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Vol 4 No 51 



,[«g, Clive's wafer 
H^ project cash 

on the cards 




3f the silicon w< 



SIR CL[VE Sinclair has 
claimed he is close to clinch- 
ing a deal with a venture capi- 
ta) company for over £Bm io 
help ael up Sinclair's wafer 
scale mlegradon company, begin for another three 

The £Sm falls far shoit of the years, when a substantial 
£50.-11 Sinclair was seeking aura, probably about £40in 
heioie lis would need lo be raised. 



announced Ihal he hopes the 

produchon and used in Sin- 
clair's portable corapuler 
project by 19B7, 

K Sinclair spokesman said, 
"1 cannot confirm whether or 
not Ihis deal will be going 
ahead: il is still in negotiation. 



MCoderlll 

special 

offer 





MICRO MAGIC 



Fuid out if you have won an 

CnmmnrinrP'<i flmsn-ad eiaS this week or al 

y^UIIIIIIUUUIC iggg, g(jj„g special Popalai 

Sound Expander computing weekly cassette 

MOdUl& 2"'er your Micro Magic 

, number mto our computer 

reviewed p,og,monp,g=M. 




Readers' 
Poll 

Vote for 

the best 

and worst 

of 1985 



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CONTENTS 



4 NEWS 

Atari delays the 260ST 

1 1 XMAS CRACKERS 

Ideas for games to put in your ChristmaB stocking 

14 HARDWARE 

A light pen for the Commodore 64 and an 
FM Sound Module 

18 REVIEWS 

International Karate from the Coimnodore and 
Winter Spoitsioi ihe Spectrum 

22 SPECTRUM 

Code and more code tor Wilbur 

23 SPECIAL OFFER 

A chance lo save pounds on a PSS Compiler 

24 BBC 

Chiistmas cards on your micro 

26 READERS POLL 

It's here again, your chance lo vote for the 
computer products that have most inspired and 
irritated you this year 

29 COMMODORE 

Dancing snowmen, part 1 

32 QL 

The Hill, a game o£ ballistic expertise 




6 Letters 

33 Magic Micro 

34 Bytes and Pieces 

35 Arcade Avenue 

36 Adventure 



39 Charts 

41 Rogue Program 

48 New Releases 



EDITORIAL 



^ crucial.- appeni Lo 1 

When 11 comes to nucioa. 11 seems eveiylhinct eilbei has To be sunnvsd tb 

Mfouiidinglv successtul oi appallingly lemble - doam-ladEn adjoc- larger and : 

aoflwaiE will bo a piolly bad Ihing, Ihe ovatall e£f8cl IWB mighl have Cautioua leali 

on Uie induatiy is not, in fact, th^ do or die affair It is baing painted. Sugar'! Amatiad 

Last ChriBlmaa 1b tiol a UEBfulpainiol companion lorlhu one. Then how todoil. and 

Ihe slsurd aversiQcklng ol compuiers, which led moie ot less With only a 



lay have laugbi ihe induatry 



13 ihifl Chnsttniia; in faci Ihere a 



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Popnlu Com pu ting Weekly. Tel: 01-431 4343. 



ADVEOTISEUEKT 

the power and flexibility of its graphics 
and sound, the Enterprise deserves to be a 
runaway sucuss' - AbersQtt 



I l^jirnb JHOTL. Lmidon SV* 




Atari admits to 
delay on 260ST 



ATARI has now admlned th 
i\£ S60ST machine i 

The company had 
hoped 11 might appeal 
Ihe end of 1986. 
Rob Haiding, 



hard disc for the ST i 
noi will be laimehed aiound Ihe 
rear, same time. Reasons for the 
rher delay are uniaiown - Atari 
^foie had several nocking hard 
discs on its Comdex stand in 
and Las Vegas in November. The 
maiketing manager of Atari puce has also still to be de- 
UK, said the long-amailed ma- cided - Harding says it will be 
chine should arrive "early in "competitively priced" 

the New Year". which means that it should 

The e[]ually long-awaited appear for lessthan £1,200. 

Happy families for Amstrad owners 



still o: 



D-Rom 



DAVID 

(DCS)haj 

alogy package foi a. 



loflware occupations and so on. II will 
a gene- also cope with most usual 
Amstad database fe amies with 






range and the SZSe. 

The family liee database 
program 

details under name, sex. date 
of biith, place ol birth, bap- 

under marriages, children. 



plete data matches etc. 

The program, called 

ancestral Ceniiy, costs £3S on disc only, 

■ -- go 484 owners need lo have a 

drive. Details fcom DCS at 38 

South Parade. Bramliall, 

Slocltpoil(061-439484I), 



Printer dump fox Apple II 



APPLE Dumpmgs is 
software program from □- 
Sofl, which enables owners of 
Apple (1 and m series ma- 
clunes lo print graphic 
screen dumps on any type of 
printer, mcluding 

daisywheels. 

Hi-iea graphics, partial ot 
complete text screens or side 




Sinclair's 
wafers 

m ejaemal finance for work- 
ing capital and to help pay for 
new pioduclH, such as the 
'Pandora' portable and suc- 
cessors lo the OL and Spec- 
tnim. Sir Clive hopes that 
would-be investors will ba 
oiganisanons and wealthy 
individuals. 

However, it looks as though 
Robb Wilmoi, who joined 
forces with Sir Clive lo raise 
finance for (he semiconductor 
scheme earher this year, has 
now been ruled out, despite 
[he fact the he has recently 
lesigned his post as chairman 
n his 



Craphlca with Dampings 
ways print can all be success- 
fully dumped. The package 
costs 119.95 from D-5oft a( 60 
Chancellors Road, London 
W6 9RS (01-748 9203). 



A proloCype 
sKown as far back as June at 

said il hoped to launch the 
productby the end ot 1985. 

Harding now says there are 
no immediate plaiis to release 
the product as the company 
believes the technology is too 

new3 on software. Atari an- 

ages at Comdex and Harding 
says they are becoming avail- 
able now. 



LucasHlms 
latest 

THE LATIST game designed 
by liucasfilms. Koronis tUti, is 
due our in Britain from 
Acti vision at the beginning of 

, graphically aim- 
ablemale Rescue 
Fr^clalua, casts the player 
■scavenger', mak- 
ing a living by searchmg for 
abandoned technological 
systems acalleced around de- 
serted parts of the galaxy. 

II will be available for Ihe 
Atari XE/XL series on disc 
only al £14.99 and the on cas- 

£14.99. 



01-437 4343 



CPC 6128 
arrival 
in States 
held up 

THE US launch of Amslrad's 
CPC 6128 compuler has suf- 
fered heavy delays, and is not 
yet on sale. 

The machine was jomlly 
previewed by Amstrad and 
Indescomp at last summer's 
CES in Chicago. At Ihe trae, it 

September in the US. 

"There have been heavy 
delays on it because of FCC 
tests," said Loren Willey, 
lodescomp US's marketmg 




that come with it had to be 
separately tested, and then 
the full kit when put together 
had to be rati&ed. 

"However, il has now 
passed all the tests and is 
ready for shipment. ' 
Indescomp eijiects the 6128 

volume by March, 

IE is being targetled as a 

the States, and ia being bun- 
dled with Wordsj'ar, Mai] 
Metge and Multiplan at 5699 
for the colour moniloi ver- 
sion, and S499 for the mono- 
chrome model without the 
software. 



Microsoft Logo to enter schools market 



.f ICL li 
'n enterprises. 



MICROSOFT, the company etpjipped with Macs 
more widely linown for its 

teasional packages, has. 
somewhat surprisingly, 

launched a package de- 
signed for the schools 

The package in question is 
Logo, which runs only on Ap- 
ple's Macintosh micro. 

However, the Macintosh is 
nowhere near as cammonly 
used in schools and colleges MlcmaH Lsgc 
as Acorn or Research Ma- 
chines' micros, for mslance. "Over the past year the Mac 
A Micro9ofl spokesman said: has been doing incredibly 
"There are around 200 edu- well in schools, colleges and 
caSonal establishments polytechnics," 




However. Microsoft admits 
that the market is still a sma.- 
one and it ia looking for side 
benefits to compensate for 
initial sales levels. Among 

to Apple's Mac, and Iho hope 
that Micioaotl-lovmg students 
will luin into Microsoft-loving 
busmess users. 

MS Logo is a full implemen- 
tauon of the language offering 
tlala-handling as well as the 
familiar turtle graphics. Il was 
written for Microsoft by Logo 
Computer Systems [nc and 
employs the full power of the 
Mac's graphics, windows and 
variety of typefaces. 

POPUtJkR COMPUTING WEEKLY 



Firebird lines up 
twenty firms 
for US invasion 



MSX price cut again 



TOSHIBR has reduced the 

puter again, this 
£83.39 (BBe Pop\ 
mg Weekly, Septembei 3B). 



ULTIMATE 'S titles Sabre Waif 
and Undsrwurlde have al- 
ready been lined up by Fire- 
bird for exporl to the US un- 
the Firebiid Licensees 
label (aee Populai Contpuling 

Metacoinco 
win award 

METACOMCO, the Bristol 
company which wrote the 
Amiga's operating system, 
AmigaDos. and a numbei ol 
languages tor the QL, has 

company was nominated Su- 
preme Champion in the 1985 
South West Exporl Awards, 
which are sponsored by the 
Instimie o! Export, the British 
Overseas Trade Board, the 
Bristol Chamber of Cmmerce. 
Midland Bank and HTV. 



Weekly. November M). The 
Bntiah Telecom division al- 
ready has Commodore 64 
rights to these two titles in 

Firebird's John Fletcher, 
who is co-ordinating the 
move into the States from the 
UK, said, "We are also tallcing 
to CDS, Virgin, Melbourne 
House, Novagen, Odin, 
Shards, PSS and Softechnica 

trating on 66000-based ma- 
chines) with a view to maikel- 
ing iheii liUes in the US. We 
are holding diacussions with 
about 20 companies mall," 

Firebird Licensees has tair- 
en a stand at January's CES 
show in Las Vegas, where il 
will display both lis own pro- 
grams and also those from 
third parlies, for sale m the US 
from early next year. 




as the pie' 

recorder lor a joystick. 

The two packages will boih 
be available through into the 
New Y( ------ 



Soviet style networks 



IN AN unusually open article, 
the Soviet newspaper Pravda 
has described the problems 
withm the Soviet Union of 
liiiking personal computers 
to central teiimnals. 

Fravdd says that 30 cities in 
the Russian republics, the 
largest of the Union's IS re- 
ptiblicB, now have 

organisationE linked 



Paradojncally, the i 
continues, authonties have 
catered only (or large-scale 
By stems rnth central i 
woika, but have "foigoneii 
make available devices for 
small subscribers 

The Soviet leader M^diail 
Gorbachev i 
major program to bring tl 



tema mole up to date. 






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iSpecliutni 

Uke anyone wna wants a pen 

detail9 about themselves and 
ihe soit ol peirson they waul to 
wiile to, and aend them to me 
with an 3AE. I'U gel in touch 
as soon as I can, ftlso, il there 
are any iemales out there - 
please wnte, as half the re- 
plies are aaMng for you. 

Even if you don't own a 
Spoctrura, wnte anyway and 



Tha liiTUtationE of the game 
are those imposed by the 
memory available and more 
sophisticated games can only 
be achieved from disc oi on 
the IZBK machmes. These 

John Minson's expectabons 
but will be denied to those of 
us who cannot spend £400. 

The enigma of the game is 
thai nothing is luBy explained 






find o 



<-c? 




GOTO ZO 40 FOR F- ! TO 
LEN BS: FOR G = 1 TO LEN AS 
SO F BJ (F) - CJ (G) THEN 
LETCS(G) = ■■ -: IjET ft= 1: 
CO TO BO 70 KECV G: IF A- p 
AND BKF) <■ - " " THE N 
PRINT AT 8,p; "LETTER": 
B$1F); "Not Found": BEEP 2,4: 
PRINT AT S.p: "(16 spaces)": 
GOTO 1 S BS LET A - p: NEXT 
F 95 LEY AJ-Ct 100 LET 
WI - WS - B$ PHimr AT 4,p; 
"Your phrase", AT S,(l: WS; 
LET A -p: GOTO 20. 



Robert Burgess 



Aiwa Pelers 
20A Esmond Rd 
London W4 iJO 



An enigma 



John Minson'i 
Swords and Sorcery fails to 
give credit where credit's 
due. Since 1382, adventure 



stramts of a home micro, until 
Ihe anival a( cheapCish) disc 
drives and/ or expanded 



achieved Ihe impossible just 
as this hardware is becoming 
a lealily. Surely P5S can be 
forgiven for having ' 'taken a 
little longer". 



MICRO 
MAGIC 

Congratulalions 
Brunage o! Luion, U m 
r Anson of Liverpool and Ron 
Ebhrell (pictured below) of 
The Wirral, who have all won 
Amslrad CFC eiSSs in our 
Micro Magic competilion so 

This does mean, however. 



somewhere 
have Amslrad winning num- 
bers, so keep typing each 
week's listing in. 
All prixes, including cas- 
labels and extra cards 



are fascinating but you cannot 
just barge into a room and 
expect to engage Ihe inhabit- 

John Minson makes no 
mention of the magic which 
plays such an important role 
in the game nor of Ihe risks 
mvolvmg the meagre supply 

lop' role playing games, will 

you do not plan youi strategy 
very careluUy, 

1 cannot see how he fails to 
'empathise' with a character 
to which he has given an iden- 
tity by naming it and then 
training it. 

Swords and Sorcery com- 
bines strategy, combat, and 
puzsle-ad venture and forms 
the basis of a further three 
levels of 'environments': as 
such it represents better val- 
ue lor money than anything 
else in 1985. 

However, it does lely on 
the player supplying one 
thing which John Minson has 
clearly failed to do 
imaginalion. 

Hugh T Walker 
7 Bumel Avenue 

John Minson replies: While 
I recognise PSS's persls- 
tonco In chasing the mlcia 
lole-plBylng dream, Sveords 
and Soteery jasi didn't 

Ing soxe of what was going 
on was a critldsm of the 
confusing display and yes, 
I would expect to have to 
draw a map, as I always did 
when I was an i.p.g. player, 
my lack of 



In agreement 



Roller price 



r few H 






until I read John Minson's re- 
view of Swords and Sorcery 
m the S-1 1 December issue. 

1 find it hard to beUeve that 
PSS can claim that its program 
has 'stunning 3D graphic ani- 
mation simulating video disc 
games'. The graphics are 
1983 standard and have about 
as much atmosphere as the 

ity of people buying this pro- 
gram will have played role 
playing games and will 
realise it is impossible to cap- 
mte this kind of eiperience in 
a computer game. 

Richard Hewison 



eapa 



hed shonly. 



will t 






a that led 



the 



Phrase composer 

While attemplmg to com- 
pose a phrase for your 
Readers' Chart competition I 
got fed up at having to write: 
'[UTEITFEI^TS 
flTOTTQEIFUUlICnSr 
every time so I wrote this 
small program for the Spec- 
trum to do the job forme. 

It inputs the game titles 
phrase and then asks for a 
word. Then it scans through 
the phrase deleting letters In 
the word and printing both 
up. Should a letter in a word 
not be contained m the titles 
phrase, the phiase is re- 
stored to Ihe way n was be- 
fore that word. 
5 POKE 23638,8 -LET A = p 
- LETWS-"" 

10 INPUT "Input the top three 
tilleB-";A$ 

11 LETCS-AS 

30 fNPUT "Word to remove 
from phrase"; BS 3S IF B$ - 
■'OUn"'THENLETAS = ZS = 
LET WJ = ■' " = CLS = 



IBICO LTR-1 printer in which 
you state the price of the ink 
roller for Ihe LTR- 1 is £2.50. 1 
phoned Saga Systems In 
Woking this morning to End 
out that they charge £4.95. 

superb little printers for a 
while and 1 always buy my ink 
rollers from 161 CO direct. 
They charge £3.00 t VAT 
which IS a lot lesa than Sa 



Reliable QL 

I have had my OL for IB 
months. [1 is being used al 
leas I three hours a week 
keeping lecorda and ac- 
counts for my farm. Never 
have [ needed to use 
backups which I always 
make. The Microdrives a 
reliable. 



Amstrad Club 

newly formed 



w 



club 



Man 



dealing mainly with Amstrad 
computers, called Ihe 
Amstrad North West Users 
Club, We meet at the Eileen 
Wilkinson School on Hyde 
Road. Manchester, Wednes- 
day evenings, 7.00-S.OOpm. 
Any interested readers 
should contact me. 



POPULAR COMPUTMQ WEEKLV 



FLIGHT SIMULATOR 
SPECIAL! 



STRIKE FORCE HARRIER 

• Full flight and battle simulation 

• Designed in co-operation with British 
Aerospace 

• Practice or combat level 

• Pilot, commander or ace skill level 

• Detailed manual and key cord 

• Special in-pack offers 

• Posters and flight pattern charts 
BBC B/Electron back-to-back tape 
BBC B disk 





SPITFIRE 40 

• Faithful simulationof 1940 Spitfire 

• Produced in co-operation with the Battle of 
Britain Museum 

• Proctice, proctrce combat and combat levels 

• Save your flight log as you go 

• Monuol, key guide, and checklist 

• Detailed instrument panel gropKics 

• Posters ovailable 

Commodore 64 £9.95 tape, £1 2.95 disk 
Amstrad £9.95 tape 

Spectrum 48K £9.95 tape 



Available from good software stockists everywhei 
In case of difficulty or for a copy of our latest catalogue, 
write to Mirrorsoft at the London address below 




Discover the Atari ST 




Jeremy Vine's Atari STCompaninn will IdlvQu all you 

ncffd io kn'iwifyoii'rtwiindtnn|!U'hiflhcrl(iinves!in Lh<! 

most lalked-aboul new mitro of 1985 — the Atari 520ST- 

JatkTrrfmid's nciv ucimi i^r-mach in e offers ytm the "p[)Wtr 

wilhiiut thfipritt" — a (iftOOll-baheil wiiniow, icon, mousf 

initrn Kill; I he CKM yra[)hii's tnviroiimeiil from Disital 

Restarth, all fur 11750. 

Th>-' Atari ST Compiiniim has betn wiLlen willl the benefit 

ipf full h.i[.(l> -oEiuKpfiitnceofthe machine. Jertmy Vine 

ijLyr.; vviiliaiiovL-ialllookat IheST, followed by a detailed 

inlroduclion lo the GEM (Graphics EiivironmEnl Manager) 

systeni , This offers facililiea coiaparable wOi the much 

mure expensive Apple Maciutosh, including windows, 

ptjil-down mentis and the facility to use a mouse to point to 

icons to replace tjTied commands. 

i\lso covered is the Atari Intelligent Keyboard Coniroller. 

the very sophisticated sound system of the 3T [which 

includes the industry- standard MIDI interface), IheTIK 

operating system and the graphics LINE "A" interface. 

So, whetheryouare already the proud owner ofa new ST, 

orjusl thinking of learning more abnul this revolutionary 

new micro, sendoff today for this great new Sunshine book. 





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Bluej 

battle far sl 

Mighw Zoidzilla, Blue Zoifl combat leader, lies 

normsnt in the hdd of you' craft, ready for yoo to cllmt 

into Its command capsule to merge rnintte "jith tlie 

powerful machine and take control of this bitter 

confrohlatioh Somewhere in the desolate landsc^e. If 

fied ZoWs lie in wait' 

Landing preparations are complete The descent begins 

The task which follow; will take you lo the very limits of 

your cspebilities and Imagination. 

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This title is now 
available for the 
BBC Micro at 
E9.95 on cassette 
and on disk at 
£14,95. Order now to 
isure your stocks for 
Christmas rush. 



ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THEC640N DISK 
AT £14.95 AND ON CASSETTE FOR 
AMSTRAD AND C64 AT E9.95, 

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Popular' s Xmos Crackers 



Let's foce, It, Ckristmas presents are pretty dodgy ttUngs. Aunties and Uncles, even pazents (who migtit 
be expected to know better), are quite capable of making the moBt honendons lapses of judgement and 
buying the mas 1 unspeakable things in the belief that it was 'just what you wanted'. I zemembei, foiex- 
am.ple, thai one infamous aantie, who, on being told that I liked rock music, bought nie Heavy Junction Plays 
the Bits of Deep Purple. 

When it comes to computer progxaniB, the sihiation is fraught with danger. I mean, suppose you're a noted 
Dragon basher much given to wielding mighty power swords of Tharg and somebody lovingly presents you 
with Travels with Uie Air Men -try maintaining a fixed grateful smile then . . . 

With these things in mind we present the Papulax Christmas Crackers - hot off the press games you may 
not have already got that you can reliably instruct a relative to buy. Don't leave things to chance, study the 
lists below and issue precise details to potential present buyers. Then they have no excuse. 

Incidentally, an &d is a mighty axe wielder as Arc Is fond of junipy-runny-}ninpy a bit more, blast dodge 
games, and IFI is for those who like really useful practical sorts of things. 



Spectrum 

Sweevo's Worid 

The latest program from Gargoyle Games 
is a deparluie from its previous devious 
graphic advenluieB so it may not be suit- 
able (or a puriBT Ad, bm an Arc should 
bounce aiound gleetuUy il finding this one 

ioMo AliBn Sand KrugMU 



cbasms, over slippery bits and sticky bitE 
towards a goal. The whole thing is done on 
a strict lime limit and is, lo begin with, 
Rendishly difficult. 

GiapliiCB are aiceUenl as is the sound 
(on a Spectnun!) and Ihe logic to recreate 
die sense of centrilugal force, particularly 
when the gyroscope atarls lo run out of 
energy, cleverly realised, 
Pnce £J.9S Sapplieis: SpeciaJisls and 



D preae 






Idol 



there' puzzli 
beyond those games in both 
and lecllnical brilliance, l! features an inept ff^Q ^\ff $tUCiiO 
robot who has to move around dozens of 
dilfeieni screens collecting oljjecis like 
old tin cans and boots and anealdng up on 
occasional geese. Getting through the 
Bcieens involves not only putting the tm 
cans to good use and ascending on litUe 
platfomiE, but also dodging pmeapplea, a 
alyUtUBgirl " " - - .. 



B Hou 
Casde Yard, 



gianttingersthatshootupthroughtheflDor 
to poke you. 7U1 this in high res graphics 
andwilhthemosl ludicrous scoring system 
ever devised - what more could you vrant? 
Pjj'ce£7.9SSiippijers,Should be around in 
both computer specialists and chain 
stores. If not' Gargoyle Games, 74 King 
Street, Dudley, West Midlands Dy2 SQB. 

Gyroscope 

Another one for Arc lans. Whatevsr Mel- 
bourne House says, this gome is. in fad, a 
variant on the arcade classic Marble Mad- 
ness, which requires control of a gyro- 
scope that IS, if anything, even more 
difficult 10 keep in check than a marble. 
The game is all down lo timing and split 




Certainly a Ul but all Arc and Ad fans 
should be quite happy with il. It is certainly 
the best graphics program ever designed 
for the Spectrum and you really don't need 
to have any great artistic talent to produce 

It goes beyond the usual features of Line, 
Circle, Arc. ftl/ and lets you manipulate 
areas of design in a variety of ways. Vou 
can cut and paste an area defined by a 
window into another area of screen. 
Shapes can be distoiied by 'forcing' them 
into a particular window shape and the 
whole screen can be magnified temporar- 
ily lor some precision work. 

The text foni is similarly flexible; a large 
number of styles are provided and you can 
easily def me your own. Text on screen can 
be moved around and distorted m exactly 
the same way as shapes or filled with a 
large variety of textured shades. The 
progiara can also be used with an AM)C 
Mouse oi a joystick and all Ihe commands 
are issued via a user friendly Icon and 
menu system. 

Price £14.95 Suppliers: specialist stores, 
most chains: if not: Eainbird, Wellington 
House, Upper St Martin's Lane, London 
WC3, 

Think! 

^n unusual tlung, a computerised board 
game which is both original and not mere- 
ly computerised for the sake of iL This 
program also has the virtue of potentially 
appealing to the whole family, force them 
to have a go at it and they may even be 
prepared to give up TV to computer 
playing rather than watching the Two 
Roaniea ChnaOnaB Special. 
The game is played orta grid of six by six 



squares and the task Is <o complete a row - 
horizontally, vertically or diagonally 
across the board. Pieces are placed from 
the bottom or right hand of the board, and 
as earth piece is placed it shunts along any 
other pieces on Ihe same row or column. 
The end result is a fantasucally devious 
game which can beplayedby six year olds 
easily but which can reach a complexity 
close to that oi Chess. 

Nicely presented with the Spectrum 
playing an exlremely good game if you 
can't find any real people to play against. A 
surprise perhaps but not a disappointment 
for any Aic, Ul or Ad fan. 
Pr;ce£7.95 Suppiers.-Specialisisand most 
chains if not: Ariolaso^ Asphalte House, 
Palace Street, London SW1E5HS. 

Commodore 

The Human Race 



This il 



1 classic Arc game of the n 



0,1 til 



IS imposai- 



bug in this program, this: 
bly kind. Over several screens you try lo 
evolve from ape to human, each screen 
requires muchjoystick twitching and care - 
tul dming as you dodge birds, dinosaurs 
and sundry other mammals. You also get to 
negotiate steaming lava pits and generally 
have a bad time. 

There is some marveUous music from 
Hob Hubbard and best of all the whole 
thing costs £1.99 so even tiny relatives 
could aSoid it. 

ftjce £1 ,99 5oppQer: All computer ouUeb; 
ifnotiMasterlronic, Paul St, London ECl. 



Gyroscope 



See th 

scrolling 
(which c 


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This version fealur 

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The Music System 




This isa 


must for Ut fans who also like 



c.Ane: 






alion system thai takes the Sid chip to new 
heights and lets you compose music on 
screen using conventional notation and 
real time. The Advanced music system 
extends this to include midi compatibiliiy 
and score print out and is very worth while 



[ Populor's Xmos Crackers 




Pnoe £9,35 i'uppiier; MobI chains ant 
apecialiat ahops, if nol: Activiaion. IS Hat 
ley House, London NWI. 



Amstrad 

YieArKungFu 



J you have 3 Midi equipped mnsic 

Fiice E14.9S caaaette. £17.93 disc. Ad- 
vanced ayatem disc only E34.9S Suppliers: 
Most apecialisi shops, some chaina. also 
music shops. U not Sainbird, Wellington 
tiouBS, Upper Si Maitin's Lane, London 
WC2. 

Transformers 

A game that looks lather boring liom the 
box shots but is. in iact, quite ingenious. 
Baaed on the famous toys and ' 
piogiam fealuimg lobois that can trans- 
form into caiE. the game continues then 
adventures and so is a good bet foi 
yoiinger Arc tans. 

The game involves zooniing aiound a 
htturistic setting o! lubes and giidets hunt- 
ing out pans of an Energorm cube. You 
have a team of Transformers to accomplish 
this lask which involves much blasting as 
you are constantly assaulted by the evil 
deceptions. Nol only blasting but some 
stralegy loo as you mual decide what 
tiansformer to use wheie and when to 
change from robot to car. Nice music and 
slick scrolling graphics. 
Price £a.9S Suppliers: Retail everywhere, 
ifnol; Ocean, 6 Central Sue et. Manchester 
M2 5NS 

Little Computer People 

Suitable lor young fans ofcveryhueaswell 
as a few old ones prepared to suspend 
cymcism and enter into the spirit of this 



Although any Kung Fu game bears inevita- 
ble comparison with Way o/ rhe Exploding 
Fist, this is 3 good choice for Amstrad 
owners because it shows oS the high 
resoluDon graphics and animation of 
which the machine is capable. 

As With any Kung Fu game the whole 
thing la about kicking your opprnenl's 
brains out as quickly as possible. Yie Ar 
Kung- Fu leaturea two robed competitors 
who can liick, punch, slide and tumble 
under joystick control. The computer can 
prove a fierce competitor but the beat hin 
is had by bealmg up a [riend. Price £9,96 
Supplier: Most specialist shops, some 
chains; if not: Imagine Software. 6 Central 
Street. Manchester MS. 




Sorcery Plus 



A superb Arc game with some asloundmg- 
ly good use of graphics. This is the disc 
based enhanced version of the original 
i Sorcery with t 



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You gel, simply, a little man whom you 
see 'hving' m a three storey house. You see 
hxm walch TV, play the piano or records, 
feed himself and scraggy dog, do aerobics 
and generally hve out a luU it confined 
eiistence. You can askhimtodo things, pet 
him, play cards with him and even get him 



release a number 
locked in various dungeons. Truly car- 
toon-like, it remains addictive oven after 
dozens of plays, 

Pnce £14.93 Supplier: Some specialist 
BhopsandchaiiiEiifnol: Virgin Games, 2-4 
Vernon Yard, Portobello Road, London 
WllSDX. 



features like block move, search and re- 
place, left and right jusQfy and so on but is 
very easy to use with, an excellent manual. 
It is also compatible with Tasworda spell 
check and mail merge programs as well as 
programs like Campbell Syslem'a 
Masterfile 



Price £24.95 Supplier: Mostly specu 
shops: ifnot:Ta3man Software, Springfield 
House, Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2. 

Graphics Adventure 
Creator 

A superb Ul that is also perfectly suitable 
for all Ads. If lets you create very compiei 
adventures with qmie detailed iUusn'ations 
lor each location. See this week's Adven- 
ture Comer (or a more detailed look. 
Price £24.95 Supplier: Some specialist, 

London St, Reading EGl 4S0. 

BBC 

Dr Wfio and the Mines of 
Terror 

This is a major new arcade game for the 
BBC. It leaiuies not only the program but 
also a lEK Eprom which you have to fit 
internally into the BBC. This providesmore 
memory for what is, basically, a souped up 
platforms and ladders game. 

In his attempt to destroy an alien mining 
base, the Doctor getstodolols of running, 
jumping and ECiolling in all directions. 
There are objects lo collect and use and 
puzzles to solve. The BBC is fairly starved 
of good arcade mate rial so all Arc fans w" 

/^ce£l8.95(cassetle)£19.9S(di6e)S[ippJf 
ers.- Some specialist shops? if i 
Micropower, Norlhwood House, North 
Street, Leeds LS7 2AA. 

Revs Four Tracks 

Kevs 13 undoubtedly the best car racing 
game on any micro, ceitauily m terms of 

tike to race a real machine. This package 
gives your existing fevspackage an addi- 
tional four tracks around which to lest your 
nerves and responses. Included , 
Brands Hatch and Dooinglon Park. 
Price: £9,95 Suppliers: Some specialist 
computer shops: if not: Acomsoft, Fulbom 
Rd, Cherry Hinton, Cambs. 



QL 

The Pawn 

One of the very few games for the QL, (hat 
actually look like they are running on a 
sophisticaled63000basedmachme.Thisis 
amustforAd fans particularly punsts since 
it is a text adventure of the classic sort. 
What sets TTie Fawn apart is the great 
Deiibiliry of the language interpretation. 
The parser allows for complei sentences 
in almost conventional English, 

The above coupled with a large magical 
kingdom, chock full of magic objects, 
dwarfs and quests makes this heaven for 
QL adventurers everywhere. 
Price £19.95 Supplier: Some specialist 
shops, if nol; Sinclair ReBBarch, Stanhope r 
Road, CarabErley, Surrey GUIS 3BR. (- 



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Sound Expander 

Hatdwaie Sound Expander Module 
Price £99.99 Micro Commodore 64 
Supplier Conunodore, 1 Hunles 
Road, Weldon North tnd. Est., 
Coiby, Northanta, 

^ the Commodoie 64 inlo an FM 
^L music compuler similai to 
Yamaha's popular CXS. The Sound Ex- 
pander Module, developed by Music 
Sides bul lo be released by Commodore 
It, offers eighl-noie polyphonic play- 
_ or present FM soundE, wilh all Ihe life 
and realism Bssociated wilh Ihai 
teclmique. 

The basic sofuvare on disc is of the 
Play-Along vaiiely, controlled either 
from the popular Music Maker chp on 
keyboard (now available separalely for 
£9.99) or from a lull-siied four-oclave 
keyboard of Italian origin, which will 

Iso be available separately from Com- 

lodore, costing around £69. 
Basic playing options include normal 

r single linger chords, octave trano- 
.isse [vital it using the Music Maker 
keyboard), ensemble on/ofE for richer 
sounds limited lo four-nole polyphony, 
chord memory, programrnable split 
point, variable border colour and so on, 
can sphl the keyboard at any point 



and nil! be offered Ihe same selection of 
sounds for the top and bottom halves ol 
the split. 

All the sounds ate very life-like com- 
pared to the 64 's SID chip sounds oi to 
conventional voice expanders, but 
there's very little control available ex- 
cept for an overall bnghtness 
adjustment. 

There are 12 preset rhythm accompa- 
niraenls available, each with their own 
arrangement of bass and arpeggio pat- 
ients and lifelike percussion soundE. 
There's also a "riff machine" option 
which gives you 12 complex backmg 




has a foUow-on cartridge port which will 

eventually accept an input from a louch- 

iponsive keyboard. It's also plaiuted 






pack! 



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in February, 
hopes lo be delivering an FM composer 
package for eighl-voice polyphonic 
pieces, and the Sound Expander module 



The Sound Expander 
many educational applicaUons, since all 
notes played are displayed on a music 
Slave with selectable share or flat nota- 
tion. Presumably this display will be 
further exploited in the compositional 
software. 

The Sound Expander is an mexpen- 
sive way of getting mfo high-class sound 
generation, bul won't aatiafy the more 
experimental musician for long using 
only the present software. However, by 
the time you've exhausted iffi current 
options, it's likely thai many more will 
have become av^able. On that basis it's 
logical to give Ihe system a heartfelt 
thumbs up. 

Maxh Jenkins 



m YOU BESVI ENOEH TO ilMS DPTOTHE BESPEMTE GDNMEN WHO WHT TO ROB THE 




iJefend the spoils of the famous 
\ gold rush, guard the riches 
I hidden behind the walls of the 
' West Bank, Desperate characters' 
plan and scheme their way to th 
gold, bloodthirsty gunmen try to blast their way to 
instant fortune but watch out for the innocent 
bystanders - a stray shot will harm your reputation 
for ever. Keep a keen eye on the horizon and your 
trigger finger poised for action the law of the West 
is still the law of the gun. 

ir YOU THM YOU ARI-BE WARNED 
THE WAY OF THE WEST IS STILL 

-THE LAW OF THE GUN.! 




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TmMh! 

A supreme test of logic and strategy 




THINK/ features:- 

! Instant replays I Icon-driven menu 
! Playthe computer ora friend 
I Joystick or keyboard control 

miNK!t/ariat/ans.'- 
ir TUTOKIALTHIHH! 

a practice mode where the computeranalyses and advises on 
your moves 

•k SPEED THIHK! 

each player has a limited time to make each move 

•k BUTZTHINH! 

each player has a limited time to complete all their moves 

• PROBLEM TM/WK; 

the computer will set some fiendish probiemsfor you to solve 
or you can set up your own grids for the computer ora friend 
to solve. 

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Essentiallya board-game designed 
specifically for your computer, which, 
lihe all the best board games, is EASY 
TO LEARfl but EXTREMELY DIFFICULT 
TO MA5TER. 
Played on 6 X 6grid, TMinK! will provide 
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Light pen 



Hatdware Amicron Microscnbe 
light pen Micro CBM S4 Price £29.93 
Supplier Amicron Ltd, 62-64 
Queen's Koad, Reading, Berks, 0734 
50081S. 

Light pens have tiaditionally iiesa 
popular micro peripherals, be- 
cause [hey are relatively inexpen- 
sive, fun lo use, and allow Ihe user to 
control the computer wilhout reaori to 
the keyboaid. Equally traditionally, they 
have been unreliable, badly supported 
by software Eind mediocre ui 



product which overcomes most of the 
disadvantages ol lis predacessors. Like 
sH light pens, it operates by mteracting 
with the screen timing o[ Ihe computer; 
by riming the instant al which the screen 
refresh triggers the circuit, the light pen 
software can move a cursor around llie 
display screen, or selecl subroutines 

The Microscnbe cassette software, 
which can be dumped to disc, includes 
three routines; a hi-ree graphic design- 



er, a graphic caiculalor, and a control 
program for your own rouhnes. All the 
software works withoul any problems 
and mteiacts Vi^ell with the hardware. 

The Microscribe itself is very well 
engineered; it has a steel barrel and a 
long lead, and plugs into the joystick 
pon. On the tip is a sensor, which, when 
pressed against Ihe screen surface, 
sends a control signal. This means you 
do not have lo touch the keyboard at ail 
while using the Microscribe. 



The daihii hi-res design software is 
reasonably powerful. Al the bottom of 
the screen is a row of SDi bones, marked 
Dcaw, Inks. Zoom. Eraser. Memory and 
Type. When "hit" by Ihe pen, each will 
bring up a further s^ection of c 



Craffin allows you lo draw open or 
filled circles, squares and other poly- 
gons; lines, either single or linked; rays, 
all coming from a central point; brush 
patlems, and so on. There are also zoom 
functions for pixel editing, various undo 
commands (including dear, which irre- 
versibly blanks Ihe whole screen, so 
beware!), and routines to save drawings 
10 tape or disc. One of the most interest- 
ing features is Ihe provision of three 
"pens", which can be set lo the required 



colour and texture, then recalled al any 
nme. Il's like having three separate 
paintbrushes, rather than one which you 
have to clean off every nme you wish to 
change style. 

All 16 Commodore M colours are 
available for designs, although you'll 
find thai the light pen works better on 
bright colours. If you want lo use dark 
colours, it can be easier lo draw in a light 
colour then swap it around. 

The other programs on the tape are 
also well-designed; Pei\ca!c is a simple 
on-screen calculator program which 
might have educational as well as practi- 
cal uses: and Pencode is a small machine 
code routine which improves the perfor- 
mance of the B4' ■ ■ 



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nprogra 



Overall the Miroscribe. with its inlelli- 
genl design using Ihe lip sensor, its 
strong metal construction, efficient 
screen control and imaginative software. 
can be recommended at Ihe price. Light 
pens will never be compulsory pur- 

Ihem, but perhaps products of this quali- 
ty will encourage more support from 
software houses and micro users. 

Chris Jenldns 




MAKE MONEYWITH 
YOUR MICRO ! 

you could earn over £50perweek-in your 
spare time-and you don't need any 
special programming skills... 



Aichoughyou may atprcscnlonlyiucyour 
micro (0 play games, your compuier is in 
fact a very sophisticated business machine 
whicti you could use lo make yourselT a 
very subsunlial full or part lime income. 
Whatever your bee apportunily exists. You 
may be a sclioolboy loolcing for a school 
bofifiess prqecL You may have left school 
and be looking for a viable business idea. 
)d job, but you wouid 



like to have an c'llra 'income. Whau 

some money, you can lum your micro into a 
money making machine. 

FORGET ABOUT 

GAMES 

Of course it is passible lo make money as a 
games designer, but unless you understand 
machine code, and have lata of original 
ideas, you might as well leave gomes 
designing to the professionals. Afler all 
games design is a very competitive area, 
and (here arc lots of easier ways to make 
money with your computer. 



HOW TO GET 
STARTED 

Wc have compiled a special report which 
provides you with all the information you 
need lo start a small pari time business. 
which you can operate from home, using 
your micro. The report contains hundreds 
trf business ideas which give you the 
possibility of earning thousands of pounds 
from your micro. Each idea is explained tn 
detail, you need only the simplest of 
programming abiijiy. ifyou can write simple 
basic programmes you can operate any of 
these ideas. (When we say simple basic 
programmes wcmean very simple) some of 
the ideas require no programming but even 
the ideas that have the greatest potential ore 
very simple and easy lo operate. 







ANY COMPUTER 
WILL DO! 

Whatever your micro. Spectrum, 
Commodore. Electron. Amstrad etc. 
all the business ideas in this report 
arc applicable lo all home micros, no 
matter how humble or sophisticated. 



TRY THIS SIMPLE 
TEST 

When the report anives select one 

idea that appeals To you. 

Try oui the idea far three months. 

read the directions carefully, stan in 

a small way. remember to begin 

slowly. 

At the end of this trial period calculate 

how much income you've made, if 

you're not satisfied with the results 

simply return the report and we will 

REFUND YOUR MONEY IN 

FULL. 



I use each idea, lo establish 
ar full time business. All the 
ideas are viable business opportunilies. 
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more. Many of the ideas arc capable of 
development lo provide you with a very 
substantial income indeed, and each ides 
will grow and develop as you operate the 
business. The business you start will be 
totally your own and can be started with 
just one micro, and perhaps £i or £10 start 
up expenses. 

WHAT ELSE 
WILL YOU NEED 

You will need to be prepared lo wort to 
make your business grow, each idea requires 
lime and effort, and like any one who runs a 
business you will need to take advantage of 
the money making opportunities which 
develop. You will need to adapt lo the 
challenges, attd stick at your projecL 
A telephone would be helpful, and a 
computer printer would be a great asset (if 
you do not own a printer don't worry, you 
can buy one from your first profiUs]. 
You won'i have to wait, most of the projects 
can be started within 14 days. 



EASY TO FOLLOW 

Our special report is easy lo follow, all the 
ideas provided are honest straight forward 
meUlodsof making money from your micro. 
To prove that you can make money from 
your micro we offer a no quibble money 
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you don't make any money, just return the 
rcpon. We'll send you a full relund. within 
three working days, we won'i quiW>Ie. we'll 
just return your money. 
We arenol trying to t^e advantage of you, 
we want to present ynu in a fair way with the 
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from your mic"" 



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Progiam Winter Sports Mi- 
cro Speclrum Price £9.95 
SnppUei Declric Dreams 
Software, 31 Carllon Cres- 
csnt. Southampton, 



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SpoTTB. an eight event spons 
simulation, irhich refuBes a 
muiti-load. So it's on wiUl the 
woolly gloves and on with 
pail one. 

Slalom, Giant Slalom and 
Downhill aie grouped togeth- 
er and look suspiciously aimi- 
iar. The left hand panel gives 
a skiei's eye view while the 
right is an overhead map. 
SIdmg to the sides oE or 
through gates isn't much 
helped by the forward view. 



it rather slow. 

Ice Hockey has more aub- 
siance, a Malch Dayoa slcates. 
with a two player option. In 
reality it's a physically violent 
game and for me the Qgures 
moved rather slowly, though 
tackling works well apart 
From some awful attribute 
clashes which could make 
you lose traclc of your player. 
Judging which figure will 
come imder youi control can 



Ski Jumpmg is a quesnon of 
steermga straight line, liming 
your run's start and jump, an 
balancing while in the air. II 
can all be over very quickly. 
Speed akaling ia the iirsi ap- 
pearance of straight Track 
and Field joystick jiggUng. 



much of a bad thing. Maybe it 
would at least let you sepa- 

enough to change Lane. 

The Bobsled is a return to 
the Slalom style, though it 
calls for different techniques 
as you have to keep a close 



check on your speed or your 
sled goes over. A cross-sec- 
tion o! the course lets you see 
how you lie on the banking 



of cross 
country skiuig and shooting. 
Joystick wiggling moves you 
along the course, against an 
ailracdve backgrotmd, al- 
though you have to be caiehil 
not to use up all your stamina. 
Shooting iB a question not of 
aiming but timing, hitting fiie 
when the cursor is over the 

qiuck to reload before you 

If you've not suffered frost- 
bite, you can return to the 
start and reload to try to bet- 
ter your efforts as the best 
scores are kept through the 
sections. Fans ol the genre 
may tind things to please, but 
several of the events left me 
feeling so what? Dare 1 aay 
that 1 found the whole thing 
rather. , . cold? 

John Minson 



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Program Cammac One Mi- 
cro Spectrum Price £3,93 
Supplier Micro Zeighty, 7 
The Crescent, Hurstboume 
Tarrant. Andover, Hants SPll 
OAP. 

Six pounds is not a lot to 
pay for an assembler. In 
fact, those thinking of 
gelling into assembly lan- 
guage may consider it a low 
COS! way of trying the water, 
Bewarei While Cammac One 



t panel that 1' 
Written mostly 
Cammac translates the op- 
codes, then poke 
rectly " 



isl a 



a. This 



conunand, then restarting 
the address where the err 
occurred. It claims to cope 
with all the ZS6 non-pceOx 
insnuctions, and all that I 
tried worked, bulyou havelo 



be careful in handling them. 
For example, if you want to 
LDA,6 you'd have to type in 
LD A, N (don't forget your 
Caps Shift, though the single 
sheet instructioits neglect to 
tell you to use it), then type in 



disassembler which tioes its 
job and not much more can 
be said than that. The Tester- 
Monitor is slightly more elab- 
orate with its display of the 
registers. You can single step 



by pressing any key. or run it 
directly wilha t/sr command. 
For some reason, though, it 
fails to cope with jumps, mak- 
ing it less than wholly useful. 
Really this is more suited to 
a listing somewhere. Novices 
would soon lose pia hence and 

Winers will want more. Micro 
Zeighty promise two more 
advanced versions al propor- 
tionately higher prices. I can 
only hope that they're an ad- 






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The white stuff 



Program Mikie Micro Spec- 
trum Price £7.95 Supplier 
bnagine Software (1984). 6 
Central Street. Manchester 
M2SNS. 

■ jarred by the janitor's 
^L bucket, chased by 
cheer-leaders. Milde is an all- 
American kid with a message 
to deliver to his girlfriend, 
and no high-school hi-jinks 
can stop him. 



Konami arcade game by 
Imagine is great fun. I'll admit 
to not having seen the origi- 
nal, but going from the bon 
iilu9lrations the main differ- 
ence seems to be that the 

chrome. The game itself 
plays extremely well, which 
is not to say it's easy. 

The fiisl screen is a ques- 
tion of collecting hearts to 
complete a message and exit 

is that they are hidden under 

males, Mikie deals with this 



by the hip-zap which rockets 
the pupil into itn empty chair 
so that Milde can move in. 
He's got to avoid the wander- 
ing teacher, though, as he's 
only safe when he's sitting. 

Free from class. Mikie has 
to dodge other members of 
staff m the corridors and 
make for the locker room 
where the hearts are in 
groups of three, collected by 
shouting at them. This screen 
is exceptionally busy with un- 
friendly characters who have 
no romance in iheir souls. In 
later screens Mikie's also be- 
set by cheerleaders, whose 



kisses stun him. 

This is all rather addictive 
and takes a fair bit of skill - 
perhaps the screens are a 
little too crowded, but that 
ensures you have something 
to aim for. My main complaint 



mention thai in keyboard 

keys lor shouting and zap- 
ping. A good-natiired arcade 
copy. Ihough. which should 
raise the blood pressure after 
your Christmas pud. 

John Mfnson 



TML 



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At last a tnicly \ 

with TftKWord II and OCP'a Wordmanagcr, Your Smdair 

lo choosing. I've no doubl (hai The Writer will li 



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Ham fisted 

^ogtaxa lnlemationa] Karale 
Micro Speclmin Price £6.50 
ipliet Sysiem 3 Software, 
Soulhbank House, Black 
Prince Road, London SEl 7SJ. 

T2S'« i 
with a further addibon 
10 the mailial aita genre. This 
is very much in the vein of 
Exploding Fisl. With Ihe intei- 
naliona] element cotrang fioin 
the varieQes of backdrop. 
Vou can deliver a round- 
Sydney. ]uinp m Japan, 
your opponent Hying t 
York and alioui 'Eeeeeeee - 
yaigh!* in Egypt. Sadly, Lon- 
don never made it to the tape. 
SiKeen diSerent moves are 




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leaping over your opponent's 
head, chosen by the eight di- 

wilhoul fire, or a sensible 



mated, slightly squatter than 
Melbourne Houae's but possi- 
bly more detailed. The 
moves seemed to worlt weE, 
though I wasn't sure Ihat some 
blows weren't shghtly 
prejudged. 



Don the computer provide 
worthy opponent as 5 
snuggle for two points in 

piayai option. If you wu 

points by kicking a table 
of bricks or dodging flying 
Kung Fu slars, though for 

seem to get added to my total. 
What this version of the 
game does have la speech, 
and it's not al all bad, 1 rather 
liked hearing my score. The 
front end is not too hot 
Though, with nothing to indi- 
cate which option you've cho- 
sen. All in all it'G a reasonable 
game, considering that it's 
somewhat cheaper than Ex- 
ploding Fist and if you don't 
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drawing options ihan Gissp. 

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much cheaper. 

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potential. 

The program has a mini 
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spreadsheet built in. This is 
unable to use the complex 
formula defmitions found in 
Miciospiead but once Ihe 
data IS entered you can ma- 
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Nog, which for me pulls this 
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probably 
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Airwolf is a problem, II has 
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Friday October lUh 
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Wednesday December 25th 
CHRISTMAS DAY 

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I Last year's winner - Knight Lore 
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I Last year's winner - Quickshot II joystick 

Games designers - particularly ocfvenlure writers - hove 
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} Last year's winner -ffjeQu/7/ 

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Screen Dump 
on Amstrad 
by K Fairley 

Having jus! bought myself an Epson 
compatible printer (the Brothel M'10O9), 
my first thought was to try a Bcrean 
dump. The attempt I made Bt writing one 
(in Basic) was reasonably successful but 
very slow and since my knowledge of 
machine code is extremely limited my 
only tesorl was someone else's pro- 
gram. So out came my back issues ol 
vanouH magazineB and the search for a 



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grey. In Mode 0, black, white, two sllghUy until you are ai the slarl of 
shades of grey and 12setaof dot patterns Graph3 block 1, then nm either program 
for the different pens. The way 1 did il one or program two. 
was 39 follows. Once you have done the above it is just 
Those o! you who have a disc drive m a matter of loading ■'DUMP",&Sf38, than 
program one, those with tape type in loading the screen you wish to dump- 
program two. But first you must pul your After that simply CALL &Bf3a and sil 
original copy of Mini OtBce in your tape back. If, however, you have an Amatrad 
Idly. In Mode 3. black and white. In recorder and type in Car. Slop the tape DIvIPl printer then change the poke lo 
" prints up Craph2, Rewind it Po)te&9£3S,l. 



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part of 11 on lo a blank tape, loaded in a 



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by Endaff Bowen 

These procedures load the GPrinI 
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This dump is compatible with all printers 
of the FX-SO type (i use a Memotech 
DMX80 printer). The commands and Ihe 
program follow, merge ihe pioceduies 
with your own program. 
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Conversion Routines 
on Spectrum 
by G Bottomley 

These Hex to Decimal and Decimal to 

special length of Hex or Dacmial 
number. 

Hei 10 Decimal conversion is fairly 
easy since the length of Ihe Hex string 
" using 'LEN HS'. The Dec to 



Hex 



a difficU 



there is no similar fimction for the length 
of decimal numbers. 

Logarithms are used to find the num- 
ber of Base 18 'numbers' m the decimal 
number. 

This would fail when the value of D 
was 0. since IjK is not possible. This is 
overcome by using the unusual action of 
the 'OB', as used by Sinclair. 

ThiB can be understood as - LN p 
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POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 



Arcade Avenue 





Christmas 
Hits 

This week Cm giving ray 
rundown on the besi ai 
Ihe bewildering lange 
of new releases out for Chiiat- 
tnaa. There aeem lo be more 
top quality games available 
[or more machines Ulan ever 
before and I apologise to any- 
one thai is left out. I've tended 

thai 1 have Been fmished. 

Thanjrfully game conver- 
sions are getting better, but 

aie designed to exploit the 
features of a given machine 
and cannot be converted 
well. Unless you hear other- 
wise, ! would advise you to 



Some releases are too late 
for inclusion here, and some 
are being delayed to get 
more individual attention af- 
ter Chiislmas, [ suspect that 
this includes the promiaed 
new Miner Willy game, so we 
may have another loundup 
when the dust has settled. 

Platform games in general 
have become much leas com- 
mon but there are still out- 
slandicg ones aroiuid. US 
Gold's hnpoasible Mission for 



ing the obligatory Spectrum 
Elite, out for the Amslrad in 
January, and anyone who 
wants a budget game would 
be mad not lo go for their 
Super Silver isnge. especial- 
ly Chunera and WiUoiv Pal- 
iBin. Mastertronic has )ust 
bought out an equivalent me- 
dium price range called MAD 
games and 7?ie£asf VSforthe 
Commodore is superb. 

Durell has a couple of sur- 
prise new Spectrum games - 
both SaboleuT, which is like a 



fdisaian and Exploding Fisi, 
and CriOcaJ MaBB, a graphi- 
cally superb 3D space game 
but one which may ultimately 
lack plot. Conwiodore. and 
eventually Amstrad. versions 
are eipecled. 
CRL's Tan CeH is another 



Micropower's Doctor Who 
(almost every micro) as a 
platform game, which n looks 
like, since it has something 

the excellent Caslie Quest. 

There will probably be two 
new MikroGen games out 
when you lead this. Battle ot 
the Planets and TTiree Weeks 
in Paradise. Feelings about 
the latter depend on whether 
you are nred ol the Wally 



strained. Superb 
quality. 

can also be found in Micro- 
sphere's Back to Skool Follow- 
up to Skooldaxe. 

The Commodore is cur- 
rently dominated by US re- 
leases, and two palfoim 

and Zorro. More original 
American games include 
Figbl Night, Wintsr Games 
and some of Axiolasoft's new 
destruction games. Indeed, 
there are ao many that we 

Aclivisiona'B iultJe Compufer 



Thankfully British compH- 
nies can offer comparable 
quality for the machine. Don't 
nuBS the Commodore conver- 
sion of Revs when it appears. 
Also Ihe Ultimate games. Da- 
ley's Superteal. Monty on the 
Ran (brilliant music), Wimid- 
ry, Beyond's Erdgma Force, 
and oiiake MinliS One On its 
new Monolith label all spring 
to rnind. Beyond's Spy vs Spy 

flmsliad, an eBsential buy. 

The Amstrad version of US 
Gold's Bounty Bob is ade- 
quate lalher than inspired. It 
is also very hard, but does 
have most of the wacky fea- 
tures of the original, i prefer 
Bruce Lee, which should be 
looked on as a platform game 



fruatratingly 
This and Fisi i 
released for the BBC. 

It's nice to see the BBC be- , 
ing mcluded in the conver- 

also just released 

Hypersportsand YieArKung 
Fu. Choosing between the lat- 
ter and Fist would make most 
people weep. If you really 
can't afford both then 1 up Fisr 
on the basis of Ihe two player 
combat which adds enor- 
mously to the fun. The olher 
top tip BBC game must be 
Fueirack from the ever el- 
cellent Aardvark. However, 
the Spectrum version of Tie 
Ai Kung Fu is loo slow, loo 
easy, and with some breath- 
taking attribute problems 
when the fighter jumps. The 



ed with skill and respect for 









The arcade game Com- 
mando has been released by 
Elite for BBC, Amstrad, Com- 
modore and Spectrum. I've 
only seen the last two but they 

Another very good Spectrum 
war game is Panzadrome 
from Ariolasoft. 



Ocean's bumper Chnslmaa 
includes Knightndei, Trana- 
formers, Rambo, Street Hawk 
and Cosmic Wailoads by 
Demojv Designs. Not all are 
□Lit a I the time of writing but 
some look to be excellenl. 



Bonable eitpeclanons and 


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Lassr Basic from Ihe authors 


shouldn't be missad. Another 


1 








of White Lightrung, sold by 


goodie is Costa Capers on 


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Ocean's new IQ label. There 


Firebird's new Hot label. 
Amsliad/ Commodore con- 




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versions of all Hot games can 
be eipecled. The heat ot the 




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superb. It is out now for Ihe 
Spectrum and Conunodore. 


first releases is Rasputin, a 
Knight Lore derivative - a 


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Finally the big new thing 
this ChriEtmaa is compilalion 
lapes. The choice from these 


ro 


inly Hob &om OS Cold 






mosphere. Another brilhant 












3D game is Gargoyle's 


gai 


ag, but the former 1 




with added Kung Fu rather 




Sweevo's WorJrf- again bel- 




ly slick and both are b 




than vice versa. Mirrorsoft's 


my aps are the US Gold col- 


ter, and much funnier, than 






Dynamite Dan ia also a good 


lection and JeO Mmler's Yak's 


Knight Lore and available for 


Fr 


disMicroCen's other 






Progress. They Sold A MimoB 




offering, pncey at £9.93 


but 


Melbourne House's Figlil 


strikes me as a basis lor a 


lent Maisporl. Spectrum and 


irillianl.ll plays like a fun 




ing Warrior has been well 


compilation guaranteed no( 


Amstrad. 




rsion of CasUe Quest 


the 


implemented on the Amstrad 


to seU a( all, but the Amstrad 


Apart from Costa Capers 


graphics ate like Mordillo 


albeit perhaps their weakes 


version contains games pre- 


there are plenty ot other Fire- 






cel- 


game, and the super Gyro- 




bird releases around, indud- 


ent, attribute clashes arc 


re- 


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Tony Keadle 



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!5 DECEMBER 19SS 



Tony Bridge's Adventure Corner 



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Strong incentive 

You'll know by now thai 
something called 

Chnsmiaa is ]uhi a lew 
days away from us. ll's a lime 
when all the software houses 
work 24 hours a d^y oying lo 
persuade us thai tfieiradven- 
nire is [he best and you 
should buy no othec, 

blockbuslBTE like Lord of the 
Rings (jusi about essential 
viewing, f would have 
thought), a ptogxam which 
should be at the very top of 
every Amslrad owner's 
'please, please, please Santa' 
list IS The Graphic AdrsntuTe 
Crealoi Ercnn Incentrre 
Sofmais. 



gram tor some while - like 
adventures themselves, ad- 
venture- writing utilities need 
more Ihan lusl a cursory 
glance - 1 have to say that I am 
impressed. And this positive 
feelitig starts on first opening 
ths manual. It's tnondjy and 

ice user gently into the mys- 
teries of adventure- writing. 
The QisiU makes the job of 
piog ramming sji adventure 
easier, but there is still much 
work lo be done; GilCmakes 
the whole process very easy 



On power -up, the main 
menu is presented (once one 
has negoDated the dreaded- 
Lenslok): this menu allows the 
adiling of messages, nouns, 
verbs, room descripnons and 
graphics, as well as condi- 

The first job, however, is to 
wnte the adventore - this 
may seem like a contradic- 
tion, but any utility like this 
should be approached only 
after pla 



gram a lot of work and allow- 
ing the player to type, for 
example. Gel. Take, Prdtand 
whatever else you decide 
some might think of in a par- 



Slmpliclty 

and edited if required, the 
pictures may be tackled. Like 
everything else in the GAC. 
this job is made as easy as 
possible for the user - not the 
most elaborate or sophistical- 
ed drawing utility, it is quite 
adequate for adventure illus- 

for drawing boxes, rectan- 
gles, aides, ellipses and so 
on, as well as a good HJJ and 
an eicellent Shading fatnlity. 
Here. too. editing is simplicity 

forward and back through the 
picture allowmg for editmg 



m paper 



. clear 



Self-help 

I've spent several weeks 
recently looking at some of 
the efforts produced with The 
Quill - ['m a great believer in 
sell-helpi - and of course that 
program is available for the 
Amstrad as well as the Spec- 
trum, Commodore and so on. 
But the latest program from 
Incentive seems very much 

utility and will appeal lo very 
many more people. 

As its name suggests, the 
Graphic AdvenniTe Creator 
(GAC) enables you to write 
graphic- with-text adventures 
without the need for an extra 
module as in TTle QuiU- H 
comes on tape or disc and 
mcludes a comprehensive 
and rather chatty manual, tn- 
I Pf"- 



musl be typed in. with de- 
scriptions, connections [to 
other rooms) and associated 
pictures. Then object de- 
scriptions along with their 
weights (although this need 
not necessarily play a role in 
the fmished scenario, never- 
theless, some number has lo 
be entered), and then vocab- 



le leaving the ie 



Finally, one picmre may be 
merged with another, so that, 
like The Quill's 'subrournies', 
common patterns can be 
placed m several pictures 
without the need for re-draw- 
ing. Colour handling, too. is 



ing, flash etc, this part o: 

GACis delightful to use. 

All that's left to do now 

defme the conditions, wit 



what IS attamable (and the 
graphics are pretty good, 
thus encouraging the user to 
have a go), as well as a 'start- 
you-off lile ol commonly- 
used words to save you a litde 

I Having lived vrtth the pro- 



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ulary to be recognised m the 
nouns, verbs and adverbs. 



which the adventurer could 
merely walk around a sialic 
landscape - setting the condi- 
tions ensures that dragons 
will stomp on him, unless he 
has the dragonabane, and that 
this door cannot be unlocked 






there is a swamp 
player is carrying more 
a certain weight, he will 



High priority conditioria 
are scanned each time any 
input IE made by the player 

vnlh the ore, and has he got 
necessary defence?). 






i. There 



e 255 



bemg used lo keep iTack of 

action is performed (if the 
adventurer is in the dark, en- 
sure that 20 moves v/ithoui a 
light results in a cracked 
skull), while markers are ei- 
ther on or off (tf the adventur- 
er has switched en the light, 
then his skull is safe until he 
switches off agara). 

Conditions reqiure a little 
thought, oi course, and can be 
cpiite complex assuming 
your nimiber 7 verb is Un- 
lock, yotii number B notm is 

Key. then a typical condition 
may be If (Verb 7 And Noon 6 
And CAir Zj Set 3 Mess 10. 
This translates as. 'If the play- 
er has typed Unlock Door and 

reset marker 3 and print mes- 
sage number 10 (The door is 

Extended version 

It's really as simple as that, 
though a complex adventure 
may have a lot of complex 
conditions in order to work 
properly. 

detail - rest assured that 
very few bad 



. In t 



plpelmi 



3 make full use of the 
extended memory □! the 8128 
(at the moment, 25K is avail- 
able ior your adventure) and 
lull disc access during play. 
But for the moment. Incen- 
tive's Graphic Adventure 
Creator is reason enough lo 
buy an Amstrad. 



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ojs 6 (-) Mercenary fCe^/y^M/i;) 

^' » I (7) Little Computer People (Vaiioas) 

8 (5) Rambo (Speclnmil C64) 

9 (-) Lords Of The Rings (Spec/rura; 

10 (B) Computer Hits 10 fSpecffura; 

11 (10) Back To Skool (Specfruin; 

12 (12) Winter Gaines ('CS4; 

13 (6) Founula One Simulator fVanousJ 
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f;» IS (11) Finders Keepers (Spec(7iim/CW/j4msf7adJ 

^:% 16 (16) Beach Head 2 fSpectnm, C^, Amstrad) 

^% 17 (-) Transformers (C64) 

ISS5 IB (19) BMX Racers fSpec(7™/C«/Cie) 

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Firebiid/Acornsofl 

Hit Squad 

Novagen 

ActiTision 

Melbotuue House 

Bean Jolly 

Micro sphere 

Epyx/US Gold 

Mastertronic 

Digital Integratioii 

Mastertronic 

Access/US Gold 

Ocean 

Mastertronic 

Melbourne House 

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Elite (SpectnimjCB4IISC) 
Winter Gamaa (C84) 
Way of the Exploding Fiat (Spectni 
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Firebird/Acomsoft 

Epyx/nS Gold 

i/C64/Ainsrrad;Melbonnie House 

The Edge 






KedMoon (SpectiumlCSilAinsa'adlBBCIEleclron} Levels 

Monty on the Run (Spectniml C64} Gtemlin GtapUci 

Non Terraqueous (Speclniml Amstrad) Mastertronic 

I Bored of the Hings (Speclniml Amelrsd) Delta 4/SI)veTsofI 

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Language barrier 

OrweUian hysleria having lately 
calmed dcwn ^ler paasing 
through the dreaded 1984. pop- 
ular opiiuon would have it Ihat we have 
escaped most of Orwell 'a diie ptedic- 
lioiis. Populai opinion, of coutse. choae 
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was not sefling down a caEt-iron prog- 
nosticaOon tor a paitieiHar year. 

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Hon of language. 

NeiwSpeak, as Orwell described u, 
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messages being sent, h ia a modem 
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jargon. The initiated can bask within a 
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becomes loo graal. Within the confines 
ther 



group of computer enthusiasts and moni- 
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withone another. 

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or the depth of the occurrence. Thus, the 
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President Reagan talks about his 
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confuse ourselves. Who knows the value 
of the prehxmega- orgiga-and which is 
bigger? Who 



in the relative i 



nobody else c 






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possibly be an intelhgent conversation 
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Puzzle No 186 

country. The fits, of these was the invasion by 

Great F-lague. 

Ing the dates of Uiese two dlsaateis. Fat 

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Oiickstiot H'sfast action. Featuresauniquepoweraafety device and a new 
Reset button. Evenmoreama^ing value at iiist £18 50 
QUICKSHOT 11 AUTO RAPID-FIKE JOYSTICK 

Tlie top games joy stick with it! sleek trigger file hultun and anaulo-fita 
switch for continuous shooting-a snip at only £9.95 

SPECTRUM INTERFACE 

This Kempston compatible interlace adds real games pnwer lo your 
Spectrum. Costs just £9.95. 

SPECTRUM UPGRADE KIT 

Boost your 16K Spectrum to a lull 4SK, allowing you lo run alllhe latest 
andgreatest software. Only £21.95 

Where can you gel your hands on Ram's amazing Spectrum adfl-ons? 
You can seethHinat branches of Boots. Menjies, Greens, Spectrum Group 
compulef centres, and good computer stores everywfiere. 
Ram Electronics (Fleet) Ltd IDeptFC I. urn 8. Redieldslnduslnal Park RedMd 
Lane. Church Crookham, Aldershol, Hants GU130RE. 
Credit Card hoi Una: M 0SS28S00SS. /Access & Visa) 



Spectrum Turbo Inter (ace(s) at £18.50 
0uickshDtllJDystick|s)al£995, 
Specliumlnterlace(s)atI9.95 
. SpectnJmiagradeKit(5)at£2I.95. 



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