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Converting an Amiga game to the MegaDrive is easy and if it were proved that we would benefit, I think we would. Donk! Disguises himself as Mata Har. And "We will always develop on sneaks quietly past the pink knobbly thing... the Amiga first because it's the ABOVE: The mutant Samurai duck Donk! Gets able platform, and used to his brand new AGA house, you can port across ABOVE LEFT: The Hidden crew. Simon Leggett, left. Craig to everything from Howard and William Bell, the Amiga, but it's not so easy the other way around. If we did make money this way. It would be to fund the Amiga side of things. This is where we intend to stay." But what about the high level of piracy in the Amiga game industry? "We've been careful not to give out the full game,” says Craig, "but we realise once Don* is on sale it will be hacked and appear on a Bulletin Board. People send me disks of games and they've copied things like Soccer Kid and if s pathetic. They're going to wonder why Amiga enthusiasts like us begin to look at other systems. If s sad. And if s the worst part of if "We still believe if s the best market because it's so varied. The Amiga is the last real home computer. The technical side is brilliant value for money side of the equipment is brilliant and the only way its market will die is through people stealing software." The Hidden have games under construction, including an isometric adventure and a 3D space game, which is likely to be A1200-specific. "Hopefully if Don* does well," says Craig, "we can afford to get more programmers, and so get more products out. We will only produce about three games a year, though - top-quality products. So, we're still going to support the Amiga, and hopefully produce a few PD games along the way."

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Machine_ r membership number (it applicable I or MEMBERSHIP FEE (ANNUAL UK 7.99) fTz OCTOBER 1993 CONTENTS ISSUE 51 • OCTOBER 1993 -- &. „ ? '*3 ™ ™ If you want to write tunes on the Amiga you might want Deluxe Music too. P 128 Make pretty mountains, sail pretty ships by them, with Scenery Animator 4 p140 FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS SEE PAGE 6 Build your own Robby, with the aid of SwitchSoft's robot kit p 1- FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS SEE PAGE 8 Tobias Richter turns out yet another Star Trek-inspired masterpiece. P 159 Deluxe Music 2 121 Electronic Arts have revised their much-loved music package.
Mini Gen Professional 131 Can the makers of the Mini Gen cut it with a full-size unit?
Video Pilot 13i V3I think they have just the tool for budding movie makers.
Resource 131 This disassembler lets programming students examine other code Migraph Colorburst Scanner 131 Can a HAM8 -mode colour hand scanner deliver the quality?
Scenery Animator 4 144 An animating landscape generator that can render 3D objects.
Switchsoft Robot Arm 14 Use your Amiga to control your own Fiat production operative.
Art Department Professional 2.3 141 ASDG's image processor gets extra features ProControl 141 This AdPro add-on looks to improve batch processing operations.
CSA 12 Guage 151 Another A1200 accelerator gets tested for speed.
Ncommand 151 Extra functions for AMOS.
TechnoSound Turbo 2 15 The beginner's favourite sampler gets updated... GVP DSS8+ 15 ... as does GVP's low end sampler. So we test them head-to-head Mail Order Back Issues Subscriptions Public Domain Workbench Answerf i le If you've a problem with your Amiga, we'll solve it Letters Next month Welcome to Amiga Format. As you've probably realised this issue has a brand new look, two Coverdisks and a 20-page supplement. Enjoy!
Wang out ICL in!
Commodore's repair company changes. ICL to handle distribution too FES goes ticket only!
This year's show has even more, but you'll need a ticket to get in Amiga Format reader beats the world Amiga Format Live '93 winner wins an A4000 in Australia Adam Jones, the world's most clever Amiga owner?
AMIGA FORMAT On this month’s Coverdisks Want a bit of titillation with your boardgames?
How's about Strip Othello... yes we do mean it!
First Impressions Castles 2 Soccer Kid Mean Arenas Backsides m mmamm over STORY The big games software houses have had it there own way for too long. And now there is a bunch of new, young, vital developers looking to turn the system on its head.
They talk of better deals, better games and lower prices. Can they deliver?
Meet the brat pack on page... 25 Nicky 2 80 One Step Beyond 84 International Open Golf 88 Deep Core 90 Overkill 93 Blob 94 The Patrician 98 Super Sports Challenge 102 Budget game reviews 108 Mean 18 • Jocky Wilson's Compendium of Darts
• Chase HQ II SCI • Loom • F-15 Strike Eagle II • Hardball •
Fistfigther O Galactic Warrior Rats Gamebusters 111
Chartbusters, Lemmings2 and Flashback.
Are we the only people who ever played Nicky Boom?
And will we think as highly of the sequel, Nicky 21 Fear, Loathing & BLITZ Find out why Acid Software are planning a revolution... 31 COMPETITION!
Win a showdown Empire are offering 10 readers the chance to show their mettle... page 108 Win lots Our Future Entertainment Show 'Get Creative' competition continues... page 46 Learn to canoe, and show a PC user a thing or two.
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Samurai First Samurai was a milestone game. An absorbing and
exciting beat-em-up, with superb graphics and sound. Mow Vivid
Image have released the sequel, can they match the heights
achieved by the first game? Play the demo, and discover...
Turbo Print 2 If you've spent hundreds of pounds on a printer
only to discover that you aren't getting the quality you
expected, we may have a pleasant surprise for you. This
month's complete Coverdisk package is an excellent print
optimisation program.
Skidmarks There are few games genres as good for the spirit of competition as viewed-from- above driving games. This great example is from Vision software in Mew Zealand.
It's fast, it's frantic and it's a bitch to control... we love it!
IN THIS CUNNING SECOND SAMURAI COVERDISK GAME DEMO Scary monsters, creepy crawlies, and men with their hair in buns are just some of the ingredients that combine to make Second Samurai one of our most playable demos ever.
Mix oi arc a lc-M U* bcat- cm-up. Puz lrs and adventure. Vou play the* a samurai warrior. Battle vour way past skeletons, stone heads, armadillos and dragons. Float through the air in a large bubble (which could burst at am moment).
Two people can plav simultaneously and there are three different two-plaver options: Friendlv - where vou c an’t hurt each other; Stun - vou can disoriemate your opponent for a few seconds with a well-placed kick; and Kill, where you can give the other bloke a thorough going over. With excellent sprites and nicely animated backgrounds, it won’t lx* long before you’re down at the local sports centre asking about karate lessons, probablv. O SECONO umrn p PLA7GWS A A or*Tfons Sh Ithe first thing you sec is the title page. Move joystick up and down to select one player mode, two player mode,
and the Options page, which looks... OPTfOMS MENUt urns i DfPPfCffLTY EASY 50OMD OiV 2 pla yep rpmm _* Ml A T-
2. ..like this. Highlight the option you want, then move left or
right to select. Two-player mode can be friendly, hurtful or a
shared experience.
5Kick and punch the brown monsters, affectionately known as Christmas puddings, but officially known as kickers. Oh. And low-kick any snakes that may be passing.
4Jump up and kick the golden crowns, or whatever they are. And gain experience points. These points are a guide to how much you've done in each level.
7 Walk left and drop down. Get rid of all the snakes and armadillos by low kicking, but watch out for the 'dillos when they’re curled up.
6After collecting the goodies on the right stand on the rock and low-kick a few times. The rock will break, and you can fall through.
8Collect all the objects you find for extra experience.
These books and things will mean something in the final game, but they’re just for decoration in this demo.
9 Kill the horrid monster-type dragony-thing by kicking its head in. It'll take a while, but persevere and watch out for its hot breath.
WELL DOME! ' tCOME COMPLETED WE3S EWE.... ¦* 001525 01 OO p 00000 1C Oh. Yes. This is the type of thing you can expect to see when you've completed a zone. A bit self- explanatory really. I suppose. Still, it's there now.
Mr 4
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the hideous dragon by, um, kicking its head in.
¦ Or punching, if you like. Whatever, but make sure you don't fall down the hole on the left. It's easily done.
CONTROLS: COMPETITION I GET A KICK OUT OF SECOND SAMURAI COMP, AMIGA FORMAT 30 MONMOUTH STREET BATH AVON BA1 2BW TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 29 OCTOBER 1993 Hidden in the Second Samurai Coverdisk demo, there is a hidden part of a level. If you find the section and complete the puzzle inside, you will see the message: “The secret message is..." followed by a sentence To win one of 10 copies of Second Samurai when it is released, simply write the sentence, along with your name and address, on the back of a postcard or stuck-down envelope Then post it to: JOYSTICK Joystick 1 controls player one.
Joystick 2 controls player two. All moves are accessed using the (oystkk- To punch, press fire.
To kick, move left or right and fire. To low kick, hold diagonally down and left or right then press fire. To jump, push up KEYBOARD Keys C and V adjust volume of background music. This docs not affect the sound effects.
Left Shift selects player one weapons. Right Shift selects player two weapons.
ESC aborts the game P pauses the game, and any other key or the fire button OCTOBER 199 unpauses HARD DRIVE USERS For those of you with hard drives, an install program has been provided. Simply double-click on the Install' icon and the install script will run. When asked for the name of the device you wish to install TurboPrint on. Simply enter the device name of your drive (such as DHO:. HOC and so on) and press return. A drawer called TurboPrint will be created on the selected device and all the relevant files will be copied on to your disk Now you can run TurboPrint by opening the
TurboPnnt drawer and double-clicking on the TurboPrefs icon.
TURBOPRINT COVERDISK THE MOST ANNOYING thing about owning a printer for your Amiga is the way that Workbench handles print outs, or rather, the way it doesn't.
It is particularly annoying when you know that your printer is capable of much more, but it is restricted by the primitive drivers used by Workbench.
Well, here at Amiga Format we have the answer for you. TurboPrint - on the Coverdisk of this issue.
For perfect printing from your Amiga, TurboPrint gets results. Don't believe us? Try your Coverdisk out now!
Why TurboPrint?
Much more representative shades and give output a greater dynamic range. Or in other words, your pictures look better. If you don't believe us, try it for yourself - but take a look at the two pictures shown here.
Both originate from a hand scanner image taken from last month's issue, but one was printed out with normal preferences, while the other used TurboPrint. Guess which is which. TurboPrint also allows you to take more control over your output.
TurboPrint was designed to combat the deficiencies of the Workbench preferences drivers. Although the printer drivers which arc supplied with Workbench are customised for certain types of printers, they do not necessarily lake advantage of features specific to a particular model.
The real power of TurboPrint is its use of advanced dither modes.
These, when applied to the maximum printer resolution, produce with slider controlled contrast, brightness and colour correction and an aspect ratio slider. Put simply. If you have a printer, you need this utility.
How to got started To run TurboPrint simply doubleclick on the TurboPrefs icon. After accessing the disk a screen will appear giving information about Irscc Soft. Click in the 'OK' box in the bottom right-hand comer and a new window will appear displaying the TurboPnnt controls.
For more information on the controls, please sec the annotated diagram below. Initially it is only necessary lo seleci the correct driver for the printer you are using.
Seleci a printer driver using the requester in the bottom left of the window. The scroll bar to the right of the window will allow you to move up and down the list. Note that many of the drivers come in more than one resolution. The actual dpi rest - Union is shown at the end of the driver name. This allows you to select the resolution any output will be printed at.
Haring done this, select the 'Call I’re Is’ button in the top right ol the window. This will call up the second Turbolbrnt window, which replaces the printer preference functions from Workbench. Again the functions of this window are explained in the diagram below, but there art- only a few that need worry you to begin with.
The first is the ‘Shade', selected in the top left corner. Unless you are using a colour printer, this must be set to B&W or 'Greyscale'. For artwork. Except line art, it is most likely you will wish to set this to Greyscale.
The other important button is in the top right. Here you must select the port that your printer is connected to. Most people will find that their printer is connected to the parallel port (marked as the printer poll on the rear of many Amigas), but if you have a serial printer or a second parallel port, you may have to change this.
When these changes have been made to your satisfaction, select use from the bottom right of the window. You will be returned to the initial TurboPrint window. It is a good idea to select the save option here (about halfway down on the right) to save extra effort everytime you run lurbalbint. Select 'Use' from the very bottom right corner and the window will disappear.
Attempting to print Everything is OK. TurboPrint is still resident in the .Amiga's memory, but the window has closed down. In order to see the fruits of Turbo brnt's labour, you must attempt to print something out.
TutboPrinl will enhance the output from any program which normally uses the preferences driver, including Deluxe I’aint, Art Department Professional and Wnrdwarth, The only TurboPrint2 BURN RUBBER!
On the first track of Vision software's new viewed-from-above race drivinq qame.
Notable exceptions are 1‘m essianal Page and Pagesetter, which use their own output system. Just print out from your normal art package (or if you are desperate you could use the Workbench (d'XDump progtam) and marvel at the difference.
Alterations, but remember to save them before you quit. If you discover that for any reason you are running out of memory, TurboPrint can be removed from memory using the NoTurbo program. Effectively this removes the program and re-allo- cates any memory buffers it may have been using, which can amount to over 150K. O To alter any of the parameters you have chosen, you can run the TurboPrint program again and make TURBOprint II (c)1988 IrseeSoft Threshold Antialiasing Scaling B & U Color Left Offset Serial Integer Center Tractor
- L in its Width Linit Bounded Absolute Aspect Pixels Multiply
Measure TurboPrint2 51b SKIDMARKS Double entendres aside, this
is an Off-Road Racer-style Blitz Basic game, on your marks...
* ‘v Skidmarks TO RUM THE fantastic Skidmarks demo, written in
Blitz Basic 2 by Acid Software, pull the Turtoprint Skidmarks
disk ofT the cover of this issue, and stick it in your ear...
no. Sorry, that's your Amiga. Switch on. And wait.
A message will appear shortly, looking something like: “Do you want to play Skidmarks' Answer Y or N (and press Return)". Press Y. then press Return. After a minute or so.
The Skidmarks title screen will appear, exactly like the one shown on the left The first four function keys are used to select the players for the red.
Yellow, blue and white teams. One or two players can take part in a race, with the Amiga controlling the other cars. At first, all the players are set to COMP (Computer), so you need to decide on the colour you want to play, then press the function key for that colour. This will select either KEYS. JOY1 or JOYO. And then go back to COMP again.
So. If you want to play the red team using joystick one. And your mate wants to play the blue team with joystick zero, press FI three times, and F3 three times. Now. Press fire or Return to In-gin the race.
CONTROLS: JOYSTICK KEYS EFFECT Left Left Anticlockwise Right Right Clockwise Up Fire Up Accelerate Down Down Brake Esc Abort game Get your motor running, get out on the mud track. Skidmarks is 100 per cent thrill.
A1200 FIXES Are you having trouble getting one of your old favourite games to work on your shiney new A1200? If so. Write in and tell us and we'll try and arrange a fix.
Just drop us a line saying which game you would like to see working on the AGA machine to: A1200 Fixes.
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GENESIS We would like to offer our apologies to Mr Andrew McNamara, author of Flexiparse, which we featured on our disk recently.
While we attributed the programs Genesis and Flexiparse to Steve Wood™, we omitted to mention Andrew, or his contribution to the software.
Andrew was the author of the program Flexiparse and we thank him for his permission to use his software on the disk.
Backing up your disk There are two ways of making a copy of your disk, and this 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... Iload your Workbench disk Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and double-click on it 2 When the Shell window appears and the drive light is out. Type in (DFO as in Zero, not DFO as in Oops) Oiskcopy from DFO: to DFO and press the Return key.
HF; 1 ir r.WB,;- ai i?jl “A h k‘n 4Wait 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 and press the Return key. Note that the disk does not need to be formatted already 3 The Amiga will now ask you to insert the 'source' disk. It means the disk you want to copy, so put the Coverdisk in the drive and press the Return key.
5Put the source disk and destination disk in a couple more times when the Amiga asks for them. When it says “Oiskcopy Finished" just type in:
• ode 11 to get out of the Shell or CLI. You may have to put the
Workbench disk in again. Now your copy is ready1 1993 Disk not
working?
We duplicate nearly 200.000 disks every month. Out of all those, obviously a few will be faulty. If the disk or any of the programs will not load or run prop erly, there may be a problem Don't panic!
First try using the DiskDottor utility on your Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement In-full details of DiskDottor can be found in the user's manual that came with your machine.
However, if your Coverdisk is in fact faulty, you should send it back INCLUDING A STAMPED. ADDRESSED ENVELOPE for a free replacement within one month of the cover date to: Amiga Format October Disk Disk Copy Labs Ltd Units 2&3 Omega Technical Centre Drayton Fields Daventry Northants. NN11 5RT .3Y THE TIME KEACHEP THE SCENE, THE PISCS HAP BEEN 'RUBBEP OPT THERE WAS ONLY ONETH NC TO PO. CASH &JEEN ScmVAAE' FOB EXTRA BACKUP!"
BACKUP PRO X-Backup Pro is the most f powerful disc backup utility available for the Amiga, BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT... Cl Ami *, lliitfa inf. ult WJ WL “IT’S UNBEATABLE.” a veritable bargain at just C39.99 Amiffti ontputinif, September 1991 fast, flexible and reliable’ Ant if ii Computing. Scpti' nbcr 99i P £39.99 ? £1 postage & packing THIS PRODUCT MUST NOT BE USED TO INFRINGE COPYRIGHT Unlike other disc backup utilities. X-BACKUP PRO is totally automatic and extremely simple to use. It is fully compatible with ALL AMIGA computers.
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Manufacturers of quality products since 1979 fTn z m s MEV DINC HAS been inundated with replies since he told AF readers he was looking for graphic artists to join his Vivid Image team (News.
AH9). Mev. Who is finalising the release of Second Samurai, saw he will reply personally to all the applications but asks all those who sent in letters and examples of work to be patient - it will take him a while to reply to them.
Fa H 0 OB in * over 18-yeor old eye* will be able »o view On-Line'* CD TV Strip Poker.
0 0 u EJ C n A % E Dave Roberts is the ex 1 nc UM* c deputy editor of trade ROBERTS magazine CTW, now a globe-trotting computer industry Insider.
THE BIRTH OF the Amiga CD32 is something of a miracle. But that is definitely not to say it is an immaculate conception.
Its arrival is miraculous simply because of the perilous position of Commodore. A few months ago. Having announced single quarter losses of $ 177.6 million, the firm looked to have as much future as the average royal marriage. Now they are planning to make a great technological leap forward and lead the games industry into a new era.
Sounds unlikely? Well, in all truth, it is. The Amiga CD32 is a good machine, the best on the market. Technically it is well ahead of other attempts to usher in the much-anticipated CD age, such as Sega's Mega CD. But its success will not be determined by processor speeds and colour palettes alone. The CD32 has to triumph in a cold, tough marketplace, not some young inventor of the year competition.
Two things wtH have the biggest influence on its success or otherwise: software support and sheer financial clout to put behind a marketing campaign.
The software support seems there already. Commodore estimates that there will be around 80 titles on the market by Christmas - including the biggest games Jurassic Park, Mortal Kombat Lemmings, Sensible Soccer) from the biggest names (Ocean, Acclaim, Sony).
But in truth, this is Just armchair support. The CD32 is a very close relative of the A1200 and almost all of these titles are simply ports with a few extra levels and a funky soundtrack.
The real season-ticket holding support that Commodore want and that will create a real reason to switch to CD. Will consist of games designed specifically for the machine, games designed to take advantage of the extra storage, double speed drive, FMV capabilities and the like; that sort of support may be harder to come by.
Publishers' development resources are finite. A lot of manufacturers are clamouring for their time and money, and some may be even more persuasive than Commodore.
In their favour. Commodore do have excellent relationships with most major software houses, and can call on friends rather than business associates to back their baby. But good sales and mass market potential will do a lot more than a little geniality here and there.
In the UK, Commodore have set a '93 sales target of 200,000 and will look to improve on that considerably in '94.
Good sales and mass market potential, definitely. And the goals are realistic because the UK market is already geared up.
There is a huge and loyal Amiga fraternity, both among consumers and. Perhaps more importantly, retailers. In the UK the Amiga stands a chance. People will be made aware of it without Commodore having to match the quite incredible marketing resources of the console boys which, of course. H simply can't.
But let's not be parochial about this. What about the rest of the world? Love it as we do, it is a fact that the Amiga was not a huge global success. It only ever really took off in Europe and only went Turbo in certain countries in Europe. The US and Japan remain oblivious to its charms so in those territories, there is no base and no brand to build on.
Publishers like Electronic Arts, Sony, Acclaim and the like are global concerns, they will not develop for a machine that only enjoys local success - and even if Commodore manage to crack the whole of Europe, that may still be considered local by these guys' standards.
Commodore know this and have ambitions to strike in the States next year, but that could take more money, much more money, than Commodore have - even though some trade pundits believe that after two more quarters of loss the firm will be making a profit again by Christmas.
Commodore's UK general manager David Pleasance has said that the firm is putting everything they have behind Amiga CD32. The firm's future depends on It and so only a fool would doubt his word. The question is. Will everything Commodore have be enough?
COMMODORE HAVE ANNOUNCED a deal with UK service giants ICL The agreement involves CBM's complete sales operation including warehousing, pack configuration, system support and distribution to Amiga distributors, retailers and customers. ICL will also provide full warranty support services, similar to those presently offered by Wang.
This leaves the present service agents, Wang, with the obligation of continuing support for warranties taken up by customers until the ICL sign up. When the service contract was put out to tender, Wang were turned down in favour of ICL who could combine this service with a lorge UK warehouse and distribution network, underutilised in the recent PC slump.
The ICL announcement follows a strained period in the CBM-Wang relationship. During the summer Wang were unable to fulfil their obligations due to a shortage of parts, which particularly hit A4000 owners. Commodore say these shortages were due to motherboard revisions, but the delays caused ill-feeling between Wang, CBM and Amiga dealers.
Terry Wicks from Wang UK reassured AF that the parting of ways was 'AMIGAble and positive' and that the loss of the Commodore contract did not hinder Wang's future plans.
And ICL are optimistic. General manager of ICL's system service, David Palk, says: "There is no question that this is a different marketplace for us, but we have the resources and know-how that makes this a logical and exciting extension to our business".
With the CD medium set to take off and bring with it the prospect of full-motion video (FMV), ELSPA have agreed a set of standards with the Video Standards Council which will apply to VnQB computer games. Under the new agreement, the use in any game of "cinematic scenes of a sexual or violent nature" ffi ... could result in the game being legally required to be dassi- ff -A't '§£"*’*1, 4 fied. The ratings system results from the Video Recordings Act 1984.
According to ELSPA most games will remain exempt ,*J I r lLl rj.-, from classification. However, games houses will be under Only -j pressure to keep their products squeaky clean, because any over 18-year -old rating would mean cutting off a proportion of the games eyes will be able 10 view buying public - that is. Kids On-line's COTV Strip Poker Coincidentally. On-Line Entertainment have announced that their forthcoming CD TV version of Cover Girl Strip Poker will be clearly labelled with a BBFC 18 certificate. Because the CD medium is used.
On-Line have squeezed 15 minutes of full-motion video into the game. The BBFC is the big-screen equivalent of the VSC and their classifications also apply under the 1984 Act.
COMMODORE NAME ICL TO REPLACE WANG NEW LOW MORPH GVP'S EXCELLENT MORPHING software CineMorph has plummeted in price. Previously £99.95, it is now being sold by UK distributors Silica for a mere £24.95. Try it, you'll like it! If you feel the need to turn your teacher into a rhinoceros, or do some other similar sci-fi transmutation, call Silica on 081-309 1111.
IF YOU LIKE WHAT'S on your screen, but the surrounding expanse of cream plastic is driving you to tedium, BCC think they have the solution.
Screenies are a range of monitor surrounds printed in a variety of colourful designs. Our favourites are the US flag and the Tiger, but there are loads to choose from. They cost £7.99 from BCC, Crown House, 31 Manchester Rd, Burnley, Bbli l HZ, and from most computer stores.
MEAN SCREENIES GAMES OF A DIFFERENT CLASS VIVID GRAPHICS 24-BIT VIDEOS The 24-bit club hove compiled a series of videos showing just what the Amiga can do in terms of 24-bit graphics and animations. That's good news in itself, but get this... they only cost El, plus a blank VHS tape. Most of the stuff on the tapes has never been seen in the UK before. Contact the club at 6 Skirsa Square (Dept AF), Glasgow, G23 5DW.
MEW LOOK FOR qm ii CCT KICKSTART AMD DC I WORKBEMCH THE SECOND FUTURE Entertainment Show is to take place from November WORKBENCH AND KICKSTART 3.1 are due for release later 1 1 -14th at the Grand Hall at Olympia.
This year, to tie in with the release of the CD-ROM drive for the A1200. The upgrade will include both a new Kicks tart chip and a set of disks containing Workbench 3.1. New features include improved printer support, including full 12-bit support, correct printing of HAMS images and fixes to allow the Postscript driver to print graphics correctly. A driver for Hewlett Packard's 550C inkjet printer is also included.
In order to use the forthcoming CD-ROM drive for the AI200.
It will be necessary to upgrade to this new version of Workbench.
Improvements to overscanning, allowing the full width of the screen to Ik- used on the new 1940 and 1942 monitors.
Both the new Kickstart and Workbench can run on any Amiga model from an A500 plus upwards. The aim, according to Dr Alan Havermos. Director of systems Software at Commodore, is to trv and get a single operating system on all versions of the machine, thus cutting down on the Commodore have not yet decide on a release date, but it's likely to be tied in with the release of the CD-ROM drive for the A1200 later this year.
OPTONICA CDTV RELEASES CD pioneers Optonica have several new CDTV releases. The educational titles, coincide neatly with the release of the new CD32 and are compatible with it.
Expect: Insight - Technology, how things from a ball point pen, to the space shuttle work; Insight - Dinosaurs, not a Jurassic Park cash in, but more educational stuff; and Insight - The living Body, a human biology disc. All are released through Commodore. Contact Optonica on 04SS 558282.
THEY (STILL) LOVE US WHAT A GEMIUS!
AMIGA AWARD The International Association of Cinemotographers (IAC), have given a major award to a film made using an Amiga. Ben Northover produced the film, Zizzy, the balls and the Butterflies using and A500, and walked away with a £600 JVC video camera.
The IAC welcomes movies of all kinds, contact them on 061-864 4603.
CD HIRE The CDTV user group are now offering a hire service for CDTV titles. They are extending their coverage to include the CD32 machine. If you fancy being o member, call them on 0785 227059.
MIDI SHOWING Music fans can get their fill of hi-tech gear and new software at the MIDI and Electronic Music Show. It's a way of yet, but if you are into computer compositions keep 22-24th April 1994 free. The Venue... Wembley Conference Centre.
AUGIR READY The Amiga User Group International Directory is now in circulation. The disk has details of 120 Amiga User groups spanning the globe. Contact Computer and Design Services, Dept PD, 24 Blockmoor Croft, Tile Cross, Birmingham, B33 OPE. The disk costs £1.75 VIRGIN INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT Virgin Games has changed its name to Virgin Interactive Entertainment. Just thought you might like to know.
FOR THE FOURTH consecutive year the UK's computer leisure industry have voted Amiga Format as their favoured mag when it comes to making stocking decisions. This means that they rate our reviews above all others when they decide what they are going to sell and what they'll pass up.
We also won the 'Best Mag' category in the industry newspaper Computer Trade Weekly's annual poll. We'd like to thank everyone who voted for us, and we won't let this go to our head.
Expect more of the same (only better) from Format in future.
SCANNING POWER caption caption caption caption caption caption caption caption POWER COMPUTING HAVE become the UK’s sole distributors of Epson GT-6500 and GT-8000 scanners into the UK Amiga market. They will be supplying the.
Machine with their own PowerScan software. The fabulous GT-6500 (awarded 97 per cent in Amiga Format) is £799 including software, and the even more fabulous GT-8000 is £1200. Both scanners are available with ASDG’s Art Department Professional software for an extra £99.
Call Power on 0234 843388.
ADAM JONES, WINNER of the Commodore Amigrt Formal Real Genius competition at the Amiga Format Live show in Wembley in May (his year, went on to Sydney for the world finals in July.
The linal consisted of a timed 1 ((-question trivia quiz against competitors from Australia and New Zealand. And Adam came out in... first place.
The lucky boy. Already winner of an A1200 (courtesy of Commodore UK) at Wembley now picks up an A4000 from those nice people at Commodore Australia. Adam Jones - now proud owner of two Amigas courtesy of Commodore!
AUSSIE'S BIG SOFTIE AUSTRALIAN GAMES DEVELOPERS aren't world reknown, but new Aussie software distributors Digisoft aim to change that.
The company was set up when Laki Schuster and his friends decided to turn their artistic talents to computer game graphics.
Cr- Political MINDSCAPE'S FEATHERED STAR Alfred Chicken recently turned to politics in a bid to pound Lib Dem favourites into submission.
While he didn't quite reach his goal, he did rack up an enormous 1.5 dozen votes, beating the Rainbow Alliance party into last place with their mere 16 votes.
This deficit of around 32,000 votes was said to be a victory for Alfred and for Mindscape.
Congrats go to their marketing department.
Promising to be on even more spectacular event than last year's show the organisers. Future Events, have lined up special attractions for each of the days.
On the opening day, Thursday 11 th, Channel Four's cult TV show GamesMaster is to go on air live from the FES, marking the first time a TV show has ever been broadcast in its entirety from a computer related exhibition. And anyone who buys tickets for the FES for Friday 12th will receive a special world preview ticket for Disney's latest film Aladdin.
On each of the days Radio One will also be broadcasting live from the show with special guest appearances from Djs.
Following on from last year's success, the Grand Final of Future's National Computer Games Championships will be run from the show, with the supreme champion carrying off £10,000 in cash TO STORM and the runner- up, £4,000.
Last year's national competition was hugely popular and this year it is set for success with the regional finals being increased to include East Anglia, Yorkshire, and Northern ond Southern Ireland. Backed by Commodore, Sega and Nintendo, the heats will be held in Virgin's Games Centres and Megastores nationwide, with each of the 10 regional finalists winning the games machine they choose to play on.
There will be no tickets on the door at the Future Entertainment Show - you must buy your tickets beforehand. Prices are £6.95, or £24.95 for a group of four and tickets can be bought by ringing the hotline: 051-356 5085. Tickets will sell out very quickly - be warned, book early.
FOR THE AMIGA BOOKWORM... VIRTUAL REALITY SINCE FUTURE STARTED their own books department they've been working feverishly to produce interesting and fact packed Amiga tomes.
Having already delivered Get the Most Out of Your Amiga 1993 and The Amiga Format Pocket Workbench and AmigaDOS Reference Guide. You'd think that they'd be happy. No. Now they are planning to bring you eight more Amiga books over the next few months.
MERIDIAN, NEW UK distributors of VR Labs' product have released details of user upgrades. Owners of Distant Suns 3.0 can upgrade to version 4.0 for £27.95. Vista users can upgrade to VP3 for; AF coverdisk - £59.95; Vista - £41.95; VistaPro2 - £30. All prices are plus £1.50 for p&p- Call Meridian on 081-543 3500.
Meridian also distribute for Scenery Animator 4 (reviewed on page 140) which is popular with those who don't have enough memory for VistaPro3.
Programming AMOS. DIP on the Amiga. Desktop Video on the Amiga, learning with Your Amiga.
Introducing Amiga Arrxx. ('. Isogrammmg on the Amiga and Amiga Cximms are all self explanatory. Inside Your Amiga will be a guide to the Amiga's inner workings, from binary logic to custom chips, and everything in between. We'll bring you more details and full reviews of all these books in later issues.
For further information contact Rod Lawton at Future Leisure Books on 0225 442244.
The new improved version of Donkl is now in the new hands of publishers Supervision.
Under the name The Wild Bunch they set up as a coding group, but while they had no shortage of game design graphics and ideas, they still needed a programmer. Then they met Mark Sibly of Blitz Basic fame. Between them they produced Overkill (reviewed on page 93 of this issue) and are currently working on a Smash TV Speedlmll 2-type game called Gladiators.
Entrepreneur Mujo Sefa took them under his financial wing and provided the marketing power to bring the games to market. This soon developed into a fully fledged Australian software company called Digisoft. They now plan to be a conduit for much of the Australian programming talent they believe exists, but never has a chance to get published. And they’ve been talking to several 'big' names about getting UK distribution sorted out, so expect to see their games on a shelf near you soon.
NOW DESPERATE TO offload the last stocks of the A570 CD drive for the A500, Silica are offering a remarkable bargain package. Users can get an A570 complete with Lemmings.
Hutchinsons Encyclopaedia, Sim City, and the CDPD collection all for the price of £149. Now’s the time to turn other people's desperation to your advantage. Call Silica on 081-309 1111.
The Hidden's excellent platformer Donkl, previously to be published by ill-fated DMI, has picked up by Waddingtons spin-off Supervision.
Now with added AGA features and an improved two-player mode, Donkl will now be released at the European Computer Trade Show in September, and in the shops soon afterwards.
THIS MONTH'S TOP 30 MASSIVE, HUGE, AMD ERM... BIG!
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Virgin 88% (-1 New Syndicate Electronic Arts FG 91%
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Audiogenic (-) New Flashback US Gold FG 93%
(3) 9 Desert Strike Electronic Arts 87%
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The Chaos Engine Renegade Mindscape FG 90% 13 (-1 New Space Legends Empire FG 91% 14 (5| ?
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Lemmings 2 Psygnosis FG 94% 16 (-) New Walker Psygnosis 81% 17
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(16) 9 War In The Gulf Empire 78% 21 (-) New Sports Masters
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(21) 9 Indiana Jones - Fate at Atlantis FG 92% US Gold 23
(22) 9 Civilization MicroProse FG 94% 24
(12) 9 Superfrog Team 17 85% 25
(18) 9 Monkey Island 2 US Gold FG 95% 26
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(20) 9 FI Grand Prix MicroProse FG 92% 29
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(19) 9 Sleepwalker Ocean FG 91% HMV, best known for peddling that
dead medium the pop music single, have decided to get with
the Nineties and start flogging well-crucial (or whatever
it is those young people say) computer games. Not content
with simply opening a games store. HMV have gone several
steps further, and on Wednesday 29 September, are opening
the world’s biggest computer The HMV store at Oxford Circus
is already the world's games department. Level One (it’s a
biggest record store, now it's to become the largest pun.
Illtlit? You know. Level One, the computer games retailer
too! Start of a computer game), as part of their Oxford
Street record store (already the world's biggest recorded
music retail outlet). So if you’re in the Oxford Street
area, and fancy seeing more copies of Slrrelfighler 2 in a
pile than you’ve ever seen before, get down to the HMV store
at Oxford Circus.
CD REPAIR Since CD is about to become the hot new medium on the computer data storage block. Some CD maintenance is going to be required. Anyone who watched Judith Hann's magnificent exhibition on Tomorrow's World in the early Eighties will know that you can spin dry a CD then smear it with honey and rub it off with sand-paper. You can do this, but anyone who has tried it will realise that it does nothing whatsoever for the data integrity of the disc. So don't right.
If you do handle your discs carefully, you may still find you suffer from the odd scratch or abrasion. That's where Bundee CD3 Repair System comes in! Tomorrow's World tested it in February this year, but unfortunately they didn't use Judith Hann's old disc!
Bundee CD Repair is available from specialist audio shops and car hi-fi dealers. If you can't find it call 089S 436078.
MORE WORDWORTH FOR PANASONIC The ‘buy a Panasonic Printer and get a copy of Wordworth' story we ran last month had one vital omission.
That is we forgot to tell you that the deal is exclusively through ZCL. So if you want to take advantage of it. Call into your local Calculus store, or call Indi on 0543 419999.
REAL DRIVING THRILL On the Commodore stand at the Australian World of Commodore Show was something that looked remarkably like the mid-section of a Formula One Grand Prix car. The car is the brainchild of Rich Matthews and ex-motor racing driver John Crooke. Both Amiga and motor racing fans who thought it would be fun to bring an extra element of realism to MicroProse’s FI CP game. The set up allows the ’driver’ to control the program from the near recumbent position of a real racing driver. The control method is via realistic race car pedals and a racing steering wheel, and it’s as near to
real driving as you could experience outside of a car.
The pair plan to start a race meeting series at bars around Australia. Entrants will be able to compete for a cash prize, and winners of the heats will be brought together to compete for ’big prizes’ on I,K ,Nl 1,1 ,n Visitors to the Australian World of Commodore Show had the chanca to Adelaide Grand Prix. Try out MicroProse's F1GP in realistic style.. MB
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Strap on your GooShooter and join Mick™ and Mack™, the Global Gladiators™, on a quest to neutralise the Monsters of SLIME WORLD, THE MYSTICAL FOREST, TOXI-TOWN and ARTIC WORLD. Check out the bodacious backgrounds, the 1,250 awesome animation frames, and the most spacious sound around!
WITH HIS BACKSIDE planted firmly in ihe hoi seat al Commodore UK. David Pleasance is not there just for the ride. His first three months have been among Commodore's most financially difficult and. For the firm to have a successful future, his every decision has to lie the right one.
But is he the man for the job? Bullish and straight-talking, Pleasance says he's "a hunter, not a farmer", and as work experience goes, no-one's could be more diverse. He's travelled the world as a bus conductor, scafiolder. Flamenco guitarist and. More recently, a salesman, so he's certainly got all angles covered. We sat down with him for some no-nonsense talking to find out how he plans to lead the Amiga into Number One spot.
OCTOBER 1 993 THE COMMODORE INTERVIEW Let's start off with one of Commodore's most recent moves - the A1200 price reduction. Given that it was selling strongly, why lower the cost?
Well, one can say it was selling strongly, but you have to look at the whole picture. The UK wasn't doing too badly, but we have a lot on inventory in the field all over Europe.
And frankly Commodore needs cash-flow at the moment so it's in our interest to boost sales.
We know July and August is the highest time for all computer sales, so we made the decision and implemented it very hastily.
This is a strange industry - we sell to the High Street multiples direct and we also sell to distributors who in turn sell to the independent trade.
Now we price-support all of those people to whom we sell. We don't price-support out to the people who they sell to. [This means independents can lose money when the price is lowered - A '.] We know distributors' inventory levels of the A1200 arc quite low so 1 don't think that's a problem.
Product prices always come down in this industry.
5: But the price of the A500 held for a long time?
Yes. But the reason why that is no longer valid is because the price of Pcs hits now come down to a point which is affecting that. We were £400 for three years and now. If you look at what you can buy a 386 machine for. It's more in touch with the A600. So that's why we dropped the price of the A600 and brought the A1200 in line with that.
Also, of course, it takes the pressure off us in terms of the image and impact it's going to have.
We want to sell both machines side by side. We will have a pack on the AI200 before Christmas al £349 - a good pack with some games, word processing and art software - a little bit more serious than our previous packs.
& the future Commodore UK has had a major influence on recent Amiga development, so Marcus Dyson finds out what UK boss David Pleasance is planning... The flack we’re going to get now is that we've squeezed margins, but our view is that they’re better off making a smaller margin on a real sale than a higher one on something that isn't selling too well. We're really confident - Comet have just told us that their sales have tripled since the price reduction. That's through 250 stores.
What about the customers' feelings though?
What with the A500 Plus coming and going, and the A600 coming and dropping in price twice, and now the A1200 dropping in price, there will be a lot of people who have effectively given away an A500. Does that ever come into the equation?
At the end of the day we can't be all things to all people. We've done many trade-in offers over the years, usually followed by a price drop. In fact it's become almost predictable, so that both the trade and the end users know what's going to happen.
We used to do surveys: 'We'll do a trade-in with the C64 and give you an A500 for x pounds, what do you think?' And they'd say 'Brilliant idea, but I don't want to give up my C64'.
Over the years we’ve gone to a lot of trouble to make our advancements compatible. But the day will come when we will have to move to a new platform to keep pace with technology advancements. Certainly any of the RISC technolog)' that we're looking to implement on our high-end machines will migrate downwards.
C5: But would the high-end RISC machine you talk about be an Amiga as well?
Yes, Totally, but it will be impossible to maintain compatiblity. We're talking about a custom chip set that will be 10 times more powerful than the AGA we've just launched. To maintain compatibility would mean giving up too much, and we need to go forward.
When it is finished, it will be a business product initially, and it's going to be the most marvellous reward for people's Amiga loyalty over the years because they will have a full 586 compati- blity machine with an edge that nobody else has got in the world.
So what you're talking about is an Amiga Power-Pendum [RISC-based PC] machine?
Yes.
©: Will it be running MS-DOS-based applications?
It will be running through Windows NT. This is because the RISC technology gives us the opportunity to migrate into that arena. So you will be able to take any piece of software that runs through Windows NT and it will ran on our machine five times faster than on the Pentium.
®: What sort of price will it be? We’re looking at £5,000 Pentiums at the moment.
We will be in line with Pentium's price and offering substantially more because we'll have Triple-A chips, with 10 times the capability of AGA.
Theoretically, on this machine you can put Mac chips on it - it's going to be a totally flexible box!
®: As far as prices go do you think you will reduce the A4000 40 again?
I don't know. The price difference between the '030 and the '040 is probably too much, so may be we'll put up the ’030. The difference between chip costs on the machines is huge - they really are charging a premium on the ’040. If that comes down then we might consider it.
®: Who’s producing your processors currently?
We design the chips and Hewlett Packard do all the wafers and that stuff, then we Beta test and they go into full production. It will be Hewlett Packard's RISC technology that we will be using.
®: When will we see this?
Around next July.
®: We’ve heard rumours of Epson investing in Commodore. Is it true?
I'd like to be able to say yes. Because it wouldn't do us any harm. But the only involvement they have with us is to do with distribution.
®: Are you still manufacturing Amigas in the UK, at Irving, Scotland?
No. We've got a new facility in the Phillipines.
Irving did very well, but it wasn't really a practical situation financially.
What was it that created the difficulties in supplying A4000s?
We ordered according to customer forecasts and we all got it wrong. That's the bottom line.
But I have to tell you now - we have got a problem with the A4()00s. I don't know exactly what it is because I'm not technical, but there appears to be a problem with the daughterboard which controls the hard drives. We think it's something to do with condensation - the Phillipines is a really moist place. We've got all our people looking at it now.
®: Is that the error that sees the A4000 lose data when it gets more than 90 per cent full?
No. It's just that the hard drives don't operate. It's a really weird fault - it's a functionality problem.
However, we've got our distributors - and it's only going to the distributors, we haven't got it in the High Street yet - to go through their stock and pull out anything that is suspect, so that it's not going to get shipped in the field. But, of course, what has been shipped in the field you will probably get some feedback from.
Commodore have always managed to have the best hardware, but it's not always been marketed effectively. Are we going to see that change now?
Commodore corporately have learnt a lesson. We have been successful here in the UK because we adopted a strategy. Commodore US now realise that this pocket of excellence is here in the UK, we are now the leaders in their eyes.
The company is pulling together with bundles
- we will have pan-European bundles, and whatever software we
put in the A1200 pack will be pan-European. And we're also
doing pan- European advertising. So I think you will see a
significant change.
Ever since Batman [Amiga and software bundle], which put us on the map big-time, and with only one or two exceptions, I think the pack standards have been well maintained. But I think the A1200 needs more of a diverse approach.
We look at the A1200 as a more serious product because it is much more powerful, so 1 think if we're going to do the A1200 justice, we've got to put things in the pack which the end user will consider real value for money, rather than just a gimmicky game. The problem is that a lot of the titles 1 would like are not coming out until September, and I want something before then so I can get the pack ready.
Have you thought of supplying IDE hard disks ready installed with A1200s?
The problem is that we can't really buy hard disks any cheaper than end users can because people are working on such slim margins. And we are too, so to be competitive we can't do that.
®: The feedback we've been getting is that when users see low-cost Macs and Pcs out there, and they don't see hard disks as added extras any more, they think that without a hard drive the A1200 is not in ‘serious computer’ territory.
Commodore generally have been selling hard disk versions of the A1200, and they haven't been selling as well as ones without hard disks, which are then being upgraded by the end user.
Even though we were successful, 1 think we made a huge mistake with the packs last year.
They weren't very strong - what the hell does Wild, Weird. Wicked mean? We also confused our consumers - we had the A500, Cartoon Classics, the standalone A600s, WWWs and Epic packs, the standalone A1200, and then the Comic Relief packs. So the end user had seven bloody choices of Amiga! How do they know which one to buy?
It's crazy!
Anyway, in an ideal world what 1 would like is possibly two askews of the Amiga CD32, because I might look to sell one with the FMV module fitted and therefore have some software which uses that.
And then have just one A1200 bundle at £349.
That, for me, makes a lot more sense.
There will be A600s in the market, but there won't be many left by October. Most of the A600s are going to Poland and places like that where the price is right for their market. And with the ,4500s we're almost out of them - the only reason we kept them in manufacture was because we have commitments to catalogues - in Germany A500s are still in catalogues.
THE COMMODORE INTERVIEW OCTOBER 1 993 Can we briefly talk about Kelly Stunner, Mike Cosheron and Gary Lewis leaving Commodore? I think a lot of people saw it as rats deserting a sinking ship... 1 was very surprised to see Kelly leave - I mean I travelled all over the world for three years to avoid taking this job simply because I consider myself to be a hunter, not a farmer. I first refused the job because I considered America to be more of a challenge, but when we decided not to release the CD machine in the US, it changed. Anyway. Kelly had been quite close with Mark Lewis at Electronic
Arts, and I think Kelly sees his opportunity very similar to dial of Mark's.
®: You seem to be much more involved, personally, than some of your predecessors.
1 am 100 per cent committed to this industry. Not just Commodore, aldiough of course their interests come first, but to the industry as a whole. You know. I've worked my way up in this company - I started off as a salesman - and I know all sides of my job very well. I truly believe in the Amiga and am committed to Commodore getting it right.
Do you think it's possible for Commodore to get as hungry again as they were when the A500 was launched?
I think so. Quite clearly we've now determined which direction we're going in - we've got to be lean and mean. We now know we are an Amiga company and we’re going to concentrate only on 32-bit technology. Hopefully within a year, when we've got the new product in the business market, our position worldwide should be very strong.
What about the A600? Where do you think it now fits in?
There's a lot of inventory out in the field, but the sales arc pretty poor on it. It doesn't fit in and that's why we're not manufacturing it anymore.
It's sad because it's nice to have a £199 price point. Now we're going to be starting at a £299 price - we're bringing out the world's best games playing machine. I'd like to sell it at a higher price, but I think £299 is the right price to get aggressive, to really get some numbers in.
I believe it is the most significant product that Commodore has ever launched. By Christmas we'll be in the black and in 1994, with this business product I was talking about which I think will be very profitable, we will be developing the new technology into a whole different realm.
What you're seeing now - the A1200. '030 and CD32 - it's all Lew Eggebrecht's stuff. The guy knows exactly where we're going, and he's the first person in years. He does what this company needs.
I think this new machine will give us the wherewithal! To bring out the next generation of Amigas.
We've really got such a fantastic future. • ® It is recommended that prices are confirmed before ordering goods E&OE.
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Will the new and improved Pinball Fantasies cause yet more disruption in the AF office?
Ocean's Inferno has a few weird looking aliens, but has it got what it takes to be an out of this world success?
THE AMIGA FORMAT CD32 SUPPLEMENT TECH SPECS Richard Baguley takes the top off the CD32, and Commodore's vice president of engineering has a look inside... page 4 of the supplement explains the machine on page 4 of the supplement Everybody's talking about Commodore's new 32-bit wonder console. But we've gone one step further, we re not just talking, we've written it all down too. So when you bought this issue of Amiga Format there should have been a 20-page supplement fastened to the back. Here's what you'll find inside it... 1 O PAGES OF ESSENTIAL CD SOFTWARE PR LEW EGGEBRECHT SUPPLEMENT •
SUPPLEMENT • SUPPLEMENT Read all about the history of Amiga CD, and what led to CD32... page 16 of the supplement In this month's fact packed CD32 supplement you'll find two pages bursting with technical information on the new console, and Commodore's VP of engineering.
Lew Eggebrecht talks us through the new machine. Millennium programmer. Toby Simpson, gives us the inside line on a developer's perspective of the machine.
We have a look at the history of the CD storage medium, and how it has affected the Amiga. And Commodore general manager Will Millenium's Diggers make it to the completion in Putty one scored a massive 95%, will Putty2 CD32 be time to be called ’the first CD32 game ever'? Hugely successful, or just huge (or neither)?
THE AMIGA FORMAT CD32 SUPPLEMENT Syndicate has already caused a storm on the A1200, Flair's Oscar is a colourful afid cute platformer, but can can it do the same on CD32? It offer anything new?
EVIEWS IN YOUR STUNNING SUPPLEMENT DAVID PLEASANCE Commodore's genera! Manager tells why the CD32 is a Mega CD beater... page 19 of the supplement David Pleasance explains what the machine means to The Big C. But what it's really about is games, and we've got 'em. 10 pages of CD32 games news, with more info on more games than you'll find anywhere else.
BURN BABY Its the ultimate road race. It thunders through six European territories and bullets accross the U.SA Its not just a head-to-head between happy snappin', joy riding, boy racers... this is seriously hot competition against the meanest drivers on the tarmac. Beef up your hatch-back to enhance the speed and handling, plan your route and burn off the bizzies.
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¦ BAA PC & COMPATIBLES Ktn i Do you sometimes dream of all Amiga games costing a reasonable price and being of such high standards that Amiga Format could only ever award Colds' to games we reviewed? Well, it could all become true if the new generation of independent software houses have anything to do with it. We find out what their plans are... SOMETHING IS KILLING p»P music. Some will have us believe lhal il is home taping. Some will even tell you that it is roin- puler games. But the truth is that an endless stream of talentless lookalikes have nailed the coffin shut on one of music's meet
dreary gen res. It's no longer a highpoint of the week to sit by the radio 011 a Sunday night and listen to the chart countdown when most of the stuff sounds PC And just as corporate values, relentless marketing and lacklustre products have reduced the goldmine that was pop music to another struggling industry, they threaten to do the same ter computer games. The gamcs-buying public don't need high prices, crap games and new formats every other week. What we need is solid game- play, value for money and good customer support. But who's going to give it to us?
The nation's top software houses are all giant corporations. It is just possible lhal they have lost sight of what the public really want in their headlong search for higher margins and bigger profits, (an any one of those companies, hand on heart, honestly say they have never knowingly pul out a game that was nap? I doubt it!
B. And do these companies really care about the Amiga? No! They
care about whichever formal Is moving most product. They are
being tempted by the promise of profits from the consoles, or
discouraged from supporting the Amiga by American parent
companies. The Amiga Isn't a big games playing success in the
States.
So who will save us from this morass, if not the big. Corporate businesses? If we look back at the traditional youth marketplace of records, we may find our answer.
Wailing in the wings are a whole host of young, exciting software houses just waiting to blow your socks off. These companies are the indies of the computer games business. Small, enthusiastic and Amiga-losing, these companies are promising to revolutionise the way the games industry works.
Talk to the people who wrote your favourite games (OK . So you might not gel the chance, but we do it all the time, so listen up) and you'll hear hundreds of tail’s of programmers being paid a pittance, of work experience kids designing levels for top selling games, of pre-release copies of games being leaked to pirates from the develop- men! Companies themselves. It’s an industry with some very poor working practices.
But the brat pack of 1993 have a whole new approach. The money you spend on these games won't go on buying executives a new BMW. Or on employing a whole marketing department, or on flash new offices. Il will go on paying the programmers a decent wage and on developing the next game.
These guys aren't programming the Amiga because their accountants tell them to. But because they love the machine. Because they believe they can bring new heights of playability and new rreative twists to Amiga games. In some cases they are Public Domain coders land we all know what a good PD coder can get out of the Amiga). In other rases they arc established programmers who are just sick of being ground by the corporate mill. But in all rases they are, they say. Going to give you the games that you have always wanted.
Clan they live up to their ideals? Only time, and the games they produce will tell. But for now... meet the Amiga Brat Pack of '93.
A RECENT ADDITION i the Amiga developing community. Euphoria were created in January 1993 by Laurens van der Donk and Mario van Zeist. Before starting the company, they were part of a development team called Bow Without Brains, who were responsible for the games Hawkey and Flimbo's Quest.
The other members of the BWB team are Arthur van Jolt-. Whose hobbies are fishing and graphics: Hein Holt, bird watching, graphics and music; Harald Holt, puzzles and programming; Rick Hoekman. Nature loving and music; Lars V'erhoef. Counting cats and graphics; Jacco van het Riet. Collecting clumps, graphics and layouts; Roger Large, mushroom specialist and ideas. Roger Large is part of an English distribution house called Profile, and he's helping the company get on its feet by handling the public relations in this country.
OS MIN I The boys are very much Amiga enthusiasts, and they are not frightened of saying so. "We were never interested in doing any PC stuff." Says Iaurens, "we just don't like those machines really, and Disposable Hero shows you that you don't need a console for a good game."
He continues: The reason we started our own company was that we wanted to get more involved with the product. In the past we sold games to software houses, but we lost all control over projects. 1 mean sometimes we didn't even agree about the artwork that was used.
We think there is some great talent in Holland, but there is not a games publishing house here."
So. Having almost completed Disposable Hero, a demo of which was featured on the Coverdisk of Amiga Format Issue 47. The boys' confidence is riding high. The game is a shoot-em-up in the style of Project X hut with a few- neat features thrown in to make it different.
“We started D-Hero about the beginning of 1992." Says 1 aureus. "We basically wanted to take a simple idea and make it look like an arcade game as much as possible - a game with lots of detailed animation."
It's also blessed with some spectacular background graphics, which arc COMING FROM SWEDEN, the Digital Illusions crew wen- borne of top demo coders The Silents. And they can speak English. In fact, they try to prac tice it as much as possible - so we had to considerably cut down this interview!
"We became Digital Illusions in 1991." Top man Fredrik Liliegren told us.
“Today’s team consists of eight people, plus three guys freelancing on the PC.
We live spread out all over Sweden so we don’t meet often, perhaps once every two months or so, but we keep in contact with phone calls and modems We started off with five people, although we changed graphics artists a couple of times during the development of Pinball ' What made you write a pinball game? Are you pinball freaks?
"Yes. The idea of a pinball game probably came up because we like to play it" says Fredrik. 'We had some ideas of how to easily compete with the few pinball games already on the market. The best idea came from a friend in Denmark who had been drawing some over- sued pinball tables that looked good, so we started working with those But they were too big and had to be rearranged to be playable.
So we got a Swedish graphics guy instead." ... The team working on the original game. Ihj| Pinball Dreams, had full time |obs or stud li K-S. And so it took three yeais to complete Fantasies took much less was one the success stories yeai Why does Fredrik think it was successful? FflllljjvjTOv "The public really wanted it. Because if you look at ''-'HI||||JJj|jlj the game it’s not really a stunning cupenence in itself. The realis tic feel, together with the old and well known pinball concept, was what made the product a hit Our guess is that we filled a gap in the market."
How difficult was it to get the game published ’ “It wasn't really hard.” says Fredrik. "because 21st Century wanted the game when they first saw it. We tried to get other people interested as well, to be able to get a more complete look of the average payment we could request.
But most other publishers said it wouldn't sell, or that it didn't fit their style ."
Some of the best seen on an A500 game. But have they considered developing for the A1200?
"We think the A1200 is a great machine, and we're thinking of doing a special AC.A version of Disposable Hero for it.
After Disposable Hero, we're going to start a new arcade adventure. Which will Ik- in the style of the console game sgrtid of 7elrla~ This is a game which, in its third incarnation, recently went on sale in Japan, selling six million copies in the first week. Maybe Euphoria won't Ik- looking for quite this level of success with their game, but Laurens' emphasis is on the game, not the financial rewards. I le says: "The problem with the big companies is they are just thinking about big money and not of the quality of a game..." III i|a Zjii zs SM P II i! IE ABOVE Hardcore - The blast. A game
tipped by Digital Illusions to be the best blast-em up since SIVIV They would say that, though, wouldn't they?
|. IFFT Ol’s more photogenic stars, Fredrik liliegren and Andreas Aselsson ll] ly How will Pinball Illusions improve on Fantasies? Will it just be the " same game with different tables?
’’Well we re not working on it yet" says Fredrik, "even though we've done a lot of planning for it. But don’t worry, it will definitely support multi- ball in one way or another and there will probably be an AGA version as well We have to completely rewrite most of the code to be able to improve it enough, but we re sure it'll only be for the good of the game. The ball mechanics must be totally rearranged, but we must not lose the feel of it and that's probably what will take the longest to do."
THE HIDDE THE HIDDEN ARE a three-man outfit operating from sunny Great Yarmouth on the east coast of Britain. The three. Craig Howard, Simon Leggett and William Bell, met on a computer course in 1989, when Will was creating a text adventure, but needed graphics and a story to back it up.
They began programming seriously around August last year, resulting in an arcade platform game. Donk! (nee Dong!, which many of you will have seen immortalised on the Amiga Format issue 45 Coverdisk). After securing a deal with distributors DMI, the guys were set to release Don*.'
In March this year, but the demise of DMI set things back. Now, though, they have signed the game over to Supervision, the newly formed software branch of Waddingtons. Who will release it in the next few months.
"With Don* we basically wanted to produce a game which sticks a big prod at the consoles. We wanted a game which, although it had the familiarity of something like Zool, played much in its own unique way. Hopefully we have done this. Technically it's pretty good - you'll find more aliens on screen than something like Sonic 2, and also on the A1200 a lot more colours."
On the strength of the demo we have recently received, Don* is looking even better, and the AGA version looks excellent. The Hidden'* commitment to the Amiga is obvious.
"There's nothing that can really touch it, especially now the price has come down," enthuses Craig.
Will The Hidden create games for other platforms?
"Probably not ourselves, but we would licence out our products for other formats. Converting an Amiga game to the Mega Drive is easy and if it were proved that we would benefit, I think we would.
Donk! Disguises himself as Mata Har. And "We will always develop on sneaks quietly past the pink knobbly thing... the Amiga first because it's the ABOVE: The mutant Samurai duck Donk! Gets able platform, and used to his brand new AGA house, you can port across ABOVE LEFT: The Hidden crew. Simon Leggett, left. Craig to everything from Howard and William Bell, the Amiga, but it's not so easy the other way around. If we did make money this way. It would be to fund the Amiga side of things. This is where we intend to stay."
But what about the high level of piracy in the Amiga game industry?
"We've been careful not to give out the full game,” says Craig, "but we realise once Don* is on sale it will be hacked and appear on a Bulletin Board.
People send me disks of games and they've copied things like Soccer Kid and if s pathetic. They're going to wonder why Amiga enthusiasts like us begin to look at other systems. If s sad. And if s the worst part of if "We still believe if s the best market because it's so varied. The Amiga is the last real home computer. The technical side is brilliant value for money side of the equipment is brilliant and the only way its market will die is through people stealing software."
The Hidden have games under construction, including an isometric adventure and a 3D space game, which is likely to be A1200-specific. "Hopefully if Don* does well," says Craig, "we can afford to get more programmers, and so get more products out. We will only produce about three games a year, though - top-quality products. So, we're still going to support the Amiga, and hopefully produce a few PD games along the way."
Aside from the pinball genre.
ASYLUM Digital Illusions have lots of games in the pipeline, some of which are nearing completion. These include Malfunction - A Space Traveller's Tale.
A top-down arcade adventure.
HardCore - The Blast the ultimate biast-em-up; Benefactor, a game which started with the concept of Loadrunner (C64 classic) and Lemmings, but ended up looking like neither, and lastly Reality, a top down car racing game.
So will the success of Fantasies inspire other software developers?
"We're quite sure that a lot of people out there have been inspired by our success, and we hope that they have the will and strength to put some great products together. What we look forward to accomplishing is to become a real software house with us doing our own publishing and fulltime developing. That would put Sweden in an important position, and also give more talented people both in Sweden and Europe a chance to get their products out by people that really care about the games and just not the sales they can give you.
"We feel it's possible to survive in the business, as we now have eight very competent people working together. We all know each quite well, and we know what we can do. And what we want to do. So DMA design.
Bitmap Brothers and all you others, watch out 'cause the Vikings are com- Oh. And some original sketches from mg for a revisit!" Hardcore (see first caption) SET-UP BY THREE former future journalists (including ¦x-Amiga Format editor. Bob Wade) Asylum are a Balh-based software house who are working on iheir first release Ztrwolf, which PR manager Andy Smith describes as "a solid ID thinking man’s shoot-em-up'.
The other members are development manager Andy Wilton, and former Micro- Prose programmer Jim Gardner.
And they’re dedicated Amiga enthusiasts. “We love the Amiga and firmly believe in the strength of the market. There are three million people out there who want to play good games,” says Andy Smith.
.Asylum hope that smaller houses will proliferate in the future. “It started off like a cottage industry and I think the Amiga will return more to these roots. Look at Team 17. They've produced great games - a smallish team having fun. I think we'll get better games this way,” says Bob.
Can you believe that the youngster hiding at the back on the left was once the editor of your beloved Amiga Format?
Asylum are concentrating on games for all Amiga's, and although they’re keen not to alienate A500 users, they will be producing A1200-specific programs in the future. .As for the (TV1-. Bob sacs: “I hope it succeeds. The price is good, if it drops even lower it will give the consoles a kick up the backside.” The last word goes to .Andy Smith: “We'll never lose sight of the fact that the games are the most important thing - playing the games should be as enjoyable as possible and people should feel they've spent their money well."
MILL-KIT MILL-KIT SOFTWARE LIVE up in Leeds, where it's grim, or so some say. But really it's not so grim, at least not for a software house with Mill-Kit's attitude, financial backing and project plans. And that's before we even mention their programming talent.
Mill-Kit is a bit of a sideline for James Millard and Kevin Sanders, a sideline in that their main business is selling Amigas and the related peripherals and software. But it's a sideline that they are deadly serious about and they are putting their money where their mouth is. That money is buying them talent.
Talent in the form of Adam Polanski.
Adam has quite a track record in games programming having worked with both Argonaut where he contributed to their SfarWing SNES game, and Vector Graphix. Adam has applied his programming talents to The Killing Cloud, Shuttle, XF-SO Damocles, Birds of Prey and ATAC among others. So naturally Mill-Kit's first product will be a 3D game, yeah?
No! Director James Millard explains: "It just never occurred to us, despite Adam's previous experience. I had a game design and I needed someone to realise it. I had been looking for a programmer for months. I'd arrange meetings for one, and I'd been kept waiting. It was a nightmare. Then I was explaining my problem to a guy who knew who said ‘my brother's a programmer' and that's how I got together with Adam."
What about the project they're working on? James says: "It's called Annihilator, It's a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up, but with horizontal sec- tions in it too. Our philosophy is to ’ m offer quality games at good prices." II SowhytheMill-Kitname.it M sounds a tad cynical? "It’s a bit tongue- in-cheek. I hope people will get that.
Annihilator is going to be a three-disk game for £24.99, so we're giving value."
Annihilator is set on a series of planets, and an invading alien horde (every shoot-em-up needs one) is hell Kevin Sanders and James Millard are the Kevin Sanders and James Millard are the financial power behind Mill Kit.
Bent on conquering Earth. The ship financial power behind Mill Kit.
Annihilator has to venture to a series of worlds and defeat them. Each world has a completely different environment, and the aliens have adapted to meet this. On the Ocean planet there are subaqua aliens, on the forest world they are tree dwellers, and so on. And each world requires different tactics and different weapons.
The weapons are collected, in timeless fashion as pick-ups. The plan is for some of the pick-ups to be useless for the next fighting environment so when you collect them, the ship's computer gives a sampled sound warning.
A YEAR AGO, in Helsinki. Finland, a few demo-programming friends gol together to write a game. They were sick of big companies producing poor-quality games at inflated prices. The result was Bloodhouse. A name which, if their first effort Stardust is anything to go by. You are likely to hear more and more of in the future.
Featured on AF 49's Coverdisk, Stardust is a version of the coin-op classic Aslrraids. Brought up-to-date with a flurry of ray-traced graphics and a rockin' soundtrack. To press home their stand against the big-priced games, they sold Stardust in Britain for £16.99. a good £9 under the usual full price for games.
The people working on die Bloodhouse games generally keep their demo 'handles' rather than use their real names, so we get a Stardust team of Harri Tikkanen (ray-tracing and programming). SCH, X-ray. Destop (graphics). Rib and Bassbomb (music).
Mika Laamanen is the bloke to talk to. Since he's the co-ordinator of Bloodhouse. And the only one who speaks English. "Because we are our own bosses." Says Mika, "we can do pretty much what we want to do.
Now we can release quality games with a very reasonable price.
"If the public thinks that the price is right and Stardust is a success, then we can use this method to release more quality software with a low price."
What inspired Stardust?
"The coin-op game Blastcroids showed that the game formula could be spiced up pretty well. We thought that there wasn't a decent version of this type game on the Amiga yet. So here we arc."
N * * a HI m 0 S 0 As well as developing for the A500, Bloodhouse are also developing for the AGA machines. Mika is enthusiastic about the new machines: "We are developing three A1200 games, and two of them will be released for the A500 later on. The A1200 is an ideal machine for serious use. But the people who only play games should probably wait and see if it's worth the trouble to upgrade from an A500 to a 1200.
"As far as CD32 is concerned, we haven't seen the system yet. But we know its technical specifications. In our opinion a DSP chip, faster blitter and more hardware sprites would have made this system very special indeed. Compared to 3DO say, the technical specifications of this system are quite up-to-date. Of course, software support is the thing that counts, though."
Do you think lhat the Amiga will succeed in the current market?
"The Amiga has a large user base, but the main problem is, of course, piracy. The software houses take a big risk if they invest a lot of time and money in a game that simply won't sell because of piracy. It’s a shame that such names like Lucas Arts are pulling out of the arena, but it seems like the only choice for a company like them because of the huge development time and hard work that's gone into developing such games when they don't gain any profit."
So. Now that Stardust is almost complete, what happens next? Have the team got any other games in the pipeline?
"There are several games in development at the moment. Fleshwarld, a fast-paced and rather violent platform shoot-em-up beat-em-up game. T his will feature a rotoscoped main character, with TOOK ol graphics per level and intelligent rotoscoped and ray-iraced enemies.
"We are also developing a cute platform game with a difference for the A1200, with a cut down version of the game to appear for the A500 later on.
Other projects include a very fast vector shoot-em-up for the A1200. And an arcade adventure game for the A1200."
Shakespeare himself, could not a finer line have written. ’To eat or not to eat', is a question the Fatman seems to have answered at an early stage in his life.
BLACK LEGEND IS a new kind of software house. And yet in many ways it's not a software house as such - it's more a vehicle which enables programmers to get their software published and distributed without having vast sums of money behind them.
Black Legend's founder. Richard Holmes, says: "We want a situation whereby talented programmers can get their software published without artificial restrictions such as deadlines. There are so many talented Amiga fanatics out there that never get the chance for their work to be published."
Richard Homes has lived most of his life in Switzerland, but intends to return to Britain soon, as his parents are from Manchester, which probably accounts for his rather strange accent!
In some ways. Black Legend is similar in ideology to The Beatles' Apple organisation in the late Sixties, but with slightly less idealism and far more practicality. They have 10 offices in different European countries, from Russia to Scandinavia, with local contacts for the programmers who keep Richard Holmes up-to-date on who's working on what. Many of the programmers are part time and some even take holidays from their ordinary work to finish working on games. It seems a new age in Amiga programming has arrived - an 'alternative' Amiga programming scene, which can be nothing less than a
positive sign for the future.
One game due to be released in the near future is Fatman. An unusual plat- former hailing from Poland with graphics not disimilar to the children's TV programme. Crystal Tips and Alistair - which can't be a bad thing. Also, a Project X-type shoot-em-up called Shenandoah should be making an appearance in the not-too-distant future.
Another major plus for Black Legend is that they've joined up with Kompart UK who will act as their sales and marketing representatives.
Kompart's Duncan Lowthian explains: "Black Legend approached us and asked us to sell their products. Essentially we are a point of contact and our role is to represent the commercial face of Black Legend."
With a wide variety of software coming out of Europe and with Kompart UK supporting them on the marketing side, the future looks bright for both Black Legend, and the Amiga.
What can one say that hasn’t already been said by a better man than I. Black Legend'*.
Richard Holmes (left) and Duncan Lowthian pose provocatively in the Future Publishing car park- and neither of them asked to be taken to the make-up department. A match made in heaven?
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Shenandoah. Richard Holmes says he is keen on using interesting names for his games.
OCTOBER 1 993 NEW SOFTWARE HOUSES VISION SOFTWARE WERE formed in 1991 with one aim - to produce top quality arcade software for the Amiga. Paul Andrews and Rodney Smith are the founders and have since been joined by Damon Davies, the new programmer, Blair Zuppicich. Who writes all the music, and Simon Armstrong from Acid Software who looks after the marketing side.
So what have Vision done so far? Well there's Woody's World for a start. This game scored 84 per cent in A 47. "With Woody we set .
Out to do the biggest platform game on the Amiga and do it well.
Now that we've achieved this we're doing the most serious shoot- em-up that's ever been developed for the Amiga." Says Simon.
The shoot-em-up is Seek and Destroy. It's a helicopter game where the screen rotates around the player. Demos we've seen look very impressive. Vision say: “We're putting loads of speech and sound effects in and a vertical scrolling bonus section.
The main emphasis is on destruction, non-stop destruction.
So what about the AGA Amigas? “We like the A1200. It's I a really good machine and it's going to allow us to do things that aren't possible on the A500. It also means that the number of Amigas in the world is still growing strong."
And CD32? "We've only read about it in AF. We are pleased with the six buttons on the control pad - that's definite proof that Commodore are going about things the right way."
Vision are dedicated Amiga enthusiasts. They say: “The Amiga was designed for creativity. As soon as you start talking l’ s and consoles you start talking marketing and huge overheads. Developing on the .Amiga means we can keep our own priorities and not have some suit dictate the terms."
Is there a downside? “The only negative aspect of the Amiga scene is piracy. Commodore have sold millions of Amigas worldwide, however availability of pirated software is crippling the industry."
“But as a new software house, with their first product just on the streets, surely Vision haven't been prey to the pirates yet? “We sent Woody's World out lo the magazines for review as our lirsl full price game...One week later it turns up on a local BBS crippled to **** with some ****ing pirate group's name tattooed on the fronl-end.
This really tested our faith in the Amiga market. We're developing on a very lean budget and after sending Woody out in lo the big wide world someone goes and performs unspeakable acts on him."
But that's not the only misfortune Vision have endured this year, as they explain: “Then DMI, our distributor, went down nearly taking us with them.
So it's been a pretty bad year so far! We aim to turn it around though!"
So what plans do they have? "Future releases will be priced at £10 includEX-DEMO CODERS MARK WRIGHT and Rob Ward have just created Inertia ' , _ because they felt their talent for coding, graphics and music could be put to use ' ' writing quality games. However, they still feel that the demo scene is an ideal bridge f] B between coding and games writing.
‘-Jj'JVV*,,r co Inertia's first game. Vultvria. Is based on a 1 trusted formula. "It captures the feel of some of the older coin-ops." Says Rob. “It’s a nice.
Poo, simple platform game."
Victor Vulture'll Vulturia is based on two characters, Victor be in trouble with his missus and Valerie Vulture, and their four sons. In an if Sydney stays in that cage. Interesting role-reversal. Victor is a househus- band while Valerie goes out to collect the food.
On a more serious note. Mark has a message for the Big C: "Commodore should release a hardware reference manual for the A1200. Vou can't expect the machine to take off if no programmers can get hold of the necessary information."
As well as games coding, the pair have an interest in music. Mark is a DJ, and both have had white label ing p&-p available directly from our new London marketing office. This will include a three disk game with full colour box and multi-lingual instructions. Many companies are being forced out of the Amiga scene due to piracy and low profit margins. By missing out the middle men and selling direct to end users Vision are able to chop 60 per cent off the standard retail price.
“We feel many Amiga owners cannot afford the high prices the industry dictates. We expect the press to review our games in direct comparison to the full-priced ones. It's not budget, it is direct selling. Users can play the demos, read the reviews and then buy direct. The 60 per cent discount makes up for the slight delay and getting parcels in the post is one of the great joys in life, especially if they're full of exploding helicopters from Vision Software!"
Records released on the club scene. 1 They consider good music to be as important to a game as good graph- '¦» 1 * •! • ics. So. They have set up another ' company called Sonic Solutions through which they intend to write music for other companies' games. ,, I "Back in the days of the C64." says Mark, "people like Rob Hubbard and firms such as WE M.U.S.I.C. were stars of the 64 music scene. We want Ihcsc are early 9,aphjts _ in fact. ,hc to recreate that with the Amiga." Whole game's only taken three weeks whole game's only taken three weeks.
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AS I LAY on my hotel bed in the sauna ihat is Hong Kong, with the odour of Dint Sum and Chinese laundry drifting through the open window. I wondered. I wondered how I got involved with Acid. I -SI). Blitz, and planning a revolution.
It started in Sydney. I'd only gone to Australia to take the kid who won the Real Genius Competition (see how he got on in the News pages) and Commodore Australia were paying. Their PR supremo. Howard Needleman. Is a host of the first order, even though money is his god. So it was bound to be a hoot. Seven hundred hours rattle class on Cathay Pacific was a small price to pay.
Fear, Loathing On a visit to the World of Commodore Show in Australia, Marcus Dyson found there was much more the antipodeans had to offer-good beer, Blitz and rockstar' coders.. FRIDAY ON MY I'd checked into the Pat Darling Harbour Hotjl, looked like a post-modernist dream on the outside, and an opulent fantasy on the inside. Then straight across the harbour to the World of Commodore Show. Kim Hollingsworth?
Commodore Oz employee, was worried that i would lx- cold as I stepped out in short sleeves. What are these people on? This wi aswarm a day as the English summer ever gets.
You have to be stupid to send all your thieves and vagabonds to paradise. Especially when everyone else remains on a tiny, overcrowded speck of an island beleaguered by the least clement perate" climate in the world.
One of the most important arcade games of all time.
Defender, is accurately rendered in Blitz Basic.
TOBY SIMPSON: BLITZ IS BLINDINGLY POWERFUL!
Toby Simpson is a thoroughly nice man who likes fudge. In his spere time (that which he does not spend eating fudge and drinking whiskey) he is also the head programmer at Millenium Millenium programmer Toby Interactive Simpson captured at the launch Entertainment, of the Amiga CD11, for which he HI* latest project is wrote Diggers. Diggers, the first CD32 game. He’s also worked on Robocod, a fact which makes him OK in our book.
Here is what Toby Simpson thinks of Blitz Basic 2... BASIC was originally designed as an instructional language. It actually stands for Beginners All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. Its creators never intended it to be used as a professional programming language, and yet it achieved huge popularity, particularly in the early Eighties with the 8-bit home computers, such as the Spectrum. Commodore 64 and Amstrad machines. As computers marched on. More powerful languages were needed to properly make use of them. BASIC continued to survive, as software developers such as HiSoft continued to
improve BASIC and keep it up-to-date.
Blitz Basic, by Acid Software, is a compiled BASIC, which means that a special program, called a compiler turns your BASIC program into ultra-fast machine code before you run it. It comes with a truly astonishing box full of goodies.
This includes a user's guide, a massive A4-size reference manual, several copies of the Blitz user newsletter and three disks packed with PD software which has been written using Blitz Basic.
Quite a few minutes playing the version of the game Defender, which comes on one of the PD disks, indicates that Blitz Basic was certainly an extremely powerful tool - and what's more, the game worked just fine on an Amiga 4000 with no problems.
Blitz Basic is certainly very complete. It contains the full range of expected BASIC commands, including multi-line functions and procedures. It's stolen the idea of structures from 'C, a powerful addition to the language. Where it really does excel is in the amount of control you have over your Amiga.
Things that you'd normally have to resort to some Apart from working feverishly to show how- great his programming language is. Mark Siblv has been coding games for Vision Software. Vision are one of the most productive and creative new software houses around, with Woods’s World and Overkill - the world's first AGA-onlv game - already under their belt, plus Seek and Destrcrs and Gladiators in production (see page 32 for more details of their work).
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Acid Software boss
• Afmstrong, the man for the massively Blitz Basic, why he we did
it?
Should I not a bloody I'm a Kiwi."
One: Simon is from New He is not Armstrong is a of a man, huge When I first myself to him, simply exclaimed: "C jfal! I need to talk to let's have a beer, evening." Then, in the distracted way that comes with great genius, or monumental rudeness, he proceeded to ignore me. Busying himself with selling thousands of dollars worth of Blitz Basic 2.
The Arid stand at WOC was like an open and completely disorganised games arcade. Blitz programmer Mark Sibly has been ridiculously productive in creating demos to support the language.
On the monitors were Defenda, Zombie Apocalypse, Seek and Destroy, Insectoids 93 and (on the Coverdisk) Skidmarks, the demo that will make it to commercial game status. And the kids were wielding like I'zi 9mm death and reigned.
Simon .Armstrong is paving their wages. Why?
"I don’t know," he says. "I just saw these two guys, and thought 'They are just too brilliant to Ik- on the dole. It's not wages, it’s all advanced royalties.
If Woods's World had made it to the shelves by now they'd already be raking it in."
Woods's Woild rated a verv creditable 84 per cent in Amiga Format, then seemingly disappeared, what happened? "Woody's was going to be distributed by DMI, we'd just shipped and they went bust. It was pretty upsetting, there are we. Just about to get our first commercial game on the streets, and suddenly we didn't have a distribution company any more," Armstrong explains.
"Mungo (Amvatt I ear, ex DMI director] still has Woody's, he faxed us from his new company.
London Software Developments, saying they'd get Woody's out, but we're really not sure what is going on at the moment."
1 fe laughs: That'll be great, eh? Acid Software distributed bv LSD!"
LATER... We met in the hotel bar. Hoping for a quiet drink.
But Simon and Mark were sitting with a hundred others. This is the Wild Bunch". I didn't believe him for a second, Ernest Borgninc wasn't there!
During the seemingly endless stream of introductions. I forgot all their names. Who the hell were these guys? They had been sitting in their bedrooms for two years knocking up graphics for non-existent computer games. Then an entrepreneur by the name of Mujo Sefa saw their stuff, decided it was worth investing in and set them up, houses, cars, the works.
Sefa is a 'retired' businessman who used to "fulfill government supply contracts in New Guinea". He exudes a quiet confidence, borne, one suspects, of always getting his way. He doesn't know a whole lot about the computer leisure scene, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Mark Sibly recalls when Sefa first saw Overkill, he proclaimed that it was great and that they'd sell 200,000!
Continued overleaf » pretty heavy C programming, or machine code to do are now available from BASIC commands, including setting up of interrupts and an in-line assembler (which should really help those who need that extra ounce of power out of their programs).
The documentation is beyond fault. The reference manual has a comprehensive index and table of contents allowing you to look up pretty much anything very quickly. Each function is explained with syntax and examples. The user guide is devoted to getting you set up, started and teaching you the basics of BASIC, and includes loads of examples for you to type in. On top of these two guides, a disk full of examples is provided, and the PD games disks which show very graphically the sort of things you can do with it. Giving away several copies of Blitz User is a nice touch, and gives you even more
things to try and loads of hints and tips.
Blitz Basic is a worthy rival to AMOS, and if you are after an easy to leam language such as BASIC, which allows you to leam about your Amiga and perhaps write some games and demos, then you can't go far wrong with it. Its definitely worth a good long hard look.
Robocod is now available in an AGA version. Owners of the non-AGA version can upgrade by sending their disks and a cheque for £9.99 to Millennium at Quern House, Mill Court. Great Shelford, Cambridge C82 5LD.
Blitz Basic SOFTWARE HOUSE: ACID SOFTWARE DOCUMENTATION: 9 10 FEATURES: 9 10 VALUE: 8 10 OVERALL: "A powerful compiled BASIC, which gives you AMOS-style power with C-style flexibility and structure."
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Rainbow Islands is well... the work of a god-lik genius (and mass music murderer).
Andy Braybrook. The man who killed pop music.
Business is lonclinterl in an altogcthci more relaxed manner down lltere in . And alter a lew beers and a couple l handshakes. Simon Armstrong has sold Siblv into slate laboin in M -llx urne. Mow does Mark feel about it? "lie s not vert pleased, he hasn't seen liis girlfriend in weeks, all he wants to do is gel the game finished and gel hack lo Auckland* The game in question is (.Induitoiv a cross between 2 and Smash 7 V. and die second collaboration between Vision Software and die Wild Bunch. Seta's company Digisufl are handling the marketing.
The boys were getting ready to hit the town. I was guest of honour. Sel'a ordered two stretch limos, because we couldn't all lit into two taxis.
This guy is a smooth operator.
But Simon and I had plans. Australia has over 200 covcr-vcrsion bands, and tonight The Zeppelin Show was in town. At (linnet we scarfed a surprisingly pleasant French meal with ungracious haste. Afterward when everyone Int a bar. Simon Andrew Braybrook is a part of developers Graftgold.
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Bass guitarist and all round great guy.
He is currently putting the finishing touches to the Amiga version of his C64 classic Uridium, imaginatively titled Uridium
2. He had this to say about Blitz Basic 2... My last encounter
with BASIC was on the Dragon 32 in about 1984. So before I
began this review I had to plough through the manual.
The installation procedure seems straightforward, and the manual is written in a fairly colloquial style.
Vision seem to have thought of all the things that might go wrong and offer advice if things don’t work.
And I saw our chance, headed for the door and hailed a cab. With our What's On paper under our atm we were confident that we'd Ik- moshing lo the strains ol Black Dog within minutes. One ol the wonderful things about Australia is the expansiveness of the place. I he cabby dashed out hopes within seconds. "OK. I'll lake vou. But it's gone lake us a while to get there*. One of the crap things is how lai apart everything is. I imidlv we skulked bark into the bar. Hoping we hadn't blown our plat e on the gratuities list.
No le.tr! Mujo consoled us, in a wav that implied be might have been able to get us on the guest list, that Zep would have been sold out for months He can't have heard what happened lo |olm Bonham vet.
The Wild Bunch were itching to live up to iheir name and had targeted a strip joint in Kings Gross as the cradle of craziness. Simon and I. being the new men we are. Skipped the gynaccol- ogv lesson and went to see a band called the Headhunters at a bat called Spi itiglields. With .1 name like- that how could ihcv be bad? Tlicv were.
First impressions: I'm glad to see that line numbers have bitten the big one. Who needs them?
They encourage amazingly bad programming habits. In fact the examples supplied have been written in a neatly structured style which makes them easy to read. The editor puts key words in a different colour so you can see that it has recognised them immediately. All sorts of new-ish constructs are available, like Do-Whites making the language more readable.
What I was most impressed by was the speed and polish of some of the examples supplied in the package. I had more than a few goes of the Defender clone and you'd be hard pressed to tell it was written in BASIC. One of the keys to its speed is that it always compiles the program before running it that is it converts the game to machine code and then executes it This wilt slow down development time a bit because you have to re-compile when you change a line, but the finished results are well worth it The package is aimed more at the intermediate programmer than at a beginner since there is a
fair amount to learn before you can get started, but I know how hard it Awesomely. I asked Simon why. Since Australians are not gencrallv reknowned lor their taste and sensitivity, he had wanted to miss the strip show.
He pointed out. Not totally good-lutmouredlv. That he isn’t Australian.
Lesson two: Simon Armstrong is a New Zealander. Not an Aussie.
The Wild Bunch gist sill around drinking supertankers ol beer, being notably un-wild. The onl excitement ol the evening came when Mark Siblv and I had a stand-up screaming-blue-murder- ovcr-thc-table-beer-boiiledashing argument about the potential ap| eal ol a mouse* pointer driven coimns package. Pretty rock n' roll eh?
DRIVE IN SATURDAY The 3rd Jul IW3. The Doors were playing somewhere in Svdnev Simon and I bad seen the show advertised in the What's On paper. Just before we c ast it in the bin for not pointing out that Led Zep were playing in the part of Svdnev that is near Adelaide. Simon. Mark and I wanted to see The Doors. Because tliev like ‘Break on Through*, and bec ause I knew |im Morrison isn't dead, and I seri- ouslx beliewd that night was the night he would make bis re turn tolive performance. They were sure* I bad drunk too muc It Lasc ade. A smooth and gorgeous Tasmanian brew, the fools,
they'll see.
Continued Overleaf +- is to get into assembler and Blitz 2 produces excellent results. You can integrate small routines of assembler into the BASIC to speed up specific bits, and some of the more intricate commands provide direct access to hardware registers. Thus you can play with the Amiga hardware directly without (hopefully) the hassle of re booting when you make a mess as often happens with assembler.
The authors of Blitz Basic 2 seem to be genuinely enthusiastic and keen to help as they produce their own newsletter, and while someone there really needs to keep a close eye on the spelling. I detect a strong commitment to keeping the product going and I wish them well.
Bui our plan lo sec The Doors was fatally flawed since we didn’t know where they were playing. We devised a foolproof scheme. We would go into every bar in Sydney and have a drink, until we found the bar where they were playing. The Bitmap brothers may fancy themselves as 'pop-star programmers', but pure rock 'n' roll flows through Acid's veins!
Predictably this didn't result in us seeing The Doors. We got drunk and rowed instead. Siblv insisted that advancements in computer technology were directly responsible for the current poor stale of computer games. He maintained that many of today’s games were no more than megademos, and that CD and 24-bit palettes would only exascerbate the situation. I retorted that advances in technology are ihere for programmers to make use* of. Siblv retorted that so few of them did. I hit him with the assertion that if they all had his attitude to the technology, it wasn't surprising. The conversation
became heated to the point where we would have been cast unceremoniously from an English bar. In Australia no-one batted an eye. We argued more and drank ourselves into a frenzied impasse.
LAZY SUNDAY Sunday night, and the World of Commodore was just a (very recent) memory. Simon and I met in the bar of the hotel for a quiet dinner. It was the night of the Wimbledon final and we wanted to eat. Then lind a bar where we could vegitate and watch the tennis. Over dinner Armstrong anil I began to talk about shareware. He asked me why Jeff Mintcr and Uamatron made a very tills (and well deserved) amount as shareware, and Brvan Bell shifted several thousand full copies of Charlie Chimp after his Al ('.overdisk. But Mark Siblv had relatively few responses from the shareware release of
Cybrmetix. I pointed out that both JefT and Bryan offered an extra disk with more stuff 011 it to people who registered. Simon’s eves lit up. I could see the thoughts whizzing around his brain. He edged closer to me and asked how I felt about starting a revolution. I looked for the exits. I was sitting at dinner with a madman, and that bag lie had with him. It probably had a bomb in it. If I'd had a can of Mace with me I'd have had it for his eyes and dived under a nearby table. .As it was. I raised my eyebrows and tried to appear interested.
Simon Armstrong then unveiled his plan to me.
Anti a damn good one it was too.
Acid Software want to start a shareware revolution. They want everyone out there writing their own games and seeing some financial reward for it. They want the power of popular opinion to shape the games of tomorrow. Excellent, I exclaimed, but how are they going to achieve this?
"We'll put llhli Basic on the cover of Amiga Format,' Simon replied.
- Great." I said, never afraid to place a brilliant piece of
software on the front cover. "But how will that start a
revolution-" I asked.
"Simple." Replied Simon. "We'll run a competition for vottr readers to write a great game in lihli, and to tin- two who write the best ones we'll give an Amiga 4000 030 as a prize. That should get 'em coding."
And that's how it all began. Next month we'll be giving you Blili Baste 2 011 Amiga Format's cover.
So get coding... the revolution starts here. R~J Buzzbar, shoot things, collect things and it’s got nice inertia, erm... sort ot Defender meets Asteroids.
Raf Cecco is the programmer responsible for one of the best Amiga platform games we've ever seen, the excellent First Samurai. He’s also the programmer of the Second Samurai demo on this month's Coverdisk. So what does a professional games programmer like Raf think of Blitz Basic 27 RAF CECCO: SUPERB FOR CREATING GAMES... ”lt is excellent as far as BASICS go - it's superb for creating simple games. There is invariably some overhead in terms of processing speed because it's a compiled language, but on the A1200 games could potentially appear as much better quality because it's a much faster
processor.
'I like the way you can kick out the Amiga OS, and use the full power of the machine. The C-type structures are also very good."
So what about the example programs which are Included with the language?
"I've enjoyed playing the Blitz Defender an awful lot - more than some of my Super Nintendo games lately."
How does Blitz compare to Rafs language of choice, machine code?
"When I started coding on the ZX81 I began in BASIC, but I think it would have been more difficult to begin immediately with machine code. I think Blitz Basic really is excellent and could be used as a stepping stone on the way to writing 100 per cent machine code games.
But will it replace machine code? "For the amount of effort it would take to get the best out of this language, you may as well put it into learning machine code. However, it's the best thing I've seen other than machine code for writing games."
Word Publishers go beyond simply producing normal letters and documents (at which Final Copy!I naiurally excels) and progress inlo a world where how the whole documenl looks is jusl as important as whai ii says. Admittedly. Ihis can be achieved with Desk Top Publishers, but they can't easily be used as Word Processors, especially when a good looking letter needs creaiing quickly they're far loo cumbersome. This is where Final Copxll offers ihe perfecl balance between the two requirements. Ease and speed of use. Combined with complete control and perfccl final pnnicd presentation. Complete
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Text can also be printed actually over graphics (refer to "The Tiger" heading on our document I. All these features mean that no matter what you may have thought, no other Amiga Word Processor has all the capabilities that Final Copxll users now simply lake for granted!
Final Copy coined Ike phrase "Perfecl Printing on any Printer”.
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' Everyone who . V 12 will get a day to see Disney s new Get your hands on all the big releases this Christmas before anyone else!
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Try out all the latest incredible hardware.
And become a media star: GamesMaster and Radio One are both broadcasting live from the Show!
Oh. And there's a video wall the size of a house, competitions and the National Computer Games Championship (worth £10.000!) And huge arcades and serious bargains and all the big softies and more TV film crews and - but hey. Let’s not worry about detail.
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For all AF readers who missed out on last month’s competition, we’re giving you another chance to get creative!
Ainifl3 Forma» and Future En*e»-fa nmcnt Shovir Get creative con,petit’|0n Over the years the Amiga has grown into an extremely sophisticated machine. Not )ust 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 ol these plentiful and wondrous abilities, we ve put together a mega huge competition with prizes that represent the variety ot operations the Amiga is used tor. And the different things you have to do to win the prizes means that everyone has a good chance ot winning a prize they can really make the most ot!
Each ot the prize winners will have their prizes presented to them at the Future Entertainment Show on 11-14 November (But don't worry it you win and you’re not there, your 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 leet of the Olympia Exhibition Centre. More than 60.000 people are expected lo attend the show, and tickets priced at £6.95 or £24.95 for a group ol four, must be booked prior to the show.
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Following the completion of Second Samurai, Vivid Image are about lo embark on their most ambitious project to date.
Hodja is to be a CD-only game, developed for every CD platform, and Vivid Image want you to design it for them!
WIN! AN AMIGA 1200 This isn’t just the Vivid Image boys being lazy - 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 a popular Turkish folk hero, 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 lo people. Because what he says is 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 must 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. The lights go out, the boy blows out the candles, and when the lights come back on, the family is sitting in a strange, monster-filled fantasy world. One of Hodja's spells has backfired... againl WIN A VIDEOPILOT WORTH £1,3001 Here’s where you come in!
Design a game continuing on from the above story. To help ou, Bill Hajee (who animated the mice in the Disney film, The Rescuers) has drawn a rough of what the family look like - see the cartoon. He will also be working on the in-game graphics, so don't worry if you can't draw!
If you win this competition you can turn your Amiga Into a multimedia 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 Videopltot enables you to cut and edit your videos to achieve more professional results.
Because we know that anyone Interested in winning a Videopllot will be a dab hand wtth their camcorders (or are working on It), to win this competition you have to make a ¦ JJ- Maenliafl vioeo recording.
Now we re not fussy - the subject matter is completely up 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 describe them. However, If your drawing is not so Panasonic PRINTERS Whatever you're using your Amiga 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 mall order company. Indl Direct Mail, to offer you the chance to win one of three high quality printers from Panasonic.
With each of the three Panasonic printers we're also giving away a copy of Digltas excellent word processor Wordworth, worth £129.99. Indl are offering a Panasonic KXP-4410 laser printer as first prize. Worth £499.99. It can handle complex graphic applications, has low running costs, and prints up to five pages a minute. Second prize Is a Panasonic KXP- 2123 24-pln Quiet colour printer worth £239.99, and third prize Is a Panasonic KX-P2180 9-pln 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?
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6 What will your next computer-related purchase be?
(A clue: the answers to questions 1.3 and 5 are on the Indl advertisement.)
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TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 8 OCTOBER 1993 hof you can just sketch out the scenes, and write down descriptions of the levels.
The game design must be appealing to the whole family. 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 o family member. There should be an option to switch to any free family member at any point in 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 befriended by one of the children during the adventure.
Oh, and not forgetting, of course, Hodja's beloved donkey, Eshek.
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, since the physical attributes of the characters vary, so must their abilities. Characteristics could be: Mother: Pulls children away from potential trouble, screams at monsters, administers first aid and comfort; WIN A DAY IN A TOP RECORDING STUDIO!
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-reversal. For instance, the father may be terrified of snakes, while the mother may find them cute. Remember that Hodja is to be for CD-based machines only, so there are no limitations for the game's size and scope. Think of it as an interactive mini-movie, but steer clear of the Dragon's Lair style of game (all graphics and no gomeployj.Try to make it easy to play and combine adventure with arcade sequences and puzzles.
Above all, have fun! O HOW TO ENTER If you've ever thought about creating music on 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, wtth a recording engineer thrown In to help you out with the difficult bits.
The studio Is Heritage Studios In Huntingdon, owned by percussionist Evelyn Glennie and engineer Greg All you have to do to win this competition is create a piece of music using your Amiga. This could be using a fuB-btown MIDI set-up. Or a simple tracker program (such as ProTracket featured on the Coverdisk of Amiga Format 48).
When you have created your piece, record It either to ordinary cassette or DAT. And send It to: Deborah Thaekery-Tyres, Heritage Studios. Heritage House.
Malcangl. It features 20-bit digital recording. 48 channel MIDI, and samplers, effects units and keyboards. At the heart of the studio Is an A4000 040 running the Bars A Pipes Pro 2 sequencing program.
The winner and runner-up of this competition will also receive a copy of Bars A Pipes Pro 2. Rated FG90 per cent In Issue 46. So the total value of the prize Is... oh.
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Please supply a list of the equipment you have used. And don't send an original master of your music, because It cannot be returned to you.
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GET THE RIGHT IMAGE Richard Baguley looks at three printer driver programs that will improve the quality of your printouts, period!
MODERN PRINTERS ARE capable l producing excellent results, but although you may have a stunning image, by the time it's reached the page, the results can he disappointing. The weak link in the chain is often the printer driver. This lakes the IKK image and converts it into a formal which the printer can deal with. Most printer drivers supplied with Workbench do a pretty good job, but to get the best results, you need much more control over the final result than the Workbench drivers provide.
This is where the three programs reviewed here come in. All work by adding to. Or replacing, the preferences driver used in Workbench, and processing the image in a better way. Turbo I'riitt hufrssionnl replaces the preferences program, while hint Stuilin and hvrl‘nnl 2-1 work with the preferences driver to improve the print quality. All allow you much more control over dither pattern, aspect ratio, colour conversion and resolution. Configuring these corrcctlv gives vou printouts which really use the power of your printer.
To test the three programs we have used three different printers - a Hewlett Packard frttoc colour, a Panasonic KX-l’Tl10 laser and a Canon B|230 desktop inkjet. Kor pr inters without drivers designed especially for those models. The manufacturer's recommended emulation has been used. The image being used to test the software is a 256-colour IKK image.
GERMAN PROGRAMMERS IRSEESOFT have been producing printer enhancement programs for several years, including the excellent Turbo Print 2 on this month's Coverdisk. The latest thing to come out of this resourceful software house is Turbo Print Professional 2, an upgrade to. Surprise, surprise.
Turbo Print Professional.
This program works by replacing the preferences driver with a memory resident program which handles the printer output. To programs such as Dpaint and Professional Page, this appears just like the normal preferences driver, and can be treated as such by users and programmers alike. However, it’s much more flexible than the preferences driver, with five screens of configuration options. Once you've configured the software, the program stays in memory and pretends to be the COVERDISK OFFER One of this month's Coverdisks includes the excellent Turbo Print version 2, and we are offering an
exclusive chance for Amiga Format readers to upgrade to Turbo Print Professional 2 reviewed on this page for only f26.9S. See page 147.
Preferences printer program. It even survives intact if you reboot the machine (as long as you don't turn it off).
Over 60 drivers are supplied with the program, but this should cover several hundred makes of printer, as most can pretend to be other models (called emulation). Fourteen types of dither are included with the program, including two versions of the Floyd Steinberg type, and an option to rotate the dither pattern.
Also included is the option to expand your printouts to cover several sheets, so you can produce poster-sized prints of your IFFs.
One of the strongest areas of Turbo Print Professional 2 is its colour correction. This is used to translate the colours that appear on to the screen into the ones that appear on the page. Seven presets are supplied for various types of printer, and these provide a good basis for experimenting to get the correct colours out of your printer.
Turbo Print Professional 2 is an excellent all round program for improving your printing. It makes printing significantly faster, and as the examples on these pages prove, it improves the output quality greatly. The manual is well written.
A printout from a Panasonic KX-P4410 laser printer using the HP LaserJet II driver from Workbench. It's extremely dark, and there are only 16 shades of grey, as the drivers supplied with Workbench can only send 4-bits per pixel for black-and-white images, which gives a maximum of 16 shades.
IMPROVING YOUR LASER PRINTER OUTPUT Installing and running Turbo Print Professional version 2 gives much brighter images, with more shades of grey and much better dithering Studio contains 15 dither patterns, and this is one of the halftone ones If you're going to be copying your printouts on a photocopier, using a dither like this will give much better results.
Plenty of control over the multi-fari- ous aspects of printing.
VALUE •••• TRUEPRMIT 24 Over 60 drivers in ihe package, which covers hundreds of printers.
USERS OF ASDG'S excel- ) -¦¦¦ : t1 Orfttnhnml 1‘mfrssinnal program will have come across a saver called PrefPrintei . Which allows you to print out files from ,W Ws buffer. Lmrl‘rinl 24 is a standalone version of this. Ittc Workbench driver is normallv limited to 12-bits per pixel (that is -IIIVH) colours) with colour images, and -1-bits 1 (i shades) when printing in black and white.
Tntcl’rtnl 2't uses up to 2-l-bits to give von the full lb million colours which r an be distinguished with the naked eye. And up to K-bits for monochrome images, giving up to 2,rili shades of grey. However, it will only work with printer drivers which support printing the page in strips, so users ol PostScript printers and alcntnp or Texironix primers might not Ik- able to use the progiam.
Iturl‘nnl 2I won’t improve the rpiality ol printout from programs such as Dl'niiil or I’m 1‘tigr. It’s specifically designed to allow you to print out IKK images with up to lb million colours at a much better quality than can he at hicvcd with the preferences driver. It doesn’t replace the preferences driver, hut works with it.
As well as printing out images, von can also create poster prints, where (lit- IKK is enlarged and spread on to several sheets, or print out images using ASCII characters instead ol a dither pattern.
I he interface is somewhat similar to the visual operators (such as Crop .visual) in Adl’w. Presenting von with a screen representing the printed page and a box with the various control buttons you can increase ot decrease the si e ol the printout b dragging the box on the page, so dragging tlic- Im to cover several pages will give vou a printout split across several pages.
TRUEPRIIUT 24 DESCRIPTION Printer enhancement program PROGRAMMER ASDG, 0101-608 273 6585 DISTRIBUTOR Meridian software, 081-543 3500 PRICE £69.95 RELEASE Available now SPEED •••• About the same speed increase as the other packages.
MANUAL •••• ASDG’s usual high standards, with plenty of tutorials and information.
ACCESSIBILTY • • • • Completely mouse-driven and reasonably easy to get the hang of.
FEATURES • • • Plenty of control over the dithering and colour correction when printing.
VALUE ••• Costlier than the other programs, and not os useful for most users.
A sample print from a Hewlett Packard DeskJet 500.
Using the HP deskjet driver included with Workbench 3 This driver is only capable of handling 12-bits jjer pixel (giving 4,0% shades), and the dithering routines are not particularly effective.
Contrast the last printout with this excellent one printed with Studio. Good dithering, a wide contrast range and some nice piggey eyes all combine to produce an excellent image Turbo Print Professional 2 includes two Floyd- Steinberg dithers. This is the second, which is rather more pronounced than the first, although it's still pretty good quality.
STUDIO rabs Roach1.Iff WOLF FAUST IS a pro Print Dinension Density H |2.MM | N |2.MM j 01 2 3M:3M j X jt.MM 1 Y |*.MM | 01 Col 1 01 tingle 1 Page Dinension U |7.MM J H |1I.MM 0| Custon Dither | Define Dither... | X |i.MM | Y |I.MM Color adjust... | Ruler Dinension Set Rsp. | 01 inch| X |M.MM | Y |U.MM Paper Dinension Copies |1 k [8 .... Start Page [l_ Erint | Save Setting! Iancel | The Studio print program gives you plenty of control over the multi-farious aspects of printing out your IFF files.
Grammer who has earned the undying gratitude of many an Amiga user by writing a scries of printer drivers for printers not supported by Workbench. Eventually, he decided to pull all these new drivers together, and add a new program which will improve the quality of output on other printers. The result was Studio.
Studio is based around three new printer drivers for use with dot matrix. Hewlett Packard DeskJets (including the HP550C ). And laser printers (including the new Lasetjet
4) . Through the emulations offered by most printers, the author
claims that Studio will support for over four hundred
printers.
When you install the program, the required driver is added to the list of drivers installed on your Workbench disk, and a separate program is included to fine tune the output. This includes 15 dithering patterns, several of which are unique to the program (such as blue noise and Jarvis, Judice and Ninkc dither).
From here, you can also control the page size, the colour adjustments and whether the printer is connected to an ArXon parallel port switcher, which allows you to switch between three different devices through software control.
When installed, the new drivers worked flawlessly with every program THANKS Thanks to Indi Direct (0543 419999) for the loan of the KX-P4410 laser printer, and to Phoenix Computer World (0532 350091) for the loan of the Canon BJ-230 inkjet printer.
The programs for controlling the new print drivers allow you to alter nearly every aspect of your final output.
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Printing was significantly faster, especially with images that included large amounts ol white spare.
'lou can also set the optimisation used In the program, which speeds outpul In skipping over white areas of the print. This varies from printer to printer, so several test prints are necessary to work out the best amount of optimisation, since too much can actually slow down printing on some models of printer. Also included is a program designed for printing out IFF files at various sizes and over several sheets of paper, in a similar way to TnuPrint 24.
At (x litas!* •* f* Z» J 25« J 50a J 50 J As you can see from the p r i n t o it I s .
ItTMtlH PI hlft tt Ctiar NO. PI Color duality PI iof ovlt Studio can make a real difference the quality of vour printouts.
Taut Control too* Ilia Control... It’s particularly strong when dealing with colour printers, as the results in the box headed ‘Improve vour colour printouts' show.
However, it does require a lot of tweaking anil test printing to gel the best results. Studio supports a wide range ol printers, and is the onlv printer enhancement program to include a driver for use with the DTP program I’u rStirain. Which doesn't use the preferences driver.
Unfortunately, the rather dense manual makes getting the 'test out of this excellent program difficult for the beginner.
SeraraitM C H V lllrtw I X j£l K j£j till II I TtneRvI IH I Clrui PI m«» I ZH | JaO to PI Usable* I AtXmi Fort Pi Cllltonlzo Dither... Color UjaotMooto... DESCRIPTION Printer enhancement program DISTRIBUTOR Jam, 0895 274449 Available now Speeds up print outs, and has variable optimisation for your printer.
MANUAL ••• Lots of technical info in a small space. No tutorials or walkthroughs.
Uses Commodore's install utility, but needs a fair amount of tweaking Plenty of control over the printing to achieve the best results.
VALUE •••• A good all round package for improving your printouts 85% IMPROVING YOUR PRINTOUTS ON AN INKJET PRINTER A printout from a Canon BJ-230 using the BJ-10 printer driver included with Workbench Once again, the image is dark, and lacking any real contrast range, due to the limitation of 16 shades Turbo Print Professional 2 can print out with 256 shades of grey, as this excellent print out shows. To achieve this result increase the brightness slightly.
With any of the programs a bit of experimentation is necessary for the best results.
TruePnntUd includes several unusual dither patterns. Including this vertical dither. Once again, it could be useful if you’re reproducing your images on a low quality device such as a photocopier INDI DIRECT MAIL SHOWCASE Dawn Mew k fhe AMIGA CD32 3V u )e L & '
• - y yyy& yyyyy: Wk Shov (1 :*- :-:-:* x-. K-v-x ; . X "After
years of waiting for the coming of the Lord of Consoles the
world is saved from life controlled by dreary 16 - bit
pretenders to the throne. Arriving amidst a torrid battle for
supremacy between rival 16 bit ters. Amiga CD 32 decimates all
opposition, reigning supreme in a new world of technological
wonders" PRODUCED BY COMMODORE DIRECTED BY PUBLIC DEMAND FULL
SUPPORTING CAST OCEAN * PSYGNOSIS * GREMLIN * MINDSCAPE * AND
MANY MANY MORE FORTHCOMING ATTRACTIONS MPEG MODULE * FULL
MOTION VIDEO . C FILMED IN 16 MILLION COLOURS 9 full DIGITAL
STEREO sound IN ALL HOMES
* * COMING TO YOUR SCREEN SOON INDI DIRECT MAIL Proudly Presents
THE JAKKI BRAMBLES COLUMN Hi.
Two guesses as to what I'm going to review this month. You'll probably get it in one.... The new Amiga CD32 July 16th at the Science Museum in London.
Commodore Launched 'CD32 to a very excited audience; and what a launch it was! We all expected to see a very special Amiga but no one (except Commodore) could imagine just how special!
In fact, only in June of this year did Sega themselves quote "we could bring a 32 - bit console out tomorrow...but the problem is the price and I don't think that problem will be solved this year or next year" Well Commodore have definately knocked that theory on the head with a retail price of £299.99. I won't go on about all the other breakthroughs this console has made as I know the magazines are full of reviews giving all that teckie stuff etc. but I really must say something about the staggering amount of software that's due for release.
Somewhere between 50 and 100 titles will be available by Christmas and more importantly all the great software houses are now developing products, including Psygnosis. Ocean. Gremlin and many many more.
As if all this wasn't enough there's still more to come from this incredible box of tricks...Full Motion Video. By the inclusion of a neat little gadget called an Mpeg Module you'll soon be able to watch films on CD and that really does mean some really special products are just around the comer. I can't wait to see and hear all my favourite bands on CD and the Amiga CD is just waiting to play them.
Anyway I’m sure you're just as convinced as I am that this product from Commodore really is just a bit special and certainly changes the future for things to come the likes we have never seen before. Why don't you drop me a line and tell me what you think, in fact how about some suggestions as to what you’d like to do with the new Amiga and I'll get Indi to give one away for the best letter.
See you next month.
* 14 MHZ 68EC020 processor
* 2 Megs 32 - bit chip RAM
* 2 Joystick pons controller pons
* S- video jack
* Composite v ideo jack
* RF output Jack
* Stereo audio jacks
* Keyboard connector auxiliary' connector
* Full expansion bus
* Headphone jack
* Headphone volume control
* External brick power supply
* Internal MPEG FMV expansion capability
* Multiple session disc capability the Amiga CD32 is a
technological w onder At it's heart is the mightily powerful
68EC020 processor from Motorola This contains the 32 - bit
technology which has made the Amiga 1200 a runaway success
throughout Europe.
Alongside it is Commodore's unique custom AG A (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chipset - comprising three chips nicknamed Paula. Lisa and Alice.
Together they make Amiga CD32 and awesome powerhouse of high speed graphics and stunning sound capabilities.
In fact, the machine can display 256.000 colours on screen (compared to Sega’s Mega CD which can only display 64) and has a total colour palette of 16.8 million colours.
Amiga CD32 also comes with a chunky 2 Meg of RAM (that's15 limes more than Mega Cdi and a double snccd drive.
A true 'One Stop Shop' for all members. On offer each month with an ever increasing product range . Members can obtain software to cover every application including Morphing. Rendering. Kaytracing. Video and a PD Library second to none. T he 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 every ones taste. Membership costs only £10 and each member receives a quality gift on joining, even though there is absolutely no commitment to buy at any time. If you would like to be a part of
this exciting club then call Indi on 0543 419 999 INDI MULTI MEDIA CLUB PRACTICE As with most industries, the 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 set up in April 92 lo 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 with customers, suppliers and of greatest importance, the consumer.
Since the symbol was introduced last June, it has become synonymous with 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 signify ing to the consumer the truly professional edge of the industry. _tillfY(il_ Alison Sian (Director of Public Relations.DMA) WANT THE BEST IN PROFESSIONAL AMIGA WHY NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CREDIT DEALS
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MBXI200.
The original and best floating point unit and memory upgrade for the Amiga A1200. Available with 0,4 or 8 MB of 32 bit Fast RAM and a choice of floating point units.Now complete with real time clock (RTC) Microbotics beats the competition in price performance features and configurations. INDI is very pleased to announce the availability of the new 68030 accelerator product for the A1200: the microbotics Ml 230 XA (call It the "XA" for short). 50 Mhz as standard! Huge 128 MB memory design is standard (the biggest memory space in any A1200 peripheral) just look at these specifications and
prices!
IMBXI200Z 6881 14 MHZ OMB INDI MBXI200Z 6881 14 MHZ 4MB INDI MBXI200Z 6881 14 MHZ 8MB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 25 MHZ OMB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 25 MHZ 4MB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 25 MHZ 8MB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 50 MHZ 0 MB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 50 MHZ 4MB INDI MBXI200Z 6882 50 MHZ 8MB INDI 68882 FPU UPGRADE INDI PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE PRICE £91.32 £199.00 £519.99 £132.61 £240 61 £579.99 £200.14 £308.14 £669.99 £669.99 M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 OMB INDI M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 4MB INDI M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 8MB INDI M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 OMB INDI M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 4MB
INDI M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 8MB INDI PRICE £177.17 PRICE £285.17 PRICE £639.99 PRICE £399.99 PRICE £499.99 PRICE £711.99 MEMORY UPGRADES AND ACCESSORIES M501 The original 0.5MB battery backed upgrade for the A500.
AUDIO VISUAL MEGAMIX. Low cost, hi spec digital effects cartridge plugs into the printer port of the Amiga.
Allows stereo sampling from almost any musical source.
INDI PRICE £29.99 ROCTEC ROCGEN Entry level Genlock for all Amigas. Record stunning Amiga Graphics into standard video or overlay text and graphics onto a video signal.
INDI PRICE £69.99 INDI PRICE £29.99 M502 The original HI MB battery backed upgrade for the A500. _ ROCTEC ROCGEN PLUS.
As above but with extra features such as tinting and signal inversion.
Allows for real time editing of graphics. Compatible with all Amigas.
INDI PRICE £133.99 ROCTEC ROCKEY.
The ultimate accessory for Amiga Video fans. Separate RGB controls to chroma key on any colour.
INDI PRICE£249.99 INDI PRICE £49.99 8 Up memory board. Designed for the A1500 A2000. Memory upgradeable to 2 4 or 8MB INDI PRICE £69.99 ROM BO VIDI AMIGA 12 (RT). Based on the best selling Vidi Amiga
12. This all new version offers real time colour capture from any
video source. Full AGA chipset support as standard for all
A120014000 users.
Hard frame suitable for A1500 A2000. Allows for the interface of a SCSI hard drive.
I INDI PRICEl £110.99 INDI PRICE £75.99 INDI PRICE £139.99 OPAL VISION VIDEO PROCESSOR Plug this card into the Opalvision mainboard and add a wealth of additional features and functionality.
Included is the long awaited "Roaster Chip” for an unlimited number of digital video effects.
DISK DRIVES ZAPPO EXTERNAL FLOPPY You've seen all the reviews on this popular and affordable second Amiga drive.
Compatible with all Amigas.
INDI PRICE £59.99 Quality: 9 out of 10. Exceptional value for money. AMIGA COMPUTING JAN 93 !terei e grabbing from composite or S - Video AMIGA PERIPHERALS effeos I084ST MONITOR.
Commodores original and best selling colour stereo monitor.
Now includes swivel and tilt stand for total ease of use.
Equalled quality I video Sandwich
* 24 - bit Picture - in Picture and K°y 8 [INDI PRICE ] £899.99
THE OPAL VISION VIDEO SUITE A power packed video and audio
mixing, switching and transcoding device. This 19 inch rack
mount unit is so advanced that it actually has its own internal
computer. With a total of 9 video and 10 audio inputs available
the flexibility of this professional tool is incredible
Features include:-
* 4 X compoite inputs
* 4 x 5 video inputs (SVHS. Hi - 8 of Y 1C)
* 2 x RGB inputs
* I x Master sync input
* I x Composite main output
* I x S - Video main output I x RGB mains output
* I x composite preview
* 10 x mono audio inputs (or 5 stereo pairs)
* Stereo output with 5 band equalizer INDI PRICE £189.99 OPAL
VISION The NEW OPAL VISION system(Rev.2) The amazing Opalvision
24 - bit graphics board and software suite has been updated and
is now even better value for money.
The software suite now includes: Opal Paint V2.0 - Now includes full magic wand implementation and Alpha Channel chat allows photo compositing with selectable levels on a pixel by pixel basis.The new Chrominance effect allows absolute, real time control of image contrast, brilliance and re - mapping of colours.
Opal AnimMATE V2.0 - ofering real time play back of animations created by ray tracers, landscape generators, morphers and all other 24 - Bit software.
Opal Hotkey V2.0 - Display OpalVision graphics anytime with key combinations.
INDI PRICE] £899.99 OfAL VISION SCAN-RATE CONVERTS* Add this card to the Opalvision Main board and acieve 31 Khz non interlaced output of Amiga graphics. On board memory also servesas a separate frame - store for dual frame bufferapplications Features include:- Converts interlaced PAL and NTSC to 31 Khz non interlaced flicker - free display No external power supply needed Works with any multi - sync multi scan monitor Incudes full, infinate window Time base correction Operates in RGB for superior quality Opal Presents - Comprehensive, icon - driven presentation package.
Special Limited off er IMAGINE V2.0 for only £59.99 when purchued with OPALVISION Imagine 3D is the most popular 3D rendering software, that now supports OpalVision.This is a full version that would cost £300 if purchaed NEW FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE!
The already acclaimed Opalvlsion Board takes three further leaps into the future with the official launch of the Opalvision modules. With truly awesome capabilities the Amiga can now become the most professional 24 - bit video graphics power station f simply, It's a spectacular product - Amiga Computing "Undoubtedly the finest, mo st professional point program to arrive c Amiga - Amga fomx* "Profetsonal quality at this Price can't be turned away” Amp User k The verdict was unanimous - brilliant" - Amfa Shopper INDI PRICE | £549.99 | INDI PRICE 1 £899.99 ever!
''all V- - NEW 32 - BIT 1 *J AMIGA J p J r If.
M » 2 j CUSTOMER CHARTER OFFICIAL AI 200 HD SYSTEMS The Amiga 1200 supplied by Indi Direct Mail now includes the official (legal) Commodore installation disk and hard dnve utility manual Indi are proud to be an official supplier of Amiga 1200 Hard Dnve systems, that include the official software, documentation and on - site warranty.
STOP PRESS ALL Al 200 PRICES CRASHED INCLUDING ALL HARD DRIVE SYSTEMS SALES AND SUPPORT DEFERRED CREDIT ON ALL ORDERS OVER £200.
* PAY 10% NOWAND NOTHING MORE FOR 3 MONTHS COMIC RELIEF PACK The
event may be over but the fund raising soil goes on. If you're
looldng for the latest in Amiga technology then this is the
starter pack for you. Based around the outstanding AI200, 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
AI 200 STANDARD FEATURES
* 68020 Processor * PCMCIA Slot. * 2MB Chip RAM * 3.5" Internal
Drive ik AA Chipset. 41 Built in TV modulator, gc Alpha numeric
keypad, gel2 Months at home maintenance.
FREE Sleepwalker and £10 donation to Comic Relief £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 £529.99 INDI AI 200 ADDED VALUE PACKS Pack Contains: f: International Games Challenge The Cool Croc, gi Paradroid 90. Zapsac Rucksack and Zappo T - shirt.
INDI PRICE £19.99 AMIGA Al 200 AMIGA 1200 E INDI PRICE take your order with the utmost care and efficiency. All stock offered for sale 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 are 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) General information regarding product is available from our sales team, however technical support is always on hand should you need assistance.
Mtori fl Sdl fyWhlPWfrfp ve credit INDI TELESALES TB. 0543 419999 FAX 0543 418079 CREDIT FACILITIES 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.
It's here - The new Amiga 4000 030 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 The NEW Amiga 40001030 features a EC68030 processor running at an incredible 2SMhz. And upgradable at a later date to a faster processor. The 4000 030 has a powerful 2 Mb of 32 - brt RAM (I Mb chip & I Mb fast) expandable to 18 Mb using industry standard 32 - bit Stmms module. In line 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 arc avail
able from 80 - 240 Mb and includes a SCSI option.
4000 030 80 Mb HD INDI PRICE £929.99 Other Drive Options 4000030 120 Mb HD INDI PRICE £999.99 4000030 240 Pt IHDieai»e o MX) Phone for pricr.
4000030 120 M SCSI HD leaks* to NX) Phone for price A full range of approved upgrades are available for the 400CV030, including additional memory modules, hard * ves. PC bridge boards, FPU's (68881 &68882)and the 24 - bit Opal Vision graphics and video system AMIGA A4000 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.
INDI PRICE 1940 Monitor £279.99 14 inch screen site - 0.39 mm dot matrix INDI PRICE 1942 Monitor £379.99 14 inch screen site - 0.28 mm dot matrix ZAPSAC AND T - SHIRT INDI PRICE £17.99 r with A1200 Comic Relief Pack. INDI A600 Accessory Pack) Parnet Adaptor for CDTV Connect a CDTV player to any Amp. And access the world of CD • ROM software The Pa met interface and software will allow the Amiga CDTV to be used as a CD • ROM dnve withe any Amiga and will give any Amiga owner access to the vast range of CDTV software currently 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 will 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) £39.99 INDI PRICE A4000 030 + CDTV + 1942 MONITOR ?
PARNET. INDI PRICE £1599.99 CDTV + PARNET.
INDI PRICE £329.99 AMIGA A600 PRICE CRASH 62.13 THE WILD THE WEIRD AND THE WICKED A600 is an ideal starter pack containing a considered mix of software, making the most of the Amigas capabilities.
£379.99 NEW LOW LOW PRICES 32S44C ms oo As part of our policy of continual product development and refinement, we reserve the right to change specifications of products advertised. Please confirm current specifications at the time of ordering.
Prices are valid for month of publication only.
All products are guaranteed for 12 months.
Some products carry a 12 months at home service and repair guarantee (where indicated). In the unlikely event that any product purchased from INDI arrives at your home faulty, we will collect from your home and replace the product completely free of charge.
AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE APR 29.9% WRITTEN QUOTATIONS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
• After deposit paid PACK CONTAINS: A600 Single Drive Built in TV
Modulator I Mb Memory Pushover: Grandprix Silly Putty: Deluxe
Paint III Mouse and Manuals 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 * Pipe mama * Space Ace ? Populous ? Microswitched Joystick A600 EPIC PACK (40 Mb HD) PACK INCLUDES: A600 Hard Disks (40Mb) * I Mb Memory * Epic * Rome * Myth * Trivial Pursuit * Amiga Text 4* Deluxe Paint III 4* 12 Months at home service.
PLUS INDI ACCESSORIES PACK INDI A600 ACCESSORY PACK
* Microswitched Joystick * Lockable Disk Box * Disk Wallet * 10
Blank Disks * Kick Off 2 4* Pipemama 4* Space Ace 4* Populous *
Zapsac A600 Carry Case 4* Zappo T - Shirt.
INDI PRICEllSSftgr £189.99 pricf I £26.99 INDI PRICE TERMS AVAILABLE OVER 6, 12, 24, & 36 MONTHS SUBJECT TO STATUS.
WHY NOT RING FOR A QUOTE. SAMEDAY RESPONSE. (SEE EXAMPLE) Quiet Printing Panasonic 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?
nu KX - P2123 Panasonic KX- P2I80 INDI PRICE ?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 - P2I23 colour printing support). Collins spell checker and thesaurus, no other word processor comes dose. "Without doubt this is one of the best document processors
for the AMIGA. Today" (Amiga Format) NORMAL RRP £129.99 Inc. VAT I INDI PRICEl The new Panasonic KX - P2I80 9 -pin quiet printer Produces ensp clear text in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology. Thc new KX - P2I80 is typically l5dBa quieter in operation, than the competition.
£179.99
* Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS NLQ
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue. Red. Green, yellow,
violet, magenta.black)
* Quiet printing Super quiet 45 - 48 dBa sound level (most matrix
printers arc typi cally in excess of 60 dBa)
* 6 Resident Fonts Over 6.100 type styles using Courier Prestige.
Bold PS. Roman.
Script and Sans Serif Fonts.
* 3 Paper Paths Paper handling from bottom, top and rear for
total flexibility
* I Year Warranty for total peace of mind The new high
performance Panasonic KX - P2123 24 pin. Quiet colour printer
offers leading edge quiet printing technology at an affordable
price £239.99
* Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS draft. 64 CPS LQ and 32 SLQ
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue. Red. Green, yellow,
violet, magenta, black)
* Quiet Printing Super quiet 43.5 - 46 dBa sound level (most
matrix printers are typically in excess of 60 dBa)
* 7 Resident Fonts Over 152.000 type styles using Super LQ.
Courier Prestige. Bold PS. Roman. Script, and Sans Serif Fonts.
* 24PIN Diamond Printhead High performance and high quality
output
* I Year Warranty for total peace of mind.
Panasonic LASER PRINTER KX - P44I0 LASER PRINTER KX - P4430 LASER PRINTER KXP - 4410
* 5 pages per minute
* 28 resident fonts
* Optional 2nd input bin(total printer capacity 2 x 200 sheets)
4c Low running costs 4c Parallel interface 4c Optional memory
expansion to 4.5 Mb
(0. 5 as standard)
* HP laserjet II Emulation I INDI PRICE | £549.99 inc. VAT
Imminent price increase.
This price while stocks last.
ON-8TTE WARRANTY WORDWORTH CC*FIJE7H.Y FREE WTTHLASBtPWTBtS KXP - 4430
* Satinprint (optimum resolution technology)-
• 5 Pages per minute
* HP Laserjet III Emulation, PCL 5
• 8 Scalable fonts 4 28 bitmap functions
• Optional 2nd input bin (total print er capacity 2 x 200 sheets
* Optional memory expansion to
5. 0 Mb (I Mb as standard) | INDI PRICE | £699.91 inc. VAT
Imminent price increase.
This price while stocks last.
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1) PANASONIC AUTOMATIC SHEET FEEDER , .
Automatic sheet feeder for KXP 2180f KXP 2123 holds 80 A4 sheas INDI PRICE £89.99
2) PRINT DUST COVER Specially tailored quality dust cover for
Panasonic KXP 218CV KXP2I23 printer. INDI PRICE £8.99
3) PRINTER STAND 2 piece printer stand. INDI PRICE £9.99
4) PAPER PACK SOO sheets quality A4 paper INDI PRICE £9.99
5) CONTINUOUS PAPER 2000 sheets I part Itsbng papa INDI PRICE £
19.99
6) PARALLEL PRINTER CABLE To be used when connecting Amjgp to
Panasonic printers.
INDI PRICE £8.99 (£5.99 f purchased vwh a printer)
7) PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON Colour ribbon for KXP 21802 KXP 2123.
INDI PRICE£I8.99
8) PANASONIC BLACK RIBBON SAVE££££SONTHEFOLLCWt'IG ACCESSORY
ROCKS PACK I PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON PACK Contains 6 colour
ribbons for the KXP 2123 RRP £119.99 INDI PRICE £34.99 SAVE
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PACK 2 PANASONIC RIBBON PACK Contains 2 black and 4 colour ribbons for KXP 2180 KXP 2123.RRP £99 99.
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PACK 3 PANASONIC DELUXE ACCESSORY PACK Contains automatic sheet feeder. 2 black ribbons. 2 colour ribbons. I dust cover. 2 piece printer stand.
RRP £169.99 INDI PRICE £139.99 SAVE £30 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.
DESPATCH All orders received by 6pm Monday to Friday are despatched sameday for delivery using our national courier - Securicor. (UK Mainland only).
Saturday deliveries are available at a small surcharge. If you are out when we deliver, a card will be left at your home giving you a contact telephone number to arrange a convenient re * delivery.
Delivery queries can be resolved immediately using our on - line computer.
Cheque orders are despatched immediately on cheque clearance, usually 10 working days from receipt. A delivery charge of £5.00 is made per item unless otherwise stated.
WE ALSO ACCEPT B.F.P.O. ORDERS (DUTY FREE) CARRIAGE CHARGE AT UK POSTAL RATES THE INDI GUIDE TO CDTV IT'S A CDTV PLAYER - Yes. It will play all your Primal Scream. Paverotti. Pink Floyd and any other CD you care to mention 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 CDTV Welcome Disk Manuals Fred Fish CDTV Disk INDI PRICE INDI VALUE ADDED FREE * Lemmings CDTV (£34 99)
* Blues Brothers (£12.99 ) * Pipemania. Populous. Kickoff 2,
Space Ace.
PACK AS SHOWN £329.99 PRICE CRASH MULTI MEDIA PACK WITH- ?99 99 BY POST - Simply fill in the coupon below.
BY PHONE - phone lines open9.00am - 7.00pm Mon - Fri. 9.00am - 4.30pm Sat. - where your call will be answered by one of our INDI sales team.
After 7.00pm each day your call will be answered by answerphone. If you would like to place an order have all the details at hand including credit card. All offers subject to availability. Prices correct at time of going to press. May we suggest you call before ordering.
Out iNni vai i if innpn CDTV CONNECTS DIRECTLY TO YOUR TV SET AMIGA CDTV ACCESSORIES THE BRICK - ETTE Just plug In the brick - cue and use any wired Amiga compatible pysuck. Mouse of 1 trackball device on the Commodore CDTCV. The built - In 8 - bit Micro Processor gives the Brick - eite big smarts in a tiny package and makes it easy to use I 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.
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Compendium of Darts Mean 18 Hardball Chase HQ II Gamebusters pill (with tips for oil the current top-sellers in Chartbusters, plus Fhshbotk solution & more) Get your kicks with... ANDY NUTTALL RICHARD JONES Footie- m «»i. » joining
* Affull time and also having a baby, though you wouldn't guess
to look at him.
'I think the important ones are the games that come out at launch, so Diggers and Pinball Fantasies will be very important."
RICHARD BAGULEY "It-s reet liish," says the young, regionally disadvantaged techie expert when asked about the CD32.
"What I've seen of it looks pretty fab, but it really depends on the software and whether or not the Video CD standard takes off."
STEPHEN BRADLEY Brought . _ in as part of ¦ Dyson's ¦9 evil plot to infiltrate the south west of England with true-born northeners. The Lad Bradley is noted for his Billy Bremner imitation. "Pinball Illusions with the multi-ball feature should be pretty fabulous on the CD33."
Known to a far wider public from his work in the 'Arthur- cat-food ads. Nutts is a shy and retiring type with an enormous appetite for Roast Rabbit flavour.
"I think the best thing for CD32 is going to be Putty 2 - it looks fabulous," he reminisces... Welcome to the future of Amiga gaming as we know it (and we know it all). On these preview pages can be found all the information about new games that you need to know. Cast your eyes slowly down, then across to the right a bit, and while you do it don’t forget to read the words, otherwise Andy Nuttall gets upset.
OCTOBER 1 993 GAME PREVIEWS AIR BUICKS Impressions, the people who brought you Air Bucks and Caesar, have three games ready for November.
Delroil is an 'automobile management' game set in 1908 As president of a manufacturing plant, you design cars, build 'em and sell 'em.
The Blue and The Grey is a Civil War game, a continuation of the Micro Miniatures series which has included Cohort and The Samurai.
Lastly, Global Domination is a boardgame conversion in the style of RISK, which puts several players, via modem, in a power struggle situation. Impressions 071-351 2133.
Lob small bombs over buildings; Napalm Gun - a cross between Gauss gun and a flame-thrower - explodes then burns; and Air Strike - activate a radio transmitter and nine aeroplanes strofe surrounding area.
There's a multiplayer option, so you con link up more thon one Amiga.
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UP AND C0MIN' SEPTEMBER Blastar Core Design Bizarre scrolling Asteroids-type game Apocalypse Virgin Long-awaited horizontal chopper shoot-envup Frontier Konam!
David Braben s sequel to the classic Bite Ryder Cup Golf Ocean Next game from the same house as Open Golf Bubba V Stlx Core Design Original ptatformer with excellent graphics Overdrive Team 17 Super smooth top-down racer CyberSpace Empire Futuristic 30 racing game Superheroes Psygnosis Low-key. But long-awaited platformer Jurassic Park Ocean Film licence, as If you need telling Prime Mover Psygnosis 3D motorbike racing Op Hellflre Armour-Geddon 2 Psygnosis Sequel to classic combat flight slm OCTOBER Suburban Commando Alternative Platform game based on Bulk Hogan's antics Space Hulk EA
Futuristic board game conversion Hired Guns Psygnosis See next page, but when you’ve finished this one Creepers Psygnosis Colourful )olly platformer Combat Air Patrol Psygnosis Combat flight simulation Allen Breed 2 AGA Team 17 A1200 sequel to classic shoot-envup NOVEMBER Monopoly Supervision Boardgame conversion Body Blows 2 AGA Team 17 A1200 sequel to classic beat-envup Second Samurai Psygnosis VMd Image You have loaded the Coverdisk haven't you?
Stardust Bloodbouse Another Asteroids clone. Also brilliant Uridlum 2 Renegade Braybrook's sequel to C64 James Pond 3 Millennium Cheesy sequel to Robocod. Marvellous SYNDICATE ADD-ON For those Syndicate players who found the game a tad too easy, Bullfrog have produced a data disk which gives different features and 50 new missions. New weapons include: Disguise - disguise your agent as any civilian, giving you an element of surprise; Hand Grenade - ¦RHMI:
• vi -'; % Ever wondered what life will be like In 2093?
Gremlin do. And have based their apace trading game, K240. In thi* year, coincidence or what?
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ALL-OUT STRIKE Newcomers Rasputin release their debut game Jet Strike in September.
Similar to DurelTs Harrier Attack on the Spectrum, Jet Strike is a horizontally scrolling flying game. You have a choice of 40 different aircraft to pilot, from the latest stealth fighter, through various helicopters, to a fire- breathing dragonl One hundred linked missions are provided which you must complete, and also there is an Aerolympics mode where two people battle through 15 aerobatic displays.
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SORASILLY NAME 0 GAME PREVIEWS OCTOBER 1993 RENEGADE TO PUBLISH U2!
Stuck to the front of this very Amiga magazine (except in two month's time). Full review soon.
Renegade have two other releases planned for the near future.
The first, Flight of the Amazon Queen, is a graphic adventure from Australia. Binary Illusions are the company tipped for the top by Renegade, and their game will be released in early '94. Also, Ruff V Tumble is a cutesy platformer written by ex-Apocalypse main man Jason Perkins. Renegade 071-481 0214.
DIDDY DEVICES F I I7A Stealth Fighter 2.0 is the 'crikey what a mouthful' title of MicroProse’s new baby. Based around the proven F-19 Stealth Fighter engine code, F-l I7A improves on the technology of the aircraft, and also the game engine to include a HUD for night missions, and sprite-based explosions and smoke. Nine countries are to be featured, including Cuba, North Korea and Iraq, and further disks will become available to load in further terrains.
F-1 I7A Stealth Fighter 2.0 will be released in September for £34.99. MicroProse 0666 504 326.
STEALTH FACELIFT The smash Mega Drive hit Micro Machines is almost ready on the Amiga. Targeted for release in October, it's a top-down racing game where two players take control of their Micro Machines (a sort of Dinky toy, apparently) and race around typical household courses.
27 different tracks are covered, including snooker tables, sandpits and school desks.
We've seen a sneak preview of the Amiga game, and can report that it's every bit as good as the original console game. Codemasters 0926 814132 Adventuresoft Horrorsoft creators Mike and Simon Woodroffe are moving Into the fantasy graphical adventure genre with a view to knocking Monkey Island 2 off Its pedestal. Simon the Sorcerer Is their game, and after playing an early version of the game Adventuresoft's claim may not be too far fetched.
With an Interface similar to Monkey 2, the most noticeable thing about Simon Is Its British sense of humour. After all, superb though Monkey 2 Is. The Americanisms can get tedious. As Simon Woodroffe says: ¦We’ve Incorporated a lot of fairy tales and stuff that will appeal to the British, and also the European audience.' Simon is due to be released some time In September, so we should be able to bring you a full review In the neat Issue of Amiga Format ENHANCED EXILE Audiogenic are enhancing their ageing shoot-em-up Exile (AF23, 68 per cent) for the Amiga A1200, and potentially for the new CD
console.
Audiogenic's Peter Calver told us: "The major thing that let the gome down was the graphics, so it's a natural upgrade." Also under development for the A500, A1200 and CD is a platform game Bubble and Squeak. No details are available at present, but look out next month for more.
From the mighty keyboard of Andy Braybrook comes the long-awaited Uridium 2, a sequel to his Commodore 64 classic, which is to be released through Renegade. The original Uridium didn't make the transition on to the Amiga, to the chagrin of Amiga owners who upgraded from the 64, so the new game should be an instant hit.
From the Beta test version of U2, as it is codenamed (not to be confused with the popular Irish-American spy plane), we can report that the gameplay has been kept true to the original. There are plenty of additions, though, including a variety of weaponry, a landscape which scrolls vertically as well as horizontally, and an improved bonus mode. An exclusive Coverdisk demo will shortly be winging its way to your newsagents, SIMON THE SORCERER YOUNG GUNS FOR HIRE I If eliminating your mates with one sadistic sweep of an Uzi sounds like your style of a game, then you won’t be able to resist
Hired Guns... people can play at once; each person controlling their own mercenary.
What's more you don't all have to stick together, each player can wander off to perform sorties elsewhere.
The game features an awesome array of death-dealing hardware with which to 'liberate' the planet. These include lasers, chain guns, acid guns and automatic sentry posts. Even with all that fire-power, it's still easy to get a right royal kicking from the mutant inhabitants of the planet.
Fortunately, there are plenty of subtleties to the gameplay. For instance, each mercenary has a different set of abilities, be it picking locks, piloting croft or simply fighting. There are also some basic differences between eoch team member so, for instance, the droids can survive for ages underwater while the humanoid mercenaries lend to run out of air after 30 seconds.
Sonically and visually the game's a feast. Traditionally this kind of RPG game suffers from repetitive visuals which are naff-all use when you're lost underground. But with Hired Guns the surroundings change enormously with each different sortie and there's plenty of wall detail to enable you to zip around the bases as efficiently as possible.
The game has an extensive training feature, enabling you to battle some of the many mutant inhabitants Mercenaries don't have a terribly fun time of it. All right so they get paid well, but they invariably lose a limb or two in the course of fighting some faraway war, and are universally despised by right-thinking citizens.
Unless of course you’re a futuristic mercenary in a funky new gome from Psygnosis, in which case you're a hard, respected and downright Would you fly In a piano that this guy was piloting? Scott, author ot Hind Ouns, kindly put the Afteam in the domo ot tho game. Not tor any reason really. Just to remind you wo’ro human!
Capitalistic war machine with knobs on, loved by right-thinking citizens.
In Hired Guns (the demo was on AF44's Coverdisk) you get to send a team of four mercenaries on to a planet to liberate and destroy in equal measure. The most innovative feature of the game is that up to four of the planet, a long strategy game and a quick action game. The long strategy game features over 30 missions, each with different difficulty settings, the early ones (which are still quite tough) are listed as a 1, while later levels go all the way to
30. In other words, it gets pretty damn tough.
Now while it's possible to play Hired Guns on your own, games like this really come alive when there's more than one player (wait until you see the multi-player Syndicate); particularly when you wipe out your mates with an Uzi. Hired Guns is out in September, so get some gullible friends ready now. ® LAT 03.40=’ Lon 37.55* ALT 00211" LOG EOTRY 13. Dropzone.
No THREAT AREA ConPROniSED *** This is the map screen, where you choose the next place to conquer. The demo we've had up to now only enabled you to get to level nine, and It's brilliant. Next month, we'll have the full game. Hurrah!
Little Clm Jones (top-left) stared In awe at the man through the shimmering light: "Come hither unto my portal." He said, "and I will give you some WD40."
Simulation of ca's Radar Elusive Jet A shadowy, gleaming craft steals through the night sky. Out of sight but never out of mind. Sleek. Slicing through the dark.
No blips register on the radar. No sign is given.
Then, in an instant, an explosion bursts through the murky twilight and, as quickly as it appeared, the Nighthawk melts back into the shadows.
The F-l 17A has carried out another stealth mission.
MicroProse present the definitive simulation of the world’s most elusive jet: the F-117A.
Now with eye-popping graphics, sensational sound, thrilling music and a vast array of awesome missions across NINE of the world’s ‘hot-spots’. Catch it if you can!
F-l 17A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0 Unprecedented, uncompromising and undetected.
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You control your octions by assigning points to tasks in three categories: administrative, military and political. To begin with you only have a few points, but as you conquer other territories, your points in these categories increase.
Unfortunately, you are limited to a maximum of two tasks in each category, which rather slows down the pace of the game So you can be attacking up lo two territories, mining or collecting two commodities and scouting two territories Get a move on Once you've built up o few points in each of the three categories, you can speed up any particular task by assigning more points to it, but you're still limited to two tasks per category and all too often you are left waiting for a task to be completed, even after you have assigned plenty of points to it Given the generol slow pace of the game,
this really doesn't help.
Once you've built up a bit of an empire things do get faster, but it s still a very slow game.
Graphically, the game betrays its PC origins, with both AGA and ECS versions contained on its nine disks. There is an intro sequence which gives you the background on why you are aiming to be king (the old king hos popped his clogs without naming an heir, so it's down to the pope to decide who is more worthy). The AGA version is, as you'd expect, much nicer in the graphics department, with 256-colour screens ported straight from the PC version There are also several digitised animated sequences in the game which ploy back when various events such os battles, successful spies or whatever
happen, but these don't add much, since they are only 16 colour block and white. Frankly, after you've seen them once, you skip past them quickly.
Castle-building going on since the signing of the Maastricht treaty.
All of this, and more, could be yours with Caslles II - Siege ond Conquest. The time is the 1 dth century, and you play one of five rivals for the throne of France from the territories of Albion. Burgundy.
Anjou, Aragorn or Valois. Becoming king (or queen) is simple in theory; If you think the current bicker ing over European union is bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. At least nobody has invaded anybody else in the name of a united Europe, and nobody has applied to the pope to become king (or queen) of all he (or she) surveys. I could be wrong, but I don't think that there has been much in the way of CASTLES II
- SIEGE AND CONQUEST Of to support someone ctsc's ctoi m, with-
h'Opcs tfict r support woutd be r c m c t v b c r c cf.
All you need to do is overrun sufficient territory and gain enough points to convince the Pope that you're the right man (or woman) for the job.
However, the practicalities of this are a little different. With four rivals hell-bent on achieving the same thing, life can get complicated.
As soon as one starts to get big and powerful enough to claim the throne, the other four gang up and overthrow him. And so on.. The other four players are controlled by the computer, and you all start off with only one territory and limited resources. Fortunately, you're surrounded by several neutral territories just begging to be invaded and their various resources piled into your quest for glory. However, make sure that you check their status first, since the pope isn't likely lo look kindly on your claim to the throne if you invade territory that you think is neutral, but actually
turns out to be his.
Verily, Sir Knight, ’tis on the Eve of Lammastide that thou wilst ride out in search of derring-do and a half-way decent strategy game... Tlie 14th century to • danferoue time. What wttti al thoaa naaty black knlfMa wandering tha land caueln* mayhem and bain* naaty to the hapleaa paaawita who woik the land. Hopefully , the new Idn* will ueher In an era oI peace end happlneea. Or pertiape he’i be too buey beatln* up dra(one. .
The in-game music is more irritating than atmospheric, but it works well during the intro sequence, which informs you as to how you got into this situation in the first place.
There is a good game in there somewhere, but it's rather lost under a badly designed control system which slows the game down. It will appeal to hardened strategy freaks, since there is plenty of potential for wheeling and dealing, buying and selling and annoying the pope.
However, problems with controlling the game make il difficult, and the pace of a game is extremely slow.
‘KEEP’ ON RUNNING... The beginnings of empire. So far. Sir Richelieu de Baguerle has only got one territory under his thumb, but he’s scouting round to try and find a few others that are ripe for development... jjoaMaBa d1 Now he’s conquered... erm... ‘liberated’ two neighbouring territories, as marked by the pink shields (do you get stamps with that?), and is keeping his beady oye on a few more.
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Now he’s expanded his empire to five territories. And has built a castle to defend his borders from the marauding barbarians (that is, the other aspirant kings).
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Almathera Systems Interplay, 0865 390029 PRICE £34.99 End August '93 GRAPHICS It all looks rather Pcesque.
S Tunes get irritating quickly.
Plenty of scope for conquest PLAYABILITY Let down by bad design.
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NEW XCOPY PRO £94.99 It was every boy’s dream to play for
Rotherfield Tuesday. They played football as it should be
played. Unlike deadly rivals Shefferham United who, cynically
guided by manager Harry Liquorice, intimidated their opponents.
Young Trevor Jenkins dreamed of playing for Tuesday.
TREAT THE BALL LIKE A FRIEND YOUNG MAN Soccer Kid tin And young Trevor can One of the Kid e moat From this position he delightful ability. He also filch the ball useful shills Is the can leap high Into the can play heepy-uppy' onto his head and ability to balance on air where he can coF for hours on end. Nod It up and down. Top of the ball. Lect arm. Things.
The builder who throws the spanner is one of the most annoying baddies.
He boy shouled to his Mum: "Don't call me Trevor. I'm Soccer Kid, and don't you forget it".
"But Trevor love, you can't go through life with the name Soccer Kid. Folk'll laugh at you,” said his Mum gently.
She'd been through all this a thousand times before.
"I'm gonna play for Rotherfield Tuesday and be rich and famous, and then win (’World Cup," continued Trevor stubbornly.
"But son, your Dad's signed you on with Shefferham United, the West Riding giants. Don't you remember, that nice Harry liquorice came round last week, said he'd seen you play for the school team, brought you a nice box of sweets Now run along, there's a good lad. Go and watch the World Cup on the telly - those nice Argentinians ore ploying Chile."
T x n Trevor could never make her understand. He was born to be Soccer Kid, not plain Trevor Jenkins.
And now his Dad had gone and signed him for United. Things couldn't possibly get worse.
Slumped on the settee, Trevor watched the fouling Johnny Foreigner's arguing with the referee and kicking their way around the pork. Just like United, thought Trevor miserably.
We was robbed Suddenly, the camera zoomed in on the gleaming World Cup itself. Out of the corner of his eye, Trevor noticed a trophy- hoarding alien hovering above the Earth intent on snatching the greatest prize of all. A laser beam shot out of the sky and lifted the trophy heavenwards. Trevor watched in disbelief as the airborn trophy collided with a passing asteroid scattering the great cup across the globe. Undeniably, il was an unlikely scenario but the youngster couldn't dispute what he'd seen before his very eyes.
Trevor only half heard the commentator talking * The streets of London are most certainly not paved wtth gold. Beware Trevor.
Suwcr “Cripes. If I get through this level then my name's Pele."
’Stop messing about In that lift you stupid kids" “You are going home in a Yorkshire robot." (clap. Clap).
The mad man In the storeroom is a tricky opponent.
Be careful not to knock out tho lightbulb. It'll get dark.
About the 'remarkable turn of events at the stadium' Here was his calling the world was depending on him. And he knew that he i could kill two birds with one Wr) stone - save the World Cup, H and impress Francis Trickie, the Rotherfield Tuesday manager. In ihe wink of an eye, Trevor changed into his best football kit and became Soccer Kid - World Cup saviour.
"Don't be late for your tea love," shouted Trevor's Mum as he dashed out of the front door with his football tucked under his arm.
"I'm not Trevor Jenkins, I'm Soccer Kid" he exclaimed with Kids that think they 're American should be knocked off their boards.
Glee os he hit the streets of Rotherfield, in search of the clues that would eventually lead him to k the other side of the world.
H As he pounded along the pave- B ment, such was his control over If the ball, it seemed almost as if it B were tied to his foot by a piece of string. A shimmy, o feint and a I glorious strike saw him safely past a skateboarder and a dan- gerous cyclist. Easy he thought, I'll have that World Cup back in America in one piece before you con say Borussia Moenchengladbach. Little did Trevor know ot this stage just how perilous an adventure it would become.
"Rotherfield today, and the world tomorrow," shouted the boy- wonder with fervour thot bordered _ dangerously * on religious fanaticism. Now it's not for us to scoff al o fellow who believes he is Soccer Kid but the youngster does have some great skills to back up his claim to be the 'Chosen One'. Backheels, overhead kicks, you name it, the lad can do it and he'll need to use his full range to defeat the opposition.
'Remember to check the information points young Trevor, sorry I mean Soccer Kid'. It was almost as if an invisible voice was guiding him.
'The secret to finding the parts of the trophy is to collect the football cards along the way'. There it was again.
Trevor stood still for a moment and listened for the voice, 'look out for that bulldog and that big geezer with the spanner you idiot'.
That London Rotherfield was soon a distant memory as he headed through the countryside towards London. After some minor skirmishes with farmers and a few animals, and one particu- lary nasty incident with a plough, Soccer Kid arrived in London.
Trevor was so engrossed he'd forgotten about impressing the Tuesday boss Francis Trickie. But Mr Eng-ger-land, Eng-ger-land With confidence high, Soccer Kid rode a challenge through the Wild West, danced along a California beach before returning the World Cup to New York just in time for the Final where England beat Brazil 24-0.
The phone rang at 8am. "Trevor love, Francis Trickie's on the phone, says he wants you to play for the Tuesday on Saturday," called Soccer Kid's Mum. Trevor awoke from a deep, deep sleep. A boy’s dream or one of the best Amiga games of the year?
Postscript: We apologise for our reviewer's glib attitude to the way Trevor skipped across the continents.
Please remember, Trevor, sorry, Soccer Kid, is a superhero. You are not. It will take you a year and a bit to finish this handsome platformer. It is very difficult and even the early levels are stout challenges.
Trickie would've been impressed with the way Soccer Kid took out an interfering tourist with a delightful ball through the channels before collecting a card on a double decker bus - a football card, not a yellow card.
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objects such as sweets, apples, hotdogs and lollies add to
general surrealism of the Boy Wonder's situation. Collect as
many of these objects as possible - you get points for them.
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Fabulous graphics and gameplay which is incredibly difficult in places - it'll take weeks of practice to complete. ** FREE SKIN TATTOO TRANSFER!
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Aja a Lsa aj Tjjjirpi cr . a) u.. - j i One hundred years from now industry has become totally automated resulting in mass unemployment (or should that be 'pandemic' seeing as we already have 'mass'). Anyway, in 2093 we find everyone's using their incresed leisure time to sit in front of the telly ond watch a programme called Mean Arenas Buzz: "Welcome sports fans to the latest action-packed edition of Mean Arenas, I'm Buzz McCloud and alongside me is Bob Bilinski. Well Bob, have we got a show for the folks sitting back at home."
Bob: "Yes Buzz, we have got a show. It's called Mean Arenas, you've just told everyone."
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Bob: "Sure thing Buzz. Buzz's right folks, we have got a show for you.
It's kind of a cross between Pacman and Smash TV with a bit of Dynablaster thrown in for good measure. You, the ordinary members of the public come on down and play for big prizes. But remember, it's risky out there and if you don't moke it, you're gonna, heh, heh, die."
Buzz: "Folks, Bob's hit the nail right on the head. Death is the consequence of losing, but it's not that Heck, at least we don't send you home with a goddamn Blankely Blank cheque book and pen."
Bob: "So come on Buzz, tell the folks what the game is all about."
Buzz: "Listen son, I'm the anchor, don't tell me what to do. Folks, the object of the game is to moke your way around the arena collecting coins os well as a whole host of other bonuses and extra armoury.
Jeez, did I say arena? Actually, there are 22 arenas, four speed arenas and many, many secret arenas to get through. Say Bob, has anyone ever done them all?"
Bob: " To tell the truth Buzz, no they ain't and it's saved the network one heck of an amount in prize money.
Mind you, it costs us a fortune in funerals. Still, as long as it doesn't come out of my salary heh, heh.
Folks, there are four types of arenas - Robozone, Dungeonzone, Starshipzone and Rainbowzone.
Some of them are straightforward and some have up to eight floors."
Buzz: "You're not wrong Bob and standing in the path to completion folks are the robot guardians.
Now these guys may look like jumped up Dusty Bins but you'll I | PUBLISHER ICE 0453 756993 PRICE £25.99 BACK RELEASE Late August “ It's jolly fun, but at just under £26, a bit too pricey. I would also have liked to see an option where two players can play at the same time. 99 One tor every day. Or you could have a day off on Sunday and take two on a Saturday.
The standard version comes on four disks, but there Is an AGA version that needs five disks to run the same program. OK so the pictures are a little clearer, but they don't really make the most of the 1200 s graphical capabilities. And with five disks you would expect a bit of animation.
Be dead within 3-2-1 seconds of meeting them."
Bob: "Buzz, you're not only the anchor, you ore also one heck of a funny guy. The guardians come in various guises. Some walk, some fly and some of them even go around dropping coins - ihe contestants should kill them very quickly."
Buzz: "You're not wrong Bob - for a change. Only kidding partner, you're the greatest. So come on down, Cecil Watkinson from Selby."
KABOOMI Poor Cecil. Still, it's not a bad show, There is a lot to go at and though it's not sophisticated fayre, Wean Arenas is fun. I will be watching same lime next week.
Stephen Bradley O Collecting the coins Is the easy bK. But for some reason, there are loads of frightful robots after you as well as traps galore to fall Into.
GRAPHICS ¦¦¦¦HISHBBIS Nowt to shout about.
SOUND Better than Celebrity Squares.
PLAYABILITY i 1 I ]¦ luLJuzm Yes, you can certainly play it.
Nice banter from Buzz and Bob.
Wa-hay, whhoooor, loads of nudey pic- cys, and all I have to do, thanks to Emotional Pictures, is win a game of Othello. They are the same people who were responsible for the similarly crass Cover Girl Strip Poker [AF36 - 19 per cent). What will they think of next? Nudey Monopoly? Get Yer Baps Out Cribbage?
The object of the game is the same as Othello: you have to get more of your coloured pieces on the board when it's full than those of your opponent's.What's different about this game is each of your pieces is actually a section of a picture of a scantily clad young bimbo.
I assumed that this being an all tits and bums game it would have no brain power to it at all. But Back Sides can play a mean game of Othello, and to keep the challenge going, as you get better so does the computer. Not that it needs to, getting past the second level is tough enough. The pictures (your reward) are badly digitised, so even if they do take their knickers off there's not much to see to get excited about.
Anyway, a little something is always better left to the imagination.
For titilation Back Sides is a waste of cash, and I'm not just being a girly prude, you're better off with a copy of Playboy. As for being a decent Othello game. I've seen better ones in the Public Domain, no porn, but value for money. If you're very good, one day I might show you mine - my Othello board that isl Clur Hodgson O CTOBER 1 993 GAME REVIEW This one's got a bit of a strange story. After rescuing his grandfather in Nicky Boom, the sequel finds Nicky, with his magic goose, trying to rid the forest of the evil witch who has also taken all of Nicky's toys and scattered them everywhere
I suppose that's one excuse for messing up your room. Er, "Mummy, the wicked witch chucked these toys on the floor, not me".
Anyway, back to Nicky and his magic goose. The goose can't be that magic because it can only carry Nicky around. If it was really magical then it would do things for him or magically open doors or something.
It doesn't even come to Nicky - he has to go and fetch it. Most of the places the goose can go, Nicky could get to under his own steam.
Getting on the goose is a doddle
- one press of the firebutton and you're all ready for flight.
But getting off the thing is a different matter entirely.
When you're being attacked by a killer bee, for example, and
you're trying madly to get off the goose so that you can blow
up the bee with a fire cracker, it's impossible to get off the
thing before you die. But of course when you don't want to get
off the goose when you're firing at something, you can rely
on Sod's law that you will end up falling off.
The two main weapons at your disposal are fire crackers and ultrasound whistles, as well as the bog-standard stones. The fire crack- ers look like sticks of dynamite and have a similar effect. The whistles destroy all the monsters on the screen and help dislodge bonuses when they're out of reach and both can be found lying around, usually near where they are needed There's the standard selection of monsters for a forest setting: killer bees; realistic spiders and rabid bears you'd rather not meet on a picnic in the woods. You can kill these by jumping on their heads, and they subsequently
turn into toys that you can pick up. The toys are also dotted around the game and hidden behind magic walls. Keys litter the landscape and are used to unlock treasure chests and doors to other parts of the levels.
There are hidden ladders, collapsing bridges and falling masonry to inject an element of danger into the proceedings As well as the toys and weapons there ore 'useful' things like logs (which look like swiss rolls) to build bridges and magic mirrors to transport you into rooms filled with treasure.
The original Nicky game was cute and playable, and so is this one, but nothing has been improved upon. When there are games like Arabian Nights and James Pond around, games like this are not worth the time and money. Sequels should improve on the original, not merely be an extension of the first game. If you haven't got Nicky Boom then this sequel is probably worth getting, but if you have then don’t bother.
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SOUND Bouncy music and effects.
ADDICTION Not much to draw you back.
PLAYABILITY Typical cutesy platformer with cute monsters, cute music and cute graphics, but when all your lives are gone, you don't want to play on.
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So once you've endured the bound to get a first game. I mean, after they got all that corporate cash, they must be able to devote twice the time to coding and game design? Well don’t hold your breath, but at least Ocean have passed some of the benefits of sponsorship on to the end user in the form of a reduced price GAME REVIEW traverses beneoth the layers of corporate bull, there is a game in here. It's a puzzle game. Colin, trapped in these silicon valleys between microchip mountains, has to traverse a series of tricky screens to get from one Quaver zone to the next. Each time he reaches a
Quaver zone he gets to dive into a huge (ohl hold on a minute, Col's been miniaturised, so the pocket's only normal sized!) Pack of cheesy snacks.
Colin gets through each screen by jumping from one Quavers packet to another via a series of red platforms. Hey, this is a platform gamel But every time he leaps off a platform the thing disappears. So it's basically a get from here to there without retracing your steps sort of a thing. But there are complications.
Colin can jump up to two platforms, so he can retrace his steps if he is careful and uses alternate platforms.
Ie mother and father of all levels, but a few choice Jumps soon platforms and let them do all the hard work. Cheesy peasy!
It completed. The secret Is to make use of the ray shutter Hey You! Don t watch that, watch this... Erm, nol There are no pyjama wearing keyboard players here, just an average puzzle game and a heap of product placement. This is the follow up to the spiffing Push-Over, and like that game it's a no holds bar, advert WHAT THE PLATFORMS DO BA 7GMND If it’s a taxing and fiendish puzzle you’re after, then you may be disappointed, but if you like cheesy, corn flavoured snacks you’re in luck... for Quavers. Once again there is some stupid precept for the game involving Colin Curly, you know, the
bulldog in the yellow suit. But this time, he is the 'hero', and ant-y hero Gl is nowhere to be seen.
Colin has entered cyberspace. In true Tron fashion he has been miniaturised, then digitised and is stuck in his own (distinctly generic) computer.
We won't go in to the details of how Colin gets in there, but suffice to soy if you buy the game you will find the whole first disk of the two disk set is a (nicely animated) intro sequence that you can't skip, no matter how mouse and fire buttons you The problem is that the first the one that could have been And he can only jump diagonally up and down, and straight down. Wait a minute, there has to be a better way to say that Ah, yes! Colin can jump in any direction except for straight up, because if there's a platform for him to land on, then it's in the way of him jumping vertically.
There are, of course, even more complications. Some platforms don't behave like all the rest (see What the platforms do box). So in the end you're left with a gome which is similar to Skweek, or Bombuzal.
Not hard and not clever Games like this are always entertaining for the first few levels. Whether they survive beyond this initial interest depends on the difficulty curve and the ingenuity of the puzzles.
Sadly One Step Beyond's curve is too shallow, at first playing I motored through to level 25 without a mishap. And even when the levels get more difficult, they are just more difficult. Not fiendish, tricky, or clever... just hard. So finishing them simply isn't rewarding enough The backgrounds, animation, and control method are gorgeous.
But these are a distinct second to gameplay And while One Slep Beyond is no dog, there's just no feeling of accomplishment ot the end of a level.
The weakest verdict for a game review is the 'If you like this type of game, you'll like this' kind. But what can I say? If you like shoot-em-ups then you’ll love One Step Beyond? If you hate puzzle games, then this is the game for you? I can't say those things, for a start they aren't true and the fact is that if you do like puzzle games, you’ll probably like this. But the chances are that you'll find the problems much too one dimensional and simple. If you don't like puzzle games, it's a real brain teaser to think of one reason why you have even read this farl Marcus Dyson ® Dynafield
Systems 1 -LU ¦ Ocean Software 061 832 6633 PRICE £19.99 RELEASE 27 August _ HARD DISK INSTALLABLE GRAPHICS Simple and colourful.
Esli “This smooth and playable puzzler is a treat.
But it's simply not rewarding enough to give you the necessary feeling of accomplishment** BIO ADVSMTOBS ONE STEP Noddy’s Big Adventure is the sequel to the highly successful Noddy's Playtime. It takes children to the Nonh West comer ot Toytand ond includes 13 different programs to educate and entertain children for hours on end This graded creativity and entertainment pockoge is specrficaky designed for 3-7 year olds and relates lo the early requirements of the National Curriculum Drive with Noddy in his cor. Pick up passengers along the way and visit many exciting locations
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Word Processor - this excellent utility develops story telling
skills Its scope is outstanding ond features mony facilities
found in grown up' word processors.
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I NT! UN ATI ON AL OHN SOU CHAMPIONSHIP If your swing needs working on, or if your putting's not quite perfect, get some realistic game practice in with Ocean’s new sport sim.
Clubbed to death in o Pringle sweater on the fifth in the Nevada desert. A man was today orrested for using a one iron on the green.
Not badly really. If you are one of those Amiga gamers that comes into the 'I demand realism from my sports sims' camp, the kind of person who worships the ability to check brake linings on driving games, the kind of person who sees choosing player sponsorship as more important than goals in footy games, then you're going to be reasonably impressed by International Open Coll Championship (IOGC).
And there's another plus for gamers who are just into games - IOGC not only wins prizes for having one of the longest games names ever (beating PGA Tour Golf by a good head) it also does what many people thought was the undoable, it adds something to the genre. That's right, many of us pundits had been crying out for some software house He did it, he said: "Because the pool of blood caused by my hacking off the head of my skins opponent with a pitching wedge made the lie unplayable with a standard Ping putter." Oh yes indeed, golf can bring the worst out in a human being. The worst dress
sense, the worst excuse for drinking, the worst reason for taking a good walk. So how have Ocean and The Really Interesting Software Company, oh and Pringle - the people who are sponsoring this game and who used to make the slacks and sweaters worn by Southend Utd fans in 1986 - emulated this sport?
GAME REVIEW OCTOBER 1993 Urgghhhh! What's all this blue stuff doing on the pitch ref? That's a water trap you fool, and It’s not a pitch, It’s a course. Now rehlt the ball.
Like this you mean? The young lad In the yellow Pringle shows exactly what he can do with a strip of metal and a pair of white towelling socks.
And here's his Boss teeing off from a point slightly above Cardigan Bay. A six Iron from the rough over Cardigan Bay and Into the sand trap on the Watch the water Mr Smlthers! And watch that bloody huge divot too. 9th. That’s a good way to lose to the Boss. Double promotions all around!
Seems to run at the speed of Jack Nicklaus sprinting for the Sunday papers while submerged in a bucket of honey and custard.
All the 3D effects, the million camera angles, the choice of skins, fourplay, strokeplay or matchplay; the fly-by, the fact that a putt of two yards or less will be sunk for you, all these options are undermined by the sloth of the whole thing.
Now this doesn't mean that IOGC is not the ideal mid-point between Links and PGA, because it is. While it lacks PGA's speed and simplicity of gameplay, it does include the myriad options and good-looks of Links. It just means that the screen can get too cluttered and the ball does travel too slowly.
And now the moment you've been waiting for... the big difference somewhere to get rid of the bar for power and snap that was taken to its zenith by PGA Tour. We demanded something new, some more realistic way of playing Amiga golf. And someone listened.
Slow mover We'll leave what this exciting new thing is for a while and talk instead about the fact that this game is obviously a PC port, and quite obviously needs a powerful PC to run it. The reason for this assumption is that running on a standard A1200, everything in gameplay is in the way you actually hit the ball. Where other golf games make use of the bar with one click of the mouse for power, and one click of the mouse for the 'snap' (whereabouts you hit the ball, either in the middle, to the left or to the right), IOGC uses an elegant system comprising four levels of power
(full, three-quarter, half, and quarter) for each club. You simply click on these. Then you actually get to see the ball and choose where on it you are going to hit. This is achieved much in the same way as many Amiga darts games by using a defining targeting point with a built-in wobble. You get to see a smoll image of the ball (and its lie) with a small point that floats around, you then have to position the point in the ball and click the mouse when you're happy. This system really does knock spots of the older method by involving you in a far more realistic approach to your play - every
shot has to be different and this means that your concentration has to be at optimum all around the course.
The downsides The two versions we received for review, one worked fine with the graphics coming up a dream, one Al 200 (another Al 200 lost the left- hand screen but that was probably the machine's fault) but the other set of four disks showed horribly cor- rupted sky and background graphics. Advice here is to try the game before you leave the shop with it (if you're buying mail order, make sure they'll accept faulty goods on return).
Another downer is the inability to choose your own clubsl You are stuck with a basic set of woods, irons, wedges and putters, and this collection does not include the trusty old one iron I A nightmare for most serious, late night, bourbon drinking Amiga golfers.
The upsides But to finish on the upside you can choose three levels of skill, although it is only on Master that things really get interesting with the wind coming into play. All in all, IOGC is far from classic but nearer to very good than you might expect. Also, the Pringle sponsorship really makes a difference. I really must go and pur-chase an expensive (but very high quality) sweater right nowl Richard Jones 'Z “ International Golf's gameplay is better than Links, but it doesn't match the speed and simplicity of PGA.m Amiga golf is always addictive PLAYABILITY More Shhploot' than
'Craackl' ADDICTION PUBLISHER Ocean 061 832 6633 loads of well planned options Bit cluttered, but not bad Dynafield Systems VERDICT PRICE £25.99 September HARD DISK OPEN GOLF OCTOBER 1 993 GAME REVIEW mechanical samples for the machinelike aliens, and the water dripping is a constant background reminder of where you are.
Dotted around the levels are stacks of enemies of all shapes and sizes, and this is what helps maintain your interest in the game - wondering what the next alien will look like.
What's disappointing about the aliens is their apparent lack of intelligence - they just walk (or fly) forwards and backwards along set paths. This makes killing them easy because you know what they are going to do next, unlike in Cods, for example, where the enemies are far less predictable.
Playing the game is fun. The control of Captain Dawnrazor is flexible
- he runs and jumps as you would expect. Also useful is the
ability to fire and change direction in mid-air.
Doors are used by pushing up and fire together when you are standing directly in front of them. But this causes the only complaint we have about the control system. When you are standing in front of a door it is not possible to duck or jump. So, quite often, as you come out of a doorway you are stuck in the line of fire. Not an ideal situation if your last sliver of energy disappears in a hail of unavoidable fire! As per normal three lives are provided, so there ice it wasn't your if Sod's Snakes alive! Captain Dawnrazor faces yet another of the station's unusual and not always friendly new
Inhabitants. Now where was that power-up?
Who remembers James Cameron's special effects extravaganza The Abyss? Well for those who don't, get it out on video, and for your information it was set in a research station that was on the bed of the Pacific.
Surprisingly, this is much the same setting that Deepcore uses, along with a liberal helping of a style that's reminiscent of the Bitmap Brothers' Gods.
But Gods isn't the only game which springs lo mind when ploying Deepcore - the introduction is stylish and smacks of Psygnosis on a good day.
In ICE's latest platformer the plot is the usual fayre - aliens have invaded and it's up to you, nine large levels to explore. Each section has a different graphical style and as you get further into the game new elements are introduced.
These include lifts to aid you in your exploration of the platforms and bigger, nastier, altogether tougher aliens. Finding your way round each level is easy, it's just a case of finding the right keys to open the locked doors which block your route. So if you don't have the correct key for a particular door then you have to traipse thing to do with it, it usually is).
The difficulty level of Deepcore is pitched quite high and you will not finish this game in a week. But pass words are provided at the end of each section which save you from having to trudge through all the early levels again. However, although this game takes some time to complete, it doesn't have an addictive enough edge to keep you coming back for more, which sadly is Deepcore's only real downfall.
Andy Nuttall O Occasionally doors can be shot at and blown up, but this is fairly rare.
Deepcore looks and sounds good; it's professionally drawn and has some sleek little touches - puddles of water at the bottom of the screen reflect the action at 180 degrees, and ripples like... well water really. There are some neat Captain Dawnrazor, to clear 'em out.
Deepcore requires all the usual jumping around from you, collecting the occasional power-up and shooting anything that moves.
The game is divided into three different sections, and these are then subdivided into three, so there are BACK TO BASICS - IT’S KILL OR BE KILLED!
"It’d be easy killing aliens.- they saw. But they didn't say to bring my awlmwaar and armbands.
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In the later levels of the game.
Walking brains? In green! Not very pleasant, but can the Captain survive this latest assault?
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Deepcore has both in abundance. But unfortunately this
platformer lacks the gameplay to really sparkle. ~ 70% DF
AERIAL WARFARE The thrill of pure face
- to-face air combat Dogfight is the first pure air combat
simulation from MicroProse: one-on-one action, duelling for
supremacy in famous aerial conflicts.
Eighty years of air ace skills crammed into one game. From a W W1 Fokker Triplane to a modern Fighting Falcon, you’ll experience heart-thumping thrills as your enemy closes in on your ‘six’. There’s no room for errors; one wrong move and you’re history!
Dogfight features twelve legendary fighter aircraft. Each with their correct flight characteristics and authentic fully functioning cockpits across six accurate historical scenarios.
In addition, you can plan missions and allocate other aircraft for air attack, support, patrol and defence operations. Plus a bonus ‘What If’ mode: find out if a Spitfire can outmanoeuvre a MiG-23!
Have you got what it takes to be Number One?
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How good it pilot ore you? Find out in Dogfight!
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on to the screen, it never slows No game s perfect - this one
down, and the animation is never comes on two disks but it
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make use of a second drive, which the . AGA, and with some of
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’.OVERKILL When your ship goes down. Your pilot s no fool, he s out ... before the ship turns Into the inevitable fireball,., ... and blows itself to kingdom come In spectacular styleel having It away on Ms heels.. and It's damaged bad... “ Frantically fast and superbly smooth. Only the graphics and lack o bosses prevent this Defender-style shoot-em-up from being of instant classic status ** 84% Kept me coming back.
PLAYABILITY Smooth and easy to control.
No music, but decent effects.
Ill Could, should be better!
GRAPHICS If you die without ploying Defender, then you will have lived an unfulfilled life. Even though it’s ages old and had wireframe backgrounds and small sprites, the Williams classic is the game to which all others must be compared when it comes to playability in a shoot-em-up.
Mark Sibly of Vision Software likes Defender.
He's already written the definitive Defender clone, Defenda. Now on his second commercial game (he wrote Woody's World) he has created a time-warped- to-the-Nineties Defender inspired shoot-em-up - Overkill.
Overkill is the world's first AGA- only game and is very playable. At first it looks a bit naff, but when you sit down and pick up the joystick, all vestiges of amateurism fall away.
Overkill is fast - in the speeding bullet class - and it's smooth too.
No matter how many baddies crowd on to the screen, it never slows down, and the animation is never less than rock steady. All of this in AGA, and with some of the most undetectable parallax scrolling ever not seen on the Amiga.
Although it takes its cues from Defender, Overkill isn't quite a clone. Admittedly it's still a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up, you ore still trying to protect men on the ground, and you can even collect them ond carry them below your ship just like... Defender.
But there's no hyperspace in Overkill, and you can't actually lose your men, though you don't get an end of level bonus for saving them, either - rats!
Your little chappies are making a planetfall to find deposits of Trilithium crystals and destroy them. If your cosmic commandos don't succeed, the alien hordes will transmutate into even bigger and badder aliens. Smart bombs are replaced by a shield feature. You'll need it, but as Vision Software boss Simon Armstrong says: "The shield is for wimps!"
No game's perfect - this one comes on two disks but it doesn't make use of a second drive, which isn't as inexcusable as it sounds.
The intro and code load from disk one, there is one disk swap and then you're playing. There is only one more disk swap needed to complete the game.
The difficulty curve is smooth, and though it's a tough number to complete, more variety in the behaviour of the aliens would not have gone amiss. The game also suffers from a distinct lack of super- bad end-of-level bosses.
Beefs aside, Overkill is fast, frenetic and fun, and it's AGA only. So if, like me, you have been bleating about the lack of A1200 software, now's the lime to put your money where your mouth is.
Marcus Dyson rr.
Whll Overkill doosn't have end-oMovel guardians. It does have long red things!
We all want to go to heaven, right?
That's all Blob wants. This ball of gunge lives by o religion which preaches that those who do well in life will go to bouncy paradise and live forever, which sounds great.
How much easier could it be?
Left to his own devices Blob would probably live a perfectly good life, but this turns out to be distinctly more difficult than you might expect, mainly because for a little blue drop of grot a good life involves completing 50 levels of excessive bouncing, huge precipitous drops and nerve- wrenching jumps into nothingness.
Oliens buzz around getting in the way, robbing Blob of all his vitality.
All in all, this is one of the most original arcade games, in both style and presentation, that you’ve seen in a long while.
'Orrible little lump levels can be completed in two main ways. The first is to find a tile that hos 'Exit' written on it (whoah, better watch out - a bit of normality creeping in there). The second is slightly more interesting (and distinctly more difficult) and involves collecting all the 'collectibles' (the manual's word, not mine) on a level.
Collectibles are strange-looking little objects which sit on tiles in all the most unreachable areas of the levels, which essentially means that Relying on your gaming skill to help him live the saintly life of platform success, Blob puts his eternal future into your capable honds.
What our ball-shaped chum does to help, basically, is bounce around all over the show, which gives this game a look and feel not dissimilar from the old 8-Bit classic Bounder.
The idea is that you guide this bouncing blue Blob around the levels of the game. Somewhat strange levels, mind you.
Did I say strange? No, that's an understatement. This game is unique.
For starters, loads of coloured tiles hang in space at different heights giving it a depth (literally) that other platform games don't have - and What looks a little like Putty but plays like nothing you’ve seen before? A platformer that takes you in and out of the screen as well as extreme contortions of the joystick are required if you're to get the little bouncing fellow anywhere near the requisite objects.
Occasionally before you can complete a level you have to save a set number of Spods as well. What the hell is a spod?' You may well be asking. Well, it's another blue, blobby lifeform, except smaller OK?
Glad we got that sorted out.
Hopefully by this lime you're getting the general idea that this game oozes originality and variety Probobly the most unique aspect, though, is the very threedimensional nature of the view and of the play. Just looking at the screenshots it's difficult to gain the feeling of perspective that you get when it's all moving around.
This 3D-perspective adds a whole new dimension' (groan!) To the gomeplay It also makes the control system more than a bit tricky to get the hang of, because you have to judge not only direction and distance but height as well The poor blobby one is likely to suffer at the start, while your brain tries to adapt to thinking in three dimensions at the same time as staring at a two dimen- Glob of grout After fathoming out how to control the wee Blob, it's time to try to get somewhere. Landing on different coloured tiles has different effects on the way Blob bounces. Red tiles make him bounce much
higher than normal while blue tiles stop him from bouncing almost completely as they absorb all the bounce energy, leaving him helplessly stranded.
Ice tiles leave Blob with no directional control when he hits them, which can often leave you yelling abuse at the screen while Blob goes skidding uselessly off into the void beckoning below... Other interesting extras to the levels are such joys as fans. These can either suck or blow: if they blow then Blob can float on top of the column of air, but if they suck then Blob is pulled down rapidly. Fans can help you to find hidden parts of the level, but more often than not they just mess up your perfectly positioned jump.
Switches abound throughout the levels and are used to turn hidden plotforms on and off, which is extremely useful on the frequent occasions when there seems to be no way of getting to a particular platform. Some of the puzzles can be quite hard and require extremely occurate bouncing and occasionally a little luck to solve.
Landing safely after a bounce can be a problem because if Blob falls too far he con hurt himself on impact This usually happens after bouncing on a red tile which sends Blob Into orbit. Tiles which Blob has landed on too violently often begin to crack and further excessive use of force will cause them to break completely. This can lead Blob to grief, particularly if you were relying on the tile that just disintegrated to save you from plunging to oblivion.
The one consolation for the all- too-frequent deaths is that it's really quite funny. Blob opens his mouth in a scream as he dwindles in size and disappears into the void, with all hope of ever reaching bouncing paradise cruelly destroyed by your one clumsy move of the joystick... The expressions on the face of The Blobby One as he gets increasingly badly injured are amusing - he gets more and more depressed and eventually explodes as he dies.
The graphics in general are right up to the excellent standards we expect from cutesy platform games in this day and age, and they move beautifully too. The vertical enlarging and shrinking of the platforms as they get nearer or further is very well done and adds o great feeling of BLOB PROGRAMMERS John Hilliard, Billy Allison (Gfx), Martin Iveson (Music) PUBLISHER Core Design, 0332 297797 PRICE £25.99 RELEASE September '93 A small selection from the vast ra Phone for a complete price list containing over 600 uropec ¦ Tel: 0480 498889 Fax: 0480 496379 of titles we stock.
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$ depth to the gome. The feeling of stepping off the edge of a platform into gaping nothingness is really quite worrying.
GRAPHICS . I, . . . . I. Pretty, cute, fast and deep.
Blobby sounds, great music.
'Wonderfully different', is perhaps the easiest way of describing this game. There is nothing else quite like it. Knowing that the next level will probably be even more weird than the present one is a great incentive to keep ploying.
After o while you definitely begin to feel really rather sorry for the poor little blue Blob, and you can't help but identify with him as he tumbles to his doom yet again - though that's not going to stop you from resurrecting him and making the sad diminutive lump start all over againl Cute platform games - we've got dozens. But this, like the classic Nebulus, takes a new viewpoint which makes a world of difference, as well os giving us all the puzzles and action we expect. A winner.
Marcus Dyson O “ Like the classic Nebulus, It adds a new viewpoint on top off all the action and the puxzles you'd expect from a class platformer.
A winner. 99 POSTCODE I ITEM I ITEM ITEM PHONE ViWMjtlffcjfd Swilch Number: Switch i Mic No: SIGNATURE: PRICE PRICE PRICE POSTAGE TOTAL Make cheques payable lo: European Computer User & send to : Units A2 A3 Edison Rd, St Ives, Huntingdon, CAMBS PE17 4LF AMIGA FORMAT GAMES SPECIAL ON SALE SEPTEMBER 9 THE maker ORLD 4M,Ga magazine PRICED AT £3.95 OCTOBER 1 993 OAME REVIEW ere's a brief history resume for those of you who are not au fait with 14th century Europe. The Patrician is set in said period and you play the part of a struggling merchant. It was so different in those days - the
continent was in constant state of change. The Hanseatic League - a sort of equivalent to the common market - governed European trading and its aim was to promote free trade between all the main cities. What a long way we've come in 600 years, eh?
The League's council was mode up of all the mayors of the major ports in Europe and was led by the Aldermon. Although you start the gome as a minor League merchant, your ultimate aim is to rise to the heady height of Alderman. To achieve this you have to trade first and make stacks of cash, which you can then spend on furthering your political career - money buys power
- unlike today's democracies, Asil Nadir is living proof of that.
Not only do you have to be loaded but you hove to be happily
married, otherwise people don't vote for you (os David Mellor
will no doubt agree come 1994).
Enough politics - on with the gomeplay At the start you own just one ship and a couple of hundred Thola (currency). The way to increasing your readies is by trading which involves buying and selling (at a profit) the many types of goods available. This presents your first obstacle
- trading is not easy initially and can often result in you
drifting aimlessly from port to port unable to find a
favourable price for a commodity you've got on your ship. If
you get stuck with goods it is possible to store them in a
warehouse for later resole. Of course, if you're very clever
you could buy corn in the summer when it's plentiful and
cheap and make a killing in a winter market place.
Loan shark So the main problem during the early stages of your trading life is money, or lack of it. It can be incredibly frustrating to see a commodity such as wine or pepper at comparatively low prices and not being able to afford them. But this can be alleviated by judicious use of your limited funds and by trading cheaper items.
Or alternatively, you can acquire a healthy cash flow by doing a deal with the Money Lender. This guy will orgonise loons, usuolly at exorbitant rates of interest, which can be repaid as and when you get enough money. But if you go over the repayment deadline, creditors will come snapping at your heels like a pack of voracious pitbulls. And if you haven't got the money they want, then it's bon voyage to one of your ships, which can be catastrophic if you only have a single vessel.
Fortunately, new ships can be built for you at any port of call. The ships available range from the small but speedy pinnace, to the heavy and wallowing galleons. Which one you choose will depend on how big your load is and how quickly you need to shift it. Constant use of your ships obviously takes its toll and ships get damaged, ond your jour- PL4TLfcJCIAN GAME REVIEW OCTOBER 1 993 ICE 0453 756993 September Excellent and well drawn neys take longer to complete Repairs are easy if you have enough Thala, but if you neglect them then your vessels will flounder in a storm, or sink with a full
cargo and crew aboard, which as well as being terribly sad, is economically unsound Boozing boss Hiring and firing crew ond helpers is done in the local watering hole, and this is done by clicking on the various people inside. Click on the drunks being dragged out of the pub to press-gang a crew ot one Thala per employee, or if you want to maintain business at home click on the guys sitting quietly at the back and these will act os helpers at your warehouses.
The hard looking blokes at the front are your ordinary everyday dodgy arms dealers, whose services you need, because of the danger that lurks on many trade routes. The high seas are not a safe place to be
- pirates, storms and even sea monsters can obstruct your route
to fortune and fame. Even bod weather, the captain getting
seasick, or even green toadstools growing in the galley can
change your plotted course, or force the ship to find land, or
worse turn about. When such incidents strike they can really
screw up your planned trade route, dumping you somewhere you
don't want to be. If you're particularly unlucky pirates attack
your ship and you have to fight them off with weapons onboard.
This fighting sequence is optional with the computer working
out the outcome if you do not partici pate. If you lose, then
another ship vanishes from your fleet at a lime when your fleet
should be growing Where most of the game information comes
from. Shows the passing of time and the activities of your
opponents.
Put the money lo use on self advancement in the political arena, and hopefully becoming Alderman of the Hanseatic League. To achieve high political status you have to become popular enough to gain the confidence of the rest of the Slide into the tub Once you've amassed your fortune though, it's time to i i. llK , i. ' " hr„,i|5 m c - June 1365
O. «on5 i„ Lufhcck Hanseotic Council.
You can gain popularity in your home town in several ways. The first and easiest way is to throw a massive party for all the plebs. The only downer is the cost, but political popularity doesn't come cheap. It is vital to provide enough food and drink, otherwise the townsfolk go home hungry and distinctly sober, get them absolutely inebriated ond they'll think you'll make a great politician!
So what exactly do you have to do if you need lo regain vital votes?
Well you can always bribe your peers. This is done al the local bathing house. Just slide into the tub next to them, and if you have enough money then they will arrange for you to get a few extra votes in the next election.
But it's not os simple as that, bribery can lead to you being blackmailed and you either have lo i have a regular direct debit to your blackmailer, or you will be reported to the appropriate authorities. This will result in a trial where you can be fined or if you're lucky and not found guilty, you will be compensated.
Control of the game is easy. It is entirely mouse based and involves no icons. You just use the left button to select something on screen and the right button for returning to the previous screen. This mokes for a totally intuitive system so that all of your concentration can be directed at actually playing the game, and not struggling with studying the instructins in the manual.
The Patrician will absorb your attention until the wee small hours as you become engrossed in the intricacies of the game's wheeling and dealing and you will find keeping your political head above water almost as difficult as keeping dry in Mississippi.
Playing it will keep even the most die-hard platform freaks among us glued to their machine, yelling out loudly with frustration at the high price of corn in medieval Hamburg!
Just like you do.
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Move fast, I've just had some quite i able news. It seems that these French lads have come up with a 10-event sports simulation.
Errrrrrrr... Well done! Given that the bandwagon left town over five years ago, there could only be one reason for bringing out this sort of sports sim now, and that would be to bring it up to date. You know; bigger, better graphics than ever before, amazing sound and a cunning new interface that leaves you gasping at its awesome simplicity. Unfortunately Super Sport Challenge has none of these.
Eventful, hardly The gome offers you the chonce to compete in 10 events, from the athletics field to the swimming pool: 100m, 1 10m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, shot putt, high jump, triple jump, 100m freestyle, 4 x 100m freestyle relay and the javelin.
It doesn't take a genius to realise however, that the 4 x 100m freestyle relay is the 100m freestyle repeated four times.
Up to four people can compete at a time, each representing a country of their choice, although joystick port limitations means i that in race events only two actually compete against each " other at any one time.
The controls for each event vary, from the simple to the unusable. In the first category is the 100m where you start running by pressing fire, and push the joystick to the right when you want to run faster. Now this may be less expensive on joysticks than Track and Field style button bashing, but it's difficult to feel like you're actually involved in helping your athlete win.
In contrast the pole vault requires you to push fire to start running, move the joystick left to increase your run up speed, push fire to plant your pole, pull back on the joystick to bend the pole, press fire to lift yourself up the pole and then move the joystick left to clear the bar.
Which is os difficult as it sounds.
A stunning result for the Austrian as he comes hopping over the finishing line. Two points here. Isn't it strange that all the athletes are running In time, and secondly. I didn't know that ZZ Top were also international athletics judges.
FUMK The real gameplay comes in the control of your energy level. At the bottom of the screen is a bar display showing the amount of energy you have. This is never enough for maximum effort all the way through an event, and the trick lies in using your energy sparingly. In the jumping events there's little point in arriving at the board at 1 Oomph if you're too tuckered to lift yourself into the air.
Similarly, in the race events there's no point to racing away from the field and leading for the first half if they all catch you up when you're doing a dying fish impersonation down the home straight.
M After a hard day drinking beer, smoking fags and eating chip butties what could be better than a nice, relaxing sport sim?
One of the worst points of Super Sport Challenge is that during most events you're forced to listen to the most annoying sample ever heard on a computer game. It sounds like a crowd of 100,000 people chanting 'boring' into a danger; it OFTWARE CITY
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Super Sport Challenge lacks consistency, you get the feeling that different people worked on the different events and nobody co-ordinated them properly. On top of this there's a serious lack of imagination. It doesn't make any difference which country you select, you'll always be the same athlete; there are no female athletes or shots of you on the podium if you win a medal; there's no celebration when you set a new world record and there's unnecessary disk swapping because the individual events are stored in the wrong order.
Player bonding It's a shame Microids have let these sort of problems spoil what might have been an exciting gome. In places the graphics are good and there's an above average soundtrack, which could have been performed by a close friend of Jean Michel Jarre. The four player option encourages even the most pale and wan gameplayer to have some kind of interaction with real people.
Even though Super Sport Challenge does show a lot of promise for the future of Microids, it is let down by poor execution. You can have some fun with it, but it'll wear off soon, leaving you bored.
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War.
Empire are just about to release the follow-up, aptly, if unimaginatively, named Campaign 2, which extends the system to cover all weapons and theatres of war from 1945 to the present day.
The player will be able to compete in all the major conflicts of the last 45 years.
Now Empire and Amiga Format are offering 10 lucky readers, and a guest of their choice, a chance to take it a stage further by going on a real life 'Campaign', although at absolutely no personal dangerl Our 10 winners (plus guests) will spend a day at the Challenge Outdoor Pursuits Centre neor Tunbridge Wells, charging around the countryside doing all manner of exciting things.
Stretching over 147 acres of countryside, the activities the Challenge Centre offers include archery, abseiling, canoeing, and you'll also be training on the full assault course with its aerial runways and daredevil water crossingsl What's more next February, when it lakes place, you'll be defending the honour of Amiga Format against a fierce enemy - 20 winners from our sister magazine PC Format. Of course our lot will wipe the muddy floor with them... On top of all this hectic activity, we're making it into a genuinely enjoyable weekend out by providing you with a night's rest at the luxury
Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells, with a colour TV in your room and a slap-up English breakfast awaiting you in the morning.
It sounds as though it's going to be a great weekend away, and of course there's Afs honour at slake also. So if you've got the mettle, or if you just wanna hove fun, then get the grey matter pumping and pore over the questions on the other page. Good luck!
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CAMPAION COMPO Amiga Format, 29 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2DL THE QUESTIONS T In what century did Britain cease to be part of the Roman Empire?
2 In what decade was India granted independence from the British Empire?
3 The Empire Strikes Back was part of which film trilogy?
A Who was king of the Mongols, whose empire stretched throughout Asia and Europe in the mid-twelfth century?
5 Which king of Macedonia stretched his empire across Persia and into India?
6 Which German general is known for his 1942-3 campaigns in North Africa?
7 Which pop figure started a campaign to Feed the World?
8 Which advertising campaign promises to refresh the parts other beers can't reach?
9 In which town was the showpiece stadium conference that ended the Labour party's 1992 election campaign?
10 In what year did Napoleon's Russian campaign flounder in the bitter Moscow winter? (Think overtures!)
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PHONE THE RESERVATIONS NUMBER...081 -947 551 1 Steve ‘the boy’ Bradley puts on his bargain boots and goes in search of all the cut-price great games out on the streets now... OCTOBER 1 993 BUDGET REVIEWS MEAN 18 Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ (Not previously reviewed) regular and pro tees, and beginner and expert In the drift cutty stakes. Not as good a buy as PGA Tour (on the Sportsm&ston compilation) but one thing’s for certain.
Mean 18 bears no relation whatsoever to Speedbaff 2.
7 10 6 10 CHASE HQ LL SPECIAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ (Reviewed API 8 76%) More Miami Vice than Z-Cars, Chose HO II hasn't got a character called Sonny, nor is there a crocodile in sight. In fact, the introduction of a large reptile might add considerable interest to this affair. How?
Don’t ask stupid questions.
Anyway, the mayor's daughter has been kidnapped and you're on the -ot. Jeff. Give us a go m the helicopter . Well swop places case. Actually you're in a - lower the rope ladder. Go on. It'll be a sound laugh".
Corvette - allegedly a real ¦s*Krt up 800 s,0»’ “""K ctown «* ’" y°“'™ * work' one, but I think it's a kit car.
You must drive along a road until you see an arrow which helpfully slates 'Criminal'. Then (does this sound like a cookery class?) Inflict damage upon the car until it pulls over, look out for helicopters, os well as men in designer suits It's all very exciting stuff, and in no time al all you'll feel like o member of the A-Team, probably. Admittedly, it gets a touch repetitive after a while but hey, what's repetition when the mayor's daughter is your reward.
6 10 "I love this job. I’ve always wanted to be a copper ever since I saw Dixon of Comberwick Groon when I was a nipper."
CHEAP W CHEERFUL On the box (no, not the telly), the boy Jocky sits astride a football while clutching a dart and a bowling ball It's a disturbing sight. He's one of darts' great characters - The Crafty Scottie, as he's never been known. So what's it all about then? A compendium always sounds to me like It s always nice to play (tarts against your Dad. His Initials there's Ludo Or Snakes and are at the top but I've missed out the C' because It stands lodders involved. But no, for Cuthbert he doesn I wan. Anyone ,o know about It. En|jced by gomes as Scram and Shanghai, as well as football
and 501.
The dart appears on screen, moving in a random circular fashion and you press on your joystick button when you think the time is right to let the arrow fly. Not as easy as it sounds I assure you. You must feel better now you've been assured.
Anyway, the graphics are nicely drawn but the gameplay sadly lacking. The final word must go lo Bully. "Moooo". Cheers Bully JOCKY WILSON'S COMPENDIUM OF DARTS Zeppelin Platinum ¦ £7.99 ¦ (Reviewed API 8 77%) F-15 STRIKE EAGLE Kixx XL £ 16.99 Reviewed AF24 90% FISTFIGHTER Zeppelin Platinum ¦ £7.99 ¦ (Not previously reviewed) What interesting names these lighters have. Tai Ping. OK I'll go along with that, Gino - just about passable, but Anna and Sir Gerry - come on, you're 'avin a larf ain'tcha? And Mickey the Finn? Although he sounds like a ticket tout from Bethnal Green, he is actually
Swedish.
Three locations are on offer in which to choose your fist fight (if indeed you want to 'have a go') - Egypt, Japan and America. Why don't they ever use such places as Sunderland or Basingstoke? And isn't it time we had English smoll town beat-em-ups where kids from different housing estates go around looking for bother? I Fistfighler is averagely average, but at eight sovs it doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
5 10 This was pfaytestad originally by major -WHd Bill" Stealey. "Wild Bill' Is not a n.cknams I would uh to describe anyone who plays flight simv hot that you shouldn't give yourself an exciting handle to Improve your Image with flight sim-playlng Wends. Try -Josh Simpkins".
In Issue 49, Mlg-29 was reviewed and not two months later, two Mig-29s collide at an airshow near Swindon. Beware F-15 pilots, the Amiga Format curse Is here Hello! Have got one so why shouldn't we? And there was a crash In Sweden recently, but they were Swedish planes so don't worry. Another flight sim. Another chance to fly across the world blowing-up things. Fearlessly. I opened the boa and scanned the enormous manual. Tossed It to one side and took off on a mission.
Catering lor both the trainspotting types and those who to fly around shooting at folk, F-15 successfully combines action and tactt- , 1 m cal manoeuvres. Thera ate plenty of missions to go at and even those not massively Inter- ested In flight time should enjoy this voyage ' .
Of tactical destruction. X 8 10 HARDBALL Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ (Not previously reviewed) OCTOBER 1993 6 10 CONTACT NUMBERS Kixx XL 021-625 3311 Hit Squad 061-832 6633 Zeppelin Platinum 091385 7755 Alternative Software 0977 797777 Hardball - indeed it is when you gel hit on the inner thigh. I'm sorry to quote the box bul here goes, 'Hardball - baseball that's so Irue-to-life, it's like you can reach out and touch it'. That's beautiful isn't it? And it gets better 'Hardball is so real and lifelike, if you wear a uniform while you play it, you just might get it dirty'.
Marvellous eh?
Well it probably isn't that realistic - I say probably because I haven't attended a baseball game before.
Nobody offered me a burger or cola during the time I was playing (they always do on American telly shows) and the game didn't last seven hours.
But Hardball is quite easy to get into and fun after a while - particularly the pitching (chucking the ball). There are eight types of pitches including ones with exotic names such as slider, sinker and screwball - but no googly. You can play the computer or your mate and also get involved in the management side using the Manager's Decision Screen. Enjoyable, but not compulsive.
Roland was not happy. He thought he'd made a good account of himself at the Interview. OK. So his pink car wasn't suitable for saving the planet but he'd sorted out a great trade-in deal. And he was celebrity. What about press officer? He could do that couldn't he? But the Galactic Warrior Rats are a choosy lot. Saving the planet Smeaton Five Is serious business. Killer robots are on the loose. Intent, as you may have gathered. On mayhem and destruction.
Einstein. Darwin and Newton (the rat's names - don't laugh) must destroy the robots, collecting valuable gold lumps In the process which can be used to buy hardware' at Joe's Automated Weapon Store. Joe's can be visited by logging on at any of the computer terminals that you find around the complex (if you know Kevin the Gerbll you get 15 per cent discount).
Similar to games such as Alien Breed. Mean Arenas and Universal Warrior, Galactic Warrior Rats Is a playable little number, although not particularly innovative.
GAME BUSTERS Show your vikings the way home by leaping levels with our top tipper from Biggleswade.
33 TRPD 34 TFFF 35 FRGT 36 4RN4 37 MSTR Darren Huggins of Biggleswade, wins a copy of Lemmings 2.
I. THE LOST VIKINGS Reviewed AF49 79% Interplay • 0865 390029 1
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PHR0 29 H0PP 14 C1R0 30 TRDR 15 SPKS 31 FNTM 16 JMNN 32 WRIR
D GENERATION Reviewed AF37 - 66% Mindscope • 0444 246333 Andy
Lawton Barrow-in-Fumees DESERT STRIKE Reviewed AF46, 97%
Electronic Arts • 0753 549442 Although ft's not a bad game.
D Generation was ported from the PC and didn't take advantage
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Electron* Am *0753 549442 A small tip for lavol one from Peter
Motyneui of Bullfrog Enter the (ate. Thoot the three Clients,
then thoot the woman near the car at normal. Now.
Instead of pressing the space bar. Get In the car and drive away. Soon you should see another guard near a gate - shoot Mm. Then get out of the car and pick up Ms Ud. Now When you are killed, waggle your joystick in a circle while holding down the fire button. You should now begin the game at the beginning of that floor with seven or eight lives.
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10. To ba praclar, courtesy of D McCrary.
After you've used the code BQOQAEZ to gain 10 lives, you can press the F9 key to restore your ammunition to full level.
D McCrary Scam pt on rw .-‘J i " A _ ’ Reviewed AF45 - FG93% US Gold *031-623 3388 Code: BURN Go right, and climb down to bring up the lift (1). From the middle platform, run to the left and jump on the platform above. Ifs very high, so you will need to begin running, .
Keep the fire button down but let go of the joystick. You will automatically jump and catch hold of the ledge, so then push the joystick up to climb up.
You will find two cops (2), who you must kill. Now talk to Ian, activate the chair, then talk to Ian again when the animation has finished.
Go through the door which opens, then climb down to kill the ogre (3). Pick up the fuse, and return up to use it in the console - use the same jumping technique as above.
Activate the switch to bring down the lift, which you SPACEPOR DEATH TOMER
• JOE: CENTER RESTRICTED AREA 03 should take and then go up and
to the left. Talk to the man at (4), then open the door and
bring up the lift. Take the lift to the subway.
Take the train to the Bar.
Talk to the barman, then go right and talk to the Forger (6).
Use the train to go to the Administrative Centre (Africa -
7) . Talk to the people behind the desks, then give your ID card
to the Boss, who will give you a work permit in return.
Now go to the Work Agency (Europa - 8). Insert your Work Permit into the working terminal to accept mission 1. Use the Save post below.
Go to Asia, and collect a packet from the woman (9).
Take the packet to Africa and give it to the man (10). He will pay you, so go to the Work Agency and accept mission 2.
Recharge your shield, and save your position.
Take the train to the Restricted Area 2 (Africa). Pick up the VIP (11), then go all the way right and jump over the mine (12). Go down the lift, then shoot the mutant (13).
Pick up the key, and insert it into the console. Go left, and kill the mutant (14), then dispose of the 2 floating balls.
Collect the key (15), then go right and insert the key in the door. Get the VIP and proceed down and to the left, where he will pay you and teleport you TRAVEL AGENCY to thawission room. Recharge your Ul'sld and save.
Accept mission 3. Take the train to the bar (America). Talk to the customer, then to the cop. Go back behind the bar and shoot the mutant. Talk to the man and go back down to shoot the cop. Pick up the key he drops, then go back behind the bar to open the trap in the floor, and drop down it.
Save your position, then go right and shoot the two terminators. You will be paid, and teleported back to the mission room. Recharge, and save.
Accept mission 4. This level isn't particularly difficult, but time is extremely tight so it can be frustrating. Step into the teleporter, and get moving! Run to the right, jump over the gap, and open the floor trap (16). Take the lift
(17) down, run right, and jump on the platform (18) to activate
the lift. Pick up the stone, then take the lift down and go
right. Throw the stone to the right of the reactor, so that
it lands near the dead sensor, then move to just past the
right-hand side of the generator. Insert the card. If it
doesn't work, move left or right slightly, and try again -
you will only get two or three attempts before the reactor
blows, so you will need to use the continue option a lot!
RESTRICTED area 01 When completed, you will be transported back to the mission room again, so recharge then save.
Now accept mission 5. This level is not easy, so take your time and practice a lot. Go to restricted area 3 (Europa).
Save your position, shoot the mutant, then go down. Shoot the second mutant, and get the key. Go left, and insert the key into the console. Continue left, collect and throw the rock, then shoot the mutant.
Run left, and jump down before shooting the next mutant. Go to the top platform and activate the sensor to open the door. Climb down and roll right, pick up the key and the credits. Go back to the left, then down, right, and then down again, then dispose of the cop. Open the door, and incinerate the flying ball. Now you'll get paid, and teleported back to the mission room. Recharge, then save.
Now go to the bar, and talk to the forger. Give him the credits, and collect the false ID. Go over to the Death Tower, and give the ID to the man. Enter it, and prepare for level three...Level two solution by Steven Lynch of Hamilton.
LEMMINGS 2 Amiga Format proudly presents part one of the definitive guide to the most »e*™iAf46, fg94% difficult levels of Lemmings 2: The Tribes, by Alex Churchill of Throop. 0517095755 HIGHLAND LEVEL 6: BRIGADOOM!
Moke the first lemming jump from the second peak on to the rock, and make him a hang glider Blow him down so that he lands just on the corner below the other half of the lems. Use the laser to blast them out. As soon as he's through, balloon him left a little so that he turns around. Make the first Lemming walk the left rope over to the platform. Hang glide him over to the second one, and rope up the other side. Make him a laser blaster when he is almost (but not quite) as far left as he can be CIRCUS LEVEL 6: HEADACHE Moke the first lemming a climber. Bomb him through the floor, and move the
cannon to point through this hole. Wait until he reaches the exit, then jump him over it twice. Moke him o bomber when he is a third of the way across the 16-pixel trampoline. Move the bottom cannon 2.3 chain links right. The lemming should walk to the exit If not, fractionally adjust the cannon until he does. Let the lemmings out by pouring glue twice on the far left, with the lemming facing right. Bomb at the bottom of the trampoline pit, and then make a lemming a fencer, facing right.
SHADOW LEVEL 6: THE SCHOOL GATE Fire a Roper right. Jump twice, then do another Roper. Fence through, then make lots of Jumpers on the left. Move the cannon right, and once a Lem is up, make him a Roller. When he gets to the pit, fill it in, and platform the gap.
CAVE LEM LEVEL 7z DEADLY EXIT Jump the first lemming twice, then moke him scoop the ground underneath the trap. Jump him after the first scoop. Jump him twice more, then fire two Ropers, one NW and the other NE. Jump him three more times, then Platform over the centre of the trap. Jump him one last time, then begin a platform two pixels lower than the exit.
OUTDOOR LEVEL 4: DELIVERANCE?
Make the first lemming a kayakd, and the third an attractor. When the kayafce* stops, fire an arrow left to the edge of the pod. Now make a lemming to the left of the attractor pour glue twice. H It reaches over. Jump the attractor. If It doesn't, jump the lemming to the right of the attractor and make him fire a rope at the end. Now jump the attractor.
BEACH LEVEL 81 BEACH MANIA Make the second lem an attroctor and the first a carpenter. Make him build five times from the left SPACE LEVEL 2: PERPETUAL MOTION nil In the first pit. Then jump a lemming over it and fill in the next one. When a lem is just by the wall, give him some Magno boots, then platform between the two filled-in pits. Make the first Magno booter explode a hole In the thin bit. The next one should lay the first two or three blocks of a platform, then jump him and platform over the other hole.
The third Magno booter should build a platform starting above the two or three bricks already there.
Make him jump if he threatens to run into the third platform. Now start a platform from the top of the slope, and another when the lemming reaches the gap separating him from the exit (jump the following lemming Into the celling to slow him down).
MEDIEVAL LEVEL 8x WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?
Make the first lemming a runner, and make him stomp once he's to the left of the entrance. Moke the second an attractor (as far left os possible), and make the first stomp again. The balloon him right, up and right again. Balloon him again once he is out of the tunnel ond move him NW, N, NE,
E. Make a platform al the left edge of the block and five bombers
through the left hand wall. Jump him over the attroctor,
platform over his stomped hole and then jump the attroctor
edge up to the lems, then bomb him at the base of the bridge.
Fall left, fire an arrow up and left, and then again when he
falls right. Build a bridge left to the exit, and jump the
attroctor.
POLAR LEVEL At TURN BACK!
Make Lem number three an Attractor. As number one walks down the slope give him a Club basher.
Make him Throw, then when he walks left bash him again. Make him Stomp when his passage will reach all the way down. Do three Platformers on him to reach the exit, then Jump the Attractor SPORTS LEVEL 3: THE OCTATHLON Make the third lem an attractor when he turns left. Stop the first lem when he is over the second square by using a filler. When he lands make him build two more platforms to the edge of the piano. Let him fall four times and then platform over the first of the two holes. Jump the attractor and make one lemming fill In the pit.
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• Use the F8 (inverse Tactical) view to see other targets
around the primary or secondary target areas.
Progressing through the difficulty levels.
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• Progress through the difficulty options in this order.-
1) First of all set flight to the realistic setting. This is
EGYPTIAN LEVEL 8s HBROB'Z QUEST Make the first lem jump left.
Fence, then immediately jump. Once he turns to face left,
change him into a slomper and wait for him to stop. When he
falls off the jug, make him a stomper, then a fencer when he's
about to die. Once he reaches the Sphinx, balloon him W, N,
NE, N, W. Jump him up the two platforms, and click a
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and the eye. Jump him up twice more and platform once he turns
left as soon as he starts walking down the slope. Fence
through it, jump over the exit, and platform once he's fallen
over the steel.
Scoop to the right over the platform, and let the lemms out with a stomper and then a fencer.
The hardest part of the game to get used to. Always make small adjustments to the controls and get used to watching the altitude dials and readouts on the HUD very closely.
ALWAYS be ready to adjust the torque slightly.
2) Next set the Wind and Visibility switches to the realistic
settings.
3) Now turn off the ground avoidance, always make sure you don't
hit the ground at all costs. By this time you should have
flown about 15 missions and be able to fly the realistic
flight model comfortably.
4) Now turn on the realistic landings, just remember to make sure
that you descend very slowly when landing.
5) To get the Congressional Medal Of Honour you need to be
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targets on the map. Look for extra targets which may not be
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WE HAVE LIFT OFF In issue 47, Gordon Hayes asked how to take off with the spoceship in Scary Mutant Space Aliens From Mars. Well, I've thought about it, and have come up with the answer.
Put the cheese from the refrigerator in the spaceship's garbage can. Log on to the computer, using the hacker's note that is found in your manual (the real one which came with the game), then type your destination number. And off you gol Mattis Folkestad Hamaroy, Norway HurrahI Thanks Mattis, that one's been going for quite a while now.
Have a copy ol Lemmings 2 with our compliments.
Have enough time to move all the delay blocks from one side to the other. Is there a cheat or a solution?
Mrs L M Mann Aberdeen Well, the code lor level 33 is 25102 - but unfortunately we do not have a solution. Hope that helps, though.
CATCH THAT CRAB do is press P to pause, and type NCC-1701, then press N. The screen will flash, then press P to restart the game IT'S OUT OF ORDER war-lance and the tomahawk. In the parking lot, lay out the candles on the pentode and light them. Then use the magic bag to summon Cerberus. Use a Bind Demon spell.
Then as soon as the lightning subsides, throw the lance at him and throw the tomahawk straight through his heart.
AN ALL TIME LOW Fred Maughon (Helping Hand, issue 48) said he couldn't get under one of the barriers in Castle Master because it was too low. To get under it you must go in the doorway nearby, and walk along to the next wall so that you don't fall off the balcony. Go out another door, and you will be on the other side of the barrier.
Matthew Fletcher Birmingham Cheers Matthew, I'm sure our 64-year-old adventurer can rest in peace now.
DON'T INSPECT ME In Curse of Enchantia, I have to throw a coin into a well to make the gameshow host appear. However, there is an Out Of Order sign on the wall. How on earth do I make the well work?
Rim Claridge Everywhere When you have finished everything on the level - that is, taken all of the boulders, given them to the rock basher, taken the coin, tied the wire to the loops, taken the mud and worn the helmet fphewI] - the Out Of Order sign will disappear. After all that, you should find that the well works perfectly.
BEAT THE BEASTIES I'm in the crab room trying to catch a crab in Indy 4 adventure, but I can't get a crab trap together.
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Robert Powell Gravesend IT'S NO PUSHOVER Can you tell me how to pass the inspector in the train station in Future Wars? I have a blowtorch, a key, a newspaper, o lance, a glass capsule and some documents.
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HERE WE ARE ogam for a last helping of do it yourself AMOS programming. We've coveted almost every facet of the language over the last 10 months, and just about the only thing we haven't really touched on lo any great extent are icons, screen blacks and AMAL Ah now, AMAI We wanted to have a word with you about that. Come in, sit down. Tea? Oh alright. The thing is there won't be any more AMAL stuff than we already told you. Why? Most serious AMOS pro- giummers don't use the stuff, simply because you can do things just as well with AMOS proper which don't start to mess things up when you
compile, like AMAL does.
AMAL is precompiled, so there are no speed benefits anyway, and why run the risk of a clash, or worse still a crash?
There are plenty of books available on AMOS which give you odo, wtiich i* as much information on AMAL as you could possibly want, if for example you don't really want to compile anything.
Right that's got the dust of AMAL off our boots, let's forge ahead into untrammelled wastes of icons and screen blocks.
Icon see clearly now Icons mean something different in AMOS than they do in most computing. In Workbench they are a picture of a disk on the Workbench which lets you manipulate files with a mouse rather than by typing things into the computer. Icons in AMOS, however, are pieces of background graphic, which can be stored in a memory bank like any other kind of sprite, bob, sound, music or graphic screen. Once stored they can be pasted to the screen in any order to make up custom backgrounds which because they are made from small repealed pieces of graphic take up less time and memory than
storing and unsloring whole screens each time you want a new background.
It's like tiling a kitchen or a bathroom with patterned hies, each tile is the same and only very small in size, but put a lot of them together and you cover a large area with an interesting pattern Most games consist of a lot of different screens, and if these were full size IFF screens, your average arcade gome would be about 3Mb in size. Therefore the easy way out is to moke small square graphics, called tiles, and paste these on to the screen over and over. This means that, say you have a graphic of a wall, in which most of the tiles are the same except for the one which has a lamp
fitting, a bit of moss or a door in it. This means that you can build the whole wall from just five tiles, repeating them over and over as you go along, and just vorying the type of tile you put down to odd a little bit of interest.
The icons are put to the screen in what we'd call 'replace mode', so anything on the screen will be erased by the new graphic. This is distinct from the modes for, say, sprites and bobs which don't interfere with the background at all.
(Note: Sprites and bobs will move over icon backgrounds with the ease they would over a full screen IFF graphic ) Icons, as we've alreody explained, are the more permanent way of storing backgrounds os memory banks of small portions or tiles of graphics, and this is the most memory effective way of creating backgrounds.
You can get an icon tile from on IFF file like you can with bobs or blocks, but the best way is lo create your icon tiles in an editor of some sort and save them as a bank. You can create them in SprileX or a similar Bob program, and if the editor doesn't save as Icons you can always run the resultant bob bank GET AMOS FOR CHEAP The tutorial on these pages ta designed to twtp you get the moct from the programming language AMOS. If you don't have AMOS, but wouM Mke to have a go at programming on your own, you're In luck became Amfea Format featured the complete AMOS program on the January
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MASTERING AMOS OCTOBER 1 993 TECH HELP IS AT HAND IF YOU NEED IT through o program like ICON CONV.AMOS by Shadow Software To save you the trouble if you can't find a program to do the job, here is how to write your own simple icon grabber: Flash Off : Cls 0 Shared N.X,Y,X1,X2,Y1,Y2 First the usual set-up guff, plus a little file requester call to load a picture.
This picture should be some back ground patterns you wish lo grab, and in IFF format from a program like Deluxe Point.
N 1 DirS=”dtO:” F$ FselSC* .iff*. 'Choose an IFF file”) Load Iff F$ ,0 The main loop below lets you grab an area and store the variables of the start and finish positions so the area can be grabbed as an Icon.
To XX Mouse : Y-Y Mouse If Mouse Click-*1 Then _START If Mouse Click=%l0 Then X$ InkeyS If X$ -s' Then _SAVE IjOOP Procedure _START XI X Screen(0,X) : Y! Y Screen(0,Y) Shoot End Proc Procedure _END X2=X Screen(0,X) : Y2- Screen(0,Y) _GRABTT End Proc The two variables are then fed to the GRAB procedure which uses the GET ICON command lo store the icon into a bank.
Procedure _GRABIT Gel Icon N.X1.Y1 To X2.Y2 Bel I Inc N End Proc and finally your bank is saved to disk using the file requester again Procedure _SAVE FS FselS ( ”* -abk”, ", 'Save icon bank”) Save F$ ,2 End Proc To grab an icon using the program you press the left button at the top left corner of the icon, and press the right button at the bottom right cornet The left button press is confirmed by a Shoot sound, and the right by a Bell sound. The icon is then grabbed into an icon in bank 2. The number of the icon is given by the variable N, and this is incremented as you go to ploce the icon
in the next slot along in the bonk.
Finally, when you are ready to save off the icon bank, press the 'a' key, and the save requester will pop up, allowing you to save the bank to disk as any filename you choose.
This isn’t the best program you can make, but it's short and it shows you the way you would do it if you were going lo write a more complex util for this purpose.
Living in a Blocks AMOS also provides you with what it calls Screen Blocks, and these are just like Icons except that they ore really only temporary screen shapes.
Blocks aren't stored with your program and cannot be saved to a memory bank. There's no real need to save them either, as they are grabbed from the screen and chances are that you have the screen from which the block was grabbed This short program demonstrates the grabbing of a Screen Block and moving il about in real time: Load Iff ”your picture.iff”,0 First load a picture and make sure it goes into screen 0 by appending the command with “,0".
For XO To 7 For Y-0 To 9 Get Block X*10 Y*1,X* 32,Y*20,32,20 Next Y Next X Next a loop, or a pair of nested loops which grab a block from the screen to Put Block Rnd(48)t1,End(Screen Width)41,Rnd(Screen Height)41 loop And finally a loop to randomly place that block to the screen. Of course, once you know that the command is grabbing the correct area of the screen for the block, you could grab it under the main screen in screen 1 or similar, so the user doesn't see the grab happen.
Danger, danger!
You can also use blocks to good effect in slightly more technical programs. Take an alert box, for example. The block covering the words in this program can be recovered using block technology. .
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Locate 0,10 : Centre *Hah!
Can't write over me...” This sets up the basic screen to give us something lo print over. Then we trigger the ALERT procedure and wait for o key to finish the demo _ALERT Wait Key Next the ALERT procedure itself, which starts simply by specifying the area of the block to be saved Procedure _Ai.ERT W= 160 : H 100 : X = 80 : Y=50 The GET BLOCK command grabs the area which is about to be overwritten and hold il temporarily in memory.
Get Cblock 1,X,Y,W+16,H»16 Next we draw the alert over the text previously saved You will notice how the box is the same size and location as the bit we just rescued Paper 0 : Pen 2 Ink 0 : Bar Xo.Y-6 To XvW-S.Y-H.S Ink 0 : Bar X,Y To XrW, Y+H Ink 2 : Box X-41,Y* 1 To XrW-l,Y*H-1 full ot AMOS hints and tips, plus a technical help telephone number you can call to help you figure out any problems you have with your AMOS programs Club members can also claim discounts on AMOS software, particularly programs tram Shadow Software such as Cteat and Sprite*.
Locate X TextlXI.Y Text(Y)* 2 : Cent re "Underneath!! !"
Locate x Text(X.W 2)-3.Y Text (Y-tH) -4 OCTOBER 1 993 MASTERING AMOS XB=X Graphic(X Curs)-7 : YB-Y Graphic(Y Curs)-7 Print Borders("Yo bro! ", 2) ; Next we have to reserve zone ond set zone to wait for the mouse lo click on our new text click box.
Reserve Zone 1 Set Zone l.XB.YB To X GraphiclX Curs)*7,Y Using the blocks with AMOS, you can create effects using any IFF picture. Just pick your favourite - this choice ol Image does suggest something about the writer's mental state!
THOSE LISTINGS IN FULL Wt-'m I ran Gran Get Icon N*Xl»Yi To GraphiclY Curs)*16 While 0=0 While Mouse Key .0 : Wend Z=Mouse Zone the little instruction above checks for mouse clicks and if they are detected in the right place, a new box is printed over the top Paper 2 : Pen 0 Locate X Text(X-W 2)-3,Y Text (Y+llI -4 Print Borders("Okay", 2) Pen 0 : Paper 2 End Proc Procedure _SAVE F$ -FseiS I"*.abk*, ", "Save icon bank*) Save F$ .2 End Proc then a little noise is mode Play 10.40 : 0-1 End rf Wend ond finally the block we saved at the beginning using Get Block is replaced over the mess we just made
When you click on the clickbox, which is a complete AMOS construct rather than any kind of automatic alert box, it will go away leaving the words underneath intact.
Open the blocks This program does a neat trick with on area of screen. The effect is not unlike a TV digital effect, where a picture is moved around the screen.
You could do this belter if you loaded another screen under the current one, mess up the top screen with
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Wait Key If you're intending lo move anything Rem Blocks Alert
Paper 7 : F.ash Off : Curs locate 0,10 : Centre "Hah!
Can’t write over me..." _ALERT Wait Key Procedure _ALEET W= 160 : H=100 t X=80 s Y=S0 Get Cblock 1 X Y W*16.H- 16 Paper 0 : Pen 2 Ink 0 : Bar X»S,Y*5 To X*W+5. Y*H-»5 Ink 0 : Bar X.Y To XtW,Y*H Ink 2 : Box X*1,Y*1 To X*W-1,Y»H-1 Locate X Iext(X),Y Text(Y!*2 : Centre "Under ;he oox" Locate X 'Text iX*W 2l-l, Text(Y.HI-4 XB; X GraphiclX Curs)-7 YB=Y GraphiclY Curs)-7 Print Bordersl*Yo bro!'.21; Reserve Zone 1 Set Zone l.XB.YB To X NOW WE'VE FINISHED THE COURSE. HOW ABOUT SOME- FURTHER READING It you waul to read more about AMOS, wo Insist that you get the manual and s»am pies dsk from our mad
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Around the screen the double buffering is a good idea, as this makes the transitions smoother all round. Just a little wail key on the end to make sure that everything has stopped.
For X=0 To 120 Step 16 Put Block l.X.Y Put Block 1,Y,X A 0-320 loop in 16 step increments, followed by put block commands to stamp the chunk of the IFF picture on the screen.
Screen Swap : Wait Vbl Next More screen smoothing bits later, we have a smooth ond very weird effect, which looks fetching on a digitised pic. Simple but very effective and the variations are endless.
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VISA Deluxe Music CONSTRUCTION SET 2 OCTOBER 1 993 MUSIC
SOFTWARE Tried your hand at art with Deluxe Paint, and fancy
moving on to music? Jason 'Amadeus' Holborn reveals a
beginner's dream.
31 I Cntor Rost I Rdwsnc r Deluxe Music 2 uses a conventional score notation approach: music is displayed in the same format as sheet music. This is greaSt for beginners, because you can type in tunes straight from the songsheet.
Checking the score - how to get your sounds on the screen Iff j_i pi MIIM-I it i * 1 Iul..lULiUl..JUL..JULJl r & 1 i mmJLJLJLlLJLJLJLJUJ 3 Once you're happy with your score set-up.
You can start entering notes. There are three ways of doing this: (a) record them in step time from a MIDI keyboard (b) click on the keys of the on-screen keyboard or (c) place them right on the staff with the mouse.
2 Once you have all the staves you need, you can fine-tune them to suit your own needs. Deluxe Music 2 allows you to apply a both a time- and a key-signature to your staves and you can change a particular staff's 'clef' to treble, bass, alto or tenor.
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years later. Electronic Arts have redressed the balance with
the 1 Deluxe Music has a default set-up that gives you two
staves to work on - 'treble' and 'bass' - but you can add more
manually by using the 'Stave Settings' requester. Just click on
'Add Staff' for each extra one that you require.
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2. 8 launch of Drluxr Musir 2. Possible the most long-overdue
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Drluxr Musir 2 is a powerful composition tool that lets you create music using either the Amiga's own internal sound capabilities or any number of synthesisers and samplers (or a mixture of both) all connected to the machine via a standard serial port MIDI interface. You could, in theory, control a bank of MIDI synthesisers and sound modules with Drluxr Musir and use the Amiga as a sort of sample replay module Many musicians (Renegade SoundVVave and. Supposedly. Paula Abdul) use the Amiga its a sound sampler. OK. So the sound quality isn't quite up to Fanlight standards, hut many musicians
prefer the 'grittiness' of Amiga samples.
This package is something of a departure from the SnunrlTrtirkrr clones and MIDI sequencers that have become the standard composition tools for Amiga musicians. It uses a conventional score notation-based approach that even 'real' musicians should be able to understand.
Music is displayed in the same formal as traditional sheet music, and you can even print out your scores. There is a lot more to creating sheet music than simplv plonking notes down on to a stave, hut even professional score writers should find that Drluxr Musir 2 has everything they need to create good-looking sheet music.
I he Drluxr Musir 2screen is split into three windows, the largest of which holds vour music in score format. The Score window is undotihtcdlv the heart of the system since vou can enter music simplv bv ‘drop- ping' notes into the stave. What's more, vou can have several scores open at any one time (each with its own window) and cut and paste sections of music back and forth between scores.
Next to the Score window is the Tools window, which gives vou instant access to a selection of conunonlv used score editing tools. The window is split into two parts - at the top are six gadgets that allow you to select notes, remove them, insert new notes, 'beam notes', adjust the loudness of individual groups of notes and add lyrics directly on to the sheet. Clicking on any one of these gadgets will bring up a submenu for precise control over the tool in question, beneath these are three icons which look like tape transport controls.
They allow vou to play the whole score, play just a bar or stop play.
Running along the bottom of the screen is a window containing a piano keyboard. If you're not too hot at reading music (who remembers Every (mod Boy Deserves Favour and FACE from music classes?), you can enter tittles bv clicking on the appropriate key with the mouse.
On playback. Drluxr Musir 'plays' the music on the keyboard too.
(T- MUSIC SOFTWARE OCTOBER 1 993 Included with Defuie Music 2 is a selection ot classical scores including Passanag ie (better known as House of ffie Rising Sun by the Animals).
• Although it won't appeal to all musicians - writing music in
score format takes considerably longer - it' ideal for most
home users. Even if you're the sort of person who thinks that a
quaver is a cheesy crisp! * 6 Deluxe Music 2 provides a
comprehensive set of 'cut and paste' tools that allow you to
select a section of music and transfer it to another part of
the sheet. The program's paste facility will adjust the
positions of notes if they are transferred to a stave of a
different clef.
Music can Ik- entered into a score in three ways. If you own a MIDI keyboard, you can enter music directly 011 to a stave simply by pressing the keys. Don’t get too excited though you can't enter |H-rloriitance data in real time. Kach lime you wish lo enter a note ol a different duration, you have to change the note type.
If you don’t own a MIDI keylM ard, you can still enter note data by using the onscreen keyboard - set the note tv|K- that you wish to enter, click on the keys and Drluxs Musk will automatically stream the note data directly onto the stave. There is even a ‘Chords’ option but In-ar in mind that unless you own an external sound module, the iiuiiiIht of sounds that you can play at once is severely limited by the Amiga's own sound hardware. Having said that, the program I k*s seem to automatically combine chords through a single- sound channel which is very clever indeed.
Finally, notes can Ik- entered by dropping them direc tly on to the stave using the mouse. However, you will need to know a little music theory (si e ol rests, etc) lo Ik- able to get notes on to the slave- ill the positions that you want them.
5 In order to tidy up your score. Deluxe Music 2 allows you to 'beam' notes. Beaming a group of notes together indicates that they belong to the same beat of the bar. Selected notes can also be tied or have characteristics such as their pitch and timing altered.
[k rilrto | cccriirccir! Pticrgfr | plrikrgr | jpfirftr jfeoiirto- j Score editing is pr ¦tty comprehensive ttK . At its simplest level, you can remove individual notes by clicking on the offending note and then selecting '(ait' from tin- pull-down menus. If you need to remove a whole section of notes, all you BDH-: have lo do is lo drag out a rectangle around the section of music, jusl like you would do 10 highlight a selection of icons on die Workbench. The program offers lull culling, copying and pasting of notes, so you can build up a sequence and copy ii over and over again.
Selected notes can also Ik- lied and beamed. You can even adjust iheir pilch and liming. An annoying omission, though, is die ability to mule slaves - a standard feature on any MIDI sequencer, hill something that is sadly lacking from most programs of this type.
Imuxr Musir MIDI implementation has undergone a major overhaul. As anyone who used the original release will know, it had a habit ol ignoring program changes and would sometimes lost- notes, Imt version 2 appears to Ik- flawless. Not only tan you lie an instrument to a MIDI channel and program, hut die program will also send MIDI volume messages and synchronise- to a MIDI clock. Any scores created in Imuxr Musir 2 can be saved out in standard MIDI lilt- format (MKF), so there's no reason why you can't port them directly into your sequencer. MKF files can Ik- loaded into Imuxr Musir ttx .
But they often need tidying up.
As a companion to a sequencer, Imuxr Musir is ideal. I he original was something of a |XK r relation to others in the Imuxr range but KA have managed to transform this latest release into a market-leading prtKltict. Although it won't ap|x-al to all musicians (writing music in score format takes considerably longer than it Ick-s with a MIDI sequencer), it's ideal for most home users.
Kvcn if you're the sort of person that thinks that a quaver is a cheesy crisp, you'll find Imuxr Musir 2 a joy to use. 2
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PRO Mini would you like to make a start in video titling?
Jason Holborn has a gadget that could help... IF YOU'RE SOMETHING 1;... By no means new on the Amiga scene, this is the MiniGEN in its latest incarnation.
Amiga veteran, then chances are the MiniGF.N name rings a tw-ll or two. The original was created over six years ago by a company railed Applied Systems and Peripherals (ASAP to its friends) and was the first ‘truly affordable' (cheap!) Genlock to Ik- launched for the Amiga.
Back then, genlocks cost an arm and a leg. But after MiniGEN came a whole new generation of low-cost video devices including genlocks and chromakeys and.
As often seems to happen with groundbreaking ideas. MiniGEN w-as quickly overtaken by the imitators that followed it.
Although ASAP are no longer with us.
The MiniGEN has now been taken up by Lola Marketing, a new name on the Amiga scene. Not only have I xila taken on the original MiniGEN (see 'Genlocking for £50!' Below), but they've also launched a brand-new version that aims to snatch back the budget genlock throne that once belonged exclusively to MiniGEN.
The heavily updated MiniGEN Pro has significantly more features and yet it sells for only a few (rounds more than the I launch price of the original MiniGEN.
Isn't progress wonderful!
For your £150 you get a very stylish looking genlock that connects to the Amiga's RGB video port via a standard 23-pin video cable, which is included. As a result. MiniGEN Pro can be positioned next to your Amiga keyboard, giving you quick and easy access lo its many controls without haring to perform painful yogalike contortions.
I he MiniGEN Pro rasing is made of solid metal although it feels rather light.
Though the casing is only slightly smaller than a piece of A4 paper, the actual genlock circuit board is minisc ule Getting MiniGEN Pro up and running is very simple indeed. All you need to do is connect a standard composite video signal to the 'Video In' socket using any video lead terminated with a BNC socket (it's nice to see l.ola haven't gone for tacky Phono' connectors) and then feed the output (Video Out) into either a second video deck or a preview monitor.
Sadly MiniGEN Pro can't handle S-VHS video signals, but one feature in its favour is the addition of an RGB video passthru. Something that was sadly lacking from the original.
As you'd expect from a genlock of this price. MiniGEN Pro does include the now obligatory fade dissolve controller which allows you lo perform very professional- looking fades simply by adjusting a slider control on the genlock fascia. This fader works in all of the genlock's three modes, although you’ll get different results in each mode.
The three modes on offer are Graphics Only, Keyed Video (Amiga graphics overlayed onto a video signal) and Video Only. Performing a fade in Keyed mode will cause the overlayed graphics to fade in and out. But in other modes the entire picture will fade to black.
MiniGEN Pro is a vast improvement over the original, but I can't help thinking that the market has moved on just too much to make this latest release anything other than average. Sure it's cheap, but then so are RocTec's excellent range of genlocks - the Rocfk-n RGStMX!, for example. Can be picked up for under £I(X) these days and even the RocGen Plus costs aboul the same as MiniGEN Pro.
In performance there's very little to separate RocGen Plus from MiniGEN Pro.
But I still think that I'd plump for thc RocTec unit simply because of its higher quality of design and manufacture.
MiniGEN Pro’s fader control is more positive in use. But the RocTer unit also offers the added benefit of compatibility with RocTec's astonishingly good RocKev chroma-key system. Unless you have some strange hatred for RocTec products, MiniGEN Pro is probably the second best in this market.
DESCRIPTION Entry-level budget genlock MANUFACTURER Applied Systems and Peripherals Lola Marketing, 0858 880182 PRICE £149.95 KELEA9E September '93 Since all genlocks operate in real time, you could hardly fault it here.
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VIDEO VideoPilot V330 Do you want to be the next Spielberg?
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system, will Jason Holborn get a PC rating?
Configuring VideoPilot - how the set-up controls work 3 Up to four different video decks can be connected to VideoPilot at the same time, which means that you can extract video footage from three different source tapes simultaneously (the other deck is, naturally, the 'destination', for recording to).
Even with just a single deck, multiple source tapes can still be used - when you come to assemble your production, VideoPilot will simply prompt you to insert the correct source tape.
1 Before you can start editing your videos, you must first tell VideoPilot what type of video decks you wish to use as source and destination decks. VideoPilot supports a whole range of different video recorder standards including infa-red controllers, Sony 'LANC' and the JVC 3.5mm mini-jack.
If you're lucky enough to own an ICC- compatible BVU U-Matic decks, these too can be used simply by connecting them to VideoPilot's 33-pin parallel connector.
THE AMIGA CONTINUES to thrive as the choice for video amateurs.
Even professional movie-makers and TV stations use the Amiga because it is cheap and powerful - Babylon 5, Quantum Isa ).
The Chart Show anil BskyB's Gamrs World are proof of the Amiga's track record in the professional video world.
With the Amiga and a genlock, you can add titles and animations.
What you can't do is actual editing, without resorting to dedicated (reail 'expensive') video hardware.
(.heap and cheerful Amiga editing systems are nothing new. But V3i have managed what many saw as impossible - a profcssional-qu.ilily editing system that can easily slot into any Amiga desktop video set-up. Whether you're using a simple VCR-plus-camcorder combination, or high-end 'lli-8' video decks. VideoPilot is virtually guaranteed to work with it.
Tire key to this high level of hardware compatibility is the fact that the VideoPilot uses what's called a 'modular' method to control any VCR or camcorder connected to it. It supports the four most common methods of controlling video hardware - infa-red. Panasonic 5-pin edit cable, two forms of the Sony 'LANC socket (5-pin mini-DIN or 2.5mm stereo mini-jack) and JVC's 3.5mm remote socket.
2 If you're not quite sure whether the deck that you're using is fully compatible with the control system that you've selected, VideoPilot will allow you to test it just to make sure. All you have to do is to press the appropriate buttons on the VideoPilot hardware and the video deck should respond to whichever function you're testing, though it won't actually set the video deck going.
If the deck doesn't respond, then you know something is wrong.
The heart of the VideoPilot system is a control unit connected to the Amiga via the serial port. It sits in front of your Amiga, and is based on a professional video editing deck, so it includes all the controls vou could want to search backwards and forwards through video footage, and assign edit points without controlling the video decks manually.
Sitting in the centre of the VideoPilot fascia is a jog shuffle controller that allows you to step through a paused video with almost single-frame accuracy.
Obviously you're going to need a source video deck capable of handling single-frame jogging and even then, the accuracy of frame jogs depends upon the qualitv of your source VCR's jog facility. In many respects, the weak link in VideoPilot is not the hardware, but the video decks that you can use with it - if you use a nalT decks, then expect naif results.
The rear of die VideoPilot control unit features a bewildering array of connections.
Unlike (avid Disk's Video Director.
VideoPilot can connect up to four decks simultaneously, so if you wish to compile footage that's spread across several tapes.
The vast majority of control systems used bv modem VHS. S-YHS. 8mm and Hi-8 camcorders and video recorders are in one of those four formats, so chances are the video hardware you already own will be compatible with VideoPilot.
In addition, a number of professional- qualitv BVT" and U-Matic decks can be used too. Providing these feature a 33-pin parallel connector.
As always, check with V3i before taking the plunge - even if the video decks that you own are not listed by the VideoPilot software, the chances are vou can use another driver.
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without having to transfer the tape's contents to a separate video tape.
VideoPilot gives you the option of having three source tapes on-line simultaneously.
In addition, ii also provides an additional set of outputs for previewing vour production on a separate monitor.
VideoPilot can Ik- used in a number of ways. If you own nothing more than an Amiga and a couple of compatible video decks, then ii will function as a stand-alone video editor.
To gel the most from VideoPilot. However. A genlock is a must. With a genlock connected, you can add lilies to your movies using VideoPilot’s on-line tiller.
For professional users. VideoPilot can handle audio video processors (small black boxes that provide colour correction and image enhancement) and even full blown audio video mixing desks (for cross fading between video sources) such as Panasonic's AVE5 or MX 10.
VideoPilol cannot directly control video mixers, but V3i are soon to release an add-on that will enable you to set up automatic cross-fades between video sources under software control.
Setting up VideoPilot isn't simply a mailer of connecting together all the various cables. In order lo gel VideoPilol lo communicate with your source and video decks, ii must first be told how to do so through ihe VideoPilol software.
VideoPilol needs to know a variety of
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Video lo a second tape, thus degrading both picture and sound quality. The modification of your NCR to use this system costs about £100.
If you choose to control your VCR through infa-red remote, and yours is not listed among the many different makes and models supported. VideoPilot allows you to literally 'teach' the controller howto communicate with vour VCR. This is different facts about each video deck connected to the VideoPilot control unit - the type of control system to he used (Sonv ‘lANC. JVC 3.5mm or Infa-rcd etc), the type of cable to be used (the Sony I A ( standard, for example, uses both 5-pin mini-DIS and 2.5mm stereo jack connectors) and lastly, the type of time code svstem to be used.
Time code is very, very important to VideoPilot. Most video decks and camcorders can read and write a time code signal which allows several video devices to be synchronised precisely. VideoPilot offers a variety of different time code formats including VITC (Vertical Interval Time Code). RCTC (Rewritcable Consumer Time Code) and I.TC (Linear Time Code).
Even if vour video deck doesn't offer one of these time codes, any standard stereo video deck can be modified bv V3i to use Linear Time Code. What's more, the great thing about I.TC is that il can be dubbed directly on to existing video (outage without having to transfer the 5 If you are lucky enough to own a video deck that offers more features than the infa-red control setup provided by VideoPilot and yet you wish to use an infra-red system rather than a cable, you can extend VideoPilot's knowledge of your video deck by ‘teaching' it how to control your deck. All you have to do is to point
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With VideoPilot now configured, you're readv to start editing your video tapes. I'nlcss your source tapes alrcadv hav'e a time code signal, you need lo start bv laving down a time code 'stripe' on to each and every source tape you intend to extract video footage from.
This isn't as difficult a task as it sounds
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What's more, a tape can be 'striped' complete with its own identification number, so VideoPilot will be able to distinquish lietwcen different tapes simply by reading the tape's identification number front its time code signal.
With your source tapes prepared, you can now get started with your edits. The VideoPilot software presents you with what is known in the video industry as an ‘edit decision list' (although VideoPilot calls it a 'Shot list’). On this list, you detail one by one the 'shots’ that make up your video.
A shot is simply a continuous sequence of video footage that runs for anything from just a few frames to several minutes.
Each shot has associated with it a time- code start and stop time that specifics where on the source tape the shot can he found and how long it should run.
Adding a clip is done using a .technique that VideoPilot calls 'marking' - so called because it envolves marking the start and end point of the shot using the 'Return* button on the VideoPilot control unit. This can Ik- done either 'on the fly’ - you tap the mark button to select the start of the shot and then tap it again to mark the end - or. For more precise edits, vou can fine-tune edit points manually just by typing in a new time-code reading.
VideoPilot's jog controller comes in particularly handy here since you can single-step through a length of footage and mark the exact frame that you want.
A gotwl example of this is when you need to mark a section of loolage that starts or ends abruptly - if you were to try lo mark it manuallv. Several (rather imprecise) attempts would definitely be required. Bv making use of VideoPilot's jog controller, however, you can single step through your footage to find the exact start and end position for that particular edit.
Continued overleaf r Once a series of 'shots' has been defined, you can rearrange them to your heart’s content and even preview the production at any time to see how its coming along.
VideoPilot also offers 'special effects' that can be used to add that bit of extra dazzle to your video productions. These include still-frame display, external caption insert (only for systems with dedicated titling hardware), slow motion replay (Sony VHOO only). A B roll (crosslading between two video signals using a video mixer) and genlock titles or graphics.
The latter of these is partirularlv useful if vou’re lucky enough to own a second Amiga since you can connect the video output from the second machine lo VideoPilot. You could, for example, use the second Amiga to display titles produced by a dedicated video tiller (Stain.
Lor example) or even 24-bit animations!
VideoPilot does have a reasonably good video tiller built in. It's not in the same league as a dedicated package such as Stain, but it can produce scroll, toll and page-based titles from a choice of up to four fonts in four different colours.
The VideoPilot tiller uses standard Amiga bitmapped and Workbench 2.0 outline fonts, so you can change the fonts to suit yourself. V3i claim that the tiller will Ik- enhanced soon, so let s hope they take advantage of the new AGA chip set. An upgrade is certainly needed - at the moment, the titler will not work on an Amiga 1200 or 4000 unless you select the original chip set from the 'Boot' menu.
Finally, once all your shots have Ireen compiled and you're happy with the flow of your video production, all that is left is to assemble your shots into the finished master tape. Phis is dead easy - all you do is select 'Assemble' from tin- pull down menus and VideoPilot jumps backwards and forwards through your source tapes, laying down your shots to the destination deck while you twiddle your thumbs.
If your video production uses more than one source tape and you only have one source deck connected. VideoPilot will halt assembly (with a beep noise-) and prompt you to insert the appropriate tape.
When you have, on it goes.
One particularly nice feature is that VideoPilot allows you to build up a video production gradually, so you don’t have to enter all the 'shots’ for a massive epic in one go. Instead, you can build the finished thing from short sequences of shots.
The main criticism levelled at the original VideoPilot V320 was that it did not allow you to perform 'insert editing' on an existing master tape, hut Vsi have- addressed this with the V3S0.
AMIGA FORMAT VIDEOPILOT V33Q resents I sew non | I TUT POSITION 1 mal Stwrmg "R_alpfi the Tortoise os tfve tcrrifijmg T-T ex Trk i 3 sib i If you need to replace a section of video footage with a new shot, all you have to do is to tell it where on the master tape the new sequence is to be inserted, whereon the source tape the new sequence can be found and VideoPilot will do the rest.
The new shot has to be exactly the same length, however - if it is short, you'll see a noticeable glitch' on your master tape.
JIC5»« T| I » II c""“- II EDIT || EDIT SETTINGS IN 11PIUETTE I LINE || ESC II PROJECT JlQWSHKflJ ||PR£UiEU f ON Built into VideoPilot is a quick and easy video title generator that allows you to create titles using any standard Amiga bitmapped font. It's no competition for Scala, but for simple stuff it's ideal.
The V3i VideoPilot mav not be the cheapest video add-on for the Amiga, but it's one of the most powerful and certainlv one of the most useful.
If you use your Amiga for desktop video and you need to be able to edit video footage down into more manageable morsels, then you won't go far wrong with this system. OK. So there tut- cheaper alternatives available (Gold Disk's Video Director, for example, at £149) but the VideoPilot produces virtually frame- accurate cuts with absolutely no glitches.
What's more, its modular design means that it's a system that will grow with you - if. For example, you deride to upgrade your video decks at some time in the future, you're virtually guaranteed that VideoPilot will work with your new hardware without modification.
The inclusion of tut ICC bus is a great addition too now that more and more domestic and professional video decks are starting to support this relatively new standard. When ICC! Does become established fully. VideoPilot will be able to directly control a whole host of new wave video hardware including mixing desks and perhaps even Amiga genlocks!
VideoPilot works by allowing you to define a series of 'shots’, each of which labels a single sequence of video footage on any one of several source tapes. Defining a shot is simply a matter of starting your source tape and then marking the start and end points by pressing the 'Return' key on the control unit.
In conclusion then. VideoPilot earns its Format Cold award with Using colours.
It's a solidly built piece of hardware bac ked up by some great software that gets the job done to a damn near professional standard. Highly recommended. 'I) EDIT n PRNR IR1 R m n ?flu & LINE SHOT EffECT PUT CUT IN ?
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Not well designed, but documents all features in extensive detail.
ACCESSIBILTY • • • Beginners will find setting up frustrating but the rest is child's play.
Packed with just about every video editing tool that you could want.
VALUE ••• Expensive, but if you're serious about video it's money well spent.
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* * There are other video editing systems for the Amiga, but none
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It's quick, it's simple to use, and gives you glitch-free results. ** m Workbench tools, commodities and utilities: what they are, where to find them, what they do and how to use them!
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IF YOU'RE LEARNING u program ilu- Amiga in assembler, then you'll probably be familiar willi ihe concept of disassemblers: basically they lake the binary instructions otu of a computer's memory and turn them into their assembly language equivalents.
Resource is a powerful disassembler, and it differs from its competitors in that it can produce extremely comprehensive listings from machine rode. Unlike a conventional disassembler, it can change lots of the strange numbers, such as addresses, to their textual equivalents, making the result easier to follow and understand. You can even reassemble the results il you wish, having altered them accordingly. Resource works with the entire file al one go. Which means it's very memory hungry, so if you are producing a fully 'resourced* disassemble of a 12k file. I40K may Ik- required. .Vs well
as disassembling files off disk. Resource can also read disk blocks directly off floppy, and disassemble directly front memorv.
Resource's menus look daunting al first, bill the initial lask I set il was to turn back inlo assembler a simple program I wrote years ago. This look only a couple of minutes!
Once you have loaded the file to be disassembled Resource works l scanning an entire file and deciphering what is data, and what is code. By selecting Disassemble' from the project menu you can instruct Resource to guess data types and make il easier to read. If you're a competent assembly language programmer, you will then see a call to OpenI.ibrarv to open the Amiga's Intuition library. You ran then instruct Resource to show OpenI.ibrarv on screen rather than the levs informative machine code Instruction - (-$ 228.al ). It then stores the Intuition library base at the location
11)1.00(1(1004. Resource can refer to this as _lnlBase.
And it then changes every reference in the program. It's then possible to change every Although this program can in theory run in " I2K, it’s not really recommended. You can't do anything of any use with Resource unless you've gol more than I Mb. When I was using the program I couldn't disassemble a program ol 300K with 5Mh ol tree last RAM. Which just goes to show how much memory ibis program can use. Although difficult lo use al first, you soon gel used to il. It's a powerful development tool, and if you are serious about programming the Amiga in any language. But particularly assembler.
Resource will he verv useful for von. O call to the* Intuition library to its proper name. In the example illustrated here, there is one call and it's to 'Screen- ToFront’. With a little simple tidving the results can be seen in the bottom picture.
This example only look a little over two minutes to do. And I hail not even read past the '(retting Started' section of the manual, which is a good sign.
Wli.it this utility can't do. However, is recreate the comments or ilu- lalx-l names “ Resource is a powerful disassembler, and it differs from its competitors in that it can produce extremely comprehensive listings from machine code."
Ol the original program (but if a program was compiled with Debug information, some bits might Ix- able to Ik* recovered).
Ton will still have to figure out what does what and create label names yourself, though tesounrricx-s make ibis process easv.
Hen- is a disassembler dial's hang up to date - il can operate in both the new and old Motorola 1)8000 syntax (llmugh personally. I lend lo switch hack to die old syntax since its the onlv one I understand).
DON'T BE NAUGHTY... You can do some pretty amazing things with Resource, and in case you have not already realised, it provides you with a way of reverse engineering other people's programs and seeing how they work, maybe even altering them, and recreating them at a later date. This is illegal in most cases, and if you produce further altered copies of a copyrighted program by using Resource, this is piracy.
A lot of commercial applications (word processors and so on) come with licence agreements that forbid you to disassemble them. Programs like Resource are serious applications, and are designed for Amiga developers to help them make the most of their development environment and should not be misused.
A little bit of labelling and processing produces a result which is much more readable by mere mortals. None of those nasty addresses here!
VERDICT_
* * If you're serious about programming the Amiga, this could be
the only disassembler that you will ever want to use, but it
is rather expensive. ** An exceptionally good disassembler,
if you need one VALUE • • It's the best at what it does, but
for the price you have to need it badly.
Large and well organised, with a good index.
ACCESSIBILTY • • • i You should be oble to get it up and running in about five minutes.
Helios Software, 0623 554828 PRICE £130 The Puzzle Factory r * a Tit k L1 v Very quick indeed - but it eats memory like there's no tomorrow.
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So if you need colour images in your DTP documents, this could be the thing... HIDEOUS NASTY BUGS The current version of the ColourKit software (1.31) has some rather nasty bugs. Foremost amongst these is a problem with the pallete on greyscale grabs. Files saved in the same screen format (resolution, number of colours, etcetera) as they have been viewed in have corrupted pa Metes which mean that your images come out all black or white. Migraph have promised an upgraded version within two months which will get around this, but In the meantime, if the screen and save formats are different
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YOU MAY GET a certain feeling of deja mi when looking at the photo of this scanner, hut rest assured that it's not the same product as the AlfaColor scanner reviewed in issue 50. Although the scanning head itself is the same matt black model, evert other aspect of the scanner has changed.
The scanner head plugs into an interface box. Which then plugs into the parallel port of your Amiga. Power for the scanner is supplied by an external power supply which feeds into the interface box.
The scanner comes with two programs ColourKit (a scanning and drawing program) and Migraph OCR |r (an Optical Character Recognition program). Also included, is a rather useful metal scanning guide, which ensures that your scanner stavs on a straight line.
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Unfortunately, this has not been carried through to this model, so if vou want to print out your results, you will need to unplug the scanner and plug in the printer.
The scanning software is very good, and produces excellent results in the new AGA modes. Once the scan has been completed, the program processes the data and produces the final image.
This can be in anything from 2 colours to HAM-8, at a resolution of up to iOO dots per inch (dpi). However, the high quality colour modes are limited to a maximum of 200 dpi. There is also one serious bug in the program - see 'hideous nasty bugs'.
As you can see from the images on this page, this scanner can produce some excellent results. These are much better than the Alfascan. Due to the much superior image processing software. However, the image quality depends on the quality of the photo being scanned. If you're trying to scan a very dark photo or something out of a newspaper you're not going to get a good result.
The scanned images arc not quite up lo the standard of a flatbed scanner such us the Epson GT-f 500 (A TI - 97 |x-r cent).
This scanner is £100 more expensive than the AlfaColor. But the image quality is belter. With stronger colours and higher contrast. There's none of the "washed out' look to images that often goes with scanners of this type. If you can afford an extra £100. It's well worth it. The other obvious competition, the Power colour hand scanner is £60 cheaper, but it's still not (al the time of writing) AGA compatible. O Micrograph Colorburst VERDICT_ " Capable of producing excellent results, although the bugs in the software are irritiating. Once these are fixed, it will be a serious force to be
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any do you own7 ANIMATOR 4 MAYBE IT'S A remnant til our
ancestral tree-top life-style, but one of tbe most joyous
experiences is the sensation of Might - whether gliding for
real, in a dream, or via a computer screen. If you fancy trying
this latter sensation, loads of Might simulators are available,
but even the best of these sees you winging above a pretty
minimalist landscape. For a more- realistic buzz. Try an
animating landscape generator such as Sceneiy Animator from
Natural Graphics.
Unlike rival Vitta Pro.
Scenery Animator can include any object directly within the landscape model.
This can be sized, rotated and animated. The result is not as good as in a full 3D modelling and animation system like Real3D or Imagine (no shadows or smoothing), but in a landscape ’fly-past’ the effect is stunning.
Landscape generators usually operate on one or more of three basic principles - DEM data, fractals, or painted colour maps. DI'.M stands for Digital Elevation Model, a sel of digital data describing a teal landscape. Scenery Animator comes with a few samples, all in the I’S (this is die standard formal used hv ihe US Geological Survey). But a range of other sets are available from Natural Graphics and elsewhere.
Fractals are mathematically derived patterns lhal can vary randomlv according to a ‘seed’ number you supply. Tbe result is a randomly generated landscape over which you have little control.
Painted colour maps use colour intensity from an IFF image to define contour height, interpolating contours between ihe bands for a nice smooth landscape. This means that using a paint program it is perIf you fancy flying over exotic landscapes go no further. Brian Larkman goes on a flight of fancy... fectly possible to design almost any landscape feature.
Sceneiy Animator uses only the first two ol these techniques, letting you choose from the more picturesquely bumpy bits of the USA. Or make your own at random.
There is no facility to use IFF ’maps'.
Without this ability lo load IFFs it is impossible to create alien landscapes, or custom build your own local area. This limits sceneiy generator's usefulness and long-term appeal. Flying down Yoscmite or around the remains of Ml St Helens palls eventually (but if Wembley Stadium is dying below you and a giant cow is round the next bend, there can be some excitement).
But we are Hy ing ahead of ourselves!
Once you have loaded or 'generated' your landscape, it is time to decide its characteristics. Wild empty scenery is fine for a aesthete, but most people want a landscape with a particular character. That means trees (woods, forests, clearings, fields), water (lakes, rivers, marshes, waterfalls. Estuaries, inlets, seas, oceans, waves), geology (unusual rock outcrops, cliffs, karsi). And climatic elfects (snow, desert, clouds). Many people will also want man- made things (roads, buildings, dams. Cars, ships, animals, starships), and no program can giie all this, but at least some of these
features should Ik- available.
Scenery Animator prosides a couple of ty|H-s of tree (distributed according lo the steepness of the slope and a percentage cover requester), lakes and oceans, (both Here's how to build yourself a sensational landscape Ithe landscape can be a DEM data file or a fractal random image controlled from this panel. Mountain height and seed can be entered. Use the same seed for each, and any number of landscape blocks can be appended next to each other with edge locations.
2 A whole range of features can be applied to the landscape. You can make it snow, plug for a bit of vegetation cover, trees, or clouds, and if you want to see some water, throw in a few lakes. Here, the various features of the sky are controlled.
3 Objects are loaded into a list of available models using the Project menu. Once on that list an object can be placed on the map screen, sized and rotated, given direction and pitch for animation. The map can be zoomed in out or a position framed to fill the screen.
The scene setting GENERAL CONTROLS - Most of these give access to other control panels. The Map button changes view to a plan map with more control over height and camera position.
It is possible to zoom in to 512x.
PREVIEW WINDOW - Fast rendering version of view from camera.
Clicking once centres view, dragged box defines new window size and position.
PITCH.
If you set up the model right it's fast - but still needs acceleration!
Animating landscape generator Natural Graphics September with waves), snow and clouds, and whatever effects changing the palette can produce. Compared with its main rival.
Visla 1‘rti (.I lb - t 2 per cent), there are not enough features and or controls. I he lack of rivers in particular limits almost everv landscape.
To countei-balance these shortcomings. The latest version of Sfcnri't Animator lets objects in the old Yidco.Ncape CKO format Ik- loaded, rotated, sized and even given direction and pin It to animate them.
This transforms the way the program can Ik- used. Detailed landscapes are nolori- ouslv difficult to make convincing in a dedicated 3D program, especially if you want to animate them. And however limited Sonny Animator's landscapes may be compared with those til Vista l‘it (believe me. They are still pretty wonderful), used as an animated background for a complex and detailed object, the effect is electric.
Talking of animation, this is Sonny Animators strongest card, (.'sing the alternative Map window display, a Bezier curse animation path for the camera can be designed by placing 'key' frames.
At each of these, the height, direction, pitch and focal length of the camera can be controlled. Panning and zooming, swooping and skimming, backward filming and even light contour hugging are- allowed for a pretty bumpy ride.
Alternatively, the camera can be kept pointing at a tangent lo its path. As the camera moves around the curves, it can beset to bank either automatically or by a certain percentage.
Once the key frames are set. All the other frames in the animation are spaced out evenlv along a curve passing smoothlv through the key-frame points, or if required, along a series of straight lines.
Kach key-frame could also be given a frame-count. So that the speed of the animation in various sections could vary, producing ease-in and -out.
All of this llexibilitv sounds pretty complex. But iu use the animation controls arc actuallv simple and intuitive, so almost any effect is easv.
* However limited Scenery Animator’s landscapes may be compared
with those of vista Pro (believe me they are still pretty
wonderful), used as an animated background for a detailed
object the effect is electric. * As well as the camera, the
clouds, objects, ocean level and light direction can all Ik-
animated. You will find ilia! A number ol objects are
provided, including a pretty useless stretch of straight road,
a flower, a balloon, a Stealth fighter plane, and most usefullv
of all. A veiv accurate set ol stats.
Only one other professional-quality landscape generator is currently available for tin- Amiga. Vista I'm. At the end of the dav. The pros and cons of these two programs neatly balance out.
Basically, if you want a single image of a user-defined natural landscape, you should go for Vista 1*1(1. Bill if vou would like to include complex objects modelled in a dedicated 31) program, and you want easv-to-animate flights through vour landscape. Stniny Animator is the choice. As a bird-man, St run', Animator reallv takes tin flight of fancy ! O 70-page book. All you need, with fair reference and tutorial help.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • 4 Easy push-button control screen, animation controls, quick preview.
Excellent animation and rendering, but there are gaps in the modelling.
It costs the same as Vista Pro 3, but lets you include 3D objects too!
* * The animation is superb, flexible and easy to use. True, the
features are limited compared with the competition, but if you
want a thrilling flight over a landscape of your making.
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N1 6HB IF YOU WERE ... check the production line of any big
factory, one ol the litst things you would be likely to come
across is a robot. And that's because Itehind even good robot
there's a computer. The computer behind Switchsolt's new
robot kit could be your Amiga. The kit contains all the parts
you need to build your own robot that can pick up objects,
move them around, and put them somewhere else.
This doesn't sound much, but it’s the basis of all robots: a car building robot may lie a little more complex, but it shares the same concepts as this kit.
The first thing that strikes you is the number of bits, boxes, cogs and lots ol string that come with it. It's certainly not a simple kit. And unfortunately the instructions don't help. All of the information you need is on the two sides of an A-1 sheet, but it's not very well written, and tile illustrations (which are vital for a product like this) are rather few and far between - those that are there aren't particularly well done. This makes the process ol building the arm more difficult, and while building the review model. I have had to strip the arm down and start again several times
either because I've put something in the wrong wav round, or forgotten to put in a washer.
Designed by Switchsoft. Controlled by your Amiga, the robot arm will drive you mad as you try to fathom the instructions.
Included with the kit. One ol these drives one of four sets of cogs which reel in or let out the string attached to the various parts of the arm (inner arm. Outer arm. Grabber and rotation), while the other rotates a
• • This electronics kit from Switchsoft contains all the parts
that you need to build a robot... the arm is controlled through
the Input Output port which plugs into the parallel and
joystick ports. ** ce ntral spindle which chooses that til the
cog sets is being used. It sounds complex, but it works -
though it takes a lair amount of time and fiddling to get the
cog settings in the right position.
The aim is controlled through the Input Output port (available separately), which plugs into the parallel and joystick ports. Power for the two motors on the arm is supplied by a 9V mains supply.
And this is it in input mode, where you can check the state of any sensors attached.
The arm can Ik- controlled In any programming language that can write information to the parallel port, and examples for AMOS. GFA Basic. Amiga Basic and Hisoft Basic are included on the disk that accompanies the I O port. As well as controlling the arm through this port, you can receive signals back from other components. Such as pressure switches and light sensitive resistors. Given this and a hit of programming, you could create a robot capable of reac ting to its environment.
This kit is a good introduction to anv- onc who is new to robotics, bill it's let down bv the instructions - the m.mulac- turer obvionslv hasn't cheeked them through. However, with patience vou can build yourself a robot arm and learn something about your Amiga in the process d Swi tchsof t I O Por t Toolkit ROBOT ARM ’ii;?., Every decent sci-fi film has its token robot character, and now Richard Baguley has found a kit that can turn the Amiga into your very own Robbie the Robot.
- r.rsr-1 DESCRIPTION Robot arm kit MANUFACTURER Switchsoft
DISTRIBUTOR Switchsoft 0325 464423 PRICE £49.95 (Robot Arm kit)
£27.95 (Input Output port) CONSTRUCTION • • • A complex bit of
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Get ahead. Get a Mac Art Department PROFESSIONAL V2.3 ART DEPARTMENT That perennial favourite Art Department Professional has just undergone another revision. Richard Baguley takes a look at version 2.3. The front end of AdPro doesn't look very interesting, but this grey interface conceals an awful lot of power.
VERDICT
* * AdPro leads the image processing race, but the rest aren't
far behind. ** Pro CONTROL If you're an avid AdPro user,
ProControl can make your life a lot easier as Richard Baguley
explains.
THERE IS NO doubt that Art Department Professional is an incredibly powerful program, and that one of its most useful aspects is its comprehensive Arexx interface, which gives you access to every aspect of image processing and conversion.
However, unless you really know vour wav around both Arexx and ART DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL has a well deserved reputation as one of the best image processing programs on the Amiga, and has seen widespread professional use by people such as Foundation Imaging of Babylon 5 AdPro. Writing scripts lo automate the use of AdPro is an incredibly complex process. Even if you do know about them, it still involves a lot of debugging and rewriting.
Into this technical breach steps ProGonlroL It enables you to generate complex Arexx scripts with no more than a few mouse clicks. So. For instance, if you regularly convert groups of files front 24-bit IFF to 11 AM. You could set tip a script to do it for you. Alternatively. ProControl can co-operate with the new Sentry utility supplied with Adl'ro. So it will run a script whenever a file is copied into a given directory. So. You could leave it unattended wailing for the next frame of a ray trace to finish.
Scripts are built front the mouse- controlled front end, and all that's required lo control them are a couple of mouse clicks. So. If you wanted a script to load in an IFF file, blur il and then save it out as a JPEG, you would click on the IFF entry in the Loaders section, select the lile(s) required, click on the blur operator and select the parameters for the blurring, and then click on the JPEG saver and set the save directory. That defines the script, so that all you lame. II vou've not come across il before, AdPro can lake images in a wide variety of formats and convert them into
others anti can apply a range of operations such as pixclla- lion to the images.
We reviewed AdPro version 2 way back in issue 3(S. Anti gave it a mark of 85 per cent. Since then, several new programs with similar image processing power, such as GVP's ImageFX and the I’D program end24. Have appeared, so what have ASDG done lo keep their image processing crown? There have been no profound changes lo the front end of AdPro. Except for moving the Separate button over to an operator.
Several new loader and saver modules have been added, and many others have been updated. Support is provided for using the framebulTer of the Video Toaster, anti vott can have to do is to click on Process Script, and awav it goes. Once you're happy with the script you can save it or combine it into an existing one.
ProControl also enables you to call one script from another so that you can sel up a library of common processes and call these from scripts designed for special purposes. Every aspect of AdPro can Ik- accessed by the script, including altering the dithering, palette changes and screen mode. These can also be added to the script, and you can even make 1‘mC.ontrol and AdPro run in the background, so you can get on with other things. This is the only product of its type, and it certainly achieves its job of making il easier to control AdPro through Arexx.
If you deal regularly with large numbers of files, or if you want to automate image processing tasks so that they run unattended. 1‘roContml is an excellent program, and it's certainly an easy alternative to writing your own Arexx script from scratch.
The option to issue Arexx commands to other programs would have been useful, and I hope the designers will consider including this in future versions. - also pass images directly to Deluxe Paint l AGA. Also included is a small patch program which upgrades Dpainl IV AGA version 4.5 to version
4. 6. which is needed for the new loader. Images can also be
passed straight to O talPainl, the excellent paint program
that accompanies the OpalVision board. The anim loader and
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A major addition is a program called Sentry, which can be sel up to keep an eye on a directory. When a new file appears in this directory, it Can kick off another program or ARFXX script. So. You could set up a script to convert new files and save them to a different directory. When used with ProCjmtrtd reviewed below, this can be incredibly useful. O Computer System Associates
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4; VERDICT CSA TWELVE OCTOBER 1993 SERIOUS REVIEWS GAUGE
Richard Baguley sees how fast his Amiga will go with CSA’s
accelerator... Ncommand NCOMMAND PRO Europress have yet to
release an intuition extension for AMOS, but Jason Holborn has
found an alternative... Add Workbench 2-like gadgets to your
programs with Ncommand Pro.
ONEOtmaSM LEVELLED at Europress' AMOS has been its inability to run programs under Intuition, die Amiga's windowing environment. They are planning an Intuition language extension allowing AMOS programmers to open screens and windows on Workbench, but it's a long way off.
Oasis Software have stepped in though witli Ncommand I'm, a set of handy routines that allow the program- ADDING A FASTER processor 10 speed up your Amiga will result in your programs running smoother and faster. This is CSA's fir st accelerator for the A1200. And it combines the functions of a faster CPU. Running at a full 50 Mil 68030. And a SCSI interface. Alongside diis is a socket for a Floating Point Unit (FPU), which can only run at the PRO CSA have managed to pack both a 68030 and a SCSI Interface into a single card.
C Ita I J Ha I J Had
- Jill) .PJLrli fir: same speed as ihe CPU. There is a single
SIMM slot, allowing up to 32 Mb of memory lo be fitted.
However.
SIMMs of this memory capacity are expensive, and it's unlikely that anybody will want to expand this card ¦hat far.
At the end of the card is a 26-wav plug block which provides the SCSI output. This is taken outside the machine by a cable with a 25-way D- tvpe female socket, which fits in the empty hole covered by a blanking plate on the back of an A 12(H).
If you own a very early A1200, ibis plale may not Ire present, so you will need to run the cable under the machine. Ilic SCSI interface will conned to up lo seven drives, bill ibis is only ihe slart of the story. You can also connect devices such as tape streamers, flatbed plotters and removable drives. I have tried il with several satieties of removable drive, and all perform faultlessly after a litmer to create front-ends that share a striking resemblance to Workbench 2.
A’Command isn't a 'proper' extension; products like IXSam and AMOS ? ) are libraries of AMOS routines coded in Assembler for maximum speed, whereas Ncommand can be called up from any AMOS program. To use it within your own programs, all you need to loatl is a file which contains all die Ncommand routines in AMOS source c xlc.
There arc a number of pros and cons lo this approach. Major downer is the Ncommand file is rather large - over 120K - so your source files will be big too. What's more, because the Ncommand routines arc written in Assembler, their complexity makes them rather slow. Finally, Ncommand makes your programs look like they are running under Intuiuon. But they aren’t Ncommand still displavs all its gadgets and requesters on a standard hardware-level AMOS screen. On the tle bit of fiddling around to set them up. The Twelve Gauge is accompanied by a disk which includes a program to check the sialus
of and format SCSI drives, as well as the benchmark program AIBB. Also included are several diagnostic programs lor checking the slate of the various parts of the unit. I have tested the SCSI interface with a variety of disks, and it performs fauldesslv with all of the different tvpes. Including removable Syquest drives.
In use die unit works well, though die CPU and the Ixitlom of die case do get hot. This doesn't seem lo cause problems, but it is worrying. The unit is fast and compares well with other 50Mh units like die MBX 1230XA. Il is more expensive than other models, bin the SCSI interface means people with old drives from an A500 should !x' able to connect these to their machines, with die addition of an appropriate case and |x wer supply. 'Tj plus side, however, coding them in AMOS makes them easy to modify, so experienced programmers ran change or even extend them if they wish.
Ncommand adds over 50 new commands to the AMOS instruction set which allow you to incorporate bevelled boxes, buttons and both horizontal and vertical slidebars, all of which are virtually indistinguishable from their Workbench 2 counterparts. A number of Intuition-like gadget types are supported including 'String' gadgets. Workbench 2-like 'Radio', 'Cyclic' and 'Check box' gadgets. All of which can be placed on the screen with a single command. Finally , those wanting to avoid the horrible AMOS file requester will Ix- pleased to learn Ncommand provides its own too.
Ncommand is a brave attempt, but it's by no means an alternative to a real Intuition extension. However, until Europress launch an Intuition extension, this'is the next best thing. O Omega Projects 0942 682203 4 5 6 PRICE £599 (50Mhz 68030, 4Mb price to be confirmed) “ Adds some serious processing power to your Amiga 1200. -
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SNAP COMPUTER SUPPLIES LTD Fax: 0703 457222 Unit 16, The Sidings, Hound Rd, Netley Abbey, Southampton S03 5QA A DSS8+ Digital SOUND STUDIO Maff Evans gets to grips with the upgraded sampling and tracking package from GVP.
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TechnoSound TURBO 2 THE PROBLEM WITH » ,. - iiiff serious packages for your Amiga is (hat before long (here is nearly always an updated version. DSS8+ is one such update, being a revamped version of CVP's previous package.
DSS8. The first noticeable difference between the two is that the new sampling cartridge comes in a snazzy clear-plastic case that is similar in style to the old TV modulator.
Can the latest version of TechnoSound possibly live up to the standards set by the earlier ones?
Maff Evans finds out.
ONE OF THE most popular sampling packages for the Amiga is New Dimensions' TechnoSound, whether in its original guise or in the revamped Turbo version. Now yet another version has appeared with some significant changes 011 oiler.
The TechnoSound Turbo 2 cartridge has been redesigned as a more solid, white box. But it's the software that hits undergone the more radical updates. The program's style is completely different. Cone are the potentially confusing icons placed 011 a pretty, but unnecessarily colourful, background. Now you just use simply labelled buttons lo control the recording and main editing functions. Other options are controlled in a series of pull-down menus.
The waveform display has been greatly improved, giving readings of the sample size, pointer positions and screen mode along with a very clear waveform. The edit and loop points are combined, which takes a bit of getting used 10, but keeps things simple. To record a sample, you just set the sample rate using a pull-down menu option, adjust the volume on the sound source to get a good reading 011 the spectrum analyser and click 011 Record.
The tracker section isn't as extensive as stand-alone programs, but it is flexible and fast. Unlike the DSS8+, the tracker is totally integrated into the program, so you can swap between the tracker and sample editing without losing data.
The general appearance of the software is the same as the earlier version, but many of the features have been streamlined and improved to give greater performance and to work on the A120(1 and A4000. The software has two main areas: sampling and tracking. The main screen is the sample list, where sounds can lie stored in memory and configured to use as instruments on the tracker.
By clicking on the relevant icon on the right hand panel, you enter an editing or recording screen. To sample a sound, you have to set the input levels, adjust the bias of the sampler (using an oscilloscope function) and set the sample rate. Then you just click the monitor button to hear your source or hit the record button to put a sound in memory.
All the usual tools have been included, such as copying, pasting, and looping, most of which can be accessed via the icon panel. One of its features, that's not often found 011 samplers, is the ability to draw sections of the waveform using the mouse, which is useful for ironing out spikes, clicks and glitches. Before you can use a sound in the tracker, you have to select the Copy To Chip function from a menu, because only samples stored in chip RAM can be played in the tracker. Then you just choose your sounds and play them into a patient from the keyboard.
DSS8+ is a llcxible and potentially powerful system. The problem is that finding your way around is a little daunting and it’s all too easy to select the wrong function and see sounds or tracker data disappear.
Another quibble is that the tempo can only be adjusted in large steps, so getting breakbeats and loops to lit in time is next to impossible.
The sampling quality at high rates is pretty good, but lower rates tend to hiss, and there are lots of useful editing functions. DSS8+ is a worthwhile package, but if you want to use the samples in songs, buy a separate tracker. O The sound quality is very good and the higher rates give exceptionally clear samples. Again, the tracker is an ideas jotter rather than a serious songwriting tool, but it’s useful to test loops and sample edits before leasing the sampling software.
TechnoSound Turbo 2 has been vastly improved and for this price sou can’t really do much better. CO Silica Systems on 081 -309 1111 PRICE £69 MANUFACTURER GVP TECHNOSOUND TURBO 2 Aliens to the left of me, aliens to the right of me. Oh.
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Each other, but can assist in despatching the tougher nasties) mode. The earlier levels are pretty easy, but the later ones get harder, with a profusion of homing missiles and tough aliens that need several shots to destroy. There is no storyline to the game, hut that doesn’t really matter, since the basic aim is to shoot as many things as possible. When there are aliens to be shot, who cares about what planet they are from?
UNIVERSAL CONQUEST ANGLIA PD DISK FF871 Conquering the universe can often lie an expensive hobby, but with this I’D strategy game it needn't be so. It's based around the conflict between two rival interplanetary empires, played by two human players. F.ach starts oil with one planet and a number of ships, and the aim is to conquer as many of the surrounding neutral planets as possible, and then to build ships on these planets. Once you’ve built an immense empire and a massive fleet of sleek warships, you can turn TRANSPLANT ALPHA PD DISK 138 There are numerous average I’D shoot-em-ups, but
unfortunately very few good ones. This, however rates quite highly. It's got multidirectional scrolling, good sounds and a vast number of levels as well as a two-plaver mode. You can play this in either competitive (where you can shoot each other) or co-operative (where you can't shoot THE FINAL FRONTIER CYNOSTIC D0142A-D Star Trrk tans (nr 'Trekkies') arc a funny bunch.
Many of ihem like nothing better than to sit in a dark room pondering on how many positronic pathways there are in Data's brain, or how many rivets there are in a class seven shuttle. Some of them also like to gather together in hotels and listen to speeches by old American actors, or listen to talks on the fundamentals of 'warp technology'.
Anyway, suffice to say that people who are into Star Trrk tend to get quite, crm. Involved in it.
Which leads to disk magazines such as The Final Frontin'. For your £7 you get four disks which are packed full of facts, figures and opinions alxnit the Sltir Trrk IA' programmes and films, as well as some rather groovy ray traced images by Tobias Richter. This issue's highlights include articles on Jimmy Doohan's (aka Scotty) appearance at the recent Star Trrk convention in Leeds, some rumours about the next film and several stories written by fans.
At the risk of sounding predictable, if you're into Star Trrk. You'll enjoy this well put together disk magazine. However, if you find the adventures of the Fcrcngi duller than spending a weekend locked in the cupboard with a Vulcan train spotter, this would Ik- best avoided.
This is the fifth (professional) incarnation of the standard Amiga music program Orta mod. And is likely to be the last one for at least a year, since the author (Teijo Kinnunen) is being drafted into the Finnish army. This is a major upgrade, involving both a redesign and rewrite. The new control panel can now handle up to 64 tracks and 1,000 blocks, compression of saved songs, several new effects for the sample editor and a new way of organising songs by putting them in sections. All functions can now be accessed through pull down menus as well.
There are still a few bugs (such as the hard disk install script assuming your disk is called DHO: - which mine isn't), but he has cleaned up most of the known problems with earlier versions. It isn't strictly PD, but it is available from a ti •- irmm ...c .t t a ».
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This charming little fellow can be guided into any one of eight different games by going through one ol the doors that form the main menu.
The games range from spelling to painting and guiding Cubby out of mazes. It's all accompanied by bright graphics and some excellent samples of slamming doors, blurping fish and explosions. It's all very well done, and should keep most young children occupied for a long time.
I lowever, there are a couple of problems with the program. The instructions are rather wordy, and so most children probably won't bother reading them, and the program also switches from joystick to mouse without anv indication, which could be confusing. Despite these problems, it's still excellent value for £3.5(1. and should keep a child from driving you completely mad for an hour or two.
TOOL MANAGER MOIRA CHOICE SOFTWARE ANGLIA PD FFB72 & FF873 Tool Manager is useful to have on your hard disk because it's designed to make accessing programs and specific files through the Workbench easier. It allows you to add programs to the Workbench Tools menu, so that you can click once on the icon of an IFF image, and then select 'Show' from the tools menu. You can also create Icons on the Workbench screen which represent programs.
Double clicking on these "ill start the program, and dropping the icon of a data file on this will start the program oil with this file. It’s also possible to create what the program calls 'Docks', which are collections of buttons, each of which can start a program. The unusual thing about this is that you can open this screen within any program that supports the new Public Window standard included with Workbench 2 and 3. So. You could get a menu within a program such as Deluxe I'aint, start off anotlu-r program, and skip back to Dpainl without ever going to the Workbench screen.
It is rather fiddly, and does require a lot of setting up to get the best use out of it. However, once you've got a set-up you are happy with, it could save a large amount of time in repetitive operations like examining and editing text and graphics files. If you are making serious use of your Amiga, ibis could he extremely useful.
OBERON-2 ANGLIA PD FF880 Obemn 2 is. Apparently, a powerful object-orientated program language developed hv Niklaus Wirth and Hanspetcr Mosscnbock at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. It's developed from the language Modula-2, and combines the object- orientated power ol languages like C++ and the mxaiional conventions of Pascal Or al least this is what the documents claim. Anyway, any new Amiga language is worth investigating, and with a heritage like this makes it doubly interesting.
This demo version is somewhat limited This was the prototype for games like Eye of the Beholder, in as much as the aim is to wander around a dungeon chopping up slime monsters, picking up treasure and making a nuisance of yourself. The dungeons are large and stocked with all manner of creepy crawlies, and are randomly generated at the start of each game. Somewhere in the dungeon lies the ultimate challenge in the form of the Balrog. But only foolish or hardy adventurers get that far.
Because even though you can have a maximum of 200 lines, most of ihe routines for creating intuition interfaces aren’t present, hut since the demo programs included with the package prove, you ran get a lot into iliis space. Among ihese are a Mandelbrot generator, a Vwriv-stvIe game, and a vector demo, all done in under 200 lines of code.
What's more is that all of these are multitasking, and run quite happily on Workbench. 'Z Seasoft for only £30 (or £24 if you are upgrading from version 4), which is excellent value for such a powerful and well-designed program.
TOP *IO GAMES & UTILITIES Every month, we peruse the best seller lists of a prominent PD company. This month, it's the turn of: CHOICE SOFTWARE 1 ProTracker 3.10 313 6 Composer 276 2 Magnum (magazine maker) 302 7 PC Emulator 168 3 Relokick 162 8 Choice Disk Utils 219 4 Disk Tool Box 297 9 Nib (copier) 274 5 LSD Legal Utils 76 305 10 Metallion Utils 271 WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN THIS ISSUE ALPHA PO: 3 Whickham St Easington Peteriee, Co Durham SR8 3DJ. 091-527 3472 CYNOSTIC PD: 85 Wykert Croft Coventry CV2 3AD. 0203 613817 CHOICE SOFTWARE: 144 London Road, Highfields, Sheffield S2 4LT. 0742
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Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7HU. 0394 283494 Have you got more than one Amiga? Would you like to be able to share hard disks between them? And how about accessing your CDTV from your new A1200?
Here's Richard Baguley with a cheap network solution... IT’S MOT UNCOMMON for people (o own more than one Amiga. Many A1200 or A4000 owners have an old A500 in the back of a cupboard somewhere. It's these Amiga aficionados who probably have an A590 or GVP Impact II hard disks for the older machine, which can t be connected to the new one. Since il doesn't have a SCSI inlerface. So. This expensive disk is useless, isn't it? Some people will also have a CDTV which they want to use to access I’D disk collections, like the CDI’D collections from Almathera systems.
However, unless you're prepared to do a lot of disk toing and froing. You can't do it. Can you?
Fortunately, the answer is yes you can, with the I’D program ParNel, which enables both the new and old machines to access each other’s hard disks, and happily share both files and programs.
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1 urther Information Holt) usltia this disc Some programs will happily run across a ParNet link.
Here. Almathera Systems CD Fractal Universe is benefiting from the extra power of an A3000 ParNel works by using a specially adapted parallel lead to connect the two machines together, and the software sets up a new device called 'NET:'. Once this is up and running. You can read or write to any machine on either disk, or even run programs from the other machine's hard disk. You also only need one of the computers' mouse and keyboard to control both machines, which leaves you with a less cluttered desk.
The process sounds complex, but fortunately most of the fiddly details have been dealt with.
American shareware programmer Vernon Grainer has taken the technical ParNel software and created Parllnirli, which includes script routines to install and run the technical ParNel software. Also included is full documentation detailing how to install and run the system.
Installing ParBench does require a special lead, but this isn't difficult to make up yourself.
And full details are included in the documentation. Alternatively, several companies such as Indi Direct (0543 419999) or Almathera systems (081 683 6418) will sell you a ready made lead. As you'd expect, using ParBench is not as fast as using a normal disk. For instance, starting Dpaint IV from the hard disk of an A3000 took four seconds, but over the ParNel link it took nine seconds. It's nowhere near as fast as buying a new hard disk, hut it's much cheaper.
Plus, the Itcm-fiis of having two machines have to Ik- considered. If you're into rav tracing, you could have both machines rendering different frames from the same animation, or have one- machine rendering an animation while you’re working on another. It's not an ideal solution to the problem of connecting several Amigas together, hut until Commodore decide to release it' network system (called 'Envoy'), it's the Ix-st we’ve got. O This JARGON BUSTING The world of Public Domain is full of confusing terms and names. Here at Amiga Format we aim to demystify this world, so here's an easy guide
to PD speak.
SUBSCRIBERS GET IT month's subscribers' disk contains an exclusive new version of Vemon Grainers' excellent ParBench software. This has a variety of bug fixes, and all of the documents are now in AmigaGuide format making specific information easier to find; plus numerous new utilities for your enjoyment.
PUBLIC DOMAIN - Any software (games serious utilities,demos} which is in the Public Domain (PD) can be freely copied and distributed by anybody, as long as no money - beyond the cost of the disk
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than around £2 for a disk, go elsewhere. You are also allowed
to make copies of PD disks and distribute them to friends your
self. Again as long as you're not making a profit on them.
IIUUNWAM - Just to confuse matters, many PD disks will contain programs that are described as shareware. This means that the freely distributable version on the disk is disabled in some way, and the full version is obtainable by sending a small sum to the author. For instance, the freely distributable version of Stefan Boberg's excellent archiving utility IMA is slower than the registered version, and has several commands missing. If you send $ 20 to his address in Sweden, he will send you the full version. Some people distribute the full version, but with the proviso that if you use the
program regularly, you should send them a small registration fee.
Ivmunni - This is somewhere between PD and commercial programs - that is because you are not allowed to distribute them, but they don't cost much This concept was pioneered by the Central Licenseware Register, a group of PD libraries who banded together to promote the Licenseware concept with the slogan 'Commercial quality games at a PD price'. A Licenseware disk will probably cost you less than £5, but the quality of the programs tends to be much higher than many PD programs.
WmtSKEYWAJH - A new concept pioneered by Millennium programmer Toby Simpson, where you get the full registered version of the program by sending him a bottle of (decent) whiskey. So far, he's claiming great success for this concept and his drinks cabinet is not complaining either.
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coder contacts and then - guess what? - ves, some more vectors. Not exacth terrible, and with some decent accompanying music. (»et it if you’ve a penchant for vectors.
CAPRI SLIDESHOW PD SOFT, DISK 3109 I lave you ever been driving along in a civilised manner in your motor, only to be cut up by some yobbo in a Ford XR3i? Well, long before the davs ot the R:V. Said heathen would be driving a Ford (lapri. No doubt these now middle-aged (iapii drivers will Ik- ecstatic at the release by The Capri Club International of an entire slideshow- based on the Ford Capri and its history. We’re not just talking photographs here, either, this is the ftp WV You might say that rotating shiny balls have been around since the dawn ot time, but not me. Oh no.
I can't get enough of ’em, personally.
Leal Mi Cot - hi-rcs diagrams describing tin- inn i- catc styling details, b.u ked up with informative text regarding the model that is pictmcd.
Obvionslv written lit people who know their stiill.
(ii iii Sliiledime must not be missed il von have lond memories ol one ol these iufaitious coupes, and want to be taken bat k lo those bait ton davs ol black vinvl mills .Old go-lastei snipes.
HEADING FOR HOME PD SOFT. DISKS 3069-3072 Fancy a quality ray-traced animation? You won't find a better quality anim than Heading For Home, I can tell you. HAM mode is used to its full, but even though it's 3Mb in size, it's only a few seconds long. A small spaceship circles a planet then swings out towards the camera, where it docks with an orbiting spacestation - and that's it!
Still, for technical excellence this ranks right up there with the best from Tobias Richter and Craig Collins - and it isn't as dark as most of those guys' work, so it’s much more defined and colourful. Brief but brilliant.
DEEP SPACE MINE PD SOFT, DISK 3108 Trekkies everywhere will recognise the name Deep Space Nine as the new off-shoot of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This slideshow is several stills digitised from video, and loaded up one by one from disk. Trek fans will adore it because it features the characters you know and love, but the digitising is pretty awful. Digitised in HAM mode, some pictures are fine, but most are extremely blurred, sometimes to the point of not being able to recognise the images.
This one is purely for the Trekkies among us.
DARKNESS PD SOFT DISK 3080 TR. NS CAT Cl' VE . Oft Glenz vectors seem to be a real favourite on the Public Domain demo scene at the moment. The problem is, it's difficult to see exactly why.
More vectors I'm afraid, but this time they are impressive transparent Glenz vectors as well as light-sourced ones. Sadly, though, they do get holing. Fortunately, at die end of this demo there’s a little animation with a few spacecraft zipping around (thev look remarkably like Gobras from J'.lt r), so it's worth persevering for that at least.
BODYSHOP 2 TELESCAN COMPUTER SERVICES BODYSHOP II A 8k B In the Sixties Twiggy. Jean Shrinipton els', but now the women on the pages of fashion glossies all round die world (and Yauxhall car adverts) have been elevated to ‘super- models'. And seem to have the status in the Nineties that was reserved only for film stars in earlier decades.
Which is probably one of the reasons why this slideshow of super- models has been compiled.
TOP 10 GAMES & UTILITIES Every month, we peruse the best seller lists of a prominent PD company. This month, it's the turn of: CYNOSTIC PD 1 Pure Style D0155 6 Aural Illusions S0156 2 How to Skin a Cat D0138 7 Manga (needs Fastmem) POO 56 3 Technological Death D01S0 8 Music for the Lost S0153 4 Requiem D0153 9 Mobile Destination Unknown D0131 5 Gospel Karaoke D0147 10 Cynostic Demo Collection D0135 The scan quality of images like Claudia Schiller and Cindy Crawford is very high, and they are in high-res. 256 colour mode, so the disks arc for AGA-based machines only. Anyone who wants to see
Cindv in a swimsuit, and gets a hit embarrassed buying .SAT magazine to do so, will no doubt enjov these disks.
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techno, techno, techno - sometimes we have funk too.
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This one is recommended.
PASTEL VANILLA PD SOFT DISKS 3098 & 3099 Another music collection, this time by a group called Nora who have put together two disks couWHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN THIS ISSUE CYNOSTIC PD. 85 Wyken Croft. Coventry CV2 3AD. (0203) 613817 CHOICE SOFTWARE. 144 London Road Highfields, Sheffield S2 4LT. (0742) 55S894 taining nine different tunes. The pri-sc-iiiation i excellent with a great graphical front-end. There are some interesting nines, but again not really dance or techno - more mellow, really, so if yon fancy doin' a biua chillin', gel these, like now.
SUBMISSION 93 PD SOFT DISK 3100 rt your idea of fun is spending a day at the photolab in Boots, then you might find this slideshow interesting, but that would also mean you're a sad individual.
Quite why anyone would want this disk is really beyond me. All that you get is a collection of digitised pictures that were taken at a party attended by members ol various demo groups.
I lie pictures are ol a iairlv good quality, hut what’s the point? It's a bit like looking at photos ol a complete stranger’s friends taken at a place you don’t know - in fact it's exactly that. Maybe there are some demo group groupies out there who might enjov Submission 93. Whereas I reckon even- one other than the individuals in the pictures are going to l e Ixired out ol their pants. Avoid.
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BRIGHT SCART From: Matthew Child, Ashford Whh reftaoce to Hit advke you gate on SCART RGB connections in Amiga Format 45; It** wrong!
Or at lust not quit* right Notably pin 8, which as you say. Forces a SCART TV into AV mode, not RGB as you stated. This means if* 12 volt signal Is applied to pin 8, the TV expects a composite signal on pin 20 and completely ignores separate Red, Green and Blue signals.
To obtain RGB Input selection, you have to feed 5 volts to pin 16 of the SCART socket On some SCART Tvs you can select RGB via the handset or a switch built into the unit but the above method makes It automatic. Note that composite vidao still needs to go to pin 20, since that's where the TV gets its synchronisation signal.
Once this is done, you still have to select AV on the TV, unless a lead is still connected from pin 22 of the Amiga to pin B on the SCART socket since this automatically selects SCART input To recap; pin 8 Instructs the TV to switch to SCART IIU SEARCH OF From: M Milestone, Pcterlee Some weeks ago I bought a Panasonic KX-P2I23 colour printer. I have no complaints about the printer, but I am finding it impossible lo find a driver for it. To my horror I have found it impossible to locate one of the drivers recommended in the printer's handbook. The manufacturers recommend either KXP2123,
KX-P1123 or Epson LQ860. I have to this day never found a recommended driver!
In my hunt for the elusive driver I contacted Panasonic themselves. After explaining what my problem was, she told me to contact a wholesaler and gave me the telephone number. I contacted them and got an unhelpful reply. It seems that because I don’t sell the things I’m some sort of low life who dared to ask for help and they “could not help because I was not trade”.
So. It remains for me to use the EpsonQ driver, which is not giving me anything like the print quality that the printer can supply. Please can you put me in contact with somebody who can help? And why don't Panasonic supply a driver with the printer?
First. I understand that Panasonic have recently hired some Amiga people to do a version ol Cilizm Ibinl Monof'n. When this .ipjx-ais - should lx- around )( lulx-r - vou will see it advertised widelv in the Amiga press. So keep your eves peeled.
Second, this attitude ol “von are just an end user” is still vetv common. )lten it is easiei to talk to a local computer dealer who usually knows just as much as the mamilat Hirer and is a lot more heiplul. However. Panasonic are currentlv in the process of doing some specific Amiga dt ivet s. Third, some ol the Amiga printer drivers vou t mieiitlv own do drive* the printer, albeit not at its Ix’si resolution.
N on inav not have to wait lor Panasonic to re*- input and pin 16 tells it to select RGB input. Both must be connected for the TV to automatically display the Amiga screen when the computer is turned on.
Thanks for the correction. Why do people invent standards like SCART and then make Tvs and monitors that need different versions of the same cable?
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Ate the new drivers il vou c hec k out this month’s »overdisk. Ihe* excellent PurhoPrint software on this month s second Coverdisk indudes a driver lor the KXP-I 124. Which should drive your printer line (although colour printouts may not be die* best) lor the moment.
TEXT DISPLAY Prow:Julian Hooper. Grimsby I have an A600. M problem is that I cannot get text files to display without using the MORE program. 1 can get IFF files to display al any time, but what about text files? I am try ing to produce a disk magazine, hut am having a lot of trouble. The Workbench manual does not help at all. All I get is ‘Can't Open’ messages.
Where you’re probably going wrong is when vou alter the iron’s information, lo do this, click on the- icon vou want and seleci ‘Information' from OPTIONS: FEW From: Michael Ker, Woh'erhamblon I have owned an A600 for almost a year and have bought a 1Mb expansion for it. I am interested in expanding the memory some more, so:
1) What's the maximum amount of memory possible on an A600’
TheoietKally at least 9Mb, but realistically only 6Mb That's 1
Mb built into the machine, a I Mb trapdoor expansion (which
you already have) and a 4Mb PCMCIA card fitted in the slot on
the left of the machine II you don’t want quite that much.
PCMCIA cards are also available in 2Mb sizes Expert to pay
£190 for 4Mb, and £120 for 2Mb
2) What chips should I get?
You cannot actually plug chips in anyway on the A600.
The icons menu (’Info' from (lie Worklx-m h menu on Worklx-nch 1.3). 1 he tool t |x* Ii;ls ti» lx- altered so that it points to where vour text display program is. Flic- best wav to do this is put in a lull path name: that is.
The* disk, directory and name of the program. The reason why vour AtitHi is displaying error messages is Ix’cause it cannot find the text display program.
Incidentally, if vou arc using the* Villnn program to display IFF picture tiles, it’s worth knowing ibat the- same program can also display text liles.
COMPILER NEEDED From: M Bishop, Sheffield I am currently undergoing an engineering degree where I have to write programs in Turbo C++ on the PC. The majority of students on my course own IBM PC. Compatibles, giving them the ability to work on their assignments when not at college. 1 am a loyal .Amiga owner and have been for some time, and I currently own an A1200 with a 120Mb hard drive, which means I have to write all the assignments at college.
Please could you recommend an affordable C compiler for the Amiga which is compatible with C++ on the PC!, so that I could write and debug my programs at home and then use Cross Dos to compile the code at college for grading.
It’s a lot of work to write two versions 1 your programs (one which works at home and one at except in the Kxkstart socket Since you already have the Kickstart 2 chip there (for Workbench 2).
The only reason lot fitting a different 13 ROM (or I 3 and 2 together in a ROM sharer) is to run older software that needs Kickstart 13 All the other chips ate soldered in to the board, and since it is a board that has been created using surface mount technlogy, taking them out again is a mayor task
3) How do I fit the chips?
PCMCIA cards yust slot into the machine, preferably when it's turned off I know that in theory you can plug PCMCIA cards in anytime, but it's best to only connect anything to a computer with the power off
4) Are you planning to do a 'Super Amiga' feature, (see Amga
format 38). But this time basing it on the A600 instead of the
A500?
It is a possibility, but at the moment the A600 is the least college). You will be continually converting from one to the other. Hie closest Amiga 1 compiler to C++ is SAS C (which used to be called lattice C) from IliSolt. For £329, which includes free and unlimited technical support. I understand that SAS arc producing a C++ compiler lor the Amiga, but it won't he available until late 1993 at the earliest. There are many PD versions of I available, hut none that would he compatible with Turbo C++.
A much cheaper but less sure way would he to get a PC emulator for your AI200. And run the PC version of C++. No hardware emulators are available for this machine vet. But the PD Sharewarc Task emulator program will cost a maximum of £30 (including postage and packing lo ihe author in New Zealand).
The best thing lo do first is gel die demo version and see if il runs die PC program. Most PI) libraries stock ibis (although they probably won'i know it’s only a demo). The demo can run PC.
Programs, but die full version is bcllcr. Since il comes with more utilities for transferring lnforma- lion and much more documentation. There is a new version of PC Task just released which will he reviewed next month in AF.
Could you please tell me if it is possible to remove the 020 chip from the A1200 and replace it with a faster 030 or 040 chip. Would any soldering be involved?
No. I'm afraid it isn't as simple as just whipping out one chip and plugging in another, you would have to make a bus interface for the new processor and attach it to the trapdoor, except that you wouldn't be able to power the current '040 chip through that port properly and it would be even harder to prevent the huge beast from inciting through the bottom of your machine. It would be much easier (and probably cheaper) to buy either the GVP or Microbodcs '030 accelerator boards.
HAM IT UP From: Larry Cahill. Aylesford As an avid reader of Amiga Format I noliced many enquiries about loading HAM pictures into Deluxe Paint III. Although you are technically right to say you cannol paint on a HAM screen with that program, there Is a way to load in HAM graphics into Dpaint III.
All you have to do is load the image via the Brush Load menu option, rather than the Picturc Load option. Sometimes by using the Brush Colour option, a near perfect copy of the original HAM picture can be obtained. Even when il doesn't work, some strange and interesting results can be achieved. Il can also help lo alter the background colour somewhat.
This is caused by Dpaint loading the HAM registers as colour map information, but it docs produce a weird and possibly useful effect. Thank you for your inleresiing and novel lip.
HIDDEN KEYS From: II Crayford, Fating While messing around with VistaPro J, I discovered it has abotil 20 keyboard commands that are not mentioned cither in the menus or in the documentation. I haven't quite worked out what some of them do - these are marked with a question mark: H = View-. Shows rendering in progress or last rendered picture.
F2 = Goes back to the Control Panel screen.
F3 = Brings up Save IFF24 requester.
F4 = Enables Disables ignore black ?
F6 = Swaps Quads, swaps the quarters of the map around.
F7 = Starts Erode ?
F8 = Redraws map.
F9 - Enables Disables Extended HAMS.
F10 = Redraws screen.
1. 2,4.8 = Changes Polygon size.
Q = Disables Enables Show image.
E = Evens Edges?
R - Renders Image.
T = Places target at mouse pointer position.
P = Brings up colour map editor screen.
A = Writes current camera and target positions to VistaPro.prefs file in your S directory.
F = Generates random number DEM.
C = Places camera at mouse pointer position.
V = Same as FI.
Thanks for those tips. If you are doing a highly complex rentier on any 3D program, a simple tip is to go to the Workbench screen • click top right or press I-elt Amiga-n. To get hack to your 31) program. Click top left again or press lx-lt Amiga-m.
PRICE MARGIN From: S Holly. Paling About a week ago. I picked up my friend's ropy of an Acorn Archimedes magazine, and started flicking through it. I was thinking of buying a printer, so I looked at some advertised prices. Why arc advertised printers so much lower than recommended retail prices? Do they work on Amigas.
Specifically the A500 Plus?
The RRP of a printer is undercut by the retailer.
The reason for this is. Of course, competition.
Most of the printers you will see advertised in Amiga mags will be al significantly less than their RRP value too.
As for whether a given printer will work on an A500+, it depends on rabies and drivers. II. However. You are saying "Gan I buy the same model of Cilizen Epson Star Panasonic from an Archimedes dealer" then the answer is yes.
It usually doesn't matter where you buy it from - very few printers are made machine specific except for export to a few obscure foreign parts. If in doubt, just phone the dealer and ask, they are bound to know.
SPARES SOURCE From: Kenneth Lyon, Creenoek I have been the proud owner of an A500 for a few years. Not so long ago. After relentless ejecting of disks, my drive eject button broke. I read ill AF23 that a replacement is almost impossible to come across, but I’ve found out where you get them from!
A replacement can be had from CPC Limited.
186-200 North Road. Preston PR1 1YP. 0772 555034. It costs £5.89 including VAT and all that nonsense. In addition. CPC are official dealers for Commodore. Amstrad and have many other makes of spare parts. The only drawback is that fitting such spares invalidates your warranty, but then again I didn't have one anymore.
Thanks for pointing it out.
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Pat Macdonald is here to help, no matter how big, or how small... 01 cannot work out how to load samples in ProTracher 'i. IB. How can I do this?
A just click on Disk Ops. Find the sample with the file requester, and click on the name.
ProTrackrr alwavs assumes that you arc tiring to load in a sample - you have to click on a save button to get it lo save things, otherwise it loads them.
It's too clever by ball for a lot of beginners!
Ohow do I get Prodata to search through a database without it taking ages?
Aprodaia stores databases on disks. If you are searching through a database on a floppy disk, then it takes a long time to search through as floppy disks have fairly slow access times. The reason why Prodata behaves like this is because your database size is limited by bow big your tljsk is.
Assuming that you have 2Mb of RAM ot more, then one straightforward solution is to copy the database to your RAM disk, and work on it from there. To do this, load your database as normal, and then press C (for change directory) from the Allcr Creatc database menu. Enter RAM: lor your new directory name, and then save your database.
That should speed up your searches significantly.
Q What is C?
AC is a popular programming language invented by two blokes called Kernighan and Ritchie. Although not as fast as machine code, it's popular because it is very portable. That means that a C program on one computer is fairly easy lo transfer to a different computer, assuming that the C language is available on both computers.
0 is especially popular on the Amiga because it's the easiest language to use for the built-in routines inside the Amiga. Most 'serious' software and a few games are written in the C language.
01 have three separate expansions that fit into the parallel port. Is there a switcher box so I can have all three plugged in. And select which one I iLse with a switch?
A Yes, such a box is available from Trilogic (0274 1)91115) for £28.99 including P&P.
Owhy do you advise people to use Shell to copy the Coverdisk? Why not use the Duplicate option on Workbench? Surely it’s much easier to point and click rather than type a line into Shell?
A The Duplicate option is not as reliable as it should be on earlier versions ol Workbench.
It also has the annoying side effect of adding "Copy ol" to the name of the disk. Using Diskcopv works equally well on all Amigas and is a good example of a Shell command.
Ohow can I install a disk with only one disk drive?
A By install. 1 assume you want to put a boot- blork on to the disk so that it c an autoboot.
It's no good just typing this into the Shcll;- Insleatl. You have to do it in two stages. First, type this and bit return: Qwhen ever I have tried to compile an AMOS program. I get a message saying program not tested' What am I doing wrong?
Ain AMOS, before a program is run. AMOS tests it to try to find simple typing errors Befoic you compile a program, you must test it from AMOS (dick on the Test gadget, to the right of the run gadget) Then save your file It will compile now The reason why the compiler is fussy over this is because if it compiled programs with typing errors in.
Those errors could in theory - crash your Amiga There is no point compiling programs with possible errors in - you are only supposed to compile a program after you have finished writing it This loads the Install command from the Workbench disk. After the command has loaded in. It prompts you to type the device you want to install. So put in the floppy disk that you want to install, type the following and hit return: The 0 is zero as in the number (disk, floppy, zero) and not the letter O as in Orangutan. Just installing a disk isn't the end of the story - you must also include a
startup-sequcncc text file in the s directory- of the disk, plus all necessary files that the programs on your disk need to operate.
0 Which is better. CD® or the A1200? I want to be able to word process and other 'serious' things, as well as playing games.
Ain terms of computer specifications, they are very similar. The CD® is basically an AI200 optimised for games. In time you will Ik- able to run a word processor or paint program on CD®.
The machine has the potential to accept a keyboard. Mouse and disk drive. But these may be some time in coming, since Commodore arc not developing any themselves, but are expecting third party developers to do so.
So an A1200 is the best bet. You can play existing games from lloppy as well as use excellent creative software. And CD drive for the A1200 is .....- T.
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The Denis* chip found on older Amiga* contains a graphics
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effects such as pull down menus.
The special custom chip on the Amiga matkally handles the conversion of pixels' colours much faster than the processor could do it.
Expected in the first quarter of next year which will allow you to use most, if not all. CD-'- games.
Odo sound samplers (like Technosound) have a built-in microphone?
A No. They have two phono sockets for left and right stereo sampling. It's simple to plug a microphone into a sound sampler with a phono adaptor. However, sampling from a 'live' source like this produces poor results, unless you do it in an acoustically dead room, like a recording studio.
Ohow do I increase the amount of chip RAM in my A1200?
A You cannot. 2Mb is the limit, and that's what you get with the machine. However, adding some last RAM will leave more chip RAM free than you presently have.
Q What is the point of having a hard drive?
Ixiading speed. A hard drive's massive speed advantage versus a floppy, or even a C I), means you spend more time using your computer and less time wailing for things to load and save. It's also convenient lo have all your programs and files one disk, as you don't have to waste time swapping lloppv disks. But remember - many games do not install properly to a hard disk. Also, a point for AA chipset machines is that if a game only works by holding down both mouse buttons and selecting ECS graphics mode, then you have to do that before running the game from your hard disk.
Q What is a checksum "880" error?
A After Workbench has loaded, the Amiga does a set procedure on any floppy disks that are inserted. First it looks at the bootblock. If this looks like a standard AmigaDOS bootblock, then it attempts to read the directory of the disk (which is on block 880) to see how full the disk is. If the bootblock is non-standard, then the disk is almost certainly not an AmigaDOS disk, and cannot be accessed through Workbench or the Shell.
You usually get this error when a Workbench- like bootblock has been put on to a non- Workbench games disk. The Amiga says "it's an Amiga disk, but the directory track is corrupt - the checksum is wrong". This sounds unlikely, but it's exactly the behaviour of an Amiga bootblock v irus.
Even if it is not a vines, the original bootblock has been erased, and you cannot get it back. The disk will not work, if this happens to an original game disk, then software companies usually offer a repair service for a small fee. One way to avoid this is to use a program like HoolX to remember and store all your game bootblocks on a separate disks.
But if you already have the error, the damage is done and will spread to your disks as you use them.
Odocs the A4000 040 have the full version of the 68040 chip, or the economy (EC.) Version without a FPU?
A The full version. Commodore planned two versions, but have since opted for machines with the full version of the 68040 chip. This means it's more expensive, hut it does reduce incompata- bility to a small extent, as older programs which expect a full 68040 gel just that.
1 Nearly every single Amiga screen you see exists inside the machine as a series of bit- planes. A bitplane is a continuous block of memory, which is channelled to the video chip in the Amiga (which is called Denise on older Amigas and Lisa on the AA chip set machines).
This process happens continuously, and cannot be interrupted - otherwise Amiga screens would be corrupted and would flicker.
2 The reason why interlaced graphics flicker is more to do with the bad points about how television screens work than the Amiga's graphics hardware. In general, you only get a flickery interlaced screen when two contrasting colours (black and white, for instance) are displayed one above the other. Interlace displays a screen in two passes, so as far as the TV is concerned, part of the screen is flashing between black and white, this causes the flicker.
3Bitplanes are usually large, and so a custom chip is used to move them around faster in memory from one place to another. This movement of bitplane data is called a block image transfer, or blit. The blitter chip can override the processor while it is doing this (it can copy the screen much faster than the processor) but it cannot override the video chip.
4 Hardware sprites are usually small, fast moving graphics that slide smoothly over existing graphics without interfering with them.
These are not put into the bitplanes. It's a lot faster if the video chip overlays them on top of the bitplanes. Previously, Amiga hardware sprites were limited to 16 pixels in width at most. But AA chip set machines allow you to have sprites up to 64 pixels wide, which makes them a lot more useful.
5 One rare feature of the Amiga is the co-pro- cessor chip, or copper for short This is a mini processor with only three instructions, that works at the same time as the main processor.
The copper can wait until the video display reaches a certain point on the screen; H can load hardware registers very quickly when this happens; and it can also skip instructions. It's most commonly used to produce the finely graduated coloured backgrounds that are often seen in platform games.
6 The planar chip in the CD32 is the first new piece of graphics hardware that an Amiga has received. The trouble with bitplanes is that In order to set one pixel to one particular colour, you have to write to each bitplane that the colour uses. If a screen has 256 colour, that means writing to eight different locations just to set one pixel to one colour. The planar chip performs this task automatically and much more quickly than the processor could do it.
7 Although it may seem that only games ever use any of this hardware, in actual fact many programs use them to a greater or lesser extent.
For instance, the program Photon Paint 2 makes extensive use of the copper chip in order to keep all of the screen tools visible on screen. Many flight sims us* hardware sprites to represent the struts in an airplane cockpit. The copper chip is used when a colour is only used in one area of the screen.
8 On* graphics trick that the hardware cannot do very easily is to rotate and scale bitplanes. All of the 3D driving games for the Amiga display 'flat- graphics that get bigger or smaller on the screen. Some consoles are now introducing chips to do this. Some programmers feel that hardware to manipulate fiat graphics as 3D objects would be much more useful to the CD32 than a Planar chip.
9 Genlocks can cause problems with game graphics. A genlock synchronises the Amiga's display with an incoming video signal, from a video recorder or camcorder. If the external sync clashes with a game, then the game's graphics corrupt and the computer can crash very easily.
So if you have a genlock linked up. Don't expect to be able to play games.
4 1 Al the Amiga's graphics chips have I v evolved, they have also changed. These changes occasionally result in software incompatibility, and so some games will work fine on one A500, but not on another. Most of these problems result in older programs not working on newer Amigas, however some newer games also don't work on older Amigas. It is sometimes possible to improve these problems by upgrading the chipset. But when the chips are dramatically redesigned, you have to buy a new machine.
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OK, you get your way in the end.
From the next issue of Amiga Format, we will be giving away working versions of commercial programs on the second desk.
We gave up the idea a few months ago, in the belief that we were becoming repetitive. We felt that the disks might not have been offering excellent value.
And judging by some of the things we’ve seen on disks over the summer, we were right.
But while we were doing the single disk issues we were searching for quality packages to bring you in the future. This month we unveil the first of these. Turbo Print 2 is an excellent package, it will improve the print quality of most applications with various printers - and it's just the first of many. Over the next few months we'll be bringing you some of the very best in Amiga software.
So if you don’t subscribe to Amiga Format now's the time to.
This month you get a sub for the single disk price.You also get the special subscribers' disk. Meaning a huge three disks a month.
If you arc one of those people for who £50 is too much to shell out at once, don't worry! We’ll still be bringing you a full disk of game demos and a full serious application every month.
And those of you who have been caught out by other mags, remember: with AF, if it doesn't say demo on the disk label, then it isn't a demo!
FAB AF I laving been a reader of your magazine for a couple of years now, I have recently noticed a disturbing phenomenon on your pages - a Radio One DJ invasion... First it was Jakki Brambles waiting for Indi Direct, anti now, to my horror. We have Bruno Brookes writing for (alt ulus Where will all this end?
Perhaps next we can expect to see |immv Saville lreing ‘proud to present’ I” Bit PI), or 1-arrv flagman informing us of the stunning new animation techniques in Ihince of 'mm 2. The possibilities are endless and horrifying.
It’s probably inc. but I find it quite hysterical when Jakki Brambles starts to tell me about the PCMCIA slot and how I can 'write to her for more inlo'. One thing is for sure, show business and the Amiga scene don't mix very well.
I think you. Its the publishers, have a responsibility to nip this in the bud. By barring the adverts and hence stopping this worrying trend from escalating.
Douglas Stowed One of the purposes of any advert is lo establish a brand identity for the adi er- tiser. The two adverts you refer lo haie obviously achieved this aim. If? Don't see anything horrific ill the advent of shou'- business endorsements in the Amiga world. It happens in every other sphere of events, Arnold Schwarzenegger was in hmeion selling hamburgers Ihe other day.
Ilruiw Hrnokrs is a committed Amiga OK, the game's up. You can't Idol us six per cent. How could you have photographed Duncan Walts 'A Sample Reader' buying issue 49 inside issue 49 of Amiga Fanned, when it obviously couldn't have been puls- lished? Has he got a time machine?
If so he could hardly he called an average reader.
Perhaps Duncan's copy hasn't got pages 174 5 inside it. If not he should take it back!
I would have loved to see the amazement on his face when lie- looked inside and there, as if hv magic there he is.
Come on... an explanation please. The whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Dawn Dick, Cumbria user, anil we'd adamantly support anything that managed lo gel Jimmy Saville into our pages.
As for thf Amiga not mixing with show business, it is used to create the Idles for The Chart Show, the graphics for Games-Master and Star Test, to create the 31) ray traced sfxice ships in Iiabvlon
5. And to run Paul Robinson s business in Neighbours. Sounds like
the Amiga and shear business are already rather uell
acquainted.
We hoped a few of you would like that bit of visual trickery. W got a pre ness proof (a cromalin) of the cover, which is a high quality colour-correct print out used by the printers to make sure they are getting the colours right. We then stuck Ihe cromalin TIME MACHINE BAD MATHS Recently I was reading your questionnaire results in Amiga Format 49. I was puzzled to read that 49 per cent of your readers owned a monitor, and 48 per cent owned a TV used as a monitor. What on earth do the other 3 per rent use to 'help' them use their Amigas.
Toby Byrne, Northwich VETERAN MACHINE My Amiga will he six years old this Christmas, hut sadlv everv game I buy just does not work, although mv older ones do.
Mv Amiga is a 1.2 version. Could you please tell me if it is possible to upgrade il to 1.3 in some way?
Simon Blood, Bishop Auckland The thing with questionnaires is that people always take the questions lo mean different things, and there is rarely room to be more sfiecific. What we think this answer reflects, is that Id per cent of people have a second telmision dedicated to Amiga use. Rather than splitting their main television between watching programs and computing.
On to the front of an issue 48 and dispatched Steve Bradley to WH Smith to find a reader. So what you are seeing isn' some Orwellian temporal paradox, just a modem day tnck.
Uppading an older A500 to Workbench
1. 1 is certainly possible, but you may he Continued overleaf
OCTOBER 1993 READERS' LETTERS hr!In off skijrping a number or
two anti upgrading to Kickstart 2. For most machines it's just
a question of removing the oltl Kickstart ROM chip and replac
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Formal advertisers. If you have a really old machine, you may
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READ LETTER Until recently I hail a Commodore (VI which I used mainly for playing text adventures. I began to notice reviews for Amiga adventures, so I decided to sell my ( 4 and the accompanying games, and upgrade to an Amiga (the best decision of my life). Since purchasing the Amiga I have not been able lo buy a single lexl adventure.
My local games suppliers tell me dial I bey can't get bold of any of the old adventures. But one of the suppliers blatantly advertises the Magnetic Scrolls Collection including Fish.
Corruption and The Guild of Thieves.
When I asked for it I was told that they couldn’t get hold of it. This situation is driving me mad. I have the Amiga, all I need is the text adventure’s to make my life perfect. Help!
Brian Coward, Cowley it !v text adventures you want, then lexl adventures you shall have. The 1 .ost Treasures of lufocom collection is without a doubt the product for you. It contains a incredible 20 of the best text adventures ever available on the Amiga.
It is available from our very own mail order pages, so turn to page 15H now.
Llul now you've made Ihe ste i up to a better machine, why don’t you make the most of it. And give a few of the Amiga's superb graphic adventures a go? 1 you get hold of a cofry of Secret of Monkey Island, or Legend of Kyrandia, ue're sure you won V be disap iointed.
PD PUBLISHING I am writing about a subject I have not seen discussed in your letters pages before.
I have had the idea of designing a disk-based magazine which I want to distribute through the Public Domain channels, and probably free of charge. I know that this is not a new idea by any means, but I cannot think of anybody who is doing this sort id thing, at least not legally (mentioning no names).
I work in close proximity to a local PD and they have offered to help me when the maga .ine is in its entirety. My main problem lies in the legal aspects of such a venture. I want to cover as many subjects and attract as much public response as possible.
But at the same time I do not want to tread on anyone's toes.
Please help me.
SJ Brown, Nottingham Wr area't quite clear what kind of help you require. Hut if your concerns are those of legality, the only precautions you have to take are to avoid infringing anyone's copyright, or breaking any other laws.
Simply make sure all the text and graphics on the disk are your own work, or that you have permission to use it. And then you should be all right. You must be sure not to break the obscenity, official secrets, and prevention of terrorism laws too.
SUBS DISK-CONTENT With respect to Coverdisks, why should subscribers be treated differently from other regular and dedicated readers who have placed a linn standing order for Amiga Format with their newsagent?
I have bought every single copy of Amiga Format since issue T this way.
In fact, my newsagent even reserves me copies of the Amiga Format Specials as well. Do not forget that there are undoubtedly many more readers exactly like myself who cannot afford to dole out the subscription rate in one Single payment. And must therefore resort to purchasing their favourite magazine at the local newsagent each month .
I think you should seriously consider offering copies of these special Coverdisks - lor which I would be willing to pay - to all the dedicated and long-standing readers who could provide proof from their newsagent confirming that they are receiving regular copies of Amiga Formal. What do you say?
W Walker, Dudley Ihe second disk is designed to thank our regular and dedicated readers for their loyally to Ihe mag. You, and people like yourself, obviously fall into this category.
As for not being aware of anybody else producing disk magazines, get down to your local I'll library and investigate. We think you will find that llieir are many good, legitimate disk-based magazines, like AM KM and Grapevine. So you've got quite a lot of competition, but Ihe best of luck all Ihe same.
And it would be nice to be able to extend the second disk lo you also. Hut the main reason we are able to offer the second disk is that the cost of subscription copies of the magazine does not involve a cut for the distribution company and retailer. So we can include the subs disk free of charge.
I am not sure that we can sell the subs disk lo you. It could get very fiddly selling things with a nominal unit value, the postage and packing may end up costing more than the disk. We are aware that there are people who cannot subscribe for financial reasons, or that buy the magazine regularly from Ihe news agent. If there is any way we can practically bring the second disk to these people, we will THANKS Just a quick note to say that it's about time subscribers were rewarded for shelling out up front. The sub- scribers disk is an excellent idea - keep it up!
M Ferrier, Louth Thanks to all of you who hai e written and phoned to express your appreciation of the subscribers disk. Hut we have always tried to offer that bit extra to subscribers. Two extra issues or an item of free software were the chosen incentives before the disk came along. These two ofilions are still available at a small extra cost, but they still represent a bargain.
FIX FANX just a quick letter to thank you for the Speedball 2 fix for the A1200. It has been my favourite game to have a quick bash on for ages, but I always had to get the trusty old A500 out to play it. This fix saves me loads of hassle and I'm truly grateful to you and the author. Please produce more of these fixes in the future. I'm sure there must be plenty of people out there with old A500 games which they would love to Ik- able to play on their Al 200s.
Dave Bragg, Leamington Spa We loo would like to extend our thanks to 1‘hill HR for those cheats. Speedball 2 is one of my fiersonal favourites, and only being able to play it in the office ll've only got an A121X1 at home) was really beginning to get on my nerves. What I really want now is a SWIV fix.
CHEAT CHEAT I am a cheat who has a bit of a problem! Every time that I want to look up the codes for a game such as The Addams Family I have to go through about half of my large collection of Amiga Formats.
So I thought long ami hard about it. And came up with this idea. With your next issue you could include a folder and dividers, then you could reprint all the old cheats and new ones on sheets of paper to go with your mag. These could then be pulled out and filed.
Col NIC Dorward, BFPO 140 dan V kntnr if uie fan do what you suggest (iolonrl Dorword, hut I do haw some inlormalion that may help you. A group of fodors in the UK, railed Serious Software, are currently producing an miles a every serious and game software teidew, niery hardware review and. Get this hit, every game cheat ever published m Amiga Format.
You can contact them al 79 Windrmrre l nve, Gillingham, ME8 9I)X for more info.
I AM THE FLY The thing on the bottom left hand corner of page I57 of Amiga Format issue 50 is a magnified shot of a house-fly. Do I get a pin badger James Shaw, Nottingham.
I 'm. You do!
BASICALLY... I have just purchased an Amiga 1200 which I believe to lie a very powerful and capable machine for the price I paid. But I was dismayed to find that it did not come with any programming languages. This is most inconvenient since the main reason for me buying a computer was so that I could write my own software. If I just wanted to play games I would have bought a Sega console.
I have contacted a few software suppliers, but none of them were able to help mi', so I wonder if you can.
What I am after is a version of '(!'
BASIC, or PASCAL which is I00 per cent compatible with the A12(H). And is able lo use its sound and graphics capabilities fully, as well as perform standard programming functions such as disk file creation and multi- dimension arrays. Do you know of any that are available, or that are soon to tie released?
F Cleaves, Gillingham Hr certainly do know of a few programming languages. If you want lo try your hand with an advanced BASIC, then buy next month's copy of Amiga Format. On the second ioverdisk you will find a working version of Acid Software's Blit Basic, a [mweifulprogramming language that is extremely fast.
If you like the language, anil we know that you will, you can gel hold of an upgrade for your Coverdi.sk - an advanced users pack - which offers many extra features, and a compiler so that you can create standalone applications from your programs. Amiga Format issue 52
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UNRELIABILITY I have a friend who owns an Amiga 500 which is roughlv six years old and crashes (resets spontaneously) every 10 minutes or so. This is rather frustrating, especially since we have an Amiga 5(H) which is about four years old. Can we cxjx-c i it to start crashing and having real problems in a few years time? Why aren’t Amigas made to last.
We also have a Commodore 64 which was bought secondhand in 1986 and has only been repaired once in seven years. Why aren’t some ol today’s improved top-of-lhe- range computers able* to last like the* old primitives?
Michael Saunders, Warragul, Australia Don’t In’ ftrssimistic, just brcause you have n frimd whose Amiga has gtme belly up doesn V mean that yours will. We have many Amigas in the of fur that have endured treatment (or should we say abuse) that would send most machines lo the scrapyard, yet they keep soldienng on with admirable endurance.
As with many electrical appliances and electronic devices, there are some dujj Amigas, but the number is nowhere near as high as you seem to think.
Ihe problem with your fiend's Continued overleaf THE MAN AT THE TOP Keen to increase communication between The Big C and the Amiga community. Commodore general manager David Pleasance will be answering your letters on a monthly basis.
Cs 'Home-made' machine?
As a result of being caught out by one of The Big C's marketing cons (buying an A500 plus just before they were discontinued) I was reluctant to buy an AGA model until I read Afs glowing review of the A4000 030, so I got a 4Mb RAM 120Mb hard drive version. First Computer Centre in Leeds supplied it, but they sent me a 2Mb RAM 80Mb version fitted with an extra 2Mb of RAM and a 120Mb drive. To fit these they had opened the case, destroying the warranty sticker. And the badge on the front of the machine says A4000 EC030.
When ordered it I did not expect a 'home-made' A4000.
A) Has the normal’ A4000 030 got a 68030 or a 68EC030 CPU?
B) Is this sort of malpractice illegal?
C) Is my warranty worthless?
D) Have I got a ‘down specified' machine?
E) What should I do?
Rick Parkin, Brighton
a) The 40001030 has the 68EC030 fitted by Commodore as standard,
and this is commonly described as an 030 or 68030 chip, so
your machine has the right processor fitted.
B) If by 'malpractice' you are referring to First fitting the RAM
and upgrading the hard disk themselves, let me clarify the
situation. The A4000I030 is shipped by Commodore with 2Mb of
RAM - either be 1*1 or 2*0 - and with a choice of 85 or 120Mb
hard disks. Any extra RAM and hard disks are supplied and
fitted by the dealer, should the need arise. It appears First
Computer did nothing remotely illegal.
C) The warranty is only made void if an unqualified person
attempts a repair or upgrade. Due to its open architecture it
is expected that users will need dealers to add items. So your
warranty is still valid.
D) No, you definitely do not have a 'down specified' machine.
E) Use and enjoy your A4000I030.
Feeling ripped off!
As one of the many who feel a bit ripped off after buying a CDTV. I would like to know if the new Amiga CD32 will:
a) Be available at a reduced price upgrade to CDTV owners?
B) Will our existing keyboards and floppy drives fit the new
unit?
C) Will we be able to attach a printer to CD32?
D) Will I be able to sue Commodore for making me bankrupt?
Steve Bailey, Birmingham I am sorry you regret buying a CDTV. When it was released, it was hailed as a breakthrough in technology, delivering a powerful storage media combined with the features of Amiga 500 computing.
Amiga CD32 is a games console, the best in the world. Its £299 price reflects this. This means it is difficult to provide a trade-in offer for something that costs less than CDTV. We are looking into this and will let Amiga Format know the outcome. If you want to attach a keyboard, floppy drive and printer, then you'd be better off with an A1200, which is designed for computing, not just playing games.
It is highly unlikely that Commodore could in any way be considered responsible for any financial position you find yourself in.
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LiOj Faulty COVERDISKS The disks are duplicated and stuck on the magazine by a separate firm we employ. If you have a faulty disk, send it enclosing an SAE. To: DIS- COPY LABS, UNITS 2 & 3, OMEGA TECHNICAL CENTRE. DRAYTON FIELDS.
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Machine muv simply be lliul his Agnus chip is overhealing, tell him lo gel il checked out.
BABYLON COMING If any of your readers wish lo see the actual animation, and various oilier sequences from Babylon * . Line's some good news.
I have just found a trailer for Babylon 5 on the video cassette of the film Slay Tuned, which can l e rented from anv good video library. The trailer is only short, but it gives you a good taste ol what Babylon 5 will In- like - and it looks extremely good.
Andrew Harvey, Beauly Although Bahvlon 5 hasn’t been fucked up b a British broadcasting TV station as yet. It is In be released by Warner • in video in September.
We’re all looking forward to it immensely. Ihe Amiga created animations are some of the most spectacular sfmce footage we've ever seen.
F1 SOLUTION I've just read C.hris Morris’ letter in Amiga Format 50.
I too was a Speccy Formula I addict who upgraded to the Amiga. I then purchased Formula I Challenge from Amivision. Which has many similarities. Maybe Chris would like to give it a go. It was advertised on page 169 of issue 50.
Neil, Coventry Anyone wanting those FI thrills should contact Amivision on Dept AF, I Cherringlon Drive, (krai Wyrley, Walsall, WS6 6NE, or turn to page 165.
REPLAY REACTION I have an Action Replay Mkl and am in need of a copy of the utilities disk as mine has had it. I phoned Dalcl but they don't have any. And I advertised locally with no luck.
If you have one. Your help would be much appreciated. If not. Conld you please print this letter. I would pay any cost involved if a fellow Amiga Format reader can assist.
Mick Sutcliffe. 5 Park a, Ivybridge. PL21 OBU I'm afraid our Dalcl Action Replay I went MIA a long lime ago. Ilul we’ll put the word out to our readers, and see if any of them can help.
Next lime, back il up!
DMCS BLUES I have recently bought issue 50 of Amiga Format, with what I thought was a good music program on the Coverdisk. I wanted to print some music, and to do that I had to save it. What do you know, you've disabled it.
Then I tried lo print it straight off, but found out that you had disabled the printing system as well.
Where can I get the full copy, and how much is it?
Matthew Heap, Oswestry The version of Deluxe Music Conduction Set 2 on our September Coverdisk was merely a demo. We clearly staled this on the disk s label, so il should have come as no surprise lo you lo discover that some of the features were in fad disabled.
If you want lo know more about Ihe complete package, turn now to page 122 and read Ihe first full review of the finished software.
CD ME I am thinking of buying a CDTV and would like to know the following:
a) Do you think it is worth me buying one at the moment?
B) Are there any new games being planned for CDTV?
C) When is Microcosm coming out, and will it be any good?
D) I was told that you can't play Amiga games that require a meg
and a CDTV multimedia system. Is this actually correct?
If it is true, why are Indi selling Kirk Off 2 with the CDTV, since this program requires one meg.
Robert Elson, Farnham It’s very dif irull lo make recommendations as far as CDTV is concerned. If you wanI Ihe aliilily to use CJ)TV software, and do normal computing applications as well, then the CDTV with a mouse, keyboard and floppy drive is Ihe only way lo do it at present. Ilul if you only want lo play games, then Ihe new CD*2 is a much lie!In option.
There are very few new games coming out for the CDTV, but there will be loads far Ihe CJ)32.
Microcosm is due lo be launched 'at the end of Ihe year', but Ihe only Amiga platform il will he available for will be the CD32.
The reason that the CDTV ran only play some one meg games is down to memory usage. If a game requires more than 5I2K to run, il will be marketed as a one meg game. Ilul il may only use 900K.
These games will work on a CDTV, but games which use almost all of the memory will not have room lo work, because Ihe CJ) drive uses some memory loo.
REYNARD THE NAZI I am writing to complain about 77 us Ihe Fox. It's an excellent game, but I do detect a bit of racism in the game.
1 mean it's funny how the evil person happens to Ik- a Muslim. If they want to discriminate against a religion, then why not let it Ik- their own.
Ahmad Malik And what about al! Ihe games where the villains are while Anglo-Saxon Protestants!
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Coverdisk. Wall, next month we're giving away tt program utad to era at* the game - Bhti Basie 2!
Yes - we've got a full, complete and working version of Blitz Basic 2 to give away. And that's just what we're going to do on next month's Coverdisk.
For those of you who don't know - Blitz is a very powerful programming language capable of producing games and even applications software of commercial quality. And Blitz can make full use of Intuition, the .Amiga's windows environment, so you can open screens and windows, and scroll smoothly. And because Blitz compiles into KM) per cent machine code, it operates incredibly quickly.
So you’d better order your copy now if you don’t want to miss out!
VIDEO TOASTER The Video Toaster has long been acclaimed as one of the best video effects peripherals ever to come out on the Amiga. It's a genlock, a 24-bit graphics card, a real time effects processor and only usable with the American NTSC video standard.
Until now, that is.
Next issue we will be taking a look at two new conveners which allow you to use the NTSC-only Toaster 4(MH) with UK PAL video equipment. We'll also be looking at the Toaster itself, and the sofl- I ware that comes with it.
NcwTek’s Video Toaster has been out of bounds to Amiga users in the UK. This could all be about to change - find out why next issue.
ISSUE 52 NOVEMBER WAITING FOR YOU AT YOUR NEWSAGENT FROM SEPTEMBER 23RD POWERSCANNER V3-D The awarding winning PowerScanner is able to scan from 100 - 400DPI in 64 greyscales. The scanning software included allows you to edit and manipulate any image you scan.
The scanner interface includes a through port for a printer.(T oAMIGAon)ydiiplayi 16g*eys) POWERSCANNER V3.0 .....£99 POWERSCANNER INC. OCR ...£149 The award winning external disk drive which includes Anti-Click (cures that annoying click), Virus Blocker (prevents viruses) and built-in Backup hardware.
The PC880B is available with Blitz Amiga, Blitz and X-Copy or Cyclone compatible (this drive is only available to registered owners of X-Copy Professional. You must provide proof of purchase of X-Copy Professional). The drive comes in a choice of two colours, black or cream.
PC880B WITH BLITZ AMIGA ....£60 PC880B WITH BLITZ, X-COPY ..£75 PC880B (CYCLONE COMPATIBLE) .£65 PC880B IN BLACK CASE ...£65 P0UER DRIVES OCR JUNIOR SOFTWARE ..£49 OCR FULL VERSION UPGRADE ..£49 (OCR tuH WSKX' 11 0"*y ovariobl* to rog.Oefed jMKt ot OCR Juotcx) COLOUR POUERSCANNER Scan 100 - 400 DPI in 4096 colours, with the Colour PowerScanner.
The scanner interface includes a full through port.
COLOUR POWERSCANNER ....£239 P0UERSCAN UPGRADES If you consider your scanner system to be inferior to the Power Scanner, we will upgrade your software and interface.
V3.0 UPGRADE inc interface) ..£49.95 V3.0 UPGRADE (software, send saei £ 15 EPSON GT-bSDD High resolution 24-bit colour flatbed scanning from Epson. Scan up to A4 in size on this 600 DPI scanner. Comes with PowerScan software or ASDG software.
PC880E ECONOMY DRIVE ..£49.95 PC881 A500 INTERNAL ....£45 PC882 A2000 INTERNAL ..£45 POWER DUAL DRIVE £125 3-5" SYQUEST DRIVE EPSON GT-6500 (inc software) ...£799 EPSON GT-ADDD Power is official distributor for Epson High resolution 24-bit colour flatbed scanning from Epson. Scan up to A4 in size on this 800 DPI scanner. Comes with PowerScan software or ASDG software.
3. 5" SYQUEST DRIVE (17ms) .£739
3. 5" 105MB CARTRIDGE ..£79 BLITZ AMIGA EPSON GT-8000 iinc
software) .£1199 TRANSPARENCY ADAPTOR Backup disks at
lightning speeds, and stop all external drives from
clicking.Blitz does not let viruses from being written into
the bootblocker.(Ttie 1988 Copyright act opplies| BLITZ AMIGA
.£15 FLOPTICAL DISK DRIVE Scan up to
5"x 4" transparencies.
Available for the GT - 6500 and GT - 8000 scanners.
TRANSPARENCY ADAPTOR £589 DOCUMENT FEEDER Automatic 50-sheet document feeder for the GT-6500 and GT-8000 scanners.
FLOPTICAL A2000 KIT ....£289 FLOPTICAL A500 EXTERNAL....£389 DOCUMENT FEEDER ..£399 ALCD MEMORY CARD 1 MB RAM with battery backed clock A600 1MB RAM ...£39.95 PC501+ MEMORY CARD Our RAM board is designed especially for the A500+ computer and comes with 1 MB of RAM on-board to expand your memory to 2MB of chip RAM (fits in the trap-door).
PC501+ MEMORY CARD .....£35.95 I-SMB RAM BOARD Fully supports 1MB of chip RAM and is fully compatible with Fatter Agnus (requires Kickstart 1.3 and above, not compatible with A500+. Your Amiga needs to be opened, this may effect your warranty).
1. 5MB RAM BOARD ..£85 1MB WITH THRU'PORT Expand
your A500's memory up to a total of 2MB without di sposing of
your existing 512K upgrade (works with 1MB chip RAM, 512K RAM
must be 4 chip type or not exceeding 9cm in length. Your Amiga
needs to be opened, this may effect your warranty).
1MB WITH THRU'PORT .....£49 A50D MEMORY CARD 4 Chip 512K RAM expansion with or without battery backed clock.
Free software included (A500+ compatible) A500 CARD WITH CLOCK .£29 A500 CARD WITHOUT CLOCK ..£24 A5DD AMB P0WERB0ARD Expand your Amiga from 2MB to 8MB of RAM. Plugs into side slot, full auto config.
And full through port.
A500 2MB POWERBOARD ....£129 A500 4MB POWERBOARD ....£189 A500 8MB POWERBOARD ....£289 1 X 4 ZIP ..£14.95 A2DDD AMB POWERBOARD 2MB to 8MB RAM expansion for the A2000 A2000 2MB POWERBOARD £99 A2000 4MB POWERBOARD ...£149 A2000 8MB POWERBOARD ...£239 connoDORE amiga A wide range of Amiga's are available.
Al200 ..£295 Al 200 60MB HD .£475 Al200 80MB HD £505 Al 200 170MB HD ...£660 A1200 212MB HD ..£725 A4000 68040 120MB HD 6MB.£2329 A4000 68030 80MB HD 4MB ..£1129 A4000 68030 80MB HD 2MB ....£979 MONITORS A wide range of monitors are available.
PHILIPS CM8833 MK2 ....£229 INCLUDES LOTUS 1, ON-StTE MAINTENANCE COMMODORE 1084S .....£199 MULTISYNC MONITOR £POA IC D PRODUCTS ICD sole distributor. Trifecta is SCSI 2 and IDE compatible. (Trifecta EC is only IDE) TRIFECTA 2000 LX BARE .£139 80MB HD .....£239 160MB HD ...£329 200MB HD ...£399 TRIFECTA 500 LX BARE ...£195 80MB HD .....£295 160MB HD ...£359 200MB .£459 TRIFECTA 500 EC BARE ...£145 80MB HD
.....£279 160MB HD ...£339 200MB HD ...£419 AD IDE 2 PRIMA BARE .....£70 80MB HD .....£245 160MB HD ...£309 200MB HD ...£399 PRIMA 3.5" MOUNTING KIT ...£29 AD IDE 2 NOVI A 60MB HD.....£259 80MB HD .....£299 130MB HD ...£379 212MB HD ...£499 NOVIA 2.5" MOUNTING KIT ...£19 ADSPEED AMIGA .£119 FLICKER FREE VIDEO 2 ....£185 ELECTRIC FINGERS CLUB The
Power BBS is a bulletin board service.
Phone 0234 841503. Speeds up to 16.8K SUPRA MODEMS SUPRA FAX MODEM* ....£119 (INCLUDING PSU, CABLE AND SOFTWARE) SUPRA FAX MODEM 32BIS ....£249 HOME MUSIC KIT HOME MUSIC KIT .£69.95 MIDI INTERFACE ...£15.95 GVP A 5 3? TURBO HD A 40 Mhz 68030 EC accelerator.
80MB HD 0MB RAM £549 160MB HD 0MB RAM .....£649 200MB HD 0MB RAM .....£699 68882 UPGRADE KIT ......£224 GVP SERIES S HD External hard drive for the Amiga 500.
Expand up to 8MB on-board.
80MB HD .....£339 160MB HD ...£409 200MB HD ...£599 EACH 1MB X 8 SIMM £30 CHIPS AND SPARES We stock a wide range of parts and spares.
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 32X4 £159 SIMM 32 X 8 £369 256K X 4 DRAM ......£5 1MB X 1 DRAM ..£4.50 1X4 ZIP ..£14.95 1X4 DIP ..£19.95 PCMCIA 2MB £149
VI. 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. VI.3 ...£55 WORKBENCH 2.04 KIT
.....£75 MISCELLANEOUS
POWERMOUSE ......£15 OPTICAL MOUSE
...£29.95 REPLACEMENT optical mouse mat .£10
100 BRANDED DISKS + BOX £69.99 10 BRANDED DISKS
......£9.95 A1200 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
delivery 24hr C4-50 48hr£2.50 parcel post Cl (UK mainland
only orders under £50) POWER OPTICAL DRIVE 1- Fit 128MB on
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Kempsfon 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 are available on request Specifications and prices are subject to change without notice.
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All prices include VAT.
D 00K) 128MB OPTICAL INTERNAL ....£849 128MB OPTICAL EXTERNAL ...£999 128MB 3.5" OPTICAL DISK .£39.95 SCSI CONTROLLER A2000 ......£129 VIDEO BACKUP SYSTEM 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 ...£179 160MB .£249 200MB .£349 2-5" IDE INTERNAL HD Miniature hard drives for the A600 A1200 these drives come complete with a cable and installation software.
60MB INTERNAL HD .£1 79 80MB INTERNAL HD .£210 130MB INTERNAL HD ......£299 170MB INTERNAL HD ......£365 212MB INTERNAL HD ......£430 GVP A2DDD HARD CARD High quality SCSI hard card.
BARE £129 80MB ...£279 160MB .£349 200MB .£419 AUTO ROM SHARER Power Computing's innovative 4MB 32-bit memory expansion for the Amiga 1 200 is now available. The PC I 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 a maths co-processor installed.
Power PC 1204 A leading competitor Speed Vs standard A600 Speed Vs standord A1200 CPU MIPS 4 84 rimes faster 2 19 times foster 2 96 4 79 times faster 2 17 times foster 2 93 PC 1 204 4MB with clock, no FPU Processor £1 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 clock, 40MHz 68882 FPU £299.95 PC 1204 4MB with Clock, 50MHz 68882 FPU £339.95 The PC 1204 4MB Memory Expansion for the Commodore Amiga 1200.
Power Computing's XL I .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 writ ten 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.
XL.
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