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AMIGA NEWS Motorola's PowerPC chip could well be sitting inside the next big box Amiga. ‘i£v Wordworth versus Final Writer 94 With updates of their popular word publishing packages, Digita and Softwood are going head-to-head for your cash. We pit their products against one another to see which one packs the bigger punch. Easy Ledgers 2 99 An accounts package may not seem the most exciting of programs, but Jason Holborn proves that first appearances can be deceptive. 3D Products 102 WaveMaker, Essence 3 and Spark all help you to create special effects in your 3D animations. We take them for a test render. Video Backup System 3.0 107 Hard drives can corrupt, floppies are a pain, magneto-optical dives are expensive. So why not try backing up to video tape instead? We're not kidding - just don't tape over your mum's EastEnders... Video Options Card 110 If you've ever felt a burning desire to plug your Amiga into a dozen different monitors, this kit gives you all the options you'll ever need. CD-ROM round-up 114 At long last it looks like the Amiga has jumped on board the CD bandwagon. So Jason Holborn reviews a new CD drive from Gasteiner and looks at a whole host of new Cds for the Amiga. * 0 v I m Every new Amiga game reviewed and rated!

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patterns and colours Output as IFF-file or graphic pnntout Optional display of legend and axis labeling Macro ARexx Arexx port Free menu definitico Macro language with more than 120 instructions Database Integrated database with numerous data definition and retrieval options: Search, copy and delete operations according to user-defined criteria.
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Expiry date CheQim lid Name Address tkr* upto 7 dto dear Sign award winning PR DUCTS 4 4 a b Stanley St. Bedford MK4I 7 R W telephone 023 4 2 7 3 0 0 0 facsimile 0 2 3 4 3 5 2 2 0 7 DECEMBER 1994 k. CONTENTS David Pleasance treats Nick Veitch and Steve Jarratt to a splendid rendition of Scarborough Fair at the FES.
93 Page 45 0 1 UJIHS M3M Wf W Mortal Kombat II 46 Cannon Fodder 2 52 Premier Manager 3 56 Alien Breed 2: Tower Assault 58 Mortal Kombat ii finall$ ) ?hitsthe Amiga,- «rtd * We've got the only finished version!
Pinball Illusions Lords Of The Realm Sim City 2000 Overlord Zeewolf Fields Of Glory Aladdin 62 64 66 70 72 76 78 81 81 82 85 85 Run the RISC p32 RISC processing is changing the face of computing - and the Amiga is next in line. We explain the ins and outs of Reduced Instruction Set Computing.
MAIN FEATURE Showtime! P22 Amigas on show at FES, plus news of World Of Amiga at Wembley.
Chelsea attack! P24 Commodore under cash threat from soccer club.
AMIGA NEWS Motorola's PowerPC chip could well be sitting inside the next big box Amiga.
‘i£v Wordworth versus Final Writer 94 With updates of their popular word publishing packages, Digita and Softwood are going head-to-head for your cash. We pit their products against one another to see which one packs the bigger punch.
Easy Ledgers 2 99 An accounts package may not seem the most exciting of programs, but Jason Holborn proves that first appearances can be deceptive.
3D Products 102 WaveMaker, Essence 3 and Spark all help you to create special effects in your 3D animations. We take them for a test render.
Video Backup System 3.0 107 Hard drives can corrupt, floppies are a pain, magneto-optical dives are expensive. So why not try backing up to video tape instead?
We're not kidding - just don't tape over your mum's EastEnders... Video Options Card 110 If you've ever felt a burning desire to plug your Amiga into a dozen different monitors, this kit gives you all the options you'll ever need.
CD-ROM round-up 114 At long last it looks like the Amiga has jumped on board the CD bandwagon. So Jason Holborn reviews a new CD drive from Gasteiner and looks at a whole host of new Cds for the Amiga.
* 0 v I m Every new Amiga game reviewed and rated!
Cannon Fodder 2 (left) - have Sensible done it again? Or is it just a case of gore of the same? Zeewolf (above) takes a starring role on our Coverdisk and earns itself an Amiga Format Gold into the bargain.
Embryo Starlord Voyages Of Discovery GameBusters Helping Hand Introduction SERIOUSLY AMIGA 4 COVERDISK 1: TIGER CUB p10 We've had loads of people after Music-X - well Tiger Cub is the next best thing! Learn all you need to know about MIDI sequencing with Dr T's excellent music package over on page 10.
EXCLUSIVE! MORTAL KOMBAT II p46 We don't often go this mad over a game but, heck, this isn't just any old game. First review, right here.
TUTORIALS DTP Tutorial 150 Marcus Dyson helps you create your own personal stationery.
Paint Tutorial 154 Jason Holborn puts things into perspective.
OctaMED 160 Ed Wiles demonstrates some special effects using AF62’s music composer Coverdisk.
Blitz Basic 2 164 Sprites and Shapes are the subject for the last of Roy Ferguson's Blitz Basic tutorials.
COIN-OP! P49 No, It's no joke. We've really got an Mortal Kombat II arcade box and it's up for grabs to the readers of Amiga Format and Amiga Power!
WORLD OF AMIGA P22 Commodore start to show signs of life again, by hosting the World Of Amiga Show at Wembley, 9-11 December.
COVERDISK 2: ZEEWOLF p14 Binary Asylum's first ever game is a brilliant helicopter shoot-em-up. Featured on our Coverdisk is a specially written mission - for a full briefing turn to page 14!
Month In View 6 How To Use Your Coverdisks 10 Pixel 3D Pro Fix _____ 16 Amiga Format Presents 18 Jeff Walker Column 23 Tim Smith Column 26 Subscriptions 38 Public Domain 125 Back Issues 134 Readers' Offers 138 Workbench 143 Comms 169 3D Graphics 173 Letters 175 Gallery 178 Next Month 185 Advertisers' Index 186 More people read Amiga Format than any other Amiga magazine on the planet!
AMIGA FORMAT Welcome to Amiga Format. By choosing this magazine you have just made a very wise decision: this is the world's most popular Amiga magazine. And that means more Amiga users know us, trust us and choose to read us than anyone else.
DECEMBER 1994 Why? Because Amiga Format's readers know they can trust our judgment and buying recommendations. Because we thoroughly test products, for one thing, and because we're not afraid to tell the truth.
No matter how harsh it may be.
The proof? Commodore itself regularly chooses Amiga Format to prepare special editions of the magazine to be bundled with its machines. And surveys have consistently shown that retailers trust Amiga Formats reviews above any other magazine.
So you know you can read Amiga Format with confidence. Welcome to the world's biggest community of Amiga users!
Steve Jarratt, Editor A I last, the results arc in! Nti. Not the Oscars or front the clinic or even the
2. 30 at Doncaster. The Amiga Format survey entries (from issue
63) have been painstakingly collected and collated. And then
printed out all neat and that. So. Just what is an Amiga
Format reader and what do you think?
Once again the hulk of you are male, with just 4% being female. Sad to say that Amiga computing is still a male-dominated sport (apart from the AF office which has a 44.4% female quotient).
DECEMBER 1 99A MONTH IN VIEW This month in view We've finally collated all of the Amiga Format survey results and now Steve Jarratt can reveal exactly who you are and what you think.
The majority of AF readers are aged betw een 15 and 19. Although it seems we have something of a cull following among the 30-10 year olds, and a healthy core of over 40s. So a hig hello to all you erumblv Amiga owners out there.
According to our figures, you live all over the place hut proliferate in the SE of England. That might have something to do with the quaint market town of London being in that general direction.
One per cent of our readers live in ‘the rest of the world' and we know some of you reside in the US, but you didn't show up. Statistically speaking.
With regard to your vocational occupation.
28% of A 's loyal following are at school. 25% are at college or university, while 38% are in full lime employment. Unfortunately, 9% are unemployed, but then Amiga Format - with its high-value Coverdisk programs - must he a Godsend for active Amiga owners with a cashflow problem.
As for hardware, around half of you own AI200s, with another 30% tinkering with A500s.
19% of you possess AbOOs. While the remaining 19% have A3000s. A lOOOs. CD5** and (oops) CDTVs. (I know that doesn't add up - a lot of you have the luxury of being a two-machine family!)
Of course, this means that over three quarters of you are running on at least Workbench 2.0, while only 20% are still dinging doggedly on to WB 1.3. If you're thinking of upgrading, check out issue 65. P26. For £10 off Workbench 3.1. When it comes to buying Amiga-related produce, your opinions are divided: two thirds of you reckon that its the price that matters over and above the reputation of the company, the quality of service or even the size of the advertisement.
* Mail order companies take note.
Amiga Format was also the subject of our survey: 72% or our readers are loyal.
'every month' type of people, while 27% are occasional, 'when it looks good' buyers you fair- weather friends, you.
So why do you buy Amiga Format': For the bulk of readers it was a split derision between the contents, the Covcrdisks and those who subscribe (and therefore get it no matter how great it is). A meagre 7% of you were influenced by the cover - and your favourite was issue 63's rendered llot Off The Press logo. (Coincidentally, that was the issue that won Future's prestigious Cover Of The Month award, so everyone agrees... it's gurt lush as our Art Kd Sue White might say.)
And. Nnally. What of the competition!' 26% of you admitted to reading our sister maga .ine Amiga Shopper, with 31% claiming to peruse Amiga Power. CamesMaster and Edge also made a low- percentile appearance - as did some tawdry Amiga rags from the enemy. Still. I suppose you have to fill those lonely evenings waiting for Amiga Format to hit the streets... One of the minor disappointments this month was that we found out about the Amiga version of Mortal Komhat II too late to get a Coverdisk demo.
Acclaim were keen on the idea, hut the coders at Probe are working overtime to gel the game finished ready for Christmas --
- we only just got the y 1 Still, at least that has enabled us to
pul Zrrwolf on the Coverdisk. Which, in my humhle opinion. Is
one of the best game demos we've bad for ages. It's very tough,
admittedly, and it takes a while to become accustomed to the
controls (especially on (he mouse). But stick with it and
you'll have a hell of a blast. (And. Let's face it. If I can
complete the entire demo on my third attempt, anyone can!)
And speaking of games, you'll be* able to write your own as from next month. Our extraspecial Christmas issue has three Coverdisk*: two BIG exclusive game dentos (trust me) plus a copy of AMOS Professional. This award-w inning program gives you (he power to create your own games, demos and even simple utilities. Our own resident AMOS pro. Jason liolhom. W ill be giving you some excellent advice on how to start using AMOS and over the coining months will be providing in-depth tutorials to make sure you get the most from this brilliant package.
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Mm WITH THIS MONTH'S COVERDISKS YOU CAN.
Turn on, tune up and make sweet music on your Amiga with our fantastic Tiger Cub sequencer package.
Fly around in a helicopter and shoot things in our exclusive and fiendishly difficult Zeewolf demo.
Making music with your Amiga has never been easier, thanks to our highly excellent Tiger Cub Coverdisk. Maff Evans gives you sound advice on how to get your Coverdisk up and running.
Tiger Cub Ask any manager i a music shop and you’ll find that the to| -sclling piece of equipment is frequently a keyboard workstation - a synthesi er with a built- in sequencer. It may Ik* convenient having everything in one Ik x. But there’s something alwuit having the visual element to play with which makes using a computer-based sequencer a more dynamic wav of working.
Tiger Tub is an example of a ven visual sequencing system. Notes can Ik* edited 01 entered on a grid-based screen, and with all the information on display it can then Ik* tweaked using the mouse.
Tiger is usually only available as part of the KCS system, but the Cub incarnation on this month’s Coverdisk has a few differences to enable it to be used as a stand-alone program. Over the next few pages we'll take you through the main aspects ol the program so that you can find your way around Cub's major screens and edit windows.
()hviousiy we can’t hope to tell you about all ol I'ign (.ub's options here, so these instructions mainly relate to the features on the screens and with a bit of time and experimentation you should he able to negotiate your way around these without too inanv problems.
SETTING UP You c an use Tiger Cub with just an Amiga connected to an amplifier (which is better than using the program with a IA’ or monitor, although vou can get awav with this methcKi at a push), but Tigrr Cub is best used with MIDI instruments. For thisvou’ll need a MIDI interface (costing around tlf ) connected to the Amiga’s serial port. It you're using a single MIDI keyboard, connect its MIDI Out socket to the In socket of the interface and vice versa.
Make sure that the local control of your keyboard is turned off. Because you can use Tiger Cub's MIDI Merge feature (set; the Tape Recorder Every month we scour the known universe to bring you the finest Coverdisk programs and demos for your Amiga. What would you do without us?
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3 When asked for the source disk, insert the Coverdisk and press Return. All of the information on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
Section) to trigger sounds. If you can't turn off local control, make sure that the MIDI Merge feature of Tiger Cub is turned off.
STARTING TIGER CUB The program doesn’t work straight from boot-up, so you'll have to load your Workbench before running Tiger (Alb. Once Workbench is up. Insert the Tiger Cub Coverdisk and double-click on the Cub icon. The program then shows you a slider telling you how much memory is available for sequencing. Moving this to the right reserves more memory for sequence data (not including HARD DISK INSTALLATION Running Tiger Cub from hard disk makes working with it a lot faster.
All you need to do to get it going is create a folder on your hard disk and drag all the Tiger Cub files from your Coverdisk into it (including Cub, the Samples, Drumkits and Instruments folders and all of the Cub icons).
Running the program then simply involves double-clicking on the program icon.
Sounds). If you're not planning to use any internal Amiga samples, whack this all the way across to the right, otherwise put it about half way.
If you're running other software on your Amiga, you'll need to move the slider to the left to free up more space for these programs. Again, it takes a little experimenting to find the right balance depending on how complex your sequences are, how much memory your Amiga has and what else you'll be doing with the machine.
Click on OK and the main Tiger program will run.
Continued overleaf 4 4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the destination disk. Insert the disk you want to copy to and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
Tiger is usually only available as part o* the KCS system, but the AF Coverdisk Tiger Cub incarnation is a complete stand-alone sequencing program in its own right, packed with editing features.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, as it copies in chunks. Finally, type Enddi to close down the Shell. Your copy is complete.
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Most of Tiger Cub's controls are available directly on screen and these are the ones that we'll mainly be dealing with here. A number of options are available via pull-down menus (such as file options and entry into windows for editing instruments and loading sample banks) and many of the menu functions link to the edit screens, so you'll be able to figure out what they do from the screen Sound it out controls listed here. Those menu functions that don't tie in with the edit screen are pretty standard fare and can be fathomed out with about 10 minutes' experimentation.
THE CONDUCTOR TRACK I bis window can be called up from a menu and shows Tempo and Time Signature changes within a track. If you click in the TS window, you can change the Time Signature from that bar anti call up a new Time Signature from the window that than appears. Tempo changes tan be added using the mouse in the same wav as continuous controller information.
THE ENVIRONMENT WINDOW This is where you enter the settings for Tiger Cub's working environment. These parameters include things such as the limits of select and paste bulfcrs, how many steps there are to a heat, how many bars to use as a record count in. MIDI slow (which delays certain messages to avoid MIDI hang-ups), rechannelling MIDI messages, what MIDI data to send, whether to play when you arc selecting notes and whether to ignore tempo changes in the conductor track.
INTERNAL SAMPLES l if'rr Cub can play back nines using internal samples and here is where you organise these into EE CNMtE MoftUK EDVItMtCIl Event* left ttXtr cUtftup: INK Ulnt l«»f»r: *«• PttU M(ki .7M Imn Hit ***** Fr«n _H t* 1M l"l Tiger Cub provides an impressive level of control over your samples and sounds.
THE TAPE RECORDER SCREEN This is where the track names are listed along with overall controls for recording and playback.
Iger Cub vl.lu TRACK LIST - This shows (from left to right) the track number, the instrument used, the MIDI sample channel, the track name, solo and mute settings, the group setting, an activity channel (which shows a symbol when a note plays) and a comments field. Most of these are info columns, but you type the instrument track name and comments yourself.
TRANSPORT CONTROLS - Usual tape recorder-type controls (Record. Rewind. Forward. Stop. Play. Pause).
Click on Record to make it active then play to start recording. Click on stop when stopped to return to the start of the song. Clicking with the right mouse button starts playing. To record, dick on Record so that it is highlighted (the next track will flash 'RECORD*) and start the sequence playing. If the metronome is turned on, you’ll hear a pulse and be given a count in (which is set in the Environment Window). All you need to do is start playing on your MIDI keyboard.
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TEMPO Shows the current tempo and enables you to change the speed using a slider.
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Edit - Enters the graphic editing display.
MIDI Merge - This acts like a MIDI Thru, sending received info to the MIDI Out.
Quantize - Click the arrows to adjust the auto-correction grid and click to toggle on or off.
Continuous Filter - Toggles the recording of continuous controller information.
Aftertouch Filter - Toggles the recording of aftertouch information.
Cue Rechannel - Similar to Merge, except that received data is recorded and sent out on the specified channel. Controls are as with Quantize.
These buttons control the song location, playback and erasing functions.
Group - Only allows the playback of grouped tracks.
X-Rec - Deletes and resets the current track when you are recording.
Cue - Sets the cue loop. Click here to play from the start cue point (or select and press on Play). The start and end points of the loop are set underneath in measures (set the end point to 0 to play to the end of the song.
INSTRUMENTS AND DRUMKITS These windows enable you to assign sets of patches and drum-sound locations: I IP!! MNKIt InitriwrM Li EE lotd Initruntnt Itnk WSZ Ull Belli E =n res c«i iinsM fj iih»» i[ygom|Tt n E fCMCUl UP»P 1 S*«( Hi] Up to 16 Amiga sampled sounds can be loaded into Tiger Cub and used as instruments.
Instruments. You can load a sound, set the channel it is to be played on, the top and bottom note litniLs, how much to transpose a sound and its volume. Entire banks can be loaded and saved (as well as using individual IFF sample files) and Tigrr Cub attempts to load each specified sample in the list from a bank, so make sure you don't move your sounds around.
Although our Coverdisk comes complete with a range of samples which you can use in your own musical creations, you may eventually want to use' samples other than these in which case you'll need a sound sampler such as the excellent IrchtioSounil Turbo which - as it happens - is available through .1 Mail Order on page 138. Tj IFF Iwtrwwi* Dnefcuk eiMr* Print .Cla. £t£u. i*llo-bas trassll ars*" Ktslau Lotd IFF tatrmwtCt) Swip 2 lnstreiMts Mitt* ln*tr«mnti P1ESSA6ES - uwui The drumkit window enables you to assign drum sounds from your drum machine to particular notes. This means that when
editing a drum track, the name of a drum is displayed instead of the note, making it easier to see what's happening. Just assign the channel to be used for drums and enter the names for each drum sound on the corresponding note.
The instrument window shows the programs on your MIDI equipment that respond to certain program change numbers. You can also assign the MIDI channels that a bank of sounds can be received on. An instrument can consist of up to D s -t Drum patches are assigned to specific notes so when you define a track, the name of the drum is displayed.
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128 patches and Tiger Cub can store six instruments at once. Both drumkits and instrument banks can be saved to disk.
In order to set up a drum bank, you'll need to consult the instruction manual that came with your particular make of drum machine. Tiger Cub comes complete with drum banks for a number of popular drum machines and keyboards equipped with drum capabilities including Roland's excellent D110 synth. If you don't own a MIDI drum machine or keyboard, sampled Amiga drum sounds can be used instead by loading them as internal sampled instruments.
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THE GRAPHIC EDITING DISPLAY This is where most of the work in Tiger Cub is carried out. Clicking the right button in the main display starts and stops the track playing. To add a note with the mouse, just click on the grid and a note is drawn according to the Draw Attributes setting. You can then use the tools to alter notes or move them.
Tiger Cub vl.10 TT 2E 7TW Btrrna INFO STRIP - Here you control what is displayed on the main windows. Numbers with arrows next to them are altered by clicking on the arrows, while other options are toggled on or off. The functions are (from left to right) track number, mute. Solo, selected channel, initial program and volume of a track and offset (delay in starting playback). The rest call up controller windows: PG - program change. VE - velocities. PB - pitch bend. AT
- aftertouch. MW - modulation wheel. BC - breath controller. FT -
foot pedal and VO - volume.
NOTE DISPLAY - This is where the notes in a track are shown on a grid separated into beats and bars. The horizontal bar shows the duration and the vertical line the velocity of a note. A keyboard on the left shows the pitch of the notes and a slider on the right enables you to view higher or lower ranges.
CONTROL STRIP - This holds the main editing controls: jWp0 Tape Recorder - Returns to the main tape recorder screen.
Draw - For adding notes on the display.
Paste - Pastes the contents of the clipboard where you click the mouse.
Pointer info Select - Enables you to draw a box around notes to select them (hold Shift for multiple selections).
¦ ?¦ SI CONTROLLER WINDOW This is where continuous controller information is displayed (according to the option selected in the info strip at the top). Here you use the right mouse button to draw information and the left to edit it. Click on the top right-hand comer close gadget to close the window.
£00n Range - Marks a horizontal range.
Erase - Removes notes that you click on.
Quant ize Pitch - Alters a note's pitch by dragging.
Velocity - Changes a note's velocity.
Duration - Drags out a note's duration.
Shift - Changes the note's timing.
Tempo - Alters the speed.
Pointer info - Shows the mouse's position in terms of time and pitch or value, depending on whether the mouse is positioned over the note window or a controller window.
Zoom - Click the left mouse button to zoom in or the right to zoom out.
Quantize - Shows the current quantize (auto-correct) value (click to toggle on and off and use the arrows to adjust).
Zeewolf It's Zeeeewolf not Zaywolf, so write in and tell Sue Grant and Richard Jones to stop calling it Zaywolf and forcing the games people to twiddle their thumbs while they play the Coverdisk.
F:eoidy VTOI.F It's worth remembering that this is one of the most difficult intermediate levels you could ever hope to play.
Joystick control is easier to use than to explain. Push the joystick in any direction.
CONTROLLING YOUR CHOPPER ForflNtfll Jnck - 5 The nose of the chopper drops in that direction and the Zeewolf begins to move.
Release the stick and the nose comes back to the original position, although the chopper continues to move.
Mouse control is more difficult but it gives you the extra throttle power with the right mouse button. This lets pilots get out of tricky situations fast.
Only very small movements of the mouse are required. The nose of the chopper drops in whatever direction you move the mouse. Speed increases and height drops. If the drop of the nose is severe, move the mouse back in the opposite direction of the nose.
It’s also worth remembering that the chopper won't return to level flight if you let go of the mouse. It's really tricky to get to grips with, but persevere. Best use of the Zeewolf is achieved using this method.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the shadow of the chopper. This is your best indication of whether or not you're about to hit the ground. Sometimes all that's needed is an extra burst of throttle, which is something you can't do with the joystick.
Not only have we reviewed snwlj for you this month (see page 72). But we've also helped Binary Asylum design a real bitch of a mission to pm on out self-booting Coverdisk. It includes all of the vehicles, both enemy and friendly, that you'll discover in the full version of the game. The full game features many easier levels and a more gradual rise in the difficulty level.
As hinted at. We've really thrown you in at the deep end for this one. The first phase of the mission is to defend your friendly Kestrel craf t from complete destruction by in-coming enemy vehicles. It's difficult, even for seasoned Zeewolf pilots who know what they're doing. So don’t worry too much if you fail to save the Kestrel after 100 attempts or so.
Not content with that as a challenge, you also have to rescue five out of the seven airmen (who are trapped in various buildings) and shoot down all the enemy air units; an Osprey VTOl.F craft. W asp Seoul Helicopters and .Albatross transport helicopters.
The first thing that should be on the mind of fledgling pilots is not how to save the Kestrel but how to fly the Zeewolf properly. You ran control the chopper using either the joystick or mouse.
For full combat manoeuvrability, we recommend the mouse - it gives you the flexibility of analogue Cotrritrn control. The joystick however is probablv the best bet for absolute beginners.
Familiarise yourself with the (light characteristics of the Zeewolf - it basically flies itself. All the user has to do is point it in the right direction. If you have chosen joystick control, you can't use the throttle.
To rearm and refuel, land beside a Camel.
The easiest one to use in this mission is found on the front of the Frigate. There is another one on ihe land mass to the lop right of the map. But it’s l«-st avoided due to the batteries of Cobra and Watchdogs residing there.
The Camel automatically refuels the Zeewolf.
To rearm, use the Up and Down cursor keys to step through the available arms. The left cursor key adds to the Zeewolf s arsenal, the right takes arms awav from the Zeewolf. O OTHER THINGS TO LOOK AT Aside from the main mission objectives, there are also a few extra goodies thrown in for your perusal and delectation. On an island by itself, there's a Buffalo. This is a friendly tank which can be airlifted by the Zeewolf. For some fun and games, take it over to the battery of Cobras and Watchdogs on the upper right land mass of the main map.
There are a few other things worth discovering such as the Shark patrol boats and the cooling tower, but part of the fun is in finding them for yourself.
BEING IN CONTROL KEYBOARD CONTROLS The following keys are required throughout the game no matter whether you choose to control it with a joystick or a mouse.
RETURN: Toggles the tactical screen on and off.
SPACEBAR: Changes the selected weapon, displayed in top middle of screen.
X: Photo pause (press Return to restart). Pressing X again advances the game a frame at a time.
G: Lowers and raises the landing gear.
P: Standard pause. Any key again to restart.
H: Picks up payload when chopper is directly over it.
ESC: Aborts present mission.
F10: Aborts the game.
CURSOR KEYS: Cycles through mission directives on tactics screen. Right key increases, left key decreases the munitions carried on the Zeewolf when refuelling.
Present weapons carried Mission objectives reminder.
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CALL 0191-385 2627 Your Coverdisk should be working fine, but if not, these hints, tips and corrections may sort out the problem for you quickly and easily.
PIXEL 3D PRO FIX Last month we had a bit of an accident with the Coverdisk.
As many of you have probably noticed. Pixel 3D Pro won't under any circumstances, work with only 1Mb of memory, it needs at least 1.7Mb to run properly. It also needs some of this memory to be Fast RAM.
This means that without alteration, it won't work on an unexpanded A1200.
However, on this month's disk there's a script called PixFix. Which will solve the latter problem. This runs a utility which deallocates 1Mb of Chip RAM and reallocates it as 1Mb of Public RAM. Fooling any program into thinking that there is Fast RAM on the system, then it changes the Workbench screenmode to a two- colour lo-res screen to save memory, enabling you to run Pixel 3D Pro and load in the example objects. You have to boot from Workbench and run the script first (involving a few disk swaps) but you can then insert the Pixel 3D Pro disk and run it with no problems.
PROVECTOR AF58 There's nothing wrong with this one. 11 uses the ARP.library, as do many other Amiga programs, which has to be located in the UBS drawer of the start-up disk. If you boot from Workbench, this is the UBS drawer on that disk.
The ARP.library is provided with the disk, in the UBS drawer. You can copy it to your boot-up disk.
Put ProVector program disk in the drive and type: copy dfO:libs arp.library Libs: MUSIC-X AF58 X A600 owners, and anyone else with only Chip RAM. Should follow the instructions for A1200 owners, otherwise they will find they have little room for samples. Also, many people seem to be getting a message regarding missing fonts. The fonts are on the disk, OK! 11 vou Ik tot up from the Music-X program disk, like it says to do in the instructions, there's no problem.
If you want to lroot oil any other disk, copy the fonts into the FONTS: drawer of your boot-up disk. This is not complicated - it is how the Amiga works (and the PC and the Mac).
PAGESETTER 2 AF63 There don't seem to be any problems with this program, but a few people seem to be having difficulty with fonts. PagrSrlter 2 works with CompuGraphic fonts, but it needs an .ate file. If your font doesn't have one. PagrSrllrr 2 won't recognise it.
THEME PARK AF64 Not a problem, but a cheat. II you press the C key during the loading screen a message appears, informing you that the cheat mode is active. You will now have lots of cash to buy oodles of rides and things!
LIBS, FONTS AND ALL THAT There are lots of files and commands associated with the normal operation of software. You may not see them until vou trv to install software: LIBRARIES - These arc compact routines which are compiled as a separate library. They contain commonly-used routines so programmers can write new utilities without having to re-code all the basic routines all the time. Libraries should be located in the LIBS drawer ol your start-up disk.
FONTS - Amiga fonts come in many varieties, but the most common are bitmap fonts. The majority ol programs use the system fonts, but some use dieir own. In this case, the font must Ik- present in the FONTS: drawer of your start-up disk.
.ASSIGN - The assign command is used to make pathname shortcuts. It does this by creating a logical or virtual derice - one that doesn't exist, but points to a pathname that does. The usage is: Assign device name path names So. If you had installed a program from disk called Ptiinl and installed it to a hard drive in the utilities drawer, your command might look like: Assign Paint: hdO:Utilities IN GENERAL A few things to remember about Coverdisks:
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This disk has all the fonts, libraries and devices required by that program.
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files, having first switched on Show All Files mode.
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an assign or two. The assigns should be of the original disk
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When we reviewed this incredible music package (AF29) we awarded it the coveted Gold rating (a whacking 92%) and that was with a retail price of £279.
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• •••••••• HOHIY. I SHRUNK TH1 HARD DRIVI Am bar Systems have
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Show and tell for the Amiga A telling time for the Amiga, but it was business as usual at the Future Entertainment Show... With .! Surprise attendance at the Future F.ntertaintnenl Show. Commodore - under the guise of 'Amiga' - showed the first signs of its phoenix-like rise from the ashes ol liquidation.
The Amiga stand was small but impressive. Boasting shiny new A 1200s and A4000s running demos of new games and high-end software such as l.ighlwavr. anyone unsure of the technical prowess ol the Amiga line were left in no doubt.
Future’s Amiga threesome of Format, Shopper and I'win were busy hosting the Amiga Theatre and a big thank you to everyone who came and listened to us making a fool of ourselves on stage - anti apologies for the last minute additions and changes to the agenda! Star attractions over the five davs were world exclusive previews of Aladdin, Zsewolf and Mortal Kombat II. An excellent tutorial on Lightwave by Andy Bishop of Premier Vision and a gobsmacking preview ol the intro to Town Assault: Alien Hrertl 2.
Rendered in Lightwave by John Allardicc on an A4000 Raptor set-up. This sci-fi tale of dropship assault 011 an alien There will be very few new Amigas in circulation over Christmas, apart from a handful of CD32'S.
November, with die I K operation taking over complete control of the Amiga line.
The late involvement of Fscotti in Germany and GF.I in the US has caused the legal wrangling to go on way past Pleasance's original estimation of late September. The liquidators also suggested that Commodore was the most complex company thev'd seen since Robert Maxwell’s Mirror Group, with different patents being owned by different sections of the company in different territories.
Sorting out the whole pur. .le has been a long and painstaking process.
But while things should all Ik- settled before December, this has meant that there will be very few new Amigas in circulation over the Christmas period, apart from a handful of GD,2s which have been bought in from other territories. The full implications of missing lilt- Yule-tide complex wowed the masses and put shows like linbyUm 5 to shame.
Anyone attending the 'Meet the teams' session on the first day were treated to a guest appearance by David Pleasancc who addressed a 200-strong band of loval Amiga users. Pleasancc described the current state of the management buy-out.
Asserting that, as far its he was concerned, the MBO would In- over bv the end of The Amiga took a central stand at FES, but of Commodore and the recognisable ‘chickenhead* logo there was no sign.
Shopping season won't be felt until next year, hut it's certainly not good news.
As exclusively reported in .4 6?, Amiga production will restart in the now-defunct Timex plant in Dundee. As Pleasancc stated, with manufacturing previously sited
8. 000 miles away in the Philippines, it can take as long as 17
weeks to ship stock to
F. urope, which makes planning and reacting to the market
especially difficult.
With regard to new machines.
Pleasancc- said that it is their intention to continue with RS.-D - and even stated that one of the first items on the new company's agenda is to treble the size of the current research team in the Stales. No new technology will be available next year apart from the CD1200 CD-ROM drive which will be appearing in the Spring.
I low-over, rumours of the death of AAA are premature: it’s still seen as a viable graphics technology and could yet form the front end of a next generation Amiga. Pleasancc- also confirmed that their next big step is definitely into RISC (seepage 42 for more details), and believes that the RISC . Amiga will provide an awesome upgrade in performance.
To all intents and purposes.
Commodore's 'chickenhead' logo has now some of the front runners in Amiga development. Games players won’t be disappointed either - the Show's Software City will feature some of the biggest and Ik-si games this Christmas, most of which you'll be able to try for yourself.
Amiga shoppers can spend (and save) their hard-earned readies by plotting a course directly to the Retail Park. All the Ik-si Amiga products will be available at special show prices: what's more, buy products from selected stands and you could even get a voucher entitling you to a refund on your entrance fee!
Gone forever. The new company logo will be based on the name Amiga, and several designs are already being considered.
David Pleasance also used his stage appearance to plug the World Of Amiga Show, which is again Ix-ing organised by the management of Commodore L'K- obviously in an effort to display their continued support ol the Amiga.
Running between December (.l-11. anybody who’s anybody in the Amiga industry will Ik* making their way to Wembley Exhibition Centre for a spending spree that will take no prisoners.
Whether you’re taking your credit card along for a good workout or simply there to soak up the atmosphere, the World Of .Amiga show will have something lo offer. For techies, there’s the impressive ACE village which will spotlight the latest in Amiga animation, video and music from Following the FES. Amiga Formal is now in the show spirit, so you can also expect to see members of the team at the World Of Amiga event. Ilouncing around, answering questions, signing autographs, etc. Book your tickets (£6 adults, £1 children under
14) by calling the World Of Amiga Hotline on 01369 7711. More
info on page 40. ® Q« mJ I i ii PIXEL 3D nf»OFESSK NAL ¦&
PIXEL 3D PRO BLEM No doubt you've discovered that Pixel 3D
Pro (Coverdisk AF66) won't run on your Amiga.
There is a reason for this: much as the version we received said it runs happily in 1Mb, it actually needs 1.7Mb and it requires Fast RAM too. So only people with memory expansions.
A3000s or A4000s can run the damn thing.
Fear not. Nick Veitch has constructed a software patch which fools Pixel 3D Pro into thinking your machine has some Fast RAM on board. The patch is included with Tiger Cub on this month's Coverdisk b, and full instructions are included in Coverdisk Extra on page 16.
Many apologies for making you wait a whole month to use Pixel 3D Pro.
? |JefFWakerColunn lEDfe re we alone? Are you sure there's no-one reading iver your shoulder? Keep an eye out because we don't want anyone to overhear us.
So look, just between you and me, have you ever bought pirated software? No? Come on.
I'm not going to grass. Still no?
What honestly?
You lot can get on with reading the rest of the mag with a clear conscience while I take a pop at that large group of smug bastards who reckon you are all daft.
You may consider me to be arrogant because I'm assuming that the majority of Amiga users buy pirated software. But the facts suggest this to be the case. Let me tell you. For example, about a market in Brick Lane, in the East End of London, where you'll find three software pirates set up next to each other every Sunday.
Well, actually they're on private ground because the market organisers wouldn't allow them into the market.
Originally, they started by selling stuff out of a holdall, but business has been so good that they have invested in stalls. Two or three levels of people are always huddling around the stalls where catalogues can be perused - they tell punters that if they haven't got it in stock they can get it for them next week. Prices are about £1 a disk and new stuff commands a higher price. And all the popular titles are there - games and applications.
This pattern is repeated all over the country in hundreds, perhaps thousands of car boot sales. Software theft has become a growth industry. And do you know what makes an industry become a growth industry? You.
The consumer. If you didn't buy it they wouldn't be able to sell it And you know you are buying stolen goods.
In fact that's the root of the problem. It's not so much that we have some nasty people selling stolen goods, it's the fact that so many computer users don't see anything wrong with buying those stolen goods.
Oh, you use all kinds of excuses to rationalise your actions. Some of you say software is too expensive and this is your way of fighting back. Some of you say you wouldn't have bought the software anyway so you are not really harming real sales. Some of you just like the feeling of breaking the law and getting away with it.
Of course while the law of the land continues to just slap piracy outfits on the wrist, the general public is bound to think the offence isn't such a big deal. The usual punishment for selling counterfeit software is the confiscation of all equipment and a fine of around £100.
This may be about to change. The recently passed 1994 Registered Trademark Act will make it easier to prove that registered trademarks are being used fraudulently and that software has been counterfeited. The existing laws have been simplified, which means that more convictions should be possible, with heavier penalties.
But like the worldwide drugs problem, where catching and punishing the pushers and the large organisations who supply them has had no great effect catching and punishing the people who either counterfeit software or sell counterfeit software is just as difficult. Many governments have realised that to beat the drugs problem they have to change people's attitudes towards drugs. I believe that we have to take a similar approach to software piracy. We need to educate people that buying stolen goods is wrong.
The first steps towards changing attitudes have to be taken by the software publishers themselves. Of course they should try to develop better methods of preventing their software from being copied, but perhaps at the same time they should be investing some time and money in ways to make the consumer want to buy the real thing instead of a cheap imitation.
The opinions expressed In The Jeff Walker Column are not necessarily those of AmJpa Format.
V J A Chelsea Football Commodore.
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If your Amiga doesn’t have Its own battery backed clock, try Siren Software’s new Clock Cartridge Designed to work on any Amiga, the Clock Cartridge connects to the Amiga disk drive port with a passthru provided should you wish to connect a disk drive too The Clock Cartridge oosts £19.95. Contact Siren on 0161 796 5279 Chelsea FC's player manager Glenn Hoddle with the Amiga logo emblazoned on his shirt, as seen on AF61. The sponsorship could have cost Commodore dearly.
Chelsea arc alxmt to issue a writ against Commodore over what they claim is a bonus owed to them for reaching die FA Cup final last season. Unless Commodore cough up a rumoured £114.000. Chelsea have stated that they will have the companv wound up (as if Commodore aren't wound up enough at the moment) - effectively, shut down.
Commodore first began sponsoring Chelsea back in 1987, when they stumped up £1.2 million to have the Amiga logo splashed across the chest of Glenn Hoddlc and his compatriots.
The five-year tleal was extended after three years, but was terminated at the end of last season following Commodore's continued cash flow problems.
However. Chelsea (against all odds) managed to reach the FA Cup final and are now due a bonus payment as part of the deal.
"The debt is not in question," said club secretary Alan Shaw. “The money was due at the end of last season and we have not yet been paid. I believe the bonus was insured and that Commodore has been paid, but it has not been passed on to us."
This latest bombshell is just what Commodore could do without given the current state of the management buy-out.
Commodore don’t believe Chelsea are in any position to have the company wound up but arc currently taking legal advice.
The December issue of Amiga Shopper will no doubt be regarded as a landmark in Amiga history. Our comprehensive supertest of hard disk interfaces will be regarded as the standard, and our reviews of Anim Workshop. Prograb 24RT. TurboCalt and version 3 of the Video Backup System will be examined by scholars for years to come to figure out our secrets.
Buy Power And Shopper - If You Must HAHOIDTU Amiga users wanting help with their driving test should try 10 Out Of 10's new Driving Test education title.
Costing £26.95. the package alms to teach would-be motorists all HARD DISK rRINZY Indl Dlreot Mall have reduoed the price of their Smart Stor Plus hard drive for the A600 and A1200.
They now do 214Mb Smart Stor Plus drives for £199.95-a saving of £50. If you need a larger capacity drive, the 428Mb Smart Stor Plus has been replaced by a 525Mb drive. And the prioe is still only £314.99. Olve Indl a call on 01543 419999.
Future historians will stare in wonder at our tutorials, which cover subjects as diverse as Assembly language programming. Chess. Comms. C Programming and AMOS. And future generations of schoolchildren will marvel at what is without doubt the most stonking serious Amiga mag in the known universe.
Can you afford to miss it? Amiga Shopper is on sale at a purveyor of printed journals near you now!
RICHARD BAGULEY Editor, Amiga Shopper.
MORTAL O KOMBAV A Tch. Amiga Format reckon they know everything there is to know about Mortal Kombat II. But they know nothing.
Lurking beneath the sleek, black cover of this month's Amiga Power Is a six-page MKII special, featuring an interview with developers Probe Software, a Who's The Best Character? Celebrity survey, a glossary of MKII terms, and the ins and outs of all the kombatants. You could almost call it overkill. Quite literally.
Plus! On our legendarily great Coverdisks are demos of Aladdin.
Zeewolf (you've waltzed through Afs mission - now try ours) and Sensible Golf (that works). And we've got an in-depth feature on helicopter games, as well as stacks of reviews, and news of an even- bigger-than-MKII beat-em-up that's headed Amiga-ward.
Amiga Power. It's out now. And.
Quite frankly, it's fantastic.
JONATHAN DAVIES Editor, Amiga Power.
Amiga Graphics Go 64-bit If you thought that 32-bit was the ultimate in Amiga technology then think again. Blittersoft, the UK distributors of some of the leading edge hardware and software products for the Amiga, have announced the launch of their Piccolo SD64 graphics card, a Zorro 11 111 card for big box Amigas based around the new 64- bit Alpine graphics chip set.
Offering a choice of 256. 65,536 or
16. 7 million colours in resolutions ranging from 640x480 to a
massive 128x1,024. Blittersoft are claiming that the new card
can shift graphics data 35 times faster than the old (and
highly rated) Piccolo graphics card.
Based around a state-of-the-art VGA controller, the board conies complete with 2Mb of super-fast paged DRAM video memory (expandable to 4Mb) and a 64-bit blitter.
Backing this up is a suite of software programs including an EGS-True colour retargettable graphics driver (complete with full Workbench emulation).
Picopainter (a powerful EGS paint program) and a range of loaders and savers for ADPro, ImagrAlnsIrr etc. How much for this miracle of 64-bit graphics technology? - £349.95 for the 2Mb card or £399 for the same card with 4Mb of Video RAM.
Blittersoft are taking your orders on 01908 220196.
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Golrm They're quite pretty really. But they're not great art
are they?
(equally, they're not dead sheep in formaldehyde are they?). Why do I say this? Basically, because I've just emerged from a conversation in a trendy London bar with two artists regarding the nature of new technology versus art During our discussion, it emerged that there is a valid argument at the moment that a Mac or a Silicon Graphics Indi does not constitute technology. These are art machines. These machines are now palettes on which great art can be produced. However, the Amiga ("Yes, I had one of those once. Remember Rainbow Islands, that was a dassicl") does not come up to the standard.
Lola Marketing, the company behind the acclaimed budget genlock MiniGen. Have developed a new custom genlock chip, the 1452-01 which could pave die way for a new generation of inexpensive genlocks with the kind of specifications usually only found in broadcast quality devices.
And, just to prove it, l-ola have launched the first in what they promise to be a new range of genlocks - the 1.1500. The new L1500 costs just £176.25 but it combines all the features of its predecessor, the L1000 (AF6482% 1. But with the the addition of a wide range of new functions only available thanks to the revolutionary 1452-01 custom chip.
New features include separate faders for graphics and pictures, full PAL bandwidth video encoding and - thanks to the 1452-01 - digital delay compensation, non-standard signal locking, vertical offset correction and a host of other equally impressive features.
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Frankly, I was annoyed. And once you get to know me, you'll realise that me being annoyed means me saying: 'Pish and tosh. Let's agree to differ on that point". During our discussion I had mentioned that Amiga Format runs a Gallery every month and, as far as I was aware, this feature had forefronted some of the most interesting and well-crafted art in any magazine outside of the doseted. 5,000-selling, controlled drculation journals I had seen in years.
"Yes, but., it’s probably all amateur stuff though."
Came the reply.
This sentence alone peeved me off. Firstly, the guy hadn't seen any of the work. Secondly the assumption was that the work was amateur(ish). Thirdly, that somehow being an amateur meant that you could have no insight into the great mystical world of ‘Aaaaarfl All of these assumptions derived from the fact that not only was the work not reproduced in a recognised arty magazine (for example Creative Review, Modem Painters, or XYZ or whatever it's called now... Creative Technology I think) but that it was produced on a computer without the cachd of chic Ignorance pure and simple.
Silica Unleash CD32 Bundle Parents can now breath easy - stock of Commodore's CO" console will be In the shops In time for Christmas, thanks to Silica's new Criticaf Zone bundle.
Ionmft rma NOW, tO make my case dear. I'm not saying that much of what appears in the Gallery is great art Over its long history I doubt that anything could be considered world shaking. But the assumptions being made by the established set-up that it could never happen, that a reader of a mass drculation mag, using a reasonably- priced machine with some commercial software and his or her imagination couldn't possibly produce something stunning visually and artistically relevant makes me sick.
So, once again it's time for the bulk of Amiga users and the mass of AF readers to poke the establishment in the face with their pixelated paintbrushes.
And this brings me to the spedfic technology. A program such as DeluxePaint was so far out of the reach of the majority of people 10 years ago that this call to arts would have been insane. A work produced with OpalPaint or Imagine still produces gasps of amazement from the poor dweebs such as me and the majority of the population. And what does this all take? It takes an Amiga, some time and a spark of imagination.
The Silicon Graphics and Macs will all be superseded in a year, the fashion will go out of them, the chic will fade like the band of the same name. What are left are the people who use the machines; and the more open- minded and prepared to use what you have (an A500 with 1Mb of RAM and copy of Dpaint 2 for example) the better it will be. And I tell you what... I'm not going back to that bar again.
Tim Smith is technology editor of CTW. Contact him at unnnhfib®:ix compulink. Co. Uk and itemoa co. Uk.
The opinions expressed In The Tim Smith Column are not necessarily those of Amiga Format.
Silica have stepped in to offer console fans a brand new CD32 bundle, bailing out Commodore's Christmas hopes in the process.
Costing just £249, Silica's new AmiTek Critical Zone pack contains a CD32 console plus seven chart-topping CD32 titles - Sensible Software's Amiga Format Gold-rated Cannon Fodder, Team 17‘s Project X and the Ultimate Body Blows beat-em-up, Mindscape's Liberation, Psygnosis' state-of-the-art Microcosm, the platform romp Oscar and Millenium's Diggers.
“Critical Zone is excellent. AmiTek have produced just what many of our customers want for Christmas - a powerful games console with a bundle of top flight software.
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Has your mouse kicked the proverbial bucket? Is it an ex-mouse... a mouse that is no longer of this world?
If so, then get on the blower to Wizard Developments. They now offer two ultra- cheap replacement Amiga mouse controllers - a conventional 400dpi mouse for £9.99 and a high resolution ‘clog free’ optical mouse for £19.95. You can squeak to Wizard by calling them on 01322 272908.
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If you thought that this month’s AF games pages were packed with some of the finest games of the year, there's even more on the way before Christmas.
On the footie front Sensible World Of Soccer is nearing completion and promises to be the most comprehensive football game ever - on any format. Just about every team from every football- playing country is included and this, the fourth Scnsi incarnation, even includes a management element with every player valued in a massive world-wide transfer system.
If Sensible World Of Soccer lives up to expectations, we'll have to keep it under lock and key and only let Steve Bradley near it for an hour a day. This game could take over your life. Watch out for the full review next month.
In a similar vein the final, absolutely finished, it’s-all-in-there-honest, totally complete, Football Glory from Black Legend could be the only footie game to seriously challenge Sensible. We've held back on a review undl we get a version of Football Glory with all of the many options in place, and that time has almost arrived. These should include back heels, overhead kicks, other special moves and animations. Look out for the definitive review of the finished game next month.
CORE BLIMEY Following the excellent shoot-em-up Banshee and the not-quite-so-magnificent Universe. Core Design are set to release Dragonstone. A Zeldtn-sque RPC', runaround and Skeleton Krew, a 3D isometric-view space blast-em-up.
In Dragonstone. You are a man with long blond hair, a flapping green cape and a bloody great sword, who has unfortunately been cast Earthward due to some unseemly nonsense. But you haven’t always been blond, sported a cape and swished a sabre, for once you were a spirit. Anyway, as is the way with these things, there are seven sprawling lands to explore and characters aplenty to lacerate
- or perhaps you may wish to communicate with them in a more
conventional manner, like talking.
Text play's its part in the game with Talk, Use (an inventory carries the bits and bobs) and Examine options to explore. Dragonstone looks pretty playable and we’ll take an good look at it soon.
Down to the bare bones, the Skeleton Krew are out to blast through six levels of eight-way scrolling, 3D shooting action - their mission, to destroy everything in sight. Charmingly named Spine, Joint and Rib, the Krew face all manner of enemy including end-of-level bosses, Krewtraps (press release talk) and even nasty buildings.
From what we've seen (which, admittedly isn’t a lot), Skeleton Krew could be a classic shoot-em-up (think of the birth of a child - the parents being Walker and Chaos Engine). Visually it’s sumptuous and even the music sounds good. And indeed, forward we look to the finished version. 'Zi Sensible World Of Soccer is the latest incarnation of the great footie game and the first thing you notice is its incredible resemblance to a certain Football Glory.
All New World Of Psygnosis The ubiquitous Lemmings return for more suicidal high jinks. This time, their ark has drifted towards a group of islands and the little folk have colonised them. All New World Of Lemmings is based on three tribes - Egyptian. Classic and Shadow - all bedecked in traditional costume.
All New World Of Lemmings features several new options along with the familiar Lemmings themes.
DMA’s Dave Jones explains: "This time we've used a zoom lens to get in closer which allows us to see the Lemmings tribes in their full clothing and the animation is even better than the previous games. Also, the Lemmings are now more intelligent. You can turn them around and they have unlimited ability to block other lemmings. And a new replay mode allows you to fast-forward to the point where you screwed up without having to play the full level again.
Hopefully this will reduce the player suicide rate caused by the previous Lemmings games".
The Lemmings even get to tackle baddies for the first time as well as contend with a siren Lemming who lures innocents to a horrible end.
Oh no! Even more Lemmings - Christmas Lemmings '94 to be precise which includes the 32 levels from Lemmings '93 and a further 32 new ones, all for £14.99 is also on the way. Both games should be available soon.
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It's got the industry in a spin because it provides fantastic performance at an amazingly low price, and heralds the start of a new era in computing.
And. More importantlv. The next generation of Amigas will also be based on the principles of RISC. It's a bit like suddenh being given a Ferrari by your bank manager - and could well mark the start ol what tnav la- the most prosperous time the Amiga has vet seen.
At first glance, lie whole concept behind RISC seems alien. Tec Imologv usual I v progresses hv becoming more complex, adding further lasers on to existing theories or careering down some new and previously unforeseen path.
RISC though is totally different, the ultimate goal behind the concept being to blast machine level instructions (the sort vou encounter when programming at Assembler level) through .1 CPU as fast as possible. To that extent, much of the dead wood in the more traditional CISC.
(Complex Instruction Set Computing) chips has been cut away.
Tlte trend towards increasing complexity, as in Intel's progression from, sav. 286 up to Pentium has been totally reversed, and what you're left with is a much more streamlined architecture capable of providing true workstation Anew generation of super last, super sexy and super everything else Amigas are destined to rise from the ashes of Commodore's smouldering empire and put the Amiga back where it belongs as the leading contender in the home computer market. The technology that is set to revolutionise the Amiga and the computer world in general is RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing).
If you've been wondering why there has been so much hype about the PowerMac and PowerPC, the answer is RISC. Basically, the Central Processing Unit of a PowerPC machine is a complete break from the traditional offerings from Intel (the 80x86 range used in Pcs), or the 680x0 range (as used in the Amiga) from Motorola. It is a revolutionary new With the advent of the RISC chip the computer world has been revolutionised. Andy Stout and Jim Cadwallader take you through the history of RISC and tell you how it works.
Bout Interlocked Pipe Stages - that's as good as they get) chip.
Patterson went on to develop the SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChiteclure) with Sun Microsystems, whereas MIPS Computet Systems were established from the Stanford project (interestingly including Skip Stritter. Chief architect of the MC68000, as used in the A500. A500+, A600. A1000. And A2000).
Both companies are still big names in the RISC field, and produce the CPUs for such things as the ridii uloiisly powerful graphics workstations used by manv software houses to render animated sequences such as those spread liberallv throughout Indeed the new and dtoolingly good Raptor accelerator for l.iglilwave is based upon two MIPS chips (R4600s at 133MHz
- wowza). The speed king crown however, goes well and trulv to
Digital Kquip Co Ltd. With their stonking Alpha AXP chip,
delivering frightening performance (300+MHz - yes. Three
hundred, and 1200 MIPs - millions of instruction per second -
an A4000 40 manages about 21). It has all gone so far. That it
is hard to imagine how- such monster machines came about... One
of RISC's attributes, and at the heart of its increased
performance, is pipelining, which aims to increase the number
of instructions being dealt with at any given moment. Before
each instruction is executed it must be fetched from main
memory, decoded, then any data pertaining to it must be fetched
too Continued overleaf e 3DO AND RISC The first of the
next-generation consoles to use RISC technology is the
3DO-standard Panasonic FZ-1 ‘Interactive Multiplayer*.
3DO has been designed as a universal technology in much the same way as VHS video: anyone can manufacture a 3DO player as long as they pay The 3DO Company's licence fee. Goldstar and Sanyo are to launch their own 3DO players this year.
All 3DO systems employ the 324 it ARM60 RISC chip running at 12.5MHz as the main processor, but also use 3DO’s proprietary twin custom graphics animation processors and a Direct Memory Access engine. After what can only be described as a bad start Panasonic's 3DO machine is now selling reasonably well in the US. Japan and also in the UK.
Having been on official sale since September 4.
Pcrlormance on I lit- desktop. Hands up who'd like a Siliron Graphics Indigo healer - that's what we're talking about.
It's an idea that has been embraced bv the rumpuicr industry. Not onlvdocs RISG give superb performance and is excellent at emulating other chips (either to provide compatibility for older software or to emulate other platforms), but it's also cheap due to its simple hardware.
Commodore I k (or should that be Amiga International?) Ml), David I’leasance has gone on record as saying that the RiSC-Amiga in planning will run Window* , T(more of which later) live times faster than the lop-of-the-range Intel Pi-ulium chip but will be the same price.
With IBM. Apple and Motorola collaborating on the PowerPC project, aiming to provide an industry standard KISC-based architecture, Intel mavwell and truly be up against it. For all that though. RISC has been an age coming.
The roots of the research can be traced back to 1975. And experiments conduc ted bv IBM which eventually culminated in a minicomputer whic h contained many RISC-type features and was called rather unsexilv the 8(11.
1'he term RISC wasn't coined until 1985 though by professor David Patterson of Berkeley UC where the first chips (RISC I and RISC II) were designed, soon to be followed bv a group at Stanford liiiversitv.
Lead bv Professor John Hennessey, who produced the MIPS (Microprocessor
* ¦ before the actual execution. Because different parts of the
hardware perforin each task in the scheme of things, the
logical step is to design systems where the operations overlap.
In this way while one instruction is being decoded, the next can be fetched from memory, and clever design means that the fetch-execute cycle can Ik- split into many parts which can be performed in parallel. This means that there is nearly always more than one instruction going through the CPU at once.
If s not without its problems (the pipeline can stall in certain cases when a wrong direction in code hits been taken, and this necessitates flushing the pipeline and loading it again from a new place), which is whv using additional space on the CPU for pipeline control hardware can be a good idea.
One particular problem plagues nearly all RISC: designs. Because it is undesirable to stall die pipeline, utmost importance is given to keeping it full with instructions all the time for performance reasons.
However, (and rinse your head with cold water before you think about this), consider what happens when an instruction is a conditional branch code direction is dependant on the result ol a sum. Sav. Or some status Hags (individual bits in the CPU that signal certain events being true or not such as the zero Hag indicating that the result ol the last operation was zero).
Because tile pipeline loads more than one instruction at a time, by the lime the conditional instruction has been decoded and the condition result ascertained, another instruction will Ik- going through.
What il it was the wrong instruction - the conditional instruction didn't turn out as planned? This necessitates flushing the pipeline - the RIS('. Rt|uivalcnt of putting your head in a deep-fat fryer.
Because of this, it is often the case that the instruction after a conditional jump will always Ik- executed, fliis sounds mid hut it can Ik- worked around bv clever compiler technology which can either put a N'OP (no-operation, that is null) instruction after conditional ones or more efficiently shuffle a safe instruction into tilt- branch delav slot - this is an instruction that causes 110 harmful effects to the functionality of the code whichever wav the program flow goes. Cot that?
This nirelv illustrates the move from complexity ol hardware to complexity ol software in the transition from CISC to KIS(!. Some ol which has to be added to replace the missing hardware functions. In the conditional branch problem, the hardware is lacking in its ability to deal with the problem, so the software must tackle it by either guessing the branch direction, or doing something similar to that described above.
It’s important to note that RISC is not without its disadvantages. Because instructions are simpler than 011 CISC chips, more instructions are needed to perforin a given task, and more storage is needed due to the bigger resultant programs (therefore more RAM). At the moment the si e of the RISC programs is a bone of much contention between the rival camps, each claiming different figures for the growth factor of programs on RIS(: systems compared to CISC.
Obviously. RISC, vendors claim smaller figures than CISC vendors do. And figures REVVIN' UP THE RAPTOR Commodore's own RISC-based Amigas may still be a long way off. But RISC technology is making its mark in the Amiga graphics arena. If you have a spare £14.500 to spare, then Ramiga's Raptor Plus board will give your Amiga rendering sessions the sort of boost that only RISC technology makes possible.
Based around the MIPS R4600. The Raptor uses two of these number crunching beauties to eat through heavy calculations. Designed specifically for NewTek's Lightwave 30 rendering program, the Raptor has already found a home with a number of UK software houses. Team 17 are very fond of their Raptor system - they use it to render complex Lightwave sequences.
The graph shows four Benchmark tests carried out with the Raptor and an A4000. Benchmark 1 was a render of a male Humanoid object from Crestline.
It was rendered at a low resolution (320x240 pixels) with no motion blur or anti-aliasing. The Raptor rendered the first frame in 24 seconds, while the A4000 took 48 seconds.
Benchmark 2 was performed at medium resolution, with no anti-aliasing or motion blur. While the A4000 took 73 secs, the Raptor only needed 33 secs.
Benchmark 3 was performed at medium resolution with motion blur and anti-aliasing turned on. The A4000 rendering time was 269 secs. The Raptor produced the same image in 49 secs.
Benchmark 4 was a medium resolution render of three trucks with antialiasing switched on. The A4000 took 435 secs and the Raptor only 52 secs.
Obviously, the Raptor's extra speed really starts to tell the more complicated a scene becomes.
HISTORY MAKERS The history of RISC is as much to do with the development of CISC chips as anything else and ways of overcoming problems inherent in their architecture. Taking early, domestic market 8-bit CPUs as a starting point (such as those that appeared in the venerable Spectrum, the C64 and the Amstrad CPC range), there was a technological limit to their speed and the amount and speed of the memory that could be provided due to low capacity, expensive RAM.
The idea of making programming as easy as possible was not a high priority in those days, and the limited hardware available necessitated frequent use of low-level Assembly language or machine code programming to achieve compact efficient and quick results.
As chip technology advanced, the concern was to reduce the semantic gap between the functions required when writing an application and the basic machine level instructions available to encode those functions. To that end, the instruction set (the collection of all machine-level instructions in a CPU) steadily increased with each generation and greater functionality was added by embedding hardware like Floating Point Units on the actual CPU itself.
This is why later versions of CPUs in a family provide more functionality, they simply have more instructions, more complex instructions and more bits and bobs (both puns unintentional, honest) put on to the silicon. For example, the MC68040 (full version) has a Memory Management Unit and a Floating Point co-processor embedded in the chip, since present technology allows this number of components to be there.
There was an inherent problem in this trend, however. Not only did chips get larger and more complex, but they also got more expensive to design and therefore to buy. A gap also developed with the demands of the marketplace far outpacing the increased development time for each new generation. People were clamouring for more power, yet increasing complexity made designing newer and faster chips harder and more costly.
Apart from the cost and waiting time however, the increasingly complex CISC architecture had another serious drawback: as stated, the instructions each chip had to support grew in complexity. Controlling hardware became necessary to handle fetching each instruction from memory and decoding it to decide which parts of the physical hardware to activate for the task in hand.
This extra controlling hardware, called microcode, embedded in just about all CISC CPUs, added further to complexity and gave a performance penalty to the overall process of fetching, decoding and executing machine level instructions. Hence the fetch-execute cycle, as this process is known, of a CISC CPU is quite a tricky process. More storage space (control store as the nomenclature goes) was needed while those instructions were being decoded and often the instruction operands (source or destination data) had to be fetched from RAM which is much slower in terms of access time than fetching
something from a register in the CPU itself.
On the market today, it's ludicrously fast. The AXP 21164 delivers three times the integer performance and six times the floating point performance of Intel's 100MHz Pentium chip and twice the integer performance and three times the floating point performance of the PowerPC 604 100MHz microprocessor. Instructions are no longer measured in MIPS, but in BIPS (Billions of Instructions Per Second).
It doesn't stop there either. The AXP 21164 relied on CMOS5 process technology and Digital are already building a new fabrication facility in Hudson.
Massachusetts to manufacture three new generations of semi-conductors beginning with CM0S6-based microprocessors. Their speed can only be guessed at.
Of between 2.5 times larger to 1.5 times are not unusual. A faster memory is also required to keep the CPU fed with instructions last enough. Consequently, this can prove expensive, hut is not so much of a problem these days because of memory technology advancements.
Due to the super-efficient compilers employed by RISC though, these larger programs ran he highly optimised, and thus more efficient than smaller, inefficient CISC programs. All computers have a system clock that ticks a timing signal for the system to follow, the signal rises and falls cyclicly in small clock cycles.
The simpler hardware and faster decoding of instructions leads to a reduction in the si e of the CPU's clock cycles and one of the main RISC aims is to achieve one instruction per clock cycle.
Compared to CISC, where on, say, the 68030 chip instructions can vary in length from three to dozens of dork cycles, this is a major improvement and one of the prime performance factors lor RISC CPUs.
The method of pipelining explained earlier though means that seemingly odd figures arc achievable, such as more than one instruction per clock cycle. The latest and greatest designs of RISC CPU use all kinds of jiggcry pokery to enhance instruction throughput (time to gel the bucket ol cold water again). Two such enhancements over the basic principle ol pipelining are superscalar and superpipelined architectures.
Superscalar architectures simply have more than one pipeline, and instructions are simultaneously issued into each one in parallel. Digital’s aforementioned Alpha AXP (the latest version) uses a superscalar design to issue four instructions at once, two integer instructions and two (loafing point instructions.
A superpipelined architecture, on the other hand, chops the underlying hardware elements of the ,PU into smaller segments so that new instructions are issued more frequently into the pipeline because ol the smaller pipeline stages. It is common to identify the slowest part of the CPU hardware and cut this into two or more pieces to enhance instruction throughput.
As before, the methods used in each flavour ol RISC is up to the whims of the manufacturer in question, and of course there is much rivalry, some pushing and shoving, and harsh language as rivals do some horn-blowing for their kit and slag oil their competitors' designs With Commodore's plans for AAA ditched so that thev can concentrate on IT'S A RECORD-BREAKER Present RISC performance may be impressive, but if the Digital Alpha AXP 21164 microprocessor is anything to go by. Speed is going to shoot through the ceiling.
The next generation Alpha AXP chip is already in the Guinness Book Of Records as the world's fastest microprocessor. An incredible 9.3 million transistors have been crammed on to its 296mm sq area and its clock cycle is set at an amazing 300MHz at top operating frequency.
The AXP features true 64-bit architecture with 64- bit data and address as opposed to the more conventional RISC 32-bit architecture that is simply expanded to 64-bit. Compared to the leading CPUs building RISC into the next generation of machines though, what is that going to mean lor Amiga users' One of the major stated developments will he compatibility with WindowsNT. Microsoft chief executive Rill Cates savs Windows .VTis good, and he’s not exactly renowned for getting things wrong.
Wtndmos A7 is one of a new breed of operating systems emerging as a contender for an industry standard power-workstation operating system. It is a grown-ups' operating system, designed for large corporations and power systems. It needs a lot of raw power (about 16Mb RAM) to run and many resources hut includes everything but the kitchen sink.
NT is designed to Ik- easily portable across platforms, and is available on many CPUs systems right now including i-186 Pentium. Sun. l)l-. : Alpha. MIPS and so on. Unlike, say. Windows 3.1 which sits on top of the PC's dreadful DOS. N'T doesn’t anti is therefore not handicap|K-d by having to provide backwards compatibility to older Pcs and can deliver full hooting and bellowing 32-bit power.
It oilers true. Honesi-tt -goodness multitasking (pre-emptive, just like the Amiga has for years... hello... anyone?)
With multithreading and professional elements such as extensive networking support and security features. It's designed Continued overleaf e Instructions would be of varying lengths and formats depending on the simplicity of their function, would take differing lengths of time to be executed (both important characteristics), and often the compiler (a tool used to encode high-level language programs such as C, Pascal or Ada into basic machine level instructions) ended up producing very inefficient results.
In programming for CISC chips therefore you had two choices: either writing programs painstakingly in low-level machine code instructions and getting a compact and efficient result or using a much friendlier higher level language and ending up with an inefficient one.
Studies found that compilers generally used a high percentage of simpler machine level instructions to produce executable programs and virtually none of the more powerful ones, due to the above problem. This thinking was expanded, and it became clear that there wasn't really much use in having highly complex instructions in a chip's instruction set if high-level languages were being used along with compilers.
Thus, the notion of designing a radical new type of CPU that couples closely with compiler technology and produces amazing performance out of easy-to-use high-level languages was bom - this was RISC Simple, uniform machine level instructions make very easy work for compilers, and compilers can therefore be designed to be super-efficient.
The hardware has also been streamlined, removing the need for cumbersome microcode and reducing the time to fetch and decode instructions again. Some logic on the chip sets up physical links and activates parts of the CPU's internal hardware automatically and very fast.
Not only does this hardwired approach make the physical hardware smaller (thus gaining speed because the links on the CPU are closer), but that and the elimination of all the features not deemed necessary for ultimate speed, means that there's space for features that are considered valuable.
Thus, the RISC model is similar to a racing car - light compact efficient and damn speedy. CISCs as you can see. Start to look like the Volvos of the computing world, rugged, packed with features, but not exactly nippy.
Now. As mentioned earlier, with streamlined hardware and current chip technology, fewer hardware features means that more space is left on the silicon for other things which further enhance speed. Such features can be on-chip caches (small clumps of super fast memory that can store oft-executed instructions), memory management hardware (to speed up memory access), pipeline control hardware (to manage pipelines - explained later), or commonly a large bank of on-chip registers, but there are no set rules.
Hardware is only added if its addition outweighs the loss of space and doesn't incur too much speed penalty and it's up to the individual manufacturer to make those decisions. That's why there's no recipe that states 'a RISC chip = this hardware ? This...' - RISC is the overall conceptual model of simplified hardware plus complexity in software (the new super-efficient compiler we were jabbering about earlier).
To provide a microkernel which can be used to deliver powerful applications across diverse platforms and is also designed to be easily portable across those platforms. It's already becoming prolific on high-end workstations, and is used extensively in powerful client-server systems (which distribute resources between many networked computers instead of utilising one big mainframe).
The implications for the Amiga art- huge. Windows .V is a serious (and hence seriously regarded and respected) OS and although Amiga users have long known how powerful and efficient features like the EXEC multitasking ROM kernel and Intuition windowing system are.
Professional business markets have never taken the Amiga seriously.
The only areas where it's made inroads into this type of arena is where there is a killer application available only on the Amiga which markedly outperforms similar applications available for the Mar and PC (such as Snila for multimedia or Newtek’s Ijghtiuavr 3D rendering package).
A RISC-based Amiga running NT would not only expand the software base immeasurably, but it would also open the floodgates to scores of powerf ul, professional and (more importantly) industry-standard applications such as Photoshop for image manipulation and Quark XIWss for DTP. It will no longer be regarded as a quirky machine with second rate software, but will hopefully be seen as a powerful, serious contender.
The Amiga would effectively come of age in the serious computing market, and would offer stiff competition to the likes of Sun and Silicon Graphics - especially given its traditionally superb graphical capabilities, and the stated inclusion within the full 64-bil RISC CPU of fast graphics rendering hardware. The possible picture emerges of an Amiga model being able to compete with the high-end graphics workstation vendors and undoubtedly JARGON BUSTERS RISC: (Reduced Instruction Set Computing.) A type of processor that sacrifices a complex instruction set for a smaller subset of instructions
that it can perform quickly. Although RISC programs are usually larger, they perform much faster than similar programs running on a conventional processor.
CISC: (Complex Instruction Set Computing.) The opposite to RISC is CISC technology, a type of processor that provides a comprehensive instruction set that is very easy to program (all the work's done for you) but performance suffers as a result. All non-RISC based computers (such as the Amiga. PC and Mac) use CISC processors.
PENTIUM: Intel's latest CISC-based processor which is used exclusively in DOS-based computers. Available in a number of different speeds, the Pentium processor is one of the most complex CISC processors ever to be developed.
Although very, very fast, even the offering supreme performance for a very tempting price tag (when compared to.
Say. £ 100.000* for a serious Silicon Graphics set-up).
The Amiga is gaining popularity in the US for its video and graphics capabilities, due. Primarily to the Video Toaster. For the Amiga line to follow this path of progression is natural, positive and forward-thinking, and may give it the kind of recognition as niche-platform-of-choicc in this field just as the Mac has done for DTP and the Atari ST Falcon have done (oddly) in the recording studio.
On the one hand. RISC could lead to a supremely powerful next generation Amiga running way beyond the capabilities of the current top-of-thc-range A4000 40.
The kind of performance expected will be unthinkable in terms of comparison w ith today's Amiga range.
On the other hand, with AT support built in to it, you would have a seriously considered and regarded RISC Irox i mining industry standard software and sitting happily alongside (and if the rumours are to be believed - significantly outperforming for the same price tag) Pentium and PowerPC systems of tire time.
The only question marks would be whether the Amiga name can finally lose the accursed games machine tag, how the company then handling the range would market it (historically an area of weakness), and (of course) if the cost can Ik- held down.
Assuming that these few goals can be met. The Amiga may be on the verge of the brightest era in its long and turbulent history, the promise of such a powerful system has got to be the best news for the machine since the redesign of the AI000 into the besl-sclling A500 or the arrival of the AC.A chip set.
Finally we might see. Upon the arrival of this mythical beast, the most tangible evidence yet of the classic maxim Only The Amiga Makes It Possible. Start saving. ”5 performance of the mighty Pentium does not compare to RISC-based systems.
WINDOWS NT Rather than rewrite the Amiga's own Operating System to run on the new generation of RISC-based Amigas, Commodore have opted to use Microsoft's newest Operating System.
Windows NT which is a true 32-bit Operating System that has been designed to be portable. This means that future Amigas could be able to run Windows NT software designed for other platforms.
MIPS: (Microprocessor without Interlocked Pipe Stages.) The type of RISC processor used in high-end RISC workstations and rendering engines such as the Raptor engine from Ramiga.
EXEC: The Amiga's multitasking executive. This portion of the Amiga's Operating System is wholly responsible for ensuring that tasks are kept separate and that each task is allocated its own time slice. Exec and the rest of the Amiga's Operating System will become redundant when Commodore switches to RISC technology.
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Steve Bradley and Steve McGill fight to the death in the Games Reviewers' MKII Challenge. Which one will survive to review games in the next issue?
Gruesome. Brutal.
Bloodthirsty. Vicious.
Murderous. Violent.
Maniacal. Ferocious.
Fisty. And FUN. Mortal Kombat II is here and Amiga Format are playing it to death. There are 12 characters, each with different moves and skills.
Spikes, spears, ice, balls of fire Oh doar. I moan, it's all right to km (goodness grac...), energy bolts and poopio, but being hit in the snot. Electrocution, acid spit, flesh- queenaburys is just not cricket. Slicing fans and decapitating hats.
A certain brouhaha surrounds MKII with its gratuitous violence and rivers of blood but really it's more the stuff of Tom And Jerry than Rambo.
Sure, when you impale someone on the ceiling, only to watch him (or her) slowly sludge off the spike and crash to the ground, you might turn your face and shudder but you'll still be grinning like a Cheshire Cat.
Mortal Kombat II recognises both one and two-button joysticks pads have tomato ketchup. Add to this, a do it. I'd really like to do it". So, the and to perform the many complex liberal dose of humour (note the democracy that is AF deems that we and varied moves, the two-button expression on Jax's face when he both get to put our oar in.
Option is most favourable. It's gets caught middle stump) and The Af office is hardly a hotbed certainly playable with a one-button you've got yourself the best Amiga of beat-em-up genre fans, but when contraption, only the moves are more beat-em-up yet. Mortal Kombat arrived a crowd difficult to pick up. Before we first loaded the MKII gathered. Perhaps they wanted to disks, the conversation with AF writer see a funeral; see the mighty Mortal Steeeve Bradley says... Steve McGill went something like Kombat Iidie an Amiga death.
So what makes Mortal Kombat II this. Me - "Do you want to review Instead, they got a wonderfully better than every other Amiga beat- this? I'll review it, I don't mind playable, pugnacious romp, and a em-up? The sprites are huge and reviewing it. But you can, if you significant improvement on the move with incredible fluidity, although want". Him, somewhat sceptical, original Mortal Kombat to boot, the backgrounds could be neater. Though polite - "Erm, I don't really Amazingly, these little piles of And there's a huge number of moves mind reviewing it, but when's Cannon pixels that represent
the characters
- no way can you survive by frantic Fodder 2 coming in?" Twenty
minutes actually begin to resemble real waggling and button
bashing, and as Mortal Kombat time later. Me - people after a
while. And not only you develop skills and learn the "Actually,
I really don't mind that, you start to empathise with moves,
the better the game gets. Reviewing this at all. Yes, I think
I'll do them. The first few games in the AF Blood. You want
blood? MKII has it". Him - "Are you sure you want to office
were good natured affairs - oh more of the red stuff than
Safeways do it. Otherwise, I'll do it. Honestly, I'll Continued
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Get too close to his Blade Fury and before you can yell Black & Decker, he’ll cut you to pieces and leavo you looking like the hodgerow clippings from an English country garden.
A mystic Zen master from Tunbridge Wells, Rayden can launch himself fastor than a speeding bullet. Rayden believes in tho Yin Yang harmony of max hurtago whilo keeping a clean sheet.
7 A leftover from the punk era of the late Seventies, Roptile has perfected the disgusting habit of spitting on peoplo. This time, his salivary globules consist of pure acid.
Horrible, but effective. Yeuch!
Rumoured to be the illegitimate child of Mr T from the A Team. Jax is using tho platform of MKII to lobby film stars and the public alike into embarrassing his fathor to admit his parenthood.
Despito tho warnings that it's incredibly sad for adult males to fancy in-game female characters, prepare to fall in love with the swan-like grace of Kitana. Swoon as she kills you with her elegant Fan Toss.
A sinistor dangerous bondage freak.
Beware the Spear; a lightning quick rope which attaches to fighters' necks holds them and renders thorn prono. Aftor that he does what he wants.
A lost ronogado from tho BBC’s top ballroom dancing show, Come Dancing.
Don’t let his coquotry fool you for a minute.
He’s only aftor one thing. To get you into range to kill you with a Hat Toss.
A polymorphous follower of tho mystorious Shanky Armitageo cult.
Shang believes in the law of Shanky. "Peace through death". "Weakness is the cancor of the world" and "Love thy neighbour s wife.** LIU KANG Related to Jackie Chan, Liu figures his appoarance in MKII will give him onough exposure to broak into film.
Meanwhilo, gasp in awe as he dostroys opponents with his devastating Bicyclo Kick.
Cold hands, cold heart, cold life. In fact, everything about Subby is cold. So cold that he can freezo opponents into prone status and then hit them with whatever move ho choosos to execute.
¦ Quite simply the best Amiga beat-em-up to date, not only in looks, but in playability.
)ax settles the argument about who the best actor in the A-Team is. He reckons it’s Mr T. DECEMBER 1 994 WORLD EXCLUSIVE!
01 UINS Close inspection of the characters reveals that several of them are in fact the same person dressed up in different coloured clothing.
Ladies and gentlemen, take your partners for the Mortal Kombat II dance of death.
«¦ how we laughed when we were punched four feet in the air, blood flying everywhere, and then suddenly, once we'd learned a couple of simple moves, losing wasn't so humorous, the language not so polite. Mortal Kombat is a fun game that you cannot help but take seriously.
All the characters have basic moves like punch and kick, but when you get to grips with the special manoeuvres, you can kill off an inexperienced human opponent with relative ease. Initially, the characters with easily accessible special moves are most favourable but with perseverance, most can be learnt in minutes. And forgotten minutes later.
Mortal Kombat is a game with buckets of playability, and a depth of gameplay to match. Tactics play an integral part whether you're morphing into someone else (Shang Tsung) or anticipating a grappling hook on a rope (Scorpion). Canny players (not me, I hasten to add) know when to kick you in the teeth and when to produce a devastating special move.
So what we have is quite simply the best Amiga beat-em-up to date, not only in looks, but in playability terms too. Even if you hate beat-em- ups with a passion, put aside your prejudice and give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
Tall Scotsman speaks It came as no surprise that in Afs last survey, beat-em-ups were the second least popular game type with readers.
Mortal Kombat II could change all that. It's a game that's got balls, guts, gore and violence in-extremis. And that’s just the superficialities.
Hi* ALL Jfc.
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never let any opportunity for damage pass them by.
Excluding the first Mortal Kombat, the control system is the best you'll find on any Amiga beat-em-up. With the exception of special moves, the characters' fighting actions are virtually identical to each other with similar ranges and damage.
This means that rather than form a special relationship with any particular character, you're more likely to use the one whose special moves you find easiest to perform.
The special moves aren't so easy that they can be accessed every single time, but unlike Street Fighter II, it's not just a matter of wiggling the stick and praying that a move is executed.
To complement the control system, the graphics are even better than the original Mortal Kombat. The digitised frames that make up the fighters are so well animated and put together that the motion almost convinces you that the little people inside the computer are real.
The mass, inertia, momentum and reaction to the blows all add to the atmosphere. And if you want depth, consider the fact that each character, beside having their own unique special moves, can defend themselves against their adversaries' special moves. So that each bout against a different opponent requires a different style of fighting.
Earlier, the digitised animation adds incalculable believability to the whole spectacle.
When punches connect, heads are thrown back in a whiplash snap.
When a character is beaten senseless, but still on their leet, and the message flashes up. Finish Him, the senseless character looks completely punch-drunk. Basically, because they are.
Due to the way that we've written the review (there was almost a fight in the office over who was going to write it) I may have repeated some of what Steve has already said. But I have got to conclude that this is one of the most entertaining games I've played all year.
Every person you play against develops their own style. So, even if you're having a bout with the same two characters all of the time, it's never going to get boring.
Forget all the crap about violence and dissolution of society and morals and all the other nonsense that gets bandied about by the autocratic bureaucrats who want to control people's entertainment. Mortal Kombat is the computer equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino film - so violent in the extreme that it couldn't be anything other than funny.
Buy it tomorrow. S THE OFFICIAL AMIGA FORMAT MORTAL KOMBAT II COIN-OP ENTRY FORM Acclaim, Amiga Format and Amiga Power have banded together to bring you the ultimate competition! We have a whole, working Mortal Kombat II coin-op to give away to one of our lucky readers. FOR FREE.
To enter, all you have to do is fill in the form below, answer the questions (correctly if at all possible), pop it in an envelope and send it to: Mortal Kombat II Compo, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
It's as simple as that. Sorry, but we can't accept photocopies or written entries - it's this form or nowt.
But! If you want to double your chances of winning, why not pick up a copy of Amiga Power and fill in the compo entry form in there as well? Dust an idea, of course.
Q1 Q2 Which Mortal Kombat II character uses a rope and spear to harpoon his opponents?
If you have just been hit by a flying fan in the mush, who would you be fighting?
Which company is responsible for making the legendary coin-op?
Simultaneous death by flying hat and freezing: which two characters were having it out?
Why the hell should we hand over £2,400 worth of MKII coin-op to you?
And keep it short - 30 words or less.
Back to school MORTAL KOMBAT II Publisher Acclaim Entertainment 0171 344 5000 So, after the initial, laughing-so-hard- your-sides-split learning curve is climbed, the serious business of learning the offensive, defensive and counter offensive strategies of your opponent and your player begins.
Pnce ETBA Versions A500 A600 A1200 System requirements 1Mb If that sounds like there's a lot of depth to the game, then you'd be right. If you were to play the game in one-player mode and choose one single character and have that character play against all the other characters plus themselves, you're talking about 144 different bouts.
Now, when you consider that it’s going to take all sorts of different strategies, styles and special moves to win these bouts, the diversity of the gameplay is staggering.
And, although I am on the verge of repeating what's been said Release date DEATHLY: The fluidity of the J animation. The ease of pulling off the special moves. And the max hurtage.
Overall rating | DEATHLY A- DULL: The amount of disk swapping that's required when new characters are selected.
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Ihe Ministry ol Delence posilirely supports Ipul Opportunity policies DECEMBER 1 994 GAME REVIEW &uLd Wi;v*.A.v. Tt r+rtrrm When you're completely surrounded by aliens, click on the Earth symbol to bring up the map screen. And indeed, here is one.
And indeed, still is, absorbing fare and you can lose days, enslaved by the beast.
What makes the concept so addictive? Well firstly, in the glorious history that is mankind, never have so many folk been killed by mice. And no-one had yet considered how much fun it would be to sneak up a cliff face and unleash a rocket into a hut packed with enemy soldiers. War, truly, had never been so much fun.
Cosmic commandos Cannon Fodder 2 then. This time.
Sensible Software have gone all funny on concepts. You control universal soldiers who start off in the Middle East when, in the winking of an eye, you're kidnapped by aliens who want you to help them out in Possibly tho finest name lor a mission phase in any game ever. Freak You Melon Farmer Involves, nol Ireaking a melon farmer, rather skulking around Chicago streets.
Caused a bit of a stink first time round this. 'War has never been so much fun', went the tune, and the Daily Star didn't like the poppies. But once the hoo-ha was dispensed with, we were left with one of the most addictive Amiga games ever. You took control of four little fellers, and drove them across missions galore, shooting everything in sight, collecting extra weapons, flying helicopters and generally putting the world to rights. And the startling news is, Cannon Fodder 2 is more of the same, only a little bit different.
The original Cannon Fodder arrived a year ago and, because of the pressure of deadlines, the review was freelanced to an outsider and consequently ignored by your correspondent. Not for long, for the poor soul missed the Christmas Day Bond extravaganza playing the darned game Cannon Fodder was veritY',he universal soldier did havoc cause in meme olde England. It's a shame to bomb such a fine old castle but to prove you are worthy of fighting in the alien war. You must do the lot.
Cannon Surrounded by blood and bodies, shot at and shellshocked, Steve Bradley is convinced that war is hell. However, he reckons Cannon Fodder 2 is really rather good... Fodder their own scuffle. But first, they want to know if you're up to the job and despatch you on various tasks in different time zones, so one minute you're blasting through Beirut, next you're breaking and entering a medieval castle, before attempting to avoid a drive-by shooting in Chicago at the height of gangster warfare in the 1930s. Or you might find yourself on an alien planet or a spaceship.
Sounds wacky? It is. After you’ve completed a few missions, you jump on a pressure pad and get whisked off into another timezone. Cannon Fodder 2 differs slightly from its predecessor in that Sensible have kindly dropped in the odd easy phase, even in the later missions, just to give you a pleasant breather - phases where you can just blast away MISSION 14 The alien and spaceship levels take some getting used to and to be candid, I can't say I'm too keen on them. But that's just me, I guess.
¦ Sensible have dropped in the odd easy phase, just to give you a pleasant breather.
Of course, over 100,000 of you have already bought the original Cannon Fodder and fully intend to purchase its successor no matter what. And, chances are, you won't be disappointed.
Even if you consider the universal soldier idea a tad gimmicky, there is still a pile of missions to tackle and the good bad news is that the sequel is more difficult than the bloody- tough original.
The expected Sensible Software attention to detail is apparent, as are the neat touches which separate them from the majority of other games writers. Once again, war has never been so much fun. O to your heart's content. And some of the phases have great names, too.
Check out Franz Klammer Strikes Again and Ooh, Faye Dunaway. Or what about Erutuf Eht Ot Kcab. Tuo Eno Taht Krow.
Cannon Fodder 2 Publisher: Virgin 0181-960 2255 Price: £29.99 Versions: ECS System requirements: 1Mb The gameplay remains the same, as do the weapons and, sure, there was nothing wrong with them first time, but it would have been nice to have a more comprehensive arsenal.
In the main, the changes are in level design and concept. Speedway Star in one of the medieval phases sees you hurtling around a track in a cart, barging folk while trying to avoid the attentions of enemy carts. Faraway, But Too Close lands you on a tiny island, surrounded by aliens and you literally have seconds to blow them away before you're engulfed.
Release date: GEORGE CROSS: Plenty of neat J touches, and some great new levels. It's still as wonderfully playable as it ever was.
Overall rating Late November
- 1 VERY CROSS: Still more of the same though.
Some of the levels are a bit of a drag. And it's darned tough, too.
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TELEPHONE (01702) 600557 FACSIMILE (01702)613747 AF Steve Bradley comes off the pitch and into the manager's box. But is it really more challenging than handing out the oranges at half-time?
Premier Manager 3 The matchplay interlace feature enables you eee the game from way up in the stand.
You also hear a Motson-esque character spouting comments such as. ‘what a goal!'.
He popularity of the football management genre shows no sign of waning. A glance at the charts of any given month reveals their selling power - tra-s ."**¦ - W«! There always seems to be at least one Income from advertising is essential to keep the clubs finances ticking over.
PREMIER MANAGER 3 Publisher: Gremlin Interactive 0114 2753423 | Price: £25.99 Versions: All Amigas System requirements: 1Mb Release date: Out now PROMOTED: Excellent J matchplay interface and a mind- numbing amount of detail packed in.
Overall rating in the top 10. Premier Manager 2 has hung around the upper echelons for months and no matter what the marketing deals which enable its lofty placing, people still buy it.
After the glorious soap opera that was On The Ball (World Cup Edition), Premier Manager 3 marks a return to the more sober aspects of football management, where the gaffer has 101 things to worry about during his working day. This time, however, Gremlin have kindly provided you with an assistant manager to help out, though you may find him as much a hindrance as a help unless you carefully monitor his activities.
The major advance in Premier Manager 3 is the matchplay interface where you can watch a representation of your games, giving you an overview of how your team are performing and what their strengths and weaknesses are. And with the option to set the match speed, you can follow play as closely as you wish. This new addition works surprisingly well.
“T RELEGATED: Incredibly y difficult - you may decide to give up altogether and head for the pub cliff face.
85% Another welcome addition is the European transfer market - not that you have a hope in hell of signing an overseas player as manager of a Conference team, but you can trawl the lower leagues for bargains. Buying is based on a bidding system and you come up against stiff opposition from other clubs. Loaning players from other teams is often the best way around this as you attempt to paper the cracks in your early seasons.
Tough at the top As with the earlier Premier Manager games, the user interface is clearly laid out and easily accessible, but you don't need to know this. What you do need to know is that Premier Manager 3 is extremely tough and even hardened players will find the going difficult. Occasionally, some of the player stats seem rather harsh - if a player misses a tackle during the first half, he can get a ridiculously low rating, and you don't get any great detail about the opposition either.
Devotees of management sims will, no doubt, find Premier Manager 3 a challenge while less experienced players will discover that managing a football club is no picnic. But Premier Manager 3 is an excellent example of the genre and the significant advances in the gameplay ensure that it's worth buying. Novices, though, may want to look elsewhere. O X DECEMBER 1 994 GAME REVIEW feature more than welcome to those who found the linearity of the originals more than exasperating.
Alien Breed fans will appreciate the gesture and find that there's a lot of meat in here both in terms of difficulty rating and plot. They're going to be able to indulge in a gore fest while at the same time test their mental faculties like never before.
Run to the hills There's also some new mechanics and ideas thrown in to add more variety, such as the use of a two- button joypad to activate a retreat mode which automatically faces your man backward so that he can shoot as he runs away This opens up the possibility of having two players venture through the corridors back to back, guns blazing as they go.
¦ The game has extra gory parts which have earned it a 15 rating from ELSPA.
Tall Scots bloke Steve McGill bloodthirstilly guns down aliens in Team 17's latest in the Alien Breed series of games. And he discovers that it's not one for the squeamish.
Allen Brsed 2: Bower Assault Everyone in the world of Amiga games knows about Alien Breed The Gauntlet clone that managed to better the original in terms of plot, playability, and good fun.
The first version of this Amiga institution first appeared way back around Christmas time of 1991. Since then, it's seen many incarnations, notably Alien Breed Special Edition and Alien Breed 2.
There wasn't a great difference between one version and another, although Alien Breed 2 boasted a hardness that saw the average gamer throwing their arms up in surrender at the 90 degree difficulty curve.
Alan Bunker assured AF that Tower Assault was the last venture into Alien Breed land that Team 17 would ever produce. Which, while assuming the mantle of retrogressively "no, don't go, don't go" weaned sentimentality, seems like a good thing.
As a glorious tribute and an excellent send off, Tower Assault boasts 55 levels and 275 different methods of completing the game; a ¦m "TUMttt Mkm pswmm nan Th* klaxon screams Hs relentless alarm adding drama to a Ihe or death crisis.
And speaking of two players, a toggle's been put in so that player's shots can hurt each other. Quite why they would want to is another matter.
The game's difficult enough as it is and peace through superior firepower is a maxim that can almost be reached with a duo of players.
Every level has its own separate mission to be fulfilled before it can be considered completed To find out what it is, the player first has to jack in to one of the computer terminals dotted around the various complexes.
]ust like the original, weapons, ammo and other info are accessed from these handy devices.
The game has extra gory parts which have earned it a 15 rating from ELSPA; mostly for mutilated corpses with loads of blood. An alien feeding from the body of a dead human is shocking. But in a good way - it adds extra impetus to wiping them out.
Tower Assault rates as the best Alien Breed yet. I didn't like it much as a one-player game - it was too hard.
But as a two-player game, it's compulsive, fantastic to play and one of the best blasts seen this year. O To help navigate, a limited map can be accessed. Full maps of each level are stumbled upon from time to time, and these can prove invaluable.
They help the player calculate which doors need to be opened and which don't. So, over-reliance on the map never happens. Use of memory is necessary in order to make efficient use of door and colour-coded key passes. Multiple exits from each level also add to the variety.
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v Flippin' heck! It's the fantastic new pinball spectacular
from 21st Century.
Steve Bradley is our man with the silver multiballs... PinbsjJJ Round up prisoners, catch Johnny Crack and his accomplice Max Speed, and shoot shady characters in the video mode on the Law 'n' Justice table.
First things first. If you enjoyed 21st Century's previous two pinball games, Dreams and Fantasies, you will rejoice in the latest incarnation, Illusions. And if you were one of the pub-playing pinball machine doubters who felt that the first two simply couldn't cut it when compared to the real thing, chances are, Illusions will find you a tad more responsive toward its FLIPPERS: The multiball feature J works superbly.
And the sub-games add to the fun of twanging a ball around the table.
Pinball Illusions Publisher Overall rating System requirements: Release date: computerised compadre. Simulated pinball though, will never beat the real thing, simply because of the sheer physical nature of the machine game, where you can slide and bash it to shift the balls around. And as yet, no computer game has really captured the feel of metallic ball movement.
But this, of course, is not the issue. We are here to assess a computer pinball game; a game that expands on its predecessors by some significant margin, mainly through the introduction of multiball, a feature whereby up to three balls rattle across the screen if you can display | ~1 DEAD FISH: It's still more of the same stuff as Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, only this time with one less table.
21st Century 01235 851852 AGA machine A1200 A4000 88° c the necessary flipper dexterity to release them. A hi-res full screen mode automatically comes on when the multiball is accessed so you can see all three balls. Clever eh?
There are three tables this time instead of Dreams' and Fantasies' four, the excuse being that the fourth table didn't come up to scratch so was scrapped. Not a very good excuse really, and the one major downside to the exercise.
It's a bagatelle Law 'n' Justice is a sophisticated, futuristic cops 'n' robbers affair - one instance involves you attempting to apprehend the charmingly-monikered Johnny Crack, while others see you rounding up escaped felons, crushing riots, de-activating bombs and, more obviously, ensnaring Max Speed and his fabulous hovercraft.
Of course, this is all brought about in a pinball context, namely riding ramps and hitting various flashing lights. Law 'n' Justice also has a video mode where, using the flippers, you shoot shady figures dashing across the score panel. And it makes for a cracking table Babewatch is not perhaps the most ideologically sound name for a table but it's backed by a Beach Boys-esque track (which you are at liberty to extinguish) and features include a casino, a muscle-pumping gym and Babehunt, where you attempt to chat up women by hitting keys on the Amiga in your bedroom.
Extreme Sports involves sky and cliff diving, bungee jumping and a bit of off-piste together with top-screen animations which reflect the activities.
Pinball Illusions is the best Amiga pinball game to date, but don't expect a radical departure from Dreams or Fantasies; just a couple more balls and one less table. O non CANNON FODDER 2 • ONCE MORE UNTO THE IS REACH Your battalion's on the march, there are snipers around every corner and you've forgotten to pack your sandwiches.
This is the qrim reality of modern warfare. Now you can experience it for yourself, as the battle-nardened troopers we lovingly call Cannon Fodder, cock their rifles, prime their grenades and march off into battle once more. They won't all come back, but j that means more sarnies for the rest of us, so chin-up. F * TjSibils © 1994 sensible SOFTWARE. J] Zr .. . ® 1994 VIRGIN INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT (EUROPE) LTD. 'r r © 1994 SENSIBLE SOFTWARE.
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There are kings to defeat, lands to conquer and crops to be harvested. And the peasants are revolting - but not half as revolting as Steve McGill.
Lords Of The Realm SO +40 o 0 o o The treasury from AD 1267 AD 1326 In order to build castles and armies that produce results, finances have to kept under a tight rein.
Lords Of The Realm Publisher: Daze Marketing 0171 372 7435 I Price: £34.99 (£29.99 A500) Versions: A1200 AGA, A600 A500 System requirements; Hard drive installable m It may seem like a politically correct comment, but in the 13th century not many people were unemployed.
Starving peasants are never happy. So ends the section on food in the Lords Of The Realm manual. In that pearl of wisdom lies the driving force behind this compellingly engaging medieval war game.
Cosmetically and strategically, it bears a passing resemblance to the ancient Amiga classic, Defender Of The Crown, your aim being to FERTILE: The involving tactics J and strategies and a sense of reward when you achieve positive results.
Release date: become ruler of England and Wales.
To do so you have to conquer 32 separate counties. And just to add some spice, five other opponents, either human or computer-controlled, are out to do the same.
The means to achieve victory are similar to Defender, but the mechanics and preparation behind building armies and castles are much more involved. They call upon the Out now “| BARREN: There is very little feedback for the amount of time you spend figure and resource juggling.
Seasonal Tithe 20 00 Gold, crown per 100 tuauL.
Dtspatch- message 0 Cruu»ru» iron Stone Wood Arms player's management abilities, both with resources and people.
Happy, well-fed peasants are more productive at tending grain, breeding livestock and paying taxes.
When self sufficiency in food production is achieved, excess monies can be channelled into profit which pays for miners, armourers, quarryers, foresters and builders. All of whom contribute towards your defence and attack capabilities.
It's a slow process. With ambitions such as keeping the peasants happy and the fields fertile being modest at first. But these goals grow with the success of the player at controlling and manipulating the productivity of the populace. Each season requires new tasks to be entered into.
Cabbages and kings Combat has a manual all to itself and it's worth studying closely. Defeat of a county is a matter of marching to that county's town cross and fighting the opposition. The situation is more complicated if they have a castle, for that has to be dealt with as well before the county becomes yours.
With all of this conquering going on, it's wise to be diplomatic and make temporary alliances with other opponents. In this sense, the game plays like the boardgame Diplomacy.
Only instead of passing hastily scribbled notes to each other, messages are sent by telegraph.
Lords Of The Realm has loads of potential for a play-by-mail system. It would also lend itself well to having a serial link option installed. The PC version has this latter mechanism, yet the option has been omitted from the Amiga version, which is a shame.
Lords won't set the world on fire, but it will grip many people and not let go until they've united the Kingdom under their beneficent rule.
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A city is more than a collection of buildings and people, it's a living, breathing animal.
Nick Veitch prowls the streets and tames the beast that is Sim City 2000.
Sim City 2 Life can be pretty cruol in a sprawling metropolis but you can mako it nice and really quite lovely with Sim City 2000.
Don't know about you but I'm thinking about moving. I mean, Bath is a great place, but there are quite a lew things missing.
There aren't any luxury office blocks with air-conditioning and helipads on the roof. There isn't a convenient airport, and not a shipyard to be found. The water system could be a lot better, and quite frankly. I'm worried about the crime rate.
I Where am I moving? A great new place called Sim City 2000. They've got everything you could possibly want there. Plenty of houses, either in high rise apartment blocks or detached homes, acres of office space and just about every conceivable industry, from auto companies and petrochemicals to tourism and media There are some great facilities as well. Of a morning I could quite easily take the subway downtown and visit Alter a while, the people ol your city start to drop subtle hints about amenities that they'd like. Give 'em what they want or you'll be out ol oltice in no time.
The library, go for a relaxing walk through the zoo and then catch the bus to the ball game.
Of course, the air is pure too.
That's because the mayor passed an ordinance requiring that industries comply with strict pollution controls.
He raised the finances by legalising gambling which is fine by me. The new super-efficient traffic warden service can be a bit of a pain sometimes, but since the introduction of the excellent train, subway and bus system, I never really need to take the car into town anyway.
The best thing about this city though is that if I don't like anything, I can simply change it. Does that building look a little ugly? Wouldn't you rather have a nice big park there instead of that gas works? OK, send in the bulldozers and down it comes.
How come I have the voice that destroys and commands? Er, well I'm the mayor since last week.
That's another great thing.
Yesterday the townspeople all gathered together and presented me with a statue, right in the centre of town. I was so pleased that I immediately allocated funds in next year's budget to provide a free clinic and I knocked off the one per cent sales tax that everyone had been griping about. So what are you hanging around for? Move in today... and fluffy Power mad The above was a letter I received a few days ago from the bloke who used to live next door. Being a former resident of Sim City, I thought I’d check it out (Sim City 2000 has been built on the ruins of Sim City, which was tragically
destroyed by a joint flood, tornado, and firestorm and a Godzilla attack some years ago).
It was just as I feared. As a resident of this poor place you are subject to every whim of the sometimes quite power-mad mayor.
And the mayor of Sim City 2000 has more power than the old mayor ever had. Now he can level taxes on individual industries when he feels like it, mess around with the education system at the drop of a hat and even terraform the landscape.
CONTROLLING YOUR CITY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. The waterworks are your responsibility - water should be
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2. In an emergency, you can direct your fire crews and police.
3. The query tool can tell you the exact state of what you click
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Now it's back, and it's better than ever.
4. The viewing perspective can be rotated at any time.
5 Three levels of magnification give you a much better view.
6 The demand bars tell you whether you need industry, commerce or more residential areas.
7. The display options can turn off zones, roads, official
buildings - everything basically, to give you a better picture
of your city.
8. Going underground. The underside of the city becomes important
when dealing with subway trains and drains.
9. If your city is crap, the residents might defect to the
neighbouring town. Check the competition here.
10 You can erect signs anywhere to pick out places of interest, such as a particularly nice statue.
11 The education system is in your capable hands.
12 You can now choose between dense or light zones for commerce, industry and residents.
13 New power plants become available as the new technology is developed. Also, older stations can wear out.
14 The bulldozer is useful for rectifying your mistakes as well as terraforming the landscape.
Suspicious circumstances. He will be sorely missed. And, on the lighter side, you will now be able to experience the power of running your own 20th century city thanks to a powerful new piece of software from Maxis. The makers claim that you can control virtually everything that a real mayor would And now the weather... 'It I mean, this potentially barking mad despot even decides where the sewer system goes, and if he can raise the necessary cash, he could put you on the front line of fusion energy research...
• That report was a tribute to our special Sim City 2000
corruption correspondent who died tragically in Sim City 2000
Publisher; Maxis 0171 490 2333 Price: £34.99 Versions: AGA only
System requirements: 3Mb RAM, hard disk Release date; HAVES:
The ability to control J the destiny of an entire city is
better than having to live in one controlled by madmen.
| HAVE NOTS: This has all the features and all the excitement of the Mac and PC versions. Sadly it's a lot slower.
Overall rating 90% A * vv A V EUERVTHIFIG VOU’D EKPECT inn REAL LIFE CITY... ?
...(GIUE ORTRKETHE ODD RLIEI1SPRCESHIP).
SimCity 2000 is about to hit the streets. And if you thought the original version wos addictive, prepare for o 3D metropolis thot even Aliens find out of this world. After terraining your own landscape, you'll discover new features like subways, schools, marinas ond porks.
CITY im Meanwhile, beneoth the city's teeminq surface, a complete
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© 1993 Sim Business All rights reserved SimCity 2000 is o trodemark ond Maxis is a registered Irodemork ol Sim Business. All other trademarks or registered trodemorks ore the properties ol their respective ownets T'he top 24 International Teams and the best 96 Euro Club sides battle It out in Kick Off 3 European Challenge. Build your side around the star men. It Is these key players who provide the skill and the style needed to win one of the 12 League and cup trophies, and maybe even the World Cup Itself!
Superb animation giving fast flowing soccer action. Bit-mapped International class pitches. 1500 detailed sprites bring the game to life with referees, linesmen, trainers and much more ¦pearly 1 MB of sound. Digitised crowd l noise samples and chants lets you soak up the big match atmosphere.
.aster the moves and you'll master the nNgame. 16 individual player actions at your fingertips. With powerful runs by the full backs, penetrating passes from the playmak- ers and devastating wing play... this is a game with blistering pace and instinctive appeal.
F&sfl e 40 Set plays for dead ball situations, e Practice mode, team talk and match facts, e Edit player names. Play alongside the top International stars, e Save your best strikes and get ready for the Golden Goals competitions, e Skill Speed and ball control options help you progress to the very top.
E Ease of control with 4 button joypad (optional).
The first 10,000 Amiga copies and the first 10,000 PC copies of Kick Off 3 European Challenge come with a FREE FA Carling Premiership Pocket Annual 1994-95. Worth £3.99 with a complete Premiership club directory, season reviews, player records - this is a guide that no soccer fan should be without!
© 1994 Anco Games Anco Software Ltd, 7 Millside Industrial Estate, Lawson Road, Dartford, Kent DAI 5BH Tel: 0322 292513 Fax: 0322 293422 Amiga: Mm 1 Mb, 1 button, 2 button and CD32 joypad compatible IBM PC: Min 386733 MHZ VGA 2 button or Gravis joypad compatible. Soundblaster compatible.
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Steve Bradley donned his flying jacket, white silk scarf and goggles to review Virgin's flight sim. But we gave the game to Steve McGill instead. Ack! Ack!
If you decide to sneak out on a lone woH-style of mission, you can choose the type of plane you want to fly from here.
Modern jet planes and flight sims aren't much cop. They're too sterile, shiny, and impersonal.
Oh for the days when you could get so close to your enemy that you could see what he was thinking, the days when you had to aim and keep your plane in a steady line to hit targets rather than read a Head Up Display and press a button Overlord - the codename for the D-Day landings in 1944 - is just about the perfect scenario on which to base a good old-fashioned flight sim. Air Overlord Price: E SOARING: An immaculately aggressive experience. Strong on atmosphere, realism and SC Ml tt t Ml U Ml 0 support is needed before, during and after the main assault on the beaches. Ground targets have to
be bombed, rocketed and destroyed.
Enemy air units have to be tackled, intercepted and neutralised.
The secret lies in tactics, approach and pilot orientation. And that's where Overlord scores big points. Traditionally, standard views aren't up to the pace of the fight - no sooner have you lined an enemy in your sights and let loose a couple of bursts of cannon fire, than he jinks out of view and tries to manoeuvre 1Mb, hard drive installable Out now I jr“| BORING: You can A take off straight I I away, but to get the best out of the views and options takes longer than a long time.
Into a better position. To follow him, you either have to guess his flight path or follow his progress by flicking between left, right and behind views.
Anyone who's tried to do this knows the problem. Disorientation rules. The heat of the battle shouldn't be about hitting keys, but outflying and outshooting your enemy.
That’s where the Overlord combat lock views come into play.
The two most important are the inside and outside locks. The inside one centres on and follows the enemy planes and the outside lock offers an exterior view of your plane with the enemy in the middle of the screen.
Using this view lets you point your plane in the right direction and then switch back to the inside lock.
High times There are also several tracking options which give you all sorts of views of impending targets. You have a choice of three planes suitable for the different types of mission. There’s the Typhoon, famous for its low-level ground attacks, the Spitfire and the Mustang, the US version of the Spitfire which had a longer range and a more powerful engine.
All of the planes’ nuances are explored in the manual, as is the background and philosophy of aerial combat which increases atmosphere and realism. The coastline of France 1944 is historically accurate - the archive of reconnaissance photographs at Keele University was trawled for the game - and the targets are in the original positions.
If you want a flight sim that offers more than most in game mechanics and atmosphere, look no further than Overlord. It lets you engage your imagination, intelligence and ability in a way that's utterly absorbing. O TO It's one of the most eagerly-awaited games of the year, and now Binary Asylum's Zeewolf is here. Steve McGill plugs in his mouse, bids his loved ones farewell and takes to the skies.
The intelligent man's Desert Strike: the fighting man’s Gunship 2000, the sentimental man's Virus; the intuitive man’s Conqueror.
The list goes on. Zeewolf is the most talked about and most played 'VST] 47 . 750 I m 1 ' ' H I - - II Cue the routing tlraint of Wagner's Ride Ot The Valkyrie and then ride baby ride, 'cos you're going on one big-time turkey shoot.
Game we've ever seen in the Amiga division of Future Publishing.
To help understand the impact, excitement and buzz surrounding the game, you've first got to look at its history and the philosophy behind it.
Wheat and turnips The game plays on an undulating patchwork terrain which enhances the feeling that you're flying over a theatre of war taking place among wheat, turnip and corn fields. This patchwork quilt effect was first revealed to the fledgling 16-bit market with a game called Virus.
Virus put you in control of a spaceship which could hover, flip and turn in 360 degrees of longitude and latitude - probably the ultimate controllable combat craft. In order to harness this incredible flexibility, the control system relied on the mouse - no joystick. The main drawback was the precision required of the gamer.
Unless you practised for hours on end, it was no use. Inevitably, you ended up flipping on to your back and crashing into the ground - dead.
Those who did spend hours practising, of course, will point out that it was one of the most intuitive control systems around. And for them, it was.
That's why top marks go to Binary Asylum for Zeewolf. The chopper can't be flipped on its back and crashing into the ground doesn't waste a life. This lets you concentrate on actually playing the game rather than struggling with the controls.
Which is a good thing, because it's one almighty hovering, rotational collective of an experience.
FUEL PROOF At some stage during a mission, you're going to have to refuel and rearm. You do this by finding a Camel resupply vehicle - mostly found on Frigates. Land next to it on the flight deck and you're treated to a rearming screen where you can replenish yourself from a finite stock.
GAME REVIEW DECEMBER 1 994 RESCUE MISSION T To rescue hostages, shoot the building they're being held in. You then land and the little blokes come scuttling towards you.
Make sure there are no enemy vehicles near or you may have to take off again to deal X _ with them. This endangers the hostages.
Zeewolf Publisher: Binary Asylum 01225 428494 Price: £25.99 Versions: All Amigas System requirements: 1Mb Bangs and crashes To give you an edge in these missions there are three types of weapon - cannons, rockets and air-to-air missiles. Intelligent use of these arms pays dividends but a mindless spree of blasting brings no reward other than the limited satisfaction of unloading large amounts of firepower and enjoying the accompanying bangs and crashes.
For example, if you line up the chopper properly, you can take out tricky targets before they manage to shoot back. But this requires practice, skill and a cool head. Something you're not always likely to keep when under fire with extreme prejudice.
In play, the Zeewolf handles faultlessly. Although it's an over-used platitude these days, the control system is intuitive. You can opt to use a joystick, but then you're limited to a turning circle sliced into the eight directions that a 'stick can handle.
With the mouse, you can learn to turn Zeewolf s theatre of war takes place over 32 missions, each progressively more difficult than the last. The first four sorties help train potential pilots in the control system as well as familiarise them with some of the forthcoming missions such as escort duty, hostage rescue, seek and destroy and airlifts (taking various ground assault vehicles to heavily-defended areas to help even the odds for the Zeewolf).
In small increments at a time, which is incredibly handy when manouevring around the gun turrets of the enemy while spitting out death in the shape of high velocity cannon or rocket fire.
There's nothing more satisfying than taking out a battery of surface- to-air missile sites without taking a hit yourself. In fact, this is the first game I've played since joining Amiga Format that had me shouting for joy and cursing with rage oblivious to the tut tuts of the technical people and the derisive laughter of everyone else.
You see, Zeewolf draws you in to its hypnotically spooky, violently surreal world. You get emotionally 1 HITS: The I scenario, the J gameplay, the believability and the increasing difficulty levels are just about perfect.
Overall rating Release date: No sleep till bedtime Zeewolf s graphics are not going to make you sit back and gawp in wonder, but in terms of gameplay it's excellent. Zeewolf is a return to the old days where gameplay counted most and sleep didn't count at all.
Don't miss out on Zeewolf, it’s the natural successor to Virus and Conqueror and that's not only a good thing, it's a great thing.
" | MISSES: You only regain armour by y freeing hostages.
If there aren't any - tough.
Enemy units appear as red dots even when destroyed.
Involved and that brings things down to a personal level - compelling, obsessive, all-consuming and dream- invading. Oh, and just in case you missed it, it's addictive as well.
Out now 90% ¦ Zeewolf is a compelling, obsessive, all-consuming and dream- invading experience.
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Fields of Glory By God sir, I've lost my leg! - By God sir, so you have! So ran the conversation between The Marquess of Anglesey and Wellington at Waterloo after the Marquess lost the aforementioned appendage And, amazingly enough, after having discovered some bugs which made the game unplayable that's how the conversation between Steve Bradley and myself ran: By God sir, I've lost my sense of humour By God sir, so you have!
Hopefully, Microprose can fix the bugs before too many people buy Fields Ol Glory because it's got a lot of potential and a great programming pedigree backing it.
It's set in the Napoleonic Wars and covers the major battles, including Waterloo. There are also a couple of fictional battles to help initiate beginners in game mechanics and tactics. You play either side in the conflicts but your opponent is always the Amiga due to the real-time aspect of play. The artificial intelligence routines are set for five difficulty levels - Conscript being the easiest and Guard the most fiendish.
Dim Bambra wrote the original game on the PC and helped convert the Amiga version with WDS Design in Fields of Glory Publisher: Microprose 01454-326532 Price: A600 £29.99, A1200 £34.99 Versions: A600, A1200 AGA Needs 1Mb, hard drive installable Out now VICTORS: Lots of detail. Zoom J modes let you home in on individual battles. Good background and interesting manual.
A LOSERS: Bugs make a mockery of tactics. Some enemy commanders can't be killed. No animated horses to pull the artillery.
Overall rating 44% Leeds. Tabletop wargamers will know the name - Dim wrote most of the Avalon Hill and SPI hex-based games.
Even the most ardent tabletop gamer has to bow to the superiority of computer-based wargame systems. The look-up tables, moves, line of sight and casualties are all taken care of for you so that you can concentrate on strategy and tactics, which is why the Napoleonic Wars are ideal for the computer to calculate. Soldiers wore brightly- coloured uniforms so they could see each other easily and marched at each other in lines and columns due to the inaccuracy of their guns. This meant that a line or column firing in tandem created a blanket of fire which mowed down opposing forces.
These tactics, plus artillery fire and cavalry charge strategies, are well implemented but bugs tarnish Fields Of Glorys playability. The worst of these is that you can run over rivers and up hills without disadvantage. If you wanted to, you could set up artillery in the middle of a river. An unbelievable mistake which diminishes the whole game Wargamers won't play this game because of this bug. It makes a mockery of everything that wargames are meant to simulate. It's surprising that Microprose let this error slip, especially considering the polish of their UFO: Enemy Unknown.
Space Quest’"" IV CBM Amiga, IBM PC & Compatibles 3.5” RRP £16.99 Police Quest1" 3 CBM Amiga, IBM PC & Compatibles 3.5” RRP £16.99 Eye of the Beholder III IBM PC & Compatibles 3.5" RRP £16.99 Great Naval Battles’" IBM PC & Compatibles 3.5" RRP £14.99 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe- IBM PC & Compatibles 3.5" RRP £16.99 Also available - Double Mission Packs RRP £12.99 Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain* Atari ST, CBM Amiga.
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TUI: 0121 625 3111. Faa: 0121 625 3312 Steve Bradley gives his magic lamp a jolly good rub and finds that all his wishes have come true. But will his genie prove to be as useful as Aladdin's?
Mm I can't get to my desk. If it's not the production bloke, it's the chap with the crayon, or our beloved editor suggesting I might, "go away and do something while I play Aladdin".
They've got their hands on my joystick. MY JOYSTICK. And they're playing Aladdin, not because it's probably the prettiest Amiga game ever, nor because the gameplay is compulsive. I'm not sure why they're playing it, or what makes it quite so compelling. Perhaps it's something to do with seeing Disney characters that makes one instantly regress to a starstruck nine year old. We all know the cartoons, we've just never had the chance to BE Aladdin or Mowgli, and boy, it feels great. Well it would if I could get a game.
It's always a worry, awaiting a cartridge conversion. 'It won’t be as good as the Mega Drive or Nintendo version. Won't look the same either’.
Yes, we always think the worst, so it’s great to be able to relay good news.
Aladdin looks and plays pretty much the same as the Mega Drive version and, hang on a sec, I just want to finish this level. I just need to kill a fat bloke and collect a few more precious apples and an extra life.
Damn, he got me again. Anyway, as I was saying, this game is fab. Now hop off and play with your Pixel 3D Coverdisk while I have another game.
That last remark was somewhat unnecessary. Apologies. You start in the local market place with a sword, some apples and a stupendous pair of silk pantaloons. In your way are numerous folk with swords, sticks and knives to eliminate, piles of hot coals to negotiate, ropes to climb, bowl-throwing women to avoid and some tricky ledges to bound across.
Funny bits And yes, it sounds like very average platform fare but it exudes such visual charm that you cannot help but enjoy it. In fact, Aladdin is actually amusing
- a remarkable commodity in a computer game. The way when you
jump on a camel's hump, its eyes bulge and it spits at the
enemy; the way you can swipe at a tubby bloke, catch him
slightly and watch him shriek as his pants fall down revealing
a choice pair of boxer shorts; the way the Bluto lookalikes
bellow, "come on". I've played the first level about 20 times -
I'm still enjoying it, and Mites go up and tites come down. The
Cave level is incredibly tricky to negotiate.
There aren’t too many other games I could say that about.
Criticisms. It's actually reasonably easy to plough through the levels, although, admittedly, I cheated somewhat by first attempting the game on the Practice level. I could've started on the Normal or Difficult options. So that's not really a criticism. The levels are somewhat linear - you find yourself fighting the same foe time after time. Fortunately, I found myself caring not one jot. And Aladdin is blessed with neat touches.
Witness the way you can slither down a palm tree before leaping skyward once more to gain your balance before moving on. The magic flying ropes which shoot you to seemingly inaccessible ledges. They're great.
The erm, oh there's loads of them anyway. Far too many to document.
¦ Aladdin is actually amusing - a remarkable commodity in a computer game.
It has been suggested that Aladdin will appeal to younger games players rather than hardened veterans and it's easy to see why, but its charm is such that it will allure many more. As you progress through market, on to desert, past dungeon and cave, the challenge becomes tougher yet never frustratingly so.
Aladdin truly is a lovely game. *2 Virgin 0181 960 2255 Aladdin Publisher: E29.99 Versions: AGA only System requirements: AGA machines Out now Release date: GENIES: It's just like being a real baggy-trousered sword-wielding little man in a cartoon, in Khartoum.
Or somewhere.
Overall rating ”| DEMONS: Somewhat linear in places and genre champions out there may find the game a little too easy.
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Weapons are plentiful too - cannon, centre and side machine guns, energy balls, unguided and guided missiles.
Explosions are meaty and meaningful. Direct hits shake the whole screen. Everything is violence and mayhem. And the only thing that stops this game from scoring high marks is the difficulty level. It takes far too many hits to render the rotating gun turrets and other weapon Embryo Publisher: Black Legend 01438 840004 Price: £25.99 Versions: All Amigas System requirements: 1Mb Release date: Out now Embryo Can you imagine a 3D shoot- em-up which resembles a flight sim, runs silkily smooth and offers you several options that aren't even considered in other games? Imagine also that it's shrouded
in a dumb plot which has nothing to do with the mechanics or playability of the game.
But that's enough of the imagining. Embryo fills the above criteria with flying colours. Your aim is to fly to a designated mission area, shoot everything you find there and er, that's it.
To make the task easier, you can choose to fly by keyboard, mouse, joystick or analogue joystick control.
If things get too difficult, you can also link up with another pilot through the serial port - a welcome idea.
GOODIES: The smoothness of J the scrolling, different methods of control, serial link option and sound FX.
Overall rating systems inoperative and when you're trying to take out weapons, others bombard you mercilessly. Normally I would assume my gameplaying was at fault. But even Kompart's game tester was forever being killed.
I'd like to recommend Embryo, I really would. If it was a little bit easier it would be a great game. But it's far too difficult and that for me makes it totally unplayable. O | BADDIES: The J- difficulty of killing the rotating gun towers. Graphics look like Amiga games of old and you die far too quickly.
69% DECEMBER I 994 GAME REVIEW Steve McGill packs his toothbrush and his sou'wester and takes to the high seas to sail to new worlds and trade in exotic spices and rare gems.
Voyage to Discovery Way back in April 1990 AF gave Pirates from Microprose the once over. It earned 74 per cent which is a fair enough mark, but belied the playability, enjoyment and hours of fun that could be derived from playing the game.
It had historical background, geographical accuracy of a sort, combat, tactics and strategy. Any one segment looked at individually couldn't cut it in the unforgiving world of good games. But viewed as a whole, the game had its own internal dynamics and intricacies.
Against it was the fact that the world you sailed around in was finite and constant. You ended up knowing Release date: TREASURES: Each new game is in a J different world.
Knowing your opponent is out there but not knowing where is intriguing.
Overall rating System requirements: Versions: Publisher: it like the back of your hand. The combat sequences were simplistic and not very believable. You couldn't play against anyone else and there wasn't much variety.
Voyages Of Discovery changes all that. It caters for up to four players and you must start with two, one of which can be Amiga-controlled. Each player starts off in a port on an island surrounded by uncharted sea. Your job is to change all that by christening and provisioning a ship, recruiting a crew and sailing into the unknown.
While you do this, the opposition captains are doing the same.
Moves are executed in turns, with each ship having a certain amount of December WRECKS: Some tedious game mechanics hinder the player. Limited sound FX. No serial link to play in real time.
Black Legend 01438 840004 1 Mb, hard drive installable A600, A1200 AGA To be announced 80% moves per turn. If you're playing against human opponents, you have to leave the Amiga until they complete their turns.
Initially, finding land with native settlements is paramount. Expeditions can then be formed and the natives either conquered or negotiated with.
As soon as that's done, it becomes a settlement upon which you can build or cultivate useful utilities and crops such as sugar and tobacco plantations, silver and gold mines, churches and ports.
Ship ahoy!
Doing this takes up a lot of time though. And when you've got sizeable, profitable settlements up and running, you'll attract the attention of pirates, not to mention your opponents. That's when recruiting armies to protect your ships and settlements comes into play.
There's nothing more heartbreaking than losing a hard-earned settlement to one of your opponents, but there's nothing more satisfying than stealing an opponent's settlements.
This game would be perfect for a play by mail system where players could send saved game disks to each other. On the down side, some of the game mechanics are much too fiddly.
For example, loading and unloading your ships at settlements that don't have a port is a particularly tiresome and tedious experience.
On the plus side, the game improves on the believability and hookability of Pirates and anyone who's interested in trading strategy games should take a very close look at Voyages Of Discovery. There's hours and hours of gameplay to be had here. 1?
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TIPS AND HELP DECEMBER 1 994 If at first you don't succeed, you
can always cheat.
Steve Bradley rounds up this month's hints and tips.
If you have a hint tip or cheat you want to share with other Amiga gamers, write to: Steve Bradley, GameBusters, Amiga Formal, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. And to save our typist's aching fingers, why not send them on disk?
CLOCK WISER Reviewed AF61 81% Kompart (01438 840004) Lee Brown wins a £25 Winner!
AF Mail Order voucher for sending in the first 30 level codes of Clockwiser
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30. OLKEPOLK BUMP -N’ BURN Reviewed AF62 79% Grandslam (0181 680
7044) Want loadsa cash? Instead of selecting Start Game,
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John Oates, Clayton, Manchester PUTTY SQUAD Reviewed AF63 90% System 3(0181 864 8212) If your patience is being stretched by the blue Putty blob, here are the level codes for this Amiga Formal Goldrated platform romp: CAPRI, BURGER, GAIA, ORGAN, PREY, DREAMER, CHRIS, BAZGIBB, ARABIA, )ET, MELON, RHUBARB, GONDOLA, ARIES, CHERRY, FODDER, NICKEL, SENNA.
A Rieder, Reading Continued overleaf • Lee Brown, Barnsley, S Yorkshire THE SETTLERS Reviewed AF54 94% Kompart (01438 840004) If you type Passive on the password screen, you can go to any level. When starting off, build Knight Huts as close to the boundaries as possible so you can expand your land.
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AF5984% Gremlin (01742 753423) The first stage is to
establish your base, allocate all your money to construction,
build a command centre, construction yard, gravity nullifier
and sort out the resource stuff such as power and water.
You also need a weapons factory, a landing pad, four mines, four deep bore mines and a protected storage tower to put the ore in. If you want some other stuff just build it. The military buildings can wait until you have more money. Warning: do not put the resource producing buildings together because a direct missile strike would cripple the asteroid.
Once your asteroid complex has been built and the ore is coming in, it is time to explore. Build three scouts with no weapons - due to their low armour, if they come under attack they die anyway. Set them out exploring and after you have found a few asteroids call up Sci-Tek.
It is worth buying the two second generation blueprints and, if you have the money, the construction droids are also worth getting to speed up ship production. When the scouts return send them out to survey the newly-discovered asteroids - you need to know the best one for when you start expanding.
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attack fleet with three or four combat eagles with a Photon
Cannon and a Chaos Bomb plus some heavier ships after building
an orbital space dock.
By now the Imperial Ore transporter will have arrived. Check out the mining report and sell all the ore in stock. Aim to keep one or two units for yourself depending on demand. Start to build up military installations on your asteroid. By now it is worth stockpiling missiles for the first enemy encounter. Once an enemy asteroid has been spotted dispatch a satellite to have a look.
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Rest for a bit to build up your stocks of missiles then carry on to the next asteroid. You must be prepared for massive missile attacks as you target each asteroid, and even if you lose a colony it may be best to press on with the attacks. The game only requires you to destroy the enemy and does not take into account the state of your colonies. If all goes well you should wipe out the enemy and complete the level. Carry this on to finish the game. O Choose an asteroid relatively near the enemy and collect enough ore to build an orbital space dock. Equip it with the best equipment and remember
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The enemy will begin to attack your base, but the defences you built up earlier should be strong enough to cope with the intruders.
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: of words Prior to the launch of Final Writer, Digita pretty much had the word processing market sewn up with Wordworth (and later, Wordworth 2AGA). Although Final Copy (and indeed its predecessor, Fen PaI) stole a healthy share of the market.
Softwood's big break came with the launch of Final Writer. Digita attempted to redress the balance with Wordworth 3.0, but due to time constraints, the version that finally hit the shelves was severely bugged.
As the mists clear, Wordworth 3.1 and Final Writer 3 face each other once again to do battle for the word processing crown.
Jason Holborn keeps count of the casualties... The bailie between Digila's Wordworth and Softwood's Final Writer could well go down in history as one of the bloodiest conflicts since Henry V decided that it would be a jolly good idea to treat his armies to a day trip to Agincourt.
After several months of relative calm, both companies have returned to the battlefield with upgrades to their respective products. So, as Henry might have put it: once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more... Both programs require a fairly porky Amiga. Final Writer 3.0, in particular.
Demands some quite outrageous system requirements - unless you have a minimum of 2Mb of memory (at least half of which should be Chip RAM) and a hard drive. Final WW rr won't even install let alone run and a f ull installation eats up nearly lOMb of hard disk space. If you're set on a Softwood word processor but you don't have a hard disk. Softwood still market Final Copy II (which is essentially a junior version of Final Writer) which works on a floppy-based .Amiga. Wordworth 3.1 works on a floppy- based .Amiga although it needs a hard disk to run comfortably. Once again. Wordworth
3. 1 requires 2Mb of memory and a Workbench 2.0-based Amiga as a
bare minimum. Some would say that these are unreasonable
requirements but it is rapidly becoming quite normal.
Digita have obviously learnt from what was most certainly an expensive mistake because version 3.1 is being marketed as 'the program that Wordworth 3.0should have been long ago'. Apart from numerous bug fixes. Digita have also attempted to make version 3.1 more stable, faster, friendlier and more powerful. And in many ways it seems to offer more word processing power than Final Writer (its table generation feature, for example, is excellent), but that power is no good if the WORD POWER Fancy fonts and picture placement tools aside, the most important aspect of any word processor is how well it
can process words. After all. What's the point in having an all-singing, all-dancing word processor that can run rings around your average DTP program if you can't quickly and easily edit large documents with the minimum amount of fuss.
Ft ft ft HI tt s HI U HI o Thankfully, both Wordworth 3.1 and Final Wrttar 3.0 score extremely well in this all- important category. Although text editing is slowed down slightly by the use of outline fonts, both programs handle basic text processing admirably. Final Writer, it has to be said, does seem to be the faster of the two although Wordworth 3.1 is still comparatively rapid when running with fewer colours (32 colours provides a good compromise between colour and speed).
Both provide fully featured spell checkers (with speli-as-you-type checking), a thesaurus and automatic table of contents and index generation.
New to both programs is Drag And Drop editing, a feature which is common in PC word processors.
This provides a quick and easy method of moving a selected block of text from one place to another within your document without having to faff around with pull down menus or keyboard short cuts. In all, a definite time saver.
Wordworth 3.1't range of structured drawing tools is impressive. Apart from the usual box.
Circle and line drawing (which Final Writer also has). Wordworth 3.1's Text Effects function enables you to create logos using a series of preset effects such as tubes, wheels and spirals.
BENDY TEXT FUNCTIONS AND TABLES Although this function is potentially powerful, it's limited in its current form - an align to path feature would have been far more useful.
Final Writer 3.0 doesn't feature text effects but you can create text blocks which are about the same as Wordworth's Text Effects but without the fancy spirals and so on. They're useful for creating headlines because you can place a text block anywhere on the screen. Both programs allow you to rotate your text effects blocks to any angle.
One feature that is sadly missing from Final Writer is table generation, a feature that only manner of weird end wonderful er... effects with text.
Digita seem to have cottoned on to. Generating professional-looking tables in a word processor is almost impossible but Wordworth 3.1 does the hard work for you - all you have to do is drag out the table to the size you want and then start entering values into the boxes that Wordworth generates. Softwood claim that Final Writer 4.0 will have this feature but until then, Wordworth &
3. 1 is the only Amiga word processor to support It program
crashes ever) two minutes. Aside from a few niggling bugs that
were introduced with the release of version 2.
Final Writer has enjoyed quite a smooth ride and version 3.0 is perhaps best seen as a tweak rather than an full upgrade.
Softwood freely admit that Until Writer owners are unlikely to be astounded bv the range of new features that version 3.0 has to offer. They promise that the next release should be of far more interest.
Both companies have obviously put a great deal of effort into the user interfaces employed by their respective products.
Digita have tried their best to conform to the look and feel of Workbench 2.0. but - as always - Softwood have decided to use their own custom front end that, while close enough to Workbench 2.0. is different enough to give the program a feel all of its own.
Although I've always been a firm supporter of following Commodore's guidelines. I have to admit that Final Writers front end is more straightforward than Digita's. It's somewhat faster too.
When running in a 256-colour AGA screen mode. Wordworth 3. seems to occasionally drag its heels but Final Writer manages to maintain a respectable turn of speed.
It if certainly tar more stable than previous releases but bugs still remain.
Take the PlayTime slider puzzle tool, for example. If you move the puzzle around the screen, Wordworth fails to remove the old window layer resulting in several copies of the same window appearing on-screen.
Wordworth removes these ‘ghost" windows as soon as you close the slider puzzle window. A minor problem maybe, but a bug nonetheless.
Unlike traditional word processors such as 1‘mtext 6.5 (AF64 78%). Wordworth
3. 1 and Final Wnler 3.11 are word publishers, which means they
give DTP-like control over the appearance of documents. Both
can claim to be true word publishers because they have the
three ingredients that define such a program:
• WYSIWYG outline font handling.
• Bitmapped and structured picture import and display.
• Rudimentary drawing tools.
Wordworth 3. 's font handling is particularly impressive - not only does it fully support CompuGraphic outline fonts but Digita have since included support for Adobe Tvpe 1 and PC TrueType fonts, both of which can be displayed fully onscreen. Final Writer 3. On the other hand, supports CG. Type 1 and its own Nimbus Q format but not TrueType fonts.
Wordworth 3. ’s range of picture import filters also outscores Final Writer 3 whereas Final Writer only loads bitmapped images stored in the Amiga's own IFF format. Wordworth 3.1 loads images stored Continued overleaf e Wordworth 3.1 Final Writer - Release 3 - Beta 2 nr’TTT ¦tin.;mm As It** mists clear, M ordworth 5 1 and final Writer 1 face each other oote attain in a battle f x tin* «*r«*rd processing »iown. |ason Holborn keeps cotint of the casualties... Wordvxorth and Softwood'% Final Writer could well go down m hiilory •* one ot the bloode*t conflict* unce Henry V deeded ii would be a
johy good dea to treat hi* artrne* to a de, trip to Agmcout Renvon after reviuon. The two camp* are attenpted to outdo each A* the uilkt* clear. Word- worth 3.1 and Final Writer 3 face each other once again in a bottle to the end. Jn*on Holborn kee|n count of the ca%unltle*... The battle between OigU's Wordworth and Softwood’* Final Wnter could well go down m history aa one of the bloodest conflict* »mee Henry v deeded that it would be a pity good idea to treat hi* arm** to a day tnp to Agmcovat Re»ivon after re*ivan. The two camp* are attempted to outdo each other with the addition of more
and more advanced word procesvng feature* After teveral month* of relib*e calm, both corrpanie* ha»e returned to the battlefield with pgrade* to their other with the addition of more and Although it doesn’t conform to the Workbench style of front end, Final Writer is still intuitive and exceptionally easy to use.
Word publishers like Wordworth 3.1 provide layout controls that you'd normally expect to find in a desktop publishing program.
DECEMBER 1 994 WORDWORTH V FINAL WRITER Digita International Ltd Softwood Products Europe 01395 270273 01773 521606 £149.95 £74.95 84% 88% WORDWORTH OR FINAL WRITER?
Choosing between Wordworth 3.1 and Final Writer is difficult because both programs are so closely matched. Yet each has its own strengths and weaknesses. From a pure word processing point of view. Final Writer 3.0 is perhaps the better of the two because its range of word processing tools are more comprehensive. But Wordworth is the more comfortable of the two programs to work with if you're just writing reams of copy. So far, a stalemate. Both programs perform admirably in terms of layout control, but feature for feature. Wordworth
3. 1 pips Final Writer to the post every time and Wordworth
3. 1‘s picture and font handling is also superior.
Wordworth 3.1 is a great word processor but it's taken Digita this long to finally release a product that can truly be deemed completely finished. Final Writer still has a great deal going for it but apart from a few tweaks, Final Writer 3.0 isn't really that much different from the original. Wordworth may be the better of the two programs but the one area where it falls flat on its face is in the price department. Compare the prices for yourself - Wordworth 3.1 is DOUBLE the price of Final Writer 3.0. Personally I'd rather buy Final Writer and put £75 towards some Christmas presents. Then
again, you might change your mind when you see Wordworth 3.1SE next issue.
* in PCX. UK. INK;, GIF. GEM vector, CGM vector and IFF, all of
which can be displayed in full colour. Until now, Final Writer
was the only program to fully support the loading, display and
printing of EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) files but Digita have
now added this all-important feature and Wordworth 3.!'% range
of import functions is second to none.
Both programs provide ihe basic picture placement tools - a picture is placed inside its own frame which can be reshaped by pulling out one of several handles placed around each frame.
Whenever the si c of a frame is changed, the contents are rescaled. Wordworth 3.1 seems to rescale graphics a bit faster than Final Writer, especially in 8-bit AGA modes.
Both programs provide a wealth of file handling and printing options although Wordworth 3.1 takes things to extreme and can load documents created in numerous formats (see the table opposite).
The quality of printed results from both programs is vert high, especially with an inkjet or laser printer. Both support preference printers and postscript lasers and Digita provide a vast range of custom printer drivers (400 in all). Even without custom printer drivers, the print quality of Final Writer can't be faulted.
WORDWORTH 3.1 EDITING British Collins Spell Checker Yes Foreign Language Dictionaries Optional British Collins Thesaurus Yes Auto Spelling Correction Yes FINAL WRITE Yes Optional Yes Yes Drag 'n' Drop Editing Yes Yes Contents Generation Yes Yes Index Generation Yes Yes Table Generation Yes No Bibliography Generation No Yes Document Outlining No Yes Mail Merge Yes Yes FILE HANDLING Document Import filters MSWorks, Final Writer.
MSWrite, MSWord.
ASCII Picture Import filters Wordstar, WordPerfect, ASCII and RTF IFF, PCX, BMP, GIF, TIFF and IMG IFF Colour EPS Support Yes Yes Structured Clip Art Filters CGM, EPS, GEM EPS AutoSave Yes Yes LAYOUT TOOLS Customisable Toolbar Yes Yes Max Number Of Columns 32 6 256 Colour AGA Support Yes Yes Font Formats CG, Type 1, TrueType, Bitmap CG. NimbusQ, Ty Max Point Size 1,000 360 Picture Rotation No Yes Structured Drawing Tools Yes Yes Contoured Text Flow Yes Yes RATINGS OUT OF FIVE Speed
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• •• Features
• •••• Accessibility
• •••
• ••• Manual
• •••• Value WORDWORTH VERDICT “The only thing against Wordworth
is the price. It is certainly the better program, but is the
extra cash worth it?’ FINAL WRITER VERDICT “Final Writer may
have fallen behind Wordworth in some areas, but it's still a
very impressive package.” YOUR AT-A-GLANCE FEATURES GUIDE
AVAILABILITY Wordworth Final Writer PRICES Wordworth Final
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• •• SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Wordworth Workbench 2.0, 2Mb of RAM
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A division ot StarMicromcs Co. Ltd.. lapnn Pixo d»wo arc RRP ndudiag VAT Window, i, • tiadcmwk ot Corpocjtwn ACCOUNTS PACKAGE DECEMBER 1 994 LEDGER-BLE ACCOUNTING Unlike its more expensive rivals on the PC and Mac, Easy Ledgers comes complete with the full range of business ledgers. Here's a [ ' run-down of what they all do.
General Ledger - The general ledger is used for posting receipts. | | payments and journal entries 9 i 'V r-rwwr which are automatically updated from the other books. The general The purch.« l«lg.r Irt, you keep ledger is used to provide tr*d,|"f «* .. item, fishhook. Profit & Los. And y°“ h“* bouflh*,rom *hem Balance sheet statements.
Sales Ledger - Sometimes known customers and ho as the debtors' ledger, the sales owe you. Easy Let ledger holds details of your ledger provides U invoice printing (with automatic pricing) and tax calculations.
Purchase Ledger - The purchase (or creditors') ledger contains information on your business suppliers and how much money you owe them.
Inventory - Not surprisingly, the Inventory is used for keeping track of your current stock (stock control) so that you know exactly how much stock you have at any one time.
Easy Ledgers 2 automatically handles minimum reorder levels, stock taking and so on.
Customers and how much they owe you. Easy Ledger's sales ledger provides facilities for Like all good accounting packages.
I. n.sy ledgers oilers the lull range of business ledgers -
general, purchase, sales, inventor)', job costing and so on.
OK. So this is pretty standard but you would be surprised how
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PCI expect yon to pay a separate price for each of these
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Each ledger in tn !*dgrrs2 is almost a complete sub-program in its own right - the purchase ledger, for example, prov ides all the usual tools (such as debit, credit, purchase and payment) plus a host ol useful reports which can be printed to paper or displayed on screen at any time.
I have to admit that I was less than enthusiastic when Easy Ij’ lgers 2 landed on my desk, but little more than a few hours with the program has changed all that. If you thought that an Amiga management accounts package that was professional, powerful, easy to use and - above all - safe enough to trust with your business' affairs didn't exist then think again.
Easy Isitgrn 2 may not quite compete with the likes of Pegasus on the PC. But it s a damned good start. Let's just hope that Small Biz Software continue to develop it.
Iligltlv recommended. O TT nnzzznmmm DISTRIBUTOR Small Biz Software 010 61 7491 9190 PRICE Australian S399 (approx £180) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Workbench 2, 2Mb of RAM and a hard disk SPEED • • • • • Very rapid. Even the most complex work is done in seconds.
MANUAL • • • A little brief, but the program's operations are well covered.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Surprisingly accessible and very straightforward.
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“Easy Ledgers makes light work off keeping track off your finances.” II I heir's one ivpe of program thal is more likclv 10 send an Amiga user off 10 die land of nod, ii has to he an accounts package. Lei's face it.
Healing die living daylights oul of Kmig Lao is a loi more fun than spending hours with douhle-cntry bookkeeping.
Sadlv. However, life's not all fun and games. If you are self employed, then the law dictates dial you must provide die Inland Revenue (and. If you're VAT registered. HM Customs & Excise) with detailed records ol your business activities.
If you're not self employed, then life's a lot easier because your employer automatically deducts income lax and national insurance contributions as you are paved via die PAYE scheme and so the responsibility of keeping track of vour financial activities is not so important.
Amiga finance programs - lulls - fledged accounts packages aren't exactly plentiful. Indeed, you could prohablv count them on ihe fingers of one hand. The new kid on die financial block is fio.iv lstlgits 2. A management accounting package from Australian developers Small Bi Software, the team behind the (Waxcommunications program. But despite its Australian origins.
Easy Isdgrn has been designed to handle UK tax laws.
Requiring a Workbench 2.0-based Amiga with at least 2Mb of RAM and a hard disk, Easy .« gm is possibly the first Amiga accounts package that looks as il it has been written specifically for the Amiga, rather than simplv being ported across from the l’( .
Boasting a fully Workbench 2.0- rompliaiit front end. Small Bi have obviously put a great deal ol effort into Ha.n .et gm's user interface because even window and requester is beautifully laid out and logically structured.
Jason Holborn investigates what has always been a very rare breed - a professional Amiga accounts package. Would you trust your business to Easy Ledgers 2?
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I ADDRESS Nick Veitch and Graeme Sandiford prove that three
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Axiom Software's WaveMaket could solve all your problems. It is. In essence, an effects generator. It is to Lightwave what Stain is to DpmnL Generating flying logos on your own can be a pretty torturous affair. And the thought of setting up an Arrxx script to do it yourself is frightening. You would have to be very tightiisted - even to publisher standards - not to take advantage of Axiom's readymade solution.
WaveMakrrcomes with 16 preset scenes, ranging from the simple Hying on to the screen to a more complicated wrapping around a spinning globe affair.
There arc also disintegrations, colour slices and rolling bargraph displays, spooky fog effects and just about every other device you have ever seen on an American news channel.
First pick out the logo you want to use and load it in - the software automatically scales it to fit in the scene.
All you have to do now is to render it. Of course you can construct your own logo using the various In, Hold and Out motions available. You can even adjust the length of the sequence.
The only problem is that the Arrxx port of the unbundled version of Lightwave is slightly different from the old version that was in the Video Toaster. This means you cannot take control of the software remotely, but you can still generate scenes and render them later.
WaveMaker h a quick and easy way Once WaveMaker has generating otherwise tricky effects, done its stuff, it can , , and vou can easily use the generated save the results as a Lightwave scene file. Scenes as a base for creating entirely However, it is best different animations. 'If used at the same time as Lightwave so the two can pass information back and forth between them.
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Jumbo freeing the creative side of your brain to get on with producing stunning images. Forge can be used to generate a preview of an Essence texture or attribute.
I sing the software's settings you can control the light sources and either view the texture on a flat plane or mapped on lo a sphere. You can even preview an animated texture, mix and match textures and receive an immediate impression of how they will appear.
This is where the package's third component comes in more than handy.
Enrge is a wonderful program that cuts through all the mathematical mumbo- Once you have revelled enough in how you have managed to harness mathematical forces that would make the bravest of bald-headed men cower, you can either save the results as an attribute file or render them as a IFF, JPEG or TIFF file.
Being able lo render files means the textures can Ik- used with other 3D packages such as Lightwave.
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Sparks Particles are in fact, jolly useful. A particle is
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Ah yes, but they are vetx useful, especially when trying to generate effects like log, smoke, snow or rain, and of course sparks.
Lightwave and Imagine 3.0 both include particle systems, but while both of these programs enable you to add particles to your scenes, they don't go out ol their way to help you use them. The difficulty is that if you are dealing with particles for an effect like rain, you are going to use quite a lot of them. Even with straight, top to bottom rain, where the motion path is very- simple, you have to do a lot of work.
That is where Sparks can help out. It is To get ,he best out ot Sparks it should be run alongside Lightwave, so a separate program, designed lo control that data can be passed between the two programs using macros. This Lightwave through macro commands. Each one 9rabs ,b* positions ot the points so they can be replaced by particles.
Lightwave scene is then generated, which you can just load into Lightwave and render at your convenience.
Be warned that rendering a large number of particles is very slow, certainly a vawnmaker. You can measure rendering times by the number of times leaves sprout on trees, turn yellow, then brown and drop oil . However, they are the only way to get realistic effects like fireworks, rain, snow, noxious gasses, smoke, jet thrusters and all sorts of other things. O
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For a machine designed for video work, the A4000 is surprisingly video unfriendly. Jason Holborn thinks he may have found a card to make it more affable.
Lola's latest offering is something of a departure for the company because it's not a genlock. Despite this, Lola are still targeting video users with either an A2000 1500, A300O or an A1000.
The Lola Video Options Card is a small and unobtrusive device that plugs into the video slot of any big box Amiga.
Offering more video outputs than most ol us are ever likely to need, the card is particularly useful if you don't already have a genlock because it provides outputs for a selection of different video signal formats including RF modulated, colour composite and SATIS.
The first of these output formats. RF modulated, provides essentially the same output as the AI200’s IA' modulator. Some would argue that an RF output on an A1000 is about as useful as a hairdryer in a hurricane, but think about it - if you're using your A1000 lor public presentations, what better way of displaying the video output from your Amiga than on a large T ? OK, so most modern lA's can handle RGB signals fed to them through a SCART socket but what do you do if the TV doesn't have a SCART connector?
Although RF may not offer the best picture quality, it s good to have it as a fallback.
The Options Card provides three separate composite video outputs which - although nothing special if you're using an A2000 or an A3000 - A4000 owners should Ik- particularly pleased with.
Even if you do have an A2000 or an .VMM 10. The Option ( Aid's outputs have one major advantage over Commodore's own video efforts - they're in lull colour.
Quite win Commodore saw lit to make the composite outputs on these two machines monochrome delies logic. Once again.
These connectors provide considerable potential for public presentations, although I'm not sure that 1 would trust those llimsy phono connectors (BN’C. Plugs make so much more sense).
Finally, we come to the Option Card’s last output which is probably the most useful of them all - SuperVI IS. SA'I IS support isn't of great use to most video users but if von own either a television or a video recorder capable of accepting video in die higher resolution S-VI IS format, the Options Card is an absolute boon. SA'I IS compatibility is perhaps the Option Card’s greatest asset as. For the price, no other device comes close. The cheapest alternative is a dedicated SA'I IS genlock and that would set von back around £250.
DISTRIBUTOR Lola Marketing 01858 880182 PRICE £150 FEATURES • • • • Three composite outputs, and RF output and S-VHS compatibility - what more could you want?
MANUAL • • • • The process of installing the Options Card is explained in clear and easy-to- follow steps.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Connecting the card to your A4000 is simplicity itself.
Lola’s Video Options (and is an impressive piece of kit that achieves its aims admirably, but I can't help thinking that anyone who would need such a product would probably be better oil going for a genlock.
OK. So a decent genlock costs you more (especially if it's a SuperVI IS model), but at least vou have the advantage ol video overlay. And. If you're intending to perform any son of video work, a dedicated genlock would provide greater flexibility.
There's no doubt that the Video Options Curd is a good product but its market is severely limited. If vou don’t need the extra capabilities of a full-blown genlock, the Options Card provides a viable alternative.
VALUE • • • Rather overpriced unless you desperately need S-VHS compatibility.
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other ISO9660 CONTENTS Parnet & Semct Ncomm & Term Twin Express Fred Fish 8(H) to 975 Amos PD 478 to 603 74 Utility Disks PhotoCD Conversion 500 linages in 256 cols.
A double CD pack containing over 1.2 Gigabytes of musical and sounds data for the Amiga and IBM PC computers. It all adds up to the most complete collection of sounds on any platform and will form vital part of any musicians CD collection.
4600 Modules. 14.000 Amiga Samples 568 Sonix Scores & 4500 Instruments 302 Octamed Med Modules. 1190 Midi Files 1552 Voc & 642 Wav Samples Utilities for both Amiga & IBM PC Amiga and PC Compatible Launch your Amiga into a whole new world of software spanning hundreds of megabytes of CD-ROM storage Jason Holborn is your guide in our 7-page special Few developments in computer technology have caused the same astonishing impact as the CD-ROM drive. Although developments such as faster processors. 24-bit video cards and 32-bit operating systems have passed most users by without causing too much of
a storm, the CD-ROM format has revolutionised computer use.
A 0 IA ¦o in A P Before CD-ROM made its mark, programmers were forced to work to strict storage restrictions which severely limited what they could produce. The CD-ROM formal has changed all that. Costing k little more than a floppy disk to duplicate cn masse, programmers HL now have more than 600Mb of storage to play with on a single disc. This colossal capacity has allowed programmers to produce CD-ROM titles that couldn't even be squeezed on to most Amiga user's hard disks - encyclopedias, interactive Preference ‘books' and even entire PD libraries.
Multimedia finally came of age with the widespread k acceptance of the CD-ROM format and developers are now able to produce truly interactive reference works B that combine text, animation, sound, music, scanned B images and full motion video on a single disc. What's B more, the Amiga is still at the forefront of these B developments with the release of many quality CD- ROM multimedia titles. Kven if you have no interest in playing the large range of CD-ROM games available, there's an impressive array of CD-ROM titles for the more serious .Amiga user.
If you're a PD fan. For example, why pay £3 for a floppy disk containing just one title from a PD library when you could have the entire range for only £17 more?
Over the next five pages we'll introduce you to the hardware and software in the biggest ever AT guide to the w orld of CD. © W SNAP HAPPY CD A relatively new development in CD-ROM JBI technology is Kodak's PhotoCD format which ¦f allows you to transfer photographs on to a CD Wf Once you've got a disc filled with images, you can HH then use a PhotoCD reading program such as .; ,7 BlitterSoft's PhotoWorx to extract the pictures from the CD as bitmapped images. And because the images have been professionally scanned by Kodak.
Bv the image quality is excellent.
Most shops that offer photo development now |Ht also provide a PhotoCD transfer service - usually this wff costs about £5 for a blank CD with each image costing 7 around 40p to transfer on to the CD (although this price fluctuates according to the complexity of your B requirements). Each PhotoCD disc can hold a maximum of y 100 PhotoCD images. OK, so you might not want to transfer 100 photos in one go but the bods at Kodak have managed to solve this problem too.
By multisession discs, any additional Tf photos can be 0 HI A HI s OB HI * o 0 u transferred on to an existing PhotoCD disc fairly easily. If you want to be able m to a multisession PhotoCD I disc however, you must make B|1 B ’¦(A sure that your CD-ROM drive is XA al.l "tt ' V*»E.
(multisession) compatible.
Commodore's A570 CD-ROM drive for the A500 isn’t PhotoCD compatible, for | example, but the CD” and the entire who necds an expensive 24-bit colour scanner range of A1200 CD-ROM drives can read when you can pay Boots to put high-quality multisession PhotoCD discs. Images on to a PhotoCD?
Zappo CD-ROM £199 ¦ Indi Direct ¦ 01543 419999 the OverDrive PCMCIA hard drive), the Zappo CD- ROM provides A1200 owners with a double speed, multisession CD-ROM drive capable of running most CD32 games.
What attracted many A1200 owners to the Zappo CD-ROM drive (apart from its CD32 Exclusively reviewed in Issue 62 of Amiga Format, Indi's Zappo CD-ROM drive is selling like hot cakes. So much so, that it's probably done more to kick-start the Amiga CD-ROM market than any other product. Developed by French hardware wizards Archos Developments (the team behind .
The Zappo's impressive specifications cover every CD-ROM requirement.
Apart from the separate software boot disk, getting up and running is easy.
VALUE • • • « £200 for a double speed, multisession drive that runs CD32 games is great value.
“In terms of value and performance, nothing comes close to the Zappo CD-ROM drive.” 82% compatibility) was the fact that unlike Commodore's planned CD1200 drive, the Zappo drive doesn't occupy the A1200's trapdoor slot (effectively making it impossible to add additional 32-bit Fast RAM and maths coprocessors to the machine). Instead, the Zappo drive connects to the A1200's PCMCIA port leaving the trapdoor free to add further expansion via the trapdoor slot.
All of the software required to get the Zappo drive up and running is provided with the unit.
Archos include software which emulates the CD32's Akiko chip and a dedicated device driver for accessing CD-ROM discs from the Workbench.
Also included are both PhotoCD and CD audio utilities. Although still not 100 per cent compatible with all CD32 games, the Zappo CD- ROM drive is still just about the best dedicated Amiga CD-ROM drive currently available.
Gasteiner CD1200 A4000 CD32 £65 ¦ Gasteiner ¦ 0181 345 6000 However, BSC, the German developers of the CD1200 interface, have since released a software upgrade for the CD1200 which provides it with full CD32 compatibility. Version 2 of the CD1200 driver software fully emulates the workings of the CD32's Akiko chunky to planar chip allowing games such as Microcosm to work perfectly when used with a suitable double-speed drive (the Mitsumi FX-001D, basically).
Gasteiner can provide an externally cased drive for £239.
Although the Gasteiner CD1200 performs perfectly well, it loses marks because of its rather high price. The drive plus interface would set you back almost £270. The build quality of the externally-cased CD-ROM drive also leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the Zappo CD-ROM drive.
Hot on the heels of the Zappo CD-ROM drive, Gasteiner were quick to release their CD1200 controller for the A1200. Unlike the Zappo drive, the CD1200 is simply a PCMCIA CD-ROM interface which is designed to allow any A1200 to connect to an externally-cased Mitsumi LU-005S, FX-001S or FX-001D CD-ROM drive. Until recently, the CD1200 didn't really pose any real threat to the Zappo CD-ROM because it lacked the vital ingredient of CD32 compatibility.
60% Although it's now fairly easy to add a CD-ROM drive to an A4000, it's not possible to run most CD32 games on such a set-up. Straight Amiga ports will run, but it’s games like Microcosm and Mega Race that Amiga owners want to get their hands on. Reacting to public pressure, Blittersoft have launched a new software package which claims to provide A4000 owners with full CD32 compatibility.
Installing as a separate device driver, the CD32 emulation software is similar to the emulation firmware built into the Zappo drive, which emulates the workings of the CD32's Akiko chip which is used extensively by the likes of Microcosm. Even games that don't use the Akiko chip may not run on a standard A4000 CD-ROM and so Blittersoft's emulator can help here too. Contact Blittersoft on 01908 220196.
Tandem Controller £65 ¦ Gasteiner ¦ 0181 345 6000 The lack of support for multisession discs is a major omission.
Tandem's CD+IDE controller is a plug-in card for all big box Amigas (such as the A1500, B2000 and A4000) which provides compatibility with the Mitsumi LU-005 or double-speed Mitsumi FX-001D plus a full blown IDE hard drive interface.
Manufactured by BSC the German company responsible for the Gasteiner CD1200 interface, the Tandem Controller provides a cheap and reliable method of adding a CD-ROM drive to the big box Amigas.
Like the CD1200 controller. BSC now provide a new release of the controller software which Installing the card and a suitable CO-ROM drive is surprisingly straightforward.
VALUE • • • • This is a cost-effective way of getting into CD-ROM for big box Amiga owners.
“If you can live without multisession support, this controller is a good choice.” 80% gives full CD32 compatibility when the controller is used on an A4000, although owners of the pre- AGA big box Amigas obviously can't take advantage of this feature.
Most A4000 owners wouldn't buy the Tandem interface just to play CD32 games, which is precisely why the Tandem comes complete with all the necessary driver software required to access CD-ROM discs through Amiga applications.
If you've upgraded to Workbench 3.1, the Tandem is even fully compatible with Commodore’s own CD-ROM filing system.
Surprisingly, the Tandem controller can only handle single-session PhotoCD discs which means that you can't get more pictures added to the original disc. BSC claim to be working on an upgrade to overcome this limitation and, this minor gripe aside, the Tandem controller is a good choice for A4000 owners.
CHOOSING A CD-ROM DRIVE CBM CD1200 Still waiting in the wings is Commodore's much vaunted CD1200 drive which was reviewed way back in issue 59 of Amiga Format. Commodore's recent troubles have held back the CD1200 drive's release but it should be on sale for approximately £230 when the future of the company is finally decided.
The CD1200 is perhaps the only A1200 CD- ROM drive which can claim to be 100 per cent compatible with CD52 software thanks to a real Akiko chip and Kickstart 3.1, both of which are built into the interface unit. Unlike the competition, however, the CD1200 is the only A1200 CD-ROM unit that does not connect to the PCMCIA port.
For reasons known only to the designers, the CD1200's interface unit connects directly to the A1200's trapdoor connector. This means you can't connect a RAM expansion or accelerator to the A1200 when the CD1200 is connected, although the drive does provide a slot for a single 72-pin SIMM module.
Buying a CD-ROM drive for an A1200 is fairly straightforward because all A1200 drives use mechanisms capable of handling the entire range of CD-ROM software. You should be wary, however, when buying a CD-ROM drive for an A4000 one designed for pre-AGA Amigas.
If you want a SCSI or IDE CD-ROM drive for an A4000, ensure that it offers at least double speed data transfer rates and is multisession compatible. The advantages of a double-speed drive are obvious - it can transfer data to your Amiga twice as fast as a single-speed drive - but multisession compatibility is only useful if you need to read images from a PhotoCD disc.
If you have an Amiga equipped with a SCSI interface, it's perfectly possible to connect a SCSI CD-ROM drive such as this Toshiba XM-4101B to your machine.
The choice for A500 owners is somewhat limited. Commodore released the AS70 CD-ROM drive several years back and although it's cheap and cheerful (some AF advertisers sell it for as little as £99), the A570 uses a single-speed mechanism and is not multisession compatible, but is still a worthwhile purchase.
The other option for the A500 is to add an external SCSI CD-ROM. Most A500 hard drives feature SCSI interfaces which are adequate for connecting a SCSI CD-ROM drive. All you then need is a CD-ROM filing system, many of which can be found in the PD libraries, to tell your Amiga how to communicate with the drive.
DECEMBER 1 994 CD SPECIAL Huge demo collections are now available on just one CD. Here we rate and review all the top discs.
Demo Collections 17Bit Software ¦ 01924 366982 If you want to get your hands on the very latest demos and animations then Almathera's new EuroScene CD is definitely for you. Designed as a showcase for European demo programming talent EuroScene contains some of the best Amiga demos released over the past few months including some which probably haven't made it into UK PD libraries.
If you're a follower of the exploits at demo parties then you'll be pleased to learn that the disc contains all the best demos from such events.
PD fans will find plenty of interest too because the EuroScene disc contains music modules, demo coding utilities, Workbench tools and other productivity software.
72% 82% 84% 80% Demo I Demo II Collection Almathera Systems ¦ 0181 687 0040 ¦ £19.95 Aimed at users that want to get their hands on huge amounts of Public Domain software without having to spend a fortune on floppy disks, Almathera's two demo Cds contain a pot pourri of quality PD material including over 100 games, animations, thousands of IFF samples and sound modules, demos and IFF images.
The only real problem with these two discs is their age - launched early last year, many of the programs are now showing their age. If you want more up to date stuff, Almathera's EuroScene CD is probably a better bet. As a grab-bag of Public Domain goodies, however, both of the discs are still worth consideration.
Lock 'nr Load 17Bit Software ¦ 01924 366982 ¦ £19.95 For the slightly less than serious CD-ROM fan, Lock 'n' Load contains about 1,000 great (and, it has to be said, not so great) Public Domain games including many classics and some new games that never made it to these shores. Designed to run from Workbench, some of the games don't work unless you boot from the Lock 'n' Load disc, although fairly simple 0 get them running.
In Collection 17Bit Collection Continuation Almathera Systems ¦ 0181 687 0040 ¦ £19.95 Premier Public Domain suppliers 17Bit Software have teamed up with Almathera Systems to produce these two Cds. Volume One contains two Cds crammed with 17Bit Software's earlier Public Domain releases including many classic games and animations.
To help you access the programs, Almathera use a special front end that transfers the programs on to their own self-running floppies.
As 17Bit's catalogue grew, the 17Bit Continuation Disc was released which contains most of their more recent material plus the Assassins, Amigan, ARUG and N.Z archives. If you enjoy 17Bit's disks, these discs are a must.
GIFs Galore 17Bit Software ¦ 01924 366982 ¦ £19.95 If you have an image processing program or a PD utility capable of reading GIF format images then this should be of interest. Walnut Creek (the guys behind the disc) include utilities for viewing the 5,000 full colour images spanning such diverse subjects as abstract art birds, cartoons, frogs, young women in swimsuits, and so on. All images are scanned in 256 colours.
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This two-disc set from 17Bit Software contains over 1.2
gigabytes of music-related programs and files. Pitched at the
Amiga and PC not all the files are of use to Amiga owners, but
the majority have an Amiga bias. The first disc is packed with
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EuroScene AMIGA 17Rit ‘inftwArp FORMftf 1 CD SPECIAL DECEMBER 1 994 Fishing For PD Fred Fish is one of the best-known PD names and with more than 1,000 floppy disks, the collection is now available on CD.
88% 92% 54% 74% Frozen Fish PD Soft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £19.95 Packed with almost 650Mb of PD material, this CD represents perhaps the definitive Fish collection. Lurking on the disc you'll find all 1,000 of Fred's disks, archived for quick and easy extraction. If this wasn't enough, Fred has also included a vast range of extra PD submissions which haven't quite managed to make their way on to the Fish disks. And on top of all that there's a full collection of include files, development tools and libraries for programmers, CD-ROM tools and various other useful bits and pieces.
Sysops should love this one!
:e & Astronomy 17 it Software ¦ 01924 366982 ¦ £19.95 Walnut Creek's disc contains more space-related information than the average encyclopedia. For the serious astronomer, there are 5,000 text files covering such diverse subjects as asteroids, astronauts, NASA news bulletins, the Usenet sci.space archives from the Internet and all the NASA press releases since
1962. There's also more than 1,000 image files.
Gold Fish PD Soft ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £29.95 What do you get if you take the Frozen Fish CD and combine it with an additional disc that contains those same Fred Fish disks in unarchived format? You get PD Soft's Gold Fish, that's what.
This two-disc pack contains all 1,000 Fred Fish disks in both archived (ideal for BBS Sysops) and unarchived formats. Although you're not getting anything that isn't already offered by the Frozen Fish collection, the convenience of having the programs in both formats makes the collection well worth the extra money. It should be of special interest to beginners.
Fractal Universe Almathera Systems ¦ 01924 366982 ¦ £19.95 Although it's quite old, this disc provides a fascinating insight into fractal generation.
There's a large selection of pre-rendered fractal images and you can render your own with the Mandelbrot generator included. Fractal Universe is odd in that it is neither a reference title or a PD collection.
Fractal nuts will love it but the rest of us may be left rather cold.
AAAOS PD CD 17Bit Software m If fJW | ¦ 01924 366982 T-? U, ¦ £19.95 If you’re an AMOS programmer then this is one CD that should be at the top of your shopping list.
Containing the entire range of disks from the official AMOS Public Domain library, the AMOS PD CD is perhaps the greatest collection of AMOS files ever compiled. Hidden away within the many directories you'll find more than 1,600 AMOS source code files, 100 Sprite Banks. 250 Ctext Banks (colour fonts), 800 useful game-related sound samples, music banks and so on.
Some of the source code and demonstration programs are less than impressive but a fair selection of real gems can be found if you persevere. Not only will you find the utilities useful, but less experienced coders should learn a trick or two from the included source code. The range of PD graphics, sprite banks and sound samples are an absolute boon too if you're not too handy with the more aesthetic side of programming.
For AMOS coders 0 » everywhere, this CD Multimedia Toolkit Almathera Systems ¦ 01924 366982 £19.95 The Multimedia Toolkit actually has very little to do with multimedia. Instead, it's a huge collection of resource files including 500 original images in 24-bit HAM8 and HAM format more than 3.000 clip art files, hundreds of CompuGraphic. Type 1, Postscript and bitmapped fonts, 750 music modules and 2,000 sound samples. This wide-ranging collection of files provides an f excellent selection of Amiga-related O support programs.
INCLUDES WORKBENCH.
BARNET & SERNET If you're into desktop publishing, there are plenty of CD-ROM titles that cater for your every need.
Clip Art Fonts 'n' 0116 234 0682 £9.95 82% 72% 90% The guys and gals at Weird Science have collected together no fewer than 18,800 files which are arranged together in 900 directories, all packed full of fonts in just about every conceivable format. As well as the native Amiga font formats such as bitmapped, CompuGraphic. PageStream and ProDraw outline fonts, the Weird Science collection also includes a large number of PC and even Atari ST format fonts in TrueType, Postscript Calamus and GDOS formats. Some Amiga word processors now support these foreign formats so you can use these too. For
DTP enthusiasts everywhere, this CD is a blessing.
Weird Science CD Fonts AMIGA A oirH ripnrp - Weird Science ¦ 0116 234 0682 Designed for use with both Amigas and PC compatibles equipped with a CD-ROM drive, Weird Science's CD Clip Art contains possibly the most comprehensive collection of clip art files available in the Public Domain. Like the Weird Science fonts pack, this CD contains clip art files in a variety of different formats (some of which are not compatible with the Amiga), but all the native Amiga formats are there in abundance including both bitmapped IFF and even ProDraw clips. The impressive range of clip art subjects is
remarkably diverse - indeed, you'll probably be hard pushed not to find an image you're after.
Weird Science CD Clip Art Weird Science ¦ £9.95 Professional Fonts And Clip Art PD Soft ¦ 0702 466933 ¦ £19.95 The direct competitor to Weird Science's CD Fonts collection is PD Soft’s Professional Fonts And Clip Art CD-ROM which contains thousands of outline and bitmapped fonts, as well as a wide range of bitmapped images (mostly in PCX and TIFF format so you'll need an image processing program to use them). Surprisingly, the majority of fonts are in Type 1 or TrueType format (almost 6,000 in total) while Amiga users are restricted to just 200 CompuGraphic fonts. Unless you can convert PC
fonts for use on the Amiga (or you have a package that supports them), this font collection is less than useful.
Syndesis 3D-ROAA Syndesis Corp ¦ 001 414 674 5200 ¦ $ 199 (£128) The prize for the most expensive CD title goes to 3D-ROM, which contains more 3D objects than you could shake a stick at in a variety of formats including Lightwave and Imagine. A booklet explains how to access the objects and acts as a valuable catalogue of the contents. Just about every 3D object you could ever want is included from Amigas to Tvs, spaceships and _ trees. A brilliant disc at a stupidly high price.
TABLE OF FEATURES DISC NAME SUPPLIER PRICE CONTENT DISCS RATING Frozen Fish PD Soft £19.95 Disks 1-1,000 in the Fred Fish collection 1 88% Gold Fish PD Soft £19.95 Official Fred Fish collection on CD-ROM 2 92% (FG) Demo Collection I ll 17Bit Collection Almathera Almathera £19.95 £19.95 Comprehensive collection of Amiga demos 1 17Bit Software's catalogue 2 72% 82% 17Bit Continuation MultiMedia Toolkit EuroScene Almathera Almathera Almathera £19.95 £19.95 £19.95 Latest disks from 17Bit catalogue 1 24-bit pictures, clip art. Fonts, samples, modules 1 Huge collection of latest demos and music 1
82% 86% 90% (FG) Fractal Universe Almathera £19.95 Fractal generators plus library of images 1 54% Lock 'n’ Load 17Bit Software £19.95 Hundreds of games for all Amigas 1 84% Syndesis 3DROM Syndesis $ 199 Huge collection of 3D objects 1 65% Sounds Terrific 17Bit Software £19.95 Music utilities, samples and music modules 2 80% Weird Science CD Fonts Weird Science 17Bit Software £9.95 Outline fonts library 1 90% (FG) GIFs Galore 17Bit Software £19.95 Over 5,000 full colour GIF images 1 84% Weird Science CD Clip Art Fonts And Clip Art AMOS PD CD Weird Science 17Bit Software PD Soft 17Bit Software
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A till! The memories came flooding back when I first loaded OnLine PD’s new game. Breaking The Laum. It stars MTV’s anti-heroes Beavis and Butthead and bears more than a striking resemblance lo that classic Llamasoft C.64 arcade game. Homier Bovver (anyone remember that one?).
The idea is to guide Beavis and Butthead as they indulge in an orgy of destruction in a park with lawn mowers and bad altitudes as their tools.
Our heroes are intent on cutting the heads off every flower that sticks its head above the soil. And you even get a bonus if you introduce the sharpened blades of your lawn mower to any frogs that just happen to hop by. Beavis and Bullhead haven't got it all their own way though - they've got to avoid the park warden and the stray dogs which delight in sinking their fangs into their posteriors. Breaking The I men is a fun blast from the past. Highly recommended.
It's an unfortunate fact of life that we can't all be blessed with the skills of an Amiga Format game Jason Holborn explores the mysteries of ancient Egypt, creates his own platform games and still finds time to have a quick game of darts. It's all in a day's work for our PD connoisseur!
Reviewer so we need a little help now and then.
Whether you’re stuck on ihe third level of Alien Breed, flummoxed by the end of level guardian in Rainbow Islands or just plain crap at Second Samurai, Online PD's BackDoor v2.8l is for you.
BackDoor contains an enormous collection of hints, tips and cheats for the most popular games.
Although not every game is covered, BackDoor is still one of the most comprehensive guides ever published. What's more, getting to the cheat you require is surprisingly simple, thanks to a well- designed hierarchical menu system built around Commodore's AmigaCuide system. You just click on the first letter of the game's title and then scroll through a list of game titles that start with that letter until you find the one vou want. Click This is a nice little educational title but it is severely limited - once you've served a couple of customers, the same items crop up over and over again which
starts to get rather tedious. As a simple introduction to money handling skills. Kids' Disk 6 is worth investigating -just don't expect too much from it. If you're looking for ihe best in Public Domain games. The Assassins Collection is always a good place to start. One of their latest offerings is Assassins Disk 200 which was sent to us by Roberta Smith DTP and contains three games - Battleships, Cave Him and Hub Darts.
Not surprisingly. Battleships is a computer interpretation of the classic board game which was so popular back in the Seventies and early Eighties in which you sink your opponent's fleet of battleships by bombarding an 18x8 grid. Each lime a ship is sunk, the Amiga even plays the You Sank My Battleship sample from the original TV ad for die electronic board game.
Cave Hun is another game that brought the memories Hooding back. Based on the classic C64 arcade game Boulderdash, Cave Hun contains all the vital elements that made the C64 original such a wonderful experience. You guide a little man around a complex system of caves picking up Continued overleaf * 011 the title and BackDoordisplays every cheat known to man for the game.
The AMOS programming language has possibly done more to promote the quality of Amiga educational software than any other tool.
Indeed, Ettropress used the language to create their successful range of FunSchool titles and many I’D educational programs owe their existence to AMOS too, including the new Kids' Disk 6 disk from Roberta Smith DTP.
Kids' Disk 6 is designed to help children learn the basics of maths and working with money by placing diem behind the counter of a busy shop where they must work out how much goods cost, add up totals and hand out change.
diamonds and avoiding rocks that become dislodged by your digging. Cave Hun is delinitely one of the best versions of Boulderdash yet to be released for the Amiga.
Finally, we have l‘ub Darts which Amiga Format subscribers can find 011 this month’s Subscribers' Superdisk. .As its name suggests. Pub Darts is a computer version of that pub social event, darts.
Pub Darts can be played against the Amiga or head to head against another human. Check it out.
Game creators have always been extremely popular among Amiga users - ever since Palace launched its Shool-Em-l p Construction Kit way back WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN THIS ISSUE ESSEX COMP SYSTEMS, 15 St Nicholas Road. Tillingham, Southminster, Essex CMO 7SQ. Tel: 01621 778778 ROBERTA SMITH DTP. 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Tel: 0181 455 1626 ONLINE PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX. Tel: 01704 834335 design your orvn screens using a variety of animated blocks (most of which kill your onscreen alter ego when it comes into contact rvith
them), but surprisingly Wizz Iidoesn’t allow you to edit the appearance of any aspect of the game's graphics - what this essentially means is that all the platform games you create rvith Wizz II look exactly the same.
Pufc&arts 7r For this reason alone, experienced users will probably find IVVzc II too limited to be of any real use. However, if the author were to build a graphics editor into Wizz II. It would most certainly do extremely well.
In 1989. Amiga users have been creating their own games, many of which have made their way into the PI) libraries. Despite that, PD game creation packages are still extremely thin 011 the ground.
.All that could now change, however, with the launch of Essex Computer Systems’ new Ifiiz II game constructor package. It’s very polished and even beginners should be able to create their own games, but instead of concentrating on shoot-em- ups, Wizz Its forte is platform games.
Before you get too excited at the thought of dashing off a few platform classics, bear in mind that Wtit II is extremelv limited. Sure, vou can Budding historians will love Paul Thompson's new Public Domain reference title Tutankhamun The two-disk set. Which has been released through the Central l.icenceware Registry as disk CLE 63.
Provides a fascinating insight into the discovery of King Tut’s tomb back in 1922. For history students studying Egyptian mythology or those who are simply curious about the mysteries surrounding the pyramids and the Ancient Egyptian civilisation Tutankhamun is an absolute must.
Paul Thompson has obviously put a great deal of work into designing and coding the user interface employed by the program and it really does shoyv - it looks like a cross between Scala and In opoint and the front end is both logical and yet very powerful. The subject matter is divided up into five sections including the chronology and the story behind King Tut's reign and there's also an impressive array of digitised images to feast your eyes on.
If you only intend to buy one PD title this month. Tutankhamun has to be it. PD reference titles as good as this are few and far between. Even if you have no need of such a title, the vast wealth of information and brilliant presentation are sure to grab your attention.
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The first of this month's slideshows should appeal to all Imagine users. NLP Rendershow (('.round Zero Software) consists of eight pre-rendercd ray- traced pictures and although there's nothing particularly exciting on show, the use of simulated lens flares and different locations for spaceship designs should inspire those of you experimenting with the AP63 Imagine Coverdisk and indeed the very fine Imagine J demo with this mag.
Of particular note is the use of Clouds U. l to create many of the backgrounds for the rendered objects. The first pic shows tts a mid-range shot of the author Neil Pai n ’s spaceship design on a purplev cloud background. The next one shows a couple of ships of the same model as the first Using toward a floodlit podium platform. It’s a surrealistic scene and one that should be easy enough HARD DAY: Take a rucksack. Rab C Nesbitt, a stereogram, HARD DAV The creative use of shade and colour and a fractal and you'd end up with this. Probably. Throughout this demo is top notch.
To create for anyone with a bit of imagination and lots of enthusiasm.
The second slideshow in the collection, Hard Day (Ground Zero Software) by KMT Design, offers a bit more than just a common or garden slideshow . It starts off with an animated character who looks like the Finnish equivalent of Rab C Nesbitt dragging a rucksack. Another couple of little animations lead us to the main point of the piece - Silicon Fractals.
The sight of fractals is usually enough to make me jump up and down with suppressed rage.
They're so New Age and right on and isn't mathematics wonderful man. But with these Silicon Fractals, it's different. Imagine a fractal image meeting a stereogram, getting down to some serious inter-relational business and then doing the Rocky Horror Time Warp together to another dimension. That's what a Silicon Fractal looks like. And very pretty thev are too.
For aesthetic design and computer am fartiness. This slideshow is hard to beat and is worth checking out if you can pick it up cheaply.
A slight change of pace now as we enter into the land of the dodgy demo. Flip And Trash of Delight have put together a sequence of nonrelated images and for some obscure reason, opted to call it Explorer (Ground Zero Software).
It features a mechanism that far too manv demos PD MUSIC AND GRAPHICS DEMOS DECEMBER 1 994 EXPLORED Despite the naff sequencing and tiresome scaled image effects, the artwork is excellent.
TERMINATOR: Is this demo blasphemous and offensive, or an astute juxtaposition of cultural reference in a tongue in cheek vein? It all depends on your point of view.
Arc adopting these days - the scaled, pixellated single image. Usually, it s Cindy Crawford or another super model type who gets this treatment.
Let’s face it. Once you’ve seen one image, zoomed, rotated, scaled and pixellated. You’ve seen them all. They're dull and it seems like everyone and his grandmother are into implementing it. Scaled images are up there with rotating cubes in space when it comes to provoking the reaction: "No please, please, not again, please". The only sequence of any real interest in ihe whole demo is the animation right at tin- end and it's not worth getting hold of the disk just for that.
Following in the same vein as above, hui doubling on ihe tedium is Drcamdealer’s production hiding under the name ol Imagine (Freestyle I’D). It features everything that's tiresome, cliched and stereotyped about the demo scene, which is a shame, because there are some stunning looking graphics tucked away in here.
The introduction screen, for example, resembles a high-quality film poster and it induces a sense of anticipation - an anticipation which is unfortunately let down when the demo starts for real. An image of a half-naked monochromatic woman appears. Suddenly, she’s scaled, rotated, zoomed, rippled and pixellated. It lasts too long and the music starts to grate. You can imagine Starskv And Hutch making a getawav on a tractor with a souped up automatic washing machine engine while being chased by one-legged skateboarders from hell to this accompaniment.
There's a rotating, image-mapped, bendy cube in here as well. If you're impressed by technical merit only, then you mayjust like this demo.
Anyone else searching for ideas or inspiration should look elsewhere.
The last and best of the demos this month is an animated contrived version of Terminator (Cynostic) from a Polish group called Unscrew And Ser. It kicks off with a slick improvised version of the original movie titles. The story iLself features some novel mergence of ideas and concepts. This is Terminator meets Little Red Riding Hood and Bugs Bunnv with a little warped epistemology thrown in for good measure.
Technically speaking, it hardly pushes the envelope, hut it entertains, amuses and even manages to ever-so-slightly shock the viewer - like when the Terminator throws a cute and Huffy little kitten through the window of the local gunshop.
OK. So that probably won't shock you unless you're a member of the Animal Liberation Front or the RSI’C A or something, but it should make you laugh a bit.
Several other nice little touches permeate the whole production. I he image of the wolf crucified at the end of the demo is more out of place than blasphemous, hut no doubt some poor soul is going to be offended by it.
So there it is. Another month's worth of offerings from Demo Zone. Tune in next month when I'll probably make an appeal to readers at large to grab hold of the Video Tracker music and image sequencer and make their own demos to send to me direct. Take a look at Seventh Heaven (Clubl200) reviewed in AF64 to check out what can be done with this handy piece of software.
And remember, anyone whose work is good enough might just earn themselves a top prize and an interview in Amiga Format, if I can manage to persuade Stevie J that it's a good idea.
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TURBOTECH CLOCK CARTRIDGE Your Amiga will always know what day it is with this handy device which sets the correct time and date. Simply fits into the disk drive port (or on the back of your second l drive). Complete k with software.
BLITZ BASIC 2 This powerful and flexible BASIC programming language from Acid Software has faster compiling and coding, new commands, and everything from C structures to an inline assembler. This package comes with a manual, a user guide, four issues of the Blitz User Mag and five disks full of Blitz Basic games extensions and examples.
Description CDJ! Control Pad AF price £19.99 Order code AMFCPP AF BINDER ANIM WORKSHOP V2 With full AGA support Anim Workshop v2 provides tools for creating, playing, processing, editing and adding sound to your animations.
Create animations from files, separate them into individual pictures, delete frames and add pictures.
NOTE: Anim Workshop requires Workbench 2.0. For image processing, ADPro MorphPlus v2 or ImtgeFX T.5 is required.
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Amiga Format Animations Processing & Editing 5SJ Description Turbotech Clock RRP £19.99 AF price £17.99 Order code AMFCLO Description Anim Workshop AF price £99.99 Order code AFANIM MIDI INTERFACE JOYSTICKS The WICO Ergostick is made of a tactile material instead of unforgiving plastic, has a larger than average shaft, is perfect for all size hands and has unparalleled sensitivity. The Tac 30 handheld or table-top stick has three buttons, auto fire and a sturdy aircraft- style grip.
MEGALOSOUND Enter the exciting world of sound sampling with MicroDeal's brilliant Megalosound sampler. Megalosound enables you to grab your own samples, edit them to suit your requirements, and then tweak and transform them with Megalosound's many fun sound effects.
Push your Amiga's musical capabilities to its limits with the fully-featured ProMIDI interface which enables you to connect synthesizers and drum machines to your machine and then use the samples with our Music-X (AFS8) and OctaMED (AF62) Coverdisks.
Description Megalosound RRP £34.95 AF price £24.95 Order code AFMEGA This sequencer package, which scored an impressive 85 per cent in AF60, is one of the most ground-breaking releases since the original Music-X made such a huge impact in
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TECHNOSOUND TURBO 2 Like the original Technosound Turbo.
Version two of this sampler from New Dimensions enables you to grab digitised sounds and sequence them into compositions. But it also features many improvements and new functions, including direct-to-hard disk recording, and a built-in tracker. The package contains a digitiser and a set of audio leads. When it was reviewed in AF51, Technosound Turbo 2 scored a hefty 88 per cent!
This amazing fractal landscape program from Meridian enables you to build your own scenery on your Amiga. Then you can animate it to create stunning fly-bys, or use it as backgrounds in your own games, pictures or 3D renders. And it even works on standard A1200s. Reviewed in AFSB, Vista Pro Lite scored 86 per cent.
VISTA PRO LITE Description Vista Pro Lite RRP £59.95 AF price £39.95 Order code AMFVIST Description Music-X 2 RRP £149 AF price £119 Order code AMFMX2 Description Technosound Turbo 2 RRP £39.99 AF price £2999 Order code AMFTT2 I] save £30 CORE! HALF-PRICE CD32 GAMES ONLY Description Syndicate Disk AF price £12.99 Order code AMFSD £1Z99 Bubba 'n' Stix, the puzzle game that looks like a cartoon and plays like a dream, earned a rating of 85 per cent in the March issue of AF. Help Bubba escape from an alien world by utilising his incredibly useful friend, Stix.
Description Bubba n’ Stix RRP £29.99 AF price £14.99 Order code AMFBNS Chuck Rock II: Son Of Chuck was rated 79 per cent by AF. It contains six levels of prehistoric platform action as Chuck Jnr fights dinosaurs, elephants, tigers and turtles in his quest to rescue his kidnapped father.
Description Chuck Rock II RRP £29.99 AF price £14.99 Order code AMFCRT If you thought the original Syndicate (AF49. 91%) was tough, you ain't seen nothing yet. The Syndicate American Revolt Missions Disk, available exclusively through Amiga Format will test your skills to the absolute limit. Your task is to quell an uprising and win back the Americas in a series of 21 fiendishly difficult missions.
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Shi ASSIGN OF THE TIMES Thanks also for your tips regarding DiskMashrr. Or DXIS. A similar technique which might be useful to some readers with a little more RAM is to mount a RAD disk and assign that as 110: or whatever disk is required.
MISSING PICS With reference to S Anslow's question about installing BattlH'.hess on to his hard disk (AF64.
Workbench, p 137). I think your reply was slightly misleading when you said that you can't assign dfO to anything. Try: Assign dfO: DISMOUNT return Assign dfO: dhO: return This works under WB2.1 at least. I use something similar to avoid the worst of the tedium brought on by Coverdisks that use DiskMasher, which insists on unpacking to dfO: In this case I obviously need a properly structured pseudo-floppy and use fmsdisk to provide two fake floppies on my hard drive (one OFS and one FFS) that can't be distinguished from the genuine article, (unless you recall they're twice as fast). These
are partly set up - to be activated when required - in a spare directory of my hard disk. Once unpacked 1 have only to assign whatever the new floppy should be called to FFO: and up. Up and awaaaay!
Locate your backdrop picture somewhere Workbench can find it when it starts up.
I have jirst started using my A1200 for serious stuff. I am getting to grips with Workbench but I'm having difficulties. I'm attempting to load an IFF picture created in Dpaint into the background of Workbench. (I was having a problem making it fit on to the screen but after reading a letter in AF63 that's been sorted out.)
I've managed to save it, but whenever I load up Workbench 1 get a message asking me to insert my Dpaint save disk. This is very annoying and has also been bugging a few of my friends at school. Is there a way around this so I don’t have to use Dpaint every time?
Paul Spadaccini, Poole, Dorset You have followed all the steps correctly, but the picture needs to be loaded each time you start up.
Continued overleaf e I'm amazed people don't use fmsdisk much more than they do - real floppies are so painfully slow! You mav find you need to fiddle the sample moundist entries to get FFS w'orking properly under WB2.1. but both types are OK under 1.3. Ken West, Deal, Kent Thank you for that. Yes, in retrospect the answer we gave was a bit misleading, but at the same time, if you want to install games on lo your hard drive so that they work from boot-up. You don't want to go typing stull into the Shell. With my solution you could enter the commands in the start-up.
However, if you disable dll): at start-up, you won't be able to use your lloppv drive at all, so it is much better to assign the lloppv name lo the correct directors .
IMAGINATION I am enjoying using the AFS3 Imagine Coverdisk. But when I try to make an animation it all goes wrong. I followed the tutorials to the letter and I do end up with an anim, but when I load it into Dpaint IV AGA the colours become a mess, even though I lock the pallet In Imagine.
A Grimley, Stoke The anim format used in Imagine 2 is not the same as Dpaint's (AnimS). If you want to be able to play around with the anim in Dpaint the best thing to do is to get Imagine to render all the frames and then load them in to Dpaint as single frames.
You still need to lock the palette and to get any decent animation speed in Dpaint you will probably have to reduce the resolution to 64 colours or something like that depending on the screen mode and the complexity of the picture.
IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... 1 1 At AMIGA Format J we aim to answer fas many questions as possible, and attempt to sort out Of course, there are always more questions than answers, so we prioritise queries according to the Nick Veitch following factors:
• FREQUENCY K a lot of people seem to be having problems with
their Supersonic KY3000 printers, then we will print one letter
and the definitive answer, encompassing all the most frequently
posed problems.
• DIFFICULTY. If the problem is actually something which only
someone with some insider technical knowledge would be able to
solve, it is more likely to be answered in these pages than a
problem which arises simply because you haven't read the
documentation.
• IMPACT. Quite simply, a question which involves you not being
able to use your machine or some peripheral or software will be
given priority over a difficulty which is little more than a
slight inconvenience.
Unlike some magazines we won't just concentrate on the areas of expertise we are most familiar with, we will take on any problem (as long as there is an Amiga involved). As you will appreciate, we do get a lot of Workbench questions every month. If you want to get yours noticed, here are a few tips: DO
• Be concise.
• Detail the actual problem as best as you can.
• Where applicable, describe the sequence of events that caused
the problem.
• Give details of the equipment you are using (including which
version of Workbench and which model of Amiga you have).
• Make sure your question is relevant and wouldn't be more easily
solved by getting in touch with the dealer from whom you bought
the goods.
DON'T
• Spend three pages telling us about your Aunt Ethel and only
then explain your problem.
• Write in with questions like: I added a hard drive to my Amiga
and it doesn't work. What can I do?' (Which machine? Which
drive?)
• Send an SAE expecting a personal reply.
The chances are extremely slim.
Please bear these points in mind and remember that we are trying our best to help you.
If you are getting lost, or can't type very well, use the file requester.
I am the proud owner of an A1200 but at the moment 1 am experiencing a lot of difficulties with fonts. The main problem is that when 1 try to access scalable fonts from disks other than the fonts disk supplied with Workbench 3.0 the Amiga keeps on insisting that I have entered a new path.
I have tried renaming the disks that contain the fonts I want but to no avail. The Amiga just won't read them. 1 have also tried installing them on to my fonts disk using Intellifont in Workbench but this doesn't appear to work either. The Amiga doesn't recognise the path when 1 type it into the outline fonts source box.
This problem occurs in Deluxe Paint IV AGA and with the TV*Text Professional Coverdisk from AF64. I thought I might have a faulty Coverdisk so I gave it to a friend who tried it on his A500 and found it to be working perfectly.
SjSjt Matt Keans. Cranleigh, Surrey I'm not sure exactly what you are doing, hut the most likely explanation is that you’re not typing in the loin pathname correctly. To help von there is a requester option. Click on the little box to the left of the string gadget and a requester appears.
Now just navigate that to the source ol your CompuGraphic fonts and oil you go.
PAINT FORMAT I bought an Amiga 1200 about two months ago. It is the first Amiga I've used and I'm having a problem importing a picture from Personal Paint n-l into Word-worth v2 AGA. My method is to draw a picture in Ppaint and then put it into the RAM disk and when I load up Wordworth. Put it into the Digita Clip .Art drawer. When 1 get into Wordworth I go into the Place Picture option and. Hey presto, my picture is there in the list of pictures. But when I go to place it. The damn thing tells me that it’s in the wrong format.
Well what the hell is the right format? I have realised from the manuals that the IFF files are the right format but tile Personal Paint format is known as IL.BM. Is that Lhe right format? Or do I have to spend more money on Deluxe Paint or buying more dip art?
You should save it to vour Workbench disk or partition, and choose it again from the Preferences program.
INTELLIFONT Could you also tell me if 1 could get the pictures from the Personal Paint art disk on to my W'orkBench 3.0 background.
Mandeep Sidhu, Groby. Leicester IFF stands lor Interchange File Format. It’s not a single type ol file, hilt a standard to which nearly all Amiga filetypes subscribe, rather like a British standard or an ISO standard. II.BM (Intcrl.caved Bi(Map) is one of the mam standards available for storing graphics, and should work fine. Check that you are mu using too many colours and that you are saving out as IFF. And not GIF. Sec the answer to Missing Pies (pT!3) lorvour final point.
FOUNTAIN OF WOE Having just received your excellent TV*Text Pro Coverdisk (AF64), I thought that it was about time that I started using the fonts from my collection of AFSubscribers' Superdisks.
Following the information in the Subscribers' Superdisk instructions. I clicked on the Fountain icon only to get the following Fountain Termination Requester message: Cannot open diskfont.library version 37.
I’ve searched everywhere, and although I can find diskfont.library, there is no reference to a version
37. Can you help me please, otherwise the fonts on my Subs' Disk
are of little use.
Gary Hartley, G.reashy, Wirral 1 think vour Workbench is improperly installed.
Which version ol Workbench do you have? 2.04?
You can find out vvhal version number you are using by going into a Shell and typing: version libs:diskfont.library This tells von the library version number. If vour original disks are incomplete for whatever reason, you could use a diskiont .library from a I,net machine, so borrow one from a friend.
A570 UPGRADE?
1 own an Amiga A500 (Kickstart 1.3) with 1Mb of Chip RAM and an A570 drive. According to the manual for the A570 there is a Commodore memory module which adds a further 2Mb of Fast RAM to the Amiga CD-ROM system. Where can I get this from and how much does it cost?
Ian MfCoulough.Jarrmv, Tyne and Wear We don’t actually have an A570 drive in the AT office, more s the pity, hut as far as anyone can tell me. It takes DRAM Dll. Chips, the same as the
A. V.HI. In which case, tall First Computer Centre on 01132
,31**444. They are old and slow, hut they work (that’s the
chips, not the guys at First).
PROSPECTIVE BUYER I own aii A500+ with a second disk drive and 1 Mb of extra Chip RAM. I’m thinking of upgrading to an A1200 and 1 have a few questions to ask.
1. Are there any degraders to let me run niv old games and
software on an A1200?
2. Should I buy a package including a hard drive or should I buy
a hard drive separately?
3. How much Fast RAM should I lniv? I use mv computer for serious
things (such as drawing, animating and school work) as well as
games.
4. Will my extra disk drive (a Roclite) and RAM card work with an
A1200?
Anon
1. Yes there is. Chris I lame’s hegrader is a Public Domain
utility. It won't sort out all vour problems, but it works
with some older games.
IT'S ALL SO CONFUSING I acquired an A1S00 (twin drive). A2000 keyboard.
CBM 1084S monitor. Citizen Swift 9 printer along with a number of disks, but I am not computer literate. There must be some book somewhere that can assist me. The following is a list of some of the stuff I got with the machine: RAM disk.
Excellence, Home Accounts 2. Arexx Read Me, Utilities. Documents. Arexx, Excellence UDICT (Spellmate), Workbench, Directory Opus.
Amigadex. Prefs. And Proper Grammar.
With all those titles, can you tell me is it possible to do what I wish to achieve, which is:
1. Write letters, using different types of script.
2. Print in large and small typestyles.
3. Use a spreadsheet for accounting. I can make nothing of Home
Accounts 2.
If there is an easy to read manual I would be more than willing to purchase it D Amor, Inverness First let me say that I can't reply completely to your letter because that would involve me in telling you how to use Workbench. Excellence and Home Accounts properly and that would take up the whole magazine.
Yes you can do all the things that you want to with your Amiga, but before you can work out how to use the software (I hope you've got the manuals) you should learn how to use the Amiga itself. Your best bet is to get hold of a book for Amiga beginners. Something like one of the BSB starter books would be a good idea. Take a look in your local WH Smith or bookstore.
As for a spreadsheet program. Procalc from Gold Disk (call Silica on 0181 309 1111) or Turbocak v2 (see the review in AF6S) are good programs. Alternatively, you could invest in a back issue of AF60 (see page 134) and get the InterSpread Coverdisk.
PS. Writing 90% of your letter in capitals The A1S00. Not past it at all. Even after all this time, doesn't make it any easier to read... and quite capable of all sorts of tasks.
2. It's prohablv easier to get one with a hard drive, and it
isn't that much more expensive. Then you also know it is
covered by some kind ol warranty.
3. Even a small amount of Fast RAM speeds up yottt machine,
especially with the hard drive, because the Fast RAM can be
used for caching.
I low much von should get depends 011 what you are doing on your machine. Another 2Mb would be enough lot any thing short ol serious image processing and rendering.
4. The disk drive will cvork with the A1200. The RAM card, which
you have failed to specify', will almost certainly not. But
you may Ih- able to use the chips in an A1200 expansion.
MOUSE MISERY I've got a mouse and he hasn't got a house. I don't know why I call him Gerald. He's getting very old but... I have an Amiga 1200 and the mouse port has broken. Please can you tell me where to get a nest one because I cannot use my mouse.
Matthew Walker. Wolverhampton.
You can get a male 9-way D-tvpc connector from Maplins. Imt you'll have to solder it 011 yourself It may not lie the port that is the problem. They break easily il you are continually putting things in and taking them out again. Sometimes the layers on the hoard can lilt up and break. Check that the board is in good condition before you replace the connector. It may even be that you just need to resolder the connections 011 to the hoard.
A1200 VS PC Hi! I don't know if this message will reach the right place, but here goes!
1. Do you know anyone w ho makes Bodega Bay clones for the A1200?
2. Are you aware of any PC emulators for the A1200 cpu slot?
I would like lo have these items because I want to have a computer that will beat the ""''expletive deleted** out of my mate's 486dx2 Tower PC.
Gregory Sayer greg@stamet.demon.co.uk Hi there Yes. Your message did get through, but it DID YOU KNOW... BAUD RATE is the number of times per second a system changes state. In modem terms it is equivalent to the bit rate. It was named after J M E Baudot VEITCH MAP is a graphical representation of a Boolean function to enable simplification of logic systems. It was originally proposed by Professor of Mathematics E W Veitch, and the idea was then stolen, sorry, modified by a certain Mr Karnaugh.
LAN is a Local Area Network. The most common form of network where two or more machines are linked together, usually by a cable, so they can share data and applications.
GUI stands for Graphical User Interface. A program or operating system (such as AmigaDOS or Windows), usually mouse operated, which uses icons and pointers as a control method.
Nearly didn't. If you want to address E-mail to Workbench, you should send it to: 11mlonm1l@jut11rrnet.co.uk and include Workbench as the subject.
Unfortunately there is 110 Bodega Bay equivalent lor the A1200 yet. So you are stuck with having only one trapdoor expansion at a time.
There are plenty of multif unction cards around though, including RAM. SCSI and accelerators all in one. Check out our in-depth round-up in .1 6 ?. II you haven't got 1 -6?, turn to 1 Back Issues on pages 134 and 1.35 and order your copy now.
DRIVE SWINDLE?
I recently decided to buy a new hard drive for my A1200. Well. I'm not rich or even comfortably well off. But I had saved about £180. The next step was to find the best drive for my needs, bearing in mind your advice about needing at least 120Mb All the adverts in AMIGA Format and the rival Amiga magazines quote about £400 for a 400Mb hard drive. Sod that I've just shoved a 400Mb
3. S-inch IDE drive in my computer for £180, it's totally kosher
and it comes from a PC manufacturer called VIP based in
Manchester, check it out in Micro Mart Taking the above as
read, what kind of rip oft merchants do we have advertising in
these magazines, and |ust what other things are we getting
ripped off on? You don’t need specialised hard drives for your
Amiga, just get a PC one and shove it in. If you don't believe
my drive works perfectly well, you can come round my house and
check it out.
Aidy O'Grady. Sheffield I don't think we have ever said that you need any special type of IDE drive. The reason why most of the drives you see advertised in AF are more expensive are because they are mostly 2S-inch drives as opposed to 3.5-inch drives.
Not oil 3.5-inch drives will actually fit inside the cose of the At200. Some of them consume If you really want to show your friend what's best, running a PC emulator won't help, because you would be shosving him a PC being run on the Amiga, not the Amiga running at its best. Just compare the speed of Workbench to Windows, that should keep him quiet.
PC DOWNLOADS I am new to the Internet and Comms scene bill I am able to access the excitement of the information super highway via the PC! Network at Plymouth University. My own love though is my trusty A500* and my vast collection of Amiga Formats dating back diree years.
I would like to know if there is any way of downloading Amiga software through the PC for use on my Amiga. I have a PC emulator for my Amiga, but so far I have been unable to download PC software due to the size of the programs.
Please take into account that I'm a poor student, so if money is involved it may be a problem.
Scott Bovey S.Boi ey@plymouth.ac.uk Yes. You should be able to downlead Amiga software on a PC with 110 problem. After you have downloaded it you can transfer it via a PC!
Formatted lloppv disk and use CrossDia or a similar program such as the Public Domain Messy Dos, to transfer the tiles across to your Amiga.
Adding an IDE hard drive to your Amiga can be fraught with difficulty.
More power than is safe Some of them (notably Connor mechanisms) have long spin-up times, which means they won't boot from cold. Also, the PC suppliers do not provide you with any kind of Amiga hard disk tools, preppmg software or Workbench installation programs. Neither will they be of any help if anything goes wrong when you install it.
I think you were lucky to get a mechanism that didn't give you any trouble. I'm not saying don't buy drives like this, but you should be aware of the pitfalls.
Amiga Format does not. Never has done and never will refuse to print important information because it might upset someone NOT INSTALLED I have a bog standard Amiga 1200. Running Workbench 3.0. and an Overdrive 210Mb PCMCIA hard drive. My problem is that after recently buying the Overdrive I decided to install Microprose's Formula One Grand Prix (which I got in the Wild. Weird And Wicked package when I had an A600), into a partition named Work: The trouble is that the game is having none of it! After running the Install program on disk three it throws up a message saying an error has occurred
during the installation. Have you got any suggestions, or is this a common problem?
Peter Worrall. South Humberside CSG 70-02 BM 1£ 391 V ?H 01 00' Just telling me an error has occurred isn't very helpful. Was die message more specific? Out of memory, missing files? Generally, games require all the data to be plonked in one big directory and the relevant assigns made in the form: Assign origlnaldiskname Pathname For example: Assign FlGPDiskl: work:FlGP Assuming you copied all the data into a drawer called F1GP on the Work partition of your hard drive. These commands should be added as lines to the end of the user start-up file, to be found in the S: directory of
Workbench. In any case, with problems like this your best bet is always to contact the game company involved, in this case Microprose on 01-154 326532.
CAREER CORNER In-depth explanation Hard Drives If you want to buy the full Blitz Basic 2 package at a special Amiga Format discount price of £49.95, turn to our Readers' Offers on page 138.
I am 13 years old and in February I will be choosing which subjects to take at school. 1 would like to be a games programmer and start my own company or join an existing one. What are the best subjects to take? .
1 am going to buy AMOS for its ease of use.
But when I get used to the BASIC language. I'll get Blitz Basic 2. 1 would like to know whether there are any programming languages for die Amiga in C or Assembler. If there are. What's the best one. The cheapest one and the easiest one to use?
Ttwy may not look like much, but they can change your life. All hard drives are not the same however, so make sure you read this guide before you buy your drive.
Please answer my letter or 1 won't know what subjects to take and my life could be a disaster and it would all be Amina Format’s fault.
James Woodrow, Welwyn Carden City I don't want to be responsible for screwing up your education, so this advice is now officially covered by an Amina Format Health Warning.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in computing, it is a good idea to take maths, physics and computer studies. Maths and physics are good choices, because il you go on to do A-levels you can get into virtually any scientific university course wiilt these. Hut your brain will go horrible if you do nothing but science, so I would recommend taking a subject like history, or mavbe art. As well, at least until GCSE. Electronics can be a useful course too. If sour school offers it.
To get ahead in programming, you'll have to virtually teach vourself. BASICis an easy language, but it teaches you bad habits. You'd be better oil learning to program in (-’. Blitz Basic is quite good, because it includes manv I .-like aspects such as structures and pointers.
The advantage of t. is that it is portable, so you can write programs on your Amiga and port them across to a PG or an Apple. There is an excellent PI) version of Cavailable, and it is also bundled with the A book by ex-Amiga Shopper editor.
Cliff Ratnshaw. Have a look on page 166.
The best Csystem is SAS C, which is available through HiSoft (01525 718181), but 1 would trs to get to grips with (.'before you splash out a load ol money. You may also be interested in AMOS Fro, which is on our Coverdisk next month. H 1 There are two main types of hard drive for the Amiga - SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) and IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics).
2 SCSI drives have more intelligent interfaces which mean they rely much less on the host computer to tell them what to do. This means that they are quite fast but it makes the interface a bit more expensive.
3IOE drives are slower because the host computer's CPU has to do some of the work in reading and writing to the disk. They are cheaper than SCSI drives though.
4 The SCSI interface is much more versatile than IDE. As well as simple disk drives, various other devices such as magneto-optical disks, tape streamers, scanners and CD drives can be added on to a SCSI bus.
5 In general up to seven SCSI devices can be added to a single SCSI interface, by daisy chaining them. Usually only three devices can be added to an IDE interface.
6 The A1200 and A600 both have a built-in IDE interface, which means that you only need to buy an IDE mechanism and the correct cable to add a drive to these machines.
7 The A4000 also has an IDE interface and an IDE drive installed. Commodore have configured the driver for this interface so that it treats the drive as a SCSI device m order to achieve much better software compatibility. However, this does not mean that you can add SCSI devices directly to this interface.
8 The most popular external drive for the A500 and the A500* was the GVP HD8. Which was a SCSI drive. This drive also allowed the user to add extra memory.
9 Commodore produced their own hard drive for the A500. Which was called, imaginatively, the A590. This also allowed extra memory to be added, but although it had a SCSI interface it was quite slow, because it actually contained a modified XT drive.
Commodore also produced (in conjunction with DKB) the A4091 SCSI2 card. This works in the A3000 and A4000 to give better speeds from all devices, particularly SCSI2 mechanisms, which average a transfer speed of 5Mb per second.
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Better by Tm n design Marcus Dyson tells you how to create your own stationery and business cards with a DTP package.
One of the most useful things you can create with your desktop publishing package is a business card and a set of stationery. You may wonder why vou would require such items, particularly if you don’t run your own small business, but once you’ve got .i business card, and vou no longer have to keep asking barmaids for biros when you want to give someone vour number in the pub. You’ll quickh In-gin to wonder how you ever managed without one. And the pleasure of writing letters 011 paper that already bears your name and address, land even some kind of witty or attractive logo defies description.
If you do run a small business, there's 110 need lo explain how important producing quality ktationerv can be to youi livelihood. When clients make .1 decision about which service provider to use on the basis of a handful of business cards ihev have amassed, they often turn first to the business with the most impressive card.
But creating your own stationery is a straightforward, and more importantly, relatively inexpensive, thing to do. First you must make a dec ision as to whether you need colour, or if mono will suit your purposes. Mono is obviously cheaper to print, and if it is well designed it can be just as effective as colour-printed stationery.
Before you jump to conclusions about the PagrSeUer2 Coverdisk's ability to handle colour, or lack of it. Remember that you don’t need a DTP program which can produce colour on screen to design things which will he printed in colour. With a hit of trickery you can create spot colour artwork with a mono DTP package, but more of that soon.
The decision whether to use colour or not is determined, to some extent, by the logos or picture elements you may wish to include. If your company, club or organisation has a logo which will not reproduce well in mono, you may be obliged to use colour.
Whether you are working in colour or mono, the same basic design principles apply. If we refer back a couple of issues to our golden rules of design, the ones which are most important for stationery design are:
• Keep it simple - we’re going to try to get a considerable
amount of information on to a very small space, so simplicity
is the key.
• Choose fonts carefully - stationery is often the first
impression someone gets of you or your company, so make sure it
says the right thing!
• Consider your alignment - making good use of the space
available is very important, particularly for business cards
and compliments slips.
Appropriate alignment of your text helps immeasurably with this. O CREATING A BUSINESS CARD - A SIMPLE GUIDE There are no strict guidelines for the size of business cards - as long as they fit in a pocket it's OK. But I have found that when a business card is larger than a credit card, and won't fit into my wallet it gets discarded more quickly than ones that will. If you want your card to stand out make It big. But if you are giving it out at meetings or shows where the recipient receives many cards, make it credit card sized. What is credit card sized? It's 86mm by 54mm.
You must decide whether you want your card to be landscape (wider than it is tall) or portrait in orientation. Landscape is more common, which means that portrait can seem more striking.
The first step is to make a document of the appropriate dimensions, then type into it the text that you want to have on the card. This should definitely include your name, address, title and contact numbers, but It could also feature a company logo and the witty slogan you came up with to sell your business.
There ere no standard dimensions for business cards, but it is best to produce one the size of a credit card if you don't want it to be misplaced or binned.
Select the text and style ft in the font of your choice. This is where some discretion is called for.
Our example card is for an action-sportswear clothing manufacturer, so a wacky font like Extreme soltwear 3-1 Back Lane Holmlirth West Yorkshire 0484 ******* For those v io know fear ¦ but do it anyway!
When designing something as small as a business card or compliments slip, it is best to put all the text on the page before attempting to style up any of It Addled is appropriate. If you are an antiques restoration company, you are far more likely to appeal to your customers with a nice serif face like Palatino, possibly even Italicised. If. On the other hand, you are a mobile car alarm fitter, a straightforward sans-serif like Universe may be more appropriate for your needs.
Once you have all your text on the document place your logo. It should be prominent but should not dominate the card. When the logo is positioned, place the text and size it according to its importance. If your card is mainly to introduce the individual, make sure that the name is relatively large, if it is more to introduce your services, make the line which does this the most prominent aspect of the card.
In the Golden Rules Of DTP we looked at in the first of these tutorials, I spoke out against Oscar Sales director rss RR 'sSss |}f 34 Back Lane Hofcnflrth West Yorkshire 0484 | nil Cam tlvua ujKa Lmaui Choosing the correct font is Important. Different typefaces have different characters end some will suit you or your company better then others.
Excessive use of text centring, but as always, there are exceptions to the rule. Business cards are one of the few places where centred text can work effectively, as in the example on the left But the company
• Mfe aa|i logo is a little too Ihflll M prominent so for the I
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more sophisticated text alignment.
Oscar "iw Portrait business cards are still the exception, rather than the rule, so you can easily make yours stand out from the crowd by making it in this aspect ratio.
THE LETTERHEAD - A SIMPLE GUIDE DESIGNING COMPLIMENT SLIPS 3 This design is great. Modern, clean and striking. Introducing the vertical line has brought a new dynamic to the layout and it draws the eye down from the logo to the address. Again though, it's not the right design for Bad Moon!
4 This is the one. Our extreme sportswear company will use a logo something like this.
The typeface, the design and the logo all work together to create an impression of wildness and abandon. Yet closer inspection reveals a very tight design. All the elements are rotated by the same 10 degree angle. The side of the logo and the address at the bottom of the page are aligned as if by an invisible line.
This is an appropriate design for the company in question.
Letterheads are virtually always portrait in format, and with good reason. Most people do not have a printer with a wide enough carriage to accept A4 landscape, and more importantly, lines of text across A4 landscape would be too long to read comfortably.
But this doesn't mean that you could not experiment with A4 landscape letterheads, particularly if your design was sympathetic to printing the text of the letter in one or more columns.
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Here's a landscape version of the business card. The letterhead should echo the business card although it has a slightly different function.
Without a doubt the least important piece of office stationery, compliment slips are virtually unnecessary for the individual.
Usually used in place of a letter when sending people documents or goods not requiring an invoice, these pieces of paper are inevitably consigned straight to the bin.
If you do require them though, it is best to contract the design of your letterhead to fit into a 210mm by 99mm space. These dimensions are defined by the size of an A4 sheet (210 by 297mm) so that your printer can get three comps slips out of an A4 page.
Our sportswear company would doubtlessly produce a comps slip something like the one above.
The letterhead should be visually similar to the business card, after all you want the person you are dealing with to associate you with the letter you send them.
Letterheads offer almost complete design flexibility, which can be fun. But can also be very dangerous. Remember the golden rule - keep it simple. With the limited amount of information you have to put on a letterhead, that shouldn't be too difficult. Here are a few examples of letterhead designs - you may want to use one of these as the basis of your design.
Ithis is your basic letterhead. The logo and address are in the top right-hand corner, leaving the top left corner free for the destination address. This convention is no longer necessary since virtually no-one uses window envelopes any more. If you do though, this is the layout for you. It always looks OK, but rarely looks superb. The strength of the logo is paramount in this kind of layout.
2 This style of letterhead can look very attractive, but it is a more sedate, classic- looking layout. It works with many logos, but it would probably suit a logo in a roundel (a circle or oval shape) more than the looser Bad Moon logo.
With a round logo and a serif typeface this provides a nice, polite letterhead - not at all what an extreme sportswear company wants.
HOW MUCH, MATE?
We approached a local printer and asked what it would cost to have 1,000 business cards, 1,000 A4 letterheads and 1,000 compliments slips printed. You could have fewer printed, but the costs wouldn't be noticeably cheaper.
Assuming you provide the printer with camera-ready artwork, which any laser printer or good bubble ink-jet printer can produce, the cost for black plus one spot colour is around £200. Not cheap, but a must for any serious small business. If you just want a set of business cards, the cost would be around £60.
But remember, you don't actually need to print a letterhead at all. You can just design one, and then type all your letters on to a document containing it and let your printer take care of outputting it.
MbtlnWlM kWh i moon COLOUR ARTWORK If your DTP package handles colour, and can output colour separations, producing artwork for colour printing is no problem. If you have a mono package, you can still prepare spot colour artwork, but you have to make the colour separations yourself. Here's how.
When you have designed your document copy all the elements (words, pictures, logos... everything) on to another page, so that they are in the same positions, and the second page is a replica of the first. For more than two colours, repeat this process, so that you have a page for each colour you intend to print. On each page, delete everything you don't want to print in that colour. On the business card with the name Oscar in red I deleted everything but the name from one page and deleted only Oscar from the other. When you output these pages, one is the printers' artwork for black ink, and
the other for red.
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Jason Holborn hits the heights, and plumbs the depths to turn your boring flat computer screen into a virtual reality playground. True lies is the name of the game - mimicking a three dimensional universe on a flat VDU screen.
Let’s get the important-but-can't-we-start- drawing-yet facts out of the way. We’re looking at depth, and the way it is conveyed using computer art so we need to be aware of perspective - the way things look smaller the further away they are and light and shadow highlights on objects like pool balls which show that they have bulk.
Our two art projects this month take advantage of these features, and should set you off experimenting for yourself. Once you've worked through the examples, you'll get the idea and be able to develop your own techniques.
All our tutorials were completed on Dpaint IV on an A1200 using low-res, 25&colour mode and the standard palette.
OUT IN FRONT Our simple example shows you how effective a drop shadow is. No matter how complex your shape - as with the fancy font we have used here - DeluxePainl enables you to create a lifelike shadow. The range fill inside the letters and their blue glow add some striking effects to the finished job. Here’s how it's done: to do the effect justice.
CHISEL IN Embossing gives the appearance of bas-relief by adding shadow and highlights to an object to suggest a raised or etched surface. It's a useful effect but one which people have problems with.
This example uses text - it's the quickest way for you to get hands-on experience. You can start giving bas-relief to more complicated things once you've absorbed the ground rules.
Our example shows letters carved on stone.
First we quarry a background with the help of Dpaint. Call up the Range requester, and place seven colours, from light to mid-grey, next to each other on the definition bar.
Select one of the Range colours as your drawing colour, and choose the mid-sized round airbrush. Press key F7 to activate Cycle Painting, and paint in bold swathes in an area about 6cm by 6cm. The seven greys are splattered around, making a good dappled effect.
Select the Continuous Line Draw mode, and press key F4 (Smear). Using the same brush, draw all over your grey speckles to mix up the colours.
Now press key F6 (Blend) and smooth any rough edges until you have a subtly-coloured grey slab.
Use Smoothing (F8) to tidy up the image.
Cut out the best-looking 4cm by 4cm square as a brush, and clear the screen. Use your brush to create a slab of stone the size you want by repeated painting on screen - or you could select From Brush and Pattern as your Fill mode, and draw out the correctly-sized slab directly on screen.
I've roughed the edges of my block by using the Background Colour and Solid Freehand Fill tool to nibble away at the image. The highlight and Original text STONE MAKING TECHNIQUE Cyde 1994 Drop-shadow embossed ilfiS 101 m Adding shadow and highlight Four stages of creating a stone effect. Notice the progression from rough dapple to fine gritstone.
Ragged edges and a shadow highlight are added to give Here's how to achieve a bas-relief effect.... the stonework bulk.
• ' '.O' f a VrrrTri) A highlighted frame is drawn around the
text - to create a sort of plaque effect.
You need a largish font. I'm using a chunky Franklin face ai 72pt Type your lexi and cut ii oul as a brush.
Select light blue as the drawing colour, press the O key to outline the brush and paste it back on screen. The outline acts as a keyline for the next operation - a range fill.
Creating a range is dead easy in DpainL (all up the Ranges requester from die Colour pull-down menu and. By using the left-hand sliding button, give this range a number: if this is your first range, it should already be set to I, so leave it alone. Click on Clear to reset the Range.
.Vs you can see in the screenshot you just click on a colour and place it on the range bar.
Notice how I've got a range with light blue at one end. And dark blue at the other. The trick is to put white in the middle as well to create a range with its own highlight. You can click on Show to see the effect.
NOTE: Unless you are working in a HAM mode, the Show button gives the best colour match from the entire Amiga palette, and NOT the best match from your current palette. So while the range will be a lot rougher than expected, it falls in to the acceptable category. Click on OK to exit Ranges.
Shadow is an extension of the drop shadow effect described above. But instead of just drop shadowing a dark colour, you move your brush up a pixel, and with white selected as the background colour, right-dick the mouse. Now you can move your brush down and left to show a highlight edge of white, and a darker shadow edge (your original drop shadow).
To create the bas-relief effect switch to the spare screen and clear it to red. Type your text in white, pick it up as a brush and dear the screen.
Select black as the background colour and right- The additional text has been written, cut as a brush, turned to solid black and painted on screen, with Translucency turned on. Note the excellent shadow effect it creates.
Now call up the Fill requester (right-click on the Kill tool) and select the Vertical Kill icon, and ensure your range number is correctly displayed in the Range box.
Back to the drawing. Fill each letter with the blue-white-blue Vertical Fill. This creates a chrome metal feel to the text. Now pick up the entire text as a brush, and working from the next darkest blue from your original outline, re-outline the brush four times, selecting the next darker blue from the palette each time. Doing it this way makes the glow appear to be more intense nearer to the letter.
Pick up the text its a brush, and save it for safe keeping. .As volt can see from the illustrations above. I selected a tan colour as the background, but the technique of adding a drop shadow applies to any colour. But try to stick dose to our example for now.
Clear the screen to light tan, and select midtan as your background colour. Place your text brush on screen, and instead of clicking with the left mouse button, right-click to stamp down a replica of the brush on screen in your background (or shadow) colour. Now position your original brush a couple ol pixels above and lo the right of this shadow, to indicate a light source in the top right of the screen.
Dick your brush on screen (to paint it black). Move your white text brush three pixels above and to the right of the black text on screen, and dick the left button. Press F2 to change to Colour mode, and select as foreground colour the red you used for the background. Position the brush on the image so that you can only see the light dark outline of the text around the edges (so the text looks hollow) and left dick.
It may not look like much now, but this is all you need for bas-relief. Press F1. And pick up the new text image, then return to the main screen. You The final screen: the extra text is offset from the shadow, and a speckled fill used around the plaque.
Translucency and black were again used to draw a shadow over the background, to give the plaque height.
The overlaying text, in a script font, employs a different technique but with the same effect. Flip to the spare screen (keyJ) and type in your overlapping text. Cut it out as a brush and go back to the main screen. Select black its the drawing colour, and change to Colour mode by pressing key F2. Your text now turns black. Call up the Filerfxiianxliiccncv pull-down menu and select On. The amount of translucency is already set to : ()%, which is good enough for now.
Place your black brush on screen in the position you want, and watch Dl'aitil create a magnificent shadow on top of every colour you are painting over. Turn Translucency off, and press FI to return your brush to its normal state.
Now paint it down with a similar offset to the original text.
The background has been further enhanced by a speckled Fill (which is just three shades of tan peppered in a small area and then picked up its a brush lo be used as a Pattern Fill). The 3D effect is heightened by the inclusion of black translucent shadows over the speckle Fill at the bottom and left.
This is a subtle, simple job, but one which includes the potential for much more sophisticated work. 'I) will see as you move the brush before positioning how effective it is on the stone. Choose a spot, and paint it down.
To create the shattered stone effect paint the cracks by creating a two-pixel wide brush, the left pixel black, the right one white. Now when you draw with the brush, you instantly get a crack with highlight and shadow thanks to the two-tone brush.
My final touch is dramatic lighting: a range of 10 greens used with a highlight Fill, with the bright hot-spot bottom right to fit in with the way the shadows fall. © Embossed text is simply overkiyed onto stone image Background colour is changed, and shadows and cracks added A highlight range fill heightens the drama ...and how it looks when tho text is placed on the stone. The background has been given more oomph, and the The finished job benefits from some directional lighting.
Cool or what? Stone aged by the application of simple crack effects. Created with a Range of greens.
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digits are collectively known as the command digits. By
altering them, you can add special effects to the notes, and
ask (k(aMiJ) to perform certain actions.
These effects anti actions are called player commands.
Command type Octamed Ed Wiles shows you some interesting special effects using AF62's music composer Coverdisk.
3 Plav the block. If you listen carefully, you'll hear the bass line cut briefly at line 018. But it's quite hard to hear because of the chorus in track I. So we'll learn an easy way of temporarily switching off track I. Keeping the block placing, find the row of blue track selection gadgets (upper screen, bottom row) and click on number 1 to switch off track I. You should hear the cut at line 048 more clearh now.
A A typical note == C-2 10000 y command level The command type is the sort of effect or action, and the command level allows you to control the effect or action's intensity, depth and speed (depending on the sort of command).
Both pairs of digits are expressed in hexadecimal (or hex for short). So we're going to have to do some decimal to hex conversion, which is much easier than it sounds. Just divide the decimal number by lfi; the quotient is the first hex digit, the remainder is the second digit. For example: decimal 200 to hex: 200 Ki = 12 remainder 8.
Flex digit I is C (12), hex digit 2 is 8. So 200 in hex is C8. Remember that decimal values 10-15 are represented bv hex numbers A-F. And you'll be fine.
1 As always we'll first load the song we created last month. Load OclaXiED, then select Project menu - Open. Insert the disk containing the song into any drive, click Volumes in the file requester and click on the name of your disk. Now double-click Songl.AF'64. Play the song through when it's loaded.
2 We're now going to add a player command to the bass line (in blocks 005-010): on lines 048 and 052. We'll enter a stop note playing command (0FFF) to make the bass line a bit snappier (you'll understand when you hear it!). First switch Edit mode on. Then select block 005 and move to track 2 line
048. Move the cursor on to the second command tvpe digit bv
pressing right three times, and press F. Move to the next
digit by pressing up then right . Press F again,
pres up then right , and finally again press F. Track 2
line 048 should now show 00FFF. This means that on line
048. The note currently being played on track 2 will be
stopped (or cut).
4 Slop the block playing, then add another player command 0FFF on track 2 line 052 (see step 2 above). Now play the block, and see if you can hear the new cut. Keeping the block plaving, switch track 1 hack on by clicking the grey track I button (upper screen, bottom row).
Now we'll copy and paste this altered bass line track to blocks 0064)09.
Stop the block, then copy track 2 into the copy buffer using Track menu - Copv. (Nothing will happen on the screen, so don’t worry). Select block 006 (Shift down ). And paste the track using Track menu - Paste. Now paste the track into blocks 007-009 in the same way (NOT block 010!).
5 We'll now add command type 04 - vibrato - to one of the guitar solo notes. Move to block 007 track 3 line 006, and add command 0452 to this note (see step 2). To keep the vibrato going throughout some of the lines following 006. We have to enter the vibrato command with command level 00 (command 0400). So enter command 0400 on lines 007 - 023. Now plav the block to hear the vibrato.
What does the 52 in the 0452 command mean? Well. 5 is the vibrato speed and 2 is the vibrato depth. Try changing the 5 and 2 to different values (remember that values 0-9 and A-F are allowed) and playing the block to hear the effect. Change the command back to 0452 when you've had enough.
6 Right, next we're going to use command types 01. 02 and 03. Which all create different types of pitch slide. OctaMED provides a quick way to enter these commands in the Pitch Slide menu item. To use the Pitch Slide function, you have to:
1. Enter the notes that the pitch is to slide from and to.
2. Position the cursor where the pitch slide is to begin.
7 Move to block 008 track 3 line 016, select instrument 07. And enter note D-2 (the W key). Slide down from E-2 (line 006) to IV2 (line 016) and back up to E-2 (line 024). The slides begin on lines 012 and 020 respectively.
Move lo line 012 of track 3 and choose Edit menu - Pitch Slide - Type 1 (notice the new 03 commands). Now move to line 020 and choose Pitch Slide
- Tvpe I again. Play and stop the block to hear the sliding
effect.
8 You may have noticed from the Pitch Slitle sub-menu that there are two different types of pitch slide. We'll now find out what the difference between them is Move to block 009 track 3. And create a type 2 pitch slide between lines 000 and 004. Starting at line 002. Bv moving the cursor to line 55=== 555
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Create a tvpe I pitch slide between 008 and 012. Starting at 010. By moving to line 010 and choosing Edit menu - Pitch Slide - Type 1.
Finally, create another type 2 pitch slide between lines 01b and 020. Starting at line 018.
9 We'll plav the block, but first we’ll solo track 3 (make track 3 play on its own) so we can hear the difference between the slide types easily. Find the blue track 3 gadget (upper screen, bottom row) and click it while holding down a shift key. Now only track 3 is on. Listening carefully to the two pitch slide types, play and stop the block.
So, basically, pitch slide type 1 (the second slide in this block) should sound a bit smoother than type 2. Which type you use depends completely on how it sounds to your ear. But I usually prefer tvpe 1. Turn all tracks back on by clicking Set (upper screen, far bottom right).
Command type 0C sets the volume of a note. Its command level can I V be 00 (no volume) to 04 (full volume) in decimal. This is (he only command ty pe whose level can be specified in decimal, so make sure you make the most of it!
Volume Slide in the Edit menu creates a string of 0C commands down a track, with gradually increasing or decreasing levels. When this is played, the volume of the note(s) in the relevant track gradually increases decreases.
Select block 005 and play it through once. Now let’s create a I volume slide in track I. so that the chorus volume gradually increases from almost no volume (01) to full volume (64). Move to track I. and on line 000 enter command 0C.0I to set the starting volume. Move to line 048 and enter command 0C.64 (ending volume). Now move to any line between these two commands, and choose Edit menu - Volume Slide. You should see a string of new 0C commands in track I. Hear the effect of this by playing and stopping the block.
Clicking Play Song plays the song repeatedly until you stop it. Using command 0FFE. However, you can stop the song at any place you wish. So we ll add command 0FFF. To the last block. There's an easy way to do it... Select the last block (Left Alt down ). Move to any track on line I 6 056, then lo quickly add command 0FFE, click stop while holding down a Shift key. Play the song through, and it stops at the 0FFE command.
You'll find that the chorus sample keeps playing when the song has stopped (use the space bar to stop it). This is because the sample has a loop: a defined section that is repeated continuously (we’ll examine loops in a later tutorial). For now. You can fix this bv moving to block 010 line 048, and adding command 11501 lo track I and 1E3F to track 2. This should make the chorus instrument fade away before stopping.
Select Project menu - Save, and in the text box at the top of the window change the AF64 to AF65. Now switch Create Icons and Save Instruments off. Then click Save.
13 SOME OTHER PLAYER COMMANDS 00: ARPEGGIO - changes the pitch of the note quickly, usually used only for effects, it's best to experiment.
0B: PLAYING SEQUENCE JUMP- jumps to a new line in the playing sequence. The command level is the line number -1.
1A11B: SLIDE VOLUME UP DOWN ONCE - increases or decreases the volume by the number of levels given by the command level.
OF: - a multi-purpose command. If the command level is 01-F0, this changes the tempo. Command level 00 skips to the next block, levels F1-F5 repeat the note in a number of different ways.
0D: VOLUME SLIDE - increases and decreases volume smoothly. Level digitM increases, digit 2 decreases.
1E: REPLAY LINE - replays the player commands (not notes) on the current line the specified number of times.
Remember, all player commands are hexadecimal (except command 0C).
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Last month wc got the landscape of our game scrolling behind a control panel by using a Dual Playfield display. If you remember, Dual Playfield is a special Amiga hardware technique which splits the bitmaps into two separate screens which can then be overlaid, with no fear of the graphics interfering with one another.
Tile landscape was made to look continuous by making it three screens long - because the third screen was identical to the first screen, we could whip the screen display back round to the start and the player would never know.
Last month 1 created the screens in Deluxe Paint, making sure that the third screen was exactly the same as the first. It turns out that there is a Blitz Basie command especially to do this, called Scroll. Scroll works by copving any part of a bitmap to any other - so it's perfect for reproducing the first screen.
I took the opportunity to add some scanned tree images lo the landscape, and decided to increase the height of lhe bitmap as well. Initially, the screen was a standard height of 256 lines, but by stretching it out to 280 we can obtain a wonderful new effect: vertical scrolling.
The new and improved BfitzZone screen features vertical scrolling effects and the addition of a digitised forest or two. It still runs jolly fast at a silky-smooth 50 frames a second.
You will probably have seen this effect already in horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-ups. As the player's ship moves to the top or bottom of the screen, the entire background appears to move with it. This is a really nice effect, and it's simple to achieve.
A good lime to use a hardware Sprite is on the player's ship. Sprites are different from Shapes, because they aren't present in the bitmap. Rather than being copied into the bitmap memory by the Blitter, Sprites float over the screen display - again this is handled by the Amiga's graphics hardware.
There are some major disadvantages with Sprites. Firstly, there are only eight of them DECEMBER 1994 available - and when you start messing with scrolling some of those can disappear. Secondly, they are extremely limited in size and colour. A Sprite can only be 16 pixels wide (but as long as you need) and use four different colours (the first colour is always transparent). It is possible to double two Sprites up to produce one of 16 colours, but you can see that they will get used up extremely quickly.
The new AGA chip set improves the Sprite's capabilities somewhat, but documentation on them is vers difficult to come by - and Blitz won’t directlv support them in any case.
So the plaver’s ship is a Sprite well, actually it's two Sprites side by side making a ship that's about 32 pixels long. Drawing the Sprite was a five minute job in Deluxe Put til (you will probably want lo spend more time on it of course), but to turn it into a Blitz Basic Sprite you need to return to Shapes briefly.
HOW TO CREATE A SPRITE
1. Draw your image in Deluxe Paint. Remember to keep to the size
anti colour restrictions. If you are- using basic Sprites,
remember to keep them to four colours only (one of those
colours is transparent - which leaves only three). Blitz
automatically joins hardware Sprites to allow wider objects -
but remember you only have eight Sprites to start with.
2. Load the image into Blitz as a Shape with the LoadShape
command.
3. Use GeuiSprite to copy the Shape information into the Sprite
memory.
4. Clear the original Shape from memory with Freeshape. This
isn't compulsory, but it saves valuable Chip memory.
Remember that you can't reuse the Sprite channels on the same screen. Because our ship is 32 pixels wide and uses up two Sprites, if we wanted to use use another Sprite we would need to skip channels 0 and 1 and use 2.
Sprites have their own requirements when it comes to setting their colours. They use the normal colour registers (set with the RC.B command in Blitz), but the registers they use must be selected from the following table: Sprite Channel Colour Registers
08. 1 17,18.19 2 & 3 21. 22. 23 4 & 5 25, 26. 27 6 & 7 29. 30, 31
Colours 16. 20. 24 and 28 arc always transparent.
If you create 16-colour Sprites, all registers from 17 to 81 arc used, and register 16 is transparent.
LISTING ; Blitz Zone ; Allow game to be run from Workbench.. WBSlartup ; Do all loading of images first... LoadShape 0,"blitz2:zone ship.iff" GetaSprite 0,0 Free Shape 0 LoadShape 0,-blitz2:zone weapon.iff" ; Load in the control panel BitMap 0.320.256.3 LoadBitMap 0,"hd3:blitz2 zone panel.iff",0 ; Load in the background BitMap 1,960.280.3 LoadBitMap 1,~hd3:blitz2 zone 1andscape2.iff".1 Scroll 0,0.320.280.640.0 ; Wait for file loading to stop Vwait 300 ; Switch on BLITZ mode!
BLITZ Statement weapon!)
SHARED firex.firey.sx.sy Use BitMap 0 If (Joyb(l)oO AND firex=-1) Then firex=sx*40:firey=syt10 If firex -1 Then Qblit 0,0,firex.firey:firex=firex+8 If firex 280 Then firex=-1 With the player’s ship on-screen and moving about (using the Joy command for directions), we can turn our attention to the purpose of the game: shooting things. Adding a bullet or missile is simple, using Qblit (the fastest way of animating graphics) to draw and automatically erase the image as it moves from left to right. There’s only one bullet at a time in the example code - if you Statement ship!)
SHARED sx,sy,screeny ShowSprite O.sx.sy.O ShowSprite 0,sx,sy« 16,2 jx=Joyx(1) jy=Joyy(1) sx«sx»]x*3 sy=sy*iy’3 sy=QLimit(sy, 32,216) sx=QLimit(sx,30,100) screeny=screeny*jy screeny=QLimit(screeny,0,32) End Statement Statement preparescreenQ ; Set up custom dual-playfield display Slice 0,44,320,256,$ fffa,6,8,32,320,960 ; Sort out colours... For i=0 To 7 Use Palette 0 PalRGB 2.i.Red(i).Green(i),Blue(i) Use Palette 1 PalRGB 2,i+8,Red(i),Green(i),Blue(i) Next I ; Making graduating colours For i=1 To 200 ColSplit 12,1.i 16.i 15,28*i Next!
For i=1 To 100 ColSplit 9, i 8, i 10,0, i+180 Next want to add more your best bet would be to use an array to hold the bullet's X and Y co-ordinates, and a counter to decide which to use at any time. You might want to add a power-up feature offering different weapons as well. This would entail a different firing routine for each weapon used.
Unfortunately at this point we've run out of time, and you’ll have to add the enemy craft yourself. Because Sprites are in short supply, you’ll probablv want to create them as Shapes, appearing in the same bitplane as the player's bullets.
In this case, you can use Blitz s collision detection routines. For example, assuming the alien enemy scum-sucking fiends are drawn into the bitmap as Shapes (not Sprites), you can add the following into the main loop: Repeat Vwait DoColl; Blitz check for collisions ShowB 1 .screenx.screeny ship!)
If Pcoll(0)oO then BANGII Until Joyb(O) You can also use Scoll (Sprite number, Sprite number) to check if two Sprites have bumped into each other. ShapesHit (Shape number l.xl.vl. Shape number 2,x2,y2) to check for inter-Shape collisions, and ShapeSpriteHit (Shape number. X.
Y. Sprite number, X.Y). Hardware Sprites do have their
limitations but their sheer speed makes them favourable for
fast arcade games that don't require large and complex Shapes.
This brings us to the end of this series on Blitz Basic 2. For more info on Blitz join the Fidonet echo on the subject, and keep watching for the resurrection of the Spong.' BBS on which you will find all the source code and graphics files. O RGB 18,4,10,14 RGB 19,8,12,14 ; Display both bitmaps Use Palette 2 ShowF 0,0,0 ShowB 1,0,0 InFrontF 0 InFrontB 4 Use BitMap 0 Queue 0,1 End Statement ; *****••• START OF PROGRAM •*•* firex=-1 firey=0 sx=40 sy=120 screeny=16 preparescreenf) Repeat Vwait ShowB 1,screenx,screeny UnQueue 0 weapon!)
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Somewhere out there in the virtual reality that is the Internet, a large number of computer users are busv chattering away to each other. Not just in the Usenet newsgroups, but in another system which allows users to talk to each other in real-time. 'I his system is called the Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
The way it works is very simple. Each user connects to an IRC server (using some software- called IRC Client software), and these servers send information to each other around the Internet, file IRC is divided into a series of channels, each of which is named. For instance, the main Amiga channel is called, unsurprisingly, AMIGA. (lonnect to this channel and you can chat about anything Amiga-related to people all over the world.
There are other Amiga-related channels, such as AMIGAFR (French Amiga users) and AMIGASCN (demo-related stuff). But I can't give you a complete list, because these channels tend to appear and disappear as the users come and go.
To get 011 to the IRC. You need special software (as well as a link to the Internet via AmiTCPxr similar). There are various IRC Clients available for the Amiga, but the best one I've seen is Grapevine, which is written by Brian | Cerveny.
This is easy to use and even allows you to tune in to several channels at once, although holding several conversations at once is confusing.
You need Workbench 3 or above to use this software and you can either use the menus for the various options, or control the software by typing a command preceded by a . So. To join a channel called I lottub, you would type JOIN HOTTUB or select loin from the Channel menu.
ASK THE ORACLE If you have any questions, if you are unsure about anything, then just ask the Oracle, which is located on the Internet at oraclettcs.indiana.edu. To ask it a question, send it a message with the subject line Tell Me. To have the Oracle ask you a question, simply send a message with the subject line Ask Me.
For instance. I sent the Oracle the following question: Why do I find it so difficult to get up in the mornings?
It replied: "Do you feel sleepy all day? Have you had 10 hours of sleep a night? Do you feel an itching sensation when you wake? If you have all of these symptoms then the explanation for your laziness is dire indeed. You have been abducted Brush up on your Japanese with the info page on the World Wide Web at http:www ntt.jp japan index.html. You can even create your own channel if there is a subject which you think should be discussed, simply by asking the software to join a non-existent channel. So. If you wanted to start a channel about, say. Slugs, you would simply type JOIN SI.UGS.
People won't automatically be aware that your new channel exists, so you can either invite people to join or announce the new channel in a conference of a similar type (such as SNAILS).
You can also create closed conferences which can only be joined bv people you choose lo invite, although remember that the system can be hacked, so your channel isn't completely secure.
Fancy getting involved in some direct action? Why not tune into the Greenpeace World Wide Web page at HTTR-J www.cyberstore.ca greenpeace From here, you can get details of all their campaigns.
The IRC is about more than computers, though. At any given time you will find several hundred people on line, discussing any of a number of topics ranging from Aussies to Zen. If you want to see what channels are up and running at any one time, then check out what channels other users are tuned in to. Alternatively, you can get a list by typing LIST *. But beware, this list will be rather long, 1) by aliens. All you have to do now is phone the CIA. Write a book and make a million.
Unfortunately, if you feel the itching sensation, it means that the aliens have been cutting you apart and putting you back together again.
Sooner or later, they are gonna stuff up."
You can also contribute by answering questions such as: I used to live in New York state, where there is a town, north of New York City, which is called Fishkill. Anyway, what I need to know Is: how much fish would a Fishkill kill if a Fishkill could kill fish?
Deep stuff indeed. As you may have realised, all of the answers are, in fact generated by other people, but the whole process is completely anonymous, so you may even find the answer to those painful personal problems.
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and even sample, pictures. All you need now is a Millennium Falcon and you can create your own Star Wbrs movie!
EAGLE: VERSI6N 2 SPACECRAFT BY FILIP CAMERMANS This model is base'd on the Eagle from Spate 1999. It took SO hours to do. It's Imagine 2.0-compatiBle because the textures that came with Imagine 3.0 haven't been used and you need 14Mb to render M. You can buy a copy of the Eagle for- £3 50. Contact
• Filip Camermansat: Patatestraart O, 1861 Woluertem, Belgium.
Tel: (32) 52-30 98 32.
YT-315 (GAY DECEIVER) BY STEVE CRIDDLE This object is modelled on the Gay Deceiver vessel on the cover ol The Number Of The Beast by Robert Heinlein. The background starfield was created using the Granular.Colour texture on toe StarBug Textures disk (Algorithmic textures forImagine 2jO). This disk is only for the FPU version of Imagine.
And is PostcaidWare.
V . V V; r ? I i t • TELESCOPE BY ANTHONEY NUTLEY Anthoney has been working very hard on his models and his new Shareware offering is of this highly detailed telescope. The disk is Paid Shareware and is available for £3.50. -V •
- mr All these objects are .
Shareware and are available from the 24Bit Club model collections.
With the exception of Filip Camermans' and Anthoney Nut ley's material, they are FREE to members of the 248it Club. Contact them on: 0141 946 2191.
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This month the 24Bit Club show | I off some of their talented Amiga modellers' work. And very lovely it is too.
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After reading your review of the Zappo GD-ROM add-on (.1 621 for ihi' AI‘200, I decided to buy one because ii seemed better lor tile than the Commodore CD-ROM.
16 BLITZ When I went to my local dealer, he told me that because the Zappo used the 1 (Vbit PCMCIA slot it would only be capable of running the Hi-bit games which are available for the CD1-.
I thought that games like Microrosm and Theme Hark were 32- bit. Lie said that when 32-hit games started to come out next year, the Zappo wouldn't run them and it would he completely redundant.
II this is true, then would I be better ofl gelling die Commodore CD-Rt M when it finally arrives and would this be true 32-hit?
Andrew Summers. Cardiff EXTRA BUTTONS I now own an A1200 with a 120Mb hard drive and have a 4Mb RAM and FPU fitted and will soon have a Zappo CD-ROM drive.
I have read with interest all the letters in your mag about CD. Because CD” games are designed for use with a controller with four buttons and not a joystick and keyboard, will the CD32 controller work with the A1200, including the extra buttons for these games?
As a potential regular CD buyer I don't want to buy something that will not work or that I cannot use because I do not have the right equipment I believe it would be useful for myself and the many people who are about to buy a CD-ROM. Or who already own one, to know which games will work and whether they need the CD32 controller or more than the basic 2Mb of RAM in the A1200 to work.
I realise that there are now quite a few CD32 titles but maybe the info could be produced in a one-off list for all existing titles and then such information could be included in future reviews.
Dave Thomas, Germany Yes indeed: CD32 games played on an A 1200lZappo drive set-up will make full use of the CD32 joypad. Developers are also writing dedicated At200 floppy games that use the joypad's extra buttons - such as Wembley International Soccer and Brutal Sports Football.
We'll try and inform you when a CD-ROM product has special requirements - but we usually mention these in reviews anyway.
Shines how much your loud denier knows, then. True, the PCMCIA s lolls a Itr-liit data bus. Hut all that means is that it transfers data to the RAM in chunks oj 16 hits. It's easily fast enough to cofre with the ?OOK src transfer rale of the Cl) drier, and has no effect on whoI the 32- hit processor is doing. Besides, we've already tohl xoti that Microcosm - which is a 32-hit game - runs fine on an A1200 using the Zappo drive.
I suggest van go to a dealer who knows what he’s on about.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
I recently upgraded loan A1200 and wondered if you could answer the following questions:
1) Apptoximatelv how many A121 His anti t :D*-s have been sold?
2) Whal elleci has the new Zappo CD-ROM drive for the A1200 had
on the sale ol t 4 :l- software?
3) Win do the 11) software charts consist mainly of PC CD-ROM
titles, does Cl)'- software not sell, or what?
Stephen Brown. Merseyside II So idea, Commodore are tiglit-lippeil about sales, although 100,000 (D’-s are rumoured III have hern sold worldwide.
The figure for A 1200s is considerably higher Ilian that.
2) It's still too earls to tell, but it can ’ have hurt it!
Hopefully, well hair a better idea after the Christmas season.
31 )'rs it sells - Amiga CD Idles are continually appearing in the Cl THOM charts - but there are a damn sight more PC owners busing CD titles than there are CD7- owners.
BRIGHT IDEAS How many letters do you receive each month? When is an Amiga portable computer coming out? We have waited too long for one. This is one of the advantages of a Pt 1 over Amiga, and always crops up when we start saving how good the Amiga is.
Why is I TS taking so long to lie released? When I phoned up a mail order company, lo order it. They said it was still being shrunk on to Amiga.
What does litis mean?
I think you should have a separate section for readers to recommend or warn against different shops or services, so that people don’t shop at unfriendly places. Also. I think you should review not only products, but Continued overleaf manufacturers and shops. I think on every review, you should do a mini round-up of all similar products, or at least a list of them with the issue in which they were reviewed, the percentage and a comment.
Matthew Wakeling, Southampton Too many! But rvett though we can ’( answer all of them, every letter gets looked ol land even rend occasionally).
.1 portable A mtga. Eh ? In theory it s a great idea, hut it dorsn j play to the Amiga's strengths, which are in graphics and video, for which you need a full-size monitor. A nd it would he expensive too.
The original I'C version of 'VFX took up 16Mb of hard disk space, so as you can imagine, they 've had to cut a few comers with the Amiga version, such as intro sequences.
I've thought about the 'readers recommended shop' idea, but what's to stop a store writing in under the pretence of being a reader and saying that they re great? Or. Alternatively, writing in complaining about a local competitor?
However, the idea of similar products listed in reviews is a good one, and one which should appear in AF before long.
POWERFUL STUFF
1) What do Bullfrog think they are doing selling Theme Hark for
£35?
You gave it a Format Gold too - encouraging higher prices. We’re already up to PC prices - it'll be cartridge prices next. Higher prices make piracy more likely as people won't be able to afford games.
2) Will Sim City 2000be A1200 and hard disk installable only?
3) In your reviews can you state whether there will lie an A1200
or CD*® release, when these versions will be released and
their prices?
4) Everyone goes on about the cheapness of the A1200 - it's not
cheap (well the hardware isn't), compared with the faster 486
SX33 available with a 130Mb hard disk and an SVGA monitor with
4Mb of memory for £559 (AV Computers).
That sounds expensive until you add these extras to an A1200.
A12(H) £300 2Mb expansion £110 120Mb hard drive £190 Monitor (multi-sync) £300 Total £900 Thanks for a brilliant AF63 Coverdisk (PageSetter 2). In fact I am starting a magazine with it. So if anyone thinks they have some decent artwork or writing, or if they want to subscribe, then write to: Daniel Hawes. The Ridgeway, Shire Lane, Chorleywood. Herts WD3 5NH.
Subscription fees are 50p a month plus 30p p&p. It will probably be about animals and birds - maybe even a bit about the Amiga.
David Hawes, Chorleywood, Herts Glad you liked PageSetter 2 - and best ol luck with the magazine. Although an animals and Amigas mag sounds a bit dubious. Maybe you should concentrate on just the one subject... Please could you let me know if there are any Amiga computing clubs in the Midlands?
Mr Chand, Hockley, Birmingham Can anyone out there help ?
I am writing to enquire about the processes involved in sending you demonstration disks, or Public Domain disks, of my work.
Ideally, as my demonstrations are music orientated, I would like to send them into a Tune Of The Month section. Or, if possible, just send my music modules in to see if you think that they are good enough to put on to one of your Coverdisks.
Mike Lacey, Derby By all means send in your music modules to us - we can listen to them on tape or just as easily by loading them into the program they were made with. II they're good enough, we can certainly squeeze some on to our Coverdisks or, tailing that, the Subscribers' Superdisk.
COMPETITION WINNERS... G2 COMPETITION ISSUE 63 25 winners of Psygnosis’s Operation G2.
Michael Chriscoli, Lanchester, Durham.
P Fitzgerald. Skelmersdale, Lancashire.
Chris Cherriman, Findern. Derby.
Chris Szelachowski, Whalley Range.
Manchester.
Steve Watts. Gosport. Hants.
Christopher Knowles, Braunton, Devon.
H Wapplington. Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
P Stothard. Babby. Doncaster.
Sarju Atkar, Newtown, Powys.
Stephen Grant Chesterfield.
Derbyshire.
Jonathan Little. Wadebridge, Cornwall.
Jack Bremer, Fulking. West Sussex.
Liz Gittens. Sheffield.
Jason Jones. Hastings, East Sussex.
E Nicholls, Norwich. Norfolk.
Michael Lozano. Chiswick, London.
H Hicfcen, Ibstock. Leicester.
More humour in your mag? Please no. If I wanted to read puerile, unsuccessful attempts to amuse I would buy The One. If I find another silly make-believe comment by the editor, I will seriously consider doing without AF. Do you want to lose your adult readers?
At the moment you are less illiterate and more informative than most of the competition and your Coverdiscs (please keep my correct spelling of discs) are easily the best.
Alan Pywell, Lincolnshire Er... I don't remember putting in any 'Ed' comments. And I hardly think Amiga Format is bordering on being the Viz ol the Amiga world. Are you sure we're talking about the same mag! ?
Coverdisk is spelt with a k, as is disks, because both words are derivations ol the term lloppy diskette - the correct nomenclature lor the 3.5-inch magnetic storage medium. So there.
I bought an A1200 for my daughter, and as per the advice given in the users' guide I made copies of her disks. However, some of the disks won't copy and a message appears on the screen saying, Unable to read cylinder (I think) 8. Can you explain what this means and is there a way to get round the problem so I can copy the master disks for protection against accidental erasure?
J Lambert Lancashire Without more into on what you're doing, I can't help. Either your master disk is already dead - or, as I think is the case, you're trying to copy a games disk.
This disk is protected and so will not copy. It's also illegal to copy protected software, so don't even think about it.
Next time, write to Workbench, eh?
Richard Conway. Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.
D Waters. Holton Le Clay, Lincs.
Chris Morgan. Rugby, Warwickshire.
Anthony O’Kelly. East Kilbride.
Glasgow.
Martin Sweeney. Grangemouth, Scotland.
Alex Young. Bolton. Lancs.
M Milner. Dudley. West Midlands.
Graham Dale. Belper. Derby.
AMIGA FORMAT SURVEY 1994 ISSUE 63 10 winners of Empire Soccer '94.
M Wheeler. Romford. Essex.
S Holley. Newton Abbot Devon.
Callum Stewart Kendal. Cumbria.
F Logan. Radcliffe. Manchester.
A Horrex. Ipswich, Suffolk.
S Read. Woburn, Beds.
Martin Storey. Crowborough, East Sussex.
Stuart Hanlon. Enfield. Middlesex.
Richard Benwell, Gt Morwood, Buckinghamshire.
Terrence Webb. Redruth, Cornwall.
That's with a slower (28Mhz vs 33Mhz), less advanced processor as well. Either the A1200 should go down in price or a hard drive should be standard with two more meg as well. OK- the Amiga has got the custom chips, but looking at these specs if I didn't know better (if I were new in the computer market) I’d choose the cheaper, more powerful and more widely used PC THE BITS ON THE SIDE... Nick Donnelly. Cambridgeshire 11 U r goer Theme Park n Cold because it was a great game - irrespective of the firice. I'm sure Bullfrog would argue that tlut have to recoup their development eosls. But since
it's a pint of a DC game, B9 EuroDisney meets Alton Towers in the brilliant Theme Park.
And hardly a multi-million dollar interactive movie, perhaps £35 is fnishing it a hit.
21 Yep. You'll need 3Mb RAM as well.
Check out our review this issue.
3) The two gaming Stei'es are aware of these sorts of things
(including Zappo compatibility) and if they can give you the
info when they write the review, they will.
4) Yes. Hut until Amiga International (or whatever ) start making
machines again, all this is irrelevant. Amigas could be £5
each, and people would still buy Pcs because their aren t any
Amigas around.
Cm sure the new company will be keen to bring out Amigas as cheaply as possible - let s wait and see. Eh ?
AND ANOTHER THING Please answer these questions.
1) Can you tell me what is the best AGA driving game?
2) Are there any more RPG games like Monkey Island?
3) Is there any way to get Lotus Esprit working on the A1200?
4) Should 1 get a second drive or a hard disk?
5) Do you know any cheats for Bumin' Rubber?
B) Will there be a Monkey Island 3?
7) Recently 1 got the Syndicate Missions American Revolt disk. I
got the Syndicate game from a Chaos Rack but this is only two
disks and the instructions say use as disk four, so I
automatically thought, use it as disk two. Lights, drive
activity... Nothing!
So I look it to a friend's house who has a four-disk version. It works line.
Should I take my original back to Silica? My friend's copy has an intro animation and 1 haven't. .Am I complaining about nothing or is there something wrong?
John Parlctte, Enfield 11 Well. Top Gear 2 u the only AGA racing game so it would have to be the best. Although it's not a patch on Formula One Grand Prix, which, sadly, isn 't AGA.
21 There are other games like Monkey Island, lint none ipute as good. Tty Beneath A Steel Sky and the up-and- coming Flight Of The Amazon Queen from Renegade.
31 Er .. no. A1201) compatible versions have since been released (on budget and as pad of the Lotus Trilogy' pack) but yours is knackered.
41 Hard disk. Absolutely.
Si No. We don't hate any and neither do Ocean. suggest you drive faster and don V hit anything.
6) Probably not. L.ucasArts are currently working on The Dig. The
plot of which has hern written by Stephen Spielberg. But
whether lltey deign to license an Amiga version is anyone's
guess.
71 There were two versions of Syndicate.
A two-disk version released as pad of an Amiga bundle and llie standalone four- disk version. Unfortunately, the missions disk simply does not work on your version o Syndicate and so your only option is to send it back to our Mail Order Department tCarey Court, Banctime Road Industrial Estate. Somedon, Somerset TA11 6HR) for a refund. Sorry.
TRANSFER OPTION I have it 3-inch Amstrad Printmaster disk with borders, graphs, etc that I run on my Amstrad 8256 because I find this is better than any disk I can find for my Amiga 1200.
Although 1 have tried many places I can’t find anybody who can transfer this from 3-inch Amstrad to
3. 5-inch Amiga format. Many places will transfer to PC and Apple
Mac but not Amiga, Can you or your friends next door at PCW
Plus advise if, or where 1 can get a 3-inch disk(s) copied to
3.1 20-inch Amiga?
Tony Neuiton, East Sussex You can actually buy 3.5-inch drives for the 8256. But it’s unlikely that you want to spend that much cash. Your best bet is to link the two machines together using a serial lead and Comms software.
However, the data on your Printmaster disk is not going to like being on the ,4 miga, so just what you do from there is anyone's guess. I suggest you pick up a copy of our sister magazine PCW Plus and see if they can help you.
BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY I've been an enthusiastic Af reader for about two years, but in the last issue of Backstage (ATM) you really disappointed me. So you guys think that the Star I rek TV series and the six Star Irek films were 'painful', just to quote you. .As a dedicated USS Enterprise fan. 1 must protest against this lack of respect towards the fantastic Mr Gene Roddcnberry. I demand that you apologise to all those Trekkies out there on behalf of whom I'm writing, in the next AE issue. Shame on you!
By the way, d' you know where I can get the new Star Trek ship model from the new series?
DISK DESPAIR Here we go again. Another Coverdisk that doesn't deliver. TV-Text Professional (AF64a). In your blurb.
Fun with fonts (page 11) you say we should just enter AF64A: Fonts in the path gadget but what do we get? Nothing.
I didn't send the disk back to the distributors because I'm fed up with spending 50p on postage on top of £3.95 for the mag. So I took it back to the place of purchase and got a replacement. New disk, same problem.
Can you please get your programmers to get things right tell your disk copying people to get their act together, or tell the distributors to stop dumping all the crap disks into Essex. Or is this a ruse to get us poor suckers to buy the next month's mag for the solution to a failed disk?
I don't suppose for one second that you will print this. I don't think you like this sort of comment, because I have never seen a gripe about a disk before. I can't be the only one surely. No my name is not Meldrew.
Extremely Peed Off, Essex The one thing you might be doing is sticking a space between the AF64A: and the word Fonts. If not then... er... dunno. Technically it should wor*.
Ours does. Try talking to Jason Holborn (who collates our Coverdisks) on Tuesday, our reader call day. He might be able to talk you through it Coverdisks are the bane of everyone's life. We have to squeeze tons of data on to these poor disks and then duplicate over 150,000 of them, so there are bound to be one or two that turn out a bit funny. We try very hard to make sure they work, but we can't check them all. I'm afraid.
Fabieu Wewly i never said lluil - that was Holborn.
And he only said 'a painful number of Star Trek films'. Hardly a scathing indictment of Ihe Trek genre, was il. Boy you pointy-eared lot are touchy.
As il happens, there s a really good ST TXG Enterprise model which is available from Comet Miniatures, 46-48 Lavender Hill. I Million SWII 5RH. Or call Tony James on 0171 228 3702. It'll knock you back £45. Mind. Er... so someone told me.
EXCHANGE RATES I'm a newcomer to the Amiga. I have just recently upgraded from a Cl28 to an Amiga 500. I've enjoyed the Amiga enough that next year I plan to purchase an A1200 system.
I'm currently running with Workbench 2.1, a 512k RAM expansion, an external 880k floppy drive, a DataFlycr 500 SCSI controller w 52 meg Quantum HD and a Commodore model 1702 video monitor.
Due to the lack of support in the US for the Amiga 1 have thought of ordering from Europe. I have seen your ads in Amiga Format and I'm wanting more information. Do you ship to the US? What is the cost to me? Also do you have a simple conversion factor that I can use to determine the cost in the US dollar?
Dean S Cochrun, Newark, USA Fou can subscribe to Amiga Format - flip back to page 38. You II have to pay £55.93 for a six-month subscription, which is roughly $ 86. To convert from $ to £ you U hair to check the current exchange rate which is hovering around the 1.55 mark Iso $ 1.55 = £1.00). Check with your local hanking organisation on the best way of sending money overseas.
SOLD OUT I'd be more than grateful if you could answer these simple questions.
I own an A1200 with the bog standard 2Mb and recently purchased a Zappo CD-ROM drive.
1) Would 1 need more memory to view photo Cds or to run games
such as Microcosm, and would 1 also need a CD** control pad?
2) In future CD*2 reviews, could you state whether they are
compatible with die Zappo CD drive?
3) Is there any chance you could send me the Imagine Coverdisk
proudly placed on AE53. I purchased my Amiga in March of this
year, and while reading Aeever since, seen what I’ve missed.
I've tried back issues and got the sold out reply, it would be
greatly appreciated.
PS: To all Amiga dealers. More support for the Amiga in N Ireland I’m sick of hearing PEE SEE!
S Thompson. Northern Ireland
1) Weft extra RAM is always useful, but in this case. No.
2) We sure can. Messrs Bradley and McGill have been instructed as
such.
3) Sorry, but this issue's Coverdisk should help - and we're now
selling Imagine 3.0 on page 18. Il not cheap at £129.99, but
it's an excellent package. O PROJECT BLUES We get loads of
requests for help with school projects. But we simply do not
have the time to compile and send out information. Sorry.
THE MAN AT THE TOP Write to Commodore UK managing director David Pleasance do Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth St, Bath BA1 2BW.
TRUE OR FALSE?
I am a 14-year-old A1200 owner and I have been saving up for ages for a CD” and I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me?
There were some rumours in my school that there was a power glove coming out. Could you please tell me whether this is true or false?
I have heard there will be a CD32 add-on coming out for the A1200, could you tell me when and how much it will cost? Also could you let me know if it will have any extras with it (such as a joypad and games)?
One last thing, my favourite game is Bodyblows Galactic AGA and I saw Rise Of The Robots on Bad Influence! A few months ago. Do you happen to know when it will be out on the CD” and how much it will cost?
Jamie Mackay, Bearsden, Glasgow Unfortunately, I can't shed any light on the rumour regarding the power glove It certainly is not a product we will be manufacturing.
Fortunately, I can give you some more positive information regarding your second point. When we are successful with our bid for Commodore we have plans to launch a CD add-on for the A1200 which will come with a joypad, but we have not decided yet what software (if any) will be with it. The price will probably be around £229.99 (inc VAT). However, I must point out that unlike the Amiga CD11 , the CD1200 will not be able to play MPEG! Disks. So if you want to be able to play movies, pop videos and games with MPEG I streams, you should go for the CD12, which will have an expansion box available
for it to turn into a complete computer.
Both the expansion box and the CD 1200 could be available as early as Spring ‘95.
As far as Rise Of The Robots is concerned, it's due for release on Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32 on November 18 and it will cost 142.99 (A1200) and £34 99 (CD12).
COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE I don't know how many Amigas have been sold (perhaps you could tell us?), but 1 do know that all the Amiga owners that I have spoken to remain loyal despite the recent difficulties. However, I feel that a new improved Amiga is needed to show commitment to the future. I would suggest: Amiga 1228MT 28MHz 68020 (EC) Processor: Graphics: Sound: Floppy drive: Motherboard: 640x512 (no flicker). 1024 colours from 16.7 million 16-bit 4 channel
1. 44Mb DSHD 2Mb Chip RAM 2 Mb Fast RAM 2 SIMM sockets PGA PLCC
FPU socket Battery backed-up clock 2 IDE devices CD-ROM drive
video card Midi-tower Cherry-click £499 Local Bus Expansion:
(not fitted) Casing: Keyboard: Price: Matthew Elvidge,
Greenbank, Plymouth You don't specify what areas you want to
know the Amiga figures for. But I can tell you that it's over
5,000.000 units, and I’m glad to hear from yet another source
that those owners remain loyal to the Amiga family.
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Jason Hoi batch of pixel plimbin' Gallery entries MADONNA PORTRAIT '1 By RiihardM ih'J. Lanai nt brilliantly realistic portrait of Madonna has Men drawn completely by hand. The gradients on her face were created manually on a massive page site and then shrunk down. Once the face was complete, the head and shoulders Were added.
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PROJECT A-KO By David Ivorrall. Dunfermline Cute Japanese cartoon characters are popular with Gallery entrants. This fab Image has been hand- drawn with gradient fills, airbrushing and detailed editing using Dpaint Ill's magnification tool.
FATALITY B Mr J McEwen, Louf'hborvuf’h The chalk outline was drawn in Dpaint IV and mapped on to the rendered floor using Dpaints perspective tool and then anti-aliased by hand. The pistol was rendered separately and then mapped on in Dpaint.
FLOWER By Martin Jones, Thorpe Bay This was rendered on an Amiga 1500 with a GVP G-Force accelerator running Imagine 3.0. Martin has now changed over to Lightwave - let's hope that he continues to produce images of this quality.
ORK WARRIOR By Alan Knowles. Birkenhead Not a very stunning image at first sight but the use of posterised colour and subtle dithering patterns makes it very striking. Worth noting is the clever use of a limited colour palette (no more than 16 colours have been used) and subtle shading effects.
HARD GIRL By David Squirrel. Draycotl Based on an image from the Foundations Forum 94 advertisement David has transferred this picture to his Amiga A1200 using Dpaint IV AGA. Although the perspective on the girl's face is not quite correct the image still works extremely well.
THE SCREAMER By Andrew Cashmore, Staffordshire Last but not least we have Andrew Cashmore’s Screamer, a disturbing picture that lends itself to a purely monochrome palette extremely well. The clever use of shades of grey adds to the image's sinister atmosphere. Nice one Andrew!
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