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Your very own magazine, Amiga Format. 116 pages packed with news, reviews, features and entertainment. The brand-new Amiga Format already has a great history behind it, and now we are branching out on our own things are going to get even better. You can see from the first issue that the balance of content will be the same broad mixture of everything from graphics to games, music to DTP. Of course, one of the most important things is that we now have the whole cover disk just for Amiga programs. Not only will we be bringing you the best in playable game demos and utilities, but there will be much more interaction between the disk and features inside Amiga Format. The opportunities for using the disk In conjunction with the graphics section in particular are immense. There are also plenty of new features that make this not just the biggest but the best Amiga magazine. Brian Larkman joins us from next issue as Contributing Editor for graphics. His well-proven expertise as a lecturer in computer art and long-time Amiga user will produce the most authoritative reviews, helpful tutorials and SUBSCRIBE! SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 28 VIRUS X VIRUS ARTS CONTEST The most popular PD virus- killer, Virus X, has itself become the victim of an infection. American author Steve Tibbet’s thoughtful provision of the source code with the program has let nefarious hackers pro- duce a version that itself acts as a virus. Fear not, though! The dodgy version can be identified by the version number 3.3: Steve is skipping straight from Version 3.2 to 3.4.
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REVIEWS Welcome to the first issue of a new magazine that already has 13 issues behind it. We will be building on what ST Amiga Format did to provide the best coverage of graphics, music, games, DTP, hardware, video and all other areas of the Amiga scene.
We’ve got 880K of Amiga programs every month on the disk and a magazine packed with Amiga-only entertainment and information.
There has never been a better time to own an Amiga or read Amiga Format.
X-CAD DESIGNER 63 MAC EMULATOR 64 SOUND PROCESSOR ..73 FUTURESOUND 500 ...31 COMPETITION: Win a Gauntlet II coin-op...60 EDITOR Bob Had, PRODUCTION EDITOR Damien Hainan REVIEWS EDITOR Andy Smith TECHNICAL EDITOR Jason Holborn ART EDITOR Trevor Gilham DESIGN ASSISTANT Sally Meddings CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Jon Bales (Music), Brian I Air I man (Graphics!
CONTRIBUTORS Steve Jarratt, Graeme Kidd, Rachel Deckman AD MANAGER Jennie Evans AD PRODUCTION Louise CockroJI PUBLISHER Greg Ingham.
SUBSCRIPTIONS MAIL ORDER The Old Barn. Somerton, Somerset TAII 7PY Tel: 04S8 74011 PHOTOGRAPHY Ashton James, Bathampton COLOUR ORIGINATORS Swift Graphics Lid.
Southampton-, Cover by Bath Graphics PRINTERS Chase Web OJJset, Gillingham DISTRIBUTORS SM Distribution, 6 Leigham Court Road, Streatham, London SWI6 SHOWINGS AMIGA We have finally achieved the thing that Amiga owners have been clamouring for: and here it is. Your very own magazine, Amiga Format. 116 pages packed with news, reviews, features and entertainment.
The brand-new Amiga Format already has a great history behind it, and now we are branching out on our own things are going to get even better. You can see from the first issue that the balance of content will be the same broad mixture of everything from graphics to games, music to DTP.
Of course, one of the most important things is that we now have the whole cover disk just for Amiga programs. Not only will we be bringing you the best in playable game demos and utilities, but there will be much more interaction between the disk and features inside Amiga Format. The opportunities for using the disk In conjunction with the graphics section in particular are immense.
There are also plenty of new features that make this not just the biggest but the best Amiga magazine. Brian Larkman joins us from next issue as Contributing Editor for graphics.
His well-proven expertise as a lecturer in computer art and long-time Amiga user will produce the most authoritative reviews, helpful tutorials and SUBSCRIBE! SEE DETAILS ON PAGE 28 VIRUS X VIRUS ARTS CONTEST The most popular PD virus- killer, Virus X, has itself become the victim of an infection. American author Steve Tibbet’s thoughtful provision of the source code with the program has let nefarious hackers pro- duce a version that itself acts as a virus. Fear not, though! The dodgy version can be identified by the version number 3.3: Steve is skipping straight from Version 3.2 to 3.4.
superb artwork. On the music side we've also called in the best in the form of Jon Bates. He starts this month with an overview of the Amiga music scene and will be providing definitive reviews and tutorials In future issues.
FORMAT ARRIVES There are many old favourites that are being expanded to meet demand including Workbench, PD Update and Gamebusters. We are also busy sifting through your questionnaire replies to make sure we give you exactly what you want.
It’s a very exciting time for all of us: the Amiga is taking off like never before and we at Amiga Format are here to help you make the most of it.
As part of Ihe Edinburgh Arts Festival, Amiga Centre Scotland is running its animation competition again this year. Winners will have their work displayed at a special exhibition at the Festival.
Entries should be sent on PAL VHS videotape or on disk, to arrive by August 24. Further information about this unique event can be obtained from Martin Lowe at the Amiga Centre Scotland, 4 Hart Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3RN, or by phone on 031 557 4242.
What a glorious show it was too! It you don't mind being trapped in an enclosed space with several thousand Commodore owners, that is. The Amiga dominated totally, there was hardly a C64 in sight, and consequently this year’s Commodore Show was also buzzing with a lot more interest than some previous ones.
There was no single outstanding event but the feeling of excitement was tangible and there was a host of new products on show and being announced. Serious software and hardware were very much the order of the day, with only a couple of games houses represented, so the vibrant atmosphere was all the more gratifying.
Attendance was 10% up on the previous show at the 12,000 mark for the three days and the organisers, Database, are pleased with the way things went. As yet there is no date set for the next show, but we'll keep you posted.
MICROILLUSIONS WRANGLE Visitors to the Commodore show may have noticed that Microillusions had their own stand where Music X was on display, and that copies of Photon Paint 2 were on sale at other stands. At first glance this isn’t curious, until you realise that Activision are still claiming the UK rights to these Microlllusions products.
At present the situation is unclear but it appears that Activision are involved in a legal tussle with both Microlllusions in the US and the new group which claims to represent them in the UK. Which means that neither program will be wrdely available until the dispute is settled.
Let’s hope that's not too long away, because this is what Jon Bates and Brian Larkman had to say about Music X and Photon Paint 2 respectively... MUSIC XTRA Music X for the Amiga is coming.
But from where? The American software house Microlllusions has been promoting this stunning sequencing, voicing and sampling package heavily in the American press for well over a year now.
Surprising, therefore, that the only versions seen this side of the pond were demo versions that had yet to be de-bugged.
The first demo version, which was pretty spectacular, was shown by Activision who claimed to have an exclusive deal with Microlllusions.
Confusion has arisen now since dealers and the press alike have been informed that The Software Business now has "the exclusive UK and European rights to Music X", and was exhibiting at the Commodore show and taking orders with one ex-Activision staff member doing the demo work, although at the time of going to press they "hadn’t got the final version yet" (not bad for a program that has been advertised for nearly eighteen months!) Activision claim the matter is "under negotiation" with mutterings about contractual obligations. Time to stand back and watch the litigation!
PHOTON PHANTASY After a few quiet months on the Amiga painting front, things are hotting up again. First it was Deluxe Paint III, soon it will be DigiPaint 3 but now we have Photon Paint 2!
The original Photon Paint has remained the favourite of the three HAM painting packages for most artists because it is the easiest to use and most 'painterly1.
Many traditional effects are easy to achieve, including the best watercolour effect so far on the Amiga with Blend. The new version provides lots of new features and greater speed without sacrificing the effortless operation.
The most dramatic additions are contour mapping and multipage, ’pageflipper’ type animation, but also included are stencils, airbrush, rub-through, pantograph, auto-shadowing, cycle draw and many more minor enhancements.
In line with our new policy for graphics reviews, a really full description of Photon Paint 2 including DIY tips and tutorials, written by people who are using the program every day, plus original artwork that will be included on the cover disk, is being prepared. It takes time, but you will see it soon! Photon Paint 2 by SNIPPETS GSIGNS OF LIFE :hwas »n by ive an sions.
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We will have to wait for further details before getting our hopes up.
The A500 is also making news because of suggestions that it is being grey imported' from Holland. This has prompted complaints from retailers and an announcement over the PA at the Commodore show that such machines being sold off cheap might cause problems for the buyer. So own right, watch out for any machine that comes with a foreign manual at a knockdown price, because you could have problems with different voltage powerpacks and the lack of a valid warranty if anything should happen to go wrong.
If you are looking for the promised review of the new Amiga 2500 in this issue, then don’t bother, because the A2500 has been shelved. Planned to have a 14 Mhz 32-bit 68020 CPU and up to 4 Mb of RAM, the A2500 would be a straight upgrade of the A2000 through existing add-ons, which is thought to explain the strange non- appearance. Commodore prefer to wait for the A3000 which will contain the 25 Mhz 68030 CPU.
However, it remains to ¦ The be seen whether or not the appearance of the A2500 UX.
Which will run the Unix OS, is imminent. Another rumour that has resurfaced is that we will shortly see A500s fitted with 1Mb of RAM as standard. Apparently Microillusions is available on import from Digipro, Southampton (tel 0703-703030) at £79.95. HOLOGRAPHIC AMIGA One of the more unusual sights at the Commodore Show was the first hologram generated from a microcomputer image. Using equipment developed at Loughborough University and an Amiga 500, Rob Munday and his team, with advice from the Amiga Centre Scotland, have produced a 3D holographic view of a partially- animated wireframe bird
rendered using Sculpt 3D.
To produce it, over 100 frames were generated and recorded onto a holographic plate in stereo pairs as a series of vertical strips. Viewing the image from the front, slight movements of the head reveal hidden parts of the object that would normally only be seen if it was real and solid. This is normal for a hologram as anyone with a bank card knows. Usually though, the object from which a conventional hologram is taken is a 3D model; here it is a series of flat, 2D images.
This is much more difficult and has previously only been achieved using high-powered Cray supercomputers. Now, in another first for the Amiga, a 3D computer model has been recorded holographically.
The physics is quite difficult, but if I understand it correctly, the process works something like this: conuenbonal holography captures the image of a complete 3D object in such a way that the parts of it that can be seen vary according to your viewpoint, just as would happen with a 'real' object. In effect the hologram has superimposed an almost infinite series of Views' of the object which are revealed as your viewpoint is changed. Stereoscopic holography has the same effect but in this case the 'views' are captured separately like the frames of a stereovision film, one for each eye, in
the form of pairs of vertical strips on the plate.
The advantage of this method is that the content of each 'frame' is much more controllable so that any object capable of being modelled on a computer can be captured in 3D and even animated.
The use of Amigas, or other cheap micros, also means that the commercial potential of such 'animated' holograms is much more likely to be realised. It is only a matter of time before full- colour, fully-animated sequences and even whole films appear.
JUST SAY THE WORD Computers can be ot great use to the disabled in all manner of ways, one of which is demonstrated by Amor's new speaking version of their word processor Protext. It's designed for use by the blind and is currently still undergoing development and testing.
All Protexts functions are available from the keyboard, which is essential because pull-down menus and a mouse are no use to blind users. The WP will be able to speak each key as it is pressed, speak every word as it is typed, read back the current line, read back from the start of the paragraph, speak characters as the cursor is moved and speak useful status information. Price and release details have not been decided yet but Arnor promise discounts for the visually handicapped. More on 0733 68909.
ROMBO MACHO VIDEO Rombo are well known for their digitisers and other add-ons on other machines, but now they are bursting onto the Amiga scene for the first time with the Video Image Digital Interface. VIDI-Amiga.
Although it's their first attempt it could make a big impact because it is attractively priced at £99.95 and has an impressive list of features. These include grabbing frames from a moving video in a 50th of a second in both mono and colour, load and save in IFF format, overlaying an incoming frame anywhere on an existing one. A user-definable palette, analogue contrast and brightness control, eight-level brightness control and drop-down menus.
The package includes a video cable, so all you need is a VCR or camera. At time of going to press Rombo were still working to make the unit produce colour pictures and the latest details can be obtained from them on 0506 414631 or at 6 Fairbairn Road.
Livingston. Scotland EH54 6TS.
ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE Equinox have enhanced their Small Business Accounts program to create SBA Xtra. Its new features add to an already comprehensive list of capabilities.
Money moguls will be interested to know that it provides profit and loss statements. Trial balance, full audit trail. VAT reports, balance sheets, budgets, day books, account group reports, transaction listing by batch or account heading and a constant update of cash position and profit.
The new features are debtors and creditors information, enhanced journal entries, a chart of accounts and relaxed security allowing copying of the chart of accounts and access to DOS commands.
SBA Xtra costs £115 and existing users can upgrade tor £34.50 ? £2.50 P&P. Equinox Business Systems can be contacted for details on 01 729 0990 or at 16 Anning Street. New Inn Yard. London EC2A 3HB.
SNIPPETS PLANNING AHEAD Good news tor tinancial folk. A new version ol Best UK's Plan IT spreadsheet has arrived. Version 3.0 has been reduced in price to £126.50 and otters new leatures, including lull import export of Lotus 123 worksheets. Arexx support. Dataview mode trom the database and an outline mode for viewing different levels of data on screen.
FOFT ARRIVES: THE FIRST OF A SERIES Owners of Maxiplan can upgrade to Plan IT for £57.50. Best will also accept trade-ins' on other existing similar sottware. Further into from Best UK, Block 3 Unit 1, Baird Avenue. Strutherhill Industrial Estate, larkhall. Strathclyde ML9 2PJ. Tel:0698 887770.
COLOURFUL CAROS Heads-up artistic geniuses with a tew pennies to spare! Hi Tension are working on Ami-graphex, a graphics expansion card in two versions. Zooming in at £899 will be Ami-graphex 1, which raises the screen resolution to 1024x768 pixels and provides a palette of 256 colours on screen trom a choice ot 16 million. The card comes lilted with 2Mb ol high-speed RAM.
ANIMATED MAGIC The Ami-graphex 2 will cost the princely sum of £1599 and for your cash you get 1280x1024 pixel resolution and the same palette options. Double the amount ot high speed RAM in this one. 4Mb. Allowing it to handle two full screens at the same time.
Further details from Hi Tension. Alexander House. Station Road, Aldershot.
Hampshire. Tel:0252 344454.
CENTRAL TELEVISION The Amiga is taking ott as the most important tool in video work with new products like G2's Videocenter bursting onto the scene. The Videocenter combines in one neat box the facilities of a video mixer, genlock and PAL encoder.
The Center mixes an incoming video signal with computer output using sliding laders or sottware to control fade to black and the mix level. It also has a tillered and buttered RGB output for connecting an RGB monitor. YC inputs and outputs take advantage ot the new Super-VHS systems.
G2 are no novices to the video game having produced the G2 MasterPieCe 900 that, among other things, mixes the graphics and live action for the BBC's quiz show Going tor Gold. The fact that they produce everything trom genlocks to broadcast- standard graphics and captioning systems really makes this one to watch out tor. The Videocenter costs £595 trom G2 Systems on 0252 737151.
KLASSIX GOING CHEAP The first three titles on US Gold's new budget label Klassix are Out Run, Foundations Waste and World Class Leaderboard, each one for the amazing sum of just £9.99. As yet no other full-price sottware house has followed suit in the move to cut-price bestsellers.
Among US Gold's major competitors are Microprose, who have no plans to introduce a budget 16-bit label according to Managing Director Stewart Bell. "You get what you pay for. If you can't compete on quality or gameplay, you could try to compete on price. If I had bought a game at £25 I would be very annoyed to see it being sold for £10." Activision's Amanda Barry said they too had "no plans lor a budget label, we re a full-price only company."
Mastertronic already produce budget Amiga games like Sidewinder and Chase for £9.95. Spokesman Andy Wright was unconcerned by US Gold's move and promised "a new range of 16- bit titles at a new price point." Watch these pages for more details.
It talk ol PAL encoders, genlocks and buttered RGB outputs is just so much wibble to you. Then check out the video teature on Page 17. Also keep your eyes peeled for a review ot the Videocenter coming to Amiga Formats pages soon.
Gremlin's massive space trading shoot-envup, Federation Of Free Traders, is set to arrive on the Amiga in the near future. Billed by Gremlin as an 'Elite beater1, FOFT was some two years in development and was advertised heavily in the press prior to its release on the ST. When it finally arrived the game proved to have a tew major gameplay flaws which, when combined with the appalling manual, reduced the game almost to unplayability.
Gremlin listened to all the criticisms, read the reviews, took note of what people had to say and set about correcting the A really useful piece of software must have two qualities if it is to be marketed successfully as a professional product. It must do its job well, obviously, but also it ought to look good, operating intuitively and ergonomically so that its power is not hidden by a complex interlace. In short, it should be tun to use. ANIMagic (Aegis, £69.95 from Digipro, Tel 0703 703030) is a powerful and almost unique piece of software for editing ANIM files, but like many Aegis
products it suffers from an ugly and clumsy interface that takes time to get to grips with.
This is a great pity because, unlike most other animation editing and sequencing programs, it allows direct editing and rearranging of individual frames of the actual compressed ANIM files.
What it does can be divided into game before releasing the Amiga version. Ian Stewart, Gremlin's MD, is now "Very, very happy with the product - we've really done the business and got it just right."
When asked if he thought Amiga FOFT really was an 'Elite beater' two areas: ANIM editing and enhancement, and Digital Video Effects (DVEs). Among the editing features are: full cut and paste between ANIMs, plus merge and crop, 'A-B Rolls' type transitions, layering of several ANIMs on top of each other, adjustment of colours (for one frame or globally) and optimise palettes, and use of any resolution or screen mode.
DVEs include all the usual transi- bons, wipes, turns, rolls and spins plus a library of special effects such as shatters, fountains etc that can be 'enhanced' with other customised effects by the user.
The layers of effects possible can be so complex that the dialogue box provides space for a four-line description that can be saved with the DVE. A lot of people are really going to need this versatile and powerful package.
Ian replied "It's not an Elite beater we're after so much - we just wanted to produce a really good game that would appeal to fans of this genre". Lefs hope Gremlin really have got it right this time: and watch the reviews pages next month for the definitive Amiga Format indepth review.
The next game in what's planned to be a Federation series is well under way. It won’t be another space trading cum shoot- emup, but it promises to be just as large and have just as much playability. It’s not due for release until sometime next year, so we'll bring more news as it comes in.
ESIGNS ON DISKS Over recent months. Antic seem to be breaking the habit ot a lifetime and converting their excellent Atari graphics programs for the Amiga. This is quite a revolutionary development for the Amiga. Already Cyber Paint has warped across In the form of Zoetrope (available In PAL format from ISM: 0983 864674): now the whole set of Design Disks has arrived, along with an entirely new one.
A number of other developers are starting to offer readymade' objects for use In 3D modelling systems, but this set from Antic is the most comprehensive and useful available.
Disks on offer are:
• Architectural Design: everything from a doorstep to a
complete city. Instant Frank Lloyd Wright.
• Future Design: space stations, space craft, robot vehicles and
androids. DIY Star Wars.
• Human Design: skeletal male and female human figures.
Detailed structures that are anatomically correct. The ST demo did backward somersaults!
• Microbot Design: DIY robot kit.
Almost all possible components for detailed, advanced robots.
• Interiors: latest addition to the set, with room plans, objects
for the inside of a house, 3D clip-art.
All the 3D Design series are available from Precision Distribution (01 330 7166). Now we can look forward to Cyber Texture with eager anticipation.
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Amiga Atari ? I Spectrum (tape) Spectrum (disc) £24.99 £24.99 £9.99 £14.99 £9.99 £14.99 £9.99 £12.99 Amstrad C PC (tape) Amstrad CPC (disc) C ommodore 64 (tape) C ommodore ()4 (cli sc) As the people of the Bloodwych awahe to a new dawn, they find a stranger in their midst from one of many races he has come. I I is task; to halt the demon that lies dormant within the C astle of the Bloodwych.
Unification of the Crystals of Sanguis will secure the Behemo th in his lair for all eternity. Should they remain separate, then he shall rise to bring darhncss into the world.
I his unique role-playing fantasy game allows greater interaction with the environment than has ever heen seen before. Argue, barter, negotiate even lie through your teeth! The fully implemented personalities of all the characters in Bloodwych allows a rich style of role-playing that has only heen dreamt of.
Vtith one or two player simultaneous mode, this is tlie game you've heen waiting for.
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MIKK0R50I-T IXI) I™ in lions.-. I IS Soi,lU-..rl Strcl. LoihIoii 51:1 05 X’ Tel: 1454 COMING ATTRACTIONS HOT-OFF-THE-PRESS PREVIEWS OF ALL THAT’S NEW IN THE SOFTWARE WORLD LONE WOLF AND THE MIRROR OF DEATH XYBOTS Tengen Domark Major Rock Hardy and Captain Ace Gunn star in this one or two-player strategic blast-em-up converted from the Atari coinop. As well as blasting all the aliens, you have keys to find that allow access to locked areas of the maie. Like Vindicators, this game involves a lot more thought than your average arcade shoot-em-up and is best played with a friend.
Somewhere in the sinister tower fortress of Kazan-Gor lies the Kai gem of power, the famous Lorestone. As the Lone Wolf, the last Kai Master, it's down to you to recover it. This arcade-action game is based on the Lone Wolf role-playing books of Joe Dever: so get your sword sharpened and prepare for some frantic onscreen combat very soon.
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professional publishing amongst a vast range of features, but
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PAGESTREAM Swiss software house Linel is another bunch that hasn't been idle. The curiously-titled Ooze is due lor release soon. From German programmers Dragonware, this adventure game sees the player in the role of one Ham Burger trying to rid his uncle's house of ghosts. Ooze is packed with puzzles and more than its fair share of humourous touches.
Strategists should keep their eyes open for Kaiser, a game in which you start as a lowly farmer and have to increase your wealth and power through careful land management and shrewd business deals. Become powerful enough and you'll have the power to set tax rates, build cities and start armies. Up to eight people can play, so it's going to be gloves off and back-stabbing all the way.
Last but not least is Lords of Doom, an icon-driven action adventure on the new Thriller label, formed by Linel and Dragonware. Lead a party of four adventurers in a fight to find and destroy the four Lords of Doom who have started their plan to dominate the world by infiltrating and taking over a small village.
We'll be reviewing these as soon as they come in, so keep reading.
LINEL INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE US Gold Tha man with th hat and th« whip and the stubble and the dusty clothes is indeed back.
Guide Indy through action packed escapades based on scenes from the film. There are four levels to this platform game: in the first level you play the boy Indy and have to rescue the Cross of Coronado. For the rest of the game you play the fully-grown-up Indy and complete similar missions. Oet in practice now, because the whip-cracking action is starting on a screen near you shortly.
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hardware and software. He's also uniquely placed to give an insight into how Commodore see the Amiga's strengths and weaknesses, both now and in the future.
Commodore have been accused in the past of blurring the public perception of the Amiga, and even being confused about its role themselves, with the A500 daring to be more than just a winning games machine, and the A2000, expensive for home use, moving into powerful 'business’ roles. But in fact, just a few minutes' chat with Rahman Haleem reveals a dedicated and impassioned commitment to a very definite future for the Amiga range.
Not one single use, of course: but certainly a distinct direction dictated by the Amiga's architecture and capabilities.
¦ The Amiga 2000: top of the range?
HOME USE The A500, Dr Haleem believes, has now "broken through the barrier of 'would it make if ". A touch wary of revealing sales figures, he prefers to look at the total number of machines that have been sold to date and now form the user base: the A500 has passed the one million mark, and of these some 6-700,000 are in Europe. In roughly a year, so Commodore reckon, the A500 will have outstripped the Atari ST. This comparison reflects the popular “I have not seen a real Amiga game yet” use of both as games machines, a role in which the Amiga is bound to become stronger and stronger as
programmers' awareness of its capabilities grows.
Rahman sees the increasing domination of the 16-bit games charts by Amiga games (19 as against 11 ST in the latest top thirty, he notes) and the concurrent release dates and equal prices of Amiga and ST games as "a major breakthrough", indicative that software houses now recognise the size and conbnuing expansion of the Amiga market.
Even so, the Commodore people would join with many Amiga owners in lamenting the tendency to port over 16-bit games from poorer machines without any adaptation: "We’re asking for Amiga-specific development". The full potential is a long way from being fulfilled. "I have not seen a real Amiga game yet", says Rahman. A challenge?
Meanwhile, any home machine nowadays must be able to support a couple of serious applications - Commodore would like to be able to bundle in some worctprocessing software with the computer - but wp and home accounts are not seen as necessarily the machine's greatest strength. They particularly wish to encourage the 'hobbyisf user, who needs the machine as a leisure tool.
EXACTLY WHAT ARE COMMODORE UP TO NOW?
If there was one person in the country who knew everything that was happening to the Amiga, who knew exactly what hardware and software would be available, you'd want to talk to him... so we did.
The pattern for the Amiga's future is revealed by the great emphasis Commodore place on its graphics capabilities, which is not entirely unreasonable considering the power available in this field as a result of the machine’s design. Dr Haleem hopes to be able to bundle in graphics and animation demos, perhaps even a tutorial along the lines of The Very First covering this area, and to continue to supply users with information about hardware and software for use in the graphics and animation field. In a similar vein, the Amiga is finding a niche for itself with the video enthusiast.
Commodore were proud of the fact that What Video magazine voted it the most important video penpheral of the year: and it's been described as the most significant development since the video camera. With a simple genlock tool, the humble A500 can provide a range of professional quality post-production facilities, particularly useful for dropping captions, logos or animabon sequences into any video picture.
Commodore see the Amiga as having great potential benefits for the musician, too, denying vehemently that the ST has any nherent superiority in this area except for an inbuilt MIDI interface, which can be bought quite cheaply anyway. The possibilities of the Amiga's internal soundchip have barely, as yet, been touched.
All these areas for home use of the Amiga will be even more enhanced, we are assured, by a strong push from Commodore on the use of the computer’s unique multi-tasking capabilities. Keep watching this space... SERIOUS USES Meanwhile, the expandable A500 with its big brothers the B20O0, the possibly-tofre-released A2500 and the pipeline A3000, shift the Amiga up into the business user bracket. Once again, though, the impression Rahman Haleem gives is not of an ordinary computer trying to compete in the serious world of accounts spreadsheets and worcTprocessing. Instead, it is apparent that he
sees the machine as having specific strengths suited to particular uses. "The visual aspect is very important," he stresses, noting that the audio-visual power the machine delivers for the price is its unique selling point. However, the perceived cheapness and flexibility of the Amiga may actually discourage some specialist users: “The Amiga: voted most important video peripheral by What Video” in a certain European country, we were told, every time the price was increased sales went up.
Interactive video programs, particularly for training purposes, represent one area "where the A2000 needs to go", says Rahman. Desk-top presentabon is another "very strong area", particularly considering the high-quality graphics the machine offers, and even using the computer as a delivery system for slides and the like. Desk top publishing would not seem to be such a high priority, the niche having been amply filled already - "it’s what you can offer that’s different that counts' - although developments are expected on a Commodore- approved laser printer and other DTP peripherals shortly,
following proper evaluation. Computer-aided design is another growing field, with some menbon being made of use by architects and of a bve-fold speed gain over die standard Autocad system.
Networking, with Ethernet and Arcnet already available, will also come in for some serious attention, and a cut-price network for schools is currently under test.
This latter example reflects the Amiga's attempt to move in on the educabonal market (left somewhat open by the gradual fading of the BBC micro) and the BBC Emulator for the Amiga has already sold more than a thousand copies, which speaks for itself.
Perhaps the most glamorous professional use of the Amiga is in the heady media world of video and television: it’s even been spotted by Rahman’s son in use on Rolf Harris's programme! And we are told to expect some “very interesting developments" in the near future... HARDWARE NEWS The big news, of course, is of the imminent non-appearance in this country of the 68020equipped A2500 workstation as an upgrade development of the Amiga 2000, of which there are more details elsewhere in these pages. The importance of development with an upgrade capability is highly stressed by Rahman, intended to
protect Amiga owners from the "technology trap" that catches so many machines that were once at the forefront of progress.
Next step up, currenby in development, is the A3000, employing a Motorola 68030 CPU to give a 600% speed increase running with a 25Mhz MMU and a 68882 processor. Rumours abound of a development machine under test by McDonnell Douglas in the States being glimpsed by a local user group, but Commodore are playing their cards close to their corporate chest... This coyness, prompted by a laudable wish not to harp on about products that simply aren't available, also delays news of the A2024 hi res monochrome monitor, which will feature IK by IK resolubon and is clearly intended for use with DTP or
similar high- quality presentabon functions.
More excitingly, we can bring you the news that Workbench 1.4 is currently with 12 developers in the UK for beta-tesbng in conjunc- bon with the Enhanced Chip Set, ECS. It will feature a new noninterlace high resolubon graphics mode and fast bling for floppies.
Again, watch this space... ¦ AMIGA DEVELOPERS’ ADVISORY BOARD The Amiga Developers Advisory Board grew out of a meeting at the Commodore Show in June 1988. Its purpose is to act as a lorum tor ideas and to help sort out technical problems. New software and hardware is made available by Commodore to be beta tested ' in actual use. And to be updated as a result ol the experience: lor instance. Workbench 1.3 underwent live changes alter developers' testing. The Enhanced Chip Set (ECS) and Workbench
1. 4 are now under test with 12 developers.
A two-monthly mailshot gives details ol new projects, and also supplies technical notes to advise developers on problems: recent Kickstart 1.3 loading problems with certain games on certain drives, lor example. Were Iraced to a loader that exceeded the specs laid down by Commodore.
Developers are also asked to register their projects to avoid duplication ol ellort and unnecessary competition, whilst being guaranteed contidentiality in sensitive areas. This comes across as a benevolent version ol Apple s coordination of Mac software developments, intended to encourage unique developments and seed ideas.
Marketing opportunities are also opened up and passed around within a European lorum. A test lab has been set up at Maidenhead to make the very latest hardware available in all the possible combinations. To which developers can bring their software and test it themselves: Commodore don't touch pre-release product, although they will test it all postrelease. The new AGNUS chip is currently available lor development testing. , So why do Commodore bother with aft these expensive and time-consuming facilities? Basically. Rahman Haleem sees development support as an obligation lor such a
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4 ANC OA 9 A 3 A 58 5F A ) A A a rock video is just a to the imaginative Amiga- based video ™*one ¦ The shots on this page have been take from the ‘Rags To Riches’ rock video, featuring Leicester group Crazyhead.
A background of newspaper clippings builds up while the live action continues, if into a central frame that like a photograph, he ‘photo’ is a matte n over the still newspaper e, and the live action is i in as a second video :e. The live action footage had to be played back on and re-shot from a monitor tilted at the right angle to be matched into the angled ‘photo’ key box.
(Note that only the more expensive genlock units can be used as matte generators in this way. However, similar effects could be produced by quite simply using sequences of static, digitised images to replace the pre-edited video footage, with only a comparatively minor loss of quality in the finished product.)
¦ Another shot from the rock video features a static head with pre-edited pictures of rock stars within the lenses of the shades.
With the freeze-framed head running through the Amiga, two lens shapes were drawn using a particular colour. This colour was then used as the ‘key’ on which the second video source would appear. In this case, three VCRs would be needed: one for the head, one for the stills in the lenses and one to record the composite image. The photos must be filmed to video separately and positioned in the frame so as to completely cover the key.
In much the same way that the power of 16-bit machines augmented by MIDI compatibility has opened a world of opportunity to electronic musicians, the Amiga's superior graphics capabilities combined with genlocking promise similar opportunities for the amateur video producer.
However, the often-misleading hype that surrounds the topic belies the true nature of the beast: any Amiga owner who buys a genlock with the intention of creating 'Roger Rabbit II' is going to be sadly disappointed. But with the right equipment, plenty of time and some patience, impressive results can quickly be obtained.
The hardware at the heart of Amiga video production is the genlock. This ingenious device enables pictures from the Amiga to be composited with a video source from VCR. Camcorder or even another Amiga.
Any output TV or monitor picture is built up with hundreds of scan lines, all of which are drawn and redrawn around 50 times a second. To enable the separate images to be combined, Iheir signals must be synchronised by locking together the line and frame sync generators ol each source, hence the name 'genlock'. By keying the video signal onto a specified colour within the Amiga’s RGB monitor output, the genlock effectively ads as a real-time 'matte' generator: anyone familiar with the blue-screen 'chromakey' system used in TV broadcasting will see immediate comparisons.
There's a variety of genlocks on the market, starting at just under £100 lor use with domestic standard videos. After that, the limiting factor is cash: investment is reflected in increasing picture quality and system flexibility.
THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS Video production is hardware intensive, so anyone who doesn't have ot can't altord access to the minimum ol equipment might be advised to follow a different ere* ative path. Realistically, would-be Julian Temples need an Amiga with one meg of memory: two video recorders; a genlock device: and specific sottware packages, depending on the image required.
A catalogue ol additional equipment might lill the rest ol the magazine, but to make the whole process a little less painful, inter- ested parties should take a look af a video camera ol some sort (a secondhand Camcorder is fine, although shoestring budgets can always stretch to short-term rental or even to filming in Super 8mm with subsequent transfer to video!.
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Gradually, still photos of this training company's well-known creative directors are covered with artwork to build up their logo.
For reasons of clarity, footage of photos was shot in preference to using digitised images. These were genlocked into a D Paint II and Videoscape 3D sequence which gradually draws in frames of 20 and 30 animation. Once the faces are completely covered, the genlock is switched out in order to prevent any break-up of the artwork which uses white, the same colour as the key.
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To represent some alien substance appearing in the production line, a 3D object created in Videoscape was animated tumbling through 'space', a D Paint backdrop.
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As we enter the atmosphere, a pair of 3D jets fly past a digitised cloudscape, while the object continues toward the factory: yet another digitised photo.
Live footage of the production line forms a background for the object falling among crisps.
A piece of paper is lifted off the conveyor belt, and we cut to the narrator who stands against a Walkers logo: actually a subtle shot incorporating D Paint art gen- locked over live action.
To be outlined before and during producbon of the sequence. The careful planning of palettes can also avoid any problems which might occur when dealing with keys of different colours.
SEEING IS BELIEVING The images reproduced on these pages are all taken from videos produced by Alternative Image.
This Leicester-based company first appeared in 1984 as a small producbon unit with the intenbon of creabng visual media for small businesses as well as industrial and community projects. Their work encompasses all manner of presentabons, including video producbons and audiovisual slide shows, handling graphic design, photography and even looking after some of the sound work.
Their links with the Amiga started from the need for a cheap caption generator. For little extra oubay, the Amiga was seen as a flexible and viable alternative to any specific hardware, also doubling as an entry-level computer generated graphics system. An A2000 was purchased at the end of 1987, which currently boasts
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Both the SEG and TBC are pretty high-tech beasts and are difficult to imitate on level. But packages such as Tiller, Video Studio (£92).
TV Show and L Video Wipe | Master (C79) go some way 3 towards approximating these effects when used in conjunction with IFF graphics.
EDITING CONTROL UNIT - A Sony RM440 lor anyone who's interested. Provides fine control of the Lo-band U-Matics. Unfortunately, the domestic equivalent is a stopwatch and index finger.
LO BAND U-MATICS Professional video recording and playback equipment, which provides the next step-up in quality from VHS. Replaced in an amateur system by domestic quality VCRs. There is a variety of different video formats, from broadcast quality t" tape to 3 4" Hi and Lo-Band U- Matic, and down throuqh Super VHS (semi-professional qualify VHS) to domestic VHS and Bd.1m.11 tapes.
CAMERA - Sony M3A analogue. A digital ‘chip' camera is another future purchase, but the Sony still manages to produce the goods. The current range of home video cameras is vast: no doubt there are some prime second-hand bargains to bo picked up as well.
VISION MIXER - ¦ Allows a number of video sources to be combined f i- i with wipes,
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TV Show (£61) does wipe transitions easily using an editable script file to create synchronised sequences. (Anyone wanting to include Amiga-generated sounds should look at Aegis’ Lights, Camera, Action), TV Show can also move single bit-mapped images around, although this function has now been superceded to some degree by Deluxe Paint III.
THE ALTERNATIVE HARDWARE Aegis Videotitler (£96) uses Amiga fonts in any resolution and comes with four stretchable fonts, which can be scaled, compressed or condensed and still retain their true outline. It also features a variety of wipe transitions and captioning effects, and can animate titles easily, creating .anim files like Videoscape does.
Version 2.0 ot Videoscape 3D (£125) is used in preference to Sculpt 3D due to the speed of rendering. However, with the advent of Sculpt 4D (£368) including a 68020compabble version of the program, A1 now intend to produce full ray-traced animations with shadows and reflections. (Sculpt 4D Junior is about to be released at around £100 as a cut-down version without the ray-tracing facilities).
Finally, the Pixmate Image Processor (£43) is used to analyse pictures and re-format them to suit. For instance, a HAM image can be reduced to 32 colours and imported to D Paint, while retaining the overall integrity of the image. PIP is also used to clean up pictures, de-focus them, produce edge effects, and even compress or stretch the image.
Palettes can also be customised, in a fashion analogous to a graphic equaliser for colours. ¦ CONTACT BOX For anyone wanting more information on the desktop video scene - hardware and software - the following contacts should yield some useful information: AMIGA CENTRE SCOTLAND 031 557 4242 MAZE TECHNOLOGY 01 520 9753 DIGIPRO 0703 703030 HB MARKETING 0895 444433 CAVENDISH COMMODORE 0533 550993 ATARI ST AMIGA THE INTERACTIVE PROGRAM CREATOR WHAT IS IT?
Talespin is a package which allows the collecting together of drawings, texts and sounds onto a series of pages together to form an interactive story, guide or textbook, which is read purely by clicking the mouse on the drawings or texts. Variables may be used to control the flow of narrative or record progress made. Talespin itself is entirely mouse-driven and very user-friendly, requiring no programming skills for its use. It includes an art package as well as importing Neochrome, Degas or IFF picture files and also imports ST-Replay or Amiga A.M. A S.created Digitised Sound. The use of
sound is optional. Its facilities include giving full details of disk space usage, location of all pages referring to any particular page, drawing, sound or variable, completely inleractive development allowing changes to any part of a title at any lime, the copying of drawings and sounds from other titles, the 'chaining' to other titles allowing the spreading of a story or textbook across several disks, and the provision of Demo mode, which allows a title to run on its own for demonstration purposes.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
It can be used tocreate interactive adventure games, for profit, pleasure or instruction.
Or in business to create a sales demonstration, or product servicing manual. Or in educalion: either using Talespin itself to teach the design and logic of computer systems in a non-technrcal way. Or using Talespin as a vehicle for the teaching of any other subject. Or create an expert system with it. Or a school magazine. Or... CREATE YOUR OWN COMMERCIAL PROGRAMS Once you’ve finished developing your program whether it's an adventure, an educational program or other you can lock your program so no one can enter the development mode.
TALESPIN comes with a public domain display program called "Telltale" with this you can distribute your own programs or offer them to publishers.
COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL The manual comes as a complete Tutorial with a scaled down version of “The Grail" adventure and also a comprehensive reference guide.
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Red, ohic S P E C I ¦ A little lateral thinking allows you to create extra effects by doing more than assign noises to obvious events, like bullets being fired, objects being picked up and so on. Tiny or even invisible objects can be assigned a sound and triggered for additional effects. In Blood 'n' Bullets, tor instance, a tiny object that travels with a line of soldiers shoots off bullets which have the effect ‘‘Fire!” tagged to them. So as this row of enemy troops marches down the screen, their commander simply appears to be shouting "Fire!” at regular intervals.
¦ 40K is allocated to samples in a SEUCK game, which allows a fair old bit of racket to be appended to the action. The Sound Editor control screen, however, allows you to meddlo with the rate at which a sample will be played back, so the same effect can be used at different places within a game and yet sound completely different.
Examine Slap ‘n' Tickle in SEUCK, tor instance, and you'll find that one sound is used five times: but you’d never realise this was the case by just playing the game. For continuous noise, effects can be looped: the tank in Blood *n’ Bullets drives across the screen accompanied by two looped samples.
The Sound Editor control screen allows a designer to fiddle around with a sample that has been assigned a sound effect number, adjusting the volume and sample rate at which it will be played, and previewing the effect of adjustments by clicking on the EFFECT button.
R*t* ¦ Push scroll, static or continuous scroll can be applied to the background of a game created in SEUCK, or you can combine all three together in different levels of the same production. Apply some of that good ol* lateral thinking, and it's possible to come up with a game like Psycho Blast, which is quite different from yer traditional shoot-em -up, squire.
A few words of explanation.
The player - the pink daisy-like creature - is confined to the central square in the playzone and can shoots a singlo missile with a prod of the fire button. Geometric shapes tumble onto the screen and hang around firing at the player until they are all shot or the level timer has counted down to zero, when the action moves to the next level.
SHOOT IT YOURSELF GRAEME KIDD finds that the easy way to be a Games Designer is to do it yourself with Palace's Shoot ‘Em Up Construction Kit... SPECIAL ¦ Enemy objects, or aliens as far as the player is concerned, can be linked together by assigning the same flight path to them, thus creating a wave of follow- me aliens like these taken from Slap n’ Tickle. Shuffle the objects closer together and composite sprites like the end- of-level dragons in Space Harrier may easily be created.
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¦ During play, a white highlight cycles round the ‘petals' of the player’s daisy. Close examination of the Psycho Blast Player One Object in SEUCK reveals that the animation sequence for the cycling white petal uses eighteen animation frames (0-
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S'SS*-g g ? Ti V. SLA £ J'L.X’Jfi SEUCK is a versatile utility, able of i i much pany the kit: Blood 'n‘ Bullets, Slap W Tickle, and Psycho Blast.
SEUCK is completely mouse and and while the temptation may be to dive straight in and suddenly things "I needed some- i in it to find all gan to get the feed- J when Jon started on t," Richard explains. Jon to Richard ; more ir-friendly.
At the same time, musician I Joseph was working on the three games Jon writing as well as building a ot samples to accompany package. Leinfellner ¦ took musical suggestions 1 board as well, and as a result the final SEUCK three taining load in any IFF sound sample.
Richard created all the vocal effects himself, and everything else was collected from a tape library at Pinewood. "I hope that people will org, he explains, 'and start their own sounds, sample disks and so on."
Bullet and had the letterbox as an enemy with a rattling noise as the explosion when the enemy takes a hit. The best way to start, according to Jon Hare, is to load in one of the example £ while, then s in StUCK.
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500 FutureSound provides everything you need to get started. For eighty quid you get a hardware unit with left and right RCA phono jack nputs, 3.5mm mic input and recording level control slider; a disk containing the main controller software program, prerecorded sound sampled examples and routines in "C' and BASIC showing you how to use the sound samples in your own programs; a 44-page manual covering all the package’s features; and a registration card. What you don't get is the leads to connect your sound source to FutureSound, so that'll set you back approximately £3 more.
DOCTORING THE MOUSE Getting started couldn't be simpler. You connect the hardware unit to the parallel port on the Amiga, hook up your Walkman or CD player to the phono socket or sockets (depending on whether you want mono or stereo samples! And load up the sampler software.
Once the software’s running, you control everything with the mouse, just clicking on the function you want to acti- SOUND IT OUT So you think you know your stuft, eh? Well here is a run-down of the tech-specs ot Futuresound 500.
• Futuresound Is an 8-bit sound sampler, utilising the Texas
Instruments It 548 high-speed analogue-to-digital convertor.
• FutureSound is capable ol recording samples at a maximum rate
ol 42,118, samples per second In mono.
Unfortunately, the Amiga can only output a sampled sound at a rate of 28,000 samples per second.
• The 3.5mm mic input is designed to be used in-conjunction with
a low- impedance microphone (200-800 ohms), and the phono
inputs are able to take a maximum of 2.5 volts peak to peak.
• FutureSound can handle two types ot tite format: straight IFF
(one-shot or 3 Octave) or JukeBox style.
Vate. With the software you can listen to any incoming sounds, record and play back a sample, alter the rate of playback record, select mono or stereo recording, switch the high-pass filter on or off, monitor the incoming sound's signal (allows you to adjust to just the right recording level), magnify the sound sample's graph, select one of the tour possible Amiga sound channels, select either chip or last RAM (it you've got extra RAM you can have bigger samples), edit your sample using standard cut and paste commands, and load and save your samples.
SOUNDS ALL RIGHT TO US FutureSound is a sound sampler's delight. From the sturdy hardware to the efficient software, everything you need is on hand. As far as the hardware’s concerned, we haven't seen anything better on the market. We tested it out with other sound sampling software and discovered it worked better than the original hardware every time! Noise disruption is kept to a minimum, and the on-board recording-level control is a real solid gold bonus.
As tar as software is concerned, FutureSound provides most of the facilities you could wish from this type ot package, with no frills whatsoever.
Although its front-end looks primitive, this just translates into every function being easily accessible and instantly executed. We’ve used better sampling software before, but if this bothers you too much you’ll otobably be able to use your old sampling software with FutureSound's hardware: thus having the best of both worlds.
The manual is an easy read, although it may confuse the complete novice at tirst. Bad marks for not including an index, but this can be forgiven in the light of it being only 44 pages long.
In conclusion, we can recommend FutureSound without any hesitation to anybody wanting to experience Amiga sampled-sound making at first hand.
This is the best sound sampler package on the Amiga, and although the soltware is rather primitive, the hardware is first- class. You'll have a great deal of tun (and more than a touch of frustration) along the way, and you'll end up with results which can be used in your own programs, in other sound creation or composition packages, or saved to disk, reserved lor the next time you need to manufacture a hit record!
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So how can you get in on the action? It's easy: all you need is some hardware, software and an ordinary sound source such as a Walkman or CD player... and you'll soon be mixing, doctoring, sampling, editing and splicing with the best of'em.
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Why is it the definitive guide to Amiga gaming? Well, the magazine is staffed by one of the most experienced teams in games reviewing.
Every game is played by at least TWO people before a conclusion is discussed and decided. We won't judge a game on the strength of any number of demos, screenshots, or other versions. Youll be buying the games, youll be playing them, so we want to make sure that you can buy in confidence.
THE RATINGS EXPLAINED GRAPHICS hood graphics are an important part of any game: it the power is there, it should be used to the full. Both still and moving graphics are under scrutiny, but graphics alone do not a great game make SOUND With stereo capabilities the last thing you want to hear are Spectrumesque beeps, || right? Title tunes and effects add atmo B sphere to a game and good sound can greatly increase enjoyment ol a game.
INTELLECT Mow much real thought do you have to pul m to play the game? Just because a game's mindless doesn't mean it's bad. Bui a game with a high Intellect rating tells you immediately you'll have to think hard to . Gam maximum enjoyment VS ADDICTION How easy is a game to pick up and play' Hew much sheer fun will you gel trom it?
Will you keep coming back? IrnportanI . Questions that are answered when you IN check the Addiction rating OVERALL A rw rf ontaop mark all the above ratings, plus all the added THE TEAM Andy Smith, who w as with ACE right from natural gamesplayers.
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old game. Brian.
Months without a tootie sim and then two arrive at once.
None ot that management nonsense here either: just charging around a pitch tackling, dribbling, shooting, saving and scoring.
Two varieties ot the game are included: outdoor (British style, the more familiar kind) ;nd indoor six-a-side (US style, a faster game on a smaller pitch). The pitch is viewed from above and scrolls In all directions, with goals situated af top and bottom of the play area.
I You can choose to take part in several types of tournament: these range from the full-blown World Cup Finals, via a league or a two-player friendy fixture to an individual challenge tournament in which the player attempts to beat progressively harder teams.
These competitions remain the same for both types of soccer, with two or more players able to fake part in all but the challenge.
During the game you control a single player, and switching between team members can be MICROPROSE £24.95 JOYSTICK Mention the name Anco, and the chances are mental images of scanhly-clad poker-playing women will pop into the average games- player's head. This stereotype is not entirely fair - because Anco have released some great titles in the past, including Karting Grand Prix - but perhaps Kick Off will go some way towards changing Anco's image in the public eye. It's the first in what promises to be a strong range of products coming up over the next few months.
As you might guess, Kick Off is a football game. One or two players can compete, each controlling a lull eleven-a-side team during games of between ten and a full ninety minutes ot real time.
All the action is viewed from above and you control the player in the best posibon to get at the ball: the character under control is highlighted by a black line. The game has been designed so that players automatically dribble the ball whenever they come into contact with it. Shots or passes to another player simply require a tap on the fire button, and the longer the button is held down, the higher the ball will go.
Because of the dribbling It's tough to get used to turning with the ball, so for the tirst match or two you'll end up kicking the ball GRAPHICS AND SOUN Terrific scrolling and animation compliment the gameplay, and the souid effects (whistles, crowd reactions and ball being kicked or bouncing oft the goalpost) add lots of atmosphere. Triffic, Brian!
Halt-way up the pitch in completely the wrong direcbon! You can hold the tire button down before making contact to trap the ball and turn in any direction you wish, then release the button to kick the ball. This makes things easier, but by taking advantage of the 'practice' option you’ll be in much better shape to play against someone who’s trying to beat you.
Once confident with the controls, you can choose to play a single game or to compete in the league (the players and the computer can have their skill level adjusted, from International class right down to Sunday League).
There are eight teams in the league (so up to eight people can compete, if each selects a different team) and each team has a different playing style and skill level. For example, West Germany tend to tackle heavily (not always to their own advantage) while Russia are extremely fast and very skillful. A coin is tossed at the start of the match to determine whether you play up the pitch (screen) or down. Then you select a line-up, 4-24 for attacking play, 5-3-2 lor sweepers and so on, and dive straight into the match.
Anco have really delivered the goods here. Kick Off is the best football game on the Amiga to date and should be in any games- playeKs library, whether he or she is a fan of real football or not.
Andy Smith ICCER Big cartoony graphics, but they move sluggishly and are not very well animated.
The scrolling is not as good as It should be either. In this Instance ‘large and stripy' loses out to 'small and detailed1. There’s a lot more in the way of music, jingles and effects than in Kick is gained by running into a loose ball or tackling the player with the ball. The ball sbcks to the ends of a player's boots until he is tackled
o dribbling is easy.
Volleys, chips and banana The banana shots can be spectacular, but they bend far more than a real ball would.
The computer opponents range from kickabout-in-theciark cannon fodder to the Fcost-£3million-and- you're-five-niklown superteams.
One ot the annoying features of Microprose Soccer is that you can run straight through the man in possession without actually tackling him. To tackle, the tire button has to be pressed. It's not a serious pain, but this and several other factors make it lose out to Kick Oft in the ‘best footie GRAPHICS 6 SOUND 6 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 6 OVERALL 6 7% vortex system 2000 hard disks Now available - Vortex ‘System 2000' hard disks, offering versatile high-capadty storage, suitable for use with tbe Amiga 500 and Amiga
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information on board guides a Roxiz invasion torce to our solar system. They prepare to invade Earth, using the ten moons of Saturn as a temporary base. One Luke Snayles, a prisoner returning from a 50-year term of solitary Investigative Exploration, decides that only he can save earth, by destroying the Roxiz forces single handed, one moon at a time... Starting at the moon of Janus, the player takes on the role of Luke and has 80 aliens per moon to blast in this 3D Battlezone-like tank shoot-ermip. You view the action from the cockpit and are armed with a front-tiring gun and a couple of
Extra bombs and widgets, including side-view cameras and a device that allows the tank to sprout wings and fly around the landscape (handy tor destroying GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 4 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 79% flying aliens) can be picked up.
With progress through the moons the enemy get tougher and smarter. For example, Squashers which appear from Moon Two onwards can only be destroyed by dropping an atomic bomb in their vicinity: unfortunately, there are always more Squashers than you have bombs, so a quick tactical analysis is called for.
As a 3D shoot-em-up it’s one of the best around. The filled-3D graphics are slightly jerky, but are at least fast. The title music is tar more interesbng than the sparse sound effects. Although lasting interest fades because the task tends to get repetitive, the subtler challenge of working out how best to deal with the tougher enemies remains, and with 800 to blast you won't finish in a hurry.
Andy Smith OCEAN £19.99 JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD VINDICATORS DOMARK TENGEN £19.99 JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD Domark launch the new Tengen label, on which most major Atari coimop conversions will appear for three years, with this space-tank shoot- eirmp for one or two players.
Controlling an SR 88 Strategic Battle Tank, the player must eliminate each one of 14 multilevel space stations, sent to conquer earth by the evil alien Tangent Empire, by finding and destroying the control centre at the heart of each station. To reach the next level, the player must locate and trundle over a key.
Each level is defended with turrets and roaming tanks, but to make your job slightly easier a number of star symbols lying on the floor can be collected and traded for goodies such as increased shot power, speed and shield strength. Unfortunately, the tank is very fuel-hungry so you'll also have to collect fuel canisters.
After bombing a control centre the player enters a bonus room littered with goodies to collect.
Good coioops don’t always make good computer games but, happily, Vindicators does. The 'viewed from almost directly above' perspective works well and the sprites and backgrounds are great, with the explosions worthy of particular note. Sound is not so impressive: sampled tunes are reasonable but effects are weak.
Vindicators is an out-of-theordi- nary shoot-emop, very addictive and playable, especially when played with a friend. This is a good start tor the Tengen label: let's hope everything that follows in the future is just as good.
Andy Smith GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 4 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 81% ¦ Dispose of that floating teddy bear quickly, because H you Jump into that balloon on the right he could pose you a few problems.
And lasers, to be obtained by shooting certain baddies: mosl baddies simply turn into juicy pieces of fruit, which are collected tor bonus points. Some baddies fire back, though, so keep on you toes to dodge their shots.
As well as the baddies, there are objects in the scenery that can kill you, such as spikes on the floor that must be lumped over. The levels land subtevelsl get progressively harder and puzzles start creeping in: tar example, on sub-level three your chum is caged on the right side of the level bid there's no obvious way of getting to him. Unbl you realise that with care ’ful timing you can shoot the teddy bears that float around without popping the balloons they float on, then hop onto empty balloon and guide it ¦ Still airborne and following the arrows. You’ve manged to change your bow and
arrow for bombs, which spells trouble for nasties.
THE OCEAN £24.99 JOYSTICK The Japanese have some wacky ideas when it comes to coin-ops: take Bubble Bobble, the tale ot two bubble-blowing brontosauruses that went down a storm in the arcades and converted very successfully to the computer.
Another very wacky idea is to have a little yellow Kiwi, complete with white and blue shoes, running around rescuing chums that have been captured and locked in cages by a bad oT walrus. Still, it worked in the arcades and now, thanks to Ocean, every Amiga owner has the chance to play this enchanting game at home.
In case you hadn’t guessed already, you control the yellow bundle ot fluff in this oh-so utesy platform game that's not a million miles away trom Bubble Bobble and Super Mario Bros. The action’s all viewed in two dimensions, and there are live levels to play through, each level made up ot tour sublevels with the fourth sub-level guarded by an end-of- level nasty that needs destroying before you can progress.
Again as if you'd not guessed, the sub-levels are guarded by a bunch of... well, you can't really call them nasties, because they appear to be teddy bears and snails! But contact with them will cause you to lose one of an initial three lives. For selt-defence you’re armed with a small bow, from which to fire arrows at the baddies (a bow and arrow? Well, you might have known, really).
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Another problem is the time limit: hang around on a screen too long and a big Tturry upt notice comes on. Ignore this warning, and a small Time Oewl appears and prongs you with his trident, thus removing one of your lives.
New Zealand Story is incredibly cute, and at first you’ll think you’re far too old to be playing such a game. But you're not. This is an incredibly addictive game, and the difficulty tuning has been set just right, increasing your determination to survive to the end ol each and every level. Ocean have taken a great and produced a wonderfully good Cdnversion, which will hd doubt yourself booting up time and again.
Andy Smith GRAPHICS 9 SOUND 8 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 9 OVERALL 94% Take big, celourful cartoon sprites that are beautifully drawn and wonderfully animated, add backgrounds that are highly colourful and then jolly tunes that play throughout, and you end up with a great-looking and great- sounding game that happens to be immensely playable too.
IJLAND STORY Pride of Canada, biggest name in the world of ice hockey, but still virtually unknown in the UK: that's Wayne Gretzky. In North America he has achieved the sporting god status reserved for Ian Botham and Daley Thompson over here.
Like recent soccer games, it’s viewed from overhead. The pitch is about two screens wide and scrolls horizontally as the puck moves from end to end. While not visually stunning, this display is functional, because you can always tell exactly what’s going on.
As with most American sports games, this one loves statistics.
There are whole screens full of information and options, which are useful on the coaching side because you can alter everything from individual players' attributes to the lines' tbest described as preset team line-ups tor particular situations: attacking, defending, taking penalties and so on). You can opt to control a player, coach, both or neither. The coach decides which lines to play: the strategic side ot the action.
On the ice, you control one player at a time but can switch between any of them except for the goalie. All the rules of ice hockey must be obeyed, so there are penalbes for charging, holding, tripping, cross-checking, elbowing, high-sticking, hooking, roughing, slashing, spearing and anything else ending in '-mg'. You can also have tights and instant replays to add even more realism.
Options allow skill levels and playing time to be altered: a match against the professionals is the ultimate challenge, and no easy proposition. Starting at the most basic level, the game's very easy to olay, but has hidden depths of strategy. To begin with, you can hit the ice and simply skate around enjoying the game, GRETZKY HOCKEY BETHESDA SOFTWORKS £24.99 MOUSE OR JOYSTICK be arranged into lines of your own choosing. As well as changing lines, the players can be made to operate certain pre-arranged plays to try to gain the upper hand. All in all, this wealth of detail adds depth to an
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Bob Wade but later on there is more satisfaction to be derived from it through gaining experience ot switching lines and learning tactics.
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- JOURNEY---- languages art not ny specialty. But the runes
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JOURNEY Death, pestilence, famine and other nasty things have stricken the once- fair lands and it seems that only Asterix the wizard can save the populace from complete despair.
Only problem is. Asterix opted out of the rat race some time ago.
He now lives alone atop a mountain and he’s none too keen to receive visitors, so the first task in this keyword-driven adventure is to guide a party of (up to fivel characters to Asterix and ask his help.
The screen is divided into three main sections: the top left is grven over to small pictures ot the various locations, the top right is where all text messages and general location descriptions appear and the bottom part ot the screen is where you select various keywords that advance the adventure.
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INFOCOM ACTIVISION £29.99 MOUSE AND OR KEYBOARD very easy and consists of simply reading the messages and deciding which actions to take.
GRAPHICS AND SOUND Once you've found your way to Asterix’s abode, the adventure really starts. The quest involves searching through the kingdoms of Dwarves, Elves, Nymphs and other creatures both lair and foul for seven sacred amulets that will enable the wizard to fight the Dread Lord. Progress is generally rapid if a little common sense is applied, but it you are completely stuck the 'musings' option at the end of the game hints at actions that you should have taken.
The small pictures are adequate, but not superb. Still, there are plenty ot them and they help to add to the atmosphere created mainly by the text. As tor sound: torget it (on a basic A500 anyway).
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Andy Smith GRAPHICS 7 SOUND N A INTELLECT 8 ADDICTION 5 OVERALL 82% International terrorists are a nasty bunch, especially when they take control of foreign embassies and threaten to blow them up. Luckily for civilisation, the Mayday Squad is here.
As the Squad’s commander, you must select a team of three teach member specialises in a certain area, such as explosives or communications) who explore the floors of the embassy, shooting terrorists before they score too many hits on the team. The aim is to rescue the ambassador's daughter and tree the prisoners before guiding them safely to the roof for collection by a helicopter: all within a bme limit.
Each room is well drawn from a first-person perspective and the graphics are of very high quality, although repetitive. Sound effects, such as machine-gun fire and explosions, are extremely good.
All in all, with plenty ot baddies to blast and some clever puzzles to solve, it’s enjoyable and exciting for a while: but it is ultimately a simple 'search and shoof game, lacking in variety and lasting challenge despite the advantage of changeable skill levels.
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HOMESOFT (UK) CARES FOR ITS CUSTOMERS You've a whole range ol weapons to choose from, including guided anti-tank Helltire missiles, FFAR rockets and a 30mm chain gun.
The cockpit is equipped with all the latest gadgetty including TADS (Target Acquisition and Designation System) and radar and infrared warnings and jammers.
Missions usually feature both primary and secondary objectives, so if your ‘copter isn't shot to pieces on the first, you can go lor the second. The Apache is lightly armoured, so can take a little tlak without crashing into the bush, but it's sbll vulnerable, so it's always advisable to land at base lor repairs il things start to look bad.
Should you complete a mission successfully, the chances are you'll be awarded a medal and maybe promoted.
Gunship has plenty going lor it: the missions are numerous and varied and it's high on lasting interest. The politics are dodgy, but if you're not worried about zapping gooks you’ll find the game entertaining, challenging and packed with acbon.
Andy Smith GUNSHIP MICROPROSE £24.95 JOYSTICK AND KEYBOARD If 'cyclic' and 'collective’ mean absolutely nothing, then the chances are you've never pitted your wits against a helicopter flight sim. In a real helicopter the pilot uses two joysticks: the cyclic, which controls the pitch and toll of the aircraft, and the collective, which controls the angle ol attack of the rotor blades, so governing the lift.
In Gunship - a simulation of the American AH 64A Apache helicopter - the player uses a joystick to control the cyclic and the keyboard to control the collective.
There are a number of missions to attempt, sef in various parts of the world and with different divisions of the American air force. As with most games ol this nature, diving straight into missions is not a good idea until you've put in some flight practice and can handle the 'copter confidently despite the weather. Fortunately you can swing things slightly in your favour while training: lor example, by making crash-landings impossible or minimising cross-winds.
Once you’re competent, it's time to attempt a mission with a difficulty level equal to your ability.
Sound is disappointing: the attack helicopter sounds more like a diesel bus struggling up a one-in-tour than the real thing, and explosions aren't outstanding. The graphics are last and smooth, though, and are certainly very colourful. Take the plunge, set everything on 'realistic' and volunteer lor some ol the more hazardous missions, and you'll find that Gunship is action-packed enough to keep you coming back for months.
GRAPHICS 7 SOUND 3 INTELLECT 6 ADDICTION 5 Following Grand Monster Slam, a mulfreventer set on another world, comes Golden Goblins' latest ottering, a multieventer set in the Big Top.
There are live events in which you and a friend can participate.
The first is trampolining, in which you have a couple of minutes to bounce around performing forward and backward somersaults in order to impress the crowd and so score points. In two-player mode, each player controls a character on his own trampoline, but when one player starts a somersault the other follows.
Having had a surfeit ot this bouncing, you can turn a leg to tightrope walking. The task here is to help Olga balance during her diagonal walk across the screen by moving the joystick to the left and right. It things are going well it’s possible to attempt tricks such as scissor kicks, handstands and backwards somersaults, each completed trick earning points.
Survive the high wire and it's time to try your hand at juggling, with up to six tennis balls plus a balancing ball on the foot and the occasional Indian club, As it that's not enough, a midget clown riding a motorbike occasionally attempts to run you down, so it's a good idea to jump in the air at the appropriate time and so avoid him!
The penultimate trick is quite likely to be the most dangerous: knife throwing. Line the crosshairs up on the wheel, to which is securely fastened a nervous young lady, then take knives trom the obligatory scantily-clad assistant and lob them at the wheel, trying to miss the girl if at all possible. Curiously, the assistant is none too friendly and will sometimes try to hand you a stick of dynamite, which explodes if you accept it, thus ending the game.
The final trick involves three clowns and two see-saws. The player must guide each clown in turn as they jump from one seesaw to the other, avoiding a ghost that appears between them, and collecting any bonus points by catching various obstacles that appear above the clowns’ heads.
The events all require practice to achieve a good degree of competence, and some events are definitely tougher to master than others. None ot the events has outstanding gameplay, so Circus Attractions comes across as a pot pourri of mediocre games that tend to frustrate more than entertain. The fun improves if you play with two, but not greatly.
Andy Smith GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 2 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 5 OVERALL 56% Far from Edengarhn is the castle of one Far from your village, a lord ke ecret, such a powerful lord that he c- creature floating a world that dies Targhan is probably the most stur Targhan is an adventure-action g: 40 different, characters. The g joystick.
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Imagine racing a jet fighter along courses that dive underground, twist and turn wildly, and even have moving walls. You are now imagining this game. It’s a futuristic sport that is far more id. I or )r 4 demanding than anything on two or four wheels, or any flight sim.
Not only are you required to battle the tortuous courses but you must also take on computer opponents, or another player via a datalink, at the same time.
There are seven tracks, the I simplest ol which is a basic oval: all the HuiV rest are much more complicated. You must fly atound the tracks as quickly as possible, trying to avoid the walls and other ships.
This is made easier to start wrth by using a centring mechanism which attracts the ship back to the Astoundingly fast solid 3D graphics give a marvellous feeling of movement. This is complemented by excellent presentation and demo modes that make delightful viewing and listening. The pit graphics are detailed and believable. Engine noise and mechanical sound effects are all 'on the money1 too.
GRAPHICS AND SOUN middle of the track. It has adjustable strength that can be gradually turned down as you learn the intricacies of the courses and how best to fly them.
Each track is on a planet with its own atmosphere (methane, oxygen, ammonia or sulphurl so the ship must be fitted with the appropriate filters. This is complicated during races by rain or other precipitations that require particle filters to prevent engine failure. The ship also has other adjustable features, such as the fuel type, aerofoils and brakes, that affect its performance.
There are four other racers in different ships and contact with them or the track walls damages the ship. Too many accidents will affect the handling or instruments.
In order to undergo repairs or be refuelled, the ship has to be [EftGZD EO mm a Selecting a new craft to race.
Retired to the pit which takes up valuable time, so caretul flying is just as important as speed.
After a lew days' pracbce this is a fantastically absorbing game.
Initially, the aids to flying help a lot, but once you are good enough to get rid of them it is a unique racing experience. Not only is it worth spending the time on to begin with: it will remain a classic for years to come.
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New releases sent on day of release. Tel orders: 0268 590766 Obviously the citizens wish to defend themselves, so the army has been called in and doesn’t mind shooting or lobbing sticks ol dynamite at you one little bit.
Every hit you lake reduces your stamina - pictured in the lorm ol a horizontal bar al the top ol the screen - and once it reaches zero the game's over. To prevent this happening simply reach out and chomp as many people as you can, which revitalises you no end.
Rampage is a fun game to play. The animation is tine and so are the backgrounds, it a little basic, and the sound ettects are reasonably good. The game itself is simple, addictive and, when three of you are playing at once, quite pleasingly manic: but don't expect it to keep you playing for months on end, 'cos it won't.
Andy Smith RAMPAGE ACTIVISION £24.99 JOYSTICK AND OR KEYBOARD eorge, Lizzie and Ralph aren't the sort of names you'd imagine monsters a remarkable resem- Kong, Godzilla and Wolfman would have, but they’re determined to smash their way through as many ot America's finest cities as they possibly can.
Converted trom the Baity Midway coin-op, the game can handle up to three simultaneous players - each controlling a monster - and when you're not lighting amongst yourselves the idea is to destroy a set number ot buildings by climbing up and punching whacking great holes in them.
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r. 99 SKWEEK LORICIELS £19.99 JOYSTICK OR KEYS include increased
firepower, more variety in the levels. As you would of a
repetitive, wibbly tune played speed, and extra lives and
shields. Expect from a cutesy game the throughout and cheery
in-game On the whole, the game is graphics are very colourful,
featur- effects. The fun might not last for thoroughly
enjoyable because it’s ing sprites that are detailed and long,
but it’s great while it does, so easy to play and yet has lots
of nicely animated. Sound consists Bob Wade This French
furhall is doing its best to become cute phenomenon of the
year, following other wacky favourites like Gribbly, Thing,
Pogo and Bubble and Bobble. His (for it is a he and not a
Skweezettel whole motivation in life is to turn blue tiles
pink by running over them.
From this simplest of concepts are constructed 99 tun levels.
The hies are laid out across vertically-scrolling levels packed with other features, the most bothersome among which are the creatures that appear from portal tiles and are fatal when run into.
Tiles that are covered in ice, let Skweek travel only one way, explode or dissolve can also cause problems tor the unwary.
Fortunately, you can shoot the creatures and pick up useful bonuses along the way which OVERALL 78% GRAPHICS SOUND 5 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 7 OVERALL 72% Strap yourself in and take part in the African stages of the Paris-Dakar rally, courtesy of Parisian software house Tomahawk.
There are five stages to the game, the idea being to make it from Point A to Point B in the shortest possible time, any which way you can. There's a roadway to follow, should you so wish, marked out with old barrels, but it's twisting and the other racers tend to stick to it so your times will be slow. To be in with anything like a chance of winning you have to venture cross-country, which is where the problems start.
AFRICAN RAIDERS The desert is full of hazards: barrels from last year's race, herds of resting camels and soft sand. Sand multiplies problems by slowing you right down, but fortunately you can simply switch from two- to four-wheel drive and crossing the sand becomes much easier, though still slower than two-wheel drive on firm ground.
To help you navigate while you’re off the track there’s a digital compass on the dashboard. There's also a fuel gauge and an indicator (updated by transmissions from a pursuit helicopterl giving you a grid reference, which enables you to follow and plot the course on the map supplied with the game.
All the instruments are vital to successful completion of the stage, but they can get broken if you smash your car up too much, and it's terribly difficult to navigate with no instruments: so careful, driving is a prime requisite.
On the approach to the finish] ing post, only if you join and follow the track to the line will your position be logged. Then the car is repaired and you can set) out on the next stage.
The perspective used is good) the game overall is very fast and if) boasts good gameplay: but it1 not the most exciting of rao games and offers little new apart!
From the map-reading aspect a couple of new hazards. Still, well worth a look.
TOMAHAWK COKTEL VISION £19.99 JOYSTICK Andy Smitti| GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 7 INTELLECT 3 ADDICTION 6 OVERALL 68% GRAPHICS AND SOUND As you might expect from the French, the graphics are of a high standard. Collision detection seems a little iffy, but not disastrously so, and the undulating desert, the hazards and the backgrounds are all good. Sound I is of a similarly high quality, helping to make this an extremely enjoyable, if not outstanding, car racing game.
CLASSIC INVADERS SUPERNOVA SOFTWARE £14.95 JOYSTICK OR KEYBOARD There’s nothing new we could tell you about Space Invaders so, unfortunately for Supernova, that only leaves the conclusion. The Invaders in this version move excrutiatingly slowly, even when there’s only one left on screen, the collision detection is dodgy (shoot through your barrier and you take out either a whole bullet's width, or absolutely nothing no matter how many times you fire) and the sound is best left turned off. Bringing a classic like this to the Amiga is not such a dumb idea: after all it has, and always will
have, a place in the hearts of most computer owners. But to produce a version like this and expect people to buy it is shameful. If you really want to play Space Invaders, there are many better PD versions which will entertain you rather than make you kick yourself and reach straight for the rubbish bin.
Instead of buying this, you could grab yourself a copy of the PD game Amoeba Invaders, given away free on the cover of ST Amiga Format Issue 5, or Fish Disk Number 120.
Andy Smith GRAPHICS 1 SOUND f INTELLECT 1 ADDICTION t OVERALL 09% in ATARI ST AND AMIGA loo much, 0 navigate » careful i is good, last and it : but it’s ot race lew apart pect and . Still, it’s Smith NAVY MOVES DINAMIC ELECTRONIC ARTS £24.95 JOYSTICK The first part is also subdivided into smaller sections. At the start ot the game you’re on the surface of a very choppy ocean in an inflatable dinghy, trying to jump a line of mines that are little more fhan a boat’s length apart. Then you confront enemy commandos on jet skis: here's where the harpoon gun comes in, because it these guys shoot or
crash into you, one of six lives is lost.
Get past them and it’s bme to dive in and take on some deadly sharks and enemy frogmen.
These are all small fry compared to the third stage, though, where you clamber inside a bathyscaphe to take on first an octopus and then a large eel-like monster.
The second part is a sideon viewed platform game set inside the sub, during which you must place a bomb in the reactor and escape. Unfortunately, it's not easy to move around the sub without the passes that officers carry, so you must shoot and rob them.
This game differs from Army Moves in the scenario only. Navy Moves too has exbemely difficult gameplay, to the point where it spoils your enjoyment rather than increasing it. It’s incredibly tough and tor the first part at least, the game is simple, uninspired stuff.
Andy Smith Put on your flippers and snorkel and make ready with the flamethrower and harpoon gun: because it's aquatic death and destruction time.
GRAPHICS 8 SOUND 5 INTELLECT 2 ADDICTION 5 OVERALL 53% The U5544 nuclear submarine must be destroyed and it appears you’re just the person lor the job: if you can get there. Like Dinamic’s earlier game Army Moves, it’s a two-parter, access to the second part being denied until you complete the first part and receive an access code.
Uphill to the exit again (unless you are lucky enough to discover a gravitation switch, which wit simply reverse the gravity!.
The control is awkward, but the game's fun to play and although it's unonginal it's quite a mental exercise. With 200 screens to complete it’s keep you busy tor some while.
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eleven... to m 1 a JjlT iSSPTOR Horizontally-scrolling
shoot-em-ups don’t come any better than this piece of
Germanic genius, which features some of the best blasting
graphics ever seen and gameplay Io suit the most demanding
of players. Scores over its rivals in the variety and
deviousness of the alien attack patterns. Satisfyingly, a
death and the loss of all additional weapons does not
necessarily herald the end of the game: it is still possible
to battle through, although much tougher. The endof- level
guardians are varied and tricky, the hardest being the enor
mous spaceship. There are enough levels, too, to keep even
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The current zenith of strategy games and probably the only game ever to be reviewed in the New York Times. It's more than just a game, it’s a thorough simulation of global politics between the USA and USSR. The attention to detail is extraordinary. After playing this, you will probably know more about world politics than most politicians do.
TIPS Striking a balance between survival and scoring points is the whole art of the game. Factors to bear in mind are spheres ot influence, precedence and relative importance level. The advisors are a good general guide, but the hard decisions are all yours.
TIPS Static attack patterns mean most waves can be wiped out easily by correct positioning. Beware the weapons capsule with the yellow block in: it removes the nose- cone, leaving the ship vulnerable.
CHALLENGE Survive through three levels without collecting additional weapons.
CHALLENGE The Multi-Polar Level is immensely compex and a match for anyone.
BALANCE OF POWER 1990 MINDSCAPE C24.99 DUNGEON MASTER MIRRORSOFT £29.99 A masterpiece of adventuring and role-playing that first appeared on DENARIS RAINBOW ARTS C19.99 This classic space trading combat game is still the best of its kind. Starting out with little money in a simple ship, you have eight galaxies to explore.
Dogfight with pirates and aliens as you shuttle goods from planet to planet trying to earn money to equip your ship. Whether you choose to operate within the law or outside it is entirely up to you, but whichever path you choose, a dogfight is just around the corner: and the enemy ships take no prisoners! A believable game world, terrific gameplay and as big a task as you'll find anywhere.
An absolute must.
The ST and is, sadly, only available In a one Meg version. Lead a party ot adventurers through fourteen levels of Lord Chaos’s dungeons, fighting all manner of vicious nasties and solving some very tricky puzzles in an attempt to rescue your master’s Firestaff.
Superb graphics and sound effects bring heaps of atmosphere to a thoroughly addictive game that’ll have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Worth buying a memory expansion tor... TIPS Type ‘SARA’ when first prompted for the start-up password, then enter the correct code. During the game press to bring up the TIPS Lure some of the more vicious monsters into doorways and keep the door bashing down on them while you tight.
CHALLENGE Play the game from the start without mapping it as you go.
ELITE FIREBIRD C24.95 A solid-3D combat flight simulator with the emphasis firmly on conv bat. There’s a host ot views, both within and outside the cockpit, and heaps of missions to com plete, some of which are very devious indeed. The overall game structure is great and the atterv tion to detail superb. The graphics and sound effects are both tremendous and the frame rate is impressive. Everyone should own at least one combat tlight sim and this is still the best.
Hacking screen, and then alter the following bytes: Byte Value Result 1 8 ....FF ....Absolutely 1 9 ....FF ....Loadsa 1A ....FF ....Luwerly IB ....FF ....Dosh 9F ....10 ....Mission 1 9F ....20 ....Mission 2 CHALLENGE Play the game without the help of the above cheats or a docking computer.
Some of the hottest, fastest and most frantic arcade action you!
Find outside the arcades. You | fly a heavily-armoured spacecra F-18 INTERCEPTOR ELECTRONIC ARTS £24.95 TIPS Be careful not fo always trust the | mission briefings!
CHALLENGE Experts should be able to complete a mission without using missiles.
HYBRIS DISCO VERY GAINSTAR £24.95 through an alien fortress, blasting ground emplacements and any alien attack ships that are foolish enough to appear on the wrong side of your laser cannons. As you progress, you can pick up extra weaponry fo help the alien wasting move into top gear.
TIPS Memorise the flight patterns of the different alien attack waves so that you can waste them as soon as they appear. Ground emplacements can have you cornered in no time: d possible, knock them out without the slightest delay.
CHALLENGE Survive for three levels wifhouf destroying the ground installations.
NEBULUS HEWSON £19.99 So much more than just a platform game! It’s a unique concept that tests both the mind and the reflexes. The crucial feature is the setting, in the middle of a sea on a number of towers that revolve as your character moves round them. There are all manner of nasty surprises throughout the game, as you struggle fo reach the top of the towers within a hme-limd and without tumbling into the water. It’s a magndicent concept, superbly executed, instantly addictive and with enough difficult towers to stretch the best.
TIPS The most important thing to learn is the timing of the appearance of the spinning alien: get in rhythm to save an awful lot of sudden drops.
Watch out for areas where being knocked down by the alien is vital to progress.
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POPULOUS ELECTRONIC ARTS £24.95 A relative newcomer, but with all the essential ingredients needed to ensure instant classic status.
You play the part of a divine being overseeing a race of people living on a small world. Unfortunately, there's also another divine being (either the computer or a friend!
Trying to look after a rival race: because the world is too small for both races, one has to go. And fhafs where you come in. By helping your tribe to settle, build a civilisation and conquer new ground, you gain the power to invoke a whole gamut of natural disasters upon the opponent’s people, thus helping your tribe and increasing your power still further. With a thousand worlds to conquer, Populous is destined to keep you playing for months: and you're sure to enjoy every minute.
TIPS Volcanoing the opposing population in the same spot several times is very effective. Keep building new settlements for your pep pie throughout the game: power, the key to the game, is derived from settling. If they are too comfortable and have lost the inclination to explore, reduce the size of a settlement until it’s too large to hold the population: the settlement will then kick someone out to explore and settle new territory.
CHALLENGE Play three consecutive worlds without using any of your divine powers: no earthquakes, volcanoes, knights, floods, swamps, or any of the other acts of god... THE SENTINEL FIREBIRD £19.95 Bizarre and compelling strategy game played over the chequered surface of a planet dominated by the Sentinel. Essentially, you must absorb energy while trying to prevent ttte Sentinel from absorbing yours. A clear brain and a fast trigger finger are both vital in this original and huge - ten thousand landscapes - game.
TIPS Remove all the sentries and position yourself right next to the Sentinel (so you can absorb him whenever you wish) then, while he’s turning slowly toward you, survey the land and absorb any extra trees and the like. As soon as he starts scanning you, simply absorb him and take his place.
CHALLENGE A considerable achievement would be to win a landscape without taking out any sentries.
SUPER HANG-ON ELECTRIC DREAMS £24.99 The best racing game on two wheels, more than a match for any of its four-wheeled rivals. The rolling road looks fantastic, every stage is accompanied by delightful scenery, the roaring engines sound good and the music is excellent. Pacing is perfect: tightening time limits make winning a very difficult proposition. The mouse control is delightful too.
TIPS Keep your finger on the accelerator and go! Well, OK, you do need to slow down occasionally: but steering info corners early helps.
CHALLENGE Complete the first five-stage course without crashing once.
VIRUS FIREBIRD £19.95 State-of-the-art 30 graphics and a superb control system are hallmarks of this classic from Elite author. David Braben. Although criticised for being too hard to play, with a little practice ifs one of the most addictive, challenging and enjoyable shoot-em-ups ever created. Stop the aliens from infecting the beautiful, rolling, patchwork landscape by reducing every one of the many types of enemy craft to glittering clouds of debris. The graphics are stunning, the sound effects are superb and the gameplay is unrivalled.
TIPS Missiles are precious - use them only fo take out attractors and mystery craft. By hovering low over the water you can see the shadows of incoming attackers and fheir vapour trails. Along with the sound cues, this allows you to manoeuvre and thrust at the right time to gain a height advantage and attack. Take out bombers and seeders first because the landscape bonus can earn valuable extra lives. On later levels, try to refuel just before the pests start warping in: you will not be able to while they are around.
CHALLENGE Destroy all the scanners on Wave One and then get to Wave Five (the new landscape) flying blind.
High-score tans should have a crack at getting to the third landscape and scoring 250,000.
GO MAD ON A COIN-OP Win US Gold's Gauntlet II coin-op worth over £2,000, plus heaps of US Gold sweatshirts and games.
A dream come true for all arcade fans: your very own coin-op. Its no ordinary coin-op either: it's the smash hit Gauntlet II.
That's not |ust one or two player action, but four players blasting and chasing around together. Your friends will iove you lor it.
As it a two-grand arcade machine wasnt enough, US Gold are also giving away 20 sweatshirts and 20 games as runner-up prizes. Each of the 20 runners-up will get a sweatshirt and a US Gold game of their choice.
Gauntlet II is a classic game that combines hectic blasting action with lots of level exploration and player co-operation. It's a marvellous arcade experience, not to be missed.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic machine or one of the 20 other prizes, all you have to do is answer the following three questions.
Whack the answers on the back of a costcard or stuck-down envelope and send it to: Gauntlet II Comp, Amiga Format. 4 Queen Street, Bath BA1 1EJ. The entries should reach us by August 21st and don't forget to include your name, address and phone number on the postcard and add the name ot the US Gold game you'd like to receive it you win a runner-up prize.
RULES Employees of Future Publishing and US Gold are not allowed to enter. The judges' decision is final: no correspondence will be entered into.
1. Which of these is one of the four characters in Gauntlet II?
A| Bimbo the Bandit
b) Darren the Dull
c) Merlin the Wizard
2. What should you do when touched by the TT monster?
A) See a doctor immediately.
B) Touch another player and pass it on.
C) Touch a THAT monster to get rid ot it.
3. What nasty tactic do sorcerers use when attacking you?
A) Shoot magic that freezes you to the spot
b) Reverse the controls.
C| Go invisible for short periods of time.
REMEMBER to include your name, address and phone number on your entry HiSoft BASIC includes full support ot the Amiga, as standard, with extensive window, screen and graphics commands. In the same way as the interpreter, Amiga libraries can also be accessed as it they were built-in statements allowing complete machine access.
HiSoft BASIC includes full MENU support, with event trapping and powerful sprite routines, using the OBJECT keywords.
HiSoft BASIC Compiler Now BASIC has come of age HiSoft BASIC is a fully-integrated compiler and editor that makes it beautifully easy to convert all your AmigaBASIC programs into fast-running machine code.
In fact, HiSoft BASIC is so simple and quick to use that you will soon find that you no longer need the AmigaBASIC interpreter at all. You can do everything you want with HiSoft BASIC.
Compiled programs can execute in their own window(s) or use the CLI window tor minimum size. CLI-type programs may be easily written and made resident since they are fully re-entrant.
For larger programs and for those programmers with strong editor preferences we also supply an editor-less compiler for traditional disk-to-disk compilation methods.
HiSoft BASIC is a no-limits language; string variables may be up to 16Mbytes in length and there are no limits on array sizes either (subject to available memory). Code generated is fully 68010 020 030 compatible.
Compiled programs have no run-time overhead; all compiled programs share an Amiga library, which may be distributed with programs without charge.
Compiled programs multi-task, of course, but as they all share the same library, memory usage and disk space is kept to a minimum. There is also an option to produce completely stand-alone programs which include only as much ot the library as they need.
A new feature ot the latest version of HiSott BASIC is the ability to link BASIC with C and assembler!
¦ Compatible with Microsoft QuickBASIC 3, Atari ST BASIC, AmigaBASIC and most other BASICS ¦ Full structured programming with long Ifs, multi- line functions, sub-programs, CASE, WHILE, REPEAT, DO etc. HiSoft BASIC ¦ Optional line numbers, lots of compiler and runtime options allowing tremendous flexibility both at compile & execution time ¦ Full recursion in sub-programs and functions plus local and global variables, arrays as parameters ¦ 5 types of variable, integers, long integers, single- & double-precision floats and strings ot any size ¦ No limits; no program size limit and no
variable size limits, memory permitting ¦ Interactive environment; invoke the compiler from the easy-to-use Intuition editor and all errors will be reported, in English, giving you the option to go straight back to the editor for correction or to carry on compiling. You can run your program from the editor so it's just like using an interpreter
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¦ Power features like include symbolic debug, exploit maths co-processors and much more ¦ Complete with free AmigaBASIC Inside 8 Out tutorial book plus examples disk, for a limited time ",.. the manual is clearly written and informative and an example of how a computer manual should really be written. HiSott BASIC has got a great deal going for it. It's fast, portable, compiled and ...is quite simply the best implementation of BASIC yet seen on the Amiga" New Computer Express 28 1 89 ORDER FORM ¦ Yes, please rush me a copy of the HiSoft BASIC Compiler for my Amiga at £79.95 inc. I would
like to pay by: Cheque Postal Order jAccess Visa Access Visa Card N5 Signature Expiry Send or phone your order to: HiSoft, The Old School, Greentield, Bedford, MK45 5DE. Tel: (0525) 718181 DESIGN 3D fully exploits all of the Amiga's capabilities (Graphics in 16 colour out of 4096, resolution of 640 512, rapidly, multitasking) in order to allow the creation ot objects in real 3D. You visualize these in either four views (front, side, from above, perspective) or full screen. The perspective mode allows a representation with some sides hidden, according to seven different modes, one of which
uses shading from 4 light sources. Furthermore, due to the fact that DESIGN 3D works in points, facettes and volumes, each of these entities can be manipulated independently from the others (moving, distortion, rotation...). Thanks to the output possibility on graphic printer or plotter (HPGL) you can see your designs on paper. Further, a parametric grid, a reticle, a font editor and the display of numerous parameters make DESIGN 3D an incredible user-friendly product tor every person wanting to work in 3 dimensions.
Instructions and program in English.
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couple of months, Commodore have stepped up their
advertising into the vertical markets. The latest market
to receive the Amiga treatment is that of the low- end CAD
workstation. Commodore have pulled together a range of
'officiar Amiga CAD 'solutions', as the PR people like to
call them. The basic system consists of an Amiga 2000 with
3 Mb ot memory, 14-inch multi-sync colour monitor, 68020
accelerator card and the professional version of X-CAD,
the suitably named X-CAD Professional.
Prices for these lovely bundles ot kit range from about three grand right up to a whacking eight grand (although pricing is still to be confirmed). For the home market, however, there is a distinct possibility that Commodore may bundle both the A2000 and A500 with the low- cost version of X-CAD, X-CAD Designer.
Modular Times' X-CAD Designer is a fully-featured, two-dimensional design and draughting tool which will be of interest to draughtsmen, designers and engineers alike. The package arrives in one of those very nice box tolders that seem to be standard issue for serious PC software, but tend rarely to be used lor Amiga products. Lurking inside the box you’ll find a manual, a single program disk and a dongle, which must be plugged into the second joystick port for the program to function fully.
Both versions of X-CAD are designed in a modular form, which means the software is built up from three primary components: the X-CAD program itself, a set of run-time libraries and a set of command overlays. The advantage of this system is twofold.
Firstly, system memory usage is kept to a minimum by loading commands only when they are required. Secondly, this modular tofm allows new commands to be added to the system comparatively easily by just adding exba command overlays and run-time libraries.
X-CAD DESIGNER Powerful graphics chips make the Amiga ideal for a budget CAD workstation.
JASON HOLBORN looks at the *official’ Amiga CAD package.
LAYER OF THE AMIGA All professional CAD systems allow the use of layers, which means a diagram can be split up into several overlaying sections. X-CAD certainly isn't let down in this area, since it allows the definition of up to 256 different layers, which can be displayed in any combination.
X-CAD Designer features all the standard drawing tools that you'd expect to find in a high-end package, such as splines, cross-hatching, grouping, line breaking and trimming. All are executed at a phenomenal speed. This speed is probably X-CAD's greatest asset, because it uses the Amiga's custom hardware to offer redraw rates over five times quicker than those of the most popular PC package, AutoCAD, running on a 8038frbased PC-compatible.
Once you've ‘designetf your masterpiece, you’ll want to output it to paper.
Luckily for those of us who can’t afford pen plotters, X-CAD has extensive support tor dot-matrix printers. Even with a bog-standard nine-pin dot-matrix, some very professional results can quickly be produced. When it is printing, X-CAD automatically builds up a smoothed representation of whatever is on-screen, producing the highest resolution printout that is possible on your printer.
It is very unusual to find an Amiga package that not only destroys the competition on the host machine, but also on all other comparable machines.
This system's greatest assets are undoubtedly its high level of adaptability and sheer operating speed. X-CAD Professional running on a 68020-based Amiga with the new super-high-res A2024 monitor could quite simply clean up the low-end CAD market. It Commodore’s advertising department gets it right, I can see the Amiga and X-CAD becoming a formidable force. ¦ CADENCES CAD is one particular area of computing that has been revolutionised by the arrival of machines such as Ihe Amiga. Previously. Ihe image that surrounded any CAD system was of a powerful graphics workstation costing many tens of
thousands of pounds, linked lo a super-high-res vector screen that required a fork lift truck to shift it With the arrival of powerful personal computers such as Ihe Amiga. CAD has finally been broughl wilhin the reach of the masses.
REVIEW Apple’s Macintosh has earned itself the rare honour of being regarded by many as almost a ‘cult’ computer. JASON HOLBORN checks out A-MAX, a new hardware add-on that will give your Amiga that old Mac magic.
BIG MAC & CHIPS completely captured the DTP market with its excellent range ot professional DTP packages.
A Mac emulator for the Amiga certainly has taken a long time to arrive: ST owners have been happily running Mac software on their machines tor over a year now. What has finally arrived is a hardware-based emulator that has a very simple objective: to turn your Amiga into a perfect imitabon of a Macintosh Plus computer.
The first thing you'll probably ask yourself before considering forking out for any emulator is ¦What can this machine do that I can't already do on my Amiga?"
Well, the answer to that question isn't as straightforward as it would first seem. It would be correct to say that there probably isn't a great deal that you can do on a Mac that you couldn’t already do on your Amiga. So why even consider a Mac emulator? Well the reason, put simply, is that Mac versions of software are often considerably more powerful than similar packages on the Amiga.
One area that the Mac excels in particularly is that of Desk Top Publishing. Compare Professional Page on the Amiga to even fhe simplest of Mac DTP packages and you'll soon realise why nine out of ten electronic publishers prefer fhe Mac. The Mac WIMP system, Finder, lends itself very well to heavily graphics-based applications such as DTP and although the machine lacks the advanced graphics hardware ot the Amiga, graphics-based applications still manage to steam along at an astonishing rate. For an example, try comparing the redraw speed ot Professional Page to that of a similar Mac
package. The Mac has almost SETTING UP YOUR McAMIGA As is the case with nearly every emulator known to man, A-Max isn't a 'plug in and go' add-on.
Alter you’ve found a source tor the Mac ROMs (no easy task), the next job is to actually get the Mac's WIMP operating system, Finder, over to an A-Max format disk.
Because ot obvious copyright restrictions, Amax isn't supplied with the Mac OS. You’ll have to obtain a copy of that yourself.
Once you've found a friendly Mac user who is willing to let you borrow a system disk, the next problem is how to get the contents ot a Mac disk across to an A-Max disk. The Mac uses a special multi-speed drive with a disk format that cannot be read by any machine other than a Mac, so just inserting the Mac system disk into your Amiga drive isn’t the answer (that would be tar too easy!) If, however, you have access to a Mac second drive, getbng Finder across is childsplay, because A-Max will allow you to plug any standard Apple drive into the A-Max cartridge and use it as you would with a
Thankfully, unlike with similar units on the ST, this initial setting up is fairly straightforward and can be achieved in no time at all.
Although Amiga drives cannot handle the multi-speed nature ot Mac drives, they are highly adaptable and can be forced to read just about any format with the right software (D0S-2-D0S is a fine example: if allows the Amiga MacClock FutureSound 50CT Possibly the best Sound Digitizer around ?
Chris Cain in the April 89 issue of Personal Computer World said "The first thing to be said about FutureSound 500 is that its far easier to say than Pro Sound Designer Gold. It also looks a lot better. This merit won’t sell too many units, but the exceptionally good hardware will."
Only £89.95 Inc Rik Haynes in the 17 June 89 issue of New Computer Express said "The hardware is first rate constantly producing the crispest samples we’ve heard."
The April 89 issue of AUI said "The manual contains tips on accessing the samples from C, and a full set of routines for using the samples from Amiga BASIC are supplied on the disk.
Full marks for this!"
The June 89 issue of TGM magazine said "FutureSound is one of the best sound sampling packages available for the Amiga, and owners of IFF music packages will certainly find it very useful and at £89.95 its definitely worth buying."
.Records two tracks simultaneously .Separate microphone input with built in amp .Samples up to 42,000 samples per second, 20,000 samples per second per channel in stereo .Sliding volume input control .Ribbon cable attaches to parallel port, and can be used with a Data switch unit .Easy to use software editor with many features .Full support for all hard disks .Supports RAM disks & VDO devices .Works with all Amiga operating systems including 1.3 and the new FastFileSystem Monitor input through your Amiga from the Digitizer . Uses expanded memory where available, up to 8MB .Save your sounds in
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To get A-Max up and running, there are two files that must exist on your A-Max boot disk, namely the Apple Finder and System files.
These two files between them contain the Mac operating system and desktop environment. On some versions ot the Mac OS, you'll probably have to remove as many fonts and desktop accessories as you possibly can so that both tiles fit on the limited capacity ot the transfer disk.
Once both the System and Finder files are on your transfer disk, A-Max will boot up and your hybrid Mac will spring to life. The next step is to format a Mac disk from within A-Max and copy both files to this disk so that the mini transfer-disk can be used again.
SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY ReadySott, the producers' ot A-Max, claim that A-Max will run most productivity software without problems. We've managed to test several major Mac packages such as MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, PageMaker 2 and the public domain comms package Red Ryder, all ot which worked without any problems. A-Max will also support HyperCard and the new Multifinder, although you’ll need at least a megabyte to take full advantage of these.
What A-Max won’t run is any software which bypasses the Mac operating system routines and hits the hardware directly. The kind of software that will definitely not run under A-Max includes the vast majority of Mac midi software, and quite a few Mac games software.
The good news (in the view of the Amiga Format team) is that Spectrum Holobyte's excellent Mac version of Tetris works fine!
SCREEN SCENE On a standard Amiga using the current release of Agnus, Mac emulation can operate in both higlwes interlaced and medium- resolution screen modes. A-Max also provides lull support for the new enhanced chip set (if we ever see it!) And the new high-res mono monitor, the A2024.
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provides a connector tor an Apple external drive.
Unfortunately, Apple external drives (in fact, Apple hardware items in generall are not particularly cheap, but if you intend using A-Max seriously the investment will be worthwhile because it will allow you to read Mac disks directly.
Unfortunately, the current release ot A-Max doesn't support hard drives, although plans are afoot to include this in future versions. For some applications, hard drives are a vital necessity, so the lack of support could proue to be something ol a problem.
All Macintosh emulators require access to Mac ROMs, and A-Max is no sole exception.
Unfortunately, A-Max does not come as standard with the necessary slithers of silicon, so you'll have to purchase them separately.
A-Max will accept both the old 64K ROMs from the original Mac and the newer 128K ROMs from the Mac Plus. The larger ROMs have several advantages over the older res, you’ll probably end up using A-Max in medium-resolution mode.
When using ECS with a multisync monitor, A-Max will provide a very attractive working environment. With the A2024, the A-Max screen resolution rises to an impressive 1008 by 800: virtually the same as that offered by a £5000 Macintosh 2.
64Ks in that they run faster and are able to handle a higher proportion of the newer Mac software. If you have an accelerator card in your Amiga, you must have 128K ROMs because the smaller ROMs are not compatible with these more advanced processors.
Installing the ROMs into the A-Max cartridge is childsplay (although removing them from a Mac is a nightmarell. With them installed, your Mac is ready to roll.
Obtaining Mac ROMs can be a difficult task: most Apple dealers are not to keen to hand them out.
Unfortunately, this means that UK- based suppliers who are willing to admit the tact that they supply Apple ROMs are very hard to find.
Entertainment International are currently looking at the possibility of supplying ROMs as well as the A-Max unit itself.
CONCLUSION A-Max certainly is an impressive piece of hardware, ft is highly compatible, and the inclusion of ECS and A2024 graphic modes is bound to earn A-Max more than a lew triends. The only negative aspect of A-Max is . The lack of hard disk support, which makes professional use ol the system questionable. Many users will also complain about the inability to autoboot A-Max from hard disk: with the new 1.3 autoboobng ROMs, hard drive support shouldn’t be hard to implement.
Hopefully, future releases ol A-Max will address this: but this is one of the best emulators available on any machine, and is not only great fun to own, but also very useful. ¦ S. MUSICAL MAYHEM Music Editor Jon Bates explains that with no talent, no expensive equipment and one Amiga, you too can make incredible music... his is a journey into sound: a guide to what the Amiga can do musically. You don't have to lash out on lots of expensive goodies, and it doesn't matter it you're about as musical as doorpost and can’t read a note. One of the main points of computers and music is to make things
easier, not baffling. With only a modicum of effort, you can knock up very respectable musical works.
ALL THIS, AND MORE Your Amiga, in its naked, straight- Irom-the-box state, will perform three musical roles. Firstly, it will CREATE sound entirely of its own by tweaking the internal sound chip. This effectively means the computer instantly becomes an instrument, a synthesiser, in its own right.
Secondly, it RECREATES sound: for instance, it can take samples of noises from the real world, so that genuine drum or .violin notes or even human voices can be built into a piece of music.
Similarly, it can store, change and recreate all manner ol artificial synthesised sounds.
Thirdly, it can ORGANISE these sounds, building up individual notes to create a piece of music in a role that is known as sequencing. And all this without a bott-on in sight. Many Amiga music packages offer all three of these options under one roof, whereas more specialised programs will make extensive forays into just one area.
AND MIDI MAKES SIX MIDI, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, is a common language that enables the Amiga to perform all three functions with electronic instruments. With a synth, for instance, it can create sounds to be replayed from the keyboard as well as storing, recreating and editing those sounds: the sounds are called voices, so this function is known as voicing. Particularly important with MIDI is the organising of sound: sequencing. As a sequencer, the Amiga can, in effect, record music played on electronic Instruments, and edit the music so bad notes are chopped out, play the
piece back via the instrument. Moreover, MIDI allows for 16 channels, so 16 separate instruments can go into one song, and the sequencer allows sections ot a piece to he looped, repeated and generally messed about with.
The usual MIDI interlace uses the serial port of the Amiga although there are in existence plug in boards which will give you permanent MIDI ports. MIDI travels at 31.25K baud, which is quite last enqugh tor most processes. And the beauty ot MIDI and the Amiga is that the interfaces are all one standard.
INTERNAL EXPLORATION First off, the internal sound chip.
A quick flick to the back ot your Amiga book produces a picture of the sound chip "Paula". Not terribly enlightening, hut it gives you a rough idea of the chip's capabilities. It can produce tour sounds simultaneously and spread them between the stereo left and right ports. It has a range of nine octaves - one more than a piano - and the claim about using amplitude and frequency modulation means it can create sound from both simple and more complex wavelorms. Obviously the way forward is to seek some reasonable software to control it, so a selection of the most commonly available packages
INSTANT MUSIC Perhaps the most 'entry level' program is Instant Music. For ‘entry level’, read 'absolute bozo beginner'. Instant Music is rather a neat composition program that doesn't really require any musicality on behalt ol the user. It uses a graphic score, a series of coloured oblongs relative to the length ol the note which scroll past on screen: a different colour represents each instrument, and it comes with a full compliment ol sampled instruments. Actual composition is perlormed by dragging and placing blobs around the screen; the higher up the screen , the higher the note.
It you drag the note out from left to right it becomes longer. Notes occurring at the same time form a chord, and every movement ot the note on scredn lets you1 hear the pitch and sound ol that note.
It you are familiar with traditional notation this is a really slow way ol working, but as a heuristic (such big wordsll approach to music it works very well.
The favourite feature is 'Mouse Jam' which everybody who has had a go with this program becomes addicted to. You select the backing and style that you want to play with and away you go. By clicking the mouse and moving it around the screen it manages to play only those notes that sound in tune and in stylistic keeping with the backing; a form ot 'artificial intelligence' that should be a compulsory implant in the brains and lingers MUSIC of adherents to the Widdly Widdly School ot Guitar Torture'.
MUSIC STUDIO It you can live with the fact that your sound files will not be compatible with any other program, a decent sequencing and sound creating package is the Amiga Music Studio, which has a very good instrument design page.
The program comes with filteen preset sounds which can he subiected to a whole host of alterations: harmonics, envelope shape, sustain, vibrato and tremolo, and stereo position. Not a bad introduction to the world of sound tor voice) creating.
It offers you a choice ol either graphic or traditional music notation to sequence the notes.
Graphic is an alternative to traditional musical notation that uses a set ot shapes to represent notes. The usual way this is done is to have the pitch of the note running from the bottom ot the screen to the top and the time length of the note running on the other axis from left to right. With Music Studio each instrument is given a separate colour. You can even add lyrics to your efforts and it supports the lull 16 MIDI channels in and out.
PAULA IN PUBLIC There are several Public Domain programs that give you access to the Paula chip in varying degrees.
There will be an article in the not too distant future covering the music aspect of PD software. But for now, you could check out Fish Disk 94 which has an 'Audio Tools' utility.
SAMPLING Avoiding the technical details for the moment, sampling is the way in which sound is encapsulated digitally. The most critical part ot this, as tar as your ears go, is the actual conversion trom messy electrical impulses to digital data, and yice versa, known in the business as ADC (analogue to digital conversion) and DAC (you can work that one out).
Most other micros require hardware to convert sound to digital and back again, but the Paula chip is very efficient at converting digital data back to the stulf that makes your speakers work, tt would be not tar short of the truth to say that the sonic capabilities of the Amiga rival all but the most expensive - as in coming up to £1000 - of protessional samplers. Plus with sound editing software you can actually see the sound and play around with it, follows that many sound sequencing and creation programs come with sampled sounds all ready to play. Any sample can usually be able
software. There are also programs about that will let you arrange these sounds into pieces that can subsequently be stored as a module to be used in games, or wherever.
Loaded into another piece of suit- into a full-blown arrangement.
Although you can easily enjoy the benefits of playing back prerecorded samples, making your own will require some outlay. The three main contenders are the Pro Sound Designer, AMAS, and the Datel Amiga Sampler.
Compatible with these are MIDI players that allow the samples to things. Although they are starting be played from a MIDI keyboard, to make inroads into the However, ST Amiga Format mar- American market which is awash keted sampling hardware in kit with Pcs, they see the way form in Issue 11, May 1989. This forward on the Amiga, and not is available from Magenta who the PC with its problems of no will also sell you the sampling hardware, Pertect Seund, fdr a ridiculously low sum. How’s that for a low-cost entry into sam- pling? There will be a sampling Steinberg Pro 24 will cost exactly
special in a coming issue, but lor that, £250. Watch this space lor now check Pages 31 and 73. An in-depth review of what is promised to be not merely a MIDI STEP BY STEP cross-over but also an update.
Two good MIDI programs are More promising still is the modu- Aegis Sonix. Which contains lar program from the San sections on all the subjects men- Francisco based Microlllusions tioned (creating sound, altering who are launching Music X. This sound, creating songs and han- modular program does all sorts dling MIDI data) and Deluxe Music Construction Set, which is a step-time sequencer. You insert the notes individually defining length and pitch lor up to eight parts, using a combination ot up to four of the internal voices and four of the external MIDI channels, although you can it you wish
use up to eight MIDI channels as well as the internal voices. It has a lull palette ot notes and signs and the graphics are well-observed. Sound editing features are absent, however.
MIDI ON THE ROLL The ball really starts to roll when we start to consider multiple- track sequencers of fhe real-time variety. These will let you play your tunes in sections, and check them for errors via either graphic notation, traditional notation or at worst a data stream. Having The list of dedicated MIDI sequencers for the Amiga gets longer each month and so I won’t bore you with the details.
However there are two programs soon to be available which will open up the field for the Amiga.
The first is a version of one of the most successful of all MIDI sequencers, the Steinberg Pro 24, only available up until now for the ST. I think this is a measure of how Steinberg, who are a German soltware house, view something that is a real pain to achieve on a piece of dedicated sorted out the major calamities you can then call some smart software routines to help you sampler hardware.
Since there is also a common standard lor storifig data (IFF), it correct bad notes and timing blunders, which is known as Quantizing: Once all is' to your satisfaction, you can organise the sections that you have recorded standard interlace (unless you count the ultra-expensive ’industry standard interlace’ cl the Roland MPU401 at £250 a threw!) The ot sequencing with several different types of editing features, all very professional, as well as full MIDI features. While all this is running you can also call up other modules which are resident in the machine at the same time. These will
do voice- editing for various synthesizers and store them in libraries, which can be called in at any given moment into the sequencer,, and will also handle voice creation and sample editing. The demo versions seen so far are tremendous. A lull review should be possible soon, but meanwhile take a peek at the News pages.
Youve got your Amiga, sorted out various bits of software and maybe a synth into the bargain.
Now all you need to do is to hear yourself in true perspective and then commit it to tape. First thing is to get some decent amplifica bon. The Amiga stereo outputs are of the phono type, which by a happy coincidence happens to be the same as most hi-fi amplifiers, so as long as the amp can accept an external source in, usually called Aux, you’re away.
The part of the sound chain I that is most suspect is the speak ers themselves. A decent set ol speakers will improve a hi-fi no J end whereas a decent amp shoved through a rubbish pair ol speakers still sounds pretty nalt.
If you have neighbours who wl not appreciate a few hundred watts of bottom end bass line rattling the headboard ot their bed at 4 am then maybe a good pair of headphones is in order Money spent in these areas will save a lot of frustration later on What you should try to get is a true picture of the sound in all its glory. If you don’t, then when you transfer it to tape and take it somewhere with a decent system. Your prized efforts will start to sound like a crossed telephone line to Greece with all sorts ol unheard-ot bangs and whistles.
There are various other items
- no. Lots and lots of other items - that can be thrown into the
chain of sound recording. In fact there Is scope lor a complete
feature on just that in some future issue.
The bottom line for anything like a mixer, tape deck or effects unit is to ensure that it doesn't add any significant amount of notse into the system. If you insist on using cassettes obtained free at the local garage along with a dirty old cassette player that used to double as a data recorder you’ll get no sympathy from me when the result sounds like it was recorded bn the wing of a 747 at 30,000 ft. ¦ Now, the facts: the prices ol all the packages mentioned in this article, and names, addresses and phone numbers of suppliers.
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Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre, Birmingham B37 5TL The Real-Time Sound Processor takes the Amiga's sound sampling capabilities that bit further by using it not for straight sampling, which until recently had been the sole application, but as a powerful sound manipulation tool. If you've ever used protessional synthesizers such as the Roland D-50 supersynth or Yamaha's V50 Keyboard Workstation, then you're probably already familiar with the concept of sound processing.
When a sound is produced, feeding i! Through a sound processor can enhance the sound by adding new characteristics to it. For example, a reverb unit adds a 'roomy' feel to a sound, so it sounds as if it was played in a large hall.
REAL-TIME SOUND PROCESSOR Amiga sound samplers come in a multitude of different shapes and sizes. JASON HOLBORN checks out a sound sampler with a difference.
MANIPULATING TIME This Amiga-based sound processor takes an external mono sound signal Isuch as that outputted by a CD player, Hi-Fi or synthesizerl, samples it at an astonishing 50 Khz and then manipulates it before it is emitted through the Amiga's stereo sound outputs. All this activity takes place in real time, which actually allows the unit to manipulate a continuous sound signal.
What you get lor your money is the actual sampling hardware itself (which also functions as a conventional sound sampler if you've a software package such as Aegis AudioMasler) which plugs into the parallel port, a spiral-bound manual, a single disk containing the sound processing software and a rather large dongle which must be plugged into the second joystick port for the software to work at all. I've never been a great fan of dongles and on a multi-tasking machine such as the Amiga: where several packages can be running simultaneously, they can be a real pain.
The package provides nineteen preset sound manipulation tools such as Echo.
Reverb, Delay, Flange and both AM and FM modulation. As well as these presets, you can also configure your own effects using the extensive software controls and then store them in any one of 127 preset slots. Playing around with the supplied presets can be a lot of fun in itself, particularly if you've got a microphone that you can link up to the sampling hardware.
One unique and potentially very useful feature of the Sound Processor is the ability to change the current preset through MIDI control. This is achieved using the same MIDI 'program change’ messages that are used to change the sound to be played on a MIDI synth.
This could he very useful when used in conjunction with a sequencer as it would allow your sequencer to control not only the operations of your synths, but also the sound processor.
For the Amiga user who also enjoys tinkering around with their home keyboard, the Sound Processor provides a useful addition to a music-making arsenal. The unit is undoubtedly flexible and costs considerably less than even the cheapest ol protessional effects units, but unfortunately it fails to deliver the kind of sound quality that serious musicians demand. This isn’t really a fault in the sound processor itself, but merely a limitation ot the Amiga’s hardware.
For serious use. Sound processors need at least a twelve-bit resolution, which is four bits more than even the Amiga can handle. Without these extra bits, the sound produced can become muffled and hollow, which really isn't acceptable for serious music making. If the unit featured a sixteen-bit sampling resolution, then it would not only be a corker of an Amiga product, but would also leave quite a lew professional units out in the cold. If you want to use a sound processor seriously, you’re probably best advised to fork out the extra cash and buy a dedicated effects unit.
The Amiga has always been a great machine for the creation of musical masterpieces, using either the Amiga's powerful sound chip or. If you hate the necessary equipment, through MIDI sequencing.
Another area of sound creation in which the Amiga is particularly capable is that of sound sampling, or. If you like, sound digitising.
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MONEY GRABBERS Please, please, please, can you help? I've just spent the last six months saving £250 to splash out on a colour digitiser. There are several available that all seem to otter similar lacilities: which one would you choose?
Michael Nash, Chelmsford, Essex The choice of the right video digitiser really depends on what you intend fo use if tor.
From your letter, it seems obvious that your decision will be guided by the extent of colour support ottered by digitisers. II you aren't particularly worried about the digitiser being able to grab images at any great speed, then NewTek's Digi-View 3.0 unit is still one ot the best land cheapest!)
Colour digitisers available.
It you do want to digitise colour images, you'll also need to fork out for a black-and-white video camera. Surprisingly, these cameras can be picked up quite cheaply trom most Amiga dealers (try the Amiga Centre Scotland on 031 557 4242 tor both OigrWew and the video camera).
Just go back to the CU and type ‘Setmap gb’. Thanks to Phil Wares and Chris Morris ol Cranbrook in Kent tor sorting that one out!
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Firstly, I am soon to purchase a memory upgrade and a Star LC- 10 colour printer for my Amiga. I am also hoping to purchase a word processor and a colour DTP package, aiming to spend about £150 at the most. I've been advised to buy Protext and Comic Setter: are these goo choices? My second reason for £30 97 £3097 £131 29 ....£53 02 £194 25 ....£76 12 ....£76 12 £7 87 ...£76.12 £68 77 .£117.07 £372 75 £36 22 £63 52 £41 98 ...£22 57 ....£76 12 £194 25 ..£5302 £5302 ....£17.32 £3097 £12097 £89 25 ..£11550 .. £31.39 £194 25 £367.50 £2 57 £30.97 £22 57 £8347 £50 92 £30 97 £5302 £19 42 £41 47 £101
32 £41.47 LOST WITHOUT A KEYMAP After purchasing Issue 11 of your parent magazine ST Amiga Format, I tried using the SetKey utility that was included on the free coverdisk. Alter a lew seconds ot disk access, the SetKey window appeared, but apart from the menu bar nothing else was displayed. When I tried to quit out ol SetKey by double-clicking on the 'window close' gadget, the machine just locked up and I was forced to reset my Amiga. What am I doing wrong?
SF Lawrence Gosport, Hants There does indeed seem to be a problem with the SetKey utility, which had us stumped tor quite a time. The problems lies in the fact that the program was written tor the American market and therefore expects the default keyboard setting tset using the CU command SetMap) to be usaO. It you boot your Amiga with the British version of Workbench, the keymap is automatically changed to the UK configuration which contuses SetKey.
To get around this, you will have to change the current keymap at the CU prompt by typing ‘SetMap usaO'. You can now run SetKey without problems.
After you have finished using SetKey, to change back to the British keyboard configuration, writing is to help other Amiga users obtain ridiculously cheap public domain soltware. I get all my PD disks from Ray Burt-Frost, a disabled Amiga fan who runs his own PD library. His PD disks often retail as low as 50p - quite an eye opener when you realise that other companies are charging around £3! Could you please print Ray's phone number so that other Amiga owners are able to take advantage of Ray’s generosity.
Ray Burt-Frost can be contacted on 0703 785680.
OF Way Harpenden, Herts As far as Amiga word processors go, Protext is without doubt one of the best available. The program is powerful, last and fairly stable. Where colour DTP is concerned, Comic Setter isn’t really the ideal choice as it is rather limited lor serious DTP applications.
You would probably be much better oft forking out the extra dosh tor Professional Page.
Can we print Ray Burt-Frost's phone number? Well, consider it already done'.
HARD FACTS I am thinking of buying a hard drive for the Amiga 500. I have looked through various magazines and they all seem to sell for around £400 for a 20 Mb drive.
Which is the cheapest?
I have already seen Macintosh emulators for the ST: do you know of any similar units for the Amiga?
¦ Professional Page: currently the only professional-standard DTP package on the Amiga to date, but watch out tor Pagestrcam.
Frolattlorrl tar VI.1 g Gold Blok kuet: We.iL.llrr.final fin IS YOUR WORKBENCH A BIT PLANE?
How many colours does your Workbench screen have?
Unless you've treated yourself to a package such as Icon Paint, you’re probably limited to the standard four (though Workbench 1.4 will fix this). The following AmigaBASIC program is designed to allow you to add and remove as many bitplanes as hardware constraints will allow (a minimum of one and a maximum of four).
The two plane-manipulating routines are written as subprograms that can be called straight into your programs and are accessed in the same manner as any standard AmigaBASIC subprogram.
Using the programs couldn’t be simpler. Firstly, make sure that you have the two .bmap files, ‘intuition.bmap' and exec.bmap’, in the same directory as your program.
To add an extra plane, just call up the ’CreatePlane' subprogram and extra colours will instantly be made available. Extra bitplanes mean less free memory and slower program execution and therefore, to remove a plane, just call ‘NukePlane’.
Fergal Moane Belfast, Nl REM ** The following three lines must be REM ** at the very start of your prog.
LIBRARY "intuition.library" LIBRARY "exec.library" DECLARE FUNCTION AllocMero* LIBRARY SUB CreatePlane STATIC bitroap*=PEEKL(WINDOW(7)+46)+184 bitplanet=PEEKW(bitmap*)*PEEKW(bitmapS+2) wdepth*-PEEK(bitmap*+5) IF wdepth* 5 THEN EXIT SUB newplane£=AllocMem£(bitplane*,65538*) IF newplane*=0 THEN ERROR 7 POKEL bitmapS+5,wdepth%+l IF wdepth% 5 THEN CALL RemakeDisplay END SUB SUB NukePlane STATIC rastport*=WINDOW(8) bitmaps*=PEEKL(rastport&+4) current.planes*-PEEK(bitmaps&+5) window.base*=WINDCW (7) screen.base*=PEEKL(window.base*+46) screen.width*-PEEKW(screen.base&+12)
screen.height*=PEEKW(screen.base*+14) planes%=current.planes*-1 IF current.planes%-l THEN EXIT SUB POKE bitmaps&+5,planes * HELP!
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Plane.ad*=PEEKL(bitmaps*+4+4"current.planes%) CALLFreeRaster(plane.ad*,screen.width*,screen.height*) CALL RecnakeDisplay END SUB In a review of the Spectre 128 Mac emulator for the ST (ST Amiga Format, Issue 12), it was staled that you need access fo a real Mac to get your ‘false’ Mac working. Is this real Mac permanently needed?
Simon Knight Toot Baldon, Oxon Until recently. Hard drives lor the Amiga have indeed been rather expensive to say the least.
Thankfully, the market does seem to have come to its senses and several cheap units are now available. The best ot the bunch is undoubtedly ASAP's Amdrive which is a 40Mb unit tor the A500 and A2000 for only £399.
ASAP can be contacted at their Scunthorpe HQ on 0724 280222.
You'll be glad to hear that ReadySoft in the Stales are soon to release a hardware-based Mac emulator called A-Max. A-Mak plugs into the external drive port and, to all intents and purposes, transforms your Amiga into a Mac. This unit performs very well indeed, as you can read on Pages 84-7. A-Max is currently being distributed in this country by Entertainment International who should be contacted on 0268 541126.
The A-MAX unit allows you fo conned an Apple disk drive to your Amiga and so, in theory, you shouldn't need access fo a Mac.
START AT THE BEGINNING I recently bought an Amiga 500 for myself and my five-year-old daughter but unfortunately I do not know the first thing about computers.
The manuals that come with the machine seem to assume that I have a basic understanding of computers, but I don't. Can you recommend any good books or packages that will help me?
D James Plaistow, London Andy Smith, our games supremo, swears by the 'Penguin Pop-up Guide fo Computers' - it taught him everything he knows (but don't let that discourage you!)
Seriously though, one of ihe best introductions we have tound to the Amiga actually comes with your machine: the ‘Very First' disk that comes with your Amiga provides a very good tutorial which will help you understand the basic operations of your Amiga.
QUESTION BY NUMBERS After buying my Amiga 500, I've found it fo be the most useful and comprehensive computer I have used !o date. However, I have the following questions:
1. Do you know of any add-on boards that hold both Workbench and
extras in ROM so that they are instantly accessible as soon as
I turn on my machine?
2. Do you know of any user groups in the Midlands area who can
cope with the needs of a beginner in BASIC and assembler
3. Can you please give me details on how to obtain back issues ot
SF Amiga Format (your parent magazine).
S Hill Monkspatti, Solihull Numbering quesfions seems to be fbe order ot the day and so, not wishing to flaunt tradition, 11 do likewise with my answers.
1. We certainly haven't heard ot such a device. The nearest you
will come to your requirements are the Kickstart boards that
seem fo be so popular in Ihe States. These boards allow more
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2. The UK's largest Amiga users’ group, the UK AUG, is based in
Leicester. The AUG publishes a regular bi-monthly newsletter
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Contact Yuri Large al the UK AUG Oh 0533 550993.
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One of Ihe most confusing aspects ot using the Amiga is that of workbench icons: it seems that only a privileged few really understand this archaic art. Luckily, it you have Workbench 1.3, you will never need to get your hands dirty with all the complex jargon that Amiga technical people have to endure, because Commodore have seen their way clear to provide a handy little tool which takes the pain out of icons.
The wondrous little program in question Is the leonX command that you’ll find In the 'C' directory ot your Workbench 1.3 disk. IconX allows you to run any program from Workbench that can usually only be run trom the Command Line Interlace (CLI).
An advantage ot using IconX is that many programs (SelKey tor example) need some form ot setting up before they can successfully be run. The SelKey program Is a fine example, as it needs the current keyboard map to be set to usaO before It can be run. This is easy to do trom the CLI but is almost impossible from Workbench. However, this Is easily achieved with IconX.
IconX works by reading an ASCII batch tile that contains all the commands that you would usually enter at the command line. To use IconX, create a batch tile using a standard text editor and then find a data tile that has an icon (a Dpainl saved picture, tor example). Copy the associated into' tile across to your text tile, giving it the same filename as your text tile plus a '.info' extension (if your text file is called JOHN', the icon file would have to be called JOHN.info'). Next, using the Workbench menu's INFO' option, change the default tool to C:ICONX' (It you used a Dpainl icon then
it will probably already contain LDPaint' In the default tool field) and then select 'SAVE'. Now when you double-click on the icon, IconX will be loaded and it will proceed to execute your batch tile. Probably easier than falling off a log!
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Info release 1.3: NAME tut.tat TYPE Project SIZE in bytes 307 in blocks 1 NOT ARCHIVED READABLE MRITEABLE DELETEABLE Htfst Bitch file fop IconX ; allows editing of Staptllp-Sequence by just clicking on an Icon.
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Amiga Format, in conjunction with GEORGE THOMSON SERVICES, will be bringing you a regular list of the month's Top Ten best-selling disks.
Disk numbers are all very nice, but what do they have to offer? To help you choose the disks that will be of greatest interest to you, this month's PD Update is devoted entirely to our exclusive Top Ten.
STAR TREK Ever since Firebird released an Atari ST version of their Star Trek game, Amiga owners have been crying our for a version for their machine (and rightly so).
When it finally arrived, it offered the same fascinating gameplay, fantastic graphics and sound, but better still it was PD.
The Amiga PD version of Star Trek was written by an American PD enthusiast using the animation scripting language ‘The Director1. The game gives you control of the Starship Enterprise as you journey through space (the final frontier etc). You communicate with the game by issuing commands to the crew of the Enterprise, namely Kirk. Spock, Chekov, Sulu, Uhura and Scotty.
The game comes on three disks and requires at least a megabyte to run. Although not absolutely necessary, a second disk drive is also a definite must if you don't want to suffer from 'Macintosh elbow'. Star Trek is available only from George Thompson Services for £8.99. Quality Amiga software needn't cost an am and a leg. Take a trip down to the PD libraries and you’ll discover a whole brave new world of exciting software. JASON HOLBORN takes a look at the PD ‘best-sellers’.
6SS144 tree nenory an TAMPA BAY AMIGA GROUP Disk of the Month 16 m isSjpsP Eal AMDrive U MdriveBoot s 1 ¦ • Disk of the Honth IIS I Presentation is as important as the disk’s contents with TBAG.
CHET SOLACE SHAREWARE EXTRAVAGANZA The Chet Solace Shareware Extravaganza is a disk jam-packed with the very best in public domain software. If you only ever intend buying one PD disk, then this should he the one to go tor.
All the programs on the disk are crunched using 'MASH', to allow as many programs to fit on the disk as is possible. Whether you're into games, serious applications or just playing around with your Amiga, then Chet Solace has at least one program that will appeal to your tastes.
Programs include the infamous Pointer Animator, that gives you mouse pointer a new lease of life. Using Pointer Animator, you can design your own animated pointers, or choose from a large collection that are included in a library on the disk.
For the techies among you, there's a disk accelerator, a powerful system info display program that lets you peek at the inner workings of your Amiga, and BlitzFonts, the highly-regarded text speedup utility. Gameplayers aren't left out either, as the Chet Solace disk also includes a couple of high-quality games: such as Egyptian Run, a very satisfying motor racing game.
TBAG 16 The Tampa Bay collection of disks are renowned not only for content. But also for beautiful presentation: among the best to be found in any collection.
Ll'LPAINT - LiiPaint is a mini paint package designed tor young children. While it lacks the complexity of Dpaint, it's a lot of fun.
INTRODUCER - Introducer is a nifty little program that allows you to produce your own demos, com- piete with graphics, digitised music and even the over-used scrolling text.
XPOPCLI - This upgrade to the popular PopCLI utility allows a CLI window to be opened not just on the Workbench screen, but on any screen presently open.
CLI WIZARD 1.2 - CU Wizard is the number one Workbench CLI utility. CU Wizard allows you to perform CLI operations from a friendly intuition-based environment (like DoTi on our coverdiskl).
ICONISER - fconiser allows you to ‘iconise’ any mouse pointer definition and have the results stored into a file. Just double-click on the icon and your mouse pointer will take on a new guise. With Iconiser, you can build up a library of all your extra-special favourite mouse pointers.
'X' SERIES - The 'X' series consists of three of the most popular PD utilities from ttie famous PD programmer, Steve Tibbett. The three X programs included on this disk are ScreenX, TaskX and the excellent disk editor, DiskX.
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A full catalogue of ALL the 17bil PD discs is available on request for just £2 (On disc). The range of PD discs is open to members only.
You can order by post with a cheque postal order eredlt card or over the I phone with Access Visa (24 hours - Answerphone after 5.30). Seventeen Bit Software PO BOX 97 1st Floor 2-8 Market Street, Wakefield WF1 1XX Telephone 0924 366982 Access (24 Hours) PLANET - Here’s a great program for all you would-be planetary architects. Planet takes any IFF picture and raps info around a 3D sphere to produce some startling pictures, complete with full light- source shading.
FISH No 163 The Fred Fish collection of disks is probably the most well-known and most popular collection of Amiga PD disks. The collection currently stands at over 200 disks and their contents are highly regarded by both users and software developers alike.
BANK’N - Is your bank account in a mess? Then you need Bank'n (banking, geddit!). Bank'n is a powerful little personal finance program that will allow you to keep track of your bank accounts.
The program is written to take full advantage of the Amiga’s windowing environment. Intuition, and is very simple to use.
FIVEINLINE - FivelnUne is a fun interpretation of the 'Connect Four' board game that was so popular a few years back. The idea of the game is to get a continuous line of five counters in any direction.
MACHII - Machll is a powerful little mouse accelerator program, complete with hot keys. If you’ve never used one of these programs, then you just don’t realise what you've been missing.
MEMTRACE - Have problems with your memory? (I don't know, I can’t remember!) MemTrace is a linkable object module that, when called, gives you a complete run down of all memory allocation deallocation performed by your program.
PCPATCH - If you have access to a PC compatible that uses 3.5 inch disks, you'll probably want to port files across to your Amiga at some time or another. PCPatch patches the PCUtils that came on your Extras disk, to allow them to operate with the Amiga’s three- and-a-half inch drives.
VIEW - The ‘official’ text reading utility, More, as provided on the
1. 3 enhancer pack, is rather basic to say the least. View is a
fast and flashy text-viewing utility that makes an ideal
replacement for the official offering.
TrrlX SACC 23 The Sacramento Amiga Computer Club, like TBAG, pays a great deal of attention not only to a disk's contents, but also to its look. The SACC collection uses a special utility that allows up to eight colours to be used on the Workbench screen, which gives SACC disks a very impressive and individual look.
CARD FILE - Card File is a very simple but very useful database program that is written entirely in compiled basic. Card File's simplicity allows you to locate large amounts ol information with ease.
HERMIT - Everyone needs a screen grabber! As you’ve probably noticed when looking through Amiga Format, we use them extensively ourselves. Hermit is one ot the best and will allow you to snap any standard intuition screen and save it as an IFF tile that can be loaded into any ol a number ol paint packages.
UTILIMASTER - UtiliMaster is another ot the 'DOS Workbench' programs.
MORSE - Turn any text tile into dots and dashes without ever having to learn the Morse code. This program will be of special interest to all HAM radio bulls.
BLUE MOON - Blue Moon is an incredibly addictive 'Solitaire' game that will keep you going lor hours on end.
TRIX - Anyone remember QIX? Trix is an 'Amiga-ised' version ot the classic Dragon 32 game (anyone remember those?), in which you must cover the screen by capturing chunks while avoiding the various nasties that are alter you.
WORD SEARCH - Anyone who enjoys word search puzzles will love this program, because it allows you to construct your own.
WORKBENCH DEMOS - SACC 23 also includes a directory filled to the brim with tun demo programs such as Xwindows.
HAMKaleidoScope and Toing!.
FISH 185 You don't need to be a registered software developer to get your hands on the official IFF documentation disk. Every so often, when an update is released, Commodore also put the disk into the public domain for general distribution fo the likes ot vou and I. Fish 185 is the latest release from Commodcre and it includes full source code for loading, using and saving data in several IFF 'forms', as well as source code demonstrating many other aspects ol Amiga programming.
The disk also includes several FONTS: directory firmly under control with this handy font librarian.
WHICH FONT - Which Font is a tiny trinket which displays all the fonts in the FONTS: directory in all different type style combinations.
TOP 10 DEMOS m d ¦W ? . J i» ¦ i ¦; - : b • = : :: .
A list ot top ten PD disks wouldn’t be complete without including that special breed of PD, the infamous Amiga Demo disk. With this in mind, we decided that demo disks deserve their own top ten.
Every month, as well as the more serious Top Ten PD' list Amiga Format in conjunction with Seventeen Bit Software will bring you a list of the month's top-selling demos.
Space, as always, was our final frontier, and so Demo Corner can't be illustrated in full this month. Look out for the next issue of Amiga Format for the hottest Amiga demos section to be found on this side of the universe. Seventeen Bit Software can be contacted on 0924 366982.
TOP 10 DEMOS external MIDI devices. It allows you to use KCS for up to fifteen minutes before the program locks up.
Very useful commands that deserve to be added to the C directory of any self-respecting programmer’s work disk.
17Bit Disk Nos throughout TBYB 12 Buying software can be a risky business when you're forking out something like £100 for a single program. The 'Try Before You Buy’ library is a collection of disks containing working demos ol commercial programs. With TBYB, you can get a taste of what a program really otters (or perhaps completely ails to otter) before handing over the necessary readies.
TBYB No 12 is a working demo ot Gold Disk's acclaimed animation program MovieSetter.
The demo consists of a run- through, demonstrating the program in action, and a separate demo ol a finished animation.
TBYB 2 Try Before You Buy No 2 is a fully working demo ot Intelligent Music’s popular music composition program M. So what’s so special about M? Weil, instead of forcing you to do all the hard work yourself tas is the case with other sequencers), M uses artificial intelligence algorithms to produce variations on your existing music.
TRACK NAME STATUS PUN TRACK NAME STATUS PUN TRACK NAME STATUS PUH 1 PLAY 13 25 2 Ch 2 PLAY 14 26 3 Ch 1 PLAY 15 27 4 Ch 4 PLAY 16 28 5 Ch 3 PLAY 17 29 6 RECORD 18 38 7 19 31 8 28 32 9 21 33 18 22 34 11 23 35 12 24 36 TBYB 11 Doctor Tohenfeld's keyboard- controlled sequencer is one of the most popular MIDI sequencers within the music industry. You'll find many top groups using Dr T's KCS on machines such as the Mac, the PC, the ST and even the Amiga (Heck no! But yes...) The TBYB demo is the complete, working program minus any form ot save function. The KCS demo includes several sequences that
can be played through either the Amiga sound hardware, or if you have them, FONT WORKSHOP Just like music and animation demos, Fonts are also regarded as highly collectable. Font Workshop is a disk filled with new, ready-to- use fonts which can be added to any disk, and various utilities to make maintaining your font collection as easy as possible.
BLITZ FONTS - Do you often tind yourself having to wait for your word processor to catch up with you? If so, then BlitzFonts is the answer. BlitzFonts speeds up the Amiga text display speed by over six times.
SUPPLIERS The following companies are responsible lor the distribution of Amiga Public Domain software in this country. For their full addresses, check the advertisements in this issue of Amiga Format, or give them a ring.
SETFONT - SetFont allows you to change the standard Topaz system font for any other of your choice.
The Font Workshop includes both version 1.0 ot SetFont, and the newer version 2.0. FONT LIBRARIAN - Keep that 255 Walker Demo 2 (1 Mb) 329 Star Trek Dry Dock Amm (1 Mb) 285 286 KML Kylie Minogue Demo (yuk!)
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Every month, we’ll bring you a disk tilled with the very best from the public domain libraries and from your very own typing-fingers.
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This month's disk kicks oft with a demo ot Ocean's highly addictive and amusing arcade conversion, New Zealand Story.
Fun and enjoyment is what Amiga Format is all about and, between the utilities for all you tech-heads out there, there's bound to be plenty of stuff to keep fun-loving types happy lor hours on end.
Buddies have been kidnapped by the big, bad, old Sea Walrus (boo, hiss!) Who's going to rescue them from their plight? What do you mean, 'Not me matey!’ How could you let those cute little Kiwis suffer at the hands (flippers?) Of such a horrible evit Walrus?
THE NEW ZEALAND STORY PROGRAM: BY OCEAN SOFTWARE FILES: NEW ZEALAND STORY. NZ_LOADER, NZ_DATA. NZLOADX.PC1 Life has always been an uphill struggle tor the Kiwi. What with the Japanese enjoying a succulent Kiwi with their side-salad, and tourists running around trampling all over their precious eggs, ifs a wonder there’s a single Kiwi still hopping around at all!
In this game, you play the role of a little Kiwi whose fellow Kiwi You must journey through the Walrus’s domain, searching (or your imprisoned fellows. Once you've found them, just jump onto their cages and they disappear, leaving your Kiwi buddies free to escape. All is not in your favour, however, as the Walrus obviously isn't going to hand your buddies back on a plate (possibly the bones, though!). Mr Big Bad DOTIL Ooes the Amiga's Command Line Interlace scare you? DoTil gives you the power ol DOS without ever having lo get your hands dirty with complicated things like keyboards.
WORKBENCH HACKS II it’s lun you're alter, look no lurther than this collection ol jolly little Workbench joke hacks. Every month we'll bring you the silliest little hacks to liven up your Workbench screen.
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Walrus has employed the services of a motley crew of henchmen who are out for your blood. Even the teddy bears are out to get you!
You're not a Kiwi who’s gonna let a load of weedy teddy bears Finally, if you only have 512K ol memory, it is best to unplug any external devices and close as many windows on the Workbench as possible.
Walk all over you, 'cause you’re well hard. To help you in your quest, you carry a bow and arrow, which is just the job to give those nasty teddy bears a taste of their J Z own medicine. Once a baddy is shot, it'll magically turn into a BBL .Mif piece of fruit that can be picked up and eaten. Extra weapons such as bombs can also be picked up: these’ll really give the Walrus something to chew on! See the full review on Pages 38-9.
T~: Jm .Mt* GETTING GOING You can load our exclusive New Zealand Story demo by inserting your coverdisk at the ‘Insert Workbench' prompt. The demo will then autoload. To play the game, plug a joystick into control port IT- two. Now stop reading and go rescue those Kiwis!
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FROG.ANIM. SHOWANIM j JsL Entertainment is what the coverdisk is all ahout: and so, in conjunction with Seventeen Bit Software, Amiga Formal will be bringing you an exclusive Amiga demo every month.
What is a demo? Put simply, a demo is a program designed to dr' z show off the talents of both the Amiga and the demo’s author. This month’s demo is an animation of a rather cute frog (can frogs be cute?) Enjoying himselt in the summer sun. To load it, just doubleclick on the 'Frog Animation’ icon on the Workbench and the demo will load and run.
If you only have a single-drive Amiga, then you'll probably have to swap disks several times: just follow the on-screen requesters and you won't go far wrong.
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TrackMon is a handy little utility program that displays the current track, sector and side being accessed from any floppy drive connected to the system. Using the wonders of multi-tasking, TrackMon can be run concurrently with any other packages already running (providing they don't turn off multi-tasking, that is!)
GETTING GOING You can load TrackMon by double-clicking on the TrackMon icon on the Workbench. Full instructions (do you really need instructions?) Are available within the TrackMon drawer.
VILBM PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: VILBM Everyone knows that the Amiga is a wonderful machine for creating your masterpieces on. With loads of colours, loads of art packages and the kind of screen resolutions that artists demand, the Amiga is the number-one choice for all would-be artists. But once you've created a disk full of works of art, what do you do with them?
Vilbm is a slideshow tool that allows the display of just about any IFF format pictures one after another. Even if your picture is in some strange resolution like overscan, Vilbm can handle it with no problems at all.
GETTING GOING Vilbm can be run in two ways. The first, and probably the simplest, is to use the Amiga’s extended selection technique from the Workbench. To display just one picture, click once on the picture file that you wish to view, then hold the [SHIFT] key down and double-click on the Vilbm icon.
After a few seconds, the picture will be displayed.
If you want to view several pictures, use the same method as detailed above, but instead click on each picture icon in turn (don't forget to keep the [SHIFT key depressed! Before finally doubleclicking on the Vilbm icon.
The second method of running Vilbm is from the CLI. To view three pictures called 'Fredl', 'Fred2' and 'Fred3', all you have to do is to enter VILBM FRED1 FRED2 FRED3' and then press [RETURN]. To advance through each picture, just click the left mouse-button. Once all pictures have been displayed, Vilbm will return you to the CLI prompt (or the Workbench if you used the first method).
WORKBENCH HACKS PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: SCAT!. VACBENCH.
HACKS.DOC So you think we're going to explain what these customers do, don’t you? Well think again!
Workbench Hacks are fun little programs that are at their best when you haven’t got a clue what they do. To run this month's Hacks, double-click on the associated icon, then sit back and play!
DOTIL PROGRAM: PUBLIC DOMAIN FILES: DOTIL, DOTIL.DOC OK, confessions time. How many of you have tried to learn the Amiga's Command Line Interface, only to find it almost totally incomprehensible? Sounds familiar, doesn't it! If you are struggling to get to grips with the inner workings of AmigaDOS, why bother?
You can use DoTil instead!
DoTil is a very useful utility that deserves a place on any self- respecting Workbench disk. DoTil allows you to carry out practically any task that you could previously only achieve through CLI from the Workbench environment. Instead of- having to type in all those complicated (and difficult to remember) DOS commands, all you have to do is to point and click: it really is as simple as that!
With DoTil, you can: VIEW DIRECTORIES - Even if a disk contains practically no icons at all, with DoTil you can travel the directories, viewing those hidden files with ease. No more will you be hunting through a disk for that mysterious file, only to find that it can't be found because someone forgot to give it an associated icon file.
FILE MANAGEMENT - Even if a file doesn't have an icon, there's no hiding from DoTils extensive array of file management tools.
Using multiple selection, you can copy, delete, rename or view any file on any disk.
AmigaDOS has never been so simple.
GETTING GOING You can load DoTil from the CLI... er. By double-clicking on the DoTil icon on the Workbench. Full instructions on getting the most from DoTil are available within the DoTil drawer.
BACKING UP YOUR DISK Before using your Amiga Format disk, you should make a back-up of the master disk as soon as possible. This is very important!
HOW TO USE THIS DISK Copying the disk may sound like a complicated task suitable for techno-buffs only, but it is surprisingly simple provided you read the following instructions carefully:
1. First, turn on your machine and load Workbench, Once the
Workbench screen appears and the disk-drive light goes out,
remove your Workbench disk and insert our cover disk.
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We have done our best to check that the programs on the Amiga Formal coverdisk are simple to use, error- free and have no known viruses. However, we cannot normally answer telephone queries on using the software, and we do not accept liability for any consequences of using the programs.
It your Amiga Formal disk is faulty - and out ol the tens of thousands duplicated, some are unfortunately bound to be - you should send it back for a free replacement within a month of the cover dale to: AMIGA FORMAT AUGUST DISK, DISCOPY LABS, UNIT A, WEST MARCH, LONDON ROAD, DAVENTRY, NORTH ANTS, NN11 4SA.
If your Amiga refuses fo accept the disk, try using the DISKDOCTOR utility on your Commodore Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. Full details of DiskDoctor can be found in the user's manual that came with your machine.
2. Next, click once on the coverdisk icon and then press the
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it up afterwards!), move the mouse pointer over to the
Workbench' heading and a menu will drop down.
Move the mouse pointer over the 'duplicate' menu option and then press the left mouse-button.
3. After a few seconds' disk access, the Workbench DiskCopy tool
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and your Amiga Format coverdisk will be copied to a backup
When the machine asks for the destination, insert your blank disk into the drive. Further instructions can be found in the user's guide that comes with your Amiga.
USING THE PROGRAMS All the programs on the Amiga Format disk are specially set up to make them as easy to use as possible. If you can use the Amiga's Workbench then you can use our coverdisk! If you do have problems with a program, full instructions on loading and using the programs are included in the disk pages and these should get you up and running. If you sbll have problems, you should read the documentation file (.DOC) that is included with every program.
To run any of the programs on this month's coverdisk, all you have to do is follow a very simple procedure. Unless specified differently within the disk pages, just double-click on the program’s icon on the Workbench and the program will load and run. Full details on how to use the programs once they have run are included with the disk pages and as a text file accompanying tfie program.
To display a documentation file, just double-click on the appropriate .DOC file to be viewed and a window will open containing the file's contents. Pressing the space bar will advance a page at a time.
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FORGOTTEN WORLDS Don't bother fighting your way through all those nasties, simply type ARC and hit the HELP key on the title screen, then press S to go straight to the shop and N to skip to the next level. Simple when you know howl J Garrett, Worcester.
THUNDERBLADE Type in CRASH on the high score table and you'll find you're able to skip levels simply by pressing the HELP key.
LORDS OF THE RISING SUN Try using these handy hints to get more trom the game.
YOSHITSUNE Yoshitsune is more skilled at lighting than Yorrtomo, so at the start ot the game make sure you have almost lull strength and men before you try attacking anything.
Your main objective now, because you are near maximum status, is to deal with your brother and to capture enemy castles. If you take over enemy castles, the enemy troops will have nowhere to recruit more men and all your brother's men and land is yours if he dies.
Your next job is to try and secure the eastern half ol the Island. To do this, take over all the castles and destroy or recruit all the armies on that side of the Island. Now concentrate on the rest of the Island. In Edo fry to leave a General with the least siege abilities as he probably won't need to siege castles anymore. Remember, one General will do and if the General is af Edo, Nagoya will be easier to storm by boat. If you can send a General from Akita to Matsue via Aikawa you will have a good base from which you can attack the Western castles. Once you have complete control over the
main Island then you should be able to wipe out the remaining four castles on the two smaller Islands. Don't go tor these unless you have a very firm base otherwise you will have to trek all the way back should a range trooper take over a castle.
YORITOMO A great politician and strategist but try to take Edo first because it's the only castle you won t have to lay siege to to take. If you're lucky though, you may reach Toyama or Nigata before anyone else. The same rules now apply to Yoritomo as with Yoshitsune: wait until you nearly have a full army before attacking. Be careful if you gel into any fights, because you have a low battle skill and a smaller army with higher skill can easily wioe you out. At the beginning of the game try to avoid taking risks and instead concentrate on improving your skills. If you ever fight your
brother and survive long enough, chase him on horseback, because if you slay him things can change dramatically.
Participate in battles as you tend to lose more men if you don’t.
Chasing the General on horseback often leads to eatly victory as you can wipe out armies in one battle instead of at the end of the game, and once you're confident it's possible to do it every time: but do not engage in the siege sequence, because losing can be costly. The most important factor in battle is strength and long journeys can weary your troops, so ensure they have plenty of rest before a battle.
An army coming by sea will be tired but faster and more flexible, so meet them on the shore and the advantage will be with your men.
Whichever character you've chosen, try to Isolate the rest of the island so you're more able to concentrate on attacking the enemy and won't have to worry abaout defensive manoeuveres I and precautions: but watch out for the enemy trying to out-flank you.
The islands will all be bitterly fought over, so ensure that your troops have confident strength before attacking. The islands are well worth going for though, because they are ideal resting places for a tired force and good Generals can interchange their armies from island to mainland without meeting too many problems.
The key to early victory is to recruit many more armies than your enemy, thus trapping him in a spider s web and gradually wearing him down (of course he can always try the same tactic on you, so bewatel. It's important to have a strong hold on North and South Japan, as a rogue force can wreak havoc and open up flanks, causing all sorts of problems. If you're unsure of your force, avoid battles because he who fights and runs away really does live to fight- another day. Ninja assassins may sound appealing, hut only resort to them as a last resort and don't send them on too hard a mission
because they might turn back and recognise you as the enemy!
Simon Liu, Morden And talking ot Lords ol the Rising Sun, a small typographical error in the manual may have left a tew hard drive owners wondering what was going on. You can't install the British version of the game on your hard drive, unless you follow these simple steps:
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RUNNING MAN The first three levels solved for you - next month we'll give you the solutions to the last two - so watch this space!
LEVEL ONE A simple run and jump will get you onto the platform. It you have any problems with dogs kick or punch them: the best way to do this is to stand still with the fire button pressed, and move the joystick left-right depending on where the dog is coming from. Each kick of the dog rewards you with a small amount of extra energy. To jump the cravass, you'll have to have a running start so run towards the steps, jump up and run backwards and forwards (until you're confi-1 dent) and jump between the first two black slants (indicated by the red arrows). Keep pushing the joystick up
diagonally even when jumping to the first icicle as you will immediately do a second jump to land on the other side.
Once across, keep running and jump the dogs, because hanging around to kick them could see you getting hit by an exploding puck at Subzero. Try to avoid Subzero and any more dogs until you get to the camera at the end of the level. Walk a little away from the camera (as indicated by the green arrow) and wait for Subzero to appear. When he does, he'll tire a puck straight at you so prepare to jump into the air.
Subzero will then run behind you and before he has time to tire another, kick or punch him as he comes towards you - keep this up and you'll kill him, then you can exit as quickly as possible because hanging around in the cold is not a good idea.
THE WINNERS GUIDE TO KICK OFF LEVEL TWO Run along and jump onto the boxes avoiding any dogs. The dogs can’t climb onto the boxes so you're sale there, the brick is no use, so don't bother picking it up. Jump over the falling lighting and onto the boxes, on the other side is the lead piping, which you should pick up. Keep running until you reach the medical kit, which will replenish all your lost energy.
Crawl through the rusty pipe and over the boxes and run along until you meet Buzzsaw. Be careful to avoid the many dogs that are here. You cannot jump over Buzzsaw when he's pointing the saw at you, but you can at any other time.
Use your lead piping on forward diagonals (used for punching) and it will slash out. Once you've lunged at Buzzsaw immediately get into the crawling position
- he can't get you when you're crawling - and crawl past him.
Beware though, because the dogs can still get you. When he's standing over you, he'll start to move in the opposite direction to you: quickly stand up and when he runs towards you hit him and get back into the crawl position. Do this until you've killed him and then run oft the screen.
LEVEL THREE You ll realise now that you haven't got your weapon, find the club on the first screen and use this to dispose of Dynamo, who is the toughest opponent in the game.
Run to the blocks (there will be a dog either following you or coming at you, so avoid it) and jump It's last and turious, it's the best lootball game there Is, and despite what the Olympic movement would have us believe it's not taking part that matters: it's winning. In the interests of establishing an all-conquering squad ol Amiga tootie players, here are the Format team's definitive tips to winning at kick Off.
THE KICK OFF An excellent chance to score within the first lew seconds ot a restart. Trap the ball, charge straight up the pitch and shoot as you approach the penalty spot: there is a good chance it will go in. The computer teams are wise to this tactic, Dut they will frequently foul you on the way so the run can still be continued and a penalty may even result. It someone uses this tactic against you the best thing to do is to intercept the attacker: don’t just chase him, wait (or control to switch to a detender in his path and then move up the pitch towards him to tackle. However,
because everything happens so fast it is.frequently a matter ot resorting to hacking the attacker mercilessly to the ground. Brutally eltective.
CORNERS Another good scoring chance.
There are two main methods for putting the ball in the net. Either pull the ball back into the middle of the penalty area where a waiting player can blast it home, or float it across the goalmouth for an incoming forward to nudge in: you can even score directly this way. Never hit the ball low to the near post because the 'keeper will always collect it. Also beware of lofting the ball deep into the area because in this position it is much harder to control.
Defending against corners is difficult. You have to spot quickly what sort ot kick is being taken and then get someone to the ball to clear it. The most dangerous kick is the in-swinger across the goal which you are likely to put in your own net. Just hope everyone misses and it goes past.
PENALTIES A 90% success rate can be achieved by following the following instructions. Wait until the arrow is approaching the middle point and then give a sharp tap on the tire button. Anything more than the shortest of taps will send the ball over the bar. It you leave shooting until the arrow has reached the middle or is going away, the ball will almost certainly go wide.
THROW-INS Don’t hack the ball straight upheld from these because it very otten goes straight out again. Angle the ball infield before kicking it.
Alternatively, dribble the ball, although this is more hazardous because there are always opposition players in close attendance at throw-ins.
PASSING AND SHOOTING There are two main methods tor kicking the ball: the kick-on-therun and the trap-and-kick. The KOTR is quicker and goes further, but it is very hard to get it to go anywhere but in the direction you've been running, although 45, 90 and even 180 degree changes of direction are possible with a quick change of joystick angle just as the ball is kicked. This is also the method for changing direction while dribbling.
To TAK the fire button has to be pressed down just before the player runs into the ball and held. He can then swivel round freely and kick the ball in any direction by releasing the button: theoretically, it will be passed to another player.
This is particularly handy if you are running in the wrong direchon and when used well can result in very accurate and satislyingly safe passing manoeuvres.
DRIBBLING Because the ball is not ‘stuck’ to the end of your boot, dribbling is an art that has to be learnt.
Running in a straight line is easy, but changing direction isn't. 45 degree changes are possible by hitting the diagonal at the right moment. Anything else requires a quick side-step or detour around the ball so that it can be approached from another angle. It sounds difficult but with practice you get used to the timing of the actual contacts with the ball while dribbling, so that changes ot direction can be made extremely quickly and easily.
TACKLING The easiest method of dispossessing someone on the ball is lust to run into them. However, it you're approaching from behind and they are getting ever nearer the goal, have no hesitation in hacking them down: as long as it is outside the penalty area.
Professional (ouls are best used when the rel is easy-going ot better still blind.
REFEREES Pay attention early on to how the ref reacts to fouls. II he is whistle- happy then try to dribble with the ball a lot. Hopefully several of the opposition will get sent oil or give away penalties. If he does not give yellow cards straight away, then feel tree Io hack the opposition down whenever necessary.
GOAL KICKS It's crucial to learn how to win the ball from goal kicks and again there are two main methods.
Either time the run to collide with the ball just as it bounces, allowing you to dribble away immediately, or hit the fire button with the joystick centred to leap into the air and head the ball on. The second tactic can gain valuable ground quickly. If these prove too difficult then try to trap the ball when it comes down by holding down the lire button.
HUMAN OPPONENTS They are very susceptible to the charge straight up the pitch:'' always go for it. Try to trap the ball in the penalty area and wait for your panicking opponent to hack you down, giving a penalty. It works a treat, and will really annoy them too.
COMPUTER OPPONENTS Possession is the key: give them too many chances and they will always score. Go lor 4-4-2 or 5-3- 2 formations so that you have plenty ot defensive and midfield control. 4-3-3 is pretty useless and 4-2-4 is only tor the brave who reckon they can out-play the computer: a tall order. The ultimate challenge is the USSR team because they are so fast. The trick to remember with them is not to lutilely chase the ball-carri- er with your (generally slower) players, but to wait tor control to switch to the player in his path, then clear from the tackle.
Up and over. Here you'll find a medi-pack to restore lost energy.
Run past the first light bulh and then start walking. Chances are you'll meet a dog either between the lightbulbs or just as Dynamo appears on the screen.
Dynamo appears when the red X is next to the second light bulb. As soon as he appears, he'll fire at you: you can duck to avoid the blasts, but he can fire at duck and crawl height too. The only way fo dispose of Dynamo is gel to the club. Unfortunately, every time Dynamo sees you he lires at you. When he first appears walk about 4-5 paces away from him then turn round and run toward him: he should now be in his car, which you can jump over.
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Once you've made it to the club, pick it up and now whenever Dynamo fires at you duck until the bolt is over your head, then stand up and walk one step towards him. Keep this up until you’re in hitting distance, and if your timings right you should be able to polish him off after a few blows.
This is a lot easier said than done, especially as dogs tend to come after you just when you're about to whop Dynamo. Keep at it and get the timing right, and you'll manage it: then just walk off the screen and into the next level... Mark Stenning, Brighton.
MILLENIUM 2.2 How to colonise the solar system and still return to Earth safe an' all that... Electric Dreams' smart strategy game Millennium 2.2 might have one or two of you somewhat perplexed, if not completely stuck. If so, read on... The first thing to do is activate the Mk I Solagen which is already in stock in the Energy module. Once this is up and running, ifs simply a question of initiating the Resource complex to get enough material to build a Mk
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After that, it's simply a matter of researching and building
increasingly powerful Solagens up to the Mk X. Don’t worry
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Simply use the Mk II which should be in store and repeat the process.
Once the base is operating properly, you have a number of options. But before many of the items can be built, extra minerals are needed. To get these quickly and simply, research and build a small fleet of Grazers. These can continually ferry small amounts of much-needed ores from the asteroid field.
The central part of the game focuses on the growth and expansion of the moon and its colonies.
This is a matter of finding which moons or planets provide the best sources of raw materials, setting up colonies and shuttling to and from these. The colonies provide minerals and ores, while the Moonbase sends replacement Solagens, Fighters and Orbital Lasers.
The latter equipment - as if you hadn't already discovered - is employed in the continual fending off of Martian attacks. Orbital Lasers are very effective, but can only be used once: obviously it's best to keep a reasonable store in each colony and the Moonbase (later on in the game you'll need a lull complement of lasers on the moon, so keep building).
To find more information about the Solar System, continually build and launch probes.
However, don't bother sending them to the inner planets, Mars and its moons, Jupiter and its moons, or the asteroid belt, since they either get destroyed or yield no useful information.
The key to comoleting the game is Triton: probe, research and colonise as soon as possible, for reasons which will become clear later on.
When reports of Martian flu come in, research and produce the required vaccine. Don’t just ferry it to the infected base, though, but produce enough for all colonies and the moon base since the strain is virulent and soon spreads throughout the inhabited worlds.
At some point you will be informed of the crashed Martian Fleet Carrier, and the details beamed back to the Moonbase.
Research this immediately: it's important that one be built.
However, you'll find it takes rather a lot of materials!
Once the Fleet Carrier is built, fill it full ol fighters and head for Mars. While in orbit the Carrier is attacked by a fleet of Martians, at which point all the fighters should be launched flower right icon on the left hand side). A ferocious, if slightly tedious, battle ensues but the Martians should eventually surrender.
After this, Mars can be colonised in the usual way. The colonists then find plans of a Martian terraforming machine capable of making the Earth’s air breathable. Again, this should be researched and built ASAP.
However, you'll find that the stock of chromium is pretty much nil, This is where Triton comes in: you should, by now, have enough chromium collected lor shuttling hack to the moon.
Once the Terraformer is built, you'll find that even the Fleet Carrier isn't large enough to carry it to Earth. Don't despair: The researchers redesign the ship so that the terraformer just fits in. I The newly customised Juggernaut can now take the Terraformer to Earth, although it cannot take I oft again.
While the Earth is being terraformed, previous reports of a I huge Martian fleet prove to he true, when the Moonbase is I attacked by over 200 fighters! A!
This point the stockpile of Orbital Lasers - up to 16 - should be used up, prior to launching your fighters. Even alter all this, it stands a very good chance that the attack cannot be repelled completely, and the Moonbase I still gets duffed up a treat. In this I case, you'll find that the moon- I base's population has been I 'reduced to zero. Don’t panic: I send a couple ol Carracks to I the moon and dismantle them, j The population increases by 80 I tor every Carrack destroyed.
Having survived the Martians’ j final assault, it should now be just a question ot time before good old Terra is colomsable. In the mean time all your colonies j start declaring independence.
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Are you interested in my-toaster-is-better-than-yours debates? Do you want to tell the world about your Amiga database of 5,000 train numbers? Have you calculated Pi to 2 million decimal places and want to send us the printout? Well, for crying out loud don’t write to me about it. Hopefully no Amiga Format readers fit into those categories.
Your questionnaires show that you are a very interesting bunch who have brains in your skulls and thoughts to express. I want to hear from you - controversy, ideas, problems, disasters, humour, criticism, offers I can’t refuse - that sort of thing.
Apart from fame for several paragraphs, what’s in it for you is the chance to win an Amiga Format T-shirt and binder. These will be awarded whenever I feel like it, to deserving missives. So get typing, writing or sending semaphore to Bob Wade, Amiga Format Letters, 4 Queen Street, Bath BA1 1EJ. I can't enter into personal correspondence or send out signed photos of Andy Smith, and I reserve the right to turn your letter into an origami chicken with wings that flap when you pull the tail.
QUESTIONNAIRE QUICKIES Question 21 ol the questionnaire in Issue 13 of ST Amiga Format was: It's your magazine - what do you want to see in it?" We haven't had a chance to analyse all the forms as they are stilt pouring, flooding, lidahvaving and waterelicheing their way in, but here are snippets from answers to Question 21. A lull analysis of the questionnaire will appear m a later issue.
All pages numbered. A demo, some pictures or music on the cover disk. Also examples of the animation tutorials on disk.
Phillip Hardcastle Withernsea, East Yorkshire Music and art on the disk from the pros readers.
Joseph O'Connor MagheUatelt, Co. Derry More tips on music midi and animation graphics.
Stephen Spearpoint Folkestone, Kent More hints on how to use drawing and paint packages.
ME Jones, Elliotstown, Gwent I could not agree with you more.
Brian Larkman and Jon Bates, our Contributing Editors for Graphics and Music, will be providing plenty ot tips and tutorials In their respective areas. We are also backing that up through the disk which will contain animation, pictures, music and utilities that you will be able to use in conjunction with the features in the mag.
More in-depth criticism of creative and technical achievements in game reviews. More discussions about creative processes using computers and not just about the computers and software themselves.
Leo Hartas, Sealord, East Sussex The creative use of the Amiga is an interesting area and I would like to do a tot more about the people that use Amigas and what they use them tor. We've already taken a took at Alternative Image on the video side and more of these sort of features are planned. It you think the world would be interested in how you use the Amiga then drop me a line with the details.
Example uses of professional packages.
Steve Carter, Boreham, Essex This falls Into the same area, but reminds me that we are planning to do retrospective pieces on various bits ot software - mostly creative stuff - to see whether they fulfilled expectations. We will be answering questions like: were the reviews accurate? Is the software still useful today? Did it do the job it was intended to do?
How many new versions were there and why? This too will obviously require examples of people who have been using a package for a year or two, so once again drop us a line d you think you've got something to offer.
A section discussing the best deals on the market for buying software hardware cheaply.
Michael Ginnelly Hounslow, Middlesex The only way of doing that is to scan the ads in the mag and prices at your local shops. You can do that just as easily as us and any feature on it would be pointless because the situation changes so rapidly. However, features comparing like products are planned and these obviously take into account the price, quality, availability etc of the software or hardware concerned.
On the free disk I wish there more mind card games like dominoes, cribbage, word games etc. These can't be easily purchased otherwise and your disk would be a suitable outlet.
Philip Smith, Cambridge There are quite a few of these sort of programs in the Public Domain and we may put particularly good ones on the disk.
However, ifs much more easily covered in the PD pages where you can make your own mind up which ones you want. Plea lor a PD mind games special has been passed to the Tech Ed.
Longer and easier to understand assembly language course.
Paul Bayford Hales Green, Norfolk More features at a basic level as the bulk of new users are not interested in C or Assembler.
J Mackey, Woking, Surrey At present there are no plans tor a general assembly language course. In order to learn assembly language from scratch you realty need to read fat books on the subject. We suspect it might be a better idea to guide you towards the best books: what do you think? What is in the pipeline is much more specific handling ot programming the Amiga. On o FULL MOON BLUES Dear ST Amiga Format (or whatever you turn into when there's a full moon). Sex and computer magazines. My first thought when I saw the June cover was "Can't they sell anything without having to use sexf My
husband (I think the safe thing to say is that he is not a computer enthusiast, just in case you print this) even picked up the magazine to see what the cover story was - which just goes to prove that sex on magazine covers sells them.
As a woman with various interests that are usually regarded as 'the male province', I'm used to seeing pictures of unclad women on magazine covers but saddened that the company concerned thinks it necessary, also saddened that you seem to think that you have an exclusively male readership. I’m not asking for male nudes but it would be nice if computer magazines stuck to computer-relevant subjects for their (ront covers.
The article didn't go into enough depth and there were too many pictures in my opinion.
Mrs P Bates North Walsham, Norfolk The biggest problem seems to be that computing is regarded as a male pastime. It seems to me that the only way to eliminate sexist drivel in the computer industry is to increase the proportion of women involved with it.
Most surveys reveal that 95% ot computer users at home (not business) are male and therefore the advertising and magazines are aimed al them. I'm not saying that condones the sexism or the exploitation of women, but you have to deal with the causes and not the effects to get a lasting solution.
The answer is simple - we need more women to get into computing, writing games.
Becoming journalists, buying magazines, logging on to bulletin boards and making themselves heard. There are plenty ot non- sexist men in the business but there's always someone willing to exploit the female body while il can be done tor financial gain.
CONTRADICTIONS CONFUSE The articles in ST Amiga Formal ! 3 about software piracy and the life of a programmer inspired me to express my views on these subjects. Did these two articles not contradict each other? In one you sard that pirates are 'meddling with people's livelihoods’ and 'reaping the rewards ol their hard work’, in the other you said that programmers earn 'lots and lots ot money’. If both statements are true, then I for one would be happy to become a pirate il the only result of my evil doings were to deprive some yuppie ot buying a second Porsche.
Aidan Donnelly Kilmacud, Dublin It is possible to make a lot of money out of games programming, but that only applies to the minority. For every successful programmer with a sports car and large house there are umpteen others struggling to make a living in a very tough industry. It's like any other industry - there's a minority at the top that rake the cash in white the majority are battling to be part ot that affluent minority. For instance, just because Michael Jackson makes a fortune every day doesn't mean you can lump the garage-band down the road into the same category with him.
Nobody likes hearing the bad news, which is why you don't hear too much about programmers struggling to eke out a living. Perhaps they would like to write to us and even the balance.
BACK TO THE NIPPLES I could not resist responding to the letter trom Dermot Byrne printed in your July issue. It would appear that it is not only beauty that is in the eye ot the beholder.
Mr Byrne appears to have nipples in his.
The front cover ot your June issue clearly shows a view of the girl trom behind. Admittedly I have not seen "9 1 2 Weeks' but I have certainly never met a girl with nipples on her back. I found your article a reasoned approach to a dilticult subject. It never-even occurred to me to count the number ol nipples.
I suspect the problem is that discussing sex is like discussing politics. People approach the subject with strong, predetermined views. They then react according to those views rather than to the discussion itself. The moment you mentioned the word 'sex' you were on a loser.
PS I'm sorry I'm not female.
John Ray Letchworth, Herts Auntie Bob replies: well iuwie.
You’ll have to come to terms with these feelings. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be a woman and I'm sure there are plenty ot private clinics who will be prepared to help you out.
The Basic side this will probably take the form of a beginners' guide, white on the more techie side it will be about getting the most out of the Amiga hardware
- much more valuable for both beginners and experts.
More PD reviews, more competitions, art gallery.
C Cotton, Daventry, Northants Yes definitely, maybe, yes.
More attention paid to basics.
Don't assume that your terminology will be understood.
RD Chambers Killamarsh, South Yorks Absolutely. Obviously there are some subjects where a lot of technical knowledge will be required, but everything will be written and presented in a clear and concise way with as little jargon as possible. At the same time, many readers already know a hell ot a lot about these things, so we will throw in some special extras for them.
More info from other countries comparing soft- and hardware.
CpI I Winton, Aldershot, Hants We are currently Investigating getting columnists in the US, Europe and further afield. It anybody thinks they fit the Ml then drop me a line. We will definitely be covering the scene abroad whatever happens - even if I have to make expenses paid trips myself (Dream on - Pub).
More on programming graphics, fractals, quantum mechanics etc. David Head, Adstock, Bucks I’m afraid we can definitely publish articles that may tor may not) be about quantum mechanics, but it’s uncertain whether or not we can publish articles that definitely are about quantum mechanics - see “The Uncertainty Principle in Electronic Publishing", Heisenberg for was it Dirac?), 1930 (or possibly 1934).
Wargames reviews, a more varied selection of reviews each month - not just shoot- em-up games.
Alan Varley, Redruth, Cornwall A good adventure column.
S Marston, Burtorvon-Trent, Staffs We are not planning to have specific sections for war, strategy or adventure games, but prefer to cover them in the main Screen Play section. We certainly are not going to cover just shoot-em-up games - we are going to look at every game we can get our hands on. We are not biased towards any particular type ot game, because we love them all.
And Andy Smith, our Reviews Editor, is expert at, and particularly keen on, them all.
More music software, more hardware, less reviews of games which will not be out for months.
Michael Herrington Great Baddow, Essex There is an ever-increasing competition amongst magazines to get the first review of a game, which has led to a lot ot problems over the last year. FOFT and Populous have been classic examples. We are not going to stop reviewing 'preuroduction' games tie they might lack the packaging or title screens), but we will only review finished ones.
We mil try to avoid the review beating the game to the streets, but with magazine lead times of between three and six weeks fwe wrote it that long before the review hits the streets) it is impossible To guarantee 100% that it won't happen. After ail, you wouldn't want ouf-ofdate reviews, would you?
Lots and lots of free or very cheap stuff.
Scott Orchard, Throop, Dorset Sorry, this one completely floors me. Do you mean on the disk, because you get that free in the cover price, if you mean the special offers, we will continue bringing you lots ot them every month, if you mean PD stuff, ditto. If you mean competitions, we will be doing those too. If you mean anything else -1 give up.
A fresh, clean, unused, preferably new £50 note.
J Bennett, Breastow, Derby Sex and violence, money, cover mounted Ferrari.
C O'Dwyer, Catford, London Pokes, bundles of £5 notes.
Danny Sweetman, Huntingdon, Cambs Free Ferrari in every issue.
Just keep it good OK.
Graham Ing. Stubbington, Hants Ferrarri? No problem! Thai will be £150,000 an issue, please.
More Workbench, Amiga DOS help would be excellent.
PC Neal. London More Workbench there is, and even more Workbench there will be. Help with Amiga DOS depends on exactly what you are having problems with - write to Workbench and we can deal with it there.
Kim Bassinger (again!)
JJ Shardlow, Eastbourne How about a picture of me instead’ No, I thought not.
Puzzle feature - perhaps even a crossword on the disk?
RS McCrea, Greenisland An excellent idea. We would love to put a puzzle or crossword in the magazine or, better still, on the disk. Does anyone out there fancy compiling one every month? Get in touch with me.
Treble tips page, classified adverts, no demo games on disk - Wicked was crap.
Julian Smith, Sheffield More tips both for serious stuff and games are being provided.
No plans to do classifieds at the moment. I don't think Wicked was crap and most people like the game demos - you are definitely in the minority on that one. A vocal minority? Write in!
Something for advanced users (advanced C routines?). News on other machines (a summary of whafs happening). Not so many of these game demos - they are basically a way for companies to advertise and they are really naff. More utilities and PD stuff.
A Bovingdon, Ongar, Essex There is another side to the game demos - they also give potential buyers a chance to test the game out before they shell out hard-earned cash tor them.
And they're just lots of tun for tree. The additional disk space also means that we can do more of everything.
A detailed list of decent music packages that are around.
D Homar, Sheffield The music pages should satisty most of that request and there are plans to put buyers’ guides on a database on the cover disk.
These can then be updated at regular intervals.
Creative stuff - the more unusual the better.
T McIntosh, London We are all very creative, mostly with excuses, and we have been told we are rather unusual as well. But seriously, yes, it’s on the way.
More on DTP, printers and monitors. More game reviews.
RJ Freeman, Leicester There is a DTP special next month and there will be more to follow in future issues.
My name spelt correctly.
Yogesh Raja, London SW17 Easy.
Please don't get like ACE, it really went downhill the last six months or so.
David Ovington, Worcester The same standards set by the old Format, not garbage like ACE.
Michael Ashton, Standish, Lancs This is Amiga Format not ACE and we will be catering for Amiga owners and all their interests.
The Amiga market is unlike any other and this will be a magazine unlike any other. We aim to bring you the best at all times.
It's already perfect, especially now I don't have to read all that ST rubbish.
Anthony Haughty, Magor, Gwent I won't argue with the first bit, but the ST is not rubbish and if I hear one more 'my machine is better than yours' argument I will lock the sender in a room with just a ZX80 for company. But then... A good balance between games, serious and creative software. Lots of reviews of new hardware. A cover disk with new stuff on it.
Matthew Bush Blackheath, London Sounds good to me.
More cutting software reviews
- not so many sycophants.
Jeff Guest, Warley We won’t slag stuff off just for the sake of it - that’s stupid - but if it's duff then you can rely on us to say so in no uncertain terms.
Plus we review software only on its merit, not to keep well in with software houses.
NO GO ON GAMES?
I have read ST Amiga Format almost since it was launched and I must say that it was with mixed feelings that this Amiga 2000 user read that you would be splitting the magazine into two. I have always found ST Amiga to be very informative and read it because it gave me more interesting information in ‘half a magazine than all of the others did in a 'whole' one.
However, are my worst tears to tie justified alter this split? Will Amiga Format become another games orientated magazine? Your advertising says that ST Format will be staffed by the 'authoritative' ST Amiga team, while Amiga Format will be staffed by the 'award winning' ACE team.
Personally. I would rather read something from someone who knows what they are talking about, than someone wtio wins awards for navel gazing.
I could be doing the ACE crew an injustice, but I was always ol the opinion that ACE was primarily a games magazine. Can I have the editor's assurance that Amiga Format will not degenerate into yet another games magazine.
Tim Gathercole East Tilbury, Essex ACE was primarily a games magazine, Amiga Format is not.
Amiga Format is here to serve all Amiga users in the best way possible. That means covering graphics, music, games, DTP, PD. Video, workbench, news.
Hardware and anything else there is a demand for. The members of the exACE team are professional ourna isfs who do know what they are talking about and will produce the magazine you want.
Anyway, with Jason ‘I'm a technical editor - I'm no good at games- Holborn on the team there's no danger ot (his becoming a games mag at all.
Anyway, what's wrong with gazing at my navel - it's a very race navel. I was thinking ot featuring it on the cover next issue.
GO ON GAMES?
Aaaagh. On buying my latest ACE magazine I was devastated. All my favourite writers disappeared instantaneously, no closing comments, nothing. Then, on buying ST Amiga Format, more than relief came over me. It was totally amazing, the ex-ACE team to be concentrated on one computer in one magazine.
But why no warning? Perhaps there was, look at the bottom of the masthead ot ACE Issue 21. To quote, 'Kind regards to the EMAP eejits and tailed tatties everywhere.’ Who wrote that? Anyway, good luck with Amiga Format, I'm with you all the way.
Andrew J Reader Maidstone. Kent There was nothing meaningful in that little snippet, honest. It was written before we knew about the sale of ACE to EMAP and was ust a humorous bit ol banter with some of our friends who work at EMAP. When you've travelled around as much as some ol us have you make triends all over the place - even with your competitors. A certain Graeme Kidd might be able to tell you more... CONSOLE COMMODORE I purchased an A500 nine months ago from my local dealer at £400 which included the standard software. A particular article which I read recently stated confirmed
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