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What will happen to the Amiga in 1993? It's a fair question - in fact, it's such a good one that we thought we would ask it of all the major names in Amiga games, serious software and hardware. Find out how they are planning for YOUR future! PAGE 60 Hardware masterclass They're back - and this time there's even more of the cute little green-haired fellas than you've ever seen before! Yes, it turns out that the lemmings have whole tribes of cousins who live in various parts of the world and who behave completely differently from the ones we already know and love. The puzzle game that swept the world is back for its third year in succession on the Amiga Format Christmas Coverdisk, and this time there's even more of a challenge facing you... The AMIGA Collection ¦¦ BMFORAMTBHaG H Create any program you like ¦ ¦¦ .aGBS next couple of months we’ll start seeing what it can really do, when the software that has been designed to make the most of its unique capabilities starts appearing. Seriously, there's going to be some jaw-dropping stuff there; we can hardly wait. Yet that's just the start. Anyone who is anyone in the computer industry is aware that we re going through one of those periods of great change and upheaval that happen to computers occasionally. This next year is set to be a key one for us all. With that in mind, we thought it would be an ideal time to ask all the major names associated with the Amiga - the people who make the games, the serious software and the hardware - what they think will be important in 1993. It makes quite a read! Welcome to Amiga Format! Hello there, and welcome to the magazine that's not only Britain's most popular computer title, but also the best-selling mag in the world for Amiga owners. There's a lot of new people coming to the Amiga at this time of year - lucky people who've been given an Amiga as a present, sensible people who have bought one as a gift for themselves. We'd just like to welcome you to the Amiga, and also welcome you to the magazine. We've said it before in the last month or two, and we'll probably say it again during the course of the next couple of months... but this is a really exciting time for the Amiga. In particular, the release of the new Amiga 1200 a few short weeks ago has given the machine a whole new lease of life. It really is setting a new standard, and once again it's made the Amiga far and away the most desirable home computer system.

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Amiga price rise shock 13 Why an A1200 will cost £40 more after Christmas Screenplay 101 3D Construction Kit 2 140 Amberstar 28 Assassin ...a ...... 124 BC Kid 136 Combat Classics 150 Cool World .120 Cytron 133 Fireforce ....123 Flight of the Intruder .150 Flimbo's
Quest .. 151 Future Wars ... 150 Gobliins 2 ..141 Humans ...114 KGB 132 Reviews RocKey 210 An astonishing new piece of video special effects hardware Zappo A500 hard drive 212 A new, low-price way of getting that hard drive power Zappo external floppy drive 212 There's plenty of disk drives around: is this a good choice?
Noddy's Playtime 216 A big-name licence for a new suite of educational games Morph Plus 219 Step into a new era for image processing software Final Copy 2 222 A graphical word processor known for its print quality Win! Win! Win!
Win with Noddy 93 Jumping Bean offer complete sets of Noddy books!
Win with Raven 94 The Software Business want to give away a keyboard!
IN NEWS Shock horror! All models in the Amiga range are set for a price rise in January, which will particularly affect the A600 and A1200. Find out why this will happen... Leeds United Champions! ... 148 Legend of Kyrandia 108 Lemmings Collection ..148 Locomotion .....133 Motorhead .137 Nicky Boom ......117 Nigel Mansell ...102 No Greater Glory
......117 Operation Stealth . 150 Sensible Soccer '93..... 141 Spellbound Dizzy .... .151 The Grandslam Collecton ...147 Troddlers . 116 Ween ..137 REVIEWED RocKey This could be the most creative piece of video hardware ever to hit the Amiga. Find out what it can do for you!
REVIEWED Morph Plus The latest buzzword in computer graphics, and the latest technique, as seen everywhere from Terminator 2 to
- now - the Amiga.
REVIEWED Noddy's Playtime It's about time far an educational package with a difference the addition of one of the most popular kids' characters.
IN PD UPDATE: Fractals This could be one of the most astonishing fructnl generators you've seen in your life - and it's just a free demo of a new CDTV title!
IN PD UPDATE: Tourh Typing Tutor One of the best thought-out PD progrums yuu ever did see, this beats the pants off most similar commercial software releases!
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Registered Circulation 161,256 Jan - July 1992 PD 229 Get great software for hardly any hard cash outlay... Workbench 243 The answer to all your questions? Well, some of them... Answerfile 248 Yet more answers, but this time in brief yet in depth... Letters 259 Isn't it amazing what other Amiga owners have to say?
Special offers 251 If you want an AMOS manual, this is the place to get it!
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Regulars COVERDISK Games revelation!
' 01 1 (0 o» 1 3 1 c A s So, you thought you already knew which were the best games you could possibly get hold of for your Amiga, did you? Could be wrong!
But never mind that. We're not only going to show you what our games experts think are the best of all time, we're also going to show you exactly how to play them to get the most enjoyment - and even to win!
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What will happen to the Amiga in 1993? It's a fair question - in fact, it's such a good one that we thought we would ask it of all the major names in Amiga games, serious software and hardware. Find out how they are planning for YOUR future! PAGE 60 Hardware masterclass They're back - and this time there's even more of the cute little green-haired fellas than you've ever seen before! Yes, it turns out that the lemmings have whole tribes of cousins who live in various parts of the world and who behave completely differently from the ones we already know and love. The puzzle game that swept the
world is back for its third year in succession on the Amiga Format Christmas Coverdisk, and this time there's even more of a challenge facing you... The AMIGA Collection ¦¦ BMFORAMTBHaG H Create any program you like ¦ ¦¦ .aGBS next couple of months we’ll start seeing what it can really do, when the software that has been designed to make the most of its unique capabilities starts appearing.
Seriously, there's going to be some jaw-dropping stuff there; we can hardly wait.
Yet that's just the start. Anyone who is anyone in the computer industry is aware that we re going through one of those periods of great change and upheaval that happen to computers occasionally. This next year is set to be a key one for us all.
With that in mind, we thought it would be an ideal time to ask all the major names associated with the Amiga - the people who make the games, the serious software and the hardware - what they think will be important in 1993. It makes quite a read!
Welcome to Amiga Format!
Hello there, and welcome to the magazine that's not only Britain's most popular computer title, but also the best-selling mag in the world for Amiga owners.
There's a lot of new people coming to the Amiga at this time of year - lucky people who've been given an Amiga as a present, sensible people who have bought one as a gift for themselves. We'd just like to welcome you to the Amiga, and also welcome you to the magazine.
We've said it before in the last month or two, and we'll probably say it again during the course of the next couple of months... but this is a really exciting time for the Amiga. In particular, the release of the new Amiga 1200 a few short weeks ago has given the machine a whole new lease of life.
It really is setting a new standard, and once again it's made the Amiga far and away the most desirable home computer system.
But the A1200 is really just the start. Its potential has yet to be fulfilled, and over the The A600 and the A1200 feature two very important new technologies: IDE for adding internal hard drives and PCMCIA for RAM expansions (and lots more as well). If you're a sussed Amiga owner, you'll want to know the pitfalls and the advantages... PAGE 54 & 56 Have yourself an AMOS little Christmas p25 Programming? Bah! Humbug! It's fair to say there is probably no more intriguing hobby than creating your own programs. If you're a complete novice, let's face it, it's a challenge in itself to try and get a
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Yet AMOS makes it easy to create the most amazing, professional-looking programs for yourself. From useful stuff to solve your problems to the most astonishing games, AMOS The Creator' is capable of doing the job. So don't delay - start learning today!
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O Notes this is the full AMOS latest version, but the example 7 programs normally provided with the package are not included
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I All Amigas • 1 Mb Required • All Amlgas • INTERCEPTOR
9. 99 HEIMDALL ELITE
11. 99 10.99 LOTUS TURBO 2
11. 99 F1 GRAND PRIX QUEST & GLORY
14. 99 13.99 CRAZY CARS 3 TITUS THE FOX
9. 99 9.49 VROOM
12. 99 WHEELS OF FIRE
7. 99 PREMIERE
11. 99 JIMMY WHITE
14. 99 RAILROAD TYCOON
13. 99 CHAMP MGR
12. 99 JINXTER
3. 99 THUNDERHAWK
9. 99 BATTLE OF BRITAIN
12. 99 SPACE CRUSADE
12. 99 F19 STEALTH
14. 99 JAGUAR XJ220
10. 49 GRAHAM TAYLOR'S MICROPROSE GOLF
10. 99 13.99 SCRABBLE
17. 99 HARLEQUIN FIRST SAM & MEGAl
12. 99 13.99 XENON 2
6. 99 PINBALL DREAMS
12. 99 BATTLE ISLE
13. 99 BLUES BROTHERS
8. 99 ISHAR
10. 49 LEMMINGS
12. 49
11. 99
14. 99 Games marked NOP will not work on A500 Plus, A600 or
A1200. Games marked N0I2 will not work on the A1200.
3D CONSTRUCTION KIT
14. 99
32. 49
22. 49
21. 99 3D CONSTRUCTION KIT 2 A-TRAIN (1
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.. ADOAMS FAMILY (1 MEG)
... ADI ENGLISH (11-12)
..... ADI ENGLISH (12-13)
...... ADI ENGLISH (13-14)
...... ADI FRENCH (11-12)
..... ADI FRENCH (12-13)
...... ADI FRENCH (13-14)
. ADI MATHS
(11-12) .... ADI MATHS
(12-13) .. ADI MATHS
(13-14) .. ADVANTAGE TENNIS
(N012) . AGONY
. AIR BUCKS
. AIR SEA SUPREMACY
(GUNSHIP, SILENT SERVICE. P47, WINGS, CARRIER COMMAND)
(N012) .
19. 99 ..8.99 ..8.99
29. 99 .22.99 .19.99
22. 99 .44.99 ALIEN BREED (SPECIAL EDITION) (1 MEG) AMNIOS
... AMOS (GAMES
CREATOR) .. AMOS 3D (REQUIRES AMOS)
. AMOS COMPILER (REQUIRES AMOS) AMOS EASY
(FIRST STEPS TO PROGRAMMING) AMOS PROFESSIONAL (MORE COMPLEX
VERSION OF AMOS) ..... ANOTHER WORLD
.. APIDYA
. AQUATIC GAMES
. ARABIAN NIGHTS
(N012) . ARCHER MACLEAN S POOL
(N012) .. ARKANOID 2 ......
ARMALYTE (N012) .
ARMOUR-GEDDON ...... .15.99 .19.49
.22.99 .16.99 .21.99 22 99 22 99 ARMOUR-GEDDON
2 .. ASHES OF
EMPIRE ... ASSASIN (1 MEG)
.. AV8B HARRIER ASSAULT
(N012) ...... BAT 2
. B17 FLYING
FORTRESS (N012) ... BARBARIAN 2 (PSYGNOSIS)
. BATMAN THE MOVIE
.... BATTLE ISLE
..... BATTLE ISLE DATA
DISK .... BATTLE OF BRITAIN
... BATTLEHAWKS 1942 (N012)
.. BEACH VOLLEY (N012)
.. BILL S TOMATO GAME
.... BIRDS OF PREY (1 MEG) (N012)
...... BLACK CRYPT (1
MEG) .... BLUES BROTHERS
. BOXING MANAGER
(N012) ...... BREACH 2 (ENHANCED)
.... BUNNY BRICKS
(N012) .... BUSINESS PACK (WORDWORTH
WORD PROCESSOR. K-SPREAD 2 SPREADSHEET AND K-DATA DATABASE)
(1 MEG) CADAVER (N012) CAESAR (N012)
..... CAPTIVE
...... CASTLES (1
MEG) (N012) ...... CASTLES DATA DISK (N012)
.. CELTIC LEGENDS
.. CHAMPIONSHIP
MANAGER ..... CHAOS ENGINE
(N012) .... CHUCK ROCK (N012)
..... CHUCKIE EGG
(N012) ..... CHUCKIE EGG 2 (N012)
CIVILIZATION . COMBAT
CLASSICS (FI 5 STRIKE EAGLE 2, 688 ATTACK SUB, TEAM YANKEE)
(1 MEG) (N012)...
19. 49
16. 99 ..3.99 .9.99
19. 49
18. 49
17. 99
19. 49
11. 49
21. 99 2499
54. 99 COOL WORLD (1 MEG) ...
CORRUPTION (M SCROLLS) .. CRAZY CARS
3 ... CREEPERS
(N012) ..... CRUISE FOR A
CORPSE CURSE OF ENCHANTIA
(N012) ...... CYTRON (N012)
.. D-GENERATION
..... DARK QUEEN OF KRYNN
(1 MEG) ... DELUXE PAINT 3 (WITH ANIMATION)
. DELUXE PAINT 4(1 MEG) (HAM MODE &
ANIMATION) ..... DISNEY ANIMATION
STUDIO (1 MEG) ...... DOODLEBUG
.. DUNE

DUNGEON MASTER & CHAOS (1 MEG) ..... DYNA BLASTERS
ELITE (N012)
...... ELVIRA 2 -
JAWS OF CERBERUS (1 MEG) (N012) EPIC (1 MEG)
...... ESCAPE FROM
THE PLANET OF THE ROBOT MONSTERS (N012)
.... EXPERT DRAW
(PROFESSIONAL VECTOR DRAWING PROGRAM)
44. 99
19. 99
23. 99
11. 99 .10.99
14. 99
22. 99 EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (SSI) (1 MEG) ..... EYE OF THE
BEHOLDER 2(1 MEG) F15 STRIKE EAGLE 2 (1
MEG) .. F16 FALCON (N012)
... F19 STEALTH
FIGHTER FABLES &
FIENDS-LEGEND OF KYRANDIA (N012) FANTASTIC WORLDS (REALMS,
PIRATES, MEGA LO MANIA, POPULOUS. WONDERLAND) (1 MEG)
(N012) .. FINAL COPY 2 WORD PROCESSOR
FIRE &
ICE .....
FIRST SAMURAl + MEGA LO MANIA (N012) ...... FLAMES OF FREEDOM
(MIDWINTER 2) ..... FLIGHT SIMULATOR 2
(N012) ..
23. 99 14 99 .7.99 .7 99
18. 99 ..9.99 .6.99 FORMULA 1 GRAND
PRIX ..... FUN SCHOOL 2
(2-6) .... FUN SCHOOL 2
(6-8) .... FUN SCHOOL 2
(8+) .... FUN SCHOOL 3
(2-5) ... FUN SCHOOL 3
(5-7) ... FUN SCHOOL 3
(7+) ... FUN SCHOOL 4
(2-5) FUN SCHOOL 4 (5-7)
... FUN SCHOOL 4 (7+)
... FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL -
MERLIN'S MATHS (7-11) FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL - PAINT N CREATE
EDUCATIONAL ART (5+) . FUN
SCHOOL SPECIAL - SPELLING FAIR (7-13) FUTURE WARS
(N012) . GAUNTLET 2
(N012) .... GAUNTLET
3 . GHOULS N'
GHOSTS (N012) ... GOBLIIINS 2
.. GODS

GOLDEN AXE
849 .16.99 .6 99 .10.99 .21.99 .12.99 ,22.99 .6.99 .21 99
.11.99 .18.99 GOLF (OCEAN) (N012)
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LEADERBOARD ..... GRAHAM TAYLOR S SOCCER MANAGER
.. GUNSHIP 2000 (1
MEG) HARLEQUIN
. HARPOON
V1.21 ... HEAD OVER
HEELS .... HEAD TO HEAD
(N012) HEIMDALL (1 MEG)
(N012) ... HEROQUEST + DATA DISK
(N012) ... HITCH HIKERS GUIDE (N012)
..8.99 HOLLYWOOD COLLECTION
(ROBOCOP, GHOSTBUSTERS 2, INDIANA JONES ACTION, BATMAN THE
MOVIE) D S (NOP) ......9.99 HOME ACCOUNTS 2
...37 99 HOME ALONE
(N012) ..16.99 HOOK
16.99
HUMANS (N012)
...17.99 IK+
.....6.99
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JONES 2 ADVENTURE (FATE OF ATLANTIS) (N012)
..23.99 INDY HEAT (N012)
16.99 INTERCEPTER -
RENEGADE LEGION (SSI) (N012) ...9.99 INTERNATION RUGBY
CHALLENGE (N012) ......17.49 INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CHALLENGE
(N012) 19.49 ISHAR-LEGEND OF THE FORTRESS
.10.49 JACK NICKLAUS GOLF
6.99 JAGUAR XJ220(1 MEG)
.10.49 JAMES POND (N012)
...6.99 JAMES POND 2 -
ROBOCOD ......16.99 JET SET WILLY (N012)
9.99 JIMMY WHITES SNOOKER
....14.99 JINXTER (M SCROLLS)
3.99 JOHN MADDEN S (U.S.)
FOOTBALL 16.99 KGB (N012)
. 19.99 KICK
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2(1 MEG) (N012) .....8.99 KICK OFF 2
FINAL WHISTLE (N012) 9.99 KICK OFF 2 GIANTS
OF EUROPE (N012) ....7.99 KICK OFF 2 RETURN TO EUROPE
(N012) .....7.99 KICK OFF 2 WINNING TACTICS (N012)
.7.99 KICK OFF 3
(N012) ...16.99 KIDSTYPE
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PROCESSOR .29.99 KNIGHTS OF THE SKY (1 MEG)
....22.99 LEANDER
.....15.99
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LEGEND 19.99
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..12.49
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16.99 MAGIC WORLDS
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(N012)......15.99 MANCHESTER UNITED EUROPE
...12.99 MCDONALDS LAND (N012)
.....17.49 MEGA SPORTS (SUMMER GAMES
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.16.99 MEGA TWINS
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...22.99 SPACE CRUSADE (N012) .12.99 SPACE CRUSADE DATA DISK (N012) .10.99 SPACE GUN (WORKS WITH TROJAN LIGHT PHAZER GUN) (N012) ..16.99 SPECIAL FORCES 22.99 SPIRIT OF EXCALIBUR (1 MEG) (NOP) .9.99 STEVE OAVIS SNOOKER .....4.99 STORM MASTER ...18.49 STRATEGY MASTERS (POPULOUS, HUNTER, SPIRIT OF EXCALIBUR, CHESSPLAYER 2150, DEUTEROS) (N012) ..20.99
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(N012) .5.99
T. N.T (APB, HARD DRIVIN', TOOBIN, DRAGON SPIRIT, XYBOTS) (NOP)
...9.99 TAKE 2 ANIMATION PROGRAM (ANIMATES
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YANKEE .....17.99 THE
LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM 1 (20 CLASSIC INFOCOM TITLES) (N012)
.....27.99 THUNDERHAWK
...9.99 TITUS THE
FOX ......9.49
TRODDLERS .15.99
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ULTIMATE GOLF (N012) 7.99
UNIVERSAL MONSTERS (N012) .....16.99 UTOPIA
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Lemmings 2 Last Christmas Amiga Format was your guarantee of Lemmings. Christmas '92 wouldn't be the same without those little kamikaze cuties, so here's Andy Hutchinson to tell you all about the Coverdisk demo of the year... GETTING STARTED iPlMMWdBiEMfr inri RAH BISK Leunfi sII m Instill_Anos_B*no AMIGA
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your Lemmings Coverdisk into the disk drive.
First off, put the Coverdisk into your disk drive.
The Amiga Format Coverdisk icon will appear on your Workbench screen and will resemble the picture above. Double-click on the icon, this will open up the window on the left of the screen. Double-click on the Lemmings II icon and then the game will load. It's important to back up your disk first, though: turn to Page 40 and follow the simple instructions there.
JANUARY 1993 LET’S FACE IT, a certain amount of depravity or sickness in a game is a surefire way of making it a success. There’s something about the British character which makes us giggle at all things tasteless; how else can you explain things like Monty Python or Beadle’s About. All of which brings us along quite nicely (and why not?) To Lemmings.
Two years ago a programmer called David Jones completed his cutesy suicide-em-up and the world thanked him. Until they failed to complete the game, at which point they cursed him. Ironically all those people who became addicted to Lemmings the first time round will curse their way into shops up and down the country in early ’93 and subject themselves to yet more abuse at Mr Jones’ hands.
How kind of us, then, to let you see what all the fuss will be about without having to trudge into town through whatever cack weather chooses to fall from the skies during this God-forsaken time of the year.
Lemmings 2 takes the whole idea of the original game several steps forward. The basic idea is the same: get as many lemmings as possible from one end of a level to another within a time limit. However whereas in the original there were only eight different flavours of lemming, this new game has 60 of the blighters, all separated into 12 tribes. That, dear reader, means that you’ll have quite a job getting acquainted with all of them while retaining all your hair.
Just to give you a taste of things to come, there are four levels in this demo based around two of the 12 tribes. To complete the demo you’ll have to learn how to control the Circus and the Polar tribe of lemmings.
Obviously these are two different kinds of environment, but if you’ve played the first game then you’ll discover that similar principles apply.
Firstly, you won’t need to use the peculiar skills of every different kind of lemming on each screen.
Rather, you’ll need a few specialists doing their thing and creating a safe path to the exit for the rest. This may involve digging a tunnel or building a bridge, but the odds are that you’re going to have to experiment a lot until you get it right.
The first screen you’ll tackle is the Circus screen.
This is quite tricky and the main thing to do is take control of your lemmings as quickly as possible. You see, they’ll be dropping from the sky at a fair old pace and unless you stop them going anywhere until you can get them safe transit you’re going to end up with some serious lemming ravioli.
One lemming you should acquaint yourself with first is the attractor. For experienced lemming wranglers, that’s the equivalent of a blocker. This chappy will whip out his musical instrument, start playing and all the other lemmings in the area will get on down and party. All of which means that they won’t be walking off the edge of cliffs into vats of molten rock.
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On the very first circus level the four lemmings you’ll need to get to know are the attractor, the stacker, the stomper and the ballooner. The first thing to do is arrange that dirty great cannon into a more suitable position. In order to transform a lemming you click at the bottom of the screen on the variety you want and then on the specific lemming you’re going to transform. Click on the right-hand arrow and it will chug into a middle position. Any lemmings which now encounter the cannon will hop in and fire themselves across the void on to the opposite side of the screen before trundling
home to the tent.
While you’re on this screen try experimenting with the ballooner. This little chappy blows a Bubblicious and ascends gently into the air. You can direct his movement by clicking on the fan icon at the bottom right of the screen and then holding down the left mouse button near him. Get this right and you can transport 40 lemmings safely to the tent: mis-time things and you’ll send them flying into an obstacle of some sort and plummeting to their doom.
SOME EXCUSES TO USE WHEN YOU COMPLETELY FAIL TO COMPLETE A LEVEL ¦ "But I mean, tike, this game was designed for a different age group. The kind of kids who can manage this stuff were weened on it. My generation is hindered by the fact that it's just not used to these kind of quick reflex games."
¦ "There were too many of the little blighters dropping out at once, how was I to know they'd head straight for the nearest cliff?"
¦ "Unfortunately I'm blue colour blind, so I didn't even know that the skier lemming existed.
Obviously now you’ve pointed it out though I'll be OK."
¦ "Well if you stopped pawing the screen and screaming instructions at me I'd stand a far greater chance of completing the level successfully."
¦ "Well obviously I'm used to the older version of Lemmings, this one will take a bit of getting used to. I'll have mastered this level in five minutes or so."
¦ "Well obviously five minutes was just an approximate, loose kind of guess. I'll definitely have this level sorted by teatime."
¦ "Well, like, the mouse is too slow. I mean, like, I knew what to do but I couldn't get the cross-hairs there in time."
Other major features which you’ll need to know about are the nuke button which destroys all the lemmings and enables you to start the screen again, the pause button which looks like paw prints and the fast- forward button which speeds up the tedious wait once you’ve cleared a path for the wee chaps.
The thing that you’ve got to remember about Lemmings is that you can attempt a screen as many times as it takes. You don’t have lives in the traditional sense, just wodges of rodents who trust you to escort them home. What’s more on most of the screens you’re definitely going to have to make extensive use of the infinite continues.
Now David Jones and his team are a devious bunch of ne’er-do-wells who can be utterly rotten.
You’ll have to think in an increasingly lateral manner if you want to save more than one lemming. Before you tackle any screen, hit the pause button and have a good sniff around. You’ll find that the most obvious route will almost certainly lead you to complete oblivion and that the only way to complete the level is to send your lemmings toddling along in a most bizarre manner, over and through all sorts of obstacles.
The Polar tribe have got some particularly unique skills at their disposal. We’re not going to give away all the screens’ secrets but we will say that in order to complete the first level of the Polar tribe all you’ll need are a skier, two bombers, two diggers and a water carrier. You’ll also need about three cups of coffee, a large doner kebab, some fuse wire, a pair of Spiderman pajamas and considerable amounts of patience.
You can keep tabs on how you’re progressing by watching the figures above the lemming selectors.
These show how many lemmings you’ve got to save, how many you’ve already saved and how long you’ve got left. If the worst comes to the worst and you can’t complete a level, console yourself with this thought: right now, in homes right across the United Kingdom people are stuck in exactly the same place on exactly the same level as you. Makes you feel all warm inside doesn’t it? ® JANUARY 1993 i THE FIRST COMPUTER CENTRE FIRST COMPUTER CENTRE (leeds) Tel: 0532 319444 AMIGA 1200 only £374.99 | |U| K| I D C his has eot to be the best Amipa under £400.00 ® ® ™ ™ ® ¦ m OPEN 7 DAVS A WEEK OPEN
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85% CU Amiga "Undoubtedly a very polished, sophisticated and enjoyable role player and a big one too" 88% The One SOFTWARE LTD © KRISALIS SOFTWARE LTD. TEQUE HOUSE, MASONS YARD, DOWNS ROW, MOORGATE, ROTHERHAM, S60 2HD TEL.0709 372290 To The A2000 is not due to be replaced by an A2200, says Commodore. This comes despite strong rumours that a new midrange Amiga is set for launch. Instead, it seems the A3000 and A4000 will be repositioned, but not immediately.
High-end Amigas are set for a ’gradual’ reduction in price towards the late part of next year, according to Commodore UK’s MD. Kelly Sumner, as he refuted the suggestion that the A2200 was on the way. “The A2200 does not and will not exist. As I have said before, the project was called off.” The A2200 was originally set for release earlier this year and. Despite Commodore’s firm denial that it would appear, would still seem to be a very good idea. The A2000 ceased production some while ago and the release of the A1200 makes the A3000 and A4000 seem overpriced.
WHY NOT?
Ideally, Amiga Format would like to see the release of a new machine based on the A1200’s specification (32-bit architecture, 2Mb of chip RAM, AA chip set) but in a square case with room for the extra video slots that the larger Amigas have, and with a separate keyboard and built-in power supply.
Other tweaks might include a faster 68030 processor, accompanying 68882 co-processor, the high-density disk drive and possibly even a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip for improved sound handling. Extrapolated from the A1200, you could reasonably expect the cost to be around £799.
CONFUSION In spite of Kelly Sumner’s certainty, the waters have been muddied over recent weeks by a number of whispers and rumours. During the recent Future Entertainment Show at Earl’s Court in London, a member of Commodore's own staff on the CBM stand was telling eager punters that the A1200 would be followed up by an A2000 replacement and that the new machine would carry the A2200 badge.
When we put this to Kelly, he replied “Whoever told you A2200 on and off again EASY ANALOGUE CONTROL FOR SIM FANS Here’s a novel idea - if you want to use an analogue joystick, why not get a PC one and use an adaptor to fit it to your Amiga? DigiPrint, a firm based in Virginia, America, have come up with a gadget that plugs easily in to your Amiga’s joystick port and enables you to connect analogue ’sticks that are made for use with the IBM PC and their compatibles.
DigiPrint point out that an increasing number of Amiga sims support analogue control - games like F-15 Strike Eagle, Formula One Grand Prix, Knights of the Sky and Birds of Prey.
An analogue stick gives you more precise control and greater ‘feel’, but the main problem is that most are made for the PC, so the DP IBM Analog Interface adaptor, which retails for only $ 14.95 in its native land, would seem to be an ideal solution.
DigiPrint are also making a mouse convertor, the DP IBM Bus Mouse Interface (also $ 14.95), which they believe will be attractive because PC mice are available with a 400 dpi (dots per inch) resolution for much greater accuracy and smoothness.
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The superb frame-by-frame Amiga-to- video recording system, Simpatica, from Leicestershire firm Optonica, has been reduced massively in price from almost £1,000 to only £350. The system is the ideal way of getting Amiga stuff to broadcast-quality U-Matic tape and cannot be recommended too highly as a solution in that area.
Optonica 0455 558282 FIRM’S COLLAPSE LEADS TO READER APPEAL After the recent collapse of FutureTech of Newport Pagnell, Amiga Format’s advertising department would like to point out that we do have a procedure for assisting any readers who have problems with a firm who have advertised with the magazine.
Readers who have not had goods delivered or who have a problem with service from any firm that advertises with Amiga Format are asked to write to Alison Winter, Advertising Complaints, Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street Bath BA1 2BW. We will do our best to explain your legal position and to get directly invloved with sorting the situation out.
JANUARY 1993 VB AMIGA on our stand is ill-informed” and added, tongue firmly in cheek, “I will eventually find out who he is and sack him”. But a conversation with a source close to Commodore worldwide suggested that both a specification and a release date for an A2000 replacement were set.
“No product is in development that will carry the badge A2200,” Kelly Sumner states firmly, almost leaving room for a new mchine under another name. But Commodore policy seems set towards reducing the cost of the existing high-end machines. “We would like to work on the cost of the A3000 and A4000. I think we will control the cost of the A3000 and A4000 to bring them into line.
“We see that as being logical, because it takes a great deal of money to produce a new machine. You will see a gradual reduction in price of the A3000 and A4000 - not big price cuts. They won’t drop from £2,000 to £1,000 overnight.” Commodore have confirmed that prices across the entire Amiga range will go up from January 1. The move is forced by the poor pound-to-dollar exchange rates and is seen as being a temporary one, with prices set to fall again if exchange rates improve.
Amiga prices are set to go up in the new year, so if you're thinking of buying a new Amiga don't hold on to the January sales for a discount, or you'll be sadly disappointed.
The move will mean an increase of about £30 on a basic A600 £299 to £329) and £40 on an A1200 (£399 to £339), with proportionate increses on the prices of the A600 bundles.
Amigas for Britain and, indeed, the rest of Europe, are now made in Irvine in Scotland, so you might not expect that the exchange rates would have such an impact. However, the components that make up the machine are bought mostly from the Far East and so the prices are fixed in US dollars.
GVP announce hardware launches for A1200 Top hardware makers GVP have announced immediate plans to support the new A1200 with a range of hardware due in the next couple of months. Considering this announcement happened only a couple of weeks after news of the European-led machine reached the States, where GVP are based, it’s clear that they believe the A1200 is an important machine.
Andy Leaning of Silica, GVP's main UK distributor, informed us that GVP intend to make at least three new products for the A1200 which will go on sale over the next couple of months. Exact prices have not yet been set because of the fluctuating dollar-to-pound exchange rates.
The range includes: an 85 Mb IDE drive including GVP's Faaastprep software, at around £300; a trapdoor 68030EC accelerator card, expandable to 4Mb, 8Mb, 16 Mb or 32 Mb of RAM with 4Mb SIMMs and with space for an additional co-processor, at £350-£450; and a 4Mb populated trapdoor RAM expansion, 32-bit throughout and expandable to 8Mb. Featuring a co-processor socket and, more importantly, fitted with a SCSI interface and controller, again at £350-£450. Wow! Silica 081-309 1111 MORE CHOPPERS FOR 93 Lovely looking cockpit view - let's hope that "seat of the pants' flying is just as good, if not
better!
The official CBM A570 CD-ROM drive, soon to have competition from third-party developers.
The real question is, will the independent versions be cheaper?
For the first time, an Amiga-compatible CD-ROM drive is now going to be available for Amigas other than the A500. Almathera Systems have announced that they will be supplying a SCSI-based Toshiba drive, which will connect using existing SCSI inter- faces to the A1500, 2000 or 3000 as well as to an A500.
The Toshiba drive promises fast access times of 300ms, which is claimed to be twice as fast as a standard CDTV drive. It comes with a CDTV.DEVICE emulation which Almathera claim gives JANUARY 1993 Support for PageStream The top DTP package PageStream is to receive more active UK support via a user group that has been established by the American makers of the program, Soft Logik, in association with leading PD supplier George Thompson Services. GTS are distributing a demo disk featuring a ‘slightly crippled’ version of the program which runs on any Amiga with 1Mb and two disk drives and costs
£5.99, while membership of the user group costs £15 a year and confers all manner of benefits on the member.
George Thompson Services 0707 271117 Hds for A1200 in massive capacities Although the A1200 is not yet available with a factory-installed hard drive, many firms will fit one to the IDE socket inside the machine. One particular firm has found a way of delivering drives with greater capacities than it was previously thought possible to fit.
Software Demon can do you a 20 Mb- equipped 1200 for £499 or a 40 Mb model for £569, but they also offer sizes up to 330 Mb (£969) and 426 Mb (£1,269). Do read about IDE on Page 56 of this issue before buying a drive from anywhere, though.
Software Demon 0736 331039 90 per cent compatibility with CDTV software and a device handler to treat the drive as CD0: for Amiga access.
The London company, best known to date for their CDPD and Demos Collection CDTV discs, will be supplying the drives complete with a SCSI interface at prices of £595 for a standalone external model or £495 for an internally-fitted drive for the larger Amigas. If you already have a device with a SCSI interface, such as a GVP hard drive, however, the price is £100 less - check with Almathera whether your SCSI device is supported.
It’s not yet known how swiftly Commodore will push for a switch to Cds rather than floppy disks, but we expect the move to be well under way at some point in 1993. As a consequence, many Amiga owners may want to keep up with the times, so this could just be the tip of the iceberg as far as third- party CD drives goes.
Currently the price is comparatively high, but in at leaset one niche market Almathera’s move will be vey much welcomed. Owners of the larger Amigas. And particularly CD developers themselves, will be particularly glad to hear of an Amiga CD system that will fit internally.
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2. 5-inch IDE drives ore currently in very short supply, so it’s
well worth shopping around.
In fact, they are so scarce that the picture on the left is from an AdlDE A500 kit.
Hopefully, larger supplies of IDE drives will be available in the UK later in 1993.
Argonaut Software, the team behind Microprose’s forthcoming helicopter simulation, ATAC, are now aiming for a post-Christmas release date. Their massive-looking game will include a heavy strategy element as well as 3D vector graphics, and it is this which is believed to have held up the project.
First third-party CD drive appears ATAC is a war against the Columbian drug barons which puts you in charge of a team of undercover agents, four F-22 fighters and two high- tech helicopters. From your secret runway in darkest Columbia, you have to command the missions which will oust the five drug-lords from their position of power. The barons are no picnic, though - each one is incredibly rich, and incredibly well-armed, so you can expect lots of serious military hardware to be chucked in your general direction for most of the time.
EA DELAYED IN THE DESERT The kind of stunning wire-frame screen image we had hoped to bring you in a Desert Strike review this month.
We had verymuch hoped to bring you the review of EA’s Desert Strike this month, but due to technical problems with the program, it didn’t happen. The game is already available for the handheld toys, but EA have found that it needs more refinement to make it acceptable to the Amiga community.
Hopefully we’ll see in time for the February issue.
Just for the record, Desert Strike is a 27-mission arcade extravaganza in an Apache helicopter. You’re pitched against the army of a mad Arab tyrant, General Kilbaba whose similarity to a certain Sad Hussein of Baghdad hasn’t gone unnoticed. Your missions include rescuing allied agents, destroying enemy installations and wiping out SCUD missile launchers.
MicroProse Ltd. Unit 1 Hampton Road Industrial Estate, Tetbury, Glos. GL8 8LD. UK. Tel 0666 504 326 HIST AIR: 0 0 GROUND: 55 1 HATER: 55 1 H5 WEAPONS CSI2E RA0IUS) ARMOUR SPEED: WEIGHT: MAH GROUP SIZE: FOHHER0 HISTORYLINE 1914-1918 is a Strategy war game simulation set in the period of the first world war. G One or two players are able to take consol of opposing forces. Choose to take the role, of either the Allies -or the German-Austro-Huggarian army. From your aerial view, witness the battle as you deploy ajtjd then the enemy counters.
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as old as man himself. Plenty of platforms and cute-looking
sprites. Nothing new here then.
Mirage aren’t the only software publishing house about to go caveman-crazy this month (check out the Humans review that you'll find on Page 114), Elite have caught the Stone-Age fever too.
They’re releasing Joe and Mac Caveman Ninja just in time for the Christma- shopping period, and they reckon it’s almost identical to the original coin-op version of this Neanderthal platformer. According to the storyline, Joe and Mac must set forth to liberate their womenfolk who have been kidnapped by a tribe of invaders.
According to Amiga Format, it’s a very well-presented, enjoyable, but not thoroughly wonderful version of an idea done to death. We'll bring you a full review as soon as we have a finished copy.
Post-apocalyptic mayhem as puny, fleshy-soft and squidgy humans do battle with powerful shiny hard and metallic machines in Psygnosis' new shoot-em-up.
Psygnosis have a game to watch out for, if you’re a Stars Wars fan. Their latest creation is Walker, an arcade adventure which features a giant armoured robot rather like those in the Lucasfilm classic, or those ED209s in Robocop.
The game is set in several different time zones which hold key installations for you to destroy. You trundle around in your walker, controlling movement with the joystick and aiming the weapons with your mouse (which makes it an excellent two- player co-operation game). You get to tread on armies of soldiers, shoot down helicopters and planes, and take on artillery positions, mortars and sniper-fire, all in vivid technicolor. Look out for Walker in the next issue and play the demo on our February Coverdisk - it'll be a stormer... JANUARY 1993 They think it's all over, Gremlin look like they
could teach Graham Taylor a lesson or two.
Gremlin should just about have their new Premier Manager on the shelves If you're a fan of Troughton, Pertwee et al, then this will be a 'must have' purchase.
In time for Christmas, but sadly we’re unable to bring you a review, because it’s still incomplete as we go to press.
Like most of the other football management games we’ve seen on the Amiga this year, it features plenty of wordy screens and difficult management decisions to make. It’s basically a strategy game, so don’t expect any arcade-style football action here, but if you’ve got four like-minded friends to play with you could try taking Bristol Rovers to the top of the Division, while they beat Barnsley and Derby County.
Do that and it’ll be a miracle.
May end up hiding behind the sofa in fear, all over again. However, for purists, there’s the option to choose your Doctor and his assistant and call upon the services of K9, the robot dog.
Dr Who fans may or may not be pleased to know that their hero now features in a mid-priced platform game from Alternative Software. Available on the new Admiral label, Dalek Attack is a rather standard, multi-level plat- former which puts you in charge of the famous sonic screwdriver.
It costs £16.99, which may please those looking for a cheap Christmas gift for a Dr Who fanatic. True to form, the game is as tacky as the TV original, and you hardened platform addicts Alternative finally Exterminate the Doctor
• •• CHEAPEST EVER 24-PIN PRINTER Seikosha have dropped the price
of their SL-90 model 24-pin dot-matrix printer to £199, making
it the first machine of its kind ever to have a recommended
price under £200. Its sister, the £235 SP2400, was judged the
best budget 24-pin’ by Amiga Format and the SL-90 has a very
similar specification. It runs under Epson emulation and
should prove a very popular purchase at the price.
Seikosha 0753 685873 ROCTECINCREASE VIDEO RANGE The makers of the fabulous RocKey video hardware (reviewed this issue on Page 210) have announced another video tool. Their PIP View device is designed to give a picture-in-picture display on monitors and Tvs not norTHE ORIGINAL SIN?
Rather than join the ranks of platform games with hackneyed, unoriginal plots, Krisalis Software have gone for the real McCoy in their game for January called Arabian Nights. It’s based on the age-old book of epic tales set in the era of the Caliph of Baghdad, and features things like Djinnis, tree-people and rock-men. It has the usual escape-and-rescue-the-girl plot in a 15-level platformer. The Magic Pockets-Uke Arabian Nights also features a shoot-em-up and has puzzle-solving areas.
Mally equipped with this facility and it also includes a tuner, making it ideal for converting a monitor to a TV. It is expected to cost less than £150 when it’s released.
CSA OFFER 68030 POWER AT BARGAIN PRICE Established accelerator manufacturers CSA of America have finally announced the availability of the first in their revamped range of Amiga accelerators, and it looks set to be a beauty. Plugging in in place of the CPU on any 68000-equipped Amiga, the Derringer card gives 68030 performance, clocking the faster chip at 25MHz and including expansion capacity for a maths co-processor as well as up to 16Mb of RAM. The recommended price of a basic model with no co-processor is £299.95. Omega Projects 0942 682203 Arabian Nights is the game full of Eastern
Promise from Krisalis. Can it beat the appeal of Fry's offering though?
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Why has Archer MacLean's Pool only just hit the streets? After reading criticisms in our review in Amiga Format Issue 40 (89%), Archer delayed the game for one month to add in some extra features.
To help make the game “Smoother and more well-rounded,” Archer has added several extra features, such as an onscreen help facility, better tactics from the 20 opponents, and intelligent cue placing.
Also now included in the final, final version are an animated title screen, a tournament winner’s screen and more of those cute animations that made Whirlwind Snooker fun to watch as well as play, all of which should make It quite a prospect. New, improved Pool is available now, priced £25.99. Psygnosis make ketchup Still proving they can come up with original ideas for games (you need proof? Go play Lemmings...), Psygnosis are just completing Bill’s Tomato Game. With a plot that reads like the ramblings of a six-year-old, you take control of a bouncing tomato in his struggle to rescue his
true-love. You have to bounce your way up a vine to reach the squirrel who has kidnapped her, in order to do that, you need to make the vine grow branches. You do this by bouncing into sub-levels, where you bounce around with things like trampolines, fans and jack-in-the-boxes.
There’s a lot of bouncing, and plenty of puzzles and leaping problems to contend with.
Tomatoes is bizarre, that’s for ceratin, but it’s also addictive and playable, as Dr Dyson (Amiga Formats resident Art Ed) found when the demo arrived. We couldn’t shift him off Neil’s machine for ages! Watch out for this one too, next month.
Harrier grounded?
Another Christmas hopeful which we didn't get to see was AV8B Harrier Assault, Domark's tribute to Britain’s VTOL wonder-plane. Promising shaded views and intense gameplay, we’re still waiting to see the final roll-out from the software house. It’s expected next month, but you may be lucky enough to see it on the shelves before then. Remember - wait for the AF review!
Faldo in the rough Grandslam is yet another software house that has found itself a little bit late for the Christmas reviews list, thanks to a few last-minute tweaks they have had to do to Nick Faldo’s Championship Golf.
We had hoped to bring you a full review, but sadly, it’s just not quite finished in time for our Christmas deadline.
We can tell you though, that it’s looking surprisingly good, and seems to be living up to its ambition of being as fast as PGA Tour, with the detail of Links. Faldo's Championship features a special coaching mode where the great man himself teaches you the best way to get out of bunkers and cope with things like wind and other embarrasing handicaps. Let’s Another great British champ, let's hope he gets better hope they’ve got the game simulated to a licensed treatment than Mansell. J and have included the 19th hole.
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Ferry House, 51-57 Lacy Road, Putney, London SW15 1PR T h e AMIGA C o 11 e c t i o n mmmmm format Create any program you like ¦ ¦¦ Introducing AMOS, the best way to program your Amiga.
But now we've given you the program, what do you do with it?
Well, here's your quick-start guide to the full AMOS program, plus instructions for creating a demo program to get you started!
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Yourself an AMOS little Christmas b All Amigas • 1 Mb Required • All Amigas • PROGRAMMING IN AMOS is very easy. Keep that thought in your mind and all will be well. AMOS is based on the Basic programming language, which is a programming language designed especially for beginners, and it's meant to be particularly easy to learn and use from day one. It really is simple!
AMIGA FORMAT To introduce you to the language in easy stages, we’ll be taking you through the AMOS language, looking at how it's various features enable you to produce professional-looking programs. To kick off this month we have a demo: not just a demo of AMOS, but the complete details of how to create your own demo, much like those you see in the Public Domain.
The World's Best Selling Amiga Magazine 1 u i ure F'UMh-MIMt' BASIC PRINCIPLES Most people have their fancy tickled at some stage or another by the idea of creating their own programs, but it can be very frustrating to discover how hard it is to create something of the quality professionals achieve.
Fear no more! You now have the most powerful programming language on the Amiga, capable - with time and effort - of producing seriously good results.
M o o - 5 AMOS is designed to be easy to use, so it's based on the favourite beginner's programming language, Basic. But it's also designed to be much more powerful than a normal Basic, because it comes with readymade routines that harness the power of the Amiga hardware for you. Enabling you to do things which normally only an expert could do.
M i y The Amiga Format Demo in full swing. To actually get it up and running you'll need a freshly formatted disk called Empty (as they usually are). The program for this demo is very small indeed - it's the graphics and sound that hog memory.
You can load sounds and graphics and have them ready at all times using simple Basic commands. From this raw material you can make games, utilities and applications. If you buy the AMOS Compiler extension later, you will also be able to translate your programs into stand-alone machine code versions, all ready for placing in the Public Domain or selling.
Much like all programming languages, AMOS does take a while to learn. You will get to know it a little bit at a time. Don't try to run before you can walk!
You’ll start by learning a few commands that you need all the time, and add new ones as you go along.
Once you have a few commands down, you will be able to go off on your own. Then you need to get a grip on syntax, which is grammar for computers - getting the words in the right order.
In computer languages, it’s very important that the commands or keywords must be used in the right order (and the right place) to work. But the most important thing to know about it is that learning AMOS should be fun.
HOW IT WORKS The whole point about AMOS is that it is what we call an Extended Basic. That is to say it’s just like a normal Basic except that it's been optimised in certain ways, tuned up to work faster and do far more.
For a start, sounds and graphics are stored in special memory banks inside your Amiga. These are areas of memory which AMOS allocates to store such things, and calls up the sounds and pictures when they are actually needed. This is a lot faster than loading graphics or sounds from disk, so the main reason for doing this is speed. (The Amiga Format demo loads the pictures and sounds from disk, but that’s simply so you can see what is happening.)
Once you've loaded a screen into memory, for example, you can flip it up onto the screen in less than a second, rather than about three seconds from disk.
Sounds can be stored in memory too, like music and sound effects. And the beauty of it is that the sounds and graphics you load into the memory banks are saved to disk with your program, so when you load and run a program you’re getting more than just the text that makes up the program.
AMOS uses very fast ‘optimised’ commands. What optimised means is that the command has been written so as to be as fast as possible. This means that even a simple program runs much faster than a program in a normal Basic. Additionally, AMOS has another sub language which can be used inside AMOS programs, which goes by the name of AMAL.
AMAL stands for AMOS Animation Language and is a special set of animation and movement routines which are automatically compiled before running and also operate simultaneously on a number of ‘channels’.
Because AMAL can take over the animation and movement of items on the screen (as in a game, for example, where the sprites must all move at once) the rest of the AMOS commands can be saved for slower processes in the program: loading files, turning Continued overleaf processes on and off, anything which doesn’t require speed. As you get better at using AMOS you’ll learn how to program things without AMAL, but as a fast short-cut to getting a good result, it’s invaluable.
THE AJVIOS EDITOR When you first start the program you are presented with the editor screen. The main editor screen has rows of menu buttons along the top of the screen. Press the right mouse button and the titles of these menu buttons change to a new set. These two sets of menus are your main AMOS editor commands. Check out the box below (‘Editor Commands’) to see how you can use these menus to edit and save your AMOS programs.
The mouse is used in the AMOS editor the same way as you would in a word processor. The left mouse button is used for clicking on menus and placing the cursor in the text on the editor, plus it is used for selecting items in file requesters. If you click the right mouse button in an AMOS requester, you get a list of current devices: like DFO: FH2: RAM: etc. So you bring up the drive and device selections by pressing the right button, and navigate your way through the directories to the file you want and load it by double clicking on it, or selecting it and pressing the OK button. (Once
you’ve selected your disk and directory, you can click on the SetDir button, and this directory will pop up every time.)
The second way of using the right button is for selecting text in the program. In a normal word proces- DIRECT MODE As well as the editor, there’s a another screen for what we call Direct Mode, which is accessed by pressing the Esc key from the Editor. (The two screens toggle back and forth if you keep pressing the button.)
In AMOS Direct Mode commands are tapped into a sort of modified Command Line Interface. The screen is a narrow band at the bottom of the screen, which overlays the working screen. You can list the contents of disks, load screens, and even load and save .abk JANUARY 1993 Click on one of the menu selections and the command is activated. Press and hold the right button, and click on the same menu with the left button, and the new command will be activated - it’s revealed by pressing the right button. For example, clicking on the RUN button on the top left will run a program, but holding down
the right button and clicking on the same menu selection with the left mouse button will LOAD an AMOS program.. Here’s what all the commands do.
The main AMOS editor screen. The text welcomes you to the program and shows you what extensions you have loaded.
Sor or text editor, you can use the left mouse button to put a highlight over the text you want to mark, and cut, paste and copy it to the current file.
You can try it yourself. Load a program, then put the pointer on the first character of the listing. Press the right button and move the mouse down. The text is highlighted as you move. Release the button and the highlight stays in place. Now you can cut and paste this selection, using options from the Blocks Menu (Page 29), or even save it off as ASCII text using the Blocks Menu’s ASCII Save option.
The Editor menus are activated by nifty manipulation of the mouse buttons. The other set of commands (described under The System Menu, in the panel to the right) is activated by either the right mouse button or the left Shift key, so you need to use combinations of the two to get to all the commands. (Further extra commands are available using the Alt and Ctrl keys, as you'll find out in a moment, but the main ones you’ll be using are from the mouse buttons.)
Music extension V 1,54 Picture conpactor V 1.2 Requester V 1.41 Serial extension V 1,2 EDITOR COMMANDS RUN This runs the current program. By way of a keyboard short-cut you can also press FI to achieve the same result.
The program is first tested for any syntax errors and then it is run
- until an error occurs, that is.
TEST This command tests the program without running it. If you have written any obvious syntax errors into your program, these can be weeded out here. These will generally include any unintentional mistakes like using an AMOS keyword as a variable name, like A$ =Load. If a variable is correctly named, it will appear in capitals, but if you've used a keyword by mistake, it will start with a capital letter and the rest of the word will be lower case.
INDENT Neatens up your programs by indenting all the lines (like the lines within a loop) which stand out more if they are indented. Indenting the listing doesn't actually affect the way it works, just the way it looks.
BLOCKS MENU This takes you into the Blocks menu, replacing all the main menu command buttons with new commands for marking, cutting and pasting sections of your programs.
You can also get to this menu by pressing the Ctrl key.
SEARCH MENU This takes you to the Search menu, where you can do search replace type commands to your program, as you would with a word processor.
You can also get to this menu by pressing and holding the Alt key.
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AMOS program in memory. You can run as many AMOS programs as
you have room for in your Amiga's memory.
EDIT OTHER Switches to edit a program you've previously loaded using the Load Other command. The current program is put into memory and must be named if not already saved.
INSERT Inserts any text (any bits of written program) you have cut or copied from somewhere else at the current cursor position.
FOLD UNFOLD Procedures (or Procs, special subroutines in the AMOS language) can be 'folded' so that they take up less space.
LINE INSERT This inserts an extra blank line in your program, but you can also do this with the Return key.
JANUARY 1993 If you hold down the right-hand mouse button - or, as we've said already but in a somewhat confusing fashion, hold down the left-hand Shift key - a different set of option pops up on the menu bar. Like the original set, these are activated by clicking on them with the left mouse button - so you either have to hold down the right button and click with the left button, or hold down the Shift key and click with the left mouse button.
The commands that are available from this set of buttons are mainly to do with editing and file functions, and are very similar to those on a word processor. You have commands to load and save files, just as you do in most programs, and also a Save as' option which means you can save the current program under a new name. The Merge options are both ways of incorporating code from other sources into your programs, while the others deal with accessory programs.
Direct Mode in AMOS 1.34 allows the direct input of AMOS commands so you can see the result right away on the screen underneath. Pressing the up and down cursor keys moves the Direct Mode window up and down.
Files into memory banks. (More about what .abk files are follows shortly!)
Direct Mode commands are used by typing them in but you also have some set up on your function keys.
Use them by pressing one of the Amiga keys and a function key. For example, pressing left Amiga and FI gives you the List Bank command, giving you a nice little listing of the banks and what they are full of.
Press FI and the right Amiga button, however, and you get the Screen Close function. All commands set up on the function keys are shown if you press the Help key.
IVIEiVIORY BANKS .ABK Files are a special memory bank format used by AMOS, and if you have a file on disk ending with .abk, like the ones in our demo, then it’s destined for an AMOS memory bank. To load them in direct mode you simply type: Load " filename .abk" where the filename part is replaced by the name of THE SYSTEM MENU the file, and the file will hop into the correct memory bank, depending on what type the .abk file is. It finds its own way: you don’t have to tell it where to go.
So a memory bank is where AMOS stores all its sprite, screen and sound information. You can even use a memory bank as a temporary workspace to store information until you need it. Loading a file in Direct Mode is the way you would incorporate a bank within a program. Once in the memory bank the files are saved invisibly with the program, and will be there any time you load the program. There are 15 memory banks, and they’re arranged like so... 1 Sprites 2 Icons 3 Music 4 AMAL 5 Data 6 Data 7 Data 8 Data 9 Data 10 Data 11 Data 12 Data 13 Data 14 Data 15 Data The first four banks are always
allocated in a set way: number 1 for moving screen objects (sprites or bobs), number 2 for blocks of graphic data for backgrounds (called ‘icons’ in AMOS, confusingly enough), number 3 for music (.abk versions of tracker files or real tracker files) and number 4 for AMAL files.
All the other banks can be used for samples, compressed screens, or any other type of data you want to store in your AMOS program. When you save the AMOS file, all these banks of data are saved with it.
You can, of course, also save the banks on their own as .abk files, if you want to use the same files for other programs. You do this in direct mode using the format: Save " filename .abk",x where filename is replaced by the filename, and x is the bank you want to save to disk.
GRAPHICS Sometimes you will run an AMOS program and you’ll get a screen of graphics which you can’t find as a file on the disk. The reason is that these graphics are compressed or “packed” into a memory bank, taking up less room and being accessible instantly rather than loading from disk.
To compress screens you use the Spack (abbreviation of Screen Pack) command, and what it does is compress IFF screens (or portions of screens) into banks of memory. Once in a bank of memory, the screens are saved with the program and can be unpacked onto the screen with the Unpack command.
Or in fact saved to disk, as in our example program.
To get the screens into a memory bank you need to write a small AMOS program to pack the screens into a bank, like so: Now if you go to Direct Mode and type Listbank you will get a listing of the current graphics bank. Don’t worry about what all this means for the time being, just Continued overleaf F$ =Fsel$ ,"" Load Iff F$ , 0 Spack 0 To 6 Print "Done it!'
Wait Key Screen Close 0 Unpack 6 To 0 "Load a picture") SAVE SAVE AS MERGE This brings up the Again saves the This adds a program on disk into the current requester for savprogram that is listing on screen at the point you have ing your program in memory to placed the cursor. This is for joining from memory onto disk, but lets you together separate Procedures, or perhaps disk. Always save save it under a sections of other programs, or even welding work frequently!
Different name.
Together whole programs.
MERGE ASCII LOAD This brings up a requester for the loading of programs into memory to get them lined up and ready for running.
You can load ASCII files, usually programs from other forms of Basic or AMOS programs saved as ASCII files, for conversion to AMOS. If you've obtained an AMOS program from a BBS, or a listing from a magazine, you can load it this way.
Load Save Save As Merge Herare Ascii Ac .New Load Load Others New Others New Qui t Text-53246 Chip-523720 Fast-0 Edit AC.NEW LOAD This clears the space (frees up the memory) for accessory programs and brings up a requester that enables you to load a new one from the disk.
LOAD OTHERS QUIT Quits out of AMOS and send you back to the Workbench.
You can load a specific accessory program from disk if you click on this option. The program that you want to load can be selected with the help of the usual requester.
NEW OTHERS This enables you to erase one or all of the accessory programs that you have previously loaded and thereby free up memory for other things.
NEW Clears the memory completely of all programs so that you can start afresh. It also clears any memory banks you have loaded, so do be careful when there’s any graphics and so on loaded in memory that you might want to re-use.
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Type it in and save it. To save a bank just go to direct mode and type: Save " picture name .abk",6 Where picture name is the name of your screen, and 6 is the bank where the picture was stored.
Why should you use Spack and Unpack? Well, one of the most memory intensive bits of code you can include in your programs is a graphics screen, and although you can read and write IFF style graphics (using the Load Iff command) you can fit more in if you use compressed AMOS graphics. That way you can approach the kind of graphics quality in commercially produced software, as the only way they can fit a huge game and graphics into memory is to crunch the graphics down a lot.
THE CONFIG PROGRAM To set up the basic configuration of your AMOS system, you must load and run the CONFIG.AMOS program on your disk. This tells you what extensions (see Page 40 for details) you have loaded and generally sets the system up.
This is better described in the manual for any extension you might buy, but for now we'll just say that to run the configuration program, load it into AMOS and click on Run. You’ll be prompted as to what you have to do.
You don’t have to re-configure your AMOS before you run it, but we mention it just so you know that the config program is there and what it’s for.
PROGRAMMING IN AAAOS When creating a program from scratch a structured approach is good, where you work everything out beforehand, but some people just dive in and pull out the bugs later. Obviously it’s better to take a more structured approach, as you know where everything is and where something might be going wrong.
You can write the program in one chunk, with lines of code calling other lines of code back and forth, and this is what's called the linear method.
The other major way of doing it is by using subprograms and Procs, where you have a main program that drives all the other parts of the program which can be added and subtracted without harming the structure.
This is called the modular method.
PROCEDURES Procs are one of the things which make programming in Basic fun. C programmers like Procs, but that Continued overleaf ...Use LEFI and RIGHT nouse keys to set values... j Back to nain nenu j You can even configure the palette of the editor to be any colours you want. You may have to have a few goes at the program before you can get the right colours in the right place, however.
JANUARY 1993 THE BLOCKS MENU This set of command options is reached simply by clicking with the left mouse button on the Blocks Menu' option from the first menu screen. No complications there for a change, eh? But do remember, you can also bring up this menu screen by holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard, which is easier when you're used to it. The options in the Blocks Menu are all to do with marking, selecting, cutting and pasting sections - which are known as blocks - of your listing. Remember that you can also select (highlight) blocks of text by dragging the cursor over the text with
the right-hand mouse button held down, in the editor.
The various menu options enable you to cut and paste marked blocks of text and you can also copy blocks and paste them down, which is useful if you're using a lot of similar Procs, for example, with only slight variations. Essentially you are simply saving yourself a lot of typing.
Note that there is one vital command that you can't do from any of the menu buttons on this screen, and that's select (highlight) all your code. Do this by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing A. With everything selected, you can easily save it as ASCII or print it out using other commands.
In the Config Editor you can even alter the actual system messages that AMOS returns when you do something wrong, to suit your own preferences. Don7t alter them until you know what they mean, though!
JSJi EEE SEE eee EEE C 3 0 F F 0 i i i , ---i USE SEE EEE 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 E C BBS BBS EBB EEE .... ...u .. BLOCK START Marks the beginning of the block where the cursor is. You can mark blocks using the right mouse button.
BLOCK CUT BLOCK MOVE BLOCK HIDE Once you've This moves the block This clears the block marked a block that you have curmarks, in case you can cut it out rently marked to the you've highlighted by making use of position where the the wrong bit and this command.
Cursor now is.
Want to start again.
SAVE ASCII This is the way you generate ASCII code from your AMOS programs. AMOS code is not readable by anything else but AMOS, but if you wanted to save off an AMOS program as text (for printing out or loading into a DTP program), you highlight the code you want to save and save it as text using this command.
Block Start Block Cut Block Move Block Hide Save Asc l i Block End Block Paste Block Store B1 ock Save Block Print Text-53246 Chip-523720 F 3lS t 0 BLOCK PASTE BLOCK END This sets a mark that denotes the end of the block at the cursor.
Once you7ve cut a block it sits there in the buffer until you want to paste the code in the block somewhere else in the program.
BLOCK STORE This is what you7d call Copy in any other program. The block you7ve marked is copied into memory and can be pasted in the current program using the Paste Block command.
BLOCK SAVE This saves off the marked section of code onto disk, so you can borrow bits of code from your other programs and merge them.
BLOCK PRINT This prints the currently selected block out to your printer, which is handy.
Run Other Edit Other Insert Fold Unfold Line Insert Version 1.34 Menu On ALERT!".., Please choose a nenu option Indent |Blocks Menu|Search Menu U doesn't mean you have to. However using Procs is easy. Imagine a Proc as a sort of macro command you’ve added to AMOS which does something you would like a programming command to do.
Repeat : until Choice Before you can use a Proc, you have to define it.
This can be done anywhere in the program, using the Procedure name syntax. This could be placed at the beginning or the end of the program code, but it doesn’t matter because AMOS can find a Proc definition anywhere in a listing as long as it’s there. If it’s not there AMOS will tell you it can’t find it.
After the Proc is defined, it can be called, and you do this either with B Proc name or just the name of the Proc. The principle works like this short program: Proc _AFORMAT Procedure _AFORMAT Print "Amiga Format is really gear!"
End Proc Note: the single quote mark (’ symbol) is a short form of the Rem (Remark) command, an AMOS way of making a gap in a program. Rem commands are really useful in programming: they are not executed and are used to put comments in the text, to explain to yourself later on what you are doing with your code at a particular point. Any line that starts with a single quote won't be executed. Note over!
This is a really simple idea, but it shows that every time you use the Proc’s title, in this case _AFORMAT, in a program, the Proc will run and whatever commands it contains will be executed. Most of the time you’ll use the name of the Proc without typing the Proc part of the call. The routine in the Proc can be more than a single command. It’s usually a whole routine to move a sprite or print some text, or load and play a piece of music. In a modular program you have a Proc for each bit of the program and then call it from a main loop. A modular program structure might be like this: MAIN:
_DOIT _MOVIT Continued overleaf THE SEARCH MENU Once again, this set of options is accessed from the first set. Click on the Search Menu option to get to these menus. Again, there is also a keyboard short-cut to save clicking on the menu option: this time, you hold down the Ait key to make the alternative menu options appear.
This set of options is for finding and, if necessary, automatically replacing any bits of code in your program. The simplest is the Find command, which jumps to whatever piece of text you want it to find.
The Replace option does the same, finding a string of text, but it also asks you at the outset what you want to put in instead of what's there already. You can skip a change if you want and move on to the next occurrence of whatever it is you are trying to find.
Other options also help you with various aspects of the organisation and layout of the words in your listing, from being able to set how much of an indent your tabs give you to setting the size of the text buffer.
Scalable type fonts.
New screen modes.
24-bit IFF file-read support.
Fixed Stencil works with animations.
256-colour Anim brushes and animation support.
Be square function application for: built in brushes, circle tool and rectangle tool.
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The new DeluxePaint® IV AGA delivers 262,000 colours - now that's what you call painting by numbers.
DeluxePaint IV is also what Amiga Format in Autumn 1992 called "the best paint program available on the Amiga".
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As long as the Proc defs are in the program somewhere, the Procs will work. The Proc names all have an underscore (_) character in front of them, and this is a good habit to get into as this means you can call PROCs anything you like. The reason is that if the word was used on its own it might be a Basic keyword like Input. Read, Data, Proc, At, For, Next etc. If AMOS comes across a jumble of letters with a keyword in the middle it will try and make sense out of it.
Keep to the habit of putting the underscore in and you won't go wrong.
Another handy thing about Procs is you can ‘fold’ them up into one single line to make your listings more readable. Folding is done using the Fold Unfold command in the AMOS Command Menu. When you activate this command it toggles the folding on and off for the procedure at the point where you've inserted your cursor.
Toggling means you press it once and it folds the Proc, press again and it unfolds it. When you’ve folded the Proc, there is only a single line left, so it looks like the examples in the previous listing.
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He do value your custon and want to help you all we can. Me're sure you're aware that AMOS has been a Massive seller already. Ue therefore ask you to appreciate the anount of Mail we receive each day. Don't be put off by DISK BITS When you develop a program you often use a different disk from the final disk, and then have to alter the program to run from dfO: or something. If the program can't find any of the .abk files it needs, the program won't work and it sometimes takes ages to weed out all the problem lines. To prevent this, always get into the habit of working from a disk with the
same name as the finished program disk, and put a: Dir$ ="DiskName: " at the start of each program. This automatically changes directory to the disk in question and means that all disk calls will go to this disk, and if the disk isn't in a drive it will be asked for by name.
LET'S LOOP TOGETHER AMOS has looping structures which enable you to do repetitive tasks, either over and over until doomsday, or simply over and over until certain conditions are true. The looping structures in question are Repeat Until, While Wend, and Do Loop The first two types are similar, but the difference between While Wend and Repeat Until is that While Wend repeats a section of code while (for as long as) a condition remains true. For example: X=0 While X 10 Inc X Print X Wend Print "Done it!"
So while x is less than 10, the program runs. When the number x reaches 10 or over, then the loop is termi- nated and the next line of code is run, in this case “Done it!” is printed to the screen.
Repeat Until is the exact reverse of this, as this function waits until the condition is true before it stops, like so: X=0 Repeat Inc X Print X Until X 10 So until x is greater than 10 the thing keeps going round. Inc X increments the variable X by 1 each time the program goes around.
There are other ways of getting loops, and some are "unconditional”, which means they don't test for any conditions, they just keep going round and round until we all die of old age.
Do Loop is one of these, like a sort of close loop form of Goto. (What? - Ed.) Do Loop is used if you want a part of the program to go around and around forever. If you want to leave a Do Loop, apart from using Control C to break out of the program, you can insert an Exit command, like so: X=0 CO Inc X Print X If Mouse Key=l Then Exit Loop This pops out of the loop if you hold down a mouse button. Do Loop is a tad crude, but it has its uses. Exit can also be made to test something itself, if you use Exit If. To test a condition of a variable using Exit If you do it as follows: Continued
overleaf KEYBOARD SHORT-CUTS Make an effort to learn all the keyboard short-cuts for the various menu items. Here's a list of all the keyboard short cuts in AMOS.
Main Menu System Menu Blocks Menu Search Menu Run F1 Load Shift-F1 Block Start CTRL-B (or CTRL-F1) Find CTRL-F (or Alt-F1) Test F2 Save Shift-F2 Block End CTRL-E (or CTRL-F6) Find Next CTRL-N (or Alt-F2) Indent F3 Save As Shift-F3 Block Cut CTRL-C (or CTRL-F2) Find Top Alt-F3 Blocks Menu F4 (or CTRL key) Merge Shift-F4 Block Paste CTRL-P (or CTRL-F7) Replace CTRL-R (or Alt-F4) Search Menu F5 (or ALT key) Merge ASCII Shift-F5 Block Move CTRL-M (or CTRL-F3) Replace All AH-F5 Run Other F6 Ac.New Load Shift-F6 Block Store CTRL-S (or CTRL-F8) LowoUp AH-F6 Edit Other F7 Load Others Shift-F7 Block
Hide CTRL-H (or CTRL-F4) Open All Alt-F7 Overwrite F8 New Others Shift-F8 Block Save CTRL-F9 Close All Alt-F8 Fold Unfold F9 New Shift-F9 Save ASCII CTRL-F5 Set Text B Alt-F9 Line Insert F10 (or CTRL-I) Quit Shift-F10 Block Print CTRL-F10 Set Tab CTRL-TAB (or Alt-F10) To stop a program that is running, you press Ctrl-C To select all, press CTRL-A Free Poster.
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VARIABLE TYRES Some would say we at AF are pretty variable types, but that’s not what this is about. Variables are what computer programs use to stand in for numbers and information that can be changed. In our examples just now we used X to stand for a figure that was being incremented. We used the Print X command to print whatever actual number was held in that variable.
There are all types of variables and which type you use depends on what you want to do with them.
You’ll need to know about the various types of variables. There are a number of different types of variables and these fall into two ready categories, alphanumeric and numeric. Alphanumeric are always given a $ sign to denote the fact that they contain words or letters, or ‘strings’ as they are called in the trade. Ordinary numeric variables are simply letters or numbers. So: A$ ="Big Bottom" is a alphanumeric variable, and: Z=3 is numeric. The variable names can be more meaningful. But be careful you don’t give a variable name which is also a reserved command name in AMOS, like ADD, COLOUR
or MENU. AMOS is fairly clever about this sort of thing, and will tell you that you've made a mistake. One way around this is to say the word and write it phonetically, like MUSIK instead of Music or FWEE for Free. Another method is to use the underscore character like we did for PROCs.
Other types of variable are to denote different kinds of variables within those groups. Integers are variables with nothing attached, like Z in the example we gave a second ago. Integers are whole numbers without any fractions, like 3 or 4, but not 3.142. Anything with a decimal point in it is a floating point number and you call these “real numbers”. Integer maths works faster than floating point, but floating point is more accurate.
To show that a number is a floating point number, you must finish it with a sharp symbol, or . Like so: P =3.1245 NUMBER =45.62 This is a type of notation used with few other Basics, so it’s worth bearing this in mind if you intend typing in programs written in another sort of Basic.
The only other types of notation you have to know are for binary and hexadecimal numbers, which are not variables as such but they are used when assigning numbers (constants) to variables. These types of numbers are written thus: Binary Hex $ FF Decimal 255 to mark them from normal types of numbers.
SHARED AND GLOBAL VARIABLES The main difference between these types of variables and the normal type we’ve just talked about (called local variables) is that a local variable (and variables in Procs are local by default) is independent of the rest of the program, and only comes into force when the program is running inside the Proc itself. So inside the Proc A might be equal to 10, but outside the Proc it equals nothing.
A global variable can be set, and this means that the variable is equal to whatever it is set to all through the program, inside a Proc and outside.
So a local variable is the default for variables in AMOS, where a variable inside a Proc is independent from the rest of the program. Like this example: N=20 : M=50 _BIBBLE Print N,M Procedure _BIBBLE Print N,M End Proc Not only are variables inside Procs different from ones outside the Procs but you can’t carry over any variables into a Proc unless you make them Global (or Shared). Make a habit of defining things as Global (or Shared) variables if you may need to use them in Procs later. If you want to make a list of variables Global then you would use the Global keyword to define the list.
Like so: N=20 : M=50 Global N,M _BIBBLE Print N,M Procedure _BIBBLE Print N,M End Proc Global variables can be accessed from anywhere inside the program, even inside PROCs.
If you want access to variables from inside a Proc, you must define them as “Shared”. Like so: N=20 : M=50 _BIBBLE Print N,M Procedure _BIBBLE Shared N,M Print N,M End Proc JANUARY 1993 The Proc can now look at the variables N and M, and read and write to them, while other Procs can’t.
Continued overleaf The AMOS Editor comes with a free Sprite Designer. Load the program into AMOS and Run it using Fi. Use the L key to load sprite files, and use S to save them.
If you want a better Sprite Editor than the free one, why not shell out for SpriteX by Shadow Software? It's based on Sprite Designer, and is soon to be updated to version
2. 0. For address details see the bit about AMOS Club.
End. The end of the Proc here is the end of the program. If you type “y” into the prompt, you pop out of the Proc and get the line “Proc Popped” printed to the screen. If you type “n” (or indeed anything except “y”, because this is a simple program) then you drop through the conditional loop and hit the line which prints up “Proc NOT Popped!”.
ALL ABOUT AJVIAL RROG DEFS Another neat Proc trick is the use of Definitions. This is a kind of reverse trick, pass a specific list of variables complete contents to a Proc as you define it. Like this: Another big part of AMOS program structure is AMAL. There are two ways to put it in your programs.
First and most frequently used method is to insert an AMAL program into the AMOS program, a line at a time, like this example: Parameter where you with their Procedure _SOFTIES[N$ ,D,C] The variables are loaded directly from the main part of the program, and the Proc can be called in two ways.
The first is to pass another variable to the Proc which has a value you wish to pass to the new variables in the Proc. Like this: N$ ="Foobar" : D=45 : C=3 _SOFTIES[N$ ,D,C] Or you can add the precise values you want to fill these variables: SOFTIES["Foobar" ,45,3] This is one of the ways to pass values from the main code of a program directly to an AMOS Proc.
POP MUSIC Just before we knock this on the head, Pop Proc is another thing you should know about. The one sure way you can exit a Proc without going all the way through it to the End Proc line is by using Pop Proc.
You’d use it as a part of a conditional loop like this: _POPPET Print "Proc Popped" Procedure _POPPET Input Z$ If ZS="y" Then Pop Proc Print "The Proc wasn't Popped!"
End End Proc A$ ="a line of AMAL" A$ =A$ +"another line of AMAL" A$ =A$ +"yet another line of AMAL" ...etc Each line of code is forcibly added to the next, all stored in the variable A$ , and then AMOS defines and executes it as if it were one line using: Amal 1,A$ Amal On 1 Another way of using AMAL is to use the AMAL Editor program, which enables you to write your AMAL programs as a number of channels and save them as a block as a .abk file. After you’ve saved this to disk you can reload it to an AMOS memory bank, and access it invisibly from within an AMOS program.
The AMAL commands are saved with the program and so they are invisible to the casual user, and faster because they are accessed from memory rather than being loaded inside a program or from disk. We’ll go into AMAL in more detail in a future issue.
TUNES AND RIX The thing which separates AMOS from all other Basic interpreters is the ability to play music and sound effects from a bank rather than having to load a module of music and play it from disk. The music can be created in any number of ‘tracker’ programs like SoundTracker, NoiseTracker, MED, Game Music Creator or ProTracker, and then either converted into an .abk file and read into a memory bank or loaded simply as a tracker file using the new Track Load and Track Play commands (as in our demo).
Once a music module is in a memory bank in abk format it can be played at any time in the program by typing in: There are a few good books out on AMOS programming. Obviously the first thing you should get is the AMOS manual from our mail order department (see Page 251), with which we are also including the Examples disk. We urge you to do that, as it contains all of what you need to know, and it’s the first stop for any AMOS reference material. You can follow the regular AMOS tutorials in Amiga Format from now on, but you’ll still need a definitive source of reference.
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If you want to program really killing games then the best book for you is the Amiga Game Makers Manual by Stephen Hill (Sigma Press), which is written by the author of the Amiga manual and contains a load of brilliant examples to type in. If you're more of a beginner, but want to know more about general programming in AMOS, then the best book is Mastering Amiga AMOS by Phil South (Bruce Smith Books), written in his familiar friendly style by a regular contributor to Amiga Format, and full of interesting programs and reference material.
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Tracker modules can be loaded and played using: Track Load "mod. fi1ename ",3 Track Play which loads the tracker module into bank 3 and then plays it. If you want the track to play more than once, you can add: Track Loop On which plays the track over and over until you type Track Stop in Direct Mode or from the program.
The same goes for Graphics. Any IFF screens in your game can be loaded and saved using banks rather than loading or saving the files from disk. The files are always in memory in a specially compressed format, until required. Saving and loading banks can be done within a program at the start, or to save time they can be loaded in direct mode and saved with the program.
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Tutorial One And thatS Magic.. SO YOU KNOW how to use the AMOS editor, but what can you do with it? Well, as we said in the beginning, we’ve made a demo for you to try out the editor, and you can either type it in from the commands below or load it off the disk and follow it through using the breakdown below.
We recommend you type it in anyway, just to get used to using the editor, and only use the version on disk once you’ve done that. The picture files and everything you need are on the disk too, so you can get up and running without having to learn how to do everything. Let’s look at the program step by step and see what makes it tick.
We start the program by turning off the cursor and the mouse pointer with: Curs Off : Hide We are going to load a picture in a moment, so hiding these things will mean the screen will be blank to begin with when we load the pic. Next we load the music. This is a SoundTracker-type module created using MED 3.2, and we load it in with: Track Load "dfO:mod.newbigones",3 This command means you can load modules from a large range of different tracker programs, and you can play them back in different ways. This tracker module is being loaded into memory bank
3. It won’t play yet, we’li come to that in a moment.
Next we load the sprites with the line: Load "dfO:AFSprites.abk" This loads a trio of sprites we created earlier. We did this using Dpaint IV, and then crunched them into sprites using the Sprite Grabber program.
Once the sprites are in the memory bank they can be called at any moment and will be on the screen right away.
Next step is to load the IFF screen. This is to say an IFF screen which we created and then used the Spack command on to make it smaller and able to sit in an AMOS bank ready for use. We load the screen into the bank using the command: Load "dfO:AFDemopic.abk" This loads the picture into memory. As the file was Spacked into bank 6 before it was saved off as an abk file, it loads into the correct bank by itself. The next step is to unpack this graphic to the screen like so: Unpack 6 To 0 Screen 0 is the default screen which is created every time you start AMOS, so you don’t need to create it.
The screen is unpacked instantly, and then the program moves on to the next phase, which is to start the music track we loaded a few lines back. We do this with: Track Loop On Track Play The first command means that when the track IMHMI HOW TO LOAD THE BITS YOU NEED To get the Amos Extras disk and the AFDemo you have to format two disks. Just load Workbench, insert a blank disk, click on it once and select either Initialize (for Workbench 1.3) or Format Disk (for Workbench 2 or 3) from the overhead menus.
After some disk swaps they'll be ready.
You have to rename one disk so it's called Extras. Then reset the machine, insert the Lemmings 2 demo disk and click on the lnstalLAmos_Demo icon or the lnstall_Amos_Extras icon. Swap the disks as required. You can then load from the prepared disks from AMOS using the Load icon.
Plays it will get to the end and loop back to the beginning again. If you omit this command then the track will play through once only. The second command actually starts the music. This music will keep on going even if you press Ctrl-C to stop the program. To stop the music press escape to get to direct mode and type Track Stop.
The next job is to start moving those sprites around on the screen. Sprites are movable graphic objects which can slide around the screen without touching the background graphics. We loaded some we created earlier just now, so now we set up a loop to make them do a move over and over again, which we are going to do using AMAL. First we assign an AMAL channel to each of our sprites.
(In fact we are using Bobs, not normal sprites, but we’tl go into what the difference is at another time.) So each Bob is assigned a channel: Channel 1 To Bob 1 Channel 2 To Bob 2 Channel 3 To Bob 3 We now have three AMAL channels, and three Bobs waiting to perform. Next we set up the program loop with: Do This matches up with the Loop command we will be typing in a moment. A Do Loop command encloses a series of commands in a program, and when the commands have all been done and the computer sees the Loop command, it hops back to the Do and does the commands all over again.
Having set up the loop, we tell the Bobs where they must start and turn them on so you can see them: Bob 1,0,0,1 Bob 2,50,0,2 Bob 3,0,50,3 The first line tell Bob number 1 to appear at point 0,0 on the screen, and to show image number 1 from the sprite bank. The second command tells Bob number 2 to appear at point 50,0 and show image number 2 from the sprite bank. And finally Bob 3 is told to turn up at point 0,50 and show image 3. Each image is the same but slightly different colours. These colours are from the same palette as the screen, and there are ways of avoiding that but we’ll let
that pass until we talk more about Sprites and Bobs in a future issue.
Now here comes an interesting bit. After all that setting up we activate the AMAL system, and you can see how simple and powerful it is. AMAL programs are written in inverted commas, and saved to a channel by using the Amal x,’’program” format, where x is the channel number, and the word program is replaced by the text of your AMAL code. There are a lot of ways of writing AMAL, but for now we'ii stick with the version we have. The three AMAL programs are these: Amal 1,"M 20,20,10 ; M -10,-10,100 ; M J 180,180,10" Amal 2,"M 50,50,10 ; M -10,-10,100 ; M J 100,150,50" Amal 3, "M 100,100,100 ; M
-10,-10,100 f ; M 100,50,20" The M means Move, and in the first program Bob 1 is moved from its start position 20 pixels to the right and 20 down at a speed of 10. It doesn’t matter where the Bob is, it will move 20 right and 20 down. The smaller the speed number the faster the object moves to its destination. Next it moves 10 up and 10 left at a speed of 100, in other words it goes back a bit much slower. Then it zooms 180 right and 180 down at speed 10. The other objects move in a similar ways but at different speeds and to different locations. All these three AMAL programs run at once
when you type: 39 JANUARY 1993 Amal On This activates all existing AMAL programs until the program is terminated or the Amal Off command is received.
A small wait is inserted into the program to wait until the AMAL programs have finished before the Loop command is activated and the whole process starts again, like so: Wait 300 Loop The Do Loop will go around and around until you press Ctrl-C. Doing that brings up a thin window at the bottom of the screen asking you if you want to go to the Editor or to direct mode. Pressing Space sends you to the Editor, and pressing Esc sends you to the direct mode window. It would be a good idea to go to direct mode and turn the music off, before you go to the editor, as this will keep playing unless
you type Track Stop.
So that’s how to write a simple demo, and hopefully now you should be able to use AMOS to start creating programs. You’ll need to know some of the commands and their syntax, but we’ll be getting to that in later editions. During this series we’ll be covering all the bases and showing you how to produce all kinds of programs using your AMOS interpreter program. If you can’t wait, why not get a good book on the subject?
Next month we’ll be looking further into AMOS, plus another slice of code for you to enjoy.
AMOS EXPANSION Although AMOS is a perfect programming engine in its own right, it can be expanded to make it a much better perfect programming engine. (Huh? - Ed) You do this by adding extensions'. An extension in AMOS is a bit of code which is attached to the program to drive certain new functions and commands.
Two of the most popular extensions are the Compiler and the 3D module.
AMOS COMPILER AND AMOS 3D The Compiler means you can compile an AMOS program in machine code. The program you end up with can be run like any other Amiga program, via the Shell or the Workbench. Compiled programs will run on their own without any further interference from AMOS, so your AMOS program can be thought of as the source code for the finished program. Anyone using your compiled AMOS program probably won't know you used AMOS, and it'll run fast too.
AMOS 3D is a different kettle of fish altogether.
Once this extension is installed you can animate 3D objects in your AMOS programs. The objects are created in a special Object Modeller (AMOS OM) and then the objects are loaded into an AMOS program for use. The objects can be moved around over IFF After AMOS 3D and The Compiler, the third most popular add-on is TOME, used to create games backgrounds.
Pictures, along with sprites and other graphics, in pretty much the same way as any other type of AMOS graphics and screen objects.
Using Compiler and 3D you can create literally any kind of program you desire, from a utility to a 3D game simply, quickly and professionally. Both these extensions are available from Europress Software (0625 859333) or from our mail order (see Page 251).
AMOS TOME This is the AMOS Total Map Editor. It’s designed for the creation of large maps for games, where the backgrounds have to be made far larger than the normal Amiga screen. TOME not only edits the maps, but supplies you with the commands you need to move them around within your AMOS programs.
Like 3D, all programs with TOME in them can be compiled. AMOS TOME series 4 also contains some new animated background features, which means your maps can be so exciting you have to go to the toilet every time you play. AMOS TOME (and other great AMOS programs and extensions) is available from Shadow Software, 1 Lower Moor, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 8NW, £29.99 (£24.99 to members of the AMOS club). Registered users of TOME Series 3 can upgrade for £10.
If you have any queries about AMOS, write to: AMOS Answers, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
Using your disks 40 Z 5 - s0 v£) (JU 1 Write-protect your disks - move the tab so the hole is showing!
2 Make back-up copies first and use the copies, not the originals.
If you haven't copied a disk before, don't worry - it's easy!
Follow the instructions here.
3 Read the instructions!
1 The easiest way - yes, the easiest, even though it involves using the Shell is to... errm... use the Shell.
Load your Workbench disk. Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and double-click on it.
3 The Amiga will now ask you to insert the 'source' disk in drive DFO:. By this peculiar phrase, it actually means it wants you to put the disk you want to copy into the internal disk drive, so put the Coverdisk in the drive and press the Return key.
Take care!
Please be careful using the programs - we can't accept any responsibility for anything that goes wrong. Please note, too, that the copyright on all programs remains with the copyright holder: you are only allowed to make copies for your own use.
5 Put the source disk and destination disk in a couple more times when the Amiga asks for them. When it says 'Diskcopy Finished' just type in endcii and press Return to get out of the Shell or CLI. You may have to put the Workbench disk in again. Now your copy is done!
4 Wait for a while and it will read all the information off the Coverdisk, telling you how far it has got. Then it will ask you to insert the 'Destination' disk. Put a blank disk in the drive and press the Return key. Nate that the disk does not need to be formatted already.
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COMMODORE’S CRYPTIC statements about ‘don’t buy an Amiga before October’ are finally decoded. The new A1200, priced at £399, is set to take pride of place as their bestselling machine.
Not that the A1200 is perfect. There’s not a lot of software available at the moment to take advantage of the new features. And it’s not as though the machine has much support in the way of compatible memory expansions, CD ROM drives or hard disks - they are still on the drawing board.
But the A1200 sets a new standard, and it will be the dominant, aspirational, headline- grabbing Amiga. Here's what you get for your money. The machine looks like a keyboard with a row of expansion connectors at the back. The numeric keypad missing from the A600 is back, but the case style and overall look is very similar to the A600.
The actual package you get doesn’t seem like much. A few manuals, only five of the six Workbench 3 disks that come with the A4000 (the hard drive Install disk is missing), a power supply and a computer. I don't think that Commodore will bundle any software for a while, in order to make the A600 packs seem more attractive for the first-time buyer. This is a wise move in some ways: the A1200 is quite WORKBENCH 3 The AA chipset built into the A1200 has meant a Workbench upgrade to the new Workbench 3. If you missed last issue, which had a whole page devoted to it, then here’s the news in brief.
Workbench 3 is mostly the same as Workbench 2, with the following additions... The full version of CrossDOS 5 is supplied. This means that you can read and write PC and ST disks without buying anything else. You cannot run actual programs for those computer systems, but you can exchange data-like text files from word processors and graphics files (pictures) too - if you have some software to convert from the Amiga’s IFF standard to one of the PC standards like PCX or GIF format and the Atari’s Degas or Neochrome picture format.
The new Locale feature means it’s much easier to write serious applications software (non-games) that will work in different languages. So long as the Locale is correctly set, future Workbench 3 programs will select the correct language for menus, requester boxes and messages. This is going to increase the sales of new Amigas in countries where English is not a common language.
The AGA graphics standard is supported. You can have a 256-colour Workbench, and each colour can be individually picked from over 16 million different hues. Background pictures for the screen and for opened windows are supported, although to be honest they are a little bit memory hungry.
Definitely designed with the professional in mind, Workbench 3 has a problem in that there are no tutorials for it yet. True, it is very similar to Workbench 2 - but there are bound to be significant differences somewhere along the way. Want the latest, most sophisticated user interface? Get Workbench 3.
A computer, but its very sophistication makes it an unwise choice for the novice. 1 mean, Workbench on five disks? Either get a hard drive or a couple of external floppies, or you’ll be swopping disks from sun-up to sun-up. It’s an addictive machine to use though.
Don’t be put off if you are a gamesplayer however. While the A1200 offers a lot to the serious hobbyist, it also runs the majority of current and a lot of past Amiga games. Better still, specific A1200 and ‘AA chip set’ games are promised from several major software houses. In fact, hordes of games programmers have been very impressed with the machine - they're aching to develop for it.
The A1200 is a trend setter and no mistake.
It’s faster than your average machine: a 68020 processor running at 14MHz may seem like only twice as good as a 7MHz Amiga, but the A1200 is a 32-bit machine, rather than 16-bit.
That means it can process twice as much data at the same time, which means it’s really about three to four times faster than a standard A1000. A500, Plus. A600, A1500 or A2000.
True, you can buy accelerator cards for these machines, but such an expansion would cost at least £150 plus - it might be cheaper to sell your current kit and buy an A1200.
And you also get a good deal in terms of memory: 2Mb of chip RAM is standard. True, you don’t get any fast RAM, but most people won't need more than 2Mb of RAM unless they are ‘serious’ users. The good bit is that you can fit more memory into the trapdoor (the expansion slot on the underneath the Amiga, now called the ‘CPU connector’). The manual indicates that 4Mb of RAM can go here, but 1 reckon bigger expansions will appear. You can also fit up to 4Mb of RAM with a PCMCIA card (same type as the A600).
This trapdoor expansion slot can do a lot more besides. You can fit a 68030 processor, or a Floating Point Unit - a chip that’s good at maths, for added speed (there is a space for an FPU on the circuit board, but it would take some careful soldering to fit your own!) PC emulators are also on the cards.
Apart from the joysticks having moved to the back once more, the connections are almost identical to those on the A600, featuring the normal floppy disk, serial and parallel ports along with two video outputs, RGB and RF from the internal TV modulator. PCMCIA slot is on the left and IDE connector for the hard drive is hidden away inside the machine.
THE GUTS Opening the machine reveals a couple of weird bits - no real time clock (no space for a battery, I guess) and two strange connectors either side of the RAM chips.
Possibly some sort of piggy back board could be slung onto the machine for more than 2Mb of chip RAM.
That's a guess, not a fact.
One major difference is a hole on the back covered by a blanking plate. This means you could attach an expansion in the trapdoor slot, then lead cables out of the back of the Amiga.
Possibilities for its use include a SCSI or SCSI2 interface, hardwired video and 24-bit cards, extra serial or parallel ports, just about anything really.
The only A1200 expansion we have had word of to date is a 4Mb RAM expansion to fit in the trapdoor, which will include a 68881 math co-processor for added speed.
Mind you, it’s not just the expansion potential of the A1200 which makes it so special. The AA chipset gives what Commodore are calling the ‘AGA’ graphics standard - a blatant attempt to invite comparison with the IBM PC VGA and SVGA graphic standards. AGA is better than previous Amiga graphics, it runs just as fast as the equivalent PC graphic systems and it has the edge.
In short, this is why the Amiga has custom hardware to deal with graphics, to copy them from place to place with the blitter (Block Image Transfer), super smooth scrolling and of course the dear old sprites, which have been much enhanced. Not only can sprites be wider than previously, they can also have more colours and run in different resolutions to that of the main display screen. All of which has to be done by the processor on the vast majority of PC systems.
Let’s get one point straight, though.
However much of an Amiga fanatic you are, you’d be very blinkered if you didn't appreciate some of the superb games that have been released for the IBM PC but which never made it to the Amiga. AGA make it more likely that some of the top PC games will come over to the Amiga.
JANUARY 1993 All in all. The impact of the A1200 on the games development world is similar to the impact on the public. A lot of people are very, very excited about it. Good news indeed! '2$ kickstart utility graphics layers keynap intuition dos TOTAL FREE CHIP FREE 16 BIT FAST FREE 32 BIT FAST TOTAL FREE MEM TOTAL MEMORY RAH SPEED us CHIP : 168 28961 18448 '6168 1884 739,2084 8B8C 739.23 JiJTEiiiJiiL iJiJilWiilli- M
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this is lies. The A1200 does not have a built in real time
dock, it does not have an Agnus or Denise chip (instead it has
Alice and Lisa). However, the speed comparisons are accurate.
Remember, this is a machine with no fast RAM - if it did have
any, then the figure would be more like four times faster than
an A500 or A600. Notice too that the chip RAM is slower than an
A3000, because the processor needs some time too. Also notice
that the generic name for Kickstart and Workbench 3 is V39+.
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Is the A1200 a machine worth buying? The answer has to be yes. To get an Amiga with an 020 processor for £399 is not easy
- to get one which can take an internal IDE hard drive and PCM
CIA cards like the A600 is unheard of. With ttiis potential,
the A1200 is the new A500 for the Nineties, able to inspire
enthusiasts to dream up ever-more wonderful widgets and the
programmers to try ever-more difficult tricks.
But, I don’t think it will take over to the extent that other Amiga owners are left in the shade. Sure, it’s a great machine, but for it to be the most common by say, this time next year, Commodore would have to stop making A600s and increase sales by 300 per cent or more. That’s not going to happen. The majority of Amiga releases will still work on other machines for the foreseeable future, simply because ‘other’ Amigas are much more numerous than the A1200. New games will simply be better on the A1200.
In short, the A1200 is an excellent Amiga, in the traditional enthusiast-inspired and yet ground-breaking Amiga tradition.
The price is' right, the capabilities are there, and many people will buy them. Like I said, programmers are drooling over the potential, if not the potential sales just yet. Maybe not a great idea if you have invested heavily in your present machine, but for ‘all the busy guys who made Amiga and are Amiga’ it’s a new challenge, a new frontier.
Made for each other?
Super HangOn Electric Dreams 1988 Incompatible Mega Lo Mania Sensible Software 1991 Incompatible Hollywood Poker Pro ReLine 1988 Best available F-15 Strike Eagle 2 MicroProse 1991 Best available F A-18 Interceptor Electronic Arts 1988 Best available Robocod Millennium 1991 Enhanced Rocket Ranger Mirrorsoft 1988 Best available (crashes) Railroad Tycoon MicroProse 1991 Best available Defender of Crown Mirrorsoft 1988 Incompatible MicroProse Golf MicroProse 1991 Best available The Games Epyx 1988 Incompatible Cybercon 3 US Gold 1991 Incompatible Pipe Mania Empire 1988 Incompatible Hunter
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Best available MiG 29 Fulcrum Domark 1990 Incompatible Eye Beholder 2 SSI US Gold 1992 Best available Knights of the Sky MicroProse 1990 Best available Road Rash Electronic Arts 1992 Best available Utopia Gremlin 1991 Best available Agony Psygnosis 1992 Best available THE WORRYING QUESTION on everyone’s lips is “How compatible is the A1200?” So far. Commodore have said that as much as 40 per cent of titles may not work. TV show Bad Influence reckoned on a third not working, and we’ve heard figures of all kinds from sources in the software industry.
We’re considering compiling a full A1200 compatibility list, but as you'd expect with around 3,000 games available for the Amiga, it’s quite a long job. To begin with, we’ve concentrated on games software, because most serious software runs from hard drive (the A1200 doesn’t have one yet) and is system- legal (running from Workbench).
We tested a random sample of 50 games which span the life of the Amiga. Remember, you could be very unlucky and have lots of games that don't work. Otherwise it's not bad... PGA Tour Golf Electronic Arts 1991 Best available 1 Battle Isle UBI Soft 1991 Best available CAN I PLUG IN...?
Most Amiga expansions which use the serial, parallel and floppy drive ports work with the A1200. Floppy disk drives are their usual compatible selves, modems and printers are unfussed. However, there are a few bits where compatibility cannot be guaranteed.
All Tvs and monitors should work fine. A500 modulators probably won't work, but then the A1200 has a modulator built in anyway. Of course your TV Monitor cables have to be correctly wired and things like printer drivers and monitor drivers have to be set up properly. Mice and joysticks are no problem.
But it isn’t all good news. Apparently, some video digitisers (Digiview from Newtek) and sound samplers don’t work. This isn't always down to the hardware boxes themselves, but rather the software which doesn't always like 020 processors or Workbench
3. Also, some genlocks do not appear to be very enthusiastic
about the A1200. I regret that more exact information on these
problems has not been forthcoming in time for this review -
watch this space, and if you come across any incompatibilities
let us know.
A MATTER OF CHOICE Some of the titles below have the word “Enhanced" next to them.
To make these titles work, you have to hold down both mouse buttons while the machine is starting up. Click on Graphics Options and you get to this screen. On machines fitted with Workbench 3 and the AA chipset, you can choose instead to use the Enhanced Chip Set as found on the A500+ and A600.
This is hardware compatibility, built into the chip set. It's the reason why so many games and programs work on the A1200.
J HTSC J Original r pm J Enhanced If Efit fluailabie k Game Publisher Date Display mode JANUARY 1993 SO WHAT’S THE SCORE?
On the face of it the A1200 is around 70 per cent compatible with games generally, but most of the ones which don’t work are really rather aged. Even that’s better than Commodore’s original 60 per cent compatibility estimate. When you look at just the last two years (since the dawn of Workbench 2, and the A3000) the figure increases to a much more pleasant 90 per cent compatible. And finally, if you look at just this year’s releases (aimed at the A500 Plus and the A600), the figures are even better: around 92 per cent compatible.
These statistics are obviously by no means concrete, but do indicate fair compatibilty.
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PCMCIA is another bit of jargon that we’re all going to be familiar with over the next few years - it’s been touted as a smart card, a credit card and a memory expansion, but in reality PCMCIA stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association.
It’s not a bit of hardware - it’s an organisation.
They’ve passed their name on as an industry- standard. The PCMCIA standard covers the physical dimensions of the cards, the assignments for the 68 connections, their electrical specifications, data protocol and file formats.
The PCMCIA was formed in 1990 to create a compatible standard for memory in cards in PC systems. Originally, the standard was 5 - o sO UJ IT'S CARDS ON THE TABLE TIME A few dealers have cards up their sleeves, but are they marked for your Amiga? How do you know you’re not gambling your cash on something that won’t work? The following players are dealing for the Amiga, rather than Pcs and organisers. Here's what we found... ZCL CALCULUS 0543 251275 Currently available: Fujitsu battery-backed static-RAM card (64k £39.99, 128k £49.99, 256k £69.99, 512k £109.99, 1Wlb £179.99) These work on most
PCMCIA devices, including the Amiga. They can be configured as pseudo-disks, and can be removed from the drive and still retain data.
New Media Corp PS-RAM card (2Mb £129, 4Mb £199) These are pseudo-static RAM cards, designed for the Amiga. They are not configurable as pseudo-disks.
Planned: Expansion card which gives you extra PCMCIA slots, Fax modem card, Ethernet adaptor card, SCSI-2 hard- drive interface card.
SILICA 081-309 1111 Currently available: Amitek D-RAM card (2Mb £119.95, 4Mb £179.95) These are dynamic RAM in card form. They can only be configured as Amiga fast RAM, not pseudo-disks.
With one of these new PCMCIA cards, you can boost your Amiga's system memory up to 6Mb, create pseudodisks which can be removed and still hold data, or even turn your machine into a fax. But you've got to make sure you get the right type for your machine, or you've wasted lots of money.
As far as the Amiga is concerned, the smart card is a new idea, but it's been around for years, and it owes its life to PC-clones, not Commodore.
Neil Jackson finds out what PCMCIA means to the new Amigas... EUROPEAN MEMORY CORPORATION 0438 748899 Currently available: Mitsubishi Fax Modem PCMCIA card (£200) These can handle Quad V21, V23, V22, V22bis, MNP5, V42bis, Send Receive V27A 29. They should work with the Amiga, though we do not have samples yet.
Planned: Mitsubishi PCMCIA cards (S-RAM, FLASH and OTP) and other Mitsubishi mixed-tech cards. Some won’t work on the Amiga; check with EMC before buying.
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Designed for use with IBM PC-clones, but the technology spilled over into a range of computers. Including notebooks, pocket organisers and now, the A600 and A1200. All kinds of memory, modems and hard-drives are already available on PCMCIA.
Choosing the right kind of PCMCIA cards could be a nightmare for new Amiga-owners.
Because the system was intended for IBM- standard Pcs, there are a few devices that might fit into your Amiga’s slot, and be PCMCIA-compatible, but still not work. Cards which work on the Sharp hand-held organisers won’t necessarily work on PCMCIA slots in an IBM PC, even though they’re both built to the same theoretical standard. In the same way CrossDOS can read PC files, but not execute PC programs, the data on a PCMCIA card will only run on the computer it was specifically written for. So you can’t grab the nearest PCMCIA for a Hewlett Packard and expect it to work on your A600.
There are several types of memory card and each has specific properties which make them more useful in some applications than in others. The basic types are: S-RAM, D-RAM, FLASH, OTP and MASKROM. S-RAM stands for static RAM and D-RAM is the more usual dynamic RAM we've all used for years.
The difference is S-RAM does not require the processor time-consuming refresh signals that D-RAM needs, but don’t be confused - S- RAM still needs a constant power supply or it loses its data. The only true non-volatile RAM is FLASH RAM; S-RAM is only non-volatile if it’s got a battery-backup in the card. Finally, OTP (one time program) and MASKROM cards are designed for software manufacturers
- and they’re read-only when you buy them.
We've heard people are buying PCMCIA cards in surprising quantities, but beware. It's a good idea, and it’s certain to stick around, but don’t get dealt duff cards. Check before you buy anything, and make sure the card will perform the job that you want it for. © THE BIG DEAL There are two ways that your Amiga can handle PCMCIA RAM cards. In Workbench 2 or 3’s Prefs drawer, there’s a program called Prepcard initialises the cards so they work properly.
They can be turned into simple memory upgrades which give your Amiga’s fast RAM a big boost. They don’t have an icon on the Workbench screen, instead the fast RAM figure on the title bar is increased. As system RAM, they’re about twice as expensive as an Amiga expansion port RAM.
RAM cards can be configured as pseudo-disks, which act just like normal floppies or hard-drives as far as your Amiga is concerned. They get an icon, | and they can be removed from the slot without fear of data loss. They have an advantage over floppies for storing large files (like big DTP documents, or 24-bit picture data), but they’re damned expensive. 8 Mb on floppy will cost you five or six quid - half that on PCMCIA is nearly £200 at the moment!
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Remember, when you buy from New Horizon Computers you receive: ? Lowest Prices ? Quality Products ? Full Technical Support ? Full After Sales Service ? Free Next Day Delivery Hard Drives fitted by us are delivered formatted and partitioned into System and Work partitions and will auto boot from the Hard Drive.
Installing a Hard Drive will invalidate your Commodore Warranty so all Computers fitted with a New Horizon Drive are covered by our own Full 12 Month Warranty from date of purchase.
HOT UNI 'telephone 0989 750260 Fax 0989 750337 CREDIT CARDS WELCOME New Horizon Computers, High Hope, Lea, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7LN Tel: 0989 750260 Fax : 0989 750337 be good news for the whole computer market.
However, you can only fit one of them inside an A600 or A1200.
Although few people buy machines with hard disks fitted (the figure is between 10 and 30 per cent) most people would like the convenience of a hard disk. This means that the potential market for cheap hard disks is now in the tens of thousands and is set to grow.
A600HD Install Disk Version 2.05 Pat McDonald finds out whether the arrival of IDE really does mean cheaper hard drives... C* Commodore AMIGA The two important components are the hard drive (seen still attached to the mounting plate) and the cable.
The Install disk is nearly indispensable if the hard drive develops a fault - note the A600 Install disk is pictured.
The A1200 needs the Install disk for Workbench 3.
IDE IS A STANDARD for hard disk drives.
The letters either stand for Intelligent Drive Electronics or Integrated Drive Electronics - it depends on who you talk to.
The hard disk itself, like any other hard disk, stores data in pretty much the same way as a floppy disk, but can hold far greater amounts. So you can have Workbench and all the Extras and Fonts disks stored on a hard disk, and still have space for large multi- floppy games like Monkey Island 2 and large serious programs. In a nutshell, you are saved the hassle of swapping floppy disks. However, megabyte for megabyte, it’s a rather more expensive means of storing data.
5 O -O UJ What makes IDE drives special is that they are designed to make hard disks cheaper, both to manufacture and to buy, which must surely WHO GIVES THE BEST DEALS?
Here's a round-up of the current IDE hard drive deals for the A600 or A1200. I’ve given prices, but they do vary. The deals you get are not fixed - Commodore are still trying to fix a policy - so it’s not surprising small independents are chopping and changing their deals.
Prices include the connecting lead but you normally don’t get an Install disk.
Best to phone to check the price.
Gordon Harwoods (0773 836781) are less choosy whether you bought an Amiga from them. They charge £199.95 for a 20 Mb drive, £299.95 for a 60 Mb type and £349.95 for an 80 Mb. The good bit is once they’ve cashed your cheque, they send a courier to collect your computer, they fit the drive and send it back to you, plus you get a 12-month warranty. New Horizon (0989 750 260) are cheaper though, even with the £30 installation and courier charge added - £150 for 20 Mb, £210 for £60 Mb, £240 for 80 Mb and £330 for 120 Mb.
If I wanted a hassle-free IDE drive for my Amiga though, I'd go to TriLogic (0274 691115). Currently they charge £169.99 for a 40 Mb and £199.99 for a 60 Mb.
Add £15 for them to fit it, and they are really very reasonable - plus they supply an Install disk. If you pay another £45 though, you get a three-year RTB guarantee on the computer and the hard drive.
ZCL Calculus are going to offer an even better deal. Currently, they only stock the connecting leads.
However, they intend to buy IDE drives in large quantities. Five per cent of these will be given to Wang, the people who officially repair Amigas. So the At Home' warranty stays intact if you buy an IDE from Calculus.
First up is First Choice Computing (0532 319444).
Although they supply an Install disk and will fit the IDE drive for £15, your computer warranty is voided. Prices are £124.99 for a 20Mb, £229.99 for a 60Mb and £279.99 for an 80Mb disk.
Power Computing (0234 843388) are cold shouldered if you didn’t buy your Amiga from them, you don’t even get a warranty on the hard drive. If you bought your Amiga from them, they will guarantee the drive and the computer. They sell 40Mb drives for £199, and 80Mb for £269 but they don’t fit them.
Most other firms - Hobbyte on 0727 56005, Omega Projects on 0942 682203, Evesham Micros on 0386 765500 and Diamond on 0703 232777 - offer a similar deal. If you bought from them, and then buy a hard drive kit which the company fits, then they give a Return To Base (RTB) guarantee, ie if something goes wrong you have to send the whole lot back to them. It’s But the benefits are not just for gamers. Hard disks read and write data much, much faster than floppies. The annoying pauses that occur with floppies are either much reduced or removed entirely. And you can deal with really big files, like
24-bit true colour scans, huge animations and gargantuan databases that just don’t fit on to a floppy. The most important thing to realise is that most IDE drives do not fit in A600s or A1200s. Only the very small, 2.5-inch type are tiny enough to squeeze into the mounting bracket. Thoough apparently a few (very few) early A600s did not have the mounting plate fitted.
Also, the cable that goes in-between the hard drive and the computer is not a standard IDE type. If you were to go out and buy a standard IDE (sometimes called an AT) connector. It would not plug into the mini hard drives - you need the right cable.
Finally, if you take an Amiga apart to fit the drive - break the warranty seals that cover the screw holes - then your spiffy ‘At Home’ service contract is instantly null and void.
There are ways to have a hard drive fitted and have a guarantee, but if you fit the drive yourself then wave goodbye to your warranty. You may be better off waiting for a PCMCIA hard drive on a card, which is fitted externally.
As we go to press. Commodore is holding top-level meetings to sort out an arrangement so that dealers can fit the drives without warranty hassles, so keep an eye on the news pages for more information. In the meantime, cast your eye over the Best Deals panel for the current IDE installation lowdown. ® DIY SHOP TALK IF you are at all connected with the computer trade, then you can get a 2.5- inch IDE drive for much less than the prices quoted left. However, there is currently a continental shortage of the damn things - production plants are mostly based In Taiwan, Japan and the Phillipines,
where such drives are slapped into PC portables.
Anyway, all you need to fit your own drive is the cable and the drive.
Cables are the tricky bit, and at present only ZCL Calculus are stocking them.
To install the disk, boot up Workbench from floppy, click on the hard drive icon (which will probably register as BAD) and then select Format Disk or Initialize from the menus.
You may need the official Commodore Install disks, and you’ll definitely need them if you want to split the drive into different partitions.
At present there is no official Install disk available for the A1200 and Workbench 3.
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WARNING!!! AMIGA A600 HARD DISK DRIVE WARNING!!!
Please remember that if you are offered a new Amiga A600 with a Hard Drive NOT already installed by Commodore [ie. 20Mb. Version], the manufacturers warranty will be void. You may then be reliant on the individual dealers 'own warranty' and NOT the Official Commodore On-Site Guarantee!
JSBiSSlk Meii i nExpress Lim ited UnitCT, Dept. AMF. The Ropewalk Industrial Centre. F Station Road, Ilkeston. Derbyshire. DE? 5llX. M at Telephone: 0602 441442 FAX: 0602 440141 “¦Pi |% • % MerlinExpress I)ireelions m.m 1992 has been an extremely exciting year for the Amiga, but the things that are set to happen in 1993 could make next year more exciting again.
Tim Smith decided it was tiime to track down all the top names in Amiga software and hardware and ask them what they were planning... THE CHANCES ARE that if you have been reading computer-related magazines for more than a few months, you will heard a great deal about ‘The Industry’. It may surprise you to know this cabalistic sounding, amorphous group of people who actually are the movers and shakers that put hardware on to your Amiga’s ports, and software into its drives, actually think of themselves as individuals.
With this in mind, and with the amazing new A1200 with us, we decided to poll the opinions of some of the major figures in the Amiga world on a number of subject which we at Amiga Format feel will be of major importance over the next 12 to 18 months.
What happen To get you started, here is the text of the letter that we sent out to 40 companies who are closely tied in to the developments for the Amiga.
We asked them how the major Amiga changes of 1992-the A1200, PCMCIA and IDE in particular - will affect the Amiga from here on in, and what they think will become important over the next year... 5 - sO vO UJ
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‘uo s imnro,.,... very pos ... We set about faxing all the top
Amiga companies and individuals, in the UK and abroad, to
see if we could pin down a consensus on what would be the
future of your machine.
We wanted to get the points of view, the details of the forward planning, and, if possible, the aspirations of the developers because these, we thought, would be the firm guidelines for the way that the Amiga would be going in 1993 and beyond.
We faxed 40 companies in order to get as wide as possible a picture. Happily for all of us, the majority of these companies found time to respond and to present us with their thoughts. We have printed the reponses in no particular order other than that in which we received the replies. Every response is as valid and as interesting as the others.
We also decided to get a few responses from Commodore on the points raised by the developers, software houses and retailers. As you will see from a number of the responses, despite the launch of the A1200 - which has been universally accepted as a good thing - many members of ‘The Industry’ are still wary or even downright disdainful of some of Commodore's past actions. They see these as pointers to the way forward for the Amiga.
With the A1200 now fighting the vanguard of the battle against the games-only consoles and the now-fashionable but still old-fashioned Pcs, many people are concerened that what they see as past mistakes might be repeated.
There are also some sneak views inside the normally closed world of software and hardware development: and Kelly Sumner, boss of Commodore UK, replies to criticisms about developers’ rights. This is fascinating stuff.
So find a quiet place, get a cup of coffee, take the phone off the hook, and have a look at what the feelings and thoughts are of the people who to some extent control the destiny of your machine. Some of it might surprise you by its wisdom, but it must be said that other bits will astound you with their seeming stupidity. But it’s all part of the future of the phenomenon that we call the Amiga... si ' a Pa'h that yn, 9 mak'ng Tha Amiga i2nn h you can see y07 How Will the 1200? As be»n met vgrv „ '""'ngyj « ss?;r» ~ . ”"" "¦ -ssnas c '» 1993? "ke 10 saa Commodore do- and for your 0pinj-ons
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PCMCIA (Stands for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association.) This is the name for a standard type of interface, used to connect small (‘credit card’) hardware expansions. It was developed for portable Pcs and on other machines is often used as a form of permanent software storage, in much the way game cartridges are by the Sega and Nintendo consoles.
But on the Amiga it will be used mostly for hardware expansions, and above all for memory expansions (RAM expansions, that is).
S next?
CD-ROM We make no bones about the fact that we feel that Compact Disc storage is the next logical step for the Amiga. For an initial period until the commercial release of Read Write Cds and players (some five years off), CD-stored applications and games mean less piracy. Why? Copying 600Mb of data from a CD to floppies would be unprofitable for the pirates - copying from CD to CD would also be unprofitable considering le current price for read write Cds.
CD storage also puts the onus on the software houses to make use of its advanced audio capabilities, and the scope that the extra data-space gives for better graphics. In an ideal world, a CD-stored application and or game would look better and sound better, in an ideal world that is.
It is imperative, to our way of thinking, that the industry throws of its conservative shackles and embraces (relatively) new technology quickly. Amiga users deserve the power that CD offers.
IDE & SCSI Intelligent Drive Electronics, or.
Integrated Drive Electronics - we opt for the second variant. This standard comes to the Amiga from the PC world. It replaces the SCSI (pronounced Scuzzy and meaning Small Computer System Interface) hardware interface as a way of attaching hard drives. The argument as to whether SCSI is better than IDE or vice versa rages on and on and on.
This argument is based around two principles: versatility versus utility. A SCSI interface can ‘multitask’. That is to say that you can connect up to six different devices, such as printers, floppy and hard drives, modems and so on, to your machine. Each of these devices will have to have its own SCSI controller however. SCSI can also be used by fairly complex hardware devices like colour scanners. With IDE you are limited to drive devices (floppies and hard drives), but most of the controller electronics that used to come on a separate card now come fitted to the drive. This (theoreti
cally) makes IDE drives easier to fit, and (again ideally) cheaper to produce and buy. Many people argue that SCSI is much faster at transferring data, which is an important point.
WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?
Being business people as well as people concerned with computers, many of our respondees make use of some amount of jargon in their replies. We thought that, to make your life easier, we would compile a quick at-a-glance guide to the language used in many of the replies.
AGGRESSIVELY PRICE = to sell more cheaply.
BASE MACHINE = in the Amiga sense, this is now the A600.
CBM = Commodore Business Machines. The name for Commodore’s parent company based in the United States.
CONSOLE = a keyboardless toy used for playing games that were written for the Amiga.
FACTORING IN = to take into consideration.
INDUSTRY DINNER = admittedly only Electronic Arts referred to this, but we thought we’d mention it. The In-Din is an annual event where the computer games industry (including magazines) gets to vote for who wrote the best software, and also to get drunk and meet once-famous comedians.
JOE BLOGGS THE MAN IN THE STREET THE USER THE CONSUMER JOE PUBLIC = You MULTIMEDIA = a buzz term readily bandied about and little understood. At the moment the only defined multimedia standard is Microsoft’s MPC (Multimedia PC). At base, multimedia means the combination of digitised sound and moving graphics video using Compact Disc storage.
MUSHROOM SYNDROME = a state of life whereby one is kept in the dark and fed fertiliser (ahem!)
OFFICIAL DEVELOPER STATUS = this is an accolade given to some of Commodore’s favourite software houses and writers.
As an ‘official developer’ you would be given preview copies of new operating system, Workbench and KickStart developments. You also get early delivery of new machines such as the A1200. You do however, have to restrict yourself to System Legal programming. Also Registered Developer.
JANUARY 1993 PC IBM PC COMPATIBLES = an archaic kind of computer beloved of spreadsheet users. (Also PC is used to mean personal computer in a wider sense of the word.)
PLAYFIELD = an area of memory reserved for screen information. For example, information regarding the parallax of a game-background would be held here. This information is can actually be bigger than a screen you will see on screen at anyone time. Dual playfields will provide faster scrolling.
PRICE POINT = price.
SHIPS SHIPPING = getting a program or hardware from the makers via the distributors to the shops.
SUBSTRATE = the basis or foundation of something. In a pepperoni, anchovy, pineapple, egg and mushroom pizza, the pizza-base is the substrate.
SYSTEM LEGAL = a programming system whereby the program only makes use of function built into the operating system of the computer concerned. ‘System illegal’ programs tend to take over the area of RAM normally used by the operating system.
UNIT COST (price) = how much a game program device costs to the maker per copy item.
VIABLE = profitable.
THE A1200 MIGHT just seem like a pretty good Amiga, but it’s more than that. Much more. It’s set a new standard: a standard that began with the A600 and that could radically affect the way the Amiga is perceived, and the lives of the people who make money from the Amiga, the world over.
And the Amiga CDTV, meanwhile, might just seem like an idea whose time came and went. But it’s not. It’s the germ of an idea which, when it grows to fruition, will change everything, not just on the Amiga but across all its rival machines, whether in the simple, friendly world of games or in the high-flown field of corporate multimedia.
There’s a lot at stake over the next couple of years. Not least for Commodore, who have gambled a lot on a couple of hardware standards and on their own vision of the future.
But also for everyone else who makes hardware or software for the Amiga.
Yes, my friends, the bandwagon is rolling.
And those who don’t jump on board will surely be crushed beneath its spiked wheels... OK, that may all sound just a little prophetic and excessive. But sure as eggs is eggs, there’s a couple of moves Commodore have made during the course of 1992 that are deep-down serious commitments, and are set to have a serious long-term impact.
What we’ve attempted to do in this article is let the companies who will have to ride the changes have their say about what will come We didn't ask just any old questions, you realise. But of course, that's obvious... why on earth would we get all the top names in the Amiga world together and ask them something that's irrelevant?
So Amiga Format editor Damien Noonan explains how we picked out the most important topics facing the Amiga community right at the moment, and explains a little bit about how we expected they might answer... The questions and of it. But what we’d like to do now is have our own say about the kind of impact the changes could have on them.
0 SO CO The perfect example of this is IDE. First with the A600, then with the A1200, Commodore have made it clear that they are keen on the idea of IDE. Essentially, what IDE does is make it much cheaper and much easier to own an Amiga that runs from a hard drive.
A hard drive makes an enormous difference to a computer: you can store all your programs on it easily and they will load and run much more quickly. Workbench stops being a separate disk and starts being simply a way of accessing other programs and keeping control over where your files are stored.
All computer users would use a hard drive if they had the choice. What IDE does is make it massively cheaper and more convenient to buy and run one.
If you’re buying a hard drive for an A500, you buy a Quantum drive unit, which is the hard drive itself, but you also buy a SCSI interface, control circuitry, connectors, a case and a power supply, all of which costs extra.
The average 40Mb capacity drive costs about £300, the price of a normal A600.
If you buy a hard drive for an A1200, by contrast, all you buy is the IDE drive unit: none of the extras. As a consequence, you only pay around £150 for a drive of similar capacity. It doesn't need a separate power supply and it’s light and convenient, because it’s all packed away inside the case of the Amiga itself. It’s a dream.
Commodore have done this because they hope that the use of hard drives with the Amiga will proliferate. As a consequence, many more people will be happy with their computers and discover more and more uses for it, and won’t be tempted to swap to another type of computer when they want to do something serious and businessy.
Now for Commodore this has no drawbacks. It makes the Amiga more powerful, a better machine and, hopefully, more popular as a consequence. Besides, they have always been terrible at manufacturing peripherals for their own machines and have never really made any money out of it.
For third-party peripheral manufacturers, however, it has serious consequences. GVP (Great Valley Products), for example, are the world's largest maker of Amiga-specific hardware. Their best-known product in the UK is the Impact Series II hard drive for the A500, and presumably that’s where they make most of their money. Yet that core market will be completely lost to them as IDE-equipped machines like the 600 and 1200 take over.
The point is that GVP never actually made hard drive units: they just adapted them to work with the Amiga. Nowadays, you don’t have to pay them for doing that for you.
Exactly the same is true of RAM expansions, where the chips are the raw material, the important bit, but the boards that make the chips work with an Amiga are the work of the Amiga hardware manufacturers. As PCMCIA takes over, we’ll be buying credit card RAM expansions effectively direct from the manufacturers rather than via someone else.
The same problems face Supra and ICD, two other major American peripheral makers.
Supra are best known for their SupraRAM expansions, which can be replaced by PCMCIA, and for their fax modems, which will also soon be available as PCMCIA cards. ICD are best known for their IDE adaptors which allow A500 owners to fit IDE hard drives internally, which is clearly a doomed market.
So what's their answer? Well, GVP may already have started exploring it. Their latest range of announcements concentrates on complete applications for specialised use: their complete image processing system, their CineMorph special effects software, the PhonePak answering and voicemail system.
Another solution to the problem of their disppearing ahrdware market may lie in the development of specific Amiga-only peripherals that can’t be bought off-the-shelf. With the trapdoor slot in the A1200 providing full 32- bit RAM access and also full CPU access, there's plenty of room for Amiga-specific accelerators, RAM expansions and so on there.
Another possible market is in third-party CD drives. In a year or so’s time, when CD takes off, a good many Amiga owners with machines as recent as the A1200 are going to want to be able to use Cds. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that a CD add-on drive will ever really be a good-value prospect for the consumer because the manufacturing cost is too high.
One last market which the Amiga hardware makers could look to is specialist peripherals for the higher-end Amigas, where it is quite possible that SCSI interfaces will enjoy a revival (if Commodore listen to criticism of IDE in the A4000). But once again, this would mean mostly video and graphics applications and, even here, new chip sets (like the AA chip set with its 24-bit True Colour palette) could begin to put the squeeze on expensive add-ons like framebuffer cards.
All in all, then, the GVP route into tailored applications has to be the favourite. We were particularly keen to hear from people like ICD, GVP and Supra, but it seems as though they the challenge have failed to respond to our probings. Are they worried, or what?
So the consequences of PCMCIA and IDE could be lost profits for hardware makers, but cheaper RAM and hard drives for us Amiga owners. Good news from our point of view. But both technologies also have an impact on what games software publishers are up to, as well as what hardware makers are planning.
One of the good things about the A1200 is that it is transparently obvious that Commodore have worked closely with British software publishers - and the UK’s software publishers are, after all, now the world leaders.
As a consequence of this close cooperation, there is now a consensus being established among the leading software houses about how they see software changing.
In particular, it seems quite likely that the publishers will be prepared for the wider use of the hard drive by Amiga owners and will make as many as possible of their future games releases hard drive installable. Colin Gordon, The DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip, which would give much better sound and Commodore have said was too expensive to lit in the A1200.
Will it be on developers' wish lists for 1993?
Ocean’s Senior Software manager, has already intimated that this is the way Ocean hope to go and we would hope that the answers on these pages demonstrate a similar outlook from the other major publishers, people like Gremlin, US Gold, MicroProse and Electronic Arts.
As well as hard drive install, software designers will now have to make sure that their stuff runs on all variants of the Amiga CPU - 68020 to 68040 as well as the normal 68000. Straight away, that’s solved two of the problems that the more mature gamers of the PC world perceive as being major hold-ups for the Amiga.
Problems aside, what about opportunities?
The A1200 has now set a new standard for games, with 256-colour graphics, larger sprites and more colourful dual playfields all making an impression on the look of games thanks to the capabilities of the AA chip set.
Just as important as the new chips, however, could be the use of 2Mb of chip RAM as a standard. Because chip memory is used for sound samples and animations, and because designers are used to working within the constraints of severely limited RAM, and therefore skilled at squeezing the best performance possible, more RAM makes them rub their hands with glee: this could make a huge difference to the look and sound of games.
The luxury of the extra space makes it possible, for instance, to use many more frames of animation in the main character of a game, making movement much smoother and more realistic. Extra chip RAM also makes it possible to do much more with sampled sounds, so even though the sound chip has not yet been upgraded, music in games should become much better.
As well as the major software houses, we expected to get some pretty interesting ideas from the developers and programmers - teams like Graftgold (Rainbow Islands), Vivid Image (First Samurai) and Team 17 (Alien Breed) - about what they plan to do with all this extra hardware. Let’s hope they’ve got some good ideas... Software and PCMCIA, on the other hand, don’t really mix. Because PCMCIA can use all kinds of memory cartridges, it’s a popular misconception that PCMCIA ROM cards have a potential use for storing programs - in other words, as game cartridges.
This might be possible for really expensive, top-end serious software, where the extremely fast load times would be a major advantage and the cost of duplication would not be quite so critical. But as a medium for games, the sheer cost makes it impractical and Commodore have made it clear that they do not expect to see software released on PCMCIA ROM cards. They see CD as the ideal storage medium for software. So anyone who comments about expecting to see software on PCMCIA has really missed the point.
CD, then, is the way Commodore want to lead the market for software. If you’ve read Amiga Format before, and particularly if you’ve seen The Annual (if not, why not!) Then you should know why. If not, here’s a recap.
Disks are out: they’re old-fashioned, they’re delicate, they’re not of high enough capacity and they’re too easily pirated.
Software publishers at first believed that ROM cartridges, as used by the Sega and Nintendo games consoles, might be the ideal replacement, but they’ve discovered that the cost of manufacture is painfully high and that carts take an age (months) to get made.
Cds are much cheaper (£1.70 including case and everything, as opposed to a tenner for a cart), much quicker to make and of a much higher capacity (about 550 Megabytes of data on each one). This makes them the ideal medium for games.
Sega and Nintendo are aware that they have to switch from cartridge to CD to stay alive.
Sega are working on a CD-driven machine for release in early 1993 and Nintendo hope to have theirs finished by the start of 1994 (far too late).
Commodore have already pointed out to us that, to them, the cost of putting a CD drive in , a machine would be roughly equivalent to I putting a floppy disk drive in. As a consequence, it seems perfectly possible that they could have a CD-driven Amiga out in the second quarter of next year.
No O' 0s - 5 Obviously it will then take a while for CD to take off, but that’s why we’re asking people whether CD will take over in 1993. We don’t expect that CD will take over entirely just yet, but the software producers will need to be thinking about how they are going to make use of the extra capacities of CD.
So how PCMCIA and IDE will affect hardware manufacturers; and how CD and the A1200 hardware will affect software development... those are the key points, for us.
But there’s one other really interesting topic to this little conversation with the Amiga experts of the world. What would they like Commodore to do in 1993?
Obvious points are the high-density disk drive (twice as much data on a floppy) in the base-level Amigas, and a new version of the sound chip in the Amiga. From what Commodore said at the launch of the 1200, this latter would involve fitting a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) chip, which is perfectly feasible and only depends on cost.
But what we at Amiga Format would really like to see from Commodore is an early commitment to CD with the release of a new machine with a CD drive as standard, and no floppy. A similar specification to the A1200 would do nicely, thank you. And that’s what we’re looking forward to actually happening... Graftgold Ltd Andrew Braybrook Graftgold is the team of programmers who brought the classic Rainbow Islands to brighten up the lives of Amiga users.
Andrew Braybrook was closely involved with the project, and is a long-time exponent of top-class Amiga games programming.
Andrew's comments about hard disk installation, the size of hard disks, and the status of non-official software developers really do deserve a close read by any Amiga owner.
II don’t see CD-ROM as being the premier storage medium in 1993 at all. After all, music Cds were available in the UK from 1983, and nine years on it is only just becoming the premier media even though it is obviously the best. You have to persuade people that not only is CD-ROM the best, but that it is worth changing over to. That will take a number of great products that really use that extra storage space so that Joe Bloggs realises that he can’t do without it. Such products will take a long time to produce, requiring large teams of people.
As far as gams are concerned, the limitation has always been how much you can get into the machine at once and how much you can throw around the screen, not how much you could get hold of from attached devices.
Maybe in two or three years the CD-ROM will begin to bite, but only if the right products are produced for it and they are clearly better, and those products are not available on other formats.
Thus we are watching with interest but we could not possibly afford to commit the resources required to develop a product that could use the medium well at the present time.
JANUARY 1993 2 As yet, no products appear to be available on PCMCIA (whatever that stands for!) Which is a shame as it would help to combat piracy. Again, any product on this format would necessarily not be available on floppy format and not be copyable to that format. Why is development of this format not being encouraged? We have to compete with consoles now and the benefits of ROM storage are well known; no loading time, masses of storage, virtual indestructability, and no copying. We need this format before it’s too late. Will there be an adaptor for these cards for the cartridge ports of
older Amigas?
As for IDE, isn’t 20 meg a little too small? You couldn’t get a PC Ultima VII on that even if you wiped off all your system stuff. Arcade games are not really hard disk material, they don’t tend to load data all that often and would soon burn up any size hard disk. Plus we just don’t want to run ‘system legal’ at all, we need full control of the Amiga and every byte of memory available.
I know CBM would prefer everybody to run system legal but with so many system routines not on the Amiga ROM that causes a problem, and we can’t afford to lose 100K RAM to the system. The Amiga operating system is just a little bit idealistic in its design, which tends to be let down by the functionality of the hardware. For example, the disk system loading in whole tracks just to read (or worse, write) one sector. That’s great for integrity if the user isn’t inconvenienced by having to wait for ages for it to do so. I bet no-one at CBM Rainbow IslandF. Still rated as one of the all-time
classic Amiga games. Graftgold's pedigree is assured.
Uses a single floppy disk system. I have to and it isn’t pleasant.
3 I am very much looking forward to [developing for] the A1200. It’s a large, positive step to compete against consoles. We will be ensuring that all future product is compatible, and revising any older product incompatibility. I would like to be producing A1200-specific versions of games as soon as possible.
It was great to see a lot of new Amiga purchasers at the Future Entertainment Show all clutching their A1200s. It will become the new Amiga standard, I’m sure.
4 I would like to see an end to official developer status whereby any legitimate developer of Amiga software in this country can get help, support and information from CBM. Charging developers an annual fee can’t bring in much revenue and discourages new people from getting involved. It’s not just the big names like Ocean that should get early new kit, after all they’ve virtually abandoned Amiga software development, it’s the quality end, which is necessarily the smaller developer that produces the products that ultimately impress.
Smaller companies with the right encouragement can react quicker to a new machine than a lumbering giant, but they can’t always afford the risk. We want to be involved in the early stages of new hardware, although not so early that the hardware never makes it, eg the Konix console, the Atari Jaguar, but it makes sense that as many initial products are ready as possible.
From the public’s point of view, one area that CBM haven’t really managed to cover too well is the music side. It might help if they produced a music enthusiast package consisting of an Amiga, a MIDI interface and one or more music package.
Musicians want to be able to transfer their data between computers and music hardware, so data interchangability is a must. It’s no good just having your own super IFF format if PC and ST programmers aren’t using it. A lot of studios currently seem to use Pcs, I’m told.
51993 products from Graftgold at the moment are limited to Amiga Uridium 2 and A N Other product to be started around May 1993. At some point an A1200-compatible Fire and Ice will need to be produced and it would be nice to enhance it at that time for the new machine. Development beyond that will depend on the state of the market, as it always does.
I hope that this is useful to you. Reading it back, my conclusions are that perhaps the questions are a little optimistic about the speed at which things happen even in a hi-tech industry like ours.
There’s a large difference between a product being available and being established. And I am an idealist at heart but I try to be practical as well these days. Idealism tends to turn one into a cynical moaning psychopath if you let it.
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1 CD-ROM was promoted as being the premier storage medium of 1992. Also of 1991, and 1990.
I suspect the same will be put forward next year. I doubt that CD-ROM in the Amiga will ever gain a significant position in the market, especially with the new Amigas containing IDE rather than SCSI interfaces.
The large variety of CD and multimedia CD formats doesn't help the situation either.
2 Look this month’s Amiga Format. How many PCMCIA devices can you see advertised?
Probably not many. Perhaps the story would have been different if Commodore had given the original A500 a PCMCIA slot along with its side slot. I think that the PCMCIA slot on the A600 will not attract developers, who are already becoming increasingly interested in the capabilities of the A1200. In spite of this, we are working on PCMCIA and expect to have our first product ready in the near future.
3 Perhaps the most immediate effect will be to shelve some of our plans for development on the A600, and I suspect that many manufacturers will take the same action.
We are already developing products for the A1200
- you can expect a version of our colour scanner that takes full
advantage of the new chip set soon. You can also rest assured
that the Atari Falcon will not be the only home computer with a
DSP chip for much longer.
Sue Seserman LucasArts games were, to say the least, terse but unhappily for us, not to the point at all. They seem to have no views on PCMCIA, CD-ROM, Commodore; in fact they seem to have fewer views than a bricked up bungalow down a mineshaft. Still never mind, this is what they did have to say... LucasArts Games will be releasing Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis tor Amiga in the next few weeks. We will have a simultaneous domestic [US] and European launch. At this time, we have no other Amiga projects under way.
4 Standardisation. There are least seven different models of Amiga, each with different features.
Users of all machines expect products that exploit the features of their particular machine. Unfortunately, this generally means that the machines with smaller user bases are not catered for, as producing hardware for ‘minority’ machines is not economical.
5 As the only Amiga retailer in the UK to develop both our own hardware and software, we are looking forward to an exciting future.
We have many projects under development, and we are working closely with the big players in the computer industry, passing in the latest developments as they happen. Four years ago, an 8 Megabyte RAM board needed over 250 chips. Now the same board can be produced with just four. Watch this space in the coming months.
SILICA SYSTEMS JANUARY 1993 Silica Systems Andy Leaning Silica is one of the biggest suppliers of Amiga hardware and software in the UK. Andy wanted to make the following statement before responding: "Please note that these (answers) are from myself, spokesperson for leading wholesaler (Silica Systems) and authorised GVP (Great Valley Products) dealer."
So what we have here is a set of dual answers. In his Silica role, Andy has a very telling point (economically) to make about CD-ROM as it pertains to retailers. This should not be overlooked in terms of the Amiga world as a whole because retailers of Silica's standing have more than a little sway.
On the GVP front, much of this repiy should be read in the light of Commodore's swapping to PCMCIA and IDE, and away from trapdoor and SCSI expansion which were both central to the company’s hardware range and to their development plans.
Ifor games suppliers, CD-ROM will almost certainly become the premier medium. The better sound quality, massive storage capacity etc, will all make CD-ROM games far, far better than their disk equivalents. For serious applications, the benefits will also be just as great - imagine having a word processor where you had access to three or four dictionaries, a thesaurus, grammar checker, graphics package, quotation library and several thousand fonts, yet all on one disc! By the end of 1993, I expect most of the major software houses will be supporting the CD-ROM format. We already stock over
100 CDTV titles, and the prospect of being able to offer our customers an even greater range is very appealing.
2 Although it is still too early to reveal any plans for PCMCIA or IDE development, I can say that GVP are currently looking into this area for possible future expansion opportunities. As part of Silica’s constant drive to offer Amiga owners the very best in performance and value-for-money, you can be sure we will announce any developments as soon as they happen.
3 The extra graphics modes and power that the 68020 brings are particularly welcome. GVP have already taken advantage of the AA chip set in their new genlock, and are currently looking into other expansion possibilities to give the A1200 even greater power than it currently offers. Many other developers of hard drives and accelerators expressed concern that with Commodore systems now having 68020s and hard drive support built-in there’s no room for them in the market. This isn’t a problem for GVP as their hard drives and accelerators are faster than the A1200, even when attached to a
standard A500. GVP’s problem isn’t developing an upgrade, it’s how much more powerful they can make it and still keep the low prices.
4 Commodore have done a marvellous job of developing the Amiga line and promoting it and we wouldn’t change their own development strategy. GVP, being run by Commodore's ex head of R&D [Gerard Bucas; see interview, Amiga Format issue 41], have a very close relationship with them and are very happy with Commodore’s assistance, unlike other American mainstream developers who have fallen out with Commodore, want Commodore to continue producing leading edge, value-for-money computers that will build upon and improve their standing in the UK computer market.
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John Sievers The Amiga Format Gold-winning OpalVision graphics
system has ensured that Centaur will be in the forefront of
many an Amiga owner’s mind for some time to come. This
US-based company innovates. The answers we received from
Centaur were, however, a little too laden with market-speak
and self-promotion to be immensely useful.
Centaur's OpalVision was awarded an Amiga Format Gold in issue
42. It shows just what the Amiga can achieve.
John Sievers' opinions also merit some reward from Amiga owners.
They do bring up one very poweiful point about consumer relations however; the point they raise about the Commodore US's Gold Service should be viewed with some element of jealousy by UK-based Amiga owners; basically, the Gold Scheme is a system whereby a faulty Amiga is replaced that day or you are given a stand-in machine until yours is mended. It is also interesting that John Sievers should point out that Commodore’s consumer support “varies from country to country".
II am sure that CD-ROM will continue to gamer a growing share of the mass storage marketplace. We have no specific plans to develop CD-ROM-based products, but given the relatively large size of 24-bit files, it seems likely that other third party developers, particularly in multimedia applications, will produce Cds containing applications which use our OpalVision hardware to display 24-bit images and animations.
2 The PCMCIA and IDE will have little or no effect on our engineering plans. The OpalVision product line is designed for Amigas with video slots, specifically the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series machines.
3 As I said previously, OpalVision requires a video slot in order to function, so the Amiga 1200 is a moot point. However, the 2Mb of chip RAM and the 'AA' chip set in the Amiga 4000 works superlatively with OpalVision. Seeing 256-colour Amiga-generated animations in conjunction with 16-million colour OpalVision-generated backgrounds and foregrounds is truly awesome.
4 Commodore seem to be doing quite a lot of marketing for their new machines.
Obviously, for third-party Amiga companies to thrive, we must have as large an installed user-base as possible for which to develop.
We’re also looking forward to Commodore’s planned international developer's conference.
OpalVision has gained rapid acceptance and we’re selling it around the world. It is inappropriate to make a generalized statement about how Commodore supports its end users, since this varies from country to country. Here in the US, Commodore has initiated numerous programs, such as their ‘Gold Service’ warranty program, which have confirmed their commitment to consumers.
51993 will be an extremely busy year for Centaur. We’ll be finishing the expansion modules for OpalVision during the first quarter. We’ve got a product which is better than a Toaster, that works in PAL and functions superlatively in any Amiga with a video slot.
We'll be providing new versions of OpalPaint with enhanced functions and working with third-party developers to complete lots of new OpalVision-specific software.
ASDG Perry S Kivolowitz 69 JANUARY 1993 ASDG is a US- based company that has continued to impress the Amiga world with top-range, innovative development. The most recent, and most obvious example of this is the morphing and image processing package MorphPlus, reviewed in this very issue. Perry’s views on the future of the Amiga are interesting in one facet; he does not deal with Commodore UK but directly with the parent company, Commodore Business Machines in the United States.
As you will see from ASDG’s replies, the company is deeply annoyed by the switch to IDE from the SCSI standard which is popular in the United States. PCMCIA is still treated with a less than respectful snub. Because ASDG do deal in a very serious way with the Amiga (in a country where it is a minority machine) these replies deserve to be mulled over... Ino, I don’t, not for 1993. I don't feel this way because I can find fault with CD-ROM as a storage medium. In fact I view CD-ROM as the ideal substrate for software delivery but not in the next year. This is because too few Amiga owners have
access to CD-ROM drives now, and I don’t see this changing in the near term.
Hope that this will force better testing of products before they ship.
And, as I mentioned above, not many Amiga owners have a CD-ROM drive at this time.
2 All ASDG products are hard disk installable. In fact, it is difficult to use our products without a hard drive. Having a hard drive come standard with a baseline machine is, therefore, a benefit to us.
I do view IDE as a major step backwards and is specifically hurtful to ASDG. I don’t think that Commodore took into account that many peripherals (which are important to the Amiga) besides hard drives are SCSI devices. For example, I am not aware of any IDE scanners, printers or film recorders. SCSI, on the other hand, is the communications method of choice for such devices.
I don’t see PCMCIA interfaces as affecting our company.
3 I see the A1200 as having the single largest potential of any of Commodore’s announced near term plans. Specifically for ASDG, an entry-level machine of that calibre will mean more Amiga owners will have the necessary iron to run and make use of our advanced imaging products.
For the community as a whole, I think it stands an excellent chance of encouraging proliferation of the Amiga at the low end. Apple’s history tells us that widespread use among youngsters translates into widespread use among those same people as they grow into more demanding circumstances.
In favour of CD-ROM-based distribution, I cite the following: CD-ROM duplication is actually less expensive than that of floppies, especially when factoring in that multiple floppy distributions would easily fit on one compact disc.
CD-ROM may afford a degree of theft prevention to those applications which can be made to run from CD-ROM only.
CD-ROMs are more durable and will survive shipping and transit better than floppy disks. I don’t recall a case of a CD-ROM losing its identity after being passed through a metal detector for example.
As liabilities of CD-ROM distribution, I cite the following: CD-ROM duplication has a longer lead time than floppies. This means that last minute changes can’t be made right before a product ships. This is a liability to the manufacturer, but an advantage to the consumer since one would 4 I can express my wishes for Commodore very succinctly. Pick a focus, stick with it, and pursue it responsibly.
5 The industry and the community can expect more of the same from ASDG. Much more. We have the world’s best-selling image processing package (ADPro), the visual effects package causing the greatest stir in Hollywood (MorphPlus), the 1992 Amiga World Readers' Choice for Best Text Editor (CygnusED), (and) several other first ranked products. [Not really cutting edge opinion’ this - Features Ed.] We are working on the next generation technology in both hardware and software, in the narrowly focused field of colour image processing.
We’re certain that 1993 will see ASDG continuing its three-year trend of fast-paced growth and high visibility. And with our success, we’ll be bringing the Amiga to further prominence in the visual effects world at large.
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Team 17 Martyn Brown A development team, Team 17 brought us
Alien Breed and Assassin to name but two. The interesting
views to read here are on the A1200 (not that the rest of what
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Amiga market which is has been in a state of some flux since
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Amiga in all its forms.
1 Currently our thoughts with regard to CDTV are mixed. On one hand we are considering releasing current and back-catalogue products ‘enhanced’ for CDTV - which may include music and other bits, but on the other hand we are unlikely to develop original or specific CDTV versions until we are certain that it will be the success that Commodore suggest. Personally I have my doubts, it’s a good idea but I feel it’s just a little expensive and doesn't offer any radical improvements to current back catalogue to people upgrading. Of course there is some nice CDTV software, but not enough of it to make
people go out and buy one [a CDTV, that is]. It’s the old chicken and egg story once more.
2PCMCIA and IDE are welcome additions to the Amiga range, I feel the PCMCIA is a little late however, and at the moment we have no plans to support it, although that position could easily change. It could work very well for both the end-user and the software company (ie fast access, less piracy accordingly) but we’ll sit back and see what happens. For the mean time it’s a case of supporting the medium that the majority of people use which, at the moment has to be floppy on A500 A600 and A1200. The increasing population of hard drives is something we are taking notice of and if it wasn’t for
the fact that for software to run from HD you really have to be using the operating system then we would already be supporting them.
Currently our games really use all available RAM from a 1meg machine which has thrown the system out. If you wanted a hard drive version (and this accounts for the four disk Project-X) then you would require 1meg chip RAM and 1meg fast RAM. It’s purely for this reason that we didn’t include a hard drive installation program for PX although I realise some people will have that memory configuration. Of course it’s something that we will consider with all future projects, especially if it’s very easy to implement.
3 We too are very excited by the prospect of the A1200, it’s a little too late for us to write A1200 versions of current projects but we will probably write 1200 versions of all new projects, including Alien Breed 2 and X2 (working title of a possible follow-up to Project-X). Obviously with VGA graphics it also gives us an excuse to produce graphics for a top-end PC version as well as an Amiga version, although I’d like to stress that we will still continue to develop for Amigas as a priority. 2Mb chip, 5x processor speed, 4x blitter DMA speeds, 256 colours and 4-bit playfields might not
mean much to the man on the street but I think he might notice the difference when we start producing arcade-type software using all that stuff! Time for the old jaw to start dropping once more... and I think that’s what Amiga users had begun to miss. Smoother scrolling hardly applies to our products as we usually scroll at 50Hz and scrolling doesn’t get any smoother, but it does mean we can update everything else much quicker and also put more of it on screen.
Luvvly Jubbly.
Privately we’re a bit miffed that CBM never asked us to do anything on the 1200, given our track record for producing technically clever Amiga games, but never mind... I suppose we now have an opportunity to show them what they were missing. It’s a pity there wasn’t a change to the Paula chip though, even if another four channels were added to the sound chip.
4 I suppose I’d like to see Commodore being a little more active with its developers, but then again we haven’t been in too much contact with them ourselves so I can’t complain, but a little more interaction wouldn’t do them any harm. For the public, Commodore shouldn’t have really stabbed 600 users in the back by dropping the price suddenly without warning from £399 to £299 - not when everyone knew the 600 had to be £299 when it was first released for it to be a success.
71 I have to applaud CBM for the pricing of the policy of the 1200 though, it really is a step forward in the right direction although I know of a few people who have just bought 600s and are a bit sick! The influx of 1200s will mean an awful lot of second-hand A500 600s on the market, and I suppose that means even more users as everyone clambers to upgrade, 30,000 machines isn’t an awful lot though and it’s going to be some time before the public sees the stream of 1200-intensive software hit full flow.
JANUARY 1993 5 At the moment our plans are for continued support of the Amiga series and we’ll be keeping a watchful eye on other developments, especially the CD-ROM area and home computer developments. It’s a relief that CBM have breathed life into the Amiga series with the 1200, it certainly needed it, as developers we are running out of ways to push the machine.
HB Marketing Keith Howell HB Marketing has been one of those companies that has continually fuelled the Amiga market over the years. Their main business is as a distributor and importer of Amiga hardware and software, but HBM is also home to the GeniSoft software label.
Even if they have not themselves been at the forefront of development for the machine, HBM have certainly ensured that new products reach the UK.
Keith Howell is particularly keen on sourcing new, innovative Amiga ideas that surface in all comers of Europe. He is both astute and enthusiastic when it comes to the Amiga and. More than most, he is aware from his day-to-day business of what the average Amiga owner and user wants from the machine, from developers, and’from Commodore. Although Keith's answers are terse, they should be taken on-board.
II agree that CD-ROM will be the format of the future but, I don’t think 1993 will be the year we see a huge switch to CD technology, purely because of the unit price point of drive units. I suspect that it will take more than 12 months for the general momentum to build up.
31 don’t like the idea of external power bricks and see that this has been perpetuated with the A1200
- I can only assume it is done to save time and money on
obtaining safety approvals in various countries it is a
somewhat untidy solution.
5 The development of ‘wireless’ joysticks and mice would make for tidier installation and more comfortable use.
I would like to see some effort put in to reinforce the Amiga’s role in its niche video market. Whilst it is currently seen as the machine for the domestic video user, that is likely to be overtaken during 1993 by the rapid arrival of video graphics accessories for the MS- DOS platform. If that is allowed to happen then the Amiga will evolve into a pure games machine - albeit a very successful one.
Part of the drive to save the Amiga's reputation as the video PC would be to position the newer ‘power’ machines against the current 486 SVGA offerings which are now well under £ 1,000.
Keith declined to answer questions 2 and 4.
Mev Dine is 'one of the characters’ of Amiga games development. Vivid Image's First Samurai came has a refreshing shock to many a reviewer, and some of Mev's responses to our questions will hit you in the same way.
Although he is most famed for an often-reprinted picture of himself bare-chested and surrounded by geisha girls in front of the Battersea Peace Pagoda, Mev has a clear view of the Amiga world, and of the needs of Amiga users.
His views on CD standardisation, and the A1200 should be kept for futher reference; the standardisation of CD storage formats will become a central question in the next few years.
Vivid Image Mev Dine 2 5 to - vO -o (JU Ifor the time being, we are still closely monitoring the developments on CD-ROM technology.
I believe the potential is there for everyone to see, but some companies are trying to make use of this technology too early to capture the marker share. This had led to some CD-ROM hardware coming out without good quality software.
I believe for the hardware to succeed, the software has to match the quality of the hardware and fully exploit it capabilities. The CD-ROM software we have seen so far fails to convince the public that this is the premier storage medium for the Nineties. I think this is reflected in the very slow growth of Commodore CDTV, Philips CD-i and to some extent, Sega Mega CD.
We must invest as much time and effort in the development of the software as the hardware manufacturers have spent in the development of the hardware technology. We have to fully understand the new medium and take a completely new approach towards developing software for it.
I also hope that the hardware manufacturers agree on a standard format for the CD-ROM. This would certainly aid its success.
I think the CD-ROM will be the premier storage medium in the near future, not in 1993, but perhaps in late 1994 or early 1995. I am looking forward to CD- ROM becoming the premier storage medium. That is when we will and should be making mini-movies, not just games, with more and better graphics and greatly improved sound.
2 I think the industry would welcome some sort of hardware protection on the Amiga. The success of it would depend on how expensive it is and how much help Commodore would provide for publishers and developers.. We spend a lot of time in ensuring that our games take very little time to load and that there is minimum disk access during play. So I don't think we need consider hard disk installation.
3 I am very pleased with the public response to the A1200. For it to really succeed we need a lot of assistance from Commodore. Commodore should help developers to obtain the hardware with full spec’ so that we can establish its potential as soon as possible.
The success of the A1200 also depends on whether we can use the 256-colour VGA graphics in 8 bit planes [ think they'll find they can - Ed and whether this mode is fast enough to write good quality arcade games. If yes, then this would mean the software written for the A1200 would easily be transferable to PC VGA or vice versa.
4 As I have already mentioned in my answer to question three, Commodore must provide help to the developers in getting the hardware and the full technical spec’. They must also take a more active role in the creation of good quality software; after all, it is the quality software that will ensure the success of the A1200.
They should encourage developers and publishers to take full advantage of the hardware. Where possible, Commodore could even provide financial assistance to developers who are trying to fully exploit the A1200 hardware, but who have not got this support from a publisher.
As far as the public is concerned, Commodore must make sure they don’t price the A1200 out of the market. I know the A500 succeeded but after a long period and also at a time when there wasn’t strong competition from other hardware manufacturers. This time it is different as we now have Sega and Nintendo with their 16-bit consoles and good quality software.
5 Our immediate plan for 1993 is to complete the development of the Second Samurai and to make sure that it is the best game of its type on the Amiga.
We are also looking forward to the release of the First Samurai on Nintendo Super NES in Spring 1993, and to developing the Second Samurai on Super NES, PC VGA and MegaDrive formats.
Beyond this we will be closely watching how the A1200 progresses. We will probably do special versions of both the First Samurai and then the Second Samurai, making use of the new capabilities offered by the A1200.
We will also try to get into CD-ROM development as soon as possible so that we will gain the experience necessary to make sure that Vivid Image will continue to develop good quality original games in 1993 and beyond.
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powerful, unique I WYSIWYG word processing package is the best value choice for your Amiga, sharing many of the features of full-blown DTP packages Phoenix price... £69.99 Be safe in the knowledge that you are buying the official UK version of the product from Phoenix. BEWARE of dealers offering "Latest version" of Final Copy. This may be American product and should not be sold in the UK!
OPAL VISION Amazing new 24-Bit graphics card and video system for the Amiga 1500, 2000 and 3000. Includes software suite worth hundreds of pound. With an incredible performance, this is simply awesome.
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Leen Gate Lenton Nottingham NG7 2LX Tel 0602 792838 Fax 0602 780963 Microdeal John Symes Music is the food of Microdeal’s life. And they, like a few other Amiga developers, are still upset about the tack of any built-in Amiga MIDI support. Without wishing to ‘get into’ Commodore too much - and we can assure you that they do have a right of reply in this very issue John points about the ‘mushroom syndrome' when applied to the AI200 probably strike a chord with a few developers regarding a number of really knew nothing about it! We have one on order and are most interested to try it out with
16-bit samples. We are sure the advanced processor speed will enable many innovative things to be done with the A1200 - maybe home [music] studios will be able to produce CD masters in the near future! It’s feasible.
4 Commodore should reduce the price of the base machine. We need a product to really hit the consoles where it hurts, but in the current recession, the A600 is just too expensive. A price reduction will help the public to buy the computer and keep developers publishing, that’s all it needs.
5 Our next product is the 16-bit sampler, Clarity.
[And it certainly looks set to be a corker - Ed.] Really our future with the Amiga rests with this. We have plans for support software for Clarity but nothing beyond that. We are seriously looking at [developing for] the PC and consoles.
Commodore’s recent hardware releases. Maybe this gives more weight to the last of Microdeal's answers... 1 CD-ROM will not come into its own until prices are drastically reduced. Joe Public is no fool and he sees CD players in the shops for less than £100.
Until sensible prices appear, backed by some of the forthcoming mega games, floppy disks will still be the mainstay of the publishing industry.
2 As we specialise in music publishing we do not protect any of our software, the main effect the PCMCIA has had on our development is that our latest product (VideoMaster) will not work on the A600 or A1200 as it plugs into the expansion port. We have no plans for PCMCIA products except for a converter to allow A600 and A1200 users to use VideoMaster.
3 We are a registered developer but were affected by the mushroom syndrome with the A1200; we Digita International Jeremy Rihll Enthusiasm is, to say the least, one of the most refreshing things about Digita. Having recently emerged with a Format Gold for their Wordworth 2 word processor, it looks like Digita is a team on form. Although Jeremy's answer's are a little on the self- promotional side (after all, Amiga Format does reach more people than the average mag - see, we can do it tool), he has some interesting things to say about the possibilites for CD-ROM, and the A1200 (the analogy he
makes may startle a few people). It is also intriguing, in the light of what ASDG have to say on the subject of Commodore US, to see what Digita have to say about the same subject - check the brackets!
Against Software Theft) that we are prosecuting another Wordworth pirate, naturally the protection against copying is increasingly attractive.
2 PCMCIA is too expensive and the capacity [is] limited in the short and medium term - especially compared with CD-ROM. We will wait and see.
3 The A1200 is the best thing, from a serious publisher's point of view, Commodore have produced since the C64. It provides a high volume realistic hardware platform in its basic form and indicates that Commodore are willing to direct effort into the non-games market which, as they say on TV, will make a refreshing change.
4 More support for UK developers. Why does a US company, with non-US sales accounting for over 70% of overall revenues, ignore non-US developers? Follow Apple Computer, provide excellent support with heavy confidentiality agreements (Commodore US are paranoid about telling secrets to non-Americans). Apple charge a fortune, but it’s worth every penny. Also, provide a regular CD-ROM for all system software ef a (yes, like Apple).
I am hoping that with the A1200, Commodore UK may change their emphasis and get involved with non-games publishers. As for the public, maybe Commodore should stick to one PR agency and give the public continuity with the media.
5 Can’t say, except more improvements to Wordworth and maybe some more productivity type applications... (We’re also doing things for the Apple Macintosh and Windows.)
II think it [CD-ROM] will be a premier medium, I’m not sure about the premier medium.
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CD-ROM is a wonderful concept! It is inexpensive, easy to make and more importantly, it eliminates the concerns that we as developers have as it pertains to getting the most to the customer. Floppy disks are too small, they are prone to losing data and there is no real advance in this market. Now with Sony and several other makers spending time and money on making CD- Amiga Format's logo rendered by the excellent high- quality 3D-rendering system Imagine 2. Graphic really... ROM faster and even more dense, I think that the world of graphic communication is now upon us. Each and every computer
maker should make sure that they take great pains to incorporate CD-ROM into their product line even on the lowest end. With makers like Sega and Nintendo embracing this technology, it is apparent that CD-ROM makes good business sense.
Impulse has plans to develop several new products that will only work with a CD-ROM. Sorry, it is a bit too early to discuss these matters, but we are avid supporters of CD-ROM.
Smaller and faster hard drives are going to be the next big thing for lower-end computers. We support this for some of the same reasons that we support CD- ROM, the customer gets better performance and we can give them more for their spending dollar. As far as credit card type ROMs, they are not new, just in a different package. They are not as dense as we need them to be at the moment but they do represent an interesting form of software protection.
Commodore is a most interesting company. They have the A1200 and they also have a worldwide market that could take advantage of this computer. The question is how this computer is going to be marketed and where. The Euro-market is much different than here in the USA. At this point we are not sure what market CBM is going to spend their efforts on. The machine is very interesting, however, we are not aware of what plans CBM has to make it a success.
Europress Alexa Czechowski Most well known for their range of Fun School educational software, and for the AMOS programming language, Europress have a decent and consistant track record in Amiga software development. Alexa s answers were a little on the short side, but they do cover the essential matters.
The most interesting point raised here, and one which we all agree with whole-heartedly, is the one Alexa makes about the differences between consoles and computers; not only is this central to her business, it is also central to a growing appreciation of computer technology in the long run.
1 CD-ROM as a storage medium. We anticipate a steady increase in the number of CD-ROMs during the next 12 months, and see it becoming a major player in 1994.
2 PCMCIA: These would obviously reduce piracy, but we don’t see them taking much trade away from floppies, as they’re currently expensive to produce. [Like many others, Europress preceive PCMCIA as a storage format, which is essentially not really the right interpretation at all. A common error - Ed.] 3 Amiga 1200: All of our software will be compatible. We will make use of its 256 colour graphics - we already have these available from our PC software.
4 Commodore and the Amiga: We hope Commodore will push the advantages of a computer over a console, to try to reverse the trend away from computers, and show the consumers how much more they can do with a computer compared to a console. It's debatable whether the 1200 or even Atari’s Falcon have the specification to do this.
79 JANUARY 1993 5 Our plans for 1993: We will continue to publish Amiga software as long as there’s a market for it. Currently Amiga sales are still very buoyant but the PC is catching up rapidly. We’re also looking at the various CD formats - they have Digital Marketing International Mungo Amyatt Leir Digital International Marketing (DMI) is responsible for the publishing and distribution of Amiga games software from various publishers (Gem’X, PP Hammer, Sword of Honour, Bug Bomber). Once again we have a very positive view on CD-ROM, and once again we have a lack of committment to just when
the format might take a hold as the premier medium.
This is a very consistent theme amongst our respondents. It almost seems that many of the firms are waiting for someone else to take the first step with CD.
Iwe strongly believe that Cds will be the format of the future. However, what remains to be seen is which format will succeed out of CD-ROM, CD-i, CDTV, Sega MegaCD etc. There is no doubt that the vastly superior storage capacity of a CD means that any software developed specifically for a CD format will contain more graphics, better sound, and ideally more gameplay lasting interest. It also at this time (until CD read write drives become affordable!) Cuts piracy dead at a stroke. We have already released two CDTV titles, one of which, Global Chaos, is one of the first to properly utilise
CD-quality sound (dance music from Cold Cut) with state-of-the-art graphics. At this stage, the actual sales of CDTV software does not currently make it worthwhile investing in the development of new titles, but we will monitor the situation closely.
Certainly our long-term development plans (2-3 years) will include CD formats, if not specifically CDTV.
2 PCMCIA & IDE: Any move that will ultimately make hard drive storage cheaper (IDE) for the general public has to be good. Obviously, games designed for hard drives can offer more in the way of graphics and sound (look at the quality of some of the best PC games designed with hard drive owners only in mind). We already strive to make all our releases hard drive installable, and with more hard drive users we will be aiming to produce more games that use the benefit of a hard drive.
We do not see a viable market at this moment to produce games on PCMCIA.
3 Technically the A1200 is a great machine.
Whether new products will be developed to take advantage of its spec’ very much depends on the market size. If the machine sells in significant volume then we will be enhancing new releases for the 1200.
4 We would like to see continued support for the Amiga, and particular a continuation of the price- cuts to make the machine even more competitive against consoles and the ever-more-popular low-cost Pcs. We would also appreciate closer co-operation with Commodore over new Amiga models. For example, the launch of the A500 Plus was a disaster, with hardly any publishers being made aware of the machine in time to alter software that didn’t work.
DMI declined to reply to question 5.
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idea that hard disks are by their nature a good idea, rather than a feeling that IDE itself is a brilliant thing per se.
Either way, the answers are interesting, especially the final point.
Here’s the correct answers to your questions: 1 Although CD-ROM will pick up steam in 1993, especially on IBM PC clones and games machines (like the Sega and NES), its popularity as an Amiga peripheral will remain limited. Most current CDTV titles exist only because Commodore are financing their development, not because of the popularity of CDTV. SunRize has no plans for CD- ROM CDTV titles.
2 The PCMCIA slot on Commodore’s low-end Amigas is a great idea.
It gives developers an easy and powerful way to connect peripherals, not just ROM and RAM, to an Amiga. SunRize has plans for a PCMCIA peripheral.
The built-in IDE hard disk controllers on the A600 and A1200 are a step in the right direction. Obviously SCSI controllers would have been more flexible. For example, a SCSI interface on the A600 would have allowed A600 owners to plug in low cost CD-ROM drives coming out for the IBM PC market. This would have changed my answer to question 1.
The IDE controller on the 4000 was a major error since it is significantly slower than the 3000’s SCSI controller.
This makes the 4000 useless for running software like SunRize’s Studio-16 until omission on the Commodre flagship machine. Commodore releases their Zorro III SCSI controller.
3 The A1200 raises the base level of hardware capabilities in low-end Amigas. As a result SunRize will release software and hardware for the lower-end Amiga market with features previously available only to A3000 owners. Great news for the masses.
41 wouldn’t presume to tell Commodore what to do, but I’ll give it a shot. How about a DMA SCSI controller and DSP standard for all Amiga models? A re-targetable graphics library is desperately needed so third-party graphics cards can run on the Amiga. CDXL should be integrated into AmigaDOS and promoted by Commodore like QuickTime and Video For Windows are by Apple and Microsoft. And, as long as we’re dreaming, how about peer-to-peer networking built into AmigaDOS (like System 7 [on the Mac] or Windows for Workgroups [on the PC] has)? In fact, make it. Compatible with Windows for Workgroups
or Netware so I can network my Amigas and Pcs together.
5 SunRize builds digital audio products, and we have some really cool stuff for 1993. For example, Studio-16 version 3 will be released in 1993 and blows away similar Mac and PC audio software.
Ocean Software Colin Gordon Ocean is one of the most well- known of games software houses in the UK. Famed for film tie-ins such as Batman, Robocop, Hook and the forthcoming Cool World, this is a company with a distinguished pedigree. Colin Gordon is Ocean’s senior software manager, and as such he is responsible for overseeing many of the company’s projects. He also knows the industry and the machine like the back of his hand. Ocean are truly big players and deserve to be listened to. Take note especially of point five; this is the way that games design should be going. Point one is
tantalising as well; would Ocean ever conisder releasing hardware? Was this a slip of the keyboard, or just a wind-up?
II feel that CD-ROM could be the premier storage medium of ‘93. If a platform with CD as its primary medium is released at a suitable price point in high specification hardware, then it could clean up. However, at the moment Ocean do not intend to release such a machine, and I don’t know anyone else who might.
2 The PCMCIA card slot is a nice idea and we are trying to ensure that all of our software will take advantage of any memory located at this slot. When a non-volatile RAM card appears at a reasonable price, then we may allow the support to include saving games to this card. As for the IDE interface, well it’s about time Commodore made hard disk interfaces cheaper for the Amiga - now it’s free! We will be attempting to make all our A1200 software installable on hard disk next year.
3 We are currently working on enhanced versions of our most current releases for the A1200. They will feature 256-colour graphics where possible, and use the extra RAM to allow us to have a larger and higher quality samples. (I don’t think the 1200 has smoother scrolling!)
4 Commodore could reduce the price of the A600 to £99 and the 1200 to £199 - well, you did ask!
5 Ocean intends to develop products for the Amiga in two levels. We will produce a version that will run on any 1 Megabyte Amiga, and an A1200 version that will only work on the A1200 or A4000. The lead version will the A1200, and we will then produce a normal version from this. This means we can really enhance the design to allow for the extra capabilities on the new machine.
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AMIGA 500 PLUS 1MEG MEMORY UPGRADE £36.99 Just plugs in. No
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A500 500+ 1 2meg upgrade without dock £21.99 A500 500+ 1 2meg upgrade with dock & battery £24.99 Just plugs in. No soldering.Warranty unaffected.
AMIGA 600 1 meg upgrade + dock (unpopulated) £27.99 AMIGA 600 lmeg upgrade + clocli complete- now only £44.99 Just plugs in. No soldering.Warranty unaffected.
IVS PRINTER & MONITOR LEADS HARD DRIVES ACCELERATORS & EMULATORS SUPERB GVP HARD DRIVES GVP HD8 FOR A50O & 500+ - NO DRIVE £194.99 GVP SERIES II HC +52 Meg for A500 LIMTED AVAILABILITY GVP SERIES II Hr.*+ 120meg for A500 - now only £429.96 GVP SERIES II V *3+ 240meg for A500 - now only £699.99 The HD8 series li can accept either 1 or 2 or 4, 1 meg simms; OR 2, 4 meg simms.
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supply, cooling fan, m ini- expansion slot, SCSI hard disk controller & hard disk as specified above. The A530 run at 12MIPS com pared to standard Am iga’s 0.87MIPS GVP 68882 MATHS CO-PROCESSOR KIT for A530 COMBO £209.99 1 MEG SIMMS FOR GVP DRIVES £29.99 4MEGx9 SIMMS FOR GVP DRIVES £99.99 4MEG 32Brr SIMMS FOR A530 £199.99 GVP IMPACT EXTERNAL TWIN 51 4" HARD DRIVE CASE £174.99 COMMODORE A560 HARD DRIVE UPGRADES A590 40 meg SCSI upgrade -easy to fit £169.99 A590 1 20meg SCSI upgrade - easy to fit £349.99 A590 MEMORY CHIPS £29.99 M EG COMMODORE AMIGA 600 A 1200 HARD DRIVES We now stock a range of
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KCS POWER PC CARD FOR AMIGA 500 A 500 PLUS £199.99 KCS ABOVE without MS Dcw4 £189.99 KCS POWER PC EMULATOR CARD FOR AMIGA 600 £POA AMIGA 1500 2000 KCS ADAPTOR £64.99 VORTEX AT ONCE PLUS 286 PC EMULATOR FOR A500 £219.99 This is a 16M Hz PC card for the Am iga500,500+, 1500,2000, enabling your Am iga tp run PC software. No soldering installation; VGA, EGA & CGA PC graphics m odes supported; runs as a task on the Am iga; supports hard drives.80287 socket.
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486 PC CARD AVAILABLE SOON £P0A NEW GVP HARD DRIVES GVP HD8 SERIES II40MEG HARD DRIVE FOR A500 £299.99 G VP HD8 SERIES II80MEG HARD DRIVE FOR A500 £379.99 GVP HC8 SERIES II40 MEG HARD DRIVE FOR A1500 2000 £229.99 nay hava changa 4-11-92 AMP1 1.8m PARALLEL PRINTER LEAD £9.99 AMP2 3m PARALLEL PRINTER LEAD £12.99 AMP3 5m PARALLEL PRINTER LEAD £16.99 MF1 25WAY MALE -F EMALE LEAD 2m LONG £10.99 MM1 25WAY MALE -MALE LEAD 2m LONG £10.99 MM2 36W MALE -MALE LEAD 2m LONG £12.99 PRINTER SHARER 2 WAY INC LEAD £27.99 2 PIECE UNIVERSAL PLASTIC PRINTER STAND £7.99 UNIVERSAL METAL PRINTER STAND & PAPER HOLDER
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MOUSE & JOYSTICK EXTENSION KIT FOR PLINTH 1 & 2 £7.99 pair MONITOR TILT SWIVEL BASE for upto 14' monitors or Tvs £10.99 L HEAVY DUTY SWIVEL BASE FOR UPTO 17'TVs £12.99 .
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SIMPLE TO FIT • NO SOLDERING. ..... Orfy £27.99 (excl roms) Fitting invalidates computer warranty unlessf Bed by us Filing charge£15.CO Please stae which you have Amiga when ordering ROM SWITCH & 1.3 ROM only £54.99 ROM SWITCH & 2.01 ROM only £64.99 SPECIAL OFFER EDUCATIONAL COMPENttUM 6 . STEREO SAMPLER 2 NOW ONLY £34.99 Our Superb sounding STEREO SAM’LER 2 uses an expensve stae cf the art AO chip which samples so fast, t captures every detail of the sound. Easily adjusted level contrd, connecting lead supplied Fully compaible wth all popular sam pling software FREE STEREO
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2way - £24.99 3way - £27.99 4way - £29.99 MIRACLE' MUSIC KEYBOARD SYSTEM "The Piano that teaches you how to play" Includes 4 octave FULL SIZE Keyboard, lOOInarument sounds 4 effects 'Artfcial intelligence1 software fa the Am Iga whch cuSom ses the lessons to each individual LEARN & HAVE FUN AT THE SAME TIME.
Our price £279.96 save £20.00 TWO WAY SCART SWITCH £17.99 This com pact switch box converts meat Tvs 4 Tv montors to DUAL SCART INPUT. Thus you can connect your Am iga 4 your VCR tothe one scart socket on your Tv A push titton swtch selects input one or input two - ie VCR or compiler RGB, Audio 4 Video inputs are swtched. Also sutabefor connecting satellite receivers (VCR can then recob direct from satelltet. Whilst watching Nor saellte a A32DAIRBUS .. ASHES CF THE EMPIRE AQUATIC GAMES BBC MATCH OF THE DAY BIRDS CF PREY CHAMPICNSHIP MANGERS CARL LEWIS CHALLENGES CRAZY CARS
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MOUSE JOYSTICK PORT SWITCH £12.99
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..£37.99 MOUSE
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35'DRIVE HEAD CLEANER .:.....£4 99 Use regularly for greater reliability ULTIMATE PRO ANALOGUE JOYSTICK Superb low ccatsmodh acton Analogue jcystck wth fire button ontheend, plus treatable Xi Y trimmers, Miaosvtchfire buttons; autcfire (not all games support autcfirel Ideal fa flight simuiaorsetc (Net all games support analogue joysticks) Only £19.99 UNIT 1, 253 NEW WORKS RD, BRADFORD UK BD12 OQP SALES |0274 69 11 15 TAX 0274 60 01 50 ACCESS, VISA, SWITCH, DELTA CONNECT AMERICAN EXPRESS SEAL n TYPE' TYPE THRU KEYBOARD SKIH.
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8833 1084 MONITOR ... £7.99
SWIFT 9 LC200 PRINTER .....£7.99
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Manchester-based Ocean, US Gold played a big part in the rise and rise of the Amiga as the UK’s premier home computer.
Tony Bickley is one of US Gold’s major product managers, and as such he should have a great deal to say about the future of games, of the software industry and of the Amiga. Take note especially of his views on hard disk installation, CD-ROM and on US Gold’s desires for Commodore in the future.
Iat the moment we do not feel that CD-ROM will have a big enough user-base to be regarded as the premier media of 1993. But we do however, intend to develop for CD-ROM if the game enhancements justify the extra cost.
2 PCMCIA and IDE are not likely to affect US Gold’s immediate development plans. There are no plans to make our games hard disk installable as a standard (it will be reviewed on a ‘game by game' process - Indy being a prime example).
3 Yes, we do intend to utilise the enhanced specifications of the A1200 in future developments.
4 Maintaining upgrade compatibility across future machine releases.
Mindscape Richard Leinfellner Mindscape has moved from being a small, shiney, new and breathy affair into a software house which can pack some punch. This is also a software house that likes to keep up the pace of change. Once again the IDE hard disk crops up in a very positive light - Mindscape’s experience with the PC world is more than a passing factor here, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t reap some of the rewards from this archaic technology as well. Also of interest is what Mindscape have to say about the A1200 and future developments.
2 IDE drives are a very good upgrade path for the Amiga user, we have three upgraded 1200 machines in our office.
I would like all multi-disk games to be hard disk installable. This has not been the case, although some of our larger titles such as Wing Commander and Ultima VI do have this facility. The main problem is lack of available RAM on the A500 and A600 once the operating system has taken its share, most programmers resolve this by kicking out the O S. With the O S gone, hard disk support becomes almost impossible, but when we worked to support a 512K base it was the only option. With the new l-2Mb base machines and falling RAM prices, I anticipate more of our titles to be hard disk installable
but 1Mb RAM only. As for the PCMCIA slot, we do have a RAM expansion for this slot but I always worry about accidentally knocking the card out of it and I still have to get used to the idea of 4Mb of RAM on a credit card.
3 We will start developing special A1200 versions of software early next year. The ‘AA’ chip set is what the Amiga has been in need of for some time, I would have been happier if it had come out sooner.
4 We have very good relations with Commodore and receive regular updates on new software and hardware, so from a development standpoint they are a great company to work with. I would like them to drop their prices on the A1200 and bring out the hard disk version as soon as possible to maximise sales of this great machine.
51 am looking forward to developing more CD software for all systems.
- vO vO UJ Gremlin I an Stewart Gremlin have always been a
company that was able to produce reasonable games like Jack
Nicklaus Golf, and Lotus III. They have recently undergone a
change, however, with games such as the hugely popular Zool
and the eagerly awaited Premier Manager.
It is Zool that has caused the biggest stir outside of the console world. A fast-paced, all-action outing obviously aimed at Sonic the Hedgehog in feel. So, being the form team' at the moment, Gremlin are well worth taking a close look at. The most interesting point to note, here, is what Ian Stewart has to say about hard disk installable games, and how he is looking forward to the growth in CD-ROM.
Ithe CD-ROM will not be a premier storage medium in 1993, however it will have a greater presence than it does at the moment.
2 Due to the relatively high cost of the PCMCIA card we at the present moment in the time have no plans for this media. However, wherever possible all future releases will be hard drive installable.
3 We as a company will be supporting the A1200.
This commitment can be seen as our A1200 enhanced version of Zool soon to be released.
4 We would like to see Commodore continue to aggressively price the Amiga as they continue to advance its technical qualities.
5 Looking towards 1993 4 and beyond we as a company feel that CD platforms must become the major formats for the entertainment software industry and to this end we shall push to reach the challenges presented to us.
Psygnosis Ian A Grieve It's Lemmings 2 and it's one of the most successful games on any format in any time.
But not as much as this... Microcosm is a joint Commodore and Pysgnosis project... Zool set Gremlin up as a software house to be reckoned with. It was also the kick-start that the Amiga needed to begin the all-out action against those glorified toys, the consoles.
...based on Inner Space and Fantastic Journey, it he been written for CD only, but when will it appear?
When you're famed for your flight sims, surely a hard drive and a faster processor are good news? MicroProse are being a little cagey... MicroProse have always been known for big games; simulations. The parent company in the United States is also one of the oldest and most revered in the software industry. The UK branch of this outfit has. This year, started to program its own games. Aside from the consoles, MicroProse are major players in all of the formats. This means that their opinions on factors affecting the Amiga should be read with some care. Take note especially of the points raised
regarding PCMCIA and MicroProse’s desires for Commodore’s plans for the Amiga.
Iwe think that CD-ROM will definitely ‘arrive’ during 1993 but that it will not dominate until the following year.
2 PCMCIA is a great innovation for combating piracy but we’re hoping that the cards will become more cost-effective before planning special games with it.
3 We are impressed by the potential of the new machine but will be waiting to hear Commodore’s plans for the inclusion of a hard disk before scheduling 1993 product.
4 Following our above comment we think that an A1200 with a hard disk would be the best thing that Commodore could do for the Amiga market next year.
5 Continue our aim of producing a wider variety of even better quality games for a growing number of formats and users.
MicroProse Alison Fennah Here's a software house that is extremely significant to the future of the Amiga. Psygnosis are one of the big seven UK developers and, as such, have worked closely with Commodore over the last year. Partly because Lemmings is a game that has as high a profile for the Amiga as Sonic and Mario, and partly because they are firmly committed to CD, Psygnosis' opinions matter.
Since the launch and outrageous success of Lemmings, the Liverpool-based firm have gone from strength to strength (and have been much copied). It is now clear that they and Commodore are collborating in Microcosm, a CD-only game based on the movies Fantastic Voyage and Inner Space.
Their answers reflect this. Their views on IDE and PCMCIA smack slightly of a fence-sitting attitude, but this is not widely different from many of the other answers we have printed in this article.
Iyes, for the following reasons.
Production costs of about $ 1 per unit for 660Mb. Storage capacity versus price previously unheard of.
Non-pirateable on a wide scale (ever tried downloading 600Mb from a bulletin board?)
Embrace CD-ROM as an entirely new type of game platform in that the vast quantities of storage can provide the ability to (produce? Create? See?)
Astounding graphics, sound and animation on one loadable medium.
The scope of production has now widened due to the memory restraints being lifted. The only limitation is the hardware itself (data throughput and graphic handling).
2 The main concerns for a software production are to provide users with a game they want, in a way that is the most comfortable to use whilst maintaining a level of protection against piracy. New advances are always accommodated by Psygnosis but if we lose an increased revenue due to further piracy then the use of PCMCIA and IDE may well be re-considered.
3 Psygnosis is renowned for the quality of our games pushing the machine to its limits, any advances in hardware platforms are welcomed by us and we will continue to push to the limits of the capacity of the 1200.
4 Continued support of CD-ROM; adaptability of the Amiga and to promote the advantages of a computer versus a console (the main one being versatility; games, art, music, business on machine versus just games!)
5 Continued support of a thriving and healthy floppy platform [releasing on disks] and evolving games to the next generation that CD-ROM provides.
Right to reply - this month Kelly Sumner of Commodore UK Kelly Sumner became Commodore UK's managing director earlier this year, but before then he was in charge of marketing the UK's favourite home computer. He has strong opinions, and a strong market knowledge of the machine. We faxed him the replies to our questions and awaited his thoughts. Here they are... JANUARY 1993 for official status] are they the people who should be developing for the Amiga? If we said it was free to everyone we would get 1.4 million people asking for it.
As far as point two is concerned, myself and one or two members of CBM have tried to get as close as we can to the development community. It is difficult, with the resources we have, to get close to everyone; I apologise if we haven’t got round to you. If you are a developer you can get in touch with us via E-mail. I know this means that you don’t get the warm soothing voice of Commdore, but the answers are there.
As far as our plans for the future are concerened; I already know what we’re doing, and I’m quite pleased with it. Unlike other other companies, we do not announced plans six months ahead and The A1200; built by Commodore UK in assoda- then miss deadlines. Tion with the UK's software developers.
“I think that 1993 will be the first big year of CD-ROM. If anybody believes that we will continue happliy producing 3.5 disks and ROM carts they haven’t got a clue about the financial Implications. CD- ROM is the only way forward.
PCMCIA is going to prove itself, but you won’t get software for it. You will see it used for RAM and hard disks, and as user interface for numerous peripherals. You won’t see software appearing on it.
As far as 1200 development is concerned there are obviously going to be the people who go to the market and those who just wait for it to come to them. The people sitting on the fence will be the losers. You have to go out and get it. Those people who go out and make the most of it will be the winners. We knew it was going to be a success.
I read with interest the comments made about us; two basically grabbed my attention; one was that we shouldn’t charge people for being an offficial Commodore developer; point two was that we should be more vocal.
To be fair we are looking at charging. As a developer, once they have developed for a machine, Commodore don’t at this moment in time charge a royalty like Sega and Nintendo. The charge is there to cut the riff raff out and make sure that the good developers get through. If you can’t afford £100 a year [which Kelly tells us is the cheapest sum which developers have to pay Ino. We don't feel that CD-ROM will be the premier storage medium of 1993... we think it will come into its own in 1994. To this end we have made a significant investment in a CD development department in the US; currently
hard at work researching and evaluating the different CD platforms.
2 Yes we will be looking to have future releases hard disk installable and operating system legal. PCMCIA at the moment is not something we’re concerned with, but once the CD-ROM medium is established then it would undoubtedly be of more importance.
Electronic Arts is one of the thoroughbreds of the software world. The parent company in the United States has just has a successful year and released some quality games.
The UK has not flagged either. EA's most obvious addition to the Amiga user's arsenal, however, must be the monstrously successful Deluxe Paint series. Electronic Arts are firmly behind the Amiga, and this is reflected in the answers printed here. However, point four should not only be read by you with some interest, it should also be taken on board by Commodore itself.
Electronic Arts Simon Jeffeiy CHRISTMAS IS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR... Datel, Domark, Great Valley Products, Gold Disk, Gordon Harwood, ICD, Millennium, NewTek, Oxxi Aegis, Progressive Peripherals, Rombo, Sierra, Supra Corp, Virgin Games, and ZCL Calculus, either didn't receive our faxes or were too busy with the monumental workload that Christmas flings at everybody in the Amiga industry to reply. We hope that they will respond in the next few months.
Please remember that if you have any opinions on the future of your machine, write (or fax us) with them at the following address; Amiga Format, Amiga Opinions, 30 Monmouth St, Bath, Avon Bat 2BW. The fax number is 0225 446019.
3 Yes Electronic Arts is very committed to the Amiga. Take as proof the fact that we have developed the first Amiga 1200 specific product - D Paint IV AG A. We are also developing other products to take advantage of the new hardware.
4 The Amiga computers need to adopt ‘add-ons’ as standard, such as hard drives. Software is becoming ever-more complex, and disk-swapping and long load times will no longer be tolerated by the consumer who can buy a 486PC for 800 quid, or a 16-bit console for less than £150.
5 Electronic Arts is looking to continue its expansion into 1993 and to continue producing software of the high calibre that ensured we were voted Software Publisher of the Year at the last Industry Dinner.
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"Premier Manager convincingly boots other football management games into touch" - AMIGA ACTION Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd., Carver House, 2-4 Carver Street, Sheffield SI 4FS.Tel: 0742 753423 TEL: 0446 421316 7-8 Sully View Ty Verlon Industrial Estate Barry CF6 3BE FLOPPY DISKS FAX: 0446 420404 BRANDED DISKETTES MITSUBISHI DATALIFE BRAND 10 DISKS 20 DISKS 50 DISKS MD2D 5.25" DSDD 48 TPI £0.42 £0.41 £0.40 MD2DD 5.25" DSDD 96 TPI £0.69 £0.68 £0.65 MD2HD 5.25" DSHD 96 TPI 1.6MB £0.63 £0.62 £0.60 MF2DD 3.5" DSDD 1MB £0.52 £0.51 £0.50 MF2HD 3.5" DSHD 2MB £1.06 £0.99 £0.95 MF2ED 3.5" DSED 4MB
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HAND HELD SCANNER £239.95 PERIPHERALS ROCGEN PLUS £120.00 A500
1 2MB UPGRADE £29.95 A500+ 1MB UPGRADE £39.95 A600 1MB UPGRADE
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UNIT £42 95 PHILIPS CM8833 14" COLOUR MONITOR £215.00 GOLDSTAR
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THE JUMPING BEAN CO.
Or... Oh Big Ears why are Noddy books so much cooler than Thunder Birds, The Magic Roundabout, The Prisoner, The Avengers and all the rest of that naff nostalgia AMIGA FORMAT, in concert with a new software house called the Jumping Bean Company present the Noddy & Big Ears competition to beat all Noddy and Big Ears competitions. This is your chance to win 10 complete sets of Enid Blyton's best. That’s 10 chances to win 24 Noddy books.
These books detail the life of one of Britain's most loved and, at the same time, most controversial heroes, Noddy. This bell-behatted young turk and his mentor Big Ears have made Toytown (and probably part of your childhood) their own. The books are classics without a doubt.
So what do you have to do to win?
On this page you will see two pictures starring those age-old (but now up-to-date) favourites.
Noddy and Big Ears. All we want you to do is to spot 10 (electronically produced) differences between the two pictures.
Time in Amiga Format, and this time we're teaming up with Software Business and giving you the chance to win one of two Casio keyboards, and the new sequencing package, Rave.
With some impressive features such as 32 tracks of both MIDI and internal samples, and a real-time score notator, Rave is a sequencer which has something to offer both musicians and nonmusicians alike.
To set a couple of Amiga Format readers on their way to musical stardom. Software Business are offering two brilliant Casio MIDI keyboards as prizes in our marvellous competition. Not only that, but the two winners and 10 runners-up will win a copy of the excellent new sequencing package Rave as well.
So how do you enter? Simply read the five cunning questions on the right, then write the answers down on the back of a postcard or sealed envelope.
Send it to: Shut-up-and-rave-Alex! Competition 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
Make sure it arrives by January 10 1993.
The Questions: What was the name of the song, featuring a Casio VL- Tone keyboard, which got to number 2 in the charts of 1982?
1 Doo doo doo 2 Dum dum dum 3 Da da da 4 Dee dee dee Which other popular Amiga sequencing package is available from Software Business?
1 Music-W 2 Music-X 3 Music-Y 4 Music-Z Which popular cartoon duo of the early Eighties was the subject of a recent rave hit?
1 Strawberries and Creem 2 Roobarb and Custard 3 Semoleena and Jam 4 Jellee and Ice Cream Is MIDI: 1 A means of communication between electronic musical instruments?
2 A type of Pampers nappy?
3 A type of van?
4 All of the above?
Shut Up and Dance’s song ‘Raving, I’m Raving’ upset which sad Michael Bolton clone?
1 Marc Cohn 2 Curtis Stigers 3 Richard Marx 4 Michael Bolton RULES
1) No employees of Future Publishing or Software Business are
allowed to enter this competition.
2) The editor's decision is final, and no correspondence will
be entered into regarding the competition.
3) Anyone who admits to being a Michael Bolton fan will be
immediately excluded.
Why soldier on with a noisy printer, when you can find peace, perfect peace, with a Panasonic QuietPrinter?
A printer that’s not only quieter than many lnkjets, but, in independent tests, measured only 3.5dBA louder than the official rating for a ‘quiet office’. In fact, you can hold a telephone conversation while it’s printing right next to you.
There are three QuietPrinters in the range: two of them with a high quality colour printing option. And all of them with 600 other points in their favour.
V This is because we’re ' .offering a free limited Sjf edition of SuperPrint Windows soft- package (the full edition KX-P2624 • 24-Pin wide carriage • Sound level less than 44dBA • 1 SLQ, 7LQ and 3 draft fonts • 240 cps Draft, 80 LQ and 40 cps SLQ • LCD Front Panel • 4 Paper paths, push pull tractors, paper parking.
Normally retails at £99) with every QuietPrinter*. Enabling you to print in any type size from 4 to 600 point, and with open font architecture so you can use existing industry standard font packages.
Anyone can set up a QuietPrinter, to produce superb results, with any PC. It’s remarkably easy to operate and has paper handling features which make it incredibly versatile.
As for running costs, like the noise level, they’re much lower than other types of printer technology.
If you like the sound of the QuietPrinter range, Freefone 0800 444220 or fax 0344 853707, and we’ll tell you how to keep it all quiet on Panasonic the printing front. Printers Public sector customers may purchase at preferential terms from H.M.S.O. Contact 0603 695557. Distributed by: Micro Peripherals Ltd (0254) 871717 or Tjl (0256) 707070. Ingram Micro UK Ltd (0908) 260422. ZCL (0543) 414817. Frontline Distribution Ltd (0256) 463344. Omnilogic International Ltd (0483) 723411. Northamber Pic (081) 391 4100. Intac Data Systems Ltd (0709) 547177 or (041) 353 5070 and some branches of Dixons.
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I ,yS FINALLY ARRI Pl) The latest addition to the new technology Amiga range following on the heels of the A600 and A4000, the A1200 is the "AMIGA FOR THE NINETIES". This is a high performance machine featuring a 32-bit processor, AA chipset, 256,000 on screen colours from a palette of 16.8 million and for those requiring additional capacity the machine offers a PCMCIA memory card socket and internal IDE hard drive interface.
AMIGA A1200 1200 STANDARD FEATURES
• 68020 Processor
• 2Mb Chip RAM
• AA Chipset
• Alpha-numeric keypad £3992 PCMCIA Slot
3. 5" Internal Floppy Built-in TV modulator Free 12 Months
At-Home Maintenance FREE Amiga Challenge 3 Superb Games
International Sports Challenge A masterpiece of 3D simulation
covering 6 competitive sports with 21 events, the most
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barrelled shotguns. Cycling Stunning 3D vectors and
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bad guys. With the funkiest, punkiest music in town and
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I AMIGA CDTV MULTI MEDIA PACK The all new Amiga Multi Media value pack is only available from Calculus. Another first for the UK's largest computer group.
• Amiga CDTV • CDTV Keyboard
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Software • CDTV Wired Mouse
• CDTV Welcome Disk • Fred Fish Disk FREE Hutchinsons
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£49912 CALCULUS PRICE
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The CDTV-HD unit boasts a massive 65Mb of hard disk storage with lightning fast access times through its SCSI interface. The unit comes complete with Workbench 1.3 and all necessary cables.
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FREE SOFTWARE PACK CONTAINS
• Amiga A600 single drive
• Built in TV Modulator
• 1Mb memory
• Push Over
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• Grand Prix
• Deluxe Paint III
• Mouse and Manuals AWARD WINNERS PACK
• Space Ace worth €45.93
• Kickoff 2 worth £25.53
• Pipemania worth £25.53
• Populous worth £25.53 £122.52 FREE £34922 RRP £494.49 CALCULUS
PRICE Includes Award Winners ZAPSAC & T-SHIRT Epic pack. Epic
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Epic, Rome and Myth software titles set the flavour of this pack, with Trivial Pursuits Language Lab edition (in three languages), Deluxe Paint III (for amazing computer graphics) and the Amiga Text wordpro' providing the creative educational element.
Add to that an Amiga with a built in 20Mb Hard Disk and you've got a fabulous Amiga package deal. For even greater value we've included the Award Winners software pack, crucial 'Zapsac' Amiga carry case and zippy 'Zappo' T-Shirt.
PACK CONTAINS: FREE SOFTWARE AWARD WINNERS PACK
• Space Ace worth £45.93
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• Pipemania worth £25.53
• Populous worth £25.53 £122.52 FREE Includes Award Winners
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• Amiga A600HD (20Mb Hard Disk)
• Built in TV Modulator
• Mouse and Manuals
• 1Mb Memory
• EPIC, Rome, Myth, Trivial Pursuits (language lab edition),
Amiga Text, Deluxe Paint III.
£49922 RRP £644.49 CALCULUS PRICE AWARD WINNERS PACK FREE ONLY WITH THE AMIGA A600 - EPIC AND WILD, WEIRD & WICKED PACKS NEW CONCEPT STORES 3 new Calculus stores open in October designed to be the ultimate Commodore Centres.
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Just arrived in the UK, the first of a whole new generation of peripherals to use the A600's advanced tech- ALLCALCULU' OFFERS ARE FORTHEN NTH OF PUBLICATIOt ONLY nology.
A neat credit card size module it simply slips into the slot on the side of your Amiga and instantly you have 2Mb of additional FASTRAM.
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CALCULUS PRICE CALCULUS PRICE 2Mb card CALCULUS 4Mb card R YOUR LOCAL STORE... PHONE 0543 851275... FOR YOUR LOCAL STORE...: AMIGA ZAPPO EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE AMIGA 1084s STEREO PREVIOUS CALCULUS PRICE 65Mb £349.99 RRP £299.99 £29933 SPECIAL OFFER CALCULUS PRICE Flagship of the exciting new Zappo range, the Zappo A500 500+ hard drive provides speed, power and capacity at an exceptional price.
Up to 8Mb of fast RAM expansion, SCSI and IDE Hard Drive compatible, the Zappo Hard Drive comes with a superfast 40Mb Hard Drive for only £299.99 or a massive 65Mb Hard Drive for only £349.99 or save £50 with special offer. • Auto Booting - upto 8Mb fast RAM expansion
• SCSI throughport for additional expansion
• Mouse button game switch • 12 months Warranty.
PREVIOUS CALCULUS PRICE j40Mb £29 T99“ SPECIAL OFFER Commodore's original and bestselling stereo monitor is fully compatible with all Amiga products and gives your system the total Commodore look.
With our new Calculus price the 1084s has never been better value. • Stereo Sound • High Resolution Display
• Ergonomic Design • Full Amiga Connectivity pack
• Compatible with all Amiga products £1891 MASSIVE PRICE
REDUCTION MONITOR ZAPSAC & T-SHIRT The new Zappo high
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of serious applications and high performance games to be
unleashed. The Zappo 601 is supplied with 512K RAM and is fully
upgradable to 1Mb.
• Optional Battery Backed Clock • Enable Facility • Socketed
Design for easy user upgradability • 12 months Warranty.
£2922 ZAPPO EXTERNAL 3.5" DRIVE MULTISTART
- ROM SHARER WITH 1.3 ROM SPECIAL OFFER PREVIOUS CALCULUS PRICE
£54.99 The MultiStart II allows you to install Kickstart V2.0
and V1.3 ROMs into your computer and switch between them with
the keyboard. You can also install a third ROM on the
MultiStart
II. Being able to switch between 1.3 and 2.0 allows you to stay
compatible with all your older software that won't operate
under the new operating system. It's easy to install, with no
external wires or switches required.
Includes 1.3 ROM A superb quality external floppy disk drive for all Amiga computers. Featuring a low profile 880K formatted capacity drive with enable disable switch and full daisy chain capability.
Another product in the exciting new Zappo range of computer peripherals. _____ "s E£o jUST PRESEW tvbsmnJJ .
7J TH AMIGA PANASONIC KX-P2180 featiihihk WORKBENCH 2 KICKSTART2 CALCULUS PRICE MMMW PREVIOUS CALCULUS PRICE £529.99 AMIGA 1500 BUNDLES CALCULUS PRICE CALCULUS PRICE CALCULUS PRICE A 500
• AMIGA 1500 'CALCULUS' STARTER PACK Amiga 1500 Dual Drive, 1Mb
RAM Mouse, Manuals and Amiga DOS.
• THE WORKS - PLATINUM EDITION A full integrated software package
with Word Processor (inc. English Dictionary) Spreadsheet and
Database Package
• DELUXE PAINT III Probably the best paint package available,
allowing you to display your hidden talents. This award winning
software allows you to paint, design or animate.
• HOME ACCOUNTS Home accounts with budgeting, forecasting and
graphics.
• ELF You will encounter Cornelius the Elf on your travels in
the mystical lands of Gooks and Goblins. Weird villainous
creatures and devious puzzles test your gameplay techniques and
gnostic powers.
• TOKI The arcade sensation that swept the world. Toki has been
transformed into a monkey by the evil wizard. He must now try
to regain his manhood and rescue his beloved princess Miho.
Join Toki on his mythical adventure, full of demons and deadly
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• PUZZNIC A puzzle game to top them all. It's fast, furious and
devilishly addictive With 144 levels, the action never stops.
SPECIAL OFFER AMIGA 1500 HARD DISK PRINTER PACK Add a Panasonic KX-P2180 Quiet Colour Printer to our 1500 Hard Disk Pack and enter the world of Amiga Desktop Publishing and colour graphic printing, wordprocessing and much, much more.
AMIGA 1500 HARD DISK PACK Take an Amiga 1500 Starter Pack, add a Quantum 52Mb Hard Disk and be able to run all the best Amiga games and business software.
* £46932 £79922 £96922 VISION The new Panasonic KX-P2180 9 pin
quiet colour printer. Produces crisp clear text in mono or in 7
glorious colours with new quiet technology. The new KX-P2180 is
typically 15dBA quieter in operation, than the competition.
• Fast Printing Speeds 192CPS Draft and 38 CPS NLQ
• Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green, yellow,
violet, magenta and black)
• QuietPrinting Super quiet 45-48dBa sound level (most matrix
printers are typically in excess of 60dBA)
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• 1 Year Warranty For total peace of mind £199-22 The new high
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offers leading edge quiet printing technology at an affordable
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• Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS draft, 64 CPS LQ and 32 CP SLQ.
• Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue, red, green, yellow,
violet, magenta and black)
• QuietPrinting Super quiet 43.5-46kBA sound level (most matrix
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FOR THOSE EXTRA GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS zappo t_ sh,rt Like V“* your Amiga, it's got total street cred!
SONY DSDD 3.5" High quality diskettes for use with Pcs and Amiga computers.
40 3.5" DISKBOX To store up to 40 floppy disks.
PYTHON JOYSTICK With unique Ergonomic Bio-Grip.
MAVERICK JOYSTICK Featuring dual player switch.
AMIGA QS 102 Best value microswitched joystick on the market.
ZIPSTICK U.K's best selling joystick.
WARRIOR 5 Top selling microswitched PC joystick.
' ZAPSAC lOP Give your I i%s Amiga portability.
SONY DSHD 3.5" Diskettes Top quality disks for use with Pcs only.
INTRUDER 1 JOYSTICK Unique omnidirectional grip and dual speed turbo fire.
AVIATOR 1 The ultimate yoke style joystick.
HAPPY MOUSE Amiga ST mouse with free mouse mat.
PC JOYSTICK+CARD Quickshot QS 113 Joystick and interface card in 1 pack.
ANALOGUE EDGE The ultimate analogue PC joystick.
I O MOUSE With free mouse mat and mouse house ZAPPO AMIGA FLOPPY DRIVE External 3.5" disk drive for use with all Amigas.
ZAPPO 601 RAM EXPANSION Load bigger and better software with this expandable 512K memory board. With or without Battery Backed Clock.
DISKBOX+80 BULK DISKS Diskbox containing 80 unbranded 3.5" DSDD disks.
MULTISTART II ROM SHARER Run the latest and earlier Amiga software, easy to install, simple to use. Complete with ”1.3 Kickstart".
, DISKBOX 80 BRANDED DISKS Diskbox containing 80 high quality SONY 3.5" DSDD disks.
ROCTEC GENLOCK - cost effective video overlay for all Amigas - Great for those home movies.
2Mb RAM SMART- CARDS 2Mb memory upgrade for your A600 600HD 1200 - Installed in seconds, last a lifetime!
BODEGA BAY External expansion system for the A500 - available now at half-price!
.Q O CBM 64 & 1541C iS* ... Commodore 64 & Disk Drive complete with super software selection.
4Mb RAM SMAHTCARDS 4Mb memory upgrade for your A600 600HD 1200 - Installed in seconds, last a lifetime!
SOUND COMMANDER GOLD & SPEAKERS Sound sampling, unbelievable stereo sounds - the best possible buy for your PC this Christmas.
GOLDSTAR 4905 TV MONITOR Excellent TV Monitor with full remote control for C64, Amiga & CDTV.
AMIGA 1084S STEREO MONITOR Superb Stereo Monitor designed for the Amiga range of computers.
PANASONIC KX-P2180 BEST BUY - High Quality 9-pin dot matrix printer with full colour capability.
NOT ALL PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE AT EVERY CALCULUS STORE - PLEASE PHONE THE CALCULUS DATABASE 0543 251275 IF YOU NEED HELP IN SOURCING A PRODUCT C O ¦' ZAPPO _cC EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE Loads of storage, lightning speed, choice of 40 or 65Mb hard disks, for the A500 & A500plus.
PANASONIC KX-P2123 Amazing quality, incredibly fast - 24 pin colour printing with over 152,000 font configurations!
1 AMIGA ' A600 Wild, Weird & Wicked Pack - see inside for details.
A570 DRIVE External CD drive for the A500 & A500plus. With free Lemmings and Hutchinsons games.
AMIGA CDTV See front cover for details. With free Lemmings and Hutchinsons games.
AMIGA CDTV 65Mb EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE The only one available for the CDTV - a must for the serious CDTV user.
RhU'Z AMIGA A600HD ' Trt t'j5 Amiga A600HD Epic
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SONY LAZER LIBRARY & FOC GULF WAR DISK External CD drive for Pcs with an amazing range of Cds included - very fast.
SOUND COMMANDER MPC KIT The all singing, all dancing most amazing CD drive and sound upgrade pack for your PC.
AMIGA CDTV MULTIMEDIA PACK Superb Multi Media setup for the home - see front cover for details.
AMIGA 1500 STARTER PACK Amazing value for money Amiga pack complete with software - see inside for details.
PRICE INCREASES Due to the significant devaluation of the Pound Sterling against the US Dollar it is inevitable that the majority of Commodore Hardware and peripherals will increase in price.
Increases will be substantial and will occur without notice. Calculus Stores are likely to be the last to be affected due to our substantial stockholding, please check with your local dealer if in any doubt.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE Screenplay Who's afraid of Amiga Format? This Christmas it looks like plenty of software houses have either forgotten to hand in their games, or they're just simply avoiding us. Why?
Because we tell it like it is, that's why... You'd have to be nuts to think about buying a console these days, now the new A1200 is here, yet people do, every day. These misguided souls are under the illusion it's cool and cred to own one of these cut-down, half-pint hand-helds. How sad. If only they'd stop to think for one minute, they'd realise there are over 3,000 games for the Amiga, while the console market would be lucky to stump up more than 700 - on all formats!
Maybe that's the problem - there are too many games to consider; too much of a choice to make. They need the warmth and security of a tiny-minded, mainstream bunch of mass-market pap, while Amiga owners prefer to romp through the wealth of entertainment software that their machine can use. But then they know the secret... IS EVERYONE A CHRISTMAS WINNER?
It's a little-known fact, that for every Amiga owner, there's a special organisation fighting for their rights and championing their cause. An organisation that isn't scared to hit the software houses between the eyes and say 'that's crap', when it's true. An organisation that isn't prepared to re-heat the garbage that the softies serve up and plop it on your table. An organisation that won't review half-finished games hoping they, God willing, turn into half-way decent ones before the mag goes on sale.
Nigel Mansell's World Championship Here's one game that did make it to the finishing line in time for Christmas, but Gremlin are probably wishing we weren't there to welcome it home. So what did we think of the most-hyped game of the year? Is it as spell-binding as Nigel Mansell's romp to victory? Will it last as long in the playability stakes as it did in the warm-up?
We take Mansell's World Championship for a spin and bring you the Top Gear-style report. For the full picture, turn to Page 102 And the name of this peculiarly devoted organisation? Amiga Format, who else?
THE REVIEWERS 101 As '92 fades into the sunset, we pose the question 'What was the best game of the year?'
TIM SMITH JANUARY 1993 It's still Monkey Island 2, but I’d like to be radical and stick my vote down for The Manager. It's the best football simulation I've ever seen.
ANDY NUTTALL Putty. Because it's not crap, it's playable, got marvellous graphics and sound, and it's about the stuff you stick around window frames really.
PAT MCDONALD I thought they were all crap actually. Not a single game worth the money they're charging. Except of course for Eye of the Beholder 2 GARY LORD PushOver. I remember spending an afternoon, with a young friend, playing it to death. More fun than a packet of Quavers, and no mistake.
MARCUS DYSON Zool, because it's the one I've been playing most.
It's also created the most 'oo and ah' in the biz, and it's made people take notice of the Amiga.
KARL FOSTER Legend, the one where you run around in a fan- tasy-land and get to bash things on the head. It sounds like a lot of other games, but I don't care!
PAUL TYRRELL Civilization because it's got the sort of character that makes you think it's great before you even start playing. And it is!
NEIL WEST Erm. After that little tirade, I don't suppose it would be appropriate to say that I'm actually a console fan, and I’d go for Sonic 2, would it? (No!
Go away...Ed) Legend of Kyrandia The chaps who were behind the Eye of the Beholder stunners have taken a new direction.
This time, Westwood have now teamed up with Virgin, and brought you a Monkey Island-styie graphic adventure that is really full to the brim with high-quality artwork and simple controls.
But how does it fare against Lucasfilm's finest?
Find out on Page 108 Humans Mirage are making moves into the Lemming territory, hoping to score as highly as Psygnosis did. Is it too late for this style of puzzle game, or is there still plenty of life left in this comparatively young dog yet? We reckon that an old idea done better is almost as good as a new idea done badly - and Humans is somewhere between the two. For the total overview, get yourself along to Page 114 Cool World One of Ocean's crazy Christmas licences, Cool World is the game of a film of a cartoon book. But is it a deeply wonderful, smooth-scrolling plat- former that
would put Zool to shame? Or is it another churn-em-out Christmas cash-in like we've seen oh-so-many times before? Why not turn to the full review, where we tell it to you straight. You'll find it on Page 120 3D Construction Kit A couple of years ago we called it 'virtual Lego'.
Now the do-it-yourself computer building site is back once again, with updates a-plenty and loads of newer, simpler functions. Is it just the thing for a vector-head, or will it drive you quite crazy just trying to get a grip on things? For the very latest in builders' mates, check out the 3D Construction Kit 2 review on Page 140 He's suffered more than his fair share of gremlins in the past, but now Mansell is the champ, it must be time for an endorsement, then, eh?
Cor! The lad done well, didn’t he?
Nigel ‘Our Nige’ Mansell romps home to victory in the Formula One World Championship, and to celebrate, Gremlin launch their much-hyped Nigel Mansell’s World Championship in the same year. Luck? Or inside knowledge and a smidgin’ of ESP? We’ll never know, but you’ve got to admit Gremlin were definitely at the right place at the right time, this time.
For your money, Mansell’s World Championship provides you with an arcade- style racing game with the ability to tweak the It looks like racing, it feels like the dodgems, but it's not particularly convincing. Mansell's World Championship is fun, but it’s a bit of a weedy retro title that's been done better in the past.
LUigel Mansell's World Championship cars (to a limited extent), and two practice modes. The first is a simple drive-around against the clock, on a circuit of your choice (the full season’s 16 tracks are there). It’s dead boring, and there are no other cars to jockey with.
Python-esque The other practice mode is called ’improve with Mansell’ and it features a rather poor representation of Our Nige’s head and some abysmal mouth animation that would have made Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam cringe. Nigel ‘speaks’ via lines of text which are just far enough off-centre to distract you from steering straight. There’s also a full- season championship mode which enables you to save your current position and continue over a few days.
Despite the gloss and smooth presentation, Mansell’s, tracks are both unrealistic and unconvincing, especially after you’ve been playing MicroProse’s Formula One Grand Prix. OK, Mansell’s World Championship isn’t meant to be a simulation, but still, there are too few road-side objects and the ones that exist repeat too often.
Besides, they’re all pictures of Zool or Lotus 3 adverts, arrows or bits of digitised Lichtenstein artwork - not really right for that Grand Prix feel. And they are far too close to the kerbside, leaving you little room for error on tight bends.
The view is very flat - the perspective TALKING HEADS AND ROADS TO NOWHERE annoying when Mansell's programmed response is banal and obvious - when you've clipped a side- object for the umpteenth time and the Mansell figure says 'Do not hit objects' like you're doing it deliberately, you feel like smashing him in the f BRAKE f K-HT A.i- face. While he does give encouragement when you're doing OK, he doesn't exactly give much warning about approaching bends - until you're already heading for trouble. He's too busy saying "well done" to warn you that the next corner is a second-gear left-hand
hairpin until you've reached the apex.
There's even a dotted racing line scratched on the track surface in this mode, but I defy any real racing driver to follow it. Mansell says (in text) ’Get on the racing line' whenever you're only a wheel's-width off it and sometimes straddling the racing line exactly means that one side of the car is running over the kerb, even on the straights
• surely this can't be right?
It's fun to improve with Mansell, for about five minutes, then it gets very, very dull. You can't help asking yourself if it would have been better to have an ‘improve the game’ mode instead.
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Wrnmsmc nil doesn’t seem to work properly, and this reduces the feeling of speed and stops you from anticipating the comers properly. The graphics which scroll across the horizon are only about two screens wide, and are truly bland - you feel like you’re revolving in a drum because the view in the distance never really seems to change much.
Worse, the steering seems wonky because the hands on the wheel change position according to the piece of track you’re on - nothing to do with the way you’re moving the joystick. The amount of steering lock you can use changes depending on whether the current track section is straight or cornered left or right. While this doesn’t directly affect playability, it does seem a bit odd.
At first all you notice is that the car seems to be sliding the front-end everywhere, and it’s only when you stop and see how things move that you realise it’s a trick to fool the eye - one that doesn’t really work and only serves to confuse. It’s done to give the feeling of ‘opposite lock around the comers’, but it just looks like your steering rods are out of alignment.
Mansell’s sound effects are, sadly, pathetic - real 1988 stuff. Sad little buzzes and rain that sounds like white noise on a radio is not exactly mood-enhancing stuff. The front- end music is better, but nobody’s going to buy a game just for that, are they?
Crash and burn Racing against opponents is (as always) a lot more fun than racing against the clock. But even this isn’t as good as it could be. Most of the circuits are too narrow to overtake properly, and the result is that you usually end up clipping something as you pass. For some obscure reason, your opponents have an advantage in this situation - you very often end up back in first gear with your foot flat on the boards trying to get your speed back, while It’s got everything that Lotus had, and a few bits more, but somehow Mansell's World Championship doesn't quite live up to the
track record of its older brother.
Hats off to Gremlin for being the first software house to support the new Freewheel steering 'joystick' - pity it's not out yet!
Sixteen circuits and plenty of snappy presentation make Mansell's World Championship feel like a very big game. But don't be fooled, the circuits all have a similar feel, and the same lack of detail.
The guy you hit (or hit you) goes whizzing off into the distance unperturbed.
The game could have been a biggie, (and let’s face it, it probably will be, whether I get annoyed with it or not) but instead it is bland, uninspiring and a bit tedious - not really much of an accolade to ‘Our Nige’, the first British World Champ since 1976. Shame. He deserves to have his FI days remembered in a better light than this. It’s a real let-down after Formula One Grand Prix. OK, so maybe that’s spoiled us, but it’s set standards which Gremlin’s offering hasn’t even come close to.
Sure, you’re going to say ‘FIGP is a sim - not an arcade game’ and that’s fair comment. But it makes no difference when you find as an arcade-racer, Mansell’s World Championship isn’t even as good as Lotus S. This is sad, considering it’s a similar game from the same software house. In fact it’s on a par with the aged Continental Circus and maybe Super Monaco GP with less graphics. Even Vrooml is faster and smoother - and that has a two- player mode, which Mansell doesn’t.
No o £ D Mansell’s FI chapter closes and next year he’ll be racing Indy 500. At least he’ll have an excuse for going round in circles. Gremlin don’t, and they’ve brought us right back to the dawn of Amiga racing games with this one.
Neil Jackson © Changing your racing set-up couldn't be simpler. You just select the appropriate bit of mechanics and hit the button.
IS THIS THE PITS OR WHAT?
Mansell's World Championship redeems itself a little by offering you a range of car set-ups for each circuit.
It's a bit simplistic, and there's none of the minute adjustments and tweaking that was the order of the HljJh LSJ garni ' 'Z V *-4 : high CHIOS . . I If you change the gearbox, you get to see your beloved Red Five taken apart and rebuilt in seconds flat.
Day in F10P. But that's a boon, because it means Mansell is a lot easier to set up - each part has only three variations, so it doesn't take long to try each combination on a circuit and find the best one.
Nigel Mansell Gremlin ¦ £29.99
• Fast and furious, but not as good as Vroom!, and there’s no
two-player mode.
• Lacks atmosphere, thanks to crap sounds, roadside detail and
horizons.
• If you like FI racing, buy FIGP; if you like arcade racing, buy
Lotus 21
• The let-down of the year? Could be, but it is fun for a short
while.
THE WILD, THE WEIRD AND THE WICKED PACI AMIGA A600 Once again Commodore have put together a winning theme pack to complement the MONTHS AT HOME SERVICE 12 ular Amiga A600.
Wil the Weird and the Wicked Pack is an ideal starter pack containing a considered mix of software making the most of the Amiga's amazing copabilities.
To make this pack a f added a furtner four award and a staggering list of valuable extras totally FREE of charge. Also included at no extra cost to you are the latest 'Zapsac' carry case and Zappo T-shirt. Crucial Amiga accessories.
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• Push Over • Silly Putty
• Grand Prix (* Deluxe Paint I
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IT'S A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM -Just imagine, stereo sound, images and text all on screen. It asks a question, you respond, it responds truly interactive! Each CD disc holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinson's Encyclopedia fits onto 1 disc. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education, Business or Leisure. The future is here!
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it may seem, in adventures you can sometimes find out a lot
about your enemy’s personality just by his name. In Monkey
Island 2, for instance, LeChuck sounds like a real hard nut to
crack; while in the Zork trilogy the Grue is a horrid slimy
beast which only attacks when it’s pitch dark. If your enemy is
given the name Malcolm, though, you know almost immediately
that he possesses both some charming and devilish
characteristics that make him strangely likeable.
The Amiga has enjoyed a plethora of graphical adventure games in the last year or two. Now Westwood Studios, creators of Eye of the Beholder, dip their toes into similar waters with the Legend i Kyrand 1 And sure enough, the Malcolm in the story of Kyrandia is a twisted court jester, who wears a silly striped costume which raises a smile in his victims before they are led to a grim death. Gone then are the amusing twinkling eyes, replaced by a menacing glare; instead of juggling balls, he juggles razor- 5 sQ QD (JU IF YOU GET CHANCE, IT'S WELL WORTH A VISIT... The land of Kyrandia has many
interesting flora and fauna to offer the curious adventurer. Whether you're into Gothic architecture, elementary alchemy or just Nature's splendour, there's something there for you. Let's whet your appetite with some of the sights to be seen... sharp knives. Yes, along with the pirate LeChuck and the monster Grue, the name of Malcolm the jester is set to become synonymous with all that's wicked.
The story of Malcolm’s downfall began when he murdered the king and queen of Kyrandia, and took up residence in Kyrandia castle. The castle was the home of the Kyragem. The source of all magic in the land, and so Malcolm assumed almost total control over the people. Fortunately for the Kyrandians and for the game, Kallak, head of the Mystics and father of the slain Queen, found enough power to banish Malcolm to the castle. Then, with his grandson Brandon, he took up residence beyond the Timbermist woods, far away from Malcolm. Due to the absence of the Kyragem, the Mystics were unable to keep
the restraining spell around the castle for long, and soon Malcolm was free.
Now Brandon has grown up. And although he doesn’t know it, he is the sole heir to the throne of Kyrandia, and the only one who can rid the land of the evil Malcolm. You must Temple of Kyrandia The Marble Altar The Pantheon of Moonlight The Castle Gate The Cavern of Twilight i INSTALLING KYRANDIA ONTO HARD DRIVE The instructions in the manual for installation are non-existent, so here's what to do: Move the pointer over the Install icon, then hold the left mouse button down.
Move the icon over to the window which you've opened from your hard drive.
When it's finished copying, double click on the Install icon from your hard drive window. Hey Presto! Kyrandia is now installed.
INSTALLING The Wizard prepares to demonstrate SPC (spontaneous pointy- hat combustion) with the help of his fire- breathing dragon pal Brandywine.
No O' O' D 2 Conversation killer Right from opening the box, it’s apparent that Kyrandia is a big game. It comes on nine disks, which can be installed on to hard drive (see top of page). If you have a hard drive, playing the game is a dream; if you have two floppy drives, it’s slow but bearable; if you only have one floppy drive, it becomes a bit of a nightmare. This, unfortunately, is the nature of graphical adventure games - Monkey Island 2 suffered in a similar way.
The music has a similar feel to the iMUSE system used in the latter, while a similar font is used for the text.
Control of Brandon is via a point-and-click system, so you point to a place, click the mouse button, and Brandon will move there.
As you move Brandon around, you notice that all of your input to the game is done graphically. Unlike Monkey Island 2, where you had a large say in the conversations, Kyrandia has fixed speeches which occur when Brandon meets a character. This gives the impression that you’re not so much interacting with the story, but merely guiding Brandon around solving puzzles. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because some people found the conversations of Monkey Island 2 a bit flippant at times, hardened adventurers may find it a bit limited.
Whistle a happy tune The graphics which describe the land of Kyrandia are nothing short of stunning. The attention to detail, along with the vivid use of colour make Kyrandia an incredibly beautiful place. The characters which are scattered around the land are similarly detailed, and expertly animated. Malcolm is especially good; as he walks threateningly towards Brandon he constantly juggles knives, sometimes throwing one up high into the air before catching it behind his back. Also, the scene where Brandon morphs into Pegasus is a stroke of genius.
The music and sound effects are excellent, and set the atmosphere well depending on the stage of the game. In the labyrinth, where all is dark and dingy, the music takes on a very doomy and deathly tone; while out in the open air a happy tune merrily plays away as Brandon wanders around.
The game is fairly linear, in that most puzzles must be solved before you move on to the next part, but unlike some adventures , . That are around at the moment, Kyrandia
• doesn’t become boring when a difficult puzzle arises. Sometimes
the solution is glaringly obvious, so when you realise the
answer you kick yourself with annoyance; but most of the time
the puzzles are cleverly thought out and intricate, and take a
long time to solve.
One or two puzzles, though, are just downright annoying. For example, in the Timbermist Woods is a golden bowl sitting on a marble altar. A variety of gemstones are scattered around the woods, about 10 in all, and a selection of four stones must be inserted into the bowl in order to obtain a flute. The order in which the stones are placed varies with each game, and so placement involves a great deal of trial and error. Place the wrong stone and it will be transported to another part of the woods, so you must go off in search of it once again. An obvious way around this is to save your
position before placing each gemstone, but such actions shouldn’t be necessary to solve puzzles in a modem adventure.
To add to this, Brandon has the annoying habit of replying to some of your commands with a completely inane phrase. Attempting to pick up an object which isn’t allowed, for instance, will cause a reply such as “Would 1 Make sure your hard drive has at least 7Mb of free space on it.
2 Open window where you want to install Kyrandia.
Insert disk 1 into your Amiga, then double-click on the Kyrandia icon.
Anybody notice if I just went home?”, or “Why do I have to do all the work?”. Because you’re the main character in a game which I just paid 36 quid for, that’s why.
See no evil?
It would be unfair to say that these comments apply to all of the game, though. The majority of Kyrandia is very playable, and many of the puzzles are highly rewarding. The graphics are beautiful, the animation is excellent, and the sound is atmospheric.
The humour, too, is abundant. The funniest part of the story is the conversation between Darm the Wizard and his pet dragon, Brandywine. The two are just like an elderly husband and wife; he is arrogant and forgetful, while she is prompting and, at times, condescending. Don’t worry though, I won’t spoil the scene by describing it in too much detail, but suffice to say that it’s almost worth buying the game for this scene alone.
As with all graphical adventure games, this has to be compared with the bench test that is Monkey Island 2. Above all of the recent graphical adventures, such as Curse of Enchantia and Lure of the Temptress, Kyrandia comes closest to matching the humour, style and atmosphere of the LucasFilm game.
The Legend of Kyrandia is the first in a series of Fables and Fiends adventures. If Westwood Studios make all of the puzzles both intricate and logical, add more interactivity with the game’s characters, and remove the inane ramblings of the lead character, then maybe the second in the series will be crowned the king of Amiga adventure games.
For now, this is merely a fine adventure, which is great for ex-Monkey Islanders needing a fix.
Andy lUuttall (5 Gorgeous graphics, excellent animation, atmospheric sound.
Simple controls, using icons with no need for text input.
Slow loading unless you’ve got a hard drive.
Easy to play at first, but some later puzzles are more difficult.
Not as good as Monkey Island 2, but definitely the next best thing.
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Next day courier service, £10 per box Amiga prices except where stated are inc. VAT. E.&O.E HP AUTHORISED DEALER • CITIZEN DEALER PLU Oh yes, it's another game in the Lemmings vein. The Humans are hoping to evolve into a truly addictive puzzle game like their predecessors, just in time for the Christmas rush.
Can they knock Psygnosis' lot off the top spot (or cliff) though?
It’s very rare these days that a brand new type of game arrives on the gaming scene; something that is totally original. Most games fit into an already well-established genre, and usually within it you have one game that has set the standard and stands out from the rest of the gang. For footie games see Kick Off 2 (though our Nutts would probably say Sensible Soccer), cute platform games see Rainbow Islands, god sims - Populous 2, graphic adventures - Monkey Island 2 and of course cute puzzle games - Lemmings (not having seen a copy of the sequel).
5 70 sO ¦O LU The Humans fits snugly into the last category, and you can bet your bottom dollar, nickel or cent that every review will compare this game with what many regard as one of the greatest computer games ever (yours truly included). But is it any good? And is it as good as Lemmings?
The Humans Well, first major whinge of the game is the frightfully dreadful loading system - I mean we're talking painful city here. They have managed to crunch this disk down on to only three disks! And luckily it doesn't recognise second disk drives, don't you just love games like this? But of course that doesn't mean the game's no good.
You’re sent back to prehistoric times and, yes, dinosaurs and cavemen (the eponymous homo sapiens) roam the Earth simultaneously (we all know this isn't historically true - but, hey. This is a computer game). Your task with your cute little tribe is to guide said primitives through various stages of evolution (levels, to me and you) discovering various human... er.. HOW TO HELP THE LITTLE HUMAN BEANS ON THEIR WAY... e PROFESSIONAL
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Being the dawn of man, you'll find the brain has not quite developed, it's still at level of a Millwall or Leeds fan level, so here's a quick breakdown of what does what.
SPEAR: these are multifunctional, and it's always a good idea to take a handy spear along wherever you go on most of the levels. You can use them to leap across craters and platforms, or you can use it in a more conventional way to kill the odd Dino who's running around flashing his gnashers.
FIRE: removes unwanted foliage from the way of your Humans. Careful that you don't use it too near your tribesmen or you'll turn them as black as a cinder - it's worth doing for novelty value at least a couple of times.
ROPE: very handy for lifting fellow members of your tribe to safety out of rather deep ravines that they'd have great difficulty jumping out of.
WHEEL: these can be mounted and ridden unicycle style. They can also be rolled back to help other Humes along.
DINOSAURS: are very dangerous if not treated correctly, ie they eat you.
STACKERS: in prehistoric times man (there aren't any ladies around - but your tribe does get bigger!) Was a bit on the short side, so when climbing over boulders you have to climb on top of one another, not in the Biblical sense though.
PTERODACTYL: this peculiar prehistoric bird is dead handy if you need a quick ride to rescue a fellow caveman or piece of rope you might need.
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Football Masters is the very latest Multi-Manager Football Simulator for 16 bit computers. After 5 years of development we are proud to announce the release of the most comprehensive football management game ever. This is the fourth and final revision . It’s waiting to test your skills right now! Features Include:-_ Multi-Manager game for 1 to 4 Players. Three levels of difficulty.
Choose six from fifteen Tactics. The player Formation routine is the most versatile ever created.
You can inspect nearly all Opponents Statistics and you can see all Pitch Sizes.
Match highlights minute by minute, make substitutions or team changes at any time. Live injuries, yellow red cards and named goalscorers. Match Report with possession, number of shots etc. Full UK and European Cup itinerary. Includes FA, League, Zenith Data, Autoglass, European, Cup Winners and UEFA Cups. All cup match rules have been made as accurate as possible. Two leg ties, Extra time, Away goal rule, Seeded draws. European Mini Leagues, etc. You can physical participate in any Penalty Shootout, fully animated graphics, controlled by joystick and or mouse.
All 4 league divisions (includes Premier) with play-offs and league expulsion.
Real initial, surname, league career records, height and age entered for all players as at the start of the 92 93 Season. Seven skill ratings per player, separate ones for goalkeepers. Plus 15 other special attributes like Captain, Super Subs & Mobility. Players Preferred Foot.
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Quick game data load and save. All screens updated quickly and displayed in a pleasant format, which is easy to use and comfortable to read. Fully mouse operated. Printed instruction booklet with plenty of diagrams. An Editor is available (as an extra) to add flexibility to the new or saved games.
An options screen allows some of the above to be switched off if so desired. Others not mentioned above include Show All Goalscorers (when possible) and Show Transfer News.
Eb NEW ENHANCED 92 93 VERSION discoveries to help you along the way. The spear, the wheel, fire and the rope. These are some of your tools to help the Humans escape from one level to another.
The implement you seem to use most, though, is the spear, which with a rather complex combination of keyboard and joystick, is used to hurl your Human from platform to platform to reach the exit point of each level.
Compared to the fluid mouse movements a la Lemmings, using your spear does become rather tiresome at times.
Ride a white swan The main obstructions that you’ll meet along the way are bushes (which need burning down with fire) and stone boulders (strategically placed Humans will remove them in a Scooby Doo secret-passage-type fashion). Spears can be used not only for leaping across chasms, but also for killing unfriendly T-Rexes, but beware because sometimes your spear is useless and you get eaten: though it's worth expending the odd Human because of the rather excellent sampled roar.
When you discover the wheel (that is, find one lying around that someone else has already invented) you also find an alternative to the spear for jumping from one platform to another. Wheels can be either ridden or rolled (which enables you to pass them back to your peers). Also if you whizz past other Humes while riding on top of a wheel and crush their big toes, they will hop on one foot nursing bruised and rather red toes. Nice little touches like this, though, are rather few. There are certainly none early on enough to endear you to the game and your fellow Humans.
Rewards? Well, as you progress intermittently you will be rewarded with various comic Human animations, the in-game animation is quite good and the game scrolls smoothly along, and the screen shakes authentically when you jump down off a platform.
The little fellows are not particularly cute though (give me a Barney and Fred any day) and on some of the levels they blend in so chameleon-like with the backdrops you almost lose sight of them.
Hit or miss?
So is it any good or what? Well it's not bad.
Although at first you will be put off by the tiresome loading, but once you've played through the first half-a-dozen levels the game does hook you in; there's a great satisfaction- factor once you've sussed how to complete a level, and in trying to do it in the recommended time. The controls can be cumbersome and this becomes especially annoying when you're tight for time and you have to have your jumps pixel perfect to make a successful jump.
Mirage have certainly come up with a fun theme for a game in this genre, but some of the early levels can be incredibly frustrating, and if you haven't got a level code you're going to be wanting to do some rather inhuman things to the game’s programmers.
If you are a fan of this genre, though, then you'll probably enjoy Humans. It's nothing new, but with 80 different levels and stages of evolution to get through you’ll probably have a yabba-dabba-doo time, a yab-a-doo time, you'll have a gay old time.
Cary Lord © Humans Mirage ¦ £25.99
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There are many, many other little things that make this game the most addictive and accurate interpretation of a Football Managers season. It would be impossible to list all the features in this advert but we assure you that this is the best. We have thousands of satisfied customers from our previous edition of this game, many are still playing it 2 years after purchase. See the order form below for details on how to order this incredible game. Available for all Atari ST’s and Amiga's. PC WINDOWS version coming soon. © 1992_ ®B 1 IK SB H sme masters Four years of development by a racing expert
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An amazing graphical strategic simulator that’s fun and easy to play for all the family. 0, 1 or 2 players on keyboard, mouse or joystick. Pick your moves from the selection available and watch your animated warrior battle it out. Watch the energy bar indicators and plan your next move. Edit Wrestlers plus many other features.
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E ej S 2ND UI lVoddlers 5 70 3 UU There is no simple
way of describing Troddlers by Storm. It looks like Lemmings
initially, loads of little sprites wandering about various
death-filled screens. Luckily (or not as the case may be) this
similarity is only superficial. Hokus and Pokus are assistants
to the wizard Divinius, master of magic and logic and supreme
sorcerer. One day, Divinius gets them to clean his
storeroom. They are forbidden, though, to touch his potions.
But being two lazy little apprentices they decide to use
instant troddlers (little creatures who resemble lemmings) to
do their work for them.
Hokus and Pokus add too much instant- troddler mix which lets loose all the troddlers.
To make matters worse, all the troddlers find a teleport box which transports them away. Oh dear, they will have to retrieve all the troddlers for Divinius or suffer his wrath. One more thing, teleported troddlers have a nasty habit of becoming zombified.
Oh no! More Troddlers?
The object is to get a set number of troddlers home safely, though in some cases to reach the required quota you may also have to collect the various gems dotted around some level screens. Hokus (for argument’s sake) in one- player mode has the job of collecting all the troddlers from the 100 single-player levels, while Hokus and Pokus can team-up for 50 two-player levels. There is a third option which is called war. In this the teleport box transforms Pokus so that he joins the zombies’ side, and then the two players have to compete to get their troddlers home.
Unlike Lemmings there is no set of icons to direct the sprites, and the only thing your character can do to affect the troddlers’ path is to create blocks of stone in the air around himself using a combination of joystick movements. These blocks can then be used to direct the troddlers.
This system works because troddlers follow the edge of any platforms, so a troddler will walk along the top over the edge and then along the bottom without falling off. This means you can change the platform that a troddler is walking on by putting blocks in- between the original platform and the new one you want the troddler on. Positioning the blocks where you want can present problems, because even though Hokus can jump and move around the platforms, he will often be required to get to areas of the screen that are way out of reach. This requires a bit of block building, which can then be
climbed upon.
Unfortunately there are more problems to make you curse and scream some more. The first of these is the limited number of blocks you have available to you. This number can be supplemented by absorbing any blocks already present on screen back into your reserves, so you may have to absorb the block you are standing on while jumping up to the next level at the same time. This means you have enough blocks left in your reserves for the next task.
The second are the zombified troddlers, these are lethal and inhabit some of the later levels.
Most annoying on some levels is the time limit which can be crippling, to say the least.
I like troddling Along the right-hand side of the screen is your status panel. This shows the health of Hokus (you get hurt by the zombies and by cannons etc) and Pokus, how many troddlers you’ve got home and the number of gems you have to collect. It also houses your block reserve, which is a tall column of blocks that goes down as you use them on screen.
Troddlers is nice-looking. The graphics don’t have as much character as Lemmings, but they perform their function well. The music is nice and suitably jolly, but the best thing about this game is that it is fun to play and addictive.
Only occasionally will you really swear at a level that can't be completed. All in all, a fun game that isn’t as good as Lemmings but has a damn good try, and is all the better for it.
Huvu Llewellyn S Cute troddler sprites, with nice touches to the level graphics.
Levels are seldom so hard that you end up throwing the disk around in frustration... I ...but when they are, you most certainly will!
Genuinely a fun game.
Troddlers Storm ¦ £25.99 l lo Greater Glory SSI ¦ £34.99 Here's an attempt, in the classic Strategic Simulations Inc tradition, to relive the most tedious and retentive elements of the American Civil War. I sat back and read through the copy of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane that accompanied the game, while I ploughed through the disk loading. Before I had a chance to get to chapter three, the screen was ready to play. Yes, time for the grindingly dour turn-based gameplay and colourful(ly static) graphics that we have come to love from SSI.
These games are a number crunching exercise. Moving troops means clicking through at least three dialogue boxes - you can't simply click on one town on a map, click on another town and click on the number of troops and watch as the Amiga animates a graphically impressive long march. No, you have to close your eyes and pretend you have dice in your hand and that your Amiga is a table. If you think that wood warping is fun, you might like this.
Tim Smith (5 Nicky Boom Microids ¦ £29.99 Bouncy, cutey, platforms and power-ups galore. Although the eponymous Nicky looks as if he has been stretched and battered so his features are a bleeding mass, you get the idea he is supposed to be cute. Basically here is a pleasantly executed, very playable bounce-around with a few neat puzzles chucked in.
Nicky has a quest - don't we all? And to complete it, he has to make his way through eight levels of rumbustious, rib-tickling bugs, spiders, killer snails, birds and an assortment of other icky devils. At the off, Nicky is armed with an array of weaponry; he chucks little red keys at chaps. Of course, there are power-ups, and explody things such as orange (cherry?) Bombs and spiky brown bombs. Use of these opens up hidden elements to each level.
There was a rumour that Nicky is aimed at young female children because he gets to pick up rolling pins and other kitcheny-type things along the way. Blatant sexist talk if you ask me. It's fun, it's light, it's fab.
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It's Christmas, and as always, that means mega-buck film licences for Ocean. Although many people believe the licenced game is a recipe for unoriginal gameplay, it ain't necessarily so - as Batman and Robocop have proven. So what's this year's top prospect...?
Cool The film Cool World is about a cartoonist who creates a place called Cool World in a cartoon strip. But.
Shock horror, the artist’s creations seem to possess a life of their own, and try to escape from the page into the real world, causing 90 minutes of mayhem and frolics. The sub-plot is the love interest, which is mainly concerned with the fact that the artist’s prime creation is a rather sexy-looking lass called Holli. She bears an uncanny resemblance to Kim ‘Batman’ Basinger, and she also possesses a life of her own. And, predictably, she and the artist fall in lurv, making the mayhem and frolics altogether more, well, unbelievable really.
120 So, enough of the Barry Normanisms; what’s the Ocean computer game version like?
The two-disk game starts off with a classy sampled intro featuring (presumably) music from the film. This is combined with a cartoon-style animation of the young lady Basinger, gyrating and swirling around in time to the music. Raunchy? Perhaps so, but let’s not get too worked up about cartoon graphics, they are, after all, not real. But worried parents need fear not for their children’s safety: there are no nipples, hairy bits or otherwise embarrassing body-parts that you wouldn’t see in a suburban high-street. Probably.
The Holii and the ink A click on the fire-button sends our lustful cartoon figure into oblivion and replaces her with the game proper. This is the first anti-climax.
Gone are the full-screen Dragon's Lair-style graphics, and we’re returned to the more normal scrolling platform style. You take control of a private detective (I steadfastly refuse to call him a private 'dick' like they do in standard Hollywood-speak - it’s asking for trouble) called Harris.
Armed with a fountain pen (what?), you roam the streets, laying waste to the cartoon characters (known as doodles) and collecting coins. You use these coins to enter the various levels by way of talking doors (you still with me? It gets worse). You see, the doors are themselves cartoon creations, and you need to bribe them into letting you into the cartoons' domain. Cool World. There’s an overlay map which you can call up, and this shows you which of the doors will accept a bribe and let you in. All you have to do is get there, with enough money.
This part of the game is probably the most tedious. You trundle along from location to Lives - you start with six lives. Game Over when you lose them all, of course.
Nasty nickels indicator - you need the smaller nickels to pass the doors.
Phone - not just a doodle - this one tells you where the next open- able door is.
World location, travelling from side to side on an unconvincing street-scene graphic, with occasional exits through alleys above and below.
It’s all very repetitive, despite the odd bit of scenery in the form of flashing neon signs or manhole covers (which, curiously, you can’t seem to walk over the top of properly). The doors all say the same thing when you attempt to pass them, and the two types of doodle do the same things each time they appear. The only difference is when they all do it at once; the screen can slow down to a juddering crawl when there are lots of sprites on screen - something I've not seen since C64 days.
The hole in the wall gang Once you’ve made it past a door, you’re into Cool World, and you get to play a more conventional platform-and-ladders game. You nip about the strange scenery, zapping doodles with your pen, and then sucking them back up through the nib. Your aim is to stop them passing through vortexes, big holes which act as tunnels between Cool World and the real world. If the doodles make it through to the other side, then you’re in trouble. They run around stealing all kinds of household objects and throwing them back through the vortexes into Cool World. This upsets the
cosmic balance and endangers your existence.
Hey! Hey! It’s the telephone man. Each time you finish a level, this odd-looking creature with a handset for ears comes running up to you. At first, you'll probably try to kill him, but don't - he's got an important message for you.
So you reach the conclusion: why not jump through the vortex , and nobble all the doodles as they come through. A good plan, and one that works despite that most levels have more than one vortex letting doodles through. You can zip around in the real world and get to the doodles before they get to the household World, chucking the objects back through the vortexes, the doodles just wait on the other side and throw them back again, which gets you nowhere fast.
If you can prop up the
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in a different location. And this is the other annoying thing
about Cool World: because it’s basically a maintenance game
(rather than a shoot-em-all-
up-and-then-deal-with-a-big-baddy-game) it’s all rather
tedious. There’s no feeling that you’ve done something. All
you’ve done is ’managed’ and that’s nothing special. When you
consider you’ve got to ‘manage’ your way through 16 levels
before you finally get to meet the Evil Holli (our Kim Basinger
penpal) and blow her away, it’s not too hot a prospect.
I can think of worse ways to spend your Christmas morning, like helping mum with the turkey (ie dad), visiting the neighbours you never see for the rest of the year and being polite, or being given nothing but socks and ties by your granny.
If I found Cool World in my stocking in the middle of Crimble night after the parents had gone to bed (not that that's got anything to do with it, kids - dear ole Father C does exist, honest), I’d be bored with it by morning. It’s good fun, but in a kind of soul-stretching, how-long-can-I-really-play-this-for-without- going-mad kind of way. Looks like Christmas licences haven't really changed that much at all, doesn’t it?
Neil Jackson £ Cool World Ocean ¦ £25.99 Excellent intro belies the tawdry graphics that follow later.
A bit of a blast from the C64 past.
Fun to tinker with, but soon gets very boring The Digita range * Mailshot Plus If you ever need to send out mailings or print labels, this program is for you.
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At the start of each and every mission you get to see your guy dropped off by his mates in the helicopter. Quite why they didn't get out and give you a hand is never explained, they're probably just a lot more sensible than you are.
Musclebound, violent, crazed, aggressive, kill-first-ask-questions- later, crew-cutted hardnuts; lousy to meet when out with your girlfriend, great to play with when your girlfriend’s chucked you.
And so it is that Fire Force puts you in the size 12s of a selection of Navy Seals (the US army’s version of the SAS) who are to TV’s Take That! What a napalm strike is to a campfire. Yup, these guys are as hard as nail pie and they’re hell-bent on successfully completing a series of tough, do-or-die missions.
So select which soldier you want to be, send him to the armoury to tool up with whichever particular weapons you feel you just won’t be able to get by without and then select one of the four beginners’ missions in which to strut your 'all in the name of peace and liberty’ stuff. A helicopter sound effect increases in volume as the disk accesses (nice touch) and you’re into the thick of the action.
If you paid attention at the mission briefing, you’ll know what your mission objective is
- if not, just slice, shoot or blow up anyone who gets in your
way with a view to making it safely to the pick-up chopper at
the end of the level. And, err... that's it.
Fire Force The action is fairly sedate in pace, but the control mechanism is attentive enough to enable you to react quickly to enemy movements and remain confident that if you die it’s your fault
- not that of sloppy programming. The sound is also good, with
plenty of gruesome effect to accompany your dash to victory.
Anything goes So where does this leave us then? Well, on the one hand it’s got to be argued that after six years of Amiga games, you’d have thought that games designers should have progressed somewhere, but you’re not going to see anything new here. But then there are those who'll happily argue back that 'if it ain’t broke -then don’t fix it’ and start gleefully wibbling on about how Fire Force is how games are meant to be, and if peeps buy it, fair enough.
So although neither mould-breaking or spectacularly brilliant in any department. Fire Force is a highly competent platformer of the old school. There are no surprises to be found here, just good old fashioned run-crawl-shoot- stab gameplay. So to conclude, if only Fire Force were released on budget then it would come highly recommended, but as a full-price game costing £25.99 it’s just about four years too late. Shame really - because it’s really not that bad at all.
Neil West ® no O o - O' 5 Brains or brawn?
Actually, that’s not fair - there’s a fair amount to get your head around, and though you don’t have to have a brain of Einstein’s proportions to get through Fire Force, there are a few considerations other than the immediately apparent attacks of the enemy to take into account. Firstly, which weapon should you use when? Ammo is strictly limited so your guns and grenades should be fired only when using your knife isn’t practical (like when you’re facing a machine-gunner positioned on top of a building). Also, is it worth taking detours into buildings, tents and enemy installations to kill
more hun in pursuit of power-ups and first- aid kits? After a while, you’ll learn what can be found where, but it will take you some time to memorise.
Controlling your ambassador of death is straightforward, though figuring out the different gun-angle options (you can fire your gun in any of three angles) and switching between your different weapons always seems to take a split-second longer than it takes an enemy to pull out his gun and blast you. But it’s nothing that a bit of practice doesn’t soon put right.
Fire Force ICE ¦ £25.99 I Solid, platform shoot-em-up gameplay.
1 Large challenge with lots of missions.
Nothing particularly inspiring or original, would be good value on budget.... For most of us the word ‘assassin’ conjures up an image of a black-clad figure, silently creeping through the corridors of power in order to murder some unsuspecting politician. Team 17’s latest release, though, puts you in charge of a boomerang-wielding maniac who’s intent on making as loud an entrance as possible through his victim’s front door.
Bulging with steroid-induced muscle, the Assassin has to seek out and destroy a ‘tyrant of the highest order’ called Midan. The game begins as the Assassin is dropped from a helicopter into the midst of Midan’s guards, from which point he needs your help to fight his way into the villain’s underground lair.
% Z C Here is where the fun starts. The programmers, Psionic Systems, have searched for a new approach to the platform game and come up with this questionable idea of boomerang- tossing. Dispensing with firearms, they’ve given him a small, curved piece of sharp- edged steel (an ‘ab-original’ idea, I thought) which may seem insufficient for slaying Midan’s armies. In fact, any soldier laughing at your Crocodile Dundee-like appearance is dispatched with a quick flick of the wrist once you’ve upgraded your weapon.
Boom-boom-a-bang Rolf Harris jokes aside, the boomerang idea works well, once it’s been beefed up. Difficult opponents, when they die, drop tokens which can be used to widen its flight and make it more powerful until eventually it’s whizzing all over the place wreaking havoc. However, the game’s difficulty level is reminiscent of Team 17’s last venture. Project X, which means you’ve got to work hard, or cheat, for your enjoyment. A few extra machineries of destruction are at your disposal if you can find them. These are called Megaweapons and include such destructive devices as heat-seeking
missiles and psychotic androids that you are expected to use mercilessly.
Midan’s guards deserve pity. They’re the first people you meet as you infiltrate the base and can be found in a variety of interesting positions). They’re also very stupid, prodding you with things once or twice before walking away, which apparently constitutes death.
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Thalion’s latest and utterly ginormous role-playing outing
Amberstar plonks you into yet another variation on the
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bother. That means magicians, heroes, orks (sic), oh, all the
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novella writing.
And yes, you get a novella and a very nice map with the game, both of which add a welcome distraction to the tedious business of installing this three-disker. Handily, Amberstar cannot be played from the original disks and must be installed either to hard disk or to three formatted floppies. It therefore renders impossible the silly practice of playing from the original disks and possibly running the risk of corrupting them.
So what have we? A character who, once firtled to your taste via the comprehensive 18- attribute character editor, is immediately informed that his parents were slaughtered by a bunch of orks and that he’s a bit miffed really. Having handily disposed of meddling relatives, and given our chappie a damned good reason to have a downer on the forces of evil, darkness and particular unpleasantness, he’s all set up for a thrash through a billed 150 maps covering the wider world and its numerous dungeons and cities.
Things that go bump The idea is to find the 13 pieces of the Amberstar - a magical jewel used a fair while back to banish the evil demon chap, Tarbos, from Lyramion - and assemble them in a special place, the location of which is a mystery until, presumably, the game figures you’ve got far enough through to tell you where it is. That little exercise should stop Tarbos in his tracks.
Along the way you acquire extra peeps to help you out and, through boshing monsters and solving puzzles, develop your character’s abilities in true fantasy role-playing style.
First off, we find our- j selves looking at a plan view of the graveyard without the walls of Fantasy role-playing games are certainly not thin on the ground.
Can this latest quest by Thalion stand head and shoulders above the rest?
Twinlake city with our hero, who for the sake of convenience we’ll call Biff, represented as scalp and shoulders. Moving him about is simple enough - either guide him with the mouse or use the direction keys - but it’s a tad annoying in that he’s all too inclined to bump into things and go ‘ouch’. At least he doesn’t lose hit points when he walks into a tree.
Moving into the city, the view switches to 3D in the style of Eye of the Beholder, but with more ‘ouches’ as Biff continues to walk into walls - the control system is a tad on the twitchy side. It’s here that all manner of clues can be found; in particular, the incompetent nature of Twinlake’s architect. You’d expect, what with it being a city and in the open air, that there would be a certain amount of graphical finery on show; buildings, palaces, parks and the like. No, it’s largely anonymous-looking stone walls with doors in them, very much like you’d get with an underground dungeon.
A very useful feature, considering the sameness of the city's design, is automapping.
Clicking on an icon brings up a map of the ground you’ve covered which, if there was a compass telling you where north is, would be exceedingly useful when trying to avoid getting lost. Certain buildings bring up the top-down view once more, while others put you into trading mode - levels can be gained if you’ve sufficient experience points and gold to spend at a number of guilds, and all manner of handy knick knacks are on sale from traders. Out in the streets you'll chance on individuals with whom you can hold limited conversations - the parser works on a ‘key word’ basis; clicking on
a word (you'll acquire rucks of them as time goes on) elicits either an instruction for you to go on a quick quest or the response “hmm, I can’t say anything about that".
Decidedly offensive My word, we’re 650 words into this review and I haven't yet mentioned the fighting sequences - the screen switches to a face-on view of the animated attackers and you can get jolly tactical by arranging the positions of your party to best effect - or the music - continu- ous, situation specific and somewhat tedious - or the extensive spell system - white, grey and black magic, offering spells from the benign to the decidedly offensive.
There’s no doubt that this is a big and complex game. There are numerous cities and dungeons to explore in the quest for the Amberstar, and many nasties to despatch.
What the game fails to do is leap straight in there and grab you. For all the scene setting in the accompanying novella, it’s hard to get straight into the experience of Amberstar.
More attention to the plot could have made it immediately spicy and intriguing - finding components of quest items with which to foil demons is common fare these days.
Huge fantasy Couple that with the numerous disk swaps when playing from floppy and you’ve got an RPG that demands a good deal of your commitment to get the full effect - anyone serious about it should install to hard drive.
This is all fair enough for the RPG enthusiast, but I can’t help getting the feeling that when developers create such huge fantasy games they often lose sight of casual players or beginners who need an initial 'pow’ factor - be it stunning action sequences or an initially rapid development of the plot - to draw them in. But for those who enjoy the scale of such outings as EOTB2, and are prepared to put in the time and effort it will take to complete the game, Amberstar offers a pretty good deal.
In short, if you’re the kind of hero who walks most quests and swats dark lords like flies, a bid to salvage the Amberstar will doubtless make you break into a sweat.
Karl Foster $ 1 Amberstar Thalion ¦ £29.99
• It’s big. Loads of places to explore and plenty of quests on
offer.
• Comprehensive character generation.
• Auto-mapping is a real boon, but it’s a pity there’s no compass
on the main screen.
• The mouse-and-icon interface is easy to get to grips with,
though controlling party movement is a twitchy affair.
• Lacks immediate appeal.
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Panza Kick boxing ..... £699 TOPTrTLES ST AMIGA A500+
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N A £49.99
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£3899 £3699 4DSportsBoxing N A £11.99 4D Sports
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A-Train N A £2399 Acton
Stations £1299 £1299 Addams Family .. £1699 £1699
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£15 99 £15.99 Aliens III* ..... £1699 £1699 A
Maclean's Pool £1699 £1699 AMNIOS £15 99 £1299 Amos
(Easy) ...... N A £2399 Amos 3D
.. N A £2399 Amos Com
piler N A £19.99 Amos Professional
..N A £54.99 Amos The Creator ...... N A
£36 99 Another World £17 99 £17.99 Apidga
£1699 £9.99 Aquatic Games star J
Pond £16.99 £1699 Aquaventura .N A
£1399 Armourgeddon .. £15.99 £15.99 Armourgeddon
Upgrade* £10.99 £10.99 Ashes of Empire £20.99
£20.99 Assassin ..... N A £16.99
AT.AC. * ...... £2399 £23.99 ATOMINO
.... £8.99 £699 B17 Flying Fortress* ......
£23.99 £2399 Bane of the Cosmic Forge N A £24.99 BARBARIAN II
(Psyg) .... £1299 £14.99 Bard's Tale III ....
N A £699 Bards Tale Trilogy* N A £19.99
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Birds of Prey ...... N A £23.99 Black
Crypt ...... N A £1699 Blue Max
... N A £11.99 Bountiful HD
Scenery ... N A £1399 Buck Rogers ..
£19.99 £19.99 Buck Rogers II ....N A £20.99
Cadaver . £16.99 £11.99 Cadaver • the
pay off £10.99 £10.99 Captive ...
£15.99 £15.99 Carl Lewi* Challenge .... £15.99 £15.99 Castles
£1699 £1699 Castles Data Disc £11 99
£11.99 Castle of Dr Brain .. N A £15.99 Chaos
Engine . £16.99 £1699 Chase
HQ ...... £6.99 £699 Chase HQ II
. £14 99 £14.99 Chuck Rock
.... £7 99 £7 99 Civilisation
... £23 99 £2399
C. Y's Air Combat . £20 99 £20 99 Codename Ice Man
.. £1299 N A Cool Croc Twins £1699 £1699
Cool World* N A £1699 Conflict
Korea ......N A £2399
Contraptions* ......N A £16.99 Cover Girl
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£2399 £23.99 TOP TITLES ST AMIGA Crazy Cars
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£17.99 Curse of the Enchanter . N A £2399
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Thunder £1299 £899
Deliverance .... £15 99 £1599 Desert
Strike ...... N A £1699
D Generation . £11 99 £11 99 Disciples of
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£1699 Double Dragon III .... £1699 £1699
Dreadnoughts £2299 £2299
Duel .. £6 99 £699
Dune £19 99 £1999
Dungeon Chaos .... £19 99 £1999 Dungeonm aster
.. £11 99 N A Dyna Blast .. £20 99 £20 99
Elf ... £1299 £1299 Elvira M
stress Dark £2199 N A Elvira II • Cerberus ... £23 99
£2399 Epic £19 99 £1999 Eye
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£2399 F14 Tom Cat* .. £1699 £18.99 F15 Strike
Eagie II ... £23.99 £23.99 F117AStealth Fighter*....
£21.99 £21.99 F19 Stealth Fighter £19.99 £19.99 F29
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Hockey £15.99 £15.99 Falcon Classic Collection £11 99 N A
Falcon .... £11 99 £11 99 Falcon
Mission Disk I £699 £8 99 Falcon Mssion Disk II £8 99 £8 99
Falcon30* .... £2399 £23 99 Fantastic Voyage
£16.99 £1699 Fate of Atlantis (Adv) N A £2599 Fate of Atlantis
(Arc) £16 99 £16 99
F. of Free Traders £6 99 £6 99 Final Blow .. £16 99
£1699 Final Fight ... £1699 £1699 Fire and
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Football Manager III . £14.99 £14.99 Free DC
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.... £16.99 £1299 Global
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Gods £1699 £16.99 Go for
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£23.99 £23.99 TOPTrTLES ST AMIGA
Heimdall .£2399 £2399 Hero's Quest
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£1599 Hoi N A £1599 Home
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Heat . £16.99 £1699 Indy Last Crusade
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NicklausUnlimrted Clip. N A £10.99 JaguarXJ220
£1699 £16.99 Jim Power
* .. £16.99 £1699
J. Khan Squash £699 £699
J. White's Whirlwind £1699 £1699
J. Barnes (1 Meg) £1599 £1599
J. Madden's Football N A £1699 KGB
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..... N A £14.99 Kick Off III* ....
£16.99 £1699 Kid Gloves II .. £16.99 £1699
KILLING GAME SHOW.... £15.99 £8.99 Kings Quest
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£16.99 £1699 Leander ... £1599 £1599
Leathal Weapon .. £16.99 £1699 Legend + Hint Book
. £19.99 £19.99 Legend of Kyrand ia N A
£20.99 Legends of Valour £25.99 £25.99 Leisure Suit Larry I
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Death II .. N A £20.99 Links
HD ... N A £23.99 Liquid Kids*
.. £1699 £16.99 Lost
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£1699 Lotus Turbo Challenge III.. £16.99 £16.99 Lure of the
Tern ptress ...... £19.99 £19.99 M1 Tank Platoon £19.99 £16.99
Magic Pockets £15.99 £1599 ManUtd. Europe
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£1699 £1699 Microprose Golf .. £23.99 £2399
Midnight Resistance £6.99 £6.99 Midwinter
.£9.99 £9.99 Midwinter
II .... £23.99 £23.99 TOP TITLES ST AMIGA Mig
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Pinball Dreams II .. N A £1699
Prtfighter . £9.99 £9.99 Plotting
.....£699 £6.99
PopulousII-TheChallenge£11.99 £11.99 Populous II + (1
Meg) .£23.99 £23.99
Premiere ..... N A £20.99 Prince of
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Rainbow Islands . £6.99 £699
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Dragon N A £15.99 Rsky Woods ...£16.99 £1699
Robin Hood ...£16.99 £1699 Robocod
....£15.99 £15.99 Robocop
. £6.99 £6.99 Robocop
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.....£17.99 £17.99 R-Type II
£14.99 £14.99 Rugby World
Cup £15.99 £15.99
R. V.F. Honda .. £6.99 £699 Sabre Team
...£16.99 £16.99 Savage Empire
.. N A £2299 Secret Sihrer Blues
..£21 99 £21 99 Secret WeapLuft* ....£19.99
£19.99 Sensible Soccer 92-93 ......£1699 £1699 Shadow
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. £1299 £1299 Shadow of the Beast III . N A
£19.99 Shadow Worlds ..£16.99 £1699 Shoot em up
Con. Kit £7.99 £7.99 Shuttle the Sim ..£20.99
£20.99 Silent Service II ..£23.99 £23.99 Sim
Ant N A £2299 Sim Earth
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Space 1889 ... Space Ace II
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.. Storm Master . Street
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Supremacy ...... Switch Blade
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Manager, ... ThunderhawkAH-73M Thunder
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Troddlers TV Sports Baseball
.. TV Sports Boxing Turrican II
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Predator 2 £5.99 Cisco Heat £7.99 Narc Back to the Future 2 £5.99 £5.99 4D Driving ......5.99 Back to the Future 2 .5.99 Hunt for Red October 2 ..5.99 Back to the Future 3 .5.99 Cricket I Meg .5.99 Tetris 5.99 Rugby ....5.99 Bombozal ......5.99 Monty Python 5.99 Kick Off 2 ......5.99
Welltris ...5.99 Soccer Mania .5.99 Cadavar ...5.99 Race Driving ...5.99 Ant Heads ......5.99 Navy Seals .....5.99 Dark Man 5.99 Player Manager ..5.99 Viz 5.99 Continental Circus 5.99 Chronquest 2 .5.99 Magnetic Scrolls Collection (3 Games) 5.99 Xenon 2 ..5.99 100% CERTIFIED FULLY GUARANTEED
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£5 99 NAVY SEALS £5.99 WILD WHEELS PAPERBOY 2 NARC
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....16.99 Mancnester United Europe .....9.99 Mamc Miner ..9.99 MxDonalds Land ..17.49 vega Sports Summer games 1 & 2. Winter Games' .....16.99 Merlins Maths (7-11: . 18.99 Micro Erglisn ,6 years to GCSE, Conforms to National Curriculum; ..19.99 Micro French .Beginners to GCSE and Conforms to National Curriculum: 15.99 Micro German ,3eginnerto GCSE a-c Business Conforms tc National Curriculum: 18.99 Micro Maths, 11 Yrs to GCSE Conforms to
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Operator Wolf 8 49 Pacmaria ...9 99 Page Setter 2 0 DTP 34 99 Pagestream 3.2 DTP ..131.49 Pamt n Create .Educational Art Package for Kids over 6 years' ...18.99 Pang .....8.49 Paraccl Stars ..15.99 Pen Pal W'ord Processor ....34 99 Perfect Denhai 22.99 PGA Tour Golf + Courses .19.49 PGA Tour Golf Course Disk 11.49 Pnball Dreams .1 Meg: 16.49 Robocop
3 Rolling Ronny . Rome .. Rookies . Roake s Drift ... Rugby World Cup . Sabre Team .. Scrabble De Luxe ...... Scnbbie Word ocessor Secret of Monkey Island . 1 Meg:.. Secret of Monkey island 2 ..... Secret of the Silver Biace Jmeg) Sensible Soccer .... Shadow of the Beast 3..... Shadcwiands . Shadoworids
Shuttle .. Silent Service 2 (iMeg) .. Sim Ant Sim City & Populous Sim City Ancient Cities Sim City Future Worlds .... Sim City Terrain Editor . Soace Crusace ..... Special Forces .. Sdeedbail 2 Spelling Fair ;7-l3yrs' . Spirit of Excalibur ,lMeg: .NOP;... Starush Steve Davis Snooker .
Storm Master ...... Strategy Masters Pcouous Hunter Enira 5 - Jaws of Cerberus . 1 Meg Esoara • "he Games 92 .1 Meg .. Ewle .
Eve of the Behcicer ,SSr, 1 Meg' ..... Eve of me 3erolcer 2 .1 Meg: . F16 Stnke Eag.e 2 ;1 Meg: .... FlO Stealtn Fighter..... Faces * "ends-Legend of KvTanda .
Fantastic worlds Realms Pirates Mega PoduIcls Wonderland ..... Fantasy PaK .Coioraco Boston Bomb C Crystals of Arborea . . .
Final Ccpv 2 were Processing .
Final Fight..... Fire & ice First Samurai 8 Mega Lo Mama .. .
Flame of Freedom . Midwinter 2) Floor 13 NAME ADDRESS POSTCODE .. TELEPHONE ITEM .... ITEM .... ITEM .... ITEM .... ALL PRICES INC VAT TOTAL . CREDIT CARD NO: Sdeedbail 2 .....£15 99 Spelling Fair ;7-l3yrs' ..£18.99 Spirit of Excalibur .1 Meg: .NOP; £9.99 Starush .....£18.99 Steve Davis Snooker .....£3.99
Storm .Master £18.49 Strategy Masters Populous. Hunter Spirt of Excalbur C'essplaver 2100, Deuteros'... £19.99 Streetfgnter 2 ...£18.49 Striker ....£18.99 Stuart Pearce s Soccer Selections .Kick Off 2.
Microprose, Soccer .Manchester United international Soccer) ..£19.99 Super Hang on .£9.49 Super Hero ..£'9 49 Super Soace Invaders ......£‘8.99 Suprenacv ......£18.99 Sword of Socan ....£6.99
T. N.T ..APB Hard Dnvm, Toobin Dragon Spirit. Xybots'
nOP‘ ...£7.99 Team
Yankee ...£17 99 Terminator
2 ..£18.99 The
Enforcer .U it Phazer Game' ....£9.99 The Lost Treasures
of Infocom 1 (20 classic .rfocom Titles
.£27.99 "he Manager,
nOP' £19 99
Thunderhawk .....£9 99
Titus the Fox .£9 49
Troddlers .....£15.99
TV Sports Football .£3.99
UGH .....£15.99
UltimaS £12.99 ulema 8
,‘Meg' £19.99
Utopia ....£11.99
Utopia New Worlds Data Disk ...£11.49 Vikings -
Fieid of Conquest £16.99
Vroom £15.99
Vroom Data Disk £12.49
Walker .£19 49
Wheels of Fire .Hard DrMn, Powerdnft, Chase
H. Q, Turbo Outrun' NOP' ...£7.99 Wing Commander
1 ...£22.99 Wiz-Kid
.£18.99
Wzardry 8 - 3are of the Cosmic Forge £24.99
WoifchikJ £‘1.99
Wordworth V11E A500P Special enhanced 2Meg version with Imeg
upgrade for A800' £79.99 Wordworth V| • £ a800 Special
enhanced 2Meg ve’sion with i weg upgrade for A50C'. ...£94.99
Wordworth Word Processor (IMeg) £74.99 WWF
Wrestling .....£14.99 WWF
Wrestling 2 ..£15.99 Xenon
2 Megabiast .....£5 99 Zool ,‘Meg
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Cass .eacerboard Granam Gooch Wonc Gass Cncket.
Granam Taylors Soccer Manager Gunsnio 2000...... Guy Spy .. Harlequin . .
Harpoon vt. 21 ..... Head Over Heels...... Head Over Head Hollywood Collection .Robocoo Ghostbusters 2, Indiana Jones Acton E the Movie:;NOP’ .. .
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Kick Off 2 Winning Tactics ... Kick Off 3 .. Kidscype Junior Word Processor Kind Words 3 Word Processor Kmghtmare .... UNIT 3 • CROSS KEYS SHOPPING MALL • ST NEOTS • CAMBRIDGESHIRE • PE19 2AU TEL: 0908 379550 (shop prices may vary) |’ | e&oe JANUARY 1993 In Virgin's latest hard-hitting graphic adventure, you play a Soviet agent working for the cause of perestroika. You’ve been drafted in from the Soviet GRU (the Red Army’s Intelligence Administration) to help the KGB (the Committee for State Security) investigate itself. From now on, you’re a KGB agent
- but your mission is to uproot corruption within the
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the hard-liners again - for a few hours. All these events
happen after the game you’re playing, but you uncover plenty
of clues as to its imminent arrival.
At first some of KGB's seemingly anti- Russian text seems unnecessary, but you soon realise the characters in KGB are as detailed and as deep as those in Monkey Island 2 - perhaps more so. In any event, most of the mock-Russian language and attitudes seem plausible once you’ve met a few more people.
The first few characters you meet in the KGB building are popular Russian stereotypes, all 'comrade this, and up the revolution that’.
There are even a few tractor references and gags about Gorbachev and the bread queue, but this is meant to be a send-up of the hard-liners in the KGB who think like this, not the Russian people in general. It’s easy to believe that the game is just pandering to the usual tabloid-style misconceptions and perpetuating the old anti- Soviet myths, but it’s not really the case. Once you get a few more conversations going with ‘normal’ people, things seem more realistic and a lot more entertaining.
Power to the people KGB bears a strong resemblance to a much older game, Kult, (and that’s not surprising - KGB is from the same team that brought us Dune, Purple Saturn Day, Captain Blood and Kult, but in a much better style than all of these). Rooms and views are full of detail, atmosphere and characters that fade in and out rather than walk around.
When characters talk to you you get a close-up animated face and a pixellated enlargement of the background. The effect works well, and after a while you become quite comfortable with it. Each character’s face is different, and each face has many different expressions - these change depending on your current line of questioning.
Some characters are better than others - both in the depth of their responses and in the realism of their expressions. A few look as if they have nervous tics - but then they may be real - this is, after all, an investigation. All the characters have some level of intelligent responses and some take many questionings before they reveal all.
During one particularly heavy line of questioning, I got told to stuff a turnip up my, well, nether regions, except that it wasn’t put quite like that. KGB is undoubtedly an adult game, and it is meant for people with reasonably liberal views on things like swearing and distasteful subjects.
The game also contains a fair bit of sexual innuendo (though it’s up to you if you want to pursue those lines of conversation - they’re in there, but it’s your choice if you dig them up).
KGB's interface has several neat tricks that we've not seen before, including a replay option which enables you to skip back over the scenes and dialogue that happened earlier. This doesn't affect your game-clock and you can't change the way things happened, all it serves to do is jog your memory about things which people may have referred to ages ago; things you might not have thought important back then. This is a surprisingly simple feature, but one that even Secret of Monkey Island could have benefited from.
RED SQUARES AND PANEL-BEATERS There's also a backtrack option which enables you to restart from a recent 'key' point in the game, in the event that you die, or get chucked off the KGB. It's very easy to make mistakes, especially at first, but you'd soon get tired of having to go through all the same situations right from the beginning, especially if you know where you messed up. So the backtrack option provides you with a way of winding back the clock, and playing a particular scene or chapter again. It's also useful for double-checking the responses that you get from characters - you can
sweet-talk a person and hear what they have to say, then use the backtrack option and then bawl them out. You'll be surprised at how different the responses are, and how much more information you can dig up.
It also covers topics like teenage prostitution (Moscow has a big problem with this, apparently), urban decay and labour-camps.
And powerful stuff. Take heed of the warnings if you're not pleased by ‘heavy’ stuff, and keep the very young away from it. But if you’ve an open mind, and an interest in what's going on in Moscow, you'll find KGB highly involving, mind-stimulating drama which is almost as good as a Hollywood movie.
'Comrade' Neil Jackson © Dirty but not decadent Different characters in the game have different viewpoints on many issues, and all kinds of things are discussed, sometimes casually, sometimes in ways that make you think twice about going for the jokey comments which you're sometimes able to respond with.
KGB Virgin ¦ £30.99 The picture of Russia that KGB paints is not a pretty one, so don't be under any illusions - this game is not meant for kids. Rather than being just a game, it’s more of an interactive drama - and a post-9pm drama at that. It’s all thought-provoking stuff, but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Please don't complain to us if you read this, buy KGB, and get upset by it - you might get told where the turnip fits.
• Excellent plot, storming visuals and superb atmosphere for your
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• Tough to beat, very tough - but long-lasting.
• Gruesome and controversial subject matter
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• Intriguing, entertaining and at times thought-provoking.
KGB is an intense game, full of intrigue, political double-dealing and shady goings-on.
How representative it is of real Russian life is anyone’s guess (though a Russian would stand a better chance), but it feels real and that's what counts. Whether it’s fiction or docu- drama is immaterial - it’s solid entertainment.
Cytron Pysgnosis ¦ £29.99 This is a game of the overhead perspective variety, similar to Paradroid, with you controlling a dinky little tank. The object is to rescue scientists from an establishment where the local robot workforce has gone mad. The interesting thing about Cytron is that you can split the tank into two parts. You then control one of these smaller tanks while the other waits in a cocoon. This makes for some unusual puzzles as sometimes you have to split up to fit through the smaller passageways.
The programmers have put some thought into the control system and come up with four different methods - one joystick or two joysticks and one mouse or two mice. The two joystick control mode is the best (one joystick controls movement, the other direction of fire, like the arcade version of Smash TV).
The game uses the full screen and scrolls smoothly. It is fun to play in short bursts, but can become repetitive, £ I Huw Llewellyn ffi Locomotion Global Software £25.99 I can sum up this piece of software in one word: pathetic! What?
Oh, I have to make constructive comments as well. OK, this is a game for all you train enthusiasts out there. You'll probably be so pleased to see it, you'll want to buy a new anorak to celebrate, even though it's not strictly a train sim, but more of a puzzle and test of reaction time using trains.
The game is an overhead view of a track layout with a number of stations on it. The stations are labelled alphabetically and the idea is that a train starting at station B might have to get to station D (Indicated by a small D next to the train). This is done by changing the points before the train gets there and watching it trundle home. On later levels there is more than one train, but even this, coupled with time limits, fails to relieve the boredom.
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Name Address I enclose cheque for ......My Visa number is ... Visa or Access orders: same-day dispatch. Overseas please add £1 p&p TALKING BIRDS 0702 523607 5 Minster Close Rayleigh Essex SS6 8SF BC Kid Larson cartoons... that’s where I've seen the small blue dinosaurs that crop up in BC Kid. These are the type of dinosaurs which stand in circles wondering what the comet is about to do to them. This is the kind of strangely cute humour that pervades what at first looks like a badly drawn and very average platform game.
BC Kid has been ported from the consoles (actually from the PC Engine). It is also an oldish game. Both of these factors account for the rather simplistic nature of the graphics - OK, they’re childish. Everything is rather on the blocky side with simple backgrounds; the odd scrolly cloud comes into view but that’s it.
136 On the far side Aside from the Larson-influenced dinosaurs, the figures are drawn with the kind of style given to the Saturday morning Beetlejuice cartoon or to very simply drawn characters drawn by people with very simple skills taught by a very simple teacher. This hits you in one of two ways: either you are charmed by the economy of line and shade and the ethnic chunkiness of background as an allegory of the problems of crocodile jumping and intestinal swimming inherent in the modem cave-baby’s life, or... you wonder why they are trying to get away with such basic graphics.
But, but, but! You do get a choice of music. This ranges from a kind of upbeat, South-American flavoured syntho-dip up to a funkier blast. The only problem here is that the music has no relevance to the game at all.
But is the gameplay any good? Well here is a game where you jump on things: caves, stomachs, dinosaurs, crocs, end-of-level bosses, even trees in order to get from one end of a level to another. Great! You get to kill things by headbutting them or by jumping into mid-air and landing head-down on the enemy.
You also interact with the background scenery in such a way as to liven up the action.
In the early levels this entails bopping palm trees and then jumping into them to avoid the attentions of the enemy. The lack of level BC has just chomped on some red meat. Watch out Mr Crocodile, you're next on the menu!
Codes (and that it needs your intense attention before progressing past level two) means I can’t tell you whether later levels see you interacting with the mountains, rocks, or comets. I would hope it does because it is only when you hit this level of gameplay that it becomes enjoyable.
Kid's play One frustrating aspect is the jumpy-jumpy plants that give out either bonuses or bad nastiness. You troll along until you stumble upon one of these stumpy growths. Sleepy alarm clocks sit there waiting for you to bounce on them in order to draw out delicious meats, fruits, energy points, lives or hideous bouncy thangs that spong you horribly.
The thing is... you can't tell which is which. On the one hand this adds to the tension (oh yeah really) that has been built up as you try to master the control system - room for a two-button joystick. On the other hand it forces you to negate springing cave-ntanishly on to what could be a power-up or naked, bone crushing death. Ahh, choices, choices.
Despite all the above, there are one or two elements of BC Kid that have mighty appeal.
The first is the way the wee-fella moves up levels. When you are met by an unjumpable looking hill, you simply fling yourself at it and hit fire, this sees BC grabbing hold of the sheer face with his teeth. Pushing up and forward on the joystick should see him attaining a higher plane. Neat stuff. The other touch is the fact that you are not supposed to be killing the end- of-the-level bosses, you are supposed to be freeing them. Despite the fact that they are also attempting to kill you. Once freed, they will give you clues to help you complete levels.
A reasonable conversion, plenty of playability is marred by blockiness and no level codes, no sound effects and poorly tied in music. A stocking filler for platform fans.
Tim Smith 0
• Simple graphics look ‘charming’ but don’t add to the speed.
• No level codes make completing the damned thing a chore.
• Pleasantly incongruous music.
• Control method is a bit fiddly.
• Puzzles are nearly non-existent.
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Coktel Vision ¦ £29.99 Following on from their previous adventure. Fascination. French software house Coktel Vision have moved on from the world of titillating intrigue into the land of fantasy. Ween is a game that uses much the same format as Fascination, but with a plot that owes more to Swords and Sorcery games than sordid saucery.
You are Ween, an apprentice magician who must save the kingdom from evil. This seems easy - all you have to do is to find three grains of sand. Not your average beach variety, mind, but special grains that can only be found after completing three tasks: opening the entrance to the secret temple; vanquishing the dragon; and convincing the guardian to open the sanctuary.
The plot isn't exactly original, and neither is the game, although, the graphics are pretty. Sad to say. Ween is a game which is likely to appeal for a very short time and then be banished to a shelf to collect dust and for £30 that just isn't good enough.
Ween Play a round All year round It’s raining cats and dogs outside, but it’s a beautiful crisp Spring day on the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
You approach the tee, driver in hand. Gazing down the fairway, you notice every feature of this classic Pacific Ocean Links course.
The Challenge of Golf takes you to a new level of realism. You can almost smell the grass, feel the silky putting surfaces and take in the fresh sea air. At times, you’ll want to replace the divots, until you remember it’s only a game.
Motorhead Virgin Games ¦ £15.99 Motorhead, the world's loudest heaviest no remorse till Hammersmith rock 'n' roll band. An obvious choice for a computer game conversion... not! (as they used to say). If Virgin Games had not managed to procure the endorsement of the down princes of hard rock, they could always have called the game Gibson Axe.
This game is Golden Axe with the kind of axes you play in phallic fashion rather than the ones you chop down trees with.
You run across a flick-screen scrolling environment beating up the inhabitants thereof. Sound dull? It's not You can resort to magic, firing powerchords and oral missiles at the foe, you can even exalt Death himself (just tfte kind of guy you expect to find on the ‘Head guest list) to destroy the competition. The high point though, has to be chopping the nut on the enemy, almost as satisfying as the real thing. The inclusion of large motorbikes and a tongue-in-cheek attitude save this from being just another beat-em-up.
Marcus Dyson ffi So, put on your sun visor and practice your swing. You’re next on the tee.
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StUCM FROM FREE CITY £115 , ' m: C • i • SlM & Ref: CCD 1250 TITLES AND cMr R°R AVAILABLE PRICE LIST Simply put, CDTV mixes CD sound and Amiga type software in one easily controlled unit, and allows you to “interact” with the results through your television. On the outside the CDTV Standalone Player is a sleek, elegant black box. Inside it contains the workings of the UK's most popular home computer, the Commodore Amiga, but with two major differences. Instead of a keyboard and mouse it uses a video style remote controller for simple operation and, instead of a floppy disk drive, there’s a
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WHAT CAN IT DO?
With CDTV you can listen to your favourite pop group, look up history, play the latest arcade games, have a Karaoke night or leam French. In one unit, CDTV can do things you would otherwise need a video, CD player and computer to do! You can watch as Neil Armstrong walks on the moon, listen to him speak and read the fascinating details of how Apollo got there!
INTERACTIVE MOVIES A new kind of movie; hi-fi sound tracks and moving pictures just like cinema films, but you determine the outcome and how the plot turns out! Will Batman really save Gotham City? Interactive movies are set to arrive on a CDTV near you soon.
EDUCATION With its huge storage capacity, colour graphics and easy control, CDTV is ideal for education. Levels from primary education to adult foreign language courses are available.
ENTERTAINMENT Packed with masses of colourful graphics, hi-fi sound and huge levels, CDTV games are set to dwarf their Amiga counterparts. The CDTV award winning version of Sim City for instance, has 10 Megabytes of extra graphics, studio recorded sound for CD Audio quality, more detailed game play (new zoom mode) and 4 different eras (Medieval, Western, Actual and Future).
REFERENCE Imagine that you could refer to several encyclopaedia’s at once, without having to constantly swap between publications, flip pages or refer to lengthy indexes across multiple books? CDTV Reference titles enable you to do this plus a lot more!
MORE FORMATS CDTV can play CDTV software, CD audio discs, CD+G (audio discs with lyrics and pictures), CD+MIDI (special tracks along side the audio tracks control MIDI instruments attached to the CDTV). With the aid of a floppy disk drive and keyboard, CDTV can also run most Amiga software.
Centronics Parallel & RS-232 • Conforms to standard ISO serial interlaces. 9660 1 External floppy drive (Amiga compatible), hardwired alternative to remote control for keyboard, mouse etc. 1 2 Audio ports (phono), MIDI IN and MIDI out. Stereo headphone socket. Smart Card slot for RAM ROM WHAT IS CDTV?
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The much talked-about, new version of the most ambitious games creator ever. But can you write your own 3D games without real programming?
CONDITI RREfl § 3D Construction - vO NO UJ The object pictured below started life as a Flexicube before being stretched and distorted through the object editor.
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around to create a preset animation sequence, no problem.
My own favourite object is this train - it's a shame movement takes seconds to update.
Have you ever wanted to design your very own 3D world? Well that’s precisely what this product is all about.
3D Construction Kit (the first time around) was widely received as' an ideal armchair artist’s program - an awful lot of people bought the original, but not many people released their own creations to a hostile world.
To be honest, the kind of 3D environments you can create with this program are not that amazing compared to current commercial standards. The clever bit, though, is that you don’t need to know a lot about the Amiga or computers in general to use 3D Construction Kit. In fact, the graphics capabilities of version 2 are not radically different - but the ease of use and general flexibility of the program are.
Here’s the general gist of what makes the program tick. You start off with a blank landscape - sky is up, ground is down. On this landscape you can position 3D objects to give the impression of buildings, vehicles, and people. You can add general scenery (stuff like trees) to give a bit more realism to the scenes.
You are not limited to just one landscape, or ‘area’ as the program calls them. You can create different areas and link them together with entrances and exits - details like the ground and sky colour can be easily changed.
What 3DCK2 is very good at, though, is if you want to create a 3D game without having to leant how to program first.
A few years ago Incentive Software created a name for themselves with their ‘Freescape’ adventures. 3DCK2 is a direct descendant of those games, except that the programmers prefer to call the 3D system ‘Superscape’ because it’s so different in detail if not in concept. For instance, things like spheres and teleporters were missing from the originals, because the popular home computers back then were the rather slow Spectrum. CPC, and C64 (not that C64s aren't popular even now).
On an Amiga with a standard 68000, this program is still pretty slow, because of all the slow but nice extras. One other factor involving speed is that 3DCK2 fully multitasks, as do the games and worlds it produces. OK, so the program is slower as a result - but the nice thing is that it works all right on the A1200, where it runs at a usable speed.
It’s an important consideration. You’re sitting there, all fired up to start clicking madly and the program takes a while to catch up.
Testing different features can be a pain, until you get used to which function does what.
Bonus levels But there are three bundled features to help you get started. One is a tutorial video, which wasn’t included in the review sample so I can’t comment on it. Two is a disk full of predefined objects. This is extremely useful, because if a preset object isn’t quite what you had in mind, Lv f IV M* IV no O O' D Z Gobliins 2 Kit 2 Freescape Command Language (FCL). While you don't need an intimate knowledge of this to get results, the better you are with FCL the more complex and deep your 3D worlds will be. For instance, you could set a simple FCL control that wouldn’t let the player
leave a given area until some task had been completed.
Editing FCL is like any other programming language you type in conditions about objects and variables, with a result happening when a variable gets so big or an object changes. The standard way of manipulating objects in Freescape games is to shoot them, and if you’re prepared to stick with that convention then you should get on fine.
Cutesy There’s a lot of cute extras to this package.
You get a sound sample editor (which I never did work out how to use), you can alter the backdrops and control panels of the finished games, and change things like the font used.
The idea is that 3DCK2 can produce more individual games than its predecessor.
To a certain extent it does, but I can't help feeling the Freescape concept is in danger of going the way of text adventures - becoming old hat rather than the in thing. What finished the text adventure was a flood of games written with games designers, all of which looked and felt the same and were not a patch on the original commercial games.
Ever since, commercial developers have had a jaundiced view of programs which enable novices to ‘have a go’ at writing games without learning a lot of background programming knowledge first. Personally, I’m all for making games more accessible to design.
It remains to be seen whether any individual is talented enough to write a commercial success with 3DCK2. It's a tall order, as you would have to create an individual Took and feel’ to the game with FCL while making the 3D views distinctive and attractive. Using 3DCK2 is quicker and cheaper than building 3D worlds using Lego, but it takes some time before you start to become creative; learning what primitives work best together to form the right shapes. Don't believe the hype about it being easy to write a commercial-quality game with it. Because it ain’t. Easier than machine code or C, but
not easy in general terms.
Pat McDonald 5 3D Construction Kit 2 Domark ¦ £49.99 It has taken me a while, and I still feel that Sensible is flawed but, as Chris Waddle once said, “Football is a matter of opinion".
Sensible Soccer 92 93 Rengade ¦ £25.99 *£4.95 (*if you send back original Disk One plus your registration card to Renegade) This new version of the game that wowed thousands comes with the new back-pass rule included. In gameplay this means that, unlike many a UK goalie, the keeper will not pick up the ball. In fact he can be used as an outfield player if, as John Hare of developers Sensible Software tells me, "You're a bit clever about it".
Along with the goalies' new outfield role comes the fact that this last line of defence is now a great deal better than it was in the original game. I am also told yellow and red cards are in effect with a sending off on the cards for professional fouls.
Either I've been far too gentlemanly in my behaviour, or the refs I was getting were far too kind ('First time this season' etc etc).
You can't trap a ball, which means that the play is fast and one-touch a fa AC Milan or Swindon. You either get used to this or you don't, and I still haven't quite managed it. TiaillljV * f I' Tim Smith ® a mul 3 E e Q2Q2BSS9Q 1
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There are two different talents you need to use this program. The first part is the actual 3D design, and to be honest this is where I had problems getting my head around some of the concepts. It’s all down to time, and creating simple shapes like cubes, blocks and pyramids is not a problem. The art is in learning how to make more complex objects without using so many shapes that the program grinds to a halt trying to update it.
The other half of learning in 3DCK2 is the
• Easy to get started moulding shapes and thinking about making
complex objects.
• Very complex detailed objects make normal Amigas slow down to
the point of futility.
• Requires a lot of patience to use the FCL.
• Backdrops, video shots, font and sound changes help hide your
creation’s origins.
Coktel Vision ¦ £29.99 Nothing much has changed: the great sounds remain; the animation and characterisation have been improved; and the humour is still childishly fun. The plot is a little more intricate, you have to rescue the Young Prince. When I say you, I mean Fingus and Winkle, the two heroes from the last adventure whose task it is to complete the quest. These two chaps play a merry little Straight and Stupid act in which you always seem to use Winkle as the straight Gobliin and Fingus as the comedy act. Once you've sussed the simple control system - and this really is no chore at all
- the play is fluid and not difficult to get into at all.
The in-game music can get irritating, as can the almost constant clatter of pseudo-talk, but you can always turn the volume down. Also, the very strict path that you have to take in order to solve the puzzles that appear to block your way can annoy. Still, it's all in the nature of strange adventure games isn't it. Another winner, just.
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James Leach opens his purse and throws coins at the vendors of cheap software... The Grandslam Collection Grandslam ¦ £29.99 Ten games in one box! It must be some sort of Westernised religious festival! Well, look at the calendar. Here's a mixed bunch of entertainments to delight, bore or possibly induce you, depending on your physical state. Without further ado (only this increasingly lengthy preamble), let's get straight to them.
The Flintstones The Running Yabba-dabba-not-very-good-either is the cry that echoes around Bedrock's rather implausible walls.
There are some nice graphics here, and if it's taken as a kids' game. The Flintstones is rather cute and engaging. But as serious fun, well, forget it and watch the telly instead Domestic bliss. Fred tries being useful (unless it's Noel Edmonds), while Pebbles tries getting in the way. You, as Fred, must start off Surely Christmas is like this anyway? Painting your room. Pebbles gets in the way, there's a time limit and you must keep rolling back and forth for more paint. Er, that's it.
Beat that and you've earned the chance to go bowling with Barney Rubble. This is better, marginally. Then go back to the house and do some more inane things against the dock before finally beating your relatives' heads in with a rock in frustration. No, this last bit is merely a joke. The Flintstones is too tough to be a kids' game, but it looks and feels like one.
Man Why, you must ask, is he running?
Taken from the film of the same name starring that unfortunate destitute Arnold Schwarzenegger, you must survive a gameshow where the end result may be death at the hands of a sadistic loony.
To do this using only your native wit and cunning would be tricky enough. But to try with the poor sprite control system you've got here is tantamount to suicide.
The game looks nice enough.
But it really doesn't play all that well. On the plus side, it's quite large. Right that's enough being nice. You won't really want to play this, even rf you're Maria Shriver (Amie's wife and biggest fan). Leave it in the box.
Espionage Four secret agents have to reach four canisters of vital micro-film in order to save the planet. They must set off across a board that represents the world's capital cities, airports and deserts. Some imagination is required when you actually see this board.
The squares are supposed to represent the Four people can play, or the major cities of the world. Not that easy to computer can take control if you're visualise, true, but if you squint... alone this Christmas (sob). To retrieve the canisters, you must use powers of secrecy and skill. Other players will be trying to stop you. Should you bump into them, there's a possibility of sanctioning - we call it death. It runs like a sort of chess, and great fun it is too. There are lots of moves to do, and the idea is to keep the upper hand, take out your opponents and remain concealed at all times.
It's a novel idea presented in a novel way.
Scramble Spirits A vertically scrolling shoot-em-up.
Sanity has returned to your Amiga.
You must er, destroy everything, while collecting power-ups. Maybe it isn't sanity after all, but it's better than the bleedin' Flintstones.
It's a bit flickery, and the playing area is small, but you can have fun with it There's enough of the game to keep you hooked for a while, and the whole thing has been designed for speed, so you face a pretty good challenge rf you want to finish it. In fact there are much JANUARY 1993 better shoot-em-ups in the Public Domain. It just so happens that this one comes in the big box from Grandslam, so you're bound to end up playing it Saint and Greavsie Those perennial TV faves Bill Beaumont and Emlyn Hughes don't feature in this game. Instead, you put up with sporting questions in the form of
a crap football match.
Home and away questions decide whether you are asked about football or another sport. Should you be good at this, and get one right you see a man punt a ball After a quick meeting with vinny Jones, past a goalie, to the delight of James lies bleeding on the turf, unable to whichever one of the chief protago- answer any more facile sports questions. Njsts js watching over you. Yes, badly digitised pics of Saint and Greavsie. The questions are tough and if you're not a trivia-minded sports fan, forget beating them regularly.
Terry's Big Adventure Pity poor Terry. If this is his big adventure, I can't imagine what the rest of his sad life must be like. You, as a small collection of primary- coloured pixels called Terry, travel from left to right over a remarkably flat and bare landscape, looking for things to eat, collect and beat up with your yo-yo.
Terry visits Bouncyland, but is turned away at airport immigration because he doesn't have the necessary visa.
You can jump, you can move fairly slowly and you can stand on platforms above various nasties until they pass. That's pretty much it. Snails and slugs, ever nature's spoil-sports, try to get in your way mindlessly, but you can cleverly murder them with a yo-yo on a short length of string. Thus, you're probably having the time of your life.
Continued overleaf Tvivia Trivia is about a besieged starship on the outer nebula of the Trimudan Empire. No, It's a load of questions about things and a few coloured blocks which light up if you're successful. The questions are tough, and the game is absorbing, only because they're mostly not about sport and you can guess the answers from the three choices given. Music television, the natural world and so on are the topics, and if you you remember obscure things about people who died before you were bom and had no bearing on your life anyway, you should be OK.
There are hundreds of questions, but by Easter you'll be au fait with most of them. Trivia is not bad if you view it as an alternative to the Noel Edmonds Christmas 'Up in a helicopter over London with deprived folk' Show.
England Football At the time of writing, England are in the good books of the nation, having just stuffed Turkey 4-0. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to emulating their passing and crossing skills.
Well I still am. England Football is no Sensible Soccer, that's for sure.
The sprites are large and unwieldy, and the skills you need are somewhat different, shall we say, from those needed for most football games.
This is quite a diverting little romp. You can play single games, penalty shootouts and, oh, everything. It's not that fast and the graphics aren't stunning, but it doesn't matter because it's a bit of fun and at least you should be able to win with some degree of regularity. Not a bad game.
Peter Beardsley's Football There’s only one Peter Beardsley, but if you believe this game, there are 22, all moving at a sedate pace, first towards one end of the pitch.
Suddenly there's a rush for the goalmouth, end then the other. The sprites are Tall, identical people move gracefully huge too. They're very cartoon-like towards the netless goal. And wouldn't fool anybody who saw them on a pitch in real life. The pace is much slower as well. Frustration reigns in no small measure.
Most of the options you'd expect are here. You can choose to be playing in a league or just have a single match, and there are the usual trophies when you do well. After playing for a while you might notice that all of the players look exactly the same, and none look anything like Peter Beardsley.
H 148 Terramex This is one weird game. Not just 'slightly strange', this is 'completely weird with no chance of sanity returning’. Why? Well you play a sort of weird professor who must travel around a crazy screwed-up landscape populated by madmen and loonies. There are loads of things to collect but because everything's so zany, I haven't got a clue what they all do, or even why you’re collecting them. Terramex is quite cute and mildly diverting.
So as a collection of 10 games for £30, you can't go wrong. There's a lot to see and do, and it's actually fun to go through these games, but to be honest there's nothing of quality here.
JANUARY 1993 Oh Imo! More Lemmings Psygnosis ¦ £29.99 As Dennis Norden would say, if you’re one of those people who likes Lemmings, you’ll be queueing down the street for hours to get your sticky hands on this. It’s Lemmings and the Lemmings expansion pack neatly snuggled together in one Special Limited Edition Box. You get the full manual, various other assorted bits of paper and even another disk with a demo of something called Bill’s Tomato Game on it.
You’ve never had it so good, apparently.
It’s safe to assume everyone knows about (and owns) Lemmings, so don’t expect another resume on the game. Just decide whether you like the idea enough to buy it again in a different box. If by some freak you don’t own Lemmings, get this pack now. It’s the perfect Christmas present for that nephew whose religion forbids him to buy any rodent-orientated software, but who can quite happily accept it as a gift. Thirty sovs is expensive though.
Leeds United Champions!
CDS ¦ £7.99 Right. Leeds are a dead good football team. No-one would argue with that (apart from folk who live in Liverpool). But does this mean that a) they should have a management sim written about them, and b) that it will be any good? Sadly, they shouldn’t, and it isn’t. The format is sad, pale and predictable. You control the team, and you must, by keeping them fit, training them hard and paying them fortunes, guide them to more and more football-related victories.
It’s slow, annoying and doesn’t do anything to redeem itself. The inclusion of a dragon-fighting contest at Elland Road might have spiced things up, or bear-baiting in a pit under the penalty spot. Anything, in fact, to make the game interesting. The graphics are rudimentary, the sound doesn’t exist and the playability is as elusive as a contact lens dropped in a pizza. Fans of Leeds would do well to avoid this, lest they think the urine is being extracted.
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Tel: 071 481 9214 Fax: 071 480 5690 150 Kixx XL ¦ £12.99 Time for a seasonal interactive graphic adventure thing. You play a window cleaner whose life changed beyond all recognition when you ceased being a window cleaner and started participating in an interstellar war with some folk called the Crughons.
These refugees from a Popeye cartoon seem to have declared war on Earth, wisely targeting window cleaners in their first-strike strategy.
But you don’t remain a window-cleaner for long. Oh no. You become a sort of Luke Skywalker clone. The only person capable of stopping the Crughons with a deft flick of the mouse and a lot of wandering around trying to pick things up. Future Wars is a nice idea, but if you don’t find wandering-around-trying-to-pick-things-up adventures fun (apart from Monkey Island), it’s not liable to convert you. The fact it’s French doesn't help, because some attempts at the language this side of Te Channel' are a bit risible and a lot confusing.
Future Wars Operation Stealth Kixx XL ¦ £12.99 This is a James Bond-type affair and you’re flown to a secret Caribbean island in a stealth bomber which is so cumbersome even someone undergoing voluntary sensory deprivation would know it was around. The idea is to find a load of secrets from the enemy, retrieve the bomber (which has by now been nicked by nine-year-old joyriders) and make everybody in the secret service happy.
Again, you point and click at things around the screen, and again you’ll get into problems with the business of putting things on top of other things in an effort to get them to work. Some people naturally ‘interface’ with the worlds inside these adventure games, but I find them limiting, despite the wealth of screens and situations contained in them. Better than Future Wars, because it’s easier to relate to. It’s the perfect present for that annoying nephew with the brand-new Amiga and the I know-all attitude. Simply jam the box in his windpipe.
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Flight of the Intruder JANUARY 1993 Action Sixteen ¦ £7.99 This is more like it! Historical Vietnam-related violence, with a film starring Willem Dafoe to boot (well, a disk to boot, anyway). You are on a carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin. The communist bad-guys are on that strip of land over there. You must, using your skill and judgement, fly over to them and blow them up. There’s a choice between the ancient and knackered F-4 Phantom or the newer, slower A-6 Intruder.
The flying bits are nicely done and there are many buttons to push. Dials, levers and huge pulleys control the plane, and when you’re in combat, you’ll wish for some AMRAAMs. It’s a lot of fun, if a little flawed. At some points it slows up a bit, but generally the speed is good and the control is realistic. Loads of missions, and with the two aircraft, plus wingmen, you can have a great time drawing out MiGs to kill. Definitely one to give you post-traumatic stress disorder by Boxing Day.
Combat Classics Empire ¦ £29.99 'Three great military sims' according to the box. As a collection, it's a darned fine one. Of course, you'd expect two to be duff, but you'd be wrong. Only one is. But which one is it?
F-15 II Strike Eagle A storming sim which gives you an easy plane to fly, impressive speed and pretty graphics. It uses the same engine as F-19 Stealth Fighter, but this is no bad thing. The game involves you following an arrow, flying to all sorts of weird and violent regions of the world and blowing up everyone you see.
Missiles, cannons, anti-aircraft shells, bombs and other lethal items of offensiveness whiz around the sky with reckless abandon as you pilot your F-15 through hordes of modern adversaries, taking dozens out. Plenty of ground detail and loads of outside views make the game one of the best for beginners who can't be faffed with flap-settings, waypoint compasses and nav-aids. It's a hi-tech kill-fest. OK, it's not very seasonal. It's good fun, and while you're playing you start to feel like Tom Cruise. Well it is Christmas.
65 Spellbound Dizzy CodeMasters ¦ £7.99 Just when you thought he’d had his head smashed open and a soldier dipped into it, Dizzy returns. Here he’s on a quest to collect a load of stars (pointy ones, not famous ones)'and save his entire nest of relatives. 110 screens packed with small things to jump over as well as not-very-festive puzzles and the odd stilted conversation between the lad himself and other way-out Codie inventions. Dizzy bobbles along in fine form, bouncing, swimming, collecting and generally doing all the things the kids should actually be doing in real life if they weren’t
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The graphics are bright, fun and not very ground-breaking, and the game won't unduly tax anyone over the age of eight. These are all good points, because the Dizzy series has sold amazingly well so far on the strength of them. And best of all, it’s original, so you don’t have to worry that little Herbert might already have it in his voluminous bedroom-based collection of software.
KixxB £7.99 Flimbo is a small dude with a large hat. If he was in a novel, you’d be worried that the author wasn’t fleshing out his characters fully, but in this game it hardly matters.
You must steer him around a series of scrolling levels in order that he, er, lives until the end. Oh sure, there’s some plot about damsels in distress and mad professors, but basically it’s a platform game with a difference.
The difference is, there’s no difference. It’s cheerful, large and challenging. But it won’t have you commandeering the telly during the Queen’s speech so that your entire family share the experience. Playability is everything in games like these, and Flimbo is playable. It’s not as simple as some games, which helps it hold your.atten- tion. Plenty of baddies wander Flimbo’s way, and there are even revolutionary things like shops for him to visit. Not bad, but Parasol Stars it isn’t. I know it’s not trying to be, it’s just a handy reference point.
Flimbo's Quest no CN 3 Team Yankee Hop into an M1 tank, hero of the Gulf war, and go and blow up some Russians.
That's the scenario. You've got 16 vehicles under your command, and they must all move around a strategic battle map, blasting great chunks out of the ground 20 feet in front of them.
Once you're sorted out the firing, you can really plan your stealthy flanking manoeuvres to the last pixel as the Russians blithely steam past and on to their objectives, unaware of your devious plotting mere feet away in the woods.
It's fast furious and confusing at first. Like a real battle. Team Yankee is a lot of fun, and although it doesn't capture the air of realism that say, M1 Tank Platoon has got it's much faster and you don't need to know 500 keyboard short-cuts to play it.
The outside views are nice but not spectacular, and you'll be lucky if you survive long enough to see some impressive Russian armour trundling along.
But persevere and play through the missions and you should have yourself a lot of fun. Pity about the Russians being our enemies in the game, though. Still, the winds of change never blow, er, in an obvious manner.
688 Attack Sub Leap from your warn cupola into the deep dark sea. 688 Attack Sub is a seriously hi-tech piece of equipment. You must command the thing, driving it around the seas of the world in an endeavour to find things to sink.
It's a real tactical war-game, as well as an aim-and-fire job, this. You'll spend much of the time poring over your maps. But after a bit of post- Christmas training at the Royal Navy Sub Centre in Plymouth, you should be able to master the game in a few weeks. The trouble is, it's just a bit too fiddly. Realism does become boring if you have too much of it at the expense of gameplay. And you can quote me on that. Mind you, it's a lovely feeling when you finally manage to track something down that isn't a shoal of shrimp, and blow it to pieces with a torpedo. So maybe it is worth it after
all. Richard Widmark seemed to think so.
Combat Classics is a very entertaining collection. Two great games and one Okish, •'10 technical one. As a compilation it's a gift horse.
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Your Him! Part 4 The Bullfrogs' coding methods aim to make life as easy as possible. And if you've been following this series you'll know just how easy it is to create your own game by following their advice.
How to program your own games in assembler Welcome to the fourth part of our series teaching you how to program top-class games using the professional techniques of the Bullfrog programming team. And for this month's tutorial Scott Johnston shows you how to write collision routines for the baddies - no more walking through trouble folks. He also offers a spot of expert advice on how to design and add some extra levels to your game... WELCOME BACK. Run the demo and you will notice several things. There is a horrible SoundTracker routine playing in the background - thanks to Kevin for that.
You can also now walk around the four levels, and on completion of all four you will go back to the start. (You can add extra levels in yourself, if you're daring. A little more advice on that later.)
You also have three headless Populous 2 men wandering around the landscape. You can run right through them at present, so you need not worry too much about them when you’re playing the game.
On to the task for this month. You are now going to write the collision routine for the baddies, the headless Populous peeps. If you like.
You can try writing it before you look at the routine below.
You have to keep in mind that the hero’s x and y details are stored as a scaled value four times the size of the true screen x, y. You must also keep in mind the fact that your man has a set width, as have the bad guys. In fact you can use the following equates to control the collision size: How wide is your How tall is your MAN_WIDTH man MAN_HEIGHT man BAD_LEFT_WI DTH Where the left side of the bad guy starts.
Continued overleaf BAD_RIGHT_WIDTH Where the HOW TO PROGRAM fTp right hand side of the bad guy is BAD_TO P_HEIGHT Where the top of our bad guy starts BAD_BOTTOM_HEIGHT The bot - tom of the bad guy is found here.
The general routine is based on the Ankh collision routine and is shown below. Sorry that it is so long. You can leave out the comments if you want, but when you come back to it in the future it will be harder to understand. This routine should be placed in file move.s between COLLISION ROUTINE CODE tst.w died are we in the middle of dying?
Hne.s .finished ;yes then we can't collide with anything cmp.w NO_LIVES, game_over ;is the game over?
Bgt.s .finished ;yes then we can't collide with anything lea _bad_guys,aO ;point at the bad guys' structures move.w MAX_BADDIES-l,dO number of baddies to look at looptst.w BAD_ON(aO) ;is this guy turned on?
Beq.s .next ;no then move to the next one movem.w BAD_XY(aO) ,dl d2;pick up x and y position of man movem.w man_x,d5 d6 ;pick up the hero's x and y position asr.w FOUR, d5 scale down the x asr.w FOUR,d6;scale down the y move.w dl,d3 ;take a copy of bad x move.w d2,d4 ;take a copy of bad y add.w BAD_RIGHT_WIDTH,d3 ;find the right hand side of the bad guy cmp.w d3,d5 ;and see if we are on the left hand edge bge.s .no_collision ;no then we can't collide add.w BAD_BOTTOM_HEIGHT,d4 ;find the bottom side of the bad guy cmp.w d4,d6 ;are we above this, ie smaller number?
Bge.s .no_collision ;no then we can't collide add.w MAN_WIDTH, d5 ;increase man's x position by his width add.w BAD_LEFT_WIDTH, dl ;and find the left side of the bad guy cmp.w dl,d5 ,-are we to the right of this?
Ble.s .no_collision ;no then we can't collide with the man add.w MAN_HEIGHT,d6 find the height of hero add.w BAD_TOP_HEIGHT,d2 and the height of the bad guy cmp.w d2,d6 are we below the top of our bad guy?
Ble.s .no_collision no then we can't collide again if we have got to here, then we have collided move.w 0,man_vx so cancel the mans velocity move.w l,died set the died flag move.w MAN_CRUMBLE_START,man_frame and the animation frame ,no_collision.nextlea BAD_SIZE(aO),a0 move on to the next bad guy dbra dO,.loop until there are no more to check .finished the _bad_collision label and the rts instruction.
There is a cheat on level four. When you fall through the hole in the floor, instead of vanishing off the screen like you used to. You will now reappear at the top of the screen. Be careful, because you can still fall too far and die.
See if you can change the code so that instead of reappearing, you die, lose a life and the level is re-initiated.
We need an end sequence because when you die the third time, you have to quit and reboot the computer in order to replay the game. If you can work this out, do so, and also try this: see if you can add a high-score table to the game. If anyone is interested, I got 6750 before I lost my first life.
Don't worry too much if you can’t get the high-score table sussed. There will be one in next month’s issue, along with a small options screen at the start. Meanwhile, you can change any of the code in this month's issue. Try, for example, to have the bad guys moving up and down on the screen, instead of left and right.
TO ADD EXTRA LEVELS Design your new level inside of data_c.s, making sure that there are 13 lines, each with 20 bytes on them. At present there are only five types of block in the game and these are:
1. Left edge of platform
2. Middle section of platform
3. Middle section of platform
4. Right section of platform
5. Stand-alone platform After the level is created you need to
tell the program it exists. If you increase the equate
MAX_LEVELS and add a new jump label to the jump table in
init.s then create a new section label and rts command to
the end of the file, then you should be able to jump around on
the new level. At the moment there are no collectables and no
bad guys. To place collectables you need: lea _objects,a0
move.w 1,OBJ_ON(aO) move. W X,OBJ_X(aO) move.w Y,OBJ_Y(aO)
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OBJ_SIZE(aO) , aO move.w 1,OBJ_ON(aO) move.w X,OBJ_X(aO)
move.w Y,OBJ_Y(aO) Finally, you need to tell the computer how
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this: .move.w NUMBER,to_collect Where NUMBER is the number of
objects that you need to collect to finish a level.
Remember, this need not be as high as the actual number of objects on the level. Take the first level, for example. There are five objects on the screen, but you only need to collect four of them.
Placing baddies is almost the same. To start with you do this: lea _bad_guys,aO move.w BAD_STATE_LEFT, BAD_ON (aO) move.w X,BAD_X(aO) move. W Y, BAD_Y (aO) move.w BAD_LEFT_START, BAD_FRAME (aO) Slightly more complex. When placed the man must be placed on to a platform, otherwise he wobbles in mid air. BAD_ON(aO) is loaded with the current state of the man and can be a choice of the following: BAD_STATE_LEFT man is walking left BAD_STATE_FROM_LEFT man is facing forwards, and came from the left BAD_STATE_FROM_RIGH man not moving came from right BAD_STATE_RIGHT the man is walking right.
Similarly, BAD_FRAME(aO) must be loaded with the current animation, and you have these to choose from: BAD_LEFT_START start of animation going left BAD_LEFT_END end of animation going left BAD_MIDDLE bad guy faces the screen BAD_RIGHT_START start of animation for right movement BAD_RIGHT_END end of animation for going right That's the first man. To place more than one man down you must move into the array and insert your next man using something like this: lea BAD_SIZE (aO) ,aO move.w BAD_STATE_RIGHT, BAD_ON (aO) move.w X,BAD_X(aO) move.w Y,BAD_Y(aO) move.w BAD_RIGHT_START, BAD_FRAME
(aO) When you have all your men down you don’t need to declare the number, but you do have to make sure there is a return from subroutine at the end of your code. Then compile and away you go.
Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.
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THIS IS AMIGA POWER Mmumnk FREE ISSUE JANUARY ’93 EDITOR Mark Ramshaw REVIEWS EDITOR Stuart Campbell PRODUCTION EDITOR Tim Norris STAFF WRITERS Mark Winstanley Tim Tucker ART EDITOR Jacquie Spanton DEPUTY ART EDITOR Lisa Nicholls DEPUTY ADVERTISING MANAGER Jackie Garford PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Claire Fullick PUBLISHER Colin Campbell GROUP PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Greg Ingham PROMOTIONS MANAGER Michele Harris CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Sue Hartley MANAGING DIRECTOR Chris Anderson CONTRIBUTOR: Joe Humphries LINO & SCANNING: Simon Chittenden, John Moore, Chris Stocker, Simon Windsor PHOTOGRAPHY: Ronnie
Randall, Ashton James EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING Amiga Power, Future Publishing Ltd, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW Tel 0225 442244 Fax 0225 446019 SUBSCRIPTIONS The Old Barn, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7PY Tel 0458 74011 AMIGA POWER IS PRINTED IN THE UK A member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Registered circulation 60,184 January-June 1992 ABC WELL GOSH!
We’re flattered that you’re reading this bit, we really are. As you probably know, this is usually the area of a magazine where members of staff make weak jokes. AMIGA POWER is no exception, but because this is a free special issue and all, we’ll spare you it this time round. Instead, we’ll give you an exclusive chance to build up your games collection just a teensy bit.
COMPETITION TIME We want your Yuletide snaps! That’s right - send us your favourite weirdest most embarrassing Christmas photos, and we’ll send a brand spanking new Amiga game to the sender of the best entry. Don’t delay, post today.
AMIGA POWER comes to you from Future Publishing, the astronomically successful publishers of Amiga Format, ST Format, Amiga Shopper, Mega, Super Play, Your Sinclair, Commodore Format, Amstrad Action, Sega Power, Total, Games Master magazine, and quite a few more besides.
© Future Publishing 1992 6 TRUE STORIES A small portion of AMIGA POWER’S fact-tastic news section. Discover what the AP team really look like, tiptoe through our favourite games of the last month, and even take a shot at winning a copy of Sensible Soccer '92-’93 - as reviewed this issue.
8 THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO GOME By way of introduction to AMIGA POWER’S in-depth previews, we bring you a first look at James Pond3. Yes, the sequel to Robocod is finally unveiled.
14 IN THE IO STYLE OF Here at AMIGA POWER we pride ourselves on our many probing features. We also find time to come up with the occasional piece which is a little more, ah, whimsical.
Take this one, for example.
M COMPLETE CONTROL Having trouble with that new game? Need a code or cheat to get that little bit further on one of your old favourites? Then this is the place to come.
1£ DO THE WRITE IO THING We’ve printed some pretty odd letters in our pages over the past 12 months. Here, by way of introduction to our sometimes serious, sometimes funny and, more often than not, vitriolic reader correspondence is a collection of the year’s best letters.
IQ BACK ISSUES AND IO SUBSCRIPTIONS Okay, so you like us lots and want more?
This is the place to come.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU EXPECT IN AN ISSUE OF AMIGA POWER?
Well, lots more really. In addition to the mounds of extra reviews you’ll find in the real thing, you'll also find sections like: DEFINITION OF SOUND An occasional buyers’ guide where we give you the lowdown on a particular game genre and define just what is and isn’t ‘sound’ (ie really rather good).
THE BOTTOIVI LINE The original and the best round-up of an entire year’s worth of reviews, complete with short, sharp comments, ratings and lots more besides.
AND... Ah, but you’ll just have to buy it to find out.
Greetings and salutations. This, as the headline says, is AMIGA POWER - the essential monthly guide to Amiga games. Whereas our sister magazine AMIGA FORMAT gives you an all-encompassing view of the Amiga world - from business, to home and leisure - AMIGA POWER brings you an entire magazine dedicated to the world of Amiga games. Since the magazine's birth some 20 months ago.
G A IVIES OF THE In a regular issue of AMIGA POWER, we take the best, most important, or simply the most interesting releases and place them in our Games Of The Month section. Here we devote two, three or even four pages to each title - giving them the treatment in the way that only AMIGA POWER reviewers know how. Our reviewers really go to town, giving you the full lowdown on the game, and leaving no doubt in your mind exactly what we think of a title.
Of course, our reviewers don't always agree - in which case you'll find something called an On The Other Hand box from one of our other expert writers. Whatever the game, you can be sure that we'il play it thoroughly and review it thoroughly.
While some magazines are content to rehash game instructions, we take time to actually be critical about a game. And even if a game doesn't make it into the Games Of The Month section, it'll still get the full treatment in a full page review (as WING COMMANDER Sensible Soeter '92-'93 The long awaited space epic, this month) or in the reviewed for Amiga and A1200 budget or PD sections. Owners... Page 10 we've gone from strength to strength, and now hold the position as the world's best selling Amiga games magazine. The way we've achieved this is through in- depth, balanced, honest and
sometimes controversial reviews, news, previews and features. If it's happening in the world of Amiga games, then you can be sure it'll be featured in AMIGA POWER. So enjoy this special taster issue, and watch out for issue 21 - due to hit the shelves on 1 7th December. It'll be a corking issue and no mistake.
Mark Ramshaw Editor SPECIAL ISSUE FREE WITH AMIGA FORMAT JANUARY FULL PRICE Sensible Soccer--------------12 Wing Commander------------10 This being a taster issue and all, we’ve only actually got space to bring you reviews of the new Sensible Soccer game, and Wing Commander (and an abbreviated Wing Commander review at that).
In a real issue you can expect a list of every single game released that month.
From the biggest to the smallest, you’ll find it listed for review in this column.
Every month AMIGA POWER brings you an interactive peek at the latest games. Attached to each issue, you’ll find a coverdisk bursting at the seams with playable demos. And you can be sure that when we do give you a taste of PD, it’ll be of the highest quality DISK HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LAST 1 2 MONTHS disk WITH EVERY ISSUE KNIGHTS OF THE SKY The year got off to a flying start with an endlessly playable demo of the acclaimed WWI flight sim from MicroProse. Even dyed-in-the-wool flight sim haters couldn’t help but fall in love with this one. The game which turned the entire AP team into scarf-
wearing weirdos.
TITUS THE FOX Following on where the excellent Blues Brothers left off, inferior platform games were given a good kicking by this Middle Eastern spectacular from Titus. Magic carpets, snake charmers and the lovable fox himself all feature in this outstanding purpose-designed level.
MONTH SENSIBLE SOCCER '92-'93 Can it be true? Has one of the best Amiga games ever just got better? Page 12 Low-priced newies, and reduced re-releases can all be found here. But remember, just because they’re cheap, it doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed a good review.
COMPILATIONS Even compilations come under the the AMIGA POWER reviewing eye every month.
PUBLIC DOMAIN Every month Dave Golder brings you the latest in the world of free software.
...for AMIGA POWER issue 21. Available from 17th December, it's going to be a game-packed affair, with reviews of Indiana Jones, KGB, Nigel Mansell and many WIZKID AND SENSIBLE SOCCER May’s two disk spectacular included an entire disk from Sensible. Also included were Sim Brick and Startest
- two of the most bizarre ‘games’ ever to grace an AP coverdisk.
And - hey! - Pinball Dreams appeared on the second disk that
month!
AMIGA POWER SPECIAL JANUARY 1993 D GENERATION The entire second level of Mindscape’s highly rated 3D tale of of virtual reality creations gone wild could be found with the August issue. When the software houses do a demo for AMIGA POWER, you can be sure that it’ll be something very special indeed.
DOODLEBUG Core Design came up trumps with an entire level of there groovy little platform adventure runaround.
Accompanying Doodlebug was Flair’s bizarre but totally enthralling Metamorphosis - a game of shape- shifting and elementary chemistry of all things. Like we said, bizarre.
O lO GOOD REASONS I IS DEDICATED TO GAMES There’s no denying that one of the major uses of the Amiga is as a games machine. That’s where we come in. Every issue is packed to bursting with information about Amiga games. Whether it’s the latest, the greatest, or the stuff you’d do well to avoid - you won’t find a more comprehensive or up-to-date guide.
COVERS EVERY AMIGA GAME RELEASE We rate over 250 games every issue. From the latest full- price, budget and PD games, to The Bottom Line - a definitive roundup of the last year’s releases - it’s our aim to give you the authoritative lowdown on pretty much every Amiga game out there.
GUARANTEES EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE m O) at X 3 Z "3 Software companies naturally want good reviews of their games. We naturally want to provide honest and fair reviews of their games. We never succumb to pressure, bribes or any kind of influence from software companies. If we don’t like a game, then we’re not afraid to say so.
GIVES YOU THE FULL PICTURE With buyers’ guides, work in progress features, news snippets, and of course our acclaimed reviews, we look at the world of Amiga games from every angle. Recent issues have included words of wisdom from people as diverse as Geoff Heath of Mindscape and Chris Peat of Altern 8.
IS THE WORLD'S BEST-SELLING AMIGA GAMES MAGAZINE With an ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) figure of 60,184, there’s none more successful when it comes to Amiga games. We like to think that we’re doing it right, and our popularity certainly seems to indicate that.
© NEVER COMPROMISES We’ve got a reputation as the harshest magazine in the business - and with good reason. What we don’t do, however, is simply slag-off games just for the sake of it. We rate hard because we don’t think anyone should have to fork out for mediocre software. If we rate a game highly, then you can be sure of a quality title.
TREATS GAMES SERIOUSLY INTRODUCTION lO GOOD REASONS Written by games players for games players. We don’t sacrifice quality by employing kids who can finish Zool but can’t cope with the English language. Clear, witty, entertaining and informative writing is our aim.
CARRIES A FULLY-PLAYABLE DEMO PACKED DISK While other magazines fall over themselves to offer vapid slideshows and non-playable demos while forgetting about the actual magazine, we work to bring you a quality magazine and a disk crammed with the best in playable demos of the latest titles.
Over the next few pages you’ll get a taste of what AMIGA POWER is all about. First up you’ll find an exclusive work in progress feature on the latest James Pond game, and reviews of Wing Commander and Sensible Soccer ’92-’93 - as j featured in the January issue of AMIGA POWER. Following on from that, we’ve selected one of our most successful jf mini-features of recent issues: In The Style Of - where we get programmers to reinterpret their hits in new and bizarre styles. The jr best letters of 1992 pretty much round things up in our Do The w Write Thing special, then it’s your chance to get
back issues or take out a subscription to this thing that we call AMIGA POWER.
REVIEWS GAMES LIKE NOBODY ELSE The best and most interesting titles get up to four pages of in-depth analysis. We aim to show you exactly what the games look like, using annotated pictures, link-ups of entire game levels and playthrough sequences. And if our reviewers don’t agree, then you’ll find second opinions too.
We pride ourselves on leading the field in reviewing style.
Future is the home of some of Britain’s best-selling computer magazines, including Total, Sega Power, PC Plus, Amiga Shopper, and, of course Amiga Format. Quality, innovation, information and entertainment are at the heart of Future’s policy. If Revealed at last, this are the motley crew behind the world’s best-selling Amiga games magazine. But who are they, and how did they all come to work on the title? From left to right they are: THIS IS WHERE YOU'LL FIND ALL THE LATEST NEWS, GOSSIP AND TITTLE-TATTLE FROM THE WORLD OF AMIGA GAMES.
TIM NORRIS - Production editor extraordinaire and ex-public school chap, Tim is the pivotal guy in the slick machine that is AMIGA POWER. Words are his business, and it’s rare that something goes amiss when Tim is around. Except, that is, when he rides his motorbike. Then Tim himself tends to go amiss worryingly often.
TIM TUCKER - New boy Tim joins us as staff writer after a stint on ST Format, and a previous life as the bass player in near-famous rock group Cactus Rain. We’re secretly hoping that Tim will be able to transfer his knowledge of electronic instruments into Amiga technical expertise. After ail, the rest of us can barely plug in a joystick, never mind format a hard drive.
MARK RAMSHAW - Original team member and international bright young editor, Mark is a total failure as any kind of musician whatsoever. This poor man is charged with keeping the entire argumentative bunch in line - no mean feat. As editor, Mark’s other job is to give himself reviews of all the best games. Occasionally though, he slips up, hence Stuart’s review of Sensible Soccer ’92-'93 in this special issue.
STUART CAMPBELL - AP reviews editor and self-proclaimed ‘world’s best games player’ (frankly, we re not convinced), Stuart’s been a vital part of the team since the magazine's birth. When he’s not playing his apocalyptic rock’n’roll on the office stereo, there’s nothing he likes better than a round or two on Sensible Soccer- with the volume turned up. When he's feeling particularly mean though, he tends to do both at the same time.
JACQUIE SPANTON - Our Yorkshire-born art editor has a full set of crayons, and she isn’t afraid to use them. Unfortunately, she’s recently discovered the delights of Pinball Fantasies - so the rest of the team have to constantly find new places to hide the disks.
Jacquie was previously responsible for the visual delights of Amiga Shopper and Public Domain, but we’re not going to hold that against her.
MARK WINSTANLEY - Another new boy, Mark’s illustrious past includes working on BBC's Making Out, hiking across America (“A nice place to visit, but you can guess the rest”), and - hey! - even playing computer games. At six foot five, Mark is of course obliged to make more tea than anyone else in the team.
NOT SLEEPING, BUT WALKING Good old Ocean, eh? We love ’em, we really do. A large part of the reason for that is the impending release of Sleepwalker. In a business not usually noted for its charitable impulses (in fact, the only software Good Works we can recall offhand are Soft Aid, an 8-bit compilation tape put together around the time of Band Aid, and WOW Games, another 8-bit compilation, this time for War On Want, a couple of years later), the Manchester giants have written a game especially for the forthcoming Comic Relief event, Red Nose Day 4.
And it’s not just a thrown-together never-mind-the-quality-look-at-the-good-cause job, either. Sleepwalker is a brilliant-looking scrolling platform game with Lemmings overtones, in that you play a dog (the cutest character we’ve seen since Titus The Fox, to boot) with the job of protecting a little nightshirt-clad kiddy from harm as he wanders somnambulently through a load of danger-packed levels. The game boasts beautiful backdrops, gorgeously smooth parallax scrolling and a turn of speed fit to rival anything Sonic the so-called Hedgehog ever managed, alongside some genuinely imaginative
gameplay and sound effects specially created for the game by Comic Relief stalwart Lenny Henry. We've seen an all-but-finished version already, and it looks like the best thing to come from Ocean for ages - funny, playable, original, addictive, and with at least a fiver from each copy going straight to Comic Relief. You can’t really say fairer than that, can you?
Each copy of the game will come complete with a sponsorship form enabling you to make even more dosh for the charity (imagine, you can play games all day and if your mum and dad complain you can say But it’s all for the starving children!’ and make them leave you alone), and Ocean are currently organising a national challenge for Red Nose Day itself (Friday March 12 1993), so you might even get yourself on the telly.
This is going to be a good one, kids.
COMPETITIONS AND EVEN A GUIDE TO THE BEST GAMES OF THE LAST MONTH ARE ALSO STAPLES OF AMIGA POWER NEWS PAGES NO SECOND PRIZE, JUST SECOND HELPINGS Last month we reviewed the rather splendid new 3D motorbike racer from Thalion, No Second Prize. It seems those clever German chaps waste no time and already there are plans for a sequel (No Second Prize 2, perhaps?)
To be released in March. We’re told that it’ll use the same game engine (except that it’s even faster now) and will include the full Grand Prix season, together with the Isle Of Man TT (although this is causing a few problems at the moment). We expect to have a preview for you in February.
We thought we were being clever when we said to Thalion, “You ought to persuade the programmers to use the same game engine for a flight sim - that’d be fab.” Well, they’ve already thought of that and there’s an add-on for A320 Airbus and a ’copter sim on the way. With graphics like that, if they get the gameplay right, they can’t lose.
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RECOMMENDS Not many of the big Christmas releases made it out in time for last month’s issue, but never mind - all these great games did instead.
NO SECOND PRIZE (THALION) After so many bitter disappointments, we'd almost written off motorbike racing as something that just wasn’t going to work as a ‘serious’ simulation in the FfGPvein, but we've rarely been more glad to be wrong. ('Sing if you're glad to be wrong'. - Ed) No Second Prize boasts just about the fastest, smoothest and sexiest polygon graphics we've ever seen, along with what resident biker, Tim, assures us is an extremely realistic riding feel, and a clutch of fab features that make it lovely to watch as well as play. A bit of a winner, appropriately enough.
PINBALL FANTASIES (21 ST CENTURY) It may be only a pinball game, but WHAT a pinball game! Four tables of superfast, superslick, positively fliptastic action with (nearly) all the features you could ever want from a pinball machine, except a coin slot.
Okay, so it’s not really all that much of an advance on Pinball Dreams, except in the price tag department (30 quid does seem to be pushing things a bit), and there’s got to be a way for someone to come up with an Amiga pintable sim with multiball, but you'll get so much lasting entertainment out of this that it just doesn’t matter.
BC KID (UBI SOFT) The console that time forgot, in these days of ultra-high profile Mega Drives and SNESs, is the PC Engine, which is a shame as it's one of the best ones money can buy (it’s where Dyna Blaster came from, don’tcha know?).
One of its most popular games has, for quite a while now, been one called PC K 'd (except in the USA where it was called Bonk), a console-type (No! You're kidding! - Ed) cutesy platformy beat-’em-up with lots of little flashes of loveliness. Now our favourite dudes at Hudson Soft have converted it to the Amiga, and a fab job they’ve done of it, too. That’s it, really.
LEGEND OF KYRANDIA (VIRGIN) There’s quite a lot of this kind of thing around just now, isn't there? Gorgeous-looking adventures with big cartoon graphics and lots of jokes seem to be all the rage, and luckily most of them seem to be pretty fab as well. If you’ve finished Monkey Island 2 and Curse Of Enchantia, you don’t have to look much further for your next instalment of brain-blending, mind-melting, puzzle-solving, disk-swapping fun and larks.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, you also get to battle with a bad guy called ‘Malcolm’. What more could you ask for?
CAMPAIGN (EMPIRE) A few months ago we wibbled on and on about how great Pacific Islands was, to no great effect as you all pretty much ignored it anyway. So, as punishment, we’re going to do it all over again with Campaign, which is much the same blend of 3D tank-driving action and tricky involved clever-clever strategy stuff as before, only even better.
It takes an awful lot to get Jonathan Davies enjoying himself on a wargame (well, it takes an awful lot to get Jonathan Davies enjoying himself full stop), but Campaign managed it. Just think what it could do for you.
EVERY MONTH WE BRING READERS A WHOLE BATCH OF HOT-OFF-THE PRESSES PREVIEWS THINGS TO COME re «*¦ o £ o ‘ (0 0 E o o re o JE a c o D in £ O ft a enemy, Dr Maybe. The deranged doctor has set up a base on the Moon. He has a team of rats mining cheese which will be sent to Earth to flood the market and so throw it into financial chaos. The world will then become Dr Maybe’s oyster unless Pond can find the dastard and save the day.
With Operation Starfish (formerly Splash Gordon), James Pond is boldly going where no fish has gone before.
For a start, the Pond character's been overhauled and is now more versatile than ever. He can pick up handy items (see panel), some of which are activated immediately, while others can be thrown at the enemy characters or used when necessary. (What you can’t see here is the fruit and cakes which Pond wears so he can roll into the enemy characters. As an added bonus, some robot guards don’t o in re j* o o o re re tn » £ OPERATION Game: James Pond3: Operation Starfish Publisher: Millennium Authors: Chris Sorrel (Design, Code, Visuals), Richard Joseph (Sound & Music) ETA: Easter 1993 Briefly: As
we all know, the Moon is made of cheese. And no-one's more aware of that fact than James Pond’s arch NO STONE IS LEFT UNTURNED TO KEEP YOU IN THE PICTURE ABOUT THE LATEST HAPPENINGS IN THE WORLD OF GAMES THINGS TO COME shown here) to chart Pond’s progress through the 100-plus levels. The route isn't linear though. Once a level has been completed, Pond can be moved on to a visible adjacent level. Secret routes and levels are found by collecting special tokens.
And let’s not forget Finnius Frog, a trainee agent and Pond’s new assistant.
You actually get to control Finnius by collecting another type of special token. A rocket then shoots on to the screen and drops off Finnius. He's a simply adorable little fella who packs a mean tongue and can carry an object.
Control reverts back to Pond only when one of Finnius' own lives is lost.
The creators speak: “It’s the biggest Pond game yet," says Millennium’s Ian Saunter. “It was originally going to be ready for this Christmas but now it’s too big and... too good really.” “The Moon’s not just made of cheese
- there’s every other type of dairy product there,” says Chris
Sorrell. “This whole world has evolved on the Moon, so it’s not
really a series of separate levels. I want this to be
remembered as a game where everything’s in context. That's why
the Pond's mission starts in The Cheese Plains in the bottom
left-hand corner of this massive map (which isn't yet
finished). The Milk Sea is below. He passes through The Swamp,
The Butter Mountains, The Blue Cheese Plains, and, towards the
Frozen North, an Ice Cream Zone complete with cone hills. There
are underground levels, too, such as the Moon's natural
caverns, The Slime Caverns, and The Cheese Mines (which may yet
have to be blown up). "I dent know if there will be any mine
carts in the mines," says Chris.
"There seems to have been a spate of those recently, so I don't really want to do them."
AMIGA POWER SPECIAL JANUARY 1993 recognise Pond in his disguise.)
Pond can also jump and duck and run - and can he run! “He’s at least as fast as Sonic," says Chris. And Pond needs to be if he's to build up enough speed to run up some of the near-vertical inclines in the strange scenery.
But best of all is Pond’s Special Ability. He blew bubbles in James Pond and could stretch and hang from the ceiling in RoboCod. In Operation Starfish, Pond can stick to almost anything by means of a pair of gravity boots.
He can even hang upside down, and there may yet be a boss character as large as - if not larger than - the screen which means Pond will have to run around it.
There are dozens of novel new features, too, such as a map screen (an incomplete version of it is And here’s a couple of the amusing characters Pond meets on the Moon. There's the Hying Cow (its distant relative jumped over the Moon, of course), and a cAT-AT Walker (!).
There's also a miner rat, some mad robot mice and a worm.
Whole thing’s dairy based.” Where does Chris get his ideas?
“My graphics inspiration comes from Disney cartoons and Tom and Jerry cartoons. It’s less apparent in RoboCod, but much more obvious in this one.
“Each Pond game has been inspired by a classic Commodore 64 game. Pond was Gribbly's Day Out-1 like that a lot - and RobbCod was Thing On A Spring.
Pond3 is similar to Nodes Of Yesod.
“The graphic style of Operation Starfish is a cross between the simple, outlined look of, say, Mario, and Disney cartoons for the animation. Everything blinks to give it more character. There are a lot more animation frames for Pond.” Has he met with many problems during development?
“The walking around walls is all very nice but it doesn’t half cause problems. It's why it's taken so long. The biggest problem now is fitting in all the ideas. It always happens.
“RoboCod could have done with a lot more polish, which Pond had but the mapping could have been done better- there were some bits that were unplayable, and all that going back and forth was a bit of a pain. But I’ve learned more about design.
“I’m finishing off the map at the moment, placing on it where the levels will be.
There'll be an almost limitless number of routes through it. You should be able to go back and explore most of the levels once you've completed them, to find the hidden things. This one's going to have more hidden things than ever before. It’d be difficult for one person to find them all.
“There probably will be boss characters at the ends of all the sections, but I don't know yet. I want to do something a little bit different.” Verdict so far: It’s certainly shaping up to be Pond's finest hour. The character has the potential to do for Millennium what Mario and Sonic did for their respective companies. And, of course, Pond's as British as Britain itself.
• GARY PENN The Swamp is made from mushroom and slime infested
mouldy cheese. These are blocks used to construct those levels.
Chris Sorrell went straight from leaving school to drawing for programmer Steve Bak. “I never saw myself as an artist though, only a programmer,” says Chris.
He cut his coding teeth with Yolanda, a conversion of Steve Bak’s cult Commodore 64 hit Hercules. “It was only a small project, to prove I could code.
I’d never really written anything before that.” With Yolanda under his belt, Chris was fired up and eager to do his own thing, so he started work on Guppy. Millennium weren’t keen on the title though. Michael Hayward [Millennium's managing director] came up with a new name: James Pond. It stuck, and the rest, as they cliche, is history.
SOFTOGRAPHY Spitting Image Domark (1988) - Visuals Dogs Of War Prism (1989) - Visuals Fire And Brimstone Firebird (1989) - Visuals Yolanda Millennium (1990) - Visuals & Code James Pond Millennium (1990) - Visuals, Code & Design RoboCod Millennium (1991)-Visuals, Code & Design YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND THE LATEST GAMES REVIEWED IN AMIGA POWER HOW THE WESTERN SPIRAL Vour thoughts monitor as the commander mates thi rest of the assignments.
This is you, the hero of this epic tale.
Mmm, not sure about that blue hair.
It’s been a long time coming, but the legendary epic is here co a a - cc D Z GROOVY, BOT WHAT NEXT?
Brass tacks time, methinks. Let’s be honest. Wing So, Wing Commander eh?
The game which got people buying big, powerful Pcs. Wing Commander-the landmark shoot-’em-up. Wing Commander
- the... you get the idea.
And here it is on the Amiga. So what’s new? Not a lot, thankfully. When you’ve got a game design so obviously successful as this one, then there’s little Game: Wing Commander Publisher: Mindscape Authors: Chris Roberts (Original), Nick Pelling (Amiga version), and a cast of thousands (graphics and sound) Price: £34.99 Release: Out now point in messing around with the winning formula. No, what’s been attempted here is an exact recreation of the original game, with the number of colours being the only compromise. The results are occasionally a little gaudy, but in the 3D space sections the
reduction from 256 to 32 colours is hardly noticeable.
The player takes the role of a rookie who, over the course of game will either be the saviour of the human race... or not.
The fact that all the blasting bits link together to form a story, means that each time the player returns to base, there’s a debriefing - sometimes followed by another medal to add to the old collection, sometimes a promotion, or sometimes a severe ticking off. After that, it's back to the officer's mess. Here the game can be saved, or a visit to the bar can be made, where other pilots are always keen for a chat. A ‘simulator’ is also available, for danger-free flying.
O ) JU O 5 Commander would be lumped in with all the other mindless 3D shoot-’em-ups out there if it wasn’t for the graphics. Quite simply, they are the most complex 3D images yet seen in an Amiga game. In place of abstract 3D vectors, Wing Commander offers texture mapped craft.
They have surface detail and colouring as if they were plain old sprites, but they can zoom in and out and rotate through all three planes as if they were real, live vectors. Let's be honest - Wing Commander is in a league of its own in terms of graphics technique. Programmer Nick Pelling has performed minor miracles in getting this stuff on the Amiga at all.
Okay, so the colours have been compromised quite radically, but the overall effect is still mightily impressive.
The missions themselves vary between reconnaissance, plain old offensive, and defensive jobs. The latter involve escorting huge transporters to designated jump points, while offensive runs sometimes give the player the chance to strike right into the heart of the Kilrathi empire, and go up against the might of a huge enemy warship.
Wingmen are available for some missions, with orders sent via intercom - which can also be used to taunt the THIS MONTH SEES THE ADDITION OF A BOTTOM LINE BOX FOR GAMES WHICH MAKES USE OF THE NEW A1200 MACHINE There’s no time for putting the fluffy dice in position, here come the Kilrathi.
Lust look at the texture mapping on that - an enemy fighter gets dangerously close.
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- H Oh i m And it’ all over for our brave young hero.
Roast marshmallow, anyone?
Oh dear, we're heading toward the enemy ship at a rather alarming velocity.
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Commander has never been in doubt, let’s be honest.
The big question mark hanging over the game is one of speed. The original PC version required a pretty damn powerful machine to rattle along at a decent pace, so doubts have been hanging over the Amiga version since beginning.
It's a real shame, then, that after such attention to detail on the game, the speed lets things down. On a standard Amiga the screen update is painfully slow, the dynamic graphics being reduced to stop-start blobs.
Wing Commander has always relied on its pace to create tension and excitement. Without this, it’s reduced to a (very slow) graphical showcase. It’s certainly not fast enough to make it anywhere near as playable as it should be.
But... it’s not all heartache, disappointment, and tragedy. Somebody at Commodore obviously pre-empted all this, and decided to bring out the fabulous A1200. Wing Commander is a dream - and a very swoony, smooth and pretty dream at that.
The game itself is still as paper-thin as ever, of course. Strategy and depth are as absent as they ever were. But if delicious 3D shoot-’em-ups are your bag, and an A1200 is yours, then Wing Commander awaits. The rest of us would do well to think twice before taking a ride on this particular freedom moped out of nowhere city.
• MARK RAMSHAW Kilrathi during battle. It’s all a bit like the
fighting sequences of Elite, condensed and concentrated into
one intense war.
Now that Commodore have introduced their 'Super Amiga’, you’ll find this symbol to indicate where games take advantage of the new machine’s abilities.
The reduction in colours, this IS the original PC version. Running about three times as fast as it does on the standard Amiga, this is the game the way its supposed to be.
DOWNERS Some will dismiss this is a mindless shoot-’em-up, with only the clever graphics to save it. Whether this is a downer depends on your tastes, really. The A1200 can handle 256 colours, why not use them?
THE BOTTOM LINE The wow factor may have lessened since its introduction on the PC a couple of years ago, but Wing Commander is still a milestone. The first game to really need an A1200, it’s the game which owners of the new machine must own.
Full on raging 3D action you can’t afford to miss.
® UPPERS The entire game is in there, right down to the last detail.
DOWNERS If ever a game was trying too much, then this is it. On the standard Amiga it’s way too ambitious. It’s all too slow, even the non-3D sequences - robbing the game of it’s frantic playability.
THE BOTTOM LINE A landmark, but flawed on the standard Amiga. Maybe it would have been better to compromise than to attempt to recreate the complex graphics. As a fan of Wing Commander, it pains me to say that the game loses all its magic at such a painfully sluggish speed.
IN ADDITION TO OUR GAMES OF THE MONTH SECTION, A GENEROUS HELPING OF GAMES GET REVIEWED LIKE THIS.
GAME REVIEWS 1!
Game: Sensible Soccer 92 93 Season Publisher: Renegade Authors: Sensible Software Price: £25.99 stand alone £3.95 upgrade Release: Out now orning, Stuart. ITS THERE!
WHAT A GOAL! Oh, is that the new version of Sensible Soccer?
FANTASTIC! DID YOU SEE THAT ONE?
What one?
IT WAS AMAZING! I'LL SHOW YOU THE REPLAY!
No, no, it doesn’t matter. And could you stop shouting, please?
WHAT? YOU'RE KIDDING! A YELLOW CARD FOR THAT?
Mark, could you make Stuart be quiet?
The best got better. Now we’ll never get any work from Stuart Hil I NEVER TOUCHED HIM! OH NO, WATCH OUT FOR THE FREE KICK - GAAH!
Oh look, Estonia just equalised. That’s so very interesting.
¦ DC O z SHUT UP! THERE ARE NO EASY GAMES IN WORLD FOOTBALL!
(Bring bring) Stuart, I think that's your phone.
OH, WHAT A VOLLEY! TWO-ONE! UP YOURS, ESTONIA!
(Bring bring) Stuart, I said I think that’s - oh, never mind.
LET’S SEE THAT ONE MORE TIME! OH YES! YES!
10. 30 am. Custom teams cause much amusement.
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R d l Ml t mmu E 3 GOBBLEOEGQOK H° CCJBCH CHPPET SWEEPER E H BEB39HHHHI o FIRST KIT SECDNQ KFT (Bring bring) Hello, AMIGA POWER. No, I’m afraid he’s not here at the moment. Can I take a - HE’S CLEAN THROUGH AGAIN AND HE’S-NO!
WHAT A SAVE! CORNER!
No, no, that’s just, er, the radio. Hang on a minute, I’ll turn it down. (Clout) HE FLOATS ONE IN, A DIVING HEADER - GOOAALLL!
Yes, I’ll get him to call you as soon as he calms dow- er, comes in. Bye.
AND THE SCOTS HAVE REALLY GOT THE PSEUDO-RUSSIAN LOSERS ON THE RACK NOW! DOWN THE WING, A CROSS, A GOAL!
So, you’ll be giving this a pretty good review then? Lots of stuff about the new goalkeepers and how they can turn the ball round the post for corners and stuff, and how the new passback rule's been implemented, and how the computer teams’ skill levels have been tweaked upwards for a tougher challenge, and how there are new custom teams, and how the game's got lots of up-to-date options like the chance to play the World Cup Qualifying groups, and how the red and yellow cards that quite a few people complained about the lack of in the original game have been implemented this time round
(complete with extra crowd samples), and how it's just generally an even more fabulous all-round recreation of the true feel of football, right down to the unpredictable way that you can thump Italy away in one match, only to get a 6-2 home drubbing from Portugal or lose to a breakaway goal from Malta in the very next one, and all that kind of thing. In fact, I shouldn’t be at all surprised if you were to tentatively suggest that with all these improvements this might, in fact, just possibly be the best Amiga game of all time, as our readers voted it in last month’s Readers' All-Time Top 100.
After all, you do seem to be having a good time over there.
NO WAY! YOU CAN’T SEND HIM OFF FOR THAT! NOW THERE’S A HOLE IN THE WALL, AND-ARGH!
FOUR-TWO! HOW COME THE GOALKEEPERS NEVER EVER SAVE FREE-KICKS?
Oh God, I'm getting a headache now.
COME ON REF! SURELY THAT’S A PENALTY? YES! IT MUST BE FIVE! IT IS!
I think it might be an idea if the rest of us took an early lunch, Mark.
AND IT’S ALL OVER! WHAT A WIN!
LOOK AT THESE HIGHLIGHTS!
I think you could be right, Tim.
• STUART CAMPBELL!
UPPERS Tougher, slicker, more realistic, in pretty much every way better than the 93%-rated original. Is there any more to be said?
® DOWNERS The keepers do seem to have a bit of a weak spot where free kicks are concerned, and it’d be nice if you got to play some kind of World Cup if you qualified. And where have Aberdeen gone?
THE BOTTOM LINE You lot think this (even in its previous, inferior incarnation) is the best Amiga game ever. I'm inclined to agree with you.
AN OCCASIONAL FEATURE WHERE WE ASK DESIGNERS TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THEIR GAMES TO SEE WHAT THEY COULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE.
SPECIAL 11 THE STYLE PUTTY u m o IN THE I S tyl e 1 OF... z c 33 This is the column that asks programmers ‘what if?’ and actually gets a reply. In previous months we've asked what games would look like if they’d been designed by H R Giger, or M C Escher, or Salvador Dali. We’ve had games in the style of other games and recently, in our December issue, we asked a few designers to give their games a Christmassy feel. This one, taking its inspiration from the late Sam Pekinpah, was one of our favourites.
CO CO u OF SAM PECKINPAH BY PHIL THORNTON “Putty is just so cute, that I wanted to do something completely different. Transforming into into a Sam Peckinpah-style splatter scene was the obvious thing. It was also a good way to let off steam after working on such a cute game after 18 months.
In the scene here arch enemies Dazzledaze and Putty have actually joined forces, and of course there’s the gratuitous inclusion of a car bursting through the scene.
I’m big fan of Sam Peckinpah, but my favourite splatter movie just has to be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” AN ABBREVIATED LOOK AT OUR MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF HINTS, TIPS, CHEATS AND PLAYING GUIDES II TRODDLERS (Storm) John Chapman of Liverpool very kindly sent us hundreds and hundreds of Troddlers codes. But you don’t want to see them all, of course. You do?
(Grit teeth.) Okay... 1 PREMIER 2 BUILDIT 3 NOSWEAT 4 PYRAMID 5 CLEAROUT 6 SPHINX 7 QUARET 8 CENTRIN 9 REDGEMS 10 CROSSED 11 SKIPAROUND 12 PACKEDUP 13 PILLARS 14 BZZZZZ 15 FIVEROWS 16 TIGHTTIME 17 EASYONE 18 TWOTRIBES 19 DONTMIX 20 HELPEMOUT 21 MEANONES 22 NOPROBLEMS 23 TREASURES 24 STOREROOM 25 UPANDDOWN 26 TECHNO 27 ONEONONE 28 SIXROOMS 29 THETOWER 30 GOFORHEART 31 NEWTHING 32 BOULERO 33 CRUELWORLD 34 CRUELCUBES 35 SLIPNSLIDE 36 KEYX 37 GOLDCROSS 38 STONEM 39 HARDROUND 40 FIRSTGUNS 41 CROSSFIRE 42 RUNFORIT 43 NORULES 44 NOFARWALL 45 RUNAROUND 46 BADBIRD 47 COVERTHEM 48 SAVEBLOCKS 49 GLAMOUR
50 HACKBACK Alan R Mitchell of Durham, along with one or two (hem hem) other people, has pointed out that typing ‘GOLDFISH’ on the title screen accesses a cheat mode. You can then press F1 to F6 to skip from world to world. Additionally, press 1 to make yourself invincible, 2 to skip to the next n 0) o 6 WSVUQPCSJ-70 7 OUNDEFACG-99 8 GXWDYPACV-68 9 BZ-ZF-BAT-90 10 LWNJWKACN-90 Hard Level 1 IYVVNVEQR-35 2 KAZZNIKAI-45 3 FGQLJGDAF-65 4 MFFSRPYDU-60 5 PLQTZQDPE-80 6 ZKZGKJKKK-50 7 TGGJGGTTT-63 8 AFZYBQCJT-70 - DC D Z 9 JBOUKJHKA-99 10 DASICOTET-80 11 XDNVSEECE-85 12 QDSCJVEBT-75 13
SKGYXXXXK-57 14 YKGJWVNAK-92 15 WJMEGMEQH-60 O UJ Q. (J) DC UJ 5 0 0.
o 2 To get these to work, you’re probably best off taking a gander at the manual that came with your Action Replay cart.
Bubble Bobble C091 EE infinite lives CJ's Elephant Antics TFD 1EC71 infinite lives Laser Squad 12AA5.XX no. Of credits for weapons, Mousetrap C07B2F infinite lives Ninja Warriors 1967D.XX no. Of shurikens Q Jonathan Davies is the man with all the good cheats, in Complete Control - a section devoted to helping you win.
ZOOL (Gremlin Graphics) level, 3 to jump to the same level in the next world, and 4 to, er, kill yourself.
But that’s not all. Rather fabulously, there's a secret shoot-’em-up section on level 2-1. It’s been brought to our attention by Andy Peters of Hull. To get to it, you'll need to get past the first two crumbling platforms with spikes underneath. Just after the second one, if you drop down to the floor next to the spikes you’ll see a platform above your head and to the right a bit. Jump up into the corner underneath and viola! [sic] On level 2-2, adds Simon Geary of Glasgow, the sequence for the piano is Red, Yellow, Light Blue, Dark Blue.
Control per life, 19A09.XX no. Of credits Pegasus 022B6B infinite lives Plotting 5FAD.63 99 zapper blocks per life player 1, 5FCB1,63 same for player 2 Rainbow Islands E337 infinite lives Space Blob C1C47F infinite lives Zoo101A003 infinite lives Thanks for these go to Joyce Heeld of Birmingham (sorry you couldn’t get those tips to work) and Carl Surry of Barnet.
ACTION REPLAY POKES Easy Level 1 PWRWUWHNM-30 2 XMQIYSKAS-80 3 UVQSNPBCM-70 4 CWVBQPCAV-50 5 SFXUXXXXP-60 6 HSYWYSKGC-50 7 IVVEMMKOZ-50 Medium Level 1 ANNSMQLPN-60 2 VSVDOPHCY-50 3 RTLMYJKHB-60 4 ERRURV 67 5 NSSSXXXXS-60 LOTUS III (Gremlin Graphics) Some codes from Colin Gray of Prestwick: 51 ALOTTODO 52 UPSIDEOUT 53 DROPEMIN 54 POSSIBLE 55 CLOSEUP 56 FOOLSRUN 57 JEWELPUSH (gasp...) 58 GUIDETRY 59 WOTAWSGO 60 LOOSEM 61 YOURSOR 62 SACRIFICE 63 BOOMPARADE 64 WAITFORIT 65 ROCKBLAST 66 NOWASTEALL 67 FROMABOVE 68 SMASHHITS 69 CRUSHRUSH 70 FIRSTFIRE 71 BURNOUT 72 RUMBLEHOT 73 COCKTAIL 74 BUGGINHARD
75 MOREFUN 76 SPINAROUND 77 LETITOUT 78 ALLABOUT 79 BOUNCEIT 80 RAINDROPS 81 FIREANDICE 82 SLOWBURN 83 STALLEM 84 BADBOMBS 85 SOLOMAN 86 HELLSDITCH 87 FIRSTFIRST 88 GOODLUCK 89 TIMEHUNTER 90 NODELAY 91 NOPULLPLUG 92 GUNZONE 93 BELTZENRUN 94 BRIDGEMIN 95 FALLOUT 96 COLOURUN 97 AUTOFIRE 98 SWEATHEART 99 HEAVYDUTY 100 TWEAKY HERE'S WHERE READERS GET THE CHANCE TO HAVE THEIR PROBLEMS ANSWERED, OR HELP OTHER READERS OUT li If you’re stuck, stupid or just plain lazy, this is where you should turn for help.
FANTASY WORLD DIZZY Q“l can’t get past the broken bridge or the dragon just after the Snap Happy Gator. I’ve had the game for over eight months.” SY, Worthing A Hey, I can do this one. Actually the two problems are connected. To get across the water you need three boulders.
One’s in the Armorog’s den, one’s just after the Gator and one’s in the entrance hall. Drop them in the water at the edge of the bridge. Then you can jump over them, get the key and find Dozy on the pier. He’ll give you a sleeping potion which will get you past the dragon.
THE MANAGER Q“[rant, fume, snarl] ...I’ve spent one hour trying to get your damn cheat to work... [rant, rant, rant]” A This is just one of thousands of letters I’ve had complaining about the Manager cheat in issue 19. You’ve got to press A after you’ve pressed D. I’m really sorry. While we’re at it, I made another cock-up in the same issue, while I was typing Adrian Pannett’s answer to the New Zealand Story problem. I should have said that the warp's on level 1-3. Yeah, yeah, and no one can get the Parasol Stars cheat to work. Sorry. They're working me too hard, that’s what it is... LOOSE
ENDS As you’ve probably realised by now, Jonathan’s not too hot at this ‘answering questions’ business. We apologise, and beg anyone who can help with the following problems to do so.
Q'Tm stuck on WIZKID. How do you finish levels two and three to get the number of kittens needed?” Oliver Smith Q“How do you get to level five of WIZKID? How do you get a kitten on round four without jumping to level seven? What do you do with a herring?” Faron Smith, Sunderland GOBLIIINS Q“On level eight, I can get the seeds but when I plant them the birds come and eat them. Please tell me how to do it.” Matthew Hinchliffe, Colne A Do you mean level seven, by any chance? If that’s so, to get rid of the birds simply hit the scarecrow.
THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND Q“l’ve put the [blah, blah, blah] into the cooking pot, but it won’t go bang.
Can you help?"
Mrs S Munro, Hull A Your list of ingredients is wrong, that’s all. What you want is the cinnamon sticks, the breath mints, the Jolly Roger, the ink, the fine wine, the rubber chicken, the gunpowder and the cereal.
Q“l have reached Monkey Island but have become stuck in my attempts to blow up the dam. Having called the Lucasfilm helpline I was told by the answering machine to use the gunpowder, magnetic compass and noteworthy stone.
I have the first two items but where on earth is the noteworthy stone? And once I have it, where do I stand to use these items?” S Hayward, St Lawrence Q“ln ZORK I, how do you get into Hades? I’ve tried the bell, the book and the candles, but the candles keep getting vapourised. Help!” Christopher Powell, Ipswich Q“On DUNGEON QUEST, how do you get into the castle? I've been into the village and got the coin to give to the boat man. I can get to the castle, but A The noteworthy stone is actually a piece of flint, which you’ll find on top of the note at the river fork. Once you’ve got that, use
the gunpowder on the dam and use the flint with the cannonball.
ANOTHER WORLD Q“At the end of level 12, how do you pull the last levers on the control panel? It’s really bugging me.” Chris White, Trowbridge After staring long and hard at the solution in issues 11 and 12 of AMIGA POWER, I can only guess that you mean level 11 - the last level. If that's the case (and I quote): “Wait until the fight is finished, then time it so that when you pull the level the alien is under the trap door in the centre of the screen. Then quickly pull another lever and crawl left underneath the open trapdoor.” Is that any help?
SPINDIZZY WORLDS Q“How on earthn do you access the hidden level editor?” Nathan White, Walsall A This was all covered in issue 8 of AMIGA POWER. But, to summarise, you’ve got to go to the level-select screen and type ‘Edit’ (ie capital E, small d, i, t).
If you think it’ll help, you can write to me at The Last Resort, AMIGA POWER, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
Then I can’t get in. Help!"
Darren Knight, Kettering Q‘‘l can’t get anywhere in DUNE. Has anyone got any tips, or a cheat?” Jamie Whittaker, Rugby Q“How do I complete taxing level seven on LEMMINGS?” D Bowman, Darlington CASES CLOSED Jonathan’s not infallible and has to ask readers for help.
MAGIC POCKETS Qmrs M Turner of Wednesbury was being driven to despair by the gorilla at the end of level two.
A When you lose your last life, keep your finger on the fire button. The game will start again, but your score won't have reset. Keep doing this until you’ve got 100,000 points - you are now super-powered!"
T Cauwood, Lincoln THE SIMPSONS Q Cheryl Adamson of N Yorks was tantalisingly close to level two.
A “To destroy the flowerpots you must jump onto a window, and then on top of a door. Jump up and down, spraying your paint onto the pots. For the cinema screen you need to be on the right-hand side of it and again jump up and down, spraying your paint and turning it pink."
Jonathan Algar, Newark AMIGA POWER SPECIAL JANUARY 1993 Q“l can’t get past the FBI agents on the beach in LEISURE SUIT LARRY II. (I’ve changed my hairstyle.)” Eddie Mendoza, Holywell Q “Where's the guardian at the end of level three on FIRST SAMURAI?” Justin Robinson, Warwick Q“ln SPIDERMAN, where do I go from the time machine?” Thomas Franklin, Abingdon Q “Since last Christmas I’ve gone round and round level four on CADAVER trying to find all four gold keys. I’ve only got two.” Alison Knowles, Goole 0 THE rite i] w AMIGA POWER’S readers might be games players, but that doesn’t mean they can’t
write entertaining and provocative letters when they put their minds to it... Here are some of the best we’ve received over the past year.
• Address your letters to: AMIGA POWER, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath,
Avon, BA1 2BW.
II AMIGA POWER SPECIAL JANUARY 1993 magazines out here just talk about hardware (yawn). This is fine, but their game review sections are about five pages long. Anyway, keep up the good work!
Anyway, I have a question - Isn’t the word ‘CRAP’ offensive in Europe? Here in the States they would never use that word to describe a game or anything else for that matter. I guess our equivalent would be to say This game is a piece of (Sorry, we can 't use that word. - Edf.
Thanks, Michael Reilly, Los Angeles PS I find some of your English humour quite comical!
Well, over here crap' isn t nearly as offensive as that word you used, so I guess it's just a question of different tastes.
FAB PRIZE winner 'QUITE COMICAL' Dear AMIGA POWER.
Let me start by telling you that there isn't a magazine like this one printed in the United States. I've been longing for a truthful and quite funny games review mag. Most of the o 'UNWILLING TO DISMISS SOMEONE' Dear AMIGA POWER, Upon reading Stuart N Hardy's angry’ letter in AP6 my first thought was “My, he sounds remarkably pompous and self important.” However, I was unwilling to dismiss someone with ‘vast literate experience’ so easily, so I looked through my old AMIGA POWERs to find his letters which had been worthy of publication. This is what Stu had to say: AP3 - Isn’t it a shame that
magazines don’t have full price games on the cover any more?
AP4 - It appears there’s some kind of economic recession on at the moment.
AP5 - Apparently the most important aspect of a game is its playability, not just its graphics and sound.
AP6 - Well packaged games aren’t always the best games.
What insight! None of these ideas had ever occurred to me (or anyone else I’m sure)! It just goes to show, first impressions can be wrong. Thanks Stu, I hope to read more of your revealing letters.
Yours, Greg Brown, Whitstable 'SUCH A GREAT AND KIND MAG' Dear AMIGA POWER, Seeing as you’re such a great and kind mag, please can you give me some games for free?
Yours hopefully, Jonathan S. J-B, London No. And we shan’t send any to anyone else. Please stop asking us.
'I TREAT PEOPLE AS EQUALS' Dear AMIGA POWER, As this is a designated forum for the voicing of opinions, I would like to comment on the way that females are represented as the 'weaker sex’ in most computer games - eg having to be rescued by a brave, heroic male. It is, in my mind, unjust. I treat people as equals, regardless of gender. Therefore I am not against the principle of rescuing females, or males. However, I am opposed to the way in which females are portrayed... if the tables were turned and the game involved rescuing a male, would he be less than half dressed with less than half a
brain in working order?
Yours expressively, Lisa Brown, East Grinstead Well Lisa, we're not entirely sure that females are represented as brainless bimbos in most Amiga games - Wolfchild has to rescue his helpless (and possibly half-dressed) dad. For instance - but if you want to prove us wrong, why not come up with a few examples?
'THE LONELINESS OF EXISTENCE' Dear AMIGA POWER, Recently the letters pages have been full of complaints about certain aspects of the software industry. But this isn’t a letter complaining about things and saying that they should be different and then not doing anything about it.
The one problem that your magazine has is that none of the games parallels the bitterness and emptiness of life. Take Monkey Island for instance. It may seem like a jolly romp about some guy wanting to become a pirate. But it’s not. It’s a bitter study of human patheticness. It shows how shallow and weak existence really is, and states that the only solution is to find true love. Before Guy fell in love he was a bit crap. Once he was in love, life worked out for him. But love does not bring happiness. This is a myth that the programmers are trying to make you believe in, so they can get more
money from sales of the game.
Don’t believe it! Love brings you pain. It brings you large bloodied wounds.
The basts who wrote Monkey Island are just exploiting the loneliness of existence without coming up with a solution. In real life you cannot just find a woman, save her from a dead ghost and be happy ever after. In real life you have to work to find true love, then half of the time it still doesn’t work out. I only hope that in Monkey Island 2, Guy has to find the girl he loves and be rejected by her. Games players should be forced to look upon real life once in a while.
NEXT MONTH: I reveal the horrifying truth about Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker-life isn’t just about a green table and some balls.
Yours sincerely, Alex Finch, Reigate An agony aunt writes -1 know how you feel, Alex, but try to forget about her.
There are lots more girls out there all just dying to meet an attractive, witty chap just like yourself. I just hope my daughter isn't one of them.
'HINDER YOUR PROGRESS' Dear AMIGA POWER, With the development of Lemmings 2 in progress, how about a list of members of the Lemming family that could be implemented to hinder your progress through the new levels?
• HALIFAX LEMMING - waits until all your lemmings reach the exit,
then repossesses it and changes the locks.
• MAGGIE LEMMING - barges through the level refusing to do a
U-turn’ even when she hits an obstacle.
• MAJOR LEMMING - follows Maggie Lemming, copying her every move,
before dithering backwards and forwards getting in the way.
• GORBY LEMMING - tries to 'Nuke' your lemmings when you decide
you can’t complete the level, but...
• BORIS LEMMING - steals the ‘Nuke ’Em icon and won’t give it
back.
• SCARGILL LEMMING - digs down vertically and diagonally at
crucial moments and leads your lemmings down the tunnels,
insisting that they are ‘economically viable’.
• SENATOR EDWARD LEMMING - every time you build a bridge, he
drives across it in his car, knocking your lemmings into the
water and drowning them.
• MAXWELL LEMMING - ignores obstacles, bridges and blockers and
stumbles straight into the nearest pool of water.
And finally, STUART N LEMMING (Zzzzzzzi - Ed) - insists on covering any walls he finds in graffiti. All your lemmings stop to read it and die of boredom before they reach the exit.
Yours sincerely, Stephen Richardson, Whitley Bay Yeah, and what about Bush Lemming, who appears perfectly normal, but every now and then falls over for no apparent reason and can't move for 24 hours? Or the previously-little-known Canadian singer Bryan Lemming, who climbs straight to the highest point of the screen and then won't come down for four months? The possibilities are endless.
'SPIRITUAL GOAL' Dear AMIGA POWER, Greetings, Being, as you undoubtedly are, an Amiga games magazine, you must receive an unhealthy amount of weird letters. This is one of them.
First, I should like to point out the similarity between the spiritual goal of a Vedantist Hindu and the half coma of a Tetris player: “Excluding external objects, his gaze fixed between the eyebrows, the inward and outward breathings passing equally through his nostrils” - The Geeta, Chapter V. Now that I come to meditate on it, it is remarkably close to dedicated Lemmings fanaticism, is it not? Have many of your reviewers achieved nirvana?
Or is it merely the ley lines?
Secondly, I should like to complain about Francophobic reviews and the lack of onomatopoeia in your writing.
I am a committed PC user, think AP is a surprisingly decent mag, and my runes tell me you are certainly not going to print this.
Zoroastro ‘Billy The Kid’ Major, Dorset Those runes, eh? Probably about time you got a new set, old fruit - they don't work.
'I HATE MONKEY ISLAND' Dear Stuart, I hate Monkey Island.
Yours, Alex Taylor, Bournemouth 'LOVE AND ATTENTION' Dear AP, My boyfriend's attending poly so I unfortunately only get to see him at weekends. Which is bad enough without having the added distraction of his computer and your damn magazine.
Anyone would think it was the Holy Bible as he will only make a decision about buying a game after he’s read your review on it. He'll spend hours reading it over and over again, so I don't get the love and attention I truly deserve. So I would appreciate your doing myself a tiny little favour. Just for a couple of months, give a few trashy games some good reviews, so his high estimation of your mag will drop, so he hopefully won’t buy it any more, making me a happy girl again. Thank you.
Yours in frustration, Miss S Ockman, Exeter AMIGA POWER in ‘Better Than Sex’ Shock Horror Probe! We Love It! Seriously though, S, why not try dressing up as Bubby or James Pond or Titus the Fox or something? If you can t beat ’em, join ’em, that's what we say. Alternatively, why not pop up to our offices in Bath and the AP crew will take you out for the evening instead? Some of the AMIGA POWER team ARE girls, after all, so we know how to treat them properly.
'WHY THIS PEJORATIVE TONE?'
Dear Sirs, For some obscure reason, you people seem to be systematically waging a merciless crusade against wargames.
Remarks like ‘can’t you just tell it’s a wargame?’ or ‘...even wargamers’ litter your otherwise brilliant magazine.
FAB PRIZE winner Why this pejorative tone? As a devoted wargamer I cannot help myself from being irritated at first, then offended, then infuriated by such remarks. Not as infuriated, though, as when I read Jonathan Davies' article on Panzer Battles, complete with snoring sounds. A few lines later he admits that he ‘didn’t have the time to explore the game’s more deeply buried intricacies...’, even though it is a great part of his job.
'HELLO, JOHN, IT'S YOUR MUM HERE' Dear AMIGA POWER, I am one of those rare people who do not spend any all their leisure time in front of a computer screen. I have never held a joystick in my hand and experienced its pulsating appeal. I am in fact not even an AMIGA POWER buyer. I do not know the difference between a bit, a byte or a butt. Yet the word ’Amiga’ is at the very epicentre of my life.
I am, of course, the mother of a teenage Amiga fan and would like to communicate through your pages to my errant offspring.
Hello John, it’s your mum here - remember me? The one who fearlessly handles your socks and writes your ‘I’m sorry my son is late’ notes when you’ve stayed up all night playing on your Amiga.
Wargames are not played for superb graphics' sake, nor for the sake of applying 100 pounds per square inch of pressure on your joystick in a rapid succession of directions. Those are not the criteria by which wargames should be judged. Rather, they should be judged on their ability to transport the player to the field of battle by historical and technical accuracy. (Although, it might, perhaps, be reasonable to assume that decent graphics and interesting gameplay would make a positive contribution to this transportation of delight. - Ed) Wargames are for the people who feel the frost bite of
the steppe wind and the rising sun in their eyes, and the smell of gunpowder and burnt diesel. After all, we can’t all identify ourselves with umbrella-armed kiddies battling monsters not unlike the ones my son plays with in the bathtub.
Yours faithfully, Louis Hermelin, Slagelese, Denmark Well, yes, quite. But. As we say till we're blue in the face, historical accuracy is no excuse for dullness. Games don't have to be accessible only to wargame fanatics to be worthwhile. The rest of us might be able to get something from them if only we could stay awake for long enough. Oh, and mind the steppe, Louis.
'IT KEPT ME JAMMY DODGER' Hello AMIGA POWER, I’ve stuck the F-19 on autopilot and I’m not scheduled to arrive at the primary target for another 31 minutes (flying stealthy you see) so I thought I'd take the time to write to you. I seem to be flying into the teeth of an SA-13 but well forget that for a minute.
Thank you for the demo of Pinball Dreams. It is utterly funky, the ultra-sexy cherry on the top of an insanely erotic issue. Wizkid was only slightly less good in being a teeny-weeny bit too short, but I don’t like long demos very much any church so it kept me jammy dodger.
That Rainbow Islands must be a saucy kiss of a game to rank higher than Speedball II, eh? It’s a sphacelating shame that I’m an impoverished student and can’t afford it, but my thought was that being, as you doubtless are, witty, creative, generous, un-ugly people, you could seduce Ocean into giving you an extra copy and then send it to me out of the charity of your hearts. Is that a rampant idea or what? Anyway, you all love me.
Yeah, and I was really interested to read the Ultima VI review but not exactly moshing in the rafters at what you said Do you remember before we got your computer, how we used to communicate with our mouths? It was much better than the system now. You know the one, where you grunt and periodically make that sign with your hand, and then disappear and reappear shielded behind this mag? It was before you regressed into your primitive period that you’re in now, just opening your bedroom door a fraction and snatching food. Once we all ate together in a room called the kitchen. We’d sit at a table
and you’d use a knife and fork successfully. It was before you got that terrible tremor in your right hand which makes you cry out ‘Got it!’ constantly.
And you used to come out with us occasionally in our car and we’d be known as what they call a ‘family’. You know, we'd go to places like the National Trust and pretend to understand why it was so important to preserve a fifteenth century urinal in mint condition.
Your father is worried about you, he is sure you’ve taken up with bad company. He overheard you talking about Rolling Ronnie and he didn’t like the sound of it at all. If we can, we’d do anything to help you crack the addiction. Please try to remember your pre-Amiga days, because if not I’ll have to start learning to play, and say crap!’ every other sentence.
Yours in desperation, Mum (alias Rosemary Walker). Crap! (Oops, hooked already.)
About virtually needing a hard drive so is there anything similar I could play from floppy you can recommend? It’s right up my neighbour’s street, so if I can possibly persuade her to buy it I can use theirs.
Cunning, what?
Anyway, toodlepips lovies, I really must go. Thank you for reading thus far.
'What man has created Man can destroy Bring to light That day of joy’ Philip Turner, Whitwell, York PS You'll be glad to hear I was awarded a Congressional Medal Of Honour.
Oh well, you can pawn it and buy a copy of Rainbow Islands then.
'SHARP THINGS' Dear AMIGA POWER, I agree that Rainbow Island deserves to be the Number One of the All-Time Top 100 games. Sorry that I had to use a crayon but they won’t let me have sharp things in here!
Yours satirically, Ben Twichen, Milton Keynes 'PAMELA BLT CRUST' Dear AMIGA POWER, While I was arranging my first year of Amiga Power issue I noticed the letters on the side could be arranged to form some funny words - like ‘Miaow Grape’ and ‘Owl Rip a Game!’ and ‘I Go, Erm... A Paw’ and ‘I Page A Worm’ and ‘Gaa! Worm Pie!’.
Seeing as how I had some spare time between my studies I thought I’d see what I could make of the AP team, Here are my findings... First there’s Matt Bielby. Also known as ‘Mabel Titby’. Or how about Bitty Blame’, ‘Bite My Blat’, Beat My Blit’ or ‘Bait My Belt’? Or ‘My Table Bit’?
Then there’s Gary Penn - or should I say ‘Penny Rag'? Or ‘Angry Pen' perhaps?
Mark Ramshaw turns out to be ‘Mr Warmshark’ or ‘Ah! Ask Mr Warm’. (What boring names those two have!)
Did you know you can get a ‘Turtle Scab Lamp’ (ugh) from Stuart Campbell?
He’s otherwise known as ‘Mrs Petula B Talc' or ‘Pamela BLT Crust' or ‘Carla Belt- Slut, MP’.
‘That Queer Miss W’ is Matthew Squires - or the ‘Ewe That Squirms’ shall we say? Can anyone else do any better? I certainly hope so.
Yours, Richard Stilgoe, London Thanks Gary.
'KILL KYLIE' Dear AMIGA POWER, After carefully reading through the August issue of AMIGA POWER, I was compelled to put fingers to keyboard in reply to Ian Ritch’s letter.
While it’s all very well shooting Jimmy Hill, and we'd all love to burn all copies of the 1966 world cup final (and all the other years for that matter), how can you possibly think that killing the entire Minogue family would do any good? I mean Kylie's the nicest, most beautiful, sexy, gorgeous, perfect, lovely, fantastic, cute girl in the whole world, and anybody who doesn’t really like her must be insane.
Anyway, if anyone did ever kill Kylie, the software industry would lose at least 80 software sales over the next three years because I wouldn’t be able to go on without the one and only Kylie, and would probably end up fixing my CD player so it works with the lid open and using the laser to remove my head, thus killing one of the people who supports the software industry by not being a pirate.
Yours sincerely, Andy ‘Kylie Crazy' Wilkinson, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear PS I love Kylie 1 May 1991 Our first issue! Eye Of The Beholder, Gods and Cybercon III and the first part of the Rainbow Islands player's guide.
On the disk: Bombuzai- the complete game!* 2 June 1991 And it just gets better! A giant Bullfrog interview and reviews of games like Megatraveller and - yes! - Monkey Island1.
On the disk: Kid Gloves - the complete game!
3 July 1991 You want Core Design, CDTV, F-15 Strike Eagle II, Deuteros, and TokP This is the place to come!
On the disk: Exile special world, Prehistorik preview, and great PD!* 4 August 1991 The Ultimate Autumn Preview, film games, Jimmy White's Snooker reviewed and more!
On the disk: Beast Busters, The Executioner plus three excellent PD games!* 5 September 1991 All the new god sims compared.
Lemmings preview.
Mega lo Mania reviewed.
On the disk: Barbarian II demo, plus five (five!)
Great PD games!* 6 October 1991 Midwinter II, Cruise For A Corpse, Magic Pockets Rodland and many more reviewed.
On the disk: Rolling Ronny, Captain Planet, Bullfrogger and still more!* 7 November 1991 Monkey Island II, Indy Jones previews.
Formula One Grand Prix, Blues Brothers, Lotus II, Robocod and more reviewed.
A i On the disk: Leander, Video Kid, plus PD games!* 8 December 1991 Bumper Xmas hardware guide.
Populous II, First Samurai, MicroProse Golf, Knights Of The Sky.
On the disk: Cisco Heat, Elvira Arcade (one meg), best of PD!* SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S ISSUE! ’A,~nHn WE RATE THE e best EVER! 3« 9 January 1992 Giant FRPG feature, our Games Of The Year. Reviews of Smash TV, Birds Of Prey and more!
Double disk: Knights Of The Sky training section (one meg) & Puggles.
AUMJOM LOOK! ANOTHER ’-- ¦ANTS!
I92 Spring Game Guide. Reviews of RoboCop 3, Another World, Leander and more!
On the disk: PD Special - featuring Mr Wobbly Leg, Raid and Squamble.
11 March 1991 Mega lo Mania II- diary of a game. Platform games buyers guide.
Reviews of Harlequin, John Madden, Shadowlands.
On the disk: Pacific Islands mission and three PD games!
12 April 1992 Giant Psygnosis preview feature, beat-em-up guide. Reviewed: Parasol Stars.
Titus The Fox, Vroom.
Double disk: Titus The Fox, Project X, plus Rome (one meg only).
13 May 1992 Anniversary Issue!
New AP Top 100, hidden games guide. Reviewed: Apidya, Project X. Double disk: Demos of Sensible Soccer, Wizkid, Campaign, Pinball Dreams.
I92 Footy games preview, joystick guide.
Reviewed: Fire & Ice, Addams.
Eye Of The Beholder II, Pushover.
Double disk: Playable levels of Legend and Aqua Ventura.
92 Reviews! Warn, Sensible Soccer, Monkey Island 2, Lure of the Temptress and (of course) much more.
Double disk: Galactic, Amega Race, Number Fumbler, Mental Image shareware.
(f) LU 5 ROAD RASH 3 16 August 1992 Shoot-’em-up ' guide.
Reviewed: Crazy Cars III, Links, Dojo Dan, Civilization,
Might S Magic HI.
* Double Disk: D Generation Level Two, Troddlers, and Locomotion.
17 September 1992 Pop stars and their games. Guide to multiplayer games.
Reviewed: Premiere. Bug Bomber, Fascination.
Double Disk: Top Secret, Beast Master, Captain Dynamo.
1992 The Ultimate Autumn Preview.
Where are they now?
Reviewed: Zool, Putty. Lotus III, Troddlers. And Beast III On the disk: Lotus III and Tearaway Thomas.
92 Industry giants tell us how far the Amiga can go. Mindscape tell all too.
Reviewed: Assassin, Pool, Doodlebug, and Rome AD 92.
On the disk: Doodlebug and Metamorphosis.
I£ 2 Readers' Top 100.1993 games revealed Reviewed: Road Rash, BC Kid, Pinball Fantasies, Kyrandia.
On the disk: Lethal Weapon, Fire And Ice Xmas Special, Bill’s Tomato Game.
Please note: disks 1,3,4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are NOT A600 or A500 Plus compatible and receive one of these three games free!
PUTTY AP RATED 90% PUTTY
1. 'A stiff paste made of whiting and linseed oil used to fix
glass into frames and fill cracks in woodwork.'
2. ‘One of the Amiga’s most original and finest moments yet.
Flexible and versatile, that's Putty.'
ASSASSIN AP RATED 89% Probably the most playable game of its genre. Take on mad pit bull terriers, evil hippies, rampaging robots and maniac chimps in this seriously excellent console-esque game. With five enormous levels, endless bonuses and collectables and a nasty dude called Midan, you've got your work cut out.
WIZKID AP RATED 91% A game with a bizarre, surreal sense of humour that can result in a serious scrambling of your brain. Wiikid is a psychedelic mix of arcade adventure, football, bad jokes and arcade classics like Breakout and Pengo. It’s refreshingly original and more fun than a very amusing thing that's in an especially good mood.
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We've taken our favourite games ever on the Amiga, and tipped them all. So if you're stuck on a top game, scour these pages and allow Andy Nuttall to reduce your suffering... On the title screen, type in THE LITTLE MERMAID (including spaces). Now use these keys during the game for special effects: Return Infinite Shield F6 50Hz F7 60Hz K Suicide P Gives you an aeroplane F Gives you wings X Warps to nearest Exit Post M Map select Code Code Level 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Level Level Level Bonus Level Bonus Bonus Level Level Level Level Level Level Bonus Level Bonus Level Level Bonus Level Level Bonus Bonus Level Level 1-1 1-2 1-3 Level 1 6-1 Level 2 Level 3 6-2 6-3 1 and 2 5 and 6 7 and 8 3-1 Level 4 3-2 Level 5 3-3 3-4 Level 6 4-1 4-2 Level 7 Level 8 4-3 7-1 Boss Boss Boss 1 CONTENTS Captive 167 H Civilization 167 164 1 Eye of the Beholder 2 192 Formula One Grand Prix 200 James Pond 2: Robocod 164 Z r Whirlwind Snooker 175 5 - Kick Off 2 Lemmings 175 182 NO Mega-Lo-Mania 188 uu MiG 29M Super Fulcrum 182 Monkey Island 2 178 Populous 2 180 Project-X 199
Railroad Tycoon 199 Rainbow Islands 190 Robocop 3 182 Secret of Monkey Island 170 Sensible Soccer 185 Sim City 172 Speedball 2 185 Stunt Car Racer 189 Wizkid 167 Zool 189 James Pond 2: Robocod Robocod is one of the greatest arcade spoofs ever, but if you're stuck anywhere in the game type in the following cheat... "I'd walk a million miles..." James, slightly overstretched, attempts to serenade a Christmas pud.
Going into Map Select mode enables you to leap to various points in the game. These are accessed using the following numbers: Level 7-2 Level 7-3 Level 7-4 Level 7-5 Level 5-1 Level 5-2 Level 5-3 Level 5-4 Level 5-5 Level 5-6 Bonus Level 9 Level 5-1 Bonus Level 10 Level 8 Bonus Level 11 Level 9-1 Bonus Level 12 Bonus Level 13 Bonus Level 14 Bonus Level 15 Bonus Level 16 Bonus Level 17 Hard Level!
Level 9-2 End Animation Level THE FIRST THING you should remember is that there is no right or wrong way of playing Civilization - it's basically down to the individual player. The most enjoyable level of play is on Warlord level with four civilisations of competition. Choose your tribe wisely because each leader has different tendencies. For example, Genghis Khan (Mongols) can be expected to be very aggressive at the expense of his own cities, but Mao-Tse Tung (Chinese) is generally concerned with building a strong civilisation and doesn't seek to expand aggressively. The leader biographies
can be found in the manual on pages 112-115.
Civilization Sid Meier set the strategy gaming world alight when he released this masterpiece on the world's population. Here's a player's guide courtesy of Sid and his programmers... THE FIRST THING vou should remember is that coast, but if vou get an onnortunitv to go to the nearest dinlomats readv to undertake s Whenever you play the game it’s always an advantage to have the Civilization Advances Chart (found in the very back of the manual). This can help you build more advanced units quickly, for example Alphabet + Masonry + Mathematics = Catapult Unit. If in the early days of your
civilisation you concentrate on the above advances you can build the catapult unit, which is usually stronger than any of your enemies’ units - unless they have better technology, that is. It's also an idea to lower the tax rates in the early days, because this will increase your science rate.
Coast, but if you get an opportunity to go to the nearest unexplored land mass then go there, but don’t stay in deep water for too long.
• You should carry other units on the ships: a diplomat, a
strong military unit and a settler. With all these units you
can cope with any problems that arise, such as other
civilisations, barbarians and an empty continent
respectively.
When playing Civilization you can play defensively or offensively, but usually you play both. Start off by building up your defences and technologies, and making peace treaties with other civilisations (so you can put all your energies into new technologies and building more military units).
If a neighbouring civilisation becomes a threat or a problem you will need to open hostilities, but before you do this you should get an idea of the enemy's technology level. To do this you will need to establish an embassy in an enemy city - use a diplomat. If the enemy is more technologically advanced than you.
Then you might consider postponing your aggression until you are more evenly matched.
It's possible for you to catch up with the enemy in one of four ways:
1. Concentrate on research, building libraries and universities
and devoting a larger portion of your revenue to scientific
research.
2. Exchange technologies with friendly civilisations, but
preferably not with one which you are about to go to war with.
3. Build the Great Library wonder. Any time two other
civilisations obtain the same advance it becomes yours as
well.
4. Steal the technology by using a diplomat.
When you're at war don’t be afraid to take a breather during a long campaign. It is possible to go too far, exhausting your resources and your people's willingness to fight. From time to time your enemies will offer to make peace with you - if need be, accept the treaty and use the time to rebuild your combat forces, replenish your treasury and increase the public’s morale and support for your actions.
During the respite from war place ships on sentry outside enemy harbours, post sentries along land borders and fortify units around enemy cities. Have diplomats ready to undertake spy and sabotage missions as soon as hostilities are resumed.
Later on in the game you will be faced by the nuclear dilemma. This could be either because your use of nuclear weapons will lose you points during the game, or because an enemy threatens you by saying “Our words are backed-up by nuclear weapons!” (this is about the right time to change your underpants, methinks). This warning should, of course, be carefully and warily heeded.
Although an enemy is unlikely to use nuclear weapons, it's a good idea to build an SDI on your capital city and other important cities. Use of nuclear weapons speeds up effects such as global warming and polar melting. If you use nuclear weapons then you should have plenty of settler units in readiness to clean up the mess.
Nuclear warheads are best used as deterrents, never as weapons.
165 m O O - cz § There are two ways to win at Civilization: either defeat all other civilisations or win the space race to Alpha Centauri.
First of all, to win the space race you must complete the Apollo programme, and after this you will he able to build parts for your spaceship - SS Structure, SS Module and SS Component. Your goal is to build a spaceship that can hold as many colonists as possible, yet travel at a reasonable speed and with reasonable probability of success. As construction proceeds keep an eye on its characteristics: population, support, fuel, flight time and probability of success. All should be 100 per cent or above.
O The more propulsion units that your starship has, the faster it reaches Alpha Centauri. The more colonists you attempt to transport, the more your starship will weigh.
• Guard your capital. Losing it brings your interstellar
programme to a very quick halt...
• Watch the clock. You must reach Alpha Centauri before your
reign expires.
• If other civilisations launch before you do, you should make a
mad dash for their capital in the hope of capturing it before
their starship reaches its destination.
• Don’t launch unless your arrival time is less then 20 years. If
it is more than that, add more fuel and propulsion units.
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SORRY NO PERSONAL CALLERS GAMES UNLIMITED FIRST OFF YOU need to fly your spaceship, the Swan, into orbit around the planet Butre (co-ordinates 008W-072N). While your ship flies through the Cosmos to its first destination, it’s a good time to assign the droid chips. Access the backpack of each droid in turn and you will see a silicon chip. Place this on the picture of the droid's brain and type in a name for your droid: do this for all four. Your droids will now have their own characteristics and the ability to punch, which is their first means of attack. Around about this time the Swan will be
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Captive Having problems with this futuristic Dungeon Master clone?
Here's some handy hints 'n' tips to ease your troubles... Sa Tips for playing the first base run back to the green door, using the same combination as before, and then hop into your ship and take off.
You can only leave when the generators have been destroyed and not before.
1. Be sure to explore the whole base.
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Repeat this process 88 times and put all the messages in the
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167 m o O' - O' 5 After the early planets the clipboards become few and far between and are replaced by graphic combinations and numbers.
Wizkid See that Wizkid? That's your Mum that is... If you need help with this bizarre game, who better than Jon Hare of Sensible Software to provide you with some handy hints.
Four stars you can walk through the lava flow unharmed. You will find an extra Asteroids ship and a surprise.
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WALK TO the red curtain and TALK TO the important looking pirates.
Tell them you want to be a pirate and get them to tell you about the three trials before you leave.
OPEN the door to the right. The cook will tell you that you're not allowed in. Wait for him to come out and walk off the screen to the left, then WALK in.
PICK UP the hunk of meat and the pot. OPEN the door on the right and go outside. WALK TO the end of the jetty to make the seagull fly away, then quickly PICK UP the fish before he returns. Go back out to the street. WALK TO the cliffside and WALK right to the path. Go to the clearing in the middle of the island and WALK left to the circus tent.
5 - sO vO uu Interrupt the Fettuccine brothers’ chat and ask them how much they'll pay you to do the stunt. Agree to their offer and tell them you have a helmet.
USE the pot and you will find the trick will be performed. Talk to the brothers to indicate you’re OK and then when you leave the tent WALK back to the path.
Go back to the village and WALK through the archway to the main street. TALK TO the citizen of Melee, and when he asks you about Sven, say that you know someone called Dominique. Tell him you’ll take the map then leave him.
OPEN the door to the Voodoo Shop and go inside.
PICK UP the chicken which is lying on the trunk and LOOK AT it before then going back out to the street.
WALK TO the archway under the clock and WALK TO the alley where the ’Psssst’ is coming from. A man will appear and hassle you. Answer his questions and he will introduce himself as the sheriff before leaving.
Go back to the street, OPEN the door to the shop and WALK in. PICK UP the shovel and the sword and TALK TO the storekeeper. Tell him you want the sword and the shovel, then browse. Leave the shop and WALK out past the cliffside to the path.
Completing the trials Go to the house at the far right of Melee Island. You will be stopped at the bridge by a troll. GIVE the fish to the troll and he will let you pass. Continue the journey to the house and try to OPEN the door. Guybrush will knock and a man will answer.
Ask him to train you to be the best swordfighter on Melee Island and insist that you have what it takes. Let him have 30 pieces of eight and show him your sword when he asks. He’ll invite you in and start the lesson.
Once the training is finished, you will need to learn some insults. WALK TO the path and go to the junction just to the left of the fork. This is where you will have most chance of a scrap.
Keep fighting any pirates that come along to collect insults and their replies. If you have an insult but don’t know the answer then use it, since the responses are the important thing!
At some point you will be told that you are good enough to fight the Sword Master. You’re not! Get as many of the 20 responses to insults as you can before you stop fighting.
When you’re ready, go to the fork to enter the forest. WALK into the back of the screen and PICK UP the yellow plants. Wander around the forest until you come to a chasm with a signpost next to it. PUSH the sign to make the bridge appear, then cross it.
WALK TO the right and TALK TO the Sword Master. Tell her that you've come to kill her and the fight will start. The insults that the Sword Master throws at you are different to the ones you have, but you need to use the same replies.
When the Sword Master is defeated, she will give you a 100% cotton T-Shirt. LOOK AT it to see your prize. You can now use the Sword Master’s insults on anyone you fight to win easily, but you don’t need to get into a swordfight from now on.
WALK TO the fork to get into the forest again and LOOK AT the map for the directions to the treasure.
Although they look like dance steps, they are instructions. Back means into the back of the screen, while left and right mean off the screen in that direction.
Once you find the treasure clearing WALK TO the right and USE the shovel on the X. LOOK AT the T- shirt to see your prize and WALK TO the left to get back to the road.
Go to the village and WALK TO the town itself and WALK through the archways towards the Governor's mansion. USE the yellow petal on the hunk of meat and GIVE the now-formed meat with condiment to the deadly piranha poodles. When the poodles pass out you can OPEN the door and WALK in.
OPEN the door just to the right of the front door and WALK in. A surreal fight sequence will then unfold giving you some items. ' WALK back out of the front door and back to the town.
WALK into the jail and TALK TO the prisoner.
Go back out to the street and go into the shop. TALK TO the storekeeper and ask him for a breath mint, then leave the shop.
WALK back to the jail and GIVE the breath mints to the prisoner. Ask him if he has a file, then GIVE him the gopher repellent. When you have the cake, go back to the street, WALK back to the Governor's mansion and then go in.
OPEN the cake to find a file and WALK TO the gaping hole. The fight will continue until you eventually emerge with the fabulous idol.
The sheriff will stop you asking what you’re doing with it. Answer him and the Governor will appear sending him away. Chat to the Governor (well, sort of chat) and WALK TO the front door when she leaves. OPEN the door to find the sheriff. When you answer him, he will take you and throw you off the dock. Ooh! The plot thickens!
Starting the Quest When you appear underwater, PICK UP the idol. You will then collect the sword and climb back up to the dock. The lookout then arrives to tell you that the Governor has been kidnapped. Ask him about it and he will give you telling you what’s happening.
WALK right to the Scumm Bar and go in. PICK UP all the mugs and WALK TO the red curtain. PICK UP the other mugs, then TALK TO the cook. Ask him what's wrong and get him to tell you where to get a (much needed) ship.
OPEN the kitchen door and go in. The next sequence has to be done pretty speedily. USE the mug on the barrel and zoom off to the jail. The grog will eat through the mugs, consequently at various points on the trip, USE the disintegrating mug of grog on one of the empty mugs.
When you get to the jail, USE the mug of grog on the lock so that the prisoner is let free. When you try to convince him to join your crew he will run away, but don’t worry!
WALK back out to the street and out to the cliffside. Then WALK TO the path. Go to the shore at the top of the island. When the screen with the neon sign appears, USE the rubber chicken on the cable to get across the gap. OPEN the door to the house and WALK in.
Meathook will appear telling you he doesn't like visitors. Tell him the Governor’s been kidnapped and you should get a crew and rescue her. Meathook will give you a test to prove your worth. When Meathook has opened all the barriers and runs away, OPEN the little door and TICKLE the winged devil. Meathook will agree to be in crew. USE the rubber Go to the Sword Master’s and TALK TO her. Get her to join your crew simply by telling her that the Governor's been kidnapped, then WALK back to the path.
Go to the lights, which are actually Stan's Used Ship Emporium. Stan will approach you and start his sales pitch. Say you don't have much money and tell him you want credit. He'll turn you down. Say you want to think about it and try to leave the yard. Stan will stop you and give you a card and a magnetic compass.
Go to the village and WALK to the shop. TALK TO the storekeeper, telling him you want a credit note.
Say that you are employed and he will get the note from the safe. Make a careful note of the combination!
Whatever job you tell him you’re doing he won't believe you and will put the note back (last chance to get that combination!). Say that you're looking for the Sword Master to send him away.
WALK TO the safe. Using PULL to move the handle anti-clockwise and PUSH to move it clockwise, enter the combination to open the safe and get the credit note. Go outside and return to Stan’s Boat Yard.
Ask to see the cheap ship again and say that you have a credit note. The negotiating will now start. Talk about the extras and say that you can live without each one until the first one appears again. At this point say that you’ve heard enough about the extras. Ask Stan how much he thinks the ship's worth, then say you don’t want it after all. Say you guess he’s right when he calls you back. Ask him what he thinks it’s worth again, then make him an offer of 5000 pieces of eight. He'll then sell you the ship.
Leave the yard and then go back to the village.
WALK TO the dock to meet Stan with your ship. He will give you some literature to use later on in the adventure. Greet your crew when they arrive and then it’s off on the big adventure!
PART TWO - THE JOURNEY Once the crew have made their position clear and you retire to the cabin, OPEN the desk drawer and LOOK AT the contents. LOOK AT the book to read it. PICK UP the feather pen and ink, then WALK TO the door to get to the deck. WALK TO the rope ladder and PICK UP the Jolly Roger when you have climbed to the top.
Go back down to the deck and go down to the hatch. WALK TO the door to get to the galley. PICK UP the pot and OPEN the cupboard. PICK UP the cereal and open it to get the prize. LOOK AT the prize you will see that it’s a small key.
WALK back up the ladder and WALK TO the hatch to go down into the hold. OPEN the chest on the right and LOOK AT it to get the fine wine.
PICK UP the giant piece of rope and OPEN the kegs on the left to get some gunpowder. Now go back out to the deck.
WALK back to the cabin and USE the small key on the cabinet. OPEN the chest inside to get a piece of paper and some cinnamon sticks. LOOK AT the piece of paper to read the recipe, then WALK back on deck and go to the galley again.
USE the cinnamon sticks, the Jolly Roger, the rubber chicken, the fine wine, the breath mints, the piece of paper and the gunpowder with the cooking pot. The pot will then go bang and start to steam, which makes you pass out.
When you wake up, go to the deck to discover that you are at Monkey Island. Go back down to the hold and OPEN the kegs again to get some more gunpowder from the kegs, then return to the deck.
USE the gunpowder in the cannon nozzle and the giant piece of rope with the cannon to form a fuse.
Go back down to the galley and USE the feather pen with the red hot fire to form a flaming mass.
Return to the deck, USE the flaming mass with the fuse, and USE the pot. The cannon will then fire you onto the shore of Monkey Island.
PART THREE - UNDER MONKEY ISLAND After Herman walks away, WALK TO the jungle to see the map of the island. Go to the river fork in the middle of the island and WALK TO the footholds across the river. PUSH the rock off the edge and lawks! Your ship will be sunk! But don’t worry.
PULL the primitive art twice, then WALK to the next set of footholds to get to the top of the rock tower. If Herman appears, just say anything and he'll walk
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banana tree on the beach. WALK back down to the river fork and
return to the jungle.
Go off to the left and go to the fort on the edge of the volcano. PICK UP the spyglass and the rope and PUSH the cannon. When Herman appears, say that you think a monkey did it. Ask him a question, then leave the conversation. PICK UP the cannonball and the gunpowder and WALK back to the jungle.
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SHORE SWORD MASTER'S CLEARING FORK (CIRCUS) Go back to the river fork and PICK UP the note under the rock. LOOK AT the noteworthy rock to get a piece of flint. USE the handful of gunpowder with the dam, then USE the flint with the cannonball. The dam will burst and the water will carry you along. Go to the pond at the end of the river and PICK UP the rope by the unhealthy looking man. When Herman leaves, WALK back to the jungle and walk to the crack.
LOOKOUT HOUSE BRIDGE VILLAGE LIGHTS (USED-SHIP EMPORIUM) USE the rope with the strong branch on the edge of the crack and WALK down to the next ledge. USE the other rope with the sturdy stump and PICK UP the oars. WALK back to the jungle and return to the beach where you first landed. PICK UP the bananas and USE the oars with the rowboat. Paddle to the right, around the headland and up to the beach near the top of the island. WALK TO the jungle and go to the village.
MELEE ISLAIMD "Melee Island is a small respectable community, filled with Scumm, Trolls, murderous winged devils and Voodoo shops." Hmm, these Estate Agents' descriptions get stranger by the day. Why would anyone bother going there?
WALK TO the hut on the far left and PICK UP the bowl of fruit to get the bananas. As you try to leave the village, the cannibals will stop you and try to get you to give them an offering. GIVE them anything, but they won't accept it and will lock you in a hut. PICK UP the skull on the floor and OPEN the loose floorboard underneath. WALK TO the hole to escape.
172 Get back to the boat and paddle back to the island with the banana tree. WALK TO the jungle and go to the monkey. GIVE him bananas and LOOK AT him until he looks happy, then he'll follow you.
WALK back to the jungle and go to the clearing on the headland to the right. WALK TO the right until you reach the totem poles. PULL the nose on the left- hand totem pole and WALK TO the gate that opens.
The gate closes again, but the monkey will swing on the nose, keeping the gate open. WALK to the gigantic monkey head and PICK UP the wimpy little idol. Then go back to the jungle and go on back to your boat.
5 - vO -o LU Paddle round to the beach at the top and go to the village again. WALK TO the hut on the left, then WALK back to the right. The cannibals will stop you again and try to get you to give them something, so GIVE them the wimpy little idol.
WALK TO the hut on the left and go in. PICK UP the banana picker and go outside. As you head to the village you will meet Herman. GIVE him the banana picker and he will give you the monkey-head key. Go to your boat and paddle round to the beach just next to the headland. Go to the clearing and WALK TO the gigantic monkey head. USE the monkey-head key in the gigantic monkey ear to make the head open.
Go to your boat, paddle to the top beach and go to the village to meet the now friendly natives. Tell them there is something they can do for you and you are looking for someone dead. They’ll tell you about their magic potion. Say you are going to kick LeChuck out.
The natives will stop you, so get them to tell you about the head of the navigator. GIVE the leaflet to the natives and they will give you the head and the necklace.
Go back to your boat and paddle back to the beach.
Go to the clearing, WALK TO the gigantic monkey head and go in. WALK to the right until you get to the next cave, then USE the head of the navigator. WALK through the catacombs, following the direction that the head looks until you reach LeChuck’s ghost ship.
TALK TO the head of the navigator and ask him for the necklace. Keep pleading with him until he gives it to you then USE the necklace to make yourself invisible. WALK TO the ghost ship and WALK TO the door over to the left. USE the magnetic compass with the key then WALK back to the deck. WALK down the hatch and WALK TO the passage on the right.
PICK UP the ghost feather which is by the ghost chickens and then go back through the passage.
USE the feather on the sleeping ghost crewman’s feet and PICK UP the jug-o'grog he drops. Go through the passage and USE the key on the hatch. WALK TO the hatch and USE the jug o’grog with the dish. PICK UP the cooking grease and go back up to the deck.
USE the glob of grease on the door on the right to stop it squeaking, then OPEN it and go in. PICK UP the ghost tools and go back to the deck. Go down the hatch and through the passage, USE the tools on the glowing crate to get the voodoo root. Then go back to the cave and WALK off to the left. You will now appear back at the village.
Have a chat to the three-headed monkey (eh?)
While the natives mix your potion, then WALK back to the jungle. You will appear in the cave next to a ghost.
Ask him what happened and about the wedding, then get ready to go. Your crew should now appear and you can go back to your ship to leave Monkey Island.
PART FOUR - GUYBRUSH KICKS BUTT WALK off the dock and you will be assailed by a ghost. Offer him root beer and he'll get zapped.
WALK TO the town and WALK up to the grim spectre. Tell him you’ve some magic root beer to blast him.
WALK to the church. OPEN the door and walk in.
Say “Stop the wedding’’ and when LeChuck threatens you say "Take This!''. The Governor will appear, try to see what’s going on. Say “Take This!” to find that you're seltzer is jammed when LeChuck threatens you again. LeChuck will belt you and you will land in the grog machine in Stan's boatyard. When LeChuck shakes you out of the machine, pick up the bottle of root beer. As soon as you have the bottle, USE it on LeChuck, and you can be reunited with the Governor.
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Programmer Archer MacLean describes some of the game's less well-known features... Follow cue ball around table When taking a shot, hold the left mouse button down on the Take Shot icon, and the display will follow the cue ball centrally and line up on the first ball hit. Hold down the right button or both for different effects.
Blocked shots Remember the cue ball can’t always be hit from all directions. Sometimes, depending on the cue ball’s position, you will find the cross-hair on the Take Shot icon can’t be placed on the lower part of the ball. This is because there is something blocking your cue’s path, like a cushion of the table or a ball. If the shot is blocked a small ‘No’ will be displayed instead of the crosshair. More of the ball may be accessed by tilting the table up slightly, using the Tilt Table icon.
Chalk You only need chalk for spin shots. For the cross-hair in the middle of the Take Shot icon you don't need any chalk. The more spin you put on the cue ball, the more chalk you need. If you put three or more dabs of chalk on, you won't get a miscue.
Swerve shots It's possible to do swerves in the game. Go through the following practice steps. Select Trick Shots, then go to the table and click the right mouse button on the CLR icon. Go to the cue ball by clicking left on the View Q Ball icon, and move the pointer over the ball and holding down the left mouse button. Move it to just next to the brown ball on the straight part of the D-line.
Turn the view line on, and adjust the angle until the viewline is pointing at the middle of the pink. The blue ball should be just in the way, so you need to swerve past it. Use the left spin and top spin icons to move the cross hair to the top leftmost part of the cue ball. The message window should say “Swerve Right".
Apply three or more dabs of chalk, and set the cue power to about 40 per cent. Now take the shot, and you should see the cue ball swerve to the right as it goes past the blue, and swing in to collide with the pink.
The 147 heat mode Go to trick shot mode, and return to the table, press F7 followed by F4 and FI. You should hear a double-click.
Return to the control menu, and enter the demo mode menu, where there’s a third option, ‘Do a random 147 break’. Select this to watch continuous 147 breaks.
General tactics Kick Off 2 Although it's lost some of its status due to the young upstart that is Sensible Soccer, it's still one of the best games on the Amiga. Increase your skills with this lot...
• There are various styles of play. The first is dribbling. This
isn’t recommended, since the players are sharp and will soon
tackle you. Your best bet is to trap the ball and pass it to a
clear player who is more likely to have a clean run.
• If you want to get a long clearance, then run to the ball, pull
back on the joystick and at the same time hit the fire button.
With a little practice this is useful for belting the ball a
long way clear after those mad goal mouth scrambles!
• If using aftertouch, remember to use it when shooting. Note
where the goalie is and try to bend the shot away from him by
moving the joystick left or right after you kick. This often
bamboozles them. Try to get into a position where you can do
this. A good way is to run wide and cross the ball into the
centre. The goalie will tend to run towards you, allowing you
to score.
The Goalkeeper
• Although the goalie appears to be automatic, you do have a
certain amount of control over him.
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Throw-Ins
• If you do nothing, the ball will be thrown out to the nearest
player, but if you are in your own half, give the ball a hefty
throw up the pitch. If you are close to being level with the
opponent's penalty area, then give it a good long throw into
the centre and try to bully it away from the keeper to get a
run up for a shot.
Penalties
• Don't just rely on getting the timing as it travels towards
the centre as in Kick Off - the timing is much tighter. Wait
until the arrow is at the outermost point of travel, then
just as you SEE it move inwards (don't anticipate it. Or you'll
go wide) quickly give the fire button a short tap.
• If you are defending against a penalty, move the joystick and
hold it to the side that the arrow is on (in other words,
follow it from side to side) then press the fire-button as the
attacker takes the kick. This should allow you to dive in the
right direction most of the time.
No o £ - q; $ Set piece free kicks
• There is one method which you can use as a basis for more
complex moves. Push and hold the joystick in the opposite
direction from the goal (that is push left if you are to the
right of the goal and vice versa) and tap the fire button. As
soon as you press the fire button, move the joystick in the
opposite direction. The ball should bend in towards the goal.
If not, then just keep practising!
Corners
• The same directional tactics as Kick Off work, but remember
that the time you hold the fire button down controls the
strength of the kick.
General tips
• Use a balanced approach to get comfortable in the game.
• Use a blitz if you're losing with only a few minutes left and a
lockout if you want to stay safe for the last few minutes.
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MasterCard e’je' Monkey Island 2 - LeChuck's Revenge This is the sequel to one of the best games ever - and it's become the benchmark for graphic adventures. It's a bit tricky in parts, though, so here's the full solution... PART ONE: THE LARGO EMBARGO Pick up the shovel by the sign and walk over the bridge, where you’ll be mugged by Largo. Walk to the window, pick up the knife from the table and go back outside. Walk to the door on the left and pick up the paper. When the cartographer rubs his eyes, quickly grab his monocle. Walk to the hatch and talk to the bar keeper. Wait for Largo to
leave, then use the paper on the spit that is on the wall. Walk to the upper deck and go to the ship at the back.
Pick up the bucket, then persuade the men to let you take it. Walk to the far right of the screen and go to the swamp. Use the bucket on the swamp.
Go back to the path, up to the cemetery, then to the graves on the hill. Use the shovel on the grave, pick up the bone, then go back to Woodtick. Walk to the 5 sO SO SO uu ship on the far left and use the knife on the rope that tethers the alligator. When the innkeeper leaves, pick up the bowl to get the cheese squigglies. Walk through the door at the back. Pick up the toupee, use the bucket of mud on the door, then go behind the dressing screen. Largo will walk into the room, trigger the trap, and then dash off to the laundry.
Walk to the ship where you got the bucket (Mad Marty’s) and wait for Largo to leave. Go back to his room and close the door. On the back of the door you'll find a laundry ticket, which you must take to Mad Marty’s ship. Give the ticket to the laundry guy and you’ll collect a fetching piece of Largo’s attire.
Go back to the swamp and use the coffin. Row to the right until you come to a shack. Paddle over to the shack, pick up the string on the table and walk to the right. Ask the voodoo lady about business and continue the conversation about Largo. When she asks for the voodoo ingredients, give her the four objects - the spit, the toupee, the bones and the bra.
When you’ve got the voodoo doll, go back to Largo's room, quickly use the pins in the voodoo doll, and it’s bye bye Largo. After talking to the voodoo lady again, go to the beach and pick up the stick.
Wander back to Marty's laundry, open the box and use the stick on it. Use the string on the stick and use the cheese squiggles on the box. Walk to the other end of the string and wait for the rat to scurry under the box to munch on the tasty squiggles. Pull the string, open the box and pick up the rat. Walk to the window and use the rat in the vichyssoise. Go back round to the hatch and ask the barkeeper about the stew, and take the job when the chef gets the sack. Walk to the window and go to the peninsula at the bottom -left hand side of the island. Skank over to the houseboat, give the
monocle to Captain Dread and charter a ship.
PART TWO: THE FOUR MAP PIECES Pick up the bag of parrot chow and walk to the door.
Ask what your choices of destination are and set sail for Booty Island. Open the door to the left and walk through it, you're now in the Booty Boutique. Buy the Beware of Parrot’ sign, the saw and the ship’s horn.
Put the parrot chow on the hook to distract the bird’s attention then buy the mirror. Talk to the shopkeeper, who says he'll only part with the map piece in exchange for the figurehead from the Mad Monkey.
Go out of the door, walk to the right, talk to the woman in the big hat and ask for a leaflet. Walk to Stan’s door, tell him you have to go and he’ll give you a handkerchief. Then it's back to the boat and tell Dread to sail over to Phatt Island.
Pretty soon you'll find yourself incarcerated. Pick up the rock hard mattress and the stick. Use the stick on the bone and then pick up the bone. Use the bone on Walt, pick up the small key and use it on the cell door.
It's hardly Escape from Alcatraz, but it’s still good for a laugh. Open the two envelopes and walk to the door.
Use Captain Kate's leaflet on the wanted poster and walk to the library. Open the model lighthouse and take out the lens. Look at the card catalogue, open the draw labelled C D and find a card called Disasters.
Look in the P Q R draw and pull out the recipes card.
Go to the librarian and ask for the ‘Joy of Hex’, ‘Great Shipwrecks of Our Century’, and any third book.
Leave the library and walk to the front alley.
When the man leaves, follow him, open the slot on the door and ask for the next number. The answer is the number of fingers the man hold up first. Go back to the alley and ask the man for a game. Bet on the number you were told and then ask for the party invitation. Go to Governor Phatt's mansion and talk to the guard.
When you get a chance, tell him there’s a fire in the kitchen and walk to the stairs. Swap the third book you picked up at the library with the one on the bed and return to Dread's ship. Set sail for Scabb Island.
When you get there, walk to the hatch and talk to the bar keeper. Ask for some grog and give him your library card. Buy all three drinks and use the yellow drink on the blue drink. Use the crazy straw on the green drink, use the banana on the metronome and pick up Jojo. Go to the men of low moral fibre and saw off the guy’s wooden leg. Walk to the door by the toll bridge and pick up the hammer and nails - the woodcutter is tending the poor chap who’s leg you amputated. Back to Booty island for more fun.
Go to the costume shop, give the invitation to the shopkeeper and pick up the dress. Go to Stan’s and ask about a used coffin. When he gets in one, close it and use the nails on it. Pick up the crypt key, which is on the board at the back of the shop, and then leave and walk to the path on the right.
Join the spitting contest and use the ship’s horn.
When the spitmaster walks off, pick up the flags. Use the crazy straw on the green drink and walk to the fault line. Spit when the wind blows.
Go back to the antique shop, give the dealer your plaque and persuade him to buy it. You'll probably have to work your way through a load of old hogwash to make him want the junk you are offering. He'll pay you 6,000 pieces o’ eight. Leave the shop and look at the ‘Great Shipwrecks’ book which you borrowed from the library. Remember the coordinates of the sunken galleon and then go and free Captain Kate from jail. While you are in the jail take the vanilla envelope from the shelf and open it to reveal some near-grog.
Then charter her ship. Get her to sail to the coordinates given in the book, then dive over the side for the galleon. Pick up the monkey head and then pick up the anchor or the rope to get back to the surface. Head for Booty Island . And then give the antique dealer the monkey head and claim the first piece of the map.
Walk to the path on the left and go to the governor’s mansion. Give your invitation to the guard and put on your costume. Go into the mansion, and pick up the map piece from the picture frame and try to leave. Try your hardest to persuade Elaine to come back to you, but you’ll always fail, she’ll throw the map piece out of the window and Guybrush will be kicked out. It’s about time he was given a good seeing to. Go back upstairs and take the oar down from the wall. Go back outside and try to pick up the map piece.
Walk over to the woods on the right and change clothes. Walk back to the mansion, pick up the dog and walk to the side of the house. Knock over the garbage can by picking it up, and quickly walk to the front to the front. Walk to the side of the house on the other side, preferably before the chef catches you, and walk to the door. Pick up the fish and sail off to Phatt Island.
Walk to the pier and talk to the fisherman - it’s his pole you’re after. Accept his bet and give him the fish.
When you’ve got his pole, go back to Booty Island, walk to the path on the left and go to the cliff . Walk to the edge of the cliff and use the fishing pole on the map. Follow the seagull to Big Tree.
Once you’re there, get the plank that is sticking out of the tree , and use it on the hole in the far left of the trunk. Use the oar on the hole next to it, then walk on to the big root just to the left. Climb onto the oar via the plank Guybrush will fall and hit his head.
Guybrush is now in slumberland dreaming of a song, and writing down the words on the spit-encrusted paper. When he wakes up, pick up the broken oar and head for Woodtick, where Woody (the carpenter) will fix the oar (if you ask him nicely). Return to Big Tree, climb on to the plank, then use the newly-fixed oar in the hole to the right. Walk on to that, then pick up the plank and use it in the next hole along. Keep on doing this until Guybrush takes over and climbs to the top.
Walk to the small hut and pick up the telescope.
Go to the bigger hut in the middle of the screen, and use the dog to sniff the pile of maps - he will pick out the second piece of map!
Go back to Dread’s ship, and set sail for Phatt Island. When you arrive, go to the waterfall and climb up until you reach a pump. Using the monkey on the pump will stop the water, and reveal a secret about the waterfall. Go to the bottom, enter the “newly discovered gaping hole" and keep going until you reach a beach. Go to the cottage at the top of the screen, open the left window then walk though the door.
Inside you’ll find Captain Rum - talk to him for a while, then challenge him to a fight. He will back down, but challenge you to grog-drinking contest instead. He will provide the grog (the strong stuff) which you should throw into the nearest tree and replace with some near-grog (low-alcohol). Sit down, and when Rum comes back drink the near-grog and wait for him to pass out (this is what grog does for you, kids - don’t try it).
Now he’s unconscious put the mirror in the frame, then go outside and use the telescope on the grotesque statue. A ray of light will bounce off the mirror and focus on a brick in the wall (cue a song) - take note of which brick it is. After you’ve picked the telescope up, go inside, pick up the mirror then push the selected brick. You should then fall into the cellar, where you'll find a skeleton with the third piece of map. Pick it up, go left through the hole and back to the main island.
179 Head for the cemetery on Scabb Island, look at all the tombs and go into Stan's crypt.(What do you mean it’s locked? Use the crypt key!) Look at the book of quotations, and memorise the one by Rapp Scallion.
Looking at all the tombs will reveal one with the same quote as an epitaph, so open it up and take some of the ashes from inside. Remember the Voodoo Lady’s shack? Did you look on the shelves? Can you guess what you must do now? Yes, go back to the shack in the swamp (close the tomb first), and try to get the ASH-2-LIFE™ potion bottle. Talk to the Voodoo Lady, then give her the book (Joy of Hex) and the ashes. She will give you some real ASH-2-LIFE™.
Go back and use it on Rapp's ashes, then watch him change from a pile of dust to a living, breathing, er, weenie cook. Offer to turn the gas off back at the weenie hut (on the beach where you started), and he will give you the key to it.
Go back to the beach, and use the key on the door (the weenie hut is behind Bart and Fink). Go inside and use one of the stove knobs to turn off the gas. Return to the tomb, use the potion on Rapp again, then tell him that you've turned off the gas. He will eventually give you the fourth piece of map (Yippeeee!). Close the tomb and the crypt, then go and see Wally (the cartographer) in Woodtick. Give him the model lighthouse lens and all four map pieces, then ask him to draw up a new map. This he will do, as long as you promise to get a love potion from the Voodoo Lady. Go to her and get
one, but alas! She will sense that Wally is in trub.
Go to Wally’s, look at the writing on the table, then go back to the swamp and open the Juju bag. Open the crate, then use it. Guybrush will then be taken to LeChuck’s fortress by some delivery men.
3= LECHUCK'S FORTRESS When Guybrush gets out of the crate, head right and * go through the door at the top of the stairs. Now walk right and keep doing so until you reach a dungeon.
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Walk to the left cell and talk to Wally. Now look at the spit-encrusted piece of paper, showing the words to the song from the dream sequence. Now write down the first three bodily parts of each verse down in the given order (e.g. Verse 1 = Head, Hip, Leg etc).
Go back the way you came and if you pass a sculpture in the wall with the body bits in the order of verse 1 (e.g. Head at the top, Hip in the middle and Legs at the bottom - see screen), then push it and walk through the gap. If you don’t find a matching one by the time you reach the sign posts, go down the back tunnel and keep looking. Once you’ve done this, do the same for the second and subsequent verses. In the end, you will reach a big door with several locks on it. Push the middle of the door and go through the doggy flap.
The key to Wally’s cell is on the wall next to LeChuck’s throne so pick it up. LeChuck will capture you and leave you hanging around with Wally. Drink some of the green drink and spit at the pan below you to move it slightly. Then spit at the shield to the right of Guybrush and it should bounce off several things and put out the candle (if not, keep on trying). You will now escape and find yourself in the dark, so use a match from the Juju bag and leave quietly (tee hee).
4= DINKY ISLAND Once you arrive, walk right to the man and talk to him.
If you want, ask him about philosophy then go through all the colours available (there are a plenty of them!) To discover a pointless fact about Zen existentialism (say that after a couple of pints of Hatchet’s!).
No O O Open the barrel, pick up the cracker and give it to the parrot. Remember the direction he gives you. Go up to the still (the big shiny machine), pick up the martini glass that’s on the ground and fill it with seawater.
If you now use the water on the still, this will distil the water (remove the salt from it). Pick up the crowbar and the bottle from the sea, then go left and into the jungle. Take the left path at the fork and follow it until you reach a tree with a bag hanging from its branch.
Use the bottle on the tree trunk then use the broken bottle on the bag. Pick up its contents (a packet of instant cracker mix), look at it then use it with the water in the martini glass to make two more crackers.
Go back the way you came until you reach the fork.
Follow the other path and you should reach a pond (by the way - try wandering further until you come across a call box - use it, just for a laugh).
D Z Remove the rope from the box, then open it using the crowbar. Take the dynamite, then use the crowbar with the rope to form a makeshift grappling hook. Follow the directions that the parrot gave you, then give the parrot another cracker and follow his directions. At the next point, give the parrot your last cracker and the directions will take you to a big X. Use the shovel on it then use the match on the dynamite. Then use the lighted dynamite on the hole. Once it has been blown open, enter the chamber and use the grappling hook on the frayed metal bars that are round the hole.
Now you’re in darkness, click on the USE button then scan the screen for a light switch. You will now meet LeChuck! Talk to him for a bit, and he will begin stabbing a voodoo doll of Guybrush, then transport you Continued overleaf to a different part of the complex. Walk around and have a look at various rooms (LeChuck will keep looking for you, zapping you from time to time). When you find a room with lots of boxes, open the nearest ones and take a balloon, a doll and a bottle of root beer.
When you find the First Aid room, examine your Dad’s remains and take his skull. Put it and the Kewpie doll into the Juju bag. Thus making the beginnings of a voodoo doll of LeChuck (the “One from the dead” in this case is the skull). Go to the right of the screen, open the medical drawer and take the syringe, then open the bin to the right and take the gloves. Now go and find the room with the helium tank and use the balloon and both surgical gloves on it.
Pull the coin return on the grog machine and a coin will roll onto the floor. When LeChuck comes in, he will pick up the coin. At this moment, try to pick up LeChuck and you will rip off his underwear ("One from the thread”). Give him the handkerchief and he will blow his nose (’’One from the body”).
After he zaps you, make your way to the service elevator, press the button and get in. (The lift will only carry 900 pounds in weight, but luckily the helium filled things in your inventory make you lighter.) Wait until LeChuck arrives before pulling the lever, then the doors will close and trap a bit of his beard.
When the lift stops, pick up the beard and exit the lift to see a familiar scene to original Monkey Island adventurers. Put the other three relevant bits in the bag, then Guybrush will make a voodoo doll of LeChuck.
Go back down in the lift, use the lever again, and exit it. Wait for LeChuck to arrive and then use the hypodermic needle on the new voodoo doll.
Now, the end is near, but we’re going to leave the rest to you. Remember, whichever way you turn you’ll always come to the ending, and WHAT an ending... simply use your Papal Magnet to centre on the enemy targets.
• At the start of the game, both sides have a large and hefty
population and will have quite a bit of energy available to
them. Use this to carry out a mass destruction (using for
example Storm or Fire Rain) on the enemy's population.
• If your population is spread out to start with, then try and
get them together. This makes it easier to elect a strong
leader and protect your clan.
However, if your population is mixed up with that of the enemy, use the Fight and Settle option.
• Here's a tip for those of you with weaker characters. Try
using the following for extra help: FJECVTSUNTGJVAZV.
Level Code Level Code Level Code Level Code Level Code Level Code Level Code Level Code 20 NGAF 184 PIMOAT 302 FEUBAF 434 ERVEAD 548 ADMN 656 QUAF 780 UBGHAD 900 OMUBAG 26 UXCCAF 190 JIERAF 305 SUHOAK 435 TTALAG 554 ALOOAG 662 MMCCAF 786 TUUPAB 905 AMAMAC 32 LDOMAD 195 ACUH 309 CCUPAF 441 NENEAD 560 PEITAG 668 DDOMAD 790 MMMNAC 911 LEVEAT 36 ADUHAK 201 AMJIAG 315 LYINAD 446 JIIIAT 566 IIADAC 674 ABEGAB 796 DDOO 915 NEABAB 42 ALJIAC 202 UMQU 320 DONEAG 452 OMAKAF 572 INTTAT 676 ADNEAF 800 LDQUAB 920 VEJIAK 48 PEHE 208 QUSOAG 324 OMAC 458 UMNGAC 573 LLAKAC 678 AFJIAC 806 AFDOAT 925 WILYAT 54
IIDDAF 211 NESIAF 326 OOOPAK 463 LEETAG 574 JIPIAK 684 MEHE 810 ALUM 931 HOUMAF 60 INUNAD 214 MMFEAK 332 UBSIAC 464 QUHO 575 THUMAG 690 ERDDAF 815 UHAFAK 937 UXTIAD 66 LOISAB 220 DDLLAB 338 TUAF 468 NGUPAB 576 DOLL 696 PIUNAD 821 CCCCAB 943 UHATAB 70 OOOMAC 224 LDAGAD 344 VECCAF 474 UXINAT 580 OMAGAC 699 LYLOAC 828 INMNAB 945 SUUPAF 75 EMAAG 228 ADERAK 350 GHOMAD 479 SONEAC 586 UMMMAT 700 INCCAK 831 THUG 950 IIALAB 90 UXII 234 ALAAAC 354 ABUHAK 485 OWOP 592 QUOWAF 701 LLAGAT 833 AAEGAF 955 LYOOAK 96 LDAKAG 235 UNNEAK 360 ATJIAC 491 UNSIAG 598 MMEGAD 702 JIISAB 835 ACNEAB 960 DOAC 108 MEOMAB
241 SUABAK 363 UNITAB 497 SUAFAK 604 DDACAB 705 AAER 840 OPITAK 965 AKDOAD 114 ERNEAT 244 EGUX 369 SUADAT 502 IIHOAT 610 ABTTAG 711 AGAAAD 845 HETU 970 UMDOAD 120 PIABAF 249 NEIIAK 375 MNTTAK 503 MNCCAB 616 ATLOAK 713 AMOOAC 850 TUFEAK 975 CETIAC 131 ACFEAG 251 LYLY 381 LLLOAC 504 PIATAK 617 UXNGAG 724 NGSUAD 855 SIUNAT 980 NGCCAF 136 OPUMAB 260 OMLOAF 387 ACER 505 NEISAG 620 MEUBAF 730 UXDOAB 860 DDAGAD 985 TIERAB 141 HEAGAF 263 AGISAK 393 AMAAAG 511 THAMAK 625 SUATAB 736 LDLEAT 864 LDETAK 990 GHUGAK 147 NEMMAC 268 UBMMAT 399 LEQUAD 517 AKNEAB 629 CCERAC 742 AFTHAK 870 AFAAAC 992 LDNEAB 149
ITIMAT 274 TUOWAF 402 TUWOAC 518 OOEMAK 635 LY 748 MEUGAC 875 UNWIAF 994 ABNEAF 155 IMALAF 280 VEEGAD 408 VEII 524 UBUXAB 636 INEGAC 750 FENEAT 880 PEUX 995 HOEM 161 MONEAC 285 WISUAG 414 GHAKAG 530 TUUXAT 642 LOAC 755 TTUHAC 885 CCIIAK The final 167 WOOP 291 MODOAK 417 MOLLAK 536 VEPIAF 644 OMOPAK 765 LLOPAB 890 ISTTAT level quite a 173 UPS I AG 295 WOUMAF 423 WOUBAK 540 DDLOAG 650 UMSIAC 771 ACPIAT 894 JILL battle!
179 TTAFAK 301 UPTIAD 433 SUOWAB 542 GHAGAD 653 HELEAB 775 AGLO 896 DOLOAF 999 WOITAB Populous 2 The Amiga enjoys a large number of God-games, and along with Mega-Lo-Mania this is one of the best. Read these hints and tips to help to achieve ultimate omnipotence... General hints
• If unable to raise land, then use Batholiths (when available)
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the enemy, then use Whirlpools to remove his land. Any effect
is useful, but look out for when you later want to move in for
the kill, since any effects left hanging around will affect
your men.
• If you can't lower land, use a well-placed whirlwind or
whirlpool can reduce the ground.
Once again, use any effects to destroy enemy land if he's suffering from this restriction - but watch out for when you want to move in later on.
• If you can neither raise nor lower land, then THOSE LEVEL CODES
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original... 182 Fun Level 25 - CCKHMGHJDM 18 - CKNLMDMQEV 11
- LGANOLDHGJ mgmmm 01 - No code 26 - IJHOOHCKDM 19 -
CCKHNNKBFR 12 - GKNOLDLIGU ¦Svn?
02 - IJJLDNCCCN 27 - NKMFLCALDV 20 - IJJLGMCCFS 13 - GAJIMMHJGX nfSBii 03 - NJLDLCADCY 28 - HOOHCIOMDT 21 - OHLFMCADFN 14 - OKHMDNGKGT 04 HLLHCIOECU 29 - OOHCGJLNDR 22 - ILFMCKOEFJ 15 - OIMELGALGK 05 - LDLCAJNFCK 30 - GLCMJMMODT 23 - LFMCEJMFFT 16 - HMDLGKOMGT 06 - DLCIJNLGCT 24 - GICKKOLGFK 17 - MELGCKLNGN Cl i. j 07 - LCANLLDHC0 CINNLDLICJ CEKHMDLJCO MJHMDLCKCW Tricky Level 25 26 27 28 - MCGNMLFHFL BKOMNFIIFO CAJJMGMJFS KKKOOICKFV 18 19 20 21 - DLGIJOMOGV LGENMMDPGU GKNNOLHQGS GGKHNNHBHY 08 09 10 - Ui 02 03 - WGGUJ-iUiN OOA CMOLMGLQDJ CCJJLDMBEX - - We haven't got enough space to show you
how to get through this level, but when all else fails cheat.
11 - NHMLHCALCT 04 - IKHLDMCCEN 29 - OHMFMCALFW 22 - KJJLFNGCHK 04
- FHFIJLMOHQ 18
- HMDIFINMIO 12 - JOLHCMOMCV 05 - OHNLIBADEP 30 - HMGMCMOMFU 23 -
NJLGNGADHW 05
- HFANLMFPHN 19
- MDIFAJLNIX 13 - MDLCAJLNCR 06 - IDLMCIOEEU 24 - KNOHGOOEHL 0b
- FINLMFHQHW 20
- DIFIJLMOIQ 14 - ELCIJNMOCN 07 - LDMCCJNFEP Taxing Level 25 -
LFNGCJNFHJ 07
- FAJHLDIBIW 21
- IFANLMDPIN 15 - LCENLMDPCL 08 - EMCIJMLGEW 01 - MFMCGKLNFO 26 -
GNGIJLLGHP 08
- IJHLDIFCIP 22
- FINLMDIQIW 16 - CINLMDLQCQ 09 - MCEOLLDHEW 02 - GMCOKLMOFY 27 -
HFANLLFHHU 09
- NHLDIFADIN 23
- FAJHLFIBJJ 17 - CAJHLFLBDT 10 - CMNLLEMIEP 03 - MCANMMFPFO 28 -
FINLLFHIHN 10
- HLDIFINEIV 24
- IJHLFIFCJS 18 - KJHNGLBCDQ 11 - CEKKOLIJEK 04 - CINOMGMQFK 29 -
FAJHMFHJHP 11
- LDIFAJLFIO 25
- NHLFIFADJP 19 - NJNNHCCDDT 12 - IKHMEMCKEX 05 - GEKKNMJBGJ 30 -
IJHMFHFKHG 12
- DIFIJLLGIX 26
- HLFIFINEJY 20 - HLFLCNNEDW 13 - OJOLICCLEN 06 - KJILDLGCGU 13
- MGCNNLEHIO 27
- LFIFAJLFJR 21 - LFLCCJLFDN 14 - HMDMCIOMEM 07 - NHNLJGCDGY
Mayhem Level 14
- FINLLDIIIN 28
- FIFIJLLGJK 22 - NHCRKONGDQ 15 - MDMCGJMNEL 08 - ILDLGMOEGN 01 -
NJMNLFELHX 15
- FAJHMDIJIP 29
- IFANLLFHKX 23 - LCCNMLFHDU 16 - LMBIJOOOEJ 09 - LDLGCJOFGV 02 -
HMFJFINMHQ 16
- IJHMEMGKIO 30
- FINLLFIIJQ 24 - CINLLGLIDL 17 - KCCOMMLPEU 10 - ENGIJNLGGO 03 -
MFHFAJLNHX 17
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• When you're out dogfighting, turn off the cockpit display and
use the Head Up Display (HUD) instead. This enables you to see
more of the outside world, so it's easier to see your enemies
as well.
• Close up on enemy aircraft before launching a missile. Even if
you don't hit it head on, the explosion will damage the enemy
plane anyway.
• Save your position often.
• To slightly adjust your horizontal position, don't bank, but
use your rudder.
• When you destroy a base, remember to destroy all bridges and
other access routes as well - otherwise the tanks will come and
take the base back again.
Robocop 3 The film of the game still has not appeared on the silver screen, but this small cheat should keep you busy until it does. This cheat is for a huge amount of lives - infinite, in fact.
At the start of each section, type in THE DIDY MEN (with spaces). This gives Robocop infinite efficiency, but it must be repeated at the start of every section.
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Soccer This is either the best or the second best footie game, depending on your personal taste. Here's Jon Hare of Sensible Software with some handy tips... mark up on the opposition's start players.
• When you're taking a goalkick, always wait until the opposing
striker has moved away from your goalie.
• When attacking, try to look out for any fumbles made by the
goalie - especially when playing naff teams.
• Headers too close to the goal will nearly always hit the bar or
go over.
• At all times get to the ball and kick it as soon as possible.
Remember: a diving sliding player is always faster than a
running player.
• Use 'View Oppo' on the tactics screen, and
• Do not try to put outfield players in goal (unless you want to
lose).
• Passing the ball around outside the opponent's area draws the
defenders out making space to get in a shot.
• Choose Defend from the subs bench when in the lead with only a
few minutes left.
• Choose Attack when time is running out and you desperately need
a win.
• It's virtually impossible to dummy a computer player - try it!
Speedball 2 Acclaimed as one of the most competitive two-player games ever, this one. Having trouble playing it? Look no further than, er, the next few lines... Playing the Match
• In order to pull a decent lead, it’s a good idea to go straight
for the score multiplier. However, take care when playing
against intelligent teams, because they will try to muscle in
and use the multiplier themselves.
The best bet is to hurl the ball through the multiplier and stand by the scoop continually punching. That way you’ll knock out anyone who walks close or throw the ball back if anyone tries to cancel out your multiples. If in doubt, GET THE BALL AWAY QUICKLY!
• If you’re confident with both your speed and aiming, go for
the Electrobounce. This is particularly useful when you have
the multiplier in your favour.
Get the bounce and fire directly at the goal, since the TOKENS The best tokens to go for are: FREEZE: these stop the opponents moving, thus giving you an easy scoring opportunity.
SHIELD: so that you can charge downfield and score without getting decked by the opposition.
TRANSPORT BALL: saves all that clever tackling and dodging!
BOOST STATS: this gives your team a nice healthy (as well as cheap) rating increase.
Ball will fly straight past the keeper. If there is a defender in the way though, try to dodge him (unless you have a multiplier, in which case the ball will tackle him anyway).
• One of the best ways to get a high score (particularly with
higher teams) is to go for the stars. Try to complete the line
whenever it’s possible to ensure a score that can’t be
cancelled - it may be enough to sneak the lead!
• Money is very important, so collect as much as possible at all
times. Keep going for it until the supply for that match runs
out, then you can increase your team stats by a significant
amount.
• If you’re a bit tight for time, and a draw looks Unless you are
very sure of your abilities, don't go for the Manic token. This
boosts both teams' stats for about 10 seconds and usually works
to the computer's advantage rather than your own.
One good (even though it's a little bit sneaky) move is to wait until your opponent has electrified the ball, then use the Grab token to snatch possession!
Imminent, fling the ball at the bounce domes when you can, this scores points that can’t be cancelled out (like stars) which could swing the balance in the dying seconds of a match.
• Don’t move your goalie unless it’s vital. He will be in a good
position to block until he’s closest to the ball. Then thunder
out to meet it and throw it as hard as you can up-fteld.
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Monitor with Lotus Turbo Challenge II, Dust Cover, Scart Cable, 1 year on site warranty, free next day delivery .£224.95 V" 2 Double Sided Double Density QUANTITY PRICE
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Switch to a monitor and SEE WHAT YOU’RE MISSING!
If you are currently using your Amiga or ST with a domestic television set, then you are missing out on picture quality.
Unfortunately, because your TV is used to receiving inferior UHF transmissions from the airwaves, it only has a UHF socket. So, your computer has to downgrade its high quality digital RGB (Red, Blue) signal to UHF to enable your TV to receive it.
However, because your TV can only display using RGB, it has to convert the UHF signal back to RGB before it can put a picture on the screen. Of course, every time you convert from one signal to another, there is a loss of quality which means that the final picture on the TV is not as good as the original signal from your computer.
You can overcome this with a monitor, which has an RGB socket, not UHF. Your computer will recognise this, and send its original RGB signal to the monitor which will display the image directly to the screen with no loss of quality.
The Philips 8833 is the best selling colour monitor for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. Ideal for game playing, it offers excellent colour graphics and has stereo audio speakers for enhanced stereo output from the Amiga and ST-E. The performance and reliability of the 8833 is exceptional, which is why we are confident to offer f 2 months ON-SITE warranty with every Philips 8833 monitor. Plus, every 8833 from Silica comes with FREE Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 software, all for only £229 inc VAT.
• 14" CGA COLOUR MONITOR
• OFFICIAL UK PRODUCT
• 1 YEAR ON-SITE WARRANTY
• FREE! LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE 2 SOFTWARE
• RESOLUTION: 600x285
• HORIZONTAL FREQ: 15.6KHZ
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• STEREO AUDIO SPEAKERS
• EARPHONE SOCKET
• TTL-DIGITAL & RGB-ANALOG COMPUTER INPUT SIGNAL
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