listing for 
comment. 


Program The Mystery of the 
Lost Sheep Type Adventure 
Price £4.00 (mail order only) 
Supplier Central Computing, 
61 Beech Road, Gillway, 
Tamworth, Staffs В79 ВОО. 


Program The Sport of Kings 
Type Simulation Price 
£2.99 Supplier Master- 
tronic, 8-10 Paul Street, Lon- 
don ЕС2. 


day at the races for up to 

5 players - agreeable 
rainy afternoon material, also 
ideal after a heavy session 
down the pub. 


Program Magic Madness 
Type Arcade Adventure 
Price £7.95 (tape) £9.95 
(disc) Supplier Anco Soft- 
ware, 35 West Hill, Dartford, 
Kent DA1 2EL. 


Program Olli and Lissa Type 
Arcade Price £1.99 Suppli- 
er Firebird Silver, 74 New 
Oxford Street, London WC1 


fairly standard 'jumpy- 

jumpy collect the ob- 
jects’ arcade style game, with 
а touch of humour that raises 
it above par. It's been in the 
Spectrum charts for five 
months ~ if that means 
anything. 


Program /magination Type 
Adventure Price £1.99 
Supplier Firebird Silver, 74 
New Oxford Street, London 
wei 


Program The Growing Pains 
of Adrian Mole Type Book- 
ware Price £9.95 Supplier 
Virgin Games, 2/4 Vernon 
Yard, Portobello Road, Lon- 
don W11 





See Spectrum listing for 
comment. 


Program Aliens Type Arca- 
de/Strategy Price £9.95 
‘Supplier Electric Dreams, 31 
Carlton Crescent, Southamp- 
ton 501 2EW 


'his week sees the arrival 

of the delayed Commo- 
dore 64 version of the cele- 
brated game of the movie. 
Delayed because they didn't 
like it the first time, so they 
wrote it again. The final result 
is excellent, highly recom- 
mended fare for the under- 
stressed. 





MSX 


Program Winter Events 
Type Sports Simulation 
Price £9.95 Supplier Anco 
Software, 35 West Hill, ап- 
ford, Kent DA1 2EL. 








S: simulated snowy 
sports for 1-4 players. 
The Bobsled section gets an 
immediate nomination for the 
PCW “Winter Games — never 
heard of it guv,’ award (1987) 
for contributions to the col- 
lective unconscious. 





PC and 
Compatibles 


Program Office Sweet Type 
Spreadsheet Price £17.99 
Supplier RS Associates, 
Dale House, Dale Street East, 
Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancs 
OL6 7ТЕ 


Р" а budger spread- 
sheet program — but with 
a text editor and a few macro- 
style commands. 













Spectrum 














Program Little Alien Type 
Arcade Adventure Price 
£1.99 Supplier Sparklers, 
Creative Sparks Publishing, 
Unit B11, Armstrong Mall, 
Southwood Summit Centre, 
Southwood, Farnborough, 
Hants GU14 ONP. 


























Program Butch Hard Guy 
Type Arcade Price £7.95 
Supplier Advance Software, 
17 Staple Tye, Harlow, Essex 
CM18 7LX. 











Н" mickey-take or 
the Rambo/Cobra style 
games, with an element of 
platforms and ladders thrown 
in 











Program Agent Orange 
Type Arcade Price £8.95 
Supplier A&F, Argus Press 
Software, Victory House, 
Leicester Place, London 
WC2H 7 NB. 









See Amstrad CPC listing for 
comment 







Program Feud Type Arcade 
Adventure Price £1,99 
Supplier Bulldog, Master- 
tronic, 8-10 Paul Street, Lon- 
доп ЕС2. 










$ресїгит 128/ 
Plus 2 


Program Little Computer 
People Type Pet Simulation 
Price £9.99 Supplier Ac- 
tivision, Activision House, 23 
Pond Street, London NW3 
2PN. 



















he program that charmed 

Commodore users now 
reaches the Spectrum Plus 2 
There із no denying that it 
doesn't look quite as cute on 
this format, but all the major 
features are there. 













Program The Kingdom of 
Krell Type Graphic Adven- 
ture Price £9.95 Supplier 
Anco Software, 35 West Hill, 
Dartford, Kent DA1 2EL. 












соп driven adventure for the 

128/Plus 2. Looks inter- 
esting; look out for a review 
soon 











12-18 FEBRUARY 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/45 














The search for perfect software 


he astonishing ad- the price of the curtains dis- 
vancement in hardware played on the screen 
Power over the lastfive There were several other 
years is of benefit to every software companies in this 
Potential user as the specifi- field, achieving very limited 
cations rise and the prices sales. The major point that 
drop, but one notable aspect these companies seemed to 
of this situation is how little һауе forgotten is that the 
the standard of software has average shop sales assistant 
risen in relation to the com- 1 not computer literate, does 
puters themselves. not wish to mess around with 

In the days of the ZX81, floppy discs and has a fear of 
just before its demise and апу computer larger than а 
Subsequent replacement by pocket calculator. 
the 16K Spectrum, the soft- Bearing this in mind | con- 
ware had achieved a high tacted Casio Electronics 
standard, to the extent that which produces a large range 
we had high resolution gra- of pocket computers with 
phic arcade games utilising small display screens and ca- 
every nibble of memory. pable of being programmed in 

| can honestly say that Basic or machine code. These 
since those days | have not machines could sell for under 
seen a single item of software £100 with the software built 
that utilises the potential of іп Rom and available as soon 
the machine 10 an absolute ав the On button was 
maximum. pressed. We sold several 

With the public acceptance ^ hundred of these machines. 
of downmarket budget soft- Тһе reason | mention this 
ware, even a simple "wire |в, why use a sledgehammer 
graphic’ arcade game such аз to crack a nut? These аге low 
Elite can be admired for its — tech, down market machines, 
supposed high standards of but ideal for just this sort of 
graphics. basic purpose. 

At the other extreme there 1 would like to see comput- 
has been a form of hardware ers made to suit the software 
snobbery, where we are Гог which they are required. 
looked down on for using а The Amstrad PCW was a 
machine that is not deemed ^ perfect example. Technically 
to be state of the ап. it was behind, but for com- 

As a programmer writing mercial and practical pur- 
software for vertical applica- poses it has become опе of 
tions, | was required to pro- the most successful ma- 
duce a program for soft fur- chines in existence. The опе 
nishing and department phrase that this industry 
Stores, whereby the user should always bear in mind is, 
could input some basic infor- — "Software or application first, 
mation, іе, the window size hardware second" 
and the cost of the curtain No-one ever expected the 
fabric, than a few simple cal- Cray to become а mass та 
culations had to be made and Кес consumer product and as 


а less extreme example we 
have machines like the 
Amiga, which unless drasti- 
сайу reduced in price, will end 
“р as a powerful but dis- 
carded white elephant. 

For the average potential 
computer user, there must be 
а valid reason to buy a micro. 
Those who type letters can 
see clearly the advantages of 
buying the Amstrad PCW, 
and the machine was market- 
ed primarily for that purpose. 
To try to explain the capabili- 
ties of an Amiga would leave 
many people totally unim- 
pressed. The very first ques- 
tion | am asked by family and 
friends when showing off my 
latest computer is, "What 
does it do?" 

This is the very same ques- 
tion each manufacturer 
should ask before launching 
its product. 

Until the day that home 
computers can: communicate. 
with perfect speech synthesis. 
and recognition; produce 
printouts іп typesetting qua- 
lity; have constant monitoring 
over all house appliances, 
bank and building society ac- 
counts; automatically issue 
birthday, anniversary cards 
and reminders to all friends 
and relatives; link to my car 
and provide travel news, best 
routes and routine mainten- 
ance; link to my Video record- 
er and record any program 
that | might find interesting; 
link to every form of reference. 
їп the world for unlimited in- 
formation on any topic and 
could sell for under £500; 
until that day, let us at least 
have some decent software. 

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