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The Amiga A1200 is the first sub-A3000 Amiga to leature 32 bit access to the Chip RAM - the memory used by the custom chips. As games in particular make heavy use ol the custom chips lor graphics and sound, the ability to access this memory taster can result in substantial speed increases. At the moment it is impossible to add 32 bit Chip memory to standard Amigas. Such as the A500. It an add-on card ever does become available, it is unlikely the cost involved would be worthwhile. A5000 The A5000 accelerator card tor Solid Stale Leisure has been mentioned more than once in these hallowed pages, the last occasion being in the October 1992 issue. In those days the A5000 had been cut in price to £250, and now it has been cut again, to a bargain hunters dream ot £160. Although this may upset those that spent £250 (sounds like SSL are copying Commodore s mar keting policy) this is good news tor the rest of us as the A5000 is an excellent piece ot kit The A5000 provides a Motorola 68020 processor, although unlike the A1200 it runs asynchronously at 16.6 Mhz. This means that the processor is not locked to one frequency like the A1200 CPU. But makes use of any spare bus »me to run that little bit taster This is why the MIPS rat mg is ever so slightly laster lor the A5000 A large square circuit board, the A5000 tits inio the 68000 socket on the Amiga motherboard The 68000 is placed in a special socket on the A5000, and this provides a special 'tall back' mode 'or awkward software p nrr I I I "to V3.01, tha relative epeed* ol Itie A5000 and h and without fast RAM) war® measured. It maths co-processor (or FPU) comes 1 which makes all the difference with - rensrve maths programs such as fractal generators and ray tracers If desired, a taster coprocessor can be added and a socket is provided to accept the required clocking crystal. It s interesting to note that the processoi and the co processor do not need to run at the same speed - it is entirely possible for a 16MHz 68020 to be connected to a 20MHz FPU. Memory expansion is a doddle with the A5000.

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AMIGA 163 AMIGA WORKSHOP If you're interested in the more serious side of the Amiga, then this is the place for you. Each month our team of experts detail how to get the most out of your machine and the many and varied software packages that exist to help you do just that. This month, as well as adding a splash of colour to the proceedings, we’ve got a new Dpaint tutorial that's set to run over the next 12 months which will be taking a look at the program's inner most workings. As well as that, • we’ve also got our usual fistful of columns covering the entire gamut of Amiga computing.
A AMIGA GUIDE NO.4 The fourth installment in our Amiga Guide series concentrates on Desk Top Video as v” r Nick Veitch and his team of experts detail how l 2j you can transform your Amiga into a video 2 3 production suite and add extra pazzaz to those boring home videos of Aunty Mabel's.
What’s more, we press the fast forward button to take a look at all the latest video and Amiga peripherals, such as Genlocks and portable . Editing suites, as well as reviewing the best- 't ) buy camcorders and showing how to create ™ some stunning visual effects.
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* Sara Pnxe mmort SUMS ixxamvx FadJt GanW» OFF THE CUFF RIAL It's
certainly an exciting time tor Amiga owners at the moment.
Commodore are pouring money into research and development like never before and ~ both the A1200 and A4000 are selling in record numbers.
To top it all, rumours have started to circulate about an entirely new generation of machines (yet again!), including new high- end models and a revolutionary new CDTV console that could incorporate some of the technology currently being developed for Electronic Arts’ new console. As always, we'll keep you posted on the latest developments as and when they happen.
As 1993 gels well underway, there certainly seems to be no let up In the number ol software and hardware releases for the Amiga. In fact, there’s been a mushrooming of products In recent months and it's bean difficult to cram everything In. But cram it In we have, as you can probably see from this Issue. For starters, we've got a huge 32-page video special tucked away between pages 130 and 131 that telis you all you need to know to transform your dreary old home videos Into superslick action-packed epics. Then there's our head-to-head lead feature which pits the A1200 against Solid
States' A5000 accelerator card to see which gives the best Injection of speed to a whole range of classic games. There's also the first installment of a year-long Opaint tutorial, a three-page review of Microdeal's 16 bit sampler. Clarity, an eidusive preview of gold Disk's ProPage 4.0and a feature on the future of PCMCIA cards.
On the game's front, there are reviews of the Bitmaps' The Chaos Engine, Cyberdreams' debut sci-fi adventure game, Darkseed, and Domark's excellent AV8B Harrier Attack (light sim, one of the first to really take advantage of the A1200 faster processor. Phew, I sometimes wonder how we cram it all in. Enjoy it all the same and see you next month.
22 THE NEED FOR SPEED The new all-singing, all-dancing A1200 has certainly knocked the gaming world sideways with its 68020 processor and 256 colour graphics threatening to revolutionise the types of games we'll be playing in the next five years. But should A500 and A600 owners fork out for the new Amiga or just upgrade their present system? What's the cheapest option? Is Solid States' A5000 accelerator card a batter bet? John Kennedy takes a look at the paths available as well as assessing what the speed difference means to some classic games.
REGULARS 9 NEWS 12 COVERDISKS 32 GAME PREVIEWS 42 GAME REVIEWS 78 PLAY TO WIN 92 PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS 116 CDTV COLUMN 121 AMIGA PROFILES 124 ART GALLERY 126 PD SCENE 129 PD UTILITIES 133 BOOK REVIEWS 136 DPAINT TUTORIAL 140 PROGRAMMING 142 Q&A 147 MUSIC COLUMN 150 COMMS 153 CLUB INFORMATION 158 BACKCHAT 162 POINTS OF VIEW s ABC 101,923 Jan-June 1992 met seetsovs VITY REVIEW PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS.PRODUCT Our Oecember coverdisks are absolutely packed with programs and games. We've got an exclusive graphic manipulation package, the latest vims checker, and more games than Hamleys.
The best just got better, as we take an exclusive look at Gold Disk's latest version of ProPage and Tony Horgan puts Microdeal's 16-bit sampler, Clarity, to the test. Also reviewed are a hard drive for the CDTV, the latest incarnation of Saxon Publisher and Epson's new GT6500 flatbed scanner.
92 THE MOUSE ARENA 92 BIGFOOT 93 DP IBM ANALOGUE INTERFACES 94 PROPAGE 4.0 96 TYPESMITH 98 CLARITY 102 PCMCIA CARDS 104 GT6500 SCANNER 106 THE PUBLISHER 108 MAXI-PLAN 110 EDUCATION ROUND-UP 116 CDTV HARD DRIVE 120 AMIGA PROFILES 124 ART GALLERY 126 PD SCENE 129 PD UTILITIES 131 AMIGA WORKSHOP Enter the world of Desktop Video with this months sensational co.e'c s» software. On Disk 50 you will find not only an excellent tit ng oackage but also a scripted presentation system wh * i : v you to create titles and display them with a vanty o c -e-ent wipes and effects.
You oor t even need a genlock to take advantage of the features c- r-ese two packages. You can use them to create title pages a~c end credits for virtually any video production.
Usmg r-e o’esentation sequencing software you could even buiic -v a completely computer generated film from stills and sctteen scene Excelent Podytanl technology means that anyone can create supet :s.a ~ , positioned. Correctly scaled titles and captions m secxncs Turn to page 12 now for full inductions.
GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS Core Design's neanderthal hero, Chuck Rock, returns in another platform romp and we've got an exclusive look, plus work in progresses on Team f s Superfrog and Thalion's sequel to Amberstar. On the reviews front we've crammed in a whole host of top games, including the Bitmaps' The Chaos Engine, Harrier Assault from Domark.
Grandslam's Nick Faldo golfing game and Blue Byte's History Line strategy war game.
This mo . -• ca-es disk has a two-player demo of Team 17'sei:- en; net* beat em up. Body Blows. As you'll be able : see 'sa hen of a lot faster than US Gold's Street fighte- 2 conv -.--Sion and looks certain to carry off the beat 'em c-own when it's released in a couple of month's time.
Our cha-c o-ship matchis between Dan and Nik, a pair of kung-h. 'a-at.cs who also have a number of special movesa-c mcks up their sleeves. If that isn't enough, we've also sc- zed on a playable hole from grandslam's upcoming r ck Faido golf license - this one has been especially prepa-ed for CU. So you won't find it elsewhere. There's also a spec a 90s version of aging VCS classic, Combat, on the disk plus one of the first video games. Pong, which we've put on just for a laugh (and it was only 6k after all!).
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TEL: 0244 382435 MICRO SCIENCE For those readers busy preparing lor their GCSEs this spring, hetp is now at hand. LCL have a comprehensive range ol Amiga programs aimed at helping students with their revision and self-tuition.
Micro Science, their latest release, covers the new Integrated Science course that's now compulsory in all schools. The collection of programs follows the National Curriculum in Science very closely and can also be used lor Physics, Chemistry and Biology GCSE revision. Including practical experiments, a graphics adventure and some three dimensional pictures ot the insides ol the human body - some ot which are even animated - the programs are suitable for older pnmary school children, GCSE students and adults who want to brush up on the subject. You can even watch a person eating and
digesting lood - not something I’d recommend tirst thing in the morning! Micro Science retails for £24 and will be available shortly. For turther information, contact LCL on 0491 579345 DINO DINI AND KICK OFF 3 For those of you eagerly awaiting the release of Kick Off 3, you're in for a long wait The pro gramming brains behind the previous two Kick Off soccer sims, Dino Dini. Has left Anco, the publishers of Kick Off, and signed an exclusive deal with Virgin Games. The good news, though, is that all the code that was originally written for Kick Off 3 will now find a new home in the form of
Goal!. Virgin are looking to release the game in the Spring and we'll have a full review as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Anco still have exclusive rights to the Kick Off name and may go ahead with a third incarnation of the game, but this will not include any of Dino's code. For more info, ring Virgin on 081 960 2255.
WONDER DOG One ot the best games to appear on Sega s Mega CO is Wonder Dog, a multi-stage ptattormer designed and coded by Derby-based Core Design By all accounts, it's a fast-paced game with abso lutely tons ot bonus levels, excellent animation and some incredibly cute looking graphics. And the good news is the game is also set to make it onto the Amiga! Wonder Dog was originally conceived to be a Sonic-beater and be to the Mega-CD what Mario is to Nintendo, so it looks like we re going to be in lor a treat The scenario is typical cutesy fair, as a dog has come to Earth looking lor the long
lost tribe ol its Masters' and by donning a special suit from his Dog inhabited world he can be magically transformed into Wonder Dog, the canine superhero Sheesh! Only preliminary work has been done so tar, and nothing has yet been committed to disk, so it’s unlikely the game will be released before the second half ot the year. As always, we’ll have an exclusive work in progress as soon as possible.
For more information telephone Core Design on 0332 297797.
TEN OUT OF TEN Aiming to emulate the SUCCT of Empress' Fun School series. Triple R Eajcabon are set to release a series ot educbonal programs over the course ol the next year The hrst ot these.
English and Maths (Numbers), have just been released for £25.95 each Both are deaignad lo lit in with the GCSE National Curriculum and have special built-in achievement records that record a user’s progress and eventually award a certiticate when the course is complete Both programs are presented as a series ol six games, so students can have tun while also absorbing essential facts and figures Many ol the programs' teatures can be individually customised by a teacher or parent to help get the maximum benefit from each program. We ll have lull reviews next issue, but it you d like turther
information please phone Triple R Education on 0742 780370. The company operate a try-before-you-buy policy so that people can use the program at home over a special trial period betore making thier minds up whether to keep the program or not.
Lett: Here's a couple of screens trom the English program, proving that educational programs don’t have to look dull at least.
A1200 GETS EXTRA 32-BIT RAM It you want to speed up your A1200, and upgrade your RAM at the same time, you could tind just what you're alter in this new expansion board from Micro-PACE. The imaginatively-named MBX 1200 is a combination of a 32-bit Inemory board and a Motorola 68881 68882 floating point maths coprocessor. Fast RAM can be installed as either a single one, two. Four or eight megabyte 32-bit SIMM unit. Micro- PACE claim that it can increase the speed of floating point operations by up to 55 times, and boost the general running speed ot the machine by over 75%. Depending on the
configuration, the MBX 1200 retails from £145.95 to £389.90 including VAT. For more information Micro-PACE UK can be contacted on 0753 551888.
S EXPRESS YOURSELF A new structured drawing package has just been released by Micro-PACE Art Expression is designed for use in DTP applications, and allows you to construct scalable artwork Irom scratch, or convert bitmapped graphics to structured images. Editing tools include: add, delete, move. Join, split, and align points. There are also tools lor closing paths, creating text objects, and changing tile magnifications Among the available special effects are warping. Morphing and blending. Files can be loaded and convened Irom Professional Draw. Aegis Draw. Pro Vector and Adobe
Illustrator It also loads and saves standard Encapsulated Postscript tiles, as well as IFF DR2D tiles, lor compatibility with Pagestream and other DTP software. Art Expression retails lor £145.99 including VAT, and is available Irom Micro- PACE on 0753 551 888 STREET FIGHTER 2 In the last issue ol CU Amiga, we incorrectly stated that the Amiga versions ot Street Fighter 2 would run on the At 200. This isn't the case, although an A1200 specific version will be released later on in the year. We re very sorry for this inaccuracy, although we were actually informed by US Gold that it was A1200
compatible. Slap wrisls all round, then, I think.
ALL FORMATS COMPUTER FAIRS nre ever popular All Formats Fairs are as good a place as any to look lor that money saving piece ol kil at knock dovrn prices. Thera is always a gargantuan amount ol Amiga-related hardware and sollware lor sale and the lairs are held all around Ihe country, so getting to one should not prove a problem. The calendar lor the nest couple ol months is made up ol Ihe following dates: FEBRUARY 6th London - Novolel, Hammersmith 7m Wales - University Union. Part Place. Cardill 13m London - Sandown Part, Esher. Surrey 14m West Midlands - National Motorcycle Museum 20rn
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SEIKOSHA SL-95 The printer wars continue, as Seikosha announce the release ot yet another new model. According to Seikosha, the SL-95 is the first 24-pin colour printer to retail for less than £250. Print speeds are quoted as 240cps in super draft mode, 192cps in draft, and 64cps for letter quality output. Emulating the Epson LQ860 and LQ850 printers, it uses a standard parallel interface. It also has a 43K buffer and features nine fonts. Seikosha can be contacted on 0753 685873 OCEAN FRANCE BACK ON THE AMIGA You might remember Ocean France as the creative powerhouse behind such marvellous
coin-op conversions as Pang, Toki and the never released Snow Brothers. Well, after a rather long hiatus, during which time they've been concentrating on console work, the Gallic softcos have just announced that they're cur- f rently working on a new Amiga game - and this" time it s not a coin-op clone, either. Mr Nutz is a platlorm-style romp (blimey, whal a surprise!!) In.
Which the player has to guide the game's cute'n cuddly squirrel over a variety ol testing levels to Iree his kidnapped girly (well, the last bits jusl a guess, but it's still got a 90% chance ol being right, after all). There’s nothing much to see yet, except lor some mock up screens, but even at this early stage things are looking highly promising. Expect Mr Nutz to be one ot Ocean's big releases next Christmas Ocean can be contacted on 061 832 6633.
AMIGA CHARTS With sales ol 75.000 units up until December 31st 1992 US Gold's Street Fighter 2 certainly set the Amiga charts aie«H over the Christmas period and easily outsold its nearest rival by almost three to one. Wow.
Here's the most up-to-date charts we’ve got tor the pen* ending January 8th. 1993.
TOP TWENTY FULL PRICE
1. Street Fighter 2 (US Gold)
2. 2ool (Gremlin)
3. Sensible Soccer 92 93 (Renegade)
4. Wing Commander (Mindscape)
5. Indiana Jones - Fate ol Atlantis US Gold)
6. Premier Manager Gremlin)
7. Putty (System 3)
8. WWF2 - European Rampage (Ocean)
9. Campaign (Empire)
10. Pool Virgin) It. »«8B Assault Harrier
12. Formula One Grand Prii Microprose) 13 lemming Oouble Pact
(Psygnosis i 14 Pinball Fantasies (21st Century) 15 Dream
learn (Ocean)
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18. Assassin (Team 17)
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2. Trivial Pursuit
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5. Street Fighter
B. Magic Land Diary
7. Spellbound Oirry
8. Supercars 2 9 lotus
10. Prince ol Persia Thagks lo Microbyte tor the use ot their
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Hopefully, it will be slightly more relevant to your home video than the text above. However, whatever you decide to This month we’ve crammed a whole two- disk commercial video titling and animation package onto Coverdisk
50. Your home and corporate videos will never look the same
again, once you've used the stunning Videotitler. Backing up
Videotitler is the superb video presentation system Lights
Camera Action.
Regis VideoTitler SeIect Po dr« RoadRunner.pfont Rob in.pfont Sparrow.pfont Suan . Pfont T ouc an.pf ont f i l VIDEOTITLER LOADING COVERDISK pressed Betore you can use it, onto two spare disks. The disks but make sure they are write enabled (so the tab is over the hole), and that the coverdisk is write protected (so you can see through the hole). Put the coverdisk into the internal drive, and reset the machine. Once the Workbench screen comes up. Double click the CU 50' disk icon, then on the VT-OISK1' icon. Replace the coverdisk with your first blank disk when it asks you. Swap the disks
once again at the prompt. Then double-click the VT-DISK 2 icon. This time, insert your second blank at the prompt The second disk decompresses into two stages. Just follow the onscreen prompts and you’ll end up with two new disks Insert the first ol your new disks, and reset the machine OK GETTING STARTED You should now have expanded Coverdisk 50 onto two disks. If not, read the section on loading the .. disk Done that? Okay, now you should have a Workbench screen, with an icon labelled VIDEOTITLER somewhere on it. Double click it, and the disk window will open up to show two more icons -
double click the one marked VIDEOTITLER.
Now we’ve got the program loaded, click on the mouse to get rid of the copyright notice. Don’t panic, that black screen is all you're supposed to .
See lor now, apart trom the mouse pointer. The whole program is menu driven. Follow these steps to get some text up on the screen.
I Select POLYFONTS trom the text menu
2. Load any tont trom the requester box by double clicking on its
name.
3. Move up to the TEXT menu once more, and select ENTRY (the one
under POLYFONT, not the one above it).
4. A cursor will appear somewhere on the screen.
Drag it into the centre by clicking it with the left button (keeping it held down) and moving the mouse.
5 Think ot something witty or clever, and type it in.
Alternatively, type hello’. Press RETURN, and the text will become encased in a box
6. Click the mouse on any ot the eight dots around the edge ot
the box. And move the mouse (still keeping the left button
depressed).
7. Release the mouse button, and the text will be either
re-sized, warped or moved, depending on which point you
dragged. Expenment with the remaining points to find out what
each one does FANCY TEXT Had enough ot that then? Let’s try
adding a bit of zap to the text. Select NEW from the project
menu, and then dick on the box marked NEW Go to the 'ont Q
Cane e1 text menu and select STYLE. From the box that appears,
click on any style except plain, and dose the window by
dicking the gadget in the top left corner. Back on the text
menu again, select ENTRY (the lower of the two), and have
another go at typing something witty.
This time the text should be a bit more eyecatching, and you can size, stretch and spin it just as before. To add even more visual excitement, try loading one of the IFF picture files from the second disk. Select OPEN - PICTURE from the project menu, and wait for the drive light to go out.
Replace the first disk with the second, dick in the top box containing DFO:’, and press RETURN.
Click on the PICS directory, then on any picture file that takes your fancy Click the OK box to load it.
You can use this as a background to any text you want to display. The picture will stay intad while you mess around with your text over the top.
ANIMATION It you really want to spruce up your videos, a bit ol animation wouldn't go amiss. Turning your existing titles into animations is easily done.
First ot all, you need to get it into recording mode. To do this, tormat a disk, and then load up a nice big tont. Put a title in the middle ol the screen, and select OPEN ANIMATION trom the pro)ect menu. A tile requester will appear Put your blank disk in the internal drive, delete anything that’s in the top box. And replace it with 'DFO:' Press return and you’ll get the empty directory of your blank disk. In the bottom box marked FILE, type in a filename lor your forthcoming animation, then dick the OK box.
Back on the main screen, you can get on with ™E HRST THING n Dcnnnc!
TASTEFUL l| 1
• J____•____ I SI cxenmg i as you like! 1 your first frame. If
you want a background, load that in as before, then get
yourself some text. A spinning or zooming title is probably
the easiest thing to try first. Once you’ve got your first
frame, select ANIM - OPEN FRAME from the project menu (or
press ENTER on the keypad). If your animation fksk isn't in the
drive, the program will ask you to replace it. Do so, and the
first frame will be saved out. Now you can get on with the next
frame. Try slightly enlarging the text, or rotating it a
little.
Press ENTER or select ANIM - OPEN FRAME once more, and so on until you think you've got enough frames. When you've finished, select ANIM
- CLOSE ANIM from the project menu.
You can't actually play back your animations from the Videotitler program. As the files you end up with are standard ANIM format, you can play them from CLI with PD utilities such as SHOWANIM and PLAYANIM, or load them into Deluxe Paint 4. Alternatively, you can view them with Lights. Camera. Action, the other half of the Videotitler package Animat* your credits by moving or warping th* led slightly.
Selecting ADO FRAME and repealing th* process While the Videotiller program takes care of your basic titling needs, Lights, Camera. Action lCA) helps turn a collection of pictures . Sound effects, titles and music into one free-rolling sequence.
Unlike Videotitler, LCA works with a combination of menus and icons. There are two demo sequences included on the disk To load one. Select OPEN SCRIPT from the project menu. Remove , ...________ „„„____________ the first disk, and replace it with the second. Click on the volume name DATA_DISK that has just appeared in the requester, followed by SCRIPTS, and finally double click on SAM PLE.SCRIPT. The screen will now revert to the main control panel Move up to the VIDEO menu and select PLAY ONCE In Ihe unlikely event of your CU Amiga eoverdisks not load ing. Remove all cartridges and
peripherals, double check lhat you've followed the instructions exactly, and try again.
II they still won t load, pop the offending disks in an envelope and send them to: CU DISK RETURNS PC WISE.
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Assuming you’ve done all of the above correctly, you should now be enjoying a sequence called Around The World After it s played through, you'll be brought back to the control panel. Select PLAY ONCE or PLAY LOOP from the VIDEO menu if you want to see it again The best way to learn how to create your own presentations is to examine the demo and see how it’s been made up.
THE PLAYLIST Any sequence you create with LCA is made up ACTION!
From a list of events. At the moment you should be able to see the first five events in the list.
Each event is numbered, and a brief description of it is displayed in the corresponding slot on the right You can scroll through the list by clicking the mouse on the arrow icons on the left of the panel. The single arrows scroll the list in steps of one. While the double arrows jump to the first and last events in the sequence Use the arrow icons to scroll event number 12 into view. Click on the box to the right that says NEW YORK, then click on the EDIT button The screen now changes to give you a much more detailed breakdown ot the current event.
It looks a bit complex at first, but you only need pay attention to certain parameters, depending on the current process. The most important part of this panel is the box at the top left of the screen, which denotes the type of event. In this case, it reads SHOW STILL. This is Just one of many events or commands, and tells the computer to load and display an IFF picture file.
THE COMMANDS To see what other commands are available, move up to the box and hold down the left mouse button. You'll now see a menu drop down from the box. Operate this just like a standard menu, but with the left button instead of the ¦ AV-8B Harrier Assault heralds the arrival of a new breed of flight and military simulations.
A multi-role strategic, tactical and operational scenario gives the player maximum control of the military campaign whilst allowing the option of Gung Ho dogfighting in one of the world's most exciting and versatile fighter aircraft Programmed by Slmls Ltd. Graphics The Kremlin. Sound Martin Welker Produced by Jim Tripp AV-8B Harrier Assaull 1992 Domark Group Lid.
IBM PC Screenshots Published by Domark Software Ltd.
Ferry House 51-57 Lecy Road, Putney, London SW15 1PH right. Peruse the various options available, ana then select SHOW STILL. Ne«t. Locate the box marked NEW YORK, to the right ol the word FILE. This is the lilename ot the picture to be loaded and displayed Click on it. And a file requester will pop up. Displaying a listing of the PICS directory. Double click on any filename other than NEW YORK. Click the button marked OK to gel back to the main control panel.
Now run the sequence again with PLAY ONCE from the VIDEO menu, and watch out for your new picture near the start Double click the right mouse button to quit from the animation back to the control panel. Locate event 12 again, select it, and click the EDIT button. This time have a go at altering the type of fade it uses to get from one picture to another. The bottom section of the edit screen houses all the fade controls. Pick a new one, then go back and run the sequence again to see the effect. Try a few more until you’ve got an idea of what they all do. You can also change the parameters for
the wipes, such as the speed, which is controlled with the slider in the middle of the panel.
FORWARD PLANNING To gel your presentations running smoothly, you sometimes need to put a bit of forethought into your playlist. For example, it s no problem waiting a few seconds for an IFF picture file to be loaded, but let’s say you want to include an animation sequence somewhere in the middle, you don’t want the whole thing to grind to a halt halfway through, as it loads in the frames from disk. The solution is to load the ANIM file at the start of the sequence, so that when you call it up, it's already in memory.
Scroll the list so that event 4 comes into view, and you’ll see it’s labelled SAMPLE.ANIM. Click on it, and then on the EDIT button. The top left box on the edit screen now contains the words LOAD BUFF. This stands for load buffer.
A buffer is a temporary storage area set aside in the memory Beneath LOAD BUFF box, in the box marked BUFF, is the number 1. This defines which buffer the data is to be loaded into. Just across the screen you’ll see the filename SAMPLE.ANIM. This is the animation used as the opening screen of the sequence, which displays the Aegis logo and the Around the World title. However, it’s not until event number 10 that it's actually shown. Go back to the control panel, select event 10, and click on EDIT, and you can see the comrnand that puts it up on screen. The top left box reads PLAY BUFF, and
the buffer window beneath it contains the number one This says that the data in buffer 1 is an animation, and it should be played now Have a go at swapping this animation for one of your own Edit event number 4, click on the SAMPLE ANIM filename box, and choose another animation from the file requester. Any standard ANIM file will work, so long as there’s enough memory to store it If you've already created an animation with V deotitler. Or anything with the recent CU Coverdisks Expert 40 or VnJeoscape 3D load those in. F SOUND ADVICE Music can also be added to your creations.,but it must be
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For those of you with a more sedate nature, CU and Grandslam have put together a four shot hole from the latest in golf games - Nick Faldo’s Championship Golf. So, what are you waiting for
- put your silly, striped jumper on and get swinging!
BODY No doubt most ol you will already be gagging lo gel ¦cur bands on this incredible beal ’em up trom Tean 17 especially alter Dan Slingsby raved about it in la morth's m-depth preview.
Our demo is a timed match between Dan and Ni
- me two brothers trom the game and not the editon stall trom mis
mag! The 60-second light takes place me wrestling arena and
should give you a taste ol how the finished version will look.
At me lop ol the screen are me characters' ener£ bars. These both start red and, with each hit receive they slowly drop When me level has dropped completely, me player is dead. In between these is me kmer. Remember, you only have sixty seconds lo cream your opponent so you've got to work last Controls are as follows (with player lacing righf); 8 1 With Fire Button: Without Fire Button:
1. Jump Up
2. Jump Forward
3. Walk Forward 4 Slide forward
5. Crouch
6. Crouch Block 7 Walk Backwards 8 Jump backwards
1. Chest Kick -
2. Uppercut Jump
3. Forearm 6mash
4. Sliding Kick
5. Low Kick
6. Low Punch
7. Standing Block
8. Roundhouse Spin Just in case you want to cause a little more
dam age. How about trying out a special move. As with Street
Fighter 2, each character has little magical moves mat cause
premium amounts ol damage il performed correctly. In me case
ol Dan and Nik.
Both can launch fireballs it left alone lor long enough. All you have to do is hold down the lire button until the small box next to your energy meter fils with red. This shows that fireball is primed.
Simply release the button to send the fireball out.
FALDO'S MU With games like Microprose Golf and Links already on the market, you'd have thought the world has seen the best golf games the Amiga is capable of.
Perhaps not, as Grandslam have come up with a real birdie - Nick Faldo's Championship Golf.
Imagine the glorious graphics of Links. With the speed of Leadeitoard Now. When you've finished drooling, take a look at the playable demo on this month's disk.
What you have here is a full, par four hole. The difference between our demo and the finished game is that here you only have lour strokes to sink the ball Aside trom that, everything else is the same.
From loading you are presented with the tee-off.
Looking around the screen you can see (from the top left comer clockwise) your name, the selected control method, the distance to the hole between two arrows that change your viewing direction, the number of the stroke, the information panel (move the mouse to the right ot the screen to see this), your stance indicator, the power meter and the dub selection panel (move the mouse to the let! Of the screen to bring this up). Let's try a shot Bring up the club selection panel and select the 1 Wood (1W) with the left mouse button. Leave the power setting on 100% and bring up the information
panel. Click on the map to see the direction of the wind. Going back to the main screen, you'll see a crosshair. This aims the ball, so you might want to alter it slightly to cut a little into the wind II the wind is blowing right, then aim a little to the left.
That done, move the mouse pointer to between the golfer's feet, and you'll see the pointer change to a curved arrow. ' • To get swinging, click with the left mouse button, and the swingometer will appear. This is the tricky part Here, you have to dick the mouse button twice to set the accuracy of your shot. Make sure the dicks start and end inside the second marked section in the swingometer. If you click too early the ball will hook, and it your second dick is to the right ol the section then the ball will slice. The first area adds extra power to the shot and is not necessary for a simple
shot When you have dicked twjce, the shot will be taken, and all you can do is pray.
It takes a fair bit ol practice, but then again Nick Faldo didn't become a world class goiter overnight.
PONG If you cast you' mind back about 14 years, you might just remember that Grandstand s Pong was considered to be the tuture ol home entertainment How we thnlled to the sight of those two rectangles as they bounced a small square block between them. Here we have the best conversion yet ot that classic game, and one or two others to boot, namely football, two-player squash and single player squash In tennis, the idea is to knock the ball past your opponent 15 times before they do. Squash is exactly the same, except that instead ot sending the ball across the screen to the other player, it
bounces back off a wall towards them. Football is the unusual one here as you control two bats instead ol one (a goalkeeper and an attacker).
Controls are joystick, mouse or keyboard, and full playing instructions can be found in the enclosed document tile.
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TaillC RAT |U Another classic game. Combat was only to be found on the Atari VCS2600, that age old machine with the wood effect slats across its front. Again, the idea was blindingly simple, and one that has been adapted and mutated throughout the years. Tank Battle is its latest incarnation, and bloody good it is too Up to four people can play at once, but no less than two. You begin at opposite ends of the arena - a large square room with walls and obstacles all over the place, sat in tanks capable of firing rubber bullets, which bounce off walls and barriers until they expire. The aim is
to blow the opposition away Sounds easy. Sure, but remember that they are trying to do the same to you, and being that at any one time up to a dozen bullets can be bouncing around, things can get a little hairy.
Bonuses appear at random intervals in the 'shape of skulls. Run over these and your ship could be graced with invisibility, high speed or a temporary shield. Then again, you might slow down, or your bullets might lose the capacity to bounce. There's no way of telling which pod does what, so you'll have to chance it.
At the top of the screen is your energy level and your gun heat level. If your gun overheats, it packs in. So be careful. If that happens, there’s nothing left to do but run and hide until your gun cools down. The function keys define the various options, including one and two player games and the variable control method Tank Battle can be controlled by joystick or keyboard. And full instructions are in the documentation file on disk.
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We all want faster comput ers, but as accelerator prices tumble, an important decision faces Amiga owners: upgrade the present system, or go for the next generation? John Kennedy helps you make your mind up, with the most comprehensive comparison of available hardware yet.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS OK, so you have an A500 Of an A600 an don't know what to do Is the new A120(J it's hyped up to be? What about softwj patibilities? What is Fast RAM. And RRIeed it?
These are the questions that ma| Kga stalwarts may be asking themselves wb|fl£y Ilick through the advertisements in th Blter press. So. To help you make upyuur minrrthe CU Amiga team i . E nocn taking a look at which upgrade path THE AMIGAS The two Amigas used in this test were an A500Plus - the shortest lived Amiga ever - and the all-new A1200.
The A500Plus comes as standard with 1 Mb ol Chip RAM. But in this article it was kitted out with an extra 2Mb ot 16 bit Fast RAM. The bog-stan- ('dard 7MHz Motorola MC68000 on the motherboard was replaced with a 16MHz 68020 in the lorm ol a SSL A5000 accelerator card, complete with a 16MHz FPU and 1 Mb ot 32 bit RAM.
The A1200 comes with 2Mb of 32 bit Chip RAM, and a 68020 processor running at 14MHz It was also given one ot the first penpherals available, namely a Microbotics MBX1200. This card includes some extra 32 bit Fast memory and an 14MHz FPU The A1200 was also titled with a THE GAMES Games are important to Amiga owners. So how will upgrading the hardware affect the speed and performance of the software?
MONKEY ISLAND 2
- LECHUCK'S REVENGE Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with
A1200: Yes Hard drive install Yes Comments: This 11 disk
adventure epic relies on its puzzles and graph ics to ensure
gripping gameplay. And so running it at 50MHz 68060 wouldn't
make any improvements ISHAR - LEGEND OF THE FORTRESS Compatible
with A5000 Yes Compatible with A1200 : No - makes extremely
nasty disk noises.
Hard drive install: Yes Comments: Still slow.
ELVIRA II - THE JAWS OF CERBERUS Compatible with A5000 Yes Compatible with A1200: No Hard drive install: Yes Comments: Any speed increase is missed on me.
Commodore-sanctioned 60Mb hard drive.
The Amiga A1200 is the first sub-A3000 Amiga to leature 32 bit access to the Chip RAM - the memory used by the custom chips. As games in particular make heavy use ol the custom chips lor graphics and sound, the ability to access this memory taster can result in substantial speed increases. At the moment it is impossible to add 32 bit Chip memory to standard Amigas. Such as the A500. It an add-on card ever does become available, it is unlikely the cost involved would be worthwhile.
A5000 The A5000 accelerator card tor Solid Stale Leisure has been mentioned more than once in these hallowed pages, the last occasion being in the October 1992 issue. In those days the A5000 had been cut in price to £250, and now it has been cut again, to a bargain hunters dream ot £160.
Although this may upset those that spent £250 (sounds like SSL are copying Commodore s mar keting policy) this is good news tor the rest of us as the A5000 is an excellent piece ot kit The A5000 provides a Motorola 68020 processor, although unlike the A1200 it runs asynchronously at 16.6 Mhz. This means that the processor is not locked to one frequency like the A1200 CPU. But makes use of any spare bus »me to run that little bit taster This is why the MIPS rat mg is ever so slightly laster lor the A5000 A large square circuit board, the A5000 tits inio the 68000 socket on the Amiga
motherboard The 68000 is placed in a special socket on the A5000, and this provides a special 'tall back' mode 'or awkward software p nrr I I I "to V3.01, tha relative epeed* ol Itie A5000 and h and without fast RAM) war® measured.
It maths co-processor (or FPU) comes 1 which makes all the difference with
- rensrve maths programs such as fractal generators and ray
tracers If desired, a taster coprocessor can be added and a
socket is provided to accept the required clocking crystal.
It s interesting to note that the processoi and the co
processor do not need to run at the same speed - it is entirely
possible for a 16MHz 68020 to be connected to a 20MHz FPU.
Memory expansion is a doddle with the A5000.
As cheap RAM chips suitable for the A590 hard dnve can be used. The accelerator comes with 1 Mb as standard, and this can be increased to 4Mb in 1 Mb increments. By means ot cunning onboard hardware trickery, the system ROM can be shadowed in this memory to provide a further, albeit slight, increase in speed This is possible because the expansion memory is a full 32 bits wide, which means it can be accessed a lot faster than normal RAM. On a A500Plus machine, the additional size of the ROM means that shadowing will use half a megabyte of RAM and is therefore, not always a good idea.
MBX1200 Not content with the A1200. We decided to boost its performance even more. The results make interesting reading, as we discovered that Commodore are selling a machine operating at only half its potential.
The MBX1200 from MicroBotics is the peripheral that every A1200 owner will soon be lusting after. In one trapdoor-filling card it solves both • memory and co-processor needs with a complete fire and forget' solution: you just fire it in the slot and forget all about it.
The card comes with a 14MHz 68881 FPU. And a socket to accept additional SIMM modules. The card we were supplied with came with a 4Mb SIMM, but 1Mb. 2Mb or 8Mb versions are available. The SIMMs need to be of the special 32 bit wide-body’ variety, so prices are a little high at present. As there is only one SIMM slot, some thought should be given at the time of purchase as to the memory required. It's about time someone set up a second hand memory exchange program!
After several week's use. 4Mbs seems to suffice for all but heavy duty purposes.
When an 8Mb SIMM is used, problems can arise with the addressing of the PCMCIA credit card slot memory, so Microbotics supply a special piece of software to try and sort this out.
As the MBX fills the trapdoor so completely, you may have a little trouble cramming one in. It looks as though it should take approximately 15 seconds, but it took me closer to 15 minutes to manoeuvre the card, locate the edge connectors and timidly push it home. However, once the A1200 was up and running, the improvement was stunning. Not only did my graphics programs run quicker because of the FPU, but system performance m general was improved by the addition of the 4Mb Fast RAM A1200s ship with 2Mbs. But all this RAM is Chip memory. This means that the custom chips always have priority,
to the detriment of normal CPU operations. Check out the results table to see for yourself how the addition of Fast RAM improves overall processing power. Conversely, most games are designed to be run in Chip RAM. Or make extensive use of the custom chips which amounts PGA TOUR GOLF Compatible with A5000 Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard dnve install: Yes Comments: Decent golf sim.
Sight speed-up of 3D views
• nd putting green.
ADVANTAGE TENNIS Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard dnve install: Almost With a bit of fiddling you might manage it.
Comments: No real speed up noticeable.
SPEEDBALL2 Cqmpatible with A5000: Seems to works with t .3 Amigas only.
Compatible with A1200: No Hard dnve install: No Comments: Here the programmers have gone to all the trouble of writing 68020- friendly code, only to have the entire thing Hop over when any chipset other than the original is used WWF WRESTLE- MANIA Compatible with A5000: No.
Not on an A500Plus anyway.
Phew.
Compatible with A1200: No.
Shame.
Hard drive install: No, who cares?
Comments: Oh dear, I didn't get to test this one. How I cned tears of bitter disappointment Not.
VROOM Compatible with A5000: No - needs 68000 fall back mode.
Compatible with A1200 No Hard dnve install: No Comments: Probably the most underrated 3D car racing game on the Amiga. It’s fast, furious, linkable and darn good fun. Well, it is if you have an A500. For Vroom won’t work on any machine with a 68020 processor SOFTWARE SUPREME 139 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4LT Tel: 081 365 0344 (All lines) Fax: 081 365 1650 24 HOUR ORDERING SERVICE • PHONE EOR FREE CATALOGUE SOFTWARE SUPREME 139 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4LT 24hr Ordering Service OS I - 365 0344 (Ail lines) 24 hr FAX 081 - 365 1650 to the same thing. Furthermore, many games are
linked to the frame refresh rate to provide a flicker- free display. The upshot is that many games - typically fast arcade blasters - will show no noticeable speed-up, no matter what processor or memory type is available.
The MBX1200 is the one peripheral every A1200 owner needs, and if it came with a hardware clock it would be perfect. It wouldn't surprise me if it became as ubiquitous as 512k memory expansions are in A500s.
MraDABU,s HARD DRIVES In some cases the addition of a hard drive can make a program or game more enjoyable than any amount of speed could. Take Monkey Island 2 as an example. Find anyone who has played this 11 disk epic for any length of time, and you’ll find someone in danger of getting Repetitive Strain Injury and DDW (disk drive wrist). Once you install this game (a technical term meaning 'copy') to a hard drive, you banish all disk swaps for good and also stop any tedious little pauses whilst stages are loaded.
Any serious degree of effort at the Workbench also immediately benefits from the addition of a hard drive. When your preference settings, your tools and system commands, your amazing 256 colour backdrop and all your programs are available 10 seconds after switching on, productivity takes a giant leap forward.
Although at the time of writing there is no official way of upgrading the A1200 to include a hard drive (so beware if thinking about buying one), Commodore have told us that such a system will be available 'very soon’. As we have probably the only totally legal hard drive based A1200 in the country, you can expect an exclusive review imminently. In the meantime suffice to say that it’s totally wicked.
CHIPS 'R' US The Amiga 1200 is an amazing machine, not least because ot its powerful new microprocessor - the Motorola 68020. Although Commodore themselves nave admitted the 68020 is not exactly a quantum «ap in power over the 68000, it was still an amaz- xrg piece ot silicon when it first appeared. Here was a processor which worked internally with full 32 bit wide architecture - a tact which not only sounded impressive at anorak and cider parties, but actually offered a real advance over both the original 68000 and the stop-gap 68010.
As tar as first impressions went, the 68020 was sin tall: The PCMC A irt s taken a lot ol abuse, but this industry standard -e-tace is a quick, easy and powerful way ol addm;. Jst J-.CJI anything to a computer system. At the moneirt the i- ga -afret is limited to 2 and 4Mb RAM : - - ¦ - by we ll soon be seeing MOOEMs.
IS. And maybe even SCSI Interfaces fit-
* - :ther sore point with those in the know, r:: a hard drive
between 20Mb and srwally with no eitra hardware is a ma|or t
iii-dable Amiga market. IDE has been g too slow, but
experiments with our sys y 20% slower than the fastest A500 s
it is still 30 times faster than
- i 1 Its The double set ol connectors inside r a tan A1200 may
be what the sound and music g tor. It rumours ate to be le long
awaited DSP board will be s include processor and mem- n the
A1200 is a vastly more n the A500 S00. Although a typical n of
memory (up to 8Mb ol 32 bit ' s also flexible enough lo allow
FPUs and ¦ :-xe-.i:-i (such as 68030s) to be added. SCSI I :i-
:t ::t’eded here too, with the removable :a-« at '-* e rear
allowing cable access.
Ng lo turn some heads. For starters it was no longer avadable in the oblong dual-in-line package, and A that wasn't reason enough to upgrade. * also came in versions which could be run at dock rales much faster than the 68000.
When set besrte the rival 8086 processor found in Pcs. There was no competition. Even the new 80286 processor had trouble keeping up, partly due to its cnpptng backward compatibility.
The 68020 teahjres both a 32 bit data bus-and a complete 32 be address bus, which immediately bumps up the memory addressing capacities into the dizzy regions of gigabytes, and what's more the addressing could even take place on odd boundaries without incurring system failures - unlike the 68000.
CACHE ON DELIVERY Also new in the 68020 was an instruction cache - a particularly fast piece of memory incorporated into the processor to remember the last few instructions, and store some of those still to come.
This cache makes a great difference to speed, but can also cause problems as we shall see.
The designers at Motorola used the new processor as an excuse to add some new instructions and addressing modes, but perhaps the most interesting addition was the complete interface for a LOTOS TURBO CHALLENGE 2 Compatible with A5000: Yes
- works best in fall back mode.
Compatible with A1200: Yes
- a d drive install: No Comments: No problems.
Ght speed-up whilst load- vtg tracks.
MICROPROSE FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: Yes Comments: With no extra Fast memory, the A1200 lags behind the A5000 - but only slightly. Both versions are much faster and smoother than when on the A500.
INDIANAPOLIS 500 Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments: The speed up for this program is considerable compared to the standard processor, and transforms a rather yawn- inducing demo into an exciting game.
JAMES POND 2
- ROBOCOD Compatible with A5000: Yes
- in fallback mode Compatible with A1200: Yes
- with caches off and original chipset Hard drive install: No
Comments: If Mario was a bionic fish with a stretchy middle,
he'd be James Pond.
ZOOL Compatible with A5000: Fall back only.
Compatible with AI200: Special version with enhanced graphics.
Hard drive install: No way.
JosP.
Comments: The special At 200 version of Zool is so completely fast that you'll be hard pressed to keep up with the action.
Dracula, The Frankenstein Monster, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Bride of Frankenstein and me creature from the Black Lagoon.
Classic monsters from a movie age gone by. But more than that... creatures from our oldest dreams and our darkest nightmares.
They have met and battled before, but now they are back. Back to form an unholy alliance to make our worst fears turn into a terrifying reality.
ATARI ST . CBM AMIGA AGAINST Cosl - an Amiga 1200 costs around £440. You'd be lucky lo toll your A500 lor hall that, which loavei a considerable shortfall.
Compalabilily - al Ihe momeni many gamos and serious puces ol software (such as many sound sampling pack ages) do nol work on the A1200. The serious software will eventually bo re-written or replaced, but the chances ol some classic gamos ever being updated are remole II you Mil your esiMing computer lo upgrade, you may never play SpaMOal 2 again Upgrading - to upgrade an A500 lo a slightly lasler processor than Ihe A1200. Including an FPU and 1Mb ol memory, costs £160. This is eicellent value lor monoy. And yel you Mill relain total software compalabilily. Other processors (68030 and
68040) can be added, which Is nol yet me case lor Ihe A12O0.
• Speed - II Ihe A1200 is nol going to be espanded beyond its
standard 2Mb - and lo do so won I be cheap - some pre- grams
and games are actually going lo run slightly lasser on Ihe A500
equipped with a 68020 special maths co-processor By Ihe simple
a ol a 68881 or 68882 Chip (Ihe 82 being nothing more than a
slightly improved and lasler version), programs which made
extensive use ol floating poinl arithmetic were given one heck
ol a turbo iniection. Bay (racing programs especially are usu
ally available in a special version lo make use ol the maths
co-processors and can run several times taster than Iheir
integer equivalents.
The bigger brothers to the 68020 are Ihe 68030 and 68040. With Ihe latter quoted as reaching over 19 MIPS, which is three times as last as Ihe '030 and six times the speed ol the 020.
PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS Programs written originally to run on the 68000 can occasionally and spectacularly lail lo operate on the 68020. The reasons lor Ihe incompatibility are almost entirely due to bad programming practice on behalt ol Ihe programmer, and Ihe most common are as follows: FOR
• CoM Far aremd £441 yes gal a brand spanking new Amiga, complete
wdh 2Mb ol RAM and a Iasi processor.
The A1200 is ee. Tmf Amiga, and II will be Ihe one lhat ¦ had The new rhpem Ihe ASA chips have a lull 24 hit palette peeaiMe colours untead ol 4 litou- modes are amazing, with 256 or Holloas. The HAM8 mode provides ¦heard ol In a machine al mis price dd say only) II you have a
I. me upgrade lo Workbench 3 is I colour scheme - everything is
gen- he compatible, and more and more ol me capabilities.
• MM end ¦ yea eeve aa *1200 you can make cheap ¦a a 24 bit
addressing range, perms try to use the extra 8 'a-o-s purposes.
When these 10020. They suddenly start memory which exists
outside tne 24 t - addeaang g,. With potentially disastrous
-rmeerguenree Unfortunately, there is little a user can do lo
persuade such a program to w&rk on a 68020 sydMn. Short ol
using some sort ol faA-baA mods lo a 68000 TheSSLA500O mounts
V* ongeat 60000 on board to provide such a laA-oac*. But *1200
owners are stuck.
2. Sett modfywtg cods Any code Ian tool of the 68020 For sons ol
speed - into memory and to an entirely new sacson of code II
the modilied code is included m Vie report which has been .
Stored in the cache. Vie changes may be undone as Ihe cache is relumed lo memory Luckily the user can disable Ihe cache on the 68020. And so some unfriendly programs can be tamed. On the SSL system, a third party program such as SETCPU or the excellent DEGRADER will switch oft the cache. At 200 owners have the ever-popular bool up menu.
AMIGA SPECIFIC PROBLEMS THE PROS AND CONS OF UPGRADING Of course, upgrading your Amiga might not be the most sensible course of action to take. Here, we access the pros and cons of such a move.
II the fact that the CPU varies from Amiga to Amiga wasn’t bad enough, there are now several versions ol Ihe custom chip set in common use.
Although there are three official revisions - original, enhanced (ECS) and advanced (AGA) - there are known to be at least two versions ol the original set. Some programs have been known lo produce differing results on seemingly identical machines, usually when direct use is made ol the sprite or copper hardware Problems can also occur between ditfenng versions ol Kickstarl. Some programs will operate with Kickslart 1.2 or 1.3 only, and this means that a ROM changer will be required for owners of A600s and A500Pluses. A1200 owners will have severe problems as Iheir ROMs are 32 bit. Bul
ifshould be only a matter of time belore a (probably legally dubious) software solution hits the PD market.
There are as many as 10 subtly different Amigas in use and quite Irankly not many commercial games will run on every single one of them. Newer games stand a much belter chance of working, as with the ever growing range of processors and operating systems the games programmers have had to tidy-up Iheir bad habits. The future is looking good, but if you have an all-time favourite game which you can't do without some caution is called (or when upgrading.
PROJECT X Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments: Classic blaster,
• rih unparalleled graphics. A game as good as Project X doesn t
need any extra speed or graphics. Works on al Amigas, but takes
advan- tage of ECS and extra memory.
R-TYPE II Compatible with A5000: No - fall back only Compatible with At 200: No Hard drive install: No Comments: Didn't like it anyway A game which needed speeding up as it's a bit pedestrian at times.
SENSIBLE SOCCER Compatible with A5000: Not with an A500PIus Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments; No problems.
W 1 ;V p MANCHESTER UNITED EUROPE Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments: Recognises CPU. Agnus and memory - what a good example Pity about the game FEATURE A BOOT UP THE KICKSTART The A1200 has the all-new. All singing and all dancing Kickstart version 3. As well as being able to run Workbench 3, the Kickstart features a greatly enhanced boot menu. This menu is obtained by holding down both mouse buttons on reset, and features three main options
1. Boot options When this menu is selected, a list of all the
available boot devices appears This is useful when you would
like to boot from your external floppy drive, or from a floppy
drive instead of a hard drive.
More useful from our point of view is the small box marked Disable CPU caches'. As mentioned previously, this option will switch off the internal instruction cache available on the 68020 and so fix some games which would otherwise not run.
2. Display options The new chip set has the ability to emulate
the previous versions available on older Amigas There are
therefore three possibilities :
1. Original (tor really ok) games);
2. Enhanced (for A500Plus and A600 era programs): and
3. Best available (for the new AGA modes) If programs appear lo
malfunction, for example the sprites are corrupt, this menu
may provide a good way of getting the program running.
Also available from this menu is the PAL or NTSC switch You can also press any key on the keyboard to toggle between these modes. When in NTSC mode, the Amiga is actually running at a different rate - slightly faster, in fact. If your TV or monitor can produce a stable picture, running in NTSC mode will boost pedormance lo 2.96 MIPS, which is 4.83 times faster than a standard Amiga.
3. Expansion Board Diagnostics This option is really tor
information only. If you do have extra hardware attached, it
will be listed and any irregularities noted There is nothing
you can do here to improve compatibility with older software.
CONCLUSIONS The power provided by the A1200's 68020 is actually slightly less than that ol the A5000 simply because it runs a tiny bit more slowly When complicated ray traces are made, this shortfall becomes more and mote apparent - although it is rarely more than seconds When there is no Fast RAM available on the At 200, as with the standard machine, this difference starts to become really noticeable - as the performance graphs suggest.
The extra speed provided by the At 200 s full 32 bit Chip RAM is very significant, although it is harder to measure accurately The new Kickstart and 32 bit ROM also add to the effect, and so when running a program such as Imagine on two machines side by side, although the rendering times are approximately equal, the window updates and line drawings are a heck ol a lot quicker on the At 200.
The ultimate test is with a program such as JARGON BUSTERS What’s ‘Jargon Busters’? It’s a new feature that’ll be appearing on all our reviews for the next few months to help new readers understand some of the more complicated terms and expressions we use when writing about the Amiga. Here’s the first such glossary which relates to this lead feature.
• 16 32. Bit Hi the 68000 CPU is really a 16 bit devlcn al heart.
Die memory on Amigas which use this processor can only be
accesses in two CPU cycles of 16 bits each When a true 32 bil
processor such as the 68020 Is used, the memoiy can he accessed
w oeo go, which is a lot Quicker The A5000 allows 4Mb ol memory
lo be added in mis way, but all mem oiy on Ihe A1200 is 32 bits
wide - including the Chip BAM.
• CHIP RAM Chip RAM is Ihe memory which can be accessed by the
custom chips which control graphics and sound on me Amiga As
Ihe Chip RAM is shared between these chips and We CPU it lends
lo be slower than other varieties. The Amiga 1200 comes with
2Mb of Chip RAM, the Amiga SOOPIus 600 with !Mb.
• CO PROCESSOR. Any processor added lo a system already wilh a
main CPU can be said to be a co-processor.
The graphics chips in me Amiga aie co processors, as is an FPU If one is added. A 0SP would also be a co-processor.
• CPU. Ceetral processor unit. In an Amiga A500*00 2t00 Ihe CPU
is a Motorola 68000. In an Al200 or on a SSI A5000 board, the
CPU Is a 68020. The Amiga 4000 comes wilh a 68040. And Ihe 3000
wilh a 68030 Grand Prix, running on an un-expanded A1200
against an A5000 equipped Amiga. Which factor makes the most
difference: the faster memory and FPU of the A5000, or the
faster chip memory of the At 200?
The dear leader was the A5000 I had expected the A1200 to run slightly faster, but there you have it Of course, when some Fast memory was added to the A1200 in the form of the MBXI200, the trophy changed hands as the A1200 powered ahead. ®
• CUSTOM CHIPS. The special pieces ol hardware on Ihe Amiga which
conlrol me graphics and sound. Given female names lo appeal lo
love-sick teenager s.
• DSP Digital Signal Processor A special co-processor that can be
used for all manner ol calculations, most notably me processing
of digitised sound The new Alan Falcon has one. So an Amiga
option is overdue
• FAST RAM Memoiy which is not accessible by We custom chips is
able to run that little bit taster, hence We name.
Adding Fast RAM In a Chip RAM-only machine will boost pehormance, as programs will load into Fast RAM by default. It 32 bit memory is used (as on Ihe SSL A5000 or MBX12Q0) performance is improved even further, as mis memory can be accessed in one CPU cycle rather lhan two.
• FPU. A Floating Point Unit, more commonly called a Maths
Co-processor. The most common is Ihe 68881 tor adding to
68020 311 systems, although mis has been superseded by me
68802 which runs about 5% laster and Is available in fsster
versions. The FPU and the CPU need not be docked al me same
speed. The 68040 has an FPU buill- in. Although H Is not
complete and regnires some extra software lo emulate We missing
functions.
• MFL0PS. Millions ol lloating point operations per second
- a good measure ol me speed ol an FPU.
• MIPS. Millions ol instructions per second - a measure ol the
speed of a processor. This measurement can only be taken as a
way ol comparing CPUs and not systems, ss il cannot measure ihe
speed ol - lor esample - We Workbench which depends heavily on
the Amiga s custom chips.
. • RAY TRACING. The geneialion of realistic pictures by using programs which model Ihe laws ot physics. A very good lest of We powei of Ihe processing system, bul not so hoi al measuring me speed ol any graphical operations.
Which use the custom chips.
• ROM SHADOWING Some accelerator boards allow a copy ol me system
ROM lo be made lo the 32 bn Fast RAM. This will speed up
programs, as Urey will be able to access me sub routine a lot
laster STRIKER Compatible with A5O0O: Yes Compatible with
A1200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments: Works fine, but no
speed up.
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• • * • EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 1992 Compatible with A5000: Yes
Compatible with At 200: Yes Hard drive install: No Comments:
Works fine. No wodhwhile speed-up.
FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible wilh At 200: Yes Hard dnve install: Manual says yes, bul it s lying Comments: Like a good flight srm should be, everything gets faster, smoother and a great deal more enjoyable.
AV-8B HARRIER ASSAULT Compatible with A5000: Yes Compatible with A1200: Yes Hard drive install: Yes Comments: If it says 68020 recommended’ you know something's up - and it needs to be for everything is so slooow on a basic machine, but when it’s on the A1200 everything is silky smooth. Well worth a look.
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SUPER STAR 32 TROLLS 33 DONG!
33 THE MAN WITH THE STICK 33 BLASTAR 34 CHUCK ROCK 2 36 SUPERFROG 40 AMBERMOON 42 DARKSEED 47 THE CHAOS ENGINE 50 AV8B HARRIER ATTACK 56 NICK FALDO'S CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF 58 ROBOSPORT 60 HISTORYUNE 1914-1918 62 DALEK ATTACK 66 WWF 2 - EUROPEAN RAMPAGE 68 SPACE CRUSADE DATA DISK 80 PLAY TO WIN: INDIANA JONES 84 PLAY TO WIN: STREET FIGHTER 2 86 PLAY TO WIN: LEGEND OF KYRANDIA 88 TROLL'S HEAD SCREEN SCENE A CU Screen Star Is lor games scoring 85V 92V N a game ssrsi- st Rn mak tastmg Quality Quite why Trolls are so popular escapes me. They're little better than My Little Ponies with their dayglo
hair and impish expressions. II ever a doll had been designed to appeal to the under tens, then this is it. That still doesn't let oil the legions ol parents who have bowed to their young brat’s demands and bought them one ol the plastic pug-uglies So many have lorked out lor one ol the Trolls (which come in all shapes and sizes, costumes and hair colours), that they were the number two selling toy this yeat (behind the Super NES - boo, hiss!). R So now. Predictably, a sottware company has snapped up the rightg to the little critters and based an entire game around their exploits. Arriving
just too late lor a lull review, we thought we d give you a taster ol what to expect Trolls is a multi-level allair with 35 main levels plus a turther 20 bonus-type stages. Taking control ol a particularly ugly looking troll, with the ubiquitous purple hair, you have to guide your on-screen ugly through seven themed worlds. These include Media Land, made up ol set-squares, newspapers, bionic rubbers, killer letters and all sorts ol other malarkey. The other six are made up ol Toylartd (which has probably appeared in more games than I care to remember). Cherry Soda Land, Board Game Land. Candy
Land, Fairground Land and Fantasy Land - the names will give you a good idea of what to expect.
It's all very slickly put together, with our hero able to despatch the nasties by bouncing up and down on their bonces. Each level sets our nameless Troll a specific number ol baby trolls to rescue who are scattered about the platforms awaiting your attention. There are various special powers also littered around each level, and these indude such things as speed boots to make your character go laster, a shield lor invincibility and a pair ol springy shoes to help you jump twice as lar as normal. Each level is selected by entering one ol a series ol doorways, very much like Robocod, and even
the graphics and tunes are reminiscent ol Millennium's top-seller. There's lots ol visual gags included in the game, to add even more lun to the proceedings, and il things get too tough there's also a magic Yo-yo which can be used to break down walls and swing about the platforms.
All in all. It's promising if very derivative stuff, and we'll have a lull review next issue.
TROLLS I FLAIR SOFTWARE FIRST IMPRESSIONS DONG!
THE MAN WITH THE STICK CORE DESIGN Core Design's latest and weirdest title is only in the very earliest stages ol production, but already it looks highly promising. A young nerdy Zoo-keeper by the name ol Elvis has been kidnapped by aliens who want to put him in a space-200... as an eihkvt' Needless to say he escapes, but finds himselt alone on an alien planet with no feasible way home.
Well, not completely alone. His travelling companion is a small thin alien, shaped exactly like a stick, and the two ot them have to battle other weird aliens and use all their skills to tree themselves.
Apparently, the idea behind this game came alter a meeting in which a game dralt was devised along the lines ol a barbanan doing all sorts ol barbarian things with a stall or a sword Alter an evening with a sketch pad. It soon digressed into Man Wilh The Slick, something entirely different We'll have a lull work in progress in a couple ol months.
DMI The heading of the press release that accompanied the demo disks for this game issued a challenge to Team 17 - boy. Talk about sticking your head on the chopping block' This is especially true when you consider that Dong1 is the first entry into the world of full price commercial software for the coding team. The Hidden. Fortunately for them, it looks good.
Dong! Is a mutant Samurai duck. This might seem l*e an odd creature to have around these days, but the game is based in the future, where ducks have evolved far beyond their present state. This particular duck has spent many years studying every known martial art and has combined them all into one powerful move, and with this move Dong' is ¦eady to take on the Big Bad Dick (!?!), and hopefully save the universe by collecting power crystals BLASTAR CORE DESIGN Shoot 'em ups are nowhere near as thick on the ground as they used to.
A problem that Core Design are trying to rectify with Blastar, an original 360 degree scroller.
At the moment, the game has been in production for a couple of months, but is already looking quite spectacular The sprites are big. And the 16 screens by 16 screens playing areas are even bigger. The aim is to blast away everything else before anything blasts you, using every available power up and bonus.
Final plans for the game have yet to be drawn up. But it looks like the game will contain a Shop Ship. Like the weapons van in the classic Spy Hunter, which players will have to fly into to collect some better weaponry I'd love to tell you how fast, smooth and playable it is. But being as it only consists of Deluxe Paint screens. I can't. But it does look good Look out for a Work In Progress feature in the near future.
Covering over 2000 screens, all scrolling at 50 frames per second with over 60 different types of monster to kill and maim, at the moment it's very playable and very addictive As Dong! Lands on and kills the enemies, some will drop eggs which he can collect. By ducking down (which involves crouching, and then turning into a duck) he lays and hatches the egg, which then gives him a special weapon. This could be an eggshell which acts as a shield but slows him down a Wtle. A stronger pair of legs allowing him to jump much f*gher, or all manner of weird and wonderful weapons which haven't been
implemented yet. Yes. It's all done in a highly comical way. And just adds to the fun!
The key selling point behind this game, however, has to be the price. Selling at only £15.99, it looks like it’ll still be one of the best platformers we've seen in a long while, even
* it's a tenner less than most other games in its field.
The proof, as always, is in the reviewing, and we should “JVR a full ravioM* no.) Iccuo In tho moantima lako SUB GAMES On In ol mo Hot mu mm Were no lour ditltinl mh gumc* II un you limnil thesv come between Ibe mem luv- els and. Al me lime ol writing, ttiese Haven t been written yet Wbal we ban got. Moiigb. Is an idea ol wbai they 11 conlam.
It’s true! Our cavenu hero has had a son! Tot Dillon gives you the tal equivalent of f ultra-sound sea
1) Apple Tree You are positioned m Hoot ol a single apple tree
with its brandMS Ml « apples Thy idea is lo knocb as many
apples oul ol me tree as possible witbin a given lime limn
using only your dap and a small dinosaur mal ran around me
bottom ol me screen Ihe dinosaur will work as a trampoline. So
when you lump on it. You li be able lo reach me higher
branches 21 River Race A lOyslick waggler mis one Junior is
sal in an upturned turtle which has to he paid led tanously
along me rarer lo ge you over Ihe limsh line belore anyone
else does
3) Statue Carving This game is based on me car smashing bonus
stage in me arcade version ol Stmt ? In Irool ol you rs a
large slab ol concrete which you have lo lashion into a stalue
ol your beloved dad belore time runs am Carving was primitive
in those days remember, so the only tool you have Is your
Irusly club.
4| Dinosaur And Cait This scrolling game has Junior travelling between me lourth level me Cult and me litth level me Car Plant, m a cart pulled by a speedy dinosaur Enemy dinosaurs attack all the lime, and all Junior has lo do is survive to me end ol me course lo complete Ihe stage.
UNGABUNGA!
Chuck Rock, one of Core’s earliest games, has also been one of their best sellers. Originally released on Ihe Amiga, Ihe prehistoric platformer has subsequently made a huge impact on the console market Now he’s in the middle ol spawning an offspring, and despite a couple of difficulties here and there, it's a relatively painless pregnancy.
POOR JOKES The story goes like this: The lovely Ophelia has been rescued and Chuck has pul together an extremely successful car company, under the banner ol Fjord Motors (groan!). Ophelia has also announced that she is to have a child Things just get nicer and nicer. But there is a dark spot on the horizon. Brick Jagger (ouch!), director of rival company Datslone (someone lock the product manager up!) Wants Chuck's success, and so by way of intervention, he kidnaps him. After all, without a boss, a company can’t function. Chuck Junior isn't too happy about this, so sets out to rescue dad
and make the world a belter place. Ah, bless him!
At the moment, the game is being pieced together in Core’s Derby headquarters by the valiant team of coder Dan Scott, graphic artist Richard Morion and long time designer Bob Churchill. Al the time of writing, only level one was complete, but already some marked changes are evident.
INT(R)0 THE GAME!
As always with Core products, meticulous care and attention is being paid to the intro. Work has yet to commence on the actual animation tor Son Ol Chuck, but il the storyboard is anything to go by, it'll be their best yet. It all begins with some black and white snapshots ol Chuck’s victory over Gary Gritter Irom the end ot the last game, the booming success ol Fjord and the arrival ol Junior via the stork.Then you get an animation of Chuck in his office, Brick Jagger enters with a gun. Chuck is bundled into a van and driven otf. Next scene is at Chuck's home, where his wile learns the
news ol his kidnap. Junior breaks out ol his play pen. Mutters I'll be back and is gone. Where do they get their ideas Irom?
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f. % •» The first thing that will probably strike you. And no
doubt already has if you've cast your eye around the screen
shots on this page, are the stun- nmg visuals. Although
Richard was the artist cehind the original, just a glance here
will show ¦ou that Chuck 2 is no ordinary sequel. There are
~X)re colours on screen, thanks to an expanded 'umber of
playfields and there are even more lev- a*s of parallax than
before.
CUTE What you can’t see here is the stunning animation.
Chuck Junior is only little, so he has to drag his cfcjb behind him. When you walk up a ramp, the ckjb is lower than you and vice versa, which creates a superb effect. And as for the way Junior :nes when he is hit by a nasty, you just want to ack him up and cuddle him! [Ves, we've heard etxkjt people like youI - Ed ] Probably the biggest change between this and
• » original are the way the levels have been designed. Rather
than the simple left to right tootling of the first, Son Of
Chuck features some
• e d and wonderful levels that only a tortured soul ccxjkJ have
come up with. One level is a four- i long dinosaur, and rather
than let you walk i along it, the scrolling only moves forward
i you have dispatched everything on screen. In r vein, the
cliff face level is only about two s wide, but extends upwards
for another 30.
PUZZLES Core are keen to steer Chuck 2 away from being just another scrolling platform game, and have .
Made sure that there is a variety of gaming styles to keep everyone happy. There will be a fair btt of puzzling involved - deciding where to knock' ’ • rocks, choosing routes over particular traps, etc In many cases there are only one or two solutions, so the player has to keep their wits about them at all times.
But what will set this game apart from the millions of other scrolling platform games that are currently appearing’ Little things, says designer Bob. All the little things that make people sit back and say. Look at that. Anyone can write a playable game, it really isn't that hard.
It's much harder to make a game interesting, to come up with all the little touches, like the way Junior drags his club, or all the tiny animations we re going to throw in.’ With other firm platform successes under their belt, we can expect a lot from Core.
At the moment, Chuck 2 looks both playable and interesting, but you're going to have to wait to see for yourself. It's only been in production for the past four months, and Core are guessing that it'll take at Iea6t another two before the project reaches completion. When it does, though, we ll be the first to let you know as we've got a playable demo lined up for later in the year. © GOING CLUBBING Despite his small size, Chuck Junior is a wizard with a club, managing to get all sorts ol uses out of it. Dan, Richard and Bob have come up with a main character that's in keeping with the original
title, but still acts and looks like a baby. So, Junior drags his club rather than carries it.
He isn’t tall enough to step over long grass, so lor a lot ot the time all lhat's visible ot him is his head.
His club is where all the action is, however. He can swing it upwards, knocking things out ol the sky (or birds otf telegraph wires), he can do the obvious culling lett, right and centre and leap all over the place, but one of the most useful features of this versatile block of wood is as a ladder. He's only a little chap, and sometimes when boulders and the like roll towards him, he just can't jump over them, so he climbs up onto his club and balances on top until the trouble passes.
FROG What do you get if you cross the team that brought you Project X, a small pub in Huntingdon and an idea that came about through alcohol? Tony Dillon finds out.
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to Ihe spikes on Ihe right which rise and tall In HIGH
STANDARDS Team 17 really do seem to have set their sights high
since their birth a couple ot years back. In the words ol
director Martyn Brown. We want every product we release to be
the best ot its type.'
Hence Project X, one of the best shoot ’em ups the Amiga has ever seen and Body Blows, a game that already looks set to snatch the crown from Street Fighter 2. I’ve come to spend a day in a Cambridgeshire pub not to drink alt day, despite the close proximity to Christmas (when this preview was written), but to take a good look at their latest and greatest - Super Frog Cute platform games are really ten a penny as tar as the Amiga scene goes. We've had Millennium's Robocod and Gremlin's Zool- Ninja From The Nth Dimension. It goes without saying I two games alone have set extremely fvgh
standards in their own genre. Will Super Frog maty be able to match up?
Super Frog is at present a game with no story- me and tots ot gameplay Why? When we come up with a game, the plot is the last thing we do.', eipa ns Martyn. Basically, as the project is written, we keep coming up with new ideas and little-bits to bo« on Super Frog has changed a lot since we 1 on it m early April, and we've got loads SUPER FROG 2?
Super Frog2on the A1200 is going to be amazing!', enthuses coder Andreas Tadic, but that's another story First things first, what is Super Frog?
Well, as you might have already guessed from the screenshots it's a platform game. Surprisingly, it isn't a Sonic clone, nor does it have much in common with Mano It is, however, looking like it s going to blow Robocod and Zool right out ot the water At present, the aim is to travel around each ol the huge levels collecting coins. A counter in the comer ot the screen tells you how many you have to collect belore the exit opens. All sorts ot things are pitched against you. From lava pits to carnivorous Ladybirds. By way of attack you can either shoot them, or just jump on them. Remember,
Super Frog is a super hero, and as such is capable ot flight. Well, sort of. II he leaps into the air.
Repeated stabs ot the tire button slow his tall con siderably, allowing him to make some impressively long jumps. Needless to say. Most ot the puzzle spots have been written with this in mind.
VERY, VERY FAST The most impressive thing about it at this stage is the speed. Super Frog is incredibly fast, with full 360 degree 50Hz scrolling. But lots of games have had that, and have all suffered from the same problem - the dreaded 'slowing down' when the machine tries to move too much at once. How is Andreas dealing with this? The system I've written + * No platform game would be complete without platforms that disintegrate as soon as you step on them, and Super Frog is no exception. Those coins have lo be collected, but you have to be pixel perlect if you're going to get both first
time.
H that isn't hard enough for you, there are a tew mde- structable spooks floating about too!
Level 1 - the forest This Is where you reeby heve lo get to grips with the controls - and last! The mad bomber bombs tnceecentfy. The flowers spit firebebs (don't they always?) And the awl blue creatures hide some of the most vIckMa anwtng beasts known to mi Al least the tree looks blend*?
Ever wondered how your favourite games are pieced togelher? Here are the tiles for the level one backdrop.
Once drawn, these tiles are pieced together jigsaw fashion lo build up the background. It might seem long winded, but by using this system, coders can fit much larger maps inlo smaller spaces. If you think that a standard 320 x 256, 32 colour screen Is around 64K, a screen made up of tiles would come in at around 6K! One hell of a saving, even if Ihe map at the moment doesn't make a lot ot sense to you and I!
Means that despite what’s on screen, the scrolling and the main character will always update at 50Hz.
Other bobs will slow down at times, but the scrolling will remain constant, so it won't feel like it's slowing down.' A good move, I’m sure you'll agree.
In terms of bells and whistles, Super Frog has a couple of tricks. Although, within the main game there's little new - bonus objects, secret rooms, etc. the game has some new ideas. At the end of each level, you get to play on a fruit machine, using coins you've collected on your way through the level. But not any ordinary fruit machine. Yes, there are coins, points and lives to be eamt here, as you would expect, but the ultimate prize is Ihe Level Lock’. This handy little utility changes the internal start position to the level you are about to enter. That way, every time you play, you'll
start from the new level rather than the start - vital with a game this size.
At the moment. Super Frog looks and plays superbly, and I for one can’t wait to see how it'll be when it appears on our shelves in the next couple of months. In the meantime, look out for a playable demo on our March issue when we'll also have a full review, a New Horizon Computers 20 MEG 44 MEG 60 MEG 80 MEG 120 MEG ?
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MJC PRICE £12.95 (or just £39.95 it purchased with an A600) Further information on our Educational range is available in our Educational Supplement - on request Please quote CU Amiga when ordering ibb Remember - prices include VAT & delivery COMING SOON Our resident RPG expert Tony Gill popped across the pond to see how Thalion’s sequel to the average Amberstar is shaping up.
SO WHAT'S NEW, THEN?
When Thalion released Amberstar earlier in the year it didn’t exactly set the RPG world on tire.
Competent as it was, the game never really introduced any fresh ideas and, as such, received only a lukewarm reception from the computer press. The German coders now look set to silence all the critics with Ambermoon, an adventure which will, they hope, knock Legends of Valour off its King of the Genre Throne.
The major (and most noticeable) improvement over the first Amber' game is the new dungeon section. In the original RPG the player was faced with the standard blocky 3D views that moved in giant steps as the player selected the direction he wished to travel. Whilst many of the recent adventures employ this technique, it has to be one of the most unrealistic and unconvincing methods of conveying the onscreen action and. Let’s face it, apart from a few graphical enhancements here and there, not a great deal has changed since this maze view' first appeared in 3D Monster Maze on the ZX81
(remember them?). Developments in the PC world have, so far, outstripped those that we have seen on the Amiga. However, with the advent of texture mapping in the new RPGs we are starting to catch up.
USER-FRIENDLY Ambermoon s new system, is very user-friendly and realistic. The whole texture mapped dungeon moves in real time and the player has a greater degree of control over his character s fnovements This whole section can be compared to Legends ol Valour, and if you thought that was fast just wait until you see Ambermoon shift! Thalion ate also including full accelerator support to cater for the real speed freaks.
The player interface has been completely redesigned and is now one of the most user- » friendly systems yet to appear in an RPG.
There's no longer any cumbersome icon clicking
- if you want to pick up an object then simply depress the mouse
button over the item and it is removed from the location.
Swapping items between the various characters is just as easy
and the whole game is far more accessible because of this. If
you remove objects from the inventory and drop them in the
dungeon, the Eipertenced A nPersier players may be more then a
little surprised lo see locations like this popping up from
time to time You * have to make sure you've packed your bucket
and spade before setting toot on this planet game will remember
exactly where every item is, so it is possible to create
stockpiles of good ies for you to return to later.
WORLDLY WISE There are a number of different worlds in Ambermoon buf at the moment Thalion aren't disclosing the exact amount as it has yet to be finalised. Each world will have its own graphical style, ranging from the standard Olde Village setting to the more bizarre alien globes. When exploring these worlds, the screen changes to a more traditional top-down view so that players can see exactly where the areas ot interest are The size ot the world maps have been vastly improved over the original game and currently stand at a massive 800 by 800 squares. The more mathematically able among you
will have realised that that's 640,000 possible locations - and that's not counting the 3D dungeon section' GRAPHICS MAPPED The graphics ol the map have also been given lots of loving treatment and all the characters and scenery are drawn exactly to scale, ensuring that the player never appears larger than a mountain, something that Amberstar was guilty of. Ambermoon is scheduled for release this May and by the time it has been completed the game will have taken live years ot man time' to produce. Judging by what we’ve soon so far.
It looks like time well spent! © TEXTURE WHATT1NG?
Texture-mapping Is a clever system which takes a standard 20 graphic and. Using some nitty mathematics and some other complicated routines that even I can't quite get my head round, paints’ it onto a 3D dimensional polygon shape. All of the grainy dungeon walls are stored in memory in various pieces (much like a jigsaw puzzle) and pasted together over the Hat walls to give the impression ol a solid, realistic obstacle.
The pioneering system used by Ambermoon was stumbled upon by Michael Bittner, one ol Thalion's top boys, whilst he was beavering away on the closing stages ol Amberstar. Rather than scrap all the earlier work and hastily implement the 3D section Into the original game, the German software house decided that this discovery alone warranted a full blown sequel.
IllSTORyi.INI: 1914-1918 HISTORYI.INE 1914-1918 is a Strategy war game simulation set in the period of the first world war. One or two players arc able to take control of opposing forces. Choose to take the role of either the Allies -or the German-Austro-Hu()£arian army. From your aerial view, witness the battle as you deploy and then the enemy counters.
Changing seasons, varying quality of terrain, strategically held locations, and well planned attacks by outmanoeuvring your opponent arc all critical considerations to be met in order to achieve victory.
HISTORYyNE 1914-1918 contains a wealth « f historical and technical information. This is not only illustrated beautifully on the screwi during the course of the game, but is also available for your reference in the extensive and meticulously researched manual. Making it easy to learn and to ‘play, HISTORY LINE 1914-1918 Is a must for everyone interested in an extremely Ifigh quality, massively challenging, addictive, and hugely accurate strategy war game simulation.
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1 »»r further information pieasc telephone 0727-868005 Cyberdreams invite you to journey into the unknown in their scary new adventure. Dan Slingsby W puts on his indus- I trial strength underpants and 1 gets lost on the way.
Whet they seem when this baby doll delivered to your house transforms into a grotesque alien demon.
ALIEN ATMOSPHERE Forget the throwaway one-liners ot graphic adventures such as lucasfilms Monkey Island series or the exotic tomfoolery ol Westwoods Legend ol Kyanda The new adventure from U.S. outfit Cyberdreams, is an altogether more sinister affair.
Although it's not without as visual gags and flippant wordplay, most ot Darkseed Is embued with a dark and menacing atmosphere, a situation which is reinforced by using the gruesome straight- fromyour- worst- nightmare artwork of H R. Giger In case the name sounds familiar, that's because Giger was the inspiration and design gum behind the stunning first Alien movie, creating both the atmospheric sets and the acid-slavering xenomorph itself, so if you've seen the movie you'll definitely know what to expect here... In case you missed our preview of the game a couple of months ago, Darkseed
is an out-and-out sd-fi adventure. As such, it's a terribly bleak affair, with a very uncheery and depressing scenario. The game begins with an animated intro depicting your on-screen alter ego, Mike Dawson, having a rather vivid night mare in which aliens implant an embryo in his brain. The upshot of all this is that Mike not only has a headache from hell when he awakes from his nightmare, but that he also has approximately three days to get rid of the embryo before it emerges, Alien-style. From the insides of his brain.
Apparently, the house Mike has just bought (which resembles something straight out ot the Addams Family or Psycho) is an intergalactic transdimensional thingammy which is at the centre of a sinister alien plan to invade the Earth. To save the day. It s up to Mike (and, indeed, yourself) to find the cure for his gargantuan hangover, discover and destroy the interplanetery portal wotsit and thus avert the threat of alien invasion for ever. Hurrah!
HEADACHE FROM Of course, the most obvious thing to do when you've got a headache is to take some asprin, so each morning Mike has to be guided to the bathroom to stult f»s face tul of headache tablets. He also has 16 take a shower - a reflection on AmenCan hygene standards. Maybe, or the fact that Mike appears to sleep in his Clothes at the end of each day's adventuring' Failure to do either of these will result in the premature ending of the game. Once refreshed, it’s down to the business of solving the game s puzzles and slowly piecing together what the hell's going on. Mike doesn't
immediately know he's been impregnated with an alien embryo, but he'll soon discover the incredible truth and from there on in it's a race against lime to find a cure before his head explodes in an eruption of blood and sinewy flesh.
Most of the game's puzzles are fairly logical, and require you to do or letch 'A' in order to solve, move, or find 'B'. For instance, a locked chest requires you to find the crowbar in the garage before you can open n, and you’* need to get a library card before you can go to the library and receive an important message hidden in a book.
Many puzzles, however, are time event sensitive, which can leave you hanging around for a while with nothing to do. You've either got to allow some time to pass before you can get something done or be in the right place at the right time For instance, on the second day you must collect the package from the postman or else you'll be unable to enter the aliens' universe through the cracked mirror. The package contains the missing splinter from the mirror, so if you miss the postie when he rings the bell, that's it. He won! Leave it on the doorstep for you to collect later on!
Other avenues ol exploration are also opened up once a prerequisite actiorVevent has taken place - for example, the house's secret rooms can only be accessed once you’ve dis covered the house’s blueprints. Even if you know where the hidden dooiways are. You won t be able to open them until you've found the plans Because of this, it's important to save your game position on a regular basis. There's a lot to miss as you explore your new home and the little town of Woodland Hills And once you've crossed over into the Gigeresque alien world, there’s even more to find and discover In all, more than
75 locations have been crammed into the game and although some are H al f If si you don’t suc- Cnd try and try again.
You won't always get the Do not adjust youi Ml... Once you've lound Iho motor, turn on the radio to hear some decidedly ot grave-roBCmg. That's what I say. II you want to become a latterday Burke and Hare, grab a spade and get digging.
The local town tolk don’t take to kindly to you unearthing their docoased relatives.
Lated with a diverse collection of lively (and not so lively) souls.
Among them is the librarian - as with most ol the characters In the game, she can give you some vital Into to help you succeed in your merely decorative fillers, most contain important dues or equipment to allow you to progress further into the adventure. Slip up Just once, and you'll condemn Mike to an untimely and very unsavoury death - the tailed game sequence has the alien erupting from Mike’s torehead in true Alien fashion.
MIRROR IMAGE The alien world is. In fact, a mirror image of the ercisiting world. Most of the rooms in Mike's house have a corresponding room in the alien environment, and many of the objects that are found in the real world can also be located in the alien dimension.
This is handy for finding your way about and adds a neat twist to the unfolding events. For instance, early on in the game Mike meets up with a character called Delbert who is busy playing letch with Fido, his dog. After a while Delbert and the dog take their leave, but lorget the stick. This is obviously an invitation to pick up the stick and add it to your growing inventory.
Later on, once you've crossed over nto the alien dimension, you'll encounter Dark Fido. The bridge guardian who is blocking your way.
Now. Il you simply throw the stick you picked up earlier into the abyss, ttw aken dog will leap after it. Never to be seen again There are many other examples of the alien world mirronng events in the Teal’ world. Probably the neatest is when you're arrested by the local police for grave robbing By secreting supplies under the pillow ot your prison bunk it's possible to access them when you've been put into the alien gaol. It's this kind of logic and prompting that makes Darkseed such an interesting game lo play - things might not be immediately obvious, but once you've sussed them out, you'll
wonder why you didn't think about it in the first place. Unfortunately.
Cyberdreams reckon us Brits are a bit on the thick side when it comes to adventunng or why else would they mdude a complete solution with the game as a limited promotion? Try as I might, I couidn t resist consulting it while I was playing the game The control method also deserves some praise. Everything in the game is mouse controlled via an on-screen pointer. By clicking on the right mouse button this pointer can be changed from a use icon to a move or examine cursor. Then, by clicking the left mouse button the selected action can be carried out. This soon becomes second nature, and such an
uncomplicated interlace (complemented by a pun-down inventoiV menu) makes for a much more accessible and straightforward game The examine option presents a question mark on-screen which changes to an exclamation mark once something interesting is dose by. This makes important objects easy to locate and superfluous detail can be ignored. Similarly, the use-mode is signified by an open hand. When this changes to a pointing hand, it means the object that you're touching can be either picked up or used tor some specific purpose Unfortunately. Darkseed is probably a little too serious for its
own good. In fact, at times it's downright depressing! A lighter touch and a few more laughs would have helped things along enormously. Admittedly, there are a few humourous touches, such as the Get Out ol Jail Free card that Delbert gives to Mike, or the incidental background animation, such as a dog peeing against a fire hydrant. Unfortunately, these are few and far between, and the unrelenting doom and gloom can be off-putting.
For someone raised on Monkey Island-type adventures, I lound Darkseed to be a right turn-off at times, because of its inherent seriousness and poe-laced sensibilities Try as I might, I couldn't get Mike to overdose on the bottle ot aspnns in the bathroom -1 suspect this was a case of Cyberdreams worrying too much about what concerned parents might think.
WHO THE HELL DO CYBERDREAMS THINK THEY ARE?
Almost two yean In the making. Darkseed is the tint game trom fledgling software company, Cyberdreams. Initially released on the PC during the lint half ol 92. The Amiga venion ol Darkseed represents the tint in many such games scheduled to appear over the next two yean (at the very least).
The driving lorce behind the American-based company is Patrick Ketchum. A veteran ol Ihe computer software industry. In 1980. He founded Datasoft Inc. and helped launch such blockbuster games as Pac Man. Dig Dog, Zaxxon Pole Position and Bruce Loo among many othen. By the mid-80s, he found himsell at Sullivan Bluth Interactive where he was directly responsible for the Dragon s Lair and Space Ace series ol games. With such a pedigree behind him, it s little wonder that Patrick is expecting big things from his new company.
Cyberdreams claim to have invested more than $ 600,000 in Darkseed. A large proportion being soaked up by the big-name endorsement of H R Giger and the rest ot the company's impressive roster of cre- Aiming to release two games a year from now on, the company intend to concentrate on the horror sci-fi genres. To this end. They're committed to using the best creative talent money can buy.
Hard txxklo or runny. Watch out lot th no difference between the two.
However, the Giger graphics used in the alien world look washed out and almost bleary, which is kind of strange, as you'd imagine that his artwork would be Ideally suited to the Amiga's limited palette. This is compounded by MBI5SUB Another quibble is the quality ot the graphics and animation. Like the PC version, the Amiga game uses a 16- colour palette so there should really be THE WORK OF H.R. GIGER Anyone who has seen the sci-li movie, Alien, will be familiar with HR Glger's artwork, as the Swiss-based surrealist painter was resonslble lor most of the movie s set designs and the pug-ugly
alien Itself.
Born In 1940. Giger originally worked as an architect before developing his skills and branching out into oils and landscapes. Eventually, he became interested in airbrush artwork and it’s this technique, more than any other, that Giger uses to bring his nightmares to life. Drawing his inspiration Irom the work ot horror writers, such as H.P. Lovecratl and Shelley, as well as his own fertile imagination. Giger has now published an impressive portfolio of fantasy artwork and his paintings hang in museums all over the world.
It took Cyberdreams a number of attempts before Giger agreed to let his artwork be used in a computer game He was initially coocemed that his work woulda t translate particelarfy well onto a computer screen, but his misgivings were largely eased when Cyberdreams decided to use only hi res graphics to avoid the square and lagged look that Giger had originally complained about.
Once Giger s permission had been obtained, a team of artists set about sifting through the artist s huge back catalogue of artwork to select the most appropriate images for the game Using Newtek s Digiview digitiser and Dpaint IV o help tidy up the images, each stage of the process required Giger's personal approval. The results, as you can see from the various screen shots that adorn this page, are some ol the most ominous and downright creepy graphics to appear In a computer game.
Using almost the same palette lor the real world sequences. These, too. Use mostly dull colours. Perhaps it might have been a better idea to have Mike's world use a palette ot brighter and more vibrant colours to highlight the differences between the two worlds. As it is. The two almost blend into each other. Rather thaqbe impressed with the alien landscapes, you're almost left wondering what's changed. The animation. Too. Is a bit feeble at times. The main character has been digitised, but not enough frames of animation have been included. Mike never rea|ly interacts with his environment;
he never stoops to examme something or bend down to pick something up. He just stands their looking a bit of a pudding, really, and he looks so Joe-average that I cant seem many people identifying with him. In-fact, on my first go at the game. I deliberately fast-torwarded to the end of the three days just to see him ge! His comeuppance. There's also a ralher clumsy graduated sprite handling routine included in the game so that when Mike move trom the tore- ground to the background he decreases in see and vice versa Nice idea, but the end result is incredibly jerky and really not worth the
bother.
By now, you're all probably ot the opinion that I hate the game Not at all.
It's not the best graphic adventure I've played, but then it's certainly not the worst either. Disk access might be slow, especially on a bog-standard A500 600, but there is a lot to do in the game. The Twilight Zone-type music that runs throughout is suitably eerie, it a bit grating after while, and the use of samples is limited but well placed.
That, coupled with the easy-to-use point n dick interlace, neat scenario and visual effects make for an enjoyable it slightly flawed game.
Genre: tr*m: eoniroh: number) of diiki: number of fUyen W dub ,mulUbU memory: CYBERDREAMS £34.95 ( A dark and sometimes dreary sci-ti adventure. J GRAPHICS 82% SOUND 81% LASTABIUTY 75% PLAYABILITY 82% OVERALL 78% TRANSFORM YOUR AMIGA INTO A 32-BIT DREAM MACHINE!
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POINTS MEAN PRIZES Don't forget to collect as much cash and treasure as you can, as all the money you collect is poured into a central kitty and shared out at the end ol every two levels.
How much you get depends on how well you’ve performed. II you’ve done most of the shooting and collected more of the keys and specials, then you'll gain a greater share of the loot than your cowardly partner who has let you do all the running. But having mountains of cash isn't any good if you've nothing to spend it on. This is where the equip screen comes in. After the cash has been divided, you'll be offered the chance to spend some or all of it upgrading your charader’s skills and weapons. Extra lives, health, speed, power-ups and specials are now yours for the taking-at a price!
BW MMEM- Remember Gauntlet, the arcade puzzle game were you had to run around a series of mazes, solving numerous puzzles, picking up a vast supply of keys and food, and blasting millions of nasties to smithereens? The Bitmap Brothers certainly do, as they’ve taken the aging coin-op classic as the basis for their new game.
The Chaos Engine.
That's not to say it’s a direct copy
- no sireeee! What they've done, instead, is to revamp the
gameplay, introduce a few new twists, incorporate some
tasty-looking graphics, an excellent sound track and spot
effects and generally beef things up all round. What’s more,
they've also been taking a look at blasters such as Core’s
Warzone and Team 17's Alien Breed and introduced a two-player
option, a huge number of special weapons and power-ups and a
maze of interconnecting screens stuffed to the gills with all
manner of mutated nasties to blast. There's even a Speedball
2-style equipment screen for increasing the stats of your two
on-screen characters and enough tricks and traps to keep even
the most hardened puzzle-fanatic happy.
The game's scenario bristles with inventiveness, even though it does owe a big debt to William Gibson's sci-fi novel, The Difference Engine.
Although the action is ostensibly set in the Victorian Age, it’s an era unlike anything you've read about in history books. The steam engine's power has been harnessed and used to create the world's first ever supercomputer. Unfortunately, the new steam-driven machine has run amok, its creator has disappeared and the local populace have 6een transformed into malformed mutants.
And, as if all that wasn't enough, you’ve been given the task of clearing the whole mess up!
8HMUP11 The first thing to do is decide whether you want a one or two player blast. The single player option teams your character with a computer-controlled buddy, while the two-player choice gives you the chance to race around the levels with a friend, helping them out of dangerous situations or leaving them to meet a grisly fate by sitting back and doing nothing. After you've made your choice, it’s then that you have to select your two men from a party of six battle-hardened mercenaries.
Each character has their own special attributes and weapons, and it’s only by experimenting with them all that you’ll find the ones that best suit your playing style. For example, the Preacher is a bit lacking in the big gun department but is surprisingly quick on his feet. On the other hand, the Navvy is like a stampeding tortoise at the best of times, although he does pack a tremendous punch with one of the game’s better weapons. The other four characters
- the Brigand, Mercenary, Gentleman and Thug - also have their
own stats. Although these can be increased as the game pro
gresses. Their different attributes and skills vary immensely
at the start of the game and can only be increased within
tightly defined limits.
Once you’ve chosen which characters you want in your party, it's straight into the action. In total, there are four stages to blast through, and each of these is made up of four lev- YOU'RE IN THE ARMOURY NOW No blaster would Do comploto without a huje amouot ol power-ups and dlllerenl hinds ol weapon and Ihe Chios Engine is no different. The Bitmaps have included a vasl array ol special weapon with which lo blow away Ihe opposition Each character begins the game wilh their own umgue blaster *s the game progresses these weapons can be upgraded by collecting or purchasing power-ups. These can
altact the number ol shots lired. Ihe damage they do.
Whether Ihey travel through monsters and Ihe spread ol the lire. The best thing, though, is lhal once you've bought a power-up you can’t lose it, even II you lose a lite. By Ihe end ol Ihe game, you should have built up a near Invincible super-weapon lor the linal conlrontalioo wilh the super computer.
As well as your main weapon, each player can These can be either bought and held in reserve walking into their on-screen icons. Specials include such devices as multi-shot dispersal bombs and huge screen-clearing lireballs * was a.|iui vruu|iuii awe eras mteii ewiniwwiwwww can also choose a number ol special abilities, e until needed or triggered during Bn game by idude such wonderful maiming and kiliw* ge screen-clearing fireballs ' £ fJoooTcsT't |_ Toe [*'01001 f, Wjoooi 1 2 els. Each slage has its own specific graphics, nasties and in-game music, but the basic gameplay remains essentially
the same. The idea is to shoot your way through each level, collecting as many different power- ups, keys, lood, coins and speoal tokens as possible while blasting away the hordes of mutated nasties.
Of course, it's not that simple, as each level is a maze of interconnecfing pathways and the patrolling mutants warp onto the screen with little notice.
In order to escape the mayhem, there is always at least one exit per level, and these are opened by first finding, and then blasting, a specific number of nodes These are scattered around each level and activated by shooting away their concrete casing. Once the required number have been activated, the exit will open and you'll be able to enter the next level.
Watch out lor any remaining nodes once an exit has been opened as this indicates there's another exit somewhere on the level It's worth heading for the new exit once you've polished off the remaining nodes as this will take you to a more advantageous position on the next level A-MAZE-ING To locate each node, you tirst have to find the right pathway. With each level resembling Spaghetti Junction, this isn’t as easy as it lirst seems To make matters worse, many paths are merely dead-ends or take you back to where you started from. To help out, there are a number ot silver keys scattered
throughout each level, and collecting these will open up new routes and close oft existing ones.
For instance, a new bridge might appear so your player can cross a chasm or some steps untold so that he can reach a subterranean passageway. There are also a number ot gold keys to collect, and although these aren't essential to completing a level, they do reveal hidden areas positively stuffed with treasure.
There are various other goodies to pick up during the course ot the game These include health-boosting tood icons, first aid kits which fully restore a player's lost energy and special Death Zone tokens which, once collected, act as restart points once you've lost a lite. Best of alt are the numerous special weapon icons, which can include anything from Molotov cocktails and screen-shaking bombs to dynamite and power shots.
Keep a look out for map icons, too, as these prove invaluable to finding your way around a level and also detail the exact location ot the nodes.
The lirst stage is set in dense woodlands surrounding the mansion where the supercomputer is housed.
Almost immediately you and your buddy Will be surrounded by a welcoming committee of mutants that warp onto the screen. In no time you're lacing an army ot stone-like creatures, huge frog-shaped leapers.
And lunging lizard men The second stage takes in the surrounding grounds ot the mansion and features another batch of nasties to take care ot. The dilapidated Victorian architecture adds another dimension to the game and instils a real atmosphere to the proceedings.
GAME OVER MAN Stage three is set inside the sprawling mansion complete with pitted and scarred floors, crumbling staircases and cracked walls. The mutated townsfolk also begin to take on a weirder aspect, too. With huge grabbing hands and spider-like bugs intesting the stage's many corridors and chambers. The final stage takes place in the mansion's basement where the mad computer is housed.
Sewer rats, mechanoid droids and missile banks inhabit the area, which is made up of dripping sewer pipes, steam engines and other such artifacts. Once you've managed to battle through that lot, it's time fora final showdown with the supercomputer.
The game's many puzzle elements help spice up the gameplay.
Although most are faidy easy to solve, such as collecting certain keys or blasting objects to trigger specific events or (unctions, some are quite complex atfairs. One involves a series ol transporters and a clever mirror image of a level so that a player can quickly become disorientated. But is easy to work out once you realise what is going on.
Fortunately, the puzzles don't detract trom the action, but complement it.
Overall, The Chaos Engine is a competent, eight-way scrolling blaster with enough in it to keep you coming back tor more The graphics are up to the high standards we've come to expect from Dan Malone, as is the excellent in-game tunes which keep tempo with the pace ot the action, slowing down to a more subdued sound when there’s little to blast and speeding up to a thumping rave beat when the screen is flooded with nasties. If you liked Gauntlet or Alien Breed, then you’ll also like this.
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For their first airborne outing since MiG 29 Superfulcrum, Domark have chosen another highly unique aircraft in the form of the AV8B Harrier. Mark Patterson jerks his joystick in time to the music.
A600 vs. Al 200 After playing Harrier on the A1200 I don't think I could go back to playing it on a mere 16-bit machine. Because the polygon graphics require many mathematical calculations the game runs significantly faster on the A1200. On slow machines the lack of graphic detail is very noticeable, mainly because you get to look at things a lot longer. From this point of view A600 owners are a lot better off sticking with F-15 2 from Microprose or Superfulcrum which is also from Domark.
VTOL As you probably know, the Harrier's strength comes from its vertical takeoff and landing abilities, a feature which led to it being adopted by the United States Manne Corps as their mainstay support aircraft.
Its primary function is as a strike aircraft, being able to carry a variety of bombs and missiles capable of clearing the way for a marine assault.
Its vertical take-off feature also makes it practical for use on smaller vessels, so a marine landing force can travel with air support, vehicles and troops all aboard the one ship.
Initially, Harrier seems like just another flight sim, but it soon distances itself from the crowd with stylish presentation and some excellent flight features.
As a U.S. Marine Harrier pilot you’re stationed onboard a marine base ship which is floating near East Timor. The standing orders are to help the Timorese resistance overcome the Indonesian army who occupy their country. While the Indonesians hardly sound like a strike force from hell, years of war and a good supply of military hardware from Britain have given them one of the best equipped, battle- hardened armies in the pacific.
GET BRIEFED All the pre-flight 'action' takes place in various rooms on board the ship.
There's the control centre where the missions are planned, troops and weapons placed and intelligence on enemy forces displayed. Going to the store room lets you see how you're doing for weapons, while taking a trip to the flight deck allows you to arm your Harrier with whatever weapons are available. One excellent feature is the simulator room, where you can practice take-offs, landings and the general art of firing missiles at things without fear of getting blown up.
Because of the Harrier's various roles you're never quite sure what kind of mission you're going to get. At the start most of your time is spent on Combat Air Patrol, where you take off. Fly around and shoot any unfriendlies that come into range.
Later on you're called to weave a path around, or sometimes through, the enemy defenses to strike at specific targets, which will cause plenty of problems for the Indonesian forces.
AIR STRATEGY One aspect that separates this game from others in its field is that you don't just pilot the plane, you're also in charge of positioning ground forces and helicopter support. With friendly forces also involved in the attack you need to be careful not to get over zealous and open up at the first thing you see, it just might be on your side. Flying the plane is such a challenge on its own that the programmers, Simis, have thoughtfully included a straight combat-only mode which dispenses with the strategy.
Using the Harrier’s vectored- thrust engines takes some getting used to. They can be angled at anything from 0-100 degrees - although they can be left alone for normal [MK-81 | fMK-ei LCBf [HVOPflXS flCM-6SE , E.C.M fFLARE | fCLEAR The cross at the base ol Ihe HUD Is the sight I Of your laser- guided bombs.
Here you're on a practice attack against an enemy Irlgate.
MK.81 'iron' bonb J 5nih maurgi loui drag, free-fal comb Landing can be tricky, especially it your plane is damaged.
Sometimes It's worth kicking In It’s best to be Irugal when arming your harrier as you only have a limited supply ol weapons.
Strategy plays its part in the choice ol payload - choose wisely or you may end up with completely Inadequate weapons lor the mission in hand.
Controls I Sinulation Sounds Connander Exit to DQSl II you climb too last the pilot will 'grey out' because there's not enough blood getting to his brain.
Taking oil can be very tricky. The carrier's control tower Is difficult to avoid on vertical take-otfs.
Best to use the ramp at first and leave the vertical take-otls tor later when you are a little more experienced.
Take-offs, for a vertical lift-off they need to be set to 80. The trick with this is angling them back to zero once the plane is airborne. Do it too fast and it'll stall and you'll crash right back into the deck, too slow and you’ll gain too much height and show up like a supernova on enemy radar.
DIGITAL CONTROL Once the plane is airborne the next thing to master is flying the thing.
Analogue joysticks and mouse control are catered for, and these methods provide a great deal more control than with a conventional switch joystick. A handy autopilot mode takes care of trivial things like landing, but you're on your own when it comes to combat. Flying the Harrier is a very tncky business. My first few attempts ended up with some impressive stunts, plenty of crashes and some very unproductive missions.
The Harrier's versatility is further creased by its excellent array of weapons. It’s capable of carrying
- oguided as well as laser guided bombs. Maverick air-to-ground
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Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and on top of all that it’s got a ruddy great gun. Naturally, the amount of ordinance you bolt onto your plane affects its take-off, so a fully tooled- up harrier has a hard time going up from a standing start.
Because the conflict is a good distance from any friendly bases, all your supplies are onboard the ship.
This includes spare aircraft (16), troops, vehicles and ammunition. So it's OK to jet in to battle unleashing salvos of rockets, providing you're prepared to enter combat later armed only with bad language.
ON THE DEFENSIVE Defense is almost as important as attack. Enemy missiles are a constant threat, so the Harrier is equipped with decoy flares, which draw heat-seeking missiles away from the plane. There’s also a radar- jamming ECM pod which fixes onto one of the weapon pylons, but being the trigger-happy type, I was more than reluctant to go without an extra pod of missiles just in case I spotted any stray tanks.
Now that companies are starting to bear the A1200 in mind I’d like to see them move away from the traditional vector-based flight sims. After seeing Novalogic's awesome fractal helicopter sim Comanche running on the PC, it would be nice to see games like that appearing on the Amiga. Realistically, the existing style of flight sims have gone about as far as they can, now it's only really the aircraft which will change.
In the mean time, this is one of the toughest flight simulators I have ever played. Levelling the Harrier after a turn is a challenge ih itself, let alone successfully completing a mission. And not only do you have to master the aircraft, there's also the strategy side to keep you engaged.
If you're into flight sims and you’ve got an A1200, or even an A600 for that matter, you won’t go wrong with this.
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BEGINNER'S LUCK Golf isn’t just for Brucie and Tarbie and the
other celebs, everyone seems to be picking up a club these
days. Steve Prizeman put on his tank top and chequered
trousers and took a swing at the latest simulation from
Grandslam.
A daunting feature of many sims is the degree of prior knowledge ot the subject that is required, making it difficult lor anyone other than an existing enthusiast to get to grips with the game without a struggle.
The beauty ot this one, however, is the ease with which a complete golt novice like myselt (I’ve never swung a dub in anger, and wouldn't know a wood from a mashie!) Can team the basics ot walloping the ball along the lairway to the awaiting hole.
You wouldn't expect to start playing at Faldo's standard, ot course Davey Divot, the least capable of the eight computer-controlled opponents you may compete against, has a more appropriate level of skill for beginners to face. But when your ability has increased you may even dare to challenge the Number 1 ranked computer player - Nick Faldo, himselt. For a more human approach, up to eight real people may play against each other (although only tour at the same time) Stroke Play (get round the course hitting the ball as few times as possible!. And Match Play (one on one or two against two)
options are available.
Through water hazards, bunkers, and the other penis the avid golfer must overcome. When you feel sufficiently prepared, it’s time to choose your clubs, grab a caddy (Bob. Bill, Jim.
Or Fanny) head for one of the two courses available, and tee off. If your golfer looks familiar, that's hardly Coaching is advisable before launching into a round, however, and who better to pass on his advice than our Nick. On the coaching screens Faldo’s disembodied head floats beside printed text to talk you WHO IS THIS NICK FALDO CHAP ANYWAY?
Only the world's number one goiter, that's who! Bom in Great Briloin In 1957. Nick Faldo becime o professional goiter in 1976. Plated 8th in the European Order ol Merit Platings let 1977. Nick progressed to 1st plate in 1983- a status ha ragained in 1992 Nick won Ihe Colgate PGA Championship in 1978. Iho lirst ol ouny big loonumeel viclo- nes Amongst the most prestigious of these were Ihe French Open in 1983 end 1988. The Spanish Opan ia 1981. The US Masters ie 1989 and 1990. End Ihe Open Championship in
1987. 1990 and 1992.
Ranked 1st in Ihe world, according lo the Seay World Rankings. Nick Is a popular goiter n well as a successful one. He has been awarded the MBE. And in 1989 was voted Sportsman ol Ihe Year by the Sports Writers Association, and declared SBC Sports Personality of Ihe Year surprising - Ihe sprite is based on digitised pictures ol Faldo.
BEND YOUR KNEES The player’s stance may. Be altered, from 'open' to 'Fade' (curve the ball to the right) and 'dosed' to 'Draw' (curve it to the left). This Is handy if obstacles, usually trees, are between the goiter and the hole.
One particularty useful feature ot the game is that the direction the golfer faces may be changed - if a free or water hazard is directly in from of him, just dick on one ol the arrows at the top ol the screen to have him tace away trom it. The direction in which the ball is to be struck is easily set with the mouse Amateur and professional modes are available, providing two levels ot difficulty, and a Mulligan' option on the amateur level allows you to re take poor shots without damaging your score.
The force ol the goiter's swing may be set. And top or back spin chosen depending on whether you want the ball to roll on, or stop abruptly once it hits the ground. Pull out menus trom the sides ol the screen tacilitate easy selection ot dubs, show overhead views ot each hole and the player's position on them, and indicate the strength and direction ot any wind blowing across the course. An important piece ot information to check before choosing a dub is the tie of the ball. This ranges trom perching neatly on top ot a tee, to being almost completely buried in sand. Grandslam says the game
demands a more realistic selection ol clubs than some other golf sims require: players can’t simply hack away with the same old dub at every different problem (bunker, rough, tangled grass) and expect an optimum performance.
Playing conditions should not be ignored, therefore.
HIT THE BALL Taking a shot is a simple process, but one which takes a good eye and quick reactions to master A horizontal bar at the bottom left ol the screen appears when a shot is being taken A narrower, white bar moves into view passing left to nght through this, approaching two markers placed along [he main bar (I hope you're tollowmg Ihisl). The spacing between the markers indicates the golfer's level ol the skill with the club he is currently using - the closer they are, the lower his ability; the further apart the greater his skill. When the coloured bar reaches the first marker the
player must double-click the mouse button before the bar passes the second marker Sounds easy, doesn't it. But make the first dick too soon and you will hook the ball to the left; make the second dick too late and the ball will be sliced to the right Just to make things more complicated. You can even attempt to add 10% more force lo your swing by clicking between an earlier pair of closely spaced markers to achieve a 'wrist snap'.
Coaching and use during rounds will improve a player's skill with his clubs. The degree of improvement can be seen by keeping an eye on the bars drawn next to each club on the selection menu - its length represents the distance between the two markers on the shot-taking bar described above. It's worth improving your skill if only to avoid the sarcastic comments of the less charitable caddies - they're happy to share their opinions with players, and these appear on screen after each shot.
Once the green has been reached, a grid is superimposed on the ground to give a more accurate impression of its bumps and dips than would otherwise be conveyed A more straightforward putting action also replaces the double-clicking swing mode, when taking a shot on the green LOOKS GOOD The standard ol graphics gives the game a very classy look, with trees, shrubbery, and the contours ol the ground being quite roafcsec «i appearance (The edges of some of the water hazards look a M e too straight and sharp, but mat s a nwnor quibble ) Nice touches the golfer s shadow foSows Iws movement
when he swings, and how the tee is knocked from the ground when he drives are worth watching out tor The splash of fish (and golf bal s in the water, an irritating bird twee- g from the trees, and the rattle of the ball settling in the hole all add to the golf course atmosphere. The intro tune is a mellow little jazz-funk number - it really grated my nerves The look of the game also vanes depending on the season in which you choose to play, either Spring.
Summer, or Winter. Stronger winds blowing across the tvfo available courses in Winter help indicate the way playing conditions are affected by the weather. In Spring the ground is wet and the ball bounces less than Summer; in Winter the ground Is hard so the ball will bounce more.
In6 way It has to be admitted that this ' game lacks several features which players ol other golf sims. Such as PGA Tour Golf from Electronics Arts, might have liked to see. There are no fly by graphics to give an overall picture of the golf course, .no replay facility with the route of the ball being A1200 VERSION Allhough this reijiun ot Nick Faldo s Championship Colt mill wort on the *1200.
Grondstam is currently wotting on a 1200- specilic version. The new model will have 256-colour graphics, and may have extra courses and sampled comments lor the caddies. A CDTV version ol the game Is also being produced.
A dlst containing at loast one land maybe morel new courses, and various other features to enhance the game turther.
Is also being prepared by Grandslam.
Drawn behind it, no top down view of putting, and no isometric cut-away shot of the green to give a really three-dimensional impression of the lie of the land. Whilst no one already possessing a golf sim like that would be missing out greatly by not getting Nick Faldo’s Championship Golt, the game remains a well-presented and enjoyable addition to the genre. For anyone new to golf sims it is a good introduction - thorough and challeng.
Ing, but easy to understand, helped by a brief and intelligible instruction manual. ® ’tlrait dale Out now gflTf!
Golf Sim team: Arc controls: Mouso numbers of disks: 2 number offlayers: 1-4 bard disk installable: No memory: 1Mb GRANDSLAM £34.99 Looks good and plays well, but lacks flair. J GRAPHICS 86% SOUND 68% INSTABILITY 88% PLAYABILITY 87% OVERALL 84% Have Maxis created the ultimate in Hide-and-Seek games? Tony Dillon goes into a corner and counts to a hundred.
ROBOSPORT Living in the universe created by the Maxim team ism all hard work, no matter how it may seem. There is more to life than building and maintaining, you know. There's war.
There’s sport. There's cheese, ham, pepperoni and pickle rolls. Most important ot these is war, ot course, and as humankind works its way to its own destruction, it only seems logical to assume that robots will at some stage play a large role in bat tie A battle robot would need to nave a heavy amount ol intelligence it it's to succeed in its task, and as tar as the Maxim team can see, this is where things start to break down Robot Games. As they are a computer simulation, the games offer humans a chance fo compete in battle with no danger of ever being hurt.
If you haven’t already guessed.
Robosporl is a strategy title where teams compete against each other m organised wargames. You know the sort, usually played out by advertising executives with paint-fir- mg guns. There are five different games to play here, from the standard Survival, where your team has to be the last one standing, to Catch The Flag, where you have to steal your opponent's flag and return it to your home base, along with new ones like Baseball, where you have to try and tag all four bases for a home run.
The game works like this. Each team takes their turn in ordering their robots about. Once all the orders have been made, the battle commences and you can see the results of your actions The interesting thing about the game is the way you control your units. Each team starts with four units, and on each turn you plan the actions of separate units for the next 15 Seconds by programming a senes of moves.
CLEVER COGS The robots have been made tar too intelligent, and have realised that war between humans and robots is pointless The robots can't be hurt, humans can. Simple as that. So. Alter many years ot pointless and one-sided destruction a giant battle computer stops the lighting once and tor all, with the introduction ol the Clicking on a location moves the unit to that point, and using'the icons on the left ot the screen lets you choose between the various firing moves.
MULTI FUN Robosporl is the kind ol game that's best played against human opponents rather than computer generated ones Up lo tour can play at once, in a variety ot ways.
Either tour can take tums on the same machine, or you can network machines, using either null modem cables lor a two player game, or connect up to lour machines using Commodore s TCP IP networking system or equivalent The game plays exactly as before, only now no-one need leave the room!
Everything you do takes time, and as you program, a clock tells you how much time you have left to fill.
Ingenious.
PLANNING ORDER The nicest thing about this system is that it calls tor some heavy strategies The robots have no initiative, so if you think that there's an enemy unit on the other side of a wall, you have to tell the robot to open fire when they reach the other side. Watching the battle as you proceed, you're either going to be pleasantly smug as you watch your unit round the bend and take out an enemy robot right where you thought it would be. Or start worrying as you watch your unit fire into space.
For a strategy title, it’s simple to the point of perfection. The control method is so easy to master that you'll find yourself hooked within minutes. And the only game fhaf ever did that for me before was Connect 4.
The graphics and sound might not be the hottest ever, but Robosporl is a hot piece of software. If you liked Laser Squad, you'll drool over this. © arm rm i1 wm release date Out Now genre; Strategy team: Maxim eontrols: Mouse,Keyboard numberi of disks: 2 number of players: 4 bard disk installable: Yas memory: 1 Mb OCEAN £25.99 t Highly addictive strategic blastabout. Superb. J GRAPHICS 68% SOUND 66% LASTABIUTY 90% PIAYABIUTY 86% OVERALL 84% U,WE TAKE YOUR PLAYING SERIOUSLY TITLE LOTUS 3 ULTIMATE CHALL PUBLISHER GREMLIN 16 99 LURE OF THE TEMPTRESS M1 TANK PLATOON VIRGIN MICROPROSE 19 99 1999
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TACTICAL WITHDRAW!.
The First World War is not usually noted lor its strategy - there wasn't any1 Hard pressed soldiers laong each other across a devastated No Man's Land only a lew hundred yards wide, languishing in mud tilled trenches and being slaughtered by the hundred thousand in wave alter wave ol intantry attacks and artillery barrages are the indelible picture ol the war Could you have conducted it better? That is the enormous challenge posed in this new strategy game Irom Blue Byte.
Though noted lor its static trench warfare. WWI actually witnessed an enormous amount of innovation m the nature ol the weaponry hurled Irom side to side. Tanks were invented, the standard ol aircraft improved greatly as the potential ol aerial combat was recognised, German zeppelm airships and Gotha bombers conducted the first air raids against London and south-eastern England, and submarines became deadly predators stalking merchant shipping. •', DISCRETION AND VALOUR For any software company, arm especially a Caiman one. Lo laaoch a high quality jama closely based upon the First World War
is a potentially controversial undertaking. The Blue Byte team tackles the issue head-on. Esplainlng the philosophy ol the game in the instruction manual. Alter declaring their opposition lo violence and warfare, they slate that Never belore has entertainment software been so consciously designed to present knowledge and tacts to the player in a graphic manner.
In writing the on-screen lest to accompany the game, the team avoided any interpretation ol Ihe war. Relying on bare lads to allow players to decide lor Ihemselves where blame lies, and identify Ihe longer-term legacy ol Ihe war. As any historian will tell you, ol course, even it concentrating on bare lads the choice ol which lo include and which to omit repre- senls a judgement which can weight interpretation one way or Ihe other - but let's not get into the theory ol writing hlrtory or we ll be here all day One thing which Blue Byte is clear about Is that a HisloryllM dealing with the
Second World War will not be produced. The somewhat unpredictable political atmosphere in Germany at Ibe moment makes that just too hoi a subject lo touch, in their opinion. Further Mstorylriw'sOoaling with ihe Roman end Medieval eras are distinct possibilities, however, and even one set in Napoleonic limes may be considered. No doubt any further developments mill depend upon Hie success ol the current game: constructive criticism regarding Its concept and design is invited by the company.
In Historyline. Each ol the opposing amues receives new eqmpment as the war progresses. An interval ot approximately two months is presumed to have elapsed between each ot the 24 battlegrounds, or Maps, upon which the lighting takes place. The green fields and open spaces ol the earlier stages, upon which large numbers ol cavalry pieces originally appear, are gradually replaced by landscapes scarred with trenches and bunkers whilst cavalry and infantry groups become progressively less effective as the number ol tanks, artillery and aeroplanes increases. Although the technological advantage
therefore swings back and forth between the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary) and the Allied Powers (dominated by Britain. France and Russia), this does not mean walkovers occur as a superficially less impressive range ol units may still win a battle if deployed with skill.
LOOKS FAMILIAR In terms ol its appearance and the way it is controlled, Historyline lollows the format ol Battle Isle very closely.
One player may light against an army directed by the computer, or two players may compete against each other. Players may choose which power bloc they wish to control, represented on-screen by Germany and France. Two maps appear side by side on the screen, each forming part ol the larger Map which forms Ihe whole area ol the current battle- lield. The Map is divided into hexagons into which the players position the units under their command.
Pieces are moved, and various instructions accessed, by joystick wiggling, keyboard tapping, or the mouse (my experience is that the joystick undoubtedly represents the easiest ol the available control methods, although a little re-setting is required to have two working at French Cherron armoured German cavalry diamount to aaaault Allied bunkers early in the war - a reckless tactic without substantial support.
Once). Movement and action phases alternate between the two players.
The objective is simple enough: each army has a headquarters building on every map, occupy the enemy's and you will win.
Alternatively, just annihilate every unit he controls and a brutal but decisive victory will be yours. The game does not otter the opportunity ot re-writing history, however. As its name suggests, Historyline takes the player through a period in the past: each Map represents a fictitious engagement, and though some ot the different landscapes and geographical features are based on real battlefields they are not intended to simulate actual battles. Even if the player controlling the Central Powers wins every Map, the Allies will remain victorious in the war as a whole.
Informing players about the causes and conduct of the war is one of the aims of the game.
Historyline begins with a brief animation depicting the Western Front in 1916, followed by a smoothly animated sequence showing the assassination of Arch-Duke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was shot dead by a Bosnian terrorist during a visit to Sarajevo in June 1918
- the event which triggered the war.
During the game, text and illustrations taken from contemporary newspapers appear. They keep players up to date with key events in the course of the real war, and provide nuggets of interesting domestic news from the countries involved - sporting events, for example. Animaoons are also shown, depicting notable incidents, such as a zeppelin ffymg above London Bridge during a bombing raid. The animations are drawn well, though with what seems to be a comparatively limited palette, and help the atmosphere of the game THE REAL WORLD The standard ot presentation is. Overall, very good.
Digitised contemporary photographs illustrate the information panels explaining the specifications of each military unit, and battle scenes illustrate each phase of the game in which enemy pieces exchange fire. It has to be said that the standard of background drawing in these sequences is generally greatly superior to that of the sprites superimposed upon them who blast away at each other The combat itself is not particularly lively to watch and necessitates a large amount of disk swapping if you've only got one disk drive or haven’t got a hard disk. One of the reasons why the combat looks
less bloodthirsty than might have been expected is that Blue Byte, as a German company, developed Historyline to meet the restrictions on the depiction of violence in computer games which exist in that country. Paradoxically, the lack of scenes of carnage lessens the impact of the game, rather than saving it from the accusation of tastelessness which their inclusion might have caused. The WW1-based television comedy series Blackadder Goes Fourth, for example, ended poignantly despite its outrageous and tasteless humour precisely* because it never understated the hardship of life in the
trenches, or belittled the suffering of the men in them; they went ‘over the top' as duty dictated regardless of their desire not to.
The 'long battle’ mode may be switched off, however, in favour of the ‘short battle’ option which doesn’t require disk swapping. In the latter, combat takes place swiftly with symbols for the belligerent units simply being placed side by side and those that get destroyed disappearing from the screen. Once you get into the game this is actually'more exciting to follow, the battle scenes becoming merely a distraction.
The sound effects are good, and during battle scenes vehicle and weapon noises are clear and appro- pnate. While players decide their movements and actions on their maps tense music plays in the background; during the introductory sequence the tune is suitably mournful.
Historyline 1914-1918 is an intelligent and enjoyable game of strategy, and represents an interesting development of the genre. It deserves to be a great success. © mwmvMwmammiM release date Out Now genre: Strategy team: In-House controls: K, J&K, M&K numbers of disks: 7 number of players: 1 2 bard disk installable: yes memory: 1Mb BLUE BYTE £34.99 It the 'tons hattte' option Is switched on e combat sequence Ilka this will follow.
T Informative, compelling and playable wargame.’ J GRAPHICS 84% SOUND 83% LASTABIUTY 93% PLAYABILITY 92% OVERALL 89% Yes, I know that the sets are wobbly. And that the monsters are nearly always a failed rep actor in a wet-suit. But Doctor Who holds a certain magic for me - and before you ask, my complexion is clear, yes I AM interested in women, and, no. I do not possess an anorak. As a wee nipper, watching Jon Pertwee battle against Autons, Sontarans and Roger Delgado s Master was an essential part of my week. And, of course, there were the Daleks If it wasn't for Terry Nation's gliding
creations, Doctor Who probably wouldn't have made it past its initial twelve-week run.
However, in the second story in this fledgling series, the Daleks glided up to menace William Hartnell and Currently found glued to his telly at 7:15 every Friday, Steve Merrett enters Alternative’s Tardis to join Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy in a battle to the death against the Daleks.
Co. And. In doing so. Won themselves a place in the history books.
It's ironic actually that in the 27 years Doctor Who was on our screens, only the Daleks broke the mould of the popular men in suits' idiom - although it was the easiness of copying them in the playground which started Daiekmania' in the 60s. Whatever the reason for their success, even now in these days of Bart Simpson and the Toxic Crusaders, the Daleks still keep people glued to the telly - well, they would do if the BBC saw sense and brought the programme back!
Obviously, for such a long-running programme, there's no shortage of Doctor Who merchan dise, but whilst there have been a number of Who derivative games, only two official' titles have hit our screens - until now. The first was a tawdry Acomsoft BBC Mi ro effort, which starred Peter Davison s Doctor as he worked his way through a series of dire puzzles and simplified arcade sequences. The second was The Mines Of Terror' by Micropower and starred Colin Baker's incarnation - although, rather sadly, licensing restrictions meant that Micropower couldn't use popular characters such as the
Daleks. K9 and Co.. and the result was a dull little arcade adventure involving the Doctor, a metallic cat.
And a race ot robots who trundled along on castors - sound familiar?
THIRD TIME LUCKY?
Thankfully, no such restrictions limit Alternative's latest attempt at a Who tie-in. But the game still falls short of expectations. Opening with a sampled Dalek tirade and a dodgy, warbling rendition of the programme’s theme tune. Sylvester McCoy's face appears on screen to give us a wink before fading away to be replaced by the show's old diamond logo. So far so good then.
Next up. An option screen appears allowing the player to choose which Doctor out of Patrick Troughton, Tom Baker and Sylvester they wish to control. In addition, Ace and a UNIT Soldier offer themselves as a companion for later in the game, and K9 also wags his little aenal at the prospect of joining in the fun -1 must say. Though, that I was disappointed that Jon Pertwee wasn't included, but never mind. On selecting your Time Lord, he duly legs it to the Tardis and dematenalises into the game.
Unrestricted by a meagre budget and guest appearances by people like Bonnie Langtord and Ken Dodd. Alternative's binary vision ot Doctor Who is a multinational altair with the Doctor battling against his oldest toes in Bntain, Tokyo and the USA whilst simultaneously searching tor parts ot a machine which will enable him to put an end to their plans forever
- however, despite such grand intentions, the game still looks as
it the backdrops have been roughly assembled and would wobble
it touched! Actually, I'm being .rather cruel here, but it has
to be said that so much more could have been done with the
game's graphics. The Doctor sprites are too small and, although
recognisable, are tar from impressive In addition, although
Alternative will please die-hard tans with the inclusion ot
Ogrons (apelike henchmen), Robomen (converted humans harking
back to Hartnell's era), and Emperor and Special Weapons
Daleks. The sprites just aren't imposing enough, and it's hard
to be intimidated by a Dalek or Ogron which is little more than
halt an inch tall and is barely distinguishable trom the
similarly- coloured backdrops.
Starting in a sewer setting, the Doctor pilots a Dalek anti-gravity disc which he must steer through the narrow drainage system - shooting anything which gets in his way as he goes. Yes. Indeed.
Alternative have broken the good Time Lord s life-long tradition of not killing things unnecessarily by arming him with a laser gun - although on later stages. Alternative try and validate this by explaining that it isn’t in fact a laser gun but a specially-modified Sonic Screwdriver.
Hmmmmm. Oh well, once out of the sewers and having defeated what appears to be a two-headed Loch Ness monster in a dull blasting match, the action switches to that of a conventional arcade adventure with the good Doctor out running the aforementioned Daleks. Ogrons and Robomen in search of the machine parts. This section proves extremely tough, and even with the extremely agile 793 year-old leaping from platform to platform, it often seems nigh-on impossible to avoid the pursuing baddies Providing our hero’s energy holds out. Though, he eventually gets to repeat the pattern throughout the
said countries, before eventually heading towards Skaro - home of the Daleks and base of their evil leader. Davros.
I'm not sure if I wa6 expecting way too much because I’m such an ardent fan of the programme, but Dalek Attack falls short on a number of counts. Admittedly, the game proves quite fun in the short-term, but prolonged play prompts irritation thanks to numerous ’no-win’ situations. And I’m also disappointed by the platform action the programmers opted for. Bearing in mind that every story dimaxed with the Doctor outwitting his foes, I feel that Dalek Attack would benefit from more puzzles in the action. Also, the general 'look' of the game wrecks the multi-national epic’ see nario the game
is given by making it look dull and lifeless. It's by no means a complete loss and I’m sure that it's sub-twenty quid price will win it a lot of fans, and Alternative are indeed to be commended for this price point, but even so I hope when Alternative have another stab at the licence - and I sincerely hope they do as they are on the right track - it regenerates into something better than this. • II was just over 29 years ago that William Hartnell stepped out ol the fog at his Trotter s Lane |unk yard to introduce himself to Iwo school teachers who had followed his grand daughter home Since
then, the mysterious Doctor has regenerated into Patrick Troughton. Jon Pertwee Tom Baker. Peter Davison.
Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy in his travels across the universe. Along the way, he has also encountered more monsters than you could shake a stick at.
Ranging Irom the plastic based Autons to the sub-aquatic Sea Devils, from the all- powerful Cybermen to the vegetarian nightmare Krynoids In addition the good Time Lord has also launched countless TV celebs on their path to fame, too. With people like Jean Marsh Leslie Dirty Den Grantham, Peter Purves and that woman who plays Gail Tilsley on Coronation Street all making their debut as victims of evil oppressors m the series But what of the future?
Unfortunately, the BBC don t want anything to do with the series and although several independent companies are beg gmg to produce the show. Auntie Beeb it quite content to live on the cash generated by re-runs, videos books and other merchandise based on the show But with the show's 30th anniversary just around the corner, who knows what they ve got planned.
Release dale Out now genre: Arcade team: In house controls: Joystick number of Juki: 2 number of flmjen: 2 bard disk inimitable: No memory: St 2k ALTERNATIVE £16.99 ( Dalek Attack is fun but extremely dated.
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Postcode..... The boys in spandex are back for a second Amiga outing, and this time they’ve hit Europe. Mark Patterson puts a choke hold on his pen... WWF HOLD DOWN The aim of the game is to take your tag team through four bouts culminating in a challenge for the world title. There are four wrestlers to choose from: Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage and the ubiquitous Hulk Hogan. Opponents include the Nasty Boys, Legion Of Doom and the Natural Disasters (whose combined weight is almost half a ton!).
Each wrestler has an energy bar which is displayed at the bottom of the screen. As they take hits it starts to deplete and if if drops below a certain level the wrestter can be pinned to the mat with no hope of getting up.
Out of ring combat is actively encouraged, mainly because hitting the hard ground does more damage The only problem with carrying your battle outside the squared circle is that the ref starts a 10 count the second your feet hit the floor If you don’t get back in before he shouts to, your team is disqualified.
Before your wrestler can start chucking his opponent around he has to stun him Depending on how tar away he is. Hitting the tire button makes him lash out with either a foot, fist or elbow. Three hits winds (I never knew it was possible to 'wind' 300 pounds of fallen chest packed into a leotard) the other wrestler leaving him ripe to be thrown. Merely hurling them onto the mat does a lair amount of damage, but for maximum effect they should be lobbed over the ropes to the concrete floor For a showy finish to a combination of moves, a wrestler can take to the top of a turnbuckle and launch a
flying kick at a winded opponent. While making contact causes sizeable damage, missing with such a high- risk manoeuvre leaves the leaping wrestler sprawled on the mat at the mercy of his foe.
Getting in dose allows your wrestler to put the other guy in a hold.
Unlike TV wrestling where they go lor the submissiod the characters in the game just lose plenty ot energy when on the receiving end of a head lock. This move is best followed up with some kind of throw, to cause enough to damage to leave the recipient flat on his back lot some time.
AERIAL SPIN Most ot the time winning a bout is dependent on how last you can hit the fire button. When you’re on your back you have to repeatedly hit the button to get up. When you’re brawling you need to get your hits in first and when the wrestlers are grappling whoever gets the most button presses in comes out on top While this is a respectable game, there are several things that would have made it better. Out ot all the WWF wrestlers you only gel to choose from four, two of which.
Warrior and Hogan, aren't in it any more. Another thing that bugged me was that all the wrestlers had exactly I the same moves, whereas their real- I life counterparts nearly always finish off their unfortunate opponent with some highly unlikely signature move.
But the presentation is significantly better than in Ocean's previous attempt at a WWF game, as now there’s sampled speech and each character has their own music DROP KICK The character graphics are colourful. If not very detailed. Personally. I prefer the Megadrive and Super NES WWF games as the graphics are much better and there are far more moves.
Only having four bouts doesn't help the game much. Although I stopped playing out of boredom after a very short time. I'm sure it wouldn't have taken much of an effort to complete it.
As wrestling games go this is about the best on the Amiga, then again, that isn't saying much. Definitely one for the kids © MEET THE GUYS BRET 'HITMAN' HART One of Bret's most formidable weapons is the several pounds of grease he carries in his hair. Armed with this he can slip out of the tightest head lock. His trade-mark move is the sharp-shooter, which involves turning his opponent over, grabbing their legs, then trying to bend their spine 45 degrees in the wrong direction.
ULTIMATE WARRIOR Ultimate usually kicks oil a bout by running around pulling the ropes. For some reason his opponent never takes advantage of this and usually waits for Ultimate to run across and hit them.
HULK HOGAN Until this guy hit the big time, wrestling was just a bunch of fat men in spandex Ihrowing each other around, now it’s a bunch of rich fat men throwing each other around. Part of his popularity is due to his ability to absorb enough damage to stun an angry bull elephant, roll around then get up, suddenly immune to pain and further damage, then clobber his opponent into & A MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE If his opponents aren't blinded by his ridiculous gear, Savage soon goes to work by launching himselt off the turnbudde and elbow first onto their heads LEGION OF DOOM This formidable tag
team consists ot Hawk and Animal, two geezers with strange hair cuts and a passion for face paint. They ensure they aren't attacked before the bell goes by wearing spiked body armour NASTY BOYS These ex-WWF Tag Team Champions are a bit ol a push over in the game In real life they’re a lol tougher, especially with their trade-marked pit-stop move, where Nasty Boy Knobbs rubs some unfortunate wrestler's face into the armpit of his partner Saggs.
NATURAL DISASTERS These behemoths are Ihe largest lag team in WWF history. The drawback with being so large is that it’s almost impossible for them to realistically lose a bout, which means they don’t make too many appearances now.
MONEY INC. Although Ihe Legion Of Doom are the learn to beat in the game. Money Inc. are the actual tag team champions. They prefer bribery to actual fighting.
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1 GRAPHICS 75% SOUND 83% IASTABILITY 72% PLAYABILITY 76% 0 m 1 74% vo rURd When it conies to deep space, trust Tony Dillon to go too far.
Little bit. The players and aliens are slightly better defined, as are the backdrops, although the two-frame animation during combat still needs some looking at. Interestingly, the background effects, such as the distant alien groans and the occasional beep of machinery has been replaced with some pieces of music.
It's not bad, but I prefer the atmospheric silence, to be honest.
Other than that, there’s little I can say. If you enioyed the original, then get hold of this. If you're struggling with the original, practise, then get hold of this. If you haven’t got the original, where have you been?
Get it now. ® IF YOU'RE FEEUNG BOARD Just in case you can't remember, we here at CU Towers thought that Gremlin’s Space Crusade was a very nifty little game. Modelled around the Hasbro board game ol the same name. Space Crusade is a story of life, death and war aboard gigantic alien battle-cruisers. You, and up to two other friends have to board and then destroy as many aliens as possible. While trying to complete a preset mission at the same time.
However, like Gremlin’s other Hasbro license, Heroquest, most people lound the missions a little too easy. I know I did, the entire game taking less than a week to complete.
It's hard to say exactly where the problem was. Were the enemy units too easy to destroy? Were the missions too simple to complete, most of them revolving around finding an Obiect and then either destroying it or taking it oft the ship? Whatever the case, Gremlin have released a sequel, and it’s a damn sight more challenging See, I told you nol to use that scanner! Look what a happened now!
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It you've looked el the price in the verdict hoi. And are conlnied by the tae prices I II eiplam Gremlin are releasmf Space Crusade - Ihe Voyage 8eyond in lao Doies. The first will contain the original Space Crusade game plus Ihe eipansion lor a mere E25.99 The second package, aimed at oaners ol the game aiii contain only the eipansion Unusually, the eipansion doesn t require the original disk to play, and only calls lor il lor the sake ol veriticalion.
What you have here are 10 new missions for the original game, ranging from quite hard (collect a Soul Sucker egg from a ship populated almost entirely by Soul Suckers, one of the original game’s nastiest creatures! To insanely hard (defeat the Soul Sucker Queen, a huge creature with about 37 different weapons all firing at once). Believe me, these are hard. It took me five attempts to complete the easiest one. And that's saying something.
SUICIDE SCAN The game is played out primarily on a map view, with only line of sight aliens shown on screen. However, some space marines are equipped with a lifeform scanner, which will show the number and location of nasties in the immediate vicinity.
Unforlunately. It doesn't tell you what they are - they are identified simply as white stars. In the first game, it was sensible not to use the scanner, as the computer rarely activated aliens that hadn't been located.
Using the scanner on this upgrade is suicide I did once, and soon found myself surrounded by no less that 15 Soul Suckers inside ot two turns. I told you this was hard.
That’s not all, either. The Soul Suckers are now small try compared GREMLIN E25.99 E9.99 f Involving strategic title, with superb graphics. J GRAPHICS 83% SOUND 81% LASTABIUTY 84% PLAYABILITY 78% OVERALL 81% INTRODUCING the latest quality Amiga products from )UYOPRESS “-the market leaders in ,s o f t w educational software
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MUSIC MAESTRO MS ...injects new life For 7 to 13 year olds A unique package designed to help children master basic spelling techniques.
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Emfk« trim's U&tp K Merlin Ihe Wizard guides Ihe child through exercises in counting, decimals, fractions, adding, subtracting and volumes.
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8802FMC GENLOCK UP FOR ORA***, The first step to setting up your own video studio is getting hold ol a device that can successfully marry the world ot computer graphics with live video - a genlock. And, amazingly enough, we here at CU Towers are so thoughtful that we have generously decided to let Marcam give one away absolutely free!
The Rendale teatures ribbon cable to detach the control unit from the actual genlock itselt, meaning you can position it property within your studio set-up. As well as the usual genlock functions to swap between Amiga graphics, video and mixed, the Rendale also otters two keyhole modes to further expand your titling potential. Two rotary controls allow you to easily tade in and out ot the image, as well as adjust the mix, so that Amiga graphics can appear semi-transparent on top ot the video image.
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FIGHTER 2 The hottest game of ’92 was undoubtedly this combat
dassic from US Gold. What could be better to go with this
legendary arcade conver sion than two of the mightiest cheats
you could hope for.
If your opponents are wiping the floor with you. How about erasing all damage from the injury bar before you get KO'ed? Start the game in one-player mode, and move to the character select screen. Position the cursor over Blanka. But don't tire to choose him. Instead, type the word PATIENCE’. Now, this cheat is only available if you time it nght so keep a regular pace as you enter each let ter: press P down, let P up. Press A down, let A up. And so on. Taking about as long over each letter as it takes to read those commands. The border of the screen will flash yellow as soon as the final letter
E has been entered, informing you that your invincibility cheat is now in operation When your foes give you a pound ing now, you can simply pick yourself up, brush yourself off, press F10, and start all over again. That nasty threatening red will have drained from the bar above your fighter You’ll still need to use your skills to defeat the enemy, but every time the battle swings his way just hit F10 and resume the contest free from injuries. Once activated this cheat will remain in force throughout the game.
A pretty nifty feature in a two-player game would be to have identical characters fight each other, wouldn't it? Stan a two-player game, choose characters normally and begin fighting. During the bout press P to pause the game, then type ‘7KIDS’, making sure that you use the figure 7 from the top row of keys, not the numeric keypad (if you've got one).
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The border will flash yellow again to indicate that the cheat is up and running. Combat resumes and you may either finish the current fight normally. Or mp back to the character selection screen by pressing P to pause the action, then the Escape key. It is now possible for both players to select the same character.
When they fight. Player 2's will be indicated by a helpful white arrow above his head If you're a really mean unsporting type you can begin a one-player game and initate the invincibility cheat as described above, then pause (P) and Escape during a fight, resuming play with two-player mode selected. Combat may now take place, with the friend you're playing against wondering why his fighter is doing such little damage to yours (although only if he’s not very observant, admittedly).
BILL'S TOMATO GAME If you’ve been having trouble with this punier from Psyynosis. Why not catch-up by taking the easy route through the levels. The codes you need are: World 1 World 2 World 3 Level Level Level 1 BEGIN 1 TAIGGEN 1 BIGGAT 2 CLOACKON 2 PLOUMUG 2 SAISSIT 3 TOITTAR 3 PLADDAT 3 CLEEGOM 4 MOINON 4 GEELLET 4 DROUTTER 5 BIOKAl 5 TOACKIN 5 SLOGGET 6 MIENNAN 6 V000D0M 6 BIELLIN 7 PLEEGGUN 7 BEAPET 7 PLIEMON 8 ZAIKET 8 CLYVIT 8 CLOIFIT 9 ZOIFCKEN 9 SIMAL 9 FLEPUG 10 SALLAR 10 BOOKUG 10 BYMAN World 4 Worlds World 6 Level Level Level 1 SL00NN0N 1 BOUVOM 1 TETTOl 2 PIOMER 2 DREEDDUN 2
GOUCKAT 3 G00TT0G 3 NAIGGON 3 VOUPET 4 GLOUTTAN 4 WINNUN 4 CLOAVUN 5 POLLAN 5 GAPPIT 5 PASSUN 6 W00SS0M 6 GLOIVUG 6 MOOVAl 7 SONNER 7 MOLLAT 7 FLIONNOG 8 WYNAL 8 SLAIVAN 8 ClANUN 9 SLYSSAR 9 PLEAPPIT 9 PLUMIN 10 DROAMEL 10 WOIDDAR 10 FLEASSAN World 7 World 8 World 9 level Level Level 1 NYMIT 1 FlUVON 1 ORAIBBEN 2 PlIOFOl 2 FLUGGAR 2 GLIAKIN 3 DREDOIN 3 NOUPPEL 3 SIAMOL 4 PLIPAR 4 VEAKAR 4 NEK0L 5 GEGIT f 5 SLEDOON 5 CLIGAT 6 FLAIVIT r 6 SLOIPOL 6 VUSSEN 7 FLAGGOG 7 TOOLLEL 7 PIBBEl 8 DRINNOL 8 MYPER 8 SIEAKUN 9 POIGOl 9 BUMET 9 NUPPON 10 GLUTTAT 10 GLEEGGAN 10 WOGGEL World 10 Level 1 GAILLIT 2
CLOUGEL 3 FLICKOG 4 PLOTTIN 5 MUSSET 6 ZOALLON 7 GOAMOM 8 SOADDET 9 GlIOFAR 10 VEEFER ALIEN BREED SPECIAL EDITION 92 GRAND PRIX Here's a way to really put the pedal to the metal and leave the opposition eating your exhaust fumes in this motor racing simulation from from Microprose. If you are in first position on the final lap. But are being chased by a rival car threatening to overtake and pip you at the post, go into the pits before he can do so. Escape from the race, then switch on the accelerated time’ mode and your first place position is assured. If you can't win now. My name’s
James Hunt!
Thanks lo Patrick Larke ol Norwich lor Ihe level codes lo this action- packed bug-hunting blaster. This ace top view shoot 'em up should now be a doddle to complete. To use them, just approach a computer and press the space bar to log on. Before entering one ol the following: XXDFA RTHAA LAEEA UYTTA PPEAB PREMIER MANAGER To have the finest footy team in the league in Gremlin’s management simulation, click on the telephone icon to reach the full-size telephone contacts book screen. Click the following number on the telephone, 000123', to increase the passing skill of one of your midfielders to
99. His name will be changed to ‘Lotus 3’ in return, but you can edit that to restore his true identity.
The beauty of this cheat is that it may be repeated on all midfielders, and therefore on the whole team if they all occupy midfield positions at some point.
If you can handle the thought of another cheat to make winning the cup a pushover, click the number ’753423’ on the telephone, and increase the goalkeeper's handling skills to 99. This cheat may also be applied to other team members, as described above.
For that untalr advantage all serious gamers need, why not Just skip over the baddio-flllcd levels in Ocean s Lethal Weapon'.
LETHAL WEAPON For swifter shoot 'em up action in Ocean's cop caper based on the films of the same name, why not skip some levels? Hold down the Alt and F keys simultaneously. The numbers on the numeric keypad will now whisk you to the corresponding stage of the game.
MAGIC LAND DIZZY If you're in a spin keeping your egghead hero intact, type DIAMONDS AND PEARLS' for infinite lives.
TOP TIPS PLEASE If you have any helpful hints or titanic tips which you would like to share with CU and your fellow game players, feel free to send them in. The senders of the first-class cheats we use are rewarded with a game.
• If you want to receive a game, rather than just our thanks,
remember that the more up-to-date Ihe game the cheat is lor,
and the larger the number of cheats you send, the higher your
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• Don’t expect a slap on the back lor sending us cheats which
have previously been printed in other magazines, broadcast on
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The address to send top quality cheats to is: Small Tips, CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30- 32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
The truth will out, however, and if you use either of these cheats the name of the manager will be permanently altered to the message I am a cheat (or similar). But all is not lost and deception triumphs again!
Start the game with two teams. Have one improve his players with the cheats, and bear the stigma. All you now need to do is have the cheating manager sell his players to the legitimate team. Move over Leeds United, you’re on your way!
HINTS AND CHEATS PINBALL FANTASIES To be a real pinball wizard (platform shoes optional), before choosing the number of players type EXTFTA BALLS' to have five more balls available. To keep the game going indefinitely enter 'DIGITAL ILLUSIONS': during play the ball will come to a halt between the flippers.
Press the space bar to resume play.
After these cheats have been initiated, a message should appear on the scoreboard to let you know they are in operation.
ROAD RASH If you were born to be wild (not to say furious), these passwords will help you get astride the more beefier bikes in Electronic Arts' rough and ready racing gam.
00000 OOJOO 102VS 21JUD 00000 OOJOI 113BT 22KDP 00000 OOROO 013VS 32RV4 00000 0OS20 117H5 33UV1 00000 01421 109G5 448VN OOOOO 01420 019G5 457VO 00000 01S91 OOEGJ 567HM OOOOO 01S90 10EGJ 576IK PANDA 600 BANZAI 750 BANZAI 750 KAMIKAZE 750 SHURIKEN 1000 FERRUCI850 PANDA 750 DIABLO 1000 SENSIBLE SOCCER To beat the computer opponent in the classic footy game, whether playing league or cup matches, do the following: When your match appears next on TRODDLERS If you're having trouble herding your hordes of tiny tearaways lo the higher levels of Storm's enormous platformer, here are the level codes for
Ihe two-player War' mode (courtesy of Ivo Bos from Sevenum in Holland - thanks, Ivo): 0 BEGINNERS 20 TEAMWORK 40 NOFALLDOWN 1 ROOKIES 21 DIVIDED 41 ICEICEBABY 2 HOPALONG 22 ROCKITOUT 42 SWIFTLY 3 BRACKETS 23 CLEARAWAY 43 TAKETURNS 4 SPARKLES 24 LOOKUP 44 DELAYNPLAY 5 DOUBLEPLUS 25 ONEOFTHREE 45 FULLHOUSE 6 LONGJUMP 26 QUICKBRICK 46 TWORANKS 7 RIGHTWAY 27 FROSTY 47 TRAPANDZAP 8 TRIDENT 28 SURROUNDED 48 STAGEDOWN 9 GUIDERIGHT 29 BOOMER 49 GRANDSLIP 10 JUSTDOIT 30 SPLITUP 50 QUICKCUBES 11 ZOMBIEGO 31 TARGETS 51 WORKOUT 12 BADLAX 32 SLOWSQUARE 52 TRAXMIX 13 TIMEAROUND 33 FLAKPASS 53 HELLTRACK 14
TOOMUCH 34 THEWALL 54 GETOABLUES 15 SPLITTED 35 ROCKBOX 55 SHOOTNBLOW 16 RUSHIT 36 TWINGUNS 56 SLOWFLOW 17 MIXUP 37 GETHIMDOWN 57 COOPERATE 18 NOPANIC 38 DROPTURN 58 DENNISFAV 19 THEMACHINE 39 TUFFJOB 59 FINALE If that lot doesn't give you the edge in by-passing obstacles, I don't know what will!
DRAGON'S LAIR III If you want fo see this epic fantasy game from start to finish, type TIMEO' (That's a zero, rather than an Oh !) On the title screen. The game will now run through without interruptions - makes a change from renting a video, anyway!
If you want to complete the game In a slightly more conventional fashion, follow these directions for each scene, as described below. Use your discretion as to the time delay to leave between each pove as this varies from scene to scene - in other words, leaving a neat one or two second gap between each move will probably not be enough to see you through.
Scene 1 2 3 4 5 Details of how to overcome the next 14 scenes will appear in next month’s issue.
In no state to play at its best.
Thanks to N.J. Powell of Tupsley, Hereford, for this corker of a cheat.
The fixtures screen, for example England (YOU) v Germany (THE OPPOSITION), instead of selecting 'Next Match' click on ‘Exit’. Now choose Friendly' from the main menu and select Germany as your team. Go to the 'Team Formations Screen' and put all the German star players on the bench, put the forward in goal, and generally mess about with the original team selection. Now start to play the game, but escape from it as soon as it begins.
WWF2 Camper than a row of tents, the over- made-up, leotard-loving wrestlers of WWF continue their brawling in Ocean’s in-the-ring action game. To defeat the opposing computer-controlled team press F10 ten times to freeze them in their tracks. You may hit them at will, but try not to knock them over as you won't be able to pick them up again. Repeat this process with each subsequent bout.
Return to the League Cup games and 'View Opposition' (Germany).
Hey Presto! Your opponents’ team remains thoroughly mucked-up and INDIANA AND THE FATE OF If your designer-stubbled, sweaty-shirted, leather- jacketed archaeologist has been digging in the dirt without success, here’s your chance to help Indy get the goods in US Gold’s graphic adventure. Whipcrack away!
This stage, how Indy gets past the doorman determines which course will be suggested to him later on. The way of solving problems explained here assumes that you will opt for the Team Path - the text in the boxes shows how to cope with the challenges and solutions of the other paths, where different. Whichever path is going to be chosen, it will be as well for Indy to pick up the newspaper from the stand before progressing further.
Indy can talk his way past the bouncer by using the first suggested sentence, followed by the second from the next selection, then the first again, and the third option from the next two selections - what a lot of rabbit! Once inside, wait until Sophia has explained about the spirit guiding her before trying to distract the stagehand. To do this, use the third piece of dialogue on offer, followed by the first choice from the next two selections. Now hand the stagehand the newspaper To grab Sophia's attention, send Indy to the machine, push the left lever, followed by the right one, and
then press the button to send the prop representing the spirit of Nur-Ab-Sal. This will sail onto the stage and, believe me, Sophia will certainly notice it.
GETTING CHILLY The action moves swiftly to Iceland. When speaking to Dr Bfom Heimdall, Indy should use the third choice from the first two selections of dialogue, followed by the first option from the third one. Indy will learn of Sternhart and Costa from Heimdall - two more people he needs to meet. On the first visit to Iceland it is not possible to get at the ice- covered statuette: on subsequent visits a head shaped like that of an eel will be visible. Place onchalcum in it.
In Tikal. Enter the command Use whip with jungle rodent and. With a flick of his thong. Indy will startle the little critter into action. Drive it to the path at the back of the screen, in the middle, and watch the deadly anaconda leave its tree to nab it.
Now is Indy's chance - click on the tree at the side of the gorge, and watch him cross with ease!
STATUE SEARCHING Starting at the very beginning (a very fine place to start), Indy should get out of the first room in Barnett College by clicking on the odd statue to the left of the screen. It's not the statue he's looking for, so keep going. In the room below the attic, click on the rope beside the hole toward the right of the scene. Finding himself in the library. Indy should locate the books whose titles refer to statues and dick on them. Having then entered the room beneath the library. Indy should click on the far nght statuette of the cat Now. In the boiler room. Indy is getting
warmer as his first task nears completion. Click on the lockers to the nght, and the one which contains the statue Indy is after will soon open up. Click on the statue to enable Indy to swipe it.
Outside the theatre in New York, Indy's choice of how he gets in to see Sophia marks the beginning of the three possible ways of solving problems in the game - the Team. Wits, and Fists paths.
Although you aren’t offered the choice of path at To get past Sternhart, and into the temple, have a chat with the parrot. Say ‘Title?’ to it, and it will tell you what you need to know to convince Sternhart to let you in. Once inside, Indy will find that the spiral pattern in the middle of the temple is an object which may be picked up - even though it's a bit dirty. Ask Sophia to keep Sternhart talking.
While she distracts him, Indy can sneak out to Sternhart’s stall and snatch the kerosene lamp.
Take the lamp back inside and use the kerosene to polish up the artefact - be sure to open the lamp before trying to use it with the spiral design. Now Indy may remove the spiral and use it with the animal head on the wall to the left of the screen. After an elephant's head has been constructed, pull the creature's nose to open a secret tomb. Don't waste time chasing Sternhart when he steals Indy's goodies and flees, make a thorough search of the tomb in case he overlooked something useful (like a nugget of orichalcum).
The middle spiral design on the ttrst column, In Sternhart's closely guarded temple, conceals a secret.
Unfortunately It's been corroded into position. Whal can Indy possibly use to clean II up?
Strike a light! While Sophia chews the fat with Sternhart, Indy swipes his kerosene lamp.
WARMING UP Indy and Sophia now head not tor the Azores, but back to Iceland. It will be necessary to obtain Heimdall's eel statuette in order to chat with Costa.
Finding Heimdall dead, drop the orichalcum on the eel's head (as mentioned earlier), then head south tor the Azores. Let Sophia do the talking, if necessary. And bribe Costa with the figurine. Costa will reveal that Plato's Lost Dialogue (translated by Sternhart) is kept in the Ashkenazy Collection which, by a remarkable coincidence, is located in Barnett College.
Back at Barnett, begin by sending Indy to his office, opposite the college entrance. Look in the THE WITS PATH When entering the theatre, don't waste time on the doorman, have Indy push the crates in the alleyway until the path to the tire escape has been cleared.
Trottier will give Indy his business card once our hero has provided the correct answer to his question.
Ensure that Trottier heeds the warnings about a trap by persistently talking until he takes Indy seriously.
When the Nazis speed ott. Ram their red car - more than once it necessary. They shall not pass (as they say)!
To tind the intersection mentioned by Trottier. Bear in mind that the streets are named alphabetically, let! To right and bottom to top. Look at the signs by Ihe intersections until you’ve lound the one Indy needs.
When the right crossroads has been lound. Look in the drain, then open it and pick up the Sunstone contained within.
THE FISTS PATH Why should Indy waste time trying to talk his way past the doorman? Beat him up instead! A sucker punch should certainly work, though not very noble.
After Alain Trottier's question has been answered correctly, he will give Indy his business card - hang onto it for luture reference.
Dr Jones hanging around Ihe library again: you can't keep him away trom those books.
A plcntc - Indiana Jones style. Mayonnaise and gum trom an old school desk, lovely. Just add mayo lo the tolem pole and drag around like the galloping gourmet.
Up, up, and away! Indy's archaeological career climbs ever higher.
Ice box and pick up the jar of manky mayonnaise (it’ll take two attempts, but Indy will do it if you persist), and return to the college. There are three possible hiding places for Plato's Lost Dialogue: finding any of these requires the acquisition of tools from more than one room. To start with, go up the stairs to the library. Take the gum from the school desk, then climb the rope to the dark room above.
Smear the totem pole with the mayonnaise (Honestly!), and, thus lubricated, it may be pulled under the open trapdoor to the attic. Climb up the totem pole. Once in the attic, open the urn sitting on the floor and pick up the ashes. Indy will find a key amongst the ashes which he should take (As if he’d leave it behind!).
Climb back down to the totem pole room, push the big crate out of the way, and unlock the dusty chest concealed behind it. The Dialogue may well be inside. If it isn’t, pick up the arrowhead to be found in this room, before returning to the lobby.
Go downstairs to the boiler room, use the gum with the coal chute (to make it sticky enough to climb), and go up. Locate the cat-like wax figurine, return to the boiler room and open the furnace door. Use the wax figurine with the furnace and see what emerges... SPEAKING IN TONGUES If Indy still hasn’t got hold of the Dialogue, pick up a piece of coal and the dirty rag before leaving the cellar. Head for the library and make a DIY screwdriver from the rag and the arrowhead. Remove the five screws from the overturned bookcase and Plato’s finest work should finally be within Indy’s grasp. If
you don’t consider yourself a handyman, rather than dismembering the bookcase the Dialogue may be knocked down from beneath with the lump of coal.
Indy may now go back to the office to tell Sophia of his success before leaving (together for the Team path) to catch the clipper for Monte Carlo. In Monte, hang around outside the hotel until Alain Trottier turns up. You can't miss him: Trottier has grey hair and a beak-like nose. He is wearing a brown suit with a flower in the lapel. Once Indy has identified and accosted Trottier, use the first sentence option. Follow up with the second, first, then third sentences from the next three selections. The answer to Trottier’s question is contained within Plato's Lost Dialogue: after giving it,
use the second sentence option, followed by the first, and Trottier will follow Indy. ¦© NEXT MONTH The second part of this complete play-through will return next issue. In the upcoming installment Indy learns about Sunstones and spark plugs. Moonstones and murals, labyrinths, submarines. Balloons, camels, and lots of Nazis.
The LOST DIALOGUE of PLATO1 tTE CARLO Walk To Give Pick up Talk to Look at Use Push Pull Eureka! Indy's found It! Plato's Lost Dialogue found in a dust-covered chest.
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OCEAN SOFTWARE LIMITED 6 CENTRAL STREET MANCHESTER M2 5NS TEL: 061 832 6633 FAX: 061 834 0650 With the recent release of the most eagerly awaited game on the planet, Steve Keen gets to grips with the fighting test’s eight principle characters and spills the beans on who you’ll be taking on over the next few months.
Along with the 12 different combat locations around the world come a dozen of the hardest-hitting, fastest-killing hombres this side of the beat’em up arena. You’re going to need all your cunning, all your stamina and every part of our guide to stay alive to the end. So flick through our first instalment and let us introduce you to the main men on the street fighting circuit.
NAME: E. HONDA Age: 33 Height: 6'2" Weight: 304lbs Like a genetically engineered battery bull. Honda has been worked, trained.
Led and conditioned from birth with the sole purpose of becoming the undisputed King of the Sumo ring. After obtaining the title Yokuzuma (Grand Champion) at the early age of 21, the man mountain has never lost inside the wrestling arena. The Jap giant has repeatedly obliterated his country's top contestants year after year and has now stepped into the Street Fighter Tournament to prove that his fighting skills are unprecedented. Naturally, he thinks Sumo is the greatest combat art in the world and anyone who takes him on will find out just how effective it is - first hand' Advantages:
Incredible strength and defensive moves. Considerable speed of limb movement on selective attacks.
Disadvantages: Slow on the ground and in the air. Very vulnerable to leg and head attacks.
Special Moves: Hundred Hand Slap and Sumo Head Butt.
NAME: BLANKA Age: 27 Height: 6'5' Weight: 218lbs One of the most feared beasts to have ever entered the contest due to his bizarre appearance and a history shrouded in mystery. Blanka. As he has become known, is rumoured to have scavenged an existence for himselt in the South American jungle regions alter being the sole survivor of an air crash in that region when he was an infant. He has managed to build up an incredible physique by lifting tree trunks and using his huge arms to swing from tree to tree. The boy was mutated in a strange accident and as a result, with his meticulous study ot
electric eels, he has managed to emit huge pulses of electricity from his body at will Advantages: An extremely long reach coupled with some awesome close quarter attack moves means that he can inflict mas- sive amounts of damage with the minimum of hits very q,jick y. I* J jrjJJ Disadvantages: Slow to ietreat when in trouble and easily dis- ? 7 Patched it caught by a projectile " mid special move.
Special Moves: Electric Shock and Rolling Attack.
NAME: RYU Age: 27 Weight: 1 50lbs Height: 5' 10" Ryu is the Japanese battler Irom the streets of Hong Kong He is an extremely calculated fighting machine who has spent his life under the guidance of Master Sheng Long, who raised the man as his own son. Ryu is already an accomplished tighter and a Master in his own right, but he lacks the disci pline and concentration needed to make him an invincible champion. J Eager to prove his worth in combat the youngster often gets carried away in the thick of the action and makes costly mistakes, but he improves Qjfr with every fight Advantages: Great
versatility of attacks with some amazing combina- A tions. Like Ken he's a fantastic all rounder.
Disadvantages: Can be a bit predictable it you get stuck with some tech- niques at the beginning ol your street fighting career!
Special Moves: Dragon Punch. Hurricane Kick and Fire Ball. (•- ?JSv- Age: 33 Height: 6'1" Weight: ¦] 191 lbs H m *’ 4 Guiles an ex-Special Forces commando '' ’ Ip 1 He is driven by rage and thoughts ot i i * A revenge against the evil tyrant M. Bison. He has built up his body lifting weights and honed his lighting tech- w jjxil niques to lightning fast proportions Whilst stationed at a military air |K base he became a pilot. Due to his knowledge about planes Z -w A he can control the sound ? Waves given off by the mac-
* Ji Jm speed flying aircraft and can incorporate their speed and
power into some of his attacks Advantages: Very strong and
incredibly fast on the attack. He often gets two or more
attacks in to an opponent’s one.
Age: 28 Height: 5'10 Weight: 1 69lbs Ken trained under the same Master as Ryu. But being American he believes that he is the stronger of the two fighters. After the first lh Street Fighter Tournament Ken decided to hit the beaches and I relax with his girlfriend to get away from it all but now he's eager to get back to the blood and sweat of the ring His 5 incredible ego is fuelled by a desire to recapture the fighting crown and luckily for him he can back up his enormous boasts ¦ with awesome fighting skills Although the two Shen Long stu- dents studied under the same teacher they have only
ever met inside the ring and each is fiercely competitive so don t expect any favours from either of them!
Advantages: Ken has developed far superior throwing techniques to any of the other characters and is very _ fast when stuck in close.
Disadvantages: Precision joystick movement and timing are required for success. He occasionally misses an attack totally, leaving himself vulnerable Disadvantages: Can be caught short when an attack fails.
Special Moves: Dragon Punch. Hurricane Kick and Fire Ball.
Special Moves: Sonic Kick and Sonic Boom Age: 37 Height: T Weight: 256lbs Age: Unknown Height: 2 Zangief is the token wrestler of the show He s a Russian 5'8" Weight: Unknown T U bruiser who's trained for this years Street Fighter com- Chun Li believes the man who '•'-ifc.
L petition in the frozen wastes of Siberia by wrestling murdered her father has entered p grizzly bears. His severely battle scarred body is cov- the Street Fighter Tournament. I ered in blood red streaks from his furry encounters, but Being the only woman in the con- he believes that this will strike even more fear into the test she is certain that it will not flp i hearts of his opponents Standing an incredible seven be too long before the criminal ; feet tall he's managed to fund his entire bid for the title notices her and she can get iff I with the USSR's government money. Close enough
to exact her revenge. Chun Li has mas Advantages Awesome crushing techniques and bone tered the Wushu martial art and feels that no man can ever be k busting holds. Her equal inside the ring J Disadvantages Easily defeated by any fighter worth ftp his salt. He hates high attacks.
Advantages: Lightning fast attacks and incredible acrobatics make the girl one of the most deadly characters of them all Disadvantages: Very vulnerable to upper-cuts and punches from those who can give them. Limited attack patterns.
Special Moves. Spinning Pile Driver and Spinning Clothes Line.
Special Moves: Spinning Bird Kick and Hundred Foot Kick.
Age: 41 Height: 5'10 Weight: 107 Dhalsim. Ihe Yoga specialist, has easily earned the title Indian Rubber Man by XBItj turning his body into a sinewy power-house. With his annoying ability to stretch * and contract his limbs in all directions he s a hard boy to master Dhalsim hopes p| to reach a higher state of consciousness by winning the Street Fighter crown By mastering meditation, he has also managed to curdle flames up in his stomach and blow them through his mouth with no risk at all to himself. JF Advantages: Can perform extremely long range attacks without getting in close.
Disadvantages: With outstretched limbs he is vulnerable to an attack. He's very slow in the air Special Moves: Yoga Flame and Yoga Fire.
Having sparked your interest with this liitle taster to the action, Steve will return next month with more details on how to carry out all the moves and which ones to use against the various battlers. Till then, keep pounding the joystick.
W I N If you’re still stuck in Virgin’s great graphic adventure, here’s the final part of our complete play through. Steve Prizeman is your amiable guide.
LEGEN AND NEXT... In Part One ol this complete play through you were helped with the first two sections and gtven a start on the third one. By now have made major inroads into the quest to tree Kyrandia trom Malcolm's evil ghp. Brandon has met Brynn and healed the forest altar. After crossing into the Timbermist Woods, Darm should have guided Brandon to the first amulet gem and given him a magical freezing scroll. The Shadowrealm was the next, and possibly most dangerous, section to complete with instant death lurking in every cave. With this conquered, the purple gem should be switched on
and Brandon free to explore Faenewood. After meeting Zanthia and fixing the vandalised fountain, our hero will have found Zanthia gone and a trapdoor to a whole new section hidden in her abode. On with Ihe story... FLOWER POWER Brandon has now reached the point at which he should gather as many flowers and gems as cross his path, as these are useful ingredients for potion- making back at Zanthia's. Pick some orchids, then head back to the alchemist s place It he has sufficient ingredients. Brandon may as well begin making potions as soon as he arrives. Here's how: ¦ For a red potion put an
orchid and a ruby in the cauldron.
• To make a blue potion add a blueberry to a sapphire.
• A tulip and a topaz or emerald will produce a yellow potion.
The rule of thumb in potion making is that a gem and a flower of the same colour added together will make a potion of that colour (this doesn't work with purple-coloured ingredients, however).
To become a wiz at mixing (and I don't mean by becoming a DJ). Send Brandon back through the trapdoor, then down, down again, left, down, down, right, and up. Our hero will now lind the Crystals of Alchemy, which permit the creation of particularly handy potions from the potions ot the basic colours. Pour a red potion into one ot the Crystals' slots, and a yellow potion in another to produce an orange potion. For a purple potion, add a blue potion to a red one. The addition ot a yellow potion to a blue one will result in a toxic green liquid - so handle with care (or at least don't drink it).
Return to the magic fountain, then leave the screen by going down. The Royal Chalice may now be seen, floating in the air nearby. To lower it.
Brandon needs to activate the amulet's blue jewel.
Brandon will then have to be quick on his toes, and chase the faun which will immediately run by and seize the chalice. Pursue it to its diminutive house (exit screen right), and take a purple potion to make Brandon small enough to go inside. The faun will happily swap the chalice for an apple, but nothing else. Brandon has had the opportunity to pick up several apples en route (he may even have the one he started with) so this shouldn’t be a problem.
II he has been prodigal with the pippins, one may be found near Zanthia's home.
Now with the chalice. Brandon ought to head back to the shores ol the lagoon, take the orange potion, and be utterly gobsmacked to find himself transformed into a flying horse which can vflng its way across the waves to Castte Kyrandia. N’is essential that Brandon has the following items with him before taking flight: a flower, the Royal Chalice, and (naturally enough) the key of the castle.
CASTLE KYRANDIA Having reached the far side of the lagoon.
Brandon need only exit to the right to find himself beside the grave ot his parents Placing a flower upon the grave will summon the ghost of Brandon's mother, who will advise her son that he needs the Royal Chalice (as if he didn't already know) Brandon s mum will then imbue the red gem of the amulet with the power to make him invisible for a short spell. Brandon should go right, and then up. To get past the gargoyle-guarded gate and into the castle, he must become invisible then use the key to unlock it. Brandon may now go up (into the castle) and find himself at the foot of a staircase
Paying no attention to Malcolm's house rules, turn left, then go up, and up again, into the library. The fireplace conceals a secret passage, move close to it and trigger the mechanism so that Brandon will be earned by it when it turns around.
Brandon will now be in the catacombs. Go left, left, up. Up, left, up, and then right to lind the path blocked by a force field. Neutralise this with the blue lewel on the amulet, then go up. And right. In this part of the catacombs a golden key is concealed beneath a rock on the ground. If Brandon waits until the amulet has recovered sufficient power for him to switch on his will-o-wisp ability, this will make the rock easier to find. Having returned to the library, Brandon should pull books from the shelves in such an order that the first letters of their titles Sjjell the word OPEN'.
The fireplace will now turn to reveal its rear side, on which rests the royal crown.
With the crown. Brandon should go right, into the Great Hall, right again, and nght once more, into the kitchen. With the sceptre which can be found here, Brandon should return to the foot ot the stairs and ascend them. At the top of the stairs, turn left, go up, then turn left again to enter the music room. Before he can get into the room, however, Brandon will find himself face to face with a saw-wielding Herman, now under the malign magi-
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Second from bottom. Another gold key will now appear behind a picture.
COME U PRANCE Brandon's quest is nearly at an end Send him downstairs, back to the Great Hall, then up.
Unlocking the door ol the Royal Foyer with the two gold keys. In the foyer. Brandon should place the sceptre on the crimson cushions in the alcove to the left: place Ihe crown in the centre alcove, and the chalice in the one on the right. The door to the Kyragem's chamber will now open. Malcolm will appear and insult Brandon, who will jar the jester with a punch. Brandon now needs to turn right and enter the chamber of the Kyragem. When he’s inside he should hurry to the mirror on the nght of the room, stand in front, and use the red jewel on the amulet once more to become invisible Hot on
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THE SHRINE OF KNOWLEDGE RUI.I SOI Till INN Away Irom Ihe noise and laughter which tills the bar, there is a shady comer where a red, velvet curtain shields the Shrine ot Knowledge, tt is to here that the humble and the penitent come If seek help with those quests which have brought them to their knees. Draw near and listen, so that you too may protrt trom the Font ol all Wisdom., _ EYE OF TMI BEHOUtER II Per Langerud from the frozen wastes of Norway has wailed for months to gel an answer to his problem in Eye ol the Beholder II, but if seems that everyone has passed this puzzle except him.
So he has finally put pen to paper in order fo continue his wanderings in the dark and honttying corridors of the Silver Tower Having lought his way past the Mantis warriors and huge bee swarms, he has reached a level where there are lour switches on two opposite walls. The switches control a number ol doors out ol this room, but they also open up pits below the other wall switches. There is a sign on the wall in this room which reads, 'Faith is the answer'. He has tried several ditterent combinations in the room but nothing has helped. There is always one door left which he can't open He has
promised to buy CU Amiga until he is 85 years old it the Shrine can help him.
The Shrine replies You don't mention how ok) you are. No doubt you are 84 years old already! I found this puzzle very satisfying to solve. It was easy, but neat No doubt you have found that it Is possible to open all ol the doors in the corridor except the last one and you cannot get at the final switch lor a pit has opened up in front ol It. Tt you search the corridor which has been opened up you will find a secret wall switch (shaped like a brick).
Press this switch and return to the room ot the switches and stand before the final pit. Now we come to the test ot your laith. Did you see the Indiana Jones film - The Last Crusade? It you did.
You will recall that one ol the puzzles Indy had to solve was the Test of Faith. At this point he stood on a ledge above a huge chasm, and as a test of his courage and faith he had to step off the ledge and into mid-air. Luckily lor him it was all an illusion lor there was an invisible bridge across the gap Need I say more? A subscription form to CU Amiga is on its way to you I KNIGHTMARE Having answered his last prayer, the Shhne helped Andrew Freshwater complete the Quest lor the Styeld in Knightmare. But alas he still does not know how to get past the Tree Guardian and get Into the Quest of
the Sword. He has hurled the kitchen knife at all of the three remaining guards, but nothing happens. Which guardian does he throw it at?
The Shrine replies. Hmm... I can see you are going to be a regular. Perhaps you should speak to Ihe Innkeeper and buy a season ticket lor the Shrine. After the Shield quest you should be setting oft on the Quest for the Cup ol Life. It is no use throwing kitchen knives at the trees The object which you throw at the tree guard is the object which you found in your last quest. Hence, in this case, the shield. A word of warning. Make sure that your strongest warrior throws the shield or it won’t , destroy the guard. After the Cup quest you will be ready lor the Quest tor the Sword, and then the
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ELVIRA II Philip Coles Irom Chelmslord needs help with Elvira II. How does he get the priest to draw a pen- tade ol blood in the car parti? He also has a problem when he asks the Indian Chief lo bless the weapons. He says. ’Bring me all magic’. What does he mean?
The Shrine replies. It you want the priest to draw the pentade I suggest you ask himl I don’t recall that there was any problem with this. You simply tell him that you need help. Perhaps you haven’t solved all ol the other problems yet. At this point you should have: Binding Scroll and rope. 10 ADVENTURE HELPLINE black candles, magic bag, tomahawk, war lance, chalice of blood, matches, peace pipe. To create the Resurrect Spell you should also have: brain, heart, scalp, eggs and prayer book. You should give the peace pipe to the Indian. Go to the parking lot and lay out the 10 candles. Light
the candles then use the magic bag to summon the demon. Throw the Blind Demon spell. Once the fireworks have disappeared, throw the lance. Now throw the tomahawk at his heart.
Andrew Walker from Wolverhampton has written to say he is ‘well stuck’ in Wonderland. He has spent all of his free time over the last three weeks racking his brain on how to solve this problem. He is in the Palace Observatory, standing on a tea chest next to a telescope. His aim is to look through the telescope, but this is easier said than done. The game’s help facility advises him to obtain lenses and fix them to the telescope (FIX being the operative word). He has both lenses in his possession and has tried the word fix' and every other associated word, that both he and the rest of
his family and work colleagues can think of, to FIX the blasted lenses, but none of them work.
In Leisure Suit Larry II, Andrew has guided Larry to the lifeboat and wants to know where he gets the food that Larry will need on the journey.
He believes pizza is mentioned but can't find any.
The Shrine replies: I'm not sure if I can help you here. I certainly remember what must be done, but I don’t recall the exact commands. The best I can do is tell you what needs to be done in the Observatory and trust it helps. By using the tea chest, you will now be tall enough to reach the telescope. To do this, put the tea chest down and then stand on it. Put the large lens into the large end and the small lens into the small end. Close your left eye for a better view. Now move the telescope towards the SouthEast until you see the tree house. You should be able to see a card hanging on a
nail. Before you leave the Palace, go to the Eastern Hall and get your boots. Then leave through the cellar.
As for supplying Larry with emergency rations, there is no need to do anything about that.
Providing you enter the lifeboat with everything you need you will be automatically transported to the next stage of the game. What you should have at this point is a wig from the barbers, some sun-oil from the drug-store, some poisoned dip from the bar, the bikini top from the bottom of the swimming pool, fruit and the sewing kit from the cabin next door. As soon as the lifeboat hits the water, wear the wig, wear sunscreen, throw dip overboard. If you keep the dip you will be tempted to eat it and we all know what happens then.
LEGEND Peter Frederick from Coleford has written in with some excellent tips for Legend from Mindscape.
All confused adventurers out there will no doubt thank him profusely for his little missive.
The first quest is to complete the dungeons in Treidhadwyl. On the second level of these dungeons there is a permit that lets you visit the King and he will guide you on your way to the next part of the game. Most of the dungeon is pretty simple but here as some simple rules:
1. Check everything. Even the most obscure objects hold
equipment.
2. Be alert at all times. Wandering monsters appear everywhere.
3. Don't hold your wizard back too much. In later stages he is
the most important party member.
One room on the second level has a very obscure puzzle in it (It is marked ‘X’ in the diagram).
To complete this room, cast a missile, damage spell at the tile marked ‘G1 Then cast a missile, damage, damage spell at it. This will put two tiles in the water and let you access a lever. By using various combinations of the two spells and the lever you can then reach the south door. This door is locked with a silver key which you should have found earlier on this level. The room marked ‘S’ contains the permit for the King which is obtained by the use of levers in the room marked ‘D’. The switches are protected by doors which are opened by ornate keys, the last of which is behind the
door in room ‘X’.
The Shrine replies: I knew that! I also know that this game is currently driving adventurers crazy all over the country. It’s a great game by any standards. DkJ you know it was written by one of the team of writers who wrote Bloodwych.? That was another game which was responsible for driving men crazy.
ENCHANTER Just to prove that there are still some people playing very old games. Andrew Baxter trom Bangor has written in for help with two ot them.
The tirst is Enchanter (Intocom). He is at a loss with what to do with the rat-hole in the library. He is particularly frustrated as he feels it contains what he needs to kill the dragon in the final room.
He has the spell to sort out Krill - it’s just that damn dragon which stops him! , The second problem is with the Leather lihadvyl Room X Goddess of Phobos (Infocom). He has collected all eight pieces of the device which Trent asked for.
Given them to him and then - NOTHING! The only two things he didn’t do on Mars were: (a) Buy an exit from the Exit Shop. He thinks that this is perhaps important, but he just couldn't get back to the shop, because his barge is stuck at the Ice Dock, and (b) get the yellow flowers in Cleveland.
Even though these games are very old and many of our readers may not even have heard of them, in the good old days of Commodore User, when the Amiga was just a twinkle in Commodore’s eye, a reviewer called Keith Campbell would regularly give Infocom text adventures top marks. Andrew has also read somewhere that Infocom are re-releasing a compilation of 20 games for £40. It’s a brave move in these days of Monkey Island and Eye of the Beholder, but if it catches on the mailbag here at The Shrine may expand considerably over the coming months. Oh, and whatever happened to Keith Campbell?
The Shrine replies: To answer your last question first, Keith Campbell was seen at a Press Reception where he appeared to be attempting to enter the Guinness Book of Records for ‘Stuffing the Most Sausage Rolls Down Your Throat Competition’. The last time he was spotted was when he was presenting the Adventure Game of the Year Awards at the Sherlock Holmes Restaurant in London. Since then ‘zilch’! Perhaps we could turn it into a quest? The ’Search for the Old King' perhaps?
The rat hole you speak of in Enchanter is a mouse hole (you certainly fooled the ‘Search’ option in my magical word-processorl). You merely need to reach inside and seize the GONDAR spell, which as you rightly surmised dispatches the fearsome dragon. When you first enter the Exit Shop you can’t buy anything because the proprietor doesn't have change. Don’t worry, you’ll be back.
Later in the game (just after the Princess leaves), you can go back to the Royal Dock and use the raft which you found earlier in the catacombs to take you to the Donald Dock. Climb up the sand dune and from there you can go back to the shop.
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Do you suffer from RSI? You don’t know what it is? What about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, surely you know what that is? No? Well that's no surprise because until recently I’d never heard of it either, but apparently both terms refer to injuries which are becoming increasingly common among computer users.
RSI actually stands for Repetitive Strain Injury, and it refers to any injury which is caused by repeating a movement over a long period of time. In the good old days of pens and pencils, there was a similar version known commonly as writer's cramp but. In keeping with the bigger and better' age we live in, RSI is considerably more serious, accounting for over 100,000 surgical operations last year in the United States alone.
You may also have heard of a version of the injury common to computer typists, but since it has been long identified, there are already a plethora of preventative measures available for such people. What you may find worrying, is the fact that mouse users are also in danger according to recent findings. It seems that the relatively limited movement of a user's wrist and fingers is capable of causing severe internal inflammation of the tendons which in turn compresses the nerve fibres of both the wrist and fingers causing pain and any of a range of unpleasant ailments including ganglion cysts
BIGFOOT Is your power supply feeling the strain? Does it fizzle late at night? Mat Broomfield steps forward with one of his own.
For reasons of cost effectiveness, the Amiga’s power supply is only just enough to power the computer. One extra drive and a recommended internal memory upgrade, and even then not always!
As you add more and more peripherals to your computer, you place a greater strain upon the hard dnve. And when you add peripherals that are not recommended by Commodore, the strain may be too much. For example, if you add two extra floppy drives, a 2Mb internal upgrade or higher or even an external hard dnve, the power supply is likely to roll over kicking its little wiry legs in the air. This may occur the second you try to switch on, or may only happen after half an hour or so. However long the problem takes, the answer is simple: get a more powerful supply.
There are already a number of perfectly acceptable British replacement PSUs, which offer anything between 30 and 50 percent more power, but of course some peripherals require their own separate supplies. Enter Bigfoot, a PSU which is so versatile that it took America by storm. A standard A500 supply provides 35-50 watts of power, L and bursitis (yeachl).
Canadian company Forminco take the problem very seriously and have, tor a number ot years, produced an entire range ol computer user's furniture to improve the healthiness of our working environment. One of the cheapest and most immediately effective solutions is a simple replacement lor the mouse mat called the Mouse Arena.
Contact: Forminco Inc., 215 Grand Pr., L'Acadie. Quebec, Canada JOJ 1HO. Telephone: 0101514 444 9488.
Price: $ 29.95. The Mouse Arena comprises a circular plastic board about 10 inches in diameter. The board is angled slightly downwards and to Ihe right (in the right-handed user position), and is coated in a special material called Tyron, a low- friction surface which repels Hull and dust, thus keeping your mouse cleaner for longer At Ihe back ol Ihe Arena, there is a sprung cable holder which lifts the mouse cable off the working surface and out of your way The unit is completed by a leather covered padded wrisr support at its tront left.
The support is probably the most important part tor not only does it give added comtort when using the mouse, but it holds your hand and wrist in a straighter posture which reduces the likelihood ol RSI.
To be trank, the unit takes a little while lo gel used lo because, although the tracking surface is more than large enough, the range ol movement permitted when your wrist is in the correct position is not always sufficient to move the screen cursor where you want it to go Nevertheless, the Mouse Arena is extremely comfortable lo use and. At just under $ 30, is very reasonably priced... Especially when you consider Ihe lacl lhal RSI related injuries will account tor over 40 BILLION dollars worlh ol lost revenue and medical care next year!
,y Unfortunately. Forminco don’t yet have a European distributor, although they tell me that they will consider all applications.
But Bigtoot pumps out a whopping great 200 watts.
Better yet, not only does it come with a standard Amiga power connector, but it also has three additional ones lor connecting directly to your extra peripherals. There are three dual supply 5 and 12 volt lines lor plugging into hard drives or extra floppies. It the connections are not suitable for your system, Micro R&D, Bigfoot's manufacturer, will happily supply you with a converter to fit.
At $ t29.95, Bigfoot is not cheap, but when you consider that it can replace all of your power supplies in one go. Then perhaps it’s worth that much just lor the sheer convenience. The unit is robustly manufactured, and is switcbable between 110 and 230 volt inputs making it ideal for use both in Europe and the United States.
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DP IBM ANALOGUE INTERFACES Having trouble controlling your F-15 Interceptor?
Tony Horgan investigates a way to regain that control.
Digital pysticks are fine tor most games In your average shoot ’em up, you need to be able to move around as quickly as possible, changing direction in a split second and locking into the diagonals without any fuss. When it comes to using a digital slick with a flight simulator, it's a different matter. Planes and cars don’t work on a simple on olf principal (Minis are the exception to this rule). When you turn the steering wheel, or put your lool on Ihe accelerator, you do it with a degree ol force, which determines how much the car turns or speeds up. To simulate this on a computer, you
need an analogue joystick. There are a lew available lor the Amiga, but most of the best are PC compatible. Now you can tap into that range ot PC analogue joysticks, with this new adaptor Digiprint.
The interlace is very simple: there's a 15-pin D- socket at one end ot the short cable, and a standard Amiga joystick plug on the other You plug your PC joystick into the 15-pin socket, and then connect the other end of Ihe cable to your Amiga joystick port. A 3-way switch at the 15-pin end gives varying sensitivity levels. A neal little widget for anyone big on flight simulations Digiprint also do a similar converter that allows you to use a PC mouse with the Amiga.
Contact: OMI Pic., Unit 3, Poyle 14. ¦ Colnbrook. Slough SL3 ODY. T-T-kT* Telephone: 0753 686000. Price: £13.99. COMPATIBILITY When the A4000 was released there was no small amount of controversy. Much ol thfe was due to the hardware configuration of the machine itself, but some questions were asked about just how compatible some software was One of the companies to come under fire were Gold Disk, in particular over Professional Page.
Whilst our copy here at CU Towers seemed to work perfectly with the exception of the Genie interface (which claimed that Arexx wasn’t present) and the menu bar (which occasionally turned completely black), other people had major dilliculties Something had to be done.
PLUS CA CHANGE... So (Joes ihe change lo the latest version really ment the tag v4.0 then, if it's just a compatibility fix? Well, yes it probably does. As well as mak- ing the new version compatible with AGA machines, it actively supports them.
The first major difference is of course in the display ProPage now supports 256 colours. This means that effectively all the graphics on the screen can be displayed fairly realistically The colour palettes are now displayed so that it is actually possible to tell the difference between iadtacent Pantone colours (but bear in mind that ‘the screen representation is very different to how the colour will appear in pnnt - this is not Gold Disk's fault, it's a problem with any software - see the box on Colour Printing). ProPage has always given the best renditions of colours on screen, but those
funny dither patterns used on older machines were a little hard on the eyes after a while, especially in interlace mode.
POLYGLOT PAGE One of the criticisms that was often levelled at the older versions of Professional Page was that they would only import IFF graphics. Seeing as basically every Amiga art package has supported IFF graphics since the dawn of modern computing, this doesn’t seem to be an unreasonable thing to do.
COLOUR PRINTING The problem with colour requestors on screen is precisely that - they ore requestors on a screen. The light reaching your eye Irom the screen is being transmitted Irom the phosphor dots on the inside ol the CRT. The light reaching your eye Irom this magarine probably started oil about 10 leel away in a glass bulb and then bounced oil the page before reaching your eye.
The difference between transmitted light and reflected light is quite vast For a start most reflected colours are darter and Ihe hue less intense. There are ways around this, using special inks you can obtain lluorescent or special colours, but this is no longer part ol the standard 4-colour separation process and can be very expensive.
When the Amiga’s most powerful and easy-to-use DTP package is altered there are an awful lot of people who are going to be interested in how it turns out. Nick Veitch is one of them.
You can leave yourself llltle memos too (or should that be pronounced Moo-mos?) |ust by clicking on the yellow area between the text tool and the page area Indicator.
These can actually be very useful, especially If you are sending your work off to a bureau who aro likely to lose any written Instructions you might have Included.
R although mo you can hit ; engaging at All the vehic in the game lovingly resi very accurati 'the same its However, an awful lot of people like to use their Amiga in conjunction with their PC or Mac.
Or even more likely, they like raiding clip-art which can be found on many PD disks and bulletin boards in various Mac and IBMish formats.
ProPage now supports several of these formats, including PICT, TIFF and GIF. Of course, if you are serious about DTP you should have a copy of ASDG's Art Department Professional, which will allow you to convert between these formats anyway.
Structured graphics have been improved also, by provision of an import module for Adobe Illustrator. Anybody who has used Gold Disk’s own Professional Draw would be driven insane by the terrible font handling, slow refresh and inaccurate screen displays of Adobe Illustrator, but let s face it, an awful lot of people use it.
There is a large amount of clip-art that exists only as Illustrator files, which are not easy to convert to a more sensible format. Having an Illustrator module is the only realistic way you can make use of these files.
RENDERING One of the most noticeable new additions to the software is the screen render of graphics. With limited colours available bitmap graphics were rendered only as a limited greyscale image. This was very reasonable because it kept refresh time down and also gave an accurate enough rendering of the image to allow precision placement.
The only problems were that it was very easy to miss horrendous mistakes (like the palette on the bitmap was screwed up) and it was very difficult to assess the overall colour tone of the page. This is something that designers who have been to art college like to do a lot. Well, they can sleep easy at their desks, because in AGA mode the new ProPage will attempt to depict any bitmap graphics as accurately as possible, which means that with anything up to 256 colour images you get an exact colour representation. Images over 256 colours are J rendered in as many colours as possible, which
usually means you can t tell the difference.
EPS SUPPORT Professional Page has always supported EPS files, which are almost an industry standard across Amiga, Mac and PC machines. EPS files are made up of a lot of raw postscript data, which only makes sense to Postscript interpreters, and a header containing information for- the host application. Many programs which output EPS files also include PICT previews w iich can then be easily displayed. Up until now, this feature was not supported by ProPage. Which was, to say the least, a bit of a pain.
It’s not too bad if you have created the EPS file yourself, but when it is one that you have never seen before then you could be in trouble. Even a mono image in very low resolution could give you some idea of size, borders and so on.
Thankfully this has been fixed, so now you can look at things before you print them.
SIDE BY SIDE At long last one of the most annoying drawbacks of ProPage has been fixed. Now. Not only can you view pages side by side, but you can work on them as well. At least, you will be able to.
Since the product is only in a pre-production version at the time of writing, this feature isn't working properly yet - but it will.
The zoom options have also been expanded to allow a user-definable zoom. Unlike ProDraw this isn't specified by drawing a box around the area to display, but via the more cumbersome method of typing in a percentage. Still, it works, and that's the main thing.
CONCLUSION This is more than just a Bug-lix. This is a major update and certainly deserves the 4.0 tag. The Amiga will reach new heights of professionalism with this package. Now that many fonts can be supported, there is a 256 colour display and a variable zoom the Amiga can really hold its head up in the DTP arena. ProPage has slipped behind Quark Xpress on the Mac (ProPage had rotating text*boxes before Xpress) but is still miles ahead of any DTP system on the PC.
The future looks even better as the Amiga itself is updated to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Of course, the price of progress is that some people will be left behind - ProPage really does require at least an '020 based machine to run on. © JARGON BUSTERS EPS- Encapsulated Postscript. Essentially this is a file format which allows a Postscript output trom one program (usually a graphic) to be included into another Postscript compatible software package. Because the image is stored as Postscript data the host application simply has to include the raw data part of the tile in the information H
sends to the printer. EPS is about the closest that the world outside the Amiga has to a standard file format, but there are still many varieties of it, some of which are not compatible.
Bitmap- Bitmapped graphic. The most common form of image file, where the graphic is stored as a series ot binary bits, each one representing an individual pixel.
Structured graphics -The other type ol graphics, which are represented as instructions on how to draw shapes, rather than a memory-mapped rendering of the image.
Professional Draw and Expert Draw on the Amiga use a structured graphics lormat, as does Adobe Illustrator on the Mac.
AGA - The latest version ot the Amiga chipset, as tound in the A1200 and A4000. Which among other things allows 256 colours on the screen in any resolution.
After a long wait, Amiga owners will soon be able to design and edit their own scalable fonts thanks to a new program from Germany.
Mat Broomfield takes a sneak preview.
TYPESMITH FONT CONVERSION Although there are a number of scalable lont designer packages available lor Macintosh and PC owners. Amiga users have had to make do with converting their fonts from these machines.
To add to their problems, there are at least three entirely separate lont types which are not interchangeable between software packages Therefore, somebody who owned a large collection of Intellifont typefaces could not easily convert them lor use with Pagestream or Deluxe Paint Professional Page manufacturers Gold Oisk tried to get around the problem by including a conversion program, called Font Manager, with their software, but the range of fonts that it can convert are still limited to Adobe Type 1s as used by Pagestream What we need is a good program that allows us to create and edit
a range of fonts, which can then be saved in the tormat of one's choice.
Thanks to Typesmith, that need could soon be fulfilled fulfilled!
CUSTOMS AND EXCISE Typesmith can import and export Amiga. PC and Macintosh Postscript. Adobe Type Is and 3s, Agla Compugraphic Intellifonts, Pagestream DMFs, Adobe hybrids and even IFF bitmap fonts. By default, the program loads and saves Pagestream DMFs. And all other fonts are considered to be 'alien' and must be imported as opposed to loaded. A quick look througt any PD catalogue will reveal that DMFs are by far the most readily available (and popular?) Tonl-type on the Amiga, so this seems to be a logical move.
Although the program will run on a 1.3 A500 with at least 1 Mb of Chip BAM. The creators suggest Kickstart 2 and an additional 2Mbs of Fast RAM to go with it. They further recommend an extra floppy drive, a further 1Mb Chip RAM, a 68030 processor or accelerator running at a minimum of 25MHz, a maths co-processor running at the same speed and a hard drive As I already had all of these, there was no problem, but considering the amount of maths involved in tont format conversion. I can guarantee that running the program without a 68030 and maths co-pro will mean that there are a lot ot
times when you'll be sitting twiddling your thumbs tor five minutes or more at a time while Typesmith performs the required calculations CONVERT A FONT At its simplest, the program can be used merely for converting fonts between formats. Load a font in one format then select the required export format and Bob's your uncle, it'll do all the necessary work for you. If you've loaded a font which doesn’t include its own width tables (used for calculating character spacing), you'll have to create one before the font can be used To do this, you can either load a table from an existing font, or
create your own from scratch. If you decide to make your own table, Typesmith has a feature which will automatically create one based upon the size of the characters in your font. Although this width table will not be perfect, it saves a lot of messing about, and can always be tweaked at your leisure.
Once you've specified the appropriate save format, the program will save the main font and any additional metrics that may be required.
Conversion is an extremely easy process requiring virtually no effort from the user. However, an awareness of the limitations of different font formats will save you from potential grief later on.
For example, although you may load a font as a Pagestream DMF, which is the simplest format, there are certain complexity limits imposed upon Intellifonts which don't exist for DMFs.
Therefore, it’s not always possible to simply import a font then export it in a new format.
Sometimes you'll have to modify it first.
EASY EDIT When it comes to editing a font or creating your own original, the program is still quite intuitive to use. For anyone who's used a structured graphics package, such as Professional Draw, the creation process will already be very familiar. All characters are created using lines and bezier curves. Bezier curves are mathematically defined curves consisting of four elements: curve length, starting point and two control points, which are used for specifying its direction and angle.
By employing mathematically defined fonts instead of using bitmaps, programs such as Wordworth, Pro Page, Final Copy 2 and Pagestream can always print at the maximum resolution of your printer regardless of the size or orientation of the characters being printed.
Bitmapped fonts also have a purpose within Typesmith; they can be used as outlines for tracing a scalable font. Simply load the required bitmapped font and then design your structured font over the top of it.
CONCLUSION I very much liked what I saw ot Typesmith as it finally gives me the opportunity to use any scalable tonts I want with Pro Page. Although it's won't be selling at a giveaway price, it’s still a traction ot the cost ol similar products on other computers. When you consider the fact that Typesmith will have teatures not tound on ANY other package, the price doesn't seem so bad at all.
Typesmith will be distributed in the UK by SDL and will cost £135. Contact SDL on 081 309
1111. In non-English speaking countries the package is called
Font Designer and rs distributed by its creators, BSC
Germany. Phone them on 010 49 89 357 1300. • JARGON BUSTERS
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As third party manufacturers continue to cash in on Commodore’s failings.
Tony Horgan returns to test the latest in 16-bit stereo sampling.
MAD AS A HATTER II makes me mad! Commodore continue lo upgrade the Amiga with taster processors and unproved graphics modes, bnnging almost everything up to 32-bit spec, but refuse to do anything with the ok) 8-brt sound chip! Third party sound upgrades have attempted to rectify the situation, but so tar none have been cheap, flexible, or powerful enough to catch on In a big way. Microdeal's - lalest ottering, Clarity 16. Offers 16-bit stereo sampling, at rales ol up lo 44.1 Khz. Sounds pretty tempting doesn't it?
I don't want to start on a low note, but no-one ever explains what these things won't do, so let's just get a tew things straight before we begin Clarity won’t transform your Amiga into the multichannel 16-bit sampler you've always dreamed ot.
It won t do the |Ob ot a protessional sampler, such as an Akai S1000, and you can't use its 16-bjt samples directly with your standard tracker or sequencer.
WHAT DOES IT DO THEN?
So. It it doesn't do any ol that, what does it do? To give you a better idea ot what to expect. I'll explain how it works.
The hardware is enclosed in a slim plastic box, approximately t3 x 11 x 3 cm in size. This connects lo the serial and parallel ports ol the Amiga, via a pair of ribbon cables. The back ot the box has two phono inputs, two phono outputs, and MIDI IN and OUT connections. The software comes on two disks. The first has the main sampling and editing program, while the second is dedicated to demo samples and sequences Any samples you grab with the system are stored in and played back Irom whatever available memory you have in your Amiga, whether it's Fast or Chip RAM. 16-bit sounds are output
through the external hardware. II you like, you can settle lor 14-bit output, which is channeled through the standard Amiga phono sockets Samples are recorded through the stereo inputs at the back ot the Clanty box. Running on a 68000 Amiga, the top sampling rate is 44KHz in mono and 32KHz in stereo.
Machines with faster processors can record at around 42KHz in stereo MAKE SOME NOISE Before you nave a go at sampling something yourself. You might like lo load up some ot the demo sounds. How Microdeal have managed to come up with such a lame set ol samples is beyond me.
Even though they're 16-bit, recorded at a generous 20KHz, they sound like 10 Khz 8-bit samples, and dodgy ones at that! II I'd asked lor a demo in a sllbp. And heard these. I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. Fortunately. Clarity is capable ol tar more impressive sampling.
Sampling tor yourselt is easy enough. There's a choice of three types ol input monitors to help you get the right volume level. The spectrum analyser and VU meters look pretty, but the oscilloscope is the most practical ol the three. If you go with the default settings ot 20KHz and 16-bit resolution, you can make an almost perfect recording within minutes ot booting up. With these settings, three or lour seconds ot sampling uses about 150K ot RAM.
So long as you've got a good source sound, and the input volume is correctly set. There’s very little difference between the original and the recording.
Played back-to-back with the onginal sound, you might notice a very slight drop in the fidelity ol the treble, but I must stress that this is very slight WHY 16-BIT?
What's the difference between 8-bit and 16-bit samples then? The reproduction quality of any sample is governed by two factors: the sample rate, and the bit resolution. Just as interlaced graphics double the vertical resolution of a picture, giving more detail, so does a jump from 8 to 16-bit sampling improve the sharpness ot a sound. The trouble with using 16-bit samples is that twice as much data has to be shifted around the hardware, which puts quite a strain on the system. Because ol this, accelerated machines are better suited to the job than standard 68000 Amigas.
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Depending on your set-up. Tbs results you can expect tram Clarity will vary. While It does run on a 1Mb 68000 Amina, it much prefers an accelerated processor and plenty ol RAM to work with. On the basic machine, you can expect excellent quality output with a single channel, and two channel sound with reduced fidelity. Faster processors allow it to push out more channels, up to a maximum of tour. II you want to sequence the samples lor musical applications,at the moment you'll need an external sequencer, as the one included with the software Is a very basic single-track cue-list.
Memory is the other main consideration. 16-hit samples take up twice as much RAM as 8-bit samples. The good news is that Clarity can play its sounds from Fast RAM as well as Chip RAM. One feature not to be overlooked Is the MIDI sample dump, which allows users ol dedicated sample-replay units to exchange sounds between the unit and the Amiga.
Indeed. Bass and mid-range frequencies come through without the crunchy characteristics of low- grade samples. Incidentally, the sounds are output at a full 'line' level, rather than the half-rated output of most Amigas, which helps keep background noise to a minimum.
THROUGH THE WINDOW Strangely enough, the Clarity software doesn't open up its own screen. Instead, it uses lots of different windows overlaid on the Workbench screen. Every sample in memory has its own window, which can be re-sized, moved, or closed all together, just as any standard window. The advantage of this system is that you can arrange everything as you like. The disadvantage is that you’re forever moving windows around, flipping them back and forth, and generally rearranging the screen. If you're anything like me, it won’t be long before your screen is a complete messl An
interface along the lines of Audiomaster would have kept things a lot simpler.
Samples are edited from within their windows, which can be re-sized to give greater detail.
Alternatively, you can use the zoom controls to move in on the waveform. Separate from the EDIT menu, which takes care of the basic cut-and-paste operations, is the PROCESS menu. This is home to the features that pass for effects in most sample editors, such as volume fades and so on. One of the more clever features is the 'loop and fade’ option. This helps you create smooth loops, by-’’ fading the loop points into each other. For further help with looping, you can call up two independent windows, containing the start and end points of the loop. This is pretty handy, and means you don’t need
a photographic memory to match up the two ends. A freehand edit mode is also included, which can take out crackle, or add ’attack’ to instrument sounds, and ease the process of looping further still.
Once you’ve got your basic sound, you can add some effects. Echo, flange and reverb can be added in varying degrees, and are cleaner than most effects you’ll have used on 8-bit samplers,’ although the flange isn’t the best I’ve heard.
There’s also a distortion option, but it's not much use, sounding as if you've recorded the sample with the volume too high. All of these effects can be used either on the samples you've grabbed, or in realtime on sounds coming through the phono inputs. If you use the realtime effects, you get 14- bit output from the Amiga's sound channels.
THE NITTY GRITTY Okay then, we've got our samples sorted out, but what are we going to do with them? This is where it gets a bit disappointing. As it stands, the package comes with a single-track sequencer, and MIDI play mode. The sequencer is very simple. All it can do is string together a series of samples, one after another, playing only one at a time.
The alternative is to use the MIDI play feature. I hoped this would let you assign samples to different MIDI channels - a breakbeat on channel one, a bass on two, a vocal on three and so on, but it doesn't. What you can do is set up a ’map’ of samples across different MIDI notes, rather like a drum map. And play them from an external MIDI keyboard. Sharing the keyboard between a number of samples isn’t such a drawback as it may seem, as Clarity can’t play samples much more than an octave above or below their original pitch anyway.
THE DOWNER The big problem comes when you try to play more than one sound at once. On an Amiga with a 68000 processor, playing just two samples simultaneously is too much for it. You can do it, but any loops are ignored, and the sound quality is drastically reduced, completely negating the whole point of the package. It’s possible to play up to four at once, but you'll need an accelerated machine for that. If you have an A1200, there are a few settings that need to be adjusted. The new figures are quoted in the manual. If you have a different accelerated machine, it's up to you to mess
around with them, until you find settings that work with your particular set-up. An automatic speed test to replace this would have made things simpler.
For those without a MIDI keyboard, there's a JARGON BUSTERS Sample rate - The number of snapshots taken of a sound within a specific time (20Khz=20,000 snapshots per second).
Fast RAM Chip RAM- The two types ol Amiga memory.
Standard Amiga samples can only be played from Chip RAM.
Spectrum Analyser- An animated bar chart displaying the levels of different frequencies within a sound.
VU meters- Volume level indicators.
Line- Line level signals are output by things like CD players and synthesisers, as opposed to the lower mic level signals of handheld microphones for example.
Hard disk recording-A digital recording process that can store very long samples; Cds can be mastered from hard disk with no loss of fidelity.
Looping- Sustains a short sample Indefinitely.
Multi-timbral-Plays different sounds simultaneously.
Drum map- The arrangement of drum sounds across the range ol a keyboard.
Third option. Samples can be cued trom the function Keys, but you're restricted to playing them back at their original or re-sampled rates. In other words, you can t play tunes on them. So what practical uses are there for this? Well, the manual suggests theatre sound effects, and maybe adventurous Djs could find it handy.
WEIGHING UP THE OPTIONS What all this means is that if you want to sequence your ts-brt samples, you're going to need a fast Amiga (preferably with a 68030 or higher), as well as a machine to sequence them from. If you use another computer as the sequencer, you'll need another monitor or TV also, and then it starts to get rather expensive - especially as you've only got a maximum of four voices.
Perhaps a better set-up would consist of your Amiga (it needn't be a fast one), and a dedicated sample replay unit, which would be a lot cheaper than a full-blown sampler. You could then record your sounds with Clarity on the Amiga, and pdrt them to your replay unit with the MIDI dump fea- CLARITY 16 . . . At a g I a n c v MICRODEAL £149.95 'Massive potential not yet realised’ EASE OF USE 78% VALUE FOR MONEY 75% EFFECTIVENESS 60% FLEXIBILITY 67% INNOVATION 71% OVERALL 68% ture. After that you could trash Clarity, and load up a sequencer into the Amiga, from which you could control your sample
replay unit. That way you should be able to play more than four samples at once (depending on your replay unit), and still use your favourite sequencer on the Amiga. You'd have the luxury of powerful on-screen sample editing too, instead of poking little buttons and squinting at an LCD screen on a pro sampler.
So what options does this leave the owner of a 68000 Amiga, and no outboard gear? I'd say the best use would be as part ot a live band. If you had a need for a clear drum loop backing, or wanted to cue one-shot samples, it would do the job without much fuss. Add a MIDI keyboard, and you could play simple monophonic parts too. Other than that, the only worthwhile use I can think of is as a source for decent 8-bit samples. If you record in 16-bit mode, then convert to 8-bit, you end up with a sample quality that would be tricky to achieve with a standard 8-bit cartridge. Of course, you can
then use the 8-bit samples with your usual tracker.
CONCLUSION All in all. I must say that I'm disappointed. Sure enough, the sound quality is superb, but it s not much use when you have to buy another computer to sequence a maximum of four samples. Unless it's to be used as a grabber for a sample replay unit, or for limited live work, there's very little it can offer owners of unaccelerated Amigas.
I can't help feeling that Microdeal have missed the point. As I see it, there are basically two popular uses for a sampler. Firstly, as a multi-timbral sound source for making music, and secondly, for hard disk recording As it stands. Clarity barely manages the first task, and completely ignores the second. The hardware is impressive, but the software lets it down in a big way With any luck, future updates of the accompanying software, or even a complete re-whte, will allow you to use the kit td its full potential It desperately needs compatibility with existing •.
Tracker and sequencer software. If, for example, you could run Clanty software in the background, with the samples each assigned to their own MIDI channels, responding to MIDI messages from a sequencer running on the same machine, then we'd be in business Add hard disk recording software to the package, and at this price, it would clean up in the digital mastering stakes. There's bags of potential here - all it needs is the right software to unleash it. O Carl up Ihe UIOI map 10 cnack mar your arrangements are In order.
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PCMCIA Smart cards have come to the Amiga. Julius Alexander looks at the easiest way to pump up his RAM.
CREDIT CARD The Amiga 600 and 1200 are greal developments in the history of the Amiga. Both offer new • * advances and developments designed to keep your favourite computer at the forefront of home computer technology.
One ol the many developments incorporated is the technology of smart cards. The small credit card slot on the side of the new Amigas offers possibilities for enhancement at previously undreamed ot sizes. You can, for instance, now have 4Mb of extra RAM on a board the size of a VISA card If you gave a product of this nature to someone several years ago they would have assumed you'd just got off a passing starship!
Whilst plugging in the credit card peripherals may be new to the Amiga, they're actually a relatively old development on other systems.
Commodore have once again taken tried and tested technology and incorporated it into their range, strengthening the Amiga still further in the process. So where did this new. But old. Technology come from? What does it do and where is it going?
Over the next two pages I hope to answer these questions and give you some idea of how to use this new technology ACCESS OR VISA?
There are in fact several different types of computer compatible credit card. In the PC market they are most often found as the storage technology for palmtops and hand held organisers, the three most commonly known manufacturers adopting such cards being Casio, Psion and Atari. Way back when such cards were first becoming common occurrences many manufacturers developed their own. However, realising that having loads of totally incompatible but identical looking products running around was: A. not commercially sensible, and B. very stupid, a group of PC manufadurers with a sprinkling
of other hardware companies jumped into bed with each other and formed an association to develop
• some semblance of an international smart card standard. This
group was. And still is, known as Personal Computer Memory Card
International Association or PCMCIA to its friends. Their name
then became the name of the operating standard for the smart
cards that they produced.
GOING JAPANESE Adopting a similar approach. Ihe Japanese developers formed a similar credit card standard known as JEIDA. For a while these two competing standards slugged it out for dominance in the market place. But after a while common sense prevailed and both parties put away their war chests, took out the peace pipes and sat down for a pow wow. The end result, after much puffing, was that PCMCIA and JEIDA should be compatible formats, and so to this day such cards are known as PCMCIA JEIDA compatible.
The common sense of this approach quickly caught on, to the extent that PCMCIA now has some of the biggest names in the computer industry supporting it. Apple, Hewlett-Packard.
IBM. Intel. Microsoft, Sony and Texas Instruments are just a few. More recently, both Commodore and Atari have jumped on the band wagon. Atari use PCMCIA in their compact little hand held, the Portfolio, whilst Commodore use PCMCIA technology in the A600 and A1200.
The PCMCIA standard denotes the physical dimensions of the cards and how they are addressed, i.e. the interface characteristics. This allows you to take a PCMCIA card from a PCM- PCMCIA Smart Cards CIA device and use it on your Amiga Or that’s the theory of it anyway. In practice there are several problems.
COMPATIBILITY You can’t, for instance, fake Portfolio Chess and play it on an Amiga - alas we still have fo wait for the first mutually compatible Atari and Commodore systems. Neither can you play Lemmings or Zool on Psion organisers!
But why not? They are after all PCMCIA com- patible The answer lies in the contents of the cards Whilst PCMCIA determines how to talk to the cards, it doesn't specify the language that you're communicating in. It’s like being able to wave a flag, but not knowing which flag to wave.
Each system, be it an Amiga, a PC or some- thing else, talks in its own particular language and nothing but system X will run system X’s software. So, you can’t go out and buy a PCM- CIA card with software on it and expect it to run that software. Neither can you by HP LaserJet font cards and expect to use the fonts! So, just what can you do7 Well, given that the PCMCIA interface is two way, i.e. it can both read and write to cards and at reasonable speeds PCMCIA would seem like a reasonable storage medium. In fact both RAM and ’floppy disk’ equivalent cards are already available.
Standard RAM cards, known as Psuedo-RAM PCMCIA cards, have actually already been announced by several Amiga suppliers, including Silica. Calculus and Hi-Que These work just like normal RAM increasing the Amiga’s memory to 2 and 4Mb However, and it's an important how- ever, the minute you remove the card or turn otf the Amiga everything they contain is lost, they are not what used to be termed off-line’ storage.
OFF-UNE STORAGE For off-line slorage you’ll need S RAM cards.
These are battery backed and can be used just like disks - in fact, the Amiga’s Workbench contains a special utility to format them! S RAM cards have been around for some time on palmtops (one of the original uses of smart cards) because some systems don’t have space for normal disk drives, but obviously need some kind of walk away slorage.
You may wonder why. If S-RAM cards already exisled, these weren't the first announced for the Amiga. The answer is a simple one revolving around expected use. Amigas don’t need another disk drive like palmtops, but do need additional RAM Psuedo-RAM cards provide such extra RAM. Most Amiga users are also more sensitive to price and there is a difference between the two types of card You'll need a credit card to buy an S-RAM card as they cost considerably more than the Psuedo-RAM versions. Whilst you can pick a 2Mb Amitek card for around £119, the equivalent S-RAM card would cost £249!
The next problem is that not only is the software on the cards incompatible, thus resulting in you only being able to use the hardware ol the _ cards, but this too is also about to ’" change. Just like any computer on- entated product. PCMCIA is constantly undergoing development The original version 1 standard for instance has since been replaced by... yep, you guessed it. Version 2.
This is the current standard and is used in the new Amigas. The difference between these two is the physical height of the card. This was apparently done to enable more advanced penpheral cards to be plugged in!
In the future another version is planned. This will build upon the I O advantages of the technology and allow developers to produce things such as Ethernet network and LAN cards. SCSI controllers, fax and modem interfaces, etc. Whilst some of these products may seem strange to Amiga users, they are important for the other users of PCMCIA technology - such as laser primer and palmtop hardware. Imagine, for instance, a laser printer that can be expanded with its own hard drive simply by plugging in a smart card! Sadly, however, the Amiga's version 2 interface will not be compatible with
these version 3 products, which is a downer for all concerned.
Another problem, but not as significant is the difference between the CDTV smart cards and PCMCIA cards. Despite their similarity in size and shape, the two card types are in fact different and cannot be interchanged. The CDTV cards are a proprietary format, designed primarily for RAM expansion. This is unlikely to be a major problem for you and me, but rather a pain in the neck for developers who will have to spend their resources developing the same product for the same architecture on two different formats. Quite what Commodore had in mind when they made the decision to use two different
format card interfaces is anyone's guess, but they must have had their reasons and aren't known for making dumb decisions - do they know something we don’t?
FORWARD THINKING So what’s the future of PCMCIA on the Amiga?
Well, for a start, the initial batch of Pseudo RAM cards are just a start. Whilst the next generation of PCMCIA (version 3) peripherals may not directly work with the current Amigas. You can be sure developers will have something to offer instead Whilst no one was prepared to comment directly at the time of writing this article, industry sources I spoke with did suggest that we re likely to see a range of interfaces on PCMCIA cards fairly quickly. Following this, many of the major Amiga developers have expressed interest in PCMCIA and are already researching possible expansion routes.
All in all. PCMCIA will bring new many new peripherals to the Amiga, and do so in smaller sizes than ever before More importantly, as PCMCIA’s influence in the PC market increases (and with names such Sony, IBM and Texas behind it this can’t be avoided) we should see some really interesting new developments making their way to the Amiga! As the saying goes, watch this space.... t S RAM- Static RAM This behaves as normal RAM but is non volatile and thus keeps it s data after the host machine is powered down S RAM is also slightly slower than normal RAM or pseudo-RAM.
JEDIA - Once a competing standard in smart cards, this Japanese alternative is now compatible.
Pseudo RAM-Ordinary, volatile RAM, which behaves in the same way as the Amiga's own RAM.
Ethernet- A networking standard which enables many desktop machines to be joined together and share facilities. Such as printers and hard disks.
LAN- A local area network. Ethernet is a LAN system The GT6000 caused a sensation in the Amiga world when ASDG’s software driver was released for it. What is so different about the latest model?
Nick Veitch interpolates the answers.
PRINTER TECHNOLOGY Epson are perhaps better known tor their fine range of printers, but they are also heavily involved in optical technology. The ohginal GT6000 scanner (known as the EC3000 in the U.S.A. lor some reason) was simply the best 600 dpi 24-bit scanner available for the Amiga when we reviewed it last year.
In the meantime Epson have not been idle. The GT6500 is a complete replacement for the old GT6000. And yet. Remarkably, is a lot cheaper at only £930 for the scanner unit on its own.
RESOLUTION The scanner is capable of achieving optical resolutions of up to 600dpi. Or 1200dpi through interpolation. Many people harp on about the pixel resolution of a scanner, but for everyday desktop use 400dpi is quite sufficient, never mind 600dpi, especially in 24-bit colour. The difficulty with 600dpi images in full colour Is that they take up an awful lot ol memory This resolution is easily good enough to pick out detail in a photograph and will usually return results almost as precise as the print itself.
Problems occur when attempting to scan an image which has already been through a screening process (such as anything that has been in a magazine or newspaper).
The scanning mechanism itself is much faster than the original, and uses slightly more intelligent head passes than its predecessor. All the controls have been relocated to the front of the unity including the power switch which is a bit of a bonds.
The software is supplied both as a module for use within Art Department and as a stand alone program. If you do have ADPro it is still worthwhile keeping both, as you will be able to scan larger images with the direct to disk software. The disadvantage with missing out ADPro is that you never know what your scan turned out like, and if it's that big what software are you going to be able to load to have a look at it.
The software drive is in fact the same as the one used for the ohginal GT6000. Because it was wntten to take advantage of the intelligent interlace on board the scanner, it can automatically determine which options are relevant to use with either ol the scanners you choose to connect.
Unfortunately this also means that the scanner suffers at the hands of the software as much as the original did. Although plenty of options are given, and colour correction can be better handled in ADPro anyway, the brightness controls are a bit of a let down. With only seven levels it is not nearly accurate enough to control the scanner in monochrome mode. When scanning line-art, the brightness effectively controls the threshold of the scan. Often there is a fine point between lighter parts of the artwork and darker areas ol smudges or shadows on the paper, so a percentage controller would
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OPTIONS The GT6500 can be expanded to accept transparencies too. Instead of a large tray and carriers, as so many of the older scanners use, the GT6500 can make the change simply by changing the scanner lid. Transparencies can then just be placed on the scanning bed and treated just as if they were prints.
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But hold on a minute, isn’t this a little familiar?
GOTCHA You can fool some of Ihe people all of Ihe lime, bul no-one will be fooled for long by this program's pedigree. If II Isn't a cross between Saxon Publisher and Saxon Script, given a name change and miraculously changed software companies, then you can paint me pink and call me Nigel.
Now this Isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as both Saxon programs have received some tolly favourable reviews in their time. Sticking them together also provides some very useful lealures, as we shall see. Ol course, you wouldn’t know this Irom reading Ihe manual, but as I’ve other things to say on that subject I can wait a paragraph or two before letting rip.
DESIGNER SOFTWARE Any desktop publishing program worth its reduced sodium (that's salt to those who got lost there) allows complete control over how a page is laid out. The easier and laster it works, the better the program.
Saxon Publisher held the prize lor being the lastest ol the big three Amiga DTP programs, and thankfully The Publisher has inherited its speed. The text whizzes onto the screen even laster than some other packages with their greeking options switched on.
Designing a page is something that takes years to master, so the best way to do t is to rip off someone else’s design. Although not totally ethical, it’s still the best way to grasp Ihe concepts ol design - whal JARGON BUSTERS OTP-Desktop publishing. Tile art ol producing terrible amgailnes via computer wiUiout Ihe usual Interception ol a typesetter. Most magaiines and many papers are created this way.
A4-A standard page size. 2!7mm 1210mm Postscript - A page description language Essentially this is to printing what structured art is to graphics.
Adobe Type 1 Fonts-Scaleablo fonts designed lor use wilh Mac and PC formats, bul also compatible with some Amiga PCA - Versatile Graphics Adaptor A PC standard display, roughly similar to Ihe A1200 and A4000.
Fonts to use, when to use pictures, how many columns and so forth. Until a certain Technical Editor finishes the definitive guide to DTP, the many overpriced books available in the Mac section of your local bookshop are no substitute lor having a go yourself. You’ll find there is nothing so critical as your own opinion, 24 hours after you’ve finished.
The Publisher allows pages ol up to almost 20 inches square to be handled, so even the new, improved, bigger than A4 size magazine pagtfs can be created with ease. You can use the column guides to neatly divide your page into woikable units, but the limitations of the old Saxon Publisher soin appear - you’ll have to add your own bounding boxes and perform all the links yourself.
Before anything can be added to a page, a bounding box’ must be created lo mark some limitations. Whether text or graphics These boxes organise the page, and although their outlines appear on-screen, they vanish when printed. The boxes can be re-sized or moved around, but the ability to place them off to one side for a moment (as is possible with Gold Disk s Professional Page) is sorely missed. You can assign common boxes to function keys to save time, but some form ol key template would be necessary or you'll never remember which is which.
Once on-screen, a box can also have its shape altered in many exciting ways. This is achieved by adding extra hooks' to the box's outline which can be selected with the pointer and dragged to new locations. Even when the box has been warped into some very strange shapes, text and graphics can still be inserted This provides lor some very sharp control, if you don’t mind putting the effort in.
WORDS Getting words into a DTP program can sometimes be the most difficult part ol the entire process Not only does someone have to write them (a thankless and underpaid job in my opinion), but they have to be subbed (checked lor mistakes) and squeezed into columns. Ol course there are always loo lew or too many words, which means some more creative design is called lor The Pubbsheronll import many different forms ol standard’ ASCII text, and no matter what word processor or text editor used, you’ll find one thal suits.
Incidentally, when writing text specifically for The Publisher, you can add special codes lo control Ihe lonts and so forth. For example, by inserting @B' In your copy the bold lace option will be turned on, adding @s’ will select the type style and '@(' and ’@)’ will display open and dosed quotation marks - a task which can upset even the most professional DTP persons. Making use ol these imbedded’ text commands can save hours ol work.
When the text has been imported, it takes up residence in a small list over on the lett hand side ot the screen. To insert it into a boundary box. You must dick on the box, then the text’s name in the list.
Flowing text into different boxes, lor example into the three column boxes which make up the typical magazine page, is then a matter ol dicking on each new bbx and the name in turn.
Graphics are added in almost exactly the same way as text, except that the concept ol flowing a picture through linked boxes is a non-starter. The Publisher can load normal IFFs, 24-bit IFFs, EPS and DR2D (structured art) files and displays a quickri'chunky representation, if you so desire. As several illustrations on display at once can slow down screen update times, you can elect to have all drawings temporarily replaced with a grey rectangle.
By the way. An EPS file is an Encapsulated PostScript file, which could contain graphics, text or both and could have originated on either the Amiga, a Mac or a PC - EPS is one ol the lew recognised standards which actually works.
PLAYING TAG Wim ihe text in Ihe boxes, you can sat to select the typefaces and sizes. Each page normaAy has several different styles, one for Ihe headings, one lor the subheadings and one lor the main text - the body copy.
The Pubbsher allows each style to be stored as a tag.
So thal you need only create the tag once and then define a block ol text to be of the correct tag type This method ensures that if you need lo re-define the body copy to be a point size smaller, you don’t need to change each word in turn - you only need to change the tag.
The Publisher comes with a wide selection 31 to be exact) ol PostScript Type t lonts. Widely regarded as the best available. They must be, lor they come as standard with every PostScnpt compatible printer
- which is why they are supplied. If you get your mitts on other
Type 1 fonts you can add them to the font list, but you will
not be able to make use of the new scaleable Workbench fonts.
Who could have imagined that simple things like type faces
could cause so much hassle... Included in the tag options are
easy-peasy ways of adding drop shadows, outlines and textures.
It’s all so ridiculously easy that other programs should per
haps take note. For goodness’ sake, there's even an automatic
drop cap facility - something which kept Gold Disk going for
years.
ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE Since most home users (that’s still you) will have a dot matrix, ink jet or perhaps even a cheap laser printer, the ability to control the colour content of a document is a bit of a luxury. The Publisher is a monochrome package, and the only colours allowed are shades of grey. This will suffice for many applications, and frankly if you can afford quality colour output you can afford a colour DTP package.
There are no colour separation facilities as a result of this Prime Ministerial colour scheme, which makes output that little easier to master. Ah output, that final goal of all DTP packages. To hold in your hand that sheet of A4 hot from the printer, that paper which has seen so many painstaking hours of your effort in the making... It all gets to you after a while I’m afraid.
All this talk of PostScript must have had you wondering whether or not your humble printer would be able to use The Publisher. After all, it does output ONLY in PostScript format, and not everyone (or anyone I know) can afford to buy a PostScript compatible printer. Fear not, gentle reader, for with a little cunning on the behalf of the programmers, every printer is now PostScript compatible.
MEANS AND DEVICES Before you run The Publisher, you must remember lo run a little program called Mount_Psc:. Which is most easily done by putting it in the Workbench startup drawer teatured on post-1.3 systems.
This program creates a new logical device called PSC:, which can be used tike any other Amiga device. You can print directly to it, copy tiles to it - whatever you like. The clever part is this: PSC: is a complete PostScript translator. Its job in life is to receive PostScript files, and translate them into the data which your printer prefers. So, for example, it like me you happen to have an old Citizen 120D which has seen a great many better days, you can still send PostScript files to it and have them printed with remarkable clarity. It has to be said that the results are very impressive,
with the intelligent halftoning routines doing especially great things tor y graphics. Any image will be printed a lot better than with the default Amiga printer drivers. Ot course, there is a drawback to this quality - translating a *.
Page like this takes time, and we're talking five minutes rather than five seconds here. A big page with 24 bit images can take large tractions of an hour to complete - an accelerated Amiga helps.
MANUAL CONTROL The documentation which comes with The Publisher is very disappointing A slim volume, it does little in the way of encouraging new users. It took me a good few minutes to work out which icon does what on the main screen, simply because the authors couldn't be bothered to include an illustration. Similar mistakes are present, and the entire work could have been rounded off with a comprehensive tutorial detailing all the features and even introducing some aspects of design. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
CONCLUSION The Publisher is very sturdy program, and is more than adequate for small DTP projects. The inclusion of Type 1 fonts and a PostScript translator ensures that whatever your printer, you will get superlative quality output. However, the program itself has limitations which should have been addressed with the hindsight of Saxon Publisher. When compared with a heavyweight such as Professional Page (now nearing its fourth incarnation), The Publisher starts to look a little too much like a John Bull printing kit for my liking. There are options for selection the screen mode, so it's
unlikely you could cure the flicker inherent in the interlace display even with a AGA equipped Amiga and VGA monitor.
Nevertheless, for the newcomer The Publisher is a worthwhile investment - and as an introduction to high quality desktop publishing it is hard to beat.
DTP vs. WP It you're wondering what's Ore difference between DTP end normal word processing, the answer Is getting harder to deline every day. Programs such as WordWoilh have started lo appear, and although they could he said lo he highly advanced word processors, they also have a lair degree ot page layout facilities.
And there lies Ihe real definition - a DTP program allows a page or document lo he designed Irom scratch.
Columns, fonts, pictures - everything must be decided upon, laid out and changed to achieve the desired effect. A DTP program has be flexible enough lo produce a business card one minute, a 60 page colour magazine supplemenl the next. That’s real desktop publishing.
THE PUBLISHER ... a I a glance
• Used lo be Saxitn Publisher m .1 past life • Gomes with
PostScript translator • W ill work with lloppv and hard disk
systems • Vast amounts of memory not necessary • Fantastic
quality output • Licks design features Address: The Disc
Company, B.P. 40, 92101 Boulogne- Billancourt Cedex, France.
DISC COMPANY £49.99 ‘Ideal introduction lo DTP for the serious amateur.'
EASE OF USE 75% VALUE FOR MONEY 88% EFFECTIVENESS 85% FLEXIBILITY 75% INNOVATION 89% OVERALL 89% WELL STOCKED First impressions about this nifty little package are deceiving. It seems to be little more than just another spreadsheet but, in fact, it is a large and impressive piece of software, with over 400k of code squeezed on to the Program disk alone. This also doubles as a fully featured Workbench disk, so it comes as no surprise to discover that the manual recommends 1 Mb of RAM as a starting minimum. A second disk contains a dozen examples, the 'req' file requester, and MaxiPian's own
special font called Intuitive. This also appears on the work disk, but is supplied here with an installation program for hard disk users.
MuxiPlan4 In use MaxiPtan behaves just like any other currently available spreadsheet. Movement around the sheet is controlled by sliders or cursor keys.
Text, formulae, and numeric data is entered via the keyboard in the usual fashion, but you can also use the mouse to select cells and mathematical operations to construct a complex formula. After this the similarities begin to diverge - as MaxiPlan can incorporate a database. Columns and rows can be set aside for the importation, or direct entry, of typical database information such as names and addresses.
SPEECH OPTION As if that wasn't enough, there is also a speech option that echoes the data you are entering and reads back the contents of the cells. And then there are the macros, which are essentially a miniprogramming language in their own right.
MaxiPlan, in common with other spreadsheets, can display the information in chart form. These range from the usual bar, line and pie charts, to the more unusual Gantt and Hi-Lo types. (A Gantt chart is used by company managers to layout the start and end dates of projects. Hi-Lo charts are used to track the share price of a stock on each day of a financial period.) It also has Word charts., which are used to create a ‘bullet slide', more commonly known as a title. Intersperse these among a variety ot other charts and you can do a desktop presentation entirely from within MaxiPtan. Finally,
it has an X-Y chart capability that can draw maps from co-ordinate data. Although I'm sure that this facility can be put to a better use than that.
Some charts have a 'point & modify' option which allows you to directly alter the position of a curve or bar. This will also automatically update the spreadsheet. If this is not wanted, or you want certain cells to have their values locked in. Then you can Protect them. If they hold sensitive data then they can be Password protected to prevent unauthorised users seeing their contents.
A similar, but less secret, method is Outline.
This operates on nine levels. When a cell has an outline of three, and the spreadsheet is set to outline level two. That cell is not displayed. Only when the level is three or more will it become visible.
PRINT OUTS Both the spreadsheet and charts can be printed out, the size of the chart being dependant on the preferences' settings rather than the dimensions of the window in which it appears. Thankfully, preferences can be called from within MaxiPlan via a pull-down menu.
There is extensive printer control from this menu, including the chance to output to a file, and to change font and line spacing. To see what your output is going to look like, there is a handy Print Preview command. Outline affects printout too, with higher levels than that specified not being printed. It also bars you from zooming the spreadsheet or selecting ranges of cells.
This zoom facility allows the user to get up close to the spreadsheet. In order to avoid confusion when using this tool, text and similar blocks df data are colour coded for quick identification.. Spreadsheet size is limited only by the memory capacity of your machine, but I am sure you would run out of data before you ran out of memory - even on a 1 Mb system.
DISC COMPANY £49.99 EASE OF USE VALUE FOR MONEY EFFECTIVENESS FLEXIBILITY INNOVATION OVERALL 8 1 ° COMMON MACROS MaxiPlan is claimed to be the leading program of its kind on the Amiga, so it should come as no surprise to find that it will load and save files in the format of the leading program for the PC - Lotus 1- 2-3. The two programs have many similar features
- multiple spreadsheets on screen, algebraic and time functions,
cut and paste editing, database and graphs. They only differ in
cost, a basic Lotus program starts at a £400 list price.
MaxiPlan4 combines spreadsheet, database, and charting facilities in one. It now boasts of its Workbench 2.0 compatibility and Arexx support. Does it live up to the promise? David Ward investigates.
Another feature that they both share are named macros that can be loaded and run from a list in a file requester. In MaxiPtan a Macrosheet can be constructed from the 40 odd commands available This allows you to create a program of your own that can do a variety of tasks for you.
Together with the mathematical functions available, there are over 200 commands that can be applied to a MaxiPtan spreadsheet. Macros are an important part of this program, so much so that a quarter of the manual has been devoted to them.
CONCLUSION This program is definitely designed to provide professional results. Unfortunately, this means that many beginners could find themselves confused by its operation, the manual doesn't provide much help either as it quickly moves from 'how to enter data into the cells' to the more complex aspects of spreadsheet usage. That little niggle aside it can be truly said that MaxiPian4 is the answer to the prayers of the Amiga owning accountant, ® MAXIPLAN . . . At a glance
• Professional quality spreadsheet •Database functions •
Extensive graphic capabilities
• Mighty macros •Limited only by memory
• Weighty manual Address: The Disc Company. B.P. 40. 92101
Boulogne- Billancourl Cedei. France.
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standing Noddy's a little old hat. Still, that didn't stop the Jumping Bean picking him up and sticking him in quite an inventive piece of software.
Aimed at children between the ages of three and eight, Noddy 's Playtime aims to teach basic skills, such as picture recognition, along with some simple logic abilities. This is done through a series of eight games, based in various buildings around Toytown. In the farm, you have to match the front and rear ends of animals so that they'll get fed. In the factory, you are shown five similar items and a picture of the kind you want, e.g. an ice cream with a red cherry but no wafer. Using the mechanical crane you have to knock off any wrong items.
The whole thing is linked by Noddy driving around Toytown, and this is full of nice little keyboard touches, such as pressing the 'B' key causes the car to brake sharply, complete with sound effect. However, this is where I think things might be a little too much for younger children. It's a large map, and you’re given no indication of where the games are. You can choose to skip to the games, but that removes the continuity. Other than that, it’s a fine piece of software, and one stimulating enough to capture the imagination of the older end of the age group.
Jumping Bean £25.99 In the worlaof NODDY'S PLAYTIME PAINT AND CREATE Europress Software £25.99 This is a superb piece of software, and one that no five year old should be without. Rather than trying to teach children, this package aims to stimulate their imagination with a collection of games designed to aid creativity. Put together by the Fun School team, you’d expect it to reek of quality anyway. And it does, with polish liberally slapped all over it.
The menu is a large four-screen picture, filled with objects that animate when you click on them, such as the sun, a cat, a dog and a telephone.
The games themselves are easy to find - to play jigsaw you click on the teddy piecing together a Jigsaw. The large bright graphics are something smaller children will identify with, and I feel that the package could be just as useful for children younger than the five years recommended.
As well as Jigsaw, you’ve got a mini art package for budding Leonardos, a Monster Maker, where you can put body parts together to create the scariest monster possible, and then run a littjp animation to see how scary it really is. There’s a,- Card Creator, where you can piece together Christmas Birthday cards and then print them out,.
But my favourite has to be the Teddy Karaoke.
Here you can put a band together by picking the instruments and musicians to play them, select the music for them to play, and then put them on Top Of The Teds' to see how well they do.
Essential software.
SPELLING FAIR Europress £25.99 It's well known that spelling is a major problem with school children, and particularly the spelling of certain words like 'weird' and 'ceiling'. This selection of useful games aims to help that particular problem, using a fairground setting for the tests.
Starting with the Coconut Shy, you are shown a selection of letters on the front of coconuts, within which is a word. At the bottom of the screen you are shown the meaning of the word, and you have to knock off the extra letters leaving only the required ones. After that there's the Word Juggle, where two jugglers rearrange letters to form words; the Mechanical Grab, where you can practise prefixes and suffixes; and even learn about homophones (words that sound the same, like Where' and 'Wear') in the Haunted House.
Each game is played across three levels of difficulty, and offers small bonuses for success as part of an incentive package. For example, in the Test Your Strength' game, after four bells have been wrung people step out from behind the posts and burst into applause. Similarly, in the coconut shy. The coconuts dance when you get words right.
Get things wrong, and you get to see an amusing animation, but this is done in a way that isn’t disheartening.
All in all, it's a well put together package for the slightly older group (7 to 13), and it tackles the problem well. Once again, it comes from the Fun School team, so it can't be bad!
EDUCATION FEATURE This month we take a look at five new packages aimed at the very young user. Tony Dillon looks back to the days of short trousers and runny noses - it’s nice to see that he hasn’t changed.
MERLIN'S MATHS Euro press Software £35.99 The third Fun School special to appear this month is Merlin's Maths, written completely in AMOS, supplied on four disks and designed to explain basic mathematic fundamentals in an interesting and entertaining way. The setting is Merlin s castle, with its six main rooms each of which has particular tasks to complete.
In the Perfect Potions room, you have to complete some addition and subtraction puzzles to turn a puny knight into a magnificent warrior. The weapons room explains the basics of weight, along with a touch of multiplication. The Magic Machine shows how formula and equations are used, as you collect all the data you can and try to fill in the missing parts of the sum.
As with all the Fun School specials, the games run on a reward basis. For every question you get right, you are rewarded with a little animation. Get a series right, and you are given something a little bigger. For example, in the Conference room, for each question you get wrong, one of the three torches blows out. Should all three torches go out, Merlin will run as the Vikings storm the window.
It doesn't cover as many topics as, say, ADI Maths, but then again it is aimed at a lower age range. If all you want to know about are the more basic mathematical functions, then this is fine.
A specialised package, but well executed. If your child is having trouble with maths, then this is the product for them.
PLAYDAYS Alternative £35.99 One of the joys of being a freelance journalist is that you can actually spend your mornings watching programs like Playdays, nee Playbus.
Generally regarded as the successor to Play School, Playdays is full of all those little games and songs that children just love to join in with.
Needless to say. The software is exactly the same.
Aimed at the young end of the market (3 to 8) this package differs from the others here, in that it provides the user with a series of games, rather than giving them some sort of selection. The games are chosen randomly from a selection of 13 different titles, all created to help the progress of a variety of skills from counting and spelling through to word recognition and observation, so the package is different every time you load it.
On the whole, the games are extremely simple, and very brightly presented, although without some of the spit and polish of the Fun School series. The.
Game itself is hosted by Why Bird, a regular character from the show, who encourages and helf s all the way, congratulating emphatically with every- success and giving full explanations whenever the user fails in a task.
Kids who watch the show will love it, and it has enough educational content to make it worthwhile. An impressive product.
Let the cute alien, ADI, guide your child through the intricacies ol a foreign language. Oh, and play a few games as well.
ADI FRENCH Europress £25.99 As you may remember, ADI was an experiment on the part of Europress to educate above the Fun School age, reaching into secondary education.
ADI Maths and ADI English were both excellenty received, and so ADI now adds French to its repertoire. Using the same system of varied questions and mnemonics, ADI works more towards helping children remember French words and phrases, rather than try to teach them from scratch. For example, instead of giving you a list of new phrases to leam, ADI revises what you should have already been taught, by asking you to fill in missing words or answering simple queries. For example, when should you use the prefix 'llle' as opposed to Elies'.
The presentation is. As always, excellent with the character of ADI constantly present in the top left corner. As you improve, he’ll drop in the occasional word of praise, get something wrong, and he’ll remind you that you can ask for help at any time. In that sense, ADI takes over the role of the teacher, leaving the more difficult problems to be solved in the classroom.
I would have loved something like this when I was learning French, aged 11. It really does help your understanding of the language by letting you experiment with it, in much the same way that you would were you speaking it to a native. Not entirely essential, but for most it’s a vital learning aid.
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CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS Have your ctvld’en ever wanted » know aoout the anoent world ol me Oinoaaur ? II so. Then this « lor you - an interactive encyofopeda cove rug juraatlc. Triasslc 8 croataceous periods complete with pcturos and Informaton The program is pkis eompatioie and comae on 2 Disks £4 .50 .
CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Thit title « the second in the senes d quality programs By Ctvia hll using the GoWOisk Hyperbook system, it wii guide you and your children on an interactive guided lour through me incrodblo world of volcanos, rocks and minerals the program 4 very simple lo use I Geokpgy is on 2 Daka £4.50 .
CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM Now our most popular bOe I This one invKes you to learn all about tha sdar system, wch ir*ormaton on al of the planets 8 systems with pictures suppled by Nasa.
This 4 a superb educational package lor children 8 adults. Tbs title « so big 4 is supplied on Three dsks and is priced at only £4.99. - CLE04 KIDOIES COLOURING PAD Thi. Is a colouring Book for young children and may wool get in a mess using it • It Is very ample to use with lull instructions with the program. Simply pick a pcture and colour 4 In I Include* a save option, so once you have coloured you picture you can save it out to a dak to pnnt out usng Dpeinl etc. Price £3.50 • CLE05 A-CHORD So you want become the nod Eric Clapton then mis Is lust what you need 3 Tha program wit teach you
needy every singe guitar chord including fngering techngues. It will even pta, Ihe chords utng me amgas built In sound chp. A must for every singe gutar player beginner and eipens a ike Price £3.50 .
CLE06 THE AMOS MATHS INSTRUCTOR. A superb mams tutorial covenng all sorts ol mathematical subjects wckudirg trig. Quadratic.
Simultanious. Inequalities. Volumes. Area. Vai 8 interest and more, an e.cellent ad for GCSE students. Pnce £3.50 .
CLE07 TOTAL CONCEPTS FRESHWATER FISHING The latest in the series from Chris Hll. And the trst in the hotbyist series, this super tele doscnbos baiting Perch Roach. Rudd. Carp. Broam 8 many other common freshwater ttsh ideal tor the Beginner or the hoBbyist with many useful diagrams included! A superb Me. On 1 disk Prce 3.50* CLE08 NIGHT SKY A superb introduction 1o tho constellations, this program leaturues over 1500 stars, and me sun moon stars 8 planets can Be dspayed as seen Irom any part ol Ihe Earth1 Large scroling screon. Mouse or keyboard corvotod. Dick on any 0spteyed object lor
information. Th4 superb Bile Come* on t disk 8 4 pnced at 3.501* CLE09 WOROS 8 LADDERS An exeflent speiirg program for 1 or 2 players, each payer has a tew seconds lo spoil a word correctly. Ihe payor who reaches the top of me adder s the winner The program has 10.000 words so some words can Be qufle ong. However you can select Ihe level! Wll a'so provOo prineod output to a connected printer. 3.501* CLE10 BASICALLY AMIGA This is a 3 dek set lor the new user1 An edenshe gudo through me use of Amgados Covenng Hardware. Software. Graphic*.
Sound, tha Workbench. Vituses and much mixh more.you all eoon wondw how you dd without mis ueeful uelry pack! For young and ok) use™ aika.
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CLU01 VIDEO TITLER Is a program mat wll a»ow you to create smooth scroling video titles with me greatest ol ease, p’ogrammod By Darren Mccaul.
Whose Stabase is due out eoon. Me program lets you use eny amiga btmap loot, of which several are supplied, and scroll m any colour vertically up Ihe scrsen Essential for a* udeo enthusiasts £3.50 » CLU02 FISH INDEXER II you hevo ever wanted e program. Bul have never Been able to find it ANYWHERE chances are Us p-obaby in the Hah
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TUTOR A program here now for all you Budding office clerks,
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as I can! Price £3.50 .
CLU04 ALPHA GRAPH Tns « an e.temev useful program (or me production of ole charts, bar charts.
Block scatter etc. very useful in conjunction with spreadsheets 8 other business programs this program comes on one d4k and 4 proed al 3.501* CLU08 SUPER SOUND ill Th4 a a supeS program which can manpuiate samges in almost any way you please special etlects such as reverb, tremeo. Phasing. Phtangng. Echo are just a few of me Ihmge wheh are oasiy accompished.tho equal ol oapenerve commercial software’ Price 3 50'- CUJ10 POWER ACCOUNTS Tns is an accounting package lor keeprg check on your bank account, an a capaote ol generatng account statements a no ncoma 8 •¦penocure reports. The program wit
also aspw you to ’password protect" your data liles! An mvatuabte program ter all of your hnarco*. Comes on dak . Pnce 350. .
CLUl i CALC Vi 3 A n« spreaoeheel program which works on any Amgal A spreadsheet is an eteceoNc version of m traditional method ot performing oompfex oalcuwaons usmg rows 8 columns of tgures In the prwong. So a spreadsheet allows I'gures 10 Be constantly changed! 3.50. • CLU12 VIRTUAL WINDOWS VI .0 Collecthwly a suila of very umIuI voqran*. All on orm disk! Foatu*o* Notepad. Address took. Das- Oary. SoTnare VMS Inveraory 8 an AmigaOis surma) guide AJI can Do accoesod Irom a menu system wim tha "ousa 8 are very easy to use Pr * 3.50.. CLII13 DATOS A pc-we-tui easy to use database with marry
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many mo™ foasjros too numerous » 1st Price 3.50* CLQ05 TRUCKIN
ON This is a new version of a PO game thal ess originaly Bogged
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Its actualy very addctrro. I was playing « for hours I A Vast
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irk up to anotn amiga for 1 on 1 action t Price £350 .
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ATARI CITIZEN STAR AMSTRAD CLMANA PHILIPS GOLDEN IMAGE NAKSHA ABACI’S ST.GA IHGITA s NoW-youcan give your CDTV iTfHSyver boost thanks to Commodore’s newfty released CDTV hard drive. pdt Broomfjptd spins the wheels.
THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY As hard drives become more and more common on Ihe Amiga. II becomes increasingly less acceptable for programs not to install on them Traditionally, single disk arcade games won t install and most publishers claim that this is done as an anti-piracy measure. However, there are some utterly unforgivable exceptions to this rale, as well as a number ol single disk games that I teel should be installable. Here’s my top of the flops list Dungeon blaster-The original RPG on the Amiga.
Mirrorsott can be forgiven as hard drives were not nearly so common when It was released. Sentence: Case dismissed.
Pinball Fantasias - The incredible four disk follow up to Pinball Dreams. No excuse. Sentence: Detention - Write five million times I will not release superb multi-disk games (even arcades) that don’t install on hard drive.'
Kick Oft 1 or 2- Only a single disk, but played so often that it would have been nice. Sentence: Rapped knuckles... Heimdall- Intriguing five disk RPG which not only doesn't install on hard drive, but requires almost constant disk changing Excessive paranoia by Core. Guilty as charged.
Sentence: SO years hard labour in a disk swapping camp on Maxtor 1.
Mar-Potentially interesting RPG. Should know better Guilty. Sentence: 10 Years community service at Great Ormond Street children's hospital - Centre for Repetitive Strain injuries.
Allen Breed Prolecl X- Two more great multi-disk arcades which remain stead-fastly floppy. Awaiting new evidence.
Sentence: 100 years in the ISO-cubes.
Utopia - Enjoyable Sim Cr y-styte game from Gremlin.
Excuse that it doesn't install as an anti-piracy measure is not accepted by this court. Awaiting sentence pending psychiatric reports BELOW POTENTIAL Although It represents a great innovation In ctyn- puter technology, Commodore's CDTV has sofar tailed to achieve anything like its tull potential. The reasons tor this are numerous, ranging trom poor, marketing strategy in the early days and delayed release schedules leading to public apathy. One important reason is almost certainly its lack ot expandability Many users are reluctant to invest in a system which cannot even be expanded as tar as
a standard A500. Especially considering its relatively high cost.
More than two years after its initial release, CDTV gets a hard drive, a peripheral which finally demonstrates that the system is more than just an expensive toy.
The drive in question is a 65Mb unit containing a Maxtor mechanism. There are both internal and external versions available, although this review only refers to the external model.
ALL FITTED UP Now. The first question that clued-up readers will be asking is how do you connect it when the CDTV contains neither SCSI or IDE interfaces, nor an expansion bus like the A500 has? Well, the answer IS easy; the CDTV HD is supplied complete with its own SCSI interface, and fitting it is an absolute doddle requiring no more than a cross-head screwdriver and 15 seconds. The SCSI interface comes in the lorm of a card about the size of a small RAM expansion board. Simply remove the plate trom the expansion hole at the back of the CDTV and slide the card into the hole using the guide
rails. The exposed face of the card has a SCSI slot on it which looks exactly like the parallel printer port.
When the card is pushed fully home, the front plate sits flush against the CDTV, with the port slightly protruding.
Now all that remains is to connect the hard drive. The unit is supplied with a conneding cable, and this merely has to be plugged Into both CDTV and hard drive. The drive also indudes its own internal power supply and a cooling fan, so you can say goodbye to yet another eledrical socket in your house I The drive comes pre-prepped and formatted with Workbench 1.3 already installed on it. So once plugged m and powered up. Everything's ready to go Unlike hard drives on non-CDTV Amigas. The CDTV HD has the lowest boot priority in the system. What this means is that it's always the last thing to
be checked when you turn the power on. If there's a CD in the main unit, or a bootable disk in an external floppy drive, they’ll be loaded in preference to the hard drive.
When the drive has finally booted up. You'll be greeted by the familiar sight of Workbench 1,3, and what you do after that is entirely up to you.
WHAT NOW?
You can use the drive as a high capacity temporary store for things that you're taking off Cds for use on other Amigas. Or you can fill it up with utility programs and games either taken trom CD or bought on floppy disk. The hard drive is many times faster than the CDTV in terms of access times, so this latter use is particularly worth considering.
Whatever you use your drive for. It will clearly highlight one inadequacy of the basic CDTV system: namely you've got to have a keyboard and floppy drive with it if you're going to use it in anything more than the most superficial manner.
A very good example is provided by Encore, the installation software provided with the drive.
The actual program is supplied on a three and a half inch disk, and although it can be operated entirely by mouse, there are three readme files on the disk, which can only be fully read if you have a keyboard!
TWENTY INSTALLABLE GAMES AND UTILITIES Just because you have a hard drive doesn't mean that you can always con four tavourlte games and utilities onto it.
Some programs use protection which prevents them even Deing read as normal DOS disks, much less being copied to hard drives v However, the better and more thoughtfully produced programs will not only install on hard drive, hut even include installation programs to do the |ob lor you Here's a list ot my Top 10 games and Top 10 utilities.
So % n although mo you can hit Engaging at All the vehic in the game lovingly rese 1 CONCLUSION The CDTV hard drive was both easy to lit and reliable to use But it seems quite pointless to buy one ol these unless you own a keyboard as well, because most ol the stutt that you're likely to install on it will require text entry. It's a pity that Commodore couldn't have lound some way to give you space to lit extra CDTV memory on the drive, especially as so many serious programs require more than 2Mbs.
That quibble aside, it is an essental buy. „ CDTV HARD DRIVE . . . A I a glance (lives I Ik- CDTV some mu. It needed power.
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Far from a grim vision of a plagiaristic cesspit, the statement comes with buckets ol enthusiasm.
You see, Matt is all lor people-power. No, not like Citizen Smith (Matt hardly ever wears his Afghan coat these days). It's the power given by digital technology, allowing anyone lo create artistic works, that's got him on his current buzz.
With partner Jonathan More, Matt is halt of the pioneering music production duo Cold Cut, the backroom boys behind such smashes as People Hold On. The ground-breaking house single that launched Lisa Stanstield’s blossoming career, and the equally massive The Only Way Is Up, that thrust Yazz into the public eye (and ear).
These days, Cold Cut are on a rather different tip, as they say.
THE CUTTING EDGE In the early 80s, they pre-empted MARRS, Bomb the Bass, S-Express and countless others, when they released Say Kids What Time Is It?, the first ever cut-up record. Now they're predicting, and pioneering, another revolution: the convergence ot all entertainment software into one. In other words, computer games, videos, music and films will all become one and the same, according to Cold Cut, Instead ot renting Terminator II on video, buying the game, and popping down to Our Price to pick up the soundtrack, Cold Cut envisage us being ottered all ot this, and more, in one complete
package. In fact, they've already COLD CUT made their prophecy a reality, by releasing their Global Chaos CD.
What do you get if you combine a CD, a rave demo, a platform game, animated fish and video tape? After chill-out session with Cold Cut, Tony Horgan still isn’t quite sure... As we reported in the December edition's CDTV column, Global Chaos is a combination of a game (Top Banana), and what is in effect, an album, backed up with freaked-out animated graphics. As it stands, the promising concept is let down by the execution, but with some decent sounds, visuals and a worthwhile game, Cold Cut could be onto something here.
THROBBING CINDY DOLLS In line with their theory ot software convergence, a single was released to coincide with the CDTV Global Chaos, with a promo video shot by Matt tor just £200! It you didn’t catch it on MTV or any ot its other screenings, it's a psychedelic stream of abstract pulsating colour, fractal zooms, ray-traced animations, fish, stop-frame animated Cindy dolls, real-world footage Irom Matt's camcorder, and guest appearances Irom KT, the cutie character trom Top Banana. Hardly run ol Ihe mill stuff.
Apart trom the camcorder tootage, all ot this was done with a combination ot an Apple Mac, an Archimedes and, of course, an Amiga. The Archie handled the more processor-intensive routines, Malt Black - a sell-ponralt, as digitised by VIDI Amiga.
Freakout overlays courtesy of Dpalnt.
Like the realtime fractal zoom, the Amiga carried the bulk of the workload, including the ray-traced and digitised animations, while the Mac tied up the loose ends.
Matt can't help but enthuse when the subject turns to ray-tracing and 3D computer animations.
Inspired by a sprawling collection ot videos from Europe and the States, his own work tor a forthcoming video release is coming along nicely.
Using Sculpt Animate 4D as the nerve-centre, he's recently expanded the system to include Turbo Silver and Imagine 2.0. with interesting results, despite Matt's opinion that the author of the Imagine manual ‘should be put to sleep'.
Taking full advantage ot the emerging wave ot 3D clip-an, we tind him rendering an otl-the-shelf robot head on his Amiga. It you look closely, you can just make out the slightest progress every tew minutes, perhaps halt a line or so at the most. It s taken hours to get halfway down the screen, but Matt thinks nothing ot aborting it at this stage in the game, to tree up the machine tor some ot his own doodles I’ve mapped out the Funky Drummer breakbeat and turned it into a 3D animation!' He says.
Imagining some kind ot fractal animation, generated Irom the Funky Drummer sample data, I’m pleasantly surprised to see a shiny ray-traced drummer sitting at his drum kit, knocking out the Funky Drummer break, beat for beat! All that's missing is the sound sample - how convenient that I happen to have my breakbeat sample library with me... The next release from the Cold Cut Hex collaboration is to be a rave video, pencilled in tor a March '93 release, under the working title E-TV'.
For this, Matt's hoping to get the trio ot Amiga, Mac and Archimedes all hooked up and running as one pulsating psychedelia machine. What a headl ® GRAPHICS WANTED!
Hex and Cold Cut have got some pretty tasty graphics lined up lor their E-TV rave video, and they're looking lor more They re interested in all kinds ol computer animation. But especially anything that's been 3D ray-traced, and would welcome anything CU readers have to otter Send your work, on either VHS tape or floppy disk, to: Cold Cut. Livingston Studios. Brook Road Wood Green.
London. W?2 6TR. This time next year we II be millionaires, and all that It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it - writing music for games is a demanding occupation. Tony Horgan quizzes one of the Amiga scene’s most prolific musicians, Matt Furniss.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS?
Three and a halt years.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST GAME SOUNDTRACK?
The tracks tor Chase HO for Ocean, Manchester United tor Krisalis, and Laser Squad tor Blade were all written at about Ihe same time.
WHAT SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE DO YOU USE?
Hardware: Audio Imager (sampler). A500 with V2 Mb chip RAM and 2 V2 Mbs fast RAM. GVP 80Mb hard drive.
Software: Audio Engineer Plus. ProTracker I la.
DO YOU COMPOSE DIRECTLY ON THE AMIGA? « Yes. T find it’s quicker and easier to do it that way.
We've got some keyboards and synths here (at Knsalis). But I just work with my Amiga, sampler and hard drive.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Soccer Kid tor Krisalis. It's going to have 20 Ingame tunes, 50 sound effects and a big 250k title track. I've also been doing a lot ot Megadrive music - just about anything you'll hear on the Megadrive has come from here. We should be doing some for the Super Nintendo soon.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR SOUNDS FftOM?
I mostly sample trom normal audio Cds. You can listen out tor basslines or melodies you like, and if you're lucky, you’ll get just that part played on its own Then you can lift the instrument sound, and use it to play any tune you want That new Shamen CD has got some good stuff on it - some good basslines. Those sample Cds are too expensive at £50 a throw.
WHICH OTHER AMIGA MUSICIANS DO YOU RATE?
Tim Follin and Richard Joseph are two ot the best. Some ot Tim’s stuff is excellent, but you don't hear much ot it these days. It's a shame, the games he does the music tor usually aren't up to much. I really like the music he did for Ocean's Fly Spy - lots ot lovely wah-wah guitar HOW DO YOU FIND THE AMIGA FOR MUSIC?
Generally, it's pretty good. The sample quality you can get is really good. I'd definitely advise anyone to get decent sampling hardware, tike Audio Imager, rather than go tor the cheap £40 UP CLOSE jobs. Audio Imager can grab really low sub-sonic bass, and at the other end it's got excellent treble response.
What I don't like is the restriction ot tour channels. Also the sound chip should be able to access Fast RAM When you're doing music lot a game, the programmers often want to use the blitter to display the sprites, so you've got the blitter and the sound chip both alter the same bit ot Chip memory, and you usually end up with about 50k lor the soundtrack. Commodore shouk) have sorted it out with the 1200.
WHAT DO YOU RATE AS YOUR BEST SOUNDTRACK?
I think Manchester Uniled Europe was quite good, and I'm pleased with the music I've done tor Cytron, the new one Irom Psygnosis.
DO ANY OF YOUR OLD TUNES MAKE YOU CRINGE?
Yes. Loads of them! You think Oh God! That sounded alright at the time'. It there's one in particular, it's probably the music in James Bond trom Domark - it was this realty cheesy tune, with some sarnies that were pretty good at the time, and most people liked it when it came out!
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FANTASY FIGURE Showing how a classic fantasy figure can be produced is this clearly explained sequence of pictures from Dave Franklin.
TERMINATOR These movies have provided a fruitful source of inspiration for submissions to the Art Gallery. Here’s the muscle man himself, as the original incarnation of the rust-proofed killing machine, drawn by Chris Lumb of Leeds.
1. Using Deluxe Paint IV In 64 colour Lo-Rcs, Dave begins with a
basic white outline tor the principal figure. He used the
circle tool to draw the moon.
2. The tirst lew colour ranges for the 9kin tones have now been
set, changing the colour of the existing outlines. Each muscle
on the legs, arms and torso is drawn.
3. The range lor all skin tones is established. Using the Fill 4.
Remaining detail was added using the magnify mode. The option,
with a Contour Fill in the range that has just been chrome
effect on the sword and armour takes practice, but set. Each
muscle is filled separately. Clearly produces a worthwhile
result when mastered.
3. With the addition of more colour and glinting light, the
figure now looks recognisably like...Billy Idol? Notice the
detail added to the tough guy glove he's wearing.
4. Final touches are added to the hair, making the man unmis
takably Arnie. The black background, crossed by laser beams,
gives a more dramatic effect.
5. Atmospheric fog (or smoke) is added to the foreground, and a
starry sky placed overhead. Other details, like the green
plume on the helmet arc also put on. Dave's monogram, as a
brush, Is stamped in the bottom righthand corner for the
finishing touch.
Emerging once again from the ever increasing mountain of PD disks, Tony Horgan digs deep into the pile to find something interesting worth writing about.
XPOSE demo Megademos haven't been abundant in recent months, but demo veterans The Silents' have served up a tasty little two-disker with Xpose. Some nondescnpt vectors on a starfield backdrop get things going. From here it picks up with some good plasma- esque warp scrolls. Blurred vectors and sinus waves are up next, followed by a bit ot soothing plasma.
Next, it's time tor a metamorphing glenz, a spinning polygon with semi-transparent surfaces. Colour- cycled plasma is followed by some pulsating vertical copper Oars. Finally there's a rotating globe made up ot lots of tiny dots, light-sourced to give a true 3D look. It's all accompanied by an ominous soundtrack, something like Jarre’s Rendezvous. Not a gob-smacker, but entertaining all the same.
Available trom: PD Sott. T Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SSI 2YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 2633.2634. Price: £5.50 (Including P.P). ¦Aid*- TECHNO CONSPIRACY music demo There's nothing to rival the brilliant Jesus on Es rave demo this month, but Ma|ic 12's Techno Conspiracy should get your bum wiggling all the same. It's pretty solid hardcore stuff - mostly beats and looped riffs played on stabs and buzzes.
Graphically, it's not exactly eye-popping. But a couple of animated groovers make it more interesting to watch than the CD player screens of most music demos.
After a while it starts to sound like The Prodigy, thanks to some rasping synth stabs and manic tunes. Techno Conspiracy is the sort of demo that makes most people wince. On the other hand, if head-banging hardcore is your bag. It'll go down rather well. Strictly for techno-heads only.
Available from: PD Soft, 1 Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 2632. Price: E3.00 (including P+P).
Hard-as-nalla bronkbcal techno Isn't everyone's scene, but It you like nothing better than to stomp the night away to some underground hardcore, get a load ot Techno Conspiracy.
It s been bugging me lor ages, and something has to be said. Why do all you PD companies have labels that are almost impossible lo write on? By all means pul your logo, address and phone number on Ihe labels, but how are we expected lo mark up our PD disks when there's nothing but a 3mm x 6mm box in which lo write the name ot the program. Demo or whatever? Sort it out.
TIME ZONE domo You can usually count on Red Sector to come up Witn the goods, and their latest two-disk megademo gets going in style. A bunch of solid 3D chunks come spinning onto the screen and shunt together, bending and stretching to form the RSI logo. After that, it's time lo endure a painfully slow sequence, which has the programmers' mug shots trundling around the screen for what seems like an eternity Bear with it. And you'll get to see another nice metallic RSI logo, which peels oft Its outer crust as it turns red hot. A gaudily-coloured vector spitfire takes a flight around an inky
void, before thp prompt for disk two comes up.
A new soundtrack revitalises the demo, as a Star Wars-style 3D text scroller displays some tricky-to-read text. Alter that rt starts to look like something made with Red Sector's own Demomaker. With fractal patches and copper Oars Texture-tilled vectors are up next, and looking pretty smooth with it. A tull-screen digitised animation ot a Happing dove wraps it all up. Well worth a screening it you can stomach the low points.
Available from: PD Soft, 1 Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. Essex. SS1 2YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 2623.2624. , fit.
Price: £3.00 (including P.P). I4|k PUBLIC DOMAIN JOYRIDE SOUND VISION demo They like their fantasy artwork, these demo coders.
This one from Reflect opens with a typical hand drawn picture of a centaur - completely irrelevant to the rest of the disk, but then continuity has never played a big part in demos. After a long winded session that sees letters spinning onto the screen, the words Reflect Presents' eventually appear, before morphing, via a kind of blurred plasma, into the title of the demo. In comes the music, and for a change, there's actually a decent lead synth sound in there.
The main demo gets off with one of those rotating cubes, that has a different animated effect on each face, followed by a short bout of colour pattern generating. The highlight of the demo is the bouncing vector globe, which has a vector map of the world wrapped onto a light-sourced ball. From here you get a smooth ray-traced animation of a string of balls, some nice fiery graphic effects, a bunch of cubes rotating within cubes, and a speedy realtime fractal landscape generator. Side-stepping most of the cliches, with plenty to keep you interested, this is one of the best single-disk demos
to come out for quite a while.
Available from: PD Soft, 1 Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2YD.
Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 2631. Price £3.00 (including P+P).
Demo Demos that stick to one effect for too long can be very tedious. Phenomena have made sure they don't make that mistake with Joyride, a demo that offers a dash more variety than the rest.
There's a trio of bouncing dot balls to get things started. After that there's some abstract vector graphics, coloured with copperlists. Unfortunately the objects are too complex for the 3D routine, and it jerks about pretty badly. Smoothness is restored for the 3D tunnel effect (just like the one on the computer in the kids' TV program Chocablock), which spews out spinning vector objects into the foreground. The screen is then split into quarters, with a different effect in each: a bob tunnel, a dot flag, a big scrolly message, and a starfield with a teletype over the top. A solid-vector
snaky thing made out of stars is next, and a tasteful purple rotating spiral adorns the end screen. It gets off to a shaky start, but finishes off in impressive style.
Available from: Cynostic PD, 85 Wyken Croft, Coventry, CV2 3AD. Disk no. D0485.
Tel: 0203 613817. Price: £2.00 .CTK (including P+P).
Do you get all excited at the mention of an X- Wing? Does the sight of a lovingly ray-traced mothership get you foaming at the mouth? Okay, no need for a show of hands - you know who you are.
Especially for the likes of you, Analog have put together a 10-pic slideshow of spaceships, rockets and docking bays.
There's a half-hearted attempt to tie all the pictures into a storyline, rather than just shovel them onto the screen in any order, but it doesn't really come off. Even so, there are some neat ray-traced HAM graphics on show - not as detailed or polished as the stuff from Tobias Richter, but very nicely done all the same. After the show there's an interactive ‘time tunnel' effect, which you can tweak with the function keys. The background music has some nice original samples, and goes well with the space theme.
Available from: PD Soft, 1 Bryant Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2YD. Tel: 0702 466933. Disk no. 2641. Price: .
£3.00 (including P+P).
REFLEX ONE DAY IN THE SOL- SYSTEM demo Vectors are really in vogue with the demo teams at Ihe moment. Exactly why, is a bit ot a mystery. To get that magical 50 frames per second needed for slick-looking demos, the coders are restricting themselves to cubes and paper-dart spaceships.
Reflex, from Liquid, opens with some of these t unimpressive vectors, as a spaceship emerges r from a box, and proceeds to fly around a tumbling starfield. A curious stage follows this, in which the • spaceship buzzes a nondescript circular backdrop.
Don't ask me what that's all aboutl A multi-colour 3D floor-scroll is the next backdrop for the vector ship, rating a 9 out of 10 on the sick-o-meter. A few still pics and contact screens bring it to a dose. Impressive in places, but could do better.
Available from: Cynostic, 85 Wyken Croft, Coventry, CV2 3AD. Tel: 0203 613817.
Disk no. D0008. Price: £2.00 (including P+P).
Nice vectors - sh plotting routine can’t h die the detail. It It's smooth you want though, check out the Chockablock Dr Who tunnel ettett.
POINT BLANK do mo Bit of a shorty, this one. Andromeda are big on cubes, and start the demo with the title etched on a series of ice cubes. This is followed by a session of big light-sourced cubes exploding into lots of little ones. Bendy cubes are next, and then - shock horror - a bubble! Quite a nice bubble it is too, bouncing around the screen with its pretty little stars stuck to its surface. Finally, there's another vector cube, with metamorphing patterns on its surfaces. The music's not bad. Apart from the brass sample. A demo for squares.
Available from: Cynostic PD, 85 Wyken Croft, Coventry, CV2 3AD. Tel: 0203 613817.
Disk no. D0512. Price: £2.00 (Including P+P).
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RESUME MAKER 3.0 CV DESIGNER As Ihe economic recession continues to bite, you must use whatever natural advantages you have to make yourselt into a more attractive proposition tor potential employers Your resume or CV is likely to be the first thing that a future employer will encounter, and therefore it's crucial that you present your potted history as effectively as possible.
There are a number of different ways that you can prepare a resume according to whether or not you already have lots of relevant experience. If you do. Or you have a good work history, a simple summary of your achievements is likely to be the best option, as it gives all the information in an easy to read tormat.
Resume Maker is a great shareware program that enables you to create and modify such resumes. Basically, it acts like a blank database into which you Sim* ply fill in the details. The first page requires you to enter information such as your name and address, etc. but by selecting one of six additional options from the edit menu, you can enter personal data, job objectives, education and employment history, military record (I) and skills Because each field limits the amount of entry space available to you. It forces you to present the relevant information in a succinct format which will be
easier for a personnel manager ess to read, thus improving your chances of being interviewed.
Once you've created your resume it can either be printed or saved tor later editing Alternatively, you can store it as an ASCII file for editing in your tavourite text editor or word processor.
A simple idea which has been well implemented.
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Tel: 081 455 1626. Price: £1.40 (including P&P). Compatibility: Any Amiga. Memory: 512K.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION Although it is widely accepted as the national sport in the United States, many British and European viewers are totally unaware of the subtleties of American football.
The American Football Multimedia Presentation is an interesting and well crafted program which can be used to increase your knowledge and understanding ot the game It is divided into four sections: Rules of the Game, Team Information. Season's Fixtures and Odds and Ends. As a non-enthusiast, I found the Odds and Ends section the most interesting, as it contains dozens of interesting facts about both the game, and some of its most memorable moments. For example, want to know the coldest game that was ever played in the league? It was when Cincinnati played San Diego and the temperature
plummeted to a brass monkey low of minus 39 degrees. Time for the thermal jockstraps lads!
The Rules section provides info on the game, ranging from basic playing rules, to attacking and defensive formations and the structure of the NFL. Although these rules are not explained in intricate detail, there's quite enough to give you an understanding of the game. The Team Information section gives a summary on all teams in the NFL, providing such information as their home ground and last season's match stats. Finally, for real followers of the game, the Season's Fixtures gives the fixtures for every week of the season so that you can plan your viewing according to the team you may be
following.
Unlike the Total Concepts programs that I've been reviewing over the last couple of months. American Foofba fcontains very tew graphics, and what there is. Is very uninspiring stuff consisting primarily of monochrome play diagrams and badly digitised T.V. stills. This is a real shame, because superb as the program may be, I think it would have benetitted by the addition ot some hand drawn logos to accompany the team information.
Even though I'm not a fan of American football, I'm very impressed by the sheer quality and effort that has gone into this wonderful three-disk presentation If you have even a remote interest in the sport get this disk.
Disk Nos: S591-593. Available from: NBS, 1 Chain Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5QA. Tel: 0983 529594. Price: £4.25 (Including P&P) for all three disks. Compatibility: A500-A3000. Memory: 512k.
CLUMPY ICONS WORKBENCH ICONS If you write your own programs or you like to compile your own disks, you'll probable have noticed the same old boring icons appearing time and time again. Now your problems are over thanks to Clumpy Icons, a new collection comprising well over 100 different icons for every occasion. The icons are grouped under six headings: Specific. Sound and Vision, New System, Disks and Drawers, General and 101 Uses. To be honest, the groupings are pretty vague, because you can find sound Icons in the New Systems category and Vision icons in the General drawer.
Nevertheless, generally speaking, Specific contains icons relating to particular programs such as Real 3D or Colourlext, Sound and Vision contains some really nice generic sound and graphics Icons such as walkmans, video cameras and Cds. New System is my favourite, for although it contains icons pertaining to every subject under the sun. they're all overlaid on the old-style CLI icon which means that they all occupy the same area on the Workbench screen, unlike most of the other icons which range from tiny to huge. Disks and Drawers simply holds a selection of 2 and 3D disk and drawer icons,
whilst General comprises a nice mish-mash ol icons for subjects such as DTP, Printing, Puzzles, etc. The final category is 101 Uses, and this drawer contains by far the most attractive selection ol detailed icons ranging from cans of baked beans and miniature Oscars to planets and digitised faces.
Although the icons can be used on 2.0 machines, they were clearly not designed with that colour scheme in mind and to get the best from them you'll probably want to recolour them.
Quite the most original collection of icons I've seen. Guaranteed to perk up the most lifeless Workbench screen!
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Pd ulli ¦ ini I I . I ci U I . II I iihIcii I lv.' - Iiiiiiii'. Liniv. I I II ill. Ii'l I 4 s 11 ll I mmiz am,ga Learning to program in a new language can be difficult at the best of times, but 68000 Assembly language is one of the toughest to learn on the Amiga. Not only is the language bafflingly unreadable and time consuming to debug, but the would-be programmer needs to have both a working knowledge of C and a detailed understanding of the Amiga’s internal architecture.
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Paul seems to take a very com- mon-sense attitude to the language, conceding that there are occasions when it is easier and desirable to programme in C. resorting only to Assembly language for optimised routines and libraries where speed or file size may be an issue.
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AMIGA BSB: £19.95 Few programming languages have caused such excitement or achieved such critical acclaim as Mandarin Software's AMOS package. Tracing its roots back to a relatively unrefined Atari ST program called STOS, AMOS is an optimised extension of the Basic language, with special sections designed for handling graphics and sound in a way suitable for arcade games.
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CU Amiga flips a few pages to find out what’s new on the book scene. This month we open a very mixed bag.
Like Paul Overaa’s book, Mastering Amiga AMOS necessarily includes some lengthy introductory text, but unlike the former title, this text never Ijecomes boring or misguided. From the second I started reading, I was interested to know what Phil had to say, and at no time did I find myself wondering at the meaning of any of his comments.
When I reviewed Phil’s other BSB book, Mastering Amiga Beginners, I was irritated by his jocular style, but I must admit that it has grown on me, and I can't deny that it certainly makes light reading of a subject which might otherwise be heavy going, especially to the newcomer.
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The book is copiously illustrated with sample programs, which are certain to speed up the learning process as you type them in and work out what they do.
There are also entire chapters dedicated to Graphics, AMAL, Music and Sound, The AMOS Compiler, TOME, AMOS 3D and disk operations. Better yet, the book even covers Easy AMOS and AMOS Professional, demonstrating that Phil is bang up to date on AMOS development.
If you own AMOS, but felt that the manual assumed a bit too much knowledge of the Basic language, this is the book for you. Similarly, if you’re considering buying AMOS, AMOS 3D, Easy AMOS or AMOS Professional, you should include this book in your deliberations. It may not be absolutely essential, but if you want to save yourself a lot of unnecessary aggravation, this is the way to do it!
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This ill-conceived and poorly executed book purports to be
the ultimate reviews'n’tips guide tor the hardened Amiga
gamesplayer. In fact, what you get tor your money is 184 pages
of misinformed and misleading drivel which tries hard to be
an authoritative tome on Amiga games, but fails because it
basically tails between two stools. On the one hand, it
presents itself as the essential Amiga games guide by
covering the (supposedly) top 50 Amiga games, and on the other
it attempts to include player's guides to almost 30 of these
games. And that’s the problem. The reader is never really sure
whether they’re reading a review or a hints’n’tips treatise, as
the two are often amalgamated into one unwieldly mess. I really
haven’t any idea why this approach was taken, but presumably it
seemed like a good idea to the book's author, Ashley
Cotter-Cairns, at the time!
Reviews range from half page 'shorts’, to full-blown two-pagers, but most are particularly bland affairs which would almost certainly have been binned or extensively rewritten before they found their way into CU Amiga's Screen Scene review section. Obvious games, like Project X, Speedball 2 and Monkey Island 2 appear, but then stuff like Daily Double Horse Racing, Dylan Dog, Tiny Skweeks and Bargon Attack are also included - most bizarre and hardly representative of the top 50 Amiga games of all time. Most offer little relevant information and the humourless manner in which they’re written
proves hard going at times.
Many also come accompanied by ’Ash Smash Tips’, small end paragraphs offering supposedly useful info on getting the most out ot the game. These really are a waste of time, offering few practical tips. For instance, the one that accompanies the review of Civilization advises the player to ’spend an afternoon reading the manual before you even think of loading it up’. Yeah, thanks for the words of wisdom Ashley.
And then, suddenly and without warning, you’re reading a player's guide. This is most disconcerting, as you never quite know when this is about to happen nor which games have been tipped. The contents page offers no clues, either, and merely lists the games that appear in chronological order. The tips themselves vary from poor to good, although many are merely rewrites of stuff that's appeared in mags or been obtained from publishers. If you’re looking for detailed player's guides, then you won’t find them here - the ones included are almost always general hints and tips rather than
step-by-step walkthroughs.
All games are split up into seven different catagories, ranging from Arcade and Sports games to Strategy and RPGs. Each section has an introduction, and each review-cum-player's guide is accompanied by an overall rating. There's also a 'Spotlight' page-filler at the end of each section where Mr Cotter-Cairns spouts off about a subject of his choosing, such as the new A1200, piracy and CD-Rom games - these rambling pieces seem at odds with the rest of the book and are as curious as they are banal.
And that's it. Amiga Five-0 is a bland read at best and certainly not worth the ten quid asking price. I only hope you read this review before it’s too late!
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The guide is a bi-annually published American magazine of some 260 pages containing no graphics and very small type, so there's a humungous amount of information available in each issue.
AC's Guide is basically a massive international product reference guide which lists over 3400 products. 676 retailers and vendors and 389 user groups. Products are Software, Hardware, Miscellaneous and PD and Shareware. Each of these areas is then further sub-divided. For example, the software chapter includes sections on Graphic Arts. Desktop Video. Business and Home Productivity, Entertainment and Utilities, to name but a few of the categories. Each product is briefly described, and ordering details including prices, addresses and telephone numbers are given. The guide also includes a
complete listing of the entire Fred Fish and Amicus PD collections.
There are six different indexes to ensure that the Guide is as accessible as possible, and these are backed up by a summarised vendor listing containing the addresses of every vendor in the magazine.
There are flashier looking British magazines, which attempt to offer a similar service, but make no mistake, they are just pale imitations of the real thing! Not only do they barely scratch the international market, but they don't even have a fraction of the scope or number of entries contained in this guide. If you ever needed an Amiga product reference, this is the only way to flyl Incidentally, AC tell me that they are seeking a European distributor, so if anyone out there is interested, get in touch.
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You too can draw! No, this isn’t one of those cheesy adverts which get printed in mags alongside offers for X-ray specs and mailorder lingerie; it’s a genuine promise from our graphics wizard Peter Lee to help you get the most out of Amiga artwork through the magic of Deluxe Paint.
Deluxe F NON-BELIEVER Heard it all betore? Confidence taken a nosedive? Why? Think about it - everyone starts somewhere, and believe me half the battle's won when you know the software inside out. Which is where this series comes in. Dpaint is a highly complex tool which has grown over the years to meet the demands of professional and hobbyist alike. Electronic Arts' great art package sizzles with features - so many in fact that simple things can become confusing. And that's why we'll be lifting the lid on the program in this on-going series: making all the major features accessible, with
examples and expert tips you can try yourself. Because once you can control the mechanics of the program, you'll find your ideas can be translated to the screen, and your artistic skills will grow on the bedrock of some very powerful graphic techniques. Ready? Then let's begin... BASICS Rules - a sad fact of life. You meet the major Dpaint rule when you first start the program. It’s the mode 'colour trade-off. You can have a high- resolution mode with fewer colours, or a low-res mode with 64. Which to choose? It clearly depends on what you have in mind for the finished work. The only
time I use high-res is for video titling or for creating logos which will be either photographed or genlocked onto video.
Most people gladly trade off resolution for a larger number of colours: and the lower your resolution and fewer your colours, the more memory rr flB5!!TrTTl Color*: Ouwicui: Nlicim Pi.o«rAH LoaOIno: HwllBTUl Canoal I you have for any animations you might be contemplating. The interlace option is best left to sight-impaired users (...they soon will be...) or those with monitors which don't display the irritating flicker. Overscan is only really useful if you are working with video in mind (it extends the boundaries of the picture beyond the screen limits so there isn’t a border around
it). If you have less than 1 Mb of RAM, it's best to click dh the Swap button so that the program loads the information it needs when it needs it rather than loading it all in at one go. We'll be covering HAM (4096 colour Hold And Modify mode) later; it’s a major asset with the latest release of Dpaint, but flaky enough to give us a few problems. Right now let’s think positive. After selecting your screen type you get that familiar, unnerving blank screen and tool icon strip that has challenged Amiga artists since the dawn of time (or at least since 1985, if you're being picky).
You may find it useful to remove this toolbox from time to time to reach parts of your, image which it covers up. Pressing F10 toggles the icons on and off. Right from version one, Dpaint has had this irritating quirk; if you draw out a shape which goes ’under' the toolbox, the area of screen hidden by the tools will remain blank. This holds good too for fills, so get into the habit of removing it when needed.
QUICK ON THE DRAW Using ordinary tools to draw with is a doddle (or doodle,..), but computers are a lot smarter than pencils and paintbrushes. Always bear in mind that the opportunities ottered by Dpaint actually raise your artistic skill level. For instance, how many people do you know who can draw a straight line (or curve tor that matter) freehand?
You can probably count them on Hook’s bad hand. And this is the simplest example of how using computer software can give you a real head start. But drawing lines is just the tip of the iceberg. What happens to the image underneath as you draw is one of the great thrills of computer graphics. This brings us to the Mode menu, where a click ot the mouse button can help unlock the doors ot your imagination.
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or line) lead the way to even greater control ol the program.
UNDERCOVER WORK Dpaint IV otters 10 very powerful painting modes.
Most mode selections only take effect if you have some artwork on screen (they need source colours to work with), and they can use either one of the default brush shapes (the pens), or sometimes the shape of a custom brush (one you've cut out yourself). The matching commands in Dpaint III work in identical ways. Here's a brief outline of what each does - and an example which shows off the technique, plus a peppering of useful tips: Matte - This uses any custom brush you decide to pick up or load in as the painting pen. Any background colours present when you picked up the brush are
transparent. This is the default mode when you cut out a brush, and you use it for repositioning parts of your image, or cutting and pasting in different locations. TIP: The last brush you used is always available (even after you've been drawing with other tools such as pens or shapes) by right button clicking with the pointer on the brush selector tool. If you've got an animbrush in memory too, this can also be called back on screen in the same way.
GRAPHICS D I Y aint II? “fli HI D I nut I i nr %*iq« c4ni i i ORIGINAL ri:d a i »•• Mr ki:i .1 ou«lin » Ghostly golngs on. Courtssy of Dpaint. Special effects ¦ breeze with a few simple mode options.
RAIN I IN i MODKS FOR SRF IAI. FITIiCTS MFTTT F Mfm F They broke Ihe mould with the Amiga! Four steps to getting the realistic metallic look which Is really attractive - and above all, easy.
Colour - Creates a solid shape of your brush in the current foreground colour. Extremely useful for placing a brush’s shadow before stamping down the brush as a matte. TIP: While drawing with an in-built brush, or a custom brush using the matte mode, you can quickly cycle through the palette's available foreground colours by hitting the open and close square bracket keys Q, so your brush is the right colour.
Replc- Very similar to Matte, except there are no transparent colours. TIP: Remember that using Dpaint's quick key shortcuts cuts down on time.
Pressing F1 will make the brush into a Matte form, and F3 will bring it back to Replc mode. You can see the difference on screen and decide which mode suils your needs before having to commit the brush to the screen.
Smear- This blathers pixels around like so many grains of sand. It's great too for adding granular texture to objects, but lacks finesse. TIPS: The bigger your brush, the rougher the smear gets, and unless you’re careful too much smearing can destroy the shape of your original object.
Incidentally, if you want to enlarge one of Ihe program's in-built brushes, to smear large areas at a time, here's how. Click on an in-built brush with the right button, then move onto the drawing area and drag out a new sized brush to suit your needs.'
Shade - For this mode to work, a range of colours should have been previously defined. It allows you to pass a brush over a colour in the range, press the left button and replace it with the next highest colour.
Pressing the right button as you draw changes the underlying colour to the next darker colour. TIP: The greater the number of colours in the range, the better. This mode is wonderful for adding highlights to metallic objects: but don't be too heavy handed or else the colours tend to move to the extremes of light and dark too quickly. If you choose a palette colour not in a defined range, Dpaint will use the whole palette, which serves no useful purpose!
Blend- The program will try to soften the edges where colours meet by adding a third, averaged colour. Ideal for making smooth transitions - as in light to dark skies, or where clouds are drawn, to soften the edges. TIP: Dpaint does its best, but if there is no real average colour in the palette, results can be unpredictable. Make sure your pale palette reflects the mid-tones of any colour sequences to give the software a chance.
Cycle - This mode only works with a colour from a previously defined cycle range, and as you draw the colours are cycled through in turn. A big help in drawing objects which will need smoothing and smearing later; rocks or dirt, for instance. By defining a range of five or so different greys or browns, then cycling through them as you paint, you add light and dark elements automatically. Smearing the result to mix up the pixels, then smoothing in places cuts down on the creation process enormously. TIP: Cycling is ideal for single-screen animation effects. Try defining a range of 10
colours, making one white and all the rest black.
Cycle draw on screen after pressing the TAB key to.activate display cycling, and watch the flickering fun* Pressing TAB again switches off cycling.
Smooth - This is a kind of on-the-fly anti-alias mode. It cuts down on jagged edges which sometimes plague low-resolution images, by adding an intermediate colour to fool the eye into thinking there is a seamless join between two colours.
Again, the greater the range of similar colours, the better the smoothing will appear. TIP: If you smooth an image on a black background, intending to pick it up as a brush, be warned that the edges between colour and background will have had extra pixels added (the smoothing edge). So, when you come to paste the brush down onto another scene, you may get an unwanted dark outline. This can be remedied in part by stripping the outer edge of the brush (Shift-O) as an emergency measure.
Mix - Using the current brush palette you can mix and blend underlying colours. This is useful in HAM mode, but you may prefer to mix your colours systematically in the palette requester, where you have total control over them. It can be a flaky mode at best, but if weird is what you want, give it a whirl.
(77 W) In Dpaint III Mix is replaced by Tint. Tint allows you to use one of Dpaint's in-built brushes together with a range of colours to tint the underlying image. For instance, if you had an image of a field on screen, by using a range of whites as your tint colours you could add snow to the scene without destroying the underlying structure. TIP: The COLOUR KITS for MONO PRINTERS Ever wished yoa’d bought a colour printer instead of a mono one? Wouldn't it be nice to print out Deluxe Paint pictures in colour? Now you can with "FlexiColour Kits". KlexiColour kits come complete with
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THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL Ever had Ihe urge lo pick up a can ol paint and spray something on a wall. No, I'm nol admitting lo it either, but Dpaint lets you eipress yourself in the comfort and safety ol your own room. This example calls on many ol Ihe lechniques discussed in Ihe main article, and gives a visual guide lo exactly how each mode can be used to best advantage.
Fli 4i SMOOTH SMEAR HEAVY Take Ihe wall. There's |ust one brick there - no labour ol love; Ihe image ot that brick is flipped in Ihe X and Y planes every so often lo give an appearance of randomness (lo do this, pick up a brush and simply press Ihe X or Y keys). The brick starts oul as a small red rectangle. Using cycle, with three shades ol red selected, it’s possible lo give a random graininess lo Ihe rectangle. Depending on the results, you can either settle lor that, or use Smear to mix up the red pixels.
To add authenticity to the brick, we need to knock it about a bit, so using black as your brush colour, and the spray brush, eat away around the edges ol the rectangle to create a lifelike (or brick-like) brick. Pick this up as a brush now. And using the filled rectangle tool, colour the area ol your wall in grey, lor the mortar. I like to cycle a number ol greys around the area now tor added realism, but really, one grey will do. Don't worry about losing your brush - right mouse click on the brush window, and your last brush will always re-appear. To add depth to the brick, we have to outline
it: so with black selected as your pen colour, and the brush active, press the o' key on the keyboard. You can now lay your bricks in the regular pattern, with bricks on top overlapping the edges ol adjoining bricks below. Remember to Hip the brick frequently in either X or Y plane lor beHer realism. The gold plaque uses the cycle, smear and smooth techniques discussed earlier. What is new, however, is the white spray paint. You can see the wall and mortar underneath the paint; this is a clever feature ol both Dpaint III and V (although available in the Mode menu of DPIII, it is hidden in the
Process menu on the later version). Although you will be painting with one colour. Dpaint needs a range ol that colour il it s to match up what you're painting on; if your bricks have three reds, then there needs to be three different whites to match the change in intensity as you paint. So, along with the reds, you need to detine a similar range ol whites, from dark to light. With tint selected, as you paint with one ol the program's in-built brushes, the background colours change whilst leaving the drawing structure intact. This way the spray-paint etlect looks realistic. This technique can
also be used lor creating shadows, and also lor mimicking glass objects, where the colours showing through are aflected by the glass itself (though not as much as artists tend to go lor: but you're creating an impression on screen, not taking a photograph).
Greater your range ol tint colours, the more realistic the effect will be. Dpaint III Tint does not work with custom brush brushes unfortunately.
Hbrite - This feature uses the 64-colour mode's alternative colour set to darken the original 32- colour palette. Great for shadows and highlights.
TIP: If you have a HAM picture and want to work on it in a more regular resolution, you can change screen formats while the picture is being displayed in HAM, and choose 64-colour halfbrite. This way, though you will obviously loose thousands of colours (you would anyway) you maximise the colours available for the transition. It depends on your original of course, but a lot of times the conversion works very well.
DRAWING ATTENTION Dpaint's toolbox is the starting point for any work. It contains basic drawing tools and 10 in-built brushes, and also accesses many user-definable options.
The standard tools - freehand drawing, straight line and curve work with whatever brush you have currently selected; so too do the outline tools - circle, rectangle, ellipse and polygon. But by clicking the right button on some tools opens up requesters which perform little pieces of computer magic.
Take spacing requester, for example. Right click the straight line tool, and Dpaint will ask for input into a Spacing definition requester. You have the option of telling the program how often along your line to paint the brush. If you select the N total and input a figure, then every outline shape you draw (including line, circle and rectangle), will have just that number of brushes painted on screen. For example, if you had the large round in-built brush selected, and chose 20 as the N total, when you drew a straight line - of whatever length - it would look like a series of dots instead of
the usual continuous line. By selecting instead the option ‘Every Nth dot', and entering a figure, you maintain the distance at which the brush is painted; this means that however short or long your line, the brushes are the same distance apart. Choosing the airbrush option on the requester uses the airbrush tool, with your input defining the number of airbrush sprays to be used to each pixel along the path.
NEXT MONTH Each and every month, Peter Lee will be explaining how to get the most out of your copy of Dpaint. If you're a complete novice or even an expert with years of experience in computer graphics, there will be something of practical benefit to you both. Next month Peter explains the intricacies of the symmetry tool, and how it’s use can save hours of work.
Also, he will show you how to have fun with fills and brushwork. Plus many more tips. Till then, keep doodling!
PROGRAMMING FOR Are you going loopy with C programming? John Kennedy repeats until you get it right in the third instalment of his tutorial.
MainO int counter; STICKS AND STONES To be in any way useful, a programming language must offer three basic coding features. As with most easily grasped concepts, computer sci entists like to give them important names to put off beginners, and here they are: sequential cod ing, conditional coding and repetitive coding. We have already looked at the first two features - the first is more or less taken for granted as the flow of control’ through a program, the second we examined last month through use of the IF statement Now we’ll look at the third feature: repetition Now we’ll look at the
third feature: repetition. Now we’ll look at the third... ONE, HA! HA! HA!
Imagine that you need a program that counts from 1 to 10. And prints each number out in turn Perhaps the most obvious way to achieve this is to use 10 different print statements (see Table 1).
Although slightly TABLE l tedious, this program works perfectly well. The • Counting to ten 7 snag occurs when you discover that what you ¦ actually needed was a . Program that counted ¦ jH-l' -l l,om ' 10 1000 _ woula "U you Oe willing to type in pnnttf Znn ) a thousand lines ol code printfC3Vi' ); to achieve something so printffl'n'); simple'7 (it you would, r _ and so on. V CU would probaOiy like | to employ you as a games reviewer) The trick is to use loops - pieces ot code which automatically execute themselves again and again The simplest loops are those which know belore they are
called how many times they are to repeat, and in the C language they are called FOB loops.
Programmers who have used BASIC or AMOS will find them similar to the common or garden FOR-NEXT loop WHAT FOR?
A FOR loop makes use of a variable, and needs three pieces of information before it can start. In TABLE 2 our counting program is rewritten to .
Make use of a FOR loop It's a great deal shorter than the ongmal would be!
Notice that the code which is to be executed inside the loop is enclosed in curly brackets to form a separate chunk’ of code It turns out that when only one statement follows a FOR loop, you don't really need the brackets but I’ve left them in to makes things slightly clearer. The indentation used is entirely up to you - I think this way makes the code quite clear You should be able to work out the information FOR needs quite easily, especially it you remember the special C short cuts we looked at last month.
FOR uses a variable to do the counting so logically the first thing it does is to assign a value
- in this case 1.1 could have used any integer other than 1, but
since the problem was to count upwards to 1000, where better to
start.
As usual, a semi-colon separates the C statements and the next one is a condition - the FOR loop will only happen it this statement is true. In this example, we want the loop to execute only while the variable counter is less than or equal to 1000, The last statement is a short cut tor 'counter=counter+1‘ - which does nothing more sinister than increment Hg[£3 the variable counter If there was no increment • nrJ instruction. The loop toteveronaeverona woula conljnue l0, ever, ever - Don I run Itus! as the counter would never change and the moinO condition would never become false In
tact, for (;;) sometimes you may prmtfffrom here to want this '° happen - « (tentv T so. You don't need to specify any of FOR's parameters (see TABLE
3) .
RECYCLING The next example program demonstrates how the loop variable can be made use of more than once within a single program. The loop variable is an ordinary variable, and can be used in the same way as any other - there is nothing special about it being used as a FOR loop counter.
Remember that although it is called ‘counter’ in these examples, you can call it anything you like in your own code (see TABLE 4).
PROBUMS, PROBUMS Your homework for next month is related to this printfCXd'n',counter); ) lor (counter= l ;counter =l 000;rounter++) F an integer variable' TABLE 2 •Counting mode easy V program To be awarded a gold star by teacher, you have to re-write the above simulation program to do the following:
1. Make the lift travel up and down, three times - not just once.
2. Add a basement to the building - when the lift is there, the
program should display Basement’ and not Floor: O’.
3. Use functions to make the program clearer
- one for when the lift is going up and one for when the lift is
going down.
Oh. And an apple would be nice as well DO DO DO C offers other loop constructs, which are slightly more flexible than FOR in that you don t need to know how many times they should repeat before they start. You don’t even need a variable counting up or down - a simple condition is all that is required.
It s always easy to make up a realistic example which demonstrates the finer points and is still under three pages long, but the following programs should help you understand what's happening. In the first program, notice the order TABLE 4 • lift simulator program 7 mart) f 'Ware our variables 7 int counter; 'First part of simulation the (ft it going to log floor' prmlfCUft going up!W); lor ((ounter=l;rounlet -5;counler..) "Second pari of simulation - the tft is going to ground floor 7 printft'Uft going downlW); lor (tounter=5;rounler 0;tounter ; ptintff'Floot: %tfln", counter);
printf("F1oor: ScNT,counter); in which the DO and TABLE 5 WHILE appear - it's almost like English: 'DO * WHILE exomole pro- this chunk of code WHILE ran W table’s"100 iS lrue'" Aprintpw«5of2V As Ihe condition checK- ... ing is carried out alter the ™lnl) main loop body has been I executed, it is tair to say int(oon1=l; that the loop will always be executed at least once. Do That is. Even It the condi- printfCTnskle the tion after the WHILE is gopl (%d]V (0unt) lalse the very tirst time count=a unr2 they are checked, the *¦ loop contents will have . „ already been executed * ™ WWKAMH.
Sometimes this isn't I what you're after, and although conceivably this problem could be taken full 6 care ol with an extra IF within the loop, there is a ¦ uajii c neater way. II the DO is ' J. exomf" P* dropped, and the WHILE ' . .
Moved to the start ol the rowenottwoogom loop you get a program which looks like TABLE 6. Moin ) This construct per- ( lorms the check belore while (tOUlkfflOO) I the loop is carried out, printff'lnside the and tends to be the more |oopl count) popular form. In these mifcaiW?-' examples, the form used . ' is irrelevant, but in other . " cases - tile handling is a good example - you need to ensure the loop contents are sometimes never executed.
When writing your own programs, the trick is lo decide when you want to check to see if the loop should terminate - this will tell you which loop type to use.
BREAK OUT Now back to that forever loop - the program you TABLE 7 shouldn't run. Thankfully, there is a way to escape • Take a break * from Inside such a loop, and in fact it will also escape trom any loop, r WHILE or FOR. Infinite or ‘ w not. The secret to tun- ' nelling out is to use the , keyword BREAK BREAK ™ will always bump the flow (count=l ;count = l00;co of control immediately Uflf++) outside a loop, no matter what the current situation printfTlnale ihe is. For example, he-e is a loopl )• program that uses a loop j( (courIt==50) to count from 1 to 100. But never gets past 50 -
see j 1 TABLE 7 I The BREAK will work |ust as well inside a for(;;) loop - so you could use it to allow the program to continue only if a certain condition is met.
LOOPS WITHIN LOOPS Let s say you want to write an image processing program which will look at every pixel in a display. Perform an operation on it, and wnte it back. In this case, you will need two loops - one to scan from left to right, and one to scan from top to bottom Using two FOR loops inside one TABLE B A Soeen stunning program * ¦ Hole: assumes me screen fo be 320 wide ’ • by 256 )A Uso assumes ihe folowing V A functions - RaodPbteKX.Y). WrilePixd X,Y,P) • A and ProcessfbteKP) - ore available. mart) inf X.Y.P; A Three integer variables V far (Y=1;Y 256;Y*+) lor
(X=l;X =320'J(+t) ( P=loodPbuKX,'0; P=Pnnssfta*P): WmumW ) ) another, the entire operation is very simple to code Notice how I have left out the curly brackets from the code following the first FOR statement.
As there is in effect only one statement following it. The brackets are optional. The second FOR has a list of three operations to carry out. And so they must be enclosed in curlies.
I hope you can see how a sensible choice of variable and function names, as well as good spacing, has made the entire program very simple to understand.
When using BREAK within nested loops remember that it will only take you outside the current loop. To escape from inside a double nested loop using BREAK, you would need to set a variable, and perform a BREAK inside both loops depending on the variable This is a Off messy, but I am afraid that you are going to’have to wait until next month for an explanation of how you might go about tidying this process up OOTO... Something you may have noticed is the example programs is a complete lack of GOTO state ments With a BASIC-type language, any program with even a small number of conditions or loops
would be coming down with GOTOs and starting to get a little difficult to follow in places The designers of C have provided enough in the way of control features to ensure that you will never actually have no choice but to use a GOTO, however rather than be accused of being TABLE 9 n A Soeen Astons is found V main() inf X.Y.P; A Three integer variables" for (Y=1;Y 256;Y++J for (X=1,X =320;X++) P=ReodMX,Y); if (P==42) goto found; found: A our label for the goto lo go lo V A continue’ } Last month I left you with a littl e teaser
- w would mixing up a condition ct locking '• j useful r i ne
answer aver’. Any statement that looks like this.
Wm always be true. Decause me contents of the brackets which form the condition are 1.
And th»s is treated as true by ihe comprter Mixing up the two symbols is one of the first things you should check for when your program starts to misbehave To see what values your compiler thinks are true and false, fry the following program.
R What are TRUE and FALSE9 7 prmth Equate « %dn prmtfrNoi Equals - %d-n overbearing they have provided the option It's true - even the ultra structured language C can be made to look like BASIC if you really want it to.
Take our screen scanning program as an example. Imagine we only need to scan the screen until a pixel of value 42 is found. Without GOTO we would need two BREAK statements and a variable acting as a flag. In TABLE 9 there's agood example of how a GOTO could actually be a Good Thing: LOOP SUMMARY There are three main ways ot coding a loop In the C language.
1 FOR loops for ( assignment ; condifion ; incre- ment l statement ; 2 DO-WHILE loops do statement while | condition ); 3 WHILE loops while ( condition ) statement ; ' It is also possible to write loops using a GOTO statement, but this is not recommended. A GOTO is better used as a last resort get out quick' option trom within heavily nested loops.
John Kennedy will complete his explanation of loops and describe how to make functions a whole lot more useful by using parameters.
AMIGA WORKSHOP EXPERTS ASK THE Mat Broomfield puts on his serious thinking cap to answer another monthly round of reader’s questions.
With the New Year so recently passed this month’s Q&A has a decidedly creative and entertainment feel to it.
Mat’s answered some of your game related questions as well the usual bunch of technical ones.
SAMPLE SOLUTION M _ I wish to increase my collection of samples for use with OctaMED. The » obvious solution is to buy a sampler so that I can record samples from my record collection. I’ve seen advertisements for packages which offer you the ability to sample via a cartridge. Is this all I need? I would have assumed that I would need some expensive hardware.
Could you please give me information and your recommendations? I certainly need them!
Grant Hogg, Udston, Hamilton Most samplers simply plug into the parallel port at the back of your Amiga, although one or two of the older ones use the serial port. If you own a 1500 or higher, you can also buy internal samplers which come on a card that plugs into one of the internal expansion slots.
The only other thing you’ll need Is a set of leads to connect the sampler to your hi-fi. Most samplers are supplied with some sort of leads, although they would only cost you about a few pounds from any high street electrical or music shop anyway.
As far as I know, all samplers are supplied with sampling software, although if you prefer you can use software that you already own.
Many people like Audiomaster IV for editing samples.
The sampler you buy obviously depends on your budget. At the top of the range (about £200), there’s Audio Engineer, whilst £100 will get you Sound Master (my personal favourite).
In the budget range (£30-50) Master Sound, Technosound Turbo and Megamix Master are all competing for recognition. Technosound seems the most popular of these.
LANGUAGE LEARNER 0 I have been wanting to learn how to program in one form or another w *or ,he lasl year' *can 1 decide W Q 4 * whelher 10 9° w',h C or Assembler.
I'm interested in writing games, utilities and business software and I would like to know which language would suit me best. I have very little programming knowledge so would it be best to learn a high level language? I have seen a book called ‘C By example' (by Greg Perry) in my local bookshop. It looks like the best thing for a beginner, do you agree or would you recommend something different?
Christian Cove, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warks Both C and Assembler (Machine code) can be used for writing the type of programs that you describe, but there are a number of differences between the languages which may make a difference to your decision: Machine code Is usually specific either to a particular processor or family of processors. Therefore, learning to program on one machine (an Amiga) doesn't necessarily mean that your skills will be much use on a different one (an Archimedes for example). The language consists entirely of numerical instructions used to perform different
operations, although with an assembler you can use pneumonics instead of numbers, so that your code is a bit easier to understand. Because everything Is represented numerically (or pneumonically) programs can be hard to read, and even harder to debug, which is why the language is so difficult to learn. However, programs written in Assembler run at the fastest possible speed (assuming they’ve been properly written).
C programs are much closer to Basic in that they use almost-English commands, hence they can be read and decoded much more easily. It also means that the language is a little friendlier to learn. However, creating a C program is a multi-stage process which involves, linking, debugging and compiling, and some people find this a little laborious. It will help if you own a hard drive, lots of memory and or at least one external disk drive.
The great advantage of C programs is their portability; broadly speaking, programs that work on one computer will also work on another, and the only changes that will need to be made, are machine specific hardware and output calls which will need to be modified to the capabilities of each computer.
I’ve never heard of the book you refer to, but it sounds as if it’s a generic title, referring to the language without any special considerations for the Amiga. When looking for language tutorial books, you should ALWAYS try to find Amiga specific titles. The Amiga’s operating system is almost as much work to learn as the language itself, and if you have to learn about that separately you’re only making things hard for yourself. You might like to consider: ‘Mastering Amiga C’ - Bruce Smith Books (ISBN 1-873308-04-6). You can order It from any bookshop. It’s specifically adapted for use
with the Lattice compiler, but it also supports North C, a public domain compiler.
BARS AND PROBS , My friend and I went half each on Bars and Pipes Pro, but we're hav- ing a lot of trouble learning to use it. We found your OctaMED and graphics tutorials very useful, and we were wondering if there's any chance of some help with BSP?
Anon, Sweden We re probably going to be doing a Bars & Pipes special sometime within the next couple of months. Keep checking Amiga Workshop.
A600 QUESTIONS I've juslpurchased an A600HD and I was wondering if you could ,» answer a few questions for me?
1. Is there any way of manually mounting the hard drive
partitions, instead of the computer doing it automatically?
2. My 1 Mb trap door expansion isn't called Fast RAM, whereas it
was on my A500. Why not, and how do I get Fast RAM?
3. Is the A600HD compatible with CD ROM?
4. As the A600 doesn’t have an expansion port, are there any
hand-held scanners compatible it?
Keith Martin, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
1. Yes - but I'm not sure how I’m afraid I Anyone else know?
2. Trap door expansions on a 600 are Chip RAM, not Fast as they
are on the 500. As this is better for 99% of applications and
games, I’m not sure why you want Fast RAM, but I believe there
are external expansions available (that plug into the PCMCIA
slot?) Which will give you some Fast RAM.
3. If by CD ROM, you mean the A570, then no, not at present. The
570 plugs into the expansion port, and as you’ve already
noted, the 600 doesn’t have one. It’s possible that with the
computer's built In IDE interface you could attach a
non-Commodore drive, but then I don’t know how that would
affect your existing hard drive.
Commodore are rumoured to be working on a 600 compatible CD ROM drive, and a number of Independent manufacturers are rumoured to be working on expansion ports.
We’ll )ust have to see what materialises...
4. Most scanners plug Into the parallel printer port, so the lack
of an expansion port makes no difference. I particularly like
the Golden Image scanners.
OK ROCHARD?
. » « •. I own an A500* and I was wonder- 7, ing if the Rochard hard drive is worth while as it's so cheap, or should I continue saving for a GVP Series II. If the Rochard is OK, what size would you recommend, 40 or 60Mb? Alternatively I could buy a CD ROM which someone told me was better than a hard drive anyway.
Finally, is it worth buying an extra disk drive for my Formula 1 game, and if so, which one?
Ian Thomson, Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire Well, I think everyone knows by now how I teel ebout GVP drives - they re the height ot lux- uryl However, It they didn't exist, the Rocherd would be my second choice. They're sleek, they cen be turned oft (leaving you tree to use the computer without that irritating tan running all the time) and you can add extra memory to them.
CD ROM Is a read-only device, which means that you can't actually store anything on them.
With your hard drive you can also add up to 8Mb8 ol RAM. The only advantage that a CD ROM drive has Is the tact that the pre-recorded disks hold up to 660Mbs worth ot data each. Ot course, that's Irrelevant if none ot the data appeals to you.
An extra floppy drive is always useful, and It will mean less disk swapping tor your Formula I game. My favourite is the Cumana, but the Roc Lite (slso made by Roctec) Is a very good alternative.
DODGY COMPUTER I would be very gratetul if you could
• possibly explain why my computer keeps half crashing'.. By halt
crashing, I mean that the screen goes blank and nothing will
work.
It all started one day when I decided to print all the documents Irom my brilliant collection of CU cover disks.
They worked fine until I got to disk number 55.
I was in the middle of printing the documents for the Game Tamer program, when the Amiga half-reset itself. The printer kept printing the document which had been downloaded to its memory by that stage. Then the printer also stopped working I turned off the Amiga for 30 seconds, then tned printing another document, and everything seemed to work as normal.
Please help me as it s only two months ago that I paid for my Amiga to be repaired. Is there any way that I can fix my computer?
Andrew Summers, Whitchurch, Cardiff If the screen goes blank, and you can't use your computer anymore, that’s not a ‘half crash', It's Just a normal full-sized version! My initial reaction is to wonder whether you're simply suffering from some sort of virus. The fact that the problems occurred alter a long session In which you loaded lots of different disks, and it seemed to rectify itself after turning the power off for 30 seconds also seem to Indicate this. Get yourself a decent virus checker and work through all your disks.
Of course, another possibility is the tact that your printing program is faulty (or even the docs that you’re printing). I've tried printing docs which contain such bizarre control codes that both the computer and printer hang up their boots! Can you remove all control codes Irom the text? Can you hook your printer up to someone else’s Amiga and try printing Ihe same docs with the same program? Ot course, if It's neither of these, there are always the old standbys - faulty chips, over-loaded or under-powered power supply, etc. And then, finally, there’s the question of the repair |ob
that you just paid out for. Whilst the ma|orlty of repair companies are reputable, there are some that don't always Improve the situation much. If it's only two months since It was repaired. I'd consider taking It back to them for a check up. Most companies offer a three month guarantee, so any faults should still be covered under warranty.
COPY QUESTION m Could you tell me if I can use copied games on the Amiga 600 because my friends who own ¦ A500s say I can’t.
- Jm! D. Raybould, Sheffield. South Yorks It Is illegal to use
copied games on any computer unless they are back-ups of your
own games, being used by you on your own computer.
Therefore, if by 'copied games', you actually mean games which have been ‘cracked’ by software hackers, then It’s quite possible that the copies won't work, whereas the originals would. When these people crack games, they sometimes change the way that the games load, so that they can add egotistical messages about themselves. In doing so, they have no concern for the game's compatibility with machines other than their own.
Also, using copied games is one way of getting a virus into your computer. Not all copied games contain viruses, but these hack- ere are far less scrupulous than professional software companies about ensuring that the disks are safe to use.
Another reason not to use pirated games Is the fact that the games are not even always complete. Sometimes graphics, sound effects, game features or even entire levels can be wiped out by amateurish attempts to circumvent a game's protection system.
R regard less ot the Amiga you’re using, the only wey to be sure that a game will work safely, and that everything Is there, Is to buy the original!
DIGITAL CONCERTS ¦ , I’ve been using OctaMED tor about kj,. A year now and have been able lo create some great tracks. However.
I still have one major problem; I don’t how to play multiple modules.
You know the type of thing; music demos that play for 10 minutes at a time like the Digital Concert and Megademo disks.
I was wondering if you could tell me how they join the modules together? Is it using some form of code, or is it a program that can be bought? I already own Virus Free's Play’n’Rave. But that distorts the samples I've tned everything, including OctaMED's Multi-module function, but this limits you to having to create songs which share the same instruments I know how to sample so that's no problem, it’s lust this business ot joining the modules together into one long running demo that defeats me.
Duncan Orme, Balsall Common, Coventry To be honest, I don't know of any module pleyer that links modules together so that they play continuously, although I seem to vaguely remember one that loaded each module whilst the previous one was playing.
I think that Digital Concert is actually coded specifically to work like this, and unless you can program I don't suppose you'll be able to learn anything by looking at the way that they've done It.
The only alternative that I can suggest Is that you either activate the songs one after the other using some form of script (perhaps the start-up sequence) or that you buy one ol the numerous PD programs which plays modules for you. Get hold of a catalogue trom your favourite PD library to see what's available.
PD LIBRARIAN . I'm interested in setting up a PD «o library and I was wondenng il I I*, need to register somewhere, or it Q * there are any fees involved? Also, ml where do I gel the programs from?
,» D. Shrlmpton, York No, you don't need to register anywhere. As Its name suggests, you'll be selling Public Domain software, which means that anyone has the right to distribute it without requiring the express permission of the program's authors. However, a number of PD distributors have affiliated to form various groups which aim to maintain high standards ot service and software.
I will warn you that most PD companies tell me that it's getting harder and harder to survive, and many ol the librarians are working 18 hours a day, seven days a week |ust to pay the bills. Don’t expect to be welcomed by other PD companies either; the bad economic climate, combined with an increasing number ot bedroom PD companies has made their lives extremely difficult.
As for getting hold of the programs, you'll have to start like most PD libraries; you buy the stuff from a library that already exists, or you copy it from someone you know. If you become established, you may find that people send you software unsolicited, but that's likely to be a good way into the future yet. It's expensive setting up a decent library, and advertising costs alone can be enough to kill your business before it starts. If you’re looking for a quick buck, forget it, running a successful PD library is work, work, work, wlfh a double helping of very hard work for afters!
ICONS IN DRAG - THE REPLY I'd like to respond lo David Walker's 'Icons in Drag’ question. For nearly a IV a year now, I’ve been using a pro- I* gram called 'My Menu’. It was on a t magazine cover disk, but as it wasn’t a featured program I can't tell you who wrote it. Basically, you add it to your start-up sequence and it reads an easy-to-edit script file and adds your chosen menu items to the Workbench menu. If you have a hard disk this program is brilliant. All your executable programs are just a click of the right mouse button away. I've got 38 programs (not counting the existing
Workbench items) and six CLI commands under four menu headings. I can call up Black Crypt. Maxiplan D-Paint. Or whatever programs I choose to include. No ugly CLI or IconX windows unless the individual program calls one up.
My Menu does seem to have a couple of quirks. Firstly, I had to add Fail at 70000 to my start-up sequence before it would work, and secondly if there’s a disk sitting in 0F1 on boot up, the program doesn’t work. My Menu plus its configura- 'tion file, occupies less memory than a single open window, so if the novelty of opening endless windows to load your software has worn off, give this programme a bash, it's excellent.
Peter Jan Kulak, North Bersted, West Sussex Well, what better recommendation could you esk for David. Peter certainly seems smltfen with this program. Although he doesn't specifically mention it, by implication I assume the program works with 1.3 1.2 Amigas.
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From a menu, but it's so much nicer than having to open millions of windows to find the program you want.
A WASTE OF MONEY?
We have just purchased the Amiga 600 as a Christmas present tor our children aged 12 and 8 Alter much thought, we decided on the A600 as it was the latest model, but now to our HORROR we have been told by friends that it is to be discontinued, and that parts, games and other software will be unavailable.
Have we made the right choice or have we wasted our VERY hard earned money? I hope that you can help resolve our dilemma.
Pete and Paula Featherstone, Barwell, Leicester You can just go and bop your 'friend' right on the nose for misleading you and causing all this unnecessary worry) It seems that he has mixed unsubstantiated rumours with the power of his imagination to give you this scaremon- gering horor story.
Of course the A600 will be discontinued... eventually, as will the 486 PC, the A4000, CD players, etc. Commodore have only just built a factory up in Scotland to manufacture the 600, so It seems likely that they have long term plans for the machine (which has been hailed by many as the first of a new generation of Amlgasj.
It's true that since the release of the A600, two new Amigas have been released, but they are not really aimed at the same market, either In terms of capabilities or price.
Even if Commodore never sold another Amiga starting right this second, there are well over 3,000,000 In circulation, and the software Industry is thriving. As your computer can run virtually all A500 Plus compatible software, I don't think you need to worry about limited software supplies.
The A600 Is a robustly manufactured machine with a high degree of reliability. In short, it's the perfect first computer for kids such as yours. You might even find that you enjoy using it yourself, after all there’s a lot of good serious' and business software available tor It. You've made an excellent and well Informed choice!
SAMPLED SPECTRUM , I have recently purchased a PD Spectrum emulator for A500-*. Upon t=z. RBSs loading, il says tnat to load a piece == Ifl) ot Speck jm software i need to loao efly it via the parallel port using a sam pier such as Alcotini or Omega Being relatively new to the world of the Amiga, I was wondering if you would be so kind as to explain what a sampler is, how to use it.
How much it costs, where to purchase one from and if I will need any extra cables to connect It?
Maneesh Tandon, Mosely, Birmingham A sampler is a device that converts an ana- logue sound signal into a digital one that can be replayed via the Amiga. Once a sound has been 'sampled', you can replay the sample from a music package, or with the correct software, directly from Workbench or the CLI.
Ironically, In your case, a Spectrum program Is digital, which Is then converted Into an analogue format for storage on tape, and now you are simply converting it back! You should be able to purchase a suitable sampler lor less than £40, and you will find them advertised by numerous companies in the pages of this very magazine! The two that you mention are Italian models that I don't think you'll find In Britain, but not to worry, almost any parallel port sampler will work.
Provided you still have your Spectrum tape leads you won't need to buy any more cables.
See the letter earlier in this episode of Q&A for some sampler recommendations.
WOT NO KEYPAD m I own an A600 and I find that some €Io software won t work because of the absence of a numenc keypad.
A * These keys serve a vanety of func- tions (such as controlling V perspective on D-Paint 3 a), etc. There must be many similar programs, so I was wondering If there is any way of getting the other keys to perform a similar function to the numenc keys? Perhaps there's a special conversion program? Will companies specify in their advertising whether or not a program requires the keypad m order to work fully?
G. J.Bouser. Aylesbury, Bucks There Is a special patch for
D-Palnl, which remaps the keypad to the ordinary number
keys.
Contact Electronic Arts to get hold ol It. I’m told that some companies have produced versions ot their programs specifically for the A600, and you can usually acquire these versions as a free replacement tor your existing version simply by sending your non-working version to them. I suggest you phone or write to confirm before sending your disks off.
Having said that, I think that there are very few programs (apart from D-Palnl and mo iff flight sims) that use the keypad, and can't use the number keys instead.
I’m certain that all new software will take ' account of the A600, so companies won't need to specify that their stuff is A500 compatible; It's taken as read.
INEXPERIENCED USER a _ I feel I must complain about your magazine's assumption that all »• readers are experienced operators I As a newcomer, I purchased your magazine with a view to following the OctaMED tutorial, but during this series I wrote in to you about my difficulty in following the instructions, not to mention the corrections I had no reply to my last letter, so I really don’t expect a reply to this one. Anyway, I don't suppose you really care if you lose one contused reader.
James Bence, Hamilton, Strathclyde You’ve raised an interesting question there James; just how basic should we make our instructions? We try to cater for all readers, and we do care very much about each and every one of you, hence this Q&A column.
However, it seems that sometimes people such as yourself seem to be confused as much by the concepts being described as by the actual instructions given. As you might expect, your fellow readers range from absolute beginners such as yourself, to experts who could show us all a thing or two. We have to keep them all happy, but even so, we do aim our tutorials more towards the lower end of the scale, and we sometimes receive complaints for assuming that our readers are idiots' (we don't!).
I freely admit that my OctaMED tutorial wasn't perfect, but it was still one of the most popular tutorials we’ve ever run. On the one occasion that I made a mistake (yes, I’m only human) but I did my best to correct it the following month, and any reader who phoned the CU offices was given help immediately.
SOUNDTRACKER 2.6 I am having some problems getting a program to work on my A500, I .- ffe" bought my Amiga to play games ,BR3 .»'xt ¦¦ • • i-i-vs.1, 'o mXV is going line, but I m having some S' trouble with the music side of things Wanting to starf with a simple tracker program I bought Soundlracker 26 from a PD library. It runs OK just so long as you don’t want to save any songs or modules. Songs never save, despite what the program says, and the modules save but are complete nonsense when you reload them.
I read somewhere that Soundtracker 2.6 was Plus compatible, but both versions I've got hold ol don't seem to work Is there a real Plus compatible version that will save my songs, or is there an easy to use alternative.
Peter Hickman, Brighton I checked out my version of Soundlracker 2.6 and It works fine with the Plus. It loads and saves exactly as it should. Perhaps your modules were complete nonsense In the first place?! I must say though, the program’s file requester has a rather frustrating and non-standard way of operating.
Anyway, mine is on disk number 2067 available from 17 Bit Software, 1st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Wft 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982.
Even though I'm a hardened OctaMED fan. I must say that the program is very good, and the two demos that are included are really great.
CORRUPT DISKS
• , My Amiga has gradually deteriorated until it got to the stage
that I had to send it off tor repair. While it was
* away my mum bought hersel an Cmiga. And i ve realised mat man,
ot my disks are corrupted, including my ail time tave, Pinball
Dreams.
Do you know ot any programs which can uncorrupt disks or even remove viruses. The virus checkers I have won’t do it due to the game's disk protection. Please help me!
Richard Saunders, Gawcott, Bucks If your game used to work on your computer, but doesn't on your mum s, it may be that her drive heads are aligned differently to yours.
Even it your game Is dead, either due to a virus, or has simply worn out. Most companies will change faulty or damaged disks. Contact the game's publishers, 21st Century Entertainment at 56B Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RX. Tel: 0235 832939.
NEXT MONTH I must leave you tor another month as I toddle off Into the sunset. If you have a problem, or you want to share your vast knowledge with everyone else, or you simply want to comment on a letter In these pages, please send your letters to me Mat Broomfield at: Q&A, CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farrlngdon Lane, London. EC1R 3AU.
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Sample Cds can breathe new life into your tired old . _ sampler. Tony Horgan cocks an ear to some of the best new releases.
M samples rnmms FUNK GUITAR TIME AND SPACE, PO BOX 306, HERTS, HP4 3EP.
TEL: 0442 870681.
When the sample CD thing Kicked off about 18 months ago, most of the material on the discs was taken from recent dance records. Although copyright problems weren't much of an issue, contrary to the sales blurb, you were actually using sounds from last year's records. Funk Guitar is one of the first of a new wave of original sample collections, comprised of sounds composed and recorded specifically for the sample CD market.
A whole disc ot rhythm guitar loops might seem a bit over the top. Especially when you see that they ve all been created by one man and his guitar Surely they all sound Ihe same’ Not at all: Vlad Naslas has worked wonders, offering 79 minutes ot irresistibly catchy, toe-tappin’ loops, ranging from early James Brown to styles that haven't even been invented yet!
It begins with a massive rare groove section, opening with some familiar Wakka-wakka rhythms, mostly two and four bar loops al around 100bpm to begin with. Sticking with the 60s funk style for the next 30 minutes or so. The tempos range from 81 - 128bpm, and include re-played versions of a few classics, along with heaps of original stuff.
Into the Funk'N'Fusion section, and memones of Starsky and Hutch come flooding back. This is 70s disco in a nutshell, ft's hard to believe this lot hasn’t come straight from the days of afros and flares - only the crackle-free recording gives it away The car-chase music continues through the selection of Cnsp and Dry riffs, which give way to some screeching, distorted heavy rock guitar loops, ranging trom 91-128bpm. After a bout of grungy metal noise, come the SFX. Talk Box and Vocoder tracks Somehow Mr Naslas has managed to get techno sounds from his six-string. With the help ol some meaty
distortion, phase and rhythm gating effects, he’s served up a double portion of pulsating riffs that are just begging to be put over a , thumping dance beat. He's even got the gultaMo sound like a TB 303 acid bassline synthl Riffs from this CD are going to crop up on countless chart and club hits, and probably will have done already by the time you read this.
RATING: * * * * NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL SAMPLING AMG, HURST LANE, PRIVBTT, NR ALTON, HANTS, GU34 3PL.
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Not content with sampling every dance record ever made. AMG have sampled' the Now That's What I Call Music name - cheeky devils' Now Sampling is given away free with any order from AMG. Acting as an adveit for their HitSound Producer series of Cds, as well as being a handy sample collection in its own right.
The list of contnbutors includes Cold Cut.
Norman Cook (Beats International and Housemartins), and JJ Jeczalik from The Art of Noise, alongside some lower-profile producers such as Pascal Gabriel and Pete Gleadall. Each of the producers has supplied a short selection of samples, none of which are included on their own Cds.
Highlights include Cold Cut's offering ol alternative loops, vocals and effects. Norman Cook's comer is mostly filled with laid-back rare groove drum loops, heavy on the crackle. You also get the 'Hmm-hmm bit from Dub Be Good To Me - not much use as it is. But chop it into a different order and.it could come in handy Bongo and conga loops seem to be popular among most ot the producers. In general, you get a small selection of breaks, stabs, vocals and effects in each section.
Now Sampling isn't the most happening collection of samples around - there wasn’t a sample that instantly made me think Wow. I've got to put that one in the collection'. A good set of bread and butter samples all the same.
RATING: * * ETHNIC TIME AND SPACE, PO BOX 306, HERTS, HP4 3EP.
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World Music was threatening to become The Next Big Thing, but so tar it's only made it big on the back of established artists like Sting and Paul Simon. However, under the new guise ot ethnic music, it's now discretely slipping itself into the dance music scene. Who better than sample experts Time and Space to bring out the first dedicated Ethnic sample CD?
Snareless drums and shakers abound in the opening selection ot Afro Latin drum loops. To begin with, you get eight slightly varied bars of each break, followed by another two Later on, the eight bars are reduced to six. And then four As for the quality of the loops, they're well recorded, and could sit quite happily behind a standard house beat Straight 4 4 timing is the lule in general RATING: * * * WHAT'S NEXT!
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howobe lunLv Ucmc.,1 em’. • iHiK.uiUi V..I 1 This one’s along the lines of AMG's Now That's What I Call Sampling, but where the AMG disk fails to excite, What’s Next! Will have you sampling into the small hours. Given away free with any order of £49.95 or more, What’s Next! Compiles elements of Time and Space's ever-expanding range of dance sample Cds.
It begins with sounds from Datafiles 1-3.
Breaks, vocals, effects, drum sounds, basses and one-shot instrument samples are all here, suitable for use right across the dance music spectrum.
Excerpts from the slightly more experimental and original X-Static Goldmine are next, with a wide variety of in-yer-face samples.
Now it's the turn of XL-1 to present itself. From the compilers of the X-Static Goldmine, this takes a different approach to the sample CD. We get 6 of the 64 short demo tunes from the forthcoming disc, which are followed by the samples used to create them. The idea is that you hear the samples in a musical context, and so have a better idea of how they’ll sound in practice. It seems to work well, and there are some pretty tasty loops to be lifted just from this small portion.
The Funky Element is up next, with crunchy hip hop and soul breaks, along with a few horn stabs.
Watch for a full review of this next month. Whale songs and pulsating washes get a look in on the Ambient section.
Selections from the Funk Guitar and Ethnic Cds are next, before the Paul Hardcastle taster.
I'd expected a rather out of touch set here, and the Alexander O’Neal-style demo track didn’t bode well, but there are some killer techno rhythm loops tucked between the more usual stuff. Can't wait for the full CD when it's released.
A token 20 samples from Electribe 101 mark the start of a series of demo tunes, created with samples from the forthcoming Voice Spectral vocal CD among others. What’s Next! Is a very impressive collection of samples - as good as any other I’ve come across. There’s plenty of variety, and the quality is excellent throughout. And remember, it's free with any order worth £49.95!
RATING: ***** ringing overtone.
More synth-created sounds take us up to track
22. These include some raw synthetic waves, such as triangle and
sawtooth loops, which could be used to synthesise your own
sounds if you've got the hang of MED's Synth Hybrid features
(and if you have, would you mind enlightening me on the
matter?).
Now it all starts to get rather ethnic, with drums and shakers from various parts ot the world. Yet more assorted synth effects and atmospheres work their way between the percussion, before real-worfd sound effects get a look in.
To get the most out of these sounds, you need to have enough memory free for some really long samples, However, if you’re recording your music to tape, rather than writing for a game or a demo, with the help of a mixer, sounds can be spun in’ directly from the CD in the true spirit of ambient jamming.
With deft use of the fast-forward and rewind buttons on the CD player, you can throw in any sound that takes your fancy, as you record the main tune from the computer. This Ambient CD is definitely a grower, capable ot adding some real depth to your spookier tunes.
RATING: * * * * FUNKY ELEMENT TIME AND SPACE, P.O. BOX 306, HERTS, HP3 3EP. TEL: 0442 870681.
Not to De confused with the Funk Guitar CD, The Funky Element is a more varied collection of sounds, geared towards funk, hip hop and rap.
Most of the material has been recorded especially for the CD.
A series of 120 vinyl style' drum loops are first up. The idea is that they sound like they've come from crackly old soul records. All the beats have been played on the same drum kit. As a result, they all sound very similar. An enormous section of horn stabs is next - 192 in all! After that lot, there's the ax department. The collection of 96 saxophone hits, effects and riffs are rather more useful than the horn section. Most of them would be best used in a hip hop vein, thrown in at the end of a slow two or four bar break. Guitar riffs and effects follows. Most of these are tasty little
rhythm guitar loops, ranging from old funk to disco. Like the sax section, some are too short for looping, but could be used as drop-ins, or stuttered to form hooks.
After about 60 of these, there's a healthy supply of one-shot snares, followed by some old-style bass drums. After a few high hat samples, there's a bout of mixed percussion.
Half the fun of using breakbeats, is the way you can grab a whole new flavour, just by putting a different loop in the backing. With The Funky Element, this doesn't apply, because the flavour is pretty much the same throughout all the breaks.
Even so. If you're frustrated by the limited rap and hip hop sections on most dance sample Cds. You’ll find enough in The Funky Element to get you well into that drum and bass groove.
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GLOBAL MAIL WHAT IS FIDONET?
Fidonet was formed in 1984 by Amencan Tom Jennings as a means ot transfemng mail 4 files to local computers at night when telephone costs are low. Log onto any Bulletin Board nowadays and chances are it will be part of the worldwide Fidonet network of which there are now some 21000 members. Fidonet is run by a dedicated bunch ot system operators or sysops' and exists as a means of sharing files and information concerning a wide variety ol subjects, mainly ot a computing nature. News on Fidonet appears often weeks in advance of that in the monthly computer magazines. In addition, users on
Fidonet can download the latest PD software months before it becomes available on magazine coverdisks or in PD libranes. Most makes ol popular home computer are supported with particular emphasis on the Amiga and PC range Computers on this network, known as 'nodes’, exchange mail and tiles using Fidonet compatible 'mailer' software. Using a 'store and forward' system mail packets are bundled and compressed prior to transfer to other sites, usually dunng the early hours ot the morning (so called Zone Mail Hour - ZMH). By transferring mail in this way between nodes on thie network, it is
eventually propagated throughout Fidonet FIDONET MAIL Two types ol mail are carried on Fidonet, distinguished by who has access to it. 'Echo Mail- is mail which is available for all to read (like a news paper) and consists of named groups set aside to discuss a particular area of interest. Netmail’ is private mail (tike a letter), which can only be read by the person sending receiving It (and the sysops of the boards the mail travels throughl). Sending netmail in this tashion can be slow, since unless some kind sysop calls the recipients board directly, the mail will travel via normal
Fidonet means, eventually arriving at its destination alter passing through several boards on the way. Witn additional software you. The sender, can deliver the mail directly yoursell (see later).
Each echo is distinguished by its 'tag name', the name the echo is known by throughout the network. There are many Amiga-specific echos, some international in distribution, such as AMIGA, others more national in flavour, e.g. AMIGA_UK. As well as general Amiga related areas, echoes exist to discuss more specialist areas, such as AMIGA_PROG tor programming and COMMS tor general comms issues. Each ot these areas will have someone responsible for keeping an eye on what goes on. This person, known as the moderator, will ensure that discussions are within guidelines defined by a set of echo
rules drawn up by the creators ol that echo.
ACCESSING FIDONET So how do you find out it Fidonet is for you?
There are basically three ways to access Fidonet mail areas without actually becoming a node yourself. The first and most expensive involves calling Ihe BBS directly using your favourite comms program, e g TERM2.4 or NCOMM2.
Once logged on to the BBS and having negotiated Its menu system, you locale and enter the area of interest. Once there, mall can be read replied to etc. while on-line. Unless you are using a local board, handling Fidonet mail in this fashion quickly becomes expensive It will however help you to determine whether or not Fidonet is worth further investigation.
Normally, the next port ot call for would-be Fidonetters is the use ot an Offline Reader (OLR).
This software allows you to prepare mail off-line, rather than run up a large phone bill. It will allow you to specify your favourite editor tor preparing mail, archiver tor compressing it and specific disk locations for inbound and outbound mail bundles.
Any mail you prepare will be processed into a packet compatible with the mall software on the called BBS. , The next time you call the board your compressed mail bundle will be uploaded and processed by the BBS software. During the sqme session any new mail in the areas you have subscribed to will be available for download as a compressed packet. Handling mail in this way greatly reduces the lime spent on line. However, unless you are prepared to write scripts in, e.g. Ncomm. To negotiate the BBS menus, you will still have to manually call the BBS every time you wish to handle mail Mail
software on the BBS or doors' as they are known, support several formats of mail packets the most common being the QWK format. If the BBS you call uses the QWK formal theri you must use a QWK compatible reader. Probably tne two most popular QWK readers at the moment are AQUICK2.1 and QBLUE, both widely available for download on many BBS Both packages and indeed any OLR will require a certain amount ot configuration before use. This usually involves the creation of configuration tiles which tell the program what editor and archiver to use. As well as where to locate your mail bundles and
where to out them tor uploading to the BBS during the next call.
FIDONET POINTS OLRs do not allow a message base' to be built up on disk. I.e. a database of stored messages. They merely provide a snapshot of mail available at the time you call the board Also, you have to make that call yourself Wouldn't it be better if the computer automatically called the board, transferred the tiles and prepared them tor reading without your intervention, even when you are asleep?
This is precisely what you can achieve by setting up a Fidonet Point. A Point is an address assigned to your computer known only to the FIDONET ADDRESSING Fidonet address's are composed of five parts Zone:Net Node.Polnt@ Domain a Zone portion describes a particular world m, e.g. 2 is Europe, while 1 is North America. Within each Zone. Net descnbes a distinct geographic region, while within the Net.
Node describes a single computer running FidoNet software. A Point's address is formed trom the Boss node address, e.g. 2:252 309.6, is 6 oft 2:252 309. The Domain portion is not yet universally supported and should not be Fidonet node you call. You make an arrangement with the sysop ot your local Fidonet node to become a point off his Fidonet address (see box).
He becomes known as your 'boss' and is responsible lor routing all files to your computer. It’s as if you and your boss have set up a small two machine network, except your boss is also connected to the rest ot Fidonet, and so therefore, indirectly, are you. This allows someone on the far side of Ihe globe to send netmail or files to you, either by allowing them to hop around the network until they eventually reach you, or by 'crashing' them directly to your boss node (cutting out the middle men). Since you are known to your boss, these files will be waiting for you the next time you call.
Conversely, you can senC netmail directly to another user by calling his boss node directly, or you may choose to have non-urgent netmail tilter through Fidonet. But the big prize is that you now have the ability to request the latest PD tiles from nodes across Ihe network the same day they are POINT SOFTWARE All this functionality comes at a price. Point software can be tricky to set up, and although you can run a system using floppies, you will soon be pricing hard drives in the magazines! You need essentially two pieces of software to set up an Amiga Point. Firstly, a Fidonet compatible
mailer, whose sole purpose is to contact your boss node and upload download mail packets. Secondly, some means of managing fhese mail packets, as well as the message base which begins to take over your disk! The most popular mailer tor Amiga users at the moment is TRAPDOOR, a superb program produced by a group ot chaps calling themselves Trapdoor Development, based In Vienna. Trapdoor (currently at versionl .83) is shareware and will cost you just £21 to rid yourself of guilt, not to mention those annoying requesters posted on program start-up and shut down A second package. Welmat, Is
currently undergoing development and promises to give Trapdoor some stiff competition in the area of available Amiga Fidonet mailers.
POINT MANAGER, FOOZLE & APRIL In addition to a mailer, you will also need some means of extracting, storing and reading messages contained in Fidonet packets, not to mention some means of maintaining the message base.
Such programs go under various names, including editors, tosser scanners. There are currently three popular Point packages on the Amiga, Point Manager 3.10, Foozle 1.02 and the newcomer April (0.991), still in beta test stage. All three are excellent choices for Amiga point software and the reader is urged to try them all and stick with the one he she prefers. Again, all three packages are shareware and well worth registering. When used in conjunction with Trapdoor they provide a point user with all he needs to use Fidonet to the full.
USING THE SOFTWARE Point software is used as follows. Messages are prepared off-line using a package such as Point Manager and exported to your out-bound directory prior to calling your boss. This is known as polling, and with the correct software, may be automated, requiring no intervention from yourself. Echo mail will be compressed to reduce transmission time, but netmail usually isn’t. This is because your boss, who receives all your echomail, will know the archiver you use, this having been agreed previously. However, since you can choose to crash netmail directly to the recipient, you
can't guarantee the receiving node will be capable of un-archiving your packet since he will not know the program used to create the archive in the first place. During the next poll, packets in your outbound directory will be sent by Trapdoor to your boss node. In turn your boss will have prepared any mail for you by exporting mail to his outbound directory for your point. Thus, an exchange of Fidonet mail will occur. When the poll is finished and Trapdoor has dropped the line, running ‘import* will unbatch and toss the messages into your message base. At this stage the messages can be
read and new ones entered by using your chosen text editor. All three programs, using an external program menu, allow the u er to bolt on extra or enhanced functionality in the form of other software packages and, indeed, the first thing you should do is add the capability of running Trapdoor from within the point software. This gives a truly integrated environment easily tailored to your needs FILE TRANSFER Point packages also allow file requests or 'fre- quests’ from nodes on the network. To obtain a file from any node permitting file requests you create a file request packet containing the
name of the desired file. Uploading this file to the node wi)l result in the download of the chosen software.- The beauty of this is that you don't need to know where the file is located on the BBS - software on the, node sorts this out for you. In addition, many nodes support the use of 'magic' names. This allows you to request the latest version of a program by simply knowing its magic name. For example, requesting TRAPDOOR on many boards will always get you the latest version of this software. But what if you don't know the phone number or indeed comms capability of the board you are
calling? This is where the 'nodelist’ is essential. The nodelist is a text file, updated weekly, containing a record for every node in Fidonet including details such as phone number, modem speeds supported, Fidonet address, sysop name, etc. Trapdoor will use this file to find the phone number of the node address you are calling.
For example, running Trapdoor as follows: Trapdoor call 2:252 309’ places a call to the Red Rose BBS in Preston. The phone number will come from the nodelist. With new nodes being added to Fidonet daily the nodelist quickly becomes out ot date. Rather than download a new nodelist (approx 1.6Mb in size) it is possible to apply smaller tiles known as nodediffs to the main tile thus bringing it up to date. For those short of disk space, regional nodelists are available.
AREAFIX Finally, using a facility known as ‘areafix’, it is possible to add remove yourself from echos automatically without pestering your sysop to do this for you.
IS IT ALL WORTH IT?
The added cx mplexity involved in selling up a point is more than compensated for by the sheer usefulness of the system as well as the significant savings in reduced telephone charges. You will have a constantly changing message base on disk and will be in a position to request files the instant they are advertised on the network. The amount of information you can gather about the Amiga is phenomenal. The only problem is finding the time to read it all. So be prepared for some very late nights!
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?
We've got together a brief list of some of the Boards out there. If you run a Board and would like to see it appear in these pages, drop us a line at the usual address.
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Edited by Kevin Bryan, this is an on-disk magazine, which provides both utilities and lighter items for its readers, is presented with a sense of humour. On the practical side of things there is serious information which dedicated Amiga-users should find seriously useful. The last edition I saw (first issued October last year) carried an extensive tutorial for the Datel Electronics Action Replay Freezer Cartridge (Mk II version). More is set to follow in the next disk mag. There are also extremely thorough, on-going, guides to programming in AMOS (including a special section for the
absolute beginner to programming), and C. There is also a script for Arexx, which automatically unarchives files and checks them for viruses.
The program Auto-Disk_WB2.x was also included, enabling the creation of a bootable disk.
Ultraplay by Paul Kent, a PD program which facilitates the playing of some music composed on the Amiga, is featured, together with a couple of tunes. An art gallery section displays readers' pictures, and includes a couple of short animations.
One of the paintings appearing there is a lovingly recreated view of an Amiga - but why? The animations are light-hearted, but if any proof were needed that the producers of the hiag can be practical jokers at times, watch out for what happens to your cursor in one menu if you trustingly click where instructed (the effects were purely temporary, thankfully)!
AMIGA SPECIAL!
Honeysuckle Cottage, 71 Green Lane, Studley, Warwickshire B80 7EY.
Selling public domain software and commercial products, and ottering a printing service to members, is this industrious dub. For a yearly tee ot £5, members will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the new hardware, software, and PD available to them at club prices.
Commercial products available through the club include Deluxe Paint 4 (£79.99), Mini Office (£79.99), drawing and word processing packages, various hard drives with SCSI controllers, and more (prices include postage and packing).
Amongst the PD disks currently available are the Amiga Fox Desktop Publisher. Assassins Label and Databases, and the Text Engine 3 word1 processor. All PD disks are ottered at 75p each: Amiga Speciall will print members’ documents for £1 per A4 sheet (Induding P&P). All they need to do is send the club the text, either on-disk as a file created on an Amiga word processor, or hand written. For further details of these and other services contact Andrew Stanford at the above address.
AMIGA USERS GROUP 25 Glen Eldon Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire FY8 2AX.
The most recent newsdisk from this club to cross my desk, and, more importantly, to be popped into my Amiga, contains a large amount of information and programs of use to its members.
With 11 programs featured on the disk, all from the Fred Fish range, including Model4D, Super File Manager, and Spread (an Amiga spreadsheet), there's no doubting its dedication to providing utilities for the readership. Programming tips and listings are also provided, as is help with software and hardware - the Amiga Users Group does, in fact, provide a telephone advice line for its members to help with soft and hardware problems, as well as to provide buying advice.
Soft and hardware reviews, a listing of the PD software available to members, and club news (such as hopes to organise workshops on programming and using your Amiga for business, details of trips to computer fairs and exhibitions) are also included. Articles are invited for the newsdisk, on any sub|ect relevant to computing.
For Amiga-owners living in the Fylde area, membership of the AUGF costs £15 per annum, including a subscription to the newsdisk. For an additional fee, access may be gained to the club's own bulletin boards: Red Rose, and Enterprise Information Systems (EIS).
14 Linden Close, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, Cleveland TS15 OHX.
With about 60 members so far, AmigaUtd. Is growing constantly. The club publishes a disk mag every month, featuring reviews, games, utilities, and anything else they can tit on the disk. In some months an extra magazine is produced, printed on paper of all things - how conventional! A helpline has already been established, and a bulletin board should be set up in the near future, allowing the playing of modem-linked games. AmigaUtd. Has an extensive library of both serious programs and games, available for borrowing. A PD library is also planned. Advice on the best buys is provided, and
hardware may be purchased through the club.
CLUB CALL ?
CU Amiga presents its monthly profile the best Amiga clubs. Wading his way through the rivers of letters around his desk, Steve Prizeman returns to assess the best from the rest.
For further details about AmigaUtd, and its membership fee, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the editor, David Collingwood.
©AMOSTECA Rua Cidade de Roma, 3, 3 DT5, 2735 Cacem, Portugal.
This dub, a library for registered AMOS-users in Portugal, is now seeking to extend its membership of approximately 30 by inviting people from other countries to join. If an international exchange of ideas about AMOS appeals to you, feel free to contact ©Amosteca at the above address. Send enquiries to 'Death Angel’!
CITY-CENTRE AMIGA CLUB Loughtown Lower, Newcastle, Co. Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Founded about nine months ago by three Amiga- owning friends, the club has already acquired a membership of about 60 regulars - and many more occasional visitors.
Providing a place for Amiga owners to meet people with the same interests, whether those are games, utilities, music, or graphics, the club welcomes everyone. Whilst membership itself is free, attending members are obliged to pay £3 to finance the rental of a room in the Ormonde Hotel each week. If you want to find out more about City- Centre Amiga Club, contact Sean Corrigan at the above address.
GAMER-UNK!
28 Churchfield, Ware, Herts. SG12 OEP.
A pen-pal dub for gamers, run by gamers. This group will put you in touch with fellow computer game players around the world. Gamer-Link! Offers a free swap service, a free tips and cheats library packed with vital information on most games, ready to help you out when you get stuck, and a list of contacts. Getting your hands on a membership card, valid for life, costs just £5.
The club is also hoping to establish Gamer-Link News, containing up-to-date information on all the latest games, arranged with a separate version for each format, so that no one need waste time wading through irrelevant news and reviews.
Gamer-Link! Is looking for members interested in contributing to the news and seeing their efforts in print. Full details and a membership form are available by sending a stamped, addressed envelope to the above address.
LUNCHTIME (AMIGA) 203 London Road, Chesterton, Newcastle, Staffordshire.
This is undoubtedly one of the weirdest disk mags around. To get an idea ol its style, here's how the LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING... A handy round-up ol Ihe many clubs already feature in Club Call. II you haven’t already contacted one why not take another look and see which ol these is your local.
• AMIGAMANIA, 88 Blackbull Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5QX.
Contact: Dave Cryer. Tel: 0304 375311.
• AMIGA ATHENS CLUB, 9 Derteld Road, Patlsia 11144. Athens,
Greece. Contact: Stelanos Papamichael.
• AMIGA C CLUB, Tulevagen 22,181 41 LIDINGO, Sweden. Contact:
Anders Bjerin.
• AMIGA 500+ CLUB. 3 Islay Court, Irvine, Ayrshire KA11 4JQ.
• AMIGA NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, 434 Denby Dale Road Easl,
Waketield, West Yorkshire WF4 3AE. Contact: Philip Turnbull.
• AMIGA USERS KLUB (BODMIN), 1 Windsor House, 19 Castle Street,
Bodmin PL31 2DX.
• AMIGA VIDEO PRODUCERS GROUP, 8 Rochford Close, Grange Park,
Swindon, Wiltshire SN5 6AB.
• AMOS PROGRAMMERS CLUB, 6 Brassey Avenue, Broadstairs, Thanet,
Kent CT10 2DS.
• AMOS PROGRAMMERS' EXCHANGE, 7 Majestic Road. Hatch Warren.
Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 4XD.
• BATTY’S PD CLUB, 7 Denmark Road, Northampton NNI 5QR. Contact:
Ian and Lynn Battison. Tel: 0604 22456.
• CDTV USERS ASSOCIATION, 113 Fouracres Road, Newall Green,
Manchester M23 8ES.
Contact: Julian T. Lavanini.
• CHIC COMPUTER CLUB, PO Box 121, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
SL9 9JP.
Contact: Steve Winter Tel: 0753 884473.
• COMMODORE AMIGA USERS GROUP, 85 Hightields Road. Witham, Essex
CM8 1LW.
• COMP-U-PAL, C O MBA, PO Box 29, Knoxtield 3180, Australia.
• DARLINGTON COMMODORE USERS CLUB.
1 Ruby Street, Darlington DL3 0EN.
• EXETER 16 BIT USER GROUP, 25A Gloucester Road. Exwick, Exeter
EX4 2EF.
Contact: Andrew Deeley. Tel: 0392 72889.
• GIBRALTAR AMIGA USERS CLUB, 7 Lime Tree Lodge, Montagu Gardens,
Gibraltar.
Contact: Paul Jennings.
• THE GURU MASTERS, 111 Sherborne Road, Bushbury. Wolverhampton
WV10 9EU. Contact: The Sheriff.
• THE HARLEQUIN GROUP S MACCLESFIELD COMPUTER GROUP, 36 Stapleton
Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 3NP. Tel: 0625 429667.
• HEREFORD AMIGA GROUP, Alma Cottage, Allensmore, Hereford HR2
9AT.
• IN TOUCH AMIGA, 65 Meadowside, Lingfield.
Surrey RH7 6BY. Contact: Pete Allan, Tel: 0342 835530.
• INDEPENDENT COMMODORE PRODUCTS USERS GROUP. P.O. Box 1309,
London, N3 2UT. Contact: Jack Cohen. Tel: 081 346 0050.
• THE KENT YOUTH COMPUTER GROUP. The North Youth Centre, Essellar
Road, Ashlord, Kent.
• MEGAMIGAMANIACS, PO Box 37216, Chempet 7442, Cape Town,
Republic ol South Africa. Contact: Nick Oliver.
• NORTHERN IRELAND AMIGA USER GROUP, 98 Crebilly Road, Ballymena.
County Antrim BT42 4DS.
• NMH (NORWICH MASKED HEROES), 22 Russell Avenue, Spixworth.
Norwich, Norfolk NR10 3RY.
Editor describes the production process: ‘Presided over by a stuffed dog called Dr Doggie PhD (C.
Eng.) And a cute hamster called Harvey, the Lunchtime proles carve out their little works with a verve never before known on a disk mag. Each issue takes around seven to eight months to complete, and it probably shows. In this issue [No. III.)
There is 250k of music, 120k of lext, and God only knows how much space is taken up by graphics.
Loads I expect.' Get the picture!
As the above information suggests, a lot of effort has gone into the appearance of Lunchtime III - entitled 'Edward s Revenge!' For no adequately explained reason. The graphics are entertaining, the page-turning' controls are arranged in a user- friendly fashion, putting all sections of the magazine within easy reach. The music is also quite striking in places (especially during the intro sequence), and never becomes unbearable.
The tone of the content is mostly humorous (and mostly harmless), and is best described as adolescent - which isn't to say that I didn't find some of it quite funny. I might have been tempted to call it childish, although some of Ihe jokes make it unsuitable for small children - various condom references, for example. Conrad Truss's interview of Patrick Moore and God, 'The Secret Diary of J R. Hartley', and details of the Secret Hamster Society, give an idea of what to expect. The Doggie Hamster team also feature in an amusingly illustrated account of their adventures. There are also more
serious items, such as story entitled 'The Thirteenth Man on the Moon', and a (rather poignant) poem about a hamster. In addition, there is an article on creating atmosphere in role-playing games (RPGs), and a guide to the Star Trek RPG.
As Freeware, Lunchtime is distributed to several PD houses: Virus Free PD, Strictly PD, and Goldstar PD. If requesting a copy, please bear in mind that an Archimedes version of Lunchtime is also produced, so make it dear you want the Amiga one. It's certainly worth taking a look at.
TOTALLY AMIGA 8 Cranleigh Place, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE25 9UD.
Providing both games and utilities in good measure, this new disk mag certainly gives good value for money. Costing £3.50. Totally Amiga comes on no less than three (Yes, three!) Disks, offering all you would expect from a disk magazine - only more of it.
With clear and colourful screens, the presentation is excellent, making good use of icons (drawn using Deluxe Paint 4 on a 1 Mb A500) to guide the reader through the items available. Several pieces of music are included ('Defeat the Beat' by Red Sector, and two PD tunes - ‘Back from the Blue' and 'Slappy .) And once playing they may be left to run in the background, if you like music while you read.
With regard to utilities, about ten are included, amongst which are ProTracker v2.2, SnoopDos v1.5, PowerBoot v2.0, and DirWork v1.61. On the games front, two are featured. Ball involves the destruction of a wall by bouncing a ball against it, whilst Parachute Joust provides an interesting challenge for one or two players. Two downwardly- mobile would-be parachutists wrestle tor the only 'chute available as they plummet toward the ground - and, my. Isn’t it approaching fast! This game is fun, no push-over (although you get pushed out of an aircraft to start with), and has an amusing
end-sequence.
In terms of editorial text. Totally Amiga has a fairly standard range ot features: reviews of music and hardware, and a coparative review of three PD virus killers, game-playing hints and tips, and news relating to the Amiga. The chief article is on the theme What is the future of the Amiga?', a subject which has also strained the minds of us here at CU, and exercised those of our readers - as many letters to Backchat testify. Details are also provided of Totally Amiga's special offer - compilation disks of utilities, music, and games for £1 each.
* Subsequent issues, which will be published approximately
bi-monthly, depending on the availability of suitable
material, may feature competitions, art and animations,
digitised colour pictures, letters, a questions and answers
page, and a guide to the CLI Shell.
The disks have been fully checked on an A500+ and an Amiga 600, according to Richard, the editor, and apart from a couple of utilities which are only compatible with 1.3 2.04, everything works perfectly on all formats. With more readers and a more diverse range of articles, Totally Amiga will be well-worth keeping an eye on.
GET IN TOUCH If you want to lead your Amiga- orientated association into club country, send its details to: Steve Prizeman, CLUB CALL, CU Amiga, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
If you write to any of the groups featured in Club Call, and require a reply, please help them cut costs by enclosing a stamped self- addressed envelope (or an international reply coupon if contacting overseas clubs).
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MORE VIOLENCE I am writing to you about the violence in computer games, there ]ust isn't enough. People are paying about £30 tor a game which contains next to nothing blood and guts wise, I think that computer programmers should get into gear and start writing real games.
You really don't have to look tor tar to lind violent games, just look at the rubbish that Ocean is producing, along with many other companies. As they seem to be great tans ot tilm conversions, perhaps they might like to consider converting the Texas Chainsaw Massacre into a game What do you think?
Zeus and Thunder Lips (the Ultimate Male).
Gel a lift!
POOR QUALITY Firstly, I would like to say the I enjoy your magazine and find that it contains loads ot great into In the letters and QS A sections. My only complaint is the printing quality ot some ot the text In the blue page section. Are you going to do anything about It?
A G Bodman, Bristol As a matter ol fact, yes. Even as I write this answer we are Investigating different types of paper to use tor Amiga Workshop. The printing quality Is something that we keep a close eye on and we always endeavour to maka the mag readable. In fact, if you look closely at the paper that this page Is printed on, you may notice a change tor the better.
PIRATES AHOY!
People are constantly writing in to CU Amiga saying how software prices are so dear and that if companies would lower their prices, that piracy would be reduced. I agree with this, because living in New Zealand gives a whole new meaning to high prices Take budget games, tor example In New Zealand we have a grand total ot about six budget games. Recently, one game I saw on a budget label was being sold tor the same price as a lull- priced game. If software companies would introduce budget games at budget prices into New Zealand, then piracy would be reduced. In one extreme example, I saw TV
Sports Football being advertised by a mail order company tor $ 135. As the NZ$ works out at around $ 3 for £1. That makes TV Sports £45! And this is a budget gamel Games I see advertised in your magazine for £25 retail here for about $ 115 - that is £37.
These phces are hardly justified even accounting tor postage costs. It companies such as Ocean are really serious about wiping out piracy (in New Zealand at least) then they are going to have to make the first move by dropping prices.
Finally, I will finish with a complaint. I have been collecting your magazine since the November 1989 issue, and it has improved considerably ever since. One area that you have not improved upon Is your support tor overseas readers. When you have a competition tor us down-under it is only tor Australians. I was under the impression that down-under included New Zealand, as well And what about your CDTV scratchcard competition. You said that overseas readers would have more time to get their entries in, as delivery times take a while. You allowed two months. It is a pity that your mag takes
about three months to reach New Zealand!
Another thing is, why don’t you review many games that get into Ihe Top 20? The idea of your magazine is to inform the public on what to buy Why wasn't Covert Action, The Manager, Special Forces, A-10 Tank Killer, and Police Quest lit not reviewed? Those five games all made it to the Top
20. They may be bad, but how are we supposed to know? Surely, it
you cut down the length of other reviews, you could squeeze
those reviews in.
Matthew Alexander. Christchurch, New Zealand The old argument ot cost piracy rears Its ugly head once more. The simple answer is that piracy Is theft, theft Is Immoral and illegal - don t do It. It you can t attord a game then tough luck, you must do without. Save up tor a bit longer or get a lob! That said, I must agree that the prices being charged In New Zealand do seem excessive, but without knowing the lull details ot the economy over there except, ot course, that It Is seriously screwed up, it would be Impossible to comment upon whether the traders are being unfair or not That still
doesn I change the basic argument. It lust makes It one ot those little Injustices in llte that an honest person must live with.
The point about our user-friendliness to overseas readers Is well taken. Next time we run a compo for those down-under, we'll include New Zealand and give you all longer to reply.
As for the reviews, we try to review all those games that we believe are worth reviewing.
Just because a game makes It to the Top 20 doesn t mean that It Is any good. As a general interest mag we have to balance our coverage between games and technical reviews, as this Is what the majority ot our readership have told us that they want. So. Some games can be missed, but let's face It, even the games-only mags don’t cover every single game that Is published. However, in order to broaden our coverage, we have recently started to shorten reviews so that tour can appear on one page.
And finally, why Is It that so many people start a paragraph with And llnally ', only to go on with a toad more questions 7 ANOTHER WORLD 3 Just a quickie, the only Amiga game I have ever played through to the end, bar Shadow ot the Beast (and that was only to show otf the ace graphics to my Speccy-owmng friends) is Another World The game just oozes class and atmosphere. And is a shining example ot the tact that even 20 billion colours on screen, 23 layers of multi-directional scrolling and a tree musical towel can't make up for a good, well thought out and thoroughly playable game.
My question is this... any plans lor ANOTHER Another World or something similar?
Mike Scott, Aberdeen The bad news Is that there are no Immediate plans tor Another World 2. The good news Is that US Gold are at this very minute designing Flashback see preview in September 1992 Issue), which Is a follow up to Another World.
You’ll no doubt be please to leam that CU Amiga will be giving away an exclusive Flashback coverdlsk sometime In the near future and as soon as we can see the finished product we'll bring you a review. So there.
MORE SPECIALS With regard to your Amiga specials, how about making them so that they can be removed trom the main magazine. I nearly ripped the PD Special betore giving up for tear of losing it. Maybe put marks for hole punchers as well.
How about a Special following a game trom first idea to finished game on the shelves This would be a fascinating insight into the software industry, and might inspire others who would like to do it. It could Include sections on marketing a game design, or graphics programming skills.. I’m sure any sottware company would be happy to have a journalist or two watching them, In return tor the publicity that their game would get.
Ot course, watching over the whole process would take a long time, but the results would be worth it. Think about it.
Robert Redman, Oxford Cor, Ftobert you must be mind reader because that's exactly what we re going to do. In the very near future we ll be running a short series on the development ot a big game.
As lor Ihe binding ot Ihe Specials, well you have a point. Unfortunately, II Is quite expensive lo perforate all the Issue like you suggest.
This simply would not be cost effective for us.
Before you think that you're herd done by, you've got to remember that these Spectate ere extra end free, unlike some other megs which charge C3.9S tor theirs!
NEW WORKBENCH I am sick ol looking at a boring blue workbench screen. I can't help falling asleep. Is there any way I could brighten II up a bit? (Spray ii with pictures, cartoons or other graffiti.) I know how to change the blue to another colour, but that is still too plain, I was very disappointed when I lound out that the demo ol Street Fighter 2 was non-playable. I was really looking forward to playing it on the Amiga. These stupid non-playable demos are nothing but a tease Mark Whlrdy, Lucan, Ireland Changing your Workbench pattern Is very easy. Simply open Ihe Workbench drawer, then Ihe
Prets draw. Inside that you will ttnd and Icon called WBPettern'. Open that up and there you have a utility to change the background pattern on your mein Workbench screen end on the windows that you open.
Sorry you dldn 7 like the SF2 demo. Like you, we prater our demos to be playable, but we'd much rather let you have a look at how a game Is shaping up rather then miss out completely. Having seen the tlnal version ol SF21 don t know why US Gold released-the demo In the llrst place. It realty doesn 't do Justice to the lull game.
OCTAMED I bought an Amiga 600 In Ihe summer ol 1992 and have been using CU Amiga as my main source ol information about new programs, etc. I was particularly interested in the OctaMED Pro v3 music package that was previewed in the July issue.
Unfortunately, while on holiday. I missed the August "92 issue and the coverdisk with the program on it. I have tried your back issues department but they told me that rt was sold OW GETTING HARD I live In Holland and buy your magazine every month. I've read your review ol Ihe Legend ol Kyrandia Irom Westwood Studios and I would like lo assure you that il can be played Irom a hard disk. Apart from the hard disk install icon on the disk there is a sticker on Ihe box to say that II Is hard disk installable. How come you missed II?
D. Ykelenatam, Hoogland, Holland Quite a tew people have called
us since we ran Ihe Kyrandia review to Inform us that It le
Installable. Well, thank you to ell those people who wished
to gloat about It, but we didn 't get It wrong. Yes, the game
Is Installable, but no, there ere no Instructions In the
manuel to tell you how to do this. We were told by Virgin, Ihe
publishers, that II could be Installed, but that they didn 't
think that It waa a good Idea to do so because It would alow
the game down considerably! Perhaps that's why there are no
instructions; anyway we reviewed It on the basis that II
wasn't Installable. However, as we are nice people we
printed Instructions on Installation In January 's Smell Tips.
ATARI VS AMIGA: THE END I buy all the serious Amiga and Atari mags and, with the exception ol one (ST Review), I lind myself growing Increasingly frustrated with an aspect ol editorial policy. Quite simply, Ihe Atari Amiga bashing (delete where appropriate) must slop. Why? Because it's pointless and ii detracts Irom the real issue ol home computing today It really get's my goat to hear Atari and Amiga-users slagging oft the other platform when they have no real cross platform experience. Thai anger pales in companson when I see similar comments Irom magazine stall art one title, when only a
month previously they had been working for a title covering the other platform.
Now. In recent letters I've argued that both Atan and CBM had to lace up to the real threat trom Pcs - that ol superior marketing ability. Just look at the letters pages ol the Serious Seven (Amiga and ST Format. CU Amiga and ST Review, Amiga Computing and ST User, and AUI); readers are confused about the the entire question ot whether or not to buy an Atari or Amiga, or a PC. Why? Because, while Atari and their followers have been so concerned at trading insults, the market has been changing unnoticed.
As tar as home computing goes In the UK, It's no longer an issue ol CBM vs. Atari, even it, unfortunately, reps at both companies still seem to think so. I'm lucky in that I have both Atari and CBM products in my home, and that I work in the corporate computing business, which means that I have access to Apple, IBM and NeXT products I say this because it you look at what the business computing world is doing, you can see that there » strong emphasis on alliances and mergers All the bk) players - with the exception of Microsoft - have realised that to stand technologically alone is going to
cause a short term future. It is a realisation that has not dawned yet on CBM and Atari or, it would appear, the majority ol the home computer press. I recently asked a question regarding Ihe possible merger ol technological ideas between CBM and Atari, to create a new home computer standard.
When I asked why they wouldn't do this, I already knew the answer (It was a rhetorical question), but the retort ol 'Because Commodore already have a good product and Atari don't' just proved what Is wrong with assuming that both companies have a strong future ahead ol them.
As lar as which system is best - Ste or Amiga 500 60, what does it matter? But In order to stop the slanging match Here's a definitive review ot the Amiga 500 500PIUS 600 and the Atari Ste. From a user of both Amiga and Atan products.
Where can I gel hold ol a copy ol Ihe August Issue, perhaps another reader would like to sell me his. Can you help?
Robert Daniels, Ashton-ln-Makerfield Can anyone help Robert? If you can, hla address Is 72 Lincoln Drive, Aahton-ln- Uakerfleld, Nr Wigan, Lancs WN4 »HU. If he, or Indeed anyone else, would like e copy ot OctaMED Pro It can be obtained trom AmlgaNuta at 12 Hinkler Road, Thornhill, Southampton.
SWORD OF HONOUR In your November issue you gave away a taster ot Sword ot Honour, a beat'em up trom Global Sottware on the coverdisk. In the instructions you said that we could only have a look al the two screens immediately open to us, and that it we tried to leave them we would get a nasty surprise.
Me and my triend both got that issue and we both managed to get oast the dragon and onto the other screens, there was no surpnse waiting. |ust another Samurai. Am I the first to mention this?
And. It so. Do I get a pnze for getting past the dragon?
Steven Winner, Macclesfield Sorry, Slaven but there's no prize tor you. It anyone should gel one It's us - a booby prize, I mean. When we play tested that cover disk we couldn 't access Ihe other screens We thought that what we had was all lhal had been given to us by the coders. With hindsight, we realised, alter the meg bed been printed, that the copy we had was damaged and that everyone would be able lo gel past the dragon Still, no cause lor complaint, eh - you goI more than we bar- gained tor.
First, the Amigas are great games computers that can do quite a bit more besides. The graphics and sound capabilities are superb, and sottware support Irom games companies is exceptionally good. Having said that, the Ste is a better computer. That will upset a lot ot Amiga-users, but sorry it's true.
For professional use. The Ste is more flexible, better supported (despite what you read in the press), and has an incredibly varied task list. It also has a very good games capability, but it Is not as well catered for by games companies as they write to the lowest ST capability, and that's the aging STFM.
The current entry level Amiga is a belter machine to use with video mixing, but the Ste is better tor Audio Midi mixing.
The Amiga operating system is powerful, but not intuitive and leads to a tot ot frustration - ever tried dak copying on the Amiga, it's a pgl For those who understand CLIs though, it is still a good OS. The Atan TOS a simple and though it can be frustrating. It's lar more customisable and expandable than AmgaDOS ever will be. The multi-tasking ot the Amiga system a excellent lor such tasks as printer spooling and opening background programs, but the Ste's ability to run auto-programs on boot up and load up to six desktop accessories is easier lo utilise.
Yet, while ever the Serious Seven Atari Amiga mags continue to support the 'my CBM Atari is better than your Atari CBM' argument, the realisation that there is a greater threat will go unnoticed. You under-estimate your magazines' influence on the market place. You should be campaigning to CBM and Atari that they need to wake up to the true threat ot the PC. And to the end-user the tact that buying a PC is not the good idea it's cracked up to be. So what it you use a PC at work? So do I, but since I can import and export PC tiles direct to my Ste it isn't a problem. So long as my CDTV mul
timedia kit is able to read PCX and Tift graphics tiles. I can still work my reports and presentations Having said that, the argument that Alan CBM should make their machines more PC compatible is valid - yes I know that hurts but unfortunately most places ot work have standardised on the PC as the chosen platform. Commodore really tailed to realise this - both the new A4000 and the A1200 were speculated to include PC bndgeboards; what happened?
So, it's time for CBM and Atari to bury the hatchet and start to work together to develop a single cross-platform machine. And it's time tor magazines to stop the Atari CBM slanging match. Competition is good, but I don't think that Commodore and Atari understand just who it is that they need to compete against.
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Depth player's guide to one of the year's apaco. As does our hints and tips for Fate ot Atlantis ~ the Adventure ojects for the Amiga gets underway ju pounds John Kennedy and Nick fer comprehensive blueprints for building jl equipment and gadgets ontents subject to change without notice MARCH ISSUE ON SALE 26TH FEBRUARY The Amiga vs. PC debate has run long and hard in the pages of virtually every serious computer mag. John Kennedy drops in his two ’penneth to say why he is and always will be a free man.
POINTS OF VIEW OMEGA WHAT?
A short while ago, I was charting with a university lecturer about colour quantisation algorithms, the weather and the new range ot Amigas. This particular lecturer had always professed a soft spot for the Amiga, which is more than most - in fact, the Amiga and its custom chips had formed the basis for several ot his lectures on computer hardware systems.
His attitude had made a refreshing change from the usual reply ol 'Omega what?' When the subject ol my own computer syslem was raised.
However, in the time since we had last talked, his opinion had changed somewhat. Gone was the A3000 from his desk, replaced with a portable 286- basefl PC. Also gone were any loyalties to Commodore, as I discovered when I mentioned I was thinking about getting one ol Ihe new generation Amigas.
'For the price ol an Amiga 4000’, he exclaimed. 'I could get a top ot the range 486 PC and a huge hard disk. Why should I spend so much simply to get an Amiga, when a PC could do the same job tor less?' * ‘What about the A4000 being billed as a multimedia machine - are Commodore too late?' I asked. * ¦ 'Far too late.’, he replied.
I could almost hear a slowly tolling church bell in Ihe distance, and as I stood in his office that afternoon, I was almost convinced that he was right. It was too late, the Amiga was dead. What was the point pretending otherwise?
SPILT MILK It's a cry that has appeared in more than one magazine letters' page over the past few months, and certainly on paper, the PC argument is a good one.
For the price of half an Amiga 4000, you could certainly buy a 486-based PC, which incidentally come with SVGA monitors and large hard drives as standard. Furthermore, all new Pcs come with the Windows 3.1 operating system pre-installed, and the giveaway price of a Windows upgrade has ensured that 10 million Pcs are using the most popular Graphical User Interface ever developed.
If you are concerned about sound and graphics capability, plug-in cards are available at extra-competitive prices. Configure your machine to your needs, confident that as they come with special Windows drivers, you can integrate them seem- lessly with the rest of your system. Flick through a PC mag and you'll see more advertisements for more PC products than you'll ever see in CU Amiga
- and that's not a fault of our advertising staff.
Why would anyone in their right mind buy an Amiga, when they could have an industry standard PC for less? If you want games, why not buy a console. If you want serious software, buy a PC.
TRICKY QUESTIONS Very good questions. Here are my personal answers: ‘The PC is for users.'
As an analogy, think of the birth of the car.
When motorised transport first appeared, everyone who had one knew exactly what made it tick. They looked after it, modified it and treated it as something special - an individually tailored device which they new inside and out.
These days of course, most people choose a car because of its colour. They drive it for hours every day, with maintenance being limited to adding petrol and a trip to a local mechanic when it breaks down.
The PC is old.1 The PC is based around some extremely old technology. Forever tied to backward compatibility, every new PC has to suffer the indignities of its past, and work-around the follies of ancient memory limits. The original PC only had provision for 640k of RAM. And its memory management was convoluted to say the least. The PC should have been laid to rest years ago, but it simply won’t go away. The choice between two computer systems is simple if one is already the most popular on the planet.
'The Amiga is for people.'
Putting on my Patrick McGoohan impression, I am not a User. Certainly I use my Amiga for word processing, but I also dabble with a heck of a lot of other things too: I program; I use paint programs; I compose music (of a sort) by using the internal sound capabilities and a motley collection of keyboards connected via a MIDI interface; I raytrace images; I create short animated films; I desktop publish and title home videos. In short, I use the Amiga as an extension of my imagination. I may be a sad case, but I use the Amiga almost every day
- and usually for something completely different each time.
Of course, you can do all the above on a PC, but who actually does? What other machine is there that is so flexible that it can achieve all this without spending a fortune on extra cards and a greater fortune on software? I don’t think there is one - the Amiga is unique.
Amiga vs. PC.'
I don't like Pcs, I'll say that now. I have had reason to use many over the years, including a 66MHz 486 machine at present, and I’ll admit that I don’t like them. I find the user interface cumbersome, the software clumsy and an almost intangible feel of falseness ensures I never feel comfortable using anything that spends the first minute after boot-up checking its memory for parity errors.
The PC may be a personal computer, but the Amiga is a home computer. As I live at home, that's the computer I want to use there.
I know it seems inevitable that one day the PC will be the only computer available, as Amigas and Macs and Sts and Archimedes are simply not viable anymore. The day may come when Big Blue may soon rule the entire planet, but I for one will put that day off for as long as possible.
I am not a number, I am a free man!
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