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Welcome to Amiga Format! After months and months of speculation and rumour. Commodore have finally revealed their follow up to CDTV. The new unit, rather than being a home interactive multiplayer, is a CD-based AGA console, as we predicted way back in December of last year. But what does the new unit mean? It means a more secure financial future for Commodore, it means more and better AGA games for all Amiga owners, and it means that the A1200 will have a CD drive early next year. In short it is a good thing for all. Turn now to page 12 and get a first glimpse of the fabulous new Amiga CD32. This, as you may already realise is our 50th issue. To celebrate this golden anniversary we are taking a look back at our favourite SO Amiga products of all time. Whether they be hardware or software, serious or games. We've rooted through our cupboards, dug out a host of our favourite products, then sat down and argued at length about which were the best, and why. Find out what our conclusions were on page 27 of this issue. As news of Commodore's new console breaks, we here at Amiga Format are preparing for this November s Marcus Dyson' edi,or Future Entertainment Show at Olympia. If you were at last year's show you will remember that there was a lot of excitement about the consoles, and this year Amiga CD32 will be creating a stir all of its own. So to make sure the Amiga doesn't get overlooked we've arranged a series of competitions to prove how great a creative computer it is. So if you are a wiz with video, game design, music or graphics, turn now to page 48, and take a look at some of the fantastic prizes you can win. All these prizes will be presented at the Future Entertainment Show.

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ON TEST A1200 RAM DESERT STRIKE
18. 99
I. C.F.T.D HITS
12. 99 BATTLE OF BrfTAIN RAILROAD TYCOON
13. 99 13.99 HEIMDALL
11. 99 ELITE WING COMMANDER
9. 99
11. 99 ZOOL
11. 99 F15 STRIKE 2
11. 99 F1 GRAND PRIX
14. 99 FIRST SAM'MEGA
13. 49 SILENT SERVICE 2
12. 99 LEGEND
12. 99 VIKINGS - FIELD Of CON PRO TENNIS TOUR 2
10. 99 10.99 S OF MONKEY ISUND
13. 99 wine cofpm.'.noF RAVING MAD
9. 49 PREMIER MANAGER
13. 49 AIIVSEA SUPREM
13. 49 CURSE OF ENCHANTIA
12. 99 SABRE TEAM
11. 49 Games marked NOP will no I work on A500 Plus, A600 or
AI200. Games marked N0I2 will not work on the 41200.
4TM N INCHES (US FOOTBALL) (NOW) IW 68® ATTACK SUB (N012) 9 99 A TRAIN (1 MEO) ...24 9* A T A C (1 MEG) 21 99 A320 AIR BUS (1 MEO) (N012) 18 49 ADOAMS FAMILY (1 MEG) 1149 ADVANTAGE TENNIS (N012) 16 99 AFTERBURNER 7 49 AIR BUCKS 17 99 AIR FORCE COMMANDER (1 MEG) 17 99 AIR SEA SUPREMACY (GUNSHIP. SILENT SERVICE, P47.
WINOS. CARRIER COMMAND) (N012) .13 49 AIR SUPPORT .... 18 99 AIR. LAND & SEA (688 ATTACK SUB.
INDY 500. F18 INTERCEPTOR) (NOW) . 22 99 ALCATRAZ ......16 99 ALIEN BREEO (SPECIAL EDITION) (1 MEO) 8 99 AMNIOS 8 99 ANOTHER WORLD 16 99 APIDYA 17 49 APOCALYPSE (1 MEG) 17.49 AQUATIC GAMES 16.99 ARABIAN NIGHTS 15 99 ARCHER MACLEAN SPOOL 13.99 ARKANOID 2 7.49 ARMOUR GEDDON 2 19.49 ASSASSIN (1 MEG) 1199 AVBB HARRIER ASSAULT 2199 017 FLYING FORTRESS (1 MEG) 22 99 BATMAN THE MOVIE 7 49 BATTLE ISLE ... 13.49 BATTLE ISLE DATA DISK 13 99 BATTLE OF BRITAIN 13 99 BATTLETOADS 17 49 BC KID 17 49 BEACH VOLLEY (NOW) 7 49 BILL S TOMATO GAME 19 99 BlASTAR (1 MEG) 13.99
BLUES BROTHERS 8 99 BODY BLOWS (1 MEG) 16 49 BODY BLOWS (A1200 VERSION) 18 99 BOSTON BOMB CLUB (N012) 7 49 BOXING MANAGER (NOW) 7 49 BURNING RUBBER 17 49 CAOAVER (N012) 1199 CAESAR (1 MEG) (N012) 17 99 CAMPAIGN (1 MEO) . 2199 CAPTIVE ...12 99 CAPTIVE 2 -LIBERATION (1 MEO) 19 99 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER (1 MEG) 12 99 CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 93194 (1 MEG) 17 49 CHAOS ENGINE 16 99 CHUCK ROCK (N012) 8 99 CHUCK ROCK 2(1 MEG) 13 99 CIVILIZATIONS MEGi 22 99 COMBAT AIR PATROL 19 99 COMBAT CLASSICS (F15 STRIKE EAGLE 2 688 ATTACK SUB TEAM YANKEE) 11 MEG) (N012) 1949 COOL W0RL0(1 MEO)
17 49 CORRUPTION (M7SCROLLS) 3 99 COVERT ACTION (1 MEO) 22 99 CRACKDOWN 6 99 CREEPERS 19 49 CRYSTAL KINGDOM DIZZY 12.99 CURSE OF ENCHANTIA (1 MEG) 12 99 DOAY 1999 DEGENERATION 12 99 DARK OUEENOF KRYNN 1 MEG) 9 99 OARKSEEDd MEG) 20 99 OESERT STRIKE (1 MEG) 18 99 OIZZY PANIC 7 49 DIZZY PRINCE YOLKFOLK 7.49 WZZY S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE 15 99 DUNE (1 MEG) 19 99 DUNE 2 • BATTLE FOR ARRAKIS 11 MEG) 19 99 DUNGEON MASTER & CHAOS STRIKES BACK (1 MEG) 19 49 DYNA BLASTERS 19 99 ELITE 11 99 ELVIRA 2 JAWS OF CERBERUS (1 MEG) (N012) 22 99 EPIC (1 MEO) 19 49 ESCAPE FROM THE
PLANET OF THE ROBOT MONSTERS (N012) 7 49 ESPANA THE GAMES 92(1 MEG)(N012) 19 49 EYE OF THE BEHOLDER (SSI) (1 MEG) 19 99 EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 2(1 MEG) . 22 99 F15 STRIKE EAGLE 2(1 MEG) 1199 F16 FALCON (SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE) 10 99 F19 STEALTH FIGHTER (NOP) 13 99 FA8LES A FIENDS LEGEND OF KYRANDIA (N012) (1 MEG) 23 49 FANTASTIC WORLDS (REALMS.
PIRATES. MEGA LO MANIA. POPULOUS.
WONDERLAND) (1 MEO) (N012) 22.99 FANTASY WORLD DIZZY 7 49 FIRE 6 ICE 17 49 FIRST DIVISION MANAGER 7 49 FIRST SAMURAI . MEGA LO MANIA (N012) 13 49 FLAMES OF FREEDOM (MIDWINTER 2) 11 49 FLASHBACK (1 MEO) 20 49 FLIGHT SIMULATOR 2 |N012) 23 99 FOOTBALL MANAGER 3(1 MEG) 14 99 FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR 2 (N012) 8 49 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX .14 99 FUN SCHOOL 2 (2-6) 7 99 FUN SCHOOL 2 (6-8) 7.99 FUN SCHOOL 2 (8.)..... 7 99 FUTURE WARS (N012) 9 99 GENESIA (1 MEG) 17 99 GHOULS N GHOSTS 7.49 GOAL 1999 GOBLIIINS 2. 17 99 GOOS ...... ... 16 99 GOLF WORLD CLASS LEADERBOARD 8.49 GRAHAM GOOCH WORLD
CLASS CRICKET (1 MEG) 17 99 GRAHAM TAYLOR S SOCCER MANAGER (1 MEG) 10 99 GREAT NAVAL BATTLES (1 MEG) 24 99 GUNSHIP 2000(1 MEG) 22 49 HARLEQUIN 16 99 HEAD OVER HEELS 7 49 HEN40ALL 11 MEG) (N012) 1199 HEROOUEST (N012) 8 49 HEROOUEST 2•THE LEGACY OF SORASIL (1 MEG) .16 99 HIRED GUNS (l MEO) 19 49 HISTORYLINE 1914-18(1 MEG) 22 49 HOLLVWOOO COLLECTION (ROBOCOP GHOSTBUSTERS 2 INDIANA JONES ACTION BATMAN THE MOVIE, OS (NOP) 10 49 HOOK 1199 HUMANS (N012) 17 99 HUMANS OATA DISK (N012) 17 99 HUNTER (N012) 7 99 IK. 7 49 IMMORTAL (N012) 9 99 INDIANA JONES AOVENTURE 10
99 INDIANA JONES FATE OF ATLANTIS AOVENTURE (1 MEG) 23 99 INDY JONES (ACTION) 7 49 INTERNATIONAL OPEN GOLF (OCEAN) (1 MEG) 16 99 INTERNATIONAL RUGBY CHALLENGE 17 49 rSHAR LEGEND OF THE FORTRESS (1 MEG) 1049 ISHAR 2 LEGIONS OF CHAOS (I MEG) 17 99 IT CAME FROM THE DESERT PLUS ANT HEADS DATA DISK (1 MEG) 12 99 JACK NICKLAUS GOLF ? 99 JAGUAR XJ220(1 MEG) .10 99 JAMES POND 7 49 JIMMY WHITES SNOOKER 15 49 JINXTER (M SCROLLS) 3 99 JOHN MADDEN S (U S) FOOTBALL 17 49 KGB 19.99 KICK OFF 2 (1 MEG) (N012) 8 99 KNIGHTMARE ......1299 KNIGHTS OF THE SKY (1 MEG) 13 99 LAST NINJA 2
(N012) 7.49 LEGEND ..12.99 LEGENDS OF VALOUR (1 MEG) 22 99 LEMMINGS 12 49 LEMMINGS 2 19 99 LEMMINGS DATA DISK - OH NO* 9 99 LETHAL WEAPON (1 MEG) 16 99 LIONHEART ...17.49 LOMBARD RAC RALLY 7.49 LORD OF THE RINGS 16 99 LOST VIKINGS 19 49 LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO CHALL (NOW) 6 49 LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE 2 (NOI2) 9 49 LOTUS 3 - THE FINAL CHALLENGE (1 MEG) (N012) 1199 LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS (1 MEG) 19 99 Ml TANK PLATOON (1 MEG) 1099 MAGIC WORLDS (STORM MASTER. DRAGONS BREATH.
CRYSTALS OF ARBOREA) (N012) 15.99 MAGICLAND OIZZY 7.49 MANCHESTER UNITED 8 49 MANCHESTER UNITEO EUROPE 16 99 MANIAC MANSION (N012) 9 99 McDONALDSLAND 1749 MEGA SPORTS (SUMMER GAMES 1 6 2. WINTER GAMES) (N012)..... 16.99 METAL MUTANT (NOW) .7.49 MICROPROSE 3D GOLF (1 MEG) 13.99 MIDNIGHT RESISTANCE (N012) 7.49 MIDWINTER (N012) 9.99 MIG 29(1 MEG) 9 99 MONOPOLY 17 99 MONSTER PACK 2 (KILLING GAME SHOW. AWESOME. BEAST 2) (N012) .14.99 MOTORHEAD 1199 NEW ZEALAND STORY (N012) 7.49 NICK FALDO S GOLF 20 99 NICKY BOOM .. 15 99 NIGEL MANSELL S WORLO CHAMP SHIP (1 MEG) 16 99 NIGEL MANSELL S
WORLD CHAMP SHIP (A 1200 VERSION) 18.49 NO SECOND PRIZE 16 49 NUCLEAR WAR . 9 99 OPERATION STEALTH (N012) 10 99 OPERATION WOLF (N012) 7 49 OVERDRIVE (1 MEG) 16 49 PA'.C. 7 49 PANZA KICK BOXING (NO!2) ..8.49 PARASOL STARS 16 99 PERFECT GENERAL 22 49 PERFECT GENERAL OATA D«SK 13 99 PGA TOUR GOLF . COURSES 19 49 PGA TOUR GOLF COURSE DISK 11 49 PINBALL DREAMS (1 MEG) 12 99 PINBALL FANTASIES 17.99 PIRATES (NOP) 9 99 PfTFiGHTER 7 49 PLAYER MANAGER (N012) 699 POOLS Of DARKNESS 9 99 POPULOUS® PROMISED LANOS(NOl2i 9 99 POPULOUS 6 SIM CITY 16 99 POPULOUS 2(1 MEG) • CHALLENGE OATA
OtSK 21 99 POPULOUS 2 CHALLENGE DATA DISK (1 MEG) 1199 POWER UP (CHASE H O. TURRICAN. X-OUT ALTERED BEAST RAINBOW ISLANDS) 10 99 POWERMONGER (NOW) 19 49 POWERMONGER WORLD WAR 1 DATA DISK (NO 12) 1149 PREMIER MANAGER (1 MEG) 13 49 PREMIERE (1 MEG) 11-91 PRIME MOVER . 19 49 PRINCE OF PERSIA (l MEG) PRO TENNIS TOUR 2 10 99 PROJECT X (SPECIAL EDITION) (1 MEG) 9 99 PUSHOVER (1 MEG) 16 99 PUTTY 13 99 QUEST 6 GLORY (BLOODWYCH.
MIDWINTER CADAVER. BAT) (NOW) .. 13.99 R-TYPE (N012) 7 49 RAGNAROK (N012) . 2199 RAILROAD TYCOON (1 MEG) 13 99 RAINBOW COLLECTION (BUBBLE BOBBLE RAINBOW ISLANDS.
NEW ZEALAND STORY) (NOP) 10 99 RAVING MAD (MEGA TWINS. JAMES POND 2 • ROBOCOD. RODLAND) 9 49 REACH FOR THE SKIES 19 99 RICK DANGEROUS (N012) 7 49 RISKY WOODS 17 49 ROAD RASH .17 49 ROBIN HOOD LEGEND OUEST 7 49 ROBOCOP 2 7 49 ROBOCOP 3 (N012) ... 1149 ROME (1 MEG) 19 49 ROOKIES 19 99 SABRE TEAM 1149 SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND (1 MEG) 13 99 SECRET OF MONKEY ISLANO 2 (1 MEGi 23 99 SENSIBLE SOCCER ( 92*3 SEASON, 16 99 SEYMOUR GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 7 49 SHADOW OF THE BEAST 2 (• T SHIRT) 8 99 SHADOW OF THE BEAST 3 19 49 SHAOOWORLOS (N012) 15 99 SHOOT- EM-UP CONST*N KIT (N012) 8 49
SHUTTLE (1 MEG) ... 14 49 (1 MEG) (NOP) 1699 SIM CITY DELUXE (SIM CITY.
FUTURE CITIES 6 TERRAIN EOITOR) 22.49 SLEEPWALKER 20 49 SMASH TV 7 49 SOCCER KID 18 49 SPACE CRUSADE (N012) 12 99 SPACE CRUSADE DATA OlSK (NOW! 10 99 SPECIAL FORCES (1 MEG) 1399 SPIKE IN TRANSYLVANIA 7 49 SPIRIT OF EXCALIBUR (1 MEG) (NOP) 8 99 SPORTS MASTERS (PGA GOLF INOY 500 ADVANTAGE TENNIS. EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP S 1992) (1 MEG) (N012) 19 99 STARBLADE (N012) 7 49 STEVE DAVIS SNOOKER 10 99 STORM MASTER 9 99 STREETFIGHTER 2 18 49 STUART PEARCE S SOCCER SELECTION S (KICK OFF 2. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER. MANCHESTER UNITED INTERNATIONAL SOCCER) (NOW) 12 99 STUNT
CAR RACER (NOW) 7*9 SUPER CARS (NOW) 6 99 SUPER CARS 2 (NOP) 8 49 SUPER FROG (1 MEG) 16 49 SUPER HANG ON 7 49 SUPERHERO 19 49 SUPER SEYMOUR 7 49 SUPER SPORTS CHALLENGE 15 99 SUPERSKI 2 (NOW).. 7 49 SWITCHBLADE 2 (NOW) 6 49 SWIV1NOP1 6 49 SYN0ICAT£(1 MEG) 2199 THE ADVENTURES (SUPREMACY.
HUNTER CORPORATION) (NOW) 13 99 THE LOST TREASURES OF (N«OC6m 1 (20 CLASSIC INFOCOM TEXT ADVENTURES) (NOW) 27.99 THUNDERMAWK 1049 TITUS THE FOX 8 99 TORNADO MEO) 20 99 TRANSARC 7 )C A 17 99 TROJAN - ALIEX KSHT PHAZER GAME I 8 99 OJAN -CYBER ASSAULT (LIGHT PHAZER GAMEi 8 99 TROJAN • FIRESTAR BS (LIGHT PHAZER GAME) 8 99 TURRICAN 7 49 TURRICAN 2 ....7 49 TV SPORTS BASEBALL (NOW) .12 99 TV SPORTS BOXING (NOW) 12.99 TV SPORTS FOOTBALL (NOW) 6 99 UNIVERSAL MONSTERS 16 99 UTOPIA . DATA DISK 1149 VIKINGS • FIELD Of CONOUES7 MEG) 10.99 VROOM(NOW) .12 99 VROOM DATA OlSK INOI2T
12 49 WALKER 1949 WAXWORKS • MEG 22 49 WHEELS OF FIRE (HARO POWEROFUFT CHASE m 0 TURBO OUTRUN) (NOW) 12 99 WING COMMANOER 1 (1 MEO) 9 99 WlZ-KiD 16 99 WIZARDRY 7 - CRUSADERS OF THE DARK SAVANT (1 MEO) .28.99 WWF WRESTLING (NOW) 10 99 WWF WRESTLING 2(1 MEO) 16 99 XENON 2 MEGABLAST g 99 ZAK MCKRACKEN (NOW) 9 99 ZOOL(1 MEG) 1199 ZOOL A1200 VERSION) 17 99 ZOOL 2(1 MEG) 17 49 EDUCATIONAL ADI ENGLISH (11-12 YRS) 16 49 ADI ENGLISH (12-13 YRS) 16 49 ADI ENGLISH (1J-14 YRS) 16 49 ADI FRENCH (11-12 YRS) 16 49 ADI FRENCH (W-13 YRS) 16 49 ADI FRENCH (13-14 YRS) 16 49 AOI JUNIOR COUNT1NO (4-5 YRS) 13 99
AOI JUNIOR COUNTING (6-7 YRS) 13 99 AOI JUNIOR READING (4-5 YRS 13 99 ADI JUNIOR READING ,6-7 VRS) 13 99 AOI MATHS (11-W YRS) 1649 AO MATHS (12-13 VRS) 1649 AOI MATHS (13-14 YRS) 1649 ALVIN S PUZZLES (6-8 YRS) 13 49 AMOS EASY (FIRST PROGRAMMING) 21 99 FUN SCHOOL 3 (2-5 YRS) 1 J 99 FUN SCHOOL 3(5 7 YRS) 13 99 FUN SCHOOL 3 (7. VRS) 13 99 FUN SCHOOL 4 (2-5 YRS) 15 99 FUN SCHOOL 4 (S7 VRS) 15 99 FUN SCHOOL 4 (7. VRS) 15 99 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL
• MERLINS MATHS (7-11 VRS) 16 49 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL • PAINT N
CREATE EDUCATIONAL ART (5. VRS) 16 49 FUN SCHOOL SPECIAL
SPELLING FAIR (7-13 VRS) ... 16 49 KJOS-»PE JUNIOR W PROCESSOR
13 49 MEGA MATHS (A LEVEL COURSE) 16 99 M**0 ENGLISH (8 YRS TO
GCSE CO.FORMS TO NATXWAL CURRICULUM) 16 99 micro french
(beginner to gcse CONFORMS TO NATIONAL CURRICULUM) 16 99 MICRO
GERMAN (BEGINNER TO GCSE AND BUSINESS LEVEL CONFORMS TO
NATIONAL CURRICULUM) 16 99 MICRO MATHS (11 YRS TO GCSE CONFORMS
TO NATIONAL CURRCULUMi 16 99 NODDY S PLAYTIME (1 MEO)
(EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AGED 3«) 16 99 PAINT POT 2
(4-10 YRS) 13 49 SHOPPING BASKET (6-8 YRS) 13 49 WHICH? WHERE?
WHAT? (4-8 YRS) 13 49 UTILITY 3D CONSTRUCTION KIT (WITH VIDEO)
1199 3D CONSTRUCTION KIT 2 31 99 AMOS 3D (REQUIRES A 21 99 AMOS
EASY (FIRST STEPS TO PROGRAMMING) 21 99 AMOS PROFESSIONAL 3199
AMOS PROFESSIONAL COMPILER (COMPILES AND SPEEDS UP PROGRAMS
WRITTEN IN AMOS EASY AMOS OR AMOS PROFESSIONAL) 23 99 DELUXE
PAINT 3 (WITH ANIMATION) 24 99 DELUXE PAINT 4(1 MEG) (HAM MODE
6 ANIMATION) 54 99 DELUXE PAINT 4 (AGA FOR AMIGA 1200 WORKS IN
256 COLOUR AND NEW 8 BIT HAM MODE) 59 99 DISNEY ANIMATION
STUDIO (1 MEO) 57 99 FINAL COPY 2 WORD PROCESSOR 66 99 FUN
SCHOOL SPECIAL PAINT N CREATE EDUCATIONAL ART (5. YRS) 16 49
HOME ACCOUNTS 2 34 99 HOME OFFICE KIT DELUXE (KIND WOROS 3.
MAXI PLAN 4 AND INFOFILE) REOUIRES ONE EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE OR
HARD DRIVE (1 MEG) 59 99 KID PIX (1 MEG) 16
99 KIDSTYPE JUNIOR W PROCESSOR 13 49 KIND WORDS 3 WORD
PROCESSOR 29 99 MINI OFFICE (WPROCESSOR SPREADSHEET.
DATA8ASE AND OlSK UTILITIES) 34 99 PEN PAL WORD PROCESSOR 54 99 POWERWORKS (MAXIPLAN PLUS SPREADSHEET KINO WORDS 2 WORD PROCESSOR INFOFILE DBASE) (NOP) 24 99 PUBLISHER (PAGE LAYOUT PACKAGE) CAN PRODUCE BLACK ANO WHITE NEWSLETTERS FLYERS ANNUAL REPORTS ANO MAGAZINES REOUIRES ONE EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE OR HARD DRIVE (1 MEG) (NOW) 29 99 TECNOPLUS BUSINESS PACK FOR AMIGA (WOROWORTM W PROCESSOR K SPREAD 2 SPREADSHEET .
K-OATA DATABASE) (1 MEG) 7149 WOROWORTH V2 WPROCESSOR (1 MEGl 75 99 WOROWORTH VI IE A UK) A 500 • WORD PROCESSOR (SPECIAL ENHANCED 2 MEG VERSION. 1 MEG UPGRADE FOR A500P) 79 99 WOROWORTH VI 1E AMIGA 600 WORD PROCESSOR (SPECIAL ENHANCED 2 MEG VERSION - 1 MEG UPGRAOC FOR A400) 94 99 BITSNPIECES PREMIER CONTROL CENTRE FOR AMIGA A600(STEEL MONITOR STAND WITH EXTRA SHELF FOR EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE AND ACCESSORIES CUSTOM FIT FOR THE A600) 32 99 EXTERNAL 3.5 DISK DRIVE FOR AMIGA WITH SONY CITIZEN DRIVE MECHANISM 88OK FORMATTED CAPACITY. QUIET HIGH QUALITY.
SLIM LINE DESIGN COLOUR MATCHED METAL CASE AND LONG REACH CONNECTION CABLE 54 99 .9 99 799 599 DELUXE WORK CENTRES (STEEL MONITOR STAND WITH EXTRA SMELF FOR EXTERNAL DISK DRIVE ANO ACCESSORIES.
PLUS JOYSTICK MOUSE EXTENDER CABLE SET MOUSE HOLDER. MOUSE MAT AND ALL IN ONE DUST COVER) DELUXE WORK CENTRE FOR AMIGA A1200 42 99 HI-FI LEAD FOR AMIGA (STANOARD PHONO INPUT) MONITOR LEAD FOR AMIGA TO PHILIPS CM8B33 MK2 MONITOR ..7 99 SCART LEAO FOR AMIGA TO SONY TV (GIVES MONITOR OUALITY PICTURE) .. SCART LEAD FOR AMIGA TO TV WITH SCART INPUT (GIVES MONITOR QUALITY PICTURE) ... 9 99 SCART LEAD FOR TV TO VIDEO (GIVES EXCEPTIONAL ENHANCED OUALITY PICTURE) 8 99 AMIGA TO VGA PC MONITOR ADAPTOR (ALLOWS USE OF VGA PC MONITOR
ON AMIGA) 21.99 MEMORY UPGRADES 1 MEGABYTE A500 PLUS RAM UPGRADE POWER SCAN HAND SCANNER FOR AMIGA (VERSION 2) TRUE GREY SCALE. 100-4000PI (INCLUOES SOFTWARE) ....99 99 SCREENBEAT STEREO SPEAKERS FOR AMIGA OR IBM PC.
REOUIRES 4AA BATTERIES OR MAINS ADAPTOR.
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DIRECTLY INTO SMART CARD SLOT THESE ARE NOT BATTERY BACKED ANO CAN T BE USEO AS A DISK. ONLY AS RAM ......164 99 512K AMIGA RAM WITH CLOCK FOR A500 AND A500. 29 99 512K AMIGA RAM WITHOUT CLOCK FOR A500 AND A500. 24.99 DUST COVERS DUST COVER FOR A600 .4 99 DUST COVER FOR AMIGA 500 OR ATARI ST (CLEAR PVC) .....4 99 DUST COVER FOR MONITOR (CLEAR PVC) 4 99 MUSIC & VIDEO EQUIPMENT VIDI AMIGA 12 (CAPTURES COLOUR IMAGES FROM VIDEO MACHINE OR CAMCORDER. COMPATIBLE WITH TAKE 2. DELUXE PAINT 4 AND
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19. 99 OUICKSHOT 111A TURBO 2 JOYSTICK
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199. 99 SONY 14" TELEVISION MONITOR MODEL KVM1400 REMOTE CONTROL
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PURCHASEO AT THE SAME TIME AS THIS SONY TV SONY TV MONITOR
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NORMAL RF INPUT. INCLUDES REAR SCART EURO. 60 CHANNEL
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189. 99 AI200 GOLDSTAR SEGA MEGADRIVE+ THREE GAME PACK WITH SONIC
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Registered Circulation 144,330 July - December 1992 EDITOR DEPUTY EDITOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR STAFF WRITER STAFF WRITER PRODUCTION ASSISTANT AMIGA FORMAT 50 SEPTEMBER 1993 EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT Golden Image AlfaColour 109 A new hand scanner on the scene that uses AGA modes Vidi-12 AGA 112 Rombo are back with an excellent new version of Vidi-12, but does it have many new features to offer?
Blitz Basic 2 118 Can Blitz bring an end to AMOS' monopoly of BASIC programming languages?
Pressure sensitive painting 122 Cordless styluses are not new, but now the Amiga has software to support them. We show you how it all works.
Super hi-res colour monitors 128 Get the whole picture as we test five new hi-res monitors.
A1200 RAM expansions 132 Increase your machine's memory and double its speed too!
Proper Grammar 137 How you can get to grips with writing pro prose.
AMOS Pro Compiler 141 Massive speed increases for all AMOS programmers?
News More Amiga price cuts 19 Last month it was the A600, now the A1200 takes a cut Screenplay_ Dune II ......56 Entity .58 Campaign Missions disk 59 Global Gladiators .62 D-Day .64 Yo! Joe! .....66 Ishar 2 ......74 Sim Lilt kl200 Bl2dc o! Destiny Project
X ...88 GameBusters 94 Tips: Syndicate, Gunship 2000 and Reach for the Skies Answerfile The techie side of your machine taken to pieces Classifieds Letters Actual Reality Regulars Mail Order Back Issues Subscriptions Public Domain Workbench 162 The usual helping hand, plus an AMOS answers special CD32 special A look at Commodore's new CD games console. Dying to take a look? See page 12 WIN a CD32 We've got five of these brand new machines to give away on page 81 Reviews 166 Face Of ....88
Toki 88 Gunboat ...89 Animation Classics Pack 89 Hill Street Blues ...95 Manchester United Europe ..96 Hard Nova 96 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders ..96 REVIEWED: Seven Amiga 1200 RAM expansions tested.
Find out which is the best way to add memory to your A1200 in our comprehensive round-up See page 132.
REVIEWED: Blitz Basic 2 Already responsible for several top PD games, this hot contender from Down Under is looking to knock AMOS from the programming top spot. Will it? Find out on page... 118 REVIEWED: AGA monitors.
The Next Big Thing Previewed: Second Samurai from Vivid Image Mastering AMOS Emulating multimedia programs using AMOS FEATURED: Pressure sensitivity Hand drawn effects are notoriously difficult to obtain with most computer graphics packages.
Unless they're pressure sensitive that is. Find out which are on page... 122 Having trouble displaying all those new screen modes on your old 1084? Then take a look at this batch of new multi and dual sync monitors.
Page... IN PD DEMOS: If you're after acid rave sonics and psychedelic visuals, or you just want a bunch of great cheap software, turn now to page... 157 Deluxe Music Construction Set 2 Create your own tunes in this excellent demo of Electronic Arts latest powerful but easy-to-use sequencer.
Lnsectoids2 Fast arcade zapper written in r r Blitz Basic Addictive and very nostalgic!
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After months and months of speculation and rumour. Commodore have finally revealed their follow up to CDTV. The new unit, rather than being a home interactive multiplayer, is a CD-based AGA console, as we predicted way back in December of last year.
But what does the new unit mean? It means a more secure financial future for Commodore, it means more and better AGA games for all Amiga owners, and it means that the A1200 will have a CD drive early next year. In short it is a good thing for all.
Turn now to page 12 and get a first glimpse of the fabulous new Amiga CD32.
This, as you may already realise is our 50th issue. To celebrate this golden anniversary we are taking a look back at our favourite SO Amiga products of all time.
Whether they be hardware or software, serious or games. We've rooted through our cupboards, dug out a host of our favourite products, then sat down and argued at length about which were the best, and why.
Find out what our conclusions were on page 27 of this issue.
As news of Commodore's new console breaks, we here at Amiga Format are preparing for this November s Marcus Dyson' edi,or Future Entertainment Show at Olympia. If you were at last year's show you will remember that there was a lot of excitement about the consoles, and this year Amiga CD32 will be creating a stir all of its own. So to make sure the Amiga doesn't get overlooked we've arranged a series of competitions to prove how great a creative computer it is. So if you are a wiz with video, game design, music or graphics, turn now to page 48, and take a look at some of the fantastic prizes
you can win. All these prizes will be presented at the Future Entertainment Show. So get creative, and get your entries in.
U * r y ¦ MEGA PRIZES P48 Js 9 S AA Ever wanted to compose music, but never had a teacher? Ever wanted a music program that was as simple or complicated as you wished?
This demo of Electronic Art's latest contender is one of the easiest music program's we've yet seen. Full instructions on page 6.
Lnsectoids2 This is a simple but elegant game written by the Down Under AMOS', Blitz Basic 2.
Although it appears a little primitive, the gameplay is truly excellent. It's like playing an early arcade machine that never really existed! Blast your way up the high score table, but do read the instructions on page 10 before you begin your campaign for intergalactic domination.
AMOS Interface There has always been a problem for AMOS programmers - you can't easily make your programs work the same way as professional Workbench 2 utilities, simply because the commands there are not quite up to it. Until now that is - Paul Firth must have spent ages getting this library of window, icon and gadget routines just right. Instructions are on page 8.
Full Coverdislc instructions start on next page... It's all very easy unwrapping your little disk from its cellophane bag and sticking it straight into the drive, but if you really want to get the most out of your Coverdisk, then check out Pat McDonald's advice.
Eluxe Music Construction Set 2 Deluxe Musk Construction Set 2 Create your own tunes in this excellent Oemo of Electronic Arts latest powerful but easy-to-use sequencer , .
Lnsectoids2 *• Fast arcade rapper written in r n Blitz BaSK Addictive and f very nostalgic!
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A fairly plain looking Coverdisk. But that's down to the size of the DMCS demo. More details about Blitz Basic 2 can be found In the Insectoids drawer.
In order to use the Coverdisk. You will need any 1Mb Amiga. Turn it on, insert the Coverdisk. And, after a few moments, the Amiga will ask you if you want to play the lnsectoids2 game. It does this because on some machines you have to load the game before you can load Workbench.
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND If you type "y" or "Y" and hit return, the game will load (it takes about 30 seconds). If you type "n" or "N" and hit return, a cut-down version of Workbench will load, in order for you to either run the Deluxe Music Construction Set 2 demo or read the notes on the AMOSInterface code.
Multiple Note Tool Used for entering double beats. This is much quicker then entering single notes and then tying them together, In order to do this, all you have to do is move the mouse pointer (shaped like a frog) over to the Coverdisk icon, and click twice with the left mouse button. A window will open, showing the contents of the Coverdisk.
The only icons worth double-clicking on again (in order to run them) are the DMCS 2 icon, the AMOSInterface.doc icon and the AboutBlitz2 icon in the lnsectoids2 drawer.
Although you can quit out of the documents and the demo, it is a good idea to reset the Amiga between the programs - hold down the Ctrl key and the two keys either side of the space bar. Easy when you know how!
By the way, the ASL13 and GADTOOLS13 library files are copyright of Electronic Arts, and are solely for running the demo. It is illegal to use or alter these files for other purposes without the express written permission of Electronic Arts. So leave them alone!
Stop | Stops any musk playing.
Electronic Arts ¦ PALVNTSC The original Inslant Music dales from Ihe earlicsl days of ihe Amiga, and was a simple jamming program.
Deluxe Music Construction Sel enabled you lo arrange Amiga samples, bul did not work wilh Midi. Now. The latest in ihe line has much more potential - but it hasn't sacrificed any of its user-friendliness.
It may seem daunting at first, especially if you cannot read sheet music. However, the idea is that you pick up such knowledge by messing around wilh the demo. Because it can play back scores visually as well as aurally, you begin to learn what sheet music actually sounds like almost straight away.
There’s nothing to stop you from entering existing sheet music into the demo, but you can't save any musical scores on to disk because the save function has been disabled. If it wasn't, people might he tempted not to gel the full commercial version.
Mark Tool Eraser Tool Used for rubbing out individual notes of e score. Just centre the note in the crosshairs and dkk the left button.
Used tor marking areas of a piece of musk. These areas can be copied, cut and pasted by means of the Edit menu. __ Score Window.
Contains the musical score itself. This window can be freely dragged end resized. The score appears as one long column of music.
The basics of controlling it are fairly Amiga standard. Moving the mouse pointer over certain areas causes it to change. For instance, if you move it over the music stave, the mouse pointer looks like a note.
Clicking with the left mouse button will select a change. Move it over the scores and it puls down a note, pull the pointer over the play button and the music will play. The right mouse button is used for selecting options from the overhead menus. Just hold it down, move the mouse to highlight the option you want, and let go.
An example score is provided, called Baricades Mistcrieuscs. To load it. Hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse pointer to the project menu. Then move down the menu until Open Score is highlighted. Let go of the mouse button, and double click on the Baricades Mistericuses name. The file takes about 20 seconds to load.
Single Note Tool Enter single notes - the most commonly used tool, end the one the program defaults to when It first loads.
Workbench 2 and 3 owners have to do a bit of extra work in order to get at the Midi Settings menu option. The demo as set up only lets you get at the menu on Workbench 1.3. The reason for this Is that the full commercial program needs two floppy drives or a hard drive.
Getting MiDi to work When you make the necessary changes, it’s a very good idea to do It on a copy of the Coverdisk, rather than on the Coverdisk itself. I apologise for this necessity, but it's a lot easier for Workbench 2 and 3 users to copy the Camd.library file than it would be for Workbench 1.3 users.
First, load Workbench, insort the Coverdisk and double click on its icon.
2 Next select Show Ail files from the Window menu. Now scroll the area until you can see the Libs drawer on screen.
3 Double click on the drawer, then drag the Camd.library icon into the Libs2 drawer (for Workbench 2 users) or Libs 3 (for Workbench 3). The demo should now work fine for Midi!
How to enter a score The whole reason for the program is to compose your own music. If you've never done this before, or can't even begin to read music. Deluxe Music 2 will SEPTEMBER 1993 . I . . . 1 First if you are entering some sheet music, set the lT% Again, use the Measures menu to Insert a few mea- teaCn you plenty auoui It. JUSl D0 | key of the song, and the clef it's printed on, by sures, to give you some space to work on.
Means of the Measures menu.
Prepared to experiment a lot... 3 Next, click on the single beat note, and click and hold somewhere on the stave. You'll hear a tone.
Keeping the mouse button held down, move the mouse up and down, until you are happy with the tone of the first note.
4 The purpose of the different note types is that some notes last longer than others. It's usually easier at first to change the tempo of the music to get the note length you require.
5 As a default, the program works at 4 4 time, which means four beats per bar. Don’t try to fit all your notes on one bar - just concentrate on getting one sequence of beats right. Extra notes in a bar will appear grey and won't play.
6 When you are happy with the way a sequence sounds, add a few more measures, and try to copy and paste what you have composed into the right places in a song. At first this will be a matter of trial and error, but eventually your melodies will start falling into the same place.
7 As a default DMCS2 uses a piano sample. If you want to change this sound, you can load one of four other samples from the Coverdisk. Select Set Instrument from the Measures menu, click on Add, then on the sample you want.
8 Eventually you will probably want to learn just what all those strange-looking signs and squiggles are for. Most of them either alter the tone of a note, the duration or the way in which it is played. Try marking out a series of notes, and then select Play Style from the Notes menu. Have fun!
GLOBAL VARIABLE LIST It's fairly easy to load these procedures into AMOS. Just load that language as usual, then put in the Coverdisk. Hold down the right mouse button, click on Load. A list of the contents of the Coverdisk comes up. Click on AMOSINTERFACE.AMOS, and the code will load. It only takes up about 35K in total.
Purpose Variable X Position: Y Position Width Height Gadget Titles Button1-2S, Widthofbuttons Butdistedge Insidepattern Xposition Yposition TitleS Line1-7S Button 1-2S Embossed Zhonenumber Setupzone Tick Cycle1-4S Position (1-4) Xbar Is i tf il led Fillcolour Messages ScreantitleS X Mouse Y Mouse An X co-ordinate pixel number, usually 0-639 A Y co-ordinate number, usually 0-255 The width of a window In pixels.
The height of a window in pixels.
A flag - gives new windows a close gadget.
The title name of a window.
Text messages written on to a pair of buttons.
The numeric width of buttons, in pixels.
The distance from a button to the screen's edge.
A flag - whether or not a window is patterned.
Of text used in a window. Measured in pixels.
Of text used in a window. Measured in pixels.
Name of a new window.
Text messages inside a requester box.
REAL3DMESSAGE text names for buttons A flag - whether or not a window is indented.
A number for a zone created on screen.
A flag - creates AMOS zones for new windows.
A flag - whether or not TICKBOX puts up a tick.
Gadget text which can be cycled between.
Which gadget is currently being displayed.
A slider's distance from its leftmost margin.
Whether or not a bevel is filled.
What colour to fill a bevel with.
Text centred inside a CLICK or HEAVYCLICKBOX.
The title for a screen, as opposed to a window.
Current X position of the mouse pointer.
Current Y position of the mouse pointer.
Amos Interface SEPTEMBER 1993 Paul Firth ¦ NEEDS AMOS which can be used to create Workbench 2-slylc user controls. If you load this program into AMOS and run
il. It will present a couple of screens showing exactly w hat it
can do.
THERE ARE MANY stumbling blocks to AMOS.
But one of the biggest is that AMOS programs nearly always look like AMOS programs, and it takes a lot of painstaking work to personalise things like the file requester, the mouse pointer and the AMOS boxes and buttons.
That's where this source code comes in handy.
Paul Firth has written quite a large set of procedures Workbench 2 and 3 produce a distinctive embossed effect to show w hich windows, gadgets and icons are selected. These routines give you that particular visual method for displaying control screens. However, managing these effects is largely down to you.
Paul Kirlh, the author, is more than happy for these procedures to appear in other people's programs. A credit to him inside the program would be a polite gesture though.
Which is where this page comes in handy - you'll find a complete list of all the procedures, what their entry variables arc. And what effects they produce on screen. Bear in mind that the code docs not produce Workbench feedback effects such as the menus appearing when you click the right mouse button.
They give the look enjoyed by Workbench 2 and 3 owners, but it's up to you to get the feel right.
THOSE PROCEDURES IN FULL REAL3D WINDOW Sets up window areas with up to two optional buttons on.
Variables used: X Position. Y Position. Width.
Height Gadget (TRUE FALSE), TITLES. BUTTON1- 2S. WIDTHOFBUTTONS. BUTDISTEDGE.
TICK BOX Creates a box with an optional tick in it.
Variables used: X Position. Y Position. TICK (TRUE FALSE). ZHONENUMBER, SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE).
CLICKBOX Sets up one button to be clicked on. This comes in handy for when you want more than one or two buttons. Variables used: X Position. Y Position. Width. Height EMBOSSED (TRUE FALSE). MESSAGES. ZHONENUMBER.
SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE).
CYCLEBOX Used to create cycling gadgets. Up to four positions are possible without rewriting the procedure. Variables used: X Position, Y Position. Width, Height Position (1-4). Embossed (True False). SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE). ZHONENUMBER. CYCLE 1-4S text displayed after 1-4 mouse clicks. Position (1-4).
REAL3DMESSAGE Used for creating requester boxes. Variables used: X Position. Y Position, Width. Height Insidepattern (TRUE FALSE), XPOSition of any text. YPOSition of any text, TitleS of window.
LINE1-7S, BUTTON1-2S. If only one button is present it will be centred.
ENTERBOX Used for creating blank edged boxes, for example for entering text. Variables used: X Position, Y Position. Width. Height ZHONENUMBER.
SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE).
HEAVYCLICKBOX Sets up one button to be clicked on. Very similar to Clickbox. But puts a thicker line around the box. Variables used: X Position. Y Position.
Width. Height, EMBOSSED (TRUE FALSE), MESSAGES, ZHONENUMBER. SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE).
HEAVYICON Used for rectangular blank zones that can be embossed. Variables used: X Position. Y Position. Width. Height Embossed (TRUE FALSE).
ZHONENUMBER. SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE).
FINDMOUSELIMIT Used by DRAGTHEWINDOW to find out just where a window can be dragged to.
Variables used: X Position of window. Y Position of window. Width. Height X Mouse. Y Mouse.
SLIDER Creates a slider bar. XBAR is the starting position of the solid bar. Variables used: X Position.
Y Position. Width. XBAR. ZHONENUMBER. SETUPZONE (TRUE FALSE)Creates a button-like gadget.
Variables used: X Position. Y Position.
EMBOSSED (TRUE FALSE).
SCREANTITLE Puts a title at top left of the current screen.
Variables used: SCREANTITLES.
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Lnsectoids2 Mark Sibly PAL Only iOOOC'OCC 1420 THOSE TOKENS IN FULL e Move faster Left Right c Double Shot Firepower.
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is the easy one. Don't be daunted by the fact that you need to
use the Shell or CLI: it's actually a lot easier than you might
think.
Just follow these simple steps... 10 SEPTEMBER 2 When the Shell window appears and the drive light is oat, type in (DFO as in Zero, not DFO as in Oops): Diekcopy frcra DFO: to DFOi and press the Return key.
Ne of the best games we've seen lately for playability, lnsectoids2 is a | simple shoot-em-up, very reminiscent of early Eighties eight-bit arcade games such as Oalaxians and Space Firebird. It was programmed by Mark Sibly using Blitz Basic 2 (see review of Blitz on page 118), a programming language that has received little coverage in comparison to AMOS.
Control is very easy, if you have a joystick plugged in. Press fire to start the game. There's a spaceship in the middle of the screen - move left and right with the joystick and press fire to shoot at the aliens screaming down at you.
The aliens come in waves, and normally settle down in a pattern at the top of the screen. What you have to do is avoid the aliens, avoid their bullets, and shoot them. If four or more aliens are alive on the screen, a flying saucer will go over the top of the screen.
Shooting this saucer will release a token, which will be one of five types.
Usually, the token either speeds up your movement left or right, doubles the spread of your firepower, speeds up your shots or lets you have another shot.
The fifth, heart-shaped power up is an extra life - collect as many of these as you can.
Every fourth wave is a challenge wave, when 40 alien ships zip by you. If you hit all 40, then you get
1. 000 points bonus. If you hit less than 40. You get a bonus of
10 times the number of alien ships you shot.
- 1B r s J§! Gj_ h,, Irokca it Backing up your Disk If you want
stunning grap(k$ 3’and sound, look elsewhere. If you want good
playability and fun, lnsectoids2 has both in large amounts!
Load your Work bench disk. Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and double-clkk on it.
3 The Amiga will now ask you to insert the 'source' disk. It means the disk you want to copy, so put the Cover disk m the drive and press the Return key.
4Woit 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 the disk you want to copy your Coverdisk on to, in the drive ond press the Return key. Note that the disk does not need to be formatted olready.
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: andcli to get out of the Shell or CU. You may have to put the Workbench disk in again. Now your copy is ready!
Dislc not working?
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For months, everyone's been talking about Commodore's new CD console unit Talkin' lots, but not sayin' much. Llntif now that.is. Commodore have takeh the most ej|i If you like what you see then there's much z* l - niore on offer.
Over the next six pages we ll show you the Amiga CD32 - inside and out.
So read on if you know what's good for you... RF socket Composite out Audio out S Video socket Connector to CD-ROM drive IfltOtY lHHOOmS’91 TTIWiHTJ" AGA chip set Trrm SEPTEMBER 1993 Headphone |fl socket Headphones volume Reset button Expansion port. This is versatile enough to allow anything from MPEG add ons to hard disks to be added.
Special custom chip. Controls the CD drive and handles the chunky to planar pixel conversion.
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ROM (Kickstart 3.1) 2Mb of surface mounted chip RAM Beating the best - Atari, Nintendo and Sega - in producing a 32-bit CD console is quite an achievement for Commodore. We take a look at this new marvel games machine to find out if it really is a... M IT WOULD BE a strange Amiga magazine reader who was totally ignorant of the 'top secret' project Commodore have been developing behind closed doors recently. For many months we've been speculating about the existence of a new 32-bil CD-based Amiga console. With each passing issue the rumours have become more frequent, the gossip more
convincing Recently the facts began to surface. And the reality sounded like it was going to be uncannily close to the machine we predicted in 'The Future of the Amiga' piece in our January issue.
Now the wraps are off the new machine, and the secret is out for all to behold.
Commodore have beaten Nintendo. Sega.
Atari and 3DO to the milestone of the first 32-bit console. Not only that, but it s also the first 32-bit CD console, and the first standalone CD console to go on sale in Europe.
Commodore's UK general manager. David Pleasance. Sums up the size of this achievement: "The Amiga CD-'- simply wipes out the opposition It is considerably more powerful, hits belter software support and. Best of all. It costs less.” Of course the machine is an A12(H) at heart. Which means that it features a Motorola 68020 CPU running at 14Mhz and 2Mb of RAM.
SEPTEMBER 1993 jusi like its computer brother. But the A1200 has hardly distinguished itself as the greatest games machine to dale, so why should the console version fair any better?
The key to success as a games machine lor indeed, as any type tif computer) is software support. When the A1200 was announced to developers about a year ago, they were also told that CD capability w as to follow . So w hile the A1200 had to w ait for the development lead time to elapse before true AGA games started to appear for it. Software developers have had time to prepare for the CD console.
The first generation of true AGA games are just beginning to appear, hut most will appear on shop shelves in time for the pre-Christmas 'm proud to be associated with a product which will set new standards for fans of electronic games * Lou Eggebrecht Commodore VP of Engineering GOODBYE SWEET-SIXTEEN, HELLO THIRTY-TWO The launch ot the new CD32 machine marks the start of a new era for Commodore. When the existing A600s are sold through their warehousing and distribution chains, the entire Commodore range will be 32-bit AGA-chip set based.
This Is the end of a long domination of the 16-blt home computer market for Commodore, and the start of their supremacy in the 32-bit field. Existing Amiga 500 600 owners need not worry, though. With an installed user base of well over one million non-AGA Amigas, software and hardware support for those machines will continue for a good number of years to come. In fact, almost all of the software being written to make the most of the AGA machines will still operate well on earlier Amigas.
Buy ing season. However, many of those games will have a CD version launched at the same time as the floppy.
The console is due to hit the streets in late August, and when it does. 16 to 18 shiny new CD-based AGA games will appear too.
Among these arc many of the big name games of the year - l)iggers, Pinball Fantasies. Zool 2, Clians Engine and Jurassic Park are just some of the first bunch of releases. Virtually all of the games w ill be completely new products. Although a few old favourites will be making the leap to the silvered disc too.
The new machine will certainly boost business for software developers. Michael Hayward of Millennium says: "CD-'- will set new standards for power and value. It allows us to develop more potent and inventive games with higher production values. We have two titles ready. James Pond 2 - Robocod features new levels, improved speed and playability .
Diggers, a huge strategy game, has been especially produced to take full advantage of Amiga CD'-'s speed and power."
Thalion are also developing new products specifically to take advantage of the CD-'-'s features. Tony King explains: "Thalion are pleased to be a pari of the CD-'- experience with our new product Ambermoon CD-*- " The CD-'- has been put to some thorough testing, and not just by Commodore. Because they were determined to get this one right.
COMPETITION - WHAT COMPETITION?
Even though CO Is the medium of the future, when the Amiga CD32 hits the streets at the end of August. It will only have one competitor. 3DO won't be on sale In the UK this year, Nintendo have no CD product In sight, and CD-I is a bit (read lot ) of a Joke. The only competition Amiga CD32 will have to take on Is Sega's Mega CD unit.
Mega CD Is basically a Mega Drive with an additional CD add-on, and it has received the full brunt of Sega's considerable PR power. From the Pirate TV advertising campaign that filled entire commercial breaks, to the hoards of hoardings plastered all over London and spread far and wide across the rest of the country, Mega CD has been hyped to hell. The only thing that has prevented Mega CD from being a roaring success Is the fact that It's not really very good. Even Sega magazines gave the console a lukewarm reception, and although it costs £269, you have to have a Mega Drive to use It, which
brings the total up to £369.
Let's take a look at the tech specs to see how the two units compare: Commodore Amiga CD32 Sega Mega CD + Drive Motorola 68020 32-bit CPU Processor Motorola 68000 16-bit CPU 14Mhz Clock Speed 12Mhz 2Mb 32-bit RAM I28K 16-bit 256 or 262.000 Colours on screen 64 320 x 256 minimum Screen resolution 300 x 200 Composite, RF. S-Video, stereo audio, headphone Outputs Composite. RF.
Headphone lack Keyboard, floppy drive, mouse, hard disk, full motion video Optional expansions None £299.99 Price £ 369.90 £19.95 llowest), £29.95 (average price) Software prices £39.99 to £49.99 SEPTEMBER 1993 Commodore sough! Ihc advice of developers. According to one prominent programmer, in early uniis ihc flip lop pan of ihe console had fairly flimsy hinges. Commodore took notice and the production machines have a more durable huild quality.
Prc release versions are also said to wobble' on their feet - let's hope Commodore have sorted that out too.
Under the CD-'-'s lid there are one or two surprises, designed to excite games developers, and entice them into developing for this new platform. A special circuit allows the machine to convert graphics from PC
• AMIGA CD32 eosily beats its rivals, with 256 colours, high CPU
speed, the double speed drive and all that lovely RAM “ Andrew
Hewson, 21st Century to Amiga screen formats on the fly. This
enables programmers who have developed games for VGA Pcs to
port the graphics straight to the Amiga without going through
time consuming conversion procedures.
Bullfrog's Peter Molyneux says this of the revolutionary technology: "Commodore's new machine is great. The way the screen is laid out is critically important. The Planar chip converts the PC screen into the plane mode on the Amiga - this makes a huge difference because you've got the best of both worlds."
So will the CD*- see a reversal of fortune for the fabulously successful A1200? "I certainly hope not." Exclaims Commodore's Dav id Pleasance. "we hope to take sales from the consoles, not from our own flagship machine. We have considered the possible effect on A1200 sales, and if they see a decline we have plans to protect the A1200's success."
But will the new machine make a difference to the way the A1200 is marketed?
"I should think so." Says David, "the A1200 is definitely the productivity machine." At this point Commodore's marketing manager.
Daw n Levack. Interjects: "But don't forget the A1200 is still one heck of a games machine ".
We'd never disagree with that, in fact in next month's issue we will have a full, in- depth look at the Amiga games scene, plus a special on the CD -. If you own a joystick, you w ill need AF51. 'Zj COMMODORE ADDRESS DIFFICULTIES As we reported last month. Commodore have recently reported a significant loss. At the launch of the CD32.
Commodore boss David Pleasance addressed this fact, and detailed Commodore's strategy to return to operating profit. Central to the new plan is the launch of the CD32, but Commodore's financial fitness scheme doesn’t stop there. They are going to cease concentrating on the production and marketing of PC-compatlble machines and are giving the Amiga their full attention.
This can only be a good thing for the Amiga community.
After a worldwide programme of rationalisation.
Commodore have escaped the need to declare Chapter 11, an American system that protects companies from their creditors while restructuring occurs. The problem with Chapter 11 Is that the creditors get to make the restructuring decisions. Commodore's own recovery plan was so thorough that their financial backers decided that the Big C were the best people to control the global restructuring of their own organisation.
Chapter 11 rumours have been circulating in the Amiga world for some time now, but this kind of uncertainty is bad for both Commodore and Amiga users. For Commodore it creates a lack of market confidence, which doesn't help share prices. For users it creates doubts about the platform, which In turn means that developers don't commit to the machine. By dispelling these rumours and dismissing the gossip, David Pleasance has set the record straight. Now it's time for people to stop prattling, and get back down to some serious computing. The Amiga Is the best platform available for the home
computer enthusiast, and it will be around for years to come.
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More cuts from Commodore COMMODORK HAVE ONCE again made a move in ihe righl direction and have cut the price of the A 12(H) by £I0 ) and the A4000 040 by £367.32. The A1200 will now cost £299 and the A1200 £2.099 (including VAT).
Although sales of the A1200 arc close to lOO.(HK). Commodore's target figure is 250.000. and the new price point is aimed at getting it there. David Plcasance.
Commodore's general manager, says of the A1200 cut: "We said at launch that we wanted this machine to become a mass market product. Thanks to its technical qualities and the acclaim of existing Amiga users, it's well on the way. The £299 price w ill speed that process up."
However, the new price of the A4000 040 was made, according to Commodore's national multimedia sales manager Mike Gosheron. To bring the A4000 040 more in line with the 486 Pcs. "We've had the most successful quarter in high-end sales." He says, "The reduction in price and the launch of the 1942 monitor put Commodore at the forefront of desktop multimedia."
The price cut is welcome, w ith a comparable 486 PC priced at around £1.500. the reduction is still not big enough to give the A4000AJ40 the recognition it needs.
The prices of the A4000 030 remain unchanged at £999 for 80Mb HD and 2Mb of RAM. And £1.099 for 80Mb with 4Mb of RAM.
• Commodore's new 1942 Quadsync stereo monitor is reviewed on
page 128.
Now when you buy the A4000 040, the cost of VAT
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SEPTEMBER 1993 Millennium lead CD32 development If you've got problems with your machine, or you've been tinkering with it a touch too much, HCS Engineering are at hand to help you out. Give them a call first on 0 1-252 3553 they might be able to help you over the phone, but if they have to work on your Amiga, labour charges start at £24.99. ETHNIC TOUCH Amiga users from the Middle East can now use video titles and paint packages in their own language thanks to four new font packages from Simkat.
Distributed by American firm LCPS, the fonts are in Arabic, Assyrian and Persian, and each of the packages are compatible either with Deluxe Paint, Video Toaster and general video applications. CaH LCPS on 0101 708 6787183.
LOLA UPDATI LOLA Marketing, who brought us the MiniGEN genlock have updated their TV modulator for the A500. The modulator costs £29.95 and Is packaged with a three metre lead, audio lead and a 12 month guarantee. Call 0858 880182.
N1W WORKBINCH Workbench 3.1 is currently being tested by certain Commodore registered developers. There are no major new features, but there are a multitude of bug fixes and patches. No release date has been set, but it will probably be available at the end of the year.
MUSIC HELPLINE Amiga music maestros, The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks, have set up a 24-hour telephone support service for users of any kind of Amiga music software. They also promise to answer all calls within four rings of the phone, so get dialing on 081-332 6959.
GOING LIVE Live '93 is a new consumer electronics show, to be held for the first time at London's Olympia, 16-20 September.
Tickets cost £7, call 071-373 8141.
BUENOS DIAS Authors or distributors of Shareware and PD programs can spread the use of their software to Spanish speaking Amiga users if they contact software library Atlantic Gold. Based in Gran Canaria, they cater for Spanish users by providing manuals written in their mother tongue for many Amiga software packages.
Contact them on 010 34 773162.
SOFTWARE COMPANIES have long been preparing a host of games to take advantage of the Amiga CD console (see page 12). Millennium are the first to produce a game specifically for the machine. Called Diggers, it's a huge arcade strategy game which involves mining for jewels and gold, and beating up your opponents in the process.
Programmer Toby Simpson explains: "Diggers has been written from scratch on the CD32 - it's not a conversion. There are six digital CD audio tracks, at least 256 colours used throughout, with 24-bit copper backgrounds. The 34 levels each consist of 32,000 locations, with seven terrain types. Because we didn’t have to worry about the size of the game, we were able to go to town with the amount of graphics."
This paves the way for others to create games for the CD32, with all its advantages of lots of disk space, which can be accessed quickly. Also complete is a conversion of 21st Century's superb Pinball Fantasies.
"The new Fantasies takes advantage of the AGA chip set to create 256 colours - making it look like a real table," says Paul Topping of 21st Century. "There are also full CD-quality sound tracks for each."
Other games under production are mostly conversions from existing games, which take advantage of the superior hardware of the new machine. Bullfrog are planning three games: a conversion of Syndicate.
With the ability to look inside the buildings and rotate the 3D view, and two brand new games. Magic Carpet and Creation.
US Gold are developing the cyberpunk-style adventure Flashback in conjunction with French software house Delphine. "We hope to get it out before Christmas," says US Gold's Bridgett Hirst. And Thalion are converting Ambermoon for a November release. Says Tony King of Thalion: "We will be taking advantage of the AGA chip set in the CD32 machine - maybe not fully, but we'll give It a damn good go."
Also In development are an updated version of Nick Faldo's Golt from Grandslam, who are also developing England World Cup '94 (assuming they qualify, that is!), and an enhanced version of Renegade's excellent Chaos Engine.
Commodore also say many other companies are developing titles for CD32 - Gremlin Graphics, Ocean, Team 17. Mlndscape and Virgin Games. However, these companies are reluctant to release details, but we do know Zoo! 2 and Jurassic Park are on the list.
© NEWS FES: even bigger and brighter LAST M AR. WHI N Mime grew biggest and host tiling yet. And that growth continue' this scar's extrasanganza will take place at the larger Olympia Ivshihition Centre, eosermg around 20.000 square leel and including 1511 exhibitors, and it ssill he the L’K’s biggest leisure computing exhi- _
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"We are combining the event because it is in the best interest of both the industry and ourselves." Says the organiser's director. Tony Keefe. "We have a unique opportunity to build a platform so significant that it will provide the industry w ith the springboard for the next major leap forward."
And the industry agrees - most major I K manufacturers see the I LS as their main showcase of the sear, and say that the merger also makes more sense for the consumer.
The show will take place on 11-14 November - a prime time for hardware and software companies to show oft their ness wares and just right for consumers to bus all those Christmas gifts.
The price of tickets has not been set set. But w ith more than 60.000 people expected to attend the event, they re bound to sell out quick. A credit card hotline has been set up for the show To book sour tickets call: 1151 -55b 50S5. Expect more details of the show in future issues of Al
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FISHY Clip art producers Artworks have added two new disks to their range - Fishing and Freshwater Life and Signs & Symbols
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CLOCKING IN If you wont to generate the on-screen clock that you see when the BBC get a program wrong, ZEN Computer Services could have just the thing. Their VTCIock program can be used to create ident clock screens ond generate a Ikhz tone, so you can ensure all is working before you broadcast. Call 061-793 1931.
SEPTEMBER 1993 TEE SERVICE Want a T-shirt of your fave Amiga game character? Outer Limits, are selling shirts bearing characters from Zool, Lemmings, Streetfighter 2, Chuck Rock and James Pond (£7.99-£9.99). And we have 10 of them to give away. Simply write in on a postcard marked Gimme A Tee Comp at the usual AF address, stating the character and size you would like. Entries in by 14 September. If you don't win, call 0272 768989 to order one from Outer Limits.
ROBOCOD RETURNS Millennium are offering AF readers who own the original Robocod o low-cost upgrade to the AGA version. All you have to do is you send original disks plus £9.99 (cheques or PO payable to Millennium Interactive Ltd) to the address below. Normally the game would cost £25.99, so it's a real saving!
Robocod Upgrade, Millennium Interactive Ltd, Quern House, Mill Court, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB2 5LD.
Sumner guides Gametek's growth RECENTLY BOLSTERED BY gaming world. The agreement with Konami will help us continue our explosive growth pattern.” he boasts The Konami deal sees Batman Returns being released in October for £24,99. And two Gametek US games - American Gladiators and BUI Elliots Nascar Racing will be released in September for £24.99 and £14.99 respectively The signing of the seven new publishing partners also means Gametek will now be handling US sales and distribution for labels such as Gremlin Graphics, Renegade Software and Revolution Software.
Gametek are on 07S3 553445 the exportlse of ex-Commodore MD Kelly Sumner, software distributor. Gametek are making major moves In the industry.
Not only have they just signed a worldwide deal with Konami.
Securing their UK and US rights to the Amiga range, but they have also signed seven new publishing partners in the US market, and have opened a UK office, with German and French bases to follow shortly.
Just three months in the job and Sumner is certainly having a positive effect. “We are now a major player on all of the most significant formats in ail of the key territories in the DOUBLE DEALS TWO I.KADING PRINTER manufacturers are offering software deals to Amiga users this summer. Anyone "ho buys a Citi en Swift 240C (£4221 or 240 dot-matrix printer before 30 September can claim a cops of Softwood's word processor. Pen Pul. Worth £58. To qualify, customers must complete a claim at the dealer they bought the printer from and they must pros ide proof of purchase.
Not to be out done. Panasonic have come up w ith a similar deal, but this time offering Digita International's Wordmirtlt .2. worth £129.99. to all buyers of Panasonic Quiet or laser printers.
A Panasonic laser printer was also up for grabs from Digita. W ho offered one as a prize to people who took pan in a questionnaire designed to help Digita w ith the development of Wordworth 3. The winner is Jan McGrath from Colchester. Essex.
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JURASSIC wwgSSSP-r NEWS i i Tin DON'T FORGET THAT the latest edition ol the Amiga Format Specials is on sale.
The Good Hardware Guide features all that's best in, well, Amiga hardware as well as some in-depth features on subjects as diverse as video production and DTP. There's even a section on joysticks like you've never seen before. Sound stuff at only £3.95. And be prepared for the next Special
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It's AGA captain... Commodore set for fast new system INTERPLAY. CREATORS OF the recent hit The Lost Vikings (AF49, 79 per cent) have announced three new games to be released in September, two of which are A1200 and A4(XK) only.
The first is good news for all Trekkies out there. Star Trek: The 25th Anniversary will be a combination of a 3D space flight simulation, with various role-playing adventures thrown in for good measure.
Next up is a sequel to the Lord of the Rings (AF30.
72 per cent). Based on JRR Tolkien's trilogy. The Two Towers picks up where the first game left off. Again in a role-playing game style, the game uses digitised speech and 256-colour graphics, along with an enhanced interface.
Lastly, another sequel.
Castles 2: Siege and Conquest, a medieval strategy game, is to be released in both A600 and A1200 formats.
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The new generation of Star Trek it to see the light of day on the amoiing Amiga 1200.
RUMOURS HAVE RECENTLY been circulating in the various E-Mail networks!
Concerning the nextj new machine to | be released, allegedly called the A5000. The specifications of this are impressive, with a 68060 CPU and two 68040s to hondle screen ond sound.
However, Commodore have denied these rumours, but say that it's likely that there will be a 68060 based Amiga within the next year.
In the long run, Commodore are working towards creating a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Coding) based Amiga. This would not only give a vast speed increase, but would olso introduce the possibility of creating o system which could be both an Amiga (running a new version of Workbench) and a PC, via Microsoft's Windows NT (New Technology).
Although this machine is still in development, it looks likely thot it could be at leost five times foster than a Pentium (the latest in Intels X86 series, used in all Pcs) based machine.
Modems to make use of PCMCIA slot Adore Adorage?
SEPTEMBER 1993 XNWGA FORET Creating video titles with Adoroge is easy and effective.
YOUVI PROBABLY HRARD all about the tilm, but the game is still under development. Ocean software have been working tor over 18 months on It, and it's due for release In October.
Ciaran Brennan of Bastion. Ocean's PR company, says: ' Although Jurassic Park Is an action game. It leans more towards strategy rather than just shooting things. Amblin - the film's distributors - didn't want dinosaurs being shot In the game, so when the T-Rex attacks, It's more a case of getting away rather than killing it” There are two different styles within the game. The first is isometric 3D with lots of different dinosaurs, 11 levels, and lots of sub-games. The second is a first-person 3D section in the style of the recent Legends of Valour, using texture-mapped graphics. Ciaran
says: “We couldn't do the 3D section with the kiddy-type consoles, but we can with the Amiga."
And Indeed they have, because we recently received a demo of the game, and It's looking excellent. Ocean are on 061-832 6633.
PARK US ROBOTICS HAVE announced iwo innovative modems which fil inio the PCMCIA slot.
Both were designed by French PCMCIA expens PNB, who US Robotics bought out in April. The Worldport 2496 offers speeds of up to 2.400-bits per second, with full fax send and receive capability, while the Worldport 14.400 can send and receive data at speeds of up to (surprise, surprise) 14.400-bits per second.
On top of this, it includes V42 bis data compression and high-speed fax send and receive. The list price for the Worldport 2,496 is £399 and £599 for the Worldport 14.4(H). However, these modems will not work on the Amiga without a software driver to allow comms programs to access the PCMCIA slot, and US Robotics have no plans to write this software. This means that once again Amiga users will be missing out on the benefits of having a PCMCIA slot.
If you are one of the 240.000 A6(X) or A1200 users who would like to use that slot on your machine for something other than memory, write to US Robotics at the address below asking them to produce a software driver for these modems. Clive Hudson, Sales & Marketing Director. US Robotics, 224 Berwick Avenue.
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IF YOU ADORE Adorage. Then you’ll love this. On Amiga Format issue 48's Coverdisk we featured a working demo of Micro- PACE's excellent video effects titler. Adorage.
Now we’ve got together with Micro-PACE to offer AF readers a special deal tor the full version, at a discount price of £59.99. Not only is this deal £20 cheaper than the recommended retail price, but It also includes full technical support and a manual to help you make the most of all the titling effects you can create.
All you have to do to take up this offer is to fill In the coupon below and send your payment to: Adorage Offer, Amiga Format Mail Order, Future Publishing, Carey Court, Somerton, Somerset TA11 6TB.
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Order code: AMF300 Price: £59.99 Name .... Address ... NEWS Interactive TV looms RENEGADE HAVE SIGNED a deal with Triton Interactive Television to convert their whole library of Amiga games for playing on TV via the telephone.
The new technology, developed by Triton, enables you to play games via a telephone line connected to a live TV broadcast. Using the keypad of a normal phone, you can control the games as you would with a joystick, and each game will be spe- Yeu( Cordj on(J ou|(j dally adapted to work with the system. Swkt „ ll) ky p|oying Sensibie Renegade's Soccer over the telephone... catalogue of games includes the best-selling Sensible Soccer. The Chaos Engine and Speedball 2.
Which are all multiplayer games already, and so are natural choices for conversion to the television format.
Renegade's Tom Watson described the deal as: "A real opportunity... for Renegade to demonstrate its leadership in the publication of ;"0' a n‘ m' v Q"uiM °!JSpo'1 ou,d orieinal computer games."
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Body Blows Team 17 87% 10(3) ?
The Chaos Engine Renegade Mindscape FG90% 11(8) ?
Lemmings 2 Psygnosis FG94% 12(9) T Superfrog Team 17 85% 13(10) T Streetfighter 2 US Gold 87% 14(12) ?
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B17 Flying Fortress MicroProse FG91% l*H New War In The Gulf Empire 78% 17(-) New Scrabble US Gold 84% 18(18) ¦ Monkey Island 2 US Gold FG95% 19(13) T Sleepwalker Ocean FG91% 20(14) A Formula One Grand Prlx Electronic Arts FG92% 21(21) ¦ Indiana Jones - Fate of Atlantis US Gold FG92% 22(22) ¦ Civilisation MicroProse FG94% 23(20) ?
PGA Tour * Electronic Arts Comp 24(17) T Graham Taylor Soccer Challenge Krisalis 82% 25(29) A John Madden American Football Electronic Arts FG94% 26(24) T KGB Virgin FG91 % 27(19) ¦ History Line 1914-1918 Blue Byte FG94% 28(-| New The Greatest (Compilation) Beau Jolly FG91% 29(15) ?
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THE NEXT GAME from US Gold will be Kingmaker, a strategy name based on the boardgame of the same name. Set in the time of the War of the Roses. Kingmaker has been programmed by Graham Lillee, whose previous work includes Shadow Sorcerer, with graphics by Kevin Bulmer of Legends of Valour fame.
The idea of the game is to build up the ranks from a soldier, dealing with horrors including plague and battles, with the ultimate goal of becoming king of England.
Call US Gold on (121-625 3388.
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THE EXCELLENT PLATFORM game Nicky Boom (API2. 88 per cent) is to be joined by a sequel. Nicky 2. From Germany-based Microids. The new game promises to have more of everything - smoother animation, over 40 monsters and more puzzles. Amiga Formal considered the original to be light and fun. So Nicky 2 should be one to look out for. Watch out tor a review in next month’s issue. Daze Marketing 071-328 2762.
UNITED FIND NEW GAME MAN UNITED FANS take note: Krisalis are shortly to release Manchester United - Premier League Champions, a top-down football game in the style of Sensible Soccer and Goal!. Tim James of Krisalis assures us that the game has been in production since January, it will include several innovative features, and is not just a cash-in on the team s success Krisalis 0709 372290.
NEW FROM FRENCH softies Loriciel is The Cartoons, a platform game based around two characters which join together to solve puzzles. One is very clever, but a little weedy, while the other is very strong, but lacking in intelligence.
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annoyed.
After many years of hard work, their game had been given a shelf life of just one week, then the antics of Cap’n Bob saw to it that the game w as no more.
First Samurai obviously wasn't the only game to be hit by the collapse, but given that the game had commanded almost unanimous rave reviews only weeks previously, this was something of a disaster for Vivid Image.
Instead of being fazed by the events, the Vivid Image boys got on with the sequel.
Second Samurai, which is almost complete.
Having signed the publishing of the game over to Psygnosis. Who were recently bought by Sony, perhaps Vivid Image have a little less to worry about this lime around.
L? J e MS Boddies like this don't just crop up at the end ol levels, they hos- . Sle you throughout the game.
I. ike the original. Second Samurai is a clever mix of
arcade-style action, adventure, and puzzle genres. You play
a samurai warrior who is stuck in a world filled with nasties.
These are as diverse as they come. Ranging from bees to The second samurai, in an attempt to defeat the hideous skeleton by making it laugh itself to death, models o new type of hot.
(1(1 F 1100000 armadillos, skeletons to huge slone heads, and dragons lo small brown lumpy things which drop-kick with venom.
Although it doesn't offer much in the way of original plot, it conies into its own in terms of gameplay. Control of your warrior is smooth and intuitive, and the joystick is always responsive. Well-drawn backgrounds complement the character sprites, which use lots of animation frames to create fluid movement, and the screen scrolls to keep the main players visible, even in two-player mode. Two players may play simultaneously, with three different two- player options: Friendly, where neither player can hurt the other: Stun, where a kick or punch will stun the opponent for a few seconds: and
Kill, where you can heat up your opponent.
The 10 levels are very large, and split into three: Twilight, the level illustrated here: a Space Station, where you'll find a time-warp facility enabling you to gel lo Traditional Japan (the last level). Here you will meet the final demon, whose defeat marks the end. Most levels have one or more sub-games, where you must complete a task to gain experience points, which arc totalled up at the end of the level.
Instead of each level loading in separately, a load only takes place at the end of an area - so disk accessing is kept to a minimum. Mev says: ' Disk swapping and accessing can spoil a game, so we've tried to go for a more con- sole-style approach w here as much as possible is stored in memory," Watch out for the next issue of AF - it w ill feature an exclusive playable demo of Second Samurai - so you can play it for yourself!
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An Island International Company ALL TIME GREATS To celebrate the 50th issue, we've picked out the 50 most memorable Golds. Ex-editor Damien Noonan explains why their names are still up them in lights... TOP GOLD SCORES OF ALL TIME: 1 98 PER CENT Directory Opus 4 In AF45
2. 97 PER CENT AMOS Professional in A FAQ
3. 96 PER CENT OpalVlslon in AFA1. Real 3D 2 in AFA6 NUMBER OF
GAMES GOLDS AWARDED: YEAR ONE, Att -1 2 26 Golds out of 216
reviews YEAR TWO, AFT 3-24 27 Golds out of 264 reviews YEAR
THREE, AR5-36 26 Golds out of 294 reviews YEAR FOUR, A 37-48
22 Golds out of 290 reviews WHAT GOT THE, highest ever review
score in Amiga Formal'! It's one of those questions, like 'Who
had the must Miccesslul hit record?', that you just can'l help
feel is important.A bin the answer could be disappointing.
Follow thal pop music comparison. Most weeks at number one? It was lhal God-awful I'S adult-pop number from the Robin Hood movie, wasn't it? Either lhal.
Or Paul McCartney's dirge Mull of kintyre. uck!
Highest score ever in Amiga Format'! A utility program to help you organise your disks and files, the Workbench-replacemenl Itirrclory Opus J. awarded 9X per cent in issue 45. Would you believe it? In second place is AMOS Professional - a programming language!
- with 97 per cent in issue 4(1. Yawn!
Kill please, stay tuned. Do not adjust your set.
Glamour, after all. Isn't everything. These may not lie
• sexy" items, hut they are top scorers for good reason -
basically, because they're getting close to being perfect at
what they do. fter eight years of the Amiga, things have got
heller and better us developers build on the experience of
what's gone before.
Does that mean there could soon be a 99 per cent score, or even a perfect 100? Well. I doubt it. Our standards change. The Amiga is moving oil. So while we might have been close to the perfect programming language or paint package for the A500. It's going to he a while before a near-perfect I ’(Ml program appears.
Every year we expect more, so average review scores, like investments, can go down as well as up. Itul whatever the pattern of scores, things are always getting better. Three years ago. Our suggestion lor a dream beginner's set-up would have been an V500 with a GYP HIM hard drive. Now. It would be an A1200 with built- in IDE drive: quicker, smarter, lighter, more colours.
nd now here we are. Celebrating 5(1 issues of .Amiga Formal by taking another look at 50 of the games, the software and the hardware that have received the prestigious land coveted) Amiga Formal Gold award. VII arc worth getting hold of. Even the oldies, so in one sense you could look on this as the complete Amiga buyer's guide. Investment advice: put your money ill Gold.
These 50 are hand-picked for historical interest.
Each has a story to tell. Some are brilliant new ideas, some are old favourites we just couldn't leave out. Others are controversial, bizarre. Or inspiring. All are of the highest quality. Not a Mull of Kinlvre among 'em... Getting into What's the first step for an Amiga owner who wants do more than just play games? Well, start humbly with a printer and a word processor and before long you'll be a publishing tycoon... If anyone can, on paper... Worth a thousand ...Canon tan, so they claim. Although best-known for programmable cameras and photocopiers, they've made one major contribution to
the computer scene.
Canon invented bubblejet printers only two or three years ago and, because they have control over the technology, all bubblejets with other makers' names on are Canon machines underneath. The fact that we've only got two printers among these 50 Golds and they're both Canon bubblejets shows how good they are.
Bubblejets give almost the quality of a laser printer, 360 dots-per-inch resolution, at less than half the cost (£230 for a bubblejet, £600 for the cheapest laser).
Small, smart-looking, lightweight, very quiet and of an equivalent quality to the top-of-the- range laser printers, is the bubblejet the ideal printer? Almost. Sadly, bubblejets are mono only, though apparently the makers are working to invent a colour version. It's a difficult task, but if anyone can do it... 28 CANON BJ-20 95% AF39 SEPTEMBER 1993 For some reason, we never reviewed the first bubblejet, the BJ-10: so this, its successor, was the first one we officially rated. Suffice to say that in a feature which tested and compared every kind of printer, from the cheapest dot matrix to the
most expensive colour inkjets, this got the highest rating of all.
The Canon BJ-20 bubblejet printer was originally available at £227.99, but has now been superseded by the BJ-105X.
CANON BJ-IOSX 95% AF48 The latest in the Canon range are this new entry- level model, a compact design which can be used portably under battery power, and the equally excellent BJ-200, a stand-up desktop design which features a 'super high quality' mode that gives denser, more solid print-outs. Both printers come highly recommended.
The Canon BJ-I05X and BJ-200 bubblejet printers are both available from Phoenix Computer World, 0532 350091, priced at £227.99 and £349.99 respectively.
PROFESSIONAL DRAW 3 92% AF39 Hand in hand with computer-based design. DTP. There cainc a need for computer-based illustration. A structured drawing package can be used to create pictures and line drawings for any purpose, but it's at its most useful in DTP where it can do things like rc-shape text to make fancy headlines.
From Gold Disk, of DTP package Professional Page fame. Professional Draw is probably the only structured drawing package really to have made the grade on the Amiga. For a short while it had some competitors, but it soon saw them off w ith this, its latest incarnation, in September 1992. Since then, it has reigned supreme.
Structured drawing is a highly specialised tech- YOU, THE DESIGNER AND PUBLISHER PAGESTREAJVI Z2 91% AF34 On* • lh* most radical Impacts of tho computer has boon In tho design and publishing professions, whore tho previously complicated processes Involved in writing, type-setting and laying out tho pages of a magaxlne have boon vastly simplified by tho DTP (desktop publishing) program.
Wo should know: It's what wo do for a living. Wo use top Industry-standard DTP software on powerful Macintosh computers to make this magaxlne. As such, wo'ro good judgos of DTP programs and for a long time wo doubted any Amiga package could cut it.
Top Amiga DTP exports wore Gold Disk, with Professional Pago, but all that changed when a rival emerged in tho shape of Pagestream 2.3. All of a sudden, profes- sional-quality Amiga DTP made sense.
A word processor Is essential for letters, newsletters, homework. Essays or stuff from the office. There's only one choice when It comes to an Amiga word processor - Protext.
It's not subtle, but It's very effective. It’s difficult, with an eccentric system of menus, but when you've sussed it, it's fast and packed with features.
Protext doesn't offer a what you see Is what you get' system, so In truth It's outdated. But It's earned a place in our history.
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What you see... WORDWORTH 2 91% A -41 Times and standards change and people expect more and more from the simplest types of program. The standard now for word processors, set by professional programs on the Mac and PC business computers, is WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get.
Its a simple enough idea: if you want to print out a piece of A4 paper with lots of smart type and some pictures, then what you want to see on the screen is a realistic representation of a piece of A4 paper with lots of smart type and some pictures.
You can type the words print THERE ARE ONLY THREE KINDS OF GAME... Here’s a thought: you can divide computer games into three types according to how they work. Let me explain with the aid ol these classic examples... nique. Difficult to master and very different from paint packages such as Deluxe Point.
Drawings arc created from solid lines and curves, which can be bent and reshaped at any time and are used in layers to build up a line drawing. This drawing can then be coloured by filling in the spaces. The advantage is that whatever size you print it at. The drawing will only gain quality, it won't lose it as a painting will.
It's a tricky program to get into, but it's rewarding.
Would you like to be one of the few top-class illustrators working on the Amiga? Try it!
SPIED__ FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX 92% 4f32 Type one. The most complex, is the 3D game. In which the whole game-world is a virtual reality' Inside the computer modelled by three-dimensional coordinates.
This makes 3D which is perfect for simulations.
Once flight sims were tops, but now the king is a driving game trom 3D pioneer Geoff Crammond. His first game Revs, which I remember on the BBC Micro way back in - what? 1981? 1982? - was the original 3D sim. Detailed and exciting. Its authenticity was vouched for by a top racing driver who gave advice in the manual on how to drive the different circuits.
In early 1990 Crammond hit the Amiga with the the TV-style camera view* thrilling Stunt Car Racer. Two players piloted cars giving you replays of your 180-mph shunts, on 3 r°Her-coaster course way above the ground, moke Formula One Grand Prix a supremely enjoyable each ,rYin9 10 smash the other car off the course, game as well os o highly roalistic simulation. Crunches and plunges were sickeningly real, but, best of all, the two players could be on separate, cable-linked Amigas, each seeing the view from his own car. Astonishing. And then came F1GP. The realism is stunning, down to the
set-up of the wings. And yet it's not intimidating: the graphics make it temptingly attractive, while ample options make it a playable game for non-mechanics. Superb!
Professional Draw .1 is published by (iold Disk and is available in this country al £99.99 from lilt Marketing on 0753 686000.
Formula One Grand Prix, first published by MlcroProse at £30.99 in February 1992. And Is still available.
POWIR___ Yffct SEPTEMBER 1993 |§j i&s&Vw-ifeite"*' Civilization must be the ultimate challenge. Well, could you succeed in bringing a race ol people from the iron age to the space age...
S. W.I.V. hod everything - big weapons, explosions, lots of
skin-of-the-teeth escapes and a fine balance between enemy
firepower and your own power-ups. Moyhent.
Straight on to your on-screen page, play around with the size, style and placing of the words and pictures until it looks good, then simply print it out. Easy.
Technologically, though. It's not easy. It's very complicated and requires lots of computing power, as well as such fancy extras as Postscript- type scaleable fonts. Amiga programs couldn t hit the standards achieved by Mac and PC software - until the A4000 and A1200 arrived and U ordworth 2 appeared.
With everything a word processor needs plus many of the layout features of a DTP package and a WYSIWYG approach, this Is a winner. Above all, the aim of productivity programs should be user- friendliness and ease of use, and these Wordworth has in abundance. It's lovely!
Wordworth 2 runs best on AGA machines and is available for £129.99 direct from publishers Digita on 0395 270273.
Marcus, himself, our art editor before he took the helm, was finally persuaded that it would be possible to create AF on an Amiga. Since Pagestream 2.2 showed for the ,h*"' DTP first time that the AMIGA could packages really cut it professionally. »•*•« on further.
Current tops It Professional Page 4 (94 per cent Geld in AF46|, but PageStream 2.2 marks the paint where the Amiga became credible at the sharp end of computing.
Pagestream 2.2 was first published In April 1992 by Soft-Logllr and sold in the UK at £199 by Slllta on 081-309 1111.
CIVILIZATION 94% AF38 The second type is the oldest, born of the text adventures written by Sixties students. Here, the data inside the computer is the important thing, not the presentation. Data games depend on words or statistics, so requiring imagination (adventure games) or intelligence (strategy and puzzle games).
Gradually graphics became more important, and now the point-and-click' idea underlies all adventure, strategy and puzzle games. But it's still the ideas that count and Sid Meier, American author of Railroad Tycoon and Civilization, is the expert In Intelligent games tor older players.
Hard to believe that our first Reviews Editor.
Andy Smith, a man of many words but very few O-levels. Could waste quite so many work hours building a railway network, or spend long nights defending his people from Roman invasion. Yet such is the engrossing nature of these games. What's the appeal?
It's partly the test of brain-power, logic and reasoning that you need to succeed. And It's also the atmosphere, the sense of involvement as you try to help your tribe develop technologies to fight oft its competitors and advance through history. And there's just a touch of megalomania there, too.
Civilization was first published by MlcroProse at £34.99 In August 1992 and Is still widely available.
AND ALL-OUT MIGADEATHI
S. W.I.V. 9T o AF21 Want to know why so many games are based on
violence, encouraging tabloids and Mps to claim games are
corrupting our minds? It's because they're type three games,
or screen games.
All these really do is draw objects on the screen, whizz them about, and work out when one has banged into another. Whatever the object, be It a bat and a ball, spaceship, missile or a fighter and a fist, it doesn't matter. It's a contact sport.
As soon as someone realised that spaceships are more interesting than table-tennis bats, the shoot-em-up was born. When the A500 Plus arrived in November 1991 and refused to run many games, it was the loss of a shoot-em-up that caused most distress. "Should I get one of these new Amigas?" People asked us. "Not if you want to play S.W.I.V." Marcus would answer. It wouldn't run. I was the last great shoot-em-up. R.I.P. S.W.I.V..
S. W.I.V. was published by Storm at £24.99 in April 1991 but was
never updated to work with the 4500 Plus. A600 or A1200. It
remains a piece ol history.
Memory like an Storage may not be the most glamorous it's important; and we've seen some astonishing examples of disk technology in our time... God, it's enormous!
Fast Hard and GVP A530 94% AF.39 Th. GVP A530: th* ultimate accessory for any A500.
Lor any A500.
It's extremely dull-looking, bul Power's mogneto-optkol drive is seriously high-tech underneath and the modern woy of gelling massive dato-storoge rapacity.
Let's foce it, the A500 is looking doted. The A1200 is foster and its chips give it more colours. But il there's one way of keeping your A500 up with the pace of technology, it's to sling one of these on the side: hard drive, RAM expansion and 68030 accelerator oil in one!
When most of us had A500s, the one piece of hardware AF would always recommend was an HD8+ hord drive from GVP. They provide the speed and storage advantages of hard drives up to 120Mb, and slots for up to 8Mb of RAM.
Then GVP produced on A500 accessory that could speed your Amiga up from 7 Mhz clock speed to 40MHz - still the best piece of A500 hardware.
The GVP A530 occeleroted hord drive for the A500 and A500 Plus is available from Silica on 081-309 1111 - prices from £499 for a 42Mb version.
LO m 3 CD m 73 •o LU The SyQuest IDT; drive is available for around £500 (price not yet confirmed when going to press) from Power Computing on 0234 843388.
Described by Pot os "the hottest drive to hit the Amiga scene in 1993", the SyQuest IDE drive brings the storage and convenience of removable cartridges to the A4000.
POWER MAGNETO OPTICAL 95% AF44 Big Is getting more and more beautiful. Soon, games will be coming on Cds containing 650Mb of data: already, true colour" 24-bit pictures and DTP pages with pictures In can be anything from 3Mb to 20Mb each. You'll soon run out of room on even a 120Mb hard drive, so where do you store all this stuff? And If you need to pass it to someone else, clearly a I Mb floppy disk is no good: what do you do7 The answer, already in use In many professional environments. Is a disk drive that uses removable cartridges which can store around 100Mb each. One popular type is
the magneto-optical system, which is a cross between a read-write CD and a normal magnetic drive. Data Is written by a laser beam, but stored and read magnetically.
These drives seem extremely expensive, but the cost per megabyte of a drive that clocks In at £1000 with cartridges at £35 each Is actually cheaper than using floppies. And let's face It: if you're using files that kind of size, you need it. One last word: the internally-fitted version of this drive, which slots In the 5.25- Inch drive bay of an A1500, A2000 or A3000T, Is much better value.
Yes, it's Huge!
SYQUEST IDE 95% AF49 Like the magnclo-optical drive, this system is intended lo solve the problems of professionals who have lo slorc vasl quantities of data. SyQuest systems arc used all over the place: here are AF we have SyQuest drives for our Apple Macs, to store the finished DTP pages of all our back issues.
The SyQuest drive is essentially a hard drive, except that the hard disk is encased in a cartridge that means it can be flipped out. Just like a floppy disk. The one danger is that they can be rather delicate. The unique thing about this new drive is that it is controlled by the IDE system, so it's designed for the new Amigas. It fits perfectly inside the 3,5-inch drive bay on an A4000 and a standalone. Cased version is promised soon for the A12(H).
The advantage of IDE is that this drive is very cheap compared to other SyQuest drives using the older SCSI system: about half the price in fact.
Power's Magneto Optical Drive Is available from them on 0234 843388 at £999.95 for the stand-alone version or a much more reasonable £799.99 for the internally-fitted model.
Twice as nice LONG-DISTANCE INFORMATION DISK DRIVE 93% AM8 A second disk drive means you can copy sluff easily from one disk 10 another, jusi for starters. We've never seen an outstanding disk driv
e. .. till now.
Mac and PC ow ners have been able to use high-dcnsily HD disks in their HD drives and get twice as much data on one (loppy. Commodore caught up by putting a HD drive in the A4(KX). And now.
If you've got a 1200, 4000 or A600, you can have a high-density second disk drive and store twice as much stuff.
When we first reviewed it. We felt that the HD drive was too expensive. The makers agreed to cut the price from £130 to £00 and we responded with a 03 per cent rating. But to qualify for the special price, you need the coupon on page 123 of Ah'48.
If you don't have it. You can get n now from our back issues department on page 146.
Power's High Density Disk Drive costs £00.05. with the coupon on page 123 of U4X. From Power on 0234 843388.
SUPRA 9600 MODEM 90% AF38 Government researchers, who study working patterns. Believe that over the next 10 years up to a third of the people who work on computers in offices could do It at home. What makes this possible is the advance ot communications technology: not just tax machines, but also modems, which mean your computer can talk down the phone line to other computers.
Modems are good tor lots more stuff, too. If you've got one, you can plug Into bulletin boards, download PD software and play on-line’ games (one of the best is the Air Warrior flight sim. Run by On-Line games, the best thing being that all the planes in the sky are flown by real people, like yourself).
The one trouble with the field ot comms' (as it Is known) is that it can be a little too technical, with a jargon all of its own. That's partly why we recommend the Supra 9600 modem as a good way to start. It’s one of the fastest, transferring data rapidly and so saving on your phone bill. But it's also well- built and easy to set up and use.
The Supra 9600 modem costs £210 from UK distributor Power on 0234 B43388 Why is tt that most ot the best games have rainbow colour schemes and cute characters? Here's Marcus favourite three games of all time, each one In an arcade style... Arcade craziness!
HIDDEN LEVELS RAINBOW ISLANDS 95% ADO For many a long month. Rainbow Islands was widely held to be the beat Amiga jfl game and held the record of the highest ¦ S “ J rating we d awarded. Why? I ll explain Bub and Bob. Tat heroes of the still-clas- sic Bubble Bobble (still available), starred In this and later went on to make the also excellent (and also still available) Parasol Stars. But best of the trilogy is still Rainbow Islands.
The idea is simple - |ump up platforms killing things that want to kill you. Keeping a step ahead of the time limit in the form of a rising tide of water and aiming to reach the top to go to the next level What makes It a winner Is that there are so many ways in which you can play. As we played It more and more, we found numerous secret, hidden patterns which reveal ever greater bonuses Indeed Andy Braybrook. Of Graft gold, who converted It from the arcade machine, tells us that there s one set ot circumstances that can set off an enormous bonus: but it s so unlikely that in millions of plays
It might never happen.
Everyone should have a copy of this game It s serious tun.
Rainbow Islands was first published by Ocean (061- 832 6633) at £24 99 In April 1990 and has since been issued on numerous compilations, where you should still be able to tind It.
STUPENDOUS SPEED ZOOL 95% AF39 This arcade game is In many ways a triumph of plagiarism. It set out. Quite openly, to install a black ant-like ninja from the Nth dimension' in exactly the same place on the Amiga as that occupied by a certain blue hedehog on the Sega game system So take any idea you ve ever seen in an arcade game, double the speed, and Zoo! Is the result Fortunately. It's not only fast, tt s also great fun.
Hidden levels? Naturally. Colourful, surreal landscape? Of course. Carefully tuned game mechanics? Yep. Plenty of thought gone in here Zool was also the cause of an argument that split the AF office down the middle. Did it deserve that high a rating? Should it perhaps, be higher?
Some said lower', others yelled morel' until it nearly came to fisticuffs.
The problem was that no-one could come up with a rational argument to support their point ot view, so we let Marcus have his say because he's the ugliest and most Northern And I have to say.
With retrospect, he was right. It deserved its score SEPTEMBER 1993 Zool was first released by Gremlin (0752 753423) and at the time cost £25.99. Yes. You can still gel tt.
WIZKID 93% AF37 When Capn Bob fell off a boat, the resulting tidal wave was felt In Britain. One of Britain's biggest software houses. Mlrrorsoft. Disappeared overnight.
Despite being a top-quality arcade stormer.
Wizkid was left without a publisher after the Mlrrorsoft collapse. Snapped up by Ocean at a bargain price, it didn't fit into their marketing plans, so got no advertising. Then production problems meant it was delayed in going on sale until after its rave reviews in the press. Result: very few sales.
Sensible don't mind too much, because their excellent Sensible Soccer has sold in bucketloads Wizball was tirst published by Ocean in 1992 at £25.99. It s a little tricky to get hold ot. But do try Rainbow hlondt is so good, it reaninod out Mgbest-ever- scoriog gome from April 1990 unlit September lost year.
Making mo You can use your Amiga to make your own videos: and there's also a strong connection between games and the stars of Hollywood... Left on the ting room fh Lock it or lose it Tilling is a gcxxl place lo start when creating your own videos: all you need is a copy of Deluxe Paint, a genlock and a video recorder.
The genlock mixes the video pictures into areas of a single colour on the computer picture: so. For example, you could do your titles in yellow on a blue background then tell the genlock to replace the blue with the video picture played on your first video player, while your second video player records the combined image.
More ambitiously you could go for GVP s G-Lock.
Genlocks are simple but video signals are complicated, and there's lots of different ones The G-Lock has loads of connections, knobs and tweakers so it can adapt to do lots of different jobs.
G-Lock from GVP is sold at £350 by Silica on 081 309 1111.
The G-lotk certainly looks like o highly specialised piece of video equipment. That's because it is o highly specialised piece o( video equipment.
Cut- loor VIDEO DIRECTOR 91% AR32 The last, and most difficult stage of the video production job is editing and providing a synchronised soundtrack.
In the TV studio, they have all sorts of wonderful equipment to help make their edits perfect, but In the home you’re basically left to what's known as crash editing' - playing the original tape on one machine and recording the bits you want on another, with the quality of your cuts entirely dependent on how good your 'Pause' button is.
Gold Disk had a brilliant Idea. What If you used your Amiga to control the two video recorders, stopping and starting them to maximise the quality of cuts? You could plan out the whole production on screen, synching the sound In at the same time.
The aim: games like movies THE SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND 92% AF23 Lucasfilm Games created the classic Monkey Island and are probably still the only game- makers related to a film-making company even though the era of movie-like games filmed using movie-like techniques is almost upon us.
Schwarxenegger is said to have filmed extra sequences during the making of The Last Action Hero, for inclusion in the computer game of the film. It will come on CD, with millions of bytes of video footage and live actors in the roles.
Through the keyhole ROCKEY 90% Ooh, this it's clever! This is probably the cleverest piece of video gadgetry available for the Amiga. What it essentially does is let you become Michael Fish. Might not sound too great, but that basically sums up a technique that has all sorts of othger uses too. What the RocKey enables you to do is what’s known in TV and film-making circles as 'chroma-keying', but it's probably best known to you and me as superimposing.
Basically it's the opposite of genlocking. A genlock means you can put video pictures into the single-colour background of a computer image. A chroma key means you can Pul computer graphics into the more-or-less single-colour background of a video image.
So film yourself cgainst a blue background waving your arms ooout. Dressed in o dodgy sports |Ocket and slocks, then I chroma-key in a weather map drawn up in Deluxe Point and - . Hey presto! Instant Michael Fish!
Tjj . ‘ RocKey from RocTec costs £350 and is available from HB 9 Marketing 0753 686000.
Using the chroma-key technique to put AMIGA graphics behind a video signal, you can transport yourself into the magical fantasy world of your Amiga!
The Secret of Monkey Island was written by Lucasfilm Games and originally published in the UK in May 1991 by US Gold at £24.99. Malting music... vies... How to get on Top of me Pops. Part One. Take an Amiga, let It teach you to play keyboards then use it to record your hit single. Simple, eh?
MIRACULOUS CONTRAPTION MIRACLE PIANO TUTOR 93% AE32 See this keyboard? You ran learn to play ill Yes, you con! It's how Nigel Kennedy started off! All you need is on AMIGA and the Miracle system... WATIR MUSIC BARS AND PIPES PROFESSIONAL 2 90% AM6 Bars and Pipes uses the simple analogy of water-pipes in Its graphical, colourful and very user-friendly Interface. It treats every Instrument as a separate pipe, and you can follow easily the flow from start to finish. It’s a clever piece of work.
SEPTEMBER 1993 Bars and Pipes Professional 2 Is sold In the UK at £299.99 by Meridian who can be reached on 081-543 3500.
There's never been a good game based on a film... BATMAN 90% AES ...Or has there? It's an axiom of game reviewers that a good film is almost always turned into a lousy game. After all, they take the money and run, don't they?
Classic examples of appalling movie licences are the infamous Mutant Ninja Turtles, who appeared in a Mirrorsoft game which we rated at 33 per cent, or Days ol Thunder, a game based on NASCAR motor racing - it was more like milk float racing.
You have to go bock to Christmas 1989 for a film licence that really stands out in the memory. At the height of the Batman craze, Ocean produced a corker of a game: accurately based on the film, capturing the same atmosphere, and at the same time a top-notch game based on five varied levels of action.
The first really corking A500 bundle was the Batman pack, which packaged the three-year-old A500 os a gameplayer's dream. It sold in its thousands, and so paved the woy for the enormous success of the Amiga in Britain. Hurrah!
Batman was originally published by Ocean at £24.99 in December 1989 and is now pretty difficult to get hold of, more's the pity.
If you've got the use of a video camera, one of the most fun and. Indeed, useful things to get your hands on is a frame-grahher. Also known as a video digitiser.
We've been having fun with Vidi-Amiga ever since it first appeared in a black-and-white only version back in 1989. Many a happy hour was wasted as we grabbed short animations of each other pulling silly faces (in mono. Vidi can grab 16 or 32 frames in one go. Several seconds' worth when animated). Eventually we roped in anyone w ho Wandered past and got them to pose for grabs which were used to brighten up our Letters pages.
Vidi-Amiga has since been updated to work in lull colour (though it takes several seconds to grab each colour image, so you can't do 'live action') and in this complete package comes w ith an RGB splitter, making colour grabs much easier.
You can also grab from a paused video, for which you don't need a camera, or digitise pictures from magazines and use them as the raw material for collages in Dpaint. Vidi has also been used to make many a PD slideshow disk. All good (and mostly clean) fun.
Vidi. The Complete Colour Solution is made by Rombo and can be bought at £179 the lot. Direct from them on 0506 414621.
It was a great Idea, good enought to earn a Gold but sadly Video Director system never seems to have caught on. Perhaps we ll see It resurrected some time in the future?
Video Director was created by Gold Disk and first appeared In March 1992 at £149.95. Smashin' grab VIDI COMPLETE COLOUR SOLUTION 92% AF40 It's astonishingly easy to create acid house type music on your Amiga. Just get a sound sampler for about £35, a PD sample sequencer for about £3 and grab a few noises. Lay down a heavy drum beat, add tinny percussion, then bung a vaguely melodic noise on top.
Job donel Seriously, it really Is more or less that easy. What making basic music won t do, however, Is teach you to play an Instrument. That's where the Miracle comes in.
The Miracle is a proper synthesiser keyboard that hooks up to your Amiga and a set of programs that teach you how to play. The Amlga-to-keyboard connection is two-way, so the Miracle software can play tunes on the keyboard and also listen to how well you do when it's your turn. That way, It can mon- tor your progress, ad|ust its lessons to your pace of progress and tell you when it's time to move on to the next bit.
It s clever, it's tremendously effective and it's very good fun. Considering you get the keyboard as well, it also works out a lot cheaper than piano lessons.
Creating wc shaping wo Staying sharp Some of the most amazing Amiga software is the graphics stuff that lets you create weird worlds of your own devising, or messing about with the world as we know it to invent something completely new... Making mountains PHILIPS CM8833 II MONITOR 92% AF38 Nothing improves your quality of file quite as much when you're using an Amiga os buying yourself a decent monitor. Because it is specially designed to create a much sharper picture than a television, and because it uses the RGB signals that your Amiga sends out without any kind of translating or fuss, a
monitor gives a far crisper, clearer picture. And when it came to buying a monitor for your Amiga 500, 500 Plus or 600, there was only one choice: the Philips CM8833 Mkll.
With a superb picture, rugged construction and excellent stereo sound, the Philips had everything that a monitor needed. It even came with a free Amiga game, Lotus 21 Sadly, though, this could be the last time we'll be recommending the king of all Amiga monitors. The AGA chip set has some dassy new graphics modes, and to make the most of them you need a multisync or S-VGA monitor (five of the new AGA multisyncs and dual syncs are reviewed on pages 128-129). So, with the A1200 and A4000 taking over, let's just hope that Philips con come up with a new model to make us just as happy.
SEPTEMBER 1993 The Philips CM8833 II is widely available from Amiga suppliers at around £220.
VISTA PROFESSIONAL 3 92% AM6 Science fiction author Arthur C Clarke has an Amiga, mainly so that he can use this program. His ness book, w hich is due out later this year, will contain images of the planet Mars produced by it. He. Too. Makes worlds of his own.
The astonishing Vista, for a long lime a favourite of ours, has got better and better over the years. It's a fractal landscape modeller, which means it uses the mathematics of chaos theory to generate shapes that are jagged like real landscape.
The first fractal modellers used a 'seed' number as a start point, which meant you could type in your birthday and see how it looked as a landscape, like a geographical horoscope. It's wonderful watching an Amiga slowly draw ing a fractal scene, as a new landscape emerges.
The great Vista innovation, though, was to use geographical map data as a skeleton and flesh it out with the fractal surfaces. Using the DEM map files they provide. You can then build virtual models of. Say. The Grand Canyon, viewed from any angle or even, if you're in the mood, flooded by a massive river. It's enormous fun: buy it immediately!
Vista Pro J by Virtual Reality l.abs is available in the UK for £69.95 from Meridian on (IS 1-545 550(1.
Get the right image now handle images of photographic quality, and what we really w ant to be able to do is mix different images together at photographic quality loo.
This method is called compositing' and we use it frequently in this magazine, but not until the arrival of ImageFX could you do it properly on the Amiga, and so it marks another milestone in the Amiga's history .
ImageFX from GVI' is distributed al £149.95 by Silica on 081-509 1111.
IMAGGFX 92% AM5 With Ihe rise of 24-bit true colour' graphics, image processing is becoming more and more important. It has two aspects: one is functional. The other creative.
This recent release shows how far GVP have come from their origins as hardware manufacturers. It also shows what a difference a really good. Creatively biased image processor can make to the Amiga scene.
With true colour, we can Staying in control DIRECTORY OPUS 4 98% AMS This program received the highest ever rating in Amiga Formali Directory Opus is aimed at an enormous niche in the market: a hole left by Commodore themselves, who have some how managed to make the Workbench interfoce (with which you are supposed to coatrol your Amiga) much more difficult to use than it ought to be.
Using Directory Opus makes it easy. Very easy. If you can use a mouse, you have access to every capability of Workbench, plus some more besides. You can, for example, click on a file and Opus will do whatever's appropriate according to what type of file: if it's o picture, show you it; if it's text, display it, if it's a sound sample, play it.
Opus has achieved its high score because it's a rids, rids... GAMES OF TWO HALVES Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes MORPH PLUS 90% AF42 This is the computer graphics technique of 1992 anil 1993.
It's everywhere! Remember the Channel 4 posters where John Major turned into John Smith? Or the Volvo ad where the car changed into a horse? Or any ads currently showing, where one car changes into another? It's all morphing.
It's used so much because it looks really good, and it's very easy lo do. And therefore very- cheap. And you can do it at home. Kids, using the amazing Morph Plus'.
All you have to do is lake two pictures, for your start and end points. Il doesn't matter if there’s no relation in shape or colour between your two objects: they could be a banana and an orange, say. Next you mark out the area of the start image that you want to be morphed (trace the banana) and the area of the last picture which you want it to change into (trace the orange).
Decide how long - how many frames of animation
- you want it to take, press ‘go" and sit back while the computer
does all the hard work, shifting the shapes and blending the
colours. Then, finally, note how damn easy it all is and
snigger when y ou consider somebody charged the mugs thousands
for that car advert.
Morph Plus is by AslMi and is available for £179.99 from MicroPace: 0753 55IXXX.
There have been so many football games it's untrue, mainly because us poor saps keep on buying them. Special events like World Cups seem to trigger oft the buy a tootie game' instinct, though which foolish marketing man imagined we would buy a game called Graham Taylor's European Championship, I don't know.
Marketing teams try everything they know, signing up our favourite players (Gazza, Lineker.
Barnes et ai) to have their names splashed on yet another tedious product, or attempting to appeal to the die-hard f.ans with games named after their top teams.
Strangely enough, the results in the first Premier League season reflected the quality of the games named after them. Manchester United showed the only real quality. Liverpool were very average and Leeds United were totally awful.
Apart from the mythical George Best's Drinking Soccer - described by AF freelance writer Phil South as a game of two halves and fourteen quick whiskies.' - the thing to remember is that there is only one football game. It used to be called Kick Oft 2. But now it seems It’s changed its name to Sensible Soccer... KICK OFF 91% AF1 Kick Oft was the Liverpool of footle games: it reigned supreme for seasons. It. Alone, matched the excitement ot the real thing, blending a great control system with immense speed and a marvellous element of unpredictability that made it seem Inspired by some force
far beyond the logic of computers. Even its bugs are now legends.
Then along came an add-on that made It the complete footie fan's dream: a management game.
In which you could train your Kick Off teams, buy and sell players, even teach new tactics (just try that. Graham Taylor!) Kick Off and Player Manager is still a team that takes some beating.
Kick Oil was published in August 1989 at £19.95% by Anco - 0322 292518.
SENSIBLE SOCCER 91% AF36 They're quite honest about It: the Sensible Software team loved Kick Off 2 so much that they decided to rip it off completely. Somewhere along the way. They seemed to add some Improvements and the sum total Is a game that is now regarded as the best in the field. The control is less erratic, the players' names are the real international team squads - it's that kind of detail we re talking about.
The result, though, is that Sensible Soccer is now top of the league.
Sensible Soccer was first published by Renegade (071-481 9214) in June 1992 at £25.99, and it has sold 125.000 copies to date and is still available: there is soon to be a version on CD.
FOUL, REF! HR SHOT OUR GOALS El SPEEDBALL 2 94% AF20 If Vinnie Jones's hard men of soccer were all dressed in armour and sent out to play on a cast- iron ice hockey pitch, the result would be something very much like Speedball 2. Actually.
I admit, this game is not really anything like soccer. But It Is mentioned at this point because it plays very much like Kick Oft - fast, frantic and with lovely unlogical and unpredictable elements.
It's one very fine game.
This was the first release from the legendary Bitmap Brothers before they established Renegade, one of software publishing s first independent label. Renegade are committed to giving credit to the people who deserve It: and they ought to be committed to a mental institution, so it s no surprise that they signed up the Sensible boyz and published the above-named top-ranking footy game. Que sera sera... SEPTEMBER 1993 Speedball 2 was first published in May 1991 at £24.99, and is now available In a Bitmap Bros compilation. Renegade -071 481 9214.
Simple concept but it's excellently executed.
Everything you'd expect it to do, it does perfectly, and it also does a lot more besides. And it does it in a simple, accessible, user-friendly way.
A great example of program design.
No more shiny balls!
Directory Opus is designed by INOVAtronics and available for £79.95 from Silica on 081 309 1111.
Ray-tracing and 3D modelling were long considered the sharp end of Amiga graphics. Tlie technique involves building 3D models of objects inside the computer and then not just fleshing them out with coloured, solid surfaces. But also using complex maths to calculate exactly how light will bounce off the objects, creating shadows and reflections.
For a long lime, the hallmark of a ray -traced image was a plastic, surreal quality. The absolute cliche was a shiny ball bouncing on a chequered floor. The outstanding Real 3D marked a change: finally, ray-tracing programs were beginning to produce images that looked sumptuously realistic.
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24-bit 'true colour' means you can use 16 million different shades of colour, that's as many as the eye can distinguish. The best paint packages, like this one, offer drawing tools that imitate real media such as watercolour, pastel, or ink.
Unfortunately, TV Paint 2 will only run on an Amiga with the Amiga Centre Scotland's Harlequin graphics card. When a 24-bit program is developed that uses the standard HAM-8 mode of the A1200 and A4000 for its display, then we'll really be into the new era for artists.
OPAL VISION 96% AF41 True colour graphics is ihe standard that serious Amiga creative types have to aim for. It offers photographic quality for. Say. Full-colour scans in DTP. And gives you the range of tones you need for realistic imitations of real-world media such as watercolour or pastels.
Art for everyone DELUXE PAINT A AGA 90% AF44 Stay ahead ol the game, stay on lop. That's what Electronic Arts have done all the way with Delate Point. And it's worked. The program has undergone live major revisions since us first appearance at the launch of the Amiga in 19X5 indeed, it was I-A who created the IFF picture tile format.
Shrewd marketing for four years now. The lalest-hut-one version of Deluxe Point has been bundled with all new Amigas has made sure the program is familiar to and loved by all Amiga owners. It's the standard.
For years. Dl'aini animated and painted in a maximum of 64 colours then, finally, a 4.096-colour HAM version arrived and now the story is complete with this A1200 incarnation that supports the 256-colour and H AMS screen modes. Apart from the colours, though, little has changed from Dpaint III After all. It didn't need to. The only surprise is that we didn't give this a higher rating. Excellent though it is. There is still room for improvement and I'm sure that will come as EA's programmers work away at the AGA chip set We wouldn't be surprised to see Di lute Point I before too long. Di lute
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Painting wit New medium for old masters Art and graphics are the two areas that many of us find most impressive on the Amiga. Recently we've seen massive advances right across the graphics scene, so let's get to the art of the matter... The snag is that although AGA-equipped Amigas have a 24-bit palette they only have an 8-bit display, limiting you to 256 colours. Worse still, the graphics cards that give your Amiga a 24-bit display all run a different standard and save different kinds of files.
You could wait for a standard to emerge. But if you want to get on with true colour, there's one system that stands out as the obvious choice. Our third highest- rated package of all time. OpalVision. Combines a 24-bit display board with an excellent paint package at a bargain price. Better still, add-ons arc on the way including a frame-grabber, a genlock and. Best of all. A real-time video effects chip called the Roaster.
Brush up on Opal Vision h light Power to the people Got an A500 or a limited bank account? Sick of all these graphics show-offs swanning around with their new . More colourful chip sets and their overpriced true colour cards? Never mind. You too can have lots and lots of colours - more lhan enough to pretend to be true colour and give photo-realistic images on your screen.
DCTV is a stunningly clever piece of kit. I won't even try to explain how it works, but basically it's a box that plugs in-between your Amiga and your monitor and fools the Amiga into thinking you can use about 200,000 colours. It even fools Amiga programs such as Deluxe Paint into thinking they can display pictures with these extra colours.
It comes with a decent paint package, a superb image processing program and even a built-in video digitiser. All in all. Quite a package. So convincing was it. That Commodore arranged to buy the technology and sell it as a miniature plug in for CDTV. Giving the CD- based system the ability to display photo-quality pictures. The add-on never actually arrived, but at least it meant we could print headlines such as ‘CBM OK CDTV DCTV'.
SEPTEMBER 1993 Do it yourself!
EASY AMOS 92% AE34 Controry to popular belief, it's not terribly difficult to learn how to write your own programs and it's also quite fun.
When home computers first took off, m the early Eighties, programming was one of the most popular hobbies. Magazines used to print enormous listings for enthusiasts to type in and people said things like 'I chose the BBC for its excellent built-in BASIC'.
Thank God those days are gone. Now Commodore don't even bother with the AmigaBASIC language that used to come with all AMIGAs. Yet the programming language AMOS managed to rescue programming from the mires of tedium, thanks mainly to its concentration on programming Amiga games. Responding to feedback that soid AMOS was still a bit daunting, Europress came up with Easy AMOS: more Indy 500 is o fantastic racing game, but we're here to talk about the wonderful PGA Tour GoH.
Although in fasy AMOS the guidebook that taught you how to program was given more importance than the progrom itself, even experienced AMOS users preferred many of its features.
Friendly, much improved and with an excellent tutorial guidebook ('Not a manual,' they kept telling us) to ease you in. And it works.
Easy AMOS costs £34.99 and is available from Europress Software on 0625 859444.
* Pinball fantasies offers almost the same challenge for skill and lightning reflexes as the ra. . AH real thing. We were at the forefront of the pinball renaissance in 1993.
SHINE YOUR SHOES FOR THE CRUCIBLE JIMMY WHITE'S SNOOKER 91% AF26 TREMTY There's one lovely touch in this one which I'd like to see 0 introduced in real snooker. It you leave the Amiga alone „ tor a while, it starts getting bored. First a few flies whizz : - " around and settle on the screen, then the balls open eyes and start pulling faces at you. If only that happened In the real world, It would make watching the slower players such as Cliff Thorburn and Terry Griffiths a lot more interesting. I don't know what Len Ganley would make of it all though.
Anyway, this frivolity apart, Archer Maclean has gone to great lengths to produce a game full of immense realism and one that also captures the full Apart from balls that pull facet at you when you're flavour and atmosphere of the sport. You almost expect not looking, Jimmy White's Snooker it o model of a low voice to drone 'And he's calling for the long spi- green baize realitm. Der as you plan a fiendishly difficult deep screw out of baulk, kissing the yellow on to the cushion to bring the cue ball back up the table for the black and the chance of a maximum 147 break. Snooker is, after all,
about having a good eye tor an angle and choosing the right strength to play your shot, and It's these two requirements that have defined the control system for Jimmy White's Snooker. Add in the carefully-tweaked, realistic ball movements in the 3D environment and you're on to a sure-fire winner.
Jimmy White's Snooker was first published In September 1991 at £29.99 by Virgin Games.
Even better than the real thing?
Of the many games based on real-life sports, very few capture the spirit of the real thing. After all, sports are a physical challenge. Yet. Strangely, some sports games turn out to be ideal computer fun... PINBALL WIZARDRY PINBALL FANTASIES 90% AI41 I uiFJ wrr Here's an example ot where the computer version captures almost exactly the JTT. Thrills and spills ot the real thing. This is another game in the tradition of Kick I JB.. Off. Speedball 2) that cost us many an hour of lost productivity in the AF office.
1 i Some clown would boot it up on an Amiga in the morning and then, throughout r ,he day- every time one ot us wandered past we'd see it on the screen and teel ¦ - comPel,ed 10 bave a quick go.
. Realistic ball movement, interesting tables and that combination of skill ' S' 1*,- and luck needed to achieve a high score all made this game a winner. In the end,
v. i C we had to ban it In the office and pop down to the pub tor
a tlx of the real thing
- f? F| L at six every evening!
IT'S JUST NOT CRICKET SPORTS
* l“*~ J!~l MASTERS 90% AF*+ " a 9ootl compila- ' tlon is one
in
- BBEWk.-. you get two SnCFJ)'£'S.Y classic AF Gold . * "vfM
games and two Indy 500 is o fantastic rocmg gome. °“’er ones'
but we're here to folk about the ,hen ,hls is 8 wonderful PGA
Tour Golf. 9°od compilation.
Sadly we don't have space here to mention the superb Indy 500 racing game that comes in this pack, because we're here to talk about golf. EA's PGA Tour Goff, is still my favourite golf game. The gameplay bears no relation to reality (golf is about physical elements such as grip and weight of club) so Amiga golf has evolved a computer genre based on intelligence (club selection and aim) and timing. This game shares one attribute with its real-life equivalent: it s competitive and relaxing.
Sportsmasters was published at £29.99 by Empire in March 1993.
Pinball Fantasies was llrsl published at £29.99 by 21st Century Entertainment In November 1992.
Playing to win ? ...when you are, you need the right combination: a classic game, a decent joystick, and something to help you cheat!
Creature Do a lot of work for comfort charidee, mate The big problem with joysticks was that they came in two types: stiff ones ond loose, wobbly ones. But then came The Bug. 'That's ugly,' we thought. But before long, everyone was pinching it off whoever had it because they wanted it for their favourite game. 'We'd better review this properly,' we decided. And there it was... the first ond only joystick ever to get a Gold award.
The Bug is comfortable to hold and The short, free-moving stick bit clicks positively when moved ond the buttons on the front have a distinct click too. The positioning of both means that large-handed people con hold it in the palm, wiggle with the thumb and generally ploy monodextrously leaving a hand free for... errm... scratching themselves. Or something.
Here's a dole! With a unique place in history: the first Comic Relief computer game. Ocean teamed up with Lenny Henry to create a game where having fun also meant aid for starving Africans and charity projects throughout the UK. Annvn Formal did its bit by contributing free advertising space for the game. There was also a special edition of the magazine which was free with the special A1200 packs.
Even though a percentage of the sales of each game went to charily, we still got a great computer game, packed w ith humour, and at the same lime knew that we were helping Comic Relief succeed.
And remember: if you didn't buy a copy at the time, if s not too late.
Sleepwalker was published on Red Nose Day 1993 at £25.99 and y ou can still get vour mitts on it. Ocean: 061-832 6633.
THE GREATEST AMIGA GAME EVER!
Why Is Lemmings the top Amiga game ot all time? Atter all we've awarded higher scores to other games. Well It’s not just to do with the quality of a game: it's to do with memorability. The sense of having an important place in history.
SEPTEMBER 1993 Think Sega and you think of Sonic, and Mario equals Nintendo. It's been argued there was no equivalent on the Amiga, and at one stage it appeared that Zool was going to take that accolade. But the thing is that if you think Lemmings, you think Amiga.
Dave Jones, creator ot Lemmings, wrote his first hit on a I Mb Amiga with just a second disk drive attached.
Before Lemmings came Menace and Blood Money, both Amiga games. And whatever else it’s been seen on.
Lemmings came out first on the Amiga. This game is a great Amiga tradition, and long may it stay that wayl Lemmings Is now on budget. Psygnosis (0223 844894).
Iff you can't win cheat!
ACTION REPLAY III 90% AF38 Plug this hardware in your A500 and you can break in to any program while it's running. A slow-motion knob helps you to put the brakes on a game that's going too fast for you, while cheat facilities enable you to give yourself infinite lives or downgrade the opposition.
The cartridge can also be used to pirate games, which has led to pressure for AF to banish it from the pages. The argument is a valid one, but it has many other legitimate uses so we've resisted that pressure, even though we are dead set against piracy.
Slightly hypocritically though, our favourite use for the cartridge is to save out graphics and sound effects from games. This is perfectly legal so long as you own the game.
Action Replay III costs £59.99 from Datel on 0782 744707.
GOLD 50: A TOTAL AND UTTER CHEAT!
If you’ve been counting, you’ll notice we've mentioned 49 Golds. So what’s the 50th? Well, it's not a Gold at all. Really. We re giving the remaining place to all the excellent PD programs out there.
All ot the following should be available from good PD houses everywhere... 1 State of the Art Jesus on The best two music animation demos. Brilliant graphics expertly synced to rave-style sound-tracks.
2 At the Beach by Rrtc Schwarti The king ot Amiga animation, Eric's anims are all brilliant. At the Beach is possibly his finest hour.
J Rend24 An excellent file conversion and Image processing utility. Works happily with 24-bit and AGA pictures.
4 Revelations A slideshow filled with some of the best hand- drawn piccies we've ever seen. Lots ol fantasy girls drawn by Rank in either 16 or 64 colours.
5 Defenda Superb Delender clone, written using the excellent Blitz Basic 2 (see pages 118-119).
* Llamatron First Shareware game from Jeff Minter. A superb
version of the coin-op Robotron, only using llamas instead of
robots. Inspired.
7 Vmorph Morphing on the cheap. Black-and-white lo-res only, but it can still produce good results.
• Landing by Tobiat Richter Ray-traced animation of a spacecraft
approaching and landing on a planet. Richter is very talented.
9 Road Hog One of the first animations by Hugh Grove, this one is short, cute and very appealing.
10 fowcrbait I.t Great database, with video-style controls. Lots of features normally only on commercial products.
A4000 030 EXCLUSIVE INDI PACK The new Amiga 4000 030 is back in stock and even better value with the new Indi Added Value Pack.
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MULTI MEDIA CLUB Lasl month saw the launch of the Indi Multi Media Club and what a response (here has been.Early indications show lhat without a doubl it is destined to he the largest of it's kind.
Apart from all the obvious club benefits the Indi operation offers a true One Stop Shop' for all members.On offer each month wilh an ever increasing product range, members can obtain software to cover every application, including Morphing Rendering Ray Tracing and Video. There's a vast range of accessories and peripherals again encompassing members every need and a PD Library second to none.
The Club also offers a very comprehensive range of videos including the Cult Manga Titles. Music Features and Special Interest. There really is something to suit cvcryoncs taste.
For those members with Cl) ROM players (including CDTV, PC and SEGA) (here's plenty on offer. Not only does the Club' cover CD ROM titles, there are also some great audio titles available.
With so much happening on the Multi Media scene it's hardly surprising that Indi are there to provide a competitive single source of product supply.
Membership costs only £10 and each member receives a quality gift on joining . Even though there is absolutely no commitment to purchase at any time. If you would like to be a pari of this exciting club then call Indi on 0543 41*) 999 DMA ENSURES HIGHEST PRACTICE As with most industries. Ihe UK's personal computer industry has its share of cowboys operating in the mail order sector and at the receiving end a line up of despairing consumers who have suffered at their hands.
A personal computer is a sophisticated and expensive item and provided the purchaser is dealing with a reputable and accredited supplier, buying a computer by mail order can be a perfectly safe and cost effective exercise. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) was scl up in April 92 (o set and maintain high standards for the sake of the industry and society at large, and to ensure that we can continue to regulate our own activities on the basis of proper professional responsibility.
Membership of the DMA is not conferred lightly - it is a privilege which entails responsibilities, to the consumer as well as to the industry. The foundation for this must be good practice.
DMA members arc required to abide by the highest standards as laid down in the DMA's code, enforced on members by The Authority of the DMA a separate body with an independent Chairman, and which is an assurance of vigorous self - regulation and professional responsibility.
DMA members also agree, as a condition of membership, to abide by The British Code of Advertising Practice and The British Code of Sales Promotion Practice: to apply the Mailing Preference Service file when appropriate: and to subscribe to the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (ASBOF) and to the Mailing Standards Levy as applicable.
The DMA symbol can only be used by members. Printed on stationary, advertising and other promotional material it demonstrates that these companies conform to the Association's high standards and are subject to the DMA s Code of Practice, thus enhancing the companies credibility wilh customers, suppliers and of greatest importance, the consumer.
Since the symbol was introduced last June, it has become synonymous wilh quality . Professionalism and and responsibility. While it cannot be shown in any way which will become a sign of best industry practice and of strict adherence to DMA codes of conduct. The symbol represents authority for members and reassurance for consumers. It has been a high valued mark of confidence signifying to the consumer the truly professional edge of the industry.
E=ki . 3T Apologies from Indi lhat we ran out of signed Jakki Brambles photographs. Jakki has now signed more copies and they are on their way.
Alison Sian (Director of Public Relations.DMA) INDI DIRECT MAIL Proudly Presents THE JAKKI BRAMBLES COLUMN It seems that every month I'm able to report some exciting news from Commodore. This month is no exception but probably the most exciting to date.... A1200 PRICE CRASH!!! That's right Commodore have announced that the RRP of the A1200 is now £299.99. At (his price there cannot be a better computer anywhere based on a Power to the Pound ratio. Armed with this news. Indi have got some pretty exciting A1200 offers, just take a look in the following Indi pages!!
Do you like the new Indi Logo?
I'm told that a certain person in the Indi Marketing Team has made it clear that w hen it comes to the Amiga 4000 030 he is the main man.
So equipped with an Opalvision 24 - bit graphics card he was set loose.
The image was converted to an IBM compatible file using Art Department Professional, ported over to a 1.4 gigabyte graphics PC Workstation, then using the A4000 workbench file transferred and finally slotted into the Indi Advert.
I ni sure that you w ill agree that the end product is superb and a real demonstration of the Amigas Graphic Capabilities. Still on the subject of the Amiga the winner of this months 'Hints and Tips' competition is Peter Shelley of Stafford. Peter shows how you can save memory when using your Amiga.
Edit the startup sequence which can he found in the workbench partition in the 'S' directory. Delete the last line of the sequence: "END CLI ". This will enable you to quit workbench (once loaded) and drop into shell (Amiga DOS) saving over 100 K that would normally he taken up by the multi tasking windows environment. All commands are still resident including DIR. DELETE etc... Of course I can only recommend this for those users who wish to work outside the Amigas graphical environment and who are conversant with the Amigas command line interface.
Thankyou Peter, your prize is on its way. Many thanks to all those who have written to me. Keep those letters coming.
Buying a printer to go alongside your Amiga is a big decision and one that every serious Amiga owner has to face.
Everyone knows that Indi fully researched the printer market before choosing Panasonic printers and believe that Panasonic Quiet Printers are the best on the market, but they would say that wouldn't they!
Now I'm told that Romtec the computer Industry analysts have announced that the Panasonic KX-P 2123 has become Ihe UK's top selling colour matrix prinler. Well done Panasonic (and Indi) Indi have just sent me details of their new Multi Media Club, it's a very interesting idea offering all home entertainment products under one roof not just computer games. It's well worth a look.
Kind Regards.
DEFERRED CREDIT ON ALL ORDERS OVER £200.
* PAY 10% NOWAND NOTHING MORE FOR 3 MONTHS AMIGA Al 200 COMIC
RELIEF PACK The event may be over but the fund raising soil
goes on. If you're looking for the latest in Amiga technology
then this is the starter pack for you. Based around the
outstanding A1200, this pack also gives you sleepwalker, a most
addictive platform game from ocean software. You'll be pleased
to know that every one of these packs purchased raises another
£ 10 for Comic Relief.
A1200 STANDARD FEATURES 4c 68020 Processor * PCMCIA Slot, gt 2MB Chip RAM. 4 3.S" Internal Drive 4c AA Chipset. 4 Built in TV modulator 4 Alpha numeric keypad.
412 Months at home maintenance.
FREE Sleepwalker and £10 donation to Comic Relief CUSTOMER CHARTER INDI Direct Mail is original and very exciting.
Before you buy mail order you mutt first be confident that you will receive the product you've ordered and that the supplier will be still be there in the future, should you need them.
A mail order purchase from INDI is a safe and secure decision, and here's why.
INDI is a wholly owned subsidiary of a public company now in it's tenth year of trading and specialising in the supply of computer products.
With a turnover approaching £30 million per annum, we have the resources and the purchasing power to offer you the best deals, deliver them next day nationwide and always be around when you need us.
INDI PRICE £289.99 or from £1 1.04* per month ¦(Credit price based on 36 monthly payments APR 29.8%. Total repayment £397.92 and 90 day deferred payments.
AI 200 80 MEG HD INDI PRICE £499.99 A1200 120 MEG HD INDI PRICE £589.99 INDI AI 200 ADDED VALUE PACKS OFFICIAL A1200 HD SYSTEMS The Amiga 1200 supplied by Indi Direct Mail now includes the official (legal) Commodore installation disk and hard drive utility manual. Indi are proud to be an official supplier of Amiga 1200 Hard Drive systems, that include the official software, documentation and on - site warranty.
STOP PRESS ALL A1200 PRICES CRASHED INCLUDING ALL HARD DRIVE SYSTEMS Pack Contains: 4 International Games Challenge 4 The Cool Croc.
* Paradroid 90. * Zapsac Rucksack and Zappo T - shirt.
INDI PRICE £19.99 SALES AND SUPPORT 80 Mb Hard Disk upgrades available on any A1200 Upgrade does not invalidate your Wang warranty on A1200 and Hard Disks. Phone for a quote.
AMIGA A4000 The INDI sales team have been trained to take your order with the utmost care and efficiency. All stock offered for sake is held in stock, centrally at our group ware house complex and is available for next day delivery, direct to your home or business. If at any time we arc out of stock your money will not be banked until the product is available (a point worth checking should you be tempted to purchase elsewhere) NEW MONITOR RANGE THE NEW DUAL SYNC 1942 Monitors have been specially designed for the New Amiga 1200 and 4000 computers.
Both monitors feature built - in stereo speakers.
General information regarding product is available from our sales team, however technical support is always on hand should you need assistance.
All prices quoted are inclusive of VAT.
INDI PRICE 1940 Monitor £279.99 It's here - The new Amiga 4000 030 The NEW Amiga 4000 030 features a EC68030 processor running at an incredible 25Mhz. And upgradable at a later date to a faster processor. The 4000 030 has a powerful 2 Mb of 32 - bit RAM (I Mb chip & I Mb fast) expandable to 18 Mb using industry standard 32 - bit Simms module. In hoc with the Amiga Flagship 4000 040 the 4000 030 features the new AGA graphics chipset, giving you a massive pallet of
16. 8 million colours. A range of hard drive options are avail
able from 80 - 240 Mb and includes a SCSI option.
4000 030 80 Mb HD INDI PRICE £979.99 Other Drive Options 4000030 120 Mb HD INDI PRICE £1059.99 4000030 240 Mb Hdfo de« to to) Phone far price.
4000036 120 Mj SCSI HD(oii«« r1i 0) Phone for price A Ml range of approved upgrades are available for the 4000 030. Inducing additional memory modules, hard drives, PC bridge boards, FPU's (68881 &68882)and the 24 - bit Opal Vision graphics and video system 14 inch screen size • 0.39 mm dot matrix INDI TELESALES TH.0543 419999 FAX 0543 418079 Parnet Adaptor for CD TV Connect a CD TV phycr to any Amiga, and access the world of CD - ROM software The Parnet interface and software will allow the Amiga CDTV to be used as a CD - ROM drive wtthe any Amiga and will give any Amiga owner access to the
vast range of CDTV software currendy available.
The CDTV player offers excellent value for money when compared with a standard CD - ROM drive and interface.
Most CD - ROM drives will set you back over £400 while CDTV will cost you less than £300 and wiH play audio CD's in addition to CD - ROM CDTV disks your Amiga, interface cable and PD disk with driver software for your CDTV player. (The Parnet adapter can be used to link any Amigas together) INDI PRICE 1942 Monitor £3 79 99 CREDIT FACILITIES 14 inch screen size - 0.28 mm dot matrix INDI are now able to offer competitive credit facilities on all orders over £200. All credit facilities are subject to status and applicants must be over the age of 18.
If you would like a quote simply call our our sales line where acceptance can normally be notified within the hour. We are also able to offer Credit Insurance to cover repayments in the event of sickness or unemployment.
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* 4000 030 ? CDTV ? 1942 MONITOR * PARNET INDI PRICE £1599.99
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INDI PRICE £329.99 ZAPSAC AND T - SHIRT INDI PRICE £17.99 (Fret with A1200 Comic Relief Pack. INDI AtOO Accessory Pack) AMIGA A600 PRICE CRASH A600 - SD A single drive Amiga for those of you requiring a basic A600 at a very competitive price.
PACK INCLUDES: A600 single drive, built in TV modulator. I Mb memory. 12 Months at home service INDI VALUE ADDED FREE * Kick Off 2 * Pipomama * Space Ace 4 Populous * Microswitched Joystick AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE INDI PRICEl 2393$ " £189.99 All products arc guaranteed for 12 months.
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THE WILD THE WEIRD AND THE WICKED A600is price] £379.99 the most of the t PACK CONTAINS: A600 Single Drive Built in TV Modulator
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I INDI PRICEl £49.99 Hard frame suitable for A1500 A2000. Allows for the interface of a SCSI hard drive.
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WHY NOT RING FOR A QUOTE. SAMEDAY RESPONSE. (SEE EXAMPLE) Panasonic Quiet piling We researched the colour printer market at great depth to find a colour printer good enough to cope with Amiga’s powerful output, yet at an affordable price.
We found the perfect printer in the KX - P2I80 and KX - P2I23 quiet printers We then considered that if you were going to buy a Panasonic printer you would probably need a quality word processing package to use with it. We found that too. With Wordworth' yet at a retail price of £ 129.99 we thought that might be a little too expensive on top of your printer purchase! So together with Panasonic we decided to give a copy of "Wordworth’ free with every Panasonic printer. How’s that for added value?
KX - P2I23 Panasonic KX - P2I80 ?WORDWORTH COMPLETELY FREE! WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS.The writers choice. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers. Wordworth is undoubtedly the ultimate word document processor for the full range of AMIGA computers. The graphical nature of WORDWORTH makes producing documents faster and easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX - P2180 and KX - P2123 colour printing support). Collins spell checker and thesaurus, no other word processor comes close. “Without doubt this is one of the best document processors for the
AMIGA. Today" (Amiga Format) NORMAL RRP £129.99 inc. VAT INDI PRICE] | indi price] £239.99 £189.99 The new Panasonic KX • P2180 9 -pin quiet printer.
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IT’S A CDTV PLAYER - Yes. It will play all your Primal Scream. Paverotti. Pink Floyd and any other CD you care to men* tion in superb high quality stereo, with infra red remote control.
IT' AN AMIGA - Plug in the keyboard, switch on the external disk drive and the colossal range of inexpensive Amiga Software can be used on CDTV.
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 disk holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinsons encyclopeadia fits on to one disk. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education. Business or Leisure. The future is here!
PACK CONTENTS AS STANDARD Amiga CDTV Player * CDTV Keyboard CDTV 1411 3.5" Disk Drive * CDTV Infra Red Remote Controller CDTV Wired Mouse 0 CDTV Welcome Disk Manuals Fred Fish CDTV Disk INDI VALUE ADDED FREE * Lemmings CDTV (£34.99)
* Blues Brothers (£12.99 ) * Pipemania. Populous. Kickoff 2.
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12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE CREDIT AVAILABLE ON CDTV EXTERNAL HARD DISK SUBJECT TO STATUS. LOW INTEREST CREDIT AVAILABLE ON ALL ORDERS OVER £200 AMIGA CDTV THE MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER TOTAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM The problem with any new product is that it always takes time for everyone to realise its full potential.
CDTV is no exception and in our opinion everything we have read does a pretty poor job of explaining just what CDTV can do and why it is so exciting.
PRICE CRASH Q&frff THE INDI GUIDE TO CDTV CDTV CONNECTS DIRECTLY TO YOUR TV SET AMIGA CDTV ACCESSORIES THE BRICK - ETTE Just plug in the brick • ctte and use any wired Amiga compatible joystick, mouse of trackball device on the Commodore CDTCV. The built - in 8 - bit Micro Processor gives the Brick • ette big smarts in a tiny package and makes it easy to use just plug Into the remote port and it is ready to go with real time mouse or joystick movement on your CDTV. No loading of driver programs or software. No switches for mouse or joystick. Special settings (with mouse) allow you to blast
away with with three rapid fire modes & dual fire buttons. Comes complete with Python Micro switched joystick.
INDI EXCLUSIVE £49.99 With two joysticks £59.99 BLACK lOeSMONTTOR At last the CDTV Monitor you have been waiting for.
The original and best selling colour stereo monitor from Commodore is now available in black to complement your CDTV INDI PRICE £189.99 (or £ 179 99 when purchased with CDTV Multi Media pack SEE THE JAKKI BRAMBLES PAGE FOR DETAILS OF THE INDI SOFTWARE CLUB AMIGA CDTV SOFTWARE ARTS AND LEISURE LTV - English as a 2nd Language £34.99 Al Dogs Go To HcavmBccox Crayon £34.99 Case of the Cautious Condor £34.99 Mind Run £29.99 Classic Board Games £34.99 Super Games Pack £24.99 Advanced Military Systems £29.99 Mud Puddle £34.99 Dinosaurs for Hire £14.99 Tiobrake Tennis £19.99 Women in Motion £29.99 My
Paint £29.99 Hounds of the Baskcvilles £29.99 Guinness Disc of Records £34.99 Paper Bag Princess £34.99 Psycho Killer £29.99 MUSIC Animals in Motion £29.99 Scary Poems for Rotten Kids £39.99 Sun Ciry £29.99 Connoisseur Fine Am £34.99 Tale of Benjamin Bunny £39.99 Trivial Pursuit (PAL) £49.99 Music Maker £34.99 Fruits & Vegetables £34.99 Tale of Peter Rabbit £39.99 Wrath of the Demon £29.99 Remix £29.99 Trees & Shrubs £34.99 Thomas's Snowsuit £34.99 Raffles £34.99 Karaoke Fun Hits 1 £14.99 Indoor Plants £34.99 Moving Gives me Stomach Ache £34.99 Prehistonk £34.99 Voicemaster ? Microphone £39.99
Barney Bear Goes Camping £29.99 Snoopy £34.99 Music Maker £26.24 EDUCATION Astenx English for French 1 £34.99 Town with No Name £29.99 Blues Brothers (Audio CD only) £ 10.99 Japan World (PAL) £49.99 European Space Simulator £34.99 Fun School - Under 5's £24.99 Fractal Universe £34.99 Fantastic Voyage £34.99 REFERENCE A long Hard Day at the Ranch £34.99 Read with Asterix £19.99 Global Chaos £29.99 A Bun for Barney £29.99 Turrtcan II £29.99 American Heritage Dictionary £49.99 Cinderella £39.99 ENTERTAINMENT Guy Spy £29.99 Complete Works of Shakespeare £29.99 Fun School for 6 to 7 £24.99 Curse of
Ra £24.99 Illustrated Holy Bible £29.99 Fun School for Over 7's £24.99 Battlechess £39.99 Space Wars £29.99 New Basic Electronic Cookbook £39.99 Heather Hits her First Home Run £34.99 Battle Storm £29.99 Defender of the Crown £29.99 Timetable of Business Dr Wellman £39.99 £54.99 TEL 0543 419999 FAX 0543 418079 If you are thinking of buying CDTV or already own one you'll be pleased to know that INDI stock all CDTV accessories and software that are available from manufactures. We believe in CDTV and we therefore continue to support this exciting product.
You will always have a source of product for your CDTV from INDI.
L to R CDTV Encore SCSI Controller ? Internal Mount £109.99 CDTV Internal Gcnkxk £149.99 Black I084S Colour Stereo Monitor £ 189.99 (When purchased with CDTV Muto - Mcda Pack) £ 179.99 CDTV Remote Mouse £49.99 Scart TV Monitor Lead £ 14.99 (inc Stereo Phono Lead) Mcgachp- I Mb Upgrade Qip RAM Upjyade for CDTV £159.99 CDTV Trackball £69.99 AMIGA CDTV EXTERNAL HARD DISK DRIVE You’ve got the CDTV. You've got the keyboard and the floppy disk drive - for a total computer solution all that's needed is an ultra fast hard disk drive.
The CDTV - HD unit boasts a massive 85 Mb 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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ONLY £299 inc VAT A«ni9a Form»* ana I Get c re fI The Amiga is a versatile machine. And so are its users.
That's why we've put together this almighty mixed bag of a competition; to give everyone out there the chance to get creative and win the perfect prize. So whatever you're in to, get your entries in now!
Over the years the Amiga has grown into an extremely sophisticated machine. Not just just as a games machine, or solely tor serious use. But the Amiga is now a capable performer in many areas. At creating gorgeous graphics, the Amiga is master, with programs like Deluxe Paint, Imagine and VistaPro. And Desktop publishing is a doddle with PageStream and ProPage. With its ability to play sampled sounds and run a wide variety ot music programs, the Amiga is also a powerful music machine. And Editing and titling videos is another skill the Amiga is adept at.
Because of these plentiful and wondrous abilities. We've put together a mega huge competition with prizes that represent the variety of operations the Amiga is used for. And the different things you have to do to win the prizes means that everyone has a good chance of winning a prize they can really make the most of!
Each of the prize winners will have their prizes presented to them at the Future Entertainment Show on 11-14 November. (But don't worry if you win and you’re not there, you prize will be sent to you. But you would be mad to miss it) This year the FES promises to be even bigger and better, with 150 exhibitors covering around
20. 000 square feet of the Olympia Exhibition Centre.
The price of tickets has not been set yet. But with more than 60.000 people expected to attend, they're bound to sell out quickly. A credit card hotline has been set up for the show, so to book your tickets call 051-356 5085.
SEPTEMBER 1993 IF YOU WIN this competition you can turn your Amiga into a multi- media machine with this excellent video editing suite from V3I.
Plugging into your Amiga's serial port, and controlling up to three source decks and one single destination deck at a time, the Videopilot enables you to cut and edit your videos to achieve more professional results.
Because we know that anyone interested in winning a Videopilot a dab Mnd their c Korders (or are workinga P. To win this competition yc j Eto make a video recording.
Now were not fn ji 11 matter is complete up to yo.u.- teaffDe hpriorous. Thrilling, horror, a music video or a recording of ev day life. What we do want Is originality and style. But what we don't want is your original and only copy of your recording - if it gets lost or damaged in the post you will have lost it for good. ________ Send your entries, and your name ~ ~jfjrHrs rrffnrl phnnr num ber on a postcard or the back ofjkacafSd envelope to: Creative Film Compo, Am gp Format. Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street. Bath, Ayon BA1 2BW.
To arrive no later than 8 October 1993.
Utur* Enter**,nmenX sl’°'v re competition for. Whether it is simply word processing and writing letters, or complex graphics and illustrations. You will need some type of output device. That's why we've got together with leading mail order company. Indi Direct Mail, to offer you the chance to w in one of three high quality printers from Panasonic With each of the three Panasonic printers we're also giving away a copy of Digita's excellent word processor Wordworth. Worth £ 129.99. Indi are offering a Panasonic KXP-4410 laser printer as first pri .c. Worth £499.99. it can handle complex
graphic applications, has low running costs, and prints up to five pages a minute. Second pri c is a Panasonic AND WORDWORTH KXP-2123 24-pin Quiet colour printer worth £239.99. and third pri e is a Panasonic KX-P21S0 9-pin colour Quiet printer worth £189.99. Both high performers. They use Quiet printing technology and have fast printing speeds.
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
1) How many fonts are there on a Panasonic KX-P4410 laser
printer?
2) How old are you?
3) What are the print speeds of the Panasonic KX-P2123 Quiet
colour printer?
4) What computer s do you own?
5) What is the sound level of the Panasonic KX-P2180 Quiet colour
printer?
6) What will your next computer-related purchase be?
(A clue: the answers to questions 1,3 and 5 are on the Indi advertisement.)
TIE BREAKER: I think Indi is the number one choice for computer products because .(In no more than 15 words Send your answers, and your name and address and phone number on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope to: Indi Printers Compo, Amiga Format, Future Publishing, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW. To arrive no later than 6 October 1993.
WIN! An Amiga 1200 Happy families in 'HodjasviRe' - a grand line up ready for you lo decide on their characteristics. That's if you've got it in you to design a gamcV' ' in our excellent design-a-game competition SEPTEMBER 1993 THE PRIZES The main prize for the best game design will be a shiny new Amiga 1200! Also, royalties will be paid for every copy of the game sold, so you could end up rich as well!
In addition to this. Vivid Image will be offering another major piece of Amiga hardware as a runner-up prize - more on this next month. So. Get your thinking hat on. And go for it!
FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION of their next game Second Samurai |see The Next Big Thing, page 24). Vivid Image are about to embark on their most ambitious project to date desk ot ho"'Vone" Hodja IS to be a CD-only game, developed for every CD platform available, and Vivid Image want you to design it for theml Now of course, this isn’t just the Vivid Image boys being lazy - after all, they designed First Samurai, one of the best beat-em-ups we have ever seen No. They ve done the preliminary work on the game, like designing the characters in the story and the basic scenarios, and what you have to
do is come up with a design for the game itself The story so far... Hodja is the name of a popular Turkish folk hero, who is believed to have lived around the 13th century His name means the learned one. Or the wisest of men. And he makes his living by telling funny stories, making predictions and giving advice to people Because what he says is mostly completely made up and untrue, most of his predictions go wrong, so he can t stay in one place too long A typical suburban family, whose name you musi make up, hires Hodja for a birthday party What the parents don't realise is that Hodja
practices real magic, but he's not very good at it. He grants the child a wish, which he must ask for while blowing out the candles on his birthday cake As the lights go out. The boy blows out the candles, and then the lights come back on revealing the family sitting not in their living room, but in the middle of a strange, monster-filled fantasy world One of Hodjas spells has backfired., againl Here's where you come in!
Win a day in a top recording studio!
Design a game continuing on from the above story To help you out. Bill Hajee (who animated the mice in the Disney film. The Rescuers, no less) has drawn a rough idea of what the family look like - see the cartoon on the left He will also be working on much of the actual In-game graphics, so don't worry too much if you can't drawl Make your design in full storyboard-type form if you can, with detailed pictures describing each of the areas of the game, and some brief text to descnbe them If your drawing is not so hot. However, then you can just sketch out the scenes, and write down detailed
descriptions of the levels.
The game design must be appealing to the whole family The idea is that because a family is portrayed in the game, a real family should be able to control the characters Up to four players may play the game simultaneously, with each playing the part of a family member. There should be an option to switch to any free family member at any point during the game.
A family pet could be included, either a cat or a dog. Which would either help or hinder the family's efforts Alternatively, a baby monster could be befnended by one of the children during the adventure Oh, and not forgetting, of course. Hodja’s beloved donkey. Eshek SEPTEMBER 1993 Each member of the family should have different objects (which they were carrying prior to the casting of the spell), which they can use to get rid of the monsters they meet Also, because the physical attributes of the characters vary, so must their abilities Typical characteristics could be Mother: Pulls
children away from potential trouble, screams at monsters, administers first aid and comfort; Father: Carries children on his shoulders to give them a rest or help them over obstacles, lifts heavy objects.
Children: Climb trees to attack monsters from above, climb rockfaces with help from the father, and swim well To avoid patronising the characters, you will need to introduce much humour and role-rever- sal. For instance, the father may be terrified of snakes, while the mother may find them cute.
Remember that Hodja is to be designed for CD-based machines only, so there are no limitations for the size and scope of the game. Think of it as an interactive mini-movie, although steer well clear of the Dragon's Lair style of game (all graphics and no gameplay) Try to make it as easy to play as possible, and combine adventure with arcade sequences and puzzles Above all. Have funl *1) Do you dabble in composing? If you have ever thought about creating music using your Amiga, then now's the time to do something about it! You could win a full 12 hours In a professional recording studio, to
record your music using a full set of professional gear, with a recording engineer thrown in to help you out with the difficult bits.
The studio In question is Heritage Studios In Huntingdon, which is owned by top percussionist Evelyn Glennie and engineer Greg Malcangi.
The amount of features in the studio is huge - 20 bit digital recording. 48 channel MIDI, and a list of samplers, effects units and keyboards as long as your arm. At the very heart of the studio lies an Amiga 4000 040 running the excellent Bars t Pipes Pro 2 sequencing program.
The winner and runner-up of this competition will also receive a copy ot Bars S Pipes Pro 2, rated FG90°o in issue 46. So the total value of the prize Is... oh. Huge. So what are you waiting for?
HOW TO ENTER All you have to do is create a piece of music using your Amiga. This could be using a full-blown MIDI setup, or a simple tracker program (such as the excellent Protracker featured on the Coverdisk of Amiga Format Issue 48).
When you've created your piece, record it either to ordinary cassette or DAT, and send it to Deborah Thackery-Tyres at the following address: Heritage Studios, Heritage House, Main Street, Upton, Huntingdon PE17 5YF.
Make sure you get your entry In by 8 October 1993, giving you a whole two months to compose your tune. The entries will be judged by a panel including Evelyn Glennie. Greg Malcangi, and a Commodore representative.
Please supply a list of the equipment you have used, so the judges can take this into account when listening to your music.
Lastly - don't send an original master of your music, because it cannot be returned to you.
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Screenplay So how can you tell me that you're joystickless?
Let Richard Baguley take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of Screenplay. He'll show you something that'll make you change your mind... THAT'LL DUNE NICELY, SIR... DUNE II The first Dune game was an enjoyable adventure strategy style romp around the deserts of Arrakis, but Virgin decided on a complete change for their second stab at this film and book licence.
This time, they've gone for a wargame, mixed with elements of trading and strategy.
You have to harvest spice from various areas of Arrakis, while watching out for rival families and sandworms. Pilot your ornithopter to... Page 56 SEPTEMBER 1993 THE REVIEWERS Everyone's got their own favourite type of game, and at AF, we put that to good use. We look at each reviewer's special skills and obsessions and turn them to your advantage. Here's what our team was up to this month... STEPHEN BRADLEY Steve The Boy' Bradley is often seen wandering around the office with a curried chicken sandwich in each hand. So, we decided he'd be the ideal chap to take a look at the latest McDonalds'
licence. Global Gladiators.
ANDY NUTTAL Nutts met a shifty man in a dark alleyway last week who offered to sell him some 'good stuff.
So, in a moment of inspired editorial genius, we set him to the task of mining large quantities of, erm, 'spice' in Dune II.
JAMES LEACH James is a peaceful man who has vowed never to hurt another living being in any way unless it irritates him in some way. You want armed conflict?
James Is your man. Obviously the ideal candidate for Campaign Missions... MARCUS DYSON He's been to Australia, you know.
SARAH TANSER Despite rumours to the contrary, Sarah is a very nice person who does in fact smile quite a lot.
However, she doesn't wear leather, and has never ben involved in a punch up with a dinosaur.
Despite these obvious problems, she is uniquely qualified to tell you about Entity, in as much as nobody else could be bothered to.
RICHARD BAGULEY What can be said about him that hasn't been said already? Cool, calm, suave, sophisticated and a damn good cook. For such an obvious god-like figure, what other game could there be except Sim Life7 ( wonder who wrote this? - Ed) TIM SMITH Many things have been said about Tim. But few of them are true. The rumour about him being Italian is a complete lie, for instance. The one about him existing in his own virtual reality is true, though. Which is why he's reviewing Ishar 2.
TRUST US- Each month, Amiga Format brings you the very best in game reviews. We're totally committed to telling you exactly what's wrong or right with each game, and we don’t pull any punches.
Once upon a time, we were all punters too. And every one of us has had a nasty experience with a duff game at some time or other.
We don't want that to happen to you. So each game we receive has a whole host of tests to pass before it gets our ultimate accolade - the Amiga Format Gold.
We stick to four golden rules:
(A) If a game isn’t finished, then we don't review it.
(B) If it's poor-quality, then we say so - no matter what the
softies think of us.
(C) We have never, and will never, review a game ’on-site’.
(D) If we’re forced to take sides, it will always be your side we
take.
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Games writers have been slow to pick up on the possibilities of Molotov cocktails in platform games. They have been especially slow to pick up on the idea of combining cute platform romps with milk bottles filled with petrol and a bit of rag shoved in the top. However, all this seems likely to change with Yoi Joel, the latest platform puzzler from Kompart... Page 66 Blade of Destiny Verily, the Ores are rising, and you've gone and lost your sword. In this Germanic role playing game you guide a band of hardy warriors, bards and rouges around the Realms of Arkania on a quest for the lost Blade
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Get your tickets for the voyage of a lifetime on ... Page 78 Entity Oh dear. Anthemis' father has been encased in a large block of stone by that nasty Entity chappie, who is now planning to take over the known universe. What a rotter. So. As any good heroine should know, if s time to leap from platform to platform with only a small Bacofoil bikini for company, bashing baddies and saving the planet from imminent doom. Page 58 L-L* Oh dear, it imm the Atraldes ’ *" • hoy* aren't doing too wen over .£*» r ¦ here near the Ordo*base. --IN ‘ : :r . y a bit ot a head*tart over you so If
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- f' CV1' V ' f.r The big blue thing below is my base, the noble
Atreides.
Because the enemy base is to the north, we have a number of missile turrets to the north of the base. These are automatic, so even when you're miles away you can be assured that your base will be well defended.
To the west you can see two harvesters, which are waiting to be ordered out to the spice fields. To the south there are my prized structures: a hi- tech factory and a repair facilit *
- very expensive, but worth CONSTRUCTION TIME AGAIN To fight
battles and mine Melange, you must have troops and vehicles.
To build vehicles and train troops, you must build structures.
Take one or more concrete slabs, and add one of the following: PLANES, TRAINS AND THOSE FUNNY LITTLE MEN WITH ASSAULT ROCKETS The later levels in Dune II put a whole wealth of crack troops, battle tanks and strike vehicles at your disposal. Combat Tanks, Ornithopters, Rocket Turrets, Fremen - you name it. If s there for the taking.
Below we've listed just a few of them for your delight and delectation.
QUAD A four-wheeled vehicle which fires armour-piercing incendiary rounds. Quite slow, with reasonable armour and firepower.
SIEGE TANK A tracked vehicle with dual cannons, giving it twice the firepower of the other smaller combat tank.
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A good tactic il to surprise tha enemy by creeping up on them from behind. Of course, you'll need somewhat more firepower than this to defeat the Ordos base on level six (this one), but even a couple of tanks can be a good diversionary move while the really big guns move in from the south.
When Virgin produced Dune a year ago, it received a lukewarm reception from reviewers. Can it do better the second time around?
SEPTEMBER 1993 MOBILE CONSTRUCTION VEHICLE A scout vehicle transforms itself at will into a fully-functional construction yard. Useful for changing location of base.
CARRYALL A light aircraft moves harvesters to and from spice fields, and returns damaged units to be repaired from battleground.
COMBAT TANK A medium-armoured tracked tank, firing high explosive rounds. It may be slow, but it's highly effective.
As if the situation on Dune wasn'l bad enough. The Ordos. The Harkonnens.
And the Alrcidcs have been balding il out over the valuable spice Melange for years now. And quite frankly die galaxy is gelling sick of il. So what does die Emperor do? He slicks his oar in with a challenge lo Ihe three families, offering full control of the planet Dune, and its rich supply of Melange, lo die prevailing House: "The House that produces the most spice will control Dune... There are no territories, and no rules of engagement.” Very clever. Typical of a governmental leader lo poke his nose in where it's not wanted.
Anyway, it sets a good scene, and Westwood Studios - producers of the Eye of lltc Hr holder games and Legend of Kyrandia - have taken advantage of this and created a crackingly good game.
Nurturing nutmeg As far as complexity of game goes. Dune 2 beats most others hands down. Although the plots are pretty basic - mainly 'Wipe out the enemy' or ‘Make X amount of credits', the strategies required gel incredibly complicated.
This is partly because it's up to you to build up your base from scratch, and to begin mining spice lo create money which you can then spend on making new structures, military vehicles. Weapons and armour.
In Dune 2. In a similar wav to Syndicate.
The latest game from Bullfrog, it pays to invest money in armaments and instruments of war.
With roughly 10 levels lor each House, the enemies just get harder to beat - so you really need the extra equipment to keep your army on top. Actually, 'on top' could be the wrong phrase, because from the start of the game you are up against armies which are stronger than yours. In fact, you often feel like giving up after the ninth or tenth go at completing a level, but then you think of a different strategy.
Iry it. And it works. It's all a case of keeping a clear head, and never admitting defeat until the enemy have knocked out your final battle tank.
Although the missions do seem a bit repetitive. Each is quite different from the last - with new technology becoming available each time. Once the enemy begins attacking, there is no lel-off period until the battle is won or lost. The best strategy is to build as large a base as possible, and as many troops as possible. Before you attack. This.means that you maintain a steady flow of credits throughout the battle, so the inevitable casualties (and there will be many of them) can be replaced fairly quickly.
On level four, you'll find the Emperor's troops, or the Sardaukar (known as 'purple slecms' by the Amiga Formal staff, see Actual Reality, page 177) joining forces with the enemy and attacking your base. It seems the Emperor has a sense of humour. Oh, and the sand worms appear on this level as well, so make sure you don't wander across sand for too long, or you may find yourself swallowed into a gaping, sandy maw... The great escape Sometimes, during a long battle, you find yourself wishing there was a way of running away and hiding for a bit. To catch a breather.
Either that or some kind of 'smart bomb' which kills all known enemies within ItX) paces, or something - but that would be cheating. Of course. (Mind you. If you play as the Harkonnens you gel the chance to develop a beast called the Devastator, a nuclear-powered nerve gas-firing battle lank, and this does have a self dcstruct button which takes out everything around it.)
With a game of this quality it is difficult to find anything bad to say. I could mention that sometimes your vehicles refuse to move when ordered to the opposite side of a structure. Instead you must lead them around the structure slep-by-step. Which can be quite annoying. Also, if you only have one floppy drive, you have to complete a silly number of disk swaps before you get into the game.
Dune 2 is addictive. If Syndicate could be described as Populous 2 w ith guns, then Dune 2 is Sim City with heavy artillery. Dark, moody, atmospheric, addictive. Brilliant.
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F 90% Dune II Virgin ¦ £30.99 GAME REVIEW 0 Anthemis soon realised that she was no longer in her home town, and that her mother had turned into a fire-breathing Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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Entity. Loriciel's latest adventure.
Terry: Anthemis. I understand you overcame a great hardship lo be here tonight.
Anthemis: Yes Terry . I had lo save the plane!
From the terrifying Entity before coming here.
Terry: Really, how intercsling. You come from a family of achievers. I believe your father was the head of the council.
Anthemis: Yes. Daddy's grealcsl moment was when he encased ihe Entity in a monolith.
Entity Loriciel ¦ £25.99 Fear struck Anthemis to her very bones as the ice-capped As she approached the clearing. Anthemis saw something Alps rang with the mating call of the Mountain Poncho. That made her gasp. The levitating rocks had returned.
Wpr Entity Following lhal he was elected lo ihe highest position on Ihe council, the Grand Sage.
Terry: I understand your father has not been seen for some lime.
Anthemis: Yes. Daddy disappeared recently and the Iasi I heard from him was a video-message. I was very shocked to find that he had been reincarnated into the very same block of stone lhal encased his arch enemy, the Entity.
Terry: Was this so thal he could keep an eye on her'.’ Anthemis: Yes. Unfortunately the Entity broke free before Daddy could warn the world.
Terry: So you were the only person who could save the world?
Anthemis: Yes.
Terry: Aren't you a bit short in the muscle department to fit into the standard superhero category? (Audience laughs.)
Anthemis: I'm one of a new breed of hero - the heroine. Just because we like to wear nice clothes and make-up. It doesn't follow that we don't want to wield a sword or ding lirebolls at innocent animals once in a while.
Terry: As long as you don't smudge your lipstick or ladder your stockings. (Smug smile.)
Anthemis: I had to fight the monsters con- ? * I NtHI. V • trolled by the Entity wearing less foil than your mother wraps around the Christmas Turkey! I'd like to see you run around and climb mountains while trying to stop the strategically placed bits of foil from slipping off and exposing areas best left covered. You don't gel scantily clad girls in upmarket games such as Flashback, and even Lionhearl modestly covered some of his many muscles.
Terry: But were there any allowances made for you being female?
Anthemis: Well. I lost energy when I fell off vanishing platforms and even when I jumped too high. I suppose that's the price for being a woman. I still had to collect the pieces of the Sceptre of Bismuth, fight the guardians of the live worlds and find Erinwhe's magic boomerang to defeat the Entity.
Terry: Erinwhe's magic boomerang? Are you serious? First your lather is reincarnated as a block of stone, you prance about wearing strips of foil and then the only thing that can kill the Entity and free the world is a boomerang.
Anthemis: I don't think you're taking me seriously. There were five worlds to beat. Ihe Prehistory. Ihe Mountains, the Forest, the Caves and the Apocalypse. It was no picnic, and I'd like to see a presenter like you get through that lot.
Terry: Too much like hard work. I think I'll go and play Flashback instead. And cover yourself up before someone mistakes you for a turkey with plenty of breast for one! Audience applauds) Sarah Tanser O
• Challenge Anneka meets Flashback wearing l.ionlteart's leotard.
• Entity monster looks inspired by The Forbidden Planet.
• l ush background graphics, but Anthemis' animation is very
jerky.
And no parallax scrolling.
• Gets better the more you play it. If you can hear it for that
long.
Campaign - From North Africa to Northern Europe Empire H £15.99 When you bought Campaign, you got the major Allied vs Germany land battles of 1943 44. It successfully combined three-dimensional battle sequences with strategy and simulation tactics. The strategy centred around making high-level tactical decisions which could make the difference between winning and losing a battle. With this new disk it goes a step further down the history line.
Northern Africa saw quite a bit of tank-related combat with Rommel and Monty gunning for each other in fine style. Deserts are good places for big armoured battles because not much gets in the way. Although this isn’t the entire reason they were all there, it makes for an interesting scenario in Campaign. You must drive over hills, down wadis and through mine-fields in order to have your violence, and great fun it is too.
But let's not forget the spirited, but ultimately, futile defence of Berlin by the Germans. That's here too. In fact there are 25 maps, each depicting a different land scenario. Russia gets a look in as does Italy. In fact there's a whole world war in this mission disk alone.
It's all much of the same stuff, except in different places. If you're a veteran Campaigner, you'll be pleased with the breadth of this, but if you're expecting anything really new and surprising, you're barking up the wrong tree.
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Just a couple of regular gum-chewing. Gun-toting kids. Except these kids arc on a mission. It's a dirty world out there - needs cleaning up. Multi-racial harmony is their aim. Polution. All around.
Sometimes up, sometimes down. But always around. Slime World first. Hell of a place, a sort of slimcy Fungus the Bogeyman land.
Everything's gone a snotty shade of green.
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Global Gladiators This is a global platformer, backed by big global corp McDonald's, but don't let that put you off... SEPTEMBER 1993 Various shades of green And so the kid sets out. Only one mind. You can't be Mick AND Mack. Heck, what do you think this is? Zap. Gotta a bit of slime there.
Whoa! What's that? Flying slime. Zap. Not flying any longer. And the thing is. This zapping is fun. Sure you take a bit of slime on board now and again, but hey. It's all part of ihe game. Bui I'm telling you man. The feeling of zapping those slimeballs is nearly as great as the taste of those damn burgers.
And there sure am a lot of platforms out there, and collecting those McDonald's arches is getting tough. Got to the end of the level once, but the guy in the clown outfit says I gotta get more before he'll let me through.
What a drag. Well it ain't that bad 'cos you just turn around and charge back into action.
And check out the speed when you're on full revs. Head down, hot diggity dog that's fast.
But don't gel loo cocky because problem is.
You're often running along, you lake a leap and you don't know where you're gonna land.
Now friends, some might say (hat this is not cool. I mean, who wants to land in a slimcy pond when they could be taking in a chocolate shake? But I think it makes it kind of interesting. OK. You can go down wailing, but you get up off the ropes and gel going again.
You slimey toe-rag, you Short interlude. "Kids, we at McDonald's like to think n c give you guys more than just burgers. In conjunction with Virgin Games, we have given you kids a platformer you can be proud of. We've put the P hack into platform.
You want cute.' This is goddamned cute. And you want eco-friendly? Heck, this washes whiter than Persil - it's stronger than dirt " So you've done them in cold-slime. But it ain't over until the guy in the clown suit waves his flag. And then you've only cleaned one level of one world. There's whole heaps more.
Head for the forest and blow away some animals. Hey. That's not cool surely? Alright, so they're chucking things at you. But blowing them away scents a bit harsh. I thought they were conker-chucking monkeys. Still, what's a guy gotta do. But w atch the streams w here mad fish w ith jaws the size of Jaws snap at you.
GLOBAL GLADIATORS is available from Virgin Games on 081-960 2255 So whal else do you do? What more can I say - it's a perplexing platform game and you jump around loads, shoot and collect things.
That's what you do in plat formers. Head off for Toxi-land and do battle with dustbins (garbage cans sounds more appropriate), pneumatic drills and various other nasties, and then on to Arctic World with snowball-chucking polar bears.
Sounds easy? Well it ain't. The levels are quite large and the baddies keep on coming. So what if the scrolling docs lurch at limes, and that you occasionally commit suicide because you're jumping blind. Forget about the McDonald’s propaganda (go on. Admit il. You wouldn't mind a burger - just a little bite) and get oul on the ball park and play the game.
Stephen Bradley O Global Gladiators Virgin Games ¦ £30.99 "Urfc. A slimey grttn space hopper with no handles."
Mick wasn't sure whether the garbage can was laughing at him or just looking at him in a funny way.
WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT IN THIS MCDONALD'S WORLD THERE WOULD BE SO MANY HAZARDS I say. Is that a McDonald's Cola can flying around?
What? It's a Coca Cola can. Say it. Coca Cola. Coca Co.
Mick, surely you're not thinking of blowing away that Virgin neon sign? You are? Well alright, go on then.
War huh!
The 2D arcade action sequences deal with the grunts and the paras.
The infantry have to fight their way out of each landing zone and then storm across country doing all kinds of unpleasant things to tanks. The paras don’t even get to fire a shot, content lo just float down over a moonlit France looking for the signal fires those nice resistance people have started.
The infantry battles arc fought n a man-bv-man basis. A scrolling isometric map is displayed anil by clicking commands you give the orders lo individual soldiers. The lour different troop types (medic, rifleman, grenadier and mortarl have to be used in concert to defeat the enemy. It’s fun but lacks any tactical depth. Once you’ve acquired an idea of each weapon’s range, the only trick is moving your boys around without being shot. A weird mouse driver and some particularly dim troops do their best lo make life lough, but the basics arc easily mastered.
What is it good for?
The paratrixip drop suffers a similar simplistic fate. The split-screen display focuses on a single trooper (at the topi and his relative position on the ground (at the bottom). Using glide left, glide right, float and plummet commands, you have to nudge him against prevailing w inds on to a pre-prepared landing sight. If they miss they die at the hands of the enemy, while para- SEPTEMBER 1993 D-DAY is available from US GOLD 021-625 3388 Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler? The full Operation Overlord campaign allows you to choose things like ensuring der fuhrer's having a kip!
In a spooky real life imitates art accident the real generals in this game look exactly like the actors who were in The Longest Day.
Operation Overlord was not single front battle. Bombing raids, para- troop drops and beach landings all combined to create a secure allied bridge-head in F.urope. Fittingly. D-Day is composed of the self-same elements, with some tank-on-lank action thrown in to spice things up.
As a collection of sub-games working through a tactical map. O-Day has no real heart. For impact it relies solely on the power of four games. II these games had been brilliant D-Day would have been too. But sadly they’re not and ihe result is a stop start campaign that’s patchy in the extreme. The mix of 2D arcade games and 3D simulation fail lo meet their objectives so D-Day barely makes it to the beaches.
Does US Gold's mix and match wargame offer four sims for the price of one, or just a quarter the gameplay?
Once more to the beach dear friends, it's time to liberate D-Day!
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The trick is getting a large number of floating folk to stay as far from each other as possible, until the moment they hit the same small patch of ground. Cross-winds and the introduction of huge numbers of paras inject an enjoyable chaos lo proceedings, but they don't slop it feeling like a l.unar Lander clone where the engines have malfunctioned.
Of the two 3D modules. Tanks and Bombers, it's the AFVs that are the best. Once the beachheads have been established it's the armour that has to smash a hole the German lines. Using viewpoints for every crew member. And a few outside perspectives, you have lo guide squads of Sherman M4s so that they can beat-up on Rommel's boys.
Controlling a number of tanks and switching between the required views, means life is hectic, but challenging. The 3D is not the best ever seen in Amigaland but it works: allow ing you to conduct all-manner of armoured tomfoolery. Even the long wails between screens can t dispel the tension and claustrophobia felt during the heat of battle.
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Bombing is another tale entirely. Trailing along behind your B-17. The mission is to knockout enemy installations and forces. Here the sluggish 3D kills play stone dead. Your bomber meanders around the sky hunting down Ihe large green arrows that mark the targets. You just fly to them, open the bomb-bay doors, miss hopelessly, circle around and repeat the process. It may seem unfair to criticise a bomber simulation for being slow - the B-17 wasn't designed lo be agile - but there's no spectacle to pull you in. There's nothing to encourage you to stick w ith the program long enough to learn
its secrets.
Compilations of sub-games need to be woven lightly together if they are lo work well. O-Day tries its best. As the Operation Overlord campaign proceeds you watch the big picture unfold on the main game map.
Scrolls around map so you can view the enemy positions.
From here you join specific battles, hoping to push the odds in your favour. Success in one area - say a paratroop drop - allows you to force the invasion corridor a little w ider, while failure can threaten the entire operation.
Say it again Multiple sub-games should ensure a varied pace and challenge, but l) l)ay never attains the necessary balance. The 2D arcade sequences arc too easily mastered and the 3D bombing runs, which are vital to the missions success, arc too dull to suffer for long. Which leaves the tanks as the only section you actually want to play.
Futura have worked D-Day hard.
Excellent animation, digitised 'stills' and neat menus mean that it initially appears to be a polished package. It looks good and the first few forays into each of the four areas are fun.
These games are all too small to meet the game's grand ambitions, though. D-Day tries to be a multi-faceted operation that calls on a range of gaming skills, when in reality it's a collection of four combat games that range from mildly diverting to tediously dull.
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• Bombers: slow, dull and Iwitchy.
• Tanks: multi-vehicle armoured fun for all the family .
• D-Day: too unbalanced to be enjoyable for a w hole campaign.
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Platform games, you either love 'em or you like 'em a lot. Unless you hale them, but then you'd be a really sick individual. I mean what could Ik a more period game form? They manage lo combine the hand lo eye co-ordinaiion and finesse of tho finest sports sims. The deep thought and strategy of the best management games, while at the same time the speed and reaction of the greatest shoot-cm-ups. Plus they include the brain teasing element of puzzle games. If God had ever invented a computer game, instead of (allegedly) creating the world, the land and the seas and all the multitudinous
creatures thereon, he would surely have written a platform game. Probably Rainbow Islands, but quite possibly Yo! Joe!.
S like a scene from ) j id, that's why not.
Platform games come in two kinds. The incredibly cute and colourful kind like the aforementioned Rainbow Islands. Rodland.
And Rohocod. And the dark and atmospheric kinds like Cods. Myth, et al. Here, in the shape of Yo! Joe! We have a bit of a hybrid. The scrolling, small sprites. Ilip intro and music are all from Cutesville. Tennessee. The pick-ups.
Weapons, levels, baddies and Kisses are all from a place far more funereal in atmosphere.
Sexually challenged terrorists Joe has probably been hideously put upon in some fashion. Maybe his father has been kidnapped by Bangladeshi terrorists, or his homosexual lover abducted by an evil dragon from the planet Sleant. The details aren't important, and lo go into them here would probably just add fuel to the flames of the sexism in computer games argument, The plot doesn't matter, who ever bothers to read the llippin' manual anyway? The crux of the matter is that you've got to gel from the start of the game to the end w ithoul expending a predetermined number of lives in the
process.
If you've never played a platform game before, welcome to the planet. If you have, you'll get the general idea of this little romp in no time. But Yo! Joe! Is no ordinary platform game. If il was I'd have been going to bed before daw n for these past few days. Yo! Joe!
Is that rare, and much treasured, thing the truly great platform game.
The difficulty level is just right, and progresses in a wav that keeps you coming back for more, rather than sending you heading for the pub in a fit of righteous indignation. When you lose a life in Yo! Joe! You know you’ve only got one thing lo blame, and that’s your own unwicldincss at joystick waggling. Which means you pick yourself up, dust down your pride and gel stuck straight back in.
No o o LU CO LU GO Come down our local It would be easy lo say too much about a plat- former. With Yo.'Joe! There really is no need.
It's just a perfect example of the genre. I personally guarantee that you will love this game.
If you don't, come down lo Hatchetts pub and I will buy you a pint.
Yo! Joe! Is huge, what you see here is just a portion of the giant first level, and it s excellent. Games like this come along far loo rarely, and occasionally they fail to receive the attention they deserve. Don't let this one pass you by, Yo! Joe! Is a complete stunner.
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But can its follow-up give you the same thrills?
74 SEPTEMBER 1993 Sequels. Arc they jusl cash-ins or stronger structures built on the bricks ol an earlier success? Are they nothing more than the same old game engine with a few different bits of scenery lobbed in?
Sequels have picked up a bad name over ihe years lhanks to the likes of Jaw s III. Rocky IV, Tnw Grit II. And WWF European Rampage. Slush and rubbish.
But on the other hand there were the good limes, as represented by Speetlhall 2. Eye of the Beholder 2. East of Ealing. Batman Returns and Aladin Sane. The most important thing about sequels is that they should add something to the original and that they shouldn’t detract from the charm and special qualities of the first.
Oh. It’s all so complicated philosophically. You just het that Barry Normal and Harv ’n’ Hank (or whatever the hell those Americans who only lasted half a series on Channel 4 were called) worry about this kind of thing all Ihe time. And with the Amiga games industry coming out of its childhood and emerging into its early adolescence, you are going to be confronted by more and more of these sequels.
Here’s a funny thing... we had a laugh getting a review copy of Ishar 2 that wasn’t in French or German. It appears that our European cousins adore this kind of RPG romp through an historical hotch-potch of impressionistically painted back-drops more than we do. Because getting an English version look weeks. And even then we ended up with a copy that still has the odd errant French word floating around the place Couille!' Leaps out at you when you press on the Eye icon). Still, we are reliably informed that this is the finished version, so allonz-y mes enfants!
Mything you already So off we go. What's the rich, kinda medieval, legendary story that underlies your journeying and a-lasking? Who cares frankly, it's quest, fight, quest, fight, run away, sleep, eat. Fight, run away, sail a bit and quest some more in a heroic, but you could be chaotic-good, sort of manner after recruiting a few males for the fighting and magic bits.
There is actually a tale of evil and heroism. Of intrigue and myth, underlying this whole thing, but details really are irrelevant. In fact the details are so irrelevant, you wonder why the programmers didn't just tell you to SEPTEMBER 1993 other people in the game world, and lose members of your own party. All very simple, all very compact, all scry reasonable.
That's not all. You can even explore your characters, may be not in any kind of in-depth bonding sort of wav. But you can dress them, feed them, check on the experience points, vitality and all of the other RPG-stylc facts and figures. You can swap which hand you want your weapon in. You can even sw ap equipment between your characters with ease. This clement of the game is fluid enough and raises Ishar 2 into the ranks of the quite pleasantly adequate RPG.
Another pleasing aspect of Ishar 2 is the number of sound effects that litter the aural ISHAR 2 is available from Daze Marketing 071-328 2762 wander around for a while, being irrilalcd by people who jusl stand in from of you. In a son of painled way lhal was all loo familiar from third year an sludenls. Who were called Carl and into Bauhaus. "like imaginatory an like those Yes covers” and books called Revenge of Arzugard (now that's what you call a sentence!). Thai's not to say that Carl couldn't paint a little bit (you should have seen the back of his denim jacket) he could, and so could
the bloke who paints all the atmospheric backdrops and non-player characters in Ishar 2. It's jusl that the word that springs to mind is 'static'.
Believe me. The in-game graphics arc stupendously gorgeous when compared to the amateurish daubings that (dis)grace (he flimsy manual. Have these people not heard of screenshots?
Maybe it's having played Hired Guns of late or maybe it's having played Eye Of The Beholder a while ago. Or maybe it's having played Dungeon Master years ago (hat leads you to expect lhal a game should have moved on. A little bit more movement or a little bit more fluid movement would be appreciated.
Arrcte a bit though. This doesn't mean thal Ishar 2 is a creaking old pile of cack. Far from it. The people who played and enjoyed the first one. Will adore it. And new adventure types (such as my good self) will appreciate the fact thal you can kill loads and loads of beings, lob in some really quite elegantly worked out spells and still save the game lo come back and do it all again after lea.
Control yourself Actually one extraordinarily neat point about Ishar 2 is that, aside from the fact that you can use teams from (lie earlier game, you can see the entire leant blil .cd around you and then nip off to the pub to collect some more suckers for a bit more fun.
OK. So you know people will want to know what the game looks like, look at the screenshots dammit! And for that realistic effect don't move your copy of Amiga Format at all. Just hold in front of you w ith really stiff arms. Now you have lo imagine that the screen in the middle goes forward and from side lo side, only slopping occasionally to load more scenery from disk. It's all very EOTB except you don't click on the screen, you move your mouse pointer to the right of the screen and up on to the direction arrows. Hell, it's a control system. In fact a great deal goes on to the right of the
screen. You get lo order your party, you get lo hit things with your sword bow and arrow fist, plus you get to move.
The real interesting stuff happens at the bottom of the screen though. This is where your characters' faces appear, which by the way. You can't name, so bang goes Eric Elf and Dave Dwarf. But what we’re interested in is the auto-mapping - one of the most wonderful inventions ever to grace the modern-day adventure game, and this particular auto-mapping function is easy to use. And clear enough not to put you off the general flow of the game. Nice one lads.
Also below the mugs are several icons that enable you to scrap (as in fight with) members of your own party, meet and greet Nice place Generally. Ishar 2 serves its purpose as an RPG with workmanlike honour. There's nothing that really forces you to step back and exclaim "Mon dicu! C'est la premier joue dc la epoch d'Amiga ma cherie!" Bul neither are there elements that would have you screaming "Mon Dieu! C'est un grand boile de froid blanchmangc avec vert chien flop!"
As sequels go Ishar 2 w ill keep the faithful pleased without casting any new light on their fave adventure, and it wouldn't disappoint anyone new to the genre. Nice is the word that sums it up. As in the adjective, not the exotic and exciting southern French resort.
Bon joue mes amis.
Tim Smith oullands. If there's one thing you can say about the French as game makers, it's thal they love the campy overkill. The babble when you walk into the tavern is gigglingly good, the sound of snoring w hen you rest the party is of Terry and June like intensity (Terry used to snore heaps) - turn il up loads and leave il running for a few hours to give some snoring partner, friend or casual acquaintance an idea of jusl how deeply irritating they are. The sounds of slash (well thump) and agonised cry.
The screech of seagull and buzz of swamp insect pump up the atmosphere.
• Autmnapping is a wonderful and extremely welcome idea.
• Lots and lots or very lone and extremely tedious walking.
• Plenty of in-game sound.
• f'an't customise the characters.
• Very static.
• Still includes French.
You spend your youth waiting until you're 18 so you can go into pubs, and before you know it you're too old to conquer the world. You can't help but feel sorry for Jon.
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result in delayed delivery or non delivery, payment with order, please allow 28 days for delivery W1S reserve the right lo ammend pnces. Revise packs, specifications and or substitute product wihtout prior not e at any time without liability upon itself THE BIG BANG, OR HOW TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN WORLD The best way to explain how a game such as Sim Life works is to follow its development step-by-step. Here, we take you through the initial stages of a typical game from deciding what sort of world you're going to build, to introducing the animal and plant life, and seeing how the different
species adapt and survive in your carefully chosen environment.
First build your world. This is the control panel where you decide on the physical features and climate.
This includes the world with plants. I'l using 20 seeds of each of the species around the world.
A few days later, and many species have died out while others are surviving and beginning to spread.
In the beginning there was Sim City, Sim Ant and Sim Earth, but now comes the ultimate challenge in the god game experience, Sim Life, a game in which you can create and populate an entire world... All was quid on plane! Bagulcy. With only ihe waves gently lapping ihe shore and a few plants swaying silently in the breeze. Suddenly. Ihe hand of the great god Richard did move upon the waves, and the sea was filled w ith several hundred hump-backed whales, feeding on the copious krill that swarm in the virtual oceans.
The whales were generally swimming around with no apparent destination and then suddenly, the hand of the lord did move upon the waters again, and giant squid did appear.
Loud was the wailing and gnashing of the w hales as the squid did eat many of their numbers. Within a few years, the whale population had fallen dramatically, and Ihe squid were beginning to starve.
SEPTEMBER 1993 Such arc the scenes you can create in Sim Life This is a god game with a vengeance. All other so-called god games have really been semi-divine boss man games. I mean, the usual thing is that you're given a situation and have lo influence the outcome by controlling your humble subjects. Sim Life takes a different approach. You arc. As they say. In complete control. Whole worlds can be destroyed, or entire species mutated beyond recognition w ith only a couple of clicks of Ihe mouse button.
Let's get back to basics. Sim Life presents you with the opportunity to create a planet, and then to create life forms to populate it. It sounds complex, and it is. This isn't the son of thing that you're going to get into in a few minutes. Fortunately, the accompanying manual is excellently written, and even contains a cartoon called I'lie Adventures Of The Genetic Family. This includes such classic lines as The family that transmogrifies together eats flics together'.
God times, bad times A tutorial file is also included with the game, and this takes you through the basics of selecting menu items to advanced topics such as building customised worlds. So once you've learnt the basics of controlling your simulated life, it's lime to start running your own simulation. There are several scenarios included w ith the game, ranging from How Did The Dinosaurs Die?', where you can simulate the downfall of the reptiles by evolutionary or cataclysmic method - to "The Battle Of The Sexes'. - where you simulate the various plus and minus factors of sexual and
asexual reproduction. Alternatively, you can go into experimental mode, where you start from scratch by defining your own world and designing the flora and fauna which will As with the animal design, the plant design illustrations aren't intended to be a specific plant, fust of a type.
AGA ONLY It’s interesting to note that this is the first Amiga game that is available for an AGA machine only. The writers are currently working on a non-AGA version. Which should be released soon.
The 256-colour Mac and PC versions of this game have been available for several months, and the fact that the Amiga AGA version has appeared so quickly indicates how much quicker and easier the advent of the AGA- machines has made converting from other platforms. This is because there is no longer any need to convert the graphics from 256 colours down to 16 or 32. As you would expect this graphics conversion is a rather time consuming business, and can add several weeks to the time taken to produce a game.
AGA 79 SEPTEMBER 1993 SIM LIFE is available from Mindscape, 0444 246333 inhabit it. There are also a variety of saved games supplied with the program, including several bizarre ones involving money trees, workers and tax collectors.
Animal magic Life gets pretty boring if you don't have any plants or animals in your world, and creating these is where the game gets complicated.
There are two ways of editing a new plant or animal; one simple, one complex, or you can interchange between the two. The simple way involves picking three attributes which determine the food source, intelligence, method of movement and environment and finally the gestation size and time. You edit the animal or plant by moving through the different cards until you find a suitable one.
With the complex method the screen is filled with sliders and buttons representing an attribute of your new species, each of which can be altered. In the initial stages, you'll probably want to experiment with existing species, so several 'zoos' of animals are included for you to load and use.
All of the screens for the program are well designed, and show their Apple Mac origins in the style of the buttons and layout. It can get rather confusing when you have several windows open at once, so a degree of caution is recommended when opening new ones. As they say: ‘tidy desk, tidy planet'.
Unfortunately. Sim Life also betrays its Mac origins through the slow screen update.
Several buttons on the main screen give you menus, but once you've selected the option you want, you have to wait for the parts of the screen under the menu to redraw. This is all rather irritating, and lends to interrupt the flow of the game. Once it's redrawn you can also find yourself clicking furiously on the mouse because you're working way ahead of the screen redraws. The program then acts on all of the mouse clicks that it has been saving up!
However, there are a variety of nice touches, such as the sampled 'Ooh La La' when two animals mate.
Just because it's called Sim Life, don't assume you are lied to dealing with real animals. You can redefine every attribute of the plants and animals, including the icons. So you could set up a completely unreal situation with writers roaming the land, eating the fruit of word trees, and not harming anyone. Editor beasts could then feed on the writers, and immense flying Publisher beasts could devour the Editors. The possibilities are endless.
Facts of life This is an exceptionally original game. It's different to its predecessors Sim Earth and Sim Am. And works better for this. Although Sim Life is initially confusing, once you get the hang of the complex control system, it's fascinating to sec how the ecosystems develop, and how the smallest change can have a powerful effect. Each game takes a long time to develop, so if you're not prepared to invest a significant amount of time in playing a game, this is one to avoid! But if you enjoy challenging. Complex and thought-provoking games, this is one of the best I've come across
for some time. It's just a pity that some of the glitches in the program detract from this.
Richard Baguley fj HERE'S HOW TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN DESTINY Sim Life Mindscape ¦ £34.99 Edit window: you can see the individual animals as they roam around the globe. You can also select a view of the entire world, in which all the animals are represented by small dots.
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You control a band game is built around the world of Arkania, of adventurers w hose mission is to recover the where Dragons are disgruntled. Elves are ele- nine pans of a map show ing the location of the vated and Ores are "orrible. Actually, it's more lost blade of destiny, which vou should then proceed to bury in the Ore chiefs head.
Unfortunately, the previous owner of the blade got rather tied up with a bunch of Ores who chopped off bits of his anatomy and confiscated his sword.
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You've not only got to find bits of the map. But you build up a group of adventurers who aren't afraid to travel into the snowy wastes of Orcland and fight with all the unpleasant beasties. So. Fearlessly, you travel through the various realms of Arkania. Righting wrongs, drinking beer, and saving helpless dragons from terrifying maidens... It’s the way I tell 'em All right, so there's nothing stunningly original about the concept or the background in this game. It's not a storyline that's likely to win any pri cs for originality, but because it can he approached from many ways, and the
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Your first stop in this game should be the manual, because you're not going to be able to get into it within five minutes. The manual gives you all the information that you're likely to need on the towns, cities, gods and countries of the realms of Arkania. It also explains the complex character creation system.
To create a group is a rather involved process - you have a series of the usual characteristics such as strength, wisdom, intuition and dexterity - as well as attributes such as superstition (fear of magic), avarice (greed) and necrophobia (fear of the dead).
Each will have a different effect - a character with high necrophobia is more likely to run away if confronted w ith an army of 'dead' Ores, than an army of living Ores. There's no such thing as a free lunch with characters, so if you set a character's strength attribute high, he. She or it. Is likely to turn out to be somewhat lacking in the brains department.
Derring-do is considered passe these days. However, AF adventurers are hard to hold back as we found out when they explored the latest US Gold RPG.
Character creation is performed in a separate program, which also sets up a disk for saving games if you're running off floppy disk. To set up characters you can either start from scratch and roll a set of virtual dice for the various attributes, or you can pick an Archetype - such as Warrior. Dwarf. Rouge or Druid. From this basis, you increase certain attributes, although this w ill also lead to other ones being reduced. It's a good idea lo get a range of different characters, as you will need many skills to gel on in the game. Once you've created your group, you save them to disk and go
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A night out on the town If you wander around knocking on strangers doors, most of them will tell you where to get off.
However, some will furnish you with useful information... Clicking on one of the smalt red dots representing towns on the map gives you some background information on what sort of reception you are likely to receive when you stagger into town.
You and your happy band start out in Ragnar.
One of the more cosmopolitan cities in the realm of Arkania. Here, you can move around the city familiarising yourself with the controls. And checking out what's going on. A good place to start is a tavern - they're full of locals gossiping. There's also a dungeon in which you can practice the combat system.
Once you've had a look around town and equipped your team, it's time to go out into the big wide world. But first you need to find one of the signposts on the edge of town. When you walk into a signpost, the map screen appears and you decide where to send your band and keep track of their progress. If they come across anything, or arc attacked, you are moved on to the relevant screen. Even if your adventurers are lough, they w ill need to sleep sometime, but if you set up camp for the night, put some guards on watch - you never know what sort of nasties are around.
In to battle Combat takes a completely different approach from that used by most other RPG's. Instead of using the normal player point of view , you are presented with a pseudo 3D view not dissimilar to that of Batllechess.
Each of the players and nasties take turns to carry out their actions, which are controlled by a system of points. For instance, if you've got five points, you can cither move five squares or attack the enemy, but not both at the same time. Your actions can be move, attack, cast spell, sw itch weapon or wait. If you've got any archers in your party, it is best to keep out of the fray and shoot baddies from a distance, as they're less likely to gel chopped up here.
The players have their own little animation and accompanying sounds, and these work well to give a realistic feel to the combat section.
If the fighting all gets a bit too much, you can run away by moving off the edge of the board, but if you're blocked in you have to fight it out. This means that fights last longer and are more involved, requiring real thought instead of the usual button pressing fren y.
If you survive a fight, each of your players is given a number of experience points, based on how nasty the opposition was and if you encountered any new monsters. Collecting enough of these means your character can advance a level, where they can improve their characteristics. Magicians can also use this to learn new and better spells.
As you move through the various areas, you pick up rumours and carry out a series of tasks. This will eventually lead lo obtaining all of the bits of the map. Which will lead you to the last resting place of the blade of destiny.
To get anywhere near the blade, you will need to have some pretty lough adventurers, so don't expect to complete this game in a lew hours - it w ill be more like a few weeks.
It does ran on a standard I Mb A500. But you have to lose either the complex bitmapped graphics or the in-game music if you're running on a machine with only 5I2K Chip RAM.
Playing on a floppy drive only system is possible. But be prepared lo spend a lot of time waiting for the program to load data, even if you have a lot of memory. It docs take advantage of any extra drives, but there's still a lot of disk swapping involved. This is a brilliant excuse for buying a hard disk - it's almost unplayable on a floppy drive only system.
SEPTEMBER The whole approach of the game is based more on games such as Dungeons and Dragons than other RPGs like Eye of the lielwlder. This works in its favour, because you're working within a better designed and more established system. For instance, there's more variety of magic in Blade of Destiny and it is well thought out. It's certainly a game that will take a long time to solve, and it's challenging enough to make it worth coming back lo. This game is the first in a trilogy, and the future for the realms of Arkadia looks extremely bright... Richard Baguley O Blade off Destiny US Gold
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When he sees Face-Off Buzz ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF29 83% Project-X Team 17 ¦ £12.99 w Reviewed AF35 75% SEPTEMBER 1993 M * .'i .
* V • % I . . .... .... "This'll show the folk back in Halifax who's boss" muttered Reggie under his breath as he pounded the alien forces with a barrage of lazers and missiles.
Fasten your seatbelt this one is going to be a rough ride. What a fine intro.
This is a shoot-em-up’s shoot-em-up, a blast from the past (1992 actually) you are a rider at the gates of space, flying your craft like the wind. Bad things are happening on the planet Ryxx, with evil creatures wanting to do naughty deeds. And guess what you are the only one who can stop them.
The action comes thick and fast. There are loads of power-ups to boost your progress and these include extra speed, missiles, plasma, lasers and stealth. The latter makes you virtually invincible, though if you add too many weapons your ship can become sluggish so it's important to keep collecting the speed.
This version has been tweaked slightly and has been reduced from four disks to three. Plus there's now a Rookie mode that enables novices to get to later levels. Make no mistake, Pro eet-X is a great (. J I I shoot-em-up and at 13 sovs, a great buy.
CONTACT NUMBERS Kixx 021-625 3311 Empire 081-343 7337 Buzz 0709 372290 Team17 0924 291867 Hit Squad 061-832 6633 Probably a heller title lhan Puck-Off. Face-Off thankfully does nol refer lo laking someone's face off. More of an ice hockey game lhan a netball sim. Face-Off is a rough V tumble skate-cm-up where the action comes at a fair old pace. Nol lor those faint of heart, ice hockey is a game played at a frantic pace.
There are plenty of options here with both arcade and management sections.
You can train players and even take them on a nighl out to a concert or nightclub for a spot of 'refuelling' - important for morale. The players all have individual attributes - some arc better lhan others at passing and shooting while some have more strength. However there is the option lo train them up and improve in areas w here some may be lacking.
The screen has a side-on view which works quite well, but I find the gameplay a bit slow. You don't get the feeling of frenzied action that is ice hockey . Face-Off is by no means a bad game, it just could have been a lot better and the violence and the punch-ups arc a bit too tantc. Al the end of the day. It’s a competent, if li- (' A I uninspiring game of three periods.
Cheerful The Animation Classics Pack Empire ¦ £44.99 Wrath of the Demon Reviewed 4F19 85% Well it all looks very pretty. And the intro is absolutely splendid
- great animation and nice panning.
Summoned by the king (he's in charge he is) you have to defend the realm, rescue the princess and then get shot of the Demon - and all before the great banquet in the big hall.
The mission begins with a cross Gunboat Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF25 72% Neigh, neigh and thrice neigh thought the horse, sick to the back teeth of incurring the demon's wrath.
Country gallop on a trusty steed where you jump, punch and pick up objects. If s not wildly exciting. From then on you beat and slay things but the gameplay leaves more than a little to be desired.
Dirk the Daring - for it is he, must do daring deeds dedicated to Daphne. Why?
Because an evil wizard has 'borrowed' her. From here on, a series of animated adventures unfold in which you play a surprisingly minor role considering you're playing the game.
If s a case of sit back, watch the action and move your SEPTEMBER 1993 As the large woman approached. Dirk knew that she wasn't about to ask for help with rolling the pastry.
Joystick at the right time. This, as you can imagine becomes rather tedious after a while. The animation is excellent and the samples superb but If s ultimately a frustrating exercise.
Space Ace Reviewed AF8 62% Earth is under attack.
Who's responsible?
Well apart from Julian from the Famous Five, it's Commander Borf using his nasty weapon, the Infanto Ray which turns adults into children.
And to cap it all, the bounder Dorf has kidnapped your female companion - "Shucks and digglty-dog doggonnit" said Space with an the lovely Kimberley, air of resignation after being rapped yet again. You are Ace an J your job to clean this mess up. First off, there are Borf's laser blasts to be dodged, followed by various encounters with all manner of strange robots and aliens.
The animated sequences are visually of a high standard (positively Disneyesque in fact) but unfortunately, as in Dragon's Lair II you control the reactions rather than the actions of the character making your level of participation limited. With little lasting interest Space Ace is pretty, but pretty pointless.
Toki Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF24 79% Demons, swimming goggles, witchcraft and American football helmets - oh, and a large monkey. Ingredients for a platformer some might suggest and in many respects they'd be right. In fact I'd find it difficult to argue against them. Evil Bashtar has turned warrior Toki into an ape and kidnapped his chide Miho. Not best pleased with this turn of events. Toki sets off for a few levels of platform fun to rescue the said chick - too much monkey business.
Battle your way through mountains, ice, fire, a forest and a castle. Toki has an unusual method of stamping out nasties - he gobs on them - oh, and he can also jump on them.
Now some might find the idea of a spitting primate unpleasant, but one must remember that this is a monkey on a mission. How would you feel if you were re-Charles Darwined and your lass was imprisoned? No, I wouldn't be too pleased either. Just a minute, I'm playing the game so I'm Toki. That means this is happening to me and I feel dreadful about the whole thing.
In-between baddie bashing, there are gold coins to collect - get 30 and you gain an extra life, collect a wristwatch and you get more time. To complement the action there is a soundtrack that you will either love or find incredibly irritating - me, I like it. With six levels to complete and evil by the barrowload to overcome, Toki will amuse you until the cows come home.
I 'm nol paranoid, but evil is all around isn't it? On every stream, every river, in fact every inland waterway lurks untold terrors. River Ouse - evil water fowl. Lccds- Liverpool Canal - mad fish. Norfolk Broads - killer ducks. Enter Gunhoat. The PBR I Patrol Boat. River) is an eight Ion power-packed dynamo of a boat. But unfortunately. You don't get lo cruise the Norfolk Broads. Altogether more dangerous exploits are the order of the day - Columbia. Panama and Vietnam, After reporting for duty, you can choose to practice three areas of PBR combat skills: piloting the boat, gun operation,
or firing grenades. Essentially, you must steer the boat down rivers blowing away the enemy while ensuring you don't kill civilians
- using the map lo help guide you. On successful completion of a
mission, you earn medals and get promoted to a higher rank.
The graphics and sound aren't the most sophisticated you will ever see in an Amiga game, but on the whole (iiinhoar works quite well. It’s easy to get into, yet difficult to master and after all. How many other PBR sints are there? Not many thankfully.
Dragon's Lair II Reviewed 4 £20 65% y-T ju. Nr t A 80% As Captain ot the Hill Street Police Precinct your aim is to solve crimes and prevent a build-up of unsolved cases. Your officers patrol the streets awaiting orders. The faces (such as Renko and Belker) may be familiar to a few of you in this licence of the popular programme of the same name.
If s not the easiest game to get into because of the amount of controls but once you're up and running it becomes quite simple. A point 'n' click affair, you solve crimes, your popularity and efficiency increases and promotion beckons. Fail and you're given the old heave-ho.
An enjoyable cops and robbers romp, Hill Street Blues will appeal to fans of The Bill. In fact Inspector Morse plays this on his A1200 when he’s off-duty.
Hill Street Blues Buzz ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF23 82% "Senator Carlton, you are a man of great Calibra. When you Ventura to the final Frontera. Your Cavalier attitude will make you the Victor. Viva Senator Carlton." Help.
Tough Vauxhalls have never figured highly as subjects for computer games. Hard Nova is no different. There seems to be no reference whatsoever to motor vehicles.
In fact it's more of a role-playing adventure in space. You're a mercenary with a ship that needs manning. Smuggling arms and ammunition is the order of the day. But the path to riches is nol straight and true.
There are three areas to the game - space, land travel and footwork, and you must utilise them all to make big bucks. Unfortunately the action does not fly thick and fast and the graphics arc spectacularly unspectacular.
And the game takes 12 years to load by the time you've done all the dafl disk formatting. You point n' click and then play something else.
Hard Nova Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ Reviewed AF2S 42% no THHGET Manchester United Europe SEPTEMBER 1993 Buzz ¦ £9 99 ¦ Reviewed AF25 80% Has anyone noliccd the current dearth of netball sims for the Amiga market? Here's a budget re-release that could have been tweaked lo look a bit more like netball.
Missed opportunities aside, this coincides nicely will) Manchester United's recent success. A side view fooler game, il looks rather ponderous in these enlightened and Sensible times. The sprites are large and clumsy and the play slow - which is not necessarily a bad thing.
However, die quality of the football games currently on the market makes this a bit of a non-starter - though it may well be a football collector's item in years to conic, no doubt because of the words 'Manchester' and 'United' on the box.
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders Kixx XL ¦ £9.99 ¦ (Not previously reviewed) Roving reporter Zak's task is to save the Earth from aliens who are threatening to reduce mankind to gibbering morons. And they've got a devious machine that lowers the IQ level of us humans (assuming that most of you are - with apologies to canine readers). With a huge gaming area, there are loads of options open to you in this mouse-clicking extravaganza. Though there are many off-the-wall parts to the game, logical thinking is the best route to success. One handy option is the ability to switch places with
your companions - this allows you to get around quicker.
Zak McKracken is easy to get into and play and likely to appeal to those with a thirst for adventure and game for a laugh. With good graphic humour, it's a comedy thriller that will keep you coming back for more.
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CREATURES Reviewed AFAS, 63% Thalamus ¦ 0494 474713 Pause the game, and type in A FINE KETTLE OF FISH (including spaces).
Then use FI to F9 to jump to a level, F10 to skip levels, and C to turn the cheat mode off again.
Gideon Simpkins Haringey 94 SEPTEMBER 1993 Gunship 2000 Allhough ihis is one of the mosl casy-to-gct-into llighl sims around, flying a gunship can sometimes be tricky.
Here are some words of advice from James Hawkins of MicroProse... ¦ When you begin playing ihe game, fly in Europe instead of Ihc Persian Gulf. The missions in Europe arc generally a bit easier due lo the terrain of the area.
Always iry lo fly along Ihe rivers as you will ihen be below ground level and the enemy will find il very dif- ficull lo shool you down. In some parts of Europe Ihcrc arc sleep cliffs eilher side of ihe river, flying between these provides the player wilh almost perfect cover.
¦ If you gel a mission where one of Ihc targets is lo destroy a train, always aim for Ihe engine, destroying ihis will immobilise Ihe rest of ihe irain. You can also fly through the tunnels which provide the player wilh perfect cover from enemy radar and missiles.
¦ You should always set Ihe co-pilot lo aclivale the chaff and Hares, The co-pilol is fairly good at using both Ihe jammers and the chaff flares, and as your rank Reviewed AFA9, 94% Microprose ¦ 0666 504326 Flashback Reviewed AFAS, FG93% US Gold ¦ 021-625 3388 Outselling everything else at the top of this month's games chart is this incredible cyberpunk-style adventure from US Gold Delphine. Here are some codes for the first few levels of the English version. And you will find the solution for level one on page 98.
LEVEL EASY NORMAL 1 WIND FIRE 2 SPIN BURN 3 KAVA EGGS 4 HIRO GURT If you've followed our handy tips from last month's issue, you should be building advanced railroads by now. If you're not maybe you need a cheat. Well, you appear to be in luck, because here's a brilliant one from Bertram Entwistle of Hemel Hempstead.
In the main game, type in CHEATERCHEATERWIMP (with no spaces) to be awarded a massive amount of money. How much? Ooh, about 50p, I think (actually, it's more like $ 50,000,000 or so).
War in the Gulf Reviewed AFA9, 78% Empire ¦ 081-343 7337 On the filing screen, pop up a file and type in 'Let me cheat!' (including capital and exclamation mark). Now, dick on the Reset button, and go into the game.
• You can now choose to go to any of the A-Train Reviewed AFAS,
84% Ocean ¦ 061-832 6633 squares on the map.
Increases he will improve. When you are attacking a target, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to jam enemy missiles.
¦ Use the hills as much as possible to sneak up on targets, the zoomed in map will show you the terrain in detail. When you have sneaked up on a target using the hills, wait for them to fire and then attack. When attacking targets from this kind of cover there are two good methods for attacking the target, 11 I he pop-up attack Using this method you put the chopper into a hover just before the hill, and then use the shift plus key to increase your height very quickly. Lock on to the target which you can now see over the hill and wail until it fires. When the target fires at you. Use shift
minus to quickly decrease your altitude and effectively hide behind the hill. When the enemy missile hits the other side of the hill pop up again, lock on lo the target and fire. Your missile should then destroy the target before it gets a chance to fire again.
2) Sneaking around the sides or hills Using this method, the
target should be very close to the hill that you are using.
You fly around the side of the hill and destroy the target
using the cannon, before il gets a chance to fire.
31 Combining the two techniques usters You can also combine the two methods very effectively. Hover behind a hill and then pop up. Let the target fire at you and then hide behind the hill again. Now fly around the hill.
The target will still be expecting you to come over the hill and will have to turn towards you again before it can fire.
¦ Whenever the Longbow Apache is available. Use il. It is the only chopper that gives you the long range hcllfirc weapon systems which arc invaluable in the battle field.
¦ If the Longbow Apache is not available, ihe Comanche Gunship is a good alternative.
If you fly a Comanche Gunship. Give your wing men Apaches, then when you fly in the mission the enemy will lock on to your wing men and not on to you. This gives you the chance lo gel close to just about any target and destroy il with cannon fire.
¦ If you have to transport, rescue or pick up anything always double check that you have a Blackhawk in your squadron. There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving in the battle zone and finding out you haven’t got the choppers you need to complete the mission.
¦ When you have to transport or pick something up. Always destroy all the hostile targets in the immediate area to create a free zone.
¦ On search and destroy missions, fly around the suspected target area in a triangle.
Use the normal map to set this (light path.
Once the objective has been sighted its position on the map is updated.
¦ If you send your wing men out to attempt a reconnaissance mission, make sure you put their weapons on hold when they are near the target, otherwise they will destroy the target when it fires at them. When you’re on a recon- naisancc mission it is best to use choppers with a mast, since they can observe the target from further away. As soon as you get confirmation that the objective has been achieved, set the w ing men weapons to free so that they can destroy hostile targets again.
¦ Always promote your section leaders lo the highest ranks. The section leaders usually get fired at most because they fly in front most of the time. Remember as their rank increases their ability improves. They will become bet- icr al using ihe Jammers and Chaff Flares and won’t get hit so much when they reach the higher ranks.
¦ If you run out of chaff or flares il is best to use the outside view's to try' and dodge the incoming missiles.
¦ Some targets need two hits from hcllfirc missiles, the most common target that takes two hits is enemy infantry. Il is best to destroy these with cannons if possible. Rockets can also destroy infantry units w ith one hit.
¦ Practice using the rockets a lot as you can carry lots of them. Once you have mastered the aiming process, they arc one of the most useful weapons because you do not have to stay locked on to the target when you fire.
They are also very useful for attacking multiple targets. If the targets you attack have good armour, make sure you use the salvo options to fire more rockets at them.
¦ When you are approaching more than one target always destroy the target with the longest range first. The SAMs quite often have a range of I4KM they are also quick at reloading and firing again. Il is usually better to destroy a target instead of running away once it has tracked you.
MISCELLANEOUS ¦ If there isn’t a FARP point in Ihe mission and you are short of missiles and fuel, landing at the base will also replenish your supplies.
¦ If your HUD is damaged do not panic, make sure you check your altimeter straight away and get the chopper into level flight.
Then put the nose down until you reach a reasonable speed (keep an eye on the altimeter).
Now fly using the cockpit dials.
¦ If you are unsure whether a target is friendly or not. Just pause the game and it will tell you. If you destroy friendly targets you will lose points from your overall mission score.
¦ Always try lo complete both objectives in 30 game minutes or less. A clock is shown in the top left comer of the HUD. If you take longer than this, points are deducted from your final score.
Gunship 2000 tips will be continued next month Reach For The Skies Reviewed AF48, 90% Virgin Games ¦ 081-960 2255 Rod Hyde of Rowan Software zooms in with some tips to help you lead a long and successful career in this exciting flight simulation.
¦ Keep the sun behind you. If you Keep your eyes above the instruments, not must % away from on them. Oh, and have a small chocolate the sun. 'tack' away bar in the mid-morning. That'll get ’em. At 45 degrees from the direct course.
¦ Keep your eyes out of the cockpit rather than on the instruments.
¦ Look for relative movement. At the edge of visibility where a stationary aircraft would be invisible, the relative motion of an aircraft against the backdrop will give it away.
¦ Battle of Britain aircraft did not fly as high as modem fighters. This means that a pilot can also look for aircraft shadow over the ground and sea.
¦ Watch out for the messages from your ground controllers and fellow aviators. These should help you make your search more profitable.
¦ Watch your six (behind you), but don’t rely on the rear view mirror. Use the outside view.
¦ Once you have spotted the enemy, you should attempt to keep out of his sight. If you haven't already done so, move up sun. gain more height and use any cover provided by clouds or high ground.
¦ After the attack, get away quickly using all speed. Only go for the deck as a last resort. At low altitude, small arms fire from the ground can be very dangerous.
SEPTEMBER 1993 ¦ A pilot is at his most vulnerable when he is attacking another aircraft He needs to concentrate on the attack and does not have much time to look around. So, get away as soon as possible, because there could be a bandit on your tail.
¦ You should attack suddenly and aggressively. Be sure of the shot before you open fire. Once the shells start to fly, your position won’t stay secret for very long.
¦ In a tail chase where you have an enemy aircraft in front and you are not gaining on him. Give him a burst of gun fire.
This may scare him into weaving about which could be enough to slow him down and let you catch up.
¦ Once you have made visual contact don’t let the bandit out of your sight. There are two basic problems:
1) When you start a manoeuvre, the bandit will respond. If you
are not looking at him. He will not be where you expect him to
be when you finish the manoeuvre.
2) The bandit can turn away if your concentration lapses. This
could make him almost invisible.
¦ The best defensive tactic is a hard, fast offensive movement. At the very least this will unsettle the attacker.
¦ Don’t run from the aggressor, turn towards him. This may make the attacker overshoot.
¦ In summary: spot the enemy first. Get Into a strong attacking position. Attack swiftly, suddenly and aggressively. Then get out as quickly as possible.
¦ As an exercise, try to make a successful interception, and attack without letting the computer bandit know that you're there.
¦ Fly in pairs. Fly close enough to provide mutual support but not so close that formation Fly in pairs: adjust 1 so that 2 Is greater flying requires too than the max firing range of the enemy. Much attention.
GAME TIPS 0 Reviewed AF49, FG91 % Electronic Arts ¦ 0753 549442 GETTING STARTED ¦ The first step is to get used to the controls and to how the man will react in different situations. Be aware of where you are clicking on the screen as your man will try to reach the exact point.
¦ As you are viewing Ihe cityscape from an airship it is hard for you lo direct your man to an area that you cannot sec (behind a building, for example). Sometimes it is easier to click the location on the scanner.
SEPTEMBER 1993 ¦ For the first missions you should only take in a single agent. If you take in too many agents then you run the risk of losing some while you are concentrating on just one of them. Stick w ith one agent until you feel confident w ith your degree of control. Then gradually start increasing the number of agents and use
• GROUP' mode a lot. Once you have got the hang of that then you
can move on lo advanced tactics (like the packets with the
orange ones and the green ones separated by that bit of
plastic (Eh? - Nulls)).
CLOSED BARS ¦ A major gameplay feature in Syndicate is the use of the slider bars to affect each agent's performance. It is possible to complete the game without altering the bars, but I wouldn't recommend it. Although the way in which you interact with the bars is very simple, the way in w hich they affect the agent is highly complex.
Each bar has three values: the Actual level (light bar).
Grabber level (dark ban and Natural level (white line).
ACTUAL: The level that you set is the Actual level.
This is the value that affects the agent directly. Moving the Actual level lo the right of the Natural level raises the amount of fluid in the body, while moving it to the right lowers the amount.
GRABBER: The Grabber level is the agent's natural bodily defence systems. Overexposure to any fluid damages the body, so the other systems in the body try to counter this. The Grabber level works its way towards the Actual level. When it gets there it begins to drag the Actual level back towards the Natural level.
NATURAL: The Natural level is the base level of the fluid in the body. Exposure to a lot of the fluid will raise the Natural amount in the body and thus reduce the body's capacity for more. In short the person will not be able to gain as much from a fluid boost as the Grabber level w ill react more quickly.
What all of this means is that you cannot turn the agent into a superhuman indefinitely. Boosting all Ihe values at the start and keeping the agent running at full throttle lor the w hole game is impossible.
¦ Alter a period of major activity and boosting, it is advisable to find a quiet spot, if possible, to give your men a rest. Likewise, if you are expecting lo have a prolonged period of extreme fluid use then rest Ihc agents beforehand. By 'rest' I mean move the Actual level in the opposite direction to the way you will use it. So. If you expect a situation that demands high Perception, reduce the agent's Perception beforehand.
This will trick the body's defences (Grabber level) and give you a longer period of higher Perception.
After all of that how about a more detailed description of w hat the bars actually do?
ADRENALINE In its simplest form, the Adrenaline level alters the agents' speed. The higher the amount, the faster the man will run. If the Adrenaline level is reduced to the minimum then the agent enters 'rest' mode.
The body reacts to the fluids quicker and tries to balance itself out. What this means is that the Grabber and Natural levels sort themselves out quicker. It also allows enhanced Chest modifications lo conduct spot repairs on the body faster than they would normally.
PERCEPTION == hhi Perception governs how aware the agent is I of his surroundings. When it comes to weapon using a high Perception will result in very accurate shooting, excellent for sniping or making every shot count. A low Perception results in shots going w ild. With automatic weaponry such as the U .i and Mini-Gun this makes them ideal for mowing down innocent civ... cr.. enemy hordes. Ahem. In addition. Perception is best used in conjunction with Intelligence to allow the agent to react lo people in a w idcr area. Of course, if you don't want Ihe agent to react then lower the Perception
so that lie cannot see them. This is useful for NOT shooting people that you want to keep alive.
INTELLIGENCE Intelligence has to be used in conjunction with Perception. The Intelligence of an HEU agent affects how he reacts lo certain silu- alions. With high Intelligence he will react to people he considers lo be a threat. A threat is usually somebody trying to shoot him. If the agent has a selection of weapons then he will pick the best available weapon and shoot the threat. This is very useful for letting the agent clear out hostile buildings since you cannot see where the targets are. If the agent doesn't have a weapon, or he is out of ammo, then a high Intelligence will ensure that
he runs away from the threat. This does mean that he is unlikely to make the mad ran to the gun lying on the floor when it is surrounded by armed psychos - lower the Intelligence for that one. There are also situations where you don't want the agent to w hip out his weapon and start blasting (like when you are surrounded by police officers).
Lower the Intelligence for lhal as well.
Cheap and devastating at close range.
Hide in doorways or around comers of buildings and wail for some poor sap to appear before firing. It will damage even the most armoured agent, so be warned.
Syndicate It's time for The Alex Trower's Guide To Syndication (subheaded Mini-Guns and Mayhem on less than $ 5 a day). Or in other words 'one of Syndicate's authors gives you a hand'.
Well that's about it for the bars. As you can see.
There are hundreds of different combinations that I can't go into here. Experimentation is the order of the day. That's enough A level Bar Usage, on to... THE BEST LAID PLANS ¦ The most important thing about any mission is the briefing. READ ITI There is a lot of useful information in the briefings and it is always worthwhile spending ihe money on extra information. Can't find the bloke to Persuade ? Died whilst trying to find a way through the sewers? Got blown away because the guards were all armed with Tac Nukes and you only equipped your lads with pointed slicks and harsh language? Well
you get no sympathy from me. Should have read the briefing.
¦ After reading the briefing thoroughly you should then think about w hat equipment you will need... nx&&i 9fs e.Rier PIBSOftMl MOWSITI4A tik NOTftiu Morcisoa poh ca is ATTCAOIAO A C MVS A AIC IA TIK acscAftoi cass or a acaoiv cit* m is I KIKRIO Id It Tb WOO* O* CCAOIA6 AOTtaOAITS OA C VACO AC TICS AAO SO WOVCO nAO AA IOC AC AC If* f OO outl OCSCAftCI* AAO Ot SKA OCOAOTrWAT The briefing screen gives handy tips on how to complete the level, tactics, and Just a little bit of comedy... 'I'D LIKE A BIG GUN THAT HOLDS LOTS OF BULLETS' SCENARIO Getting the right equipment for Ihe right situation
is always important. Take the very first level as an example. Most of the guards are armed with pistols. You have a choice of Pistol or Shotgun. "Aha!” says an observant player. "Shotguns are more expensive than pistols, they must be better! I'll have half a dozen pump action 12 gauges." In walks Rutger Hauer Jr with his arsenal and gels picked off by a weedy bloke with a hand gun. By the time he gets close enough to use his weapons he has been seriously wounded. It all boils down to the right tools for the right job.
¦ Pistols in die early levels can easily outrange people with Shotguns, A Shotgun will kill an enemy agent a lot quicker than a Pistol or even an Uzi. If you get close enough to use it. It's no use trying to pop a guy standing a screen away, even w ith a Mini-Gun. Use a Long Range Rifle instead. See?
WHAT WEAPON?
¦ Pistol A free weapon, with a slightly longer range than the Shotgun. It's good as a backup weapon or for use when the opponents have Shotguns.
All agents should carry an Uzi - they should become the mainstay of your arsenal. Relatively cheap to purchase and maintain, the Uzi has a moderate range, is useful against light vehicles such as ground cars or dust carts, hut can run out of ammo fast.
¦ Flamer The most lethal weapon at a close range. It should be used in the same way as a Shotgun, although it is a lad on the heavy side and unmodified agents should stick to Shotguns. It has stacks of ammo and one blast is usually enough to barbecue even the toughest of agents.
¦ l.ong Range Ride The ideal sniper weapon. Use it to pick off your targets from rooftops far away from the combat zone. It's not much use against heavily armoured targets or vehicles but is quite good at keeping enemy agents at bay.
WE'RE A TEAM AND THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN'T HANDLE ¦ Moving around the city as part of a team is fairly simple. With 'GROUP' mode on. All agents will accept commands at once. This is devastating if you instruct them to fire at a target. However, it docs turn them into a nice target for enemy agents because they are all bunched together, hence the 'SCATTER' option.
When moving around in a city that has an active police force, always ensure your weapons are stashed away and not carried openly. You may have to lower the agents' Intelligence to stop them getting their guns out whenever they arc startled by something.
¦ When you enter a combat situation thal looks like it may continue for longer than a couple of bursts of Uzi fire, you should try to split your squad up. Try to come at the enemy from as many different sides as possible. Ihe principle being that they cannot shoot in all directions at once and you should be able lo tag them before they get you.
¦ Vehicles and other transport systems should be used as often as possible. Not only are they a lot faster than an unmodified agent, but they provide a larger amount of protection. If the vehicle comes under heavy fire then be prepared to get out and make a run for it: you don't want to get caught in an exploding car!
While they cannot leave the road, vehicles under your control can run over people at pedestrian crossings or enemy agents that get too close.
¦ The same applies to defending an area. Set your men up with high Intelligence and Perception and ensure they have plenty of ammo. Cover all the attack points and keep your men spread out. Leave them in 'GROUP' mode so that you can bring them all lo fire on a single point if it looks like the enemy are about to gel through. Apart from that let them have a field day.
¦ Once you have got the hang of moving in 'GROUP' mode you may like lo try these other, more complex methods of moving around.
The 'Skirmish Line'. Your agents line out side-by- sidc to cover almost the screen. They then move forwards until the enemy is engaged. When the enemy is found, then the line can concentrate its firepower on the one spot. With any luck you should have sufficient width in the line to negate almost all cover that the enemy may have and you also automatically attack from multiple directions.
The 'Drag' formation. One agent on point with two others as flankers, three blocks behind and to either side. The fourth agent hangs back with support weaponry (either a Mini-Gun. Long Range. Laser or Gauss Gun). The point man will reveal where the enemy is (ensure he is well armoured or has an energy shield) and if [he flank agents cannot deal with them, then open up with the support agent. Don't worry about shooting your own lads unless you are using the Gauss Gun because the explosion will kill your guys loo.
DUG IN DEEPER THAN AN ALABAMA TICK Here is how to get rid of those annoying guards in hard-to-reach places... ¦ Any guard in Ihe open Shoot them with a Long Range Rifle. Wait well out of range and then pop them in the head. Serves him right for not having any cover. Sucker.
¦ Guards in the open but not far enough away If possible, drive past them in a car and give them a taste of Shotgun in the gut. If not. Then split the squad and come at the guard from two directions. Get the agents as close as possible using available cover. When in position switch to 'GROUP' mode and move them in. Shooting as you go.
¦ Guards at the end of road bridges Run 'em over. Bounce 'em off the bonnet. No prob- lemo. If they're not on the road then drive up and shoot them. Not as much fun though.
¦ Guards behind closed doors Come at the door from both sides. You should get right up on il before it opens. Make sure you have Shotguns selected and high Intelligence and Perception. Turn your Adrenaline right down so that if you do get hit you will heal a lot faster. When you are ready move your agents to the doorway so that the door opens. If the guards are too far back then you will need to select a different weapon.
PLAYING THE FIRST COUPLE OF LEVELS rr II k ISM m 1 Ike 1 -----1 Oub ' . ¦ L 11 Western Europe is the first mission, and the easiest. Arm yourself with pistols, go in and take the enemy out!
¦ Western Europe. Before starting the mission, set your research boys looking into Automatics. Take in two agents with Pistols. Leave one of the agents at the start zone and move the other towards the base entrance. He should be approached by two guards, one from the West and one from the South. As long as his Intelligence and Perception are high then he should deal with them himself. The building to the North of the courtyard (top left of the screen) also houses a guard. Be aware of him as you move tow ards the target building to the North West. As you approach the building. The target will
attempt to leave in the ground car.
When he opens the door then blow him away. If he makes it to the car then shoot the car as well.
There is also an Uzi up for grabs which will come in handy for the Research Team. It is currently being used by a guard on the South entrance to the base.
Drive up to him in the car. Park next to him and shoot him in the head. The Uzi is then yours for the taking.
SEPTEMBER 1993 ¦ Scandinavia. Take in two agents. Only use the second agent if the first is lost. Equip them with Persuadertrons and Pistols. If you have the Uzi then bring that too. Head straight for the first target, west of the city. Select your Pcrsuadertron on for the journey, as when you arrive you may be able to pick up a couple of unlucky civvies on the way.
You should now be facing a small building at the top of a large area of steps. There are three guards here; one has a Pistol, one a Shotgun and one an Uzi. If you have only got Shotguns then you will get hammered going up the steps. Try another way. If you have Pistols or Uzis. Go for high Intelligence and Perception before going up the steps. Once you have disposed of the guards and robbed them of their weapons head inside and Persuade the target. To do this, select the Persuadertron. And click the pointer on the South East comer of the building (pointer be a crosshair first).
Once he is taken, head towards the second target leaving the Persuadertron on and finally the drop zone.
Even Nutts finds this game difficult to finish in a flash. That's why he's got Chris Dolman of US Gold to provide a solution for the first part.
Normal level... Flashback Reviewed AF45 ¦ US Gold 021-625 3388
* Throw the stone on to the switch to keep the lift down, then go
left and pick up the teleporter. Pick up the two stones, then
go down the other lift.
10 Save your game using the Save post. Go back to the energy rccharger (7) then go up along the rope bridge, shooting the mutant on the way. Go up. Then use the switches to activate the lift, enabling you to go up to the top right of the screen.
11 Swap the teleporter with the wounded man for his ID card, then go back down over the energy bridge.
12 You should sec two mutants from here.
Drop carefully down on to the ledge below, draw your gun. Duck down and roll to the right.
Shoot the mutants. Walk right, press the switch to turn off the haze, then jump over the sensor, and walk into the next screen - shoot the droid immediately.
SEPTEMBER 1993 13 Stand on the ledge above the next mutant, and throw a stone over his head. While he is distracted, drop down and shoot him. Pick up the 100 credits he drops, then go into the next screen and pick up the key. And the other 50 credits.
14 Draw your gun. Then roll right into the next screen. Shoot the mutant. The 500 credits you need arc in the top right-hand comer. While climbing up. Try not to touch the sensor which is next to the generator - this activates two lasers on the previous screen. Now go back to 10 and save the game. If you have set the lasers going, you will need to time your moves very carefully, and duck a lot! Recharge your shield if it gets low.
15 Drop down and shoot the droid, then insert your ID card into the card slot machine.
Go through the open door on the right, then drop down, shoot the mutant, and walk leftwards to the end of the ledge. Lower yourself down carefully.
1 From the start, drop right off the first ledge, and left off the second, then walk left to drop into the screen below.
2 Pick up the Holocubc. Which automatically opens a door later in the level.
• Go back to the lop of the screen above, then run right and take
out the first droid.
• Jump right across the gap. Then drop off the ledge so that you
arc just above the mutant’s head. Draw your gun.
Then drop down in front of him and shoot. Walk left and drop into the next screen, then go left and pick up the stone.
¦ Jump onto the ledge, and you will find 10 credits. Go right, then drop down on to the same level as the droid, turn and shoot. This will take some practice to perfect.
• When the mutant and the droid are dead, collect the cell which
the mutant has dropped.
7 Pay a visit to the recharge machine below and lo the right - charge the cell, and the shield if necessary.
• Go left, and insert the cell into the bridge slot. Cross the
bridge, shooting the droid on the way. Then take the lift up to
the top.
16 Drop down lo the mutants, drawing your gun in mid-air. And shoot the mutants as quickly as possible. Keep going lo the right, and give the 5(X) credits to the old man.
17 Now jump down the hole, and prepare for level 2. Hooray! 'Zi 'sjsj Helping Andy Nuttall is a philanthropic man. He spends hours searching out the cheats and tips that readers ask him for, but he doesn't like to talk about it.
Hand I've been having some problems with Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - Action Game. Can anybody give me a cheat for it?
Keith Edeleston Leeds Here's Mark Birmingham of Liverpool (I) to the rescue... While on the title screen, simply type in NIGHTSHIFT, which will give you infinite lives.
100 You can also skip levels by pressing F9. Thanks Mark, have a copy of Walker for your tip.
SEPTEMBER 1993 EASY MONEY Do you know of any cheats for Hague Trooper by Krisalis and Blood Money by Psygnosis?
PJ Taylor Street Er, Rogue Trooper no: Blood Money yes - pause the game then press llie Help key for infinite lives.
NO MODEM FOR FI GP Recently I have noticed that the version of Formula One Grand Prix for the PC has both modem and serial link facilities. Are MicroProse producing FI (IP with ilicsc facilities for the Amiga?
K McKale Fareham Unfiiriunalely not. Although the AMIGA could handle such a link happily, it seems MicroProse have no plans lo feature a link in the foreseeable future. One way to change dial, however, is for all Amiga owners who would like lo see a link-up option to write lo MicroProse and ask them about it Then, you never know... NO ESCAPE von luiut in l iiuini.li I in u lumuiiiiin mini you out iman in soinnnv LomiMmni ono on ui youii louiinLm is umiisi.ono OK. The war ended nearly 50 years ago. But Laurence Caruana is still stuck in Colditz. Can anyone rescue him?
Does anyone have cheats or hints for Escape From Coldit:'! The furthest I can get is the outer courtyard - then I run out of passes and end up being shot. Also. I can't get out of the tunnels.
Laurence Caruana Thornton Heath Can anybody slied some light on this problem '.'
RUDE KID I'm writing for help on Viz - The Computer Game, by Virgin. I would like any cheats or tips you have.
Mark Bradley Brierley Hill There is a cheat, but it’s a bit rude. (If you are under IB. You shouldn't have llie game anyway, so don't bother reading this bill. On the character selection screen, type in WHAT A GREAT LOAD OF
- fill in the asterisks yourself I this is a family magazine).
Then use die keys I to 5 to skip levels.
IT'S A RAT TRAP In Operation Sicaltli I'm stuck in the wash room after the rat tunnels. I just can't get out. Help!
Dino Jackson Peterborough When you arrive in the bathroom, first operate die guard. Take his boots and laces, then use the laces on the guard. Take the napkin, and use that on the guard, then take the clothes and die glass from the sink. You can now leave the room.
LOOK CAREFULLY Holy BAT 3 lips Nutts! This is just the sort of help Leon needs to help him get on with the game!
I'm having trouble with BAT 2. I've got the plans, the axial tiling, burnt a hole in llie wall, had the contact lenses oil my eyes lo be scanned, got to the safe, opened it. Then... nothing. What am I supposed to do?
Leon Pennington St Helens There are some objects in the safe - you need to use the magnifying glass on llie safe to foul them. After that, go back to the terminal and rest, then go on lo llie third mission - the Welco company contracts.
TRIP TO WORK I'm slumped on mission four of Flashback. I have about 90 seconds to change a faulty card in the generator before il explodes. I can gel to the generator w ith about seven seconds to go. Picking up the stone along the way. Then when I try lo insert the card, nothing happens. Can you tell me where I'm going wrong?
Timothy Davies Camberley When you're near the generator, you should be able to see a trip switch on the bottom right of the screen.
Throw the rock at it. So that it switches, and this will activate die card slot. Now insert the card JERKING MY CHAIN Alter reading the June issue. I immediately tried the cheat for Warnygog but the monkey did not transform.
Plus, how do you get past llie Samurai on the second level?
Dave Penn Bridgenorth Look, I've never heard of Warnygog. The monkey, the apple, the eternal lives - and I haven't heard of bloody Rompder! If this is a real game, will someone help Dave' mil. And pul me out of my misery. Cfj If you're stuck on a particular game or have a solution to a letter printed in the magazine, then write it down and send it in to us at HELPING HAND Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW.
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Mega-multi Learn how to emulate multimedia programs by programming with your AMOS Coverdisk.
Get AMOS for cheap The tutorial on these pages is designed to help you get the most from the programming language AMOS. If you don't have AMOS, but would like to have a go at programming on your Amiga, you're in luck, because Amiga Formal featured the complete AMOS program on the January 1993 Coverdisk. Now, If you didn't buy that issue, here's another chance to get your hands on the truly spectacular AMOS language. Turn now to Click on any button and the picture assigned to that button pops up on to the screen. Click the Page 146 and order your copy now.
Mouse anywhere on the picture to return to that menu.
104 and buttons can be created to take the user through your program. OK.
So there aren't any hooks for laserdiscs or CDT V players. But you can create a neat tutorial environment for someone to roam around and look at your pictures and text while listening to music.
As with all AMOS programming, forethought is essential - work out what you want lo do before you start tapping in code or drawing pictures.
Experimentation has its place, and very good fun it is.
But it doesn't really get you anywhere. Planning and execution are the two stages you must go through to get a good program out the other end. Where are the buttons on screen? How will I access them? What will SEPTEMBER 1993 ReDisplay Execute MULTIMEDIA IS an over-used word and ii has now come to be associated more with CD-ROM. Than with its real meaning. Usually multimedia means a computer being able to input, create and output test graphics, audio and video on one machine. However words can change their meaning - it's a fact of life - and what we now call multimedia is really hypermedia,
but let's not quibble about terminology.
Hypermedia or multimedia programs have been around for the Amiga a lot longer than on other machines, and programs like Electronic Arts' Deluxe Video III. INOVAtronics' CunDo and Scala UK's Scald are good examples of what you can do with multimedia on the Amiga. But what can you do in AMOS to keep up with all this hi-tech presentation and tutorial software? Well by using AMOS you have control over all aspects of the Amiga's sound and graphics. You can load screens, overlap them with other screens, add text in any font you like, in fact all the things you would expect from a multimedia
program. You just have to adapt the program somewhat. So let's see what we can do to make AMOS look and feel like a multi- media program... AMOS multimedia To create a simple multimedia style environment, the sort you would create with something like Hvperhook or CanDo. You must make a simple button interface, and pick a nice simple task to begin w ith. Like making a quick database viewer of pictures, all of which arc held in memory banks for ease of use. Voila. Instant CDTV... NOT! The thing is it would be easier to get the program to grab the files from disk, and we'll show you how to do
this later.
Making multimedia style programs in AMOS is simple. You can create windows and llow text into them, sliders can he made lo control the flow of text.
For? These are questions which need answering before you decide the colour palette for the menu screen.
One of the first things you must do when creating a button-fed multimedia environment is to create a sort of zone map. Before you can read the screen and the position of the mouse on it. You need lo set zones. A neat trick is lo use AMOS's draw function to make some boxes on the screen, and then use these as the basis for your on-screen buttons. It sounds dull, but it's an easy and quick way to figure out the screen co-ordinates of your zones if you planned them in the first place. A common mistake is to draw lots of exotic buttons on screen first, and then work out where their on-screen
co-ordinates arc later down the line.
Happen when the user does something I haven't catered Save | IFF Load | UNIVERSAL Art Department Professional can be used to create the small versions of the pictures, although any Public Domain program which can scale down pictures will work just as well.
Color Controls Balane I ng 11 her : Floyd 1 Inage InfornatIon Color and Rendered M: 352 H: 276 About Separate media Use this easy program for the AMOS box tool lo create some simple boxes on the screen: Now you have to type some code so pop back to edit mode and you can do that. The REMs at the front arc optional, as usual. They don't do anything, they just tell you who wrote the program and when. (Bat not why... Ed) The first job is to turn the music on: Track IjOop On Track Play 3 This activates the SoundTracker module in bank 3. If indeed you opted to add one.
Next we change the shape of the cursor with: Change Mouse 2 which makes it a cross-hair type cursor, making a bit of a change from the usual big arrow deal. Having done that you arc now right into the program.
Incidentally, you may notice that at no point do you Screen Open 0,320,256,32,Lowres Box 10,10 To 100,100 Box 110,10 To 200,100 Box 210,10 To 300,100 Box 10,110 To 100,200 Box 110,110 To 200,200 Box 210,110 To 300,200 This program produces a couple of rows of six blank boxes on a 256 line screen. (NTSC users will obviously have to rejig the screens a little to fit into 2(X) lines.) These boxes were figured out using a bit of graph paper, which enables you to then go on to use the figures in your SET ZONE commands in the finished program, as you will soon leam.
Write down the figures which created these boxes and save the resultant screen using SAVE IFF. In fact you could simply merge the program with your new program and just change the box commands to Set Zone commands. This cuts down the margin for error, such as typing in the wrong figure in the wrong position.
Next load the screen you saved into Deluxe Paint or another paint program, and make it visually more interesting. What we're going lo do is put small versions of six pictures on these buttons, and hen when the user presses a button the picture comes up on screen. When you've made the buttons look good and in 3D. You are ready to fix the little pictures on the buttons.
The small versions of the pictures have been created using Art Department Professional 2. But you can use any program - even a Public Domain one which can scale a picture down and reduce the amount of colours. In this case, each picture has been scaled down to 25 per cent of its normal size, and the colours reduced from HAM to 32 colours. Once this is done the small pictures can be put on the buttons in Dpaint.
This is best done in HAM mode, since you can load the button picture as a brush and using the brush REMAP menu selection you get all the colours back.
Once all the buttons have been filled, you can change the screen type back to 32 colours to save memory.
Right that's the graphics sorted, now what do you do with them?
Fill yer banks To pop the graphics into the memory banks, load each picture as an IFF and SPACK it. In direct mode type: Load Iff 'picl.iff',0 Spack 0 To 6 where 6 is the memory bank you want to load the picture. The main one with all the buttons wants lo be in bank 6. And the six pictures want to go into banks 7-12 respectively. Once you have loaded the memory banks, save your AMOS program, since the banks will be saved with the program, and that means you won't have to load the pictures again.
If you want to have a SountfTracker module playing at the same time, then load this too. Usually to bank 3.
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Have to set the screen size and colours. When you unpack a picture it automatically sets up a screen in the right size for the picture it's unpacking, so you don't need lo specify any measurements.
Unpack 6 To 0 This unpacks the main screen on to screen 0. Which is the screen you will be coming back lo all the time.
This is the screen on which our zones will be set and so the mouse clicks will only be read on this screen.
Next we do a little something to ensure that the mouse doesn't default to an NTSC screen size, which sometimes happens.
Wait Vbl : Limit Mouse Using LIMIT MOUSE on its own defaults to the biggest screen size available, which in this case is 320 x 256.
Next we have to reserve the zones we will be using, in this case 6. One for each button on the screen.
Reserve Zone 6 SEPTEMBER 1993 and then we can set the zones using SET ZONE. The figures for the zones may seem familiar to you: Set Zone 1,10,10 To 100,100 Set Zone 2,110,10 To 200,100 Set Zone 3,210,10 To 300,100 Continued overleaf Zone-1 Then Zone=2 Then Zone=3 Then Zone-4 Then Zone=5 Then SEPTEMBER 1993 sound sample lhal is triggered ¦he moment a button is clicked? Or how aboui an animated button lo show Ihe bullon has been pressed? Work on these ideas until next lime when we will try oul more ideas lo make your AMOS programs bigger and belter.
Happy coding! O The first program draws six boxes. Once you've saved off the screen, you can erase the program and start again.
Set Zone 4,10,110 To 100,200 Set Zone 5,110,110 To 200,200 Set Zone 6,210,110 To 300,200 This is because they are ihe same figures used lo draw ihe initial boxes, which you laler would've brightened up inlo a main screen. Once the zones arc set. Any evenls which lake place in those zones can be delected and sent lo the pan of Ihe program which decides which picture lo show.
Now you're inlo the main program loop. Iliis pan zooms around and around detecting zone events, and directing the computer lo display whichever picture is being pointed al and clicked on.
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_MAINLOOP: If Mouse Key and Mouse FLAG=7 : Gosub _SHOWPIC I f Mouse Key and Mouse FLAG-8 : Gosub _SHOWPIC I f Mouse Key and Mouse FLAG=9 : Gosub _SHOWPIC I f Mouse Key and Mouse FLAG=10 : Gosub _SH0WPIC I f Mouse Key and Mouse FLAG-11 : Gosub _SfiOWPIC If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=6 Then FIAG=12 : Gosub _SH0WPIC Goto _MAINLOOP You w ill see il is a closed loop, and each zone is tested lo see if the mouse has been clicked inside it. If Ihe mouse has been clicked in zone 1 then the variable FLAG is set lo 7. And lhal means lhal ihe picture in bank 7 is unpacked and shown using screen I. The rea
son screen I is used is so lhal we relain screen 0 and ihe buttons set up al the beginning. Screen I overlays screen 0. And w hen you want lo gel back lo the menu you can just click Ihe mouse bulton on Ihe picture you arc viewing.
To do this use ihe _SHOWPIC subroutine. Each lime a mouse click is sensed (Ihe lefl or right mouse bulton will do) ihe subrouline is GOSUBcd. Which unpacks Ihe correct picture and then wails.
_SHOWPTC: Unpack FLAG To 1 The routine SUBSHOW wails for a mouse click lo equal I or the left mouse button, and then il drops out of Ihe loop.
SUBSHOW: X=Mouse Key If Xol Then Goto SUBSHCW If no mouse click is delected once Ihe picture is on the screen, then ihe picture stays on the screen. Once you press the mouse button, you drop through Ihc subrouline lo the next command.
Screen To Front 0 Screen 0 Wait 25 Return The SCREEN TO FRONT command flips Ihc screen 0 lo Ihe from over ihc picture and ihe SCREEN 0 command means lhal screen 0 is active and so ihe zones can be read again.
Allhough ihe picture you Iasi saw is slill active underneath Ihe main screen you can'! See il because it's covered w ith [he main control screen. Once you click on another button, another picture is unpacked lo screen I and il is auto-flipped lo the from once more.
Because the program is a scaled loop, the only way lo quit is lo press CTRL-C.
The first step would be lo strip oul all the UNPACK commands and make the computer load ihc pictures from a directory on Ihc disk. Obviously you must first direct ihe computer's attention to ihe disk in question and ihis is done wilh: DirS=' path " for example: DirS='DF0:- which has to be al ihe front of Ihc program. Then all you musl do is replace ihe _SHOWPIC routine with a routine lo load the appropriate file from disk. To load an IFF file you use: Load Iff " filename:-" allhough in ihis case you could jusl as well name your files '7' and '8' all the way up lo '12' and load them like Ihis:
load Iff FLAG,1 and as long as the disk has these files on il. You will load and view ihe pictures. You could even pul in the file names, bul for Ihe sake of convenience and speed, il would be easier lo call them a short number or short word like PIC I. PIC2. And so on.
Enhancing the program Anoiher really neat enhancement would he lo have from and back gadgets al the lop right of Ihe main screen, and use AMOS TO BACK lo flip lo anoiher multitasking program, plus a close gadget al the lop left, jusl like any other Amiga program. Simply draw them on ihc screen and zone them like Ihe oilier boxes, linking them lo subroutines which perform Ihc from and back or quil functions.
Why nol try using 'earcons', these are audio equivalents lo icons. Or try using a That listing in full Rem ** Multimedia Demo ** Rem ** ©1993 Amiga Format **
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Mouse Reserve Zone 6 Set Zone 1,10,10 To 100,100 Set Zone
2,110,10 To 200,100 Set Zone 3,210,10 To 300,100 Set Zone
4,10,110 To 100,200 Set Zone 5,110,110 To 200,200 Set Zone
6,210,110 To 300,200 _MA1NLOOP: If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=l
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FLAG=8 : Gosub _SHOWPIC If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=3 Then
FLAG=9 : Gosub _SHOWPIC If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=4 Then
FLAG=10 : Gosub _SHOWPIC If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=5 Then
FLAG=11 : Gosub _SHOWPIC If Mouse Key and Mouse Zone=6 Then
FLAG=12 : Gosub _SHOWPIC Goto _MAINLGOP _SHCWPIC: Unpack FLAG
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IIBM. New titles will be sent as released and are sub|ectk manufacturers price reviews. E &0.E. AmreSS: Computer Title Date _ Price’ Price _ Price _ Price AMIGA Postcode: Card No: Exp Date Tel: Account No: Cheque Q Power caused a stir when they released their colour hand scanner for the Amiga. Now rivals Golden Image have struck back with a model that can even use the new AGA modes. Richard Baguley investigates.
GETTING IMAGES INTO your DTP documents can be an expensive business, especially if you're working in colour. There arc a variety of expensive flatbed scanners around, but what the market really needs is a high quality, but inexpensive hand scanner. Golden Image's new- product is certainly cheaper than a flatbed, but is it any good?
In terms of hardware, this unit has three parts. First off there's the scanning head, which is a good looking matt black model. A single button on the top activates the scanner, and three sw itches and a rotary control set the kind of scan you require. This plugs into the second hardware component, a switch box.
Which is about the size of a small paperback and has a 25-way socket on the back. This acts as a switch between the printer and the scanner. Both of which use the parallel port.
Golden Image AlfaColor Golden Image (UK) Ltd ¦ £299 ¦ Colour Scanner The ALFACOLOR HAND SCANNER is available from Golden Imoge on 081-365 1102 Switching is done by pressing a button, and two lights show which device is active.
Given that the scanner needs access lo the parallel port, this is the best solution I've come across to the problem of using both scanner and printer without unplugging. The third piece of hardware is an adaptor which fils into the floppy disk port and supplies power lo the scanner. This could cause problems if you've got several drives connected, but it ran fine with an external floppy on an A12(H). An external power supply is also available.
The entire scanning operation is carried out via one program, with all of the functions accessible by using the mouse. Using the solt- ware is simple, and there's no complex cutting, pasting or scan joining commands.
However, it does have some quirks. For example if you want to change the scanning mode or the resolution, you have to change the settings on the scanner head and then those in the program If the two don't agree, the software complains. Surely it would be belter to control this just from the scanner head?
Scanning can be carried out in five modes: SC' (Super Colour. 6 bits per colour, giving
262. IHH) colours). CG (Colour Grey. 4 bits per colour. Giving
4.096 colours). MG (Monochrome Grey. 6 bits per pixel,
giving 64 shades of grey). D (Dithered. I bit per colour,
but can use any of 3 dither patterns to simulate colours)
and T (Text. I bit per pixel, black and white). Resolutions
range from 50 dpi (dots per inch) lo 4(H) dpi. Although the
SC and CG modes have a maximum of 2(H) dpi. The SG mode only
works on AGA equipped machines.
This model is the first to enable you lo use the new AGA modes on the A12(H) and A4(HK). So you can now digitise in up to
256. IHK) colours. In order to achieve this, the scanner head has
to pass the computer X bits of colour information on each of
the three colours, which is not a very fast process. If you
move the head too fast, an irritating buzzing noise wants
you. And if you ignore this, the image stands a good chance
of becoming corrupted. In practice, the best results are
achieved by moving the head at about one centimetre every
two seconds. If you're dealing with a large image. Ik-
prepared for a long scan and a sore hand afterwards.
Given a good image to scan, this unit is capable of producing great results. However, if your original lacks contrast, or the colours arc weak, then you are likely to have problems.
I tried scanning in several images front the magazine, but most looked disappointing, because our photographs are too dark for this scanner. A beach image from a photo library stock book (see image below left) looked much better. The results when running in either 64 grey scale mode or text were also impressive, and the ability lo scan at 4(H) dpi is useful if you're using one of the new generation laser printers such as the HP Deskjet IV.
SEPTEMBER 1993 The obvious comparison is with the colour Power Scanner, and there's little to choose between the two apart from the fact that AlfaColor supports AGA modes. Power Computing are currently working on an upgrade to their software, which will he made available free lo all registered users. If w speed • • • 8-blt colour scanning (tn the AGA modes) ts very slow, but that's not really a surprise.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Short but adequate The best way to get good results Is to experiment.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Pretty easy to Install and use. Scanning and processing is all done trom a single program.
FEATURES • • • • The printer switch box is a particularly good idea, and works well.
VALUE • • • • It’s slightly more expensive than the Power colour model, but supports the AGA modes.
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0506 414631 IF THERE'S ONE company in the Amiga markel-pluce that is synonymous with video digitisers, it must surely be Rombo. Having already sewn up the low cost digitiser market with its range of Vidi digitisers. Rombo are back w ith the release of Vidi-Amiga 12 AGA.
A video digitising system that offers full AGA compatibility w hen used on an Amiga 1200 or
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Most digitisers require you to use rather unreliable red. Green and blue filters when capturing colour images, hut Vidi-12 AGA gets around this thanks to its built-in RGB splitter, previously only available as an option to the older Vidi-Amiga units. You still need colour filters if using a mono video camera, but Vidi-12 AGA will happily work on any other composite colour signal such as that produced by both ideo recorders and cameras.
Vidi-12 AGA connects to the Amiga via the machine's parallel port. To supply the digitiser with additional power, there's an extra lead at the side of the digitiser box that connects to the Amiga's disk drive port. The presence of that extra lead means that Vidi-12 cannot be used w ith an external disk drive. On an A500 600 or A1200. The Vidi-12 hardw are Video Digitiser ¦ :-99 95 Rombo Productions overlaps the serial connector and the right hand sound jack, so you can t have a modem and both audio jacks connected at the same time as the digitiser hardware Rombo would have been better
advised to have used a shorter length of ribbon cable to connect the digitiser to the machine's parallel port rather than the direct connection they 've plumped for.
(Tp VIDEO DIGITISER Grab 1 ¦ ¦ V leu Store F WT 2 5 Undo conlrollcd. Vidi-12 tan digitise from eilher a standard composite video signal or a Super* VHS signal via a separate Y C connector.
SVHS gives much hotter results, although very few of us have video recorders capable ol producing this signal.
The N idi-12 software has undergone hit ol a shake up. Vidi-12 2 uses the now standard livok and feel of Workbench 2 to provide a user interface that is both easy-to-use and attractive. The main Vidi-12 AGA screen is organised into a single window which contains all Vidi's digitising and touch-up options. At the heart of Vidi are the Image Control' gadgets that give you access to the Vidi grabber.
Vidi's built-in image processing engine and Carousel, a sort of mini animation sequencer.
Moving on to the Vidi-12 grabbing screen, the range of controls and options is very comprehensive. Vidi-12 can be set up to either grab a single frame or. For animation work, a whole series of frames limited only by the amount of free RAM inside your machine.
And. Because it works in real-time, grabbing a continuous stream of frames produces very smooth digitised 'movies' that can even be saved out to disk in standard IFF ANIM format. One particularly nice feature is the new IMAGE PROCESSING OPTIONS One of the most useful features offered by Vidi-1 2 AGA is its powerful image processing options. As well as those designed to enhance digitised art work, Rombo also include a selection of ‘special effects'.
Several of these 'operators' can be applied to an image simultaneously, allowing you to perform quite complex image processing operations en masse. The only grumble I could possibly level at these options is the fact that many of them are too slow and there's no way to abort an operation once it has started.
What's more, you're not given any sort of control over the operators - the 'Threshold' operator (which creates monochrome line art from a colour image), for example, is rendered useless by its lack of user control. Rombo claim that their new real-time version of Vidi-12, will offer ADPro-like controls, but that's of little comfort to the rest of us.
Because Vidi-12 holds all its images internally as 1 2-bit, you can quickly and easily change between image formats using the 'Mix' screen. This supports the same screen formats and colour combinations as the grabber, so you can quite easily convert between HAM8 and normal HAM should you want to hand out digitised images to your AGA-less friends. Images can even be saved out as 1 2-bit files, so there's no reason why you couldn't pass them across to a dedicated image processing program such as ADPro for further manipulation.
OK, so it's not really very useful, but you've got to admit that Vidi- 1 2's 'Psychedelic' operator produces some pretty unusual results.
The psychedelic operator works by 'solarising' the image.
The Vidi-12 'Edge Detection' operator creates a sort of charcoal effect. The way this works is by highlighting only the edges of an image, and then removing shaded and solid areas of colour.
& tf:: 'r'-j- 1 Finally, we have the 'Negative' operator. As its name suggests, this operator produces a colour and brightness reversed version of your image that looks just like those strips of film you get from a photolab whenever you have your holida Looks nice, but not very useful.
Time Lapse’ facility that can be used to set up Vidi-12 to grab a single frame at regular intervals between half a second and six hours! The grabber screen also provides control over the contrast, brightness and saturation of the incoming signal, allowing you to fine tune your grabs to produce the best possible results.
The range of screen modes offered by the Vidi-12 grabber is impressive. As well as the standard high, medium and low resolution screens w ith up to 32 colours, version 2 of the Vidi-12 software now supports the new AGA chip set. Allowing you to grab images with up to 262.000 colours. These grabs cat memory , especially when grabbing colour images in hi-res. Although Vidi-12 is a real-time digitiser, it cannot digitise colour images in real-time. So you will need a video recorder with a very stable pause facility if you intend to grab colour images.
Vidi-12’s new Carousel option is certainly a vast improvement over the previous release.
Instead of sticking with the 'film strip' approach used by Vidi-12 version I. Rombo have moved back to the old cameo representations used in the original VidiAmiga software way back in 1988. This Carousel facility displays any sequence of 12 frames (on a PAL system) as mini representations. You can then deselect any of the frames, set the start and end position for your sequence, and then play it back as an animation.
Rombo certainly have been hard at work upgrading Vidi-12 since we reviewed it in AF4I (88 per cent). Although the previous release suffered from the dreaded 'HAM fringing’ that plagues many budget digitisers.
Vidi-12 AGA manages to consistently produce images that could give even the more expensive digitisers such as JCL's ColourPic and ACS's V-Lab something to worry about. The lack of controls in Vidi-12's image processing section is slightly worrying, but even this is overshadowed by the shear brilliance of Vidi's results. Digitising a live' signal from a SuperVHS camcorder produces images of incredible clarity. If Rombo keep on producing bigger and better digitisers at this rate, there isn't going to be any competition left! O SEPTEMBER 1993 Vidi-12 AGA speed • • • • Not real-time, but even a
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DOCUMENTATION • • • • The contents ot the manual arc very good, but presentation still leaves a lot to be desired.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Plug it in. Connect up your camcorder and load the software - it's as easy as that!
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the BASIC programming roost.
Faced with such opposition as GFA and HiSoft BASIC. AMOS (and more recently AMOS Professional) has led the field with a clear margin thanks to its unrivalled ability lo 'hit the hardware' (access the custom chip directly), allowing BASIC programmers to squeeze machine-code like power from their machines, without having to gel their hands dirty witjj Assembler code. No doubt if AMOS were to become more popular than it already is. Chances are the Monopolies Commission would have something to say about it!
However. AMOS may have finally met its match with the UK launch of Blir: Basie 2. A BASIC-like programming language from those prolific New Zealand coders. Acid Software. Public Domain prospectors may well be familiar with Blitz's obvious talents, since Acid have already released a trail of PD hits. These include Insectoids 2 (a brilliant Galaxians clone). Defender (an Amiga version of the furious Williams arcade classic) and Zombie Apocalypse (Operation Wolf meets the gore zonel). And Speed (the card game on this month's Subscriber's disk), all of which arc written entirely using Blil: Basic
2. Acid kindly include all these games (and more!)
With the Blil: Basic 2 package, so you can get a taste of its power straight away.
The heart of Blil: Basic 2 is 'Ted'. Blit:'s integrated source code editor and compiler program. In many respects it is similar to the 03 m 73 3 vO UJ INTUITION BLITZ ED!
Mrs's hrtsMse Ptaasar (flows yes to derigs freatsads Unllka AMOS, Blitz programs can maks full uaa ot Intuition, tbs Amiga's windows snvtronmsnt This means you can readily open screens and windows complets with gadgets and pull-down menus, fust like a conventional BASIC language such as HISoft BASIC. To maks the task of designing Intultion-beeed frontends simpler, Add have also Included a vary useful ‘Intuition Planner' that allows you to design your frontend (complets with a whole range of gadget types Indudlng string, proportional and boolean) without having to mess around with
complicated commands.
The only real problem with the Intuition Planner Is the fad that It's not really designed for Workbench 2 or 3, so you can't maks use of the new 'cycle' or 'radio' gadgets recently added to Intuition. But you can use them through the language Itself. Considering Add seem to release an update every couple of weeks or so, I'm sure this will be addressed soon.
Editor used by AMOS. It may not quite look as stylish as the AMOS Professional Editor, but in terms of raw programming power. Blii:'s editor is the biz. Not only can you edit source code with full block cut. Copy, paste and search replace facilities, but you can also run your code from w ithin the Blil: Editor. What's more, the Blil: editor runs under Intuition, the Amiga's WIMP environment, so it can be run in conjunction with other programs without having to flick back and forth between Intuition and hardware-level 'viewports' (often causing the machine to crash in the process) like the
AMOS Editor.
Built into the Blil: editor is the language compiler that takes the code you enter and transforms it into ultra fast machine code that can be run cither from within or separately from the Blil: editor. Unlike some BASIC compilers I could mention. Blil:'s compiler doesn't simply lack a runtime system on to tokenised code - the compiled programs it process are 100 per cent machine code, so they run very fast (certainly much faster than compiled AMOS code).
All Blil: programs have lo be compiled before they can be run. So in this respect. Blil: is not a BASIC interpreter like AMOS.
However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
After all. If you buy Blil: Basic 2. You get everything you need to produce standalone code, so you don't have to spend any more of your hard-earned cash on a separate compiler.
The Blil: language is a very powerful BASIC-like command set that borrows more than a few tricks from other languages. Along with the usual BASIC functions, procedures and constructs such as IF...THEN. WHILE...WEND and SELECT...CASE (a very useful construct that still hasn't been included in AMOS) have been added. Bill: also borrows the 'C' programming language's powerful 'Data structures' facility.
For those of you reading this who are unaware of these potentially awe-inspiring variable types, what they allow you to do is lo group a set of variables under a common heading so that a single variable (a structure) can hold many different items of information in a variety of different formats.
This may not sound particularly useful if you're more used to BASIC, but anyone who programs the Amiga's operating system will tell you how important they really are.
Because virtually every operating system routine expects to be fed parameters as data structures. Blil: is an ideal vehicle for programmers who wish to access the Amiga ROM routines w ithout having to resort to C. The real power of Blit: Basic 2. And the reason why most Amiga programmers will buy it. Is its ability to directly access the Amiga's hardware in a similar manner to the way AMOS does. What this basically means is that Blil: programmers can open screens, scroll smoothly and even make use of double buffering and dual playfield screens without the sort of system overheads normally
associated with operating system coding. What's more, because Blitz compiles inlo 100 per cent machine code, all Ihis hardware jiggery-pokery is achieved al Iremendous speed. Hardware scrolling, for example, can be done fasicr lhan Ihe Amiga's screen redraw hardware can actually handlcl Blitz is the biz... The current release of Blil: Basic 2 (version
1. 6) isn't fully AGA compatible, but you can choose from the AGA
chip set's palette of
16. 7 million colours when setting up palettes.
Also, when programming under Intuition, you can access a number of AGA screen modes including SupcrHiRcs. Blitz's makers. Acid Software, claim that a fully AGA-compalible version of Blil: will be with us soon, allowing 2S6 and even 262.000 colour screens lo be opened in Blil: (hardware level) mode. If Acid hurry up and gel the AGA version of Blil: out on the streets, they will beat Europress. Who still claim that the AGA version of AMOS Professional is a few months awav. Coupled with Blitz's impressive performance, it should be possible to produce some pretty impressive AGA games that compare
very favourably with their commercial counterparts.
Blitz's blitter object and sprite handling capabilities are very impressive too. For anyone who has had to suffer the rather slow sprite and bob update speeds of AMOS games, seeing Blit: literally hurling bobs around the screen comes as something of a culture shock.
Like AMOS. Blit: can display up to eight hardware sprites on-screen simultaneously and as many 'Shapes' (Bobs) as memory will allow. Blitz's handling of Bobs is particularly powerful, allowing almost direct control over the blitter.
However, unlike AMOS. Blit: docs not include an object editor for designing bobs and sprites, so you need to either cut rectangular blocks from an IFF image using the included ShapeMaker utility, or you have to do the whole thing manually from within your program. ShapeMaker would be a good alternative if it gave more control over the cutting process. As it is. It isn't even documented, so you are left to try and work out how to use it for yourself!
Obviously it would be impossible to cover every aspect of the Blil: command set within such limited space, simply because the Blil: language is so large and covers so many different aspects of Amiga programming. You can. For example, load and play (even directly from disk) IFF sound samples and SoundTraeker modules (which arc played under interrupt), load and save screens in IFF format, set-up your own interrupts and so much more besides. Some aspects of the language are somewhat over complicated, but then perhaps I'm spoilt by AMOS's blindingly obvious command set.
Once you've written a section of code, only to find that it doesn't run quite how it should (that is. It crashes the machine). Blil: includes a very handy runtime source level debugger that is considerably more powerful, and easier to use. Than the Monitor' built into AMOS Professional. The debugger - similar lo Devpac's 'MonAm' - allows you to single The Blitz Map Editor can be used to construct screens from small graphic blocks. Using the map editor instead of drawing the screens in a conventional paint program can save the programmer a lot of memory, since large areas of the screen can be
drawn by re-using the same graphic block.
UPU0H0550 Zombie Apocalypse is just one of many games bundled with Blitz Basic 2. Boasting excellent graphics, superb sonics and some wicked gameplay, it bides well for Blitz programming.
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O o BuzzBar may not look exciting, but it demonstrates how Blitz's scrolling capabilities are far superior to those of AMOS. Blitz can scroll screens larger than the display, and when dual playfieid mode is used two sections of the screen can be scrolled independently.
Stop through your code and see exactly what each command does, making the process of debugging Bln: code that bit easier. Full marks to Acid for this feature.
There's no doubting that Blil: Basic 2 is a very powerful language which is capable of producing games and even applications software of commercial quality. Ibis has been said of AMOS, but anyone who has tried to market an AMOS game will know that this isn't strictly true. Software houses are notoriously snobbish tow ards games written using so called game creators', but there's no way that they would be able to tell the difference between a well-written Bln: game and its Assembler equivalent. Blil: code runs so fast lhal I no longer see any reason why any budding games programmer would
ever want to learn Assembler.
Blit: Basic isn't for everyone, though. If you're a fairly experienced coder who can easily grasp difficult and often complicated concepts, then give Blil: a whirl. For beginners and those who like their coding straightforward and logical. AMOS is still the choice. I certainly won't be ditching my copy of AMOS Professional quite yet. Simply because AMOS is still so much easier to program under. It may not have the raw speed of Blit:, but it more than makes up for this in ease of use.
The only real fly in the ointment is the documentation that is supplied. Despite the brilliant software. Blit: is really let down by some rather lousy manuals (hat make the process of learning this programming language a real nightmare. The actual software is definitely Formal Gold material, but the documentation most certainly is not. If Acid were to to produce a set of manuals that were in ihe same league as the excellent manuals which Europress produce for their AMOS language. I would have no hesitation in awarding Blil: Basic 2 a Formal Gold. As it is though. Blil: falls short.
SEPTEMBER 1993 However, if you're adventurous enough to light through the dreadful manuals, then you will find Blil: Basic 2 a very powerful language that, in terms of raw performance, leav es AMOS for dead.
Blitz Basic 2 SPEED • • • • • II you thought AMOS was fast, thon prepare tor a shock - Blin code is even quicker.
DOCUMENTATION • • Few of the commands are given the sort ol In- depth coverage they deserve.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Beginners may find Blitz rather heavy going - a better manual would definitely have helped.
FEATURES • • • • Blitz’s command sot covers both dMOS-llke screens, bobs, etc, plus full Intuition support.
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Brian Larhman explores. .. Pressu sensitiv painti US COMPUTER ART enthusiasts can rave about ’pixel painting' till we arc red. Green or blue in the face, but put a real artist in front of a screen and shove a mouse in their hand and they will just laugh. "Produce a sensitive piece of artwork with this handful of plastic? I'd sooner cut my ear off!" Mind you. We have come a long way since the original Deluxe Paint. The latest versions of Dpainl.
OpalPaini. And TVPaim all boast attempts at natural techniques - lints, airbrush effects, tcx- tured surfaces, even simulated watercolours.
Examine even the simplest mark made by a natural material like a pencil or crayon though, and you can see the fundamental flaw in the computer version - lack of variability. The natural mark varies in width and density of colour along its length. It is this variation of line quality - the hierarchy of line - that gives a drawing its sensitivity and enables the artist to represent the subtle nuances of light and form with what seems to be a simple mark.
The high degree of sensitivity attained even with the Calcomp tablet is evident in these images produced by Chris Serbert using Opal Paint and an A4000.
SEPTEMBER 1993 The solution to this problem - a pressure I*.. .variation of line quality - the hierarchy of line - gives a drawing its sensitivity and the subtle nuances of light and form.* sensitive tablet with cordless stylus - has been available for several years on the Mac. Supported by many software packages. Now. At last, the Amiga also has software that will support the most common tablets from Wacom, and a more recent arrival from Calcomp.
Drawing (or 'digitising') tablets have been around on the Amiga for some years. Mostly, they are of use only lo those who want really precise, absolute means of transferring information from paper to computer - these include engineers, architects and graphic artists. As an ordinary input device the 'puck and tablet' combination normally used is too precise and far too expensive for everyday use. A radical change in the use of tablets came about when the Japanese company Wacom developed a cordless 'stylus' (a bit like an inkless felt pen) that had a pressure sensitive nib. With this
device, variations of hand pressure transmit signals to the program that can be interpreted as changes of thickness of line, or density of colour. Natural marks are the result.
Three main packages support pressure sensitivity - Dpuint AGA. OpalPaint and TVPaim - and they can all be used with a Wacom tablet. Computers Unlimited, the British distributors, were reluctant to lend us one. So until their German head office can supply us. This subject is the province of the other main system from Calcomp. Drawing Board II is a standard 12 or 18-inch digitising tablet that comes with the traditional four-button 'puck' as well as a cordless stylus. The driver software for the Amiga has been developed by TriMcdia in California and enables any program - including
Workbench - to use the stylus for normal operations (left mouse button simulated by the pressure lip. Right mouse button by the push switch on the side of the pen). The set-up program enables parameters sueh as click pressure, draw pressure, sensitivity, drawing area, scaling, and so on to be adjusted.
EFFORTLESS EFFECTS FROM WACOM TABLET 123 SEPTEMBER 1993 Ai present, only DP aim and OpalPaiiit provide proper pressure sensitive tools that work with the Calcomp board, so we shall focus on those. Two versions of Dpaiitl AGA will work with a pressure stylus: version 4.5 and version 4.6. The common version is 4.5. but there arc some problems with the brush, w hich seems to stick at the end of its stroke, and also with the smoothness of operation. At present, version 4.6 is not widely available in Europe, so if you need it. Contact Electronic Arts ttel: 0755 5404421. They should also be able to
supply the TriMcdia driver software.
The obvious improvements in Dpainl 4.6 (including shared image buffers with ADPrn) make using pressure sensitive tools a more realistic option. The results and techniques involved can be seen in the accompanying illustrations. Nevertheless, there are still some problems, though these can be mostly overcome by modifying your draw ing style.
The main limitation is that pressure sensitive operations only work if the brush size is larger than one pixel. This seems to be an inherent quirk of the Amiga or a common software Continued overleaf HIERARCHY OF LINE A 'natural' looking mark varies in width and density of colour along its length.
It is this variation or 'hierarchy of line' that gives a drawing its sensitivity allowing an artist to represent form in a simple way.
The drawings shown here were all produced on an Amiga, but some were with, and some without, pressure sensitivity. Hopefully the difference will be obvious.
The minimum thickness of the lines is vitally important. In some places, a line will seem to disappear because the object it is outlining ceases to have any contrast from its background. Look at any normal household object and observe this in life. If you run your eye around the form of the object you will see that some sections stand out in much greater contrast than others. A similar effect will take place depending on the direction of light on to the object.
SNOW SCENE The late arrival of the SD420E digitiser from Wacom has really put the fox into the hen-house! A brief play with it on an A4000 running OpalPalnt and a couple of hours with TVPalnl are not enough for a full review but even in that short time it is obviously superior. The main difference is in the feel of the pen. It has no batteries so it is much lighter and better balanced than the Calcomp pen. The pressure nib has a longer travel and a progressive feel that gives a wonderful controllable variation in the flow of ink. Just resting on the tablet surface an extremely fine cloud of
colour can be produced and slightly applying pressure very gradually increases the density or width of line. Superb! This image rushed out as a test does little justice to the sensitivity and natural feel of this device. I never want to part with it!
LANDSCAPE Once you get used to them, the tablet and pressure stylus become second nature and the evidence of their use becomes quite subtle.
This image would have looked a lot less natural, and would have taken much longer to produce using a mouse.
Mistake because it applies to OpalPainl as well as Dpainl. And seems to prevent normal operations such as transparency from working with a single-pixel brush on the standard system as well. In lo-res mode, the four-pixel brush you are forced to use is just too large for any sort of detailed, sensitive work you may want to do. One way to get around this problem is to use a single-pixel custom brush and colour mode. This, however, only works with pressure variable transparency and not variable brush size.
This limitation also applies lo the use of the airbrush tool - transparency only, and even then, still not with a single-pixel brush. On AGA machines in hi-rcs 8-bit modes, a larger brush is not a great problem (though there is amazingly no standard four-pixel brush in hires). Other Amigas however, forced to use lo-res for HAM modes, lack the ability to produce fine 'textured' pencil lines - a great pity.
Suprisingly, OpalVision and OpalPainl suffer from a similar limitation because, even using an A4(XH) 40. Hi-res 640 x 512 painting operations slow down lo unacceptable levels when ihe Calcomp board is used with artistic effects such as pencil. Something has to be wrong here. Even an 030-bascd Mac can manage fast, textured pencil-drawing effects, so why can't an 040 Amiga? Wake up Amiga users!
Demand your rights to decent natural-effect drawing materials.
No less annoying, is lhal ihe monitor may well imerfcre wilh the smooth running of Ihc tablet. This is an easy problem to solve and it will help lo work wilh the tablet on your lap away from the screen or. Alternatively, move the monitor no less than 18 inches away from Ihe tablet.
124 SEPTEMBER 1993 Apart from the curious exclusion of single-pixel brushes, most of the problems wilh natural drawing tools and pressure sensitivity arc caused by lack of speed. Natural effects undoubtedly tax the system to ihe limit, requiring lots of on-screen colours (at least 8-bit), high resolution, and fast processing. What it all means, unfortunately, is that you need a minimum of an AGA or graphics-card- equipped Amiga to be able to use natural materials properly. That said, the illustrations here show that even in low resolutions some great effects can be obtained provided that
you are content to work with great sweeps of colour rather than in a more detailed manner.
The easiest and most effective style is watercolour. Especially with Dpainl. The variations of transparency and brush thickness certainly go a long way to simulating some very realistic watercolour effects.
OpalPainl is something else. Obviously.
Ihe use of textured paper', effective blending, a decent chalk charcoal material, and especially a realistic airbrush, make a huge difference to the end results you can achieve.
Unfortunately, this makes it all the more frustrating that it cannot cope with a higher resolution. For its range of materials and textures. OpalPainl is probably the best package to use in order lo get a 'natural' effect with a pressure stylus: the ability to use 8-bit colour at high resolution, however, qualifies Dpainl AGA as a very close second. ® LINE THICKNESS The (tripes on tko jug Illustrate perfectly Hie fluid variation of tko tkickness of lines tkat skould be possible. In practice, this is actually quite difficult to do with the Calcomp tablet. In most cases, the variation of
thickness lumped from thin to thick in stagos giving a stepped look.
TRANSIUCENCY This rather weird |ug was evolved from an abstract doodle and indicates the minimum line thickness available. This is really too thick for simulating pencil lines but works reasonably well for brushed watercolour lines. The flowers, curtains and wall paHern show the degree of translu- cency that can be achieved with Dpainl 4. This is available to anyone with or without a pressure stylus system.
VARIABLE TRANSLUCENCY With the pressure seHing on translucency without variation of sixo, it is possiblo to build up depth using |ust one paint colour but variable washes. The sky, trunk and especially the foliage show this effect.
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A MONITOR IS your window in lo Ihc world of ihc Amiga, so il's imporlanl lo make sure lhal you gel ihc best possible view. II your view is distorted, lacking in colour and flickers. Il's going lo affect your work and enjoyment, whether il's ray tracing your latest masterpiece, or blasting away al enemy tanks in (iunship 20IX).
Unlil recently Ihe standard monitors were ihe Commodore 1084 and Ihe Philips CM8833 Mk II. However, with Ihe advent of ihe new AGA chip set. Mailers have become more complex. An A500 will only output its video signal at a frequency of l5.SKh .. whatever If you have bought a new AGA Amiga, but still have a standard monitor, you won't be able to see the new super hi-res modes. But Richard Baguley can because he's been reviewing some colourful new models that... mode il’s in. But ihe new A1200 and A4000 use a variety of frequencies, w hich can be controlled by die new software drivers included
wilh Workbench 2 and 3. So. If you warn lo use all of ihe monitor modes, you will need a new monitor. And Ihc one lhal you need is a multisync, since il is capable of synchronising lo a range of frequencies. Commodore have previously produced Iheir own mullisync. The I960, bul ihe image quality left something lo be desired. They now have two new impressive dual sync monitors, that arc oozing w ith super hi-res colour. Which is Ihc best one for you'.’We tell you on these pages... O Micro vitec First Choice ¦ 0532 319444 ¦ £409.99 Get the whole picture... Microvitec's new model is based on a
14-Inch tube, although a larger 20-inch model is available. It’s well designed, with a minimal frontage and all the controls hidden behind a flap on the front. At the rear of the monitor is a 15-way D-SUB connector, and a lead with a 15-pin SVGA type plug is supplied. If you want to use it on an A1200, you'll need to use a Commodore adaptor.
Commodore 1942 NO DISK WITH YOUR 1940 OR 1942?
It you've bought a 1940 or 1942 monitor , you may not realise that you should have got a disk with a selection of new screen drivers with it. II you didn't get this disk, contact your supplier immediately. They should receive stocks from Commodore over the next few weeks, and should supply this disk to you.
Modes, or have a hi-res Workbench and a lo-res Dpainl screen running, switching between them requires an adjustment to the vertical height of the screen. However, this problem is not just confined to the 1942, but is a general problem with most multisyncs. The overscan width of some of the modes also leaves something to be desired, but this Is alleviated to a degree by the new monitor devices which are included on a disk with the monitors.
Strictly speaking, this monitor shouldn't be called a multisync, because it is in fact a dual sync, which means it can display signals in two narrow frequency ranges (15.5 to 15.8 Khz and 27.31 to 31.5 Khz), so all of the new AGA and non-flicker high resolution modes can be used.
Commodore 1942 Silica ¦ 081 -309 I I M ¦ £399 The 1942 is based on a 14-inch picture tube, with a 0.28mm dot pitch (the size of the dots of phosphor which form the picture). Two stereo speakers are built in on either side of the tube. Also included is a tilt and swivel stand. All the controls are under a panel at the front, like the 1084S, but there are three new controls for vertical size, shift and overscan. The overscan button stretches the image horizontally, and allows you to use the full width of the tube, with no black borders. The video cable is permanently fitted to the monitor, and
has a 15-way SVGA type plug on the end. An adapter to fit this to the 23-pin video socket is supplied.
The overall impression is good, with strong colours and even in super hi-res mode the colours are strong and bright. The sound is OK, but not outstanding. Frankly, if sound is important, you will be better off getting a pair of external speakers.
The only irritation is the vertical height of the screen in different modes. If you switch between CONSTRUCTION • • • • Solid and well built. Should stand up lo plenty ol bangs and knocks.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • None of the convergence or purity problems lhal marred Ihe I084S.
SOUND OUALITY • • • Not brilliant quality, bul it’s pretty loud. Good enough lo lay games wilh.
COLOUR MONITORS Image quality is good, although the tube on the review model Is slightly out ot line, resulting In a picture which tins to the left. The colour saturation is fine, and apart trom a very slight problem wtth pin cushioning (where the image doesn't form a perfect rectangle, but Is slightly thinner in the middle than at the top and bottom), the overall image quality is excellent. It Is more expensive than Commodore's new offerings, but if you need the flexibility of a true multisync, ihis is one of the bener ones available.
Microvitec CONSTRUCTION • • • Solidly built but without any real flair. Simple but pleasant design.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • The overall Imago Is pretty good, but there Is a slight problem with plncushlonlng, FEATURES • • • A good, solid monitor with no real bells or whistles. Just a decent picture.
VALUE • • • A true Multisync, and only slightly more expensive than Commodore's latest ottering.
Idelc MF-5317 Idelc MF-5017A lliyama UK ¦ 0438 745482 ¦ £750.82 lliyama UK ¦ 0483 745482 ¦ £853 ¦n'rctv ferdic) 75% Commodore 1940 Silica ¦ 081-309 1111 ¦ £299 This looks almost Identical to the 1942.
And the only difference is in the picture tube, which has a 0.39mm dot pitch. Apart from this, the 1940 is completely identical to the 1942, so all ol the comments about the 1942 apply to this as well (with the exception of the picture quality).
The larger dot pitch (the phosphorus dots which make up the image are bigger) ol the picture tube means that the colours are not quite as strong, and the picture isn't as sharp when you're working in super high resolution mode. However, it's still usable, but colours that should look strong end up looking rather weak.
This monilor is big in more ways lhan one. Il has a massive 17-inch screen, which is flatter and squarer than most others. On the back is the usual D-SUB 15-pin connector, and a lead with a high density 15-pin D type SVGA plug.
Regrettably, this monilor will not sync down to the standard Amiga frequency of l5.5Khz. since it can only display signals in Ihe range of 30 to 65Khz (horizontal).
This means that on an A12(X) or A4000 the only mode it w ill work in is Productivity, which isn't much use to anybody. However, it works in all modes on an A3000. Or any other model filled with a hardware flicker fixer. This is a real pity, because it's a great monilor.
The picture quality is excellent. The flatter, squarer tube has hardly any curvature, and consequently the image is extremely good. The colours are bright, and the image is solid. Playing a game like Gunship 2000 or Syndicate on this wilh a pair of loud external speakers is something that has to be experienced to be believed, although il's unlikely you would buy it exclusively for this purpose.
This is an excellent monitor, but it's not cheap, and it's inability lo cope with any machine apart from an A3(XM) or a flicker fixer equipped model means that it's somewhat limited in its appeal. How ever, if you're looking for a really professional large monitor for use with an A3(XX). Ihis is well worth looking at.
Idek's other offering also has a large 17-inch screen, with a
0. 31mm dot pitch and Ihe same style of flatter squarer tube that
you get w ith the MF-5317.
The review model has a long persistence screen, which means that when a dot of phosphor is illuminated on Ihe screen by the electron beam, it takes far longer to fade than on other monitors. The idea behind this is that it makes high resolution modes much easier to use, and it's particularly useful for running desktop publishing programs because the screen does not flicker. This means that the monitor is very suitable for use with programs such as Professional Page, PageStream or Saxon Publisher. Even running in super hi-res mode, the display is very solid and easy on the eye, and it runs in
all of the new AGA modes with no problem.
129 SEPTEMBER 1993 The only problem with this monitor are the colours.
They are very flat, and severely lacking in contrast. This is caused by the long persistence picture tube, and it's rather irritating. A test card image looks very pale and uninteresting. And subtle shades of colour tend to get lost in each other. However, you wouldn't buy this sort of monilor for its colour, and it's not a great problem if you're working in DTP. The long persistence also makes interlace bearable if you're working in one of the supcr-hi res modes for long periods.
Commodore 1940 MF-5371 Idek MF-5017A CONSTRUCTION • • • • Exactly the same as the 1942. In that It looks exactly like a 1064 (if you see what I mean).
PICTURE QUALITY • • • Colours are not as strong as the 1942, and hires screens look less sharp.
SOUND QUALITY • • • As with the 1942, sound quality Is pretty good, plus it's nice and loud.
CONSTRUCTION • • • • Well built, and extremely heavy. In comparison to the size ot the tube, the frontage ot the monitor is pretty small.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • Excellent, with good colours and no edge distortion. Playing games on such a largo scroen adds another dimension.
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Ferdic) 78% CONSTRUCTION • • • • Nicely designed and well built, and can cope with a good variety ot video signals.
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VALUE • • • Again it's expensive, but it's not an unreasonable price for a monitor of this size.
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1LLING:- 9R n * me (opvtigM oones o the fctencee Usered IT'S "FROZEN'' STATE WITH ALL JUST THE INQUISITIVE' 3 p~n 24 HOUR ORDE IVI VI l_ (A ?LElecir nic; LAST YF.AR, WHEN Commodore launched the A1200 with its massive 2Mb. Amiga watchers worldwide were relieved to finally see a machine with a respectable amount of RAM. Users more accustomed to I Mb (or even 5I2K) were treated to a machine with an almost elephant-like memory.
However, most of us soon realised that perhaps 2Mb wasn't quite enough after all.
Whereas previous machines could have got on quite nicely with just 2Mb. The A1200 with its AGA chip set proved to be far more memory- hungry than its predecessors.
Fitting a 32-bit RAM expansion to your Al 200 will increase its memory capacity, and double its speed too! Jason Holborn takes a look at the current contenders.
Memory Matters Blizzard 1200 1 169 ¦ New Horizon Computers ¦ 0989 750760 Considering the popularity of the machine, RAM expansions designed specifically for the A1200 have been slow lo arrive.
Many users wanting to expand the memory of their machines resorted to PCMCIA-based expansions only to find they didn't work fast enough under the AI200's 32-bit architecture.
Due to the nature of PCMCIA, all expansions that use this route are 16-bit only, causing terrible bottlenecks which results in a reduction in system performance. PCMCIA expansions may initially seem inexpensive, but fitting a PCMCIA RAM expansion to an A1200 is like driving a Ferrari Tcstarossa in first gear with the handbrcak on!
132 Now that developers have caught up with Commodore, a range of dedicated A1200 RAM cxpansioas have been launched that allow the machine to run at its full potential.
Because these expansions use true 32-bit RAM. They complement the AI200's 32-bit architecture beautifully. What's more, fitting a 32-bit expansion to an A1200 will not only increase the amount of free RAM available, but it will even increase the performance of your machine. Power Computing's PCI204, for example, more than doubles the speed of the A1200! This is perhaps the first time ever that pure RAM expansions have dramatically improved the performance of a computer!
To further increase the speed of your A1200, many of the boards in this test also have space for a maths co-processor chip (FPU), a special chip designed to handle the complex calculations needed for ray tracing, morphing, image processing, CAD and desktop publishing. If you really want to sec your A1200 fly. An FPU provides an inexpensive way of putting your A1200 into top gear! H New Horizons' Blizzard 1200 is designed and built in Germany by Phase 5 Digital Products, a company better known for its range of extended trapdoor RAM expansions for Ihe A500. Unlike Ihc rest of the boards on
test, the Blizzard card is the only RAM expansion on test that uses SMT (Surface Mount Technology) throughout. Although a fairly minor point from a performance point of view, this does allow the Blizzard card to be considerably smaller than all of its competitors. Believe it or not. This little beauty is about Ihc same size as a 5I2K RAM expansion for an A500 - a pretty impressive achievement when you consider that the Blizzard card offers eight times more RAM than an 512K expansion!
Although the basic Blizzard card offers only 4Mb of RAM (once again, all of which is surface mounted), an optional extension card is available for £149 that adds a further 4Mb of 32-bit expansion RAM lo the board. This brings the total up to a full 8Mb - more than enough for even the most demanding of tasks including morphing and 24-bil scanning.
Aao * The review sample we tested didn't have a battery- backed clock, but New Horizon Computers assure me that all Blizzard 1200 boards sold after the June 30 will have a clock facility fitted as standard. Whether this will affect the card's size is unclear, but it seems unlikely.
Like Ihc Power PC 1204 card, the Blizzard card can also accept a maths co-processor rated up to 50MHz via a standard A4000A)30-likc PLCC socket.
The Blizzard 1200 board is an absolutely brilliant little RAM expansion al an astonishing price. However, the best news is that later this year New Horizon Computers will be launching a 40MHz '030 accelerator for the A1200 complete wilh 4Mb of 32-bit RAM (expandable to 32Mb via SIMM modules). New Horizon say that anyone who buys the current Blizzard RAM expansion card will be able to trade it in. Getting the full £169 they paid for il, when they upgrade to Ihis new board complete wilh the 40MHz '030 and 4Mb of RAM.
¦ 93% HOW TO FIT AN FPU TO AN Al 200 RAM CARD Ail of the RAM expansion cards in this feature have a socket for a FPU (Floating Point Unit), providing the software you use has been written specifically to take advantage of the chip. Because the socket is already fitted, all you need Is the chip itself and a timing crystal.
It won't Involve any soldering or other potentially nasty operations.
The first thing to decide is what speed of chip to use. Although it's possible to fit a speedy 50Mhz 68882 FPU to most of the cards, there's relatively little point This is because the A1200 S 68020 CPU can't feed the floating point sums to the FPU fast enough to take advantage of the speed increase you get by using the faster chip. Realistically, you can achieve the best speed Increase for the smallest outlay with a 25Mhz chip. Most of the cards have a standard PLCC socket MAKING ROOM FOR YOUR RAM It you intend to buy an A1200 memory expansion that offers more than 4Mb of 32-bit RAM. Bear in
mind that any extra memory you add lives in the same address space as the A1200's PCMCIA slot memory. You cannot, therefore, connect a 32-bit RAM expansion larger than 4Mb and a PCMCIA memory expansion simultaneously.
Power Computing have announced that they plan to launch a new version of the PC1204 that overcomes this problem. Using Industry standard SIMM modules (the same type of chips used by both the MBX and GVP boards), the new board will be able to address up to 32Mb of 32-bit RAM and will stay fully compatible with any PCMCIA cards connected to the machine.
So all you need to do is to plug the FPU chip into this. It's as easy as fitting an extra RAM chip to the card.
As well as the FPU chip, you will also need a timing crystal, which supplies a signal to the chip which It uses for timing purposes. As the FPU chip will be running at a different speed to the CPU in the machine (which runs at 14.7Mhz), this Is fitted next to the chip on the expansion card.
One of the first companies to offer FPU upgrade kits is Power Computing with a 25MHz FPU and crystal for £80. Although this is designed for use on the A4000 030.
It's suitable for use on most of the cards featured in this round-up. Testing the chip using the standard Amiga benchmark program AIBB, the speed of floating point operations was increased by 20 times!
Contact Power Computing on 0234 843388.
AX128 1485 Riding in from the flank comes Ashcom with its AX128 board, a trapdoor-fitting RAM expansion capable of handling up to 8Mb of 32-bit RAM. Ashcom is well known for its fine range of RAM expansions for the A500 and A600 and the AX128 continues their tradition of bringing high capacity low-cost RAM expansions to the masses. The AX128 uses the same 32-bit ZIP chips as the Power Computing board and, as standard, it comes equipped with 4Mb. A further 4Mb can be added directly on to the board simply by purchasing additional ZIP chips. Alternatively, Ashcom can supply a fully populated
board (8Mb) for an extra £100.
Surprisingly, the Ashcom card doesn't provide a socket for a maths co-processor. Although most users don't initially want FPUs, it's always wise to go for a board that offers an FPU option in case you need one at a later stage - most Amiga users who buy their computers just for playing games eventually end up using them for more creative uses. If you buy this card and then get hooked on ray tracing, morphing or fractals, you will kick yourself for not buying a card capable of handling an FPU. Thankfully it does have a real time clock.
The Ashcom card may not be the cheapest 4Mb RAM expansion available for the A1200, but it is certainly cost effective if you buy it in its 8Mb guise.
PCI204 3234 843388 I Powe 133 Power Computing certainly know about making decent Amiga RAM expansions - in the many tests we've previous carried out. Power's range of A500. A600 and AI SIX) RAM expansions consistently come out on top, and now they've entered the A1200 arena with the PC 1204.
The board connects to the A1200 via its trapdoor slot, thus fitting it won't invalidate your warrantee. Although Power initially encountered fitting problems with the board (it was too big and removing it to alter its specification proved to be a fine art). They have addressed this problem and all ihe new ones are smaller.
The PC 1204 comes as standard with 4Mb of 32-bit ZIP RAM soldered directly on to the board. Rated at 70 nanoseconds, the board extends the memory of your A1200 to a massive 6Mb of true 32-bit RAM - more than enough for even the most memory hungry of applications. Even programs such as ProPagc 4.1) and VistaPro 3.0 run without problems. What's more, because the board features a full zero wait state design, the performance of the A1200 is actually increased! Power quote a performance increase of
2. 19 times and I can certainly believe this - DTP programs
redraw faster. Imagine renders faster. Workbench is smoother
and some games (especially 3D ones) run faster.
How ever, the PC 1204 offers more than just basic RAM expansion. As well as the now' obligatory battery- backed clock. Ihe board can also accept a 68882 maths co-processor rated up to 50MHz. The original board used PGA type FPUs, but Power now offer both PGA and PLCC type sockets to make upgrading that bit easier. If you'd like this fitted as standard. Power can supply the board complete w ith a 25MHz 68882 for £279. This w ill increase the speed of maths-intensive applications by over 20 times!
The Power Computing board is no longer the cheapest 4Mb RAM expansion available for the AI200. But it's certainly one of the best. Although RAM expansion is restricted lo 4Mb, the PC 1204 offers high quality design and manufacture, and it's easy lo see why the PC 1204 has proved to be such a massive hit. In all, a brilliant board.
}• & _ If you use memory hungry applications, the AX 128's lock of on maths co-processor might not be the best buy for you.
Indeed, although the Blizzard 1200 is Initially cheaper to buy. The AX128 is about £20 cheaper than an 8Mb Blizzard. Bear this in mind when you are making your buying decision.
SEPTEMBER 1993 ferdici 8i 2% It 31 Q Spec Offe ial er As an exclusive offer to Amiga Format readers.
Power Computing are offering a 4Mb PC1204 card complete with a 20MHz 68881 maths co-processor for just £199.95. The normal price for this card would be £259.95. All you have to do to buy the PC1204 at this exclusive price Is to cut out and send this form with your order to Power Computing Ltd. Unit 8, Railton Road. Woburn Industrial Estate, Kempston. Bedford MK42 7PN.
MBX1200 £ 189.95 ¦ MicroPace ¦ 0753 551888 MicroPace's MBX range ol A1200 RAM expansions may not be the cheapest on the market, but no one can dispute their quality. What's more, the MBX range ol expansions were the llrst on the market, so they're already well and truely established.
The MBX1200z Is the latest version ol the MBX board that now otters a battery- backed clock facility as standard.
Although the board can be bought unpopulated, all MBX boards come as standard with a floating point maths coprocessor. Both types (881 and 882) are available in different speeds starting from a basic 20MHz 68881 right up to a maths- munching 50MHz 68882.
The basic board fitted with a 20MHz 68881 costs £189.95. This price is not as low as it seems because all MBX boards are unpopulated and you will have to buy your own memory chips (in the form of standard SIMM modules) to populate the board . MicroPace sell SIMMs in 1Mb, 4Mb and 8 Mb sizes for £35.95, £159.95 and £319.95 respectively. Take these costs Into account and the MBX board suddenly '.7,* % - "i Mr „ r • J, PjM 1 J. SCSI or not SCSI - there's not much point either way if you don't hove the right connections.
134 SEPTEMBER 1993 running a lead through the back of the A1200.
The GVP SCSI RAM card is an attractive proposition if you've recently upgraded to an A1200 and you already have a SCSI drive filled with lots of software.
For everyone else, however, the SCSI RAM* card is something of a missed opportunity. If GVP were to include a standard SCSI connector that fitted to the rear of the A1200. It would have been great. As it is. It's just too expensive.
Me! 75% Product Supplier TABLE OF FEATURES Price Strtd Max Clock FPU RAM RAM SCSI Rating PC 1204 Power Computing £185 4Mb 4Mb Yes Optional No 90% Blizzard New Horizon £169 4Mb 8Mb No Optional No 93% AlfaRAMl 200 Golden Image £115 1Mb 9Mb Yes Optional No 85% TurboTech Siren Software £159.99 4Mb 4Mb Yes No No 85% AX128 Ashcom £199 4Mb 8Mb Yes NO No 82% SCSI RAM+ Silica Systems £299 0Mb 8Mb No Optional Yes 75% MBX1200 MicroPace £189 0Mb 8Mb Yes 20MHz 68881 No 70% AlfaRAMl 200 £ 115 ¦ Golden Image ¦ 081 -365 1102 The AlfaRAMl200 is a full size irapdoor-based expansion that offers up to 9Mb of
32-bit expansion using 32-bit ZIP chips (the same as the Power Computing and Ashcom cards).
The basic £ 115 card conies with I Mb of 32- bit RAM. But larger 5Mb (£239) or 9Mb (£369) capacity cards are also available. If you have a PCMCIA RAM expansion, the AlfaRAM also comes with a software patch to allow both to be used concurrently. This remaps the extra 32-bit RAM so that it is not live in the same space as the PCMCIA RAM. So in theory you could have a 15Mb A12(X)!
The AlfaRAM can also accept a PGA-type maths co-processor rated up to 50MHz. These too can be bought pre-installed directly from Golden Image - a 5Mb card with a 25MHz 68882 costs £295. Couple this with the AlfaRAM's built-in clock and you've got a very capable card at a good price.
GVP SCSI RAM+ £299 ¦ Silica Systems ¦ 081 -309 I I 11 If there's one market leader in hardware manufacture, it has to be Great Valley Products. They already have one other A1200 product on the market in the shape of the A1230 Turbo, a 40MHz '030 accelerator plus maths co- pro combo that we reviewed in last month's issue.
Now GVP have launched the SCSI RAM* card (previously known as the GVP Fang' board), an A1200 RAM expansion that also just happens to have a SCSI hard drive controller built in as standard.
The SCSI RAM+ card has a lot of electronics in a very tight space - thanks to surface mount technology, the SCSI RAM+ can handle up to 8Mb ot 32-bit RAM using GVP SIMM modules. Although unpopulated as standard, the board need not be taken this far - if you can't afford (or don't need) a full 8Mb, the card will happily take 1, 2, 4 or 8Mb SIMMs.
Like most of the other boards on test, the SCSI RAM+ card also offers space for a PGA-type maths co-processor rated up to 40MHz. Once again, this is not supplied as standard, so you will have to source this yourself. Possibly the board's greatest selling point has to be the SCSI interface, allowing you to use a SCSI drive with your A1200. Like the A1200's IDE connector, a single 2.5-Inch SCSI drive can be Installed internally. Surprisingly. GVP don't Include a SCSI pass through connector, so only a single drive can be connected, effectively missing the point of having SCSI altogether. In
theory, larger drives could be fitted by Siren Software's new TurboTech RAM expansion lor the A1200 is certainly the cheapest on the market. Although rather similar in appearance to Ashcom's card, the TurboTech offers a maximum of 4Mb of 32-bit RAM rated at 70 nanoseconds. As a result, it turns in a similar performance to Power Computing's PC 1204 card, typically doubling the speed of a basic A12(H). The board doesn’t offer a maths coprocessor option, but this isn't too much of a concern to users who don't need an FPU - at least the price reflects this omission.
The review board we tested was a prototype and the clock battery was mounted precariously underneath the board. Siren claim it will be mounted directly on the final boards.
In all. The TurboTech offers a low cost alternative to those who can do without an FPU.
Seems expensive - £349.95 for a 4Mb board with a 68881.
No one could doubt the quality of the MBX1200Z. But who's going to pay these sort of prices? MicroPace should take a good look at their pricing policy if they want to stay competitive.
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whether her English and grammar are word perfect with Softwood's latest software... Proper Grannor II ixcessive use of (he passive voice con »oke o docmwnt uncTear rr rewrrhng he sentence using a »ore direct verb. Here is the mtornation that was requested' w9ht becooe Here is the intornation you requested'.
A spelling checker and thesourus built into your word processor nay be all that you need it you ore confident of your writing abilities, or if you don't need 0 write ouch fornal correspondence. However, if you run a snail business or wont to note sure those letters to the bank oanager or for o job application ore well written, then o graooor checker could help turn your stilted sentences nto poignont prose.
Proper Grannor II, fron Anericon firn SoftUood Inc, is on odd-on progran hat directly supports nony and will hondle files output in ASCII. You can create docunent, soy, in FinalCopy, open it in Proper Grannor, check it and then save 1 back into its original fornat. Or you can create a docunent in Proper Gronnor, check it and then save it into FinalCopy.
It works by analysing sentences and identifying the places where errors have leen node - does the verb agree with the subject, for exoople. And its Iritish-English dictionary not only contoins the words likely ’eople often confuse 'its' (the possessive form mm ontroction which neons rrt is' or 'it hasO.
The passive voire is one of this program's pet hates. If yoe use a past tense, it presumes you ore using the passive voice, which is oflea not the case.
A SPELLING CHECKER and thesaurus built into your word processor may be all you need if words flow from your keyboard with style and precision. However for those less skilled, a grammar checker could turn stilted sentences into poignant prose when writing formal letters such as to the bank manager or for a job application.
And Proper Grammar II. From American firm SoftWood Inc. aims lo do that. With the small businessman in mind. Softwood have developed this add-on program that directly supports many word processor file formats and will handle files output in ASCII. You can create a document, say. In FinalCopy. Open it in Proper Grammar, check it and then save it back into its original format. Alternatively, you can create a document in Proper Grammar, check it and then save it into FinalCopy. Proper Grammar cannot be run from floppy - it has to be installed on a I Mb hard disk, or to RAM disk.
Proper Grammar works by analysing sentences and identifying where errors have been made - does the verb agree with the subject, for example. And its British-English dictionary contains words likely to be used in producing memos, letters and reports, and foreign words and phrases, plus it has facts about the way different words work in sentences.
When you start Proper Grammar an untitled window appears with all the usual document features of title bar. Text areas, scroll bars and command buttons. The two shallow text areas at the top are where the suggestions for spelling or grammar corrections appear. If A spelling checker and thesaurus built into your word processor nay be oil that you need if you are confident of your writing abilities, or if you don't need to write nuch fornal correspondence. However, if you run o snail business or want to nake sure those letters to the bonk nanager or for a job application are well written, then
o grannor checker could help turn your stilted sentences nto poignont prose.
Proper Gronnor II, fron Anericon firn SoftUood Inc, is an add-on progran that directly supports nany and will hondle files output in ASCII. You can create a docunent, say, in FinalCopy, open it in Proper Grannor, check it and then save t back into its original fornat. Or you can create a docunent in Proper Srannar, check it and then sove it into FinalCopy.
It works by analysing sentences and identifying the places where errors have een node - does the verb ogree with the subject, for exonple. And m British-English dictionary not only contoins the words likely to be used in One of the best features of Proper Grammar II is the way it highlights common errors, like when to use 'its' or 'it's' and 'it's'.
137 you make a spelling error it suggests an alternative. And the 'suggest' keypad changes to 'suggest +' which, when selected, provides a list of alternatives. The word you then highlight will replace the misspelt word. This is straightforward if you have made a typographical error, but if Proper Grammar thinks you have used the incorrect spelling of a word, for example 'right' instead of 'rile', in the text area below there will also be an explanation of why you should be using this spelling instead.
Unfortunately. Proper Grammar is not flexible enough lo be correct 011 all occasions, and it can be irritating to read through text it displays explaining the differences between two words, and when they should and should not be used, only to find that you have not actually made a mistake. However, where it works well is with common mistakes people make such as when to use 'its' and 'it's' - the explanations are simple and leave you in no doubt as to which version you should apply.
This is not so simple with grammatical mistakes. To understand what Proper Grammar is asking you to change in your sentence can really only be clear if your knowledge of grammar is strong enough that you know what split infinitives, pronouns, and modifiers anil quantifiers are. Surely this defeats the purpose for if you understand whal you should write, then you will not need Proper Grammar. But I suppose software of this kind has to be at one level or the other, and it's better to aim high.
There are three menus - Project. Edit and Macros. As well as the usual options. Project includes 'Statistics', which when selected brings up a window to give you all the document figures including not only number of words and paragraphs, but also the number of simplex and complex noun verb groups, number of sentences used, average word length... the list is endless. Decide for yourself how vital these statistics really are! Edit includes copy, paste and so on. And Macros is simply for creating up to 10 quick key commands.
Proper Grammar has a limited appeal, but if you need word-perfect documents, it works reasonably well. Cj SEPTEMBER 1993 PROPER GRAMMAR is available from Gordon Harwood Computers on 0773 836781 Proper Grammar II Bit slow, especially when ‘statistics' is run, because the screen redraws as it counts.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Manual is well-written and easy to understand.
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C 7 * a PPER Following AMOS Pro's launch comes a new compiler. Promising massive speed increases, could it be a must for AMOS programmers? Jason Holborn writes.
AFTER MONTHS OF delays. Europrcss Software have finally launched the AMOS Professional Compiler, a companion product to AMOS Professional. Just like the previous compiler, the aim is simple - to allow the user to transform their AMOS creations into lightning-fast machine-code programs that run rings around their interpreted counterparts.
What's more, compiled programs no longer need the AMOS interpreter, so you're free to hand out (and even sell I your compiled AMOS creations without having to worry about infringing Europress' copyright.
Surprisingly, this new compiler isn't just restricted to AMOS Pro - Europress have designed the compiler so that it can be used with anything from Easy AMOS. AMOS I 35 and even source code written using a text editor such as Cygnus Ed'. So why buy the interpreter in the first place if the compiler negates its use? Well, although you could theoretically just buy the compiler and still write AMOS programs, you would still need an interpreter to make use of the special memory 'banks' that AMOS uses lo store sounds, graphics et all. Not only that, but AMOS is such a complicated language that
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When used with AMOS Professional, the new compiler runs as if it was built into the interpreter, allowing you to rode and rompile without ever leaving AMOS Pro!
IAI’J ItIF I ft. | I ) V] A fj H O-Rlu- _ f ftMhM *J 1 j Jv) j J ! -j J AMOS Pro Compiler Language Compiler ¦ £34.95 ¦ Europress Software AMOS PRO COMPILER is available from Europress Softwore on 0625 859333 SEPTEMBER 1993 AMOS Pro Compiler comes bundled with o number of AMOS programs which show how effective it is at speeding up your machine. This demo performs a Wornt-like perspective operation on any IFF image.
The compiler can be used in different ways, depending on your own system and the version of AMOS that you own. If you own Easy AMOS or AMOS 1.35 (the version of AMOS that we gave away on our Coverdisk). Then the compiler should be run as a standalone program either from the Workbench or from the Shell. If you own AMOS Professional, however. And you've got plenty of RAM available, then the AMOS Pro Compiler can be installed to run directly from w ithin AMOS Pro.
In order to do this, you will need lo upgrade your AMOS Professional to version 2 (don't get loo excited - version 2 offers little that is new). Once installed, the compiler can be called from within the AMOS Pro interpreter simply by selecting 'Compiler' from the menus. Once selected, a nicely presented compiler window pops up on to the screen allowing the entire compilation process to be carried out simply by clicking on gadgets.
One nice touch is that the compiler can compile code held within an AMOS Pro editing w indow. Better still, you can even instruct it to place the compiled code into a second window, allowing you access to both your source code and the compiled program w ithout having to quit the AMOS Pro Interpreter!
Programs can also be compiled into Workbench or Shell executables loo. So your code can be made independent of the main interpreter. What's more, compiled programs can be shrunk to a matter of kilobytes by crunching them using the built-in cruncher (this can reduce AMOS object code by up to XI) per cent) or by using the new' 'shared library’ facility. This instructs all compiled AMOS programs to get their routines from a disk-based library called "AMOS.library' that must be placed in the DEVS: directory of the boot disk.
Europress claim the new compiler produces leaner and meaner code that runs faster than code produced by the previous one. And our tests confirm this. To prove how much faster compiled code is. Europress bundle demonstration programs including a fractal graphics generator and a game, which are considerably enhanced by the compiler. But don't expect your AMOS creations to start running at the same speed as a machine code program - you will never gel this sort of performance unless you code your programs in Assembler'.
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Helps you improve it' 2 disks 4 50 * CLE25 CHORD COACH This * a superb Piano Tutor, learn the chords ft hear the Amiga play them! 1 disk 3 50 • CLE26 SNAP An educations' game for languages, i rhsk 3 50 • CLE27 CAT T This is a superb Tarot reading program' Now you can read your own1 3 disks 4.99' * CLE28 FUN WITH CUBBY There are 8 fun games on this disk tor typing.spelling.pamting.counting ft much more' Super' 1 d*k 3 50 • CLE29 PREHISTORIC FUN PACK Here are 4 super dinosaur games all with a prehistoric theme, great for the kids' 1 disk 3.50. ?
CLE30 PEG A PICTURE Make a picture from coloured pegs or coloured shapes, great for young kids' 1 disk 3 50 * CLE31 UNDERSTANDING AMOS This set wiH realty help you learn how to use Amos'( NEEDS AMOS) 2 daks 4 50 • CLE32 SPITFIRE' Superb illustrated book on a disk covering the legendary WWII fighter plane' 2 disks 4 50.. CLE33 MESSERSCHMITT BF1D9 Another super WWII book on a disk, th* tome the German Messerschmttr 2 disks 4 50 * CLE34 YOUR FIRST PONY Want to leam to look after A nde a pony’ Th* will team you ak you need to know' 2 disks 4 50 • CLE35 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM if sequel to the
popular Solar System, superb t«e 3 disks 4 99 - CLE36 THE TIME MACHINE Teaches kids to te« bme. 2 daks 4 50 .
CLE37 DISCOVERY AMERICA Leam al about the cotonoabon of the United States of Amenca't d*k 3 50 • CLE38 HOME INVENTIONS Fest m the quest for knowledge senes th* pcture book deals with mvenboossmce'750 2 d*k» 4 50 • CLE39 MY LITTLE ARTIST Superb colouring book lor chaden w4h features for disabled as we*1 Needs ’mg ctvp ram 2 d*ks 4 50 - UTILITIES CLU01 VIDEO TfTLER Create video Mies' t d*k 3 50' .
CLU02 FISH INDEXER database for the F*h library t d*k 3 50 .
CLU03 TYPING TUTOR Fu* typing course.showt you where to put youf fingers ft more' Comes on 1 disk 3 50 * CLU04 ALPHAGRAPH tor produong Bar ft P* charts efc' 3 50 .
CL DOS S A S MENU MAKER make your own menu S 1 disk 3 SO • CLU06 SUPER SOUND III Superb samplmg program sample* ft allows special effects such as reverb ft flanging't d*k 3 50 ?
CLU07 PHILO Simple lo use database system. 1 disk 3 50 CLU12 VIRTUAL WINDOWS Notebook Address booketci disk 3 50 .
CLUJ3 DATOS A powerful database many features ’ disk 3 50 .
CLUI4 STOCK CONTROLLER Keep track ot stocks' t disk 3.50 • CLU15 EPOCH VI calendar lor Amiga. 1299 yr d.ary I dtsk3 50 .
CLUt® CROSS STITCH good needlework program. 1 desk 3 50 .
CLU17 LC10 FONTS Nice fonts tor Star LC10 printer' 1 disk 3 50 .
CLUI8 LC200 FONTS Fonts lor your LC200 pnnter' 1 d*k 3 50 . .
CLUI9 LC24 FONTS Fonts lor your Star 24 pm pnnter 1 dak 3 501 » CLU20 CANON BjtO Super Font* for Cannon Bubble*! 1d«sk 3 50* CLU21 INVOICE MASTER Sort out your mvoees' I d*k 3 50 .
CLU22 HARD DRIVE MENU Superb hard dnve ubktyi l d*k 3 50 .
CLU23 F15 ANIM BRUSHES Needs D pamt't disk 3 50 .
CLU24 RED LOTUS AnlM BRUSHES Needs 0 Pamt ’ d*k 3.50.. CLU25 STARFIGHTER ANIM BRUSHES Need D Paint 2 disks 4 50 .
CLU26 STAR VOYAGER ANIM BRUSHES for Opamt 3 dokss 4 99.
CLU27 IMAGE BASE Simple lo use authoring package ’ d*k 3 50 • GAMES CLG05 TRUCK IN ON Truck management simulation 2 d*k* 4 50 .
CLG06 OBLITERATION Super blast em up' (NOT DOS 2) 1 d*k 3 50 CLG36 DRAGON T'LES Superb versmn very adrkc&ve ' 1 d*k 3 50 .
CLG09 MOTOR DUEL great 3d car racmg game 1 d*k 3 50* CIG10 FUTURE SHOCK Gmde ball through maze' * dak 3 50 .
CLGll ALL GUNS BLAZING 2 player overhead v*w 1 dak 3 50 .
CLG12 BULLOOZER BOB Clear screen of Mocks' t «*k 3 50 .
CLG13 PARADOX Another good puzzle game' ’ dak 3 50 • CLGt4 SONIC SMART IE HEAD Crazy platform game* t d*k 3 50 .
CLQ15 SPLODGE THE ESCAPE puzzle piattormer l d*k 3 50- CLG17 IMBRIUM Exeaent graphic adventure't d*k 3 50.
CLGiB SKAN 29 Gu«Je S-3 through 220 levels' 1 d*k 3 50 .
CLG19 STELLAR ESCAPE Vertical shoot em up' 3 daks 4 99 • CLG20 JUNGLE BUNGLE Nee adventure game' i dak 3 50 .
CLG21 FLOWER POWER Gro before the bugs eat them’ dak 3 50.
CLG22 STOCKING FILLERS Seasonal Xmas games* 1 dak 3 50 .
CLG23 MARVIN THE MARTIAN A maze type game ’ dak 3 50 .
CLG24 EASY MONEY fruit machine emulator* (Not dos 2 or 3) 3 50 CLG25 WHITE RABBITS Th* is a good puzz* game' ’ dak 3 50 .
CLG26 MONSTER ISLAND Dungeon Mastei game' 1 dak 3 50 .
CLG28 TIME RIFT Game played over 4 time zones' ’ d«sk 3 50.• CLG29 BILLY BALL Good 3d oometnc game' ’ dak 3 50 .
CLG30 CAPTAIN K Nee platform game' l dak 3 50 • CLG31 0IRTY RACKETS 3 tenna game* on here' 1 dak 3 50.. Super booty onadtil. All you nerd for English L SHAKESPEARE!
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CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Superb booK on a disk by Chna Hill, learn ah about the rocks' 2 disks 4 50 .
CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM A superb illustrated guide to our Solar system' 3 disks 4 99 * CLE05 A-CHORD Teaches you all the chords you need to play the guitar become the next Enc Clapton I t d«k 3 50 .
CLE07 TOTAL CONCEPTS FRESHWATER FISHING Learn all about freshwater fishing i Comes on 2 disks 4 50 • CLE08 NIGHT SKY Features over t500 stars sky can by displayed as seen from anywhere on earth' ExeKent't disk 3 50 * CLE09 WORDS & LADDERS Good spelling program lor the very young child', 1 2 players' 1 disk 3 50 • CLEtO BASICALLY AMIGA Extensive guide to ArtugadOS' Very good program tor beginners 3 disks 4.MW CLE11 LETS LEARN For children of 5-7 years, progress through 5 levels of difficulty. Sums tunes etc 1 dak 3 50 .
CLE12 ALPHABET TEACH Simple to understand spetkng program for the kids' Shows picture asks tor word t Oak 3 50' .
CLE13 HOME BREW A very nice program for the creation of home made wines' Option for printing reap** ' d*k 3 50 • CLEM ECOLOGY Leem about the most important ’ofogy' m our kves' Superbfy *u*trated' 3 disks 4 99 • CLE15 FAST FRET Th* e a gmter scale* tutor the very thmg for the budding lead guitar*!'t Osk 3 50 .
CLEI6 KINGS & OUEENS A tvsfory lesson on a O' the Kmgs & Queens of England smce recorded mslory' 2 disks 4 50 .
CLE17 THINGAMAJG An electron* pgsaw with 24 pictures, place the p*ces correctty on the screen, by Len Tucker t d*k 3 SO. * CLE18 WORK & PLAY 3 educational programs CLICK CLOCK learn the time.FUNTiME TABLES math* & GO SHOPPING't d.*k 3 50 .
CLE19 PLAY IT SAFE Teaches safety n the home Help Teddy make your home safe from the beast**1 t disk 3 50 • CLE20 BK3 TOP FUN Four program Word balance Matchplay Balloon burst ft Seal a grams t disk 3 50 • CLE21 JlGMANiA Jigsaw sdvmg ft construction set' Keep you busy 1 disk 3 50' .
CLE22 CHESS TEACHER rs a program des«ned to teach chess m a fun ft easy to understand way* 1 disk 3 50 • CLE23 MIND YOUR LANGUAGE This is a self improvement vocabulary course, with huge dictionary't d*k 3 50 • The Central Licenseware Register Commercial Quality programs at a CD prii e ' CCL075 MUSICIANS V 21 Clan.**' auiotiocxa' CC1076 PREHISTORIC 2 19 Dnotauft' aj1000olt' CCL077 PREHISTORIC 20 25 PfO**if 18 CCL07SS0 PEOPLE 9 50 loit o' pw*1 O mskai-V CCL081 PEOPLE A PiaMmi. Good pdjrat' .V CCL082 4 PRESIDE NTS 1 40 USA patOw-B.3 0W .V CCL065 REPTILES i 19 Good pchxat ajtoboou1 . V CCL086
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SIM- Jst The sun may be out, the sky may be blue, but Richard
Baguley is still stuck in a dark office digging through the
piles of cheap and free software that keep appearing on his
desk... Sulfite IIZ4KI SEPTEMBER 1993 There are a vast number
of excellent utilities available for the Amiga in the Public
Domain. In fact, there are rather too many, and finding the
relevant one can be difficult. Fortunately, those nice people
at PD-Soft have produced a variety of sets of utilities disks,
including this one. It's aimed at Ihe serious user, who wants
to fiddle with the inner depths of their machine and includes
such delights as SCSI-Mountcr (which scans the SCSI bus and
can mount any newly inserted drives, such as Syquest removable
disks). KME (a Keymap editor, so you can program any keys with
frequently used commands). Restaurc (Undelete utility).
RcOrg version 2.33 (disk defragmenter). Compressdisk (a virtual compressed disk utility) and Enforcer, a utility which sits in memory and slops any programs doing illegal things with memory.
A. U.G.I.R. COMPUTER & DESIGN SERVICES Have you ever wanted to
get in contact with other Amiga users, but haven't known where
they are? Are you moving to the USA and want to get in touch
with the people who count in the Amiga scene? If so. This disk
could be useful. It's a collection of as many user groups in
the UK and throughout the world as the Masked Artist (the chap
who runs Computer & Design services) could find. At the moment
it's not a terribly long listing, but as the word gets around
I'm sure it will expand. The user groups arc divided into a
scries of categories (UK. US and Canada, and so on), and each
has a few words describing any sort of speciality,
geographical restriction, and other details. There is also a
section on Bulletin Boards, but this seems rather pointless,
as any BBS will give you a list of many hundreds of others
when you log off. Anyway, despite this, if you're involved in
a club or group, il would be worth contacting the Masked
Artist to sec about being included in this list.
II anyone tells you Pcs ore easier to use than AMIGAs, just whack them with on MS-DOS manual. They're lying.
It may sound like a silly idea, but it is possible lo turn your Amiga into a IBM PC compatible without having to invest in any extra hardware. Whether you want to or not is another question, of course, but it's nice to have the option. This program has been around for sev- [kiekstart 1 1 1.3 am italJ rvr TIF*t:K2l: vs* Uifrtf f:t spmH .-'.frt i *2£* "SMS 4i»» t» .1 i it'..t* «.’» K-im if |C'j * :&• K ,r.
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Eral years, and the author (Chris Hamcs from Australia) has been continuously developing it over Ihis period, and il now supports running in true VGA mode on an AGA machine. It's still nowhere near as fast as (he various hardware emulations, bul if you only want to run simple text based applications, it's definitely worth checking out.
The version on this disk is only a demo one. Which means you can't write to floppy or set up any partitions on your hard disk for the emulator to use. If you want to use it seriously you w ill need the registered version, which w ill cost you S35.
ESSEX COMPUTER SERVICES UK CODE ASSASSINS GAMES PACK 90 ASSASSINS We’ve featured these game packs several times before In PD Update, but they've always been from othe'r PD libraries. This time, we've got them straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. This is The Assassins’ 89th disk, but they’ve managed to keep up their standards. This disk contains three games - Megaball, X-FIre and Cluedo.
Megaball is a glorified breakout clone, but numerous new features have been added to give It a new edge. These include special power-ups to double the size of your bat, sticky bats and others.
Beware, however, as some of the power-ups can be power-downs, as they may shrink your bat or lose you a life. There are a good range of screens, and the graphics are smooth and colourful.
X-FIre is a curious shoot-em-up where you control a round object which has to shoot red jellies and green skulls. As to why, I don’t really know as most of the messages in the game seem to be in a language not known on this planet.
The final offering is a shareware version of Cluedo by Greg Pryor. I've never been a fan of the board game, but all of the lead pipes, daggers, conservatories and dining rooms are present.
Have you ever been given a phone number for someone and wondered where they were located? This disk contains two programs which contain the details of all the UK dialling codes and postal codes. So. If you have the phone number of a company and want to know whereabouts in the country they are. You tap the dialling code into the program and it will tell you the town or general area where they are located. Don't expect it to give you any more detail than this, bul ihis could be useful. It's a licenseware disk, so it will cost you £3.50 plus postage.
PD-SOFTVIO68 Mathematics can be beautiful. No. I'm not referring to the way that a curly X fits next to a smooth Y. but to the graphics that can be produced from mathematical equations using a powerful machine such as the Amiga. This disk contains three excellent mathematical graphs programs, including the 2D graph program Continued on next page PD GAMES A UTILITIES DIRTY RACKETS ESSEX COMPUTER SERVICES II you're ol a similar age to many of the Amiga Format team, your first experience of computer games will no doubt be a rather curious looking black and white game on a Binatone console using
a couple of paddle controllers. This was the state- of-the-art at the time, and paved the way for the variety of games machines now available.
Although nostalgics may want to play it only In the 'Classic' mode, several new features have been added. In the 'modem' option, games are played over a nicely drawn background, and you can add options such as playing with a brick wall covering the goal area. Every time the ball hits it a brick Is destroyed, and once the ball passes through, the game is lost. There are also nice touches such as deflecting the ball, and the ability to play championships and leagues. Highly recommended.
This image, generated in AMIGA Plot, is called, for some reason, The Devil's Seat. It looks uncomfortoble to me... 152 PlotXY and the 3D graph program Aplot. PlotXY is designed to produce high quality 2D graphs, which can then he saved out as IFF files for inclusion into documents. Slideshows and so on. It's highly configurable, and can produce a variety of graphs. However, it docs include options for calculating linear regression, polynomial fit and a variety of statistics about the data.
SEPTEMBER 1993 A Plot works in three dimensions, producing the sort of wavcy sine graphs much beloved of BBC micro owners in the early Eighties. As you would expect, these can be saved as IFF files, and the program provides a good degree of control over the scaling of the graph and the camera viewpoint. If you're into mathematics. This could be a useful disk. If you're not. It can produce some rather nice images anyway.
SOLITAIRE SAMPLER TOWER SOFTWARE H Solitoire is the only gome you play, you should check out the five variants on this disk from Tower Software.
Card games haven't always made the transition from desk to computer screen successfully, but thankfully this one has managed it. This disk contains five variations - Carlton. Martha. Pas Seul. Slider and Poker Squares - on the basic Solitaire game. If. Like me.
You've never heard of half of these, you will be glad to sec that the authors have included some excellent help screens, which give both text and graphical help on how to play all of the variations. Several of these also have various levels of difficulty, and if you've not managed to complete a game, you can step back and try a different approach with the same deck.
The graphics aren't brilliant, but they arc easy to distinguish, which is what is really needed. There arc a few rough edges to the game (such as the way that some of the text is wrongly spaced, giving an unreadable mess), but overall it's an excellent start for a new software house which bodes well for their forthcoming card games compilation.
A-GENE 4.34 AMIGANUTS LE!_ With A-Gene you can keep up to date with all your family's goings on - especially useful if it's a big one.
A-Gcnt¦ is a program which has been going for several years, achieving somewhat of a reputation as the best genealogy program on the Amiga. For those who've never come across one of these programs, it's designed for compiling data about family history, and producing family trees, and charts from this data.
This is version 4.34. and has had some significant improvements since the last version, most impressive of these is the ability to include a scanned image with a data file, so you can have a photo of each of the family members included in the family tree. Unfortunately, ihis image has to be displayed separately from the data, which is a bit disconcerting. It would have been better to be able to display this in a small window with the data, but this is probably more to do wilh the limitations of GFA Basic (which was used lo write the program) than any limitations of the program itself. It's
also faster than previous versions, and the user interface has been made a little easier to use.
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IIAKI) DISKS ARE, inevitably, becoming one of the 'must haves' in the Amiga world. Anybody who has used one will find it difficult to go back to running from floppy disk. It's faster, bigger and easier lo use than a floppy disk, but there is a downside. After all.
You are putting all your eggs in one basket, and if your hard disk fails, you've got a problem.
As a rule hard disks arc pretty reliable. They will sit quietly in your computer and stand up to many hours of whirring and head toing and froing without even a murmur of complaint. Unfortunately, they arc mechanical, which means that they will fail eventually. And if the head of the disk touches the surface of the disk (called a head crash), you stand a good chance of losing all of your data and programs. However, if you’ve got a back-up of the data, you could recover il or copy il over to another drive. But most hard drive back-up programs (Quarterback Backup, for example) don't come
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Fortunately, the Public Domain offers an alternative.
There arc several PD and Shareware hard disk back-up programs, but the best I've come across is Abackup.
Written by French author Denis Gouncllc. Although it's freely distributable, the author requests thal you send him a shareware payment of $ 10 (US), or $ 20 US Dollars for regular updates. For the peace of mind that the program brings, this is a small price lo pay. It's also been regularly upgraded, and the latest version boasts support for external data compression libraries, high density disks (under Workbench 2 and above) and the ability to restore data from damaged disks. It's easy lo use. With a full point and click interface.
Backing up a complete disk may seem a chore, bul it's not always necessary. What you can do is take one full back-up of every file on the disk, say once a month, but then only back up files that have been created or changed. This is done by using something called the archive bit. Which is part of the disk Icon. When a program like Abackup backs up the disk, this bit is set to one.
When a file is created or changed, this is then set back to zero. The back-up program can then be set to only backup files with the archive bit set to zero, so you won't spend hours backing up files you already have a copy of. The best way lo work this is lo have several sets of back-up disks.
Once a month, take a back-up of the entire disk, and once a week take a back-up of the changed and new files.
This means that if the worst possible thing happens (ic your disk crashes and you lose all of your data), you will be able to restore all of your data fairly easily, and you won't spend loo long hacking up your disk.
It's also possible to speed up disk access by using a caching program such as FaslCache.
Written by Phillip D'ath. This is a program which copies part of the disk into memory, and redirects programs lo this. You do lose a chunk of memory, but if you've got a few megabytes, you could allocate half a megabyte lo the cache and it would considerably speed up access to often used files. Of course, if you arc accessing files from several different parts of the disk, the cache isn't going lo make much difference, but if you're repeatedly reading or writing to the same part of the disk, il docs do this a lot quicker.
Over a period of time, your hard disk will become fragmented. This doesn't mean it's going to break into little bits, bul that files have become split into several parts, which may be in different areas on the disk. If your hard disk is fragmented it's going to lake longer to load programs or files, since the disk head has to move to different parts of the disk, which lakes time.
This is caused by the way lhal AmigaDOS saves files.
It doesn't look for a space big enough to hold the entire file, but puls part of il in the first available space. The rest of the file goes into another space, and this inevitably leads to fragmentation.
SEPTEMBER 1993 What's needed is a program which can sort through the disk and reorganise all the files in one place. The PD program KcOrg (by llolgcr Kruse) will do this on any floppy or hard disk, although it docs take a long time if you've got a large hard disk. It scans the entire disk, and builds a map of where all the files are held. Il then moves the files around until they are no longer fragmented. Of course, this can be hazardous. If you had a system crash while KeOrfi was moving your data around, you could loose most if not all of it. Frankly, anybody who optimises a disk without
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The name Technological Death conjures up images of a demo so powerful, advanced and blindlingly fast lhal il drives Ihe Amiga lo the very limits of its capabilities.
However... it's not quite lhal good.
Reminiscent of recent irackmos State of the Art and Jesus an Es. TD is a mish-mash of lots of styles and techniques; some of which we've seen before like bouncy balls, whirling dots and spinning lines; bul others arc pretty spiff and original-ish. The two best parts arc a box rolling around a 3D scrolling chequered floor, with both moving parts nicely synchronised, and a Slate of the Art-stylc morphing sequence with a bloke kicking a ball, and a leopard running.
The music is ravcy. As usual, and fairly well matched to the graphics. If you're a fan of the two trackmos mentioned above, you will like this - if you haven't heard of any of them, gel all three.
HOW TO SKIN A CAT CVTMOST1C, DISK Dol 38 Melon Design return with a cool demo featuring a rather bizarre picture of a cat. Which was apparently drawn by a seven-year-old. This is used to introduce lots of dcmoey-style bits, with sentences like "I sat down and tried to become a piece of rubber and imagine what would happen under heat." Er. Yes.
The blurb says that there are some 'AGA bits', but Don't be fooled by this rather excellent col. The piccy used most in the demo is altogether more linear ond cute.
Quite which bits they are I don't know. OK. There are some nice routines, a few gradient colour wipes here and there, but nothing w hich seems to make use of the AGA machines.
MOBILE DESTINATION UNKNOWN CYNOSTK PD, DISK Dol 31 The new demo from Spaceballs. The now infamous coding group recently responsible for the superb State of the Art (rackmo. Goes in a totally different direction to their last demo.
157 SEPTEMBER 1993 MDU has a funky, jazzy soundtrack, which couldn't really be more different lo the harsh techno of Stale of The Art. The relaxing music is accompanied by some spinning, well, OK. Vectors again, bul there's something about the quality of the graphics which makes it more appealing than most vector demos.
Maybe it's the pastel colour scheme. Anyway, it's quite short, but definitely worth a mention.
Continued overleaf Strange one, this. It's a four-disk demo by coders Sim, which consists of, yes, lots of vectors and things, but they have been used in a somewhat different way to the norm.
If you've ever seen Kraftwerk's Musique Non- Stop video, you will know something of what to expect from this - wire-frame graphics dcnlcting spinning people, heads and hands, which are sometimes filled-in and light-sourced.
Also featured are some excellent psychedelic routines, with still graphics occasionally flashed over the top. Although Speed Anim Is four disks ...txcept without the 'naw version' of the Grateful Dead soundtrack. No, the music here is much better.
Long, only three of the disks we have actually worked, which is a shame. Also, there is no disk requester to prompt you when you need to swap disks - the screen Just turns black. Aside from these gripes, though, this is an interesting demo and worth looking at.
PD MUSIC & GFX DEMOS (In TELE SCAN After watching an excellent title screen, which counts down the long loading sequence, I was expecting an Incredible demo to follow. Alchemy.
However, consists of several interlinked animations
- not showing great skill or technical ability, but following a
good story.
It begins with an alchemist in his laboratory, pouring a chemical over a dead mouse. He is creating an Amiga mouse - the old mouse-lnto-mouse trick. This bit is good, with doomy, dark graphics and creative sound effects, but then It deteriorates Into a space adventure with psychedelic graphics.
The animation is still OK, but the colours don't work - although there are flashes of inspiration.
In tk« fllm-style introduction, wo ore pretented with a cattle, and a few bitt of lightning to tet the tcene... ...for the rett of the demo, which involvet olchemy or at leait, turning moute into mice... tee below.
Al200 A4000 ILLUSIONS TELE SCAN MBS There aren't any incredibly astounding features, but it's competent - glenz vectors, lots of dots, and things whirling around the screen. What more can you ask for in a demo?
Another addition lo the rather poor collection of AGA-only demos, the Rombust it not exoctly awe-inspiring.
A collection of four demos which are apparently AGA only. I say 'apparently' because although they will only run on an AGA machine they don't seem to take any advantage of the machine's capabilities. There's a small lo-rcs raytraced anim. A demo which we reviewed last issue (Retina Euro One) w hich certainly used to work on the normal Amigas. A TRSI intro demo, and a spinning box over a copper background.
Well, blow me down, it's an AGA-only copper background! Hooray! The world is saved. When, oh when, is someone going to do a demo for the AGA machines which actually looks good? Along with the demos there is a Fake Faslmcm utility which, um. Fakes fast memory, really.
SIMPLICITY CYNOST1C PD, CASSETTE Not PD at all. This tape by Minimal Arts is noted in this column because it was composed and performed by Jester of coding group Sanity. As well as using tracker programs. Jester uses his Amiga to control lots of MIDI instruments - and Simplicity is the result.
It sounds a lot like the Pet Shop Boys - fairly tame electro- dance music, with lots of blips and pops and swirling keyboards. And a lead singer who doesn't sound unlike Neil Tennant. It costs £6 + 50p p&p. But the cover is reasonably well produced w ith a lyric sheet included.
Well, It's minimal, I tuppote. Simple.
I'PI'TF u raw Thonk goodness, because it could so easily have been Neighbours, or something.
Hang on a mo. Pong'! For a second there I thought I'd grabbed the Dirty Rackets (see PD Update) disk by accident, but it seems not. Although it starts off with the familiar bat'n’bail screen so dearly loved by millions in the mid-Seventies (limmm...). it quickly zooms into a typical mcgademo with 'slimy' Glcnz vectors, more vectors, and a boppv soundtrack. Oh.
And some more vectors to boot.
COMPATIBLE MAGNETIC FIELDS, DISK DE143 Perhaps the title comes from the feeling you get when locked in a shaded room with this demo, i don't know.
A bog-standard demo from Future Mirror, with lots of swirly vectors and plasma effects which look exactly like what happens when your TV goes wrong. The different parts of the demo are loosely strung together in a kind of story about brain scanning and DNA-aitcring.
But the music's kinda nice, though.
¦N CROATIA EXPRESS PD DISK A483 ¦ This demo, strangely, was actually made in Croatia.
I'm not sure how many Amigas there are out there, but then Binary are as good as most other coding groups.
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I am a 16-year-old in a bit of a quandary until my exam results come through. I am thinking about a career, and my trusty A500 Plus, printer and second drive. Until a few months ago I was set on journalism as a career, perhaps writing for a magazine like yours. But recently I became aware that there are a lot of things the Amiga can do - desktop video, music and animation. I'm good at English and music. I've got Deluxe Pain! IV and I love animation and painting, and I have started to mess around with a video camera too.
My A500 Plus seems a bit slow nowadays, and I've been considering an A1200. What do I go for in terms of hardware, so that it will give me as wide a choice as possible for expansion? Obviously I want a hard drive (is 85Mb large enough?) And like everyone else, want to produce professional results without spending a professional's budget.
Should I stick with the Amiga, or go for another machine that does one specific thing like a Macintosh for writing?
162 SEPTEMBER 1993 When you're 16. It seems that the decisions you make 'fix' you in life. The reality is that you go on making decisions and changing your life all the lime. When I was 16. All I wanted to do was program. Years later, I realised that I just wasn't good enough to make much of a living from programming.
You talk of a 'professional budget' - it's not just a question of spending a fortune and getting an instant result. It lakes time and effort to create the smallest part of a computer project. It's not just what you have, it's also what you do with it. The smaller your budget, the more effort you have to put in to get a result.
Work out the size of the biggest individual program you want on your hard disk, triple it. And that's a minimum size. I've soldiered on with a 40Mb hard drive for years - I just have to clean it up frequently.
It seems that you hope what you are doing now will lead to a career, but you don't need a word processor to be a writer, or a paint program to be an artist. You need creativity - your talent is far more likely to get you a job than your computer.
The important thing is to finish things - written essays or short stories, songs, animations, whatever - unless you have finished work to show to a possible employer, you arc an unknown quantity.
A dedicated word processor will save you the temptation of playing games rather than banging out some text. But I'd rather type on an Amiga rather than a Mac. Mac's were designed for people who know zero about computers. They're far too 'nice' for me.
PRINTING FROM PACESETTER FROM: ROBERT GORMAN, GLASGOW I recently purchased a copy of PageSeller .? To run on my A500 Plus with twin floppy drives. After going through the floppy disk installation procedure as directed by the program. I tested the printing. To my dismay, up popped the message “Could not open printer.device". After a lot of messing around I realised this was due to a lack of a printer.preferences file. The following is a description of how to correct the problem.
I found that more space was required on the PS3 Install disk. Working with copies of the original disks I found Ihe best method was to use Workbench, to copy files and make more space. L)o all changes on copies of the disks, not the originals!
Boot the computer using a copy of Workbench.
Insert the working copy of the PS3 Install disk, and double click on its icon. Select Show All Files from the Window menu, then click once on the Hard Drive lnstallation icon, to select it. Select Delete from the Icon menu - this makes some space on the disk. Then double click on the Devs drawer, then the Printers drawer, and delete the Generic icon in a similar manner. Keep the Printers window on screen, but close all other windows.
If you already have a suitable driver on your Workbench disk, then double click on the Workbench disk icon. Otherwise, put in the Extras disk (Workbench 2) or the Storage disk (Workbench 3) and double click on its icon instead.
Select Show All Files from Ihe Window menu, open the Devs drawer and then the Printers drawer.
Click on and drag the driver you want into the still open Printers window from the PS3 Install disk.
WHICH? VIDEO FROM: B V KENT, WALSALL With the November issue of AF you supplied 7VTert the easiest video titler available. I had not long had a camcorder and thought that this would be a brilliant way of putting some finishing touches to my videos before sending them off to my brother in Australia.
I managed to set up the program and got some wonderful titles, but I couldn’t find any instructions for getting the titles on to video tape. What leads go where? Do I need to record on to a different video tape or what? Please don't go Into major expense like genlocks.
Yes. You do have to record the video on to a different piece of tape. First you record the bits from your camcorder on to a video tape, leaving a blank bit at the beginning and end for your titles. Then you connect the signal that your Amiga is displaying into the back of a video recorder. Then record your titles on to the tape.
When you play back, you will see the title, then your video footage, then your end title. If you want more than a beginning and end title, you will have to Thu AS20 modulator has a phono socket for connecting straight to a video recorder. More recent Amigas have a colour video out socket built into the modune.
Leave the spaces in the appropriate length of tape.
How you actually wire the connections depends on what Amiga you have. If you have a TV connected to your Amiga, then unplug the cable out of the back of the TV and into the back of the video.
However, this isn’t the best way to do it. The A600 and A1200 have a composite video connector. This connector can be wired up to the 'Video In' or SCART socket ol a video recorder, and will give a cleaner signal for the recorder. The A500 (Plus) and A1500 A2000 have a composite video connector too. But it is black and white only.
163 SEPTEMBER 1993 Then double click on the Prefs window on Workbench lit always lives on Workbench I and drag the Printer and PrinterGFX icons into the Printers window on the PS3 Install disk. PageSetter 3 should now install correctly.
Thanks very much for taking the trouble lo work it out.
NO SOUND INRUT FROM: ANDY SIMPSON. BLACKPOOL I have had an A500 Plus with 2Mb of memory for the past 18 months. The problem is I recently borrowed a friend's sound sampler. After plugging it in with the computer switched olT. I tried to sample various things from my hi-fi. And also from a guitar and music keyboard. The only result I got was a horribly distorted sample from the hi-fi with the volume turned up full.
I know the Technosound Sampler works fine for the person I borrowed it from. I tried a parallel printer - no joy from that either.
II Could it be something to do with the CIA chips?
Yes possibly, hut it could be something else as well.
Because there arc two CIA chips in your Amiga, you could try swapping them around to sec if the problem goes somewhere else. If you've never taken a chip out before, this is a bad place to start - you could damage the computer beyond repair.
2| How much would one cost and where would I get one from?
One 8250 CIA (Complex Interface Adaptorl will set you back about £10. Dart Electronics (0533 4700591 sell them, but plenty of other companies do too.
3) Because I have never used the port before, could I get a
Commodore repair for nothing?
No chance. The warranty of a machine covers you for a year. Sure, the port could have blown up before that
- maybe it was never right in the first place. But you haven't
got a legal leg to stand on.
41 Finally, do any samplers use the serial port?
No. Datcl produce a sampler which plugs into the righthand edge connector of either an A500 or A500 Plus, but when we tested it way back in .4 '24 and it only got 43 per cent.
THAT BUG AGAIN FROM: OSMAN SATTAR, LONDON I have an A 12(H) with a Canon BjlOe printer. My problem is that I cannot get the printer to print any thing but plain text. I copied the BJ10 printer driver from my storage disk into the Devs drawer When running from a floppy disk, the Workbench 3 Printer Preference tool does not recognize any drivers you have copied from the Storage disk to the Devs Prlnters drawer.
On my Workbench disk, then deleted the Generic driver that was already there.
However, when I loaded the printer preferences program from my Extras disk, the B.l 10 driver was not listed there! Not wanting to give up. I turned on my printer and double clicked on the Initprinter icon in the Tools drawer of the Extras disk. I then loaded TransWrile and tried to print a document containing hold, italic and underlined text, hut il all printed out as plain text.
There is a bug in Workbench 3. Which prevents the machine seeing just what you have copied into the Devs Printers or Devs Keymapx drawers. It doesn't happen if you have a hard drive. All you have to do is click and drag the relevant Preference program from the Prefs drawer into the RAM 12-0999 -disk, and then run the copy of the program that is in the RAM disk.
STARTING OFF FROM: SIMON COLLIER. TYNE AND WEAR I am trying to start up a disk magazine, and have a couple of questions to ask.
I) I would like to write to companies like DMA and Sensible
Software. I can't find their addresses anywhere. Why is
that?
Most companies prefer lo deal directly over the phone instead of having lo respond in writing. And if you have their phone number you can always ring up and ask for their address. We rarely print addresses because a phone number takes up much less space, but this time we'll make an exception. DMA are at Discovery House. Dundee Technology Park. Dundee DD2 ITY.
And Sensible Software are at 2 Station Approach.
March. Cambridgeshire PEIS 8SQ.
21 I am considering buying the Vidi-Amiga 12 video digitiser. I understand that it takes about a second to grab a full colour frame. Does this mean I must have a video with a frame-by-frame play where you press to advance a frame at a time, or will the device slow down the video so it can digitise a sequence of frames automatically?
It means the picture has to be paused lor a second. The digitiser doesn't automatiaPy control the video player
- you have lo do that manually.
3) Also. I need some articles for the disk magazine.
Since I cannot afford lo advertise, could you ask your readers if they would send their work to me please?
OK. But only this once. If you have any articles, pic- IN SEARCH OF SOURCE FROM: JAMES ANDREWS, KIRKCUDBRIGHT 1 am very keen on programminng my I Mb A500.
Having played around for about seven years on a very old VIC 20. I have programmed in 7.80 and 6502 Assembly language, but find the Amiga a most complex machine - I am having real trouble getting to grips with both the hardware registers (for controlling the hardware) and also with AmigaDOS.
Could you recommend some decent machine code books on the subject? I am aware of the official Addison Wesley Hardware Manual and the AmigaDOS ROM Rental manuals, but they seem a bit expensive for what I have in mind.
Iticy arc expensive but they arc worth it. Especially the hardware manual. However. Uiev are written in a way that assumes you know an awful lot about computers, and they do not. As yet. Have any information about the AGA chip set.
If I really wanted to get into programming the Amiga directly. I'd buy some of the Amiga Coder's Club disks. These are dedicated to machine code programming. Giving plenty of examples as lo how you address the hardware correctly. There are plenty of other disks in the Public Domain with examples for would he MC programmers too.
You can get ACC disks from Amiganuts United on
070. 3 470017. The owner of Amiganuts is now Mark Meany. The guv
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FROM: SIMON SHORROCK. SK1PTON I bought an A1200 because I wanted graphically intensive games to run faster. Formula One Grand Prix is my favourite game, so I was disappointed to find it was only about twice as fast as my old A600.
This detracts from the 'five times faster' claims I've seen. Will there he an A1200 version of the game?
Such inflated benchmark results of the A 12(H) arc when it is filled with a trapdoor RAM expansion, which gives four point something times the speed of an A600. It's to be expected that advertisers round this upw ards. However, this is not a standard item that you get w ith the machine - read the small print. An A12(H) version? Possible, but don't hold your breath. Companies like MicroProse need a larger AGA market. Dz GOING PRO FROM: TOM ROSE, GERMANY I am thinking of buying AMOS Professional, but would like to know a few things before I spend my hard earned cash.
II Is AMOS Professional compatible with all Amigas?
Yes. But it needs at least I Mb of memory to w ork.
21 Does it support the AGA chip set?
The current version docs not. I understand that Europress Software 0625 859444) have been bombarded with requests for such a version, but as yet it hasn't been produced.
3) Can I use the compiler with it or do I need an AMOS Pro
compiler?
You need the AMOS Pro compiler, which was released at the end of June. The AMOS Pro compiler can compile ASCII. Pasv AMOS, AMOS and AMOS Pro code.
I WANNABE FROM: DAVID ONUBA, WALTHAMSTOW I need help in using AMOS - I am having difficulty constructing and assembling programs. I think it's because I don't know the basic language commands and where to put them.
164 I have had my A500 for nearly two years and my friends who have AMOS laugh at me because I don't know how to use it. I feel really stupid because it says in your magazine that it's so simple to use. And vet it frustrates me totally.
SEPTEMBER 1993
I) I can't even begin to create good graphics. I've tried using
Dpaint. But just can't get the hang of it.
I load Deluxe Sprite IV and I get stuck on the series of basic commands that are needed.
You are trying to run before you can crawl. AMOS is 'relatively' simple, next to machine code. It is based largely on the IIASIC computer language, used by beginners for years. I think a large part of your problem starts from not knowing anything about BASIC or computer languages in general. The AMOS manual certainly assumes that you can program in BASIC.
N. B.fiMOS ARTICLE VIEUJER CLOSE CURRENT MAIN RRTICLE MENU
Nothing But AMOS it a new disk magazine to help new
programmers. It tost £2.50 from Neil Wright, 39 Riding Dene,
Middey, Northumberland NE43 7DL My first piece of advice is.
Slop trying to write a game. You can see the finished game in
your mind, but to make it real means more work than you
imagine at the moment. Look at different samples of AMOS code,
and be prepared lo Icam very hard.
Amos Answers Frustrated with AMOS? Want to give up? Well, see if Pat McDonald can sort out your conundrums.
Second, after you have loaded in an AMOS program. You must click on 'Run' before anything starts working. You probably want a disk that automatically loads, but don't think about that until you can use the AMOS editor to a certain extent.
Third, get some squared paper and a few felt tip pens. Draw your graphics on the paper first, in pencil, getting the shape and tone looking good. Ink in the outline. And then, using the Magnify mode, draw the outline in Dpaint. Working with squared paper will give you a feel for how pixels and colours look on the screen - it's too ambitious to go straight to a computer!
2) Could you give me a list of the commands for AMOS'! What I am
trying to aim for (apart from a gamel is a tiny program to fit
on a bootblock of the disk. I am not trying to write a virus,
but I would like to get to grips with bootblocks too -
examining them, installing them, and creating them. Is this
possible with AMOS'!
If you want a full command list, then get the manual from our Mail Order on page 144. There's just too much information in it for us to print a command list - and you need something more than that. You could also buy a book (not necessarily a new one) on BASIC.
W ritten for beginners. There arc quite of few of these in secondhand bookshops - something like SO Hour BASIC by Fred Harris will teach you a lot of fundamental things, like what variables and constants are.
How to do a loop, and how to build an array.
You also need to study the code. Don't expect to leam it all in one day. One week, or one year. Don't dream of becoming a crack programmer who makes millions. Do it for fun. If any of your friends have access to a printer, ask them lo print out some listings for you. It lakes pratice and more practice. Bootblocks are very small machine code programs, so there's no hope of putting an AMOS program (even a compiled one) on to a bootblock. To read and write bootblocks. You have lo know how to use the AtnigaDOS program libraries - there is no direct AMOS command to do this.
FONT FIXERS FROM: SIMON READ, MILTON KEYNES I am having (rouble Irving lo gel fonts lo work in my AMOS programs. I have copied some W orkbench fonts lo the fonts directory of my program disk, but AMOS fails lo acknowledge them. I have tried using Fixfonls on my program disk hut il doesn't cure the problem. Can you tell me how I can get a different font in my AMOS programs?
You do have the Diskfont.library file present in the Libs directory, don't you? Without that file. AMOS cannot read fonts from disk, since il contains the subprograms to actually do the job.
ARC SEARCH FROM: DAVE MCKAY. PUDSEY I am attempting to create graphics with maths rather than a paint program. I use AMOS Professional and have come across a problem. How do you program an arc, rather than a complete circle? I have tried the Circle command, but that draws a whole circle. Plot seems a hit long winded.
Using a lot of individual Plot commands is long winded, but if you use a loop and a couple of maths functions, then it's fairly easy. Something like this should do the job: Degree RADIUS=50 OFFSETX=100 OFFSETY=100 For N=1 To 90 Plot (Sin(N)‘RADIUS)vOFFSETX, (COS(N)‘RADIUS)vOFFSETY Next 0| Hi C,»4i.2M It.lirM NtttS STHpduw wrtftvi-.iM for W:l R H HD I I n o f i« 11« m 1 • w; *orra!». ¦ i ol'T ' hw :-il; *®fT u r* %•' " i if it Uw I?
:: Air* -? •: ' This may look the same os the published listing, but it's been changed to use Iractions and high resolution graphics.
First, the computer is set to w ork in degrees of arc.
Rather than radians. The Radius of the arc. And the offsets from the X and Y coordinates arc also set - changing these w ill produce arcs of different sizes.
Finally, the For Next loop actually plots the are on screen. If you wanted an arc to go in a different direction. Then the loop would have to go from 91-180.
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Order. Cheques payable to I C E. Telephone your order now on 0602 445071 - TEN LINES A To actually display that many colours on a screen at once, you would need a screen made up of a 4.096 x 4.096 pixel grid. A 24-bit true colour card lets you pul any colour 011 any pixel, giving computer graphics a quality that can be used for television and video work - a resolution of about 740 x 600 is usually fine for this purpose, although specifications differ slightly from board to board.
Ql know that 32-bit architecture will give you a palette of 16.777,216 colours (less actually on screen), but does a 24-bit graphic card give that man colours on screen?
Answerfile Pat McDonald gets his 'starter for 10' and then some, as he answers more of your queries about the techie side of the Amiga... The point of having a 32-bit display rather than a 24-bit display is to mark out certain areas of the screen for different purposes. For instance, marking out areas for a separate video image to be displayed over those pixels.
166 One feature usually provided by 32-bit displays is called Alpha-channelling. The facilities that it provides make a broadcast display even better. Such a card is the Harlequin. It is rather expensive, and is for the high end Amigas. But you will find that it is of the highest quality, and is available from Amiga Centre Scotland (0896 87583).
SEPTEMBER 1993 The 32-bit AGA chip set is basically a budget approach to achieving these sort of graphics. Although you can choose any of the 16 million or so colours, you are limited as to where you can put a given colour on screen, beyond a preset limit - unlike a professional graphics card. The extra bits are used for gcnlocking external signals over the display. (By the way. The whale was drawn by Richard Baguley.)
Qwhat does the Newtek Video Toaster do? Is the OpalVision Roaster chip the same?
A Think of two sequences ot moving video pictures that you want to join together. The bit where they are joined is called a cut il there is no transition, and a wipe it there is. You may want to lade down to black after the first sequence, then fade the next sequence in. Or you may want lo superimpose the second video over the first, then fade the first out.
This sort of thing is what the Video Toaster was designed for - to give as much flexibility for wipes as possible. That's not all it can do, not by a long way.
The Toaster also has a 24-bit true colour display, for producing broadcast-quality stills and animation - just as OpalVision does.
However, the Video Toaster does not work on PAL videos, the standard used in the UK, most of Europe and Australia. OpalVision works on both PAL and the American NTSC standard. So there are quite a few people eagerly awaiting the arrival of the OpalVision Roaster chip.
QI want to get my hands on an A1200 with an 80Mh hard drive, hut would it be worthwhile waiting a bit for the AA+ and AAA chip set versions?
A Probably not. If Commodore were to release an A12(H) with yet another different set of graphics chips, then that would confuse the situation totally.
I would not expect to sec an improvement on the AGA chip set for quite some lime, at least at the lower end of the Amiga market.
Ql do a lot of work with serious applications, and so I'd like to know which is the better buy. An A4000 030 or would I be just as well off w ith an A1200?
A Not really. The reason for buying a desktop or 'boxed' Amiga is that it's a lot easier (and cost i The Video Toaster is essentially a 24-bit display card optimised lor (American) video use.
Effective) to expand, since it has card slots inside it. If you don't intend to get extra hardware, then you are probably belter off getting an A1200 with a hard drive and some fast RAM.
Q Which is the best hard drive around for the A1200? Why are some advertised as ‘Commodore approved’ - are these the best?
A If you have your hard drive fitted by Indi Direct. Calculus or Silica Systems then Wang will still repair your Amiga under warranty, should a fault occur. This means that if you have a hard drive fitted by a company other than the aforementioned, and your computer then breaks down, its warranty is void and so Wang w ill not come and repair it.
We have heard stories however, of Wang engineers actually repairing Amigas that have been fitted with hard drives w ith warranty seals broken, as long as the problem hasn't been related to the hard drive being fitted. So it doesn't seem to make much difference, but perhaps it's worth getting a drive fitted by one of the three purely for your peace of mind.
Ql’m considering compiling a number of PI) demos incorporating digitised animations and stills from feature films. Is this legal?
Alt is only legal in two circumstances. The first is if you have permission from the copyright holder of the film (usually the film studio). The other is when you take clips from promotional trailers of a film
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Q W here can I get a numeric keypad emulator to produce work in Deluxe Paint'!
A From PD libraries, such as NBS. Who w ill provide an A600 keypad emulator for £2.50. including postage and packing. Contact them on 0983 529594 - but if you want a keypad emulator for a different reason, make sure it will do what you want.
Q Would a hard drive or memory expansion improve the animation or smoothness of games like Formula One Grand Prix'l A A hard drive will not. Though they do speed up the loading times, so you wouldn't spend so long wailing for the next bit of game to load.
As for memory expansions, it depends on whether you already have some fast RAM. And what Amiga you add it to. In the case of the A500. A600.
AI500 A2000, the speed increase is small - maybe five per cent. But on the A1200 fast RAM added via the trapdoor results in a 100 percent speed increase.
The best way to make a computer go faster is to change the Central Processing Unit (CPU) chip to a faster, more up-to-date version with its own slice of fast RAM. You can't do this to an A600 though, because the CPU is soldered in.
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Programming is lass about typing in long Bits of tom- mands and more about designing logical solutions to a problem. If you're a programmer who can just bang code straight into the machine, oil well and good.
But most people, especially beginners, should concentrate on understanding bow progroms ore built up from many smaller pieces.
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A Yes. But you will rarely get a decent sample straight from an electric guitar. Samples work better with electrically amplified sound, through an amplifier, rather than straight from an instrument.
Qare there any educational programs on PCMCIA card? If not. Is it possible to copy programs from floppy disks on to PCMCIA cards?
A No there arc not. But you can copy the contents of standard floppy disks on to PCMCIA cards that have been formatted with the PrepCartI utility.
However, make sure your card can be used as a disk.
Most educational programs will work from PCMCIA card, although you may need lo assign all the floppies in the Startup-sequence file, which can be necessary when installing floppy software on to a hard disk.
If all this is Greek to you. Here's how you do it.
First, you need a word processor or text editor (MeMacs on the Extras disk will do) then you load the Startup-scqucncc lilc found in the S directory of self booting disks, and add a few commands at the beginning. Here's an example: Assign Diskl: CCO: Every time the Amiga needs to read a file from a disk called Diskl. It will instead look at CCO - the PCMCIA card. The Assign command must also be present in the C directory of your card. By the way. Lo copy all files from a disk called Diskl to a PCMCIA card, use this, typed directly into a Shcll:- Copy all from Diskl: to CCO: If you're not
sure what a disk is called, the name of a disk appears underneath its icon on Workbench. Avoid putting spaces in disk names, as you then have to surround the disk name with speech marks: Copy all from "Disk 1:" to CCO: srxsi21=32 : 5 113:32 : TWIN:* I- umiM Imost people assume that programming a computer Is simply a question ot entering the right commands into a computer language, then getting the computer to run through the list of commands. This Is not programming - the business ol entering programs into a computer in a form it can understand is known as coding. It's just one stage of
the programming process.
2 Programming has many different stages. The first one Is the creation and design stage, where a program’s purpose and operating standards are fixed. Usually, thinking of one program as a single entity is too much - the program has to be split up into many small segments, each with its own job.
3 The reason for this Is that If you don't break down a program first, one or other elements will be too large for you to integrate later. For instance, a program to scan the contents of a disk seems to be a loop of scanning individual parts of a disk. The latter is extremely complex In its own right, so you first work out how to tell the disk drive to move to a certain track, then start reading the data, and finish In the right place.
4 There are many functions built Into the Amiga that are specifically designed to do tasks like this. They are stored in the system libraries, some of which are contained in the machine's ROM chip, some of which exist in the libs (libraries) drawer on Workbench. Nobody says you ever have to use them, and many programmers simply ignore them.
5 However, just because you Ignore the system library files, this does not mean that you should rewrite every program straight from scratch. As you program, you tend to have your own libraries of subroutines to do certain, specific jobs. If you want to program, say, image processing software, then there's not a lot in the system libraries to help you.
6 Another important factor to take Into consideration, aside from figuring out If there are any existing program bits that you can use, is how much memory your program needs. Usually, programs don't take up much space at all. It is the data that takes up most of the storage - things like pictures and sounds are really huge in computer terms.
7 Using a tiling method Is one way around the huge memory overheads that you get with some complex graphics. Each graphic screen is made up from a set of tiles. You can design each individual tile, and then arrange them to make up a screen. Although not as individual as drawing every screen in Deluxe Paint, it's much more compact to store a set of tiles and a map, rather than each individual pixel and Its colour.
167 SEPTEMBER 1993 8 It used to be the case that a printer was always recommended for programming, to give hard copies of a program. However because computers like the Amiga have much larger memory and disk capacitie, this can result in extremely thick bundles of printout. Many programmers have adapted to the more limited viewpoint ot a monitor, simply because it saves so much on printer costs.
9 Once a program has been coded into a computer language, the penultimate stage of programming is testing. Usually, a freshly entered program will do one of four things: it will work flawlessly (rare): it will freeze the computer in an infinite loop: it will apparently work, but fail later; or it will fail completely and produce random, spurious data.
Assuming that the program doesn't work properly, the final stage of programming happens - debugging - this is the meticulous process of going through the program by hand, and finding the mistakes. For beginners especially, debugging is the most time consuming part of programming. But It's a stage that practically all programs have to be put through. When you see a slick, polished program, that's not just a good programmer behind it - it's also a good programmer who is patient enough to find his mistakes.
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KNIFE THE MAC In July's issue ot Amiga Formal. Daniel Meuuws was having a problem choosing between a PC or an Amiga.
I have a similar problem, bul this time it is between a Macintosh and an Amiga. Could you please tell me the advantages of an Amiga over a Mac. Say the LCII or LCIII at an educational price.
The problem is that both these computers seem better than a PC and they both tend to be used in similar places. If you think the Amiga is better, could you please tell me whether there is any point in buying a Macintosh Emulator?
Andrew John Mas, Hatfield Rather predictably, we think the Amiga is the heller machine, if we didn't we'd all be working on our sister title. Mac Format. The main reason comes down, once more, lo price. Although we would agree with you that the Mac is a far superior machine to the PC. And accept that Mac prices have plummeted recently, they are still pretty expensive. An LCIII with 4Mb RAM and an 80Mb hard drive plus a 14-incli colour display will cost you around £1.000. An A4000 030 4 SO with a 14- incli colour display would be more expensive, at around £1J00. Both machines run a Motorola
68030 chip at 25Mhz. Hut the Amiga has the advantage of the custom chip set. So all in all that’s a fairly even match so far. Your LCIII will display up to 256 colours, your A4000I030 will display 262.144. Now down lo the important stuff, software!
Quark X Press for the Mac will cost you £795, ProPagc 4 on the Amiga will cost you. £199.95. Presenter on the Mac will cost you £1,225. Real 3D2 on the Amiga will cost you £400. Macromind Director on the Mac will cost you £899. Scala MM200 on the Amiga will cost you £460.
It soon becomes apparent that unless you're earning a huge salary, the Amiga is the better buy. But the Got a picture you're proud of? Send it and win an Amiga Format binder! Since Letters la where you get to contribute your words, we thought it would be the perfect place to see your pictures on display too. The best Image every month will win a huge (and we're talking big here) poster printout, courtesy of Max Graphics of Cardiff - worth a massive £80.
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Mac is a good machine, and the interface is the peak of computer user friendliness. The Emplant Mac emulator, reviewed in AF48 185 per cent) is a great way lo get the best of both worlds.
DRIVE HARDER As a recent addition to the world of computing, via the Amiga 1200. One facet of being the lucky owner of this magnificent machine perturbs me. Why are IDE drives so expensive for the Amiga when compared to Pcs?
On average, hard drives cost £1.50 per meg for Pcs and a massive £3 plus for the Amiga. I understand that there is a difference in size, but should this change the price so dramatically? If so, why did Commodore not use the cheaper 3.5-inch version? Please don't tell me 'because it won't fit in the case' since Commodore designed the case. Is it possible there was some kind of nepotism with GVP to supply the smaller size of hard drive, because I have yet to find an advertisement in magazines indicating anyone else supplying this product.
171 SEPTEMBER 1993 G A Alexander, Irvine The reason for the difference in price is simply one of supply and demand. There is a world shortage of 25- inch drives, and so they are expensive. On the other hand. 3.5-inch drives are plentiful, and are therefore cheap. You are wrong in assuming that the cheaper
3. 5-inch drive won't fit inside your machine, though.
Look through this issue for the Software Demon advert, and look at their prices. Pretty cheap aren’t they? That's because they have developed a way of squeezing the bigger unit inside the A1200.
On your last point, I just don’t understand what you mean.' Firstly, GVP and Commodore are totally separate companies and there is little chance of nepotism between them. Secondly. GVP don’t supply any 25- inch drives for the A!200.
Continued overleaf TRAITOR POWER Normally. AF has struck me as a solid ‘console-toy' bashing kind of a magazine, but a recent browse through the AF Annual 9} proved rather disturbing.
There I was gleefully reading the 'Behind the Scenes' article when I found a picture of the then An Editor.
Marcus Dyson which took me by surprise.
Far be it from me to criticise the dress sense of any member of the illustrious Amiga Formal team (oh, don'l know about that - Ed), but there was old Marcus, bold as brass and wearing a Sega shin. Adding insult to injury this very same shirt, offending logo now cropped, is still sitting on Ed's back in the introduction to the most recent copy of Amiga Formal.
I realise times are hard, but surely some more suitable clobber is in order.
Shaun Ball, Gillingham Well what can I say in my defence.’ I did il lo shock? I did il because I don't earn enough lo buy doilies, and have lo wear freebies? did il because my wife is An Editor of Mega, llie world’s most wicked Sega mag ?
All these are true and more! I did il because I own a Game Gear and dunk that portable consoles are well wicked! Lei's nol gel lo emotional about these things, the Amiga is king, bul all kids should have their toys - mine's a Sega.
This month's contents page should see a new me.
With a tasty Gordon and Smith T-shirt on.
COMPUTER CHART At school I overheard someone talking to a teacher.
She said that the Apple Macintosh (which we use at school) was not a bad computer, but if you were really serious about computers the only choice was the IBM PC. Whereupon the other teacher said that her son had an Amiga at home and that it was OK for games but nothing else.' I had to bite my tongue as I nearly burst out in a fit of quoting prices and how the Amiga was every bit as capable a platform as any PC.
172 SEPTEMBER 1993 This just shows how bad the public's attitude to the Amiga is. Business people don't want to be associated with the kind of people who use Amigas - the artists and musicians.
Robin Brown, Edinburgh You make an interesting point Robin Business people are rarely comfortable with 'crcatives' and the Amiga is a creative computer It doesn't matter whether spreadsheet users think the Amiga is a games machine, as long as people like Foundation Imaging are producing things like Babylon 5. Which show off the Amiga's true power.
Let business people have llieir Pcs. It's wlial they deserve. Anyone who honestly believes that the PC is the only 'serious' computer obviously knows so little that their opinions are nol worth worrying about BABBLING ON Oh My God! The Babylon 5 feature - brilliant!
This article has got to be the best you've ever featured. It's great to see two Brits knocking them out in the states. The best of luck to foundation imaging in the future.
OK. So we can t afford a dozen 2(XX)s and an IBM lo control them with. But a few people with A1200s and a hired PC in a room for a week could be generating some seriously fantastic images. More on Ihe Toaster please, and where can you get transcoding done. Someone somewhere must supply a transcoding service. I'm off to buy an AI200 now .
X You don't need to use a Toaster and dozens of Amigas networked together to produce incredible quality JD animations. Not unless, like Foundation Imaging, you have to produce several minutes of broadcast quality footage every week. A single A 200, a RAM expansion and a copy of Real 3D2 could see you producing work the quality of which will shock all your friends rigid.
As for Toaster transcoding, forget it! We are soon to see a version of the Toaster 4000 with an in-built transcoder card. We’ll be reviewing it soon.
PIRATES AWAY I have read that the PCMCIA card acts rather like a RAM expansion, the same source says that the PCMCIA is practically pirate proof. Now I know PCMCIAs arc expensive, bul if piracy is such a problem why can't they produce a much cheaper device which contains vital bits of code for games which would still run on disk? Surely w ith mass use the cost could be kept down and piracy could be nipped in the bud for Ihe A12(X) and A600 before people become discouraged from developing for them.
If this is unfeasible, why can't Commodore design an anti-piracy slot for their machines? For example a card that cannot be read by pirates, but contains vital information for Ihe game. With the card available only to developers then an almost 100 per cent protection could be created. With this a similar protection to the likes of the consoles could be obtained.
Commodore must realise that as piracy reduces sales and hits the software industry, this in turn will affect them.
Myles Jefferey, Hernebay Sadly, what you say about PCMCIA is incorrect A PCMCIA card is in effect a ROM cartridge, and as the console manufacturers are finding out to their cost, carts are eminently piraleable. The truth is that any code which can be read into your machine is pirate- able. Whether it be from cart. CD. Or disk. I am sure Commodore are fully aware of the threat this poses to ihe Amiga, but there is little they can do about it.
DEPECHE MOOD Having noticed recent articles by Jason Holbom. I was interested to find that Mr Holbom (we prefer to call him Jason - Ed) is a Dcpeche Mode fan. I myself am a keen fan of the Mode anil their indie label Mute.
However, I feel compelled lo write after seeing Jason's screen shot for The Music Librarian review. Mr Holbom (in' prefer to call him Jason - Ed) is obviously not as keen as he makes out. Songs of Faith and Devotion is not distributed by EMI. It is by RTM Pinnacle. I can see where he is getting mixed up.
Though - EMI publish the songs on the album.
Also any self respecting fan would know the Mute catalogue number CSTUMM106.
Please discipline Jason (There! Now you've got it - Ed) w ith w hatever methods you use in your office.
Mat Smith, Stratford Upon Avon Ah. It all becomes clear now. We wondered how Jason las we like to call him) could make such an incredible social fans pas as to not know all the Depeche Mode catalogue numbers by heart. Although I must admit that I consider myself lo be a devoted fan of Dinosaur Jr. But the catalogue number of their second album Living All Over Me doesn't spring to mind immediately. We will discipline Jason most severely, the current method of choice is to force the incalcitrant writer to listen to Depeche Mode records.
SELL SAVED GAMES?
While looking through the PD ads, I noticed that there was something missing - saved games. For instance, you could sell positions in Monkey Island and II.
Trickshots in Jimmy White's, huge empires in Civilization, sprawling metropolises in Sim City. Etc. Is this legal? If so I have many saved games including Ihe ones listed above, plus Lemmings II. Formula I Grand Prix. Specdball II and more.
Richard Hewitt, Belfast We're spoken lo a couple of companies about this, and they seem to think that there's no problem. However, they do stress that you should not include files which are part of the actual game code - because this obviously infringes copyright.
Wlial do the PD libraries think, though? Are there any PD companies out there who fancy giving it a go?
Write in and tell us what you think.
FORMULA FUN Many years ago in my 'Spectrum Era'. I played away on a game called Formula One. Into Ihe small hours of the morning. It wasn't the car sim type - basically I was the manager, putting my cars on to the track race- worthy. Betting on the outcome of the race to get more money for building my cars up. And simply sitting back Continued overleaf MISLEADING INFORMATION I am writing to express concern at being given blatantly false advice by a supposedly reputable company.
To explain: last week I finally decided to go ahead and upgrade from my A600 to an A1200. Hav ing checked out a number of lists of software which would work w ith the A1200 I realised that all of the software I own would run on it. With the exception of Legends of Valour w hich didn't seem to be on anyone's list. I decided to ring US Gold for an answer.
The gentleman' I spoke to told me: "Legends of Valour will not work at all on the A1200 - in fact I wouldn't even buy another Amiga. We arc only doing a couple more games for il so you'd be wasting your money."
Now I was a little taken aback by the vehemence with which this was stated, but I went out and bought an A1200 anyway. Was I wasting my money? Not bloody likely I wasn't! It's a brilliant machine - and more to the point. Legends of Valour runs on it perfectly at about twice the speed of the A600. In fact it runs so much better I've played it to death in the last few days.
So a word of warning: don't believe everything a software distributor tells you.
And a word of advice: gel an A1200. There must be plenty of other software houses who are less short sighted than US Gold.
Andy, Bristol Your tale w as particularly surprising to us Andy, because Bridgett Hirst, the communications manager for US Gold was in our office recently telling us how important the Amiga is lo tltcir market. She reappeared in our office lo demo their new Amiga game. Blade of Destiny, just after I'd read your letter, so I tackled her on the subject. Not surprisingly, she was horrified to hear what you had lo say.
Back in the US Gold offices in Birmingham. Bridgett did a little investigative work, but the misinformed and itinerant 'gentleman' you spoke to could not be identified. However. Bridgett had this message: "Following our conversation I spoke to a number of people in an attempt to discover who in US Gold had spoken to the customer, certainly il was no-one in PR as we're all female although at times we do have gruff voices).
"Certainly the comments allegedly made do not reflect US Gold's attitude lo the Amiga. As you arc aware we are continuing lo support the Amiga both with new lilies and our Kltv and XL ranges.
"I can only apologise for the fact that Andy had cause to put pen to paper.
Please ask him to ensure that lie speaks directly to me on 021-625 3366 extension 2178 if he has any further queries."
So you see. Not only are US Gold reputable, but they're very helpful too!
CD CONSOLE IS HERE!
I have just had a catalogue shoved through my door. I was llicking through the computer section when I stumbled across an Amiga 32-bil console!
What is going on? Where is the hype that such a radical advance in Commodore's market deserves? The lack of interest which seems to be surrounding this could mean that the console is not as successful as it should be.
T Clifford, Harrow By now I'm sure you've read about the Amiga CD32 on this month's news pages.
But if it's a surprise you can't have read your recent issues very carefully. We've speculated about the CD Console for months, but we can't go into full blown hype mode before we have any hard facts. The unfortunate appearance in the Grattans' catalogue was a slight scheduling glitch. Commodore wanted to keep the launch secret until the press unveiling, and the Grattans' appearance is the side effect of a launch delay. Now it's here il will get all the liype land success) it deserves.
J Chose Ike Dragon by Mark Neesam of Rugby Next month Issue 51 October 1993 SPECIAL • ON AMIGA CD 32 We love the Amiga here in the Amiga Format offices (surprising that isn't it?). We love Real 3D and VistaPro. We love Image FX and Wordworth 2 AGA. We love Directory Opus and Professional Page. But at the end of a very hard, and very serious, day. There's nothing we like more than getting out the games.
Not surprisingly we're as please as pleased can be lo hear the news of Commodore's new C'D-based games console, so next month on lop of the usual Amiga Formal packed with news, games and serious reviews we're also putting together 32 pages on everything you need to know about this excellent new machine.
Not only will we be telling you exactly what the technology and what the machine's all about, but we'll also have our very own CD32 console, so we'll gel some games and playtest the thing to destruction. We'll also be finding out what the software houses think of CD. The new console and whal they're developing for it. Plus we’ll have screenshots, previews and maybe even the odd review of some of the hot new breed of CD games.
And we get paid for this... Easy life!
Waiting for you at your local shop from Thursday August 26!
And watching while the cars whizzed pasl on the highlights - pausing only to change the type of lyres or repair the chassis in the pit stops. Simple, not too much to do and no tedious qualifying, etc. The best bit was when the screen border changed colour to announce that the leadership had changed hands! Anyway - everybody who has played this game reckons it was the best ever.
Therefore, at last, you may add...
1) Has this game not been recreated on the Amiga?
2) What, not even on PD?
3) Why not?
4) Do we need to lobby parliament to get something done or what?
5) What's for tea?
Chris Morris, Tadcaster !) Yes. The name has not been recreated on the Amina.
2) No. Not even on PD 31 Erm. Don't know? Maybe because the
Amina’s advanced processinn and graphical abilities have lead
to driving gomes like MicroProse’s Formula One Grand Prix and
Vroom.
4) No. You just need to make an impassioned plea to all PD coders
out there, through the letters pages of Amiga Format. Or wait
a while until Chrysalis unveil their Formula One management
sim which they are currently developing.
51 I'm having a Scliwar: blue-clieeseburger and fries.
EX-SCSI ME I own an A500 and would love to upgrade lo an A1200. But I have also got a GVP A500HDS hard disk (the one that fits on lo the side of the machine). Having spent so much money on the hard disk, lo spend it again on a new one seems a great waste of money.
174 So here is a plea to any hardware manufacturers.
How about making an adaptor that would link the old hard disk to an A1200? With an interface costing between £20-50 it would be worth upgrading. Do any manufacturers have any comments on the idea?
SEPTEMBER 1993 Pete Bricknell, London The adaptor you require is a SCSI interface, they are beginning to appear on the market, but sadly they cost a little more than your suggested price range. Both ICD and GVP have RAM expansion or accelerator boards for the A12011 which have a SCSI connector, but you pay quite a price for the hoard.
However, one thing lo consider is the high resale value of your GVP HD8. When compared to the cost of a similar sized IDE drive for your new A1200. You could probably sell the GVP drive for around £100-
150. Whereas a 40Mb IDE drive can be picked up for as little as
£100. And with IDE you have the added advantage of the disk
being internal, and thus taking up far less desk space.
ONE CARELESS OWNER I would like lo buy the review A4000 040 from you.
Reading an advertisement for it first whet my appetite.
I then read the review of the A4000 030 and noticed the comparison in speed. So I flicked through some pages and was very impressed by the competition software. Then 1 had a crazy notion of buying the review A4CXXI 040 for £200. And the review copies of the software for £100. In total adding to £300. I will have to pay £50 per month.
Master Jonathan Bruce, Kilbarchon Sorry Jonathan, but we need to keep our A4000 in the TASTY SNIP-PETS Why do you say that a CD-ROM drive using the PCMCIA connector will be available tor the A1200.
But not the 600. Because its PCMCIA slot does not otter the same degree of control. Surely all PCMCIA slots are built to the same specification?
J Rushton, Telford We never said that there would be an A1200 PCMCIA CD-ROM. In fact PCMCIA is exactly the reason that the A600 will probably not get a CD drive. The At200 has the opportunity to accept a SCSI connector via the trapdoor port, and it a CD is to be connected, this is how it will be done.
As a slight aside. No, not all PCMCIA slots are the same specification, but that 's another story.
I used to be a pirate. I have given up now and started to reformat my copied disks. Could I still be prosecuted?
Anon Strictly speaking, until all your pirated disks have been erased you could face prosecution. But it you have seen the error of your ways, and you are actively getting rid of your illegal games. I'm sure FAST will leave you alone.
Well done, trom all of us, we know going straight can be a difficult decision to take.
With so much interest generated by the current range of very cheap CD-ROM systems, wouldn't it be beneficial to do an in-depth study Into the workings and possibilities of the CD Amigas?
Mark Passmore, Newtownabbey It certainly would, and with the new developments In this area, you can expect something very soon.
YOU LUCKY, LUCKY... THE COMMODORE AMIGA FORMAT A4000 COMP We had tons, hundreds, loads and masses of entries for our fabulous win an A4000 030 competition. And not surprisingly so either, since the prize also included a selection of the very best software available. In the end we counted all the entries, and we will be using that total figure as the basis of another competition soon. But for now, we will just content ourselves by telling you who the extremely lucky winner is. It really is time for a roll of the drums, here we go... the winner is a Mr D Wightman of Chester.
I WANNA WINNA PRINTER COMP Three lucky readers will be printing their entries to future competitions on a shiny new Citizen 90 C colour dot matrix printer. Those three are Jonathan Spot the shot 50 Do you know which Amiga game this is a portion of?
Then send us a postcard and you could win a T-shirt.
Just put your name, address and the name of the game on the card and post it to us at the following address: Spot the Shot 50, Amiga Format. 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. The first correct entry pulled out of the hat every month will win a fabulous Amiga Format T-shirt!
Ihe winner of Spot the Shot 48 is Christian Ardern of Narbeth in Wales, who, like all the other people waiting for an Amiga Format T-shirt, will be very pleased to hear that they are virtually ready.
Amigas not only star in films like Space Camp, but also in Aussi soaps. In Neighbours, if you look closely at Paul Robinson's desk In his house you will see. What else but an Amiga!
Tim Richards, Swansea Yes, we know. We've been told about 2,369 times. It you're a new reader. Tim. Welcome. It not, you haven't been paying attention have you? The next person to tell us about Paul Robinson s Amiga will be sent a piece of the rotten fruit which our art editor Sue stores in her desk drawer!
I have just upgraded to an A1200. Having recently bought a copy of Dpaint IV, I thought I'd do the decent thing and ring Electronic Arts for a quote on an upgrade to DPIV AGA. To my horror I was told that It would cost £50. I can buy a new copy of DPIV through mail order at £59.99. I wonder why piracy is on the increase Ian Batley, Coventry It did sound a bit steep, so we called Electronic Arts, and they confirmed that the upgrade does indeed cost £50. We really think that an upgrade price nearer to £30 would be fairer, after all they only have to replace your disks and manuals.
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Gavin Musk. Staines I know what you mean Gavin, we don't try to end articles that way, but sometimes the Image setter that we use reflows the text In a document and the Grant of Bangor, Co Down; Hayley Denham of Cleckheaton and David Docherty of Salisbury.
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The Format crew are in immense danger according to 'health chiefs' Beeee-you-dee-full Bath, proud home ot Amiga Formal, is being plagued by giant 99p gobstoppers!
Yes, the pleasant contectionaries ot our home town have turned vicious. GobGate is causing fear among certain sweetie sellers who are concerned in case the elephantine sweets get wedged in people’s mouths (they also seem to think that these things can become wedged in your throat, well possibly it you force them down with a rolled-up newspaper a la Alien). Deputy trading standards officer. Peter Hall, stepped up the fear-tilled furore when he revealed: "People should be very careful about purchasing these things." You have been warned.
Now remember not to cross the road when one ot those big metal and rubber things is heading towards you at speed MEAT THE TEEM Spelling checker programs are notoriously bad with names. So we typed in the names of all the AF and AF Specials staff, and then ran the list through one of our favourite spelling checkers, here's what it came up with Hie*' Two »ffi» of deadline and the VS imblcdofi
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The question on eseryonc's lips at VS imNcdon was whether Barbara Streisand was upgrading lo an A1200.
Sources close to the Bohon-hom singer suggest she may do before the year is out. Especially if Agassi's Tennis becomes available for the Amiga Meanwhile Stese Edbcrg. The Yorkshire-born former Wimbledon champion has refuted allegations that he was offered a wild card tor the recent Sensible Soccer World Cur Said Edbcrg “I’m a tennis man through and through, and anyway . I prefer Coal1" Orvlawn Amiga action?
O the new 120* CD Amiga console AustrabayotAnowmelam: an incessant stream from the as Marcus left us for the World oI Commodore m Or Marcus Dyson - Maracas Ixissmg Julie Tolley Jelly Telly Stephen Bradley Stiffen Broadly Richard Baguicy Orchard Buggy Jcsstcc Bennett Juices Bonnet Gary Lord Gory Lord Pat MacDonald Pal Maddened Andv Nuilall And Nuiltlv Susan W hite Assassin White The end of yet another issue, and we bring you more stories from the stranger side of life, which have actually happened. Honest.
Not just another hole in the wall When ye« ¦•«» o bonk tosh hmkImm. Mob mt* it's • rod oae!
Two men wet arrested in Ax¦ zona for oil r gully setting up • dummy hole in the wall cash machine M a shopping mail. Unsus peeling shoppers tried to use this machine, which recorded their account details and PIN numbers The two men then aiegedfy used this to moke lake cards, and withdrew SI00.000 Ham gii.ni cash mochines. How were the two men finaly tracked down? They didn't pay for the ecpnpment they used to make the fake cards, and the company that sold it to them informed the police Tim Smith Dim Smith Andy Hutchinson Hanky Tensions Richard Jones Recharge Bones Sally Mcddings Sally Medians
But don't be put off. With mosl spelling checkers you can add your own words to their dictionaries, so you can teach it all vour friends' names.
THE MEN FROM UNCLE Both Richard Baguley. (Amiga Format staff writer and bon vivant) and Tim Smith (Amiga Format Specials editor and gourmand) have been in the family way recently. Not that either of them have become daddies, but both ot them have brothers who have. So congratulations to Tim and Dick.
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1MB X 8 SIMM .....£30 4MB X 8 SIMM ...£POA SIMM 32 X 1MB-60 GVP ...£59 SIMM 32 X 4MB-60 GVP .£1 79 SIMM 32 X 4 £159 SIMM 32 X 8 £369 256K X 4 DRAM ......£5 1MB X 1 DRAM ..£4.50 1 X 4 ZIP ..£14.95 1 X 4 DIP ..£19.95 PCMCIA 2MB £149 Vl.3 KICKSTART ROM ......£24 V2.04 KICKSTART ROM .....£32 FATTER AGNUS 8372 £30 BIG FAT AGNUS 8375 £40 HI-RES DENISE
......£25 GARY .£19 PAULA £25 6570-36 KEYBOARD CHIP £19 CIA 8520 ....£9.95 DATA SWITCHES 2 WAY .....£15.99 DATA SWITCHES 3 WAY......£1 7.99 DATA SWITCHES 4 WAY .....£19.99 MODEM CABLE ...£9.95 PRINTER CABLE ..£6.95 SCSI CABLE ..£9.95 IDE CABLE FOR A600, A1200 INC. INSTALLATION SOFTWARE ..£15.95 A500 POWER SUPPLY .£39.95 ROM SHARE .....£19.95 ROM SHARE INC. V2.04 ...£50 ROM SHARE
INC. VI.3 .....£39 ROM SHARE A600 £29 ROM SHARE A600 INC. Vl.3 ...£55 WORKBENCH 2.04 KIT .....£75 MISCELLANEOUS 1- POWERMOUSE ......£15 OPTICAL MOUSE ...£29.95 REPLACEMENT optical mouse mat .£10 100 BRANDED DISKS + BOX £69.99 10 BRANDED DISKS ......£9.95 AI200 DUSTCOVER .£5 AVIATOR 1 JOYSTICK £35 INTRUDER 1 JOYSTICK .£29.99 MAVERICK 1 JOYSTICK £15.99 PYTHON 1 JOYSTICK ....£9.99 APACHE 1 JOYSTICK .....£7.99 POWER OPTICAL DRIVE Fit 1 28MB on one Optical disk.
Power Computing Ltd Unit 8 Railton Road Woburn Road Ind.Est. Kempston Beds MK42 7PN Tel 0234 843388 Fax 0234 840234 Cheques payable to Power Computing Ltd.
Goods are sold subject to our standard terms and conditions of sale and ore available on request.
Specifications ond prices ore subject to change without notice.
All trademorks ore acknowledged.
All prices include VAT.
128MB OPTICAL INTERNAL ....£849 128MB OPTICAL EXTERNAL ...£999 128MB 3.5" OPTICAL DISK .£39.95 SCSI CONTROLLER A2000 ......£129 VIDEO BACKUP SYSTEM 1_ Use a VCR as a backup storage device, 200 AMIGA floppy disks fit on to a 4Hr tape which can be used for an alternative hard disk backup system. Whats more, you can watch television on your 1084S monitor.
VIDEO BACKUP SYSTEM .....£59.95 BARE SCSI HARD DRIVES 1_ We can supply SCSI or IDE 3.5" drives in many sizes. These hard drives are suitable for GVP G-Force, GVP or ICD.
80MB ...£1 79 160MB .£249 200MB .£349 00 K)
a. S" IDE INTERNAL HD Miniature hard drives for the A600 A1200
these drives come complete with a cable and installation
software.
60MB INTERNAL HD...... ..£179 80MB INTERNAL HD...... ..£210 130MB INTERNAL HD.... ..£299 1 70MB INTERNAL HD ... ..£365 212MB INTERNAL HD ..£430 GVP AEOOD HARD CARD High quality SCSI hard card.
BARE .. 80MB . 160MB ...... ..£349 200MB ...... Power Computing's innovative 4MB 32-bit memory expansion (or the Amiga 1200 is now available. The PCI 204 includes these many features: Zero Wait State - Unlike some other expansions the PC 1204 never leaves the processor waiting around for data, which means that your A1200 can run at its maximum speed.
Ultra Fast FPU - An optional maths co-processor speeds up intensive calculations. A 50MHz chip will speed up operations by up to fifty times.
Real-Time Battery Backed Clock - Allows files to be date-stamped with the correct time and date so that you know exactly when they were created.
Low Power High density RAMs means low power consumption.
Easy To Fit Fitted in minutes without the need to remove the computer's case.
Optional FPU Disable Switch Disable the FPU instantly for software that will not run with o maths co-processor installed.
Power PC 1204 A Lading omp..i.or Speed Vs standard A600 Speed Vs standard At 200 CPU MIPS 4 84 times faster 2 19 times fosier 2 96 4 79 times faster 2 1 7 times foster 2 93 PC 1 204 4MB with clock, no FPU Processor Cl 85.95 PC 1204 4MB with clock, 20MHz 68881 FPU £219.95 PC 1204 4MB with clock, 25MHz 68882 FPU £279.95 PC 1204 4MB with clock, 33MHz 68882 FPU £289.95 PC 1204 4MB with dock, 40MHz 68882 FPU £299.95 PC 1204 4MB with clock, 50MHz 68882 FPU £339.95 The PC1204 4MB Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 1200.
The XL 1.76MB Drive for the Commodore Amiga Power Computing's XL 1.76MB Drive" for any Commodore Amiga is now available. The XL Drive includes these many features: Formats to 1.76MB - Using high density disks you can fit a massive 1,76MB on each disk.
Acts as a standard drive - Insert an 880K Amiga disk and the drive behaves like any other Amiga drive.
Fully compatible Will read and write disks written on an Amiga 4000 internal high density drive Compatible with PC disks' Also read and write high density PC disks using a suitable device driver Compact size No larger than a standard 880K floppy disk drive High quality design - Uses a high quality Sony hign density mechanism.
Comes complete with disable switch and through port.
XL DRIVE £99.95
• Requ ires Kickstart 2 or above "Requites Workbench 2 1 or obove
48Hr delivery £2.50, 24Hr delivery £4.50 Parcel Post delivery
£1 (Orders under £50 & UK mainland only) Specifications and
prices subject to change without notice All Trademarks
acknowledged. VAT included Power Computing Ltd Unit 8 Railton
Road Woburn Road Industrial Estate Kempston Bedford MK42 7PN
Tel 0234 843388 Fax 0234 840234 Goods ore sold sub|ect to our
standard terms and conditions of sale ond o»e

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